A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the national emblem atop the new Parliament building, opposition parties on Tuesday accused the BJP government of distorting the emblem and demanded immediate course correction.
Slamming the distortion of the emblem, Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tweeted on Tuesday, “Narendra Modi Ji, please observe the face of the Lion, whether it is representing the statue of Great Sarnath or a distorted version of GIR lion. Please check it and if it needs, mend the same.” Referring to the sharp criticism the new emblem drew from activists and politicians a day after it was unveiled by PM Modi on Monday, Chowdhury said in another tweet that the unveiling event held on Monday had “already drawn a flurry of questions including constitutional propriety, let alone democratic values”.
His party colleague and AICC General Secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “To completely change the character and nature of the lions on Ashoka’s pillar at Sarnath is nothing but a brazen insult to India’s National Symbol!”
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) called the newly unveiled emblem “an insult to the national symbol”. Taking to Twitter, TMC Rajya Sabha member Jawahar Sircar shared two different images, juxtaposing the original Sarnath lions with the new emblem, and termed the latter as “snarling, unnecessarily aggressive and disproportionate”. Thus Twitted Sircar, “Insult to our national symbol, the majestic Ashokan Lions. Original is on the left, graceful, regally confident. The one on the right is Modi’s version, put above the new Parliament building – snarling, unnecessarily aggressive and disproportionate. Shame! Change it immediately.”
However, the most damning criticism came from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). “The original artefact is an epitome of grace and the replica of the original version is expressive of the man-eating tendency of devouring human beings, their forefathers and the whole country. Every emblem shows the inner tendencies of human beings. Through these symbols, the man shows the commoners what his real character is,” said the RJD on party’s official Twitter handle.
The prime minister had on Monday unveiled the national emblem atop the central foyer of the new Parliament building. The new emblem is made of bronze, weighs 9,500 kg, and is 6.5 m in height. It is supported by a steel structure weighing around 6,500 kg.
However, a day after the unveiling of the new emblem, a roaring controversy erupted over how the lions in the emblem look.
Noted historian Professor Irfan Habib also termed it as an unnecessary meddling with the national symbol. “Meddling with our national emblem was totally unnecessary and avoidable. Why should our lions look ferocious and full of angst? These are Ashoka’s lions adapted by independent India in 1950,” tweeted the Professor Emeritus.
Defending his government over the issue, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet, “Sense of proportion & perspective. Beauty is famously regarded as lying in the eyes of the beholder. So is the case with calm & anger. The original #Sarnath #Emblem is 1.6 mtr high whereas the emblem on the top of the #NewParliamentBuilding is huge at 6.5 mtrs height.”
In the meanwhile, BR Mani, former ADG of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), said that the original pillar was 7–8 feet, while the national emblem above the Parliament House is almost three times high. “Asoka pillar excavated in 1905 has been copied to be installed above Parliament House. I will not call claims of opposition leaders baseless or meaningless but it is not right to make political commentary on it,” Mani said.
The former ADG of ASI further said that he believed that what has been made was a good copy of the Sarnath lions of Asoka.
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White House condemns attack on Salman Rushdie; calls it ‘reprehensible’
The White House on Saturday called the attack on Salman Rushdie “reprehensible”. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris wished the renowned author a speedy recovery.
In his statement, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “Today, the nation and the globe witnessed a heinous act against the author Salman Rushdie. This violent act is abhorrent. The Biden-Harris Administration as a whole is hoping for a quick recovery for him.”
Meanwhile, Sullivan went on to say that “We are grateful to law enforcement for its prompt and effective work, which is ongoing, and to good citizens and first responders for aiding Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the incident.”
Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.
“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. Earlier today, approx at 10:47 am, the speaker Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73 has just arrived at the stage of the institution and shortly thereafter the suspect jumped out of the stage and attacked at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said.
Known for his free speech, Salman Rushdie received death threats for his book ‘The Satanic Verses. The book was released in 1988 and after 30 years of a fatwa, Rushdie was attacked. Rushdie was stabbed in the neck when he was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution. Rushdie is of Indian origin and is currently a citizen of Britain.
However, the Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York province.
J&K government sacked four government employees, has relations with terrorists
The Jammu and Kashmir government, using Article 311 of the Indian Constitution, has sacked four employees. The employees who have been sacked have links with terrorists and terrorist organizations.
The who have been sacked are Assbah Arzoomand Khan, Muhit Ahmed Bhat, Majeed Hussain Qadri, and Saeed Abdul Mueed.
Meanwhile, Assbah Arzoomand Khan is an officer of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service. Khan joined the service in the year 2011 and is the wife of terrorist Farooq Ahmed Dar also known as Bitta Karate. Bitta Karate is counted among the big terrorists of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.
Muhit Ahmed Bhat is a scientist at the University of Kashmir. He is accused of organizing programs in the university in support of Pakistan and terrorists and mobilizing students for terrorism.
Majid Hussain Qadri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kashmir. He is accused of being associated with the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Syed Abdul Mueed was posted as IT Manager at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute. He is the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. This is the third son of the Hizbul chief, who has been dismissed from service by the government on terrorism charges. Before this, two of his sons have been removed from service.
However, Article 311 of the constitution empowers the government to dismiss an employee without assigning any reason. After Manoj Sinha became the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, till now more than 40 employees have been sacked considering it a threat to the security of the country.
Fifth case of Monkeypox in Delhi, 22-year-old woman admitted to LNJP
The fifth case of monkeypox has been reported in Delhi on Friday. The Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Dr. Suresh Kumar informed about the fifth case of monkeypox.
On Friday a 22-year-old woman tested positive and she is currently under observation in the hospital.
“One patient has been admitted in LNJP and her sample tested positive, at present 4 patients are admitted and one has been discharged. A total of five cases of Monkeypox have been reported in Delhi. She came positive yesterday. A team of doctors are treating her,” Dr. Kumar said.
Meanwhile, the patient traveled one month ago and has no recent travel history.
Earlier on 24 July, Delhi confirmed its first case of monkeypox. A day after it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Central government had also released guidelines to check the virus spread in India. Close contact with sick persons, dead or live wild animals, and others have been advised to avoid.
However, on 14 July the first case of monkeypox was reported in India from Kerala’s Kollam district.
‘I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home’, say Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday unfurled the tricolor at his residence in Delhi. Shah also urged countrymen to hoist the flag at their homes from August 13 to 15. Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the countrymen are being encouraged to hoist the tricolor at their homes.
Taking to Twitter Shah said, “Tiranga is our pride. It unites and inspires everyone Indian. On PM Narendra Modi Ji’s clarion call of Har Ghar Tiranga, today hoisted a Tiranga at my residence in New Delhi and paid tributes to our valorous heroes who sacrificed everything for the Motherland.”
“I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home from 13th-15th August and to be a part of this campaign of awakening the spirit of patriotism in every heart. Also, upload your picture with the Tiranga on http://harghartiranga.com and inspire others for the same,” Shah said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. He called upon the people of the country to join it. PM Modi said that the tricolor not only has three colors, but it is also a reflection of our commitment to the present, our past glory, and our dreams for the future.
However, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of Independence. The national flag will be hoisted in every house of the country till 15th August.
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.
Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”
In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern and said, “Concerned about the health of Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji as she tested positive for #COVID19. Wish her a speedy recovery. May she get well soon. Prayers for her good health and well-being.”
Earlier on Wednesday (August 10), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”
Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday tested positive for COVID.
“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.
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