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Vivek Agnihotri launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair
  • Vivek Agnihotri is a Bollywood filmmaker
  • Vivek had challenged Jignesh Mevani for an “open debate”
  • He is also the producer of “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”

NEW DELHI: The controversial Bollywood filmmaker and activist Vivek Agnihotri yesterday launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair. He was accompanied by Sandeep Deo, the author of the book and Padma Shri, Ram Bahadur Rai, who was the Chief Guest of the event. The Garuda Prakashan was the publication of this book.

During the book launch, Vivek stressed upon the need of reading books and going to the library. He said, “Going to the library is more important than going to temples. We should buy books and read, rather than downloading the content from the website. By doing this, you will be doing injustice to yourself and your kids.” He also talked about certain communities who wanted to break India and spread communalism.

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Prior to this event, Vivek had thrown an open challenge to Jignesh Mevani for an “open debate” at the Constitution Club on Tuesday. For the same, posters were put all over in Luteyns which is a plush area of the Delhi. Jignesh Mevani is a Dalit activist and newly-elected Gujarat MLA. At the recently held ‘Yuva Hunkar’ rally in Delhi on January 9, Mevani had called the Narendra Modi government a “threat” to democracy and the Constitution.

Vivek tweeted his challenge to Mevani, “If you are a man of convictions, you won’t shy away! See you at 3 pm on 9 Jan at the Constitution Club. Pl confirm latest by 6 pm on 8 Jan.” By 8 pm, the tweet had garnered around 6,000 likes, 4,600 retweets and 683 replies.

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Vivek Agnihotri had also been in controversy for his movie, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”. The film was about the nexus between an India-wide Maoist terror movement and their supporters in urban centres, such as academia and media. The agenda of the movie was the ways Naxalites are waging war against India with detailed plans to overthrow the government. This gripping story recounts Agnihotri’s own grooming in college to be an Urban Naxal and details the plans and modus operandi of the movement.

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Interestingly, the director of Buddha in a Traffic Jam has come out with a book that is titled ‘Urban Naxal’ and goes on the same lines as that of his movie.



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Killer Smog in Delhi.

Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS ( is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences