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Politics of iftar parties: holding them, avoiding them

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Politics of iftar parties: holding them, avoiding them

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Above: Finance Minister Jaitley seen at an earlier iftar party at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Modi Government was unrepresented at President’s last iftar party

By Rajesh Sinha

For quite some time, many believed that holding Iftar parties by was a way to endear or appease the Muslims. Hosting Makar Sankranti, Diwali or Holi never gave rise to such notions. Besides, iftar party is an annual affair even at the White House in US.

BJP, the flagbearers of opposition to “appeasement of minorities”, seems to have decided to put an end to it. This reached a high point yesterday, the last Friday of Ramzan before Eid: none of the ministers of Modi government went for the Iftar hosted by outgoing President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

This was the last iftar the President hosted before his term ends next month.

In their non-attendance, Modi’s ministers have followed his example. If this was intended to send out a message, it succeeded.

Modi has stayed away from the presidential iftar party ever since he became Prime Minister. Ministers like Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley attended it on previous occasions, but chose to avoid it this time. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Naqvi also did not turn up, later claiming he could not could not attend the iftar party because of a hurriedly called meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs which went on till 8 pm and could not be avoided as the PM was going abroad the next morning.

Rashtrapati Bhavan had made seating arrangements with ministers in mind: Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar was to share a table with Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. Rashtrapati Bhavan invites all members of the Union Council of Ministers to the iftar.

Opposition leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad were present at the event. “There was not a single minister, not a single government representative and not a single BJP leader. In all these years, I have never been to an iftar hosted by the President where there has been no representative of the Government of India,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury told The Indian Express.

Modi’s entire ministry not going to an Iftar party, that too by the President of India, is going a step ahead – or backward. After becoming PM, Modi started by breaking a long standing convention of holding iftar party at 7 Race Course Road, the residence of the Prime Minister. The previous BJP PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s iftar parties were grand affairs.

BJP’s other Hindutva icon to be elevated to the position of head of government, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has also ignored iftar parties. He skipped an Iftar party hosted by governor Ram Naik at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow on Friday and, unlike his predecessors but like Modi, did not host one either.

He had, however, organised ceremonies like ‘kanya poojan’ and hosted ‘falahari’ feast at the chief minister’s residence during the ‘Navratri’ fasting. Yogi is also the Mahant, or head priest, of the Gorakhnath temple. Other BJP chief ministers, Rajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh, had hosted iftar parties during their tenure.

In Uttar Pradesh it was, in fact, the RSS Muslim wing – Rashtriya Muslim Morcha, that held an iftar this Ramzan period, in their own way, serving cow milk and extolling its health benefits over beef – as if Muslims in the State regularly and routinely consume beef.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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63 passengers placed on No Fly List in last one year, says Ministry of Civil Aviation

The majority of passengers who have been placed on the No Fly List were either not wearing masks or not cooperating with crew members onboard.

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The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Monday said a total of 63 passengers have been placed on the No Fly List on the last one year.

The decision was taken by the airline’s Internal Committee, constituted in accordance with Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), Section 3-Air Transport, Series M, and Part VI titled Handling of unruly/disruptive passengers.

In a written reply by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen Dr VK Singh to a question in Rajya Sabha today, the ministry also informed that these include two incidents of urinating that came to the notice of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in the last one year.

The reply also mentioned that the majority of passengers who have been placed on the No Fly List were either not wearing masks or not cooperating with crew members onboard. The Ministry also informed that necessary action was taken by the DGCA for non-compliance to applicable regulations against specific incidents related to urination.

The DGCA imposed a Financial Penalty of Rs 30,00,000 on Air India for the urinating incident that took place on flight AI-102, flying from New York to New Delhi in business class in November last year.

Moreover, a Financial Penalty of Rs 3,00,000 was also imposed on the Director Flight services of Air India and the license of the pilot in command has also been suspended for three months.

In another urinating incident on Air India AI-142 flight from Paris to New Delhi, a Financial Penalty of Rs 10,00,000 has been imposed on the airlines by DGCA.

In November last year, Shankar Mishra, the man who peed on his co-passenger in the business class of an Air India flight, was arrested by Delhi Police in Bengaluru. Mishra was recently granted bail by a Delhi Court in a surety bond of Rs 1 lakh.

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Pathaan row: Yogi Adityanath says films should not have scenes that hurt people’s sentiments

Pathaan left behind SS Rajamouli’s RRR and KGF Chapter 2 to become the highest-grossing Indian film this year and is running successfully in cinemas now.

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Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a recent interview, commented on the Pathaan and Besharam Rang rows and said films should not have scenes that hurt the public’s sentiments.

Adityanath further said filmmakers should be careful while making a film and avoid such scenes that could trigger controversy. He continued that any artist, litterateur, or anyone with accomplishments should be respected.

He also said Uttar Pradesh has made a policy for films as multiple films are being shot in the state.

Earlier, Yogi Adityanath visited Mumbai and carried out a two days roadshow to attract investors for Uttar Pradesh. During his visit, the CM interacted with film actors, makers, and producers which hit headlines after Suniel Shetty asked him to protect Bollywood from the boycott and cancel culture.

Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s starrer Pathaan broke Aamir Khan’s Dangal record on Sunday and became the highest-grossing Hindi film. Siddharth Anand’s directorial, which is a part of Yash Raj Spy Universe, earned more than Rs 400 crore worldwide till date.

Ahead of its release, Pathaan became a topic of discussion on social media after the makers released its song, Besharam Rang. The song triggered a massive outrage on the internet and a section of users accused it of vulgarity leading to the #BoycottPathaan trend on Twitter.

Some of the users also slammed Padukone for wearing an orange bikini in Besharam Rang.

Further, Pathaan went for the Censor Board scrutiny following which the Board advised makers to make changes in its dialogue and its songs. The Board also suggested changing buttock steps from Besharam Rang which sparked a controversy on social media.

Cut to January 25, Pathaan left behind SS Rajamouli’s RRR and KGF Chapter 2 to become the highest-grossing Indian film this year and is running successfully in cinemas now.

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Indian Navy: Successful landing of Light Combat Aircraft on INS Vikrant | See Photos

With the delivery of Vikrant, India has joined a select group of countries that have the capability to design and build an indigenous aircraft carrier.

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Indian Navy: Successful landing of Light Combat Aircraft on INS Vikrant | See Photos

The Indian Navy achieved a historic milestone on Monday in the direction of self-reliant India. Navy pilots successfully landed Light Combat Aircraft LCA (Navy) on INS Vikrant. This also Demonstrates India’s capability to design, develop, build and operate an indigenous aircraft carrier with indigenous fighter aircraft.

India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shared the photos of Light Combat Aircrafts landing on INS Vikrant and said that after INS Vikrant, work on second indigenous aircraft carrier has started. Make in India in the field of defense products, defense exports from the country has also increased by 334 percent in the last five years, as told by Rajnath Singh.

For the unversed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inducted the country’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier (IAAC) into the Navy on September 2. The aircraft carrier was received by the Indian Navy from CSL on July 28 after successfully completing the fourth and final phase of sea trials.

Fighter jets have been brought to the aircraft carrier. It is ready to operate MiG-29K fighter aircraft, Kamov-31 helicopters and MH-60R multi-role helicopters. Moreover, with the delivery of Vikrant, India has joined a select group of countries that have the capability to design and build an indigenous aircraft carrier.

Designed by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), a branch of the Indian Navy, this aircraft carrier was built by the public sector company CSL.

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