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There is no glory in war: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt
"Those who see glory in war must go to the soldiers whom they pretend to worship... or even to their families, and ask them what they think of war." Natalia Ningthoujam,  New Delhi, April 15: Mahesh Bhatt has often been slammed for unearthing talent from Pakistan and giving it a platform in Indian filmdom. But the filmmaker, who has worked with artistes like Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sara Loren from across the border, believes there is no glory in war. He says problems, including betweern India and Pakistan, should be solved through peaceful means without firing a bullet.Be it a warning by a regional political party in the wake of the Uri attack in India last year or criticism from members of the film fraternity, Bhatt has been targeted for working with artistes from Pakistan despite India's strained bilateral ties with the nation.Talking about such attacks on him, Bhatt told IANS in an interview: "We are on the brink of doom. We nee...




Fee Hike: Private schools working as mafia, say angry parents
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 11: The big fee hike by private schools in different parts of the country including Delhi and Haryana has forced parents to come out on the streets to protest.   "Till last year, we're paying Rs 10,000 as quarterly fee. From this year, they hiked it to Rs 26,000 quarterly," says C K Rathore, one of scores of parents from Haryana protesting against the fee hike near the Parliament House here on Sunday.   Praveen Sharma, also a parent says: "I have two children - son reads in 12th Class and daughter in 7th class. Every year, the school hike fee, annual charges and development charges. My children have been studying there for 15 years, but I haven't seen any development work."   "In summer, they don't properly arrange water for children," she claims.   She reveals nexus between schools and private publishers.   "Private schools have NCERT books in syllabus from class...




Gau Rakshaks wanted to set us ablaze in Alwar: Victim
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 9: The brutal gang of cow vigilantes (Gau Rakshaks) in Alwar had more sinister design than just assaulting the cattle traders who had purchased cows and calves from the government-run cattle fare in Jaipur and were on way to their home in Mewat of Haryana.   One of the victims has said that after brutally assaulting them, the cow vigilantes wanted to set them ablaze but could not succeed as the police arrived on the scene at the right time.   "We had gone there to purchase buffaloes. Buffaloes were costlier than cows there. So we purchased cows to get milk during the coming Ramadan. While we were returning, they stopped our vehicle. They were on bikes. They started beating us. We showed them official purchase documents but they tore and threw them away," recalled Mohammad Rafiq who was with Pahlu Khan who succumbed to the brutal assault.   Five persons including Rafiq and Khan had gone to Jaipur. They are cattle tr...




JNU seat cut: Our future looks bleak, say research aspirants
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,  New Delhi, April 8: A large number of students pursuing their masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are uncertain about their future after massive seats cut in MPhil/PhD programs. Acting on the University Grants Commission (UGC) notification 2016 for admission in MPhil/PhD programs at central universities, JNU has offered either no seat or very few seats in its various centers for 2017-18 session.   IndiaTomorrow.net talked to many students of JNU who are concerned about their career as there are no seats in the research programs they had aspired to take admission in this year.   "My center had 60 seats for research, this year it has zero seat. I came here with a dream to do research at India's top university but due to the sudden seat cut, I have no idea what to do," said Ramesh Kumar, pursuing masters in Hindi.  Shahadat, an MA (Arabic) student also showed his hopelessness as there is no seat for MPhi...




UGC regulations will curtail autonomy, social diversity at universities: Academicians
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,  New Delhi, March 27: The University Grants Commission (UGC) notification regulating admission procedure for research programs (M.Phil./Ph.D.) at central universities is not just curtailing the autonomy of these educational institutions but will also affect the present social diversity there, say eminent academicians in exclusive interviews to IndiaTomorrow.net.   “In every state and part of the country, universities have their own acts. They have to work according to those acts. So any suggestion that this 100 per cent viva voce norm is followed at all universities is incorrect. To say that they have to respect the UGC guidelines means inflexibility…that is straightforward violation of autonomy,” said Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, Centre for Linguistics, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.   She also criticized the cut in the number of seats for research programs. “The...




UGC regulations may finish JNU as premier research university: JNUTA
Acting on the UGC notification, JNU has cut about 86% seats in M.Phil./Ph.D. programs for the academic session 2017-18. It is said that the Academic Council of JNU had approved an intake of 1406 students for M.Phil/Ph.d for the coming academic year, but the JNU administration has brought it down to 194 seats. Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 23: In the wake of the massive cut in seats for M.Phil. and Ph.D. aspirants at country's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the teachers' body of JNU has strongly criticized the University Grants Commission for its controversial May 2016 notification regulating admissions in M.Phil. and PhD. courses at central universities in the country.   Acting on the UGC notification, JNU has cut about 86% seats in M.Phil./Ph.D. programs for the academic session 2017-18. It is said that the Academic Council of JNU had approved an intake of 1406 students for M.Phil/Ph.d for the coming academic year, but the JNU admini...




Want Development, Inclusion from CM Yogi, say people from across UP
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, March 20: Soon after Adityanath Yogi was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh here on Sunday, IndiaTomorrow.net talked to common people in different parts of India's most populous state to know their expectations from the new government particularly when it will be headed by a man whose politics has so far been based on Muslim bashing.   Though Yogi himself has rarely talked about development in his recent election campaign, people said he, as Chief Minister of the state, will have to work for development.   The second thing that most of the people said has also been a stranger in Yogi's political dictionary. Inclusion. Yes, people said Yogi will have to take all sections of the society along.   Allahabad He will have to work for development of the state. All politics is in the name of development. Otherwise, Akhilesh Yadav or Mayawati would not have lost elections.   Agra There is little infrastructure development i...




Ironic that BJP promises to make UP free of crime after fielding maximum number of tainted candidates: Azad
Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, March 03: ‘Who does more ‘gundagardi’ (hooliganism) than BJP? I’m sure they have no answer to that. It is ironic that a party which has fielded maximum number of tainted candidates claims to make UP free of crime,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, in an exclusive interview with IndiaTomorrow.net.Excerpts from the interview: Q. What is the reason behind the alliance with Samajwadi Party?   A. It is not only SP. I think, everybody must accept the fact that for the first time, there are four players in the UP elections. For almost three decades, there were only two players: SP and BSP. BJP was just a new entrant and the Congress party had lost that glory. The scenario changed since 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP secured 73 seats out of 80 parliamentary seats in the state and based on this result they believe that they can grab power in Uttar Prades...




There should be no space for violence at university: Yogendra Yadav
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Mar 01: Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav has accused BJP of using university as a battlefield. He was commenting in reference to the Ramjas College incident where some members of ABVP, students group linked to BJP, have been accused of beating students, teachers and mediapersons over a seminar. Talking to IndiaTomorrow.net after the massive protest demonstration against ABVP at Delhi University on Tuesday, Yadav said: “University is the place where thoughts are tested. University is the place where a viewpoint is countered by another viewpoint, logic by logic and proverb by proverb. There is no space in university for violence.” He said the Ramjas College incident has harmed the dignity of the education institution. “What has happened at Delhi University for the last one week is an attempt to violate the minimum dignity of the university. It is an attempt to bring goondagardi (hooliganism) in university...




I have aged but not my perspective or writing: Keki N. Daruwalla
Saket Suman, New Delhi, Feb 27: He is one of India's foremost poets and short story writers, a Padma Shri recipient and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984, which he returned in 2015. Even at the age of 80, the writer is all about smiles, saying that age has had no impact on his perspective or writing."I do not think growing old has had any lasting impact. I like to write about contemporary things and things that matter. I have aged but not my perspective or my writing. I am now 80 years old and I am just grateful that I can still come up with things, which are not only well liked and read but also equally relevant," Keki N. Daruwalla told IANS in an interview.And why not, if you look at his just-released book "Daniel Comes to Judgement" (Niyogi Books/Rs 395/214 pp). Vignettes from the vast repository of a wordsmith who can straddle myth and reality with ease, the 20 short stories breathe life into metaphors, coalesce fact with fancy and still sound fascin...




ABVP has problem with idea of free debate, not me, says Umar Khalid
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 25: Umar Khalid, whose name in the list of speakers for a seminar at Ramjas College was said to be the main reason behind the violence, has questioned as to why Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) vandalised the seminar and beat up students and teachers even when the invitation to him was already cancelled and he wasn’t at the venue. JNU research scholar Khalid further said that he was not the ‘problem’ but the seminar i.e. platform of debate and discussion which, he said, ABVP has always opposed. “I did not go to Ramjas College on that day (21 Feb – first day of the seminar) as the Delhi Police had refused to provide me protection. Effectively I had to cancel my visit thinking that my presence could jeopardize the situation and put people at risk,” said Khalid. Though he wasn’t at the seminar, a group of ABVP members came up, vandalized the place and beat up students and some teacher...




Those who create quarrels among people will not get success: Rajmohan Gandhi
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 21: Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial Qabristan-Shamshan remarks triggering a debate over the decline in language of politicians during election campaigns, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Rajmohan Gandhi has said that those who try to create quarrels among people will not get success.  Without naming anyone Rajmohan Gandhi said: “Our society is very intelligent. If they try to create quarrels between the people, they will not get success.”   He said this while replying to a question over PM Modi’s controversial remarks during an election campaign rally in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Modi on Sunday alleged that Samajwadi Party (SP) is discriminating with public on the lines of religion and castes. “Gaon mein agar kabristan banta hai to shamshan bhi banna chahiye(If you create graveyard in a village, then a cremation ground should also be created there). Ramzan me bi...




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 ...




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