http://www.theforthright.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:01:01 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Highlights of PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day Speech http://www.theforthright.com/pm-modis-independence-day-speech-highlights/ http://www.theforthright.com/pm-modis-independence-day-speech-highlights/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:00:57 +0000 Abhishek Shukla]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3316 Missed the telecast on television? Here is a short summary and highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day Speech which he gave on 15th August 2014.

 

  • My beloved countrymen, today Indians all over are celebrating Independence Day.
  • I am here not as Pradhan Mantri (Prime Minister) but as Pradhan Sevak (prime servant in service of country).
  • Independence can became an inspiration to take India to new heights.
  • These days give us inspiration and they showcase the national character. These days can inspire us to take India to newer heights.Narendra Modi Independence Day Speech
  • This country has not been made by politicians, kings or governments. It has been made by farmers, labourers, youth, our mothers and sisters.
  • Our country has progressed because of the hard work of all these people.
  • I salute all those who sacrificed themselves for India’s freedom.
  • It is the pride of Constitution that a boy from a poor family has unfurled the flag at Red fort today.
  • It is the strength of our Constitution. I thank the makers of the Constitution.
  • All the previous governments have a hand in developing India. The state governments have a hand in it as well. I offer my respects to all previous governments and Prime Ministers.
  • We should walk together, work together and progress together. We should move ahead with thismantra.
  • The nation should move towards one target, one direction, one intention and one decision.
  • I assure Indians I will develop India. This I say standing under the Tricolour.
  • I am an outsider to Delhi. But an outsider came to Delhi and got an insider view in the last two months.
  • For Delhi’s elite class, I was like an untouchable.
  • This is not a platform for politics but nation building.
  • The government should have the same direction, the same intention.
  • Some say now that Modi government is here, people have started going to work at the right time.
  • Should government officials going to work at the right time be in the news in this country?
  • I want to remind government servants that they are not merely doing a job, they are providing a service.
  • I want to expedite the nation-building process by encouraging the capabilities of government functionaries.
  • From a chaprasi to Cabinet Secretary, every government servant in competent. We will harness that strength.
  • We want to move forward not on the basis of majority but on consensus.
  • The first Parliament session of our government just concluded yesterday.
  • The session reflects our thinking. We don’t believe in the force of majority. We worked with everyone, we took everyone along.
  • The credit for this goes not to the PM but the MPs and the Opposition.
  • With an insider’s view, I found that there are many governments within a government. One department was fighting with another department.
  • How  can we work for the country if we fight amongst ourselves?
  • I have tried to break the walls.
  • I want the government to be an organic unity and not an assembled entity.
  • I assure you that people in the government and government offices are extremely capable.
  • Isn’t it our responsibility to build a nation our freedom fighters dreamed of, the nation they gave their lives for?
  • When we hear about incidents of rape, our heads hang in shame.
  • I want to ask every mother and father, you ask your daughters ‘where are you going, who are you going with’. But do you ever ask your sons these questions? After all, those who rape are also someone’s son.
  • Everyone is busy giving their psychological opinions on rape.
  • We have to rise above mera kya – mujhe kya (what am I getting out of this); some things have to be done for the greater national good.
  • I appeal to the doctors not to kill the girl-child in the mother’s womb.
  • I request the parents not to kill the girl-child because they want a son.
  • Indian sportsmen brought pride to our country in the Commonwealth Games. 29 Indian women won medals at the CWG.
  • Give up the path of violence, think of brotherhood and work for the country.
  • Communalism and caste violence are obstacles to India’s growth.
  • The law will take its own path but we need to take responsibility to bring our sons who deviated from right path to bring them back.
  • If 125 crore people work together, India will move forward 125 crore steps.
  • We have not got anything from the path of violence.
  • Today our farmer commits suicide because he cannot repay his debt. We want to give the poor the benefit of bank accounts.
  • Under the PM’s jan dhan yojna, the poor will be given insurance through debit card for up to Rs. 1 lakh.
  • We want to integrate the poorest of the poor with bank accounts.
  • With the gun you can make the earth red but if you have a plough you can make the earth green.
  • Come, Make in India.
  • We have the capability. Invite companies from all sectors.
  • I invite our youth involved in manufacturing to ensure that all over the world, products say ‘Made in India’.
  • Why should we have to import things when we have such capable young citizens?
  • Out of all the things we import, I will ensure that we start making at least one of those in India.
  • Let us think about zero-defect production with no adverse effect on the environment.
  • The world used to think we are a land of snake charmers and black magic. But our youth has surprised the world with its IT skills. I dream of a digital India.
  • We want to forge ahead with digital India. We want to give good governance through E-governance.
  • E-Governance is easy governance, effective governance.
  • We have to move towards ‘Digital India’.
  • Our mission is skill development. There can be no development with a jaded system.
  • The world has changed.  India cannot sit isolated in one corner and determine its future.
  • We import electronic goods, but if we start manufacturing these, it will benefit the country.
  • Want to increase tourism. Tourism provides employment to a lot of people.
  • When I became the PM, the first task I took up was that of cleaning. People were surprised.
  • If we keep our country clean, no one can come from outside and spoil it.
  • I don’t know whether people will appreciate me talking about dirt & toilets from Red Fort but I come from a poor family.
  • All schools should have toilets. There should be separate toilets for schools. I urge all MPs to spend one year’s funds to construct toilets.
  • In 2019, ensuring cleanliness will be the most fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
  • Gandhiji emphasised on cleanliness.
  • We should ensure that every road, school, office, locality and neighbourhood is clean.
  • It is a shame that our women have to wait for darkness to go out in the open to defecate. Can’t we build toilets for the security of our women?
  • There are many schemes named after the PM and many leaders. Today I announce a scheme in the name of Parliament. A scheme for villages. Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
  • By 2016, MPs should have at least made one village an ideal village.
  • If we want to develop India, we need to develop villages.
  • By the end of five years, each MP should have converted at least five villages into ideal villages.
  • We will keep the blue-print of this scheme in front the MPs on October 11.
  • There has been much speculation about the Planning Commission.
  • The Planning Commission was made according to the country’s needs back then.
  • The country has changed, its needs have changed. Times have changed from the time the Planning Commission was created.
  • If we want to take the country forward, the states have to be taken forward.
  • Sometimes renovating an old house takes a lot of money and we are still not satisfied, hence it is better to build a new one.
  • With the object of building a partnership between the Centre and the state, with the object of strengthening our country, we will soon create a new institution.
  • We fought for freedom together. We had no government, no weapons to help us. We defeated such a big empire without any government, without any arms.
  • Let us today defeat poverty together. We should fight with the world against poverty.
  • Together, with SAARC nations, we can became a world power. SAARC nations together can work to remove poverty.
  • Leaders of SAARC nations came to the swearing-in ceremony. It was a good sign.
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Israel-Palestine Conflict Explained Simply http://www.theforthright.com/israel-palestine-conflict-explained-simply/ http://www.theforthright.com/israel-palestine-conflict-explained-simply/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:59:08 +0000 Monica Verma]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3303 Here is the Israel-Palestine Conflict Explained Simply

Q: What exactly is the current crisis in Gaza strip?

Israel-Palestine Conflict ExplainedA: The main actors of the current crisis in Gaza Strip are the Hamas operatives and Israeli Military. Israel is leading Operation Protective Edge with severe ground presence and air strikes on the Gaza landmass with a goal to weed out the operatives of Hamas who regularly undertake rocket strikes in the border areas of Israel.

Q: What are Gaza strip and Hamas?

A: Israel is a country populated by Jews whereas Gaza strip is a landmass populated by the Palestinians. Hamas is a terror organization which does not recognizes the status of Israel as a country and wants the particular landmass to be evicted of Jews. Israel on the other hand does not recognize the right of Palestine people over Gaza strip and West Bank.  In order to contain Hamas’s activities forcefully, Israel has closed the Gaza area to the rest of the world with the local economy in shambles and people of Palestine locked like prisoners in their own area.

Q: What are the roots of the conflict between Israeli-Palestine?

A: The roots of the Israel-Palestine  Conflict go back to the demands of the Jews for a separate homeland. Erstwhile Israel once used to be in the control of the Ottoman Empire from whom Britain took colonial control of the Palestinian territory. Britain in principle agreed to the Balfour Declaration of 1917 where Jews sought a separate homeland. On the other hand they were also wary of their relations with the Arabs who were opposed to the creation of a Jewish homeland out of Palestinian territories. The same dilemma was faced by the United States which ultimately recognized Israel as the Jewish homeland. The exodus of Jews during the holocaust led to their settlement in Palestinian territories and later they became habitants of the Jewish homeland of Israel.

The Arabs have never made truce with the reality of Israel as a separate state for Jews. At the same time Israel has also not left any opportunity to deny the Palestine people their right to statehood or limited autonomy. Matters have been made worse by involvement of external actors for geopolitical reasons such as the Arab states and the western world majorly including the United States in addition to terror organization such as Hamas.

What is the current status of Palestine?

A: Palestine was granted ‘non-member observer State’ status in the United Nations General Assembly which translates into a major gain for the Palestine statehood cause as it recognizes it as a partial state if not a full one.

The two-state solution that is mutual recognition of Israel by Palestinians and of Palestine by Israelis is an imminent need. Unemployment, lack of development and role of external actors is just sucking the resource and culture-rich region of its charms.

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Twitter jokes on Budget 2014 that will make you laugh http://www.theforthright.com/twitter-jokes-on-budget-2014/ http://www.theforthright.com/twitter-jokes-on-budget-2014/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:48:35 +0000 Monica Verma]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3296 Budget mostly make average consumers cry but taking the Indian General Budget 2014 in its stride, Twitter like always came twitter jokes on budget 2014up with gems. Here is a list of Top Twitter jokes on Budget 2014 that will make you laugh:

On Budget

  On Cigarattes

  On 5 new IITs and IIMs

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Why do I want to be a housewife? http://www.theforthright.com/want-housewife/ http://www.theforthright.com/want-housewife/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:17:53 +0000 Monica Verma]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3290 At an age of 24, when I look around I see a lot of sad women. No matter what they are doing in their respective lives, behind the façade of happiness lies guilt. Women who are doing well professionally are guilty of facing their parents, relatives and so-called society at large because even as the biological clock is ticking and they are  still not married. Those who got married at an ‘appropriate’ time are guilty of facing their peers because they were not ‘feminist’ enough to stand up against the institution of marriage and ditch the knot for a career.

As human beings, we form our identities on the basis of the value system which exists in the society. While a generation ago, it was alright for women to not have a career at all or at best be a school teacher or beautician; the same professions have lost value now. What led to it? The answer is simple. Women form an important part of the human resource. Just like any other resource, the cost of human resource is dependent mop_bucketon the demand and supply of this resource. While popular media enchants us women to come out of the home and have a burgeoning career, what it hides from us is that the more the women who come out to serve in the industry, lesser wages would be commanded by each of them because more supply means less demand and thus less cost. This TOI piece: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/16-crore-jobless-women-form-Indias-Great-Invisible-Force/articleshow/37669859.cms makes women who are housewives look like victim of some kind but imagine if all these 16 crores women were to join the work force in absence of any meaningful work, what would happen to the average wage scale?

It is high time we delink feminism from career women. Feminism is simply equality between the two sexes. It makes a case for less burden for men as much it advocates right of women to have a choice. What we need to blame is feminism as portrayed in popular media. Women who are housewives are no less feminist than those who have a career. How many times while at the job do we have to eschew our feminist identities? Those working in the media will definitely get what I am talking about. By choosing to stay at home, women are making a choice and we should stop judging them for this. Women who have a career are not only ones who are entitled to speak on the rights of women. True feminism is in recognizing the efforts of their peers at home who are also discharging an important function of taking humanity forward. I can forgive our colleagues in media for looking at housewives as some sort of victim but I will not forgive them for cajoling as many women as 16 crores out of their homes only so that crony capitalists have more cheap labour to exploit. Until women are not joining top paying jobs, they are not getting paid equally and they are not executing the important function of creating assets, establishing businesses themselves, I refuse to believe women have arrived and feminism has won.

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List of achievements of Narendra Modi government till now http://www.theforthright.com/list-achievements-narendra-modi-government-till-now/ http://www.theforthright.com/list-achievements-narendra-modi-government-till-now/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:48:13 +0000 Ekaki]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3284 Within a month of Narendra Modi government assuming power, sense of disappointment has taken over the country. The reason behind such disappointment is actually partially a creation of the extremely weakened opposition and to a certain extent expectations of the people who Narendra Modi Government achievemntsthink not Narendra Modi but some Harry Potter-magic has happened to Indian democracy. To change the condition of a country of 1.3 billion people is not an overnight trick. In our desperation to shatter our hopes we are failing to recognize the concrete steps that Modi government has taken as soon as it formed government. Here is a list of achievements of Narendra Modi government till now:

Successfully bringing Indians caught in ‘Iraq Crisis’ home

In recent Iraq crisis ISIS shook not only the Arab world, but the entire world with its inhumane act of keeping civilians captive. Indian nurses working in Iraq got stuck in the middle of a civil war, but here critics started cursing the Modi government for not rescuing Indian nationals from war torn Iraq. The Indian government headed by PM Narendra Modi left no stone unturned to rescue Indians by deploying INS Mysore in Persian Gulf. When the rescue mission was succesfully completed critics credited Kerala government for the rescue operation. What they failed to understand is that neither foreign relations nor Indian defense forces are commanded by any state government in India.That is the prerogative of the central government which is currently under the leadership of Modi.

We may be political opponents, ideological enemies, but during hours of crisis we must act like one big Family that is “India”. Don’t forget that first time ever in the history of India, central government has acted against the enemy to save its citizen unlike “1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed” when central government threatened the JK government with dismissal if the militants were not exchanged for Rubaiya. We can’t blame political opponents for failing to acknowledge the extraordinary successful mission of rescuing India citizens from Iraq, but the bigger concern is the Fourth Pillar of Democracy –Media—media went silent as soon as rescue mission is completed and took no pain in highlighting who really made all the efforts.

IB report on NGO

Foreign funded NGOs are known for halting development work across the country. Congress government never acted against them because Leftist-NGO nexus supports congress government in its ideological standing of center-of-the-left. Billions of dollars has been donated to Leftist controlled NGO through FCRA act, to destabilize country. On one hand their coterie criticize government for not providing facilities, on other hand they halt development work. As per IB report protests led by foreign funded NGOs against development projects had caused a presumptive loss of 2-3% to India’s GDP. Again political Opponents and NGO-friendly party (with emphasis on NGO party) opted to be silent on IB report. Prominent party AAP who know for its Dharna-ist credentials hits out at IB report, why?  Because NGO are under scanner and they need to take permission from MHA before pumping foreign funds in to India. AAP instead to encouraging foreign funded NGOs for generating funds at home lash out at IB report. Again opponents opted to remain silent.

Process Improvement

In a significant development, central government has decided to improve its taxation process in order to facilitate direct contact with taxpayers. MEA is set to waive second police verification in case of passport renewal. 660 rape crisis centers will be established across the country and named as Nirbhaya centers. Government also planned to setup “Kisan Mandis” in order to fight food inflation. Modi is delivering but opponents are choosing to ignore it.

Railways

IRCTC performance is up with the launch of a new website and it has started working as per users’ expectation but opponent are again opting to be silent while they await loop-holes and as soon as they will get one they will start cursing everyone who voted for Modi- led BJP. Railways are planning to build high speed trains across the country in order to provide better facilities and speedy journey to passenger but opponent cursing for increase in rail fair.

Power Crisis

AAP started criticizing Modi for power crisis; ponder upon the fact that AAP leaders are the one who are against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant or any other power sector development in the country. Though Modi said on record in Parliament that “My government will not be vindictive” and we will work in coordination with each other.

Reliance Issue

Literally AAP abused Modi over Reliance issue but opted to be silent when Modi government imposed millions of USD fine on Reliance, the same AAP government released Rs. 320 crore to Ambani company. And don’t forget “Bahoot Hi Krantikari” Channel AajTak is also owned by Ambani which appears to be AAPTak Channel most of the times.

Basic needs

Govt. approved proposal to raise height of Narmada dam so that more water will be available for drinking, irrigation and power generation. Protests had been led by foreign funded NGO to halt the Narmada dam in past.

Health

In a significant development, the Modi government has decided to make X-Ray, MRI and CT scans free of cost for the poor at government hospitals.

Environment

The govt. plans to plant 200 crore tress along the entire 1 Lakh Km length of National Highways network across the country. Under this scheme employment will be generated for jobless youth. Government is planning to implement similar scheme under MNREGA along state highways, village and district roads. As expected opponent opt to be silent on the same, rather they are busy thumping their chest over IB reports on NGOs.

Defense

Defense Ministry approved fast-track road building along the disputed border with China. New posts will be established in strategic position of Indo-China Border. 2 billion USD extension has been given to the Karwar Naval base in the southern state of Karnataka. Government also plans to install a new Radar station in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal to keep an eye on China’s evil designs.

I hope one day the silence will be over and opponents will recognize the efforts of PM Modi. Opponents must remember that Modi said that we will work as a team. In last few days we saw rays of hope in new government, its progressive policies and its commitment towards nation. Responsibility falls on our shoulders now as we have a government in center which is pro-people, we must take new message to everyone. Last time (during Atal Led NDA) we failed to take our message to people which resulted into 10 years of reverse gear in country’s development. Educated Youth should keep in mind that common man don’t understand economics as we understand, so we must educate people across the country that how policies started by Modi government will help in longer run.

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Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram: RSS product changing lives of tribals http://www.theforthright.com/vanvasi-kalyan-ashram-rss-product-changing-lives-tribals/ http://www.theforthright.com/vanvasi-kalyan-ashram-rss-product-changing-lives-tribals/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:44:52 +0000 Ekaki]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3276 RSS or Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh is often painted with a broad brush by the media as a right-wing organization. In an increasingly Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Tribalspolarizing world, both right and left are looked down due to their potential of inciting violence. It overlooks the humanitarian efforts undertaken by RSS all over India. Even before United Nations and its various agencies became active in developing countries and the whole concept of NGOs caught up, RSS was the leading organization in the area of social service and grassroots nation building effort.

Notwithstanding the way mainstream media portrays RSS, it is the largest volunteer organization of the world known for its selfless service. It also motivates its volunteer to work in diverse areas. From time to time volunteers start their own organizations in order to serve the society, one such organization is Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram: an RSS product changing lives of tribals much before communists started a violent movement in the name of Mao. Unlike Maoists who trained them for warfare against the nation, VKA imparted them education because of a firm belief in the potential of education for development. Here is a brief glance at the work that Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram does:

  • The Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram was founded in 1952 by Balasaheb Deshpande.
  • VKA is assisted by RSS volunteers in every work that it undertakes for tribal upliftment.
  • VKA ashmram believes in one thing “Keep working in silence”.
  • VKA is working forTribal Development: Education, Health and Economic development, Promotion of tribal culture and tradition, and protection of Tribal Rights on water, forests and land (jal, jungle and jameen).
  • VKA is working in more than 375 tribal districts (having a tribal population of more than 25K).
  • 7000 tribal students are staying in hostel facilities built by VKA.
  • More than 100000 students are being trained in schools run by VKA.
  • Students after completing their education join prestigious services like Army, Civil services, educational activity, government employees, physicians and technologists.
  • More than 3000 VKA health workers reach more than 30000 villages with various medical facilities.
  • Every year more than 1.2 million patients are treated in tribal dispensaries/ hospitals by VKA.
  • Tribals are trained by VKA for their economic development. Various training program undertaken by VKA are sewing, handlooms and handicrafts.
  • VKA volunteers guide tribals to adopt better farming techniques.
  • Education program and awareness camps are also conducted for aged people so that they can protect themselves from exploitation.
  • VKA volunteers help to build check dams in order to irrigate tribal areas.
  • In Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, Kalyan Ashram has taken up the Shiv Ganga project in 175 villages by which check/stop dams, contours and trenches have been constructed. As a result the water table in these villages has risen by 15 feet (4-5 meters). For more details see States-Madhya Pradesh.
  • In Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka more than one thousand self help groups have been activated by Kalyan Ashram workers. Through these groups lakhs of people are benefiting.
  • Tribal cultural meets are organized at block/district/state and national level to promote their culture and tradition.
  • In 2005, North East Youth Cultural meet was organized in which around 5000 young boys and girls participated and celebrated their culture.
  • Cultural events like like `Kolatam’, cake Bhajana’ and `Dhimsa’ dance organized by VKA every year in order to protect tribal cultural.
  • Archery competition conducted by VKA for tribal brotherhood.
  • Limba Ram who represented India in Olympic Games is a product of VKA.
  • Kavita Raut, winner of commonwealth and Asian games athlete is also a product of VKA.

I request to everyone to please go through various other projects run by RSS volunteers.

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These famous BJP Leaders come from RSS Background http://www.theforthright.com/famous-bjp-leaders-rss-background/ http://www.theforthright.com/famous-bjp-leaders-rss-background/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:53:42 +0000 Abhishek Shukla]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3252 These famous BJP Leaders come from RSS Background but before we move on to the list what exactly is RSS? The Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh or the RSS is the world’s largest voluntary organization involved in various social activities. There are many organizations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) , Bajarang Dal , Seva Bharti , Kisan Sangh , Majdoor sang etc which work under its supervision. It is also said that Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) is indirectly controlled  by the RSS, though both RSS and BJP both deny it always, but we all know what is the reality.

RSS has produced many great leaders for BJP and these leaders have helped to take BJP from 2 seats to 283 seats. Lets check out some of the famous leaders of BJP produced by the RSS. Read for a list of RSS Products which made it big as BJP Leader.

1. Narendra Modi

Modi needs no introduction. He is the prime minister of India and RSS is the hidden force that has made him the PM.  At the age of eight, Modi came in contact with RSS and he began attending its local shakhas.  He became pracharak of RSS in 1970 

Narendra Modi in RSS dress

During 1975–1977, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of the emergency, political opponents were jailed and political organisation including RSS were banned. Modi went underground in Gujarat and to evade arrest was occasionally disguised as a Sikh, saint, elderly man etc. and printed and sent booklets against the central government to Delhi. He also organised agitations and covert distribution of the Sangh’s pamphlets. he RSS assigned Modi to the BJP in 1985. In 1988, Modi was elected as organising secretary of BJP’s Gujarat unit. From there , it was no look behind and today he is now the PM of the country. 

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2. Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari RSS dress

Nitin Gadkari, is another swayam sevak who worked for the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and the student union ABVP. He became president of BJP and currently a minister in BJP government.

3. Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan

Shivraj joined RSS at the age of 13 in 1970 He replaced Babulal Gaur as chief minister on 29 November 2005. A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has served as its general secretary and as president of its Madhya Pradesh state unit.

4. B S Yeddurappa

Yeddurappa joined RSS in his college days. In 1988, he became the State President of the BJP in Karnataka. He is the man behind the rise of Lotus in South.

BS Yedurappa RSS

5. Shushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj father was a prominent RSS member. She served in RSS as swayamsevika from years. Swaraj began her political career with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the 1970

6. Amit Shah

Amit Shah is considered to be a confidant of Modi. He was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Swayamsevak (RSS volunteer) and a leader of the BJP’s youth wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He worked as a stockbroker for some time, during which period he joined the BJP.

7. Murli Manohar

After completing his PhD, Joshi started teaching Physics at Allahabad University. He came in contact with the RSS in Delhi at a young age. He is best known for his views on Indian socio-politics and for his affiliation with the RSS.

8. LK Advani

dvani began his political career as a volunteer of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1947. With the dissolution of the Jana Sangh, Advani and his colleague Atal Bihari Vajpayee joined the Janata Party to fight the Lok Sabha Elections of 1977..

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9. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee studied from the Saraswati Shishu Mandir, the school run by RSS. He later became the first PM of BJP.

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10. Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh had been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since 1964, at the age of 13 and remained connected with the organisation even during his employment as a physics lecturer. In 2000, he became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

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Harsh Vardhan seeks ban on Sex Education, Twitter cracks jokes http://www.theforthright.com/harsh-vardhan-ban-sex-education-twitter-jokes/ http://www.theforthright.com/harsh-vardhan-ban-sex-education-twitter-jokes/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:44:45 +0000 Monica Verma]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3245 Dr. Harsh Vardhan has stirred up another controversy by saying that sex education which is vulgar should be banned. The rationale behind such a move is best known only to him but Twitter as always has exposed the medieval times our Ministers live in. Read on for laughs:

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Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan clarifies views on Sex Education http://www.theforthright.com/health-minister-dr-harsh-vardhan-clarifies-views-sex-education/ http://www.theforthright.com/health-minister-dr-harsh-vardhan-clarifies-views-sex-education/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:33:38 +0000 Monica Verma]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3229 Dr. Harsh Vardhan who is currently holding the portfolio of Health Minister in Modi government has clarified his stand on sex education through a post on Facebook. A controversy had erupted over a possible ban on sex education after his thought supporting the same were found on his website. Here is the clarification:

“An unseemly controversy is sought to be generated in some media over the criticism of “so-called sex education” in my personal web site.While respecting the media’s tradition of highlighting diversity of opinion on social, political and economic matters, I have comprehensively denied that I propose a ban on sex education as suggested by a prominent newspaper through banner headlines today.

am a medical professional who has embraced rationalism and I whole-heartedly support pedagogy that is scientific and culturally acceptable. Anything abrasive to common sensibilities and articulated as such by responsible persons should be discarded and replaced by consensually accepted learning processes.

I have clarified that the view expressed on the web site was entirely my own and made in the context of the UPA government’s 2007 decision to introduce the Adolescence Education Programme (AE) in its original form. Even the chief ministers of UPA-ruled states had objected to it and subsequently it was modified.

As chief ministerial candidate of my party in the 2013 election, I said that full right to make transparent my agenda for education, among other subjects of governance. Value –based school learning processes are common in all countries and I had intentioned implementing such a format in Delhi’s schools. In September 2002, a Division Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had upheld the government’s right to introduce Value Education in the school curriculum (B.G.Verghese, Aruna Roy and others Vs. NCERT, Writ Petition 98

Crudity and graphic representation of culturally objectionable symbols as manifested in the UPA’s so-called sex education programme cannot be called sex education. Every education system must strive to have an ideal curriculum and to that extent my stand is valid.

I had earlier held the Education portfolio (along with Health) in the Delhi government between 1993 and 1998, introduced several lasting reforms in the curriculum of the state’s schools in consultation with experts. There was a sex education component in the curriculum then too but nobody reported objections with it.

I pointed out that thanks to bipartisan opposition, AEP was substantially modified. It is now positioned by the Department of Education and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) as a key intervention in preventing new HIV infections and reducing social vulnerability to the infection.

The programme is implemented in all states across the country through the Department of Education (DoE) in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Societies (SACS).

The objective of the AEP is to provide 100 per cent quality coverage for all senior schools in the country so that students in Grades IX–XI have adequate and accurate knowledge about HIV in the context of life skills.

Sex education that builds societies free of gender discrimination, teenage pregnancy, HIV-AIDS proliferation, pornography addiction, etc. should be the goal.”

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An open letter to Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development http://www.theforthright.com/open-letter-smriti-irani-minister-human-resource-development/ http://www.theforthright.com/open-letter-smriti-irani-minister-human-resource-development/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:37:23 +0000 Ekaki]]> http://www.theforthright.com/?p=3215 Dear Smriti ji

I am writing this letter to you with great concern and hope. I am an alumnus of NIT, Hamirpur. Recent events in the NITs across the country have left me disheartened. The dignity and authority of these institutions have been diminished due to political interference with vested interests.
smriti irani letter In 2002, then MHRD Minister, Shri Murli Manohar Joshi, decided to upgrade the status of the Regional Engineering Colleges to “National Institutes of Technology” (NITs). When, in 2004, the Congress led UPA took over from BJP led NDA, they replaced all NIT’s Directors with their loyalists across the country.
All the NITs are autonomous and their fee structure is too high for students. The democratic process has not been working at all in these institutions. Most of NITs became corruption hub during the Congress led UPA government. Congress loyalists are enjoying perks of being a Director at such institution.
As a concerned alumnus of this revered institution, I request you to ensure speedy action on the below mentioned points of concern that many members of the alumni share with me.
Fee Structure is very high in these institutions
1. Fee Structure is very high in these institutions (Most of the students in these institutions are from a poor background).
2. No democratic process to choose the student representatives.
3. There are no student council in these elite institutions. And it has been observed that students are often alienated from most of the decisions related to student welfare.
4. The Congress appointed Directors are working like dictators and there is no participation from the faculty side as well as student side. One has to agree with directors of these institutions. There is no room for dissent or disagreement.
5. There are some new Policies adopted for the promotion of the members of the faculty wherein one needs to have one patent, one self-subsidize course for next promotion and it is applicable to the entire faculty, even if one is recruited 15 years back. Now if the management wants to implement such policies they can implement the policy for new faculty rather than faculty recruited 15 years back — this is disheartening and unfair.
6. Couple of years back exams were conducted twice before Final semester and student got a fair chance to improve; now this process has been replaced by single term examination without any rationale behind the same.
7. Corruption is rampant in these institutions and often the faculty members are silent on such issues as their own Annual Confidential Report is prepared by the Director, and annual appraisal also depends on the Director. It must be a two way process. Director must evaluate faculty and faculty must evaluate director.
Smritiji, I would also like to inform you that an RTI was also filed regarding this and the reply from the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) sums up the apathy.
The reply from the first appellate authority of MHRD was regarding appointment of directors for 13 NIT’s. NIT Warangal is also among the 13 NITs where the post of Director is lying vacant.
Here is gist of reply:
1. The CPIO misses our RTI application.
2. First appellate authority says non trace-ability of RTI application led to delay of information and regrets for it. How come an application be misplaced when all our earlier RTIs reached the CPIO? It is only this RTI that got misplaced even when it was sent by speed post to the same old address.
Clearly, something fishy is happening.
3. It doesn’t mention clear cut selection procedure for appointment of Director’s for INI (Institutes of National Importance). Why is the ministry hesitant to give selection procedure?
4. 147 applications have been received by MHRD including 7 nominations.
5. The appellate authority denies giving copy of applications received by MHRD quoting section 8(1) h.
I request you to kindly look into the matter and restore the dignity of these great institutions of learning.
Yours faithfully,
Hitesh Rangra

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