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My daughter’s name was Jyoti Singh, declares Nirbhaya’s mother

“We stand for child rights, but it is our right to know whether he has reformed or not,”said Dr Ranjana Kumari, activist and Director, CSR, to dna. She added, “we are against capital punishment and their should be a debate on it. However, one has to go by the law of the land, and according to that, we want the highest punishment for all accused.”

Nirbhaya’s parents Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi

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At a highly charged remembrance meeting for ‘Nirbhaya’ on the third anniversary of the December 16 gangrape, the mother of the victim asked that justice be done for her daughter, and that all accused, including the former juvenile be hanged. Asha Devi also publicly declared Nirbhaya’s name –Jyoti Singh –saying she was “not ashamed to name her”.Organised by a group of citizens calling themselves Justice Seekers, with the involvement of gender rights group Centre for Social Research (CSR), the demonstration brought together many public and political figures to commemorate Jyoti. In a palpably angry atmosphere, most of these big names repeated that justice had not been done, not to Nirbhaya nor to other women attacked and assaulted. The feeling seemed exacerbated by the fact the juvenile accused, now a 21 year old man is set to walk free after three years in a juvenile home.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We stand for child rights, but it is our right to know whether he has reformed or not,”said Dr Ranjana Kumari, activist and Director, CSR, to dna. She added, “we are against capital punishment and their should be a debate on it. However, one has to go by the law of the land, and according to that, we want the highest punishment for all accused.”Former police officer Kiran Bedi, Congresswomen Kiran Walia and Sharmishta Mukherjee, Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal, among others spoke out against the rates of crimes against women and the fact that nothing seemed to have changed in Delhi all these years. Mukherjee called for gender sensitisation at all levels, at home, in schools and offices, Walia pushed for closer monitoring of trials so that delays can be countered.Maliwal brought up cases of minor girls being gangraped as examples of the increasing crime rates, and her own investigations into delhi police data –only 9 accused were convicted in sexual assault cases in 2014 out of 11000 FIRs registered, and in Delhi’s only forensic lab, 1500 samples had gone bad potentially damaging many cases that could be on crimes against women.However, Maliwal was interrupted in her speech by Kumari; it seemed the latter, and other organisers, feared that Maliwal was being too confrontational against other parties.Jyoti’s mother too asked that rape not be politicised, instead her demands be met. All accused be hanged, all cases of sexual assault be fast tracked from the apex court to the lower court and the Nirbhaya fund be used to build more forensic laboratories in Delhi and other states. Kumari added another demand, that Jyoti’s parents be given protection. In the ongoing Parliament session, in Lok sabha, BJP Member of Parliament Hema Malini pronounced her sentence on the juvenile, saying his mind was “devilish”. She asked that he be treated as an adult for his crime as, according to her, he did more harm to Nirbhaya. This fact, though previously reported in the media, has been disputed by women’s groups and child rights’ activists based on the Juvenile Justice Boards’ observations.

Aamir Khan Intolerance Row: Woman commits suicide after husband criticizes actor

“Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan’s statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife,” said Mayank’s father, RP Pandey. Angered by her husband’s criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added.

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A dispute with her husband over remarks by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan saw a woman here committing suicide by consuming poison, her family members claimed. Police said they are investigating the alleged suicide by one Sonam Pandey and the claims by her family members that she took the extreme step as she was distressed by her husband’s comments mocking Khan. “Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan’s statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife,” said Mayank’s father, RP Pandey. Angered by her husband’s criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After a while, she started screaming and, when Mayank went to her help, he found her vomiting. It appears she consumed some poisonous substance. Sonam was rushed to the hospital, where she died later, Pandey said. When contacted, Kotwali police station inspector Praful Shrivastava said they were “investigating the matter and will proceed accordingly”. Khan had touched off a storm with his remarks earlier this week that his wife Kiran Rao had asked him whether they could settle abroad given the incidents of intolerance in the country.

Aamir Khan Row: BJP MLA Satish Mahana says Kiran Rao ‘wants to get strip-searched at American airports’

Reacting to Aamir Khan’s statement about intolerance, BJP MLA Satish Mahana from Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh suggested that perhaps Aamir’s wife Kiran Rao wanted to be strip-searched in an airport in America.

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Reacting to Aamir Khan’s statement about intolerance, BJP MLA Satish Mahana from Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh suggested that perhaps Aamir’s wife Kiran Rao wanted to be strip-searched in an airport in America, reported NavBharat Times. Perhaps, Mahana was referring to the incidents where people are strip-searched in airports to check if anyone is hiding any illegal substances.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, the BJP spokesman GVL Narsmiha Rao said “people of the country cutting across the entire spectrum felt offended by what Aamir Khan said a couple of days ago and the actor’s statement today “covers a wider issue where he talks about his love for the country.”Rao said “people of the country cutting across the entire spectrum felt offended by what Aamir Khan had said a couple of days ago…..I wish he was more careful about the statement.””Today, the youth of this country are in a positive frame of mind and they expect their national icons in any sphere of life to echo such positive sentiments…Presenting their own country in a negative light…certainly hurt the emotions of millions of people of this country,” he added. (Read: BJP says people across Indian offended by Aamir’s statement)At an event recently, Aamir Khan had said: “To complete my answer that there is a sense of fear more than there was earlier. I do feel there is a sense of insecurity. When I sit at home and talk to Kiran. (Wife) Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet… growing sense of despondency. You feel depressed, you feel low, why is it happening? This feeling exists in me too.”Responding to the criticism, Aamir Khan categorically ruled out leaving the nation. He said in a statement: “First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future. Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying,” he said. (Read: Aamir says those shouting obscenities are proving his point)

People across India offended by Aamir Khan’s statement: BJP

On Monday, the actor had voiced concern over growing instances of “intolerance” and kicked up a huge political row with his remarks at a function in Delhi on Monday about his wife Kiran Rao expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere.

BJP on Wednesday said Aamir Khan’s making it clear that he is not leaving India “covers a wider issue” and wished the actor had been “more careful” about his earlier statement.BJP spokesman G V L Narsimha Rao said “people of the country cutting across the entire spectrum felt offended by what Aamir Khan said a couple of days ago and the actor’s statement today “covers a wider issue where he talks about about his love for the country.”On Monday, the actor had voiced concern over growing instances of “intolerance” and kicked up a huge political row with his remarks at a function in Delhi on Monday about his wife Kiran Rao expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rao said “people of the country cutting across the entire spectrum felt offended by what Aamir Khan had said a couple of days ago…..I wish he was more careful about the statement.””Today, the youth of this country are in a positive frame of mind and they expect their national icons in any sphere of life to echo such positive sentiments…Presenting their own country in a negative light…certainly hurt the emotions of millions of people of this country,” he added.Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has said that India is “the safest place” for Bollywood star Aamir Khan and his family where he is loved and respected by Hindus and Muslims.”I don’t think India is an intolerant country. Some people in India are intolerant. You would not find any country which is 100 per cent tolerant. Some people in every country are intolerant….Both Hindus and Muslims love and respect him. I think that India is the safest place for Aamir Khan and his family,” Nasreen said.Filmmaker Ashok Pandit said “whatever clarification has come (from Aamir), not leaving the country and going is a different issue. I would ask Aamir Khan a question on the basic issue of tolerance and intolerance.”He said leaving the country and going is Aamir’s personal likes and dislikes. “Any body can leave and go and nobody would stop you. If you are saying that there is intolerance then I would like to know the reasons for it,” Pandit said.

Uncluttered for once: Why Rahul Gandhi’s oratory in Bengaluru is marked improvement from before

By Aravind S Kamal

Ridiculed by the Opposition for his drab speeches and ineffective political rallies for long, Rahul Gandhi seems to be finally getting it right. Bengaluru was witness to a resurgent Rahul. He seems to have undergone a transformation so far as oratory style is concerned.

When Rahul addressed the girls at the prestigious Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru on Wednesday, he showed clear signs of a much-desired paradigm shift in his attitude. Unlike in the past, he was at ease interacting with the well-informed girls. He took questions from them and gave answers that were realistic and convincing. He appeared more hands-on than ever before and proved that he was aware of his audience and their mind.

Are we seeing a changed Rahul? Will this work in favour of the Congress, which has no match in Rahul in oratory skills when compared to Prime Minister Narendra Modi? It is too early to arrive at a conclusion, but the Congress vice president’s changed approach would be appreciated by the Congress. For instance, it was evident that Rahul had made extensive research and homework before addressing the students.

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Rahul mentioned the names of three distinguished alumni of the Mount Carmel College – Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (CMD, Biocon Ltd), Margaret Alva (former Union minister) and Nirupama Rao (former foreign secretary). He was honest to admit to his audience that he looked up for the information on Wikipedia. He did not stop there. He, in fact, spoke to Kiran Mazumdar Shaw to understand the importance of Mount Carmel College in shaping her life, and repeated her response verbatim in front of the students. The students were impressed with this small info, and Rahul had already made an impression on them.

He was quick to remind the students that he was not there to deliver a sermon, but listen to them and their vision for a future India. He also recollected his entry into politics and the kind of challenges he faced. At times, Rahul looked more like a teacher trying to interface between life and philosophy with the students, and he was more or less successful.

This change was something that was not anticipated from Rahul. When compared to his speeches in the cow belt of India, his thought process and its presentation in front of girls in their 20s, was meticulous.

On Wednesday, he showed signs of evolving into a mature speaker who can understand the psyche of the youth as well as the target audience. He has to further consolidate this and convert it into his strength while addressing different audiences.
His body posture too appeared relaxed. To further connect the youth with women’s issues, he narrated a story from Andhra Pradesh about a woman from a self-help group  and about the troubles she faced from her alcoholic husband. Later, he connected it to the male-dominated Indian society where women are forced to become subservient. On the whole, Rahul held a grip over his thoughts and the audience.

He did not stop from taking a dig at Modi and his working style. “How can one person have all the answers? I want you all to be part of decision making in the country. I have seen India for too long to believe that one person can change the lives of 1.3 billion people,” he said particularly indirectly referring to Modi-centric image of the NDA government.

Rahul also touched upon a variety of topics, such as GST, the economy, Irom Sharmila, the Land Bill, healthcare budget, Swacch Bharat and many more. This is not the first time that Rahul has spoken on these topics, but he definitely showed this time that there was depth in his argument and his speech was well-crafted. It is to be seen if he can build on this further.

No intention of leaving country, proud to be Indian: Aamir Khan

Mumbai: Under fierce criticism from BJP and its allies over his remarks on intolerance, Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Wednesday asserted that he stood by what he had stated and that neither he nor his wife Kiran Rao have any intention to leave the country.

The 50-year-old Aamir, who drew flak from BJP and a section of film fraternity for expressing his “alarm and despondency” over the rise in recent incidents of intolerance, came out with a statement, saying he is “proud to be an Indian”.

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Aamir Khan. AFP

Hitting out at Aamir, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the “extreme reaction” given by the actor has not only “dented” the image of the country but also his own.

Joining his party colleagues who have been critical of Aamir’s comments, Javedekar said the reason why his party did not agree with the actor’s statement is because the country has a “legacy of tolerance”.

Another Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said tolerance is in India’s DNA and the actor need not leave the country, advising him to not come under the influence of “fabricated political propaganda”.

“Tolerance is in India’s DNA. There is no space for intolerance in the country. People don’t need to get influenced by fabricated political propaganda,” he tweeted.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Some are propagating wrong things some are coming under wrong propaganda. There is more tolerance in India. People of India are tolerant.”

The government had called Aamir’s comments alarmist, with ministers alleging a conspiracy to tarnish India’s image.

In his one-page statement, Aamir said,”First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future.

First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never…

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“Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying,” he said.

The actor had kicked up a political storm with his remarks at a function in Delhi on Monday about his wife expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere.

He had said, “Kiran and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India… She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be.”

A defiant Aamir showed no signs of relenting on Wednesday in the face of fresh attack.

“I stand by everything that I have said in my interview. To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and I do not need anyone’s permission nor endorsement for that,” he said.

Sources close to the actor denied media reports that Kiran was asked to leave Mumbai for a few days in view of the raging controversy. She is in Mumbai and has no plans to leave the city, the sources said.

BJP had hit out at Aamir, saying “Where will he and his family go other than India? There is no other better country like India and no better neighbour than a Hindu for an Indian Muslim. What is the situation in Muslim countries and Europe. There is intolerance everywhere.”

Shielding him from the attack, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had said the government should instead of branding all those who question it and the Prime Minister as “unpatriotic, anti-national or motivated” reach out to people to understand what’s disturbing them.

In his statement, Aamir said, “To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point.” He also thanked those who stood by him.

“To all the people who have stood by me, thank you. We have to protect what this beautiful and unique country of ours really stands for. We have to protect its integrity, diversity, inclusiveness, its many languages, its culture, its history, its tolerance, it’s concept of ekantavada, it’s love, sensitivity and its emotional strength,” he said.

The actor ended his statement by quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s famous poem, “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Where knowledge is free, Where the world has not been broken up into fragments, by narrow domestic walls, Where words come out from the depth of truth.

“Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection, Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way, Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit, Where the mind is led forward by thee, Into ever-widening thought and action, Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake,” signing off with “Jai Hind”.

Naqvi said, “There is nothing wrong as peace and harmony are prevailing in the country. So Aamir does not need to leave the country. He should stay back and should not come under the influence of fabricated political propaganda,” he added.

Deprecating the actor’s remarks, Javadekar said, “The statement of Aamir may have been his personal opinion but the country has been hurt by it to a large extent. If such an extreme reaction is given by a prominent artiste, then naturally some people get hurt and sad.

“The reason why we do not agree with the statement is because our country has a legacy of tolerance which is there even today. Not only has Aamir’s statement dented the image of the country but his own image has been dented,” he said.

Accusing the BJP of indulging in “fascist and discriminative” politics, the Samajwadi Party came out in open support of Aamir.

Senior SP leader and Cabinet minister Shivpal Singh Yadav told reporters in Jaunpur in UP, “Aamir does not need to leave the country. He can live anywhere in UP.”

Wading into the controversy, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said a “strong backlash” against Aamir only strengthened his views on intolerance.

“A strong backlash against @aamir_khan also amounts to #Intolerance. It would only strengthen his views on intolerance.”, Pawar said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Aamir Khan has no plans to move wife Kiran out of Mumbai after protests staged outside his residence

The 50-year-old actor is in the midst of a raging debate after he said that his wife had suggested moving abroad owing to sense of despondency and disquiet.
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Superstar Aamir Khan, who is in the thick of a controversy over his remarks on intolerance, has no plans to move his wife and son out of Mumbai for a few days out of concern over their safety, according to a source close to the actor.”No, please don’t pay attention to rumours,” a source close to Aamir said when asked about reports in this regard.Aamir has resumed shooting for his film Dangal in Ludhiana while his filmmaker wife Kiran is very much in Mumbai, the source said. The actor’s comments have drawn flak from the BJP as well as some Bollywood celebrities and activists of little known right wing outfit Hindu Sena on Tuesday staged a protest in front of his residence at Bandra in Mumbai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He (Aamir) is in Ludhiana shooting for his upcoming film “Dangal”. He will be there for a few days,” the source said.”She (Kiran) is here,” the source added without giving any further details.Also read: Aamir Khan says those shouting obscenities against him are proving his pointThe 50-year-old actor is in the midst of a raging debate after he said that his wife had suggested moving abroad owing to sense of despondency and disquiet.”Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me,” Aamir had said.”She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” he had said.

Sedition case filed against Aamir Khan, wife Kiran Rao in Bihar court

Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A complaint was filed in a court in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday against film star Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao under various sections including sedition over his remarks on intolerance.

The complaint was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sushma Trivedi.

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The court fixed December one for hearing into the matter.

Ojha stated in the complaint that he felt hurt hearing Aamir’s remarks.

The complaint was filed under sections 153 (A),(B) and 124 (A). 153 (A) pertains to promoting enemity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

153 (B) relates to imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration and Section 124 (A) relates to sedition.

Khan found himself in the eye of a raging storm after he commented last Monday in a programme, “Kiran and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India…She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be.”

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Political uproar over Aamir Khan remark

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s remarks on growing “intolerance” in India has sparked criticism, including from the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP.

Delhi filmmaker files complaint against Aamir Khan

Speaking to dna, the filmmaker, Ullhas PR, said he hoped that the celebrity fraternity takes notice of the complaint and avoids spreading fear and making loose remarks in the future.

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Reacting to Aamir Khan’s remarks on insecurity and fear in the country, a Delhi-based filmmaker on Tuesday filed a complaint against the Bollywood actor at a local police station here. The complaint was received and acknowledged by the police at the New Ashok Nagar police station in East Delhi. While no FIR was registered in this connection and senior officials of the Delhi police said further action will follow in accordance with law.Speaking to dna, the filmmaker, Ullhas PR, said he hoped that the celebrity fraternity takes notice of the complaint and avoids spreading fear and making loose remarks in the future.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I don’t want the actor to be punished. I just want the needful to be done to prevent such remarks which spread fear in the country,” he said.”We have received the complaint and are looking into it. Further action will follow in accordance with law,” DCP (East) B S Gurjar said.”I also live in the same society and don’t feel any fear. The actor should specify which society was he talking about and if there is enough evidence in his (Khan’s) statements then we all should come forward and do something about it,” the filmmaker said referring to the remarks made by Khan on society.Aamir Khan who on Monday spoke against intolerance, said that he was “alarmed” by a number of incidents and that his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. Khan said that there was a sense of growing insecurity and fear in the society in the last six months.”(Wife) Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers everyday. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” Khan had said.The filmmaker also shared his opinion on how the Bollywood actor should have responded to his wife when she expressed the desire to leave India. “The actor should have told his wife that he as a public figure and he will try to make India better instead of speaking about their discussion in public,” Ullhas said.”I am not doing this for publicity. I have filed complains against the Supreme Court for ‘misrepresentation’ of state emblem,” he said.The filmmaker had earlier in August approached the police for action against Khan for referring to police as ‘thulla’ in his film ‘PK’.

A stitch in time saves nine: Aamir Khan’s statement is neither hyperbolic nor motivated

Actor Aamir Khan chipped in on the debate over intolerance and expressed alarm and despondency over the rise in such cases in the last six to eight months. Khan added poignancy and alacrity to his assertions and further stated, “(Wife) Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” he said.

The context to Aamir Khan’s assertions is the growing chorus over intolerance and actual incidents of violence in India. The most prominent of these that hogged the headlines are the Dadri lynching of an elderly Muslim man and the murderous arson attack on a Kashmiri trucker. The former was mobbed and lynched over rumors of having stored beef in his house and the latter after the beef ban controversy erupted in Kashmir. Both were innocent victims of a whipped up mob frenzy; not isolated, vigilante attacks that could be brushed aside as aberrations.

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While there has been a wide ranging response to Aamir Khan’s assertions — ranging from the churlish and rude to the sober — Khan’s statements should focus and concentrate the minds of sober and thoughtful people.

Deconstructed, Aamir Khan’s statement is neither hyperbolic nor motivated.

Khan’s expression of alarm and then despondency is carefully thought out. He is a Muslim, in fact, a celebrity Muslim that many sections of the media have not ceased to tout as being representative of India’s secular and plural polity. Given the ubiquity of Aamir Khan and other assorted Khans in Bollywood and their celebrity nature, these people were inevitably plum pickings for propaganda and presenting a distorted picture of the Muslim condition in India. It needs to be pointed out here that the abysmal Muslim condition in India has been well documented to belabor any further discussion on Muslims in the country. Aamir — being an astute person — appears to know and understand his status and stature; hence the bombshell he drops. The propagandists have ‘egg on their face’. But this is not the main or major point of Aamir Khan’s assertions. It is more profound.

Essentially, Khan’s statements appear to be in the nature of a plea and need for course correction and review of the contemporary thrust and drift of the country’s polity and politics. It is not rocket science to understand and feel the undercurrents of multiple transitions that India is contemporarily undergoing. The major and the most significant transition is the ‘work in progress’ metamorphosis of the nature of the country’s polity and its politics. The premise of this metamorphosis is the political ideology that seeks to revert India to its ‘Hindu essence’. Admittedly reductive as all ideologies are, this ideology also seeks to ‘purify’ India of accretions and allegedly alien ideas and themes. Broken down and rudely stated, it seeks to cleanse India which, among other things, means the rule of the majority, a second or third class status for minorities especially Muslims and a more aggressive and chauvinistic posture-within and without. Or, in other words, a wholesale transformation and mutation of the idea of India – a new India of India that is Hindu in nature and essence.

This is the broad philosophical tour de force of the this ideology termed as Hindutva. The rest is mere corollary. That is, pedestrian application and crystallisation of this ideology into the entrails of the state, polity and society in India. Axiomatically, the fallout and consequence of all this would be intolerance. And once intolerance sets in and is not offered a contrapuntal and corrective, it becomes normative. It is to these normative implications and consequences of intolerance that Aamir Khan is throwing his status and eminence to. And it should be read and understood against this perspective. Laying out, delineating and deconstructing Aamir Khan’s statement in this essay is not in the nature of a defense of the man; it is an explication of the statement as I understand these to be. I then validate and whole heartedly endorse what Aamir Khan is stating and implying and that is , ‘a stitch in time saves nine’.

Intolerance row: BJP hits out at Aamir Khan, Opposition backs the actor

A day after Bollywood actor Aamir Khan joined the chorus of intelligentsia against growing intolerance, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday lashed out at the actor and said his statement hurt the sentiments of the people of India.

Actor Aamir Khan speaks at the 8th edition of Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi on Monday.

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A day after Bollywood actor Aamir Khan joined the chorus of intelligentsia against growing intolerance, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday lashed out at the actor and said his statement hurt the sentiments of the people of India.”We all love Aamir Khan. He is a great actor, who makes even greater movies. But it’s hard to agree with him when he says that India is intolerant. This is ‘Incredible India’ which can never be intolerant. ‘Qayamat se Qayamat tak’ (forever and ever) India will love her people,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Questioning the actor, who had been the face of the ‘Incredible India’ campaign, Patra asked as to how could the nation which treated outsiders like gods, hurt her own people.Stating that all this debate is misplaced, Union Minister Kiran Rijiju said, “There are issues which (the) society as whole needs to come together and address. But to just make a blatant statement that during NDA rule country has become intolerant, unnecessarily tarnishes image of nation.”Fellow industry colleague, Anupam Kher also lashed out at Aamir Khan. Taking to the micro-blogging website, Kher tweetedMeanwhile, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari slammed Khan saying that the Bollywood actor was free to leave the country if he was so afraid of the prevailing situation.However, opposition have come out in support of the Bollywood actor.The Congress said, what the actor is saying, the whole world is saying and asked the current dispensation to pay heed to the message.”What Aamir Khan, one of the most respected actor, has said in the presence of many senior BJP people is what the whole world is saying, all of India is saying, all right- minded people are saying,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has backed Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for his views on rising intolerance in the nation and urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government to take steps to instil a sense of security among citizens.”Every word that @aamir_khan said is so true. I admire him for speaking up,” Kejriwal tweeted.”BJP shud stop silencing voices thro abuses n threats. Its high time centrl govt took concrete steps 2 instil sense of security amngst people,” he said in another tweet.Speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Aamir had said, “As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents.”He also said,”When I chat with Kiran at home, she says ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me,” 50-year-old Aamir said.(With ANI/PTI inputs)

Aamir Khan joins ‘intolerance’ debate, says wife Kiran Rao even suggested leaving India

“As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents,” Khan said

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Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Monday joined the chorus of intelligentsia against growing intolerance, saying he has been “alarmed” by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. He also virtually supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards.”As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents,” he said while speaking here at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: How Shah Rukh Khan’s comments exposed the right-wing fringeThe actor said he also feels that the sense of insecurity and fear has been growing in the past six or eight months.”When I chat with Kiran at home, she says ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me,” 50-year-old Aamir said.Related read: Being Silent? Salman Khan not ‘aware’ of Shah Rukh Khan’s remarks on intoleranceThe actor said for any society, it is important to have a sense of security and sense of justice. Taking potshots at politicians, he said, “… People who are our elected representatives, people who we select to look after us for five years, state or centre… when people take law into their hands, we look upon these people to take a strong stance, to make a strong statement, speed up the legal process, when we see that happening there is a sense of security but when we don’t see that happening there is a sense of insecurity.”Endorsing the move by scientists, writers and filmmakers to return their awards to register their protest against the atmosphere of growing intolerance, he said for creative people it is important to voice what they feel.”A number of creative people — historians, scientists — increasingly had a certain feeling in them, which they felt they need to express. For creative people, one of the ways of expressing their dissatisfaction or their disappointment is to return their awards. I think that’s one way of getting your point across,” he said.Read: Amitabh Bachchan speaks up on ‘growing intolerance’, says Indian films taught to banish communal prejudicesWhen asked whether he endorsed the protests by the people, Aamir said he would as long as it is non-violent as “all individuals have a right to protest and they can protest in any manner that they feel is right as long as they are not taking the law into their hands.”

Wife suggested moving out of India: Aamir Khan on intolerance

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Monday joined the chorus of intelligentsia against growing intolerance, saying he has been “alarmed” by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country.

He also virtually supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards.

Aamir Khan. AFPAamir Khan. AFP

Aamir Khan. AFP

“As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents,” he said while speaking here at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.

The actor said he also feels that the sense of insecurity and fear has been growing in the past six or eight months.

“When I chat with Kiran at home, she says ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day.

“That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me,” 50-year-old Aamir said.

The actor said for any society, it is important to have a sense of security and sense of justice.

Taking potshots at politicians, he said “… People who are our elected representatives, people who we select to look after us for five years, state or centre… when people take law into their hands, we look upon these people to take a strong stance, to make a strong statement, speed up the legal process, when we see that happening there is a sense of security but when we don’t see that happening there is a sense of insecurity.”

Endorsing the move by scientists, writers and filmmakers to return their awards to register their protest against the atmosphere of growing intolerance, he said for creative people it is important to voice what they feel.

“A number of creative people – historians, scientists – increasingly had a certain feeling in them, which they felt they need to express. For creative people, one of the ways of expressing their dissatisfaction or their disappointment is to return their awards. I think that’s one way of getting your point across,” he said.

When asked whether he endorsed the protests by the people, Aamir said he would as long as it is non-violent as “all individuals have a right to protest and they can protest in any manner that they feel is right as long as they are not taking the law into their hands.”

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Wife of Delhi ACP who committed suicide succumbs to injuries

Amit never showed any signs of being worked up or stressed. It appears the argument that took place between the couple was very sudden and so was the reaction, said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell.

The mystery into the alleged suicide of an assistant commissioner of Delhi police deepened further as the wife of the deceased cop today succumbed to her injuries which she had received after jumping from the fourth floor of the apartment building in Noida.The wife, Sarita, had allegedly jumped out of the verandah after seeing her husband shoot himself to death on Monday. Investigators had been speculating that the ACP, identified as Amit Singh (30), might have been having domestic issues with his wife. forcing him to take the extreme step. Police, however, were left baffled after parents of the couple said that were no signs of a marital discord and the couple had recently gone on a vacation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Amit never showed any signs of being worked up or stressed. It appears the argument that took place between the couple was very sudden and so was the reaction,” said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell. With no eye-witness’s in the case, Uttar Pradesh police had been hoping statement of the wife would be instrumental in cracking the case.”We had planned to record the statement of the wife but unfortunately she passed away this afternoon,” said Kiran S, SSP Noida. The 18-month-old daughter of the couple, who was present at the apartment at the time of the incident, has been handed over to the grandparents, the SSP added.Other than the family, the only witness are a few neighbours who had entered the flat on hearing a single gunshot. The neighbours told police that when they entered the flat they saw the bloodied body of Singh and a shocked Sarita who first tried to shoot herself from the same service revolver with which her husband had shot himself. The timely intervention of the neighbours bought her a few minutes following which she jumped out of the building.Sarita suffered multiple fractures on her limbs and grievous injuries on head and neck. Questioning of neighbours has also not proved of much help as the couple barely knew them. The couple had moved into the new apartment only last week. “We will have to explore other possibilities to get to the heart of the case,” said Kiran S. Sources in Delhi police mobile phone companies have been contacted and told to send records of call history of the couple. The mobiles of both the deceased have been taken in as evidence and text messages will be checked for possible evidence.

ISRO releases book on Indian Space Programme

It said the meet deliberated on the mission challenges during the past one year of spacecraft operations around Mars and also on the data received from the five payloads of the spacecraft.

ISRO had released the Mars Atlas to mark the feat of the Orbiter whose life is now expected to last many more years.

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday released a book on Indian Space Programme “From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet” to commemorate second anniversary of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft launch. On the second anniversary of the launch of the spacecraft, a technical meet was organised today at Mission Operations Complex, the location of Spacecraft Control Centre in the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Bangalore, ISRO said in a release.It said the meet deliberated on the mission challenges during the past one year of spacecraft operations around Mars and also on the data received from the five payloads of the spacecraft. ISRO had launched the Mars Orbiter Mission’s spacecraft on its nine-month long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has successfully completed one year in orbit around Mars on September 24, 2015. ISRO had released the Mars Atlas to mark the feat of the Orbiter whose life is now expected to last many more years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ISRO said on the occasion of the second anniversary of the launch of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, a book “From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet” was released by Prof U R Rao, Chairman, PRL Council and Former Chairman, ISRO, in the presence of A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, Dr K Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, ISRO and many distinguished dignitaries of ISRO. This comprehensive compendium traces the evolution of India’s satellite, launch vehicle and application programmes from a historical perspective, it added.Chief Editor of the book is P V Manoranjan Rao, and its Associate Editors are BN Suresh and V P Balagangadharan, all retired ISRO Scientists. Speaking on the occasion, Kiran Kumar said the book places on record the innovative approach adopted by ISRO right from the beginning to develop space technologies for national development. He also stressed the need for ISRO to shoulder new responsibilities in the contemporary times. ISRO said during its journey around Mars, the spacecraft has sent hundreds of Mars images including numerous full disc images of Mars, because of the unique elliptical orbit in which it was placed; and data sent by other four payloads (scientific instruments) of the spacecraft is being systematically analysed. It said Mars Orbiter Spacecraft is now circling the Red Planet in an orbit with a periareion (nearest point to Mars) of 311 km and an apoareion (farthest point to Mars) of 71,311 km, and the spacecraft health is normal. European Space Agency (ESA) of European consortium, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US and Roscosmos of Russia are the only three other agencies which had so far sent their missions to Mars. Only 21 of the total of 51 missions sent to Mars by various countries have been successful before MOM. The Mars mission of the ISRO is aimed at establishing the country’s capability to reach the red planet and focus on looking for the presence of methane, an indicator of life in Mars. The life of the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft which now ISRO says can last “many years” was earlier intended for only six months, and later extended for another six months in March this year. The Rs 450-crore Mangalyaan is the cheapest inter-planetary mission that, at just USD 74 million, costs less than the estimated USD 100 million budget of the sci-fi blockbuster “Gravity” and a tenth of NASA’s Mars mission Maven that entered the Martian orbit couple of days before MOM.

Give Sonia Bharat Ratna for helping Modi to come to power: Sahitya Akademi award winner Kiran Nagarkar

Mumbai: Sahitya Akademi award winning writer Kiran Nagarkar on Saturday joined the voices against Dadri lynching and other “incidents of intolerance” but blamed Congress President Sonia Gandhi for “paving the way” for Narendra Modi‘s ascension as the Prime Minister.

In a sarcastic note, he said, “I want to say that our Prime Minister should give Sonia Gandhi the Bharat Ratna, because without her help, these people (BJP) wouldn’t have been able to come to power.”

Kiran Nagarkar. IBN Live

Kiran Nagarkar. IBN Live

Nagarkar, who received the 2001 Sahitya Akademi award for his book “Cuckold” (1997), did not spare Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi from his remarks either.

“Then there is our Rahul baba. About him, less said the better,” the 73-year old writer, known for the Ravan and Eddie trilogy, said during an interaction organised by a Marathi TV channel.

“The Dadri incident was terrible. There should have been a large scale opposition after that,” Nagarkar said.

“We have woken up albeit late,” he said.

“You kill a person, injure his son and after two to three weeks you say, yes, what happened wasn’t right,” the noted novelist, playwright, film and drama critic said.

It is not as if no voice was raised against similar incidents when Congress was in power, he said.

“Though law and order is the responsibility of the state, the fact is Modi is the Prime Minister. Doesn’t he have any responsibility? Modi reacted when caught in a tangle over Dadri but did that have a feeling of pain?” Nagarkar said.

“Those who do politics in the name of Hindu religion don’t have any idea about the greatness of our country and Hindu religion,” he said.

Asked if he would return the Sahitya Akademi award, Nagarkar said, “I had written to the Akademi and later decided to wait. In the meantime, the Akademi published a clarification. If it comes to that (returning the award), I won’t return even a paisa of the award. I will spend that money on education of children of prostitutes.”

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Dadri lynching: Situation getting back to normal in Bishara, claims DM

Singh along with SSP Kiran S visited Bishara and nearby villages to take stock of the situation in the area. In a late night statement issued here, the Gautam Buddh Nagar DM claimed that the situation was getting back to normal with locals going about with their routine work.

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Situation in Dadri’s Bishara village, where a 50-year-old man was bludgeoned to death over rumours of eating beef, is gradually limping back to normalcy with shops reopening and villagers returning back to their routine life, District Magistrate N P Singh said on Tuesday night.Singh along with SSP Kiran S visited Bishara and nearby villages to take stock of the situation in the area. In a late night statement issued here, the Gautam Buddh Nagar DM claimed that the situation was getting back to normal with locals going about with their routine work.”Situation is normal. It will further improve and complete normalcy will be achieved once visitors stop coming to Bishara and media vans also leave the area,” he said. Schools too functioned normally, Singh, who has been camping in the area and monitoring the law and order situation there, said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The DM directed officers to take strict action against people who try to disturb the communal harmony. The district administration has also formed six peace committees to maintain communal harmony in the area. Elderly people and other distinguished persons from both communities of the village are members of the peace committees.

Pilot projects for single-window help to sex workers proves successful

A small room in Ramnagar, in the drought-prone Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, is the venue of a meeting. The babel of voices subsides as the meeting is called to order. The women, dressed in colourful saris and matching cholis are of all ages. Some look quite poor, others, the younger ones, have what is obviously new gold glittering on their ear lobes. They could well be a group of housewives; there is nothing to set them apart from any other woman in the houses around the area. In actuality, they are all professionals, and discriminated against because of their profession: that of offering sex for money.

Discrimination leads to deprivation. Older women find the clients dwindling, and with no alternative source of income available, are reduced to penury. Though the government has a number of schemes that sex workers can access to improve the quality of their lives, few are made available to them. Whether it is a widow’s pension, or the National Family Benefit Scheme, the Right to Education scheme for her children, or health benefits, especially if she is afflicted with HIV, lack of knowledge about her rights as an Indian citizen, and stigmatisation of the profession by society and officialdom in general end up denying a sex worker access to schemes. As Mahalakshmi, one of the younger women put it, “We did not know whether we would ever live a life with dignity.”

Mahalakshmi.Mahalakshmi.

Mahalakshmi.

Mahalakshmi is 30 years old. Dressed in a white sari with a green border and matching green blouse, her mangalsutra and green bangles proclaim her marital status. Articulate and exuding a strange mix of bold and demure, she narrates to those present how things are changing and how even marginalised women like sex workers can now hope to live a better life. She quotes her own example. From being the wife of an abusive alcoholic who, at 19, was led into sex work which she adopted as a way of life to feed her three children and which ruined her health, Mahalakshmi today is a financially secure mother of educated children, with a leadership role in helping other sex workers get their rights.

When her failing health forced her to seek medical aid, Mahalakshmi sought out Hands, an NGO which counselled her about safe sex, the need to educate her children and other aspects of safety. “I realised there were so many like me, and I could help them by sharing what I had learned.” Her chatty demeanour helped her reach out easily enough to other sex workers, and soon they formed a core group to dispense information on health issues to peer groups. By 2006, Mahalakshmi had joined Hands and in 2009 she was a founder member of a community-based organisation that addresses the concerns of sex workers. “2009 was a crucial year, when collectives of women sex workers were formed,” she explains.

The story that led to Mahalakshmi’s empowerment started on Republic Day in 2014 in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh when the pilot project of the ‘ single window initiative was launched.

Two years earlier, the ball had been set rolling. A consultation with 13 government departments was initiated by the Centre For Advocacy and Research (CFAR) in Hyderabad on how to bring sex workers into the mainstream. A survey was initiated by CFAR in Rajamundry a year later. It explored, for the first time, why sex workers were so marginalised as to be denied access to schemes they had a right to. When state level directives were sent out, district collectors came forward.

The ‘Varadhi’ scheme started the same year. Women who headed the town level collectives of sex workers stared by NGOs like Hands were asked to join forces under the ‘Varadhi’ umbrella. “As an active member who was mobilising members of the community, I joined ‘Varadhi’ as a coordinator for Guntakal and Gutti region,” Mahalakshmi explains. Soon she would be actively involved in all CFAR programmes.

The ‘Varadhi’ project uses a simple system to help sex workers access welfare schemes.

A distinctive blue file identifies applications from the sex workers’ community. Coordinators educate community members about relevant schemes and ensure the necessary documents are filed before carrying the file to the administration. This ensures there are no delays over missing documents and ensures the anonymity of the applicant. The administration, on its part, has agreed to fast track such files, with a response made available to the applicant within 15 days. CFAR maintains an MIS on each file, and follow up action is overseen and monitored.

Thanks to this ‘Single Window’ project, women from the community do not have to knock on the windows of many departments.

Jamini from Guntakal is one beneficiary who tells us how it worked for her. Jamini wanted a loan that could be made available to her as a person living with HIV. But the double stigma of being a sex worker and HIV positive was a deterrent. Through interactions with Mahalakshmi, Jamini realised she was eligible for the PL-HIV loan for economic activity, besides three other benefit schemes she was entitled to as a member of a scheduled caste, for being a widow and for her daughter’s education.

Today, blessed by the ‘blue file’s’ efficacy, Jamini runs a cloth shop that has made her economically stable enough to pay back instalments of the loan and buy medication for her treatment. She is watching her 16-year-old doing well in her studies in the 12th class. “The Aadhaar card came in a month; it took five to six months for the loan, but now I am able to apply for more help for my girl’s future education,” Jamini says.

Being nomads of a sort, sex workers often rely on Aadhaar cards as a form of identification in government circles. The ration card is practically non-existent, or follows the Aadhaar, they explain. “Having an Aadhaar card makes these women visible and gives them an identity as human beings and citizens; it has an amazing value in their eyes,” Ravi Kiran explains. Coming from the community, Ravi Kiran has great understanding and empathy and works with CFAR for mainstreaming the community in a number of districts.

Other women have managed to get plots of land and pensions, all of which was denied to them by uncaring officials who gave them cold stares and rude comments.

In sharp contrast, local officials who have joined the meeting on this particular morning, listen to problems still pending, and offer advice on how to solve them. The mood is friendly and cooperative. “Today we are rights holders interacting with officials who are duty bearers,” a woman explains smiling broadly.

Persuading parents to educate their children, finding safe hostels for girls if the fathers are alchoholic, getting children admissions to schools and sensitising the police towards better treatment of sex workers are some of roles performed by coordinators such as Mahalakshmi.

One telling incident about the scope of her work includes an incident where she took on rogue traffic policemen who attacked, physically abused and raped a few sex workers who had gone from Anantpur to Gutti to work the highway, where truck drivers were the main customers. The policemen stole the women’s mobile phones too. Unable to seek help in a new place, they finally reached a hospital for first aid. That was when they were advised to approach Mahalakshmi who was in Gutti at that time. Wasting no time, Mahalakshmi lodged a complaint at the DSP level. Action was promptly taken; the women were given free medical aid, and two of the policemen were suspended and the others who had not directly been involved were let off with a stern warning.

Like many other coordinators, Mahalakshmi continues to live in the community, and be a ‘friend and leader ‘ to her ‘sisters’ even though she now has financial stability and her children are being educated for ultimately finding mainstream employment.

The success of the two pilot ‘single window’ projects has been submitted to the government. Hopefully, the pilot will evolve into a nationwide reality soon.

Madhya Pradesh: Tiger carcass seized; two suspected poachers arrested

A tiger carcass has been seized and two poachers suspected to be connected to an international gang engaged in selling off tiger body parts abroad have been arrested.

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A tiger carcass has been seized and two poachers suspected to be connected to an international gang engaged in selling off tiger body parts abroad have been arrested.”We have arrested Anil Rai (24) and Balakram Uike (40) on the charge of poaching a tiger reportedly with the help of an electric trap in the buffer zone of Madhya Pradesh’s Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR),” Seoni Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Sanjay Shukla said in Seoni on Tuesday.”On late September 27 night, we exhumed the carcass minutes after detaining the poachers, living in the buffer zone of the Pench Tiger Reserve. They had buried the tiger some 15 to 20 days ago,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are looking for the mastermind behind the local poaching gang who is absconding. We are trying hard to arrest him and we anticipate that he will spill the beans regarding the modus operandi of his gang,” Pench Tiger Reserve Deputy Director Kiran Bisen told PTI.”We are keeping a close watch on his residence,” she said.When asked about unconfirmed reports that two to three more tigers have been poached in and around PTR in the recent past, she said, “We too have got such information. We are looking into it seriously from all angles.”About the local gang connection with some international gang, Kiran said that it is possible as the tiger parts have takers in foreign lands.According to sources close to investigators, two accused have told the forest department officials of killing one more tiger in the recent past. However, the forest officials are tight-lipped about it.

Why ISRO’s GSAT-6 launch is significant for India

ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar Reddy said, “GSLV-D6 success shows that the January 2014 launch using an indigenous cryogenic was not a fluke.”

ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar Reddy said, “GSLV-D6 success shows that the January 2014 launch using an indigenous cryogenic was not a fluke.”

India’s space mission as well as communications endeavour got another boost as ISRO successfully launched GSAT-6 satellite. The satellite launched through GSLV D6 has been successfully placed in geosynchronous orbit. This is only the third time the indigenous Cyrogenic Upper Stage (CUS) is being carried by the vessel GSLV.The 29-hour countdown for its began on Wednesday at 11.52 am after the Mission Readiness Review (MRR) committee and Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) cleared the starting of the countdown.The Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 carrying GSAT-6 was launched at 4.52 pm today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scientists at the Space Centre keenly watched and monitored the mission at the every stage. Following its success, an elated ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar Reddy said, “GSLV-D6 success shows that the January 2014 launch using an indigenous cryogenic was not a fluke.” The GSLV had earlier launched GSAT-14 ​in January 2014 into the orbit. This is the fifth time GSLV is carrying satellite over two tonnes. Three of the earlier missions had failed.Why the mission’s success is significant to ISRO and IndiaThe significance of cryogenic is that it provides more thrust for every kilogram of propellant burnt. The success of using the GSLV will reduce ISRO’s cost for such missions. ISRO was earlier using European Ariane launchers whose launch fee itself was pegged to be around Rs 500 crore. The ISRO now try to launch another satellite in first half of 2016.The GSAT-6 satelliteGSAT-6 is the 25th geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO and 12th in the GSAT series. GSAT-6 provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users, ISRO said. The mission life of the satellite is nine years. The cuboid shaped GSAT-6 has a lift-off mass of 2117 kg. Of this, propellants weigh 1132 kg and the dry mass of the satellite is 985 kg, it added. One of the advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite is its S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6 m diameter. This is the largest satellite antenna realised by ISRO.The antenna is utilised for five spot beams over the Indian mainland. The spot beams exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency ISRO said after satellite’s injection into GTO (Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit) by GSLV-D6, ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan takes control of GSAT-6 and performs the initial orbit raising manoeuvres by repeatedly firing the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) on board the satellite, finally placing it in the circular Geostationary Orbit.After this, deployment of the antenna and three axis stabilisation of the satellite will be performed. GSAT-6 will be positioned at 83 deg East longitude.

Mumbai: Half the policemen in coastal station don’t know how to swim

We have around 230 policemen who don’t know to swim or some who are not confident. We have already identified them and have started their training. We intend to train them in three months and have sought naval help, said deputy commissioner of police (port zone), Kiran Chavan.

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Those who know how to swim are the ones who sink. If proverbs don’t lie, more than half the policemen posted in Mumbai’s coastal police station will never sink in their lives. Out of the 450 policemen in the stations, around 230 don’t know to swim! The admission comes from the Mumbai police themselves, after a recent coastal security audit.”We have around 230 policemen who don’t know to swim or some who are not confident. We have already identified them and have started their training. We intend to train them in three months and have sought naval help,” said deputy commissioner of police (port zone), Kiran Chavan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bad luck has been haunting the coastal police right from day one. The idea of coastal policing was born after the 26/11 terror attacks. Security around the 114-km coastline of Mumbai is of topmost priority to the Mumbai police as they are the first responders to any incident in the sea till 12 nautical miles, along with the Coast Guard.So, the government decided to set up two coastal police stations in the city. The first one came up in Mahim. The second? Don’t ask. Last heard, the Mumbai police were still scouting for a place in the Western suburbs.Then came August 2009. The Mumbai police decided to buy four sealegs (amphibious patrol boats) from a New-Zealand based firm for Rs 1.6 crore. The sealegs came and they were commissioned into service in November 2009.But soon after, they developed a snag. When the police tried to repair them, they found that the contract with the New Zealand company has not been renewed.dna spoke to V Balachandran, former special secretary, cabinet secretariat, and retired 1959 batch IPS officer in order to find out what’s really happening.”Coastal security in the city is in complete shambles. Policemen who come from Marathwada and Vidarbha have never seen water. When they are posted at sea, they face psychological problems,” he says.”I also believe that the state police are not equipped to look into coastal security. One can’t train an officer for sea patrolling. By the time he is ready to patrol, he is transferred from the police station,” he said.A Mumbai police officer showed how serious the situation is, recalling an incident: “Many times, terrorists do dry runs like transporting goats in dhows. One of them was intercepted in 2013. Those on the boat had satellite phones. We have also come across several cases of diesel smuggling mid-water. In many Sagar Kavach operations, dummy terrorists had managed to sneak in. It is important for the Maharashtra government to wake up from its slumber and secure the coast.”

Congress demands probe into ‘spying’, phone tapping allegations made by Anil Vij

In a statement issued, Kiran Choudhary said “spying on own ministers showed that there was rift in the Khattar Cabinet and it was widening by the day”.

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The Congress demanded a thorough probe into the allegations of “spying” and “phone tapping” levelled by Haryana Health minister Anil Vij and Leader of the opposition in the state assembly Abhay Chautala.Senior Congress leader and chief of the party’s legislature group Kiran Choudhary on Sunday said that “spying and phone tapping” of senior cabinet ministers and opposition leaders “is an act of desperation borne out of the state government’s “total and abject failure” to fulfill any of the promises made to the people in the run-up to the assembly polls.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a statement issued, Choudhary said “spying on own ministers showed that there was rift in the Khattar Cabinet and it was widening by the day”.She strongly condemned the “spying” and “tapping” the phones and demanded a thorough investigation into the charges levelled by the Health Minister and Leader of the Opposition.”After doing virtual somersaults on its promises during the last nine months, the BJP Government has now taken to spying which brings out the saffron party in true colours,” Choudhry alleged.On July 24, Vij had caught a ‘CID official’ allegedly “spying” outside his office, although the state DGP had clarified that such personnel are deployed as per standard procedure to keep an eye on people visiting Ministers.Yesterday, the senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala had charged the Manohar Lal Khattar government with tapping his phone and spying on him as well.

Degree row: Congress protests at Jantar Mantar, demands Smriti Irani’s resignation

“She should resign morally, instead of getting into legal fight,” Congress leader Kiran Walia said.

The Congress Party staged a protest at the Jantar Mantar here on Thursday against Union Human Resources and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani for providing false information about her educational qualification to the Election Commission of India. “BJP should take action. Smriti Irani is the education minister and when Delhi University will conduct enquiry on her degree, then how can we be assured that the investigation will not be biased. That is why she must resign and that is our only demand,” Congress leader Ajay Maken told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “She should resign morally, instead of getting into legal fight,” Congress leader Kiran Walia said. A Delhi court yesterday took cognizance of a complaint filed against the latter for allegedly giving false information about her educational qualification. The trial court has fixed August 28 as the next date for recording pre-summoning evidence in the complaint filed against Irani.

Malvani Hooch tragedy: Supplier remanded in police custody till July 3

“He has been remanded in police custody till July 3,” said public prosecutor Kiran Bendbar. The crime branch of Mumbai police told the court that it wanted his custody to find out various details such as since how long he had been in this business.

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A local court on Wednesday remanded Mansoor Ali alias Atiq, the alleged supplier of illicit liquor which claimed lives of 102 persons in suburban Malvani last week, in police custody till July 3. Atiq was arrested from Seelampur in Delhi.”He has been remanded in police custody till July 3,” said public prosecutor Kiran Bendbar. The crime branch of Mumbai police told the court that it wanted his custody to find out various details such as since how long he had been in this business.”We want to know whether he buys or manufactures the liquor. We have got information that Ali has an interstate gang and we need to investigate that,” said a crime branch official. The police also said that Ali sourced the raw materials from Gujarat and Rajasthan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He will be interrogated regarding whether he still has the stock of the hooch supplied in Malvani. We also want to know if he has sold the liquor to anybody else,” said the official. So far, eight persons have been arrested in the case.

Mumbai hooch tragedy: Local court remands accused to police custody till 3 July

Mumbai: A local court on remanded Mansoor Ali alias Atiq, the alleged supplier of illicit liquor which claimed lives of 102 persons in suburban Malvani last week, in police custody till 3 July.

Atiq was arrested on Tuesday from Seelampur in Delhi.

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Representational image. AFP

“He has been remanded in police custody till 3 July,” said public prosecutor Kiran Bendbar.

The crime branch of Mumbai police told the court that it wanted his custody to find out various details such as since how long he had been in this business.

“We want to know whether he buys or manufactures the liquor. We have got information that Ali has an interstate gang and we need to investigate that,” said a crime branch official.

The police also said that Ali sourced the raw materials from Gujarat and Rajasthan.

“He will be interrogated regarding whether he still has the stock of the hooch supplied in Malvani. We also want to know if he has sold the liquor to anybody else,” said the official.

So far, eight persons have been arrested in the case.

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23-year-old Hyderabad student shot dead by unidentified men in Florida for refusing phone

Four rounds were fired at Sai Kiran around 12.15 pm on Sunday after he refused to give his mobile phone which was demanded by the assailants, his uncle Shravan Kumar said.

23-year-old Sai Kiran

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A 23-year-old student from Hyderabad was on Sunday shot dead allegedly by unidentified men in the United States, the victim’s relatives said.Four rounds were fired at Sai Kiran around 12.15 pm on Sunday after he refused to give his mobile phone which was demanded by the assailants, his uncle Shravan Kumar said.”We received information from his friends that some people demanded his phone on which he was already talking. His friend on the other end of the call heard four rounds of gun shots being fired. We are awaiting more details,” Kumar told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The incident happened near Sai Kiran’s residence in Florida, he said, adding that he had gone to the States one-and-a-half-month ago.

Parrikar’s aam aadmi avatar: Defence Minister gets Facebook love for standing in queue at wedding

Among the heightened concerns over the growing VIP culture in Indian politics, even a small gesture of modesty comes as a surprise.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Facebook Kiran Chitnis

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was spotted standing in a queue among the public at a wedding in Pune. The images of the same were posted on Facebook by user Kiran Chitnis and went viral.

Chitnis writes that she and her mother were at a wedding where her mother bumped into the Defense minister.

“What hasn’t changed is Manohar bhai’s humility in his journey from being my home state’s chief minister to the defence minister of our Nation. Standing in queue without any chamchas, no sense of air or superiority when mingling with public are just few of his immense qualities.” writes Chitnis.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Facebook Kiran Chitnis

Even the security was left outside the venue while Parrikar interacted with the guests.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Facebook Kiran Chitnis

As of writing this piece, the

Facebook post has more than 15000 likes and 12000 shares.

“When he was Goa CM, he went to office on scooty with no body guards or anything. He is fantastic,” writes one user in the comments.

“There are very few good exceptions like him, else vvip is culture is widespread even with current government,” writes another.

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Clearly Parrikar’s one hunble, simple act has won a lot of praise on social media.

‘ISRO should become economically viable, earn more revenue’

Tirunelveli: Claiming that commercial wings of space research organisations around the world were growing at a rapid speed, ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar on Friday said ISRO should become more economically viable and earn more revenue by exploiting its space programmes commercially.

The Isro headquarters in Bangalore. AFPThe Isro headquarters in Bangalore. AFP

The Isro headquarters in Bangalore. AFP

He was addressing a national level seminar on “Space Organisations and Research programmes” at the Liquid Propulsion Systems centre at Mahendragiri near Tirunelveli.

The non-government organisations would be encouraged to join ISRO in exploiting its programmes commercially, he said, adding that ISRO should become more economically viable and earn more revenue.

ISRO would focus on more research activities. It would encourage commercial activities of space programmes and ensure that India was among the countries which made commercially exploitable space programmes under ‘Make in India’ programme, he said.

He also sought suggestions from scientists for exploiting space research programmes. He said research activities in ISRO had been computerised.

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Dornier Aircraft crash: Body of Lt Kiran Shekhawat found

Panaji: The body of Lt Kiran Shekhawat was today recovered from the fuselage of the ill-fated Dornier Aircraft of the Navy which had crashed during a flying sortie off the Goa coast even as another officer continues to be missing.

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File photo of Lt Kiran Shekhawat

“The body of Lt Kiran Shekhawat has been recovered from the fuselage of the aircraft. They body is being taken to Goa,” Navy Spokesperson Captain DK Shamra said in New Delhi.

Shekhawat, an Observer, had taken part in the first all-women marching contingent of the Navy during the Republic Day parade.

INS Makar, a naval hydrographic vessel, had detected a large metallic object using its side-scan sonar at a depth of 50-60 metres.

Later on inspection, it was confirmed that the object was the fuselage of the Dornier aircraft.

The maritime surveillance aircraft had crashed south-west off Goa coast on Tuesday night at 2208 hours.

Commander Nikhil Kuldip Joshi, who was flying the aircraft and has 4,000 flying hours to his credit, was rescued about an hour after the crash by a fishing vessel.

Presently, there are 12 ships, including two of Indian Coast Guard, and four aircraft involved in the search and rescue operations.

A Board of Inquiry has been ordered to establish the cause of the accident.

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Delhi polls: BJP CM candidate Kiran Bedi breaks down publicly, says overwhelmed by the love received

Overwhelmed with the affection of people who had got tea flasks for her at the roadshow in Krishnanagar constituency from where she is contesting her maiden election, Bedi broke down and was seen wiping her tears.

BJP’s Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi, known for her image as a tough police officer, on Wednesday turned emotional while addressing a roadshow and said she will return the people’s love by serving them.Overwhelmed with the affection of people who had got tea flasks for her at the roadshow in Krishnanagar constituency from where she is contesting her maiden election, Bedi broke down and was seen wiping her tears.”I have no words for the kind of love I am getting. I will return the love to them. I will try my best to remain capable of getting their love. We will serve them with honesty,” the former IPS officer said with moist eyes. Read moreLatest Updates11:15 IST Wednesday, 4 February 2015Kiran Bedi gets emotionalDuring her rally in Krishna Nagar BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi got emotional and said she was overwhelmed by the love she has received from the crowd. Kiran Bedi in tears during her rally in Krishna Nagar, says “I have no words to thank people for their love”
11:10 IST Wednesday, 4 February 2015 Challenge Jaitley to jail me if I’ve done anything wrong, says Kejriwal
Defending his party against the Hawala allegations, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday threw an open challenge to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying he should be sent to jail right away if he had done anything wrong.“I challenge our Finance Minister, if I have indulged in money laundering he should take action against me and arrest me right now. And I want to tell Kiran Bedi, look into my eyes and tell me I have done something wrong,” said Kejriwal.Reiterating that Hawala money doesn’t move through cheques, the former Delhi chief minister asked why his party would put the information on their website if it had indeed done something wrong.“Is hawala money taken via cheques? Hawala money is taken outside banking. Firstly, if we have done something wrong, why would we put it ourselves on our website? Secondly, all the agencies including ED, income tax are under you, so you can find the truth in a few minutes,” said Kejriwal.11:00 IST Wednesday, 4 February 2015AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s name is correctly enrolled in the electoral list of Delhi: poll panel to High Court.
10:50 IST Wednesday, 4 February 2015AAP to meet Chief Election Commissioner over EVM tampering issue
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the party would meet the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and urge him to allow the party to put banners outside each booth to educate voters, as they suspected tampering of Electronic Voting Machines ahead of Delhi Assembly elections.”We suspect EVM tampering. Tried to meet CEC yesterday. He was busy. Hope we will be able to meet him today. We urge CEC to allow us to put a banner outside each booth educating voters abt EVMs,” the AAP leader tweeted.

Delhi polls: Arvind Kejriwal wants to be in news, my duty is to work, says Kiran Bedi

My work is to work for the people. I want to be there for those who need me : Kiran Bedi

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Kiran Bedi on Wednesday accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal saying he always has to do something to be in the news.”He (Kejriwal) always has to say something to be in the news. Arvind Kejriwal is a person who wants to be in the media at any cost. Negativity suits him (Kejriwal) and he believes in negativity, otherwise how will he be in media?” Bedi said.”People should not get manipulated by him, he always want to stay in the media. My work is to work for the people. I want to be there for those who need me,” she added.

Delhi Polls: ‘Kejriwal wants to be in news, my duty is to work’, says Kiran Bedi

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Kiran Bedi on Wednesday accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal saying he always has to do something to be in the news.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Kiran Bedi on Wednesday accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal saying he always has to do something to be in the news.”He (Kejriwal) always has to say something to be in the news. Arvind Kejriwal is a person who wants to be in the media at any cost. Negativity suits him (Kejriwal) and he believes in negativity, otherwise how will he be in media?” Bedi told ANI.”People should not get manipulated by him, he always want to stay in the media. My work is to work for the people. I want to be there for those who need me,” she added.Meanwhile, Kejriwal has said the party would meet the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and urge him to allow the party to put banners outside each booth to educate voters, as they suspected tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) ahead of Delhi Assembly elections.Earlier on Tuesday, AAP had alleged that the EVMs are being tampered with ahead of the assembly elections in the national capital.The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7. The counting of votes will take place on February 10. The last day of campaigning is February 5.

Delhi polls: BJP likely to release ‘vision document’ today

Party President Amit Shah is likely to release the document at the party office in Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP CM candidate Kiran Bedi being garlanded during an election rally at Karkarduma in New Delhi on Saturday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to release its ‘vision document’ on Monday, just five days before the national capital goes on polls.Party President Amit Shah is likely to release the document at the party office.”This will be a vision for 2050, a vision for Delhi to become a World class city. Tremendous team work will be seen, will be in interest of every ‘Delhi walla’. It will be a vision which will be implemented completely,” said party’s chief ministerial candidate, Kiran Bedi.She had earlier last week also shared a blueprint for Delhi’s development on her social media account, beginning with a 25 point action plan for women’s safety.Also read: Delhi battle heats up: Modi, Sonia, Kejriwal trade charges against each other
Delhi goes to polls on February 7, with counting of votes set to take place on February 10.Promising to take a slew of steps to ensure women’ security Kiran Bedi on Sunday said “students’ police” will be set up and those found indulging in eve-teasing will not be spared if BJP comes to power in Delhi.Addressing a rally in South West Delhi’s Dwarka in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bedi said women’s security was “very high” on her agenda and that she has already discussed the issue with civil defence personnel. “I have already talked to civil defence people. More than 3000 people are ready take to the streets to provide security to women. The numbers are going to rise,” she said.Also read: Arvind Kejriwal taunts Kiran Bedi over new BJP ad
Bedi said she also has plans to establish “student’s police” modelled on similar forces in Kerala. “We will attach you (youths) with police stations so that they can see how police stations work. They will be sent to PCR vans as well, ” she said. Issuing a stern warning to those indulging in eve teasing, Bedi said those found guilty of it will be punished.Also read: Delhi Elections: AAP vs BJP gets uglier, Kiran Bedi files police complaint against Kumar Vishwas
With just four days left for it to end, the high octane campaigning in Delhi Assembly polls reached its crescendo on Sunday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal pulled no punches in taking on rivals.As Sonia jumped into the campaign mode for the first time in the February 7 polls, the four leaders traded charges and countercharges with the Congress President slamming ‘pracharak’ Modi and ‘dharnebaaj’ Kejriwal. Sonia also asked voters to guard against “politics of hatred”.Delhi polls: Promises unfulfilled, voters seek plan of action from parties
Wooing voters to back BJP and not to support those who believed in ‘dharnas’, the Prime Minister took a swipe at his opponents who say prices of petrol and diesel have come down in India because Modi is “lucky”.

BJP wages a full throttle war against AAP

It was nearing midnight when a union minister went into a huddle with some local leaders in a Delhi assembly segment, after a series of meetings with booth and constituency level in-charge, devoting time to the BJP’s battle for Delhi like several other ministerial colleagues.

It was nearing midnight when a union minister went into a huddle with some local leaders in a Delhi assembly segment, after a series of meetings with booth and constituency level in-charge, devoting time to the BJP’s battle for Delhi like several other ministerial colleagues.As Delhi nears judgement day, the state leaders seem to have almost faded into the background. With just six days to go, the party has unleashed a multi-pronged strategy with prime minister Narendra Modi at the helm and union ministers, party leaders from various states and cadre on the campaign trail right from the booth level to parliamentary seat.A party leader said “it was Modi then and it is Modi now” and that with projecting Kiran Bedi as the chief ministerial candidate, the BJP has left no ground for the Aam Admi Party to capitalise on the issue of it being a faceless battle.Though BJP leaders claim that factionalism within the Delhi party was an old story now, there is no denying that the “outsiders” are in the forefront of the Delhi battle, overpowering any voices of dissent from within the local unit. The party had pursued a similar strategy in election-bound states like Maharashtra, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir of getting some leaders from outside the state to campaign, but they had not micromanaged the campaigns the way they are doing in the Capital.
In every state which is headed for election, BJP president Amit Shah has emphasised the need to put up a united face, in an apparent message to contain any factionalism. Party sources said getting people from outside the state was a way of monitoring the election campaign.A party leader said that according to a study, 40 per cent voters changed their mind in the last five days and the entire party was on the streets reaching out to people. The panna pramukhs (in-charge of electoral roll pages) had also begun going from door to door to reach out directly with the voters.While leaders claimed that the party had no reason to worry given its latest assessment of Delhi, the party was not leaving any stone unturned this time, as it faced the same foe—Arvind Kejriwal—and the same challenge of differences within state unit, as in the November 2013 election.

Now Shanti Bhushan heaps lavish praise on Kiran Bedi, but opposes BJP

Shanti Bhushan might just have created a big stir. The biggest donor to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), often regarded as its patriarch, has openly come out in support of BJP’s Delhi CM candidate Kiran Bedi.

Shanti Bhushan might just have created a big stir. The biggest donor to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), often regarded as its patriarch, has openly come out in support of BJP’s Delhi CM candidate Kiran Bedi.”It’s a masterstroke by the BJP to pitch her as a candidate because she has been a crusader against corruption just as Kejriwal has,” said Bhushan to a newspaper.Bhushan stated that Bedi would run a very efficient and clean administration, adding that she was a firm crusader during the days of India Against Corruption (IAC) and had pro-BJP leanings even back then. He added that she was in no way inferior to Arvind Kejriwal.Bhushan even declared that the AAP should be happy if Kiran Bedi were to become CM of Delhi, because after all she was one of the crusaders in the anti-corruption movement.The octogenarian called for a ‘reorganisation’ of AAP, expressing dismay that the ‘party is not being run on lines it was expected to and what it was established for’.But this is not the first time Bhushan has created controversy with his remarks. He had questioned AAP tactics in the past as well, prompting his own son Prashant Bhushan to intervene.Interestingly, Shanti Bhushan was part of the post-Emergency Morarji Desai government from 1977 to 1979, serving as Union Law Minister.Bhushan also felt that Anna Hazare should be proud if Bedi became Delhi CM. “Anna should be very happy that one of his disciples is going to be the CM of Delhi–either Arvind Kejriwal or Kiran Bedi. This shows that the Anna movement has had a great effect on Indian politics,” he said.Journalist turned-AAP leader Ashutosh was however quick to dismiss Bhushan’s statements. “There is no comparison between Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi,” he said. “She should explain why she joined a party which she herself had described as the most corrupt party and even dissuaded people from voting for it. Arvind Kejriwal has not compromised as far as corruption is concerned. Kiran Bedi’s decision to join the BJP is an opportunistic step and puts a question mark on her participation in the Anna movement,” he was quoted as saying.But Shanti Bhushan was also careful to distance himself from the BJP. Saying he did not agree with the BJP’s communal agenda, Bhushan opined that Bedi was a ‘secular and honest person’ who would not let BJP’s ‘communal politics’ work in Delhi.

I accept Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge, but debate on the floor of Delhi assembly, says Kiran Bedi

Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi, on Tuesday said that she accepts the challenge for a public debate put forth by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal.”I accept the challenge, will do it in the assembly. Arvind Kejriwal has only been debating, I believe in delivering,” said Bedi.She further said that she had blocked Kejriwal from her Twitter account after he had called himself an anarchist.Meanwhile, taking it to micro blogging site, AAP convener Kejriwal had accused Bedi of blocking him on Twitter and invited the former IPS officer for a public debate.In a series of tweets, tagging Bedi, Kejriwal wrote, “Kiranji, I used to follow you on Twitter. Now, u have blocked me on twitter. Kindly unblock me.”In another tweet, Kejriwal congratulated Bedi and invited her for a public debate. Kejriwal added, “Congrats 4 being nominated as BJP’s CM candidate. I invite u 4 a public debate moderated by neutral person n telecast by all.”Also read: Amit Shah’s masterstroke to rope in Kiran Bedi – Can Kejriwal survive the onslaught?Both Kejriwal and Bedi were part of the anti-corruption movement led by activist Anna Hazare before the AAP chief decided to form his own political party.Bedi will contest from Krishna Nagar seat in East Delhi. Former IPS officer and originally part of India Against Corruption movement, Kiran Bedi had joined BJP on January 15. In 2013 assembly elections BJP had won 31 seats, AAP 28 and Congress 8.Delhi has been under President’s Rule since February after the AAP government quit after ruling for 49 days last year.Also read: Kiran Bedi talks to Zee Media about her future plans to develop Delhi

After daylong drama, BJP announces Kiran Bedi as CM

Brushing aside dissent within the party, BJP declared Kiran Bedi as its Chief Minister candidate for Delhi. This is the first time since Modi has come to power that BJP has decided to project its chief minister candidate for a state before the election.

BJP leader Kiran Bedi at a road show in Delhi on Monday
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Brushing aside dissent within the party, BJP declared Kiran Bedi as its Chief Minister candidate for Delhi. This is the first time since Modi has come to power that BJP has decided to project its chief minister candidate for a state before the election.Announcing Bedi’s candidature, Party president Amit Shah said, “We have different strategies for different states. BJP had contested Rajasthan election projecting Vasundhara Raje as CM and in Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Chauhan was projected.”Shah had earlier announced that the party will go to polls without declaring its CM candidate as it had done for Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.Announcement of Bedi’s candidature comes after the poll panel and parliamentary committee meeting of the party. Bedi will also be leading the poll campaign of BJP in Delhi.While the Congress is not projecting anybody as its CM candidate, it is going to be an Arvind Kejriwal versus Kiran Bedi election for the seat of Delhi.Bedi will contest from Krishna Nagar seat in east Delhi which has been vacated by union minister Harshvardhan. Harshvardhan was a three time sitting MLA from the seat, before entering the parliament.BJP has also broken its another convention of projecting an outsider as its CM face, rejecting the candidature of several senior leaders, eyeing at Delhi’s top chair.

BJP will make Kiran Bedi a scapegoat in case of a defeat: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party said on Monday that BJP has made Kiran Bedi the chief minsterial candidate so that she could be made scapegoat if the party is defeated in the elections.

The Aam Aadmi Party said on Monday that BJP has made Kiran Bedi the chief minsterial candidate so that she could be made scapegoat if the party is defeated in the elections.The party said Bedi was not a challenge to AAP and BJP’s choice will have an adverse effect on its rank and file. “BJP has made Kiran Bedi the Chief Ministerial candidate so that she could be made a scapegoat as the party was not confident of its victory because of AAP growing popularity and increasing support base. Bedi is not a challange for AAP,” senior AAP leader Somnath Bharti said after Bedi’s name was announced a Parliamentary Party meeting of the BJP.Brushing aside murmurs of dissent, BJP today named new entrant Kiran Bedi, a former IPS officer, as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the February seven Delhi Assembly elections. Making the announcement after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board, party president Amit Shah said the decision of fielding 65-year-old Bedi was “unanimous”. He said BJP will contest the crucial polls for the 70-member Assembly under Bedi’s leadership.She will contest from the Krishna Nagar seat in East Delhi, considered a BJP stronghold. The Parliamentary Board meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj among others.

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