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This Deepawali too was extremely polluted. Would we learn lessons in the near future

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Finally Deepawali festival will come to an end to night. But what makes us worrisome is the fact that despite the directives of the honourable Supreme court of India completely banning firecrackers in the capital city of India and fixing the last deadline at 10.30 PM for bursting of firecrackers if one is having the old stock in house, the Delhites have not shown respect to the extent the health conscious citizens of NCT had expected.

The positive impact of the court orders was undoubtedly observed yesterday and today till 8.30 PM. but what happened thereafter is anybody’s guess. From 8.30 onwards till 11.45 acrimonious and high volume noice of firecrackers could be easily heard everywhere and environment full of smoke pollution making respiration inhale a tedious task.

Thanks to the honourable court that at least the usual sale of firecrackers in Delhi was not the common scene as used to be every year earlier but clandestine sales at several place did took place say the sources.

Those fond of firecrackers even managed to purchase firecrackers from the adjoining states. sThe picture above have been clicked by me in Rohini at 11.25 PM on 20th October amid exploding of fire crackers and emitting of tremendous smoke entering environment.

The pictures clearly show the sorry state of affairs in the skies about the prevailing smoke pollution leading to difficulties in inhaling fresh air. As expected after the apex courts orders the situation, though may be perhaps, comparatively lesser polluted than last year but was no less satisfactory as Delhites haven’t exhibited the expected restraint but continued with their fire cracker exploding exercise.

What makes the situation even more worse can be gauged from the fact that even in the morning the electronic channels were flashing news about the environment of Delhi being completely polluted with PM 2.5 going out of limit, on Diwali evening the situation had gone from bad to worse creating problems for the patients already suffering from cardiac, asthamatic, lungs related deseases in the capital city of India.

The crux of the matter is when would we, the educated and literate Delhites learn lessons to get ourselves rid of increasing pollution effecting our healths badly. Delhi is already in the grip of dust, chemical, diesal amd other forms of pollution with enhancing mortality rates and despite the honourable Apex courts intervention, caring for our good health and well being, we deliberately try to ignore the serious warnings. Nobody is restraining us from celebrating festivals and performing spiritual rituals but bursting of firecrackers leading to deteriorating health is no answer to please our Gods.

Let’s honestly and with a sense of responsibility adhere to honourable Apex court’s warnings and get ourselves educated and educate our children as well to celebrate environment friendly Deepawali by exchaging sweets, flowers and lightening of earthern lamps and giving up disasterous fire crackers for our good and good of our children n the forthcoming generations. What do you say friends?

SUNIL NEGI

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Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain jo mukaam, vo phir nahi aate! Today is Kaka’s 6th death anniversary

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Today is the sixth death anniversary of an original super star of India film industry, Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna aka Kakaji, a superstar par excellence, an actor incomparable, an outstanding phenomena, a king of histrionics and a large hearted decent human being who on this day left for his eternal home leaving his billions of followers and fans in grief.

Rajesh Khanna the acting and style legend is earnestly born once in a century who leave his indelible mark on everybody’s mind and heart for years and years to come.

Though Kaka is not with us physically today but his super duper hit films, his mesmerising acting, stylish appearence and songs still entertain crores of his fans worldwide.

As Sachin Tendulkar is a God of Indian cricket so is Kaka is to his fans around the globe.

Born in Amritsar and adopted by the near relative Kaka hailed from a business family who outstandingly qualified himself in first position amongst the 10000 competetors in an artist talent hunt competetion in Mumbai during the seventies, never to look back thereafter.

Starting as a debut hero from Akhiri Khat or Akhiri Rasta, am not pretty sure, handsome with an outstanding God gifted personality originally Jatin Khanna, Kaka gave 15 super duper hits in a row from 1969 to 1974 followed by his other movies establishing a record of sorts in the Mumbai film industry.

He in all acted in about 225 films and was such a popular hero of his time that college girls used to kiss his ampala car in abundance, marry him in dreams n real life and wrote letters with their own blood.

Some of his movies like Amar Prem, Hathi Mere Sathi, Amar Prem, Anand, Safar, Avishkar, Kati Patang, Aan Milo Sajna, Dushman, Aap Ki Kasam, Roti, Prem Kahani etc etc impressed his fans tremendously thus leaving an impressive mark on their minds and hearts.

After Anand and Namak Haram Kaka’s downslide started coming with a ferocious speed.

He joined active politics on the personal request of the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and became the member of parliament from New Delhi, first having been defeated by the BJP stalwart L. K. Advani by merely 15000 votes and then winning against actor Shatrughan Sinha with a handsome margin from New Delhi.

Kaka dated two actresses during his life time, one Anju Mahendru before marriage and Tina Munim after marriage with whom he also acted in ALAG ALAG, his home production.

Though Kaka led a magnificient life of a super star during his hey days but was a lonely man at the last lap of his life shuttling between Delhi’s Sarvpriya Vihar residence and Ashirvaad in Mumbai.

He had special liking for ASHIRVAD, his magnificient bunglow facing the sea at Carter Road. His fans used to wait for a single glimpse of his, outside his house in Mumbai for hours together, such was his towering aura and ambience and when the girls used to see his Ampala they kissed it thinking that they have kissed the super star.

Kaka was a great fan of Rajiv Gandhi and Rajiv was his, which very few people know.

He purchased Ashirvaad Bunglow from the veteran actor Rajendra Kumar, then famous as jubilee kumar as his every film used to be a hit then.

Kaka signed Hathi Mere Sathi and asked the South Indian producer to give him an advance payment. He received Rs. five lakhs then as an advance payment which he gave to Rajendra Kumar for Ashirvaad which was then named as Dimple.

Rajendra kumar considered this house as inauspicious as his down fall started from here while for Kaka, Ashirvaad was too lucky.

Kakaji developed strained relations with Dimple Kapadia as he was against her working in films which she objected to.

Though Dimple Kapadia served Kaka during his last days while he was ill, Kaka named his will of property and entire wealth in the name of her both the daughters Twinkle and Rinki with not a single pie to Dimple, his legally wedded life.

Kaka was highly desirous and it was his long cherished dream to make ASHIRVAAD his museum but fate has something else stored for the future. Since the last controvertial women who lived with Kaka during the last leg of his life Anita Gidwani had claimed a part of the Ashirvaad for having been with the star in his thick and thin, Akshay Kumar and Dimple sold the house to the builders to keep themselves free from the impending controversy n dispute.

Kaka, might definitely been weeping in heaven for his Bangalows destruction which he wanted to be his museum.

My heartfelt rich tributes to this towering superstar of his time with the pray to God that his pious soul rests in peace for ever.

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Has Nehru Gandhi scion opened the pandoras’ box ?

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Has Rahul opened the Pandora’s Box?

As the general elections of 2019 are nearing the manipulations and maneuverings to capture the large chunks of votes on religious or communal lines by the two national political parties viz the Congress and BJP has come to the fore with their key leaders leaving no stone unturned to polarise the society in their own respective ways.

The media too is trying to hype this crucial issue to give further weightage to such trivial and complex issue beyond limits to enhance its TRP thus helping in a way to divide the society.

All of us know very specifically that the Congress party has been banking on the vote bank of the minorities, the dalits and backwards for the last several decades right from the era of late Mrs Indira Gandhi and the BJP earlier Jana Sangh depending majorly in the majority community votes with construction Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, restoring the pride of the Hindus, uniform civil code, abrogation of article 370 etc being its core issues to beget votes during elections.

For the last two, three decades the major muslim vote bank as well as the traditional votes of the SC and ST got badly distracted from the Congress Party thus going in the lap of the Samajwadi Party and BSP being led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahan Mayavati. As a result the major states like Uttar Pradesh giving 80 MPs to Lok Sabha and half of Rajya Sabha MPs including Bihar, Assam, MP, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh etc has gone to BSP, SP, Janata Dal ( Nitish – BJP combine) and now to BJP having in all lost 20 states to the saffron party, thus having its negligible presence in the country.

In India the votes of the muslims have been playing an extremely crucial role in formation of governments in states and the centre. India has a whopping 180 million muslim population with having thier credible say in almost 218 parliamentary seats of the country. It may be even more if we get the report of the latest census. However, according to the 2011 census India has about 79% non muslim population whereas the muslims account for over 15%.

As per the conservative estimate the muslims possess 10 % influence in the vote share process in every constituency of the country on an average and is considered to be a consolidated voting pattern with the largest state UP having approximately 22% muslim votes impacting several constituencies of assembly as well as the parliament.

Since then, the Nehru Gandhi scion and the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi have been trying his utmost to ensure that this majority chunk of its traditional vote bank comes back into the Congress Party’s fold and with this intent in mind he convened an interactive session of a handful of ( 12 persons) intellectuals who also included former senior most bureaucrats on 11 th of June at his Tuglak Road residence in New Delhi.

During the interaction amongst other issues somebody raised the matter pertaining to the increasing incidents of lynching of people of a particular community on various pretexts like cow vigilantism, eating habits and prevalance of hate atmosphere in the country asking Rahul Gandhi as to what is the Congress party doing to protect the minorities of the country ? or something related to the context.

Issues pertaining to Sachchar Commisions recommendations were also raised during this closed door meeting to which Rahul tried to assured the soured tempers. While replying to these questions Rahul Gandhi catagorically said that the Congress Party had been the only genuine saviour of the Muslim community since its inception and that it considers it its primary and foremost duty to protect their every interest, whatsoever by all means in the same manner as it’s concerned for the dalits, backwards and the down trodden sections of the country.

He added that instead of appreciating its pro minority gesture parties like BJP accuse it as the party of the muslims and he further added if it says so YES, I have no hesitation to say that we are the party of muslims because protecting the minorities or any other deprived sections of the society, is our primary, foremost n the constitutional duty.

Though the meeting was a highly secretive one and not open for reporting or media, someone present in the meeting leaked the news to INQUILAB, a prominent Urdu paper of the country extremely popular amongst the muslim community. Subsequently, it published the front top banner news highlighting Rahul’s statement titled as : Haan Congress Musalmaanon ki party hai.

Then what, all hell broke out and the entire television channels and the print media carried out banner news followed by unaccounted live debates with even prime minister Narendra Modi questioning publicly the Nehru Gandhi scion at Azamgarh asking hum if the Congress party really the party of only muslims, meaning what about others like the majority community and other sections of the society.

While this move of Rahul Gandhi, say the political analysts, will for sure, help in consolidating the minority vote bank all over the country in Congress’s favour the way prime minister Modi used the issue in his largely attended public meeting may in future result in large scale polarisation of the majority vote bank thus cutting across the caste considerations in the saffron party’s favour.

Sometimes, in politics a little non issue becomes a huge issue that carries further unexpected implications and ramifications and it seems that Rahul Gandhi’s statement may perhaps go a long way in creating a vast division between these two communities in order to derive maximum political mileage during the national electionsof 2019 by the major political parties in the fray.

The minority vote bank of the muslims plays a credible role in the politics of the country for parties like Congress, SP, BSP, RJD, Janata Dals and the left but it has been visualised and experienced that after the charismatic leadership of Narendra Modi and the vast influence of the saffronisation after 2014 the deflection in the votes of muslim and the wave of majoritarianism has crushed every calculation thus enabling the saffron party win in 20 states incessantly n Congress losing badly at the hustings.

However, after the not much success of demonetisation, GST, and the subsequent failure on the employment and price rise fronts including the Kashmir issue the Modi factor seems to be on somewhat declining trend though after giving certain concessions to the farmers of the country on maximum support price etc the BJP led NDA government is trying hard to win the hearts of the farming community which is also considered to be the deciding vote bank.

Anyways, whatever may be the outcome of the 2019 elections but one thing is still for sure and that is Modi still seems to have a upper hand with his outstanding dynamic histronics and marketing skills.

If at all Rahul Gandhi and rest of the non BJP forces need to come to power at the centre, they have only one n one option of a united opposition with a singularly unanimously accepted leader who can challange him outrightly and with credible dynamism and precision. But this has to fructify fast as the time is running expeditiously and 2019 nearing with a galloping speed. What’s your take friends?

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HAS RAHUL’S INITIATIVE OF MEETING MUSLIM INTELLECTUALS BOOMERANGED?

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For a politician who is under the most sensitive security cover and the chief of the 135 year old party having ruled the country for more than 60 years after independence, taking out two hours time for an exclusive interaction with merely twelve gentlemen of the muslim community, not all Congressmen is an issue that bears immense significance.

Just few days ago on 11th July, Rahul Gandhi was modest enough to meet about 12 eminent muslim faces at his 12 Tuglaq Road house who were’nt the hard core Muslim or Maulvies but people with educative backgrounds, the liberal and progressive muslims viz. ex bureaucrats, NGO activists, writers, theatre activists, ex youth and student leaders, advocates, educationists, entrepreneurs, journalists and social activists.

Nobody was allowed to carry their mobiles inside nor was the meeting bearing any definite agenda. It was purely a sequential interactive session discussing issues of security of the minorities and the role of Indian muslims in nation building or say the reason behind the loss of faith of minorities in the Congress and how to recover or rejuvenate that lost faith bla bla bla.

Insiders say Rahul looked too matured, happy and interactive wearing a jeans n shirt with the growing beard as if not shaven for at least three days.

The meeting with muslim colleagues primarily seemed to be an initiative of the youthful Congress chief to learn and analyse the mindset of these persons of eminence in their own fields who were necessarily not the enrolled Congress members, may be sympathisers.

Several things were interacted after the formal introduction right from the issues like the prevailing sense of insecurity amongst the minorities since the last 4 years with reference to the incidents of lynchings of journalists and people of the particular community in the name of cow vigilantism etc.

To this Rahul asked them as to why should a minority not act as a brave person in equanimity with other majority community people and confront the tirades courageously while assuring them that the Congress party and leadership had always stood with them in the thick and thin , the Dalits , women and the backwards and would continue to do so with more vigour and vitality in the near future as well.

One of the participant in this interactive session Z K Faizan who’d been a close associate of late political stalwart and a greatest secularist of his time H. N. Bahuguna and President of AMU during 1975 to 1977, said that this interactive session with Rahul Gandhi was extremely cordial, perfect, excellent and heart warming as the latter was not only very acknowledging and receptive but also discussed various issues very freely and threadbare like a friend.

In one of the reference Rahul gave an example to exhibit how fastly the incumbent government is losing its credibility and popularity, particularly amongst the poor and the lowest sections of thesociety. Rahul said: one day while I was travelling in Delhi my car got entangled in a traffic jam for a while. Meanwhile an auto rickshaw driver recognised him and started waving at me( Rahul). I rolled down my windscreen despite security’s objection and asked the auto driver: AAP KAISE HAIN, to which he replied SAHAB IS RAAJ MEIN BAHUT BURE HAAL HO GAYE HAIN, GARIB PISTA JAA RAHA HAI, HAMAARI KOI SUNNE VALA NAHI HAI. HUM BARBAADHO GAYE HAIN. Rahul asked him: chunav mein kisko vote karoge, the angry auto rickshaw driver said SAHAB KISI BHI BHI KARENGE PAR BJP KO NAHI KARENGE, CHAAHE KUCH BHI HO JAAYE …. using the unparliamentary words.

He thereafter repeatedly and emphatically said that the BJP led NDA nor Narendra Modi are going to repeat in 2019 irrespective of the fact that which party or political conglomeration rules the country.

Such is the downward slide of this government said Rahul while interacting with the invitees. Rahul was also questioned about the supposed tie up with SHIV SENA as being given to understand in the forthcoming non BJP opposition unity initiative to which he replied in negative saying : the Congress will have to seek a second birth to do so.

On the Sachchar Commission’s recommendations that genuinely higlighted the plight of the muslim community asking the succesive governments to do the needful to improve thei lot of muslims around the country, Rahul Gandhi replied that it was primarily the Congress government which majorly implemented its recommendations but was out of power by then and therefore could’nt fulfil all the remaining recommendations.

He said it’s the Congress party that always thinks of the financial, socio political, educational, industrial, and over all welfare and well being of the minorities and that’s the reason its arch political rivals terms it as the party of muslims. He said : he feels delighted to be called so. There had been lots’ of debate on this addmission of Rahul Gandhi as one of the Urdu paper highlighted this issue as its banner news, later picked by every television Channel.

On the issue of the non BJP national unity to credibly counter BJP majority of the muslim participants were of the view that if Narendra Modi and his NDA is to be credibly countered in the 2019 elections the entire opposition opposed to the BJP regionally and nationally needs to be united at all costs and that Rahul Gandhi should take the cudgels of this non BJP opposition unity into his hands to which Rahul replied in affirmative but said that despite our being assiduously involved in this unity move it should be a long termed and extremely cohesive for the next five years, to the minimum and if would’nt be so things won’t really fructify in a credible manner.

According to Z K Faizan though Rahul Gandhi agrees that regional political forces are cropping up in several states and are playing an extremely pivotal role too, but to counter the spreading tentacles of the saffron party at the national scenerio strenghtening of Congress Party as a force to reckon with is utmostly essential and as such the entire non BJP opposition parties should stand consolidately behind this 135 year old party which has its sizeable presence right from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari.
Prominent amongst those present in this interactive meeting were sr advocate Supreme court , Z.K.Faizan, Journalist Farah Naqvi, Prof.Irfan Habib, Educationist M.Ilyas Malik, Economist A.Shareef, Ex.Bureaucrat MS Farooqi, Industrialist Junaid Rehman, Social activist, Haroon Ali Khan, Historian Rakhshanda Jalil, JNU Prof. Ghazala Jameel etc.

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DELHI BUREAUCRATS REFUSE TO OBEY DELHI GOVT’S ORDERS ON TRANSFERS, POSTINGS

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The recent supreme court verdict giving the Delhi government of AAP led by Arvind Kejrival a clear hand to weild free power in Delhi without any interference of the LG execpt in the matters of Police, Law and Order and Land is being termed by them as a victory over the BJP ruled union government who according to them had been creating deliberate bottlenecks in the way of AAP government’s people welfare policies and initiatives through their nominee Anil Baijal, a former veteran civil servant.

However, despite the apex court according independent powers to the Delhi’s AAP government forbidding it to seek any consent on its decisions or proposals from the LG in the near future except in matters pertaining to land, police and law and orders, the Delhi civil servants have on the contrary refused to abide or obey the transfer/ posting orders of the Delhi government thus raising another fresh controversy. However, taking a strong view of the civil servants’ hostility the Delhi’s deputy chief minister has termed the non cooperation and hostility of bureaucrats as the violation of the apex court’s orders.

After the alleged attack on the Delhi’s chief secretary Anshul Prakash at the residence of the chief minister few months ago by two AAP MLAs’ when the former was asked to come for a meeting during midnight, the Delhi’s civil servants were feeling insecure and had gone on a go slow strike for three months giving up attending any meetings and answering the calls of the CM and his ministers thus compelling the latter and his three ministers to stage a nine day Dharna cum hunger strike at LG’s bungalow. This resulted in further chaos in the functioning of the AAP government.

The recent decision of the apex court has however given the Delhi government extra mileage as well as moral boost who was nearly handicapped in taking decisions with regard to the various people welfare schemes. The supreme court has, while giving its verdict, judiciously favoring the Delhi government of AAP to an extent has specifically said that the LG despite being the sole administrator of the National Capital Territory is bound to act on the advice of the council of ministers in all matters except on the subjects pertaining to the land, police and law & order ( if not necessary) as Delhi is not a full fledged state. The court however refused to give Delhi the statehood as its a central subject and solely within the purview of the union government which requires ratification from both the houses of parliament and the president of India’s outright consent.

The apex court has advised both the chief minister and the LG to work in close cordination harmoniously without any ill will or prejudiced feelings against each other.

It may be recalled that in its previous decision the Delhi High Court has termed the LG as the sole powerful administrative head of the Delhi government unambiguously saying that all decisions of the state government would be effected only by the consent and at the mercy of the LG as Delhi is not the fullfledged state. As a result the AAP government had gone to the apex court against the HC’s verdict.

After the formation of the Modi led NDA government at the centre the relations between the centre and Delhi had been at loggerheads with the Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival and his party AAP levelling charges and accusations against the prime minister Narendra Modi and his government of not letting them work deliberately and creating bottlenecks on the way of the state government’s functioning.

The former Delhi LG and renowned academician Nazeeb Jung and the current LG Anil Baijal were also at confrontation with Arvind Kejrival incessantly.

Let’s see what finally comes out of the latest verdict of the Supreme court unambiguously spelling out individual powers for Delhi’s LG and the CM in the context of Delhi government’s functioning.

While the Delhi elections are due in the initial months of 2020 both BJP and AAP are in a hurry to capture power in the national capital though the Congress Party seems to be a distant third.

After being completely misfit in the national political scene for the present, the first and formost priority of Arvind Kejrival is to recapture power in Delhi in the 2020 elections of NCT of Delhi and he is in an abrupt hurry to fulfill the unfulfilled pre election promises. He wanted to give good number of sops to the Delhi electorates but the BJP led NDA at the centre through its nominee LG are creating various impediments in the execution of various pro people proposals.

Since lot of time has already been lost on his quarrel with the centre and on infrastructural front the AAP government has literally done nothing Arvind Kejrival is desperate to implement various populist schemes to earn the support of the minorities, people of the lowest ebb, the lower middle class voters and the women and youths including the government servants. Health, transport, water, power, food and civil supplies, pensions to the poor, sr citizens, widows and handicapped sections are the main sectors where he is trying to concentrate by way of giving huge reliefs before elections. But in the absence of freedom and the obstacles of the centre he was’nt able to fully execute his decisions. Hence approached the apex court for seeking full fledged powers without the intervention of the central nominee, the LG. Let’s see whatwould be his next master stroke now?

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India produces a collosal 15000 tons of plastic waste, a greatest health hazard! Let’s give up plastics

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The metropolitan cities of the country are becoming excessively overcrowded and so are other towns and cities of various states of the country.

The need for survival and non availability of job avenues compell them to throng these cities, towns and metropolises in uncontrollable numbers leading to overcrowded plains and hence excessive pollution.

The fastly depleting underground water table due to excessively enhanced water consumption and irregular rains due to global warming including massive withdrawal of underground water through electronic pumps by one and all have added to the problem multiply with no or negligible efforts or initiatives for warer conservation.

But despite all this, the uninterrupted and rampant use of plastic all over the country has assumed gigantic proportions and infinitely added to the already existing pollution woes.

India today is the highest consumer of the plastics amongst the countries of the globe despite Delhi and 17 other states having already banned the use of plastics.

The massive use of plastics through pakaging of food stuff, oils, garments, eatables, water and in other forms like plastic plates, spoons, cups and even water packets n thermocol etc in marriages and other homely functions nationally have become the hugest nuisance for the society and its population.

It’s usually said that a bottle of plastic takes over three hundred protracted years to vanish or perish and its hard plastic lids about 500 years and by the time if the use of these plastics would not be strongly countered and checked by the alternative use of soluble or perishable paper bags or jute bags compounded with the use of bamboo items etc our rivers and open drains including oceans may get converted into huge mounds or mountains of plastics.

What is more disturbing about this increasing menace is the fact that plastic production is a multi billion dollar industry worldwide with multinational companies and indigenous corporates in collaboration, earning extremely handsomely at the cost of the peoples’ health.

Lot is being said and talked about the emissions of green house gases destroying the ozone layer at the international forums but literally nothing is being talked about the rampant and uncontrollable use of plastic globally and there producers are none other but all those very countries who talk so much about lessening the green house emissions including our own politicians sitting at the helm of affairs.

Just implementing laws to ban plastic would in no way resolve this vexed issue playing with the environmental health of all the developed and developing countries of the globe but what we exactly needed is a global campaign against this dreaded menace to mobilise, awaken and enthuse populations to themselves desist from using plastics in their daily life and routine thinking considering it as the worst kind of cancer that is perrcolating expeditiously into our daily lives and the system that needs to be checked and countered extremely fast and with a duty oriented perception.

Let’ s talk of Maharashtra in this context. It has banned the use of plastic just yesterday through a legislation and Delhi did more than five years ago under the leadership of the then chief minister Shiela Dikshit imposing a heavy fine of Rs. 5000 on anybody using plastic.

But shockingly there is not an inkling of the terror of law on this count and even today the capital city of India is one of the hugest consumers of plastic as is Maharashtra, its economic capital Mumbai and several other states of the country, even those states which had banned the use of plastic quite before.

According to an editorial in HT quoting the report of the Central Pollution Control Board the Maharashtra government has enough reason to ban plastic : the state generates 1, 200 tonnes of plastic waste every day and Mumbai alone generates a collosal 500 metric tonnes which accounts for merely 10% of its total waste.

In contrast the Indian cities generate 15000 tons of plastic waste everyday of which 9000 tons is collected and processed/ recycled while the remaining 6000 tons go into the drains, blocking their incessant n seamless flow thus badly polluting the rivers into which these drains finally flow their highly toxic waste including in open streets, dumps and landfills.

So finally what’s the alternative to get rid of this huge menace that’s playing with the peoples’ health and environment. The answer is: our scientists should invent and innovate the credible alternatives to the use of plastics that are cheap and perishable and educating people creating in them the credible awareness to themselves, give up plastic though phasewise are some of the best alternatives.

The government should also stop the plastic production used in consumer durables phase wise, thus simultaneously producing the alternative materials to compensate for the shortage of plastics but with eco friendly alternatives, ofcourse. What’s your take friends?

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AN UNFORGIVABLE EMERGENCY OF 1975 !

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Today is the forty third anniversary of the black chapter in the Indian political history when emergency was imposed in the country by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after she lost to the Allahabad High Court Judgement, thus instead of resigning honourably as the country’s prime minister, preferred to impose an unconstitutional and undemocratic emergency forcibly putting all the opposition leaders of the country behind bars whether they were the leaders of the left or right barring the leaders of the Communist Party of India who solely supported this unconstitutional proclamation. It was termed as a horrible saga to capture power by crushing the constitution and democracy and the opposition still calls it an unforgivable sin.

I fondly remember how people of the country, men and women were terrorised by the police and the law enforcing agencies who misused the act and weilded their dictatorial authority to harass, victimise and terrorised the opposition party leaders and workers and even the common masses.

Late Mrs. Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi was then the autocratic boss who actually run the government during the emergency phase using his dictatorial tactics on fiicers and the entire police force to ensure that his five point programmes were implemented at all costs that included plantation on a massive scale, forcible sterilization (NASBANDI) of men andd women to contrl population etc. It was during the emergency that the then DDA governor Jagmohan was ordered by Sanjay Gandhi to demolish the Turkman Gate JJ clusters and colonies housed and inhabitated by the minorities creating lots of hue and cry that made headlines of every newspapers.

Sanjay wanted a clean and systemetic Delhi irrespective of the fact whether the Congress party gets votes or not. The forcible sterilization has badly annoyed the people of the country who were even put behind bars for not fulfilling the requisite quotas of NASBANDI CASES. It was ultimately the leader of the total revolution a socialist Jay Prakash Narayan who led a movement against the draconion emergency and formed the Janata Party to overthrow Mrs. Gandhi in 1977.

However, the conglomeration of good number of anti Congress parties, national and regional, whose one point agenda was to avenge Mrs. Gandhi by putting her behind bars for only two days have generated so much of nationwide sympathy for her that after 22 months these fractured parties, who always quarrelled within themselves fell apart and the Congress Party under the leadership of Indira again came back to power at the centre with a resounding majority.

The two most significant leaders of the Congress party then, the then Defence Minister Babu Jagjiwan Ram and former UP chief Minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna who accorded the red carpet welcome to Indira Gandhi’s bete noire Jai Prakash Narayan in Lucknow when the former was the chief minister joined the opposition band wagon in 1977 opposing the draconion emergency and Indira Gandhi thus providing a significant impetus to the process of formation of Janata Party.

According to an authentic report of an international human rights organisation about 1 lakh 40 thousand people from all walks of life were arrested without trial and put behind bars for more than twenty months. The prime minister Narendra Modi was today in Mumbai to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of emergency which he termed as the black chapter in the India history. While addressing the audience on this black day he said: Emergency is a black spot on the golden history of the nation. Observing black day today is not just to criticise the Congress for its sin of imposing Emergency but also to create an awareness for the protection of Constitution and democracy,” PM Modi said.

Prime minister Modi further said:
“I salute the courage of all those great women and men who steadfastly resisted the Emergency, which was imposed 43 years ago. Their struggles ensured people power prevailed over authoritarianism and the stifling of civil liberties,”.

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CHIPKO REPEATED, WOMEN, YOUTH HUGGED TREE TRUNKS, SAY AXE THEM FIRST, THEN THE TREES

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Taking the cue and inspiration from the internationally famed CHIPKO MOVEMENT of 1974 that started against the arbitrary mass felling of trees by veteran illeterate environmentalist GAURA DEVI and her several volunteers, all women, hailing from a distant RAINY village in Chamoli Garhwal in Uttarakhand Himalaya’s, hundreds of environmentally friendly volunteers in South Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar and Netaji Nagar have gathered together to hug the trees likely to be felled by the authorities concerned in order to put an end to the arbitary felling of about 16500 trees on acount of the redevelopment of the aforesaid government colonies where multi storeyed flats are coming up but at the expense of these vast number of green trees existing in these vicinities for the last several decades, some even since the British era.

There were government colonies in all these four areas viz. Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar and Nauroji Nagar having double stories with one, two, three and four type accomodations.

In view of the shortage of accomodation for the government servants having a long que for allotments, the previous UPA government under the then union Urban Development minister Jaipal Reddy and state minister Ajay Maken had mooted a plan to redevelop and modernised these old government colonies through the PPP model and construct multi storey buildings, hi tech bazaars, market complex, swimming pools and other kinds of recreational facilities including marriage halls and health centres etc.

The basic object of this infrastructural redevelopment was to accomodate more and more people of all grades in a limited area which can’t be extended any further in view of space contraints.

The colonies of Nauroji Nagar and Kidwai Nagar have already been demolished about three years ago and the multistory structures had already come up in these vicinities. However, the work of redevelopment is on full swing in Nauroji Nagar to be followed in Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar and Kasturba Nagar.

All these colonies fall in the NDMC area under the jurisdiction of the union government and the project is being handled by the NATIONAL BUILDING CONTRUCTION COMPANY ( NBCC) the autonomous government body.

About 16500 trees are to be cut/ felled during these contruction activities. However, lakhs of trees had already been allegedly felled with the due permission of the environment ministry during the construction of the various metro rail projects.

After news of the tree felling reached the ear and eye of the Delhi government led by AAP there had been objections against these arbitrary tree fellings and number of environmental friendly organisations thereafter came into the picture. The message spread like a wild fire.

One Mr Khanna an advocate had urgently filed a writ petition in the court of law to turn down the decision. On 24th and 25th June about fifteen hundred enlightened residents of the nearby areas collected at Sarojini Nagar and furiously objected to the illegal felling of these trees threatening the authorities to first axe them, then the trees.

It’s a repetition of late Gaura Devi’s Chipko movement of the seventies when several women volunteers of RAINY GAON in CHAMOLI GARHWAL clung to the heavy trunks of the trees likely to be cut by the then timber mafia finally compelling the then government of UTTAR PRADESH and the centre to acede to their request and officialy ban cutting of trees in UTTARAKHAND HIMALAYAS.

The protesting volunteers holding Play Cards displaying ,”trees are our lungs, don’t axe them,” and shouting slogans most annoyingly, these furious women volunteers have challenged the authorities to come forward and axe them first before citting these old green trees.

Today, about two dozen volunteers, majority of them being women are stationed in Sarojini Nagar to ensure that not a single tree is cut by the authorities concerned.

They are ready to go behind bars and sacrifice themselves but woud not allow the killings of the trees, our lungs for survival say these activists.

It may be recalled that Delhi and the NCR have become the concretes of cemented infrastructural development where trees have been cut on rampant scale.

The suspended particulate matter level has also enhanced to over 500 percent resulting in excessive pollution and green house gases emissions resulting in the badly deteriotating health condition of the DELHITES.

The power demand in the capital has increased manifold and the consumption pattern has increased to more than two hundred percent with the Delhi power demand reaching at 7000 megawats which was merely 2800 megawats in 2005.

It may be recalled that ecological imbalance and increasing pollution is no more confined to and city, town or metropolises but the rural areas and forest dominated states too are now inflicted with this menace. The problem has now assumed global significance with all the countries of the world deliberating on reducing green house emissions and making the world free of ecological catastrophes in the offing due to the increasing global warming.

The capital of India, Delhi and its surroundings are rapidly converting themselves into cities of concrete with lessening trees and increasing number of skyscrapers. Except the Delhi’s Lutyen Zone and the forests of the Aravalies’ there had been incessant felling of trees under guise of infrastructural development thus resulting in excessive pollution of dust, emission of CO2 and other form of poisionous gases emnating from millions of Air conditioners and vehicles which are around 80 lakhs in numbers.

If you happen to go in the NCR in Gurgaon or Noida or Ghaziabad extentions, you’ll find lakhs of upcoming builder flats with literally no green trees but hundred of thousands of airconditioners spreading CO2 in the atmosphere including hot emissions vitiating the entire environment.

Had there been a special impetus by the environment ministries of the centre and state to plant more and more trees and to maintain them respectively, the environment of Delhi would have been full of fresh oxygen and fresh air.

But today what we experience is 40 to 47 degree celcius temperatures and dearth of drinking water compelling Delhites to lead a hell of the life in the capital. Even the Ganga and Yamuna are badly polluted giving toxic water posing a grave challenge to peoples’ lives.

The Himalayan glaciers are expeditiously melting and the hisorical river like Ganga, Yamuna and its tributaries turning into huge drains of heavily polluted contents of factories, tanneries, plastics, rubbish and toxic chemical wastes.

In such a critical situation planting excessive trees and safeguarding the present trees including conserving rain water on massive scale is the only solution to this impending menace. What’s your take friends? Meanwhile, there is a good news that the Delhi high court has issued directives to the union government to stop the arbitrary felling of about 16500 trees in South Delhi.

In a press release issue by the Delhi Citizen lnitiative to SaveTrees the organisation welcomed the decision of Hon’ble HC to stay any further felling of trees in Central Govt’s VIP housing project at Delhi. It was a day light mass murder to fell 16500 trees.

The media cordinator Chavi Mehta thanked the citizens of Delhi for standing up along with them and turning out in large numbers to save the trees.

While welcoming the decision the organisation appealed to the government to roll back this decision to cut 16500 trees.

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BJP GEARING UP FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION . AMIT SHAH AND PM PLAN HECTIC STATE VISITS

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While the non BJP opposition parties are trying, though feebly, to make preparations for unity in the context of the general election of 2019 over enthused by the successes in the recently held bypolls in several seats of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Maharashtra including in Mandsaur local elections compounded with the sucessful Karnataka experiment , the Bhartiya Janata Party and its towering stalwarts viz PM Narendra Modi and national party chief Amit Shah too have tightened their belts to strengthen the party organisation and rank n file at the decentrilsed block level ensuring that it has to win the national polls slated for 2019 with a more heavy margin than the 2014 electoral victory.

Everybody is well aware that while the anti BJP opposition parties posess differing minds and ambitions for the top slot of the country in the BJP led opposition conglomeration, prime minister Narendra Modi is a singular undisputed choice who despite so much of opposition still seems to outweigh the non BJP unified opposition as far as the individual personality cult of his, is concerned.

The basic advantage for the BJP is that its a ruling party at the centre as well as in 20 states of the country and hence is too strong from the point of view of resources of all kinds and nature where as the deflected regional and national opposition parties have overlapping ambitions to become prime minister and also lack sufficient resources as compared to their bete noire saffron party.

Apart from delivering various developmental packages and implementing financial populist measures the ruling party at the centre and in 20 states have an added advantage of using the media in its favour by appeasing them with bigger advertisement offers and other means of obligations.

But in spite of all this it did have a greater risk of losing the three states in view of the anti incumbency impact where it has ruled for two or three terms incessantly i.e. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jhaarkhand and even the self ruled Uttar Pradesh.

The recent by poll victories in Phoolpur, Kairana, Gorakhpur, Alwar, Ajmer, Mandsaur n even in Bihar etc have unambiguously proved the fact that the Modi and Amit Shah charisma could be conveniently countered if the anti BJP opposition at the regional and national level are unified and support a consensus candidate against the ruling saffron party in assemblies as well as Lok Sabha elections.

The formation of the Congress JD(S) government in Karnataka recently, despite the BJP having the largest number individually, have also boosted the political morale of the anti BJP opposition.

The recent sudden decision of the BJP high command and the prime minister Narendra Modi to snap ties with the PDP BJP government of J&K castigating the incumbent CM Mehbooba Mufti of sidelining Jammu n Ladjak regions in the developmental process and failing to counter increasing terrorism n PM Modi’s and Amit Shah’s hectic visit and addressing the massive public meetings including his several months programme to visit every state to interact with paryy workers unambiguously gives an impression that the saffron party has started massive preparations for the 2019 general elections.

The tone and tenor of the fiery speech of Amit Shah at Jammu on 23rd June amidst ranting of repeated Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogans castingating the Congress party chief and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti gave the clear indication that alarm bells have started ringing for the hectic preparations of 2019 general election.

Moreover the elections in the three BJP ruled states viz Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh are also due just before the general elections where the ruling BJP governments are in a defensive posture due to the sure sort anti incumbency factors.

In Rajasthan the BJP’s traditional vote banks of the Gujjars, Jat’s and even Rajputs are badly annoyed with Vasundhara Raje and the negative outcome was witnessed in two defeats in Alwar and Ajmer by elections.

In Madhya Pradesh despite heavy anti incumbency the increasing farmers suicides and deaths of peasents in Mandsaur where Congress chief Rahul Gandhi recently addressed a huge public meeting and met the family members of the deceased farmers have also set alarm bells for Shiv Raj Singh government who is on the power saddle for more than ten years.

Similarly the increasing Naxal casualties in the Naxal infested areas of Chattisgarh has brought the reputation of the ruling BJP on downward slide having chances of defeats almost certain with farmers suicides on the increase as well.

The challenge for these three BJP governments has enhanced formidably and if the anti BJP opposition seriously unites they can certainly repeat the Karnataka experiment here as well though the Congress Party in the main force in these three states.

Meanwhile the Bhartiya Janata Party high command has started appointing party incharges in all the 545 parliamentary constituencies of the country with 11 member election commitee in each of the Lok Sabha followed by a 3 to six member efficient team of social media in every constituency to propagate the saffron party ideology as well as the local political programmes that would take place before and during the election campaigns.

The party high command is also holding regular meetings with the RSS top brass to sort out the differences if any and give adequate share to the RSS nominees in the parliamentary as well the assembly candidate selection processes due for next year.

The BJP chief has also finalised his hectic tour programme of all the states where he will meet and interact with party leaders, workers and the state CMs as well as the party chiefs to energise and strengthen the party organisation at the booth level.

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Had Tom been alive he would have been of 68 years by now ! Heartfelt Tributes

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Tom Alter was one of the best and most celebrated actors’ of Bollywood having outstandingly acted in multifarious roles during his career spanning more than four decades in over 350 films.

A versatile actor, par excellence, born on 22nd June 1950 in Mussourie, Garhwal, Uttarakhand, today is Tom Alter’s 68th Birth Anniversary. Had Tom been Alive today he would have been 68 years old. Left for his eternal home just last year on 27th September 2017 having uncurable skin cancer in Mumbai, leaving his huge fan following in anguish, Tom was an exceptional actor having tremendous knowlege of Urdu, hindi and english apart from Garhwali.

It really sounds different and surprising that a man born to the english parents though in India, having the American past, is so extraordinarily well versed in Urdu, Hindi and even a local Garhwali dialect apart from English which was his DNA Tom considered himself to be an Indian than an individual with an English or American background.

An actor par excellence having been highly influenced and inspired by the then Super Star of the seventies after having watched his super duper hit film thrice or five times Tom Alter who usually watched English Hollywood movies, finally gave up teaching at the age of 19 and left for Pune to seek addmission in prestigious FTII where he studied acting under his teacher one Mr. Taneja alongwith Nasruddin Shah, Benjamin Gilani etc and got his first role in Bollywood silver screen in 1972 never to look back again.

A die hard fan of the legendary super star Tom Alter’s grand parents were missioneries who came to Lahore in 1920 from Ohio, US and after partition in 1947, while his grand parents stayed back in Pakistan, his parents migrated to India.

Tom’s father who was highly academic taught English and literateur at Allahabad after first settling at Saharanpur and then at Rajpur Road Dehradun.

At the age of mere 19 his father arranged a job of a teacher for Tom in Jagadhari, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana where he taught English at St Mary school.

He was born in Mussourie where he studied till higher secondary and went to one of the best American universities YALE for higher studies.

But destiny had something else stored for him in India and he came back to Mussourie just after a year to join as a teacher in Jagadhiri, Haryana which opened doors of his Bollywood entry, after he watched ARADHANA THRICE having been highly influenced by KAKA’S outstanding histrionics.

As a Kaka fan himself Tom Alter has worked with the Superstar in 3 films NAUKRI 1978; KUDRAT 1981 & JAANWAR 1983 … A die-hard Rajesh Khanna fan,Tom said in a interview-“The first morning of the shoot of Naukri, in Bangalore, I have been told to report in the lobby of the Ashoka Hotel by 9 in the morning. I was there by 8:45. I stood at the entrance, looking out on the gardens.” Rajesh Khanna descended the stairs,& walked up to me, crinkled his eyes,& said “Mujhe Rajesh Khanna kahte hain.” I went with him in the car to the park which was our location, & at lunch time I took my food into a corner under a tree,He came up to me & asked “Tum film on mein kyon aaye?”…The answer came from my heart – “Aap ki wajah se”..As simple as that, as true as that.!!!!!!!!

In the interview Tom shared how he used to come all the way from Mussoorie to catch up with first day first show of RK films at Regal Cinema in Connaught Place. “We saw Anand, Dushman and Amar Prem by buying tickets in black for the first day first show,” he laughs ..“After I had watched Aradhana several times I decided to get into films. It was the era of Rajesh Khanna. I decided that I wanted to be a part of this magical world of Hindi films and got admitted in FTII & graduated in 1974.” “I still dream of being Rajesh Khanna. For me, no film in Hindi cinema comes close to Anand. In the early 1970s, He was the only hero — romantic to the core, not larger than life, so Indian and real — He was my hero; the reason I came into films and He still is.” Tom concluded

A famous cricketeer during his school days in Mussourie, Tom never had the slightest of an idea that he would ever be an actor par excellence in the future and that too of Hindi silver screen having no interest whatsoever, to watch hindi movies, earlier. He was the first person to have interviewed cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at a mere age of 16 when he made his first debut century.

Tom’s parents were extremely God fearing who’d established an Ashram at Rajpura Road to help the poor, under privileged and the needy. His entire family including his mother, father , uncle, grandfather were missioneries and served the church but were great secularists as was Tom. Even his elder brother became father in a Church at the age of 70 but Tom Alter was an exception who had special penchant for acting after having been overtly influenced by the histrionics of the super star of the seventies Rajesh Khanna aka KAKA.

Considering himself to be the most luckiest man to have born and lived in the heaven on earth Mussourie Tom Alter initially got the roles of the Englishman in Hindi films due to his fair colour and personality but later on did all kinds of roles.

Senior to the most popular actor Nasirruddin Shah in FTII Pune, Tom Alter played the unique role of Dr. Abdul Kalam in a Rajya Sabha TV serial and the roles of Gandhi, Nehru, Sahil ludhianvi, n other prominent freedom fighters etc in number of popular theatre plays.

A multifaceted and multi dimensional legendary icon Tom spoke Urdu with such a great fluency and precision that no other actor in Bollywood would have such a perfection. Having acted in over 350 films and scores of pivotal roles in Indian theatre in such a short span of four and a half decades as compared to other actors Tom Alter was a real asset for the Indian Film Industry.

His passing away from our midst at such normal age of merely 67 years when he still looked so young, energetic and enthusiatic towards acting his untimely loss will be felt forever not only in the film fraternity but also in the entire Indian fraternity amongst the billions of his fans who loved and adored him so infinitely and beyond limits. good bye Tom. Your creative acting and humanism will guide your unlimited fans forever. AMEN.

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CM Kejrival to BENGALURU, Go slow by civil servants will continue till his arrival

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Though the impasse over the AAP government and the civil servants of AGMUT cadre serving in Delhi government has ended as per the media reports and the Delhi chief minister with his three cabinet colleagues have formally ended their sit in hunger strike at the LG’s official bunglow but in actuality the civil servants of Delhi despite their resuming duties are not satisfied with the negative response they have acknowleged from Arvind Kejrival who despite promising them to talk to them and ensuring complete security and safety has instead meeting them in person has preferred going on 10 days medical leave to Bengaluru for Ayurvedic treatment as his sugar level was up to 400 points and was in acute fever.

The Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia looks over the CM’s charge and works as officiating chief minister in Kejrival’s absence, but the Delhi civil servants are not prepared to talk to him and want direct written assurance from Arvind Kejrival for every pre conditions and assurances that he had made while appealing the civil servants to end their strike.

This adamant attitude of the Delhi government bureaucrat’s unambiguously speaks of the fact that though they have joined their respective duties but they are still on strike, as they are still going slow in terms of their discharge of duties.

There are reports that the Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia met the Delhi Chief Secretary Anshul Prakash and the Secretary of the AGMUT Cadre Manisha Sharma to give them an opportunity for a meeting to allay their fears and ensure their safety and security in the absence of the chief minister but the civil.servants refused to meet him saying that meeting with Kejrival is more essential than anything else.

And as such they will wait for his arrival to Delhi after ten days. Till then the Delhi civil servants will continue their go slow protest during the lunch hour though their functioning would continue.

Before leaving for BENGALURU the Delhi CM held meetings with the senior officials of power and water departments but did not meet the bureaucrats to fulful his assurance to create an environment of the safety and security of civil servants to allay their fears in the near future.

It may be recalled that the civil servants of Delhi had been on strike for the last 3/4 months in protest against the alleged attack by two lawmakers on the chief Secretary at CM Kejrival’s residence at midnight hours in the presence of the latter where the former was called in connection with an important meeting. An FIR was lodged by the CS Anshul Prakash against the erring MLAs’.

After nine days of sit in protest , Kejrival attended the office at 9.30 AM yesterday and immediately convened meetings one with water officials and other with the power secretary, IAS, Varsha Joshi where in he sought reports about the power and water situation in Delhi in view of the hot summer.

Thereafter he hurriedly left for Bengaluru for natural Ayurvedic treatment for ten days and instructed deputy CM Manish Sisodia to hold meetings with the chief secretary and the civil servants to assure them of their safety and security while functioning.

But the civil servants refused to meet him saying that meeting with CM Kejriwal is essential and that they will wait for him but will continue to continue their protest ” Go Slow”at lunch hour for an hour everyday.

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