My interest in water and its role in national development and security was sparked over many visits to #Israel. The silent revolution triggered in #India by PM @narendramodi 's Jal Jeevan Mission which will take potable water on tap to 190 million homes has me hooked. @Vidurji 1n Image
Work done by Jal Jeevan Mission is huge. 30% of 190 million rural homes have potable water on tap in first year of NJJM's launch. Amazing use of tech to ensure a better life for people in #India This is a 'boring' story, so no media reports it. I'll do a thread and update it. 2n
Today, PM @narendramodi launched Vindhya Water Supply project in #UP covering Vindhyachal. The project cost is Rs 5,555 crore. To be completed in 2 years, it will provide assured tap water to homes in 3,000 villages. It will benefit 42 lakh people. 3n
Vindhyachal is water-stressed & drought-prone. In Budelkhand, another water-stressed region covering 7 districts of #UP, a water project worth Rs 10,700 crore is being implemented.
#Israel is providing tech-for-water in #Bundelkhand. Lives will change forever.
#HarGharJal #India
Away from eyeball-grabbing prime time headlines and titillating tidbits on front pages, a silent revolution is sweeping through #India . PM @narendramodi is taking potable water on tap to every rural household. I speak to DD.
What the Vindhyachal project for potable water supply on tap to households in 2995 villages means for #UP and #India 6n
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When completed, Jal Jeevan Mission will be a decadal gamechanger for #India and a model for developing countries. Those with bank accounts underestimated the power of #JanDhan and sniggered. Those with water on tap think NJJM is a joke. Wait and watch. 7n
PM Modi initiates, CM Yogi does. Silent Revolution happening in #UP

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When my Twitter account, along with that of @ShivAroor and others, was blocked by Congress/UPA under draconian Section 66A, several 'journalists' supported Govt's order. A senior UPA Minister told me some of them had collaborated with Govt in drawing up the list. 1n
More. A digital free speech activist, who receives handsome foreign funds, sat in on meetings to help Congress/UPA Govt justify its patently unjustifiable ban. Later, he had the gumption to tell me how he had fought tooth and nail. Which, of course, was bunkum. I told him so. 2n
When confronted about the ban in Washington, DC by prominent mediapersons and lawmakers, India's then Ambassador to US brazenly justified the ban. The diplomat's colleagues in MEA were appalled. 3n
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Bharat Mata
~Abanindranath Tagore, 1905.
দুঃস্বপ্নে আতঙ্কে রক্ষা করিলে অঙ্কে
স্নেহময়ী তুমি মাতা।
दूस्व्प्ने आतन्के रक्षा करिले अंके
स्नेहमयी तुमि माता।
In nightmare & terror You protected us
Compassionate Mother of mine.
[Rabindranath Tagore, Jana Gana Mana]
#IndependenceDay 🇮🇳
Bharat Mata
~ Shobha Singh, 1947.
Bharat Mata
~Raja Ravi Varma, Oleograph.
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Which Indian journalists, academics, intellectuals were the beneficiaries of Fai's ISI-funded largesse? Who were the regular guests of the 2 Families and feasted on wazwan paid for with money stolen from people? Check their names. Now check who are crying hoarse over #Article370.
Who are the intel officers, including certain top guns, now retired, who had access to limitless GoI funds for their 'work' in #JammuAndKashmir ? Was an ex-RAW person helping ABV (and later MMS) on #Kashmir or running a transfer-posting-promotion racket?
Who received 'loans' from J&K Bank? What are the bank's NPA details? Who fronted for beneficiaries? To cleanse Kashmir of malcontent, make details public. Also publish list of journalists who are regular visitors to Pakistan High Commission and residences of Pakistani diplomats.
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1 Aug 19
Orthodoxy made #Hindu Samaj non-inclusive and created deep faultlines for others to exploit. For orthodoxy, the 'mlechchh' is as much a non-Hindu as a Scheduled Caste person. #Orthodoxy never strengthens society or faith. Reject orthodoxy like Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar did. 1/n
Laughable that you can't accept food delivered by a non-Hindu because it is #Shravan. Does the food come certified that it has been cooked and packed by Hindus? A true #orthodox would cook his food, wash his utensils, carry his water. You are not even true to orthodoxy. 2/n
History tells us orthodoxy has inflicted incalculable harm to #Hinduism and #Hindu Samaj. Orthodoxy defended sati, child marriage, putrid casteism, purdah. #Orthodoxy opposed Hindu Code, women's education, equal rights, temple entry. Examples abound. 3/n
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Bengal's Durga tradition is integral to the Ramayan narrative in the east: 'Okal Bodhon' or unseasonal awakening of the goddess by Sri Ram to seek victory over Ravan. Prof Sen should read Bhabatosh Datta's 'Rabindranath Tagore on Ramayan and Mahabharat'. He has all the time.
Part of Durga tradition in Bengal is Sandhi Puja when 108 lotuses are offered. Popular narrative: Sri Ram decides to offer 108 'blue' lotuses (Bengal water lillies?) to propitiate Durga. Finds he is short of one lotus, so offers one of his 'lotus eyes'. Devi is propitiated.
While it is true 'Jai Sri Ram' as a greeting or slogan was alien to Bengal, Sri Ram and the (Krittivasi) Ramayan narrative were integral to Bengali life. The latent has become the active assertion of resistance. Or, to use Prof Sen's favourite expression, 'dissent in democracy'.
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28 Jun 19
Nehru did not create IITs. Dr BC Roy, CM of West Bengal, set up first IIT in Cal in 1950; it later moved to Kharagpur. IIT Kharagpur Act came in 1956. Soviet Union set up IIT Powai; US set up IIT Kanpur; Germans set up IIT Madras (all of them with trade surplus and aid).
We learned this in junior school as compulsory GK. I guess General Knowledge is dangerously Right Wing shyt now, so declared by our Left Liberals. What to do? #IIT #Nehru
Just in case @madversity is interested, the idea of setting up Indian institutes of technology took shape in 1946 with Humayun Kabir leading the way and Nalini Ranjan Sarkar Committee preparing a report. Extant records do not mention any role played by Nehru. So.
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