Manjhi’s remarks stir caste pot in Bihar
Coalition allies maintain silence
Former Bihar Chief Minister and president of Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) [HAM-S] Jitan Ram Manjhi, has hit headlines recently because of his remarks allegedly offending upper castes. In caste-ridden Bihar, Mr. Manjhi’s comments have evoked condemnation from Opposition parties for his “uncalled for utterances” but a curious silence from coalition allies.
Coming from the Dalit community, which comprises about 16% of the population in the State, Mr. Manjhi while addressing a gathering of his own Musahar caste on December 19, took on the upper caste Brahmin community. Members of the Brahmin community later protested against his remarks, with some sitting outside his residence to perform puja.
The Chair of Sri Aurobindo at Pondicherry University seeks to formulate oriented degree programmes, diplomas, certificate courses, internships, webinars and workshops to contribute in the advancement of knowledge and propagate the message of Sri Aurobindo, with an emphasis on youth.
On March 23, a court in Surat in Gujarat convicted Congress Rahul Gandhi in a similar defamation case.
The legal caution that went unheeded then had its resonance two years later when the ‘garbage mountain’ at the site went up in flames following a massive fire on March 2.
The Tamil Nadu government has favoured establishing the Cotton Corporation of Tamil Nadu with a public-private partnership (PPP) model and a separate commission for procuring cotton and selling directly to the spinning mills would be considered at an “appropriate time”.
The second phase of the suburban train service MMTS is likely to be flagged off by Prime Minister during his forthcoming visit to Hyderabad
The Kinathukadavu police in Coimbatore district booked three quarry owners on the charges of assaulting the cameraman of a Tamil news channel on Wednesday.
The Puducherry government has decided to provide free a can of RO water per day to Below Poverty Line families residing in red zone areas (places with high salinity), Minister for Public Works K. Lakshminarayanan said in the Assembly on Thursday.
The Arunachal Pradesh Government has announced a reward of ₹1 lakh each for information on two extremists who escaped from a jail in Tirap district on March 26 after killing an Indian Reserve Battalion constable.
Works for a pet crematorium in Seeranaickenpalayam are under way and it was expected to be inaugurated by the end of May, said Aparna Sunku, president of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Smart City. This will be the first-of-its-kind in Coimbatore and the second in the State after Chennai.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, who has been on an overnight ‘sit-in protest’ against the Centre’s alleged discrimination against West Bengal, called for an “aur ek dafa Delhi chalo” (another march to Delhi) to oust the right-wing party from power.