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Hindus most tolerant people: Among Javed Akhtar’s many moods and damage control skills

Javed Akhtar has tried to control the damage by writing in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana in which he has described Hindus the world’s largest tolerant community. He also said India could never become Afghanistan as it is naturally not fundamentalist.

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When the Taliban captured power in Afghanistan, some of its sympathizers in India had broadcast their support on social media and TV debates to make it to the headlines. To counter these sympathizers, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar had criticised them for their support of the fundamentalist, medieval Taliban. In the melee, the virtuoso lyricist muddled his lines and ended comparing the RSS with the Taliban. This resulted in becoming a target for the BJP-RSS volunteers and their trolls within a few hours.

Now, Javed Akhtar has tried to control the damage by writing in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana in which he has described Hindus the world’s largest tolerant community. He also said India could never become Afghanistan as it is naturally not fundamentalist. Last week, the Sena in its editorial in Saamana had slammed Javed Akhtar and said linking Hindutva with the Taliban is disrespectful to Hindu culture.

Earlier, Akhtar had said the aim of organizations like RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal is the same as that of Taliban. He had also said if the Constitution comes in the way of their ways then they will cross that boundary too.

On the mob lynching of minorities in India, Akhtar had also said that it is a kind of full dress rehearsal of becoming a full-fledged Taliban. They (the RSS) are the same people, just the name is different. Akhtar had said that those who support organizations like RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal, they need to introspect.

As soon as Javed Akhtar’s interview came out, the anger of crores of BJP-RSS supporters erupted and started protest outside his house in Mumbai. Effigies were also burnt in many cities. Memes started being made against Javed Akhtar on Twitter and it became a topic of discussion across the country.

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that it would be good for Javed Akhtar to apologize. The BJP MLA Ram Kadam also warned that unless Javed Akhtar apologizes with folded hands, he will not allow any of his films to be screened in India.

The controversy has led to change the topic of TV debate shifting from Taliban sympathizer to Javed Akhtar and discussion of his old statements and controversies were also started on social media.

The BJP is in power at the Centre but perhaps Javed Akhtar felt that he would not be touched by anybody in Maharashtra because there is a Shiv Sena government which broke ties with the BJP. But he forgot that there are many similarities in their ideologies. Soon after that Shiv Sena gave advice to Javed Akhtar to write in its mouthpiece Saamana.

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The Taliban-ruled Afghanistan can never be compared with India, Javed Akhtar wrote in Saamana. His article has also praised Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

It is worth noting that instead of talking about Sangh-VHP, Javed Akhtar directly told all Hindus to be tolerant, so that the dispute regarding his previous statement can now be laid to rest.

In other India News, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has imposed a complete ban on the sale, storage and uses of firecrackers in Delhi during Diwali.

2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Voter turnout of 56.68% recorded till 5pm in 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections

Elections are being held in 49 constituencies across eight states and Union Territories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024.

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A voter turnout of 56.68 % was recorded in phase 5 till 5 pm as per the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout App, with the highest voting percentage in West Bengal (73 %) and the lowest in Maharashtra (48.66 %). Lok Sabha elections are taking place in 49 constituencies across 8 states and Union Territories in the 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Voter turnout of 56.68% was recorded till 5pm. The breakup is as follows: J&K: 54.21%, Bihar: 52.35%, Ladakh: 67.15%, Jharkhand: 61.90%, Maharashtra: 48.66%, UP: 55.80%, Odisha: 60.55% and West Bengal: 73%. The fate of 4 Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, as well as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be decided in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. Former UP CM Mayawati, BJP’s Rae Bareli candidate Dinesh Pratep Singh, Smriti Irani were among the early voters today who cast their vote in the morning.

 The Lucknow East Lok Sabha seat will also hold a bypoll on the same day. The Lok Sabha seats which are participating in this phase include Rae Bareli, Mohanlalganj, Jalaun (SC), Amethi, Hamirpur, Jhansi, Banda, Kaushambi (SC), Fatehpur, Faizabad, Barabanki (SC), Gonda  and Kaisarganj. The candidates also include and minister of state of consumer affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and minister of state for housing and urban affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj). Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat which was previously held by his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

 The total number of voters expected to cast their vote in this phase is over 2.68 crore voters, with 144 candidates looking for their support. 11 BJP incumbent Lok Sabha MPs are contesting in this phase, while nominating new candidates in Kaisarganj and Barabanki (SC) Lok Sabha seats.

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Minor crashes Porsche killing two in Pune, granted bail in 15 hours, asked to write essay

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Tragedy struck in Kalyani Nagar, Pune during the early hours of Sunday when a speeding Porsche collided with a two-wheeler, resulting in the immediate deaths of two motorcyclists. Police officials have confirmed that the luxury car involved in the horrific accident was being driven by a juvenile. 

The juvenile court has granted bail to the 17-year-old after 15 hours with specific conditions. The bail terms included working with Yerawada traffic police for 15 days, writing an essay on the accident, seeking treatment from a doctor for alcohol cessation, and undergoing psychiatric counselling with a report submission.

The victims, a man and a woman, died on the spot after the speeding Porsche Taycan crashed into them from behind. Soon after the accident, the police arrived at the spot and booked the minor for rash and negligent driving, endangering life, and causing harm under IPC Sections 304A, 279, 337, 338, 427, and relevant sections of the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Act at Pune City’s Yerwada Police Station.

The victims have been identified as Anis Avlia (24), and Ashwini Kosta (24). Both the victims hailed from Madhya Pradesh and were employed in Pune as engineers. Anis Avlia, a graduate in computer science, was employed at a multinational company situated in Kalyani Nagar, while Ashwini had been working alongside him at the same company until recently, before opting for a break.

Meanwhile, concerned authorities said that they have dispatched the minor’s blood samples for analysis to determine potential alcohol influence, with the results pending at the time of press. Reportedly, the accused is the son of renowned builder and Brahma Realty and Infrastructure owner, Vishal Agarwal. The Porsche involved in the accident was an unregistered vehicle.

It is reported that when the Pune police produced the minor in front of the magistrate, they requested the court to treat him as an adult. Nonetheless, the request was rejected and the court granted bail under the Juvenile Justice Act, imposing a few conditions along with the bail.

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Messages threatening Arvind Kejriwal appear on walls of Delhi metro station, inside trains, AAP blames BJP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs has a letter sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday and demanded prompt and severe action in response to graffiti that had appeared on the Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar stations of the Delhi Metro.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recieved threating messages today, May 20, which were witten on a poster. These posters were found at two metro stations of Delhi and inside the metro coaches.

Images of the statements appeared on social media, with at least two of them appearing on signboards carrying the names of the Patel Nagar and Rajiv Chowk metro stations, and several of them sticked on the walls of metro stations. However, it is yet to confirm that who did this.

According to a senior police officer, the incident has been brought to their attention and an inquiry has been started.

Following the appearance of threatening graffiti within the metro stations of Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar in the nation’s capital, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP were preparing an attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

AAP MP Sanjay Singh claimed claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was the hub of the purported plot to target Arvind Kejriwal.

The BJP has been in a panic since Arvind Kejriwal’s release from jail. Right now, the BJP is preparing to strike Arvind Kejriwal with deadly intent. The prime minister’s office is the direct source of this plot. At the Metro stations in Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar, an attack threat against Kejriwal ji has been inscribed, according to Sanjay Singh’s statement today.

There have also reportedly been threatening messages scrawled inside metro trains.

AAP leader Atishi said the BJP is afraid of losing the next Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.  She claimed Arvind Kejriwal was targeted by the BJP through Swati Maliwal.

Meanwhile, the MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has a letter sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday and demanded prompt and severe action in response to graffiti that had appeared on the Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar stations of the Delhi Metro.

Social media users have also posted pictures of the graffiti. Security guards are stationed 24/7 and these stations are covered by CCTV. Why don’t the cops take any action? The Cyber Cell is where? This indicates that the BJP is behind this, she claimed.

In light of the Lok Sabha elections, Kejriwal was granted interim relief by the Supreme Court earlier this month. On March 21, Kejriwal was taken into custody in relation to his purported involvement in the Delhi excise policy case.

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