Justice Markandey Katju writes: In the 2002 ‘riots’ in Gujarat — which was really a massacre of Muslims — a large number of Bilkis Bano’s family members were brutally murdered. She, at the time five months pregnant, was gang-raped by the same mob and left to die. Though the court awarded a life sentence to the perpetrators of this heinous crime, they were prematurely released by the Gujarat government on India’s Independence Day (August 15) in 2022.
Elon Musk’s Tesla may finally end its dry run in India and announce to set up an Electric Vehicle (EV) supply system manufacturing plant in Gujarat during the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit’ next month. The announcement is likely to be made in the presence of Tesla CEO and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the flagship event from January 10-12.
Following UNESCO’s inclusion of Gujarat’s Garba in its Intangible Cultural Heritage list, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that the traditional dance is not only for Gujarat but for the world. In a post on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Jaishankar said that he is delighted that UNESCO has inscribed Garba on its representative list of intangible cultural heritage.
“India is the next big story about the financial markets,” JP Gupta, additional chief secretary from Gujarat, who was in the US with a team to promote the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024, told indica this past week. “We are inviting entrepreneurs, and businessmen to invest in Gujarat. We had events in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. We’ll be going to Seattle. We met a lot of financial sector people in New York, the world capital for the capital markets. We went to the Nasdaq, and New York Stock Exchange and met many fund managers. There is a lot of excitement among fund managers to invest in India.”
India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the Indian Armed Forces are prepared to provide any assistance in tackling Cyclone Biparjoy. “I spoke to all three service chiefs and reviewed the preparedness of the armed forces for the landfall of Cyclone Biparjoy,” the Defense Minister said.
Severe cyclonic storm ‘Biparjoy’, is likely to make landfall in Gujarat between 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 IST. Around 74,000 people have been evacuated and relocated to shelter homes. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Railway Protection Force (RPF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Army units are on standby to provide assistance and support, said Amit Arora, the collector of Kutch, Gujarat.
At his first public appearance after landing in the United States, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi told an invite-only audience at the University of Santa Cruz’s Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara, California that India is like an ocean facing a storm, and that this too shall pass. He was responding to specific question on what is often viewed as social engineering in the country, led by the governing BJP’s Hindutva principles.
India on Tuesday rejected the US State Department report on international religious freedom and said it was based on “misinformation and flawed understanding.” According to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We are aware of the release of the US State Department 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom. Regrettably, such reports continue to be based on misinformation and flawed understanding.”
India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached Washington on Sunday to attend the 2023 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund and other G20 meetings.
Decreasing levels of immunity in our population may trigger new Covid waves and to tackle this, India needs a strong disease surveillance along with high vaccine coverage, WHO Regional Director, South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has stressed.
The Anti-Human Traffic Unit (AHTU) of CID-Crime will investigate the death of four members of a Gujarat family on the US-Canada border, a top official said on Tuesday. The four individuals died when their boat capsized in the St Lawrence River on the Quebec-New York border of Canada while attempting to cross into the US illegally.
Rahul Gandhi’s expulsion from parliament is a stunning embarrassment for India’s democracy but has the potential to transform his national stature.
A day after his conviction in a criminal defamation case, Lok Sabha MP and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on Friday disqualified from the Lok Sabha membership. “I am fighting for India’s voice… Ready to pay any price,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
The report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the October 30, 2022, Morbi bridge disaster, that killed 135 people in the Indian state of Gujarat, makes a sobering reading.
”Thus, saith his Sacred and Gracious Majesty the King: The beloved of the Gods (Devanaam Priya) King Piyadassi, honors all religions. Religions other than one’s own should also be honored, and the essentials of all religions should be promoted. If one acts thus, he promotes his own religion and benefits other religions too.If one acts otherwise, he hurts his own religion and hurts other religions too. One should not extol and glorify his own religion while disparaging the religion of others, for by doing so he diminishes the value of his own religion. Whoever disparages the religion of others while extolling and glorifying his own, harms his own religion grievously. Therefore, concord is commendable.”
On the 75th anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s assassination today, it is only becoming that we liberate him from the shackles of Mahatmahood and view him for what he really was—an astoundingly self-assured man with a strong moral compass as well an astute understanding of the human condition. Couple that with an epic conceit to devote his entire life to causes of enormous consequences and yet not be attached to it all.
In banning the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) much reviled and equally celebrated documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has only managed to lend it weight it may not necessarily deserve.
On January 26 when India celebrates its Republic Day, Bharat Biotech plans to launch its intranasal Covid-19 vaccine iNCOVACC. Executive chairman of the company, Dr. Krishna Ella, announced before a gathering on Saturday, January 21, that the vaccine manufacturer had already received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) earlier this month for the nasal vaccine, the first of its kind in India.
The India G20 presidency’s first Health Working Group meeting drew to a close at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on January 20. One of the highlights of three days meeting was Medical Value Travel and a paradigm shift in the health-seeking behavior of patients after Covid towards Holistic Health and well-being.
Amidst growing concerns over illegal immigrants risking all to get into the US and close on the heels of an incident at the US-Mexico border where Brijkumar Yadav from Gujarat fell to his death while trying to scale the “Trump Wall” to enter illegally into America, his wife too was injured in the incident, the US government announced new measures to crack down on illegal immigration.
Mayank Chhaya- When Gautam Adani says his rise as an entrepreneur predates the rise of Narendra Modi as prime minister by 30 years he is wittingly or unwittingly knocking the bottom off the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) central political posturing—the assertion that nothing of note happened in India before 2014. The BJP’s popular albeit absurd […]
Mayank Chhaya- By calling India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi “the butcher of Gujarat”, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has effectively shut the door on any meaningful revival of bilateral talks for the foreseeable future. He has also deliberately steered bilateral diplomacy into choppy seas. While at it, he also took an unambiguous shot at […]