One of the most important features of our administrative structure is the position of the district as a self-contained unit of governance. The BJP in Haryana has ignored that.
Vinod Dua discusses the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rape case, why people go to deras and how politicians patronised the Dera Sacha Sauda chief for vested interests.
With Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being sentenced to 20 years in prison, focus has shifted to the appeals to be filed in the Punjab and Haryana high court and to questions of succession within the Dera.
A special CBI court will begin hearing arguments over sentencing at 2:30 pm in the district jail at Sunaria where the Dera Sacha Sauda chief is lodged.
Apart from the mythic value and the personal charismatic appeal of the babas, deras in Punjab also offer a sense of security to their followers.
Petrol bombs, firearms and a large horde of sticks and sharp-edged weapons have been recovered from a various vehicles and Dera Sacha Sauda centres.
Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh turned violent following the verdict this afternoon where he was found guilty of rape.
The Dera’s support of the BJP brought the party to power. To talk now of a crackdown, when complicity and cooperation marked the relationship, seems hypocritical.
“Who is right? Crores of people who see god in Ram Rahim or that girl who filed a complaint?”
Questions over excessive police firing and the issue of why Panchkula wasn’t cleared of Dera followers before the court order was pronounced remain unanswered.
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The sentencing will take place on August 28. Singh has been taken into custody.
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In a Facebook post, that has now been deleted, a member of the Barala family shared a photo of DJ Varnika Kundu with two men and implied that she was drunk at the time of the incident.
A RTI query has drawn a blank from the governor’s house, the assembly secretariat and the chief minister’s office.
The recent issue of Krishi Samvad, a supplement of the monthly state government magazine Haryana Samvad, carried a photograph of a veiled woman, describing it as the “identity of the state”.
I am unable to say Eid mubarak the way he could, from his heart in ‘Eidgah’. The child in his classic story, Hamid, can be killed today by his own village folks as he goes to pray – all because of the cap he wears.
The Haryana home minister has made a number of controversial remarks in the past, including calling supporters of Gurmehar Kaur “pro-Pakistani” who “should be thrown out of this country.”
Hit by weak monsoons, inadequate infrastructure and catastrophically poor water conservation efforts, India faces unprecedented water shortages.
The Dalit activists have said that the 15 accused are those who had a brief meeting with the Haryana chief minister to demand a fair probe into inter-caste clashes.
Though the city moves ahead, and so does the country, it seems that the fate of India’s migrant workers is to remain perpetually in the same place.
The lack of policy implementation, diversion of funds and the failure of monitoring mechanisms are some of the causes.
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While the Right to Education Act focuses on educational inputs – infrastructure, teachers, books – attention also needs to be paid to assessing learning outcomes.
Independent and small beekeepers are uniting against adulterated and diluted honey sold in the domestic market by companies fighting a price war.
In 2013-2014, the CPCB spent a mere Rs 8.14 crore on air-quality monitoring for the entire country and this amount was further reduced to Rs 5.45 crore in 2014-2015.
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Punjab congress MLAs resigned en masse and Amarinder Singh quit as Lok Sabha MP after the court ruled that Punjab had no right to unilaterally terminate water-sharing agreements over the Satluj Yamuna Link Canal with neighbouring states.
The social objective is being converted into a writ that all must obey, with the state seeing citizens who are forced by poverty into open defecation as unsightly and inconvenient aberrations who must be bent and broken if need be.
Beyond the safety of minorities and biryani policing in Haryana, the IPS are under an obligation to act like leaders, not as mere passengers.
In Mewat, growing cow vigilantism indicates a complete lack of contemporary and historical understanding of complex cultures.
The Congress has hit back with allegations of the BJP waging a vendetta against it and claims that Justice Dhingra compromised his position, nullifying the report’s findings.
Jain monk and religious leader Tarun Sagar gave a 40-minute speech in the nude to the Haryana state assembly on Friday afternoon.
The prime minister’s measured comments on ‘gau rakshaks’ comes at a time when the Sangh parivar is desperately trying to consolidate in Gujarat and bring Dalits and other backward Hindu communities within its fold.
In order for things to change, say women’s rights activists, a social and legal overhaul is needed – where the focus is the woman rather than the accused.
To give stagnant agricultural growth a boost, a shift must be made from concentrating on the country’s food security to focusing on the farmers’ income security.
The high court of Haryana and Punjab asserted that there was no doubt that gang rape had occurred during the Haryana jat agitations.
The government did not implement the Swaminathan commission recommendation of an MSP set at 50% over cost as it feared “price distortions in markets”.
Citing “nefarious activities” on the part of rioters, the Justice T.P. Garg commission has recommended compensation of Rs 12.07 crore to the families of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Haryana.
A bureaucratic maze of forms and formalities dogs people with disabilities who seek the welfare they are entitled to.
If the prime minister is not galvanised to act by the growing disaffection among India’s youth, it could spell doom for the country’s vast population – and its leaders.