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HARISH RAWAT’S MASS LUNCH DIPLOMACY
After having been defeated at the hustings in Uttarakhand’s legislative elections, himself losing both the seats from where he contested, just eight months ago and now in Delhi, most of the time, the usually mobile politician, 68 year old, the former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat seems to be rather still active losing no opportunity to inaugurate or participate in any socio cultural or political programme of Uttarakhand where ever he is invited with usual charm and enthusiasm.

The way, even after losing badly at the hands of the BJP in Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat is still enthusiastically active in Delhi as well as in Uttarakhand losing no opportunity of participation in any gathering – social or political, it seems the septuagenerium leader is still prepared to play the next innings either as the state’s CM or is in a mood to enter parliament from Garhwal in 2019.It may be recalled that before becoming the state’s CM three years ago Rawat was the member of parliament from Haridwar. Just two days ago i. e. on 7th January Rawat called hundreds of Uttarakhandies from Delhi and UK at 18 Ferojshah Road, the resident of his protege, Rajya Sabha MP Mahara and obliged hundreds of the guest visitors with tasty Uttarakhand cuisines and delicacies.

He himself was seen having the taste of sugarcane in the public and thereafter having food with people thus giving an impression of a pro people leader. Considered to be a clever political manipulater and a mass leader even after losing so badly at the hustings in Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat lost no opportunity to invite every Uttarakhandi from Delhi and NCR across political spectrum including the mediamen and mixed with them for hours together, chatting, mixing, embracing, posing for group photographs and giving interviews to local channels.

People were found happily queuing for the delicious Uttarakhandi lunch and Gur ki kaali chai including himalayan fruit’s salad for hours. The get together and the lunch on session lasted for three hours with each and every pahadi living in Delhi and the NCR finally feeling utmostly satisfied and ecstatic. While such gatherings give an opportunity for one and all to meet friends and accquantainces after long intervals in city like Delhi and NCR, for politicians like Harish Rawat these are opportunities to re establish the broken links with the rank and file. It was not the first time that Rawat has thrown the lunch of Uttarakhndi cuisines for the UKites in Delhi but had been doing it earlier as well while he was the minister at the centre representing state labour and agricultural ministeries before becoming the state CM in 2015/16.

What was unusual about Harish Rawat’s lunch – on – session was that he hasn’t invited any Congressmen from Uttarakhand or Delhi in this congregation thinking perhaps, why would anybody else be given an opportunity to seek the credit for the lunch being served by him. Whatever, but he still needs to be complimented at least for the guts to manipulate and seek the Pravasies’s favourable confidence through such lunches of Uttarakhandi cuisines. After all this is a spirit. I wonder why has no other Uttarakhandi leader or MP has taken the courage to do so as Rawat has been doing for years in Delhi?
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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Protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar demanding death for rapists and murderers

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The most brutal and shameful rape and murder of an 8 year old innocent girl in Jammu’s Kathua region and the Unnao rape allegedly by the ruling party lawmaker have become the centrestage of the nation wide outrageous protests with people from all sections of the society literally coming out on streets to demand death for the culprits and resignation of the saffron clad UP chief minister for his government’s inaction as well as allegedly aiding and abetting the death of the victim’s father in police custody.

On 15th April hundreds of extremely angered and furious protestors comprising of college students, women activists of various socio political organisations and even school children thronged at Jantar Mantar raising anti government slogans and holding playcards in their hands registered their strong vociferous protests demanding death for the culprits of the above crimes and also asked for the Uttar Pradesh CM’s immediate resignation for allegedly supporting the culprits and abetting the custodial death of the rape survivor’s father in the police lock up.

The demonstration led to total halt and diversion of traffic for several hours with protestors having come till Sanchar Bhawan raising vociferous slogans and demanding stringent punishment for the culprits, not less than a capital sentence. The memorandum submitted to the government demanded immediate resignation of the UP chief minister for aiding and abetting the rape culprit who happens to be from his own party and holding him and his government responsible for the custodial death of the rape victims father.

A demand was also made for institution of fast track courts to punish the guilty at the earliest without any intentional delay. The family of both the victims be given complete police security and immediate arrest of the J& K ministers responsible for siding with Asifa’s rapists and murderers and also inciting and misguiding the people of the state on communal lines to misled the investigations. The protestors also demanded the arrest of the Hindu Ekta Manch leaders for creating the communal divide in the state of J&K and allegedly patronising the culprits of Asifa’s rape and murder.

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Women and girls most vulnerable in Delhi/ 19 year old tortured and raped for 10 days repeatedly, Shame!

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Women and girls most vulnerable in Delhi/ 19 year old tortured and raped for 10 days repeatedly, Shame!

Delhi seems to have become the rape capital as shameful cases of rapes, molestations of girls and women are on the rapid increase in the capital of India with majority of the rape survivors being the victim of the close accquaintances or the near and dear ones.

What is more shocking and anguishing is the fact that the minors, incests and the adolocents are the majority targets at the hands of rapists below eighteen years thus going scot free under the guise of being non adult or minor thus given them handle to commit more crimes in the near future.

A recent case of one such rape survivor has come to light today after the shocking news appearing in various dailies of the capital though the shocking incident of incessant physical torture and subsequent repeated rape of the nighteen year old girl was reported in facebook a day or two earlier, having gone viral alongwith pictures of injury marks over her body .

According to the police the victim was confined in a room by the rapist with whom she was in relationship for a year or so and repeatedly raped after being physically tortured for ten days and tied with the rope.

However badly battered, she anyhow managed to free herself on the tenth day and reached her house. The incident is of Aman Vihar, Delhi and the culprit is absconding with the police questioning the family members of the absconder rapist.

The police is investigating the matter from all angles as the family had not lodged the missing complaint to the police, despite their daughter being mysteriously away for ten days. This horrifying incident has shattered the confidence of the Delhites towards the police and the law enforcing agencies of the capital where obnoxious and shameful incidents of crime against women are on the repeated rise.

According to a report published in HT daily today the total cases of crime against women registered in Delhi were 13000 in 2017 and 2900 till March 2018 which included 487 rapes, 722 molestations, 153 cases of sexual harrasment, 913 kidnappings and abductions and 623 other nature of cases.

After the national and global outrage in the case related to the gruesome gang rape and brutal murder of Nirbhaya of Delhi in a moving bus in Vasant Vihar in 2013, several fast track courts to deal with cases of rapes with possible modifications in laws to make them more stringent were implemented but despite all this the crime rate against women is still on the rise.

This is highly disheartening and a severe blot on our society. The heart rendering and shocking cases of the gang rape and heinous murder of the 8 year old Kathua girl and an eighteen year girl of Unnao in UP allegedly at the behest of the BJP MLA have also outraged the right thinking people and the vulnerable women community of the country.

But what makes the situation more worse is the fact that the political parties of the country instead of dealing with this horrible menace more credibly and earnestly to arrive at a unanimous resolution to give it a complete stop mingle in shabby tactics of communalising the issue to derive political advantage to garner votes.

Time has really arrived when all the poltical parties of the country including those at the helm of political dispensation should come together across ideological lines on one platform and device concrete and credible solutions to put an end to such gruesome incidents which are unfortunately on the uncontrollable rise and affecting the polity of the country. What’s your take friends?
SUNIL NEGI

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Rahul, Priyanka, Vadra stage midnight candle light protest at India Gate against Kathua gang rape and horrendous murder of Asifa

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Rahul, Priyanka, Vadra stage midnight candle light protest at India Gate against Kathua gang rape and horrendous murder of Asifa

While the shameful gangrape and the most brutal murder of an eight year old girl Asifa hailing from the muslim Bakkerwal community of Kathua, Kashmir is making the breaking news in all the TV channels and headlines in newspapers, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi alongwith sister Priyanka and brother in law Robert Vadra today midnight staged a candle light procession from the party headquarter 24 Akbar Road to India Gate holding candles in their hands and expressing their outrage over the BJP – PDP government headed by Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hundreds of Rahul’s followers and Congress party workers with national leaders viz Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Hooda, Sanjay Nirupam etc marched alongwith Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi holding candles and playcards denouncing the Mehbooba Mufti – BJP government for the inaction in the Asifa gangrape and horrendous murder episode.

The marchers were silent and speedly marching towards India Gate carrying playcards, where the candle light procession finally converged. Castigating the state government of inaction in the Kathua gangrape and murder case Rahul Gandhi termed it a gruesome act against humanity and charged the BJP of communalising the situation to save the culprits.

Taking to Twitter the Nehru Gandhi scion and the Congress president said: How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? What happenned to Asifa at Kathua, is a crime against humanity. It cannot go unpunished. What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child. Rahul tweeted.

It may be recalled that in the case of Asifa as well as in the UP matter involving an MLA in a rape case, both the BJP state governments have annoyed the opposition leaders as well as the local populace for the inaction. The media is excessively highlighting both the issues leading to the state and central government’s insult as in UP, centre as well in Jammu, Kashmir the BJP is running the political show with partnership in J& K. The matter of Asifa gangrape and murder has assumed national and even global significance inviting the attention of governments, courts and human right bodies.

SUNIL NEGI0

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