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How emergency bridged barriers between RSS and Muslim leaders in captivity

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By Ishan Kukreti

Sadanand Panday has been associated with the esteemed Hindi daily Vir Arjun for more than 20 years. The daily, once a staple diet of nationalists and an unrelenting voice for freedom, had Atal Bihari Vajpayee as its editor at one point of time.

NewsGram talked to Sadanand Panday, associate editor of the newspaper about the situation during emergency and his views on Democracy and Dictatorship.

Ishan Kukreti- How was the experience of emergency by the media fraternity?
Sadanand Panday– Senior journalist Kuldeep Nayyar has often told me how during emergency power supply to the press area on Bhadur Shah Zafar Marg was withheld. The editors had to get their news stories pre-approved from Press Information Bureau. Because of this distribution of the papers suffered a lot during this period. It can be said that newspapers weren’t printed during emergency, only pamphlets were.

IK- What was the treatment meted out to Vir Arjun during emergency?
SPVir Arjun faced the atrocities of emergency, like the rest of the newspapers. The paper had to be discontinued because of the pressure from Mrs. Gandhi. K. Narendra, the then editor of Vir Arjun was given an option of either publishing pro government stories or facing closure. He chose the later. Vir Arjun broke down, but it did not bend.

IK- How was everyday life and ordinary populace affected by emergency?
SP– I remember, people were scared. Many of my teachers were arrested and treated with complete disregard for human and fundamental rights in prisons. They had to face a difficult time there. But, at the same time, there used to be a lot of intellectual people in the jails like journalists, politicians, lawyers etc and the kind of company one had there was very revolutionary.

I was told a very interesting incident by Mr. Arif Beg of BJP. The RSS members and the Muslim leaders who were locked up, although initially sat in opposite corners of the cell, by the end of it all, became close friends as they suffered similarly at the hands of the government.

Mr. M. Faruqi of CPI( Communist Party of India) told me that there was an unsaid understanding amongst all prisoners that Indira Gandhi had to be dislodged from power to maintain the democratic nature of India.

IK- Was there a sea change in the situation during and after emergency?
SP– People were quiet at that time, but they were angry. Although Vinoba Bhave called the period an ‘Anushashan Parv‘, it is completely wrong. Emergency was the decision of a weak and scared woman who feared losing her power. This was felt by everyone.

At that time a pamphlet used to be published called, ‘Ram aur Sham‘, which laid bare the atrocities committed during that time. It was widely read by people. They used to listen to BBC instead of AIR. Literate people liked the speeches of Richard Nixon where he criticized Mrs. Gandhi. Henry Kissinger was popular for his comments against Mrs. Gandhi. Although people could not express their anger openly, they pledged to punish Mrs. Gandhi in the next elections, and they did.

Some Congress members too could not express themselves freely because of the fear of top party officials. They tried to create a favorable image of the efforts/atrocities committed by Sanjay Gandhi force without being convinced or convincing others.

IK- Which were the sections that were most aggrieved by the situation?
SP– The lower classes, who had to face forced sterilization drive were too scared to openly say anything. But there was resentment in their hearts too. The Muslim section was completely against the Congress and Mrs. Gandhi as the period saw the demolition of Turkman Gate. I’d say all the sections were equally outraged by the imposition of emergency. Even many Congress members just paid lip service to the higher authorities in the party.

IK- Before the 2014 Parliamentary Elections, there was a section of people who believed that India needed a dictatorship to make it a superpower. Do you agree with this contention?
SP– No. Not at all. Dictatorship has never created a successful nation, and it never will. Democracy and freedom have their own charm and there is no substitute to it. I don’t think anywhere in the near or far future, Dictatorship can replace Democracy as a better model of governance.

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5 Mobile Apps to Help you with the Arrangements for the Upcoming Festive Season!

Is the upcoming festive season giving your jitters? Are you worried about organizing the best party? We have you covered!

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Are you ready for the upcoming festive season? Pixabay

New Delhi, October 4, 2017: In the digital era, one can pick and choose from a variety of mobile apps to connect and bond over with friends and family, and enjoy the festive season.

Mobile apps are a great way to not only engage users, but their easy-to-use interface makes it easier for individuals to organize and manage all work. This demand further rises multifold during festivals when a lot has to be done in very little time.

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Mobile apps allow you to avail every possible service at your doorstep using your smartphone. Pixabay

Is the upcoming festive season giving your jitters? Are you worried about organizing the best party? We have you covered!

The following five mobile apps perfectly fit the bill for mobile apps for festivals and help you organize the most memorable festivities!

 1. View and Revise Mythology

Various especially designed mobile apps for festivals are offering advanced viewing of animated mythological epics that will not only keep you engaged but also help you revise and brush up your information and knowledge.

Apps like HOTSTAR are offering Ramayana movie for its viewers. Kids can watch animated stories around Ramayana and Panchatantra, among other texts and learn moral lessons on virtues that will help them throughout life.

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Watch all your favorite TV series on mythology on Hotstar. Youtube

 2. Learn More About Diwali and Upcoming Festivals

A vast number of people celebrate all major festivals; however they do not know the deeper meanings and significance behind these festivities. Are you wishing to learn more about the upcoming festivals, too?

ALSO READ Get Your Home Festive Ready for Dussehra and Diwali!

There are some mobile apps for festivals like YuppTV that offer elaborate catalogs on festivals like Diwali, centered around information on the significance and practices of the festivals and also interesting stories and legends. Individuals can avail these apps to learn more about these festivals on the go!

 3. Do Not Compromise on Security

Single girl in the city, or not visiting your family for the upcoming festival season?  That shouldn’t stop you from going out and celebrating with fervor.

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Do not compromise on security this festive season! Pixabay

However, festivals might mean travelling across the city and staying out till late. Your security must not be compromised.

For these security reasons, download apps like SOS, which send an alert to family members in case of an emergency.

 4. Get All Odd Jobs Done

Looking for an electrician to put up Diwali lights? Or do you need a beautician to deck you up for your glamorous best? Or did the air conditioner stop functioning at the last moment right before your guests arrive?

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Do not have time to visit the parlor in the festive rush? Bring the parlor home by ordering these service online. Pixabay

For all your last moment and also all pre-planned tasks, you can avail services of apps like UrbanClap, LocalOye, HelpForSure etc for all your nitty-gritty and major developments.

 

 5. Order Food For Everybody

Did more people turn up for your Diwali cards party than expected? Or did uninvited guests drop by? Or are you too tired to cook after all the festive cleaning?

While welcoming people home is not troublesome, problem lies in cooking for a large number of people, especially during times of festivals.

To take care of those moments, you can make use of food delivery apps like Food Panda, or Zomato Online. These apps come with a wide variety of menus, and delivery and packaging choices. Get it delivered during the early hours of the day, or during late night hours.

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Online food deliveries are a savior! Pixabay

Today, it will not be wrong to say that there exists a mobile app for almost everything. However, our list will sort all your confusions regarding mobile apps for festivals and their preparations. Have a great festive season ahead!

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Ram Rahim Convicted of Rape: Here is the 15 Year Old Anonymous Letter from a Sadhvi

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Aug 28

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Self-proclaimed spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan. Wikimedia
  • Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim was held guilty in the 2002 rape case by a CBI court
  • The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Aug 28
  • Ram Rahim was taken to Rohtak jail through a chopper

Chandigarh, Aug 25, 2017: Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim was held guilty in the 2002 rape case by a CBI court today. He was convicted of raping his female followers, the court stated. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Aug 28. Ram Rahim was taken to Rohtak jail through a chopper.

Tensions in the air were flowing since few days before the verdict, as around 200,000 blind supporters of the self-styled godman seized the Tricity. The protestors were seen threatening to incite violence in the city a day before the verdict.

All the educational institutions and government offices remained shut. Also, buses and trains service was halted. The parliamentary forces and police were patrolling on the risk prone areas while the army was on standby. Data services and the internet was suspended in Chandigarh, Haryana, and Punjab for three days.
Till now 17 people have died in the furious demonstration by the supporters. Many media vehicles were set on fire, and army forces were pelted stones, leaving some of them wounded. The Punjab government also imposed section 144. However, it was not successfully implemented.

Ram Rahim Rape Case: What happened 15 years back?

Ram Rahim was convicted in a 15 years old rape case by a CBI court today.
In 2002, his female follower wrote a letter to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Judges of Haryana and Punjab court. The girl alleged that she and other females at the ‘Dera’ are a victim of sexual exploitation. The court instructed a detailed CBI investigation concerning the issue.
In 2007, Ram Rahim was convicted under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code by CBI court.
 The anonymous letter from a Sadhvi revealed by Aaj Tak reads:
I am from Punjab and now I am presently working as a sadhu girl in Sirsa (Haryana, Dhan Dhan Satguru Tera Asara), for the last five years. Hundreds of girls also serve 16 to 18 hours in the camp. We are being physically exploited here. I am a BA graduate. Members of my family are blind devotees of Shri Maharaj, whose influence made a saint in the camp. Two years after becoming a saint, one-day Maharaj Gurmeet’s famous Sadhu Gurjot told me at 10 o’ clock in the night that Maharaj has called me in the cave (place of residence of Maharaj). Because I was going there for the first time, I was very happy, grasping that God himself has called me today. When I got up in the cave, I saw Maharaj sitting on the bed. There was remote in hand, a blue film was running on the front TV and a revolver on the bed side. I was shocked to see all this … the ground beneath my feet slipped. What is this happening? Maharaj would be like this, I did not even dream about this. Maharaj stopped the TV and made me sit with water and said that I have called you as my special beloved. Taking me in the arms, Maharaj said that I like you with all my heart. I want to love you because you have devoted your soul, wealth, and body to Satguru Ji when you became a sadhu. Hence, this body and soul is all mine. On my opposition, he said that there is no doubt that I am God. When I asked if this is how a God works, he said: Lord Krishna was God, he had 360 Gopis from whom he used to love every day, yet people consider him as divine. This is not a new thing. If I want, then you can cremate your life with this revolver. Your house believes in us by all means and is our slave. They can not go out of us, you know this thing well. I have a good stand in our government. The Chief Minister of Haryana and Punjab, the Union Minister touches my feets. The leaders support us, take the money, and will never go against us. I will expell the members of your family from the service. We will kill all the members without leaving any evidence, you know very well that we had already destroyed the manager of the dera, who have not been found till today. Nor has there been any evidence left outstanding. With the help of money, we will buy politicians and police and justice. In this way, my face was blackened and I have been raped for 20-30 times in the last three months. I was ordered to wear white clothes, keep sardine on the head, not to lift the eye on a man, and keep the distance of five to ten feet from the man. I am a goddess in the show, but my condition is like a prostitute. I once told my family that everything is not right in the tent here, so my people reprimanded me by saying that if it is not right with God, then where is it?. Bad thoughts have started coming to your mind. Adhere yourself to Satguru. I am compelled. Here the order of Satguru says that no two girls can talk to each other, can not talk to house holders by telephone. In the past, when a Bathinda girl revealed the black act of Maharaj before all the girls, many sadhu girls shunned her by whipping her together….. A girl from Sangrur district when came home and told the neighbors about the dirty activities of the camp, the attendants of the dera came to the girl’s house with guns inside the house, and threatened her by putting a pistol. So along with all these girls, I will also be killed with my family, if I will write my name in it. I would request you to examine our bodies with the help of doctors so that our parents and you will know that whether we are Kumari Devi or Not? If not then by whom ruined. 

ALSO READ: Indian Gurus-Preaching Spiritualism or Business? 

It is frightening to see that someone in this country with gigantic backing, despite the criminal accusations, can shake up the whole scenario. Army wounded, media injured, open firing and burning places for the rape trial of an accused shows that 60 million in this country are living in denial. Distortion of religion and faith is a common sight in India.

Personages like Ram Rahim who win over people by misguiding them are a threat to the entire human race. The man who claimed himself a godman devasted the parts of Punjab and Haryana, however, this is an alarming situation for the nation for the nation as well.


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India and Pakistan have to become Peaceful Neighbours, says Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti

“Jaise ki Vajpayee ji ke time par tha, Jaise ek dusre ke hamsaye hai, hume miljul ke rehne ki aadat dalni padegi aur aman se rehni ki aadat dalni padegi (Like it was during (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s time, we should learn to live peacefully as neighbours,”

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Facebook

Jammu and Kashmir, May 15, 2017: J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke to media on Saturday after the meeting of youth delegations at her hometown Srinagar.
CM said that India and Pakistan have to learn how to be good and peaceful neighbors.

Mehbooba further expressed her grief over the killings on the border after two civilians lost their lives on Saturday during a shootout between Indian and Pakistani troops on LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, mentioned HT report.

The CM said “It is very unfortunate that the firing which is going on for past few days has led to deaths. First a lady died. Today there have been more deaths. Our stand has always remained that war and confrontation (between the two countries) has always affected (Kashmir) Valley and our people.”

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She added, “That is why I will ask both nations; Pakistan should think that this type of shelling leads to killings of people in Jammu and Kashmir. I believe there will be deaths on the other side as well because in retaliatory fire people were killed there also and here also they are killed.”

Mufti said that no one will benefit from these exchanges of fire. Only the innocent people will lose their lives and that is the last thing any nation wants.

Remembering the time of BJP government under former PM Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, she said “Jaise ki Vajpayee ji ke time par tha, Jaise ek dusre ke hamsaye hai, hume miljul ke rehne ki aadat dalni padegi aur aman se rehni ki aadat dalni padegi (Like it was during (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s time, we should learn to live peacefully as neighbours.”

The CM ensured the state of security and said that the state government will consider any request for security from separatist leaders following a threat by Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Rashid Bhat.

“When somebody will seek security from us, we will think over it,” Mufti told reporters.
It is to be noted here that Zakir had earlier threatened Hurriyat leaders if they “create hurdles in the path of making Kashmir an Islamic State,” she further added.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6