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I am no 'Sanghi', there will be no seat cut: JNU Vice-Chancellor
Vishal Narayan, New Delhi, Feb 18: There will be no seat cuts in M.Phil and Ph.D courses and there is no reason for anyone to be agitating for the revocation of the UGC Gazette order of May 2016, says JNU Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar.A full year since becoming the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of unarguably the most politically-charged university in the country, Kumar finds himself in the eye of a student-politico storm, during which he has been accused of cutting the admission seats and been called a "Sanghi" - a follower of the right wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology -- by the agitating students."There has been a rumour that there will be massive seat cut for the M.Phil and Ph.D. candidates, which is not the case. There will not be a seat cut at all," Kumar told IANS in an interview.The University Grants Commission (UGC) notification adopted by the university entails an upper cap on the number of students a faculty member can guide. But as Kumar observed...




Quality education has never been a priority of political parties, say youths in Bareilly
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, Feb 13: Good education and better job are the two major concerns for youths anywhere - and also in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. Youths say all governments have just promised good education but did little.   "There has been very little improvement on the front of education here. Every government promises to improve standard of education but that promise is not implemented on the ground. Quality of education is deteriorating day by day. Government must look into. Society should also do its responsivity," says Laxmi Narayan Singh, a student at Bareilly College, while talking to IndiaTomorrow.net.   Upendar Singh, another student standing inside the campus of Bareilly College, says: "Our education system is poor from the base level. If the base level is improved then we will see improvement up to higher level. There is a need to develop government schools where no one wants to send their child...




SP-Congress alliance may form government in UP: Voters
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,Looking at the recent pre-poll alliance between Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress (INC) as a strong coalition, a large number of voters draw that the SP-Congress alliance may form government in Uttar Pradesh after winning majority of seats in the upcoming assembly elections. Many consider the alliance will be equally beneficial for both the parties, some say it will benefit Congress more than Samajwadi Party.IndiaTomorrow.net talked to some voters from different walks of life to know their view about the SP-Congress alliance. “SP-Cong alliance will impact the UP Polls, but it will benefit Congress more than SP,” says Rajinder Singh, a businessman from Noida.Hari Om, a street vendor from Badaun, said, “I think this alliance may help them (SP and Cong) form govt.”“This will impact BJP as all these parties are against BJP like we saw in Bihar elections. I think youths will mostly go for SP,” Vishnu Tripathi, an enginee...




Can't promote 'Make in India' abroad & peddle 'Hate in India' at home: Tharoor
Debayan Mukherjee,Kolkata, Jan 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has infused a lot of "personal energy" into his diplomacy, but it's difficult to push the Make in India initiative abroad while promoting "Hate in India" at home, says former central minister Shashi Tharoor.According to the seasoned diplomat, Modi's foreign policy is dogged by a growing perception that the "salesman is selling an empty package"."He has brought a lot of personal energy to his diplomacy and there is no underestimating that. His travels have been tireless. He has been a salesman for his view of India and Indian development," Tharoor told IANS in an interview during a visit here to promote his book "An Era of Darkness"."But there are two problems," said the author-cum-Congress leader."The first is there is an increasing perception that this salesman is selling an empty package. The reality at home is not being given enough importance. For example...




Provisions in Enemy Property Ordinance against principle of natural justice, settled laws: Legal expert
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Jan 21: In an exclusive interview with IndiaTomorrow.net, senior Supreme Court lawyer Adv. Niraj Gupta spoke about the legal and social perspectives of Enemy Property Ordinance 2016. He said the proposed amendments in Enemy Property Act 1968 are against the principle of natural justice as well as the settled laws by courts.   Some Excerpts from the interview:   Q: What are the amendments that govt. has made in Enemy Property Act 1968 and what are its effects? Adv. Niraj Gupta: The ordinance which the government has brought in respect to Enemy Property law is to amend the Enemy Property Act 1968 with effect from 1968. Some important aspects of the ordinance are here:  1-As per the provisions in the ordinance, the vesting under the enemy property bill will be permanent from 1968 though the provision earlier was the vesting is only for the purpose of reservation, management and control. By way of this operation, the gov...




Why communal riots are persisting post-partition
Somrita Ghosh, New Delhi, Jan 14: Author Naseera Sharma, named last month for a Sahitya Akademi Award, laments that communal riots are continuing despite the partition of the country in 1947, saying her writings aim to disperse the differences between Hindus and Muslims. She also added that ideological differences between writers and the government, which came into sharp focus in 2015, would persist regardless of who was in power. "India after Independence has witnessed multiple communal riots, resulting in the loss of harmless lives, leaving people in a devastated staste. This shouldn't be happening anymore," Sharma, 68, who has been cited for her Hindi novel "Paarijat", told IANS in an interview."There have been riots in India since 1947. This shouldn't be happening. The partition made clear that those who wished to leave the country had the liberty to do so. Riots after partition do not make sense," an indignant Sharma contended."The situation...




10 Years of Sachar Report: Some Critical Observations
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Jan 2: With no significant changes in the socio-economic conditions of the Muslim community even 10 years after the Sachar Committee report accepted by the central government, social groups, community leaders and academicians say the intention of Governments is the main factor behind the backwardness of Muslims in the country. At a program titled “Ten Years of Justice Sachar Committee Report - A Review” held here, they urged the government to implement the Sachar Committee recommendations with honest intention to uplift the community and other minorities.   Talking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Prof. (Retd.) Manoranjan Mohanty of Delhi University said: There were two major recommendations (of Sachar Committee). First, diversity index to be applied in all public and private organizations. This is still on paper only. Unless we really apply this index we don’t realize whom we are missing out. Second was to set up a Nation...




When will children become a political priority, asks Kailash Satyarthi
Nov 20 is the UN's Universal Children's Day Anurag Dey, New Delhi, Nov 20: Notwithstanding the suffering of the common people, Kailash Satyarthi supports the governments demonetisation move as it will help curb trafficking, but the Nobel laureate and child-rights crusader asserts that unless and until children become a political priority, India will continue to be dogged by the evils of child labour and child trafficking.And endeavouring to ignite a social movement are his two initiatives: "Laureates & Leaders for Children" and "100 Million for 100 Million".The Laureates & Leaders for Children summit, to be held in December at Rashtrapati Bhavan here, has attracted over a dozen Nobel laureates and global leaders, including the Dalai Lama, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee , Australia's first woman Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Princess Charlene of Monaco, who will raise their collective voices against violence and discrimination against children.They ...




People in India, Pakistan should put pressure on elected leaders to avoid war: Admiral Ramdas
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Nov 12: In an exclusive interview with IndiaTomorrow.net, former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas spoke strongly against the toxic climate of warmongering that has drawn India and Pakistan to eyeball to eyeball contact after the Uri attack. Denouncing the war language of elected political leaders in India and Pakistan, Admiral Ramdas said war would not resolve any dispute, rather would create more and more problems.   Excerpts from the interview:   Is war a solution to any dispute? Not at all, you need a political solution because war always brings more and more harassment and problems for our people, people here and people there, people everywhere. And you know this is the worst thing that can happen to the nation's economy where we are hoping to bring up very very poor people who have got lots of complaints. They don't have food, they don't have shelters. They don't have education and they don't have acces...




Why big fishes not yet punished for 1984 anti-Sikh riot, asks H. S. Phoolka
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Nov 05: "According to the government figure, 3006 Sikhs were killed during the anti-Sikh riot in 1984 in Delhi, but only 30 people have been punished. What about the big fish? What about the people who organized genocide like Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and Kamalnath? They are still free, they are still enjoying the power, they are still enjoying the facilities provided by the government," says Adv. H S Phoolka in an exclusive interview with IndiaTomorrow.net on the occasion of 32nd anniversary of the anti-Sikh riots. He also expressed his concern over denial of justice to victims of oppressions against religious minorities and Adivasis.   Excerpts from the interview:   How do you recall the time when anti-Sikh riot took place in Delhi? Adv. H S Phoolka: It was total chaos. There was not even a single place where a Sikh could feel safe.  That kind of atmosphere was there. Now, we are standing in Connaught P...




Why can't AAP, Congress, Left and BSP come together to defeat BJP, asks Kanhaiya Kumar
M.R. Narayan Swamy and Ruwa Shah, New Delhi, Nov 5: JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, jailed earlier this year for 17 days on charges of sedition, is advocating an umbrella coalition of opposition parties to take on the BJP.Kanhaiya Kumar, whose book "From Bihar to Tihar" (Juggernaut) has hit the market, says such a coming together of the Congress, the Left and parties like the AAP should be based on issues."Why can't (Arvind) Kejriwal, Congress, Left and Mayawati come together?" the left-leaning activist asked in an interview with IANS. "There should be unity."These parties "need to get together to defeat the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)".Kanhaiya Kumar, a vocal advocate of Left-Bahujan unity, said an anti-BJP alliance must be based on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that prevailed during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-I regime.Asked about the ideological contradictions in such a grouping, Kanhaiya Kumar cited the example o...




If my brother is alive or not - this question is worrying us: Najeeb's sister
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 21: With each passing day, his family is naturally getting anxious about his status. JNU's first-year post-graduate student Najeeb Ahmed went missing from his hostel room on Saturday (15 Oct). Full seven days have passed, but he remains traceless.   His mysterious disappearance, day after an alleged scuffle between him and some members of ABVP, a Hindu right students organization, has put the university on standstill. For past five days, students have been boycotting classes and holding protest demonstrations seeking his safe recovery. Najeeb's family - his mother, sister and cousin brother - is also camping at the campus.   "When something breaks in our house, we throw it out. But when something goes missing, our mind gets tucked in it. That is an ordinary thing that goes missing and we look for it. Najeeb is my brother. He has been missing for last six days and we are unable to find him," says Sadaf Mush...




Why I support Hillary Clinton, not Trump: Azamgarh-born American philanthropist
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 17: Her thirty years of personal experience and accomplishments in the public arena are unrivalled and unmatched," says Frank Islam, Azamgarh-born American entrepreneur and philanthropist about Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee for US President. "America and the world need Hillary because there is a need for a steady hand on the tiller at this critical point in time. What is demanded in a volatile world is a quiet confidence and competence. Hillary has that and will bring it to her presidency," says Aligarh Muslim University alumnus Islam who is a member, Hillary Clinton's National Finance Committee has been playing a leadership role in fundraising for the Clinton campaign.    Excerpts from his exclusive interview with IndiaTomorrow.net:   Why did you decide to support Hillary Clinton, not Trump? First, let me make it clear that I never gave any consideration to supporting Donald Trump. Ther...




Modi government pitted against India's diversity: Yogendra Yadav
Sanjeev Pal, New Delhi, Oct 15: Accusing the Narendra Modi government of being the "biggest challenge" to the values of democracy and diversity, Yogendra Yadav, who leads India's newest political party, says all existing parties have let the country down."The country needs a new (political) party to defend the idea of India," Yadav told IANS, explaining the rationale behind Swaraj India, the new political party he has founded along with lawyer Prashant Bhushan."Our country is founded on some basic principles -- a democracy in which every citizen can have a voice, celebration of diversity and a development that brings well-being to the last person," Yadav said. His party, said Yadav, renews the "Idea of India". A former founding-member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Yadav said that almost all the existing political parties have failed to protect the basic values of the country. He said the Congress and other parties were not fundamentally diff...




Data breach threat is real and rising fast in India: Kaspersky Lab
Nishant Arora, New Delhi, Oct 5: If you are running an enterprise or planning a start-up in India, accepting the fact that cyber security threats are real and dangerous is the first step towards securing your data in the long run, a top cyber expert has suggested.India is among the top five countries in the world to be attacked by ransomware -- malware that forces its victims to pay a ransom through certain online payment methods to regain their data.Globally, cyber crimes are on the rise. China tops the chart of countries attacked by mobile malware with over 35 per cent of users becoming victims in one form or the other. India ranks 7th, with 21 per cent of users affected."Every CXO has to realise that IT security is a journey and not a destination. There is no space for 'it will never happen to us' or 'we have the best security in place'. The threat to data is fairly new and many old-fashioned businesses have trouble understanding the real extent of the threats," Altaf Hald...




50% of land owned by tribals acquired over the years displacing lakhs of them: Tribal panel chief
Nityanand Shukla, Ranchi, Sep 15: More than 50 per cent of the land owned by tribals has been acquired for a variety of reasons over the years, displacing and marginalising lakhs of them, besides not compensating them adequately, the head of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (STs), Rameshwar Oraon, has said."The main woe of the tribals is land acquisition. More than 50 per cent of tribal land has been acquired for setting up industries, mining, irrigation projects and other works, while gradually displacing lakhs of the tribal population," Oraon, who belongs to Jharkhand, told IANS in a telephonic interview from New Delhi, adding: "Their plight cannot be expressed in words.""All over the country, tribal land is acquired for economic development, which is wrong. There is a law to protect tribal land but the law is not implemented properly. This is the reason why tribals are being marginalised," Oraon, the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs in t...




Will not be bullied, will definitely visit Pakistan to talk peace: Ramya
Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, Aug 25: Kannada actress-politician Ramya, in the eye of a storm after a sedition case was slapped against her for stating that Pakistan is not hell, is unfazed. The actress says she won't apologise "come what may" and not allow herself to be "bullied into submission". The former Congress MP says she is in fact keen to go back to Pakistan to foster peace and engage in dialogue.The sedition case after against Ramya seemingly disagreed with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's comment that going to Pakistan is like going to hell. She said that Pakistan is certainly not hell and the people there are very hospitable.Excerpts of a conversation with Subhash K. JhaQ: By accusing you of sedition for saying Pakistan is not hell, are we displaying new levels of intolerance?A: Yes, all 'hell' has broken loose (laughs). A lawyer has filed a complaint and he cited Section 124 A which is the section on sedition. It remains to be seen if the court accept...




My book exposes the systemic corruption that warps our democracy: Josy Joseph
Preetha Nair, New Delhi, Aug 21: From unearthing the unholy nexus between the underworld and politicians to the staggering might of middlemen, investigative journalist Josy Joseph reveals the dark side of Indian politics in his book "A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India".In the book, Joseph -- who has exposed scams related to Mumbai's Adarsh Housing Society and the allocation of 2G spectrum, among others -- lays bare the systemic and deeply ingrained corruption that is hollowing out our democracy. Published by HarperCollins, the book is an angst-ridden narrative where the author also revisits some of the "buried" defence scams, black money cases and the goings on in the corridors of power.Excerpts from an interview with IANS:Q: Your book talks a lot about the increasing influence of middlemen in our society. Are you suggesting that they are the root of corruption?A: In my book, I tackle middlemen from villages to typists who rose to the hig...




Police reforms must to battle communal mindset: Ex-top cop
Mohd Asim Khan, New Delhi, Aug 16: India needs to carry out police reforms at the earliest to rid young recruits of the poison of communalism when they sign up, a retired senior police officer has said.Security forces should also be made accountable if and when communal riots erupt, retired Director General of Police Vibhuti Narain Rai said."In police training, the focus is primarily on physical and arms training," Rai told IANS. "There is hardly an attempt to address a person's psychological fears or to make him a better human being."The communal prejudices are so deep-rooted that people hardly ever bother to check the facts," he added."There is an immediate need to make interference at the police training level. Good psychologists, behavioural scientists, sociologists, history teachers must be hired to impart training," Rai said."The policemen should be made to read history and sociology too."Rai, who is also an activist and an acclaimed w...




Attack on Dalits is attack on Constitution, Democracy: Jamaat
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, August 06: "Attacks on Dalits are actually attacks on our Constitution, our freedom given by the Constitution, pluralistic structure of our society and democracy of our country, says Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, in an exclusive video interview with IndiaTomorrow.net.   Excerpts from the Interview:   IndiaTomorrow.net: What is your brief comment on the recent attacks on Dalits in Gujarat by so-called cow protectors?   Mohammad Salim Engineer: We strongly condemn such kind of attacks, particularly the recent attacks on Dalits in Una town of Gujarat where the Dalit youths were brutally beaten and their video was spread on social media. It shows that the goons are so confident that they want to publicize their crime. They feel as if they are not doing any crime, rather a service to the nation in the name of cow. This is a very serious situation and we condemn it. This shows...




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