India, Then and Now

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Wow...
Surprised at low increase in train km...till I saw the car increase (no wonder you need the steel)
We have the steel, no problem there. But British left us with a nice rail spread. That is why smaller increase. More steel is used to make it broad-gauge (1435 mm, 4 ft 8 1/2 in) from the earlier meter-gauge (1,000 mm, 3 ft 3+3⁄8 in), except for five lines which are designated as 'heritage lines'.

India produced 118.2 million metric tons of iron, the second after China (which, of course, produces 1,032.8 million metric tons).
 
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Phyllis, kindly note that the case is not closed.

"It was as recently as in April that the court had said that the State cannot exercise its remission powers arbitrarily."
https://www.thehindu.com/news/natio...bilkis-bano-case-convicts/article65787636.ece

Laws have their quirks. That is why Maulvi Umar escaped punishment and now the Bilqis Bano culprits are let off.

"Among the 63 people acquitted in the Godhra verdict today is Maulvi Umarji. He was one of the key accused in the attack on the Sabarmati Express in February 2002 when 59 people died after a mob set a coach of the train on fire at the Godhra station near Ahmedabad." Google Search
 
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Harming innocent civilians, women and children is unpardonable in Hinduism. It is not legit even to strike an enemy when he has lost his weapon, you must stop. It must always be an equal fight.

Riots (eventually the partition of India) came to India with the loss of power of Muslims under the British. They did not originate in Hinduism. They happen only after massacre of Hindus (like in the Godhra case when 59 innocent Hindu pilgrims were burnt alive in a rail coach in a planned conspiracy).

Hindus chafe for the loss of three of their holiest sites, Ayodhya (connected with Lord Rama), Kashi/Varanasi (Lord Shiva) and Mathura (Lord Krishna) during the Mughal times. Ayodhya has been given to us. The contest for Varanasi and Mathura is in Courts. We will never go against the orders of the Courts. And if the Courts accede our demands then Muslims too should accept the verdict gracefully. They will be suitably compensated. It is just like what the loss of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem is for Muslims.
 
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As expected, the release of Bilqis Bano culprits has been questioned in the Supreme Court. Now it will be for the courts to decide whether it was in good faith or bad. Gujarat government may not find it easy to defend its action (in which case the culprits may go back to jail).

The petition challenging the release of the convicts on August 15 has been filed by CPI(M) leader Subhasini Ali, independent journalist and filmmaker Revati Laul and former philosophy professor and activist Roop Rekh Varma.

Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana told advocate Aparna Bhat and senior advocate Kapil Sibal to file the case records. Ms. Bhat pressed the court to list the petition on Wednesday itself.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/natio...-remission-of-11-convicts/article65800505.ece
 
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As expected, the release of Bilqis Bano culprits has been questioned in the Supreme Court. Now it will be for the courts to decide whether it was in good faith or bad. Gujarat government may not find it easy to defend its action (in which case the culprits may go back to jail).

The petition challenging the release of the convicts on August 15 has been filed by CPI(M) leader Subhasini Ali, independent journalist and filmmaker Revati Laul and former philosophy professor and activist Roop Rekh Varma.

Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana told advocate Aparna Bhat and senior advocate Kapil Sibal to file the case records. Ms. Bhat pressed the court to list the petition on Wednesday itself.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/natio...-remission-of-11-convicts/article65800505.ece
Nobody wins in this case IMHO. :(

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Yeah, nobody wins in a riot. According to official figures, the riots ended with 1,044 dead, 223 missing, and 2,500 injured. Of the dead, 790 were Muslim and 254 Hindu (Wikipedia).
 
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