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Prof Mattoo launches TCA Raghavan’s book ‘People Next Door’


Prof Mattoo launches TCA Raghavan’s book ‘People Next Door’

Last Updated on : 26 Feb,2018 | Source : Universal News Timeline

Advisor to Chief Minster Prof. Amitabh Mattoo today launched a book titled “People Next Door “written by Former High Commissioner to Pakistan, T.C.A Raghavan in a function organized at Government College for Women Gandhi Nagar, here.

The function was organized by Cluster University of Jammu

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Mattoo complimented the author at his earnest endeavor in writing the book with an in-depth understanding of Indo-Pak Relations.  He stated that apart from focusing upon political and security concerns the book evokes other key perspectives pertaining to peace and development and is one of the best reads on Indo-Pak history.

“This book tracks seventy years of the India-Pakistan interface. Events, anecdotes, and personalities drive its narrative to illustrate the cocktail of hostility, nationalism, and nostalgia that defines every facet of the relationship” he said.

Prof Mattoo said that the book is a living history arrayed with a host of real characters, painted with a historian’s brush, with details of personality, motivation in embarking on courses of historic consequence.

Prof. Anju Bhasin Vice Chancellor Cluster University Jammu appreciated the efforts of T.C.A Raghvan and said that the author has successfully presented his experience in multiple shades without mutilating and injuring originality of facts. She exhorted on the need for Universities to offer innovative platforms for exchange of ideas to enhance the intellectual landscape of institutions of higher learning. She emphasised on the significant role of Universities to inculcate critical thinking among students.

Former High Commissioner to Pakistan and author of People Next Door T.C.A. Raghavan while addressing the gathering dwelt on the contours of Indo-Pak relations. He shared his experiences about life in Pakistan and gave an insightful perspective to Indo-Pak journey of seventy years. He also read some excerpts from his book.

As part of the event, Panel Discussion was also held chaired by Chairman Federation of Press Club of India Rahul Jalali. The panelists for the panel discussion included Dean Students Placement Cell JU Prof. Dipanker Sen Gupta, Head, Department of Political Science JU Prof. Tajuddin, Executive Editor Kashmir Times Anuradha Bhasin and Associate Professor Department of Political Science JU Dr. Ellora Puri.

Many prominent persons including Vice chancellor Central University of Jammu Prof. Ashok Aima, Chief Information Commissioner Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Associate Editor of Penguin Publishing House Ranjana Sen Gupta, besides Deans of various faculties, CLUJ, Principals of Constituent colleges, academic coordinators of Integrated Programmes, President CTA, distinguished academia from University of Jammu, Teaching Faculty from colleges, Prominent Media Heads, scholars and students were also present on the occasion

 Omar Abdullah needs introspection, has no moral right to question PDP-led transparent regime: Tak


Omar Abdullah needs introspection, has no moral right to question PDP-led transparent regime: Tak

Last Updated on : 26 Feb,2018 | Source : Universal News Timeline

 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday hit out at the National Conference for its misinformation campaign on KVIB recruitments and reminded it of shady recruitments in different government departments involving close kith and kins of NC leaders.

The Party said it was for the first time in the history of J&K that a Chief Minister has ordered a probe into the recruitments within 24 hours after it came under doubts unlike the past practice where a Chief Minister defended backdoor appointments several times on the floor of the legislatures. 

He, however, took a dig at the National Conference (NC) for misleading the people and asked its leadership to go for introspection before casting aspersions on others. “Those who have been raising fingers on us must explain to the people about the backdoor appointments National Conference and its leaders made all over the years and shamelessly made its Chief Minister to defend the same on the floor of house”, he said.

“The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) had established 37 illegal appointments in the state legislative assembly made by three ex-Speakers including two from NC” Tak said while referring to the backdoors appointments made by the NC.

“Out of these 37 appointments, 28 appointments were made by the former Speaker alone. Where was the conscious of the party leaders at that time,” he said.

He further reminded NC leaders of statement made by the former Chief Minister and their leader Omar Abdullah when he had asked the PDP to seek intervention of the SVO or State Accountability Commission (SAC) on the issue of backdoor appointments in Jammu and Kashmir Bank.  

“Omar Abdullah did not muster the courage to order a probe into the illegal appointments made by his government in the Bank. When issue was raised in State Legislative Assembly Mr. Abdullah on June 14, 2014 preferred to give sermon to PDP asking it to approach SVO, SAC to file the compliant for investigation. This is what the NC leadership only could do,” he said.   

Tak said Omar Abdullah had himself on the floor of the Assembly on March 29, 2012 admitted that illegal appointments and illegal regularization of employees in Housing and Urban Development Department were made during his rule. “Yes, I know 407 people have been illegally engaged in the Housing and Urban Development Department through backdoor beside illegal regularisation of 225 persons. I am admitting on the floor of the house but this what it is”, Tak quoted Omar Abdullah as having said in the Assembly.

This, he said, is the same leader who is today questioning the present Chief Minister merely on the ground that son of her party leader has made it in the merit list 

The National Conference government also recruited around 104 persons through backdoor means in various Public Sector undertakings from 2008 to 2014. “Most of those recruited are kith and kins of senior National Conference leaders. If the party wants it the list can be made public to ascertain the facts”, he said.

They have no moral rights to question a government which has delivered the people effectively and ensured transparency, accountability and fairness in every sphere of life,” the PDP leader said, adding that it was sheer desperation of NC leaders that has forced them to take illegal and immoral ways to find faults in the PDP-led government.

 “The present Chief Minister has shown the basic instincts and guts of having a transparent and fair system by ordering a high-level probe into the matter. This is for the first time in the history of J&K that a Chief Minister has ordered a probe into the recruitments after fingers were raised on senior leaders of his or her party. Transparency and accountability in the system is the bedrock of this government and once against Ms. Mehbooba Mufti has shown the way” senior PDP leader and MLC Firdous Tak said in a statement.

He said the candidate withdrew his candidature from the post despite the fact that it was not a backdoor appointment. “As a son of the party’s honest leader, the candidate withdrew his candidature and let the case to an open investigation to ensure a fair probe”. “There was no backdoor appointment, no favouritism and no shoddy deals like those in the era of National Conference where affiliations, kickbacks and favouritism were the only criteria”, he said.

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