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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Home Ministry recently announced that any personnel from the Central police organizations, losing his life while fighting with Naxals or insurgents in the region of Northeast or Jammu and Kashmir, will get the title of “martyr”.

Central police organizations have finally got a clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a long pending proposal to give the title of “shaheed” to all those who died in action.

Earlier no such scheme existed for Central police personnel deployed in areas affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE), along the Pakistan border, in insurgency-hit J&K as well as in the North-East, whereas the Army gives this status to its men killed on the border.

The officials said, “The status will not provide any kind of financial benefit to the personal, but boost the morale of the 10 lakh-strong Central forces.”

It has been decided that “shaheed” will be used in the salutation scroll to be read at the homage ceremony of the personal killed on duty.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, had informed the Lok Sabha that ‘shaheed’ or ‘martyr’ is not defined as per the region where you are killed or whether you are in police or military and there is no official order to accord the same to defense or paramilitary personnel.

While explaining the importance of calling the dead soldiers as “martyr”, Rijiju said, “There have been demands for giving shaheed/martyr status to the Central police organizations and Assam Rifles personnel killed in action. In a meeting of Committee of Secretaries held on September 14, 2011, the Ministry of Defense indicated that shaheed/martyr is not defined anywhere and presently they are not issuing any order/notification to this effect in respect of defense personnel.”

“Similarly, no status of shaheed/martyr is given to the Central police and Assam Rifles. However, their families/next of kin are given full family pension under the Liberalized Pensionary Award rules and lump sum ex-gratia compensation of Rs 15 lakh as per rules in addition to other benefits admissible,” he added.

A senior official elucidating the emotional aspect attached with the title “shaheed” said, “Since it does not involve any financial implications, keeping in mind the sentiments of the forces, it was decided to give them a go-ahead. On several occasions, various state governments give benefits like petrol pumps, land to personnel on the basis of the shaheed status. It becomes easier for the kin of the killed personnel to avail the benefits as the scroll is an official document.”

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Newton Deals with Ideological Differences on Democracy: Director

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Newton Actor Rajkummar Rao
Newton Actor Rajkummar Rao. IANS

Mumbai, Sep 22, 2017: “Newton” director Amit V. Masurkar, whose movie has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars, says he always wanted to explore a story in a political space which is otherwise lesser known to urban India.

“Newton”, which deals with the ideological battle between the government and Maoists, has been selected by a 14-member jury constituted by the Film Federation of India and will represent the country at the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category in 2018.

The story of the film revolves around a young government employee Newton Kumar — essayed by the critically acclaimed Rajkummar Rao — who is sent out to execute an election in a Maoist-prone area in Chhattisgarh.

“Newton” is Masurkar’s second film after “Suleimani Keeda”. What made him choose a political subject that’s quite complicated and not as popular in the cine space as the Kashmir issue or the political crisis of northeastern states?

Masurkar told IANS: “I wanted to tell a story in the political space. The reason for choosing Chhattisgarh is that the issue here is different from the two that you have mentioned. Naxals are not asking for a separate country or fighting for development or seeking an answer to any injustice.

“The battle is from the ideological differences on democracy. Naxals want to bring a change in democracy by establishing a communist rule.

“Therefore, the story of the film is quite clear – a government, an opposition to the government and then there is a man who represents the government, who is honestly trying to do his duty and struggling on his way.”

The movie, which released on Friday, has been raved about by critics and the film fraternity. It had premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Recounting his struggle to find a producer to the make the film, Masurkar said: “I showed the script to a couple of studios who said that ‘Oh, it’s politics… Youth have no interest in it’. The moment I narrated the story to Manish (Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films), he said ‘Yes’ in no time.

“He has got a great taste for stories and understands the pulse of the audience.”

It was later that producer Aanand L. Rai and a banner like Eros International Entertainment came on board.

“I showed Aanand sir the film and he liked the film and decided to be a part of its release. And of course, I am thankful for that. But what touched me is, how he remembered me. I once assisted him 14 years ago for one of his telefilms.

“He is such a gem of a person. He came out after watching the film, remembering me, saying, ‘I am so proud of you Amit, tu kitna bada ho gaya (You’ve grown up so much)! You made this film.”

Rajkummar plays the lead character in “Newton”, but according to the director, all the characters in the film have been written substantially to build the story.

“I made some small changes according to the talent of the actors. Like Pankaj Tripathi is such a brilliant actor who has a command over Hindi, so we wrote the dialogues for him accordingly.

“The character of Raghubir Yadav was also elaborated according to his calibre. And Rajkummar was the first choice because there are some of the strong similarities of personality between him and Newton. They are both quite sincere in their job and idealistic,” Masurkar said.

He hopes that in a scenario where the taste of the Indian audience is changing, they embrace a movie like “Newton”. (IANS)