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It’s going to be Hindus vs Hindutva in this upcoming Lok Sabha polls

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New Delhi: Since 2014, the political landscape of India has changed and now it’s important to know not just the politics but also the ideology behind it, said journalist and former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh, here on Thursday.

He was speaking at the release of his book ‘Hindu Rashtra’.

The 330-page book, published by Westland Publications, reviews the four years of Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party regime to find out if the party’s Hindutva ideology and its clamour for a Hindu Rashtra are strong enough to face the common Indian’s discontent.

“I say this is not a BJP government, but an RSS one. There is a serious attempt by the RSS to make India a Hindu Rashtra. They aspired to do it by capturing power and they managed it in 2014,” said Ashutosh who earlier authored ‘Anna: 13 Days That Awakened India’.

“Until you know the RSS ideology and history, it’s difficult to understand how the BJP functions and why it function the way it does. You won’t understand things like mob lynchings, till you understand the RSS ideology,” he said.

 

During upcoming Lok Sabha polls its going to be ‘Hindus vs Hindutva’:

 

Speaking at a panel discussion later, Ashutosh said, “2019 is not an election between Hindus and Muslims. It is between Hindus of this nation and Hindutva. The fight against Muslims has been won to a large extent. Now the fight is — how dare these secular, liberal Hindus stand up to us.”

Ashutosh said he planned to write the book the day Modi took oath in 2014.

“What has happened since 2014 is normalisation of hate. The Hindu Rashtra is not some kind of violent takeover, it’s a constitutional takeover with elected autocrats running the show, and that’s what makes it dangerous,” said journalist Rajdeep Sardesai during the panel discussion, which also included Professors Apoorvanand and Nivedita Menon and academic Zoya Hasan.

‘Hindu Rashtra’ is available in bookstores and online for Rs 599.

 

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Delhi CM lays foundation for new block at LNJP Hospital, hails corona warriors

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday laid the foundation stone of a 1,500 bed new wing at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, in a step towards providing high-quality healthcare amenities in the national capital.

The Delhi government’s target is to complete the project in 2.5 years to make the LNJP one of the biggest hospitals in the nation with a modular design and modern medical infrastructure.

Coming up in a 25 floor structure, this new wing will be the tallest building in the country and offer the best health care available under one roof, a statement said.

 

This fully air-conditioned, state of the art building will house 1,500 beds. This new wing at LNJP is estimate to cost Rs 462 crore, with per bed costing around Rs 30 lakh.

At the event, Kejriwal said with the additional 1,500 beds, LNJP Hospital’s overall capacity will rise to 3,800 beds.

Noting other governments spend Rs 1-1.5 crore per bed, he said that he believes in smart spending and effective utilisation of public funds.

“In the last five years, it has been of utmost importance that we improve the living standards of the people of Delhi. The AAP government has completed projects on time and saved cost as well which is then further utilised for the betterment of the city.

“Delhi government is the only government which has given ex gratia of Rs 1 crore to all those who sacrificed their lives during Covid-19 pandemic. We can’t bring back the heroes but we can help them in whatever way possible,” he said.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the building will have three main departments, a new medical block, new maternity wing and an advanced paediatric department.

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