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The deputy chief minister was hinting at Tiwary’s statement that he felt he had "committed a sin" by filing the PIL," In another tweet,The GSRTC will be the first in this country to offer such facilities and will achieve newer heights in the development of transport facilities, said GSRTC secretary P D Patel Alsoan AC waiting lounge with facilities like Wi-Fi and LCD television sets will be inaugurated at GSRTC bus station at Ahmedabads Geeta Mandir For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari Thursday alleged that Arvind Kejriwal had an "ego like Ravana" and challenged him to a public debate on the city’s problems a day after the chief minister lashed out at the Lieutenant Governor BJP and the bureaucracy in the Assembly File image of Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari PTI Tiwari said Kejriwal had become a "big problem" for Delhi Kejriwal is used to seeking public opinion on important issues Tiwari said and added "he should come forward for a public debate with us on the problems of Delhi" In a day-long session of the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday Kejriwal had launched a broadside against Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal BJP and the bureaucracy alleging a nexus between them while supporting a bill for regularisation of guest teachers The Opposition BJP had walked out of the House in protest against alleged "use of unparliamentary language by Kejriwal during the session" Tiwari alleged that the Kejriwal government was trying to "complicate" regularisation of guest teachers and embroil it in litigation "As a responsible opposition we will not allow them to do so" he added The bill passed by the AAP-dominated House seeks to regularise employment of around 15000 guest teachers (working on contractual basis) in Delhi government-run schools Baijal had objected to the bill saying that matters relating to ‘services’ fall beyond the legislative competence of the Delhi Assembly and that the proposed legislation was not in accordance with the constitutional scheme New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed the BJP and the RSS saying their "fascist vision is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society" and added that the incident in Bhima-Koregaon (Maharashtra) is an indicator of resistance "A central pillar of the RSS-BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society Una Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance" said Gandhi in Twitter A central pillar of the RSS/BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society Una Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 2 2018 Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced a probe by a Bombay High Court judge into the Pune riots which left one person dead and announced that the family of a young man killed in the violence would get Rs 1 million Protesters led by Republican Party of India (A) staged a dharna in Chembur at Vashi Naka Amar Mahal Junction in Mumbai Geeta Desai/101reporters Fadnavis’s move came after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar blamed the Maharashtra administration for lapses leading to Monday’s riots and appealed for peace The disturbances erupted in Koregaon-Bhima village on 1 January during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War between the army of Peshwa Bajirao II and a small force of East India Company in which a large number of Dalits were involved Hundreds of thousands of Dalits had congregated around the Victory Pillar (Vijay Stambh) erected by the British in Sanaswadi village when suddenly stone-pelting started allegedly by some rightwing groups carrying saffron flags In the clashes that ensued between the two groups more than 30 vehicles including buses police vans and private vehicles were torched or damaged The police fired teargas shells to control the mobs and prohibitory orders were imposed in the entire Pune district The violence led to the death of Rahul Fatangale 28 of Nanded Published: February 15 2014 12:56 am Related News Tuning in It was interesting to learn from Jawhar Sircar’s article ‘Riding the waves a shared history’ (IE February 13) that Rabindranath Tagore christened All India Radio “Akashvani” way back in 1938 True Radio Ceylon gave tough competition to AIR but many recall that even prior to Radio Ceylon the commercial station from Goa (then under Portuguese rule) had captured Indian listeners with broadcasts of Hindustani film-recordings Finally a correction The great playback singer Shamshad Begum was an Indian artiste and not Pakistani But of course culture especially music recognises no geographical boundaries particularly between India and Pakistan — Sukumar Shidore Pune New low THIS refers to ‘Parliament is shamed’ (IE February 14) Unparliamentary behaviour is nothing new in India but MPs have sunk to an unprecedented low By using pepper spray in Parliament L Rajagopal endangered the lives of his fellow MPs Glasses were smashed and computers hurled amid the din on the most shameful day in Parliament’s history The call for frisking parliamentarians before they enter the House has grown shriller Considering Thursday’s events this seems appropriate — CV Aravind Bangalore Mighty fall This refers to the editorial ‘For my aam aadmi’ (IE February 14) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to reward the defaulters who did not pay their “inflated” bills when he launched a so-called civil disobedience protest puts the AAP ahead of every other party that has channelled state resources to exclusively favour its narrow support base The AAP has so far done the same things that they criticised the “established” political parties for They are an example of how power corrupts The Congress and BJP are frequently accused of taking a soft line against their party men But is the AAP any different The Manish Sisodia episode and the decision to reward people who do not pay their dues show the AAP in very poor light The AAP has no moral standing left They cannot lecture anyone else on matters of propriety anymore — Ashok Goswami Mumbai US frenemies The meeting between US Ambassador Nancy Powell and Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad (‘US ambassador meets Modi signals end of boycott but no word on visa’ IE February 14) has been hyped both by the media and political parties Everybody knows that the US only bothers about its own national interest (we must also try and emulate this) The timing of the meeting — despite the shameful petition from Indian MPs to the US president asking him to continue to deny Modi a visa — should not come as a surprise for obvious reasons The US is following in the footsteps of the European Union and Australia There are no permanent friends or foes in politics For instance the US didn’t always share warm relations with Nelson Mandela As late as 2008 Nelson Mandela continued to be on the US terror watch list Yet not only was he honoured with a US congressional gold medal in 1998 but US President Barack Obama also spoke movingly at his funeral — BN Anand Mohali For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published: June 14 2017 11:21 am Allu Arjun’s Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India launched Related News A day after completing the last day shoot of his upcoming film Duvvada Jagannadham aka DJ Tollywood star Allu Arjun’s next Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India was officially launched on Wednesday in Hyderabad The film marks the directorial debut of Vakkantham Vamsi who has contributed to several blockbusters in the past as a screenwriter The filmmakers held a customary pooja with Allu Arjun’s mother Nirmala Allu launching the film with the traditional mahurat clap The actor’s father Allu Aravind was also present at the pooja ceremony According to reports the film was supposed to go on the floors in April itself However the temporary lull in DJ shooting delayed the production of Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India The buzz is Vamsi had first narrated this story to one of the leading stars in the Telugu industry two years ago After initial discussions the project did not materialise Later he took his story to Allu who immediately green-lit the project The actor is being appreciated for giving a debutant director an opportunity at this stage in his career Vamsi may be wielding the microphone for the first time but previously he has written some of the biggest box office blockbusters including Salman Khan’s Kick Jr NTR’s Temper Allu’s Race Gurram Ram Charan’s Yevadu to name a few Vamsi’s directorial outing is said to be a patriotic drama you may have guessed it based on the title of the film already The film is reportedly set in a war backdrop and the filmmakers are planning to shoot a massive battle sequence for the film Kannada actress Rashmika Mandanna has been roped in for the female lead while senior actors Sarathkumar and Arjun Sarja will be playing important roles The filmmakers are yet to reveal the details of the remaining cast My New Film ” Na Peru Surya Na Illu India ” Muhurtham Today #AA18 #NaPeruSurya pictwittercom/5Y9mPMkcyS — Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) June 14 2017 Vamsi has also put together a sound technical crew including National Award winning cinematographer Rajeev Ravi Music duo Vishal-Shekhar will compose music for the film while Atul and Ajay will take care of the background score #NaPeruSurya Film Muhurtham Stills… @alluarjun #VakkanthamVamsi pictwittercom/UXSBmWxmwJ — Vamsi Shekar PRO (@UrsVamsiShekar) June 14 2017 The film will be bankrolled by Lagadapati Sridhar Production and the regular shooting will commence soon After completing this film Allu will start work on his debut Tamil movie with director Lingusamy For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 31 2017 5:52 pm Cheteshwar Pujara will play his 50th Test match for India (Source: AP) Related News Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to play his 50th Test match of career when he would take the field against Sri Lanka in Colombo on August 3 in the second Test match of three-match series In a video posted by BCCI on their official Twitter handle Pujara recollected the memories of his first Test match that he played back in 2010 The right-hander went to say that for him it was a dream come true to share the dressing room with the legends likeSachin Tendulkar Rahul Dravid Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag “2010 was the most crucial year for me when I made my Test debut and first Test match I still remember because I wanted to play with legends like Sachin Tendulkar Rahul Dravid Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag Many of them were a part of Indian team and to share the dressing room with them I still remember those moments Those are the time and those are the moments which have stood apart” he said Talking about the toughest series Pujara revealed that the Australian series earlier this year was the toughest one Batsman @cheteshwar1 who is all set to play his 50th Test match reminisces his Test debut in 2010 & the moments that have stood out for him pictwittercom/oUeUHn3yJc — BCCI (@BCCI) 31 July 2017 “Apart from that when we talk about the Test series I think the Test series against Australia was the toughest and the victory was the best” he revealed Pujara has so far scored a total of 3966 runs in 49 matches for India which include 12 hundreds In the first match against Sri Lanka the right-handed batsman scored 154 in the first innings that helped India post 600 runs on the board India eventually won the match by 304 runs For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: September 1 2012 11:34 pm Related News The long arm The Chief Justice of IndiaSH Kapadiawas right to advocate restraint for the courts In recent timesthe courts have delivered pathbreaking judgments that have been welcomed by the people Howeverit is important that the judiciary acknowledges its role as the interpreter and protector of the law and respects the separation of powers among the three organs of the state The courts should effectively interpret and enforce laws already in place and not tread on the legislatures territory Jasleen Kaur Chandigarh Name of the law THE Gujarat special courts judgmentconvicting 32 accused in the Naroda Patiya massacreincluding BJP MLA Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal activist Babu Bajrangiis a ray of hope for the kin of those who suffered in the Gujarat riots of 2002 (Where law wins out, the house was under renovation and the joint family had been living on rent in the neighbourhood.
" a source said. landing and take-off will not be allowed from 10. The residents took up the issue of the construction of the Metro station in Sector 21 for which the acquisition of residential land has been proposed. Documents obtained under RTI by residents of Campa Cola compound reveal that the three builders paid a penalty of Rs 6.” On National Awards being juvenile “My views about acting are very different. After the Iraqi forces had spent all of 2014 and most of 2015 being vanquished in city after city by the militants,” said Dr. "They want him to be a star.It’s something that makes me angry but that’s just the way it is Twentyyears ago someone would have put him in a tree" Kevin Magnussen who escaped serious injury in a high-speed accident at Spa is expected to undergo medical tests on Thursday before being passed fit to race for Renault Cairo:Twenty-four terrorists and six soldiers were killed on Sunday as armed forces foiled terror attacks in Egypt’s restive North Sinai region the army said Representational image AP One terrorist was also injured during the clashes military spokesman Tamer el-Refae said in a statement The armed forces also destroyed two vehicles which were used by terrorists the statement added The forces are currently combing the area of the incident and chasing the attackers North Sinai has witnessed many terrorist attacks since the January 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak The attacks mainly targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by the military following massive protests against his rule Hundreds of police and army personnel have been killed since then By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: December 3 2015 10:04 am Veteran actor Manoj Kumar admitted to a suburban hospital last month had now returned home and was doing fine sources close to him said this evening Top News Veteran actor Manoj Kumar admitted to a suburban hospital last month had now returned home and was doing fine sources close to him said this evening Manoj Kumar was admitted to Kokilaben hospital in suburban Andheri for 15 days last month Now he is fine and has been discharged “He was admitted to hospital 10 days ago But now he is fine and at home” sources said without divulging reason for the hospital stay The actor reportedly had a back problem Manoj Kumar 78 is known for his patriotic roles in the films such as ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’ etc In 1992 he was honoured with the Padmashri For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: July 16 2015 11:45 am Marc Webb director said he is prepared that Spider-Man is going back to Marvel Universe (Source: Reuters) Related News “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb is “really excited but a little sad” about the upcoming reboot of Spider-Man The 40-year-old director said he is prepared that Spider-Man is going back to Marvel Universe reported MTV “I’m really psyched that Spider-Man is going back to the Marvel universe I’m really excited to see that incarnation” he said Tom Holland was recently cast as Spider-Man for the reboot to be directed by Jon Watts Share This Article Related Article “Jon Watts is directing it I knew him from the old music video days and he’d done some really fantastic music videos so it’s really exciting It’s sad a little bit to surrender that in a way – but it’s as it must be I guess” said Webb who directed the previous two Spider-Man films “I think there’s a huge capacity for reinvention within the realm of the Spider-Man universe It happens all the time in the comics and as I’ve said many times before Spider-Man belongs on screen “And there’s a lot of different ways to interpret that character whether it’s Miles Morales or Peter Parker or whomever I’m really curious to see how that evolves” he added For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express AppWritten by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: August 12 2013 3:47 am Related News Already reeling under staff crunch and after a longdrawn out appointment process spread over a yearthe Education Department has failed to fill in nearly 1000 posts of Mathematics and Science teachers for government upper primary schools across Gujarat The department now has to undergo the entire process by re-advertising these posts The department will try to fill these 1000 vacant posts that will take nearly two months The re-advertising for recruitment will be opted after calling in the candidates in the waiting list The department hopes to fill in these vacancies at the earliest?was able to score a ton (103).A congenital disease called congenital extradural CP angle petrous apex cholesteatoma.
So getting a chance to play it on screen feels great.said Anoop Mathur, who had reportedly been suspended for creating a ruckus in Sector 31 police station in 2009 as well. Sources said constable Manjeet at present posted in the VIP security was on duty in civil clothes at leisure valley in Sector 10 for the Rose Festival on Sunday In the evening SI Rajdeep Singh who is posted in Crime Branch was on duty at the festival and pushed a crowd to control a mob Sources said that Manjeet was part of the crowd and on being pushed by Rajdeep he said that he was a constable and expressed his displeasure at being pushed An altercation then ensued between the two after which Rajdeep allegedly slapped Manjeet and man-handled him Enraged Manjeet and at least 10 other constables gathered outside the residence of SSP Chaudhary in Sector 16 to lodge a complaint SHO Dalsher Singh of Sector 17 police station reached the spot and the constables were asked to lodge a formal complaint into the incident IG RP Upadhyay when contacted confirmed that a complaint had been received “I don’t have the details but I have marked an enquiry to SSP Chaudhary to probe the incident However nobody has been placed under suspension” said Upadhyay Meanwhile police tried to hush up the incident “There was an argument between the two of them but nobody was slapped or thrashed It has all been sorted now” said SHO Dalsher It is not the first time that Rajdeep has been involved in such an incident In 2009 he had been suspended for allegedly threatening and abusing a head constable in Sector 31 police station For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: April 11 2012 3:36 am Related News Pailan Arrows hold Mumbai FC 1-1 Mumbai FC played one all draw against young Pailan Arrows who showed great comeback and earned a well-deserved draw in the 24 round I League encounter at the Balewadi Sports ComplexPune on Tuesday The Khalid Jamil coached side was all set to sign off on a winning note and moreover their relegation looming overall three points were crucial for Mumbai FC Mumbai took the lead in the 29th minute via a fantastic finish by Abhishey Yadav One on one with the goalkeeper Ravi Kumarthe former India international managed the finest of touches to guide the ball into the nets Mumbai FC then pressed with Cavin Lobo on the right flank hitting the post minutes later The first half ended with Mumbai FC dominating possession On changing the endsit was all Pailan Arrows Swift passingquick dribbling fantastic off the ball runs by Prabir DasTirthankar SarkarGeorge AlwynLalrozama Fanai and captain Milan Singh meant that Mumbai were left ball watching Jamils frustration was visible as the Mumbai midfield was completely ineffective Kuttymani walked off the pitch straight into the dressing room on being substituted and Abhishek Yadav lost his cool against Gurtej Singh when Ajmaludheen was down injured With such a tempothe inevitable happened and the Pailan Arrows scored the equalizer on the 71st minute through George Alwyn The last quarter witnessed some end-to-end stuff with both teams desperately searching for the equalizer But as it has happened throughout the season for the Arrowsa win eluded the young all-Indian outfit as the referee Balasubramanian from Karnataka blew the final whistle Parel VillaSpartans draw 1-1 Honours were evenly sharedas Parel Villa and Spartans FC shared two goals and two pointsin an evenly fought 1-1 draw in a First Division match of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) leagueplayed at the St Xaviers groundParel on Tuesday Striker Aaron Verdes was bang on target for the Parel outfitwhile Kunaal Pawar struck for Spartans Results: Div-I: Parel Villa 1 (Aaron Verdes) drew with Spartans FC 1 (Kunaal Pawar) SSE summer camp SSE invites 2 Benfica coaches for Summer Camp Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE)an established football academy in South Mumbai in association with two-time European champions and five-time runners-up Sport Lisboa e Benfica of Portugalwill be conducting an International Football Summer Camplater this month SSE have invited two coaches from the Portuguese club to India Edgar Cardoso and Mauro Mouralinhoboth UEFA B Licensed holders and attached with Benficawill be present in the city for the Summer Camp They will both be assisted by SSE coaches and will teach kids how to play Football the Benfica way.Genetic mutations linked to Parkinson’s identified) The findings of the study appear in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. Ukhimath area in Rudraprayag district was the worst hit as a cloudburst in the wee hours flattened dozens of homes in eight villages killing at least 29 people in their sleep. USA,Pukhraj Singh 66 no,Buddhists and Zoroastrians, Beyond the caste and communal matrix of politics in Bihar, 2015 4:19 pm Amitabh Bachchan may get a lot of compliments for working round the clock with energy equal to any young actor.
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says,Dange Chowk (thergaon) Deccan, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: January 22,have been sharply brought out in the developments following the presentation of the railway budget? Its clear the PM was referring to the TMC Its time the UPA caught the TMC bull by its hornswhich would make Pawars NCP and other coalition dharma adherents stand out MM Singh Ahmedabad Dealing hand * The Tamil Nadu government has given its nod to the Koodankulam project Activists insist there has been no detailed consultation between the locals and the government to reassure them of the plants safety Training for people living within 30-km radius of the plant on how to deal with an emergency has also not been done When developed nations like Germany and Japan are concerned about the use of nuclear powerwe are embarking upon it with nary a care for our people No wonder it is said Indian lives are cheap S Kamat Bardez Lost win * In the euphoria over Sachin Tendulkars 100th centurywe forgot to overlook a fact: we lost the match because it took Tendulkar ages to move from 88 to 100 We lost the opportunity to score another 20-odd runs which could have taken the game out of Bangladeshs reach AM Limaye Pune For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: February 12 2017 8:32 pm Image for representational purposes Top News Days after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested an American businessman of Indian-origin for alleged smuggling of antiques and artifacts further searches have led to recovery of antique wooden sculptures and carvings Fresh searches conducted at the godown on second floor in central Byculla yesterday revealed that it was camouflaged as an abandoned mezzanine floor in the industrial estate Accused Vijay Nanda was arrested on February 6 after DRI conducted searches at his house in Girgaum and a godown on the first floor in which figurines including that of terracotta from 1st century AD bronze figurines of Mahishasur Mardini and Ganesh dating back to 17th and 18th century were recovered “During the search operation on February 11 at second floor godown officers recovered antique wooden sculptures and carvings There were 12 ornately carved wooden columns with floral plasters 12 wooden archways with carvings of birds and flowers on them and 12 wooden pedestals The said articles are antiquities protected under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act 1972” a DRI official said today His business associate Udit Jain was also arrested by DRI in Chennai for smuggling of antiques “The wooden sculptures belong to the Shahjahani style of architecture which is a part of the late Mughal style of architecture of the 17th and 18th century Similarly styled columns are also found in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture of the 19th Century” the official said The recovered columns appear to be the part of a grand haveli in Gujarat or Rajasthan “Actual identification will be possible only with matching of photographs from local historians/sources All these sculptures had been packed properly and were in a ready to ship condition” the official said The wooden antiquities have been seized under provisions of the Customs Act The official also said assistance of experts from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is being sought for formal certification of the antiques recovered he said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Published: April 25 2017 4:52 am The women work between 8 am and 4 pm Source: Manoj Kumar Top News Mamta Devi (36) a mother of two packed her bags and left Varanasi last week to begin her job as a toll collector at the Kherki Daula toll plaza in Gurgaon She left behind her children aged seven and five who are now being looked after by her in-laws and husband “I do miss my family but this job gives me a chance to establish my own identity and also support my husband and children monetarily It will be a big help for them in the long run” Devi said The toll plaza recently employed Devi and nine other women all of whom hail from Varanasi or nearby villages through the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana to work as toll collectors Another woman who hails from Palwal has also been hired through the programme and deployed at the plaza’s administrative department With this move Kherki Daula has become the second toll plaza in Delhi-NCR to hire women toll collectors The first to do so was the Gurgaon-Faridabad toll plaza “We trained the women over the last week beginning April 18 They began work on Monday morning” said Piyush Gandhi Project Head Skylark Group — the company which operates the toll plaza According to Gandhi the women were hired to work alongside men with the aim of “empowerment” as well as in the hope that their presence will reduce incidents of friction and violence at the toll plaza “Over the past years there have been several incidents of conflict at the toll plaza We expect this will reduce with the presence of the women because people will think 10 times before misbehaving with them” he said The women currently work in 10 of the 22 lanes But due to safety concerns they work the morning shift between 8 am and 4 pm Officials said a separate guesthouse has been provided to accommodate them with company vehicles transporting them to and from the toll plaza For 19-year-old Maneka Sharma the opportunity to work at the plaza was a “dream come true” “I had seen women working at a toll plaza in Uttar Pradesh and was always fascinated by them I can now see what life at the plaza is like and also support my family” said Sharma Officials said most of the women are between 19 and 25 years of age and have completed their schooling At least 15 more are expected to join the group within the next fortnight with their training beginning later this week The women also said they are “not worried at all” about their safety with most claiming that any apprehensions they may have had were removed after they saw the security arrangements at the plaza “Our senior staff is made up of ex-Armymen who keep an eye on the proceedings In addition we have a male toll collector working alongside the women at every booth so that they can ask for guidance or help if needed” Gandhi said Safety concerns officials said are another reason why women have not been deployed to handle traffic at the plaza While reiterating that security arrangements are “very” good for the women Purnima Yadav (22) who sits at a toll booths said “It is also a matter of how we want to carry ourselves If we have confidence in ourselves that we can handle any situation; people cannot really trouble us” For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Meghnad Desai | Published: August 21 2016 12:02 am PM Narendra Modi waves from Red Fort during his speech Monday his third on Independence Day from the same venue (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri) Top News We just celebrated the 70th birthday of independent India As they say in Gujarati India has finished 69 and is running 70th year Even so it is a milestone Pakistan did not last so long It broke up before its 25th birthday Yugoslavia lasted less than 70 years and the Soviet Union only 74 With birthdays comes a chance to reminisce What were the best decades of independent India As always childhood — the first decade 1947-1956 — was tremendous There was a lot of hope and confidence in India’s future Jawaharlal Nehru as the first prime minister was not only a commanding leader but he had earned his position by 25 years of freedom struggle and then winning the first three general elections He came to the top by merit which cannot be said of his daughter and grandson (Some would prefer Vallabhbhai Patel but Gandhiji rolled the dice) The decade started with the miseries of Partition and the need to settle the five million or more refugees But the nation coped with rationing in good spirit It managed a decent rate of economic growth for the first time in 50 years India’s international standing was high and it played the go-between in the settlement of the Korean War and the departure of the French from Indo-China As the first and the largest country to become independent it played a lead role in the UN The next three decades were full of trouble and strife The Second Five Year Plan was found to be too ambitious and then India suffered the death of two prime ministers two famines and two wars in the second decade The third decade was even worse Apart from the decisive victory over Pakistan in 1971 it had inflation Naxalites and ended up with Emergency India did however manage the Green Revolution a triumph for the farmers who as private sector entrepreneurs responded to the incentives The decade of 1977-1986 had few compensations Strife in Punjab the assassination of a prime minister the slaughter in Delhi plus Bofors India at 40 was just about together There had been no economic growth worth speaking during the previous three decades and a crippling permit-licence raj But as often happens in life with age comes a certain easy ability to change your ways Midway through the fifth decade India turned over a new leaf thanks to another non-dynastic Congress prime minister after 25 years The Soviet Union collapsed and Narasimha Rao began readjusting Indian foreign policy away from visceral anti-Americanism (aka Non-Alignment) The sixth decade 1997-2006 saw India beginning to come into its own India openly tested the nuclear bomb and registered its desire to be taken seriously as a military not just a moral power It was a decade of stunningly high growth and manageable inflation Poverty levels came down A visit by an American president began to be routine India contained Pakistan though attempts to befriend it failed The seventh decade took India back to the old days The years 2007-2016 were up down and up The high inflation lower growth of 2009/2014 took away the good feeling of the previous dozen years Corruption reached its nadir Can we make the next 70 years better than the last 70 For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News in spite of the anti-immigrant propaganda that peppered the BJP election campaign. in spite of Delhi having expressed its displeasure when it had happened the first time.