RSS expels Kundan Chandravat for announcing 1 crore bounty on Kerala CM

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member Kundan Chandravat has been expelled from the right-wing organisation, following his provocative statement at a protest in Ujjain. On Thursday, Chandravat created an uproar after he announced a 1 crore bounty on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. “If anyone gets me the head of Vijayan, I will give him my property, which is worth around 1 crore,” said Chandravat.

Chandravat called up the meeting to protest the alleged killing of RSS and BJP workers in Kerala at the hands of CPM people. However, after facing the criticism, he withdrew the statement and expressed his regret on the whole issue.

RSS has expressed its disagreement with Chandravat, and has stated that it does not support any violent practice. It also urged the people to not consider the statement of one member as the view of the Sangh.

However, Pinarayi Vijayan has not paid much heed to this threat. He said “RSS has beheaded many earlier, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t walk free. I don’t take such comments to face value.”

Chandrawat’s comment came a day after RSS, BJP and many other right wing organisations exhibited their displeasure against the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala, holding it accountable for the killing of several party members.

Sources: NDTV, Firtspost

RSS expels Kundan Chandravat for announcing 1 crore bounty on Kerala CM

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member Kundan Chandravat has been expelled from the right-wing organisation, following his provocative statement at a protest in Ujjain. On Thursday, Chandravat created an uproar after he announced a 1 crore bounty on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.”If anyone gets me the head of Vijayan, I will give him my property, which is worth around 1 crore,” said Chandravat.

Chandravat called up the meeting to protest the alleged killing of RSS and BJP workers in Kerala at the hands of CPM people. However, after facing the criticism, he withdrew the statement and expressed his regret on the whole issue.

RSS has expressed its disagreement with Chandravat, and has stated that it does not support any violent practice. It also urged the people to not consider the statement of one member as the view of the Sangh.

However, Pinarayi Vijayan has not paid much heed to this threat. He said “RSS has beheaded many earlier, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t walk free. I don’t take such comments to face value.”

Chandrawat’s comment came a day after RSS, BJP and many other right wing organisations exhibited their displeasure against the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala, holding it accountable for the killing of several party members.

News Source: NDTV, Firstpost 

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Schools to hail Mamata’s bravado for the Singur’s struggle?

On August 31, the Supreme Court in a landmark judgement decided the fate of the Singur farmers, that had been hanging by a string for the past 10 years. Setting aside the land acquisition by the West Bengal Government in 2006, to allow Tata Motors to set up a factory for it’s Nano project, the apex court, directed the current government to return the land to it’s erstwhile owners within a period of 12 weeks. And buoyed by the SC’s verdict, the state government is advancing to include the topic in school syllabuses now.

This issue has been making headlines for the past few weeks now, with the West Bengal government calling it a “victory of the the people of Bengal”, while the leftists, labeling it to be the hegemonic triumph of Mamata Banerjee, who is said to have acquired power in Bengal riding upon the Singur controversy. Nonetheless, it is indeed a watershed moment for all agitations surrounding the adversities of land acquisition.

The Singur Movement, from 2006 to 2016 has now catapulted into a historic discourse about the success of a struggle of the farmers, which the state government is now pushing to launch as an event to be remembered for generations. And, for that the proposal to include it into school curriculum, is being made by this government.

As per reports, from the 2017-18 academic year, the syllabus of class IX and X will include the Singur struggle. History books would honor and eulogise the farmer struggle to acquire their land, and Mamata Banerjee’s 14-day dharna at Singur along with her fast that lasted some 26 days. Likening it to historic events like the Sepoy Mutiny and the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the School Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that a movement where the farmers together fought for a their own cause, despite all adversities, and eventually turned victorious at the end, is worth recognition in the history books, and that students should know all about this. Along with Singur, the Tebhaga movement and Krishak andolan (peasants movement) will be pitched for inclusion.

Earlier the Education Minister mentioned that as the Singur movement has historic relevance, he is consulting with intellectuals and educationists and pushing the proposal to include Singur movement in the Syllabus Committee. Once approved it will be taken forward.

A senior official of the education department, responded to this, saying “These are some of the major incidents that will surely get place in the syllabus but we are still to finalise the details of the movement. We had first round of talks and we need some more discussion before we can give it a final shape”.

With the Trinamool Congress Party gaining ground in the national landscape, this move although seemingly noble, might have a larger yet underlying discourse. The question that arises at this juncture, is that, would a similar mass struggle cropping up around the time of Mamata’s government, get the same recognition, as did the Singur movement, which was largely against the CPI(M) -led government of Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.

Tripura Trinamool unit demands Centre to repair NH8 in Assam

The chairman of Trinamool Congress unit in Tripura has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately address the heavily damaged National Highway (NH8) in Assam issue.

According to the Financial Express, Ratan Chakraborty reportedly said, “We are requesting (Chief Minister) Manik Sarkar and demanding that he must talk with the Prime Minister of India to handover the road to the military engineering cell so that they can make it within 48 hours. It is emergency work, they can do it.”

A long stretch of NH 8 in Assam is unfit for over a year, making it difficult for vehicles to move. As a result, trucks carrying essential commodities to Tripura are unable to reach their destination. They have started using an alternate road.

Chakraborty alleged that CPI(M) has deliberately stalled the progress to disrupt TMC supremo’s visit to the state scheduled on August 9.

He mentioned that he fails to understand that how three governments, Centre, BJP in Assam and Left Front government could not repair a two kilometer road.

He also added that two months ago, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy informed about the crisis to Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari but very little was done to improve the situation.

DIFFERENCES OVER CPI(M)’s LATEST APPOINTMENT

 The appointment of Harvard Economist Gita Gopinathan as the economic advisor to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has created a wave of tension within the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the state.

The reason for such differences is, she is thought to advocate neo-liberal economics while the CPI(M) stays farther away from such grounds. Her appointment has brought in criticisms from several Left sympathizers and Party leaders. Their concerns largely revolve around the potential ideological clashes that might occur within the party due to this appointment. 

Her extensive period of service in the West and associations with the US Government, World Economic Forum and the International Monetary Fund-names that do not go hand-in-hand with socialist activities may be a major cause of concern for CPI(M). The party at the center has asked for answers regarding such an appointment from the state.

As reported by Livemint, an MP of the party expressed concerns over the party’s developmental agenda for the state and Gopinathan’s potential diversion in neo-liberal agenda. On the other hand, Pinarayi Vijayan told The Indian Express, “For us, she is one of the leading world economists with roots in Kerala. What is wrong in asking her views and opinions on world economy and make use of whatever we want? As long as our stand is clear, there is no need for a worry on any departure from the party line.” 

With differences within the party in the state, further developments in the case is yet to be seen.

Will send my boys to get women of CPI(M) raped: Tapas Pal

Kolkata: In yet another ridiculous and controversial statement, Tapash Pal, Trinamool Congress MP from Krishnanagar has threatened to send ‘his boys’ and rape women from the opposition camp if needed. In a gathering in his locality, the former Tollywood star said, “If anyone from the Opposition dares to touch any woman then I will send my boys and get women of CPI(M) raped.”

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He also went on to say that he carries ‘maal’ (read gun or revolver) and will not hesitate to use it on his opponents and openly states he is a ‘goonda.’ This however is not the first time he has spoken in such a manner. Last year while addressing a rally at Tehatta, he had asked his party activists to beat up the left supporters using shoes.

The video which has now been released is though thought to be of few weeks earlier, but has provoked a response from the TMC who has condemned the leader’s words but yet not taken any action. Party spokesperson and prominent quizmaster Derek O’Brien has tweeted stating, “Whatever provocation or perceived provocation, people in public life have to be extra-careful in what they say. Can’t shoot your mouth off.”

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