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MS Swaminathan Daughter Urges Respect for Farmers, Says ‘Cannot Treat Them Like Criminals

Madhura Swaminathan

MS Swaminathan Daughter Urges Respect for Farmers, Says ‘Cannot Treat Them Like Criminals

Madhura Swaminathan, a developmental economist and the daughter of agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan, stated on Tuesday—referring to the Haryana government’s handling of farmers’ protests—that Indian farmers are “our annadatas” and cannot be treated like criminals. Speaking at an event held by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in Pusa, Delhi, to commemorate her father’s posthumous award of the Bharat Ratna, Madhura stated that farmers must be included in the ongoing celebration of MS Swaminathan. “Today, Punjabi farmers are marching towards Delhi.” Based on the information in the newspapers, I think that bars are being installed, jails are being built for them in Haryana, and various other preventive measures are being taken. These people are not criminals; they are farmers.

On Tuesday, farmers marched towards Delhi after meeting with a group of union ministers and having a lackluster discussion. The farmers’ resolve to go to Delhi was announced by the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha and the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political), who intensified their calls on the Center to take up their complaints. A legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP), the execution of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pensions for farmers and farm laborers, the forgiveness of agricultural debts, the resolution of police cases, justice for the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the reinstatement of the Land Acquisition Act 2013, the withdrawal from the World Trade Organization, recompense for the families of farmers who have died in previous protests, and more are among the demands made by the farmers.

“I request that all of you, India’s top scientists, speak with our annadatas. We cannot treat them like criminals,” she continued. We need to come up with answers. This is what I’m asking for. I believe that in order to move forward and pay tribute to M. S. Swaminathan, we must include the farmers in any future plans we make. Madhura is the head of the Indian Statistical Institute’s Economic Analysis Unit in Bengaluru. Madhura uploaded a comment by MS Swaminathan dated November 2021 on X, the defunct Twitter platform. In it, he expressed his satisfaction with the Union government’s decision to repeal its three controversial agriculture laws. In September 2023, MS Swaminathan, who is recognized as the mastermind of India’s Green Revolution, went away at the age of 98. “I am happy with the announcement today,” the statement said. It is my emphasis that the National Commission on Farmers’ reports are centered around C2+50%. Our ability to make an influence on three fronts—production, procurement, and prices—will determine the fate of our farm. These ought to be taken care of in parallel.

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M S Swaminathan developed the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and fervently pushed for its adoption, according to former IARI director R B Singh. Recalling his time working with M. S. Swaminathan, Singh remarked, “Agriculture policies abound, but there is nary a policy for farmers, the man with the plow. The Minimum Support Price had been recommended by the Swaminathan Commission with great vigor. With a pro-poor, pro-women, and pro-environment stance, Dr. Swaminathan was adamant that our farm women and men would secure a bright future in agriculture and food and nutrition security if they received the support outlined in the policy. Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist at WHO, and her daughter MS Swaminathan also spoke at the function.

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Maharashtra Politics: Piyush Goyal Addresses Leadership Speculation After BJP’s Key Review Meeting

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Maharashtra Politics: Piyush Goyal Addresses Leadership Speculation After BJP’s Key Review Meeting

After the BJP’s dismal showing in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, union minister Piyush Goyal said the party was developing a plan for the Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP alliance to win the assembly polls, which are scheduled for later this year. Goyal also ruled out any changes to the party’s leadership in Maharashtra. “There will be no change in leadership in Maharashtra,” Piyush Goyal informed reporters during the Maharashtra BJP’s core group meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday, which included party president JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah.

Rao Saheb Patil’s appointment as state president was rumored. There was also much conjecture in the state regarding the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), led by Ajit Pawar, staying in the ruling coalition. The BJP officials reportedly talked about how to guarantee the MahaYuti alliance’s reelection in the next assembly election, according to Piyush Goyal. Senior BJP officials BL Santosh, Bhupender Yadav, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, the state BJP leader, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Chandrakant Patil, Pankaja Munde, Raosaheb Danve, and Vinod Tawde were among those present at the meeting, according to the news agency.

The BJP lost its 2019 tally of 23 seats in Maharashtra to win just nine in the Lok Sabha elections of 2024. In Maharashtra, the BJP-Shiv Sena combination had secured 41 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections. With one NCP member and seven Shiv Sena members led by Eknath Shinde, the total number of seats held by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) today is 17. Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, had made the offer to leave the Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP MahaYuti coalition in order to concentrate on leading the party to victory in the September–October assembly elections.

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Following the meeting, Devendra Fadnavis declared, “We have prepared a blueprint for the upcoming assembly elections and how to win it along with the MahaYuti alliance partners.” He also mentioned the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections during the conversation at the BJP headquarters. In the latest Lok Sabha elections, the difference in votes between the ruling MahaYuti and the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) was barely 0.3%, according to Fadnavis. The leaders also held a detailed discussion about the BJP’s advantages and disadvantages.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Swati Maliwal Seeks INDIA Bloc Support Amid Assault Case, Cites Lies and Death Threats

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Swati Maliwal Seeks INDIA Bloc Support Amid Assault Case, Cites Lies and Death Threats

Swati Maliwal, a Rajya Sabha MP for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has made public a letter she wrote to the leaders of the INDIA group, demanding a meeting to resolve her assault accusation involving an assistant connected to a significant alliance member.

Key aide to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose AAP is a member of the INDIA group, Bibhav Kumar was detained in May on charges that he had attacked Maliwal at the chief minister’s official residence. Kumar’s judicial custody was extended last week by a Delhi court till June 22. “I have addressed a letter to each of the major INDIA alliance leaders over this matter today. Maliwal wrote on X, “I’ve requested a time for a meeting with everyone.

‘A SMEAR CAMPAIGN’

The former chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) released a letter she wrote to NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar on X. In it, she claimed that rather than receiving assistance, she was the target of victim shaming and attacks on her reputation from members and leaders inside her own party. “To damage my credibility, reputation, and character, a smear campaign was organized on electronic and social media platforms. I have received several threats of rape and death as a result of the lies propagated against me,” Swati added.

“I have personally seen the suffering and loneliness a survivor experiences in her battle for justice over the course of the last month. The severe victimization and character assassination I have experienced would deter other women and girls from reporting abuse. Please give me some time so we can talk about this important matter. For the same, I’m awaiting your reaction,” she continued.

The duty metropolitan magistrate granted Bibhav Kumar’s custody extension and ordered the Delhi Police to appear him on June 22 after he was produced via video conference last week. The investigating officer (IO) was not present, thus the court decided to extend Kumar’s custody by one day earlier on Friday. May 18 saw Kumar’s arrest.

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A magisterial court noted that his arrest rendered his anticipatory bail petition null and void, and then placed him under five days of police custody that same day. He was placed under judicial custody for four days on May 24 and then was placed under police custody for three days once more. On May 16, Kumar was charged with several offenses under the Indian Penal Code, including criminal intimidation, assault, and use of force on a woman with the purpose to disrobe and attempt to commit culpable homicide.

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Rahul Gandhi Targets PM Modi Amid NEET-UG 2024 Exam Scandal After Supreme Court Criticizes NTA

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Rahul Gandhi Targets PM Modi Amid NEET-UG 2024 Exam Scandal After Supreme Court Criticizes NTA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under fire on Tuesday from Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for allegedly “remaining silent” about the anomalies in the NEET-2024 exam. Rahul Gandhi launched another assault on the prime minister shortly after the Supreme Court criticized the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the Center, ruling that any “0.001 percent negligence” in the way the NEET-UG 2024 exam was administered should be dealt with severely.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said nothing about how the NEET exam scam is endangering the future of almost 24 lakh kids, as is customary. Arrests in BJP-ruled Bihar, Gujarat, and Haryana make it abundantly evident that there was systematic and organized corruption in the exam process, with these states serving as the hub for the paper leak, Rahul Gandhi wrote on X in Hindi.

“We committed to safeguarding the future of the kids by passing strict legislation against paper leaks in our manifesto. The Congress leader said, “We are committed to strongly elevating the voices of the youth across the nation, from the streets to Parliament, and pressuring the government to develop such stringent policies, fulfilling our responsibility as the opposition.”

Admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, and other relevant courses in government and private universities across the nation is determined by the results of the NEET-UG exam, which is administered by the NTA.

Prior to Modi taking the oath of office for a new term, Rahul Gandhi attacked him on Sunday earlier this month over the NEET-UG medical entrance controversy, claiming that the purported “irregularities” in the test had devastated over 24 lakh students.

Rahul Gandhi gave students around the nation assurances that he will speak out for them in Parliament and bring up concerns pertaining to their future.

NEET-UG exam row: SC says any negligence should be thoroughly dealt with.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Undergraduate)-2024 dispute should not be handled as adversarial, the Supreme Court stated on Tuesday, pointing out that students must work hard to prepare for these exams.

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A vacation bench consisting of Justices Vikram Nath and SVN Bhatti warned the advocates appearing for the Centre and the NTA, “Even if there is 0.001 percent negligence on the part of anyone, it should be thoroughly dealt with.”

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