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Silence on practices like Triple Talaq is like ‘Draupadi’ Episode: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

To explain his views on the issue of triple talaq practice and the silence of the politicians, Yogi Adityanath refers to epic Mahabharata episode

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Lucknow, April 19, 2017: To illustrate his view that silence on the triple talaq practice among politicians is an offence as well, Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday went back to Mahabharata to refer an episode of the epic on Draupadi.

At the launch of a book on former prime minister Chandrashekhar, Yogi Adityanath said, ” There’s a new debate in the country. Different theories are being floated on it. Some are silent on the issue”.

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“When I see people silent on the raging issue, the episode from Mahabharat comes to my mind. When Draupadi was disrobed in the king’s court she asked – Who is responsible for this? Vidura said those who have committed the crime, those who are the accomplices and those who were silent are equally responsible,” he added, referring to the very famous episode from Mahabharata on the humiliation of Draupadi, in which the silence of the honorable court elders was judged in the same measure as those who were involved in the crime.

The saffron-robbed Chief Minister believes that the political narrative is silent over the triple talaq issue. he said,”The system makes them stand in court with those guilty, the supporters and with those who are silent.”

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According to NDTV report, the comments come at a time when the Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging the practice of instant divorce by uttering the word “talaq” three times and debating whether the court has the right to step in. Among the petitioners is a woman, divorced by her husband on WhatsApp.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke out strongly against the triple talaq practice, pointing out that the exploitation of Muslim women should come to an end and justice should be done to them.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court was told by the centre that ‘triple talaq’ should be considered among customs that impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women and deny them basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, opposing court interference on Muslim personal law vehemently, has stated that it will issue a code of conduct to keep the misuse of triple talaq practice in check.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

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In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

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Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS