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And precisely because Obama came across as a genuine friend and admirer of India even his parting comment – “India will continue to succeed so long as it is not splintered on religious lines” – did not sound like an overbearing American president’s gratuitous interference in our internal affairs On the contrary it resonated with the idea of India didn’t it Now within a fortnight of his departure from India Modi’s friend Barack has spoken again Speaking in Washington DC at the National Prayer Breakfast an apt occasion indeed he has lamented that the “acts of intolerance experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi” We Indians generally disapprove of foreigners making critical remarks about our country And imperious America does have the unmatched habit of telling other countries what they should or should not do Indeed Obama himself needs to be told that Mahatma Gandhi would have been shocked even more at the US’s immoral and illegitimate acts of militaristic violence which has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Vietnam Iraq Afghanistan and Pakistan The moot point here is not America’s wrong deeds but the wrongs happening in our own country If we love India and all of us do we must introspect over the growing religious intolerance in our society The responsibility of introspection falls primarily on Modi and his party To be fair to him he has not uttered anything objectionable on religion-related matters since becoming PM in May 2014 Indeed in his Independence Day address he wisely appealed to the people to “put a moratorium for 10 years” on communalism and casteism Yet he has not deemed it necessary to publicly rebuke communal voices in the Sangh Parivar of which his own party continues to be a member It is not enough for him to convey behind closed doors his displeasure over the “ghar wapsi” campaign launched by VHP functionaries which was endorsed by none other than Mohan Bhagwat the RSS chief As PM it is his duty to let the nation know that both conversions and reconversions which use fraudulent means and spread bigotry are illegal unacceptable and heavily punishable He must also announce a zero-tolerance approach to attacks on churches Many sensible leaders in the BJP abhor the utterances and activities of the extremists in their parivar However they are loath to recognise that the ideological roots of Hindu intolerance lie in the parivar’s pet concept of “Hindu rashtra” which violates the letter and spirit of the Indian Constitution and has given rise to understandable concern and ire among non-Hindus BJP leaders’ inability and unwillingness to confront the core of the RSS ideology is the cause of their split personality Take Modi’s own example He has surprised his critics as well as his supporters by repeatedly invoking the name of Mahatma Gandhi even making him the icon of his flagship Swachh Bharat mission Yet neither he nor any of his colleagues in the party or the government has publicly praised Gandhiji’s lifelong mission for communal harmony for which he sacrificed his life Perversely some BJP supporters have been emboldened to eulogise Godse Modi should know that the stakes are high very high To his credit he has in a very short time emerged as a leader with global stature building a personal chemistry as much with Obama as with Chinese President Xi Jinping But he must know that the international community wants to see multifaith India the land of Buddha and Gandhi become a beacon of tolerance and peace at a time when fanaticism is spilling so much blood around the world This requires Modi to act boldly He may have been an RSS pracharak in the past But today he is India’s prime minister who has the constitutional duty to disown a Hindu rashtra and defend secularism Any hesitation on his part and on the part of the BJP to publicly delegitimise the RSS’s concept of and its strident call for a Hindu rashtra is bound to hurt his government’s efficacy and global image and undermine his promise of development for which (and not for Hindutva) the people have given him a decisive mandate In this context the role of non-Hindu communal forces in spreading religious intolerance should neither be denied nor belittled It is the responsibility of the leaders of the Muslim community to denounce without any ifs and buts acts of terrorism in the name of Islam taking place in different parts of the world In particular they must wean away the small section of the Indian Muslim youth that is getting radicalised by religious extremism Similarly leaders of the Christian community must acknowledge that the conversion of poor and indigent Hindus by foreign-funded evangelical organisations in the name of social or religious service (they dare not convert poor Muslims) is creating a backlash from Hindu bigots Obama has provoked Indians to do soul searching Let’s ponder over his message and not shoot the messenger The writer was an aide to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: August 13 2017 5:47 am About 15000 new voters were registered on Saturday Top News VOTERS’ registration drive which is being carried out by the district administration has received an encouraging response from the youths with number of fresh applicants crossing 90000 on Saturday As part of the drive to register voters with special emphasis on youngsters the administration has registered over 46000 voters in the age range of 18-21 years As per voters list there were 709 lakh voters in the Pune district by the end of December 2016 The fresh registrations will be added to this number The campaign was started on July 1 this year in which colleges were targetted in order to register fresh voters On Saturday approximately 15000 voters were registered out of which about 7000 are in 18-21 age group The campaign will continue till August 31 after the Election Commissioner extended the deadline which was earlier pegged at July 31 Monika Singh Deputy Election Officer Pune said that as part of the campaign her team has carried out drives in 122 colleges targeting the youngsters in the age group of 18-21 “A total of 2 lakh voter enrollment forms has been distributed among the students of these colleges The principals of the colleges have been directed to make sure that every unregistered students are made aware about the campaign We are hoping to cover 80000 students in the drive Since most of the colleges have started late we will get more response in August than we did in July” said Singh The administration has also taken the campaign to underprivileged groups such as transgender community and commercial sex workers “During the drive on July 29 we had set up a camp in Bhudhwar Peth area where commercial sex workers were approached and registered to vote On Saturday we had arranged a camp in Nigdi where members of transgender community were approached We are getting encouraging response from these areas too” said Singh Presently there are 155 voters who have registered themselves under “third gender” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Neha Kulkarni | Mumbai | Published: July 7 2017 1:03 am Tulashibaug Ganpati Visarjan procession at Alka Takies Chouk photo by Amit Ruke Top News THIS GANESHOTSAV devotees who haven’t memorised the Ganesh aarti need not go looking for a copy of the aarti sangrah — a booklet containing the aarti which has shlokas recited daily during the ten-day festival A smartphone application will now make it easier for them to remember the verses With a website to showcase Ganpati Bappa from various homes online also in the works the popular elephant-god is all set to go viral Developed by the founder of Utsavaarambh — a social networking website connecting Ganesh mandals — the App is set to be launched on August 5 Last year the group had developed virtual reality applications for six major mandals across the city Taking it ahead the founders of the application claim the App will further help devotees get a better festival experience “Our application named Majha Morya Aarti Sangrah will contain all the aartis shloks pooja vidhi (practices) for Ganpati sthapana and also visarjan We have been able to feed in up to 20 regularly sung aartis in the App till now Users can make use of the section with the list of items (samagri) required for pooja” Aniket Bilare founder of the application said For Bilare the application meant an efficient use of technology in ensuring that nobody misses out on religious practice “In comparison to the religious knowledge of our previous generations not all of us have memorised the aartis or shlokas Also not everyone takes the effort to buy the shloka book The App will be a one-step tool to collect all the aartis and understand the words and their meaning” Bilare added The App will also be tied-up with the organisation’s event called social media cha Raja wherein they plan to request participants to share their household Ganpati decoration pictures “These pictures will be posted on our social media platform and the one with maximum engagements will be elected as the winner of the competition We also invite photographs of different Ganpatis on the site from which we will choose the best” he added The group also plans to create Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications for more than 15 popular Ganesh mandals in the city including Dongricha Raja Fortcha Raja Chinchpoklicha Chintamani and Girgaoncha Raja The applications will also try to give messages on social causes such as women empowerment saving the girl child and afforestation “We are also planning to make a database of all dhol-tasha pathaks in the city The aim is to ensure different talents associated with the religious cause come under one roof and are given exposure People like photographers and artists who have previous work to show can associate themselves with this group” Bilare added The future plans of the group include introducing an e-commerce application and website that will help devotees order the required samagris at home The founders of the application later plan to enhance it by including aartis of Navaratri in it For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | London | Published: July 16 2017 11:31 am Roger Federer admits it will be a nice change to see a fresh face on the other side of the net (Source: AP) Related News For the first time in eight grand slam finals over the same amount of years Roger Federer will not play someone called Andy Novak or Rafa when he bids for a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday Such has been the dominance of tennis’s so-called big-four along with Swiss Stan Wawrinka that Federer will have to wind the clock back to the 2009 US Open when he lost to Juan Martin del Potro to remember what it is like to play a major final against someone outside of the sport’s established powerbase With Andy Murray Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal all having fallen by the wayside at Wimbledon this year Federer will face Marin Cilic in the Centre Court showdown While the Croat comes armed with a huge serve and some grand slam pedigree as the last person outside of the world’s current top five to win a major Federer admits it will be a nice change to see a fresh face on the other side of the net “Thank God I’ve played also guys who were not called Rafa Andy or Novak (in finals) in the past” Federer told reporters “From that standpoint I don’t want to say it’s more relaxed going into it because I have a good head-to-head record against Marin even though the matches were extremely close “But it’s not like we’ve played against each other 30 times You feel like you have to reinvent the wheel It’s more straightforward in my opinion I think that’s nice in some ways It’s a nice change but it doesn’t make things easier” Federer is level with Britain’s William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles and has been refreshed after taking an extended break from the game to prepare for the grasscourt slam He has not dropped a set all tournament and is a clear favourite to claim a 19th grand slam title after he began the year by winning the Australian Open “It makes me really happy making history here at Wimbledon” he said “It’s a big deal I love this tournament All my dreams came true here as a player To have another chance to go for number eight now be so close now at this stage is a great feeling” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Bharat Sundaresan | Indore | Updated: October 12 2016 11:21 am Indian won the series 3-0 against New Zealand (Source: AP) Top News IT’S NOT like the English aren’t dealing with a handful already If they were looking at the Bangladesh tour as an opportunity to acclimatise for their more high-profile challenge in the subcontinent Mashrafe Mortaza & Co have very much kept them in the present On a day that India officially took over as the No1 Test side in the world following a thorough decimation of New Zealand England were busy preparing for the deciding match of what has been a highly-temperamental ODI series in Chittagong You can be rest assured though that-and being in a similar time-zone must have helped-they would have taken some time out to glance at their television sets and catch at least little of what lay in store for them in less than a month’s time And also that the team analyst must have been on his toes adding the latest set of Ashwin videos to the hundreds he must have downloaded over the last couple of weeks in particular Maybe he keeps them in a folder that’s called “How to tame the dragon” It won’t be too far from the truth really even if sounds a tad dramatic For Ashwin has been breathing fire with ball in hand And he has laid waste to whoevers’ been put in his path especially at home over the last three years At the Holkar Stadium in Indore the wily off-spinner showed that he’s getting only more vicious and ravenous with ball in hand while recording his best-ever Test figures-7/59 and match-figures of 13/140-with all his seven wickets coming in one session of play And in less than a month’s time when England play the first of five Tests in Rajkot there’s no disambiguation required to conjure who their biggest threat will be It’s not like Ashwin and the English haven’t been on the warpath before He wouldn’t have forgotten it anyway That first meeting on home soil hadn’t ended well for him after all He finished with all of 14 wickets in four Tests at an average of 5264 and a strike-rate of 1015 It was a series that brought upon more scrutiny on his standing as India’s premier spinner than any other But it’s a different beast that awaits England this time around Just for the record Ashwin’s taken 99 wickets in 13 Tests at 1656 apiece and a wicket every 61 overs or 37 balls Like the Kiwis have found out during the last three weeks and certainly so on Tuesday he’s also become a bowler who now takes as many wickets with his remarkable skills and nous as he does with the aura that he’s built for himself in recent times To say that many of the New Zealand batsmen who fell prey to him here had fallen to his wiles even before they faced a single ball wouldn’t be overstating a fact You’re not even talking just about Ross Taylor and the tailenders here It’s also the reason why he’s taken wickets in bunches For every scalp he accounts for doesn’t only seem to add up to his burgeoning wicket tally but also seems to knock out a few additional victims as collateral damage Even Kane Williamson looked all at sea for the fourth time running against his nemesis This time the ball didn’t hit his bat or stumps but instead rammed into the pads off a length and had him trapped lbw It also says a lot about how much control you’ve taken over your opponents’ psyche when you dismiss one of the most high-profile and versatile batsmen with more or less the same delivery time and time again So Alastair Cook who dominated Ashwin four years ago and his young batting line-up will have a tough call to make when they land up – in whatever shape the Bangladeshis leave them — in India next month Do they obsess over Ashwin and finding ways of thwarting his threat Or do they stick to the cliché of ‘playing each ball as it comes’ Unfortunately as they will realise soon there are risks in both options Such is the danger he poses like New Zealand have realised is that you never can be too prepared against his wiles But again you can’t simply be planning solely for Ashwin all the time There are way too many more dangers that lay in your path to be ignored For like they showed in Indore Virat Kohli’s clean-sweeping army presently seems to possess an aura itself of an indomitable kind with a swagger that you only associate with the best in the world The final day’s play in the Test series was just the perfect showcase of that indomitability And though they had put a determined fight that is synonymous with New Zealand both in Kanpur and Kolkata their capitulation within a session-and-a-half in Indore showed the extent to which their morale had taken a beating Eventually even the resilient Kiwis couldn’t help but fold up and surrender tamely to the Kohli-Ashwin led juggernaut Chief executioner Ashwin might be the chief executioner and it was justifiably he who picked up the man-of-the-series award But the fact that he wasn’t the man-of-the-match in the first two Tests is a sign-even if you are one of those who look at these individual awards with cynicism-that India isn’t a one-man army by a distance With Gautam Gambhir scoring a half-century in his return Test India now have four openers-KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan should be fit by the time England arrive-on the go for selection The rest of the batting line-up like New Zealand will agree is filled with batsmen who can not only take a bowling apart but also grind them into submission And like he showed at Eden Gardens there’s also Wriddhiman Saha to save the day and answer the SOS if and when none of the top order come to the party which in itself is rare There’s also the lower-order batting that to an extent proved to be a vital difference between the teams in the first two Tests With ball India have shown that there are just no let-ups at any point while Kohli has proven to be a captain who constantly changes the genre of the match In Mohammed Shami they have a bowler who can strike at all times during an innings while Umesh Yadav has already turned matches on its head with the old reversing ball Then there’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar-five-wicket hauls in each of his last two Tests-waiting in the wings not to forget Ishant Sharma who at the start of the season was India’s No1 pace bowler A lot of Ashwin’s success should also be attributed to the pressure that’s applied at the other end by Ravindra Jadeja And Jadeja has teased and befuddled enough Kiwi batsmen with both his guile and accuracy to bottle up any escape route the opposition might seek at the end opposite to Ashwin’s His satirical battle with Trent Boult in the end kind of exemplified the confidence of team that’s not just on top of its game but also on top of the world Apart from constantly coaxing the No11 to show off his golf-swing with the bat in hand from the outfield Jadeja also tossed up a kind of delivery you would bowl at a toddler To his credit Boult let go off it rather extravagantly Next over he even attempted a helicopter shot off Ashwin resulting in a lot of laughter around him But like he’s done over and over again of late it was Ashwin who had the last laugh For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shubhangi Khapre | Katol | Updated: December 14 2015 3:53 am In Rajni village of Nagpur district (Express Photo) Related News A year ago when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the first Jalyukta Shivar project in Rajni village of Katol taluka in Nagpur district it was a long stretch of lifeless barren land But today a beautiful lake bathed in the golden hues of winter sunshine has sprung to life here The barren land has transformed into lush green fields as farmers are reassured of water A flock of white cranes has also made it the chosen destination looking for easy food in the flowing water This is the village which has always relied on water tankers to meet its thin population for the last two decades But the water conservation projects undertaken to revive old water structures buried under the soil and shrubs have worked to their advantage According to Nagpur district collector Sachin Kurve “Katol and Narkhed were always marked as dark zones in the district Almost 314 villages are being treated to Jalyukta Shivar” The signs of change was evident as deputy sarpanch Roopdas Mahant explains “For past two years we have never seen water in this river Langdi We had dismissed it as a dead river But after the works in our villages it has regained its old glory” Across the state there have been 120 lakh projects spread over 6200 villages with investment of Rs 1 400 crore In Katol and Narkhed the district officer on special duty Avinash Katade said “ We have completed almost 300 works in 99 villages in just two talukas along a 94-km stretch” These works have brought 3000 hectares of additional land under cultivation Traditionally crops were sown on 20000 hectares in Katol and Narkhed Katade added The reassured water has helped villagers take up cultivation of oranges and sweet lime in large numbers though some farmers are diversifying in pomegranate which is providing better remumerations compared to oranges Farmers lamented that oranges are fetching Rs 4000 to Rs 6000 per tonne compared to sweetlime (mosambi) at Rs 20000-25000 per tonne The integrated water conservation projects have ensured team efforts admits DK Kale an agriculture department official The Jalyukta Shivar model varies in every cluster In Jhelpi village which is dotted with orange orchids the stress was on replacing the iron gates with cement barrages along the canals at regular intervals and deepening and enlarging water bodies The rocky hilly terrain at Gondi Digras village on the other hand has adopted the CCT model The work involves creating trenches every three metres to withhold rainwater The team of officials who are regularly monitoring the schemes with the help of villagers said that it would be a long-drawn project as farmers have dug borewells beyond 800-900 feet to scout for water According to Dinesh Tilhari who looks after the sweetlime fields “Cultivation has increased substantially due to jalyukta shivar Almost every farmer who would otherwise exercise caution is taking up some crop” Pointing to the nearby farm well Tilhari said “Last year the water table in this well had touched rock bottom Today it has remained stagnant despite more sowing” For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 14 2012 2:07 am Related News A clerk with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations (BMC) Solid Waste Management department in Mulund (West) was arrested by the Mumbai unit of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday for allegedly accepting part of a Rs 15000-bribe ACB officers said Suhas Panchal was nabbed after a person filed a complaint alleging that Panchal had demanded bribe from him to appoint his son as a sweeper For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 3 2012 1:06 am Related News In a statement that could bring relief for former chief minister Ashok ChavanBrigadier (Rtd) M M Wanchoo on Thursday told the Adarsh commission that it was possible that Chavan may not have made a suggestion to include civilian members in the society in a meeting that took place in 2000 Only three days agoWanchoo had stated? where real estate prices are so high, Rajnath should continue as party president and not serve in a ministry. 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