The Hindu – Government against “thinkers”, fosters atmosphere which destroys critical thinking: Sitaram Yechury

Tagging his comment with a cartoon on Twitter, Mr Yechury said the government was against the spirit of inquiry

New Delhi – India, 15 October 2019. The government was against “thinkers” and fosters an atmosphere which “destroys” critical thinking, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said, a day after Indian-American and JNU alumni Abhijit Banerjee was awarded the Nobel Prize along with two others in Economics.

Tagging his comment with a cartoon on Twitter, which showed Nobel laureates from West Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore and Amartya Sen asking Mr Banerjee to join “the club” and to keep his award safe as well as thoughts to himself, Mr Yechury said the government was against the spirit of inquiry.

“RSS/BJP government believes in FIRs against thinkers and attacks on Universities. They foster a climate that works to destroy critical thinking, reason and the spirit of inquiry. Our Constitution speaks of a commitment to scientific temper but that would threaten the RSS/BJP government,” he said.

Mr Yechury said the government should focus on feeding the poor and building a robust public distribution system.

“First feed our poor. Increase subsidised food allocation through public distribution system. But the Modi govt is busy in destroying our social fabric, and in PR and tamashas. The facts on India’s Hunger problem are stark. The Economy crashing is not just numbers. It is about lives, but the Modi govt does not care,” he tweeted.

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The Hindu – Gauri Lankesh murder: Rahul, Yechury plead not guilty in defamation case filed by RSS worker

Both the leaders have also been granted permanent exemption in the case and the matter will be heard on September 21.

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Mumbai – Maharashstra – India, 04 July 2019. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury pleaded “not guilty” before the Mazgaon court on July 4 in a criminal defamation case filed against them by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker for making allegations against the Sangh after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Metropolitan magistrate P I Mokashi granted bail to Mr Gandhi on the surety of ex-MP Eknath Gaikwad and Mr Yechury was granted bail on the surety of CPI (M) party worker Shantaram Mankaumare.

Both the leaders have also been granted permanent exemption in the case and the matter will be heard on September 21.

Fight of ideology

Addressing the press outside the court, Mr Gandhi said, “this is a fight of the ideology. I will keep fighting and I am enjoying my fight.”

Complainant advocate Dhrutiman Joshi alleged that Mr Gandhi, while speaking to a reporter outside the Parliament, had linked the RSS with the Gauri Lankesh murder.

Mr Gandhi had allegedly said, “Anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party], against the ideology of the RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed”.

Mr Yechury also allegedly made a statement that it was the RSS ideology and RSS men who had killed Gauri.

Earlier, the text of the statements was submitted to the court. The Byculla police is investigating the case lodged under Section 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in September 2017.

On February 21, metropolitan magistrate P K Deshpande recorded, “Upon perusal of the material placed before the court, I find the statements defamatory in nature. Mr Gandhi and Mr Yechury had no right to make such statements without verifying facts.

No investigating agency can conclude that RSS or its followers were involved in the alleged murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. I find sufficient grounds to proceed against them for offence punishable under Section 500 of IPC.”

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The Asian Age – Both TMC, BJP are corrupt, put in place by SC: Sitaram Yechury

‘Several TMC MPs have already faced arrests and charge sheets. Why did BJP wait for five years to investigate?’ Yechury said.

New Delhi – India, 05 February 2019. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the Supreme Court order on Tuesday showed both the BJP and the TMC its place and that the two parties were hand in gloves in “sharing the spoils” of the chit fund scam.

Speaking to reporters, Yechury said he did not find anything wrong in the way the CBI had embarked on the investigations into the scam in Kolkata and pointed out that their actions could have been objectionable if the agency had proceeded suo moto.

“In this instance when the judiciary orders the CBI to investigate a case, the CBI’s movement in the investigation into any state or territory cannot be construed as an attack on the authority or the powers of the state government.

“What is objectionable if when the CBI suo moto takes action and investigate without permission of the state government. That would be a violation. That is not the case here. So it is not a issue of Centre-state relation,” he said.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to make himself available before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate with the agency in investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam probe.

The apex court said Kumar will appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation at Shillong in Meghalaya. The apex court also said no coercive steps, including the arrest of the Kolkata Police chief, will take place during the course of investigation.

“Both corrupt parties, the TMC and the BJP get put in their place by the Supreme Court. Must investigate the top leadership of the TMC too, of loot. Several TMC MPs have already faced arrests and charge sheets. Why did the BJP wait for five years to investigate? To pull corrupt members into its own fold?” he said.

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