Don't be Misled by Crude Headline

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Oct 12, 2023

Israeli envoy Daniel Carmon is reportedly upset with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor avoiding calling Hamas a ‘terrorist' group. Tharoor, however, pinned the blame on media's “crude headlines” that “distort his words”.

“Seriously, @ShashiTharoor,can you not? After decades of terror against my people, challenging the very Palestinian Authority, especially after this week's savage slaughter of over a thousand peaceful human beings, can you not label Hamas as terrorists? Frankly, I am shocked. #HamasISIS,” Israel's former ambassador to India Daniel Carmon posted on X (formerly Twitter).

Carmon further tagged Tharoor and said that dozens of countries, not just US and Israel, have designated Hamas as a terror organization.

Reacting to the attack by former Israeli envoy to India, Tharoor said, “All I said was that India has not issued such a designation, though others have. Undoubtedly Hamas conducted terrorist acts, which I roundly condemned.”

Carmon also shared the clip of Tharoor interview with a television channel, where he had said, “The terrorist organisation label is one to be very careful not to follow other country's leads in this matter. The US considers Hamas a terrorist organisation, so does Israel. India has not made any such classification and I am going to stick to the Indian position.”

As the clip began going viral, Tharoor urged Carmon to not be “misled by crude headlines seeking to distort my words”. ” I feel for you and other friends in Israel at this difficult time, and hope and pray for your continued safety,” he added.

The Congress MP had a day ago said that he understands Prime Minister Narendra Modi's solidarity to the Jewish country but termed his statement on Israel-Hamas conflict as ‘incomplete'.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Tharoor said, “While we understood the prime minister standing up for Israel showing solidarity at this time of great grief and this horror that has been visited upon them. At the same time, we felt that his statement was incomplete. Because I felt that, we needed to remember that there's a larger issue at stake here and a reason behind all of this, which is that there is a dehumanising occupation continuing in many places.”

Tharoor added, “The people of Gaza have been imprisoned in the strip for a long time. The people of West Bank have a wall which is interfering with their normal freedom of movement and conditions of life.”

“We want both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and dignity behind secure borders and conditions where neither has to fear for their lives at any time. Today, Israelis are fearing for their lives and Palestinians are fearing for their lives. The death toll on both sides is mounting every day. And that in my mind is not something that India welcomes in any shape or form. We want to see this matter halt and peace be restored,” the Congress MP further said.

The Israeli government is under intense public pressure to topple Hamas after its militants stormed through a border fence on Saturday and killed hundreds of Israelis in their homes, on the streets and at an outdoor music festival.

Hamas said it launched its attack on Saturday because Palestinians' suffering had become intolerable under unending Israeli military occupation and increasing settlements in the West Bank and a 16-year-long blockade in Gaza.

Militants in Gaza are holding an estimated 150 people taken hostage from Israel and have fired thousands of rockets into Israel over the past five days. In the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, residents are facing ever-growing uncertainty after the territory's only power plant ran out of fuel and shut down on Wednesday. The US announced it is working with Egypt and Israel to open up safe corridors to get civilians out of Gaza.

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INDIA Alliance Will Work for People

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Nov 05, 2023

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday asserted that the opposition INDIA alliance is the answer if the citizens of the country want the next government at the Centre to work for the people rather than the “image of a leader”.

The Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala claimed that the Congress is ahead of the BJP in all the five assembly poll-bound states and the outcome will boost the morale of the opposition alliance before next year's Lok Sabha polls.

In an interview with PTI, Tharoor said, “I think the time has come for Indian voters to ask what is in their self interest, not what's in Modi's image or PR work of the BJP. Do you want a government that will give your welfare a priority? Do you want a government that will put people first and not the image of the leader first?”

He asserted that the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) is the answer if the citizens want a government that will think about the people instead of a single leader. “Frankly, it seems the people of India are getting ready to send a strong message to the BJP.

If you look at the elections, at the moment, the BJP is way behind the Congress in four of the five states and slightly behind in the fifth one, Rajasthan.

“So, if you are looking at the outcome, it looks like the opposition is going to get a very strong wind in its sails when it goes for Lok Sabha elections next year. And that can't be good news for the BJP,” he added.

Referring to the pre-poll surveys in Rajasthan, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, the senior Congress leader said that all of them have put the opposition party ahead of the BJP in all states except Rajasthan.

“If you also pick up what party workers are saying on the ground, there is a lot of confidence in the Congress party that we are going to do very well in these elections,” he added. Polling in these five states will take place between November 7 and 30 in multiple phases, while the votes will be counted on the same day on December 3.

Asked if he would like to term the polls in these five states as “semi-finals” before the Lok Sabha elections, Tharoor said the terminology is a “bit awkward” because the voters have learnt to vote differently in assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

“Also, in the few months between the results of the state elections and the declaration of the code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections, anything can happen. Last time around in 2018, (Narendra) Modi's party lost all five states and by May of 2019, they had won a majority of seats in all these states.

“So, what happened? Well, partially because Pulwama happened. With Pulwama and Balakot, the government was able to transform what had been a referendum on their economic incompetence into a national security vote.

People said for national security reasons, they vote for Modi,” he added. On the possibility of using any such issue again during next year's elections, the Kerala MP said: “I don't think lighting can strike at the same way at the same place twice.”

He said that the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) can capitalise on two events happening in January — completion of Ram Mandir and visit of (US President) Joe Biden as the chief guest in the Republic Day celebrations.

Questioning the BJP promises made before the Narendra Modi government came to power, Tharoor asked the people of the country if all those assurances have been fulfilled, and take a decision accordingly.

Talking about the controversy surrounding the name of the country, the MP said: “I think it is a completely unnecessary distraction from the real issues facing that country. India is something that everyone identifies as part of our country's idea. Why do we want to choose from one to the other? Let us keep both (India and Bharat).” He said people very easily switch between India and Bharat depending upon the language they speak or write. If it is in English and at an international forum, then India and it's Bharat if it is in someone's mother tongue.

“The word India originates from the same etymological roots as the word Hindu. Both came because the Persians saw the people beyond the river Indus as one people. They couldn't say the name Sindhu because they couldn't pronounce ‘S' very clearly, so they made it Hindu. “That's how Hindu and India both originated from the Persian words for the people beyond the river Sindhu. So, if you don't want to say ‘garv se kaho ki hum Indian hain' (say proudly that we are Indians), you can't say ‘garv se kaho ki hum Hindu hain' (say proudly that we are Hindus). Both are from the same origin,” the veteran author-turned-politician explained.

On the alleged misuse of the central investigating agencies, Tharoor alleged that this is not new as the BJP has been doing it throughout their tenure since 2014. “It just accelerates before there is a vote. They somehow want to discourage the people who have the courage to challenge them. I think we are going to find more and more cases against the opposition and the critics of the government.

” and frankly I think the public now has learnt to see through the messaging behind this. It cannot be that the only people worth investigating in this country are opposition leaders,” he added.

Tharoor was in Aizawl to campaign for Congress candidates for the elections to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly which will take place in a single phase on November 7. The votes polled will be counted on December 3.

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May be false alarm

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Nov 01, 2023
Apple said it does not attribute the threat notifications to any specific state-sponsored attacker. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo (REUTERS)

A notification warning Opposition leaders of a “state-sponsored attack" could have been a false alarm, tech giant Apple said on October 31.

“It's possible that some Apple threat notifications may be false alarms, or that some attacks are not detected," the company said in a statement, hours after some of the politicians using its flagship iPhones were warned of a potential bid to compromise their devices.

The US-headquartered gadget maker clarified that it “does not attribute the threat notifications to any specific state-sponsored attacker".

“State-sponsored attackers are very well-funded and sophisticated, and their attacks evolve over time. Detecting such attacks relies on threat intelligence signals that are often imperfect and incomplete," Apple added.

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“We are unable to provide information about what causes us to issue threat notifications, as that may help state-sponsored attackers adapt their behaviour to evade detection in the future," the statement further noted.

Notably, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, Trinamool Congress' Mahua Moitra, Aam Aadmi Party's Raghav Chadha, Congress' Shashi Tharoor and his party's media and publicity department head Pawan Khera had shared the message received from Apple earlier in the day. The missive warned them of a possible hacking attempt by state-sponsored attackers.

“Apple believes you are being targeted by state-sponsored attackers who are trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID. These attackers are likely targeting you individually because of who you are or what you do. If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even the camera and microphone. While it's possible this is a false alarm, please take this warning seriously," the message shared by the politicians stated.

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Cheap politics

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Oct 23, 2023
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said there were around 15 persons at the event where he was seen with Mahua Moitra. PTI/file image (PTI)

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor condemned the “cheap politics" of being targeted by trolls who are circulating his cropped photos with embattled Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra.

Tharoor, on being asked by reporters about the controversy, said it was “not a serious issue" in his opinion. The Thiruvananthapuram MP clarified that he had attended Moitra's birthday party, where around 15 persons were present.

The pictures of him and Moitra, that are being shared by trolls, are cropped version of the photos taken during the event, he added.

“My life is dedicated to the people. These types of trolls are a part of cheap politics. In my opinion, this is not a serious issue," news agency ANI quoted Tharoor as saying.

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"It was her birthday party, in which around 15 people, including my sister, participated. Instead of showing the full image, they are spreading the cropped one," NDTV further quoted him as saying.

Last week, Moitra had also took a jibe at trolls who were sharing her photos on social media. "I like green dress better on me than white blouse. And why bother cropping -- show rest of the folks at dinner as well. Bengal's women live a life. Not a lie," she had tweeted.

The controversy comes amid the alleged cash-for-query row, in which Moitra has been accused by a Supreme Court advocate and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker of taking “bribe" from businessman Darshan Hiranandani to raise questions against the Adani Group in the Parliament.

Nishikant Dubey, the BJP MP who has submitted a complaint against her before the Lok Sabha Speaker, has sought her suspension from the House till the probe is completed.

Moitra has denied the allegations, calling it a bid to silence her in the Parliament. The TMC leader said she is ready to face a probe from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.

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Pandya ruled out against New Zealand

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Oct 20, 2023
India's Hardik Pandya receives medical treatment after being injured during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between India and Bangladesh in Pune, India, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) (AP)

With India's all-rounder, Hardik Pandya ruled out of the next match against New Zealand at Dharamsala in the ongoing ICC Men's World Cup 2023 on Sunday, Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor has suggested the Indian selectors choose Mohammad Shami and Suryakumar Yadav.

Earlier on 19 October, while India was playing with Bangladesh at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, Pandya was forced to leave the match owing to an ankle injury in the left leg.

He will not be taking the flight to Dharamsala with the team on 20th October and will now join the team directly in Lucknow where India plays England," the BCCI said, on 20 October, adding, "He is advised rest and will be under the constant supervision of the BCCI medical team.

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During the first over - the ninth of Bangladesh's innings - Pandya appeared to twist his ankle while trying to stop a shot with his foot. After this., he was taken for scans and did not take further part in the match. He will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for treatment.

Sharing the medical update on Pandya, skipper Rohit Sharma said, as quoted by news agency ANI, “There is no major damage, that is good for us. But, with an injury like that, we have to assess every day and we will do whatever is required."'

Meanwhile, a Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram and an avid cricket lover suggested India should play Suryakumar Yadav against New Zealand on Sunday and replace Shardul Thakur with Mohammed Shami.

Taking to 'X', he wrote, “So @hardikpandya7 has been ruled out of India's next World Cup game, against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday. Since he has to be replaced & there's no other genuine all-rounder in the squad, we need two changes to cover both bases: @MdShami11 must come in at the expense of Lord Shardul & Hardik's spot should go to @surya_14kumar . This match will determine who's really top dog at the round-robin stage of the #WorldCup2023. We have to play the best possible XI!"

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