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Four years of Modi govt: Here’s a report card

This best achievement of the Modi government in the last 4 years has been the costly suit that Modi got made with his name embroidered.

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The Bharatiya Janta Party came to power on May 26, 2018 with a temping majority. In the past 67 never a right-wing party was forming its government with huge majority. This article is about the achievement of BJP government in 4 years.

Narendra Modi was the star campaigner of BJP for the 2014 general elections, with promises which have been related to the masses of India. Modi coming to power promised AchheDin (Good Days) for the people.

Cleanliness was the important tool which BJP took as property to act on the huge stage i.e. India. Swachh Bharat (Clean India) was huge mass drive which initiated with making of toilets across India. On the third anniversary of Modi government May 26, 2017, Rajasthan government has given data regarding the flagship schemes of Modi. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission the advertisement provided data that 58.16 lakh (gharelu) toilets have been constructed. Which is just not possible as per the Delhi-based think tank Centre of Science and Environment (CSE) which conducted study over the construction of toilets in Varanasi—constituency of Modi. As per the survey conducted by CSE 32 years are required for construction of 2.3 lakh toilets in Varanasi, whereas the BJP ruled State claims construction of 58.16 toilets in just three year. According to the report, only 7,327 toilets have been built in Varanasi since 2014-16 as against a target of 2,34,489 by October 2019. Swachh Bharat happens to be the important flagship scheme of Modi which has maximum discrepancies data wise.

Prices the burden increasing daily over the Indian masses. On June 25, 2014, the price of petrol in Delhi was Rs 71.56, which touched a record high of Rs 77.97 per litre on May 26 this year. The people are paying taxes with further burden of different Cess imposed. Modi promised he would bring in all the black money from the foreign banks back to India and will deposit Rs. 15 lakh in every Indian bank account in just 100 days of coming to power. More than 1400 days have gone by people are still waiting for the promised amount in their bank accounts.

Modi attacked UPA-II for corruption and promised a corruption free India. But actually the corruption level is highest. Modi and his brigade talk about Rafale deal of UPA-II being corruption. When they have re-done the whole deal with exorbitant price hike of the aircraft they take shield under the secrecy of Defence ministry and not to discuss it in public domain.

Modi proving that he is the only patriot started Make In India scheme. Numbers of advertisements, hordings, electronic media advertisements, etc were invested in to make this scheme a successful one. When asked regarding the investment made by the government in Make In India scheme, government replied that this is not a scheme of the government but an initiative. In reply to question in Rajya Sabha (Q. No. 3687 dated April 5, 2017) the Minister of Commerce and Industry responded as: ‘Make in India’ is not a scheme but an initiative aimed at creating a conducive environment for investment, development of modern and efficient infrastructure, opening up new sectors for foreign investments and forging a partnership between government and industry through a positive mindset. Make In India is yet another false, fabricated and failed scheme of Modi government.

Security within the society is most important. During the campaign in 2013 Modi coined a slogan “Bahot huwa nari par war; abkee bar Modi sarkar!” (Crime against women has increased; Chose government of Modi). Actually the crime against women has been on the increase under the Modi rule.

  • Cases under “crime against women” category reported an increase of 2.9 per cent in 2016 over 2015.
  • Majority of these cases “cruelty by husband or his relatives” (32.6 per cent) in 2016
  • “Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty” (25.0 per cent) in 2016
  • “Kidnaping and abduction of women” (19.0 per cent) and “rape” (11.5 per cent) in 2016
  • Rape cases have reported an increase of 12.4 per cent from 34,651 cases in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016

To keep the masses at-bay from the daily failure of Modi government, a new gimmick was introduced–playing of National Anthem at the cinema hall prior to the movie screening. This was taken as disrespect to the nation if you were not standing while the National Anthem was being played. The courts intervened passing the order to make it mandatory, but just after one year it was called off, by the courts. But this whole gimmick of BJP has created tension among the people. In October 2015, award-winning writer and disability campaigner Salil Chaturvedi, who suffers from a spinal injury, was hit hard by the husband, while the woman accompanying him yelled, “Why can’t he get up?” at a multiplex in Goa for not standing while the National Anthem was being played. After the incident, Chaturvedi said, “I can’t go. I’m afraid someone will hit me even harder, and worsen my spinal injury. I just don’t understand why it seems impossible for so many people to express patriotism in a non-aggressive manner”.

This is the New India of Modi which is dividing the society on religion, language, region, etc. Incidents related to lynching of people on the basis of religion is on increase and the age old fabric of India of Unity in Diversity is getting destroyed which is more serious matter.

This best achievement of the Modi government in the last 4 years has been the costly suit that Modi got made with his name embroidered.

The Indian suit, which Modi wore to meet President Obama at the presidential palace here, looked from afar to be navy blue with wide gold stripes. But it conveyed a message. The stripes were actually embroidered letters that spelled out Modi’s name.

Disclaimer: These views are solely of the author.

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World Alzheimer’s Day 2020: Everything you must know about the brain disease

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day 2020 is “Let’s Talk About Alzheimer.”

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World  Alzheimer’s Day is observed every year on September 21. The day aims at raising awareness and challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer related dementia.

According to Alzinfo, every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. At current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will quadruple to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day 2020 is “Let’s Talk About Alzheimer.” The day was first observed in 2012.

What is Alzheimer?

Alzheimer, in simple terms, is a brain disease that negatively affects memory, thinking, and behavior. These changes interfere with daily living. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Most people with the disease get a diagnosis after age 65. If it’s diagnosed before then, it’s generally referred to as early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Symptoms of Alzheimer:

According to the National Institute on Aging, in addition to memory problems, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions.
  • Trouble handling money and paying bills.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or leisure.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Misplaces things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.
  • Changes in mood, personality, or behaviour.
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and community.

Stages of Alzheimer:

  • Stage 1. There are no symptoms at this stage but there might be an early diagnosis based on family history.
  • Stage 2. The earliest symptoms appear, such as forgetfulness.
  • Stage 3. Mild physical and mental impairments appear, such as reduced memory and concentration. These may only be noticeable by someone very close to the person.
  • Stage 4. Alzheimer’s is often diagnosed at this stage, but it’s still considered mild. Memory loss and the inability to perform everyday tasks is evident.
  • Stage 5. Moderate to severe symptoms require help from loved ones or caregivers.
  • Stage 6. At this stage, a person with Alzheimer’s may need help with basic tasks, such as eating and putting on clothes.
  • Stage 7. This is the most severe and final stage of Alzheimer’s. There may be a loss of speech and facial expressions.

Treatment Of Alzheimer:

Alzheimer’s is most commonly identified through patient and family history, and by talking to the immediate family about the presence of symptoms. Also, brain imagining may be suggested to check for beta-amyloid protein deposits. As of today, there is no curative treatment for Alzheimer’s. Drugs are usually administered to manage symptoms and healthy lifestyle changes.

Despite this, Alzheimer’s is one of the most expensive diseases to get treatment for. The global cost of dementia is estimated to be around $1 trillion currently.

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At 7, child prodigy honours literary legacy with first book

They added that the title of the book, cover page and all the illustration are also a part of her creativity.

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New Delhi, September 20: Padma Bhushan recipient Rashtrakavi Maithalisharan Gupts and Santkavi Siyaramsharan Gupt’s great grand daughter Abhijita Gupta, who is all of seven years and a child prodigy, has penned her first collection of stories and poems.

The book titled ‘Happiness All Around’, and was launched by Oxford Bookstores’ children’s wing, Oxford Junior in collaboration with Invincible Publishers. Seven-year-old Abhijita, taking after her family’s literary legacy, had started writing at a very tender age of five years.

The collection is an attempt to give children something to read, written by someone of their own age. (Abhijita Gupta – “The little poet”/Facebook)
“Abhijita is a student of Class II and is a third generation writer, to poet duo Rashtrakavi Shri Maithalisharan Gupt and Santkavi Shri Siyaramsharan Gupt. She is an avid reader and very expressive with her pen. She wrote her first story when she was a little over five years. By the grace of goddess Saraswati, she is carrying forward the traits of her forefathers and we hope she extends the legacy of Sahitya Sadan Gharana,” her parents Ashish Gupt and Anupriya Gupta said.

They added that the title of the book, cover page and all the illustration are also a part of her creativity.

“For her, every little thing around her matters: what she sees, she hears, she touches, she smells, she tastes and she feels — constantly soaking in the environment around her. And, her debut book proffers just that – the pure senses and humane values like an elixir.”

The collection is an attempt to give children something to read, written by someone of their own age. The book could prove equally useful for parents of young children, as it gives an insight into the mind of a six-seven year old and what thoughts and things interest her. The writings have been left untouched so that the innocence, mistakes included, of the child are not diluted.

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Covid-19 joblessness pushing youths to extremist groups in Northeast

Adding to this are the reports of a large consignment of China-made weapons reaching the hands of the secessionist Myanmar-based radical groups, who share close links with militant groups in India’s Northeast.

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India’s Covid-19 pandemic lockdown is now giving headaches to the national security agencies. Youth, left jobless during the pandemic, are reported to be joining the banned rebel groups such as the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and other such, in droves.

Adding to this are the reports of a large consignment of China-made weapons reaching the hands of the secessionist Myanmar-based radical groups, who share close links with militant groups in India’s Northeast.

The emerging scenario is threatening to upset the delicate balance achieved through years of hard work by the Indian security and intelligence officers, according to senior executives in the national security establishment, who requested to stay unnamed, citing government service rules.

The Arakan Army (AA) — which seeks an independent homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine state — has received the fresh cache of Chinese weapons and is known to be one of the key suppliers of arms and ammunition to the rebel groups in Northeast India.

In addition, the AA opposes India’s Kaladan Multi Modal Project, which provides states like Mizoram — a landlocked province — an outlet to the sea through the Sittwe port in Myanmar, officials said. Interestingly the AA has not opposed the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

Security agencies have told the government that insurgent groups active along the Indo-Myanmar border find easy recruits among youth left unemployed by Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

“The successful induction of the Chinese-made weapons by the AA will have an impact on the security situation in India’s Northeastern states, as much of these weapons are finding their way to some of the dormant militant groups of the Northeast,” the official said.

“The new weapons provide firepower to the northeastern groups whose ranks are increasing as youth left jobless by the pandemic are signing for militant groups.”

Strengthened by new recruits and rearmed, the Khaplang faction National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) — a banned militant group of Northeast based out of Myanmar — is gathering along the Indo-Myanmar Border in areas such as Mon to plan and execute attacks against the Indian security forces.

In 2016, the NSCN (K) killed 18 soldiers of the Indian Army, forcing India to launch cross border strikes on the militant hideouts taking refuge in Myanmar.

Worryingly, for India, peace talks with the Naga rebel groups have failed despite efforts of the Narendra Modi government.

Agencies have warned that groups like the People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK) had recruited 15 fresh cadres in Assam. “There was recruitment of 10-15 cadres by the Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger in the outfit,” the source said.

Further, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) had recruited 15-20 youths in the outfit from Meghalaya.

In Tripura, intelligence input indicates that extremist Parimal Debbrama of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) is trying to revive his group and some newly recruited members of the outfit had completed their basic training in a hideout of Khagrachari District of Bangladesh.

“These cadres are planning to infiltrate into India for operations,” the source further added.

Intelligence agencies also stated that the India-Myanmar border remained susceptible to threat due to the presence of insurgent groups.

“Many insurgents groups are camping in Myanmar and trying to infiltrate through Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Mon District of Nagaland and Charaideo district of Assam,” the source said.

(Sumit Kumar Singh can be reached at [email protected])

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