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Hockey player Vandana Katariya’s family harassed, casteist slurs hurled after semi-final loss in Olympics

A shocking incident took place in Haridwar where India’s Olympic star Vandana Katariya’s family was harassed and castiest slurs were hurled against them by a few upper caste men.

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After the Indian women’s hockey team lost the semi-final match to Argentina in Tokyo Olympics, hockey player Vandana Katariya’s family was harassed and casteist slurs, abuses were hurled at them by a group of men, said to be from the local upper castes.

Reports said just after India lost to Argentina in Tokyo, the men started bursting crackers outside Katariya’s home at Roshnabad village in Haridwar district and mocked the family shouting casteist slurs and saying the team lost the important match since it comprised of too many Dalit players.

Vandana Katariya’s family reported the matter to the local police, which later detained one of the two accused. Narrating the whole incident to the police, Katariya’s brother Shekhar said the family is extremely proud of the Indian women’s hockey team’s fighting spirit.

In his complaint, Shekhar told police that soon after the match they used caste slurs, insulted their family and said the Indian team lost because too many Dalits have made it to the team. They went on saying that it’s not just hockey but every sport that should keep Dalits out, the complaint said. Then, they took some of their clothes off and started dancing again. It was a caste-based attack, he said.

The SHO of Sidcul police station, LS Butola, said one of the two men has been detained. He confirmed that the police have received the complaint from the Katariya family and are investigating the matter.

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India women’s hockey team on Wednesday lost 1-2 to Argentina in the semi-final match in Tokyo Olympics 2020. India will now face Great Britain in the bronze category match on Friday, August 6.

In other India news, the Central government is working on Election Commission proposal to link voter identity cards with the Aadhaar database.

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PM Modi hails Chennai space start-up for rocket milestone on 5th launch

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also congratulated Agnikul Cosmos for the successful launch of the Agnibaan SoRTed-01 mission from their launch pad.

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PM Modi hails Chennai space start-up for rocket milestone on 5th launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Agnikul Cosmos, a Chennai based private space start-up, for achieving a significant milestone in India’s space exploration journey. The space start-up successfully launched its rocket named Agnibaan SOrTeD (Suborbital Tech Demonstrator) on its fifth attempt, marking a historic moment in the nation’s space endeavors.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to X, formerly Twitter to congratulate Agnikul Cosmos on this milestone. He hailed that the rocket launch is a remarkable feat which will make the entire nation proud. He added that the successful launch of Agnibaan rocket powered by world’s first single-piece 3D printed semi-cryogenic engine is a momentous occasion for India’s space sector and a testament to the remarkable ingenuity of country’s Yuva Shakti. 

The Prime Minister also extended wishes to the private space start-up team for their future endeavours. The test-firing of Agnibaan SOrTeD took place at 7:15 am, and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed the success of the launch. Reportedly, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath confirmed the accomplishment and emphasized the significance of this achievement for the Indian space industry.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also congratulated Agnikul Cosmos for the successful launch of the Agnibaan SoRTed-01 mission from their launch pad. The Space Organisation said that this is a major milestone, as the first-ever controlled flight of a semi-cryogenic liquid engine realized through additive manufacturing.

Reportedly, incubated at IIT-Madras, this was the first test flight for the start-up, founded in 2017 by two young aerospace engineers with a dream to create a place where people learn to use fire. The rocket, which weighs 575 kg and is 6.2-metre long, lifted off from Sriharikota plunging into the Bay of Bengal.

Furthermore, the Agnibaan SOrTeD is powered by a semi-cryogenic engine that uses commercially available aviation turbine fuel, essentially kerosene and medical grade liquid oxygen, said Moin SPM, co-founder of Agnikul Cosmos Private Limited.

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Manmohan Singh accuses PM Modi of using hateful language, urges voters to protect democracy and Constitution from despotic regime

Manmohan Singh appealed to the voters that they have 1 final chance to ensure that democracy and India’s Constitution are protected from the repeated assaults of a despotic regime, trying to unleash dictatorship in India.

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Manmohan Singh accuses PM Modi of using hateful language, urges voters to protect democracy and constitution from despotic regime

Former PM Manmohan Singh on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using hateful, unparliamentary language to target either a specific section of society or opposition.  He wrote a letter to Punjab’s voters ahead of the 7th phase of Lok Sabha elections on June 1.

Singh appealed to the voters that they have 1 final chance to ensure that democracy and India’s Constitution are protected from the repeated assaults of a despotic regime, trying to unleash dictatorship in India. Manmohan Singh said the prime minister indulged in the most vicious form of hate speeches. He said PM Modi has lowered the dignity of public discourse.

Singh said he has been closely monitoring the political discourse during this year’s election campaign and PM Modi has indulged in the most vicious form of hate speeches, which are purely divisive in nature. He said PM Modi is the first PM to lower the dignity of public discourse, and thereby the gravity of the office of the prime minister.

The senior Congress leader said no prime minister in the past has uttered such hateful, unparliamentary and coarse terms, meant to target either a specific section of the society or the opposition. He has also attributed some false statements to him. Singh further added that he had never in his life singled out one community from the other and this is the sole copyright of the BJP.

PM Modi had accused Manmohan Singh of saying that Muslims have the first right on the country’s resources. The former PM also criticised the saffron party for imposing the Agniveer Scheme on the armed forces, labeling it as ill-conceived. He accused the BJP of undermining patriotism, bravery, and service by limiting their value to just 4 years and highlighted it as fake nationalism. The Congress party has therefore promised to abolish the Agniveer Scheme.

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The Hill Of Enchantment Review: Ruskin Bond revisits his life as writer

The book not only delineates Ruskin Bond’s journey as a writer but also depicts the changing literary landscape from the 1950s to recent times.

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The Hill Of Enchantment Review: Ruskin Bond revisits his life as writer

India’s most loved and prolific writer from the hill, who wrote his first book when he was around 17, Ruskin Bond, turned 90 this year. In his seven decade literary journey, the author has written more than 500 novels, short stories, and poems set mostly in the hills and mountains of India. 

The Hill Of Enchantment published by Aleph Book Company, is a memoir of his writing journey, with the subtitle, the story of my life as a writer. Bond revisits the people, mountains, railway stations, rooms, and markets that shaped him as an author. He says, characters in his novels and short stories are mostly inspired by the people he met in his life. The author confesses that some characters also portray his adopted family, friends and colleagues. 

Expressing that if a writer wishes to create a little magic with his pen he must find a little magic in his life, Ruskin Bond shares that he only has to open his window to see a magical world – clouds racing across the sky. In the book, the author mentioned how Pari Tibba, Fairy Hill, which he could see from his window, and solitude has influenced his books.

In The Hill of Enchantment, Ruskin Bond pens about how his need for privacy and solitude have inspired his first work, The Room on the Roof, published in 1956. He also portrayed how his frequent visits to a railway station led to the story, Time Stops At Shamli and others. Sharing an anecdote, Bond wrote that his frequent visits to railway stations made him so popular, just like a coolie, he did not have to buy a platform ticket to sit at the railway station.

The book also highlights the ordeal of Indian writers in the days dating back to 1950s to get published as compared to modern writers. It pointed out the change in the literary scene in the twenty-first century, which brought literary festivals along with online forums for writers and publishers. The author says, “writers were becoming faces and mini celebrities”. 

Ruskin Bond’s book not only delineates his journey as a writer but also stresses on the changing literary landscape from 1950s to recent times. The book is an utter testament for the aspiring writers. 

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