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Reservation Quota for Women in Parliament finds support at Kumaon Literature Festival

Speaking at a packed session of the festival's second edition here, women speakers flayed the stalling of the bill that grants 33 percent reservation to women in parliament

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October 13, 2016: Support for reservation quota for women in parliament found its resonance on Thursday among participants at the ongoing Kumaon Literature Festival as well.

Speaking at a packed session of the festival’s second edition here, women speakers flayed the stalling of the bill that grants 33 percent reservation to women in parliament.

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“Issues regarding Women’s Reservation Bill need to be discussed across all parties, especially those opposing it so that it gets passed in the Lok Sabha,” said Nupur Sharma, a young leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“It should be the responsibility of each political party to allocate one-third of their tickets to women candidates,” Sharma said.

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“Merely increasing the numbers alone will not do any good; there is a desperate need for good quality women leaders in the country,” added author-columnist Tuhin Sinha.

She said there have been good women leaders at the regional and national levels, but the phenomenon has not trickle down much.

“Women’s journey into politics should be by default and not designed, because when you reserve a particular number of seats by rotation, it will encourage more nepotism, and produce leaders without quality and may also give rise to dynasty rule,” Tuhin said.

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TV commentator Abhay Kumar Dubey said the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill will prove to be a game changer for women, society and the nation.

“It is high time men stop sitting on a high pedestal and explain how and what women should do in politics,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

“The entire society is responsible for handling women’s isues; it is not women politicians’ responsibility alone to bring about a change in the mindset of people regarding their issues and their route to politics,” Chaturvedi said.

Another session on ‘In Crisis We Act’ saw the participation of All India Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi.

A session on ‘My Lords, I Rest My Case’ witnessed participation of Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Supreme Court Justice A.K. Sikri, with the latter discussing how judiciary influences literature and how writing of judgments is drawn from the literary world.

In the session on ‘A Compulsive Questionnaire,” Carnatic musician-cum-author T.M. Krishna spoke.

“Artistes are now bent upon performing in such a manner that it satisfies everybody in the audience; this is merely marketing of art and not sharing, which is the original intention of art,” he said. (IANS)

(Rachel V.Thomas is in Jim Corbett at the invitation of the Kumaon Literature Festival organisers. She can be contacted at rachel.t@ians.in)

 

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Is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?

Former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies, co-organised by PFI faces youth's protest.

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New Delhi, September 25, 2017: The youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out to protest against the University and former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies.
The event was co-organised by National Women’s Front (NWF), the women’s wing of the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India to mark the international conference on “the role of women to make a humane society”. It has also been alleged that an Islamic fundamentalist organization, Popular Front of India (PFI) was also part of the organizing committee.
According to the reports, the criminal of radical outfit PFI was accused of cutting the hands of Professor Joseph for being offensive to the Islamic Prophet Mohammad. It has also been accused of accusing National Investigative Agency over controversial ‘Love Jihad’ cases.
The university however claim that they have received letters from certain organizations, though not being part of the event but were collaborating in it.
BJP now demand an apology from the former vice president for attending the event that was organized by the organization who has also been responsible for recruiting youngsters for the Islamic state.
The question arises what prompted the Vice President of India for 10 years to attend an event organized by a radical Islamic people of Popular Front of India?
Is he being supportive of their agenda? Or is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?
– Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi wants to know if Research being done on Goodness of Cow Urine

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme; however, she went on a different track altogether

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  • BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine
  • He also asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle
  • Lekhi discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared

New Delhi, August 2, 2017: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine, and asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle.

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS). However, she went on a different track altogether, and discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared.

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Wikimedia

Lekhi mentioned a case where a person who was a “former ASD” was taken seriously ill, and was cured after he consumed cow urine as medicine.

She said the “ancient science” of the country has disappeared and asked if the government is planning to commission research on the medicinal science related to cattle.

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Minister Radha Mohan Singh in reply said under the “Rashtriya gomang Utpadak Mission”, a centre was being established in Karnal, Haryana.

Lekhi then said that the humus content in soil is coming down due to which it converts into dust which is a threat to health. The MP said cow dung can be used as fertiliser and also suggested using cow waste for methane production.

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She also asked if the government has any plans of using cow dung for increasing humus content of soil.

Singh said the government is concerned about the environment, but added that the main question was focused on quality of milk products of DMS.

This prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to say on a lighter note that it was the minister’s skill that he could answer unrelated questions.

Mahajan however added that MPs are not reading the question.

“I am sad that MPs are not reading the questions, even those who ask the question do not read it,” she said. (IANS)

 

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Saffron Wave Again? Nitish Kumar is Back in Power in Bihar, This Time With NDA

In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, 131 legislators voted in favour of the new grand alliance of Nitish Kumar-BJP

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Nitish Kumar, Chief minister of Bihar state, India. Wikimedia

Bihar, July 29, 2017: “Lalu ji, I beg your forgiveness, but after running the government for 20 months, I cannot do it any longer. I am going to quit,” the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told his ally.

Nitish Kumar on Thursday took oath as Bihar CM for the 6th time, marking a historic transition of the state from a Grand Alliance government to an NDA regime. He resigned as Bihar Chief Minister mentioning political differences with the former ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), over corruption charges against the RJD leader’s son Tejashwi Yadav.

Soaring with 131 votes, Nitish Kumar is back with power in Bihar. ‘Secularism can’t mask corruption,” said the Chief Minister in the Bihar Assembly with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi by his side, reported Zee Media Bureau.

Nitish added, “These are arrogant people. Political parties get a mandate in elections to serve the people. The people are fed-up”.

Alleging corruption charges against Lalu Prasad Yadav son, Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish proffered resignation to Tejashwi Yadav and terminated the 20-month-old grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) between JD(U) and RJD. Just within some time, JD (U) formed a new alliance with old ally BJP and Nitish headed back to the office, claiming support of 132 MLAs in a letter to Bihar governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

In 2013, Nitish had terminated his 17-year coalition with the BJP over the party’s decision to name Narendra Modi its Prime Ministerial candidate.

Nitish’s decision to partner with BJP has not been taken up in good spirits by other party members. MP Ali Anwar brazenly expressed his dissatisfaction while JD (U) stalwart Sharad Pawar is reportedly provoked by the new development.

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Today morning, Nitish moved the confidence motion to prove the majority of his new government amid harsh attacks from various counters. In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, 131 legislators voted in favour of the new alliance and 108 were against it.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav argued that Nitish Kumar should have shown guts and dismissed him rather than joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Aapko sharam nahin aayi? (Aren’t you ashamed?),” asked Tejashwi, reported Zee Media Bureau .

Today morning, Patna High Court affirmed RJD’s petition challenging the appointment of Nitish as Chief Minister. However, the court refused to stoand p today’s trust vote, saying it would hear the case on Monday, 31 July.

 

This is how the nation praised and hailed CM Nitish Kumar-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA now operates in 18 states, kicking Congress out of the national equation. This, in turn, will have some significant bearing upcoming state elections and 2019 Lok Sabha election.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94