Month: January 2012

P.M. MISSES AN OPPORTUNITY

January 5, 2012

Two days back the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh released a commemorative postage stamp in honour of Puran Chandra Gupta, founder of Dainik Jagaran, a leading Hindi daily of the country. The occasion: January 2, 2012 was the late journalist’s birth centenary.   Asserting that freedom of the press was a must for the growth of Indian democracy, the P.M. asked media organizations to devise a mechanism to promote objectivity and curb sensationalism. “In my opinion”, Dr. Manmohan Singh said, “there is a general consensus in our country that no outside control should be imposed on the media”   The Prime Minister also launched on the occasion a biography of Puran Chandra Gupta.   This biography recounts how Puran Chandra was jailed for resisting the Emergency. When on June 26, 1975 Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi announced promulgation of the Emergency and imposition of censorship on the press, no paper … Continue reading P.M. MISSES AN OPPORTUNITY

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HARD POWER, SOFT POWER, SMART POWER

January 3, 2012

It was in the last quarter of 2011 that I undertook my Jan Chetna Yatra. I discontinued for a while, therefore, blogging. In this first quarter of the year 2012, I am resuming my blogs. It would be in place to recall that my shifting from Rajasthan, where I spent my first post-partition decade, to Delhi took place after the Second General Election of 1957.   It was in this election that Shri Vajpayee had been first elected to the Lok Sabha.   Party General Secretary and our chief Party ideologue, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya wanted me to set up the party’s parliamentary office and assist the small group of MPs the party had.  Since then I have been closely associated with the party’s parliamentary wing.  The association continues till today.   Looking back at the year just ended I issued a statement complimenting the party’s new President Nitin Gadkari under … Continue reading HARD POWER, SOFT POWER, SMART POWER

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