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Movies: The Silent Couple & Ugly Official Trailer

17 12 2014

Ugly Official Trailer

Ugly Movie Official Trailer
Watch, if you love your wife
 Executive Producer – Gaurrav Dhar

Book Launch : Caste in Contemporary India:By Prof Surinder S. Jodhka,

17 12 2014

Book Launch Programme at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities(CSH)
A book: Caste in Contemporary India written by Professor Surinder S. Jodhka, a brilliant academician, was launched at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi. The programme was organsied by CSH to release this book under the chairmanship of Prof(Dr) Leila Choukroune, Director of the CSH and Head of the Globalisation and Regulation Research Area. A brief introduction was given by Prof(Dr) Leila Choukroune about the book. Prof(Dr) Satish Desphande, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics( University of Delhi), Prof Gilles Verniers, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Ashoka University and CSH Research Associate, Dr Jules Naudet, CSH Senior Research in Sociology and Head of the Politics and Society Research Area shared the dias. All of them discussed briefly about the book. Faculties, scholars, and students from JNU and other universities attended this programme. High tea was served to all the participants.

Many in urban India tend to believe that caste would and should have disappeared by now had it not been politicized and used by wily actors in India’s electoral politics. Its institutionalization through the reservation policy, the quotas for Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes, is also cited as the other reason for its continued survival. Against the popular middle-class assumption that the continued presence of caste is a result of incomplete modernization of India’s economy and its cultural values, the book constructs a different trajectory of caste. The institution of caste has seen significant changes, particularly during the past four or five decades.
This change has been experienced almost at all levels and almost in all regions of the country, although not following a single evolutionary or linear path of progression.
More importantly, even when the institution of caste and the social and economic structures sustaining it undergo significant changes, caste has not disappeared. Even in regions where the change in social and economic domains of rural life has been quite “radical” and the older order of caste has nearly disintegrated, caste-based divisions and inequalities continue to matter and often overlap with the emergent disparities of the new economy, both rural and urban. The realities of caste in contemporary times are also not exhausted by analyses of electoral politics.
Caste matters in multiple ways and in different spheres of social, economic and political life, sometimes visibly, sometimes not so visibly. The book is an outcome of Prof. Jodhka’s work on caste completed over the past decade and half. Most of this research has been in the form of empirical explorations of contemporary manifestations of caste carried out both in rural as well as in urban settings in northwest India.
They represent a specific mode of engaging with the subject, which is different from the manner in which caste was imagined and studied by sociologists/ social anthropologists and other social scientists until the 1970s, or even in the 1980s. However, the book is not only about documenting the empirics of caste in contemporary India, but tries to present a framework that would hopefully help us understand social inequalities in other societies as well.
Academic Profile of Prof Surinder S. Jodhka

Prof. Surinder S. Jodhka
Prof. Jodhka researches on different dimensions of social inequalities – old and new – and the processes of their reproduction. Empirical focus of his work has been the dynamics of caste and the varied modes of its articulation with the nature of social and economic change in a neo-liberal€ India; studies of agrarian social change and contemporary rural India; and the political sociology community identities. His publications include Interrogating India€™s Modernity (ed. OUP 2013); Caste: Oxford India Short Introductions (OUP 2012); Village Society (ed. Orient Blackswan 2012); Community and Identities: Contemporary Discourses on Culture and Politics in India (ed. Sage 2001). He is editor of the Routledge India book series on €˜Religion and Citizenship. He is among the first recipients of the ICSSR-Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists, for the year 2012.
Inputs by Rahul Kumar, (, Associate Editor, Sagar Media Inc.

17 12 2014

The irregularities of Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation to benefit FA Enterprises

Copy of complaint filed withPolice & ACB

From: Preeti Sharma Menon <> Tue, 16 Dec ’14 8:54p
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The Deputy Commisioner of Police,
Bandra Police Station
Dear Sir,
This is to bring to your notice certain important information that has surfaced during our investigations in the various deliberate irregularities followed by Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation to benefit FA Enterprises and FA Constructions Private Limited both of which belong to the family consisting of Fateh Mohmd, Jaitun, Nisaar Khatri, Abid Khatri, and Zahid Khatri.
While crores of common man’s hard earned money have been siphoned to these companies, the assets that the family own includes innumerable cars, all of which either stand in the name of the said family members or some dummy names some of which to our knowledge are as under:
1.  MH1AV1      White Range Rover Vogue
2.  MH43W1     Bentley White
3.   MH1AS1      Black Range Rover
4.   MH1TC393A   Rolls Royce
5.   MH1AK1 White Lamborgini
The aforementioned cars have been confirmed by the RTO’s office as having fake number plates as these numbers belong to vehicles with completely different make.
On 15th December 2014, I had by an even dated letter made a complaint with the RTO authority asking them to raid and confiscate the said cars which to our information till then were lying at c., Opp to Shiv Sagar Hotel, Vileparle (E).  On 16th December 2014,  ie. today when we reached the said place, we found that the cars were already removed.
However, a Rolls Royce with the Chassis No: SCA664S08CUH16567 with car plate no. NL 04 C 2573 was found in the name of FA Construction.   The picture of the same car with Maharastra’s temperory registration is available.  It remains only a surprise as to how the car while in Maharashtra gets a registration from Nagaland.  An investigation into the details of what procedure was followed in the matter, will expose a huge lapse on the part of the government and its various departments which once again remains at the mercy of the mighty capable to bribe.
Two note books were recovered from the basement area and retained by the RTO(and later on handed over to us), which reflects the details including the type of the car as mentioned above.   A copy of the same is attached herewith.
When we tried to recover the CCTV footage from the society’s office, the same was tampered with and we were informed that the details available are only from 12th December 2014.   We apprehend that it is the result of a tip off that the evidence was tampered with. We state that tampering with evidence is an act that needs to be taken cognizance of and that it is only expected that immediate action be taken to send a detterent to all the white collar criminals.
Please note that the family has a history of using Fake plates.  On 22nd December 2013 Mumbai Mirror had carried an article which stated that Fateh Mohmmed Khatri was absconding after his car with fake number plate was confiscated and its driver arrested. The sections that were applied then were 465(forgery), 468(forgery with the intention of cheating) 471(using as genuine a forged document) and 420 (cheating of IPC).   The family is a habitual offender and therefore in the capacity of a diligent citizen I hereby call upon you for your immediate action.
You are therefore hereby called upon to investigate into the details and keep a tab on all the activities at Pratik Venue CHS.
Thanking you,
Yours truly,
Anjali Damania.

, UNICEF Executive Director, on killing of children in Peshawar

17 12 2014

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on killing of children in Peshawar, Pakistan     



New York, 16 December 2014. The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.


It must also summon us, all the more, to support the parents of Pakistan who wish for their children the best possible education – and all those who are working to provide it.


UNICEF extends our heartfelt sympathy to the families of the children who have been lost.  We mourn with them.


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