New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) Former JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar today said there was a need to get in touch with public and unite them through communication to save the democracy.
Kumar was speaking at an event ‘Building An Inclusive India Citizens Conclave’ on the topic titled ‘Democracy and Dissent’.
“We have to get in touch with public and unite them. The first mode of communication is through language. There is so much ignorance among the public, because one feels that even if he is ignorant, he can still make it big. Even they are ‘bhakts’, instead of ignoring them we have to communicate to save the democracy,” he said.
Independent researcher Usha Ramanathan said, “In a democracy like India, the UIDAI project was depriving people of their rights just because they do not clear the biometric test. It doesn’t produce an identity to us, instead it profiles us as fake profile. If a biometric system does not work, you are not you.”
Various other speakers, including activist Jagmati Sangwan, documentary filmmaker Saba Dewan, retired IPS officer Meeran Chadha Borwankar and journalists Rajdeep Sardesai and Siddharth Varadarajan took part in the event.
The three-day event that began today to mark the launch of ‘India Inclusive’, an informal open platform that offers citizens and civil society across the country to network and preserve constitutional values.
The topics that would be focussed during the event are silencing the media, attack on rationalists and human resource development Society’s, pluralism, diversity, and culture, among others.
Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar attacked in Bihar’s Begusarai
Patna | Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s convoy was attacked in Bihar’s Begusarai on Tuesday.
According to police, “The incident took place on Monday night in Bhagwanpur police station area where Mr Kumar had made a brief stopover while returning to his home in Beehat village after addressing a public meeting.” The police further informed that “Kumar had gone to meet a friend living on the upper storey of a building, close to which Durga Puja celebrations were on. The cavalcade of his supporters blocked a part of the street, thus hindering the movement of vehicles.”
SHO Deepak Kumar further informed, “When locals objected, the former JNUSU chief’s supporters declined to move following which both the sides started to fight, resulting in the injuries to two Puja Samiti members, even as nearly half a dozen vehicles parked on the street were vandalised.”
Speaking about the incident, Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that he is been attacked for speaking against the ruling BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kumar blamed the Bajrang Dal and the Bhartiya Janta Party Yuva Morcha for the attack. While Kumar’s party CPI has severely condemned the attack on former JNUSU president. In an issued statement, CPI wrote,” The National Secretariat of Communist Party of India severely condemns the brutal attack on Kanhaiya Kumar at Bachwada sub-division of Begusarai district of Bihar by the goons of BJP Yuva Morcha and Bajrang Dal.”
Criticising the Narendra Modi led BJP government for the attack, CPI wrote,” It is a shame on the part of the ruling clan to carry such inhuman attacks on popular student leader like Kanhaiya Kumar.” Demanding a proper investigation in the case, the statement further added that “The CPI demands immediate arrest of the culprits and severe punishment. The attack reflects the poor law and order situation in Bihar. CPI will not be afraid of these attacks of Hindutva communal forces and will fight back.”
MJ Akbar resigns from MoS External Affairs after #MeToo allegations
New Delhi | Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar on Wednesday resigned from his post two days after filing a defamation suit against Journalist Priya Ramani over the #MeToo allegations.
In an issued statement MJ Akbar wrote,” I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity. I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations levied against me also in personal capacity submitting his resignation. Akbar further stated,” I have therefore tender my resignation from the office of Minister of state for external affairs.” He thanked the PM Modi and External affairs Min Sushma Swaraj for giving him an opportunity to serve the country.
— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2018
MJ Akbar on 15 October filed a defamation case against Journalist Priya Ramani who accused him of sexual harassment. Former Journalist MJ Akbar was accused of sexual harassment by various female journalists in the ongoing #MeToo campaign during his tenure as Editor of various newspapers. Journalist Priya Ramani had alleged that Akbar during his tenure as an Editor of a newspaper made her feel uncomfortable and harassed her in a hotel room.
After Ramani’s allegations various female journalists including Prerna Singh Bindra, Ghazala Wahab, Shutapa Paul, Anju Bharti, Suparna Sharma, Shuma Raha, Malini Bhupta, Kanika Gahlout, Kadambari M Wade, Majlie de Puy Kamp and Ruth David spoke against Akbar.
Earlier after returning from Nigeria, MJ Akbar termed the accusations false and baseless. Speaking to media agency ANI, the former Journalist said, “Accusations without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections.” He further added, “Whatever be the case, now that I have returned, my lawyers will look into these wild and baseless allegations in order to decide our future course of legal action.”
Former Goa Congress MLAs join BJP after resignation
New Delhi | Former Goa Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte on Tuesday joined BJP after resigning from the party.
— BJP LIVE (@BJPLive) October 16, 2018
Both the Congress MLAs today joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) after in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Goa BJP leader Sripad Naik. Both the leader had earlier met BJP president Amit Shah in the morning which lead to the speculations of both the lawmakers joining BJP. Speaking to media after meeting Amit Shah, Subhash Sirodkar said, “We are joining BJP today. We expect 2-3 more MLAs to come, not today but in the coming days.”
When asked about the recent development Goa Assembly speaker Pramod Sawant said, “I received resignation from 2 Congress MLAs Dayanand Sopte & Subhash Shirodkar. They confirmed they’re doing this willingly, without any pressure. I accepted the resignations. The process will be completed, copies will be sent to all members of House, Guv & EC.” He further added, “Strength of the assembly now is 38. Party strength is BJP 14, Congress 14, MGP 3, Goa Forward 3, NCP 1, independent 3. We have informed EC, it is up to them as to when there should be a by-poll etc.”
The resignation of the two Congressmen proves to be a major setback for the Congress party that demanded a no-confidence motion in the Goa assembly after CM Manohar Parrikkar was admitted to AIIMS regarding his degrading health. In the 40 member Goa assembly, the numbers of the Congress party has been reduced to 14, while the coalition of BJP (16) along with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (3), Goa Forward Party (3), NCP(1) and 1 independent government has 24 MLAs in the assembly.
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