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Gajendra Chauhan asks for a chance as FTII students go on strike

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New Delhi: After news of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students going on indefinite strike to protest against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman surfaced, the actor and BJP member says he deserves a chance to showcase his capabilities before being judged.Gajendra_Chauhan_at_the_Dadasaheb_Phalke_Academy_Awards_2010

He also urged for a meeting with the students to “sit and talk over” the matter before coming to any conclusions.

“Without knowing my background, without knowing me, without knowing my capabilities, they (students) have decided on their own (to protest).”

“I would request them to have a meeting across the table, sit and talk over. If you still feel (the same) then we will go for another option. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has taken its own time to decide about my name. They must have checked out my background and my capabilities. It is not only that I am associated with the party, there are other things also,” Chauhan told Times Now.

As per reports, the students of the institute went on an indefinite strike, saying that the appointment is politically motivated.

Chauhan is best known for essaying the role of ‘Yudhisthir’ in BR Chopra’s “Mahabharat” and has also featured in small roles in various films like “Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge” and “Baghban.”

A report also read that the “students’ council sought immediate appointment of another chairman who is ‘qualified with a significant body of work to do justice to the institute’.”

When contacted, Harishankar Nachimuthu – president of the students’ body – said that they are yet to decide on their future course of action.

“We are having some internal discussions. We are actually strategizing things as the institute will open only on Monday. Boycott was not necessary today as it is a holiday,” Nachimuthu told IANS over phone.

Meanwhile, Chauhan emphasised that he has been part of the entertainment industry for the “last 34 years” and urged students to let him come and work.

The Press Information Bureau announced Chauhan’s appointment through a release on Tuesday.

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Big reforms Led to India becoming the fastest growing major Economy globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The RBI building in Mumbai.
The RBI building in Mumbai. Photo credit: AFP/Sajjad Hussain

The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs more reforms.
Indian economy needs more reforms.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

Indian economy should be on rise.
Indian economy should be on rise. Image: Mapsofindia

While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS

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