Presidential Elections: Has Modi’s Plan Worked?

By announcing a Dalit candidate for President, Modi was successful in splitting opposition parties.

New Delhi: BJP’s last minute pick of Ram Nath Kovind as Presidential candidate was a surprise to media and to all parties. Modi was successful by bringing saffron mark ‘Kovind ‘into Rastrapathi Bhavan by using the trump card of Dalit keeping an eye on 2019 elections.

Kovind , presently Governor of Bihar , has all kinds of qualifications to be Presidential candidate but his name by Modi for the first citizen of India surprised one and all. Kovind himself did not expect until last minute.

Congress was still in dilemma to say yes or no for NDA’s pick. Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Sonia Gandhi will be presiding over a meeting of all the major allies to discuss this issue. But BJP leaders said PM Modi has a word with Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh before announcing Ram Nath as their candidate.

Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, CPI General Secretary said that they will oppose any candidate with RSS background. He also clarified that they will put up a candidate against Ram Nath.

TMC‘s excuses is not up to the mark. As per CM Mamatha if the candidate is a well known person like Sushma or Advani it is the better choice. Though she is not saying Kovid is unfit for President, her decision will be finalised after opposition parties meet on June 22nd. At the last meeting N she said that there are many Dalit leaders in the country who can be selected, thus leaving her intentions to calculate by us.

TDP, TRS, YSRCP, AIDMK, BJD, all parties extended their support for Ram Nath.

But at last it was Modi who was successful in breaking UPA allies for this election. Modi whose agenda for 2019 elections will be Ayodhya, along with anti-corruption government will the use of Dalit card too in Northern region for his political benefit, felt political experts.

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Kerala’s First Metro Rail Flagged Off By PM Modi

PM Modi flagged off Kochi Metro rail on Saturday which is first metro rail in Kerala.

Kochi: PM Narendra Modi started first metro rail in Kochi, Kerala’s first metro rail project, by flagging it off and he also took an inaugural ride on board with CM Vijayan and Meto genius Sreedharan.

Much awaited project from Palarivattom station to JLN stadum is the first ride of the train after Modi cut off the ribbon.
Country’s first integrated multi-model transport system will ease the traffic congestion in Kochi which is said to be the biggest commercial hub of Kerala.

According to the Kochi Metro officials, first phase will stretch for about 13 kms which will enhance the quality of life of Kochi people by providing regional connectivity reducing traffic congestion, air and noise pollution.

For managing station operations, women were recruited in large number in the name of KUDUMBASHREE which will provide customer relations, crowd management, Housekeeping, catering services.

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PM Modi, Donald Trump Meet on June 26th

PM Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald trump on June 26th for bilateral talks

Washington: According to the foreign Ministry, PM Modi was invited to Washington to meet Trump on June 26th for bilateral talks.
In a press release, the Ministry said that on the invitation of President of US, PM Modi will visit Washington on June 25-26, 2017.

This will be the first visit by Modi’s after Trump became President on January 20th, 2017. Two leaders have spoken on phone three times prior to this and this visit assumes importance in the wake of the decisions of the US Government in the case of H1 B Visas norms and US pulling out of Paris Agreement.

“Their meet will provide a new direction on issues of mutual interests and consolidation of a multi-dimensional strategic ties between India and US” MEA said.

PM Modi last visited US in June last year and Ex President Obama visited India as Chief Guest in Republic Day function.

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A Sex Worker’s Letter To PM Modi Seeking Help

A Bangladeshi national who was rescued from a brothel in Pune in 2015 tweeted a hand written letter to PM Modi seeking his help to convert Rs 10,000 that she got as tips from her customers.

Delhi: A sex worker rescued from a brothel in 2015, tweeted a hand-written letter to the prime minister to help her convert Rs. 10,000 she had saved in the old denominations to new ones.

The Bangladeshi national was rescued from a brothel in Budhwarpeth, Pune in December 2015. The woman was brought to India under the pretext of a job and was sold into commercial sex work.

Though she was rescued two years ago, she got a clearance to go to her homeland only recently.

The woman in her letter, explaining her circumstances also wrote how the money she had collected as tips from customers was in possession of the brothel owners.

The woman wrote that she was in an abusive marriage for about three years before she came to India. Taking responsibility of her parents, she worked at a garment factory in Bangladesh and earned Rs. 9000 per month. However, one of her colleagues tempted her about the lucrative opportunities in India, she wrote.

As she decided to go to India due to her financial conditions, her colleague’s contact brought her to Vashi and sold her to a Nepali woman for just Rs. 50,000, the survivor wrote in her letter.

Later, she was taken to Bengaluru and was handed over to another woman who forced her into prostitution, she stated. She was assured that she would be sent back to Bangladesh, she wrote.

However, she ended up in Pune until she was rescued in 2015 with the help of Rescue Foundation. All her belongings and money were left at the brothel place.

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PM Modi Offers First Puja At Kedarnath Temple

PM Narendra Modi has visited Kedarnath temple for the first time after winning 2014 elections. The temple was opened on Wednesday after six months of closure.

Kedaranath: : Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Kedarnath temple, which opened on Wednesday after a six-month-long winter break. This is the first visit of the PM to the most revered shrine since winning the general elections in 2014.

The doors of the shrine were thrown open at 8.50 am amidst Vedic Chants. The PM took part in an important ritual inside the temple. He was the first person to offer prayers at the shrine after the gates were opened for the season.

The PM was accompanied by Chief Minister TS Rawat and other BJP leaders. Meanwhile, pilgrims were kept waiting because of the tight security until PM’s puja was finished.

After the worship, PM greeted the main priest. He was presented with prasad and a replica of the shrine. The PM also met the pilgrims.

Modi took an aerial survey of Kedarnath after it was ravaged in 2013 by flash floods. The BJP government is hoping to get a boost from the Centre after PM’s visit, said reports.

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Bill Gates Tweet About India Goes Viral In Social Media

The post crossed 10,000 likes and 2,800 re tweets in just 9 hours.

New Delhi: Bill Gates, World’s richest man, recently visited India and shared pictures and videos of his tour in social media.

Picture of Bill Gates riding in an auto around India Gate became hot topic in social media. He also sweetly tweeted that “I try to visit India at least once a year; I am inspired by something new every time”. This post crossed 10,000 likes and 2,800 re tweets in just 9 hours.

He also praised PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign. He referred Modi’s first speech on Independence Day, three years ago, in his blog and said” I cant think of another time when a National leader has broached such a sensitive topic (open defecation in the country) so frankly and so publicly”.

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Engineering Marvel In J&K: Asia’s Longest Bi-direction Road Tunnel To Be Opened By PM Modi

New Delhi: On April 2nd, India will witness the inauguration of the longest bi-direction road tunnel at Chenani Nashri in J&K by PM Narendra Modi. This tunnel which is on Jammu-Srinagar high way, will cut down the distance between these two by at least two hours and the distance by 41km.

A 10.89 km tunnel with estimated cost of ₹ 2,519 crore was completed in record time of four years with latest developed fully transverse ventilation system, communication, power, SOS call box, fire fighting incident detection etc.

As per Minister Nitin Gadkari, it’s an engineering marvel on the most difficult terrain of Himalayas built between Udampur and Ramban in Jammu and Kasmir which is located at an elevation of 1200 meters.

To ward off any security threat, tunnel is equipped with advanced scanners. There is no human intervention required for its operations as it is fitted with well advanced automatic smart control. Tunnel is constructed by Infrastructure Leasing and Financial services (IL & FS). Tunnel will be handed over to National Authorities after the formal inauguration by Prime Minister on April 2nd.

A parallel 9 km long escape tunnel which starts from Jammu is fitted with world class equipment to detect fire accidents. 124 CCTV cameras are fitted; maximum speed for vehicles inside tunnel is restricted to 50 kms per hour with head lights on low beam.

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Bihar Package, Another Bluff By BJP?

Patna: On August 18th, during Bihar elections campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 1.25 lakh crores as special package for the state receiving huge applause from crowd. Its 18 months over, not a single paisa was allotted to the state up to now as per the RTI.

Anil Galgali, Mumbai based RTI Activist, filed the query on this issue in Dec 2016 with the Union Finance Ministry. Query sought details of massive packages to various states, and action taken till date.

Anand Parmar, Deputy Director in Finance Ministry, declined to provide direct reply to RTI query on the special package to Bihar. But he made the position clear by saying it will be cleared in phased manner though not a single paisa was released till date.

Galgali termed this as another jumla and reacted strongly by saying so many jumlas were shown to 125 crores Indian population by BJP, but the Government’s own figures prove that the promises were only on paper. In this background, how can Modi’s promises be taken seriously, he asked.

Same doubts bother the people in Andhra Pradesh. Those who have strong sentiments about special status and special package should watch Bihar episode before taking ruling party seriously in the context of next elections.

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Birender, man who lives in hearts of cardiac patients

New Delhi: PM Modi recently announced about slashing of Stent prices, a device used to treat weekend or narrowed arteries in the heart. Prices almost slashed from 45000 to 8000, thus giving a huge relief to cardiac patients in the country.

But the credit goes to a brave fight by a lawyer named Birender Sangwan who filed a petition in Delhi Court in 2014 against the price regulation of this life saving device.

In 2014, Sangawan’s friend brother received a massive heart attack and was charged 1, 26,000rs. When Sangwan checked for MRP on the device box, he could not find out the price fixed by Government. After a thorough check with other doctors he came to a conclusion that there is no fixed price and hospitals had a free hand in fixing the prices of stents.

He came to know that Stents were not included on National List of essential Medicines (NLEM), and came to a conclusion that it as a scam with no ethics followed.

After a series of PIL filed by Sangwan in HC, Court directed Government to look into this cap price of stent.  Congress and BJP tried to politicize this issue but purely credit goes to this brave lawyer whose next target is on Orthopaedic implant devices with extent priced tags.

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PM Modi to unveil 112ft Adi Yogi Statue on Feb 24th

Coimbatore: Isha foundation, source of Yoga, here, designed 112 ft Lord Shiva statue which will be unveiled by PM Modi on the eve of Mahashivaratri. Largest face on earth with symbolic liberation represents 112 ways to attain one’s ultimate objective through yoga, says Sadguru Vasudev who is founder of Isha foundation.

Nearly 1 million people are expected to take part in oath in teaching yoga with 100 people each in coming year touching 100 million by next Sivarathri, according to ISHA foundation.

Unveiling of the statue by PM will signal largest celebrations of Sivarathir in the country. This programme will be telecast live through 23 satellite TVs in 7 languages. This glorious face of Lord Shiva was included in incredible India by Ministry of Tourism.

Isha foundation is planning these faces of Adiyogi in 4 corners of the country with South in Coimbatore, North in Delhi, East in Varanasi and west in Mumbai in coming years.

According to founder Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, it took more than 2.5 years to design and 8 months to build the 112 ft statue

Meanwhile, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in Madras High Court seeking to demolish the statue which was built on wet lands. HC issued notice to government expecting a reply before March 3rd. But the foundation condemned the PIL saying that baseless allegations are made saying that the foundation activities are within the purview of law.

Senior BJP leader, former Home Minister LK Advani will reach Coimbatore on 25th Feb and will stay for 2 days in Isha Foundation.

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From barter to cash: Bane or boon?

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Prof Kancharla Indrasena Reddy

Blessed are our ancestors who never imagined the need for cash during their times. Later on, the march of history drove them to the stage of barter economy. Now the entire world is in the clutches of cash from which there is no escape for anyone. Perhaps, a terrible evil entered the world in the form of cash. The ‘demonetisation’ move announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016 gave the Indian economy and the country’s 127 crore population a big jolt. The problematic demontesiation has been a topic of discussion and debate all over the country since November 8.

Our Parliament is seized of the problem during its entire winter session without a solution in sight. The issue has multiple new dimensions as it touches the life of everyone whether one is fabulously rich or a neglected pauper. Most of the discussants of the problem so far have been able to marshal all their rhetorical skills in denouncing demonetisation. It is interesting to note that a number of people are appreciative of the intention of demonetisation although they are critical of the programme’s implementation. So far, most of the intellectuals turned out to be antagonists of the project ‘demometisation’. However, one wonders if there is also a glimmer of hope in a dormant state in the belly of demonetisation. This aspect has not attracted much attention so far.

The Prime Minister seems determined to take the issue to its logical conclusion. Initially, he sought to explain to the nation that the currency bills of RS 500 and Rs 1000 will no longer be a legal tender from January 1, 2017. Initially, the Prime Minister hinted that demonetisation is meant for fighting black money, fake money and corruption to eliminate terrorism and extremism. However, later on, one can discern a shift in his stand which focuses on the transition of the economy from cash to the cashless mode.

In India, 90% of financial transactions are through the medium of cash and 86% of cash circulation is in the form of notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. Sudden withdrawal of such a facility and the absence of adequate supply of cash through banks and ATMs disoriented the lives of people in both the organised and unorganised segments. Under these circumstances, some of us felt the need for bringing together a small group of people comprising literati and others for eliciting and sharing the problems arising out of demonetisation.

Demonetisation debate has been a province of the privileged classes so far. Our attempt is to break this barrier in order to open the doors of the debate to the marginalised sections of the people like home makers, small traders, farmers and taxi/auto drivers. An integrated approach to the problem is imperative in this context to ascertain whether the demonetisation is bane or boon.

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Shades of money: Good, bad and ugly

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Since demonetization, with no money in banks, ATMs and in pockets, we are realizing the value of money, particularly small denominations. When high value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were floating around, literally, people used to carry them in shopping bags and if they couldn’t, they stuffed the currency notes  into gunny sacks with their mouths stitched and stored them in some secret room.

I am not exaggerating. My brother who was principal of a residential school in a small town had once told me that’s how chains of private corporate schools, colleges and medical and engineering institutions had collected cash from parents of students who aspired to become engineers and doctors or dreamt of becoming dollar babus in America. That was nothing more than buying, not learning, education. Needless to say, a lot of this cash was unaccounted for since it was hardly shown as income in official books. If that was the case with chains of educational institutions thriving in the two Telugu states and other parts of the country, what about private corporate hospitals, real estate, the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market, upscale fine-dining restaurants where a bottle of imported Scotch or wine would cost more than that of an average monthly earning of a poor man?

If we start delving a bit deeply into spending habits of fat cats and money bags, it’s appalling. As recently as last month, Bellary mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy was reported to have spent Rs 550 crores on his daughter’s wedding in Bangalore by recreating the grandeur and opulence of Vijaynagar Empire. In other words, illegally acquired wealth, call by any name, is manifest in every walk of life. It’s omnipresent and omnipotent. If it is not, many would not have been sitting in positions of political power, living in palatial buildings, driving swanky cars, patronizing the best bars and eateries and holidaying abroad with families and even friends. Was it not a sign of too much money in the country, that too in a few hands?  

Every political leader talks of the ever widening rich-poor gap. In fact, it’s a fashion to blame the party in power for exacerbating it. But, in reality, no government at the Centre or in states has done anything to narrow down the gap. When the government has failed in its ‘equitable monetary justice’ attempts, people themselves have resorted to making that ‘extra buck’ to elevate their living standards. Thus parting with a little cash for quick, prompt and efficient service has become a norm and part of life. If tip is normal in hotels and restaurants, ‘greasing’ the palms of staff from an assistant to a top official in government offices, is    

 sure way getting personal work done. It’s a win-win situation for both sides. If you ‘pay’ you can leave with a smile; if you don’t, you have to wait until some mercy is shown to you by a kind soul.

This mutually beneficial arrangement has been perfected so much that doing something for a consideration is no longer seen as an illegal or unethical practice. In such a situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s war on corruption using demonetization as a potent weapon scorches only the surface; it can’t root out the scourge. Even limiting the money supply in the market and vacuuming lakhs of crores from money hoarders won’t guarantee an end to generation of unaccounted money. In fact, it has already started.

The Prime Minister and his team of officials who had planned the demonetization strategy seem to have underestimated their compatriots’ ingenuity to beat regulations and laws. Sooner than expected, street smarts  have started beating the official machinery in its own game, forcing the Central government and the Reserve Bank of India to keep changing their stipulations for swapping old notes for new, deadline for accepting banned currency, etc.

Now, it’s common knowledge that lots of people with black money deposited as much legally permissible cash as possible in the accounts of their friends, relatives and even servants on the condition that they would return the money after deducting a certain percentage of commission (20 to 25 per cent or more). Some wise guys have collected post-dated cheques from the ‘beneficiaries’ while some others started exchange businesses in connivance with bank staff.

 It is also widely acknowledged that large-scale hoarding of small denominations has caused acute scarcity, forcing those in need of change to buy 10, 50 and 100 rupee notes from money agents paying a hefty commission. A more wily way of milking people of their hard-earned money when they go to government offices is collecting promissory notes that they would pay the agreed amount in new notes for the work done now. In some instances, ‘service fee’ had been demanded in new currency notes. Since only Rs 2000 notes are available in the market, the recipient stands benefited more!

The bitter truth, whether we like it or not, is as long as there are people who believe that they can beat the system with money by hook or by crook and as long as there are people who happily accept and do anything and everything for a consideration, the virus of black money continues to proliferate. Its staple feed is greed and there is no dearth of it in the country.

Nevertheless, the demonetization antidote Modi administered on November 8 would help flush out a major portion of hoarded money (black or white is difficult to say) and neutralize fake currency, at least for the time being. The side effects are well known and everyone from beggar on the street to a white-collared executive is getting a firsthand experience of how to lead a life with limited cash in the valet and realizing the value of money.

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Demonetization is Modi’s self goal: Singhvi

  • ‘Why was PM afraid of speaking in Parliament?’

Hyderabad: Demanding that the Centre order an inquiry into the cash transactions done by BJP leaders six months before the announcement of demonetization of big notes, AICC official spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi has alleged that terrorist activities have increased in the country after Narendra Modi took office. Pathankot and Burhan attacks were best examples for the increased terrorist activities, he pointed out.

Speaking to the media here on Saturday at Gandhi Bhavan, Singhvi alleged that the Centre was speaking differently each day on demonetization of big notes creating chaos among the people. Modi made self goal with the demonetization of big notes, he observed and said the BJP government was behaving atrociously towards the people, who found fault with the decision of demonetization of big notes. The demonetization will lead to loss to the nation’s economic system and GDP will fall with it.

Asking the Modi government to explain the condition of the unorganized labour with the proposed cashless policy, he wondered why the RBI was changing its policies every five minutes. He asked the Modi government to tell as to why it was not coming forward to appoint a Joint Parliamentary Committee with a Supreme Court sitting Judge on the demonetization issue. The Modi government was least bothered about the common people’s problems, he said and asked the Prime Minister to tell as to why he was afraid of speaking in Parliament.

The Congress leader demanded the NDA government to agree to Parliament vote on demonetization if it was sincere. He expected that the real problems will arise after 50 days of demonetization instead of good days as being chanted by the Prime Minister. The people were patiently waiting for the good days and social crisis will arise if the people lose their patience. He warned the Prime Minister that the Congress would expose the hostile attitude of the Centre in a democratic manner. Modi was behaving like a “deaf and dumb” person towards democracy, he alleged. All the TPCC leaders were present at the press conference. -NSS

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KCR meets Modi, seeks moratorium on taxes

New Delhi: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose moratorium over payment of taxes to the Centre by the state. He also urged Modi to release adequate number of new Rs 500 notes and Rs 100, Rs 50 and Rs 20 notes. 

During his hour-long meeting with Modi, on Saturday, the chief minister apprised him of financial implications on the state business and exchequer and urged him to see that the old notes are used in villages to avoid problems to farmers and common people. He is learnt to have urged the Prime Minister to give tax exemption to women who saved above Rs 2.50 lakh and take steps to see that the common man is not put to hardship for weeks and suffer due to scrapping of high value notes. 

KCR also appealed to the Prime Minister to take immediate measures to see that private hospitals receive old notes. The demonetization has adverse impact on various markets, small businesses, hospitals, small time vendors, grocery shops and other businesses, KCR informed Modi. It is also said that the chief minister apprised Modi of the problems being faced by men, women and youth queuing up at ATMs and banks either to exchange their money or to withdraw amount.

Enraged cop destroys empty ATM machine in Vizag

In Visakhapatnam, an exasperated police constable, who failed to get money at an ATM center even after a long wait, reportedly lost his temper and damaged two ATM machines. This incident occurred in Paderu, where SBI had one ATM machine. One constable reportedly came to the ATM center on Friday night to draw money and waited patiently for some time. When his turn came and he was about to draw money, the machine failed and he was deprived of money. 

The exasperated constable, in a fit of ill-temper, reportedly kicked the machine four or five times and left. As he was unable to control his emotion, the frenzied cop again ran towards the ATM centre and smashed two machines to let out his anger. 

On receipt of the information, bank officials visited the ATM centre and locked it. With the lone ATM centre getting closed down, the cash-starved people in the area cursed their fate as well as the Union government for not making adequate arrangements for money disbursal at banks.

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  • నోట్ల రద్దుపై విమర్శల నేపథ్యంలో ప్రధాని భావోద్వేగ ప్రసంగం
  • ఇంకో 50 రోజులు అసౌకర్యాన్ని భరించమని ప్రజలకు విజ్ఞప్తి
  • నల్లధనం మొత్తం కక్కిస్తానని ప్రతిజ్ఞ

పనాజి: ఎప్పుడూ గంభీరంగా కనిపించే ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడీ బాగా చలించినట్టు కనిపించారు. ఒక దశలో తీవ్ర భావోద్వేగానికి లోనయ్యారు. రూ. 500, 1000 నోట్లను రద్దు చేసిన నాలుగు రోజుల అనంతరం, ఆదివారం గోవాలోని పనాజిలో గ్రీన్ ఫీల్డ్ ఇంటర్నేషనల్ ఎయిర్ పోర్ట్ శంకుస్థాపన తర్వాత ఆయన మొదటిసారి భారత్ లో ఒక బహిరంగసభలో మాట్లాడుతూ నోట్ల రద్దు వల్ల కలిగిన తాత్కాలిక ఇబ్బందులను మరో 50 రోజులపాటు భరించవలసిందిగా ‘నిజాయితీ పరు’లైన ప్రజలకు ఆయన విజ్ఞప్తి చేశారు. తను ఏదైనా తప్పు చేసి ఉంటే, దేశం తనకు విధించే ఏ శిక్షకైనా సిద్ధమవుతానని, దేశాన్ని అవినీతి నుంచి విముక్తం చేస్తానన్న నా వాగ్దానాన్ని నిలబెట్టుకుని తీరతానని, 70 ఏళ్లుగా లూటీ చేసిన డబ్బునంతటినీ బయటికి రప్పిస్తాననీ  ఆయన నొక్కి చెప్పారు.

నల్లడబ్బుకు వ్యతిరేకంగా జరుపుతున్న పోరాటంలో భాగంగా పెద్ద నోట్లను రద్దు చేస్తున్నట్టు నవంబర్ 8న ప్రధాని చేసిన ప్రకటనను వివిధ వర్గాలతోపాటు ప్రతిపక్షాలు కూడా మొదట్లో స్వాగతించాయి. కానీ ఆ తర్వాత పాత నోట్లను ఇచ్చి కొత్త నోట్లను తీసుకోడానికి దేశమంతటా బ్యాంకుల వద్ద జనం గంటల కొద్దీ బారులు తీరి నిలబడడం, నిత్యావసరాలకు డబ్బులు లేక ఇబ్బందులకు లోనవుతుండడం, ఏ టి యంలలో డబ్బు లభించకపోవడం మొదలైన పరిణామాలతో ప్రతిపక్షాలు ప్రభుత్వ చర్య మీద తీవ్ర విమర్శలు గుప్పించడం ప్రారంభించాయి. కాంగ్రెస్, తృణమూల్ కాంగ్రెస్, సమాజ్ వాది పార్టీ, బహుజన్ సమాజ్ పార్టీ, ఆమ్ ఆద్మీ పార్టీ, సీపీఎం మొదలైన పార్టీలు పెద్ద నోట్ల రద్దును అనాలోచిత, నిరుపయోగ చర్యగా; సామాన్యప్రజానీకాన్ని ఇబ్బందులకు గురిచేసే చర్యగా చిత్రిస్తూ ఖండించడం ప్రారంభించాయి. ఢిల్లీ ముఖ్యమంత్రి అరవింద్ కేజ్రీవాల్ మరో అడుగు ముందుకు వేసి బీజేపీకి, దాని మిత్రులకు రద్దు విషయం ముందే తెలిసిందనీ, దాంతో వారు జాగ్రత్త పడ్డారని విమర్శించారు. రాహుల్ గాంధీ తన దగ్గర ఉన్న నోట్లను మార్చుకునే పేరుతో బ్యాంకు దగ్గర ఒక క్యూలో నిలబడి మీడియాతో మాట్లాడుతూ ప్రభుత్వంపై విమర్శలు చేశారు.

ఆ వెంటనే జపాన్ పర్యటనకు వెళ్ళిన ప్రధాని మోడీ, అక్కడి ప్రవాసభారతీయుల సమావేశంలో మాట్లాడుతూ తన చర్యను సమర్ధించుకున్నారు. ఇలాంటి చర్య మళ్ళీ మళ్ళీ తీసుకునే అవకాశముందనీ ఆయన సూచించారు.

తాజాగా పనాజీలో మాట్లాడుతూ ఆయన ప్రతిపక్షాల విమర్శలపై ఆగ్రహం వ్యక్తం చేశారు. ఆ విమర్శలకు ప్రధాని చాలా నొచ్చుకున్నట్టు ఆయన ప్రసంగ సరళి వ్యక్తం చేసింది. నవంబర్ 8 నాటి తన ప్రకటన తర్వాత దేశంలో ఎందరో ప్రశాంతంగా నిద్రపోయారని, కానీ కొంతమంది మాత్రం ఇప్పటికీ నిద్రపోలేకపోతున్నారనీ ప్రతిపక్షాలను ఉద్దేశించి ఆయన అన్నారు. 2జి, బొగ్గు వగైరా కుంభకోణాలు సాగించినవారు కూడా నాలుగు వేల రూపాయల కోసం క్యూలో నిలబడవలసి రావడం తమ చర్య ఫలితంగా ఆయన చిత్రిస్తూ కాంగ్రెస్ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడు రాహుల్ గాంధీపై వ్యంగ్య బాణం విసిరారు.

 “ప్రజలు అవినీతిని అంతం చేయడానికి నన్ను ఎన్నుకున్నారు. నేను ఆ పని చేయాలా వద్దా?” అని ప్రశ్నించారు. ప్రజలు పడుతున్న ఇబ్బందులు తనకూ నొప్పి కలిగిస్తున్నాయని, ఇదేదో దుండుడుకుగా తీసుకున్న చర్య కాదనీ, తనూ పేదరికాన్ని అనుభవించిన వాడినేననీ ప్రజల కష్టాలు తనకు తెలుసుననీ ఆయన అన్నారు. ఒక దశలో భావోద్వేగానికి లోనైన ప్రధాని, “ నేను కేవలం ఈ ఉన్నతాధికారపీఠం మీద కూర్చోడానికి పుట్టలేదు. దేశం కోసం  నాకు ఉన్నదంతా, నా కుటుంబాన్నీ, నా ఇంటినీ అన్నీ వదిలిపెట్టేశాను” అన్నారు. డిసెంబర్ 30 వరకు వేచి చూడండనీ, ఆ తర్వాత ఫలితాలను మీరే గమనించండనీ ఆయన ప్రజలను కోరారు. తన చర్య సత్ఫలితాలను ఇస్తుందన్న విశ్వాసం ఆయన మాటల్లో కనిపించింది.

పెద్ద నోట్ల రద్దు ప్రజలకు ఈ స్థాయిలో అసౌకర్యం కలిగిస్తుందని ప్రభుత్వం మొదట్లో ఊహించలేదని, ఇది రాజకీయంగా నష్టం కలిగిస్తుందా అన్న కలవరం, ఆందోళన పార్టీవర్గాల్లో వ్యక్తమవుతోందనీ, ఆవిధంగా ప్రధాని ప్రసంగం నష్టనివారణ వ్యూహంలో భాగమనే అభిప్రాయం రాజకీయ పరిశీలకులలో వ్యక్తమవుతోంది.

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టోక్యో: భారత్-జపాన్ ల మధ్య ఆరేళ్లుగా జరుగుతున్న సంప్రతింపులు ఫలించి ఎట్టకేలకు అణు ఇంధన ఒప్పందంపై  సంతకాలు జరిగాయి. మూడు రోజులపాటు జపాన్ సందర్శనకు వెళ్ళిన ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడీ, జపాన్ ప్రధాని షింజో ఆబే ల మధ్య ప్రతినిధివర్గ స్థాయిలో ద్వైపాక్షిక వ్యూహాత్మక సంబంధాల బలోపేతం లక్ష్యంగా చర్చలు జరిగాయి. రెండేళ్లలో రెండోసారి జపాన్ ను సందర్శించిన ప్రధాని మోడి ఈసారి అణు ఒప్పందం మీదే ప్రధానంగా దృష్టి సారించారు.

ఈ ఒప్పందాన్ని జపాన్ పార్లమెంటు ధ్రువీకరించవలసి ఉంటుంది. ఇది కాక, మరో 12 ఒప్పందాలపై రెండు దేశాలు సంతకం చేయనున్నాయి. గురువారం రాత్రి టోక్యో చేరుకున్న ప్రధాని శుక్రవారం ఉదయం జపాన్ చక్రవర్తి అకిహిటోను కలసుకున్నారు. జపాన్ లోని వివిధ అగ్రశ్రేణి కంపెనీల సీ ఈ ఓ లను ఉద్దేశించి మాట్లాడుతూ, పెట్టుబడులను ఆహ్వానించారు. భారత్ ను  ప్రపంచంలోనే “అత్యంత బాహాట” ఆర్థికతగా మార్చడానికి తమ ప్రభుత్వం సంస్కరణ విధానాలను అమలు చేస్తోందని చెప్పారు.

భారత్-జపాన్ అణు ఒప్పందాన్ని అనుసరించి, జపాన్ అణు రియాక్టర్లను, ఇంధనాన్ని, సాంకేతిక పరిజ్ఞానాన్ని భారత్ కు సరఫరా చేస్తుంది. 2032 నాటికి అణు సామర్థ్యాన్ని పది రెట్లు పెంచడాన్ని లక్ష్యంగా పెట్టుకున్న మనదేశం, అందులో భాగంగా దక్షిణాదిన ఆరు అణు రియాక్టర్ల నిర్మాణానికి జపాన్ తోషిబాకు చెందిన యూ ఎస్ లోని వెస్టింగ్ హౌస్ ఎలెక్ట్రిక్ తో ఇప్పటికే ముమ్మరమైన సంప్రతింపులు జరుపుతోంది.

ఈ అణు ఒప్పందం విషయంలో మొదట్లో జపాన్ నుంచి అభ్యంతరాలు వ్యక్తమయ్యాయి. అణు బాంబు దాడిని ఎదుర్కొన్న దేశం జపాన్ ఒక్కటే. అణ్వస్త్ర వ్యాప్తి నిరోధక ఒప్పందం పై సంతకం చేయని భారత్ తో అణు ఇంధన ఒప్పందం చేసుకోడానికి జపాన్ సందేహించింది. మరోసారి అణు పాటవ పరీక్షలు జరపబోమన్న హామీని తీసుకున్న మీదటే ఒప్పందానికి అంగీకరించింది. ఒక వేళ భారత్  అణు పాటవ పరీక్ష జరిపితే  జపాన్ ఈ ఒప్పందాన్ని రద్దు చేసేలా షరతును విడిగా  పొందుపరచనున్నారు. అసలు ఒప్పందంలోనే దీనిని చేర్చాలన్న జపాన్ ప్రతిపాదనకు భారత్ ఒప్పుకోలేదు. 1998 అణు పాటవ పరీక్ష తర్వాత భారత్ అణు పరీక్షలపై మారటోరియం విధించింది.

నీటి మీంచి కూడా టేకాఫ్ అయ్యే యూఎస్-2 రక్షణ విమానాల సరఫరాపై కూడా భారత్-జపాన్ లు ఒప్పందం కుదుర్చుకునే ప్రయత్నంలో ఉన్నాయి. జపాన్ ప్రధానితో కలసి ప్రధాని మోడి టోక్యో నుంచి, ప్రసిద్ధి చెందిన షింకన్ సెన్ బుల్లెట్ ట్రైన్ లో కోబేకు ప్రయాణం చేస్తారు. ముంబై-అహ్మదాబాద్ హై స్పీడ్ రైల్వే లో ఇదే టెక్నాలజీని ఉపయోగిస్తారు. ఈ హై స్పీడ్ రైల్ వ్యవస్థను నిర్మించే కోబేలోని కవాసకి భారీ పారిశ్రామిక స్థావరాన్ని మోడి సందర్శిస్తారు.

భారత్ తో కొత్త బుల్లెట్ ట్రైన్ ఒప్పందాలు కుదుర్చుకోడం ద్వారా చైనాపై ఆధిక్యాన్ని చాటుకోవాలని జపాన్ భావిస్తోంది. ఈ రంగంలో జపాన్, చైనాల మధ్య పోటీ తీవ్రంగా ఉంది. గత సంవత్సరం ఇండోనేసియాతో ఒప్పందాన్ని చైనా చేజిక్కించుకుని జపాన్ మీద పై చేయిని చాటుకుంది. సింగపూర్-కౌలాలంపూర్ లింక్ విషయంలో కూడా రెండు దేశాలు పోటీ పడుతున్నాయి.  

 

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ట్రిపుల్ తలాక్ ను మత కోణంలో చూడద్దు

  • మహా పరివర్తన్ ర్యాలీ’లో ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడి

మహోబా (యూపీ): ముస్లిం లలో ఉన్న ట్రిపుల్ తలాక్ పద్ధతిని వ్యతిరేకిస్తానని స్పష్టం చేసిన ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడీ, హిందువులలో వ్యాప్తిలో ఉన్న భ్రూణ హత్యలను కూడా అంతే గట్టిగా వ్యతిరేకిస్తానని అన్నారు. బుందేల్ ఖండ్ లోని మహోబాలో జరిగిన ‘మహా పరివర్తన ర్యాలీ’ ని ఉద్దేశించి ఆయన మాట్లాడారు. హిందువైతే ఏమిటి, మరొకరైతే ఏమిటి, భ్రూణ హత్య మహాపాపమనీ, ఇలాంటివి అరికట్టి మన కూతుళ్లను, తల్లులను, చెల్లెళ్లను కాపాడడానికి తన ప్రభుత్వం అనేక చర్యలు తీసుకుందన్నారు. ట్రిపుల్ తలాక్ సమస్యను హిందువులు వర్సెస్ ముస్లింల సమస్యగానో, బీజేపీ వర్సెస్ ఇతర పార్టీల సమస్యగానో చిత్రించవద్దని ఆయన టీవీ వార్తా చానెళ్లకు విజ్ఞప్తి చేశారు. ట్రిపుల్ తలాక్ కారణంగా ముస్లిం మహిళల జీవితాలు నాశనం కావడానికి వీల్లేదన్నారు. కొన్ని పార్టీలు వోటు బ్యాంక్ కాపాడుకోవడం కోసం ఈ 21 వ శతాబ్దంలో కూడా మహిళలకు అన్యాయం చేయడానికి సిద్ధమవడం ఆశ్చర్యంగా ఉందన్నారు.

ఉత్తమ్ ప్రదేశ్ గా మారుస్తాం
రానున్న పదేళ్ళలో ఉత్తర ప్రదేశ్ ను ఉత్తమ ప్రదేశ్ గా చూడాలనుకుంటే బీజేపీకి అవకాశం ఇవ్వండని ఆయన కోరారు. ప్రస్తుతం కుటుంబ కలహాల కారణంగా సంక్షోభంలో ఉన్న సమాజ్ వాది పార్టీనీ, బీఎస్పీని ఉద్దేశించి విమర్శలు చేశారు.

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Article 370 dominates election campaign

  • BJP’s shifting position on the Article
  • Earlier it was one of the 3 core issues
  • Other two were Ayodhya and Uniform Civil Code
  • Lose or win, BJP would have reached its goal!

(Shujaat Bukhari)

On December 1, 2013, Prime Minister Narendra Modi (then Gujarat Chief Minister) created a stir when he called for a debate on Article 370. He was addressing a public meeting in Jammu and surprised all with the ostensible departure from his party’s known stand of its outright abrogation. Since then the debate, though not at the official level, is on among the political parties. What is significant is the fact that Article 370 has dominated the campaign that is on for the ongoing elections in Jammu and Kashmir that started on November 25.

Both Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stressed upon not raking up the Article 370 and asking their cadre to concentrate on the issues of governance and development. But in practice both of them as also all others who are camping or campaigning in the state have already made it an issue. In reaction to what BJP is doing two main regional parties- National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party -have taken it head on swearing that they would not allow it to happen. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah made a direct attack on BJP on November 24. In an interview to PTI he said “Article 370 will sink BJP’s boat in J & K”. A day earlier the PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed told an election rally in Bandipore that his party would do everything to protect Article 370.

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It is interesting that by saying that this issue should not be raked up in the elections, the BJP leadership has achieved part of its goal by making it the sole discussion point in the elections. The way the political parties have shifted their focus to Article 370 and engaged themselves with BJP and what they call its “divisive agenda”, it seems that PM Modi has succeeded in doing what he said on December 1. Space in newspaper editorials and columns is also devouted to this subject, which makes it clear that the discussion is on. It is a different issue that Modi had sought the debate on the lines whether this Article had helped Jammu and Kashmir state to grow. But the debate is centered around its linkage with the special status and not the development.

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Shujaat Bukhari, (The writer is a senior journalist and former Srinagar correspondent of The Hindu)

Article 370 is so heavy on the minds of regional parties that they even forgot to come out with their manifesto ahead of the first phase of elections. Only Congress managed to do it- that too just two days before the first phase. The issue has occupied the larger space in the election discourse. Both NC and PDP are finding it easy to touch the raw nerve and stonewall the BJP’s much ambitious plan of reaching to magic number of 44 in the elections. Both are aware that when it comes to politics, whether people would vote or boycott, the special identity is very close to the hearts of the people. Even those who believe that it is an empty shell and the only solution is in “Azadi” from India, have this feeling that if this Article is touched, it will be a psychological defeat for the people of Kashmir.

However, in case of BJP itself it seems to be a calculated move to be “soft” on Article 370, though the party’s position vis a vis this “core issue” has remained wavering during the last over a decade. What its position was in early 90’s is not today. In January 1992, then BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi along with Narendra Modi braved to reach Lal Chowk, the city centre of Srinagar to hoist the tricolour. This was only to assert that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and they had vowed to continue the struggle to get the Article scraped. Abrogation of this Article was once among three core slogans “Ayodhya, Uniform Civil Code and Article 370” but it went down the radar slowly. In1998 Lok Sabha elections its abrogation almost came as a threat from BJP. But in 1999 it was not focused. Similarly in 2004, the then BJP President Vankiah Nadu while releasing the “Vision Document” maintained that this law was necessary. While BJP’s state unit, with more support in Jammu division has always advocated the complete integration of state with India. But interestingly in 2008 assembly elections, when it released the manifesto, this issue was missing. Though it benefited from the Amarnath land row, it stressed upon the alleged discrimination with Jammu region. Senior BJP leader Ashok Khujuria was then asked why Article 370 is missing he shot back saying “”It’s immaterial whether there is a mention of Article 370’s abolition or not. It is an agenda in our hearts.”

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This time too it is not known whether the party would forcefully include the issue in the poll manifesto that was not released till these lines were written. However, one thing is clear that BJP is treading on a cautious path keeping in view its ambitious plan of achieving the 44+ mission. Party’s strategy is well designed. Even if it is not in a position to get a significant number of seats from Valley, but the euphoria it has created has much more impact than the parties, which are in winning position. Its tacit alliance with at least two parties in North Kashmir and entry of some prominent and educated faces from Valley has emboldened the party. Making its presence felt in Valley, is perhaps the biggest dividend it can count in the recent past. Whether people at large may like it or not, but BJP is on the scene and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed election rally in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district also symbolizes its presence.

Whether there could be a serious debate on Article 370 is not known, but one thing is clear that PM Modi has forced the NC and PDP to ground their agendas of “Autonomy and Self Rule and embraced Sajad Lone who had talked about something bigger called “Achievable Nationhood”. He engaged them in this debate to forget their political bibles.

In order to have maximum seats to occupy the larger political space in the state, the party has cleverly gone low on the contentious issue of Article 370, thus trying if not to earn goodwill but at least not to annoy the people. It is a different issue that if BJP comes to power, how it would proceed? With power in Delhi this combination could prove deadly in the months and years to come. But one thing is clear that as of now BJP has achieved its goal to make Article 370 a poll issue.

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There will be zero tolerance to error: Parrikar

(P Ravi)

Gurgaon, November 23: Parrikar’s appointment as Defence Minister was received on a positive note across the country. The wide spread optimism was further reiterated as he stated India’s stand on defence related issues. He said that India does not believe in an aggressive posture but will build a position where people should not dare see eye to eye with it. Pointing to shortcomings in the installing of some radars, ‘There will be zero tolerance to error,” he warned.

He was addressing service personnel at Air Force centre on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway after inaugurating the navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC), earlier in the day.

Taking a cue from PM Modi, Parrikar quoted from Ramayana as he said India has not ruled any other country and that doesn’t mean it is weak. “Even in Ramayana, when Lord Rama went to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita, he did not rule it. He gave it to Vibhishan (brother of Raavan) to rule it. This nation does not have the history of ruling other countries,” he said.

“I promise to fulfil the task given to me and you can expect lot of things,” he assured. Further, Parrikar said that defence is one field which requires a lot of secrecy, but the outcome of his task is to assure that the sector gets its due and becomes a cohesive force in making India self- sufficient.

He stressed on the Make in India policy. “Energy security and your own security cannot be dependent on others. You can’t depend on some foreign countries for all your procurements.” Praising the IMAC, Parrikar said he appreciates the quick and fast delivery of the system because it ensures incidents like the 2008 Mumbai terror attack do not recur, by earlier detection.

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