Friday and bye-bye Independence Day. A good mid-week holiday. What else was it?
73 years ago India achieved its independence and today the Indian state is enjoying the freedom to do anything and everything.
FREEDOM, BUT ONLY OF THE STATE
On the 73rd Independence Day, an entire state has been shackled without connectivity, its leaders in house arrest, and in another state, a lynching caught on camera goes unpunished. If that isn’t a great signifier of how we are doing with our tryst with destiny, then I really don’t know what is.
May be PM’s speech from the ramparts of Red fort.
PM MODI’s I-DAY SPEECH: CHIEF OF DEFENSE STAFF, POPULATION EXPLOSION, TRIPLE TALAQ & WEALTH CREATORS
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday delivered his sixth and longest Independence Day speech, patting himself for scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status but skirting the deepening concerns about an economic slowdown and a fall in consumption.
The broad themes of Modi’s speech on Thursday were working towards a better future for Jammu and Kashmir, addressing the growing menace of population explosion, giving up use of plastic, upholding the rights of Muslim women freed from the social ill of instant triple talaq, a mega push for tourism and a warning for laidback bureaucrats. The biggest announcement, however, was the creation of a Chief of Defence Staff post to lead the army, navy and air force.
Modi, who used to celebrate the country’s “demographic dividend”, for the first time flagged the dangers of a “population explosion”.
While Modi made the usual comments about improving the lot of the poor, he also acknowledged the importance of “wealth creators”, appearing to make a placatory gesture amid the criticism of the budget proposal to additionally tax the super-rich. Modi asked people not to look with “suspicion” at wealth creators, whom he called the “wealth of the country”.
And from the wealth of the country to the health of the country, and since we were on population explosion, lets head to incidents which seem like acts of correcting population explosion. Lynching minorities and the letting go off the accused.
INDIAN JUSTICE SYSTEM TOO BLIND TO SEE THE VIDEO SHOWING PEHLU KHAN LYNCHED, OR THE NDTV STING WHERE THE ACCUSED BOASTED OF HIS LYNCHING POWERS
Meanwhile, since I want the annals of Auditorial to carry this news, I’d like to talk about the freedom of the state. Like how the state of Rajasthan, had the freedom to help deliver justice to the six accused of lynching Pehlu Khan.
More than two years after a mob was caught on camera beating dairy farmer Pehlu Khan to death, a court in Rajasthan has acquitted six of the men seen in a video of the attack that was one of the key evidence of the prosecution. The judge who gave them the benefit of the doubt said the cellphone video used by the police to identify and arrest the accused could not be admitted as evidence. An NDTV sting video, where one of the accused had made incriminating statements, was also rejected.
The lawyer representing the accused also claimed that the video was not sent to a forensic lab by the prosecution
No wonder the statue of justice is blind and it’s a mere stone. It’s fantastic actually, the way the government and state are legitimizing mob violence. I mean, because after it has come for Muslims, Dalits and other minorities, it will come for the economically privileged, which is also a minority.
IAS OFFICER-TURNED-POLITICIAN SHAH FAESAL STOPPED FROM LEAVING INDIA, SENT BACK TO KASHMIR FROM DELHI
And to recap the last two days, in case you missed the arbitrariness of Indian state, Former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal was stopped from leaving the country on Wednesday. He was detained from Delhi airport and was sent back to Srinagar, where he was taken into ‘preventive custody,
On Tuesday, he had warned in a tweet that Kashmir needed a “long, sustained, non-violent political mass movement for restoration of political rights”. Don’t be looking for justifiable reasons for his detention, none exist.
CHINA AND PAKISTAN SUCCEED IN TAKING KASHMIR ISSUE TO UN, UNSC TO HOLD CLOSED DOOR MEETING TODAY
Meanwhile, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on the morning of Friday, 16 August, to discuss Kashmir (India’s abrogation of Article 370), Poland’s mission to the UN confirmed to The Hindu. The Presidency of the UNSC is currently with Poland.
The Kashmir discussion will be taken up under the closed consultations format at 10 a.m. local time (7.30 p.m. IST)
HARDIK PATEL DETAINED ON WAY TO MEET SACKED IPS OFFICER SANJIV BHATT
Congress leader Hardik Patel, two party MLAs and around 27 of their supporters were on Wednesday detained while they were on way to Palanpur district jail in Gujarat to meet sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, police said.
Sanjiv Bhatt made headlines when he alleged in an affidavit before the Supreme Court that after the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002, Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, at a meeting asked senior police officers to let the majority community vent its anger.
UTTARAKHAND’S STONE THROWING FESTIVAL LEAVES OVER A HUNDRED INJURED IN 10 MINUTES
Speaking of venting anger, Devotees turned up in large numbers at the Devidhura temple in Champawat district on Thursday and pelted each other with stones to celebrate Bagwal, a festival in which blood is shed to please the presiding deity.
On Thursday, the strange stone-pelting festival lasted for 10 minutes, leaving around 100 people injured, head priest of the temple BC Joshi said.
play Bagwal by pelting each other with stones and shed as much blood on the ground as can be considered equal to a human sacrifice
NOKO SNUBS PEACE WITH SOKO, CALLS MOON ‘SHAMELESS MAN’
And off to international news, where North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision “completely the fault of South Korea’s actions”. It issued a statement in response to a speech by South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Thursday.
In an extended attack on President Moon, the statement continued: “We even question if his thought process is sound when he mentions ‘talks’ between North and South while playing out war scenarios that plan to destroy most of our armies in 90 days.
“He truly is a shameless man.”
DONALD TRUMP WANTS TO BUY GREENLAND FROM DENMARK
Speaking of shameless men, did you know that Donald Trump latest reported aspiration is on the extravagant side, even for him: to purchase Greenland from Denmark. According to the Wall Street Journal, the US president has “expressed interest” in buying the expansive icy territory and has asked his aides to explore the possibility.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW PAIN-SENSING ORGAN
And before I wish you goodbye for this week, here is a bit of science news for you.
A new organ involved in the sensation of pain has been discovered by scientists, raising hopes that it could lead to the development of new painkilling drugs.
Researchers say they have discovered that the special cells that surround the pain-sensing nerve cells that extend into the outer layer of skin appear to be involved in sensing pain – a discovery that points to a new organ behind the feeling of “ouch!”.
These are a type of Schwann cell, which wraps around and engulf nerve cells and help to keep them alive.
Here’s wishing you a pain free weekend. Until Monday, good bye from takeapart.in