MUMBAI: In a sharp escalation of tensions, Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday wrote a sarcasm-laden letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray saying “it was ironical” that shrines were still shut while bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen in the state and asked if Uddhav, “a strong votary of Hindutva”, had “suddenly turned secular”. Uddhav hit back within hours to say he did not need a certificate of Hindutva from Koshyari and, in an indirect reference to actor Kangana Ranaut, added that “giving a rousing welcome to a person who described Mumbai as PoK does not fit into my definition of Hindutva”, reports Prafulla Marpakwar.
Koshyari’s letter requesting Thackeray to “announce forthwith the reopening of all places of worship” came on a day the BJP launched a state-wide agitation to press for the same . Koshyari said, “I wonder if you are receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing…or have you suddenly turned secular …”
Thackeray wrote back, “Do you feel that merely opening of temples means Hindutva and not opening means secular? As governor you took oath of office and secrecy as per the the Constitution, which is based on secularism. Do you agree with that secularism?”
The governor requested Thackeray to announce forthwith the reopening of all places of worship with all the necessary Covid-19 precautions. “You have been a strong votary of Hindutva, you had publicly espoused your devotion for Lord Rama by visiting Ayodhya after taking charge as CM, you had visited the Vitthal Rukmini Mandir in Pandharpur and performed the puja on Ashadhi Ekadishi,” Koshyari said.
Thackeray, in his written reply, stated that the governor had correctly referred to his Hindutva, but he did not need from the governor a certificate of Hindutva, nor was he required to learn it from anyone. “My definition of Hindutva is very clear. Neither my state nor the state capital will give a rousing welcome to a person who described Mumbai as PoK. It does not fit into my Hindutva,” Thackeray observed.
Koshyari in his letter asked if the CM was “receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing the reopening of the places of worship time and again or have you suddenly turned secular yourselves, the term you hated.” To this Thackeray reacted, saying, “Why has this question come to your mind? Do you feel that merely opening of temples means Hindutva and not opening means secular? As Governor you took oath of office and secrecy as per the provisions of the Constitution, which is based on secularism. Do you agree with that secularism?”
Thackeray added, “The governor must have personal experience of divine premonition. I have absolutely no idea, I am not that big. I am studying what’s happening in other states and trying to implement what is better for Maharashtra.”
In his letter, Kosyari noted that while, on the one hand, the state government had permitted the reopening of bars, restaurants and beaches, on the other, “gods and goddesses have been condemned to stay in the lockdown”. “During the last three months, several delegations met me on this issue, demanding the reopening of places of worship. These delegations were from NGOs, political parties and religious leaders,” he said.
Koshyari said that despite the CM’s promise, the ban on places of worship was being extended again and again. “Your words had raised much hope in the minds of the people tired of the long spell of lockdown,” he wrote.
Thackeray pointed out that it was a coincidence that the three memorandums attached to the governor’s letter were from the BJP. “It appears to be a coincidence. My government has taken serious note of your letter and a decision will be taken as early as possible after taking due precautions,” he stated.
NCP spokesperson and the state’s skill development minister Nawab Malik alleged that Koshyari was indulging in petty politics. “Raj Bhavan has become a hub of political activities. Let the CM do his job. He is handling the situation in the field as political head of the state, and he will take a decision on places of worship at an appropriate time,” Malik said. A Congress leader alleged that Koshyari was pushing the BJP’s agenda.
Indian missions collecting Sikh data, MEA calls it ‘reach out’ bid
JALANDHAR: All Indian embassies and consulates across the world are seeking and collecting details of the Sikh diaspora in their areas, particularly in countries where the presence of Sikh community is substantial. This was revealed when an email from the office of the Consul-General of India in Hamburg, Germany, seeking details of the Sikh diaspora in the country became public.
However, MEA has claimed the collection of data was a “reach out effort worldwide” to help the Sikh community as there have been complaints of persecution of the Sikh minorities in some countries. Hamburg vice consul Gulshan Dhingra had on October 19 sent out an email from the official account linked to the CGI office, titled “Data of Sikh Diaspora residing in the 4 North German States.” As per the email, “The ministry is in the process of compiling the data of Sikh diaspora residing in Germany.”
The recipients of the email were urged to “compile a list with the names and addresses of Sikhs living in your area for onward transmission to the ministry” by October 21, 2020. Europe-based lawyer and activist Dr Manuvie made the email from office of Consulate General Of India, Hamburg, public on her Twitter handle on Tuesday. Later, Hamburg Consul General of India Madan Lal Raigar told TOI that the letter had been withdrawn.
PM greets Bengal on Durga Puja, calls for Covid caution
NEW DELHI: Addressing the people of West Bengal on the sixth day of Durga Puja on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people once again to remain vigilant and not lower their guard in the country’s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Apnader sakalke janai Durga Puja o Kali Pujar shubhechha (Durga Puja and Deepavali greetings to all),” the PM said in Bengali while appealing to revellers to celebrate Puja with caution.
After recalling several measures towards women empowerment, he appealed to the people to adhere to social distancing norms (“do gaj ki doori”) and wear masks while taking part in festivities. “We are celebrating Durga Puja in times of Covid-19, all devotees have shown exemplary restraint. The number of people might be less but the grandeur and devotion are the same. This is the real Bengal,” he said while sharing his ‘Pujor Shubecha’ (Puja greetings) message.
BJP had made elaborate arrangements for live telecast of the PM’s virtual address from the national capital. It was televised live at over 78,000 polling booths across the state’s 294 assembly constituencies. After decades of limited presence in the state, BJP emerged as the main rival to Trinamool Congress (TMC), winning 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections.
Modi is the first PM to inaugurate Durga pujas in Kolkata, Howrah, Ranaghat, Barasat, Midnapore, Bankura, Malda and Siliguri that have already figured on the BJP’s political map eight months ahead of assembly polls, which may take place around April-May next year.
Combining the spiritual with present-day reality, Modi also urged people to respect girls and described the Mother Goddess as the source of power and peace. “We should respect girls because woman power has the potential to defeat all forces,” he said.
Opposition, internet activists slam Kerala ordinance
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala government’s decision to introduce a new section (118A) in the Kerala Police Act to check increasing abuse in social media and cybercrime is “anti-democratic and fascist” as it will enable police to register cases against anyone, including the mainstream media, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said on Thursday.
“If the government goes ahead with the ordinance, it will be fought legally as well as politically,” he said.
Allaying fears, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The amendment is not intended to curb creative freedom or to intervene in the right to free speech. It is a known fact that there are attempts to defame persons widely and there are demands for an effective legal remedy.”
Internet rights activists said the amendment was more draconian than 66A of the IT Act that was struck down by the Supreme Court.
Workplace by Facebook | What is it & Why Big Companies are Using it?
Workplace by Facebook is a leading connectivity platform, a Workplace is a Communication tool for a company and business. The...
Facebook vs Twitter, Who Made Progress in Fighting Hate Speech?
Facebook vs Twitter: Who made progress in fighting Hate Speech? You will find out in this Article of the Facebook...
Breaking: Facebook Removes 100’s of QAnon Group Accounts
Facebook Removes Accounts (Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior). Facebook is known for transparency and protecting users from bad actors. Today May 5,...
You May Like
Tony Ricca WWE Former Wrestler says “I Feel Impersonated on Twitter”
Tony Ricca, also known as Thomas Ricca and known as the former WWE Professional Wrestler, told EMEA TRIBUNE, I feel...
Rinki Sethi is Appointed as a new CISO of Twitter Company Announced
September 29, 2020: Twitter appoints Rinki Sethi as its new Chief Information Security Officer; Rinki is a former information security...
John Starr Twitter Director Left the Company after 6 years
In April 2020 John Starr Twitter Director of Trust & Safety Left the Company after 6 years of incredible work....
‘100% our fault’: Twitter apologizes for ‘racist’ photo-cropping algorithm as Team Woke scores another touchdown
A senior Twitter engineer has expressed contrition after a viral thread accused the platform’s photo-cropping algorithm of preferring white faces...
PM Modi’s Twitter account linked to personal site hacked, restored
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (ANI photo) NEW DELHI: The global Twitter celebrity hack hit India as an account linked to...
Account of PM Modi’s personal website hacked, Twitter confirms
BENGALURU: Twitter confirmed on Thursday that an account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s personal website was hacked with a...
Black Lives Matter
Wyandotte woman charged for injured people at Black Lives Matter protest
A Wyandotte woman whose age is 68 years old was charged on Monday in a hit-and-run incident during a protest...
Amy Cooper is charged for calling Police on Black Bird Watcher
Central Park birdwatching incident: Amy Cooper is charged by the Police for filing a false report, The Incident happened in...
What is Juneteenth day? And How to Celebrate Juneteenth Day
Many of you don’t know about Juneteenth and many people ask me What is Juneteenth day? so in this short...
Rayshard Brooks was killed by an Atlanta Police officer
Killing of Rayshard Brooks: Rayshard Brooks Shooting: Rayshard Brooks was an unarmed black man 27 years old, he was sleeping...
Lakeith Smith sentenced to 65 years in prison for a murder
Lakeith Smith Story: Lakeith Smith is an Alabama teen, he was sentenced to 65 years in prison for a murder...
WORLD5 days ago
Protest against Covid-19 rules in Prague escalates into clashes with police (VIDEOS)
WORLD5 days ago
Afghan-born ‘Swede of the year’ loses education & integration adviser jobs over newly discovered anti-Semitic, homophobic posts
INDIA3 days ago
Death of an infant shows cruelty of starving in a country of food abundance
WORLD6 days ago
Beheaded French teacher was DOXXED online, while mosque shared parent’s complaint over ‘naked man’ caricature of Prophet Mohammed
INDIA7 days ago
Need role models to inspire girls to pursue science: Chemistry Nobel winner Jennifer Doudna
INDIA6 days ago
10 yrs after bid to kill friend, two techies get 7 years in jail in Bengaluru
WORLD4 days ago
Cannabis to the rescue? New research suggests CBD oil may protect against Covid-19 lung damage
WORLD20 hours ago
Comprehensive Covid-19 mask study rejected by journals because no one is ‘brave’ enough to publish results, Danish researchers say