Bulletin: 02/2018

Here is the Information Factory Bulletin for the 2nd week of 2018


Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a lot of ridicule from the left-liberals for his focus on things they consider unimportant, like toilets and sanitation, and not on some high philosophy like their god, Nehru. But you have to talk to common Indians, such as the residents of a tribal hamlet Mohanguda in Telangana, to know the kind of life changing, and life saving, transformation the simple thinking of Mr Modi is bringing about in their lives. Here is a village where people used to die of Malaria year after year. But ever since the village was introduced in 2016 to the Prime Minister’s pet project, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, not a single one of them has had to take even a paracetamol tablet. This is what change is, this is what new India will be.

The past week seems to have been particularly bad for the rabid, far-left website, The Wire. First the Gujarat High Court decided that the hit job they published against Jay Shah, BJP president Amit Shah’s son, was defamatory in nature and that the legal proceedings in the criminal defamation suit filed by Mr Shah will continue.  Then came the news that the leftist editors of the rag were not prepared to defend one of their female employees who was manhandled while doing her job in Ahmadabad by self-proclaimed Dalit rights activists. The reporter, Damayanti Dhar, was asked by her bosses to “let-go” and not to pursue the incident further as “it would go against the movement”. The Ahmedabad Mirror, whose reporter was also assaulted along with Ms Dhar, has further reporting on the incident.

Lack of education and economic opportunity is often presented as the reason for disproportionately high level of radicalization among the Muslim youth. It is even suggested by those with serious clout among policy makers in India that reservations in higher education and employment are the ultimate panacea to counter Islamic radicalization. Throwing yet another challenge to this leftist fantasy came the news that a research scholar at Aligarh Muslim University has gone off to join terrorist outfit, Hizbul Muzahideen. Mannan Wani hails from Kashmir and was a 4th year PhD student in the Geology department of the university.

Controversy erupted in Kerala following reports that the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had misused the funds collected to provide assistance to victims of cyclone Ockhi. Mr Vijayan used about 8 lakh rupees from the disaster relief fund to pay for using a private helicopter. The chopper was hired to ferry the Chief Minister between the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur where he was attending the district conference of his party, CPI(M). More on this incident here.

Several senior news Editors from West Bengal were caught trying to steal silverware at a London hotel. The incident happened during a dinner hosted for the visiting Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. One of the editors even tried to hide his loot by placing it in the bag of a fellow journalist. The entire incident was recorded by CCTV cameras and the said over smart editor was fined 50 pounds. How shameful.

As a result of the Indian judiciary’s evidence and logic-free environmental activism, about 8-9 lakh workers employed by the firecracker industry in Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi are facing the prospect of losing their livelihood. The temporary ban imposed by the courts on sale of firecrackers in several parts of the country during last year’s Deepavali has deprived the industry of a working capital and consequently many of these are on the verge of closure.

In yet another demonstration of their “tolerance” for views they do not agree with, Commies of CPI(M) party manhandled a MLA belonging to opposition Congress party in Kerala. What angered the comrades were V T Balram’s comments in a Facebook post about the extra-marital affair that commie god, A K Gopalan or AKG, had with a 12 year old girl who he later married. Mr Gopalan was allegedly in his late 30’s when he initiated this affair. Kerala comrades responded by attacking Mr Balram with stones and eggs when he went to inaugurate a medical lab in his assembly constituency.

Government of India has appointed Dr K Sivan as the next Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He is currently the Director of Vikram Sarabai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr Sivan completed aeronautical engineering from Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University and PhD from IIT, Bombay. Here’s wishing that ISRO scales even greater heights under the leadership of a fellow Anna University alumnus.

Police in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh have arrested Zulfikar Abbasi and Dilshad, and are on a look out for Israil, for the kidnap, gang-rape and murder of a 16 year old girl. In what is shocking, and frankly disgusting, the two arrested criminals have confessed to have raped and killed the hapless victim, who was returning from tuition classes, just to have some fun. Makes you wonder, if we can even call ourselves civilized anymore.

In yet another setback to the politics of vendetta practiced by the communists in Kerala, former Director General of Police (DGP) of state police T P Senkumar got relief in two false cases filed against him. One of these cases was that he had produced forged medical documents to claim reimbursement from the government. It has now come to light that this case was filed under pressure from a local CPI(M) party leader in Thiruvananthapuram. The other case relates to an interview he gave to a magazine, Samakaalika Malayalam, where he was alleged to have made provocative statements against the Muslim community. Forensic investigation has now revealed that the tapes of his interview were tampered with by the journalist. A video report on this development is here (Malayalam). It bears to remember here that the current CPI(M) led government in Kerala had removed Mr Senkumar from the post of state police chief just 2 days after they came to power. He won back the position after a long legal battle and a Supreme Court of India judgement in his favour.

Police in Kerala have arrested 2 men, Fawaz Jamal and Siyad, in a case related to forceful conversion to Islam and fraudulent marriage filed by a Hindu woman. It is further alleged that the woman’s husband, Muhammed Riyas, had forcefully taken her to Saudi Arabia from where it was attempted to transport her to ISIS-held territory in Syria. The police are still trying to trace Mr Riyas of Kannur.

In what should serve as a warning to school administrators everywhere in the country, Principal, Sister Archana, and Manager, Father Mulamangalam, of the high-end St. Paul’s missionary school in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh have been sentenced to 2-month’s civil imprisonment. The punishment was meted out because the school had expelled 3 students with adverse comments in their Transfer Certificates as a retaliation against their parents. The parents of the 3 students had complained against the school on issues such as not having proper drinking water facility, playgrounds, clean toilets, excess students, illegal construction, etc.

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