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Veteran Congress leader and former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyer who currently stands suspended from the primary membership of the party for using a most unethical word against prime minister Narendra Modi calling him NEECH has though apologised saying that if his statement causes harm to the chances of Congress party in Gujarat elections he is apologetic for his wrong utterances but has done incalculable harm to the chances of the party in Gujarat elections say political analysts.

This is not the first time that arrogant in nature and used to objectionable utterances , he had earlier too used foul language against the BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani calling him a, “Laik Insaan lekin naalayak neta,” but later on apologising diplomatically saying that it was because of his little knowledge of Hindi that he couldn’t use the right words and therefore his mistake was unintentional. Mani Shankar Aiyyer may say so but the fact of the matter is he has proved himself less an asset for the Congress party despite his being a chequered diplomat, an intellectual, a staunch party man and a good writer but more a problem as his unethical utterances has not only created unnecessary problems, hiccups and bad name for the party but has also given undue sympathy and anti Congress mileage to the BJP and its leaders.

Arrogance in politics never pays but rather bring bad name and Aiyyer’s bad utterances for top leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and prime minister Narendra Modi has finally invited the wrath of the people of Gujarat as well as the country. Today, prime minister Modi has exploited this issue to the fullest in all his four public meetings addressed by him on the last leg of campaigning and the response from the people was tremendous. Modi connected this insult of his with the pride of Gujarat and Gujaraties and said that calling himm NEECH INSAAN by a veteran Congressman like a former diplomat and a leader of Rahul Gandhi’s party is not his but the entire Gujarat’s insult and degradation.

He even went to the extent of saying that the same Congress leader in the past went to Pakistan and allegedly gave supari there to ensure that he is wiped out of the scene for the harmonious and cohesive maintenance of healthy and cordial Indo Pakistan relations. The political analysts say that whatever little suport Rahul Gandhi had generated for the Congress Party in Gujarat by the dint of his hard work, potential mobilisation, largely attended public meetings, his oratorical speeches and high quality eloquence has been completely washed out by Mani Shankar Aiyyer’s highly uncalled for utterances agaist the prime minister.

And it was because of this that the entire Congress and its Chief Rahul Gandhi were constrained to sideline him fully. Let’s see what comes out on 19th January when the elections results of Gujarat are declared but one thing is for sure that if Congress loses here badly the entire blame will rest on the blunders of the Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyyer say the sources. What do you say friends.
SUNIL NEGI

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Nineteenth November is the birth centenary of a greatest women leader of the country whom infinite people adore and still remember as the most successful prime minister India ever had while her ardent critics term her as the dictator who made peoples’ life hell by imposing the emergency in 1975.

Yes, I am talking about non other but Indira Gandhi, the daughter of the first prime minister of free India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and grand daughter of freedom fighter Moti lal Nehru. Indira Gandhi who served India for seventeen long years as the most successful prime minister except her greatest blunder of 1975, imposing dreaded emergency is today remembered as the Iron Lady, a most determined prime minister and a women of grit, determination and perseverence who not only created a vertical division of Pakistan by creating Bangladesh compelling 90000 Pakistan Army to surrender but also established herself as an international icon turning away the mighty American Shipment full of arms and ammunition coming to the rescue of Pakistan during the 1971 war and doing Pokhram Nucleur explosion, making India a Nucleur power. It was during her tenure that India’s Appolo 72 entered the Moon and created a history of sorts in space science globally. It was in 1972 when Indira Gandhi while communicating with the Apollo 72 Astraunaut asked Rakesh Sharma, how is India looking from the space and he repled “saare jahan se achcha Hindustan Hamaara”.

Indira Gandhi was undoubtedly a most suceessful PM of the largest democracy of the world who not only strengthened the international non aligned movement and was designated as its chairman but also succeeded in keeping then USA, the then Pakistan ally at bay by way of strengthening bond of strong and viable friendship with the then most powerful superpower of the world the USSR during the Leonid Breznev era. Indira Gandhi was a multifaceted and a multi dimensional iconic personality who was adored and loved by all sections of the people in the country and established fullest secular credentials.

Having nationalised the 14 largest commercial banks of the count Indira Gandhi’s Garibi Hatao slogan really hit the masses during her tenure to stage a comeback as a most formidable prime minister of India, after the Bangladesh war. It was the leader of the opposition of the then Jan Sangh Atal Bihari Vajpayee, her ardent critic who publicly lauded her leadership as the Iron lady of the country who in her capacity of the then prime minister created Bangladesh amid all odds and international challenges and gave her the title of MAA DURGA.

A symbol of true secularism, architect of modern India, a dashing and dynamic leader with precision, Indira Gandhi was the most mobile, a unanimous choice and the pro people leader of the country under whose 17 year old tenure not only had India progressed and prospered by leaps and bounds technologically, scientifically, educationally and nuclearly but the communal fabric of the nation was also fully maintained. However despite, Indira Gandhi’s international leadership domain as a great leader in the global political scenerio who touched all horizons and her triumphs in the domestic front taking India to heights of all round economic and industrial development, the greatest drawback of hers was the perpetuation of dynasty by promoting her autocratic son Sanjay Gandhi annoying one and all in and outside party and imposing the most draconian emergency that lead to over 1 lakh detentions, unaccounted tortures of the people, thousands of forced sterilizations and curbing of the fundamental rights of the people and media of the country bringing bad name internationally and leading to formation of Janata Party out of the total revolution of Jaya Prakash Narayan, a conglomeration of 22 political anti Congress outfits. According to the then Director in the PM Secretariate and the former foreign Secretary Salman Haider who worked in close proximity with Mrs Gandhi she as the prime minister, was not only a meticulous hostess but also wanted her staff to maintain high standards of courtsey and decorum. He adds that even after being the supreme authority of the country, Indira Gandhi never lost the attributes of a gracious lady.

Her another biggest mistake rather the blunder of her life was first nurturing Bhindranwale to counter the political influence of the Akalies in Punjab and then going for the operation black star that allowed the army to enter Golden temple that lead to killings of several Indian Army Jawans and Khalistani terrorists, as well finally leading to her despicable assasination by her own two Sikh body guards. She returned to power in 1980 before being assasinated. Indira Gandhi was assasinated in 1984 and 30 years after her sad demise she is still remembered in great reverence as a towering iconic personality of the country, an iron lady prime minister who always cared for the poor and the down troddens but committed the biggest blunder of imposing emergency, promoting dynasty and ordering entry of the Indian Army in Golden temple thus costing her precious life, the scars of which are still fresh in peoples’ minds and in the minds of her arch political rivals who still loose no oportunity to rake up those draconion days of 1975 when people of the country suffered the most.
Indira Gandhi is immortal despite few flaws but hundreds of outstanding achievements.
SUNIL NEGI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been rolled out. From 1st July 2017, as the prices of goods and services are going to change, it will impact every Indian. The GST Council has fixed the tax rates for 1,211 items, keeping a majority of these in the 18% slab.

Below is the list of the goods and services that will become cheaper from 1st July, as GST goes LIVE:

Eatables

Milk powder, Curd, Butter milk , Unbranded natural honey, Dairy spreads, Cheese, Spices, Tea, Wheat, Rice, Flour, Groundnut oil, Palm oil, Sunflower oil, Coconut oil, Mustard oil, Sugar, Jaggery, Sugar confectionery, Pasta, Spaghetti, Macaroni, Noodles, Fruit and vegetables, Pickle, Murabba, Chutney, Sweetmeats, Ketchup, Sauces, Toppings and spreads, Instant food mixes, Mineral water, ice, Sugar, Khandsari, Biscuits, Raisins and gum, Baking powder, Margarine, Cashew nuts.

Items of daily use

Bathing soap, Hair oil, Detergent powder, Soap, Tissue papers, Napkins, Matchsticks, Candles, Coal, Kerosene, LG domestic, Spoons, Forks, Ladles, Skimmers, Cake servers, Fish knives, Tongs, Agarbatti, Toothpaste, Tooth powder, Hair oil, Kajal, LPG stove, Plastic tarpaulin.

Stationery

Notebook , Pens, All types of paper, Graph paper, School bag, Exercise books, Picture, Drawing and coloring books, Parchment Paper, Carbon paper, Printers

Healthcare

Insulin, X-ray films for medical use, Diagnostic kits, Glasses for corrective spectacles, Medicines for diabetes and cancer.

Apparels

Silk , Woollen fabrics, Khadi yarn, Gandhi topi, Footwear below Rs 500, Apparel up to Rs 1,000

Others

Diesel engines of power not exceeding 15HP, Tractor rear tyres and tubes, Weighing machinery, Static converters (UPS), Electric transformers, Winding wires, Helmet , Crackers and explosives, Lubricants, Bikes, Movie tickets less than Rs100, Kites, Luxury cars, Motorcycles, Scooters, Economy-class air tickets, Hotels with tariff below Rs7,500, Cement, Fly ash bricks and blocks