10082017-TTC-01.qxd 8/10/2017 1:26 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday,august 10, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 115 | 24 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Judges can’t run govt, ask for miracles: Centre to SC New Delhi, August 9 Judges cannot run a government and ask it to do “miracles”, Attorney General KK Venugopal today told the Supreme Court while opposing fresh pleas being made by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan in a PIL for relief measures in drought-hit states. A Bench, headed by Justice MB Lokur, directed the Centre to set up state food commissions, as mandated under the National Food Security Act, 2013, even in the states not hit by drought. Venugopal strongly opposed the submissions of Prashant Bhushan, representing the NGO run by activist Yogendra Yadav, and termed them as fresh ones. “New submissions are being made every time. The issue (PIL) cannot go on forever. We have filed a detailed affidavit stating all steps are being taken by us. continued on p20 /thetribunechd Unease among Muslims, ambience Divide rules ‘75 yrs of acceptance under threat: Ansari of Quit India’ debate New Delhi, August 9 Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari today said there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among the Muslims in the country, asserting the “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat. Ansari, whose second fiveyear term as the Vice-President ends tomorrow, made these remarks in the backdrop of incidents of intolerance and cow vigilantism and comments made by some saffron leaders regarding the minority community. ‘I AM AN INDIAN, AND THAT IS IT’ India is a plural society that for centuries, not for 70 years, has lived in a certain ambience of acceptance which is now under threat. The propensity to be able to assert your nationalism day in and day out is unnecessary.I am an Indian, and that is it. Hamid Ansari, OUTGOING VICE-PRESIDENT Stating he had flagged the issue of intolerance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cabinet colleagues, Ansari, 80, described as a “disturbing thought” that the Indianness of citizens was being questioned. Asked in an interview to Karan Thapar on Rajya Sabha TV whether he shared his concerns with the PM, Ansari replied in the affirmative. “Yes...yes. But what passes between the Vice-President and the PM in the nature of things must remain in the domain of privileged conversation,” the Rajya Sabha Chairman said. He also said that he has flagged the issue with Union ministers too. “Well, there is always an explanation and there is always a reason. Now it is a matter of judgement, whether you accept the explanation, you accept the reasoning and its rationale,” he said when asked about the response of the government. continued on page 11 Barala’s son, friend held for kidnap bid Chandigarh Police add non-bailable charge to FIR STALKING CASE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 The police today arrested the son of the Haryana BJP president along with his friend for an abduction bid, four days after they were accused of stalking 29-yearold Varnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer. Vikas Barala, 23, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar, 27, were arrested Vikas Barala (left) and friend Ashish in police custody. TRIBUNE PHOTO after they were interrogated for nearly two hours by the Chandigarh Police. While the accused were asked to appear at the Sector 26 police station at 11 am, they kept the cops waiting for nearly three-and-a-half hours. They were taken for interrogation soon after they showed up around 2.30 pm. The two were arrested on the intervening night of August 4-5 after they allegedly chased and tried to block the victim’s car with their SUV while she was heading home. Despite the victim’s statement to the police that an abduction attempt was made, the two were subsequently released on bail as they were charged under a bailable offence. This led to widespread protests by continued on p11 Stalking stalls RS Page 10 PM does not mention Nehru, Sonia jibe at BJP New Delhi, August 9 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi today listed out what they presume are threats and challenges faced by the nation on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement. The PM, speaking in the Lok Sabha, called upon the nation to replicate the fiveyear period from 1942 to 1947 over the next five years. “The Quit India movement was the final public outcry before Independence. It created the basis for Independence,” Modi said while reading out Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words: “karenge ya marenge” (do or die). He asked the MPs to collectively pledge to remove corruption, give rights to the poor, end illiteracy, generate employment and end malnutrition. He termed corruption as a termite. In 1942, people from diverse opinions came together on Gandhi’s call, he reminded In his 30-minute speech, Modi named several freedom fighters, but did not mention Jawaharlal Nehru even once for his role in the freedom struggle. Sonia Gandhi started her speech by reminding the House that the Quit India Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. ❝ Gandhi and Netaji Bose may have had different ideologies, but they joined hands because for them gaining Independence was of utmost importance.❞ ❝ We must not forget that movement resolution was proposed by Nehru and seconded by Sardar Patel and adopted on August 9 at Bombay at a session of the AICC. The British Government jailed Congress leaders and some of them died in prison. “Mahatma’s fight was for a free and a democratic India where diverse opinion was respected,” she said in Hindi. Taking a jibe at the BJP she , said: “We must not forget that some organisations opposed the Quit India movement, and had no role in the freedom struggle.” Trinamool Congress MP Sugata Bose, a nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose, said: “Like the divide-and-rule politics of the British, the BJP is dividing the nation.” He said “no Muslim should ever feel unsafe in India” — these words of Gandhi should be relevant even today. He appealed to the PM to “stop engines of coercion in their tracks”. “The treasury benches may have their own gurujis, but let us all travel together on the highway of Gandhiji’s halo,” he added. He joined AIADMK’s M Thambidurai in demanding that all languages be treated equally. Thambidurai had spoken about not getting simultaneous translation in “my language (Tamil)”. — TNS Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER some organisations opposed the Quit India movement, and that such organisations had no role in the freedom struggle.❞ Sonia Gandhi,, CONGRESS PRESIDENT
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