Senior Adviser, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, New Delhi. Member, PM's Committee on Netaji 125th Anniversary.
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May 20 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
India records highest ever annual #FDI inflow of $83.57 billion in FY 2021-22. This is $1.60 billion more than last FY despite military operation in Ukraine and COVID19 pandemic. #India ’s FDI inflows have gone up 20-fold since 2003-04, when the inflow was $4.3 billion.
India is rapidly emerging as a preferred country for foreign investment in the manufacturing sector. FDI equity inflow in manufacturing sector has increased by 76% in FY 2021-22 ($21.34 billion) compared to FY 2020-21 ($12.09 billion).
May 12 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
India came very close to collapse and chaos after Rajiv Gandhi’s years of profligacy. VP Singh’s National Front Govt, followed by Congress-backed Chandra Shekhar’s non-Govt, took the tottering economy to the brink of disaster. PV Narasimha Rao rescued and resuscitated economy.
From pawning India’s gold to barely stay afloat, signing humiliating MoUs with IMF, and excising the canker of Nehruvian socialism, to a remarkable post-pandemic recovery and emerging as the fastest growing economy in a killer virus savaged world, #India has come a long way.
Apr 21 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Quote wisely, not blindly from '100 Best Quotes' on Google.
"The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future" is from Act 3 of Oscar Wilde's play 'A Woman of No Importance'.
Its meaning is entirely different.
Oscar Wilde meant exactly the opposite of what he penned; he would be hooting, laughing and rolling in his grave that he has been quoted so severely out of context by the Learned.
In the play, the line is spoken by an amoral and dishonorable Lord Illingworth.
Apr 9 • 11 tweets • 7 min read
The Pradhan Mantri Sangrahalaya (Museum of PMs) will be inaugurated on 14 April 2022.
The museum will create awareness about all Prime Ministers of #India 🇮🇳
It recognises the contribution of all PMs irrespective of their ideology, as per vision of Prime Minister @narendramodi
The Pradhan Mantri Sangrahalaya is an inclusive endeavour led by Prime Minister @narendramodi
It is aimed at sensitising and inspiring the younger generation of #India 🇮🇳about the leadership, vision and achievements of all our Prime Ministers.
Mar 22 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
PM @narendramodi during telephone conversation with #UK PM Boris Johnson on 22 March reiterates #India ’s consistent position on Russia-Ukraine conflict; calls for cessation of hostilities and return to dialogue and diplomacy.
PM Modi and PM Johnson had a detailed discussion on the situation in #Ukraine. PM Modi emphasised India's belief in respect for international law and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states, as the basis of the contemporary world order.
Mar 12 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Various State Governments have schemes for journalists’ welfare. This is necessitated by three facts: vast majority of journalists are poorly paid; transition from print to digital has been messy causing job losses; media houses are happy to let Govts pay for benefits.
I’d not judge journalists, especially those left behind by the switchover from print to digital because media houses did not invest in skills upgradation, for accepting Govt dole. Let’s not forget most media is funded by Govt advertising which keeps media owners in luxury.
Feb 18 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Hold the biriyani. Mute the music. Wipe your smiles.
Alleged law handles and @PTI_News are (deliberately?) misreporting UP Govt withdrawing 2019 notices to #CAA vandals for damaging public property.
SC has said damages must be recovered from CAA vandals, but under 2020 law.
UP will now reframe notices under its 2020 law and serve them again on #CAA vandals and quantum etc will be determined by tribunal to be set up under 2020 law.
All those gloating and celebrating that SC has blocked punishments for #CAA vandals, please don’t order biriyani yet.
Jan 23 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
My humble tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary. His contribution to the freedom struggle is incomparable. Independent #India 🇮🇳 owes him an immense debt of gratitude.
The decision to install a magnificent statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose under the canopy at India Gate, where once stood the statue of King George V, King Emperor of colonial British India, is a fitting tribute to a national hero. 2/4
Jan 21 • 13 tweets • 11 min read
Massive crackdown by #India on #Pakistan-based and ISI-directed #FakeNews factories
35 @YouTube channels and 2 websites blocked by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for spreading anti-India fake news.
Crackdown will continue. No place for fake news aimed at harming India.
The 35 @YouTube channels and 2 websites banned by #India were involved in spreading anti-India #FakeNews in a coordinated manner over digital media. The now blocked YouTube accounts had a total subscriber base of over 1.2 crore, and their videos had over 130 crore views.
Jan 21 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The canopy at India Gate housed a statue of King George V. it was installed in 1938 to honour India’s ‘King Emperor’.
In 1968 the statue of King George V was removed from the canopy at India Gate and installed at Coronation Park. Since then the canopy has remained empty. It was to be replaced by the statue of a national hero. Like Vienna Congress, there were deliberations, but no conclusion.
Jan 21 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
A lot of ill-informed, media-driven misinformation is circulating regarding the flame of the 'Amar Jawan Jyoti'.
The flame of the 'Amar Jawan Jyoti' is NOT being extinguished. It is being MERGED with the eternal flame which honours fallen soldiers at National War Memorial.
The flame at India Gate paid homage to martyrs of 1971 and other wars but none of their names is inscribed there.
Names inscribed on India Gate are of only some martyrs who fought for the British in World War I and Anglo Afghan War. It was a symbol of India's colonial past.
Jan 7 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
An Indian politician travels abroad frequently. His destination, itinerary, meetings, expenses are kept a closely guarded secret.
The same politician’s venal stooges merrily disclose the top secret security and travel details of the PM of #India , compromising PM’s security.
Nation must be told details about this Opposition politician’s foreign travels, especially his meetings and foreign expenses.
The breach in PM of #India’s security coincides with one such secret foreign visit.
PM’s security is a national issue. People have the right to know.
Jan 5 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
On 5 Jan 2022 morning PM @narendramodi landed at Bathinda from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter. Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out.
PM Security Lapse 1
Due to bad weather, it was decided that PM @narendramodi would visit National Marytrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours. He proceeded to travel by road after confirmation of necessary security arrangements by DGP Punjab Police.
PM Security Lapse 2
Jan 3 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Stay calm and get #vaccinated
Do NOT trust bogus media reports claiming 'expired vaccines' are being administered in #India
As usual, such reports are false and malicious, aimed at creating vaccine hesitancy so media can harvest #COVID19 horror stories and profit from them.
Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of #India, had earlier approved extension of shelf life of Covaxin and Covishield vaccines to 12 months and 9 months, respectively.
Dec 16, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
A historic decision.
In a bold move that has the potential of transforming the lives of women and girls in #India, and is a step forward in the direction of gender equality, the Union Cabinet has approved a Bill to make the age of marriage for both men and women 21 years.
Union Government will now introduce the Bill—‘The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021’—in Parliament for amendments in ‘The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 (PCMA)’ for making the age of marriage equal at 21 years for both males and females.
Dec 15, 2021 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
In view of #Covid19 variant of concern #Omicron and as part of regular of monitoring public health emergency preparation Union Government reviews commissioning, installation & functional status of medical oxygen equipment provided by Centre to States/UTs.
Details in thread:
During the review with States/UTs, the Centre reiterated that uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is of critical importance. States/UTs were asked to check preparedness regarding PSA Plants, LMO Plants, Oxygen Concentrators, Medical Gas Pipeline Systems.
Dec 12, 2021 • 17 tweets • 9 min read
We know what #Varanasi looks like today; what it looked like in 2014. I first visited the oldest living city to do a feature for The Statesman 35 years ago.
Since then, I have visited Varanasi several times. During one visit, I acquired a set of old prints. Sharing them. #Kashi
‘Dusaswumedh Ghat’, or Dasashwamedh Ghat, by James Prinsep. 1831. Litho. #Kashi
Dec 11, 2021 • 7 tweets • 7 min read
Have you heard of Saryu Nahar National Project? You wouldn't have because it did not fit into media's agenda. This project had been lying 'pending' for nearly 40 years. It has now been completed in 4 years. #SaryuNahar #ModiHaiToMumkinHai
PM @narendramodi will be at Balrampur, UP, today to inaugurate Saryu Nahar National Project.
It will irrigate 14 lakh hectares and benefit 29 lakh farmers in 6200 villages of eastern #UP
It interlinks Ghaghara, Saryu, Rapti, Banganga and Rohini. #SaryuNahar #ModiHaiToMumkinHai
Dec 2, 2021 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
Data shows Modi Govt strategy on fighting #Maoist#Red terrorism & putting down #Left extremism in #India is working.
Incidents of Maoist terrorism have come down by 70% from all time high of 2258 incidents in 2009 (when Sonia Gandhi's NAC was dictating policy) to 665 in 2020.
Significantly deaths (Civilians + Security Forces) caused by #Maoist#Red terrorism have declined by 80% from all time high of 1005 in 2010 (when Digvijay Singh got Sonia Gandhi to halt anti-#Naxal ops) to 183 in 2020.
Dec 2, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
The ‘arrest, search and seize’ powers of BSF have been enhanced by a recent notification of Ministry of Home Affairs. Here are details of
a) Acts under which jurisdiction has been extended;
b) reasons for enhancement; and,
(d) whether it impacts State police jurisdiction.
The notifications dated 11.10.2021 have extended the territorial jurisdiction of BSF under the Passport Act 1920, Passport Act 1967 and Sections 41(1), 47, 51(1), 52, 100, 131, 149, 150, 151 & 152 of Criminal Procedure Code 1973 in Assam, Punjab and West Bengal.
Nov 30, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
This rant about Farm Laws repealing Bills being passed swiftly in Parliament is hilarious.
Disrupt Parliament, criticise Govt, excite media: Change the toolkit, it’s dated.
Take a look at this list of Bills passed in less than 1 hour, which had repealing effect before 2014:
- The Union Duties of Excise (Electricity) Distribution Repeal Bill, 2006 [Time taken: 12 minutes]
- The Punjab General Sales Tax (As in force in the Union Territory of Chandigarh) Repeal Bill, 2005 [Time taken: 36 minutes]