1) Book on India’s Freedom Struggle
This Independence Day, I would like readers to read the book ‘India’s Freedom Struggle’, published by Vasan Publications in the ‘Master Mind Book Series’. The book has been authored by me. The book, ‘India’s Freedom Struggle’ tells the story of how the British came to India in the 16th century A.D. and conquered the country and took away everything owned by the Indians. The Indians who worked for the British were also paid less as compared to the number of hours they had been working. The Muslim kings and queens who ruled certain states of India then, could not fight the British who were more powerful than the kings and queens. Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and Razia Sultana who waged war against the British were killed instantly. So were the other Indian rulers. Then came freedom fighters like Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Jatin Das and many others. After a long battle of over a hundred years, India finally managed to drive the British away from the country. The rest is history, as we all know. Thanks to all our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives fighting for India’s Independence.
– Jubel D’Cruz
2) Empty canopy should have martyr freedom fighters statue
Presently, work is going on in full swing at India Gate, New Delhi for developing a National War Memorial. It is time that empty canopy at India gate which has been an eyesore ever since the statue of King George V was removed from here decades ago, may have the statue of some freedom fighter like of trio Bhagatsingh-Sukhdev-Rajguru or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose etc who fought a virtual war against British regime in India during the pre-independence era.
– Madhu Agrawal
3) Chatterjee’s demise is a great loss for India
The demise of 89- year-old communist leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee is a great loss to the Indian politics. He was admired as well as respected by everyone. He was not only a person rather he was an institute on his own. He meant the real meaning of our democracy. With his departure, our country will suffer from an irreparable loss. I pay my deepest condolence towards him. We will never forget him and his contributions which he made for the sake of the country. May his soul rest in peace!
– Faheem Usmani
4) Sanatan Sanstha Once Again
The Mumbai ATS squad has found homemade bombs in one of the houses in Mumbai during a raid. In the media, the news is being given that the house where these were found belongs to a Sanatan Sanstha member. The Sanatan Sanstha’s lawyer is stating that the arrested person has no connection with the Sanatan Sanstha. The Police should be alert, before giving news / information to the media they should do a thorough investigation. Especially, it has been seen that there is a continuous process of trying to incriminate the members/workers of the Sanatan Sanstha. In the Dabholkar and Pansare murder cases, the police failed to produce conclusive proof for the Sanatan Members involvement in those murders. And they were scolded in the strong words by the court for wasting the time of the court. Repeating the same mistake again may lead to wastage of time of people and the courts. People have now understood and it tries in its own way to find the truth and veracity of the news fed to it.
– Manasi Joshi
5) Congress hits a self-goal
It is indeed funny that Congress hits a self-goal while attacking BJP for alleged scandalous Rafale-Deal, by confessing infamous Bofors deal to be a scandalous one when its mouthpiece National Herald published a headline story with heading “Rafale: Modi’s Bofors”. It is clear that by placing Rafale-deal with Bofors-deal at par, Congress has made a confession that Bofors-deal was a big scam in case the party considers so about Rafale-deal.
It is better if owners of the political industry of Congress close down its fast-diminishing political industry under present party-leadership, to save their hard-earned money through ruling the country for the last seven decades except for some years ruled by other political parties or alliances. Party-owners are said to have an enormous amount of money from which they can buy complete political parties to purchase support for its dynastic undeserving President as the next Prime Minister of India. Congress is also on the back foot by unnecessarily opposing National Register of Citizens when it was the creation of Assam accord signed by its own Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, with video-clippings of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi available openly talking about the necessity of sending back Bangladesh refugees after 1971-war.
– Subhash Chandra Agrawal
6) Right to free speech must be protected
Finally, the government has taken a right step in dropping the idea of setting up a social monitor to investigate people’s private activities. In reality, all the democratic right to freedom of speech and expression must be protected, particularly on social media which has emerged as a platform accommodation and communication of all sorts of views. The role of digital monitor did not seem a reasonable step that is why it became controversial just after the initial reports. Eventually, the government rightfully has taken a step back and abounded the idea of the digital monitor.
– Mohd Usmani
7) Kerala rains gets a breather
It is a great news that Kerala got a breather as rain relents. Kerala is reeling under torrential rains and the flood-hit state is now under water at most of the low-lying areas necessitating the state government to act fast. One week of rain and the state was exposed totally. With a number of dams opened up, the state is under water. At least now, let people stop the blame game and aspire to understand nature and respect it for what goodness it has done. It is time for the Kerala CM to act on a war footing. The Centre should help out the state government and the blame game should stop in the wake of a calamity hitting all over the state. Disaster management cell should work in unison with rehabilitation measures and NGOs should come out to help for the cause. Essential items like milk and drinking water should reach the needy in time to overcome the situation.
– Calicut Krishnan
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)