Wishing all a Happy Maha Shivaratri!

#MahaShivaratri, #Shivratri; #Bengaluru; #Karnataka; #Mumbai; #Delhi; #NewDelhi; #Chennai; #Hyderabad; #Kerala; #Trivandrum; #Kolkata
#RIP #Bravehearts. Salute to your service and sacrifice.
Voices at the NCPOC National Consultations on POCSO in Bengaluru:

Ms. Flavia Agnes, Majlis:

"The prosecutors are the weakest link and they often question the victim’s character, instead of fighting in her corner."

Ms. Audrey D’ Mello, Majlis:

1. "When the accused is the father, the support required is intensive and in the nature of a guardian. In the case of an outsider being accused, the...
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Rani Chennamma (23 October 1778 – 21 February 1829) from #Karnataka was the Queen of Kittur, a princely state in South #India. Rani #Chennamma led an armed rebellion against the British East India Company in 1824.This resistance ended with her arrest & she became a symbol of the #Independence movement in India! The first woman to fight against British governance & the kappa tax, her legacy &...
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Fondly remember the Saturday, 18th Feb 2012- when I adopted Lions, Asiatic Elephants, Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards and the Indian Rock Python, etc at the Bannerghatta National Park. I was delighted to be part of this initiative and contribute to wildlife conservation and welcome the move by the national park. I even raised the issue of conserving wildlife in the Parliament through my question...
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#BellandurLake has been the focus of citizen against government apathy and callousness. Years of neglect and public outcry recently forced the State Government to appoint an Expert Committee on the Rejuvenation of Bellandur Lake, which submitted its recommendations to the Government. Link to my Blog on NDTV is .

Having witnessed the State Government’s criminal lethargy and its lack of...
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LIVE: Speaking at Policy in Action Program in Bengaluru organised by YLAC India.

#Bengaluru #Policy #ActiveCitizenship
#PrayForChetanCheetah for a speedy recovery of the brave #CRPF Commandant Chetan Kumar Cheetah
#Flashback from 18 February 2009 - First time I raised the issue of #OneRankOnePension (OROP) in Parliament. (Read here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

I had been raising the issue of #OROP since 2006 through letters and protests – but it was in 2009 when I first brought it inside Parliament.

After 40 years of being stymied by bureaucrats & insensitive politicians, OROP was granted for our veterans...
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Today, I met the Karnataka Lokayukta and requested to initiate suo moto proceedings right away and investigate corruption allegations based on available evidence.
(Link to my letter- [ Goo.gl Link ] )
This includes former Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa’s claims of money exchanging hands, implicating Congress MLC K Govindraju serving as a conduit for illegal gratification amounting...
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#RememberandNeverForget the supreme sacrifice of #Braveheart Major Satish Dahiya. #Salute #JaiHind
My #salute to the service and sacrifices of the three #Bravehearts. #Respect #JaiHind
Yesterday I was invited to address Class X students who are all beneficiaries Jayanagara Shaikshanika Samithi’s (Jayanagar Academic Committee) free coaching classes for students, presided by Shri Vijaykumar, third time MLA from Jayanagar. This was the first time I addressed a group as young as these students, I was happy to share my experiences from my time in school and expressing how...
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Here is my address at the Inaugural session of the National Consultation on the POCSO Act, organised by the National Coalition to Protect Our Children in collaboration with the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University.

The Coalition saw the participation of over 40 expert participants from over 10 states in India including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam,...
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#Flashback – Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, National Military Memorial, #Bengaluru

On this day 10 February, in 2009, the foundation stone was laid for the National Military Memorial in #Bengaluru. It was a very proud moment for me as my Bengaluru became the first city to have Independent India's first National Military Memorial.

I made the proposal to construct a National Military...
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The first ever National Consultation on the POCSO Act, 2012, organised by the National Coalition for the Protection of Children (NCPOC) in collaboration with NLSIU, Bengaluru concluded with valuable insights and recommendations from eminent stakeholders including POCSO Special Court judges, officials of the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development, members of the State and National...
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Every city needs real heroes and when they are found, their achievements need to be celebrated. As part of my vision and endeavour to instil a sense of responsibility among citizens of #Bengaluru and celebrate the true heroes who go beyond the realm of caste, religion and creed, the Namma Bengaluru Awards were announced in 2010.

These unsung heroes of our city toil away in the background,...
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My interview with The Diplomat, do read it [ Goo.gl Link ].

"When society and the community are silent, the media remains silent and institutions don’t act. This conspiracy of silence suits governments and institutions very well, because then they don’t have to act.

My basic objective is to break this silence, to break this misplaced shame or fear, or the attempts to brush it under the...
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Rajeev Chandrasekhar on the 'Conspiracy of Silence' Over Child Sexual Abuse in India

The first ever National Consultation on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act, 2012), organised by the National Coalition for the Protection of Children (NCPOC) in collaboration with NLSIU, Bengaluru concluded with valuable insights and recommendations from eminent stakeholders including POCSO Special Court judges, officials of the Union Ministry of Women & Child...
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Today is Safer Internet Day #SID2017, a day to address emerging online issues like cyberbullying, hacking, catfish (identity theft), and educate users on how to reduce and manage online risks associated with the Internet. The Internet is an essential instrument in our #DigitalIndia infrastructure, however no one is immune to the risks associated with the internet and I have always stressed on...
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