With Gehlot most certainly out of running, who will be next president of Congress

New Delhi, Sep 27: The political crisis within the Congress continues to rage on. Reports now suggest that the candidature of Ashok Gehlot is under cloud following a rebellion staged by Rajasthan Congress MLAs close to him.

Gehlot who has been a Gandhi loyalist for years was considered to be a front-runner for the post of Congress president. Now the Gandhi family has reportedly removed Gehlot from the running for the top post in the party.

With Gehlot most certainly out of the race, let us take a look at the potential candidates who could be the next president of the Congress party.

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What a few from India could learn from the anti-hijab protest in Iran

Iran has enforced a strict dress code which requires women to wear head scarves in public, and prohibits tight trousers, ripped jeans, brightly coloured outfits and clothes that expose the knees.

New Delhi, Sep 20: Iran has been witnessing protests over the death of a young woman who had been arrested by the morality police. The authorities said on Friday that Mahsa Amini, 22, died in hospital three days after being in coma. She was arrested by the morality police after she visited the capital on September 13.

Reports said that the police provided no information on her arrest other than citing the hijab rule. Her mother said that Amini was detained despite her following the rules. She was wearing a long loose robe. She was arrested despite pleas made by her brother.

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Opposition needs to understand that right to religion is not a right to convert

When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land – Desmond Tutu

New Delhi, Sep 16: The Karnataka Legislative Council on Thursday passed the anti-conversion bill by a voice vote. The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021 popularly known as the anti-conversion bill was passed following a heated debate between the ruling BJP government and Congress.

The new laws aim at stopping conversion by allurement or fraud and also imposes a heavy penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh and a jail term of up to 10 years.

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‘Kafir Bajrang Dal Wale Ko Maro’: Slogan by radical Islamists who murdered Harsha

According to the NIA probe, absolute hatred towards Hindus and an intention to create terror in the minds of the Hindu community are two main reasons behind the Shivamogga murder

New Delhi, Sep 07: ‘Kafir Bajrang Dal Wale Ko Maro,’ this was the slogan raised by the Islamist radicals while killing Bajrang Dal activist Harsha in Shivamogga, Karnataka. The slogan when translated into English means, ‘kill the infidel Bajrang Dal men’.

It was the absolute hatred that these accused persons developed towards Hindus that made them form a gang, conspire and then kill Harsha, the NIA said. The agency said that another intention was to create terror in the minds of the Hindu community.

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Mamata aide’s arrest exposes a murky cattle scam in Bengal

The CBI said that the cattle were smuggled from India to Bangladesh after paying illegal gratification to BSF personnel manning the international border.

New Delhi, Aug 11: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s close aide Anubrata Mondal in connection with a 2020 cattle smuggling case. Mondal is the TMC’s Birbhum district president.

Mondal had earlier been questioned by the CBI twice as part of its investigation into the cattle smuggling case.

The cattle smuggling scam is a huge one. It is alleged that the cattle shown as seized at the Indo-Bangladesh border were undervalued and auctioned with the help of some Customs officers so that cow traders could buy them back at a very low cost. Following this they would legally sell it again to their counterparts in Bangladesh.

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Tact, secrecy and precision: How Article 370 was abrogated without any hiccups

In addition to the security measures that were taken, the government also had to ensure that none got wind of the decision.

New Delhi, Aug 05: It has been three years since the Indian Government abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. On this day in 2019, the government also announced that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh would be two separate Union Territories.

It was not an easy call for the government to take considering the tensions in the Valley. In addition to the security measures that were taken, the government also had to ensure that none got wind of the decision. When it was finally announced, it came as a surprise to all and even Pakistan did not have a wind of what had transpired in the background.

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Draupadi Murmu: India’s President is first a proud ‘janajati’

All of us are ‘vasi’ of this land. The people who live in forests are ‘vanavasi’. The ones in the villages are ‘gramavasi’ while people living in towns and cities are ‘nagaravasi’. In fact all the vasi put together are the ‘janajatis of this land’.

New Delhi, July 26: Draupadi Murmu took oath as the 15th President of India on July 25, 2022. While taking oath, she said that for her getting primary education was a dream and she would as President of India focus on the marginalised.

Murmu interestingly referred to a term ‘janajati’ in her address. The word has an interesting history to it and OneIndia caught up with Bharath Gyan founders Dr. D K Hari and Dr. D K Hema to discuss this further.

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As enemies grow, India’s urgency for theaterisation of Armed Forces grows too

The India-Pakistan border has always been a major concern and today the problem has escalated with the Chinese transgression along the LAC in eastern Ladakh

New Delhi, July 20: The death of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, has left a huge void. The untimely demise came at a time when the military theaterisation drive was under way.

This became even more important considering the multi-fold threats the country is facing. The India-Pakistan border has always been a major concern and today the problem has escalated with the Chinese transgression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

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Govt says lions’ fury or calm depends on who looks at it

The newly inaugurated National Emblem has led to yet another controversy about the ‘look’ of the lions. While the Centre maintains that it is an exact replica of Sarnath, Opposition begs to differ.

New Delhi, July 13: Beauty is famously regarded as an attribute that lies in the eyes of the beholder. So is the case with calm and anger, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri wrote amidst questions by the Opposition on whether the national emblem of Parliament represents the statue of Great Sarnath.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the national emblem cast on the roof of the new Parliament building in New Delhi. The inauguration of the emblem, which is made up of bronze with a total weight of 9,500 kg and is 6.5 metre in height, marks the first major milestone ahead of the new building’s scheduled opening for later this year.

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Report card of the Electoral College that selects India’s President

The Presidential elections will be held on July 18 and 4,809 sitting MLAs and MPs would decide the fate of the Murmu vs Sinha battle

New Delhi, July 12: The Presidential elections are slated to be held on July 18 and it would be a contest between the NDA’s Draupadi Murmu and the Opposition’s Yashwant Sinha.

There are 4,809 sitting MPs and MLAs from across all states who collectively form the Electoral College. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch have analysed 4,759 of the 4,809 affidavits of all the sitting MPs and MLAs. This includes 768 out of the 776 affidavits of MPS and 3,991 of the 4,033 MLAs from all the states and Union Territories.

MPs/ MLAs with Criminal Cases:

  • Out of the 4,759 MPs/MLAs analysed, 2,030(43%) members have declared criminal cases against themselves in a self-sworn affidavit filed with the Election Commission of India (ECI) before their most recent elections.
  • 236 (44 per cent) out of 542 Lok Sabha MPs, 71(31 per cent) out of 226 Rajya Sabha MPs and 1,723(43 per cent) out of 3,991 MLAs analysed have declared criminal cases against themselves.

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