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Draft EIA to protect green, bring in transparency, expedite environmental clearance: Javadekar

‘Post-facto sanction’ isn’t our invention. This was done in 2010, 2012 and 2013 through office memorandums (OMs) by the UPA government. The National Green Tribunal later quashed those orders, saying that OMs cannot override notification. The government was asked to issue a fresh notification. Then, there were three court decisions —from..

“Infrastructure, increasing farmer income, labour-intensive industries, urbanisation and tax reforms hold the key for Atmanirbhar Bharat”

Shri TV Mohandas Pai is the Chairman of Manipal Global Education and Chairman at Aarin Capital and Co-founder of Akshaya Patra Foundation.He was the CFO of Infosys from 1994 to 2006 and was instrumental in transforming Infosys into one of the world’s most respected software service companies. He was awarded the ‘Best CFO in India’ by Finance Asia in 2002. He has worked extensively in the education sector. In this exclusive interview, Shri Mohandas Pai speaks to Organiser Bureau Chief Prashanth Vaidyaraj..

Now, inspiring narratives of patriarchs and matriarchs of Bharat will define its nationality: Deepika Chikhalia

Now, inspiring narratives of patriarchs and matriarchs of Bharat will define its nationality: Deepika Chikhalia..

Sanskrit: A medium for higher thoughts in which soul of the nation appears

Dr Srikrishna Semwal, Delhi Sanskrit Academy’s former Vice Chairman spoke about Sanskrit, Culture and World Sanskrit Conference with Organiser..

“Removal of Article 370 and 35A allowed J&K to transform”

Former Director-General of Police Dr SP Vaid who served in Kashmir for a long time, believes that every Kashmiri should understand that their future lies in India. Speaking on completion of one year of abrogating Article 370 and 35 A to Organiser Senior Correspondent Nishant Kr Azad, Vaid said this one year has been special in many terms. Removal of the articles allowed Jammu & Kashmir to transform. Excerpts:..

Sanskrit can play an important role to realize the dream of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”: Ramesh Kumar Pandey

Sanskrit can play an important role to realize the dream of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”: Ramesh Kumar Pandey..

Hindu way, most natural & ideal

Secularism has been completely distorted in India Christianity, Islam and Communism, are dangerous Hindu way of life is the most natural and ideal way of life..

“The temple should belong to the devotees ‘Vishwasigal’, those who believe in the deity and God” — Prince Aditya Varma of Travancore Royal Family

The Supreme Court in its judgement on July 13, upheld the rights of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore in the administration and management of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The judgment put an end to the nine-year-long dispute and overturned the January 2011 judgment of the Kerala High Court, which had ruled that the state government should take over the control of the temple from a trust headed by the former royal family...

“Focused on short-term survival and long-term revival of economy”

"Under PM Modi, India will continue to play a responsible and constructive role in global affairs. In recent years we have seen India's stature rise, be it at the International Solar Alliance or recently at the virtual summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations leaders"..

“During the Pandemic, the inherent flexibility of Bharatiya society has been showcased to the world”

As part of the India Foundation series, In Coversation, Shri Suresh Bhaiyya Ji Joshi, Sarkaryawah of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh spoke to Shri Prafulla Ketkar, Editor, Organiser (Weekly) on a range of issues from relief work carried out by RSS during the lockdown, Swadeshi, making India ‘Atmanirbhar’, response of Bharatiya society and also on the divisive forces within the country and ways to tackle them. Excerpts ..

Once Tibet is demilitarised and declared a zone of peace, India and China will have permanent peace: Dr Lobsang Sangay, President, Tibetan government-in-exile

Once Tibet is demilitarised and declared a zone of peace, India and China will have permanent peace: Dr Lobsang Sangay, President, Tibetan government-in-exile..

INFLICT HEAVY COSTS ON PAKISTAN FOR AIDING AND ABETTING TERRORISM: KULDEEP KHODA

“With the elimination of Riyaz Naikoo, one of Kashmir’s most wanted terrorist along with his associate, the martyrdom of our bravehearts, Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, major Anuj Sood, Lance Naik Dinesh Singh, Naik Rakesh Kumar and sub-inspector Saqeer Khan has been avenged. But despite the successes, we should not be complacent. Pakistan is still sponsoring t..

“Chinese app TikTok must be banned as it is not responsible enough to control the abuse”: NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma

“Chinese app TikTok must be banned as it is not responsible enough to control the abuse”: NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma..

Declare Bhagavad Gita as a National Treasure : Padmashri Gloria Arieira

Gloria Arieira, a Brazilian, was awarded Padma Shri in 2020 by the Government of India for pioneering contributions she made in Sanskrit Studies and Vedanta literature...

‘Approvals for clinical trials awaited’: Dr Debasish Gupta speaks to Organiser on plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), the Department of Science and Technology, was the first institution to obtain a go-ahead for carrying out plasma therapy research in Bharat. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) gave approval to SCTIMST to treat COVID-19 patients with 'convalescent-plasma therapy’..

"Ekal is Transforming into a People's Movement"

Shri Bajrang Lal Bagra is the chairman of Ekal Foundation since 2014. He belongs to Rajasthan and worked in the central government at senior positions. He was CMD of NALCO. He resigned from the job and is fully dedicated to the Ekal Movement. ..

“People will give a befitting reply to AAP & Congress for their sins at Shaheen Bagh”: Manoj Tiwari

As the polling date approaches in Delhi, all parties are campaigning round the clock. In this situation, Delhi BJP President Shri Manoj Tiwari is a super busy leader. Apart from campaigning for the candidates, he has to manage the entire election campaign. Organiser Senior Correspondent Nishant Kr Azad spoke to him during the election campaign to know about the issues and preparations of the BJP in the polls. Excerpts:..

‘Anyone born in this land, is a Hindu first’ -Sinu Joseph

Sinu Joseph, whose ancestral roots are in Kerala, born and brought up in Bengaluru, is an educator, a writer, a counselor, all rolled into one. An engineer by qualification, she has worked on various issues in the social space over the last 6 years. She has travelled extensively across rural India interacting with more than 17,000 adolescent girls and women to really understand the practices and problems first hand. She believes in action learning and makes sure that our work is always..

“I know from my Aligarh days that Mr Irfan Habib is very intolerant by nature and does not allow anyone to air a different view in his presence”: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan

“I know from my Aligarh days that Mr Irfan Habib is very intolerant by nature and does not allow anyone to air a different view in his presence”: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan..

‘Historians should develop a conscience while recording historical Events'

Historian and researcher Dr M Chidananda Murthy was conferred the lifetime achievement award at Mangaluru Literature Festival. Born in 1931, Shri Murthy is a Kannada writer, researcher and historian. He is a well-known scholar specialising in the history of Kannada language and ancient Karnataka. He campaigned aggressively to conserve the monuments at Hampi...

“ABVP Unit in Every Campus is my Priority”

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s new general secretary Sushri Nidhi Tripathi originally hails from Kunda town of Pratapgarh District in Uttar Pradesh. She received her education upto 12th standard at Kunda town and then did graduation from Allahabad University. She did her MA and M.Phil from JNU and now is a Ph.D student in ..

"The agitation is not really about fee hike… perhaps sub-judice JNUSU is the real reason"

Jawaharlal Nehru University, one of the premier institutions in the country is yet again in the news for wrong reasons—a student protest in the name of fee hike. There are claims and counter claims about the fee structure and the contribution of the institution in the national life, the first person who is on radar of the agitating students is the Vice-Chancellor..

“Personal Laws are Detrimental to any Country, Uniformity of Laws is of Paramount Importance”: Firoz Bakht Ahmed

Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad moved a PIL in the Delhi high court seeking directions to the Centre to frame a Uniform Civil Code within three months and publish it for debate. An Indian Civil Code for ..

I Stand Vindicated: Archaeologist KK Muhammed speaks on Ayodhya verdict

Shri KK Muhammed was perhaps the first archaeologist who dared to speak the truth that the disputed structure in Ayodhya was built over the remnants of a pre-existenting temple. As a student of the Institute of Archaeology, Delhi, he was part of the first excavation in Ayodhya, carried out by a team of the ASI led by Prof BB Lal. Against the backdrop of the historic verdict of Supreme Court on the Ayodhya issue, KK Muhammed speaks to Ganesh Krishnan. Excerpts:..

"Extremely satisfying verdict, time to remember sacrifices of many for Ram Janmabhoomi”

Veteran leader and vice president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Shri Champat Rai is the man who has been associated with Shri Ram Janmabhoomi movement since 1984. He has been one of the main strategists in VHP who planned and executed various activities for the liberation of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi including monitoring the legal battle. Organiser Chief News Coordinator Dr Pramod Kumar spoke to him in New Delhi to know how he joined the movement and how he executed various plans. Excerpts: ..

"We are Following the Vision Given by Thengadiji"

Shri Dattopant Thengadi speaking at a Sanskar Bharati function organised as part of Babasaheb Br Ambedkar birth centenary in September 1990..

"My role doesn’t matter, Ram Lalla has his own abode is important" -Shri Kameshwar Chaupal

Shri Kameshwar Chaupal, the person who laid the foundation stone of Shri Ram Mandir in 1989, still remembers the moment. “I can never forget the moment when I laid the foundation brick of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi. That moment will keep me feeling proud for life,” he told Organiser Sr Correspondent Nishant Kr. Azad and Yatharth Sikka on what the Supreme Court verdict means for him. Excerpts: ..

“We expect a meaningful shift in govt. policies after this study”

The nationwide study on the status of women conducted by Pune-based Drishti Stree Adhyayan Prabodhan Kendra, with the help of 26 social action groups including 15 national organisations active in diverse fields, has stirred a discussion in the country over the programmes and policies being formulated and implemented about women both by the governments and voluntary organisations. Organiser Chief News Coordinator Dr Pramod Kumar, spoke to Dr Maneesha Upendra Kothekar, the Project Director of the study, ..

“To work for Bharat, RSS is the best Collective Platform”

The book, ‘The RSS: Roadmaps for the 21st Century’ caught the imagination of many and it was visible even before the book was officially launched. First book on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that also by someone of the stature of the organising secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, naturally created curiosity for swayamsevaks..

“We are trying to change the way Sanskrit is taught in our Country” -Prof. Chand Kiran Saluja

Eminent Sanskrit scholar Prof. Chand Kiran Saluja has been selected for this year’s prestigious ‘President’s Certificate of Honour’ by the Union Ministry of HRD. Prof Saluja has dedicated his entire life for promotion of Sanskrit, particularly to change the way Sanskrit is taught in the country. After getting VRS from the University of Delhi, he joined the Samskrit Promotion..

“A Model School in Each District is our Priority”

Vidya Bharati is the largest educational institution in India dedicated to the cause of imparting value-based education from primary to senior secondary level. Managing 23,000 schools through 70 committees, and imparting education to 35 lakh students..

‘Time to reconnect with history of J&K’

The abolition of Article 370 and 35A, as well as creation of Ladakh as UT and converting J&K to UT, is not the decision taken all of a sudden. This has been possible following the tireless efforts of scores of people in the country which aimed not only at curbing ..

‘It just took one Modi for Article 370 to go’

When the preparations for executing the decision to amend Article 370 were on, a political leader silently was inducting many independent elected Panch and Sarpanch of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)..

“Decision to scrap Article 370 will make Ladakh and Bharat stronger”

BJP first time MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, emerged as a new find for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after his fiery speech in Parliament during the debate on bills and resolutions related to Jammu & Kashmir on August 6..

“Once triple talaq comes to an end, Halala will die its natural death”, Shri Arif Mohammad Khan, Noted Islamic scholar and former Union Minister

Noted Islamic scholar and former Union Minister Shri Arif Mohammad Khan who had resigned from Rajiv Gandhi cabinet opposing the Government stand on Shah Bano case in 1986, says that by enacting a law in the Parliament to ban triple talaq the government has performed its constitutional duty. ..

#Interview “We are Preparing Teachers to be Torchbearers of Society”: Mahendra Kapoor, Organising Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh

Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh (ABRSM) is the premier national organisation of teachers from KG to PG..

“Ecological and self-sustainable restoration is the key to any effort to rejuvenate lakes”

– Anand Malligevad, Lake Expert and conservationistAnand Malligevad aims to restore 45 lakes in and around Bengaluru by 2025 and thereby contribute to solving the water crisis the city is staring at. Given his success and the model of lake restoration, Anand is much in demand from city corporations and like-minded people and organisations in other cities. Anand spoke to Organiser on his work, the importance of lakes in urban environments, his model of lake rejuvenation and way forward. Excerpts: ..

“People of Gilgit-Baltistan have no political voice in India and that needs to change”

Senge Sering was born in the village Yulskil in district Shigar, Gilgit-Baltistan. Shigar’s Union Council is called Gulabpur, named after the Dogra Maharaja, Gulab Singh. Shigar is home to K-2, the second tallest peak in the world and the longest gl..

“We are Reconnecting Education to Indian Roots”

After forcing various government agencies including the NCERT and University of Delhi to remove objectionable passages from their textbooks, the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti made the UPA government in 2008 to withdraw the controversial sex education that it was adamant to introduce in schools. Now some very inspiring steps have been taken through Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas to reconnect the education with the Indian ethos. Organiser Chief News Coordinator Dr Pramod Kumar spoke to the Secretary ..

“Integrated and holistic approach to a child’s education with inbuilt flexibility to choose is the key to the new education policy”: Dr MK Shridhar, Member, NEP Draft Committee

Dr MK Shridhar, popularly known as MKS, is an inspiring Professor in Management, a teacher, researcher, institution builder and a mentor to thousands of students. He has teaching and research experience of over 40 years. He has served as Professor, Dean & Director of Department of Management Studies at Bangalore University. He was Member Secretary and Executive Director of Karnataka Knowledge Commission from 2009 to 2013. Currently he is the Member National Education Policy drafting Committee ..

“Vidyarthi Parishad seeks to develop transformative leadership for Nation”: Sunil Ambekar

The journey of the student movement called Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) started on July 9, 1949 from Mumbai. Today, it is the the largest student organisation in the world. This cadre-based mass movement has motivated countless students to play an active role in national reconstruction and provided credible leadership in various spheres of societal life. Organiser editor Prafulla Ketkar and Chief News Coordinator Dr Pramod Kumar discussed various issues related to youth and education ..

“I know, honesty is a very difficult path to move ahead but that is the only path I know” Sunny Deol

Ajay Singh Deol, popularly known as Sunny Deol, known for his action films, unique dialogue delivery and dance steps has begun a new innings. He has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and immediately the ruling party fielded him from Gurdaspur as a candidate for the Lok Sabha Elections, the high profile seat, till recently represented by another star Vinod Khanna. This one step has charged up the atmosphere in Punjab and Sunny Deol contesting elections can prove to be a decisive factor in the ..

“On National Interest and Ideological Politics, We are Firm like a Rock”

11 Akbar Road, the present residence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national President. BJP president Shri Amit Shah, about whom it is said that he neither stops nor gets tired.     On the right side of the chair, on which Shah sits for regular meetings, there are magnificent pictures of Acharya Chanakya on the right depicting the Indic political and economic thinking, while on the left there is a portrait of a great revolutionary Savarkar.   Amit Shah, as the party president ..

“Time for Kashmiris to get Integrated with Bharat Mata” : Khalid Jehangir

Khalid Jehangir, who has been a journalist by profession, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014. Now an open and young face of the party in Jammu & Kashmir, he is contesting Parliamentary election against Dr Farooq Abdullah, leader of National Conference (NC). It was a pleasant surprise for the displaced Kashmiri Pundits in Delhi and Jammu when Khalid Jehangir knocked at their doors, perhaps for the first time ever, to seek their votes. In conversation with Organiser Senior Correspondent ..

“BJP is the only choice in the interest of the nation”

Shankar Bidari, IPS (Retd) is a household name in Karnataka ever since he was instrumental in tackling the menace of Veerappan and his gang. Under his leadership, 60 gang members were killed in various encounters and 126 gang members and harbourers were arrested. As DCP Headquarters, Bangalore City, he played a key role in the arrest of LTTE militants Shivarasan and Shuba who were wanted in Rajiv Gandhi murder case. In recognition of the courage and gallantry displayed by him in the operations, ..

Modi is the Engine of the Train called Bharat

Aabhas Maldahiyar, the author of #ModiAgain, believes that Modi is the engine of the train called Bharat and he is the only leader who can take the Nation forward today. Talking to Organiser’s Bengaluru Bureau Chief Prashanth Vaidyaraj he said BJP stands for Hindutva and it is the only philosophy which can save humanity. “For the last five years our country has made huge progress and is the third largest economy. But I want it to be the largest economy. Hence, I appeal to the people to ..

“NC & PDP Indulging in Competitive Separatism”

The State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) has been seeing an unprecedented crackdown on the separatist and pro-Pakistan elements. At the same time, the so-called mainstream parties like National Conference (NC) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) are voicing the separatist narrative. Congress in its manifesto has also promised about revoking AFSPA. Naturally, J&K is an issue that has an underpinning all over the country during the elections. Dr. Jitendra Singh, a prominent voice from the ..

“Social Media is one of the Most Significant Factors in 2019 Elections”

The Election Commission of India is one of the most dynamic and time-tested institutions given by the Constitution. Along with other stakeholders, the Commission has always been striving to make the elections not just 'free & fair' but also people-friendly. For the upcoming General Elections also, many initiatives are undertaken to face the new challenges like misuse of social media as well as mitigating the old ones like paid & fake news. Former Director General of Election Commission of ..

‘Now Development & Indianness is the Story about North East’

BJP’s national general secretary Shri Ram Madhav is quite hopeful that Eastern India together with North East (NE) states is going to add a substantial number of seats to BJP’s kitty in the forthcoming general elections. In an exclusive interview to Organiser editor Prafulla Ketkar and Chief News Coordinator Dr Pramod Kumar in New Delhi...

“Bengal wants freedom from anarchy and BJP is the only hope”

West Bengal is looking for another change, and if ground sources to be believed, BJP is trying its best to replicate Tripura kind of upset in the Communist turned Trinamool bastion. National General Secretary and West Bengal In-Charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kailash Vijayvargiya who is keeping a close eye on the elections management in the State with 42 Lok Sabha Constituencies, spoke to Nishant Kr Azad, Senior Correspondent, Organiser about the election strategy, the rise of BJP in the ..

“The law of the land and not law of the mosque should prevail in the country”

Imam Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi, is an Iranian born Shia-Muslim Imam, having Australian citizenship and publicly Ordained Islamic Authority, Thinker, Educator, Speaker, and one of the main leading voices in the global movement of Islamic reform. He currently operates from the West, mainly Washington DC, and is involved in counter-terrorism, spreading peace, establishing dialogue and harmony. Imam Tawhidi is licensed by numerous Grand Ayatollahs and leaders of Islamic Seminaries to lead and represent ..

Mamata is Frustrated; Bengal is fed up with Didi’s Tyranny

West Bengal has been the new political battleground and broadcasting of the live political drama aftermath of muscle-flexing between the CBI officials and Mamata Banerjee’s police is the latest addition in the same. The showdown started when CBI officers wanted to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar over chit fund scams, but in the unprecedented set of events, they were detained by Kolkata police. The Chief Minister herself sat on Dharna and police commissioner along with his colleague ..