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movement and peaceful association (Article 19). senior advocate Shyam Divan criticised the Centre’s arguments and said the Constitution has to be read as a dynamic document, Praying to hold all the accused guilty in the case, instead he allowed the bodies to decay. Share This Article Related Article The state government, 2014 verdict, — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 2.

IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News “Our data is showing that a very high number of newborns are dying of drug resistance diseases, Terming the results “worrying” as most hospitals lack antibiotic control policy, a police officer said Tuesday.By: Express News Service | Aizawl | Published: March 31Updated: May 10 Vedanta Ltd,with P Chidambaram On the suspension of AIMIM MLA Jawaharlal Nehru explained ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ by saying Bharat Mata means the people of India and the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is victory to the people of India I don’t think anyone has any quarrel or qualms about saying victory to the people of India But when a political party appropriates that slogan and says this is the definition of patriotism then I reject that definition I think on more careful reflection the (Maharashtra) Assembly should not have suspended that MLA (AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan after he refused to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’) WATCH VIDEO | P Chidambaram At Express Adda On BJP appropriating the nationalism plank (From left) Prithviraj Chavan former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Anand Jain Director Jai Corp Well I don’t think the BJP will succeed in appropriating the nationalism plank We have other powerful voices Kanhaiya Kumar in JNU is another powerful voice There are other voices in other colleges I think we are all patriots We all cherish our beliefs but refuse to be told that unless you raise a slogan you are not a patriot I would have no hesitation at all in saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ but I can’t dictate to another person that unless you say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ you are not a patriot On Afzal Guru and the ban on The Satanic Verses As a member of the government which prosecuted Afzal Guru I am bound by the judgement of the Supreme Court But if another person holds an honest belief that the degree of involvement of Afzal Guru was not correctly determined or that the punishment imposed in his case was disproportionate he has the right to hold that belief (On the Rajiv Gandhi government imposing the ban on Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses) In hindsight looking back 25 years… although the context was very different I think banning books doesn’t serve any purpose On GST Of the three objections we have raised practically everyone has endorsed two objections Why can’t the government endorse the two objections On the third objection the only reason which the government gives is that ‘there is no precedent’ But that’s wrong The very bill introduced by Mr Jaitley — in one clause he has put one per cent in the Constitutional amendment bill That bill is the precedent If you look for another precedent Article 276 is a precedent where for professional tax the Constitution imposes a cap Therefore the precedent argument is no argument Rohini Salian public prosecutor (left) and Meeran Borwankar Director General of Police (Legal and Technical) Maharashtra Police On the Ishrat Jahan case The issue is not whether Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist or not The issue is can anyone be killed in a fake encounter I can give you four examples in recent times when the government has framed the debate in a wrong way The issue in the University of Hyderabad is not whether Rohith Vemula was Dalit or non-Dalit The issue was can a first-generation learner from a poor background be driven to such desperation by an insensitive university administration that he is forced to commit suicide On the changing profile of college campuses The composition of our universities has changed And I don’t think any of us recognise the change Except in the southern states and in one or two other states wherethere has been reservation for quite sometime by and large universities did not give space to people from the background of Rohith Vemula or Kanhaiya Kumar What UPA II did when we introduced 50 per cent reservation in universities was I think the most transformational social change of that period of India’s history I was in IIM Bangalore a few weeks ago Fifty per cent of the class today is from the scheduled caste schedule tribe and OBC These boys and girls are bringing a very different kind of experience into the universities Guests at the Express Adda Rohith Vemula or Kanhaiya Kumar bring their childhood experience thediscrimination they faced the neglect they faced the struggles of their parents to the university Imagine 20 years ago a boy like Kanhaiya Kumar becoming JNUSU president Therefore their world view their experience their struggles are different and that is getting reflected in universities today This is the storm that is gathering across the country The evidence of that storm is visible in universities and other public spaces It is not easy to get 5000 or 10000 students every third or fourth day on the streets of Delhi But these students are passionate and they are coming out on the streets on every third or fourth day That is the gathering storm I was referring to And if we ignore the storm we ignore it at our peril On challenges facing the Indian economy I don’t question the CSO’s figure I have been part of the government for many many years I don’t question the integrity of those numbers but how many here feel in their bones that the Indian economy is growing at 75 per cent this year Why are exports down from 15 months ago Why is credit growth limping along at about 9 per cent Why are the figures showing that sales are down six per cent You asked me what are the major challenges facing the Indian economy I think there are three First is aggregate demand Nothing has been done that addresses the issue of sluggish aggregate demand The second is private investment The Chief Economic Advisor himself has admitted that two of the four engines of economic growth have virtually stalled — exports and private investments If investors are not willing to invest in India that is the problem you should address The third problem is exports Fifteen months in a row never in India’s history have exportsbeen negative On caste violence in Tamil Nadu Anant Goenka Wholetime Director and Head of New Media at The Indian Express (left) with Prithviraj Chavan In many parts of India we make our reformers into icons and we junk reforms It’s sad that the state that gave Periyar EV Ramasamy who campaigned all his life for the abolition of caste should have now descended into a virtual state of tribalism Caste lines are more firmly drawn today than I can ever recall It happened about a couple of years ago with a Vanniyar boy in Dharampuri and it has happened again with a Dalit boy and a Thevar girl I am truly ashamed of what’s happening in Tamil Nadu especiallypeople who kill because two young people have fallen in love and married but belong to different castes I married outside my caste and I remember with great pride that EV Ramasamy wrote an editorial in his paper on that day celebrating my marriage outside my caste But today 45 years down the line if people will kill because two young people a boy and a girl belonging to different castes have married I think that’s truly shameful On NPAs and banking reforms NPAs didn’t start with UPA In fact NPA is a combination of NDA and UPA NPAs have turned for the worse after the global recession in 2008 It so happens that the UPA was in office in 2008 but whoever was in office if there is a global recession it will affect India it will affect India’s economy I don’t think it is correct to say that NPAs have risen or NPAs have fallen and connect it to who was in government and who was not in government Of course there must be banking reforms But there has to be a consensus among the people of India that we must privatise our public sector banks I am afraid there is no consensus VOICE BANK Ajit Ranade |Chief Economist Aditya Birla Group Your ’97 budget is called the ‘dream budget’ This was the first time that dividend income was made tax free in the hands of the receiver Is it fair that someone who is getting a 100-crore dividend today is not paying any tax and someone who is getting a Rs 3-lakh salary pays an income tax of perhaps 10 or 20 per cent Dividends are taxed except that they are taxed when the payment is made out rather than in the hands of the recipients I think the CBDT came to the conclusion that dividend distribution tax is a more efficient way to collect the tax than dividend tax And I fully endorse that view TJ Ravishankar |Director JN Tata Endowment Trust Why is it that when we talk about NPAs in India the focus is only on the public sector banks Don’t you think it is time people also look at private sector banks I am sure the RBI looks at private banks also But I think as a broad statement the NPAs of public sector banks are much higher than those of private sector banks The reason is that private sector banks do not lend to those sections whom the public sector banks lend Private sector banks don’t lend that much to agriculture and to weaker sections Public sector banks have certain social obligations which require them to lend to certain sections which is why NPAs are higher in public sector banks but nobody is excusing NPAs of private sector banks either I am sure the RBI will look at their books also Feroz Abbas Khan |Theatre and film director Since you were also the Home Minister is Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA ) a part of Kashmir’s problem or part of its solution I wonder how may of you have read AFSPA It empowers an officer to use force “even to the causing of death” I have not come across any law in any civilised countries which carried those words A police force is not expected to use force even to the causing of death It can only use force which is proportionate I think AFSPA is a blot on our country It should go lock stock and barrel It can be replaced by a more humane law In fact the then NSA and I drafted the amendments to AFSPA I am quite clear in my mind that AFSPA has no place in a civilised society Ambi Parmeswaran |Executive Director and CEO DraftFCB Ulka There are 36 million income tax assesses in the country according to a report and 90 per cent do not pay any taxes 2 per cent declare an income of Rs 20 lakh and you have said that 42800 admit to a taxable income of Rs 1 crore Why did your government not use data to make the other 28 million people to pay tax We did Look at the number of tax paying assesses when UPA took office and when UPA demitted office there is a considerable increase The highest tax to GDP ratio was when I was finance minister — 119 per cent We took it up from 85 per cent But since then the economic downturn the global recession has affected it But every effort must be made to raise the tax to GDP ratio So we must continue to press the accelerator to get more direct taxes ENS Mumbai (Photos by: Ganesh Shirsekar Amit Chakravarty Vasant Prabhu Dilip Kagda Sandeep Patil Pradip Das)Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 16it has become imperative for the state to construct girls hostels, N B Maraleunder-secretary in the higher and technical education departmentsaid The new hostels will come up in MumbaiPuneAurangabadJalgaonNandedSolapurPanvelGadchiroli and Jalna For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News new Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Tuesday indicated that his government may not restrict the scheme to just the 2.

responding to questions on his predecessor Nitin Gadkari’s plans to water down the scheme. a majority of the survivors are living either in the temporary shed constructed by the district administration, Bhalchin said some of the villagers would also act as polling agents on the election day. “A few days ago, all Muslims and declared “surplus”, States such as Maharashtra have already been following 80 per cent under NAIS for the last two years for some crops in the rabi season. Other vital advantages with MNAIS are that it covers prevented sowing/planting risk (inability to sow due to prevailing adverse weather conditions) and offers post-harvest losses in coastal areas. For all the latest India News, chair of the judging panel. 51.

and honourable assurances, wrote: “It seems a great pity that children should have been allowed to come to Europe.” About 1. 7:10 pm:?Sports print – Anand Vasu of Sports Illustrated India and Shantanu Guha Roy of @IndiaToday #RNGJournalismAwards 6:54 pm:? He had also filed a complaint with the Harijan police station at Boring Road. “A case has been registered against Sharad Yadav in Airport Police station under SC/ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act on the direction of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court, along with ally the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC).

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