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Rijiju, others criticise ‘Why I Am A Hindu’, Tharoor hits back

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New Delhi, Feb 6: Congress MP and noted writer Shashi Tharoor has been on a tour of literature festivals to promote his recent book “Why I Am A Hindu” but he faced the ire of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who took a subtle dig at Tharoor’s book on twitter.

Sharing a snapshot of a brief excerpt from the book, where Tharoor mentions that he is a Hindu because he “was born one” and adds that religion is selected for most people “at birth” by the “accident of geography and their parents’ cultural moorings”, Rijiju criticised Tharoor for having a “lack of strong belief” in his “own faith”.

“Shashi Tharoor has rightly stated a mindset. A perfect case of fait accompli. Such lack of strong belief in own faith led invasion of Bharat by outsiders at will and ruled for more than thousand years,” Rijiju wrote on twitter.

The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram hit back saying that Rijiju has quoted the first sentence of a 302-page book and advised him to read the book in its entirety.

“Dear @KirenRijiju, you have quoted the first sentences of a 302 page book, the rest of which goes on to explain precisely the very “strong belief in own faith” whose alleged absence you decry. Facts may not matter to your party, but as a DU alumnus, you can do better. Do read,” Tharoor responded in another tweet.

Padma Bhushan recipient and Ayurvedic teacher and writer, David Frawley also criticised Tharoor in a tweet and said: “The new Congress Liberal Hinduism via Shashi Tharoor is a secularist fraud to discredit Hindu forces, divide Hindus and undermine the new Hindu revival in India�” Frawley’s tweet was accompanied with a link to a story on www.hindupost.in.

Tharoor responded in equal measure.

“Dear @davidfrawleyved, I’ve done you the courtesy of reading your books before commenting on them.I’m disappointed that you have not returned the favour but attacked my book without quoting it or refuting a single one of its arguments. Political abuse is not debate. #WhyIAmAHindu,” Tharoor responded in a tweet.

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Centre to SC, will bring new legislation in 3/4 days to address pollution due to stubble burning

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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Monday informed the Supreme Court that the Centre has taken a holistic view of the issue of air pollution in Delhi NCR, which also includes pollution due to stubble burning, and it intends to bring out a legislation in next three to four days to tackle this issue.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde told Mehta, representing the Centre, it welcomes the Centre’s decision to establish a body to address the menace of air pollution. “Everybody is choking in the city, it must be curbed”, said the Chief Justice citing the menace of air pollution in the national capital.

Mehta replied the Centre will come out with the legislation in three to four days and the government is keen to establish a permanent body of experts to address air pollution.

“We can come out with the legislation in three to four days”, submitted Mehta, insisting that the top court should keep its earlier order, which directed formation of a panel headed by retired judge Justice Madan B. Lokur to monitor steps taken to curb the stubble burning issue in the neighbouring states of Delhi, in abeyance.

The top court reiterated that it welcomes this step by the Centre, in which it will create a permanent body by enacting a legislation to deal with the annual air pollution problem, which includes pollution from stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

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HC turns down NIFT students’ plea against fee hike

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The Delhi High Court has declined a petition filed by fourth-year students of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) against fee hike which they dubbed “arbitrary” and “irrational”.

“There are no grounds to warrant any interference by this court. There is no merit in the present petition and the same is dismissed,” said Justice Jay

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Farm laws: Rahul Gandhi urges PM Modi to protesting farmers

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach out to the farmers protesting against the three farm laws and give them a “healing touch”.

Sharing a news report about the protest of farmers in Punjab marking the festival of Dussehra by burning effigies of PM Modi and corporate companies against the Central government’s three farm laws, Rahul Gandhi said it is a “dangerous precendent” which is bad for the country.

“This happened all over Punjab yesterday. It’s sad that Punjab is feeling such anger towards PM. This is a very dangerou precedent and is bad for our country. PM should reach out, listen and give a healing touch quickly. ” Rahul wrote on Twitter.

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