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Manohar Parrikar has a advice for Goan Media critics: Take off clothes and dance naked

Panaji: In a stern critique of a section of the Goan media, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said his advice to those who blabber needlessly was to take off their clothes and dance naked to get publicity.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. PTIDefence Minister Manohar Parrikar. PTI

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. PTI

Parrikar, who attended a Bharatiya Janata Party meeting in Sattari sub district in north Goa, located 40 km from Panaji, was speaking on Monday vis-a-vis the limits of criticism.

“I still remember in 1968 during the Watergate issue, he (an editor) had written a large editorial advising (Richard) Nixon. Now, how could an editorial written by him in Marathi reach Nixon? He is in America.

“Some people do not understand their limits. They keep blabbering. I have some good advice for them. Remove your clothes and dance naked (kapde kadha ani nagde nacha).

“One will get even better publicity,” Parrikar said, while referring to an editor of a vernacular newspaper in Panaji.

“I give one advice to those who abuse to get publicity. There was a newspaper here. It is still there. I will not take its name. It had an editor.

“He was an international level editor, he was brought here in his old age. His newspaper had a sale of 1,000…” the former Goa Chief Minister said.

First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 22:08 IST

Lost in translation: Woman withdraws rape case after not understanding FIR written in Marathi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday quashed a FIR, chargesheet and proceedings in a case of rape, unnatural sex and cheating after the complainant herself filed a petition for quashing it. The woman said that the officer had not explained to her the contents of the FIR correctly as she didn’t know the Marathi language.The woman and the accused had a relationship for about a year, but when she realised that the boy was married, she had approached the police. A Division Bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice Nutan Sardessai while accepting the arguments put up by Advocate Mahesh Vaswani on behalf of the 20-year-old petitioner, said that even the Supreme Court of India has recognised live-in relationships and even recognised rights for the children out of such relationships. It was argued that girl had registered a FIR dated 03/12/2015 at the Khar Police Station, and the boy was arrested and was behind bars for over three months. The police had also filed a chargesheet in the case on 03/03/2016. Then, between May and June this year, the complainant had written to the Mumbai Police Commissioner and Chief Minister saying that the allegations in the FIR were wrongly recorded in her statement and that the Khar Police should record her further statement and absolve the boy of the charges of rape and other charges.However, the Khar Police had informed the complainant that they would not record her further statement to clarify her case and she must approach the court. The Bench interviewed the victim and after being satisfied, quashed the case.

Demonetisation: From the stench of old notes to fights, here’s a banker’s view

On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, in order to flush out black money. Thus began the mad scramble for cash. Queues outside ATMs and banks grew as frustrated and anxious citizens made a beeline to exchange or deposit the old notes, or get cash. Banks were directed to extend their working hours and meet the demands. A bank employee shares her experience with Humans of Bombay after the currency ban came into effect:

“I’m the manager at a bank. On 8 November, I was working a bit late when my husband called me and said, ‘how did you not tell me that 500 and 1000 Rupee notes are getting scraped’ and I was shell shocked. None of us had any idea what was going on… we just knew it was huge. So we went into work the next day, preparing for the days to come but no amount of preparation could fully prepare us for what was coming.

Image courtesy: Humans of BombayImage courtesy: Humans of Bombay

Image courtesy: Humans of Bombay

People’s view of the whole situation was limited to the lines they saw outside the bank, but what was happening behind closed doors was entirely different. We became a part of the dirty cycle that runs in this country. On one end there were chaiwallas, istriwallas who are queuing up to deposit their hard earned money but on the other end we’re receiving black money that had been stashed away for years possibly and all this cash smells like rotten leather to the point where every one of our branches has ordered masks for the cashiers — that’s how unbearable the stench became! From fights breaking out and the police intervening to educated people storming our offices and violently asking us for money — we’ve dealt with it all.

Just the other day a builder who’s had an account with us for many years, came forward to finally pay us an amount that he had defaulted on a Non Performing Asset. When we had chased him for months to pay up, he had defaulted but all of a sudden he came forward! He has over 300 crores in black money, but before this he claimed to have none at all — that’s how dirty the business is.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about what has happened — it’s a revolutionary move that will only strengthen our country and I completely understand what the common man is going through as well, but what can we possibly do? There’s only so much cash we have, and only so many people who can attend to such a large population.

What’s ridiculous is how people are behaving — they’re treating us so badly. Just 4 hours ago I received a call from a man from a place called Nanded who screamed at me non-stop. He went on yelling, blaming me, cursing in Marathi and I’m sitting there just wondering what I could possibly do and we’ve received dozens of such calls each day. Not just that, but the threats have also come. We get calls from people who are politically endowed and threaten to ‘send media to expose us’ or to ‘create a scene’ if we don’t move money — I mean when will we learn? We’re bankers — there’s only so much we can do! We’ve hardly slept these past few days, we’re not taking any weekends off… in fact most of us haven’t even exchanged our own 500 Rupee notes because we’re trying to help others first.

Our banks are losing money on interest and there’s already enough chaos… do we really need to add to it? We’re all in the same situation, we just need to sit tight and understand that steps are being taken to aid the process — this is for the future of our country and the least we can all do at a time like this is have patience and believe that everything will stabilise soon. And for heaven’s sake, stop trying to use more corrupt methods to get out of an already corrupt situation… we don’t need any more of it!”

First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 09:32 IST

Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes ban: Mild Anil Bokil is the quiet catalyst of India’s massive cash spin

Behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s dramatic announcement demonitising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in one stroke to battle the menace of black money, there is one low-profile unassuming individual who motivated the PM to take such a bold step — Anil Bokil founder of Maharashtra based  NGO, Arthkranti Pratisthtan.

Anil Bokil. Image from FacebookAnil Bokil. Image from Facebook

Anil Bokil. Image from Facebook

Unlike the many mavericks on the streets who outrageously demonstrate their ‘patriotism’, the Aurangabad-based mechanical engineer and chartered accountant Bokil has always been a silent crusader looking for ways and methods to protect India’s bleeding economy from the evils of black money.

Thinking ahead of his times, Bokil was always aware of the harm that physical money would cause in the long run and realised how crucial it was for the country to go digital on money matters.

“We are more into physical transaction involving cash (compared to other countries). Because of the physical exchange of cash we do not have any records of the cash transactions between two individuals who have entered into an exchange of money…We should encourage bank transactions or electronic payment modes,” he had apparently told ETV Marathi in 2009 itself.

According to a report on India.com, Bokil met PM Modi in 2013 where he was given less than 10 minutes to present his strategy to the PM on how black money that was profusely circulating in the country could be tackled.

The Prime Minister was apparently so engrossed with the proposed idea that he spent over two hours, far more than his schedule actually allotted to the CA and ended up discussing the methods to fight the problem. One of such method was the immediate stop on the circulation of high denomination currency notes.

A Facebook page that is maintained by his organisation Arthkranti Pratisthtan (Trust) said that “the plight of unemployed workers in industrial zone during Industrial recession in 1996” when he was associated with a cluster of engineering workshops in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad MIDC actually motivated him to enter into the terrain of the economy and economics.

He soon realised that it was paramount India becomes self-sustainable and a corruption free money zone was essential for it.

Rajnath Singh must intervene to `protect’ Marathis in Karnataka: Shiv Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena has sought intervention of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to “protect” Marathi-speaking populace in border areas of Karnataka, saying they are being subjected to “atrocities” in the adjoining State. “Atrocities are being committed on Marathi-speaking populace in Belgaum and other border areas of Karnataka. Singh should intervene to protect them,” Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said.Referring to the arrest of Marathi youths and activists of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), a regional outfit, for taking part in a ‘Black Day’ protest rally in Belgaum on Karnataka Rajyotsava Day on November 1, Gorhe said, “what is happening in Karnataka now is very painful.” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should take due cognisance of what is happening in Karnataka and also speak to his counterpart in the Congress-ruled State, she said. “Shiv Sena has always championed the cause of a united Maharashtra. We are fighting for the rights of Marathi people there,” said the Sena legislator. MES leaders have alleged their activists are being beaten and tortured by Karnataka Police. MES observes Black Day on November 1, which is celebrated across Karnataka as Kannada Rajyotsava Day or the day on which the State was formed. The MES wants 814 villages, where the Marathi-speaking population is dominant, to be integrated with Maharashtra.In its report 50 years ago, the Centre-appointed Mahajan Commission had recommended that these villages remain in Karnataka. Maharashtra Government has been fighting the case in the Supreme Court for nearly 12 years to get Belgaum and adjoining areas back from Karnataka.

Goa polls 2017: Shiv Sena gives ‘in-principle’ nod for alliance with RSS rebel Velingkar’s GSM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena on Saturday announced its in-principle approval to forge a pre-poll alliance with rebel RSS leader Subhash Velingkar-led Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), for the election to the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly to be held next year.”In-principle, we have decided to fight the election in an alliance. It would be a seat-sharing agreement. The details of seat sharing would be discussed later,” Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said after emerging from the meeting with Velingkar. Thackeray and Velingkar held a meeting at a five-star resort near here to formally discuss the alliance.The Sena chief said both the parties share similar ideology, which prompted them to think about joining hands.Responding to questions, Velingkar ruled out that the GSM was his attempt to venture into politics. “I have no political aspirations. I will not be contesting election. The party is formed for the cause,” he said.”BJP completely betrayed people on the issue of the medium of instruction (MoI). Now, we want to ensure that BJP is thrown out of power, that is why we are in the fray. We are sure of winning several seats considering the response that we receive during our visits,” he added.Velingkar, an RSS veteran in Goa, was given the marching orders on August 31 after Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), of which he is a convener, expressed its intention to contest the 2017 Assembly elections against BJP.Velingkar was removed by RSS after he took a strident stance against the ruling BJP over the issue of medium of instruction and even showed black flags to the party chief Amit Shah at Bambolim during his visit there on August 20. Thereafter, Velingkar had announced his plans to float a new political outfit to take forward the cause of regional languages such as Konkani and Marathi as Medium of Instruction (MOI) and against the state government’s policy of supporting English medium schools.On October 2, Velingkar floated GSM and vowed to defeat the BJP in the coming Assembly polls. BBSM has been vociferously opposing grants to English medium schools in Goa and led agitations against the Laxmikant Parsekar government demanding that primacy be given to Marathi and Konkani languages as the medium of instruction (MoI) in schools.Shiv Sena had earlier announced support to Velingkar, stating that the party was ready to join hands with him if he launches a political party to contest the Goa Assembly polls scheduled early next year.

No reason for me to apologise over cartoon row: Sanjay Raut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Putting up a brave face after a cartoon in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ provoked a strong reaction from a section of Maratha community and led to attack on the newspaper’s office, its editor Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said there was no reason for him to tender an apology.Describing cartoonist Shrinivas Prabhudesai as “non-political and innocent”, Raut said Prabhudesai had already tendered apology for the cartoon which alluded to the silent marches being taken out by the Maratha community across the state. Raut, a Rajya Sabha member, also denied media reports about Sena legislators from the Maratha community handing over resignation to the party leadership over the issue.”The cartoon has not caused any kind of dent or electoral damage to the party. We are neither hurt nor have we suffered any loss. The Sena does not believe in caste and I do not see any reason for tendering an apology,” he said. “The Sena has seen many storms in its fifty years of existence and weathered them, we shall come out of this also,” he said, reiterating the party’s support for the silent marches of the Maratha community for demands such as reservation.Without naming Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar and others who have lashed out at Sena over the controversial cartoon, Raut said, “Those who envy us and want to play politics are speaking against us.””During the days of Babri (demolition), 140 cases were filed against me, who is afraid of such cases? Sena does not believe in caste. Marathi is the only caste for us. There is a ploy to divide the Marathi community along caste lines,” he said.Raut further said that Sena knew who were behind this caste politics and would soon expose them. Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party leaders were pulling the strings from behind the scenes, he alleged.”The morchas (marches) are being taken out to target the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis,” he said.

‘Saamana’ cartoon row: Opposition seeks unconditional apology from Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Office of the Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ in Navi Mumbai was allegedly stoned on Tuesday over a cartoon published in the daily alluding to the silent marches being taken out by Maratha community across the state. A pro-Maratha outfit, ‘Sambhaji Brigade’, claimed the responsibility for the attack.While Shiv Sena termed the attack as “deliberate mischief” by some people to create a rift between the Maratha community, its ally BJP took objection to the cartoon and demanded public apology from the newspaper. Opposition Congress and NCP also sought government action against the Sena mouthpiece for “hurting sentiments” of the community.Giving details about the attack, police said three youths came in a vehicle at the ‘Saamana’ printing press building located at Sanpada in Navi Mumbai at around 1.45 pm. They called the guard of the press and requested him to take a letter. As the guard was approaching the vehicle, the youths got down, rushed towards the press and allegedly pelted stones damaging glasses on the outer wall of the building and fled, they said. Police reached the spot and a complaint was lodged by the office-bearers at Sanpada police station.Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale confirmed the incident. Police said an offence has been registered against the accused and appropriate action will be taken. On Sunday, a cartoon on “muk morcha” (silent march) was published in ‘Saamana’, which drew flak from political quarters.The controversial cartoon. Image Courtesy: TwitterThe Marathas have been organising silent marches across the state following the Kopardi rape and murder incident, in which the victim was a member from the community, while the alleged perpetrators belonged to Dalit community.A Sena leader requesting anonymity said, “The cartoon had no co-relation with the Maratha community. There are certain people, who want to create a rift within the community members by misguiding them. While doing that, they also got a good opportunity to defame the Sena.””(Late Sena Chief) Bal Thackeray never believed in dividing Marathi speaking people on the basis of caste and creed. For him, all were equal. Thus, we cannot go against his principles to play with the sentiments of the Marathi speaking community. This is a case of deliberate mischief,” the leader said.Sambhaji Brigade takes responsibility of the attackThe Sambhaji Brigade condemned the cartoon and took responsibility of the attack. It also demanded apology from Sena leaders.Sambhaji Brigade spokesperson Shivanand Bhanuse told PTI, “We are condemning a cartoon, which was published in ‘Saamana’. Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and ‘Saamana’ executive editor Sanjay Raut must apologise to the women of Maharashtra.””The attack was spontaneous and an expression of emotions of the Maratha community,” he said.Opposition demands apology from SenaMeanwhile, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar said ‘Saamana’ had hurt sentiments of the Maratha community and those taking part in the silent morchas. “The newspaper should offer an unconditional public apology,” he said.Hitting out at Raut, Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP, Shelar said, “Given the Executive Editor’s style of functioning, I feel like calling him a cartoon.” The BJP leader said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is trying to understand the sentiments of the Marathas and is communicating with them.”We are confident that the government will take a satisfactory decision (about the community’s demands),” he said.”By mocking the Maratha community, the Shiv Sena has insulted the womenfolk and therefore they should apologise publicly…Being a part of the government, the Sena should have taken note of their grievance and found some solution,” Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan said.Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said the attack on reflected the Maratha anger against the “derogatory” cartoon. He also urged the government to act against the newspaper. “The cartoon not only insulted the Maratha morcha, but also women from all sections of the society. The cartoon exposed the anti-Maratha mindset of Sena, which is known for its anti-Dalit and anti-Muslim stand,” he said.Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said the cartoon showed Sena’s “pervert mindset”. “It insulted martyred jawans, their families, police and women. The government should file a criminal case against the newspaper,” he said.Munde also accused the state government of instigating the non-Maratha community in the backdrop of the maratha morchas to create caste tensions. “The Opposition will cooperate with the government to amend laws to provide reservation to Marathas,” he said.Munde said there is resentment in the community that the government is not taking their demands seriously. “So far, chargesheet has not been filed the kopardi rape and murder case,” the NCP leader said.Marathas have planned more rallies in the state in the coming days, which would culminate in a rally in Mumbai in the first week of October.Meanwhile, late in the evening, police commissioner Hemant Nagrale informed that a case had been registered with regard to the stone-pelting at Saamana office under sections 336 (act endangering life and personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the property) of the IPC.The FIR identified the accused as Shrikrushna Sawant, Amol Jadhavrao, Manoj Aakhre, Purushottam Khedkar, all office-bearers of Sambhaji Brigade, and others. The accused would be arrested soon, the police officer said.

So who really composed ‘Mile sur mera tumhara’?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fresh controversy has erupted over the credit for composing ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’, the national integration song that was immortalised by singing as well as national icons in the late eighties.Late classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi’s son Jayant took to Facebook on Monday after watching an interview on a Marathi channel where well-known Marathi music composer Ashok Patki claimed he had composed the tune.”I saw this interview where Ashok Patki has blatantly lied. The tune for ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ was composed by my father,” Jayant wrote on Facebook. He later narrated the entire saga of the birth of the song that used to air on Doordarshan and was quite popular with the masses in those times.”I was playing the harmonium, accompanying my father. He used the base ‘Jo bhaje hari ko sada’ and kept humming the tune. It was composed right before my eyes,” he wrote, and wondered how Patki claimed he had given a cassette to all singers. “There was no cassette whatsoever. This is too much,” he added. Jayant then went on to offer more information in his post.”(Late PM) Rajiv Gandhi wanted a national integration song. (Actress) Tanuja’s brother Jaydeep Samarth, who was (working) in Ogilvy (& Mather), (late Marathi poet) Vasant Bapat and Ogilvy’s creative director Suresh Malik had come to our house with the proposal. Piyush Pandey knows this. Malik told my father that the tune should be based on Bhairavi because this raag is pretty popular across India. That was all the brief that he had. We still have the paper from Ogilvy on which the song was written,” he said in the post.”Patki was the arranger’s assistant. This is pure mischief from him. Vaidyanathan and Louis Banks, too, know this. Because they composed tunes for (parts in) other languages, and music arrangements,” he concluded.You can read the full post in Marathi here:About ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ was one of the first of its kind as a national integration music video, conceptualised by Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad and promoted on Doordarshan in 1988. The video was directed by Kailash Surendranath and featured icons like – Sharmila Tagore, Kamal Haasan, Lata Mangeshkar, Mallika Sarabhai, Shabana Azmi among several others.Listen to the song here:

dna Must Reads: Rio Olympians conferred Khel Ratna; Telangana deputy CM slammed over ‘proper coaching’ comment; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Kashmir unrest: Dialogue must, need to find permanent solution: Modi tells J-K opposition leadersDuring a 75-minute-long meeting, Modi said, “Those who lost their lives during the unrest are ‘part of us, our nation’. Whether the lives lost are of our youth, security personnel or police, it distresses us.” Read more here 2. Askme.com employees, sellers hold protest outside Gurugram office over non-payment of duesE-commerce portal Askme.com suspended its operations last week, citing a severe cash crunch in the company, after its major shareholder pulled out. Read more about the protest here3. Forgetting Gopichand? Telangana deputy CM slammed for ‘promising’ to give PV Sindhu ‘proper coaching’Shuttler PV Sindhu might have clinched the silver medal at Rio Olympics but mentor and chief coach Pullela Gopichand believes his ward is still far away from achieving her full potential and said she has the talent to be head and shoulders above the rest in the world. Read what Telangana deputy CM said here4. Rio Olympians Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Jitu to be conferred Khel RatnaMore laurels for Olympians who have just returned from Rio. Know what is in store for them in India here5. Shocking: MNS won’t allow Sushant Singh Rajput’s MS Dhoni biopic to be dubbed in MarathiSushant Singh Rajput’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story trailer has received thunderous response from the audiences and critics alike. And the entire team had a master plan ready up their sleeves, but the biopic won’t be dubbed in Marathi, know the reason here

Thane ATM heist case: 6 people arrested, over Rs 3 crore cash recovered

Six people have been arrested in connection with Thane ATM cash van robbery case.A gang of nearly seven dacoits, wielding knives and chopper, had looted the office of an ATM cash handling company in Thane on Tuesday in the wee hours and decamped with over Rs 9 crore, police said.The incident had taken place on Tuesday when the dacoits, who had their faces covered with monkey caps and handkerchiefs, barged into the office in Teen Hath Naka area at about 3.00 am where 4 to 5 staffers were engaged in counting money, Thane Police spokesperson inspector Sukhada Narkar said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Praveen Dixit, Maharashtra DGP said that the cash worth Rs 3 crore 12 lakh (out of 9 crore 16 lakh) recovered and three cars that were used in robbery also seized.There are reports of presence of some other accused in other states, our teams chasing them,more arrests likely to be made soon, said Dixit.According to initial reports, the amount was pegged at around Rs 12 crore but after counting of the booty looted, police have estimated a sum of over Rs 9 crore. The dacoits kept the three security guards and staffers at bay at gun-point while some of them stacked off the cash.They had also disconnected the CCTV camera connection before fleeing the spot, the officer said. According to a complaint lodged by one of the staffers, the accused spoke in Hindi and Marathi and were attired in half-pants, shirts and vests.An offence was lodged under 395 (dacoity), 397 (preparation to commit dacoity), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (2) and relevant sections of Arms Act, she said. All the accused are at large now and no arrest has been with regard to the incident, police said.With agency inputs.

Thane: Seven dacoits loot ATM cash handling company of Rs 5 crore

A gang of seven dacoits, wielding knives and chopper, allegedly looted the office of an ATM cash handling company in Thane on Tuesday in the wee hours and decamped with nearly Rs 5 crore, police said.The incident took place when the dacoits, who had their faces covered with monkey caps and handkerchiefs, barged into the office in Teen Hath Naka area at about 3 AM where 4 to 5 staffers were engaged in counting money, Thane Police spokesperson inspector Sukhada Narkar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to initial reports, the amount was pegged at around Rs 12 crore but after counting of the booty looted, police have estimated a sum of nearly Rs 5 crore. The dacoits kept the three security guards and staffers at bay at gun-point while some of them stacked off the cash.They had also disconnected the CCTV camera connection before fleeing the spot, the officer said. According to a complaint lodged by one of the staffers, the accused spoke in Hindi and Marathi and were attired in half-pants, shirts and vests.Narkar said the company handled cash for bank ATMs, malls and jewellers. At the time of the incident, the cash collected was kept in the office. After receiving an alert, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh rushed to the scene. He then handed over the probe to crime branch, Thane unit.Singh earlier said that the cash was estimated to be around Rs 7 to 8 crore but the exact figure was established after thorough counting. The accused were carrying knives, a revolver and a chopper. Besides cash, they also looted mobile handsets and CCTV camera recorder worth Rs 40,000, Narkar said.An offence was lodged under 395 (dacoity), 397 (preparation to commit dacoity), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (2) and relevant sections of Arms Act, she said. All the accused are at large now and no arrest has been with regard to the incident, police said.

‘Priceless moments with young Vaishali’: PM Modi meets girl he helped with heart surgery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the 6-year-old girl here who had written to him seeking help for her heart surgery owing to poor financial condition of her family. The PMO responded promptly and arranged help for Vaishali Yadav, who needed surgery for a hole in her heart, through the Pune district administration. She was operated upon successfully early this month at a city hospital.Vaishali got the opportunity to meet Modi, who was in the city to launch projects under the Smart City mission. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pratap Yadav, her uncle, later told reporters that the PM offered her a chocolate and spoke to her a few sentences in Marathi. The Prime Minister tweeted a photograph of his meeting with the little girl later.”Priceless moments with young Vaishali”, he said on Twitter. “After her surgery, Vaishali wrote a touching letter to me, which will remain etched in my memory…glad we were able to help this little girl,” the Prime Minister said.

Why a doomed love story has become India’s sleeper hit

Indian Romeo and Juliet becomes sleeper hit

‘Don’t fall in love’

A low-budget regional film on the often cruel consequences of falling in love in India has become the biggest sleeper hit of the year, writes Sudha G Tilak.

Konkan will soon be next Vidarbha, warns documentary

While farmers in the drought-hit regions of Vidarbha are getting all the due attention, a similar story seems to be unfolding hundreds of kilometres away in Sindhudurg district of Konkan region, but without the state government’s eye on it.Now, a Mumbai-based former journalist, who currently work with a social development organisation, has highlighted the plight of the Sindhudurg farmers in a short documentary film titled My Disappearing Farms.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 11-minute documentary in Marathi is doing rounds of various film festivals and was recently screened at the Pune Short Film Festival and Atharva Short and Documentary Film Festival in Mumbai. “A screening on June 5, the World Environment Day, will be attended by the environmentalists and experts in Mumbai. Also, there are plans to have screenings and discussion sessions for various stakeholders in the Konkan belt,” said filmmaker Simit Bhagat.“The film delves into a range of issues, including low returns on investment, a sharp rise in input costs, shortage of labour, erratic rainfall and migration of families to big cities, such as Mumbai and Pune, in search of better opportunities,” said Bhagat. He added that through the film, he wanted to dispel the general perception that since Konkan received a good amount of rainfall, the farmers in the region were thriving, and to also generate awareness regarding their issues.As per official figures, in the last two decades, over 12,500 acres – equivalent to the size of 4,000 cricket grounds — of rice farms in Sindhudurg have turned fallow. According to the farmers,the actual numbers are even higher.In the documentary, farmers talk about how the farming practise has gone considerably down in Sindhudurg, as the present generation was not at all keen on farming due to several reasons. The rising costs and shortage of labour, along with the changes in rainfall patterns, are some of the major reasons for the decline in farming in the region.“Until a few years ago, rainfall was quite predictable, and we were able to start our farming season at a particular time. But these days, the monsoon is so uncertain that we end up suffering losses,” said Shashank Nandoskar, another farmer from Sindhudurg, adding that the farmers now preferred to engage in other occupations and so farming only for their household consumption.Bhagat, who himself hails from the Sindhudurg region, has produced as well as directed the film. He began researching the topic during his trips and interaction with local farmers and shot with minimal budget. He said, “If this situation is not tackled now, it will not take much time for Konkan to become the next Vidarbha.”

Of erotic sorties, beaut damsels: Language of court rulings can be quite dense

Anthony Gonzalves was clever enough to get it right after having only just hatching out of an Easter egg: “You know the whole country of the system is juxtapositioned by the hemoglobin in the atmosphere because you are a sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity!”


Anyone attempting to read Subramanian Swamy vs Union of India, the imposing, 268 page long tome of text authored by Justice Dipak Misra, settling the question of the constitutionality of criminal defamation in India, will be as perplexed as the party audience in Amar Akbar Anthony’s famously catchy song.

The language used by our courts is so flowery, it might even give Shakespeare a case of envyThe language used by our courts is so flowery, it might even give Shakespeare a case of envy

The language used by our courts is so flowery, it might even give Shakespeare a case of envy

Intoxicated by the exuberance of their own verbosity, our Courts have been guilty of making their decisions virtually impenetrable by the common man for whom they are purportedly written.

Attempts have already been made elsewhere to decipher this judgment. Strangely, this does not appear to be the usual literary style adopted by Justice Misra in his other decisions.

The precedent for such writing seems to stem from the inimitable VR Krishna Iyer. In 1979’s Phul Singh vs State of Punjab, the opening paragraph, narrating the facts of the case, reads thus: “A philanderer of 22, appellant Phul Singh, overpowered by sex stress in excess, hoisted himself into his cousin’s house next door, and in broad day-light, overpowered the temptingly lonely prosecutrix of twenty four, Pushpa, raped her in hurried heat and made an urgent exit having fulfilled his erotic sortie.”

He justified the reduction of the Appellant’s sentence from four years to two with this reasoning: “A hyper-sexed homo sapiens cannot be habilitated by humiliating or harsh treatment, but that is precisely the perversion of unreformed Jail Justice which some criminologists have described as the crime of punishment” (emphasis mine).

You’d be hard pressed to justify this sort of writing in today’s world. And yet, the flattering imitators persist. Subordinate Courts, bound as they are by stare decisis, take their literary cues from such prose. So the opening lines of the Special CBI Court’s judgment in the Arushi Talwar murder trial goes: “The cynosure of judicial determination is the fluctuating fortunes of the dentist couple Dr Rajesh Talwar and Dr Nupur Talwar…”

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At the other end of the spectrum, the state of Maharashtra has been attempting to spread the use of Marathi in lower Courts for well over two decades. Attempts are now underway to conquer the last bastion of English, the stubbornly ‘Bombay’ High Court by making the official language Marathi. Obviously, this would present a peculiarly Indian problem where the Supreme Court gravitates towards a kind of written English which even the British probably never dreamed of, but subordinate Courts are driven towards local language.

Caught between this schism is the High Court, which is called upon to consider Appeals drafted in English from decisions rendered in Marathi. Between the inherent ambiguity of overly complicated judgments like Phul Singh and Subramanian Swamy, and the expectation of all Courts to translate and then apply their ratios to the cases tried by them, a recipe for disaster is in the making, to the detriment of ordinary Indian litigants.

Legal language is a subject that’s taught in the first year of LLB. But instead of teaching prospective lawyers (and therefore, judges) how to write lucidly, much emphasis is laid on memorising the English translations of Latin maxims (which, incidentally, are of limited use even in every day practice), the short forms of different law journals and the meanings of an assortment of commonly used ‘legal words’.

The only redeeming features are a section on essay writing, and another on grammar. This is not to suggest that good language skills necessarily translate into good advocacy or good judgments, or that those with poor language skills cannot make great lawyers and judges. The question is one of accessibility to the ordinary litigating public.

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As long ago as 1986, Lawyers Collective magazine carried an article on the need for a Plain Language Movement in India, of the kind that is already well established abroad, to simplify language in Courts. Decrying what was already a dire predicament then, it was noted that “The highest court of the land has very often to assume the role of a philologist (linguist) and consider the minute nuances of a word after consulting various dictionaries and authorities, before coming to a possible conclusion. Then again what is true in one context need not apply to another and this does not preclude other interpretations and other delays on account of them. In many cases the judgement too is baffling, even to the legal pundits.”

Perhaps a solution is already close at hand. In journalism, another language-based profession, it is subeditors who are tasked with modulating the often unintelligible stories filed by reporters, and are expected to lend a unifying voice to the publications they work for. If our Courts continue in the vein of Subramanian Swamy, the time may come when recourse may have to be made to a similar solution — even a separate cadre of Court staff entrusted only with the editing of judgments — to enable litigants to hurdle over the Courts’ language barrier.

The author practices in Bombay High Court

Less than half crimes reported to police in Mumbai and Delhi, finds survey

New Delhi: Only about 50 percent of crimes and about 12 percent of sexual harassment cases are reported to police in Delhi and Mumbai, a survey said on Tuesday.

According to a report by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), only 46.8 percent of crimes get reported to police in Delhi, while in Mumbai the percentage stood at 41.8 percent.

Even the rate of lodging a sexual harassment case was very low in both the cities — only 7.5 percent cases were registered in Delhi, while in Mumbai, the rate was a bit higher with 11.1 percent.

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The report said that most of the sexual harassment cases registered were related to passing of lewd and sexual comments.

The CHRI along with the Indian Statistical Institute and Nielsen India Pvt. Ltd. released its report on “Crime Victimisation and Safety Perception.”

The report was based on a year-long survey carried out between July 2014 and June 2015 in Delhi and Mumbai.

On not reporting the crimes, CHRI director Maja Daruwala said: “One reason which came out in our survey was that the victims didn’t wanted to be caught up in police or court matters…The second reason which came into light was that the victims didn’t feel there was enough evidence to take the case forward,” she added.

The maximum cases registered with police were related to theft, which was followed by sexual harassment and assault cases.

Cases of mobile phones being stolen were highest among all in both the cities.

The report also said that about 36 percent of complainants in Delhi and 51 percent in Mumbai were satisfied with the police response.

It said the residents of Mumbai generally perceive police in a more positive light and felt safer than those residing in Delhi.

It also stated that non-Marathi speakers in Mumbai and non-Hindi speakers in Delhi were comparatively more vulnerable to crime.

Maharashtra drought: Sacred pond Ramkund refilled by water tankers

Ramkund, the sacred pond on the banks of Godavari river here which had dried up, was finally filled with water from tankers and wells. Nashik mayor Ashok Murtadak said he had appealed to owners of water tankers to pour water in Ramkund. Ashok Murtadak Nashik Mayor The owners of water tankers gave response and filled Ramkund yesterday using waters from 50-60 tanks,”Following this, locals could take a holy dip yesterday to mark ‘Gudi Padwa’ (Marathi New Year), the mayor added. It was for the first time in last 139 years that Ramkund had dried up as water stock in Gangapur dam had gone down due to severe drought and scanty rainfall last year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Ramkund has gone dry after 139 years as irrigation authorities stopped release of water (from Gangapur dam) into the river as keeping water for drinking is their first priority now,” Devang Jani of Godapremi Urban Action Committee had said.

Day after Raj Thackeray’s ‘auto burning’ threat, MNS torches one in Mumbai’s Andheri

A day after Raj Thackeray urged his party men to burn new auto rickshaws, such an incident has been reported in Andheri, Mumbai. Unidentified MNS workers burnt an auto in Four Bungalows, Andheri. No person was injured and so far no one has been arrested for this act of vandalism.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking at party’s 10th anniversary, Raj Thackeray upped his rabid anti-migrant agenda on Wednesday. He said that the transport department would give 70-72% of the 70,000 rickshaw permits to ‘outsiders’ and alleged that the current interview process for applicants was just an eyewash.Demanding that only Maharashtrian youth and not just those who knew Marathi should be given these rickshaw permits, Raj asked his party men to “evacuate the passengers and the driver when they saw a new rickshaw or a rickshaw with a new number plate on the road… and set it on fire.””Otherwise, these people will not learn a lesson,” he said, while questioning chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on why the process had been hastened. MNS on Thursday also burnt an effigy of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Yogesh Sagar in front of his office at SV Road, near Kandivali station in Mumbai.

Burning autos for Marathi pride? MNS boss Raj Thackeray’s sermons on how to scare non-Maharashtrians

Raj Thackeray has once again demonstrated how proud he is of being a Maharashtrian. Addressing a rally on Wednesday, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief called on his followers to burn those autorickshaws that belong to non-Maharashtrians, even if the licences are in order. This is not the first time he has made a statement against people from outside the state. Here’s a list of the things that previously rubbed him the wrong way:

In response to Jaya Bachchan saying, “Hum UP (Uttar Pradesh) ke log hain, isliye Hindi mein baat karenge, Maharashtra ke log maaf kijiye (We are from UP, so we will speak in Hindi; Maharashtrians, please forgive us) at a promotional event for the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Drona.

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In response to news reports in 2012 that a Bihari youth had vandalised the Amar Jawan memorial during the Azad Maidan protests.

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On finding out that a member of the Jain community had distributed aam ras and puri to several households to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mahavir’s statue being brought to Mumbai

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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis pens an explainer on state budget

What happens when a studious legislator becomes the Chief Minister? He writes a three-part explainer to unravel the mystery called the budget.As the Maharashtra state legislature session began this week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote a three-part series on what exactly a state budget is and how it should be read.The series, written in Marathi, has been published on the state government’s news portal www.mahanews.gov.in and should come in handy to legislators across parties who are often found wanting in knowledge of parliamentary business.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fadanvis an excellent orator and has won the Best Parliamentarian award for his performance in the Maharashtra legislature before.You can read his series here.Unfortunately, he has written it in Marathi and the government portal doesn’t seem to have an English translation yet.

Raj Thackeray threatens to burn autorickshaws driven by non-Marathis

Mumbai: Claiming that 70 per cent of new autorickshaw permits were given to non Marathis, MNS chief Raj Thackeray today threatened that his party workers will set on fire these autos if they are seen plying on roads.

“If any such auto with a new permit is seen plying on the road, those sitting inside will be asked to come out and the auto will be set on fire…Since Shiv Sena holds the state Transport portfolio, I want to ask how much is it getting in the deal,” he said addressing a gathering of party supporters on the occasion of MNS’s 10th foundation day.

Raj claimed that around 70 per cent of those given new permits are non-Marathi and demanded that only sons of the soil should be given licences.

“The government has done away with norms like asking for a domicile certificate and a letter from the CID before handing out auto permits to those seeking it, so that they can anyhow grant 70,000 permits in the coming days,” Thackeray said.

“The cost of each auto is Rs 1.7 lakh and Rahul Bajaj’s company (Bajaj Auto) has the lot of 70,000 autos ready. It means that this is a business of Rs 1,190 crore,” he said.

Thackeray alleged that there was no difference in the functioning of the erstwhile Congress-NCP government and the present BJP-Sena government as “corruption continues unabated.”

“Only faces have changed in the new government, but the corruption and style of working has remained unchanged,” he said.

In a bid to boost the morale of his party workers, Thackeray said ups and downs are a part of life and they should remember the purpose for which their party was formed.

“Every big person has encountered failure. So there is nothing new if we, too, have failed in the past. But, I assure you that the party will not stop now,” he said.


RSP leader Mahadev Jankar caught on camera seeking Radhe Maa’s blessings

Social media has been abuzz with the image of Rashtriya Samaj Party leader and MLA Mahadev Jankar touching the feet of self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa.According to a report in Marathi daily Divya Marathi, Jankar had visited Radhe Maa’s house in Borivali, Mumbai along with a few of his acquaintances. RSP’s leader in Gujarat Yamini Panchal and Mumbai chief Ashok Panchal too had tagged along with the leader.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jankar was photographed touching the feet of Radhe Maa as the controversial personality was sitting on her throne.Jankar has been crucial in turning votes of Dhangar community in BJP’s favour. According to media reports, he was promised a ministership for his achievement. But even after three sessions of assembly, the Fadnavis-led government has not made good on that promise. According to rumour mills, it is being said that Jankar visted Radhe Maa in order to seek her blessing in the quest for the post in the Fadnavis cabinet.Mahadev Jankar, while talking to dna, said, “I am not a bhakt of Radhe Maa. My office-bearers took me to her birthday-related function. Neither am I connected to her in any way, nor do I know of anything about her.”He also denied of having any knowledge of the various allegations of criminal activity, black magic, and superstitions levelled against the self-proclaimed godwoman.

Process to standardise Marathi at international level on: Vinod Tawde

Announcing that the process to bring Marathi language on Unicode by approaching Unicode Consortium was on, minister for Marathi language Vinod Tawde on Saturday said that this would help the language to get standardised at the international level.He was speaking at a special programme organised to mark Marathi Rajbhasha Din (Marathi Language Day) on Saturday. Every year, February 27 is celebrated as Marathi Rajbhasha Din to mark the birth anniversary of the first Dnyanapeeth award winner in Marathi Kusumagraj Vishnu Waman Shirwadkar. During the programme, Babytai Gaikwad from Ahmednagar was felicitated with late Mangesh Padgaonkar award while Maxim Bernsen from Faltan was felicitated with Dr Ashok Kelkar award for Marathi language research. The Shri Ou Bhagwat award was given to Continental Prakashan of Pune while the life time achievement award in the memory of late Vinda Karandikar was handed over to RG Jadhav.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tawde informed that the Marathi language department is working on various projects so that it can be brought out of the bureaucratic network. He added that while providing prime time for Marathi movies in multiplexes, the government also provided space for selling Marathi books at municipal corporation premises and other local body offices. Tawde informed that a total of five lakh documents in Modi script from Tanjavur have been turned into digital format and government has also made available 353 Marathi books of Sahitya Sanskruti Mandal in e-books form on the government website free of cost.Composer Kaushal Inamdar presented a show ‘Marathinama’, depicting the history and journey of Marathi language. Baba Bhand, Shrikant Bahulkar, Dr Sadanand More were present for the programme.

Maharashtra: College student allegedly molested, robbed in Pune

A 19-year-old student of a prestigious college from Pune was allegedly molested and robbed on Wednesday by an unidentified man.The incident took place at around 6:30 pm at Hanuman Tekdi, when the girl was sitting reading a book there, said reports.Speaking to a leading Marathi daily, a senior police officer said, “While the girl was reading a book at Hanuman Tekdi, an unknown person came from behind and threatened her demanding money. The girl handed over the accused her purse, but later he took her to the opposite side of the area and molested her and ran away.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The victim is a resident of West-Bengal.A case has been registered in Chaturshrungi police station on Thursday and police are investigating the matter. Four suspects have been detained.

BMC’s historic council hall may turn into poetry recitation centre

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) historic council hall might soon turn into a poetry recitation centre with all corporators reciting poetry of their choice. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) wants all corporators to recite a poetry in the council hall when the civic general body meets for celebrating Marathi language day.February 27 is the birth anniversary of noted poet Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar popularly known by his pen name, Kusumagraj. “This is a way to pay respect to Kusumagraj and celebrate Marathi language too. All corporators should recite a poem of their choice in Marathi. Even if it is just one of two lines, it would be a tribute to both Kusumagraj and Marathi language. If we can’t do this much, then there is no point in making Marathi language day a mere formality,” said Sandip Deshpande, MNS group leader in the BMC. Deshpande has written to Mayor Snehal Ambekar asking her to request the corporators to prepare a poem and call for a special general body meeting for the purpose.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Marathi is the official language in the BMC, corporators often deliver their speeches in Hindi and occasionally in English too. There are 227 elected and five nominated corporators who occupy the historic hall built in 1893.While corporators cutting across party lines speak Marathi, some have opposed the MNS’s move. “We all love Marathi language since it is the language of the state. However, a poem recitation event can’t become a part of the business of the House. Love for the language can’t become a reason for political display. It is high time that we move over language politics and discuss real issues. There is a fire in Deonar and the whole city is choking. The Mayor should call for a special session for discussing this instead of poetry,” said Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party’s corporator.Makarand Narwekar, citizen corporator from Colaba, welcomed the suggestion but said that public money must not be wasted. “It is a good way to pay tribute to the great poet Kusumagraj and Marathi language. We all love Marathi language and have grown up reading Kusumagraj’s poems in school. However, public money can’t be wasted for this and real issues can’t be sidelined,” he added.The BMC celebrates Marathi language day through the fortnight. It’s education department had asked all private schools to celebrate Marathi language for 15 days by organising various programmes. According to the circular, the schools must organise programmes that would help develop love for the Marathi language among the non-marathi people.

Karnataka govt’s attempt to ban film on border row shows Congress hypocrisy: Arvind Sawant

The attempt by the Congress-led government of Karnataka to ban the film ‘Marathi Tigers’ is the best example of their intolerance and hypocrisy, Shiv Sena leader and MP from Arvind Sawant said on Sunday.”They talk about intolerance and create a huge controversy. However, their party’s government in Karnataka seeks to impose a ban on ‘Maratha Tigers’. Is this not intolerance?” asked Sawant, who was speaking in a public meeting organised by the leaders fighting for border dispute.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maratha Tigers is releasing on February 5. Young Sena leader Dr Amol Kolhe has played a lead role in it. Some organisations in Karnataka feel that the film is provocative and might create unrest in the state.According to media reports, the police in Belgaum are also evaluating the matter ahead of the release, leading to speculations that the state might approach court, seeking a ban on the movie. Sawant extended full support of his party to the movement of including Belgaum and other disputed areas in Maharashtra.Leaders from disputed villages observed first ‘Hutatma Diwas’ in Mumbai on Sunday. It has been celebrated in disputed areas every year for several decades in the memory of people who sacrificed their life for the issue. They also branded their movement as the “second battle for Samyukta Maharashtra”.Over 865 Marathi-speaking villages of Belgaum, Bidar and Karwar districts are part of Karnataka since the two states were formed. Belgaum-based party Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) has been fighting since then to include them in Maharashtra on linguistic grounds. The matter is at present pending in the Supreme Court.Chief guest of the event Deepak Pawar, professor of politics at Mumbai university, told the gathering that Karnataka is converting Marathi medium schools into Kannada medium in a planned way just to weaken the movement. MES leader Deelip Mistry and others urged parliamentarians of Maharashtra to come together and lobby with the Centre for this cause.Shiv Sena leader and lead of the movie Maratha Tigers Dr Amol Kolhe spoke to dna. Excerpts:How do you view Karnataka’s reported attempt to ban your movie?The proposed ban would be most unfortunate. The film doesn’t intend to create a rift between Kannadigas and Marathis in the disputed area. It just portrays the problems of 40 lakh people living in the disputed area. As a state, they must first see the film and take care of the people they proclaim as their own. Some pro-Kannada organisations have started a campaign against my film without even watching it.Can you explain the subject of the movie?It’s a symbolic love story based in the disputed area.What is your next step?I will start promotion of my film from Belgaum from Monday, where I am attending an event to pay homage to martyrs. Let them do whatever they can.Does that mean that the Sena will promote the film in Shiv Sena-style?We will do it in Marathi style. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray has not yet declared his stand on the film, but the party’s stand on the border issue is clear since its birth.But your party has earlier showed a lot of intolerance, the latest being protesting Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali to perform in Mumbai…My film is not from Pakistan. I’m also not a Pakistani. Those who were supporting Ali disappeared when the Pathankot attack happened.

Surprised to see Modi govt’s credibility ‘erode quickly’: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Friday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming the credibility of his government has “eroded” and said he was surprised how this happened “very quickly”.”It takes two-three-four years for the credibility of a government to decline but I am surprised the BJP government’s credibility has eroded very quickly,” the Congress vice-president said, addressing a rally of party workers in suburban Malad in North Mumbai. The Modi government assumed office on May 26, 2014.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At the rally, Rahul inducted late singer Mohammad Rafi’s son Shahed Rafi into Congress. The Congress leader also questioned Modi’s silence on problems being faced by the poor. “It is all well to give speeches but Modi is silent on problems faced by the poor”.Rahul, who is on a two-day visit to Mumbai, also asked partymen to shun internal differences and work unitedly to ensure that Congress comes back to power. He used the Marathi greeting on Makar Sankranti “Til gul ghya, god god bola” (eat sweets, speak cordially) to appeal to the Congress leaders to put an end to factionalism.Ask anyone about the situation faced by farmers, he said, adding they will cry while narrating their plight. “You can’t leave the poor people, the hawkers behind”.”There is talk of ‘start-ups and connect India’. All this is nice but there are poor people, domestic workers. India is theirs also. The government has forgotten them, he said,” he said.Rahul said Modi spoke of ‘Clean India’ and he and his ministers took up ‘jhadus’ and cleaned the roads but in Mumbai, there are tonnes of solid waste, he said. “You won’t be able to clean Mumbai by speeches and staging events,” he added.In Uttar Pradesh, many people have demolished toilets built under the Clean India Mission, he said. The budget of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is in thousands of crore but this government gave just Rs 100 crore to make Mumbai a Smart City, Rahul said.”When we were in power, we gave a city like Nanded Rs 2,000 crore,” he said. Congress will have to get its candidate elected to the post of Mayor in Mumbai if the city is to be developed, he said.”First we will win Mumbai then the state, and then form government at the Centre,” he added.Rahul said during his padyatra in Mumbai tomorrow “we will put pressure on the government on the issue of electricity tariff for the poor”.

Shiv Sena flays BJP for dual stance on Marathi writer Shripal Sabnis and Ghulam Ali

Shiv Sena on Thursday flayed its ruling partner BJP for “according protection” to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali while threatening to disrupt a Marathi literary meet because of a writer’s alleged derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”How can those threatening to disrupt the Marathi literary meet for the writer’s comments accord protection to Ghulam Ali,” Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut asked.”The Shiv Sena opposes Ghulam Ali. The stance adopted for the writer Shripal Sabnis should also be the same for Ghulam Ali. But there is a difference. You (BJP) will protect Ghulam Ali and not protect Sabnis. This is wrong,” Raut said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sabnis, author and president of the 89th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, had recently stirred a hornet’s nest with his alleged remarks against Modi. However, on Wednesday he expressed “regret” over the episode but stopped short of tendering an apology.The BJP had accepted Sabnis’ “regret” and said that every word he speaks will be under scrutiny during the Marathi literary meet starting tomorrow in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Raut recalled that BJP MP Amar Sable had threatened to disrupt the inaugural ceremony of the literary meet if Sabnis did not apologise for his controversial remarks against the Prime Minister.Sabnis had allegedly criticised the Prime Minister’s surprise visit to Pakistan last month and said that Modi could have fallen to a bullet or a bomb explosion at the Lahore airport and a condolence meeting would have been organised for him instead of poet Mangesh Padgaonkar (who died recently).

Abode of literary stalwarts, Sahitya Sahawas celebrates golden jubilee this year

Sahitya Sahawas, home to many giants in Marathi literature and ‘Saccho’, is celebrating its golden jubilee this year.One of Mumbai’s most iconic residential colonies, it was founded by well-known authors, late Acharya Prahlad Keshav Atre and late Anant Kanekar.The Bandra (E) society has many interesting stories about itself.But before that, who is Saccho? Saccho is no literary genius. When he was a kid, Saccho used to smash the window panes of many flats here, says Dr Dattatray Muzumdar, general secretary of the society. What makes him famous, though, is his real name: Sachin Tendulkar!<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Now for the society’s own stories. The idea behind the society, which consists of 84 flats in nine buildings, was to bring as many literary giants in the state under one roof as possible.Just as most residents, the names of the buildings also have a literary connection.So, Abhang, Vadmay Jayanti, Anandvan, Fularani, Ushakal, Ragini and Shankutal are all poems and novels in ‘concrete format’.Till date, the society has not invited anyone from outside the premises as chief guest for the colony day, which is celebrated every January 26. One of the residents himself/herself will do the job.This year, Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, a resident and an IAS officer, will play the role.”There are more than 30 authors staying in the colony now,” says Muzumdar.Professor Gangadhar Gadgil and Satyadev Dubey are two of them. Dr Subhash Bhend is here. So is Dr Vijaya Rajadhyaksha, winner of the Sahitya Akademi award and Vinda Karandikar Puraskar.Professor K J Purohit, aka Shantaram, is another resident. A well-known short-story writer, he was the president of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in 1989.”This is a beautiful colony. There is no politics here and it’s a very cheerful environment. I have never thought of moving out of here,” said Purohit.Echoes Rajadhyaksha: “Since 1968, I have been staying in this colony. I had a great feeling about this colony…I have never thought about leaving this place.”Late Dr Ya Di Phadke, late Va Pu Kale, Jnanpeeth winner late Govind Vinayak Karandikar, popularly known as Vinda, also stayed here, said society general secretary Dr Dattatray Muzumdar.And what does Muzumdar do? Well, he has no literary works to his credit. He is a doctor, but has literature in his blood. The professor at the neurosurgery department of KEM hospital is the grandson of humorist Dr A V Warti. Warti has published four novels, 30 short stories and two dramas.While talking about Sachin, Muzumdar says: “Sachin is five years younger to me. We have been seeing him since our childhood days. He spent 28 years in this colony. His elder brother Ajit Tendulkar still stays here.”Muzumdar is now busy making preparations for the 50th colony day. “We are organising special programmes like poetry reading, a stand-up comedy show by Dr Anil Tendolkar and a solo by singer Sandhya Kathavate,” he said.Last, but not the least. Since 50 years is a special occasion, this year, however, there might be one celebrity guest from outside, if he is free, says Muzumdar. No marks for guessing who.

Marathi writer Sripal Sabnis refuses to retract ‘anti-Modi’ remarks

The controversy surrounding Marathi literary meet continued to generate heat in literary and political circles in Maharashtra with a question mark over the invitation to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the event following sammelan president Sripal Sabnis’ remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sabnis had allegedly criticised Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan last month. He drew flak from the BJP which has been organising protests against him at Pimpri near here, where the 89th All India Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, a prestigious annual convention of writers, is slated for January 16. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rebuke to a tweet by Sanatan Sanstha activist Sanjeev Punalekar who asked Sabnis to “start taking morning walk”, in an apparent reference to the fateful morning walks by slain rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare — the sammelan president walked on Monday morning with his supporters who condemned Punalekar’s “threat”. Asserting that he would not tender an apology and was not afraid of any threats to his life, Sabnis today said he would not retract any of his statements and urged Fadnavis to attend the sammelan, which is a traditional event devoted to Marathi language. Punalekar denied that his tweet advising Sabnis to take morning walk was meant to be a threat saying “I myself take morning walks which is good for health”.Meanwhile, BJP spokesman Madhav Bhandari told reporters that the Chief Minister was invited for the event, but that did not necessarily mean that he would attend it. Bhandari said that it was his personal opinion that the grant of Rs 25 lakh customarily given by the state government to the sammelan organisers should be diverted to the Chief Minister’s drought relief fund, in view of deficient rainfall in Maharashtra. On the other hand, the reception committee chairman of the sammelan, PD Patil, has requested Sabnis to end the controversy over his remarks. Noted Marathi poet Vitthal Wagh said the event should be canceled in view of the vitiated atmosphere.The BJP activists also paraded Sabnis’s effigy on a donkey at Pimpri to register their protest. In his controversial remarks, Sabnis had said that Modi could have fallen to a bullet or a bomb explosion at the Lahore airport and a condolence meeting would have been organised for him instead of poet Mangesh Padgaonkar (who died recently).

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