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Thousands of people in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, several other parts of the state and the country, today bid their tearful farewell to Rakesh Chandra Raturi, martyr of the Commando operation in Jammu who breathed his last on 12th of February, 2018 hailing from the Mahar Regiment. Cammando Raturi had succumbed to the grievous bullet injuries of the terrorists while fighting them valiantly for hours together in Jammu’s Army residential compound on 12th february. He was cremated with full state honours and gun salutes in Haridwar today, afternoon in the presence of hundreds of people amidst raising of slogans,” Rakesh Raturi Amar Rahe”.

Prior to his cremation the body of the martyr Raturi was brought to his parental house at Dehradun wrapped in a try colour where the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Rawat, the former CM and MP Dr. Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, several ministers of the state cabinet and the lawmakers paid their rich tributes to the departed soul. He was finally consigned to flames at Haridwar in the afternoon with full state honours.

It’s indeed a most tragic, shocking and anguishing news. A brave and valiant fighter Rakesh Chandra Raturi was martyred on 12th February while fighting the terrorists in Army residential camp at Jammu. The family of the martyred soldier lives in Badon Kala, Krishna Vihar, Shimla Bypass, Dehradun. Rakesh Raturi succumbed to the grievous injuries inflicted on him while valiantly fighting the terrorists for two and a half hours incessantly on the midnight of Friday n Saturday.

His elder brother Revati Nandan Raturi was officially informed about his sad demise by the Army officers at 8.00 PM on Monday. 43 year old Rakesh Chandra Raturi was serving in the 6 Mahar Regiment. He was these days deputed in the Commando operations in Jammu being specialised in fighting terrorists.

He originally belonged to village Seekar Sain under the jurisdiction of Patti Balkandaarsiun, district Pauri Garhwal. He sadly left behind his wife Nanda Devi, daughter, aged 19 , Kiran Kumari and 16 year old son Nitin. His father passed last year after suffering from a protracted illness.

Late Rakesh Raturi was to come to his hometown in Dehradun on 20th February on leave to attend the marriage of his niece and nephew on 22nd February and 5th March but destiny had this tragic end stored for him, shockingly. The Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat has expressed his condolenses to the bereaved family and assured them of all possible help financially and otherwise. He announced a government job for the next of the kin of the martyr Raturi.

May the Almighty give peace to the departed pious soul and tremendous strength to the bereaved family to bear this most irreperable loss.

Shaheed Rakesh Chandra Raturi was cremated with full honours at Hardwar, Uttarakhand today afternoon.

It may be recalled that 5/6 patriotic Army Jawans have also sacrificed their precious lives while relentlessly fighting the dreaded LET terrorists in the above operation that continued for hours together.

Our sincere and heartfelt tributes to all of them and condolenses to the bereaved families.


The former union finance minister P Chidambram has issued a two page statement on his twitter account after the declaration of the union budget by finance minister Arun Jaitley terming it as big let down proposals which are neither bold nor radical and belying peoples’ expectations on all counts.

Listing his dissapointments point wise on fiscal deficit, exports, agriculture, healthcare, jobs, investment & credit, tax relief and slashing allocations Chidambaram took the finance minister to task and said that he has belied peoples’ expectation on all these fronts. Accusing the finance minister of serving the interests of the rich , affluent and the haves Chidambaram said : There is no relief for the average tax payer. Only corporates with the income up to 250 crores got a tax relief of 5% whereas for individuals standard reduction is back but the long term capital gain tax is also back. For the middle class earner and saver, one cancels the other.

He adds: Actually by way of LTCG and 4 percent cess the tax payer will pay the government 31000 crore more where as the gain through standard deduction will only be Rs 8000 crores. Similarly on the government’s over ambitious insurance scheme Chidambaram termed it a big JUMLA for befooling people. He says while the target group is 10 crore families.

There is as yet no scheme. Assuming that each family will avail of Rs 50,000 ( one tenth of the 5 lakhs), the amount required per year will be Rs. 5 lakh crore. If the insurance company will foot the bill, the premium of Rs 5000 to 15000 per month, per family will outgo Rs 50000 to 1,50,000 crore per year. On the investment and credit front the former finance minister discredited Jaitley of doing nothing in the budget to boost the private investment.

There was nothing in the budget to encourage banks to lend and investors to borrow for new investments. He said: it seems that the finance minister has given up on private investment altogether. Blaming the FM for not even creating a single job prospect Chidambaran said the FM has no new ideas and has fallen back on the tried and failed Mudra scheme. The average size of the Mudra loan is Rs. 43000.

This is tokenism and will not create even one job. More Mudra loans would mean more tokenism but no additional jobs. Chidambaram took the government to task for slashing allocations on important schemes for the poor, the economically deprived and those living in the rural areas of the country. He said: the most dissapointing part of the budget is the cut n the outlays on the major schemes of2018/ 19 like MNREGA, PMAY, National Drinking Water Mission, Swach Bharat Mission, Mid Day Meals Scheme, National Health Mission, Gram Jyoti Yojana, Short Term Farm Credit etc.

Emphasising on the job front in particular Chidambaram said that jobs are not being created in the country and industrial growth too has come down to 6.8% in 2016-17 to 2.7% in 2018.


It’s not only through journalism but also through socio political service we have to contribute healthily to the society and ensure that the poor, underprivileged and the oppressed sections of the society get their due and are delivered adequately their due.

Journalism in India has undoubtedly become a challenging task and it is really distresng to note that more and more journalists are becoming the target of anti social elements, criminals and sometimes atthe hands of the prevailing political system at the helm.

These were the views of the former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat while addressing a gathering of distinguished guests as chief guest at the first Signature award function and seminar on the subject titled JOURNALISM AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBLITIES organised by Shail Savera Newspaper at India International Centre on 6th January 2018. Harish Rawat said that there isan urgent need to devise a law for the safety and security of the scribes confronting challenges and threats to their lives while performing their professional duties and subsequent provision for stringent punishment to the guilty including arrangement for adequate financial compensation for the family of the deceased scribes.

The eminent literateur and writer Pankaj Bisht who was the special guest of the function dwelt at length on the speedily killing of the small and medium newspapers of the country and said that the government of the day will have to ensure that newspapers at the grassroot levels are strongly supported financially instead of discouraging them as they are the real source of grass root information delivery and sustenance for them and their respective families. He also expressed his serious concern over the increasing attacks on the journalists of the country while performing their duties and the subsequent complacense of the authorities and police in nailing the culprits. He said: for a strong and viable democracy free media and free expression is inevitable and any attempt to scuttle the voice of the fourth estate will have serious repercussions and implications.

The senior journalist Umakant Lakhera said the way mediamen are being threatened in their line of duty and those working in print and electronics media being made unemployed, forced to resign speaks of the unambiguous fact that the big meda houses and the government in power through their unholy nexus are hell bent upon squeezing the voice of free expression and writing which isa dangerous trend and should be dealt with severely by the united repultion of the media community. Sr journalist Arvind Kumar Singh said unless or until the media does not become the face of the poor, under privileged and the marginalised class of the country including those living in the rural areas of the country we can’t do justice with our profession.

The president of Uttarakhand Journalist Forum Sunil Negi expressed his serious concern over the deteriorating conditions of the safety and security of the journalists and revealed how shockingly over 70 journalists have been killed during the last ten years and not a single case solved with 431 incidents of brutal attacks on the journalistic fraternity of the country. He urged upon the governmental agencies to devise a law for a minimum punishment of ten years for the attackers on journalists and rigrous life imprisonment and capital punishment for the culprits of rarest of the rare cases.

Girish Khadayat of Zee news spoke at length as to how while working in electronic mediathey are harassed to express their voice and talent and hoed that the channels become mote poor and people friendly than focussing on glamour and celibrities. He said the a journalist should be fearless, vocal and courageous. Priyanka Sharma of AAJ Tak said that the day a newsperson or journalist or a politician develop immense intimacy it would lead one to think that there is an unholy nexus between both of them.

She added to be a good journalist one should be critical of the government policies of healthy grounds with unbiased and honest perspective. Vipnesh Mathur of India newssaid that a journalist’s honesty and impeccable integrity in profession is must to gain and win the confidence of the viewers. There are several regulations in performance of duties as an anchor in private channels she added but if one is courageous and have the guts to counter the injustice one can prove to be a good journalist.

Sr Advocate Supreme Court and former President AMU ZK Faizan the mindset of the people have to be changed as in democracy the ultimate power lies with the people of any nation. The journalists do have their problems but chief responsibility of the fourth estate as the torch bearers of the society would be only vindicated when they contribute immensely in changing the peoples’ mind set as the society is rotten due to various socio political and criminal ills.

Harish Awasthi , national spokesperson of AAP said that politicians are the usual targets of journalists here as in journalism too there are several instances of yellow journalism and existence of power brokers under the guise of being scribes. Sr journalist Ved Vilas Uniyal said : having good and healthy relations with politicians is not bad but becoming a pro journalist of a particular ideology, party or a political leader in performance of one’s journalistic duty particularly while filing stories is highly derogatory and unacceptable.

Every journalist should ensure that he or she is free, fair, imartial and unbiased whole pursuing this noble ethical profession. Sr Journalist Abhishekh bachchan and Umakant Lakhera were presented bouquets and shawls on this occasion while 7 journalists of eminence Sunil Negi, Arvind Kumar Singh, Ved Uniyal, Vyomesh Jugran, Priyanka sharma, Vipnesh Mathur, Girish Khadayat were felicitated by first signature Award. The programme was ably anchored by Ajay Bisht.


The Delhi government of AAP have been doing appreciable job on health, education, water and to an extent on power tarriff front by giving various concessions to the Delhi electorates, particularly those hailing from the lower middle class and the lowest ebb of the society as being given to understand and had also raised its voice of dissent against the arbitrary rise in the metro fare issue including passing of a resolution for regularising the contractual and adhoc services of the teachers imparting education receiving lowest salaries, though the matter is stuck at central level.

But in the context of the public transport front especially providing comfortable and convenient mode of transport through DTC it has not come up to the expectations of the Delhi commuters, particularly those belonging to the common masses, the student community and service sectors. The irregular, tardy, poor and complacent DTC n cluster bus services have led to enhance the dependence of majority of the Delhi populace to travel by metro rails whose fare has already been increased manifold twice in just six months, beyond their reach to pay.

Sounds shocking and ironical that on the one hand the AAP leaders and the Delhi government create shortage of public transport and on the other hand vociferously shows its impressive public dissent against the BJP government at the centre. The fact of the matter is had the Delhi government or the chief minister been serious on this count the majority numbers of metro rail commuters would have shifted to Delhi Transport Corporation services after the DMRC’S arbitrary anti people fare hike.

Today, Delhi has no dearth of funds and a whopping sum of rupees 829 crores collected as green tax is already lying unutilized. Delhi requires about 11000 buses to adequately cope with the situation but the anguishing fact is that there are currently only 5445 buses out of which due to the shortage of staff or some buses being faulty the number gets further reduced. The condition of public transport in DELHI is quite pathetic requires an indepth overhaul.

However the Delhi government has now, after so much of hue and cry ordered for the supply of 500 battery operated buses, good from the environmental angle but their delievery will take at least more than a year and by that time the pollution level of Delhi will further go ahead and the metro fares would be further increased. The point is, what had been the the current government doing till date after having come to power in Delhi. All the DTC buses are the ones’ purchased during the previous Shiela Dikshit government and since then the Delhi’ s new AAP dispensation has not purchased a single bus despite knowing the fact that majority of the commuters of the lower echelons of the society can’t afford the metro fares in view of their meagre salaries and low level private jobs. Delhi has a population of 1.35 crores out of which more than sixty persons live in unauthorised colonies and Jhunggi Jhompri clusters and are the low paid employees working in petty private jobs. Therefore adequate and full fledged bus transport system with little or no hassles is the perfect need of the hour.



Believe me, as old habits die hard, so are the old memories, which really die hard. And if memories are related to your long association with stalwarts’ or statesman like late HN Bahuguna, former union minister thrice and the most successful chief of the largest state of the largest democracy of the world India, Uttar Pradesh, then the memories really never die.

I had a long privileged association with late HN Bahuguna, a self made icon of Indian politics who had the guts to challenge late Smt Indira Gandhi on the imposition of emergency in 1975 and her obstinate politically over ambitious son late Sanjay Gandhi and resign as UP CM to join the late Jai Prakash Narayan, the leader of total revolution and the architect of Janata Party, the conglomeration of several of the then anti Indira and anti Congress Party that became the political alternative to Congress during 1977.

Late HN Bahuguna was a freedom fighter, a great political stalwart and a most succesful chief minister of UP who not only succesfully quelled the then PAC revolt but also established his true secular credentials by establishing an environment of absolute communal harmony in the biggest state then suffering from the regular shia sunni clashes. He was the first CM UP who for the first time in 1975 established the foundation of separate developmental socio political and economic entity of Uttarakhand by declaring the official formation of separate Uttarakhand development council with a separate chairman for the formulation of development related policies and programmes for Uttrakhand.

This picture of mine with this towering personality is of 1980 when late Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna visited the institution, Motilal Nehru College, then situated in Moti Bagh, New Delhi as chief guest of the Moti Lal Nehru College Students’ Union of which I was the duly elected president. Late HN Bahuguna was then the Union Finance Minister in Choudhary Charan Singh’s cabinet who was then the prime minister of India after Late Morarji Desai.

I fondly remember dressed in starched white Khadi Kurta and chudidaar Pyjama, handsome Bahuguna with polished black shining shoes visited our college on my invitatation and impressed one and all by his highly inspiring speech. He also donated Rs three thousand for the college library to purchase books to be delivered to poor students from his own pocket. A politician with great oratorical skill then spoke on various national issues including the insurgency in Nagaland and the role of the students in politics.

Those days were really awesome as leaders like HN Bahuguna’s stature and aptitude are seldome witnessed today who really inspired the younger generation by their moral and ethical deeds and principles. Late HN Bahuguna shifted to Allahabad on his own while he was a student after having been immensely inspired by late Jawahar Lal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri. He formed a trade union of rickshaw pullers and laborours and was the elected president of the Allahabad Students Union.

He fought the Britishers relentlessly and there was a prize of Rs 1000 on his head to be caught alive or dead. He carved a niche for himself by the dint of his perseverence and commitment by being involved in various socio political movement and became MLA from Phoolpur for the first time. He was later on made the deputy minister of labour, then union minister of state for communications, Govt of India and then CM UP in 1975 to be followed by Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh.

He developed cracks with Indira Gandhi on the issue of dynasty after she promoted Sanjay Gandhi in politics and opposed emergency of 1975 to join Jai Prakash Narayan, the leader of total revolution with Babu Jagjivan Ram, the then Defence Minister in Indira’s cabinet who also quit Congress to follow suit with Bahuguna. Bahuguna was elevated as Minister for Petroleum and Chemicals in Morarji’s cabinet and was later on appointed as union finance minister in Choudhary Charan Singh’s cabinet who repalced Morarji Desai as prime minister. Bahuguna later on won the historical Garhwal by election defeating Indra’s candidate Chandra Mohan Singh Negi and finally lost to celebrity politician Amitabh Bachchan from Allahabad in the next general parliamentary elections. He later became the President of Lok Dal, thereafter formed his own political outfit Democratic Socialist Party and finally Dalit Mazdoor Kisaan Party. Bahuguna fought for the poor, under privileged, down troddens during his whole life and established strong secular credentials as a political leader, highly adored and respected by the minorities of the country. He died in 1989 at Houston in America after his second surgery of the heart.