Supporters of activist Anna Hazare on Friday burnt effigies representing the Narendra Modi government at Mr. Hazare’s village Ralegan Siddhi, in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. They accused the Central government of attempting to thwart the activist’s indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi. Mr. Hazare’s followers also accused the BJP government of allegedly cancelling a number of train and bus services so as to prevent them from joining Mr. Hazare’s agitation in New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. Mr. Hazare, who began his fast on Friday morning, alleged the same. He also remarked that the Modi government was allegedly attempting to “throttle democracy” and dubbed the government’s attitude as sly. “Why has the government cancelled trains carrying protestors to Delhi? Do you [Modi government] want to push them to violence… a police force has been deployed for my protection whereas I have written many times in my letters that I don’t need any police protection,” Mr. Hazare said in New Delhi.Mr. Hazare was given permission by the Delhi Police on Thursday to stage his demonstration.The anti-graft crusader, who is agitating on the Ramlila grounds for the first time since his hunger strike in 2011, is protesting against the Modi government’s policies, including its failure to appoint the Lokpal and the neglect of farmers.The octogenarian crusader is demanding that the Union government implement the Swaminathan Commission report for agrarian reforms and establish social security measures for farmers. He has also demanded setting up of an Agriculture Price Commission to ensure that farmers get fair prices for their produce along the lines of the Election Commission and the Niti Aayog.
by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2018 7:34 am PDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 8:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Charles says he’ll keep views to himself when king LONDON – Britain’s Prince Charles has pledged not to interfere in the affairs of state when he becomes king, seeking to dispel concerns about his past activism on issues ranging from global warming to architectural preservation.In an interview for a documentary marking his 70th birthday, the heir to the throne told the BBC that he understands he will have to act differently when he becomes king. Britain’s monarch is barred from interfering in politics.“I’m not that stupid,” Charles said when asked if his public campaigning would continue after he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. “I do realize that it is a separate exercise being sovereign, so of course I understand entirely how that should operate.”The prince has caused disquiet in the past by expressing his commitment to organic farming, traditional architecture and environmental causes. In 2015, he lost a long court battle to prevent the disclosure of 27 letters sent to government officials on matters such as badger culling, fish protection, military readiness and the preservation of historic buildings.The “black spider” memos, so called because of Charles’ cramped handwritten greetings and closings, were controversial because some saw them as inappropriate lobbying by the heir to the throne.But Charles defended his past actions, including establishing the Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help disadvantaged young people, saying he had always steered clear of party politics. He wondered aloud whether his interventions were really “meddling.”“If it’s meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago … if that’s meddling, I’m very proud of it,” he said.The documentary captures the prince in both public and private, including images of him feeding vegetable scraps to his chickens and collecting their eggs at his Highgrove home.It includes an interview with the prince’s wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, who said Charles is driven by a need to help others.“He’s pretty impatient, he wants things done by yesterday as I think everybody who works for him will tell you. But that’s how he gets things done. He’s driven by this, this passion inside him to really help,” she said. “He would like to save the world.” Britain’s Prince Charles, stands by a Commonwealth Walkway plaque during a reception at the British deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)