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Ground reality of delivering social justice in India dismal: Vice President Hamid Ansari

Bengaluru: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said the ground reality of delivering social justice in India is dismal even after 70 years of legislating welfare laws and adjudicating measures.

“Where do we stand on the ladder of equity? This is a question that citizens of the republic can ask the state after 70 years of legislating welfare laws and adjudicating measures to deliver social justice.”

“The ground reality is dismal,” he said during the inaugural address at the 9th National Conference of the Indian Association of Lawyers here.

Quoting from a report by wealth research firm New World Wealth, the vice president said India is the 12th most inequitable economy in the world, with 45 percent of wealth controlled by millionaires.

File photo of Vice President Hamid Ansari. PTI

File photo of Vice President Hamid Ansari. PTI

Citing another report, published by financial agency Credit Suisse, he said almost half of India’s total wealth was in the hands of the richest one percent, while the top 10 percent controlled about 74 percent of it.

“The poorest 30 percent, meanwhile, had just 1.4 percent of the total wealth,” he added.

Ansari said despite significant social and economic transformation, caste hierarchies continue to remain deeply entrenched and caste relations often result in violent outcomes.

He also said that according to a 2010 report by the National Human Rights Commission on the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes, a crime is committed against a Dalit every 18 minutes.

“Data culled from National Human Rights Commission indicates that, in 2012, 37 percent Dalits lived below the poverty line, 54 percent were undernourished, 83 per 1,000 children born in a Dalit household died before their first birthday and 45 percent remained illiterate,” he said.

The data also shows that Dalits are prevented from entering the police station in 28 percent of Indian villages, their children have been made to sit separately while eating in 39 percent government schools, and Dalits do not get mail delivered to their homes in 24 percent of villages.

India is placed 130th in the Human Development Index among 188 countries, Ansari said.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 17:18 IST

May there always be peace & prosperity: PM Modi greets nation on Milad-un-Nabi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted the nation on Milad-un-Nabi, which is the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, with the message that may this occasion further strengthen the spirit of harmony and unity in our society.”May this occasion deepen the spirit of harmony & unity in our society & may there always be peace & prosperity,” he said taking to Twitter.President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari have also greeted the people on the occasion.In his message, the President hoped that the Holy Prophet’s message inspires everyone to work towards universal brotherhood, compassion, and tolerance.He also said everyone should recall the life and ideals of the Prophet and re-dedicate themselves to the service of humanity.Vice President Ansari said the Holy Prophet showed humanity the righteous path of compassion and universal brotherhood, adding that he hoped that the Prophet’s eternal message continue to guide in building a peaceful and harmonious society.

India will always be thankful to Dr. Ambedkar for his rich service to the nation: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the father of Indian Constitution, on his 60th death anniversary and said that India will always be thankful to Babasaheb for his rich service to the nation.Meanwhile, a special event was held at the Parliament complex to commemorate his death, which was attended by the Vice President Hamid Ansari, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leader LK Adavani, former prime minister Manmohan Singh among other political top brass.Later in the day, lakhs of people are expected to converge at Chaitya Bhoomi today, where Ambedkar’s ashes have been interred.The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai – MCGM has made adequate arrangements for pilgrims who come to visit Chaityabhoomi on Mahaparinirvan Diwas.MCGM has set up 10 control rooms to guide visitors and almost 11 ambulances have been stationed at various locations around Shivaji Park and Chaityabhoomi.More than 400 stalls, about 200 mobile toilets, water tankers, utility vehicles and fire engines have also been set up to aid the visitors.Around 750 workers have been put on duty round the clock at the venue and Dadar Chowpatty beach, which has the book stalls.With lakhs of people expected to visit Chaityabhoomi, the venue will also be kept under constant CCTV surveillance.Mumbai Police too has made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order and also to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Hamid Ansari arrives in Hungary, to raise issue of cross-border terrorism

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived in Budapest on Saturday on a three-day visit to Hungary during which he will raise the issue of cross-border terrorism affecting India along with a host of bilateral issues. The visit comes amid the current tension with Pakistan in the wake of the Uri terror attack and subsequent surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.The issue of terrorism emanating from across India’s border will be raised during the bilateral meetings the Vice President will have with Hungary’s President Janos Ader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the top leadership. Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta has said that terrorism will be the major theme in the Vice President’s bilateral talks in Hungary.Ansari will interact with students, academicians and the Indian community during his three-day stay in the country. The Vice President’s visit to Hungary comes over two decades after then President Shankar Dayal Sharma had visited the central European country in 1993.Around 50 Indian companies are operating in Hungary and have made their base to expand their businesses in other European countries. After this trip, Ansari will visit Algeria from October 17 to 19.

Mother Teresa never admonished critics, prayed mercy for them: Hamid Ansari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vice President Hamid Ansari on Sunday said Mother Teresa never admonished her critics, but prayed mercy for them.”She may have had her critics, but never did she respond with pithy aphorisms or admonitions – her response was to keep on with her works of mercy, helping one person, then another, then another,” Ansari said at an event to celebrate the canonisation of Mother Teresa at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.He said if the late Roman Catholic nun thought much about her critics, perhaps it was when she prayed for mercy for them. “Her mission and message have touched not only the poorest of the poor here, but those well beyond India. Today, her words are a message of comfort for countless many across the globe, across all social strata,” Ansari said.He pointed out that much before her formal canonisation as the Saint Teresa of Calcutta last month, she was already a saint for the people of India. “She was already venerated by millions of Indians, cutting across religious, caste and regional divides,” the Vice President said. Hundreds of sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, besides cardinals and bishops from different parts of the country attended the function on Sunday.

Can’t always be recipient of terror attacks: Hamid Ansari hails surgical strikes across LOC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday said action against Pakistan was necessary as India can’t be the recipient of terror attacks all the time and do nothing about it.Talking to reporters on his return from his two-nation visit of Nigeria and Mali, he said, “The prime minister had said ‘we will do it and do it in the time and method of our choosing’. “How you do that is something left to the judgement of the government and the professionals in charge of this.” Ansari said, you “can’t be the recipient of terrorist attacks all the time and do nothing about it. Government has stated very clearly why action was necessary, terror launch pads were identified and taken care of”.He said both the African countries he visited also expressed their resolve in fighting terrorism. “Both Nigeria and Mali have seen very serious terror attacks, many of which crossed national borders,” he said.He also said that India wants restructuring of the legal framework by adopting a comprehensive convention on international terrorism.On the role of members of Organisation of Islamic States (OIC) when it comes to pronouncements on Jammu and Kashmir, he said it is a strange kind of organisation and not much importance should be given to it.Both Nigeria and Mali are members of OIC. Ansari said the Malian leadership apprised him that the West African country will not be party to any anti-India stand.During his address to the National Defence College in Nigerian capital Abuja too, Ansari had stressed on the need for societies that stand for peace and humanism to increase their cooperation and strengthen efforts to prevent supply of arms to terrorists, disrupt terrorist movements, and curb and criminalise terror financing.

Don’t be disheartened by incidents ‘here or there’: Hamid Ansari to Indians in Nigeria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President Hamid Ansari has asked Indians living in Nigeria not to get disheartened by an incident “here or there” following some instances of attacks and kidnappings in the African country.Talking to members of the Indian community at a reception in Lagos on Wednesday night, he said, “Small and sporadic incidents take place. Don’t be disheartened by an incident here or there”. He also said that these problems are not the making of the government.Some Indians have been affected by criminal incidents especially kidnappings and armed robberies in various parts of Nigeria.Apart from kidnapping of Indian nationals from time to time, there was an incident of sea piracy off Nigerian coast in February when 18 crew members of a merchant vessel including 11 Indian nationals were taken hostage by pirates. However, all of them later got released with the help of Nigerian Navy.There is an approximate 35,000-strong Indian community in Nigeria. Ansari lauded the role of Indians, particularly teachers and doctors, saying they have been contributing immensely to the national developmental work.There is a CBSE-affiliated Indian language school in Lagos with 2,500 students. Over 100 Indian companies have made Nigeria their base to operate in West Africa, employing the largest number of Nigerians after the Federal Government, and covering diverse sectors of the economy.It is estimated that the Indian investments have exceeded $10 billion (around Rs 66,900 crore) so far, and another $5 billion (around Rs 33,450 crore) are committed. Indian investments are in diverse sectors such as communications, power, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, automotive sector and oil, among others.The vice president and his wife Salma Ansari also interacted with the members of the Indian community and posed for photographs. Ansari had attended a similar event in Abuja. He inaugurated the High Commission of India Chancery complex, the foundation stone of which had been laid by the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003.

After President Mukherjee, PM Modi likely to visit African countries

Close on the heels of President Pranab Mukherjee’s maiden visit to three African nations — Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to visit a few countries of the continent soon as part of India’s to outreach Africa.The indications of this plan was given by Mukherjee while he was addressing the Indian community here on Monday during a reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana K Jeeva Sagar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recalling ‘age-old’ friendly relations of Indians with Africa, the President said the relationship has deepened over the years.”My first visit as President of India to three African countries is not accidental,” he said, adding it was a follow-up action initiated by the Prime Minister after India Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi last year.”Very recently, just a few days before Vice President Hamid Ansari visited Tunisia and Morocco. I am visiting these three countries and shortly Prime Minister is also going to undertake visits to four-five African countries to give a message that ‘Africa, we stand by you’,” the President said.Speaking to the Indian community, he asked them to join the campaigns launched by Prime Minister Modi such as ‘Digital India’, ‘Startup India, Stand up India’, ‘Clean India Mission’, ‘Smart Cities’ etc.The President said India’s trade with Africa is over US $70 billion and investments worth about US $35 billion.Addressing the community, he said their efforts were complementing many foreign policy measures taken by the Indian government to assist the friendly countries in Africa, including Ghana.He said India has extended over US $400 million of concessional credit to Ghana in the last few years for various projects.”Exim bank is also providing funding for a railway project. India-Ghana bilateral trade has reached US $3 billion and Indian investments in this country are estimated at around USD one billion,” the President noted.Mukherjee, during his talks with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, said both the sides have agreed to take the trade to US $5 billion by 2020.He also praised the Indian diaspora for its engaging role as “force multiplier” in the country’s economic growth.”These giant strides would not have been possible without the active role of the diaspora. You have become force multipliers of India’s growing economic strength. I thank you for your commitment,” he said.

After President Pranab, PM Modi likely to visit African countries

Accra: Close on the heels of President Pranab Mukherjee‘s maiden visit to three African nations — Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to visit a few countries of the continent soon as part of India’s to outreach Africa.

The indications of this plan was given by Mukherjee while he was addressing the Indian community in Accra on Monday during a reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana K Jeeva Sagar.

A file photo of Narendra Modi. Getty images

A file photo of Narendra Modi. Getty images

Recalling ‘age-old’ friendly relations of Indians with Africa, the President said the relationship has deepened over the years.

“My first visit as President of India to three African countries is not accidental,” he said, adding it was a follow-up action initiated by the Prime Minister after India Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi last year.

“Very recently, just a few days before Vice President Hamid Ansari visited Tunisia and Morocco. I am visiting these three countries and shortly Prime Minister is also going to undertake visits to four-five African countries to give a message that ‘Africa, we stand by you’,” the President said.

Speaking to the Indian community, he asked them to join the campaigns launched by Prime Minister Modi such as ‘Digital India’, ‘Startup India, Stand up India’, ‘Clean India Mission’, ‘Smart Cities’ etc.

The President said India’s trade with Africa is over USD 70 billion and investments worth about USD 35 billion.

Addressing the community, he said their efforts were complementing many foreign policy measures taken by the Indian government to assist the friendly countries in Africa, including Ghana.

He said India has extended over USD 400 million of concessional credit to Ghana in the last few years for various projects.

“Exim bank is also providing funding for a railway project. India-Ghana bilateral trade has reached USD three billion and Indian investments in this country are estimated at around USD one billion,” the President noted.

Mukherjee, during his talks with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, said both the sides have agreed to take the trade to USD five billion by 2020.

He also praised the Indian diaspora for its engaging role as “force multiplier” in the country’s economic growth.

“These giant strides would not have been possible without the active role of the diaspora. You have become force multipliers of India’s growing economic strength. I thank you for your commitment,” he said.

Ansari heads for Morocco, Tunasia to build on “diplomatic gains” from India-Africa summit

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari Monday embarked on a five-day visit to Morocco and Tunisia as part of efforts to build on diplomatic gains from the India-Africa Summit and lay platform for a future partnership.

Vice President Hamid Ansari. ReutersVice President Hamid Ansari. Reuters

Vice President Hamid Ansari. Reuters

This is the first visit by an Indian Vice President in 50 years to the two nations. The Vice President will discuss with leaders of the two north African countries issues of terrorism, UN Security Council expansion and investments in private sector, as well as ways to strengthen outreach to Africa and regional matters.

Ansari will be in Morocco till 1 June at the invitation of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and the two leaders would jointly launch the India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rabat, the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) said.

During the visit, a number of MoUs will be signed in areas like education, IT and communication technology sectors, focusing on “capacity building and cultural exchange.”

In the second leg of his tour, Ansari will visit Tunisia from  2-3 June.

Ansari’s visit “will build on diplomatic gains” from the India-Africa summit and “we have chosen these two countries as they are great examples of democracy”, Secretary (Economic
Relations) in the MEA Amar Sinha had said.

The King of Morocco had set the ball rolling when he came here in October, Sinha said. The New Delhi Summit – of which Morocco’s King Mohammed VI was the first confirmed guest – was the largest political conference in modern history connecting Indian and African leaders.

He said it is the first high-level visit to the African country after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee went there in 1999.

“At the level of Vice President the visit comes after 50 years,” he had said, noting that it is the 50th year of
Morocco’s independence.

“Hello Africa, Tell me how are you doing?” will be India’s motto for the continent, he had said, adding, there will be a series of visits by Indian leaders to Africa in the coming days.

The two countries are important for India as it shares economic relations with them and the visit will help in building contemporary relationship between these two countries and India.

Both the countries are looking forward to the visit as they are key partners in food security and fertilisers and investments in private sector.

“Our car and truck manufacturers are looking at prospective markets,” he said.

While Morocco’s trade with India is “substantial,” there is scope for increasing it with Tunisia. “Morocco is a developing destination for Indian film industry,” he said.

Women should become effective as people’s representatives: PM Modi

Women should empower themselves technologically and become effective as people’s representatives as mere changes in the system would not suffice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday but remained silent on the women’s reservation bill for which the President and the Vice President had made a strong pitch yesterday.Asia Cup 2016 Live: India vs Bangladesh, Final T20 Live Cricket Scorecard & Ball by Ball CommentaryInsisting that “mere change in system” would not suffice, he said “some changes in structure keep on happening” and stressed the need for women leaders to empower themselves technologically and make effective interventions.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”You will have to make yourself effective. You will have to present issues with facts and figures. Merely changes in the system will not suffice. Some or the other change keep happening in the structure…In order to establish your leadership, you should have the knowledge of subjects.”…Try to develop your independent image as a public representative. Make an attempt that you have your own image in your region. Once the image of your working style and your views is established among people, it will last for long. You will see people accepting your ideas once you are thus established,” Modi said at the National Conference of Women Legislators in Delhi. The Prime Minister said “we must think beyond women’s development” and move towards “women-led development.” Inaugurating the conference on Saturday, President Pranab Mukherjee pitched for 33 per cent reservation for women in elected bodies saying it was a “sad commentary” that so far the country has not been able to achieve over 12 per cent representation for women in Parliament’s total membership.Vice President Hamid Ansari had also asked parties to voluntarily increase the nomination of women candidates in elections till the legislation is enacted. However, the Prime Minister today skipped any mention about the bill but focussed on larger issues of attitudinal change and the need for women promoting women leadership in different spheres.In his speech, he called upon women leaders to groom female leadership down the rung, overcoming “jealousy” due to competition. “Politics is a game of competition but … when the feeling of jealousy dominates in competition, then you cannot grow. If you start feeling that what will happen to you if more talented women come in your field, or if your attempt is that I am there and will not allow anybody else to progress.”Rather if you allow others to come up, you will go high. A kind of pyramid-like structure comes up then,” the Prime Minister said.

Maintain sanctity of Constitution: President Mukherjee tells Governors

Amidst controversies over the role of Governors, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said all those who hold Constitutional positions should maintain sanctity of the Constitution.”Our nation has grown from strength to strength since independence. It is primarily due to our steadfast adherence to the principles enshrined in our Constitution. It is an enduring document that reflects our aspirations and the avenues to achieve them, in an inclusive manner. It is incumbent on us all who hold constitutional positions to maintain the sanctity of this sacred text,” Mukherjee said inaugurating a two-day conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The President’s call assumes significance against the backdrop of a raging controversy over the role of Governor J P Rajkhowa in Arunachal Pradesh that led to various developments culminating in the imposition of central rule. The issue is also being fought in the Supreme Court.Terming as difficult the last year that saw terror attacks with “clear external linkages”, he said the country has to continue efforts to resolve all outstanding international issues through peaceful dialogue and negotiations.”We faced challenges from the global economic slowdown, climatic changes, and internal and external security. States having international borders were affected by terrorist attacks that had clear external linkages. Volatile external security environment makes it incumbent on us to upgrade our defence capabilities. At the same time, we have to continue our efforts at resolving all outstanding international issues through peaceful dialogue and negotiations,” the President said in his inaugural address at the conference attended by 23 Governors and Lt Governors of the states and union territories.Mukherjee said India is suffering the worst effects of drought with two consecutive deficient monsoons.”Another dry spell is likely to impact agricultural production further. Farmer distress has to be addressed on a war-footing. The newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana aims at providing effective risk cover to farmers using technology. This and other measures to provide relief to farmers should receive top priority. To develop climate resilience, we must task our agricultural research institutions to develop drought-proof varieties of food grains and other food commodities,” he said.The President said for successful implementation of government’s schemes like Make-in-India, Start-up India, Smart City Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission, these have to run in close partnership with state governments.”As the constitutional heads of their respective states, Governors can play an inspirational role to ensure their active cooperation,” Mukherjee said.The President said there are over 320 state public universities and over 140 state private universities. Governors can also play a persuasive role in improving the quality of education in these institutions, he said.Dignitaries participating in the inaugural session of the conference included Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya, among others.

Hamid Ansari concludes 3-day visit to Brunei, leaves for Thailand

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday left for Thailand for the second leg of his two-nation visit after concluding his three-day trip to Brunei during which he held talks with the top leadership of the oil and gas-rich nation and oversaw signing of three agreements.In the morning, he delivered a lecture at the University of Brunei Darussalam before leaving for the airport onward his journey to Bangkok.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He will head straight to the Government House where he will be accorded an official welcome ceremony. He will also inspect a guard of honour.Later in the day, he will have a one-to-one meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who will host a banquet in Ansari’s honour.This is the first visit by an Indian Vice President to Thailand after a gap of 50 years.Ansari will also have an audience with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and deliver a speech at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on ‘From Look East to Act East: India’s Partnership with Thailand and ASEAN’ besides addressing the Indian community at a reception to be hosted by the Indian Ambassador to Thailand.In Brunei, Ansari held talks with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, crown prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Speaker of the State Legislative Council Haji Mohammad Taib.India and Brunei also signed three agreements on defence cooperation, health and sports and youth affairs.

Hamid Ansari begins 5-day visit to Brunei, Thailand for bilateral talks

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday left on a five-day visit to Brunei and Thailand, where he will hold bilateral talks with the leadership of the two South East Asian countries besides participating in a number of other events.

His visit to Brunei at the invitation of crown prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah is the first high-level trip from India since the establishment of diplomatic relations with that country in May 1984.

Vice President Hamid Ansari. ReutersVice President Hamid Ansari. Reuters

Vice President Hamid Ansari. Reuters

Brunei was on the itinerary of Ansari’s two-nation trip in November, but he had to return home from Indonesia, which was hit by volcanic activity. The Vice President is accompanied by Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, four MPs and senior officials.

In Bandar Seri Begawan, Ansari will hold talks with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Billah tomorrow on issues of bilateral and multilateral significance including civil aviation, space, trade and investment, hydrocarbons, information and communication.

Cooperation in ASEAN and East Asia Summit and other multilateral fora will also be on the agenda and a couple of MoUs on health and defence cooperation will be signed. Ansari will deliver an address at the University of Brunei Darussalam and address the Indian community at a reception.

Brunei is an important partner for India in ASEAN and besides contributing to energy security, hosts a 10,000-strong Indian community.

From Brunei, Ansari will go to Thailand on February 3 at the invitation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, making it the first visit by an Indian Vice President after a gap of 50 years.

In Thailand, he will hold talks with Chan-o-cha and have an audience with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

He will also deliver a speech at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on ‘From Look East to Act East: India’s Partnership with Thailand and ASEAN’ and address the Indian community at a reception to be hosted by the Indian Ambassador to Thailand.

India’s relations with Thailand are an important and integral component of its strategic partnership with ASEAN. India’s ‘Act East’ policy is complemented by Thailand’s ‘Look West’ policy in bringing the two countries closer.

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Vice President Hamid Ansari pitches for review of condition of media and journalists

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday made a strong pitch for reviewing condition of media and how journalists are treated in the country even as he stressed that “correct” news are circulated to people.Speaking during an event in which he felicitated noted journalist Vinod Agnihotri with 13th ‘Shailikar Prabhakar Samman’ (award), Ansari also rued that many newspapers were working without editors and it is the owners who are deciding what goes into print.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In many newspapers, there are no editors but only owners. So, whatever the owner says is printed. Think about it, if we did not have the big editors we had in the society, we would have suffered losses,” Ansari said.Ansari referred to ‘World Press Freedom Index 2014 – Reporters Without Border’ report and said the same should be thought about.The report, he said, had listed the countries based on position of journalists there and ranked India 136th amongst 180 nations. Pointing towards the same report, he also wanted that problems faced by journalists be analysed and how they are “troubled and treated”.Ansari noted that questions were raised in India when a standing committee was formed on media in the country seeking to know purpose behind its formation.Hinting at the need for such a study, Ansari pointed out such that studies were carried out in a country like England too where, he added, “media is considered to be in a good position”.”The problems faced there are found in each democracy. Where there is no democracy, it is very easy. You close windows, whatever text is provided only that is printed. But where the roads are open (in democracies), how the roads are being used, it needs to be thought about. And here, whatever committees have been formed, be it parliamentary committee or other, a lot has been written about it and it needs to be analysed,” he added.The Vice President observed media used Article 19 (which deals with freedom of expression) “mostly in right way” post-independence, but added journalists should circulate “correct” news. Ansari also quoted American writer Walter Lippmann to stress that factual reporting be given priority.The event, organised to mark 103rd birth anniversary of renowned journalist and freedom fighter Padmashree Kanhaiyalal Mishra Prabhakar, was also attended by senior Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, JD (U) parliamentarian K C Tyagi, BJP spokespman Sudhanshu Trivedi and AAP leader Ashutosh among others.

16 students sent back from US land in Hyderabad, say ‘hassled’ at airport

On January 2, over 20 students, who had returned from the US to Hyderabad, had alleged that they were “ill-treated” and some of them were even handcuffed at the New York airport by the US authorities.

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BJP a champion of backward castes, says Amit Shah

The party’s objective should be the welfare of oppressed and it was their responsibility to bring them into the mainstream of society and cited the government’s Jan Dhan, insurance and Mudra schemes aimed at their economic empowerment to drive home his point. He asked party workers to take this message to the people and also hailed Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana as a major initiative of by the Modi Government for the benefit of farmers.

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There is intolerance of criticism, says Vice President Hamid Ansari

“Much too often there is a lack of scientific temper in our daily life. In our family life, we don’t approve of questioning. Most parents don’t like children asking questions. In schools, from nursery to high school, teachers frown upon children raising questions. In colleges and universities, asking questions is often considered ‘cheeky’ and an attempt by students to cast doubt a teacher’s knowledge of the teacher,” Ansari said He said this frame of mind is reflected in our attitude to matters of social custom, inherited tradition and faith.

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