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that he was not in contention has come following a nudge from the BJP leadership, a BJP source said. Mittal referred to the purported conversation in the sting operation and said.

apart from the violations of the Provisions of Representation of People Act. File image of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.The counting of votes will take place on 18 December. SHO of Khumano police station in Fatehgarh Sahib, That is the impression most visitors to J&K carry with them. the top court had warned that the problem of air pollution was very serious and it is important to find a solution on the same on an urgent basis. 2017 7:46 am Photo for representational purpose Top News The Supreme Court will hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in relation with the rising level of air pollution in the national capital, non-native to India — can legally be kept as pets in cages.This includes species like the African grey parrot a popular pet in India smaller lovebirds and budgerigars often found stuffed in scores in pet shop cages Our response to animals particularly animals affected by us determines the moral fibre of society Thus at least for form’s sake most of India finds it abhorrent and cruel to eat dogs and one can’t openly admit to hunting wild animals It is the same moral impulse that leads to freeing a caged bird But actually it is not ethical to release exotic birds and true compassion entails phasing out bird trade completely First releasing exotic species is an ecological crime against native Indian wild species In the absence of natural predators some of the worst ecological disasters are caused by the introduction of non-native species For example Indian crows are a huge pest in Australia and that country is currently implementing an eradication programme The same bird carried by people is a threat to native birds in the Andaman and Nicobar islands Second pet birds mask a poaching trade which is cruel and illegal Finches from India are illegally kept as pets under the garb of the legal exotic trade While the intent of letting free a caged bird — even a sickly exotic caged bird — appears honourable it is selfish It is an activity designed to assuage our own guilt and one that can have serious ramifications on other wild species The answer is to regulate the pet trade in live birds and phase it out completely Several products — diamonds platinum even wood — come with certification that assures cruelty- or conflict-free practices of production It is harder to enforce certification for live beings Given the huge demand it is unlikely that regulation can enforce cruelty-free practices in the lucrative pet trade Birds continue to be stuffed in cages bottles bags — sometimes smuggled illegally sometimes traded legally but cruelly The birds we see mask untold bloody trails Unfortunately caged birds have no future except being loved to cold death The writer 31 is with the Bombay Natural History Society Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Saritha Rai | Updated: August 3 2015 12:09 pm Nandan Nilekani Related News Infosys co-founder and Bangalore billionaire Nandan Nilekani entered politics last March joining the Congress with much fanfare It was the first instance in post-liberalisation India of a high-flying entrepreneur and corporate tycoon getting into politics The Congress soon declared that Nilekani would contest from the prominent Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency on its ticket making him the focal point of much national and global media attention Nilekani mounted a fierce enough election pitch by far the most-organised modern election campaign combining data analytics and social media with the more traditional door-to-door visits and street-corner meetings But in a geography that likely has the highest concentration of Infosys and IT industry employees the former Infosys chief executive officer lost the election by an embarrassingly wide margin The political wind was just not blowing in his or his party’s favour Share This Article Related Article Since then Nilekani who is 60 years old has withdrawn from politics other than the rare networking with party circles — mainly his connections from his days as the Unique Identification Authority of India chief — in Delhi His sole meeting with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah where he offered to work for the state and for Bangalore did not get him the desired response Nothing came of it even months after the meeting and Nilekani appeared to be a political misfit A year on Nilekani has just announced his dormant status in politics He has not quit the Congress party he said but has become “inactive” What exactly does “inactive” mean It just means inactive says Nilekani appearing a little uncomfortable about elaborating any further Nilekani had this to say about why he came into politics: “I joined politics because I wanted to see if I could bring change from within I chose to contest a Lok Sabha election because I wanted to enter Parliament directly through an electoral route” And this about why he has become inoperative: “I realise that I can contribute to public life outside of politics as well” Any long-time corporate executive even a very rich one would baulk at some of the requisites of election-time politicking such as buying votes for instance — reportedly a common practice among some candidates Politics has long been seen by many as a murky business that calls for cutting deals with religious leaders and local thugs Then too corporate leaders may not be cut out for the 24 hours a day 365 days a year engagement that is politics Just as full-time grassroots-level politicians do aspiring ones from corporate India too have to eat drink and sleep politics Nilekani’s quick entry and exit will reinforce the idea that politics may be too grimy and exhausting for many “We need lots of good people to join politics party or affiliation does not matter” says Trilochan Sastry a professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and founder of the Association of Democratic Reforms an NGO that fights for transparency in politics But where are the aspirants Nilekani’s peers like entrepreneur Captain GR Gopinath who contested as an independent in 2009 or Infosys colleague V Balakrishnan “Bala” who contested in last year’s Lok Sabha election on behalf of the Aam Aadmi Party do not play any active role in day-to-day politics They were all fleeting stars who appeared at election time and departed quickly thereafter In Bangalore many thought that politics would give Nilekani a third public innings after successful turns as co-founder and chief executive officer of Infosys and then as the head of the Congress-led UPA government’s unique identity programme But the third shift turned out to be a debacle Since then Nilekani has retreated to do what he knows best — consulting with Bangalore’s startups and launching EkStep a social enterprise that aims to deliver elementary education in a personalised way to millions of Indian children through mobile devices His fellow founders at Infosys including the renowned NR Narayana Murthy SD Shibulal and Kris Gopalakrishnan also in their sixties have all receded into semi-retirement mostly tending to their wealth and investing in startups But is 60-plus any age to relinquish active career roles [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News However, eCommerce and a new world of complex internet-based adaptive systems.

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