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Strange BJP demand to celebrate liberation of Hyderabad from Nizam's yoke

By Rajiv Shah/ In an incisive analysis, policy analyst Mohan Guruswamy has pointed towards the fact that RSS had no role to play in Hyderabad’s "liberation". This was in reply to Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar demanding that the state government must celebrate the "liberation" of Hyderabad from the Nizam's yoke. “It’s like their wanting to celebrate August 8 as Quit India day when the RSS opposed it”, Guruswamy says.
In a detailed 1,400-word article, Guruswamy wonders why RSS, which never allowed the tricolor to be hoisted on Hegdewar Bhavan, its headquarters in Nagpur, wants to celebrate the hoisting of the tricolor in Hyderabad on September 17, 1948 as Liberation Day.
On the eve of independence, he recalls, the RSS mouthpiece 'Organizer" wrote: “The people who have come to power by the kick of fate may give in our hands the tricolor but it never be respected and owned by Hindus. The word three is in itself an evil, and a flag having three colors will certainly produce a very bad psychological effect and is injurious to a country".
The tricolor went up Hegdewar Bhavan only on January 26, 2001 when three young men belonging to the Rashtrapremi Yuva Dal forcibly hoisted the national flag on the edifice, he says, adding, “The truth of the matter is that RSS never took part even in the Quit India Movement of 1942 or in any anti-feudal liberation movement anywhere in the country.”



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By Rajiv Shah/ Ahmed Patel has passed away. It is indeed sad that he became another Covid victim, like thousands of others across the world. His loss appears to have been particularly felt in the Congress corridors. I know how some party leaders from Gujarat would often defend him even if one “negative” remark was made on him. “I personally cannot tolerate any criticism of Ahmedbhai”, Shaktisinh Gohil, Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, appointed Bihar in charge ahead of recent assembly polls, told me about a couple of years ago during a tete-e-tete in Ahmedabad.

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Arnab entitled to bail, but what about 3.5 lakh undertials, 83 yr old priest, 80 yr old poet?

Senior Mumbai-based human rights lawyer Mihir Desai, in a Facebook post , “tears in the hypocrisy of the judgement and the utter naiveté that informs the discussion about it in certain quarters”, comments Vistasp Hodiwala, adding, “It is the kind of stuff that only a lawyer of serious standing such as Mihir who deals with such cases day in and day out would be able to put up.”