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Supreme Court recognizes Third Sex: recommends access to schemes for minorities

  Ardhanareeshwara; SC sees sense in hoary tradition New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender people. “Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue,” Justice KS Radhakrishnan said while handing down the ruling. The court directed state and federal governments to identify transgenders as a neutral third gender who should be granted access to the same welfare schemes as other minority groups in India.... 

Now Atal – Modi letters on Gujarat riots to be out under RTI!

  Atal’s warning: ‘Remember Rajadharma!” New Delhi: as the end of the 2014 elections in India nears its end, skeletons are coming tumbling out all over. Two important books by Sanjay Baru, Manmohan Singh’s former media advisor, and former coal secretary PC Parakh have revealed how decrepit the UPA government in its second stint proved to be. On the other hand, Narendra Modi seems unlikely to escape exposure of his correspondence with Atal Bihari Vajpayee over his handling of the Gujarat riots in 2002. The Prime Minister’s Office will take the nod of Gujarat government... 

2014: ‘The tongue doesn’t have bones’

      By Ratnakar Tripathy  The boneless tongue Among the myriad reports and analyses on the 2014 parliamentary elections I have read, the most telling one came from a man in the streets of Bangalore –  ‘Naaligege moolle illa’, he told the reporter in Kannada, a language I don’t understand. Thanks to this Kannada saying, I have turned an admirer of the language without understanding a word of it. It means ‘the tongue doesn’t have bones’, and you can say whatever you want. The tongue is utterly flexible and unlike the arm or the ankle is not confined to a narrow range... 

Narendra Modi’s utterings = BJP Manifesto?

  Modi: making a 0 sign? New Delhi: it is now becoming clear that among all the prominent parties in India the BJP will be the last to release its manifesto. This, in spite of the fact that the party declared its PM candidate first. BJP’s PM candidate Modi has been spouting the basic contents of the manifesto orally in his speeches all over the country. For the past few days, the BJP spokesmen and pro-BJP panellists on TV news channels have been claiming vociferously that Narendra Modi’s speeches all over the country constitute nothing but the party’s manifesto. A sympathizer panellist... 

With 426 candidates AAP is all over the place

    AAP: the omnipresent broom Increasingly, as the 2014 elections dates come near, it is becoming clear that even if AAP does not do well according to its own estimates, it will certainly be the most vocal opposition to any ruling formation that comes to power – whether the BJP or a badly stitched up Third Front, which AAP is unlikely to join. If and when the Modi juggernaut has its way, what the nation will need is a strong voice in the opposition. The UPA has exhausted all its slogans and arguments against Modi and no one is listening to the stale, age old phrases and pious homilies... 

Now it’s ‘Modi Sarvbhuteshu': politics to replace religion?

    Politics swamped by religion: religion swamped by politics? Varanasi: Even as the controversy surrounding ‘Har Har Modi’ slogan is yet to die down, supporters of BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi have released a new poster in this temple town using a “modified” version of a ‘shloka’ eulogising Goddess Durga. The poster to greet the people ahead of Navratri, a festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, carries a picture of Modi showing a victory sign and a “modified” version of a ‘shloka’ of Durga... 

Muthalik come, Muthalik go: BJP accepts then rejects the notorious molester

    Muthalik come, Muthalik go: come again? Yesterday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cancelled the membership Pramod Muthalik, the controversial chief of Hindu outfit Sri Ram Sene, within hours of his induction into the party on Sunday. Muthalik had joined the BJP in Karnataka, insisting he wanted to strengthen the hands of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. BJP spokesperson later issued a statement, saying the Sri Ram Sene chief’s BJP membership was being cancelled. “The central BJP has clearly rejected the membership of Muthalik,” Sitharaman said. The... 

Cost of Indian democracy: candidates to spend 5 billion $ on 2014 elections

  Election spending: unprecedented downpour! Delhi: that the election industry in India belongs squarely to the informal sector is a fact known even to the illiterate voter. Indian politicians are expected to spend around $5 billion on campaigning for elections next month — a sum second only to the most expensive US presidential campaign of all time — in a splurge that could give India’s floundering economy a temporary boost. India’s campaign spend, which can include cash stuffed in envelopes as well as multi-million-dollar ad campaigns, has been estimated at 300 billion rupees... 

Does Modi see Nitish as enemy no 1: with 4 Modi rallies in Bihar in March!

    Nitish: the chief Namo target? Patna: A good indication of how important Bihar may be for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is that the Gujarat CM is scheduled to address as many as four election rallies in the state next month. Modi is scheduled to address a rally in Muzaffarpur, north Bihar’s most important town, on March 3. A week later, on March 10, he will address another rally in Purnea in Seemanchal. He will be back in central Bihar to address a rally in Gaya four days later. He will then travel to Saharsa on March 24 to address a rally in the Kosi region. The... 

Upending overnight : relieved Rajya Sabha MP NK Singh gets critical of Nitish

  Rajya Sabha: Oh, the joy of nomination New Delhi: according to reports, the outgoing JD(U) member of Rajya Sabha NK Singh on Tuesday lodged a strong note of dissent against party leader Nitish Kumar by saying that it was the NDA as a whole and not the Bihar CM alone who could be given credit for the recent recovery of the state. This comes soon after being denied another term by the JD[U] and is indicative of how political loyalties among the most educated Biharis may change overnight. It is not the criticism that hurts since there is more than a grain of truth in what Singh said, but... 
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