Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya on Friday kicked up a row with remarks favouring a review of the reservation policy, saying even the architect of the Constitution B R Ambedkar had not favoured its continuance in perpetuity, comments that could be potentially damaging for the Bharatiya Janata Parrty in elections to five state assemblies. “Reservations for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes was introduced in a different context. It was provided for in the ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
IMAGE: BSP chief Mayawati on campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: PTI Photo Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Thursday hit back strongly at Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah for calling opposition parties ‘KASAB’. Describing the BJP chief as a ‘terrorist’, she said there ‘cannot be a bigger Kasab’ than him. Shah in a rally on Wednesday had used the acronym for the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP. The BJP chief had said the name ...Rediff.com, 4 days ago
"Ninety percent Muslims are backward both in India and Pakistan. And they will remain backward because they want to remain backward," said an elderly man wearing a badly-fitted steel grey suit when the house was opened for questions at one of the sessions at ...catchnews.com, 1 month ago
IMAGE: 'These people who used to ask what has Modi done? Switch on your TV and see what Modi did on 8th November,' the prime minister declared in a speech in Belgavi, Karnataka, November 13, 2016. 'Modiji, do not test our patriotism' 'It would be too sweeping to say that the elites and the middle-class don't care about liberty.''It is just that they are always calculating the trade-offs: What's in it for me, what could it cost me?''To that extent, we haven't changed in 40 ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
schoolchildren_360 Ahmedabad: An activist-author who was widely criticized for having American scholar Wendy Doniger’s book pulped on grounds that it insulted Hindus, will soon be part of the reading list in Gujarat schools. The Gujarat government wrote to more than 42,000 government schools last month, asking them to include in their libraries nine books authored by Dinanath Batra, Convenor of the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti. Mr Batra is known for championing “Swadeshi” and “Akhand Bharat” or the right-wing Hindu idea of undivided India in his books. He once worked for a school network run by the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. A newspaper report today quoted these excerpts from his books – “Don’t blow out candles on your birthday. It’s western culture and needs to be shunned. Instead, wear swadeshi clothes this day, do ahavan, pray to the ishtadev, feed cows,” and “Drawing a map of India? Make sure you include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. These are part of undivided India or Akhand Bharat”. Mr Batra’s books, translated from Hindi to Gujarati, will be included in supplementary literature as part of a government initiative to encourage reading in schools. The retired schoolteacher was in the spotlight in February this year for his lawsuit against author historian Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus: An Alternative History.” Publisher Penguin India was forced to recall and destroy all copies of the book as part of a Delhi court-backed settlement, and was pilloried by authors and activists for its capitulation. Mr Batra had moved court in 2011 arguing that Ms Doniger’s book insults Indians, especially Hindus, and is a “shallow, distorted, non-serious presentation of Hinduism filled with heresies”. His own books propound the “Indianisation” of education, moral teachings and a pure Indian way of life.
national-institute-of-design-360 Ahmedabad: One of the country’s premier design institutes, Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design, has been awarded the status of ‘institute of national importance’ with Parliament passing the National Institute of ...Current News India, 2 months ago
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