Namo 2.0 or Hindutva 2.0

With election results on the edge today and Modi government on the rise already for the second term, what could be the possibilities of NDA this time? Time again and again in the past 5 years we have seen radical views on the rise of “Hindutva Raj” walking side by side on the streets while also witnessing infrastructural development on a wide scale.

2019 elections hold a really important place as it would decide whether BJP will rule again or Indian National Congress would come back in power.

Let’s have a look at the past and possibilities of Namo 2.0:

 

More of World tours?

In a news article by economic times, Narendra Modi has supposedly taken 165 trips in total and had a total expenditure of 2021 crores. Though the trips were majorly focused on Foreign Direct Investment which did increase in his tenure but do we really need more of FDI and less attention on the root problems of the country such as poverty, unemployment, gender inequality and others?

Compared to Manmohan Singh’s term the total expenditure of his trips were accounted to be 1346 crores in total.

Total number of countries visited by him throughout are as follows according to Wikipedia:

Visited once;

Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Vietnam

Visited twice;

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan

Visited Thrice;

France and Japan

He has been to Germany, Nepal, Russia and Singapore four times in total and finally he has visited China and United States for a total of times.

 

MORE OF LYNCHINGS?

India has witnessed almost 63 attacks done by Cow vigilantes which according to Reuters report came on the rise after the “Hindu Nationalist government” came in power in 2014. The report also states that a total of 28 Indians of which 24 of them were Muslims had been killed.

In 2014 itself we witnessed almost 4 violent attacks leading to communal tension from august 2014 to October 2014.

It only kept increasing and the numbers came up to 6 in total where individuals were beaten to death, it led to the extremes where a right wing Hindu mob in Jammu Kashmir “incorrectly” suspected that an 18-year-old had been transporting beef and had to suffer injuries due to gasoline bombs bring thrown at him.

From 2016 to 2017, India had already witnessed 16 attacks resulting from mob lynching due to alleged suspicion of cow smuggling and beef selling. The frequency of the attacks took a different turn in 2017 where the attacks rose up to 11 from 5 in 2016.

From 2018 to 2019, the attacks decreased down to 9 but still had some gory news to it where individuals aged 50 were shot in head or thrown in gutter.

GOING AGAINST THE NORMS OF EC

Twenty-one parties accused Bhartiya Janata Party of “blatantly” politicizing armed forces for vote bank. The joint meeting of the 21 parties equally criticized how the Modi government had been dealing with national security and failing at it.

“National security must transcend narrow political considerations. The leaders observed that the Prime Minister has, regrettably, not convened an all-party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy.”

IMPULSIVE DECISIONS

On November 8, 2016 Prime minister declared a possibly beneficial decision for the country to get rid of black money and corruption, Demonetisation. This impulsive decision was not even discussed with the RESERVE BANK OF INDIA and RBI itself was made aware of the decision 2 hours ago before it was announced.

Later in the report released by RBI annually announced that our economy lost 1.5 percent of GDP in growth terms which was near to 2.25 crores a year.

Apart from the “Monetary aspect” to it which apparently failed majorly, this decision took 100 lives.

COMMUNCAL VIOLENCE NECESSARY WITH INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT?

The country saw the rise of infrastructural development on a wide angle, the rise of metros, cleaner cities, our apparent “ache din”. All these came with a cost of lives especially in the north and rural areas of the country.

There was a 28% rise in communal incidents under BJP rule. Statistical data collected by IndiaSpend showed an increase of 47% communal incidents in UP itself from 133 in 2014 to 195 in 2017.

According to RTI in 2017 itself 822 cases of communal violence were reported in which about 111 people were killed and 2384 were injured. Wherein 2016 702 cases were reported in which 86 people were killed and 1921 were injured.

 

JNU Elections: 9th February Decided 9th Septembers’ Fate

“9 Ka Badla 9” is what BJP affiliated student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s poster said before the 9th September JNUSU elections, and left alliances defeated ABVP by 4-0, this year.

Last year after a gap of 14 years, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad managed to win one out of four seats, but this year, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students’ Association (AISA) won all four seats. This year, ABVP not only lost four major posts, it even lost all seats of councillors, except the one at Sanskrit centre. Making Mohit K Pandey (president), Amal Pullarkkat (vice president), Satarupa Chakraborty (general secretary) and Tabrez Hasan (joint secretary) of JNUSU.

The two major issues in this year’s JNUSU elections were the 9th February event, and the Rape allegation on Anmol Ratan, the former state president of All India Students’ Association.

Both the issues equally impacted the mind of voters. “For me personally, the February 9 incident left a bad impression. I’m happy that Kanhaiya’s AISF is not part of this Left alliance because I think he was responsible for the event. Initially, AISA and ABVP were on a par for me. This rape case has changed that and I don’t think I’ll vote for the alliance, but I’ll finally decide on the basis of the presidential speech,” said a first-year student Irani Borah to The Indian Express.

Another Fresher, Prabhakar told The Indian Express, “This nationalist and anti-nationalist dichotomy that ABVP is trying to spread doesn’t affect me. I’m a student of political science and I know what it means. Moreover, I have seen the way ABVP behaves in Delhi University, so I will never vote for them. I am more inclined to vote for the Left, but BAPSA is also a strong alternative that I’m considering.”

The right and the left, both wings tried to play the February 9th track, where allegedly anti-national slogans were raised during an event “A country without Post-office” which also led to the arrest of former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges, and a month-long protest, in and out of the campus.

The JNUSU election result suggests that this year’s election was actually fought between the two hashtags “StandwithJNU” and “ShutdownJNU”.

As expected this year’s election was not only monitored inside the campus, but a large group of people including communists and Rashtravadis had a closer sight on it.

In the dilemma of getting painted saffron or continue red in the university, voters agreed upon red, this year too. Whatever the result JNU had for AVBP, DU, however, brought good news for them as they won three seats in the campus.

Dayashankar, Expelled BJP Leader, Arrested.

Was it a good move on the side of BJP to expel Dayashankar Singh? It certainly proves to be. The leader, who made controversial statements, has now been arrested.

In a joint operation between UP Police and Bihar Police the expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh was arrested from Buxar in Bihar.

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Dayashankar had yesterday failed to get a stay on his arrest from the Allahabad High Court which directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply by August 5 on his plea challenging the lodging of FIR against him for allegedly using derogatory language against BSP supremo Mayawati.

Read About Dayashankar’s comment: Curious Case of Prostitution & UP

Singh had moved the HC challenging the FIR lodged against him by BSP leaders after he used derogatory language against party chief Mayawati. In his petition, Singh had sought direction for stay on his arrest in the case.

An FIR was lodged against Singh on July 20 at Hazratganj police station here under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for his remarks against Mayawati. The complaint, which was lodged by national secretary of BSP Mewalal Gautam, alleged that Singh’s remarks had hurt the feelings of BSP workers and the Dalit community across the country and were aimed at provoking them.
Singh, who was state BJP Vice President, was expelled by the party for six years in the wake of the storm triggered by his remarks against the BSP supremo and had since gone underground.

The impact of the comments made by him is far reaching. In a time when BJP hopes to win the Assembly elections, such comments from the top brass will affect their vote shares as Dalit community hold great sway in the electoral results. Although BJP was quick in realising the mistake, and expelling Dayashankar, the incidence has once again portrayed Mayawati as a champion of the Dalit cause. This might not work in favour of BJP. Dayashankar has unknowingly earned himself an expulsion and an arrest while giving much needed political mileage to Mayawati.

The drama and the thrill are rising in Uttar Pradesh. It is only going to get better (or worse) from here as the all-important election nears.

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6 Most Common Doubts About Irom Sharmila Explained:

On August 9th a historic phase of a movement that attracted international attention will end. Irom Sharmila will break her fast. Read to find out what it actually means.
Almost 16 years into her continuous hunger strike, Irom Sharmila decided to end her fast. She was protesting against the misuse of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). She will continue her fight, now, by joining politics and conducting elections from Manipur next year. Let’s look into what this is all about:

Who is Irom Sharmila?
Known as the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’, Irom Chanu Sharmila is a civil rights and political activist who started a hunger strike in the year 2000 against the misuse of AFSPA by the military forces. Born in 1972, she is the youngest of nine siblings who grew up in Manipur. She gave up her ambition to become a doctor and decided to fight against the human rights violation in Manipur. Irom Sharmila has the distinction of being the world’s longest hunger striker, keeping steadfastly to her cause. She has been on hunger strike for more than 15 years.

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What is AFSPA?
Passed by the Parliament in 1958, the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) gives special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in seven sister states in the North east which they considered as “disturbed areas”. According to this Act, the armed forces have the power to search anyone’s property and arrest people without any warrant.

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Why was Irom Sharmila on years-long hunger strike?
On November 2000, the Assam Rifles military forces shot and killed 10 innocent civilians at a bus stop in a small town called Malom. Among them was a 1988 National Child Bravery Award winner, and this incident known as the Malom massacre triggered Irom Sharmila to go on a hunger strike against AFSPA.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 4: The members of Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign observed candle light vigil in solidarity with Remove AFSPA at Raj Ghat on November 4, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Manipuri civil rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu also known as Iron Lady of Manipur is completing 13 years of her hunger-protest to repeal Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 on November 5. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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What is her demand?
Irom Sharmila demanded that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gave the army extra powers in Manipur. She was arrested and later charged her for attempting suicide. When her health deteriorated, she was force fed through a nasal tube order to keep her alive even while she was in prison. The government couldn’t break her spirit despite arresting, releasing and re-arresting every year on the charge of attempt to suicide. In 2006, she along with other activists conducted a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in Delhi but was again arrested.

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Did her hunger strike have any effect on the law?
Irom Sharmila’s hunger strike got international attention and members of the European parliament too wrote to the Indian government seeking modification of the Act. Two parties came to her support in 2014 and requested that she contest in the Lok Sabha elections. But the government having kept her in prison, she was denied the right to vote since she was in prison.

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What is the present scenario?
Even after writing to the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then to his successor Narendra Modi, the repeal of AFSPA is still a distant dream. In 2016, Irom Sharmila was released from judicial custody but decided to keep her vow of not going to her house or meeting her mother until the government repealed AFSPA. Irom Sharmila has now decided to end her fast on August 9th and has decided to take the political route to achieve her goal. She has indicated that she would contest the state elections in Manipur next year.

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So there it is. The end of one struggle and beginning of another. We wish her luck.

Also read: What’s happening in Kashmir after Burhan Wani’s encounter?

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Best Shayaris of Sidhu Not to be Missed!

The exit of Navjot Singh Sidhu is making news all over. It has made political thinkers and analysts contemplate over the future of Punjab elections, as his decision to join either Congress or AAP will have ripples all over the nation.

But you all know who Sidhu is and before a detailed report is posted about his abrupt exit, I thought we should enjoy some of his best shayaris. So here they are.

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Raag Bajta Hai Rang Bajta Hai
Pyaar Ka Ang Ang Bajta Hai
Aap Jab hansti hai Janab-e-wala Hazoor-e-wali
Aise Lagta hai ki Rooh ka Jal Tarang Bajta hai

Ik Aag si Hum Lagane Aa gaye
Is Sehra Mein Gul Khilane Aa Gaye
Ae Gam Apna Boriya Bistar Baandh le
Hum Fiza mein Khushi Failaane aa gaye

Beauty Parlor Chali Jaati hain ,Aaye Din wo
Beauty Parlor Mein Unka Maqsad Hai Masale Hood ho jaana
Magar Ye Baat kisi Begum ki Samajh Mein kyu Naahi Aati
K Mumkin nahi hai Kishmish ka Fir se Angoor Ho Jaana

Suraj Hoon Zindagi ki Chamak Chorh Jaaunga
Fir Laut Aane ki Khanak Chorh Jaaunga
Mein Sabki Aankhon se Aansoo Samet kar
Sabke Dilo Mein Apni Jhalak Chorh Jaaunga

Paani Ki Boond kahi Tikti Naahin
Imandari Guru Mujhe kahin dikhti naahin
Kharidaron ki Mandi Mein Khada hai Siddhu
Jitni Marzi Boli Laga,Kuch Cheezein Aisi jo Bikti Naahin

Angoor Pighalta hai toh Shraab ho Jaati Hai
Chingari Bhadakti hai to Aaftab Ho Jaati Hai
Jab Sunta Hu Zamane mein Naam Mika ka
Toh Siddhu Ki chaati Fool k Punjab Ho Jaati Hai

Jhukte hain parvat kahin
Kahin rukhte hain dariyaa bhi kahin
Kahin bass rukhti nahin ravaniyaan aur jhukti nahin jawaniyaan.

Ramiz Raja-Agar 1 ya 2 No ball ho jaaye aur Four ya Six Lag Jaaye,toh Pakistan Jeet Jaayegi
Sidhu- Ye toh wahi Baat Hui,
Agar Chachi Ke Mooche Hoti to mein Ussey Chacha Kehta

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Also watch some videos of Sidhu flaring up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBsLYdLSR0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL9uaFqctM0

Enjoy these Sidhu moments, as he is soon going to get more coverage. He is the man of the hour.

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Will the ‘UP ki bahu’ conquer her ‘Sasural’?

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state will be going to polls next year but the political activities have already picked up in the state. The most talked about parties in the state are SP, BSP and BJP. Congress party is nowhere in the ‘race for power’ in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. The last time when Congress was in power in Uttar Pradesh was in 1989. Since then Congress has been out of power in UP.

The Congress party’s decision to make former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as its CM candidate in Uttar Pradesh has received numerous different responses. While some say the party has already accepted its defeat, others think this might prove to be the masterstroke by the party’s strategic team. Sheila has had a long association with UP. Quite rightly, she is being called as ‘UP ki bahu’. Dikshit’s husband hailed from Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh and her father-in-law Uma Shankar Dikshit had been a Union Cabinet minister and a known face in UP.

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The UP Congress is very discouraged and stalled. Congress is not only competing with a strong BJP, BSP and the ruling party but it also has to settle its own battle. This is Congress’s fight for survival. In a situation like this where there is hardly any prominent face in the party’s UP politics, Sheila Dikshit may be the best one to bet on. Sonia Gandhi’s trust on Sheila is not new. In times of distress she has always banked upon Sheila.

Election strategist Prashant Kishor had recommended that Sheila Dikshit should play a big role in the party’s poll campaign in UP. Sheila has been made the CM candidate because the party is eyeing 11 % Brahmin voters which affect about 125 seats in the state. The majority of them are with the BJP and the BSP.

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Sanjay Sing Thakur has been made party’s campaign committee chief and is expected to help consolidate the 8 % Thakur votes in the state.
Raj Babbar, who basically comes in OBC category, has been appointed the Uttar Pradesh Congress president. His appointment can be seen as an appeasement to 39% OBC voters in the state.
Ghulam Nabi Azad has been appointed Congress UP in-charge and by this party wants to get the 18 % Muslim vote in its favor.

That the Congress brough back Sheila Dikshit from retirement and made her CM candidate straightaway, that boosts Imran Masood, of ‘chopping up Modi into little pieces’ fame, and that it chooses Raj Babbar, who may draw crowds but has never been associated with any idea of the Congress, as its state chief, clearly manifest — that the party is bankrupt of ideas, left with zero options and is fighting for its survival in the Uttar Pradesh politics.

Congress is trying its best to keep itself in the news by making announcements at regular intervals. First it appointed Raj Babbar as the UP chief, gave important post to Imran Masood, now it has named Sheila Dikshit as the chief ministerial candidate and at a later stage, it will reveal Priyanka Gandhi’s role in the UP assembly polls.

Can Sheila Dikshit’s calling herself ‘UP ki bahu’ really help the Congress party? Will the ‘Brahmin’ factor help the party? Will everything go as per the plans of Election strategist Prashant Kishor? Will propping up Imran Masood get muslim votes or will it backfire? Will ‘UP ki bahu’ conquer her ‘Sasural’?

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BJP’s Arunanchal Setback: Everything to know about.

In a major setback to the image of BJP, the Supreme Court has reinstated the Congress Government in Arunanchal Pradesh. How did all this happen? Read ahead.

In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court has passed the judgement that actions of the Arunanchal Pradesh Governor were illegal. The Governor did not follow the due Constitutional procedures while imposing Presidents Rule and instating a new Government in the Assembly. Since, this was all done with the help of BJP, it’s a great loss of face value for BJP in the North East. Here is a timeline of all the important things that lead up to this.

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December, 2015 – On December 9, a group of rebel Congress MLAs requested Governor JP Rajkhowa to impeach Speaker Nabam Rebia. They complained that the Speaker is trying to disqualify them from the Assembly. Agreeing to them, the Governor called for an emergency session on December 16 where the impeachment motion will be taken up. When Congress protested against this, the Centre imposed Presidents Rule in the state according to Article 356 of the Constitution. The special session was conducted unparliamentarily at a community hall. The session was attended by 20 rebel Congress MLAs, 11 BJP MLAs and 2 Independents. They passed the impeachment motion and also declared that Pul was the ‘elected’ leader of the house. On the very same day, the Speaker disqualified 14 Congress MLAs.

January 5, 2016 – The Gauhati High Court stayed the disqualification of the Congress MLAs and the Speaker’s plea was turned down.

January 15, 2016 – The Supreme Court refers the entire batch of petitions filed by the Speaker to a constitution bench, which examined the discretionary powers of the Governor.

January 29, 2016 – Nabam Tuki filed another petition in the Supreme Court challenging the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

January 30, 2016 – Citing the complete breakdown of law and order, the Centre justifies the imposition of President’s Rule saying that Congress Government is in a minority in the state.

February 2, 2016 – Governor Rajkhowa said the President’s rule in the state was temporary and that a new elected government would soon be formed in its place.

February 4, 2016 – The Supreme Court, examining the powers of Governors, took strong note of a submission that all decisions of the Governor are not open to judicial review and said it cannot be a mute spectator when democratic processes are “slaughtered”.

February 10, 2016 – The top court rejected the pleas of the rebel Congress MLAs against the Speaker.

February 19, 2016 – President’s Rule lifted in the state

February 20, 2016 – Dissident leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh with the support of 18 rebel Congress MLAs, and two Independents and 11 BJP MLAs who gave outside support. Pul’s swearing-in came a day after the Supreme Court vacated its interim order to maintain status quo in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly, paving the way for government formation.

February 23, 2016 – The Supreme Court observed that it was empowered to “set the clock back” if there were constitutional violations in the manner in which the Arunachal Pradesh Governor issued orders that have eventually led to formation of a new government in the state.

February 25, 2016 – Pul won the vote of confidence without any opposition on the first day of the state assembly session, with 17 Congress MLAs including former chief minister Nabam Tuki remaining absent in the House.

March 3, 2016 – 30 rebel Congress MLAs who sided with CM Pul merged with People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), leaving no scope for the Congress to take any legal action against them. The merger took place with the CM announcing it at Naharlagun. He said they were “compelled” to take the decision as Congress had “shut all its doors” despite all of them asserting that they continued to belong to it.

May 6, 2016 – Top leaders of the Congress party took out a march from Jantar Mantar against what it called the ‘undemocratic’ policies of the Centre with regard to the imposition of President’s Rule in the states of Arunachal and Uttarakhand. Some of the leaders courted arrest before they were released by the police.

July 13, 2016 – The Supreme Court turned the clock back and restored the Congress government in the state. The court said the Governor’s actions were ‘illegal.’

Nobody exactly knows the full implications of the judgement as there is no precedence to this. There was a Government ruling for 4 months under the leadership of Kalikho Pul. SC has pulled them down and reinstated the earlier Government. How will everything turn out? Nobody knows especially because Congress might not have the numbers.

Only time will tell.

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