100 Years of Government Inter College , Deoria


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           November 29, 2018           01.45 P.M. 

 

KING EDWARD GOVERNMENT INTER COLLEGE , DEORIA

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GOVERNMENT INTER COLLEGE , DEORIA

1912 – 2012

Government Inter College , Deoria

 

In hot and scorching month of April 2013, I visited my native place Deoria . I was passing through Kotwali road. Whenever I go to Deoria and walk through Kotwali road, I always watch my college KING EDWARD GOVERNMENT INTER COLLEGE, now known as GOVERNMENT INTER COLLEGE , DEORIA. A board on the main building of the college reminded me that my alma mater is 100 years old . In fact it is 106 years old now. It was established in 1912.

Apart from being alma mater of mine, it is alma mater of my father , my two brothers and my sons also .

When I saw the board announcing Centenary Year celebration of the college , a floodgate of memories got opened and various asinine incidents of my schooling days suddenly flashed on the faded firmament of my memory. Some obfuscated incidents started shinning and gushed into my memory lane . From July 1962 to March 1967 , it was my home away from my home . For 5 long years it was my world away from the outer world . Sitting on the staircase or roaming aimlessly in the long corridors or sprinting in the vast lawns of the college , I used to dream some beautiful dreams of my future. I have many sweet and sour memories of this opulent and grand building.

Eastern entrance of the college

Apart from me and my memories, this college also reminds me about my father Shri Lakshmi Kant Chaturvedi. During freedom struggle, while he was in High School , he climbed the top of the building , removed Union Jack and hoisted National Flag on the mast and proudly unfurled it. British Superintendent of police wanted a shoot at sight order from the then magistrate Raghubar Dayal. But he refused and said that this is not treason. This is childish prank, act of a small enthusiastic boy. So it should be overlooked. He ordered that Indian national flag should be removed and Union Jack should be hoisted again.

My Father Late Shri Lakshmi Kant Chaturvedi
[ 16 May 1908 – 27 February 1974 ]

British SP was furious and complained about the magistrate Raghubar Dayal. Raghubar Dayal, who later on became Justice Raghubar Dayal, paid the price and his subsequent promotion was cancelled.

This incident , which happened around 1922 , became folklore of Chaturvedi clan. It was narrated to me by the elders of the family. When I took admission in 6th standard and entered into the main building and saw the flag mast, I was filled with pride for my father. After 4 years , in 2022 , this incident will complete 100 years. May be future generations of my family will not remember it. But for me it is still fresh in my memory.

My father never ever boasted about his heroic act . He never claimed or demanded TAMRA PATRA , which so many freedom fighters took and flaunted it with pride. My father never claimed the monthly pension , which was given to every freedom fighter during Indira Gandhi’s regime. For him it was his national duty. He did it as his contribution to the freedom struggle and forgot it. Though like Raghubar Dayal, he also paid the price for this incident. He got selected for judicial services. But CID reported that he has nationalistic leanings and quoted this flag incident. Thus he was not selected. Later on he became immensely successful advocate in Deoria.

Life moves on. My father died in 1974. Now I am also an old man . But my college building , though older than both of us , still stands magnificently.

I think it will remain like that when I am also gone. And my future generation may walk past the same Kotwali road . But they will be oblivious of the glorious incident of my father, which once upon a time , was the talking point of my clan in the long wintry nights and hot and dull summer afternoons in my family home , the KRISHNA KUNJ.

 

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JNU : Hub of Anti-National Communist Traitors


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 14, 2016           11.40 P.M.

I am agitated. I am angry. I am furious.

Maqbool Bhat was hanged in 1984 , February 11, 1984. Indira Gandhi of Indian National Congress was the Prime Minister of India.

Afzal Guru was hanged in 2013 , February 09, 2013. Manmohan Singh of Indian National Congress was the Prime Minister of India.

Hanging of both these Kashmiri separatists, terrorists and Mir Jafars of modern-day India happened in Congress rule. Why communist of JNUSU  [ Jawahar Lal Nehru University Student Union ] raising it now? Why scion of Congress Rahul Gandhi is supporting this nefarious anti-national activity? Dude, it all happened when your grandmother Indira Gandhi and your factotum Manmohan Singh were ruling the country.

Let us have full details of the incident which happened in JNU campus on that shameful, fateful day.

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Poster of So-Called Cultural Event of JNU

Poster of So-Called Cultural Event of JNU

‘The Country Without a Post Office’ event

 

A group of students organized an event on 9th February 2016, to mark the hanging of Afzal Guru, convicted for the 2001 Indian Parliament Attack. The name of the event is derived from the book of poetry titled ’The Country Without a Post Office’ by Agha Shahid Ali about a particularly violent period in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The student organizers of the event had pasted posters across the campus inviting them to a “cultural evening of protest with poets, artists, singers, writers, students, intellectuals & cultural activists along with art exhibition & photo exhibition” on “9th Feb, Tuesday at Sabarmati Dhaba”, “Against the Brahminical ‘Collective Conscience’! Against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru & Maqbool Bhat! In solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination…”.

The Joint Secretary of JNU Students’ Union Saurabh Kumar Sharma of the ABVP  wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor M Jagdish Kumar, complaining that “these activities will disturb the peace & harmony of the campus” and requesting him to rusticate the involved students. It prompted the university administration to order cancellation of the march as they “feared” that it might “disrupt” peace on campus.

University authorities’ response

The University authorities disallowed this program, citing misrepresentation of the nature of the event. “We heard there was some cultural programme but later came to know it’s not a programme but a protest. We came to know about it through posters and no permission was sought by anyone. Thus, to keep calm and maintain peace in the campus, we cancelled it,” JNU Vice-Chancellor Prof Jagadesh Kumar said.

But the organisers went ahead with the programme despite the cancellation of the permission.

Controversial slogans raised

Some of the students raised Anti Indian slogans like :

“Kashmir ki azaadi tak jang rahegi” 

“Bharat ki barbadi tak jung rahegi”

“India go back”

“Pakistan Zindabad”

It translates to “Will fight this war until the independence of Kashmir, until the destruction of India”. Agitated over the issue, ABVP members gathered outside VC office and shouted slogans demanding expulsion of the students who contributed to the “anti-national” activity. The Anti-India sloganeering evoked strong emotions among general public as the students who were shouting the anti-India slogans are heavily subsidised in their education from tax payers money.

Students’ Union response

In his Facebook post dated 11 February 2016, JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar said “We will fight for democracy, for our constitution and the equal nation for all. In the name of Afzal Guru, ABVP is trying to divert all the issues to save the failure of the Central Govt.”

Kanhaiya Kumar - President JNU Student Union

Kanhaiya Kumar – President JNU Student Union

Arrests of student leaders

Acting on a complaint filed by BJP MP Maheish Girri, on 12 February 2016 the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested by the Delhi Police. He was charged with sedition under section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, that allows for maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

In an amateur video shot a few hours before his arrest, Kanhaiya Kumar says (translated from Hindi): “We don’t need a patriotism certificate from the RSS”, he says. “We love this country. We fight for the 80% poor population of this country. We trust the constitution of this country. If anyone challenges the constitution, be it the Sanghis, it won’t be tolerated,”

Amnesty International criticized the arrest, calling it unwarranted. In a statement posted on Facebook, Amnesty International further added “The right to freedom of expression extends to speech that offends or disturbs. India’s sedition law is contrary to international standards on freedom of expression and must be repealed.”

A day later, seven more students were detained by the police.

The arrests soon snowballed into a major political controversy, with several leaders of opposition parties visiting the JNU campus in solidarity with the students protesting against the police crackdown. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that while the students would not be harassed, the “guilty would not be spared”. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiran Rijiju said the JNU would not be allowed to become a hub for “anti-national” activities.

Enquiry Committee

The Statement of the Vice-Chancellor Jawaharlal Nehru University stated “Along with the Deans Committee, the University takes serious note of the incidents on campus on the evening of February 9th. A high-level enquiry committee has been constituted to investigate the matter and take appropriate action as necessary. While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. However, there could be aberrations where fringe sections misuse the freedom provided. While that problem would be appropriately addressed in this case, the University would also take steps to protect the academic atmosphere and the environment for vibrant discussion that JNU has always provided and stands for.”

“The permission for the programme was sought by giving incomplete information, so it is an act of indiscipline. A committee headed by the Chief Proctor will examine the footage of the event and speak to the witnesses. It is on basis of the report, the varsity will take appropriate action,” JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar said. Briefing about the “incomplete information”, the varsity Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said, “There was nowhere mentioned in the permission request that the event will be on Afzal Guru, they just said that they wanted to organise a cultural event. How can any talk about disintegration of nation be national?”

Interim Report

A press note dated 12 February 2016 stated “Considering the seriousness of the incidents, and in order to enable a fair enquiry, the Committee has debarred eight students from academic activities with immediate effect during the pendency of the enquiry. However, to permit them represent their stand for a fair investigation, they will be allowed to stay in their respective hostels as a guest, during the period of the enquiry.”

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Umar Khalid - The Anti-National Traitor

Umar Khalid – The Anti-National Traitor

I am also posting video footage of the so-called “CULTURAL EVENT” of JNU. You can please watch and decide for yourself.

 

1 – Hear What this Anti National , Traitor Umar Khalid says.

2 days ago – Uploaded by SACYouTube


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2 – JNU student , Anti National ,Traitor Umar Khalid on Afzal Guru.

19 hours ago – Uploaded by THE LONE

 

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3 – Anti India event organiser , JNU student , Anti National ,Traitor Umar Khalid ripped apart by Zee News Anchor Rohit Sardana.

3 days ago – Uploaded by Virat Hindu

 

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4 – Arnab Goswmi lashes out at Omar Khalid during his debate show.

3 days ago – Uploaded by Amazing Arnab

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Jawaharlal Nehru University was established in 1969 by an act of parliament. It was named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. G. Parthsarthi was the first vice-chancellor .

University is organised into ten schools, each of which has several centres, and four independent special centres:

  1. Centre for the Study of Law and Governance
  2. School of Arts and Aesthetics
  3. School of Biotechnology
  4. School of Computer and Systems Sciences
  5. School of Environmental Sciences
  6. School of International Studies: This is the oldest school. It predates the establishment of JNU as the Indian School of International Studies, which was set up in 1955.
  7. School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies
  8. School of Life Sciences: The school’s faculty and students publish extensively in reputed national and international journals: To date, SLS has to its credit over 2000 research publications.
  9. School of Physical Sciences
  10. School of Social Sciences: It is the largest school (in terms of the number of faculty members) in JNU with nine centres.

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I have always written about the anti-national , communist activities of traitors in the campuses. FTII was the first nut case after Narendra Modi government came into power. I wrote many blogs about their designs and non-academic activities. They have been tamed now.

And now comes JNU. “CULTURAL EVENT” is fine. DEBATE is okay. DISSENT is also acceptable. But shouting anti-India slogan is neither “CULTURAL” nor “DISSENT”.

“Kashmir ki azaadi tak jang rahegi” 

“Bharat ki barbadi tak jung rahegi”

“India go back”

“Pakistan Zindabad”

It is pure , unadulterated sedition. It is anti-national. It is secession. It should be condemned. But alas ! The traitor Communists are up in arms against Narendra Modi government. Rahul Gandhi has also joined them. Their pathological hatred for Narendra Modi should be curbed, curtailed and nipped immediately.

Rahul Gandhi, Ajay Makan, D. Raja & Sitaram Yetury in JNU Protest

Rahul Gandhi, Ajay Makan, D. Raja, Anand Sharma & Sitaram Yetury in JNU Protest

As I am writing this blog, I read that “Tum kitne Afzal maroge ; Har ghar se Afzal niklega” shouting brave hearts ( ? ) are on the run. They are absconding. Their facebook accounts deleted. Such is the bravery of these Communist pigs !

JNU in support of Afzal Guru

JNU in support of Afzal Guru

I denounced Communist traitors of  JNU , their supporters like D. Raja and Sitaram Yechuri and Rahul Gandhi [ An anti-national on probation ] . D. Raja , who is taking moral high ground , is particularly responsible because his daughter Aparajitha Raja participated in that infamous “Cultural Event” of JNU.

Aparajitha Raja ; Daughter of D. Raja of CPI

Aparajitha Raja ; Daughter of D. Raja of CPI

In the end I am quoting a Hindi poem sent to me by Shri Awnish Barnawal, a nationalist Hindu Swayamsevak from my home town Deoria, UP.

खतरे का उदघोष बजा है,रणभूमी तैयार करो,
सही वक्त है,चुन चुन करके,गद्दारों पर वार करो,

आतंकी दो चार मार कर हम खुशियों से फूल गए,
सरहद की चिंताओं में हम घर के भेदी भूल गए,

सरहद पर कांटे हैं,लेकिन घर के भीतर नागफनी,
जिनके हाथ मशाले सौंपी,वो करते है आगजनी,

ये भारत की बर्बादी के कसे कथानक लगते हैं,
सच तो है दहशतगर्दों से अधिक भयानक लगते हैं,

संविधान ने सौंप दिए हैं अश्त्र शस्त्र आज़ादी के,
शिक्षा के परिसर में नारे भारत की बर्बादी के,

अफज़ल पर तो छाती फटती देखी है बहुतेरों की,
मगर शहादत भूल गए हैं सियाचीन के शेरों की,

जिस अफज़ल ने संसद वाले हमले को अंजाम दिया,
जिस अफज़ल को न्यायालय ने आतंकी का नाम दिया,

उस अफज़ल की फांसी को बलिदान बताने निकले हैं,
और हमारे ही घर में हमको धमकाने निकले हैं,

बड़ी विदेशी साजिश के हथियार हमारी छाती पर,
भारत को घायल करते गद्दार हमारी छाती पर,

नाम कन्हैया रखने वाले,कंस हमारी छाती पर,
माल उड़ाते जयचंदों के वंश हमारी छाती पर,

लोकतंत्र का चुल्लू भर कर डूब मरो तुम पानी में,
भारत गाली सह जाता है खुद अपनी रजधानी में,

आज वतन को,खुद के पाले घड़ियालों से खतरा है,
बाहर के दुश्मन से ज्यादा घर वालो से खतरा है,

देशद्रोह के हमदर्दी हैं,तुच्छ सियासत करते है,
और वतन के गद्दारों की खुली वकालत करते है,

वोट बैंक की नदी विषैली,उसमे बहने वाले हैं,
आतंकी इशरत को अपनी बेटी कहने वाले हैं,

सावधान अब रहना होगा वामपंथ की चालों से,
बच कर रहना टोपी पहने ढोंगी मफलर वालों से,

राष्ट्रवाद के रखवालों मत सत्ता का उपभोग करो,
दिया देश ने तुम्हे पूर्ण,उस बहुमत का उपयोग करो,

हम भारत के आकाओं की ख़ामोशी से चौंके हैं,
एक शेर के रहते कैसे कुत्ते खुलकर भौंके हैं,

मन की बाते बंद करो,मत ज्ञान बाँटिये मोदी जी,
सबसे पहले गद्दारों की जीभ काटिये मोदी जी,

नहीं तुम्हारे बस में हो तो,हमें बोल दो मोदी जी,
संविधान से बंधे हमारे हाथ खोल दो मोदी जी,

अगर नही कुछ किया,समूचा भार उठाने वाले हैं,
हम भारत के बेटे भी हथियार उठाने वाले हैं,

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[ List of events ,  dates and other information about JNU incidents have been taken from wikipedia and other internet sites. Video links about Umar Khalid have been taken from YouTube. Hindi poem is quoted from the wall of Shri Awnish Barnawal . I express gratitude. ]

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3rd India – Africa Forum Summit 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 31, 2015           10.30 P.M.

In my previous blog about the foreign policy initiatives and achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I wrote about his 3 unique and epoch-making initiatives. They are :

1 – Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation [ FIPIC ]

2 – Indian Ocean Outreach Programme [ IOOP ]

3 – India-Africa Forum Summit [ IAFS ]

In that blog I particularly wrote about his first initiative; FIPIC. But briefly, I also wrote about India Africa Forum Summit, IAFS . I wrote that technically, though India Africa Forum Summit, IAFS was started in 2008 by previous UPA government but in all probability, I consider it to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative. Here are the reasons for my thinking.

First IAFS was held in 2008 from April 4 – 8 in New Delhi. It was attended by only 14 Heads of State / Government.

Second IAFS was attended by 15 Heads of State / Government. One more than the previous one. It was held in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia from 21 – 25 May, 2011.

Third IAFS was held in New Delhi from 26 – 29 October, 2015. It was attended by 51 of the 54 countries. 41 Heads of State / Government participated and 10 remaining countries were represented by high power delegations. Thus the total number of countries attending 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit 2015 comes to 51. Only 3 countries could not attend. Singapore and UAE attended the summit as observers. Thus the total number of countries attending the summit comes to 53.

It is historic. It is momentous and unprecedented. It is epoch-making. 3rd India Africa Forum Summit 2015 is the 2nd largest congregation of Heads of State / Government ever held in India. 2 Kings , 26 Presidents , 6 Vice Presidents and 7 Prime Ministers of 41 African Countries , the President of the African Union, 10 African countries represented by high power delegations along with Singapore and UAE as observers attended this 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit. Total number comes to 53.

Now few facts about the history of summits involving African nations.

1 – JAPAN : Japan was the 1st country to hold regular summits with African nations since 1993. It is once-every-five-years summit and is always held in Japan.

It will now be once-every-three-years summit.

2 – CHINA : China was the second nation to hold summit with African nations since 2000. Like Japan, it is also once-every-three-years summit.

3 – THE EUROPEAN UNION : The European Union started holding summit with African nations since 2004. It is also once-every-three-years summit.

4 – INDIA : We are the 4th country and started our summit in 2008. The India-Africa Forum Summit will be once-in-a-five-years summit as proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

5 – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA : The US is the 5th and last country to hold such summit. She started holding the summit since 2014. It was the biggest till date as leaders of 35 African countries attended the summit.

 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit 2015

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54 African Heads of State / Government Attending the Summit

41 African Heads of State / Government Attending the Summit

 

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Logo of 3rd India Africa Forum Summit

Logo of 3rd India Africa Forum Summit 2015

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted dinner in honour of visiting dignitaries. It was held at Pragati Maidan.

 

Modi Waiting for the Guests

Modi Waiting for the Guests

 

All the leaders and first ladies were in attendance in ethnic wear gifted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Heads of State / Government in Modi Jacket Attending Dinner Hosted by Modi

Heads of State / Government in Modi Jacket Attending Dinner Hosted by Modi

 

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria with President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria with President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger at the venue

 

with The First Lady

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma with The First Lady

 

Plenary Session of the summit was inaugurated next day after the dinner, i.e. on October 29, 2015. Before the plenary session all the visiting dignitaries were ceremonially welcomed at the venue, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.

Ceremonial Welcome

Ceremonial Welcome

 

Cultural Programme

Cultural Programme before the Plenary Session

 

Cultural Programme

Cultural Programme Before the Plenary Session

 

Summit Begins

The Plenary Session – Summit Begins

 

Summit Venue

Summit Venue

 

Modi Attending the Summit

Modi Attending the Plenary Session

 

Modi & Mugabe Releasing Stamps / Coins

Modi & Mugabe Releasing Commemorative Stamps / Coins

Before and after the Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had one-on-one bilateral meetings with all the 41 visiting Heads of State / Government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met 19 leaders for one-on-one meeting on October 28, 2015. They were : ROBERT MUGABE [ President Zimbabwe ] / JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA [ President Ghana ] / MSWATI III [ King Swaziland ] / BONI YAYI [ President Benin ] / MUHAMMADU BUHARI [ President Nigeria ] / UHURU KENYATA [ President Kenya ] / YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI [ President Uganda ] / BETHUEL PAKALITHA MOSISILI [ Prime Minister Lesotho ] / OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO [ President Equatorial Guinea ] / ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEL [ President Djibouti ] / SALVA KIIR MAYARDIT President South Sudan ] / ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU [ President Niger ] / IDRIS DEBY ITNO [ President Chad ] / JACOB G ZUMA [ President South Africa ] / CARLOS AGOSTINHO DO ROSARIO Prime Minister Mozambique ] / PATRICE EMERY TROVOADA [ Prime Minister Sao Tome & Principe ] / ALI BONGO ONDIMBA [ President Gabon ] / ALFAHA CONDE [ President Guinea ] / MOKGWEETSI ERIC KEABETSWE MASISI [ Vice President Botswana ]

He met 10 another leaders for bilateral meetings on October 29, 2015. They were : MOHAMMED VI [ King Morocco ] / HAGE G GEINGOB [ President Namibia ] / ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI [ President Egypt ] / IBRAHIM KEITA [ Prime Minister Mali ] / HAILEMARIAM DESSALEGN [ Prime Minister Ethiopia ] / MANNUEL DOMINGOS [ Vice President Angola ] / MOHAMED BILAL [ Vice President Tanzania ] / SHEIKH MOHAOUD [ President Somalia ] / IKILILOU DHOININE [ President Comoros ] / MAURITANIA

10 Bilateral Meetings

10 Bilateral Meetings

After the end of the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met remaining 12 African leaders on October 30, 2015. They were : OMAR EL BASHIR [ President Sudan ] / ERNEST BAI KOROME [ President Sierra Leone ] / HERY RAJAONARIMAMPIANIA [ President Madagascar ] / ANEROOD JUGNAUTH [ Prime Minister Mauritius ] / INONGE WINAAT [ Vice President Zambia ] / ANANSTASE MUREKEZI [ Prime Minister Rwanda ] / SALVA KIIR MAYARDIT [ President South Sudan ] / MACKY SALL [ President Senagal ] / JOSE MARIO VAZ [ President Guinea Bissau ] / AJALSATON NJIE SAIDY [ Vice President Gambia ] / GASTON SINLIMWO [ Vice President Burundi ] / ELLEN SIRLEAF [ President Liberia ]

Apart from above mentioned African leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met NKOOAZANA DLAMINI ZUMA, Chairperson African Union.

On 29th, after the plenary session, the President of India invited all the visiting dignitaries for dinner party at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Rashtrapati Bhawan was decorated and illuminated for the grand memorable occasion.

Rashtrapati Bhawan Welcoming African Heads of State / Government

Rashtrapati Bhawan Illuminated for the African Heads of State / Government

 

Rashtrapati Bhawan Welcoming African Heads of State / Government

Rashtrapati Bhawan Illuminated for the African Heads of State / Government

 

Rashtrapati Bhawan Welcoming African Heads of State / Government

Rashtrapati Bhawan Illuminated for the African Heads of State / Government

 

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It is sad and deplorable that a foreign policy initiative of such magnitude and gigantic proportions was largely neglected by national media, print and electronic both. [ Hindustan Times is perhaps the only exception. ] It is the 2nd biggest and largest diplomatic event ever hosted by India. Let me tell about 2 other such big events held during Indira Gandhi’s regime.

1 – NON ALIGNED MOVEMENT [ NAM ] :

The 7th NAM Summit was held from 7 – 12 March, 1983 in New Delhi. Participating countries 140.

2 – COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT [ CHOGM ] :

The 7th CHOGM Summit was held from 23 – 29 November, 1983 in New Delhi. Participating countries 42.

Thus 32 years after hugely successful 7th NAM Summit 1983 , the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit 2015 is the 2nd largest congregation of Heads of State / Government ever held in India. I repeat : 2 Kings , 26 Presidents , 6 Vice Presidents and 7 Prime Ministers of 41 African Countries , the President of the African Union, 10 African countries represented by high power delegations along with Singapore and UAE as observers attended this 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit. Total number comes to 53.

But it was ignored by the media and the cause is animosity towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a sad state of affair in our country. When it comes to Modi, even the pretension of balance is dropped and discarded. The bias is obvious and open, the daggers are drawn and the bellicose media is waiting for the kill. Alas!!

But history will not be cruel. It will be kind and judge this event in a proper light and will apply unbiased yardsticks. Years after 2015, when Narendra Modi will not be around, when the dust will settle down and the bias will evaporate and the historian will sit down to chronicle the Narendra Modi era of India, the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit 2015  will be seen and will be mentioned in a different way.

So over to the future with no regrets.

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Arun Shourie , A Dishonest Intellectual


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 06, 2015           01.05 A.M.

I used to respect Arun Shourie a lot. As a journalist he was a crusader. He unearthed many scams during Indira Gandhi regime. But being an able journalist is another thing and being an administrator is totally different.

I was perplexed when Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee inducted him in his ministry as Dis-investment Minister. When a party wins an election and forms government, it is assumed that many loyal, old and dedicated workers will be rewarded. Therefore when a rank outsider like Arun Shourie was given a post in the Vajpayee government, it was baffling and a bit disturbing.

My fears were proven right when I read about Arun Shourie’s latest interview. What he said to Karan Thapar, was not a critique of NDA 2. It was his frustration of not getting birth in Narendra Modi government. I am not privy to many things but I can answer his charges point by point.

Let me clarify that he is not a BJP ideologue as claimed by many journalists. He was a rank outsider, chosen by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to serve the government. It is a common norm in USA. But This is India. Here people care for their own benefit, their own power and their own well-being. So induction of this rank opportunist in the Vajpayee cabinet was a mistake.

Let us have a look at the charges of Shourie. My answer is given in blue along with every point :

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Shourie slams Narendra Modi: 10 things he said

IndiaToday.in  New Delhi, May 1, 2015 | UPDATED 11:38 IST

In an exclusive interview with Headlines Today’s Karan Thapar on the first anniversary of BJP-led NDA government on Friday, Arun Shourie, one of the most influential BJP ideologues during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for poor handling of the Indian economy and turning a blind eye to the attacks on minorities by the right-wing groups. SEE FULL VIDEO

Here are the 10 things that Arun Shourie said about Modi government in the interview: Full text of Arun Shourie’s interview

1) The government lacks clear thinking. The government has good ideas but poor in implementation. There is a big gap between perception and promise, and projection and performance. The government must become low profile.

My Answer : Modi government has “good ideas” and it lacks “clear thinking”. How both things are possible at the same time? Modi government is going to complete 1 year in this month. How on earth anyone can “implement”  all the promises in 1 year. Shourie wants the government to perform and yet want it to become “low profile”.

2) Modi’s economic policy is directionless. There is no big picture in economy policy. Modi’s focus on the economy is like a CM. He should focus more on policy instead of projects.

My Answer : Shourie wants Modi to become “low profile” and yet wants to see “big picture” regarding the economy. Economic policies are not going to deliver results in just 1 year.

3) Modi’s foreign policy is a success but India has to follow-up on the MoUs. Modi needs to execute policies quickly. China is a principal challenge for India. India’s foreign policy is getting reoriented. Modi has to move much faster. Nobody is waiting for us. The US is already feeling impatient. Keeping Sushma Swaraj on the margins is wrong.

My Answer : Shourie praises Narendra Modi for successful foreign policy and yet alleges that MEA Sushma Swaraj ji is marginalised. How can any foreign policy be successful without MEA?

4) Lack of clarity in government on Pakistan. Need a steadier gaze towards Pakistan.

My Answer : What a logic Shourie! Foreign policy of India is successful, yet no clarity on Pakistan. Only a biased person , who is claiming as an intellectual can give this kind of brilliant(?) logic.

5) Investment has not picked up. The government can’t ignore India inc warnings. The government needs to wake up. Investors still have hope but the industrial sector is waiting for concrete moves. The growth claims are only to make headlines and the government only wants to manage headlines.

My Answer : Again a brilliant (?) logic! “Investors still have hope But…….growth claims are only to make headlines”. He conveniently forgets what Ratan Tata said about the government.

6) Uncertainty exists over tax regime. Tax regime is confused. The government is alienating the investors. It is backtracking on tax decisions.

My Answer : GST legislation is about to be passed. Consensus achieved in 12 months, which alluded us for 12 long years.Various other reforms are about to happen. What else can you desire in 1 year?

7) India needs labour reforms. There was no need for land bill controversy. Ordinances were ill-advised. They led to disruptions. BJP supported the previous Land Bill. Allies were not taken into confidence. Modi must embrace the opposition. No reform can take place without the oppositions’ support. The opposition is ganging up against Modi and the BJP is frightening others.

My Answer : Shourie seems to be delusional. He alleges, “Ordinances were ill-advised. They led to disruptions.” But he forgets that Ordinance was promulgated because there were disruptions. Shourie wants to twist the happenings of the Rajya Sabha.

8) Vacancies in critical posts are worrying. Don’t know why the posts are not filled. Vital institutions are suffering. Institutions are being starved to death. Institutions are being devalued.

My Answer : There is a thing in governance which is called and is known as PREROGATIVE. It is government’s prerogative to fill the posts. It is none of Shourie’s business.

9) The government must respond to minority fears. Govt has failed on assuring minorities. No response to concern of minorities. Alienating minorities is dangerous. The Christians are rightfully upset. PM should speak out often. Modi must speak on critical issues. Modi silent on moral questions.

My Answer : During elections Narendra Modi said and still says ” SABKA SAATH, SABKA VIKAS ” . All the act of attacks on Christians have turned out to be petty crimes by criminals. I don’t need to give details. Shourie must be knowing them. If he doesn’t know , then he is ignorant and shouldn’t be taken seriously. As for Muslims are concerned, there were few unwarranted utterances by fringe elements, which were duly condemned by the BJP.

10) The monogrammed suit was inexplicable, a critical mistake. Don’t understand why he wore it.

My Answer : The last point clarifies the dishonesty of Shourie. First of all , it was a gift. Narendra Modi wore it for just one day. It was subsequently auctioned and the amount was deposited in the treasury. It is old practise of the Prime Minister. He auctions all the gift he gets and the proceeds are deposited in the government treasury and is later on used for some charitable purposes. It is a settled case. But Shourie rakes it up again. It clears that his intention is not to give a critique, but he dishes out his venom because he fails to find a place in the union cabinet.

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Shourie should be denounced with all the possible way and people like him should never find any place either in the party or in the government.

 [ I have taken the excerpts of Shourie’s interview from the website of India Today. I express gratitude. ]

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‘Terrific response’ for Narendra Modi’s Shanghai speech on China visit


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 28, 2015           11.59 P.M.

When Narendra Modi got elected as the Prime Minister of India, many people, mainly his opponent and detractors thought that foreign policy will be his Achilles Heels. But they were for rude shock. Narendra Modi made giant leap in foreign policy affairs and now criss-cross the world arena as a colossus.

His lectures in front of India Diaspora in United States of America and Australia last year and more recently in Canada this year made history.

Next month he is going to China. As per news paper reports, same euphoric welcome awaits him in Shanghai. Here is the report :

Madison Square GardenNew York , U.S.A. / September 28, 2014

Allphones ArenaSydney , Australia / November 17, 2014

Ricoh ColiseumToronto , Canada / April 16, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Madison Square-style event in Shanghai during his upcoming visit to China has generated a “terrific response” from Indian professionals and students based in various cities in the Communist nation.

Modi plans to give a speech in Shanghai similar to the one at New York’s Madison Square Garden last year on his US visit.

This will be the first time an Indian leader has attempted such an event in China which until recently had very few Indians.

From across China there has been a “terrific response” for the prime minister’s event being organised by the Indian community on May 16, a social media message by the Indian Association of Shanghai said, ahead of the last day for registration tomorrow.

“This will be the biggest Indian get-together ever to happen in China,” the association notice’s said.

With burgeoning trade links following gradual improvement in relations, the number of Indians in different Chinese cities is now estimated to be around 45,000 which includes over 13,000 students while the rest comprises businessperson and professionals working for local and multinational firms.

Indian associations from various cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangdong with large concentration of Indians, have sent notices a fortnight ago asking people to register for Modi’s event.

About 4,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Modi will be arriving on a three-day visit to China on May 14, his first after taking over as prime minister.

As per the programme being worked out, he would begin his trip with a visit to the ancient city of Xian, the hometown of President Xi Jinping who will host Modi with informal get together showcasing Chinese hospitality, culture and Buddhism.

Xi plans to reciprocate Modi’s hometown diplomacy in Ahmedabad when the Chinese leader visited India in September.

The scene will shift to Beijing the next day with Modi scheduled to have talks with Xi and Premier Li Keqiang. Modi is also expected to address Chinese students at Tsinghua University here besides taking part in a colourful Yoga and Chinese martial art Tai Chi along with Li.

Besides the Indian community, Modi will also address a ‘Make in India’ business meet to woo Chinese investors.

His visit is expected to firm up several agreements and announcements. Expectations are also high here that he may extend an e-visa facility to Chinese nationals to attract larger numbers of tourists from China.

Several countries have wooed Chinese tourists as about 100 million of them travelled abroad last year, spending billions of dollars.

India this year is organising a ‘Visit India Year’ to attract Chinese tourists 1.70 lakh of whom visited India last year while over 5 lakh Indians visited China.

Chinese officials have proposed initiatives like Buddhist circuit as well as group tours linked to Sri Lanka and the Maldives to attract more Chinese tourists to India.

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May be during his China visit he can accomplish, what Jawahar Lal Nehru , Indira Gandhi and other Prime Ministers could not achieve.

[ Major portion of this blog is being re-produced from a news item published in The New Indian Express. I express gratitude. ]

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Chacha Choudhary Is No More !


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 13, 2014           11.55 P.M.

 

If I mention that Pran Kumar Sharma died on August 05, 2014, only few will take notice. But if I mention that creator of CHACHA CHOUDHARY died in Gurgaon on August 05, 2014 at the age of 75, thousands will mourn.When I read about the sad demise of creator of CHACHA CHOUDHARY, I felt a personal loss. He was suffering from Colon cancer.

Pran began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for the Delhi based newspaper Milap with comic strip Daabu. Apart from Daabu, Indian comics scenario was largely based on reprints of The Phantom and Superman. In 1969, Pran sketched Chacha Chaudhary for the Hindi magazine Lotpot, which made him famous. Pran has also created other cartoon characters like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, Channi Chachi and others, which are regularly published in Indian magazines. Pran reached lakhs of Kannadigas through his Putti, Raman that were published in Kannada daily Prajavani and Shrimathi which publishes in Kannada magazine Sudha.

He was included in People of the Year 1995 by Limca Book of Records for popularizing comics in India. In 1983, the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi released Pran’s comics “Raman – Ham Ek Hain” which promoted national integration. Pran received a Lifetime Achievement Award 2001, from Indian Institute of Cartoonists. Pran has also given lessons in cartooning at the Pran’s Media Institute, run by his son Nikhil.

Maurice Horn notes that Pran has been given the title of “Walt Disney of India” in The World Encyclopedia of Comics. The Chacha Chaudhary strips find permanent place in International Museum of Cartoon Art, USA.

Pran Kumar Sharma with His Creation CHACHA CHOUDHARY

Pran Kumar Sharma with His Creation CHACHA CHOUDHARY

 

Since my childhood days in Deoria, I was a huge fan of Mandrake The Magician and Phantom. Both the comic strips used to be published daily in a popular Hindi daily of those days ” AAJ “. Mandrake became Mandareek and Phantom became Van Bhairav in Hindi. My day never began unless I read these two syndicated comic strips in ” AAJ “.

 

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Mandrake the Magician is a syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by Lee Falk . Its publication began June 11, 1934. Phil Davis soon took over as the strip’s illustrator, while Falk continued to script. The strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate.

Davis worked on the strip until his death in 1964, when Falk recruited current artist Fred Fredericks. With Falk’s death in 1999, Fredericks became both writer and artist. The Sunday Mandrake strip ended December 29, 2002. The daily strip ended mid-story on July 6, 2013 when Fred Fredericks retired,

 

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After hugely popular Mandrake the MagicianLee Falk , created another adventure comic strip , The Phantom . A popular feature adapted into many media, including television, film and video games, it stars a costumed crime fighter operating from the fictional African country Bangalla.

 

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The Phantom is the 21st in a line of crime fighters that originated in 1536, when the father of British sailor Christopher Walker was killed during a pirate attack. Swearing an oath on the skull of his father’s murderer to fight evil, Christopher started the legacy of the Phantom that would be passed from father to son, leaving people to give the mysterious figure nicknames such as The Ghost Who Walks”, “The Man Who Cannot Die” and “Guardian of the Eastern Dark”, believing him to be immortal.

 

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Unlike many fictional costumed heroes, the Phantom does not have any superpowers, and relies on his strength, intelligence, and fearsome reputation of being an immortal ghost to defeat his foes. The 21st Phantom is married to Diana Palmer, whom he met while studying in the United States; they have two children, Kit and Heloise. Like all previous Phantoms, he lives in the ancient Skull Cave, and has a trained wolf, Devil, and a horse named Hero.

The series began with a daily newspaper strip on February 17, 1936, followed by a color Sunday strip on May 28, 1939; both are still running as of 2014. At the peak of its popularity, the strip was read by over 100 million people each day.

Lee Falk continued work on The Phantom until his death in 1999. Today the comic strip is produced by writer Tony DePaul and artists Paul Ryan (Monday-Saturday) and Terry Beatty (Sunday).

New Phantom stories are published in comic books in different parts of the world, among them by Dynamite Entertainment in the United States, Egmont in Sweden, Norway and Finland, and Frew Publications in Australia.

The Phantom was the first fictional hero to wear the skin-tight costume that has now become a hallmark of comic book superheroes, and was also the first shown wearing a mask with no visible pupils, another superhero standard.

 

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Being a fan of above mentioned two comic strip heroes; Mandrake The Magician and Phantom, I was skeptical , rather dismissive when I read about cartoonist Pran and his Desi Comic strip hero CHACHA CHOUDHARY. What can a mustachioed elderly man do in front of such powerful heroes like Mandrake and Phantom? But I was wrong.

CHACHA CHOUDHARY As We All Know

CHACHA CHOUDHARY As We All Know

When I read adventures of CHACHA CHOUDHARY in Diamond Comics , I became a life-long fan.The bond with CHACHA CHOUDHARY, BINNI CHACHI and SABU is unbreakable. I still remember and will always remember the famous tagline “…….. Chacha Choudhary ka dimag, computer se bhi tez chalta hai ………”.

CHACHA CHOUDHARY and SABU

CHACHA CHOUDHARY and SABU

 

According to a Diamond Comics press release, the Indian kids in the age group 10–13 years ranked Chacha Chaudhary as their most recognizable comic book character.

He has also been featured as a guest in other Diamond Comics series, with Billoo, Pinki and Lucky.

With the sad demise of cartoonist Pran, CHACHA CHOUDHARY wont be same again. May be he will also die soon.One more part of my adolescent , growing years is lost forever.

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Arun [ The Last ] Nehru


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GURGAON – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION – INDIA           AUGUST 25 , 2013           11.50 A.M.

Today as I am sitting in Gurgaon , Haryana [ National Capital Region ] and waiting for the cab to arrive and take me to Indira Gandhi International Airport , New Delhi , I cannot miss the irony of the situation .

It is uncanny that this blog , which is an obituary of Shri Arun Gandhi , is being written in Gurgaon . Shri Arun Nehru died in Gurgaon . This blog is being written on August 25 , 2013 . Shri Arun Nehru died exactly one month before . He breathed his last on July 25 , 2013 in Gurgaon .

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I would say that he was a reluctant politician and after retiring as a politician , he became a columnist and he was an excellent columnist .

He was member of the 7th and 8th Lok Sabhas from Rae Bareli on an Indian National Congress ticket . He , after resigning from the Congress , was member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Bilhaur as a Janata Dal leader.

Arun Nehru was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and had worked in business for 17 years , before he entered politics . He was president of the Jenson and Nicholson group at the time when his aunt , Indira Gandhi, persuaded him to change career .

As a representative of the Indian National Congress , Shri Arun Nehru was a member of Parliament in the 7th Lok Sabha (1980-84) and 8th Lok Sabha (1984-89) . Aside from sitting on various consultative committees during this time , he was Union Minister of State for Energy (December 1984—September 1985,) and for Home Affairs (September 1985—October 1986) .

Later due to some differences with his cousin Shri Rajiv Gandhi , he left the Indian National Congress for Janata Dal and was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha, where he was Union Minister for Commerce and Tourism (December-November 1990) .

During his tenure as minister in the Home department in 1985-86, he was allegedly involved in the Czech pistol case, where a deal with a Czechoslovakian firm Merkuria Foreign Trade Corp. had resulted in a loss of around INR25 lakh . But it is not the time to discuss such issues . We should be respectful to the departed soul . A man should not be criticized , when he is not there to defend himself .

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Adieu Shri Arun Nehru , perhaps the Last Nehru in Indian politics .

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