Steep Rise in Price of LPG Cylinders

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices for commercial cylinders were increased by Rs.266 on November 8. In various cities of India, 19-kg commercial cylinders will cost more than Rs.2000.

In Mumbai, a 19-kg commercial gas cylinder will now cost Rs.1950. In Kolkata, the commercial LPG rate stood at Rs.2073.50, while in Chennai a 19-kg cylinder will be available for Rs.2133.

The government policy provides for the supply of 12 cylinders of 14.2 kg each per household at subsidised or below market rates. Any quantity over this has to be bought at market price or non-subsidised rates.

In another set of developments, petrol and diesel prices were hiked for the sixth consecutive day across the country. With this the Central government is putting a very heavy burden on common people who are struggling for survival and who may die because of these very high prices.

Bhagwan Thadani

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Urdu HoD of BHU Hounded for Using Iqbal’s Photo in Poster

Hate and polarisation in the country has come to such a pass that the Department of Urdu in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was forced to officially withdraw an online poster for a webinar, after Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protested over the usage of Urdu poet Allama Iqbal’s photograph in the posters. The official handle of the Dean of Arts Faculty, BHU tweeted a revised poster with photo of BHU founder Madan Mohan Malviya while apologising for their “mistake”, says the report.

The university has issued a “warning letter” to the Head of Department (HoD), Aftab Ahmad, and formed a committee led by English HoD M.K. Pandey to investigate the matter. Ahmad has publicly apologised and stated that his intention was not to offend anyone’s feelings.

Aftab Alam

Varanasi, UP

Tipu Sultan as the Son of the Soil

“Children should study Tipu Sultan, Mahatma Gandhi and the like… This will instil a SENSE of PRIDE for the country,” said #BJP MLC Mr. Vishwanath.

By describing the 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan as “the son of this soil”, BJP MLC and former Minister A.H. Vishwanath seems to have put the BJP in a spot. Or, is it a political gimmick aimed at winning votes of the second largest majority in the country in the Assembly elections in eight States scheduled next year? The fact is that you accept it or not, Tipu Sultan was the son of the soil.

Saleh Khizer

Chennai, TN

Name Change Spree Continues

On November 13, I came across two news items related to renaming of places going on in the various parts of the country. One news story says that the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, who has been criticised in the past over the spree to rename places in the state, on November 13 went on to suggest a name change for the Lok Sabha constituency Azamgarh to Aryamgarh.

The other story informs the readers that ahead of PM Modi’s visit, Bhopal’s Habibganj station was renamed after tribal queen Rani Kamlapati, the last Gond queen of the 18th century.

One does not know what sort of development this name change spree is going to effect.

Khalid Haider

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

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