USA Congressman Joe Walsh, a right wing conservative Republican has written a letter to Ms Hillary Clinton,Secretary of State, requesting her to consider granting a diplomatic visa to Mr Modi,attracting strong reactions from the Indian American Muslim community.
Sharing a stage in Delhi , Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev declared they would sit on a Fast on June 3rd together to bring the Governments focus back on ‘Jan Lokpal Bill and Black Money Issue!
Speeches should not create bitterness among people- this was the message of the Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, indicating who he was talking about ! Raj Thackeray the MNS supremo , more popular for his open hate statements against North Indians, specially Biharis, had dared Nitish Kumar to come to Mumbai to celebrate Bihar-Divas. Soon news flashed that Raj Thackeray had given Green-Signal to Nitish’s visit after Nitish called him up and explained his visit was not political but just social gathering!
Once in Mumbai,at the Sommaiya Ground, Nitish not only initiated and ended his conversation in Marathi but also gathered praise of the listeners, both Biharis and non-Biharis. During his speech, he did not shy away from taking a dig at Raj Thackeray who had previously dared his entry in Mumbai !
On 9th April, a Gujarat court confirmed that the SIT had found no evidence against Mr Modi or 57 others in a case based on the 2002 communal riots filed against them by Zakia Jafri, the wife of former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, who was killed by a rioting mob on February 28, 2002. While Mr Jafri’s wife claims that Mr Jafri had called the police control room and also Narendra Modi , who denied help, on the face.
Justice H Suresh, who was a part of a people’s fact-finding committee that travelled to Gujarat in May 2002, just months after communal violence, leaving 1200 people dead. The retired Bombay High Court judge has claimed that Mr Haren Pandya, the then Gujarat Home Minister, had told his panel that Mr Modi had asked policeman to give rioters a free hand. Justice Suresh is of the idea that Mr Pandya’s statement has been completely neglected by SIT. Incidently, Haren Pandya was stripped of his minister’s post ,soon after and was denied ticket to contest upcoming elections. In March 2003, he was murdered in his car while mysteriously!
No matter, what the judgement be, even the biggest supporter of Narendra Modi cannot deny a foul play.No matter, how great leader he has been, helping his state stand top as a financial hub, eyes cannot be closed towards the riots which had shaken the nation and the world, in 2002. His reluctance to help the victims of the riots cannot be denied. In a nation like ours, should there be a space for people against communal harmony , regardless they are great visionary political leaders or religious leaders ? The nation has hundreds of points of discrimination- by way of caste, tribe, religion, state and languages but only one reason to join hands – We are humans and then Indians before anyone else !
Answering back to MNS’s threatening of not allowing Bihar Divas in Mumbai,Bihar Chief Minister , Nitish Kumar said he does not need a Visa to go to Mumbai.
Mamata Banerjee Government in its yet another plan to remove the red of communism from West Bengal has proposed a significant amendment in history syllabus of the state board. A state government appointed committee has proposed to restructure higher secondary history syllabus removing what it refers as an overemphasis on communist thinkers Marx and Engels.
Well, didi(Mamata Banerjee) has been making constant efforts to eradicate the remains of the ‘Red-Ghost’- CPM and in the process she is not only adding on to her lists of criticisms but also reminding Bengal of ‘Porivorton’ (Change), which people wanted but may not have thought what it actually would turn out to be! Point is ,what good, banning newspapers,transferring IPS officers and changing history book syllabus,would do ? Should not the TMC government be busy doing things they promised about development rather than attacking, self-made ‘Red-Ghost’ out of CPM, which itself is in no shape to revive,unless the TMC government repeatedly gives it ‘food of controversies’ to capitalize and regain its support ?
Pakistan rejected External Affairs Minister S M Krishna’s statement that India has provided adequate proof, linking Hafiz Saeed to the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Meanwhile,responding to the announcement of USD 10 million bounty for him under the US Rewards for Justice programme,Saeed Hafiz,mocked the same by saying the money should be handed over to him as he would himself inform American authorities about his whereabouts.