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An Open Letter from HPU Er. Graduate to Shehla Rashid, VP,JNU Students Union



Open letter from HP University student

Dear Shehla

You gave a wonderful speech, and coming from a person who occupies a key post in JNU Student Union makes it even more powerful. I could not stop identifying with you when you raised issue related to beef, castes, Brahmanism among others. I congratulate you people for starting a debate on what constitutes nationalism which I consider to be beneficial as more and more people would become aware of these things.

I decided to write this letter to you because I believe in communication, engagement over the issues. What I am writing is though my words, but it represents large cross section of students who feel their voices should be heard, who don’t enjoy as much attention as you do in JNU.

I find myself in a big dilemma like crores of other people who find themselves aligned with your struggle and suddenly the other day with the government stand as the new ‘videos’ keep emerging, I don’t believe in taking sides on issues merely because it fits my political ideology.

I support some your arguments on failure of the Govt. on many fronts, undoubtedly it is not the ‘Achhe din’ we were looking for, but does that make them anti-students? I doubt that.
I am not RSS supporter, but I am labelled ‘sanghi’ by your supporters when I don’t agree with them on their viewpoint ,I feel hurt not because you people say so, I feel hurt because it comes from the same ones who cry of being labelled anti-nationals because of their ideologies not in line with these so called ‘sanghi’.

Shehla, the problems with an ideology is once you embrace it, you make every effort to make people believe in your idea. Have we shun the communist party having known the fact that communist party’s armed struggle stopped only after Nehru Ji request to Stalin as pointed out by Lennart Bendfeldt in his research paper on Maoism in India?

You claim to have the only larger picture of this conspiracy, really? What you have to say about basic tenets of communists in India, what ideology they believes in for bringing the change in Indian society, where do they draw motivations from? Do we forget that you belong to AISA which is the student wing of CPI (marxist-leninist) who believes in maoist ideology, but does that mean I should not support you since I don’t subscribe to Communism idea?
The point that I want to make is Bhartiya of Bhartiya Janta Party doesn’t make them more Indian in the same way as Nationalist of NCP does not make them any nationalists.

I support your arguments when you say you don’t need a certificate from RSS, BJP. That is true, because what nationalism is, no universally accepted definition exists.

I have always been opposed to the idea of cadre based system of party because you then blindly support almost everything your party says, regardless of seeing it yourself its genuineness for the masses, as it happened during INDO-US civil nuclear deal, and recently with Land acquisition bill.

Shehla, I support you when you raises voice against Dalit oppression, we support you when you raises voice against Rohit Vemula suicide because my support to you is on the issues you raises irrespective of what your political inclination is.

Kanhaiya kumar belongs to my home state, so does Gaurav Jha of ABVP. We all have been educated in the same educational system and I refuse to believe that JNU is anti national. But again, this is what I believe. But what I observe is that Kanhaiya’s arrest was certainly a miscalculated step by police but the way JNU Student union is portraying his arrest to garner support for those who were involved in Anti India slogans should not be welcomed as it will further vitiate the atmosphere.

I know you have complaints about news channels, but don’t you see, it is this very medium that is gaining you supports. Almost Every national newspaper has full pages dedicated to your protests, opinions from intelligentsia in your support.

I could never understand the LEFT and RIGHT kind of politics, took help of internet also, but could not help myself. Please don’t make it a fight between Left and Right wings, because right is not completely right and left is not completely wrong. To support the government commitment to act against those who raised slogans does not amount to supporting the RSS, the same way as supporting you in Dalit causes, does not mean supporting Communists which are against the freedom of expression and democratic way of life in China and Russia .

Shehla, I am sure JNU will continue to remain the India’s pride as it has always been, giving us the best bureaucrats, politicians, economists and above all good and well informed citizens which are definitely the national assets.

I really don’t know how to conclude this letter, this letter of mine can be seen as coming from the students who really finds them utterly disturbed seeing these kinds of things happen in country when unemployment, terrorism, communal-ism, lack of Infrastructure, economy, agrarian issues are haunting the nation, and the allegations and counter-allegations may serve the personal purposes but certainly not the nation.

From Kumar Kundan


Shimla-Based IT Start-Up Scaling Global Market in Short Span of Time



Shimla based it company netgen solution

Shimla-A youth from a small town of the Mandi district – Sarkaghat- started as a freelancer and went on to launch his own start-up in 2014. By 2021, the start-up grew into a company that has garnered international clients  and also designed and developed websites and web apps for several Departments of the Himachal Pradesh Government.   

Netgen IT Solutions Pvt Ltd- a young agile company- has, so far, developed websites for the Department of Information Technology,  Women & Child Development, Rope & Rapid Transport Development Corporation, HP Milk Federation Cooperation,  and the HP AIDS Control Society.

Besides, it also developed  HimSuraksha Abhiyan App (National Health Mission) and the website of the Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation along with a  Services Portal.

Further, the website of the Department of Information & Public Relations and the single window system was also developed by NetGen.

Having developed over 2500 websites, Netgen IT Solutions has an imprint of having worked for clients spread over 25 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

Bootstrapped as a Start-Up on 7th July 2014, the company has evolved to offer a diverse set of services for web, e-commerce and mobile solutions that have enabled Global and Indian business to adapt to a Digital First environment. In seven years, this Shimla-based company has carved out a niche for itself.

The company started with a small team of just four people, and today it employs strong-heeled 25 IT professionals. The skillset of web developers, designers, networking specialists, social media marketers and others is expanding with the growth of the company.

To mark the NetGen Foundation Day, the company hosted a live inter-action of the team members with some clients to understand the need for future technologies and solutions for a fast-changing business environment in the shadow COVID pandemic.

Mr Rajneesh Rana, Founder and Managing Director of the company, is a computer science graduate. Speaking about the company’s journey, Rana’s says, “Stepping out from working as a freelancer at the small township of Sarkhaghat, in Himachal Pradesh, to launching a start-up company, was my first step in entrepreneurship. The company was founded on a shoe-string budget with a small capital outlay. After overcoming the initial hesitancy, we’re on the firmer ground today.”

With the growth in demand for IT Services, the company in the initial year faced manpower shortages. The management took to train and equip freshers in a mentorship program to meet its needs for IT Professionals and also to equip others to find gainful employment elsewhere. Netgen till date has trained over 50 freshers with essential and advanced IT skills. Most of them for the first time in their careers got exposure to the IT Industry.

The company’s IT Technical Team today is professionally equipped to work in 20+ technologies that can be deployed across a vast network of industries. 

The Netgen team of IT professionals has expanded the services that the company now provides. A multitude of projects employing creative website design-development; customised software products; e-Commerce solutions; server administration – web security – networking services; mobile application design – development; social media marketing; stand completed.

“There is a growing demand for many other IT and IT-enabled services that the company has successfully delivered for Global and Indian clients,” said Rajneesh. 

“Since the breakout of the COVID pandemic, the demand for online services has increased. It created an environment that demands moving things onto digital platform, bringing more opportunities for the IT sector ,” added Rajneesh.  

“Take the case of the Government of Himachal Pradesh, India. To secure baseline health data of the over 70 lakh residents in the state and to prepare effective strategies for countering the spread of the pandemic in challenging hilly terrain, the state government needed a simple but effective IT-enabled solution to capture the data as fast as possible,” he said.   

“The ‘Him Suraksha Abhiyan’ application designed and developed by NetGen IT Solutions was used by thousands of teams spread under 2300+ sub-centres. In just over a month, the software solution created successfully captured the data of over 68 lakh residents of Himachal Pradesh,” he added.

The 70:30 Percent (%) Global – Domestic revenue stream of Netgen has prepared the company to expand both its export and domestic service portfolios, said Rajneesh. 

Mr Ravinder Makhaik, Director of the company says, “growing steadily, Netgen is a debt-free, profit-making company. A healthy mix of domestic and international businesses, with sound financials, gives the company strength to take up more challenging projects. Our portfolio of government projects is making good progress.”

Founded as a 1 lakh authorized capital company and with annual revenues rising at a 25 % compounded annual growth rate, the Netgen Board of Directors has decided to expand the authorized capital of the company to Rs 10 lakh to meet future growth needs.

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Who is IPS Gaurav Singh, the Officer in News for Slapping CM Jairam’s Security Personnel



WHo is IPS Gaurav Singh

Kullu-Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Gaurav Singh became a national sensation after he allegedly slapped the security personnel of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Wednesday. The incident occurred outside Bhuntar Airport where the Chief Minister had come to welcome Nitin Gadkari, Minister, Road Transport & Highway, who is on a five day visit to Kullu.

Also Read:  IPS Gaurav Singh and CM’s Security Personnel Exchange Slaps & Kicks, Video Goes Viral, Inquiry Ordered

The incident, where SP Kullu is first seen slapping a security official of CM’s convoy, ASP, Brijesh Sood, and another security official kicking Gaurav Singh afterwards, was shared widely on social media and has garnered a lot of criticism. This incident has created curiosity among the people to know more about the IPS officer who was once termed as the Singham of Himachal Pradesh.

At that time, IPS Gaurav Singh had also been in news for being the youngest serving IPS in the state. He has been in news for his extraordinary work ethics often and has an impression of an honest and fearless officer. A 2013 batch IPS officer Gaurav Singh was born on 1 July 1990 in Agra. He has earlier served as the ASP Shimla, Baddi, Kangra and Solan, before assuming his duties in Kullu.

Gaurav Singh is widely known in Himachal Pradesh for his exceptional case solving skills. He, as ASP Shimla in 2015, had solved the infamous (Boileauganj) blind murder. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Disc Award by then DGP Sanjay Kumar for solving the murder case and for his good working culture and behavior.

Also Read: Himachal’s Singham is back in Baddi – hub of drug and mining mafia

IPS Gaurav Singh was also praised for solving 177 cases of illegal excavation in Baddi and imposing a fine of 26 Lakh rupees. Similarly,  he had also busted 13 cases of illicit drug and 75 cases of illicit liquor manufacturing.  Gaurav was then transferred under alleged political pressure by Virbhadra government. He served for a period of 7 months in that office.

Also Read: Baddi’s Singham – IPS Gaurav Singh slapped with transfer orders for standing against mining and drug mafia

Other than his exceptional case solving skills, Gaurav is also known for his strict work ethics. He had taken action against 26 police and home guard officials, out of which 22 were from Lahaul-Spiti and 4 from Baddi. As ASP Solan, Gaurav Singh had solved cases of ATM cash theft, chain snatching, and two murder cases. He challaned the tipper of  ex-Congress MLA’s wife in relation to illegal mining. He was transferred immediately to Kangra following alleged political pressure from the Doon MLA. 

Following the Buntar incident, Gaurav was transferred to the Range office Kullu. DGP Sanjay Kundu is conducting an inquiry into the matter. He has sent two Chief Minister’s security personnel, involved in the incident, on compulsory leave till the inquiry is complete.

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No Dialysis at Tanda Medical College; No Nephrologist, Machine Dysfunctional, Patients from Five Districts Left in Lurch



Tanda Medical college dialysis facility

Kangra: Amid regular press statements of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur led Himachal Pradesh Government over its consistent efforts to improve the state’s health infrastructure, media reports have been highlighting facts contrary to these statements.

According to a report published in Hindi daily, Covid-19 patients with kidney-related medical conditions from Hamirpur, Mandi, Una, Kangra and Chamba are left in the lurch. The report said that these patients have no nearby options as none of the hospitals in the above mentioned five districts have dialysis facility for Covid patients. These patients are either referred to IGMC, Shimla, or PGI, Chandigarh. Also, the report says, the multi-specialty Hospital Tanda Medical College does not offer dialysis to kidney patients. Dharamshala hospital is unable to offer dialysis to Covid positive kidney patients as it lacks ventilator support.

The report cited a reference of a local who alleged that his mother, who was on dialysis, was admitted to a hospital in Nurpur. She was referred to Tanda Medical College where she tested positive. He said the hospital told him that they don’t offer dialysis facility. He was told that dialysis is performed at Dharamshala. But the hospital in Dharamshala lacked ventilator support for covid patients. The mother died while the son tried to arrange dialysis outside the state. The son said his mother would have survived if she could receive timely dialysis.

Dr. Bhanu Awasthi, the principal of the College, told the daily that Tanda Medical College does not have a Nephrologist and the available dialysis machine is not functional. The hospital has been requesting the government to fill the vacant post, he said. G.D Gupta, CMO Kangra, confirmed that patients in the district have died as they could not receive dialysis treatment because the hospitals in the district don’t have dialysis facilities for COVID patients.

Another report published in an English daily highlight the plight of cancer patients who are deprived of their chemotherapy session, posing threat to their lives.

The report says that various hospitals in the state were converted into Covid-19 treatment centres, and patients suffering from other severe illnesses were not receiving treatment in the districts of the lower Himachal Pradesh. Cancer patients in Kangra have alleged that they are not receiving treatment at Tanda Medical College which they fear could be life-threatening.
The report said Tanda Medical College is the only hospital with a facility for cancer treatment in the lower Himachal which was converted into a Covid hospital. The super-speciality wing of the hospital which caters to cancer, cardio and neuro patients has remained closed since last month. This is causing a delay in the completion of chemotherapy sessions.

Dr Bhanu Awasthi told  the daily that the treatment was suspended temporarily due to a surge in Covid cases. He said that patients who require immediate chemotherapy can go to Indira Gandhi Medical College. He said the cases in Kangra district were coming down and if the situation improves, they will be able to open the super specialty wing soon.

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