articles by Rajendra Khatry

India

MSG replay: Movie on Guru Nanak 'Nanak Shah Fakir' draws ire of Sikh bodies

The demand to ban the yet to be released film Nanak Shah Fakir, a biopic on Guru Nanak, is getting shriller by the day with the Shiromani Gurdwar Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), Akal Takht and radical Sikh group Dal Khalsa taking the lead.

India

Ashok Khemka’s transfer: IAS officer becomes a pawn in BJP’s faction politics

Controversial Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka may have just become a pawn in the game of one-upmanship among the BJP politicians now ruling the state.

India

CAG report accuses Hooda govt of bending rules in favour of Vadra, 'builder'

Khemka canceled the land mutation of the Vadra-DLF land deal, a step that saw him subjected to a lot of harassment by the Hooda-led government.

India

Anger in Jatland: After SC ruling on quota, Jats may take the protest route

After the Supreme Court's verdict scrapping then UPA government's decision on reservation for the Jat community, the Jatland in northern India – that includes nine states – may witness a bout of agitations and street protests. The decision allowed the Jats to get reservation in jobs and educational institutions.

India

Punjab govt makes country liquor cheaper, but no one's cheering

The decision was announced in the new excise policy of the Punjab government for the year 2015-16.

India

Bajrang Dal had warned priest of Hisar church before attack, villagers opposed to arrests

Subhas Chand, the priest at the Believer’s Church in Kaimiri in Hissar, was warned by members of the Bajrang Dal and some other villagers not to construct the church in the village.

India

Am not anti-development, but land ordinance isn't pro-people, says Medha Patkar

Medha Patkar founding member of the Narmada Bachao Andolan and former convenor of National Alliance of People's Movements, believes that the land ordinance of the NDA government will badly affect the farmers, farm workers and the poor, both rural and urban.

India

Anna launches farmers’ padyatra from Palwal in Haryana against centre’s land ordinance

After lying low for a long time, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Friday began another agitation in the form of a 'padyatra' of farmers from Palwal in Haryana to protest against the land acquisition policy of the central government. Palwal is the historical place where Mahatma Gandhi had been arrested by the British government in April 1919 during an agitation.

Politics

AAP plans to give 'namak ki thaili' to MPs in Haryana: Here's why

Buoyed by the success in the Delhi elections, AAP is now ready to make a fresh beginning in Haryana.

Politics

No lessons learnt: Factional fight worsens in Haryana Congress after humiliating defeat

Despite the humiliating defeat suffered by the Congress in Haryana in the recent assembly poll as a result of factionalism, party leaders in the state do not seem to have learnt any lessons at all.

Entertainment

Tight security in Haryana and Chandigarh as MSG releases amid tension

On the eve of MSG: The Messenger's release, starring Dera Sacha Sauda chief Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim, security across Haryana and Chandigarh was tightened with police and paramilitary forces manning sensitive areas to deal with any situation resulting due to the build-up of tension over the controversial film

Life

Rohtak: Horrific rape brings back memories of Delhi gangrape, protesters accuse cops of inaction

The 28-years-old woman of Nepalese origin had gone missing from her house on 1 February. On 4 February, her body, with several injury marks, was found in the fields of Bahu Akbarpur village.

Politics

Oppn fumes as the BJP govt in Haryana plans to introduce Bhagvad Gita in schools

In what is being seen as a subtle move to provide a Hindutva orientation to education, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana plans to introduce 'Bhagvad Gita' in government schools. The government's plan was revealed recently by Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma.

Entertainment

MSG row: Protests become shriller as the film gears up for theatre release

On Wednesday, Jagdish Jhinda, president of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC), submitted a memorandum to the Haryana Governor’s office in the Raj Bhawan demanding a ban on the screening of the controversial film.

Entertainment

Messenger of God row: After green signal to film, Punjab and Haryana on the boil

Even as thousands of his devotees queued up at the theatres to watch their guruji in action in MSG-Messenger of God, tension brewed in several parts of Punjab and Haryana.

India

Khap Panchayat turns moral police for randy bulls, but no one's complaining: Here's why

The Khaps of Dhanana village in Bhiwani decided to call a statewide Mahapanchayat after failing to find a solution to the problem of stray bulls, which have been destroying crops and attacking human beings too.

Politics

Akali Dal a liability for Modi? BJP-SAD alliance heading towards break point in Punjab

SAD and the BJP (earlier Jan Sangh) have been alliance partners for more than four decades. But for the BJP, the Akalis now seem to have become a liability. It’s an unwanted baggage that the BJP would like to shed before the next assembly elections, due in 2017.

Politics

Why cow protection movement should be warning signal for Akali Dal in Punjab

Protection of cows is an emotive issue on which the BJP can hope to get support of the public.

Entertainment

Rock star baba: Move over Salman Khan, saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim is here

Move over Salman Khan, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is here. He may not have the muscles in place, or the conventional macho looks, or that killer appeal, but the saint of Sirsa is convinced that what Salman can do he can do better.

India

Unholy row: Succession war leaves godman Ashutosh in a freezer for ten months

It has come to light that the succession row in the DJJS had complicated the complex matter. It was not clear who'll head the ashram after Ashutosh Maharaj.