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Farooq Abdullah detained under PSA night before Supreme Court heard plea to produce him



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The Supreme Court today – Monday, Sep 16 – sought response from the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea seeking to produce before court former chief minister Farooq Abdullah.

Abdullah was last night placed under detention under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA). The Home Department has reportedly declared his house as a Subsidiary Jail and there is no bar on meeting of relatives and friends, according to The Indian Express (IE). Last week, the Srinagar Bench of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir allowed two National Conference MPs to hold separate meetings with Farooq and vice president Omar Abdullah, the IE reported. They have been in detention since August 5 when the Centre revoked J&K’s special status and split the state into two Union Territories.

While Omar has been detained at Hari Niwas, Farooq has been detained at his own house in Srinagar’s Gupkar area.

Hearing the habeas corpus petition filed by Rajya Sabha MP and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer issued notice to the Centre and the state, and fixed Vaiko’s plea for hearing on September 30.

Vaiko, who said he is a close friend of Abdullah for the past four decades, has contended that constitutional rights conferred on the National Conference leader had been deprived of on account of “illegal detention without any authority of law”.

Is Farooq Abdullah under detention, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked Solicitor General  Tushar Mehta.

Mehta told the bench that he will need to get instructions from the J&K administration.

Tushar Mehta had argued against the court issuing notice to the government on the petition, arguing that Vaiko did not have a locus standi in this case. The three-judge bench, also comprising justices SA Bobde and Abdul Nazeer, however, went ahead and told the Centre to respond before September 30 when it will take up the petition again.

In his petition, Vaiko said National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah was to participate in the birth anniversary celebrations of late Tamil Nadu chief minister, CN Annadurai, also the founder of the Dravidian movement, on September 15. But he could not be located because of his alleged detention by the government. “Union home minister said Abdullah was not under any kind of detention, but we don’t know his whereabouts,” Vaiko’s counsel said.

Earlier, Home Minister Amit Shah told the Lok Sabha that the former chief minister had not been detained or arrested but was at home “out of his own free will” and that the NC leader was missing the session of his own volition. “I’m saying this for the fourth time, and I have the patience to say it for the 10th time, Farooq Abdullah has neither been detained, nor arrested,” Shah had said.

Abdullah had then accused the home minister of lying to the House, insisting that he had been under house arrest. “Dictatorial authority has been invoked and not a democratic authority that we thought they will invoke. I don’t know how many have been arrested. Nobody is allowed to come in or go out, we are under house arrest,” he said, according to news agency PTI.

Shah’s claim was also rebutted by none other than the Jammu and Kashmir high court, albeit indirectly, when it allowed two NC leaders to visit Abdullah in his home.

The top court is hearing a batch of petitions regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Centre revoking the special status granted to it under Article 370 of the Constitution.

The court has also given permission to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramullah and Jammu districts to enquire about the well being of his family members.

It will also hear CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s plea regarding the detention of party leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami. According to a media report, the court allowed Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami to return to Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, reports came that Farooq Abdullah, currently a member of the Lok Sabha, was placed under detention under the stringent Public Safety Act that allows detention for up to two years without a trial.

The decision to slap the PSA on the NC leader came last night (Sunday), just before Vaiko’s habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court came up for hearing this morning.

Recalling that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah in his office before the August 5 bombshell, The Hindu‘s Suhasini Haidar tweeted: “Amazing, when one considers that PM Modi himself met Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah just before they announced #370 restrictions and detentions…..The govt should explain why it considers him a PSA threat now.”

The Opposition has also raised questions.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, another former Chief Minister, strongly condemned the PSA law – usually invoked against terrorists, separatists and stone-throwers in Jammu and Kashmir – being used against Abdullah. This is the first time that the law has been slapped on a mainstream politician, especially an MP.

“Habeas corpus is an instrument in law to protect personal liberty. You are denying that also and then want us to believe that things are normal. Please change the definition of normal. You have the majority,” Manoj Jha, RJD’s Rajya Sabha MP said.

Top politicians and separatist leaders of Kashmir, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have also been kept under house arrest for over 40 days.

Also Read: CJI may visit J&K ‘if required’ as petitioners allege difficulty in approaching J&K High Court

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Hema Malini gets trolled on social media after she poses with farmers as part of her election campaign

The actor-turned politician took to X and posted that today she went into the farms to interact with the farmers who she has been meeting regularly for the past 10 years.



As the Lok Sabha elections 2024 approach, BJP leader and Mathura constituency candidate Hema Malini faced backlash after she posed with farmers as a part of her election campaign. The actor-turned politician took to X and posted that today she went into the farms to interact with the farmers who she has been meeting regularly for the past 10 years.  She said the farmers loved her interaction with them and they also insisted that she should pose with them which she did.

The post has gone viral on social media with 604900 views on X, 1200 retweets and 7200 likes which are only increasing. Large number of X user commented on the social media post. One X user Priyamwada criticized Hema Malini and said that she thought the work of an MP is all about posing for pictures in a farm. She further added that Hema Malini should not mock the farmers. She failed to understand that why did people even bother to vote for her in the first place.

One X user Professor Abhishek Asthana asked how could people fall for such election gimmicks even in the 21st century?

One user Vishwajeet said the last time he had seen Hema Malini with the farmers was exactly 5 years ago. He asked wasn’t this act of Hema Malini be termed as being an opportunist.

One X user Anu said Hema Malini was wearing Kanjivaram saree , open hair in the month of April. She was the opinion that Hema Malini should definitely fire her PR agency.

One user Ganesh Kumar joked farmers can harvest their crops once in 5 years because of Modiji as the crops can wait till their MP arrives.

One user asked Hema Malini how many times had she visited the farmers in the last 5 years without a chopper. He further added that she did not deserve to contest the elections.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Yadav for eating mutton during holy month of Sawan, compares them to Mughals

PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a scathing attack on senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav for allegedly eating mutton during the holy month of Sawan last year. He claimed that they do not care about the sentiments of the majority of people of the country. PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.

PM Modi was referring to a viral video which was released in September last year in which senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav were seen cooking mutton together. PM Modi was speaking at an election rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur.

He said the opposition and INDI alliance do not care about the sentiments of the majority of the people of the India. He added Congress party enjoys playing with the sentiments of the people.

Talking about RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, PM Modi said a person who has been sentenced by the court and who is on bail – Rahul Gandhi visited the house of such a criminal and enjoys cooking mutton in the month of Sawan and a video was also made to tease the people of the country.  The Prime Minister claimed the intention of INDI alliance is to tease the people of the country and he even compared them with the Mughals.

PM Modi said the law does not stop anyone from eating anything but the intentions of these people are something else. He cited the example of the Mughals and said that when they attacked here, they were not satisfied until they demolished the temples. So just like Mughals, the Congress wants to tease the people of the country by showing the video in the month of Sawan.

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Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai hints at reviving Ghar Wapsi among tribals

Tribals are primarily Nature worshippers and have their own Dev and Devis. More than 300 years of Bastar Dussera has not been able to stamp away that part of their culture and assimilate them to worship mainstream Hindu gods.



By Neeraj Mishra

If his recent utterances are anything to go by, Vishnu Deo Sai, the tribal flag-bearer and Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, is seeking to bring the Adivasis into the Hindu fold. Either that or he has been given a strict line of action from his ideological superiors to follow a particular line of action in the state. It is pertinent that he has chosen to do so from his own political forbear Dilip Singh Judeo’s backyard Jashpur and during the ongoing elections.

Judeo was well known for his “Ghar Wapsi” programmes during his life time. He would wash the feet of tribal Christians “returning to the Hindu fold” in his tribal region of Jashpur-Raigarh. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha twice and became a Union Minister under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He was well on his way to becoming the Chhattisgarh chief minister when a hidden-camera-cash stunt by Amit Jogi felled him and finished his political career.

Sai, his protégé, has become the chief minister and is seeking to revive his cultural efforts. The moot question, of course, is whether tribals coming back from Christianity were originally Hindus or the Ghar Wapsi programmes were actually the induction of tribals into another religion. Sai answered this in one fell swoop. “Adivasis who worship Shiva and Parvati are Hindus,” he declared in Jashpur at an RSS programme and then again in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on the campaign trail. Mandla is a contiguous tribal region. The whole belt is dominated by Gond tribals.

From Bastar to North Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and parts of Odisha, tribals are as different and varied in their approach towards organised religion as can be. The Bastar tribals are a different stock from the North Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand ones. Christianity has been quite successful in these areas mainly through more than a century of social work, hospitals, schools and churches. The Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram has, in the past half a century, taken up cudgels on behalf of RSS in these backward areas to assert their presence.

But the question remains. Tribals are primarily Nature worshippers and have their own Dev and Devis. More than 300 years of Bastar Dussera has not been able to stamp away that part of their culture and assimilate them to worship mainstream Hindu gods. For practical reasons, they have adopted any church or temple as a place of worship to escape their poverty but they have not got accustomed to any organised religion. Islam has been a late entrant but its mostly through Muslim traders from Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat who are working on tribal women.

What Sai might attempt to do in his term is now becoming clear. He has announced his intentions. By asserting that tribals are in fact Hindus he has taken a lead. As his government progresses, we are bound to witness an assertion of Ghar Wapsi programmes, temples and celebration of Hindu festivals in a big way in tribal zones. It is a smart manoeuvre by the BJP through a tribal face, and the one associated with the late Judeo.

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