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In the video, former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa asked BJP workers at a meeting in Koppal region of Karnataka on December 4 to lie to voters if necessary to win their support.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: December 13, 2017 8:17 am

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Video footage of a senior BJP leader in Karnataka asking party workers never to hesitate from bluffing to voters to win political support in the state has served as ammunition for the ruling Congress in the state to question the legitimacy of political issues raised by the BJP.

In the video, former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa asked party workers at a meeting in Koppal region of Karnataka on December 4 to lie to voters if necessary to win their support.

“We need to tell the people about all the accomplishments of the BJP — the government at the centre and what we will do in Karnataka — we need to tell people about what we have done for backward castes, scheduled castes, for farmers, for women. In case you do not know, tell some lies or something. We are politicians, we should not say we don’t know when it comes to anything,’’ he is heard saying in the video footage.

He goes on to give the example of using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s macho image to embellish narratives about the BJP’s achievements if necessary.

“You must say that Pakistan never dared attack India when Vajpayee was Prime Minister, but when Manmohan Singh became the PM Indian soldiers were attacked and killed by Pakistan’s army. You must say that when Modi became the PM he finished 10 soldiers in Pakistan. You must spin it like that. Even if you don’t know these things, you are aware of the machismo of PM Modi, use that to spin a story — we will see what happens later,’’ Eshwarappa said.

“When you visit the homes of people, if you sit quietly when they tell you that Manmohan Singh provided great administration when he was PM or when they tell you that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has done a lot for Dalits, then we will have to shut shop and go away,” Eshwarappa tells the workers.

The Congress targeted the BJP leader, saying his speech is a reflection of BJP political strategy. “The statements by Eshwarappa are a reflection of the BJP’s political strategy and culture. They are spreading lies through their campaigns around the state and urging party workers to follow their actions,” Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said.

Eshwarappa refused to comment on the video, saying that his speech was made at an internal meeting for BJP workers.
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No Boy Will Marry Girl Who Comes To Mandap Wearing Jeans, Says Minister
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December 11, 2017

BJP ministers are known for the foot in mouth statements and now union minister of state for Human Resources and Development ministry (HRD) Satyapal Singh said that no boy will marry a girl if she decides to come to mandap wearing jeans.


“No boy will be ready to marry a girl who comes to the mandap (wedding stage) in jeans,” the minister was quoted by HT.


Surprisingly, the minister said this in a function in Gorakhpur where the CM of UP Yogi Adityanath was also present. “Similarly, no saint will be revered if he gives up his traditional attire and wears jeans,” said the minister.

The minister was addressing a gathering of student at concluding ceremony of the foundation day of Maharana Pratap Siksha Parishad (MPSP) which is the academic wing of Gorakhnath temple.

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Every Hindu must have weapons at home to ensure the safety of Hindus. We need to protect our country and our religion to make the dream of an entire Hindu Rashtra a reality, says Raja Singh, BJP MLA from Telangana




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The MLA had made the speech at the Virat Hindu Samavesh convention in Karnataka's Yadagiri city.
The Yadigir police in Karnataka have registered a case against BJP MLA Raja Singh from Hyderabad, for making a provocative speech that could disturb communal harmony.

The Goshamahal legislator had made the speech at the Virat Hindu Samavesh convention in Yadagiri on Thursday evening, where he brandished a sword, and asked all Hindus in the country to pick up their weapons.

The Times of India reported that Sri Ram Sene founder Pramod Muthalik, the forum's state president, the Andola Siddaling seer, and Hyderabad-Karnataka region president, Vijay Patil, were also booked along with Singh.

Quoting sources, the ToI report adds that Raja Singh was specially invited by Muthalik, as he is known for making fiery speeches.

Inspector General of Police (North Eastern Range) Alok Kumar told PTI, “We have taken up a suo motu case....We have taken up a case of unlawful assembly, display of arms and spreading hatred between communities against four persons — Pramod Kumar Muthalik, Vijay Patil, Raja Singh Thakur and Andola Swamy and others."

It isn’t the first time that Raja has said something controversial and gotten into trouble with the law. Just this year alone, Raja has been in the news multiple times.

In November, he threatened to burn down theatres in Telangana if they screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati'.

He termed the movie a conspiracy to show Rajputs in poor light by defaming their queens, and called Bhansali a "dog" for allegedly portraying Padmavathi as a lover of Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. He claimed that 16,000 brave women immolated themselves when Chittorgarh fort was attacked.

He said the filmmaker had still not responded to the demand from Rajput and Kshatriya organisations that the movie should be shown to them before releasing in theaters.

"If the film depict history without any distortion and highlights the valour of Rajputs, we will welcome it but if it portrays them in poor light then we will not allow its release in theatres," he said.

The MLA said producers were producing such films to make money as more people were going to theatres to watch them due to the controversies. He said ‘PK’ earned Rs 500 crore as more people watched it after the protests.

"If you are true patriots and true Hindus, you should boycott such movies. You should not help them make money. If the film flops, no other filmmaker will dare to make such movies," said Singh.
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BJP MLA Raja Singh booked for giving hate speech in Karnataka
Summary: BENGALURU: Karnataka police registered a case against BJP MLA T. Raja Singh Lodh following his inflammatory speech during a rally in Yadgir district on Thursday evening. You can do nothing without weapon,” Raja Singh, is heard saying in a video ( From time code: 12:26- 13.00). The BJP MLA known for making fiery speeches has already many cases booked against him in Hyderabad. During his December 12 speech, he also attacked the government of Karnataka over Tipu Jayanti celebrations (From 5:00 to 5:33). During his address at the Yadagiri’s Virat Hindu Samavesh convention, Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal Assembly constituency brandished a sword on the stage and asked Hindu men to keep swords in their houses.
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Sansad-bandi? With paltry 57 sittings, 2017 worst year in history of Indian Parliament
Charu Kartikeya | Updated on: 5 December 2017, 0:00 IST


Behind the much-discussed delayed start to this year's Winter Session of Parliament is a bigger picture that is so much more worrying. In fact, it's downright scary.
Why? Well, in terms of the number of its sittings, this year is all set to go down in history as possibly the worst year ever for the Parliament.
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So far in 2017, Parliament has assembled for a paltry 48 days. If one adds to that the nine days in December that have been lined up for the forthcoming winter session, the total rises to only 57. In contrast, the Parliament saw 70 sittings in 2016 and 72 in 2015.
This means that 2017 is the worst year on this count, at least since 1999. Considering that the Parliament, generally, used to be in session for many more days in the decades before that, it can be safely concluded that the annual number of sittings has never tumbled down to this level previously.
The only exception are the years that saw elections to the Lok Sabha, as election years usually see a truncated Budget session. Apart from that only one year stands out as an exception, which is 2008. There were only two sessions that year, as against three sessions that are usually held every year. The year 2008 saw this anomaly because the then UPA government wanted to prevent a second no-confidence motion being moved against it.

In 2000, Lok Sabha was in session for as many as 85 days. In fact, in the last 10 years, the lower House has met for an average of 70 days a year. This number was much higher during the 1950s and 1960s, as the house used to meet for an average of 120 days a year.
The National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution had recommended that Lok Sabha must meet for a minimum of 120 days a year. Former Vice President Hamid Ansari had suggested at the Whips Conference in 2008 that the number of sittings must increase to 130 days.
In the last two decades, Parliamentarians have generally accepted that they must strive to enable the Parliament to sit for at least 100 days a year. However, the third full-fledged year of the Narendra Modi government's five-year tenure has proved itself to be a landmark, slashing that number by half.

'Undermining democracy'
Not surprisingly, parliamentarians and political leaders have decried this development. The Congress party's senior spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad told Catch that this was unfortunate for India's democratic set-up. This government is deliberately ignoring Parliament to run away from accountability, he added.
CPI(M) politburo member and Member of Lok Sabha Md Salim said this truncating of the Parliament's sittings is a deliberate attempt on the part of the government to undermine India's parliamentary democracy.
Biju Janata Dal's Bhartruhari Mahtab, serving his fifth term in the Lok Sabha, told Catch that this shows the scant regard we have for our democratic practices and it is something that this government will have to explain. In a statement that stressed on the wide-reaching implications of this ignominious record, Mahtab stressed that this was “a warning bell”.
Rashtriya Janata Dal's national spokesperson Manoj Jha also slammed the government for its “downright contempt for parliamentary procedures and long-established traditions”.
“Like the totalitarian regimes across the world, the modus operandi of this government unequivocally conveys disregard to the systems and processes which have upheld the tradition of healthy parliamentary protocols through all these years”.
Jha emphasised that this is “a wake-up call not only for political parties in the Opposition but also for citizens in general that if we don't act collectively, we might even lose 'democracy as top-dressing only', as Baba Saheb had warned”.
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Madhya Pradesh becomes first State to have ‘Happiness Department’ :D
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India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
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Lal Singh Arya, India's only happiness minister, is a suspect in a 2009 murder
The minister for happiness in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is wanted in connection with a murder, police said on Wednesday.

They are hunting Lal Singh Arya, 53, who has been missing since Tuesday when a court ordered his arrest.

He is a suspect in the murder of an opposition politician in 2009 and has previously denied the charges.

Madhya Pradesh is the first and only state to have a department of happiness to boost the wellbeing of citizens.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government created the department in July 2016 and tasked it with ensuring "the happiness and tolerance of its citizens" by creating an "ecosystem that would enable people to realise their own potential of inner wellbeing". :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

Madhya Pradesh, India's second largest state, is home to more than 70 million people.

The department is supported by a State Institute of Happiness that is responsible for "developing tools of happiness", and thousand of "happiness volunteers" who conduct "happiness tutorials and programmes".

The department has given certificates to people who took part in "happiness programmes" :D

Mr Arya, who has headed the happiness department since its inception, heads five other departments, including aviation, general administration and welfare of scheduled castes and tribes.

He is scheduled to appear in court on 19 December.

"Police teams are looking for him. We are positive that we will track him down by then," local police told AFP. :ROFLMAO:

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India's Biggest Floating Solar Power Plant To Be Inaugurated In Kerala On Monday

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Kerala Electricity Minister M.M. Mani will inaugurate the largest floating solar power plant in the country at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad on Monday.

" The floating solar power plant that floats on the surface of the water has a capacity of 500 kilowatts. This is the country's largest floating solar plant," the official release from Kerala State Electricity Board said.

The solar plant, which is likely the largest, will be constructed using ferrocement technology and consists of 1938 solar panels with 260-watt capacity, a 500 KVA transformer, and 17 inverters.


" The unique feature of this plant is the anchoring mechanism used by the overwhelming technology to maintain the plant with the alteration of the water level," the official statement said.

Constructed by Thiruvananthapuram-based Ad tech Systems, the plant will generate seven lakh units per year. The total cost of the project is Rs. 9.25 crore.
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Kerala’s 'zero-waste' Alappuzha among top five cities in UN list to successfully manage solid waste
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The waste management system being implemented in Kerala's coastal town of Alappuzha has been recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as one of the five models across the world for fighting the pollution menace.

Alappuzha, often called "the Venice of East", has been listed in the UNEP environment report entitled, 'Solid approach to waste: how five cities are beating pollution' alongside cities like Osaka in Japan, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Penang in Malaysia and Cajica in Colombia.

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had also lauded the unique initiative and the town that attracts tourists from all over the world emerged as the cleanest city in the country in the survey conducted by them in 2015-16. It was also presented as a zero-waste model at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015.

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Yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet Swachh Bharat Abhiyan ranked Alappuzha 380 among 500 cities in the country in the Swachh Survekshan Survey 2017 with 91 marks out of 300. The survey listed Alappuzha among the worst cities in Kerala.

Kerala Suchitwa Mission officials said that the parameters considered for the survey were based on the centralised system of waste management involving the door-to-door collection and centralised waste processing. However, Alappuzha followed a decentralised system under which the waste is managed at the source itself.

A senior official of the mission said that they had brought the contradictions to the notice of the Union Ministry of Urban Development. "The officials who came for the survey were impressed by the end result. However, they applied the original parameters, which are not applicable to a decentralised system, in the case of Alappuzha and other cities in the state while ranking the cities," the official told Firstpost.

"Door-to-door and centralised treatment of waste is not practical in a state like Kerala with a very high-density population. It may not be sustainable too in the long run. It is debatable whether Swacch Bharat Mission should change their approach or not. But it may become inevitable when the pace of urbanisation increases in the country," said the official.

The UNEP report has viewed the Alappuzha model as a 'solid approach to waste'. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose World Environment Day 2017 to launch a drive to address the mountains of trash piling up in streets and landfills across India. To implement it, cities across the world's second-most-populous nation could do worse than follow the example of progressive municipalities like Alappuzha," the report said.


Alappuzha addressed the problem by introducing a decentralised waste management system. In fact, many civic bodies in the country have started looking at the Alappuzha model seriously. Some local bodies in Tamil Nadu have already sought the assistance of the Suchitwa Mission in setting up the decentralised waste management system, the mission official said.

Alappuzha had switched over to the decentralised system in the wake of protests from people living around the dumping yard at Sarvodayapuram in 2012. The idea of managing waste at the source was mooted by local MLA and current state finance minister Thomas Isaac when people at Sarvodayapuram blocked vehicles carrying the waste and it started accumulating in various parts of the city.​
The project was taken up under the 'Nirmala Bhavanam, Nirmala Gagaram (Clean Home, Clean City)' programme that envisaged the municipality setting up biogas plants, pipe compost units in households and aerobic composting units in public places. One of the 52 wards in the municipality was selected for implementing a pilot scheme.

Biogas plants, both portable and fixed, were installed in households, with 50 percent subsidy from government agencies. Hotels, vegetable markets, wedding halls were asked to have their own plants or make arrangements to entrust their waste to recognised private service providers. Within a month, the scheme was rolled out in 12 more wards. The urban body has so far established 5,000 kitchen bins, 3,000 biogas plants, 2,800 pipe composting units and 218 aerobic composting units to manage 58-60 tonnes of waste the town generates daily.

Municipality junior health officer A Jayakumar said that the public aerobic bins have been installed within a radius of one kilometre to ensure that the residents in all the 52 wards are benefitted by it. He told Firstpost that people who are not able to set up biogas plants in their homes can give it to their neighbours, who can produce biogas and organic fertilisers from it.

Plastic and other non-degradable wastes are segregated at the source and delivered to the respective units. While the kitchen waste can be deposited in public aerobic bins, the plastic waste is separately collected once a month by the municipality officials from the units or households and handed over to private parties for recycling. Plastic waste can also be given to the state government's Clean Kerala Company which sells it to factories in other states.


Jayakumar said that the biogas produced from the plants at the houses was now being used for the purpose of cooking. Currently, it provides enough fuel for two hours of cooking. The waste-filled in the compost units at home is converted into vermicompost that can be either used for the kitchen garden or sold.

The waste deposited at the aerobic compost plants in public places is converted into organic fertilisers and distributed to the public free of cost. Each unit, comprising two bins, processes 2,000 kilograms of waste and converted it into fertiliser within 90 days. The municipality has plans to sell it at subsidised rates in the coming months.

Jayakumar said that the municipality has been able to do away with the door-to-door collection since the implementation of the projects. The employees engaged in the collection have been redeployed at the aerobic plants. They are happy because it has enhanced the dignity of their job.

Jayakumar said the decentralised waste management system had helped the municipality to save a substantial sum. Money saved on diesel used for operating 40-50 trucks to transport the waste to the dumping yard alone comes to about Rs 50 lakhs. The cost of the biogas produced through the plants works out to Rs 60 lakhs. The fertiliser can fetch up to Rs 30 lakhs. The savings are bound to go up when more and more wards join the project.

Suchitwa Mission officials said that the success of the model had encouraged several civic bodies in the state to switch over to decentralised waste management. While 20 municipalities and 300 village panchayats have already launched the project, the others have started the process. A senior official said their target was to cover the entire state within the next two years.

Jayakumar said it won't be easy to implement the model and sustain it. He said that the Alappuzha municipality was able to implement it successfully as it was able to bring all the stakeholders together through a sustained mass campaign.​
School students had played a big role in making it a success. They formed water and sanitation clubs in schools. Besides creating awareness about the decentralised waste management, they also collected plastic waste from their homes and neighbourhoods and delivered them at the collection points. They were given book coupons worth Rs 20 for each kilogram of plastic waste.

The municipality also encountered resistance when aerobic plants were set up in the public places. The municipality solved this problem by beautifying the area around the aerobic units. The walls of the units were decorated with attractive paintings and converted some as parks and meeting places. One such park has now become a tourist attraction in the town.

Jayakumar said that despite all these, some people were still in the habit of dumping waste in the public. The municipality has deployed squads of health workers to check the menace. Surveillance cameras have also been set up at various points in the city. A penalty of Rs 2,500 was introduced to prevent the dumping of waste in the public.

However, the municipality officials are hopeful that they will be able to sustain the project since they have been able to bring about a behavioural change in the people. This will not only help maintain the city but also attract more tourists to the city.
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Adani cancels A$2bn Australia coal mine contract amid cash crunch
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Setback for Indian group after it failed to secure Chinese funding Read next Adani seeks China funding for $13bn Australia mine Gautam Adani, founder of Adani Group © EPA Share on Twitter (opens new window) Share on Facebook (opens new window) Share on LinkedIn (opens new window) Save to myFT Jamie Smyth in Sydney December 18, 2017 2 Adani Group has cancelled a A$2bn contract with a mining services company for work on its proposed Carmichael coal mine in Australia due to its failure to raise funds for the controversial project.

The cancellation of the contract with Downer, an Australian company, on Monday is the latest challenge to hit the Indian conglomerate’s project, which has become a focal point for protesters over the role played by coal in causing climate change. It also follows a decision last week by the Queensland state government to veto a A$900m ($690m) low-cost loan to Adani and the failure of Chinese investors to back the Carmichael mine.

“Adani and Downer have mutually agreed to cancel all letter of awards [confirmations of successful contract bids] and Downer will provide transitional assistance until 31st March 2018,” Adani said in a statement. Adani said it remained committed to the A$16.5bn Carmichael project but planned to develop and run the mine on an owner-operator basis to achieve the “lowest quartile cost of production”. The Carmichael project has become a symbol of the global battle between environmentalists and the fossil fuel industry, attracting a series of legal challenges that have caused lengthy delays. The proposed mine sits in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, one of the world’s largest untapped coal resources.

It looks like another wheel has fallen off the Adani project Tim Buckley, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Gautam Adani, the billionaire owner of Adani, plans to build a railway to transport the coal from the mine to Abbot Point, a port the group owns on the Queensland coast near the Great Barrier Reef marine park. From here Adani would ship the coal to India to fuel its network of electricity power plants.

Adani’s board gave final approval for the mine in June. But raising money for the venture has so far proved an insurmountable challenge due to the decline in global coal markets and a vocal protest movement led by international environmental groups such as 350.org and Greenpeace. The project has become a litmus test on the future of coal, amid growing investor fears about whether increasingly onerous regulations on the emissions will create stranded assets. On Monday the world’s biggest coal terminal, Port of Newcastle, warned it needed to diversify and prepare for a future without coal. “It looks like another wheel has fallen off the Adani project,” said Tim Buckley, a director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an opponent of the Adani project.

“With all of the Chinese banks ruling out involvement in the Carmichael proposal, deal funding has fallen over.” Earlier this year Adani turned to China to source funding for the Carmichael mine. Executives from Adani and Downer held talks with Zhang Chun, president of China Machinery Engineering Corporation, about funding the project. However, no agreement has been reached. Last week Bob Carr, a former Australian foreign minister and director of a China think-tank at University of Technology Sydney, said he believed Chinese investors would not fund the mine. “I’ve been talking to both [Chinese] government and financial institutions at a level that makes me confident there will be no financial support for this project,” Mr Carr told Australia’s state broadcaster.
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Ivanka’s remarks that India lifted 130 million out of poverty was reference to UPA, says Chidambaram
"When Ivanka Trump said that India had lifted 130 million people out of poverty, she was referring to the UPA government's period of 2004 to 2014," the Congress leader said

y: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 28, 2017 10:28 pm

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday claimed that US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s statement that India had lifted 130
million people out of poverty was a reference to the previous UPA government’s tenure.

“When Ivanka Trump said that India had lifted 130 million people out of poverty, she was referring to the UPA government’s period of 2004 to 2014 (the number was 140 million),” the former finance minister tweeted.

In her keynote address at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, Ivanka on Tuesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty – a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of the Prime Minister,” she said.
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The 2G scam: An earlier verdict and its harmful consequences
The people’s verdict in the 2G scam was that grave injustice has taken place, and that justice should be seen to be done. But what began as an attempt to pacify the outrage of the people may well end up hurting public interest

Last Published: Fri, Dec 22 2017. 07 47 AM IST

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As far as the telecom industry goes, things only became messier after the 2G scam. Graphic: Naveen Kumar Saini/Mint

For all the noise that it generated, the 2G spectrum allocation scam has ended in a whimper. Or has it? A special court may have acquitted all the accused in the case, but the telecom industry is still reeling under the consequences of actions taken after irregularities in spectrum allocations came to light.

While the telecom ministry under A. Raja supported unbridled competition, policy decisions since then have gradually moved the industry towards an oligopolistic structure. Investors are now salivating at the prospects of high profit margins in the sector, with shares of Bharti Airtel Ltd and Reliance Industries Ltd both rising around 70% this year. If things play out as investors expect, customers will eventually lose out.

This is ironic. The path towards an oligopolistic structure was paved in response to the public outcry that followed the 2G scam. The people’s verdict was that grave injustice has taken place, and that justice should be seen to be done. But what began as an attempt to pacify the outrage of the people may well end up hurting public interest.

For perspective, a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report pegged the loss on account of the scam at Rs1.76 trillion in 2010. While the methodology was questionable , this was pivotal in rallying people for the Indian anti-corruption movement in 2011. This was followed by the Supreme Court’s decision in 2012 to quash the licences in question.

To avoid the possibility of another public outcry, the government has since set high reserve prices for spectrum auctions. Worse still, it even decided to run an auction for in-use spectrum. Sanjeev Aga, former managing director at Idea Cellular Ltd, wrote in The Economic Times that this is akin to making a person bid for blood running through his own body, while trying to stave off a competitor who is trying his best to eliminate you.

It’s hardly surprising that almost the entire industry is struggling with high debt, and is, in turn, posing high risks to the banking system. It’s also not surprising that only three large companies are likely to remain standing at the end of the bloodbath. Why, even Vodafone Group Plc., valued at $83 billion, came to the conclusion that it didn’t make sense to continue fighting the battle alone. Its Indian unit will soon merge with Idea Cellular.

The upshot: these remaining companies can now be expected to milk customers once the consolidation process is complete. Also, while new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd has brought down tariffs considerably for most urban users, the cost of a phone connection can end up being far higher for rural and low-income users. Jio’s entry plan, for instance, entails a monthly spending of around Rs150, which is far higher when compared to the average spending at the bottom of the pyramid. Who knows, if incumbents such as Bharti Airtel Ltd eventually decide to shut down 2G networks and migrate entirely to a network built on an IP-based communications protocol, the cost of a phone connection may well be prohibitive for many users.

The special court may have given Raja and others a clean chit; but, as far as the telecom industry goes, things only became messier after the 2G scam.

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Every Hindu must have weapons at home to ensure the safety of Hindus. We need to protect our country and our religion to make the dream of an entire Hindu Rashtra a reality, says Raja Singh, BJP MLA from Telangana




Hyd BJP MLA Raja Singh booked for inciting violence, brandishing sword at rally
The MLA had made the speech at the Virat Hindu Samavesh convention in Karnataka's Yadagiri city.
The Yadigir police in Karnataka have registered a case against BJP MLA Raja Singh from Hyderabad, for making a provocative speech that could disturb communal harmony.

The Goshamahal legislator had made the speech at the Virat Hindu Samavesh convention in Yadagiri on Thursday evening, where he brandished a sword, and asked all Hindus in the country to pick up their weapons.

The Times of India reported that Sri Ram Sene founder Pramod Muthalik, the forum's state president, the Andola Siddaling seer, and Hyderabad-Karnataka region president, Vijay Patil, were also booked along with Singh.

Quoting sources, the ToI report adds that Raja Singh was specially invited by Muthalik, as he is known for making fiery speeches.

Inspector General of Police (North Eastern Range) Alok Kumar told PTI, “We have taken up a suo motu case....We have taken up a case of unlawful assembly, display of arms and spreading hatred between communities against four persons — Pramod Kumar Muthalik, Vijay Patil, Raja Singh Thakur and Andola Swamy and others."

It isn’t the first time that Raja has said something controversial and gotten into trouble with the law. Just this year alone, Raja has been in the news multiple times.

In November, he threatened to burn down theatres in Telangana if they screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati'.

He termed the movie a conspiracy to show Rajputs in poor light by defaming their queens, and called Bhansali a "dog" for allegedly portraying Padmavathi as a lover of Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. He claimed that 16,000 brave women immolated themselves when Chittorgarh fort was attacked.

He said the filmmaker had still not responded to the demand from Rajput and Kshatriya organisations that the movie should be shown to them before releasing in theaters.

"If the film depict history without any distortion and highlights the valour of Rajputs, we will welcome it but if it portrays them in poor light then we will not allow its release in theatres," he said.

The MLA said producers were producing such films to make money as more people were going to theatres to watch them due to the controversies. He said ‘PK’ earned Rs 500 crore as more people watched it after the protests.

"If you are true patriots and true Hindus, you should boycott such movies. You should not help them make money. If the film flops, no other filmmaker will dare to make such movies," said Singh.
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What is so astonishing about it Every Muslim home in Hyderabad has a weapon , so do some Hindus have weapons, you can't rely on Police to come and rescue you, the Police land after the riot is over and damage is done.
 
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What is so astonishing about it Every Muslim home in Hyderabad has a weapon , so do some Hindus have weapons, you can't rely on Police to come and rescue you, the Police land after the riot is over and damage is done.
I don't know weather to laugh or cry... Let me give you a good perception of the situation

Muslims are only 10% in Telangana. India which has 100 crore Hindus with majority almost everywhere, with political military economic superiority, In India Telangana is a small state. With muslim majority in old city like areas(islands), that still makes them a minority 33% in Ranga Reddy District. You must be living in a gated community surrounded by other Hindus.

Now try to visualize from muslim situation, Muslims were a minority in Hyderabad. During Nizam rule they had political, miltary and economic power. We invaded or annexed Hyderabad, de-throned their Nizam, operation polo 1948. Overnight they lost all their land and revenue sources, they became politically powerless, their army got annihilated. Lot of their people got killed in operation polo (24000), They became a powerless minority in a land they dominated for 300 years. Most of them got bunched together into old city, which is now in squalor, surrounded by a sea of Hindus. And regularly BJP MLA Raja Singh takes provocative rallies right through middle of old city.

It is the muslims in Hyderabad who are scared, whenever there is a attack on their members, they know that if they don't gang up, their society will be finished.

Your feeling of being smothered is more psychological. Much of your fear is completely UN-realistic. Attend some mass Hindu programs, like Ganapathy Visarjan.

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I once drove through old city Hyderabad, from Secundrabad to Chandrayangutta. Old city was in ruins, roads were broken, dirt everywhere, severs and drains leaking on road, tight lanes... The Hindus living there were very religious, visibly religious. Everyone was busy but there was peace between communities.

I stopped few times to ask way, everyone was very polite and kind to me, I remember feeling sad for them.
 
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once drove through old city Hyderabad, from Secundrabad to Chandrayangutta. Old city was in ruins, roads were broken, dirt everywhere, severs and drains leaking on road, tight lanes... The Hindus leaving there were very religious, visibly religious. Everyone was busy but there was peace between communities.

I stopped few times to ask way, everyone was very polite and kind to me, I remember feeling sad for them.

you probably also know that those muslim ghettos are yet to pay their electricity bills for over 4 decades now and thats just one example of houw screwed up old city is.

and dare you ask for the bills . . . . all that politeness aside and you will vanish like a fart in the air.
 

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you probably also know that those muslim ghettos are yet to pay their electricity bills for over 4 decades now and thats just one example of houw screwed up old city is.

and dare you ask for the bills . . . . all that politeness aside and you will vanish like a fart in the air.

Exactly, I often see a lot of left leaning thinkers/channels/reporters talking about Muslim "ghettoization" or Muslims being left behind in development/HDI factors as if the Government (state, national, local) is discriminating or something; but perhaps the biggest culprit in Muslim ghettoization, and Muslims behind left behind when it comes to things like education, income, low crime rate, health indicators etc is Muslims themselves. And this is not even a uniquely Indian phenomenon, nowadays you can even see it in European countries, and to a lesser degree here in the US/Canada too.
 
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I don't know weather to laugh or cry... Let me give you a good perception of the situation

Muslims are only 10% in Telangana. India which has 100 crore Hindus with majority almost everywhere, with political military economic superiority, In India Telangana is a small state. With muslim majority in old city like areas(islands), that still makes them a minority 33% in Ranga Reddy District. You must be living in a gated community surrounded by other Hindus.

Now try to visualize from muslim situation, Muslims were a minority in Hyderabad. During Nizam rule they had political, miltary and economic power. We invaded or annexed Hyderabad, de-throned their Nizam, operation polo 1948. Overnight they lost all their land and revenue sources, they became politically powerless, their army got annihilated. Lot of their people got killed in operation polo (24000), They became a powerless minority in a land they dominated for 300 years. Most of them got bunched together into old city, which is now in squalor, surrounded by a sea of Hindus. And regularly BJP MLA Raja Singh takes provocative rallies right through middle of old city.

It is the muslims in Hyderabad who are scared, whenever there is a attack on their members, they know that if they don't gang up, their society will be finished.

Your feeling of being smothered is more psychological. Much of your fear is completely UN-realistic. Attend some mass Hindu programs, like Ganapathy Visarjan.

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I once drove through old city Hyderabad, from Secundrabad to Chandrayangutta. Old city was in ruins, roads were broken, dirt everywhere, severs and drains leaking on road, tight lanes... The Hindus leaving there were very religious, visibly religious. Everyone was busy but there was peace between communities.

I stopped few times to ask way, everyone was very polite and kind to me, I remember feeling sad for them.
I lived my childhood bordering a Muslim ghetto, when i say i got many Muslim friends most here would be surprised. Only strength is respected. There is no fear, just saying most Muslims are not educated and do jobs like Butchery etc. so normally you find cleavers etc. You will find all old settled Hindu families maintain a stockpile of weapons, Only the newly migrated Secular folks don't have protection.
Raja Singh's message was for Dhimmi Hindus, not for us, we know what to do when shit hits the fan.
 
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Exactly, I often see a lot of left leaning thinkers/channels/reporters talking about Muslim "ghettoization" or Muslims being left behind in development/HDI factors as if the Government (state, national, local) is discriminating or something; but perhaps the biggest culprit in Muslim ghettoization, and Muslims behind left behind when it comes to things like education, income, low crime rate, health indicators etc is Muslims themselves. And this is not even a uniquely Indian phenomenon, nowadays you can even see it in European countries, and to a lesser degree here in the US/Canada too.
Most Muslim women suffer from Vitamin D deficiency due to being constantly under Burkha or in a closed door in home, unexposed to sun.
Also there is the fairness quotient, dusky beauties go to extra length akin to Hazmat suit standards to not let a Photon of sun touch their skin.:ROFLMAO:
 

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In the video, former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa asked BJP workers at a meeting in Koppal region of Karnataka on December 4 to lie to voters if necessary to win their support.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: December 13, 2017 8:17 am

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Video footage of a senior BJP leader in Karnataka asking party workers never to hesitate from bluffing to voters to win political support in the state has served as ammunition for the ruling Congress in the state to question the legitimacy of political issues raised by the BJP.

In the video, former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa asked party workers at a meeting in Koppal region of Karnataka on December 4 to lie to voters if necessary to win their support.

“We need to tell the people about all the accomplishments of the BJP — the government at the centre and what we will do in Karnataka — we need to tell people about what we have done for backward castes, scheduled castes, for farmers, for women. In case you do not know, tell some lies or something. We are politicians, we should not say we don’t know when it comes to anything,’’ he is heard saying in the video footage.

He goes on to give the example of using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s macho image to embellish narratives about the BJP’s achievements if necessary.

“You must say that Pakistan never dared attack India when Vajpayee was Prime Minister, but when Manmohan Singh became the PM Indian soldiers were attacked and killed by Pakistan’s army. You must say that when Modi became the PM he finished 10 soldiers in Pakistan. You must spin it like that. Even if you don’t know these things, you are aware of the machismo of PM Modi, use that to spin a story — we will see what happens later,’’ Eshwarappa said.

“When you visit the homes of people, if you sit quietly when they tell you that Manmohan Singh provided great administration when he was PM or when they tell you that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has done a lot for Dalits, then we will have to shut shop and go away,” Eshwarappa tells the workers.

The Congress targeted the BJP leader, saying his speech is a reflection of BJP political strategy. “The statements by Eshwarappa are a reflection of the BJP’s political strategy and culture. They are spreading lies through their campaigns around the state and urging party workers to follow their actions,” Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said.

Eshwarappa refused to comment on the video, saying that his speech was made at an internal meeting for BJP workers.
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IMO this is not the most awkward thing said by an Indian politician.
 
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you probably also know that those muslim ghettos are yet to pay their electricity bills for over 4 decades now and thats just one example of houw screwed up old city is.

and dare you ask for the bills . . . . all that politeness aside and you will vanish like a fart in the air.
I'm not saying that anything is right or wrong, just trying to analyse the situation.

Power theft is very common in India. Let the authorities deal with it. Those who do wrong things should be punished.
Most of the riots happen over very petty issues. Like a Hindu procession through muslim dominated area.

I have a suspicion that the real motive is vacating un-wanted people from prime real estate property. The same thing is happening in Pakistan against minorities(Hindus and Christians). A mulla blames that a certain Hindu has committed blasphemy or desecrated quran etc. Such things happened in Mughal/Nizam era against Hindus, then things reversed in British era and post independence and partition.

AP got partitioned on the issue of Jobs and business. People of Telangana thought that they were being cheated by people of south Andhra.

I lived my childhood bordering a Muslim ghetto, when i say i got many Muslim friends most here would be surprised. Only strength is respected. There is no fear, just saying most Muslims are not educated and do jobs like Butchery etc. so normally you find cleavers etc. You will find all old settled Hindu families maintain a stockpile of weapons, Only the newly migrated Secular folks don't have protection.
Raja Singh's message was for Dhimmi Hindus, not for us, we know what to do when shit hits the fan.
It is a wild world out there, no matter how much weapons we have, nothing can replace the security of numerical strength. Once we are caught alone dhimmis or not, its the end.


You have to understand by now that numerical security is lifeline.

IMO this is not the most awkward thing said by an Indian politician.
I know, I was concentrating on understanding the psychology of BJP, it is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Chanakya Niti is now in public and can be used by everyone. :devilish:
 
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