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Anup Kumar Mudgal, Indian high commissioner to Mauritius, on the occasion of India’s 67th Republic day talked about the progress and improvement taking place in the bilateral relations of India-Mauritius since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country last year.

Here are some of the important points from his talk on this matter.

  • There was an increase in the visits of high-level political level leaders from both the countries. Sushma Swaraj visited Mauritius on the 180th Anniversary of the arrival of Indian Indentured Labourers. PM Modi followed her on the occasion of Mauritian National Day.
  • Both countries came together to have a joint commissioning of the offshore patrol vessel Barracuda.
  • The construction of World Hindi secretariat started.
  • Agreements related to Ocean Economy, health, and culture, among others took place.
  • Mauritian PM Sir Anerood Jugnauth participated in the main event on 21 June at SVICC and launched a Special IDY Commemorative Cover and he also visited India in October.
  • Mauritius held the Festival of India in March which gave the glimpse of Indian art and culture.
  • Mauritius also hosted events like International Ramayana Conference, 3rd World Urdu Conference, International Regional Hindi Conference, Antarashtriya Bhojpuri Mahotsav, and International Conference on Tamil Diaspora.
  • Two Mauritian Hindi scholars were given the prestigious award, “Vishwa Hindi Samman” at the World Hindi Conference in Bhopal in 2015.
  • Mauritius was included in the list of the country whose nationals are entitled to receive E-tourist visa.

He further hoped that bilateral relations between both the countries get stronger than ever this year. He said that the government expands to diversify the economic and commercial relationships. and continue the trend of political and cultural visits, intellectual seminars. He said he believes that India and Mauritius relationship is based on the people to people contact.

India and Mauritius have  historic ties and the country has a lot of Indian influence in terms of culture, religion and  other areas. 48 percent of the population in Mauritius is Hindu.(Inputs and Image from-defimedia.info)

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.