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Charges fly thick and fast in Punjab over 2015 firing

first_imgWith the police pointing the finger at former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal in the 2015 police firing incident in Kotkapura which claimed two lives, the game of allegations and counter-allegations has begun. Last week, the Special Investigation Team filed a chargesheet in a Faridkot court claiming that the police firing (during the protests that followed the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village) was a pre-planned handiwork of Mr. Badal, former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim among others. The ruling Congress was quick to attack the Akali Dal with senior leader and Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa saying the “Panthic” mask was off the faces of the Badals and now the family must renounce politics. He asked Mr. Badal to step down as MP and also the chief of his party after being “exposed”. The SAD accused the Congress of indulging in a political vendetta and targeting the party leaders through the SIT. Terming the probe “politically motivated”, the Akali Dal questioned the credibility of the chargesheet. Senior leader Daljeet Cheema said “the chargesheet was signed by IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap of the SIT on May 23 though the model code was withdrawn on May 26. Notably, he was reappointed a member of the SIT team on May 27. It’s a clear case of fabrication of documents with mala fide intention.”“Not only this, other members of the SIT have also questioned the partisan role of the said officer and submitted their objections to the government in writing,” he said. The Akali Dal made it clear that it would not take this lying down. Mr. Cheema said it would challenge the chargesheet and demand the investigation be handed over to an independent agency headed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema (AAP) also raised the issue of ‘objections’ against the IG. “The objections raised by the other members of the SIT against the IG at a time when ‘challan’ was filed against the accused in the court seems to be a mere design to derail the process of justice delivery and protect the high-profile accused,” he alleged.last_img read more

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Historic step: Pandharpur temple allows non-Brahmin and women priests

first_imgAmidst of the Maalin tragedy, a historic development went unnoticed in Maharashtra. A path breaking leap that perhaps can be seen a strong step towards the annihilation of caste system and patriarchy that still rules the minds of India.For the first time in its history of almost nine centuries, Non-Brahmin and female priests performed the Pooja of Lord Vitthal and Rukhmini on Friday.The historic transition started with the Supreme Court verdict on January 15, 2014. The apex court had taken away the ancestral rights claimed by the Brahmin families, known as Badve and Utpat to appoint priests.After the verdict the temple trust interviewed 129 candidates for the post temple priests. Highlight of the selection process was that most of the candidates that appeared were non-Brahmins and even 16 women candidates were interviewed.Finally on Friday, five priests belonging to backward classes performed Pooja along with upper caste Brahmins at the historic Vitthal temple and 2 women priests performed pooja at the Rukhmini temple in Pandharpur.In a society that is still dominated by caste system and patriarchy, allowing women and people of lower castes to perform pooja at the temple may be seen as historic and pioneering by many. But those aware of the Maharashtra’s social essence will see this development as a perfect complement to the very quintessence of the medieval Bhakti movement.Poetry, literature and Social reforms flourished in the Bhakti movement. Saint Poet Dnyaneshwar (3th Century BC ) is seen as the pioneer of the Bhakti movement. Several great saint Poets Like Tukaram and Namdev were among others. All these saint poets worshipped Vitthal of Pandharpur.advertisementAt a time when caste system strongly dominated the society, these saints professed the message of equality. It was initially considered unorthodox, as it rebelled against caste distinctions and disregarded Brahmanic rituals which according to Bhakti saints were not necessary for salvation. In the course of time, however, owing to its immense popularity among the masses and even gaining royal patronage it became ‘orthodox’ and continues to be one of the most important modes of religious expression in modern India.The bhakti movement is also seen as a prominent emancipator movement against the Brahminical caste domination. The devotees and the proponents of the movements mostly hailed from Non Brahmin castes. Dnyaneshwar and Eknath were Brahmins but were strictly against caste supremacy. Progressive Thinker and saint Poet Tukaram belonged to the Kunbi Community. Chokha Mela hailed from the untouchable Mahar community. Similarly , Savata belonged to the Mali(Gardener) caste, Sena belonged to Nhavi (Barber) caste, Goroba was a Kumbhar (Potter),Namdev- a Shimpi (Tailor) and so on. Similarly, women Saint poets like Saint Sakhubai, Muktabai, Kanhopatra, Janabai contributed immensely to the Warkari Sect.Given the fact that the Bhakti movement was always above caste hierarchy and Brahmnical assertion, the new development in Vithhal temple of Pandharpur should be viewed as a continuation of the progressive thought that was professed by the great saint poets. From now on lower caste priests and women too have got the right to perform Pooja. A couple of years ago, another decision in Maharashtra was hailed by rationalist and that was allowing women into the main sanctorum of the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur.Though caste system is abolished in India long ago , the discreet existence of the caste supremacy and patriarchy still hampers the social fabric of the country. But now the step to allow Lower castes and women to perform pooja in Pandharpur will be a giant leap in the long drawn efforts to annihilate caste from the society and giving women equal rights. The humanitarian message in the system is loud and clear, everybody is equal before the almighty. Just as Saint Chokha Mela who hailed from the untouchable caste wrote “Chokha Donga par bhaav naahi donga” which means Chokha may be from a inferior caste, but his devotion is not. Chokha Mela’s thoughts have been given justice in spirit after 900 years.last_img read more

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India vs England: MS Dhoni brigade set to turn tables in 2nd ODI

first_imgIndia will be eager to bounce back against England in the five-match ODI seriesRocked by one controversy after another, India will be hoping that the spotlight shifts to the cricketing action as they take on an upbeat England side in the second one day international of the five-match series here on Wednesday.With the first match in Bristol being washed out without a ball being bowled, India will be itching to perform in a format where Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have shown their prowess over the years.Some on-field action will also mean that skipper Dhoni will be able to focus on cricket, after his comments supporting chief coach Duncan Fletcher did not got down well with the BCCI bigwigs.A notable thing during this tour has been Dhoni expressing his firm point-of-views quite explicitly.It happened in the Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson case during the Test series and then after the loss when he hinted that perhaps he had done enough as the Indian Test skipper.Now this is the third instance, where he suddenly finds that he is not on the same page with the board. With simmering tension, all parties though will be hoping for clear weather in Cardiff then as some cricket will do well to cool down tempers.In terms of on-field action there wasn`t much to take away from Bristol, except the pre-match practice on Sunday.For Indian batsmen, this meant big shots sailing out of the park at every opportunity possible.advertisementAlmost every batsman concentrated on hitting out in a bid to get away from the Test mindset. Dhoni himself led the way, with Rohit Sharma and Stuart Binny also using their long handles well. Suresh Raina too had a little hitting-out session towards the end.While their hits cleared the nets and the ground-limits with ease, it was a pity that they didn`t get to test the ground`s small boundaries on Monday. Even so, it wasn`t easy to identify which players could be the ones in the Indian playing eleven.Usually they practice as per the intended batting order, but this wasn`t the case. There was no particular order observable and it almost seemed that they wanted to confuse those watching.Dhoni had not given any hints in his pre-match press conference either, but he did mention that Rohit Sharma had done a decent enough job as opener.It bodes well for the Mumbai batsman who did open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan in the practice game versus Middlesex, and looks set to do so in the near-future as well.While Rohit spent a lot of time in the nets on Sunday, Dhawan had a long chat with Shastri before he went to bat. The man-in-charge (as per the BCCI) was also seen having a conversation with Virat Kohli, imparting knowledge or indeed opinion of the latter`s poor run.The other boss, Fletcher, concentrated on watching his wards keenly as always before taking Dhawan, Raina and Ajinkya Rahane aside for slip-catching practice.Slip practice has been indicative of team selection in the past but this wasn`t any pointer to their intentions as Ambati Rayudu had a hit in the nets much before Raina did. He also bowled quite a bit to Dhoni and other batsmen as part of their practice against spin.It is to be remembered that Rayudu did bowl in New Zealand and later in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh as well.Unless rain relents in Cardiff, this mystery of who will play at number five or six for India will not be solved.There is one surety though. Sanju Samson will not be making his debut anytime soon unless Dhoni sits out due to some unforeseen circumstances.In the Bristol nets, he loitered around as the whole team practised, only having a nets after everyone was done. In comparison, Karn Sharma looked far busier, doing his bit with both bat and ball.While Jadeja and R Ashwin are obvious picks for Dhoni, it will not be surprising if Karn does come into contention at some point, thanks to his leg-spin.One youngster, who was drafted into the ODI squad for his country`s preparations for the 2015 ODI World Cup, who was sure to play in Bristol and will be so in Cardiff too, is Alex Hales.While his counterpart was evasive as ever about the first-choice eleven, England skipper Alastair Cook was quite happy to admit that Hales indeed will be partnering him at the top of the order. It does mean that Ian Bell will move one spot down to number three.advertisementWill that be a straight replacement for the dropped Ravi Bopara in their line-up remains to be seen, as and when the series does get underway, weather permitting.Teams(from):India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.England: Alastair Cook(c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Jos Buttler(wk), Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakeslast_img
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