• Special Report
  • Rising bitterness in politics

    The broad contours of what is going to be a long and bitter campaign before the parliamentary election next year are already in sight. Rival politicians have begun to prepare ground for the vital State elections before the crucial Lok Sabha poll next year. The Prime Minister’s itinerary now increasingly includes official events and public rallies in the States headed for the polls.

    He intends to address one hundred-odd rallies in the electorally vital northern States before next February. The BJP chief is always in election mode, visiting States, toning up the organisational networks and generally enthusing the party cadres. This is par for the electoral course. After all, elections are the bread and butter of politics, without being fighting fit for the electoral jousts, no politician is worth his starched dhoti-kurta. But the worrying element is the bitterness already on display in the political discourse. If this is only the beginning, one shudders to think what will be the state of exchanges between rival politicians when the real battle on the ground for votes is well and truly underway.

    The ball this time might have been set rolling by Rahul Gandhi who, in a meeting with a select group of Muslims, is said to have tried to allay their fears about the much-talked about pro-Hindu tilt in the recent elections to the Gujarat and Karnataka assemblies. Following the meeting, an Urdu daily quoted the Congress President saying that his was a ‘Muslim party’. Though the report was denied, the BJP was quick to latch on to it, claiming that Rahul was out to polarise the polity on religious lines in his anxiety to assuage the feelings of the Muslims following his well-advertised visits to various temples and maths on the campaign trail.

    After Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman tore into the Congress chief at a specially convened press conference, Modi picked up the thread, slamming the Congress for being a ‘party of Muslim men only’ because it did not care to ban the heinous practice of triple talaq and other anti-women practices. Forced on the back foot by the verbal barrage by the ruling party, the Congress protested its secular credentials, accusing Modi of uttering complete distortions and plain lies. Of course, this is just a trailer of the rich harvest of abuse and invective that the country is set to reap in the run-up the parliamentary poll. There is no talk of development, no compulsion to compare the UPA record in power with that of the NDA, but a downright resort to emotive, nay, divisive issues meant to fuel the identity politics to ever new heights. Rarely are voters in any democracy able to avoid the emotional traps politicians lay for them. Indians cannot be any different.

    By http://www.freepressjournal.in/


  • Shocking! Hyderabad teen kills and burns friend for smartphone

    Hyderabad (Telangana): A 19-year-old youth has been arrested by the Hyderabad Police for murdering and burning the body of his 17-year-old friend from the neighbourhood allegedly for his smartphone. According to ACP, Malkajgiri, the arrested youth who has been identified as G Prem Sagar picked the deceased D Prem from Uppal and took him to an isolated place in Adibatla where he attacked him with a stick before setting him ablaze. Both accused and deceased were from the same locality.

    “The accused after picking Prem took him to Adibatla by saying that he is taking him to a long drive on his motorcycle. After reaching there, the accused took the minor to a lone place and attacked him with a stick on his head, and when the boy fell unconscious the accused poured petrol on minor and set him ablaze. The minor has died on the spot,” the police said.

    The police further said that they had registered a missing case after receiving a complaint from Prem’s family on July 14 and took up the investigation. The police rounded up Sagar and during questioning, he admitted killing Prem after the latter’s refusal to give him his smartphone. The accused has been charged under Sections 302, 364 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused has been sent to the judicial remand.


  • FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia jails Pussy Riot members for pitch invasion during final match

    Moscow: Russia has jailed four members of Pussy Riot feminist punk group for 15 days after they invaded the pitch during the World Cup final dressed in police uniforms. A Moscow court sentenced Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova and Pyotr Verzilov to 15 days in police cells and also banned them from visiting sports events for three years, Mediazona court news site reported last night.

    They were found guilty of “grossly violating the rules for spectators’ behaviour” and given the maximum punishment possible under the charge. Verzilov is the founder of Mediazona website, which reports on trials of rights activists.

    The four ran onto the pitch at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday and briefly halted play in the second half of the match between France and Croatia, watched by President Vladimir Putin and world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Pussy Riot immediately posted messages on social media claiming responsibility for the protest and issuing a list of six political demands. “Let all political prisoners free,” said the first. Others included an end to arrests at peaceful rallies and to “allow political competition in the country”.

    Pussy Riot is most famous for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a central Moscow church in February 2012. Three of the group’s members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups. Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released after serving 22 months of their two-year sentences. The other convicted member Yekaterina Samutsevich was given a suspended sentence.


  • FIFA World Cup 2018: Midfield still a problem, but can forwards carry Brazil to win?

    Samara: So can Brazil go all the way in this World Cup? Their win against Mexico in the Samara Arena took them one step closer to the title they haven’t won since 2002, but still left some questions to be answered. Once again, the Brazilians made it clear that their attacking trio of Willian, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, with Philipe Coutinho in close attendance can cause damage if they get the ball, but the key word is ‘if’, reports Xinhua news agency.

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    “We had 21 chances, it was a great game and I really enjoyed it. Our transitions were really quick,” said Brazil coach Tite after their 2-0 defeat of Mexico on Monday night and he was half right. In the first 45 minutes against Mexico, Brazil again struggled to get the ball to their best players on a regular basis, due partly to a pragmatic midfield of Casemiro and Paulinho.

    Casemiro performs the holding role he has adapted to so well at Real Madrid, but at Real Madrid he is accompanied by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, two of the best passers in the game, while with Brazil he is accompanied by Paulinho. Paulinho has had a good season with FC Barcelona, where his ability to break into the box and score key goals was important, but that doesn’t make him one of the great passers in the game.

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    In the past Brazil would have had Dani Alves and Marcelo tearing upfield from full back, but injury ruled Alves out of the tournament and a hotel mattress (apparently) saw Marcelo start on the bench against Mexico. His replacement Felipe Luis usually is more solid defensively and gets forward well but has just come back from a broken leg, while, Fagner, who played on the right is no Alves. As a result Brazil struggled to play the ball out as long as Mexico were able to maintain their pressure high up the field and had Mexico been a bit sharper upfront or maybe had a bit more faith, they could have made them pay.

    You wonder whether a Belgium with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazzard and Kevin de Bruyne or France with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud would be quite as unforgiving.What can Tite do to change things? Marcelo should be back for the quarterfinals. While the inclusion of Fernandinho, who had a good season with Manchester City, may offer more fluidity than Paulinho, although Casemiro’s suspension means that Paulinho will probably keep his place.

    When Mexico tired Brazil created enough chances to have won by more than 2-0. But those first 45 minutes just leave that seed of doubt that against a really top side things might be different.


  • FIFA World Cup 2018, France vs Peru preview: France to ramp up intensity against Peru

    Yekaterinburg: With their title rivals failing to fire, France have vowed to ramp up the intensity and put their stamp on the World Cup with victory over Peru here tomorrow.

    Didier Deschamps’s team were far from fluid against Australia in their opening game in Russia, needing VAR (the Video Assistant Referee) and consequent Antoine Griezmann penalty, then an own goal about 10 minutes from time, to snatch a 2-1 win. But, while unconvincing, a French side featuring a misfiring front three of the usually prolific Griezmann and starlets Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele at least avoided embarrassment.

    With holders Germany losing to Mexico and Spain, Argentina and Brazil all drawing their opening games, the Peru clash is a prime opportunity for the French to stake their claim as the team to beat in Russia.
    “We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general,” Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, the France vice-captain, said yesterday.

    “Other teams (among the favourites) did not win or even lost. We won, but we know that there are things to improve on. We know what direction we need to go in.” Deschamps, a World Cup winner as a player in 1998, has an impressive selection of forwards to choose from and could give Olivier Giroud a start.

    Talking to the press ahead of the Group C game in Yekaterinburg, the most eastern city at this World Cup, Varane leapt to the defence of Mbappe, who faded after a strong start against Australia.

    “This is a player that is 19 years old and who did what few or no players did (in playing for France at such a young age). He has a lot of talent,” said Varane, 25.

    The defender also backed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who struggled for consistency in the Premier League last season and at times found himself on the bench. Pogba, 25, told French television at the weekend that he was “the most criticised player in the world”.

    “Not bitter,” was Varane’s assessment of Pogba, before adding to the press: “If you could be a little bit more positive as well, that would be cool.” France’s talented but young squad will be favourites against a Peru side beaten 1-0 by Denmark in their opener.

    But Peru, backed by their vocal fans who have travelled in numbers, were the better side for long spells against the Danes and missed a golden opportunity to go in front when Christian Cueva ballooned his penalty over Kasper Schmeichel’s crossbar.

    Another defeat for Peru, who will again be sporting their distinctive red sash shirts, could spell the end of their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds, in their first World Cup since 1982.

    The 34-year-old striker Paolo Guerrero, who won a late reprieve to play in Russia after his drugs ban was overturned, came on for the last 30 minutes against Denmark and Peru’s all-time leading goalscorer looks likely to start.

  • IPL 2018, Match 35: FPJ’s Dream XI for Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore

    MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who lost their last three games will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The top concern for CSK is their bowling which doesn’t look to subside anytime soon. CSK are second on the points table and are on the edge to make it to the playoffs once again. This season, CSK have been involved in some dramatic finishes. The last time CSK met RCB, they managed to pick up an easy win at Bengaluru. Here are the probable dream XI for the Super Kings:

    CSK: Shane Watson, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar.

    On the other hand, RCB has pulled up their socks in the last encounter against Mumbai Indians which they won by 14-runs. But the job for RCB is not yet done. In eight matches, they have only managed to win only three, and now they need to win all their remaining matches to make it through the playoffs. The good news for RCB is that their explosive batsman AB de Villiers has recovered from his illness and will be added to the playing XI against CSK. RCB will be eager to exploit the recent setbacks CSK have faced and will look to bring a more confident side to challenge the home side. But they still would need to be cautious considering the tremendous batting line-up at CSK’s disposal. Here we see the probable dream XI for the Royal Challengers:

    RCB: Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, Mohammad Siraj, Manan Vohra, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav.

  • IPL 2018: 5 Talking points from Mumbai Indians’ win over Kings XI Punjab

    Defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their campaign alive with a win over Kings XI Punjab by six wickets at Indore on Friday. Mumbai, who have struggled right throughout the tournament won key phases of the game and would now look to string together a couple of wins to get some momentum at the business end of the tournament.

    5 talking points from Mumbai’s win:

    1. Rahul-Gayle stitching together another 50 run partnership:

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    Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are having a wonderful tournament and both of them again gave Punjab a wonderful start and added 54 runs for the first wicket. Gayle, who likes to attack and take down opposition was kept quiet by Jasprit Bumrah, but on the other hand, Rahul played with positive intent and this partnership has allowed Punjab’s middle order some breathing room.

    2. Is Yuvraj Singh playing his last IPL?:

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    India’s foremost one day player and winner of 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup (man of the tournament) is currently going through a really rough patch. After getting dropped in the last game, Yuvraj made a comeback and batted at No 3, but struggled for timing and fluency and could only score 14 off 14 balls before being run out.

    It would be very sad if this turns out to be Yuvraj’s last IPL, but time and tide wait for none and every legend has to take a call on his career at the right time.

    3. Jasprit Bumrah proving his worth:

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    Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah is not having a great tournament by his lofty standards and has been guilty of being expensive in the death overs. But on Friday, Bumrah brought his A game and only gave away 19 runs in four overs and picked up a wicket. Bumrah had to ball against a rampaging Gayle and kept him quiet and this augurs well for Mumbai that Bumrah is bowling at his best.

    4. Punjab bowlers keeping Mumbai in check:

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    Kings XI Punjab’s bowling attack has been doing the job with limited resources and on a small Indore ground, KXIP bowlers almost won the game for their side. Punjab struck at regular intervals and if it weren’t for Krunal Pandya-Rohit Sharma partnership in the end then Punjab might have been on the winning side.

    5. Krunal Pandya clinching it for Mumbai:

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    Mumbai Indians in this tournament have lost quite a few matches and their big signing players have failed to perform. Krunal Pandya, who is more known as Hardik Pandya’s brother came to the party and alongside Rohit Sharma won the game for Mumbai.

    Pandya scored a quickfire 31 off 12 balls and was there till the end. Pandya has been a utility player for Mumbai in the last couple of years and playing a match-winning knock will boost his confidence.

Social Media

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologises to EU Parliament over data breach

    Brussels: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament today and said the social media giant is taking steps to prevent a repeat of a massive breach of users’ personal data.

    Zuckerberg also pledged to keep investing in Europe as he made the latest stop on a tour of contrition over the Cambridge Analytica scandal that began in the US Congress in April. Zuckerberg told the livestreamed hearing in Brussels that it has become clear in the last two years that Facebook executives “haven’t done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm”.

    “And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people’s information. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility,” he said. “That was a mistake, and I’m sorry for it.” Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. The Silicon Valley giant has told the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, that the personal data of up to 2.7 million Europeans may have been sent inappropriately to Cambridge Analytica, which has since filed for bankruptcy in the US.

    The Facebook chief welcomed the EU’s sweeping new personal data protection rules, which come into effect in three days, saying that his website was adopting similar steps. Zuckerberg said Facebook was bringing in new features including a special “clear history” button that would allow them to delete any cookies or browsing history details it stores. He also told the leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups that Facebook would make fresh investments to protect its users in the wake of the scandal.

    “It’s going to take time to work through all of the changes we must make. But I’m committed to getting it right, and to making the significant investments needed to keep people safe,” he added. “I expect this will significantly impact our profitability. But I want to be clear: keeping people safe will always be more important than maximising our profits.” Zuckerberg meanwhile admitted that Facebook had been “too slow to identify Russian interfering” in the 2016 US presidential ballot, but was working with European governments for future elections.

    Facebook also serves a valuable social role with tens of thousands of people having used its Safety Check feature “after the recent terrorist attacks in Berlin, Paris, London and here in Brussels”, Zuckerberg said. The Facebook chief staged a U-turn on Monday and agreed to the hearing being webcast, in a further bid to limit the fallout from the data scandal. Angry EU lawmakers had objected to initial plans for it to be held behind closed doors.

    European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who welcomed Zuckerberg to parliament, urged him to ensure people’s data was respected. In April, Tajani rejected Zuckerberg’s initial offer to send a more junior executive in his place, saying it would be a “big mistake” for him not to answer questions from an elected body that regulates a market of 500 million people, many of them Facebook users. Tajani said MEPs want to know if “people used data for changing the position of the citizens”, including during the shock 2016 referendum for Britain to leave the EU.

    Objecting to a closed-door hearing, MEPs insisted Zuckerberg face a grilling similar to his 10-hour interrogation in US Congress last month. Guy Verhofstadt, who heads the ALDE liberals group in parliament, dropped his plan to boycott the event now that it would be “transparent and public”. Inviting Europeans to send him questions for Zuckerberg, Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, tweeted that EU citizens “deserve to hear the truth”.

    EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova recently paid Zuckerberg a backhanded compliment for having admitted that the Facebook scandal showed the need for strict new rules despite the reluctance of US internet giants. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on Friday, aims to give users more control over how their personal information is stored and used online, with big fines for firms that break the rules. Zuckerberg, who has repeatedly apologised for the massive data breach, told the US Congress in April that the more stringent EU rules could serve as a model globally.

  • Sensex extends losses on foreign fund outflows, rising oil prices

    Mumbai: The BSE Sensex drifted lower by another 125 points in early trade today amid unabated foreign fund outflows and surging global crude oil prices. The rupee depreciating against the US dollar also affected momentum.

    Brokers said sentiment remained weak largely on sustained capital outflows by foreign funds and rising global crude oil prices, which went past the USD 80 per barrel mark. Investors also kept an eye on political developments in Karnataka.

    The 30-share index fell by 125.10 points, or 0.35 percent, to 35,024.02 in the opening trade. The gauge has lost 407.59 points in the previous three sessions. In similar fashion, the NSE Nifty declined by 34.35 points, or 0.32 percent, to 10,648.35.

    Sectoral indices led by capital goods, IT, teck, oil and gas, banking and PSU were trading in the negative zone.

    Major losers were Wipro, L&T, HDFC Bank, Adani Ports, Infosys, Tata Motors, Asian Paints, Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Axis Bank, ITC Ltd and Reliance Industries, falling by up to 1.28 percent.

    Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net sold shares worth Rs 830.94 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 428.92 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.

    Trend at other Asian markets, however, was better as investors kept a cautious watch on developments in US-China trade negotiations.

    Japan’s Nikkei advanced 0.25 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.22 percent in early trade. China’s Shanghai Composite index too rose 0.46 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, ended 0.22 percent lower in yesterday’s trade.

  • In Bastar, now there is no panic like earlier, development has begun

    (Editors Note: In April this year, the Home Ministry had removed the names of 44 districts from the Left-wing extremist districts, it was a signal that Maoist influence has reduced in the country, it is the result of such a multi-pronged strategy. Under which efforts are being made to bring the locals away from the Maoist ideology through aggressive security and continuous development. However, when these Maoists are in Maoist-hit areas The threat is still hidden in the forests - the losers are desperate to wounded and overturned. In the Maoists 'stronghold, the development of development works just below the extremists' nose is the real challenge in the administration. Then what is the real situation on the ground? Firstpost reporter Devbrat Ghosh is going to see this in Maoist bastion of Bastar in Chhattisgarh. Bastar left most of extremist extremism The Maoists have done their biggest attacks in this series. In this series we will see how the villages have changed here, how eager the villages are, and these are not the names of the end. How many threats the administration and the security forces face in the campaign to increase development work among the Maoists who take them.)

    Deobrut Ghosh

    The evening was seven and a quarter seven. In the dawn of the evening, the Darbha valley of Bastar began to look surreal and divine. But my heart was beating fast. Jagdalpur was still 38 kilometers away. According to the experience of reporting in this area, it was dangerous to stay here for reporting after sunset.

    The terrible silence passed around, the forest in the dark, there is no populist population far and wide, telling the mobile outside of the coverage area ... it was all making sense to realize that it is not okay to undergo such Maoist area. .

    My driver Umashankar, sitting in the cab, was the only model of life on that black and empty road. Just a few moments ago we left the Jhiram Valley. The memories of this valley were not good at all. In May 2013, in the bloody attack of Maoists, 31 people, including many Congress leaders, were killed in this area. I asked the driver in a hurry to reach Jagdalpur- How long will it take to reach While asking this, I tried my best not to see my fear. I tried my best to hide my fear, but driver Umashankar read my fear like an open book and came straight to the point and said, 'Sir, now there is no panic earlier. Today you can visit the cities like Dantewada, Sukma or Kanker anytime. Now the roads are also good, there will be no problem sir. '

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    Bastar is regarded as the center of extremist extremism
    Bastar is actually the area inhabited by several tribal groups with different dialects. It has been considered the center of extremism of the Left. Their attacks on the security forces have also been terrible. Their public advocates, who make quick decisions, are notorious for their vandalism. In these courts, everyone knows about what happens to the police informers. The motive is that only because of the open punishment, people are so scared that no one ever calls them off.

    Bastar of Chhattisgarh was once the largest district of the country. Later, it was divided into 7 separate districts, to enable the administration to run smoothly. Even today, Bastar division (total area 39,117 sq km), Kerala (38,863 square kilometers) is bigger in the area than many states.
    Bastar Since the Maoist went into the lap of terror, he has taken possession of every identity of this area. In return, this area has lost so much precious things. We lost the people of this area, we also lost our hands in a wonderful culture played in the lap of nature. In addition, we have lost all kinds of natural resources and precious minerals, which are littered in this area.

    Although now it was a matter of the past, but I remember that same bastar. Umashankar's say was correct. In 2013, I went to Bastar for the last time. Then and in today's Bastar there is a difference in land and space. Well, we reached Jagdalpur without any unpleasant incident throughout the hour. A big surprise was waiting for us here. Jagdalpur city, which is the headquarters of Bastar district, was bathed in light of 8 pm. Food-shop shops, ice cream parlors, tea shops and department stores were full of people. People later told me that there is a similar kind of humiliation till 11 o'clock in the night.

    400 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh in two years

    Despite the fear, people learned to live life in some areas of Bastar
    Some years ago, such a lively Bastar could not even think about it. Although the evening was very faint and it did not feel that the Maoism had been eliminated in Bastar. But so much the idea could have been imposed that despite the fear of the Maoists, people have learned to live life in certain areas of Bastar.

    The development work done by the central and state governments on the war-footing has started to result. Under this, the security forces take any area in their surroundings and the work of infrastructure or structural construction is done by the administration. In this way, the plan to throw the Maoists on the margins eventually came to an end. As a result, Maoists have always been the stronghold of the Maoists. This area is slowly but rightly now shrinking.

    Explain that this fast, organized and robust growth was started in 2011 by the then Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh of the then UPA Government. In the same year in August of that year, the CRPF had made a tremendous attack on the Maoists in the Saranda area of ​​Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. For the first time that year, about a decade later, the tricolor was hoisted in Saranda.

    Jairam Ramesh has indeed taken the palm that the success of the security forces can be done to prove the stability of the situation after this incident. The result came out as a Saranda Development Plan. The same scheme got security cover for Sarna area, which proved to be a strong shield against the Maoists. Because of this security, the Center, the State and the district administration could develop it here, whose lack of understanding was mainly due to tribal Vasinde here. So far, the people of this region were deprived of this development due to the indifference of the state governments and the fear of Maoism.

    Narendra Modi's government raised the responsibility of Saranda Development Model itself
    Since Jairam Ramesh was himself involved in this work, the SDP ie the Sarna Development Project initially hoped some expectations. However, due to administrative shortcomings, the scheme was subsequently split during the remaining UPA regime. Later, the Narendra Modi government took up the responsibility of the Saranda Development Model, did a tremendous job. Modi's government increased the operation of the security forces tremendously against the Maoists. These operations proved to be more successful than P Chidambaram's 'Operation Green Hunt', then Home Minister of that time.

    During the UPA, there was a lot of discussion about the success of Green Hunt. On the other hand, in the areas which were free-zone, where there was no fear of panic, the development work was started very fast. The message given to tribals of those areas was clear- choose one of the sweetness of Maoism and the sweetness of development. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in his written reply to the Lok Sabha in March 2018: "The government has taken steps to protect against the leftist terrorists, steps should be taken to ensure safety, development work and local people The work will be done to give their rights and entitlements. As the geographical expansion of the Maoists has decreased and the incidence of violence has decreased, it can be said that due to this policy, the overall level of security has been very good. Obviously this has also accelerated development work.

    But Bastar's picture is completely different from Saranda. It is a matter of work of development in a village free from the horror of Maoism. And the work of infrastructure in a village fearing terror is a different thing. In these villages, both government employees and villagers are afraid of leftist terror. This is the situation in the villages of seven districts of Bastar, which are still considered to be the stronghold of Maoist insurgency. Apart from this, it is also in the official list of 7 districts, ambitious districts of the country. Perhaps this is why the road connecting Jagdalpur with districts of Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur, Kondagaon, Kanker and Narayanpur with Maoism has a special meaning.

    Roads played an important role in connecting people here with mainstream
    As I went further into these areas for the next 10 days, I noticed that the roads built in these areas have played the most important role in connecting people here with mainstream. The journey of development to the villages where the Maoists are in the strongholds is possible only through these roads. The roads did not do this, provided the tribals with essential things, such as hospitals, administration, school-college and market.

    This is the road, which has increased the confidence of the people here so that they can now come to the villages having defenseless Maoism-affected villages. Of course, the biggest threat to the Maoists is not only with the security forces' rifle, but they are new roads which provide alternatives and opportunities to local tribesmen.

    However, the country has to pay a huge price for constructing roads in such areas of terror. Many CRPF jawans, policemen and people engaged in the construction work in making them, the Maoists have targeted their bullets. In the memory of the soldiers of the CRPF who went to protect these roads, a martyr memory gate has been built on Bijapur-Basaguda road in Bijapur district, which is also known for the bitter realignment of roads in the Bastar region. Offers.

    Bastar commissioner Dilip Vasnikar told the FirstPost: "In the last 5 years, the entire development work in the Bastar division has been done very fast and the result of this is that the Maoists have gone a long way in these areas. You will find that the dhabas on the side of roads are open in the night, without any fear. Our children are going to civil services, passing the IIT examinations. And now Bastar has also been connected with rail and air traffic. "

    New roads for thousands of kilometers under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
    In the last 5 years, 3,998 kilometers of roads were built under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. Vasanikar explains, 'The roads have been constructed at the record level under this scheme. Today, 8,588 km long roads have been made to connect the district headquarters to the villages in Bastar division. This is one of the biggest achievements of this government. Through these roads, the daily needs of the tribal village people here are also better served than before. '

    Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had announced in Raipur in January 2015 that under the RRP, ie road safety scheme, the government will construct 7,294 km of roads in Naxal-affected areas. These are important roads, which will work to connect badly affected areas with Naxalism, such as the road connecting Dantewada and Sukma. According to an official of the CRPF, under the RRP, the construction of 451-km long roads of 14 national highways (National Highways) in the security of CRPF in Bastar was completed, out of which 244 kilometer long road has been completed.

    Traveling through these areas, apart from the good roads, things also attract attention. On both sides of the road, new educational institutions, hospitals, primary health centers are seen and government efforts are seen to be coloring. In addition to the plans of the Center, development schemes of Chhattisgarh government are also working. In the area of ​​Bastar, in the last 5 years, the state government opened 9 new government colleges. These include engineering and medical colleges. Apart from this, two Government Hospitals, 101 Ayurvedic Hospitals, 140 Ayush Centers, 8 Primary Health Centers, 13 Sub-Health Centers, 41 Higher Secondary Schools and 58 High Schools have been opened. Free coaching centers for the skill development center, a nursing training college, civil services, IIT and other competitive examinations have also been opened by the government.

    In the last 5 years, new bank has opened in Bastar, has improved mobile connectivity
    The report of a major bank shows that 112 new branches and 115 ATMs of banks have been opened in the Bastar division from the year 2013 through to 2018. Over a decade ago, mobile connectivity in Bastar was like a nightmare. It was difficult for the police and the security forces to run the operation even in difficult terrain due to difficulties running mobile. To improve mobile connectivity, 225 new mobile towers were installed. Talking to a mobile without having connection here for an outsider is still almost impossible. Especially when you are traveling.

    D. M. Awasthi, head of anti-Naxal campaign in Chhattisgarh, says, "Despite the blockades, the work of development in the Naxal-affected areas is going on fast. Especially due to the roads, we are getting help in retreating the Naxalites. And now, the attitude towards the development of people is also changing.

    Ramesh Nayyar, senior journalist from Raipur, says, "Through the government's education scheme" effort "has helped in educating a large number of tribal children. Schools, colleges and professional institutions have been opened in tribal areas which were notorious for Naxalism. With these efforts children's interest in reading tribal areas has also increased greatly. Maoists burnt schools in these areas. I hope that the teachers who left school because of the Maoist terror, they will all return after seeing the roads and development. '

    Both Dilip Vasinkar and D.M. Awasthi attribute this development to former Chief Secretary of State Vivek Dhand, who recently retired from this post. D. M. Awasthi said that like the CEO of the state, Vivek Dhand gave direction to all the development plans in the area of ​​Bastar. To take stock of construction work, he used to contact contractors directly and motivate those who work in these projects.

    Vasinkar believes that since Dhand Sahab has been a Commissioner of the area of ​​Bastar, he is aware of the forts of this entire division. In the last three and a half years, from the road to the opening of new institutions in this area, he has been taking stock of all the development work.

    Maoists could not join Bastar rail due to panic, ignoring
    For decades, due to many reasons such as the rugged terrain of Bastar, the Maoist terror and the ignorance of politicians, this area could not be linked to the rail. There was only one way to reach Bastar or to get there, sick roads there. Now there is a rail route from Jagdalpur to Visakhapatnam, two more rail routes are open, both from Jagdalpur and Dalli-Rajhara, to Bhanupratappur. Opening of this rail route will prove to be a blessing for the locals. A senior official of the South-Central Central Railway said, "350-km long track between Dalli-Rajhara and Rawghat is being constructed. Despite this, 60 km of this route has been completed, as opposed to the leftist militants. Trains are also running on this small path. We will soon complete the work till Raughat. Three companies of CRPF have been engaged in the security of railway track and are also protecting railway workers and machines.
    He further said, 'There is a route from Durg to Dalli-Rajahara to carry iron mineral. Durga is already connected from Raipur. Gradually, for the passenger trains, we will complete the complete line via Raipur to Jagdalpur via Via Dalli-Rajahara. '

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    'In the last 4-5 years, the growth that has happened here, it has not been in the last 30 years'
    Dhananjay Devangan, collector of Bastar, says, "There will be huge employment opportunities from the Nagar Nair Steel Plant. At the same time, local level financial system will also be strengthened by this plant. Jagdalpur's businessman Lakhan Saw says that 'the development that has happened in the last 4-5 years, it has not been in the last 30 years. Bastar is changing. '

    Yes, Bastar is changing now. For the first time, the Maoists are being pushed back, the security forces are constantly tasting success, the administration is connecting the villages for the first time with the network of roads and tribals are seeing their needs for the first time. In my next report, I will tell you that connecting with the outer world, how the people of Bastar are changing lives.

    In my next report, I will take you to Palanar, which is a small village of Dantewada. The same Dantewada, which has been a tremendous force for the Maoists. Until a few days ago, if any villager had to go to work outside the village, he had to take permission from the Maoists. Someone outside could not come to the village without his command. But now it is not so. When I reached Palnar, I saw that some children of the village are watching the National Geographic Channel on a large LED screen. Yes ... Palanar village is changing.

    :by news18