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Shiv Sena MPs force-feed fasting Muslim man

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Shiv Sena MPs force-feed fasting Muslim man

Caught on tape force-feeding a Maharashtra Sadan catering supervisor, Shiv Sena MPs have pleaded ignorance that they did not know that the man was a Muslim who was on his Ramzan fast.

But does it matter when the first-time MP Rajan Vichare tried to stuff a roti into the mouth of the protesting supervisor? Would it have been any less of an affront if the victim was Hindu or Christian or Sikh or Buddhist?

Why force-feed a man who does not want to eat should be the basic question. Why behave like a goonda if you say you aren’t one?

First, since the Shiv Sena is deeply embarrassed at being found to be forcing a Muslim to break his fast on July 17 since they did not like the food’s quality, let’s accept their explanation that Vichare did not know the name of Arshad Zubair and hence could not deduce that he was a Muslim and could be observing a Ramzan fast.

The party has also rightly blamed other parties of giving a communal colour to the incident. But what else can one expect from politicians and that too when Parliament is in session!

But even if one were to give the Shiv Sena MPs the benefit of doubt, what allows lawmakers to humiliate a catering supervisor in front of TV cameras?
Were they not misusing their power vested upon them by voters like the one they force-fed?

In all likelihood, the food that they were so miffed about was being given to them for free.

Should they not apologise and is Zubair not within his rights to file a police complaint against the MPs for this public humiliation?

Should we not have been equally outraged had the catering supervisor been from any other community?

Let’s direct our protest to reform our MPs (since we can’t seem to do away with them) so that they at least respect people who voted them to power.

Setting an example?

The Shiv Sena MPs have also set an example of sorts – if you don’t like the food served to you, it’s all right to shove it into the mouth of the person serving you.

That way, there will be millions in the country who would like to do that, but don’t, because they are not drunk on  power.

Have the Shiv Sena MPs tasted the mid-day meal served to hundreds of thousands of school children from poor families every day? We’re sure they would not like the way it tastes. But many children in fact come to school for the food even if they don’t like it. Should they start shoving the food into the mouth of the cook?

Thousands of hostel students bear bland mess food but do they push a roti into the mouth of the mess manager?

You can protest, demand better food but you can’t humiliate the person who serves you the food – you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

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Kanhaiya is an aberration, nationalists don’t accept it: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

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Kolkata: Describing Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar as an “aberration”, union minister and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday said such an aberration will not be accepted at the cost of nationalism.

Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a party event here, Rudy ridiculed the Left parties for using the media and universities to turn Kanhaiya Kumar — who was jailed on sedition charges but recently granted interim bail — into a “momentary hero”.

Using the media, universities and NGOs, the Leftists sided with anti-national sloganeers and managed to turn Kanhaiya into a hero for the time being, but the people of the country are aware of Leftists’ intentions, he said.

“Kanhaiya is an aberration and the nationalism and nationalists will not allow this aberration to be part of the country’s polity,” said Rudy.

Commenting on the demand for change in the sedition laws, Rudy said those who are clamouring intolerance were anti-nationals.

“Nationalism cannot be compromised at any cost and it cannot be brought to on par with the debate of intolerance. When people are talking of breaking the country, when people are raising slogans against the country, this debate of intolerance is nothing but anti-nationalism,” said the union Minister of state for skill development and parliamentary affairs.

“It is for the court to decide whether a change needs in the sedition laws, but there cannot be any compromise when your actions are seditious,” he said.

Addressing a seminar of the party’s state intellectual cell, Rudy said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the only political party in the country whose ideals are not personality-based.

“The chief character of almost all the parties, be it south India or the east, be it the Samajwadi Party or the Congress, their ideals are based on a certain personality, but the BJP’s soul is country, nationalism,” he said.

Enumerating the various developmental schemes undertaken by Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, Rudy called upon the party’s intellectual cell to endeavour for bringing the BJP in power in West Bengal.

(IANS)

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One dead, two hurt on Scorsese film set

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Taipei:  One person died and two others were injured Thursday while preparing to film the movie “Silence”, the latest project of US filmmaker Martin Scorsese, in Taiwan, regional authorities reported.

According to the Taipei City Construction Management Office, the accident took place at the city’s Culture and Movie Centre when temporary wooden scaffolding fell on three Taiwanese workers.

The victims, between 40 and 50 years of age, were immediately transferred to a nearby hospital where one was declared dead on arrival after cardio-pulmonary resuscitation proved fruitless, a spokesperson from the construction office told the press.

Scorsese is in Taiwan to prepare for shooting scenes for the historical drama.

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Akshay-Twinkle Complete 14 Years Of Marriage

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Akshay-Twinkle Complete 14 Years Of Marriage

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna completed 14 years of marriage On January 17th.

The two tied the knot on January 17, 2001. Akshay posted a cutesy picture of him and Twinkle, giving it an adorable caption that read, “After 14 years of listening to the same old jokes of @mrsfunnybones I still wait to hear more ! #happyanniversary.” Twinkle is known as Mrs Funny Bones after the popular pen name under which writes her blogs for The Times of India. Here’s wishing the lovely couple a happy anniversary and many more years of togetherness.

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