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What's in a name! Rishi Kapoor sparks Congress outcry
Veteran film actor Rishi Kapoor on Wednesday sparked off a Congress outcry after he launched a scathing attack against the grand old party of India for naming Indian assets and government projects after its icons from the Nehru-Gandhi family.
 
In a series of tweets, Rishi Kapoor urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to re-name the assets that the Congress has named after the Gandhis -- Indira and Rajiv.
 
“We must name important assets of the country (after those) who have contributed to society. Har cheez Gandhi ke naam? (Everything is in the name of the Gandhis?) I don't agree. Sochna log! (Think people!)," Rishi Kapoor tweeted.
 
"Change Gandhi family assets named by (the) Congress. Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or J.R.D. Tata Link road. Baap ka maal samajh rakha tha."
 
He also questioned why Delhi's airport was named Indira Gandhi International Airport. "Why not Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh, Ambedkar or on my name Rishi Kapoor. As superficial."
 
The Bollywood actor apparently took a thread from Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh’s demand on Tuesday that New Delhi's Akbar Road, where the Congress headquarters is located, be renamed after Maharana Pratap.
 
“If (names of) roads in Delhi can be changed, why not Congress assets/property ke naam? Was in Chandigarh, wahan bhi Rajeev Gandhi assets. Socho! Why,” the actor said.
 
The 63-year-old actor demanded that "Film City (in Mumbai) should be named (after) Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar ya Amitabh Bachchan? Rajeev Gandhi udyog kya hota hai?"
 
The comments sparked off a furore in the Congress, with Gandhi loyalists slamming the actor.
 
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the actor had no “role to play in the public life”.
 
“Last time I heard of him was in the movie ‘Bobby’. It is not worth to comment on,” Tewari told reporters in Delhi.
 
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam in Mumbai said that Rishi Kapoor needed to learn history as he apparently had failed to realize the contributions the Gandhi family had made to build the nation.
 
He said he had sent Rishi Kapoor a list of Indian airports that have been named after Maharana Pratap, Shivaji Maharaj and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
 
“There are some who open their mouth for the sake of power and such people have a narrow mindset,” Nirupam added.
 
Congress spokesperson P. C. Chacko didn’t name the actor but said people were targeting the Gandhis "to get into the good books" of the ruling BJP.
 
“They want to please somebody in power. They can have it but not at the expense of the Congress. We don't take it seriously and it is not worth any comments at all," Chacko said in Delhi.
 
Rishi Kapoor said his father Raj Kapoor, a legendary Indian showman, has made the country proud more than “what has been perceived by politics”.
 
The actor’s view was supported by his Bollywood colleague Anupam Kher, known for airing his views rather brazenly. He stressed the importance of recognising "legends" from other fields like the arts, cricket and cinema.
 
Anupam Kher lauded the Narendra Modi government, saying that they don't 'have any yojna (scheme) after any political leaders".
 
“Rishi Kapoor is a very forthright person. He has not necessarily said all the right things but why should we attribute a reason behind it and make it less important by immediately coming to a conclusion that this is a political statement. It is not a political statement.”
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

 

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Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

For those who wish to find me, here is my latest address. 31, Krantiveer Vasantrao Narayan? Path, originally Krantiveer Vasantrao Narayan? Road, aka K V N Naik Path, originally Forjett Street, off Jaojee Dadajee Marg, aka J D Marg, originally known as Tardeo Road, (Yes, It was named after a DEITY!), Mumbai, originally known as Bombay, India, aka Bharat, aka Hindustan.

Just name them by numbers, North south 1,3, 5, and East West, 2, 4, 6, etc. in Block A, B, C, etc. Those will remain forever, no matter what they are called with every change of Government.

Quality of life? Deteriorating, aka Who cares?

Many years after our street was renamed, a taxi driver, staying there for long years, was surprised that is was actually his own Forjett Street!

Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

As for Chaco's comment, could not agree more. But then, we need to have an Uncle Tom's Road. In every place. Multiple remembrances. All inclusive; film stars, journalists, poet dads, fawning NGO heads, ex-Armywallas, political 'rebels', laid-off babus, et al.

Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

Jawaharlal had categorically stated that no monuments be named after him. It was not followed.

All parties are in the naming mode. Even when not in power, as a quid pro quo. Not only that, the names are so terribly long. The effect then gets lost. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is CST; a corporator even demanded that no tickets be issued to those who used the abbreviation! But then we have a fascination for verbosity. In the end we have MG Road, SV Road, (originally GB Road for Ghodbunder Road). VP Marg, for both Vitthal and Vallabh. I stay on KVN Naik Path. For Krantiveer Vasantrao N Naik Path. I believe the second 'N' stands for Narayan. Thirty years later, it still goes by its old name, Forjett Street.

The best thing to do is to not name anything after anybody, until 100 years after they are dead and gone. If they are remembered then, they deserve to be named.

AND KEEP THEM SHORT.

Param

1 year ago

i always used to wonder what a pilot like sanjay gandhi had in relation to borivli national park, or pm like jawahar lal nehru had in relation to hyderabad zoo or even indira gandhi had in relation to vizag zoo. did they fund it, build it, sanction it or even visit it???

Merge five SBI associate banks into one entity: AIBEA
The All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) hopes the government accept its demand to merge the five associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI) into one entity, said a top union official on Saturday.
 
AIEBA general secretary C.H.Venkatachalam also said the union has called for a strike on June 7 and July 28 this year to press for the merger demand.
 
He also hoped that the boards of the five associate banks - State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ) and State Bank of Patiala (SBP) - and also that of SBI would consider that proposal.
 
"Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also opined that the five associate banks of SBI could be merged into one thereby creating a strong entity," Venkatachalam told IANS.
 
He hoped the boards of the six banks in their next meeting would consider the merger proposal.
 
"Though on principle we are against consolidation in the banking industry, in the case of five associate banks, we prefer the same instead of each one merging into SBI," Venkatachalam said.
 
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MG Warrier

1 year ago

At this stage, all stakeholders should think in terms of restructuring the Indian Banking System with the stability of the financial sector, interests of the nation from the economic growth angle and protecting the interests of the depositors, borrowers, employees and shareholders of banks.

Roy Aranha

1 year ago

before merger knock off the flab and make these banks accountable like the private banks enough of bullying by the unions who are crippling the system no children of those in service should get employed into teh banks let them compete with the others too

Tamil Nadu election: Assets of 89 re-contesting MLAs zooms 98% in past 5 years
As Tamil Nadu gears up for the Assembly elections, an analysis shows that assets of 89 outgoing members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from across the parties, who are re-contesting, have jumped 98% over the past five years.
 
Tamil Nadu Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the affidavits of 89 outgoing MLAs who are re-contesting from major parties in the 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections. According to the analysis, average assets of these MLAs increased by 98% or by Rs4.27 crore to Rs8.63 crore in 2016 from an average asset of Rs4.35 crore in 2011 election.
 
 
While All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is the ruling party in Tamil Nadu, opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)'s MLA from Katpadi emerged at top in term of highest percentage wise increase in assets. Katpadi MLA Duraimurugan's assets rose 224% to Rs29 crore in 2016 from Rs9 crore five years ago. Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa features third while DMK boss M Karunanidhi is at fifth position on the list.
 
 
MLAs belonging to ruling AIADMK saw their average asset going up by 118%, followed by Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) members at 88%, shows the analysis carried out by ADR. 
 

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D S Ranga Rao

1 year ago

That shows what a Banana Republic ours is! Thoroughly lax laws, an indolent, indulgent and indifferent judiciary, a bunch of corrupt, inefficient and ineffective regulatory
agencies, viz., IT, DRI, ED, ECI, etc., that pretend to be blind, deaf and mute when they ought to have acted to stem the rot when the elected candidates openly declare and flaunt their ill-gotten wealth, all summing up to an acquiescent government at the helm. The situation won't change on its own unless and until the voter, each and every voter, realizes that's he alone has to decide his fate by electing a right person.

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