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  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
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Atal Bihari: Leaders Like Him Are Not Made Any More

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-08-17 09:27:08

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
With Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s passing away, India has lost a great statesman. Although he wore many hats, his main quality was in taking everyone along and never consciously speaking something that could create ill-will. One can understand his mind by going through the poems he wrote or the great speeches he gave, but sometimes there is a huge difference between what a person thinks and what he does. With Vajpayee, that was not the case. The man was as simple and uncomplicated as his poetry.

Although he ordered the nuclear weapons test, Vajpayee also strongly ensured that India used its nuclear capability for peaceful purposes. He carried forward the reforms initiated by PV Narashima Rao despite pressure from the Swadeshi lobby and the RSS, an organization he started out with. We hear so much about “sabka saath sabka vikas” nowadays, but it was Vajpayee who demonstrated how it could be achieved despite belonging to a Right-wing party.

Although Vajpayee seemed to be a soft man, he could use strong persuasion to get things done. But his method was not to employ arm-twisting or threats. He used consensus as a weapon to win over opponents. He was India’s best advertisement for parliamentary democracy and how it should be run. The measure of his greatness can be gauged from the fact that despite differences, none of his political opponents could launch serious attacks on him. His personal integrity was spotless.

From preaching Rajdharma to Narendra Modi and talking about “Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhuriyat” to assuage sour feelings in a burning J&K, the man always struck the right chords. As prime minister, he led the country strongly without making tall claims or indulging in self-advertisement. Every Indian could point at Atal Bihari Vajpayee and say with pride that “he is the Prime Minister of our country” and that was his biggest achievement.

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