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SC ignored as dahi-handi celebrated with protests, black flags in Maharashtra
Despite a Supreme Court order on height restrictions, several organisations in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai celebrated the dahi-handi ritual on Janmashtmi with protests, black bands and black flags on Thursday.
 
Several politically-backed organisations of the estimated 1,500-plus groups who conduct the event flouted the apex court order. The court had set a 20 foot or four-tier height limit for the human pyramids formed the occasion of the festival that marks Lord Krishna's birthday. It had also ruled that minors would be excluded from acting as the Govinda at the top of the pyramid who is tasked with breaking the pot full of curd, milk and other goodies.
 
While one Dadar organisation built a 'horizontal' pyramid on the ground and then broke the pot at a height of more than 30 feet, but the Govinda climbed a ladder to break it.
 
The participants of some organisations sported black shorts and arm-bands to protest the apex court ruling and after breaking the dahi-handi, the topmost Govinda waved a black flag.
 
In Thane, an organisation backed by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) erected the dahi-handi at a height of 49 feet in an attempt to create a new world record which will be broken later in the day.
 
One of the main organisers and MNS activist Avinash Jadhav told mediapersons he was prepared “to go to jail” but would take orders only from his leader, Raj Thackeray.
 
Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said that the police were photographing and videographing the celebrations across the city.
 
“All those found flouting the Supreme Court norms shall be prosecuted depending on the kind of violations,” Dudhe warned, though police have not directly intervened to stop the celebrations.
 
Some other organisations also constructed pyramids that had more than four tiers or exceeded 20 feet and even deployed minor boys to break the dahi-handi pot.
 
On Wednesday, a division bench of Supreme Court comprising Justice Uday U. Lalit and Justice L. Nageswara Rao had upheld an earlier Bombay High Court ruling on the issue of height restrictions and participation of teenagers below 18 years during the celebrations.
 
The Bombay High Court order on April 11, 2014, had come in response to a PIL filed by social activist Swati S. Patil's Utkarsh Mahila Samajik Sanstha citing hundreds of injuries, some permanent, and deaths, of Govindas when the human pyramids came crashing down.
 
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9 months ago

Even Gandhiji defied the rulings of courts to fight unjust laws and spearheaded civil disobedience movement. So?

D S Ranga Rao

9 months ago

Could you cite a few court rulings wherein ''Already thousands of kids have died as direct result of court rulings.'' Shall join you in seeking compensation from the courts, if true. Any activism should not end by merely activating the masses and leaving them in the lurch. What about those more than a hundred kids reportedly injured in the dahi handi celebrations of Aug. 25, 2016 in Mumbai/Thane? Any plans to seek compensation for them from the courts, as per your view point? (in reply to somebody's comment below)

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In Reply to D S Ranga Rao 9 months ago

Will definitely do so, but I need a public platform. Let Moneylife provide me a public platform, I have been trying to bring this to the attention of stake holders for years now, but people could not care less.

D S Ranga Rao

9 months ago

Did the Supreme Court ask the Maharashtra Police/government to first let the Dahi Handi organizers have their way and say and then haul them up before law for alleged violations or enforce its ruling by banning the celebrations from violating the norms laid down by it? What could be the answer of the government/police to the Court if any of the dahi handi participants lose his/her limb or life while playing it? At this rate, why any need for courts or enforcement machinery; let a bunch of goons rule the roost?

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In Reply to D S Ranga Rao 9 months ago

Check out whether the mandals were given an opportunity to explain their stand in the matter. Also I can cite instances of the court's own judgments leading to death and injury on a much wider scale.

D S Ranga Rao

In Reply to 9 months ago

Yes, one, a stake-holder is always welcome to seek clarification from the courts on their rulings. Deaths and injuries may occur with or without court rulings. So saying, no one has a right to tempt or attract the innocent children only to make them lose their life or limb and to forget them later. If the organizers are wiser than the courts, let them give an undertaking before the court that their own children will lead the pack from the front.


In Reply to D S Ranga Rao 9 months ago

Already thousands of kids have died as direct result of court rulings. Let the courts first compensate the parents and near and dear one's of the deceased children and adults/

In Reply to D S Ranga Rao 9 months ago

That is exactly what earlier court rulings in the matter which I can cite, if you give me a public platform did , "lose life or limb" etc.

Nilesh KAMERKAR

9 months ago

Strongly urge readers on Moneylife to read the no.1 National Bestseller 'Breaking India' authored by Rajiv Malhotra & coauthred by Aravindan Neelakandan.

Will we ever wake up?

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In Reply to Nilesh KAMERKAR 9 months ago

Please elaborate, connection is not clear.

Nilesh KAMERKAR

In Reply to 9 months ago

The above is with reference to larger context.

There seems to be a problem with regards to the way particularly most Hindu festivals are celebrated. Diwali creates noise pollution, Holi leads to damaging environment and wastage of water, Ganeshutsav & Navratri are criticized for noise pollution so on and so forth.

If there is a larger design to make Hindu feel ashamed about their customs, then it is time to see through the plot.

In our own country, there's no reason to apologetically practice Hinduism just because few don't approve of it . . .

In Reply to Nilesh KAMERKAR 9 months ago

Yes there definitely is differential logic that is being systematically implemented to ensure that Hindu festivals are not allowed to run smoothly. There needs to be an inquiry into this.

D S Ranga Rao

In Reply to Nilesh KAMERKAR 9 months ago

Think the rulings were given by judges belonging to Hindu religion only.
In any case, people are still unaware of any scripture or epic which enjoined upon the Hindus or followers of any other religion to celebrate the festivals in a noisy manner, much to the detriment of health and safety of themselves and others, nor with an attendant risk to life and limb of the participants. It's only the whims and fancies of a perverted few, according to which such distorted versions of the festivals have come to stay. It's time the glory of our festivals that are the hallmarks of peace and harmony and universal brotherhood is restored sooner the better.

Facebook, Twitter, Google failed to tackle terrorism: British panel
In the first-ever widespread criticism of US technology giants and social media platforms, the British Home Affairs select committee has slammed the internet behemoths of becoming a "recruiting platform for terrorism" and "passing the buck".
 
Led by Keith Vaz, the British parliament's longest-serving Indian-origin MP, the panel rapped Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube, saying the companies were deliberately failing to stop terrorists from using their platforms to promote their sinister agenda, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.
 
"Huge corporations like Google, Facebook and Twitter, with their billion-dollar incomes, are consciously failing to tackle this threat and passing the buck by hiding behind their supranational legal status, despite knowing that their sites are being used by the instigators of terror," Vaz was quoted as saying.
 
According to the committee report, "It is alarming that these companies have teams of only a few hundred employees to monitor networks of billions of accounts and that Twitter does not even proactively report extremist content to law enforcement agencies".
 
They specifically mentioned the case of hate preacher Anjem Choudary, stressing that Twitter and Youtube refused to remove his posts praising violent extremism despite repeated requests by the police.
 
Choudary, 49, was convicted of terror offences last week and faces up to 10 years in prison. He was set to be questioned by French and Belgian security services over his links to Islamic State (IS)-affiliated terrorists.
 
The British panel also warned that social media platforms are becoming the "vehicle of choice" for spreading terrorist propaganda.
 
"If they continue to fail to tackle this issue and allow their platforms to become the 'Wild West' of the internet, then it will erode their reputation as responsible operators," the report added.
 
Reacting to the report, Simon Milner, director of policy at Facebook UK, was quoted as saying: aceTerrorists and the support of terrorist activity are not allowed on Facebook and we deal swiftly and robustly with reports of terrorism-related content."
 
Last week, the micro-blogging website Twitter has announced it had suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating its policies related to promotion of terrorism in the last six months.
 
Twitter had announced the blocking of more than 125,000 accounts earlier this year which were primarily related to the IS terror group.
 
"This brings our overall number of suspensions to 360,000 since the middle of 2015. As noted by numerous third parties, our efforts continue to drive meaningful results, including a significant shift in this type of activity off of Twitter," the company had said in a blog post.
 
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Bad loans of state-run banks double in 15 months
The gross non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, of India's state-run banks, measured as a percentage of their advances, have ballooned from 5.4 per cent as on March 2015 to 11.3 per cent 15 months later, as per latest data available with the central bank.
 
In contrast, such bad loans of private banks and foreign entities in the industry, rose in a relatively less dramatic manner -- from 2.2 per cent to 2.8 per cent for the former and from 3.2 per cent to 3.7 per cent for the latter.
 
The data was available with Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor S.S. Mundra at a conference on banking sector reforms here.
 
Taking into consideration the loans that have been restructured -- that is a recast of the modalities including repayment and interest -- the total stressed advances of state-run banks stood at a whopping 15.4 per cent of their gross advances as in June this year. 
 
As per the presentation by the Deputy Governor, the state-run banks also had dismal bottomlines. As against a net profit of Rs 30,869 crore in March 2015, they incured a net loss of Rs 20,006 crore a year later.
 
During this period, the net pofit of private banks registered a growth from Rs 35,832 crore to Rs 39,672 crore. While foreign banks also made a total net profit, it came down from Rs 12,764 crore to Rs 12,619 crore.
 
Mundra said that post initiation of the banking reforms in 1991, the banks' balance sheets were much stronger and NPAs had come drom from the peak of around 12 per cent to slightly over 2 per cent by the year 2008.
 
But after that two developments happened -- global financial crisis and introduction of the PPP (public-private partnership) model in infrastructure building, he said.
 
"Banks were enthusiastic, rather major partners, in the PPP model, supported by accommodative fiscal and easy monetary policies, but it got plagued," he added.
 
Weak governance, lax underwriting, high corproate leverage and policy logjams led to the current scene of stressed assets in the banking sector, Mundra said.
 
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Deepak Narain

9 months ago

If you want anything to fail, give it to govt, be they banks, Air India, MTNL/BSNL, Super Bazars, HMT, NTC, etc. If given to private sector, even railways could deliver better. Politicians and bureaucrats rob jointly and make such bodies die.

B. Yerram Raju

9 months ago

Mundra is very right. When there is deceleration in lending to MSMEs and farm sector it is the corporate lending that went for the spin. Here some banks made the medium enterprises defaulters. The PSB agreed for funding a project - after the EMD was paid out of the firm's account and when the bid was cleared and security deposit was also paid by debit to the firm's account, bank stopped lending for the project in the very second month. As long as the firm was concentrating on products it was on profit curve for 25 years. They got into projects with consortium of banks promising loans and they burnt their well-earned silver to turn into defaulters. They have sovereign dues, sundry debtors, OEM suppliers queing for payments, bundled up. The leader of the consortium after agreeing for multiple banking in writing, bolted the door. The leader did not allow the member also restructure. It also did not allow another willing lender to lend for another project as new member. Against a collateral security of around Rs.40 crore, outstanding loans are around Rs.450 crore. The Bank branded the firm as wilful defaulter. It would be wiser for the bank to restructure the loan and get back the entire sum in 4-5 years as the TEV study confirmed viability. But alas, Bank having termed the firm as wilful defaulter cannot grant the restructuring of debt. This is a typical case of fence eating the crop.

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