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I handled the case The wife of a unit cobbler had complained to the minister that her husband had not written to her for ages from his place of posting I was tasked to check with the cobblers unit and ensure his wife got a response from him in record time Such a politician does not exist today Colonel (retd) KG Jalnawala Ahmednagar Helping hand THIS refers to The Helpless (IEApril 11) There is an immediate need for regulation to protect domestic helps Bal Govind Noida Three for one Apropos Talk to each other (IEApril 10)the recent developments seem to have been a blessing in disguisesince these have led to the parliamentary standing committee scheduling a meeting with the three service chiefs The panel should now try to sincerely and objectively understand and address the concerns of the armed forces about Indias defence preparedness MC Joshi Lucknow THE news that the service chiefs will get to depose before a parliamentary committee on defence makes a believer of an atheist like me Good times for the Indian armed forces seem to have arrivedpurely by providence Thank youGeneral VK Youve achieved the impossible Colonel (retd) Alok Asthana Mumbai Morale attack REGARDING PIL: Communal card at highest level in Army (IEApril 10)if promising officers are denied their due opportunity for promotion to accommodate a chosen fewit is unfortunate The army should be helped to remain in the highest form of professional efficiency and operational preparedness at all times SCVaid Greater Noida Insecure move APROPOS Anti-democratic (IEApril 10)Israels ban on Germanys most famous living author and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass is condemnable It reiterates that Israel cant put up with criticism Javed Qasmi Kanpur Power centre IN Get moving on NCTC (IEApril 10)the writer has made a strong case for the NCTC The existing police apparatus cannot protect states from terrorist attacksas was evident during 26/11 An umbrella structure will minimise the gap between attack and response V Subramanyan Dombivli For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: February 26 2015 12:00 am Related News After a Bangladeshi court decided to issue a warrant for the arrest of former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia on Wednesday the stand-off between Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League (AL) government and the opposition is expected to worsen That Zia’s arrest was ordered after she failed to appear in court for the fourth time in two cases of graft is unlikely to mitigate the aggression of an opposition that has held the country to ransom through a nationwide blockade ordered by Zia last month to compel Hasina to call fresh elections At least 100 people have been killed since but neither opposition nor government has shown an inclination to soften up for a serious and sustained dialogue Having been out of power since 2006 and after its self-defeating boycott of the general election in January 2014 the BNP’s desperation to return to power is visible Members of its alliance — especially the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefazat-e-Islam — have been responsible for large-scale violence ever since verdicts began to be pronounced against Jamaat leaders in the 1971 war crimes trials While not excusing the government for its high-handedness particularly its detention of senior BNP leaders the onus is on the opposition to own up to the breakdown in law and order caused by its agitation Coupled with the war crimes verdicts this is part of the larger battle for the identity of Bangladesh and Hasina’s government is undeniably on the moral high ground here Despite progress on socio-economic indicators under Hasina Bangladesh cannot afford a long-term collapse of its politics Having the comfort of numbers and tenure the government may not see any need yet to reduce the BNP’s self-inflicted pain However it is failing to restore normalcy Given the extremist hold on the opposition space and a reckless BNP Hasina cannot afford to not talk to Zia while the refusal to compromise will certainly not serve Zia With Prime Minster Narendra Modi likely to visit Dhaka soon and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee having just concluded a visit India must resolve its own Centre-state differences to deliver on the Teesta waters deal and the land boundary agreement It wouldn’t be wise to underestimate the positive impact these might have Meanwhile Delhi must urge the warring parties in Dhaka to talk For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Amrita Shah | Updated: April 18 2014 9:06 am Related News Modi has positioned himself not just as a leader but also as an object of mass consumption — a strategy that speaks of our times Even the BJP prime ministerial candidate’s most ardent supporter would agree that there is something baffling about the Narendra Modi phenomenon It is not often that someone turns public opinion around in the dramatic fashion that he has managed Commuting nationwide repugnance into widespread adoration would seem an impossible task for the most dexterous alchemist; yet he has done it and in just a little over a decade This startling turnaround is not the only unusual factor in his case He is probably the first sitting chief minister to be confirmed as a prime ministerial candidate by a national party And this is even though he has neither seniority nor political lineage essential qualifications for seekers of high office Indeed he has gone farther in a shorter time than any Indian politician outside of a political dynasty Modi’s handlers would probably think these musings superfluous The 2002 violence is history after the courts gave him a “clean chit” they are likely to say and the career bump is not a matter of wonder just apiece with the awe-inspiring job he has done in Gujarat And this brings us to the other perplexing matter nobody is quite clear about: what it is that he is purported to have done in Gujarat Comparative data from across the country disproves Gujarat’s claims of exceptionally high growth or snowballing foreign investment On human indicators Gujarat has disappointed and environmentalists and civil libertarians are concerned about many of Modi’s policies Even assuming that considerable development has taken place and Gujaratis are happy with Modi’s governance (and their repeated faith reposed in him at the hustings seems to suggest as much) is their satisfaction proof enough for the rest of India of the viability of Modi’s vision Since he has arrived on the national scene Modi has acquired a reputation for tall claims (remember the story about rescuing 15000 Gujaratis from flood-hit Uttarakhand) His speeches full of hyperbole familiar taunts and rhetorical flourish may be stirring but do not suggest that he has workable solutions for the country’s problems He avoids putting himself into situations he cannot control He rarely gives interviews and has been known to terminate conversations with journalists when the questions make him uncomfortable And yet opinion polls show him to be the frontrunner in the prime ministerial stakes which means he has convinced a lot of people that he is a leader to be trusted I am not saying they are wrong but how has a leader who offers so little credible information managed to be so wildly persuasive If I were to say that Modi has done it by successfully using the seductive power of the media since 2002 I can anticipate two reactions: one possibly sceptical given the negative nature of the coverage for the better part of his political career; and two an assumption that I am referring to recent whispers of a propaganda effort by corporate entities with a foothold in the media These may be facts but my argument here is different I am not talking about negative or positive hype but the power of sheer visibility Let me digress for a moment to draw attention to certain conventions in the media I am thinking not of news but the entertainment media In particular I am thinking about how characters are conceived and presented in soap operas There is a certain pattern that unites fictional figures across languages and cultures They are likely to be played by actors who are presentable in appearance They are likely to speak in clichés (“What are you doing here”; “Main badla leke rahungi”) They are likely to repeat gestures and act in predictable ways usually exhibiting a single trait that defines and drives them In real life such people would be tedious Yet when we watch them up close night after night and in teasers and reruns we become hooked We look forward to seeing them We laugh or “tch tch” in a knowing way at their expected ways of behaving They become real to us drawing responses as predictable as their actions Advertisers know the power of this peculiar mix of charisma frequency and repetition They know that it has the ability to dull the inquiring mind and to feed the addictive urge like a drug or a sugar rush When the conventions of these entertainment-cum-marketing formats (soap operas were made to sell detergent to housewives) are deployed in the real world they can mesmerise us even suspend our powers of discrimination The bombardment of the media with images of the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 9/11 was imperative for creating a miasma of public consensus for the invasion of Afghanistan Media savvy Ronald Reagan was called the “Teflon” president for his apparent invulnerability to the adverse consequences of his actions as president of the US The social scientist David Harvey maintains that “an image dominated aestheticising regime is displacing a mode of ethical apprehension” How the media covered Modi is not relevant at the moment but the fact that he has been the staple diet of our media since 2002 is Equally significant is his understanding of how to harness the potential of his extreme visibility by becoming the embodiment of our hopes and dreams If my hypothesis seems far-fetched then consider the fact that Arvind Kejriwal who thrives on the media gaze as much as Modi is already a contender in the opinion polls for prime ministerial candidates even though his party is less than 18 months old Modi has positioned himself not just as a leader but also as an object of mass consumption The ongoing election is seeing the first generation of voters born after liberalisation and the arrival of satellite television It is a strategy that speaks of our times The writer is at the Centre for Contemporary Studies Indian Institute of Science Bangalore For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: July 7 2017 9:46 am Metro 3 work near Malad Link Road Aishwarya Maheshwari Top News Continuing its opposition to a Metro carshed at Aarey Colony the Shiv Sena-led civic body Thursday rejected the proposal of changing the reservation on a plot at Aarey in the general body meeting The proposal called for a change of reservation of a plot measuring 33 hectares in Aarey Colony from a no-development zone to a Metro carshed allied facilities and a commercial zone for the Metro III project Last month the proposal had been placed before the improvement committee which rejected it It was then forwarded to the general body for its final decision “The green zone at Aarey is crucial for the city Hence we rejected the proposal” said Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar who chaired the general body meeting on Thursday However officials said the state can still go ahead with its plan as it had just sought the civic body’s say on the issue For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsAmritsar: A day after Rahul Gandhi’s BJP balloon jibe Arun Jaitely today wondered whether the Congress leader’s remark was an "astrological prediction" or based on some rational political thinking Two comments were made during the release of Congress manifesto in New Delhi yesterday said Jaitley who is BJP’s candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Arun Jaitley AFP "Sonia Ji said we will prove all opinion polls wrong Second (comment) was by Rahul Gandhi.who said the balloon of BJP will burst" he said Jaitley also the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha stated that BJP has never said that opinion polls are totally correct "But when reliable institutions conduct opinion polls.(they) indicate direction of public opinion and today there is clear direction that Narendra Modi is most popular person to become Prime Minister" he said Jaitley who will be taking on Congress’s Capt Amarinder Singh in this Sikh dominated parliamentary constituency further said all opinion polls are "speaking the same language" that Congress and the UPA’s vote share is declining sharply while that of the NDA is going up He also said while Congress has only 2-3 allies the number of allies with NDA was on the rise and would go up further "In such a scenario to say that the balloon will burst.is it an astrological prediction or is it based on some rational political thinking. If based on some political thought explain us the political logic. (or) if it has been just said to boost moral of Congress workers." Jaitley quipped At the launch of Congress manifesto Rahul had said: "Just like the ‘India Shining’ balloon exploded. I can say certainly the balloon will explode" "India shining was an excellent campaign They thought they will get 350 seats But it evaporated when the results came I am confident that like the balloon of India Shining this time also the balloon will explode" he had said PTI Washington: An influential American lawmaker slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday for using the UN platform last week to praise a "militant" "Disappointed to see the Pakistan PM use the UN to praise a militant group that uses violence to promote its cause" Congressman Ted Poe said in a tweet In his address to the UN General Assembly on 21 September Sharif described Hizbul commander Burhan Wani a "young leader" Poe is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Terrorism Non-proliferation and Trade last week introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to designate Pakistan as a State sponsor of terrorism A file photo of Nawaz Sharif AP Co-sponsored by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher the bill has been sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action Motivated by his bill Indian-Americans have launched an online ‘We the People’ petition on the White House website urging the Obama administration to designate Pakistan a State Sponsor of Terrorism By late Wednesday night more than 265000 people had signed the petition making it the most popular active petition on the White House website As per the guidelines of the We the People petition the Obama administration responds within 60 days after the petitions is signed by a minimum of 100000 people The petition created by one RG the person who decided to identify with this initial on 21 September had reached the 100000 signatures in less than a week In addition to Indian American groups several other communities including Balochs Afghans those from Gilgit Baltistan Sindhi and other Americans too have been sending emails and campaigning on the social media to encourage people to sign the petition” Yonah Lloyd, “This was a cowardly act that Oxfam should realise is a reprehensible and damaging mistake, About half of Obamacare enrollees obtained insurance through the expansion.

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