A non-Gandhi president is not a magical wand for a Congress revival

With Congress set to get a non-Gandhi president after over two decades, OneIndia talked with leading psephologist Dr Sandeep Shastri to delve deeper on the developments and consequences.

New Delhi, Oct 01: It is almost after over two decades that the Congress will have a non-Gandhi as the president. The Mallikarjuna Kharge vs Shashi Tharoor battle is being keenly watched by all and by October 19, the result would be clear.

While Kharge is a Gandhi family loyalist backing on experience, Tharoor speaks about a change. However, the larger question is how much of a difference would a non-Gandhi face make to the prospects of the party. OneIndia caught up with leading psephologist, Dr. Sandeep Shastri to discuss this further.

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With PFI banned, agencies probe international links and hand in ISIS recruitment

The links with foreign countries have been on scanner for long after it was found that several persons linked to the PFI had joined the ISIS and many had travelled to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Turkey

New Delhi, Sep 30: With the Popular Front of India now banned, the enforcement agencies are looking at the outfit’s links with some extremist elements in foreign countries.

The scanner is particularly on Turkey which has been commenting a lot on the internal affairs of India.

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As General Chauhan gets set to take over as CDS, the importance of military theaterisation

The appointment of a new CDS is important to speed up the theaterisation drive which would boost the synergy among the Indian Armed Forces, and utilise the military’s resources for future wars and operations.

New Delhi, Sep 30: With General Anil Chauhan all set to take over as India’s new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) today, the key focus would be on the theaterisation drive.

General Chauhan takes over as the CDS nine months after General Bipin Rawat’s death in a chopper crash. On Wednesday, the government announced the name of General Chauhan as the new CDS of India. The new CDS retired as the Eastern Army Commander on May 31, 2021. He was also the military adviser to the National Security Council before he was appointed as the new CDS.

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The PFI’s one-point agenda was attacks on Hindus

The PFI and its various front organisations had a presence in over 17 states in the country and over 1,300 criminal cases had been registered by the police and the NIA against its cadres and front organisations in different states.

New Delhi, Sep 29: The Ministry of Home Affairs which banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) and 8 of its associate fronts had found that the outfit was the most potent radical Muslim outfit and its members were involved in various acts of violence.

The PFI had its presence in 17 states and it encouraged its cadre to indulge in acts of violence and create disharmony in the community. The agencies which have prepared several dossiers on the outfit learnt that some of the operatives especially from Kerala had left India and joined the Islamic State apart from taking part in terror activities in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Linkages with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were also found.

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Document to make India an Islamic State among other material recovered during raid on PFI

From the UP leadership the NIA seized pen drives containing videos relating to the Islamic State and Ghazwat-ul-Hind

New Delhi, Sep 28: While there were repeated demands for a ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) the back-to-back mega raids in the last two weeks resulted in a five year ban on the outfit and its affiliates.

The National Investigation Agency which carried out the raids along with the Enforcement Directorate seized incriminating material including bomb making manuals. The agencies in a note said that it had seized hundreds of incriminating materials. It listed a brochure and a CD related to Mission 2047. This was a document containing material to covert India into an Islamic State by 2047. This was seized from the vice-president of the PFI Maharashtra.

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PFI banned: A demand that began in 2010 comes into force in 2022

The culprits were the Popular Front of India. The government at that time said that they were aware of a local Dar-ul-Khada set up by the Popular Front of India which was functioning to resolve civil disputes.

New Delhi, Sep 28: On 4 July 2010, a horrific incident was reported at Muvattupuza near the Nirmala College in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Joseph a professor of Malayalam at the Newman College had his hand cut off at the wrist on the allegation of blasphemy.

The culprits were the Popular Front of India. The government at that time said that they were aware of a local Dar-ul-Khada set up by the Popular Front of India which was functioning to resolve civil disputes.

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PFI and affiliates banned by government of India

New Delhi, Sep 28: The government of India has banned the Popular Front of India. The decision comes after two back-to-back mega nation wide raids on the outfit.

The government took the decision to ban the outfit for five years after it was found that it was indulging in alleged terror funding.

PFI’s associate organisations Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala have also been banned.

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NIA undertakes another mega raid on PFI, takes scores of operatives into custody

New Delhi, Sep 27: The mega raids on the Popular Front of India (PFI) continued today. This is the second time that a raid of such a huge scale is being carried out against the PFI in two weeks.

The NIA continued with its raids on the outfit in eight different states and several members of the PFI have also been detained. Last week the NIA arrested 106 operatives of the group including its chairman O M A Salam.

Sources tell OneIndia that today’s raids are being carried out based on the information that was received following the arrests of the operatives during the first round.

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Islamic radicals have a field day attacking Hindu leaders in Tamil Nadu

The attacks on Hindus and the rise of Islamic outfits in Tamil Nadu is nothing new. The state has had the presence of outfits such as Al Umma, Al-Badr and SIMI for long and today all these groups have merged into the Islamic State.

New Delhi, Sep 26: The Tamil Nadu police have issued a stern warning amidst the multiple attacks against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders in the state.

The police said that those involved in such acts would be booked under the stringent provisos of the National Security Act (NSA).

Petrol bombs have been used to attacks BJP and RSS leaders in Coimbatore, Ramanathapuram, Thiruppur, Kanyakumari and Salem. Attacks on functionaries of the RSS and BJP in Tamil Nadu are nothing new.

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Keep it clean, keep it safe: How the federal agencies raided the PFI

The NIA, ED raids on the Popular Front of India was probably one of the most meticulously planned operations by the agencies which involved everything from planning to coordination to complete secrecy.

New Delhi, Sep 24: The raids on the Popular Front of India (PFI) across the country which led to the arrest of 106 accused was probably one of the most meticulously planned operations.

Raids were carried out across 15 states which led to the arrest of O M S Salam, and this involved the coordination between the National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate, the Intelligence Bureau and 86 platoons of para-military forces.

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