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Padmaavat row: Karni Sena Puts Opposition to Imagined Insult to Fictional Character Above ASEAN meet or Republic Day



Padmaavat row: Karni Sena Puts Opposition to Imagined Insult to Fictional Character Above ASEAN meet or Republic Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A day before the Republic Day, when 10 heads of states of ASEAN countries are here as chief guests, the nation woke up to continued violent protests and threats to set the nation on fire from Rajputs protesting screening of the movie ‘Padmaavat’, even as their outfit, Sree Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) claimed loyalty to the country.

The SRKS has, however, been clear that it would not obey the orders of the nation’s top court set up under the country’s Constitution. The Supreme Court had dismissed all appeals seeking a ban on the film, including those by state governments of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The SC is also expected to hear a contempt plea against Karni Sena on Monday and Delhi HC has refused to hear a plea against the film.

The Rajputs under SRKS object to ‘distortion of history’ and ‘denigration of Rani Padmini’ in the film based on a fictional work that extols Rajput valour and is a paean to Padmini’s beauty.

Persisting with their protests in the face all facts and reason and in complete disregard of the country’s image, the law and Supreme Court orders, the Rajput groups continued with violence and vandalism.

A rampaging mob of alleged Karni Sena members on Wednesday attacked a school bus with 24 students of GD Goenka World School in Gurugram, a day before the film’s release. The attackers came with bamboos and sticks, hitting the rear window and asked the driver to stop the vehicle. The driver, however, showed the presence of mind to keep the bus moving. The mob then pelted stones. The terrified, screaming kids got under their seats to escape being hurt.

An FIR registered into Wednesday’s attack on a school bus in Gurugram names the Karni Sena. Eighteen men, who attacked a school bus full of children in Gurugram, have now been sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

After the incident, some reputed schools in Gurgaon have decided to remain shut till Sunday in view of the violence over the controversial film’s release. The schools which have decided to shut down till Sunday includes Pathways school, GD Goenka school, Shiv Nadar school and Delhi Public School, said media reports.

The incident came about an hour after alleged members of the Karni Sena, a Rajput group, targeted a Haryana Roadways bus and torched it. Similar incidents were reported from many other states, all with BJP governments, according to media reports.

Protesters also allegedly damaged two state roadways buses in Jaipur and blocked a road in the city while scores of activists were held in Mumbai and Nashik.

In MP’s Ratlam, 27 female members of Karni Sena submitted letters to the district administration urging President Ram Nath Kovind to stop the film or permit them to end their lives.

A theatre was vandalised in Jammu while there were protests in Gorakhpur as well.

Violent protests by Shree Rajput Karni Sena and other Rajput organisations against Padmaavat continued in Bihar on Thursday, with a mob attacking a cinema hall in Bihar Sharif while cinema hall owners in several districts refused to screen the controversial film, said media reports.

Unconfirmed reports said that Karni Sena activists have attacked more than half a dozen cinema halls across Bihar.

State governments and cinema owners are also fearful of more violent acts in the future and hence, are calling off the scheduled screenings of the film.

An RSS official alleged that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat is an attempt to “hurt” public sentiments by presenting heroic characters and their lives on the basis of unconfirmed and controversial information. RSS north-west regional sanghchalak Bhagwati Prakash said that films should spread the message of social harmony and brotherhood, reported News18.

As violent protests occurring in states with BJP government, the party’s troll brigade went into offensive, accusing others of the mistakes and shortcomings it committed. It went overboard, with one posting from the twitter handle of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

Incidentally, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had already, the previous day, on January 24, condemned the attack on children.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Delhi said it was a “matter of shame” for the nation that school children were attacked just a few kilometres from the national capital before Republic Day celebrations.

Kejriwal hinted at BJP and Sangh parivar links in his condemnation of the Rajput violence:“I appeal to everyone. We cannot afford to remain silent anymore. They killed Muslims, burnt Dalits alive, thrashed them. Today, they have started pelting our children with stones, have started intruding into our homes. Don’t remain silent now, speak up,” Kejriwal said in a speech during an event to mark Republic Day tomorrow.

The Congress attacked the Centre and the BJP governments in Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for the violent protests against Padmaavat. “Why is the Centre not doing anything to stop this violence. The BJP must answer to the people. The governments must be ashamed for their inaction,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah to launch India Legal App tomorrow

The India Legal App will be launched by former Chief Justice of India Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, who is also the Chief Patron of India Legal magazine,  in Bengaluru. Several legal luminaries of the country will attend the event online in a webinar.



India Legal app launch

The India Legal Research Foundation will on Saturday, June 10, launch the much-awaited multilingual India Legal App, a path-breaking legal helpline that allows every citizen of India to access high calibre legal help from the safety of her/his home at the touch of a button.

The India Legal App will be launched by former Chief Justice of India Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, who is also the Chief Patron of India Legal magazine,  in Bengaluru. Several legal luminaries of the country will attend the event online in a webinar.

Former Chief Justice of India Justice U.U. Lalit, Attorney General R. Venkataramani, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate and Balaji Foundation Chairperson Pradeep Rai, National Law University Delhi Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) GS Bajpai, Former IIM Bangalore Dean Prof Trilochan Sastry, Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association President Manoj K. Mishra and India Legal Editor-in-Chief Inderjit Badhwar will take part in the webinar. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube on the India Legal and APN News accounts.

The India Legal App intends to change the way legal aid is made available to the people. The app gives ease of access, as a person can have a jargon-free discussion on complex matters with lawyers.

The complete assurance of privacy and easy payment methods is certain to make the legal experience of people very different from interminable hassles they may have heard about.

The app can be used in 6 Indian languages,  including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali and Punjabi.  

The app is also useful in times of distress as a person sensing trouble or threat can contact a legal ‘friend’ till the time the police arrives.

Lawyers associated with the India Legal App assure to help people 24×7, ready to guide them through extremely tough situations, wherever they are in the country.

The India Legal App is an embodiment of trust and faith. Any individual can install this app on their mobile and directly communicate with a lawyer.

Slowly, this facility will extend to even those without mobile phones. They can avail of this service through their nearest common service centres, or Jan Suvidha Kendra/Setu/e-Seva Kendra/Pragya Kendra.

The service will be available at a reasonable cost, which can then also be paid at that service centre.

The India Legal App services include:

  • 1. Free legal advice over the phone.
  • 2. Payment of a specified amount for legal advice through audio and video calls.
  • 3. Payment of a specified amount for document preparation.
  • 4. Payment of annual membership fees to receive legal services.

Additionally, the India Legal App provides legal information and related videos to ensure users of the India Legal App are well-informed about legal matters.

India Legal is a respected politico-legal weekly magazine (both print and online) in the country, with complete professional journalistic and expert inputs. Its readers include lawyers, law firms and those related to the judiciary and justice system.

The India Legal Research Foundation (ILRF) is a non-profit organisation equipped with senior lawyers and devoted to bring justice to those who deserve it, but cannot afford it. ILRF provides free legal aid to the deserving and people in need.

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Karnataka removes chapters on RSS founder Hedgewar from school books, BJP leaders protest

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar said the alleged removal of the chapters on the RSS founder was a crime against Youth.



Karnataka removes chapters on RSS founder Hedgewar from school books,BJP leaders protest

The BJP and the Congress are divided over the inclusion of RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in chapters of school textbooks in Karnataka.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar said the alleged removal of the chapters on the RSS founder was a crime against Youth. The BJP has hit out at the Karnataka government demanding an apology that it is distorting history.

BJP Leader CN Ashwath Narayan said the Congress should take its time and should not take decisions in a hurry. He further added, as a government it should take into account the concerns of all sections of the society.

While the Congress MLC BK Hari Prasad said the Karnataka government will not include chapters on the RSS founder because he considered him as a coward and a fake freedom fighter.

Karnataka Education minister Madhu Bangarappa said the school syllabus will be changed from this year itself. He said old textbooks would not be recalled but supplementary textbooks will be sent to the teachers explaining what topics to be taught and what topics to be left out.

He said the changes in the syllabus was being made keeping in mind the future of the children. He added, the Congress had already made the announcement in the pre election manifesto itself.

He did not go into the details and said a special technical team is going to handle the process of revision of the textbooks.

The Congress had promised in thier election manifesto that they would remove the National Education Policy. He also added, the changes in the syllabus would be minimum so that no inconvenience is caused to the students in their studies.

The technical team will give their suggestions and recommendations which will be sent to the Education Minister.The Minister will discuss the changes in the syllabus with the cabinet members. This process will take 10-15 days.

After winning the recent held state election, the Congress said they are going to change the syllabus of the textbooks. They said they are not going to allow texts and lessons to poison the minds of their children.   

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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says Punjab government will buy Goindwal thermal plant

Mann said the remaining coal will be used in Goindwal thermal plant which will lead to cheaper source of electricity.



Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says Punjab government will buy Goindwal thermal plant

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has announced the Punjab government will buy Goindwal thermal plant. He said the government has coal stored only for 45 more days.

Mann said the remaining coal will be used in Goindwal thermal plant which will lead to cheaper source of electricity. Makind a veiled attack on the BJP, Mann said some governments sell state assets but the AAP government buys private assets.

Earlier Mann had said there was a requirement of 1000 mega-watt electricity for cultivation of paddy. The Indian Meteorogical Department (IMD) has stated there will be less rainfall this year in Punjab, hence, there will be greater dependency on electricity for agriculture.

Mann had even written a letter to Union Power Minister R K Singh stating about the shortage of electricity in the state. If there is less rainfall then the cultivation of paddy will get affected.   Although, the Union government has not responded to the problem of Punjab yet.

Mann said Goindwal Power plant is being bought on a private basis hence tender will be floated among the bidders for the plant. The Goindwal Power plant is on the verge of bankruptcy. He said the plant will be bought and will be made operational again. The power plant has a capacity of 540 mega-watt. Reports said, this will not have any impact on the present electricity production in the state.

An agreement will be made between the Punjab State Power Corporation and the bidder who wins the tender.

A cabinet panel will be called for the bidding to take place. According to reports, about 12 parties have come forward to buy the Thermal Power Plant. PSPCL is one of the twelve parties bidding for the Goindwal thermal power plant.

Punjab Power Minister Harbajan Singh ETO, Finance Minister Harpal Cheema and Agriculture Minister Gurmeet Singh Khuddian will part of the Cabinet to carry out the bidding process.

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