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New Delhi: A Local court summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janta Party leader Arun Jaitley. Getting summons in a defamation is nothing new for him.
Several defamation cases have been filed against Kejriwal by political leaders and advocates between 2013 and 2016.
A Patiala House court issued summons against Kejriwal on March 9 for allegedly uttering defamatory statements against Jaitley in relation to the controversy surrounding the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
Apart from this, Kejriwal has three other cases pending in the Patiala House courts while two are pending in the Karkardooma district courts.
The first defamation case was filed against Kejriwal by then political secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Pawan Khera, for his alleged “derogatory remarks” against power tariff hike during protests in October 2012. A court in Karkardooma complex issued summons to Kejriwal in Janaury 2013.
The second case was filed by former communications minister Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal. The defamation case was filed after Kejriwal, during a press conference in 2013, alleged conflict of interest over Amit Sibal appearing in the Supreme Court for telecom major Vodafone while his father was the union communications minister. A metropolitan magistrate in Patiala house courts complex issued summons to the Aam Aadmi Party leader in July 2013.
The third case was filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, now a union minister, who alleged that Kejriwal had defamed him by including his name in the list of “India’s most corrupt” during a press conference in January 2014. In February 2014, a court had summoned Kejriwal as an accused.
Kejriwal appeared in the case on May 21, 2014, but refused to furnish a personal bond and thereafter was sent to jail. After a week, he furnished his personal bond and was released.
In all the three cases where the court has framed charges, Kejriwal pleaded not guilty.
The fourth defamation case was filed by a lawyer Surender Kumar Sharma against Kejriwal and his colleague Manish Sisodia in 2013. Sharma accused the two AAP leaders of approving his name as party candidate and later defaming him and also denying him the ticket.
The Supreme Court had stayed proceedings in all these four cases after Kejriwal filed a plea challenging the constitutional validity of “criminal defamation” in April last year.
The fifth case was filed by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri alleging that Kejriwal had made baseless allegations against him. A Patiala House court last month issued summons to Kejriwal asking him to appear in court on May 5, 2016.
Apart from these six cases in which Kejriwal has been summoned by the trial courts, there are three more applications that have alleged defamation and have sought his summoning. These three applications are in “pre-summoning evidence stage” and are being heard in the various district courts of Delhi.
Among these three cases, two have been filed by two Delhi police constables against Kejriwal using a derogatory term against the “men in khaki”. The Saket court is recording the statement of complainant witnesses.
DDCA and its vice-president, Chetan Chauhan, filed a defamation case in February, against Kejriwal and others, accusing them of defaming the association by passing “scandalous” remarks. The court is recording the statement of the complainant. (IANS)
Super model and actress Hailey Bieber said she is lucky to have a husband like Justin Bieber, refuting rumours of the ace singer not treating her properly. Hailey was speaking at singer Demi Lovato's podcast '4D With Demi Lovato', dailymail.co.uk reported.
Talking about her popstar husband and rumours around their marriage, Hailey said: "I think one of the biggest things is you have to know what the truth is behind everything. You know, there's so many narratives that float around about me, about him, about us together." She addressed the rumours point blank as she said: "There's one big fat narrative that goes around that's like, 'Justin is not nice to her, and that he mistreats her', and I'm just like, it's so far from the truth, and it's the complete and utter opposite."
Hailey went on to set the record straight about Justin, who she married in 2018. She said: "I really am lucky to say I'm with someone who is extremely respectful of me, who makes me feel special every single day. So when I see the opposite of that, I'm just like, 'Huh?' And everybody around who knows us personally would say the same thing." (IANS/ MBI)
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Among the Tamil epics written during the Sangam age, only a few survived to this day. Manimegalai is one such. It is written as a sequel to the Sillapadikaram, taking the story forward of Kovalan and Madhavi's daughter, Manimegalai. The Sillapadikaram is about the injustice of the Madurai kingdom in the execution of Kovalan, which turned Kannagi, his wife into a goddess seeking vengeance for her husband's death. Kovalan, before his death, has an affair with a court dancer, Madhavi, and his daughter, Manimegalai, is said to begin a different tradition among the Tamils.
The epic, written by Sattanar, introduces Buddhism to Dravidian culture, something that has been alien to them for years. Manimegalai is the protagonist, who flees constantly from the pursuit of Chola prince Udhayakumara, and tries to lead an ascetic life. Throughout the plot, Buddhist tenets are used to avoid the culmination of a love-story. Manimegalai is believed to be the anti-love story sequel to the Sillapadikaram.
A complete work of Tamil epic written by hand on leaves Image source: wikimedia commons
The Sillapadikaram was written by a Jain monk, Illango Adigal, and Sattanar, uses the sequel to question Jainism. It is almost a political battle between two new religions competing for a place in a predominantly Hindu society. Parts of Manimegalai even go to the extent of opening ridiculing Jain practices and beliefs.
Critics of Tamil literature have stated that while the Tamil epics have great poetic significance, they are inferior to other world epics when it comes to clearly portraying religious affiliations. In fact, they refer to the newer religions with an infant's perspective. Some scholars have found that Sillapadikaram has more ethical substance than its sequel, but in and of itself, despite being written by a Jain monk, reads like Hindu poetry (Subhramanya Aiyar, 1906).
Keywords: Manimegalai, Sillapadikaram, Tamil Epic, Sattanar, Ilango Adigal, Chola kingdom, Sangam Age, Buddhism
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. In its Ecoscope report, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: "With Covid-19 hurting India's 'Household' (HH) and 'Government' sectors adversely, the continuity of strong consumption growth is in question."
"On the contrary, with listed companies' financial positions improving and an uptick in household investments in the Real Estate sector (called physical savings), the narrative of investment-led recovery is gaining momentum." The report prescribed that various economic participants - households, governments, listed companies, and unlisted corporates -- to increase their fixed asset investments in the immediate future based on their financial position.
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. | Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
At present, the listed and unlisted corporate sector accounts for only about half of total investments in India. The 'HH' sector including unincorporated enterprises accounts for 35-40 per cent in India's investments, while the remaining 12-13 per cent is contributed by centre and states governments. Besides, the report cited that demand environment is expected to remain subdued due to weak financial position of 'HH' and government sector.
"Despite household investments picking up strongly in 2HFY21, given that Indian households bore the maximum brunt of Covid-led losses in CY20 (and CY21), we believe household spending would remain subdued over the next few years." It further pointed out that unless 'HH', 'Unlisted Corporate', and government sectors can improve their financial positions -- leading to a demand uptick -- a strong revival in investments seems challenging. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: India, covid, pandemic, growth, household, government, investment