Glimpses of President Kovind witnessing Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. This marks the culmination of the four-day long Republic Day celebrations.
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Non–disputed part of Ram Janma Bhoomi land – a perspective
Source, eminent columnist S Gurumurthy’s tweet:
Misleading tweets are on against Govt move to return Ayodhya land. Fact is in 1994 constitution bench had said excess land to be returned. If not owners can file writ for its return. In June 1996 owners wanted the land back. In August Govt said will do after Allahabad HC verdict.
In 1997 owners sued for return of land. SC ruled govt policy decision to return land after Allahabad HC judgement is correct and dismissed the writ. In 1996 & 97 UF govt was in power. In 2002 owners asked for the return of land. Vajpayee govt was silent.
One Aslam Bhure petitioned to stop any activity on the excess land till the Allahabad HC verdict. The SC okayed it. In 2010 Allahabad HC verdict came. In 2011 in the appaeal against it the SC said excess land not to be put to religious or other use as per Aslam Bhure order.
But in 2018 SC said Aslam Bhure order was effective only till Allahabad HC order. So there are 4 orders of SC. 1 return the land (1994). 2 return the land after the Allahabad HC order (1997) 3 extending the status quo under Bhure order (2010). 4, Bhure order exhausted in 2010.
1994 order casting duty on govt to return excess land of Hindus acquired still stands. The dispute is about when to do it. The SC itself has said after the Allahabad HC order. The SC has said it is govt policy to decide how much excess land is needed to enjoy disputed land.
The 2011 order is also only to protect the disputed land. The disputed land is 0.313 acres. The extra land occupied is 71 acres. How much is needed for enjoying the disputed land is to be determined only by govt. May be couple of acres. Why hold so much extra land.
The govt is doing the right thing by recalling the 1994, 1997, 2003 and 2018 orders of the SC saying return the land after Allahabad HC order and asking the SC to modify its order of 2011 based on the expired order of 2003 saying status quo. The govt is absolutely right.
The fiery trade union leader who fought for justice: PM Modi on George Fernandes
PM Narendramodi’s tweet:
George Sahab represented the best of India’s political leadership. Frank and fearless, forthright and farsighted, he made a valuable contribution to our country. He was among the most effective voices for the rights of the poor and marginalised. Saddened by his passing away.
When we think of Mr. George Fernandes, we remember most notably the fiery trade union leader who fought for justice, the leader who could humble the mightiest of politicians at the hustings, a visionary Railway Minister and a great Defence Minister who made India safe and strong.
During his long years in public life, George Sahab never deviated from his political ideology. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. His simplicity and humility were noteworthy. My thoughts are with his family, friends and lakhs of people grieving. May his soul rest in peace.