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Demonetisation hasn’t ended terrorism or black money, has it?

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Demonetisation hasn’t ended terrorism or black money, has it?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Unlike in the US, India’s TV media is busy playing cheerleader for the government

Ranjona Banerji
Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,” said US President Donald Trump in a speech this week.

Forget the media, the internet took him on with great delight almost immediately. The assassination of Julius Caesar, Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in jail, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, John F Kennedy’s assassination were amongst the many examples provided of politicians who had perhaps been treated a little bit worse than Trump. And even with the “great surety” of historical proof.

But it is also true that the bulk of the American media has been unrelenting in its coverage of Trump and his presidency. He has not been cut any slack and his decisions have been held up to scrutiny. And to be fair to the media, Trump and his administration have helped. From day one, when Trump boasted that his inauguration ceremony attracted more crowds than any other and Trump aide Kellyanne Conway made that remarkable defence of “alternative facts”, Trump and the media have been at loggerheads.

Other elements of society and commentators have not been far behind. America’s comedians, talk show hosts and actors have been outstanding. Alec Baldwin’s impressions of Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s take on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, both for SaturdayNight Live, are already classic cult stuff. The more Trump rants and raves against them, the more they continue.

More seriously, the distress with Trump’s arbitrary sackings of people in important positions, his open conflict of interest, his dependence on extreme “alt-right” advisors like Steve Bannon and some members of his family, his ignorance about protocol, American history, constitutional procedure and his disdain for democracy, his connections to Russia, is palpable and real. The many problems with Trump are clear to his own party, not just the opposition. The checks and balances of the American system are straining hard to keep the ship from tilting.

How long has Trump been in office? Not even six months.

By comparison, the Indian media look like novices and invertebrates since the Modi government came to power at the Centre, three years ago in May 2014. Forget the embarrassing gushing by TV anchors during Modi’s NRI function at Madison Square Garden. Forget even the cringe-worthy spectacle of journalists falling over each other trying to get selfies with Modi during a carefully crafted Diwali event. Let’s excuse all that as a ‘honeymoon’ period, quite common in the early days of a political tenure.

Let’s instead look at the media and the last seven months. On November 8, the prime minister announced that over 85 per cent of Indian currency was being taken out of the market in order to flush out black money, clean the economy, stop terrorism and stop counterfeiting. The result of this “demonetisation” exercise was chaos. Some of the chaos was covered by our brave news channels; some woke up to the chaos after people started dying in queues.

The government then changed the gateposts and claimed that the exercise had been done to make India into a “digitised” society and reduce our dependency on cash. Even then, the media continued with ATM queues, without taking up the government’s changing claims and the success rate of any of them. The rules were changed constantly and consistently from November to March, many without much media debate.

In March, after the UP elections, demonetisation was declared a success and over. Till date, there are no figures on how much black money was caught, how much terrorism was stopped, how much counterfeiting was countered and how digitised India had become. All figures available point to the fact that several industries shut down, there have been severe job losses, terrorist incursions from Pakistan continued, politicians and businessmen have been caught hoarding new currency notes and that digitisation has started moving backwards.

The effects of this disastrous move continue to be felt but are covered only by newspapers and news websites. Television news – which drives the agenda in the Indian media – has left the story alone. The past month it has concentrated on triple talaq and its terrible effects on women and on how the opposition and/or liberals have responded to terrorist attacks and Pakistan. Any media worth its salt questions the government in charge on relentless terrorist attacks. But not ours: ours goes back to anyone who is not currently responsible and then puts them through the wringer on some manufactured idea of “nationalism”.

Some of the rightwing media in America is looking to make a scapegoat out of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and anyone else for the mess Trump is in. Is anyone taking them seriously except diehard Trump supporters? What misery for India when the bulk of the media acts like a government cheerleader.

Even now, looking for ways in which to “celebrate” three years of the Modi government, some media outlets have decided instead to look at three years of the “failed opposition”.

What a tragic testament to the loss of integrity and ethics in Indian journalism.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Two workers in Tamil Nadu die of asphyxiation while cleaning sewer pit

The reports state the project was almost complete but only the walls of the sewer had to be plastered.

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Two workers in Tamil Nadu die of asphyxiation while cleaning sewer pit

In an incident of manual scavenging, two workers died of suffocation while cleaning an unused sewer pit in a new house in Tamil Nadu. The incident happened in Kondur village in Villupuram on Monday. The police alleged asphyxiation as a preliminary reason for their deaths.

The deceased, identified as 38-year-old G Iyanar and 35-year-old K Manikandan, hailed from Paakam village. The two were engaged in constructing a house attached to a grocery store near the Kandamangalam area. The reports state the project was almost complete, but only the walls of the sewer had to be plastered.

Locals state that Iyanar and Manikandan were working in the sewer pit when they died on the spot. After receiving information about the incident, the police rushed to the scene.

Superintendent of Police N Sreenatha said the sewer had not yet been used. The men may have suffocated due to a lack of air circulation or due to a leakage of toxic gases from nearby sewers. The police have sent their body for an autopsy at the Mundiyambakkam Government Medical College and Hospital.

According to Sreenatha, an investigation into this matter is underway, and a case will be filed against the house owner Sekar (50) after that.

This is not the first case of asphyxiation death while cleaning a sewer. Earlier in October, four sanitation workers died of suffocation after inhaling toxic gases while cleaning the underground sewer of a Faridabad hospital.

The reports state they had entered the manhole without any safety equipment to clean it. During this, they suffocated after inhaling poisonous gases and fell unconscious.

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COVID-19: India dips to lowest tally since April 2020, active cases also decrease

The Central Government has refused to take any responsibility regarding the alleged deaths due to Corona vaccination.

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COVID-19: India dips to lowest tally since April 2020, active cases also decrease

The news of relief has come to light in the country today regarding Corona infection. India touched to the lowest numbers of Covid-19 cases after April 2020. The lowest number of corona cases have been reported today.

According to the data released by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday i.e. November 29, only 215 new cases of corona have been reported in the last 24 hours. At the same time, a patient also died during this period. Apart from this, the number of active patients in the country has come down to 4,982. However, total 5,30,615 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

Recovery rate rises to 98.80 percent

According to the ministry of Health, active cases in the country are now only 0.01 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has increased to 98.80 percent. A decrease of 141 has been registered in active cases in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who recovered from the disease has increased to 4,41,36,471, while the death rate was recorded at 1.19 percent.

We are not responsible for the death due to Corona vaccine: Government of India

The Central Government has refused to take any responsibility regarding the alleged deaths due to Corona vaccination. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Center said that it has full sympathy for the deceased and their families, but cannot be held responsible for the pandemic or for any kind of adverse effect of the vaccine.

Indians need to be alert as Covid cases rapidly increased in China

An alert has also been issued in India as 40,000 cases are reported daily in the neighboring country of China. Moreover, Indians traveling to Port Blair in Andaman-Nicobar Island or Leh in Ladakh next month on Christmas or New Year will have to carry the RT-PCR test report.

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Madhya Pradesh school principal claims BR Ambedkar didn’t write Constitution | Watch

Although it is true that the constitution was, in the literal sense, written by the famous Indian calligrapher Prem Behari Narai Raizada, however, the conceptualisation and brain behind the origin of the constitution were Dr. Ambedkar led drafting committee.

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A video from Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen has come to the fore where a school principal of Navodaya Vidyalaya can be heard claiming that BR Ambedkar didn’t write the constitution while addressing the assembly of students of his school. The principal has been identified as Jitendra Mishra of Navodaya Vidyalaya.

In the video, the Principal can be seen addressing the student reportedly on Constitution day and imparting his knowledge about the origin story of the constitution. Later in the video, the principal can be heard asking his students about who wrote the constitution after which the student can be heard replying with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s name.

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The principal then went on to say that the saying that Dr. Ambedkar wrote the constitution is wrong and also added that Dr. Ambedkar didn’t even write one line in the constitution. The man then replaces the name of Ambedkar as the father of the constitution and said that the constitution was written by Prem Behari Narain Raizada.

Although it is true that the constitution was, in the literal sense, written by the famous Indian calligrapher Prem Behari Narai Raizada, however, the conceptualisation and brain behind the origin of the constitution were Dr. Ambedkar led drafting committee.

Twitter reaction

After the video went viral, many users came forward to remark on the incident as one user came forward and wrote that now history can neither be suppressed nor changed despite how hard these people try, implying that there is an attempt and rewriting history and discrediting certain people.

Another user added to the conversation and trenchantly targeted the principal by stating that his thinking reeks of Manusmriti, a book that talks about practicing casteism and more. The user also urged that the authorities should be penalised for his remark.

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