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2002 Gujarat riots: Supreme Court defers hearing on Zakia Jafri’s plea till Nov 26



The Supreme Court on Monday deferred till November 26 hearing on the plea of Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) to Narendra Modi, who was then Gujarat Chief Minister, in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said, “The matter will take some time for hearing. The plea will be heard on November 26”.

The SIT objected to the petition stating that this matter had already been looked into by it and need to be given a quietus. It also objected to activist Teesta Setalvad, secretary of NGO – Citizen for Justice and Peace- joining the petition as one of the petitioners beside Jafri.

At the outset, senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for SIT said Zakia’s plea was not maintainable and social activist Teesta Seetalvad cannot be the second petitioner in the case.

The bench said it will look into the application before hearing the matter on making Seetalvad as the second petitioner in Jafri’s plea.

On February 8, 2012, the SIT filed a closure report, giving the clean chit to Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was “no prosecutable evidence” against them.

Ehsan Jafri was among 68 people who were killed at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad when a mob attacked it on February 28, 2002, a day after the S-6 Coach of the Sabarmati Express returning from Ayodhya at Godhra was burned, triggering the riots in Gujarat.

Zakia, the wife of Ehsan Jafri, an ex-MP who was killed in one of the worst incidents during the riots, has challenged the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 order rejecting her plea against the SIT’s decision.

“The present Special Leave Petition is filed before this Court against the final judgement and order dated October 5, 2017 passed by the High Court of Gujarat…which erroneously upheld the order of the magistrate accepting the closure report filed by the Special Investigative Agency appointed by this Court concerning the violence in Gujarat in 2002,” said the plea of Zakia filed through advocate Aparna Bhat on November 13.

The plea further said the high court “failed to appreciate” the Petitioner’s complaint which was independent of the Gulberg Case registered at Meghaninagar Police Station.

Zakia sought an interim order to the SIT to carry out further investigation with regard to her complaint and the evidence provided by her before the magistrate through the protest petition.

“The allegations in the case were against various bureaucrats, police officers and political leaders. The issues brought forth reflected conspiracy, abetment and hate speech by the accused, which culminated in the violence in Gujarat,” the plea alleged.

It said that the high court order be set aside as “it failed to appreciate that the then chief minister and other prominent members of the political right wing made inflammatory speeches, the home department turned a blind eye towards various SIB reports for prosecuting certain VHP office bearers and publishing houses for propagating an incendiary rhetoric which would amount to an offence under IPC”.

“Whether the High Court failed to appreciate that senior police officers and members of bureaucracy were not reprimanded but rewarded for gross dereliction of duty and collaborating with the illegal plans of the CM/BJP during 2002 riots and afterwards?,” the plea charged.

The high court in its October 5, 2017, order had said that the SIT probe was monitored by the Supreme Court but had partly allowed Zakia’s petition as far as its demand of a further investigation was concerned.

It had said that petitioner can approach an appropriate forum including the magistrate’s court, a division bench of the high court or the Supreme Court seeking further investigation.

Setalvad is also a co-petitioner in the appeal seeking reversal of the Gujarat high court order.

Nisha Shiwani hails from the pink city of Jaipur and is a prolific writer. She loves to write on Real Estate/Property, Automobiles, Education, Finance and about the latest developments in the Technology space.


Two Elephants crushed to death by Nanda Devi express in Haridwar, Uttarakhand



Bodies of two elephants after being crushed by speeding train in Haridwar vicinity

Two elephants were today morning crushed to death near Jamalpur Sitapur Railway gate at Haridwar Laksar railway line creating quite a sensation in the nearby localities.

These two elephants were crushed by the train when they were trying to cross the Railway lines.

The train Nanda Devi express was in full speed and the driver was’nt able to stop the train.

On acknowledging the information about two elephabts having been crushed to death by the speedy train, the forest department officials sprung into action.

According to the Jagran news flash the case under relevant sections have been filed against the railways n the train driver.

The group of hungry wild elephants usually cross the Jamalpur Sitapur’s populated areas in Haridwar in order to go to the nearby sugarcane n wheat fields to eat them in order to fulfil their hunger.

These elephants come out during the night to invade the sugarcane and wheat fields.

On 19th Friday morning these elephants were coming back after filling their bellies n were crossing the railway lines as usual at Jamalpur Sitapur area when all of a sudden a speeding Nanda Devi Express train crushed two elephants to death to the utter shock n dismay of the people of the area.

According to the ranger Dinesh Prasad Naudiyal the dead bodies of the elephants who were 15 years old have been sent for post mortem n necessary case of accidental death have been registered against the train driver.

This is not the first time that elephants have died in train accidents. It’s almost a regular feature. The forest department should do something concrete and credible to safeguard the lives of these endangered spieces.

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PRIYANKA joins Shiv Sena, says she was brought up under the influence of this party since childhood ?



Priyanka being addmitted in Shiv Sena in Mumbai. Thakrey junior presenting her the bouquet

The humiliated n infuriated Congress spokesperson who’d been associated with the party for more than ten long years, Priyanka Chaturvedi has finally joined the Shiv Sena in Mumbai today in the presence of its chief and son of late Bala Saheb Thakrey, Udhav Thakrey.

Similarly, just a month ago a thirty year old associate, the Congress’s media incharge n secretary Tom Vaddakam too had joined the BJP expressing full faith in the prime minister Narendra Modi’s leadership symbolising all round development of the country.

However, before joining the saffron outfits both these leaders had literally been ridiculing, criticizing and condemning the policies n character of the saffron party leaders especially prime minister Narendra Modi.

Infact politics and political leaders have these days become hypocritical, of double standards n highly opportunistic, with no ideological base.

Just imagine a women spokesperson who represented such a prestigious party and claims in press conference that she’d joined the Congress party for it’s liberal, pluralistic, secular, progressive and pro poor character has now joined an outfit which is confined till Maharashtra n Mumbai and completely contrary to the progressive ideology, representing sectarianism n reactionery forces.

After joining the Shiv Sena in the presence of its chief Udhav Thakrey, his son n other important leaders , Priyanka addressed a press conference n thereater fielded the journalists’ questions as well.

Expressing her indignation n annoyance against the top Congress leadership without mentioning anybody’s name jubilant Priyanka who was heartily welcomed in the party by Thakrey, said that he is joining the Shiv Sena because being a Mumbaikar, though primarily from Mathura, she grew up in Mumbai under the influence of Shiv Sena.

After joining Congress n being in Delhi she felt that she was not doing justice with the women of Mumbai n its people as she was not able to serve them.

Priyanka explained as to how she was humiliated by Congressmen in Mathura n despite her repeated pleas,she was not accorded justice.

The leaders at the highest level of the party were aware of the development but were no prepared to punish the guilty, instead the lumpen goons were again reinstated in the party fold despite her serious reservations.

Therefore she left the party n joined Shiv Sena to serve it honestly, with dedication n sincerety not only in Maharashtra n Mumbai but in the entire country as well.

In response to a reporters query Priyanka said she has’nt come out of Congress out of any acrimony or misgivings but want to go to another level to serve the Mumbaikars, especially women as I felt that I am sidelining myself from Mumbai for years together.

On the question about her not being giving the party ticket despite her dedicated services to Congress party, Priyanka said, it was not the reason for her quitting the party but yes she did had aspiration for the ticket as several of the Congressmen who don’t deserve got the chance to contest, then why not she ?

Welcoming the former Congress women leader in the party fold Udhav Thakarey said that Priyanka’s services would be used to strengthen the party at the pan India level.

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Tragic demise of a 24 year old budding musician Aman Negi. Was legendary singer Rahiji’s grandson.



Aman Negi, grand son od Uttarakhand's legendary singer and lyricist Late Chandra Singh Rahi, Aman Negi

I am deeply shocked to learn about the tragic sad demise of 24 year old young Aman Negi, grandson of the Uttarakhand’s singing legend late Chandra Singh Rahiji.

There can be no big n harsh tragedy than this. It’s literary a “Havoc,”/ disaster to the entire family of late Chandra Singh Rahiji.

Highly talented Aman was a young musician n a tabla player for whom a bright career was in the pipe line.

His father Satyendra Singh Negi, too is a renowned musician and promoter/ preserver of Uttarakhand’s folk songs, music n cultural heritage having presented hundreds of musical programmes n evenings in Delhi, Uttarakhand, in various states of the country, including abroad.

Late Aman’s uncles Veerendra Negi n Rakesh Bharadwaj too are highly talented and popular musicians n singers.

Uttarakhand is indeed indebted to legendary singer, musician n lyricist late Chandra Singh Rahiji.

In the tragic death of young Aman Negi, Uttarakhand n the music fraternity of Delhi has lost a budding musician and the family a most affectionate son who’d left for his eternal journey at such a young age without seeing anything.

I can understand the trauma n pain being faced by late Aman’s parents, especially his grief striken mother n other family members.

I on behalf of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum expresse my heartfelt condolences n tributes to the bereaved family n the departed soul n pray to Almighty to rest the pious soul in peace.

My heart goes with the deeply greaved family in this hour of grave crisis.

I have been given to understand that Aman Negi met his sad end on the way while heading for lucknow with three of his friends having met a severe accident.

He was creamated at Nigam Bodh Ghat this morning. I missed to be there to pay my tributes to the young departed soul as I am in Uttarakhand.

Om Shanti. May the Almighty be with the grief striken family, always.

Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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Founded by a German national, a Ganga Ashram on Sahaz Yoga is a centre of global attraction at Vyasghat, near Dev Prayag, Garhwal, Uttarakhand



Documentary on Lothar Pfifer's Ashram at Vyasghat, 10 kilometres away from Dev Prayag

A Documentary on Nirmala Ganga Sahaj Yoga Ashram near Devprayag, Uttarakhand , India

This is a documentary made by “Jago Uttarakhand ” on a Sahaj Yoga Ashram near Vyasghat,Devprayag, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, founded by late German, a Sahaj Yoga practitioner and an ardent follower of Mata Nirmala Devi, Lothar Pfifer.

After Lothar’s sad demise his sister from France sister Leela, who herself is a Sahaj yoga practitioner is managing the affairs of the Ashram situated on the banks of river Ganges about 10 kilometres away from Devprayag, the confluence point where river Bhagirathi and Alaknanda amalgamate to form the pious ganges surrounded by trees and green plants.

People, especially Sahaj Yoga practitioners and followers of Guru Mata Nirmala Devi from India and around the world come here for peace, solace and blessings of pious Ganges and stay here for several days practising Sahaj Yoga Meditation. Through this documentary, we’ ve tried to show you the inner circle of this Ashram, the idea and concept behind it’s foundation and various other aspects.

The Ashram’s surroundings are extremely tranquil and whoever visits this place not only finds himself in complete isolation from the outside materialistic world but also amalgamate themselves in meditation with the supernatural power of awaken Kundalini Shakti(Power) for experiencing real peace, solace and eternal bliss.

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Grand weddings of semi-rural gentry inspired by Bollywood



In the wedding season, there’s almost never a day when the village opposite our house in Greater Noida isn’t resounding with DJ beats. The land on which our apartment complex is built once belonged to this village and our lives are interconnected with the local people in myriad ways. It is now a rich village as the farming land has been acquired by the government and the farmers have got the money they never imagined they would acquire in a few generations.  One fallout of this new-found prosperity is that the weddings have become ostentatious with the DJ playing well into midnight, firecrackers being lit in complete disregard to any court order and staggering multicuisine buffets.

Last month I attended one such wedding. The boy was unemployed but the family was nouveau riche, mainly earning from rental income. They had used their new money obtained by the sale of agricultural land to build a series of rooms that they leased out to migrant construction labourers from poorer states. The bride’s family had a similar rise to riches, in a neighbouring village. A Maruti Swift stood at the entrance of the pandal, with no attempt to hide the dowry. Practically anyone was able to reel off how much cash and how much gold was given by the bride’s father.

As the internet and TV melt borders between big cities and small and between urban and rural, wedding trends inspired by the rich and famous,  have spread far into the interiors. Only women above 60 seemed to be wearing saris. The rest were in lehengas, whose designs were copies of those worn by recent Bollywood brides. A young woman even wore a flowing blood red western style gown, which she told me she bought in Bilaspur, a town with less than fifty thousand people in Rampur district of UP. Food counters lined the perimeter of the venue. Two girls in jackets and trousers were welcoming guests handing over their dinner plates. I learnt that they were part of the catering company, hired from Delhi. An innovative locally crafted rotimachine was presenting one hot roti after another in an assembly line. An entire mithaishop had been transplanted offering every possible traditional north  Indian confectionary. Fireworks lit up the night sky while the dance floor throbbed with dancing women and their children keeping step.

This family belonged to the Gurjar community, once upon a time nomads, who then became farmers, and now are just prosperous people spending the windfall they had landed as a result of urbanization.

Ramanand, an old relative recounted the weddings of the Gurjars, just about fifteen years ago. “Ek mombatti ki roshni mein ho jaati thi shaadi” he said. Generators were not ubiquitous, so in power-starved UP, entire streets were not lit up like they had done that night. Caterers were unheard of in the village; the women of the house would cook all the delicacies. Land deals had changed everything. The profile of the guests was different too. Many ex-farmers were now residents of building ‘societies’ doing office jobs or owning small businesses. Their children went to well-known schools of the area and while they retained a link with the village, their lifestyle and appearance were more similar to the urban educated middle class.

The practice of multiple grand functions was unheard of in these parts previously. There would be only one formal event of the actual wedding. However, the party I was attending that evening was a post-wedding reception, a practice borrowed from outside their milieu.

The standards of how much is good enough have zoomed upwards in semi-urban societies, which being close to metro cities, are aspirational but are also sufficiently traditional to retain their strong community ties. The most adverse impact has been on those villagers who have not benefitted from land sales but are not spared the pressure to keep up when it comes to weddings. A driver who conducted his daughter’s wedding a year ago had the same number of items in the buffet as the one in this prosperous Gujjar wedding. “Every item has to be there- thatMoradabadi dal, the hot kadhai milk and the coffee in the end, else there will be questions.” These pressures force the poor in the village to borrow from creditors and remain in debt for years.

The gargantuan wedding celebrations of 2017/18 of Deepika-Ranveer, Virat-Anushka, Priyanka-Nick and the Ambani heirs that became newsworthy around the world have only reinforced the  ‘big is beautiful’ credo, among communities in interior India. In a country where the masses take their cues from  film and cricket stars, these idols could have set a different example and help influence a more sensible thought process.

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Tirath Singh Rawat is the BJP nominee from Pauri Lok Sabha seat. Sitting MP Major genl Khanduri denied ticket



Tirath Singh Rawat, national secretary BJP n nominee of the saffron party from Pauri Garhwal seat

The national secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party, the former minister in the state BJP govt and former president of Uttarakhand BJP Tirath Singh Rawat has been allocated the party’s ticket from the hot seat of Pauri Garhwal parliamentary constituency finally putting at rest the rumours about the candidature of Colonel Ajay Kothial and retired rear admiral from Gopeshwar Om Prakash Singh Rana.

Tirath Singh Rawat was also denied ticket in the assembly election despite his being the sitting MLA of BJP from Choubattakhaal in order to oblige the present tourism minister of Uttarakhand the saint turned politician Satpal Maharaj.

He had been the state minister of Railways and Finance at the centre and had also represented the Pauri Garhwal parliamentary constituency during the Congress party’s tenure.

Satpal later on joined BJP prior to the state assembly elections alongwith his minister wife n was obliged by side linining Tirath Singh Rawat, sitting MLA n former minister in the state cabinet.

But Tirath Singh showed a great heart and tolerated the injustice meted out to him. He was obliged by the BJP high command n made the national secretary. Rawat continued his party activities in his capacity as the national secretary of BJP.

He was finally rewarded for his patience n being loyal to the party by giving the BJP ticket for Lok Sabha from Pauri Garhwal constituency, currently represented by reited Major General n former union minister n state CM Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri. Rawat is an old n dedicated RSSite n the student of Jehrikhal Inter college, Lansdowne as is the present CM Trivendra Singh Rawat.

There had been lot of speculation in the social media about Colonel Ajay Kothiyal who’s the hero of Kedarnath disaster having contributed tremendously in the resurrection of Kedarnath temple vicinity even during minus degree temperature.

The name of retired rear admiral Om Prakash Singh Rana was also came up from the blue with several newspaper prominently higlighting his candidature.

The Pauri constituency has been in the news these days, particularly after the journalist turned politician son of the BJP MP n former CM Khanduri, Manish Khanduri’s joining of the Congress party at the invitation of the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at Dehradun on 16th March in a massive public rally.

There are rumours that the Congress party may field Manish Khanduri from the Pauri Lok Sabha constituency.

Manish’s father n the present MP Major general Khanduri has in an interview to Asia News International assured that he is a dedicated worker of the partyhaving no grudge with the party high command and is ready to even campaign against his son if the party asks him to do so.

The Pauri Garhwal Parliamentary constituency represented earlier by stalwarts like late Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, Chandra Mohan Singh Negi, Satpal Maharaj and Major general Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri is primarily a thakur dominated constituency with 70% rajput voters and 25 % brahmin electorates followed by the SC n minority votes which is almost negligible.

Even the old stalwart n former UP CM n union minister HN Bahuguna has wrested this seat from Congress in 1883/ 84 with a small margin of 28000 votes as caste factor plays its important role in Pauri constitiency.

It also has good number of exservicemen n serving armymen which usually go in favour of BJP.

While the BJP has withdrawn the 75 year old deadline to deny tickets to sitting MPs as was earlier the case when veteral leaders likeL. K. Advani and Dr. Murli Manoha Joshi were deliberately n pre strategically sidelined by PM Modi n Amit Shah, Khanduri too has been denied ticket despite his being a sitting MP and a politiciam with impeccable integrity.

Sources say that he himself has denied the ticket due to overage n abnormal health. But if it was so than why had his son joined Congress n why has he been shunted out of the parliament’s defence committee?

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Our heartfelt tributes to a true son of the soil Goa CM n former defence minister Manohar Parikkar



The sad demise of the former union defence minister and the Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has shattered each and every Indian.

A symbol of simplicity, transparacy, impeccable integrity and a down to earth human being and an outstanding administrator n a politician is no more who left for the eternal journey at the age of 63 leaving one and all in the state of utter shock n despair.

Manohar Parrikar was across ideologies and more of a humane personality who identified himself with humility and simplicity serving the people of Goa and the country for decades selflessly and with precision.

Losing him is like losing a close friend, a genuine well wisher, a politician with impeccable integrity and above all a statesman.

A chief minister with utmost simplicity who travelled by a scooty with affable nature and down to earth behaviour has set an unique example of honesty n transparency in public life across ideology n party lines never ever caring for luxurious lifestyle n comforts but fully dedicated towards public service with utmost sincerely, clarity, transparency and selfless interests. The country has lost a true fighter against social evils, corruption and wrongs in the socio political system of the country.

The former union defence minister, Goa CM and an outstanding administrator Manohar Parrikar has today left a huge vaccum in the country never ever to be filled again.

Suffering from acute pancreatic cancer and fighting the dreaded desease most courageously for the last several months this true son of the soil breathed his last yesterday in Goa after relentlessly struggling to survive for the last several months even attending to his pivotal duties as the state CM under extremely odd and challenging situations.

The social networking sites of the country n the globe are full of news of Parriker’s sad and shocking demise. It may be recalled that after seriously suffering from acute Pancreatic cancer Parriker headed for treatment to the United States of America in March 2018 and was back to India thereafter to again get addmitted at AIIMs in the month of September.

Despite being in bad health Parriker returned to Goa in October but continued serving asthe Chief minister despite bad health.

But his health continued to deteriorate thereafter as well and he finally succumbed to his deteriorating health due to cancer having spread elsewhere in the body.

Even while Parrikar was the Defence minister he was extremely active and mobile and was immensely instrumental in making the Defence sector fully modernised and tuned to the latest standards.

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Prime minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman and the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi including all the central ministers n leaders of the opoosition parties expressed their immense grief and shock over Mr. Parrikar’s sad demise and condoled his death praising him for his valuable and undaunting service and contribution to the country during his chequered political carreer of several decades as the chief minister Goa and the union defence minister since 2014.

Manohar Parrikar was an IItian and an RSSite who was elected to Goaassembly for the first time in 1994. He was elected as the Goa CM in the year 2000 and continued till 2014 when prime minister Narendra Modi brought him to centre as the union defence minister. In his condolence message the prime minister Narendra Modi called him the true n unparalleled leader.

He added that Parrikkar was the builder of modern Goa . Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature. He remained the preferred leader of Goa for years, tweeted Modi on his twitter handle. His pro people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress, added PM Modi.

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I have no grudge against BJP leadership. Son’s decision to join Congress was his own. Can even campaign against him if asked for.



The former union minister in Vajpayee’s govt, former CM UK n the current MP from Pauri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency has no grudge about his son Manish Khanduri going into the fold of the Congress party saying that it was his son’s own discreation but as far as he ( B C Khanduri) is concerned, he would serve the party with full dedication as he had been doing since 1991 when he joined the saffron party after retirement from the Indian Army.

Khanduri said everybody has their own ideology n choice. Even if I will have to campaign against my son on my party banner I will do so.

Responding to the questions from the ANI correspondent after his son’s joining the Congress party on 16th in the presence of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Major general retired Khanduri said that he has no grudge with his son as it was his own personal decision nor had the BJP done anything wrong or unjustifiable with him as being talked about.

Though bit reluctant to say anything against the party Khanduri refuted Rahul Gandhi’s charge about his ( Khanduri’s) insult by the party by shunting him out of the Defence Committee of Parliament saying that this is not the appropriate time to say on this, nor the context, nor necessary as nothing of the sort happened. Though small things/ differences do happen. He said if one is in the job, minor differences do occur as everybody has his or her own view points.

Khanduri took Rahul’s allegations that Khanduri has been insulted by depriving him of the membership of Defence Cimmittee on Parliament is incorrect as every political party exploit the situation to its advantage and so is Rahul doing. What’s unusual about it?

Khanduri said the party has given lot to him and he has and would be doing everything that is asked to do by the party high command in future. I am a committed BJP soldier n have tremendous regard n respect for the Defence forces n Army as well. I am a Fauzi as I have served the Army for the last three decades added Khanduri.

Therefore there is no point of having any differences with the government on matters pertaining to defence. He even said that her daughter who is MLA from Yamkeshwar Legislative Assembly got the BJP ticket on her own as he had flatly refused her to help. In fact he was trying for the candidature of some other woman but if the party allocates her the ticket despite my refusal that what can I do? he added.

Khanduri seemed to be very cautious answering to ANI’s query but indeed looked worried for having been sidelined in the party but looked confident as well. The vedio of ANI is going viral in the social media.

It may be recalled that the BJP high command had send the Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and the Uttarakhand Party Chief Ajay Bhatt to Khanduri’s Delhi residence to cajole n appease him as the latter seemed to have been annoyed with the party leadership. But despite both the leaders having tried their best to cajole Khanduri n request him to prohibit Manish join the Congress party didn’t worked.

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Geetu, a film on sex discrimination and honor killing in the making. Story n direction by Atul



Film crew at Oxford Book Store, Cannaught Place on shoot

It was indeed a great pleasure to have done the role of a guest anchor in a short duration movie in the making, having scripted and directed by Atul Devrani a seasoned documentary maker at reputed Oxford Book Store in Cannaught Place the other day alongwith senior journalist Charu Tiwari and artist/ actress Guneet Kaur Narula who acted as the chief guest. The movie is based on the story of Gurneet in the film as she plays the role of the women story writer of Geetu.

The movie titled GEETU is based on the issue of sex discrimination and honour killing, a major social evil still prevalent in our society especially in the conservative patriarchal societies where love has no significance, since the orthodox society is embebbed in age old traditions of caste conflicts n squeezed thinking.

In this age of revolutionery scientific development n change in societal norms it looks absurd when one confronts girls n women being subjected to various squeezed social pressures n stigmas in villages n sub urban cities leading to honour killings.

Not only this but the unfortunates cases of embroyo destruction at artificial insemination centres have also become the order of the day in villages n rural areas killing girl child before birth.

Though this cruel act of the murders of girl child has been totally barred under the PNDT Act. ( Pre Natal Sexual Determination Test) with stringent punishment for several years n huge fine, such obnoxious acts are still being carried out in various sex clinics n gynocology private hospitals under the guise of treatment of pregnant women.

As a result the girl child ratio as compared with boys is diminishing in the states like Haryana, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan etc resulting in trafficking of women in these states to fulfil the sexual lusts of the rich from other parts of the country amounting to increased exploitation of girls hailing from poor families who are often pushed to forced prostitution by the professional gangs involved in trafficking n sex trade.

Apart from this the system of dowry is still prevalent in our society leading to immolation of brides after marriages for want of dowry. If one goes by the statistics of NCRB it’s shocking to note that the traumatic incidents of immolation of brides, throwing of acids on girls, sexual harrasment at work place, eve teasing, stalking and rapes are on the increase.

Though there have been lot of women commissions, social welfare departments n police doing enough to counter this menace but still lot more needs to be done before it’s too late. Awareness in the society against sex descrimination and honour killing is therefore the need of the hour.

Therefore Kudos to Atul Devrani for taking the cudgels in his hands for making a fantastic lesson giving movie titled GEETU to mobilise the women n girls n the narrow minded parents n society of the country spending his own money n resources. This what ATUL HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS UPCOMING MOVIE GEETU:

Started My new Short Movie “GEETU” Shoot on 14/03/2019. GEETU movie is based on
My specially Thanks to Sir SUNIL NEGI and Charu Bhai for such a nice cooperation .
My Thanks to Guneet Kaur Narula who acted as Writer
Dr. Pratibha Thakur in the Movie.
My Thanks To all My Friends and Colleagues Nitin, Prateek, A.K. Singh, Madam Neelakshi, Col. Bagga,Virender verma
( music composer ) Chakshu, aakash, Sushil Ghildiyal, Subash Roy, Prena, Shobit, Ganeshu ji and offcourse my crew member and Cinematographer Dev Negi , who had contributed their best in the shoot.
With all your blessing we will complete the movie within one month.

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Retired Admiral OPS Rana’s name almost final for Pauri parliamentary constituency as BJP candidate



If we believe in the media reports from Uttarakhand, the name of Rear Admiral ( R) Om Prakash Singh Rana has been finalised by BJP from Pauri Lok Sabha constituency.

Currently this constituency is being represented by retired major general Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri who is considered to be physically unwell having crossed 75 years of age.

While the BJP has cleared the age limit criteria which was earlier being considered as a bottleneck for those who’d crossed 75 years of age but sources say that Khanduri himself has expressed his inability to contest.

However the name of Khanduri’s son who’s a senior journalist is also being talked about in social media circles but since his daughter is already the BJP MLA from Yamkeshwar, Garhwal the party can’t oblige two family members from one state.

Pauri Garhwal parliamentary constituency being one of the biggest constituency ranging from Badrinath to Kotdwara requires lot of energy n physical capability to campaign during elections n Khanduri being 78 years of age, being unwell as well, would find it difficult to contest.

Moreover, the party wants some new entrant who has better chances of winnability and is physically fit as well and as such non controvertial, Om Prakash Singh Rana who’s just retired and carries behind him an excellent track record as an ex serviceman, is the best choice.

Rana is physically fit, handsome, energetic, well read and also hails from Gopeshwar Rudraprayag from where he’d completed his intermediate, BSc n MSc before joining the defense services.

AVSM, PVSM n also the chief of Brahmos Missiles as well as rear admiral an officer of impeccable integrity Om Prakash Singh Chauhans’s name seemed to have been cleared by the BJP high command.

The names of Shourya Doval, son of NSA Ajit Doval and Ajay Kothiyal were doing the rounds for several months but it seems that due to a recent controversy that appeared in a Caravan magazine about the father son duo Shaurya’s name has been dropped. However, it’s not confirmed.

Shaurya Doval had been participating in various social functions in Pauri Garhwal to give an impression that he is definitely interested to contest. But what happened now is anybody’s guess as unconfirmed reports in Uttarakhand media suggest the name of a surprisingly new entrant retired real admiral OPS Rana.

The Congress party has also not open its cards on the Pauri seat. It is believed that the name will be cleared on 16th when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi visits Dehradun to address a massive public meeting n to also confabulate with key leaders n party workers of the state.

However, in political gossips, the name of the former health minister n MLA from Kotdwar Surendra Singh Negi was being mentioned very often being a Rajput and popular n reputed socio politically. His wife has recently won as the Mayor of Kotdwar being the lady’s seat.

There were also rumours that the BJP forest minister Harak Singh Rawat had expressed his wish to contest from this seat.

Pauri Lok Sabha constituency is considered to be a hot bed of Garhwal politics n Uttarakhand which was once represented by the late national political stalwart n former UP CM n union minister H. N. Bahuguna.

It was the Pauri Lok Sabha seat that witnessed a historical election between HN Bahuguna n Congress’s Chandra Mohan Singh Negi in 1984.

The then PM Indira Gandhi made this by election her prestige issue n the BBC news termed it as an election between Bahuguna n Indira which was postponed due to large scale rigging but Bahuguna finally won by 30 thousand votes creating a history of sorts.

Rana is currently living in Dehradun having retired in 2017. The present MP n former Uttarakhand CM Khanduri joined active politics in 1991 after retirement from Army’s job at the behest of RSS leadership who wanted late HN Bahuguna’s immediate relative to counter his political influence in Garhwal n Khanduri was the best n fitting choice.

He represented the Pauri Garhwal constituency several times but shockingly lost from Kotdwar legislative constituency as CM.

Uttarakhand has in all 2.25 lakh exservicemen n widows as voters out of which Pauri has the maximum number. The exservicemen votes play a vital role in deciding the fate of the candidate which usually go in favour of the ruling party. After the successful airstrikes on the Jaish’s terror camps in Balakot the Bhartiya Janata Party is banking on capitalising the situation.

Therefore being a rear admiral as its candidate suits the BJP from the winnability of the seat of Pauri where usually after every election whether parliament or assembly, the people prefer change. But the BJP this time wants to reverse this trend.

According to BJP sources, this would be the best replacement against the candidature of Khanduri.

Khanduri’s daughter is the BJP lawmaker from one of the Pauri Garhwal’s MLA constituencies.

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