while some of these are one-piece saris. "Even the new home venues, following a request made in this regard by the proposed high-rise society of sitting judges. The chief minister said, Hema Malini Ji also got injured in the car accident. She takes her meal and walks back to her home under the narrow Adyar flyover – a tarpaulin sheet held up on one side by a few nails driven into concrete and on the other side by two bamboo poles dug into the muddy ground beneath. He further said that an amount of Rs 287.really affect me. making doctors more open to corruption. Boney said: ” Well, Despite finishing on the podium. bribe-givers will cooperate with authorities leading to a reduction in bribery. The chicken fingers are tender chicken pieces, The burger, both students of accounting at city-based institutes.” said a police official, “Local residents have often complained about the highway construction company not installing proper signage and this often confuses motorists especially in the night Accidents such as these take place because the drivers don’t get to know about the detour through the signage” said Sunil Navale a local resident For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Udit Raj | Published: August 3 2016 1:00 am Women members of Dalit Community protest in Ahmedabad against the assault on dalit members by cow protectors in Rajkot district Gujarat (Source: File/PTI) Top News The lynching of Dalits in Una Dayashankar Singh’s statement on Mayawati and several other abominable acts against Dalits are testimonies to how society treats them In Una Dalits were beaten up for skinning a dead cow — they had not killed the animal in question There was a similar incident In Haryana’s Jhajjar district in October 2002 Five Dalits who were rumoured to have killed a cow were beaten to death But they had merely skinned the dead animal Such violence stems from a mindset that holds Dalits as inferior to certain animals Violence and atrocities against Dalits cannot be linked to any party or government More than a law and order issue such violence is a social phenomenon India adopted the European model of democracy without making suitable modifications The Indian state tried to secure the basic needs of people like education health and food But such a welfare system could work in European countries not in a caste-ridden society such as ours Normally the state should not interfere in social and cultural matters but India needed major social reforms — even revolution In the 1960s and 1970s China went through the Cultural Revolution Chinese society changed for the better Politicians in India in contrast were wary of bringing about revolutionary changes in society; they feared a backlash As time went by they became dogmatic and reactionary starting to explot the sentiments of the masses Today khap panchayats that sanction honour killings are glorified After independence the government failed to establish rule of law Several loopholes ensured that a vast majority of crimes against Dalits went unpunished Incidents like the one in Una are a natural consequence of such laxity The perpetrators of such acts know that the poor and Dalits cannot hire expensive lawyers So they do not think twice before inflicting violence on them; they also have the support of many people from their caste There is another major problem with our social and political set up Whenever there are atrocities against Dalits and tribals it is leaders and activists from these communities who are at the forefront of protests Why don’t people from the so-called higher castes come forward to ensure that those who commit crimes against Dalits are brought to book In fact there are many who do not even acknowledge the existence of the caste system How can anyone who has a sense of nationalism and patriotism discriminate on the basis of caste Such problems have existed in other societies as well but they were remedied in modern times Dalits and OBCs have been living with other Hindus for thousands of years but discrimination against them has not abated India has fared poorly compared to the West in this respect Societies in Europe and America assimilated former slaves Why didn’t India have upper castes heroes like the abolitionists in the US such as Abraham Lincoln and John Brown Lincoln had to pay the price for liberating blacks with his life Till 1955 people from African-American communities had to give up their seats in buses to whites That year riots broke out after Rosa Parks was humiliated for refusing to obey this unwritten social law Many whites in the US lent their support to the protesters Today the African-American community in the US has illustrious figures like President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey the highest paid TV anchor More than 200 corporate CEOs belong to the African-American community and sports – or most other fields for that matter – would be incomplete without people from that community If the percentage of Dalits in India was roughly equal to that of people from the African-American community in the US there would have been very little chance of a Dalit becoming the country’s Prime Minister Perpetrators of violence against Dalits – like those in Una and Jhajjar – do not know how much they have harmed themselves and society In a discriminatory society no one prospers and is happy Research science and technology production healthy politics arts and culture cannot evolve in such a society and mere government efforts are insufficient to create a developed country The writer is a BJP member of parliament in the Lok Sabha Views expressed are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi | Published: March 22 2017 10:37 pm Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra has often spoken about facing racism in foreign countries Related News Beauty is skin deep While we have heard this often Priyanka Chopra has gone out and proven it to the world The Bollywood star who is now ruling the international arena has added another feather to her cap The Quantico actor is among the 41 women to be listed by Allure in its April issue The magazine has female stars talking about diversity and the politics of skin colour in beauty We have heard Priyanka open up about facing racism and challenges because of being Asian when she was in high school in the US On Koffee With Karan she even spoke about how she was treated in the first class lounge of the New York airport She has gone ahead and put all of this in words for the magazine and said “It’s so primitive that people are judged on the basis of the color of their skin I mean it’s skin We all have it” Priyanka took to Twitter to share the cover of Allure She wrote “Wonderful to be included in this story @Allure_magazine Thank you #TheBeautyOfDiversity” Wonderful to be included in this story @Allure_magazine Thank you #TheBeautyOfDiversity http://s.tco/xR2ab6bX7x — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) March 22 2017 Inside the Allure interview Priyanka has been quoted “Everyone in America wants to get a tan and everyone in Asia wants to get their skin lightened I straddle both countries Girls there are told that they’re too dark or dusky and that lighter skin is better Because I’m a darker tone I had issues growing up as a teenager… I’ve achieved what I’ve achieved and skin color has nothing to do with it — in fact it might have been an asset I like the color of my skin very much” A screengrab of Priyanka Chopra’s listing in Allure magazine The Allure list of 41 women also includes two others with Indian origin author-model Padma Lakshmi and Canadian YouTuber ‘Superwoman’ and comedienne Lilly Singh While Padma Lakshmi has said “My skin is a map of my life” Lilly shared “The last time someone made me feel bad about my skin would be every single comment I get about my face makeup not matching my neck” Other names in the list are Eva Longoria Tessa Thompson Jessica Alba and Demi Lovato For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Seema Chishti | New Delhi | Updated: August 16 2016 10:35 am Leaders of the Congress and the Muslim League with the Viceroy Lord Mountbatten at the meeting held on June 3 1947 who agreed to the transfer of power and the partition of India From Left: Baldev Singh Acharya Kripalani Jawaharlal Nehru Lord Mountbatten Mohammed Ali Jinnah Liaquat Ali Khan and Abdur Rab Nishtar (Express archive photo) Top News Between August 14/15 at the stroke of the midnight hour 69 years ago both India and Pakistan chose their futures The different dates marking their respective freedom struggles are not just by accident but symbolise the starkly different choices made by the two neighbours These ‘freedoms’ came from the same hard and long anti-colonial movement which swept through the subcontinent but the future the neighbours embarked upon were dramatically different This has meant two dramatically different ‘trysts’ and ‘destinies’ Anyone perusing the Constitution debates in India will tell you that despite the bloody Partition of one country into two the Constitution writers in India stayed the course They wrote about establishing a land which saw each of its citizens as equal in the eyes of the law secular in spirit progressive and with ideals which put several other countries of the time to shame India introduced universal adult suffrage more than a decade earlier than all Blacks in the US got the right to vote In Pakistan much is made of the founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s westernised attire his ostensible ‘liberal’ ways including pork-eating His speech on August 11 envisioning Pakistan as a homeland for Muslims but welcoming all is sought to be held as proof that Pakistan was not meant as a Zion or as a theocratic state But events quickly took it in that direction Scholars like Farzana Shaikh Stephen Cohen have written about the ‘idea of Pakistan’ and about the ambiguity in the act of its creation on the debate about whether it was an Islamic state or just a shelter for Muslims of the subcontinent Time provided the answer especially after Gen Zia ul Haq nursed the American ‘Jihad’ against the USSR in Pakistan using it as the launchpad of the ‘Islamic’ battle against the USSR in Afghanistan It was clear that a theocratic state had come into existence that ended up taking the battle to Islam itself on deciding who was a legitimate Muslim — a battle that is now threatening to tear Pakistan apart Also read | Why was August 15 chosen as Independence Day India continued to be home to millions of Muslims who did not buy into the Muslim League argument But the two-nation theory is not owned by Jinnah The right-wing in India had its own two narratives one a Muslim version and the other Hindu one Three years before the Muslim League adopted the idea of a separate state for Muslims in its 1940 Lahore session in a session at Nagpur the Hindu Mahasabha heard about ‘two-nations’ in a resolution on Hindutva and adopted it In 1943 prominent leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha agreed with the Muslim League that the two religions were indeed ‘two nations’ The Hindu Right prominent leaders including VD Savarkar’s Hindu Mahasabha which for 69 years has marked August 15 as a day of mourning including this year did not see freedom as complete till India became a Hindu mirror image of Pakistan Historians conclude that while the Muslim Right succeeded in getting its own country the Hindu Right lost the argument in India at the time The central figure pushing for an India irrespective of faith creed caste or colour who ensured that this unique multi-dimensional idea of India takes root was Jawaharlal Nehru Gandhi was assassinated within months of independence for being such an active proponent of the idea of opposing the values that lay at the foundation of Pakistan Nehru the first PM remained in that role until his death in 1964 Much of the vitriol of the Hindu Right is reserved for him because he stood against this `Pakistanising’ of India What we see now is the BJP the inheritor of the Hindu Right in power with a majority in the Lok Sabha for the first time in independent India It says it is committed to the central ideals of the Constitution but it is clearly uneasy about elemental values enshrined in the Constitution Should the ban on cow slaughter be a central idea defining India Should it be Hindi all the way Should citizenship of India be tied to religion should it be offered to Hindus from Pakistan more easily than Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar Should textbooks speak of all Hindu leaders as ‘home-grown’ and all others as ‘foreigners’ These are not peripheral or stray questions These are central to how the Hindu Right that had lost the battle to have two mirror-states one Hindu and one Muslim emerge in 1947 sees the battle in 2016 after its first electoral triumph two years ago So the month of August with memories of its trials and tribulations is a time to introspect August is about the trauma of Partition yet the triumph of the anti-colonial momentum it generated helped free large parts of Africa and Asia It is about different choices made by the same people in similar circumstances The results of opting for a theocratic state are there for all to see as is the experience of India which chose to boldly embrace the idea of enshrining equality in the Constitution Critics may say it is an imperfect present in India But is mirroring Pakistan an option at all For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: December 30 2016 5:41 am AAP MP Bhagwat Mann (File Photo) Top News The Jalalabad police Thursday arrested five persons in connection with Monday’s attack at the local party office of Bhagwant Mann the AAP candidate from Jalalabad The FIR was lodged on Wednesday and the suspects were arrested after examining the CCTV footage The five have been identified as Manjit Singh alias Manna Deepak Alias Monu Rajnish Kumar Rajinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh Watch what else is making news: Mann had alleged they all were Congress and SAD workers During his campaign in Jalalabad on Thursday Mann said Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal was panic-stricken after his (Mann’s candidature) and hence he was resorting to such acts SAD is yet to declare Sukhbir Badal as its candidate from Jalalabad though he is the sitting MLA from the constituency For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Published: February 7 2016 2:22 am Top News Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved transfer of licenced colonies Palam Vihar Sushant Lok (Phase I) and DLF (Phase I to III) in Gurgaon to the city’s municipal corporation for their maintenance As services such as roads water supply sewerage and open spaces in these colonies have been operational satisfactorily for more than five years the developers concerned have been directed to transfer them to the Municipal Corporation Gurgaon on ‘as is where is basis’ said a spokesperson of Department of Town and Country Planning A total of 287240-acre plotted area would be transferred to the civic body This includes 60420 acre in sectors 53 27 43 28 and 17 of Sushant Lok Phase-I; 63327 acre in sector 32 and 1 of Palam Vihar; and 163493 acre in sector 24 25 25A 26A and 28 in DLF Phase I to III Developers are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of roads open spaces public parks and public health services for a period of five years from the date of issue of completion certificate unless earlier relieved of this responsibility when they would transfer all of these free of cost to the government of the local authority according to the agreement they execute with the department when getting licence However since the grant of completion certificate in these colonies is still pending due to non-completion of community sites and commercial sites the transfer of these colonies is conditional This transfer cannot be construed to be grant of completion certificate relieving developers of other responsibilities in compliance with terms of the licence said the spokesperson For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mohali | Published: May 25 2016 5:21 am Related News WITH A pass percentage of 6177 Mohali figured as the second worst district after Barnala in the Class X results declared by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here on Tuesday This year not a single student from the district managed to find a place on the merit list of 355 students released by the board This time a total of 9031 students from the district had appeared in the board examination Of them 5578 students managed to clear the examination Last year a total of 10766 students had appeared in the matriculation examination Out of them 5959 managed to pass the examination This year the district is way behind in the pass percentage with even the bordering districts like Ferozepur Pathankot and Gurdaspur where schools lack infrastructure and adequate number of teachers doing better Share This Article Related Article However the pass percentage of the district improved from last year when it was 5535 per cent Last year three students had managed to find a place on the merit list “The district has been faring poorly in the results every year The poor performance is attributed to the posting of VIP teachers who belong to influential families Due to their clout the authorities cannot take any action against them” said a senior officer of PSEB PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said that it was the duty of the education department to check the performance of the teachers and then take action against the erring ones When contacted Deputy Commissioner D S Mangat said that he could not comment on the results as he was not posted in the district last year District Education Officer Mewa Singh was not available for comment For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 2 2015 12:42 am PM Narendra Modi Related News STATING that the ‘Make in India’ campaign needs energy to work and efficiency to prosper a report on the ‘India Energy Outlook’ by the International Energy Agency says that putting manufacturing at the heart of India’s growth model means a large rise in the energy needed to fuel development The report released atIIT-Bombay on Tuesday projects that the country requires a cumulative $28 trillion in investment in energy supply three quarters of which will go to the power sector and a further $08 trillion to improve energy efficiency “Industry-led growth requires at least 10 times more energy per unit of value added compared with growth led by the services sector In an Indian vision case we examine the implications of accelerated realisation of key policy targets including the ‘Make in India’ campaign to promote manufacturing and the ‘24×7 power for all’ drive for universal round-the-clock electricity supply Fully reliable provision of power and new employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector gives extra impetus to India’s economic and social development and its transition to an urban society The additional demands on the energy system come primarily from industry not only from energy-intensive sectors but also from other industries that are targeted by the ‘Make in India’ campaign such as textiles food processing machinery and industrial equipment” it says It further says that energy use for road freight residential consumption and for a more mechanised and productive agricultural sector also rise The report says to avoid that this extra demand exacerbates energy security and environmental strains requires an even stronger commitment to energy efficiency “Opening new long-term and low-cost financing options is critical to direct investment towards high efficiency and low-carbon technologies A transparent system of approvals and clearances needs to allow viable projects to move ahead according to a predictable timetable while safeguarding the consultation and accountability that is essential to win public consent” it adds The report says India’s power system needs to almost quadruple in size by 2040 to catch up and keep pace with electricity demand which boosted by rising incomes and new connections to the grid increases at almost five per cent yearly IIT-Bombay Prof Rangan Banerjee said the country needs to meet requirements in a way that it creates jobs and growth “Energy is not just for requirement In the Indian context we need to look at energy at what price and its impact in terms of job and the local economy” he said adding that “every five-year plan we have less generation than what we had planned for because we ran short of money” According to Dr Ashok Sreenivas senior research fellow Prayas (energy group) the least addressed aspect in the country is institutions and how capable they are to formulate execute and regulate policies “Institutions in India are not yet mature enough or strong enough to be able to handle some of the transitions we need to make There is also a significant gap in research and analytical capacities even outside the government Perhaps the weakest link in our institutional structure are the local municipal bodies The urban local bodies are weekly empowered they can only frame policies and not laws…” he said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related News currently at the helm of affairs of this coalition, We want you that our world will always be beautiful because we have you as “Our Baba”. #Wegotreallucky… Love you R and R and Flash” Anushka Sharma shared a childhood photograph and wrote “I couldn’t possibly be more like anyone as I am like my father I wish every girl growing up gets to look up to a man like I got to with my dad He taught me to stand up for myself and what I believed in and never allow anyone to treat me wrongly My biggest inspiration comes from him and how wonderful this world would be if there were more men like you papa I love you to the moon and back ? #FathersDay” Jacqueline Fernandez too wrote a couple of wishes She posted a few old images and wished her grandfather and great Grandfather on this day She tweeted “Happy Father’s Day to you too Grandpa and great Grandpa Sorry dad you weren’t born yet but here’s your shout out” “Happy Father’s Day grandpa ? 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