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Ten controversial statements made by Indian politicians in 2015

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By Nithin Sridhar

The year 2015 was full of controversies with politicians making objectionable remarks on various national and international issues. Here are ten such controversial statements:

  1. Modi is a coward and psychopath: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal raised a huge controversy recently by calling PM Narendra Modi a “psychopath” and a “coward.” This was probably the very first time that a chief minister has publicly used abusive and insulting language towards the Prime Minister of the country.

The incident happened after CBI raided the office of Rajendra Kumar, the principal secretary to the Delhi CM on December 15, over charges of corruption against Kumar. Following the raid, Kejriwal took to twitter and lashed out against PM Narendra Modi for the raid. He tweeted:

  1. PoK is a part of Pakistan and it will continue to remain so: Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah made a controversial statement regarding Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on November 27. While speaking to the media, Abdullah said: “PoK is in Pakistan and will remain, Jammu and Kashmir is in India and will remain. We need to understand this.

Abdullah’s remarks, which came across as an appeal to the Indian establishment to recognize POK as a legal part of Pakistan, drew sharp comments. Reacting to the remarks, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh of the BJP said: “A 1994 Parliament resolution clearly said PoK is constitutionally part of India.”

  1. Bring us (Congress), Remove them (BJP): Mani Shankar Aiyar in Pakistan

Former Union minister and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar made a controversial statement on November 18, while speaking in a panel discussion on Duniya TV, a Pakistani TV news channel.

When the channel anchor asked Aiyar about how to end the current stalemate in India-Pakistan relationship, Aiyar replied: “Hume le aiye, inko hatayiye” (Bring us, remove them) i.e. bring Congress and remove the Modi government. He was also reported to have said: “The first and the foremost thing is to remove Narendra Modi. Only then can the talks move forward.”

Aiyar was severely criticized for what appeared as his attempt to get Pakistan’s help to topple a democratically elected Indian government.

  1. Paris attacks result of actions of global superpowers: Azam Khan

Following the ghastly terrorist attacks on Paris that resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people, Samajwadi party leader and Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan made controversy by stating that the attacks were direct results of the actions of global superpowers in the Middle East.

He stated: “Killing innocents whether in Syria or Paris is a highly deplorable act and the whole world should condemn it. But then, if you created such a situation, you have to face the backlash too.”

He further added: “We should first see who killed the innocents first and who retaliated. Whoever kills innocent people, whether it is America or Russia or any group, is wrong…history will decide who is a terrorist and who is not.”

  1. We are ready to kill and get killed to protect our mother (cow): Sakshi Maharaj

Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao constituency in Uttar Pradesh made into national headlines after he made a controversial statement in the aftermath of Dadri lynching. He had stated: “We won’t remain silent if somebody tries to kill our mother. We are ready to kill and get killed.” Following the comments, the BJP MP was accused of adding fuel to the communally critical situation that had developed after the lynching.

  1. Throw stones at a dog, blame Govt?: VK Singh

Following an incident in a Haryana village in which two Dalit children were killed when their house was set on fire, Union minister of state VK Singh created a controversy when he said central government cannot be held responsible if someone stones a ‘dog.’

Speaking about the incident, he had stated: “Here it was a failure of the (local) administration. After that it comes on the (Central) government.” He had added: “So in everything, (to say that) someone threw a stone at a dog, the government is responsible – it is not like that.”

Following criticism from opposition over his apparent equation of Dalits with dogs, Singh had clarified that his statement was not about drawing analogy between them.

7. Rape by 4 Men, Is it Possible?: Mulayam Singh Yadav

While speaking at a function in the month of August, Samajwadi party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had made a highly insensitive statement suggesting that gang rapes are not practical!

SP leader had said: “Often if one person commits rape, four people are named in the complaint. Four people are named for rape, can it be possible? It is not practical. They probably say one was watching…another was there… If there are four brothers, then all four are named.”

This was not the first time that Mulayam Singh Yadav had made controversial statements regarding the issue of rape. In 2014, he had stated: “Boys will be boys, mistakes happen” and had further added: “First girls develop friendship with boys. After that, when differences occur, they (i.e. the girls) level rape charges. Boys commit mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape?

8. Something wrong with Nitish’s political DNA: Modi

According to political analysts, this statement by the Prime Minister turned out to be the game changer in the Bihar elections. Nitish Kumar took thorough advantage and retorted, “I am son of Bihar, so my DNA is the DNA of the people of Bihar. Now I leave it to the people of Bihar how to reply to someone who says their DNA is poor,”

Converting it into a major political issue, Kumar started off a DNA collection campaign and sent hair, nail and other DNA samples of thousands of Biharis to PM Modi.

9. Those who consume beef deserve such actions against them: Sadhvi Prachi on the Dadri lynching

The Dadri lynching incident remained one of the biggest news of the year and led to the much highlighted ‘award-wapasi’ campaign. While a number of people harshly criticized the incident, the BJP motor-mouth Sadhvi Prachi did no harm to her image by saying that Mohammad Akhlaq deserved this!

10. Friends, remember if by mistake BJP loses here, and Nitish-Lalu win, the results will be announced in Patna but firecrackers will go off in Pakistan: Amit Shah 

Shah’s statement during the Bihar elections led to much outcry across the country. Shah played this card to polarize the voters and strengthen the BJP vote bank. He alleged that anti-national elements are trying to disintegrate the country and only BJP could stop them.(Photo: lizkeever.com)

 

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Unprincipled Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in the Heat of Controversies

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Chanda bandh Satyagraha to curb corruption from AAP at Jallianwala Bagh Memorial

– by Salil Gewali

 Shillong, May 12, 2017: Very few persons are inborn leaders. They are certainly boon to the society. And most of the others who scramble to be public leaders by fair means or foul, end up being just a “liability”. They usually mislead the crowd and finally bring only misfortune to the nation. I don’t think anyone disagrees that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal – a very strange character, obviously of that type.  With the roar of his hollow rhetoric, he showed his different maverick avatars on different occasions. The unsuspecting people, who just got carried away, are now only regretting.

Is it not a big irony that one who determinedly stood as a crusader against the corruption is now neck deep in the corruption?

Is it not a big irony that one who determinedly stood as a crusader against the corruption is now neck deep in the corruption? Even one good at counting may fail to give full records in how many counts the Delhi CM proved himself as a dangerous hypocrite, and diplomatically a failed leader. Now a very annoyed Minister Kapil Mishra, who has been recently sacked by the Chief Minister, is threatening to expose the skeletons in APP’s cupboard. Other opponents of other parties are having the last laugh!

Delhi CM proved himself as a dangerous hypocrite, and diplomatically a failed leader.

By the way, given his series of tantrums and bad mouthing other rivals, particularly against PM Modi, Arvind Kejriwal has now almost dragged himself into the pit of no return. But however, with all his footprints in his short political journey, we have got a very clear message that we should not trust any leaders no matter how “holy” they claim to be.  Yes, we have to take the words of our leaders with a pinch of salt.  

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India.’

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Uber suspends its self-driving cars from Roads after crash in US

Uber had refused to apply for a $150 permit to test the vehicles in the city

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Uber began testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and is now rolling out the service in San Francisco. (Uber), VOA

Washington, March 26, 2017: US ride-hailing company Uber has suspended its self-driving cars from the roads after one such vehicle crashed in Arizona, the media reported on Sunday.

Pictures posted online showed the car on its right side on a street, next to another badly damaged vehicle, the BBC reported.

US-based Fresco News posted the images and video on Facebook on Saturday and wrote: “No injuries yet reported in an accident involving a self-driving Uber.”

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A police official said the accident occurred when the other vehicle “failed to yield” to the Uber car at a left turn.

“There was a person behind the wheel. It is uncertain at this time if they were controlling the vehicle at the time of the collision,” the official said.

The company pulled its self-driving vehicles off the road in Arizona at first, followed by test sites in Pennsylvania and California — all three states where it operated the vehicles.

Uber began testing its self-driving cars in Arizona in February after California’s Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registrations of the company’s fleet operating in San Francisco.

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Uber had refused to apply for a $150 permit to test the vehicles in the city.

Already mired in several controversies, this crash is the latest in a string of highly public incidents involving the ride-sharing company.

The company lost several big executives since February.

Last week, Uber President Jeff Jones said he was quitting after six months on the job. The company confirmed Jones’ departure.

“We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” the company said in a statement.

Uber’s head of growth and product, Ed Baker, resigned from the company early in March. Also, an India-born Uber executive quit over an old harassment claim.

Amit Singhal, who was born in Uttar Pradesh, left his job for not disclosing an allegation of sexual harassment by his former employer Google.

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Uber is also fighting a legal battle after Google’s self-driving car company Waymo filed a lawsuit against Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets and technology from it.

The lawsuit, filed on March 9 against Uber’s self-driving vehicle unit Otto that it bought last year for $680 million, argued that former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski took information when he left the company and later co-founded Otto in January 2016.

The company said it found that six weeks before his resignation, Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s custom-built “Light Detection and Ranging” (LiDAR) and circuit board.

Levandowski copied the data to an external drive. He later wiped and reformatted the laptop in an attempt to erase forensic fingerprints. (IANS)

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US saw 204 mass shootings in 2015: Report

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Washington:  As yet another mass shooting in the US put the spotlight back on the contentious issue of gun control, media reports said that there have been 204 mass shootings in as many days in 2015 so far. President_Obama_Speaks_on_the_Shooting_in_Connecticut_(2012-12-14)

Thursday night’s shooting by a white man at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theatre showing the comedy “Trainwreck”, that left two women killed and nine injured was the third deadly mass shooting in six weeks.

The alleged shooter John Russell “Rusty” Houser, 59, using a handgun he legally purchased from an Alabama pawn shop methodically shot 11 people by firing off one 10-round clip, according to Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craig.

“This was slow and methodical,” as the State’s Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal put it. “This was not a single burst.”

The Mass Shooting Tracker, a crowd-sourced project of the anti-gun folks at the Guns Are Cool subreddit, according to the Washington Post, had listed 203 mass shooting events so far in 2015 before the Louisiana movie theatre shooting.

This year there were 18 mass shootings in April, 39 in May, 41 in June, and 34 so far in July, the Post said.

The theatre shooting was Louisiana’s eighth this year. There have been 10 in Ohio, 14 in California and 16 in New York.

“Will anything change?” the Post asked and itself answered “Probably not” noting the reaction to the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white young man shot and killed nine black worshipers at a historic church.

It “did produce a fruitful national conversation — not on guns, but on the symbolism of the Confederate flag, which the shooter adopted as a banner of his racist beliefs,” the Post noted.

“The morning after the third deadly mass shooting in six weeks, the presidential candidates acted as though they hadn’t seen the news,” the New York Times suggested looking at their reactions.

Though most denounced the shootings and called for prayers for the victims, “none of the presidential contenders offered policy solutions to address gun violence”, it noted describing it as a “reflection of the fact that gun laws are politically radioactive”.

Even “Jindal, who is mounting a long-shot candidacy for the Republican nomination, completely deflected questions on tougher gun laws, saying he would talk about ‘policy and politics’ another time”, Times said.

The leading Republican presidential candidates are overwhelmingly opposed to any effort to restrict access to guns, it noted.

The Democratic hopefuls have proposed gun control measures, but they too have been generally more focused on issues of economics, race and gender than gun violence, according to the Times.

Although President Barack Obama said this week that the failure to convince Congress to pass “commonsense gun safety laws” was one of the great regrets of his presidency, Times said “Congress is unlikely to close any of the loopholes in federal gun laws exposed by the recent shootings”.

(IANS)