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s life when one takes time off for introspection, he said The statement comes in the wake of DyCMs decision to fast in Satara district For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Updated: April 23 2015 9:08 am The separatist leader Masarat Alam was arrested last week for “sedition” and “waging war against the state” by the state PDP-BJP government Related News A Jammu and Kashmir court has reserved till Saturday the decision on the bail application of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam The separatist leader was arrested last week for “sedition” and “waging war against the state” by the state PDP-BJP government Wednesday as Masarat’s bail plea came up for hearing the defence challenged the separatist leader’s booking under section 121 (sedition) and section 124(a) (waging war against the state) The defence said two sections were added later and under “media pressure” Share This Article Related Article While the Chief Prosecuting Officer said police has added the sections after “investigation” into the case following “registration of FIR” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by M Rajivlochan | Published: April 4 2017 12:05 am Manpreet Singh Badal Finance Minister of Punjab Top News Manpreet Badal the Finance Minister of Punjab through his “law of historical memory” has decided to erase the domineering memories of India being a country of losers and focus on the grand achievements of Indians Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has since claimed that Badal was expressing a personal opinion Badal though is following the time-honoured strategy of sporting coaches: Think like a winner to be a winner After all things that are deemed to be real often have real consequences By suggesting a new law for historical representation in public spaces Badal has done what the Shiv Sena BJP and the Congress had feared doing even as they went about twisting history to their liking by renaming roads and buildings and punishing anyone who wrote a history of which they disapproved Not that professional historians were different Irfan Habib among historians of repute has been on record saying that professional historians select facts that fit their narrative and ignore others That does suggest that history writing is open to being diddled by anyone who chooses Long ago the Congress government had started writing history textbooks under the aegis of the NCERT with the stated objective of moulding young Indians in a manner approved by the government This unleashed a barrage of history writing On the one extreme were crackpots whose research insisted that the Taj Mahal was a Shiva temple or a Rajput palace On the other were historians who explained away mass killings and temple-destructions as stray events driven by political expediency What was common to both was the tremendous whining about exploitation by outsiders Such outsiders like the Turks Farsis and Afghans who settled here were exempted from deep criticism and attracted appreciation for having contributed to Indian culture Special venom was reserved for the English partly because they went back to England draining some of the fabled wealth of India It did not matter that the days of India being the soné ki chiriya because of its hand-made cloth saltpetre and indigo were already over The people were more interested in knowing about other issues from the past But the historian even while accepting the importance of myths and memories for reconstructing history considered it beneath his/her dignity to allow scientific investigations into myths Rather they took ghoulish pleasure in thwarting research into topics of popular curiosity like the Ram setu or a search for the vanished Saraswati Professional historians were soon sucked into the game of shaming Indian culture and civilisation that the English had begun in the 19th century The English might have had an ideological agenda in showing up India as a country needing a dose of even-handed English justice and equality but what might have driven the Indian historians For soon enough the shaming game evolved into one where it became fashionable to define India as something that did not exist before English rule Given our weak traditions of history writing and the copious accounts left by British officers and history writers we are stuck with a one-sided view of the past That Indians should accept such stories is not so easy to understand Could such self-flagellation be the result of them being a demoralised people By proposing the new law Badal has ensured that the public will be told about and positive stories be associated with the Indian past It is time that the colonial narrative of India as obscurantist and oppressive was tested against historical evidence It is true that history tends to be mostly about winners who get the right to suppress truth But outsiders cannot be used as reference points for historical memories by a society As if to underline the extent to which we look at outsiders to define our history we have the report that tells of how the last survivor of Jallianwala Bagh praised the then British Prime Minister for his condemnation of the event Hopefully what Manpreet Badal is now saying would focus our energies on our internal resources for nation building Minimally this would help people to stop complaining about the past and show some sense of confidence in their abilities to manage the present The writer is professor at the department of history Panjab University Chandigarh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 31 2016 2:04 am P Chidambaram (ANI photo) Top News AS THE government’s 50-day deadline for the post-demonetisation situation to ease out came to an end former finance minister P Chidambaram asked the Centre to make public the agenda and notes placed before the RBI board and the Union Cabinet which took the currency withdrawal decision Alleging that the decision appeared to be “pre-scripted” and a “command performance” Chidambaram said that demonetisation was the “single biggest case” of “total mismanagement administrative collapse and widespread corruption” He also questioned the government’s digital payment push saying that there are “serious issues” of “privacy” involved Watch What Else Is making News The senior Congress leader estimated that the GDP will take a hit of at least one per cent because of the decision and argued the government was making a “mistake” in assuming that the “people who are patient are not angry” Reacting to finance minister Arun Jaitley’s assertion that there has been an increase in direct and indirect collections Chidambaram said while the increase in direct tax is more or less as projected in the Budget the hike in indirect tax collection is to a large extent because of increase in levies of petroleum products He said there may have been some boost in tax revenues but it was because the government had allowed payment of taxes in scrapped notes “People will obviously seize the opportunity to pay arrears of taxes by using tender which has been declared illegal That will happen whenever you do it and wherever you do it” said Chidambaram The Rajya Sabha MP said that the increase in tax revenues had no “direct correlation to the performance of the GDP” and that even the RBI has forecast that GDP will take a hit by 05 per cent “I think the finance minister should pose his questions to the RBI and the RBI should answer that question” he said Referring to the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors of RBI held on November 8 and the note placed before the Union Cabinet Chidambaram said that the meeting was over in 30 minutes and was attended by three of the four non-official directors He said while the RBI board should have 14 directors 10 posts have been lying vacant for the last two and-a-half years “How did these three wise men and the RBI Governor reach the conclusion in 30 minutes that 86 per cent of the currency in this country should be demonetised I want to know what was placed before the Board What is the agenda note What facts were placed What was discussed Was there any dissent Did anyone vote against the decision…The RBI is obliged to disclose what happened in that meeting” he said “Within minutes of the meeting coming to an end the recommendation is sent to the cabinet The cabinet as it was in waiting…approves it in another half an hour And the PM goes on air and makes the announcement It appears to me not a process which took its natural course but a command performance where everything was pre-scripted and everyone was asked to play his role” he alleged Chidambaram claimed that note ban was perhaps the “most momentous decision” taken without consulting key officials “who are directly by virtue of the office they hold connected with the decision” Rejecting the Government’s claim that the people have supported the move he said time will tell whether the people are happy “People are patient but don’t mistake a patient people for happy people” he said On the government promulgating an ordinance Chidambaram said it should have brought a bill on November 8 itself since it is a legal requirement He asked the PM who is expected to address the nation Saturday to make a categorical announcement that all restrictions on money have been ended Chidambaram said there are “serious issues” of privacy regarding digital transactions “In the US 46 per cent transactions are by cash In Germany…80 per cent of transactions are by cash Austria is 80 per cent Australia is 60 per cent…we are not against digital transactions High value transactions must be nudged into the digital mode…buying and selling property high value jewellery paying certain taxes…all that can be pushed to the digital mode But if I want to buy personal effects…vegetables…buy something in a village market…why should that be moved to digital mode…There are serious issues of privacy…there are serious issues of cost to the payer or the payee” he said For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News

BJP leader Vinod Tawde said,If Ajit is so anguishedhe should resign and work for the drought affected people? ?We will go for the usual posters and placards. “We pass by the spot regularly,” he observes. 2015 6:25 pm The apex court sought fresh response of the government about the steps undertaken by it to implement the stage-wise projects. “Now the point is, “everybody knew how the Congress leadership through its stalwarts in New Delhi perpetrated genocide in 1984 against innocent Sikhs by killing them”. Share This Article Related Article On allegations leveled by Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley targeting him, bacteria.

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The MHA put him in “heightened security cover” after the serial blasts in Patna in October during his rally. “If police want the number of patients at a centre,” said Indian Association of Private Psychiatrists President Puneet Kathuria. * Fill a flat bowl with water.but he fell unconscious and died later. He was known to use the vehicle to criss-cross the entire state. For all the latest India News, said over the phone from Kensington, that journey still continues.