The Hindustan Times – Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is temporary: RSS leader Indresh Kumar

Terrorist activities have reduced in Jammu and Kashmir due to the government’s policies and efforts to bring youths to the mainstream are yielding positive results, said RSS leader Indresh Kumar.

Jaipur-Rajastan-India, 11 January 2018. The status of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is “temporary”, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said on Thursday as he stressed that the occupation of Indian land by China and Pakistan was unconstitutional.

India was suffering from Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and secessionism and over 66,000 people had lost their lives since 1972 due to this, he said.

According to a statement issued here, the senior RSS leader said that article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was “temporary”. He was in the city today to attend the Yuva Sansad 2018.

“Terrorist activities have reduced due to the policies of government and separatist leaders are in jails. Efforts to bring youths in Jammu and Kashmir to the mainstream are yielding positive results,” he claimed.

On the Ram temple in Ayodhya issue, he said that even Muslims did not want a mosque to be built at the site as there are rules for construction of mosques.

The RSS leader, who has often made controversial remarks in the past, claimed the occupation of land by Shias and Sunnis was immoral.

Muslims in Ayodhya concede that occupying the land was a mistake by their ancestors and there was no need to have a mosque in the name of Babar, the statement said.

Kumar claimed that China had to bow down to India under diplomatic pressure on the Doklam issue. He said that war with China was not a solution to the problem.

He also said that the occupation by China and Pakistan of Indian territory was unconstitutional.

Advertisements – Prince Frederick Duleep Singh’s 150th memorial: historical artifacts to go on display in Norfolk, UK

Melissa Hawker – Norfolk Museums Service

Norfolk-UK, 12 January 2018. A hundred and fifty years ago this month, a child was born to a Maharajah not in India but in London. The child was Prince Frederick Duleep Singh. His father was Duleep Singh, the last Maharajah of the Punjab.

Prince Frederick was an avid collector and his interest in local history will be celebrated on Saturday 20 January at Ancient House, the museum he helped found and at the nearby Thomas Paine Hotel.

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh was born on January 23, 1868. During his youth he lived at Elveden Hall and was educated at Eton and studied history at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The Prince lived in several homes in Norfolk, Old Buckenham Hall, Breccles House and finally Blo’ Norton Hall where he moved in 1906.

He was a keen gardener and had a folly built which looked like a Greek Temple at the end of a long avenue of lime trees. He would walk down from the Hall to the church on Sunday mornings in a chalk-stripe suit, with hat and stick.

In the summer of 1906, Virginia Woolf had stayed at Blo Norton Hall and it provided the setting for her short story, The Journal of Miss Joan Martyn.

Frederick joined the Suffolk Yeomanry as Second Lieutenant in 1893 and was promoted through the ranks. In 1901, he was transferred to the Norfolk Yeomanry as Major. In 1909, he resigned from the Yeomanry, but at the outbreak of war in 1914 he re-joined. He served in France with training units from 1917 to 1919.

Frederick became an amateur archaeologist and historian, specialising in East Anglia and its gentry. He contributed to a number of local periodicals.

He was a member of a number of societies, including the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society (President in 1925–6), the Norfolk Archaeological Trust, the London Society of East Anglians (President), the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, the Diss Choral Society and belonged to White’s and the Carlton Club in London.

Using his income from the India Office of £2,000 a year, Prince Frederick built up a collection of books and objects of antiquarian interest.

As his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says “Dreading the restorer’s zeal, he advocated repairing old landmarks to retain their character, urging local residents to ‘preserve every bit of tangible history’ that still existed in parish churches.’”

In Norwich he was instrumental in saving a number of churches including St Peter’s, Hungate, St Peter’s near Elm Hill and St Swithin’s which is now Norwich Art Centre.

Prince Frederick was approached by Thetford Borough Council to help create a museum for the town and in 1921 bought Ancient House in Thetford and gave it to the town as the ‘Public Museum’ charity and paid for its restoration for use as a museum. He also donated paintings and artefacts which are still on display.

To celebrate Prince Frederick’s 150th birthday, Ancient House is throwing its doors open for free on Saturday 20 January 10am to 4pm.

Visitors will be able to find out about Prince Frederick’s life by meeting costumed characters playing a soldier from the Anglo-Sikh Wars, servants at Elveden Hall and a First World War solider. A family trail will highlight artefacts donated by Prince Frederick and Oliver Bone, Curator will be on hand to answer questions about Prince Frederick’s legacy.

Speaking about the event curatorial trainee Sam Bellotti said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to say thank you to Prince Frederick and also explore the story of his wider family.

We are hosting a pop-up display about this father, Maharajah Duleep Singh and we will also have a costumed suffragette character talking about Prince Frederick’s sisters and their links to the suffrage movement.

This is particularly relevant as 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time.”

In the evening the Thomas Paine Hotel is hosting a dinner and quiz in Prince Frederick’s honour. The quiz has been devised by Peter Bance, Sikh historian who wrote Maharajah: Sovereign, Squire, Rebel and was a consultant on The Black Prince movie released in 2017.

Diners will enjoy a guided tour of Ancient House and have the opportunity to win wonderful prizes including a signed copy of Peter Bance’s book, a luxury afternoon tea for two or a bottle of prosecco.

Happy Birthday Prince Frederick Family Event at Ancient House

Saturday 20 January 2018
10am to 4pm
Free admission
01842 752599

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh’s 150th Birth Anniversary Dinner and Quiz at the Thomas Paine Hotel

Saturday 20 January
6.30pm onwards
£25 per person
To book your place please call: 01842 750372.

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DNA India – Justice S N Dhingra will head 1984 riots panel

New Delhi-India, 12 January 2018. The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed former Delhi High Court judge Justice S N Dhingra, and two others, on a committee that will look into 186 cases pertaining to the 1984 anti-sikh riots. The cases were closed by the Home Ministry-appointed Special Investigations Team (SIT).

Retired IPS officer Rajdeep Singh and serving IPS officer Abhishek Dular will complete the three-member committee, which has to submit its report within two months.

Justice Dhingra is known for sentencing Mohammed Afzal Guru to death for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack. He has also questioned land deals done by Robert Vadra and sentenced Kishori Lal, aka the ‘Butcher of Trilokpuri’, in the 1990s.

The apex court on Wednesday agreed to constitute a new three-member SIT to monitor a re-investigation in the riot cases that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

A bench asked the Centre to propose names for consideration within a few hours to hasten their appointment in the new SIT. The new committee will include one retired high court judge, one retired police officer not below the rank of a DIG and one serving police officer, the bench said.

Dawn – Journalist Taha Siddiqui beaten by ’10-12 armed men’, escapes ‘attempted abduction’

Shakeel Qarar

Islamabad-Islamabad Capital Territory-Pakistan, 10 January 2018. Islamabad Police on Wednesday began investigating an “attempt by 10-12 armed men” to abduct journalist Taha Siddiqui.

Siddiqui was “beaten [and] threatened with death”, said journalist Asad Hashim in a tweet.

Hashim, who accompanied Siddiqui to Koral police station, added that Siddiqui’s belongings were also taken.

Siddiqui was piled into a car by the armed men but managed to escape by jumping out of the moving vehicle.

“He only escaped by running through oncoming traffic,” Hashim said in another tweet.

Superintendent Police Dr Mustafa Tanveer confirmed that Siddiqui, who is the Pakistan bureau chief at World Is One News, approached police soon after the incident.

Siddiqui posted a message via journalist Cyril Almeida’s Twitter account, recounting the details of the kidnapping attempt. He started the tweet by identifying himself and clarifying that he was using Almeida’s account.

Siddiqui went on to say: “I was on my way to [the] airport today at 8:20 am when 10-12 armed men stopped my cab [and] forcibly tried to abduct me.” Speaking to DawnNews, SP Tanveer reiterated that Siddiqui was in a private taxi when he was stopped by armed men.

In his post, Siddiqui further said that he had managed to escape the kidnapping attempt and that he was “safe and with the police now.”

“Looking for support in any way possible,” Siddiqui added, ending his tweet with the hashtag #StopEnforcedDisappearances.

The attacks on Taha Siddiqui and other Pakistani journalists must be immediately and effectively investigated by the authorities, said Amnesty International in a press release.

“Journalists like Taha Siddiqui have a right to carry out their work freely and without fear,” Deputy South Asia Director at Amnesty International Omar Waraich said while adding that journalism is not a crime, but attacking journalists is.

“These crimes must be immediately and effectively investigated. All journalists should be provided the protection they require. And there must be a clear and unequivocal commitment by the Pakistani authorities to end impunity for attacks on journalists,” Waraich said.

In May last year, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had issued a notice to Siddiqui, known for posting comments on social media against the military, and asked him to appear before its counterterrorism wing.

Siddiqui had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court alleging that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had harassed him over the phone.

In his petition, Siddiqui had alleged that a man named Noman Bodla, who identified himself as a member of the Counter Terrorism Department of the FIA, had called him and attempted to pressure him into appearing for an ‘interrogation’ at the FIA headquarters.

He had added in his petition that Siddiqui mentioned that he “was reluctant to go to the FIA Headquarters on the basis that there have been several reports in the press where such phone calls are made and once the person who is to be interrogated sets out to the FIA Headquarters, he is either picked up and disappeared or detained illegally.”

On May 24, the IHC had asked the FIA to stop harassing the journalist.

Messages of support

Shortly after Siddiqui’s posted his message on Twitter, messages of support from journalists started pouring in.

“Journalist community must condemn the kidnapping attempt of Taha Siddiqui with full unity no compromise on harassment of media,” journalist Hamid Mir wrote.

“With you Taha Siddiqui in solidarity. All the support,” Owais Tohid wrote in a tweet. “We condemn harassment, intimidation& death threats against Taha Siddiqui. All the support,” he added.

“Taha Siddiqui, one of Islamabad’s finest journalists, was attempted abducted today. A court last year ordered the federal investigation agency to stop harassing him. Stay strong, Taha,” Sune Engel Rasmussen, a journalist with Wall Street Journal, wrote.

“What journalist Taha Siddiqi has experienced needs to be condemned by not only all journalists but everyone ─ you should not have to fear for your life and personal safety for doing your job,” Omar Qureshi wrote.

Incidents of enforced disappearances have been reported with alarming frequency in Pakistan.

In November, the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, placed Pakistan among the most dangerous countries for journalists.

Pakistan was ranked 139th out of 180 countries.