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Maharashtra: 90% workers of Trimbakeshwar temple go on strike for wage hike in Nashik

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The workers of Trimbakeshwar Temple have gone on a strike demanding hike in wages. Over 90 per cent of the workers union of the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar temple has called out for a strike to demand an increase in the salary.

Nashik-Trimbakeshwar, the temple of Kumbh, has been identified as the worker of the Temple Devasthan (abode of god). Thousands of devotees from all across the country pay a visit to Shivaji K Jyotirlinga. In such a case over 90 per cent of workers have called for a strike in the temple. These workers managed work from the security of the entrance to the ticket for the temple. Out of 142 employees of Trimbakeshwar Temple, 136 workers have stopped working. All the 136 employees who have called for the strike are associated with Left Organisations. The temple workers strike on the left banner of Left organizations in Maharashtra is happening for the first time.

Trimbakeshwar Devasthan management is currently operating with the strength of 6 employees. The members of the Trimbakeshwar Temple Trust are angry with the management after the workers went on strike. Due to the strike of workers, the devotees of the temple are at discomfort.

Trishkeshwar Temple K. Trustee Kaisal Ghule, said “The strike of temple workers is not right. The temple administration should intervene and finish the strike.”

However, Trustee Trupti Dharan of Trimbakeshwar Temple said that despite the strike of the employees, the officials and the trustees did good planning so that the devotees did not have any problem. “The work of the temple is also being continued smoothly.”

One of the employees at strike said that they have been fighting for our demands for many years. But the temple administration was not listening to us. For this, we had to get off the road.

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.

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Two sitting BJP MPs out of the race in Uttarakhand. Three sitting MPs to repeat. Names of Rawat n Bhatt finalised ?

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Prospective candidates of BJP from 5 Lok Sabha seats

Though the BJP’s candidate selection committee’s meeting is in progress in Delhi and the party has not yet released the names of the prospective official candidates but the inside reliable sources reveal that two sitting member of parliaments’ tickets are being changed.

Both of them has crossed 75 years of age obviously non other but retired major general BC Khanduri from Pauri Garhwal and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari from Nainital.

Though both of them are sitting MPs they are the former state chief ministers as well. While retired Major general BC Khanduri who’d crossed eighty years of age had already expressed his inability to contest due to poor health, Bhagat Singh Koshiayari was not in a mood to retire. However, this news has not been officially confirmed.

Sources reveal that while the BJP has okayed the candidature of BJP’s national secretary Tirath Singh Rawat from Pauri Garhwal constituency against the candidature of sitting MP Khanduri, the state party chief Ajay Bhatt’s name has been cleared from Nainital seat in lieu of the sitting veteran ( MP) Bhagat Singh Koshiayari.

According to sources, from rest of the three Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttarakhand viz Almora, Haridwar n Tehri Garhwal, the three sitting MPs’ name(s) have been finalised maintaining the status quo. They are union state minister for Textiles Ajay Tamta, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Maharani Lakshmi Shah.

It was being said that the BJP high command had cleared the earlier bottleneck forbidding the over 75 year old MPs or MLAs from contesting polls but denying opportunity for recontest to Koshiyari from Nainital is like stabbing him from the back as the latter carries behind him a good n transparent reputation as a true son of the soil, hailing from a protracted RSS background having dedicated his entire life to the RSS n BJP.

It is believed that both Tirath Singh Rawat and state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt have been rewarded not only for their unstinted loyalty for the party but also for exhibiting immense patience despite both of them not given MLA ticket last time during the assembly elections of 2017.

Both had stood with the party in its thick n thin and worked hard to strengthen the BJP in the state as well as during the previous assembly election when the saffron party sought 57 seats reducing the Congress party to negligible minority in the state.

It is believed that the list of the candidates would be out either midnight or tomorrow afternoon.

Sources reveal that Bhagat Singh Koshiyari is using his best possible efforts to ensure his repetition n hopes that he will definitely be honoured with the second chance.

There are also rumours that his name can be considered for governor of any state in case the BJP returns to power at the centre in case he is left out of the race this time.

Meanwhile the Congress has not officially opened its cards as its waiting for the BJP to declare the list first.

However, speculations are rife that names of Harish Rawat, (.Nainital) Pradeep Tamta, ( Almora) Manish Khanduri, ( Pauri) Kishore Upadhyay, ( Tehri) n Pritam Singh ( Haridwar) have been cleared.

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BJP government is the weakest which could not provide jobs n resolve farmers issues : Priyanka Gandhi

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The Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi today visited the Vidhyachal Temple and Salim Chisti Dargah at Sitamadhi on her second lap of the three day Boat Journey from Allahabad to the constituency of Prime minister Narendra Modi, Varanasi.

This 140 kilometre boat journey would end tomorrow evening on the third day at Varanasi where Priyanka may address a massive public meeting.

In the first day of her enthusiastic boat Yatra which started from Prayagraj, Allahabad yesterday after offering of prayers of Ganga Mayya at the Sangam ghat, Priyanka was accompanied by ten jubilant girl students of Allahabad university in the boat whom she pronounced as young, dynamic and talented students.

Priyanka Gandhi was in a Red Saree while she paid obiesance to Goddess Sita at the Vindhyachal Mandir. She was closetted with the devotees n temple priests for quite some time seeking the blessings of the Goddess.

While her supporters raised slogans hailing her, a group of BJP women supporters vociferously raised anti Priyanka and pro Modi slogans.

She thereafter visited the Salim Chisti Dargah and carried the ” Tokri of Chadhava” on her head to the Dargah paying her respectful obiesance to Baba Salim Chisti seeking blessings for her, her family and the party’s triumph in the ensuing elections.

She also offered CHAADAR on the Samadhi. Her grandmother Indira Gandhi, mother Sonia Gandhi n brother Rahul Gandhi had also visited here earlier and sough blessings.

After visiting the Vidhyavasini temple having the darshan of Sita Mata and offering prayers Priyanka met enthusiastic people n peasents at Bhatauli and Singhauli Ghat and interacted with them.

At Sitamarhi while addressing the media Priyanka said that the BJP has been repeating the tape of 70 year rule of Congress. I ask them what have they done in the last five years. The 70 year old rule by Congress accusation has now expired. If the prime minister Narendra Modi is really powerful, strong with a 56 inch chest as claimed by him, then why had he not given employment to youngsters during the last five years?

Why are the people of the country suffering, the poor becoming more poorer ? She questioned what has this government done for the people of the country? This is a dishonest n weak government.

Condemning the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi said that the students, farmers, women and the people living at the lowest ebb have been betrayed. Nothing has been done for their welfare by the Yogi government. The report card is all fake to fool n betray people. I have met people from all sections of the society in UP. They are in total disarray. The government’s commitments are all fake to make people foolish.

Priyanka’s three day Ganga boat journey is drawing huge crowds with enthusiatic supporters n fans following her wherever she goes. She is more like a Bollywood star whom people like to feel, touch n enthusiastically see deeply.

The media is also following her and giving adequate coverage to her visits at the banks of Ganges where she’s meeting people, interacting with them and jubilantly waving them.

According to one of her tweets’ with a picture of her grandmother’s room in Allahabad’s Swaraj Bhawan where Indira Gandhi was born, Priyanka tweeted in hindi :

While sitting in the compound of Swaraj Bhawan, I am able to see that room where my grand mother was born. My grand mother used to tell me ( narrate) the stroy of John of Arch. Even today her words reverberate in my ears. She used to say : Be fearless, everything will be alright.

In another tweet she wrote with a photograph of girl students of Allahabad university who accompanied her in the boat on the first day of her journey: Loved sharing my journey with these intelligent, dynamic young women from Allahabad university this morning. I met so many talented students today – they deserve a future in which their hopes and dreams can be realised.

After finishing her darshan at the Vidhyavasini temple n Dargah Priyanka visited the Bunkar vicinity ( weavers) in Mirjapur constituency. The Ana Dal president Annu Priya Patel is contesting from here in alliance with the Congress party.

Local people being interviewed by the media predict that Priyanka Gandhi’s tours have accorded added advantage to Congress party though there is still no dearth of Modi supporters here too. Where ever she goes enthusiastic supporters show extreme eagerness to take selfie with her n pose for photographs. Priyanka Gandhi is full of energy n enthusiansm n looks as if she has finally made up her mind to bring out the sinking Congress boat out of quandry in Uttar Pradesh.

However, it remains to be seen as to how successful would she be in country her political enemies BJP n BSP, SP n RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh in the ensuing election.

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AIMIM prez Asaduddin Owaisi declares assets worth Rs 13 crore

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AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen) president Asaduddin Owaisi, who has filed his nomination for Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, has declared assets worth more than Rs 13 crore.

His immovable assets are worth over Rs 12 crore and movable assets are over Rs 1.67 crore, according to the affidavit submitted by him while filing the nomination on Monday.

He owns no motor vehicle but has one NP bore .22 pistol worth Rs 1 lakh and one NP bore 30-60 rifle worth Rs 1 lakh.

The grand total of his liabilities is Rs 9.30 crore.

He has Rs 2 lakh cash in hand. His income during 2017-18 was Rs 10,01,080. It was Rs 13,33,250 during 2016-17.

There are five criminal cases pending against him. He was not convicted for any criminal offense.

Owaisi is seeking a fourth straight term in the lower house of Parliament, from Hyderabad constituency.

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Mayavati’s harsh gesture towards Congress is the biggest impediment in the success of grand alliance

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Badly infuriated by the overwhelmning support being acknowleged by the newly appointed general secretary, incharge of East Uttar Pradesh Priyanki Gandhi’s Prayaraj to Varanasi Yatra, always against n jealous of Congress party n its leaders especially the Gandhi family, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Behan Mayawati today said that Congress party has no need to leave seven seats for the BS n SP combine and they ( Congress) is free to contest on them as well as the BSP, SP, RLD combine is powerful enough to defeat the Bhartiya Janata Party on its own.

Mayawati’s proud seems to have been speaking from her head these days, particularly after Priyanka Gandhi’s visit to a Meerut Hospital recently to meet her ( Mayawati’s) adversary strong n young Dalit leader in the making Chandrashekhar aka Ravan and the recent alliance with a regional party of the SCs Jan adhikar Party in Uttar Pradesh.

Not only this but after the success of Priyanka Gandhi’s Ganga Yatra Mayawati seems to be more upset than before.

However, it was BSP chief Mayawati only who took the lead in criticizing the Congress party n its leadership always considering it at par with the BJP saying that she views both BJP and Congress as her enemy number one.

In Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh n Rajasthan assembly elections too Mayavati broke the talks with Congress and went alone winning just one seat in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress general secretary Priyanka strongly reacted to Mayawati’s negative gesture by saying that she should’nt be worried about Congress as all of them are fighting to defeat the BJP.

It may be recalled that after the formation of the BSP, SP n RLD alliance completely sidelining the Congress, except leaving two seats of Bareilly n Amethi, the Congress has finally taken a decision on fighting on 73 seats in Uttar Pradesh leaving seven for the BSP, SP, RLD combine as a return gesture but Mayawati instead of expressing her gratitude towards Congress, harshly reacted by sending a wrong message towards the mahagathbandhan politics being tried to unitedly fight against BJ atthe pan India level.

The way Mayawati is reacting to the Congress party considering it her enemy number one, it seems that the Mahagathbandhan exercise is going towards a dead end, ultimately benefitting the BJP at the hustings.

If we analyse the current situation the largest state of UP will witness a triangular contest between Congress, Apna Dal – BSP, S, RLD combine and the BJP, ultimately resulting in the division of anti BJP votes benefitting the latter.

Similarly in Delhi the pact between the AAP n Congress has completely failed so far finally benfitting the BJP resulting in the vertical division of the anti BJP votes.

In West Bengal too the Congress is contestimg on all the seats as TMC’s Mamata Bennerjee is not conceding seats to Congress party.

Her traditional enemity with the Left parties is well known to all. Here too there are hundred percent chances of the anti BJP division of votes in a four cornered contest, finally helping the BJP which has already done its best to polarise the hindu sentiments in Bengal.

Similarly in Maharashtra BSP, SP are going alone leaving Congress, NCP as a separate entity, amounting to likely division of anti BJP votes where the ShivSena n BJP has already formed a formidable alliance.

If this would be the condition of the grand alliance in other states as well like Bihar where the JDU, LJS P n BJP has already formed a strong alliance then what would be the fate of anti BJP opposition politics in the making.

If things are not being resolved at pre election time what’s the gurantee that the anti BJP forces will be able to form an unanimity post election. This is a moot quesion which requires a suitable answer ?

Moreover, witnessing the scattered opposition, still fighting within themselves, the electorates of the country has no option but to go with stability which under such circumstances they see in Modi’s leadership.

The political analysts say that Mayawati’s harsh gesture towads Congress is the greatest impediment to the unity efforts of the anti BJP opposition in the country. What’s your take friends?

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Uttarakhand Ekta Manch organises pre Holi celebrations at Delhi Haat, Pitampura.

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Uttarakhandi Artists presenting mesmerising folk sings and dances at Delhi Haat, Pitampura

As Holi is approaching near several functions to celebrate this festival of colours are being organised in the capital of India. Holi represents harmony, bonds of frienship and togetherness. In Uttarakhand Holi is celebrated with colours as is celebrated all over India but in different forms. In Delhi the Uttarakhand Ekta Manch celebrated this festival in advance by organising a mesmerising cultural evening at Delhi Haat Pritampura. Shiv Dutt Pant an eminent Uttarakhand singer and music composer with his team of musicians presented various items from melodiius singing to folk dances to performance of traditional colourful Raj Jaat Yatra.

Melodious female singers Asha Negi and Puja Pant n Narendra Negi Chaundkotiya presented good number of mesmerising songs in Garhwali dialects which enthralled the audience. The audience danced on the floor on the famous CHAITU KI CHAITWALI songs extremely popular these days sung by legendary singer n his team mates. Hundreds of people of Uttarakhandi origin living in Delhi participated in the event. The president of the organisation Shiv Singh Negi n the vice president Murli Singh Negi deserve accolades for the success of the cultural evening prior to Holi.

According to young writer and video journalist Mayak Arya
Shiv Dutt Pant ji is one of the most popular and living legend of Uttarakhand. He is well known for his live performances in various cultural programs of Uttarakhand.

Pant represents the folk tale
of Uttarakhand through exquisite song
performances. Kumaon Ramleela and
various other stories are so we’ll showcased by him and his Team.

The uniqueness of the Kumaoni Holi lies in its being a musical affair, whatever its form, be it the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi and the Mahila Holi all of which start from Basant Panchmi.

Famous for his Baithi and Khadi Holi representations, Shiv Dutt Pant elaborates Khadi Holi where he remembers Lord Rama and Invocates divine energies during Cheer Bandhan, The Holika bonfire in Kumaun is known as Cheer (चीर) which is ceremonically made in a ceremony known as Cheer Bandhan (चीर बंधन) fifteen days before Dulhendi. The Cheer is basically a bonfire with a green Paiya tree branch in the middle.

Mr. Shiv Dutt’s Pant’s team of folk dancers n musician have exhibited the musical holi at Dilli Hatt New Delhi dressed in colourful attires mesmerising one and all, where thousands of culture lovers from all corners gathered to witness this exquisite peice of Folk Performance.

Shiv Dutt Pant’s singing, his impressive music n outstanding perfirmance by his teams colourful folk dancers have made the evening truly wonderful n highly entertaining.

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UAE played big role in reducing Indo-Pak tension, says envoy

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United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s envoy to India Ahmed Albanna on monday said that his country did not mediate in India Pakistan tensions that happened in February but did played an important role in reducing tension between the two countries.

In response to a question he said, “We did not mediate. When we talk about mediation, it has to be request from both parties and then after that. We tried to decrease the tension by that special relationship”

Adding,”We have played an important role in reducing tension. On a day of a big escalation, our Crown Prince spoke to PM Modi and PM Imran Khan. Our role was to give word of wisdom & trying to sort out differences in a peaceful manner. UAE played an important role”

PM Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan spoke 2 times in last 3 weeks.

On the issue of cross border terror emanating from Pakistan, the envoy said, “Without mentioning any specific person, name or country UAE has a long-standing stance of preventing, flighting act of terrorism and countering radical organisations, so we work with all partners, with many different countries, with all the countries in the region to make our region peaceful where we can live together and coexist”.

He also welcomed India’s presence at Organisation of Islamic cooperation Foriegn ministers meet in Abu Dhabi saying due to a special relationship between both the countries New Delhi was invited.External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj represented India during the 2 day OIC FMs meet in the country in early March. This is the first time India was invited as guest of honour at the meet.

On oil import, one of the key commodities India imports from the West Asia, Albanna said, UAE, Saudi Arabia covered the shortage of oil for India after Iran Sanction. India and UAE ties have been on an upward trajectory with number of high levels visits between the 2 countries in last few years including PM visiting the country twice and USE being invited as chief guest at Republic day parade

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Thousands bid adieu to the leader of masses Manohar Parikar at Panaji. PM Modi n Smriti in tears

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The epitome of simplicity, impeccable integrity, dedication, determination and affable nature, former defence minister and fiur time Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has been finally given adieu by thousands of his tearful friends, well wishers, fans n followers amit chanting of slogans Manohar Parikar Amar Rahe with full defence honours.

The prime minister Narendra Modi and the union minister for Textiles were literally in tears while giving adieu to the departed soul.

Thousands of people looking like a sea of humanity accompanied his body to the cremetorium at Panaji finally consigning this great leader’s body to flame amid full military honours of 21 gun salutes n chanting of spiritual hyms.

It was during former defence minister Manohar Parikkar’s tenure only that the September 2016’s surgical strike and surgical strike on Indo Myanmar border took place killing more than hundred Myanmarese terrorists n the terror launch pads in Myanmar n Pakistan side of Loc against the Uri attack n martyrdom of 18 para military security troopers at the Myanmarese border. Late Manohar Parikar was the first ever IItian turned Chief minister of Goa n Defence minister of India.

Parrikar was a unique CM full of simplicity and impeccable integrity having rose to become the chief minister of the state he was born in 63 years ago. Parikars wife also died in 2000 with cancer and since then he continued serving the state and nation with extreme honesty, dexterity n determination winning the hearts of each and every Goan.

He has special bonding with prime minister Narendra Modi who was also the RSS pracharak before becoming CM of Gujarat like Manohar Parikar.

Parrikar who joined active politics in 1994 became the CM for the first time in the year 2000 n continued till his sad demise except for few years as defence minister at the centre when he was specially asked by PM Modi to lead the Defence ministry.

Very few people know that it was Goa CM Manohar Parikar who for the very first time in 2013 during the BJP’s national conclave in Goa recomended the name of Narendra Modi as the prospective BJP’s prime ministerial candidate seconded by the then party president Rajnath Singh.

Extremely popular and loved by one and all in Goa for his outstanding callibre, intellect and simplicity Manohar Parikar used to travel by a scooty, hire a three wheeler to reach the office, stand in que as a commoner and drink tea on roadsides to have the feel n know the pulse of his electorates.

He used to say that roadside tea drinking exercise is the best mode to know about the peoples’ grievances n sufferings. Hailing from a very modest background Manohar Parikar studied in a simple marathi medium schools and pursued his higher education as an IItian from Mumbai university finally becoming an IItian despite having limited resources.

A dedicated RSS pracharak for several years, for more than a decade after 1984, Parrikar joined active BJP politics in 1994 to become the Goa CM in 2000.

In the sad demise of Manohar Parikar the country has lost an epitome of simplicity, integrity, transparency, determination n an astute politician. Parikar worked till the last signing files of pro people projects and attending meetings. Salutes to this outstanding icon.

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IMA releases health manifesto; asks political parties to prioritise health sector

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Indian Medical Association, on Sunday, released its health manifesto, ahead of Lok Sabha polls, asking all the political parties to prioritise health and making suggestions on the areas that require urgent government attention. The association has also offered its services as a think tank group to the government at at the national and state-level, to help bring healthcare at the forefront.

“After exhaustive discussions and deliberations with multiple stakeholders and experts, IMA has prepared a document of health issues which need urgent attention of the government and political parties, including universal health coverage through government funding, increased public expenditure in healthcare, private public partnership facilitated by not-for-profit institutions, and no criminalisation of medical profession,” are some of the points listed in the manifesto.

The association has demanded an increase in the GDP share in healthcare from 1.2 to 5 percent. Prioritising primary and preventive health, social determinants of health, medical education and research for fund distribution. It has also asked for a mechanism to ensure utilisation and outcome, and the fund allotment has to be as per the percentage of patients seeking treatment in any particular system.

“The issue of shortage of MBBS doctors in rural, tribal, and hilly areas can be addressed through incentive-based approach with improved administration and infrastructure. An appropriate mechanism can be established to address medical manpower shortage in some states. Also, One drug, one price policy should be followed i.e., the government should regulate the price and quality of drugs, implants, equipment, and consumables,” stated the manifesto.

The manifesto also talks about the single window clearance for laws and regulations for healthcare establishments. It has also demanded better policies to ensure viability and smooth functioning of small healthcare establishments which help as the backbone in providing secondary healthcare.

CHANGES RECOMMENDED BY EXPERTS

1. GDP share in health care.2. Universal health coverage- to all irrespective of a socioeconomic group or geographical location.3. Primary health care and rural health care.4. Co-ordinated approach for improving Social determinants of health.5. Medical Education- capping of fees of private medical colleges to make them affordable.6. Medical research- Medical grants commission to be set up for funding medical education.7. Shortage of Medical Manpower8. Reducing the Out of Pocket Health Expenditure for the common man9. Safe environment for doctors10. Steps to improve health care delivery.11. Ensure scientifically and authorized healthcare to people.12. Protection of Small & Medium Nursing Homes.13. Exemption of the medical profession from the Consumer Protection Act.14. Involvement of stakeholders.15. Social justice and elderly care

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Miss India UK’s documentary to showcase life of Gaddi Lohar community

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Deana Uppal, Miss India UK, is in Rajasthan to direct and produce an in-depth documentary on the life of Gaddi Lohar community. The actress and business entrepreneur has spent the last year with the Gaddi community and found them interesting, intriguing people that are in need of a voice. She intends to show the facts and reality in her film to create awareness for the tribe, internationally.

“After researching and meeting the Gaddi Lohar community, I was shocked at the lifestyle they live, these people travel without a destination for work, they are completely cut off from the modern world, still living the same practices as centuries ago, but they are extremely kind and family oriented. The nomadic community is forgotten, people. Their history is no where in the textbooks even though their ancestors originate from the royal Maharana Pratap. Because they travel, they do not benefit from government support and live in severe poverty,” said Uppal.

The real-life film will attract more NGOs to support the Gaddi Lohars and Uppal herself plans to start a charitable trust. The film will participate in the biggest film festivals such as Cannes and San Sebastian film festival. Uppal says that she intends to help the community with the documentary.

“From a directors point of view, this film has been extremely difficult to shoot for many reasons. Firstly the Gaddi Lohar community do not like to mix with outsiders, so I had to spend a lot of time to just gain their trust. We were a small team shooting in very bad and unhygienic conditions across Rajasthan, However, this made me more determined to show their state to the world,” said Uppal.

Deana met all Rajasthan Ministers concerned with the development of this community and all of them including Rajender Yadav assured her all support for this initiative. She wants to help settle as many families as possible so they can benefit from the governments’ schemes.’

“There simple way of living can teach us all a humbling lesson,” added she.

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

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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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