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Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa – DS­GMC Sec­re­tary, disowned by Sikh Community for his stupid comments

-You are not my rep­re­sen­ta­tive


As feared by WSN, DS­GMC Sec­re­tary Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa crosses the Sikh line and makes stu­pid com­ments sup­port­ing UP Chief Min­is­ter Adityanath on Taj Ma­hal not be­ing part of In­dian cul­ture. The au­thor sup­ports the Sikh voice that Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa is not our rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa -gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Delhi Sikh Gur­d­wara Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee and re­cently elected MLA of the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party, to the Delhi As­sem­bly in a re­cent in­ter­view, backed the state­ment of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Min­is­ter of Ut­tar Pradesh, claim­ing that the his­toric mon­u­ment -Taj Ma­hal is not part of In­dian cul­ture. Yogi Adityanath -an as­cetic turned politi­cian, deeply en­trenched in Hindu be­lief and prac­tice, in one of his speeches in Darb­hanga, said that Taj Ma­hal is not part of In­dian cul­ture. He went on to say that when­ever a for­eign diplo­mat would come to In­dia, a me­mento of Taj Ma­hal would be pre­sented, how­ever since Mod­i’s rule, Hindu re­li­gious books -the sa­cred Bha­gavad Gita or the Ra­mayana are pre­sented to vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries.

It must be un­der­stood that this com­ment on the au­then­tic­ity of Taj Ma­hal and the twist about it be­ing against In­dian cul­ture is not on the ba­sis of it as a cul­tural mon­u­ment but ac­tu­ally flows out of ha­tred to­wards the mi­nor­ity Mus­lim com­mu­nity. Un­for­tu­nately, this com­ing from the mouth of a Yogi, who is sup­posed to be nearer to God and who should see the equal­ity of mankind, makes this even more de­testable. The Taj Ma­hal is a mon­u­ment of love, an em­per­or’s love for his wife. As far as the hus­band’s cru­elty and pol­i­tics are con­cerned, let the his­to­ri­ans judge him.

On an ear­lier oc­ca­sion, Yogi Adityanath claimed that Taj Ma­hal was a Shiva Tem­ple and its name is Tajo Mehlo. Ei­ther the Yogi is con­fused or he has no idea what he is talk­ing about. If he con­sid­ers Taj Ma­hal as the tem­ple of Shiva, then why does­n’t he con­sider it as part of In­dian cul­ture?

While Yogi Adityanath is wel­come to pur­sue his poli­cies, how­ever ra­bid and con­tro­ver­sial they are, it is a to­tally un­called for and an un­nec­es­sary in­tru­sion by Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa. He has no busi­ness to drag his name -a Sikh name (even if it is only in name) to a crass di­vi­sive com­ment, un­sub­stan­ti­ated by his­tory or cul­ture.

A new con­vert to the rad­i­cal BJP mantra on po­lit­i­cal man­age­ment, DS­GMC gen­eral sec­re­tary and re­cently elected Mem­ber of the Delhi As­sem­bly, Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa went over­board to sup­port Yogi Adityanath. He sup­ported the con­tention of Chief Min­is­ter of Ut­tar Pradesh -In­di­a’s largest state with a size­able Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion and re­it­er­ated that Taj Ma­hal is not im­por­tant for In­di­ans.

While Yogi Adityanath is wel­come to pur­sue his poli­cies, how­ever ra­bid and con­tro­ver­sial they are, it is a to­tally un­called for and an un­nec­es­sary in­tru­sion by Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa. He has no busi­ness to drag his name -a Sikh name (even if it is only in name) to a crass di­vi­sive com­ment,  un­sub­stan­ti­ated by his­tory or cul­ture.

The World Sikh News had al­ready men­tioned the dis­turb­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties that will emerge when Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa  (Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa wins, hope Sikhs don’t lose) and oth­ers play a du­bi­ous dou­ble role -un­be­com­ing re­li­gious rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Sikhs in Delhi and new con­verts to BJP. Our ap­peal (Amend Delhi Sikh Gur­d­waras Act, bar two posts for DS­GMC mem­bers) to the Pres­i­dent of the DS­GMC (the gov­ern­ing body Delhi Sikh Gur­d­wara Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee) and to the Delhi gov­ern­ment to amend the Delhi Sikh Gur­d­wara Man­age­ment Act and Rules to ac­com­mo­date the one-man-one-post prin­ci­ple, has so far not elicited any re­sults.

By the way, what do Yogi Adityanath and Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa have to say about the Red Fort -con­structed by the Mughals and from whose ram­parts In­dian Prime Min­is­ters hoist the In­dian na­tional flag year af­ter year? What about In­dia Gate built by the British and adopted by the In­di­ans? And the Pres­i­den­t’s House?

The World Sikh News had al­ready men­tioned the dis­turb­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties that will emerge when Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa and oth­ers play a du­bi­ous dou­ble role -un­be­com­ing re­li­gious rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Sikhs in Delhi and new con­verts to BJP. Our ap­peals to the Pres­i­dent of the DS­GMC (the gov­ern­ing body Delhi Sikh Gur­d­wara Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee), of which Sirsa is a mem­ber and gen­eral sec­re­tary and to the Delhi gov­ern­ment to amend the Delhi Sikh Gur­d­wara Man­age­ment Act and Rules to ac­com­mo­date the one-man one-post prin­ci­ple has so far not elicited any re­sults.

Also, what do Yogi Adityanathand Manin­der Singh Sirsa think about the Sati prac­tice -the burn­ing of a Hindu widow on the pyre of her de­ceased hus­band? Will they jus­tify and glo­rify this prac­tice in this day and age be­cause it was part of In­dian (read Hindu) cul­ture?

Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa state­ment is a “holier than thou” ut­ter­ance, un­wit­tingly drag­ging the Sikhs into an ab­solutely un­nec­es­sary con­tro­versy. While he thinks that he may reap po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fits out of such syco­phancy, he is un­der­min­ing the ba­sic Sikh ethos of equal­ity and re­spect for all re­li­gions. Tar­nish­ing Sikh prin­ci­ples un­wit­tingly or know­ingly is of­fen­sive to Sikhs and the Sikh San­gat should hold him re­spon­si­ble for his ut­ter­ances.

Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa and his ilk have yet to tell us what ef­forts they are mak­ing for the wel­fare of Sikhs in Delhi. We need to know whether his feud with DS­GMC Pres­i­dent Man­jit Singh GK has been re­solved or is he still wait­ing in the wings to be­come the Pres­i­dent and then re­sort to whole­sale dam­age to the name and rep­u­ta­tion of the Sikhs. I am wait­ing for Sikhs in Delhi to rise to the sit­u­a­tion, till that hap­pens, I pro­claim, loud and clear, “Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa -you are not my rep­re­sen­ta­tive -so­cially, re­li­giously or po­lit­i­cally.”

Manjinder Singh Sirsa -You are not my representative

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#AmarnathTerrorAttack – What Modi Government Must Ask Itself

By- Brinda Karat
The cowardly and barbaric terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims has killed seven of them, including five women, and injured many more. The central government has expressed its resolve to identify, apprehend and punish those guilty of this dastardly crime. Every citizen of India would want this to happen without any delay. The CPI(M), while strongly condemning the attack, has expressed its deep condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

There is also legitimate concern as to how such a terrorist attack could take place in spite of the heavy security measures which were said to have been made for the annual pilgrimage to Amarnath. It is reported that intelligence agencies had issued an alert about terrorists plan to attack the yatris. There are also reports that the bus disregarded the rules laid down for all participants of moving in a convoy, the times for movement and so on. The government must conduct an urgent inquiry into these issues including whether there were any security lapses and take appropriate measures.

There have not been such direct attacks on the Yatra for the last fifteen years. The last time such horrific attacks took place on the Amarnath Yatra were in the three consecutive years of 2000, 2001 and 2002 when the Vajpayee Government was ruling at the centre and its then ally, the National Conference, was ruling the state. The worst attack in terms of numbers of those killed was in 2000 when the base camp in Pahalgam was attacked and over 80 people were killed.

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Seven pilgrims were killed in the Amarnath Yatra terror attack
While it is yet to be established as to which terrorist group is behind the present attack, the role of Pakistan in promoting, patronizing and sponsoring such dastardly attacks has been well established.

The politics behind this attack and steps to defeat the nefarious aims of the terrorists is as important to understand and address as are the administrative measures the government must take. This in turn is linked to the turmoil in Kashmir and the widespread disaffection and alienation of the people of Kashmir from the Indian establishment and its policies.

The smooth conduct of the Amarnath Yatra with the support of local people along its route has symbolized the pluralist culture of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat. There have been numerous examples when it is the locals who have come to the assistance of yatris. Even last year, when the Valley was riven with militant protests, firings and curfew in the wake of the killing of Burhan Wani, the example of locals helping out yatris caught in a tragic bus accident, even as the rest of the convoy sped past, was an example of this culture. The political aim of those who mastermind and who carry out terror attacks on innocents, targeting religious beliefs, is precisely to destroy what remains of this culture. The difference between 2000 and 2017 is the harsh reality that religious extremists owing allegiance to the most sectarian Islamist ideologies, far removed from the culture and way of life and traditions of Kashmir, are gaining influence, especially among a section of the youth.

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Family members mourn the victims of the Amarnath Yatra terror attack
But instead of understanding the different dimensions of the issues, instead of initiating a political dialogue the present central government and its coalition government in the state have gravely erred by looking at Kashmir only through the narrow prism of “security” while refusing to address the political dimensions. The Modi Government has turned its back on what Vajpayee-ji had said as Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech in 2002. “For us, Kashmir is not a piece of land…it is a test case of secularism. India has always withstood the test of a secular nation. Jammu and Kashmir is a living example of this.”
But today we are failing this test, we have ignored the needs and voices of the people of Kashmir, we have reduced the entire issue to one concerning Pakistan, thereby strengthening and helping their goal of keeping Kashmir in a state of permanent turmoil and disaffection while the anti-Kashmiriyat forces gain support. The very same population which today is so alienated had created history just three years ago when it turned its back on the militants’ call for a boycott of the assembly elections with the largest turnout in each of the five phases of the elections: from the lowest at 49 per cent to the highest at 72 per cent and an average voter turnout in all the phases of around 65 per cent. The Prime Minister had visited the Valley as part of the election campaign several times and in his speech at the Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar had declared, “I have come to share your pain and sorrow. Your sorrow is my sorrow, your pain is my pain, your problem is my problem…” The people gave his government a chance. The sense of betrayal therefore is all the greater.

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According to reports, intelligence agencies had issued an alert about terrorists plan to attack the yatris (File photo)
Equally tragically, the aim of the terrorists to decimate the culture of Kashmiriyat gets a big boost when, in the rest of India, the ruling party patronizes and promotes politics to divert the attention of the people from the failures of the government in their day-to-day lives with slogans and actions to deliberately polarize and divide people on communal lines. In the name of nationalism, the worst kind of jingoistic, chauvinistic and communal politics is propagated day after day, the target being all those who oppose the Hindutva agenda of the ruling combine. Kashmiris in particular are soft targets when they migrate in search of a livelihood to other parts of India, or when as students they seek better educational facilities than are available in the Valley. When Kashmiri shopkeepers in Mussoorie are threatened with eviction, or when Kashmiri students in Delhi or Rajasthan are beaten or viewed with hostility and suspicion on the understanding that every Kashmiri is a terrorist, it fuels the alienation in the Valley. It is most welcome therefore that at this time, the Home Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh, has reiterated that the job of his ministry is to maintain harmony. Each form of fundamentalism and communalism strengthens the other.

While mourning for those innocents who were brutally shot down on their way back from a pilgrimage to Amarnath, while committing ourselves as citizens to fight terrorism, our resolve to fight all those forces who divide people in the name of religion, whether we are in Srinagar or in Delhi, must be strengthened.http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/on-amarnath-yatra-attack-what-modi-government-must-ask-itself-1723649

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Khedut Samaj condemns and protests the detention of Jignesh Mevani and “Azadi Kooch’ activists

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Civil and political rights almost in abeyance in Gujarat;
A fictitious peace and a fictitious democracy in Gujarat.

The General Secretary of Khedut Samaj-Gujarat (KSG) Shri Sagar Rabari, through a press release, has stated that:

The situation of civil rights of dissenters, those disagreeing with the government, are under severe strain and threat in Gujarat. Just last month we had highlighted the case of Shri Lakhan Musafir. Today the Government of Gujarat and the Gujarat Police provided yet another example of it.

The Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RADM) had planned to take out a rally – “Azadi Kooch” – from Mehsana town to Dhanera in Banaskantha district to mark the first anniversary of the Una incident. The organisers had sought police permission and were granted the same; however the permission granted on June 27 was revoked on July 8 by the executive magistrate of Mehsana who cited a fresh advisory issued by the local police about the law and order situation.

Yet the organisers announced that they would go ahead despite the rev permission and accordingly the rally started today at Mehsana. A meeting was held at Somnath Chowk in Mehsana at 3 pm and the rally started soon thereafter. The rally was addressed by Jignesh Mevani, Kanhaiya Kumar, Yogendra Yadav, Raju Shetty and Reshma Patel among others.

However, as is the new normal in Gujarat nowadays, the police took Shri Jignesh Mevani and others into ‘preventive detention’. Reshma Patel of PAAS was also detained.

KSG strongly condemns this unconstitutional act of the Government of Gujarat in denying the people their right to expression and their right to association. The rally and the participants were marching peacefully to highlight their demands. Not allowing people to voice their anger, stifling the voice of dissent and frustration, and then claiming a fictitious peace in the state is the hallmark of the BJP government in Gujarat. It betrays the deep distrust and fear of the people that the Government of Gujarat has been suffering from.

We wish to emphasise that this is not an isolated incident. Police permission has now become mandatory for the smallest of meetings; police permission is denied as a matter of routine; Section 144 is perennially in place; LIB and IB inquiries and phone tappings are rampant; detentions of social activists is now the norm.

It is a lie to say that Gujarat is a strife-free state; Gujarat is a police state and strife is suppressed through sheer brute force of the state.

Sagar Rabari
Secretary, Khedut Samaj-Gujarat

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Locked In A Dark Room By Her Family For 20 Years, Woman Rescued #Vaw

The shocking incident took place in Candolim village, not far from the beach resorts that draw thousands of tourists from within the country and abroad. The police has sent the woman for treatment.

NEW DELHI:  Her world came crashing down when she figured that the Mumbai man she had married already had a wife. Heartbroken, she came back home in north Goa but her family could not cope with her “abnormal behaviour” and locked her up in a room.

It was her world for the next 20 years.

When a team of women police officers rescued her, she was naked and was reluctant to move out of the dirty room, a senior Goa police officer told news agency Press Trust of India. The woman, reported to be in her fifties, hadn’t stepped out in a long time.

It turned out that the woman had been locked in a dark room at the rear of her parents’ house for nearly 20 years. Her only contact with the world outside was a window, through which “she was served food and water” by her two brothers and their family who lived in the ancestral house.

The shocking incident took place in Candolim village, not far from the beach resorts that draw thousands of tourists from within the country and abroad. The police has sent the woman for treatment.

The team had raided the house on information provided by ‘Bailancho Saad’, a civil society group that works for women’s rights. The non-profit had received a tip off over email from a person who claimed to have seen the woman.

Quoting her family members, the police officer said the woman had married a man from Mumbai. But she returned home after learning that he already had a wife.“Her family members locked her in the room after she started behaving abnormally after her return from Mumbai,” the officer said, according to PTI.

“We are yet to arrest anyone in this case. The investigation is still at primary stage. The statement of family members of the woman is being recorded,” he said.

Source:http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/locked-in-a-dark-room-by-her-family-for-20-years-woman-rescued-1723558

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Gujarat polls: Disenchantment in Patel-dominated diamond hub Surat after GST

In a few months, PM Narendra Modi’s home state goes to the polls in what is being billed as one of the most important tests for the BJP before the general elections in 2019.

Simmering discontent in Gujarat’s major industrial hub Surat is threatening to boil over. For over a month now, the city famous worldwide for its diamond and textiles business has seen protest marches by traders demanding a rollback of certain provisions of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Last Saturday, over a lakh traders came out on the streets to oppose the 5% GST on textiles. A day earlier, Union minister of state for road and transport Mansukh Mandaviya had met traders’ leaders and promised to take up the matter with the GST Council.

“Some discomfort is expected in the beginning whenever a big change is introduced. The BJP has been in constant touch with the traders,” Mandaviya told reporters in Surat. But some traders are getting impatient.

“Business is our God. If business is not there, do we worship the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),?” asks Mahendra D Raoliya, a power loom owner and diehard BJP supporter till the GST hit his textiles business.

Over 10 lakh people associated with big and small power looms and textile mills of Surat are a worried lot, fearing the GST would add to the woes of the industry barely recovering from the effects of demonetisation.

“Most of our products are sold on two-wheelers in the countryside. A Rs-100 saree will cost Rs 190 after GST. Imported products will be cheaper and our industry will be finished this time,” says Mahendra, a member of the Patidar community that traditionally votes for the BJP.

As Gujarat heads for crucial assembly elections later this year, issues like demonetisation and GST are bound to figure in the campaign for garnering votes of disaffected sections.

Even the famed diamond business of Surat, the world’s largest hub, is getting the jitters. Just a daylong shutdown by diamond traders on June 18 to press for exemption from GST led to a loss of roughly Rs 700 crore. Traders are opposing the proposed 3% GST on polished diamonds, 5% as labour tax and 0.25% on rough diamonds.

“Taxes under GST would shrink our export turnover by 20 %. Considering that 96% of the diamonds processed here are exported, taxes on local transactions should not be levied,” says Dinesh Navadiya, president of Surat Diamond Association.

Cut and polished diamonds were until now exempted from all taxes. The industry, small units in particular, was hit by last November’s demonetisation. Now, Surat’s diamond workers and owners fear the GST could deal a crippling blow to the Rs 90,000 crore business.

“The 3% GST on polished diamonds is refundable once the product is exported. Why take the taxes in the first place if it is to be repaid?” asks Jaysukh Bhai Gajera of the GST Sangharsh Samiti that organised the June 18 shutdown.

At Surat’s Shree Ramkrishna Exports (SRK), one of the world’s biggest diamond cutting and polishing units, founder Govindbhai Dholakia agrees that GST would affect the industry somewhat.

“The 0.25 % tax will help in making transactions transparent. But there is a problem with the 3% refundable tax. This is to streamline local trade, which accounts for just 4 %, but it will also affect the remaining 96% businesses that deal in exports,” says Dholakia.

Surat’s diamond industry employs more than 10 lakh people directly and indirectly. Another 5 lakh people are employed in smaller centres like Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Amreli.

Small units make up 15-20% of Surat’s diamond business employing one-third of the work force.

“First demonetisation hit us. Now, we do not even know how to register for GST, forget about its impact on our business,” says Ramesh Bhai of Tapadia Gems that employs 65 workers and caters to the domestic markets.

“Diamond traders have written to us. We will discuss the issue and try to reach some conclusion,” says Gujarat finance minister Nitin Patel.

The ruling BJP is wary about the renewed disenchantment in Surat – the nerve centre of the violent Patidar agaitation for OBC quota in September 2015.

Political observers say the disenchantment in this Patidar-dominated BJP stronghold has been building up for quite some time now.

“Most of the diamond businessmen and workers are Patels (Paitidars) who have migrated from Saurashtra. Already unhappy with BJP, if the Patels show their anger in their voting pattern, it will make a huge difference,” says political analyst Achyut Yagnik.

Patidars or Patels comprise 15 % of Gujarat’s population. In bid to reach out to the community, the BJP had organised a road show on June 1 for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Surat. The road show drew huge crowds, making the BJP believe that Modi magic was still shining bright in the diamond hub that traders fear will soon lose lustre.

Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/protests-against-gst-disenchantment-grows-in-patel-dominated-diamond-hub-surat/story-sHKWe7pxjFZCtkv5LsaCAL.html

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Hindu Makkal Katchi demands arrest of Kamal Haasan and ‘Big Boss’ contestants #WTFnews

Complaint seeking arrest of Kamal Haasan, Namitha, Julie, Oviya

 

Looks like veteran actor Kamal Haasan is under fire.

Recently, the Hindu Makkal Katchi, a nationalistic Hindu party in Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday, demanded ban on the Tamil version of reality show ‘Bigg Boss‘ and wanted its host Ulaganayagan Haasan to be arrested for tarnishing Tamil culture.

The HMK also complained that the contestants’ portrayal in the show is a statement of disrespect towards the Tamil values.

 HMK Demands Arrest Of Kamal Haasan And Ban On 'Bigg Boss Tamil'

‘Big Boss Tamil,’ Season One, is a reality show based on the Hindi show ‘Big Boss.’

The complaint, filed with the Chennai Commissioner, seeks arrest of the ‘Chachi 420‘ actor, followed by an arrest of all the 14 participants of the show, for tarnishing the reputation of the State and its culture.

According to the HMK, this show is responsible for segregating the Indian people and deteriorating the sense of cultural values among the Indians. They claim that the show depicts obscene content and the contestants roam around in the house in an indecent way, leading to profanity.

Their accusation further stated that for the Tamil people, ‘Tamil Thai Vazhthu’ (Invocation to Mother Tamil) is the most crucial thing and is more precious than the inner spirit, Hence, such a program mocks the state and its people.

The petition demands an immediate ban on the show and the arrest of everyone involved- actor Kamal Hassan and all the contestants.'(ANI)

ooks like veteran actor Kamal Haasan is under fire.

Recently, the Hindu Makkal Katchi, a nationalistic Hindu party in Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday, demanded ban on the Tamil version of reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ and wanted its host Ulaganayagan Haasan to be arrested for tarnishing Tamil culture.

The HMK also complained that the contestants’ portrayal in the show is a statement of disrespect towards the Tamil values.

‘Big Boss Tamil,’ Season One, is a reality show based on the Hindi show ‘Big Boss.’

The complaint, filed with the Chennai Commissioner, seeks arrest of the ‘Chachi 420’ actor, followed by an arrest of all the 14 participants of the show, for tarnishing the reputation of the State and its culture.

According to the HMK, this show is responsible for segregating the Indian people and deteriorating the sense of cultural values among the Indians. They claim that the show depicts obscene content and the contestants roam around in the house in an indecent way, leading to profanity.

Their accusation further stated that for the Tamil people, ‘Tamil Thai Vazhthu’ (Invocation to Mother Tamil) is the most crucial thing and is more precious than the inner spirit, Hence, such a program mocks the state and its people.

The petition demands an immediate ban on the show and the arrest of everyone involved- actor Kamal Hassan and all the contestants.'(ANI)

 

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Censor board stalls film on Amartya Sen over words ‘Gujarat’, ‘cow’ #WTFnews

A documentary on Amartya Sen, titled The Argumentative Indian, has come in the crosshairs of the CBFC. The board has asked words like “Gujarat”, “cow”, “Hindutva view of India” and “Hindu India”, uttered by the Nobel laureate be muted.

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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen during the special screening of Suman Ghosh’s film The Argumentative Indian in Kolkata.(IANS)

A documentary on Amartya Sen will not be released in Kolkata after filmmaker and economist Suman Ghosh refused to follow the Central Board of Film Certification’s order to mute words such as “Gujarat”, “cow”, “Hindutva view of India” and “Hindu India” spoken by the Nobel laureate, The Telegraph has reported.

Ghosh was told The Argumentative Indian, which was screened at the CBFC office in Esplanade on Tuesday, could only be released with a UA certificate if he agreed to beep out the words, the newspaper said.

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“The attitude of the censor board just underlines the relevance of the documentary in which Sen highlights the growing intolerance in India. Such scrutiny of any criticism of the government in a democratic country is shocking. There is no way I would agree to beep or mute or change anything that one of the greatest minds of our times has said in the documentary,” Ghosh told The Telegraph on Tuesday.

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and actor Soumitra Chatterjee during the special screening of Suman Ghosh’s film The Argumentative Indian. (IANS)

According to the report, the word “Gujarat” came up during a lecture Sen delivered at Cornell University in The Argumentative Indian that was shot in two parts in 2002 and 2017.

“…Why democracy works so well is that the government is not free to have its own stupidities, and in case of Gujarat its own criminalities, without the Opposition being howled down and booted out …” Sen said.

sked by economist Kaushik Basu about the context of his book, The Argumentative Indian, Sen said that it was “really based on my understanding of the country… (and) the country was now being interpreted sometimes as Hindu India and sometimes as other restricted visions of the country….”

“…There was a kind of grandness of vision there, and an integrated picture which hangs together in trying to embrace each other, not through chastising people for having mistreated a cow or some other thing, but dealing with people in terms of argument,” Sen said as part of his answer to Basu.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen gives his autograph on the Bengali translation of his own book The Country of First Boys,during its launch at ICCR in Kolkata on Monday. (PTI)

Talking about the backlash to the airing of his views on the present state of the nation, Sen said: “Now a lot of people would disagree with my view of India … Whenever I try to take this rather grand view of India, which is not the banal Hindutva view of India, whenever I make a statement, I know the next morning I will get 800 attacks on social media of four different kinds…. I can see there is an organised attack (by a particular political group)… Now the main thing is not to be deterred by it.”

An unnamed member of the board refused to comment when asked about the objections, the newspaper said.

Ghosh, who teaches economics at Miami in the United States, is yet to decide on his next course of action.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/censor-board-stalls-film-on-amartya-sen-over-words-gujarat-cow-report/story-m485SUqiIamu00RxtK8d8N.html

 

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Hyderabad – Transwoman, abused by army personnel

HYDERABAD: The 34-year-old transwoman, Ramya(name changed), who was allegedly abused by unidentified army personnel near parade grounds on Saturday night is currently traumatised for a number of reasons.While the physical abuse is something the community members are used to, Ramya fears that this could be the end of her livelihood. One of the main dancers at the Bonalu festival in Secunderabad, Ramya had taken an advance to perform on Monday.

“She is scared that this incident will not provide her the opportunity next year,” said Rachana Mudraboyina, a trans woman who was with Ramya after the incident occurred on Saturday night.
The incident came to light a day after when Rachana posted photographs of the assault on social media. In her post she stated that military personnel dragged Ramya and despite her pleading, they beat her. While cases under IPC Section 324, for voluntarily causing hurt and Section 352, for assault and criminal force have been registered against unidentified army personnel, it might not be true to the victim’s version, claim members from the community.

“We waited for more than four hours at the police station as officers were not available on Sunday morning. By then, a verbal complaint was already made after which Ramya was issued permission for a medical check up. While we were waiting at the station, we wrote down the victim’s version that stated details of the attack,” explained Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, who was also with Ramya.

However, police, the community members claim, pushed them to change the version and maintain that Ramya trespassed and hence was trashed. “We did not agree to this.
We also did not receive an acknowledgment from the police about our complaint. We do not know what is in the FIR,” added Vyjayanti.

D Nagaraju, SI, Begumpet police station stated that an FIR was registered based on the complaint filed by Ramya and they have a written copy of her complaint. “She didn’t give us as many details upon inquiry,” he informed, adding that they have been receiving complaints against transpersons for creating nuisance. “We counselled them in the past but they do not have an alternative livelihood option and hence go back,” he said. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Forum has intervened and will be constituting a fact finding committee to investigate the matter.

Army calls allegations ‘baseless’

Stating that the allegations made by Ramya are “false and factually incorrect”, the Army issued a clarification. The press release stated that transpersons had trespassed into the army Parade Ground. “As per the security procedure, the army personnel at the site requested them to vacate the premises as they are guarding the Defence Land. On the contrary, the transgender persons were aggressive, abusive and tried to assault the army personnel. No force was used by the army personnel and the allegations made by the transgender persons are unfounded and baseless.”

Mahankali  Bonalu concludes, oracle predicts bountiful rains

Hyderabad: The Bonalu festival, organised as part of Ashadha Jatara at Sri Ujjaini Mahankali temple in Secunderabad, concluded on Monday with the ‘Rangam’ (oracle) predictions made by Swarnalata, followed by a colourful procession of the presiding deity atop a caparisoned elephant. The oracle predicted that the state would receive bountiful rains this year too. On Monday too, pilgrims arrived at the temple in large numbers

CP orders an inquiry into the incident of stopping Dattatreya’s vehicle

Hyderabad: A day after police stopped vehicle of Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya towards Mahankali temple, city Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy ordered an inquiry on Monday into the incident. “The Additional Police Commissioner, Law and Order, VV Srinivas Rao shall conduct the enquiry into the circumstances in which the vehicle was stopped by identifying policemen for their negligence and submit a report for taking appropriate action,” Mahneder said. Dattatreya’s vehicle was stopped when he  along with his family went to Mahankali Ujjaini temple to offer prayers following Bonalu festivities on Sunday. He and his family got down from their vehicle and walked to the temple on foot. Upset over the act, he vented his anger alleging that police has violated protocol of Union Minister by humiliating him. Meanwhile, BJP city leaders brought the matter to the notice of Police Commissioner.

Source:-http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2017/jul/11/transwoman-abused-by-army-personnel-fears-losing-bonalu-gig-1627090.html

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Jharkhand -Denied ambulance , tribal man, wife carry brother’s body on foot #WTFnews

 

When the family insisted on being provided an ambulance, they were allegedly asked to pay Rs 4,000. Unable to shell out the amount, Lakshman decided to carry the body.

Unable to pay for a hearse vehicle, a tribal man carried his brother’s body on foot with the help of his wife, even as his inconsolable sister-in-law followed, in Jharkhand’s Chatra district on Sunday.

Lakshman Oraon, of Shidpa village, had brought his brother Rajendra, who suffered a snake-bite, to the district’s Sadar hospital in the morning.

Doctors attending to Rajendra asked his kin to buy the necessary medicines from outside, but Lakshman failed and this resulted in his brother’s death at around 8.30 am, half an hour after being brought.

Doctors then informed the police. After post mortem, the body was handed over to the family four hours later but no arrangement was made for transporting it to Oraons’ village, Shidpa, 40 km from the hospital.

When the family insisted on being provided an ambulance, they were allegedly asked to pay Rs 4,000. Unable to shell out the amount, Lakshman decided to carry the body.

He and his wife Sita Devi, who had tied Rajendra’s infant son to her back, lifted the body and started off towards the market as Rajendra’s inconsolable wife Sunita Devi followed, wailing.

They could hardly manage to move a hundred feet in this manner when locals intervened and informed the civil administration officials who later arranged for an ambulance.

Taking umbrage to the incident, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das ordered immediate suspension of the deputy superintendent of Sadar hospital, Dr Krishna Kumar, and hospital manager, Dr Nishant Kumar and ordered a probe into the non-availability of medicines.

Several similar incidents have been reported across the country over a year, especially in Odisha where a Kalahandi tribal was forced to carry his wife’s body on his shoulders for about 10 km.

The incident triggered national outrage forcing the Naveen Patnaik government to launch a hearse vehicle scheme, Mahaprayan. But, despite the scheme, similar incidents are being reported from the state.

Meanwhile, the acting-civil surgeon of Chatra Sadar hospital, Dr Shyamnandan Singh, who also treated the deceased, said, “The family did not consult me for ambulance. Once I came to know about it, it was immediately provided to them.”

Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/denied-hearse-tribal-man-wife-carry-brother-s-body-on-foot-in-jharkhand/story-wtgwJwejoG2bN05k6U05KI.html

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Mumbai- Cop tells women – ‘ sit elsewhere’ when she complains about pervert #WTFnews

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MUMBAI: A woman has blogged about how she and her friend caught a man masturbating in Tapovan Express and when they complained, a cop told them to “sit elsewhere”.

The alleged incident took place on June 29. The woman later tweeted a video of the act to the ministry of railways. However, there was no response. It was only on July 11, after another Twitter user tagged the railway minister and divisional railway manager that RPF was told to probe the matter.

The woman has stated in her blog: “What I experienced on the morning of 29th June was nothing short of disgusting-both in terms of the masturbating guy and the reaction our protectors gave to it (sic).”

The women got off the train and found a cop on a faraway platform. They showed him the video but he seemed unaffected, the blog stated. He then agreed to accompany them to the platform where their train had pulled in, “but without any sense of urgency”. In her blog, he said when the accused saw them, he fled but the cop did not follow him and instead told them: “That guy must also have a reservation. Go find a place to sit elsewhere.” She said that the cop then simply walked away.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/sit-elsewhere-cop-tells-women-who-complain-about-pervert/articleshow/59554851.cms

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