The Bharatiya Janata Party’s ruling coalition partner, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday accused its ally of “communalising human rights and governance issues” in the Jammu region.“There is nothing right about the right wing. The outburst by so-called leaders of Jammu about certain measures to safeguard the tribal community is unwarranted and uncalled for. This follows the politicising of the probe into the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa,” said PDP leader Firdous Tak, also an MLC from Kishtwar in the Chenab Valley.Referring to the BJP’s stand on tribal rights over forest land, which the BJP is openly opposing, Mr. Tak said: “The majoritarian approach of pushing the minorities to the wall is not new in Jammu. The BJP is following the footprints of the Congress to represent the majority opinion.”Warning against playing communal politics, the MLC said: “Every time you [the BJP] play the communal card, you are hurting the constitutional mandate.”Tribal rights and the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomad girl have had the two coalition partners pulling in different directions.Sources said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday refused to meet the BJP MLAs who are demanding that the rape case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Ms. Mufti’s stand has further soured relations.
As wrestler Sushil Kumar was scripting history inside the ExCel arena, there were many Indians cheering for him. But there was one very special fan sitting amongst the crowd. Sushil Kumar’s wife Savi Solanki was a picture of composure and self assurance as Sushil sliced through the field in the 66kg category. The young Savi, who got married to Sushil only a year ago, has hardly spent any time with India’s greatest Olympian. “We have only spent two months together since getting married last year. Sushil has been so busy with his training. He’s hardly been in India during the last year” Savi told Headlines Today. And the hard work has certainly paid off, with Sushil Kumar becoming an Indian sporting icon on the wrestling mat in London. In fact, he can now be put in the same category as a Sachin Tendulkar or a Vishwanathan Anand. “Sushil has really worked hard over the last couple of years. He has been in Belarus and other countries and we are all delighted for him,” she said. No other Indian has won individual medals at successive Olympic games and some of that credit should also go to Sushil’s family who have made sacrifices of their own to see him succeed at the biggest sporting stage of them all.