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आखिर कब तक करदाता ढोयेगा राहुल और प्रियंका गाँधी परिवार की प्रधानमंत्री स्तर की एस.पी.जी सुरक्षा का खर्चा?

आखर कब तक करदत ढयग

 कुछ माह पहले राजधानी के आरटीआई एक्टिविस्ट आशीष भट्टाचार्य की एक आरटीआई का जो जवाब भारत सरकार ने दिया से पता चला कि प्रियंका गांधी को लुटियन दिल्ली के 35 लोधी एस्टेट के शानदार बंगले का मासिक किराया मात्र 8,888 रुपये ही देना पड़ता है। यह छह कमरे और दो बड़े हालों का विशाल बंगला है। कई एकड़ में फैला है। ऊंची दीवारें हैं। जगह-जगह सुरक्षा पोस्ट बने हुए हैं। सुरक्षा प्रहरी २४ घंटे तैनात रहते हैं। यह भी ठीक है कि उनकी भी सुरक्षा अहम है। वे कम से कम नेहरु-गाँधी परिवार की वंशज तो हैं ही। पर उनसे इतना कम किराया क्यों लिया जा रहा है? इतने कम किराए पर राजधानी में एक कमरे का फ्लैट मिलना भी कठिन है। और जब प्रियंका गांधी के पति रॉबर्ट वाड्रा का अपना सैंकड़ों करोड़ का लंबा-चौड़ा कारोबार है। वे स्वयं सक्षम हैं, तो फिर उनसे इतना कम किराया सरकार क्यों लेती है। जाहिर है, देश की जनता को इस सवाल का जवाब तो चाहिए ही। और, क्या प्रियंका गांधी को लगभग मुफ्त में लुटियन जोन के बंगले में रहने की मांग करना स्वयं में शोभा देता है? इस देश में बाकी पूर्व प्रधानमंत्रियों के परिवार भी तो हैं। उन्हें तो इस तरह की कोई सुविधाएं नहीं मिलतीं, शायद वे इतनी बेरहमी से ऐसी मांग भी रखने में हिचकते होंगे? प्रियंका तो सांसद या विधायक क्या वार्ड पार्षद तक भी तो नहीं हैं।

और इससे ठीक विपरीत उदाहरण भी सुन लें। अभी हाल ही में भूतपूर्व प्रधानमंत्री पी. वी.नरसिंह राव के पुत्र पी. वी. राजेश्वर राव के निधन का एक छोटा सा समाचार छपा था। वे 70 वर्ष के थे। श्री राव कांग्रेस के पूर्व सांसद भी थे और उन्होंने तेलंगाना में कुछ शिक्षा संस्थानों की शुरुआत भी की थी। उन्हें कभी कोई स्पेशल प्रोटेक्शन ग्रुप से सुरक्षा नहीं मिली। उनके बाकी भाई-बहनों को भी कभी एसपीजी सुरक्षा नहीं प्राप्त हुई। वे लगभग अनाम-अज्ञात इस संसार से कूच कर गए। राव की तरह से बाकी भूतपूर्व प्रधानमंत्रियों के परिवार के सदस्य भी सामान्य नागरिक की तरह से ही जीवन बिता रहे हैं। इनमें पत्नी और बच्चे शमिल हैं। डा. मनमोहन सिंह की एक पुत्री डा. उपिन्दर सिंह, दिल्ली यूनिवर्सिटी में इतिहास पढ़ाती हैं, सामान्य अध्यापकों की तरह। वह पहले सेंट स्टीफंस कालेज से भी जुड़ी थीं। चंद्रशेखर जी के दोनों पुत्र भी बिना किसी खास सुरक्षा व्यवस्था के जीवनयापन कर रहे हैं। एक पुत्र नीरज शेखर तो अभी भी सांसद हैं। यहां तक कि वर्तमान प्रघानमंत्री का पूरा परिवार भी आम नागरिक की जिंदगी जी रहा है। पर राजीव गांधी के परिवार पर रोज करोड़ों रुपये खर्च हो रहे हैं। क्योंकि वे एसपीजी के सुरक्षा कवर में रहते हैं। क्या बाकी प्रधानमंत्रियों के परिवार के सदस्यों की जान को किसी से कोई खतरा नहीं है? क्या वे पूरी तरह से सुरक्षित हैं? 

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Ram Janmabhoomi Temple at Ayodhya is more about India’s honour than religious belief

Ram Janmabhoomi Temple

Ivividly remember that Sunday afternoon when I was loitering in our neighbourhood along with other children. We were school students then, and apart from cricket, the other topic of our passionate discussion was the ongoing agitation at Ayodhya. A few minutes into our discussion, we saw a hefty man running towards us. He was panting. Tears were rolling down his cheeks as he repeatedly yelled “Jai Shri Ram” (Hail Lord Ram). Before we could react, several others in our locality had joined in and roared back “Jai Shri Ram”. Within minutes almost everybody, including me and my friends, were chanting “Jai Shri Ram” in unison.

This day was December 6th 1992.

The Babri Structure at Ayodhya had been demolished and the news had spread like wild fire. Conch shells were blowing, sweets were distributed, diyas and candles were being lighted.

This was the scene and extent of celebrations at a small colony in Kanpur, an industrial city around 220 kilometres from Ayodhya–the birth town of Lord Ram. Remember this was 1992– a different era with no Facebook, Whatsapp or Twitter. Mobile phones were super luxury and 24×7 television news was nowhere. The only mode of communication were landline phones and word of mouth. Yet, news of the demolition of Babri Structure spread like wild fire and instigated hysterical celebrations all across India.

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Intellectual terrorism of the Left: The case for Dr. Makarand Paranjape

Intellectual terrorism of the Left

The Controversy

In a recent incident which should be shocking for anyone caring about freedom of expression, Dr. Makarand Paranjape, the professor of English Literature at the JNU, and a famous author, was barred from recording a conversation with Harsha Dehejia at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, to which he was earlier invited.

The recording was cancelled because of the aggressive posturing of ‘Dalit activist’ Chinnaiah Jangam against Dr. Paranjape. Jangam is also a faculty member of the University. Laying baseless allegations against Dr. Paranjape, he accused him of “hate speech”. In a clear case of intellectual terrorism, he intimidated the studio administrator and the organizers of the event into submission and got the recording cancelled. 

Shocked by his vitriolic abuse against Dr. Paranjape and Indian civilization, he was asked by Dr. Dehejia to substantiate his allegations and counter the arguments of Dr. Paranjape. Chinnaiah Jangam responded to this offer with disgust, saying that he “didn’t care”, and that he “doesn’t want to talk to him”. He just wanted to smother the voice of Dr. Paranjape.

What is truly baffling is that the topic on which the conversation was to be recorded was: “Drishti: Is there an Indian way of Seeing?” It is a truly philosophical and cultural topic which should have no ideological opposition; no ‘activist crusaders’ foaming at the mouth.

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How must Bharat deal with Kashmir and Pakistan now?

How must Bharat deal with

Kashmir on boil again, army camp attacked, stone throwing by girl students, jawans killed, youth killed in cross-firing, security forces humiliated are the headlines now days. We rarely hear of Jammu and Ladakh that constitute 84% of the State’s land area.

So why has the situation worsened in Kashmir during the last year?

Did you know that, “Nearly 5,000 protesters were booked under different sections for stone-throwing during the 2010 summer agitation while 1,325 persons, including 95 minors, were arrested during 2013 when Kashmir witnessed widespread protests following the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru”?

Were they convicted? The answer is NO. Why?

In July 2016, “the Jammu and Kashmir police initiated the process of withdrawing cases against 634 stone-throwers, out of the several thousand who have been charged with the crime during the past eight years, following the state’s government amnesty order.”

With this amnesty stone-throwers know the State government is on their side. Subsequent to the Supreme Court questioning the use of pellet guns in Kashmir and media outcry, it appears that the CRPF has either stopped or reduced their use.

Thus, stone throwers know that neither would F.I.R’s be filed nor do they run the risk of being injured by pellet guns.

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Remove Article 370 to salvage Kashmir from Al Qaeda

Remove Article 370 to salvage

For some years now, the Kashmir Valley has been witnessing the most sleazy and abysmal form of jihad by way of ‘stone pelting’. The youth of Kashmir have been robbed off their ability and manliness to cut or chisel rocks for building of society and India. For this they must depend on the labour from outside the Valley. It is this labour which has created the recent Chenani-Nashri Tunnel linking Jammu with the Valley.

Weaned on Wahhabi or Salafi Islam, the life of youth in the Valley is self-destructive. Every stone that is hurled at the security personnel is also a hit on Kashmiriyat and ancestors of the stone-pelters. A segment of the population which treats its geography and history as its enemies, is certainly in the brink of destruction.

If conversion to another religion manifests in hatred for inherited ancestors and ethnicity, surely then security analysts must reflect on those streams of religion which cause ‘terrorism’ and lead to the phenomenon of self-destruction and suicide bombers. The stone-pelting facet of terrorism in the Valley has been the consequence of years of religious ferment. The whole country was aware of this ferment, the Kashmiri Hindus even suffered on that account, and yet we never had the intellectual courage to confront it. It is possible that probably the non-Muslims of India did not exercise their intellect on the study of various schools of Islam like Wahhabi, Salafi and Deobandi.

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Britain betrays its Hindus, Jains and Sikhs

Britain betrays its Hindus

Britain’s Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, its peaceful Dharmic communities, are faced with the worst historic setback they have ever suffered on British soil. The threat of anti-caste judicial activism in Britain and the wider world beyond is now almost certain to become a dreaded reality. Predictably, the incumbent Conservative government, which had pretended sympathy over the threat of an ill-conceived anti caste law for electoral reasons, is readying to betray them. And what it has done, in usual inimitable style, is to create a smokescreen to mislead the affected communities with a false sense of security. It has initiated a sham consultation to review the desirability of such legal provisions against alleged caste discrimination. But behind the scenes the government and its agents are engaged in a sordid approach to community leaders in order to persuade them to accept a legal regime that would be profoundly detrimental to the interests of the community.

The consultation document is so shoddily crafted it implies a lack of respect for the affected communities. It contains casual inconsistencies and missteps. Worst of all, the government seems to have reached a decision already on what the outcome of the consultation will be, in advance of it. It bespeaks withering disregard for people of Indian origin while British ministers serenade gullible Indians about the merits of free trade with the UK. The consultation document artificially differentiates two aspects of the singular assault against Dharmic communities as supposed alternatives. The first is legislative sanction to create a civil offence of caste discrimination. The second is to allow the courts to continue deciding, as they are already doing, alleged caste discrimination complaints by covering them under existing provisions on racial bigotry.

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Why liberals hate Baahubali?

Why liberals

Liberals hate Baahubali! Their reasons range from obvious to ridiculous, but they are unanimous in their intense hatred for something so deeply and intensely loved by Indian masses.

Baahubali is yet another case in which India’s cultural elite dominated by the left-liberal intellectuals and protected by Congress-communist eco-system stands against the people of the country, against their wishes and preferences. For the masses are head-over-heels in love with Baahubali; they love everything about it. They are swooning over the special effects, the picture perfect sceneries, the admirable characterization, the script, the action sequences and the general ethos of the film which is full of righteous chivalry.

On the other hand, most left-liberals absolutely hate the film and are not hiding it. Some choose to keep quiet, some openly express their disgust. They are complaining about many issues, ranging from obvious to ridiculous. Shekhar Gupta is foaming at the mouth on the ‘portrayal of tribals’ in the movie. He accuses Baahubali of ‘shameful profiling’, pitting the city-dwellers against the tribals. On the other hand, the romance between Shiva and Avanthika has been described as nothing short of the ‘longest rape scene’ in India! (1) And these are the same people who virtually campaign for Sunny Leone!

One has to ask the question: why does the Left react so strongly to a movie, and always in negative terms?

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