~ Poonam Mahajan, the BJP MP from Mumbai North Central, underscores the difference between dissent and disintegration, against the backdrop of recently occurred violence at Delhi University’s Ramjas College. ~
There is a fine line between dissent and disintegration. Societies that are aware of this maxim prosper and those societies that dilute it inevitably disintegrate. Freedom of thought and expression has once again become a focal point due to recent events at Ramjas college of Delhi University where students on both sides of ideological spectrum have confronted each other over withdrawing Umar Khalids name from a lecture.
Two years ago, when All India Bakchod (AIB) was criticised and faced legal action for organizing AIB Roast? event where filthy jokes and expletives were made at the expense of offending the participants, I strongly supported their freedom of creative expression despite me not endorsing it. I must reiterate that freedom of thought and expression is an immensely valuable gift bestowed upon us by our Constitution and it must be protected from a lunatic fringe at any cost.
As I had mentioned in the beginning of this post, there is a fine line between dissent and disintegration. When somebody utters words such as Kashmir demands azaadi?, or ?Bharat tere tukde honge?, we need to ask them a very pointed question that how are they going to achieve this goal of theirs
Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. In 1947, our motherland was partitioned into two dominions ? India and Pakistan. More than 15 million people had been uprooted and between one and two million were dead. 75,000 women were raped, forced conversions and mass abductions defined the birth of our nation. This is what happens when societies disintegrate. The aforementioned casualties are a horrific reminder of manifestations of some people who have exhibited such extremist tendencies. And it doesn’t end there.
Furthermore, in 1974 Pakistan amended the Constitution declaring members of the Ahmadi sect as non-Muslims thereby restricting their religious freedom. In fact, Pakistans first ever Nobel Laureate, Abdus Salam was an Ahmadi whose remarkable contributions in Physics were erased from Pakistans collective memory. In addition to this, Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistans Permanent Representative to the United Nations deleted a tweet that noted that Mahershala Ali (House of Cards fame who is actually an Ahmadi) was the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award.
Let us look at another example. In 1971, the Pakistani Army killed lakhs of Bengalis in East Pakistan and forced 10 million to flee to India. It is a forgotten genocide. Moreover, in contemporary times, since the year 2015 bloggers from Bangladesh who espoused the values of secularism, pluralism and spoke in favour of atheism were hacked to death by Islamist extremists.
Every country has to define and decide its non-negotiables. The topmost priority amongst those non-negotiables are the territorial sovereignty of our nation. It does not matter which caste, creed, religion or political affiliation we belong to; maintaining the territorial integrity is absolutely necessary.
A society like us which has a horrific past has to be very careful when it utters words like ?Bharat tere tukde honge. Everybody agrees that a speech that unashamedly incites violence is objectionable. Hence my question to everybody is what will be the consequences of such utterances Who will take responsibility if lives are lost when some misguided youth accepts this slogan literally and goes on a violent killing spree? How can ?Bharat tere tukde honge? be a part of national discourse? Isn?t this inciting violence towards citizens of India?
We are a young and vibrant democracy. 65% of India’s population are under the age group of 15-35 years. We are undergoing an exciting era of harnessing our demographic dividend. A country as young as ours should focus its energies on debating issues such as endemic poverty, employment growth, income inequality, gender inequality, environmental degradation, poor educational and health indicators etc. These issues will be resolved when the collective conscience of our country is focused in the right direction instead of thinking about India’s balkanisation.
The solution to each and every problem that exists in our country is more democracy and steadfast adherence to the Constitution of India. What is happening in certain campuses across India does not help us in moving forward towards this positive goal. Let us work towards strengthening our democracy rather than weakening it which could well be the case if these ?break India forces ? the TUKDE gang? of few campuses have their way.
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 .
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.
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.