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on 2007/1/18 13:00:08

Movie based on Gujarat riots all set for release

Just a month ahead of the fifth anniversary of 2002 riots in Gujarat, a film depicting the heart-rending story of a family during the post-Godhra violence is all set for release.

"It is funny that in the last five years nobody thought to make a film on Gujarat riots," Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah said.

Parzania, based on the true story of a Parsi family whose son went missing in Gujarat riots, is ready to hit the Indian theatres on Republic Day -- over a year after its completion.

The Parsi couple were played by Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika.

The film, whose language is English, shows how after violence, the family lives in constant fear and is ever-hopeful of the fact that one day, they would find their son.

The film-- which earlier attracted some controversy because of its sensitive subject line-- has been cleared by the Censor Board of India and it is now ready for release, Rahul Dholakia, the Director of the film, said.


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    Suhasini back to Malayalam

    2007/10/25 11:25:55

    Veteran Actress Suhasini, who gave a splendid performance in her last Kannada movie, Maathad Maathad Mallige (2007), has now signed a Malayalam movie. She will be seen sharing screen space with veteran actors Biju Menon and Thilakan.

    The movie by T.V. Chandran is based on the 2002 Gujarat riots and tells the story of a Muslim lady who falls victim to the riots. Aryadan Shoukat produces the movie slated for release early next year.

    Malayalam Cinema News : Suhasini back to Malayalam

    Unite against those obstructing Parzania: Bhatt to industry

    2007/2/10 9:37:16

    Bollywood film director Mahesh Bhatt said the film industry should unite against those preventing the screening of 'Parzania' in Gujarat. The film was being opposed by just 'one section' in Gujarat and amounted to gagging of the freedom of speech and expression, he said at a function here.

    'The censor board has cleared the 'Parzania'... Then, what's the issue about it? The Industry should support every filmmaker who faces obstructive forces after clearing the legal hurdles,' he said. On his reported decision to boycott PVRs in Gujarat, he said 'whether we would boycott or do not; whether the film industry takes a unified stance or not on this issue; only time will tell.'

    Rahul Dholakia's 'Parzania', starring Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika, is based on the Gujarat riots and revolves around a Parsi family in search of their lost son.

    Bollywood News : Unite against those obstructing Parzania: Bhatt to industry

    Gujrat top-cop Sanjeev Bhat released on bail

    2011/10/17 13:06:16 Suspended Gujarat police officer Sanjiv Bhatt Monday was greeted by loud cheers as he walked out of the Sabarmati jail here on being granted bail after spending 18 days inside.

    "I am happy that the rule of law has prevailed and this would be a victory for hope," a composed Bhatt told reporters outside the jail.

    Rose petals were showered on him and his supporters shouted slogans in his support as he left the jail.

    A court here Monday granted bail to Bhatt, who has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 communal riots.

    He was arrested Sep 30 for allegedly forcing a police constable, K.D. Panth, to sign a false affidavit about his attending a meeting called by Modi soon after the Godhra train burning that sparked the riots.

    National News : Gujrat top-cop Sanjeev Bhat released on bail

    Court's verdict is victory for Modi: BJP

    2011/9/12 13:54:00 The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday said the Supreme Court directive to a trial court to hear a case against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the killing of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri during the 2002 riots was a "victory" for the chief minister and he would now play a bigger role in national poitics.

    "It is not just a relief for Modi, but a victory for Modi," BJP spokesperson Balbir K. Punj told reporters here. BJP leader Arun Jaitley said there was no evidence against Modi.

    Punj said Modi will now "play a much larger role in the national political scene".

    The apex court order came on a petition of Zakia Jafri, the widow of Ehasan Jafri, urging a probe into Modi's role in the Gulberg Society carnage and the trial of the case by a special court outside the state.

    "The BJP had always said that the allegations made against the Gujarat chief minister in relation to 2002 riots were absolutely false and there is not a shred of evidence," said BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

    He said the trial in the case is in final stages and there is no evidence against Gujarat chief minister.

    "There is no evidence to connect him (Narendra Modi) with any of this crime. Propaganda and falsehood can never be a substitute for hard evidence... we are glad this is now being accepted. I am glad that the apex court came to a conclusion that trial in the state of Gujarat can be fair and free," he said.

    In the 2002 mob attack on Gulberg Society, 37 people, including former Congress MP Jafri, were killed. The rampaging mob targeted members of Muslim community in the Ahmedabad neighbourhood during the riots.

    Zakia Jafri has alleged inaction of 63 people, including the cnief minister, ministers and high-ranking officers, in the incident.(IANS)

    National News : Court's verdict is victory for Modi: BJP

    Parzania gets screened in Gujarat

    2007/4/25 9:47:11

    The state of Gujarat still stands against the public screening of Rahul Dholakia's film Parzania which is based on the communal rights of 2002 that happened in the state. However, an NGO named Anhad has been organizing private screening of the film across Gujarat.

    Most of the viewers for the screenings were youth. After the screening they wondered why this film was banned in Gujarat as they feel that the movie hardly contains any offensive elements. Some of the audiences felt that the film is not at all biased towards any community and gives out the message of living together in harmony.

    Anhad has already held a couple of special screenings of Parzania in Gujarat and continues to do so in the future. In fact, they are planning for about 1000 such screenings.

    Bollywood News : Parzania gets screened in Gujarat

    No clean chit to Modi: Congress

    2011/9/12 13:51:07 New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) The Congress Monday said the Supreme Court had not given a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the 2002 riots, adding the matter had been referred to the lower court.

    "Clean chit has not been given (to Narendra Modi). The case has been given to lower court," said Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi.

    He said there was a need to wait for the verdict of the trial court and ultimately justice would be done.

    "It will be difficult to wipe off the blot on Narendra Modi. His character is known to the entire country. He was unable to the curb communal violence in Gujarat," Alvi said.

    He said Modi could not wash off "stain" of the 2002 riots.

    Alvi was speaking to reporters on the Supreme Court directing the trial court to hear the petition by Zakia Jafri, whose husband was killed in the Gulberg Society carnage during the 2002 riots, against Modi.

    The petition alleged deliberate inaction on part of Modi, his cabinet colleagues and some high-ranking state officials.

    The court said the magistrate, before deciding on the complaint by Zakia Jafri, will issue her a notice and afford her an opportunity to be heard.

    In the 2002 incident, 37 people, including former Congress MP Jafri, were killed. The rampaging mob targeted members of the Muslim community in the Ahmedabad neighbourhood and set it afire.

    National News : No clean chit to Modi: Congress

    ‘I’ll never make a film again’

    2006/7/24 18:12:08

    After being unsuccessful at releasing his film Chand Buj Gaya (based on the Gujarat riots), Faaiz Anwar is back doing what he is known for — being a lyricist.

    Anwar tried for three years to release his film but could not and now back to what he was doing best... and that's lyrics writing.

    Anwar was the man been behind many successful films like Saajan, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Tum Bin and Imitihan and his last work was writing the song 'Thoda sa pyaar hua hai' for Maine Dil Tujhko Diya. That is till he turned to filmmaking with Chand Buj Gaya. The film was mired in controversies and in spite of a court ruling in its favour, the film never got released.

    Anwar says, “I will blame the Gujarat government for the fate of my film. They objected to the resemblance of one of the actors (Pratap Sharma) to a prominent politician from Gujarat. There was a vicious game being played at my cost. First, the Censor Board banned my film. But the High court passed the film. However just four days before the release, all the distributors abandoned it. I suffered severe losses. But I am hopeful that the film will be released some day.”

    Meanwhile, Anwar who had stopped writing wants to get back to it. “My writing had taken a backseat because I was caught up with the court proceedings. I refused all the work that came my way…I was in no position to work. My entire life went haywire. It was probably one of the worst phases in my life.”

    But Anwar has put the past behind him. “I am already doing an album with Kavita Krishnamurthy and one with HMV. I have also signed a couple of films and work is on in full swing. It's heart-warming to see that people continue to welcome you with open arms.”

    Anwar has no intentions of making a film. “I will never make a film again. I have had enough and now I want to concentrate on to writing,” he says.


    Bollywood News : ‘I’ll never make a film again’

    Gujarat top cop Sanjiv Bhatt arrested

    2011/9/30 19:47:24 Senior Indian Police Service officer Sanjav Bhatt, in the eye of storm after he filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court implicating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 communal riots, was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening a policeman and making him sign a false affidavit.

    Deputy Inspector General of Gujarat Police Sanjiv Bhatt was arrested in connection with an FIR filed in June for allegedly threatening a police constable and making him sign a false affidavit.

    On June 24, K.D. Pant, a constable working with Meghaninagar police station, lodged an FIR at Ghatlodiya police station in Ahmedabad against IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

    He alleged that Bhatt threatened him and forced him to sign a false affidavit regarding a meeting called by Narendra Modi on Feb 27, 2002. That affidavit supported Bhatt's claim that he was present at the meeting of the chief minister where Modi allegedly asked police officers to go slow during the 2002 riots.

    The Ghatlodiya police had registered an FIR against Bhatt for threatening a public servant, fabricating false evidence, wrongful confinement, and initiated investigations agaist him.

    The arrest comes within 48 hours of Bhatt filing an additional affidavit in the Gujarat High Court implicating the chief minister and the then minister of state for home Amit Shah in connection with a report pertaining to the murder of Haren Pandya, another former minister of state for home and BJP leader.

    Bhatt has stated in his affidavit before the Supreme Court that he was present at the meeting the Gujarat chief minister called on Feb 27, 2002, where his driver constable Pant was also with him.

    Pant subsequently went back on his earlier stand and said in his FIR that on June 16 he was threatened by Bhatt and forced to sign an affidavit to the effect that he had accompanied him to the meeting at the chief minister's residence.

    Pant stated in the FIR that he had protested, pointing out that he had already stated before the Special Investigation Team on April 5 this year that he was on leave in February 2002 when the communal riots broke out in the state.

    Bhatt was served a charge sheet Sep 18 by the Gujarat home department for his alleged unauthorised absence from duty for the last ten months.

    National News : Gujarat top cop Sanjiv Bhatt arrested

    Mamata alleges BJP collecting 'Modi for PM' funds

    2014/5/8 20:37:38 Titagarh: Continuing the tirade against Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee on Thursady alleged that BJP was collecting 'Modi for PM' fund and said her party would write to the Election Commission about it.

    "Modi for PM fund is illegal. PM and CM can only have Relief Fund. How can a political party collect fund for PM?" Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress supremo asked at an election meeting here in North 24 Parganas.

    "We will write to the EC against the 'Modi for PM fund'," she said waving a paper. "Now I am even hearing they are protesting against the EC in Varanasi. This is unheard of," she said.
    Mamata alleges BJP collecting 'Modi for PM' funds
    Alleging that BJP was spending a huge amount of money in the elections and that 90 per cent of the media had been bought Mamata asked "Who is giving this money?

    Alleging that BJP was spending a huge amount of money in the elections and that 90 per cent of the media had been bought she asked "Who is giving this money?

    "This has never happened before in democracy. Today it has become a black day for the nation and this election will become a black election for them."

    In an apparent reference to 2002 Gujarat riots, she said "See the enormity of the riots in Gujarat when little children and the women were burnt alive.

    If they come to power, they will sell the nation and incite riots. "People of all faiths caste, creed live together in peace in Bengal. This makes 'Dangababu' (Mr riot) very jealous and angry," she said without naming the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate.

    She also alleged that Modi was trying to drive a wedge between Bengalis and asked "Who is the latsaheb? Have you seen the latsaheb?"

    Andhra News : Mamata alleges BJP collecting 'Modi for PM' funds

    Even US knows I'm incorruptible: Narendra Modi on WikiLeaks

    2011/3/22 18:11:00

    Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday used the latest WikiLeaks disclosures to pat himself on the back, saying "Now even the US knows that I am incorruptible".

    Reacting to the recent WikiLeaks disclosures in which a top US consular official described him as a "non-corrupt and efficient administrator", Modi told reporters on the sidelines of an event this proved his credentials.

    "WikiLeaks shows two faces - one that of the government of India and the other of progressive Gujarat," the chief minister said.

    In the latest leaked diplomatic cables accessed by The Hindu newspaper, Michael S. Owen, the US consul general in 2006, wrote to the US State Department that they might have to reassess the Gujarat chief minister, whose visa they revoked due to his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

    Owen also said that Modi could emerge as the Bharatiya Janata Party's next national leader.

    "Modi has successfully branded himself as a non-corrupt, effective administrator, as a facilitator of business in a state with a deep commercial culture, and as a no-nonsense, law-and-order politician who looks after the interests of the Hindu majority.

    "Modi's backers in the BJP now hope to convince the party leadership that he can use these positive traits to attract voters throughout India. Some BJP leaders believe, or hope, that voters will forget or forgive Modi's role in the 2002 bloodshed, once they learn to appreciate his other qualities," Owen wrote in his assessment.

    Modi said he met Owen in Mumbai, where they discussed Gujarat.

    Recalling his meeting with Owen, Modi said: "I looked into his eyes and said, 'do not preach... I am a son of India, I know what human rights violations you have done'. Good that the dialogue has been faithfully reproduced."

    The Gujarat chief minister also said he that "government of India should address the issue of American interference" in Indian affairs.
    (Courtesy: Times of India)

    Andhra News : Even US knows I'm incorruptible: Narendra Modi on WikiLeaks

    Censor board saw sincerity of 'Parzania': Dholakia

    2007/2/7 7:51:56

    Los Angeles-based Indian filmmaker Rahul Dholakia says he is surprised that the censor board cleared his just-released film 'Parzania' in spite of graphic dialogues with a heavy dose of Hindi cuss words.

    'Quite frankly, we made 'Parzania' in English because we never thought it would be released in India. I'm surprised that the censors cleared the film for release here. They passed it with very minor audio cuts. They somewhere saw the sincerity of the endeavour,' Dholakia says.

    'Surprisingly though, the Indian censor board (Central Board of Film Certification) has allowed the explicit dialogues to remain.' However, the filmmaker has not been able to show it to the people of Gujarat due to opposition by Hindu rightwing activists. Multiplex owners in the state have refused to screen the film; consequently the director plans to approach single screen theatre owners in the state.

    The film focuses on a Parsi family which loses its son in the 2002 communal riots of Gujarat that were triggered after the burning of a train in Godhra town. Said Dholakia: 'We're trying to get it released in Gujarat. But I don't think it would be taken kindly there. Nothing has changed in Gujarat. The government still believes in its own rightness. And no, I don't think that's like opening wounds.

    'People need to be reminded of how wrong they can go in dealing with the communal issue. The hatred still simmers under the surface in Gujarat. But mine isn't a political film. It's the story of a family torn apart by events they can't control.' He had earlier directed fluff stuff 'Kehta Hai Dil Baar Baar', which was based on the Steve Martin comedy 'Father Of The Bride'. 'Yes, I plead guilty,' laughed Dholakia who's distributing the hard-hitting film on his own. 'But 'Parzania' was a story that had to be told. As a Gujarati I felt strongly about what happened there after the Godhra incident. My family has been actively involved in socio-historical issues in the state, whether it was the Quit India movement or the Gujarat Maha Sabha.

    You could say 'Parzania' is my initiation into the family's constant concerns.' 'What happened after Godhra cannot be ignored or suppressed. When I used to go to Ahmedabad, I always used to meet this happy and peaceful Parsi family. Then Godhra happened. The family's son went missing. After that when I met them everything had changed.'

    The film was completed way back in 2004.

    'But we kept it under wraps because of the sensitive nature of the theme. We didn't want any controversies. Then the film was stuck with the censors for about six months.' 'Parzania' might be accused of a distinctly pro-Muslim leaning, showing the other side entirely as saffron savages. 'I'm not a pro-Muslim or anti-Hindu in 'Parzania'. I'm against fundamentalism. If you see the history of the post-Godhra Ahmedabad, you'd see that there was mass scale genocide against Muslims. I think it would've happened regardless of Godhra.' Dholakia is candid enough to see where his film is coming from, and where it'll go.

    'I don't see the audience packing it in for 'Parzania'. But yes, it'll hit home with the thinking audience. We're putting out only 30-35 prints. And I'm one of the distributors.'

    Bollywood News : Censor board saw sincerity of 'Parzania': Dholakia

    Bollywood finally embraces reality cinema

    2007/2/24 14:31:37

    After playing it safe for years, Bollywood is finally opening up and promoting sensitive films on communal violence and social or political issues. One can say that it is finally coming of age and embracing reality cinema in a big way!

    Deepa Mehta's "Water", which has been nominated for the Oscars, and Anurag Kashyap's "Black Friday" are important cases in point.

    While Indo-Canadian filmmaker Mehta came all the way to Delhi and Mumbai last week to promote her film, based on the plight of widows in pre-independence India, Kashyap's film is being promoted by Adlabs, one of the leading Indian production and distribution houses.

    Filmmaker Ravi Chopra has decided to release "Water" across India and said he believes in only "promoting good films". Chopra stressed that one shouldn't undermine the intelligence of the audience.

    "We are releasing it because of the audience, who like reality based films. Ultimately, a production company makes a film which the audiences would like," Chopra told IANS.

    He is unfazed by threats of right wing Hindu groups. Though the film will kindle the controversy again, Chopra feels it will eventually subside after people see the film and are taken in by its beauty.

    Mehta was forced to shelve shooting of the film in Varanasi in 1999 after Hindu groups objected to the film's subject, torched the sets and burnt her effigies. She later shot the film in Sri Lanka.

    "It's a beautiful romantic film and we always want to back good films... we try to make good films ourselves. Having said that, I add that one can't control anything. But I have a lot of faith in the people and I am sure they will understand," Chopra said.

    Adlabs recently presented Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed film "Black Friday" that analyses the events leading up to 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts and the investigation thereafter.

    The movie, which was to be released in 2004, was given a red signal by the Mumbai High Court. The court's decision came after a petition was filed saying that "Black Friday" might make the public biased against the accused and hence the outcome of the verdict, which was pending at the time.

    With the final verdict on the Mumbai blasts out in late 2006, the film saw the light of day Feb 9.

    "'Black Friday' is a bold and brave story that is waiting to be told to the Indian public and we are very happy to have facilitated its release on the scale and the platform that it truly deserves," said Sunir Kheterpal, COO of Film Distribution Adlabs Films Ltd.

    This turn-about by the distributors is bound to bring a radical change - it will articulate the release-related problems faced by filmmakers and make it easier for them to fearlessly tell their stories.

    Director Rahul Dholakia is the toughest of the lot. He is not the one to shy away from what he sees as a just fight. He went ahead and made "Parzania" on the Gujarat communal riots of 2002 despite knowing very well the problems he was likely to run into.

    Based on a true story, the film couldn't find any distributor so the director launched his own company and released the film himself. Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika, the film is based on Dholakia's friend Dara Modi who lost his son during the riots.

    When released, it was received well all over India except Gujarat - the rightwing activists had their way in the state and didn't allow multiplex owners to screen it. Modi was crestfallen because the film was his last hope to find his lost son.

    Undaunted by the threats, Dholakia is still fighting for its release in Gujarat.

    "Films should expand their boundaries by becoming more responsible towards the society rather than being a mere source of entertainment. They should bring forth the reality through their craftsmanship," said a critic.

    Creative filmmakers like Kashyap and Dholakia are showing courage by venturing into so-far un-treaded areas. They are striving to be different from their predecessors in terms of creative thinking.

    "The filmmakers are doing their job and now it's the moviegoers turn to fulfil their responsibility by buying tickets and watching their films because it will encourage these filmmakers to make more such films," the critic added.


    Bollywood News : Bollywood finally embraces reality cinema

    Earth quake jolts Gujarat

    2011/10/21 5:53:18 An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Gujarat state Thursday night, the Seismology department said. There were no immediate reports of casualty or damage to property.

    The quake, which had its epicentre in Junagad district of Gujarat, hit the region at 8.49 p.m., an official told IANS over phone.

    The epicentre, with a focal depth of 10 km, was stated to be 21.2 degrees north latitude and 70.7 degrees east longitude.

    National News : Earth quake jolts Gujarat

    YS to campaign in Gujarat

    2007/11/28 14:26:58 Chief minister Y S Rajashekar Reddy will go to Gujarat to campaign for the congress party. The congress party has drafted the services of YSR for campaigning in Gujarat. He will address a rally in Surat.

    The chief minister will leave for Surat on December 8. Surat has a vast population of Telugu speaking people and hence, YS has been asked to campaign for the party there.

    Andhra News : YS to campaign in Gujarat

    We do not want to fan flames, says Naseeruddin Shah

    2007/1/19 13:32:08

    The Naseeruddin Shah starrer "Parzania" is set to hit the screens Jan 26 and the star actor says that the aim is to convey the trauma of a family who lost their son during the Gujarat riots and not to start any controversy.

    "The last thing films like this needs is controversy. It would be an immense favour to us if the word controversy is used with a little responsibility because we do not want to fan flames. We want this film to stand on its own merit, if it has and if it doesn't, then we are content to accept the verdict.

    "But the judgement of the people, who buy the tickets and go into the hall with open minds, will be more important. And I think if there is less talk of trouble it will be better for the film," said Shah at a press meet here Wednesday.

    Naseeruddin also said that they didn't give much emphasis on acquiring accurate Parsi dialects or body language to play the roles.

    "It is not important to play these characters as Parsis, which is why we didn't not think it right to meet Dara Modi and his wife. Because it would have made them feel like Ginny pigs that we have come to observe them and they were tormented enough anyway.

    "It was more important to behave like an ordinary people because it was more crucial for the story. So, we didn't bother too much about Parsi dialect or body language. We decided to play them as ordinary human beings," he added.

    Seasoned actress Sarika, who plays Naseeruddin's wife in the film, directed by NRI filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, says that there is huge responsibility on them to convey the story as convincingly as possible.

    "The responsibility on all of us was to carry that story because we are into media and we can bring it out. Otherwise there are so many families who have bore more losses than this but nobody knows about it. Either scribes write it or TV shows it, all of us are just trying it to take it to the people," said Sarika.

    For Dholakai it was a mammoth task to commercially release the film and now when the film is set to hit the screens he has no apprehensions in releasing in Gujarat.

    "I don't see any problem. I genuinely believe that people in Gujarat really want to see the film. It happened there, the boy was lost there and most of all the family wants it to be seen. I think people are very matured to understand it."


    Bollywood News : We do not want to fan flames, says Naseeruddin Shah

    No show for 'Parzania' in Gujarat

    2007/1/27 8:15:20

    Rahul Dholakia's acclaimed film "Parzania" that focuses on the 2002 Gujarat communal violence was Friday released across the country except in this state, with the filmmaker alleging that "some people, some parties" had warned cinema owners against showing it.

    "Parzania" is based on a real life incident in which an Ahmedabad-based Parsi family's son went missing during the sectarian strife that began Feb 28, 2002.

    While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has not imposed any ban on the film, cinema houses across the state refrained from screening the film that was released in the rest of the country by Dholakia himself.

    Some cinema owners said the small-budget film made no economic sense as multi-starrer "Salaam-e-Ishq" was releasing the same day.

    However, Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association vice president Mahendra Goswami was more candid, saying: "The film's theme might disturb the peace in the state."

    An angry Dholakia told CNN-IBN in Mumbai: "Exhibitors in Gujarat are reluctant to screen the film. They don't tell me exactly why, but I believe they were informed by some people, some parties not to show the film."

    "Parzania" seems to be going the way of the Aamir Khan-starrer "Fanaa", one of the top blockbusters of 2006 that was not shown by any cinema house in the state after the youth wings of the BJP as well as the opposition Congress called for its boycott.

    They were angry at Aamir's criticism of the Sardar Sarovar dam project on the Narmada river.

    Bollywood News : No show for 'Parzania' in Gujarat

    Modi eying bigger national role, WikiLeaks reveals

    2011/9/4 20:50:29

    New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is eying a bigger national leadership role and is positioning himself for a power struggle in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), say US diplomatic cables made public by online whistleblower Wikileaks.

    "Modi is using his strong base in Gujarat to position himself for the BJP power struggle and to crow about Gujarat's investment-friendly (but certainly not minority-friendly) record,? says one of the cables which were uploaded earlier this week by Wikileaks.

    The cables sent by US diplomats in New Delhi focus on Modi's rising stature in the BJP and claim that "Modi has his eyes on bigger things".

    In an assessment going back to 2005, the cables suggest Modi could be the most popular BJP leader and a potential PM candidate. "Anecdotal evidence suggests Modi could be the most popular leader in the BJP and there is increasing momentum to make him the party figurehead and next choice of PM,? says a cable sent after Modi was denied a US visa in 2005.

    The cable also claims that the BJP's move to make Modi the prime ministerial candidate would unite the secular parties.

    "In a BJP beset by internal struggle, Modi's revival sets him up nicely to influence the kingmaking when the time comes. Having recovered from the crisis invoked by our visa revocation and his tyrannical management style, Modi is positioning himself as a national leader by reminding people that Gujarat has done a fine job of economic governance, notwithstanding the black stain the (2002) riots left," a cable says.

    "At present, Modi appears stronger than at any time," a cable says.

    Modi was a star campaigner for the BJP in the 2009 elections which the Congress and its allies won.

    Alluding to the cancellation of the visa application, the cables say Modi bears permanent resentment against the US for the "humiliation".

    National News : Modi eying bigger national role, WikiLeaks reveals

    My father couldn't get Rajiv Gandhi on phone during 1984 riots

    2014/2/4 9:44:00 Former president Giani Zail Singh's daughter Dr Gurdeep Kaur has said that when anti-Sikh riots broke out in Delhi in 1984, her father made frantic calls to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to have the Army called in to control the mobs.

    In an interview broadcast on a Punjabi TV channel on Monday, Dr Kaur said the then supreme commander of the armed forces had felt "pain and helplessness" since he could not establish contact with then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and home minister P V ..

    Andhra News : My father couldn't get Rajiv Gandhi on phone during 1984 riots

    Gujrat CM sits on 3 day fast from Saturday

    2011/9/17 8:46:31 Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi began his three-day 'sadbhavana' fast Saturday saying the day is not far when the country, and indeed the world, will discuss the state as a model one.

    "My fast is not against anyone... that was, is and will never be my agenda. Just like the world praises Gujarat's model for development and governance, that day is not far when people will discuss our model for inclusive growth and communal harmony," Modi said to a cheering crowd at Gujarat University's plush convention hall here.

    "I can say with pride that we want to move ahead and give something back to the nation. A state like Gujarat can pull another state which is not so developed. We have the strength and the capability," he added.

    Recounting the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, the communal violence of 2002 and the serial blasts of 2008, Modi said that each time the people have emerged stronger and have touched new heights of development.

    "We have to move ahead taking everyone along and for that secularism and communal harmony is very important," he said.

    A large number of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders like L.K. Advai and Arun Jaitley were present at the event.(IANS)

    National News : Gujrat CM sits on 3 day fast from Saturday

    London burning

    2011/8/10 12:23:03

    All these years London city stands tall for it is rich culture, traditional values and for everything. But, now it was set ablaze by its own people especially its youth. Youth forming 20-50 member groups are looting the shops and the people on the roads. They turn violent and set ablaze the shops and vehicles in the city. This is the first time in Britain’s history to face such a disgraceful situation.

    Earlier, it has faced racist clashes and riots in year 1980 but, it has a reason for it. But, now the youth who are engaged in looting the shopping malls and robbing the people have no specific reason. All the youth involved in this arson are around 20-25 years age. However, there was a statement that, a youngster who was brutally killed in the hands of the Scotland Yard police a week ago, has provokes the youth to go ransack.

    Britain Prime Minister David Cameroon who was on a holiday to Italy has cuts short his tour and returned home on Tuesday. More than 16,000 police were pressed into action to control the riots. But, it is spreading to other cities like Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol etc. According to police, the youth are using social network sites like Tweeter, Face book and mobiles to co-ordinate their riots.

    The situation in London and its neighboring cities is very critical and police leaves no stone unturned to control the riots. So far they have arrested 450-600 youth in this regard.

    Andhra News : London burning

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