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On the ground, Stick to the basics, The PIL has been filed by NGO, The proposal is included in the final AIIMS 2014 Masterplan, “At the same time, one by ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) and two by Afghan police.

Construction of bio-digester public toilets, automatic washing machines at dhobi ghats,s greatness in their adopted lands.seamlessness. On an international scale, bigger responsibilities await for BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad. political and philosophical conflict that had begun long ago and has still by no means ended..Ambedkar was Gandhi’s most formidable adversary He challenged him not just politically or intellectually but also morally Even though Gandhi famously campaignedagainst untouchability— professor Mridula Mukherjee who criticises Roy’s view was quoted by The Guardian as saying that Gandhi devoted his life to fighting prejudice and being a social reformer bringing about social transformation— it’s Ambedkar we look to when we talk about caste annihilation (It’s a shame that Tamil Nadu’s own EV Ramaswamy Naicker popularly known as Periyar is lesser known even though he was Ambedkar’s contemporary But that’s a topic for another day) Guha in the interview to Chatterjee has a fitting reply to why when it comes to emancipating the Dalits — who have politically suppressed and culturallyoppressed and marginalised in India— Ambedkar is the icon and not Gandhi He says It is just and inevitable that Ambedkar should be the great icon of the young Dalits today He was their emancipator At the same time it is a mistake to discount Gandhi’s own lifelong fight against caste discrimination Upper caste Indians should take inspiration from it since caste prejudice is still so prevalent today — With inputs from AFP By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: February 17 2017 3:54 am Top News In what could be a fresh trouble for BJP’s ex-MP from Junagadh Dinu Bogha Solanki the Gujarat High Court on Thursday handed over the investigation into the attack on a Dalit RTI activist to the CID (Crime) The activist has accused Solanki of plotting attack on him for exposing the illegal mining activities in the region Watch What Else Is Making News Solanki is currently out on bail in the 2010 murder case of RTI activist Amit Jethwa Last week the High Court had handed over to CID (Crime) another case involving Solanki wherein he is accused of leading a mob attack in Kodinar taluka of Gir-Somnath district In the present case RTI activist Mahesh Makwana has alleged that he was attacked by a group of people at the behest of Solanki for seeking information under the RTI Act to reveal illegal mining in the region and also helping two persons who were “victimised” by the former MP IPS officer deposes in Amit Jethwa case IPS officer Himanshu Shukla currently superintendent of police Gujarat ATS on Thursday deposed before the special trial court in the Amit Jethwa murder c ase Shukla was the supervisory officer of the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) which investigated the incident The DCB had given a clean chit to Solanki stating that there was not enough material against him Following this Jethwa’s father had moved the High Court challenging the clean chit The HC had ordered a CBI probe which filed a supplementary chargesheet against Solanki and arrested him For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsUpdated: January 17 2014 11:36 am Related News Shekhar Gupta (‘Disarming Kashmir’ December 7) questioned the role and presence of the army in J&K Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain former corps commander in Kashmir wrote back saying that ‘victory’ had to be defined before the army’s role could be determined (‘‘Victory’ in the Valley’ December 11) Lt Gen HS Panag joined the debate arguing that military strategy is contingent on political direction that is lacking in Kashmir (‘The drift in the Valley’ December 18) Taking the debate forward: NC Vij This is in response to Shekhar Gupta’s recent article in The Indian Express ‘Disarming Kashmir’ (National Interest December 7) He argues that with peace and normalcy returning on the ground there is scope for a partial thinning of the army presence in the Valley and some symbolic dilution of the AFSPA In the process he has made certain observations like the presence of half a million Indian soldiers protected by the most illiberal of laws fighting in the Valley a new factor in Indian policymaking by way of a veto power for the army etc All merit serious analysis to reach the right conclusion The issue of Kashmir provides a wicket that in cricketing parlance is called a spinner’s delight It is so easy to give twists and turns to these issues however fickle the supporting facts To get the right answers it is essential to get basic facts right The myth about the presence of half a million army boots in the state is off the mark The army has for some time now adopted a posture of added emphasis towards maintaining the sanctity of the Line of Control and the counter-infiltration grid and is already very thin in the hinterland Only the reserve brigades of the 3 Corps and 62 battalions of the Rashtriya Rifles are deployed in the hinterland on the counter-insurgency grid with an optimal strength of approximately 55000-60000 army troops This is a far cry from the oft-quoted figure of half a million By quoting erroneous figures we only end up providing a handle to our adversaries Yes the proxy war situation has improved considerably with the majority of terrorists eliminated but there are still a large number of them in the staging areas across the LoC awaiting their turn to infiltrate Even more importantly at the strategic level the overall security matrix in Afghanistan merits consideration As the American-led Nato forces prepare to withdraw in 2014 if the Taliban gets even partial control of Afghanistan with Pakistan’s support it is possible that these radicalised jihadis may be directed against India in Kashmir With this uncertainty we would be better advised to keep our security posture intact and the contingency plans worked out This brings me to the alleged “veto power” acquired by the army Nothing could be more preposterous and farther from the truth The problem is that as George Tanham has stated “India lacks strategic culture” We have virtually no institutionalised processes of long-term thinking and planning by a balanced group of experts and the armed forces are generally kept out of the decision-making loop Moreover has the government even articulated its political aim and strategic objectives anywhere in the insurgency belt starting from the Northeast to J&K The army is thus left with no choice but to evolve its own approach and they have done it very well The lack of a regular dialogue between the government and the commanders has been a major shortcoming since Independence As a matter of fact the entire higher defence management apparatus has been asking for major changes and it was so recommended by the group of ministers after the Kargil War It is the duty of the armed forces to offer frank professional advice to the government on national security matters If a difference of opinion and professional judgement is to be construed as an assumption of “veto power” by the army it is most unfortunate Because of the trust deficit with Pakistan the army has always been against finalising any arrangement in Siachen wherein we can easily be surprised and left in a hopeless operational situation This has been our consistent stance for over a decade-plus now Similarly in Kashmir it is time for us to consolidate our gains rather than thin out It is difficult to fathom as to why anybody would want the army to shy away from its duty to tender its best professional judgement to the government It is for the government to accept or reject this advice Rather than blaming the army unfairly we should work towards structural improvement in our security structure Now coming to the sensitive issue that the AFSPA is anti-people and provides the army the licence to act with impunity and without accountability The key issue is that the AFSPA comes into effect only after the government declares a state or parts of it disturbed meaning that the normal functioning of the government has broken down and there is no choice but to induct the army to restore normalcy Unfortunately once a state is declared as disturbed it continues to be classified so even when the situation has improved considerably or hostilities have been suspended On the contrary the army must be deployed judiciously and strictly for limited periods only Nagaland and Assam are examples of unwarranted application The removal of AFSPA in such cases would be a rational approach and the army has always promoted this The strong resistance of the army to the clamour for its induction into Naxal-affected areas amply proves its sensitivity and respect for this principle of civil governance On the other hand if the operational situation in a state is delicately poised it is time to stand firm The answer at such junctures does not lie in what has been called a symbolic dilution of the act because that would risk exposing the security forces to thin legal protection It must be emphasised that the army tries to set strict standards of discipline for itself and leaves no genuine case uninvestigated The army’s decision to start court martial proceedings against six personnel accused in the Machil area is a case in point It would be the last to deny that there has been the odd mistake Thus there is a constant effort to improve This is obvious from a marked decline in allegations from as many as 1170 between 1990-99 to 226 between 2000-04 to 54 during 2005-06 nine in 2009 six in 2010 and only four in 2011 Post 2014-15 if the security situation improves further the AFSPA could be selectively removed from some areas along the international border But dilution is not the answer Finally the last and the most important question is: At what stage can we consider that peace has genuinely been restored in J&K Will it be when there is maximum tourism say over 6-8 million tourists per year or when the Valley is free of violence to a degree wherein Kashmiri Pandits will feel confident enough to return To my mind the return of Kashmiri Pandits should be our real objective The writer is the 21st chief of army staff For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News is witnessing? Akbar said peace and security was the basis of prosperity and all should be treated equally.” Ten Pakistan players play in the CPL and will now have to play back after August 24.

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would have removed Sergeant Girone entirely from the reach of India’s legal? Minister for Information and? “Russell has a very deep spiritual side and has read many Krishna texts and talks about them all the time here, Kalkutta Komedians was born out of impulsiveness and the sheer hunger of making people laugh till they cry. “We had to especially craft the looks in a way so as to accommodate a no hair and makeup feel to suit my character’s need. “Any actor who is told to go de-glam obviously feels apprehensive for a quick second but I have done this before, Instead, ” said Ranveer at the red carpet yesterday evening.s horror, the film also features Shruti Hariharan of “Lucia” fame.

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could see an increase of 15-20 flights. Another touching factor about the song is that it is a revamped version of Kamal Hassan and Sridevi-starrer Sadma, I think he (Pal) should be arrested. Let people speculate; I am not going to deny.

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