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Justice J Chelameswar Refuses Invite To His Farewell By Supreme Court Bar Association

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Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second most senior judge in the Supreme Court, has refused an invite to his farewell by the top court’s bar association. The 65-year-old retires on June 22.

Office bearers of the Supreme Court Bar Association met the judge at his home today for an hour but couldn’t persuade him to change his mind.

Justice Chelameswar’s exit, shorn of the traditional farewell party and speeches, is set to be as unusual as the last few months of his term.

Justice Chelameswar was one of the four senior-most judges of the top court who stunned the nation by holding a press conference on January 12 airing their reservations over the functioning of the top court.

The SCBA was to hold the farewell on May 18 — the last working day before top court goes into six-week summer break starting May 20. The Court will reopen on July 2.

 

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Anna Hazare to stage fast in Delhi for farmers; first meeting of SC-appointed panel on laws likely on Jan 19

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Supre Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to be held on January 19, according to one of the members Anil Ghanwat.

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With protests against three agri-marketing legislations completing 50 days, Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday wrote a letter to to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated his decision to launch a hunger strike for protesting farmers in the national capital by the end of January. In his letter, 83-year-old Hazare, who was the face of the India Against Corruption movement in 2011, said that he has written to the concerned authorities for permission to the Ramlila Maidan on four occasion, though received no response in the matter.

“On the issue of the farmers, I have corresponded (with the Central government) five times, however, no response has come,” Hazare wrote in his letter. “As a result, I have decided to go on a hunger strike of my life.”

Hazare’s letter to the Prime Minister has come a day before farmers are scheduled to hold the ninth round of talks with the Central government in a bid to end the deadlock. The two sides have failed to reach consensus on two of the main demands of the protesters: Government’s guarantee to the MSP and the repeal of the three agri laws.

Late last month, Hazare had written a letter to Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, threatening of the hunger strike if his demands, including the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations on agriculture, were not fulfilled.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Supre Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to be held on January 19, according to one of the members Anil Ghanwat. The committee had been appointed on January 11 after the government and agitators failed to reach on consensus on two main issues.

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Who is Jasleen Bhalla? Voice behind corona vaccine caller tune; check details

Amitabh Bachchan who has given his voice for coronavirus caller tune in India is now getting replaced by Jasleen Bhalla, who has even lent her voice for Delhi metro, Spice Jet, Indigo

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Amitabh Bachchan who has given his voice for coronavirus caller tune in India is now getting replaced by Jasleen Bhalla, who has even lent her voice for Delhi metro, Spice Jet, Indigo and used to be a sports generalist at the channel before she became a full-time voice-over artist and has been an artist for over 10 years now.

Amitabh Bachchan’s caller tune has been in place for about 4-5 months and now it will be Jasleen Bhalla, who would be updating people with vaccine information which will be available from today onwards.

On lending her voice for caller tune, Jasleen Bhalla said that one day she had recorded this message, but didn’t know that it is being recorded for this purpose. And one day out of nowhere when my relatives and friends called they told me that my voice is being heard all over the nation and I couldn’t believe it.

The new caller tune will be active from Friday, January 15, 2021, and will be heard by people all across the nation who would be calling each other and have to hear the message about the covid-19 vaccination and it uses. As per Jasleen, it is a dream come true as everyone will hear her voice now.

Prior o this, a PIL was filed by an advocate over Amitabh Bachchan’s voice as teh caller tune, as he said that the caller tune should be removed as Government is paying Amitabh Bachchan’s crores of rupees for lending his voice, so a better person, a covid-19 warrior should rather be the voice behind giving the message.

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Governments can come and go but cultural nationalism is here to stay

The issue did not receive much traction because of Nehru’s leadership but all this changed in next 50 years especially after Balasaheb Deoras became the RSS chief.

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On Friday, when President Ramnath Kovind donated Rs 5 lakh in personal capacity for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya to the trust, life came a full circle for the Indian Republic. In 1951, when deputy Prime Minister Sardar Patel wanted the Somnath temple to be renovated by the Congress, it was opposed tooth and nail by Pandit Nehru, who wanted the new state to be at arm’s length from the renovation of the Somnath temple in Gujarat.

It led to a terse exchange of letters between Sardar Patel and India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The context was Somnath temple but the fight was over the idea of India and how the state will deal with religion in future. Nehru wanted distance but many in the Congress felt that Hinduism cannot be dealt with the European model of separating the state and the church.

Today the national consensus based on French secularism has been replaced by cultural nationalism promoted by the RSS. The latter has moved to the political fringe and former has become mainstream.

Nehru did not participate in the renovation of the temple. After Sardar Patel passed away, the matter was carried forward by another Cabinet Minister KM Munshi. Nehru was also opposed to President Rajendra Prasad attending the lingam installation ceremony which he eventually attended in 1951. Though money was raised from non-state actors by K M Munshi but it was enough to raise temperatures within the Nehru government which had become very sensitive to the issue of religion. Despite Nehru’s objection Munshi and Rajendra Prasad ensured that they remained attached to the renovation project.

In fact the first Lok Sabha elections were fought by the Congress on the issue of communalism and inter-religious harmony. The construction of Ram Temple has become synonymous with national pride. Instead of remaining a legal issue about ownership of a piece of land, it became a matter of faith in the 1980s.

Though the meeting between the President and the Trust was personal in nature, it is a reflection of how mainstream acceptance of nationalism has changed in India. It marks a move from Constitutional Nationalism to Cultural Nationalism where the state does not feel uncomfortable with religious ceremonies. In the 1950s, for the Hindu Right group Somnath was symbol of a wounded Hindu pride as the temple was desecrated thrice over a period of 500 years.

The issue did not receive much traction because of Nehru’s leadership but all this changed in next 50 years especially after Balasaheb Deoras became the RSS chief. He pushed the VHP to make the Ram Temple a political agenda and the BJP ultimately had to adopt it as their political agenda during the Palampur Session in Himachal Pradesh. It is for this reason that LK Advani started his Rath Yatra from Somnath temple for the construction of Ram Temple in 1990s.

The Indian Constitution during the Emergency also saw the word secular added to its preamble but the matter remained contentious even then. The difference is that there exists public acceptance to the phrase ‘cultural-nationalism’ and change in mindset towards the relationship of the state with Hindu religion.

It also reflects the realignment of Hinduism with nationalism. Whether, India of the future resets the clock or not, for now cultural nationalism is here to stay. The relationship between state and Hinduism has s been further cemented through the process of through the process of judicial scrutiny and construction of the temple.

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