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RSS, affiliates concerned about economic policies

At a two-day coordination meet between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), its allied organisations associated with various economic aspects, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party was apprised of different concerns which would also go a long way in honing the economic polices of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.The meeting, which concluded on Saturday evening, was attended by RSS’ joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, representatives of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM), Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Sahakar Bharati, Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat, and Laghu Udyog Bharati.Representatives of these organisations — different wings of RSS that specialise in ideological and practical aspects of their respective realms — told BJP president Amit Shah as well as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley about their problems and concerns.”We are not unhappy with the government and we want to say that categorically. This meeting was organised so that they — party and the government — can listen to us and we can listen to them. There were no complaints, only suggestions, and that too from both sides. This was for coordination,” a senior RSS leader told DNA after the meeting.Participating organisations gave their feedback to the government and the party regarding economic polices and how they have worked out with the people.Some of these organisations have been at variance with the government regarding economic policies in the past. Earlier, SJM had pressured the Modi government to regulate imports from China to save indigenous cottage and small and micro industries from falling prey to glut of substandard but cheap produce from the neighbouring country. SJM has also been a longtime critique of the Niti Aayog, alleging that it was populated by experts who were ‘pro-liberalisation’ and ‘anti-people’.The SJM, sources said, had raised its concerns over Chinese imports at the coordination meet. Laghu Udyog Bharati too had joined the SJM over the issue.The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, which has criticised the government for forcing farmers to sell their produce at lower prices, a factor that has angered the farming communities across the country, also raised its concerns regarding farmers’ plight.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Master orator and statesman par excellence turns 93 today

Former Prime Minister of India and stalwart of the BJP, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is celebrating his 93rd on Monday.A political persona known for his exemplary leadership and contribution to Indian politics, Vajpayee is the only non-Congress leader who served the nation as the prime minister and completed his full term.As the BJP veteran turn 93, here is a review of his political journey:Vajpayee was born to Krishna Devi and Krishna Bihari Vajpayee on 25 December, 1924, in Gwalior. He completed his schooling from Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Gorkhi, Bara, Gwalior and went on to Victoria College (now Laxmi Bai College), where he graduated with distinction in Hindi, English and Sanskrit. He then completed his post-graduation with an M.A. in Political Science from DAV College, Kanpur, and was awarded a first-class degree.His activism started with Arya Kumar Sabha of Gwalior, the youth wing of the Arya Samaj, of which he became the General Secretary in 1944. He also joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a swayamsevak in 1939. Influenced by Babasaheb Apte, he attended the Officers Training Camp of the RSS during 1940-44 and became a “full-time worker” in 1947, technically a pracharak.He gave up studying law due to the partition riots, and was sent as a vistarak (probationary pracharak) to Uttar Pradesh and quickly began working for the newspapers of Deendayal Upadhyaya, Rashtradharma (a Hindi monthly), Panchjanya (a Hindi weekly) and the dailies Swadesh and Veer Arjun.Vajpayee’s first exposure to politics was in August 1942, when he and his elder brother Prem were arrested for 23 days during the Quit India Movement, when he was released only after giving a written undertaking, expressly declaring not to participate in any of the anti-British struggle.In 1951, he was seconded by the RSS, along with Deendayal Upadhyaya, to work for the newly formed Bharatiya Jana Sangh, a Hindu right-wing political party associated with the RSS. He was appointed as a national secretary of the party in charge of the Northern region, based in Delhi. He soon became a follower and aide of party leader Syama Prasad Mukherjee.In 1954, Vajpayee was with Mookerjee when he went on a fast-unto-death in Kashmir to protest against perceived inferior treatment of non-Kashmiri Indian visitors to the state. Mookerjee died in prison during this strike. In 1957, Vajpayee lost to Raja Mahendra Pratap in Mathura for the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament of India, but was eventually elected from Balrampur.After the death of Deendayal Upadhyaya, the mantle of the leadership of Jana Sangh fell on the shoulders of a young Vajpayee, who became the national president in 1968 and, along with Nanaji Deshmukh, Balraj Madhok and LK Advani, led the Jana Sangh to national prominence.From 1975 to 1977, Vajpayee was arrested along with several other opposition leaders during the Internal Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of the Indian National Congress party. In 1977, heeding the call of social reformer Jayaprakash Narayan for all the opposition parties to unite against the Congress, Vajpayee merged the Jana Sangh into the newly formed grand-alliance, the Janata Party.Following Janata’s victory in the 1977 general elections, he became the Minister of External Affairs in Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s cabinet. As foreign minister, that year Vajpayee became the first person to deliver a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi.By the time the Janata government crumbled in 1979, Vajpayee had established himself as an experienced statesman and a respected political leader. However, the Janata Party was dissolved soon after Morarji Desai resigned as Prime Minister in 1979.Subsequently, Vajpayee joined many of his Bharatiya Jana Sangh and RSS colleagues, particularly L. K. Advani and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, to form the BJP in 1980. He became the party’s first President, and emerged as a strong critic of the Congress (R) government that followed the Janata government.Vajpayee has served as the Prime Minister of India between 1996 and 2004 in three non-consecutive terms.In the 1996 general elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha. The then president Shankar Dayal Sharma invited Vajpayee to form the government. Vajpayee was sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of India, but the BJP failed to muster enough support from other parties to obtain a majority. He resigned after 13 days, when it became clear that he could not garner a majority.The 1998 general elections again put the BJP ahead of others. This time, a cohesive bloc of political parties joined the BJP to form the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and Vajpayee was sworn in as the Prime Minister.However, in mid-1999, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) under J Jayalalithaa withdrew its support to the government. The government lost the ensuing vote of confidence motion in the Lok Sabha by a single vote on 17 April 1999.As the Opposition was unable to come up with the numbers to form the new government, the Lok Sabha was again dissolved and fresh elections were held. Vajpayee remaining the Prime Minister until the elections were held.In the 1999 general elections, the BJP-led NDA won 303 seats out of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, in the aftermath of the Kargil operations, thereby securing a comfortable and stable majority. On 13 October 1999, Atal Bihari Vajpayee took oath as Prime Minister of India for the third time.A parliamentarian for over four decades, Vajpayee has been elected to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of Parliament of India) ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha (upper house). He also served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, until 2009, when he retired from active politics due to health concerns.On 25 December, 2014, the office of the President of India announced the Bharat Ratna award, India’s highest civilian honour, to Vajpayee. In a special gesture, the President of India conferred Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his residence on 27 March 2015.Furthermore, the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 announced that Vajpayee’s birthday would be celebrated as Good Governance Day annually.

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A dialogue with JC: Gujarat results change game plan of Congress & BJP

How Modi-Shah succeeded in Gujarat?The face of Modi and booth management of Amit Shah…were the biggest reasons for the success. Besides, two more factors contributed – division of Muslim votes and fielding non Patidars against Patidars…they weaved strategy in such a way that they could succeed in forming government for straight six times.How Modi-Shah turned the table in the last leg?They encashed two statements – one that of Kapil Sibal relating to Ram Mandir and the other statement of Manishankar Aiyar. They also encashed issue of Manmohan Singh meeting with Pakistani Ambassador. Public believed that meeting with Pakistani had happened. What transpired what not… it’s different issue. These issues set the gameplan for BJP in the last round.How Congress lost it at the last in Gujarat?We won’t say that Congress missed it but Congress miscalculated in Surat…Congress had great expectations from Surat…but BJP in a smart move sent its senior leaders to campaign in Surat who directly communicated with businessmen and traders and reached to a settlement saying that in future government may give major relaxations. As a result, out of 12 urban seats BJP clinched 11. Congress’ bigwigs lost elections from Surat…Shakti Singh was defeated…third factor was division of Muslim votes. These factors summed up the defeated of Congress.Had Mayawati and Sharad Pawar helped BJP win Gujarat?Definitely, fielding of candidates by Sharad Pawar and Mayawati helped BJP…and it is said that people of Mayawati and Sharad Pawar were given list of candidates o be fielded in Gujarat elections by the higher-ups in BJP. That could be the reason why Congress lost on at least 10 seats where they could have won.Why there were speculations of introducing new CM in place of Rupani?The other party says that those speculations were baseless…this was pre decided that if BJP wins the duo of Rupani-Patel will be at the helm… and that has happened…there is no chance of any change of guard.Why women get less tickets in Gujarat?This is quite saddening. Everyone talks about women empowerment…but Congress and BJP both gave only 10-12 tickets each. The percentage of women candidates was very low. Why Muslim candidates got less support from public in Gujarat?25-30 Muslim candidates contested the elections…but they got less vote percentage. Even in Muslim dominated areas, the percentage was less. This a an issue investigationAfter results, why Rahul Gandhi visited Somnath temple again?By visiting Somnath temple, Rahul Gandhi sent a message that even after losing elections, he will continue with the agenda of soft-Hindutva. He looks to be trying to snatch away Hindutva agenda from Modi.What are the economic and political lessons for Modi from Gujarat elections?The biggest lesson is political – You can’t take Gujarat for granted any more…second takeaway is that at any cost he will have to handle the resentment which has occurred among traders and businessmen due to demonetisation and GST. He has given several relaxations in GST in Guwahati and he will have to dole out more. Besides, Aadhar will not be linked to Real Estate…government is becoming flexible and in coming days we may see more relaxations in the policy of government and business class gets more relief.Will government administer amendments in the current economic policies?There will certainly be some amendments…Modi-Shah-Jaitley will sit together to discuss what reforms can be done in policies without compromising its anti corruption stand.Will Bhupendra Yadav get charge of Karnataka?I am completely convinced that Yadav is the discovery of Amit Shah. Yadav is from Ajmer and never went to any English School but speaks and writes English very well… makes great strategies…Amit Shah picked him …he was associated with Bihar elections, Maharashtra polls, made incharge of Gujarat where BJP won and now he will be sent to Karnataka. After that he will be sent to Rajasthan…certainly Yadav is discovery of Shah.What is the role of RSS in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh?RSS is the reality in the life of BJP…its estimation is correct…RSS had estimated about Gujarat that BJP may win only 64 seats…now it has warned BJP of 2019 elections that BJP may get 40-50 less seats in North India, so focus on East and South…RSS has a comprehensive role. Will Rahul-Hardik partnership remain intact till 2019?Grossly, it looks like that they will remain together till 2019…they may have difference on opinion on an issues in coming times…hardik patel can say that Congress should give post of leader of opposition to a Patidar…Hardik is a moody person but still they looks to remain together.Will Gujarat government send Hardik to jail on any of the issues?It can’t be called vindication but law will take its course…Vijay rupani had said that if BJP forms government, legal action will be taken against him.Why Om Mathur who knows the pulse of Gujarat was not seen active?There is a great contribution of Om Mathur in elections…he had been in the team of Modi-Shah… I think he has become little inactive and disheartened.. and it’s but natural. BJP is in power for 4 years but he could not get anything.What would be the political implications of the acquittal of 2G accused?Congress and DMK gained a lot in terms of public perception..Karunanidhi and his party are the biggest beneficiary…Congress has got an issue against BJP and it may make this an election issue in 2019.What would be the political impact of the conviction of Lalu?There would be little impact on the movement of Lalu…I think this could become a sympathy factor in 2019 elections…this decision has borne a negative impact on Lalu but there will be hardly any impact on the lifestyle of Lalu. He will issue statements from jail and lead agitation from there.Will Congress make election issue out of court decisions on 2G and fodder scams?Congress will definitely leverage on 2G issue…Congress will definitely fan this issue before 2019 elections. Eventually Congress has gained from this decision. What would be the impact of these results on the outcome of coming assembly elections?There is a feel good factor for Rahul Gandhi in states where assembly elections are due. Rahul Gandhi has started speaking well…it will boost morale of workers in the states…but it can’t be said that Congress will be able to form governments in these states.

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Vijay Rupani’s journey from student leader to CM for second time

Born on August 02, 1956, in Rangoon of Myanmar, in a Jain Bania family from Rajkot, Vijay Rupani is a leader who has played different roles through out his political career. He was the seventh and youngest boy among his siblings. His family moved back to Rajkot on 1960 after political instability in Myanmar.He studied BA and LLB from Saurashtra University. He began his political career as student activist and RSS Swayamsevak and became the chief minister of Gujarat on August 08, 2016. Meanwhile, entire story of making of the Gujarat CM for Vijay Rupani remained full of ups and downs, but a persistent by nature, Rupani remain non-challent in his life.Vijay Rupani began his political career as a student activist with Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student wing having ideology similar to BJP and RSS. He joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and then Jan Sangh in 1971. In 1976, he spent 11 months in jails in Bhuj and Bhavnagar during the emergency when he was booked under MISA Act.During 1978 to 1981, Rupani worked as Pracharak of RSS and traveled across Gujarat. He met Anjali, his wife, in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, her family was working for RSS and both got married. He was elected as a corporator of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) in 1987 and became the chairman of drainage committee. He served as the chairman of standing committee of RMC from 1988 to 1996. He was again elected to RMC in 1995 and remained mayor of Rajkot during 1996 to 1997.He became Gujarat BJP’s general secretary in 1998 and served as the chairman of manifesto committee during chief ministership of former CM Keshubhai Patel.He was appointed as a chairman of Gujarat Tourism in 2006. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012. He served as BJP’s Gujarat unit general secretary four times and also became the chairman of the Gujarat Municipal Finance Board in 2013.In August 2014, when the incumbent speaker of Gujarat assembly Vajubhai Vala resigned after being appointed as Karnataka Governor, Vijay Rupani was nominated by the BJP to contest his vacant seat. He won the bypoll on 19 October 2014 by a huge margin. He was inducted as minister in the first cabinet expansion by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in November 2014 and held the ministry of transport, water supply, labor and employment.

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Kerala: RSS worker critically injured after attack by unidentified men

In another case of violence, a RSS worker was critically injured in Kannur district of Kerala. He was attacked by unidentified men on Tuesday evening. The worker, identified as Praveen has been rushed to the hospital and is currently in a critical condition. The attack took place in Kathiroor in Kannur district. According to reports, Praveen was travelling by motorcycle, when he was attacked. He has suffered head injury, and also wounds on his left hand and right eye. He is currently undergoing treatment in Kozhikode medical college hospital. Kannur has been the hotbed of political clashes in the state, which has seen frequent altercations between the ruling CPI(M) cadres and RSS workers. Leaders of both BJP and Left have expressed concerns in the past but the cycle of violent clashes have continued unabated.

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Muslims in India are also Hindus: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Anybody living in India is a Hindu, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said today, asserting that the meaning of Hindutva is to unite all communities.Hindutva is different from Hinduism, he told a public function at the Swami Vivekananda Maidan in the heart of Tripura’s capital.”The Muslims in India are also Hindus,” the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak said.Bhagwat, who is on a five-day tour of Tripura since Friday to review the organisational work of the RSS in the north-eastern region, said, “We have no enmity with anyone. We want welfare of all. To unite all is the meaning of Hindutva.” Maintaining that India is a land of Hindus, he said “tortured” Hindus from across the world come to the country and get shelter. The RSS supremo said, “Hindus believe in truth, but the world respects strength. There is strength in organisation. Being organised is the natural law.” Also readRSS expresses concern over ‘growing’ casteism at samnvaya baithakReferring to the Partition, he said parts of India got separated in 1947, leading to the weakening of the spirit of Hindutva and a decline of the “Hindu Samaj”. “India was united for so long. There was unity among the Hindus,” Bhagwat said.Highlighting the rich heritage of the country, he said, “A perturbed and confused world is looking at India for a new world order that can accommodate the materialist as well as the idealist.” Also readWill support BJP, RSS if they shun politics of hatred, says Jamiat Ulema-e-HindHe urged the Hindus to get organised and trained at RSS “shakhas” (daily meetings), saying these were the only places where one could prepare for nation-building and self- development.The “sanatan dharma” wants to work together with everybody on board, Bhagwat said. The Left Front-ruled Tripura is scheduled to go to polls early next year and the BJP is making a serious bid to increase its footprint in the north-east. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have BJP governments.

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During 1947, leadership was influenced by western ideology: Suresh Joshi

The number two leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Suresh (Bhaiya JI) Joshi said that the development model adopted in the country after independence is not our model. This is a foreign model. After independence, the leadership of the then country was influenced by western ideology.Bhaiya Ji was addressing the lecture organised on the topic “Relevance of Ekatma-manavvad (integral humanism)”. Joshi said that Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay has done the task of keeping basic thinking in front of the society, and that is what we know as integral humanism.The country became independent, but we could not distinguish between the Suraj and the Swaraj. Therefore, the need for remembering those great men once again was needed. Pandit Upadhyay placed this thought in front of everyone. An opportunity came in 1947. Considering all the development plans taken on the basis of contemplation of Western thought could have been the matter of adding to the original stream. But unfortunately, this country’s leadership of that time was influenced by western ideas and western education. Considering the development model which was going in the world that time, it was accepted in the country also. From the legal point of view, India emerged as an independent country, but our country did not run independently nor did it run on its ideology. There was an opportunity in 1947 which we lost. Following west became our destinyExpressing his concern over environmental damage due to modernity and industrialization, Joshi said that we have to work for the reconstruction of the environment. The more you take, the same should be taken from nature.On this occasion, Mahesh Chandra Sharma, President of Ekatm-Manvvad Research and Development Institute, said that the path Independent India should follow was shown by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. DIGNITARIES PRESENT DURING EVENTChief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Vice-Chancellor of Rajasthan University Prof RK. Kothari, RSS leader Durgadas and Nimbaram and other dignitaries were also present during the occasion. Expressing his concern over environmental damage due to modernity and industrialization, Joshi said that we have to work for the reconstruction of the environment.

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Union minister Ramdas Athawale asks Dalits to renounce Hinduism, embrace Buddhism

Invoking Babasaheb Ambedkar, Union minister Ramdas Athawale today said he embraced Buddhism only after he was convinced that Dalits would not get justice in the Hindu religion and asked all members of the community to do so.”Only when Babasaheb Ambedkar was convinced that Dalits would not get justice in Hindu religion did he convert to Buddhism. Lakhs of Dalits converted as well,” Athawale, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment, said in a statement issued here.According to the statement, Ambedkar had given opportunity to staunch “Hindutvavadis” to make amends but that did not happen, and hence he converted.”All Dalits should give up Hinduism and embrace Buddhism to stop atrocities against them,” Athawale said.Athawale, the chief of the Republican Party of India (A), also slammed BSP chief Mayawati and said instead of issuing repeated threats, she should once and for all convert to Buddhism.Mayawati, addressing a rally at Nagpur on December 10, had attacked the BJP and the RSS, and said that Dalits, tribals, OBCs and minorities were facing castiest, religious and communal discrimination from the so-called custodians of the Hindu religion.Mayawati had warned the BJP and the RSS that if their attitude towards the backward sections of society didn’t change, she would embrace Buddhism with crores of others.

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Will leave Modi govt with no choice but to pass Women’s Reservation Bill: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi said today that the party would leave the Centre with no choice but to ensure the passage of a Bill which provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, and hinted at major changes within the party organisation in favour of them.Addressing the All India Mahila Congress-organised “I am Courage” event, he said that the Congress would build pressure on the ruling party for an early passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill in Parliament.Gandhi, who will formally take over as the Congress president later this week, said as the party “don’t have a woman president anymore, we have to compensate for that”.He said that the party had exerted pressure on the government for bringing pro-people changes in the Goods and Services Tax, which he had earlier described as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’.”The same way we will give a clear message to the government that it will have to bring women reservation. The Congress party will not give any choice to it. We will fulfil the role of the opposition party in doing so,” he said.This was Gandhi’s first address at a public function after being elected the Congress president.He said he has done so since he accorded importance to women, who will have to play an important role in spreading the Congress ideology across the country.Gandhi said on one hand is the ideology of the BJP and the RSS, where women have no role and cannot enter their functions, while on the other side is the Congress ideology.Hinting at a larger role for women in the Congress party, he said, “I have come here to give one clear message that the biggest change in the party will be for women.” Gandhi’s comments for a bigger role for women in the party came amid speculation that his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may also play some active political role in the party under his leadership.”We have to work on transforming the Congress party and a fundamental part of that transformation, in my mind, is going to be the role of women in the Congress party at every single level. There is a central difference between the people we fight, between the BJP and us,” he said while narrating how women were around Mahatma Gandhi and never seen at RSS events.The Congress president-elect said there should be a road map for the coming times and will have to systematically and actively prepare women at every level in the party to contest elections and ensure they have their representation.”We have to mention Congress President Sonia Gandhi Ji who has pushed your agenda, sometimes silently but mostly openly and she has helped push a number of women forward.Unfortunately we don’t have a woman president anymore. So we have to compensate for that and see woman chief ministers in states. We will work on that together,” he said.Gandhi also lauded the Congress general secretary and secretaries in Gujarat, who launched a vigorous campaign in the state and connected very well with the workers and the people of the state, and said their act needs to be replicated in other states too.”I have seen the way the merger of the Congress state unit and people of Gujarat, I want such work to be replicated in every state – respect public and hear them out and together systematically contest elections,” he said.He also also lauded the role of Sheila Dikshit as the Delhi chief minister for many years for which the party respects her, but who had to suffer a “nasty and untruthful” campaign against her.Among others who were present at the function include Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former union ministers Anand Sharma and and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev.Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and former union minister Mohsina Kidwai inaugurated the “I am Courage” workshop today.

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Babri mosque: The build-up to a demolition that shook India

Hindu mobs tore down the 16th Century Babri mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya on 6 December 1992.

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

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

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today made a strong pitch for building the Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya, saying only the mandir would come up there and not any other structure.Addressing the “Dharma Sansad”, a congregation of 2,000 Hindu saints, mutt heads and VHP leaders from across the country at this small temple town here, he said there should be no ambiguity that Ram Temple will be built at Ayodhya.”We will construct it. It is not a populist declaration but a matter of our faith. It will not change,” Bhagwat said.The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh(RSS) chief said that after years of efforts and sacrifice, it (building the Ram temple) seemed possible now, while also noting that the matter was in the court. “Ram Mandir only will be constructed and nothing else. It will be constructed there only” (what is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram), Bhagwat said.He said the temple would be constructed in the same grandeur as it existed before, using the “same stones” under the guidance of those who were the flag-bearers of the Ram janmabhoomi movement for the last 25 years.But prior to it (building the temple), public awareness was essential, he said. “We are close to achieving our goal but at this juncture, we should be extra cautious,” he said.Construction of the Ram temple, prevention of religious conversions and cow protection are among the key issues to be discussed at VHP’s three-day ‘Dharma Sansad’.The meet will also discuss issues of discrimination on the basis of caste and gender and explore ways to ensure harmony within Hindu society, the organisers said.The RSS chief also said the seers and Hindus gathered in huge numbers at the meet need to ponder over the conducive atmosphere prevailing in the country and elsewhere.He cautioned the people against the forces which divide the society and asked them to remain alert. The RSS supremo also spoke about religious conversion and the need to reach out to those who are prone to it.”The strength of the society lies in its unity. When it is destroyed, anti-national forces gain foothold. We need to understand the consequences of religious conversion. We need to reach out to those who are prone to conversion,” Bhagwat said.He reminded the meet about the duty of seers and members of upper caste towards Dalits and other backward communities.”The need for equality is still elusive in our deeds and practises though we all understand its significance.” “We should rise above the barriers of caste, creed and religion in our speech and action while treating people and embrace everybody wholeheartedly. There should not be any discrimination on the issues of sharing water, religious places and cremation grounds,” said Bhagwat.On cow-vigilantism, Bhagwat said people know what happens to the cows when they are sold to butchers.He said ‘cow protectors’ surface due to the callousness of society. “Society is careless about the status of cows. Those who have concern for the cows stand up to protect the cattle.This leads to conflict in the society resulting in bad name to the ‘cow protectors’,” said Bhagwat. Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of Pejavar Math of Udupi, who chairs the reception committee, said the Ram Temple would be built in a year, well before 2019.The octogenarian seer with a huge following in Karnataka and elsewhere, demanded that the government amend the Constitution to do away with special provisions for minorities in order for equality in the society.Addressing the meet earlier, VHP leader Pravin Togadia set the tone for the issues to be discussed in the Dharma Sansad in the next three days.He reiterated VHP’s affirmation to build the Ram Temple and a ban on cow slaughter. Togadia also demanded that the government should not regulate Hindu temples. “If the Indian Constitution is secular, why are governments regulating Hindu temples? Are there any instances of government controlling any mosque or church? If not, then why is this discrimination only with Hindu temples.”Let Hindus manage their temples,” he said.Located in the coastal area, Udupi is famous for the Krishna temple with the idol believed to have been discovered by 13th century Vaishnavite saint Madhwacharya, who founded the Dwaitha school of philosophy.While ochre colour festoons and flags dotted every part of Udupi and neighbouring towns such as Manipal, the attire of the participants and the marquee has filled in the atmosphere with Hindutva flavour.Elaborate security has been made for the Dharma Sansad. The Udupi event is significant as the first formal announcement for Ram Temple at Rama Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya was made here in 1985 and a year later, the doors of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya were open to the public for darshan.’Obnoxious statement made by RSS Chief, it clearly gives a message that the RSS is assuming to be Supreme Court. This is a delicate matter and RSS is playing with fire on this issue. I hope SC takes note of this devious design, being laid out by Sangh Parivar,’ Asaduddin Owaisi reacted.

J&K parleys: RSS makes wishlist clear

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS had made its wishlist clear for what it expects from newly-appointed Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma. No preference to separatist elements and equal weight for the public opinion of all the regions of the state, not just the Valley, are at the heart of the rightwing thinking.Chief RSS affiliate working in Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir Study Circle (JKSC), told DNA that the interlocutor needed to approach the people of the state as a “common man himself” and not be overwhelmed with the separatist narrative that is “current in just five districts of the Valley”.JKSC believes that former spymaster Sharma must not give any preferential treatment to the Hurriyat leaders. “We are not saying that Hurriyat leaders must not be talked with. But, they must not be given any preference over others or they must not be considered as the sole voice of Kashmir. If they wish they can approach the interlocutor and express their views, but Sharma must not invite them especially,” said JKSC media director Abha Khanna.”Hurriyat has lost the trust and support of the people and that needs to be made clear,” Khanna said. “Sharma must ask them why their children have not been throwing stones, and are the legatees of state patronage in the form of government jobs and properties across the country.”Khanna also told DNA that there were such nascent yet powerful and numerically dominant sections among the common people of the state who want to come to the mainstream and yet were unable to sound their views due to threat perception from the separatists.”Anybody who wants to get a real sense of Kashmir, they must go as a non-entity, not as a journalist and not as a bureaucrat or as a politician. One should go like a tourist and go around and about on the day of a bandh call by the separatists. Then you shall see that life goes normally without being effected, only some shop shutters will be seen closed. That is the real Kashmir,” Khanna said.”There is a growing civil society in the state which so far has not been allowed to grow. It is nascent, but numerically powerful and must be taken into consideration by the interlocutor. They have not been able to come in the public realm openly due to the fear psychosis created by the separatists. They must be reached out to because they shall not be able to dare to approach Sharma on their own,” the JKSC director said. “Some such groups are women or villagers whose problems are civic and not separatism.”Moreover, the RSS-backed body wants an end to the dehyphenation of the Valley from the other regions of the state such as Kargil and Ladakh. “The state is diverse; the people of Kargil or Doda or Ladakh or Jammu are equal to those in the Valley. Why should their voice not command equal weight,” Khanna added.Meanwhile, Sharma would be back in the Valley on November 26. He would be visiting Mufti’s constituency and south Kashmir.

RSS-affiliate body accuses Niti Aayog of misleading govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), a RSS-affiliated body, on Tuesday attacked Niti Aayog for pushing packed dietary supplements for malnourished children instead of supplying fresh, home-cooked meals by seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in tackling the problem. SJM has long been opposing ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) provided by several states to malnourished children.Talking to DNA, SJM national co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said Niti Aayog is trying to mislead the government by pushing for RUTF which would benefit certain private entities.”We, however, will continue to oppose the move tooth and nail as RUTF is not a sustainable solution to malnutrition. There are no studies to indicate its long-term health risks,” Mahajan said.In a letter to the PM, Mahajan said, “We are concerned about the decision taken, especially with inputs from Niti Aayog — who had recently constituted a working group on nutrition riddled with conflicts of interests. This is inspite of the fact that National Nutrition Strategy — launched by the Deputy Chairperson of Niti Aayog in September — recommends avoiding conflicts of interest in its guiding principles.””These food supplements will only serve the corporate interests rather than treating the malnourished children,” Mahajan wrote in the letter.He also stated that evidence is not in favour of use of RUTF adding that Union Health Minister JP Nadda had said RUTF may not benefit a common household in developing appropriate food habits for children against home-cooked food.RUTF food packets or supplements are a mixture of protein, carbohydrate, lipid and vitamins and minerals.In August, the Women and Child development ministry issued a circular to state governments telling them that the use of RUTF food to tackle Severe Acute Malnutrition is not ‘accepted policy’ of the Centre.In his letter, he also stated that in a response to parliament question in 2010, then Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna stated that UNICEF distributed RUTF in contravention to Government of India guidelines and was asked to ship it out.As a proof of that, the ministry referenced a February 2009 circular issued by the health ministry. The circular came a few days after the RSS-linked Swadeshi Jagran Manch objected the use of packet foods as RUTF because they felt that the move will only benefit corporate bodies and in states where it has been launched, RUTF have proved to be an expensive affair.However, WHO deputy director and former ICMR chief Soumya Swaminathan had told DNA that there is no health issue with the usage of RUTF food.”In several cases that we have observed, RUTF food has helped severely-malnourished children regain back their health without side-effects. I would recommend it,” said Swaminathan.WHAT IS RUTFRUTF food packets or supplements are a mixture of protein, carbohydrate, lipid and vitamins and minerals.

RSS gives another shot to end ‘separatist’ narrative in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has made yet another attempt to expand the dialogue on Kashmir and end the “separatist narrative” that identifies the state with just the Valley as an affiliated body would be celebrating the birth centenary of the best known Buddhist lama of Ladakh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche.The RSS has always maintained that the mainstream narrative regarding Kashmir was exclusivist, having over-emphasised the significance of the Valley, while not giving due pride of place, political as well as social, to the other regions of the state, such as Kargil and Ladakh, which constitute majority of the state. Such, narrative, RSS believes gives more say to the separatists voices. The move attains political significance as the Centre had recently appointed former top spy Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor in Kashmir.RSS’ primary affiliate working in Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir Study Centre (JKSC), in association with Himalayan Sanskriti Sanrakshan Sabha would be celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche on November 23.According to JKSC functionaries, while Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan would inaugurate the event, RSS leader Suresh Soni would be the chief guest on the occasion. What lends more weight to the commemoration is the representation of the state, most probably by deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh.”Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will be inaugurating the centenary celebrations of Buddhist saint Kushok Bakula. The 19th Kushok Bakula is recognized by the 13th Dalai Lama as a direct disciple of Gautam Buddha and is popularly considered as the architect of modern Ladakh, the largest region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kushok Bakula Lobzang Thupten Chognor is considered as GOD figure in Ladakh, Russia, Tibet and Mongolia because of his social and spiritual contributions,” said Abha Khanna, JKSC’s Director (Media).The acclaimed Buddhist saint was also a statesman and diplomat. He was elected to the Parliament, and was deeply engaged with welfare, education and rights of Scheduled Castes and Tribes of India. In his later years, he became India’s Ambassador in Mongolia. In 2005, the Leh airport was renamed as the Kushok Bakula Airport.

Gujarat elections 2017: ‘Man-to-man marking’ campaign by RSS, VHP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Gujarat elections approach, all quarters of the right-wing have swung into action to deliver the state to the BJP, including the RSS and the VHP.According to sources, the Hindutva organsiations have launched a campaign of ‘man-to-man marking’ as part of mass contact strategy to rally voters in Gujarat. VHP’s Gujarat chapter’s general secretary Ranchhod Bharwad told DNA that functionaries were constantly touring the state and holding ‘pravas’ in different regions of the poll-bound state to establish direct contact with people. A door-to-door campaign, according to VHP’s international joint general secretary Surendra Jain, had been launched in the state. “Our goal is to deliver the state to the nationalist forces and that we shall do. We are contacting people not via big rallies but through direct door-to-door contact to establish a personal connect,” Jain told DNA.The organisations are also engaged in reaching out to the youths through their already running programmes or ‘prakalps’ and have made it a point to make sure that the youth come out to vote and “honour democracy”.

NIA registers case in killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has registered a case in connection with the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana, nearly a month after the Punjab government decided to hand over the investigation to the central probe agency.Gosain, 60, was returning home after attending a morning drill (RSS shakha) when he was attacked by two unidentified bike-borne assailants in Ludhiana last month. He died on the spot while the attackers fled.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had decided to hand over the probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) while announcing Rs 5 lakh compensation for the deceased’s family and a government job for one of his progeny.The NIA, in compliance of the Ministry of Home Affairs order, has re-registered the case under sections 10, 12 and 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and section 25 of the Arms Act at Jodhewal police station on Thursday, the spokesman said.An NIA team from New Delhi has reached Ludhiana to take over the investigation.On October 17, two unidentified persons killed Gosain, Chief of Raghunathnagar Shakha of Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Ludhiana, while he was sitting outside his house.Initially, a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Gagan Ajit Singh was formed by the state government to probe the case.Gosain, who lost his wife to cancer some years ago, is survived by four children.The killing of the RSS leader was the latest in a series of murderous attacks on right-wing and religious leaders in Punjab. This was the eighth such incident in the state since 2016.

RSS affiliate organises Tawang pilgrimage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though India-China relations are not at an all time high, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will be holding Tawang Pilgrimage from November 19 to 24. The pilgrimage has been organised by RSS-affilate Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch. RSS pracharak Indresh Kumar is the chief patron of this body. During the pilgrimage, devotees are taken across several holy places in Northeast India till the Indo-Tibet border where they perform dharti pujan or worship the land which is seen as a form of protest against Chinese aggression in 1962 and the annexation of Tibet.Indresh Kumar is one of the most vocal anti-China voices in the RSS and was instrumental in organising massive anti-Chinese goods rallies and symposiums across the country. The pilgrimage is set to cover a lot of places in Arunachal Pradesh that has been at the core of boundary disputes between India and China. High on nationalistic undertones, one of the most celebrated destinations in the entire pilgrimage is Jaswantgarh, the place where rifleman Jaswant Rawat showed exemplary courage during the Indo-China war. Rawat was awarded Maha Vir Chakra posthumously. Despite China being sensitive about the state, the pilgrimage would go through Bhalukpong, called the gateway of Arunachal Pradesh. Another stop is Bomdila which was captured by the Chinese forces of aggression in 1962.

Kerala: Three arrested in RSS worker murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons were arrested on Tuesday early morning in connection with the killing of an RSS worker at Nenmeni near the temple town of Guruvayur, police said.The 23-year-old Anandan, who was riding a motorcycle, had been knocked down by a car carrying his attackers and then hacked to death on November 12.Those arrested included a brother of Fazil, who was killed four years ago and Anandan was an accused in that case.The arrested are identified as Faiz, Karthik and Jitesh, a top police official said.Asked whether the three were CPI(M) workers, the official said it had not yet been substantiated. They were being questioned, he said.Police had yesterday initiated proceedings with regard to issuing of lookout notices against three persons who were suspected to be involved in the murder.While the BJP had blamed the CPI(M) for the murder, the Marxist party in a statement on November 12 denied its role in the incident.The BJP had observed a hartal at Guruvayur and Manaloor in protest.The BJP leadership had also alleged that this was the third murder of BJP/RSS workers in the district since the Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power in May last ye

Accused have been identified in RSS worker Anandan’s murder: Kerala Police

Updated: Nov 14, 2017, 12:46 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Police has initiated proceedings over issuing lookout notices against three persons for their alleged involvement in the killing of an RSS worker at Nenmeni in the temple town of Guruvayur on Sunday.”We have initiated proceedings. The accused have been identified,” a top police official here said.Another police official in Guruvayur said the car in which the killers had travelled belonged to a CPI(M) worker, whose elder brother Fazil was killed four years ago.Anandan was an accused in that case. The 23-year-old RSS worker was riding a motorcycle when he was attacked with swords and knives, allegedly by CPI(M) workers, who came in a car. The RSS worker was cremated this evening. While the BJP blamed CPI(M) for the murder, the Marxist party in a statement yesterday denied its role in the incident.The BJP called for a ‘hartal’ (strike) today at the temple town of Guruvayur and Manaloor in protest. Shops and businesses downed shutters. Vehicles remained off roads. The BJP leadership alleged that this was the third murder of BJP/RSS workers in the district since the Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power in May last year.

Another RSS worker killed, Amit Shah lashes out at Kerala CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah lashed out at Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after an RSS worker was hacked to death in the temple town of Guruvayur today, and asked what his government was doing to “curb criminal elements” in the ranks of his CPI(M).Twenty-three-year-old Anandan was attacked with swords and knives in broad daylight allegedly by CPI(M) workers at Nenmeni in Guruvayur this afternoon when he was riding a motorcycle. Anandan died soon after.”The continuous violence by CPM workers & the protection to such political killings is now before the nation. CM Pinarayi must explain what his govt is doing to curb criminal elements in his rank(sic),” Shah tweeted.The incident occurred around 1.30 pm. The victim, Anandan, was riding a motorcycle when he was attacked with swords and knives, allegedly by the CPI(M) workers, who came in a car. He was rushed to a hospital, but his life could not be saved, the police said. Anandan, hailing from Brahmakulam, was an accused in a case related to the murder of a CPI(M) worker in 2013.
ALSO READ Kerala: RSS worker hacked to death, CPI(M) hand suspected The police said Anandan’s body was shifted to Thrissur medical college hospital. The BJP will protest against the incident tomorrow. In a statement, party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the ruling CPI(M) was not prepared to give up violence and this is clear from today’s incident. A strike is being observed by the saffron party in Guruvayoor and Manaloor in Thrissur district. The BJP alleged that as many as 120 of its workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in Kerala since 2001.It claimed that 14 of these killings have taken place since Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took over the reins of the government last year.The CPI(M) in turn accused the BJP and the RSS of indulging in violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in political killings.

Kerala: Another RSS worker hacked to death; BJP suspects CPM role

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An RSS worker was hacked to death in Nenmanikkara in the district Sunday, news agency ANI reported.According to Kerala website Manorama Online, the victim, identified only as Anand, was riding his bike when a group rammed their vehicle into it, causing him to fall. The accused them lynched him. He died en route to hospital.According to the report, Anand was accused in the murder of a CPM worker, and was out on bail. The state BJP have alleged CPM’s role in his murder

RS bypoll: Alphons Kannanthanam to file nomination today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Tourism, Electronics and IT, Alphons Kannanthanam will file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha in Jaipur on Monday. The seat has fallen vacant after Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the country’s vice president.Kannanthanam reached Jaipur on Sunday morning. He was received at the airport by state BJP chief Ashok Parnami and several ministers of the Raje cabinet along with large number of party workers.A meeting of the BJP legislative group is scheduled for 10 am on Monday at the Rajasthan state assembly and Kannanthanam will file his nomination after that. His victory is being considered a certainty as the Congress has decided not to field a candidate.Speaking to the media at the state BJP office Kannanthanam expressed gratitude towards the chief minister Vasundhara Raje for making him a candidate from the state. He said the state had immense opportunities in the field of tourism because of its rich heritage and diverse wildlife.Kannanthanam also attended the Swar Govindam programme of the RSS at the Chitrakoot stadium, where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was present. He, however, seemed a bit out of place at the RSS programme and did not appear to know what was expected out of him. He did not do the dhwaj pranam of the RSS.The election for Rajya Sabha seat will be held November 16. Kannanthanam left IAS service in 2006 with eight years still left. He became an MLA from Kanjirappally in Kottayam district of Kerala. He has also practised as an advocate in the Supreme Court.

Defamation case filed against Kamal Haasan after Hindu terror remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after actor Kamal Haasan’s controversial remarks about ‘Hindu terror’, a case of defamation has been filed against him for hurting religions sentiments. The matter will be heard in Varanasi tomorrow, reported ANI.Kamal Haasan has been booked under section 500 (punishment for defamation), 511, 298 (hurting religious sentiment), 295 A (intent to outrage religious feeling), 505 C (attempt to incite hatred and enmity between classes) of the Indian Penal Code. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday deplored actor Kamal Haasan’s “Hindu terrorism” remark and said that making such irresponsible statements without any evidence only reflects his sick mind.Speaking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash said that Haasan is emerging as an irresponsible political aspirant with each passing day.
ALSO READ If you have evidence place it before NIA or apologise: Twitter furious over Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hindu terror’ remark‘If there is any evidence to prove that a Hindu terrorism exists, Kamal Haasan should provide those to NIA or to probe agency to punish those who indulged in such activities. Making such irresponsible statement without any evidence or basis only reflects his sick mind. It is very unfortunate. I completely disagree with him and deplore this sick attitude of Kamal Haasan,’ he said.Haasan, in his column in the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan, wrote, “In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but they would hold a dialogue with the opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and what they stated to do is use muscle power. They started indulging in violence.’”The right wing cannot challenge talk of Hindu terrorists because terror has spread into their camp as well,” wrote the Tamil film icon.Haasan’s remark drew flaw from various quarters especially BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao compared the actor with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saee and said that by passing such remarks all these people have given Pakistan an upper hand.”There has been a tendency in this country we have seen in the past decade how Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi led Congress party drew a strategy of maligning the Indian society and Hindu community only to appease the Muslim vote bank. It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shindey saying it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country. Today, when Kamal Hassan makes similar comments, he is actually joining the ranks of P. Chidambaram, Hafiz Saeed and is possible angling to become an extension of the Congress Party,” Rao told ANI.RSS leader Rakesh Sinha also expressed anguish over Haasan remark and demanded his apology for ‘hurting and defaming Hindu civilization for his petty political end.’With inputs from ANI

Siddaramaiah hits back at Amit Shah, says ‘Tipu Sultan was a freedom lover, patriot’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today dubbed BJP’s statewide yatra against his government as a “yatra of remorse” and said the saffron party cannot succeed in the state as its people are “politically mature”.He also hit out at BJP national president Amit Shah and state president Yeddyurappa by pointing out that both of them had been to jail.The chief minister also defended the state government’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan. Siddaramaiah’s reaction came after Shah kicked off the 75-day “Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthane Yatra”, led by Yeddyurappa to “expose misdeeds” of the Congress government in the 224 assembly constituencies of the state.Launching the yatra, Shah had accused the Karnataka government of breaking “all records” in corruption.”The people of Karnataka are very mature, it is not like UP or any other state. In south India, our people are not emotional, they are politically mature and believe in secular principles…” Siddaramaiah told reporters.Roots of secular principles are strong here, he said. “Their (BJP) wish of doing something here cannot happen. Nothing will happen even if they bring Prime Minister or Shah or Adityanath. Polarisation of votes through Hindutva and instigation will not happen here,” the senior Congress leader said.Defending his government, Siddaramaiah said, “There is no corruption or scandal…in fact (they) had gone to jail on corruption charges. How many of them had gone?..” Listing out the BJP leaders who had gone to jail including Yeddyurappa, the chief minister asked, “Did they go to jail simply?…they have to go before the people and tell– we have gone to jail and come back, now we are coming in front of you (people).” Siddaramaiah said people of Karnataka are satisfied by his government’s programmes during the last five years and have decided to bless the Congress again.”We will 100 per cent come back to power in 2018 Assembly elections. So any number of such yatras by them (BJP) will have no influence,” he said. “I do not know who named it ‘Parivarthane’…it is not parivarthane, it is ‘teertha yatra’ (pilgrimage)….it is yatre of remorse. It is they who have to change from being communal to secular,” he asserted. The chief minister also chaired a meeting of senior police officials in the state after Neelamani N Raju took charge as first woman Director General of Police of Karnataka, and reviewed the law and order situation in the state.”Law and order situation is good after we came to power.Our police officials have done their duty, but the BJP is repeatedly trying to disturb the communal harmony,” Siddaramaiah said. In the backdrop of Parivarthana Yatre and Tipu Jayanti, we have discussed things related to it also,” he said. BJP and few other organisations have been opposing the Tipu Jayanti celebrations as they see Tipu Sultan as a “religious bigot” and a “brutal killer”.Pointing out that this was the third year the government will be celebrating Tipu Jayanti, Siddaramaiah said last year it went off smoothly and only in the first year, there was violence due to “instigation” by RSS and Bajarang Dal.”By and large Karnatka’s people have accepted Tipu Jayanti. Tipu was a freedom lover, patriot. As claimed by them (RSS, BJP), he was never anti-Hindu or anti-Kannada or any other community,” he said.

RSS’ Swar Govindam launched with bhoomi pujan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ritual of Bhoomi pujan for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s programme, Swar Govindam 2017 was performed at Chitrakoot Stadium on Wednesday. The process of Bhoomi Pujan was performed with vedic mantras by five pandits for the success of the programme and the purity of the environment as havan and worship have its own importance for the purpose. Many office bearers of RSS including it’s Jaipur Province Sanghchalak Dr Ramesh Agarwal, Provincial campaigner Nimbaraam, Prakash Chand of Laghu Udyog Bharati, Vipin Chandra of Rajasthan Regional Literature Council and many Swayam Sevaks and their family members were present at Chitrakoot stadium during the Bhoomi Pujan.Swar Govindam, one of the programmes during the three-day stay of RSS Sar Sangh Chalak Mohan Bhagwat in Jaipur, will be based on Ghosh Vaadan. It will be organised at Chitrakoot stadium on November 5, the third day of Bhagavat’s Jaipur stay. Before that, there will be a camp of Ghosh Vaadaks in Keshav Vidyapeeth, Jamdoli from November 2 to 5 in which Ghosh Vaadak Swayam Sevaks will participate.It is worth mentioning that Ghosh Vaadan of the RSS is being held for the first time in the history of Jaipur province. In the series of programmes during the three day stay of Bhagwat, there will be an exhibition based on Indian traditional folk instruments at Jamdoli.

DNA Exclusive: Ahead of Gujarat polls, Maharashtra BJP, RSS go into a huddle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The high-stakes Gujarat polls and the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for 2019 have prompted the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to work towards a strategy for better coordination.A team of RSS leaders from the western zone and few top BJP functionaries from Maharashtra are expected to meet on Saturday to discuss ways to help the ruling party in Gujarat retain power, said people with knowledge of the development.The Maharashtra BJP already has decided to send more than 400 party members, including senior ministers, to campaign in Gujarat. On their part, some activists from the Sangh Parivar are also expected to visit the poll-bound state to provide a backup to the BJP.The efforts towards improved coordination between the two organisations come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have led from the front to promote the party, which has been in power since 1995. The state goes to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14.The leaders are also expected to review the performance of the Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who recently completed three years in office. The government has completed its flagship water conservation project Jalyukt Shivar, taking the state’s irrigation potential to 40 percent from 17 percent.Make In Maharashtra, rural and social empowerment schemes and BJP’s sterling performance in the local and civic body elections and the statewide growth strategy up to 90,000 polling booths are expected to come up for discussion, said sources.A strategy to counter Shiv Sena, which has made repeated attempts to target BJP on a range of issues, including loan waiver, will be debated. While Fadnavis has put the ball in Sena’s court asking the saffron party to take a call on the alliance with BJP, he has also accused it of double standards.State BJP president Raosaheb Danve told DNA: “Such meetings do take place periodically. These meetings are part of keep a rapport between the party and the RSS. We do discuss politics but it is not the sole agenda.”An RSS leader from the western zone who did not want to be named shared Danve’s views saying that politics may be discussed for 10 minutes. ”Apart from coordination between RSS and BJP, the contribution of both in the field of rural and social sectors, empowerment of women will be discussed at length.”The state BJP unit will also step up its efforts to reach out to voters with a slew of decisions taken by the BJP-led government in past three years and its plan for the next two years.

Delhi BJP vice president resigns over being absent for event attended by Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The vice-president of BJP’s Delhi unit, Sardar Kulwant Singh Baath, has resigned over an issue involving his absence from a recent event attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.In his resignation letter on October 25, Baath said that he was stepping down as the Delhi BJP vice-president as he could not contribute to the party’s events and programmes in the past few days.The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of the RSS, celebrated Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary here on Wednesday. The event was participated by Bhagwat and several central ministers.Baath told PTI that he was tied to a ‘hukamnama (edict)’ of the Akal Takht in 2004, that asked Sikhs to boycott events organised by the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat.”Unless the issue is resolved, it will be a tricky situation for me,” he said.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said no decision has been taken yet on Baath’s resignation. “His resignation letter has been received but a decision on it is yet to be taken,” he said.Baath joined the BJP some nine months ago and was appointed as a vice-president.Delhi BJP sources said that Baath was close to the Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) even after joining the BJP.Baath said that he resigned on “personal ground” and had nothing against the BJP or its leaders, adding that he had no plans to join the SAD.

Mayawati threatens to emulate Ambedkar and convert to Buddhism if BJP doesn’t change ‘mindset’ towards Dalits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP chief Mayawati today attacked the BJP claiming it should change its mindset towards the Dalits, Tribals and backward classes or else she would be forced to convert to Buddhism like Bhimrao Ambedkar.”I throw an open challenge to the BJP to change its casteist and communal mindset towards Dalits, Adivasis, Backwards and also those who have changed their religion or else I will also have to take a decision towards changing my religion to Buddhism,” she said at a party rally here.Recalling Ambedkar, she said that after witnessing discrimination in the ‘varna vyawastha’ (caste system) in Hinduism, he had called on the Shankaracharyas and seers to modify it. Since it was not done, Ambedkar, a little before his death, converted to Buddhism in Nagpur along with his followers, she said.The BSP chief said that she too is giving an opportunity to the Shankaracharyas, religious leaders and people associated with the BJP to change their thinking or else she too will convert to Buddhism at the right time along with crores of supporters.Accusing the BJP of taking the “casteist agenda” of the RSS forward, she blamed it for the suicide of Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad and the Una case of Gujarat where some Dalits were assaulted resulting in outrage and protests.Charging the BJP with fielding a Dalit associated with the RSS as the presidential candidate to garner votes, she said that because of this, Congress and other opposition parties had also fielded a Dalit candidate. PTI SAB SMI ADS

BJP misuing government machinery and CBI: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing the BJP of weakening constitutional institutions and the media to serve its political motives, BSP president Mayawati claimed that the conditions on Tuesday were worse than those during the Emergency.The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also alleged that the BJP was misusing government machinery and agencies like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax etc to make the country free of Opposition by creating dissension in other parties.She also claimed that the BJP could begin the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya or bring back fugitive Dawood Ibrahim before the next elections to serve its electoral interests.”To serve its political motives, the BJP has now weakened constitutional institutions and the media. They have also weakened democracy to a great extent…Things are being done in an autocratic and arbitrary manner…Conditions today have surpassed those prevailing during the Emergency in 1975,” she said at a party rally here.Alleging that the BJP had again started its campaign to mislead the poor and the middle classes in view of the next Lok Sabha polls and Assembly elections in some states, like it did in 2014, Mayawati said that it was now clear that the party will no longer get its ‘acche din’ (good days) back.The BSP chief charged the BJP with misusing CBI, ED and the IT department to weaken and cause dissensions in other parties.She asked her workers to foil the BJP’s plans by exposing them in the public and claimed this “autocratic functioning and narrow RSS agenda” can only be checked in this manner.Mayawati said the Narendra Modi government had not fulfilled even one-fourth of its election promises, and added that the GST and demonetisation had weakened the economy.”There are problems relating to poverty, inflation and unemployment everywhere…People will give a befitting reply to them in the coming local bodies elections and later in the Lok Sabha polls,” she said.The BSP chief said that BJP which has failed to fulfil its promises could start Ram temple construction in Ayodhya before the next Lok Sabha polls for taking votes or bring back Dawood Ibrahim under a plan to serve its political motives or could even go in for another surgical strike and warned her supporters to remain vigilant on these counts.She said that be it a temple in Ayodhya or anywhere else, it will not benefit the weaker sections of society. Mayawati said that Dalits, Adivasis, Backwards, Minorities, poor among the upper castes and all others will have to unite as per the suggestion of the “lone messiah lord Ambedkar” and take the master key to power both at the Centre and state in their hands.Stressing that the Lok Sabha elections could be pre-poned this time, she asked BSP workers to start preparations before hand so that the party performs well in the local bodies elections, but also trounces the BJP in the 2019 parliamentary polls.Taking credit for getting the Mandal Commission recommendations implemented, she said that it was one of the conditions of the BSP for extending support to the then prime minister VP Singh.A ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Ambedkar was another condition, she said. But the BJP did not like all this and withdrew support to VP Singh at that time. The BJP and the RSS had also staged protests when the Mandal report was implemented,” she said.She also questioned the BJP’s intentions on according constitutional stutus to the backward caste commission and termed it a “political gameplan”.

RSS leader shot dead in UP town

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After recent killings of RSS functionaries in Kerala and Punjab, another RSS leader was gunned down in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur. Local journalist for a national Hindi daily 35-year-old Rajesh Mishra, who was also the head of the Karanda block in the district, succumbed to bullet wounds on Saturday morning after four motorcycle-borne miscreants opened fire.Mishra’s younger brother Amitesh too sustained bullet injuries and was rushed to Varanasi for treatment. He was said to be critical at the time of this report going to press. The crime took place at the Brahmanpura Chatti.Police say an FIR has been registered against the yet to be identified assailants. “We are waiting for the statement of his brother and family members. Business rivalry seems to be the motive behind the killings. However, we are investigating the case from other angles also,” district police chief Somen Varma said. IG Deepak Ratan reached the spot and formed five police teams to nab the assailants.According to reports, Rajesh and Amitesh reached their construction material shop, after their morning walk, at around 7.30 am when four miscreants opened indiscriminate fire on the duo. Police said Rajesh died on the spot.While sources say that Rajesh was up against the local sand mining mafia and was behind the ban imposed on the business of extracting sand from the banks of the Ganges, another brother of the slain RSS volunteer said Rajesh was gunned down for both his fearless journalism and for his political activism under the aegis of RSS.”He went after the bad elements with his pen and was responsible for energising RSS in Karanda Block.””He was killed perhaps for both the reasons. He had just concluded the Officers Training Camp in Karanda. It is the first time ever that such a camp has been held in the block,” said Brajesh Kumar Mishra, Rajesh’s brother, said.DNA sources say that a dreaded criminal – Rajesh Dubey – is being considered as the chief suspect. While the police do not confirm this, Dubey escaped from the Ghazipur jail in August this year.Rajesh was also close to Union minister Manoj Sinha, who is the MP from Ghazipur. Incidentally, the Union minister was in the district to participate in a local function. Sinha has directed the police to arrest the assailants within 48 hours.

Vilification of Taj Mahal shows BJP’s intolerance: Kerala CM P Vijayan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Left parties on Saturday said the vilification of the Taj Mahal by BJP leaders exposed their “intolerance” towards matters they could not associate themselves with.Inaugurating a ‘Jana Jagaran Jatha’ organised by the ruling CPI-M led Left Democratic Front (LDF) here, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan flayed the statement of BJP leader Vinay Katiyar that the Taj Mahal was previously a Shiva temple.”It all started when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath omitted the Taj Mahal from the list of important places to visit in that state.”It showed that…they cannot tolerate the name Shahjahan, who built the historic and heritage structure,” he said, adding, “We have to seriously think as regards which direction our country is headed to.”Attacking the BJP-RSS, the CPI(M) leader alleged that the saffron party had a “clear agenda” behind raking up the issue of Ram Temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and added, “They are attempting to trigger communal tension in the country by moving towards constructing the shrine.”He slammed the BJP-led central government and alleged that the federal principles had been thrown to the wind, in tune with the policy of the RSS, which believed in centralisation of power.Vijayan accused RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat of “defaming” Kerala with his statement that it had become a place for “Jihadis” under the LDF government.He also came down on the just-concluded Jana Raksha Yatra of the BJP in Kerala, which was attended by party president Amit Shah among others, and described it as an attempt to create tension in the southern state.The LDF has organised two ‘jana jagaran jatha’, one is being led by CPI state secretary Kannam Rajendran from here and another by CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan from Manjeswaram in Kasaragod, to counter the BJP’s “communal agenda” and highlight the state government’s achievements.After flagging off the ‘jatha’ at Manjeswaram, CPI national secretary D Raja, criticising Katiyar’s remark on the Taj Mahal, said, “Now they (BJP-RSS) want to demolish the Taj Mahal.”He claimed that the RSS had become very influential at the Centre ever since Narendra Modi became the prime minister.”The RSS is an organisation with a communal and fascist ideology,” Raja said, adding, “Now they want to re-write history and their target is the Taj Mahal.” The ‘jatha’ led by Rajendran is scheduled to conclude at Ernakulam and the one led by Balakrishnan at Thrissur, after criss-crossing all the 140 Assembly constituencies of the state, on November 3.

RSS-affiliate seeks economic clarity with a ‘Chinese cell’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS-affiliated economic body Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has sought a separate “Chinese cell” at the Centre to assess the economic damage caused by Chinese imports to India and deliberate on the possible ways to nullify them.Upping its ante against Chinese goods, it has also organised a mega rally towards the month end seeking boycott of Chinese goods by people in national interest and urging the government to adopt policies helping the domestic industries. SJM has been advocating indigenous production and has campaigned against purchase of Chinese firecrackers ahead of Diwali.Dr Ashwani Mahajan, co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch told DNA that he had sought the establishment of the Chinese cell in the Ministry of Commerce from the Centre that will not just study the impact of Chinese imports in the domestic market, but also chalk out a plan to mend the “injury.” He added that he is hoping that the cell would come up soon.”Indians understand the importance of boycotting Chinese products. The government is also realising the damage caused by Chinese imports and hence at its end, taking several initiatives on its end to control the influx of Chinese goods. The Chinese cell will help in a concrete assessment,” Mahajan said.He added that the anti-dumping duty on several Chinese products is already in effect and around 40 more are in the pipeline. This includes recent notifications on products like tempered glass and imports of certain steel wire rods for five years.Mahajan said different ministries are also working on a way to bar participation of Chinese companies in certain bids of sectors, where Indian companies are not allowed to participate in China.

RSS leader’s murder in Punjab: Rajnath Singh to take up issue with CM Amarinder Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh has taken up the issue of the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, former Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma said on Tuesday.”Union Home Minister Singh has taken up the matter of the brutal killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana with Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh,” said Sharma in a release here.Sharma claimed he had earlier taken up the issue with the Union Minister in Chandigarh.
ALSO READ Punjab: Killing of RSS leader is eighth murderous attack since 2016Sharma said that Rajnath Singh spoke to Capt. Amarinder Singh during his visit to the Hussainiwala Border in Ferozepur today.Rajnath Singh told the Punjab chief minister to get the matter thoroughly investigated in a speedy manner, Sharma said.Two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead the senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader in the Kailash Nagar locality here today, the police said.Gosain, 60, was returning home after attending a morning drill (RSS shakha) when he was attacked, they said. Gosain died on the spot and the attackers fled, police said.The Union Home Minister was here for inauguration of the newly constructed viewers’ gallery at the Indo-Pakistan joint check post at Hussaniwala here.Rajnath Singh and the Punjab chief minister paid floral tributes at the memorial of freedom fighters – Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev, officials said.

Punjab: Killing of RSS leader is eighth murderous attack since 2016

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana today was one in a series of high-profile murderous attacks on activists belonging to religious or right wing organisations that Punjab has witnessed in recent times.Two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead 60-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Gosain in the Kailash Nagar locality in Ludhiana, the police said.Gosain was returning home after attending a morning drill (RSS shakha) when he was attacked, they said. He died on the spot while the attackers fled, according to police officials.The crime was the eighth such incident in the state since 2016.In June this year, a pastor, Sultan Masih, was shot dead by two motorcycle borne persons at the Peerubanda Mohalla in Ludhiana. The assailants fired multiple shots at the pastor, killing him on the spot.On the evening of February 25, two unidentified gunmen shot dead two Dera Sacha Sauda followers –Satpal (65) and his son Ramesh Kumar (35) when they were working at the sect’s canteen at Jagera village, about 55 km from Ludhiana.The duo were shot in their heads from close range.On January 14 this year, two unidentified motorcycle borne assailants shot dead the leader of an organisation called ‘Hindu Takhat’, Amit Sharma, near the Durga Mata Mandir in Ludhiana.Last year, on August 6, RSS leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja (Retd) was shot at in Jalandhar. He later died at the DMC hospital in Ludhiana.This incident led to question marks being raised over the law and order situation under the previous SAD-BJP regime.When Punjab Police failed to crack the case, it was handed over to the CBI by the then Parkash Singh Badal led government.In May 2016, a Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale was attacked as some youths opened indiscriminate fire at his cavalcade in Ludhiana. Though Dhadrianwale had a miracle escape, an aide died in the attack.In the month of April, Durga Prasad Gupta, chief of the Shiv Sena’s labour wing in Punjab was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants at Khanna near Ludhana.85-year-old Mata Chand Kaur, wife of late chief of the Namdhari sect Satguru Jagjit Singh, was also shot dead by bike-borne assailants at Bhaini Sahib complex near Ludhiana in April month last year.The previous dispensation handed over the high-profile murder case of Mata Chand Kaur to CBI.In January 2016, RSS volunteer Naresh Kumar was attacked in Ludhiana when bike-borne unidentified persons opened fire at him. However, he escaped unhurt.

Has Kerala CM taken moral responsibility for killing of 13 RSS workers, asks Amit Shah in Thiruvananthapuram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday during his Janaraksha Yatra in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram asked Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan whether he would take moral responsibility for the killing of 13 BJP/RSS workers in the state afer the Left Democratic Front (LDF) came to power.”I want to ask Kerala CM whether people have given you mandate to eliminate innocent BJP/RSS workers,” said Amit Shah while addressing a rally comprising senior party members of the state, and party workers.The BJP President also challenged the Kerala government to fight it on the plank of development and ideology, and not violence.He also took a swipe at the Congress, saying that the party’s downfall was because of corruption and dynasty politics. “If Left parties have ceased to exist in this country, then it is due to political violence.”Earlier in the day, the Kerala High Court directed the state government to spell out its stand on a CBI probe into the alleged political killings of RSS, BJP activists that took place in the state after CPI(M)-led LDF came to power last year.

RSS leader Ravinder Gosai shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Ludhiana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Ravinder Gosai was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen on Tuesday morning.Gosai was shot at 7.20 am in Kailash Nagar while he was returning home from RSS Shakha, said Ludhiana Police Commissioner.According to reports, two bullets were fired at Gosai who died on the spot, while the assailants fled.Police have launched the investigation. Ravinder Gosai was head of Raghunath Nagar Mohan Shakha of RSS Ludhiana. and was also office bearer of district Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

RSS pays tribute to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead last month, figured among those who were today offered tributes by the RSS for their work for the society.A gathering of RSS leaders drawn from across the country, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, paid homage to Lankesh, former ISRO Chairperson U R Rao and other eminent personalities from various walks of life at the Sangh’s annual ‘Diwali Baithak’.Yakshagana artiste Chittani Ramachandra Hegade was among those remembered at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal meeting.”There is a long list of people from various walks of life who were paid tributes at the RSS meeting. It also includes the name of Gauri Lankesh,” RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told PTI.He did not elaborate.Lankesh, a vocal critic of right wing outfits, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru on September 5. Her murder led to outrage and protests across the country.The Sangh will discuss the state of the economy and issues like exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar and violence by cow vigilantes at the three-day meeting which began today.

RSS three-day meet likely to discuss Rohingya issue, economy, cow vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The state of economy, exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar and violence by cow vigilantes are some of the issues likely to be discussed at a three-day meeting of the RSS beginning in Bhopal from Thursday. The annual ‘Diwali Baithak’ of the Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal (ABKM) will also review the activities undertaken by the outfit in the last six months, RSS functionaries said. “For the first time, no resolution will be passed at the meet. Henceforth, resolutions will be passed at the RSS executive meeting of March,” Sangh spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya told reporters here. Vaidya, who is the ‘Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh’ (all India publicity chief) of the RSS, also said BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal had arrived here to attend the meeting.The conclave will discuss matters such as the economic slowdown, exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, violence by self-styled cow vigilantes and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, RSS leaders said.The ABKM is one of the highest policy formulation and decision-making bodies of the RSS. RSS Madhya Bharat Prant publicity head Deepak Sharma said nearly 300 delegates from across the country were expected to take part in the meet which will take place at Shishu Mandir School in the Sharda Vihar area.The Nagpur-headquartered organisation holds its executive meeting twice a year in March and October, Sharma said, adding that Bhopal is hosting the meeting after a decade. The meeting will also review the Sangh’s work over the past six months, another RSS functionary said. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is here for last one week, will attend the meeting.

Battle Cry In Amethi & Gujarat | LS poll loss taught us a lesson: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday acknowledged that his party’s drubbing at the hands of the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had “opened his eyes”.Speaking in Vadodara, the Gandhi family scion said, “The BJP helped me a lot. They have really helped me. We lost in 2014 but the defeat helped us. They beat us so badly in 2014 that it drilled sense into us.”Continuing with his attack on the BJP, especially party President Amit Shah over the huge rise in fortunes of his son Jay Shah’s now-closed company, Gandhi said the Central government should change the name of its flagship scheme for the girl child — ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ — to “Amit Shah ke bete ko bachao (save Amit Shah’s son)”.Addressing a gathering at Karjan in central Gujarat, Gandhi also trained his guns on Union ministers and BJP leaders who had defended Jay. He further took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his home turf, saying, “A theft has taken place in front of the eyes of the chowkidar (watchman), but you are silent. The question is: are you a watchman or a partner?”It may be recalled that in the run-up to Lok Sabha polls campaign, Modi had said he would be the chowkidar of public money and wouldn’t allow its loot.Gandhi also demanded a judicial inquiry and the ouster of Amit Shah as BJP president over the controversy.”The company was formed six to seven years ago. Modi ji came (to power in 2014) and launched ‘Start up India’, ‘Make in India’. He then introduced demonetisation and GST. This destroyed small businesses and farmers. From this fire, one company comes up. It was nothing in 2014, but in a few months the company became so big that its worth (turnover) rose from mere Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore,” Gandhi alleged and wondered why the Prime Minister had not spoken on the issue so far.Gandhi also targeted the BJP government on issues such as rising debt of Gujarat, lack of job creation, GST and the “failed” Gujarat model of development.Speaking in Vadodara, Gandhi turned his guns on the RSS and asked how many women were seen attending the Sangh’s ‘shakhas’. He said that in contrast, women work at every level in the Congress. “The BJP’s thinking is that till women are silent they are good. When they start speaking up, they try to shut them up. How many women are there in the RSS… Have you ever seen any woman in shakhas wearing shorts?” he said in a sarcastic tone.His comments kicked up a political uproar, with Union Minister Smriti Irani and Former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel describing it as derogatory and indecent.Patel said Rahul Gandhi’s upbringing was not done in a manner that he would understand the value of women in society and how to respect them.Irani said: “If Rahulji believes that wearing shorts in India is the sign of empowerment, as a woman I want to contradict it.”

WATCH: Rahul Gandhi does the Timli dance in Gujarat’s Chhota Udaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a break from his speeches, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was caught on camera participating in a ‘Timli’ dance in Gujarat’s chotta Udaipur.Gandhi was seen shaking a leg with the locals, as he let his hair down and enjoyed himself during his campaign in the state ahead of the assembly elections.’Timli’ dance is popular amongst the adivasis in Gujarat.The Congress leader began his second day of ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ in central Gujarat region on Monday.In the first leg of the ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ in September, Gandhi had travelled in the Saurashtra.Earlier in the day, Gandhi had landed in the middle of a controversy in Vadodara, while commenting on the RSS. “The BJP’s thinking is that till women are silent they are good, when they start speaking up they try to shut them (women) up. In the Congress you will see women at every level in the organisation,” he said. Later he pointed out that no women can be seen in RSS. “Their organisation is the RSS. How many women are there in the RSS… Have you ever seen any woman in shakhas wearing shorts?” he said mocking the traditional dress of the organisation.Reacting to Rahul’s allegations, former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben said that he is misinformed. She said that there are separate sakhas for women and they are extemely active in those.

Do you only check out what women wear? Anandiben Patel demands apology from Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a strongly worded statement, BJP leader and ex-Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has attacked Rahul Gandhi for her jibe at RSS. Rahul Gandhi speaking to a gathering of students took a jibe at RSS for lack of women. Rahul Gandhi said, “Their organisation is the RSS. How many women are there in the RSS… Have you ever seen any woman in shakhas wearing shorts?” he said mocking the traditional dress of the organisation. Expectedly, this has elicited a strong response from BJP. Anandiben Patel said that Rahul Gandhi has demeaned and insulted women of Gujarat, who are in forefront of the society today. Anandiben Patel said that do you only check out what women wear and do they need permission from Gandhi scion before wearing clothes. She also asked whether such comments are part of Congress culture and if Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s sister (Priyanka ) find his statement acceptable. According to Anandiben Patel, no women would find Rahul’s comments in good taste and said that if Gandhi scion doesn’t apologise, Congress would face electoral backlash in the state. Former Gujarat CM said that women are like mother and should be given proper respect by all. Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi said in Vadodara, ” “The BJP’s thinking is that till women are silent they are good, when they start speaking up they try to shut them (women) up,””In the Congress you will see women at every level in the organisation,” he said. Later he pointed out that no women can be seen in RSS. Reacting to Rahul’s allegations, Anandiben said that he is misinformed. She said that there are separate sakhas for women and they are extemely active in those. Looks like this off the cuff comment from Rahul Gandhi may snowball into a major political storm before the next Gujarat election.

The ‘vikaas’ war: From Amethi to Vadodara, Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah battle it out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From Congress’s ‘Bhajapno vikas gando thayo chhey’ to BJP’s ‘shehzaada’ jibe, Tuesday witnessed a high political drama of attacks and counter attacks.While Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was seen slamming the ruling NDA government for giving all jobs to Chinese youth in Vadodara, BJP president Amit Shah was in Gandhi bastion Amethi giving ‘hisab’ of all work done by the Narendra Modi government.The battle began with the second leg of Gandhi scion’s Gujarat trip, where he held an interaction session with students in Vadodara.From economic downturn to the BHU violence, Gandhi’s scathing attack on the BJP set the tone for the political mood in Gujarat that goes to poll later this year.Rahul Gandhi’s aggressive take on BJP’s ideology showed that the Congress will fight it out in the state elections.“Inka (BJP) main sangathan RSS hai. Kitni mahila hain usme, kabhi shaakha mein mahilaon ko dekha hai shorts mein? Maine to nahi dekha (RSS is the main organisation of BJP. Have you ever seen any women in shorts at any shaakha? I haven’t seen one),” Gandhi said.He also lamented on how the BJP is not doing enough for women’s empowerment.Without naming the BHU violence, Gandhi went on slamming the BJP for its oppresive mindset. “Inki (BJP) thinking ha jab tak mahila chup rahe, kuch bole na tab tak mahila theek hai jaise hi mahila ne muh khola usko chup karvao (BJP’s thinking is that till the time a woman is silent, it’s fine, but the moment she speaks up, then they force her to shut up).Talking about lack of jobs, Gandhi said that all jobs are going to China. “Job creation is India’s main problem. 29,550 out of 30,000 new jobseekers are unable to secure their livelihoods…Selfies are fun but most phones are Made In China, helping their youth find jobs, not ours. Buy Indian phones,” Gandhi said.If morning was all about Rahul Gandhi, the second part of the day belonged to the BJP.The top brigade of the ruling party, both in the Centre and Uttar Pradesh, descended in Gandhi’s home turf — Amethi.Union Minister Smriti Irani, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP president Amit Shah were all in Amethi to show some ‘home truth’ to Congress.Irani and CM Yogi both spoke about how Congress has failed to develop Amethi.But the most formidable attack on the Opposition party was by BJP chief Amit Shah.Not only did he talk about the development work done by the Narendra Modi government, he also took jibe at Gandhi for attacking the ‘Gujarat model’.“People of Gujarat know what development means. You talk about ‘vikaas’, just see what you have done in Amethi,” Shah said.He continued with his ‘Rahul Baba’ jab and talked about 106 schemes launched by the Centre.Tuesday saw the two parties battling it out over the issue of development.While the Congress is saying that ‘Gujarat model’ has failed, the rally by BJP top command in Amethi was a stuning counter-attack.

Rahul Gandhi reveals how BJP ‘opened his eyes’

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

Rajasthan BJP organises ‘secret yagya’; not about bypolls, says state chief Ashok Parnami

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A secret yagya was organised at the Rajasthan BJP office in Jaipur on Saturday.It is believed to be a ‘sakti sadhna yagya’ was performed for better health of the party.The gates of the BJP office were closed for general visitors. Only those taking part in the religious ritual were allowed to enter the premises.State BJP chief Ashok Parnami, newly-appointed organisation general secretary Chandrashekshar and state BJP general secretary Bhajan Lal were part of the yagya, that was solemnised by 10 pandits.According to sources, the pandits were specially called from Sirohi to perform the yagya, which was performed in the main hall of the BJP office.According to party sources, the yagya started around 11 am in the morning on Saturday.Chandrashekshar, the RSS man who has been appointed as organisational general secretary is said to be the main person performing the yagya.Parnami left the BJP office while the yagya was still going on. The vermillion and sandalwood paste on his forehead and saffron stole draped around his shoulders were a clear indication of the yagya.Parnami said it was a yagya for peace (shanti ) and power (shakti) in the party.“The yagya poojan is not unusual. We are doing it for strength and peace in the party,” said Parnami.He, however, refused to associate it with the upcoming by elections on two parliamentary and one assembly seat.This is not the first time that such a ritual is being performed at the BJP office.Parnami himself had performed a ritual to set right the ‘vastu’ of the BJP office after he took over as party chief and had called ‘ratna’ (precious stones) experts to perform it.A metallic ‘kalash’ with ‘ratnas’ in it still adorns a high ventilator in Parnami’s office.Pandits associated with performing ‘corrective’ rituals say the timing of this yagya is interesting – it is the first Saturday of the Hindu month ‘Kartik’ – that is conducive for tantrik yagya.Many BJP leaders and office bearers in Rajasthan have resorted to religious and tantrik rituals.Even chief minister Vasundhara Raje had performed a secret puja in her official residence while facing political crisis after allegations related to Lalit Modi.

Will Gadiya Lohars take govt benefits?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the government plans to have homes for all by 2022 with special focus on the homeless and marginalised, Gadiya Lohar — a nomadic tribe in Rajasthan — still revels in being homeless. Besides Rajasthan, they can easily be spotted in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana with their characteristic carts which they use as shelters.The members of this tribe claim that their ancestors made weapons for the army of Rajput king Maharana Pratap. Legend says that when Maharana Pratap lost to Akbar, Gadiya Lohars vowed that they would neither live in pucca houses nor go back to their homeland.Times have changed, but the Gadiya Lohars continue to honour the vow taken by their ancestors around 300 years ago. But this has made them lag behind. They cannot manage to get identity or voter cards made, which keeps them out of the purview of all government and development schemes.”We travel and so our children cannot go to school. We have no homes, so cannot get any identification,” said Bhanwar Lohar, who is currently halting in Bhilwara.There have been several attempts to convince them to let go of the vow. Interestingly, the RSS has made nomadic tribes, commonly called Ghumantu Jatiyan, a priority. Efforts to convince them to move with times are also being initiated. BJP governments have been told to look into their interests.RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat last month had asked chief minister Vasundhara Raje to look into the well-being of the nomadic tribes. This finally gives hope that the Gadiya Lohars will get an opportunity to share the benefits of the government schemes.

Bhopal court convicts former Congress MLA for morphing pictures of RSS chief; releases her on bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bhopal court on Tuesday awarded two years’ rigorous imprisonment to former Congress MLA Kalpana Parulekar in a case of morphing a photograph of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.The court also granted her bail after pronouncing the sentence.Additional District Judge (ADJ) Arvind Kumar Goyal sentenced Parulekar to rigorous imprisonment for two years and slapped a fine of Rs 12,000 on her for using a morphed picture of Bhagwat to show former state lokayukta PP Naolekar as an RSS worker.She was convicted under the provisions of the Information Technology Act and different sections of the Indian Penal Code.According to prosecution, Parulekar had on November 29, 2011, while addressing a media conference inside the Madhya Pradesh assembly premises, criticised Naolekar, the then state Lokayukta, and accused him of links with RSS.To establish her allegation, she produced a photograph purportedly showing Naolekar in RSS uniform.The prosecution alleged that the photograph had been created after doctoring Bhagwat’s picture clicked on November 18, 2010 in Jharkhand.After this, a man named Gopal Krishna Dandotiya had lodged a complaint with the Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) against Parulekar which was later transferred to the CID.Soon after her conviction, her lawyer moved an application for bail which was granted.

Kerala CM’s comments came from his guilty feeling: BJP hits out at Vijayan’s comments criticising Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Vijayan lashed out at RSS chief, saying that Keralites did not need any advice on nationalism from those who had turned their back towards the freedom struggle and served the colonial rulers, Rajasekharan said “there are several instances of both the CPI(M)-led LDF and the Congress-led UDF promoting anti-national forces for narrow political ends.”Pinarayi Vijayan’s reaction to RSS chief’s statement that Kerala Government was helping anti-national forces for political gains, had risen out of the Chief Minister’s guilty feeling”, he said, a day ahead of the BJP’s 15-day janaraksha yatra to be launched by its chief Amit Shah here.The BJP is taking out the state-wide foot march, to be led by Rajasekharan, to expose the alleged ‘red terrorism’ unleashed by the Marxist party against its workers.
ALSO READ Kashmiri separatist leaders hit back at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks regrading Article 370The BJP leader said if Vijayan was sincere in his concern for the self esteem and security of Malayalees as he claims, he should initiate stern action against anti-national forces.”I can understand your embarrassment when a leader from outside the state points out that It is the irresponsible and indifferent attitude of those who rule Kerala including yourself that made the state a safe haven for terrorists” Rajasekharan said in a statement, ahead of BJP chief Amit Shah’s campaign against political violence in the state.
ALSO READ Don’t teach us nationalism; Kerala has lived freedom movement, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan to Mohan BhagwatHe alleged that there were several instances of both the LDF and the UDF promoting anti-national forces for narrow political ends.Vijayan must not have forgotten that terrorists with international links were caught from Kanakamala in Kannur, the Chief Minister’s home district.Vijayan, inaugurating the 2017-19 Delhi Union of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists, yesterday had said that the RSS considered religious minorities as an “internal threat” to the country.He had also said that the RSS chief s allegation that the state government was supporting anti-national elements was a challenge to each Keralite and to Kerala society as a whole.Bhagwat, at a Vijayadashmi celebration in Nagpur had said that in the Left-ruled Kerala and the Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal “jihadi and anti-national” forces were at work and the governments there were not only indifferent but at times lending a helping hand to them to “appease” a section of the voters for “petty political interests”.

‘Gau rakshaks’ work within legal framework, unfair to link them with violence: Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat yet again came in support of gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) in his Vijaydashmi speech in Nagpur on Saturday.Addressing the swayamsevaks at the RSS Headquarters, the Sarsanghchalak was seen talking elaborately about cow protection in his over-an-hour long speech.Bhagwat backed the cow vigilantes and said that they worked well within the legal framework and it would be unfair to link them with violence or ‘communal feelings without knowing or neglecting the facts.’In fact, he added that the gau rakshaks were working ‘piously’ for a cause and there was a ‘nefarious campaign going on against the cow-protection (to) unnecessarily create tension.’Bhagwat also said that cow vigilantes ‘should not worry or get distracted with the well intentioned statements by highly placed persons in the Government or remarks made by the Supreme Court.’This is not the first time Bhagwat has backed the cow protectors.Last year also, in his Vijaydashmi speech, Bhagwat had said that gau rakshaks were good people, who were merely upholding the law of the land that calls for protection of animals from cruelty.It must be noted that till July, 26 people had died in cattle-related violence, IndiaSpend report had said.

Sachin to pilot Kisan March, challenges Vasundhara Raje in her home turf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Agrarian crisis and subsequent suicides by farmers have stirred country’s political cauldron. With political environment charged up over farmers’ suicide, Rajasthan could not have been an exception to political slugfest between ruling BJP and its arch rival Congress.On Wednesday, State congress president announced a ‘Kisan March’ in Jhalawar and Bara, which is hometurf of chief minister Vasundhara Raje and her MP son Dushyant Singh. The CM represents Jhalarapatan in Jhalawar district whereas Dushyant is MP from Jhalawar and Baran.Though announced came a bit late as CPM backed Kisan Sabha has walked away with credit for farm loan waiver after successful protest for nearly three weeks in Shekhawati area. However, without wasting any time after Pilot’s announcement, the BJP launched a verbal attack on him accusing him of doing politics and claimed that farmers are with Vasundhara Raje. BJP state general secretary Abhishek Matoria said that the government has already accepted farmers demand including loan waiver and implemented most recommendations of Swaminathan’s commission.But, the important question is Pilot’s selection of area for his ‘Kisan March’. He has carefully chosen Hadauti, which is stronghold of the BJP and known as RSS laboratory in Rajasthan.For last three decades, Hadauti consisting of Kota, Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar has emerged as BJP’s stronghold. Now, Pilot is taking the battle straight into BJP and sangh’s den. Daudayal Joshi, H K Audichya, Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi, Raghuver Singh Kaushal, Anang Kumar Jain and Cbhaturbhuj Verma, are just to name a few from the long list to name a few from the long list of BJP stalwarts with RSS background who laid foundation of the party and worked hard to expand its base in the state came from RSS background and belong to this region.Once trinity of Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi, Dau Dayal Joshi and Raghuveer Singh Kaushal ruled the roost in the region today chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s name is synonym with the BJP. The Congress has not been able to find a strong leader to contest against Raje or who can revive the party’s fortunes.The party grew stronger in the region ever since Vasundhara Raje came here to contest parliamentary election from Jhalawar later she chose Jhalarapatan as her assembly constituency. Since 2004, her son Dushyant Singh has been representing Jhalawar-Baran parliamentary seat once represented by her mother.Such is BJP’s dominance in Hadauti area that the Congress could win only one seat in the last assembly elections. Except Ashok Chandna from Hindauli no other congress candidate was successful. The party is now using Parwan project to defeat the BJP in its fiefdom but the ruling party too is ready for a counter attack.

Rahul Gandhi visits four temples in Gujarat; Congress says it is to counter Hindutva of BJP-RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apparently seeking to showcase the Congress’ soft Hindutva, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday offered prayers at four temples in Gujarat before wrapping up his three-day visit to the poll-bound state, a move his party said was aimed at countering the hardline Hindutva of the BJP and RSS.However, the ruling BJP took a dig at Gandhi, saying the Congress vice president was visiting temples as his party has failed to win elections in the state for long time.In New Delhi, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram deprecated attempts at reading any political meaning into Gandhi’s visit to temples.Gandhi, who had kicked off his tour after offering prayers at the Dwarkadhish temple on Monday, resumed his road-show this morning by trekking up the famous Chotila temple in Surendranagar district.Starting his tour from Rajkot this morning, Gandhi came to Chotila, the first stop today, and began the steep climb immediately. He climbed around 1,000 steps in about 15 minutes without a break.After he had offered prayers, the priests apprised him of the importance of the shrine.The Congress leader climbed down the stairway in another 15 minutes, greeting devotees on his way back.In the evening, Gandhi visited Khodal Dham temple in Kagvad village to offer prayers to Khodiyar Mata, the reigning deity of the Leuva Patel community. A section of Patels are up in arms against the state’s BJP government over their demand for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.On his arrival, Gandhi was greeted by a large number of Patidars, who chanted their signature slogan – ‘Jai Sardar, Jai Patidar’ to welcome the Congress leader.On his way to Jetpur from Kagvad, Gandhi also paid a visit to a temple dedicated to Dasi Jeevan, revered by Dalits and Buddhists.He also made an unscheduled visit to another shrine– Jalaram temple–in Veerpur in Rajkot district.”I don’t think you should read political meaning into that. I think there is much else that is happening in his visit to Gujarat. I think we should focus on that,” Chidambaram said in the national capital.”We have always held that each one is entitled to practice his own faith, we treat all faiths equal. That is the position of the Congress party. From the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, that is the stance of the Congress party,” he said, while dismissing suggestions that the temple visits were an attempt to woo Hindu voters.Commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s visit to temples, Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said the party was deliberately projected as anti-Hindu by the BJP and the RSS.”Rahul Gandhi’s visit to various temples during his tour is aimed at countering the hardline Hindutva campaign of BJP and RSS,” Doshi said.”The RSS and BJP have deliberately tried to portray the Congress as anti-Hindu, which is not true,” he said.AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said, “Our idea of secularism is different from them (BJP), as we visit religious places of all the faiths. This is nothing new. Our former PM Indira Gandhi used to do the same.”However, a state BJP leader said Gandhi was visiting temples as his party was not winning elections.”Rahul Gandhi has started visiting temples and shrines as his party is not winning elections in any state,” state BJP spokesperson Raju Dhruv said.Yesterday, Gandhi also attended a garba event organised by MLA Indranil Rajyaguru in Rajkot and performed ‘aarti’ in front of the idol of goddess Durga.”The day ends well with garba in Rajkot,” the Congress vice president had tweeted.On his way from Chotila to Kagvad, Gandhi addressed people at some places. In his speeches, he promised that the Congress would waive all farm loans within 10 days of assuming power after the elections, which are due later this year.In the last two days, Gandhi repeatedly attacked the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on GST, note ban and farm polices.He had also invoked Sardar Patel’s legacy to woo the Patel community ahead of the crucial state polls.Gandhi had also expressed confidence about his party winning the Assembly elections, claiming that there was a strong undercurrent in favour of the Congress in Gujarat.

Dalit priest preparing to perform ‘maha yagna’ stabbed in his home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Dalit priest has been hospitalised after he was stabbed in Kerala’s Palakad district. The priest has been identified as Biju Narayanan and is believed to be the first Dalit priest in the country.Biju was stabbed on Wednesday by an unknown person. The incident took place when he was resting at his home early in the morning. He was immediately rushed to a medical college nearby. Doctors examined him and said his injuries were not critical and that he was out of danger. Biju a priest of the Mathrukula Dharma Raksha Ashram has received death threats in the past. A failed attempt to throw acid on him was also reported in in June.Biju was preparing to perform the ‘Maha Yagna’ in December this year, that was to be attended by Dalit community. He has received many death threats in the past through phone calls and on Facebook messenger. A police complaint was registered alleging the involvement of RSS. However, no action has been taken so far. The attempt to throw acid on him was purposefully done as he was organising Veda classes for Dalits.

RSS top brass slated to visit Rajasthan again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan is apparently on the focus and radar of the RSS. The top two functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are scheduled to visit Rajasthan in the last two months of this year. RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat would be visiting Jaipur in the first week of November for four days while RSS chief Sarkayavah Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi would be on a five-day visit to Jodhpur in the month of December. This will be the fifth visit of RSS chief Bhagwat to Rajasthan in two years. He had come to Jaipur at the columnist conference organised by the RSS in 2015. After that, he had visited Jodhpur last year under his five-day annual organisational pravas of Rajasthan region. Bhagwat also attended the RSS Pratinidhi Sabha held in Nagaur last year. Bhagwat’s fourth visit ended three days ago. He had come to Jaipur on a six-day visit from September 13 to September 18. During his next visit Bhagwat will stay in Jaipur from November 2 to 5. The RSS will organise the Sangh Shiksha Varg of Ghosh (training camp of the band) at Adarsh Vidhya Mandir, Adarsh Nagar from November. The camp has been named Swar Govindam, wherein over 2,000 swayamsevaks from Jaipur prant will participate. Elaborate preparations are being made for this camp and the RSS chief will directly communicate with the participants. A performance of the Ghosh will be given before the RSS chief on one of the days during his visit. During this performance swayamsevaks will perform various tunes like the military band. As part of preparations of the RSS chief’s visit, path sanchalan of Ghosh would be conducted on September 27. This Path Sanchalan will depart from Jaleb Chowk and go to Govind Dev Temple. They will invite Lord Govind Dev for the program. The tour of Sarkaryavah of RSS Bhaiya Ji Joshi is scheduled after Bhagwat’s visit. Joshi will visit Jodhpur in December as part of five-day organisational pravas. He is scheduled to stay in Jodhpur for all five days and will meet RSS office-bearers of Rajasthan.

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

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

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat decodes DNA of an ideal pracharak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To carry forward its legacy of service to the nation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) wants ideal pracharaks. Deliberations about the same were held at the Jaipur meetings where Sangh’s perception of an ideal pracharak were put forth, by none other than the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Over 200 pracharaks from across the state were present at the session held at Bharti Bhawan, the state RSS headquarters in Jaipur. In a session that went on for over four hours, Bhagwat explained to them what are the ideal traits required from a pracharak. What type of lifestyle, personality, behaviour and work ethics need to be adopted by him to fits into the parameters of an ideal pracharak.The pracharak should have impeccable character, he should be able to inspire others. The society should benefit from the pracharak, he explained. The session was well received by the audience and they were in agreement with the RSS chief.As per an informed source speaking to DNA that the day included three sessions by RSS chief Bhagwat on Friday that primarily focused on three sessions about the pracharak system which is spine of the RSS. During his address, Bhagwat had highlighted the dos and don’ts for a pracharak. He stressed on hard work, simplicity, renunciation and dedication are the identities of a RSS pracharak. Explaining the meaning of pracharak, Bhagwat said prachar means publicity and pracharak is the one who publicises. Elaborating further he said, the pracharak does a selfless job in the interest of the society and country.Traits requiredOver 200 pracharaks from across the state were present at the session held at Bharti Bhawan, the state RSS headquarters in Jaipur. Bhagwat explained to them what are the ideal traits required from a pracharak. What type of lifestyle, personality, behaviour and work ethics need to be adopted by.

Trolling is hitting below the belt, RSS doesn’t support such aggressive behaviour: Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today said his organisation does not support trolling and aggressive behaviour on the net as it amounts to “hitting below the belt”.He was speaking at an interactive session here with foreign diplomats from more than 50 missions.”Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We do not support those who display such aggressive nature. We do not support trolling and aggressive behaviour on the net,” Bhagwat was quoted in a series of tweets posted by PrasarBharti Chairman A Surya Prakash who was present at the event. Prasar Bharti is a broadcasting agency which runs Doordarshan and All India Radio.Besides addressing the diplomats, Bhagwat answered questions at the event organised by the India Foundation, a right-leaning think tank.The RSS chief was also quoted as saying that the Sangh Parivar does not believe in discrimination.”No discrimination and oneness of our nation and oneness of the world is our goal,” said another tweet by Prakash quoting Bhagwat.He told the diplomats that RSS runs 1.70 lakh service projects in various fields, including health, education, rural development, and invited them to visit these projects.On relationship with the BJP, the RSS chief reiterated that the Sangh does not interfere in the party’s affairs.”Sangh does not run BJP; BJP does not run Sangh. As Swayamsevaks we consult and exchange notes but independent in functioning,” said BJP national General Secretary Ram Madhav in a tweet quoting the RSS chief.Madhav, who was incharge of media and public relations of the RSS for a number of years before moving to the BJP, is a director of the India Foundation along with Prakash.

He should furnish proof: Yeddyruppa slams Rahul Gandhi for linking BJP-RSS to Gauri Lankesh’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Karnataka BJP today said if Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is holding the RSS and right-wing ideology responsible for the killing of journalist -activist Gauri Lankesh, he should furnish evidence to back his allegations.A day after the Left-leaning journalist was killed, Rahul Gandhi had said that anybody who speaks against the ideology of BJP and RSS, is pressured, beaten up, attacked and even killed.State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa today said, “If Rahul Gandhi has any proof to prove his allegations, he should furnish it.”BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had also attacked Gandhi on September 8 for holding the right wing and RSS ideology responsible for the killing of the 55-year- old journalist.”The BJP would like to ask the Chief Minister of Karnataka that in the light of the unilateral malafide comment of Rahul Gandhi, should we expect a fair investigation by the SIT,” he had asked.The state government has formed an SIT to probe the killing.Replying to a query, Yeddyurappa told reporters here today, “Let all inquirers get over and whoever are the culprits, they must be hanged. For that, we (the BJP) has no objection.”Asked if the BJP was satisfied with inquiry by the SIT or would demand a CBI probe, the former chief minister said it was left for the government to decide.Yeddyurappa alleged the government has “failed” in maintaining law and order, which is reflected in the murders of RSS and BJP activists, Left-leaning intellectuals, and a journalist.”At least, in Gauri Lankesh’s case, let the government take proper action and culprits should be brought to book and punished,” he told reporters here.Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Congress slams Ravi Shankar Prasad for giving ‘political and communal colour’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, and accused Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad of giving “political and communal colours” to it.Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said it was “unfortunate” that Prasad sought to link the slain journalist to the outlawed Naxals. “Barely 72 hours after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, the law minister has embarrassed the entire country with his controversial remarks linking the investigative journalist to Naxals. “It is the country’s misfortune that the BJP and the law minister are seeing a murder through political and communal colours,” he told reporters.It is “shameful and condemnable”, he said, adding that “a killing and the killer have no colour and they have to be dealt with as per the law and the Constitution”. A breakthrough eluded investigators three days after the journalist’s murder outside her residence in Bengaluru. The Congress governs the state. Surjewala said, “There is a conspiracy to suppress the voice of the writers, journalists and activists.” In the three years of the BJP government, 10 journalists have been killed and 142 attacked across the country, he said, without giving further details.
ALSO READ Was Gauri Lankesh helping naxals surrender with state govt’s consent, asks Ravi shankar PrasadHe said that the BJP government at the Centre either disclose any evidence it has on Gauri’s alleged links with Naxals or stop spreading misinformation. “Why don’t they share if they have any such information with the Congress government of Karnataka and we will be happy to look at it. And if they do not have any such information, then they should stop this entire game of misinformation and maligning an independent journalist, who took on BJP and RSS leaders,” he said. When asked about the delay in the investigation into the 2015 killing of scholar M M Kalburgi in Karnataka, the Congress leader sought to deflect the question, and raised question about the delay in probe into the murder of Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra, ruled by the BJP.”The threads of both these murders are allegedly linked to a certain institution in Maharashtra against which no action has been taken so far,” he said. Many people have drawn parallels between the gunning down of Gauri and rationalists Dabholkar and Kalburgi. Surjewala said the killing of Lankesh was “celebrated” on the social media by several people who are followed by the prime minister on Twitter. He said this was sought to be justified by the BJP’s social media chief, who described it as a part of the freedom of expression of these people.The Congress leader also criticised Karnataka BJP MLA D N Jeevaraj for his statement that Gauri would have been alive if she hadn’t written against RSS and BJP. Prasad earlier showed copies of news reports of Gauri’s brother, Indrajit Lankesh, claiming that she had worked for the surrender of Naxalites, and asked why the Siddaramaiah government had not provided her security. “Indrajit Lankesh is on record having said publicly that his sister was working actively to ensure the surrender of Naxalites…so was she doing it with consent and approval of the state government…and if so why was she not provided adequate security?” Prasad asked at a press conference in New Delhi.It had also been said that Naxalites were unhappy with this. “Why was there such a security failure by the Congress government in Karnataka?” he added. On the attack on a journalist in Bihar, the Congress leader demanded a probe by either the CBI or a court-monitored SIT.PTI

Do BJP high command-RSS want to run Rajasthan by remote control?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A powerful RSS functionary Ramlal’s two-day Jaipur visit once again fuels a prevailing perception whether BJP high command–RSS wants to run Rajasthan through remote control. It may be a tragedy of circumstances that even after winning all 25 Lok Sabha seats for Narendra Modi, the lady Chief Minister of Rajasthan never got her “due” in the political matters related to Rajasthan, including the nomination of few MPs for the Central Cabinet. Since Narendra Modi’s took over, a “particular negative perception” has been tried to be circulated by a particular group of BJP leaders in New Delhi and Jaipur painting Chief Minister in a poor taste. The same impression continued after Amit Shah’s takeover of the party affairs. However, subsequently, by realising ground realities in Rajasthan, the Prime Minister started appreciating Vasundhara Raje’s developmental agenda and performance in the desert state.However, by taking a “U” turn, during his recent Udaipur visit, the Prime Minister did not demonstrate the same gesture, which again fueled the speculation about the future of the Chief Minister and there was a talk in power corridors about her likely induction in the Union Cabinet as the Defence Minister. But that did not happen and Raje returned from Delhi Darbar as the Chief Minister only. It only indicates that the BJP high command has finally reconciled with the ground realities in Rajasthan, where nothing much can be done in the party and the government, without actively taking the Chief Minister into confidence. Knowledgeable sources say that Amit Shah, during his Jaipur visit in July, had also given a similar report to the Prime Minister that it will not be advisable to change the leadership at this critical juncture, where only after one year, the party is going to face Assembly elections. However, it has been reportedly decided by the BJP high command and RSS to keep the Chief Minister into a “ceremonial confidence” and to take active participation in the decision making process related to party and government affairs in Rajasthan, which includes the distribution of Assembly tickets for the coming polls. Political observers feel that in this way, BJP high command and RSS is trying to take over the command at remote level.Another important aspect of this prevailing Rajasthan scenario is that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah know well that these days elections are not won by the Chief Ministers, they are being continuously won by a two-member team of Modi and Amit Shah. Everyone in the party, including the RSS, knows well that Amit Shah is an exceptional and brilliant combination of strategy and execution and on this pattern he is quite confident to sweep Rajasthan assembly polls like he did in UP. So, there is no harm to continue with the same Chief Minister, while trying to have a major say in the decision making process of the party.After org secy, BJP may get a new state chiefNow, with this background, Amit Shah has recently appointed one UP politician Chandrashekar as Organisation Secretary for the state BJP, who, along with V. Satish is going to play a key role in the appointments of remaining Chairmen, Boards and Councils and also in ticket distribution in the upcoming Assembly elections … and now one more powerful and trusted Amit Shah confident Ramlal is in the state capital for the last two days. During his stay, he had a crucial three-hour long meeting with the Chief Minister this afternoon at her residence, in which a variety of issues have reported to be discussed, which also includes the likely replacement of Ashok Parnami by some centrally “sponsored person”. There is a speculation that Ramlal has reportedly suggested four names for her consideration, which includes Gulab Chand Kataria, Om Birla, Arjun Meghwal etc. Similarly, Madam has also reportedly suggested the name of Shrichand Kripalani and may be Nihal Chand Meghwal. Ramlal also met a number of Ministers, MLAs and Local bodies’ Chairmen.In this entire process, interestingly, a low profile Bhupendra Yadav was also present, as a nominee of Amit Shah and also as a Rajasthan expert. Yadav maintains a very tactful balance between Raje, State BJP and local RSS leaders, though basically the job of “liaison” between Raje and RSS is being performed well by a hardcore loyalist Ashok Parnami and things have also improved considerably between RSS and the government. Therefore, in case of a likely shifting of Parnami from the party Chief’s post, Raje is likely to induct him as a powerful Minister in her cabinet. Now, the crux of the story is that Ramlal’s Jaipur visit, which is followed by his Karauli and Bharatpur visit on Friday, happens only to be a part of BJP high command’s well thought strategy to control Rajasthan affairs, especially in an election year, through remote control, but at the same time, also keeping the lady Chief Minister into confidence. In this context, political observers feel that this may be a distant dream for the party and RSS, while knowing well the style and functioning of the grassroots and powerful Chief Minister, where you may, of course have some “concessions and adjustments”, but can’t hijack or take away the crucial decision making process from the Chief Minister, at least in the area of ticket distribution and political appointments.

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