The UP Shia board, who own the Shia waqf or property in a major development said that they were willing to relocate the masjid to a shia-muslim dominated area. The exact words that were spoken to the Supreme Court were, “WE WOULD SETTLE FOR A MASJID LOCATED IN A MUSLIM-DOMINATED AREA AT A REASONABLE DISTANCE FROM THE MOST REVERED PLACE OF BIRTH OF MARYADA PURUSHOTTAM SRI RAM“. This could be the key step to reach a happy settlement and prevent/limit the avoidance of future conflict.
Source: The Hindu
- 15 Aug 2017
As the 71st Independence Day is upon us – India is a “sea of calm” unlike recent years and decades. All things we have been asking for are happening: corruption is going down fast (but not out yet), things actually work – including our Parliament, most things (but not our courts) move faster, country is getting cleaner, there are more toilets which people use, lots of roads and bridges are getting built at a faster pace, more things online makes things easier to find, surplus food and milk, very low inflation, anything one might want is widely available… and on and on… Our society is not perfect but we are moving in that direction. Still many many things to improve… poverty, education, jobs, police… But there is now hope and confidence that the system / things will change for better. So much less to fight for, leading to much less excitement…
All this is making our life sooooo boring…
- 14 Aug 2017
Now former VP Hamid Ansari was quiet but created controversies in office – he suddenly ended the Rajya Sabha session on the last day of the session when the Jan Lokpal bill was being discussed, his refusal to participate in International Yoga Day celebrations, his refusal to salute the national flag, etc. While he fulfilled his VP and Rajya Sabha Speaker duties, he said on his last day in office – “there was a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country“.
So was / is the former vice-president only concerned about one community – “muslims” or about all people?
Source: India Today
- 13 Aug 2017
One petitioner is seeking proof and confirmation on a key question also asked by many people which is, “Is Taj Mahal not Taj Mahal but really Tejo Mahalaya. This was not constructed by Shahjahan, but was a Shiva Temple gifted by Raja Maan Singh“. Taj Mahal today may be one of the wonders of the world, but Archaeological Survey of India should have fully researched this question and put all information in the public domain. Even the Allahabad High Court agreed with a petition that some points raised disputed questions about some items considered to be facts. There is added mystery as hardly anyone has seen the “construction details” and there exist several hidden rooms which are closed to the public citing security reasons, which does not make any sense.
Source: Indian Express
- 12 Aug 2017
China attacked India in 1962 and it took political courage by at least 2 former prime ministers to convince India to trust the Chinese along with a soft and backbone-less Congress party leadership over the decades. India was politically unstable. We run a massive massive trade deficit with Chinese and the Chinese dump their products in India – which really funds Chinese employment. China has interfered and supported anti-India actions in both Kashmir and the North-East, e.g. Nagaland. India has been patient. Chinese is used to pushing neighbors and getting its way. Today and in the future – India is emerging as the youngest large country, dynamic, politically stable, a confident India, the fastest growing economy and soon the biggest country population wise. Well the Chinese should know we as Indians WILL NOT TAKE ANY WAR OR AGGRESSION LYING DOWN. THERE WILL BE NO KISS AND MAKE UP. Even a short war could lead to decades of aggressiveness by India, so the Leaders and Generals in China ==> think about it, and be prepared for all consequences both short-term and for a very loooooooong-term…….
Source: Indian Express
- 9 Aug 2017
Nearly 45,000 employees of Mumbai’s BEST or Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking with a good city bus service system, went on an indefinite strike to make a simple demand that their salaries are paid no later than then the 10th of the following month. This led to all the nearly 4,000 buses not plying and the city was almost brought to its knees. BEST is losing money and really cash starved. The corporation is now looking at different ways to cut costs and achieve break-even in profitability.
Source: One India
- 8 Aug 2017
An over enthusiastic government appointed lawyer arguing a money laundering case against a Kashmiri separatist leader, was pressuring the defendant to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” to prove his patriotism. Just then the presiding judge stepped in, a and an anguished judge stopped this lawyer, noting ==> “this is a courtroom, not a “television studio. Argue on the merits of the case“. The judge made good sense, even if most Indians would say or think what is the big deal if one did chant this?
Source: DNA India
- 7 Aug 2017
After GST went live nationwide starting 1st July, GST tax rates are being clarified. So is may come as a relief to some that GST on most of Indian sweets – Khoya, Sandesh, Gulab Jamun, etc. will be at only 5%, on Rakhi – 0% (Thankfully!) but on Dog, Cat or other pet food a sizable 18%.
Sorry pet owners, it got a little expensive for you and your companion…
Source: DNA India
- 6 Aug 2017
The Transport Ministry of the Government of India spent over rupees 70 crores to inspect, survey and number every one of the 1.6 lakh bridges and tunnels in the country. Their conclusion was shocking ==> 100 of the bridges, some major can collapse anytime. 147 of these are in distressed conditions – so in bad condition but may not anytime. A few of these are over 100 years. Bihar has 35 of these, the greatest number. So government is working feverishly to now start fixing these and it costs lots and lots of money.
- 5 Aug 2017
Cow smuggling, running into lacs of cows, reached crisis proportions along the nearly 4,500 kilometer India-Bangladesh border. Smugglers have dug tunnels, they tie the cows to wooden posts which float as boats, they use bamboo to bend and shoot the cow to the opposite site, construction equipment which extends over the border and lifts the cow, and many other techniques. The border runs through land, flowing rivers and other difficult terrains and it is difficult to make it fool proof. BSF, our main security forces are spread thin. A recent video showed how in 2 minutes, using a flat sliding board, how 5 cows were smuggled to Bangladesh and 5 illegals entered India. At this rate, India could lose most of its cows and crores of illegal Bangladeshis could end up in India. BSF and security forces should be authorized with “SHOOT AT SIGHT ORDERS USING REAL BULLETS, NOT RUBBER BULLETS“.
Let us make it very very expensive for the smugglers and the smuggling mafia.
Source: India Today
- 3 Aug 2017