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Identify heroes of 1857, assist their kin, BJP MP tells Centre

In yet another attempt to change the popular perception of Indian history to suit the right wing, BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Sharad Tripathi has claimed that freedom fighters from the anti-colonial uprising of 1857 were not well-known to the people, and has urged the Centre to identify them and extend benefits to their families.Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long asserted that the uprising of 1857 — dubbed as the First War of Independence by none other than Sangh ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar — has not been given the pride of place in Indian history, and that the history has been dominated by Gandhi and Nehru under the ‘Congress-Left hegemony’.Balmukund Pandey, organising secretary of RSS’ history rewriting project Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana (ABISY), had earlier told DNA that it was conducting a research to find the national heroes who were missing from Indian history books. Several martyrs from 1857, such as Tantia Tope and Jhalkari Bai, figured in this list.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raked up the issue at a Meerut rally in 2014 accusing the Congress of having ‘insulted’ martyrs by forgetting them.Tripathi too had earlier this year demanded in Parliament that a martyr’s gate be built in Delhi to honour freedom fighters who laid down their lives between 1857 and 1947.A list containing the names of such freedom fighters should be released by the government, he said adding that, so far there was no such authentic record. “While the names of Indian soldiers who fought the World War-II were inscribed by the British on India Gate, there is no such commemoration for the Indians who died for the country’s freedom from 1857 to 1947,” he said.In a similar push, RSS and BJP had in 2008 organised events to commemorate 150 years of 1857.More recently, RSS-affiliated historian Satish Chandra Mittal, associated with ABISY, had said in a seminar this year: “Instead of calling it a revolt, we should rather say it was a fight to protect the Indian culture.”Ironically, Savarkar had considered the Hindus-Muslims unity during the uprising as the cornerstone of Indian nationalism in his book ‘The Indian War of Independence 1857’ first published in 1909.”I believe that India’s fight for Independence began in 1857 led to the freedom in 1947. The government should do a study and recognise such heroes as martyrs. Their family members should be given benefits,” he said.

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Case against Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh for inflammatory speeches

The Hyderabad police have registered a case against T Raja Singh Lodh, a Telangana BJP MLA, for allegedly making inflammatory speeches.A complaint was lodged at the Golconda police station against Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency here, yesterday. He made “derogatory and hate” speeches against Muslims and promoted enmity between Hindus and Muslims, said the complaint, citing Lodh’s speeches between July 2015 to December 15, 2017 which are available on social media.Police registered a case against Lodh under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity among people on the grounds of religion, race, residence and language) and 295-A (maliciously insulting the religion and religious beliefs), said an official. The MLA has kicked up controversies due his statements on many occasions in the past.

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Action will be taken against those who didn’t help party in Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi

Addressing Congress party workers in Ahmedabad, days after narrowly losing in the Gujarat assembly election, Rahul Gandhi hinted that internal discord was the primary reason behind their defeat. Congress President said that if the party had worked unitedly, they would have emerged victorious. However, according to Rahul Gandhi’s assessment, while around 80-85% workers gave their best shot, some remained aloof or worked against the party and resulted in the eventual defeat. Congress significantly increased their seat tally and vote share in the recently concluded Assembly election restricting BJP to 99 seats in the assembly. However, even as Congress party did reasonaly well, many of its top leaders had to bite the dust. Alluding to it, Rahul Gandhi said that a new set of leaders have emerged who will be raising their voices in the Assembly. Congress President predicted that the party would win the next election under their leadership and get 135 seats. Also readRahul Gandhi offers prayers at Somnath temple in GujaratHe also said that Congress may have lost the election, but has scored a moral victory because BJP had lot more resource to fight the polls. Also according to Congress President, they spoke the language of love during the elections, while BJP spoke the language of rage. Congress lost many seats by extremely narrow margin in the recently concluded election. The state-leadership is currently taking a stock of the results and Rahul Gandhi joined them on the third day of introspection session. He held review meet with leaders from all four regions of Gujarat. Congress did significantly well in Saurashtra, but couldn’t maintain that surge in other regions. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today visited the Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district, ahead of his meeting with party leaders to introspect on the Gujarat Assembly polls. The Congress leader landed at Keshod Airport in Saurashtra and offered prayers at the temple which is about 420 km from the state capital. Gandhi ad visited the Somnath temple during the recent election campaign and his name was found written on the entry register meant for non-Hindus, kicking up a row. The Congress had called it “fake” and the BJP insisted that the leader declare his religious faith before people.With PTI inputs

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Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Somnath temple in Gujarat

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited the Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district, ahead of his meeting with party leaders to introspect on the Gujarat Assembly polls.The Congress leader landed at Keshod Airport in Saurashtra and offered prayers at the temple which is about 420 km from the state capital.Gandhi is scheduled to hold zone-wise meets with Saurashtra, Central Gujarat, South Gujarat and North Gujarat leaders in Ahmedabad today and is expected to address the Congress workers.Gandhi had visited the Somnath temple during the recent election campaign and his name was found written on the entry register meant for non-Hindus, kicking up a row. The Congress had called it “fake” and the BJP insisted that the leader declare his religious faith before people.Non-Hindus are allowed to visit the temple but have to first get themselves registered at the shrine’s office.Also readRahul’s media coordinator wrote his name in non-Hindu registry: Somnath Temple TrustA purported photocopy of a page of the register for non-Hindus had gone viral on social media with the names of Gandhi and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel written on it.Gandhi had later said that he and his family were devotees of Lord Shiva.

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On Rahul Gandhi’s agenda today, visit to Somnath, poll result review

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is slated to meet party leaders and workers on Saturday to review his party’s performance in the just-concluded assembly elections, will begin his visit by offering prayers at Somnath Temple.Congress officials said that Gandhi will visit Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district of Saurashtra at 10:30 am before coming to Ahmedabad for the review.This will be the Congress leader’s second visit to the famous temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlings, in as many months. A huge row had erupted during Gandhi’s visit to Somnath on November 29 after an image with his and senior party leader Ahmed Patel’s names, purportedly from a register meant for non-Hindus, went viral. While the BJP raised questions about his religion and accused Gandhi of fooling people with his temple visits, Congress blamed the ruling party for the fake image. The party also sought to put question marks about Gandhi’s religion to rest, saying he was a ‘janeu-dhari’ Hindu, i.e. a Brahmin.On Saturday, after offering prayers at Somnath, the newly elected Congress president will reach Ahmedabad, where he will meet party leaders from four regions of the state one after the other from 1:15 pm to 5:15 pm.”Rahul ji will also address party workers at GU Convention Hall. He is expected to appreciate the workers’ efforts in the elections, and exhort them to start working for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” said a Congress official.Ahead of Gujarat elections, the Congress president spent over 20 days campaigning extensively for his party. The Congress put up a credible performance by winning 77 out of 182 seats, its best performance in the state in the past several elections while restricting the BJP’s tally to 99.

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BJP Mumbai President Ashish Shelar gets slammed on Twitter for promoting Christmas musical event

After Amrita Fadnavis came under fire for organising a Christmas event, on Saturday, it was the turn of BJP Mumbai President and Bandra West MLA Ashish Shelar to face the heat on Twitter.Right-wingers on Twitter seemed upset by Shelar supporting a musical event titled “Prabhu Yeshu Janmtosav” on December 17 at Girgaum Chowpatty. A lot of right-wingers and BJP supporters appeared to be angered by the BJP leader hosting an event which they felt promoted ‘evangelists’ and demanded an explanation from him and Maharashtra Chief Minis Devendra Fadnavis.Another claimed that while BJP General Secretary was uniting India with India Ideas Conclave 2017, here BJP was ‘supporting those who want to break India’.Also readWill follow my mind, Amruta Fadnavis to trolls who criticised her for attending Christmas-themed eventThe criticism is rather bizarre considering Bandra West has a sizeable chunk of Christian constituents who probably voted for Shelar.Here are the tweets: Also readMadhya Pradesh: Carol singers’ car set on fire in SatnaEarlier, Amruta Fadnavis had dismissed the criticism she faced saying: “I will do what exactly my mind tells me. I will not be swayed by disruptive criticism. I have a mind of my own and I will work as per that.”Trouble began when Amruta tweeted and posted photographs of a Christmas event organised by a FM radio station on December 12. She was assailed by an array of abusive posts, some of which questioned her faith before marriage.Amruta had told DNA: “The motive behind attending the function was to give Christmas gifts to poor children. I was approached by this professional radio channel. During any festival, we have to do something good. We have to share happiness, whether it is Diwali, Janmashtami or any other festival.”Recently, carol singers and priests were allegedly beaten up and detained in Satna, MP over what right-wing groups claim was forced conversions.Suspected Bajrang Dal activists were alleged to have beaten up some Christians, including 10 priests, and torched their car outside a police station in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh last night over alleged conversion of Hindus to Christianity.

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How the Babri mosque destruction shaped India

Mark Tully on how the events in Ayodhya 25 years ago challenged Indian secularism.

Who is Mohan Bhagwat? Owaisi hits out at RSS chief over Ram temple issue

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has once again hit out at RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat over the issue of building Ram temple in Ayodhya.”With what authority is Mohan Bhagwat saying that a Temple will be built in Ayodhya?,” asked the AIMIM chief.”The case is still on in the Supreme Court. Is Mohan Bhagwat the Chief Justice? Who is he?” he further added.Also read’Mandir wahin banayenge,’ RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat roars at Karnataka’s Dharma Sansad A fortnight ago, Bhagwat made a strong pitch for building Ram temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya, saying only a mandir would come up there and not any other structure.”We will construct it. It is not a populist declaration but a matter of our faith. It will not change,” Bhagwat had said.Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday announced that the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya will commence soon and devotees will be able to celebrate the next Diwali there.Also readHindustan is country of Hindus but it doesn’t exclude others: RSS chief Mohan BhagwatThe Supreme Court will on December 5 commence the final hearing on the cross-appeals filed against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad High Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.The high court had ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre area at Ayodhya among the parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Ram Lalla.Also readTaj Mahal row: ‘Traitors’ also built Red Fort, will PM Modi stop hoisting Tiranga there, asks Asaduddin Owaisi
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National Commission for Minorities seeks Law Commission’s opinion on minority status to Hindus in 8 states

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Sunday sought the Law Commission’s opinion on minority status to the Hindus in eight states on the representation given by the petitioner, Ashwini Upadhyay.The Supreme Court had, earlier, asked the petitioner to approach the NCM as he urged the court to declare that Hindus were a minority community in eight states including Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.Upadhyay has referred to December 18, 1992 resolution of the UN General Assembly and a judgement of the top court to back his plea.Also readMuslim helpline: VHP for scrapping of NCM, Minority AffairsIn his plea, the petitioner sought the Hindus be declared minority in the eight states including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Lakshdweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
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Sunni Waqf Board has no right on Ayodhya, should give up claim: Shia Waqf Board

Sticking to its stand on the Babri Masjid issue, the Shia Waqf Board today asked that the Sunni Waqf Board to give up its claim on the Shia property in Ayodhya and instead play a positive role in amicably resolving the temple-mosque disputes in Kashi and Mathura.”The Sunni Waqf Board has the right to put its views on the temple-mosque dispute in Kashi and Mathura but has no right with regard to Ayodhya…It need not interfere in the issues related to the Shia Waqf Board,” Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi said in a statement here.Rizvi asked the Sunni Waqf Board to give up its claim over the Shia property.Also readAyodhya: Shia Board offers to give up land for templeThe Shia Waqf Board has enough documents to prove that the the mosque in Ayodhya was a Shia one and has presented them to the Supreme Court, but some maulvis and mullahs are sore over this initiative, Rizvi said.”The Shia Waqf Board wants to tell such hardliners that our initiative was taken in the national interest, is right, and the decision taken by the apex court will be binding on all in this regard,” he said.Also readAyodhya settlement draft to be ready by December 6: UP Shia Central Waqf BoardHe said that if the court decision is in favour of the Shia Board, a temple should be built at the site in Ayodhya as per the faith and belief of Hindus. The Shia Board will get a ‘Masjid-e-Aman’ constructed in Lucknow, he added.The Shia Waqf Board submitted a proposal in the Supreme Court on November 18 for resolving the long pending dispute, proposing construction of a mosque in Lucknow’s Hussainabad area and a temple in Ayodhya.
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Gujarat elections 2017: Row over Rahul Gandhi’s name in non-Hindus’ list

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s name in a register meant for non-Hindus entering Somnath Temple, has led to a huge furore, with the BJP accusing him of fooling people with his temple visits, and the Congress reiterating that Gandhi is a Hindu.An image, which apparently shows Gandhi’s name along with that of senior leader Ahmed Patel, in a register meant for non-Hindus, went viral on social media on Wednesday afternoon. The entries were made in the name of one Manoj Tyagi, described as media coordinator for Rahul Gandhi. The temple, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlings in Hindu religion, allows non-Hindus to have a darshan of the Lord, but only after getting permission from the security office. In other words, people following faiths other than Hinduism have to declare their identity.The BJP, which has criticised Rahul Gandhi for his frequent temple visits in Gujarat, was quick to latch on to the controversy. “Finally Rahul Gandhi comes clean on his religion, signs visitor register in Somanth (as per rule) meant for non-Hindus. If he isn’t a Hindu by faith, let alone a practising one, then why has be been fooling people with these temple visits?” BJP’s IT Cell head Amit Malviya wrote on Twitter.However, the Congress hit back at a “dejected BJP” for raising unnecessary controversies over Rahul Gandhi’s faith. “Rahul Gandhi is a Hindu since birth. He is a devotee of Lord Shiva. It was a fake entry, which has been made viral as a part of BJP’s conspiracy,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told media-persons in Ahmedabad.He said that the BJP has a problem with Rahul Gandhi visiting Somnath Temple to seek blessings, and accused the party of stooping to low-level politics.The Somnath Temple too clarified that the entry did not say anywhere that Rahul Gandhi was a non-Hindu.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi listed as non-Hindu in Somnath Temple register

On Wednesday, there was a lot of hue and cry when it emerged that Rahul Gandhi’s name had turned up in a register meant for non-Hindus at the Somnath temple. As a rule, any non-Hindu entering the premises have to mention their name in a register. So, when a picture went viral on social media showing Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Patel’s name in a list of that register, Twitter was up in arms, wondering if the Congress vice-president had declared he was a non-Hindu.BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya, tweeted, “Finally Rahul Gandhi comes clean on his religion, signs visitor register in Somnath (as per rule) meant for non-Hindus. If he isn’t a Hindu by faith, let alone a practising one, then why has he been fooling people with these temple visits’”.Also readGujarat elections: Rahul demands, ’22 salon ka hisaab’, Modi rakes up Indira Gandhi’s Morbi visitHe also tweeted: “Ambassador Meera Shankar, UPA’s representative in US, had referred to Sonia Gandhi as a Christian leader. The reference was soon deleted. Now Rahul Gandhi declares he is a non-Hindu but their election affidavits claim that they are Hindus. Gandhis lying about their faith.”Now the funny thing is, it would appear that Rahul Gandhi hadn’t written his own name. The words written are Rahul Gandhi ji, which would be a rather bizarre way to write one’s own name.Also readCongress unhappy with PM Modi going the extra mile for Ivanka TrumpZee Hindustan Channel Head and editor tweeted, “Jai Somnath! During @INCIndia Vice President @OfficeOfRG visit to Somnath Temple, his media coordinator Manoj Tyagi mentioned Rahul Gandhi name along with @ahmedpatel into the spl register maintained for Non-Hindus who are visiting the temple. Major goof up in the election season.”Also readCome,’Make in India’, ‘Invest in India’: PM Modi’s message at GES 2017Meanwhile, Congress’ media coordinator Manoj Tyagi issued a statement, “I entered just my name in the register to take media personnel inside the Somanth Temple. Neither Rahul Gandhi’s nor Ahmed Patel’s names were there in the register then. These would have been added later.”Rahul Gandhi had offered prayers at the Somnath Temple earlier this afternoon, PM Modi addressed a public rally at Prachi, about 25 km from the temple where he said: “Had Sardar Patel not been there, there would not have been this grand temple in Somnath. So there a people who visited the Somnath Temple recently Rahul Gandhi and Congress, I want to ask them: Do you know history’ Your family members, our first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there,’ he said.‘When Dr Rajendra Prasad was to come to inaugurate the Somnath Temple, Pandit Nehru expressed his displeasure on that,’ the prime minister added.We guess the Somnath Temple will continue to haunt the Nehru-Gandhi family in one form or another.
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India Supreme Court intervenes in ‘love jihad’ case

India’s top court takes testimony from a Hindu woman whose marriage to a Muslim was annulled.

Remembering 26/11 | Resolve Ayodhya issue to end terrorism: MN Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government should resolve Ayodhya issue at the earliest and resolve it through mutual negotiations by arriving at an amicable solution if the problem of terrorism in India has to end. Other things can be taken up later on, former Mumbai police commissioner MN Singh told DNA on the eve of the ninth anniversary of 26/11.”Whether one likes it or not minorities are feeling a little uneasy in their minds. After this government came there is great anxiety in their minds. No efforts were made to resolve the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute in three and half years. Hindus will definitely like that the temple is built up there as they are not going to settle down for anything less than it. The government is eminently poised to take the initiative. Instead of doing that lot of other things are talked about such as Love Jihad, beef ban. It has created more tension and controversy.””We have done a great deal but there is always a possibility as far as that discontent element is there and that internal support base remains,” Singh said. He added that there have been 12 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in the last 24 years, and from 1992-93 onwards all of them were the handiwork of Muslim groups. According to Singh, the 26/11 attack was an invasion by Pakistan carried out by 10 well-trained fidayins with local support.”You may have security infrastructure but as long as there is anxiety and some discontent there will always be terror attacks in the country. In our country what has been going on is a threat from Islamic forces,” Singh said. He further added that there are two aspects of terrorism in India — one is internal and the other external.

Change film or face ‘ban’: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will not hit the screens in Rajasthan till the alleged ‘distorted’ facts are removed from the narrative, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Monday night. A statement released by the chief minister office (CMO) quotes that home minister Kataria apprised to Raje that film distributors in Rajasthan have willingly ‘shelved’ process to take the movies’ rights.Amid growing protests over ‘Padmavati’ movie, the home minister Gulab Chand Kataria convened a high-level meeting with senior officials of the department, including DGP Ajit Singh, home secretary Deepak Upreti to take a ‘decision’ on the movie.Though no decision on banning the film was taken in the meeting, however the officials seriously mulled the provisions mentioned under various laws which could prohibit its screening before the release nod was given by Censor board.“We discussed in the meeting under which laws we can ‘act’ over the movie. We will not take a decision in haste and another meeting will be held on Tuesday,” the minister said.The BJP government swung into action after its neighboring state Madhya Pradesh officially decided to ban its release.Sources in the home department said Raje government has started preparations to ban Padmavati in Rajasthan. “This was an official meeting to discuss the matter officially. In Tuesday’s meeting, the final call will be taken noting various provisions. The officials were told to work on it,” said a source in the department.Attempt to hurt sentiments: SwamyRajya Sabha MP Subraimaniam Swamy said, “Few people fund movies depicting distorted history with intention to hurt sentiments of Hindus, the movie PK was also such an attempt. The movie will also tend to showcase that the invader Khilji was not as atrocious as history claims. He said that through distorted history these people tend to damage understanding of local people about their history.

Subramanian Swamy for ‘re-writing’ history in ‘Sanskrit’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maverick BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday gave a new definition of geographical Hindu, spreading from ‘Hi’ of Himalaya in north and south extending till ocean (Sindhu sanskrit term for Sea). Mentioning foreign invasion and religious conversions of locals, he said: “This country (extending from Himalaya to Indian Ocean in South) belongs to Hindus and descendants of those to have converted from Hindus.”Swamy was in Jaipur on Monday for a panel a discussion on Unity and Division. The BJP leader in his address though portrayed a broader picture of the term more frequently used for collective religious majority population of India, he also pushed for RSS ideology of ‘united sub-continent of India’.In support of his argument, he also cited few genetic studies. “Genetic studies have proven that people of all communities and region of India had common forefathers. They might have been divided in different regions or converted to other religions. The theory of Aryan invasion is thus also discarded as a colonial propaganda,” said Swamy.He even reflected the plans and probably of his party’s ideology, of “rewriting history” with the ‘right version’. “We need to write a book for correct history, that, however, is going to take time,” he said.Discarding any division within country, he proposed “Sanskrit” replacing the foreign ‘English’ as official language over next 50 years. Sanskrit, he said,is the root of all local languages and the constitution of India holds it as reference for Hindi as government language.His Ideas though were in contrary to many on the dais, senior journalist Raghavan Jagganath also a member on the panel, held that Hindu was as “collective term for people living on east of Sindhu river”.Another speaker Tarek Fatah who participated in the debate live via internet, happened to cite the failure of ‘Hindustan’ to protect its ‘sections’. “We are not born in Arabs, but in the Indian sub-continent. Our forefathers may had been Hindus. However, the ‘Hindustan’ government failed to protect ‘Baloch’ people from invasion of Pakistan,” Fatah said. The Baloch activist questioned the relevance of idea of united Indian sub-continent without conservation of local interest.Ram Temple work by next yearSwamy assured that work for the “Ram Temple” will start by Diwali next year. The Rajya Sabha MP claimed of evidences of an old temple being discovered at the site and sections of Muslim communities too extending support for the temple. A hearing on the issue is scheduled at Allahabad high court in December.

Ram Temple dispute to be decided by court alone: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that the dispute related to Ram Temple in Ayodhya would be decided by the court alone, and exuded confidence that the construction work would commence next year.The Rajya Sabha member said Art of Living Foundation head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s effort to find an amicable solution to the dispute was welcome and good for harmony but the matter would be settled and decided by the court.Speaking at the Jaipur Dialogue Forum, he said that people should be ready to go to Ayodhya by next Diwali.He said that the hearing on the matter in the Supreme Court is expected to begin in early December and end by April.The matter is expected to be decided by the court by August, he added.He expressed confidence that Hindus would win the court battle, after which the construction of Ram temple would begin.Targeting the Congress, Swamy said the opposition party was “leaderless” and would soon disappear.”Congress’s end is sure. If it lives, it can live only in Tihar jail. The corruption the Congress party (leaders) committed is now resulting in punishment by courts,” he said.He also extended support to the Vishva Hindu Parishad’s campaign against ‘love jihad’.He said that there was a need to remain alert to ‘love jihad’.

Ayodhya: Shia Board willing to surrender land for construction of temple, Sunni Board rejects formula

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has finally reached an agreement with Ayodhya sadhus and saints agreeing to surrender entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya. In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court for the settlement of the land dispute outside court, the Board Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi said that the Shia Board and Ayodhya seers have reached an agreement on November 13 to resolve the land dispute amicably. As per the agreement, the Shia Board has surrendered entire 2.77 acres of land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple and agreed to build mosque at Shia-dominated Hussainbad area in Lucknow.A four-page agreement between Shia Board and Hindus religious leaders has also been submitted along with the affidavit in the apex Court. The agreement is signed by Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Chairman Mahanat Nritya Gopal Das, All-India Akhara Parishad Chairman Mahant Narendra Giri, former BJP MP and VHP leader Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Dharam Das of Nirvani Akhara, Mahant Ram Das of Hanumangarhi, Mahant Suresh Das, Dr Rameshwar Das, member Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal VHP, Virendra Chaubey from Hindu side and Dr Waseem Rizvi on behalf of Shia Board and Muslim side.Rizvi said that Hindu organizations and leaders spearheading the Ram temple movement have agreed to the Shia Board formula and signed the agreement. “This will put an end to the ongoing dispute in court and erase the permanent schism between Hindus and Muslim over Babri mosque. The formula will restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood between the two communities,” he added.Rizvi said that the Board would appeal to the Yogi Adityanth government to allot one acre land of Hussainabad Trust in Lucknow for the construction of mosque which will be named as Masjid-e-Aman. He said that the Shia Board would construct the mosque from its own resources.Rizvi said that the claim of the Sunni Centra Waqf Board over the Babri mosque land by way of February 26, 1994 order was already rejected by Faizabad District Judge and later by the High Court. “After rejection of their claim on Babri mosque and its land, only Shia Board is its rightful owner,” he pointed. He also pointed that Babri mosque was always under a Shia Mutwalli, a descendant of Meer Baqi who constructed the Babri mosque in 1528.Rejecting Shia Board formula, Sunni Central Waqf Board and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) are sticking to their guns saying that they would go by the Supreme Court final verdict.“The matter is before the Supreme Court. Let the court give its final verdict, we will abide by it,” reacted Jafrayab Jilani, Secretary AIMPLB.Even the All India Shia Personal Law Board has rejected. “Waseem Rizvi has no right to interfere in the matter when it is before the Supreme Court,” stated Yasoob Abbas, Board Spokesperson. Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the case, said that they are with the Sunni Central Waqf Board. “His formula holds no legal value. Who is he to hand over land to the other party ignoring High Court order. Muslims will only abide by Supreme Court judgement in the case,” said Ansari.Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishanker had also visited Ayodhya last week to broker the deadlock but he returned empty hands.

Identify land for Christian cemetery by Friday: Bombay High Court to state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There may be people who believe they are best, but before the court, everyone is equal,” the Bombay High Court observed on Monday while asking the state government to identify a plot of land between Dahisar and Khar by Friday, which can be allotted for a Christian cemetery.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak said, “The administration should show the public that they believe in secularism, unity in diversity, and we all are united in faith.” The court gave the direction while hearing a public interest litigation filed by United Christian Community Centre, claiming that the government had, after revoking the previous allotment of 12,500 square meters of land in Goregaon for a Christian cemetery, allotted a smaller plot ad-measuring 2,500 square meters. However, it failed to hand over the possession.The bench said the government has to come out with a solution. “When it deems to be a secular state, we cannot forget that all communities should be treated equally. The community’s requirement for a cemetery can be seen from the records of its population,” the court said.The central hall courtroom was packed with members of the Christian community, including the Bishop. Advocate Yeshwant Shenoy for the petitioners argued that the community looks at the court as a temple of justice and, thus, members have come on their own from different parts of the city and neighbouring districts to witness the proceedings.The bench said, “The state should show respect to the departed souls and I don’t think any authority will have any problem on that.” The court also suggested that a representative of the Bishop coordinate with the officials of the Urban Development Department and the Diary Development department to oversee the identification of plot of land for a cemetery.”If the government does not do it, then we know how to get it done. Don’t compel us to be not polite, don’t invite such things,” the bench warned. On the last occasion, the court had rapped the government by saying, “Don’t be a dictator, we live in a democratic society, we live in a secular state. You (government) cannot distinguish on basis of religion.”Shenoy had argued that other communities, such as the Hindus and the Muslims, have been allotted land for a cemetery, but not the Christians. Further, he argued that from Dahisar to Khar, there is no place available for Christian cemetery. The government has discriminated against the Christian community by not allotting even a single burial ground since 2000, thereby depriving the community its rights of proper a burial.As per the plea, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had, in 2014, identified a plot of land for the cemetery but it was not handed over. In 2016, a reservation was notified but in 2017, the department of animal husbandry refused to hand over the plot.The plea prays for directions to the government to allot land in Goregaon, which was originally conceived and notified. It also prays for the corporation and government to identify a plot of land for a burial ground in every ward or legislative constituency for the Christian community.

Pandits renew homeland demand, UT status for exiled community

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Building pressure on Modi government, representatives of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday met Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre’s special representative for Kashmir, and reiterated their demand for reinstatement in homeland with Union territory status. They demanded that Article 370 and Article 35A be revoked for finding a permanent solution to the vexed Kashmir issue.The four-member delegation of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community, under the aegis of Panun Kashmir, also asserted before Sharma that the sovereignty of the country is non-negotiable.”A serious dialogue process should be initiated by the government for the establishment of a separate homeland in Kashmir valley as explicitly demanded in the Margdarshan Resolution of 1991,” said Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president of Panun Kashmir, who led the delegation.In a resolution passed by Panun Kashmir in December 1991, Kashmiri Pandits demanded that the Centre create a homeland comprising the regions of the valley to the East and North of river Jhelum. The homeland, according to Panun Kashmir, should have a union territory status where the Constitution of India is made applicable in letter and spirit to ensure right to life, liberty, freedom of expression and faith, equality and rule of law.”The Article 370 and Article 35A have become an unnecessary baggage of the past errors of the rulers of India; there is a national consensus to review these absurd laws that are in contravention of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian Constitution to the citizens of India,” said Chrungoo.Article 370 recognizes the special status to the state, while Article 35A empowers the J&K government to frame laws to bar all Indians — except original inhabitants — from purchasing immovable property, getting government jobs and availing of state-sponsored scholarship schemes.”They should be abrogated under the due process of law as soon as possible and the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir state) Order 14th May 1954, since was/is an intentional fraud, be also abrogated along with,” said Chrungoo.Official figures reveal that around 41,117 migrant families from Kashmir are registered in Jammu and 21,000 others in Delhi and other states. Of the total migrant families living in Jammu, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims and 1,758 Sikhs.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s advisor Professor Amitabh Mattoo said the government is committed for ensuring honorable and safe return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley.”Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had the vision that migrants are part of Kashmiriyat and they should return with dignity, as Kashmiri Pandits are an inseparable part of the Kashmiri society, and the inclusive ethos, for which Kashmir has been known for ages, is incomplete without them,” Prof Mattoo further maintained.Meanwhile, on the fifth day of his Mission J&K, Sharma met cross sections of society in the winter capital on Friday. From Pandits to business leaders, Centre’s interlocutor interacted with several delegations in Jammu on Friday.Migrant familiesOfficial figures reveal around 41,117 migrant families from Kashmir are registered in Jammu and 21,000 others in Delhi and other states.Of the total migrant families living in Jammu, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims and 1,758 Sikhs, the figures reveal.

‘We feel safe under BJP rule’: Year after getting citizenship, Pak-Hindu woman joins BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after getting Indian citizenship, Pakistani-Hindu woman has joined Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) as a party worker in Gujarat, ahead of the state assembly polls.Dimple Virandani had fled to Gujarat from Pakistan in 1990, and her 26-year-old struggle to obtained citizenship prompted her to join BJP.In 1999, Dimple got married to a Hindu man and shifted to Dubai along with her quest for Indian citizenship.She also said that her claim was rejected by the UPA regime citing fewer visits to India, despite seven years of marriage and visit to India once a year.The NDA alliance has been far more sympathetic to the cause of Hindu minorities that flee neighboring countries as compared to Congress-led UPA government, she told Times of India.”PM Narendra Modi-led NDA government in 2015 made key amendments which have helped Hindu minorities who have fled to India from neighbouring countries including Pakistan and Bangladesh that ended their decades long struggle to apply and get Indian citizenship with greater ease.” she told the daily.Stating that there are 10,000-odd Pakistani Hindu migrants in Ahmedabad itself, Dimple a resident of Memnagar said, “I do not mean to comment on religious lines but we feel safe in the rule of BJP.”Last month, as many as 431 Pakistani nationals, mostly Hindus, were granted long-term visas by the government, thus making them eligible for PAN and Aadhaar cards as well as allowing them to buy property.Under the latest policy of the Centre, those belonging to minority communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, namely –Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians– staying in India on long-term visas, are allowed to purchase a small dwelling unit sufficient to serve the needs of a family for self-use and suitable accommodation for carrying out self-employment.

Ram Vilas Vedanti against Ravi Shankar’s mediation in Ayodhya issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti, who has been associated with the Ram Temple movement, today rejected the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s initiative to resolve the Ayodhya issue.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar does not qualify to mediate on the matter as he has never been associated with the movement, he said.”Since Sri Sri has never been associated with the andolan, we cannot accept his mediation,” Vedanti, who is here to take part in the Kalki Mahotsav, told newspersons.”How can someone who has never been associated with the movement and never had darshan of the Ram Lalla mediate on the matter of temple construction …we have gone to jail for it, faced house arrest and have been fighting court cases …Sri Sri does not qualify to mediate on the matter,” Vedanti said.”We want Muslim religious leaders to come forward. We will sit together and discuss the issue…We want Hindus and Muslims together to find a solution to the dispute and that temple is constructed on the basis of mutual agreement,” he said.Vedanti said the Ram Temple movement has been led by the Ram Janmbhoomi Nyas and Vishva Hindu Parishad and these two organisations should get an opportunity to hold dialogue on the issue.The Art of Living Foundation had said last week that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been in touch with several imams and swamis, including Acharya Ram Das of Nirmohi Akhara, to help find an out-of-court settlement to the Ram Temple dispute.The discussions, it stressed, were not done on the behalf of any government or organisation.​

Hindustan is country of Hindus but it doesn’t exclude others: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said ‘Hindustan’ is a country of Hindus, but it does not mean that it does not belong to “others”.Addressing a gathering of college-going RSS volunteers in Indore, Bhagwat also said the government alone cannot bring development, and that it needs changes in the society.”Whose country is Germany?…It’s a country of Germans, Britain is a country of Britishers, America is a country of Americans, and in the same way, Hindustan is a country of Hindus. It does not mean that Hindustan is not the country of other people,” Bhagwat said.”The term Hindu covers all those who are the sons of Bharat Mata, descendants of Indian ancestors and who live in accordance with the Indian culture,” the RSS chief said.No one leader or party can make the country great but it needs a change and we will have to prepare the society for it, he said.”In ancient times, people used to look to God for development, but in ‘Kalyuga’ people look to the government…But the fact is, the government can go only as far as the society goes,” Bhagwat said.”The society is the father of the government. The government can serve the society, but it cannot bring changes in the society. When the society brings changes in itself, this change reflects in the government and the system,” the RSS chief said.To make India powerful, prosperous and “vishwa guru”, the countrymen will have to rid their hearts of the thought of “discrimination on any grounds”, he added.

BJP govt worse than SP, Adityanath only has time for development when he is not doing ‘puja-paath’: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP president Mayawati today took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath saying that he will look after the development of the state when he gets time from “puja paath” (worship) in temples.”Despite being a representative from the backward Purvanchal area, he has not been able to give attention to its development…He can focus on it only when he gets time from his puja paath in temples. Sometimes he is in hisGorakhnath temple or in Ayodhya or Chitrakoot. Leave alone Purvanchal, the entire state cannot develop under such circumstances,” she said.She claimed that the BJP leaders can go for prayers to temples in Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi to hide their shortcomings but the people would not be misled by their “religious card”.A new India cannot take shape under the BJP rule, she said at a party rally in SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency.She alleged that the BJP government in the state had not been able to do anything much to fulfil its promises.”The previous Samajwadi Party government was not good, but the present government is worse and is even lagging behind them,” she said.Charging the BJP with indulging in theatrics, she alleged that an atmosphere of fear and terror had been created everywhere in the name of religion and culture.Muslims and minorities are finding it difficult to sustain, so much so, that they have stopped keeping cows out of fear of cow vigilantes and even Hindus are desisting from it, she added.

People consider ‘beautiful cemetery’ Taj Mahal ‘asubh’, hence don’t keep replicas at home: Anil Vij

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems like BJP leaders can’t stop commenting about Taj Mahal, despite the best efforts from the party high command to put a lid to the controversy. Haryana Minister and senior BJP leader Anil Vij is the latest to join the bandwagon of leaders making controversial comments about one of world’s most famous monuments.First he tweeted:Later, he elaborated on his comment while speaking to ANI, It loosely translates to, “Taj Mahal is a beautiful cemetery. This is the reason it is deemed as bad omen, and people don’t keep replica of Taj in their houses.”Well shopkeepers across the world, selling replica of Taj Mahal in various sizes may disagree with Anil Vij’s rather sweeping statement. However, this is not the first time Anil Vij has made an off-the-cuff statement. In the past, he has said that PM Modi is a bigger brand than Mahatma Gandhi, true Hindus could never be a terrorist and people who want beef should leave Haryana. He even called the media ‘stinking dogs’ once, when they raised questions about his entourage’s trip to Rio during the Olympics. His tweet on Taj Mahal came in the backdrop of Sangeet Som, BJP legislator from Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh, questioning the monument’s place in India’s heritage. Downplaying the controversy over Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said the monument was created by the blood and sweat of “Bharat Mata’s sons” and its protection was the responsibility of his government However, another senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar had claimed that the Taj Mahal was a Lord Shiva temple called ‘Tejo Mahal’ which was converted into a mausoleum by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.With agency inputs

Don’t oppose beautiful Taj Mahal, against Mughals who built it: Sangeet Som

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Placing the Taj Mahal in the crosshairs of another controversy, BJP MLA Sangeet Som today questioned the 17th century architectural marvel’s place in India’s heritage and said history would be rewritten to erase Mughal emperors from it.Som’s comments during a visit to Meerut district yesterday prompted an angry response from All India Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi who asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument.Later asked to clarify, Sangeet Som stuck to his guns and said: “I don’t oppose Taj Mahal. It’s a beautiful heritage. I oppose Mughals who built it & how they’ve been portrayed in history.”The BJP stepped into the row with party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao describing Muslim rule in India as “barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance” while asserting that its members could hold any opinion they want on specific monuments.Som, the party’s legislator from Sardhana, also distorted history to say it was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus.
ALSO READ Proud of Taj Mahal, it’s our cultural heritage: UP government disowns Sangeet Som’s remarks, calls them ‘personal’In fact, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, was the one imprisoned till the end of his days by his son Aurangzeb.In comments that came soon after the Yogi Adityanath government reportedly left out the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet, Som said, “Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history? “Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? Do you call it history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?”
ALSO READ Taj Mahal row: ‘Traitors’ also built Red Fort, will PM Modi stop hoisting Tiranga there, asks Asaduddin OwaisiThe legislator went on to say that if such people are renowned in history, he “guarantees” that history will be rewritten.Addressing a gathering at Sisoli village after inaugurating a statue of 8th century king Anangpal Singh Tomar, Som said invaders of India have been glorified in history.Referring to ‘kalank katha’, or the black mark of history, he said, ” Whether it is Babar, Akbar or Aurangzeb, the government is working to erase them from history.” The lives and achievements of the “real great men” of the country like Maharana Pratap and Shivaji would be taught in schools and colleges, Som said.There were many Hindu kings who do not find mention in history books. The BJP government would make sure their valour and sacrifice is properly respected, Som said.He also said no one could stop the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and Krishna Mandir in Mathura.Som’s remarks opened the proverbial Pandora’s Box with Owaisi bringing in Hyderabad House in Delhi, the venue for the Centre hosting foreign dignitaries.”Even Hyderabad House in Delhi was built by a ‘traitor’… will Modi stop hosting foreign dignitaries?” he asked in Hyderabad.Hyderabad House was built by Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam, on land offered by the British.Hitting out at AIMIM leader, Rao said, “Even in present times, Muslim leaders such as Owaisi exhibit the same level of intolerance as Muslim rulers once displayed.” He added that the party does not have any view on specific monuments and its members can hold whatever opinion they have.”But as far as the Muslim, Mughal rule in this country is concerned, that period can only be described as exploitative, barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance which harmed Indian civilisation and traditions immensely,” he told PTI in Delhi.Following the controversy over the tourism booklet, the Uttar Pradesh government had issued a press release stating, “Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.”Som is not new to controversy, often making the headlines for his provocative statements and actions on issues such as the Dadri lynching and the Muzaffarnagar riots.With inputs from PTI and ANI

Indian politician: ‘Taj Mahal built by traitors’

A controversial Indian politician has called the Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors”.

Hindus are being targeted, says Ramdev on Supreme Court’s firecracker ban on Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the opinions stand divided over the firecracker ban in Delhi-NCR, Patanjali founder Ramdev has opposed the Supreme Court order and said that only a particular community is being targeted.Talking to India TV during an interview, Ramdev said that only Hindus are being targeted. He said that the way Hindu festivals are under radar is wrong.“Is it right to taken legal move for everything? I run schools, universities… we permit only hand-held firework that burns slowly… we don’t support firecrackers with high decibels. Ban should be imposed on big firecrackers,” he told the news channel.The yoga guru also attacked Shashi Tharoor on the issue and said that ‘an intelligent man like Tharoor must not talk like this.’In a support of the cracker ban, Tharoor had tweeted that the firecrackers affect everyone.The Supreme Court on October 9 had restored a ban till November 1 on the sale of crackers in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).The court gave the verdict on a plea seeking restoration of the apex court’s last year order.Diwali is on October 19 and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.The top court, through its November 11 order last year, had suspended all licences which ‘permit a sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR’.The apex court had last month temporarily lifted its earlier order suspending licences for sale of firecrackers, saying a complete ban would be an ‘extreme step’ and a graded approach was needed to curb pollution caused by them.The court, however, had said its order lifting the ban on sale of firecrackers might require a ‘review’ after Diwali depending on the ambient air quality after the festival.

200 Muslims flee Rajasthan village after Hindu priest murders Muslim folk singer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, 200 Muslims have fled Dantal village after the death of a folk singer. The incident triggered unrest between Hindus and Muslims.According to a report in NDTV, trouble erupted there on September 27. After a priest and his friends allegedly killed the Muslim folk singer, at least 200 Muslims have fled the Rajasthan village and are living in a shelter for the homeless in Jaisalmer.The trouble started after the local priest accused Ahmad Khan, a folk singer, of making mistakes while reciting hymns. According to the police, the priest and two his brothers killed Khan. While the priest Ramesh Suthar has been arrested, his brothers are absconding.20 Muslim families left the village and have refuse to return home. District Collector KC Meena, meanwhile said: “We are trying to get the two communities to talk to each other so that the issue can be resolved.”

Award wapsi gang may even file petition regarding cremation of Hindus: Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court ban on firecrackers on Diwali prompted Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy to take a swipe at the “candle and award-waapsi gang”, as he said that the fear of air pollution could well lead to a plea on the cremation of Hindus.The governor, who is a former BJP leader, tweeted in Hindi on the ban on the bursting of crackers on Diwali and the Janmashtami ritual of dahi handi, which had also come up in court. “Kabhi dahi handi, aaj patakha, kal ho sakta hai pradushan ka havala lekar mombatti aur award-waapsi gang Hinduon ki chita jalaney par bhi yachika dal dey (One day it is dahi handi, today it is firecrackers; tomorrow the issue of pollution may well lead to a plea by the candle holding and award-waapsi gang on cremating Hindus),” he tweeted.The apex court had on Monday said there would be no further sale of crackers in Delhi and the NCR. Earlier, the issue of putting a cap on the age of participants and the height of human pyramids formed on Janmashtami for dahi handi — the breaking of earthenware pots — had been discussed by the courts.

Jains are better at anger control: Study

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jain practitioners are more likely to be less impulsive and have higher anger control as compared to Hindus. The findings of a recent study — ‘Stress detection, impulsivity and anger control among Jains and Hindus’ — were presented at an international conference on forensics and cyber security held at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) on Friday.Interestingly, the study that has taken samples from both communities has found that since Jainism has more ‘tyag’ and ‘ahimsa’, these practitioners are more likely to be less impulsive and have higher anger control. Nearly 120 participants from both religions were interviewed and their responses were tested using stress detector scale, impulsive scale and anger control scale.The study has been done by students and faculty members of Institute of Behavioural Science at GFSU.Speaking about the research, Rutuja Karkhanis, assistant professor at GFSU, who guided the students, said, “One reason religious and spiritual traditions have been persistent in human history is that they provide meaning. Jainism and Hinduism are two ancient Indian religions and there are some similarities between them. Jainism has distinct religious practices like ‘tyag, tapasya, ahimsa and maun vrat’.All these practices are thought to have a gradual impact on every individual practising Jainism. We wish to take this study to all religions in future.”Twenty-one-year Madhuri Marathe from Goa, one of the researchers and a Masters student of Forensic Science at GFSU, said, “Positive psychology is often related to religion. So when I saw Neha Jain, one of my classmates, observing fast for a few hours during Paryushan, I was quite fascinated by the entire system. She also accepted that her lifestyle has affected her psychology.”One of the main reasons for less stress, anger and impulsiveness among Jains are that they practise restraint since childhood. As they grow up, they learn to control their behaviour, anger, urges,” she added.Said Neha, “We went to Jain and Hindu temples in and around Gandhinagar and asked questions to gauge people’s aggression, both passive and active. Participants were of 25-50 age group.”Commenting on the study, city-based sociologist Gaurang Jani said it was not just because Jains practised ahimsa. “For Jains, ahimsa does not go beyond the issue of animals. I think Jains are very cohesive as compared to Hindus. When you have cohesiveness, you have more support system in your own community and because of that support system, you find answers to any social or economic problem in your family or community. There is no need to go beyond,” said Jani.”If Jains have any problem, they meet their religious leaders who also take immense interest in family matters including the education of children and social issues. They not just preach but interact a lot with Jain families and their relationship goes beyond one generation. In Hindus, castes and sects are so divided that such support system has not been developed,” he added.

Congress, SP, BSP responsible for farmers’ miserable condition, now they mock our loan waiver: Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has blamed the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the “miserable condition of the farmers”. Adityanath hit out at the Opposition on Friday for questioning State’s loan waiver to the farmers. “Those who have worsened the condition of farmers are mocking our government’s farm loan waiver. The loan amounting to Rs.10000 to Rs 1 lakh of more than 12,56,000 farmers is waived off. The Congress, SP and BSP are equally responsible for the poor condition of the farmers,” Adityanath said. Talking about the Ram Mandir issue, the Chief Minister said the matter is sentimental but the court is the ultimate decision maker.”Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is attached with the sentiment of people but the matter is sub-judice. We must wait for the verdict. However, we can’t overlook the significance of Ayodhya. Crore of Hindus consider Ayodhya as a symbol of belief,” he added.Talking about the law and order condition in the state, Adityanath stressed the maintaining rule of law is state government’s priority and added that previous government criminalised the politics for their own benefit.”Unfortunately, the previous government for its political benefit criminalised the politics and gave entry to some criminals in the politics. The crime was an industry for Samajwadi Party and BSP. They could not succeed in establishing industries so they did industrialization of crime. Rule of law in the state is our priority. Nobody is allowed to take law in his or her hand. If you abduct anyone or open fire at the police then the police will also counter-attack,” he added.(With ANI inputs)

Hindu American Foundation expresses concern over massacre of Hindus in Myanmar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An eminent Hindu group in the US has expressed concern over reports that a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers has been discovered in conflict-wreaked Myanmar’s Rakhine state.The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has urged for an open and transparent investigation into these killings.The Myanmar authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave.”The international community and the government of Myanmar must work together towards a peaceful solution to this complex conflict one which upholds the rights of civilians of all communities involved,” said Samir Kalra, Hindu American Foundation (HAF) senior director and author of Hindus in South Asia & the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2017.There were likely more mass graves yet to be discovered, as the recently-discovered dead appeared to be from a group of 100 Hindus attacked on August 25, by the Arkin Rohingya Salvation Army a militant group run by Rohingya emigres in Saudi Arabia, the HAF said.
ALSO READ Myanmar Hindu slaughter: Survivors say they were asked to blame Buddhists instead of Muslim terroristsIn the past month, some 420,000 people have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh, fleeing from a government crackdown on ASRA militants which resulted in some 200 Rohingya villages burned.”HAF is in direct contact with sources in Bangladesh who are monitoring the condition of camps where Hindu refugees from Myanmar are staying. Their accounts are corroborating the media reports thus far regarding the violence against Hindus in the Rakhine region,” Kalra said.

This Durga Temple has Muslim pujaris

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A glimpse of Bagaria village in Bhopalgarh tehsil is enough to see the example of mutual brotherhood and communal harmony of Hindus and Muslims. Durga Mandir of this village is always in limelight during the Navaratri festival.It is a Hindu multiplicity village where the temple of Durga Mata draws a lot of Hindu devotees but surprisingly, all the priests of this temple are Muslims. Pujari here recites Durga Saptashati with the nine-day flame intact in the temple. The significance of this temple is that one can always hear the jaykara of mata whether its Ramzan or Navratri.The priest family considers this Goddess as their kuldevi and their true reverence and immense faith in this temple is well-known in the surrounding Hindu villages.Eighty-year-old Jamaluddin Khan, the priest of the temple, says about 500-600 years ago, a group of Muslim traders from Sindh province of now in Pakistan was passing through here with their animals. They were going to Malwa in the then Central India.They stayed at Bagriya village in the night and the Goddess Durga appeared in the dream of one of his ancestors and said that you worship my statue. They built a temple and the worship of the Goddess Durga has been going on. Jamaluddin says that “the chief priest is appointed from our family and after my father, I have been serving the temple as a priest for nearly 50 years.” Pujari Jamaluddin said that devotees of every religion come to this temple. Presenting the cordial picture of Hindu-Muslim relations, there is also a madarsa near the temple.

HC seeks trial court data in suit against Pranab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday sought the trial court records of a suit filed against former President Pranab Mukherjee. The suit sought deletion of some portions of his book, which allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.The plea was filed last year, against Mukherjee’s book Turbulent Years 1980-1996. The lower court had earlier rejected the plea for deletion of portions that “hurt” religious sentiments of Hindus. Justice PS Teji fixed the next date of hearing on February 14.The suit in the trial court was filed by a social worker and a group of lawyers, objecting to certain references in the book to the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992. Appearing for the plaintiffs, Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain argued that the lower court wrongly dismissed the suit on the ground that there was no cause of action.He contended before the HC that there was cause of action when the book was published on January 28, 2016, and also on September 5, 2016, when the two-month notice issued by the plaintiffs for deletion of portions of the book had expired.The plaintiffs’ advocates had claimed before the trial court that a civil suit can be filed against the President during his tenure in respect of any act done by him in his “personal capacity”.The President’s counsel had, however, opposed the plea before the trial court, stating that it was not maintainable.BABRI REFERENCEThe suit was filed by a social worker and a group of lawyers, objecting to certain references in the book to the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992
The next date of hearing is set for February 14

This Bengali vlogger is getting trolled for giving a non-veg egg roll recipe for Durga Puja!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s becoming more and more difficult to understand what will cause the next outrage online. From a celebrity’s bad general knowledge to an ex-cricketer doing yoga, practically everything can set off the trolls. The latest object to fall foul is the innocuous egg roll, one of the staples of Bengali cuisine.A vlogger’s ‘egg roll recipe’ video set the cat among the pigeons as some ‘internet Hindus’ felt that eating non-vegetarian food during the holy period of Navratri was a cardinal sin even though non-veg food is the norm for Bengalis. The online culinary battle turned into a culture war with some accusing Bengalis of high-handed. Vlogger Saptarishi Chakraborty, one of the co-founders of the Youtube channel Bong Eats told the Indian Express: “ “Insiya and I created Bong Eats to document the food of Calcutta, which reflects its cosmopolitan nature. It isn’t just Hindu Bengali food. In Calcutta we have a roll for everyone.”One of the commentsHe also wrote a blog post against the hatred spewed against Bengalis and Bengali culture. He wrote: “We, as well as other people in India who do not speak Hindi and have religious rituals and culture different from the mainstream North Indian Hindus, have always been looked at with a mixture of suspicion and contempt.”Writing about how Bengalis relate to Goddess Durga he wrote: “Our mother is not a submissive cow! She is a fire-spewing, demon-killing, badass woman who knows how to have fun.”

Despite Mamata Banerjee’s directive, VHP to carry out ‘shastra puja’ on Dashami

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In spite of the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on September 4 to police administration to thwart any attempt of ‘shastra puja’ or weapon worship on Dashami day of Durga Puja, sources within the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) said that they intend to carry out shastra puja in at least 300 places across the state and to get a permission they would move court on September 18.Chandranath Das, VHP’s vice president for South Bengal said that the process for filing a case has been initiated. “We have got the paper works ready and a case will be filed on September 18. Letters will also be shot off to authorities at Lalbazar, the Kolkata Police headquarters and local police stations concerned. Shastra puja is an essential part of Durga Puja. Mamata is the daughter of a Brahmin and she knows the paraphernalia of pujas but she ignores those to appease Muslims and ensure her votebank,” Das said. Asked if they would carry out shastra puja even if authorities didn’t give permission he said it would be decided later at the last moment.It was found out that preparations were afoot to perform shastra puja at least 300 places in West Bengal.VHP state general secretary Dr Chinmoy Dutta said that it was an attack on tradition. “It will be carried out within the pandal with the help of Bajrang Dal. It is a symbolic exhibition of bravery and an inspiration to fight against evil forces. We don’t intend to carry out any procession with arms but if over-enthusiast common people do it, we won’t be able to help that. The same had happened during Ram Navami when people took out rallies with arms,” Dutta told DNA.Surendra Jain, international joint general secretary of VHP came down heavily on Mamata. “Soon she will put a ban on the entry of Hindus to Bengal, given her love for the minority votebank because of which she had resorted to blatant appeasement of Muslims. Putting a ban on shastra puja was the limit. Why can’t she stop the procession with arms during Muharrum?” he told DNA and added that they would carry out shastra puja with or without the permission of the state. “We will do it even if she doesn’t give permission. She may go ahead and ask the authorities to arrest us. Let us see if there is enough space in the jails. Hindus will give her a fitting reply,” Jain said

Gorakhpur tragedy | Yogi Adityanath, UP government did nothing to save ‘Hindu children’: Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has criticised Yogi Adityanath led BJP government in the state for ‘doing nothing’ to save the lives of children who have died in BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.”Maximum children who died in Gorakhpur were Hindus, tell us what help you have extended to their families?,”asked Akhilesh Yadav.Samajwadi Party President made the remarks while addressing a public meeting ‘Shahi Mela 2017’ in Azamgarh. “When we helped the poor, you used to identify whether they were Hindus or Muslims. We were accused of helping Muslims more, but now we tell you that most of the dead are Hindus at Gorakhpur, tell us what help you have extended to them? (Hum jab madad karte the to aap dekhte the ki Hindu hai ya Muslim hai, humpe aarop lagate the ki Hindu ki kam madad karte ho ,muslim ki jyada,hum aapse kahte hai ki gorakhpur me Hindu jyada mare hai,batao aapne kitno ki madad ki),” asked Akhilesh Yadav attacking Yogi Adityanath. Akhilesh also accused the BJP government in the state of just ‘making promises’ and actually doing nothing to bring about a change in the situation. “Children are still losing their lives in Gorakhpur. But, instead of helping the Gorakhpur people, this government is promising action only,” he said.
ALSO READ 36 children die in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD medical college A total of 290 children died at Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur in August, 213 of them in the neonatal ICU and 77 in the encephalitis ward, principal P.K. Singh said.There have been 1,250 deaths since January this year at the hospital, especially in encephalitis, infant and children’s wards, he said.Giving a break-up of the casualties at the hospital, Singh said 37 children have died on 27 and 28 August, of whom 26 died in the neonatal ICU (NICU) and 11 in encephalitis ward.

Terror has no religion, let us be clear in our minds: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Terrorism has no religion, but a “dangerous game” is afoot to link it with one faith or the other, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday. Naidu said people will have to guard against such attempts. He also stressed that no language should be attached with any religion, saying many Hindus speak better Urdu than Muslims. Naidu, who had earlier courted controversies emphasising on the need to learn Hindi, said no language should be imposed on anyone and that the primary focus should be on learning mother tongue. “Terror has no religion, let us be clear in our minds. Unfortunately, some people are connecting terror to this religion or that religion. It is a menace to the society.”Some friends want to mix terror with religion so as to confuse the people. It is a very dangerous game being played by some people outside. We have to be extra careful. No religion preaches terror,” the Vice-President said. He was delivering the second Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture at the India Islamic Cultural Centre here. Naidu, who will steer Rajya Sabha proceedings in capacity as its chairman, also warned legislators against wasting precious time and focus on making good laws.”We have to be constructive, not destructive or obstructive. Parliament, legislatures and other bodies should function effectively to get the best out of every individual. We should not waste our precious time,” he said.Disrupting Parliament or any other legislature may make headline for a day, but the country loses out in the end, he said. Naidu, who deviated from the prepared text throughout his speech, said he prefers speaking extempore but has to factor in the protocols of holding a constitutional post these days.

Surat: BJP MLA seeks imposition of ‘Disturbed Areas Act’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA from Surat, Sangita Patil, has demanded imposition of ‘Disturbed Areas Act’ in her constituency of Limbayat to prevent Muslims from acquiring residential properties of Hindus. According to Patil, she had sent her written request for the imposition of the Act to the district collector after Hindu residents of Limbayat area of Surat city have made several representations about the issue. ‘The Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act, 1991’, known as the ‘Disturbed Areas Act’, bans sale of property by a member of one religious community to a member of another community, without the prior approval of the district collector. Defending her move, Patil alleged that Muslims are applying every trick in the book, including threat, to acquire properties in Hindu societies. “Limbayat was once a Hindu area. But now, many societies, such as Govind Nagar, Bharati Nagar, Madanpura and Bhavna Park, which go by Hindu name, are now dominated by Muslims. If they do not get the house easily, they even threaten Hindus and force them to sell it,” alleged Patil. “The way Muslims are using various tactics to acquire Hindu properties, I am of the opinion that the ‘Disturbed Areas Act’ should be imposed here to stop them from spreading into Hindu areas. I requested the collector to do so after many residents made their representations to me,” she said. Patil even alleged that Muslims are offering very high price to lure Hindus into selling their houses. “I demand that the Act should be imposed in the entire Limbayat area. The Act is currently in place in several other parts of Surat city,” she added. Refuting her claims, local Congress leader Aslam Cyclewala alleged that Patil has invoked such “communal” issue to hide her failure as public representative. “Since Patil has completely failed to take up the real issues concerning people, she now resorted to such communal politics. If Muslims are really threatening Hindus, then why she never approached police for these many years? Why she invoked the issue when Assembly polls are approaching?” said the Congress leader.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak FM seeks UN attention towards Kashmir issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday sought the UN Secretary General’s attention towards the alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir. Asif strongly condemns “the recent killings in Jammu and Kashmir as well as harassment of Hurriyat leadership”, the Foreign Office (FO) said. Asif also accused India of altering the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by settling non-Kashmiris in the state and sought the Secretary General’s attention towards it, the FO said. Asif reiterated Pakistan’s “moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” This comes after the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 (IRFR) was released on Tuesday in Washington by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In Pakistan, the IRFR attributed the attacks on Hindus to claims of blasphemy against Islam and said: “Members of religious minority communities stated the government was inconsistent in safeguarding minority rights, and official discrimination against Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis persisted.” The report said according to Christian and Hindu organisations girls from those communities “were particularly vulnerable to forced conversions”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sena takes dig at PM’s I-Day address

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address, the Shiv Sena today dared the Centre to abolish the Article 370 of the Constitution so that people from across the nation can “visit Kashmir and embrace its people.” Modi, in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red fort yesterday, said, “Na gaali se samasya sulajhne wali hai, na goli se, samasya suljhegi har Kashmiri ko gale lagane se (Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by either bullets or by abuses. It can be resolved by embracing Kashmiris).” Reacting to it in a sarcasting tone, an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ today said, “Why nobody got this great thought before is very surprising.” “Now to bring this thought into practice, abolish Article 370 of the Constitution so that hoards of people from across the country can go there (Kashmir) and embrace its people,” the editorial said. The Sena also said that violence in “the name of faith is prevalent in the country”, which frightens not only Muslims but the Hindus as well. “Some segments of the Hindu community have become violent and extremists in the name of cow protection. Merely warning them will not be enough,” said the party, which is part of the BJP-led alliance governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra. The Sena further questioned why the government was not as strict against those who refuse to sing ‘Vande Mataram’ as the way it implemented demonetisation and GST. The prime minister had promised to bring back black money from foreign banks and deposit Rs 15 lakh in each person’s account, it said, adding, “We believe this will be done in the next two years.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian woman ‘boycotted’ over support to Dalit farmer

A south Indian woman says her community association has imposed a fine on anyone who talks to her.

How my granny taught me about India’s Partition

Three British grandchildren explain the horrors their grandparents went through during the India partition.

After 70 yrs of Independence, we’re all Indians: Capt Amarinder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As former Vice President Hamid Ansari continues to face sharp criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his remarks indicating insecurity among minorities, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh asserted that there was no sense of insecurity among any community in Punjab or in India.While addressing questions from the press on Ansari’s remarks in Amritsar, the Congress Chief Minister said, “We have had such incidents. But we do not have any insecurity (among communities) in Punjab or in the nation as a whole. We are celebrating 70 years of Independence and after 70 years, we all are Indians, be it Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists or Jains. Where is the feeling of a minority?”The Congress CM who has been known to break ranks with his party command on several issues in the past, including Goods and Service Tax (GST) and surgical strikes, further highlighted that such sense of insecurity can never prevail in the country. “I do not think this can ever happen in India. If somebody thinks that this can happen, then this is a very wishful thinking. He cannot be an Indian,” he said, dismissing concerns over ‘insecurity among minorities’.Referring to Punjab, he said that the state has been witness to bloodshed for two decades, but it had not disrupted the sense of brotherhood among Hindus and Sikhs.Captain Amarinder had earlier hailed the implementation of GST and termed it as a progressive tax, when Congress leadership had made its stand clear against GST by boycotting the midnight session held to announce GST. A military historian, he even differed his stand from Congress when the party demanded to release evidence to discredit Pakistan’s accusations that no surgical strikes took place and said that there was no need of any proof.His statement comes when former Vice President Ansari continues to be targeted for his remarks which he had made amidst concerns over incidents of lynching and cow vigilantism. Speaking on the last day of his second term, Ansari had indicated that a sense of insecurity was creeping. “The fact that Indianness of any citizen is being questioned is disturbing,” he had told Rajya Sabha TV in an interview.Five months into the formation of the Congress government in the state, Captain Amarinder has also softened his tirades against Akali-BJP government, asserting that his government will not indulge in any political vendetta. “I will not follow any policy of vendetta. Whenever there is a problem of corruption, it will be investigated by the concerned department,” he said on Monday.

India partition: ‘We had to start from zero once again’

Among the millions affected by India’s partition were people with businesses they had run for decades.

Minority Comm issue: SC irked as J&K has no time to meet Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its displeasure after Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) submitted that they were unable to make time to meet with the Centre on an issue pertaining to the Minority Commission.In its affidavit, which they later withdrew, J&K cited the Amarnath yatra, its “fragile law and order situation” along with peculiar security issues as reasons for failing to schedule meetings with the Centre.J&K also submitted that according to the revised guidelines, the new implementation mechanism is not based according to individual schemes; rather they are targeted towards nationally recognised minorities, even in states where they are in the majority like J&K, Punjab, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland etc.”The Jammu and Kashmir affidavit makes fun of us. It’s a disastrous affidavit. Anyway, we are giving the last opportunity,” a bench comprising Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, along with Justices AK Goel and DY Chandrachud said.The apex court was hearing a case pertaining to a petition filed by advocate Ankur Sharma who sought the establishment of a Minorities Commission for the State of Jammu & Kashmir.In his petition, Sharma contended that minorities in the state that included Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists were unable to avail benefits under various schemes for minorities.At the previous hearing in March, the apex court had directed the state and the Centre to sit and deliberate on the issue together.On May 1, the Centre informed the court that a six-member committee headed by the Union Secretary Minority Affairs had been formed to deliberate on this issue. The committee was mandated to look into problems faced by the minorities (by number) in the state. In J&K, which has a majority Muslim population,the Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists are not identified as minorities and hence cannot avail of the benefits.However, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Centre submitted that discussions for setting up the Minority Commission were taking place at various levels.In response, the court directed the state and the Centre to “deal with the contentious issue jointly,” since it was “very very important issue.”

Collecting ‘difficult memories’ from the birth of two nations

Shahzeb Jillani on two projects to record testimony from those who witnessed partition firsthand.

Confusion, chaos spoil college picnic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A protest at Maharani’s college erupted on Friday when the principal Alpana Kateja refused to accept a mother of a student as her parent. The entire issue has roots in a leisure trip undertaken by the students of the college on Wednesday that went for a toss after Kateja got the bus halted midway. The trip was allegedly initiated by a student who is RUSU election candidate. Bags of a few students were seized and their parents were asked to report at the college. Moreover, the situation grew tense and police had to intervene to bring thing under control.An uproar surfaced when Kateja refused to accept mother of Parveen, a student whose bag was retained, as her mother. Parveen is a first year student who had joined the college a week ago.“The principal took my bag because of which there was a tussle between us. But now she has apologised and given the bag back to me. I had got my mother along, but she still wanted to confirm the relation. She said she doubted whether it was my aunt or my mother,” Parveen said.“When I asked the lady whether Parveen had asked for her permission to go, she said yes. How can a mother allow her daughter to go on a trip with strangers? So, I just wanted to confirm if she is her mother by checking the records,” Kateja cleared her stand.Moreover, situation reportedly took a religious colour during the same time after a teacher’s statement from the Urdu department was misconstrued.“Some statements by a professor from Urdu department were taken in the wrong manner. She had just said that a lot of Muslim girls were in the bus and they are creating trouble in the college. However, the girls came to us and said that mam has said all Muslim girls of Maharani’s college are defaming the institution,” said Debonisha, a final year student. However, Parveen later said that a tussle between Hindus and Muslims in the college is just a rumour.New rule: campus bound till 2pmSome girls from the Muslim community also protested against the new rule under which students are not allowed to leave before 2pm. The directive came on Thursday after the protest broke out in Maharani’s College. From now onwards, the students who wished to leave the campus will have to file an application to the principal.“Our namaz time is 1pm, we can’t file application everyday,” a student said.

Akhilesh Yadav to organise rallies against Modi, Yogi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To help the party come out of the 2019 Assembly poll debacle, the Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav has planned to launch a major offensive on August 9 by organising protest rallies across all 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh.Yadav himself will lead and address the rally at Ayodhya. The party has prepared a complete dossier to highlight the failures of the Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath-led BJP governments through ‘Desh Bachao Desh Banao’ rallies across the state.Akhilesh has chosen Ayodhya as the venue to address the rally to send across a message to the Hindus that the Samajwadi Party holds a pro-majority stance. Of late, he has been trying to making a dig at the BJP for touting him as anti-Hindu. “Shall I go to a temple to prove that I am a staunch Hindu supporter,” he had said recently.“The main aim of these rallies is to galvanise party cadre across the state and give a message that the party is united in its fight against communal forces despite the ongoing family feud,” said a senior party leader.Through these protest rallies, the former CM also wants to re-establish himself as the undisputed leader of the SP despite an SP rebel group led by Shivpal Singh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav mincing no word while criticising him.

RSS’ Muslim wing to use ‘rakshabandhan’ to promote brotherhood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Muslim wing of Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today said that it will run a ‘rakhi campaign’ across the country in which Muslim girls will tie rakhis to Hindu boys and Hindu girls to Muslim boys. According to the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), the RSS’ Muslim wing, the campaign will be launched on August 3 from Rajasthan’s state capital Jaipur after which on August 5 and 6, it will be held in New Delhi and Lucknow in which the Manch’s patron Indresh Kumar will also be present. “Muslim sisters will tie rakhi to him (Indresh) also. In Lucknow, there will be two programmes, one of which will be exclusively for divyangs. The only objective of the programme is to promote brotherhood among Hindus and Muslims and preserve our Ganga-Jamuni culture,” MRM convener Mohammad Afzal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Can’t even imagine removing Tagore from text books Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra recommended a host of changes to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in its textbooks, including removal of Rabindranath Tagore, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked as to how can someone talk about removing a person who is the ?pride of the nation?. ?I think very soon they will remove everyone from the country. How can one even talk of removing Tagore from school text books? This is just rubbish. He is the pride of the world everybody respects him. I think nobody is supporting it,? Mamata told the media outside the Parliament. Batra, who the heads Nyas, said that various things ought to be removed from the text books referring to Mughal emperors as generous, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s apology over the 1984 riots, and the sentence that around 2000 Muslims were allegedly killed in the Gujarat riots. The recommendations were about five pages which highlighted the portions of what to be removed. Earlier, Nyas had campaigned against A K Ramanujan’s essay Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation from the University of Delhi’s syllabus. They had also moved court to demand removal of The Hindus by Wendy Doniger.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meet Ara Alam, the Muslim woman who has been carving Shiva Lingams in Varanasi for 17 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is a nation of many cultures and many religions. Yet, despite the differences, people say we are the same. Cynics believe that ‘hum sab ek hai’ is a cliche, and have thousands of examples to back why everyone is different.Yet, there are those who want us to believe that there is hope for humanity. Varanasi resident Alam Ara has been making Shiva Lingams for the past 17 years.Ara, who is one of millions of Muslim artisans in India, says, “It is a God-gifted art and we make the lingam with love.”On asked by ANI whether her religion has come in the way, she said, “This is our daily bread. When it comes to our art, we aren’t Hindus or Muslims. We’re Indians first and always.”And that’s why there is hope.With ANI inputs

BJYM members blacken nameplate outside Naresh Agarwal’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activists of the BJP’s youth wing today blackened the nameplate outside the residence of Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal over his “derogatory” remark against Hindu gods. The protesters were removed and taken to the Tughlaq Road police station, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) media in- charge Rohit Chahal said. Agarwal’s remarks on Hindu gods had yesterday sparked an uproar in the Rajya Sabha, with several members of the House demanding an apology from him. “Agarwal’s attempt to hurt sentiments of Hindus in a derogatory reference is highly condemnable. He is a senior leader and should be careful with his choice of words,” BJYM leader Shivam Chhabra said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Show 56-inch chest, send a strong message across: Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut to Centre on Amarnath Yatra attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashing out at the Narendra Modi-led government over Monday’s attack on the Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir, the Shiv Sena said the Centre’s showpiece measures of demonetization of high-value currency notes and surgical strikes on terror launchpads had failed to deter militancy in Kashmir. “The Shiv Sena’s stance is that the attack on the bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims is an attack on the strong and brave government in Delhi. A strong stance is needed to send across a message that the government has guts and a 56-inch chest,” said Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, who is also the executive editor of the party organ Saamna, while calling on Pakistan and it’s terrorist proxies to be punished militarily.The attack by suspected LeT terrorists, has led to seven deaths, including two casualties from Maharashtra, and 19 pilgrims were injured. “When the note ban decision was taken, we were told that it would impact terrorism and finish it. But, this has not happened,” charged Raut, adding that similarly, the surgical strikes across the LoC had also failed to have a deterring effect. Stressing that just issuing condemnations would be of no use, Raut said, “It is the the responsibility of the government to ensure that the Amarnath Yatra goes on smoothly and is not stopped.” “If the Amarnath and Vaishno Devi yatras do not go on smoothly, then the question is who will help the 80 crore Hindus in this country?” questioned Raut, pointing to casualties of defence personnel and civilians in Kashmir. Raut noted that in 1996, after terrorists had issues threats to Amarnath pilgrims, the late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has warned that even if one yatri was attacked, no planes carrying Haj pilgrims would be allowed to take off from anywhere in India. This had led to the pilgrimage passing off peacefully, said Raut, while urging a strong response.

Hindus are insecure in valley where Kashmiri Pandits could not live RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya on Tuesday said that in a place where Kashmiri Pandits could not live, there Hindus are certainly living an insecure life. ?I am not shocked over the incident (terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims). In the valley, with around four to five lakh people, where Kashmiri Pandits cannot live, there the life of a Hindu is not secure as well,? Vaidya told ANI. He further said that the government had put all its efforts to bring out security, but the bus that was attacked by the terrorists was commuting separately and not with the convoy. ?Their registration was also not done with the security forces. Now people cannot celebrate their religious traditions freely. The government needs to take a stand for a permanent solution, or such incidences will continue to take place,? he asserted. At least seven people were killed and 15 injured, after a group of terrorists had earlier opened fire at the bus carrying the pilgrims on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir?s Anantnag district. The incident occurred at 8.20 p.m. last night when the bus, carrying 17 pilgrims was travelling from Baltal to Mir Bazar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC dismisses PIL seeking ban on burning of ‘Ravana’ effigies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on burning of effigies of Ravana on Dussehra across the country, saying that the Constitution provides for freedom to practice religion to all citizens. “Have you read Article 25 of the Constitution? It says that everyone has the right to practice his/her religion,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud told the petitioner while dismissing his plea. The PIL, filed by Haryana-based journalist Anand Prakash Sharma, had sought banning of the practice of burning Ravana on Dussehra, saying “this practice is not supported by any basis mentioned either in Valmiki’s Ramayana or Tulsi’s Ramayana.” It also said that it hurt not only the sentiments of some sects of Hindus, but was also hazardous for the environment. “More importantly, this illegal practice is a waste of money and hazardous to the environment and health of public,” it said while seeking direction to the Centre and states to ban the “improper” practice.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP MLA’s video stirs Basirhat pot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as West Bengal’s Basirhat, which has witnessed communal violence in the past few days, limped back to normalcy, BJP’s Hyderabad MLA H Raja Singh sparked a controversy through a video message posted on Twitter.He can be heard saying, “Today, Hindus are not safe in West Bengal. Hindus in Bengal should respond to people involved in communal violence as Hindus in Gujarat did. Otherwise, soon Bengal will turn into Bangladesh.”He also asked “Bengal Tigers” to wake up and unite in order to protect themselves. Singh blamed the West Bengal government for failing to control the tense situation in the state and alleged that it is supporting those who are spreading communalism. “If you failed to attain security in the state then you will also face the consequences like Hindus in Kashmir faced, will also be banished like Kashmiri Hindus,” he is heard saying.Meanwhile, the Mamata Banerjee government ordered a judicial probe into the communal flare-up after a youth posted objectionable content on Facebook. No fresh incidents of violence were reported on Sunday and state-run bus services resumed.BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav also hit out at Banerjee, saying the current unrest in her state was a “home-grown project” of the ruling Trinamool Congress for “political advantage”.”Does it really pain you (Banerjee) that in your state, on one hand, Gorkha people are agitating, you don’t listen to them and, on the other, there are communal riots?” he asked, adding, “You only blame others, you have no answer to it”.(With inputs from agencies)

Conspiracy hatched against Hindus and PM Modi in the name of ‘intolerance and lynching’: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today said a “conspiracy” was being hatched against Hindus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the nation to gain political mileage in the name of intolerance and lynching incidents.”There is a war between two ideologies — one that wants to disintegrate the country and the other represented by nationalists. The war will be won by the latter,” party spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a seminar organised by Delhi BJP.The seminar, titled “Intolerance to mob lynching – How propaganda machinery works”, was attended by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Supreme Court advocate Monika Arora.Patra’s comments came against the backdrop of recent incidents of lynching in different parts of the country.”We will win because we are with the truth. It’s not a simple war but it is a targeted conspiracy against the nation, Hindus, Modi and the BJP,” he alleged. Patra accused the Congress of trying to create a particular narrative on Kashmir. To drive his point home, he cited the statements made by Congress leaders Saifuddin Soz, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sandeep Dikshit.Referring to the violence in West Bengal’s Basirhat, he alleged that the Congress and Mamata Banerjee were “encouraging the ideologies of Wahhabism and Salafism in the country in the name of secularism for political objectives”.The Narendra Modi government took tough steps on foreign funding of NGOs. It is also a reason for the upswing in the clamour over intolerance and lynching, he claimed.The Delhi BJP chief said the scenario in Bengal, which was a centre of knowledge, nationalism and intellectualism, has changed due to the “political game” of Mamata Banerjee.”No one will call her Didi after what she has done,” Tiwari said, referring to the violence in Basirhat and other parts of West Bengal.He said the prime minister has “all the skills” to respond to challenges, whether it is the border issue with China or the country’s internal matters.

Hindus in Bengal should respond like they did in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amid the ongoing tension in West Bengal?s Baduria and Basirhat districts, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA H Raja Singh waded in controversy by appealing to the Hindu community in the state to respond the way Hindus in Gujarat reacted in 2002. ?Today, Hindus are not safe in the West Bengal state. Hindus in Bengal should respond to people involved in communal violence as Hindus in Gujarat did. Otherwise, soon Bengal will turn into Bangladesh.? Singh said. He also blamed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Government for ongoing tensions in the states by alleging that the latter is supporting those who are spreading communalism. ?The state government is supporting those who are spreading communalism. I want to appeal to those who are secular that if you want Bengal?s Hindus to be safe and secure then you have to be more aware. If you failed to attain security in the state then you will also face the consequences like Hindus in Kashmir faced, will also be banished like Kashmiri Hindus,? he added. Yesterday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she “will ask for judicial inquiry into incidents at Baduria and Basirhat area. “For over a month there has been unrest in the hills. Centre is not cooperating to maintain law and order in Darjeeling,” she said. Violent clashes erupted in Basirhat area of the district after a Class X student updated a controversial picture on Facebook. The boy was later detained by police, but the violence hasn’t abated. Fresh tension was reported in Basirhat area days after too forcing the police to lob tear gas shells and resort to baton charge even as the state government decided to ban some organisations for allegedly instigating people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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