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Govt accepts Nehru Museum director Mahesh Rangarajan resignation

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New Delhi: The appointment controversy of Mahesh Rangarajan, director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), took a new turn with the culture ministry accepting his resignation on Thursday

Speaking to reporters here, union Culture minister Mahesh Sharma said the executive council of NMML has accepted Rangarajan’s resignation.

“The resignation of Mahesh Rangarajan dated September 16 has been accepted by the executive council of the NMML. Although he offered his resignation two days ago, the council gave him time to rethink,” the minister said.

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Mahesh Rangarajan source: timesnow.tv

Denying any pressure on Rangarajan to resign, the minister said it was his personal choice.

“I have no problems with him. There was no pressure from any quarters for him to resign. It is his personal choice,” the minister said.

Rangarajan’s resignation came in the wake of Sharma last week terming his appointment as “illegal and unethical”.

Meanwhile, the Congress said Rangarajan’s resignation as director of NMML was an outcome of pressure from the RSS.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the council of NMML had lauded work done by Rangarajan.

Singhvi said there was a plan to remove Rangarajan and there was unbearable pressure from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, “which is the biggest remote control on the government”.

Rangarajan offered to resign on Monday citing personal reasons.

However, the executive council did not accept his resignation. Reiterating the charges, the minister said the appointment was done violating the code of conduct of the Election Commission in May last year.

“There are certain irregularities in the appointment. The appointment was made despite the EC’s order to the culture ministry on May 12, 2014, asking it to stop the appointment of Rangarajan,” the minister said, adding that the UPA had violated rules on absorbing him permanently for the post.

Rangarajan’s appointment was approved by the erstwhile UPA government on May 14, two days after the last day of polling – when the EC’s Model Code of Conduct ceased to be operational.

The minister added that Rangarajan took charge as director on May 19, 2014.

“Lot of questions were raised at the time and the mode of his appointment,” he said.

On questions of why it took a year to look into the irregularities of the appointment, the minister said that the ministry started inquiring after getting information through an anonymous informer three months ago.

“Three months ago, we got the information through an anonymous source. That’s when we started looking seriously into the matter,” he said.

Rubbishing allegations of “saffronisation of NMML” by the Congress and a section of historians, the minister said the proposal of revamping of NMML was initiated by the UPA government and his ministry is only taking it forward.

“The idea of revamping NMML was mooted by the previous Congress government. We are only carrying it forward. We have earmarked Rs.10 crore for the upgradation process,” said Sharma.

The minister said there could be inquiry into Rangarajan’s appointment.

“It is not his fault. But I am not ruling out probe if there is irregularities involved,” said Sharma.

The minister also said the process of searching and appointing a new director of NMML will begin soon.

(IANS)

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Hindustan is land of Hindus, but others not Excluded: Bhagwat

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Indore, October 28: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that India is the land of Hindus but it does not exclude others.

“Hindustan is a land of Hindus. However, it does not mean that it does not belong to others. All those who were born in India, and their forefathers were from the land of Hindus would be called Hindu. Hence, it is called Hindutva and not Hinduism,” he said on Friday while addressing college-goers at ‘Shankhnad’ event here.

If those living in Germany are Germans, those in America are Americans, in the same way, every person living in Hindustan is Hindu, Bhagwat said.

Despite its diversity, India has consistently exhibited unity, he added.

Bhagwat said public participation was crucial for the development of the country and it could not be left solely to the government.

The progress of the government depended on the progress of society, he said.

Saying that change cannot be brought by force, Bhagwat asked for a change in “vision, conduct, thinking”.

“We are moving in that direction speedily,” he said.(IANS)

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Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh Worker Shot Dead in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, October 21: A Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) worker was shot dead on Saturday in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district, police said.

The incident occurred when unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot at the 35-year-old, Rajesh Mishra, also a journalist working with the Dainik Jagran Hindi daily, who was sitting at his brother Amitesh’s shop in the Karanda area.

Locals and passers-by rushed the two to a nearby hospital where Rajesh was pronounced brought dead.

Amitesh, 30, is said to be in critical condition.

A senior police official said Rajesh was an active RSS member and was also working as a contractor.

So far, no details have emerged in the initial probe but added that they were talking to the family of the deceased.(IANS)

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Kerala Emerging as Epitome of Red Terror in India

Political clashes and the frequent approach of aggressiveness and extremism adopted by the leftists need to be addressed bringing all stakeholders together

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  • Rajesh, an activist for the RSS, was brutally murdered in Thiruvananthapuram
  • The Bharatiya Janta Party’s Kerala Unit has alleged Community Party of India’s members and followers for the red terror
  • Both the parties have a history of being in physical conflict frequently in the state

July 30, 2017: On Saturday, RSS Activist Rajesh Edvakode was found critically injured in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Hours after the attack, Rajesh’s body gave up and he died. The victim’s hand was chopped off allegedly by workers and followers of the Communist Party of India (CPI-M). This incident has once again highlighted the constant red terror crimes in India at the hands of the aggressive left ideology.

Also Read: The Dangerous Ideology behind Communism: Why is it a Delusion?

BJP has reacted by calling a state-wide strike. The Kerala unit of the party has alleged the CPI-M members of committing the gruesome murder and given the history of conflict between the two parties, it is understandable why. Also given the fact that Kerala is haunted by the red terror propagandists who admire the hammer and sickle too much, the BJP was quick to respond. Eight suspects have been arrested by the police and it has been revealed that they have links with the Communist Party.

Along the political violence, Rajesh, a 34-year-old follower of the RSS on which the BJP has founded its principles, has been murdered.

In the press statement, Manoj Abraham, Inspector General of Police stated, “The attack was by a gang of men involving CPM (Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists. However, there was a long history of enmity between one of the accused and the victim. We are also probing any angle of a political motive.”

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Two days ago, there was a violent conflict between the CPI and BJP members. On Thursday evening, an incident broke out into a fight between the two parties. The left ideology adherents were triggered by an assault to a left wing youth flag. The triggered leftists then vandalized residences of BJP members. Initially, six RSS members were arrested by the police. Further, four CPI-M members were also arrested.

Left wing youth members and the CPI-M counselor was caught on CCTV footage throwing stones at the BJP office. They too have been arrested.

The Communist Party in a press release denied any such accusations and allegations. However, given the political clashes in the past and the frequent approach of aggressiveness and extremism adopted by the leftists, the red terror problem, particularly in Kerala, needs to be addressed bringing all stakeholders together.

Kerala’s remarkable achievements as a forceful Indian state have been overshadowed by the rising political violence. Left wing aggressiveness is a reality in India, especially in certain states.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394