COVID pandemic: For how long the deprived can stay at home?

Lalit Shastri Notwithstanding the losses being suffered by Industry, trade and commerce, let’s not turn a blind eye to the fact that all cannot earn their bread staying at home. What about the daily wage earners….what about the marginalised and the deprived who work in the unorganised sector…what about those who lack even the basic… Read More COVID pandemic: For how long the deprived can stay at home?

ISRO, recruitment controversy, CVC & fair investigation

Lalit Shastri After the dismissal of the (Sunderlal) Patwa Government, the (Madhya Pradesh) Governor had announced the setting up of a one-person Inquiry Committee headed by the then Secretary GAD Sushma Nath to go into the acts of omission and commission leading to the riots and flaring up of the riot situation (post-Ayodhya riots in… Read More ISRO, recruitment controversy, CVC & fair investigation

Farmers’ protest: A case of malicious reporting

Lalit Shastri A story by Reuters with the title “U.S. calls for dialogue to resolve India’s farmers’ protests” apparently has a tilt and agenda. It sweeps under carpet the fact that there was extreme violence perpetuated by farmers at the Red Fort on Republic Day. It would be an understatement to say: “some protesters clashed… Read More Farmers’ protest: A case of malicious reporting

Government should act firmly and decisively against the anti-India forces

Lalit Shastri There is countrywide rage and anger against the Khalistanis operating from the US, Canada, England and other parts of the world, who are bent upon inciting violence and want to divide India. If the government of India fails to cancel the OCI status of known Khalistanis with immediate affect, it will be committing… Read More Government should act firmly and decisively against the anti-India forces

Distinguished Scientist who worked with devotion and contributed immensely to India’s Space Programme

Newsroom24x7 Network We are republishing this article first published by Newsroom24x7 on 16 December 2020 to salute and honour Distinguished Scientist Tapan Misra for the new innings he is starting Friday, 29 January 2021 on retirement from Department of Space, Government of India, after devoting most part of his life to India’s Space Programme. Tapan… Read More Distinguished Scientist who worked with devotion and contributed immensely to India’s Space Programme

भारत बन्द से किसानों का भला नही होगा

ललित शास्त्री हम सभी अपने को कृषि विशेषज्ञ, अर्थशात्री, परमज्ञानी बन तरह-तरह के सुझाव देते रहते हैं, संसद में कानून बनाते रहते हैं और किसानों के हित के लिए झंडा लेकर छत पर चढ़ चीखते रहते हैं । यह सिलसिला स्वाधीनता के बहुत पहले से चला आ रहा है। जरूरत है सभी कृषि से जुड़े… Read More भारत बन्द से किसानों का भला नही होगा

Vested interests batting for compensation in the Antrix-Devas case

Lalit Shastri A news item in a popular section of the media with the title “Vodafone, Antrix/ Devas: When government goes back on commitments made, it scares away investors” is obviously batting for the vested interests – especially with regard to the Antrix-Devas agreement that was abandoned due to alleged criminal offence by those who… Read More Vested interests batting for compensation in the Antrix-Devas case

Free Arnab; Restore Freedom of Media

Newsroom24x7 has decided to go on protest against the suppression of freedom of expression and liberty guaranteed under the Constitution, illegal detention of Arnab Goswami and Maharashtra Government’s tirade against Republic TV after it began a crusade against the lynching of sadhus in Palghar District of Maharashtra, and started questioning the integrity of Mumbai Police… Read More Free Arnab; Restore Freedom of Media

Free Arnab; Restore Freedom of Media

Newsroom24x7 has decided to go on protest against the suppression of freedom of expression and liberty guaranteed under the Constitution, illegal detention of Arnab Goswami and Maharashtra Government’s tirade against Republic TV after it began a crusade against the lynching of sadhus in Palghar District of Maharashtra, and started questioning the integrity of Mumbai Police… Read More Free Arnab; Restore Freedom of Media

Nitin Gadkari’s woes and the big question – where the buck stops?

Lalit Shastri A speech by Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Government of India, has gone viral on social media. The Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the new NHAI building that took more than 10 years to build. The Minister… Read More Nitin Gadkari’s woes and the big question – where the buck stops?

Ex-babus crying hoarse on Hathras; Write to UP CM with blinkers on

Lalit Shastri A bunch of 92 retired officers from the all-India services have acted with the herd mentality and signed an open letter to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Mnister on the Hathras incident and condemned the State Government over the murder of a 19 year old woman, belonging to the socially deprived sections and lack… Read More Ex-babus crying hoarse on Hathras; Write to UP CM with blinkers on

Congress swallows bitter pill, replaces Avinash Pandey with Ajay Maken as in-charge Rajasthan

Lalit Shastri Congress High Command has had to swallow the bitter pill and replace Avinash Pandey, the party General Secretary in-charge of Rajasthan affairs with Ajay Maken only to accommodate and meet the demand for a committee to “look into issues” raised by rebel party leader Sachin Pilot, who along with his small band of… Read More Congress swallows bitter pill, replaces Avinash Pandey with Ajay Maken as in-charge Rajasthan

Diary of a journalist: Post-Ayodhya riots and immediately thereafter in Madhya Pradesh

Lalit Shastri Bhopal 6th December, 1992: It was just past the twilight hour when the news had spread in the capital of the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh that the Babri Masjid structure in Ayodhya had been razed to the ground by the Kar Sevaks. This happened when BJP stalwarts like LK Advani and… Read More Diary of a journalist: Post-Ayodhya riots and immediately thereafter in Madhya Pradesh

Foundation stone laying ceremony of Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir will mark the resurgence of the great Indian Civilisation

Lalit Shastri The Foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’ (Ram Temple) at Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Ram on 5th August 2020, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will mark the resurgence of the great Indian civilisation and assertion of faith by more than a billion people. The… Read More Foundation stone laying ceremony of Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir will mark the resurgence of the great Indian Civilisation

Space Sector reforms and ISRO: Will it be business as usual?

Lalit Shastri On June 23, when it was already confirmed that the Union Cabinet would be meeting on Wednesday 24 June and the restructuring of the Space Sector was an important agenda, the twitter handle of ISRO announced “Secretary, DOS/Chairman, ISRO will be addressing tomorrow (Wednesday June 24, 2020) at 11:30 am tentatively. Live streaming… Read More Space Sector reforms and ISRO: Will it be business as usual?

PM should be alert to machinations to upset the plan to reform the Space Sector

Lalit Shastri Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had made the announcement on 16 May that the Union Government has decided to go ahead with structural reforms in eight priority sectors, including Space and Atomic Energy, Defence Production, Civil Aviation, and Power Sector. In the Space Sector, private sector participation will be boosted, the Finance Minister… Read More PM should be alert to machinations to upset the plan to reform the Space Sector

ISRO and the path to reform the space sector

Lalit Shastri The wheels of the government machinery move quite fast during crisis situation. One such move is the reorganization of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by the government of India. The Finance Minister has announced in her economic package that the Private Sector will be allowed to compete on a level playing field in… Read More ISRO and the path to reform the space sector

Why a section of media selectively communalises mob lynching

Lalit Shastri The dastardly, gory and blood-chilling lynching of two saffron-clad Hindu Sadhus (monks) of Juna Akhara and their driver right in front of half a dozen policemen in Gadchinchale Village of Palghar District in Maharashtra, India, should rattle the sensibilities of every human being cutting across national boundaries and the barriers of religion, caste… Read More Why a section of media selectively communalises mob lynching