13 December 2021, Peter Myaliparampil v. Union of India & Anr (2021)
Petitioner: The photograph of the Prime Minister on the COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate violates my fundamental rights as I paid for my vaccine, my certificate, my private space.
I may be kindly issued with a Covid-19 vaccination certificate without the Prime Minister’s photograph affixed on it.
Kerala High Court: He is our Prime Minister, not the Prime Minister of any other country. He came to power through our mandate. Merely because you have political differences, you cannot challenge this…Why are you ashamed of our PM? 100 crore people don’t seem to have an issue with this so why do you? Everyone has different political opinions, but he is still our prime minister.
You seem to work at Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute of New Delhi which is named after a Prime Minister, why don’t you ask the university to take that down as well?
Petitioner: I have checked out the certificate issued by several other countries. Not even a single one has the picture of their Prime Minister.
Kerala High Court: They may not proud of their Prime Minister. But we are proud of our Prime Minister. Because he became PM through people’s mandate.”
Calling Diwali ‘Jashn-e-Riwaz’ is part of an old linguistic tactic that Abrahamics have been employing for ages to belittle us. To begin with, they added ‘ism’ to ‘Hindu’ but ‘ity’ to ‘Christian’, implying ours is dogma, theirs is faith. Islam stays Arabic, bearing no English language influence.
To say Diwali is a riwaz (custom) is to make the subtle point that the festival has no religious roots. Just as it is customary to greet people when we meet, we observe Diwali. No more serious than wishing ‘good morning’!
Have you noticed that chaste Urdu speakers never refer to the script for Hindi, Devanagari, as Devvanagari? They call it Nagari ― implying there is no godly aspect to it. This is another subtle show of disregard for our culture
When I was a teacher, I noticed Muslim students deliberately writing Hindu as “hindu”, with a lower-case h, in their exercise books. Note that the English language associates a certain degree of respect/recognition with proper nouns and certain adjectives. Even in French, Français (with capital F) and français (small f) have different values attached. My Muslim students who wrote “hindu” while never referring to the followers of their own religion as “muslim” were making a clear case of comparison, projecting M as greater than h
Referring to Krishna as “the blue god”, Hanuman as “the monkey god”, etc are linguistic ways of saying our religion is alien and amusing. If pop iconography determines these terms, why is Jesus Christ not “the crucified god”? Why is Allah not “the invisible god”?
While Allah cannot be depicted in paintings, films, sculpture, etc, the name flashes Arabic calligraphy before the eyes. So, shouldn’t Allah be “the Arab god”? He isn’t. Even the Buddha is not “the Nepali (born in Lumbini) god”. Adjectives for “god” are preserved only for us.
@FabindiaNews has merely furthered n old agenda of ME religions to degrade others w/ linguistic subtlety. Hindus should’ve objected to references like “the festival of colours” (Holi) & “festival of lights” (Diwali), but they hadn’t understood the game until now.
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Manu smRti 2.136 and Srī KrishnamRtamahArNava (236) by Srī Madhwāchārya
There are five ways of earning respect in the society: wealth (vittaṃ), acquaintances (bandhu), age (vayaḥ), action (karma) & knowledge (vidyā). Each one is better than the preceding one.
संपत्ति, बांधव्य, आयु, कर्मानुष्ठान एवं पाञ्च्वी है विद्या. यह गुण गौरव के कारण और योग्य है, इनमें से भी पहले से अधिक अगला गुण अधिक श्रेष्ठ है.
The importance of action and furthermore knowledge being emphasized by Manu and Sri Madhwāchārya.
Who is to be respected and what guṇas are to be respected in the society is also made clear, the person(s) who have realized the highest truth (jnāna) and people of knowledge (vidyā), followed by people committed to selfless work/action, then the elderly are to be respected followed by bandhu and then men of wealth. Means, people of mere wealth come last among the people worthy of respect whereas people of higher knowledge and samanya vidyā to be respected most in the society followed by people immersed in action and then the elders in the society.
It is worth noting that a person of knowledge is not going to differentiate people as his own and others and that could explain the lesser priority for respect based on mere acquaintance as vidyā guides us to see everyone and every-being as our own (ātmavat sarvabhūteśu).
It is a message to us in this era of false hero worship as to who are to be vandaīya and anukaraṇīya in a society and as to which qualities we must strive more for.
Indeed It is our Knowledge and our actions guided by the knowledge that are the ideals we must pursue.
We are all bang in the middle of a very serious second wave of China Virus pandemic. Some of us are ourselves facing the heat, many of us are trying to be of some help to those who need it. In this era of information overdose, let us filter them, find out (knowledge) which ones are relevant, useful, specific information and share them to those who need it. Based on the knowledge let us strive our best to get into action mode in the way we can be of best use to our immediate neighborhood and where possible in the larger network.
Four months after launching a broadside on the three new farm laws, TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao have remained one of the strongest opponents of these laws claiming that they are not in the farmers’ interests.
However, KCR has said something recently which appears to completely contradict his earlier stand on the farm laws. On December 27, he said,
“There is no need for the state government to purchase the agriculture produce as the new farm laws were being implemented across the country, allowing the farmers to sell their crop anywhere.”
Moreover, after condemning the central farm laws – allegedly removing Minimum Support Price (MSP), the Telangana government has now declined to procure all crops at MSP.
KCR vs. Farm Bills
In September, when the legislation for farm reforms was introduced in Parliament, the KCR instructed his party MPs to vote against the bills. He had called the bills a “sugar-coated pill,” claiming that the bills, instead of serving the farmers by allowing them to sell anywhere in India, will encourage corporate lobbying by facilitating the traders to buy freely.
KCR’s dissent even extended to the Dubbaka assembly by-election, where the laws became a major issue. However, this seemed to backfire when TRS suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of BJP candidate M Raghunandana Rao in a town regarded as the KCR family’s fortress.
On December 8, the Telangana government also supported the Bharat Bandh against the Central farm laws by keeping the offices closed and ministers, including KCR’s son KT Rama Rao, staging protests on roads.
A Sudden Change of Heart or A Bullet Dodged?
Issue of Procurement: One of the decisions taken by the KCR government that has sparked controversy is to stop the purchase of paddy and other crops at the village level. On Sunday, the Telangana CM announced that the state would not set purchase centres in villages from the next year.
He claimed that it was a one-time deal due to COVID-19 to help the agrarians as the new central law permits farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
What’s interesting here is that KCR attributed this move to central agricultural laws.
“As the new agriculture laws of the Central government permit farmers to sell their crop anywhere in the country, the State government need not set up purchasing centres in villages.”
As per the officials, ever since its formation in 2014, Telangana has suffered losses up to ₹7,500 crores due to the purchase of paddy, sorghum, maize, red gram, Bengal gram, and sunflower. The reason is, after procuring these crops at MSP, the government had to sell them at lower prices in the market, as there was no demand for these crops.
However, he added that the state would continue to provide financial assistance to farmers under the Rythu Bandhu scheme.
Regulated farming debacle: Another major decision taken on Sunday was to nix regulate cropping, which till now was one of KCR’s major policy initiatives aimed at making the farm sector more profitable by scientific cultivation. Telangana government has now decided to let farmers choose whatever they want to cultivate.
The reason cited for this was – government’s inability to provide a bonus to superfine rice farmers on account of Food Corporation of India (FCI) norms.
“The government cannot do it any more. It is not a business organization or trader. It is not a rice miller or a dal miller. Sale and purchase are not the responsibility of the government. It is not possible to set up a purchasing centre in the village from next year onwards,”said the official statement.
Telangana unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed this move while reprimanding KCR for not paying heed to their advice earlier.
State BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar demanded a public apology from the CM to farmers for bringing such a regulated cropping policy in the first place.
“Farmers must have a free hand to choose what they want to grow. But the dictatorial CM did not pay attention to our requests.”
Bandi further claimed, “After Narendra Modi came into power, the centre gave funds to conduct soil tests in each acre to choose suitable crops for the agricultural lands. But the funds were diverted. We demand that the State government conduct soil tests and bring reforms to make agriculture profitable.”
The State BJP chief also asked the state government to connect market yards with the E-NAM system to ensure better prices for farmers.
These facts indicate that KCR has potentially made the above-mentioned changes in the interest of his government. Continuing purchase centres would have drained the state budget, and regulated farming has also not worked as planned. However, by shifting the blame on the central government, the TRS leader here appears to be dodging the bullet.
Looking at his trajectory through farm law opposition, KCR could seem to be having a bigger picture in mind.
KCR’s Big Aspirations
KCR’s opposition has not resulted in the repealing of farm laws, but in retrospect, it has fetched him the golden opportunity to evolve as a national leader. This was probably an attempt to provide a 3rd alternative to the public apart from BJP and Congress – a ‘Federal Front’ as has termed it.
The TRS chief also declared earlier that he would hold a national conclave in the 3rd week of December in Hyderabad itself and invite all anti-BJP forces to protest the anti-farmer and anti-labour policies of the government. KCR conveyed that he would build a nationwide consensus against new agriculture laws.
In a 360° turn, however, KCR’s attitude towards the central farm laws and Modi-government, in particular, appears to have changed.
For instance, a former TRS MP holding a key position now quoted, “We cannot afford to get into a confrontation with the Centre at present because it will affect the state’s interests,”
Notably, this change has been visible after the Telangana CM’s visit to Delhi on December 13, where he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The visit came immediately after the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, where the BJP did remarkably well. Apparently, Dubbaka by-poll and GHMC polls established to KCR that BJP is swiftly emerging as an alternate political force in Telangana and gearing up for a power grab in 2023 assembly polls.
Ch. Narendra is Hyderabad based freelance journalist.formerly worked with New Indian Express group and a human rights activist