1.  Meira Kumar invokes Mahatma Gandhi in fight for poor, minorities

 Meira Kumar invokes Mahatma Gandhi in fight for poor, minorities

Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar today invoked Mahatma Gandhi and gave the slogan of "do or die" in the fight for poor and minorities.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2017 4:37 AM
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Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar today invoked Mahatma Gandhi and gave the slogan of “do or die” in the fight for poor and minorities. In an apparent reference to the controversy over beef eating, she said the slogan was given to oust the British, narrow-mindedness and intolerance. “Today, the government asks people about their food… Dalits and minorities are being marginalised,” she said, addressing MPs and MLAs of the Congress and other parties that have extended support to her for the July 17 presidential election. “To carry forward the ideology I belong to requires a lot of energy. Dalits and the downtrodden are usually crushed and they need to be uplifted. The poor, belonging to any caste, need to be fought for. The fight is difficult and I need everybody’s support,” she said. The ideology of the Congress must not be allowed to “dry up” but it should flow like the Ganga, making the entire country pure, she said.

“It is not a big thing to respect one’s own religion … respecting others’ religion is. Gandhi got us freedom not so that poor and marginalised people are harassed,” she said. “The karo ya maro (do or die) slogan was not given only to oust the British, but also to oust narrow-mindedness and intolerance,” she said. She was fighting a battle for various causes including freedom of press and women, Kumar said.

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    Kiriti Kommu
    Jul 1, 2017 at 8:02 am
    The Congress and its supporters are obsessed with only SoGa, RaGa, Minorities and Scheduled Castes. No vision at country level for overall development. In the process, they have messed up Kashmir, Indo-China Border issue, education and employment (suppressing talent in the name of reservations) in the country (these are only a few of such instances). Whatever is happening on these issues today is the making of Congress onlyThroughout their 60 odd year rule, they only indulged a. in divide and rule { the latest being the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh issue (Congress had ruled the state for 50 years, their failure to develop the state uniformly led to the split into Telengana and the new reduced AP, causing much avoidable tension between telugu speaking people in the same region)), and b. Appea t of minorities for Vote Bank purposes Continuing Congress ideology will only mean disaster for India. b. ,
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    Chander Pal
    Jul 1, 2017 at 7:38 am
    Ms. Kumar please do not bring in respected Bapu. While Bapu uprooted the Brits, congi brought in a non national and made us to stomach that that person can rule us. By appointing a head clerk a non national did rule us through chits. We had to hear phrases like maut ke saudagar, khoon ki Dalali. When some else does then terror has no religion but yes there was that so called Hindu terror. And by supporting JNUs we hardly needed an outsider enemy.
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