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Those who smuggle cattle will die: Rajasthan BJP MLA

A BJP lawmaker from Rajasthan has defended cow protection groups, stating that those who smuggle cows will be killed.According to an NDTV report, Gyan Dev Ahuja made the statements following reports of a mob beating up an alleged cow smuggler on Saturday. Ahuja, however, insisted that the man was not assaulted, but a truck fell on him.Ahuja, who is known for his extremist views, had last year claimed that 300 condoms and 200 liquor bottles were found each day on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus.On December 12, the Alwar police arrested a suspected cow smuggler and recovered 13 cows from a vehicle in which he was travelling along with three others who managed to get away. The cows were supposedly being taken to Haryana from Bhiwadi in Alwar.“The incident took place near Narnaul in the early hours of Monday. Four persons travelling in an Eicher truck carrying the cows evaded police checking and tried to escape. When the police followed them, they opened fire on the police team. The police retaliated and fired five rounds. There were four persons in the truck. They tried to get away on foot, one has been arrested and search is on for other three. The arrested, one Umar, son of Ameen is a resident of Palla village in Nuh of Haryana.

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New book counters theory that Nehru’s ‘Forward Policy’ lead to India-China war

Communist leader Mao Zedong declared war on India in 1962 because he saw the country as a “soft target” and thought the way to regain his own control over China would be unifying it against an outside enemy, says a new book.The other key objective of the war was to strengthen China’s position geopolitically among the newly independent nations in Asia and Africa and block India’s emergence as a leader of the developing world, Swedish strategic affairs expert Bertil Lintner argues in his book, ‘China’s India War’. Lintner contradicts the popular perception that Jawaharlal Nehru’s “Forward Policy” of 1961 had triggered the war in which India suffered a disastrous loss, and says that preparations by China for the war started much earlier.The Swedish expert links the preparation for the war by China with the disastrous result of Mao’s Great Leap Forward, launched in 1958, to modernise the country. “By 1961, anywhere between 17 and 45 million people had died as a result of Mao’s policies which had caused a famine rather than, as intended, any rapid industrialisation. Mao was discredited and, very likely, (was) on his way out,” says Lintner in the book published by the Oxford University Press.The Chinese leader would have thought the best way to regain power was by unifying the nation, especially the armed forces, against an outside enemy, he argues. Lintner says Mao felt India was a “soft target” as it had, in 1959, granted the Dalai Lama asylum after the Buddhist leader fled Tibet following a “failed uprising” against Chinese occupation of the region. The book says China’s policy was not to conquer and keep territory.The aim of the war, the book suggests, was to strengthen China’s position geopolitically among the newly independent nations in Asia and Africa.”After the 1962 War, it was China rather than India, that became the leader of the Third World — an entirely new concept that China’s omnipotent Chairman Mao Zedong had introduced to replace the old idea of non-alignment,” it says. Lintner also rejected analyses, including by Neville Maxwell, author of India s China War , that Nehru’s “Forward Policy” was responsible for the war. The Henderson Brooks report, an analysis of the war, had also blamed Nehru’s Policy and the then army leadership for India’s humiliating defeat. The Forward Policy, which had sought the raising of military outposts in areas claimed by Chinese and launching of aggressive patrols, increased the chances of conflict, the report had said.In his book, Lintner also rejects perceptions of intelligence failures on the Indian side and that it was not aware of the massive Chinese build up along the border since 1959. Lintner says Nehru’s then intelligence chief Bhola Nath Mullik had repeatedly warned the government of Chinese manoeuvres along and across the border. At the same time, the author observes that the problem was that Nehru refused to believe the Chinses were actually preparing for a war against India.Lintner says the claim that the movement of troops around the Dhola Post in the northwest of Tawang and some skirmishes between the Indians and Chinese in the middle of October 1962 were the trigger for the War was part of a “twisted interpretation” of the cause of the war. The Dhola post was set up by Indian troops on February 24, 1962. China’s Great Leap Forward was an economic and social campaign led by Mao and its aim was to rapidly transform the country from an agrarian economy into an economic power through rapid industrialisation.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Big gains for BJP where PM Modi campaigned

PM Narendra Modi travelled across 10,000 km in Gujarat during poll rallies for the Assembly elections. While speaking at these rallies, he played the victim card, bringing up the abusive terms used by Congress leaders to address him and the ill-treatment of Gujarat leaders by the Nehru-Gandhi family. He addressed people at 34 different places, covering all regions in the state. Out of these 34, BJP won in over 18 places, while Congress won over 16 seats – these includes urban areas such as Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot.Most rallies that the PM addressed had a crowd of near one lakh people. Modi would begin his speeches by listing the achievements of the BJP-led central and state governments, and would then raise issues attached to the sentiments of Gujarat.As polling dates drew close, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar made the ‘neech’ statement, and PM again became the victim. After that, Congress came under constant attack. Congress leaders meeting Pakistani delegates was also turned into an issue.On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi’s meetings and public rallies were widely attended, but not all of them translated into votes for his party. Gandhi, who formally took over as Congress president two days before Gujarat election results were announced, campaigned extensively in the state. He undertook yatras in Saurashtra, north Gujarat, central Gujarat and south Gujarat.

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We depend on Rahul to sustain hope: Manmohan Singh

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the BJP and said the Congress now depends on Rahul Gandhi as its president in a time of “disturbing trends”.”Rahulji is taking over as the president of the party at a time when there are certain disturbing trends noticeable in our polity. As a distinguished academic pointed out a few days ago, there are dangers that the ‘politics of fear’ will take over from the politics of hope,” he said. “Rahulji, we depend upon you to transform and sustain politics of hope,” Singh said.He started his speech by saying, “I recall a letter that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru wrote to Indiraji. He said that in the matters of the state, one should not be sentimental but should be full of sentiment.”He said that Rahul’s elevation was a “unique day” in the history of Congress.Singh further thanked Sonia Gandhi for providing “powerful leadership”. “We salute Soniaji for uniting the leadership, something that she has been doing for the last 19 years,” he said.

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Gandhi succeeds Gandhi

Formally taking over the mantle of the 132-year-old Indian National Congress, the country’s oldest party, Rahul Gandhi, 47, gave a pep talk to party workers on Saturday, telling Congress cadres to stand up to “regressive” BJP and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “taking India back to medieval times”.Launching a direct attack on Modi, he said: “Congress took India to the 21st century, but today the PM is taking us back to the medieval times, where you hear and see killings, hate, and fires everyday. Nobody else seems to have a voice except him.”Accusing the BJP of promoting hate and violence, he said: ” These regressive forces win not because they deserve to but because they are powerful and misuse that power.”Claiming that Congress was different from BJP, he said that his party, known as the ‘grand old party’, so far, will now become the ‘grand old new party’.The new party president, the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the political outfit, has taken charge from his mother at a time when the party is facing one of its worst crises, with the BJP occupying the centrestage of national politics and getting increasingly robust in states.At a time when the Congress has left a trail of defeats in a series of state polls, starting with its worst ever debacle in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Rahul underlined the need for party workers to connect with the people. He said he wanted the Congress to become an “instrument for dialogue between Indian people from all corners, religions, ethnicities, ages, genders, and for our dialogue to always be led by love and affection”.The Congress president, who has often accused the ruling BJP of doing ‘politics of polarisation’, also advised party workers to eschew negativity.He also said that while the BJP wanted to wipe the Congress from the country’s political map, the Congress considered BJP members its brothers and sisters. “They want an India free of Congress, they want to erase us but the Congress’s inclusion and respect for all Indians extends even to the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend. They might control the structures of power, the machinery of silence and fear, but we in the Congress, we are the bastion of the people. It is in this service that my idealism, your idealism, and our hope for politics always rests,” he said.Rahul, who had at the time of his elevation as party vice-president in 2013 recalled his mother Sonia Gandhi telling him that “power is poison”, on Saturday told party workers that “like many Indians across the country, I am an idealist”.Gandhi’s elevation, which had been the anvil ever since Sonia Gandhi underwent a surgery in the US in 2011, marks a generational shift in the party that is battling uncertainties both within and without, mainly in the form of onslaughts of its bitter rival, BJP.Speaking to party workers for the first time as the president, Rahul said he entered politics 13 years ago because of his “profound belief in this country”.”When I joined politics as a 34 year old, I came into this world having watched the generation before me fight the structures of oppression, the structures whose very fuel is lies and silence. When I entered politics 13 years ago, I wished to be a part of the awakening that would transform India at home, by ensuring dignity for all its people, and in the world, where we would step into a role that resonated globally,” he said.He further said that the party must never back down when under attack from the BJP. He urged the workers to stand up to them and that “their anger and hatred makes all of us stronger”.The function, in which returning officers Mullappally Ramachandran and Bhubaneswar Kalita gave Rahul the certificate of winning the election, also saw the presence of former PM Manmohan Singh, Motilal Vora, Janardan Dwivedi, and Madhusudan Mistry on the dais. While handing him over the certificate, Ramachandran reminded Rahul that the office he was going to occupy was once occupied by a “galaxy of stalwarts”, including Mahatma Gandhi, his own great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Subhash Chandra Bose, Madan Mohan Malviya etc.Meanwhile, as old and seasoned leaders fear that the generational shift might trickle down to key posts as Rahul gets down to forming his own team over the next few months, sources close to Rahul told DNA that he will strike a balance, to draw on the experience of the party’s “old guard” in advisory roles.

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Sonia Gandhi retires as India Congress party president

Her son, Rahul Gandhi, has been elected unopposed as the new Congress leader.

PM Modi congratulates Rahul Gandhi for becoming Congress President, wishes him a fruitful tenure

On Monday, PM Modi put aside political bitterness and rivalry to congratulate Rahul Gandhi on his elevation as Congress President. He wrote on Twitter: “I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure. @OfficeOfRG.”Rahul Gandhi has been elected unopposed as Congress president, party’s central election authority head Mullappally Ramachandran announced here today. Rahul Gandhi will collect the certificate formally declaring his ascension to the post on December 16, he told reporters here.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi visits Dakor temple, continues attack on NaMoThe 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was the lone candidate in the fray.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | Final leg: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat todayRahul Gandhi succeeds his mother Sonia Gandhi, who remained in the post for 19 years.The CEA received a total of 89 nomination papers proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name for the top post. All the nomination papers were found to be valid, Ramachandran said.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | I am still your own Narendrabhai: PM Modi”Since the withdrawal of date/time is over and as there is only one candidate (Rahul), as per Article XVII (d) of the Constitution of Indian National Congress, I hereby declare Shri Rahul Gandhi elected as president of the Indian National Congress,” Ramachandran said.Rahul Gandhi became the vice-president of the party in January 2013.

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Rahul Gandhi likely to assume reins of Congress on December 16

Rahul Gandhi is likely to assume the reins of the Congress on December 16, marking a generational shift in the grand old party when his mother and its longest-serving president would formally hand over the baton to him.While pageantry would herald the dawn of a new era in the party which has ruled the country for over half-a-century since independence, the 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family will face the daunting task of restoring lost glory to the party whose fortunes have been dwindling in the recent past.Today, the party, which once controlled almost the entire country, has its governments in just five states and the Union Territory of Puducherry.The announcement of Rahul Gandhi’s elevation, however, is likely to be made tomorrow, the last date of withdrawal of nomination for the election of the Congress president which is a one horse race.Altogether 89 nominations received in his favour were found to be valid during scrutiny.The Congress’ Central Election Authority chairman Mullapally Ramachandran, and CEA members Madhusudan Mistry and Bhubaneswar Kalita will announce that Gandhi’s was the only nomination for the top job tomorrow.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi resorting to bhashan ka shasan, says Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi would, however, be handed over the certificate appointing him the party president on December 16 in the presence of Sonia Gandhi and other senior leaders, Ramachandran said.Sonia Gandhi will officially hand over the mantle of the 132-year-old party to her son around 11 AM after which Rahul Gandhi will meet leaders from across the country at the Congress’s headquarters, party sources said.The Congress has been losing state after state since the 2014 Lok Sabha election with the exception of Punjab.Rahul Gandhi’s elevation would come just two days ahead of the counting of votes for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll.A sure-footed Rahul Gandhi powered a spirited campaign for the Congress in Gujarat, and a win in the election, which many analysts say could be dead heat between the two parties, would come as a massive boost for him.Also readOnly Rahulji can be Cong President: Party leader Ayub Ali claims his application for post was rejected”Delivering in Gujarat will be important as it is the immediate test facing Rahul Gandhi, who has mounted a strong anti-BJP campaign in the state and led personally from the front. We are looking at victory in Gujarat,” said a Congress leader and former chief minister. Mahila Congress chief and party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said reorganising the party would be another major task for him.”Every post comes with a challenge. He has to rebuild the party at the grassroots and strengthen the ideological base.His undisputed election as party president is a sign of his strength. He will have to take everyone along from the AICC level right up to the states,” she told PTI.Striking a balance between the old guard and the young leaders would be a key to running the organisation which has many seasoned politicians whose wisdom he could use as he steers the party.Gandhi had said in the past that he would draw upon a blend of experience of the old and the energy of the young.”Initial signs are encouraging since he put veterans like Ashok Gehlot and Sushil Kumar Shinde in charge of elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh respectively and was willing to bank on them,” said a leader. He also got appointed young leaders as secretaries.Clarity on the party’s ideological stand on the issue of Hindutva would also be important as he is being seen as projecting the Congress’s soft Hindutva with his visit to temples in Gujarat. He has also proclaimed himself a “Shiv bhakt”.These visits are also being seen as an attempt to blunt the BJP’s accusation against the party of Muslim appeasement.”This is to course-correct after it was felt that an overtly pro-minority image of the Congress undermined its electoral prospects on the eve of 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” a party veteran noted, adding cobbling together electoral alliances will also be key to the future growth of the party.Another former union minister said every state had its own set of challenges and Gandhi would be expected to take informed decisions in each by taking everyone along.Gandhi has already been taking all major decisions in the party even though his formal elevation was delayed due to a long-drawn internal election process.The deadline set by the Election Commission for conclusion of the organisational elections in the Congress expires on December 31.Organisational elections in the Congress were due in 2015. The party constitution provides for elections to be held every five years. The last such polls were held in 2010.Rahul Gandhi, who was initially hesitant about taking over the reins from Sonia Gandhi, who held the party s top post for 19 years, will be the sixth member and fifth generation leader of the Nehru-Gandhi clan to occupy the post.These include Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and now Rahul Gandhi.Some eminent leaders who held the post in the pre- independence era included Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Abul Kalam Azad, Vallabhai Patel and Rajendra Prasad.Eminent people like Madan Mohan Malviya, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Dadabhai Naoroji, Annie Besant and Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee, the first party president, also led the party in the pre-independence era.

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Jawaharlal Nehru divided the nation, Sardar Patel united it: RSS leader Indresh Kumar

RSS leader Indresh Kumar today said those who do not love India should leave the country and a law should be enacted to punish those who disrespect the tricolour. Alleging that the Congress divided the nation, he said it was a big lie that it helped India attain Independence. “If you cannot love Bharat then leave Bharat. And, a law should be enacted to punish those who disrespect the country or the national flag,” Kumar said at an event here. “It is a fact that the Congress divided India and it is a big lie that it helped the country attain Independence. Who divided the nation – Jawaharlal Nehru. Who united the nation – Vallabhbhai Patel,” he said. Kumar said there was no “temporary article in any constitution in the world like Article 370 in the Constitution of India”. There was a need to bring the people of Kashmir into the mainstream, he said. The RSS leader said China had to bow down to India on the Dokalam issue under diplomatic pressure.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | Gujarat is war between Ram Rajya & Rome Rajya: Virendra Singh

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday raised the issue of the letter issued by Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, Archbishop Thomas Macwan. It claimed that the appeal in the letter was akin to alleged support given by Pope to fascist regime of Benito Mussolini in Italy.”The electoral fight in Gujarat is a war between Ram Rajya and Rome Rajya,” said Virendra Singh, chief of BJP’s Kisan Morcha, as he was in Capital before returning to Gujarat on campaign.”In 1929 the Pope in Rome had made an appeal for the victory of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. In the same way Macwan urged the Christians to vote against nationalist forces. So in a way this is also a war between the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and what dictator Mussolini stood for,” Singh said.”Our ideal is Ram Rajya which was expounded by Mahatma Gandhi in the concepts of swadeshi and village self-reliance which he tried to flesh out after independence. This very model has been taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Singh said.Singh accused the ‘Rome Rajya’ to be violent and disruptive. “On the other hand, Rome Rajya is inspired by money, pistol and dynasty,” Singh said in an oblique reference to the Italian origins of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.Singh alleged that the Nehru-Gandhi family was trying to implement and perpetuate Rome Rajya.
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Rahul Gandhi gets math wrong in question to PM Narendra Modi

Shooting off a seventh question at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as campaigning for elections in Gujarat reached fever pitch, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi committed an embarrassing mathematical faux pax with regard prices of essential commodities on Tuesday.Directly blaming the prime minister for the price rise of essential items like cooking gas, vegetables, and fuel, Gandhi aggressively highlighted the difference in rates as they existed in 2014 when general elections were last held, and rates as they exist or prevail now in 2017.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress frames ‘charge-sheet’ against BJP rulePresenting the data on gas cylinders, Gandhi said that cost of one cylinder in 2014 was Rs 414, whereas in 2017, it had gone up to Rs.742. Thereafter, instead of saying that there had been an increase of 79%, the Nehru-Gandhi scion erroneously mentioned it as a 179 % increase.That was not all! He followed it up by saying that price of pulses had risen by 177% instead of 77%, the price of tomatoes had gone up by 285% instead of 185 %, that of onions had gone up by 200 % instead of 100% that of milk had gone up by 131% instead of 31% and the price of diesel had gone up by 113% instead of 13%.However, Rahul Gandhi later posted a corrected tweet.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress releases manifesto five days ahead of pollsKeeping the Gujarat polls in mind, which presently experts and pundits are saying is running neck-to-neck, Gandhi has been shooting off a series of questions at the Prime Minister and demanding that he give accountable answers to each one of them.The former has also asked the latter to come clean and stop his charade of the BJP and Centre claiming that development has only taken place in Gujarat and in other parts of the country under its direction.
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UPA govt had denied existence of Lord Ram, so what does ‘Shiv Bhakt’ Rahul think: Meenakshi Lekh

BJP Lok Sabha MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Saturday questioned Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s claim that he was a “Shiv bhakt” and asked him to clear his stand on Lord Ram.The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had, in an affidavit on the Ram Setu filed in the Supreme Court in 2007, denied the existence of Lord Ram, she said.Talking to newspersons here, the MP from New Delhi said Gandhi should first accept the existence of Lord Ram before claiming to be a Lord Shiva devotee.”What is the stand of Rahul Gandhi on Lord Ram because the UPA government, in an affidavit on Ram Setu in the Supreme Court, had denied the existence of Lord Ram who is a devout Shiv bhakt?” the lawyer-politician asked.She questioned the Nehru-Gandhi family’s past in relation to former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s alleged objection to the reconstruction of the Somnath temple.Lekhi said she opposed the “note ban” announced by the UPA government in January 2014 as it would have hit the common citizens, many of whom did not have access to banking services.The UPA move pertained to the withdrawal of currency notes issued before 2005. It had asked the people to exchange these notes for newer ones till March 31, 2014.Lauding the Narendra Modi government’s decision to demonetize high-value currency, Lekhi said it was done only after 27 crore bank accounts were opened for the poor under the Jan Dhan scheme.She said this decision by the NDA government has been vindicated by way of poll results in states like Uttar Pradesh.The BJP leader criticised the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala for “failing to contain” the killing of RSS workers in the southern state.
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‘You gain nothng’: Manmohan Singh hits out at PM Modi for pitting Nehru against Patel

Senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for pitting two great leaders, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel, against each other.Manmohan’s remark comes days after Modi hit out at Congress over its treatment of Sardar Patel, who helped built the Somnath Temple.”Nothing is gained as often attempted by Modi to pit the two great leaders (Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel) of power (against each other),” Manmohan Singh said while addressing media here in the wake of the upcoming Gujarat elections.The former prime minister even went on advising his successor to find more dignified ways of impressing the crowd while seeking their votes.Earlier on November 29, Modi said, “Had Sardar Patel not been there, there would not have been a grand temple in Somnath.” Also readManmohan Singh criticising demonetization to show allegiance to the family: Dharmendra Pradhan”So, people who have visited the Somnath Temple recently, I want to ask them: Do you know history? Your family members, our first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there,” he said while taking a jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the temple.
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My family are Shiv bhakts, we believe religion is personal matter: Rahul Gandhi

A day after a major row erupted after his name allegedly figured in a register meant for non-Hindus entering Somnath Temple, a video of the Congress VP Rahul Gandhi has surfaced where he reiterates that he is a Shiv Bhakt, and doesn’t need a certificate from anyone.“My grandmother and my family are Shiv Bhakts. These things (religion) are normally kept private – we don’t speak about them. We believe that our religion is our personal matter. We don’t need to give a certificate about this from anyone,” Gandhi is heard telling a group of people in his first comment about his religion after the row.He was speaking at a closed door meeting in Amreli.Gandhi, who has been drawing BJP’s ire for his frequent temple visits during his poll related visits to the state in the past couple of months, also says in the video that he doesn’t want to trade or barter in the name of religion or use it for political purposes.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Row over Rahul Gandhi’s name in non-Hindus’ listThe Congress leader said that he had only signed the visitors book at the Somnath temple, and alleged that people associated with the BJP had put his name in the second list to create the controversy. A row had erupted after the entry surfaced with BJP accusing Gandhi of fooling people with temple visits when he was not a Hindu. The Congress had, however, clarified that he was not only a Hindu by birth, but a janeu dhari Hindu, i.e. a Brahmin.Earlier in the video, Gandhi describes Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as friends. “Sardar Patel ji and Nehru ji were friends. They were political differences, but not ideological. They were in jail together, but lies are being spread that they were enemies,” he says. The Congress leader also says in the video that he has several letters to prove that Sardar Patel was opposed to RSS, but here lies are being spread that he believed in RSS’s thinking.
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Pune University leads the way, gets tank used in 1971 war

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Jawaharlal Nehru University is contemplating the idea of installing a battle tank in the university, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be bringing this idea into reality on Wednesday when it will be installing a T55 battle tank in the campus. According to the authorities of the university, the university is getting the tank as a gift from the Indian Army. It is a Russian battle tank which has played a key role in 1965 as well as 1971 Indo-Pakistan wars. The tank will be installed in the premises of the Defence and strategic studies department of the university on Wednesday. “The general officer commanding in chief of southern command Lieutenant General PM Hariz will be present at the time of the installation of the tank,” University officials said. The vice chancellor of the JNU had given a proposal of installation of tank in the premises of the university to instil a sense off patriotism among students. The idea had received lot of criticism on why a battle tank should be installed in a university.

BJP likes Indira more than Nehru because she broke Pakistan and was steeped in Upanishads and Vedas: Jairam Ramesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The BJP is friendlier to former prime minister Indira Gandhi than her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, as she was steeped in the Upanishads and Vedas, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said today.He said Gandhi would widely quote from the ancient scriptures in public speeches.Nehru would also do so but he was careful about his “public display of religiosity”, Ramesh said.The former Union minister was speaking on ‘Remembering Indira Commemorating Her Centenary” at the Tata Litfest 2017 here.”You asked me the question – why is the BJP more Indira Gandhi-friendly than Nehru-friendly? There are two reasons behind it.”One is she did what she did in 1971, she dismantled Pakistan (leading to creation of Bangladesh) and secondly…she was publicly willing to demonstrate the fact that she was steeped into the Upanishads, the Rig Vedas. In every speech of hers, she quoted from the Atharva Veda, or from the Aranyaka Upanishad,” he said.Ramesh said the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru would also quote religious texts in speeches, but would be careful about his public display of religiosity.”She (Indira) was in Stockholm in 1972 (for a UN conference on environment) when she finished her most famous speech with a long quotation from the Atharva Veda. She was always quoting some Sanskrit shlokas,” he said.Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram and other diplomats were also part of the discussion.

Govt ignored solution on stubble burning: JNU team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of researchers at Jawaharlal Nehru University had found a workable solution to stubble burning — which is conducting pyrolysis of the stubble waste in absence of oxygen, inside a closed place to create a fertilizer-like substance called Biochar out of it, instead of burning the waste in open. The project was assigned by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, but the government itself has failed to act upon this solution. The team had submitted the report on the plan last year itself but there is no progress on implementing the plan. Explaining the process, Professor Dinesh Mohan from JNU, who was a part of the team, told DNA, “If the stubble waste is burnt inside closed furnaces in absence of oxygen, it will produce a substance called Biochar, which is extremely useful for the soil in many ways. It canw improve soil quality, act as an agent to retain water and even cut down harmful effects of chemical fertilizers. By discarding the waste this way, there will be a dual advantage – there will not be any pollution and we can get a usable substance.”“We came up with this solution to stubble burning and have already submitted our report to the Department of Science and Technology, but they have not acted upon the solution at the policy level so far,” he added.“We suggested that the government can give incentives to farmers for conducting pyrolysis of stubble, instead of burning it in the open. They can either take the waste to factories where the process happens in furnaces at a large level. Industries will have to come forward for this. The other way of doing it is by constructing a completely covered mud hut-kind of structure under which the waste is burned without oxygen. Either way, it is not a very difficult thing to do, but needs some initiation from the policy makers,” said Professor Mohan.Upon burning one tonne of straw, 3kg particulate matter is produced which contains 60kg carbon monoxide, 1460kg of carbon dioxide and 199kg ash, the team found while researching on the bad effects of stubble burning.According to the research, stubble burning also deteriorates the nutritional value of soil and leads to 100 percent carbon loss, 90 percent nitrogen loss, 25 percent phosphorus loss and 60 percent sulphur loss. Formation of biochar is known for restoring the nutrient loss in soil as well, which is why scientists are considering it as the best solution.REMEDIAL STEPSBiochar can be made either at an industrial level inside furnaces or by farmers with a structure of mud.
Stubble needs to be burnt inside a closed chamber in absence of oxygen, which will convert the stubble into Biochar instead of ash. Biochar helps improve soil quality

Rajnath Singh faces heat on Twitter for praising Jawaharlal Nehru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Many top political leaders took to Twitter on Tuesday to pay their tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 128th birth anniversary. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Pandit Nehru. “On his 128th birth anniversary, my homage to Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister,” President Kovind said on twitter.”Wish the nation on the occasion of birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, today,” Naidu tweeted. Modi, who is in Manila to attend the India-ASEAN summit, also paid tributes to Nehru. “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary,” he wrote on Twitter.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is campaigning in Gujarat, also tweeted, “Today we remember a brilliant compassionate man. He reminds us: ‘there is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action’ – Jawaharlal Nehru.” Former president Pranab Mukherjee and former prime minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes at Nehru’s memorial at Shanti Van early in the morning.However it was Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who faced the flak for praising Nehru. He tweeted: Now the second line didn’t go down well with many Nehru baiters, who are presumably on the other side of the political divide.This is how they reacted: This is not the first time Rajnath Singh has faced fire from presumably BJP supporters on Twitter. Earlier he had rebutted a troll saying not all Kashmiris are terrorists, which generated considerable controversy but also earned him praise from a larger section of Twitterverse. With agency inputs

JNU admin restricts Wi-Fi on campus, students fume

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) took to social media on Saturday to express anger over their online freedom being restricted by the JNU administration. The social media protest came after the administration ensured that the campus Wi-Fi would not show news, music or protest videos on YouTube.The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) called it a “politically motivated move” and alleged, “that all website and video links which have anti-government content have been restricted.” DNA tried to reach the JNU registrar Pramod Kumar and the Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for a response but failed to get a reply until the time of press.Many students took to social media and wrote Facebook posts condemning the move by the administration. Students stated that with the Wi-Fi restriction, the only thing that they can be allowed to watch online are cartoons.In a statement issued by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) the students said, “This latest scheme of the JNU V-C is tampering with free academic thought and the environment of JNU, by placing curbs on the internet access of JNU students, through the campus Wi-Fi. Students have been facing problems in accessing web pages and channels on YouTube through the JNU Wi-Fi. JNU presidential debates, speeches of prominent student leaders have also been restricted.”Clashes between the JNUSU and the authorities over a number of issues have been taking place in recent times. The move by the JNU V-C, earlier this year, to ensure seat cuts in MPhil/PhD courses has angered students, the announcement by the administration that an army tank should be placed on campus to instil patriotism, also led to clashes with students who denounced the move.In the statement, the students also accused the administration of “corruption in teachers’ appointment in JNU… open harassment of students through notices and fines… destroying students freedom of expression and academic freedom through restrictions imposed on the JNU Wi-Fi.STUDENTS SAYJNUSU condemns this act of control by the V-C on lives and thoughts of students. It appeals to the student community to stand tall against this curbing of both intellectual and social life and demands that the JNU administration remove the curbs.

From Shastri to Sharma, how Central govts have tried to bring peace to Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had believed that there was not much resistance and opposition in the streets to the dismissal of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah from the prime ministership of J&K in August 1953. Nehru had assumed that Kashmir had returned to normal and the general public had compromised with the status quo. But when Prophet’s holy relic was stolen from Srinagar’s Hazratbal shrine in the intervening night of December 26 and 27 in 1963, the news spread like wildfire and consumed Kashmir’s streets, sparking large-scale arson and violence.In the words of veteran journalist late Sanaullah Bhat, a volcano had erupted, which had been held back under pressure. India’s former envoy in Pakistan TCA Raghavan in his recent book The People Next Door—The Curious History of India’s Relations with Pakistan narrates that the eruption of this agitation in Kashmir hurt Nehru’s self-esteem, much more than the defeat at the hands of China a year ago. He was hurt to the extent that he fell ill.Nehru asked Lal Bahadur Shastri to visit Srinagar to cool tempers by talking to a cross-section of people. On his way to the airport, Shastri stopped at Teen Murti House. Nehru reminded him to take warm clothes, as there will be freezing temperatures in Kashmir. But Shastri didn’t have clothes, except his khadi and jacket. Nehru lent him his warm overcoat to send him as the Central government’s first interlocutor. His visit resulted in release of Abdullah from prison after seven years. His cases were dropped and he was invited to meet ailing Nehru. He was allowed to travel to Pakistan to talk to the leadership there. But during his tour to Pakistan, Nehru passed away and Abdullah returned without accomplishing his mission. A year later, he was again behind bars.After the Shimla agreement between India and Pakistan in 1972 that led to the release of Pakistani prisoners of war, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed her confidante G Parthasarathy to open dialogue with Abdullah.Parthasarathy conducted 46 rounds of talks with Abdullah’s right-hand man Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beg over the next three-and-a-half years. The talks led to the Indira-Abdullah Accord of February 1975. Sheikh became Chief Minister of the state and had ab assurance under Article 4 of the Accord that all central laws extended to the state between 1953 and 1975 will be reviewed. But by the time of his death in 1982, Abdullah’s relations with New Delhi had soured. He was accusing New Delhi of not allowing him to review the laws.In 1984, Sheikh’s son Farooq Abdullah was dismissed from chief ministership. Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi soon appointed Rajesh Pilot to build bridges with Farooq. Pliot’s interlocution led to the 1986 Rajiv-Farooq Accord. Its provisions were mirror copies of the 1975 Accord with the exception that Farooq agreed to share power with the Congress. Farooq’s National Conference cadres and general public rejecting it. To prove that the Accord was successful, a year later in 1987, both the Centre and the state government engineered a massive rigging in the assembly elections. Many experts believe that the rigging shook people’s faith in democratic systems and created room for militancy.In 1990, at the peak of militancy, Prime Minister VP Singh appointed George Fernandes as the pointsman for Kashmir. First time, in Delhi, a ministry of Kashmir affairs was set up under the supervision of Fernandes. But at the same time Singh also appointed Jagmohan as J&K Governor. Both of them worked at cross purposes leading to the failure of each other’s efforts.In 1993, Prime Minister Narasimha Rao also banked on Pilot. He was appointed as junior minister incharge of internal security with a purpose to open a political channel in Kashmir. He did so successfully by engineering defections within militant ranks and creating Ikhwans, an anti-militant force.In April 2001, PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee appointed deputy chairman of Planning Commission KC Pant as interlocutor. His mission failed, as separatists, barring Shabir Shah, boycotted him. His mission was wound up a year later.In 2003, Vajpayee appointed NN Vohra (current J&K’s Governor) as interlocutor. Vajpayee’s successor Manmohan Singh continued him on the job. Vohra roped in moderate Hurriyat leadership to have two rounds of talks with then deputy PM LK Advani and another two rounds with Manmohan Singh. He also was man behind three roundtable meetings supervised by the PM himself that produced five working group reports on confidence-building measures. He stayed on the position till 2008, when he became Governor.In 2010, following an unrest in which 120 youth were killed, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed three interlocutors — (late) Dileep Padgaonkar, MM Ansari and Radha Kumar. They also faced a boycott from separatist groups but presented a report to the government in May 2012. Sharma will be the government’s ninth interlocutor in Kashmir.GOVT’S POINTSMEN OVER THE YEARS1963: PM Nehru sent Lal Bahadur Shastri to Kashmir when violence swept through the valley. 1972: Indira Gandhi appointed her confidante G Parthasarathy to open dialogue with Sheikh Abdullah. 1986: PM Rajiv Gandhi appointed Rajesh Pilot to build bridges with Farooq Abdullah. 1990: At the peak of militancy, PM VP Singh appointed Geroge Fernandes as his pointsman for Kashmir. 1993: PM Rao also banked on Rajesh Pilot. 2001: PM Vajpayee appointed KC Pant. In 2003, He chose NN Vohra 2010: PM Manmohan Singh chose (late) Dileep Padgaonkar, MM Ansari and Radha Kumar.

Revamp of iconic park delayed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tourists visiting Mumbai will have to wait a while longer to have a look at the famous old woman’s shoe at Kamala Nehru Park in south Mumbai. The development work which was expected to be complete by the end of this year will now be completed in the next year.The Kamala Nehru Park in Malabar Hill is one of the top tourist attractions in the city which was closed to the public owing to renovation and development work going on at the part for the past eight months. The project includes setting up a viewing gallery at the park and renovation of the old woman’s shoe. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had initiated the garden’s landscaping and had shut it for repairs. The Hanging Gardens is the only tourist attraction which is open to the public in Malabar Hill.”The civic body should complete the project as soon as possible as it does not look good for an iconic tourist garden to be shut for so many months. Tourists are disappointed that they are unable to access the garden,” said Pramod Mandrekar, former corporator.A resident of Malabar Hill said, “Outstation relatives who visited us during Diwali were excited to visit the park but it was shut, which was disappointing. We hope that the civic body speeds up the work and throws it open to thepublic soon.”A senior BMC official said, “We are planning for a re-tendering process in the park’s development project. The work is under progress.”Vishvas Mote, assistant municipal commissioner, D ward, said, “The contract is to complete the work by December but it should be complete by January.”

BJP, Congress’s war of words over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A war of words erupted between the BJP and Congress over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s legacy on the occasion of his birth anniversary on Tuesday.In Gandhinagar, chief minister Vijay Rupani said that the country’s situation would have been different had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel become the prime minister.“Sardar Patel tried to take the country in the right direction, but the Congress meted out injustice to him. It is unfortunate that politics is being played in Sardar Patel’s name,” Rupani said after offering floral tributes to Sardar Patel.In Ahmedabad, former chief minister Anandiben Patel said that Sardar Patel did not get his due because of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil said, “Some dwarfs are using the Iron Man of India’s name for political gains. If Sardar Saheb had been meted out injustice, as the BJP leaders claim, he would have not shied away from taking on the Congress.”

Country would have been different had Sardar Patel been PM: Nitish Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today lavished praise on Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, saying “the shape and the direction” taken by the country would have been different had he been the prime minister.”Patel’s contributions need no introduction. It was his efforts that led to the unification of several disjointed territories into a single nation. If the Indian nation owes its history to Gandhi it owes its geography to Patel”, Kumar said addressing a function organized by his JD(U)’s farmers’ cell on the occasion of 142nd birth anniversary of the ‘Iron Man’. “The shape and the direction taken by the country would have been different had he been the prime minister,” he said.Kumar also said that Nehru, whom Gandhiji chose as his “successor”, made his own contributions but the Mahatma’s thrust on decentralisation was forgotten. “It was Bapu’s dream to see progress of and justice to every section of the society”, he said. The Chief Minister said that his ambitious agriculture roadmap for 2017-2022, which is to be launched next month, is not confined to crops. It includes fisheries, animal husbandry and the cooperative sector and intends to benefit every section of the society. “We also plan to bring a new survey settlement for land disputes, which have been a major hurdle in agricultural progress in Bihar”, he added.

Sanskars, not drugs, will cure depression

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A research conducted at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Sanskrit Studies has claimed that inculcating moral values will help get rid of mental illnesses, as psychiatry and medicines are only deteriorating patient conditions”Listening to bhajans and kirtans at an early age will act as a stress buster,” it says. It’s the first-of-its-kind research conducted at the Sanskrit Centre, said Sudhir Kumar Arya, a professor who teaches Vedic literature at JNU.The research, based on puranas — Bhagavata Purana and Agni Purana, claims those taught moral values at early stages will not face anxiety, stress, depression or other mental issues. Yoga, too, can also do wonders, it says.”The medical treatments available can only cure physical problems, not mental issues,” says the research.”More people are suffering from these issues in modern countries in comparison to traditional ones like ours,” said Nandini Das, who conducted the research.Das, who recently completed her M.Phil, said, “We generally consider mental health a very recent and foreign concept, but it has been thoroughly mentioned in puranas and vedas,” said the 25-year old student.Elaborating on the role of “devotional activities” in maintaining good mental health, she said, “During this research, we found that traditional practices, including listening to bhajans and kirtans, are actual stress busters. And, it should be introduced in our lives at a very early age.””All medical treatments available can only cure physical problems. They cannot help in curing issues related to mental health,” the research says.”People suffering from mental issues are labelled as mad in our society and then they are being taken to the those practicing psychiatry these days. The only treatment they know is to give sleeping pills to patients,” said Arya, the supervisor of the research.The research further revealed that modern concepts like nuclear families and single child are also causing depression and stress among youngsters. “People who live in nuclear families are more prone to mental issues as they don’t learn how to live a disciplined life. They lose control over their moral sense,” Arya said.The students at the Centre are also conducting other researches on the role of yoga, devotion and moral education in curing health issues, he added.JNU STUDYThe research claims that those taught moral values at early stages will never face anxiety, stress, depression or any other mental issue. Yoga, however, can do wonders.
It also reveals that concepts like nuclear families and single child are also causing depression and stress among youngsters.

P Chidambaram’s statement on Kashmir reflection of Congress mentality to divide India: Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said she was ‘shocked and disgusted’ at former finance minister P Chidambaram’s remarks about ‘breaking union of India into pieces’.Chidambaram said, “My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for ‘Azadi’, most people want autonomy”. Trying to sort of find a middle-line to solve the Kashmir problem, P Chidambaram said that government must consider areas to give autonomy to J&K. He said, ” It will remain a part of India but will have larger powers as promised under Article 370″.”Although I must admit that I am not surprised by Chidambaram’s statement, as it reflects the Congress’ mentality,” Irani said while speaking to news agency ANI.She also lashed out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying that he supported students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, who allegedly said that they they would break India into tiny pieces. “What is the message Cong is trying to give, that at their doorstep of political gain they are willing to sacrifice nationhood?” Irani asked.The minister also added that the talks of ‘azadi’ was on a land that gave us Sardar Patel. “Patel gave his life to make sure India was under one constitution,” Irani said.

Assam: BJP MP compares Nehru-Gandhi with garbage, Congress demands his arrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Assam has stoked a controversy by allegedly comparing Mahatma Gandhi and India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with garbage.Addressing a public rally at Sonari in Sivsagar district, the Lok Sabha member Kamakhya Prasad Tasa said that the Congress has pushed the Nehru-Gandhi garbage into the minds of people over the years and there is now no space for any other theory, reported IANS.The Congress has lodged an FIR in a Guwahati police station and demanded the MP’s arrest.The report also said that Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was seated on the podium where Tasa was speaking.”The MP … described Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi as garbage. Therefore, we seek his immediate arrest and prosecution under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” read the FIR.Assam Congress leader Ripun Bora said that Tasa’s remark was an unpardonable offence and demanded his immediate arrest.

Watch | Congress has special hatred for Gujaratis: PM Modi attacks Nehru-Gandhi family in fiery speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing the main opposition party of pursuing “negative politics”, Modi dared the Congress to fight the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls on the development plank.”Gujarat polls are round the corner and the Congress has developed fever once again. Gujarat has been an eyesore for the party and the family. I won’t repeat what they did to Sardar Patel, his daughter Maniben, and Morarji Desai.”They did not speak about the work of Morarji Desai or his dedication and commitment to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. They instead chose to talk about what he ate and drank,” Modi told a massive BJP rally at Bhat village near Gandhinagar, referring to the former prime minister’s fondness of urine therapy.He also targeted the Congress over the resignation of party leader Madhavsinha Solanki, who as the foreign minister was alleged to have sent a letter to his then Swiss counterpart to scuttle the Bofors scandal probe.”They forced Solanki to resign. the party can go to any extent to save the family,” he said.”You did not waste any opportunity to strike. When I was the chief minister and you were in power at the Centre, you hatched a conspiracy to put me in jail. You knew that it was not possible until Amit Shah (BJP chief) was put behind bars, you did that.”This is the poison, the malice you harbour. Since Patel conceived the Narmada project, it was not allowed to be completed for 40-50 years,” Modi said as he repeatedly attacked the Nehru-Gandhi family in his speech.Referring to Congress leaders, including party president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi being on bail in the National Herald case, Modi said, “The whole party is on bail”.He also dared the Congress to contest the polls on the development plank.”I had expected them to fight this election on the issue of development, but they are not doing that. Now they have decided to belittle Gujarat’s development,” he said referring to the Congress’ online campaign ‘Vikas (development) has gone crazy’, which targets the Gujarat model of development.Rahul Gandhi has, during his frequent trips to the state, criticised the Gujarat model of development.”This election is a fight between ‘vikasvaad’ and “vanshvaad”; development politics will triumph over family rule.”Congress, he alleged, always avoided contesting elections with focus on development.”Every time there is an election, it would raise the issue of communalism, spread the poison of casteism. They never have the courage to contest a poll on the concrete issue of development,” he said.The prime minister’s remark came against the backdrop of the agitation by the influential Patel community for reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.Hardik Patel, the quota stir spearhead, had welcomed Rahul Gandhi on a recent visit to Gujarat.”They called us anti-Dalit, anti-Adivasi, an urban party.The people gave them an apt reply. None of the charges stuck.Today, we have the highest number of Dalit and Adivasi MPs.The highest number of MPs from rural areas are of the BJP,” he said.With inputs from PTI

Lack of interest by CBI in missing Najeeb Ahmed case: High Court

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 12:08 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today said “there is complete lack of interest” on the CBI’s part in probing the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed.The court had handed over the probe to the CBI five months ago.A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Chander Shekhar observed that there was “no result either ways. No result even on paper”.The strong remarks by the bench came after contradictions appeared in what the CBI said in court and what it had indicated in its status report on the issue of analysis of the calls and messages of the suspect students in the case.The court was hearing the plea of the missing student’s mother, Fatima Nafees, seeking directions from the court to trace her son who disappeared from Jawaharlal NehruUniversity’s (JNU) Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 last year.

Rahul Gandhi supporter of destruction, not development: Yogi Adityanath in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attacked the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday saying he is not a supporter of development, but of destruction.Speaking at a rally in Valsad, he said, “When a terrorist like Isharat Jahan is killed by security forces in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi came in her support.””Congress is a not symbol of development, rather a symbol of destruction,” he reiterated.Yogi Adityanath accused Rahul Gandhi of ignoring his constituency and not building a Collectorate office in Amethi.”The person, who could not built Collectorate office in his constituency, how can you expect that he will do development in Gujarat,” he said.Yogi, further attacking the Congress Party, said, Dr Manmohan Singh was the prime minister from year 2004-14 and always spoke on the directives of Nehru-Gandhi family, otherwise he didn’t speak at all.”Earlier on Friday, he launched a scathing attack on the Congress by terming it as a “symbol of devastation”.Ishrat Jahan, and three other men were killed in an encounter on June 15, 2004 in Gujarat as the security agencies suspected they were on a mission to assassinate then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.Continuing his attack on Congress Vice President, Adityanath said that Rahul Gandhi was confusing people of Gujarat during his election rallies.

Delhi HC sets aside JNU disciplinary action against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and 13 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a significant decision, the Delhi HC on Thursday set aside disciplinary action taken by JNU against 15 of its students, including ex-JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with a controversial event on February 9 last year in the varsity.Justice V K Rao has asked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to hear the matter afresh after allowing the students to inspect the records and hearing them. The court told JNU’s appellate authority to pass a reasoned order within six weeks of hearing the students, who also included Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, that the varsity did not give them due opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline. The students in their pleas had also challenged their punishment, which ranges from rustication for a few semesters to withdrawal of hostel facilities.JNU had rusticated Umar from JNU till December this year, while Bhattacharya was expelled from campus for five years. Post the event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, Kanhaiaya and its associates landed in an eye of storm. They also were arrested in sedition charges though were freed later. With PTI inputs

Delhi HC denies bail to accused in JNU student rape case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Holding that there were chances that the Afghan national, who was arrested for allegedly raping a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, could flee, the Delhi High Court (HC) on Tuesday denied bail to the accused.Justice Vinod Goel dismissed the bail application of Sulaiman Ahmadi, who has been living in India as a refugee from the last 10 years. The court held that the accusation against him was serious in nature and there was an apprehension that he may tamper with or win over vital witnesses.The court said there was no ground in favour of the man to grant him bail as the material witnesses, including those who were at the spot and to whom the woman had narrated the episode soon after the incident, were yet to be examined.The bail plea was opposed by the prosecutor, who said since the accused was an Afghan national, there were chances of his fleeing from justice if bail was granted. He added that witnesses were yet to be examined and one of them had seen the accused entering into the bedroom where the woman was sleeping alone.According to the prosecution, Ahmadi and his friend Tawab Ahmad alias Saleem, also an Afghan national, had allegedly raped a 21-year-old JNU student in south Delhi’s Green Park area in January this year.Appearing for the accused, his counsel said that forensic samples of the body fluids found on the woman’s clothes failed to match with that of the accused, and so he should be granted bail.

Veteran Cong leader Fotedar breathes his last in Gurugram hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A quintessential Gandhi family loyalist, Makhan Lal Fotedar, a veteran Congress leader surprised many when his book ‘The Chinar Leaves: A political Memoir’ hit the stands in 2015 in which he questioned the leadership credentials of Rahul Gandhi.After Fotedar’s death, Sonia Gandhi on Friday hailed him as ‘one of the guiding lights’ for the Congress and said that his death has left behind a void, which can never be fulfilled.Expressing her deepest condolences, she recalled Fotedar in his long and active political career spanning over five decades fighting for the rights of the people.In his book, Fotedar had said, “Sonia Gandhi is not Indira Gandhi,” and “Rahul Gandhi is not Sanjay Gandhi,” but lauded Priyanka Gandhi.Fotedar, who breathed his last on Thursday in a Gurugram hospital, was a close confidante of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and a loyalist of the Congress first family. Fotedar, who owed his rise in the party to his proximity with Nehru-Gandhi, was brought into politics by Jawaharlal Nehru in early 1950s.As a former member of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, he represented Pahalgam constituency from 1967 to 1977. After serving as a Cabinet Minister in Jammu and Kashmir government, he shifted base to the national Capital.He became a key part of Indira Gandhi cabinet soon after. His clout was immense during her tenure and she appointed him as her political secretary in 1980. Fotedar was also a two-time Rajya Sabha member and a former union minister.After Indira Gandhi’s death, Rajiv Gandhi also made him his political secretary for three years before inducting him in his Cabinet as a minister. However, by then his clout had begun waning. But Fotedar was the darling of media reporting on AICC affairs.His long association with the Gandhi family and his understanding of Congress was so promising that years after he ceased to be in the corridors of power, media men thronged him.

Why Rahul Gandhi wasn’t wrong to call Mahatma Gandhi an NRI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It has become common fashion to pour scorn upon anything Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi does or says. Recently, the Congress scion came in for the usual criticism for saying that Mahatma Gandhi, along with many of India’s founding fathers were ‘NRIs’.He said at a gathering at Times Square, New York City: “The original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. (BR) Ambedkar, (Abul Kalam) Azad, (Sardar) Patel they were all NRIs. Every single one of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned to India and used some of the ideas that they had got and transformed India.”This led to a lot of commentators hitting out at Gandhi for his ‘gaffe’, but is it really one?From common parlance, an NRI is any Indian citizen who lives, earns his living or studies abroad. Strictly speaking, from a legal perspective the definition of NRI is stated by Section 6 of the Income Tax Act of 1961 which says that you are considered a resident of India if you’ve spent at least 182 days in the country. You would also be considered a resident if you’ve spent at least 365 days in four years preceding the financial year and at least 60 days in that particular year, in the country.Going by that legal definition, which is fitting since most of our founding fathers were barristers, anyone who spends less than 182 days, or less than 365 days in the last four years (plus 60 years), in India is then by definition a Non-Resident Indian or an NRI.Considering the aforementioned definition, many of our founding fathers were ‘NRIs’, during some parts of their lives.Years abroad:Jawaharlal Nehru – 1907-1912 in England studying and practising lawSardar Patel – 1910-1913 in England studying lawBR Ambedkar – 1913-1916 studying in US, 1916-17 and 1921-23 in EnglandAbul Kalam Azad – Born in Mecca 1888, came back to India in 1890None of them however spent as much time abroad as Mahatma Gandhi, who went to England to study law in 1888 and spent two years and eight months there.He returned to India to start his legal career but soon left for South Africa in 1893 to work for a law firm in South Africa. A one-year trip was extended to 20. In 1894, he was set to leave South Africa but decided to stay back when he learnt of a bill to strip Indians of their right to vote. He ended up staying there for over 20 years, his experiences of racism that he faced in South Africa and England shaping his world view and giving him the tools to lead a nation in the fight for independence. So incidentally, before we mock Rahul Gandhi for saying something, we ought to see if he’s right or wrong? But that would take some fact-checking, which is conspicuous by its absence in modern-day journalism and seems to be far less important than giving in to our pre-conceived notions.

Join hands with Congress, Rahul Gandhi urges NRIs in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called on NRIs to join hands with the grand old party.While addressing a gathering at Times Square, Gandhi said, “You (NRIs) have tremendous knowledge and understanding so you need to involve. I want to invite you to work with Congress to discuss vision for going forward. We want to take your help.”Asserting that NRIs are “our backbone,” the Congress vice president averred, “everywhere you look, there is an Indian working for US and India, building both countries.”He further stated that great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were all NRIs.”The original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. Ambedkar, Azad, Patel these were all NRIs. Every single one of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned back to India and used some of the ideas that they had got and transformed India,” adding that father of the White Revolution in India, Verghese Kurien, too was also an NRI.”Congress Party is 130 years old, but we don’t represent an organisation, we represent a philosophy of more than 1000 years old. People view India as a geographical construct, I view India as a set of ideas. We have many religions, languages and everyone are living happily together. The reasons they have been able to do so is due to ideas of the Congress party,” he added.

Modi keeps his promise, delivers his shortest I-Day speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Having made a record of delivering the longest Independence Day speech last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his shortest speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort this year. Modi spoke for 57 minutes, his shortest Independence Day speech in four years. Last year, he had spoken for 96 minutes, the longest ever Independence Day address by an Indian Prime Minister. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru spoke for 72 minutes in 1947 which was till 2015 the longest ever speech from the Red Fort. In his radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ last month, Modi said said he had received letters from people complaining that his Independence Day speeches were “a little too long” and promised to make a shorter speech. He spoke for over 65 minutes in 2014 and 86 minutes in 2015. Modi’s predecessor Manmohan Singh, who delivered 10 speeches over his long tenure at the helm, stuck to the 50- minute mark in his Independence Day speeches. While he delivered speeches that lasted 50 minutes only on two occasions — 2005 and 2006, during remaining eight years, his speech ranged from 32 to 45 minutes. Modi’s party colleague and the first BJP Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee spoke for 30-35 minutes in his Independence Day addresses. On August 2002, he delivered a speech that lasted 25 minutes, while in 2003 he gave a 30-minute address from the historic 17th century Mughal monument.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kovind for people-govt partnership for India’s growth with

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind today pitched for a partnership between citizens and the government to create a New India by 2022 that is a “compassionate society” and includes the “humanist component integral to the nation’s DNA”. In his maiden address to the Nation on the eve of 71st Independence Day, Kovind remembered the role of leaders of Independence struggle including Jawaharlal Nehru. He said the generation that brought us to freedom was diverse which included men and women from all parts of the country and a variety of “political and social thought”. Asking people to draw inspiration from freedom fighters, Kovind said there was a need to invoke the same spirit today for nation building. “The stress on the moral basis of policy and action, belief in unity and discipline, faith in a synthesis of heritage and science, and promotion of the rule of law and of education all of it is located in a partnership between citizen and government,” he said. Kovind said that is how India has been built–by a partnership between citizen and government, between individual and society, between a family and the wider community. “Today, in big cities we may not even know our neighbours. Whether in cities or villages, it is important to renew that sense of caring and sharing. This will make us a gentler and happier society and help us understand each other with greater empathy,” he said. Kovind said this spirit of empathy and of social service and volunteerism is very much alive in India. “There are so many people and organisations that work quietly and diligently for the poor and the disadvantaged. We should also work with unity and purpose to ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society,” he said. He said partnership between citizens with government remains crucial to the success of several flagship announcements of the Narendra Modi government like voluntarily giving up LPG subsidy, demonetisation, introduction of GST besides schemes like ‘beti bacaho beti padhao’, ‘Swachh Bharat’ among others. “I am happy that the transition to the GST system has been smooth. It should be a matter of pride for all of us that the taxes we pay are used for nation building–to help the poor and the marginalised, to build rural and urban infrastructure, and to strengthen our border defences,” he said. The President said in the year 2022, the country will complete 75 years of Independence and “it is our national resolve to attain certain desired milestones for a New India by then”. He said a New India means some obvious parameters like a house for every family, power on demand, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network, rapid and sustained growth. “And yet there is more. New India must include that integral humanist component that is in our DNA, and which has defined our country and our civilisation. New India must be a society rushing towards the future, but also a compassionate society,” Kovind said. He said it is only with all this that we will build the New India we can cherish where every Indian is equipped to fulfil his or her potential and do so in a manner that leaves each one of us content and happy. “I am confident that a strong partnership between citizens and the government will allow us to meet the goals of New India,” he said. Kovind lauded “immense patience and understanding” of the citizens in the days following demonetisation and “whole- hearted support” in the battle against corruption and black money. He said it reflected a responsible and enlightened society. “Demonetisation has boosted our efforts to build an honest society. We must sustain this spirit and this momentum,” he said. Appreciating the families which gave away LPG subsidy, Kovind said, “Each of us must find a way to give back to society. Each of us must choose one thing we can do to help another, less fortunate Indian”. The single most critical factor for building our nation is to equip our coming generation. We need to ensure that not one child is left behind. As such I would urge you, as fellow nation builders, to help educate underprivileged children in our society, he said. The President urged people to help at least one child other than their own get educated by enrolling in school, paying their fees and buying them books.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA EXCLUSIVE: Sonia signals to party leaders: Priyanka as working president?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the Congress Working Committee (CWC) met in New Delhi on August 8, supposedly to discuss the issue of the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, party president Sonia Gandhi had something else on her mind as well.At the end of the meetings, she quietly broached the subject of a change in leadership of the party with some senior leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — wondering aloud if Priyanka Gandhi should be made Working President of the party.”It wasn’t a casual question. She clearly had something on her mind. There is lot of merit in this move, if it happens,” observed a CWC member.If the response of the small group of leaders — just three to four, as the source described it — is an indication, her thought received strong support.While there have been demands in the past that Priyanka should be given some formal role in the party, the family has repeatedly sidestepped the issue. On her part, Priyanka has restricted herself, politically that is, to the Gandhi family bastions of Amethi and Rae Barelli.Sources present in the meeting shared with DNA that Sonia told the select few that if the party wants to put up a credible show in the next Lok Sabha elections, a young face would have to assume control and manage the affairs of the party, including strategising with senior leaders.A final decision on the future of the party is expected to be taken in the next one month or so.Incidentally, party vice-president and the man many consider to be the president–in–waiting, Rahul Gandhi, did not attend the meeting as he is in the grip of a viral fever.While the possibility of Rahul’s elevation as party president has been the subject of intense speculation for the past many years now, possibility of Priyanka being the face of the party in the run up to the 2019 general elections, many feel, could galvanise the moribund party and its cadre.”Whether we want to admit it or not, the truth is that the Gandhi family is the glue that binds this party. Even when a member of the family wasn’t at the forefront, like when PV Narasimha Rao was Prime Minister or when Sitaram Kesari was party president, the shadow of the family always loomed large. Despite attempts to malign the name of the family, there is little doubt that the Gandhis have a connect with voters in large parts of the country,” observed a senior Congress MP and a former minister.Since 2014, when Narendra Modi led the BJP to a spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has witnessed a steady departure of several prominent state-level leaders.Many in the party also suggest that the reason for the absence of an effective game-plan to counter the Modi juggernaut is the sharp divide between the thought process of Team Rahul and the Old Guard represented by the likes of Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad and many state satraps.While some who don’t enjoy much support within the party or even among common voters have talked of looking beyond the Nehru-Gandhi family to revive the party, this line of thinking hasn’t found any traction within the Congress.

No heroes from RSS ranks in freedom struggle: Habib

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The renaming of Mughalsarai railway station after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya or the attempts to “cast out Nehru” reflect the absence of “heroes” among saffron ranks, historian Irfan Habib today said. Delivering a lecture on “70 years of Freedom” here, Habib said the Indian freedom movement owes much to “new values and ideals”. “They might have put Deen Dayal Upadhaya’s name here and there, they might try to cast out (Jawaharlal) Nehru’s name as far as they can, but the fact is that they have no hero out of their own ranks for the national struggle,” he said. The omission of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s name in the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha on the historic Quit India movement attracted criticism from the Congress. The party had also termed as “unfortunate” President Ramnath Kovind’s inaugural speech, where Nehru did not find any mention. “Indian national movement owes much to new values and ideas that had nothing to do with any religion or our past culture. This historical fact is particularly important when we are faced with the recent insistence that all wisdoms have been obtained by Indians from in ancient times,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Both rich & poor fought for India’s freedom: Azad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today virtually countered Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the contributions of not only the poor, but even well-off persons like Motilal Nehru who gave up their riches for the freedom struggle, cannot be forgotten. While felicitating new Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu in the Rajya Sabha, Azad, without referring to Modi’s remarks that the poor had risen to high constitutional posts reflected the strength of democracy, said the rich as well as others had given the country a Constitution enabling persons from a humble background to become the President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister and Supreme Court judges. But “it was not a question of rich or poor”. The country cannot forget the contributions made by the rich who gave up their wealth for the country and spent years in jail for participating in the freedom struggle, the Leader of the Opposition said. Azad said the rise of grassroot-level persons like Sitaram Yechury and Naidu to high positions was the biggest achievement of democracy and many who weren’t landlords or educated families had reached the zenith of their profession. Modi in his felicitation had termed it as tribute to democracy that people from humble backgrounds rose to the highest constitutional positions. Speaking immediately after him, Azad said Nehru was a big lawyer who earned Rs 7-10 crore in today’s currency terms but gave away his wealth. Mahatma Gandhi too was a big lawyer who gave away even his clothes and family for the country, he said. “We should not forget them and their contribution. Those who were well-off and educated, who gave up their riches, families and children for freedom of India,” he said and went on to name Sardar Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Maulana Azad. They gave the country a Constitution that allowed “anyone to become President, Vice President, Prime Minister or Supreme Court Judge. I salute them,” he said. Even during the debate on 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement on August 9, Azad had recalled the contributions made by Gandhi, Jawarhal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and several others. In contrast, Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had not named any of them. Modi too had skipped naming Nehru, who had moved the resolution at a Congress session on August 9, 1942 calling for British to leave India. Even Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had not mentioned him in her speeches.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No holding protest march within 100 metre radius of JNU, says high court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Wednesday barred the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from holding demonstrations in 100 meters periphery of the university’s administration block.Justice Vibhu Bhakru said that CCTV cameras can also be put at the main entry gate of the campus and inside the administrative building and around it.The directions came after JNU administration moved Delhi High Court seeking to put a restrain on its students from holding any more such demonstrations in 100 meters periphery of the university’s administration block.The court directed that if students are found flouting its order, the varsity administration can provide the footage to the police for appropriate action.In February this year, over a hundred students had blocked the university’s administration block restricting entry or exit of any officials as part of a protest.The court also said that police cannot enter the campus but if the students are found flouting its order, then the University administration can provide a copy of the footage to the police for appropriate action.The court said it is not the fundamental right of the students to protest anywhere. They should only protest at the designated places marked by JNU administration for protests.While passing the order, Justice Bhakru told the students not to prevent the ingress and egress of people in the administrative building.The petition by JNU’s counsel Monika Arora has sought “immediate indulgence of the court” while highlighting that on March 23 the students had staged a dharna, burnt the effigy of the Vice Chancellor right outside the administrative block and blocked entry and exit of university officials.While seeking direction to the police to provide adequate security as and when requested, the plea had sought direction that “no dharna/demonstration/street plays etc. will be allowed with or without noise making instruments within 100 meters of the administrative block” of the JNU.

Smriti Irani critices Cong chief’s speech in Lok Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Smriti Irani today attacked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over her speech on the Quit India movement during a special discussion in the Lok Sabha, saying it was a “long, pitiable lament” over the loss of control Nehru dynasty wielded before her party’s defeat in 2014. In a Facebook post, Irani said Gandhi was bent upon to prove that blood is thicker than water and was ‘bitter and illiberal”. The Congress president in her speech in the Lok Sabha had made veiled dig at the BJP-led government wondering whether the “forces of darkness” were trying to destroy the roots of democracy as “clouds of hate and division” were hovering over secular and egalitarian values. Irani alleged that Gandhi also used “expressions such as ‘nafrat aur badle ki raajneeti’ (politics of hate and revenge) totally out of context to vitiate the atmosphere in the House and made it seem like an election campaign speech.” She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forward- looking, positive, unifying and gracious in his address as he exhorted people to rise above all kinds of differences, including those created by politics, to forge ahead by fighting poverty, injustice and terrorism. “In contrast, Sonia Gandhi’s speech lacked any passion or vision, bordering on the monotonous,” Irani said. Irani also said there are certain events in the life of a people when their representatives are expected to rise above partisan considerations to tap into solidarity, a latent sense of the ‘we’ feeling, that helps forge national identity, and added that the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement – a national uprising that convinced the British masters definitely qualifies for such a time. Gandhi, however, Irani said, failed that test of leadership while Modi was statesman-like.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘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.)

JNU Teachers Association takes out protest march against admin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association today took out a protest march, demanding that the administration abstain from infringing upon the rights of teachers. The other demands of the association included adhering to hostel manual for appointment of hostel wardens, reappointment of a professor who was removed without following procedures, and withdrawal of an illegal enquiry against a professor. “Stop the illegal inquiry against Prof. Nivedita Menon, stop re-opening of Executive Council-ratified decisions and retrospective application of rules, and end arbitrary and humiliating procedures in wardenship renewal,” JNUTA secretary Pradeep Shinde urged the administration, in a release. Prof. Menon is accused of addressing some protesting students in violation of rules. Teachers’ representatives, who wanted to meet vice- chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, submitted their demands in a memorandum to Rector I Chintamani Mohapatra as the VC was unavailable. “The JNUTA wishes to remind the administration that the varsity is no one’s personal fiefdom. It is an institution that belongs to the people and we are all collectively responsible for ensuring that it delivers on the purpose for which it exists,” the association said in the memorandum.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong really is in deep crisis: Jairam Ramesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Monday fired a salvo, saying that the party was facing an “existential crisis”. Making a case for introspection within the party, Ramesh pitched for “a collective effort” by party leaders to “overcome” the challenges it faced from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.Talking to a news agency in Kochi, Ramesh also said that a “business-as-usual-approach” will not work against Modi and Shah, and advocated for flexibility in the approach to make Congress relevant.For long, political analysts have said the grand old party was facing an existential crises due to the lack of leadership and the absence of aspirational cadres. Last week, the BJP snatched the last bastion from the Congress, emerging as the largest party in the upper house. There is realisation in political circles now that the Nehru-Gandhi brand, that has been synonymous with political power for more than 70 years, no longer sells. Following Venkiah Naidu’s victory the in vice-presidential elections, the BJP now occupies the top three offices in the country for the first time.”We have to understand we are up against Modi and Shah. And they think differently, they act differently, and if we are not flexible in our approach, we will become irrelevant, frankly,” the Congress leader said. He said the Congress party must also recognise that India has changed. “Old slogans don’t work, old formulas don’t work, old mantras don’t work. India has changed, the Congress party has to change,” he said.Ramesh took potshots at party leaders who still behave as if the party is still in power.”The sultanate has gone, but we behave as if we are sultans still. We have to completely redo the way of thinking, the way of acting, the way of projecting, the way of communicating. He also admitted that Nitish Kumar’s return to the NDA fold was a big setback for anti-BJP coalition in the country, describing it as a “completely betrayal of the mandate” given to the Mahagathbandhan by the people of Bihar.

ADM, ASP among several injured in violent protests at Tissa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today used teargas to quell a violent mob which was protesting the alleged rape of a school girl in Tissa in Chamba district. Fifteen persons including an Additional District Magistrate (ADM), an Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) and several others sustained injuries, Deputy Commissioner, Chamba, Sudesh Mokhta said. Communal tension had gripped Tissa following the rape of a school girl. Following the incident some locals attacked some teachers which led to further tension. Three persons had earlier been arrested in connection with the attack on teachers. Mokhta said that ASP Virender Thakur, who was seriously injured, was referred to the Pt Jawaharlal Nehru government medical college hospital, Chamba. The DC said that the protesters damaged the property and security was deployed in strength and situation was now under control and strict vigil was being maintained.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi steps up assault on opponents, eyes Indian supremacy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is stepping up its assault on the opposition Congress party as it looks to expand its national dominance and moves closer to securing a majority in the upper house of parliament. Modi won the biggest mandate in 30 years in the 2014 general election, giving him control of the lower house. But his nationalist coalition still lacks a majority in the upper house that represents India’s 29 states and has proven to be a stumbling block for its legislative agenda. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been chipping away at that problem. It recently won the backing of some opposition lawmakers to secure the election of its candidate Ram Nath Kovind as president. The party also joined a coalition in the big northern state of Bihar, in the process demolishing an opposition alliance that had dealt it its only major election defeat since 2014. With Bihar, Modi gained 10 more upper-house seats. That brings his nationalist alliance’s tally to 89 seats – still short of, but increasingly within reach of, a simple majority of 123 seats. Now, the BJP has turned its attention to a fight that could increase its strength in the upper house and deal Congress another blow. BJP President Amit Shah and another Modi loyalist are running for re-election to the upper house from Gujarat, the prime minister’s western home state. They are also aiming for a third seat from the state, held by Ahmed Patel, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s closest aide, for the past 24 years. Wresting away Patel’s seat could finally consign to the history books an era in which the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of the Congress party produced three Indian prime ministers. “If her main man can’t get the support of Congress, it means that Sonia Gandhi’s grip over the party is gone,” Rajdeep Sardesai, a leading television anchor and Modi biographer, told Reuters. Patel was not available for comment. “The results of the Gujarat election will prove that Congress is broken, dismantled and they have nothing to offer to their members and to the country,” said Bhupender Yadav, the BJP’s national general secretary. “We are in the best possible scenario.” Half a dozen Congress lawmakers from the state have defected ahead of the Aug. 8 vote in which they will elect three upper house members. In response, the Congress evacuated more than 40 of its lawmakers from Gujarat to a golf hotel outside the southern city of Bengaluru. They are at the Eagleton country club, which bills itself “a luxury country club and world-class resort”. Shankar Sinh Vagela, one defector, derided Congress as a “rudderless ship” unable to win elections. “Discontent has been simmering for a long time, but no one from Congress headquarters was paying attention,” he said. Responding, Congress spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil said the BJP doesn’t “realise that this is a battle of ideology”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tributes paid to former CM on his 123rd birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Chief Minister V.Narayanasamy today paid floral tributes at the statue of former chief minister Edouard Goubert on the occasion of his 123rd birth anniversary. PCC president and PWD Minister A Namassivayam, legislators, freedom fighters and delegates of different wings of the ruling Congress also paid homage. Goubert, popularly known as ‘papa Goubert’ (father Goubert) was the first chief minister of Puducherry. His close rapport with former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru enabled him to establish a medical college (JIPMER) in the Central sector in Puducherry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD(U) in alliance with RJD was unable to deliver good

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP decided to support the JD(U) in Bihar as the Nitish Kumar-led party was not able to deliver good governance in alliance with the RJD, BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said here today. “People gave their verdict to what? They gave it for good governance. They did not give their verdict for corruption and unnecessary interference in administration,” he told reporters. Alleging that good governance could not be delivered when the JD(U) was in alliance with the RJD in that state, he said that Nitish Kumar got his stature as he was projected as an ambassador of good governance. “Had good governance been possible in alliance? No. The JD(U) people clearly said that they could give good governance when they were in coalition with BJP. But, many negative trends have cropped up now (in alliance with RJD),” Rao said. He said that Kumar had to give up the alliance with the RJD as administration became impossible and due to mutual differences. “It was not a decision taken by the BJP”. On Lalu Prasad’s allegations, Rao said it has become routine with many of those facing probe for corruption saying that it is political vendetta against them. The BJP spokesperson said an opinion poll conducted by an international survey agency Gallup has shown that the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the most trusted in the world with the support of 73 per cent Indians. BJP would return to power in the 2019 general elections with an unprecedented majority as the party is expanding in regions hitherto it is considered to be weak, he claimed. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee is having sleepless nights over the rising popularity of BJP in West Bengal, he said. As the BJP grew in strength, Congress is going through contraction, Rao claimed. “Congress is shrinking. Rahul Gandhi is the last dynast in the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty. It is going to end with Rahul Gandhi. Congress would not be able to get even 10 per cent of votes in the coming elections,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Varsity blatantly imposing Hindi: JNU students

According to the students, the latest directives from the administration said all students will have to transliterate their names, the name of the centre and the topic of dissertation or thesis into Hindi. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Large number of non-Hindi speaking students pursuing Phd and MPhil courses at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have alleged that the varsity administration was “blatantly” imposing the language on them.According to the students, the latest directives from the administration said all students will have to transliterate their names, the name of the centre and the topic of dissertation or thesis into Hindi. The projects will not be accepted if these things are not done.The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) General Secretary Satarupa Chakraborty also alleged harassment at the hands of the administration and said that many students wrote their dissertation/thesis titles in their local language script as a mark of protest.”Whatever the government is trying to impose on people of this country, the JNU administration immediately tries to follow it without any discussion,” she said.However, JNU’s Registrar Pramod Kumar said that the students were asked only to translate their names and dissertation/research topics in Hindi.

Supreme Court sets aside exoneration of ex-TN minister in DA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback to DMK veteran K N Nehru, the Supreme Court has paved the way for further investigation into the alleged disporportionate assets of his son and set aside his exoneration in the case.The apex court has set aside the order of the Madras High Court exonerating Nehru, a former transport minister, and his wife terming their discharge pending investigation as “visibly prematured” and “unsustainable in law as well as on facts”.Nehru, his wife Shanta and son Arun are accused of acquiring assets disproportionate to their known sources of income during his tenure as the transport minister of Tamil Nadu between 2006 and 2011.Currently an MLA from the Tiruchirappalli West constituency, he has been a four-time legislator of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party.”The impugned order directing the discharge of the respondents is hereby set aside and the order of the Trial Court vis-a-vis them is restored,” a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy said.It directed the vigilance department to complete further investigation at the earliest so as to enable the trial court to proceed in accordance with law.The bench upheld the direction of High Court and the trial court for further probe and said the probe agency should keep in mind “the seriousness of the charge and the avowed objectives of the anti corruption law involved and conduct the investigation as expected of it and submit its report as expeditiously as possible”.The apex court allowed the appeal of the state government challenging the High Court order exonerating Nehru and his wife but affirming the direction for further probe against his son Arun.”Having regard to the FIR, the explanation provided by the respondent No.1 (Nehru), the charge-sheet submitted as well as the indispensability of the scrutiny of the sources of income of Arun and his assets, we are of the view that the courts below had rightly directed further investigation to verify the genuineness or otherwise of the source(s) of income of Arun and his assets and the bearing thereof, if any, on the charge levelled against the respondents,” it said.The court observed that the High Court, having endorsed the direction for further investigation vis-a-vis Arun, ought not to have recorded its findings of exoneration of Nehru and his wife at this stage.”In fact, the discharge of the respondents flies in the face of the direction for further investigation into the affairs of Arun in order to verify the lawfulness or otherwise of his source of income and his assets.”In our estimate, in view of the correlation of the explanation provided by the respondent No.1 to the imputation of disproportionate assets and the probe ordered into the affairs of Arun, to say the least, the discharge of the respondents before the completion of the investigation is visibly prematured,” the bench said.Nehru in his explanation about his income said he had received the amount only from his son Arun and the latter had received remuneration for which he had paid TDS under the Income Tax Act and therefore the question of disproportionateness of his assets did not arise.The court said that the exoneration of Nehru and his wife pending investigation amounted to “prejudging the charge” against them.”We have thus no hesitation to hold that the order of the High Court, discharging the respondents herein, pending the investigation against Arun, at this stage, is unsustainable in law as well as on facts,” the bench said.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state government, contended that on taking into account the materials on record, the High Court ought not to have discharged them at this stage while affirming further probe into the sources of income of Arun.He said the outcome of the further probe would have a vital bearing on the charge leveled against the accused and their discharge at this stage is wholly unwarranted.Counsel appearing for Nehru and others said that the available materials do not substantiate the allegation and the discharge of the respondents is perfectly justified and does not merit any interference.An FIR was lodged in 2011 against Nehru, his wife and son by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (vigilance & anti- corruption), Trichy, alleging that Nehru while serving as the transport minister had acquired assets in his name and in the names of his wife and son far beyond their known sources of income.Before the check-period (May 13, 2006-March 24, 2011) both husband, wife and son had assets worth over Rs 2.83 crore which swelled to over Rs 18.52 crore at the end of the period.After the charge sheet was filed against them, the accused moved trial court seeking discharge but the court ordered further probe into the assets and income of Arun.The High Court on December 19, 2013, exonerated Nehru and his wife but affirmed further probe into the assets and income of Arun.

SC sets aside exoneration of ex-TN minister in DA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback to DMK veteran K N Nehru, the Supreme Court has paved the way for further investigation into the alleged disporportionate assets of his son and set aside his exoneration in the case. The apex court has set aside the order of the Madras High Court exonerating Nehru, a former transport minister, and his wife terming their discharge pending investigation as “visibly prematured” and “unsustainable in law as well as on facts”. Nehru, his wife Shanta and son Arun are accused of acquiring assets disproportionate to their known sources of income during his tenure as the transport minister of Tamil Nadu between 2006 and 2011. Currently an MLA from the Tiruchirappalli West constituency, he has been a four-time legislator of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. “The impugned order directing the discharge of the respondents is hereby set aside and the order of the Trial Court vis-a-vis them is restored,” a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy said. It directed the vigilance department to complete further investigation at the earliest so as to enable the trial court to proceed in accordance with law. The bench upheld the direction of High Court and the trial court for further probe and said the probe agency should keep in mind “the seriousness of the charge and the avowed objectives of the anti-corruption law involved and conduct the investigation as expected of it and submit its report as expeditiously as possible”. The apex court allowed the appeal of the state government challenging the High Court order exonerating Nehru and his wife but affirming the direction for further probe against his son Arun. “Having regard to the FIR, the explanation provided by the respondent No.1 (Nehru), the charge-sheet submitted as well as the indispensability of the scrutiny of the sources of income of Arun and his assets, we are of the view that the courts below had rightly directed further investigation to verify the genuineness or otherwise of the source(s) of income of Arun and his assets and the bearing thereof, if any, on the charge levelled against the respondents,” it said. The court observed that the High Court, having endorsed the direction for further investigation vis-a-vis Arun, ought not to have recorded its findings of exoneration of Nehru and his wife at this stage. “In fact, the discharge of the respondents flies in the face of the direction for further investigation into the affairs of Arun in order to verify the lawfulness or otherwise of his source of income and his assets. “In our estimate, in view of the correlation of the explanation provided by the respondent No.1 to the imputation of disproportionate assets and the probe ordered into the affairs of Arun, to say the least, the discharge of the respondents before the completion of the investigation is visibly prematured,” the bench said. Nehru in his explanation about his income said he had received the amount only from his son Arun and the latter had received remuneration for which he had paid TDS under the Income Tax Act and therefore the question of disproportionateness of his assets did not arise. The court said that the exoneration of Nehru and his wife pending investigation amounted to “prejudging the charge” against them. “We have thus no hesitation to hold that the order of the High Court, discharging the respondents herein, pending the investigation against Arun, at this stage, is unsustainable in law as well as on facts,” the bench said. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state government, contended that on taking into account the materials on record, the High Court ought not to have discharged them at this stage while affirming further probe into the sources of income of Arun. He said the outcome of the further probe would have a vital bearing on the charge leveled against the accused and their discharge at this stage is wholly unwarranted. Counsel appearing for Nehru and others said that the available materials do not substantiate the allegation and the discharge of the respondents is perfectly justified and does not merit any interference. An FIR was lodged in 2011 against Nehru, his wife and son by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (vigilance & anti- corruption), Trichy, alleging that Nehru while serving as the transport minister had acquired assets in his name and in the names of his wife and son far beyond their known sources of income. Before the check-period (May 13, 2006-March 24, 2011) both husband, wife and son had assets worth over Rs 2.83 crore which swelled to over Rs 18.52 crore at the end of the period. After the charge sheet was filed against them, the accused moved trial court seeking discharge but the court ordered further probe into the assets and income of Arun. The High Court on December 19, 2013, exonerated Nehru and his wife but affirmed further probe into the assets and income of Arun.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Comparing Indira with Modi for being authoritarian incorrect:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Comparing Indira Gandhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on grounds of authoritarianism would be a “completely mistaken analogy” and difference between them lay in their respective ideological upbringing, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh today said. Ramesh said Modi is “not even an Atal Bihari Vajpayee or an L K Advani”, who, according to him, were more ‘Nehruvian’ in their outlook. The former environment minister, who was speaking on his book ‘Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature’ at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia here, also criticised the NDA government over environmental issues, saying it is more focused on ease of doing business than protecting nature. Gandhi would have been “more careful” on such issues than Modi, he said. He also hailed the former prime minister for the environmental policies she framed during her tenure. “I know it is fashionable in the media to say that Indira Gandhi was an authoritarian, Mr Modi is also authoritarian. I think it is a completely mistaken analogy. “Indira Gandhi grew up in a democratic environment. The environment of the freedom movement, Rabindranath Tagore, Gandhi, Nehru and so on,” he said. Ramesh said Gandhi may have had shown “authoritarian instincts” in 1975, when Emergency was imposed. But, he added, it was lifted by 1977 as “Nehru’s daughter prevailed over Sanjay Gandhi’s mother”. “Mr Modi, his entire ideological upbringing, his entire training, has been in a non-Nehruvian environment, his indoctrination has been of completely different manner. That is why Mr Modi is not even a Vajpayee. Mr Vajpayee, I would say in many ways, was a Nehruvian,” he said. Asked by a reporter what Gandhi might have told US President Donald Trump on his approach towards the Paris climate change agreement, Ramesh said “she would have probably ticked him off.” Criticising the Modi government, Ramesh said it is engaged in mere “rhetoric” on environmental issues, but its actions spoke differently.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nehru govt passed law on cow slaughter with Ambedkar’s assent, how can you blame Modi: Arun Jaitley in RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, Arun Jaitley looked to turn the tables on the Opposition over lynchings, stating that that action had been taken in every incident. After the BJP came under attack from Congress MP Kapil Sibal, Jaitley stated that the government was against such violence.He said: “Home Minister from the very first day, & PM too had condemned incidents of taking law in the hands in name of Gau Raksha (cow protection). This issue should not be given political colour. Violence can never be a partisan issue. Action taken in all such incidents in a systematic manner, arrests made.”He said that all culprits are in jail and have been ‘chargesheeted and will face trial’. He also looked to counter accusations about the cow slaughter ban stating that it was Nehru’s government which passed the law. He said: “Law prohibiting cow slaughter was passed during Jawaharlal Nehru’s rule. The law had Ambedkar’s assent. So how can Congress blame BJP government of Narendra Modi for this?”
ALSO READ Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha, Twitter reminds BSP supremo that her tenure was ending in April 2018Jaitley also spoke about political killings in Kerala, and asked why cases were coming up only under LDF rule The Opposition targeted the government over the lynchings, with the Congress accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “creating such an environment” and indulging in “double speak” on the issue.
ALSO READ Nagpur: Four gau rakshaks arrested for beating up BJP Muslim man, party calls it ‘stray incident’ Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha on lynchings, alleged that the prime minister was doing nothing to restrain cow vigilantes who, he said, include elements from VHP and Bajrang Dal.He was participating in a discussion on the ‘situation arising out of the reported increase in the incidents of lynching and atrocities on minorities and Dalits across the country’ which started yesterday.Sibal said the year 2017 has witnessed maximum murders and the cattle ban had negatively impacted leather industry besides industries like soap and shampoo.”I am shaken and shattered by the images of grotesque violence and heart-wrenching scenes (which) I have seen on social media and Twitter. We did not see it in the last 50 years,” he said.He went on to question, “What is the sentiment behind it? Why 97 per cent of the violence has taken place after 2017?” Targeting the prime minister, he said it was Modi who had “provoked” such sentiments and quoted his three speeches on October 8, 2015, August 6, 2016 and June 29,2017.Sibal said paradoxically in one of the speeches, the PM had said that some people were involved in the crime during night and during the day they converted into ‘gau rakshaks’ but no action was taken against such people.”It is the PM whose statement is different during night and different during day…It is PM who is creating such environment. It is better to stop double speak and come clean,” the Congress leader said.He said the prime minister should not just quote Mahatma Gandhi but follow him in letter and spirit.Sibal said the VHP has announced creating a “holy army of gau rakshaks” and recruited 2,700 people.”These are recruited by VHP and trained by Bajrang Dal,” he said and questioned “Why doesn’t he (PM) say that VHP and Bajrang Dal were anti-social? He gets political support for elections. Hindutva ideology has created a reign of terror,” Sibal said.He said the fight today is between “fake” and “real” Hindus.He said the House needs to rise to stop hooligans who were out to destroy peace and tranquillity of the nation.The Congress leader alleged that government was not able to even take care of cows as 50 cows had lost their lives in Haryana as they were not taken care of well.Raising a point of order, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Sibal should authenticate three statements of the PM which he quoted, else these should be expunged.He also objected to mention of VHP and Bajrang Dal, saying it is the practice not to mention those who are absent from the floor of the House and cannot defend themselves.Naresh Gujral (SAD), while participating in the debate, urged the members to refrain from giving political colour to incidents in a land where Buddha and Mahavir spread the message of tolerance.Asserting that goondaism cannot be tolerated, he said the government could talk to the Chief Justice of India for creating special court for speedy trial of lynching cases, which amounted to acts like “terrorism”.He said it was time that this “madness” was brought to an end as people are becoming reluctant to come and invest in India in such an atmosphere.Attacking the government, Sharad Yadav (JDU) said the incidents of lynching were more deadly than killings by Talibans and Afghans.When religion overtakes poltics or vise versa, internal conflicts are created, he said and pointed towards Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria.Yadav said, “it is unfortunate that such a condition has been created in the country that a student from JNU goes traceless, people are lynched in the name of cow and condition has become so bad that people are afraid of travelling in buses and trains.”He said BJP-ruled states were witnessing maximum cases of lynching. Such incidents occurred in 14 districts of Jharkhand, 11 districts of UP, 9 districts of Haryana, 5 districts of Rajasthan and 4 districts each of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, Yadav said.Alleging that laws were being trampled, he asked the government to take “corrective measures as the minority community of India has chosen the country to live and die here.””Don’t provoke him. Stop this drama,” he said and alleged that livestock was being destroyed on the one side and 12,000 farmers were committing suicide in the country on the other side.

HC seeks Centre’s response to GST on sanitary napkins

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre seeking a reply on a plea against imposition of 12 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sanitary napkins.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar was of the view that the issue needs to be examined. It sought a response from both the Finance Ministry and GST Council directing them to file their replies in the matter.The next date of hearing is November 15.The action comes after a petition has been filed by Zarmina Israr Khan, a PhD scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University who challenged the levying of 12 per cent GST on sanitary napkins, terming it “illegal” and “unconstitutional.”The petition said that the government had exempted goods like kajal, kumkum, bindis, sindur, alta, plastic and glass bangles, hearing aids, passenger baggage, puja samagri of all kinds, and all types of contraceptives, including condoms, from the purview of taxation, but it has not extended the exemption to sanitary napkins, which is essential for the health of women.

Former Governor General Lord Dalhousie never visited Himachal hill station named after him, claims new book

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The over 160-year-old Dalhousie hill station in Himachal Pradesh may have been named after the famous Governor General of India, but strangely Lord Dalhousie himself “never visited” the idyllic town, claims a new book.The nearly 200-page illustrated volume, authored by a retired civil servant, is by turns, a guidebook, an album of picturesque places and quaint Raj-era buildings, and a memoir filled with interesting anecdotes.”Dalhousie was established by the British as a sanitarium and a convalescent depot for the troops returning from wars.Established in 1854, the town situated on the five hills, was named after the then Governor-General of India, Lord Dalhousie.”Unlike other tourist destinations like Shimla, Mussoorie and Dehradun, Dalhousie is much more quaint and still retains its charm, as it has remained sort of unspoilt by the onslaught of modernity,” says Kiran Chadha, the author, whose paternal family — the Plahas — were one of the first settlers in Dalhousie.Born in 1950 in Ambala, she grew up in Dalhousie amid its salubrious surroundings and breathtaking views of nature.The author said she trawled through “Raj-era cantonment and municipal records” in the hill town for a year while researching for the book — “Dalhousie… Through My Eyes”, which was released last week in Delhi by Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy.”(First Prime Minister Jawaharalal) Nehru came to the town for the centenary of Dalhousie in 1954 and praised it.And before him Rabindranath Tagore and author Rudyard Kipling had paid a visit. One of the purposes of writing the book was also to bring these facets of history closer to the next generation,” she told PTI.Born in Scotland in 1812, James Broun-Ramsay, later the first Marquess of Dalhousie, became the Governor-General at the age of 36, the youngest to helm the position. After the end of his tenure in 1856, he returned to his homeland and died there in 1860.In the chapter ‘Founding of Dalhousie’, Chadha mentions that “Interestingly, Lord Dalhousie never visited Dalhousie during his tenure in British India (1848-1856).” “During the course of my research, I consulted government documents and gazettes, and found that Lord Dalhousie never visited the place. The reason could have been that the hill town was for convalescing British troops and it had come up, just two years before the end of his tenure,” she said.When asked about Chadha’s claim, noted historian Irfan Habib said, “It is possible that Lord Dalhousie may not have been able to visit the place. He was the Governor-General and the Government House was in Calcutta, so distance could have been another factor.”Author and historian Romila Thapar said, “One can ascertain only if there are historical documents to corroborate it.”Incidentally, in October 2004, the then Earl of Dalhousie had sent a letter from Brechin Castle (in Scotland) to the “Citizens of Dalhousie” on the sesquicentennial of the hill town.Talking about the history of the place, Chadha, who studied at the 116-year-old Sacred Heart Convent, said the area we know as Dalhousie today, was earlier a territory of the Raja of Chamba.”The large stretch of five hills was acquired by the Court of Directors of the East India Company from the Raja and in return Rs 2,000 was lessened from the taxes the princely state was paying to the British,” she said.Chamba was part of the Punjab province during the colonial period. After formation of Himachal Pradesh post- Independence, it became part of the hill state.Chadha said she also consulted ‘Guide to Dalhousie, the Chamba State, and the Neighbouring Hills’ by J B Hutchison, published in late 19th century, among other books.The book also celebrates the architectural heritage of the hill town, the iconic churches, famous clubs, military cantonments and institutions.Some of the heritage buildings which find a mention in the book are St Francis Church, St John’s Church, St Andrew’s Church, St Patrick’s Church, Sacred Heart Church; besides the 19th century cemetery; Khyber House, built around 1890; Circuit House; Dhoop Ghadi (originally called Petersborough) and Kynance cottage.”Nehru had described it as ‘One of the finest and greenest hill stations… ‘ and he encouraged opening of various Establishments in the town.”So, guest houses of various universities and banks were opened there. But, tourism never really picked up there, the way it did in Shimla or Mussoorie, though it could be blessing in disguise, as the place has retained its originality in the face of concrete invasion,” she said.The place has a population of about 10,000 as per the census, but tourists add to a big floating population.Besides, hotels and lodges, the idyllic town is also known for its homestays.Incidentally, Kolkata’s iconic Dalhousie Square was renamed to Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh or BBD Bagh after Independence, while in February this year, Dalhousie Road in the national capital’s Lutyens’ Delhi was rechristened to Dara Shikhoh Road.

Gandhi family responsible for problems in Kashmir: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today hit out at Rahul Gandhi for attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and “not terrorism”, after his return from “vacation”, hours after the Congress vice president said Modi’s policies had created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Union minister Smriti Irani said the challenges around Kashmir were a legacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family and that “the country knows it”. “After his return from vacation, Rahul attacks Modi, and not terrorists. I want to ask when Mani Shankar Aiyar (Congress leader) sought Pakistan’s help in removing Modi from power and bring in the Congress, was it Rahul’s personal agenda or political agenda?” she asked. When the Army chief was called a “goonda”, she said referring to remarks of Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, was it Rahul’s personal agenda or political? BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, at a press conference, asked the Congress vice president to read the history of his family, saying that they were responsible for problems in Kashmir. She also raked up the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to attack Gandhi over his accusation of “personal gain” at Modi, and said only those behind such riots would consider drawing “personal gain from the blood of innocents”. Gandhi’s attack on Modi showed his “immature” mind, she said. If one person was responsible for what was happening in Kashmir, it was Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister, the Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi claimed. “He will do well to get a correct briefing from his advisers,” she said. Gandhi had earlier accused Modi of pursuing policies that created space for terrorists in Kashmir. “Modi’s policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India. “Short term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively,” he said in a series of tweets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sanjay Gandhi’s ‘secret daughter’ slams new film

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Gurgaon-based woman, Priya Paul Singh, on Monday, claimed that she was the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, son of murdered former prime minister Indira Gandhi, and alleged that the upcoming movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ portrays the late Congress leader in poor light.In a news conference, Singh claimed that she did not want to press for any property from the Nehru-Gandhi family and that she is now awaiting a nod from the courts to go ahead with a DNA test to ascertain her claim.Singh claimed that she was put up for adoption when she was barely six months old at the Shishu Bhawan, and that after looking for the adoption papers for a while, she found some anomaly. “I was put into the shelter in the morning and was given up for adoption to a woman called Sheila Singh Paul that very evening, which is not the norm,” she said, adding that she had filed a case against the adoption centres at the Civil Lines police station in December last year. Singh, however, said she did not know who her mother was.Singh said she has been trying to find out her real identity for decades and that Vimala Gujral, the sister-in-law of former PM Inder Kumar Gujral, finally revealed who her father was. She added that the reason she has come out with her claim was the Madhur Bhandarkar movie, Indu Sarkar, which she says portrays her father in a bad light. The movie, which is based on the Emergency, is loosely based on the lives of Sanjay Gandhi and his mother, former PM Indira Gandhi.While the Congress or Gandhi’s wife, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, has not made any comments on the matter, Bhandarkar told reporters that Congress leaders including Sanjay Nirupam and Jagdish Tytler have demanded a viewing of the film.

MHA serves FCRA notices to Nehru Memorial, IGNCA, IGNOU

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Indira Gandhi National Centre For the Arts and IGNOU are among nearly 6,000 associations or NGOs which could lose their licence to receive foreign donations as they have not filed their annual returns for five consecutive years. The show cause notices were issued on the 5,922 NGOs by the Union home ministry on July 8 asking them why their registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act should not be cancelled as they have not filed their annual income and expenditure records despite repeated notices. The Delhi College of Engineering, currently known as Delhi Technological University, Young Men’s Christian Association and Punjabi University, Patiala are also in the list. These association, registered under the FCRA that allows them to receive foreign donations, were told to submit their annual returns for five years — 2010-11 to 2014-15. The home ministry said in a circular that as a one-time measure, all NGOs were given an opportunity for one month to file their missing annual returns by June 14 without paying any penalty. Email and SMS alerts were also sent to them regularly for one month beginning mid-May. “However, in spite of sufficient and adequate notice, it has been observed that 5,922 associations have not uploaded their annual returns for three or more than three years within the stipulated time given in the notice,” the circular said. Other prominent names in the list include Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram, Indian Institute of Technology, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Indian Institute of Management, Sri Sathya Sai Medical Trust, Nehru Indira Rajiv Memorial Association for Needies. In May, 18,523 NGOs were given a one-time opportunity by the home ministry to give details of their income and expenses by June 14. The associations have now been asked to furnish their replies, if any, by July 23, failing which it will be presumed that they have nothing to say and action as proposed will be taken by the home ministry as per FCRA, the circular said. According to the FCRA, the renewal of registration for receiving foreign funds cannot be granted unless the annual returns are uploaded on the FCRA website by the organisation. Over 20,000 NGOs are registered under the FCRA. In November 2016, the government had directed more than 11,000 NGOs to file applications for renewal of registration by February 28, 2017. Of the above, 3,500 NGOs filed applications for renewal till February. Registration of more than 7,000 NGOs were deemed expired due to non-filing of renewal applications.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

With ForWard 69, Juhu aims to leave waste behind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of Juhu have started an initiative called ForWard 69, to make their area garbage free. Resident associations have joined hands with the BMC and local municipal corporator, to start the zero waste campaign.Over 30 residents from the ward 69 have volunteered to participate, dividing the ward in four segments. They will help local vendors and residential societies to manage their waste by segregating it at a local level. Wet waste will be turned into compost or biogas, dry waste will be collected by the BMC.Renu Hansraj, municipal corporator said, “To cultivate the habit of waste segregation, local vendors and residential societies will be targeted first. Slum pockets like Nehru Nagar will be a challenge since it consists a major population of the ward. We will be providing composting bins to gaothons and wadis. We will help residents in segregating the waste and solve their doubts.”Mehjabeen Barwani, member of Juhu Welfare Beach Committee, said, “The BMC has already announced that they won’t collect unsegregated waste from October 2. This is the right time to educate the residents and vendors. We are starting at the ground level to reach our zero garbage target. There are approximately 25 vegetable and fruit vendors in Juhu-JVPD Scheme. We are planning to provide them with a wet waste bin, and create a dumping point to install them where they can dump their wet waste. Book stalls and stationery vendors will be provided with a dry waste bin.”

Indira Gandhi’s statue in Muzaffarnagar found damaged: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A statue of ex-prime minister Indira Gandhi was found damaged in Muzaffarnagar last night, the Congress said here today and blamed BJP supporters for it. “The statue of former prime minister Indira Gandhi was damaged in Muzaffarnagar by people owing allegiance to the BJP. The same was done to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi in Mirzapur last month,” Congress spokesperson Krishnakant Pandey said here. “By doing so, they are only showing their petty mentality,” he said. Congress sources said the district unit of the party has taken up the matter with the authorities there. Pandey said Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar will go to Muzaffarnagar tomorrow to look into the matter. “Those who damaged Indira Gandhi’s statue appear to have forgotten that BJP leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had termed her Durga,” he said. Pandey said no one can forget the contribution of the Nehru-Gandhi family in the freedom struggle of the country and only those who have nothing to show as their contribution in the history are resorting to such practices. He said the incident has agitated the partymen there and they will give a reply to the perpetrators through non-violent means. No immediate reaction was available from the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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