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A YOUNG GIRL WITH A STING V/S A COBRA
Cobrapost revelations: How Zee Punjabi made a deal to harm Akali Dal?
29.05.18 - kanwar manjit singh
Cobrapost revelations: How Zee Punjabi made a deal to harm Akali Dal?



Q: "THE WORD: MANIPULATION. DO YOU BELIEVE IN IT?"

Zee TV honcho and BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra was on the stage, dishing out secrets to become a successful entrepreneur and a pure person dedicated to serving the motherland and becoming prosperous and successful when a young student fired the question he did not seem ready for.

As fellow students cheered, the young girl was back to elaborating upon her query: "Do you believe manipulating is honesty or dishonesty?"
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Young girl to Zee Network owner Subhash Chandra: "You say that you do not edit the news or do not change the concept of what you are showing... I believe that you do manipulate.
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Subhash Chandra could not duck any further, so he was bang on: "It is totally dishonest."

The problem with young people is that they just do not pull back. "You say that you do not edit the news or do not change the concept of what you are showing... I believe that you do manipulate.

Subhash Chandra was now on the defensive and asked if the girl student can quote an example of his company doing that, but the problem with new kids on the block is that they are also shrewd and diplomatic. She said she was generalising, and finally got Subhash Chandra to concede: "It is unfortunate that this is happening. I have to admit that."

As I said, young kids can really piss someone off. This one was not ready to let Chandra go off the hook: "So, what do you think we can do to stop manipulation?"

Finally, Subhash Chandra said just the right thing: "It is the public who still understands that this media, this particular media, this particular television channel, this (particular) newspaper is seemingly manipulating...I am glad...that is the reason you are asking this question...fir intention bhee yahan aa jaati hai."

He knew this was something that could be quoted back to him, considering the past record of his editor-in-chief and his news channels. So he proceeded to defend "some manipulation" as a very benign activity.

"Sometimes a father manipulates his child....father genuinely feels that this is not a right thing that my son wants to do...but he also knows that agar main seedha seedha is ko keh doonga to yeh naraaz hoga... so he starts manipulating...kehta hai beta maine apne dost se poocha tha, us ne kaha yeh theek nahi hai...woh bete ko samjha leta hai...agar aap us ka aakalan karen..us ka intent kya tha?" 

Subhash Chandra would certainly need some more polemic to justify rank manipulation of news content after what Cobrapost sting has exposed when it came to his channel's doings in Punjab.
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Zee Media's Chandigarh based executive officials have been caught bragging on hidden camera that the channel worked against Akalis during the last Assembly election. 
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Now, Zee Media's Chandigarh based executive officials have been caught bragging on hidden camera that the channel worked against Akalis during the last Assembly election. 

As Pushp Sharma – an undercover journalist posing as ‘Acharya Atal’, met one after the other senior people of Zee, dangling lucrative offers of an advertisement budget running into crores, the network employees were eager to play ball without raising any questions about his unethical demands.

Pushp Sharma met Zee Punjab-Haryana-Himachal senior sales manager in Chandigarh, Sagar Arora, and told him that "he wants stories against a particular party not to appear on the channel."

He also asked that the Zee Network resort to "diversion tactics” etc that will help him. As The Wire reported on Cobrapost sting, Sagar Arora "made a sensational disclosure" about the Zee Network's poor equation with the Akalis and explained how the channel played a role in damaging the electoral prospects of the Akali Dal. 

Arora explained to the undercover reporter that the father-son duo of Badals and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were "ruling this territory.” When the reporter sought advice on countering the Badals, Arora advises his party to bring up 4-5 big leaders of its own, and then explained:  "Hamare channel nay Akaliyon ki jo band bajayee hai, aap soch bhi nahin saktay” (You cannot even imagine the way our channel had taken the Akalis to task)."

"They (Zee Punjabi) did not spare the Akalis at all. In 5-6 days of their programming, everything changed and some vote also got converted,” Zee's Chandigarh Sales Head told the undercover reporter.

As everyone in Punjab, and anyone interested in Punjab politics knows, the two leading television channels airing news content in Punjabi are currently on opposite sides of the boycott by political parties.

While the Shiromani Akali Dal has publicly boycotted Zee Punjab-Haryana-Himachal, known in popular parlance by its erstwhile nomenclature of Zee Punjabi, the PTC News channel is anathema to Punjab Congress leadership.

Punjab Congress' reasons for being miffed with PTC News are understandable: PTC News seemed highly tilted towards projecting the Akali Dal viewpoint on any story and beams much propaganda projecting Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her pet project Nanhi Chhanv. The Congress felt that it was not getting fair treatment on the channel. As a consequence, one often sees minor minions representing the party who are invariably not authorised to speak on behalf of the Congress.

But many in Punjab wondered why were Akalis boycotting a channel owned by someone with clear affiliations to the BJP. In fact, Subhash Chandra is a BJP MP now, having earlier been snubbed for an Assembly ticket from a Haryana seat after he had made tall claims about getting the ticket and even held an open session there to canvass support.
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While the Shiromani Akali Dal has publicly boycotted Zee Punjab-Haryana-Himachal, known in popular parlance by its erstwhile nomenclature of Zee Punjabi, the PTC News channel is anathema to Punjab Congress leadership. 
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While the PTC group came in for much criticism in the hyper-charged election campaign in which Aam Aadmi Party made it its favourite punching bag, it was utter hypocrisy on the part of the AAP and Congress to start lauding Zee Punjabi as an epitome of truthful and virtuous journalism.

Spokesman after spokesman of Congress and AAP would appear on Zee Punjab and make snide remarks against PTC. This at a time when Zee Media was facing one of the most serious charges ever laid at the door of a media house: its editor-in-chief, Sudhir Chaudhary, and an executive, Sameer Ahluwalia, were caught on camera, trying to extort Rs 100 crore from the Jindal group. Both were arrested by the Delhi Police in 2012.

Neither the Congress nor the AAP leaders in Punjab even as much as squeaked when Narendra Modi, ever so choosy in who he grants an interview to, decided to have a sit down with this disgraced Sudhir Chaudhary. It was in this infamous interview that Modi gave the example of pakoda-seller as a sufficiently employed person. "Aap ke Zee TV ke bahar jo pakoda bechta hai...". Sudhir Chaudhary, a trained journalist and editor-in-chief of a national channel, did not ask a counter question that occurred to anyone listening to Modi's description of gainful employment.

The Wire, reporting in the Cobrapost sting on Zee Media, which came as part of its exposé codenamed ‘Operation 136,’ has explained how Subhash Chandra's network has been violating almost every norm of ethical journalism.
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While the PTC group came in for much criticism in the hyper-charged election campaign, it was utter hypocrisy on the part of the AAP and Congress to start lauding Zee Punjabi as an epitome of truthful and virtuous journalism. 
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The Zee Network top management people were "prepared to bend over backwards to accommodate the demand of any party, even if it seeks to promote communalism or "attack” opponents, provided the money is good," The Wire wrote.

For a detailed coverage by The Wire of the Cobrapost Sting, please click here

If you want to listen to the sound of a party losing its sting, listen to the deafening silence of the Aam Aadmi Party on the Cobrapost revelations about Zee Punjabi. 

The sting that the young girl had was much more deadlier than a Cobrapost. If viewers in Punjab could learn from her, neither the PTC would dare to turn its platform into a Congress bashing machine, nor the Zee outlet would think it can get away with having an editor-in-chief who makes Rs 100 crore extortion bid and claims it was a sting.
 
To listen to the young girl asking Subhash Chandra, "The word: Manipulation. Do you believe in it?," please watch video:
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

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Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

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BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

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COOLING DOWN THE VALLEY
Ceasefire! Yes, but where's the spadework?
22.05.18 - VIPIN PUBBY
Ceasefire! Yes, but where's the spadework?



AFTER SOME hesitation by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on accepting the appeal by its coalition partner and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Central government has gone ahead with a unilateral declaration of a ceasefire against militants during the holy month of Ramzan. While the goodwill gesture is welcome, lack of spadework and absence of a plan for building up momentum towards peace has raised doubts over the ultimate benefit of the gesture.

It’s quite unlike the similar gesture in 2000-2001 when then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had talked of Insaaniyat (humanism), Jamhooriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat (Kashmir’s legacy). He also followed it up by initiating dialogue with various stakeholders and Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to the state, also referred to Vajpayee’s references and said "Modi too is a disciple of Kashmiriyat.”

The prime minister, in fact, also sought to maintain a balance by pointing out that he spent his Diwali with the soldiers in Gurez and was visiting the state during the holy month of Ramzan. "I had said from Red Fort that this issue is not going to be resolved by abuses, this issue is not going to be resolved by bullets, it could be resolved by hugging every Kashmiri,” he said.
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It was a difficult decision to announce a unilateral ceasefire. In fact there was initial hesitation after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made the appeal following an all-party meeting. Later, however, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced the ceasefire through a tweet.
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It is evident, however, that neither Modi nor his representatives followed up the gesture by inviting various stakeholders, including separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yasin Malik. It is well-known that they take orders from Pakistan and terrorist organisations and took some time to respond by declaring that the one-month ceasefire was a ‘sham’. They said the government has not laid down any roadmap for the future. There is no doubt that it was indeed an unfortunate response as the gesture had provided a window to such organisations to seize the opportunity and try to end the cycle of violence that had been escalating since the killing of Burhan Wani nearly two years ago.

Similarly, their mentors like Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HM) have ‘rejected’ the offer and have issued fresh threats. Even the Pakistan security forces, evidently at the behest of the government, have stepped up cross-border firing and the list of casualties and injuries to civilian population as well as personnel of Border Security Force has swelled. Of course the Indian security forces are responding in full measure and the situation has worsened over the last few months.

To be fair to Modi, it was a difficult decision to announce a unilateral ceasefire. In fact there was initial hesitation after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made the appeal following an all-party meeting. Later, however, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced the ceasefire through a tweet. The gesture also militates against the stated ‘muscular’ policy of the Modi government against Kashmir violence. It was also against the wishes of the security forces involved in counter insurgency and at the border.
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The gesture is towards the people of Kashmir, not for the terrorists. Hopefully it would provide a respite from stone pelting crowds and retaliatory actions during the holy month of Ramzan in the only Muslim-majority state in the country.
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Although the government has made it clear that the ceasefire does not prevent the security forces from acting in defence or retaliating, critics believe that the cessation of search operations and pro-active steps by security forces may lead to ‘regrouping’ of militant groups. This may not be true as the security forces haven’t been asked to give up their vigilance or allow any such regrouping.

The gesture is towards the people of Kashmir, not for the terrorists. Hopefully it would provide a respite from stone pelting crowds and retaliatory actions during the holy month of Ramzan in the only Muslim-majority state in the country. If the gesture is able to evoke some goodwill among even a section of its residents, it would be a step forward towards taking people along.

With decades of experience in the use of force, and the advantages of guerrilla warfare that the militants have, it is a no-brainer that other ways have to be found out of the impasse. The Modi government initiative was good but some homework before announcing the month-long ceasefire, like asking the state government to obtain assurances from overground organisations or involving Pakistan government, could have gone a long way in accruing more benefits from the decision.
 

 


 

*(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career. This article was also published by lokmarg.com and is being reproduced here with the due permission of the author. - Ed)

 


Watch Video: Vipin Pubby was on this panel of DALEEL with SP SINGH where he argued that the PDP-BJP alliance was running a virtually illegitimate government in Jammu & Kashmir.

 


Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles: 

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

SIKHS & FEMINISTS – We hailed Harjit Sajjan; they didn’t hail Gina Haspel

AFTER BEING RAPED, I WAS WOUNDED; MY HONOUR WAS NOT

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?

A POLITICIAN SPEAKS – YOU SHOULD HEAR

ENCOUNTER, JULOOS & SELFIES

SOWING ANGER - NO QUICK FIX - Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab

OUT-OF-BOX SOLUTION TO STOP FARMERS' SUICIDES

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

'THORRI BAHUTI EHNA NU SHARAM AUNI CHAHEEDI HAI'

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON SUICIDE-HIT BATS FOR AARHTIYAS

RANGROOT OFFERS A PEEK INTO PUNJAB'S TRAGEDY

WHAT MAKE NEWS IN INDIA, AND WHAT DOES NOT?

HITLER, MODI & GANDHI: ON THE SAME PAGE?

PUNJAB IS STILL VERY FAR FROM INDIA

APOLOGY – AKALIS BIG LOSER, CONG TOO 

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

SUPER EFFICIENCY ONBOARD CM’S CHOPPER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals

PM MODI VINDICATES PUNJAB TODAY REPORTAGE

NEW DELHI V/S OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?        

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar

JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?   

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS

SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS 

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...

PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar 

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.

MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi? 

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER

PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary  Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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Most humourous Yeddyurappa jokes in Karnataka Assembly today
19.05.18 - By Team PT & Hona’ble Mr BS Yeddyurappa
Most humourous Yeddyurappa jokes in Karnataka Assembly today



THE WODEHOUSE PRIZE for comic fiction this year has been withheld after judges did not find enough mirth in the 62 novels submitted for the 2018 award. If only they would allow the speech by Mr BS Yeddyurappa in the Karnataka Assembly today, he would have gone home with at least this prize.

None of the 62 novels submitted for the prize this year "prompted unanimous, abundant laughter,” the judges said. Yeddyurappa went far beyond wry smiles. Reports have been received in the Punjab Today office of people falling out of their beds while listening to his speech.

While most people followed the news about Mr BS Yeddyurappa since early morning and then got on to Whatsapp groups to excitedly share the fate of the man when he decided to resign — as the Indian Express put it, from the "designation of chief minister" — they missed the exhilarating humour that only Mr Yeddyurappa could have brought to the House that sent him home.

Here are his jokes, each taken directly from his speech. Punjab Today wants to make it clear that its news room has not allowed any creative writing, and all copyright belongs to Mr BS Yeddyurappa.

(Please check against http://indianexpress.com
or
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or any of the other major mastheads.

Humour a la Yeddyurappa

# I had a desire to see Modi government in centre and Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka.

# Number of seats not important

# BJP has full faith in Democracy.

# I had hoped they would have voted for us on the basis of their conscience but this was not to be

# Karnataka only needs honest politicians.

# The only thought on mind all these days was how to waive off the farm loans of farmers.

# My only aim in forming the government in Karnataka was to help the poor and farmers and waive off their loans.

# I am ready to dedicate my whole life to farmers.

# I will lose nothing if I lose power.

# I’m grateful to the speaker for giving me this opportunity.

# I wanted to serve the people of Karnataka.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

_______________________________________________________________

Most shared Punjab Today articles: 

AFTER BEING RAPED, I WAS WOUNDED; MY HONOUR WAS NOT

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?

A POLITICIAN SPEAKS – YOU SHOULD HEAR

ENCOUNTER, JULOOS & SELFIES

SOWING ANGER - NO QUICK FIX - Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab

OUT-OF-BOX SOLUTION TO STOP FARMERS' SUICIDES

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

'THORRI BAHUTI EHNA NU SHARAM AUNI CHAHEEDI HAI'

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON SUICIDE-HIT BATS FOR AARHTIYAS

RANGROOT OFFERS A PEEK INTO PUNJAB'S TRAGEDY

WHAT MAKE NEWS IN INDIA, AND WHAT DOES NOT?

HITLER, MODI & GANDHI: ON THE SAME PAGE?

PUNJAB IS STILL VERY FAR FROM INDIA

APOLOGY – AKALIS BIG LOSER, CONG TOO 

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

SUPER EFFICIENCY ONBOARD CM’S CHOPPER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals

PM MODI VINDICATES PUNJAB TODAY REPORTAGE

NEW DELHI V/S OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?        

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar

JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?   

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS

SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS 

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...

PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar 

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.

MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi? 

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER

PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary  Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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AYUSHMAN BHARAT - MODI'S PET PROJECT
With Nadda watching, defiant Punjab minister refuses to sign Modi's pet health scheme
15.05.18 - PT BUREAU
With Nadda watching, defiant Punjab minister refuses to sign Modi's pet health scheme



Cannot sign away Punjab's interests, Centre must address my concerns first, says Brahm Mohindra 
 
J-K, HP, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh ministers sign, Mohindra says no, leaves dais

In a display of political defiance and strong reservations, Punjab has refused to sign the much-touted National Health Protection Scheme, Ayushman Bharat, even as other states went ahead and inked an understanding with the Centre.

With the Union Health Minister, J P Nadda, launching the scheme at Shimla on May 14, Monday, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his Uttarakhand counterpart T S Rawat put their signatures but Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra dug in his heels and refused to sign it.

 
Brahm Mohindra was among a galaxy of political leaders attending the workshop at Shimla. As the health ministers from Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and officials from the Union Territory of Chandigarh went along Narendra Modi's dream project, Mohindra chose to convey it to Nadda in no uncertain terms that the Punjab government would rather wait till its concerns about certain modalities of the scheme are addressed.

"We have some reservations. Punjab already has some health insurance schemes and we are yet to study how those will converge or dovetail with this scheme proposed by the Centre. Besides, we also have certain issues about the Centre-State funding share ratio of 60:40," Brahm Mohindra told Punjab Today.
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"Effectively, the current terms mean that my share in the scheme will not remain limited to 40% while the Centre’s liability will stay fixed at 60%. That hardly seems justified. I am here to safeguard the interests of my people and my government." — Brahm Mohindra 
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The minister said while the Centre plans to release its 60% share, it still has to compute and convey that figure to the states. The worry is that the Union Government will not contribute 60% of the actual premium rate achieved through the open tendering process carried out by the state. 
 
Punjab may be left in a situation where the state government will have to pay in entirety the premium over and above this national ceiling limit determined by the Centre. 

"Effectively, this would mean that my share in the scheme will not remain limited to 40% but will rather be open-ended. On top of it, this liability will be driven by the actual premium rates that will emerge from the tendering process, while the Centre’s liability will stay fixed at 60% of the pre-determined ceiling rates that the Centre will decide on its own. That hardly seems justified to me, and I am here to safeguard the interests of my people and my government," Mohindra told Punjab Today. 

Also, the minister said while the Centre has agreed to share the administrative expenses of the State Health Agency, it remained silent about sharing the administrative cost of hiring a huge workforce of Ayushman Mitras. These Ayushman Mitras need to be appointed in all empanelled hospitals in Punjab.
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Mohindra said while the Centre plans to release its 60% share, it still has to compute and convey that figure to the states. The worry is that it will not contribute 60% of the actual premium rate and will leave states in a lurch. 
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Mohindra said while certain prescribed package rates have been proposed by the Centre, specific objective factors vary from state to state. "The endemicity, incidence and prevalence of disease pattern, geographic distribution of provider network and manpower availability and economic profile can vary a lot. We will have little flexibility and leverage to revise the rates, and for that too, we will need the prior permission of the government of India," he said.

The minister said he has conveyed all these reservations to the Union Health Minister before he left the stage at the event. Nadda has invited Mohindra to Delhi for discussions to resolve the issue. 

"If our concerns are addressed, we will think about the Centre’s offer to sign the MoU, otherwise it will be difficult for us to do so,” he added.

The states that signed the MoU are Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir apart from the union territory of Chandigarh.
 

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A Punjabi living in Bangalore explains why BJP should not win Karnataka elections
11.05.18 - AMANDEEP SANDHU
A Punjabi living in Bangalore explains why BJP should not win Karnataka elections



TWO DECADES AGO, at JP Nagar Bar, a dear friend said to me, "You will always be an outsider here." Bengaluru was then called Bangalore but I had known it only through Mysore Sandal soap and from my school friends hailing from militancy-ridden Punjab, who had escaped to Karnataka to study engineering and medicine by paying capitation fee.
 
By late 1990s, Bangalore was a fast-developing software city and I was trying to find feet in it. "What does that mean?" I asked my friend. "For example," he said, "you will never become chief minister of Karnataka".

Outlandish examples are a part of being pretty drunk in your early twenties. "Is it because I was not born here? I don't know Kannada?" He patted my back. "You can't help being born. You can learn Kannada."

On the streets, at the bus stops, something else surprised me. All destinations were mentioned in Kannada script. I wondered if this was not all that militancy in Punjab had achieved after 15 bloody years. How easily, simply, without fuss, Kannadigas had already done it.

I found jobs, I bought a house. I made Bangalore home. In the park right opposite my house, I see the Karnataka flag fluttering proudly. Another example of regionalism versus nationalism, smoothly handled. This is also when right wing forces tried to turn the Baba Budangiri shrine near Chikmagalur into the Ayodhya of the south. Having seen communalism up and close through my life, I watched with dread.
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On the streets, at the bus stops, something else surprised me. All destinations were mentioned in Kannada script. I wondered if this was not all that militancy in Punjab had achieved after 15 bloody years. How easily, simply, without fuss, Kannadigas had already done it.
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The moment passed but since then the right wing has been a major presence in the coastal belt. Within five years of our talk, a Rajput, born in Bidar, the very north of Karnataka, became the chief minister. I went back to my friend. He said, "Come on Dharam Singh is Kannadiga." "Then I will have to wait until my kids grow up," I joked.

Over the past many years, the influx of lakhs of people into Bengaluru has caused issues related to infrastructure, traffic, ecology, garbage and so on. Worse, it has widened the gap between the city and the state's agrarian base.

Though since the time of the Britishers, Bengaluru has been an anglicised city, it is now come to a point where one-third population of the city - the Kannadigas - face an identity crisis.

This implies that outsiders like me, who choose to make home here, play a role by assimilating through food, customs, and language. At the same time we need to notice that Karnataka is a conglomeration of six different regions. It has more languages than just Kannada and I hear morning walkers in my local park speak them.

What defines Karnataka to me and endears me to it - as evidenced by the language and flag incidents - is that its normally polite, humble and firm people know how to negotiate regionalism with nationalism and do not easily come under the sway of outsiders. Its identity assertion is not the chest-thumping variety. It does not assert itself as violently as those on the north of Narmada.
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Using its thumping majority in the Lok Sabha, the central dispensation has forced the nation to go through unnecessary jolts such as demonetisation, a patchy GST implementation, policy failure. The country's growth and development indices are falling but the blame has been shifted to the previous governments.
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Through the decades, elections have come and gone, some parties performed well, some did not, and some did not even complete their term in office. The political governance has at best remained patchy. Yet, the 2018 elections talking place on May 12 drew the nation's interest.

With the right wing now in power in 21 out of 29 states, the states are experiencing communalism like never before - over food habits, over faith, over caste and gender issues.

Using its thumping majority in the Lok Sabha, the central dispensation has forced the nation to go through unnecessary jolts such as demonetisation, a patchy GST implementation, policy failure. The country's growth and development indices are falling but the blame has been shifted to the previous governments.

It is for this reason that it would be interesting to see if the BJP juggernaut, which believes in the idea of Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan, can be stopped from entering south India. The election would also give us an idea about what could happen in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Despite the fact that the election is poised to have national ramifications, local issues should not be ignored. Parties should have focused on what the state wants and needs during their campaigns.
 
It belies my understanding that if these elections are communalism versus secularism, why did the Janata Dal Secular and Congress not align. Given the poll predictions so far, Karnataka is going to be a neck and neck fight and throw up a hung Assembly.

Would it not have made sense to get all forces wanting to stop the saffron spread to come together, like we saw in Bihar?

Did Congress and JDS decide to contest separately because they did not want a repeat of Lok Sabha 2014 where the contest was between communalism and corruption? We don't know.

The JDS does not seem to have a unique agenda but hopes to emerge as the kingmaker. There is a possibility that the party would extend support to the BJP once results are out. They would then perhaps call themselves Sanghi and not Secular.

The Congress has behaved like a local party, with minimal interference from the central command even in ticket distribution or agendas. It is fighting the elections on the basis of its track record and promise of stability, which it delivered.

After a sluggish start, owing to chief minister's illness, loss of son and a severe drought, the Congress claims to have fulfilled two-thirds of the promises it made in its 2013 manifesto.

In keeping with his socialist background, Siddaramaiah ushered in a number of "Bhagya" schemes, catered to the AHINDA (Kannada acronym for Dalits and backward castes) vote back, and started Indira canteens.

He partially waived off farmer loans, fulfilled a long pending demand of the Lingayat community by declaring them a separate religion, recognised Karnataka's flag and opposed the imposition of Hindi. He took on the BJP-led Centre for not helping with grants and its unwillingness to solve the Mahadeyi river issue.

His called out the Finance Commission's alleged bias in allocation of funds. He asked if the southern states are being penalised for controlling their population and why should they subsidise the northern states - a step toward greater federalism.

There were also blunders under the Congress' watch. Plans for a steel flyover and proposed trifurcation of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike were withdrawn after they were opposed by citizens, the delay in solving urban and rural infrastructure issues, the unsolved murders of DK Ravi, Gauri Lankesh, MM Kalburgi, and as usual allegations of graft.

These were issues that should have been debated and discussed during the poll campaign. Yet, that did not happen.
 
Upon not finding a suitable candidate, the BJP projected Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate. As per BJP's own age-limit claim, Yeddyurappa should join the party's Margdarak Mandal. It goes to point that either they have no credible leadership or they have to bend to accommodate Yeddyurappa who had defected in 2014. 

The party central command controlled the ticket distribution process, doling them out to Bellary brothers tainted in the iron ore scam and to legislators found watching pornography in the state Assembly.

In their campaign, led by the prime minister Modi, they unleashed a battery of campaigners from outside the state telling us Kannadigas how to vote. Modi's campaign, aimed at baser instincts, was more than mere distraction or even disruption; it was hijacking the platform. Because neither he, nor the BJP came down to discussing real issues or plans for the state.
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Even an untrained but unbiased eye would notice how by lying, by individual attacks, by misleading people, Modi compromised the integrity of the chair he occupies.
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Even an untrained but unbiased eye would notice how by lying, by individual attacks, by misleading people, Modi compromised the integrity of the chair he occupies.

In fact, while Modi was on campaign trail, the Supreme Court rebuked him for not paying attention to the Cauvery plan, a long pending issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, a cause for much unrest. Yet, he was only interested in being the cheerleader of hate, not a nation's PM. That is why there is no wave in this election. The campaign has corroded the election.

In this election of truth versus hype, I hope we will once again be able to centre ourselves, be able to winnow the chaff from the millet. We will focus on what suits us as a region, which has known how to cultivate our diversity and maintain our identity. We will remain head on shoulders and notice that communal forces violate the principles of democracy to risk the very entity we know as our nation.

We all know power corrupts, we all know our systems are broken, but we must ask ourselves in whose regime will we be able to protest and who does not listen to our voice. Democracy is, after all, eternal vigilance and in the absence of real ideology we need to watch and avoid the ideology breeds the greater lumpen and rowdies. Sadly, our democracy has once again come down to basics.

PS: It is ironical for me to write this piece because I, being a Sikh and belonging to Punjab, have been the victim of communalism of a particular party. It is my effort to seek justice but our hate for one party must not blind us from seeing how communalism has risen in the last few decades and now risks the very entity we know as our nation.
 
  
Amandeep Sandhu is working on a non-fiction book on Panjab. This article initially appeared in dailyo.in, and is being reproduced here as per special arrangement with the author. 
 

 

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