Bhopal: Lalit Shastri, Editor-in-Chief of Newsroom24x7 on Wednesday 3 February 2021 deactivated his twitter account protesting against twitter’s failure to block accounts or flag posts by a vested group trying to malign India’s image on the issue of farmers’ protest without bothering to stick to facts.
Even Newsroom24x7 – the popular news portal with a global following – has deactivated its Twitter handle.
Sehore, Madhya Pradesh: Senior journalist, eminent conservationist and wildlife film-maker Lalit Shastri today underscored the importance of ensuring discipline in educational institutions with a firm hand and emphasised that the college authorities and professors also should strike a balance by giving positive strokes and taking up the responsibility of guiding the students on the right path.
Shastri was speaking as Chief Guest at the inaugural session of the three day “Deeksharambh” (Students Induction programme) at Chandra Shekhar Azad Government College here on Tuesday, 17 September 2019.
Shastri told the students that they should consider themselves fortunate as they have got the opportunity to go ahead with college education and play their role as responsible citizens in future. He told them to define their life goals and do everything in their command to fulfill their dreams. “Students should realize early in life their role and obligation towards the larger society, the nation and the human fraternity”, he said adding whatever profession or vocation they choose, it is important for them to know that whenever the need arises and they are in a position to take decisions involving others or in public interest, the guiding principle should be “Justice with fairness”. Making this point, Shastri especially drew attention to the famous theory propounded by the American thinker John Rawls.
Shastri went on to focus attention on the core idea of Bhagawad Gita and said that the students should ask themselves three questions – who am I; why I am here on earth; and what is my goal or purpose in life? The day one is able to define one’s goal, one would refuse to compromise and that would amount to gaining absolute freedom, he said adding the path ahead (for the students) should be dictated by logic, reasoning, urge for knowledge, rational thought, firm commitment and the joy of pursuing one’s goal.
Speaking as Special guest, former College Principal Dr. G.D. Singh told the students to treat the college as a launching pad for a bright career in diverse fields. He had a word of praise for college professors and said that they will be too glad to guide the students passing out of the college to explore career prospects in the Army, Police, All-India Services, State Service and the corporate sector. He underlined the importance of quality education and respect for the college time-table. Further, he said that the importance of holding the parent-teacher meeting (at least once a year) should not be undermined.
Dr. Singh was particular in pointing out that the admission schedule is important when it comes to imparting quality education. If students miss the admission deadline, they should be encouraged to join the open universities, he added.
College Principal Asha Gupta, and Professor Anil Rajput also addressed the students. Professor M S Rathore proposed the vote of thanks.
Standing on top of Shamla hill, overlooking the picturesque Upper Lake of Bhopal are buildings that once housed the Union Carbide guest house and research center. Thirty-four years after the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, these structures have become a grim reminder of how the local authorities had given the primacy of place to a multinational company and when disaster struck on the midnight of 2 and 3 December 1984 the contraption was allowed to get away with what Bhopal citizens called “mass murder” – a charge that eventually got reduced to death by negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh has registered a record polling of about 75% in the general election for the State Assembly.
The main opposition Congress is seeing the rise in voting percentage in the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh as a vote for change and is optimistic that this time the ruling Bharatiya Janata party would be voted out of power after three consecutive victories since 2003.
It is noteworthy that despite charges of corruption and the massive Vyapam scam, and the anti-incumbency factor, the main Opposition Congress failed to build a wave against the BJP. Still it is hoping to form the next government in MP. The BJP mandarins are also keeping their fingers crossed and their mood is upbeat by media reports that the BJP would still be able to cobble up a majority with outside support if it fails to get a majority.
When the election results would be announced on December 11, there will be no victors but only survivors because the Third Force that had gained ground on the issue of caste-based reservation and the Atrocities Act and had the potential to leave a phenomenal impact on the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election got crushed at the very outset by the machinations of a motley crowd of power-hungry opportunist elements. – Lalit Shastri
Riding an upsurge of anger over the amendment to the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, and the widespread opposition to the caste-based quota system, the third force was raising its head in the State. It was a perfect recipe for the third force to leave an impact on the electoral politics of Madhya Pradesh, especially during the current round of elections.
Unfortunately, a couple of ex-Babu’s (retired promotee IAS officers), apparently did everything to hijack and take political mileage out of the Sapaks Movement that was built entirely at the initiative of Lalit Shastri, the founder President of Sapaks Samaj (Samanya Pichda Alpsankhyayan Kalyan Samaj). It is a citizens’ organisation opposed to the caste-based quota system and the latest amendment to the SC/ST Atrocities Act. The Sapaks Movement was built by Shastri from scratch with plenty of ground work. When general elections to the State Assembly were round the corner, the opportunist elements, who had joined the Sapaks organisation very recently, got together, cobbled up a political party and named it as Sapaks Party – obviously to give the impression that the Sapaks Movement and the political party with the same name were a single entity. How the voters have viewed this machination would be revealed during the counting of votes on 11 December 2018.
Another player, who also entered the electoral scene during the penultimate stage coinciding with the announcement of the Assembly elections was the much hyped kathavachak Devkinandan Thakur. He landed in Bhopal with a hurriedly stitched up contraption called the Sarv Samaj Kalyan Party (SSKP) and spearheaded a full round of exercise with all kinds of parties that had sprung up mushroom-like on election eve to oppose the quota system. Devkinandan’s stated goal was to bring the political parties opposed to the Atrocities Act under “one umbrella and a single election symbol”. This proved a damp squib and the unity move met with a stalemate as Sapaks Party, even before it got registered, kept repeating with a jarring note that it was fielding candidates in all 230 constituencies of Madhya Pradesh. It is entirely a different story, how this party took a u-turn in the end and was ready for all kinds of alliances when nominations were already being filed. By now it was too late to impress the discerning citizens. The lid was off when midway during the election process, a couple of candidates representing the Sapaks Party and SSKP extended support to the BJP and rebel BJP candidates and withdrew from the electoral race. By now it was clear that the Movement that had been built against reservation in Madhya Pradesh was in quandary and total disarray.