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.
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
India and Canada pledged to fight terrorism in all its forms
Modi and Trudeau also agreed on the Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
Both the countries are looking forward to a cooperative future
India and Canada on Friday pledged to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations while declaring that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.
The assertion by the two countries came in a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and assumes significance in the context of perceived softness on the part of Canada towards Khalistani separatists operating on its soil.
“Recognising that terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation to violence present acute challenges to global peace, stability and prosperity, the leaders resolved to combat terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations,” the joint statement said.
“They called for bringing terrorists to justice and holding accountable state sponsors of terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. They further emphasised that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.”
Modi and Trudeau also welcomed the agreement on a bilateral Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism that was signed between the two countries.
The Framework recognised the urgent imperative to disrupt recruitment, terrorist movements and the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, address the threat posed by cross-border and state-sponsored terrorism, stop sources of terrorist financing, dismantle terrorist infrastructure and prevent the supply of arms to terrorists and counter violent extremism and radicalisation to violence.
The two sides emphasised the need to deny operating space to terrorist and violent extremist groups.
Under the Framework, both sides committed to further develop exchanges and facilitate effective cooperation in the fields of security, finance, justice, and law enforcement, including, where appropriate, at the operational level.
It consists of institutionalised cooperation between the National Security Council Secretariat of India and the office of Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Advisor, and regular exchanges and coordination between India and Canada, which will be guided by the joint National Security Advisors’ Dialogue.
The joint statement further said that to reaffirm the importance of lawful commerce and the freedom of navigation and over-flight throughout the Indo-Pacific region, in accordance with international law, including the rights and jurisdiction of states under UN Convention for Law of the Sea (Unclos), the two leaders supported bolstering regional connectivity through transparent development of infrastructure and use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law and environment.
Modi and Trudeau also expressed “strong concern” over the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and the recent political developments in the Maldives and their implications for free society.
On the economic side, both leaders agreed to realise the full potential of bilateral trade and investment and both sides will renew efforts to expand and diversify bilateral economic and commercial relations.
“They will also intensify negotiations to finalise a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and a Bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement,” the statement said. Modi and Trudeau also agreed to strengthen bilateral and international cooperation to address climate change and secure a clean energy future and committed to promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
“The leaders welcomed the initiative to establish the (India-initiated) International Solar Alliance to promote renewable energy for sustainable development,” the statement said. “They urged research institutions and industry in both countries to collaborate to promote greater use of solar technology.”
It stated that the two leaders “underscored the importance of accelerating the global transition to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources and acknowledged that renewable energy is a pathway to a low-carbon and more sustainable energy system”.
“Recognising the dynamic role of people-to-people ties in the India-Canada partnership, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to address consular issues of mutual concern through discussion between the concerned officials,” the statement said. “They welcomed the expansion of direct air connectivity between Indian and Canadian cities.” IANS