As Indians do we realize – India has more than 30+ languages and so many dialects. ALL OUR NATIVE LANGUAGES ARE SACRED! So now it is amazing that the Rajya Sabha has expanded to 22 the number of official languages it can conduct business.
So what are these:
- Sanskrit (from our scriptures), Hindi and English. Sanskrit will always be No. 1.
- All others in no particular order: from the South – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam; from the West – Marathi, Gujarati, Konkani, Sindhi; from the East – Oriya, Bengali, Maithili, Assamese, Bodo, Manipuri, Santhali; from the North – Dogri (in Jammu & Kashmir), Kashmiri, Nepali, Punjabi and Urdu.
Rajya Sabha currently has simultaneous interpretation for Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. This is almost as much as what happens at the United Nations (where believe it or not Hindi is NOT even an official language), Rajya Sabha will expand the list from July 18 and add five more – Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani, Santhali and Sindhi will be added to this list. Lok Sabha will deploy interterpreters for – Bodo, Maithili, Manipuri, Marathi and Nepali.
So, so many more of our citizens and elected leaders can feel at home in Delhi and the parliament – which let us not forget belongs to ALL. Let us imagine what this message sends to citizens of the remotest part of the country… How would they feel when their leaders speak in their native language and translation happens on national TV…
Source: The Hindu
- 16 Jul 2018
Honourable minister Sushma ji – you have many years in public service, you have served in the opposition and the government. As the EAM, you have for the most part (but NOT IN ALL cases) done provided incredible service to Indian world over. But…
But… people make mistakes and you may have made a big one in the Lucknow passport case –
Some of your biggest and most loyal supporters (whom the media likes to call “right wing” in a bad way) are very very angry at the favourable treatment and in total violation of your own ministry’s rules for issuance of a passport to a woman, who was hindu before marriage but converted to Islam after marriage. Then it was reported that the honest Lucknow based passport officer was punished by being shunted to Gorakhpur- for doing his job – and no prior investigation was conducted. So this makes honest government officials helpless and subject to a minister’s wishes? Those questioning you are asking – were these actions guided by your desire to be “secular” and win brownie points in the media or you feel it was fair decision? Finally, people are asking would you have done the same thing if the person / couple in question were hindus or of another religion?
We are the greatest democracy, and you are a honorable public official – people are going to challenge you. Any abuse towards anyone is unacceptable – but no amount of playing victimhood, and running from these core issues is going to make the question go away? If it is a mistake, what is wrong to admit it? An honest officer was punished – what happens to his family’s life – can that be fixed?
Source: DNA India
- 13 Jul 2018
So shocking – Mother Teresa’s (who several suspected of hiding many truths of illegal activities) charity is learnt to be selling babies to raise money. According to OpIndia, “they take in unwed mothers who have no place to give birth to their children and then sell those babies to childless couples“. This is their business model of how to raise money. These organisations are getting even more desperate with such activities as government of India is clamping down on uncontrolled foreign funding. Our intelligence agencies have been saying for long time that such foreign funding is being used for either aggressive and illegal proselytization or conversions of people of Indian’s original / native faith or to fund terrorist operations.
Most with such charities, and there are so many of them, this is only the tip of the iceberg – there could be many more problems.
- 6 Jul 2018
So true as Prime Minister said, so many Indians are coming forward and ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT ANY PRESSURE giving up government benefits owed to them. PM said already 42 lakh senior citizens did not use the senior citizen pass for travel and instead paid for their tickets in just 9 months and over 1.25 crore more economically well to do Indians did not take advantage of the LPG gas subsidy.
THIS IS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND DONE VOLUNTARILY. As tracking such data is difficult, it is even possible that these numbers are low. As the word spreads and people feel good about doing these things, many many more people may come forward. As PM said, people’s innate honesty is coming out as as their need for nation building.
Source: Money Control
- 5 Jul 2018
At the very last minute, US cancelled a 2+2 meeting of Defence and Foreign Ministers of both countries and the excuse was “unavoidable” reasons.
USA wants many things from India:
* to cut oil imports from Iran. Iran is India’s 3rd largest oil supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
* based on our critical need, India is going ahead with Russia on the S-400 advanced air defence missile system and USA is trying to both isolate Russia but also generate more business for its own industry.
* India-USA defence and trade foundation agreements. USA wants India to sign these which puts India in a severe bind gives USA special treatment on multiple areas.
Obviously, India has refused on all fronts. It has rightly said it will abide by UN security council resolutions and nothing else to please any country especially those which are a fraction of its size – all but 1 country in the world fall in this category. THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE.
Source: Times of India
- 3 Jul 2018
Government of India had opposed “Instant” types of Triple Talaq leading to the Supreme Court passing judgement banning this practice and making it punishable by law. Parliament is in the midst of amending the law to make it illegal.
The Supreme Court will hear the continuation of that case which also sought banning of both “Nikah Halala” and polygamy. Nikah Halala, which is less widely known of, is when a man marries a woman and later gives her talaq, he cannot re-marry her unless she is married to someone else. Petitioners feel this practice has led to lots of abuse and injustice against the affected women.
The Indian government’s stand per court affidavit is that “large Muslim population where Islam is the state religion have undertaken reforms in this area and have regulated divorce law and polygamy”. Same is the case for Nikah Halala. The government stand is that issues of instant triple talaq, Nikah Halala and polygamy have to be viewed from “principles of gender justice, principle of non-discrimination, dignity and equality”.
WE WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE WITH GOVERNMENT OF INDIA’S LEGAL POSITIONS ON THESE MATTERS AT THE SUPREME COURT…
- 2 Jul 2018
Many of us are not either extremely rich or really poor, but we know about extreme poverty – it is and has been all around us for our lifetime. However, things are slowly getting better. A non-Indian report (note that – this is not a government report) has said 44 Indians, which is nearly 10 or 11 families are coming out of extreme poverty each minute. India’s poverty rate was over 50% for a long time but has been slowly dropping and this report says we could hit ZERO poverty by 2030. While good to read, for those affected it could not be fast enough. While this is happening, more people would be moving up from lower economic levels to the middle class – and all this is happening right before our eyes…
Actions, factors that will help to move faster are happening now – fast and faster growing economy, stable political environment, corruption is going down (really big!), faster infrastructure development, good policies – and much more. Our personal feeling is we will achieve the targets faster at higher quality meaning – more people moving up the economic chain…
- 29 Jun 2018
MEA Sushma Swaraj directed a passport be issues to one Begum Sadia Anas OUT OF TURN AND WITHOUT FULFILLING THE NECESSARY CRITERIA. Begum Anas had wrongfully raised a stink that a Hindu passport officer from Lucknow passport office had questioned. This woman wanted a passport issued in the name of Tanvi Seth even though her nikahnama said her name was Sadia Anas.
Vikas Mishra the passport officer was only doing his job while this individual was playing the victim card and tweeted to Sushma Swaraj. Besides this passport being issued “unfairly” we think, the honest passport officer was immediately transferred to Gorakhpur from Lucknow. This is ridiculous and people are upset.
Shefali Vaidya respectfully questioned Sushma ji and in turn many newspapers have been calling her a troll, she and her family have been getting death threats. Shefali says she did not get the support of Sushma ji (and instead was targeted) – of whom she has been a big admirer.
DEAR SHEFALI VAIDYA – WE ARE 1,000% IN SUPPORT OF YOU.
- 28 Jun 2018
Congress Kashmiri politician who is in the midst of a book launch on the history of Kashmir, makes a highly controversial statement saying – Soz agreed with Pervez Musharraf, a former president of Pakistan, on the point that Kashmiris “don’t want to merge with Pakistan; their first choice is independence”. Not surprisingly, he achieved his cheap publicity with this quote being carried by many news outlets and social media. Even congress leaders expressed disagreement.
Whether this is true or not is not important. so many regions in the world wuould likely vote for independence if allowed including:
– Jammu and Ladakh & Leh want to be away from Kashmir
– Azad Kashmir in Pakistan
– Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province
– Some other ethnic parts of China
– Scotland – part of UK
– Parts of Spain
– Quebec – part of Canada
And the list goes on and on so nothing to get alarmed or upset. It is not going to happen…
Source: India Today
- 26 Jun 2018
While 1000s of Yoga events were taking place in India and around the world on the International Yoga day, former prime minister of India, Deve Gowda got lots of publicity for doing Yoga in bed. It is unclear if this is his normal daily routine or was done to draw publicity. Deve Gowda, who is 86 years old is otherwise physically fit and does more than an hour of different exercises most mornings…
- 22 Jun 2018