QWrap: Modi’s 1st LS Address After Polls; Ram Rahim Seeks Parole

QWrap: Modi’s 1st LS Address After Polls; Ram Rahim Seeks Parole

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1. PM Modi Addresses Lok Sabha for the First Time After Returning to Power

Addressing the Lok Sabha for the first time after the NDA got a massive mandate in the general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the Emergency that was imposed in 1975, saying, "On that night of 25 June, the country's soul was crushed."

The PM also reiterated his message for development, saying, "I never think about polls in terms of victory and defeat. The opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians and work to make a positive difference in the lives of our citizens is special to me."

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2. ‘Everyone Has a Right to Parole’: Haryana CM on Ram Rahim’s Plea

Dera Sacha Sauda chief and rape-murder convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's application for parole to 'tend to his farms' is under process with the Haryana government tilting in its favour.

Speaking on this matter during an interaction with media on Tuesday, 25 June, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar said that every prisoner has the right to parole under the ambit of law.

"There are certain legal procedures and a person who has the right to seek parole can seek it. We can't stop anyone. As of now, no decision has been taken on Ram Rahim's parole," he said.

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3. Choksi to be Extradited Once He’s Tried All Legal Options: Antigua

Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Monday, 24 June, said PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi "will be extradited (to India) after he has exhausted all of his legal options.”

Browne also said India didn’t report Choksi’s criminal past at the time the diamantaire was granted Antiguan citizenship.

During a radio show chat, the PM said, "Choksi is a typical example in which the officials in India reported that he had no criminal record and they did not report that he was wanted for financial crimes. His citizenship was processed and he got through, but the reality is that his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India. So there’s recourse."

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4. Deepfakes: Do You Believe Everything You See?

Deepfakes. Very real looking fake videos of people doing or saying something they never said or did.

The word deepfake comes from ‘Deep learning’ and ‘Fake’.

Deepfake technology is becoming more and more common with each passing day and given the spread of Artificial Intelligence, it's getting easier and more accessible at the same time.

The technology is not only becoming more sophisticated, it’s getting more easily accessible as well. Creating deepfakes now is as easy as processing thousands of photos of a subject through a software.

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5. The 1975 Emergency Retold in 180 Seconds

Waqt ne kiya, kya haseen sitam... Tum rahe na tum, hum rahe na hum.

The good folks at All India Radio had some sense of timing, playing this song from Guru Dutt’s 1959 classic Kagaz ke Phool, right after the announcing that Indira and her son Sanjay Gandhi had lost the election from their respective constituencies.

This was in 1977.

The general election was delayed by a year, thanks to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi extending the life of the Lok Sabha by a year. The Emergency allowed her to do just about anything without being questioned. The Quint takes you through India’s Emergency in 180 seconds.

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