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Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has a prolonged meltdown, announces a movie on Arnab Goswami, “Arnab, The News Prostitute”

The piercing debates carried out by Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on the murky world of Bollywood in the aftermath of Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide seems to have raised the hackles of film director and producer Ram Gopal Varma, who recently announced that he would make a movie on the news anchor.

Lashing out at Arnab Goswami on Twitter, Ram Gopal Varma announced that he would make a movie on him for “talking about Bollywood in a horrible way”. Goswami has been particularly unsparing in his debates on Republic TV, getting celebrities such as Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, South actress Kasthuri Shankar, along with several other panellists to spill beans on the challenges and difficulties faced by newcomers in the industry.

“Was shocked to see #ArnabGoswami talking about Bollywood in such a horrible way ..He calls it the dirtiest industry ever with criminal connections, it’s full of Rapists, gangsters, sexual exploiters and what not?” Ram Gopal Varma tweeted.

However, Varma’s meltdown against Arnab did not stop with just a single tweet. In a series of tweets, the RGV ki Aag filmmaker fulminated against the news anchor for commenting on the untimely and tragic deaths in Bollywood. Speaking on the deaths of Divya Bharthi, Jiah Khan, Sridevi and Sushant, Varma said that all the four deaths happened over a span of 25 years.

The meltdown continued as Ram Gopal Varma added that all the four deaths were of different individuals but for Arnab they all are one and had been killed by an entity called Bollywood.

Varma questions the silence of Bollywood stars and accomplished producers

So thoroughly was Ram Gopal Varma rattled by Arnab Goswami’s diatribe against Bollywood that he even went ahead to urge film producers and directors such as Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt and other Bollywood stars to speak up against him.

“And why the hell are you guys #AdityaChopra , @karanjoha, @MaeshNBhatt, @iamsrk, @BeingSalmanKhan and so many others are so scared of the barking #ArnabGoswami that u are hiding under the tables of ur plush offices???” a seemingly exasperated Varma tweeted.

Likening Arnab to evil for all the television viewers in the country, Varma quoted Edmund Burke saying, “For evil to triumph, it only takes few good men to be silent” and questioned the silence of Bollywood bigwigs against Arnab Goswami.

Ram Gopal Varma announces a movie on Arnab Goswami

Deflated by the industry stalwarts’ inaction against Arnab Goswami, Varma announced that he will be making a movie on the news anchor in which he would ‘take the clothes off his facade’ and portray him naked ‘exposing the lengths and breadths of all his vital corrupt stats’.

“My film on him is titled “ARNAB” THE NEWS PROSTITUTE After extensively studying him I mulled on whether the tagline should be The News Pimp or The News Prostitute though both are relevant I finally settled on prostitute for its sound,” Varma added

Ram Gopal Varma’s extended meltdown was touched off by Arnab Goswami’s extremely critical coverage on Bollywood, in the wake of shocking revelations in the alleged suicide case of Sushant Singh Rajput. Goswami’s particularly scathing remarks against the industry riddled with charges of nepotism, connection with the underworld, and several other allegations rankled Varma, and he announced a movie on Goswami to let out his frustration.

“Cannot play Hanuman Chalisa, constantly being threatened by Muslims”: Ground report on how scarred Hindus are being forced to abandon homes after Delhi riots

Even as the situation in Delhi limps back to normalcy, the shattering anti-Hindu massacre engineered by fanatic Muslim mobs has left deep scars on the psyche of Hindu victims. OpIndia in its extensive reportage on the Delhi riots has laid bare the horrors of the atrocity meted out on Hindus from December 2019, which finally culminated into the gruesome riots in Delhi in February this year.

The Hindu families, in the riot-hit areas, are now being forced to abandon homes and sell properties due to the constant fear of reprisal from one particular community. OpIndia ground report reveals how almost 150-200 Hindu families concentrated in three lanes of Delhi’s three Muslim dominated areas- Subhash Mohalla, Madhuban Mohalla and Mohanpuri area in Maujpur have put up posters of ‘The house is on sale due to fear of members of a particular community’ outside their houses as they are being terrorised by the Muslim residents of the locality.

OpIndia spoke to such victims who agreed to come on record on conditions of anonymity.

Repurcussions of anti-Hindu Delhi riots in Mohanpuri area street number 6 to 8:

The Hindu victims took our correspondent through the lane and bylane of Mohanpuri area in Maujpur, which were amongst the worst affected by the Muslim transgression. Almost all the Hindu shops and houses which were attacked, looted or burnt down 5 months ago had posters on its walls which read that “the house was on sale”.

Such is the fear amidst the Hindus living in these lanes that they have barricaded the lanes at their own cost and have kept security who guard these lanes at night. The Hindus said that they are being terrorised by the Muslims in the area who warn them against praying or playing bhajans or even reciting Hanuman Chalisa for that matter, in the temples. These are the same people who regularly indulge in playing azan on loudspeakers, said a Hindu on conditions of anonymity.

The Hindus who had borne the brunt of the devastating Delhi riots recollected how the situation post the riots had become even worse for the women of their houses. Speaking to OpIndia, the Hindus said that in the aftermath of the riots, Muslim neighbours have made it difficult for their women to even come out of the houses.

“You never know when a group of fanatic Muslims might speed past on their bikes, making lewd gestures and comments on the women of our houses. We cannot even argue or stop them from doing so. Should we work or just keeping fighting with them. As it is, we have been rendered jobless after the riots,” said one of the Hindu who was in conversation with us.

They furthered that the Muslims threaten to implicate the Hindus in false cases. Openly threaten them in the middle of the night. During Eid, they recollected, how the Muslim neighbours, purposely sacrificed animals in front of their houses. “We are helpless”, said the Hindu victims.

On being asked whether any MLA or Councilor have paid a visit to them after the riots, the Hindus recalled how MLA Gopal Rai, a minister of AAP government in Delhi, has visited the Muslim neighbourhood and distributed relief material there but has never visited their areas.

Speaking of how Hindus were falsely named and implicated in the Delhi riots, the Hindus recollected the incident, where 16 Hindus were taken under custody for the murder of one Sahil’s father Parvez, solely on the basis that their mobile phones were active within 500 metres of the scene of the crime. They said that neither a charge sheet was filed against these 16 people nor were they granted bail. In fact, using this as an example, Muslims often threaten the other Hindus of a similar fate, recollected one of the Hindu victims.

It is pertinent to note here, that many discrepancies had appeared in case of the alleged murder of the aforementioned Parvez. According to the recorded statements by family members and the FIRs, Parvez had died 3 times in 3 different ways and in 2 different locations.

Moreover, all the 16 accused in the murder of Parvez were Hindus. Most of the accused in the case were associated with Hindu organisations like VHP, RSS and were the only earning members of their respective families. Mostly all of them had shops etc. which were severely broken or set on fire during the anti-Hindu riots. The families had also stated that since the day of their arrest, no communication had been permitted with the accused persons by the police.

Eyewitnesses had told OpIndia then, how Muslims had shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, threw petrol bombs at Vikrant Tyagi’s house, set his motor cycle on fire, and tried to break the gate. Vikrant Tyagi’s uncle was amognst the 16 Hindus who were named for killing Parvez. Vikrant Tyagi has then pointed out how the accused persons had been taken by the police only on the thin premise that their mobile phones were active within 500 metres of the place of the crime. Raising questions on the investigation, Tyagi had asked: “Thousands of people live in the area. Are they all involved?”

Recollecting this as one of the many incidents, the Hindus speaking to OpIndia said that this was how the Muslims had carefully woven false stories to implicate Hindus during the Delhi riots.

Madhuban Mohalla

OpIndia spoke to one Jayaprakash Maheshwari, who’s son is also falsely implicated in the aforementioned case. Maheshwari, like many other traumatised Hindus in the locality, has also put up his house on sale.

Throwing light on how they have been constantly subjected to threats from unknown people, Maheshwari said that they no longer wanted to live in this area and mentioned how he would leave once his son, who is still in custody, returns.

Be it Atul and Virendra Chauhan of Madhuban locality, or Hindu residents living on street number three of Subhash Mohalla, what is disheartening is that all these victims had similar unfortunate tales to tell. All the Hindu residents in these areas, who are living under the constant fear of reprisal from one particular community, collectively voicing their despair, spoke of leaving the locality and relocating elsewhere.

In fact, recently, North-East Delhi MP and former BJP President Manoj Tiwari also tweeted in this regard. He also visited the affected areas on Friday (31 July 2020). Accusing the AAP government of discriminating against Hindus, the BJP leader questioned Kejriwal for this discrimination. 

He too had mentioned how victims recounted that till date the local MLA and other ministers have neither taken care of them, nor they have received any compensation amount. He furthered how the Hindus, in order to protect themselves had got gates installed with their own money, while in the neighbouring areas, the Delhi government had installed gates with taxpayers’ money. Saying so, Tiwari questioned that when during the riots people of both the communities were killed and injured then why was the Delhi Government favouring one particular community.

Significantly, though the anti-Hindu riots took place in North-East Delhi on 24 February, 2020, the conspiracy of setting off the riots was hatched in the January itself. On 23 February, the first incident of violence took place in Zafarabad and the next day, pre-planned riots erupted.

OpIndia has painstakingly chronicled the horrors meted out to the Hindus from December 2019 and which finally culminated into the gruesome riots in Delhi in February this year. OpIndia’s detailed report on the chronology of the event that led up to the riots is now available on Kindle. It has a comprehensive account of the loss of life and property in riots and how Hindus were targeted.

Is ED violating its guidelines by registering money laundering case in connection with SSR’s death? Here’s how NDTV journalists peddled fake news

The Enforcement Directorate has recently lodged a case of money laundering in connection with the alleged suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput. The case was filed after the Bihar Police registered an FIR against the deceased actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty. Some individuals, quite clearly, are not happy with the development.

NDTV ‘Journalist’ Arvind Gunasekar claimed that the Enforcement Director was going against its own internal guidelines by registering a case of money laundering in a matter involving two private parties. “The agency usually take cognisance only when ‘public money’ is involved,” he claimed. In his endeavour, he was joined by fellow NDTV ‘journalist’ Gargi Rawat.

Source: Twitter

Gargi Rawat claimed that “Rules don’t matter anymore when someone needs to be harassed,” implying that the Enforcement Directorate was violating its internal guidelines in order to harass Rhea Chakraborty. However, contrary to the claims made, it is perfectly within the jurisdiction of the agency to investigate matters between private parties.

A cursory glance at their website reveals that core functions of the ED include investigations as per the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA). Thus, quite clearly, the ED is completely within its rights to probe the money laundering angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

Source: Enforcement Directorate website

Thus, quite clearly, NDTV journalists are peddling misinformation regarding the functions of the Enforcement Directorate.

Enforcement Directorate registers case of money laundering

The development comes a few hours after former Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis, urged ED to register an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) case after the ‘misappropriation and money angle’ had come to the fore. “Now a money laundering aspect too has come to the fore. It has been observed that money was siphoned off from his account. In such a case, the ED has jurisdiction, so, I have demanded the ED should register an ECIR and probe the matter,” he had said.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s father had filed an FIR alleging that his ex-girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty had stolen Rs 15 crores from the actor. The FIR which was registered against her based on a complaint filed by Rajput’s father KK Singh on Sunday with various sections like 341, 342, 380, 406,420, 306 and 120 (B) of the IPC that include abetment of suicide, alleged that Rhea took money from Sushant.

Second FIR registered against Drone Boy’ Prathap after he calls his lawyer to his hotel to arrange for ‘bail from his quarantine’: Here’s what happened


‘Drone Boy’ N.M. Prathap has had a second FIR registered against him after he violated quarantine for the second time. The first FIR was lodged against him after he violated home quarantine, the second was lodged after he violated institutional quarantine. ‘Drone Boy’ violated institutional quarantine after having his lawyer meet him at the hotel he was quarantined in.

‘Drone Boy’ was placed in institutional quarantine at a four-star hotel near Richmond Circle in Bengaluru, as per reports. He then proceeded to invite his lawyer at the hotel. “CCTV footage showed that the lawyer met Prathap in his room and spent an hour there on July 30,” a police official was quoted as saying.

“The first FIR applies to the subject’s breach of home quarantine, while the second applies specifically to the breach of institutional quarantine,” the official said. He described the filing of the second FIR as “unprecedented”. Prathap claimed that he had summoned his lawyer to discuss his bail for his original quarantine breach.

“That is preposterous,” another official remarked. “He was held in institutional quarantine. Where does the question of bail arise?” Prathap has now been booked under Section 51b of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, in addition to Sections 188, 269, 270, and 271 of the IPC.

‘Drone Boy’ prathap had shot to fame following claims that he had made 600 drones using e-waste. Following his rise to fame, OpIndia published a detailed fact-check of his claims by the end of which it became evident that he was lying. He then attempted to prove his authenticity by trying to ‘debunk‘ the OpIndia report but only tied himself further in knots.

Delhi violence started with Ladeeda’s call to Jihad on 11th December, now, she has another message ahead of Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan


Days before the much-awaited bhoomi pujan ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, radical Islamist Ladeeda Farzana, who had made a clarion call for jihad in December 2019, touching off a gruesome wave of violent riots in the national capital, has uploaded a picture of the erstwhile controversial structure at the place which symbolised Muslim tyranny and which was razed to the ground by the karsevaks on December 6, 1992.

Sharing the picture of the now-demolished to dust Babri structure which was illegally built upon the ruins of a Hindu temple, Ladeeda wrote, “Insha Allah, Never forget, never forgive. Izzath.”

Facebook post uploaded by Ladeeda Farzana

Ladeeda’s post, which can be considered reasonably provocative, for its subtle message of continuing to harbour resentment, came days before the historic Bhoomi pujan ceremony of the Ram Mandir scheduled to take place on August 5 and months after the Supreme Court of the country announced its verdict in the protracted legal dispute over the rightful possession of the site. The apex court in November 2019 passed a judgment in favour of the Hindus, allowing them to construct a Bhavya Ram Mandir at the aforesaid site.

However, Ladeeda’s disapproving remarks ahead of the Bhoomi pujan ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya reveals her contempt for the apex court’s order and also for Hindus against whom she had called for Jihad earlier. Since the dispute was fought in the court of law and the construction of a Ram Temple at the site is as per the judgement passed by the top court, Ladeeda’s refusal to accept the top court’s decision reveals her brazen disregard for the rule of law. Not just this, her past Facebook posts betray her allegiance to the radical Islamic extremism and her contempt for Hindus.

Ladeeda Farzana openly gave a call for jihad on social media

Farzana, who had become the face of the Jamia Millia Islamia University protests last year, had in the past openly given a call for jihad in one of her Facebook posts. She said that people should learn about Islamic jihad and made references to Badr, Uhd and Karbala is significant as these are battles where the early Muslims had scored decisive victories against the ‘Kaafirs’.

The Battle of Badr was fought by Prophet Muhammad himself and is considered to be won by Allah’s divine intervention by Muslims. The Battle of Uhud was the second military encounter between the ‘Kaafir’ Meccans and the Prophet. The battle of Karbala was fought between the Second Umayyad Caliph Yazid the first and grandson of the Islamic Prophet. This battle ultimately sealed the Shia-Sunni divide.

Source: Facebook

She ended the post with “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad Rasoolullah”, which translates to ‘There is no God worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger’.

It was after this call for Jihad that violence had erupted in several parts of India, especially Delhi and Uttar Pradesh where Muslim mobs went on a rampage rioting, burning property and targeting Hindus because they perceived that the CAA was against the Muslim community.

In addition to this, Farzana had also glorified the genocidal maniacs who perpetrated the Moplah massacre of Hindus.

Ladeeda, a proponent of Khilafat 2.0 movement

An ugly spate of violence gripped large parts of Delhi in December 2019 when members of a specific community used the pretext of peaceful opposition against the Citizenship Amendment Act to incite violence and unleash chaos in different parts of the country.

The violence that erupted in several pockets of the country in the aftermath of the passage of the CAA saw a nexus of Islamic fundamentalist organizations, foreign-funded NGOs and NGOs linked extensively to Maoists and ‘Urban Naxals’ combating hard to nullify the new Act. The association of dubious groups and Islamic fundamentalist organisations revealed that it was the renewed version of Khilafat movement–Khilafat 2.0, the movement which led to the creation of Pakistan.

Notwithstanding her deeply radical social media posts, Farzana was glorified and lionised by the secular media, most notably by controversial journalist Barkha Dutt, who hailed her as ‘shero’ for leading the Jamia Millia Islamia’s protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

With Farzana being the face of the deadly demonstrations that took place at Jamia Millia Islamia, and with her problematic FB posts in the past revealing her dangerous levels of radicalisation, she is seen as one of the proponents of the Khilafat 2.0 movement, a movement that aims to divide the country based on religion.

As such, since it was her call for Jihad that was the first after which, violence erupted across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country, it is certainly suspect when she starts spewing radical Islamist venom days ahead of the Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan.

Why it’s wrong to call Aatish Taseer a ‘bastard’ even if he is one

Yesterday, Home Minister Amit Shah was diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. After he tweeted about it there were countless reactions and comments on social media. While most of them wished the minister good health and a quick recovery, some, unfortunately, were unable to hide their savagery and placed their own hatred, pettiness and anger out in the open.

One of them was journalist Tavleen Singh’s son Aatish Taseer. Taseer holds inexplicable anger against the Indian government, especially the home ministry. Showing an unusual amount of rage and hatred, Taseer tweeted in amusive tones, lamenting that he would probably have to show fake concern and wish for the speedy recovery of Amit Shah. He even called Amit Shah a ‘fat bastard’.

The reason for Taseer’s rage and hatred

Earlier last year, his OCI status (overseas citizens of India) was revoked by the government of India. Taseer has allegedly hidden details of his parentage and his OCI status was against Indian law.

MHA tweets on Atish Taseer

The home ministry had stated that Taseer had hidden the fact in his documents that his father was a Pakistani man. Indian law does not allow OCI status to children of Pakistani and Bangladeshis. Taseer was even given an opportunity to submit his objections but he failed to comply. “Thus, Mr Aatish Ali Taseer becomes ineligible to hold an OCI card, as per the Citizenship Act, 1955. He has clearly not complied with very basic requirements and hidden information,” the MHA said.

Tavleen Singh and Aatish Taseer have been fuming, lying and constantly playing the victim over the issue. First, they tried to claim that the decision was wrong. When their arguments fell flat, they stated peddling a narrative that the Home Ministry has ‘exiled’ Aatish Taseer because BJP did not like his articles. Both Taseer and Tavleen had helped fan a narrative that the Indian government had ‘taken away Taseer’s citizenship’ and has ‘thrown him out’. However, in reality, Taseer never was an Indian citizen. He was a UK citizen and a person of Pakistani origin by birth.

Media propaganda over Taseer’s citizenship

When even those arguments failed, they started another narrative, that the ‘evil’ Indian government, (especially the evil Home Ministry led by evil Amit Shah, is preventing them from seeing each other. That was another big, fat (pun intended) lie. In reality, Taseer can come to India anytime he wishes, by applying for a visa the usual way. Similarly, nothing can stop Tavleen from going to USA or UK to meet her son.

So, why so much hate? The actual reason for Tavleen and Taseer’s constant lies and hatred is the sudden slap of reality. They had taken their privileges for granted. They revocation of OCI status will not mean much in terms of Taseer’s citizenship (which was British and is now American), it will not stop Taseer from traveling to India and meet his mother (which, for some unknown reason de has not done yet, even before the international flights were banned due to the pandemic.) The actual reason is the sudden, and very public realisation that their privileges were fake and are now gone.

Why did netizens object to Aatish using the word ‘bastard’?

Seeing the reactions to Aatish’ tweet on the microblogging site, one thing is clear. Many people have pointed it out that Aatish Taseer should be the last one to call anyone a ‘bastard’. The reason, as per common social norms, he is one himself.

Aatish Taseer was born as a result of a brief affair between Tavleen Singh and a Pakistani politician Salman Taseer. Salman Taseer is now deceased, killed by a radical Islamist for supporting the call for a pardon for Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was a victim of Pakistan’s archaic blasphemy laws. It is not known what was the nature of Salman Taseer’s affair with Tavleen and how long it lasted, but it is known that Aatish was raised by his mother alone and Tavleen and Salman did not live together as husband and wife.

Even today, defending her son’s public display uncivilised, hateful behaviour, Tavleen stated that she is the sole legal parent of Aatish.

Tavleen Singh’s tweet

Aatish’ own words for his biological father

In a 2011 article for The Telegraph, Aatish had written that for the most part of his childhood, he did not have any connection with Salman Taseer, a prominent political figure in Pakistan. He had written that when he visited him in Pakistan for the first time, his father had a young wife and children. Aatish’s book (Strangers to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands) is about his personal life and his journey to Pakistan mentions that his visit to Pakistan in his twenties was to understand his father, his country and his religion.

In that book, Aatish mentions how his father Salman Taseer was ‘just a photograph’ in his life till that time. Clearly, Salman Taseer, the prominent Pakistani politician who later went on to become the governor of Punjab province, did not have much of a relationship with his child from an Indian Sikh woman.

The word ‘bastard’ and children born outside of wedlock

Most societies, not just Pakistani, or European or Indian, for that matter, hold marriage sacred. Marriages are an institution, perceived by communities to bring order and discipline, to further the lineage and very rightly so. For those reasons, children born to unmarried women, children born outside of wedlock or socially sanctioned unisons of a man and woman have long been regarded as unwanted. It is a troubling reality of human societies. However, personally, I don’t agree to the vilification of children, or the usage of the word bastard as an abuse.

It is not the child’s fault that his parents did not get married. A child not the one who has any say in the matter. It did not decide to arrive in the world knowing that the mother who carried him in her womb was not married to the man whose sperm resulted in his existence. It is vile, almost inhuman to hold a child as an abomination, whatever may be the circumstances of his or her birth. Children are always pure, they are the gift of god, nature’s blessing of procreation and human laws do not mean much in nature.

Why Taseer himself used the word ‘bastard’?

Taseer, of all people, should have known better than to use the word bastard as a derogatory insult. In HBO’s superhit show Game Of Thrones, there is an interesting scene where the Bastard of Dreadfort, Ramsay Bolton, sends a threatening letter to Jon Snow, the bastard of Winterfell, calling him bastard multiple times.

GOT scene when Ramsay tries to insult Jon Snow calling him a ‘bastard’

Throughout the letter, an enraged Ramsay, who skins people alive for his enjoyment and is a cruel psychopath, repeated the word ‘bastard’ multiple times. Ramsay’s intention was to insult Jon Snow. He wanted him to know how he raped and tortured Jon’s sister Sansa, control’s their family property and holds their little brother hostage. Ramsay’s emphasis on the word bastard was a symbol of his own hatred, and deep rooted revulsion against the circumstances of his own birth and identity.

Ramsay’s whole life and his identity was centred around his being a ‘bastard’. His own father had narrated to him how he had raped his mother under a tree and almost had her and the infant Ramsay mauled by his dogs till he decided to adopt his son. Ramsay manages to get ‘legitimised’ by the king, but only after committing grave crimes, and even then, his entire identity, and his ownership of the Winterfell castle is dependent upon him being married to Sansa Stark, the ‘legitimate’ child of Eddard Stark, the former Lord of Winterfell.

Though Ramsay had probably inherited his cruelty from his father, his mad psychosis and savagery were woven around his identity, the stigma of being born a bastard, the result of a brutal rape.

On the other hand, Jon Snow suffered equal levels of social stigma and insults for being born a bastard, but he never takes that as an insult. As advised by Tyrion, Jon wears his ‘bastard’ status as an armour, acknowledging it and coming to terms with it to the level that he can never even dream of using the word as an insult.

The fact that Taseer used the word ‘bastard’ as an insult against Amit Shah is a reflection of his own resentment, his own negativities and hatred. We live in a progressive world where marriages have become almost trivial, and with it, the concept of a legitimate and illegitimate child barely hold any meaning at all. But to use the word as an insult, as Taseer did in his tweet against Shah, one has to truly believe that it is an insult. Taseer is aware that he is using the word as a derogatory, offensive term, he gave the clue himself.

Just after writing ‘bastard’, Taseer has written “who has done nothing but evil his whole life” in brackets. In doing to he is giving a justification to everyone, (and himself) that he is correct to use the word as a derogatory insult against the India’s Home Minister. Taseer’s only grudge against Amit Shah is that he took away his privilege, of holding the OCI status despite not being eligible for it.

So much hatred, so much anger, just for an OCI status revocation?

Taseer and his mother have both created a lot of melodrama over the OCI status. From telling blatant lies to peddling constant victimhood, using their connections to get the order reversed, they have done it all. The question is, why so much anger? Is it because the revocation was taken as an ‘insult’? Or their egos are so fragile that a simple order, which neither affects travel, or Taseer’s citizenship, has pushed them to such blatant displays of hatred and rage?

Tavleen once called Meghna Girish a ‘BJP troll’ and an ‘urban balcony class shedding crocodile tears’ over the death of Indian soldiers. Tavleen’s argument was that she is more patriotic and knows more about the Indian armed forces than a martyred solider’s mother because she ‘grew up near army stations’.

Taseer was also called out by many for his vile comments. However, like his mother, he defended them with impunity.

Tweet by Aatish Taseer

Responding to a critic who had objected to the words used by him, Taseer argued further to justify how him calling Amit Shah a basatrd was right. He stated, “Shah was as bad a man as there ever was”. And that what Shah did to him ‘pales’ in comparison to what he did to the ‘Kashmiris’.

Notice the exaggerations, the convoluted self-worth and the narcissism here. All Amit Shah ever did to Taseer was revoke a privilege that allowed him to circumvent the usual visa application process that common people go through. The fact that he will now have to apply for an Indian visa just like a commoner, and can no longer waltz into the country as he pleased has caused Aatish so much hurt that he has chosen relentless ranting. His sense of entitlement is so colossal that he takes the scenario of himself applying for a visa like filthy commoners as an insult. A grave offence, that is comparable to the worst of crimes.

And for Kashmiris, all Amit Shah did was to grant them all the rights and privileges that every Indian citizen enjoys, how very cruel of him.

Coming to terms with one’s own identity

It is not our place to comment about Taseer’s personal struggle and the pain of his childhood. That being said, we also need to be empathetic towards him over the issues. For such an educated, privileged and well-travelled man to use the word ‘bastard’ as an insult, with so much anger and negativity towards a person who has been diagnosed with a disease, must mean that there are some deep-rooted issues in his mind about his own birth and identity. It is wrong for the society to label innocent children with this word, when the sole purpose is to brand them as an abomination.

No one should use the word bastard as an insult. The sentiments behind the word and its expression are deeply offensive to the sacred process of birth, motherhood and nature’s laws of procreation. No child is born as an abomination. It is the rigid rules of society that labels them so. Let us hope that Aatish finds peace of mind. And let us hope that no innocent child, regardless of the marital status of his or her parents, gets called a ‘bastard’ ever again.

‘Informed Bandra Police his life is in danger on Feb 25, asked them to take action against those named in complaint, no action taken’: Father of Sushant Singh Rajput


Father of Sushant Singh Rajput has released a video where has said that he had registered a complaint with Mumbai Police in the month of February alleging that the life of his son was under threat. The deceased Bollywood actor’s family has been saying from the very beginning that they suspect foul play behind his alleged suicide.

The father said, “On Feb 25, I informed the Bandra Police that he is in danger. He died on June 14 and I asked them to act against people named in my Feb 25 complaint. No action taken even 40 days after his death. So I filed an FIR in Patna.” He also expressed his gratitude towards Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar and Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha for supporting him at this time of distress.

Bihar Police Officer quarantined

Senior Bihar Police officer IPS Vinay Tiwari was reportedly sent to quarantine forcefully by BMC officials on reaching Mumbai on Sunday. Tiwari was visiting Mumbai to lead the police team in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. IPS Tiwari was not provided accommodation in the IPS Mess even he requested for it. The officer is currently staying in a guest house in Goregaon.

Maharashtra Police vs Bihar Police

The case has turned into a tussle between Police departments of two states. DGP Pandey earlier said that Sushant’s death should not turn into a Bihar vs Maharashtra when he was informed that Mumbai Police is not providing any assistance. DGP, in one of his statements, urged Rhea to join the investigation as she is currently hiding.

Bihar Police had failed to secure the postmortem report of Sushant Singh Rajput even after visiting the Cooper Hospital in Mumbai. The Bihar Police got involved in the matter after the deceased actor’s father filed a police complaint in the state on tha basis of which an FIR was registered.

Organise Deepotsav, Akhand Ramayan Path: UP CM Yogi Adityanath urges everyone to light earthen lamps for Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan

Ahead of the historic Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, who has been personally monitoring the preparations for the event scheduled to be held on August 5th, has urged people to light earthen lamps at homes on August 4 and 5 to celebrate the historic occasion.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the ceremony, Yogi Adityanath said that while everyone should light diyas at their homes on August 4 and 5, the religious leaders should decorate temples, organise ‘Deepotsav’ and conduct ‘Akhand Ramayan Path’ at temples.

The Uttar Pradesh CM said this while assuring that all arrangements for the event have been made keeping all protocols in mind ensuring that there is no laxity on any count. The CM urged that keeping the Covid-19 situation in mind, all protocol should be enforced very strictly. He said that PM Modi would represent all the devotees.

“We’ve made all arrangements to ensure that there is no laxity on any count. The main focus is on COVID-19. The protocol has to be enforced very strictly. Only those who are invited should come here. All devotees want to come but PM will represent all of them,” he added.

Ayodhya spruced up for the historic event

The city has been spruced up with several Karsevaks working amid the coronavirus pandemic to finalise the preparations with only two few days left for the auspicious occasion. The 3km long stretch of road that PM Modi will take to reach the venue of the ceremony has been painted yellow. Graffiti and images depicting scenes from the Ramayan have come up, on main streets.

Around 1 lakh laddoos are being prepared for the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit the holy city of Ayodhya to perform the auspicious event of Bhoomi pujan on the 5th.

India’s Industrial Heritage: Through Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya’s independent ‘Note’ to the Industrial Commission of 1916

If India appeared as a palimpsest to those who wrote on her history in the yesteryears, history of education in India is an equally competent palimpsest spanning thousands of years if not more. On restricting the scope to engineering education for its pedagogy and content in large that we recognize and associate with today, we need to go no further than the last 200 years.

The lofty samudra manthan of the yore resulted in amṛta, a panacea for immortality and in a strictly metaphorical sense one can look at the Industrial revolution of relatively recent past as another human intervention that has also resulted in providing comfort as well as sustenance to the human life.

Machination and advancements in use of engineered tools were the primary consequences of the revolution and with it the need for engineering education had also emerged as a significant outcome. Industrial Revolution impacted India, the then colony of Britain, in several ways which directly and indirectly has had its longstanding effect on the origin, design as well as implementation of technology.

In the context of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and particularly in the initiation of the Benares Engineering College (BENCO) with which BHU made its beginning, the link to the industrial revolution can be averred at ease. The links emerge when we look at that facet of the colonial India which was loathed upon by the then constituted committee, the Industrial Commission, which, in its utmost wisdom and rationale, without mincing words went on to highlight the inconspicuousness of industry, dearth of the right mentality and technical cum physical incapability for her citizens to embrace industrialization in a pace similar to her colonial masters and counterparts elsewhere in the western part of the world.

The Industrial Commission: Its Genesis and Terms of Reference

On March 21, 1916 Ibrahim Rahimtoolla moved a resolution in the Viceroy’s Legislative Council for appointment of a Commission to report on the measures that should be adopted for the growth and development of industries in India and towards the same end he urged that the fiscal autonomy should be granted to the Indian Government as an essential step.

The industrial commission was constituted with the following members:

S.No.NamesRole in the committee
1Sir T. H. Holland, K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E.,D.Sc.,F.R.S.President
2Mr. Alfred Chatterton, C.I.E., B.Sc., F.C.G.I., A.M.I.C.E., M.I.M.E.Member
3The Hon’ble Sir Fazulbhoy Currimbhoy Ebrahim, Kt., C.B.E.Member
4Mr. Edward Hopkinson, M.A., D.Sc., M.I.C.E., M.I.M.E., M.I.E.E. Member
5The Hon’ble Mr. C. E. Low, C.I.E., I.C.S.Member
6The Hon’ble Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya B.A., L.L.B.Member
7The Hon’ble Sir Rajendra Nath Mookerjee, K.C.I.E.Member
8The Right Hon’ble Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett, P.C., D.C.L., L.L.D., F.R.S., K.C.V.O.Member
9The Hon’ble Sir Francis Hugh Stewart, Kt., M.A., C.I.E.Member
10Sir Dorabji Jamsetji Tata, Kt., J.P.Member
 Mr. R. D. Bell, I.C.S.Secretary
 Mr. G. H. W. Davies, I.C.S.Joint Secretary

This committee went ahead to pen the report which comprised of nearly 300 pages which included nearly 50 pages of an independent note by Malaviya ji. This independent note was a strong rebuttal to the contents of the report. Looking retrospectively we can safely surmise that it was both the collective wisdom of this committee and the extraordinary clarity of Malaviya ji suffused with his legal acumen that the report and the note were published as a single document, in fairness of full disclosure.

An interesting side fact is that two of the committee members went ahead to open two of the mightiest educational institutions of our country that has stood the test of time for hundred years namely the Indian Institute of Science and Banaras Hindu University!

Selective Highlights from the report

The report makes the opening with a highly condescending note right from the first chapter and this tone as well as the tenor continues throughout the subsequent chapters in the report. In summary, India was projected as a country that had not yet embraced industrialization and how it was not capable to do so with all its deficiencies and idiosyncrasies.  For instance, let us have a look at the following paragraph from the report:

“The first chapters of the Report deal with India as an industrial country, her present position and her potentialities. They show how little the march of modern industry has affected the great bulk of Indian population, which remains engrossed in agriculture, winning a bare subsistence from the soil, by antiquated methods of cultivation. Such changes as have been wrought in rural areas are the effects of economic rather than of industrial evolution.”

The report goes on to say, “India produces nearly all the raw materials necessary for the requirements of a modern community; but is unable to manufacture many of the articles and materials essential alike in times of peace and war. For instance, her great textile industries are dependent upon supplies of imported machinery and would have to shut down if command of the seas were lost.”

These are just the few excerpts to illustrate the very mindset with which this report was written. The committee perhaps was more inclined towards finding faults than facts that could boost the general morale of the colony. Likewise the first chapter despises on the sorry state of the non-industrialized India by citing one dearth after the other. Whereas the first chapter was in general exposition of the inadequacies of our country, the next one particularly targeted at the Indians and their ineptitudes. It opened thus,

The next chapter deals with the “Indians in Industries.” They discuss measures designed to improve the efficiency of the Indian artisan and to encourage the educated Indian to take part in industrial enterprise. It is shown that the relative lowness of wages paid to Indian labour is counterbalanced by the comparative inefficiency of the individual Indian workman.

Not only the blatant bigotry of the colonizers gets exposed in this excerpt, the committee’s sophistry to justify its ill deeds is indeed noteworthy. Whereas the committee takes into cognizance the disproportionate and differential wages paid to Indian and non-Indian workmen, it goes on to institutionalize and justify the discrimination on frivolous grounds.

The committee went ahead to even invoke the societal variations due to heredity while giving a rationale to the ineptitude of the Indian workforce. The report says,

“The general aversion from the industrial pursuits of the educated Indian is ascribed to hereditary predisposition accentuated by an unpractical system of education. A complete revolution in the existing methods of training is proposed.”

The existing methods that the committee is referring to is the result of the policy changes brought about half a century before this committee was formed by one of their own Lords. The overhaul of a stagnant system is always a welcome attribute but without resorting to the genesis of the rot in the system and squarely blaming the system for what it stood before the committee when they saw it, not only ill behooves the stature and the rationale of the learned committee but also raises serious doubts on the veracity of the report penned by men with perhaps clouded intellects.

Whereas the committee’s primary demand was the establishment of a department of Industries at both the provincial and imperial level, in the modus operandi the scientific and industrial heritage of the civilizational nation suffered a collateral damage. The report left no stone unturned while belittling the colonial India.

The civilizational nation which flourished in both economic and knowledge dimensions for thousands of years suffered such a pitiable plight in the hands of her invaders and colonizers. But the amber of India’s intellect had not completely cooled off. Few sparks of it lay hither and thither which did act as agents of change and some even resulting in revolution.

One such spark was Malaviya ji whose indomitable spirit, love for the nation and sharp intellect arose to the occasion and single handedly gave fitting response to the mischievous aspersions in the report through his separate note which he ensured to get published along with the committee’s report and it did happen this way.

Perhaps his first hand involvement in this committee which exposed him to the nuanced approaches of the colonial masters coupled with his deep love for the country reinvigorated his resolve to dedicate his life for the establishment of BHU and its  growth thereafter, through which he blew life into his note of to the Industrial commission’s report.

Pt. MM Malaviya’s independent ‘Note’ to the Industrial Commission of 1916

The commission’s report, besides all its critical observation and documentation, gave the following two proposals:

  1. That in the future Government must play an active part in the industrial development of the country, with the aim of making India more self-contained in respect of men and material….
  2. That it is impossible to undertake that part, unless provided with adequate administrative equipment and forearmed with reliable scientific and technical advice…

Perhaps these two points appeared as faint rays of hope to Mahamana ji which should have reinforced his sankalpa for building an educational institution which will not only equip the Indian youth in the technology, engineering, science etc of the day along with copious injunction of the wisdom from the Indian yore. Mahamana ji did not quietly rest with this faint optimism rather he took this opportunity to present the glory and richness of India from her ancient days through the various onslaughts of invasion.

Mahamana ji in fact showed the white elephant in the room to the committee as well as the higher authorities by way of penning a strong note which in fact served as a fact check for the observations in the report regarding the poor state of the Indian industries in particular and on the general caliber of her people. It was through Malaviya ji’s sharp intellect, acumen of unambiguous convincing logical arguments and lucid recollection of vital evidences that in fact gives befitting rebuttal and thereby uplifting the glory of our civilizational nation.

Mahamana ji employed a unique style and logic while penning his note which was responsible for making it indefatigable. And this style was not to write his opinions or emotions or judgments but rather to quote official documents from the British Empire authored by British administrators and thereby rendering his note beyond any possible refutation.

True to the nyāya sutra of “siṃhāvalokana” Malaviya ji held the gaze of a lion by first giving a copious exposition of the civilizational India’s past scientific heritage and industrial glory in order to rebut the commission’s report.

Malaviya ji tactfully quotes from the metaphorical horse’s mouth vis a vis those foreigners, including British officers who had visited India at different points of time.

Malaviya ji coherently conveys in his note that there has been a major scale devastation of three longstanding and well flourishing industries of India, namely:

  1. The cotton and textile industry
  2. The iron industry
  3. Ship making and shipping industry

Malaviya ji’s laments on the invader’s onslaught of these industry not only reveals the sufferings of the Indians at the hands of her invaders, also reveals the sagacious and sophisticated capacity of Indians in both industry as well as commercial enterprises. Malaviya ji quotes one officer after the other to initially to reveal each of these industry’s glory and then goes on to also show how it suffered and underwent decay.

One should not get an impression that Malaviya ji was indulging in cherry-picking while writing his note for there are ample evidences to show, both from the breadth of this note as well as the vast cross references that he has cited besides the independent verification of facts from other sources that the reader deems fit.

He starts with Prof. Weber who was the author of the “History of India” and Malaviya ji quotes him while referring the cotton industry of India. Prof. Weber says, and Malaviya ji quotes,

““the skills of the Indians,” says Professor Weber, “in the production of delicate woven fabrics, in the mixing of colours, the working of metals and precious stones, the preparation of essence and in all manner of technical arts has from early times enjoyed a world-wide celebrity.” There is evidence that Babylon traded with India in 3000 B.C. Mummies in Egyptian tombs, dating from 2000 B.C., have been found wrapped in Indian muslin of the finest quality….

Thus it may be safely concluded that in India the arts of cotton spinning and cotton weaving were in a high state of proficiency two thousand years ago…..Cotton weaving was only introduced to England in the seventeenth century”-(Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume III, page 195)”

Malaviya ji goes on and gives copious evidence to show the glory of the cotton industry that not only thrived in India but also traded with hinterlands both and near far. He next takes up the glorious industry of Iron smelting, casting and molding and this time quotes from the 1892 essays of Ranade who had quoted Prof. Wilson which had the following,

“The iron industry not only supplied all local wants but it also enabled India to export its finished products to foreign countries. The quality of the material turned out had also a world-wide fame. The famous Iron Pillar near Delhi, which is at least fifteen hundred years old, indicates an amount of skill in the manufacture of wrought iron……

… The Indian steel found once considerable demand for cutlery even in England. The manufacture of steel and wrought iron had reached a high perfection at least two thousand years ago.”- (Ranade’s Essays on Indian Economics, pages 159-160)”

On the glorious ship building and sea-faring industry Malaviya ji quotes the Governor General Lord Wellesley who, while reporting to his the then authorities in Leadenhall Street in London in 1800 had observed and articulated the following,

“The port of Calcutta contains about 10,000 tons of shipping, built in India, of a description calculated for the conveyance of cargoes to England……(Quoted by Mr. Digby in Prosperous British India, page 86)”

Malaviya ji draws from copious sources to draw the committee’s attention towards the glorious industrial past of India. Then a natural question arises as to why it declined and what was the need for the committee. Malviya ji analyses the reasons for the decline and for that too he draws evidences from colonial officers.

Pt. Malaviya hits back at the Commission Report

Having given a glimpse of three continuous flourishing of Indian industries Malaviya ji puts forth the arguments, again by quoting British and other officers, to highlight the gradual decline of these three vital industries after the formation of the British East India Company. He writes in his note that the East India Company which obtained its charter from Queen Elizabeth on 31st December 1600, to trade with the East Indies, not “to exchange as far as possible the manufactured goods of England for the products of India” (Report para. 2) – for there were few English manufacturers then to be exported-but to carry the manufactures and commodities of India to Europe. Malaviya ji refers to the “history of England in the Eighteenth Century” written by one Lecky who has the following to say,

“At the end of the seventeenth century, says Lecky, “great quantities of cheap and graceful Indian calicoes, muslins and chintzes were imported into England, and they found such favour that the woolen and silk manufacturers were seriously alarmed. Acts of Parliament were accordingly passed in 1700 and 1721 absolutely prohibiting, with a very few specified exceptions, the employment of printed or dyed calicoes in England, either in dress or in furniture, and the use of any printed or dyed goods, of which cotton formed any part.”

Malaviya ji gradually marches ahead and walking us through several decades. He cites the observations of Clive as recorded in the “Economic History of British India” by Ranade. He quotes the following from the book,

“When Clive entered Murshidabad, the old capital of Bengal, in 1757, he wrote of it:-

“In the first four years of the nineteenth century,” says Mr. Romesh Chandra Dutta, “in spite of all prohibitions and restrictive duties, six to fifteen thousand bales of cotton piece-goods were annually shipped from Calcutta to the United Kingdom. The figure rapidly fell down in 1813. The opening of trade to private merchants in that year caused a sudden rise in 1815; but the increase was temporary. After 1820, the manufacture and export of cotton piece-goods declined steadily; never to rise again.” – (Economic History of British India, page 296)””

Malaviya ji elicits those strong evidences in the form of prior committee reports or officers testimony that unequivocally shows that by the conspiracy of ill-suited policies, the otherwise flourishing industries of India were gradually decimated and the country as a whole was pushed towards the agrarian model for the large part of its economy.  He quotes the civil servant and economic historian Romesh Chandra Dutta from his book titled “Economic history of India under early British rule” to buttress his point on the decay of Indian industries,

“A deliberate endeavor was not made to use the political power obtained by the East India Company to discourage the manufactures of India. In their letter to Bengal dated 17th March 1769, the Company desired that the manufacture of raw silk should be encouraged in Bengal, and that of the manufactured silk fabrics should be discouraged. And they also recommended that the silk winders should be forced to work in the Company’s factories and prohibited from working in their own homes.”

If above shows us now the genesis of the decay in Indian textile Industry not very different story is about the decay of the ship making as well as shipping industry of India as well. Mahamana quotes one Mr. Taylor who has said,

““The arrival in the port of London of Indian produce in India-built ships created a sensation among the monopolists which could not have been exceeded if a hostile fleet had appeared in the Thames. The ship-builders of the port of London took the lead in raising the cry of alarm; they declared that their business was on the point of ruin, and that the families of all shipwrights in England were certain to be reduced to starvation.”- (History of India page 216)”

British administrators were, after all, loyal to their tax payers and patrons and hence decided to starve the Indian workers and shipwrights rather than the workers and shipwrights of England. Mahamana strikes right at the root of the problem and shows very clearly the devastating nature of such policies of that time.

This also reveals two important facets. One that India really thrived in her industrial manufactures and that her industrial outcome was posing serious threats to other countries. Second, the policies made during the early days of the establishment of the Company had a seriously debilitating effect on these industries that by the time the member of the Industrial Commission encountered the reality in early twentieth century they were appalled by the sorry state of affairs.

Had it not been the genius of Malaviya ji the past glory of India’s industry and the detrimental policies of the British officers that curtailed the growth of the Indian industries would never have seen the light of the day.

While summarizing the topic of Indian industries’ sunset days, Mahamana takes recourse to the observations of Prof. H. H. Wilson paraphrased in the book by Romesh Dutt and following is the content,

“It was stated in evidence (in 1813) that the cotton and silk goods of India up to the period could sold for a profit in the British market at a price from 50 to 60 per cent lower than those fabricated in England. It consequently became necessary to protect the latter by duties of 70 and 80 per cent on their value or by positive prohibition. Had this not been the case, had not such prohibitory duties and decrees existed, the mills of Paisley and Manchester would have stopped in their outset and could scarcely have been again set in motion, even by the power of steam. They were created by the sacrifice of the Indian manufacture..” – (Said by H. H. Wilson, the historian of India and quoted by Romesh Dutt in his book (vide supra) page 262)

True to the proverbial fruit on ones palm, which in the Indian nyaya tradition is phrased as “hastaamalaka” or the “karastha bilva” sutra, Malaviya ji’s role as a member of the Industrial Commission and as a founding father of BHU is a perfect point in case. If his role as a member of the Committee gave him one eye to access the thought processes of the committee in close quarters, his distilled wisdom emanating from his deep rooted adherence to the traditions of the civilizational India gave him the other eye to interpret, analyze and rebut the report. And in that process we get a detailed account of India’s industrial legacy and the way the colonial policies thwarted it.

Resources mainly used for writing this document:

  1. History of the Banaras Hindu University by S. L. Dar and S. Somaskandan
  2. Industrial Commission Report 1916-1918
  3. Technical Education and Industrial Development in Madras Presidency: Illusions of a Policy in the Making: Padmini Swaminathan, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 27, No. 30 (Jul. 25, 1992), pp. 1611
  4. Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya: An Historical Biography Vol 1; Press Publication and Publicity Cell Banaras Hindu University

The author, Dr. V Ramanathan, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry in IIT (BHU), Varanasi.

Faizal Farooqui, accused in Delhi’s anti-Hindu Riots case tried to get bail on fake medical certificate, case registered

The Delhi Police have filed a case against Rajdhani School owner Faisal Farooqui, his wife, doctor and advocate for submitting fake documents to get bail in the anti-Hindu riots case which took place in national capital in February this year. A week ago, one of the main accused of Delhi Riots Faizal Farooqui tried to get bail based on a fake medical certificate. Further, the doctor who issued the fake certificate has been suspended by Delhi Medical Council for having forged such documents earlier.

Faizal got a certificate made from the said doctor in his wife’s name that stated she needs an operation to remove a cyst. He said in his application that based on his wife’s health condition, he should get interim bail. The court had cancelled his bail plea twice since he was arrested for his involvement in the Delhi Riots.

The doctor who issued the certificate failed to produce documents

When Faizal submitted the bail petition in the court as “extremely urgent case”, along with medical certificates and some documents, the court asked the crime branch of Delhi Police to check the validity of the documents. When investigating officers tried to approach Dr Gajendra Nair, who issued the certificates, he categorically refused to provide any information in the matter. The investigating officers then visited his nursing home located on Bisarkh Village Road of Greater Noida. They found out that there were no records available in the nursing home on the name of Faizal’s wife.

Police also stated in their investigation report that his wife lives in Yamuna Vihar, Delhi. The nursing home is very far from the place, and there are much better and cheaper medical facilities available in Delhi. According to the Police, when they tried to dig more information about the doctor, they found out that his license was suspended by Delhi Medical Council last year. Dr Girish Tyagi, Registrar of Delhi Medical Council, informed the Police that they had taken action against Dr Gajendra twice in the past. The first time he faced 6-months suspension and the second time for one year. At present, he was working on a suspended license as the suspension period will end in November 2020.

When questioned by the Crime Branch, Dr Gajendra Nair confessed that he had helped many people before to get access to fake medical certificates to get bail. He also admitted that he never saw Farooqui’s wife. A broker came with a burka-clad woman and told him to prepare fake documents for her husband’s bail. Police registered a case against everyone involved in the preparation of fake documents under various charges.

The case against Faizal Farooqui

Faizal Farroqui owns Rajdhani School. The rioters used its rooftop to fire guns, throw acid packets, stones, etc. In the chargesheet filed by Delhi Police against Farooqui, there was a mention of a complaint filed by Mr Yatendra Sharma who owned DRP School located adjacent to Rajdhani School. He claimed in his complaint that the Islamic mob destroyed his school. Several calls were made from DRP School to PCR on the day of the riots.

The guard of the DRP School said that he overheard Faizal Farooqui saying “Aaj dekh lenge Hinduon ko” (Roughly translated, it means “today we will teach Hindus a lesson”). Another witness confirmed hearing the same. The Rajdhani School had a Hindu guard who fled the scene with his family fearing his life. On the second day, Faizal met the guard of Rajdhani School and assured him no one would harm him, but he never dared to return.

The chargesheet also alleged that Faizal had connections with PFI, JCC, Pinjra Tod and many other groups that were involved in instigating riots. You can read more about the chargesheet here. OpIndia report on the planning and chronology of events since December 2019 can be purchased and read here.

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