Fri, Mar 31, 2017 | updated 02:04 AM IST

The book is clearly on my life: Congress leader Margaret Alva

Updated: Jul 16, 2016 17:41 IST

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Margaret Alva on Saturday said her book 'Courage and Commitment' is based on her life and is not about her conflict with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Alva said her book contains important events of her life, including her resignation letter, but unfortunately the whole thing has come out to be a battle between her and Gandhi.

"My book is the story of my life, ok! From 42 to 2014. There are many events which were part of my life, not only my letter of resignation. Unfortunately, the whole thing is sort to be made into a battle between Sonia Gandhi and me," Alva said.

Revealing more about her relationship with Gandhi, She said,"That is why, I have clarified that I have the greatest respect and affection for Sonia ji and I have worked very closely with her, I still admire her and I have not written this book to get even with anybody, right! But somehow the impression is sort to be created that there is a conflict, which there isn't and this is what I have clarified today and my relationship with her has been personal as well as political."

Alva said she had given the first copy to her husband and the second to Sonia Gandhi.

"This is all untrue that I have written a story of my conflict with Sonia Gandhi," she said.

When asked, why she was espousing a Uniform Civil Code, Alva said there is a need for common civil code to cover all religions, as there is discrimination in each personal law, which particularly affects women.

Alva said, "I'm also a minority, I am a Christian. I have believed, but not today, but even in parliament or even earlier, I've been saying that there need for common civil code to cover all groups all religions. There is discrimination in each personal law, which affects particularly women and there has to be debate, there has to be discussion and a consensus has to emerge."

"So, let us see what I personally think, it is in the interest of the country of all communities to be able to be governed by common civil code, it doesn't mean that Hindu court can be imposed on to anybody. It is that all would have to give up something to be able to work out a consensus. I think this is very necessary, the time has come to think about it," Alva added.(ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): India's longest highway tunnel at Chenani-Nashri, between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): After a molestation case was filed against Arunabh Kumar, another case of the same was filed against the 'The Viral Fever' (TVF) CEO in the Versova Police Station on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 30 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Thursday reviewed the progress of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) - Centre's flagship irrigation programme.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Following footsteps of Tamil Nadu which won the Jallikattu war, the Maharashtra Government is all set to introduce a bill to legalise bullock-cart race in the state.

Full Story >>

Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 30 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh minister Vijay Shah on Thursday urged that Sanskrit should be made the state language, adding that the 'dev-bhasha' should be taught in schools from class one onwards.

Full Story >>

Malaysian PM Najib Razak meets TN Governor

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 21:44 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who arrived yesterday in India, met Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Rajiv Kumar Chander on Thursday has been appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 30 (ANI): The Centre on Thursday granted Z-plus security to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): After meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the meat traders on Thursday extended their support to the state government's view in the matter and seconded the move of banning illegal slaughterhouses.

Full Story >>

Meerut (Utter Pradesh) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Following the Vande Mataram row that took place earlier this week, Samajwadi Party (SP) corporator Afzal on Thursday asserted that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators and mayor forced them to sing the song.

Full Story >>

Attacks on Nigerians 'unacceptable': MEA

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 18:58 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday condemned the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh, stating it was "unacceptable" and assured that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of foreigners in India.

Full Story >>

Jammu and Kashmir [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Two candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were elected unopposed to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Thursday said he would have been arrested had he made such a comparison between Namaz and Surya Namaskar.

Full Story >>

Triple talaq unconstitutional: Mukul Rohatgi

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 18:39 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 30 (ANI): Dubbing the practice of triple talaq as unconstitutional, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Thursday said the respective divorce is not in accord with right to life and dignity.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Senior lawyer and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member H.S. Phoolka on Thursday wrote to the Bar Council seeking special permission to continue as counsel for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims on a pro bono basis.

Full Story >>

Jammu and Kashmir [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Taking a small step towards eradicating corruption in the state machinery, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti led coalition government of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday initiated an enquiry against Ishtiaq Hussain Drabu, Managing Director of Jammu and Kashmir Handicrafts Corporation, under the civil services rules, 1956.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Participating in a seminar on Central Asia post the Cold War, Kazakhstan's Ambassador Bulat Sarsenbayev drew particular attention to Kazakhstan's domestic and foreign policies as well as its political, economic and cultural achievements.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Telangana Police has confirmed the arrest of seven persons in connection with a dacoity.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Patiala House Court Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass on Thursday asked nine students to appear before the court and record their consent or refusal to undergo lie detector tests in connection with the Najeeb Ahmed missing case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on banning off liquor vends on state and national highways.

Full Story >>