Not a masterstroke: BJP picked Kalam for president after 2002 riots, Kovind after attacks on Dalits

On 10 June 2002, the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced his decision to appoint scientist Abdul Kalam as presidential candidate. This surprised the opposition. The media acclaimed as if it were a master stroke, a descriptor that is now used to praise all the decisions made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Who could argue against Kalam’s election? It was already known as the rifle of India, had played a leading role in the nuclear test in 1998 and was a Muslim. One of India’s Muslim nationalist armed was not the person that Prime Minister Vajpayee needed to calm his ideological criticism.

The summer of 2002 was repeated in June 2017. Once again, the BJP threw the opposition into chaos with its election of Ram Nath Kovind as presidential candidate. Just as one can not oppose a Muslim nationalist can not criticize the election of a Dalit.

So what is a Dalit who was not well known for being on the street corners to demand, in a strident language, perpetually endings of atrocities perpetrated by members of the higher castes, for being punished; A Dalit who is not known to criticize the caste hierarchy of India and has not threatened to alter the balance of power in society?

One can only support a dalit, since you have a Muslim general or a defense scientist. If you do not, you have to be labeled as anti-Dalit, as Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has already warned those who would vote against Kovind. In this way, for once, ideology and identity became overlapping.

Kalam then Kovind now
The election of BJP Kalam in 2002 and now Kovind as presidential candidates share another similarity. In February-March 2002, Gujarat was the scene of a terrible pogrom which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 Muslims. Thousands of dozens of other properties were looted or burned. Many have been uprooted from their homes. This has fueled outrage outside of Gujarat. Anyway, Vajpayee was surprised by the degree of violence.

It is in this context that Kalam was chosen as the BJP candidate. Kalam was supposed to be a nail, so to speak, from collective conscience damage to India. For Muslims who demanded justice, their appointment is very little involved – after all, raising their account at a daily ceremony could not lessen the pain and fear they experienced in Gujarat.

Kalam, however, had a great symbolic significance for Hindus outraged by the failure of the state machinery in Gujarat. For them, Kalam’s election was a guarantee that Sangh Parivar did not completely hate Muslims, but was able to atone for the act of a grave injustice by giving honor to a worthy Muslims. He also strengthened his faith in the much vaunted Vajpayee liberalism.

Similarly, the bottom of the designation of Kovind is the growing boom of Dalit, India has witnessed in the last three years. By insisting that Rohith Vemula, Dalit students from the Central University of Hyderabad who committed suicide in January 2016, actually belonged to other castes back, the Dalit One whipping, in July 2016 for a dead cow skin; Vice President Uttar Pradesh BJP Dayashankar Singh, saying last year that Bahujan Party leader Samaj Mayawati was “worse than a prostitute,” the party that gave Swati Singh, Singh’s wife a ticket to Uttar Pradesh assembly elections , Including the then Ministry Adityanath in March – abounding cases of humiliating Dalit BJP.

The Daily Fix: India’s coasts are under threat โ€“ from its own governments

The Indian coast, which measures 7,516 km and the only coastal states receive about 560 million people, according to data from the 2011 census. Along the coast live several vulnerable communities that depend on the sea and the shore for their livelihood. The law also recognizes the traditional rights of the coast. Supported by order of the Supreme Court, environmentalists have succeeded in recent years, forcing the government to regulate the coast and to develop rules that, when applied in spirit, protect this ecosystem sensitive against development and degenerative damage.

But despite years of activism and judicial pronouncements, governments continue to act very opaque about coastal regulations. Central and state governments have resisted sharing information about important regulatory mechanisms and the changes that take them periodically. Many of these changes are made in direct contradiction with the original legislation and are in the form of condontion of unbridled construction and industrial violations of retrospective permits. In some cases, as in Tamil Nadu, the government in order to conceal crucial public opinion coastal plans in order to facilitate invasions in streams and estuaries. These invasions have been one of the reasons for the floods that hit Chennai in December 2015.

The effects of an operation of this type non-transparent could cause incalculable damage to the coast, as we have seen in the case of Pondicherry. A port project that was launched despite opposition in the 1980s has led to severe coastal erosion, Pondicherry’s famous beach completely disappear in a few years. Today, what was once a beautiful sandy beach was replaced by breakwaters to contain erosion.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Union is no better, if not worse, than the state governments. The Center has developed a new legal framework to protect the coast. Call for notification of the coastal zone control in 2017, which will replace the notification of coastal zone regulation 2011. Its contents have not been made publicly available. The wording has been made with the public consultation close to zero, even if it is about the lives of about 560 million people. Activists are still struggling to get the coordinates of the high tide Line, a key element in the implementation of the coastal regulation zone.

Although the government seems to believe that the denial of transparency could help achieve short-term economic benefits through the use of coastal resources, this only leads to long-term irreversible damage to India’s environmental interests. That is why the Supreme Court in 1995 stated:

“To tolerate violation of the laws [of the environment] is worse than not promulgating the legislation at all …. The continued tolerance of such violations of the law not only renders irrefutable legal provisions, but such tolerance by the authorities in charge Of law enforcement fosters illegality and means of adoption that can not or should not be tolerated in a civilized society. ”

India’s new littoral rules were promulgated in confidence and facilitated further commercialization.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Union will not disclose the details of India’s high tide line, facing this important information as a business asset.
Vinita Govindarajan reports how Tamil Nadu concealed the crucial coastal plan to allow intrusion of a stream near Madras.

Cracking the GATE Exam is Easy now with simple tactics

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Time management is very important when preparing GATE. Regularity and concentration is the key to success in the door. Eight hours of planned study is a must. If you can study more than that, it is fine and good.

If your goal is just to qualify for the exam then you can afford to set aside certain sections and focus on the most important and still get enough points to qualify. Civil engineer in mathematics and general ability make up 30 percent of the brands and therefore are critical, but also score sections

Students should consider GATE negative marking for wrong answers. The penalty for an incorrect answer (for multiple choice questions) is a severe 33 percent and so one is obliged to answer questions carefully in order to maximize their marks. It is okay if you have missed a few questions but try wrong this could affect your GATE score.

GATE has a program for each flow mentioned in the official website of the door. Although it is based on the complete graduation program, but not all subjects and subjects are included. So no need to waste time on issues that are not important GATE

Success is a percent chance of eighty-nine percent sweating. Do not let this thing 99 percent of the hand. Work honestly and you will be rewarded with a percent chance.

Despite the lake aspiring implement and review, the actual competition is between 2000-3000 serious contenders only. Those who study systematically and constantly in service. If you do the same thing, you will be one of them. Do not be afraid even before you start. You have to get into the race and work hard to win.

The GATE exam is the same as any other consideration, so no need to take stress. It is enough to remain calm and firm in its abilities, especially in the examination room because anxiety and pressure can make forget all that has studies.


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In the EC case before when UAR are not too / insignificant by the door. It is even difficult for the range below 100 for admission to the IIT. CDAI normally considered at this time, the top 20, the beach .. but now many more BCZ PSU range students choose.

I had shared this 3.4 times in Quora. With the difference of 0.01 points, no difference of 9 ranks this year in the case CE (Puerta 2016). And that becomes more when the range goes beyond 300500 e and so on.

Remember also 8-10 questions at once, then solving is a challenge

No use of Gate and CAT percentile. Range is what all candidates BCZ questions are more than 1.5 lakh for the main branches, so a 2000 ranking also has 98.667 percentile, but this beach is not useful for categry without reserve. Similarly, the 99.3 percentile for AIR 1000 which is again nothing

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Activist Nikhil Dey: To make RTI really effective, we need an accountability law for public servants

The right to information activist was convicted of a 19-year crime in Rajasthan last week.

For 30 years, social wrestler Nikhil Dey has been active in advocacy for the rights of workers, farmers and marginalized citizens. Through Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Aruna Roy Dey and Shankar Singh and their colleagues have campaigned to introduce the Right to Information Act, the Right to Food Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

On 13 June, however, Dey was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment by a Rajasthan court in a 19-year case of alleged assault. In a verdict, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan calls a “miscarriage of justice,” district court Kishangarh sentenced Dey and four other activists for assaulting Pyarelal tank, ex sarpanch of Harmar Village and Ajmer family. They were also convicted of crimes.

Dey and Sangathan denied the charges. They told me that it was the Sarpanch and his relatives who had attacked Dey and other activists when they went to the house of the Tank May 6, 1998 by requesting documentation of panchayat from funds that had been paid to various public schemes. Although activists chose not to file a complaint to the police at the time, Tanque filed a lawsuit accusing them of assault. The case was closed a month later but reopened in 2001. Sangathan said sarpanch dragged the case over for years making a series of false witnesses.

The conviction last week was an unexpected and unpleasant surprise for Dey. For now, the belief is suspended as activists have appealed against it.

While Dey chose not to speak of the case and recorded his conviction, 54-year activist spoke of displacement. As for the state of the various social assistance programs in rural India, the democracy reduction of space under Narendra Modi and why India needs a law of responsibility of public officials.

For three years the Democratic National Alliance came to power. How was this system far from the previous government?
The social sector has become much less serious today. There is practically no imagination about how poverty, farmers, vulnerable groups can be treated. Before winning the election, the NDA has openly attacked rights-based approaches and, after winning, talked only about empowering people in the market. They said they did not want a benefit-based system for people – that was their approach, in their own words.

Today, its rural development programs have failed. The good thing is that they push the Aadhaar tuition (a unique biometric identity number based on 12-digit Government wants all citizens), who claim to have improved the provision of services. But in Rajasthan, the only state that has made biometrics mandatory for access to rations, we saw that 30% of the eligible population is not able to get cereals. This is a big exception, even if the Aadhaar inscription was a great success.

We also see the tragedy of SWACHH Bharat in the way it is implemented. In rural India, Rs 12,000 were offered to each household to build a toilet – too small even for the poor. In addition, states like Rajasthan lack toilet water.

Arun Kashalkar: Meet the Zen master of Hindustani classical music

If there was a nominee to war name Jeremy Corbyn in the world of Indian music, someone who could be described as “Mr. Zen of Indian music,” would be 74, Arun Kashalkar.

The similar change in Kashalkar monk behavior is, among other things, a consequence of the hard life of the hand that manages this exceptional musician – a hand that played with remarkable dignity and patience. Small society is expected for worldly rewards or recognition of its services to music. This, in turn, allows you to make music on your own terms, without the hinders of the way it will be received by the market.

Having known for two decades, I have observed the ease with which communicates with young people who, in turn, are attracted to his absolute but pleasant personality.

Artist Sarod Abhishek Borkar, 25, says this more. “Arun Kashalkarji was chief examiner on oral and practical Bachelor’s degree exams,” said M. Borkar. “I expressed a deep appreciation of my Yama raga performance in the final, but also grilled on the Puriya-Marwa-Sohini axis during the live report or exam.Although this question forced me to delve into the differences between these ragas, Arunji made sure not to impose myself, but instead he gently told me in the right direction. He has no air. ”

The singer Khayal singer Kedar Bodas, 54, agreed: “It is monitored the musical progression of musicians almost all young people who deserve to be heard and knows exactly what region a particular musician has to work more and share the comments of In an honest way, but loving and stimulating. ”
The promoters of Indian classical music often say that the race is too complex for the average viewer and should be diluted in digestible “capsules” to be enjoyed. However, such proposals are also trying to eliminate the key ingredient that holds any art form relevant to society – a sincere intention. People are curious about Indian music, but the art form is lacking in serious commitment. The exact reason for this qualitative decline lies in the fact that most major developers are content to flirt with the fleetingly temporary curiosity of the audience rather than working to establish a long-term relationship with a cultured audience.

“The broader trend of Hindu music today is avoidance by many musicians, especially the very famous to deepen the knowledge of the subject and create music that meets the aesthetic values โ€‹โ€‹of this art form,” Weddings said.

The antidote may be to expose young people to Hindustan classical music in its purest form. Some get there, others do not. The reason rock music of the 1960s always finds listeners, is because their authenticity continues to hit the spot. This is exactly the same reason why Faiyaz Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan or Kesarbai Kerkar never register. When we look at the glamor and general void of many so-called hardcore, there are only a few dozen musicians who can participate in both the experienced rasika and new music, thanks to their artisanal mastery and content. Like sincerity of intention.