Citizens' Issues
Subramanian Swamy for daily hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi case in SC
New Delhi  : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for moving the Supreme Court to seek day-to-day hearing of civil appeals in the Ram Janmabhoomi case.
"I have written to the prime minister in this connection. The case regarding the Ram temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh should be heard on a day-to-day basis," Swamy told media persons here.
The BJP leader sought early verdict in the issue and start of the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya by the year-end.
"The moment the court verdict is out, we will start work on the Ram temple construction. We want to start the construction work before this year-end. We will talk to Muslim leaders and find an early solution," he said.
Swamy also said he will convince leaders like Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party is in power in the state, and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for the temple construction.
"I am confident that Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is a believer of Hanuman, and BSP leader Mayawati will both agree for an amicable solution," he said.
Asked whether the BJP was on the same page with him on the issue, he said construction of the Ram temple was mentioned in the party's manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
"It was in the Lok Sabha election manifesto of our party. No one will go against the party manifesto. This is a full time work (Ram temple). The prime minister will run the nation and I will work towards the construction of the Ram temple," Swamy said.
The BJP manifesto, in two brief lines on the last page under the heading 'cultural heritage', reiterated the party's stand on the construction of the Ram temple at the site of the demolished Babri mosque.
"The BJP reiterates its stand to explore all possibilities within the framework of the constitution to facilitate the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya," the manifesto had said.
As for a controversial seminar held at Delhi University on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue last week, Swamy said more such seminars should be held across the country.
The two-day seminar on "Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple: Emerging Scenario" was organised at the arts faculty from January 9 by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth.
"Such a seminar should be organised in Jawaharlal Nehru University too," Swamy said.
JNU in New Delhi is a reputed bastion of Left-leaning student outfits who strongly opposed the Delhi University decision to allow the seminar, alleging it will "communalise" the campus.
The BJP leader said such seminars will be organised across India and he had already received offers from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for the same.
Acting on a bunch of appeals, the apex court stayed the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that divided the 2.77-acre site into three parts. It also ordered status quo at the site but restrained any religious activity on the 67 acres of adjoining land taken over by the Centre.
On the violence in Malda in West Bengal, Swamy said Home Minister Rajnath Singh should exercise his powers under Article 256 and give directions to the Mamata Banerjee government that it was not performing its duty as per the Constitution.
Swamy also said there was no use talking to Pakistan as it was a "dumb government" and the real government there was of the ISI, Taliban and military.
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Hemen Parekh

2 years ago


Even as the BATTLE for BABRI , is being fought out in the Supreme Court and on TV Channels , I request Shri Asaduddin Owaisi , Shri Subramanian Swamy , and leaders / opinion-makers from both the sides to consider my ( 2 year old ) following suggestion , to usher a lasting peace and harmony in the Indian Society :
hemen parekh / blogs

Reach - Out Time ?

Narendra Modi claims that the Muslims of Gujarat have buried the ghost of Godhra and a great majority of them voted for BJP in the recent State election

There have been many communal ( anti-minority or anti-majority ) riots in most of the States of India since independence

It does not serve any purpose to keep doing post-mortem , again and again

It is obvious that the new generation ( including the descendents of the victims ) want to close the chapter and move on to a better / peaceful life

If , development of Muslims brought about a harmonious communal relations in Gujarat , surely it could be replicated on a national scale , all over the country

Narendra Modi has a fantastic opportunity to drive across this message by incorporating the following ACTIONS in BJP’s 2014 Election Manifesto :

Ø Resettling of riot victims ( belonging to any community and residing in any state ) , in Government-built houses , within one year of coming to power

Ø Simultaneous dismantling of , so-called “ Minority Ghettos “ , thru dispersal of minorities throughout the cities , for better integration within a city’s majority population

Ø Granting Cabinet Minister status to the Chiefs of Minority Commission / Women’s Commission / Human Rights Commission

Ø Providing for greater representation in the Central Cabinet to the people of the North-Eastern States and the Naxal affected areas

Ø Up gradation of the educational institutions belonging to the minorities

Ø Greater representation to Minority Youth in “ Skills Development Program “ under NSDC

Ø At the disputed Ayodhya site , creation of a “ WORLD PEACE COMPLEX “ comprising of :

* Ram Temple ( for Hindus )

* Mosque ( for Muslims )

* Church ( for Christians )

* Temple ( for Buddhists )

* Synagogue ( for Jews )

* Akshar-Dham ( for Jains )

* Gurudwara ( for Shikhs )


* Hospitals ( like Netralaya / Hridayalaya )

* India Heritage / History Museum

* Business Convention-cum-Industry Exhibition Centre

* Tourist Complex

And right in the center of the complex , a giant statue of the “ FATHER of the NATION “

I invite readers to add to this list

Even if for all the wrong reasons [ viz; 2014 Elections ], let BJP not miss this opportunity to initiate steps for integration of the minorities into the mainstream of political / economical / social development of our country

It is about time to exhibit , BJP’s truly “ SECULAR “ nature ( non-UPA variety ? )

It is time to stop mere Congress-bashing ( with which , people are fed-up ) and promise some genuine positive actions to the MINORITIES

And of all the leaders of BJP , who is better placed for such “ Pro-Activism “ than Narendrabhai ?

Carpe Diem ( Seize the Day ! )


hemen parekh

( 21 Sept 2013 )

A 'whale' of a problem on Tamil Nadu's coast, 45 mammals die
Chennai : It was a whale of a problem on Tuesday for officials to save 81 short finned pilot whales that beached near a village in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin district but they only managed to help less than half survive.
"Eighty one whales were beached. We tried to take all of them back into the sea with the use of boats. While 36 whales swam away, 45 died," a fisheries department official told IANS.
The whales got beached off last night of Manpadu and Alanthalai villages in Tuticorin district, around 600 km from here.
The district administration led by Collector M.Ravikumar mounted the massive rescue effort.
The whales were gently tied to boats of local fishermen and released mid sea but some returned towards the beach.
Around ten boats made the sorties with one whale each trip.
However officials were not able tell the probable reasons for the whales beaching in large numbers.
Speaking to reporters, Ravikumar said officials would investigate into the reasons for the whales getting beached.
"The whales could have been under stress. It could be due to coastal pollution by industrial effluents or even due to noise made by boats or ships," R.Rajaram, assistant professor, department of marine science, Bharathidasan University told IANS over phone from Tiruchirapalli.
In a statement, the Indian Coast Guard said it extended its helping hand in rescuing several whales off Alanthalai and Manapadu beach, noting the short finned pilot whales are normally found in Pacific Ocean.
Fishing boats were employed for pulling them to the deeper part of the sea against all the risks involved, it said.
The wildlife department in coordination with state administration is arranging for the burial of the dead whales.
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Are spectrum charges being hiked, apex court asks government
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the central government if it was seeking to hike the spectrum usage charge of one percent of the annual gross revenue of telecom companies for 4G services and if it had the powers to do so.
A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R. Banumathi also asked the central government to state if it, indeed, had the powers to hike the charges, then what was the source of that authority.
"What is the logic of an increase?" it queried.
The posers to the government came in the course of a hearing of a public interest plea by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation seeking the quashing of the decision permitting Reliance Jio to enter the voice telephony services using 4G spectrum.
Reserving the order after the daylong hearing, the apex court gave a week's time to the petitioner, the government and Reliance Jio to file their written notes, along with the citation of the previous judgments to back their contentions.
Counsel Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, told the court that the official auditor had also flagged that a lower one percent spectrum charge can't be different from what was being charged from the holders of airwaves for 2G and 3G services.
"You (the government) will not be justified in levying a lower charge on the grounds that the cost of laying infrastructure is higher," the court observed. "Bhushan's worry is you are getting away cheaply."
Senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for Reliance Jio, said the services were becoming cheaper. "Reliance Communications is offering a package, which includes a smartphone, for Rs.7,000."
In an apparent jibe at former communications minister Kapil Sibal for his statement that there was "zero loss" to the exchequer for selling the spectrum cheap, the bench said: "Zero loss is also a mistake."
The apex court had on May 9 last year issued notice based on the plea that sought a probe into the decision by which Reliance Jio was allowed entry into the voice telephony space using 4G spectrum by paying the price that was determined way back in 2001.
The petition had sought a court-monitored probe and alleged the government decision was in violation of the apex court judgment in the presidential reference on the alienation of natural resource by the government to private operators.
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