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‘Revolt against guardians if they insist on dowry,’ Sushil Modi tells youngsters

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday exhorted the youngsters to “revolt” against their guardians if they insisted on demanding dowry for marriage.The senior BJP leader made the fervent appeal to the youth on the sidelines of an anti-dowry campaign organised by a Hindi newspaper in the state capital here.The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar had launched a statewide campaign against dowry and child marriage on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.Modi had hosted the wedding of his son here in a simple way on December 3.Deviating from the tradition, Modi’s son’s wedding was held during the day and without any ornate arrangements, musical bands or feasts. All the guests were requested not to bring gifts and were given a packet, containing four laddoos, each.”Young men should show the courage and tell their elders that they will revolt if dowry is taken for their marriage. Such a bold step will put an end to this social evil, which afflicts the affluent and the poor alike,” Modi said.Delving into history, the deputy chief minister said, “Dowry was unheard of in ancient India. Girls used to choose their life partners through a swayamvar. In the memoirs of Megasthenes, we find no mention of dowry. Apparently, the society subsequently started believing that a good match for a girl could only be found in exchange for money. This has to end.”He also urged the women to play an important role in rooting out the evil practice of dowry.”An important role has to be played by the women too as they are at the receiving end of this. The habit of celebrating the birth of a boy and being unhappy when a girl is born needs to be given up. Girls must be brought up with care and given a good education, so that they become economically self-reliant,” Modi said.”Bihar is the land of Jayaprakash Narayan, who had called for a total revolution in the 1970s. We must strive to realise his dream and strike at the roots of social evils like dowry.This cannot be done only through laws, which have been in place for long. Public awareness is a must to bring about the desired change,” he added.

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Greater Noida teen killer kept in isolation at juvenile home

The 16-year-old boy who was arrested for killing his mother and sister at their Greater Noida residence has been kept under observation and in isolation at the juvenile home. A team of doctors, including psychologists, are keeping an eye on him to check for behavioural changes and to make sure that he does not develop suicidal tendencies.Talking to DNA, officials taking care of the teen said that during his first day in the juvenile home, he did not utter a single word. He has been kept separately so that he doesn’t get violent and attack other inmates.”A team of doctors and councillors is keeping an eye on him and trying their best to keep him out of depression,”the official said. According to the officials, the boy was remorseful and cried for some time after being brought to the observation home in Phase II of Noida.”He was accompanied by his father and relatives. They came around 6 pm on Saturday. He hugged his father and kept crying. Once we start seeing changes in him, we will move him with the other inmates,” said Nem Chand, Superintendent of the observation home.Meanwhile, the boy has gradually started talking to other inmates. “We have told other inmates to not discuss or ask him about the incident. He is getting better by the day. He is, however, ashamed of the act he committed. He is reading books by famous legends such as Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanand,” Chand said.On the first day, the boy was so tired that he went to sleep at 10 pm and woke up at 6 am. He seemed to be tired and depressed after traveling 2,511 km. “He eats egg and bread with milk in the morning, sabji, roti, dal-chawal, for lunch and sabji, roti, raita for dinner,” Chand added.After an examination by a psychologist, the next step would be his age determination. The juvenile house has 130 other inmates from five district — Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Shamli, Meerut, and Muzzafarnagar.On Tuesday night, the boy’s 42-year-old mother and 11-year-old sister were found murdered in their Greater Noida flat. His father was out of station for work when the incident took place.According to the CCTV footage accessed by a team of officials probing the case, deceased Anjali and the two children were last seen entering the society around 8 pm on the fateful night and the boy was seen leaving the building around 11.30 pm.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Arjun Modhwadia against Babu Bokhiria

It is perhaps one of the most exciting battles in Gujarat, Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia battling it out against current MLA and water resource minister Babu Bokhiria of the BJP. The seat can swing either way.In 2002, at the height of communal polarisation, Modhwadia defeated Bokhiria with a slim margin of 4,000 seats. Modhwadia retained the seat in 2007 too defeating BJP’s Shantaben Odedara with a margin of 6,000 votes.Bokhiria had his revenge in 2012 when he won the seat against Modhwadia with a margin of over 17,000 votes.Bokhiria won Porbandar in 1995, 1998 and 2012. The two- Modhwadia and Bokhiria- have clashed against each other for the seat thrice- in 1998, 2002 and 2012. Of the three encounters, Bokhiria has turned up victorious twice (1998 and 2012).Porbandar, which is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, is a high stakes battle and it can be known from the fact that Rahul Gandhi himself campaigned here wooing the fishing community and promising them a separate ministry.He also did not forget to mention the withdrawal of the Rs300 crore fuel subsidy by the BJP government led by Narendra Modi.The Congress is hoping to cash in on the rising unemployment and the anger over reduction in subsidy on fuel for fishermen besides adequate MSP.Porbandar: A high stakes battle for bothName: Arjun Modhwadia (Congress) V/s Babu Bokhiria (BJP)Name of seat: PorbandarTotal votes: 2.12 lakhWho won last three elections:2012: BJP2007Cong2002: Cong
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MP police seize bust of Godse from Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha office in Gwalior

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Madhya Pradesh Police and state authorities on Tuesday took possession of the bust of Nathuram Godse, which was installed inside the office of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha’s office in Gwalior, following the collector’s order for its removal.The room has been sealed by the police. A police team is also present at the spot.On November 15, the Hindu Mahasabha installed an idol of Godse inside their office on his 68th death anniversary.The Mahasabha had requested for land from the district administration for a temple dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin in the city, but their plea was not entertained.”The government refused to give us land for the temple, so we created one on our private land,” Hindu Mahasabha VP, Narayan Sharma had told ANI.Sharma also said four political parties helped them to establish the temple, adding the temple was established on their property and that “nobody can change or touch our personal opinions.”Nathuram Vinayak Godse was a Hindu nationalist, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, shooting him in the chest three times at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948.He was hanged till death on November 15, 1949.

Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar to embark on Sameeksha yatra from Champaran next month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is all set to embark on his next ‘yatra’ in December to review the progress of developmental works going on in the state.The “Sameeksha yatra” (Journey to review), will kick-start from Champaran, which is celebrating 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement. In his bid to directly connect with the people, Nitish will visit all the 38 districts of Bihar to take stock of the socio-economic development of the state by assessing the progress of developmental works launched by his government.The announcement was made by Nitish himself, who said, “The Bihar government has done a lot of work. We have provided 35% reservation to women in all jobs, student credit cards for youths etc. To take a stock of their progress, I will commence a yatra from next month from Champaran.” Nitish, also the JD(U) president, has undertaken several yatras such as “Sampark yatra”, “Sankalp yatra”, “Nyay yatra” etc. He has maintained that it gives him immense pleasure to go among the people, and hear their issues directly, besides being connected with the grassroots.In November last year, Nitish had undertaken the “Nishchai yatra” when he toured the length and breadth of Bihar to assess the impact of total prohibition, implemented in the state on April 5, 2016. During the yatra, he also assessed the implementation of his ambitious “Saat Nishchai” scheme, Bihar Public Grievance Redressal Act and other government welfare schemes functional in the state. The JD-U, then a part of the Mahagathbandhan government, had famously targeted PM Narendra Modi and posters reading “Wo videsh bhraman par rehte hai aur hamare CM gaon gaon mein jakar logo se milte hai… Fark dikhta hai” were across the state and on social media platforms.

Hindi played historic role in development of India’s unity and liguistic goodwill: VP Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Hindi has played a “historic” role in the development of India’s unity, integrity and linguistic goodwill.Addressing the 16th annual convocation of the ‘Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha’ here, Naidu said, “For the unification of the nation there is no element more powerful than the language spoken by most of the Indians.” “Language can help good governance because information and knowledge can create an enlightened citizenry,” the vice president said, according to an official release. “Hindi has played a historic role in the development of India’s unity, integrity and linguistic goodwill,” Naidu said.He said in 1936, the office of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha was established in Vijaywada and as the presidents of this sabha, freedom fighters such as Konda Venkapapayya Pantulu, Andhra Kesari Tungturi Prakasham Pantulu, Bejawada Gopalreddy, Swami Ramanand Tirtha did a great work.”It is heartening to know that the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha has not only promoted Hindi but also prepared a large number of Hindi teachers, translators and publicists,” he added. Naidu also said that the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha of Andhra and Telangana is celebrating its 16th annual convocation and he reminded the audience of Mahatma Gandhiji’s view that no country is independent in a true sense, until and unless it speaks in its own language. Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali were among the dignitaries who were present at convocation.

World’s largest toilet pot model unveiled at ‘Trump village’ in Haryana on World Toilet Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>World’s biggest toilet pot model was unveiled at Marora, popularly known as the “Trump village”, in Haryana on the World Toilet Day today in a bid to create awareness towards sanitation and use of toilets.The nondescript village, with a population of 1,800, in Mewat region was in June rechristened as “Trump village” by NGO Sulabh International Social Service Organisation in a gesture to US president Donald Trump ahead ofPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington.The Nuh district administration, however, later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.A mega pot of toilet made up of iron, fibre, wood and plaster of Paris – measuring 20×10 feet – was unveiled in the hamlet to mark the World Toilet Day, which is observed on November 19 to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.Sanitation expert and Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak and other dignitaries inaugurated the “biggest toilet pot of the world” model and dedicated another 95 new household toilets to the residents of the village.”It’s a symbolic gesture to inaugurate a large toilet pot at Trump village to mark the World Toilet Day to create awareness among people towards the use of toilets and safe sanitation,” Pathak said.He said the large pot replica would be moved to Delhi’s Sulabh Toilet Museum.Pathak had in June announced in Washington his decision to adopt Marora. He had said the move was aimed to encourage businessmen adopt villages in India to promote sanitation.Since then, Sulabh International has carried out the construction of toilets for every household and set up of a vocational training centre for girls in the village.”Organising a programme in a remote village of Haryana on the World Toilet Day was a promotional concept in connection with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make villages in India free from open defecation on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary year in 2019,” Pathak said.”Trump’s slogan is ‘Make America Great Again’ and our Prime Minister’s credo is ‘Make in India’, so I thought why not make a humble beginning honouring the friendship of the two,” he said.Apart from inaugurating individual toilets, two books on the use of toilets and sanitation were also released.Pathak said he hoped the move would win enough attention and goodwill to raise awareness for a major social problem.Puneet Ahulwalia, a member of the ruling Republican Party of the US, speaking on the occasion, said the initiative would go long way to motivate masses towards cleanliness and safe sanitation.

Madras High Court dismiss PIL seeking ban on ‘Mahatma’ prefix on currency notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a direction to the central government to refrain from using the word ‘Mahatma’ as a prefix to Gandhi’s name in the currency notes with a cost of Rs 10,000 on the petitioner for wasting time.The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar dismissed the petition moved as a PIL by S Muruganantham, a research scholar at Jadavpur University in Kolkata saying that such PIL’s only clogged the business of the court and consumed valuable time of the judiciary.The petitioner questioned the constitutional validity of prefixing the title ‘Mahatma’ before the name of MK Gandhi in Indian currency notes and contended that the act of the government was in complete violations of Article 14 and 18 of the constitution. He also said that when the Reserve Bank of India uses the prefix, it amounts to a violation of the principle of equality which is the basic structure of Constitution.

Work hard to ensure 21st Century belongs to India: PM Modi tells diaspora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Indians to work hard to ensure that the 21st Century belongs to India and said his government was making every effort to transform the country and take it to new heights.Addressing the Indian diaspora in the Philippines capital, Modi said difficulties might be there but once it’s crossed no one can stop India from achieving new heights. “Our efforts are aimed at transforming India and ensuring everything in our nation matches global standards,” Modi said in his nearly 35-minute speech. Noting that 21st Century is described as Asia’s Century, Modi told the cheering audience that it was duty of every Indian to work hard to make it a century of India. “I say it is possible,” Modi asserted.The Prime Minister said India has always contributed to the world peace and more than 1.25 lakh Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives just for peace during the two world wars. “Our contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces is among the biggest. India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi, peace is integral to our culture,” he said, highlighting India’s contribution to the world peace.Modi also lauded his government’s initiatives such as ‘Swachh Bharat’, ‘Jan Dhan Yojna’ and ‘Ujjwala Yojana’. “Which Indian doesn’t want cleanliness? We have started from where Mahatma Gandhi left and till now over 2.25 lakh villages in India have become open defecation free,” he said. Stating that getting a LPG connection once used to be a big achievement, Modi said his government has provided free LPG connections to more than 3.5 crore families in over three years.He also attacked the Opposition and said that before 2014 people used to ask how much money has gone to scams but now they ask how much has come. Modi arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit to attend the ASEAN-India and the East Asia summits. Addressing the Indian community in the Philippines capital during his maiden visit, Modi said there was a time when families would celebrate getting gas connections as if they have got home a Mercedes. “Members of Parliament used to get coupons for 25 LPG gas connections annually to oblige people of their constituency… Imagine, gas connections!” he said. Recalling the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi said BJP made him the prime ministerial candidate and people were waiting for the Congress to decide on its candidate.”The Congress party held a meeting and later told a press conference that they have decided that if they retain power they will increase the number of LPG gas cylinders to consumers from nine to 12 per year,” he said. “That (number of cylinders) was going to be their poll issue. That was the expanse of their thought and even the people would be amused by such announcements…Such narrow vision at times leads to major crisis,” he said, referring to the Congress-led UPA’s ouster from power after a decade.Modi said that during his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort he had requested the well-off citizens to give up LPG subsidy which led 1.5 crore consumers giving up the benefits that were passed on to the poor in form of free connections. “There are 25 crore families in the country. Three crore families have been given gas connections and our target is to provide it to five crore families,” he said, highlighting the harms of fuel-wood on women and children.”When my party came to power, we linked LPG connections with Aadhaar. It was revealed that earlier subsidies were also given to people who did not even exist! Subsidy should be given to deserving people. We are saving Rs 57,000 crore annually by linking LPG connections with Aadhaar,” he said. Modi said the people who earlier wrongly benefited will always opposing him and vowed that he will leave no stone unturned in fulfilling the mission for which he was elected. He also took a jibe at the UPA government referring to its scam-mired tenure, saying that before 2014 people would ask how much money lost due to corruption but now they ask how much money has comeback.Addressing a hall full of Indian community members, Modi also talked about his other initiatives — the Jan Dhan Yojna and the Swachh Bharat. He said 30 crore families, which were out of the banking system for 70 years, have got their zero minimum balance accounts during the NDA regime and their total savings amounted to Rs 67,000 crore.”This is not a small change. Those (the poor) who were out of the banking system have now become the focal point of it,” he remarked. “If Singapore can be clean, if Philippines can be clean then why not India?” he said amid applause from the audience. “Which Indian doesn’t want cleanliness? We have started from where Mahatma Gandhi left and till now over 2.25 lakh villages in India have become open defecation free,” he said.

Zionism mother of modern-day terrorism: Hamid Ansari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a discussion here on Tuesday to launch a new book on Mahatma Gandhi and the Jews, former vice-president Hamid Ansari tried to differentiate between Judaism as an ancient faith and its political arm Zionism, holding it responsible for inventing modern-day terrorism. Meanwhile, author Prof PR Kumaraswamy revealed that Gandhi had changed his views about Israel soon after World War II.Noting that some of the records of meetings of the Mahatma on Israel were not brought to the public by his secretary, Kumaraswamy digs out a conversation between World Jewish Congress member Honick and a Labour Member of British Parliament Sidney Silverman with Gandhi on March 9, 1946. “The Jews have a good case. If the Arabs have a claim in Palestine, the Jews have a prior claim,” he had said.Ansari, also a former diplomat, said while he believed Judaism was an ancient faith, Zionism was a political ideology that took shape late 19th century. “Its power to rekindle itself as an ancient faith and religion was today being emulated by others in different lands in their justification to resort to violence,” he said.

Congress gets trolled for asking, " What did Gandhiji carry in his loincloth" on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress on Monday morning was trolled on Twitter for sharing a poll on Mahatma Gandhi, which was part of its Know Your Legacy campaign. The question, which has over 10,500 answers so far, asks, “Which item did Gandhiji always carry in his loin cloth?” The options are extra spectacles, a false set of teeth, a coin, and a scroll by Tolstoy.However, polls like these expose Twitter’s sarcastic side and there were a number of people trolling the grand old party for the poll.Here are some of the tweets

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

61% respondents praise PM Modi’s Swacch Bharat Campaign on his app

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Participants in a survey on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s app have given high ratings to the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign, a statement said on Saturday.As many as 61% of respondents termed the government’s efforts to make the country clean as excellent while 20% termed it good and 11% average.”94% of people expressed optimism and said Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India can be achieved,” it said.”79% respondents said they have witnessed behavioural change in people’s attitude in the last three years regarding cleanliness. 90% said they now make conscious efforts to maintain cleanliness,” it said.The statement did not say how many people participated in the survey called ‘Swachhata Samvad’ (dialogue on cleanliness).

Rahul Gandhi reveals how BJP ‘opened his eyes’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP government for not creating enough jobs in the country and even admitted that the Congress-led UPA government could’ve done better.Speaking in Vadodara, Rahul said that while he admits even UPA government did not focus as much as required on small and medium businesses, the current dispensation is at an extreme. “Our (UPA) record was better than theirs (NDA) but even we were five out of ten. The current government though is providing 450 jobs every 24 hours even though 30,000 youths enter job market dailyHe added: “If we do not provide 30,000 to 40,000 jobs daily to our young in the next five to 10 years, no one would be able to control the anger that will spread.”
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi’s close confidante joins BJP on eve of Amit Shah’s Amethi visit He also said that the Congress didn’t do enough to strengthen small and medium businesses.He further said: “A leader’s job is to look 5-10 years ahead and not implementing things forcibly that will make people cry.”
ALSO READ After Rahul Gandhi’s visit, BJP Amit Shah will arrive in Amethi to inaugurate several projectsLooking to play a statesman he would not say that he didn’t want to finish BJP, a reaction to the oft-repeated Congress-mukt Bhakt. He further said: “My family has Gandhiji’s values. Felt bad when I saw body of my father’s killer Prabhakaran. Told it to Priyanka ,she said she felt bad too.”
ALSO READ Why Rahul Gandhi wasn’t wrong to call Mahatma Gandhi an NRIHe went on to add: “BJP ne meri bahut madad ki,2014 polls jo hum haare usse faaydemand cheez nahi ho sakti. Meri pitai kar-kar ke unhone meri aankhen khol di. (BJP has helped me a lot, and the loss in 2014 was beneficial to us. By constantly slamming me, they opened my eyes.”Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the BJP saying the doors of the Gujarat government were open only for a few industrialists.He made the remarks after offering prayers at the famous Santram temple, on the first day of a three-day tour of the poll-bound state.”(Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji and the BJP talk big about religion, but the doors of the Gujarat government are just open for a few industrialists. They are not open for all, like the doors of this temple,” the Congress leader said.Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi had earlier said that his party was “deliberately projected as anti-Hindu” by the BJP and the RSS.He had said Gandhi’s visit to various temples during his tour was aimed at countering the “hardline Hindutva” campaign of the BJP and the RSS.Gandhi today began the second leg of his poll campaign from central Gujarat.During his first leg of the three-day ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ in Saurashtra last month, he had visited five temples, including the Dwarkadeesh temple and the hill-top Chotila shrine.At the Santram temple here, Gandhi interacted with the temple authorities and told a small gathering that the “tallest leader of the Congress”, Mahatma Gandhi, had come to the shrine during the Dandi March in 1930.”I came to know from the temple management that it does a lot of work in the field of education besides social service. Their doors are open for all whether the poor or the rich,” the Congress vice president said.”It should be so because it is our tradition and it is the tradition of our religion,” he said.The Congress leader is scheduled to visit some more temples in the state. With inputs from PTI

Supreme Court appoints amicus curiae in Bapu assassination case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has appointed senior advocate and former additional solicitor general Amrender Sharan as an amicus curiae on a petition seeking a reinvestigation in the Mahatma Gandhi assassination.Initially, the court was inclined to dismiss the petition saying “nothing can be done in law”. However, after briefly hearing the matter, a bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao appointed Sharan to assist the court on this issue. The court wanted to know “whether it is wise and legal to reopen” this case.The court reminded the petitioner Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a Mumbai-based researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, on the law of limitation before posting the matter for further hearing on October 30.The petition seeks the reopening of the probe on the assassination on several grounds, including the ‘possibility’ of involvement of more people in the murder. The petition submitted that a probe in the case may reveal what could be one of the biggest cover-ups in history. Phadnis contended that the apex court never got the opportunity to examine the Gandhi assassination case, as convicts were hanged before it came into existence.

Madhya Pradesh: Cop commits suicide in police station after spat over ‘Swachh Bharat’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 55-year-old head constable committed suicide on the premises of Roun police station in this district, allegedly after a spat with his senior officer over cleaning up the place under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on Monday, the police said on Tuesday.”Ramkumar Shukla killed himself by consuming some poisonous substance after he and police inspector SS Gaur had an altercation over cleaning the police station on Gandhi Jayanti under the SBA,” superintendent of police Anil Singh Kushwah told PTI.Shukla was initially rushed to the district hospital and then to Gwalior, where he died last night.Meanwhile, the head constable’s family members held a protest with his body near the City Kotwali police station demanding that Gaur and Kushwah be booked for murder.The SP said he had already ordered a probe into the suicide and that Gaur has been “line attached” (taken off the field duty).Shukla’s family members alleged that the SP failed to act even though the head constable called him up and sought his intervention.”In a bid to calm him (Shukla) down, I told him over phone to join the duty in police line if he was not adjusting with the inspector. What wrong did I do?” he asked.However, the deceased head constable’s son Vikas alleged that Gaur had beaten up his father who was unwell, which he said prompted him to consume poison.Further investigation is on.​

This Gandhi Jayanti, cleanliness takes centrestage in NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Swachh Bharat Mission anniversary was observed by various institutions and groups across the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday, through fun-filled activities and awareness programmes.Besides, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shashri on their birth anniversary, at a function organised at Vidhan Sabha. “I bow to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shashri. Both of them lived inspirational lives. We should try and mold their ideas in our lives,” he later tweeted.In a bid to commemorate the Swachhta Diwas, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) released a booklet, titled ‘Segregation of Waste at Source’. It was released by Puneet Kumar Goel, officiating Chairperson of the NDMC.He also distributed Swachhta Awards to organisations and participants, such as Gymkhana Club, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Pandara Road Market Association, RWA Laxmibai Nagar, Nehru Park, and four NDMC schools, on the basis of their contribution in terms of swachhta initiatives undertaken during the year in New Delhi area.Meanwhile, the civic body also dropped curtains on the Swacchta Pakhwada, following which the team NDMC, RWAs, MTAs, shopkeepers, NGOs, and other volunteers had contributed their Shramdaan at Connaught Place in New Delhi area.Also, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, led by DIG Srikant Kishore, took part in the Swachchhata Hi Sewa drive. As many as 359 personnel took part in the drive at Bagdola village of Sector 8, Dwarka. The drive started at 8 am, wherein senior CISF personnel interacted with civilians and officials from South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to enlist their cooperation in keeping the area clean.The unit also adopted a park in the area and it was decided that CISF personnel will assemble there on every second and fourth Thursday to join hands with the locals and municipal workers to ensure that the area is clean and green.The hospitals in the city were not to be left behind. At Dr Ram Monohar Lohia Hospital, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony. The minister emphasised the importance of cleanliness and requested people to not litter.A Swachh Bharat Pakhwada was organised at the Lady Hardinge Medical College, where staff members who contributed towards maintaining cleanliness were awarded. Sulabh workers were acknowledged and appreciated for their work and Medical Director, Superintendent and FORDA President gave speeches to continue to maintain cleanliness in the hospital premises.Terming it Swachh Swasth Jeevan Diwas, AIIMS organised Swachhta Awards, 2017, and screened the movie ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’.Schools in Noida’s Gautam Budh Nagar also took up the mission to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary.

Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at birth place, inaugurates projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, visited Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace Kirti Mandir in Porbandar on his 148th birth anniversary on Monday. Kovind took part in prayers held at Kirti Mandir and paid homage to Mahatma. He also felicitated the Gujarat government for the achievement of Open Defecation Free(ODF) status of rural Gujarat.Kovind said that it was a priviledge for him to visit Kirti Mandir on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.Kovind said, “By achieving ODF status for rural parts, Gujarat has paid real homage to Gandhiji today. Cleanliness is not the sole responsibility of sanitation staff or government, it is a social responsibility. Gandhiji imparted the lesson to inculcate good habits of sanitation by cleaning toilets himself 100 years ago. It will be real tribute to him on his 150th anniversary two years later.”The president remembers Sardar Patel as sculptor for united India whose birth anniversary falls on October 31. Later to this event, he reached Mangrol town where he inaugurated water supply augmentation projects for 45 villages and laid foundation stones for a fishing harbour.The President also inaugurated various projects such as the jetty and other facilities at Jafarabad Fishing Harbour; upgradation of Veraval and Porbandar Fishing Harbour and Navibandar, Miyani and Salaya Fish Landing Centres. He hoped for a boost in the economic development of the region and improve the quality of life of the people.The president said, “Gandhiji aimed at the overall development of society and believed in the dignity of labour. The people of Saurashtra are known for their hard work, whether in agriculture, trade or other professions. They have improved their lives by dint of their hard work and diligence while facing natural calamities and other challenges of nature.”The President acknowledged Gujarat’s contribution in agriculture, industry, education, arts, literature and public life. “Around 48% of the cargo entering or exiting the ports of the country is from the ports of Gujarat. The state is the largest contributor in the marine fisheries business in India and its share is around 20% of the total trade. I give complements to CM Vijay Rupani for building on the past legacy and working diligently in order to make the projects possible.”

Amit Shah to launch ‘yatra’ as BJP eyes opposition space in Kerala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a curtain-raiser for the high-profile and star-studded “Janraksha Yatra” to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah in Kerala on Tuesday against the alleged killing of right-wing cadre by CPM activists, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar launched a scathing attack on the Pinarayi Vijayan government on Monday.High on the symbolism of October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, the minister drew a parallel between Gandhi’s movement against the British Raj and the saffron outfit’s efforts in Kerala.”Just as Mahatma Gandhi led a democratic movement against the British Raj in the Freedom Movement, the BJP is launching a democratic movement to oppose the bloody and murderous politics of the CPM in the Kerala. In democracy, democratic protest is the way to go,” he said.Javadekar accused the left government in Kerala of having unleashed “bloody politics” in which “murder and violence is used as a political tool”. “The new name of CPM is Communist Party of Maoists as they are behaving just as Naxals.””Eighty four people have so far been killed in Kerala in the last 15 years by the CPM regimes whenever they have come to power. The chief minister’s district, Kannur, is a minefield of such political murders because since he has taken over power this time, already 14 political activists have been killed in extremely brutal ways,” he said.Javadekar accused the left government of shielding the miscreants and murderers. “These criminals are deliberately patronised by the state government. They are let off and given bails on the weakest of alibis. Killing spree is the name of the game,” he added.But there will be triumph of democracy, he said, to underline the democratic nature of BJP’s latest campaign. “We are protesting in a democratic way. We are launching this yatra to raise awareness among the people against this violence and murder.”Party chief Amit Shah would be launching the yatra on October 3, Javdekar said, as he would also lead the campaign on October 5 and 17, the last day of the campaign. “All party functionaries, leaders and ministers, such as Smriti Irani, Anant Kumar, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Giriraj Singh, will be leading the yatra.” On October 3, Shah would lead the yatra from Payyanur to Pilathara; on October 5, he shall lead from Mambram to Thalassery; while on the last day he would lead the processions to state capital Thiruvananthapuram.”The yatra would be made by activists on foot as well as vehicles, while public rallies and meetings will be organised all along the route,”the minister said.

President appoints commission to examine sub categorisation of OBCs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday appointed a committee to examine the sub-categorisation of other backward classes (OBCs).This was, according to a release, to reinforce the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary.The Government of India in its efforts to achieve a greater social justice and inclusion for all, said that sub categorisation of the OBCs will ensure that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs.The Commission will be headed by Retired Justice G Rohini and will comprise four other members.The committee will have three main roles. Firstly, it will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes or communities included in the broad category of Other Backward Classes with reference to such classes included in the Central List.Secondly, the committee will work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for sub-categorisation within such Other Backward Classes.Finally, the committee will take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes or communities or sub-castes or synonyms in the Central List of Other Backward Classes and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.The Commission is required to present their Report to the President within a period of 12 weeks of assumption of charge by the Chairperson of the Commission.On receipt of the Report of the Commission, the Central Government will consider ways and means for equitable distribution of the benefits of the reservation in Central Government jobs and admission in Central Government Institutions amongst all strata of the Other Backward Classes.

SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya participates in Swachhta Hi Seva mission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The heads of the country’s two largest lenders on Monday picked up brooms on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, and pledged resources and money to make the government’s ‘Clean India’ drive a success.ICICI Bank’s chief executive Chanda Kochhar announced a plan to train 1.5 lakh individuals for sanitation, health and hygiene awareness programme over the next one month.SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said they will increase digital banking to reduce the use of paper which will help the environment as well as lead to better cleanliness.Lead by Bhattacharya, around 250 senior employees of SBI cleaned the area around the Girgaum Chowpatty in the heart of the city, while Kochhar and her senior management officials cleaned the area near its branch in the Backbay Reclamation area of the city.On the occasion, Bhattacharya said the drive will hopefully encourage everyone to come together and help turn Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India into a reality.”SBI’s commitment towards digital banking is another way of supporting a clean India as less usage of paper will lead to a lot of reduction in waste and making the environment healthy and a clean place to live,” she said.Kochhar said in November 2014, ICICI Bank adopted the ‘Clean India Mission’ and since then on every working day, the employees of one branch of the bank have been participating in the initiative by cleaning the area surrounding their office.”So far, 6,000 of our employees have cleaned the areas near 800 of our branches in over 130 cities,” she said.Starting from Tuesday, ICICI will also organise multiple sanitation, health and hygiene training modules which will be conducted across all the 24 urban centres and over 200 rural centres of ICICI Academy for Skills, and 17 rural self- employment training institutes, she said.”Tomorrow alone, they will train over 15,000 individuals,” she said.The bank, through its efforts, aims to train nearly 1.5 lakh people over the next month alone, Kochhar said. Bhattacharya said the SBI workforce will carry out similar clean-up activities elsewhere.”SBI aims to improve the quality of life and make the country sustainable by carrying forward this initiative on a regular basis,” she added.

Is there a cover-up in Mahatma Gandhi’s death? Abhinav Bharat suspects ‘foreign hand’ in assassination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court of India has received a strange petition that claims that the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of the CIA, and US’s intelligence agency during WWII, was trying to protect Mahatma Gandhi.The petition that was brought before the Supreme Court sought the reopening of the investigation into Mahatma Gandhi’s murder, claiming that it is one of the biggest cover-ups in history.In his written submission, Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, Mumbai, who has filed the petition, said telegrams were sent from the US Embassy in New Delhi to Washington on January 30, 1948 after the assassination of Gandhi and one of the reports relating to it still remains classified.He has put on record one of the telegrams “obtained officially” by him during his recent visit to the National Archives and Research Administration, Maryland in the USA, during a visit in May this year.Phadnis maintained that as per the “restricted” telegram of January 30, 1948 sent from the US Embassy at 8 pm, Herbert Tom Reiner, Disbursing Officer, was within five feet of Mahatma Gandhi when he was shot, and with the aid of Indian guards, he had apprehended the assassin.”The said Reiner filed a report on reaching the Embassy later in the evening. However, after 70 years, the said report remains classified. The petitioner (Phadnis himself) has filed an application under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA of USA) for declassification of the said report,” he said in his written submission in support of the petition, which is listed for hearing on October 6 in the apex court.Phadnis has informed the apex court about his communication with the US authorities in which he has mentioned the third telegram sent later the same evening, apparently after the debriefing of Reiner. It has been marked ‘confidential’.”The third telegram is the subject matter of my FOIA request and has not been supplied to me,” he has told the US authorities, adding he has filed an appeal in this regard.Phadnis, who has also sought a probe to ascertain whether there was a second assassin of Gandhi besides Nathuram Godse, said he was trying hard to get the US documents declassified to know whether there was a “foreign hand”.The petitioner, who has been conducting research on the issue since 1996, will be launching an online petition with the White House on October 2 to demand declassification of the third telegram sent by Reiner.In the petition, Phadnis has also questioned the ‘three bullet theory’ relied upon by various courts of law to hold the conviction of accused — Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte who were hanged to death on November 15, 1949, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was given the benefit of doubt due to lack of evidence.He has claimed that the Justice J L Kapur Commission of Inquiry set up in 1966 was not able to unearth the entire conspiracy that had led to the killing of Gandhi.Inspired by Savarkar, Abinav Bharat, Mumbai, was set up in 2001 and it claims to work for socially and economically weaker sections with a focus on bridging the digital divide.Phadnis has challenged the decision of the Bombay High Court which on June 6, 2016 had dismissed his PIL on two grounds — firstly, that the findings of fact have been recorded by the competent court and confirmed right up to the apex court, and secondly, the Kapur Commission has submitted its report and made the observations in 1969, while the present petition has been filed 46 years later.The petitioner said the case is one which concerns the truth behind the real hands or culprits who had performed the dastardly act of assassinating Gandhi and also their hidden agenda of derailing the ‘Gandhi-Jinnah People-to-People Contact’ programme that the Mahatma had planned to embark upon.This plan was derailed because of his assassination, the consequences of which are being felt even now, he contended.

Clogged drains undo fight against floods

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several parts of West Bengal were flooded this monsoon, but most areas under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) were not.Tarak Singh, Member Mayor-in-Council (MMiC) of KMC’s drainage department, says that even after a heavy downpour, water receded in 2-3 hours owing to the preventive and remedial steps taken by the civic body. “We have 73 pumping stations, of which most used to be defunct earlier. We carry out de-silting of high drains through the year. We also have 450 portable pumps which are used in different pockets in extreme situations,” Singh tells DNA.Singh claims that areas such as Raja Subodh Mullick Square, Thanthania area, Amherst Street, Muktaram Babu Street and Mahatma Gandhi Road, which were often flooded, received record rain, but escaped the annual misery.”The underground drainage system has been revamped for smooth drainage of rainwater into the Ganga.”He admits that one of the areas which still experienced severe waterlogging was Behala in Kolkata’s southwest fringe. “It’s because the ongoing Kolkata Environment Improvement project disrupted the drainage system. The Rs 800-crore project will continue for another 18 months,” he says.Plastic and polythene wastes remain a problem. The KMC plans to buy advanced drainage equipment worth Rs 53 crore. “We might soon impose a fine on use and littering of plastic. We have also identified areas where drains were clogged with plastic packets. We will install dustbins there,” he says. Unplanned disposal of garbage is another issue that the KMC will have to tackle.

Cow vigilantism: States need to compensate victims, says SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Chief Secretaries of 22 states to file compliance reports in pursuance of its order on laying down a mechanism to sternly deal with cow vigilante groups, saying “nobody can wash off their hands”.The division bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra also mentioned that victims of cow vigilance violence needs to be compensated by the respective states. ” We do not have to say that. All states are under an obligation to compensate victims of cow vigilante violence. At the same time, law and order has to have primacy and anyone violating must be dealt with sternly”, says SC according to Live Law report. SC said it after Indira Jaisingh appearing for Tushar Gandhi argued for a compensation scheme for the victims, where the entire process is automated. The top court, on September 6, had directed all 29 states and seven union territories (UTs) to take steps to stop violence in the name of cow protection and asked them to appoint a senior police officer as the nodal officer in every district within a week to check such vigilante groups. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “let the compliance reports be filed…nobody can wash off their hands (from their duty). We will give directions to all the states.”The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, was informed during the brief hearing that five states — Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Gujarat, have already filed their compliance affidavits and Bihar and Maharashtra would be filing it during the day. It then asked the counsel for the remaining 22 states to file compliance reports by October 13 and fixed PILs, including one filed by Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi on the issue, for hearing on October 31.At the outset, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Gandhi, said the central government be directed to frame a national policy on preventing incidents of cow vigilantism. She also said there were several judgements, which make mandatory the award of compensation to the victims of such crimes, but unfortunately, the money was not being paid. Jaising then raised the issue of Junaid, who was killed by a group of fellow passengers while returning to his Ballabhgarh home with his brothers after Eid shopping in Delhi on June 23 and said his family members were not paid any compensation and now, his father is ill and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh.”I am asking for the formulation of a scheme on compensation,” she said. “Don’t mix up the issues,” the bench said. Earlier, the apex court had passed a slew of directions to stop violence in the name of cow protection and asked the states to appoint a senior police officer as nodal officer in every district to act promptly to check cow vigilantes from behaving like they are “law unto themselves”. t had asked the states to form a dedicated task force in every district to stop such acts and directed their chief secretaries to file a status report giving details of actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism.The court had also asked the states to ensure highway patrolling after it was pointed out that such incidents took place on highways on the pretext that vehicles are carrying beef. Besides Gandhi, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla has also filed a similar petition. With PTI inputs

Defamation complaint against Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury over remarks on Gauri Lankesh murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An RSS activist has filed a complaint in a magistrate court here against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury for allegedly linking the organisation to the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.”I have filed a case of criminal defamation and the hearing is likely to take place on October 22,” lawyer Dhrituman Joshi, who filed the complaint, said. In the complaint filed on Friday, Joshi cited some purported remarks by Gandhi and Yechury and alleged that they had blamed the RSS for the murder. “Statements made by the accused and the respective political parties are in utmost sense defamatory and belittle the RSS in the eyes of common public. There was a definite move by the accused to tarnish the image of the RSS, without citing any proof,” Joshi alleged in his complaint.He said that being an RSS worker, he was humiliated and defamed before the common people. The complaint claimed that the comments, which are “defamatory and detrimental to the image of the RSS”, have been made without any proof or official statement by the investigating authorities. Joshi has also made the Congress, its president Sonia Gandhi and the CPI(M) as party to his complaint.Journalist Lankesh was killed on September 6 by unidentified assailants at her residence in Karnataka. Rahul Gandhi is already facing a defamation case in a court at Bhiwandi in Thane district over his alleged comment against the RSS regarding Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

PM Narendra Modi writes to celebrities across fields to promote ‘Swachh Bharat’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As his pet ‘Clean India’ campaign completes three years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to opinion makers across fields including industry, sports and cinema seeking their support to ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement, saying it is the most noble service.Modi, who had on October 2, 2014, picked up a broom to launch the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Campaign, to promote sanitation, has written personalised letters to iconic celebrities, prominent industrialists, sportspersons, film stars, inter-faith leaders and other noted personalities to enlist their support.Introducing the subject of his short letter as something which was very close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart, Modi said, Bapu believed strongly that Swachhata is for each of us to practice.”An inspiration to billions across generations and borders, Mahatma Gandhi recognised that our attitude towards cleanliness also reflects our attitude towards society. Bapu believed in achieving cleanliness through community participation,” he said in the letter seen by PTI.Asking the opinion makers to pledge towards cleanliness, the Prime Minister said in the days leading up to Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, “we can encourage widespread support for, and participation in cleanliness initiatives across India”.He wrote, “Let us ensure that the coming days are about living the Mantra of ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’.” The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aims to make India a cleaner place by emphasising on sanitation and health as also changing age-old attitudes towards hygiene.President Ram Nath Kovind last week launched the nationwide ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign to reignite the cleanliness movement by mobilising people support in the fortnight to October 2.”I personally invite you to lend your support to the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement and dedicate some time for the cause of a Swachh Bharat,” Modi wrote adding their participation will further inspire others to be a part of the movement.Coming together for cleanliness would be a fitting tribute to Bapu and work towards building a New India, he said.”A clean India is the most noble service we can do for the poor, downtrodden and the marginalised. Unclean surroundings adversely impact the weaker sections of society even more,” he wrote signing off with a “Jai Hind!”.​

Even Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t teach PM Modi patriotism: Manish Tewari mocks PM on his birthday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On PM Modi’s birthday, Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari borrowed a leaf from his colleague Digvijiaya Singh’s book and used certain unparliamentary words to describe the PM.Taking to Twitter, Tewari mocked a Twitter user to suggest that even Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t teach ‘PM Modi patriotism’.He wrote: “This is what it means to make ch*t*yas (‘idiots’) bhakts (‘devotees’ or ‘followers’) and make fools out of bhakts. Even Mahatma cannot teach Modi deshbhakti (‘patriotism’).”He has wished the PM on his birthday just before making the controversial tweet. Clearly self-control and extending common courtesy to keep political hostilities away for a day is not Manish Tewari’s forte. Earlier, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh stoked a major controversy by posting a tweet that used abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, prompting the BJP to demand an apology from his party for the “filthy abuse”. Singh later disowned it, saying retweets are not endorsements, but the trolls did not spare him.”Retweets are never endorsements. This is the basic principle of Twitter,” he said after the controversy erupted. “I have said it is not mine. I have disowned it. I have not used those words,” he clarified, adding that “my tweet does not endorse this.” He added that “my words are that he is the best in the ‘art of fooling’. Is it abusive?”Asked whether he endorsed what he retweeted, he said, the same had been sent to him by someone and he only retweeted it. “I have said that this is not mine. But, could not help it.” “Not mine but couldn’t help posting it. My apologies to the person concerned. He is the best in the “Art of Fooling!”,” he said while posting a picture of Modi with the offensive tweet.With inputs from PTI

Congress voices support for P Chidambaram and his son Karti, accuses Centre of ‘witch hunt’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Saturday came out in support of former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram, who are facing corruption charges, and accused the BJP government of carrying out a “repeated persecution and scurrilous witch-hunt” of the family.Congress media in-charge Randeep Surjewala alleged that “persecution, vendetta and vilification” of opposition leaders had become the “sine qua non” (an essential condition) of the Narendra Modi government. “Tragically, the CBI, ED and other investigating agencies have become captive puppets in the government’s mal-intent to oppress, hound and intimidate its opponents,” he said in a statement. “Repeated persecution and a scurrilous witch-hunt of the family of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case by the BJP government and CBI/ED have crossed all proportions, in complete negation of facts,” he added.Surjewala said the agencies did question Chidambaram in 2014 and alleged that they “deliberately widened the ambit” of their investigation and questioned Karti in November 2014, but the latter rejected all the charges levelled against him. “Neither will the Congress party, nor its leaders despair or quit from speaking the truth,” he said, quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s words — “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”The Congress leader said the people of the country would not be fooled by such “diversionary tactics” of the BJP regime, which wanted to shift their attention from its “failures on the core issues of unemployment, economic downslide, farm distress, the demonetisation disaster and a repressive tax regime, with the entire spectrum of state authorities being used to convert the country into a police state”.

New Rs 50 currency notes land in Jaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The batch of new Rs 50 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi series have reached the Reserve Bank of India in Jaipur on Monday. The arrangements are being made for distributing it to the public from either Tuesday or Wednesday, informed the sources.RBI had released the new notes in August this year along with new Rs 200 denomination notes. The distribution of Rs 200 notes was started from Ganesh Chaturthi and a lot of excitement was seen in the public.

PM Modi to hold road show with Japanese PM Abe in Ahmedabad on Wednesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe would take part in a road show in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on September 13 when the latter begins his visit.The eight-km-long road show would start from the Ahmedabad airport and culminate at the Sabarmati Ashram, according to the BJP. Abe will arrive here on Wednesday on a two-day India visit during which he and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit here. “This is for the first time in the country when our prime minister along with the prime minister of another country is doing a joint road show. The Japanese PM is landing here directly on September 13. This makes the occasion more important, as he is visiting a state on the very first day of his India visit,” Gujarat BJP unit president Jitubhai Vaghani told reporters today.He said both the leaders will be accorded a “grand welcome” along the route of the road show. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said a large number of people, including singing troupes who will be performing at 28 different locations along the route, will greet Modi and Abe. “On the entire route of the the road show, which will also pass from Sabarmati Riverfront, we have erected 28 small stages where dancers from 28 different states, all dressed in their traditional attire, would showcase their performance when these leaders pass,” said Patel.After visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930, both the leaders would take a break till evening, said Patel. “In the evening, both the PMs would visit the iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in the eastern part of the city. The mosque is known across the world for the stone lattice work,” he said, adding that both the leaders would be shown a presentation about the city’s heritage on the occasion.Modi and Abe would then have dinner at ‘Agashiye’ restaurant located near the mosque, Patel added.On September 14, Abe and Modi will attend the ground breaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project. Later that day, both the premiers will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

Appoint nodal officers to curb cow vigilantism: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all state governments to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure that incidents of cow vigilantism are prevented and dealt with effectively. The job of these nodal officers, the court said, will be to ensure that vigilantes did not become a law unto themselves.”The senior police officer shall take prompt action and will ensure vigilante groups and such people are prosecuted with promptitude,” the bench said.Hearing a petition filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, seeking directions to the Centre and states to take preventive measures against cow vigilantism, the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also directed the chief secretaries of all states to file a status report giving details of the actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism. It also asked the state governments to list steps they will take to step up security on highways.In the past, cow vigilantes have stopped vehicles carrying cattle on highways and attacked people.While passing the order, the bench also rejected the contentions of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for four BJP-ruled states.The bench also sought the Centre’s response to the petitioner’s plea that the Centre issue directions under Article 256 of the Constitution to all state governments on issues related to law and order.Gandhi’s lawyer Indira Jaising also submitted details of various incidents of lynching and armed attacks on the pretext that the victims were either transporting or in possession of beef.The latest attack in the name of cow protection happened last month when villagers in West Bengal stopped a cattle-carrying truck, dragged out its two occupants and beat them to death.

Like two peas in a pod: Zaveri Bazaar and Crawford Market

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shaikh Memon Street or Zaveri Bazaar as it is popularly known and Crawford Market are city landmarks and among its earliest shopping districts. While it’s barely a 10-minute walk between the two iconic markets, the markets are separated by three cloth markets and various other clusters selling specialised goods such stationery, electronics, cooking ware etc. There are also heritage and religious places like Mumbadevi and Juma Masjid at the end of the Sheikh Memon Street.According to Bombay: The Cities Within by Sharada Dwivedi and Rahul Mehrotra, “Despite its shoddy outward appearance, the portion of Kalbadevi Road near the Pydhonie-end of Shaikh Memon Street was considered to be one of the wealthiest streets in Bombay, primarily due to the existence of the sona-chandi (gold-silver) market. Gujarati jewellers settled here in the 18th and 19th centuries to conduct business in gold, silver, ornaments and precious stones.”Crawford Market, on the other hand, was the first public market with electricity, according to Abha Narain Lambah Associates. Now it is known as the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market. The market, a mix of Norman and Flemish architecture, was designed by British architect William Emerson, and its construction was completed in 1869, the firm said.

PM Modi invokes Mahatma Gandhi while addressing young entrepreneurs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the young entrepreneurs of the country to make India’s development a mass movement, the way Father of the Nation- Mahatma Gandhi made the freedom movement a common agenda. ?When we work together, we can solve several problems the country faces. In the same spirit as what Mahatma Gandhi did for the freedom struggle, we need to make India’s development a mass movement,? Prime Minister Modi said this while speaking at a conference of CEOs and Start Ups at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the national capital. ?Every person wanted India to be free but Gandhi ji did something unique- he made every person feel he or she is working for the nation,? he said, adding, ?Every citizen must have a feeling that this country is mine and I have to work for the country, I want to add something towards its growth.” Further promoting the idea of cashless economy, Prime Minister Modi said that industries and corporations should collaborate with the government and work together with a new approach to bring this about. ?There is no question of compromising on the quality of your product. As industry leaders, think about what more you can do for the poorest of the poor,? he said. He added that in government, the welfare of the people and the happiness of citizens are supreme. Prime Minister Modi held similar meeting with 212 young entrepreneurs last week as part of the ‘Champions Of Change’ programme, organised by Niti Aayog.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Remain united, fight for truth, Sonia, Rahul tell party MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi met the party’s lawmakers from Gujarat in New Delhi on Monday and asked them to remain united and to fight for truth and ideology in Mahatma Gandhi’s home state.Forty-three Congress MLAs, who voted for party’s senior leader Ahmed Patel in the recently held Rajya Sabha elections, were in the Capital to meet the party’s top leadership. The MLAs will also visit Tirupati on Wednesday before returning to Gujarat.Sonia Gandhi chaired the meeting of the MLAs held at her residence at 10 Janpath, which discussed the party’s strategy for the state assembly elections, which are likely to be held in November or December.Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, and party’s Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot also spoke at the meeting.Both Sonia and Rahul congratulated the MLAs for remaining united to get Ahmed Patel re-elected to the Rajya Sabha.”Our party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul ji told the legislators that the Congress was not contesting for power, but for restoring values in Mahatma Gandhi’s Gujarat,” party spokesperson and MLA Shaktisinh Gohil said.Gohil said that the party leadership told the MLAs to continue opposing the anti-democratic forces in a united manner, so as to rally public support in the assembly elections.The party MLAs were asked to keep their differences aside, to revive grass-root connect with the people and enthuse booth-level workers.”The political issues to connect with masses were also identified, which the party will take up robustly. There is unemployment, widespread closure of industries, lack of investors and the farce of Vibrant Gujarat Summit. There are many such issues which we would bring forth through our campaigns – social media, audio visual and print,” said party general secretary Ashok Gehlot.A senior leader said that the issue of alliance with like-minded parties for the polls also came up during the discussion.”Had a good meeting with Congress MLAs and leaders from Gujarat today,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted after the meeting.Even as Congress leaders appeared buoyant after the meeting, the ruling BJP lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for allegedly insulting the MLAs.Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said that TV visuals showed Congress MLAs standing behind barricades when Rahul Gandhi came to speak with them.”It appeared as if they were standing at a ST stand and seeking tickets,” Pandya said, accusing Rahul of behaving like a ‘Sultan’ and insulting the Congress MLAs.Congress has been out of power in Gujarat for over two decades, and is hoping to ride on anti-incumbency and other factors to upset the BJP in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state in the coming elections. However, rampant internal factionalism is a big challenge for the party. The exit of former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela is also seen as a huge blow to Congress ahead of the elections….& ANALYSISCongress has been out of power in Gujarat for over two decades, and is hoping to ride on anti-incumbency and other factors to upset the BJP in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state in the coming elections
However, rampant internal factionalism is a big challenge for the party
Exit of former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela is also seen as a huge blow to Congress ahead of elections
MLAs have therefore been asked to put differences aside and enthuse booth level workers

Terrorism & graft-free India in 5 yrs Modi’s target: Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Jitendra Singh today said terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was in its last phase as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a target to wipe it out from the country in the next five years. He said that just as the period between 1942, when the Quit India movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi, and 1947, when India got freedom, witnessed important developments, the five years of the Modi government would free India from terrorism, corruption and poverty. “The prime minister has set a target to make India free from terrorism, corruption, casteism, imperialism and poverty … Despite getting freedom (in 1947), we are not fully free from these evils,” the minister of state in PMO told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. “Terrorism in Kashmir is in its last phase and within the next five years, Modi’s fight against corruption will be taken to the next level,” he said. Singh said today’s India belonged to the youth and the task of “cleaning the mess” would be completed by them. On the issue of Article 35A, which allows the J&K government to define the “permanent residents” of the state, who are entitled to certain benefits, he said: “People who are out of power are trying to make it an issue.” “They want to create something out of nothing. They want make it complicated,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Solution to Kashmir, terror will be found by 2022, assures Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asserted that by 2022, a solution would be found to the Kashmir problem as also other problems like terrorism, naxalism and North East insurgency.”There are a lot of problems — terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem. Much is not needed to be said about these problems. But I can assure you this much that by 2022, we have pledged to create a ‘new India’…So a solution will be found to all these problems before 2022. We want to assure the countrymen on this,” he said. Singh was addressing a programme here titled ‘Sankalp se Siddhi – New India Movement (2017-2022) Naye Bharat kaa nirmaan’.On the occasion, he administered oath to the gathering for making India ‘Swachh’ (clean), poverty-free, corruption- free, terror-free, communalism-free and casteism-free. “If people could take (Quit India) pledge in 1942 and get freedom in 1947, then why is it so that after 70 years of Independence, India is not that self-reliant which it should had been? “I would congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a pledge to create a ‘new India’ before the country celebrates its 75th year of freedom,” he said.He said Mahatma Gandhi understood the importance of cleanliness and had made it a campaign but it is Modi who gave it the shape of a mass movement. “For 85 long years after the first war of Independence in 1857, India understood the country’s power and kept on gathering it. “In 1942, the entire nation stood united when Mahatma Gandhi said ‘British should Quit India’ and gave the clarion call of ‘do or die’. … It was the result of this pledge which bore fruits five years later,” Singh said.He said if in five years after launch of Quit India movement, India could achieve Independence, “then why can’t we make a ‘new India’ after taking pledge in 2017 and realising it in 2022?” He said Pandavs also had achieved victory in Mahabharata because of their pledge and resoluteness. “This (new India) will be an India where there will be no poverty or illiteracy, every person will have a house, no one will die of shortage of medicine. On the global stage, India will emerge as a powerful nation.Talking about corruption, the home minister said, “In the first meeting of the Union Cabinet, we took a pledge to fight corruption. Our pledge was to change power and system.” Referring to GST which was rolled out on July 1, he said, “Many of our friends are having problems but after a few months, all will praise GST. We passed GST with the pledge of ‘one-nation, one-tax.”Singh said BJP does not indulge in politics of government formation “but for nation building and development.”

Solution to Kashmir, terror will be found by 2022: HM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asserted that by 2022, a solution would be found to the Kashmir problem as also other problems like terrorism, naxalism and North East insurgency. “There are a lot of problems — terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem. Much is not needed to be said about these problems. But I can assure you this much that by 2022, we have pledged to create a ‘new India’…So a solution will be found to all these problems before 2022. We want to assure the countrymen on this,” he said. Singh was addressing a programme here titled ‘Sankalp se Siddhi – New India Movement (2017-2022) Naye Bharat kaa nirmaan’. On the occasion, he administered oath to the gathering for making India ‘Swachh’ (clean), poverty-free, corruption- free, terror-free, communalism-free and casteism-free. “If people could take (Quit India) pledge in 1942 and get freedom in 1947, then why is it so that after 70 years of Independence, India is not that self-reliant which it should had been? “I would congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a pledge to create a ‘new India’ before the country celebrates its 75th year of freedom,” he said. He said Mahatma Gandhi understood the importance of cleanliness and had made it a campaign but it is Modi who gave it the shape of a mass movement. “For 85 long years after the first war of Independence in 1857, India understood the country’s power and kept on gathering it. “In 1942, the entire nation stood united when Mahatma Gandhi said ‘British should Quit India’ and gave the clarion call of ‘do or die’. … It was the result of this pledge which bore fruits five years later,” Singh said. He said if in five years after launch of Quit India movement, India could achieve Independence, “then why can’t we make a ‘new India’ after taking pledge in 2017 and realising it in 2022?” He said Pandavs also had achieved victory in Mahabharata because of their pledge and resoluteness. “This (new India) will be an India where there will be no poverty or illiteracy, every person will have a house, no one will die of shortage of medicine. On the global stage, India will emerge as a powerful nation. Talking about corruption, the home minister said, “In the first meeting of the Union Cabinet, we took a pledge to fight corruption. Our pledge was to change power and system.” Referring to GST which was rolled out on July 1, he said, “Many of our friends are having problems but after a few months, all will praise GST. We passed GST with the pledge of ‘one-nation, one-tax.” Singh said BJP does not indulge in politics of government formation “but for nation building and development.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Rahul ignorant, RSS members took part in freedom struggle’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya today said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi did not know anything about the Sangh, whose members did take part in the freedom struggle. “Rahul Gandhi does not know the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, nor has he tried to understand the Sangh. He does not even know the history of India,” Vaidya said here. “However, the society is coming with the RSS and the RSS is growing continously….their (Congress’) base is shrinking,” Vaidya said. “Talking about one’s forefathers’ achievements to hide one’s own failures is considered bad form in our society,” he said, in an apparent dig at the Congress leader. Speaking at a meeting of opposition parties in Delhi, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Gandhi today alleged that the RSS was trying to plant its people in every institution. “Till the time RSS did not rule India, they never saluted the national flag… You can look at this nation in two ways. One says this country is mine, other says I belong to the country. That’s the difference between RSS and us,” the Congress vice president said. On a common refrain of the Sangh’s critics that it did not participate in the freedom struggle, Vaidya said, “Dr Hedgewar (RSS founder K B Hedgewar) had participated in two of the three ‘Satyagrahas’ launched by Mahatma Gandhi. Dr Hedgewar participated in a Satyagraha before the formation of RSS, and in another Satyagraha afterwards. “He had participated individually and not as RSS leader,” Vaidya said, claiming further that many RSS volunteers took part in the freedom struggle, and were “hanged, shot or jailed”. “RSS did not participate in the freedom struggle directly but its swayamsevaks (volunteers) participated in it,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Row over reports that cops told to sell tickets for concert of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversy erupted today over reports that police personnel in Aurangabad have been asked to sell tickets for an event co-organised by them tomorrow in which Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta is likely to sing a few songs. According to reports, Amruta will be the Goodwill Ambassador for ‘Police Rajani’, an entertainment programme organised by the Aurangabad Police. The cost of each ticket is Rs 51,000 and seats are limited at 400. Reacting to the reports, the Congress today asked the Aurangabad police commissioner to clarify on the issue. “The Aurangabad commissioner of police must clarify whether the police were asked to forcefully sell the tickets to people, the cost of which (each ticket) was Rs 51,000. “The CP should clarify on whose orders the police were asked to sell the tickets. He should also clarify whether the tickets have been sold to any anti-social elements? If this has happened, who will be responsible?” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) secretary Sachin Sawant said in a release tonight. The Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM), led by former minister Kamalkishor Kadam with the support of the Aurangabad City Police, has organised the ‘Independence Day Live Charity Musical Concert’ tomorrow evening. Meanwhile, a senior official from the Aurangabad Police said the officials from 15 police stations have been asked to sell tickets of the live concert. The police commissioner could not be reached for comment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha CM feels unwell at I-Day programme, recovers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suddenly felt unwell while addressing the people at the Independence Day function today but officials said he recovered soon after. “The Chief Minister suddenly did not feel well due to humidity. Now he is completely OK and at Naveen Nivas (his residence),” an official of the Chief Minister’s office said. He would also attend all his programmes scheduled for the day as he is completely alright, the official said. The chief minister, who unfurled the national tri-colour at the state-level parade at Mahatma Gandhi Marg, was visibly unwell while delivering his address and was seen slowing down towards the end of his speech. Despite that, he remained at the parade venue and took salute. On way to his residence, the chief minister went to the Capital Hospital where doctors examined him and said his health condition is perfectly alright. Senior BJD leader Debi Prsad Mishra told reporters after meeting Patnaik at his residence that the chief minister is fit and there is nothing to worry about his health.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress takes pot shots at BJP on August Kranti Diwas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress leadership on Thursday celebrated ‘August Kranti Diwas’ across the state at district headquarters by carrying out foot marches and remembering, felicitating the fighters who fought for the freedom of the country. The leaders while remembering the great day of the Indian history, though, did not forget to take dig at the BJP for playing politics on this very day.PCC chief Sachin Pilot, who took part in foot march in Jaipur, said that it was the movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 which made India a ‘free’ democracy in the world. “The contribution of Congress in getting freedom for the country is unforgettable. The people inclined to Congress ideology had sacrificed their lives to free the nation from the Britishers. Now, the BJP is engaged in changing syllabus and books while removing names of the people who took part in the freedom movement,” Pilot alleged in a fresh salvo at the saffron party.The state Congress head also accused the BJP of misusing the institutions to attain power. “How the conspiracy of BJP failed in Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat shows that people in the power cannot weaken democracy in the India.”Among the present in the march were AIIC general secretary and Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pande, leader of the opposition Rameshwer Dudi, Jaipur district Congress Pratap Singh Kachariawas and former MP Namonarayan Meena.Pandey made a direct attack on the Modi government for playing politics on this day. He alleged that Modi government had tabled a resolution on August Kranti Diwas in the parliament, but it is unfortunate that Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters were not mentioned in the resolution. The leaders marched on foot from the PCC office to the Government Hostel crossing.

Quit India 75th Anniversary: PM Modi hails freedomf fighters, Sonia Gandhi takes jibe at RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Invoking the spirit of Quit India Movement, Parliament on Wednesday pitched for strengthening secularism and democracy amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a determined effort by all sections to rid the nation of ills like communalism, casteism and poverty by 2022.Congress President Sonia Gandhi, however, warned that the “forces of darkness” were trying to destroy the roots of democracy and the “clouds of the politics of division and hate” are hovering over the plural and egalitarian values enshrined in the Constitution.Parliamentarians paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters and recalled their sacrifices as both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha took up a special discussion on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement launched on this day in 1942 by Mahatma Gandhi.Leaders from all parties were unanimous in underlining the need for strengthening democracy and secularism even as some in the Opposition equated the current situation to that prevailing during the colonial days.Some Opposition leaders contended that democracy and secularism was under threat today, with CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury warning against creation of “Hindu Pakistan”.The prime minister, who initiated the discussion in the Lok Sabha, underlined that everyone would need to rise above political and ideological affiliations to rid the nation of ills like communalism, casteism, poverty, corruption and dirt.He said ideological differences, which are there today, existed even during the freedom struggle and despite the different approaches, everyone had worked for the common goal of Independence.Corruption, poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition are the greatest challenges that India now needs to overcome and to do that, there is a need to create the same spirit that existed between 1942 and 1947, he said.Setting 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence as the target year, Modi said people should take a pledge of ‘Karenge, Aur Kar Ke Rahenge’ (We will do and surely do).”In 1942, the clarion call was ‘Karenge Ya Marenge’ (Do or Die) – today it is ‘Karenge, Aur Kar Ke Rahenge.’ The next five years should also be about ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’, a resolve which will lead us to accomplishment,” Modi said.He said in the next five years till 2022, India must try to bring positive changes so that it can become inspiration for many other nations.India’s freedom from colonial rule was not only about India, but a defining moment in ending colonialism in other parts of the world too, the Prime Minister said.He said from 1857 to 1942, the move towards freedom was incremental, but the years from 1942 to 1947, were transformative and delivered on the objective.”In 1942, conditions internationally became favourable for India to get independence. Today again, the global conditions are favourable for India,” he said.The prime minister hailed the role of freedom fighters, saying the struggle for independence saw participation of people from all sections, responding to Mahatma Gandhi’s clarion call in 1942 of ‘Do or Die’.During his nearly 30-minute speech, he remembered the role played by different leaders in different period of times which include Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jai Prakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekar Azad and Raj Guru and Sukhdev.Modi recalled that even as many senior leaders like Mahatma Gandhi were jailed at the beginning of the Quit India movement, a new generation of leaders emerged to fill the vacuum and take the movement forward.”The Quit India movement marked the rise of a new leadership. They supported Mahatma Gandhi during the movement,” he said.Modi said the recollection of movements such as the Quit India was a source of inspiration and the current generation has a responsibility of passing on the legacy of such movements to the future generations.While talking about the success of collective efforts, he referred to the rollout of the GST and said it could not have been possible without the cooperation of all parties.He said a similar approach would be required to resolve the problems of the country.Speaking after Modi, Sonia Gandhi said, “It seems secular, democratic and liberals values are being endangered. The public space for debate and difference of opinion is shrinking… “Have the forces of darkness emerged? Is there a fear about the existence of a sense of freedom? Are attempts being made to destroy roots of democracy which is based on equality, social justice, law-based system and freedom of expression?” She took digs at the BJP and its ideological mentor RSS, without naming them.”We should not forget that there were people and organisations which had opposed the Quit India movement and had played no role in getting our country freedom,” she said.BJP member Kirron Kher shouted “travesty, travesty”, as Gandhi made these remarks but was signalled from the treasury benches to remain quiet.The Congress has often accused the RSS of playing no role in the freedom movement, a charge vehemently denied by it.People have to fight for the India they believe in, which is loved by one and all and which was envisioned by the freedom fighters, Gandhi said.”We can and will not allow the idea of India to be a prisoner to narrow mindedness, divisive and communal ideology.If we have to preserve freedom, we will have to defeat the forces endangering it. We can’t and we won’t allow sectarian forces to succeed,” she said, asking people to defeat such “repressive” forces.She also underlined the contributions of the Congress and Jawaharlal Nehru to the landmark episode in India’s struggle for independence, adding that her party’s workers had made countless sacrifices.After about 4 hours of discussion during which leaders of all parties spoke, the Lok Sabha unanimously adopted a resolution, pledging to work tirelessly in the next five years to build a nation as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters.”We, the representatives of more than 125 crore people, resolve to take along every citizen in working towards building a nation as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters by 2022 when we will celebrate 75th anniversary of our independence,” the resolution said.The resolution, read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, said, “We shall remain committed and dedicated to build a strong, prosperous, clean and glorious India which is free of corruption. We are committed to welfare of all sections and promote harmony and patriotism.”In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said it was the day to commit to make the country a strong, just and economically-progressive country.He underlined the need for freeing the country from all kinds of violence, be it in the name terrorism, politics or religion.Jaitley, who holds the portfolios of Defence and Finance, said the country still faces challenges to its security and sovereignty but the armed forces were capable to deal with these.Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad targeted the ruling BJP by equating yesterday’s developments related to the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat to the events witnessed when the Quit India Movement was launched on this day in 1942.After three hours of discussion, the Upper House also adopted a resolution pledging to build a strong, self-reliant, secular and democratic India.Moving the resolution, Chairman Hamid Ansari said the House recalls that 75 years ago, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to people for “do or die” to end the British Rule while asking the British to quit India.He said the House observes “on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement that it is important to remember the heroic struggle of people, students, peasants, workers and government officials who defied the brutal oppression of the British Raj to launch mass Satyagraha that shook the very foundation of the British Rule.”The House “solemnly takes a pledge to uphold and safeguard the values and ideals of the freedom movement and rededicate ourselves to build an India that is strong, self- reliant, inclusive, secular and democratic,” Ansari said.

‘Secularism,_free_speech’_in_danger_Sonia_Gandhi_attacks_BJP-RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a veiled attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress President Sonia Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha today, that there are some organizations in the country which have no role in the freedom struggle and had vehemently opposed the Quit India Movement. Speaking on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, Sonia said, ?We must not forget that some organizations opposed Quit India Movement. Such organisations have no role in freedom struggle.? Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, she said the politics of hatred and revenge is prevailing in the country which has left no place for open debate and discussion. ?Today it looks secularism and free speech are in danger: There is politics of divide; if we have to preserve freedom, we’ll have to defeat forces endangering it,? she added. Recounting the freedom struggle of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other Congress leaders, Sonia said, ?During freedom struggle, Pandit Nehru spent several years in jail, many Congress workers died in jail. A lot of atrocities were committed on the protesters during the Quit India Movement but no one stepped back.? Earlier in the day, observing the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to make India free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism and to create a ‘New India’ by 2022. The Prime Minister took to his Twitter handle to praise the sacrifices of all the bravehearts who were part of the movement to free India from the British rule. “On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women & men who took part in the movement (sic),” he tweeted. “Let us pledge to free India from poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism & create a ‘New India’ of our dreams by 2022 (sic),” he added. Prime Minister Modi appealed to the people to create a nation on which the country’s freedom fighters would be proud of. “In 1942, the need of the hour was to free India from colonialism. Today, 75 years later the issues are different (sic),” he tweeted. “Let us work shoulder to shoulder to create the India that our freedom fighters would be proud of. #SankalpSeSiddhi (sic),” he added. He also praised Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi for launching and leading this campaign which helped India to gain freedom. “Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, the entire nation came together with the aim of attaining freedom (sic),” he tweeted. The nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. A number of events are being planned at organisational and local levels to mark the occasion. This year’s theme is “Sankalp se Siddhi- the attainment through resolve. The Quit India Movement was an important milestone in the Indian freedom struggle. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, people across India came together to uproot imperialism.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cannot allow sectarian forces to succeed; free speech is in danger: Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the government, saying free speech and secularism are in danger today.Speaking in Lok Sabha during discussion on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, Sonia Gandhi said, “Today it looks secularism and free speech are in danger. There is politics of divide; If we have to preserve freedom, we’ll have to defeat forces endangering it.”The Congress chief also said that she cannot and won’t allow sectarian forces to succeed.”Questions being raised whether forces of darkness are again raising their head, whether attempts being made to destroy democracy.” she added.Meanwhile, terming poverty, lack of education and malnutrition as the greatest challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for special initiatives to end all such ills in the next five years with the pledge of ‘Karenge Aur Kar Ke Rahenge’ (We will do and surely do).The nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. A number of events are being planned at organisational and local levels to mark the occasion. This year’s theme is ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’- the attainment through resolve.The Quit India Movement was an important milestone in the Indian freedom struggle. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, people across India came together to uproot imperialism.

75th anniversary of Quit India movement: PM Modi asks people to work to create ‘new India’ by 2022

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the people to take a pledge to free the country of problems like communalism, casteism and corruption and create a ‘new India’ by 2022.He saluted all those who participated in the historic movement in 1942 under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and asked people to take inspiration from that.In a series of tweets, Modi noted that the entire nation had come together under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi with the aim of attaining freedom.”On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women & men who took part in the movement,” he wrote.”In 1942, the need of the hour was to free India from colonialism. Today, 75 years later the issues are different,” the prime minister added.”Let us pledge to free India from poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism & create a ‘New India’ of our dreams by 2022,” he said.Giving the slogan of ‘sankalp se siddhi’ (pledge to achieve), he urged the people to work shoulder to shoulder “to create the India that our freedom fighters would be proud of”.

SP to protest against BJP govt’s policies tomorrow in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Party (SP) today accused the BJP government of “suppressing the voice of discontent” and said it will observe ‘august kranti diwas’ tomorrow as ‘desh bachao, desh banao diwas’. As part of its programme, the SP will stage protests at all district headquarters and party chief Akhilesh Yadav will address a rally in Faizabad, a party spokesman said. “The party will observe Kranti Diwas tomorrow as ‘Desh Bachao, Desh Banao diwas’ at all the district headquarters with national president Akhilesh Yadav attending a rally in Faizabad district. “On this day, we would register our protests against the BJP, which is suppressing the voice of discontent,” Party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said. ‘August Kranti Diwas’ is day observed to remember the historic ‘Quit India Movement’ initiated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942. “This BJP government is anti-people and the SP would continue to protest against its policies on issues related to farmers, youths and women and its communal politics,” Chowdhury said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Last session of 13th Guj Assembly begins tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The last session of the 13th Legislative Assembly of poll-bound Gujarat will begin tomorrow. As the Assembly Complex in Gandhinagar is currently undergoing renovation, the two-day monsoon session would be held at Mahatma Mandir, a convention centre, in the capital city, officials said today. The Assembly polls for all the 182 seats are expected to be held at the end of this year. On the first day, the House is expected to be adjourned after condoling the deaths in the recent flood in different parts of the state, mainly in Banaskantha and Patan districts. According to officials, four bills will be tabled in the House. These Bills include the Gujarat Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, Gujarat Single Window Clearance Bill, Gujarat Agricultural Land Ceiling (Amendment) Bill and a bill to amend the Gujarat Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act of 1976.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VP-elect Venkaiah Naidu coins acronym for INDIA

Mon, 7 Aug 2017-12:40am , Bengaluru , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Staying true to his love for acronyms, Vice President elect M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that India stands for ‘Integrated National Development Impacting All Indians’.”India stands for: Integrated National Development Impacting All Indians, equally well. This is the mission for India,” he said after being felicitated here for winning the vice-presidential poll. Naidu had defeated the opposition’s nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, by a wide margin in the August 5 election. The vice president elect said he has the highest respect for Karnataka, for it had given him an opportunity to serve the country as a Rajya Sabha member for three terms.He also spoke about Indian democracy’s might of making a person from a farmer’s family as vice president. Naidu said he would be very keen to make the Rajya Sabha proceedings meaningful in his capacity as its chairman. He later left for Tirumala by a flight.

Govt seeks more vigil for RS polling day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apprehending irregularities on the day of voting for the Rajya Sabha polls, the state government has asked the home department to provide additional security at the polling station at Swarnim Sankul-2 on August 8.The decision has been taken as there are chances of cross voting by members, and in such a case there could be instances of violence between party leaders and rebel members, sources said.However, the government cited movement of VVIPs like BJP national president Amit Shah, who is also the BJP’s RS candidate, as the reason for seeking higher security.“Authorities have restricted the movement of other people around the polling station. Special entry passes have been issued to authorised people for movement in the area and senior officials of the rank of SP and DySP will be appointed for security,” added sources.Sources in the Gujarat government said, “It is obvious that movement of VVIPs like Amit Shah and CM Vijay Rupani will be seen on the polling day. The government has cited it as a reason for additional security but it is also apprehended that there can be a friction between two political parties and that could lead to the deterioration of law and order situation at polling station.”MONSOON SESSIONThe monsoon session of Gujarat Assembly also starts on August 8. The sessions will be held in Mahatma Mandir in place of the Assembly building which is under renovation. To be on a safe side, the government has decided to keep the venue of temporary Assembly at a distance from polling stations.

One Gandhi wanted to disband Congress after Indepedence, another doing it: Amit Shah mocks Rahul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, BJP President Amit Shah took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Haryana where he said that Rahul Gandhi was ‘responsible for finishing the Congress’.He said in Haryana: “Gandhi ji ne kaha tha azadi ke turant baad Congress ko bikhed dena chahiye… khair wo Gandhi ne nhi kiya ab koi Gandhi kar rha hai.” (Mahatma Gandhi had said that Congress should be disbanded after Independence. While that Gandhi couldn’t do it, but some other Gandhi is doing it).This isn’t the first time Amit Shah has spoken about Mahatma Gandhi. On June 10, Amit Shah had called Gandhi a ‘chatur bania’.He had said: “Mahatma Gandhi was a chatur baniya.. he knew what was going to happen” (Bahut chatur baniya tha woh, usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai.), said Shah speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” in Raipur.”After independence, he (Mahatma) wanted Congress to be dissolved. He didn’t do it, but some people are now doing that job,” Shah said.Shah had also claimed that Congress was a ‘special purpose vehicle’ to gain independence and not a party based on principles.As BJP chief Amit Shah began his Haryana visit, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today took people’s feedback on a range of issues concerning the state as he interacted with people during his morning walk. The chief minister said here was enthusiasm among the people in view of Shah’s visit to the state.”I went out for a round in the morning and was not accompanied by any security guard. I met some people and I talked to them on developmental issues pertaining to the state. I gathered their feedback on a range of issues and about what they thought about our government,” Khattar later said here.The chief minister said he was happy to know from the public that various citizen delivery services, “which we are trying to give in a transparent manner, were reaching them without any hassle.”Khattar said he also met some young sportspersons. “I also met some young wrestlers of an ‘Akhara’, they were happy with the steps our government is taking for the promotion of sports in the state. They also gave me a few suggestions and we will try to incorporate these,” the CM said.Shah arrived on a three-day visit to Haryana during which he will hold a series of meetings and also review the works undertaken by the M L Khattar government in the state. With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level.With inputs from Agencies

Congress hits back at Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Sunday strongly hit back at Mahatma Gandhi?s great-grandson Shrikrishna Kulkarni for his barbs against Gopalkrishna Gandhi for becoming vice president candidate of the grand old party-led Opposition. Kulkarni had criticised Gandhi for siding with the party that is ?flanked by dynastic politics?. In response Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary criticised Kulkarni for ?taking advantage of the same (Mahatma Gandhi) dynasty? and misusing by writing such letters. ?On what authority is (Shri)Krish (Kulkarni) writing this, what is his identity that he is part of Mahatma Gandhi?s dynasty and that is how we are recognizing him today? Lakhs of Krish can write letters. What sets you apart is that so you are taking advantage of your dynasty’s connections,? Chowdhary told ANI. She further said that everyone has the ?dynastic right? to use Mahatma Gandhi?s legacy as he is the father of the nation. Another Congress leader Pawan Khera, however, refused to respond to Kulkarni?s remarks by saying, ?This could be his personal opinion and Gopalkrishna Gandhi has done a lot. He is a personality in himself who has contributed a lot and he is a joint opposition candidate, and he (Shrikrishna Kulkarni) is free to have his opinion.” Earlier Kulkarni lodged his protest against Gandhi?s decision for offering his candidature to the Congress. In a strongly worded letter to his uncle, Kulkarni criticised Gandhi for offering his candidature to a party which has ?re-institutionalized dynastic succession and has systematically eroded the political landscape of India.? He said that by joining the Opposition, Gandhi has ?tore apart the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhimrao Ambedkar.? ?The present President of the Congress Party has been in position for 18 years since 1998. Her son (5th generation of Nehru dynasty, starting from Motilal Nehru) is in line for succession. And, of all the people in this nation, you choose to offer yourself to be their candidate?? Kulkarni said. ?I saw with dismay the TV images of you going to file your nomination for the Vice President ? flanked by this family of dynastic politics. In that one instant, you tore apart the principles you espouse ? those of Mahatma Gandhi or Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, both of who were fearless and selfless leaders and who were dead against entitlements of birth,? he added. Questioning Gandhi?s silence over the scandals that have taken place under the erstwhile Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, Kulkarni said, ?So many scandals over so many years, and not a single comment from you. Do you really believe all these are political vendetta? Do you really believe the citizens are fools? But, you still went ahead and have endorsed them.” ?I am sorry Gopu mama, but this decision of yours doesn?t build confidence, at least not in me. Rather, it is confidence betrayal (as they say in Tamil ? Nampikkai Throgam)!? he added. On July 18, Gopalkrishna Gandhi filed his nomination for vice president.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FULL TEXT: ‘Not in Gandhiji’s name,’ says Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson to Gopalkrishna Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition Vice-Presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s nephew Shrikrishna Kulkarni has written a letter to him registering protest against his candidature. While Gopalkrishna Gandhi​ is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, ​Srikrishna Kulkarni is Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson.My dear Gopu mama,At the onset, I want to congratulate you on being a candidate for the post of the Vice President of India. While one part of me is very happy for you – as this is a step in the direction of you realizing your long standing political ambition, the other part of me – the “citizen common man”, is once again dismayed by your choice of whom you offered your candidature to.One of your grandfathers and one of my great grandfathers, happens to be the same man – Mohandas K. Gandhi. We therefore share a common heritage. It is this common heritage that made me agonize and hesitate for the past one week in writing this open letter to you. But in the end, I do feel it is important that I put down my views in the public domain. The only reason for me to write an open letter is that you are now a candidate for a public position and have offered yourself to be the nominee of 18 Opposition parties. The prime among them is the Congress (I). As the Vice President is the second highest constitutional public figure, it is best that I, a common man, share my thoughts publicly. Although my views have no impact on the “electoral college” that elects the Vice President of Indian, I must try and be fearless and request your indulgence in allowing me to say it as I see it.Whatever little I have got to know about what prompted your candidature, I have gleaned from the print and TV media. In your own words you have expressed the following to the media:1. “The prevailing situation in the country could spell danger. We are living in times of division. A whole force which is dividing the country is in action mode. This spells danger for our future, not only for politics, but for the nation as well. You go on to add, Janta aur rajneeti ke beech ek khaai bani huyi hai, main use kam karna chahta hoon (there is a chasm, a gulf between people and politics, I want to reduce that gap).”2. “I see myself as citizen candidate, a citizen weighed down by anxieties and even fears about our collective future,”3. “People’s faith in politics has diminished and collapsed. I would like to see a revival of that faith.”4. “Gopal Gandhi said his nomination should not be seen as directed against anybody but as aimed at bridging the gulf between people and politics.”5. “My views are inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.”From January 2015 to April 2016, I had the opportunity to walk on foot from Kanyakumari to Srinagar. Over these 16 months, I got to experience this nation one step at a time.1. For the first time in my memory, I sense a massive up swell in the feeling of national pride among the citizens who live in our villages, towns and cities. I myself can feel it. A large majority of the many I met also feel so. I therefore believe it is so. There is a ground swell of support to the present government and it seems to cut acrossgeographic, economic, religious and caste based strata. Gandhiji our ancestor was known for his honesty and unambiguous views. Your comment about “a whole forcewhich is dividing the country is in action mode”, is ambiguous and very corrosive in its ambiguity. What force are you referring to? Why are you so purposefully ambiguous?Can ambiguity in matters of national importance ever win trust and ever revive faith?2. Yes, we the common citizens of this country are anxious about our collective future. What we fear most is the extent to which our political representatives have till nowplayed on our differences (vote bank politics to be precise), so that they can selfishly secure their ambitions. The present tendency towards unification among the Hindus(the most fractured, the most taken for granted and the most neglected denomination in our nation) is very welcome. They are the largest demographic denomination. Thefractured state and the self-effacing, almost apologetic nature of this majority community has been the grist to the mill of the politicians till now. If, we can achieveunity even in part amongst them, the path for fundamental development of this nation would be so much easier. Any honest leader, who wants India to progress must try tounify this fractured denomination first. The anxiety of our collective future is what is bringing us together. The plurality of this nation – the bedrock of its secular ethos areenshrined in the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagawat Geeta. This nation endures because of this ancient ethos and not just because of the 42nd amendment to theConstitution of India. I feel no shame and no fear in asserting this. Just as an example, “Sarve bhavantu sukhinah…” from the Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad, proclaimshappiness for all and not just any one denomination. This must be clearly understood. There is no point protecting a nation, if we cannot protect our values and our culture.You have chosen to be a nominee of those who have divided us as a rule. Why? The Congress (I) can easily articulate what they mean to the “minorities”. I wonder if theyhave a clue of what they mean to the “majority?” Both are no less important.3. Yes, you are right, our (we the common citizens) faith in politics has diminished. Why? Because over the years, politics became a career. Dynastic succession became thenorm. Political parties are mostly family owned. Honesty, public service, ideology and self-sacrifice, the essence of leadership qualities play no role. Rather sycophancy;corruption (both intellectual and economic), and personal ambition take centre stage. The quality of a nation is decided by the quality of the questions it is willing to ask, and moreimportantly by the quality of answers it is willing to accept. I believe that Gandhiji erred when he brushed aside the candidature of Sadar Patel for thefirst Prime Minister of India and bequeathed (quite literally and against his own principles and against the wishes of Congressmen), the new born nation to Pandit Nehru. That one mistake has cost the nation dearly. The progeny of Pandit Nehru have made a mockery of all that Gandhiji stood for in his living life. Even the fiercest critics of Gandhiji will not deny that Gandhiji opposed entitlements due to birth. Generations of his family (we) are a testimony to this core belief.The present day Gandhi family, as the progeny of Nehru are popularly known (in the media) have re-institutionalized dynastic succession. Their advent has systematically eroded the political landscape of India – the soul of India was slowly being ripped out. The present President of the Congress Party has been in position for 18 years since 1998. Her son (5th generation of Nehru dynasty, starting from Motilal Nehru) is in line for succession. And of all the people in this nation, you choose to offer yourself to be their candidate? I saw with dismay the TV images of you, going to file your nomination for the Vice President – flanked by this family of dynastic politics. In that one instant you tore apart the principles you espouse – those of Mahatma Gandhi or Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, both of who were fearless and selfless leaders and who were dead against entitlements of birth. Today’s TV reports the heir apparent, Rahul Gandhi’s arrogant comment on the Bofors scandal. My great grandfather, Gandhiji would have submitted himself to a public scrutiny and removed himself from any position of power or influence in the interim. What a stark contrast? This family doesn’t deserve to be linked with anything to do with Gandhiji or his principles. At this rate, I wonder how you will ever be able to achieve your avowed aim of bridging the gulf between people and politics.So many scandals over so many years, and not a single comment from you. Do you really believe all these are political vendetta? Do you really believe the citizens are fools? But you still went ahead and have endorsed them. But as one small member of Gandhiji’s large family, I must register my protest. And therefore I say – NOT IN GANDHIJIS NAME!I am sorry Gopu mama, but this decision of yours doesn’t build confidence, at least not in me. Rather it is confidence betrayal (as they say in Tamil – Nampikkai Throgam)!My affection for you remains undiminished. I wish you Good luck in your quest for being VP. With my love and pranams, I remain,Yours very truly,Krish(Shrikrishna Kulkarni)Bangalore, July 25th, 2017P.S. I am putting this letter on social media so that I can share my views with other citizens of this nation.

Nitish hits back at Tejashwi, says power not meant for ‘personal gain’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Tejashwi Yadav attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the state Legislative Assembly, the latter hit back saying he would not support one who indulges in corruption and accumulates income through wrong means. Taking a jibe at RJD- family politics, Nitish said the chair is not for rejoicing power but for serving the people. ?We were given a mandate to work. We tried to overcome all the problems by respecting the ?Mahagatbandhan?. You (Tejashwi) were not clarifying on the corruption charges. I had only asked your explanation,? Nitish said. Asserting that his decision to break the alliance with RJD was taken in favour of the state, Nitish said, ?This government will work and serve the people of Bihar. We will not tolerate corruption and injustice.? He further said that his government will show a mirror to RJD. ?Secularism is not to hide your corruption and wrongdoings. We will not support the one who will accumulate income through wrong means,? Nitish added. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also trained his guns at the RJD fraction and said, ?You call Nitish?s decision a disrespect to people?s mandate. If you (Tejashwi) had given resignation then we would have not taken this decision.? Asserting that mandate is not for corruption and ?benami properties?, Sushil Modi said Tejashwi became an owner of 26 benami properties in 26 years. Venting out his anger against Nitish Kumar earlier in the special session, Tejashwi asked him that did he not feel ashamed sitting next to Sushil Modi. Tejashwi unleashing a tirade of fiery salvos on Kumar, said that the latter has stitched an alliance with a party who conspired the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. ?Did you not feel ashamed sitting next to Sushil Kumar Modi? You take out Champaran yatra and then stitch an alliance with a party which assassinated Mahatma Gandhi,? said Tejashwi. Further speaking on the matter of his resignation, Tejashwi said Kumar never asked him to step down from his post and it never occurred to him that the Bihar chief does not want him to be a part of his team. ?Nitish ji never asked me to resign. I also thought that he does not want me to resign. I would like to ask him why he quit the alliance and toppled the government,? said Tejashwi. Tejashwi further said Nitish has betrayed the people of Bihar with his decision. “People of Bihar have suffered immensely. I am deeply saddened by the Nitish ji resigned. It was all planned,” said Tejashwi in assembly. Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar won the floor test in the Bihar Legislative Assembly with 131 votes in favour and 108 against.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mahatma’s memorial in Rajghat dismantled; sparks protests

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi at Rajghat area near here was today dismantled by the district administration and temporarily relocated to a nearby place, triggering protests. The memorial was facing a threat of submergence due to closure of gates of Narmada dam in neighbouring Gujarat. The development came hours before Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was to start her indefinite fast demanding rehabilitation of people displaced in Madhya Pradesh due to closure of Sardar Sarovar dam’s gates last month. According to activist Hinshi Singh, urns containing ash of Gandhi, Kasturba and Mahatma’s secretary Mahadev Desai were taken away from the memorial early morning. However, the urns were brought back after locals, Patkar and other activists protested, she said, adding that the urns were forcibly taken away by the police in the afternoon who beat up the protesters. However, District Collector Tejaswi S Naik said there was some confusion when the urns were being taken to a temporary place from Rajghat this morning. The protestors did not allow the urns to be taken away from Rajghat, the officer said, adding they were shifted to a temporary place in Kukri area in the afternoon. The collector said a grand memorial of the Mahatma, Kasturba and Desai would be constructed after a committee set up in this connection takes the final call. Before starting her fast, Patkar said the state government has asked 40,000 families living in the submergence areas close to Narmada river in Barwani, Alirajpur, Dhar and Khargone districts to vacate their dwellings by July 31. “The government officials are forcing the affected people to move to the tin sheds built by the government, but this make-shift arrangements lack basic infrastructure,” she said. “I want the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to be opened and the oustees rehabilitated. Reservoirs in Gujarat are full with water due to the recent rains, and there is no urgency to store water in the Sardar Sarovar dam,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Death penalty is medieval and wrong: Gopalkrishna Gandhi justifies efforts to save Yakub Memon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition vice presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi today justified his efforts to save Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon from the gallows, saying capital punishment was medieval and wrong.Facing criticism from the Shiv Sena for backing Memon’s mercy plea, he said he did so drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who were against death penalty and wanted it abolished.”As a common, independent citizen, it is my duty to fulfil my principles. I believe in that,” Gandhi said.”In our country, we are living in times of division. A whole force which is dividing our country is in action mode and that spells danger,” the former West Bengal governor told reporters after filing his papers for the vice presidential poll.Top Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh as well as party leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge were present as Gandhi filed his nomination.Also present were other opposition leaders, including JD (U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar and Praful Patel, NC’s Farooq Abdullah and DMK’s Kanimozhi.Gandhi, the unanimous pick of 18 opposition parties for the vice president’s post, said he was representing the common citizen of the country and not any political party and would try and help bridge the gulf between the public and politics.”People’s faith in politics itself has diminished and has collapsed. I would like to see a revival of that faith.” “… if today so many parties have together proposed a common citizen, then it means that our politics have moved forward,” he said.Responding to the Shiv Sena’s attack on him for petitioning the president to save Memon, Gandhi said, “Shiv Sena is doing its duty with dedication. What Shiv Sena has said, it had to. I feel that the death penalty and capital punishment belong to the medieval ages. Death penalty is wrong and this is my principle.”Gandhi said he wanted to place the facts about Memon’s case before Pranab Mukherjee and wanted him to take a decision as his predecessors K R Narayanan and Abdul Kalam had.”I do not think I need to defend myself on this issue.The death penalty is a death penalty.”He said he had also written a similar petition for Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, facing death sentence in Pakistan.Responding to a question on whether the odds were against him, he said, “Arithmetic is about numbers, philosophy is about principles. There cannot be anything better than numbers and principle, but sometimes one has to take such steps for principles which are not linked to numbers.” Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, will contest against the NDA candidate M Venkaiah Naidu in the vice presidential election scheduled to be held on August 5.

I am not associated with any party, my views are my own: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition’s Vice Presidential Candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Tuesday said he doesn’t belong to any party, and he is an ordinary citizen and his views are of his own.”I am an ordinary citizen and I have been selected for this post by the Opposition to represent the common people. I am not associated with any party. My views are my own”, said Gandhi after filling the nomination for the Vice Presidential election.Gandhi said his nomination for the post simply indicates that the Indian politics has risen above and has got connected with the culture.”A gap has been created between the people and the Indian politics. I want to just fill up this gap. I am not here to oppose any individual or party. I am here to all humility to place before electors, the aspirations of the citizens of India”, he said.Gandhi further said that the nation is living in times of division, which spells danger for the future, not only for politics but for the nation and civilization.”I am here not to oppose but to unite the integrated intelligent electoral of the Parliament and the defensive nature of today’s new politics”, he said.Gandhi also took a dig at the Shiv Sena for raising question on his nomination, as he had appealed to grant mercy to 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict, Yakub Memon, saying that he believe death penalty belongs to the medieval ages and its wrong.”My views inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar. I had also written to Pakistan Prime Minister, Narendra Modi demanding that he should not hang Kulbhushan Jadhav”, he said.Earlier in the day, Gandhi filed his nomination to be the 13th Vice President of India in the Parliament House. Gandhi was accompanied by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other eminent leaders of various political parties.India will go on poll on August 5 to elect its new Vice President.Gopalkrishna, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, said a total of 18 opposition parties asked him to be their presidential candidate.The term of Vice President, Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10.

Death penalty is wrong and this is my principle: Gopal Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition vice presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi today justified his efforts to save Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon from the gallows, saying the practice of capital punishment was medieval and wrong. Facing criticism from the ruling side for backing Memon’s mercy plea, he said he did so drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who were against death penalty and wanted it abolished. Gandhi filed his nomination papers today in the presence of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and top Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Also present were other opposition leaders, including JD (U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar and Praful Patel, NC’s Farooq Abdullah and DMK’s Kanimozhi. “In our country, we are living in times of division. A whole force which is dividing our country is in action mode and that spells danger,” Gandhi said after filing his papers. He said he was representing the common citizen of the country and not any political party and would try and help bridge the gulf between the public and politics. “People’s faith in politics itself has diminished and has collapsed. I would like to see a revival of that faith,” he said. Responding to the Shiv Sena’s attack on him for petitioning the president to save Memon, Gandhi said, “Shiv Sena is doing its duty with dedication. What Shiv Sena has said, it had to. I feel that the death penalty and capital punishment belong to the medieval ages. Death penalty is wrong and this is my principle.” He said he had also written a similar petition for Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, facing death sentence in Pakistan. “As a common, independent citizen, it is my duty to fulfil my principles. I believe in that. I have drawn inspiration on death penalty from two persons – Mahatma Gandhi who was opposed it and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who said it is only proper abolish it”. The former West Bengal governor, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, has been picked by 18 opposition parties to be their nominee for the post of vice president. The vice presidential election is scheduled to be held on August 5. Gandhi will contest against the NDA’s candidate M Venkaiah Naidu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prez poll is fight against ‘divisive, communal vision’: Sonia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day before the presidential election, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today described the electoral contest as a fight against a “narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision”. Addressing opposition leaders in the presence of their presidential and vice presidential nominees – Meira Kumar and Gopal Krishna Gandhi respectively, she said, in these contests, the numbers may be against them but “the battle must be fought and fought hard”. “We cannot and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision,” she said. According to the text of her speech, she said, “We must stand more aware than ever of who we are, what we fought for in our independence struggle and what future we want for ourselves. “We must have confidence in the values we believe in. This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values. The election demands a vote of conscience to preserve the India that the Mahatma and that illustrious generation of freedom fighters, joined by thousands upon thousands of ordinary men and women, fought for,” she said. She said the presence of representatives from different parties to support Kumar and Gopal Gandhi confirms that “the fight for an inclusive, tolerant and pluralistic India is being truly waged”. The vice presidential poll will be held on August 5.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress falsely implicating Bhagwat, charge Sonia, Rahul for perjury, says Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lambasting Congress for falsely implicating Rashtriya Swayamseak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for perpetrating ?so-called Hindu terror? across the country, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and party leader P. Chidambaram should be charged with perjury. ?The government should set up something to register an FIR and make Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and P. Chidambaram as accused in a conspiracy to subvert the country and falsification of information, tantamounting to perjury,? Swamy told ANI. Swamy said he was already aware of the conspiracy hatched by the UPA Government to implicate Bhagwat. Swamy further said that even after the United States had declared the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as an international terrorist organisation, the Congress hatched a new plan to implicate Bhagwat by introducing the nomenclature ?Hindu terror?. ?They (Congress) did a somersault here and started a new FIR with so-called Hindu terror and the whole objective was to somehow implicate Mohan Bhagwat because he is the head of the largest voluntary organisation of the world, and it is the backbone of the BJP, as far as workers are concerned. Therefore, this cultural organisation was sought to be so defamed, that by the time elections came, people out of fright, would decide not to vote for the BJP and give it to UPA. But that gamble failed, because by the time they could get along to summon and subject Bhagwat to third-degree methods, which was their dirty plan, the police (NIA level) said they wanted further proof and so it was delayed. So when the elections came, we won,? Swamy said. Swamy further said that the same approach was adopted by the Congress in the case of Mahatma Gandhi?s murder, but they faced failure there as well. ?In the Mahatma Gandhi murder case also, this was attempted, but it failed. They used the media control they had to propagate against the RSS. Now, we won?t allow them to do this. They should be brought to book,? he said. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also said members of such nationalist parties were there in the hit-list since the beginning. However, the forces who tried to malign them were exposed in the past and will be exposed now as well. As per reports, after the extreme violence in Ajmer and Malegaon blast, the UPA Government had pressurised the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to implicate Bhagwat as per their ?Hindu terror? theory.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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