The scuffle between Ashok Gehlot vs Sachin Pilot has brought about some cliche in Congress infighting. The latest updates wherein Sachin Pilot was removed from the post of Deputy Chief Minister highlighted a new twist in the Rajasthan politics as well as the Congress party as a whole.
The pandemic and lockdown has affected not only the economy of the nation but also has seen a major political crisis amidst it. As the lockdown has forced all the parties to halt their political activities temporarily, it is unlikely that an external trigger could have paved the way for such a hit for Congress.
Pilot has been unhappy since the Congress picked Ashok Gehlot as the chief minister after 2018 assembly polls, while his supporters insisted that he deserved credit for the party’s victory as its state unit president.
From opposing Gehlot’s–controversial decision to allow individuals who had not been directly elected by the people to contest mayoral polls saying that the Government did not showcase achievements under his Ministry during the one-year celebration; to the allocation of portfolio to Vaibhav (Gehlot son) in the Lok Sabha elections; and to strongly pointing out the incapability of Gehlot in handling the death of infants at a Kota hospital–Pilot has always been vocal about his dissatisfaction with the way Gehlot was playing the politics.
Indeed, the political unrest inside the Congress has been brought to limelight yet again. Four months ago, when JyotiradityaScindia exit and brought the BJP back to power in Bhopal things started to show a downturn for Congress Party.
Though the move by the two leaders can’t be viewed from the same perspective as in the case of Scindia, he was sure to join the BJP, and Pilot has made it clear that he is still a member of Congress party and is not joining the BJP. However, if Congress doesn’t make some significant decision soon, the nation will witness the collapse of India’s oldest party.
Certainly, Pilot had worked hard for his former post and was always ready to take up challenges when thrown towards him. So, giving up on such a position for which he showed great hunger and ambition can only be taken as a calmness before a blow.
It seems that Gehlot’s political game against the younger leader went a little too far, making the Pilot and his 16 MLA’s to leave the cabinet. On Tuesday, as Pilot skipped the second crucial meeting called in a span of two days by the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) to discuss the political crisis of the state made the situation notable.
After the meeting, Gehlot announced that Pilot is officially removed from his post. However, soon after he was sacked, Pilot changed his Twitter bio stating “Truth can be rattled, not defeated,” seemed more like he was all set to face the consequence.
सत्य को परेशान किया जा सकता है पराजित नहीं।
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) July 14, 2020
Nevertheless, things didn’t stop there as in an unprecedented outburst, several senior Congress leaders have aired their regrets over the rebellion by Pilot. Digvijay Singh slashed Pilot and said:” there are so many people who are climbing up the political stairs so soon and the kind of behaviour that Sachin Pilot has done is against the policies of the Congress Party. These youngsters are not patient; politics requires patience. A person progresses with patience.”
On the one hand, Congress is grappling with the revolt by Pilot – who was sacked both as deputy CM and Rajasthan party president on Tuesday – and several MLAs owing allegiance to him. On the other hand, it may have to launch a damage control exercise in the wake of unrest among the senior party leaders.
The leaders, cutting across states and regions, have expressed displeasure with the developments and have generally asked the leadership to take corrective measures well in time to save the party.
Worried for our party
Will we wake up only after the horses have bolted from our stables ?
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) July 12, 2020
Sachin Pilot is not just a collegues but my friend. No one can take away the fact that all these years he has worked with dedication for the party. Sincerely hope the situation can still be salvaged. Sad it has come to this…
— Jitin Prasada जितिन प्रसाद (@JitinPrasada) July 14, 2020
Time for sobriety, restraint & balance in all quarters. #Rajasthan, apart frm my home state, is jewel of #Cong crown. Nothing qua #Cong #Gehlot #Pilot not solvable across table. #BJP stop fishing in troubled waters.
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) July 12, 2020
For five years Sachin Pilot gave his blood , tears, toil and sweat for the Congress party between 2013-18. The Congress came back from a wretched 21 seats to 100.
We just gave him a performance bonus. We are so meritocratic. We are so transparent.
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) July 14, 2020
Soon after the tweet, Sanjay Jha had to pay the price, as he got suspended from the Congress with immediate effect for indulging allegedly in anti-party activities.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Pilot affirmed that he has no plans to leave the Congress party and join BJP. He asserted that the speculation about his switching sides was being fuelled by certain leaders in Rajasthan to tarnish his image.
On Wednesday Gehlot taking the opportunity talked tough, accusing Pilot of being directly involved in the alleged horse-trading with the opposition BJP to bring down his government.
To which Former Rajasthan minister Ramesh Meena hit back at Gehlot’s asking him how much money was paid to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs who switched over to the Congress in his previous tenure.
On Thursday Pilot and other rebel MLAs moved Rajasthan High Court, challenging the Assembly Speaker’s disqualification notice; however, Court deferred the hearing.
Pilot receiving overwhelming support from his colleagues in the Congress shows his popularity among fellow leaders. It’s also a reflection of the sad state of affairs in the Congress party. Perhaps it is time for the Congress leadership to give a serious thought to the internal dynamics.
The coming days will only witness much more dramatic side of politics as Pilot seems to be all geared up to take upon the Rajasthan Government.
All You Need To Know About National Institute Of Food Technology Entrepreneurship And Management Bill 2021
On July 26, 2021, Lok Sabha passed a bill under the ministry of Food Processing Industry. The bill is titled as National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021. The main motive of this bill is to address issues with the Food Processing Industry, Entrepreneurship and one Institution for National Importance. With the passing of this bill, the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) and National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) is now merged as Institutions of National Importance, and it aims at providing various research and advancement in learning about the Food Industry and its associated branches. The bill was first introduced in the house in February 2019 but was pending due to protest by the opposition.
Significance of Institutions of National Importance (INI)
With the passing of this bill, the institutions enjoy greater autonomy through which they can carry out various courses, research attracting skilled faculties and students from all over the country and overseas. Good standards in education will be adopted to improve the present and future of education in this branch and sector, overcoming the technological gap in the country. This law aims to improve and introduce new changes in food, bio-nanotechnology, cold chain technology etc. The desired efforts will be taken in terms of human resources and infrastructure developments, labs for research etc. Liberty to open centres anywhere in India is also granted to INI and include courses regarding food technology certification and improving the workforce of the country.
Some other important features of this act are the Institution has been authorized with the Board of Government, Senate and other acting Authorities. The Council of Board will include 16 members from different branches from the same field. The Head will be Chairperson, who will be a skilled person from the Food Industry, the Director, Dean and Registrar. Members appointed from Centre and State Governments, Members from FSSAI and Council of Agriculture Research, as mentioned in the bill. The 16 members of the board will carry out work of taking administrative decisions, creating annual budgets and paths for institution progress as an organization, establishing departments, their appointment terms of services, faculties etc. The Board of Council also holds power to grant Honorary Degrees and Diplomas. The Senate shall be the principal academic body of the Institute, consisting of the people such as Director as the Chairperson; Registrar; Full-time skilled level Professor; and Three academically skilled Individuals nominated by the board from the field.
The Union Minister of Food Processing Industry, Mr Pashupati Kumar Paras, expressed his gratitude to PM Modi for this landmark step in this industry from his Twitter handle, indicating new opportunities in Food Technology Industries. Therefore, this Act looks promising on paper with new opportunities and in Educational Development. Amidst the Pegasus Spyware and repeal of the farm laws, this looks positive from the Modi Government.
लोकसभा में आज, राष्ट्रीय खाद्य प्रौद्योगिकी, उद्यमिता और प्रबंध संस्थान विधेयक, 2021 (निफ्टेम विधेयक, 2021) को पारित किया गया।
इस विधेयक के पारित होने पर इससे जुड़े हर व्यक्ति को बधाई देता हूँ और साथ ही खाद्य प्रसंस्करण से जुड़े छात्रों को भी बधाई देता हूँ। @MOFPI_GOI
— Pashupati Kumar Paras (@PashupatiParas) July 26, 2021
Fake News: Accountability Of News Organisations
Fake news is false news stories or hoaxes, which are deliberately released to misinform and to create chaos in society or among readers. Fake news is one of the main reasons behind the disruption of peace in society and it becomes more dangerous in volatile places. Fake news is generally shared with propaganda to mislead the audience by hiding or twisting the truth. However fake news isn’t new to the web, it recently became an enormous problem in today’s digital world. Fake news mostly comes from sites that are bogus or have sensationalized stories.
Most of the users do not check the facts before sharing the information on their social media, which can be a reason for widespread fake news. So, it is important to differentiate between fake news and authentic news to maintain harmony in society and to avoid false news and its repercussions.
Fake News Stories
- On 2nd April, a team of doctors, health workers, and revenue officials were attacked by the family members of a 65-year-old man who died of COVID-19 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh because of the fake video which claimed that healthy Muslims were being injected with the virus, reiterating the risks and physical manifestations of misinformation.
- On March 22, 2020, Mr. Modi’s new term ‘Janta curfew’ has sparked a buzz on the Internet. Social media users started interpreting PM Modi’s concept of ‘Janta curfew’ in their own ways. Social media was flooded with a certain ‘scientific explanation’ behind the curfew as to how it will break the chain of transmissions of the deadly coronavirus infection. The claim was found out to be misleading. PM Modi, while announcing the curfew, didn’t mention this particular ‘scientific’ logic behind it.
- Rumours were circulated on WhatsApp groups about a kidnapping gang operating in India’s western state of Maharashtra in 2018. The rumors eventually cause a mob lynching, that killed five migrant workers because they were suspected of being kidnappers.
- On November 13, 2016, when the government of India has demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and planned to replace them with new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes, rumors were spreading about Rs 2000 notes. Rumors claimed the new higher denomination currency comes with a Nano-GPS chip which acts as a reflector, giving precise location coordinates of the currency to permit every note to be tracked. However, the RBI officials had dismissed these as false and said the new Rs 2000 note does not have a Nano-GPS chip as is being claimed on social media, WhatsApp.
- In the pandemic situation, where vaccination has become crucial, in a series of viral videos it was seen that people are claiming that magnet was attracted to the arms of alleged COVID-19 vaccinated recipients. This kind of fake news can create misconceptions about vaccines and people may not take their jab of vaccines. The Centre has declined the claims that Covid-19 vaccines can make people ‘magnetic’. It has also dismissed theories about microchips in coronavirus vaccines.
Need of Accountability
False information on social media can cause huge problems. It is often done to influence political processes. Need for Accountability increases in such situations because the false information provided by certain news organizations can create a ruckus in society. Before publishing the news, it is necessary to check the facts.
If the news organizations, shared misinformation unintentionally they must remove the content right away and they should apologize to the readers. If fake news is spread with propaganda to create chaos in society, then the news organization should be punished under the law. The information must be checked before sharing it with other people.
Curious Case Of Pegasus: Explained
Pegasus is a spyware that can hack the victims’ mobile phones and read their SMS messages and emails. The Pegasus spyware is owned by an Israeli software company named NSO Group. According to the various reports, this company has targeted more than 50,000 phone numbers at the Global level, of which 300 are in India for surveillance.
The news broke out after the 17 media partners investigated. This investigation brought into the picture information about a leaked database of mobile telephone numbers of Indian Ministers, Opposition leaders, journalists, the legal community, business people, government officials, scientists, activists and many influential personalities of the nation.
Pegasus Spyware and India
According to the report by the agency, the Israeli company which sells Pegasus around the world says that its clients are confined to ‘vetted governments”, believed to number 36. The NSO Group also says that ‘the target list in India is not ours, never was.’ Their refusal of the leaked database has created a loophole in understanding this case.
This whole case has violated the integrity of democratic institutions. According to the report by the agencies, after the mobile phones of the opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and various other leaders were hacked under the Pegasus spyware surveillance. Multiple tweets were made against the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) government in India. This whole case has become one of the major threats in the political arena and the Indian Democracy.
Though at the start, it was used for national security purposes. The explosive expansion of surveillance technology vendors has become a vast human rights and a global security issue. If such surveillance technologies increase, it might cause a lot of problems to countries around the globe. Hence, as a precaution, all these countries need to work on regulating this technology.
According to the reports by the agency, one of the targeted phones by the Pegasus spyware was of the former election commissioner of India, Ashok Lavasa. Various such people and such opposition leaders were somehow against the BJP government having their phones hacked with the NSO-owned spyware. All these instances and the names in the leaked list have pointed figures towards the Modi Government.
The Modi government’s stand on this case was put forward in Lok Sabha by two serving ministers, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Prahlad Singh Patel. These two leaders were also featured in the leaked database. The recent Information Technology Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw defended the BJP government in the parliament by saying, “the expose was an attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions.” She even said, ‘any form of illegal surveillance is not possible with the checks and balances in our laws and robust institutions.’
This case has adjourned the parliament proceedings due to the protests inside and outside the house of parliament by the opposition party.
Pegasus Spyware and World.
In the statement given to the agency, Access Now, an organisation defending the digital rights of global users, said it was outraged that products sold by NSO were allegedly “used to hack and invade the private communications” of thousands of people across the globe.
At a global level, France’s Emmanuel Macron was targeted in the Pegasus spyware case. As the phone of French President Emmanuel Macron was hacked, the investigation was carried out and later on was published which was directed by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden. After this case came in front of the whole world, the Pegasus spyware surveillance came into the picture.
If this continues for some more time, it will ruin India’s Democratic values at a global level. As well as this might become a huge technological threat between the different nations around the globe.
जम्मू-कश्मीर में गैर-कश्मीरी नागरिकों पर आतंकियों का बढता अत्याचार!
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