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Who is Hekani Jhakalu? Everything you must know about the first woman to be elected to Nagaland Assembly in 60 years

Jhakalu, the lawyer turned social entrepreneur, was born and raised in Dimapur, Nagaland to a middle-class family.

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Nagaland has a woman member in its legislative assembly for the first time since it attained statehood 60 years ago.

Hekani Jhakalu Kense, from BJP’s ally NDPP, has won from Dimapur-III constituency in the 2023 Nagaland Assembly elections and has created history by becoming the first woman MLA ever in the 60-member assembly of Nagaland.

Who is Hekani Jhakalu?

Jhakalu, the lawyer turned social entrepreneur, was born and raised in Dimapur, Nagaland to a middle-class family.

After a few years of schooling, she later moved to Bengaluru for her higher studies. She always wanted to become a lawyer and hence did her LLB from LSR, University of Delhi and LLM from the University of San Francisco, USA.

In India, she practised at the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court as well. In the US, she was a faculty member at the American University in Washington and interned at Amnesty International at the UN headquarters. She came back to India around 2003 and was offered to be a partner in a corporate law firm in Delhi. She said in an interview that it was a dream that came true for her.

Her change of professions happened in 2005, not out of choice but discontentment. She noticed that youth from the northeast areas were working at the retail stores in malls and wondered what could be the reason, knowing how expensive and culturally different it is to live in the metro cities.

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She realised it was because there were not enough job opportunities in the northeast and hence, decided to leave her high-paying job to open an NGO to create a solution.

Jhakalu started YouthNet, providing employment and livelihood opportunities to the youth in Nagaland and other northeastern states. She has helped to change the lives of over a lakh people until now. YouthNet is a job centre, where local youth are recruited into the hospitality and retail sectors according to their qualifications.

The NGO works with the aviation sector and luxury hotels to provide work opportunities in the entire country. The boys and girls are trained, recruited and even offered security and accommodation until they are able on their own. YouthNet has been working tirelessly to empower the local youth, providing them with a chance to upgrade their life.

Jakhalu added one more feather to her cap by creating history as she joined the Nagaland assembly as the first woman MLA on March 2, 2023. She defeated Azheto Zhimomi of LJP (Ram Vilas) by 1536 votes. Her manifesto focuses on youth development, women empowerment and minority rights.

Hekani Jhakalu recently won the Prerna Award in 2021 by Schneider Electric for her passion towards social problems and also received the Nari Shakti Puraskar from the President of India in 2018.

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BJP Mahila Morcha gets 2024 task after PM Modi hands over PMAY house keys in Kanpur

The BJP Mahila Morcha will reach out to all women PMAY beneficiaries from June 3, the party wants women beneficiaries to share their thoughts with PM Modi and write postcards to him, expressing thanks since they are now owners of houses worth lakhs.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the keys to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Kanpur in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior BJP leaders.

The programme was held to mark the nine years of the PM Modi led-government at the Centre. The BJP Mahila Morcha will reach out to all women PMAY beneficiaries from June 3. The Morcha wants women beneficiaries to share their thoughts with PM Modi and write postcards to him, expressing thanks since they are now owners of houses worth lakhs as part of the Lakhpati Didi campaign.

The BJP Mahila Morcha will visit the women beneficiaries to understand and identify their ideology and ask them their reasons to subscribe to it, BJP Mahila Morcha UP unit president and Rajya Sabha member Geeta Shakya said. This campaign has been organised ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election and is likely to be end by June 19.

Not just PMAY beneficiaries, the BJP Mahila Morcha will also visit beneficiaries of Ujwala Yojana, Swachh Bharat Mission to know their experience and its impact on their lives. They will get it shot on camera to share with PM Modi, Shakya said. Those who share pictures with their PMAY house, will be able to share it on the NaMo App.

The BJP women’s wing has been given the responsibility to mark the completion of nine years of Modi government as part of the Maha Sampark Abhiyan. Apart from this, the women’s wing is going to cover the 18-25 age group which voted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election and will ask them what they thought of the last five years of the Modi government and their expectation from the Modi government in the future.

Another programme, the Nav-matdata Yuvati Sammelan, to appeal to young women, who are first-time voters in 2024 Lok Sabha elections, is also on the cards. Mahila Morcha workers will also visit anganwadis to meet parents of children and gauge their views on the government scheme and its impact on their lives.

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Darshan Solanki suicide: Mumbai Police chargesheet lists caste bias in IIT Bombay

Filed on Tuesday in the Special Court hearing cases hearing offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the chargesheet has the statement made by Solanki’s mother.

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Darshan Solanki suicide: Mumbai Police chargesheet lists caste bias in IIT Bombay

The Mumbai Police chargesheet into the suicide of IIT Bombay student Darshan Solanki has revealed that he faced large scale caste discrimination when his classmates got to know of his caste.

Filed on Tuesday in the Special Court hearing cases hearing offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the chargesheet has the statement made by Solanki’s mother. She said her son had told his sister sometime in December 2022 over a call that his fellow students’ behaviour to him underwent a sea change once they got to he was a Dalit.

Solanki had died by suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the hostel in the IIT Bombay campus on February 12, 2023, a day after semester exams ended. Aman Khatri, a fellow student, who has been named in the chargesheet is out on bail after his arrest on the charges of abetment to suicide.

Khatri had allegedly threatened to kill Solanki after the latter had spoken offensively about his religion. Solanki’s mother told police of the change in behaviour of his friends when they came to know of his caste. Solanki had again raised this when he came on vacation for Makar Sakranti in January 2023. On February 12, he spoke to his mother on the phone around 12:20 pm and said that he would visit home on February 14, and they should invite their relatives for a get-together. Two hours later, his father got a call that Solanki had committed suicide.

He told his parents that he was enjoying his studies at the Institute but some students taunted him that he was getting free education. The chargesheet include statements of 55 witnesses, including some students and professors from IIT Bombay.  

Dalit students continue to face the unrelenting pressure of caste discrimination in elite institutions in engineering, medicine and the humanities. Many have died by suicide as a result.   

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Congress’s poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu appointed Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s chief advisor with cabinet minister rank

Amid the finalisation of the new cabinet formation in the state, the CM office has shared the news of Kanugolu’s appointment as the chief advisor.

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Congress’s poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu appointed Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s chief advisor with cabinet minister rank

Top poll strategist and the man behind Congress campaigns in the recent held Karnataka elections Sunil Kanugolu has been appointed as the chief advisor to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with cabinet minister rank.

Congress after coming to the power in Karnataka after marking a landslide victory officially took charge after Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar were sworn in as the CM and Deputy Chief Ministers respectively on May 20.

Amid the finalisation of the new cabinet formation in the state, the CM office has shared the news of Kanugolu’s appointment as the chief advisor.

Kanugolu, known to be a champion strategist for political parties for political parties was born in the Ballari district of Karnataka.

Congress which secured a huge mandate of 135 seats in the Karnataka assembly elections was said to be because of its campaigns that hit success reaching out to the masses.

Reports said, Kanugolu’s micro-management strategies was what Congress relied heavily on, he was the part of the core strategy building team of the party contributing in the making of catchy campaigns for the party to encircle the BJP during elections.

Some of the key campaigns were PayCM, 40 percent commission among others.

Kanugolu is a key member of  the Congress Task Force 2024, who got appointed in May last year, a team created to execute the Nav Sankalp declaration of the grand old party after its brainstorming session held in Udaipur last year.

The Task Force also includes senior leaders of the party Priyanka Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh, KC Venugopal and others.  

Kanugolu was earlier associated with the sharp witted poll strategist Prashant Kishor and was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha elections campaign.

Kanugolu has earlier also worked for the DMK and AIADMK.

As per reports, the data driven strategist was also behind the planning of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

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