OpIndia Evening Dispatch: Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

In the hustle and bustle of the day, it is only natural to miss some of the biggest developments that impact the nation. The OpIndia Evening Dispatch will catch you up on the day's event even if you have been busy thus far.

We have reached middle of the week and here is today’s news wrap up of the day.

1. Prime Minister Modi slams the Left government in Kerala over Sabarimala

Launching a scathing attack on the Left government during his visit to the State in the light of the recent events Modi said that the Kerala of spirituality and tranquillity, the Kerala of harmony and happiness has become hostage to the corruption and communalism of two alliances, the Left Democratic Front and the United Democratic Front. Attacking the LDF government for its handling of the Sabarimala issue he said, “The conduct of Kerala government on the Sabarimala issue will go down in history as one of the most sinful behaviours by any party in government. We knew communists do not respect Indian history, culture and spirituality but we did not know they would have such hatred”.

2. “BJP waalon ko dauda dauda kar maarenge”: BSP leader’s pitch for 2019

According to reports, Vijay Yadav, addressing a public gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad told his supporters that BJP was the most corrupt party of the nation and asked the party supporters to teach a lesson for the BJP after winning the elections. Yadav, a BSP MLA from Thakurdwara city, said, “We will thrash the BJP, there is no need to worry about it. Now the SP and SP-BSP are together. The BJP’s elimination in the elections is certain. After the elections, the workers of SP and BSP will surely teach the BJP a lesson (Inn BJP waalon ko toh dauda dauda kar maarenge. Ghabrane ki zaroorat nahi hai. Aaj inhe nani yaad aagai hogi, mari hui nani, ki SP- BSP ek hogaye).”

3. Controversy erupts as 1984 riots accused Jagdish Tytler attends Congress official event in Delhi

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In a sheer contempt towards the victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh riots, Congress leader and 1984 Sikh genocide accused Jagdish Tytler was spotted at the event in which Sheila Dikshit was made Delhi Congress chief.

Congress party had organised an event to officially hand over the charge of Delhi Congress unit to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. During the event, 1984 anti-Sikh riot accused Jagdish Tytler was seen occupying the front row seats, which has now stoked controversy.

4. Kumbh Mela 2019: First Dalit head of Juna Akhada calls for ‘Gharwapsi’ of those who have converted to other faiths

Earlier known as Kanhaiya Kumar Kashyap, the 32-year-old Prabhunand Giri was honoured at a Pattabhishek ceremony by all the seers of the Juna Akhada in April 2018 and it was announced there that he would participate in the 2019 Kumbh as a Mahamandaleswar.

He stated, “I will wash the feet of the past lives of all my community members who embraced Islam, Christianity and Buddhism due to inequality, and bring them back to Sanatan Dharm. I will show them how Juna Akhara has been inclusive with me.

On Tuesday, Giri took his first dip at Sangam on the first ‘Shahi Snan’ in Kumbh Mela. He told TOI, “It is difficult to explain the pride I felt when I was made to sit on a chariot for the ‘Shahi Snan’, surrounded by devotees dancing to drum beats around me. My community has, for ages, been kept away from this honour, even when we have been rulers and have proved our mettle both mentally and physically by writing the Constitution and fighting the Mughals and British, respectively.”

5. Mass conversions needs to be checked, a large number of people changing religion a matter of concern: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Raising concerns over mass conversions in the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that there is a need to check mass conversions that are occurring in the country. Speaking at a function organised by a Christian body, Singh said he supports the freedom to follow any religion but was of the opinion that a debate is needed as the mass conversions is a matter of concern for any country.

“If someone accepts a religion on their own there shouldn’t be objections but mass conversion is a matter of concern for any country. If you’re Hindu be Hindu, Muslim be Muslim, Christian be Christian. Why do you want to convert the whole world?” he said.

6. Kerala Nun Rape Case: 4 nuns who stood against Bishop Franco forced out of Kerala convent

In another disappointing turn of events in the Kerala nun rape case, four out of the five nuns who supported the rape survivor nun after she accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of raping her, have been asked to leave the Kuravilangad convent as per reports. The nuns have been sent to the convents which were previously assigned to them by the Missionaries of Jesus. The action has reportedly been taken in order to break the collective strength of the nuns who had protested against rape accused Bishop Franco.


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