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Crocs, She feels their collections are fun, I got very interested in his baking and stood watching him for an hour, she says Seeing her interestthe chef invited her to attend a workshop at a hotel near Connaught Place for three days I learnt a lot during those three days There were so many chefs from various hotels It was a good learning experience and he told me that if I like doing thisthen I should give it a serious thought? download Indian Express App More Related News 2011 4:24 am Related News The CBI on Tuesday arrested a businessman and the director of an event management company in the alleged Rs 630-crore overlays scandal.head of event management companies Meroform India and GL Events,s performance to his wrong approach and lack of variety. Later they were arrested by police. The team will fight for the ninth position when they take on South Korea in the classification match Saturday.” stated Darbar.

We don’t want comment any further, Gadkari met Thackeray at the plush Four Seasons Hotel in central Mumbai and reportedly asked him not to field any candidates against the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance so that all anti-Congress votes go to them."If MNS does not field the candidates in Lok Sabha elections it will ultimately benefit both BJP and Shiv Sena and will help to make Narendra Modi as PM and to bring NDA into power" added Fadnavis When asked about whether the party endorses Gadkari’s visit he said "Gadkari is a national leader of the party and his meetings are in the interest of the party The national leaders of the BJP keep meeting other political party leaders" Fadnavis also dismissed reports that he was summoned by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over the meeting "My meeting with Uddhav Thackeray was pre-planned to discuss couple of issues related to seat sharing and holding a rally in Vidarbha It has nothing to do with Gadkari-Raj Thackeray visit and there was no conversation on it in our meeting" explained Fadnavis Published: May 31 2014 2:12 am The BJP has for long been distressed about the multicultural rather than the secular dimension Related News Gurpreet Mahajan Looking at the number of seats that are stacked on the side of the BJP-led NDA government with Narendra Modi as the prime minister anxieties are running high While there is some substance to the view that the RSS-backed BJP government may communalise society the argument that we are likely to see more inter-community conflicts is not convincing This is not because the centrist pulls in the Indian polity will compel Modi to act as a “moderate” but because the BJP understands better than most that the ammunition lying in the barracks of the secular can be used effectively to pursue its ideological agenda One can be strongly secular without being multicultural and this can place disproportionate burden upon the minorities The possibility of invoking the badge of secularism to polarise society may seem absurd to many We have been schooled to pit the secular against the communal and treat these as opposing categories But in actuality the relationship between the secular and the communal is a complicated one One has only to pause momentarily to see that in India parties claiming to be secular raise religious issues and they mobilise people along community lines; communal violence has also occurred under different ideological regimes so the lines between the secular and the communal are more blurred than is ordinarily assumed One could be secular by distancing oneself from all religious communities and supporting no religious activity of any group directly or indirectly; or one could be neutral by supporting certain activities of all religious communities; or one could make no distinction between different religious communities and treat all of them in a like manner Clearly no political party in India has followed the first path All are willing to support some activities for instance educational work or the observance of certain religious practices and festivities of different religious groups What is perhaps even more striking is that political parties that are tagged as secular adhere neither to the first nor last of these options; that is they neither separate themselves from all matters ecclesiastical nor treat all religions in exactly the same manner Most of the time they support selectively some activities of a few groups within some religious communities and the nature and extent of support they extend also varies from place to place Eventually it all comes down to informal networks of clientialism and patronage The important thing is that neither are all sects within a community treated alike nor are all communities treated in an identical manner Governments make distinctions all the time and some of these are backed by a multicultural logic Indian democracy has almost since its inception worked implicitly with what might be called a majority-minority framework Governments with undisputed secular credentials have functioned with the multicultural belief that the state has a tendency to lean towards the culture of the majority and this leaves the minority communities and cultures vulnerable It is this reading of the minority situation that prompted Nehru to refrain from intervening in the personal laws of the minority communities even as he reformed those of the majority community The idea that protecting diversity requires a check on the majority community and its inclination to stamp the public sphere with its identity reflects the same belief In fact the decision to leave minority communities free to define their educational and cultural concerns and to lend support to these activities irrespective of their form is also an expression of the same multicultural thinking What is common to this frame of thinking is that it treats minorities differently placing them in a different and special category The Constitution of India made space for the secular along with the multicultural If it guaranteed equality before the law for all citizens setting aside all considerations of religion caste and gender it also made provision for minorities to set up and administer their own educational institutions and impart education of their choice Although this is the unique feature of the Indian constitutional structure it is entirely possible to stress on one dimension while neglecting the other and this is the site of the ideological divide The BJP has for long been distressed about the multicultural rather than the secular dimension It favours uniformity and identical treatment rather than exceptions for minorities Its longstanding agenda of framing a uniform civil code is justified on this ground of treating all alike In pushing for equal treatment of all communities it can claim to be secular After all nothing is more “secular” than making all religious identities irrelevant in considerations of public policy However this form of secular action delinked from its multicultural component has the potential of dividing society along the lines of religious community After all the construction of a uniform civil code would create greater consternation among minorities; and a decision to prescribe a set syllabus for all educational institutions that receive state funding be they public private or minority institutions is likely to create similar anxieties It is minorities that are likely to feel vulnerable and targeted The point is that critics of the BJP misread its agenda While they proclaim loudly that secularism is likely to be betrayed under their rule the likelihood is that it is just what secularism can mandate that is likely to create a minority-majority divide and deepen the former’s sense of insecurity The effects of this agenda of uniformity might be mitigated to some extent if the BJP were to also ensure that treating all communities alike meant that their life and property would be protected equally against all forms of aggression including targeted inter-community violence That would be the crucial test and it is this that will eventually determine just who can claim to be secular The writer is professor of political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Coomi Kapoor | Published: June 3 2012 2:27 am Related News Filtering out NDA The Task Force on National Securityheaded by Naresh Chandrarecently submitted its report to the Prime Minister Howevermembers of the committee were in for a surprise The PMO wanted references to the achievements of the Vajpayee government removed from the document The final draft had consequently to be re-worked and portions relating to the Kargil Review Committee instituted by then Prime Minister Vajpayeewere omitted The recommendations of the Group of Ministers constituted in 2000 to act on the Kargil Committee Reports findings were also deleted The PMO instructed the Task Force report focus simply on how the UPA views national security In spite of censoring the major portion concerning the NDA governmentin some chaptersreferences to the Kargil Review Committee and the GoMs recommendations still crop up Diplomatic illness Writing a blog and skipping the rally at the end of the BJPs national executive meeting in Mumbai were not the only indications of L K Advanis unhappiness over the manoeuvrings that ensured Nitin Gadkaris second term as president When the resolution seeking to amend the party constitution so that office bearers could have two consecutive terms came up for discussion at the national executive in MumbaiAdvani was missing He said he had to visit an ailing relative Earlier at the office bearers meet in Delhi where the issue was first raisedAdvani stayed awaysaying he was not well He had hoped to install Ananth Kumar as party president Kumar has been especially close to the BJP veteran since Advanis 2011 rath yatrafor which Kumar was the chief coordinator Missing owner During the IPL final in Chennaithe camera was focused on owner of the Kolkata Knight RidersShah Rukh Khanbut did not offer any shots of rival Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan For good reason though Srinivasan was not in the MA Chidamabaram stadium because he believes when he watches the match in personhis team loses He sat in a hotel roomnot even seeing the action on TV and instead relied on friends to update him on the match through SMSes As he is also president of the BCCIhe had per force to be present at the start of the ceremony when veteran cricketers were being felicitatedbut after that he left the ground He returned once more for the presentation ceremony Wrong handshake Weekly news magazine Tehelka recently carried an article claiming that the Pakistan establishment is pushing for trade ties with India To illustrate the pointit included a photograph of General Ashfaq Parvez Kayanihead of the Pakistani Armyshaking hands with Commerce Minister Anand Sharma The Pakistan High Commission is upset since no such handshake took place Apparentlythe photo was morphed and the Generals image had been superimposed on a photograph of Sharma shaking hands with Pakistans commerce minister The magazine subsequently printed a letter explaining the morphing The Pakistanis are contemplating approaching the Press Council of India Press Council Chief Markandey Katju may be unpopular with the Indian pressbut he is respected in Pakistan since he personally petitioned for the release of Pakistani scientist Mohammed Khalil Chishti who was undergoing imprisonment in Ajmer jail for murder Difficult to locate After receiving the Andhra High Court judgment scrapping the 45 per cent sub-quota for minorities within the OBC reservation in jobs and education institutionsthe Law Ministry tried desperately to get in touch with Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati for his opinion but had a tough time locating him Vahanvati had gone to Geneva as head of a delegation to the UN Human Rights Councilbut had left the city by the time the judgment was announced The ministry finally located the attorney general on a ship cruising the Mediterranean Avoiding a meeting At the recently concluded Home Secretary level talks in lslamabadonce again no agreement was reached on the contentious issue of liberalising visa ruleseven though the matter has been pending for long According to sourcesPakistans Interior Minister Rehman Malik is holding out clearing the new visa rules until he first has a full-fledged interaction with Home Minister P Chidambaram He believes Chidambaram has been deliberately avoiding meeting him for the last two years Whether it was the cricket test match at Mohali or the PMs lunch for Asif Zardarithe Indian Home Minister has been making polite excuses This could be because Chidambaram believes that little purpose will be served by a meeting unless Malik first makes good on the promises he made on follow-up action in the wake of the Mumbai terror act For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: The Centre will spare no efforts in aiding the development of West Bengal Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today as she met him to seek debt waiver and other financial support West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi PTI Banerjee’s first meeting with Modi after he became Prime Minister comes against the backdrop of acrimony between her party Trinamool Congress and BJP Seeking a special financial package including moratorium on loan payment for her debt-ridden state Banerjee first met Modi in Parliament House and then along with a delegation of party MPs During the meeting Modi said he is fully committed for the development of West Bengal a PMO statement said The Prime Minister said no stone will be left unturned for the development of West Bengal it added On the issue of debt waiver Modi acknowledged that Banerjee’s government had "inherited a large burden" He told her that his government too had "inherited a large burden" and "the Centre and states have to collectively find a solution to this" the statement said According to a TMC MP who was part of the delegation Modi was non-committal on the debt waiver issue Modi said "In any case the 14th Finance Commission has taken into account the interest burden on states and has fully compensated the revenue deficit arising as a result of this This is why West Bengal is getting an additional Revenue Deficit Grant along with only two other non-Special Category States Therefore interest burden should not affect development activities any more in future" Modi also said the Union government has decided to give West Bengal the royalty on coal and other minerals This will provide a benefit of Rs 1600 crore to the state annually In addition West Bengal will get Rs 11200 crore from the coal blocks that have been auctioned so far and there will be even more revenue in future Modi maintained that West Bengal and Kolkata have to develop for their own sake and for the benefit of the region "That is why we have an ‘Act East’ policy The region has talented people and a lot of resources" he said In the current scenario West Bengal is better placed as compared to the past and has adequate funds to meet its development needs fully the release quoted Modi as saying The West Bengal Chief Minister who voiced concern over the funds pending for schemes like MNREGA and ICDS said Modi praised the state’s financial performance in raising the revenue and assured her of help in maintaining fiscal discipline "The PM said that Bengal’s loan was maximum in comparison to other states But he appreciated our efforts in keeping the financial discipline. He also praised our efforts and hoped that financial situation will improve further "He (PM) said we will try (to help) because the country is also facing a crisis on financial front ‘We will try to see how we can help the state’ he said" Mamata told reporters after the meeting The Prime Minister said he is a firm believer in cooperative federalism and has constantly been stressing that only strong states can make a strong India Therefore states must be strengthened to meet the development needs of their people he said At the meeting Banerjee raised the debt problem which she has said was mostly a result of the actions of the previous Left government "Today all our party MPs met PM and before that I also met him We apprised him of Bengal’s financial situation We came to power in 2011 and the loan was taken before that "The loan was about Rs 1 lakh crore from RBI It was not our fault The loan was not taken by us but by the previous Left government" she said Saying that the debt burden leading to high interest payments was affecting the development expenditure in West Bengal she asked for debt relief and relief from interest payments "The Centre takes away all the money so how will the state develop and how will the poor benefit Road (building) work food procurement 100-day minimum work. how will it work Banerjee said "We have sought waiver of the loan for carrying out development work" the chief minister said PTI Chandigarh: Buoyed by its performance in the Lok Sabha polls senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked party workers in Haryana to make an all-out effort to realise ‘Mission 60-plus’ in the upcoming State Assembly elections BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh PTI Singh exuded confidence that BJP will once again prove the political pundits and analysts wrong by forming the Government on its own in Haryana and hit out at the ruling Congress over its leaders’ alleged involvement in land scams and corruption The tenure of the 90-member Haryana House will end on 27 October and the Election Commission hopes to complete the Assembly polls in the state before the third week of October Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) earlier this week decided to snap ties with BJP alleging repeated betrayal by the saffron party With an aim to garner all 90 Assembly seats on its own Singh asked BJP leaders from the State to revise the number of their "Mission 46 plus (majority needed to form govt in Haryana) to Mission 60 plus now" The Minister was addressing a public gathering in Hathin in Palwal district in Haryana on the culmination of the BJP’s ‘Vijay Sankalp Yatra’ He slammed the Congress saying the party does not have any issue to raise and therefore keeps crying hoarse over the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha "They do not have any issue to raise But they always keep raising the issue of Leader of Opposition post They must know for this they need 10 per cent minimum seats" he said Mocking the Congress he said "Jab kad hein naheen raha lekin pad unko chahiyee (they have lost stature but they are adamant on the post)" PTI The person that comes in obviously is not going to fill Chanderpaul’s shoes immediately. 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