India Politics

India Politics

Re-conversion controversy won't affect Goa: Congress

Panaji : The re-conversion controversy may have created "communalism hotspots" elsewhere in India, but the strategy of the "divisive forces" will fall flat in Goa, state Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro told media here Monday.

Commenting on the re-conversion controversy and whether it would have any ramification in Goa, a state which has a 26 per cent Christian population Faleiro said: "Whoever says, you convert or we will convert you, Goans will not listen (to them). Goans have the capacity to think. In Goa, it cannot happen."

Probe all fraudulent chit funds, Left tells Modi

New Delhi : A Left delegation Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to have all fraudulent chit funds operating in eastern India thoroughly investigated.

Only then would the "alarming financial irregularities and fraud committed by 186 financial companies" or chit funds in West Bengal be understood, the delegation said in a memorandum submitted to Modi.


Badal rules out Majithia's resignation

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday said there was no question of Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majitha resigning over his alleged involvement in a drug racket.

"I have never demanded resignation from anybody," Badal said when journalists wanted to know if Majitha would be asked to step down till the investigation into the charges against him got over.

Badal's comments came a day after his Akali Dal's ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party, joined forces with the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to demand that Majitha quit as minister.


Protest against government over conversions, unfulfilled promises

New Delhi : Thousands of people from different parts of the country thronged the national capital Monday protesting against the central government over various issues, prominent being religious conversion and the "government not acting on its promises".

The protesters, mostly from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh, gathered at Jantar Mantar and Parliament street and accused the government of "forgetting its promises and indulging in religious conversion and other divisive policies".

VHP helpline for ‘ghar wapsi’ on Dec 25 receives more than 200 calls

By Staff Reporter,

Thiruvananthapuram: Even when the Hindutva organizations have drawn flak for their alleged attempts at re-conversion in the northern states and cancelled a planned event of ‘ghar wapsi’ in Aligarh on Christmas day, the organizations seem unfazed here in Kerala. A number of ghar wapsi events are planned on Christmas day across all districts in the state.

Forgetting Minorities Rights Day is NOT Good Governance

By Shah Ahmed,,

Ever since Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India, the right wing groups including the RSS and those affiliated with the RSS are ruling the roost…not a single day goes by without a provocative statement from the RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other right wing fringe groups that threatens the secular fabric of the country.

सरकार का सिरदर्द बना ‘घर-वापसी’ का टोटका

By Staff reporter,

नई दिल्ली: घर-वापसी, जिसे हिन्दू दक्षिणपंथी दल धर्म-परिवर्तन कहने से बच रहे हैं, अब सरकार के लिए दोमुंहे सांप सरीखा बनता जा रहा है. एक ओर जहां भाजपा अध्यक्ष अमित शाह ने विपक्षी ‘सेकुलर’ दलों को धर्म-परिवर्तन कानून के खिलाफ़ करार दिया था, वहीं वे यह स्पष्ट कर पाने में असमर्थ रहे कि भाजपा ‘घर-वापसी’ को धर्म-परिवर्तन मानती है या नहीं.

How many alliances are possible in Kashmir?

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar: Amid the uncertainty of what will be the election result Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir, two things are certain: there will be no alliance between the BJP and the Congress and none between the National Conference and the PDP.

A few other things can be said with some certainty.

The Peoples Democratic Party, which had 21 seats in the outgoing state assembly, may well be the single largest group in the 87-seat house.

And the Bharatiya Janata Party will emerge as a major player in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time since independence.

Janata Parivar raps Modi regime for raising communal tension

New Delhi: Leaders of the Janata Parivar Monday gathered in the heart of the capital to denounce the Narendra Modi government and accuse it of fomenting communal tension.

Addressing thousands of people in the Jantar Mantar area, leaders of the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) hit out at the BJP-led government.

Aligning with BJP inconceivable for me: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday virtually ruled out any understanding with the BJP post the state assembly elections results, saying it was "inconceivable for him" to even think about any such course of action.

Addressing his last media conference as chief minister, he said: "It is inconceivable for me to ally with the BJP since they have not dissociated themselves from Babri Masjid demolition and a common civil code. I don't see such a situation to occur.