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The former president of India Pranav Mukerjee has today formally proved that though he has in public view retired as an active politician, particularly after holding the top slot as the constitutional head of the largest democracy of the world but he is still an intelligent and shrewd politician who possesed the guts to go to the RSS headquarter in Nagpur despite so much of criticism by the Congressmen and his own daughter (who tried her best to stop her father requesting for resconsidering his decision) and surprise one and all by his entirely progressive speech except saluting the RSS founder Hegdewar and pronouncing him as the real son of mother India.

He though politely, but unambiguously conveyed to RSS that it is not religion-based dogma but secularism that is the way forward for co-existence. Now, those who doubted his motives should hide. He ultimately proved that a matured and veteran leader like him has lost neither his brilliance nor his commitment to Nehruvian conviction.

It’s an open fact that Pranav Da had more than five decades of association in the Congress Party right from the days of Jawahar Lal Nehru till now. He had been in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet and continued to be a union minister during every Congress government holding significant portofolios of Industry and Finance apart from being the important advisor and fatherly figure to Rajiv, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

An eminent economist and a veteran blotless Congressman Pranab Da had become so popular, acceptable and significant in the Congress Party that he was being foreseen as a possible material for prime ministership and political analysts say that it was Congress Party high command’s circumstantial compulson to install him as the President which perhaps Pranab Da also knows.

While Pranab Da was the President, his relations with prime minister Narendra Modi had been extremely cordial and the latter had always held him in extremely high esteem apreciating and lauding him publicly. At times while he was the president, it was never felt that he was ever a Congressmen keeping in view his closeness and extremely cordial relations with prime minister Modi and the BJP led NDA government.

His latest acceptance of the RSS invitation and his subsequent address at the Saffron headquarter in Nagpur rattled all the progressive forces and the Congress in particular initially, who raised lot of objections including the ex president’s own daughter who is in Congress saying that he ( Pranav Da) should give up the idea of going there as whatever he will utter would be wrongly and in a biased manner propagated by the RSS and BJP to its full advantage in media and social networking sites to derive maximum political advantage. But Pranav Da never relented and instead went ahead to address the RSS session.

But when he spoke there his every sentence and word turned the tables upside down. Those who were thinking that Pranav Da will be soft on the RSS agenda were badly mistaken and would be repenting on their criticism of Pranav Da’s decision.

A highly experienced former president who had been with stalwarts like Indira Gandhi as her close confidante and Rajiv, Sonia and Rahul’s trusted political leuitenant as union minister and senior party leader for several decades, finally proved his credentials as a secular leader standing credible for anything that’s good and constructive for a strong, cohesive, secular and pluralistic India.

Pranav Da by his impressive speech killed two birds with a stone. One, he silenced his ardent critics within the Congress party and in the anti BJP opposition camp, who were thinking that the former President is soft towards BJP n RSS and second, the RSS and BJP who were too confidently banking on Pranav Da’s trust thinking that by visiting Nagpur he would perhaps toe the saffron party line, which he never did and amused religious bigots.

In nutshell the follwing were Pranav Da’s main points of his speech considered to be more for the nation’s good than the good of any party. His speech was also a direct message to the RSS to give up its squeezed thinking on one religion and ideology and rather embrace secularism and a pluraristic society including tolerance.

In nutshell Pranav Mukerjee’s speech at RSS headquarter was:
I believe in engagement and dialogue.
Political differences can exist.
Diversity is our strength.
Our nation and nationalism is inclusive.
Tolerance remains our strength.
Soul of liberalism lives in pluralism.
Nationalism and pluralism go hand in hand.
Pluralism must be celebrated.

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Several organisations unite to discuss on clean environment. Ecological dialogue of GFI was a grand success.



Several organisations of Uttarakhand and enlightened individuals gathered together enthusiastically and discussed about the increasing pollution and subsequent danger to the human lives at Chandigarh on 17th afternoon for three hours incessantly and came to a conclusion that such significant interactive sessions should be continued in future as well to consistently awaken the people at large about out deteriorating ecology and ways and means to get out of the increasing environmental pollution that has made our lives literally hell in almost every, city, town and the metropolices of our country now extending its ugly influence in villages and rural areas of the contry too, which once used to be our lungs giving us fresh Oxygen in abundance and making our lives healthy, strong and sturdy.

But today, we have been surrounded by polluted environment having several hundred percent increase in SPM in the air and rivers slowly and steadily converting into drains full of pollutants, plastics, chemicals and poision of factories and tanneries. Polluted Ganges and its entire tributaries like Yamuna and several other rivers are the best examples exhibiting these disturbing trends, where, despite the government and World bank’s wasting hundreds of thousands of crores since several years the situation is still to square one.

The mountains are burning. Our flora and fauna are on the extinction and huge hydropower projects still displacing people and taking their tolls compounded with destroying and disturbing the ecology of the Himalayan regions and the rural villages compelling the wild life to attack the human beings and making them, their regular preys.

The increasing use of plastics, globally, has vitiated the environment badly and if the use of plastic is continued unabatedly the time is not far when our oceans wull assume the shape of plastic mountains. A single plastic bottle and its lid takes 300 and 500 years respectively, to perish. Such is the ugly ill affect of the use of plastics which should be given up using other alternatives that are soluble in water and easily perishable like paper bags etc.

The climate change have also changed the pattern and cycle of monsoon, summer, springs and winter seasons thus throwing hazardous influence on the peoples’ health and the flora and fauna of the country.

Under the guise of revolutionery development our metropolises, cities and towns are converting into the jungles of concretes with millions n millions of cemented hi tech flats coming up but completely devoid of trees and greeneries.

The emissions of gases from the billions of air conditioners, fuels, cars, trucks and dust pollution from the construction activites have added to the already deepening environmental crisis in the offing.

The himalayan glaciers are melting with a rapid speed and have already shifted 48 klms backwards due to increasing global warming as a result of rampant green house emisions worldwide with the developed countries imposing their muscular and money oriented dominance on the developing countries, not to speak against them.

The discussion titled ” ECOLOGICAL DIALOGUE ” was quite successful as journalists, social activists, Retired Army Officers, academicians and theatre activists expressed their views and opinions in details and urged for more such healthy interactive debates on environment. Prominent amongst those who spoke on the ocassion were sr Journalists Suresh Nautiyal, Sunil Negi, Ishwar Chand Dhyani and Mr. Gulati of The Tribune, Chr, Dr. Vinod Nautiyal, Intl green activist, Colonel Parmar, Major Onkar Uttarakhandi, Bhagwan Chand, Mr. Aswal, Sundliji and others.

Prior to the event 5 Neem saplings were planted at the Tribune park in Chandigarh. The host was Green Forum India.
Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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Open gang rivalry at Burari in broad daylight take three tolls in a shootout



Delhi has become a hub for hardened criminals and the incidents of gang wars, chain snatchings and assault of women are on the rise with people of the capital city having no option but to be at the mercy of these anti social elements.

Not a single days goes when the newspapers are not full of news of gang wars or incidents of chain snatching, killings, women assaults, rapes and physical violence.

If one goes by the statistics of the Crime records bureau it is beyond his or her expectation to find the statistics of gangwars, chain snatchings and physical assaults and incidents of rapes and women assaults increasing day by day and beyond the capacity of the law enforcing agencies to bring them under control.

Just today at Burari Chowk two gangs fought each other in broad day light killing two gangsters of the rival group and an innocent women.

In all about five rounds were fired in this violent gangwar with three on the spot casualties with severely injured two gangsters.

The entire incident was caught on CCTV camera displaying the gangsters flashing pistols openly and firing at each other now being shown on television news.

The public around went helter and skelter to seek refuge while the Delhi police petrol party or policemen from the nearest police stations were conspicuous by their absense.

The warring gangsters were so undeterred or least worried by the police that they conveniently fired, roaming around, as if they have no fear of the police.

The residents of Burari are badly shocked and shaken by this broad day light gang war that killed three lives including an innocent woman with no fault of hers.

The police arrived after everybody fled the scene. However, the CCTV footage has captured the scenes of the crime showing each n every gangster waving their pistols, and killing three with injuries to two gangsters.

The majority of the unauthorised colonies situated in Delhi’s outskirsts have become the major hub for the perpetuation of the criminal activities and gangsterism and the police is doing very little to control the situation. The Mitraon village, Najafgarh’s protracted gang war that started with a disputed piece of land has so far claimed several lives of the families in dispute and is still on.

Today’s Burari shootout in North Delhi which claimed three lives with grievous injuries to two has shaken peoples’ confidence on police uthorities as their saviour or custodian.

The Crime Branch of Delhi police have already taken the crime scene in its possession and its collecting the finger print, the bullet covers and
every possible clue with precision to solve the case and arrest the culprits. The police is extremely confident to bring the culprits to justice at the earliest.They have also taken the CCTV footage in their possesion.


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Army kills four hardcore terrorists in Baandipura within hrs of ending the ceasefire



The prime minister Narendra Modi has vowed to teach a stringent lesson to the terrorists who killed the army troopers including Aurangzeb and a senior journalist Shujaat Bhukhari during Ramzan ceasefire in Kashmir a few days ago.

These terrorists would not be spared at any cost and should be killed within 72 hours to avenge the death of our patriotic brave heart soldiers said the rime minister.

Meanwhile, four hardcore terrorists have been killed by the Army in Baandipura sector on the first day of the government’s ceasefire.

The union government has also lifted the one month old cease fire deadline today . The home minister Rajnath Singh said that after the lifting of ceasefire the Army has resumed its counter terrorists operations as before but with more vigour and vitality.

Sources reveal that the Army operation has been intensified further and every effort is being made to kill maximum number of terrorists cladestinely operating from Bandipura forests and other areas being aided and abetted by ISI.

The Indian Army chief Vipin Rawat today visited the house of slained soldier Aurangzeb and expressed his heartfelt condolenses to the bereaved family. Genl. Rawat assured the bereaved family of all possible help including the adequate financial compensation. He said that the brutal killing and sacrifice of Aurangzeb would not go waste and the Army would not spare a single terrorist involved in the murder.

The Army has enhanced the combing operation and there are unambiguous indications that not a single militant will be spared in the near future.

It may be recalled that despite the union government announcing the ceasefire during the holy Ramazan the terrorists never relented and continued their attacks on a journalist and four army troopers who succumbed to the militants’ bullets including the incidents of massive stone throwing on the Armymen and security forces in Anantnag.

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