Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


New Delhi: Directing the Supertech Ltd to pay around 64 lakhs to an NRI for denying possession of a flat, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has said that Non-Resident Indians who frequently return to India can purchase a house here.

Supertech Ltd had denied possession of a flat in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh to South Delhi resident Reshma Bhagat and her NRI son Tarun Bhagat, who had booked the flat in 2008 and had made the payment of Rs 63,99,727.

The construction company was supposed to construct the flat and hand it over to the mother-son duo in 2009. The complainant approached the apex consumer commission seeking Rs 1.40 crore from the firm, including the interests and damages, after the firm failed to even construct the house.

The firm had opposed the complainant’s plea on the grounds that the flat was booked in the name of Tarun, who was an NRI. They also claimed that the complainant wanted to purchase the flat solely for earning profit and not for residing purpose, and hence he could be considered as ‘consumer’ himself.

Rejecting the firm’s contention, the apex consumer commission, presided by Justice J M Malik said: “It cannot be made a rule of thumb that every NRI cannot own a property in India. NRIs do come to India, every now and then. Most of the NRIs have to return to their native land. Each NRI wants a house in India. He (Tarun) is an independent person and can purchase any house in India, in his own name.”

The consumer commission has directed the firm to pay Rs 63,99,727 to the complainant.

NewsGram view: It is a good decision by the apex consumer commission as it allows many NRIs to invest in property, which would help them in future whenever they plan to settle in India. The move will also help family members of the NRIs who are still living in India and it will go a long way to further strengthen the emotional bond that NRIs have with their mother country.


wikimedia commons

Tenali Raman, courtier to Krishnadevaraya (A portrait)

Tenali Ramakrishna, or Tenali Raman as he is more popularly known is Birbal's equivalent in South India. A court jester and a scholar exuding great wisdom, Tenali Raman was known as one of the greatest courtiers in King Krishnadevaraya's court.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Pixabay

Battle at Lanka as mentioned in the Ramayana

It must be noted that different religions and societies in Southeast Asia have alternative narratives of Ramayana, one of the greatest epic.

Here are some of the versions of Ramayana!

Keep Reading Show less
Virendra Singh Gosain, Hindustan Times

Hijras are a community of people who include eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people

When a baby is born in an Indian household-they invite hijra to shower the newborn with their blessings for their blessings confer fertility, prosperity, and long life on the child. But when that child grows up we teach them to avert their eyes when a group of hijras passes by, we pass on the behaviour of treating hijras as lesser humans to our children. Whenever a child raises a question related to gender identity or sexuality they are shushed down. We're taught to believe that anything "deviant" and outside of traditional cis-heteronormativity is something to be ashamed of. This mentality raises anxious, scared queer adults who're ashamed of their own identity, and adults who bully people for "queer behaviour".

Hijras are a community of people who include eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people. They worship the Hindu goddess of chastity and fertility, Bahuchara Mata. Most hijras, but not all, choose to undergo a castration ceremony known as "nirvana" in which they remove their male genitalia as an offering to their goddess. The whole community is vibrant with hundreds of people with hundreds of ways of expression, the true identity of a hijra is complex and unique to each individual. In India, hijras prefer to refer to themselves as Kinner/Kinnar as it means the mythological beings who excel at singing and dancing.

Keep reading... Show less