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Story of 1991, About the fascinating picture of Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka with the former PM and leader of the opposition Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia whom he revered too much as his chief political mentor and even termed him as his God on the day of Rajivji’s sad demise. Rajiv Gandhi was Kaka’s ardent fan.This is the true narration about the actual happening.

I was with the then super star turned politician Rajesh Khanna for the entire day on the day of polling of the New Delhi parliamentary election from where he was contesting against the BJP’s heavy weight Lal Krishna Advani. The picture below is of polling station near Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. I alongwith RK alias Kaka went inside the polling booth near Vigyan Bhawan( the building of ministry of health and family welfare) in the morning with RK Dhawan ( Indiraji’s former special Assistant and union minister ) already standing there in advance, amid tight security, waiting for former prime minister and the then leader of the opposition Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Sonia to come to cast their vote, being the voter of New Delhi constituency.

It was approximately 9.00 in the morning. When we ( Kaka and me) went inside the polling booth room to check and supervise the polling arrangements, hundreds of cameras clicked on us. The press photographers, umpteen in numbers, I think nearing hundred or so, had already taken their positons to extract best picture of the then former PM Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia and Rajesh Khanna. The tight security wasn’t allowing them to roam freely as usual. After all Rajivji was on the high security guard and protection due to the possible threat of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LITTE) etc. However, we came out soon after inspecting the arrangements and waited for Rajvji and Sonia to arrive. In just ten minutes, thereafter, a smiling Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia came in a fleet of bullet proof cars.

With no time the trio went inside. I was kept at bay due to security reasons. But a bad omen had already occured on that day. When Rajiv arrived at the main entrance of the polling centre, the Congress women volunteers who tried applying tilak on the foreheads and taking the arti of Rajiv and Sonia, suddenly got imbalanced due to nervousness and the Aarti Thali with flowers, incense and vermilon etc fell down with a bang sending a silent wave of whispering and rumour mongering of some bad omen in the offing. Anyways, it was not taken seriously at that moment except a small news item appearing in the Indian express the other day in tit bits coloum, expressing it to be something unusual termed as unlucky. Some derived it with meanings like Kaka loosing the election or something else but in nutshell nothing much serious about Rajivji was ever thought of .

But being conservative if we really believe in this, just a day or two after , the entire course of Indian political history was changed. Rajivji was shockingly assasinated in Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu and the anguishing news reached Kakaji’s ears in a marriage function of my younger brother at Rama Krishna Puram, New Delhi where he was blessing my bro Anil Negi and his wud be wife surrounded by hundreds of his fans and invitees . I remember how shocked Kakaji was on that day as if he has lost his God Father. He just murmered while tears in his eyes that he has lost his mentor and God. Rajiv Gandhi loved and adored him the most and it was only on the former’s personel request or advise that Rajesh contested and won from New Delhi and became MP, finally, the heartiest desire he had cherished since long, finally the dream coming true by his mentor’s blessings.

You will be surprised to learn that this picture ( as above) Rajesh Khanna helping Sonia Gandhi caste her vote with pleasing and smiling Rajiv Gandhi the then prime minister looking over, appeared in the front pages of almost all the newspapers of the country with Delhi’s largest selling newspaper Hindustan times giving it place on the front page with banner news. This was Kaka’s best photograph and he adored this picture very much, being extremely dear to his heart. Since those days there weren’t mobile phones, digital cameras and even coloured pictures, the said pivital photograph was in black and white and the picture couldn’t be procured as is easily available these days with mobile phones.

Kaka wanted its negative by all means and used to personally request me repeatedly to arrange it. I tried my level best to find the negative but of no avail. He would sometimes even challange me asking what connections do I have in media that I can’t even arrange a single negative through my sources? It wasn’t possible because the photo journalists kept it in their record and can’t officially part with the only negative as it was unique and outstanding as an archive for them.

If I am not wrong Mr. Suresh Sinha of Hindustan times had two negatives of this pic. Kaka used to even call me from Mumbai to get it, even if it is charged heavily for. I was actually fed up with Kakaji’s repeated pressure for this negative and used to wonder what special is there in this picture as being a superstar MP he already had infinite pictures of him with VVIPs. But Kaka would not relent and continued to pressurise me. Actually, he didn’t had direct contacts with media as I was the conduit and more over for a negative he would never like to belittle himself going to photo journalists n requesting them.

However, after much efforts I finally got it from Mr. S N Sinha, the then Photo editor of HT after several years when Kaka had become an ex MP having permanentally shifted to Mumbai. It however took many years to procure the negative of this outstanding picture very close at Kaka’s heart. Kaka was really grateful to have the negative. He could have made a negative out of the picture but he actually wanted the original one for the sharpness and precision which could be enlarged to any size and therefore dosen’t lose its focus and sharpness as well.

Later Kaka got it enlarged and nicely framed to decoratedly put it at the main inner entrance of Ashirvaad, his adorable bunglow at Carter Road. ( Unfortunately now in rubbles with construction of builder flats already started on them). Such was Rajesh Khanna’s attachment with Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister of India and Kaka’s fan as well.
SUNIL NEGI, President, Uttarakhand Journalists’ Forum and Former Media Advisor to Rajesh Khanna

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Arjun Kapoor speaks up  for Janhvi Kapoor

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Mumbai April 12: Bollwood Actor Arjun Kapoor has slammed an online portal for making derogatory remarks against his half-sister Jhanvi Kapoor. A website has splashed her unflattering photographs on Twitter in an offensive way.

A livid Arjun on Thursday retweeted a post’s about Jhanvi sporting a “sexy dress” as she reached Arjun’s home.

The portal had posted in comenting on the clothes worn by Jhanvi, she was seen sporting a white cotton dress with a low back.

The actor tweeted: “You know what, f**k you man, f**k you as a website for highlighting or bringing it to anyone’s attention and it is shameful that your eye would go searching for something like this. Shame on you… This is how our country looks at young women. Yet another shining example. Ashamed by this.”

Earlier today, Half Girlfriend’s actor opens up for writing a “ cheap headline on Jahnvi Kapoor’s attire. One of such website’s was posted social media with a caption, “@arjunk26 के घर पहुंची #JanhaviKapoor ने पहनी इतनी सैक्सी ड्रैस कि दिख गया सब कुछ, देखें तस्वीरें”

 This is not the first time Arjun has come out in support of Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor, daughters of his father Boney Kapoor and the late Sridevi.

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Deepika Padukone confession On her Rumoured Wedding to Ranveer

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Mumbai, 11 April:Bollywood most romantic couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh  has been trapped in the gossip for long that they are going to married soon. There is already so much hungama surroundings them.

While none of them has come out and admitted their relationship openly and not even denied it. Few days back only Ranveer Singh had opened up about the wedding rumours,  and now, Deepika got candid about her relationship with the ‘Gully Boy’ actor and talk about her marriage rumors.

Talking about her bond with Ranveer, Deepika stated, “For me, he is a friend. He is a confidante. He’s someone I can talk to. There is debate, there is conversation. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree, but I guess that’s what makes the friendship beautiful.”
Admitting Raveer as her boyfriend, the 32 year old actress said, “It is what it is and I wouldn’t challenge it.”

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The actress revealed about her marriage plans, “It’s definitely part of my life. It’s definitely something that I want for myself. But when that happens, how it happens, I think it’s just instinct.” She also concluded, “I think it’s important to know when it’s right.”

The duo have been often photographed at many social gatherings and other parties together. Both Ranveer and Deepika have featured in four films together. Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-LeelaBajirao Mastani and “Padmaavat.

 

Currently, Bollywood’s Bajirao is busy with Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy starring Alia Bhatt.

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Upper house with good number of richest billionares, including 51 MLAs as crorepaties in Uttarakhand

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The forty percent of the population of the country is still under poverty line and about seventy percent of the population of rural India or suburban areas is still below middle class standards incessantly struggling hard to cope with the sky rocketting prices, agrarian complexities, distress, acute corruption and relentless struggle for survival.

There are umpteem problems of malnutrition, school drop outs, suicides of farmers and widening of the gap between the rich and the poor day by day with negligible few accumulating the wealth and economy of the 80 % population.

Under such circumstances if 90% of the parliamentarians of the upper house are crorepaties and similarly the legislatures of various states including of the poor and developing states, it sounds shocking and anguishing and gives the unambiguous impression that our pious parliament and state assemblies where actually the underprivileged and the economically deprived classes of the country would have been represented by the grass root nominees or MPs and MLAs unfortunately are being represented by the richest of the rich of the country.

The recent survey of the NGO called ADR, Association for Democratic Rights about 90% of the elected MPs of the upper house in parliament hailing from the ruling BJP, Congress, SP or BSP are all billionares / crorepaties and one such Rajya Sabha MP having the total worth of about more than 4 thousand crores never lost the election of upper house who travels more than 7 months abroad in a year.

Jaya Bachchan of Samajwadi party who has been re elected this time as well has the asset worth 1001 crores and RS MP of BJP Sajid worth of 850 crores is running a 3000 crore annual turnover company. Everybody know that multi millionaire Vijay Mallaya who’d dupred consotium of Indian Banks worth of several thousand crores was also the Rajya Sabha MP before he fled away.

There are umpteen such examples. Sounds interesting and ironical that our parliament has become a sought of privilege for these richest law makers. There have also been myriad examples of the law makers multiplying their income and worth by several hundred percent after becoming MPs or ministers at the centre and in the states.

Though there are hundreds of such instances of rich law makers representing themselves in state legislatures and parliament but if we take the case of just an 18 year old state of Uttarakhand suffering from the fiscal deficit of over 44000 crores about 51 lawmakers out of total 69 are crorepaties with more than 10 MLAs holding the asset and wealth of more than 10 crores and the rest rich by 1 to 10 crores.

What is allegedly surprising about these lawmakers is the fact that majority of them literally had nothing when the state of Uttarakhand came into existence 18 years ago from now. As if this was not enough the salaries of these MLAs are being further increased as the bill in this regard has been approved by the state cabinet and being brought in the legislative assembly for being passed unanimously as the BJP is in more than absolute majority in the 69 member assembly with 57 MLAs.

The present salary and other perks of the Uttarakhand MLA is 157000 per month. In addition, every lawmaker in Uttarakhand acknowledges coupens worth Rs three lakhs every year for rail and air travels for him and his family with two free mobiles with 15000 Rs every month for meeting the phone expenses including cashless treatment in any private hi profile hospital including interest free annual 8 lakh rupee loan for house building and purchase of vehicle.
SUNIL NEGI

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