Mumbai Police trying to muzzle the voice of free media: Republic Media

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Mumbai: Republic Media Network has accused the Mumbai Police, led by Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, of achieving “a new global feat of state machinery trying to muzzle the voice of the free media”.

The Republic Media Network in a statement on Friday 23 October said it is “shocked to learn that the Mumbai Police has now registered an FIR against the entire Editorial Staff of Republic Media Network”.

The press statement by Republic Media says:

In a brazen abuse of office, the Mumbai Police has booked the “Editorial staff and Newsroom Incharge for the concerned report getting aired and others” at the Republic Media Network. This comes as the most grave attack on the freedom of press safeguarded under Article 19 (1)(a) of the Constitution of India. This booking of all journalists of a news media organisation, left unchecked will have a chilling effect on democracy, especially within the state of Maharashtra.

While Param Bir Singh may be cornered and uncomfortable with the fact that his elaborately crafted lies against Republic are falling apart before the people of India in the face of the truth and real facts, he seems to be using that as a basis for undertaking his large-scale witch-hunt against Republic Media Network’s journalists. Republic’s Editorial staff stands together and in firm opposition to the intimidation tactics deployed by the Param Bir Singh-led Mumbai Police.

Never before has the entire editorial team of a media organisation been booked in one FIR, because one Mumbai Police Commissioner is out with a vendetta campaign against the Network. Our 600 member strong editorial staff stands united in putting out facts and doing its reportage without fear or favour. We will never-ever succumb to pressure tactics, from Param Bir Singh or anyone else.

Journalists are being targeted for exposing the misdeeds of the Mumbai Police Commissioner. The Republic Media Network and its members are being harassed for not revealing their journalistic sources. Every single member of Republic Media Network is more strongly resolved than ever before to fight and win against this vicious campaign by the Maharashtra state machinery against our journalists.

We will abide by our duty as the fourth pillar of democracy, even as the Param Bir Singh-led Mumbai Police seems to have lost control of law, constitutionality, and rationality.

Maybe they are competent economists but poor in comprehending political and structural transformations

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Arun Kumar, an eminent economist and leading authority on black money, who has taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University till 2015 has continuously underscored “demonetisation opened the floodgates for earning “black incomes” and affected the unorganised sector so adversely that the overall Indian economy has stagnated and is not growing any more.

The economy has been growing at 1% in the last 3 years, Kumar pointed out in an interview in mid-2019 and said since it’s an unorganised sector that got hit first by demonetisation, followed by GST and the NBFC crisis, it has left an impact on the economy.

Newsroom24x7 is sharing here with our followers an ongoing dialogue on social media. We are only using the initials for those engaged in this dialogue on Arun Kumar’s view point that GST and demonetisation were grand disasters that have brought about the downslide in India’s economy.

The deadly post-demonetisation, the new GST regime and direct policy impact of select corporates have led to this debacle. Its just not Modi the previous and the present FM and the policy makers within the BJP are responsible for this mess

There are two different things here. One is that GST, demonetisation, are not measures which will make the economy grow immediately. Rather, they are measures without which the economy will never grow any more than what it had already done. The second is the downturn in the economy. That downturn was bound to happen as India adjusted to more formal, more systematic, ways of working. That will happen because Narendra Modi has effectively liberated the people of India from the clutches of politicians and civil servants.

The GST and demonetisation were both steps in the direction of such liberation. The liberation of banks from the clutches of politicians and bureaucrats too needs to be counted here. These measures will empower those who wish to grow to grow. Earlier only those with contacts could.

The Indian economy which had been liberated in the 1990s, had reached the limits of its growth. The five decades of independence had shown us that no growth was possible for anyone without the active help of politicians and civil servants. Two and a half decades of indifferent growth since the 1990s, at least showed the people that there was a possibility of them growing without kowtowing to politicians and civil servants.

Demonetisation was a colossal failure. The timing of the GST post-demonetisation was a blunder in the waiting. In politics, the decisions should not be arbitrary even if they claim to be for public good. The rationale for both the decisions had brought India to its knees even before corona. This bet of bringing the unorganised sector or restructuring it by the fiats has brought economic hardship to millions, destroyed small enterprises and has pushed the nation into a poverty trap from which it was barely trying to get out. Unless policies are not nuanced and fine tuned, this reckless arrogance with an authoritarian streak so visible in the present regime will not improve anything whatever might have been their intentions. Unlike you, I don’t credit them with wisdom that you find in them and their half baked ill-conceived schemes(unless you being closer to power centres have more access to the brilliant effort that has gone into this planning and its execution).

There is this belief in India that such changes that empower the poor, the commoner, come through social consensus. They don’t. The only way to bring changes such as the GST is through fiat. Even the zamindari abolition bills of the 1950s, came about in the face of stiff opposition from many academics, analysts, journalists and of course zamindars. Similarly with the nationalisation of banks and the coal mines and LIC.

The manifestation of consensus is not merely that all political parties, all journalists and all academics support such a measure. If they do, it makes life easier for those bringing in the change. The manifestation of consensus in such issues is also about taking a chance of annoying a lot of people. The Narendra Modi government took that chance.

Also, I know that every government has sought to bring in these changes but has been scared that those in power and authority would find the transformation upsetting. If the Modi government went ahead to still go in for the transformation, it deserves accolades rather than criticism.

The accusation that the present slow-down in the economy is a consequence of introducing GST and demonetisation is merely an unfair accusation.

Even the common public who is claimed by critics to be hurt by these changes does not support these accusations when it comes for them to make a choice: Modi or Congress– and the public has consistently, with ever increasing strength, opted for Modi while rejecting the Congress eco-system.

I have said this earlier and will continue to say that academics like Arun Kumar, Prabhat Patnaik, are simply out of their depth when they indulge in criticism of the structural transformations that Modi is bringing in. Maybe they are competent economists, maybe they are not; but they are certainly extremely poor when it comes to comprehending political and structural transformations. And they definitely don’t have the good of India or the people of India in their hearts. Their criticism is mindless. They have no roots on the ground.

Thrilled to be back on the playing field: Jr women Hockey striker Mumtaz Khan

Harpal Singh Bedi 

New Delhi: Talented young forward Mumtaz Khan is thrilled to  be back on the playing field after a gap of nearly six months.

Mumtaz is part of the core probable group of Junior Women’s Hockey squad which underwent a two-week mandatory quarantine period before commencing activities this week in Bengaluru.

Expressing the team’s excitement, Mumtaz Khan said it’s a relief to be back on the field again. “It was a new and challenging experience to be in quarantine for two weeks. It reminded me of my injury days when I had to limit my movement and was advised rest. I am happy and kind of relieved that we are finally back on the field.

Lucknow based forward had scored a total of 10 goals at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires where India won the Silver Medal. She also has the Bronze medal from the U-18 Asia Cup in 2016, Silver from the Six-Nation Invitational Tournament from 2018 and the Gold medal from the Cantor Fitzgerald U-21 Four-Nation tournament last year.

Talking to Hockey India, Mumtaz said: “When players come into Hockey India’s National Program, a lot of awareness is created about fitness and diet. We are always told what to do when we are on a break, how to take care of ourselves, our weight etc. when there is no Camp.

“We are usually given a particular regime to follow and when we were on a break, we were doing basic workouts at home during the lockdowns and once lockdowns ended, we would do basic running etc to work on our aerobic fitness,” Mumtaz said.  She expressed gratitude towards her seniors stating, “The Senior Women’s Team who are also here would often make video calls to keep us encouraged and they would tell us about their experience in quarantine and how we can keep ourselves occupied. We are thankful to Hockey India and SAI for commencing our National Camp again and providing such a safe environment to train”.  

The Junior Women’s Core Probable’s Group will be working on hitting their old form and prepare for the Junior Asia Cup which will be a qualifying event for the FIH Junior Women’s World Cup. “I feel we were in very good rhythm before the pandemic began. We had won important matches against good teams. Now we need to work on getting back to that same rhythm,” she said.  


Moinuddin Amdani to lead Indian challenge in the Regional qualifiers for the 12th Esports World Championship

Harpal Singh Bedi 

Moinuddin Amdani

New Delhi:  Mumbai’s Moinuddin Amdani will spearhead India’s campaign against Nepal and Sri Lanka in PES 2020 at the 12th Esports World Championship as the online Regional Qualifiers take off on October 28.  

15 Asian countries are taking part in four separate groups in the Regional Qualifiers and the Finals of the World Championship is scheduled to take place in Eliat in Israel.

Indian is placed in the South Asia Region alongside Sri Lanka and Nepal. In the view of COVID-19 pandemic, the Esports World Championship has remodelled its format with a mix of online and offline competitions. 

The Regional Qualifiers were also introduced for the first time and the winners of each region will proceed to the World Championship Finals.  

“It is an honor to represent the country and I will give my best. My aim will be to focus and stay calm, the competition will be of high intensity as it is an international tournament as well as a popular gaming format. Though I will take one game at a time and I am confident, I will make everyone proud,” the PES2020 national champion, Amdani said 

Amdani who started off as a recreational player took up esports in a serious way only a couple of years back and since then he has not looked back. Winner of back to back national championship titles in the last two years, he comes from a humble background but has been training tirelessly since his title win this year.

Abhinav Tejan

Tekken7 player Abhinav Tejan will be the second Indian to be seen in action when he will start his quest to seal spot in the Finals on Novmber 6 while, Omkar Urunkar-led five-member team  will represent for the first time in DOTA 2 against Sri Lanka and Nepal on November 18. 

 DOTA 2 will have Team Random comprising Urunnkar, Khaja Hussain, Amit Malwal, Omkar Gharat and Akshay Dhodi. 

“All the players have trained hard and are looking in good touch. I have high hopes and I believe they will be able to cash in on the momentum and seal a place in the world championship. The tournaments are all online and I expect some outstanding performances from them,” Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India (ESFI), said.