“The Army men were very angry, very abusive, mad with rage. Maybe they had lost their fellow Army men in the battle elsewhere in the Complex. This happened between 3 a.m. and 3.30 a.m., after the grenade blast nearby and after that it was my turn next as a part of the next group of Sikhs which was being queued up for killing. I was also told to sit down cross-legged and said my prayers. By chance, I remembered that I had in my pocket my identity card as an ex-Member of Parliament, of Lok Sabha. I flashed it and raised my hand and said, I am Ramoowalia, a former Member, Lok Sabha. I and all these persons, who are under your custody, belong to Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. We are non-violent people, [have] nothing to do with the armed struggle, we are here, just as a part of Akali Dal’s peaceful morcha.’ He asked me, ‘what is your name?’ I said, ‘my name is Ramoowalia.’ He asked me once again. I told him, ‘I am not misguiding. Not … [Read more...] about Operation Blue Star — the untold story
NEW DELHI: Student leaders and activists accused the Centre and police on Tuesday of indulging in "vendetta politics" against those who opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), at a time when the country is under a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. At a press briefing held on video-conference app Zoom, former student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid hit out at the police for arresting Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students for their alleged involvement in orchestrating communal riots in northeast Delhi. Independent MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani called the arrest of student activists a "witch-hunt" and "vendetta politics of the worst nature". "Taking advantage of the lockdown, police are targeting those who opposed the new citizenship law and fought for democratic principles. "That they are being arrested for hatching the conspiracy behind the riots is itself a conspiracy by the RSS-BJP to target those who are opposed to their … [Read more...] about Student leaders accuse Centre of indulging in vendetta politics against those opposed to CAA
2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' … [Read more...] about Fake news: Was Sita the first victim?
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WASHINGTON: The world economy likely faces a long slog back from the coronavirus crisis. Two reports out Monday predict that global growth will struggle to bounce back from the lockdowns, travel restrictions and business closures meant to contain the pandemic. IHS Markit said that it expects the world economy to shrink 5.5% this year, triple the damage it sustained in the 2008 financial crisis, and then struggle to regain traction. "While growth in the hardest hit economies may snap back briefly, the momentum will soon fade,'' the financial research firm warned. It expects the U.S. economy to contract 7.3% this year and the collective economy of the 19 European countries that share the euro currency to recoil 8.6%. Hobbling the rebound, IHS predicts, will be a wave of business bankruptcies and cautious spending by consumers trying to repair their household finances and uneasy about resuming old habits that drive economic growth - shopping, eating out, booking vacations and … [Read more...] about World economy faces tough journey back from crisis: Reports