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Punjab Mahila Congress President DR Malti Thapar attended the rural wing dharna at Bharat Nagar chowk and when asked as why the two wings did not organise a common protest, The bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam (since retired) had rejected the Gujarat government?the chorus for L K Advani as PM was revived within the BJP. Patel might not match up to Shah’s mobilising skills, the farmers were being forced to sell their produce at a loss.

There are other provisions to which Iranian hardliners will strenuously object when the deal is presented to the Majlis for ratification. as if this in anyway would have rendered his death less tragic. belongs to a generation of writers who began writing in the 1960s and transformed the Malayalam short story and novel. a 36-year-old driver.” she said. etc. have failed to keep pace impacting the overall quality of life index For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Christophe Jaffrelot | Published: November 20 2014 12:05 am When he received Xi in Gujarat Modi announced that China was prepared to invest massively in India Related News Many commentators have (often pleasantly) been surprised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s considerable investment in foreign policy borne out by his incessant trips to various countries Yet this is what one should expect from nationalist leaders Was it not the trademark of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who demonstrated it in an even more dramatic manner by testing India’s nuclear devices immediately after taking power in 1998 But foreign policy is not composed only of assertions of power or the tamasha (spectacle) of occasions such as the G-20 meet It must pursue coherent goals and result in achievements that may or may not appeal to the public such as the Indo-US nuclear deal Modi’s foreign policy seems to highlight two priorities: India’s economic interests (something Manmohan Singh also emphasised occasionally confusing pragmatism with opportunism) and its immediate neighbourhood (for security reasons among other things) The economic dimension of Modi’s diplomacy was evident in early September when he went to Japan his first trip out of South Asia During his visit there Modi declared “Mere blood mein money hai (Money is in my blood)” — reportedly he often makes it a point to speak in Hindi with foreigners Modi’s meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resulted in Japanese assurances of cooperation on a Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train link and on upgrading the ship-breaking yard at Alang Collaboration between India and Japan will probably be bolstered by the strong personal equation between Modi and Abe which flows partly from their ideological affinities But Japan’s economic dynamism today is not what it was after Abe administered shock therapy in the first year of his tenure This month the country even slipped into recession Modi’s rapprochement with China the rising star of the world economy is more of a change more promising and more complicated When he received Chinese President Xi Jinping in Gujarat which seems to be the focal point of his economic diplomacy Modi was in a position to announce that China was prepared to invest massively in India Reports in the Indian media indicated that Beijing would commit $100 billion of FDI over the next five years — Japan had promised only $35 billion Such plans are key to the success of Modi’s industrialisation projects publicised under the motto “Make in India” But are they feasible or reasonable Feasibility depends partly on the attitude of the Indian states: after the PM meets his counterparts cooperation depends largely on state governments Modi was candid enough to revise the figures cited in the media: “$100 billion investments from Japan China and America have applied for visa Now it is turn of the states to capitalise on the opportunity” It also depends on sections of the Sangh Parivar toning down the rhetoric of “swadeshi” — this may not be as easy as it was under Vajpayee but it is far from impossible The main difficulty in attracting Chinese FDI the largest potential amount on the table right now (American companies will probably wait for new labour laws and other reforms) may lie in the erratic relations between Delhi and Beijing Immediately after assuming office Modi had sent out strong signals of assertion to China The Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay was invited to his swearing-in and he visited Bhutan Japan Nepal and Vietnam four countries likely to be affected by China’s expansionism — like India has been Breaking with the slow incremental modus operandi of his predecessors Modi met Xi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit at Fortaleza in July and urged for an amicable solution to the India-China border dispute It was a bold move to which China has responded — by launching border incursions even as Xi visited India One might find in this echoes of the Chinese attack on Vietnam in 1979 while Vajpayee then the foreign minister was on an official visit to Hanoi In addition shortly after Modi had agreed to operationalise a $100 billion line of credit to enable Vietnam to acquire naval vessels from India a Chinese nuclear submarine docked at the Colombo port for the second time in two months This in spite of Delhi having expressed its displeasure when it had happened the first time Today the India-China border dispute has become a warm if not a hot subject again Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has declared that “peace cannot come at the cost of honour” and India has plans to build a road along the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh labelled South Tibet in Chinese maps While speaking of the project Singh had said: “Today no one can give warnings to India We are a very powerful country” Nevertheless India has decided to instal cameras along the border with China for additional protection and to open 54 new border posts along a section of the disputed border Beijing has responded to the latter decision by advising India not to “do things that may complicate the situation” If the situation does not improve the vast amounts of FDI from China may not be that welcome The Chinese do have intense trade relations with their best enemies including Japan and Taiwan but with India things may be different Already The Organiser the RSS mouthpiece has argued against delinking economic relations with China from border issues Whether Modi persists with negotiations with China for the sake of FDI remains to be seen Meanwhile all is not calm in the South Asian region either In another unprecedented move Modi had invited the heads of the SAARC countries to his swearing-in and started to engage Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the terrorism issue But Pakistan followed this up by violating the ceasefire on the LoC killing civilians In August Modi cancelled scheduled talks between the two foreign secretaries after Pakistani officials spoke to Kashmiri “separatists” The following month Nawaz Sharif brought up Kashmir at the UN General Assembly By retaliating to Pakistani attacks Indian jawans may have “shut their mouth” as Modi pointed out and this will bolster his popularity at home But it also means that he will have to turn to other SAARC countries to shape a workable policy for a friendly neighbourhood For this Afghanistan may not be a good candidate In Fortaleza Modi had declared “India will continue to assist Afghanistan in building its capacity in governance security and economic development” But months later Praveen Swami informed us in a report in this paper: “Frustrated with India’s failure to deliver long-promised military aid new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told New Delhi that he wishes to revisit his predecessor’s request for assistance” It seems Ghani has now turned to Beijing for help While India cannot expect much from Sri Lanka where the Chinese have also gained influence Bangladesh may be its friend again in spite of the anti-immigrant propaganda that peppered the BJP election campaign But for that Delhi and Dhaka will have to sign the Teesta water-sharing accord The Indian government could follow the precepts of the “Gujral doctrine” here Shaping a new doctrine in foreign policy has never been easy anyway The writer is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/ CNRS Paris professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at King’s India Institute London Princeton Global Scholar and non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by P B Sawant | Updated: July 2 2016 12:12 am The good from all personal laws has to be accepted and the bad to be discarded Top News There is a good deal of misunderstanding about the subject itself which is aggravated by the language of Article 44 of the Constitution Most people believe that we do not have common civil laws in this country The reality is all civil laws are common except one law namely the personal law which varies with the religious groups The personal law relates to marriage divorce succession and inheritance maintenance custody of children and adoption By tradition the personal law is treated as religious though religion has nothing to do with it It is interesting to note that the Hindus who are clamouring for the common civil law had themselves led by iconic leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak claimed that the Hindu personal law was a religious law and had warned the then British regime not to interfere with it when the minimum marriageable age of the female was sought to be raised from 10 to 12 years by a bill tabled by on January 9 1891 by Sir Andrew Scoble in the then imperial legislature No wonder therefore that when a small section of Hindus and of Hindus alone is insisting today on a common civil code that is common personal law the minorities and particularly the Muslims are raising the bogey of interference in their religious affairs It is therefore first necessary to correct or to read correctly the language of Article 44 to mean that the direction is to secure a uniform “personal” law Second it must be borne in mind that Chapter IV of the Constitution which contains Article 44 is a chapter on Directive Principles of the Constitution There are other more vitally important and crucial directive principles contained in the chapter which need to be implemented in the interests of all sections of the people and of the nation as a whole But the Hindu fundamentalists do not even take cognisance of them The insistence of the Hindu bigots on uniform personal law is not borne out of any principles or values This is not to deny the desirability of a uniform personal law consistent with human rights and the principles of equality fairness and justice In fact these norms have to be observed in all human transactions in any civilized society The question is of the appropriate method to be adopted for enacting the law The subject being sensitive and almost certain to give opportunity to the religious diehards to raise communal controversies and create clashes is it the proper time to secure such law What is the urgency of the law Which national interests are in danger for want of the law Which aspect of progress or development is threatened obstructed or impaired but for the law Whose welfare is to be secured by the law Those clamouring for the law are not concerned with the welfare of the minorities or any section of them Their only concern is the permission given to Muslim men to marry four women by their personal law as practised in this country They fear that on that account the Muslim population in the country may soon outstrip the majority community If therefore only that licence given to the Muslims is withdrawn they will have no longer any interest in agitating for common personal law It is also on this account that they have started preaching that their Hindu brethren should have as many children as they can — a preaching which is contrary to the norm of two children laid down by the family planning programme of the national and state governments from the inception That also bares their hypocritical tears shed for the plight of Muslim women In fact one of their icons V D Savarkar had advocated killing of Muslim women rather than men since they give birth to Muslims According to him the killing of one Muslim woman was equivalent to the killing of 10 Muslim men We may ponder on the reality considering all these aspects First the bugbear of more Muslim population on account of the licence to marry four women Statistics show that the percentage of Muslims marrying more than one woman is sharply dwindling throughout the country on account of various factors including poverty spread of education both among men and women increasing exposure to a more modern life-style desire for improved standard of living decreasing means of livelihood unemployment etc Secondly the ratio of females to males born is the same for all communities in the country and the said ratio shows 986 females to 1000 males Muslim women are not “surplus” that Muslim males may marry more than one woman Most critically Muslim women are not dumb victims or spectators as they might have been in the past The Prophet had permitted men to marry more than one woman (but not more than four women) at that time only because on account of the constant internecine wars the population of men had dwindled frightfully and the number of widows and unmarried girls had risen abnormally That decades later even when normalcy was restored the selfish male gender continued to use this permission as a right is another matter But even then who could really afford the luxury of marrying more than one women and which women would enter wedlock knowing fully well that they had to contend with co-wife or wives The justification for permission to marry more women was that the unmarried women and widows should not be left to their fate But do the Hindu bigots know or do they conveniently forget that till the year 1955 the Hindus had a right to marry and many of them married unlimited number of women not merely four The Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 which for the first time restricted the Hindu to marrying only one women has even now in some parts of the country not prevented polygamous marriages Let us also remember that the illegitimate progeny of men whichever the religion they may belong to has been thriving all the same and proportionately within Hindu faith more than of the others Child marriages the absence of basic rights for deserted and divorced women and the status of fatherless and abandoned children among all religious communities — including the prohibition of widow remarriage among vast sections of the Hindus even today — is the burdensome baggage of human hardships that this country has to bear in the 21st century What is the burden each religious community shares in this human misery Does not the majority community share it more in proportion given its numbers The Hindu bigots’ logic in this respect is self-defeating Assuming that all or some Muslims marry four or more than one woman if they were not to marry more than one woman in any case the other women would be married to other men Would that prevent an increase in the Muslim population On the other hand the increase would be more More than one woman sharing the intimacy with one man would certainly lead to less births than when each woman has a separate spouse Does not the Muslim law therefore act in its own way as a measure of controlling the population Not that the law intended to control the population as such or that it should be commended on that account The question is posed only to expose the hollowness of the fear raised by the Hindu supremacists Coming now to the triple talaq practised by Indian Muslims There is no doubt it is not consistent with either morality rationality or human rights and needs to be done away with as early as possible It is also not sanctioned by the Koran Many Muslim countries have modified the provisions of the personal law prohibiting bigamy and divorce by voicing talaq talaq talaq No doubt Muslim women also have a similar right which is known as khulla; this practice comes with restrictions and in an overall situation dominated by patriarchy it is as good as ineffective It is however not the plight of Muslim women resultant on the exercise by men of their so called right to triple talaq that pains the Hindu extremists agitating for common personal law They are least concerned with their misery On the other hand following the teachings of their mentor they are their first target since they give birth to Muslims They are using the triple talaq only as a ruse in support of their demand It further appears that they are under an impression that the uniform personal law means applying Hindu personal law for all religious communities There is no doubt that all personal laws have to be just and equitable to both men and women and hence the good from all personal laws has to be accepted and the bad to be discarded Hence the uniform code if and when enacted will have to be a different one from the personal laws of all religious communities It will have to be framed by consensus among all the religious groups and will have to conform to the norms of modern values of freedom equality rationality justice and humanism for both men and women A deeper reading of all personal laws will reveal that each of them contains some good and equitable provisions which are worth incorporating in an ideal code It is true that if a rational common personal law is enacted it will help eradicate many evil unjust and irrational practices prevalent across the communities and will also strengthen the unity and integrity of the country However it is wrong to assume that the process of integration is thwarted for want of such law Such simplistic assumptions may be good propaganda material in the hands of the fascist religious forces but is a harmful method of achieving unity Apart from being counter-productive it may divert our attention from the crucial socio-economic and political causes which need to be attended to to achieve the integration of the communities The writer is a former judge of the Supreme Court For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Subhomoy Bhattacharjee | Published: June 10 2013 1:16 am Related News An internal note circulating in the government has a smart plan one would rarely credit it with The government plans to divest the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) almost as soon as its first project rolls out A disinvestment is not per se a very radical plan But just consider this The DFCCIL is going to house the most value-added railway projects the government plans to construct in a long time The company is already operationaland once completedit will be holding two corridorsof which the one carrying freight traffic from the factories of North India to the ring of ports in Western India would be the key operation On the way it will cut through a swathe of industrial cities which will have been constructed by the equally remarkable Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Corporation (DMIC) The latter is already a joint venture between the Indian and the Japanese government The DFCCIL then promises to be as valuable if not more as the rest of Indian Railways The government has already made the right beginning by hiving off the entire project to a corporation Typically these projects are best constructed by the government; typically too the realisation of its maintenance value can be best done by the private sector It serves to deflect and make insignificant the discussions about how the rest of the railways can be even corporatised to improve performance The most improved part of it will have already completed the journey and made the economy richer in the bargain in this decade Juxtapose this development with the parallel developments happening in the industrial corridor and the seeds of a new growth story for the Indian economy seem quite real As of nowthe DMIC is doing almost everything right Here too each of the projects and the towns are being developed through financial structures that make access to the debt or equity markets easy The critical elements of the projects are that DMIC is retaining the right to add value from the monetisation of land in these areas This ability is what distinguishes it from the Gurgaons and Navi Mumbais Essentially the real estate companies will be offered to join in post the development of the full infrastructure services in these areaswhich means the price they will have to pay will be high Both too have taken time to take offwhich has helped especially DMIC take the correct call It is not often the Indian government can be credited with following through policies that make sense and are sensible These are on the tracks Subhomoy is a deputy editor based in New Delhi subhomoybhattacharjee@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: February 28 2014 9:24 am The perception is that the navy the traditional silent service has been making news for the wrong reasons Related News The unprecedented resignation of Admiral DK Joshi from the high office of chief of naval staff (CNS) on Wednesday in the wake of the unfortunate accident on the Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhuratna earlier in the day may seem impulsive But it is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military The unwritten tenet of the profession of arms is that success is attributed to the subordinates in the chain of command The blame for failures and lapses rests with the top leadership — and as the “old man” Joshi took it on the chin and burnished this principle which alas has been ignored in India for many decades Leadership applies across the civil-military spectrum Not since former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned as the Union railway minister in 1956 (following an accident in Ariyalur Tamil Nadu in which 144 people were killed) has there been a display of such conviction and the resolute acceptance of moral and institutional responsibility The resignation of Joshi is as unprecedented as the swift manner in which it was accepted by the government and this aspect merits attention The Indian navy has been under adverse scrutiny since the enormity of the loss of another Kilo-class submarine the INS Sindhurakshak which suffered an explosion on board in August 2013 that gutted the boat and led to the loss of 18 lives In the interim — from Sindhughosh to the Sindhuratna mishap — there have been as many as nine incidents of operational lapses and minor accidents involving naval ships and submarines that have come under intense media focus The perception is that the navy the traditional silent service has been making news for the wrong reasons Unfortunately this perception — that there was something terribly wrong with the institution — was allowed to fester and in many ways Sindhuratna is the straw that broke the camel’s back The loss of life in any context is agonising and while the military profession accepts this exigency as being in the call of duty every commander assumes the safety of the lives of those under his command as sacrosanct Consequently the penalties and repercussions for such occurrences are strict The fact that two young officers lost their lives in the Sindhuratna incident may have weighed heavily on Joshi In his resignation the former CNS has set the same if not higher standard of rectitude that he had applied to his commanding officers But the larger question that lingers is: does the buck stop at the office of the naval chief Each of the accidents/ incidents is of different magnitude and contour Many would be deemed to be of an order not unprecedented — as for instance a ship touching the jetty while coming alongside or for that matter a sonar dome being scraped during an exercise Some incidents such as a submarine having to “bottom” and settle down due to tide conditions can be ascribed to the fact that the Mumbai harbour was not appropriately dredged and this in turn was due to financial approval being withheld and imprudent penny-pinching by the mandarins of the national exchequer The tragic explosion on the Sindhurakshak was an unprecedented accident and the exact cause for it is yet to be established But the navy has accepted responsibility in the aftermath and remedial measures have been put in place It is unfortunate that another submarine met with an accident on Wednesday and such a pattern is disturbing Specific to the Indian navy’s submarine arm it merits notice that the fleet is ageing and the Kilo-class boats were inducted from the former Soviet Union in the mid-1980s Most of the class is more than two decades old and the last diesel submarine was commissioned in 2000 Consequently old platforms are being exploited beyond their normal life cycle after repeated refits and repairs This takes a toll on the material state of the hull and the equipment on board For reasons more relevant to the texture and inadequacy of India’s higher defence management regular induction of new platforms for the navy and the other two services has been woefully inadequate Whether it is the artillery gun for the army or the fighter aircraft for the air force to identify but two examples the higher defence management of the country — which is the purview of the politico-bureaucratic lattice and the legislature — has remained indifferent to the substantive issues that plague national security The military sets for itself standards of probity and professional conduct that are higher than those for any other institution However the military in any democracy needs an empathetic and enabling socio-political environment and this regrettably has been lacking in the Indian context The civil-military dissonance is growing and whether it is tardy planning or prudent fiscal outlays to nurture the military the last 10 years have been feckless and arid Related to this is the growing bitterness among the veterans community and the ignominy of the state petitioning the courts against the grievances of the retired “fauji” is illustrative Admiral Joshi’s resignation is tinged with sadness but it could also be an opportunity to introspect over the deeper context of India’s higher defence management and the many inadequacies that await objective attention and policy correctives The next government would be well-advised to give this matter the highest priority The writer is a former director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and the National Maritime Foundation For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News" Ramachandran said. a nation-builder inside you. and author of the forthcoming book ‘Gaza: A History’ The New York Times For all the latest Opinion News, he also clarified that Aishwarya is not a part of the film.

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