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Juvenile Justice Bill: Ramdas Athawale claims those with sexual urges should be forcibly married

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“Those who have sexual urges… they should be taught a lesson. They should get married. And if they have sex, then it should be consensual.”

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On Tuesday, veteran lawmaker Ramdas Athawale, the president of the Republic Party of India made some bizarre remarks before passing the Juvenile Justice Act in parliament. He was quoted saying by NDTV, “Those who have sexual urges… they should be taught a lesson. They should get married. And if they have sex, then it should be consensual.”He also used an expletive that was expunged from the remarks. He also claimed that during the times of Shivaji, no one would commit such crimes as their hands and legs were broken and the law should allow a modern democracy like India to do the same. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi thanked the opposition for passing the much-expected Juvenile Justice Bill under which juveniles aged 16 years and above will now be tried under laws for adults for heinous crimes.”This is a Bill that everyone feels strongly about and I am happy that everyone supported it,” Gandhi said as she stepped out of Parliament. Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary said her party was the architect of the Bill in many ways and just wanted an intense debate on various aspects of the Bill. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the walkout by the Left parties was not in protest of the Bill, but because they wanted the Bill to go to a Select Committee so that all aspects are looked into. “If tomorrow you catch hold of a young ISIS terrorist, you will say bring down the age by another two years. The question is not about the age but the kind of crime that has been committed,” he said. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, which provides for lowering the age for trial from 18 years, was passed by Rajya Sabha with a voice vote after a walkout by Left parties which wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha earlier.

Shiv Sena attacks Union govt; says Smart City project is ploy to centrally control Mumbai

Coming down heavily on the project, the ruling alliance partner said it is an attempt to create a new “underworld” and thereby impose a “parallel administration.”

Shiv Sena also alleged that PM Narendra Modi’s flagship project favoured capitalists, traders and builders and that providing Rs 500 crore over five years for Mumbai, that has an annual budget of over Rs 34,000 crore, is of no use.
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Terming the ‘Smart city’ project of the Union government as “unconstitutional” and “illegal”, the Shiv Sena on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship scheme is a ploy to have central control over Mumbai.Coming down heavily on the project, the ruling alliance partner said it is an attempt to create a new “underworld” and thereby impose a “parallel administration.””Every city has a different problem. The formation of a special purpose vehicle with funds from the state government and the municipal corporation would be a private company that would control the municipal corporation, and the city would thus be finally controlled by the Centre,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If someone from the Centre is controlling a city, it is a kind of dictatorship. Controlling a city through companies by bypassing the elected municipal corporation is illegal and unconstitutional…It is like creating a new underworld and imposing a parallel government,” it charged.The Sena further alleged that the project favoured capitalists, traders and builders and that providing Rs 500 crore over five years for Mumbai, that has an annual budget of over Rs 34,000 crore, is of no use.”Mumbai gives taxes worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore to the Centre every year. If the Centre uses even 25 per cent of this money for the city, not only Mumbai but the entire Maharashtra would become a smart state,” the editorial said.”We cannot let Mumbai become a servant of multi-national companies in the name of Smart City and let them decide on the development and taxes. Today power is being snatched from the people and cities are going in the hands of the rich. If this is a back-door ploy to Centrally administer Mumbai, then people should see Shivaji with a sword in his hand,” the Sena said.It also said that those wanting to implement the proposal should first visit the memorial of 105 martyrs who sacrificed their lives for a united Maharashtra.

No need to play national anthem in cinema halls, people go there for entertainment: AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel

“I love my country and have great respect for our tri-colour and national anthem, but I don’t want to show my patriotism, respect and love for this great country by singing the national anthem in a cinema hall,” Jaleel said in his post on social media.

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Local AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel on Monday said national anthem need not be played in cinema halls as people go there for entertainment.He said that merely singing the national anthem in a cinema hall does not make anybody patriotic.”I love my country and have great respect for our tri-colour and national anthem, but I don’t want to show my patriotism, respect and love for this great country by singing the national anthem in a cinema hall,” Jaleel said in his post on social media.He said playing the national anthem in cinema halls is “a big no as people go there for some entertainment and not for getting any certificate on patriotism”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MLA said playing the anthem could be made mandatory in schools and colleges.Watch: Video shows family thrown out of theatre for not standing for national anthemHis comments came against the backdrop of an incident in a cinema hall in suburban Mumbai wherein a family was being asked to leave by the audience for not standing up while the national anthem was being played.In Maharashtra, it is mandatory for all cinemas to play the national anthem before every film.Jaleel said that love and respect should come from within and not just by singing the national anthem before start of a film.Jaleel said an MNS leader, who was one of the panelists on a television programme, had said that he be sent to Pakistan.”I don’t know when these nautanki artists learn to call a spade a spade. Don’t thrust your superficial patriotism on us. It’s my country and I don’t have to prove my love for India to any Tom, Dick and Harry,” he added.Meanwhile, MNS activists demonstrated at Shivaji Park in Mumbai over Jaleel’s comments.

Threat note found onboard Jet flight causes panic, delays flight

A Jet Airways spokesperson said all 159 passengers and seven crew members disembarked without incident and were taken to the airport terminal.

A hand-scribbled note found on the safety manual of a Jet Airways aircraft, which threatened that the plane would be blown off, caused panic onboard the flight as well as the city airport, from where it was about to leave. Around 166 passengers, including crew members, aboard the Kuwait-bound flight had a harrowing time on discovery of the note, resulting in the plane returning to its bay after it had started to taxi for take-off . The incident happened on Saturday around 10.15pm when a passenger found the note inside the safety manual and immediately informed the cabin crew. The crew then alerted the pilot who decided to return to bay.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways spokesperson said all 159 passengers and seven crew members disembarked without incident and were taken to the airport terminal. “After a thorough search by security agencies, the aircraft was cleared for onward journey,” the spokesperson added. Airport sources said after the flight was brought back around 10.25pm, all passengers and crew members were frisked by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad of the CISF. The cargo and baggage belonging to them too was checked for explosives. After more than four hours of this, the message was declared as a hoax and the flight was allowed to leave for its destination, around 4.20am.The incident comes in the backdrop of the severe security threat that vital installations in the country, including the highly sensitive airports in Mumbai and Delhi, face.As per the records, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) has been receiving similar bomb threats regularly, all of which have been hoaxes. According to the threat assessment team at the airport, which consists of representatives from all security agencies monitoring the airport, a standard operating procedure is followed before declaring a threat call a hoax.

Rebuilding Life After 26/11: A tale of two widows’ grit

On the 7th anniversary of 26/11, iamin interviews survivors of the attacks in Mumbai.

Sunanda Shinde and Karuna Thakur Vagale recount their journey to normalcy after their husbands were shot dead in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
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“Do not come to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Go back,” were the last words spoken by Bhagan Shinde to his wife Sunanda, 45, before succumbing to bullets in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. However, for Sunanda, it was impossible for her to go back as her train was stuck between the stations of Masjid and CST. On the other hand, Karuna Thakur Vagale, 39, still cannot fathom the price her husband had to pay for giving his killers a glass of water to drink. The night of 26/11 continues to haunt the memories of the two women whose husbands – Bhagan Shinde and Thakur Vagale – ward boys at Gokuldas Tejpal hospital in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, were victims of the Mumbai carnage. They could not hold back their tears while talking to iamin.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “I still tremble in fear,” says Karuna Thakur Vagale who, even after seven years, is still on anxiety medication. “I act strong to support my family, but the pain I go through every day is unimaginable. I had not come to Mumbai for this,” she said, cursing the city for taking away her husband, a city to which she had come only a few years before the incident from her village Anand in Gujarat. Vagale, who stayed with her husband and in-laws at the government quarter in CST, tearfully recalled the day. “I had gone to Titwala to visit my uncle. An hour before being shot, my husband called me and told me not to return home as it was late. I stayed back, only to see his dead body in the house the next day.” Vagale said that the terrorists had approached her house to ask for water. “My husband, who was in the night shift then, had come home to dine with my son. Terrorists Ismail Khan and Ajmal Kasab approached our house and made some hand gesture, signifying they wanted to drink water. After doing so, they removed their weapon. My son, afraid, ran inside but my husband fell to a bullet. He was shot in the extreme right corner of his stomach. They also shot my mother–in-law. She has recuperated now.” Working as ward women in the same hospital, the two now stay in the quarters provided to them by the government at Pratikshanagar (Sion). Both the families try to cover the house expenses on their meagre salaries, government relief aid. Sunanda, a mother of two, wants her daughter to become a Chartered accountant. “I have realized that poverty can be eliminated only by education. I continue to grieve my husband’s demise nut now I live to see my children well-settled.” These two survivors of a terrible tragedy have learnt to look at life positively. “Such a tragic incident must never happen again. We do not want someone else’s family to get affected,” they remark.This article was first published on iamin.in. For more such hyperlocal stories visit their website.

Cafe Madras regulars get a 1940s’ surprise

HAPPY 75 | To celebrate its diamond jubilee, the restaurant came out with 1940s’ prices, charging customers a mere 20-40 paise on lip-smacking items

A customer clicks a selfie in front of Madras Cafe on Tuesday
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On Tuesday morning, regulars like Prabhakar Rege at Cafe Madras were in for a surprise when they received the bill. A coffee lover, Rege comes every morning from his Shivaji Park residence just to sip filter coffee at Cafe Madras. He was asked to shell out 20 paise, instead of Rs 25 he pays thrice everyday when he comes there for coffee. On Tuesday, Cafe Madras, which satiated taste buds of avid south Indian food lovers for decades, completed 75 years. “To mark the occasion, we decided to have the menu of 1940s be given from morning to noon at the price it was given then,” said Devavrat Kamath, whose family runs the place. The idea to celebrate it in such a nostalgic way was not of Kamath though.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Around 10 years ago, a regular suggested that we put up the menu of 1940, which is when our grandfather opened the place here when he was 23 years old,” said Kamath. The idea struck and the family waited for 10 years to implement it on Tuesday morning when it celebrated 75 years of its existence. “We did not tell anyone. It was just supposed to be a surprise to our regulars. Only those dishes that were available back then at that price were served,” said Kamath. These included upma, idli, coffee and masala dosa. Both idli and upma were prices at 20 paise while coffee and masala dosa at 15 paise and 40 paise each. These are today priced at Rs 35, Rs 25 and Rs 50. “Only four items used to be there at that time on the menu as compared to the over 25 that we have now. We changed the software of our billing system to reflect 1940s prices till the noon time,” said Kamath as he struggles to talk in the midst of congratulatory messages, and mementos from regulars and queries on the special price offered. Old and new who have seen him grow in the vicinity ever since he took over the business 18 years ago found time to pat him. His elder brother Jaiprakash who sits on the billing desk was all busy answering incessant calls after residents got to know of the offer through word of mouth. “It was only for breakfast menu and it was a surprise,” he tells them over the phone. While some inquired and felt dejected that it was only till breakfast, some other regulars like Bhavna Mehta joked that it be extended and if the owners desired money they could take it tomorrow. “I’ve called my friends to have idli and dosa for 40 paise. Please don’t embarrass me now in front of them. If you want money, I’ll pay you tomorrow but let us have items for 40 paise now,” she said laughing. A resident of the area, she has been a regular for the past 30 years. Though Matunga was predominantly south Indian hub, it now has a number of Gujaratis and clientele is a cosmopolitan crowd. Kamath talks in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and of course Konkani, his mother tongue. He does not know Tamil yet, a language spoken in the state from the restaurant got its name from. “But we have stuck to the south Indian dishes and have not altered our menu,” said Devavrat. This has ensured that a number of old timers from Bollywood come there regularly besides prominent businessmen like Mukesh Ambani. “Dirubhai Ambani was a regular and that is how Mukesh too became a regular. In Bollywood we have most of the old timers who are regular like the Kapoor family, Naseeruddin Shah’s family, Jackie Shroff, and Anurag Kashyap and Deepika Padukone among the new faces,” said Kamath. On Tuesday, however, it was the regulars’ day out. People came with their families to be part of the celebrations. “Whenever I come from London, I visit this place at least thrice every week. I got to know from Facebook that they are celebrating 75, so dropped in to savour my favourite items,” said Vasant Shetty.

Maharashtra Congress MLA Nitesh Rane asks Girish Karnad to apologise for comment on Shivaji

“This Karnad earns from our Bollywood for years and then dares to insult our Maharaj. He either should apologise or face the Maratha heat,” he further tweeted.

Mharashtra Congress legislator Nitesh Rane has slammed Girish Karnad over his comments on Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, saying the writer should “either apologise or face the Maratha heat” for his remarks.Karnad, a Jnanpith winner, had stoked a controversy when he said that 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed the same status as of Shivaji, if he was a Hindu and not a Muslim.”Let whatever happen or done in Karnataka it’s their issue but won’t allow any Karnad to compare and lower our Shivaji Maharaj to anyone. Maharaj was much greater than all these. So I dare Karnad to come and say the same thing on our Maharashtra soil and see if he goes back,” Nitesh, son of former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Narayan Rane, posted on his twitter handle.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This Karnad earns from our Bollywood for years and then dares to insult our Maharaj. He either should apologise or face the Maratha heat,” he further tweeted.The MLA from Kankavkli constituency said that unless Karnad tenders an apology to Maharashtra, he will not be allowed to enter the state.”Tipu Sultan must be a good king in his own right but comparing him to Shivaji Maharaj does not fit anywhere.Shivaji Maharaj was much above,” Rane said.Nitesh had earlier embarrassed his party with his comments against the Gujarati community for being vegetarians.Karnad had also come under criticism from the Shiv Sena, which said that Tipu Sultan cannot be compared to the Maratha king, who was a judicious leader and had compassion for the poor and the sons of the soil irrespective of their caste, creed, religion.Karnad and BJP MP Prathap Simha have allegedly received death threats on social media in the wake of the row in Karnataka over birth anniversary celebrations of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.Karnad, who also came under attack for his remarks that the Bengaluru international airport should have been named after Tipu Sultan rather than the city’s founder Kempe Gowda, received a threat on Twitter that he would meet with the same fate as rationalist MM Kalburgi, who was gunned down recently by two men at his residence in Dharwad in north Karnataka.Security has been posted at the residence of Karnad in the wake of the controversy over his remarks.

Tipu Sultan controversy: Girish Karnad gets death threat, told he will ‘face the same end as MM Kalburgi’

Later, the Bengaluru police also received a complaint against Karnad for ‘insulting Hindus and the Vokkaliga community (which Kempegowda belonged to) and disrupting social harmony’.

Playwright Girish Karnad

Playwright Girish Karnad has received a death threat for his campaign to rename Kempegowda International Airport after Tipu Sultan, reports a news daily. Karnad, who participated in the Congress-led Karnataka government’s ‘Tipu Jayanti’ celebrations, was threatened that he would ‘meet the same end as (murdered writer) MM Kalburgi’.Later, the Bengaluru police also received a complaint against Karnad for ‘insulting Hindus and the Vokkaliga community (which Kempegowda belonged to) and disrupting social harmony’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed same status as Shivaji if he was Hindu, says Karnad”I feel that if Tipu Sultan was a Hindu and not Muslim he would have attained the position in Karnataka that Shivaji Maharaj enjoys in Maharashtra,” Karnad had said. He added that it was apt if the Bengaluru airport had been named after Tipu Sultan instead of Kempegowda’.”Today, when we are celebrating this day as Deepawali and Tipu Sultan day, we can also celebrate it as Bihar day,” Karnad said.He also said, “”Kempegowda was never a freedom fighter. Still, the Bengaluru International airport has been named against him. Instead, it should have been named against Tipu Sultan.”His Bihar day remark was an apparent jibe at BJP, which was routed in the Assembly polls. Karnad has always made known his ideological opposition to BJP.Protests against the state-sponsored celebrations have led to violence in Karnataka. In Madikeri, a VHP sympathiser died during a clash on Tuesday. A 26-year-old man who sustained a bullet wound on his head during police firing succumbed on Wednesday.Related Read: Was Tipu Sultan a secular king or a murderer of Hindus? The answer isn’t very simpleFollowing the controversy, Jnanpith award winner Karnad issued a public apology: “If anybody has been hurt by my remarks, I apologise…. What will I gain by giving such comments?”Speaking about the threat to Karnad, a senior police officer said, “A tweet was posted by someone with the user name Intolerant Chandra…. We are aware of the tweet and action will be taken if necessary and if a complaint is lodged.”The tweet, later deleted by the user, read: “Girish Karnad will meet the same end like kalburgi if he enrages kannadigas by replacing in Kempe gouda (sic) with Tipu Sultan.”About the complaint against Karnad, police said MT Girish Gowda, state president of a certain ‘Human Rights and Non- Corruption Committee’, an NGO, has demanded the immediate arrest of the playwright, said the English news daily.Karnad has now demanded immediate action against those who issued death threats and said he would begin a protest if this was not done. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was on the dais with Karnad when he made the controversial remark, however said the government has no intention to rename Bengaluru airport and it was Karnad’s personal opinion.

Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed same status as Shivaji if he was Hindu: Girish Karnad

The remarks by the noted Kannada playwright and actor came at a state government organised function to mark the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan held amid tight security at the state Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

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Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad said 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed the same status as of Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji, if he was a Hindu and not a Muslim.In another remark that stoked a controversy, Karnad said it would have been “apt” had the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli near here been named after Tipu Sultan rather than Kempegowda, a feudatory ruler under the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire which founded Bengaluru in 1537.The remarks by the noted Kannada playwright and actor came at a state government organised function to mark the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan held amid tight security at the state Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The statewide celebrations are being boycotted by BJP and protested by several outfits who see the ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kindgom as a “religious bigot” and “anti-Kannadiga.” The protests led to violence at Madikeri in Kodagu district claiming one life.”I feel that if Tipu Sultan was a Hindu and not Muslim he would have attained the position in Karnataka that Shivaji Maharaj enjoys in Maharashtra,” Karnad said.Maintaining that Tipu is deprived of such a status owing to his religious persuasion, he said, “Because what has happened is today our scholars and politicians look at one’s religion and caste first….””Injustice has happened to Tipu Sultan because of this type of evaluation…” he added.Taking potshots at those calling Tipu Sultan “anti- Kannada and anti-Hindu”, Karnad said, “Today, when we are celebrating this day as Deepawali and Tipu Sultan day, we can also celebrate it as Bihar day.”His Bihar day remark was an apparent jibe at BJP, which was routed in the Assembly polls. Karnad has always made known his ideological opposition to BJP.Expressing similar opinion to that of Karnad while recounting the contributions of Tipu Sultan to the people of his kingdom, Siddaramaiah said “…if he was born as Hindu he would have got similar respect in Karnataka and the entire country, that Shivaji enjoys.” “We should not look at a person through his religion or caste perspective, but keeping in mind the good work done by him to the people. That is what we have done today by celebrating Tipu jayanti.” Karnad also said it would have been “apt” to name Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli after Tipu Sultan instead of Kempegowda as the latter was not a freedom fighter. He noted that naming airport after Tipu Sultan would be more appropriate as Devanahalli was his birth place.”I’m aware what I’m saying now will be debated….as we know Kolkata airport is named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mumbai airport is named after Shivaji Maharaj, but in Karnataka we have named it after Kempegowda,” Karnad said.”It is true that Kempegowda was great, he founded Bangaluru, but he was not a freedom fighter, so naming Bengaluru airport after Tipu Sultan would have been apt.” Karnad’s remarks on Kempegowda international airport came in for attack from the BJP which said he had insulted the founder of Bengaluru on an issue which was a “closed chapter.” “Karnad is reopening a closed chapter and creating a new controversy….He has made name through controversies. His remarks are unfortunate and condemnable,” state’s senior BJP leader R Ashoka told reporters here. He also questioned the silence of the Chief Minister when Karnad made the remark.Tipu was a ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore, who was considered an implacable enemy of the British East India Company. He was killed in May 1799 while defending his fort of Srirangapatna against the British forces. Speaking at the event Siddaramaiah also said there is no “political interest” behind organising Tipu Jayanti. Calling those opposing the event as “fanatics” and “communal forces”, he said, “Until these communal forces exist such oppositions and controversies are common.

Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed status of Shivaji if he was a Hindu: Girish Karnad

Bengaluru: Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad on Tuesday said 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed the same status as of Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji, if he was a Hindu and not a Muslim.

In another remark that stoked a controversy, Karnad said it would have been “apt” had the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli near here been named after Tipu Sultan rather than Kempegowda, a feudatory ruler under the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire which founded Bengaluru in 1537.

Girish Karnad in a file photo. IbnliveGirish Karnad in a file photo. Ibnlive

Girish Karnad in a file photo. Ibnlive

The remarks by the noted Kannada playwright and actor came at a state government organised function to mark the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan held amid tight security at the state Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The statewide celebrations are being boycotted by BJP and protested by several outfits who see the ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kindgom as a “religious bigot” and “anti-Kannadiga.” The protests led to violence at Madikeri in Kodagu district claiming one life.

“I feel that if Tipu Sultan was a Hindu and not Muslim he would have attained the position in Karnataka that Shivaji Maharaj enjoys in Maharashtra,” Karnad said.

Maintaining that Tipu is deprived of such a status owing to his religious persuasion, he said, “Because what has happened is today our scholars and politicians look at one’s religion and caste first….”

“Injustice has happened to Tipu Sultan because of this type of evaluation…” he added.

Taking potshots at those calling Tipu Sultan “anti-Kannada and anti-Hindu”, Karnad said, “Today, when we are celebrating this day as Deepawali and Tipu Sultan day, we can also celebrate it as Bihar day.”

His Bihar day remark was an apparent jibe at BJP, which was routed in the Assembly polls. Karnad has always made known his ideological opposition to BJP.

Expressing similar opinion to that of Karnad while recounting the contributions of Tipu Sultan to the people of his kingdom, Siddaramaiah said “…if he was born as Hindu he would have got similar respect in Karnataka and the entire country, that Shivaji enjoys.”

Siddaramaiah said, “We should not look at a person through his religion or caste perspective, but keeping in mind the good work done by him to the people. That is what we have done today by celebrating Tipu jayanti.”

Karnad also said it would have been “apt” to name Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli after Tipu Sultan instead of Kempegowda as the latter was not a freedom fighter.

He noted that naming airport after Tipu Sultan would be more appropriate as Devanahalli was his birth place.

“I’m aware what I’m saying now will be debated….as we know Kolkata airport is named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mumbai airport is named after Shivaji Maharaj, but in Karnataka we have named it after Kempegowda,” Karnad said.

“It is true that Kempegowda was great, he founded Bangaluru, but he was not a freedom fighter, so naming Bengaluru airport after Tipu Sultan would have been apt.”

Karnad’s remarks on Kempegowda international airport came in for attack from the BJP which said he had insulted the founder of Bengaluru on an issue which was a “closed chapter.”

“Karnad is reopening a closed chapter and creating a new controversy….He has made name through controversies. His remarks are unfortunate and condemnable,” state’s senior BJP leader R Ashoka told reporters here. He also questioned the silence of the Chief Minister when Karnad made the remark.

Tipu was a ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore, who was considered an implacable enemy of the British East India Company. He was killed in May 1799 while defending his fort of Srirangapatna against the British forces.

Speaking at the event Siddaramaiah also said there is no “political interest” behind organising Tipu Jayanti.

Calling those opposing the event as “fanatics” and “communal forces”, he said, “Until these communal forces exist such oppositions and controversies are common.”

Siddaramaiah said politicising an event organised to pay respect to Tipu Sultan is “not correct”.

“Whichever religion or caste that he may belong to, he has fought for the nation and has laid down his life for the people, so it is our duty to show respect,” he added.

Several literary personalities and historians like Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Ko Channabasappa, Prof Shaik Ali, N V Narasimaiah who spoke at the event took exception to Tippu being labelled as anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada.

Recounting his contributions to promote communal and linguistic tolerance in his kingdom, they called him “truly secular.”

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Shiv Sena Dussehra rally: Uddhav Thackeray defends Samjhauta blast accused

Shiv Sena chief also lashed out at those, demanding his party to be labelled as a terrorist organisation.

He also justified the ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni and Sena’s protest

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday defended Samjhauta blast accused Sadhvi Pragya and colonel Purohit, saying that they should not be held guilty without any trial or investigation. Speaking at the annual Dusshera celebrations in Shivaji Park here, the Shiv Sena chief also lashed out at those, demanding his party to be labelled as a terrorist organisation.”Those who demand that Shiv Sena should be held as a terrorist organisation, where were they when Owaisi asked for about 15 minutes to kill all Hindus???….Blame is being regionally biased .. But Shiv Sena took a stand during Sikh riots, Kashmir exodus and many other incidents,” he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In 1984, President Gyani Jail Singh personally met Bala Saheb Thackeray and thanked him when Sikhs were saved in Mumbai by Shiv Sena and no one was harmed. President Jail Singh met Bala Saheb in Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan at that time,” he added.He also justified the ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni and Sena’s protest against organising Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali?s concert, which eventually led to its cancellation.

Shiv Sena Dussehra rally: Dadri, not ink attack shame India, says Uddhav Thackeray

Defending the party’s actions against Kasuri book launch he said, “Incidents like Dadri, not the ink attack, shame India and lower country’s image. How did Dalit firing incident happen in Haryana?”

Thackeray said that the party acted in a democratic manner during the Kasuri episode”Responded with ink, since it was a book launch.”

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addressed the party’s annual rally held on the Shivaji Park ground in Dadar. Shiv Sena got the clearance from the Bombay High Court to hold the rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai this year after separate applications moved by the BJP-led Maharashtra government and Shiv Sena, which also is part of the state government.”If VK Singh equates Dalits and dogs, why did you unveil Babasaheb’s memorial in Indu Mill?”, the party chief taunted BJP. PM Modi had commemorated Bal Thackeray at the Indu Mill. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defending the party’s actions against Kasuri book launch he said, “Incidents like Dadri, not the ink attack, shame India and lower country’s image. How did Dalit firing incident happen in Haryana?” Thackeray said that the party acted in a democratic manner during the Kasuri episode. “Responded with ink, since it was a book launch,” he said.He also spoke about India-Pakistan ties, “Keep culture and cricket aside, first sort out border issues.”He also hit out at the state BJP over the pulses price rise. “There was news that Dal worth 25 lacs stolen in Nagpur,” he said. “First protect Dal and then Pakistan,” he said.Thackeray talked about the party’s agenda, “We will not leave Hindutva, Marathi Manoos cause at any cost. We won’t compromise on that,” he said.

Shiv Sena Dussehra rally: Why support Pak if they continue to reject friendly gestures? Uddhav Thackeray on Ghulam Ali concert

He hit out at the BJP led Centre over price rise. “Government that can’t stop price rise is useless, remember it can fall due to it.”

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Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday spoke at the Shivaji Park ground at Dadar, Mumbai for the party’s Dussehra rally.Thackeray taunted the BJP about the recent controversies and violence around cow slaughter and beef ban even as the pulse price escalated. “Why ‘Gai Pe Charcha’, there should ‘Mahagai Pe Charcha’. Our bond is with people, not with power,” he said. “Talk about inflation, not beef,” he said.He also said he wanted good power connection in Maharashtra. “I want to bring electricity in villages covered with darkness.” he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thackeray also spoke about the issue of renaming of Aurangzeb Road. He said that renaming of the road bothers people but conversion of Hindus does not. “Aurangabad’s name must be changed to Sambhajinagar.” the Sena chief added.He also brought up Yakub Memon’s hanging. “Why so much ruckus abt Yakub’s hanging? Just because he is a Muslim, then why not the same feeling about Hindus? No charges levied yet on Col Purohit, Sadhvi Pradnya?He said that Sanatan must be banned, but only if they are found guilty. “Ban Sanatan, but first prove they are guilty. If Sameer Gaikwad is guilty, punish him, but prove his guilt first. Hang Pansare, Dabholkar killers if they are guilty but first prove charges against them.” He hit out at the BJP led Centre over price rise. “Government that can’t stop price rise is useless, remember it can fall due to it.”He also lashed out at Sharad Pawar, saying that he should not teach us Swabhimaan.”I like Ghulam Ali’s songs. But Pakistan is rejecting our Id sweets and we should continue supporting them?” Uddhav said about the recent protest against the singer’s concert. “To those who preach us, why don’t you play Ghulam Ali ghazals on January 26 and August 15 from Red Fort instead of Lata’s patriotic songs,” he said.

Shiv Sena hits back at Arun Jaitley, says don’t need lecture on tolerance

The Sena editorial wondered how India’s culture of tolerance was threatened due to Sena’s act of preventing Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai and protesting against the book launch of former Pakistan minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.

Irked by Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks disapproving of its aggressive protests, Shiv Sena on Thursday hit back saying nobody should lecture Maharashtra on tolerance and claimed it is the only party which has “never betrayed people” for the sake of power.Taking a jibe at BJP, the ally said those in government should have supported Shiv Sena in its national mission of targeting Pakistan, but power corrupts one’s mind and “100 Baramatis can be seen.””Our country could be really developed if we have 100 towns developed like Baramati,” Jaitley had said recently in Baramati, the home town of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sena said governments have changed but issues of concern have remained the same.”In Kashmir, supporting Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and in Mumbai giving protection to a former Pakistan minister strengthens tolerance,” it sarcastically said in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.Sena, a partner of the BJP in the state as well as at the Centre, has been under attack from various quarters for its aggressive protests against cultural and sporting relations with Pakistan after its activists blackened the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni and stormed the BCCI office.Jaitley had on Tuesday deprecated the rising incidents of intolerance and vandalism, calling them an “extremely disturbing trend” and had said there is a need to convey differing opinion in a more democratic manner through debate.The Sena editorial wondered how India’s culture of tolerance was threatened due to Sena’s act of preventing Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai and protesting against the book launch of former Pakistan minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.In a democracy, street protests by political parties are important. Otherwise political struggles will be a thing of the past, it pointed out.”Because of Pakistan’s anti-India activities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to address the nation from behind a bullet-proof glass. Pakistan will kill our jawans, threaten us. Should we lay red carpet for Pakistanis on the blood of our martyrs?” it asked.It said “Shiv Sena has never compromised on Maharashtra’s self- respect and national security. The party is a shining example of hardcore Hindutva. Sena is the only political party which has never betrayed its people for the sake of power,” it said.”Strong nationalism and Hindutva flourished in this land because of icons like Lokmanya Tilak, Chhatrapati Shivaji and Veer Savarkar. They have fought tooth and nail against the country’s enemies. Nobody should lecture Shivaji’s Maharashtra about tolerance,” it said.The Sena said it is capable of “countering any move to get it declared by the UN as a terrorist outfit”

‘Annonymous’ pilot vents out frustration over take-off delay owing to Modi’s jet, SPG orders probe

SPG wants identity of pilot who made a remark about the delay caused by Modi’s jet * ATC unable to trace him

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The Prime Minister’s elite security guards, the Black Cats, are on the look-out for a pilot at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). On Sunday, the ‘anonymous’ aircraft pilot vented out his frustration over the delay in take-off caused by the movement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s jet.”This delay should be recorded with the PM,” the pilot is reported to have said from his cockpit. This was not music to ears for the Special Protection Group (SPG). The SPG, mandated with providing security cover to the PM, found it ‘serious’ enough for an investigation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out went an order to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) division of the airport: identify the pilot. The ATC was caught in a spot. Pilots usually communicate using their call sign (which means the registration number of the plane they are flying). Since the pilot in question did not use his call sign while making the remark, the ATC has not been able to identify him so far.Airport sources aware about the incident said that the ‘VIP culture’ for which vehicular traffic is frequently brought to a halt has infuriated common citizens. “In this case, the pilot may be just showing his displeasure over the delay caused due to VIP movement,” they said.Sources said that the incident happened around 7 pm when Modi was about to leave from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) after attending a handful of functions in the city, including the inauguration of two Metro routes and laying the foundation stone for an Ambedkar memorial at the Indu Mills compound.Air navigation department sources said that, as with any other VVIP movement, dozens of arriving and departing flights got delayed on Sunday also as they are asked to wait till further orders. The average delay was about 30 minutes at the CSIA at that point of time.Since no one dare question the exact time of VVIP’s jet movement or subsequent delays, it adds to the confusion and chaos, airport sources said. “Modi’s Sunday visit was no different in that sense” said an ATC insider.Last heard, ATC officials finally mustered courage and informed the SPG about its inability to trace the caller.The SPG reaction is not known. PM Modi’s reaction, too, is not known. But it’s safe to assume he just forgive the pilot. For, it’s a Make in India opportunity for companies making devices that can identify pilots who talk too much, even without call signs.

Who is that pilot, angry security guards of PM Narendra Modi asks city ATC

SPG wants identity of pilot who made a remark about the delay caused by Modi’s jet * ATC unable to trace him

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The Prime Minister’s elite security guards, the Black Cats, are on the look-out for a pilot at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). On Sunday, the ‘anonymous’ aircraft pilot vented out his frustration over the delay in take-off caused by the movement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s jet.”This delay should be recorded with the PM,” the pilot is reported to have said from his cockpit. This was not music to ears for the Special Protection Group (SPG). The SPG, mandated with providing security cover to the PM, found it ‘serious’ enough for an investigation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out went an order to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) division of the airport: identify the pilot. The ATC was caught in a spot. Pilots usually communicate using their call sign (which means the registration number of the plane they are flying). Since the pilot in question did not use his call sign while making the remark, the ATC has not been able to identify him so far.Airport sources aware about the incident said that the ‘VIP culture’ for which vehicular traffic is frequently brought to a halt has infuriated common citizens. “In this case, the pilot may be just showing his displeasure over the delay caused due to VIP movement,” they said.Sources said that the incident happened around 7 pm when Modi was about to leave from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) after attending a handful of functions in the city, including the inauguration of two Metro routes and laying the foundation stone for an Ambedkar memorial at the Indu Mills compound.Air navigation department sources said that, as with any other VVIP movement, dozens of arriving and departing flights got delayed on Sunday also as they are asked to wait till further orders. The average delay was about 30 minutes at the CSIA at that point of time.Since no one dare question the exact time of VVIP’s jet movement or subsequent delays, it adds to the confusion and chaos, airport sources said. “Modi’s Sunday visit was no different in that sense” said an ATC insider.Last heard, ATC officials finally mustered courage and informed the SPG about its inability to trace the caller.The SPG reaction is not known. PM Modi’s reaction, too, is not known. But it’s safe to assume he just forgive the pilot. For, it’s a Make in India opportunity for companies making devices that can identify pilots who talk too much, even without call signs.

Govind Pansare murder case: Woman having close links with Sanatan Sansthan detained

Pansare (81) was gunned down outside his home in Sagar Mala locality of Kolhapur city on February 16 and succumbed to his injuries on February 20 at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital.

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Close on the heels of the arrest of a man allegedly having links with rightwing outfit “Sanatan Sansthan” in connection with the murder of Communist leader and rationalist Govind Pansare, a 32-year-old woman has been picked up by police for questioning from Kanjurmarg in Mumbai suburb.The woman, identified as Jyoti Kamble, was detained for questioning and taken to Sangli, where police arrested Samir Gaikwad in connection with the case on Wednesday. Suspected to be having close links with Sanatan Sansthan, Jyoti was said to be in constant touch with Gaikwad as could be gathered from call details, a senior officer of Mumbai police told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gaikwad, an active member of ‘Sanatan Sansthan’ since 1998, was arrested on Wednesday based on leads obtained through electronic surveillance by the Special Investigating Team (SIT), set up to nab Pansare’s assailants.Inspector General of Police Sanjay Kumar Verma said the investigators are interrogating the woman on various aspects of the case. Jyoti runs a mobile repair shop and has been a member of Sanatan Sanstha since long, said another senior police officer, who is part of the probe team.Gaikwad was taken into custody after police went through his “innumerable” phone call records. He was produced in a court at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra which remanded him in police custody till September 23.Pansare (81) was gunned down outside his home in Sagar Mala locality of Kolhapur city on February 16 and succumbed to his injuries on February 20 at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital. The senior CPI leader was a prominent social activist in Maharashtra and worked for the welfare of the poor and suppressed. He was also at the forefront of the toll agitation in Kolhapur. His popular book Shivaji Kon Hota (Who was Shivaji), projected Shivaji as the people’s king as against his portrayal as a Hindu bigot by certain right wing outfits and fringe groups.The book sought to counter propaganda of the Hindutva outfits while noting that Shivaji was a secular ruler whose top generals and associates were Muslims. Pansare’s frequent speeches challenging the communal agenda of right-wing outfits angered them, his family said.Another rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was killed in Pune in 2013. Dabholkar, who spent much of his life exposing sham rituals, miracles, black magic, and godmen, was murdered in Pune in 2013 and there has been no breakthrough in his case yet.In the wake of the recent murder of Kannada scholar and social activist M M Kalburgi at Dharwar in Karnataka, Left parties and rationalist outfits have expressed serious concern and anguish over the delay in bringing to book culprits behind such murders. They have also alleged that the perpetrators of such crimes are connected to rightwing and fundamentalist outfits.According to government sources, there were specific phone calls between Gaikwad and his woman friend wherein he was bragging about having done away with Pansare.”There are other conversations too (between the two) that were under surveillance. When alleged involvement of Sanatan Sanstha came up, he (Gaikwad stopped talking about this. We were waiting for some more days to see if he resumed talking and revealed more. But when he did not, we picked him up to find out more,” they said. However, it is yet to be established whether Gaikwad did anything on behalf of the right-wing organisation and had any role to play in the crime.”If it is established that the organisation had some role (in the murder), action will be taken against it. We are aware that previous state government had made an attempt to ban the organisation. If a direct linkage is found, action may be contemplated,” they added.For its part, the Sanatan Sanstha had given a clean chit to Gaikwad, saying he was being falsely implicated by police in the case.”Earlier, inquiry of many seekers of Sanatan was also conducted in case of the killing of Dr Dabholkar. Sanatan Sanstha also faced similar criticism on earlier occasions. However, no output came out of these inquiries,” Sanatan Sanstha’s managing trustee Virendra Marathe had said on Wednesday.Name of the right-wing organisation had cropped up after blasts at Thane and Vashi in Maharashtra in 2008 and recovery of explosive material in Panvel.The Mumbai ATS had chargesheeted six members of the Sanatan Sanstha and its front, the Hindu Janjagriti Samiti, in connection with the blasts.In 2009, a low-intensity bomb went off in Goa for which members of the right-wing organisation were chargesheeted. The blast took place at Madgaon in Goa on October 16, 2009, on the eve of Diwali. Two activists of the Sanstha had succumbed to injuries when the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) they were carrying in a scooter – also owned by a Sanstha member – exploded prematurely.

Maharashtra: Amid political storm, Shiv Sena lends support to govt’s decision to honour Purandare

“Shivaji Maharaj has been used time and again in politics but one person who truly understood the ideals of Shivaji and instilled them in people all his life is Purandare,” Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

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Slamming critics opposing the government’s decision to confer Maharashtra’s highest award on Babasaheb Purandare, Shiv Sena on Wednesday heaped praises on the historian crediting him for instilling ideals of Shivaji Maharaj among people.Sena said by honouring Purandare, who known for his exhaustive writings on the Maratha warrior, Maharashtra government is in reality honouring the deeds of Shivaji.”In today’s time where people are selfish and hypocritical, it is very difficult to find a person who would submit his entire life for one cause and then inspires others to take lessons from it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Shivaji Maharaj has been used time and again in politics but one person who truly understood the ideals of Shivaji and instilled them in people all his life is Purandare,” Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.The government’s recent decision to honour Purandare has sparked controversy in the state’s political circle after NCP chief Sharad Pawar questioned the move contesting that Purandare is not a ‘historian’.MNS chief Raj Thackeray, an ardent admirer of Purandare, has voiced in support of the decision.Also read: Decoding the controversy over awarding Maharashtra Bhushan to Babasaheb PurandareSena said Purandare has done so much work as far as Shivaji is concerned that those opposing him today should infact be eternally thankful to him.”Babasaheb gave more than 60 years for ensuring that Maharashtra’s goes by Shivaji’s ideals, but there are rotten mangoes everywhere. This is nature’s rule. Those opposing Purandare are cheap and hypocrites and have no concern with Shivaji,” the Sena said.Also read: Devendra Fadnavis, not Babasaheb Purandare, the real issue: Raj Thackeray”Purandare is Maharaj’s man. He is working diligently working for this cause even after crossing 90 years of age and thus, by honouring him, the government is actually honouring the deeds of Shivaji,” it said.Detractors of Purandare allege that he distorted history and tarnished Chhatrapati Shivaji’s image by casting aspersions on his biological parentage in the context of the role played by his guru Dadaji Konddev.Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao will give away the prestigious award to Purandare at a function in Raj Bhawan today.

Decoding the controversy over awarding Maharashtra Bhushan to Babasaheb Purandare

The award ceremony is slated to be held today at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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The Maharashtra government decision to honour octogenarian historian Babasaheb Purandare with the prestigious ‘Maharashtra Bhushan award’ has created a political storm in the state. The decision led to sections of the Maratha community and former NCP minister Jitendra Awhad protesting against the move, asking the government to withdraw the award.However, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has slammed political parties for indulging in dirty politics and opposing the government’s decision. NCP Lok Sabha member from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosle, who is a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has said the Maharashtra government should put off the award function due to the controversy surrounding Purandare. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The award ceremony is slated to be held on Wednesday (today) at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.Here is all you need to know about the controversy:Who is Babasaheb Purandare?Babasaheb Purandare is a well-known writer and theatre personality from Maharashtra, known for his ballads and writing on Maratha warrior Shivaji. He is well known for his popular play on Shivaji, Jaanta Raja. He is also known for his significant contribution to the Shiv Sena, along with Bal Thackeray, in the early 70s.What is the Maharashtra Bhushan award?Maharashtra Bhushan is the highest and prestigious award presented annually by the Maharashtra state government since 1996 for significant contribution in various fields.It was initially conferred in the fields of literature, science, arts and sports. Later, other fields such as social work, health services, journalism and public administration were included.The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh, a memento and citation.The winners are selected by a committee appointed by the state government. Why is there opposition to giving Purandare the award?Leaders of both the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress are opposing the government’s decision to award Babasaheb Purandare the Maharashtra Bhushan Award saying his portrayal of Shivaji is not based on facts and has presented a distorted picture, maligning the image of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Jijabai and Shahaji Raje.Some leaders also alleged that Purandare had distorted history and tarnished Chhatrapati Shivaji’s image by casting aspersions on his biological parentage in the context of the role played by his guru Dadaji Konddev. Some leaders are also accusing him of writing history through a Brahaminical prism.NCP leader Jitendra Awhad along with a delegation, met Governor Vidhyasagar Rao and demanded that the state government cancel the decision. Awhad has been at the forefront of criticism of Purandhare’s work. Also read: Devendra Fadnavis, not Babasaheb Purandare, the real issue: Raj ThackerayNCP Chief Sharad Pawar said that he has read Purandare’s work and respected his age, but did not agree with his derogatory writing. Pawar has also supported party leader saying Awhad has been doing nothing wrong by opposing the state decision.What did retired Supreme Court judge P B Sawant say?Former Press Council of India chairman and retired Supreme Court judge PB Sawant has opposed the decision to bestow its highest award on Purandare. Sawant says that the award is given on behalf of the people of Maharashtra and the person who insults Chhatrapati Shivaji and Jijau (mother of the Maratha warrior king) should not be given any award. Sawant believes that, therefore, if they are opposed to giving it to a person, the government should respect their opinion.Jnanpith award-winning author Bhalchandra Nemade​ slams decisionOpposing the decison, Jnanpith award-winning Marathi author Bhalchandra Nemade has accused Purandare of making derogatory references about Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji. Nemade feels that the portrayal of Shivaji in Purandare’s work is not in keeping with history. Nemade, who is known for his outspoken comments on various issues, also signed a letter sent to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urging him to withdraw the award.Raj Thackeray supports Purandare, slams Pawar for indulging in dirty politicsSlamming NCP chief Sharad Pawar, MNS chief Raj Thackeray accused Pawar of indulging in ‘dirty politics’ over the issue. He is of the opinion that Babasaheb Purandare is being used as an excuse. He is doing so because a brahmin (Devendra Fadnavis) has now become chief minister of Maharashtra. Thackeray said that Pawar had felicitated Purandare on a few occasions. He also said that he did not think then that what Purandare had written was not right. Thackeray said that if anyone touches Purandare, he will create ‘tandav’ (havoc) in Maharashtra.Pune residents file PILA public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay High Court by two Pune residents Padmakar Kamble and Rahul Pokale, through their advocate Shekhar Jagtap. The petitioners have claimed that the government has not given proper thought while deciding the granting of state’s highest honour. Petition also says that Purandare does not have any research, as per a clause, which is required to be felicitated and the book written by him is more of fiction than giving a true picture of Shivaji.Sambhaji Brigade vandalise minister’s office attackedSuspected members of hardline Maratha group Sambhaji Brigade vandalised Maharashtra minister Ram Shinde’s office in Ahmednagar district to protest the state government’s decision.The protesters, numbering over 12, pelted stones and damaged furniture and windows of Shinde’s newly built office in Ahmednagar, about 250 km from Mumbai. Sambhaji Brigade, in the past, has accused Purandare of “distorting” history and “defaming” the 17th century warrior king.

Protests and politics over Maharashtra awarding Shivaji historian Babasaheb Purandare state’s highest prize

Mumbai: The BJP-Shiv Sena led Maharashtra government’s decision to confer the Maharashtra Bhushan, the state’s highest award, on Babasaheb Purandare has now turned into a major political controversy in the state.

The award function is to be held on Wednesday at the Governor’s residence, Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

So why are there protests?

Babasaheb Purandare in a file interview. IbnLokmat imageBabasaheb Purandare in a file interview. IbnLokmat image

Babasaheb Purandare in a file interview. IbnLokmat image

The state government’s decision has not gone down well with some sections of the Maratha community, the politically dominant community in the state, who are protesting the move. The Sambhaji brigade, a group which represents the powerful Maratha community, has opposed the move.

The group also attacked the office of a junior minister on Tuesday to protest the award being given.

They allege that Purandare has distorted history and tarnished Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji’s image. They claim that Purandare has helped aspersions on the king’s parentage given the the role played by his guru Dadaji Konddev.

Purandare is also accused of distorting the ‘secular’ history of Shivaji and his family. He has been criticized for assisting controversial American author James Laine write his book Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India, which had made controversial inferences regarding Shivaji’s mother Jijabai and his mentor Konddev. The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune was vandalized by Sambhaji Birgade following the publication of the book because it believed to have aided Laine in writing the book.

Jnanpith award-winning Marathi author Bhalchandra Nemade, former Press Council of India chairman PB Sawant, a retired Supreme Court judge and a group of historians and writers have also opposed the state government’s decision. They have  also accused him of making derogatory references about Maratha king.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has also been filed in the Bombay High Court against the state government’s decision. It is likely to be heard on Wednesday.

Who is Purandare?

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, better known as Babasaheb Purandare, was born on 29 July, 1922. He is credited with writing the first historical work on Chattrapati Shivaji that was widely read across the state and he is referred to as Shiv Shahir – ‘Shivaji’s poet’.

While Purandare had started writing stories on Shivaji’s era from a very young age, he is best known for his book Raja Shiv Chhatrapati and popular play, Janata Raja. The two are considered to be masterpieces on the life and times of the 16th century Maratha king. While his book has more than sixteen editions and is estimated to have sold over five lakh copies, the play, which was first staged in 1985, has been performed more than 850 times in last three decades. It has been staged in Maharashtra, Agra, Delhi, Bhopal and the United States.

His other books include Purandaryanchi Daulat, Purandaryanchi Naubat, Gadsanch – a treatise on the history of the forts and fortresses among others. He has also studied the history of the Peshwas of Pune.

The politics behind the protest

While the NCP and Congress have opposed the move, the BJP, Shiv Sena and MNS have backed the state government in giving the award.

Udayanraje Bhosle, a descendant of Shivaji and a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP from Satara, has asked the state government on Monday to hold off giving the award until the allegations against Purandare are verified.

“After studying the facts, I have come to the conclusion that there seems to be some substance in the allegations and it is very painful to us. So, all his writings must be scrutinized by experts and the award function must be deferred till the controversy is resolved,” he said.

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, leader of the opposition in the legislative assembly and senior Congress leader, has said that the history that Purandare has written and has always been controversial. Hence, the state government must reconsider it’s decision, he said.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray has slammed the NCP chief Sharad Pawar for the caste politics behind the award.

“It is very sad that he is indulging in the caste politics since he is facing the existential crisis in politics,” said Thackeray.

Political analysts say that this issue is an emotive one and the BJP may face the political backlash from the dominant Maratha community for giving the award.

Support for Purandare

But despite the controversy over the award being given to Purandare, there are others who believe its been overdue.

Vishwas Patil, a noted historian, said that the award must be given to Purandare because he had aptly showcased and brought out the character, traits, and persona of Shivaji in his writings and plays.

“His writings and commentaries have helped to reach Chhatrapati Shivaji history to every nook and corner of the state. Purandare dedicated his life for work on Shivaji and he made Shivaji a household name in the state in past several decades,” said Patil.

Apart from Patil, history scholars and researchers from Pune have also written a letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in which they have rallied around Purandare.

“The opposition is politically motivated to create a caste-based rift in society and it will further the political goals of some people,” the letter said.

Pawar indulging in dirty politics over award to historian Babasaheb Purandare: Raj Thackeray

“Pawar is indulging in dirty politics. Babasaheb Purandare is just an excuse for that. He is doing so because a brahmin (Devendra Fadnavis) has now become chief minister of Maharashtra,” the MNS chief said.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday accused NCP president Sharad Pawar of indulging in ‘dirty politics’ over state government’s decision to confer the prestigious Maharashtra Bhushan award on historian Babasaheb Purandare.The award ceremony is slated to be held on Wednesday at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.”Pawar had felicitated Purandare on a few occasions. Did he not think then that what Purandare has written is not right,” Raj said, addressing a press conference at his residence in central Mumbai’s Dadar area.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pawar had said he respects Purandare, but he (Purandare) is not a historian.”Pawar is indulging in dirty politics. Babasaheb Purandare is just an excuse for that. He is doing so because a brahmin (Devendra Fadnavis) has now become chief minister of Maharashtra,” the MNS chief said.”If anyone touches Purandare, I will create ‘tandav’ (havoc) in Maharashtra. Some people in BJP are also responsible for this controversy over the award to Purandare,” he said.He also criticised Jnanpith award-winning Marathi author Bhalchandra Nemade, who in a letter to chief minister, has opposed the state government’s decision to confer the Maharashtra Bhushan award on Purandare, accusing him of making derogatory references about Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”Nemade should learn how to behave after receiving the Jnanpith award,” he said.In 2004, activists of the Sambhaji Brigade vandalised the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune because it had helped American writer James Laine write a book on Shivaji, raising the same controversy over the Maratha warrior.Laine is also said to have conducted his research with Purandare’s help for the book. A police case was also filed against Laine.The Sambhaji Brigade, which represents the powerful Maratha community, accused writers like Purandare of being involved in a ‘Brahmanical conspiracy’ to defame Shivaji’s mother Jijabai and distort history.Leader of Opposition in state Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has become the latest to join the bandwagon of those opposing Maharashtra government’s decision to confer its highest award on the historian.”The state government should reconsider its decision to honour Purandare,” the senior state Congress leader said in Ahmednagar district yesterday.”Conferring the award will mean devaluing it against the backdrop of serious allegations against Purandare for distorting historical facts,” Patil said.The letter also includes signatures of a few social activists, including Vidya Bal.Nationalist Congress Party Lok Sabha member from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosle, who is a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has said the Maharashtra government should put off the award function due to the controversy surrounding Purandare.

Pakistan may want to botch the dialogue but it’s best for India to stick to diplomacy

‘Two martyred in Indian firing across LoC,’ claims the News International Times based in Rawalpindi. Another Pakistan newspaper blames India for unprovoked firing along the Nakial sector.

Across the border, in villages of Jammu the reality is in stark contrast to the headlines in Pakistan. Hundreds of families have fled their homes in Poonch district, along the LoC, due to heavy shelling by the Pakistani forces.

On 15 August, in one of the biggest incidents of firing along the LoC in recent times, six people were killed and several others were injured as shells rained on Poonch within hours of Pakistan claiming that it will never give up its support for the cause of Kashmiris.

Pakistani troops shelled along the LoC in Balakot sector in Poonch on Monday. PTIPakistani troops shelled along the LoC in Balakot sector in Poonch on Monday. PTI

Pakistani troops shelled along the LoC in Balakot sector in Poonch on Monday. PTI

“No matter how much more time does their legitimate struggle takes, Pakistan will never abandon Kashmiris and their cause,” Pakistan’s ambassador to India, Abdul Basit said, during his country’s Independence Day celebrations in Delhi.

It is evident that Pakistan wants to needle India and yet play the martyr, an innocent victim of unprovoked firing. Since nobody knows who fires the first shot in border skirmishes, or who is retaliating to which previous incident, Islamabad has the luxury to obfuscate the genesis of every conflict.

When dealing with Kashmir, Pakistan’s policy is generally inspired by the tactics of Afzal Khan, a general of Bijapur loyal to the Adil Shah dynasty, against whom Maratha warrior Shivaji fought a long war.

During a battle with Shivaji for a fort near Pune, Khan sent his emissaries to negotiate peace. But his real motive was to attack and kill Shivaji on the pretext of negotiating truce. When the two met, Khan first embraced Shivaji, then suddenly gripped his neck and struck him with a hidden knife.

Pakistan often shows classic symptoms of the Afzal doctrine: offer talks and then try to stab India in the back, either through a terror strike, shelling on the border or with poisonous barbs and comments. So, it is not a mere coincidence that shelling along the LoC and terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups have increased in India since the two nations agreed to discussions between their national security advisors.

India, like Shivaji, is playing the game right this time. Instead of calling off talks, giving Pakistan a ruse for wriggling out and blaming India for failure to negotiate, it has decided to stick to the scheduled discussions. Alongside, India is also counterattacking, pounding the Pakistani border and issuing stern warnings.

In Kashmir’s context, talking to Pakistan serves two purposes. That the two countries can’t afford a military solution to the Kashmir dispute is obvious. The threat of escalation into a nuclear exchange rules out misdaventure by both sides, unless, of course, Pakistan falls into the hands of a mad man. So, the only sensible option is to continue dialogues.

Even Kashmiris want the two sides to stay engaged. Javed Sheikh, 52, a resident of Khayam Chowk of Srinagar plies an autorickshaw for a living. On 15 August, while Srinagar was completely shut and communication network, including mobile phones, were jammed, because of security restrictions on Independence Day, Sheikh drove me around the city’s vacant roads and offered his version of the problem.

“The more you suppress Kashmiris, restrict their movement and harass them with help from security forces, the greater would be the backlash. You can’t turn us into prisoner’s in our own city,” Sheikh argued. His sentiments reflect the mood of the majority of Kashmiris, who feel that militancy rises when civil liberties are curbed and people are harassed and tortured.

But, Sheikh argued, there is one more factor that instigates Kashmiris: the breakdown of dialogue between the two neighbours. “When the countries are talking to each other, people feel there is still hope of a solution. They wait with patience, peacefully,” he said.

Sheikh is an ordinary Kashmiri, but his observation that Kashmir remains relatively calm when India and Pakistan are at the negotiation table may have some merit. The Kashmiri mindset is reflected in the choice of their favourite Indian Prime Minister in recent times.

Kashmiris feel Atal Behari Vajpayee was the best Indian PM for them because of his peace initiatives and focus on dialogue with Pakistan. Many like Sheikh believe he was on the verge of solving the Kashmir problem during the 2001 Agra summit with Pervez Musharraf, before hardliners in the BJP derailed negotiations.

Soon after being sworn in as CM, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had also raised expectations in the Valley when he hinted that Pakistan could soon be part of the peace process. When he thanked Pakistan for peaceful elections in the state, Kashmiris believed that it was part of a strategy discussed with the BJP, his ally in the state government.

It is, thus, in India’s interest to remain at the diplomatic table to ensure that in the eyes of the world we are seen doing our best to deal with a pesky, provocative neighbour. And in Kashmir, hope for a peaceful negotiation keeps separatists away from strikes, stones and other violent measures.

India should remember that the best strategy to deal with the Afzal Khan doctrine is the one immortalised by Shivaji: Never say no to peace negotiations, but carry a wagh nakh (tiger’s claw) to deal with treachery and deceit.

IndiGo plane returns to Mumbai airport due to technical problem

A Delhi-bound IndiGo airlines plane with around 160 passengers on board on Saturday returned to the airport here due to a techinal problem barely 20 minutes after take-off. Flight 6E-178 took off at 9:45 AM from the Chhtrapati Shivaji International Airport here. It was on its way to Delhi from where it would have proceeded to Patna, sources said.

A Delhi-bound IndiGo airlines plane with around 160 passengers on board on Saturday returned to the airport here due to a techinal problem barely 20 minutes after take-off. Flight 6E-178 took off at 9:45 AM from the Chhtrapati Shivaji International Airport here. It was on its way to Delhi from where it would have proceeded to Patna, sources said.”The flight was scheduled to depart at 9.30 AM but left only at 9.45 AM. But after being airborne for nearly 20 minutes, the first officer announced that the flight was returning to Mumbai due to some technical issue,” the sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IndiGo spokesperson was not available for comments. Leakage in the fuel system of the aircraft forced the pilot to take back the flight to the city, the sources claimed.The Gurgaon-based budget airline’s on-time performance from the four key airports- Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore- has taken a beating in the recent times compared to some of its rivals.The airline’s on-time performance from these airports stood at 82.6 per cent in June with the lowest recorded from Mumbai where only 69.2 per cent of its total flights took off on time.

Mass failure in DU exam: Smriti Irani asks officials to enquire

“Have asked officers to enquire with DU,” she tweeted in response to the request of the student’s who took to social media to vent their ire.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday assured Delhi University students of that the officials will enquire with the varsity over mass failure in Sociology paper, triggering widespread resentment among the students.”Have asked officers to enquire with DU,” she tweeted in response to the request of the student’s who took to social media to vent their ire. At least 410 students of Delhi University colleges had failed in Sociology examination triggering protests.The aggrieved students staged protests at the office of Dean of Students’ Welfare’s (DSW), alleging discrepancies in result, error in evaluation and sought his intervention into the issue. While 250 out of 260 students of Shivaji college have failed the examination, 102 out of 120 Political (Hons) students at Laxmi Bai college, 38 out of 50 at Janki Devi Memorial college and 20 out of 25 at Keshav Mahavidyalya have also failed to clear the exam.Sociology in Contemporary India, is an interdisciplinary subject for honours’ students in these colleges.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The university had last week announced that it would waive off re-evaluation fee of over 400 students who have flunked the Sociology examination and assured a through probe into the issue. The students, all of them final-year students, are under panic as the result can hamper their further study plans.

Mumbai rain leaves passengers stranded at airport

Passengers were left stranded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Friday, after flights were delayed due to heavy rains along the nation’s western coast, especially in Mumbai and the Konkan region.

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Passengers were left stranded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Friday, after flights were delayed due to heavy rains along the nation’s western coast, especially in Mumbai and the Konkan region. The rains are expected to continue for some more days. In the last 24 hours, Mumbai has recorded 283 mm of rainfall, which pushes the total received so far in June to 537 mm. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit S. Shah had earlier in the day declared a public holiday for all courts in the city due to the excessive rain, which has disrupted normal life.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> According to reports, several flights have either been delayed or are being diverted due to heavy water logging. Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has reportedly asked residents not to venture out of their homes unless ‘absolutely necessary’. The BMC had earlier ordered schools in Mumbai to close in view of the heavy rain and problems related to water logging. The heavy overnight rain has disrupted local train services and traffic in several parts of the city has been moving at a snail’s pace.

Bal Thackeray memorial to come up near Mayor’s bungalow in Dadar

It was at the Shivaji Park that the party was founded in 1966, where Thackeray held political rallies including the annual Dussehra rally, and it was here that he was cremated in 2012.

The Shiv Sena and the state government are likely to settle on a plot near the Mayor’s bungalow at Dadar for the location of a memorial in the memory of Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. The land is located opposite the Shivaji Park grounds, which have a historical connection with the Sena.It was at the Shivaji Park that the party was founded in 1966, where Thackeray held political rallies including the annual Dussehra rally, and it was here that he was cremated in 2012.The location will be finalised once Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who is abroad, meets chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on his return. “The committee has submitted its report and the chief minister will take the final decision,” said chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya, who headed the committee, which also consisted of the Principal Secretary (Urban Development), BMC Commissioner, Mumbai city Collector and Divisional Commissioner.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have discussed the issue and surveyed plots. We are trying to finalise the plot near Shivaji Park,” said Kshatriya. He added that some other locations considered for the memorial, such as Wadala, were too far away.Shiv Sena Bhavan, the Sena headquarters, is a stone’s throw away from the site. Though hardcore Sainiks had insisted on the Shivaji Park itself as the location for the memorial, this did not fit into the heritage rules. The BMC had constructed a landscaped garden near the cremation site.”This is underway for many months. Uddhav saheb is not there, once he comes back, he will discuss the matter with the Chief Minister and finalise it,” said senior Shiv Sena leader and industries minister Subhash Desai, adding that the government had recommended seven spots for the memorial.

MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi banned from entering Bengaluru for five days

Police said the Police Commissioner has banned Owaisi by using the powers vested in him under CrPC section 144(3).

The City Police Commissioner has imposed prohibitory orders banning All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi from entering the city for five days from April 24 to 28.In his order, Commissioner M N Reddi has also prohibited him from participating or speaking at any public meeting or function directly or through audio-visual or any other media in the city.Police said the Police Commissioner has banned Owaisi by using the powers vested in him under CrPC section 144(3).MIM had rescheduled its public meeting at Chota Maidan at Shivaji Nagar here on April 25, which was to be addressed by Owaisi and other MIM leaders.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, MIM was granted permission to hold its February 21 rally here, but it was cancelled two days prior to the rally.In February, the police had imposed a similar ban on VHP leader Praveen Togadia on grounds that his “provocative” and “inflammatory” speeches would have “grave” consequences and therefore, likelihood of breach of peace.

Changing Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar: A comprehensive list of places renamed by Shiv Sena

In 2011, the Shiv Sena-BJP government in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation passed a resolution to rename Aurangabad city to Sambhajinagar. This decision came after the statue of Dadoji Konddev, Chhatrapati Shivaji’s tutor, was removed from Pune’s Lal Mahal by the Pune Municipal Corporation, led by NCP-Congress, says this DNA report.

The renaming was put on hold as it needed an assent from both state and central governments. Now, the Shiv Sena has decided to press its demand and bring up the renaming again, ahead of the Aurangabad civic polls.

According to this Indian Express report, Uddhav Thackeray has also given the consent to the local leadership in Aurangabad to aggressively campaign for the renaming.

This renaming demand comes as no shock, as Shiv Sena has been trying to change the name of many well known locations across the state. Here’s a list of the various places that have been renamed courtesy Shiv Sena:

1. Victoria Terminus to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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In 1996, Shiv Sena made several demands to rename the iconic south Mumbai Victoria Terminus to Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, under the Vajpayee-led BJP government. It was later made a world heritage site of UNESCO in 2004.

2. From Sahar International Airport to Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport 

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During the same political tenure of BJP-Shiv Sena in 1999, apart from railway stations, the international airport located in Andheri East was also renamed after the Maratha warrior king.

“Our history must be acknowledged. People must know the work done by icons like Shivaji Maharaj and Sambhaji Maharaj,” said Sena leader and Aurangabad MP, Chandrakant Khaire had said in this DNA report.

3. From Prince of Wales Museum to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum

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Former Prince of Wales museum. Image from IBN Live.

The Prince of Wales Museum, built to commemorate the visit of King George V between 1911 and 1924, was renamed to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghrahalya in 2000.

According to this report by the Hindu, the museum was used as a hospital during World War 1. The museum had been known by its original name for decades until it was renamed by the Shiv Sena.

4. From Bombay to Mumbai

In 1995, the Shiv Sena won elections in the state of Maharashtra and presided over a coalition with BJP that took control of the state assembly. Its first move was to rename Bombay to Mumbai after the Hindu goddess Mumba Devi.

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There are several other places within the city that the Sena wanted renamed, but decisions regarding those have either been kept on hold or have been dismissed.

1. From Shivaji Park to Shiv Tirth

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Shivaji Park. Courtesy: IBN Live

In 2012, Shiv Sena wanted to rename the iconic Shivaji park, where Bal Thackeray was cremated to Shiv Tirth, as this was the name that he used to refer to Shivaji park in his rallies. This decision was strongly opposed by the Congress government.

2. From Girgaum Chowpatty to Swaraj Bhoomi

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A proposal was passed in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to rename the ever-so-popular and over-crowed Girgaum Chowpatty to Swaraj Bhoomi, to commemorate the area where veteran freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was cremated. The proposal was rejected on the grounds that it would require environmental clearance, reports DNA.

3. From Churchgate to a name that is a tribute to Bal Thackeray

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Firstpost had earlier reported that within days of Bal Thackeray’s death, Sena bhakts had proposed that several places around the city should be renamed after him.

They also raised a pitch for a memorial for him. From the Mumbai-Goa coastal highway, the work-in-progress Navi Mumbai airport to the Churchgate railway station, they wanted all the areas to be a tribute to the late Sena patriarch.

Shobhaa De might face jail term if Maharashtra assembly finds her tweets on Marathi cinema offensive

Following writer Shobhaa De’s tweets against mandatory screening of Marathi films in prime time slots in multiplexes, where she termed the current Fadnavis government’s attitude similar to ‘dadagiri’, Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik moved a breach of privilege notice and demanded action against her on Wednesday.

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Novelist Shobhaa De. Image courtesy: IBNLive

Daily Mail quoted Sarnaik, who branded Shobhaa De ‘anti-Marathi’ and added, “She has insulted the Marathi-speaking people and those who go to watch Marathi films, she should apologise or I would go ahead with the breach of privilege motion against her.”

The columnist later on Wednesday reacted to Sarnaik’s allegations and tweeted that she was a proud Maharashtrian and she always will be.

According to a report in The Times of India, if Shobhaa De is served with a notice, she will have to explain her views before the House. If the Maharashtra assembly finds her views objectionable, she could even face a jail term.

The speaker has, however, not yet admitted Sarnaik’s motion against Shobhaa De. A breach of privilege motion can be moved by MLAs and MPs against people who they think are guilty of contempt against the state legislature.

The Mumbai police have provided De with security by posting constables outside her residence.

According to a PTI report,  Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna launched an attack on the columnist. “You have done great service to the Marathi land in which you were born. It is unfortunate for Maharashtra that such comments came from a Marathi woman,” an editorial in Saamna said.

Coming down heavily on the author, the editorial said, “Since you have termed the decision of the state government as dadagiri, let us tell you (Shobha)…Had Chhatrapati Shivaji, in his time, and Balasaheb Thackeray not done ‘dadagiri’, then your forefathers and her children would have been born in Pakistan and you would have been attending Page 3 parties in a burqa.”

“The comments that Shobha has made on Marathi culture and food amount to insulting the Marathi people. She has even insulted our culture,” the Sena said.

When asked about the editorial’s reference to Pakistan, the party clarified that the comments were made only to highlight the fight of Shivaji and Bal Thackeray “against the injustice” meted out to Marathi people.

Shobhaa De did not want to comment on the issue but said that this was not the first time that Shiv Sena was targetting her. “This is the third or fourth time the Shiv Sena-BJP has targeted me for my views. The Mumbai police have been exemplary and offered the best security possible. But why should it even come to this?”

Shobhaa De told TOI that the Maharashtra government should have consulted stakeholders before making screening of Marathi movies mandatory and had asked if the government is willing to give subsidy to multiplexes.

“They seem to think I’m letting them down in the fight for Marathi culture, which is far from true. I simply don’t live a parochial existence. I’m very proud of my Marathi identity , but this has nothing to do with what is fair or unfair, or what seems rational and reasonable. I have said on three national TV channels, multiplexes that were given extra FSI on the grounds that they screen Marathi films and have not done so should be punished. But that does not mean the government should issue a diktat on screening Marathi films during primetime without taking stakeholders in the industry into account. The diktat on Marathi films comes close on the heels of another controversial ban by the Maharashtra government. These are little red flags that citizens must pay attention to. Satire and humour are the only means left to citizens to voice their protest. I am a Mumbaikar. The future of my city matters to me.”

Senior CPI leader Govind Pansare in critical condition after being shot at in Kolhapur

Kolhapur: Senior CPI leader Govind Pansare and his wife on Monday suffered serious injuries after they were shot at by some unknown assailants in front of their house here.

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Govind Pansare. Image courtesy: IBN Lokmat

The incident took place around 8 am outside Ideal Housing Society, when the two were returning after their daily morning walk from Shivaji University in Kolhapur.

While Pansare was hit by bullets on the nape of his neck and another went brushing his hand, his wife Sau Uma Pansare suffered a single bullet injury, Kolhapur superintendent of police, Omprakash Sharma told PTI.

They were rushed to a hospital, where they are presently being operated upon. Their condition is said to be critical.

Police have cordoned off the area and hunt for the attackers is on.

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