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UIDAI in your phone book: Whom to be blamed?

Anusha Bhattacharya

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The whole issue that was emerging around for last two days on who put the Aadhaar helpline number in your contact list, came to a relief late Friday night when Google, the Android operating system provider accepted that “they” have done it. The company in a statement said that an internal review has revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number such as police, ambulance, fire etc were coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android phones. That was later used in India and has remained there since. And before jumping on to a false conclusion about whom to blame and whom to not, ask yourself: Why did Google save the UIDAI number in your contact list in the first place? They didnt wake up one day and said ”Lets add UIDAI phone number to the Indian phones for fun”. It is a matter of concern over the safety of Aadhar database, safety about You and Me, the 1.35 billion people who’s privacy is now in grave danger. And the government is doing nothing about it. Our Correspondent Miss Anusha Bhattacharya gives more insights about the case.

 

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Is Sam Pitroda playing the role of mani Shankar Aiyar?

Anusha Bhattacharya

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A close aide of rahul gandhi and also the overseas chief of the Indian National Congress, Sam Pitroda, had questioned the death toll in the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air force which was a response to the Pulwama attack. And said that it was wrong to blame or attack Pakistan. Now in the later half in an interview to the news agency, Pitroda had clarified that his remarks on the Pulwama terror attack and Balakot air strikes were his personal views and not those of the Congress.. he further said that he just asked questions.. what is the problem in that.. Well, seems like Congress’s Indian overseas chief Sam Pitroda has handed electoral advantage to the BJP on a platter similar to Mani Shankar Iyear’s chaiwala remark before the 2014 election..

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BJP first candidate list| Are Modi-Shah trying to be the next Vajpayee-Advani?

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After procrastinating for so long, the Bharatiya Janata Party finally released its first list of candidates for the Upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. Precisely, 20 days before the first phase of election on April 11. The first list includes the big names from the BJP, including that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Everybody was curious to know whether PM Modi will change the Lok Sabha constituency or retain the existing one. There were speculations that he might contest from Puri Lok Sabha seat. However, as it turns out, PM Modi will be contesting from Varanasi. The other big names include Rajnath Singh- who will contest from Lucknow, Nitin Gadkari will contest from Nagpur, Smriti Irani will go up against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, VK Singh from Ghaziabad, Babul Supriyo from Asansol, Kiran Rijiju from Arunachal North.
The 185 candidate list covered 21 states and 3 union territories. Much of the candidate list did not throw a big surprise. Many MPs defected from other parties were given the ticket while many senior and influential leaders were retained. In the entire list of 185 candidates, the one Lok Sabha seat that stands out is from Gujarat. The BJP announced candidate from only one seat in Gujarat and that is Gandhinagar. For the seat that belonged to the BJP stalwart, the BJP picked its chief Amit Shah replacing LK Advani. Indeed, it wouldn’t have slipped from people’s sight.
Advani had become the undisputed choice of the BJP for Gandhi nagar seat, until yesterday. Now, Advani is out of the race and Amit Shah who will be contesting his maiden Lok Sabha election has taken the successor post.

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Congress Leader Tariq Anwar’s below the belt remark: “PM Modi does not have any lineage”

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Even though the Model Code of conduct expects our leaders and politicians to maintain ideal behaviour and have civilized debates, this is followed rarely. There are countless examples of our leaders crossing the line when criticising the opposition party. In an outrageous statement, today Congress leaders questioned the lineage of Prime minister Narendra Modi for questioning the dynasty culture of Congress. Congress Leader Tariq Anwar went ahead and said that “Modi Ji does not have a successor in the family, which is why he is making such comments.” (Tariq Anwar Byte)
But it was not only him. Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad too joined the chorus and said the same.
Well, you may remember, just a day ago Union Culture Minister and BJP MP Mahesh Sharma referred to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as “Pappu” and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as “Pappu ki Pappi” during a poll campaign. He drew widespread flak from the opposition party which termed his remarks condemnable.
Was that statement shameful? Yes. Was it below the belt. Definitely. Was this uncivilized remark uncalled for. Absolutely. But then all of this also applies to what Tariq Anwar and Ghulam Nabi Azad said too. You cannot preach something without practicing yourself. And for the leaders, the election season is heated up but below the belt remarks not only belittle your own party’s image, but also of our public discourse.

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