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“PM Modi is scared of my next speech exposing Adani links”, says Rahul Gandhi

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is scared of my next speech which would have been suicidal for them as I would have exposed the Adani-Modi relationship… I shall expose this nexus anyway…”, were the words of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who held a Press conference short while ago. Entire media was waiting for a Press briefing since Friday (yesterday), when the news of termination of MP ship came into light.

On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to two years in prison in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname by a court in Gujarat’s Surat. Let’s first understand the entire incident. RaGa who is the MP from Wayanad in Karnataka made the remarks while addressing a rally in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The allegation that had created furore among the Saffron supporters was targeting PM Modi over his last name which he shares with fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi. BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi had filed the case for saying “How come all thieves have the common surname Modi?” However, the court granted RaGa bail and his sentence was suspended for 30 days to let him appeal the decision.

Before talking about the Press briefing and what RaGa said, let’s have a quick recap of the sequence of events since Friday:

  1. Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as Lok Sabha MP in the Parliament.
  2. The Lok Sabha Secretariat in a notification informed that the disqualification was effective from March 23, the day of his conviction.
  3. Lok Sabha Secretariat further informed the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat falls vacant.
  4. Rahul Gandhi would have to vacate the official bungalow within a stipulated time period.

On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi held a Press meet and faced the media that was bustling with question. RaGa replied all the questions with calm and ease. Some of the excerpts from the Press meet:

  1. RaGa alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of allegedly backing Adani. “For this government, country is Adani and Adani is country,” said Rahul said this entire episode was to silence the voice of Congress. RaGa demanded a reply from Pm Modi, “Who’s Rs 20,000 crore went to Adani’s shell companies?”
  2. Replying to Wayand, Rahul said, “I have decided to write a letter to the people of my constituency and explain why I am not able to serve them as a MP after this but will also tell them that my crusade will be on against exposing the corrupt in the system”.
  3. RaGa said he is not bothered over the disqualification as to reach out to people with truth he doesn’t require to a MP, he shall reach out to people in his own way.
  4. When asked on Other Backward Class (OBC) issue during his Bharat Jodo Yatra, he claimed that allegations were totally false and he never insulted OBC.
  5. “My job is to defend the democratic nature of the country which means defending the institutions of the country, defending the voice of the poor people of the country and telling people the truth about people like Adani who are exploiting the relationship they have with the PM”, said Rahul.
  6. RaGa also accused the media of not focusing the issues of opposition as they used to do in the past.

Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on some of the reporters who asked question with a BJP angle. “Why don’t you put the party badge on your shirt. I shall reply to you but please don’t pretend to be a Pressman. Did the BJP tell you to do so”. Reacting to the questions of a popular television journalist, RaGa said, “Allow me to speak unless you decide to reply on my behalf, I know you do this too”.

When asked on the support of Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), Rahul Gandhi thanked the opposition parties and said togather they would oust the BJP. However, RaGa and Congress should now be more careful in choosing friends especially before going with alliances like Trinamool.

Today’s Press conference will definitely have a strong reaction from the BJP which I am sure is gearing up to give a Press briefing any moment. Opposition will have to do a good homework as Rahul’s conviction “I shall expose the Adani-Modi relationship in coming days and will prove what ever I said was not concocted but on facts”.  “I will keep asking questions on Adani issue, I won’t stop as it’s my conviction towards my countrymen”, said Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress plans to hold nationwide agitations demanding a reply on Adani issue from PM Modi. Security has been beefed up across the country especially at strategic locations.

Remembering Shashi Kapoor on his 85th birth anniversary; not just a wonderful actor but human also

Shashi Kapoor, one of the most handsome faces of Indian cinema who has left an indelible mark with his acting and charm turns 85 on Saturday (today). Not just the Bollywood, but Shashi Kapoor earned immense love and adulation of the West with his numerous English films. Though the actor had predominantly attracted popularity with his cult Bollywood commercial films but he had also acted in a few serious and parallel films (to be discussed later in the story).

Kapoors had a strong affiliation with Kolkata and West Bengal ever since the days his father, Prithwiraj Kapoor, the doyen of Kapoor Khandan (as fondly called while referring to this iconic family also called the first cine family), began his career with the iconic New Theatres. In the due course of time, Shashi Kapoor, developed a fondness for Bengali cinema. Shashi Kappor shared a wonderful relationship with Great Master Satyajit Ray who had also penned a couple of scripts of Ivory films.


Kapoors since decades had been entertaining the masses – The journey began with Prithwiraj Kapoor fondly called ‘Papa Kapoor’ who passed on the legacy onto his sons Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. They had passed on the legacy of ‘Kapoor Khandan’ subsequently to the next generation of Kapoors.


I recall first watching Shashi Kapoor on TV as we in our childhood was not much exposed to films like today’s generation but we had a great companion (if I may call so) and that was the television which was the ultimate platform for entertainment and many of us I am sure will agree that our schooling to cinema (whatever we have learnt or developed within) had began with this iconic “idiot box’ in early 80’s. Watching this actor on Chitrahaar, Sunday cinema and so on…I recall hearing him during the Film Festival when he had shared so many personal memories about his family, brothers and the cine industry. It was during one such interview Shashi Kapoor had said for him, the ultimate romantic hero was elder brother Shammi Kapoor with his westernized looks and acting. He had also said that “now watching my acting on screen, I feel ashamed as they look so childish” a confession from a real actor who was whimsical of his characters and perhaps this why Shashi Kapoor did not stay obsessed with the cult Commercial Cinema but acted in many parallel cinema and few experimental cinema (a wave that took cinema by its stride during early 70’s and late 80’s).


Shashi Kapoor and English films especially in British and American films, under the iconic Merchant Ivory productions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory that had been his second family as their association had grown stronger. Shashi Kapoor acted in numerous films under the banner like The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965) (opposite his sister-in-law Felicity Kendal), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982) in which he co-starred with his wife Jennifer Kendal, The Deceivers (1988) and Side Streets (1998). Apart from Ivory productions, he had acted in other British and American films like ‘Matter Of Innocence’ (1967)), ‘Siddhartha’ (1972), ‘Sammy and Rosie Get Laid’ (1987), and Muhafiz (1994). James Ivory directed Kapoor in the first Merchant Ivory production The Householder, then in Shakespeare-Wallah, Bombay Talkie and Heat and Dust while Ismail Merchant directed him in In Custody (1993).


It was during late 50’s Shashi Kapoor met English actress Jennifer Kendal in then Calcutta now Kolkata. in 1956 while both were working for their respective theatre groups. Shashi was both assistant stage manager as well as an actor for his father’s theatre group, Prithvi Theatre. Geoffrey Kendal’s Shakespearean group was also present at the same time in Calcutta and Jennifer was Geoffrey’s daughter. They fell in love and after facing initial opposition from the Kendals got married to Jenifer in July 1958. Both of them had acted in a number of films together. In 1984, Jenifer Kendal died due to cancer. Shashi Kapoor loved Jenifer immensely and did not re-marry.


Both of them were blessed with three children – Kunal Kapoor (who had acted in Vijeta), Karan Kapoor (he too had acted in a few films like Loha and Saltanat but he is most remember for his modelling with Bombay Dying in 80’s) and daughter Sanjna (she too has acted in a few films like Hero Hiralal. She took charge of the Prithvi Theatre which was established on 5 November 1978 in Mumbai. In the recent years, we have Karishma (Lolo) and Karina (Bebo), daughters of Randhir Kapoor (Raj Kapoor’s son) and Ranbir Kapoor, son of another Kapoor superstar Late Rishi Kapoor rising to the top of popularity in Bollywood. Ranbir unlike his father, who had predominantly acted in Bollywood flicks have already acted in numerous serious and good cinema.


Being a true actor he showed guts and courage to criticize the typical Hindi cinema which had been showing things that had nothing to do with reality rather many impractical and abnormal things. It was this quest for good cinema Shashi Kapoor acted in films like – ‘Muhafiz’ (1994), ‘In Custody’ (1993), ‘Junoon’ (1978), ‘Utsav’ (1984) to name a few. Also he had produced many of these. He also produced 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) directed by Aparna Sen. His wife Jenifer Kendal had done a wonderful acting in this film which revolves around a lonely Anglo lady residing in Kolkata who teaches conversation English in a reputed convent school in the city and subsequently gets cheated by her two ex-students whom she had trusted immensely. However, Aparna Sen bagged National Award for the film but Jenifer did not receive any award which had made him upset and he had shared his feelings in one of his interview on Doordarshan.

Shashi Kapoor had produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which was a Indo-Russian project and starred his frequent co-star Amitabh Bachchan and nephew Rishi Kapoor in the lead. The film however could not make money on the box-office.


It was this fondness for Shashi Kapoor, Great Master Satyajit Ray had taken him in Satyajit Ray Presents (directed by Sandip Ray for Doordarshan in 1985), “Kissa Kathmandu Ka” which was based on his Feluda adventure story – “Joto Kelenkari Kathmandu Te” and Shashi Kapoor played Feluda. As per the details of Feluda, Ray had always sketched him as a fitness freak and always slim and agile but Shashi Kapoor had put on weight and looked bulky. Still, Ray had casted him as Feluda in his production. This explains the relationship Shashi Kapoor shared with the Satyajit Ray.


He was not keeping well since long and had bid adieu to films in late 90’s with Side Streets being his last film. On 20 July 2012, Shashi Kapoor underwent a cataract surgery at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. Shashi Kapoor was admitted in Kokilaben Hospital on December 3, 2017 reportedly for chest infection. On December 4, 2017, he breathed his last at around 5:30 pm. The famous lines from his film ‘Kala Parthar’ (1979), ‘ek rasta hai zindagi… jo tham gaye to kuch nahin…’ will be the most befitting lines to pay him tributes…

Nonsense Talk News pays its respects to this great actor and a wonderful man…

Sameer ‘Khopdi’ Khakhar dead; nostalgic memories of ‘Nukkad’ re-visited

“बड़े शहर की एक गली में बसा हुआ है नुक्कड़… नुक्कड़ के सारे बाशिंदे तकदीरों के फक्कड़ …” Does these lines churn the ‘nostalgia’ and take you back to late 80’s when we all say glued to our television sets on Mondays at 9pm to watch ‘Nukkad’? I am sure it does especially those of us who have had the privilege of watching some remarkable teke-serials on then Doordarshan. Not double meaning or filthy storylines like the K series but clean and healthy family oriented dramas, well melodramas too. Some have left an indelible mark and ‘Nukkad’ happens to one of them. After Dilip Dhawan (Guru), Sameer Khakhar, the man who played the iconic character of ‘Khopdi’, is no more. The actor was admitted to a Mumbai hospital with multiple organ failure. He was 71.

Nukkad had been one of the most popular serial during late 80’s. Like all Ajiz Mirza-Kundan Shah productions, this too was clean family drama. The serial spoke of characters that depicted the common man and woman have to fight with circumstances daily and if he or she is lucky to beat the stress and smile for once, the next moment waits to take back the happiness. Yet, people smile and accept the inevitable.

Shot in a simple backdrop of ‘Nukkad’, each member had his or her own story to tell and share. Guru, Ghansu bhikhari, Tambi, Qadir Bhai, Ganpat, Teacherji and many more. Sameer Kakhar better known as ‘Khopdi’, the all time drunkard who would make us laugh with his jokes, mannerism but each had a deep underlined message that would slap the social structure or society.

Khakhar had acted in a number of serials including – Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Circus’ (1989). Apart from Circus, he acted in ‘Shrimaan Shrimati’ (1994). He has acted in the following films – Kamal Haasan’s ‘Pushpak’ (1987), Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor-led ‘Parinda’ (1989), Ajay Devgn and Suniel Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’ (1994), Salman Khan-starrer ‘Jai Ho’ (2014), Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra’s ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ (2014), Sudhir Mishra-directorial ‘Serious Men’ (2020). Khakhar also made an OTT debut in Vikas Bahl’s web series ‘Sunflower’.

Down the memory lane:

  • Guru (aka Raghunath) played by Dilip Dhawan, the first of the gang to bid adieu to the world. His character was of an electrician but the only level headed who would also act as the crisis manager in Nukkad.  
  • Hari played by Pawan Malhotra who later acted in many films including Bag Bahadur. He played the character of a humble cycle repair mechanic.
  • Kaderbhai, the tea shop owner, played by Avtar Gill who even served snacks to poor residents of Nukkad for free. 
  •  Kundu Mochi, Somesh Agarwal who played the ‘mochi’ (cobler). 
  • Karim Hajaam, the barber played by Javed Khan. 
  • Teacherji, played by Rama Viz who tries to teach everyone the way to stay happy and contended in life is by staying simple and honest. However, both Guru and Maria (Teacherji) love each other but never dares to express. 
  • Radha, the domestic maid, played by Sangeeta Naik, who like all human loves to dream and bask in romance with Hari but is unhappy as Hari loves another girl in Nukkad. 
  • Ganpat Havaldar, played by Ajay Wadhavkar. A friend of the people residing in Nukkad.
  • Apart from them many more character like – Dukhiya shayar (aks Dukhiya Chandigarhi) played by Sudesh Chatwal, Ghanshu Bhikari (aka Ghanshyam), the beggar, played by Suresh Bhagwat, Chaurasia Paanwala, Shreechand Makhija,  paanwala with a paan-beedi shop next to Kaderbhai’s restaurant, Dagdu Jamadar, the sweeper who works in the municipality. 

Former Australian PM Abbott alongwith SGPC members called upon NCM Chairperson Lalpura

National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Chairman, Iqbal Singh Lalpura held a meeting with a delegation from Australia on Saturday (today), to discuss the efforts being made by the Government of India to promote the welfare of Minority communities in India. Former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott alongwith a seven-member delegation attended the meeting. The meeting was attended by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) head, Harmeet Singh Kalka.

The NCM welcomed the delegation for future collaborations on the issues related to Minorities. The NCM tweeted:

NCM informed that the meeting was satisfactory. Tony Abbott was more than satisfied with the strong social fiber of India, where all communities are given good opportunities. He was also amazed to know that the population of Minorities, in general, in India increasing and the NCM is looking after their interest.

NCM Chairperson, Lalpura tweeted:

The regular discrimination against Indians especially Sikh community in Australia and other countries have been a major concern for the NCM and raised its voice.

Rajdhani Express began its journey this day in 1969; saga of nostalgia

Rajdhani Express turns 54.

The first Rajdhani ran between Howrah and New Delhi on March 3, 1969. Many things have changed since it’s inception. Both the interior as well as the exterior have changed drastically.

On the 50th birth anniversary of the Rajdhani Express, the Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) had organised a Special treat for passengers travelling by 12301 Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Passengers travelling in AC-II and AC-III tier were served fish fry or vegetable cutlets depending on their preferences alongwith rosogollas(Bengali sweet). As a special treat, the continental menu was served to First AC passengers alongwith Caramel Custard.

Debashis Chandra, group general manager (east), IRCTC will be in-charge of entire programme. He is the son of Ratan Chandra Chandra, the first Rajdhani’s catering inspector (My father who traveled by Rajdhani Express since its launching was very fond of Chandra) I too have vivid memories of Chandra coming and asking how was the food personally, always with a smile. He used to give toffies and chocolates. Those were the golden era of Rajdhani Express. My favourite was the chair-car days. Ratan Chandra Chandra passed away in 2016.

Rajdhani Express has come a long way since then and during these years, many new trains enroute to various cities were introduced like – Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, Guwahati Rajdhani Express, Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Mumbai Rajdhani Express etc. Sealdah Rajdhani was also introduced a few years ago.

Today Rajdhani Express may have lost its glory and dignity but in ghose days it used to considered as an elite train.

Assembly Polls 2023: Tripura & Nagaland goes to BJP; NPP bags Meghalaya

Tripura and Nagaland with alliances have voted for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the Assembly Polls 2023. BJP has secured respectable majority in Nagaland with its ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). However, in Meghalaya, Saffron performed very poor and hovered around five to six seats. So did Congress (6) and Trinamool (5) that had tall claims and convictions before the polls. Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee and nephew turned General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee had air dashed umpteen times to North East. The results are enough to show their reach and acceptance among the locals.

In case of Tripura, entrusting with poll duties to Rajib Banerjee who had left Trinamool to join BJP just before the Assembly Polls in West Bengal and after his defeat again re-joined Trinamool. Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee who had reprimanded him from public meetings and even called him by various names – ‘beiman’ , ‘mirzafar’ etc, inducted him when he staged a comeback. Trinamool may be fine by allowing so-called ‘mirzafars’ but it sends a wrong picture and message to the people as they fail to understand why should they trust someone like Rajib Banerjee.

Chief Minister in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalya won their seats an jid are all set to form the government.

For BJP, Meghalaya will be a challenge as people in the state have refused to accept the Saffron inspite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding numerous rallies and roadshows prior to the elections. The party will do a detailed introspection as per the protocol of any political party especially those being cadre based parties also called regimented parties like the BJP, Left Front etc .

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)’s Hekani Jakhalu became the first ever woman to be elected to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. The 48- year old received 45.16 per cent of the 31,874 votes in the constituency, just ahead of the Lok Jansakthi Party (Ram Vilas Paswan)’s Azheto Zhimomi, who received 40.34 per cent of the votes.

However, it’s very sad story for the Congress that have been totally wiped out in Tripura and Nagaland with 0 seats. There was a time when Congress was one of the important political parties across the North East. In Nagaland, Congress had a good reach and bagged considerable votes in the Assembly polls. Once again, it’s for the Congress to decide if it wants to continue like this or will gear up as being one of the oldest political parties, it has lost its face value. Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Joro Yatra’ or suggested ‘Haat se Haat Joro Yatra’ have no value unless it plans to revamp the party and make changes. I myself was talking to a Congress member and he accepted such Yatras are useless unless Congress changes for good. RaGa should realise that he carries a responcibility, the legacy of his grandmother Indira Gandhi, his father Rajiv Gandhi, people have some expectations from him.

The Tipra Motha party deserves a big compliment for performing so well and bagging 13 seats. The party which is a new born baby has proved it has a good reach among the locals. There are speculations that the BJP leadership may approach the Tipra and offer an alliance. However, earlier it was said that the BJP was in talks with the National People’s Party (NPP) for an alliance in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as per his style had visited the BJP headquarters in Delhi in the evening on Thursday, and met the members of the party. He had also interacted with the leadership and candidates in the winning states and complimented them over their performance. Also, talks were held within the party leadership about seat sharing, and the dates when swearing-in ceremonies will take place. Meghalaya too was discussed and PM Modi assured the state that his party will do everything to develop the state and reach out to the people in the state.

Bengali remembers Abdus, Rafiq, Sofiur, Barkat and Jabbar with tears on Feb 21

In the famous words of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore, “moder gorob, moder aashaa, aamori Bangla bhashaa… ” (Bengali language is our pride… Bengali is our identity…)

February 21st is a very significant day, its regarded as the International Mother Language Day but for Bengalies all over this has immense importance as on this day, in 1952 on the streets of then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) people protested the imposition of Urdu language upon the large number of Bengali speaking Muslim community. The diktat by the Pakistan government had spread huge uproar among the students of Dhaka University. They decided to defy the order and take out a protest march.

The Government of the Dominion of Pakistan in 1948, ordained as part of Islamization and Arabization of East Bengal that Urdu language would become the sole national language. It said that the Bengali writing alternatively in Arabic script or Roman script that was also called the ‘Romanisation of Bengali’ or Arabic as the state language of the whole of Pakistan was also proposed.

Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, Sofiur Rehman, Abdul Barkat and Abdul Jabbar along with many others protested on the streets of then Dhaka. The agitation took that was dormant till then took momentum and it turned out into Bengali Language Movement.

Since then February 21 is observed as a solemn day. The day is also called ‘Omor Ekushey’ (Immortal 21). Poets, writers, and philosophers over the years have written songs, poems, and even created dramas as a mark of respect to these martyrs who raised their voices against the autocratic diktat and protected the respect and dignity of the Bengali language.

“amar bhai r rokte ranga ekushey February, aami ki bhulte pari…” (February 21st is red with my brother’s blood, can I ever forget the day…), mark the day.

Uddhav fails to protect Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy, loses ‘bow and arrow’ to Shinde

Few years Shiv Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray said the party will perish once he is dead. He openly on a television interview had said, he as a dictator and it requires a dictator to maintain decipline within the party. Friday’s developments has once again his farsightedness. This is why he is ‘the Balasaheb Thackeray’, you may not like or admire him but cannot ignore him.

Shiv Sena’s iconic symbol ‘bow and arrow’ goes to Eknath Shinde faction. Indeed, a shame for Uddhav Thackeray who not only failed to protect his father Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy from splitting into two faction (his own and Shinde faction), but now failed to retain the symbol and the name ‘Shiv Sena’ too. This comes at a crucial time Assembly Elections are to take place in Maharashtra.

On Friday, Election Commission of India (ECI) in a landmark verdict said that the party name “Shiv Sena” and the party symbol “bow and arrow” will be given to the Eknath Shinde faction.

Minutes after the ECI verdict, Uddhav was seen in tears but he and his arrogance is largely responsible behind this development which was evident. This has also come as a big jolt for Aditya Thackeray (Uddhav’s son) who was being looked upon as the parallel Chief Minister in the state and was enjoying undue advantages in the state. His association with the Bollywood has already been exposed after the Sushant Singh Rajput’s mysterious death.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar immediately after the verdict said the loss of the “bow and arrow” symbol and the name will not affect Uddhav Thackeray faction. The fact is not only this will have a strong impact on popularity of the party but has put the traditional Shiv Sainiks (members of Shiv Sena) into shame as the legacy of their founder leader has shifted to a different house from its own family that too under the leadership of son Uddhav.

Uddhav has announced his decision to move the Supreme Court against the ECI verdict. The question is does Uddhav has a moral face to even shout out at the ECI or counter its verdict as he had lost the battle or rather protecting the legacy of Shiv Sena the day party was split into two factions and now losing the smybol and name has actually shown the mirror to Uddhav and the defacto party Supremo Aditya.

However, the entire incident has once again spruced up the controvercial question if Raj Thackeray would have been a better option had Uddhav left the throne when Raj decided to part with Thackeray legacy and float his own party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in 2006.

NCM takes call on reconstruction of Uttarakhand Gurudwara, read more for details

The Commission has taken cognizance of the issue of allotment of land for reconstruction of Gurudwara Gyan Godri Sahib which was earlier demolished in the year 1978. The request of the Sikh community for allotment of appropriate land has been pending with the Government of Uttarakhand for a long time. 

National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Iqbal Singh Lalpura has written a letter to Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami requesting to direct the concerned officers to take immediate action in the matter and inform the Commission as such an inordinate delay in the matter is hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community. 

NCM Chairperson held a meeting with all concerned on 1.12.2021 at Haridwar and Dehradun to resolve the long pending issue. However, after more than one year it has been informed by District Magistrate of Haridwar that a land has been identified for this purpose which falls under Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department. As the original Gurudwara was situated in Uttarakhand, the Government of Uttarakhand may provide the land within the territory of Uttarakhand in Haridwar and not from the property of Uttar Pradesh.

During the meeting in Haridwar, it was pointed out that the present Ghat is on a canal which was dug by the British. However, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited the river Ganga at the Ghat where the rituals of immersion of human remains/bones was being carried out, in the 15th-16th century. 

The NCM formed under NCM Act, 1992, has been, inter-alia, entrusted with the responsibility to look into specific complaints regarding deprivation of rights and safeguards of Minorities and take up such matters with the appropriate authorities.

Nation observes ‘Black Day’ on Pulwama attack anniversary, Twitter abuzz with tributes

On this solemn day (February 14) in 2019, around 3:15 pm, India lost 40 brave soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a ‘fidayeen’ attack (suicide bomber) in Pulwama. The convoy of vehicles were on its way from to base camp in Srinagar when the attack took place. Over 25 jawans were injured, some critically. Islamist terror outfit Jasish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the ghastly killings. Entire country fumed and demanded not only a blanket ban on Pakistan but also revenge of this masscare. India did take the revenge within 12-days of the Pulwama attack by carrying out a surgical strike in Balakot, Pakistan.

India may have taken revenge but nothing could make up the loss of 40 brave men in uniform. The sentiments were very high in India and everybody demanded a revenge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid tributes by visiting the place where coffins were kept before sending them to their respective places. It was indeed a solemn evening with coffins of 40 CRPF jawans brought to Delhi and kept for paying respects.

This day is called ‘Black Day’ or Pulwama Day. Tributes are paid to the martyrs by CRPF at the base camp and at the memorial constituted in Pulwama in the memory of these martyrs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi among others tweet to pay their respects to the martyrs of Pulwama attack.

The CRPF tweeted on its Twitter handle to pay it’s tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama attack.

Nothing has changed though, still Pakistan tries to find ways how to attack Indian soldiers but our soldiers are competent enough to give befitting reply.