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Soul of India resides in pluralism, need to eschew violence: President

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New Delhi, July 24 : Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance and the country must free its public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal.

In his farewell address broadcast to the nation, he said creation of an inclusive society has to an article of faith. He called for resurrecting the power of non-violence.

Mukherjee, who had entered parliament first in 1969, said for the past 50 years of his public life, his passion has been the service of people of India.

“I want to share with you some truths that I have internalised in this period. The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance. India is not just a geographical entity. It carries a history of ideas, philosophy, intellect, industrial genius, craft, innovation and experience. Plurality of our society has come about through assimilation of ideas over centuries,” the President said.

He said multiplicity in culture, faith and language is what makes India special.

“We derive our strength from tolerance. It has been part of our collective consciousness for centuries. There are divergent strands in public discourse. We may argue, we may agree or we may not agree. But we cannot deny the essential prevalence of multiplicity of opinion. Otherwise, a fundamental character of our thought process will wither away,” he said.

Mukherjee, who will demit office on Tuesday, said compassion and empathy was the true foundation of India’s civilisation but “every day we see increased violence around us”.

“At the heart of this violence is darkness, fear and mistrust. We must free our public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal. Only a non-violent society can ensure the participation of all sections of the people, especially the marginalised and the dispossessed in the democratic process.

“Power of non-violence has to be resurrected to build a compassionate and caring society,” he said.

Mukherjee said Mahatma Gandhi saw India as an inclusive nation where every section lived in equality and moved forward unitedly in ever-widening thought and action.

“For us, creation of an inclusive society has to be an article of faith,” he said.

The President said financial inclusion was at the core of an equitable society and the poor must be empowered to ensure that the fruits of development reach the last person.

Mukherjee said as one advances in age, so does one’s propensity to sermonise.

“But I have no sermon to make. For the past fifty years of my public life – my sacred text has been the Constitution of India, my temple has been the Parliament of India and my passion has been the service of the people of India,” he said.

The President said that on the eve of stepping down from office, he was overwhelmed by a deep sense of gratitude to the people and their representatives for the trust posed in him.

“I have received much more from the country than I have given. For that, I will remain ever indebted to the people of India.”

Mukherjee said he had gained from his travels across the country and his conversations with a vast cross-section of people including students, scientists, jurists, authors and artists.

He called for collective action to meet environmental challenges and steps to elevate higher institutions of learning to “world-class levels”.

“Our education system must accept disruption as a norm and prepare students to manage and build upon disruptions. Creative thinking, innovation and scientific temper have to be promoted in our institutions of higher learning.”

He said leading healthy, happy and productive life was a basic right of citizens and quest for happiness was closely tied to quest for sustainable development.

“Social inclusion would ensure access to the fruits of progress to all. Good governance would provide the ability to people to shape their own lives through transparent, accountable and participatory political institutions.”

He also referred to his efforts to improve Rashtrapati Bhavan estate.

“We tried to build a humane and happy township. We found happiness that is associated with joy and pride, smiling and laughter, good health, feeling of safety and positive actions.

“We learnt to wear a smile always, to laugh at life, to connect with nature and get involved with the community. And then, we extended our experience to a few villages in the neighbourhood. The journey continues.”

Mukherjee also referred to his work from Tuesday. “When I speak to you tomorrow, it will not be as the President but as a citizen – a pilgrim like all of you in India’s onward march towards glory,” he said.

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Our Haryanvi Chori is Miss World 2017 !!! India’s Manushi Chillar crowned Miss World 2017

Manushi Chillar, born to doctor parents from Haryana, studied at St. Thomas School in Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.

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Sanya (China), Nov 18 : India’s Manushi Chillar on Saturday won the coveted Miss World 2017 title at a glittering event here, ending 16 years of drought for India at the international pageant.

Priyanka Chopra was the last winner from India in 2000.

Chillar, 21, looked emotional as the crown was placed on her head by Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle.

She competed against 108 contestants from various countries at the pageant.

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was announced the first runner up, while Miss England Stephanie Hill was declared the second runner up at an event held at Sanya City Area.

Manushi Chillar, born to doctor parents from Haryana, studied at St. Thomas School in Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.

In an interview during her grooming, she said: “The only thing I believe is certain in life is uncertainty, and this is what is amazing about the pageant.”

She had also said that she is confident of winning the crown.

Apart from the title, Chillar also won the Beauty with Purpose award.

Chillar had earlier this year won the Femina Miss India 2017.

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Modi’s India: Cash cows and rising nationalism

It was a glimpse of how energy can work on the bottom in India, the place such teams have risen to prominence since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi grew to become prime minister in 2014.

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Krishna N Das was wrapping up an interview with the pinnacle of a gaggle of gau rakshaks – Hindu “cow protector” vigilantes in India – when the person gave him a parting piece of recommendation: “Let me know if anybody troubles you right here, together with the police. Nobody dares to the touch our individuals right here.”

It was a glimpse of how energy can work on the bottom in India, the place such teams have risen to prominence since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi grew to become prime minister in 2014.

A Reuters particular report this month investigated the vigilantes, who snatch cows from Muslims whom they’re satisfied intend to slaughter the animals. It’s an accusation that inflames passions in a Hindu majority nation, the place many contemplate the animal sacred and killing cows is outlawed in most states.

The reporting course of revealed some contemporary particulars a couple of rising tide of spiritual nationalism in India, past the nation’s booming inventory market and rising direct international funding. Interviews with simply two of the Hindu-led teams discovered they’d seized some 190,000 cows, at occasions working with police, since Modi took workplace.

As reporter Zeba Siddiqui interviewed a neighborhood head of a right-wing Hindu group, the person paused and requested: “You’re Muslim, proper?” Siddiqui mentioned she was. The person started to rant: “It’s of their spiritual books that it is best to kill non-believers, and that it is best to kill and eat animals. What sort of holy ebook says that? The Gita (a Hindu holy scripture) doesn’t. I don’t have an issue with the faith, however the individuals who comply with it.”

Siddiqui requested whether or not the person was saying he disliked all Muslims. He didn’t reply the query.

The Particular Report is a part of our persevering with protection of a rising class of nationalist energy brokers in India, the place newly assertive traditionalist teams, suspicious of international affect and notably outspoken towards giant multinationals equivalent to Monsanto, have Modi’s ear and maintain sway within the authorities. Within the face of accelerating populism and non secular divide, Reuters has made it a selected level to uphold its dedication to unbiased and dependable information below the Belief Ideas.

The story’s central narrative traced the life and dying of Pehlu Khan, a Muslim dairy farmer who was killed in April whereas travelling house from a cattle honest along with his two sons. An indignant crowd stopped them after seeing cows at the back of their truck and beat the Khan household in the course of the highway.

In the middle of reporting that incident, Reuters journalists traced the distribution community of Pehlu Khan’s milk. They discovered a dealer who purchased milk from the dairy operation that Khan handled in his village. They then visited the regional milk firm that purchased from the dealer.

The person accountable for the regional firm defined to a pair of Reuters reporters that “the homicide of Pehlu Khan was right.” It’s essential for India, he mentioned, to “management the Muslim inhabitants.”

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Cong attacks BJP over allegations against NSA Ajit Doval’s son

NSA’s son and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, the India foundation lists among its directors Nirmala Sitharaman and Suresh Prabhu, and two ministers of state Jayant Sinha and M J Akbar.

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The Congress today hit out at the BJP citing a news report which alleged a “prospect of conflict of interest” in National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya running the ‘India Foundation’ think tank that has four Union ministers on its board, a charge rejected by the organisation as baseless.

“Shah-zada ki apaar safalta ke baad, BJP ki nayi peshkash — Ajit Shaurya gatha (After the ‘grand success’ of ‘Shah- Zada’, BJP’s new presentation — the tale of Ajit Shaurya),” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.

The report in ‘the Wire’, a news portal, alleged that Doval’s son has a “prospect of conflict of interest” in running the think-tank, India Foundation.

“The India Foundation’s opaque financials, the presence of senior ministers as directors and the fact that executive director Shaurya Doval’s day job is running Gemini Financial Services — a firm that specialises in ‘transactions and capital flows between the OECD and the emerging Asian economies’ — also raise the prospect of conflict of interest and lobbying,” the report alleged.

In a statement, India Foundation said the article is without basis, and that the directors concerned have been associated with the organisation long before they became ministers or even Members of Parliament.

“The article in question is speculative and clearly intends to insinuate wrong doing where there is none. It strikes a maleficent tone without any basis other than surmise. The India foundation deplores the surmises and innuendos used to attack its legacy, reputation and credibility,” the statement said.

The organisation also denied receiving any foreign funding from any overseas private corporation or individual and said the foundation and its directors have not furthered the commercial or private interests of any company, domestic or foreign.

“The agenda of its meetings are concerned with culture, geo-politics, and macro-economics such as the investment climate in India and development of the North East,” it said, adding the organisation is in complete compliance with all statutory requirements and its activities which are public and transparent, faithfully adhere to its charter.

Run by the NSA’s son and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, the India foundation lists among its directors defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu, and two ministers of state — Jayant Sinha (civil aviation) and M J Akbar (external affairs).

Addressing a press conference, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should fire the four Union ministers who are directors in the organisation and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.

“Prime Minister Modi should fire all the four ministers who are on the board of the India Foundation. We want to ask Modiji when he will fire them…It is not only a direct conflict of interest but also they must be taking benefits because their position as directors so this may well be an office of profit,” Sibal said.

He also noted that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had resigned as chairman of the National Advisory Council and again contested elections after allegations of office of profit.

Sibal also alleged that there cannot be more serious case of “crony capitalism, violation of rules and corruption then this one”.

“And this is happening at the time when our Prime Minister Modi says ‘Na Khaunga, Na Khaane dunga’ (I will not engage in corruption, nor will I allow others),” Sibal added.

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