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Guj polls: BJP vote machine aims to pluck seats
Times of India | 23 hours ago | |
Times of India
23 hours ago | |

The candidates in South Gujarat did not just fear the backlash from angry villagers when they visited tribal areas. What scared them more were the mobile phones that tech-savvy tribals wielded with great efficacy to scuttle campaigning. It had become common in villages for someone to pick an argument with the candidate. Another person in the crowd would shoot the scene and posts it on social media. Before the candidate reached the next village, the video went viral. This forced candidates to discuss issues with the village leaders before setting foot there. “We reached the village an hour early and called up people. We developed a rapport with the crowd so that the meeting ended peacefully,” said a political worker in Valsad. From Bharuch to Valsad, the districts have 12 Scheduled Tribe (ST) seats. Ignoring these areas was not an option for candidates. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Kaprada to begin his poll campaign proved the importance of these seats. Historically, the tribal votes have been loyal to the Congress for decades. However, after losing seats due to the Patidar quota movement in the 2017 assembly poll, the ruling BJP decided to compensate for it by winning the tribal seats. The ruling dispensation appointed tribal leaders like Surat Mangrol MLA Ganpat Vasava, Gandevi MLA Naresh Patel, Kaprada MLA Jitu Chaudhary and Umargam MLA Raman Patkar as ministers. It is also hard to miss the BJP government’s devotion towards improving Kaprada’s lot in the past five years. Located at the southernmost tip of the state, Kaprada is a remote hilly terrain that feeds on rainwater and stays mostly arid around the year, despite receiving the highest rainfall in the state. Women here brave long distances to fetch their daily quota of potable water from 35ft deep wells in the region. The situation has improved in a few areas with the Astole group water supply project that is touted as an engineering marvel that lifts water from the Madhuban dam up to 1,800ft to be distributed to 174 villages. Kaprada is where Congress MLA from Vansda, Anant Patel, campaigned heavily against the Par-Tapi-Narmada riverlinking project. The project has widely impacted seats with the tribal majority, including Dang, Dharampur, Gandevi, Vansda, Mahuva and Vyara. Multiple protests were held in all these areas and to counter the impact, the BJP decided to drop the project. Mobile connectivity is another major issue. Kaprada villagers have to climb up the hills to stay connected to the rest of the world. In contrast, the Dharampur and Umargam seats of Valsad have urban pockets with good roads and mobile connectivity. Yet, campaigning activities are limited in Valsad. A taluka panchayat member explains, “A major chunk of the tribal population that make a living as farm or industrial labourers drown out candidates with questions on inflation and lack of hikes in wages. ” Meanwhile, in the Tapi district, the migration of labourers in search of work, lack of schools, and colleges, and jobs for educated tribal youth are the key issues in Vyara and Nizar seats. The scenario is different in Vansda and Gandevi of Navsari. Chikhli, a crucial centre in the Gandevi constituency, plays a key role in determining political trends on the seat. In the Surat district, caste factors will play a key role in Mahuva and Mandvi tribal seats. In Dang, the BJP has repeated Vijay Patel as its candidate, who will challenge Mukesh Patel of the Congress and Sunil Gamit of the AAP. Jhagadia is a vital seat owing to its industrial development and proximity to Bharuch, from where the BTP founder Chhotu Vasava is fighting as an independent. The BJP has been showcasing the 182m tall statue of India’s first home minister Sardar Patel in Narmada district as a project that changed the lives of tribals in Narmada district for the better. However, Kevadia residents feel burdened with the cost of living, especially as they allege that SoU has done little to ease their hardships. Chandu Tadvi, a resident of Bhumaliya village in Garudeshwar taluka, says, “The government istom-tomming about development in Kevadia. But where are the jobs that the tribals were promised? They hired non-tribals from outside!” Another tribal, Vanji Himmat from Jher village, alleges that the officials razed his roadside food stall. “First, they took our land and now they won’t allow us to earn a living,” he says. In neighbouring Chhota Udepur constituency, a Congress stronghold, is all set to witness an intense family battle between the Rathwas. Mayank Rathwa, a local activist, working for tribal health and education in Chhota Udepur, says, “Voters are angry with Mohansinh for quitting the Congress and may resort to revenge voting against the BJP. ” For tribals in Sankheda and Pavi Jetpur, scarce irrigation water and lack of employment are significant concerns. In the tribal heartland of Dahod district and parts of the adjoining districts in central Gujarat, where most of the electorate is poor, the poll campaign revolves around freebies. If the Congress and the AAP are promising free electricity, education, and other services, the BJP is stressing how it had given a lot to the electorate, and it was payback time by voting for the lotus. Dahod district has six seats, of which five are ST candidates. The neighbouring Panchmahal and Mahisagar districts have one ST seat each of Morva Hadaf and Santrampur. The North Gujarat region with three ST seats — Danta in Banaskantha, Bhiloda in Aravalli, and Khedbrahma in Sabarkantha — has been a Congress bastion. Danta has 2 lakh-odd voters, of which nearly 50% are tribals. Mustu Khan, a social worker, says, “Lack of health infrastructure, schools, and employment are major issues, but tribal votes can be swayed by booze and money power. ” Khedbrahma seat, which has a decisive 1. 2 lakh tribal votes, nearly 63% of 1. 92 lakh total voters, will see Congress’s Tushar Chaudhary, a former union minister, fight to gain the seat.

Guj polls: BJP vote machine aims to pluck seats
Independent to decide outcome on two seats
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | |

Votes garnered by an Independent candidate, who’s contesting simultaneously from Matar (Kheda dist) and Anand (Khambhat dist) constituencies will determine the outcome for BJP whose candidates have been winning from the two seats for the last four terms.Mahipatsinh Chauhan is a former sarpanch of Laval village in Vaso taluka of Kheda district. He has been working at the grassroots level in the education sector and is aggressively campaigning in the two constituencies like major parties. He is the only Independent candidate this time who’s fighting from two constituencies.BJP has fielded Kalpesh Parmar from Matar after dropping incumbent Kesrisinh Solanki who had won in 2017 by a thin margin of 2,404 votes. Solanki rebelled and joined AAP, only to return to BJP within 24 hours.In Khambhat, BJP has repeated Mahesh aka Mayur Rawal who had won by a slender margin of 2,318 votes in 2017.Congress has repeated Sanjay Patel from Matar and nominated Chirag Patel from Khambhat. Political observers believe BJP has an uphill task in both the constituencies this time.Khambhat has been the BJP bastion since 1990 and its candidates have won over the years. Kesrisinh Solanki had won twice. Before him, Devusinh Chauhan had also won twice. Rakesh Rao had won in 2002. Even the Aam Aadmi Party has fielded candidates from both the seats, which will make the contest all the more interesting this time.Chauhan’s political journey is interesting. The 36-year-old worked with a private company in Kolkata between 2009 and 2016. He returned to his village and was elected sarpanch of Laval Gram Panchayat. Later, he was disqualified following a complaint filed by then BJP MLA Kesrisinh Solanki. He later challenged his dismissal in the HC.He founded Sarva Samaj Sena and education campus Sikshan E j Kalyan, which got overwhelming response from the youth. He had joined AAP and got ticket from Matar. Later, his name was dropped by AAP following which he filed papers as an Independent.Chauhan was banished from six districts including Kheda via an order by the collector in 2020 for disobedience during workers’ protest.Talking to Mirror, Chauhan said, “I am contesting the polls because people want change in Matar and Kheda districts. I hold public rallies in 20 villages on a rotation basis. BJP and Congress have fielded illiterate candidates while the voters want an educated representative.”

Independent to decide outcome on two seats
Celebrating and Recognizing Top Leaders Regards
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

Leaders not only show direction but also guide and inspire many. Hence, it is vital for them to lead from the front, especially in the present times of colossal challenges and change. In honour of such individuals, Optimal Media Solutions (OMS) at the Times Group hosted yet another edition of ‘ET INSPIRING LEADERS – NORTH 2022’ The ‘ET Inspiring Leaders’ is a celebration of professional and entrepreneurial excellence across multiple categories. The event was graced Dr Chander Ketu, Director Ayush (NDMC) and very versatile and talented actress, known for her performance, also recently gave a superhit film Sita Ramam , Mrunal Thakur being the Chief Guest . The guests also experienced a Stand Up Comedy act by Rajat Chauhan. The ET Inspiring Leaders as a platform goes beyond the business excellence of these leaders. The ones who made the cut, have significantly contributed to the people they serve. They have showcased commitment, innovation, zeal, and compassion in servicing the community, leading them to excel. Research Methodology The survey had the following modules i.e., Desk Secondary Research, Approach for sharing fact file, and factual survey (Participatory Survey) to arrive at the analysis and identify the final results of top Global Leaders in different categories. The winning Individuals and Businesses were selected by using a scientific methodology for arriving at the final winners list This was conducted by an independent market research company- i3rc insights Pvt. Ltd. Here’s the list of all the recipients A. P. Shreethar - In the Field of Art & Culture. A.K. Mittal (MD) of Flowmech Engineers Pvt. Ltd. - In the field of Manufacturing Hydraulic Presses for Rubber & Automotive Industries Aakash Sirohi - CEO of New Hope Health Co. - Global Icon in Business Operations & Strategy ABHI BATRA -DIRECTOR & ANSH BATRA-DIRECTOR of Buniyad Group - In Real Estate Services Abhijit Roy - Founder & CEO of Aapna Infotheek Pvt. Ltd. - In Fintech Software Development AJAY KAKAR (Founder & Director ) of Salve Group Of Companies - As Beauty and Personal Care Brand Ajay Kapur - Founder - Shubham Chemicals and Solvents Limited - As Global Icon in chemical Imports Amit Saxena ( VP Education ) - Sparsh Group - In Education & Academic Excellence. Anshu Dhanuka - Co-Founder & CDO of Kiddopia - Women Entrepreneur in EdTech Anuj Mittal - Owner of Vision Fashion (Unikoton Men’s Trousers) - In Men’s Trousers Anusha Agarwal - Founder of House of Aynaa Pvt. 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Ltd. - In Construction of Quality Residential Projects Sanjay Kumar Labh - Sr. Executive Vice President - Delhi/NCR of Prestige Group - Global Icon in the field of Real Estate & Construction Sanjeev Agarwal - Founder & CEO of Alpha Quantum Group - For his Excellence in the Field of Finance Sanjeev Jain & Sandeep Jain of Akums Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. - In Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sector Sia Sainani - MD of Modus Techno Pvt. Ltd. - Women Entrepreneur - Interior Designing ( Construction - Fit Out ) Sudip Saha - MD & Co-founder of Future Market Insights - Global Icon in the field of Business Consulting Suman Bhandari and Mr. Mohit Gogia - Directors of MGSB Traexim Pvt. 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Celebrating and Recognizing Top Leaders Regards
GTU begins translating engg textbooks into Gujarati
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: While committees have been appointed for translating medical textbooks into Gujarati, Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has already started translating textbooks of engineering courses in the local language. The task of translation has been taken up in light of the National Education Policy (NEP). GTU vice-chancellor Navin Sheth said that engineering textbooks have about 20 lakh words. "About 3 lakh technical words are often used. Our teams have translated about 50,000 of these technical terms into Gujarati. These translated terms have also been approved by a 22-member expert committee," Sheth said. Sheth said that the committee included 15 Sanskrit language experts too. Sources said that the translated terminology includes words from electrical, mechanical and electronics courses. Sources said that in the next phase about 1.5 lakh words and terms will be translated into Gujarati. On October 29, the state department of higher education had announced that a 19-member committee has been set up to prepare and submit a roadmap for translating engineering subject textbooks and textbooks of medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing courses. The committee set up by the department of higher education is headed by the vice-chancellor of the National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, and has deans of government medical colleges and VCs of various universities. Sources said that a meeting of the committee was also held after its creation. It was decided in the meeting to form a committee at the state level to delegate responsibilities.

GTU begins translating engg textbooks into Gujarati
India’s Best Counsellor Gaurav Tyagi Did Most of the Admissions in 2022
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 days ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 days ago | |

November 25: Mr. Gaurav Tyagi son of the deputy education officer was born, raised, and educated in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Port Blair. He always had the urge to pursue a career in the field of education. In addition to earning a postgraduate diploma in counseling from Bangalore and a diploma in psychology from Chandigarh, Gaurav Tyagi chose to complete his undergraduate studies in B.Tech. As a result of his six years of expertise in the profession and his teaching of students who achieved the top rankings in the NEET UG and NEET PG, he has established a standard for medical counseling. Formerly employed at Convergeone Services and PGK Educational Services, Mr. Gaurav Tyagi is currently operating his own business under the name of Career Xpert and also runs Career Xpert Charitable Trust for providing career counseling to underprivileged students.In addition to placing the most students in prestigious medical institutions after they passed the most difficult medical exams. He is also an educational influencer. Career Expert has a more than 98% success ratio compared to other counselors. Attal Ratna Samaan Samaroh and the Education Council of India both awarded him accolades in 2019. The Great Visionaries Awards, 2020, and The Game Changers Business Awards were recently won by Mr. Gaurav Tyagi.Additionally, Gaurav Tyagi was featured in FE, India Today, BW Education, etc.In total years, the career expert has counseled around 25000 students in MBBS, BDS, MD/MS, and DNB, and nearly 800+ candidates in super specialty medical courses. By using the counseling process run by the federal or state governments, the institute always tries to place its candidates in government or semi-government entities based on their rank. Every medical aspirant is usually advised by career experts to pursue counseling as the only route to admission rather than using any other methods. Their primary goal is to direct students toward the colleges that best match their areas of interest in medical programs. We never promote paying for admissions through donations or other shady methods. They plan out every aspect of the counseling process, including the form to fill out, the college to select, the state we should aim for, how to get into our chosen college, and how to organize documents. Depending on their areas of expertise, Career Xpert assists students in selecting the ideal branch in the medical field.https://careerxpert.co.in/

India’s Best Counsellor Gaurav Tyagi Did Most of the Admissions in 2022
Modi counters AAP pitch: ‘We got you schools, clinics and power’
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | |
The Indian Express
6 days ago | |

In what appeared to be a veiled counter to the Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign focus on health, education and electricity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked all three issues at his public addresses throughout the day, even stating at Dahegam that over the past 20-25 years, the BJP in Gujarat has managed to fulfill and accomplish the basic necessities of roads, electricity and water in the state.With electricity being a consistent plank taken by Modi at all four of his public addresses on Thursday, he said at Modasa that in the past 20 years, his government had worked towards ensuring round-the-clock electricity supply to farmers in villages.“Electricity is as important as water. Without electricity, development is not possible. None of you would be sitting with mobile phones here without electricity … We set up so many electricity generation units that today Gujarat is electricity-surplus … Because of consistent electricity supply, during the Covid-19 pandemic, children in villages could continue their studies on cellphones. This change has been brought about by the honest work of the BJP government … Today, we are producing electricity from wind and solar energy … We have made entire villages into electricity generation units by setting up solar panels on rooftops … Today electricity not only comes free, you even get to earn from it while sitting at home, selling the surplus electricity generated … We worked to bring this revolution to each household … You can now sell electricity the way you would sell vegetables. The era of producing cheap electricity is over, it is the era of selling surplus electricity and we are working on it.” Referring to solar energy initiatives for farmers in Gujarat, Modi also said that the BJP government has made farmers, ‘anna-data’, as well as ‘urja-data’.At Bavla, Modi added: “20 years ago, one could not even imagine electricity for 24 hours”, further pointing out that “today in villages, electricity supply is as good as in the cities” of Gujarat. At Dahegam, he said that Gujarat has already accomplished development on the issues of sadak-bijli-paani (roads, power and water) in the last 20 years. “There was a time when elections would have issues like corruption, casteism, nepotism. Then came the time when issues of sadak-bijli-paani (roads, power and water) became big. Today, because of the work done in the last 20 years, Gujarat has accomplished all that was there to be done in these areas. Gujarat has come out of the crisis. For 20-25 years, Gujarat concentrated on developing basic amenities and emerged as a leading state of the country. Today, 24 hours power is available for domestic use in Gujarat,” Modi said.At Dahegam and Bavla, Modi also exhorted BJP’s development work on the educational front, stating at Dahegam that the state government has “transformed the education sector in the region”.“Around 20-25 years ago,” Modi said, “Gujarat’s education budget was Rs 1,600 crore. Today, it has reached Rs 33,000 crore… The (entire) budget of many states isn’t as much.”He added that Gandhinagar was becoming a big centre of education in terms of higher secondary schools, engineering and diploma colleges, and other universities like a Children’s University, Forensic Sciences University, Pandit Deendayal Energy University, Maritime University, Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat National Law University, and the Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG).At Bavla, Modi said, “Twenty years ago, [finding] a school at the taluka level was a stroke of fortune. Otherwise, one had to go to schools at the district-level.” He added that, “Twenty years ago, there was hopelessness when it came to education… Twenty years ago, there was only one university in Ahmedabad district. Today, there are 23 universities in the district.”Saying that historically, Gujarat had a prevalence of malnutrition, and that his government had worked in the last 20 years to ensure nutrition, Modi claimed at Modasa, “Due to efforts of the past 20 years, with the ‘Double Engine Sarkar’, BJP has taken the initiative to defeat malnutrition. It has especially benefitted our tribal women… Not only that, to ensure nutrition during pregnancy, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana’s benefits reach over three lakh households in Gujarat.”Attributing the Chiranjeevi Yojana, introduced in Gujarat in 2006 to encourage institutional deliveries, as the reason behind fall in infant mortality rates in the state, Modi also hailed Ayushman Bharat for reducing out-of-pocket expenditures in his public addresses. Noting in both Modasa and Bavla that women often suppress their health problems even when they are in extreme pain “because if they express their pain to their children, they think the family will be drowned in debt if she gets treatment”, Modi cited the Ayushman Bharat scheme for easing such difficulties for women. He went on to mention Ayushman Bharat at three of his public addresses, at Palanpur, Modasa and Bavla.

Modi counters AAP pitch: ‘We got you schools, clinics and power’
PM: Time to earn from power generation
Times of India | 6 days ago | |
Times of India
6 days ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: In an apparent counter to the Aam Aadmi Party’s aggressive push on education and free power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the state BJP government has transformed the education sector, making it scientific and modern. He said the time has now come for people to generate income from electricity instead of getting it for free. AAP has launched a sustained campaign, promising to change what it terms “poor education quality” in Gujarat and has promised 300 units of free power if it is voted to power in the state. Addressing a rally in Dehgam town of Gandhinagar district ahead of the next month’s assembly poll, the PM pointed out that Gujarat’s education budget has now gone up to Rs 33,000 crore, more than the total budget outlay of several states. “Nearly 20 to 25 years back, Gujarat’s budget allocation for education was just Rs 1,600 crore. Today, it stands at Rs 33,000 crore, more than the total budget outlay of many states. This is the progress we have made,” said Modi while addressing the rally. He added that Gandhinagar has now become an education hub housing numerous colleges and universities like the forensic sciences university and the children’s university. “India’s first energy university (Pandit Deendayal Energy University) and Maritime University are also situated in Gandhinagar. The campus of Rashtriya Raksha University near here is the pride of Dehgam and Gandhinagar,” he said. Citing example of Modhera emerging as India’s first fully solar-powered village, Modi said in Modasa, “The entire Modhera village is now running on rooftop solar power. People are using electricity as per their need and selling excess power (to the government). I want to replicate this system across Gujarat,” he said. “Under this system, you can earn money by selling excess electricity generated from solar panels. Only Modi knows this art wherein people will be able to earn from electricity,” he said. AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been claiming that he is the only politician in the country who has “mastered this magic of providing free electricity.” Modi, who is on whirlwind campaigning tour, addressed rallies in Palanpur, Modasa, Dehgam and Bavla where he also chastised the Congress for relentlessly criticising him instead of working for Gujarat’s progress.

PM: Time to earn from power generation
‘BJP govt transformed education in state’
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, said that the BJP government in Gujarat has transformed the education sector in the state while addressing a rally in Dehgam town of Gandhinagar district.Further, he said that not only has Gujarat’s education budget touched Rs 33,000 crore, it is now more scientific and modern, while touching upon an election issue pitched by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal projecting AAP model of education.“Nearly 20 to 25 years back, Gujarat’s budget allocation for education was just Rs 1,600 crore. Today, it stands at Rs 33,000 crore, more than the total budget outlay of many states. This is the progress we have made,” said Modi, who has served as Gujarat CM from 2001 to 2014. Voting in Dehgam will take place on December 5 in the second phase of Assembly polls.“The changes we brought in this sector have benefited people of entire Gujarat,” he said. The PM told the gathering that Gandhinagar has now become an education hub housing numerous colleges and universities. Modi said the world’s first forensic sciences university and Children’s University are located in the state capital apart from other sectoral universities like Gujarat Maritime University.Addressing an election rally in Modasa in north Gujarat, Modi slammed the Congress, saying it believes in the formula of “divide and rule” and focuses only on how to be in power. Both AAP and the Congress have promised free electricity (up to 300 units per month) to people if voted to power in Gujarat.Seeking to counter their promise, Modi said he wants to see people of Gujarat earning money from excess electricity generated from solar rooftop systems instead of just getting it for free.3 arrested for flying drone at PM’s rallyThe Ahmedabad district police on Thursday arrested three people for flying a micro-drone during the public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bavla. The two-kilometre area around the PM’s meeting place was notified as a no drone flying zone by the additional district magistrate of Ahmedabad on November23.The three arrested are Nikul Parmar (24), Rakesh Bharvad (35) and Ranesh Prajapati (20), all residents of Odhav in Ahmedabad. They were flying the drone from the main road.Cops confirmed that the drone had an operational camera to film the proceedings of the PM’s public rally. No explosive or other harmful object was recovered. Ahmedabad Range IG V Chandrasekar told Mirror, “It was a photography drone operated by the staff of Uttam Dairy. They were not in the security zone but slightly far and were not aware of the no flying zone in the PM bandobast. It was not a hostile or an unknown drone.”

‘BJP govt transformed education in state’
Influential Business Guru Dr. Ram Charan in India to launch his new book “Leading Through Inflation: And Recession and Stagflation” Co-authored by Geri Willigan
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

New Delhi (India), November 24: A long time New York best-selling Author, Global Business Advisor & Speaker Dr. Ram Charan launches his new book -Leading through Inflation: And Recession and Stagflation in Delhi on 23rd November 2022 at The Leela Palace. This book is co-authored with Geri Willigan and published by McGrawHill in India. Futurense Technologies and Miles education is India’s largest ed-tech company in Finance & Accounting are presenting this book.As we all learn to lead through inflation, this new book of Ram will prepare you for recession and stagflation. You will know how to protect your cash, your customers, and your capital investments. Your psychology will shift from anxiety and fear to optimism and excitement as you define the path to a reimagined future. Dr. Ram Charan has guided hundreds of companies through many tough business challenges. In the early 1980s, he helped GE preserve its teetering credit rating in the face of double-digit inflation. Now, inLeading through Inflation, he brings the same common sense and wisdom that made his bookExecution, co-authored with Larry Bossidy, a long-timeNew York Timesbestseller.Dr. Ram Charan expresses, “Inflation is everybody’s business, every single person will be affected by it and every single person needs to contribute to tame it and the most critical one is pricing. If you have not done digitization or not using your data for analytics to forecast demand and competition, you will be left behind. I am delighted to launch this book in India through Futurense Technology and Miles education. ”This book will be your guide to avoiding the hazards of inflation while positioning your company to thrive when the business cycle stabilizes. It provides Ram’s down-to-earth recommendations and real-world examples to help you navigate a landscape that may be new to you.Mr. Vikas Gupta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Miles Education and Futurense Technologies said, “We are incredibly honored and privileged to have collaborated with Dr. Ram Charan to launch his latest book in India. His immense knowledge and understanding of businesses & the economy and his ability to simplify it is truly one of a kind. This book will provide business leaders and lot of entrepreneurs the in-depth understanding of navigating businesses through times of inflation & recession. We look forward to working on more such projectsinthefuture.”Dr. Lalit Singh, Managing Director of McGraw Hill India said “This book, presented as an easy read, is like a synopsis of his decades of experiences and wisdom, and will help business leaders to take critical decisions in times of inflation, recession, andstagflation.”

Influential Business Guru Dr. Ram Charan in India to launch his new book “Leading Through Inflation: And Recession and Stagflation” Co-authored by Geri Willigan
Education to inflation, Gujarat youth confident about issues but not parties
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Right across the Sheth Damodardas School of Commerce on the Gujarat University campus in Ahmedabad, Chetan CR runs a tea stall that he has named the “Engineer Tea Bar”. A qualified textile engineer, the 25-year-old began selling tea about two months ago. He is from the village of Pratapara in Bhavnagar district, which is about 170-odd km from Ahmedabad, and has been voting since he got his rights.“Our village comes under the Talaja Assembly constituency and will vote for BJP candidate Gautam Chauhan, who is from our village. Last time too, he was fielded from the seat but lost by a narrow margin,” says Chetan but adds that he is not sure if he will vote for Chauhan or incumbent MLA Kanu Baraiya of the Congress who won by just 1.28 per cent more vote last time.Chetan is part of a constituency of voters, the youth, who have a major say on who will form the government. There are nearly 11.74 lakh first-time voters this time in Gujarat, up from 11.8 lakh five years ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys a lot of support among the youth and, in a special appeal to first-time voters, said at a rally in Valsad on November 19, “It is not (simply) that you have completed 18 years and are voting … you are going to become a participant in the shaping of the destiny of Gujarat, you are to become a policymaker of Gujarat.”One such first-time voter is Neha Vaghela, a Master’s student at the School of Languages at Gujarat University. But the prospect has left the 20-year-old more confused than excited. “All the parties, especially the ruling party, just campaign to collect votes for a month just before the elections. They showcase their work and ask for votes. We are very confused,” she says.Her friend Pratham Solanki, who studies at the private National College of Commerce and will also be voting for the first time, says, “The Congress was not seen anywhere in five years except for now. And the Aam Aadmi Party cannot be trusted, it is an outsider.” But he also points out that the government did nothing about paper leaks for government recruitment exams, an issue the AAP has taken up vociferously.Vaghela also thinks that the government’s focus should be on education. “Otherwise, the ruling government is fine. Unemployment may be an issue, but education is a greater issue.”Down the street from Chetan’s stall, Gujarat University students eat snacks at a food stall. One of them, aged 22 years, is a first-time voter and turns out to be inclined towards the AAP. “I want to vote for the AAP, it seems good. I have visited Delhi and seen their work. They have done some good work in education. In my family too, the decision is going to be between the AAP and the Congress. The BJP has not worked.”At the Iskon Gathiya on SG Highway, where Modi once held a “Chai pe Charcha” in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that propelled him to power, 35-year-old Sheikh Abu Zar is a regular. Zar has always gone for the “None of the Above”, or NOTA option. “I don’t think any of these parties should come to power. The Assembly elections are sheer timepass,” he says, sipping his tea amid a crowd of other regulars savouring their bun maskas and gathiyas (a type of deep-fried snack).Zar has been running an automobile centre across the road for the last 15 years. “It is not about which party comes into power in a state but which party is at the Centre. All the policies the BJP claims to have brought were initiated by the Congress. Even in Gujarat, the issues such as education were brought to the fore by the Congress. The BJP merely followed its path.”Asked why he does not vote for the Congress if he admires the party so much, Zar says, “Well, the candidate is important too. There are no solid leaders at the local level, in our constituency, whom we can bank on.”For 24-year-old Veena Solanki who belongs to the Baori community of Rajasthan and makes a living by selling winter wear outside the LD College of Engineering, inflation is the biggest issue. “I believe the Congress in power will take care of this. I have heard this in my family too, even from relatives in Rajasthan, where the Congress is in power. But even the AAP looks promising as these issues are on their manifesto. It is tough to decide.”

Education to inflation, Gujarat youth confident about issues but not parties
Shri Dinesh Shahra awarded ‘Honorary Doctorate by Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Kanpur University
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 22: Eminent argo-Industrialist, philanthropist, and author Shri Dinesh Shahra has been awarded ‘Honorary Doctorate by Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur. The honorary Doctorate (PhD) was conferred to Mr. Shahra for his literary works and philanthropic contributions.“I have deep rooted connections with Kanpur, the city of my alma mater – Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU) where I graduated in Chemical Engineering. Today, it seems as if the clock has rolled back several years with the same city bestowing me with a coveted PhD honour. I am indeed delighted and honoured to be receiving this Honorary Doctorate from an esteemed and reputed institution like Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University. The accolade is a great inspiration for me to strive harder in my literary and philanthropic pursuits. My life’s mission is to crystalize the wonderful learnings from our age-old and time-tested Sanatan philosophies for the benefit of the common people, especially youngsters”; commented Shri Shahra.Every year, for over 10 years now, the Dinesh Shahra Foundation (DSF) has been conducting the Dinesh Shahra Management Lecture in HBTU - Kanpur for the benefit of the engineering students. The Foundation also regularly organises Green Gold Day event in HBTU where several saplings are planted. Green Gold Day is an endeavour by DSF to highlight the critical importance of tree conservation and the ecological consequences of diminishing green cover. Hence, several saplings are plated by DSF volunteers all over the country on this day.Shri Dinesh Shahra is one of the few industrialists who successfully made an indelible mark in the Indian agriculture sector. By spearheading the ‘yellow revolution’, Mr. Shahra played a pivotal role in transforming Madhya Pradesh into the “Soybowl of India”, providing millions of Indians access to quality nutrition. His vision for self-sufficiency, strategic food security & agri-reforms has enhanced the livelihood of millions of Indians access to quality nutrition. His vision for self-sufficiency, strategic food security & agri- reforms has enhanced the livelihood of millions of stakeholders, especially farmers.Apart from being an astute businessman, he is a well-known philanthropist with his charitable foundation - DSF taking up several social causes in the domains of education, spirituality, sustainability, and disaster relief. It strives to create a value-based social structure based on the Indian or Sanatan ethos. The Foundation is built with an intention to ‘Give Back to the entities that are responsible for the material and spiritual development of the society. Spirituality, sustainability, and education, along with women and child health, are the core causes of DSF. In 202O, DSF received an accolade for ‘Outstanding Philanthropic Contribution across Education, Spirituality & Environment’ from the Economic Times (Times of India Group).Dinesh Shahra has also authored several books on Sanatan wisdom and the teachings of his spiritual Gurus namely Simplicity & Wisdom, Sanatan Leela and Sanatan Utsav – Happiness my Birth Right. A book on Shri Shahra’s inspirational life titled ‘The Legend and his Legacy’, published by the Times Group was launched recently in HBTU, Kanpur.

Shri Dinesh Shahra awarded ‘Honorary Doctorate by Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Kanpur University
BJP shielding culprits of Morbi tragedy: Rahul
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

In his first of the two electioneering rallies held in Gujarat on Monday, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in Rajkot that no action against ‘real culprits’ in the Morbi bridge tragedy was taken because they have good relationship with the ruling BJP in state. Last month, 136 people lost their lives after a cable suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi after it was repaired and opened for the public ahead of Diwali.Gandhi said that the state administration has put behind bars the “watchmen” at the bridge but not taken action against the real culprits. He addressed two rallies in Gujarat on Monday, one in Rajkot and another in Mahuva.“When journalists asked me what I thought about the Morbi tragedy, I said 150 people died, and this is not a political issue so I would not say anything on this. But the question arises today as to why no action was taken against those who were behind the tragedy, why no FIR (has been filed against them)?” he said. “Will nothing happen to them because they share a good relationship with the BJP?” he added. The Congress MP took a break from the 3,570-km cross-country Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started from Tamil Nadu on September 7 and is currently passing through adjoining Maharashtra, and addressed two election rallies in support of his party candidates in Gujarat.In the rally in Mahuva, Gandhi accused the BJP of drawing up plans to displace Adivasis by handing over forest areas to industrialists.“They (BJP) call you ‘vanvasi’ (forest dwellers). They do not say you are the first owners of India, but that you live in the jungles. Do you see the difference? It means they do not want you to live in cities, see your children becoming engineers, doctors, learn to fly planes, speak English,” he said at the rally at tribal-dominated Mahuva.Attacking the ruling party, Gandhi alleged it wants to keep tribals away from modern health and education facilities. “The word ‘Adivasi’ means the country belongs to tribals and they should get their rights in this country —like employment and health to them and their children,” he said.“’Vanvasi’, on the other hand, means all that belong to you should be given to two or three industrialists, and you get no education, health benefits and any other rights,” the former Congress president said.He said laws introduced by the Congress when in power at the Centre for the benefit of thetribal community were neverimplemented in states ruled by the saffron outfit.Rahul Gandhi said his yatra was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi who was born in Gujarat.They (BJP) do not want you to live in cities, see your children becoming engineers,doctors or learn to speak English. They call you ‘vanvasi (forest dwellers)’ and don’t want you to progress–Rahul Gandhi in Mahuva

BJP shielding culprits of Morbi tragedy: Rahul
‘Confluence’ to celebrate world heritage week 2022
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

VADODARA: MS University’s department of museology, along with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and International Council of Museums (ICOM) India, will organize ‘Confluence’ to celebrate World Heritage Week 2022. It will be an exhibition, education extension to engage cultural experience of architectural heritage during the week aimed at enriching knowledge, skill development among school children and supplementing their curriculum. It includes photographic exhibition, infographic panels, hands on activities, puzzle, quiz game, puppetry, folk performance and contemporary artist’s reflections by embracing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. “The event is providing an unique opportunity to visitors, specially school children, about the world heritage wealth of Gujarat highlighting the Rani-Ki-Vav and Champaner,” said professor Ambika Patel, head of department of museology,. “This event falls within the frame work of our department’s commitment to enhance cultural accessibility of architectural heritage to encourage active participation of the society for the sustainable preservation and protection,” she said. “Under the umbrella of National Education Policy 2020, the initiative is our effort to extend education services to supplement the secondary and higher secondary class curriculum and capacity building for master students of museology for designing and conducting extension services,” she added.

‘Confluence’ to celebrate world heritage week 2022
BJP to release its poll manifesto on Nov 26
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

There would be more focus on women and farmers in the BJP manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls. The manifesto is expected to be released on November 26, four days ahead of voting for the first phase on December 1.The BJP manifesto committee began its meeting on Friday to finalise the key document. Reservation in jobs for women on the lines of Himachal Pradesh is expected to find place in BJP’s “sankalp patra”.It will also have measures to empower youth and farmers, a senior BJP leader and member of the campaign committee told Mirror. “The party not only makes promises but fulfils them also,” he said.More jobs for youth, better infrastructure and education facilities would be included in the manifesto.The party has this time invited suggestions for a manifesto from people. The data would be used to prepare party’s vision document “Agresar Gujarat Ke Sujhaav (Tips for taking Gujarat forward).”Under this campaign BJP teams have met a cross-section of people including professionals and traders and conduct door-to-door campaigns in all 182 Assembly constituencies to seek inputs. This will allow the BJP’s manifesto team to work with the recommendations collected. The election wave will hit Gujarat in two phases, on December 1 and 5, and votes will be counted on December 8.The party has already passed a resolution for implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state if voted to power. A committee headed by a retired judge will be set up for the purpose.During the last elections, the party had promised more job opportunities for women and youth and better health and education services. It had also promised overall development of villages and clean cities.

BJP to release its poll manifesto on Nov 26
As Mission Prarambh’s Vikram-S rocket soars into space, recalling Vikram Sarabhai, the father Indian space science
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Vikram-S, the first of a set of launch vehicles developed by Hyderabad-based company Skyroot, soared into space on Friday (November 18), marking the entry of the Indian private sector into the space launch market. Mission Prarambh is successfully accomplished, the Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) announced after the launch.Skyroot’s rocket is named after Vikram Sarabhai, the father of India’s space programme. Friday’s launch affords an opportunity to recall the life and achievements of one of the stars of a remarkable generation of India’s pioneering space scientists.Mission Prarambh is successfully accomplished.Congratulations @SkyrootACongratulations India! @INSPACeIND pic.twitter.com/PhRF9n5Mh4— ISRO (@isro) November 18, 2022The late President APJ Abdul Kalam had famously termed Vikram Sarabhai as the “Mahatma Gandhi of Indian Science”. By the time he was found tragically dead in a hotel room in Kovalam in Kerala in 1971 at the age of 52, Sarabhai had founded 38 institutions that are now leaders in space research, physics, management and performing arts. Almost all of India’s space scientists who came after him owe a debt of knowledge, leadership and gratitude to Sarabhai.Committed to freedom of thinkingBorn to Ambalal and Sarla Devi, Ahmedabad’s leading textile-mill owners, Vikram Sarabhai showed creative promise early. He was 15 when he built a working model of a train engine with the help of two engineers, which is now housed at the Community Science Centre (CSC) in Ahmedabad. The CSC was Vikram’s way of providing other children the privileges he had, of experimental research.“He was essentially a researcher, and believed that people, especially children, should be allowed to think freely and come up with solutions on their own,” Sarabhai’s son Kartikeya, who founded the Centre for Environment Education in 1984, had told The Indian Express earlier.Vikram Sarabhai’s daughter and Indian classical dancer Mallika recalled how, as children, they were at the centre of every family decision. This freedom helped “garner convictions early in life and to take a position. You were never too young to be able to be involved in what was going on or what affected you,” Mallika said.Tagore, Raman, and BhabhaAfter studying from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Sarabhai went to study physics and mathematics at Cambridge University, with a reference from Rabindranath Tagore, but was forced to return when World War II broke out.He completed his post-graduation at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru under Dr CV Raman, where he also met Dr Homi Bhabha, and returned later to Cambridge for a PhD in cosmic rays.When Sarabhai and Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Swaminathan married in 1942, the Quit India movement had broken out and his eldest sister Mridula had been arrested. None of the family could attend the wedding except Vikram’s driver, Lala, Kartikeya recalled.The PRL, ISRO’s predecessor, the Indian National Committee for Space Research as well as the Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad are the cradle of India’s space programme, and continue to be a critical part of the country’s missions. Sarabhai’s research-and applications-based approach singled him out as a scientist and entrepreneur who lived ahead of his time.Space, nuclear science, broadcastingGiving flight to Sarabhai’s dream of probing the atmospheric regions for space research, was the first sounding rocket that was launched from Thumba, in Kerala, in 1967.Sarabhai convinced Parliament and the Planning Commission in 1969 on the merits of “decade profile”, as he envisioned the Indian nuclear programme. In 1966, when Sarabhai took over as Atomic Energy Commission chairman after Homi Bhabha’s death in a plane crash, he started a dialogue with NASA that formed the base for Satellite Instructional Television Experiment.Launched in 1975 from village Pij in Gujarat’s Kheda district, it would beam TV programmes to villages and was the first Indo-US space venture using technology for education. This was how the Krishi Darshan programme for farmers on Doordarshan was conceived.Sarabhai extended his research emphasis even to business, when he founded Sarabhai Chemicals in Vadodara in 1943, and subsequently the Sarabhai Research Centre and the Operations Research Group.

As Mission Prarambh’s Vikram-S rocket soars into space, recalling Vikram Sarabhai, the father Indian space science
Gujarat Vidyapith VC: Khimani not chosen unanimously, finds panel; dissent ‘vanishes’ from records
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

A member of the search-cum-selection committee had submitted a dissent note on Dr Rajendra Khimani’s selection as Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith (deemed-to-be-university) in Ahmedabad, says the minutes of a University Grants Commission (UGC) meeting to consider a four-member panel’s report to look into the appointment. However, the dissent note has gone missing from the records.The UGC meeting was held on November 25 last year “to consider the report of the UGC-formed four-member committee constituted to look into the issue of appointment of Dr Rajendra Khimani as Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith”.“I did not agree with Dr Rajendra Khimani’s name since the Central Vigilance Commission-directed UGC inquiry is pending against him. The last meeting of the committee was held on June 28, 2021, and I had conveyed my dissent. Despite that, the Chancellor took an immediate decision and declared Dr Khimani as the Vice-Chancellor on June 29, 2021, which looks some fishy decision,” stated the letter received by the Ministry of Education from Prof Navin Sheth, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University (GTU). Sheth was the Central government’s nominee in the search-cum-selection panel.Sheth stated in his letter that five meetings were held by the committee and 19 applications were scrutinised. “After thorough discussion, the committee members agreed on two candidates—Prof Nisheeth Chhotalal Desai and Dr Sanjay Raghuvir Chaudhary for the panel.” Yet, Khimani was appointed as the VC.However, the minutes of the meetings were not attached with the documents provided to the UGC. The Gujarat Vidyapith also informed the UGC that 23 applications were received but failed to inform whether the selection was done after due interaction with the candidates.The dissent came to light when Sheth wrote to the Ministry of Education highlighting his dissent. The ministry, in turn, forwarded the letter to the UGC following which the statutory body formed a four-member committee, comprising Central University of Punjab VC Prof RP Tiwari, former VC of the Central University of South Bihar Prof HCS Rathore, former National Law India University Bhopal VC Prof Balraj Chauhan and UGC joint secretary Dr Archana Thakur to inquire Dr Khimani’s appointment.The committee found many lapses in the selection process. “The advertisement did not mention the qualifications and other requirements as per UGC Regulations for the Vice-Chancellor. Also, the deemed-to-be-university also failed to provide as to how these three names shortlisted by the search committee were recommended. It is not clear whether the selected candidate fulfill the qualifications required for a VC under UGC Regulations,” the committee noted on the basis of records provided by the Registrar of Gujarat Vidyapith.The committee, which held three meetings, also corroborated Sheth’s claims.“It is also surprising that the Chancellor selected the candidate against whom one member dissented. It is to mention here that the other two names in the list were recommended by all the three members,” the committee submitted.The committee also “failed to find any note or supportive documents such as the dissent note, educational qualifications of the candidates criteria adopted by the search-cum-selection committee and how the panel was prepared… An important fact is that the expert who dissented was the only external expert in the committee unrelated to the university”.“It was also informed by the Registrar of Gujarat Vidyapith that there was no dissent note on record of the sealed documents submitted by the search-cum-selection committee. This is more surprising that in spite of the fact that the dissent was put (forward) by the government nominee in the minutes of the search-cum-selection committee, the Chancellor or the deemed-to-be-university administration did not bother to inquire about it from the government nominee,” the minutes of the panel’s meeting reveal.“…it appears that the Hon’ble Chancellor has not acted fairly during the whole process and was in a hurry to appoint one particular person as Vice-Chancellor ignoring the dissent note of the government of India nominee,” the committee report stated.

Gujarat Vidyapith VC: Khimani not chosen unanimously, finds panel; dissent ‘vanishes’ from records
Waive loan of Kargil war soldier: HC to bank
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 weeks ago | |

Gujarat High Court on Wednesday expressed its view that Bank of Baroda should waive the education loan of a former army man who fought the Kargil war. The soldier had taken the loan for medical education of his son who died during his study in Russia.“These are the great banks of India, which just want to harass each and every citizen. I will order to waive everything looking at the peculiar facts of the case,” said Justice Bhargav Karia while hearing a petition filed by Ramesh Valand whose son had died and he had requested the bank to waive the loan from 2018.“Everything has fallen on deaf ears of the bank since 2018. In such a situation, a sympathetic approach has to be taken by the nationalised bank and in spite of that you are taking such a harsh action. Not deciding anything. You put yourself in the position of the petitioner. You have to waive everything as a special case.​​​​​​​Ask your zonal manager if his son died in Russia would he be able to pay?,” the court further said. Valand retired from the army and bought a house at Lunawada in Panchmahal district from the savings of his post retirement benefit.He took a loan for the education of his son who took admission in an MBBS course in a college in Russia and died during the study. Valand had mortgaged his house for an education loan and he had to pay Rs 12.95 lakh when his son died. A total of Rs 19 lakh with interest had to be paid to the bank. The bank initiated recovery proceedings to attach his house.Later he made various communications to the bank to waive the loan as his son had died. Valand knocked the doors of Gujarat High Court. During the hearing, Valand’s lawyer submitted that the situation was such that he had already lost his son and now his house was also on the verge of being gone.Even though he agreed to pay Rs 10 lakh and put a proposal to the bank under OTS, it was not considered. Such an approach of the bank did not go down well with the HC, which has summoned the bank’s zonal manager. Now the matter will be heard on November 18.

Waive loan of Kargil war soldier: HC to bank
Medical edu books to be translated into Gujarati
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Following the Union government's decision to introduce medical education in regional languages, the state government has started preparations for teaching of medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing courses in Gujarati. On Tuesday, the commissioner for medical education and health issued a notification announcing that a 17-member committee has been constituted to translate all medical education textbooks for medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing courses into Gujarati. The notification says the committee will submit a roadmap to the department within a fortnight. The decision has been taken in light of the National Education Policy (NEP). On November 10, the National Medical Commission (NMC) convened a meeting of all state heads over video conferencing under the agenda 'Bilingual Education'. It was decided to form a committee at state-level to delegate responsibilities, the notification said. Sources said most of the medical fraternity is not pleased with this move as they say that it is not possible to teach medical subjects in regional languages as translating medical terminology into Indian regional languages is next to impossible. On October 16, Union home minister Amit Shah had launched the country's first medical education in Hindi language in Madhya Pradesh. The state launched the pilot project of an MBBS course in Hindi at Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. Three MBBS subjects - anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry - are taught in Hindi in the first year in all 13 government medical colleges of Madhya Pradesh and this will continue in the second year during the next session. A doctor who did not wish to be named said that in the Hindi translation of medical textbooks, they have translated the word 'injection' as 'dravya aushadh sharirantargat sukshmaropan nalika'. "It is almost impossible to translate medical terminology. They should not experiment with such sensitive branches of education," the doctor said.

Medical edu books to be translated into Gujarati
  • Medical education books to be translated into Gujarati
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Following the Union government's decision to introduce medical education in regional languages, the state government has started preparations for teaching of medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing courses in Gujarati. On Tuesday, the commissioner for medical education and health issued a notification announcing that a 17-member committee has been constituted to translate all medical education textbooks for medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing courses into Gujarati. The notification says the committee will submit a roadmap to the department within a fortnight. The decision has been taken in light of the National Education Policy (NEP). On November 10, the National Medical Commission (NMC) convened a meeting of all state heads over video conferencing under the agenda 'Bilingual Education'. It was decided to form a committee at state-level to delegate responsibilities, the notification said. Sources said most of the medical fraternity is not pleased with this move as they say that it is not possible to teach medical subjects in regional languages as translating medical terminology into Indian regional languages is next to impossible. On October 16, Union home minister Amit Shah had launched the country's first medical education in Hindi language in Madhya Pradesh. The state launched the pilot project of an MBBS course in Hindi at Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. Three MBBS subjects - anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry - are taught in Hindi in the first year in all 13 government medical colleges of Madhya Pradesh and this will continue in the second year during the next session. A doctor who did not wish to be named said that in the Hindi translation of medical textbooks, they have translated the word 'injection' as 'dravya aushadh sharirantargat sukshmaropan nalika'. "It is almost impossible to translate medical terminology. They should not experiment with such sensitive branches of education," the doctor said.

In Naroda, AAP gains ground, urging people to put riot past behind, promises better future
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

The Naroda Assembly constituency in Ahmedabad has been a BJP bastion for over three decades and was back in the spotlight last week after the ruling party fielded the daughter of a convict in the Naroda Patiya riot case.In the Naroda Patiya neighbourhood, 97 people were killed by a rioting mob on February 28, 2002. The locality and the adjoining Naroda Gam form the constituency. In Naroda, 108 persons, most of them Muslims, were killed during the communal violence. The trial is on in the Naroda Gam case in which 11 people were killed, and among the accused is former state minister Maya Kodnani, who was the Naroda MLA in 2002. She stands acquitted in the Naroda Patiya case, which has been described as “the largest single case of mass murder” during the riots. The violence erupted following the burning of the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra a day earlier, killing 59 people, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya.For many voters in the area, including those from the minority community, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is the choice against BJP candidate Payal Kukrani, an anaesthetist whose father Manoj Kukrani was among the 32 people convicted in the Naroda Patiya case by a special court in Ahmedabad in 2012. He is now out on bail. AAP has fielded Omprakash Tiwari, a migrant from Varanasi and the party’s appeal lies in its message of welfare politics.Fifty-year-old Salma Bano is among the few who stayed back in Naroda Patiya after the riots. Outside her scrap shop, she says, “We have been voting for the Congress but the BJP always comes to power. This time, I am not sure who we will vote for, but prices are going up. We need someone to address that, and AAP is doing it. We may vote for them. There is no use talking about that (riots) now. We have always been scared in this area and even now we are scared.”The Indian Express also met some women at Hussainnagar, one of the neighbourhoods that bore the brunt of the 2002 violence. One of them said, “We will vote for the AAP this time. They are promising free electricity, good schools, and medical treatment for us. We want that, we will give them a chance. Earlier, we voted for the Congress, especially in the last Assembly elections. But, as always, the BJP came into power. But we will still vote for a better future.”The BJP has won Naroda since 1990 and has also represented the Naroda Patiya ward, one of the three in the constituency along with Kubernagar and Sardarnagar, for more than three decades. A 55-year-old home guard jawan in Hussainagar who says he was a year old when he came to Ahmedabad with his father and shifted to Patiya 31 years ago says, “I lost my mother in the butchering here. That does not mean that I would leave everything and run away, or resort to violence. We still have to take care of food, shelter, electricity bills, water supply, education and so on. I am on duty on days of polling, so my vote is taken separately on a ballot paper. It becomes difficult to vote as per your choice.”Naroda goes to the polls in the second phase on December 5.Asked about the release of the convicts in the Bilkis Bano case and the Kheda flogging incidents, the jawan says, “I understand that probably the new party (AAP) is silent on this. It should ideally speak on these issues, but I think they are looking at the future … Both the riots in 1969 and 2002, happened because the BJP was either not in power (in 1969) or about to lose its hold (two decades ago). So, we will definitely vote for the AAP, or some may go for the Congress. But we want the BJP to be in power in the state for the sake of our safety.”AAP’s Omprakash Tiwari was earlier with the Congress. He runs his campaign out of the party office, which is an extension of his home in the Subhash Nagar locality. Tiwari says he was 14 years old when he arrived in Ahmedabad from Varanasi along with his father. “My father was a Chemistry graduate and after working here, which was a rural area at the time, went to work for a rubber factory in Malaysia. The rest of our family, my mother and siblings, stayed here. I completed my education in Ahmedabad,” says Tiwari, who is a former high school teacher and runs three schools in the area.Asked about the 2002 riots, he says, “All that is a thing of the past. People need development, good schools, hospitals, business and other facilities. Many schools were also burnt in those riots. So guarantees offered by Kejriwal on the issues are also the issues of the area. People of the constituency have voted for Modi on communal lines, but now they want development.”Tiwari joined the Congress in 1987 and actively participated in politics 2008 onwards. He won the corporation elections in 2010, his poll debut, and 2015. “After 38 years, I helped the Congress win the Corporation elections from the ward, removing the BJP. In 2017, I fought the Assembly elections but lost by a narrow margin.” This July, he moved to the Kejriwal-led party.Some residents of the Sindhi-dominated Kuber Nagar, which lies on the other side of the Naroda Patiya circle and across a railway line, also believe that the AAP stands a chance in the election. Vasudev Navlani, a 66-year-old garment hawker, says, “This time, there is a 90 per cent chance of the AAP coming to power, though we prefer the BJP’s rule in the area; they ensure peace. We really value and appreciate Tiwari’s work. This time, the vote might go to the AAP because of him. The AAP’s guarantees too are worth voting for, they have worked well in Delhi and Punjab.”Dhanraj Murjhani, 62, is another Kubernagar resident. He also feels that the AAP seems promising. “If they (the BJP) change the candidate, we will consider the party,” he adds. Asked about the BJP candidate’s father, Murjhani says, “We know her father Manoj Kukrani. He was convicted in the 2002 riots cases, and so were many of us. I, too, have been facing old charges. Three cases are going on against me. We were simply picked from the neighbourhood, as we were seen in some photos of the riots.”

In Naroda, AAP gains ground, urging people to put riot past behind, promises better future