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Swaraj unveils India’s BRICS Logo, launches BRICS Website

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New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs, in their press release, informed the formal unveiling of the BRICS Logo by External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, in a ceremony conducted yesterday. Also launched was India’s BRICS Website by the minister on this occasion.

India assumed BRICS Chairmanship from the Russian Federation for the year 2016.

Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj, in a ceremony organized on this occasion in New Delhi today, revealed the BRICS Logo for the duration of India’s BRICS Chairmanship along with India’s BRICS Website.

BRICS logo
The official BRICS India logo.

A cash reward of Rs 50,000 was handed over by the Hon’ble EAM to the winner of the BRICS logo-contest that had received well over five hundred and seventy entries from across the country.

Vikas Swarup, the official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, India tweeted in this regard:

Hon’ble EAM announced that the 8th BRICS Summit would be organized in Goa, India, on 15-16 October 2016. Over fifty meetings and events, at the Ministerial, Senior Officials, Working Groups, Technical, and Track-II levels, are proposed to be organized during India’s BRICS Chairmanship through the year.

Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions is the core theme for our BRICS Chairmanship with a special focus on institution-building, implementing past commitments, and exploring innovative solutions in a spirit of continuity with consolidation.

People-to-People interactions, business, youth, and sports will be the key priority areas for our BRICS Chairmanship. The BRICS Under-17 Football Tournament, BRICS Film Festival, BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave, BRICS Wellness Forum, BRICS Trade Fair, BRICS Youth Summit, BRICS Think-Tank Forum, BRICS Academic Council etc will be hosted during India’s Chairmanship. Participation of people from across the States will be encouraged in various BRICS events during India’s Chairmanship.

BRICS events will also be organized in different States across the country.

Representatives from media, Business and Commerce Chambers, and country representatives from BRICS countries were in attendance.

(As per the press release by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India)

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All you need to know about T.T.V Dinakaran

T.T.V Dinakaran, the nephew of V.K. Sasikala, is a politician of Tamil Nadu.

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The Dinakaran and OPS factions were fighting for the two leaf symbol of AIADMK. Wikimedia commons
The Dinakaran and OPS factions were fighting for the two leaf symbol of AIADMK. Wikimedia commons

About a year ago, the state of Tamil Nadu lost its ‘Amma’. Since then, the state has witnessed political chaos with three Chief Ministers and an ‘almost demise’ of AIADMK. DMK and BJP were seen to be taking a clear advantage of the situation. Having Sasikala in jail and Dinakaran battling with central agencies, many say BJP has played its cards well.

T.T.V Dinakaran, the nephew of V.K. Sasikala, is a politician of Tamil Nadu. He is facing a case with ED probing deposits money into his accounts between 1991 and 1995. He has also served as a member of Lok Sabha, as well as Rajya Sabha.

The world heard Sasikala's voice for the first time after Amma's death. Wikimedia commons
The world heard Sasikala’s voice for the first time after Amma’s death. Wikimedia Commons

Who is V.K. Sasikala?

J Jayalalithaa used to call Sasikala her ‘soul sister’. Other than two occasions when Jayalalithaa cut her ties with Sasikala, the later was known as someone ‘Amma’ couldn’t do without. V.K. Sasikala was like a shadow of Jayalalithaa but not much was known about her.

However, everything changed on 5th December 2016 when Jayalalithaa died. Within 12 hours, Sasikala appointed O Panneerselvam as acting Chief Minister. She took over as general secretary of AIADMK when the general council unanimously passed a resolution. It was the first time when Sasikala came into light. The world heard her voice for the first time.

She allegedly forced OPS to resign in an ambition to become Chief Minister herself. But when OPS made revelations to the media about Sasikala, the politics of Tamil Nadu went into chaos. What followed was her conviction in a Disappropriate Assets case, she was sentenced to 4 years in jail.

Dinakaran fell out of favour after Central Agencies came in. Wikimedia commons
Dinakaran fell out of favour after Central Agencies came in. Wikimedia Commons

Dinakaran comes in

Dinakaran had moved to Poes Garden along with his aunt Sasikala following Jayalalithaa’s death. He was appointed deputy general secretary hours before Sasikala surrendered. Five years ago, he was expelled by Jayalalithaa after reports of him interfering in the party and government functioning came in.

He was then reportedly lobbying with the rebel members of OPS came to join back the parent party. It wasn’t long after when he was contesting the RK Nagal bypoll (vacated by Jayalalithaa) as an AIADMK candidate. He had a staunch victory. However, his cards didn’t go well when the Income Tax department stepped in.

Several of his loyalists were raided and the election stood cancelled. The Delhi Police had lodged an FIR, after a few days, accusing him of bribing the EC for the party’s symbol. Shortly, he faced an arrest in Delhi.

Delhi Police changed the game for BJP. Wikimedia commons
Delhi Police changed the game for BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Things go wrong for Dinakaran

Sasikala in jail, Dinakaran facing Delhi Police, and several document incriminating ministers. This situation had led their faction to the knowledge that their ‘tracks stand exposed’ and hence, they sought protection. In these circumstances, OPS was another name of protection. Since he was the one with Delhi behind his back. Everyone knows Delhi backed OPS despite the objection of Tamil Nadu BJP unit.

With the tables turning, the same people who had ditched OPS in favour of Dinakaran, went running back to him. They said that a single family cannot control AIADMK. They demand Sasikala and Dinakaran must quit. People who had requested Sasikala to become the General Secretary now say ‘unity’ and the Government are of prime importance.

After the AIADMK merger, BJP looks forward to set foothold in local elections. Wikimedia commons
After the AIADMK merger, BJP looks forward to setting the foothold in local elections. Wikimedia Commons

‘The plot’

  • Alleged attempts at bribing voters.
  • Allegedly engaging with a history-sheeter to pay EC official.

These were Dinakaran’s mistakes. They came up in the light of his impatience to gain power. All he didn’t know was that central agencies were waiting for them. The agencies acted once the mistakes came in. They warned his associates.

The same Dinakaran who was in complete control during the dramatic ‘vote of confidence’, has no one worthwhile to back him now. His loyalists are now saying that the real AIADMK is headed by OPS.

Game Over!

The plot was understood. There was no other option than playing along. Dinakaran agreed to abide by the party and assured he wouldn’t fight back. He even stood for the merger of OPS faction back into the party. All these points towards the fact that he is aware that his game is over. He is no more in the situation to play the game of politics, now his game is survival.