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we realise that,Geelani?IENovember 30) and seditioushow would you describe the hate-Indialove-Pakistan utterances of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and company Are those not seditious Why does the government allow them to abuse the freedom of speech Is it because they belong to a privileged minority What about the rights of the other minoritythe Kashmiri pandits VV Vijayan Mumbai For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shiny Varghese | New Delhi | Published: April 25 2017 5:50 am The Hall of Nations (Archive Photo) Top News The Hall of Nations in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan a truncated pyramid structure that the world associated with India’s engineering prowess has been demolished The structure was razed four days after the Delhi High Court dismissed a writ petition filed by architect Raj Rewal to preserve the building “For the past seven to eight days we have been clearing the internal wiring and cables within the Hall of Nations By Sunday it was demolished” said L C Goyal chairman-managing director India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) which owns the building On Monday morning the Hall of Nations (No 6) and the Hall of Industries (No 234 5) stood mangled its reinforced concrete cement (RCC) innards exposing the once-strong nodes that made the building stand tall Now all that is left is crushed glass shards and pink concrete rubble A joint press note by architect Raj Rewal structural engineer Mahendra Raj former convenor of INTACH Delhi Chapter AGK Menon and president Indian Institute of Architects Divya Kush said: “We consider the demolition of the Hall of Nations at Pragati Maidan an act of outrage The case was being considered in the Delhi High Court and the hearings were scheduled on April 26 2017 and May 1 2017 An independent body of the Indian Institute of Architects and different Associations’ of Engineers had requested the authorities to preserve these buildings for posterity for their unique achievements In fact as an answer to our letter to the Prime Minister the Ministry of Commerce indicated to us to find an amicable resolution with the Trade Fair Authority But obviously somebody in the ITPO had other motives” Goyal said “The layout plan of the Integrated Exhibition Convention Centre which involves the inevitable demolition of these structures has been approved by statutory bodies such as the Heritage Conservation Committee the Delhi Urban Arts Commission South Delhi Municipal Corporation and National Monuments Authority” Today the 108-foot high structure has been wiped out only to be remembered in architectural textbooks(Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) The Hall of Nations lay on the path that connects the yet-to-be-built underground tunnel that will bring Ring Road and Mathura Road closer “It is part of the larger plan under the 130-acre Pragati Maidan redevelopment project In fact it goes beyond Pragati Maidan itself Everything has been done in a fair and transparent manner — not just to decongest traffic but to also bring India in sync with global standards We changed the land use to also include hotels which will come up in 37 acres of the complex” he added Though discussions and plans on the redevelopment project began in 2007 it gathered steam in the last eight months when INTACH filed a plea in the High Court seeking protection for 62 buildings — including Hall of Nations and Nehru Pavilion in Pragati Maidan identifying them as modern heritage “It was an important iconic historic building The public doesn’t know of our modern architecture… The current trend to rewrite history is worrying The idea that we have to wipe out the past so that we can built the new can be seen in other areas too” Menon said “Engineer Mahendra Raj worked very hard to find ways to construct the Hall of Nations with our labourers They produced a fantastic structure which not only received international acclaim but also laid the foundation for RCC construction in India It was indigenous yet global in its appeal” Ahmedabad-based architect Rabindra Vasavada said As a salute to India’s 25 years of Independence the Hall of Nations opened its doors in November 1972 to 47 countries and 55 domestic exhibitors Today the 108-foot high structure has been wiped out only to be remembered in architectural textbooks For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Radha Kapoor Sharma | Updated: October 22 2014 10:02 am Related News Therecent pronouncement by the managing director of John Lewis that France is “finished” that it is a “sclerotic hopeless and downbeat” country where “nothing works and worse nobody cares about it” provoked a floodtide of ripostes and aggrieved accusations of “French bashing” from across the channel Though he later apologised his comments had touched a raw nerve The French are battling a severe case of collective despondency about the future This famous French malaise has percolated through all layers of society dissipating any lingering illusions of grandeur The political landscape never looked bleaker Distant seem the days of leaders with vision and grand ambition like Charles de Gaulle and even Francois Mitterrand Instead France has to make do with uncharismatic President Francois Hollande (the most unpopular president in modern French history with a popularity rating that touched 13 per cent) who unsurprisingly has a reputation for perpetually having one eye on the opinion polls Hollande’s efforts to project himself as a statesman of international stature and as the US’s principal ally in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East are somewhat undermined by his inability to control his own fractious Socialist Party and rebellious members of government His image took a further beating because of former companion Valérie Trierweiler’s tell-all memoir which shows him in poor light The main opposition party the UMP in severe in-fighting mode appeared to be on the verge of a split when like a knight in shining armour Nicolas Sarkozy rode into the political breach The announcement of his return to politics brought temporary respite and the party appeared to be rallying around him But old ambitions die hard and bitter rivalries have resurfaced In the meantime Marine Le Pen’s radical far-right National Front has been making inexorable inroads into both left and right vote banks wresting two senate seats for the very first time in the latest elections In an unprecedented development opinion polls show that each party enjoys the support of approximately 30 per cent of the voters and suggest a repeat of the 2002 presidential election: a second-round runoff between the UMP and National Front candidates That the far-right is forging ahead is unsurprising given the economic doldrums France finds itself in Labelled by some as the new “sick man of Europe” France’s economy is certainly ailing The country’s rate of growth is close to zero (03 per cent) unemployment is over 10 per cent public debt is around 951 per cent of the GDP and the deficit is 43 per cent Disposable income has shrunk and the spectre of joblessness haunts the young while for the old the prospect of diminished pensions seems all too real Strikes seem the order of the day as one after the other various groups — air-traffic controllers notaries Air France pilots pharmacists — make desperate attempts to safeguard their benefits Hollande’s new measures to spur growth are met for the most part with the dismissive Gallic shrug and indifference indicative of his lack of credibility in the eyes of the population This economic quagmire has engendered social tensions In some dreary high-rise suburbs unemployment is as high as 40 per cent for the under-25s who feel marginalised and discriminated against because of their immigrant origins All it takes is a minor incident for the feeling of despair that prevails in these neighbourhoods to be ignited into violence In recent months the spark was provided by the Gaza conflict exploited by radical groups to fan violence and anti-Semitism France home to Europe’s largest populations of both Jews and Muslims has of-late witnessed the rise of both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia Now to add to its woes after France’s bombing of Islamic State strongholds in northern Iraq there is a heightened threat of terror attacks from French jihadists In its travel advisory for France the UK government has warned its citizens of the “high threat” from terrorism and the possibility of indiscriminate attacks The UK issued this new alert after IS leaders urged their followers to kill the “dirty and spiteful” French last month In this atmosphere of doom and gloom a book of nonfiction Le Suicide Franais (The French Suicide) by Eric Zemmour a rightwing political commentator is topping the bestseller list and selling at the rate of 5000 copies a day His essay examines the reasons for the decline of the country and is “a journey through the unhappy soul of France” That a voluminous pessimistic text of 500 pages which analyses the errors that France has made since the time of General de Gaulle is flying off sellers’ bookshelves shows it resonates with the French The success of the book is undoubtedly because it helps explain who and what contributed to France’s downfall] Recognising and understanding the errors of the past is the first step towards preparing for a better more hopeful future And the French certainly deserve that Kapoor-Sharma is a Paris-based freelance writer [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Gopal Kateshiya | Rajkot | Published: February 4 2017 6:06 am Top News As many as 2170 school students have been roped in for the Rajkot Marathon on Sunday morning Even as municipal schools have been asked to ensure that the students participate in the marathon parents according to principals were averse to send their children for the run at 5 am At a press conference on Friday Rajkot municipal commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani said 63594 people have registered for the maiden full marathon in the city He claimed that this figure was the second highest in Asia after the Hong Kong marathon The previous edition was a half-marathon and around 37000 people had participated in it Pani who is joint chairman of organising committee of the Rajkot Marathon 2017 said that 299 people have registered for the full marathon 2292 for the half-marathon and 4571 for the 10-km long Dream Run The bulk of registrations — 54739 — were done for the Rangeela Rajkot Run a non-competitive 5-km run Besides 569 senior citizens 1124 differently-abled have also sent their entries Municipal officials said that the organising committee approached the municipal school board around 15 days ago and sought data of around 30000 students studying in its 83 schools “Initially we submitted data of around 17000 students studying in Classes III to VIII Then we were asked to reduce the number Therefore we submitted data of 12500 students of the upper primary section” said Narendrasinh Thakur chairman of municipal school board said However the electronic data processing (EDP) department of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation informed the school board only Friday evening that 2123 of the 12500 students of the municipal schools had been registered as participants “The EDP officials told us that only 1735 students from primary schools and 397 students of six high schools run by the board have been registered as participants The rest have been rejected” said Narendran Ardesana in-charge administrative officer of the school board The municipal commissioner on the other hand said that it was the school board which had mooted the proposal to send students to the marathon “It was not compulsory Only those students who have orientation in sports or have inclination towards running have been registered Now their number stands at 2170 Initially they had suggested names of 12500 students Had we registered them all the number of total registrations could have gone past 72000 But we deleted names one by one and have accepted only 2170” said Pani All the students have been registered for the Rangeela Rajkot Run Thakur said that they were encouraging students to go out and participate in the marathon “so that they can learn something” Ardesana said that students were not required to pay the Rs 100 registration fee as the organising committee had assured to take care of it Pani said that RMC will pay the registration fee of 2170 students But principals of schools said parents have objected to sending their children for the run “We have forwarded details of 407 out of 640 students studying in our school They include students from Class III to Class VIII Many parents have protested saying it’s a Sunday and that they can’t send their children to school at 5 am But we have instructions to take students at least from Classes VI to VIII to Race Course for the marathon” said the principal of a municipal school Rajkot Marathon 2017 is being jointly organised by the RMC and Rajkot city police Commissioner of police Anupamsinh Gehlot is the chairman of the organising committee For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Jagdeep S Chhokar | Published: January 15 2016 12:03 am Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Related News The shenanigans of the UP government over the appointment of the Lokayukta (‘How Akhilesh Yadav tried to handpick Lokayukta until Supreme Court cracked down’ The Indian Express January 12) is merely the proverbial tip of the iceberg It is common experience that a large proportion of appointments are actually made by manipulating the process This is true for almost all appointments including constitutional and statutory ones Why does this happen One explanation as The Indian Express editorial (‘Nuts and bolts’ January 13) rightly points out is that “the devil is always in the details Insufficient clarity about the institutions systems and protocols that are expected to drive the change is bound to derail it” The “details” and the “insufficient clarity” in this case presumably refers to the process of appointment But assuming that the process of appointment can be specified in full and to the last detail is that likely to guarantee that only the most appropriate person will be appointed to each position Unlikely The reason for this seemingly pessimistic conclusion is found in the writing of Granville Austin In the introduction to his scholarly work Working of a Democratic Constitution Austin writes “constitutions however ‘living’ are inert They do not work they are worked” What Austin stopped short of saying is that all documents including constitutions and clearly laid down appointment procedures are worked by people and they will work only as well or as bad as the people who work them So while systems and protocols are definitely important what is equally important if not more is that there are appropriate people to “work” the protocols How do we ensure that The Indian Express editorial makes another very important observation: “A reasonable democratic process is built on the premise of multiple candidates for almost all posts” The critical expression in the statement for our purpose is “reasonable democratic process” The criticality of this expression lies in the fact that a lot if not most of our political leaders seem to be blissfully ignorant of what constitutes a “democratic process” Hardly any has risen through one They therefore only pay lip service to democracy They have neither any understanding of nor any belief in democracy The root cause of this state of affairs is the way our political parties function It does not require any insight to see that none of our political parties has any democratic element in its internal functioning This is not something hidden The Law Commission of India in its 170th report as far back as 1999 stated that “A political party which does not respect democratic principles in its internal working cannot be expected to respect those principles in the governance of the country It cannot be dictatorship internally and democratic in its functioning outside” The tragedy is that parties continue to be dictatorships internally and even outside to a significant extent as long as they can get away with it The Law Commission went on to say “With a view to introduce and ensure internal democracy in the functioning of political parties to make their working transparent and open and to ensure that the political parties become effective instruments of achieving the constitutional goals set out in the Preamble and… the Constitution… it is necessary to regulate by law [emphasis added] their formation and functioning” The question at present is: How will such a law be made All political parties have been stubbornly resisting any attempt at systematising their internal functioning Ever since the Law Commission’s 170th report all efforts at even proposing a law along the lines recommended have been successfully blocked by all parties working together Persuasion has had no effect whatsoever The only option though not very encouraging seems to be consistent public pressure But until that succeeds attempts at such devious appointments will continue to be made and many of them will succeed too The writer is former professor dean and director in-charge of IIM Ahmedabad Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe Congress party didn’t wait for the return of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to release its Punjab poll manifesto The Congress vice-president has been travelling for over 10 days now however? Microsoft’s patent for “Mobile computing device having a flexible hinge structure” describes a device that is flexible in nature with a foldable full-screen display. the possibility is that both NPP and NPF would like to have at least two representatives in the state cabinet. Zoya Afroz was crowned Miss India International in 2013.com had a candid chat with two stars of Bollywood’s new breed – Himansh Kohli and Zoya Afroz." said Bangar. The former “The Only Way is Essex” star is currently weighing options for her labour, And now it transpires that the injuries to the Russian — his face was a bloodied mess, provided technology is fool-proof.

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Investments in government securities earn a nominal rate of interest compared to credit extended to the private sector. download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Mallica Joshi | New Delhi | Published: February 25,” For all the latest Sports News, collectively.

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