The Asian Age – RSS should wait for Supreme Court verdict on Ram temple, says Yashwant Sinha

Nagpur – Maharashtra – India, 23 October 2018. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s demand for a law to construct a Ram temple in Ayodhya “proves” that the organisation would never change howsoever it tries to improve its image by inviting prominent people at Sangh events, former finance minister Yashwant Sinha said on Monday.

In an apparent reference to the government take-over of the debt-laden firm IL&FS, Mr Sinha said the country was facing a “payment crisis” because public money is being “misused” to “bail out” banks and NBFCs through Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).

Addressing a press conference en route to Akola where he would address a rally of farmers on Tuesday, the former BJP leader questioned the legitimacy of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief’s demand for a Parliamentary law.

“How can an act of Parliament be passed when the issue (title suits for the disputed land in Ayodhya) is being heard in the Supreme Court. This (Bhagwat’s statement) means that you want to prevent the apex court from giving the order.

Though I had left the BJP, but (I know that) the BJP’s stand is that this issue be resolved either through consensus or through the decision of court,” Mr Sinha said.

Mr Sinha added “As the issue is being heard in the apex court, they should wait for the court’s decision.”

In his annual Vijayad-ashmi address in Nagpur on October 18, Mr Bhagwat said the government should clear the path for construction of the Ram temple through an appropriate and requisite law. He had said the temple construction was necessary from the ‘self-esteem point of view’. – Veteran Akali leaders endorse Justice Ranjit Singh’s report, Seek action against guilty culprits

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 22 October 2018. Sharpening their rebel voices against the party high command on October 21, the Majha based veteran Akali leaders Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sewa Singh Sekhwan have said that the investigation report of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission is absolutely correct and the Congress led Punjab government needs to take action against the guilty culprits at the earliest.

They added that there is a widespread anger among the Sikh community against the sacrilege culprits and the law & order in Punjab may get worsened if the Punjab government doesn’t take action against the guilty culprits.

Accusing the Congress led Punjab government delaying action against guilty culprits under the garb of investigation by SIT, they said that the situation in Punjab might turn uncontrollable if the Punjab government doesn’t act by time.

The duo veteran Akali leaders have claimed that they had raked up this issue before the party high command while being in power in 2015 but they were not given attention at that time.

“We are still a part of Shiromani Akali Dal but we are also duty-bound to raise this issue for being a Sikh” they added while expressing grievances over politicization of the apex Sikh party which was constituted to robust preachment of Sikhism globally.

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Eastern Daily Press – Town’s Sikh links celebrated at ceremonies commemorating the death of the last Maharaja

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Thetford – Norfolk – England – UK, 23 October 2018. Sikhs from across the United Kingdom gathered in Thetford to pay their respects to the last ruler of the Sikh Empire at a wreath laying and plaque unveiling ceremonies.

Maharaja Duleep Singh was the last Sikh ruler of India and bought Elveden Estate in 1863, where he lived for more than 20 years.

Thetford mayor, Roy Brame, alongside Harbinder Singh, honorary director of the Maharaja Duleep Singh Centenary Trust (MDSCT), laid wreathes on his grave at St Andrew and St Patrick’s Church, Elveden.

A plaque commemorating £40,000 of refurbishment work on the statue of the Maharaja on Butten Island in Thetford was also officially unveiled.

The work was undertaken and sponsored by Harminder Singh Gill of Gillcrest Homes, and included landscaping, the installation of two benches, and general refurbishment of the statue.

Both ceremonies took place on the 125th anniversary, to the day, of Duleep Singh’s death, and follows a festival held in August to mark his death.

Thetford’s links to the Sikhs were highlighted by both the MDSCT and the mayor, with praise from both groups for each other.

Mr Singh said: “It is a place of global, cultural pilgrimage. Sikhs throughout the world have an affection for Duleep Singh, they have an attraction towards his life.

“He is unique in the sense that this is where one individual actually reflects what happened to a nation and therefore the symbolism of the story of his life resonates with the Sikhs even today.”

He added: “We always have a warm reception from Thetford and what the events of this year have done is actually brought onto us the obvious point that Thetford may be a small town but it is part of a global story and that I think is a credit to the civic leadership and the citizens of Thetford.

“History is too often a force for division but it can actually be a much more potent force to bring people together.”

Mr Brame said: “It is absolutely incredible. I’m ever so chuffed. When I realised I was going to be the mayor I never thought about the 125 years and it is so important to the Sikhs.”

Dawn – Thar deaths

Once again, the beleaguered citizens of Thar are in the headlines

Karachi – Sindh – Pakistan, 22 October 2018. On Friday, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was briefed about the abysmal healthcare situation in the region, with the information being provided that over 500 children have died during the current year in the desert area, this is the highest figure for the past four years.

According to the provincial health secretary, 450 children lost their lives in 2017, while 479 died in 2016 and 398 in 2015.

The reasons for the deaths vary, according to the authorities: pre-term and low birth weight, birth asphyxia, pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome, acute malnutrition with complications, and diarrhoea.

The chief minister’s response was that “we have to take a holistic approach to resolve the issue for good”.

One outcome of the briefing was that Mr Shah directed public-sector medical universities to set up health camps in the region, and make greater efforts to ensure the implementation of family planning measures, a nutrition programme, and the provision of clean drinking water amongst other mitigation moves.

It is an unfortunate fact that the country, and more importantly, its administration, tends to not remember its most vulnerable citizens in their time of need. For several years now, the Thar region of Sindh has been in the news because of the number of child deaths and maternal mortality rates.

Part of this tragedy has been attributed to the fact that the area has been in a state of drought, but more relevant is the reality that the state has abdicated its responsibilities towards those who have no voice and hardly any agency in lobbying for improved access to their rights.

Thar is a grossly underserved part of the country, and drought or not, the state needs to step in to do what is required of it to save lives and futures.

This means providing incentives for healthcare and education, and investing in other infrastructure, with the introduction of innovative interventions where required.

Surely, that is not too much to ask.