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Article 370 abrogation a historic step: Army Chief

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New Delhi, Indian Army Chief M.M. Naravane on Wednesday asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was a historic step and it will help Jammu and Kashmir integrate with mainstream India.

“Article 370 abrogation has disrupted proxy war by our western neighbour,” says Army Chief on the occasion of Indian Army Day.

General Naravane also said, “We have zero-tolerance towards terrorism. We have many options to counter those who promote terror, will not hesitate to use them.”He asserted: “We will respond in equal measure.”

General Naravane also conferred medals to the jawans at the Parade ground in Delhi Cantonment area. During the occasion, a woman Indian Army Captain Tanya Shergill, who is from the fourth generation Indian Army family, led an all-men parade at the event.

Earlier in the day, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Narawane, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh paid tribute at the National War Memorial.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh extended greetings on the occasion of the Army Day.

President Kovind said: “On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to their families. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Your immense sacrifice has secured our sovereignty, brought glory to our nation and protected our people. Jai Hind!”

Modi hailed the Army for its valour and professionalism. “It is also respected for its humanitarian spirit. Whenever people have needed help, our Army has risen to the occasion and done everything possible! Proud of our Army,” Modi tweeted.

The Defence Minister said, “On Army Day today, I salute all valiant Indian Army personnel and recall with pride their indomitable spirit, valour and sacrifices in making India a safer place.”

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Congress takes pot shot at Trump for not mentioning Mahatma

“The distinction cannot be more stark…The visiting US president Barack Obama wrote about Gandhi in 2010 that ‘a hero just not to… India but for the whole world’.”

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : Congress on Monday criticised US President Donald Trump for not mentioning Mahatma Gandhi in the visitor book of Sabarmati Ashram and instead praising Modi and called him “great friend” (PM Modi) and called his tour a “wonderful visit”

“This is a snapshot of the note that someone sent. It ostensibly is @realDonaldTrumps note at Sabarmati. No mention of the Great Mahatma. Does he even know who Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was?” Manish Tewari wrote while tweeting the pictures of the visitor book.

Tewari also shared the picturess of Barack Obama who praised Gandhi during his visit. “And this is what @barackobama had to say about the Great Mahatma possibly at Rajghat or Sabarmati.

“The distinction cannot be more stark…The visiting US president Barack Obama wrote about Gandhi in 2010 that ‘a hero just not to… India but for the whole world’.”

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth. Messrs Modi and Trump doing their best to prove Einstein right in a way he didn’t intend — by erasing the Mahatma from his abode!” tweeted Tharoor

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Justice B.P. Dharmadhikari named Acting CJ of Bombay HC

A fortnight ago, his cousin Justice S. C. Dharmadhikari, who was the then seniormost judge after the CJ, had resigned from his post.

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Mumbai, Feb 24 : Justice Bhushan P. Dharmadhikari has been appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said on Monday.

Justice Dharmadhikari’s appointment follows the retirement of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog last week.

Justice Dharmadhikari is presently the seniormost judge of the high court.

A fortnight ago, his cousin Justice S. C. Dharmadhikari, who was the then seniormost judge after the CJ, had resigned from his post.

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SC judge says opposing govt can’t be labelled as anti-national

“There have been many recent incidents where people have been called anti-national because they dissented from the government,”

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : Supreme Court judge Deepak Gupta on Monday said if attempts are made to quell dissent, then it will have a chilling effect on democracy, as “governments are not always right” and that opposing government can’t be labelled as anti-national.

Speaking at the lecture hosted by Supreme Court Bar Association on democracy and dissent, Justice Gupta emphasized the essence of democracy by stating that majoritarianism is antithesis to democracy. “There have been many recent incidents where people have been called anti-national because they dissented from the government,” he said.

“If some party gets 51% votes, does that mean the other 49% should not speak for 5 years…every citizen has a role to play in democracy….governments are not always right,” said Justice Gupta.

“Just because you take a contararian view, it does not mean disrespect to the country. Whenever there is a clash of ideas, there will be dissent. Right to question is an inherent part of democracy.”

He reiterated that the Opposition has the right to protest as long as peaceful means are adopted. Justice Gupta also cited excerpts from a lecture recently given by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, which said: “Blatant labelling if dissent as anti-national stops deliberative democracy.”

Citing vital components of democracy, Justice Gupta said democracy is considered successful, if it protects the civil rights of the citizens. “Dissent has an important role, it should be encouraged…it leads to finding better ways to run the country”, he added.

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