Taking forward his ‘question-a-day’ campaign, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on December 7 targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the problems afflicting the farm sector and farmers.Asking his 9th question in the series, he asked, “Neither loan waiver, nor remunerative price for produce, neither received crop insurance benefit, nor were tubewells installed.”The Congress leader also used the ‘Gabbar’ jibe to target the Prime Minister. “Agriculture hit by Gabbar Singh, land snatched and the (Annadatta) farmer was rendered useless. PM sahib, explain why such step-motherly treatment with the farm labour?” he said on Twitter.Mr. Gandhi had earlier termed the Goods and Services Tax as Gabbar Singh Tax to attack the government.Under the ongoing offensive, the Congress leader is using the tagline 22 saal ka hisab, Gujarat maange jawab (22 years of account, Gujarat demands answers), in the run-up to Gujarat elections starting December 9.The Congress vice-president has been tweeting to pose daily questions to the Prime Minister over the performance of the BJP in Gujarat and its “unkept” promises over the past 22 years of its rule in the State.
Willow FiddlerAPTN News Saturday15-year-old Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake enjoys the extracurricular activities at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC).“I didn’t have supplies back home like I saw an art club here and it looked fun and I joined it,” she said.“That’s how I got into it.”DFC Student Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake.The talent that comes from this club is on display all over DFC.It’s also hanging in the city’s airport, and in exhibitions at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.The art club is an outlet for students like Chikane who are attending high school away from home and family.North Caribou Lake where Ariana is from for instance is a fly in community located 500 km north of Thunder Bay.In fact, many of the 100 students attending DFC come from remote First Nations spread out across northern Ontario.The students have worked with well-known Anishinabe artists like Saul Williams in the past.“It’s like once a week but then I do art every day after school.”This year, they tried something new with local art educator Elizabeth Buset.“Stenciling is a medium that I work with,” said Buset. “I don’t really consider myself a graffiti artist because I don’t do like freehand spray painting but I do do stencil work.”The completed project is a spray painted wall mural.It reflects the different subjects at DFC.“They selected all the images and then from there we designed the stencils, they hand cut them all and then it came up to the actual spray painting of the mural, they chose where it would be positioned on the wall, what colors it would be, the layering, it was all collaborative from start to finish,” said Buset.Ariana and her cousin Robyn did a piece by the late Anishinabe artist Roy Thomas.“I learned about him, found out about him in art class,” said Ariana.Thomas’ wife Louise owns Ahnisnabae Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.The DFC art club presents Louise Thomas with a spray painted version of her late husband’s art. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN She said it’s important to support the young artists at DFC.“There’s a lot of wonderful artists that are coming out of this school,” said Thomas. “When you look at these young people, our people, we have just natural talent.”Thomas said she hopes the art club can inspire youth.“We need to have these things to inspire other artists even if you’re not from this school, there’s lots of talent out there,” she said.“I always encourage artists don’t waste your talent, do something with your talent.”For Ariana, it’s all about the fun experience.“I like bringing stuff to life.”email@example.com@WillowBlasizzo