QWrap: Yogi Talks About Cows and Vikas; GST Rates Changed Again
1. Exclusive: Adityanath Talks to The Quint on 220 Days of Yogi Raj
A monk, the BJP’s Hindutva firebrand, five-time MP from Gorakhpur, and current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is definitely one of the most controversial political figures in recent times.
In his eight-month tenure as UP Chief Minister, Adityanath announced a blanket ban on cow-smuggling, waived farm loans, and introduced ‘anti-Romeo’ squads to crack down on harassment of women on the streets.
In an exclusive interview to The Quint's Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia, Adityanath opened up about a range of issues plaguing the state of Uttar Pradesh and the country.
2. Tipu Sultan: A Convenient Controversy at the Cost of History
On 10 November, the Congress government in Karnataka held celebrations to mark Tipu Jayanti amid high security cover.
Karnataka is witnessing a politically polarised atmosphere, with the BJP and the Congress sharpening their knives ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections. And in the eye of the storm is the legacy of 18th century ruler of the Mysore Kingdom, Tipu Sultan.
How did he became such a controversial figure? Read the full story on Tipu Sultan here.
3. Govt Slashes GST Rates Yet Again, Only 50 Items to Be Taxed at 28 Percent
After the 23rd meeting on 10 November, the GST Council decided to keep only 50 items, mostly demerit, sin and luxury goods in the 28 percent bracket, which earlier had more than 200 items in the slab. Cement paint and washing machines are a few of the items that will continue under the 28 percent GST slab.
5. Do You Know What the Lyrics of Vande Mataram Mean?
I remember learning the lyrics of Vande Mataram, for the first time, when I was in the fifth standard. I went to a cassette shop with my father and bought Lata Mangeshkar’s Vande Mataram tape. The cover of the tape had the lyrics on it. My friend and I learned the entire song and sang it for Independence Day celebrations at school. At that time, I knew that the song, written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and composed by Rabindranath Tagore, was an ode to our country. However, little did I know what each and every Sanskrit word in the song meant.
As they say, better later than never. Therefore, I made an attempt to understand what the song means, a good 17 years later, and I’d like to thank BJP leader Navin Kumar Singh for motivating me, this time. Watch here.
6. Ryan Conductor to File Case, CBI Says Cops Planted Knife on Him
After a 16-year-old student of Ryan International School was apprehended by the CBI in connection with the murder of Pradyumn Thakur, the family of the bus conductor announced their decision to file a case against the police officers who "framed" him.
"Now, it is almost clear that my son Ashok was framed and made a scapegoat. We have decided to file a case against Gurgaon Police SIT officers who framed and used torture and even drugged him to confess before the media that he had committed the crime," said Ashok's father Amirchand.
He said the family was seeking financial help from the villagers in filing the case.
The CBI’s probe also finds that the murder weapon – a knife – was planted on the conductor by the Gurugram police, the Times of India reported.
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