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Rahul Gandhi slams Modi on false poll promises, calls him ‘Feku’

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Rahul_Gandhi_PTI2Patna: Taking a jab against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his poll promises, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called him a feku.

Addressing his first election rally in Bihar’s West Champaran district, Gandhi targeted Modi over his various promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign but which remain unfulfilled till date.

“He had promised 2 lakh jobs, promised Rs 15 lakh in each of your accounts to control inflation. One year of Modi government has gone. Did it happen? Has anyone got Rs 15 lakh? Has the inflation been controlled? Has anyone got employment? … Feku tha, hai,” the Congress vice president said without taking Modi’s name.

Loosely translated, the Hindi word feku means someone who bluffs.

On employment, Gandhi said during the Lok Sabha campaign Modi had promised to revive sugar mills in Champaran but nothing had been done in this direction.

“Modi has never met the poor people, workers and labourers. He has no time for them. Modi only meets people wearing costly suits,” he said while cautioning the people of Bihar to be wary of Modi and his “suited-booted friends” who may take away their land in the name of development.

Gandhi warned the crowd at the rally that the uprooted landless people would find no shelter in big cities as they would be treated as outsiders and would be driven away from there too.

Referring to Bihari migrants being attacked in other states for being outsiders, Gandhi said: “If the BJP government comes here, people will come here in suit-boot and demand your land. Then, when you would go to other states, you would be asked to go back as you don’t speak their language; so you would be beaten up.”

He said if the BJP comes to power in Patna, the “suited-booted” friends of the prime minister from New Delhi and Gujarat would come to grab the land of the people of Bihar.

Comparing the “suited-booted” culture of the Modi dispensation with the simple living of Mahatma Gandhi, he said: “Gandhi ji gave up the comforts of his life to serve the people.”

He said while Congressmen want to mix with people, Modi and his friends were averse to the common man.

Gandhi said the prime minister has distanced himself from the poor people and “they (government) want to keep their suit clean, we want to embrace ‘dhoti'”.

If you want to bring in rozgar (employment), talk to the people who need it, not to those in suits. If you want to clean the country, you have to talk to people engaged for the work. The government only makes false promises,” Gandhi said.

The Congress leader said: “We will create jobs in Bihar; we will give a credit of Rs 4 lakh to Bihar youth for education. If our government is formed here, we will create employment opportunities in Bihar.”

He said Modi claimed that he sold tea during his childhood, “but I doubt whether it is true”, adding that Modi started off as a tea seller, but his clothes changed from simple to better, from kurtas to costly suits.

“If you look around, you won’t find anyone wearing a suit or boot. People here are wearing torn clothes or kurtas,” he said.

“Modi promised to end corruption, but he protects his corrupt friends like union minister Sushma Swaraj, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

Bihar is scheduled to have a five-phase election from October 12 to November 5 to elect the 243-member assembly. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

(With inputs from IANS)

For more, read: Rahul’s Champaran speech ‘immature’: BJP

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Know How Grammy Award Winner Inspired by PM Modi to Dedicate Music to Environment

From songs like "Ganga" - depicting the plight of the river considered holy by most Indians - to his Grammy-winning album "Winds of Samara" - which speaks of peace and global harmony

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"What was to be a photo opportunity with the Prime Minister turned into an hour-long discussion with him on environment. He spoke on the impact music could have on society and inspired me to make music on environment," Kej told IANS in an interview here. Wikimedia

A chance meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2015 in New Delhi inspired Bengaluru-based Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej to dedicate his life and music to the cause of environment.

Since then, Kej, who has represented India on global fora, performing at venues including the United Nations General Assembly in New York and UN Headquarters in Geneva, has been using music to flag ecological issues to policymakers and public the world over.

“What was to be a photo opportunity with the Prime Minister turned into an hour-long discussion with him on environment. He spoke on the impact music could have on society and inspired me to make music on environment,” Kej told IANS in an interview here.

From songs like “Ganga” – depicting the plight of the river considered holy by most Indians – to his Grammy-winning album “Winds of Samara” – which speaks of peace and global harmony – Kej’s music connects with all — from world leaders to the man on the street.

With the aid of compelling visuals, Kej’s music, and collaborations with global music artists, highlights the deleterious consequences of urbanisation, climate change and human-animal conflict.

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From songs like “Ganga” – depicting the plight of the river considered holy by most Indians – to his Grammy-winning album “Winds of Samara” – which speaks of peace and global harmony – Kej’s music connects with all — from world leaders to the man on the street. Wikimedia

“There are so many issues in India like child labour, gender inequality and poverty, which none seem to be reflecting through music. We see that music has lost the identity of being an art form and has become a profession,” he lamented.

Kej, 37, bagged Grammy in 2015 for the ‘Best New Age Album’ for “Winds of Samsara”, created along with South African flautist Wouter Kellerman. He is also recognised as the ‘United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist’ for his music with environmental consciousness.

The subjects of Kej’s music include, the rising air pollution in global cities and towns, the perils being posed to wildlife due to urbanisation and the story of Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean off Fiji, whose coasts are receding each year due to rising ocean levels due to global warming, among others.

With 15 studio albums released internationally, 3,500 commercials, three feature films in Kannada and over 100 music awards in 20 countries to his credit, the conservationist-musician’s album “Shanti Samsara” was released by Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the United Nations Conference of Parties (CoP-21) Climate Change Conference in Paris, held from November 30-December 12, 2015.

The album, conceived after his meeting with Modi, had Kej collaborate with about 500 musicians from 40 countries, for songs like “Ganga”, throwing light on the pollution plaguing the river, and on “Earth and Water”.

“Politicians and policymakers are used to statistics and numbers, but when one approaches them through art, it makes a lot of difference. I have seen politicians change their perspectives towards environmental causes after attending my concerts,” Kej asserted.

The element of environment and nature in his work comes from his own experiences. For instance, he composed the song “One With Earth” – which highlights natural farming and the need to give up chemical fertilisers – after he lived with the tribals in Andhra Pradesh’s Araku Valley to understand their lifestyle and traditional farming techniques.

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“There are so many issues in India like child labour, gender inequality and poverty, which none seem to be reflecting through music. We see that music has lost the identity of being an art form and has become a profession,” he lamented. Wikimedia

Born in 1981 in North Carolina in the US, Kej moved to Bengaluru with family when he was eight, with intense love for music and nature.

“As a child, I felt music and nature were connected and found music in the sounds of nature, birds and animals. I used to look at music as a way of understanding history, cultures and emotions from different parts of the world. A lot of my education was through music,” said Kej, who was part of a rock band “Angel Dust” during his class 12th from Bishop Cotton Boys’ School in Bengaluru.

Even as Kej pursued a dental science course on his father’s advice, he continued to create music and decided to pursue it full-time on completing the degree.

“Like most musicians, I started my career with popular music and later turned to heavy metal and jazz. I finally zeroed in on world music as it connects with the people the world over, irrespective of the language they speak,” Kej recalled.

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As a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in the renowned Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus in this tech hub, the musician believes his job is to approach environmental subjects artistically.

“Numbers don’t hit people as hard as visuals and art can. My job as a musician is to drive the numbers and data through emotions,” Kej added. (IANS)