Soon after the audio clip of BJP MLA Raju Todsam harassing a contractor for money went viral, party sources said that he will not be given the ticket next time, reports The Quint.
The government civil contractor from Yavatamal has given a written complaint to police, accusing BJP MLA from Arni, Raji Todsam of ‘harassing him for money’. An audio clip, in form of a conversation between the contractor Shivadatta Sharma and Todsam.
“MLA Raju Todsam has been harassing me about financial transactions. I have made an audiotape of the conversation, where he is threatening me, viral on Thursday. The MLA threatened me, saying he would see ‘How I carry out any work in his (Todsam’s) area unless the transactions are made’. I am submitting the complaint because I think there’s a danger to my life,” Sharma has said in this complaint to the Wadgaon police station in Yavatmal, as per a report by The Indian Express.
When The Logical Indian contacted the Wadgaon police station, they weren’t available for a comment.
The police, however, haven’t registered a FIR yet, since Shivdatta Sharma had just given the complaint written on paper. Superintendent of Police, M Rajkumar, told The Indian Express, “I have also heard the audio tape that has gone viral, to check the veracity of the tape, we must have a regular FIR.”
In the audio, the caller is heard is asking another person to “better carry out some financial transaction to carry out construction in his area”.The other person is initially heard pleading his inability to do so since his son is in lying in state of coma for the past one year, in Pune. The tone of the voice changes into an angry one. However, the caller seems unfazed and warns the receiver of raising “quality control” issues to stop the work.
Following this, the contractor said that he would escalate the issue with the Yavatamal minister and BJP leader Madan Yerawar. Todsam then asks him if he was issuing a threat. He further said that he was going to talk to the chief minister about it.
The receiver then asked the caller, if he owned the area where the contractor was carrying out the civil works. At this juncture, the receiver also tells the latter to do whatever he can.
The Logical Indian take
The Logical Indian community condemns the actions by Raju Todsam. It is commendable that Shivadatta Sharma was courageous enough to record the audio and bring it to the forefront. It is a rare occasion when such threat calls have actually come to the notice of the common mass. There must be several other incidents, happening rampantly around us, but we hardly get to know about them.
We appeal to BJP party authorities to take strict actions against the MLA in context. Merely cancelling Raju Todsam’s tickets for the next election is surely not the way to ensure that such atrocities are not repeated in the future. Exemplary action should be taken against him so that nobody faces such harassment.
You can listen to the audio clip in the YouTube video below:
Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.