On July 4, 2013, the body of a young Dalit boy, Ilavarasan, was found on a culvert adjoining the railway track in Dharmapuri, northern Tamil Nadu. Initially thought of as a suicide, his family suspected foul play by upper caste groups. Ilavarasan’s mistake was falling in love, and eloping and marrying Divya, who belonged to the higher, Vanniyar caste. Two Weeks after they were married, the Vanniyars had a meeting in Divya’s natal village of Sellankottai, constituted a kangaroo ... Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
The Congress may get chairmanship of the prestigious Public Accounts of Committee but still there is no guarantee whether it will get the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. There is also no assurance from the government whether the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha will be accommodated in the decision-making process relating to key appointments such as Lok Pal in the absence of the Congress not getting recognition as leader of the opposition. "I want to take ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The Bharatiya Janata Party had initially taken a conciliatory stand on the issue with a minister even going as far as to tell rediff.com that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not indulge in petty politics on this issue. The party had left the final decision to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Rediff.com contributor Anita Katyal reports Senior Bharatiya Janata Party ministers said rules did not allow the Congress leader to be designated a leader of opposition as the Congress does ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Amma will wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘honeymoon’ with the voter to fade away before deciding on the issues that are of real concern to the state and others that may need a considered and balanced solution, say N Sathiya Moorthy and M Kasinathan First impressions apart, the 28-page memorandum presented by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at their maiden meeting after the latter assumed office seeks central funding ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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