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It’s moving to see people from rural areas supporting Rakhtashari for separate Vidarbha: Aney

Former Advocate General Shreehari Aney
Shreehari Aney

Former Maharashtra Advocate General and founder of ViRA  (Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi) Shreehari Aney’s unique campaign demanding separate Vidarbhahood ? Rakhtashari Andolan ? is getting an encouraging stimulus from people across Vidarbha. So much so that recently in Sakoli, Adv Manish Kaapgate celebrated his five-year-old son Suyashs birthday where guests gave a thumb impression in blood for the campaign demanding a separate Vidarbha. Similarly, a wedding couple in Gondumri decided to start their wedding reception by doing the same along with their guests.

Aney had sent a letter to PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of Maharashtra Day (May 1) with the signatures of 10,000 people with their blood, demanding a separate Vidarbha state. The BJP had promised that it would create a separate state of Vidarbha. So, we are sending letters signed with our blood to the PM as only he is capable of taking a decision. The BJP should fulfill its promise of separate Vidarbha, said Aney.

Shreehari Aney
A woman signing the campaign Rakhtashari in blood with her thumb impression.

Shreehari Aney in an exclusive chat with Nation Next spoke about the gaining popularity of the campaign. He said, This idea seems to have caught-on among people. They are celebrating their birthdays and weddings by signing letters in blood. What is important is that our campaign is getting over whelming response from smaller cities like Gondumri, Sakoli, etc., which means that people from smaller and remote areas are going to bat for separate Vidarbha. The sentiments of separate Vidarbha aren’t restricted to bigger cities like Nagpur only.

“It seems that in order to take home the point, it’s not necessary to cut a birthday cake showing the map of Maharashtra and carving a separating Vidarbha from it,” said Aney referring to the incident, where he had cut a cake on his last birthday by carving out a separate Vidarbha from the Maharashtra map etched on the cake.

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Birthday invitation card of a five-year-old Suyash Manish Kapgate, which has a mention of the campaign Rakhtashari.

When Nation Next spoke to Neeraj Khandewale, secretary of ViRA, he said, We are sending letters to the PM to pass a resolution demanding a separate Vidarbha in the forthcoming Parliament session. We started this campaign on Maharashtra Day (May 1), which is observed as a black day in Vidarbha as on this day in 1960, Congress had merged Vidarbha with Maharashtra for its political gain despite the then on-going protest for a separate Vidarbha. So, we decided to conduct this unique signature campaign. The letter that is addressed to Modi has thumb impressions, of people who demand a separate Vidarbha, in blood. This has become a people’s campaign now. Besides bigger cities like Nagpur, Amravati, etc, we are carrying out this campaign in rural areas too. This campaign is gaining momentum because people are signing in blood even while attending weddings and birthdays.

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A wedding invitation card in Gondumri, which has a mention of Rakhtashari.

On asking about the reason for specifically choosing thumb impression over signatures, he said, It’s the best authentication. One can go for a DNA or a forensic test if needed to validate the authenticity of the thumb impression. One can even ascertain the identity of the thumb impression through verifying it with people’s respective Aadhaar cards. Moreover, we also want to tell people that this campaign isn’t bogus.

Khandewale, who feels that Modi is the only choice left for them to get this protest registered, says, There’s a lot of politics involved in it. Modi is the only true leader of the nation unlike other Cabinet ministers. We have lost faith in our local leaders like Nitin Gadkari and Devendra Fadnavis. They can’t even speak about the issue of separate Vidarbha in front of Modi. We don’t think our leaders are so high in stature. Now we don’t even want to trouble them! If Modi can address people through Mann ki Baat on radio, he can hear our grievances too. When Modi can single-handedly ban 500 and 1000 currency notes, he can definitely create a separate Vidarbha.

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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