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
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
Our Home Ministry told Parliament that there is a massive police personnel shortfall in India. There is a more than 5 lakh shortfall between an authorized strength of nearly 23 lakhs, there are only a little more than 17 lakh staff or a shortfall of nearly 25%. The shortfall and vacancies are at all levels from IPS officers to the lowest levels and in most parts of the country. No surprise are police are overworked and stressed. Looking at the pace of recruitment, it appears that the acute shortfall will continue for the near future. Can retired police personnel be brought back to active duty even if posted in lesser taxing roles?
Source: Zee News
- 19 Jul 2017
The fight between the Government of India and the Supreme Court is building up. India’s judiciary, especially the Supreme Court seems to be hyperactive, and in the view of several people stepping into executive decisions. Further, the Supreme Court also struck down the parliament passed National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act as being constitutional but has not developed any alternative procedures that would provide transparency. The latest is the Supreme Court insisting on appointing judges who have had adverse intelligence reports or serious nature of complaints. Should Supreme Court be subject to review by the larger public or are they not subject any scrutiny whatsoever?
- 28 Nov 2016
The Congress after its massive Lok Sabha defeat and with only 44 MPs, has appointed a total of 52 spokespersons including – 4 senior spokespersons, 17 new spokespersons and 31 media panelists and 2 media coordinators. Could this have been done in preparation of the party’s repeated blockade of the Parliament functioning – which effort has started crumbling and the party is developing a bad reputation? Could this be to put the ruling party on defensive – if so, it has not succeeded? Or could this be protect Gandhi from bad name or deflect the non-functioning of Rahul Gandhi – also nice try, but has not worked out?
- 29 Mar 2016
Rajya Sabha worked only 55 hours of the 112 in this session for under 50%, while Lok Sabha worked 115 hours as against a scheduled 114 hours – what a difference, and several Opposition parties seem to be happy about this – with a goal to directly block important legislation for the country. Treasury benches say that Congress came up with “manufactured lame excuses” to disrupt Parliament, day after day.
- 26 Dec 2015
A recent Supreme Court judgement brought this issue to the surface. In 2005, the Indian parliament amended the 1956 Hindu Succession act to allow Daughters and Girls to inherit ancestral property if their father passed away. This is a progressive development which brings the much needed equality in property rights.
- 4 Nov 2015