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10 lakh Rohingya muslim refugees reach Bangladesh, economy in jeopardy

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After the eruption of massive Rohigya Muslim crisis in Myanmar, till now over six lakh twenty seven thousand refugees have entered Bangladesh since last August after fleeing from the terror stricken Rakhine province of the Buddhist nation where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya muslim women, children, old aged and those suffering from various ailments have been killed mersilessly with their houses, huts and tenements burned by the Myanmar army and police. This was in retaliation to the attack by certain hard core Rohingya extremist groups killing more than thirty Myanmar guards and burning of police posts last August say the authorities.

This figure of 6.3 lakh Rohingya muslims in extremely shattered condition is in addition to the 3 lakh already existing refugees in Bangladesh. The prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has drawn out a detailed plan to rehabilitate over one lakh refugees in the Thengar char area near the sea, currently the flooded plain for which the government of Bangladesh has earmarked a whopping budget of 278 million US dollars. This vast plain area near the sea of Bay of Bengal is scaytered in 30 thousand hectares.

The government has plans to construct thousands of hutments and about 120 health centres here in order to adjust and accomodate a vast number of Rohingya Muslim refugees having sought refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing in badly shattered condition from the Rakhine province of riot torn Buddhist nation Myanmar. The US, UK and the UN authorities have condemned the despicable killings of Rohingyas in strongest possible terms and has termed these genocidal attacks as ethinic cleansing.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission is also extending all possible financial and medical support to the refugees and the Bangladesh government. The already weak and trembling Bangladesh economy has been badly affected by this ongoing refugee crisis and the subsequent economic burden confronted by it. This is the worst refugee crisis any country of the globe has ever witnessed with over ten lakh refugees landing in Bangladesh in just a year or two. It may be recalled that the Rohingya province of Myanmar is dominated by a vast muslim population and the crisis has its roots since the government of Myanmar declared the former’s citizenship as illegal.

The situation took the ugly turn when oneof the hard core group called Rahingya Muslim Liberation Front killed 20 to 30 Myanmarese guards at the border posts last July/ August and burnt majority of the Army posts at the Myanmar Bangladesh Border. Since then the government of Myanmar let loose its terror in Rakhine province killing hundreds of Rohingyas and birning theor houses leading to the mass scale i flux of refugees under pitiable shattered condition to Bangladesh and India. While Bangladesh is worst affected by the massive Rohingya influx , India too has over 40 thousand refugees.
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Uttarakhand’s forest minister says, he’ll speak to Yogi Adityanath on Garhwaliji’s family’s eviction issue

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The forest minister of Uttarakhand Dr. Harak Singh Rawat has assured that once he receives the copy of the notice and other relevant papers from the family of late Garhwaliji or the department concerned he will take up the issue in all earnestness with the government of Uttar Pradesh by confabulating with the saffron clad chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath who also primarily belongs to Pauri Garhwal district.

These days there is tremendous hue and cry over the issue of the stepmotherly treatment being meted out to the third generation family of a great revolutionery freedom fighter and legend Vir Chandra Singh Garhwali who alongwith his platoon was imprisoned for life in Abattabad prison, Pakistan n later in Naini Jail for not obeying the orders of the then general Ricket of British origin who ordered them to fire on the armless Pathan freedom fighters in Kinari Bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan led by frontior Gandhi late Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan.

After his release from the jail Garhwali stayed in Anand Bhawan n Sabarmati Ashram with his family in distressbut never asked for favors or concessions. He was even asked for his induction in the union cabinet by prime ministerJawahar Lal Nehru but Garhwaliji refused.

In the eighties Garhwali was alloted 10 acres of land in Haldukhata, Kotdwara, Bhaver which cannot be renewed due to the death of both of his sons Anand and Mohan who lived in great financial agony alongwith their families after Garhwaliji’s sad demise.

Since the land was allotted on lease for 90 years by the then UP government during the undivided UP era which could not be renewed by his sons who are now dead, the forest department has issued eviction notices to the third generation family of Late Vir Chandra Singh Garhwali after being constantly harrassed physically, mentally and psychologically.

The furious n annoyed family members say that while on the one hand the Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand governments and even the prime minister give number of assurances of starting new schemes in Garhwaliji’s name to derive political advantage, on the other hand his family members are being constantly harrased and victimised.

The family says : if the land had been allotted to them why is it not being registered in Chandra Singh Garhwali’s family’s name and why are we being evicted ? There is tremendous condemnation on social media regarding the harrasment being meted out to the family of a revolutionery freedom fighter who dedicated his whole life for freeing the country from the foreign British yoke.

The news has become viral and the government has not issued any statement in this regard except the Uttarakhand forest minister Harak Sigh waiting for the necessary documents to further pursue the matter with the UP CM Yogi Aditya Nath. Sounds shocking indeed?

 

 

 

 

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Delhi government hospitals need more registration and medicine delivery counters including more clinics

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Though the AAM ADMI PARTY government in Delhi has done a remarkable work in terms of improving and modernising the health services in the Delhi’s various government hospitals, dispensaries, health centres and poly clinics for which the Delhi chief minister deserves Kudos, there is still a need for improvising the conditions and delivery system by way of enhancing the number of registration and medicine delivery counters, pharmacists and doctors, particularly in view of the rapidly increasing numbers of poor and lower middle class patients thronging the government hospitals on daily basis.

The hospitals despite rendering maximum possible services to cater to the good number of patients also lack good hyginic and sanitary conditions which need to be attended on a mass footing so as to keep them neat and clean and prone to better health conditions of one and all attending these health institutions. The AAP government Delhi deserves all round appreciation for targetting the health and education sector for improving the peoples’lot and also shaping the academic career of the students hailing from the poor, down trodden and the economically deprived sections of the society.

Today, the government schools of Delhi have been upgraded from the infrastructural, educational and basic civic facilities point of view and so have the condition of government hospitals, dispensaries and the polyclinics where not only are the poor and general patients are being delivered free medicines, treatments and free expensive tests and diagnosis but the Delhi government has also permitted every section of the society free of cost treatment and surgery of critical ailments in private hospitals if the same is not being executed in the Delhi govt hospitals, the cost of which will be borne by the government.

In addition the Delhi CM has authorised few Delhi government hospitals like Delhi Tegh Bahadur hospital for giving 80% treatmentto be given to the Delhites and 20% to the patients of outside states as previously the medical interest of Delhi patients were being largely affected. Today, I happened to visit the Dr. Ambedkar Hospital and Medical Institute , a hundred bedded hospital in Rohini where I saw hundreds of uncontrolled crowd of poor and hapless patients standing in unending queues anxiously waiting for registration, medicines and check ups outside the counters and doctors clinics quarrelling and creating acrimonious scenes.

The queues were so long that it takes hours to get the needful done. Since the expectation of the patients, particularly, of the poor and the lower middle class have been generated too much after the facilities generated in the govt hospitals the influx of patients have increased manifold and as such the latter doe not seem to be fully equipped to cope with the increasing rush of the patients which would ultimately result in lessening of the quality of treatment and much inconvenience to the Delhites banking on government hospitals for seeking free treatment.

The government of the NCT should therefore emphasise much on increasing the number of registration and medicine delivery counters including enhancement in number of clinics, doctors and pharmacists componded with various facilities like provision of sitting arrangements, fans, water coolers and if possible airconditioning of the inner areas of the hospital buildings. This revamp in the entire system would improve the present aweful situation and relieve the poor, hapless and suffering patients and their families to a great extent.

It may be recalled that the former Secretary General of United Nations and Senior officials of WHO had recently visited various Mohalla polyclinics established by AAM AADMI PARTY government in Delhi and have widely appreciated it as a model to be replicated by the other developing and under developed countries of the globe.

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Maneaters freely prowl for human flesh on Uttarakhand’s roadsides in the night

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This how maneaters/ predators move openly on the roadside areas of entire Uttarakhand as seen in the above picture clicked by me from a facebook vedio of Gopal Rawat.

The tiger here is seen relaxing during the night hours on one of the roadside cemented structure looking for the human prey.

These are common scenes on the roads of the inner peripheries of Uttarakhand, particularly on the roads inside the forest areas after 8.00 PM in the night when you can witness these predators either on the roadside cemented structures ( puliyas) or in the middle of the lonely roads relaxing comfortably unless some vehicle comes and waits for these canivorous animals to slowly get up n go on the sides of the roads waiting for the vehicles to pass away.

But what is more surprising and worrisome aspect of these maneaters is that in some of the areas they even appear on roadsides during noon or just before sunset clandestinely looking for a lonely human prey like child, old aged or a woman.

In several cases these hungry leopards having tasted human blood and flesh exclusively look for prey in the road side houses and grab the children by even entering human habitats and thereafter taking them to the nearby jungles to eat.

There have been umpteen intances of such brutal killings of human beings during the past several months and years in the Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of Uttarakhand.

The forest department finds itself helpless as the courts have applied legal brakes on the killings of these predators. Moreover the department of wildlife does not possess enough equipments or know how to physically capture these maneaters except the primitive methods which are too tardy and ineffective.

Even for killing some of the highly dangerous maneaters it takes lot of time to seek the permission ofthe court and thereafter tardy killing process to hire professional and expensive shooters. By that time enough harm is already done to human lives.

As per the latest survey carried out by the Tiger count department about more than 400 tigers of different speices exists in the Uttarakhand Jungles that include majorly the Corbett and other national parks.

On an approximate estimate about 150 leopards/ tigers in Uttarakhand hills have been declared man eaters who’s from 2000 till now as per the current official estimate till May 2016 killed / eaten 300 human beings, though the figure in actuality still stands higher.

As per the news report of 23rd September 2016 leopards killed about 440 people in the Nepal and Kumaon areas after a prominent Shooter of the British era killed the maneater for the first time in 1907.

It is believed that about 40 to 50 maneaters have been killed so far in Uttarakhand after their human killing spree continued for several decades.

However, the maneater attacks in various parts of Uttarakhand have become a routine affair for these carnivorous animals as there seems to be dearth of animal preys inside the forests of Uttarakhand which have become the victim of excessive sound pollution, tourist activities, movement of vehicles, roads, commercial buildings, shops and hotels construcion of concrete houses and buildings including huge dams, tunnels and deforestation.

The increasing use of dynamites in road explosions and increasing natural calamities are also some of the prime reasons for imbalancing the wild life and their subsequent dissapearence from the forest ultimately resulting in the carnivorous animals to come towards human settlements and make them their easy prey. What’s your take friends?

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Ajay Maken resigns as DPCC chief , cites personal health reasons?

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The Congress party organisation which do not have a single lawmaker in Delhi assembly today suffered a massive set back yet again when its energetic and organisationally capable president and former union state minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation resigned from the presidentship of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee citing personal health reasons.

He sent his written communication seeking resignation to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi who appointed Maken the Delhi state president four years’ ago. It has been reliably learnt that Ajay Maken has been ill for the last few months and is currently abroad for the treatment as well.

Maken had submitted his resignation in 2015/16 as well taking the moral responsibility of the party’s defeat against AAP when it could not even win on a single seat in the Delhi Assembly election but was asked to continue by Rahul Gandhi who personally requested the former to take back the resignation. It is believed that there may be some serious reasons’ behind Maken’s resignation probably his isolation in the mainstream Congress politics or Rahul Gandhi’s negligible attention to DPCC affairs or may be his interest to join national politics in view of the fastly approaching elections in four states and the national election of 2019.

Sources reveal that despite the best efforts of Ajay Maken to strengthen and revitalise the DPCC by holding maximum protest demonstrations and other activities the Congress party was not able to win the heart of the Delhites and in view of the internal party squabbles and non cooperation of the former president J. P. Aggrawal’s lobby etc who instead of cooperating were trying to create bottlenecks in the functioning of state Congress under his leadership.

Moreover, the AAM AADMI PARTY and its Delhi VM Arvind Kejrival’s histrionics and his governments pro people achievements and performance has also not left any scope for the Congress to re prosper or flourish after the previous shameful defeat and has literally captured the majority of the Congress vote bank of the minorities andthe backward, lower middle class and dalit vote bank residing in the resettlement colonies and the JJ Clusters of Delhi which form about 60% vote chunk. Under such compelling situations of non revival of the party in Delhi, despite best efforts and no credible hope of winning maximum seats in 2020 it is believed that the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s current chief Ajay Maken has no option but to resign giving personal health reason.

There is one more possiblity that has arose now and i.e. the doors for the future poltical electoral patch up with the AAP party in order to jointly counter the BJP onslaught in the next state election. Ajay Maken was not in favour of any such patch up fearing his leadership dilution.

After the collosal defeat of the party at the hustings in Delhi at the hands of the Aam Admi Party  several Congress leaders including the former state president and minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, Delhi Youth Congress Chief Mullick and the former Chief of Delhi Commission for Women had resigned from the party expressing criticism of Maken’s leadership n joined BJP though later on Lovely rejoined Congress.

Meanwhile, in an interview given to TV 18, the senior AICC leader and Delhi Congress’s incharge Dr. P C Chacko has denied the news of Maken’s resignation saying that he is out of the country for treatment of an ailment with which he was suffering even four years back when he took charge as the DPCC president. He had just send me and Rahulji a letter informing about his foreign visit for treatment and has not resigned. Maken will be back on 22nd and everything will be resolved then. Ajay Maken is very much the DPCC president even today and wouldbe in future too.

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Freedom fighter GARHWALI’S family in immense distress ! Appeal to PM

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The highly distressed families of some of the freedom fighters and revolutioneries who’s laid down their lives for freeing the nation from the foreign yoke and suffered the whole life particularly Chandra Singh Garhwali, the hero of Peshavar episode of 1930 are still fighting for justice even after the seven decades of independence.

The second and third generation of Mahanayak Chandra Singh Garhwali are in financial and existential jeopardy not in a position to survive comfortably. Late Chandra Singh’s two sons Mohan and Anand Garhwali died in extreme financial distress and now shockingly their wives, sons and daughters are fighting for justice but of no awail.

Today they are so badly disturbed and perturbed by the fresh eviction notices issued by the Uttarakhand government’s forest department that they have been constrained to appeal to Indian prime minister to send them to neighbouring Pakistan rather than confronting harassment and victimisation in their own state.

It indeed sound’s strange and shocking that a country for which a valiant soldier, the then Hawaldaar major during the British rule in 1930 Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali refused to fire on the armless freedom fighters of Peshawar, defying the orders of general Ricket thus imprisoned for 15 years in Solitary Confinement in Abattabad Jail in Pakistan n later on in Naini Jail, his own family is today after 7 decades of independence in extreme jeopardy after having been issued eviction orders by declaring them as unauthorised encroachers.

The aggreaved family has urged the Modi government to send them to neighbouring Pakistan than declaring them as illegal encroachers in their own land in Uttarakhand.

It may be recalled that the family of Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali was allotted few bighas of land after great efforts by the then Uttar Pradesh government before the formation of separate Uttarakhand state near Kotdwar’s Haldukhaata Area but not given the fundamental owning rights called Pattadhaari on records despite hundreds of repeated reminders.

What is most worsening and shocking now is that the forest department of Kotdwar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand has declared them as illegal and arbitrary encroachers and issued them written notices asking them to evacuate the land with immediate effect.

This is a biggest betrayal and insult to the family of a revolutionery freedom fighter Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali whose entire life was dedicated for the country and 15 important years in the prisons in solitary confinement.

It is said that the INA under Dr. Subhash Chandra Bose was formed after being inspired from Chandra Singh Garhwali’s brave and valiant act of defying the British orders to fire on Pathans of Peshawar, then in Pakistan in 1930.

This episode really compels us to hang our heads in shame that the distressed family of the late freedom fighter has now to appeal to the PM to sent back to Pakistan in view of declaring them illegal encroacher in their own land and threatening them with eviction notices.

The Uttarakhand Journalists Forum urges upon the government of Uttarakhand to immediately withdraw the eviction notices issues to Garhwaliji’s family members living in Haldukhata, Kotdwar, Garhwal and issue authorised PATTAAS for this entire donated land to this family with immediate affect.

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Where is Rajiv’s and Rahul’s close family friend and advisor?

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Where is Captain Satish Sharma these days, a septuagenerian now and till recently a close aide of Nehru Gandhi family, the former MP and one time the right hand man, a politician looking after the Amethi affairs of Rajiv Gandhi and thereafter Rahul Gandhi ,the then prime minisyer, his close aide and advisor. Captain Satish Sharma was the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s class mate in Doon school and as such was brought in active politics as the RS and elected MP who assisted him in all his constituency related affairs and other mattersof political significance.

Captain Satish Sharma was union minister of Petroleum and Chemicals during the Congress regime at the centre who was generous enought to oblige too many Congressmen and even his driver and ministerial staff to allot petrol pumps and gas agencies the case for which was filed in the apex court of India, now in low profile, perhaps settled. Politics is strange.

When a politician is a high up or popular close to the political hierchy he or sheis adored and valued like anything. But when in oblivion no one cares to bother for him or her. A closest family friend, an advisor and the most trusted one time MP and Congressman and a keen n trusted friend of Rajiv Gandhi today is in political oblivion in his Mehrauli farm house with his french wife. Reliable sources reveal that this important family member and Rajiv’s and his family’s close aide is today suffering from acute problem of a maligned ulcer and is under treatment of senior doctors. An septuagenerian Captain Satish Sharma has been in political oblivion for the last four years and nobody in Congress or political fraternity has ever cared to know about his well being.

As per the reliable source, an ex MP who’ do not want to be named Captain Sharma is suffering from a serious ulcer problem for the ladt several months having become serious under the regular monitering and medical care of senior doctors. Today, he is in political oblivion and recuperating in his house in total lonliness. It may be recalled that when Rahul Gandhi joined active politics as the general secretary of the All India Congress Committee and theteafter as the prime minister afterthe sad demise, assasination of his mother he brought his Doon School friends Captain Satish Sharma, Ahmed Patel, Arun Singh, Mani Shanlar Aiyyer and Suman Dubey as his trusted leuitinents in politics to assist him. While senior journalist Suman Dubey and Arun Singh, former Defence minister sought retirement from active politics Ahmed Patel, Satish Sharma and Mani Shankar Aiyyer remained active in future Congress politics even after Rajiv Gandhi’s assasination.

However, today while Ahmed Patel is still in Sonia Gandhi’s and Rahul’s good books, Mani Shanker Aiyyer is out due to a political controversy and Captain Satosh Sharma seriously ill and politically isolated. What’s yourtake friends?

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Bharat Ratna demanded for ex CM UP and several times union minister H N Bahuguna, posthumously

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The former cabinet minister of Uttarakhand and the leader of opposition in the Uttarakhand assembly Indira Hridayesh castigated the late leader’s family of leaving the Congress party and joining the ruling BJP for political gains while fully compromising the principles, values, political ethics and secular credentials for which Bahuguna fought all his life and gave up power and significant political positions.

Indira Hridayesh was on 16th September addressing late Bahuguna protagonists and all party workers in one of the functions’ organised by the HN Bahuguna Centenary Celebrations Committee at the press club Dehradun, Uttarakhand amid chanting of Bahuguna Zindabad slogans.

Lauding late Bahuguna as a towering political legend and a true secularist who never compromised on principles and secular ethics Indira Hridayesh said that outstanting and transparent secular leaders like HN Bahuguna are seldom born in this land of abode of Gods and therefore ome and all present here should imbibe his principles, noble works and secular values which are the need of the hour to keep our society, nation and the state communally free from all shakcles in order to ensure its all round progress.

Hridayesh assured the audience that she will do her best to recommend the lateleader’s name to the centre for Bharat Ratna and also ensure that his picture is permanently fixed in the Uttarakhand Secretariat and the assembly as well as a mark of reverence and recognition to this great mass leader of his time who had been the great freedom fighter, ex union minister several times and the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The former leader of democratic socialist party in parliament during Bahuguna’s time during the eighties and two time minister in the LDF government in Kerala Neela Lohitadaasan Nadar hailed H. N. Bahuguna as a statesman and said that he had followers from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari as he was a mass leader with transparent secular and socialist credentials always wanting to wipe the tears from the eyes of the last person of the distant villages of the country and bridging the gap between the haves and have nots.

The southern leader and the national general secretary of Janta Dal ( Secular) Nadar said Bahuguna sacrificed his political positions and ministerships for the sake of protecting secular principles and keeping the country together.

He said: Bahuguna’s entire life was dedicated for freedom struggle liberating the country from the clutches of the British and leading the nation towards development by way of establishing communal amity and pursuing pro poor developmental policies. Sr. advocate of Supreme Court and Bahugna’s colleague ZK Faizan said leader like Bahuguna take birth once in a century whose single point agenda was the over all development of the nation by keeping the society amd the country communal tensions free and improving the socio economic lot of the poor, oppressed, depressed and the backwards of the country.

He believed in the ethos and principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru and wanyed to be the PM of the country to eradicate poverty, unemployment, communal dis harmony and the disparity between the rich and the poor but the destiny did not allowed him to do so who left all of us when the country needed him the most.

The sr journalist, president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and Bahuguna’s desciple Sunil Negi hailed the late leader terming him as a statesman who are born once in a century.

He hailed Bahuguna for being critical of draconion emergency thus being concerned for the human rights and the freedom of the people of the country and added that he preferred disintegrating the Janata party than compromising on secular values and principles.

Reminding the audience of the historic Garhwal election of 1984 which got postponed twice due to the malpractices let loose  by the then Indira government at the centre,  Negi said brave, courageous and intrepid Bahuguna had then fought the entire political establishment at the centre under Indira Gandhi’s leadership single handedly and had won the election despite the complete thrust of the union and state governments of Congress ensuring his defeat, thus popularising Garhwal’s name internationally then.

Negi said he was in close proximity of Bahuguna for more than a decade anf have learnt a lot from him. Bahuguna was outstanding leader with socio secular credentials whose only aim was to keep the socio cultural and communal fabric of the country intact andprone for progressive mational development emphasising on the decentralised socio economic development at the grass root levels of the country.

Negi said the country today needed leaders’ like Bahuguna when the nation’s communal fabric is in shambles and disarray. Others who spoke on the o ocassion were the Uttatakhand Kranti Dal president Kashi Singh Airy, former UK minister and convenor of the event Dhirendra Pratap, Dr. Lukman, former V C HP University , Comrade Samar Singh Bhandari of CPI, Com Bachi Ram Kanswal, Mahesh Kalauni, JP Pandey, Sarita Negi, Krishnanand Maithani, and others.

The next programme under the auspicies of HN Bahuguna Centenary Celebrations is due in Mumbai on Devember 23rdn 24th after three even already held in New Delhi, Cochin and Dehradun.

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Bhoolie Bisree Yadein/ Memories of the nineties with super star turned politician Rajesh Khanna

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Bhoolee Bisree Yadein/Down the memory lane
This picture is also of the nineties after the Uttarkashi earthquake of Garhwal, Uttarakhand.

I remember, those days, there was a usual trend of sending the relief materials to the earthquake affected villages of Uttarkashi, not only from the various nook n corners of the country but also from abroad. This natural disaster, an earthquake claimed several lives and led to colossal loss of properties and economy . DELHI being the capital of India was also in the forefront to dispatch maximum relief material to the victims and their families of this Himalayan Zone Uttarakashi, Chama village financially n in kind.

As a sequel to this, Mr. Ramesh Dutta, the then municipal councillor(Gandhi cap) from Minto Road Delhi and Rajesh Khanna’s ardent follower and a very humorous politician as well, arranged a truck full of relief materials like food stuffs, medicines and clothes for Uttarkashi villagers n invited Rajesh Khanna, the then New Delhi MP to flagoff the vehicle from Lajpat Nagar, Delhi.

Since I was looking after Kaka’ s media n political affairs, I usually ocompanied him in meetings n functions and as such, was there on that day as well having accompanied him from his house.

It may be recalled that the first and original super star of India Rajesh Khanna joined active politics on the personel inviation of the prime minister Rajiv Gandhi whom Kaka respected and adored too much. It was his long cherished dream to enter parliament as an MP n then become minister but after his political mentor’s death everything failed.

Prior to joining active politics Kaka did 106 solo hero films of which 97 got released between 1967 and 2013. He acted in only 22 films with multi-star cast. 82 of the 127 films with Khanna as the lead protagonist (of them 117 released and 11 unreleased) were critically acclaimed films with ratings above 4 stars out of 5 by film reviewers of various newspapers unanimously.

Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat. During his career he appeared in more than 168 feature films and 12 short films. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award three times and the BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) four times. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for achieving the feat of doing the most solo hero films in Hindi Cinema and in 2005, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the highest paid Indian actor from 1970 to 1987 whereas Amitabh Bachchan shared the same tag with Khanna from 1980 to 1987.[16]

Kaka was also a Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi (Lok Sabha constituency) from 1992 to 1996.

He married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, eight months before her debut film Bobby was released and had two daughters from the marriage. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is married to actor Akshay Kumar, while they also have a younger daughter Rinke Khanna.

Rajesh Khanna met his sad demise on 18 July 2012, after suffering from severe liver ailment. Kaka has been posthumously awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan. On 30 April 2013 he was bestowed the title First Superstar of Indian cinema at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards. He has also been honored with a stamp and statue in his likeness, and a road being renamed after him. (WP)

Seen in the picture is Kakaji interacting with me ( in beard) n others include Ramesh Dutta, councillor, Naresh Juneja n volunteers of the social organistion Swabhimani Welfare Society.

Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

 

 

 

 

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PM Narendra Modi participates in a cleanliness drive. Ropes’ in Amitabh and Ratan Tata in Swach Bharat Abhiyan

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The prime minister of India Narendra Modi has personally sweeped the a small portion of an area with a broom in a school in Paharganj Delhi and literally participated in the Swach Bharat Abhiyan part 2 by lifting the rubbish by his hands sending a message accross that every Indian should participate in the cleanliness drive to make the country clean and hygienic, devoid of deseases and various ailments.

The prime minister also spoke to industrialist Ratan Tata and popular cine actor n former MP from Allahabad Amitabh Bachchan, calling him the super hero of the millenium, involving them in his quest to keep India neat and clean.

The government appointed Amitabh Bachchan as the Ambassador of the Swach Bharat Abhiyan 2, his flagship programme under which about 430 districts of the country have been fully equipped with toilets claims PM Modi.

Meanwhile today, the prices of petrol and diesal again witnessed an increase adding to the woes of countrymen.

It was indeed a novel initiative by the prime minister to interact with the star of a millenium as pronounced by PM Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and Ratan Tata through tele conferencing and seek their support and participation in the Swach Bharat Abhiyan 2 and seek their opinion to mobilise people of this country in the mission.

The prime minister requested Amitabh to share his views on TV screen which he did by thanking the PM and narrating various incidents regarding his contribution in the cleanliness drive on Varsova Beach of Mumbai by donating an expensive machine to dig out rubbish, plastic and garbage dumped inside the beach and a tractor to transport the accumulated plastic and rubbish in the garbage dumps to the outskirts of the city in Mumbai.

Amitabh said: individual participation in the cleanliness mission is more significant than depending on the various government agencies.

It may be recalled that the Swach Bharat Abhiyan was initiated for the first time as a clean India initiative by prime minister Narendra Modi to pay tributes to the father of the nation on his 150th birth anniversary on 2nd October 2014 in the length and bredth of the country as a national movement.The campaign aims to achieve the vision of a ‘Clean India’ by 2nd October 2019.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is the most significant cleanliness campaign by the Government of India. Shri Narendra Modi led a cleanliness pledge at India Gate, which about thirty lakh government employees across the country joined.

He also flagged off a walkathon at Rajpath and surprised people by joining in not just for a token few steps, but marching with the participants for a long way.

However, despite so much of stress in the programme considered as a flagship mission of prime minister Modi and incurring of hundreds of crores in its publicity not much has been achieved at the national level.

Even in the capital city of India one can easily find the garbage dumps filled with filth and garbage openly lying on roads, public toilets completely uncleaned giving a foul smell, drains full of garbage dumps, govt hospital in unhyginic conditions, residential and market areas, particularly streets uncleaned and external areas of even metro stations full of rubbish and garbage dumps.

The malnourished poor children involved in segregating garbage for their livelyhood can be conveniently seen in various Dhalaos and dumps in extremely pitiable sorry state with nobody caring for their survival and avademic future.

There is literally no achievement at the decentralised level despite so much of noise and government sponsered publicity involving hundreds of crores of the tax payers money for branding political images of leaders and political establishment than actually carrying out Swach Bharat Abhiyan in practical on the ground.

However, prime minister Modi’s initiative is worth laudable and the countrymen should follow suit.

Special emphasis should be laid on the various municipal corporations of the country to enhance staff and earnestly expedite the cleanliness drive at every nook and corners ofeachn every ward at the decentralized level to make the prime minister’s flagship programme areal success but sorry to say itsmore on papers, televisions than on the gound. What’s your take friends?

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PRIME MINISTER’S master stroke in Indore, Madhya Pradesh today

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The way prime minister Narendra Modi has yesterday i.e. on 13th September spoken to the party cadres of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan’s five parliamentary constituencies particularly before the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Chattisgarh elections through vedio conferencing and instructed them to strengthen the party organisation at the booth level to ensure the party’s victory in 2019 elections as well interacting with them for a pretty good time unambiguosly speaks of the fact that the top leadership of the saffron party has formally started its organisational revival activity at the broad level.

The prime minister Narendra Modi’s today’s visit at a mosque in Indore, Madhya Pradesh meeting and embracing the religious heads of the minority community and then delivering a detailed speech impressing one and all, especially the minorities of the state and the country by praising them for their valuable contribution in the nation building and establishing communal harmony also sends across a message that the saffron party is all set to bring into its fold the decisive minority vote bank which usually is not under its control and the party have never in the past even thought to bank on this significant vote bank.

The way prime minister acknowledged a most rousing welcome and hugs by the spiritual heads of the Bohra Muslim Community of Indore and his impressive hour long speech praising them including his government’s over all achievements have been taken extremely seriously and in right earnest by the muslim community present at the venue.

The prime minister’s speech was also televised by almost all the national news channels giving him, his government and the BJP led NDA maximum political mileage. The prime minister Narendra Modi has been addressing number of public meetings for the last few days and so is the BJP national chief Amit Shah busy in resurrecting and energising the party orgainsation in Rajasthan , Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

If we believe in the political analysis of few experts it is believed that the main reason of the increasing political activities and preparaions of the BJP high ups, particulary the prime minister Narendra Modi has been due to the increasing onslaught of the Congress party and the anti BJP opposition on the increasing prices of petroleum products / LPG, Rafale jet fighter deal, inflation, agrarian crisis and unemployment compounded with the opposition’s unity efforts and the BJP’s loss in 10 parliamentary seats in various byelections during the past recent months in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Maharashtra etc.

Added to this is the issue of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Choksi who are out of the country duping the state exchequer of thousands of crores of rupees thus giving opposition a chance to put the finger of suspicion on the Modi government.

Never before in the history of any political party has any functioning prime minister interacted with the party cadres through video conferencing, directing them to strengthen the party at the grass root level to send across the message to the entire party and never before had any prime minister’s full speech been live televised by any private television channels except the speech of Independence day.

This is all being managed to establish the prime minister’s reach to each and every corner n house hold all over the country prior to the elections to the four states and the national elections of 2019.

And one should not forget that as a policy matter the prime minister in his every elaborate speech never forgets to highlight its all achievements and proposals in pipeline thread bare right from employment to toilets to Swach Bharat Abhiyan to health insurance to bank accounts to housing for the poor to free gas delivery to the poorer sections to electrification of villages to interest free housing loans to a crore or more houses to the economically deprived sections of the society etc.

The BJP’s well orchestreted policy and planning is to regain all the four states by hook or by crook and open the doors for an unambiguous victory in the 2019 elections as according to PM Modi himself, the badly scattered and sqabbling non BJP opposition desperate for the chair of prime ministership is his greatest strength which will by all means ensure his return to power in the 2019, for sure. What’s your take friends?

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