Justice Markandey Katju: A great victory, indeed

Justice Markandey Katju writes: After the order of the District Judge, Varanasi, given on the last day prior to his retirement, a puja was performed (pictured above; photo by ANI) in the basement (Vyasji ka tehkhaana) of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, within hours of the court order. I am certain this will be followed by many such pujas and aartis (often at the very time of namaz or the Muslim holy prayer, so as to create a ruckus), and I am equally certain many such Hindu temples will be “liberated” in the coming days, as parliamentary elections approach. Even the name of the mosque has been changed. Har har Mahadev! No doubt this is a great victory for Hindus against the demoniac Muslims.

Indian American Congressman Shri Thanedar condemns attacks on Hindu temples in the US

Indian American Congressman Shri Thanedar on Wednesday condemned the recent attacks on Hindu temples in the US, saying such incidents should not be tolerated. “We should not tolerate any kind of phobia, Hindu phobia. The religions are about love, helping each other and doing good things for each other. And these attacks on Hindu temples — I strongly condemn them and we must not tolerate that. I serve on the Homeland Security Committee and I am speaking with my committee members about helping religious organisations do better ability. Provide them the funds and resources they need to protect the religious organisations and help them fight any kind of Hindu phobia, any kind of hatred that we see,” Thanedar said.

Congressman Rich McCormick: Excited to be in India, will meet PM Modi

US Congressman Rich McCormick, who is part of the American Congressional delegation visiting India, on Wednesday said that he is looking forward to his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I’m really excited about today, we’re going to meet Prime Minister Modi and several other dignitaries and once again continue to advance the relationship between our two great countries”, McCormick said.

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, World Bank chief Banga discuss “concerns of Global South”

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and World Bank President Ajay Banga on Wednesday held discussions on “India’s endeavours to empower regional connectivity” and the “concerns of the Global South.” Indian American Ajay Banga, who is in Gandhinagar in Gujarat to attend the third G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, met Jaishankar on Wednesday and talked about India’s endeavours to “propel larger development.”

United States Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer expected to visit India

United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to visit India with a high-profile delegation of Senate Democrats for meetings with the Indian leadership. The details of his visit are being worked out, sources familiar with the deliberations said. An official said Democrat Senator Schumer’s office is eyeing his travel to India as early as next week and the top lawmaker will be visiting multiple countries.

India stands with Turkiye just like a friend in need: NDRF officers

“India stands with Turkiye just like a friend in need,” said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officer Ravinder, part of India’s ongoing rescue operations in the earthquake-ravaged country under ‘Operation Dost’. “NDRF is participating in rescue operations and is making efforts to rescue those stuck in the ruins. The police and army are working together for the same,” Ravinder said.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to present India’s annual budget on Wednesday

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2023-24 in Parliament on Wednesday, the last full Budget of the Modi government in its second term. This year’s Budget holds much significance as the country is scheduled to have the next Lok Sabha election in April-May 2024. The budget session of the Parliament began on Tuesday with President’s address.