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KEY CONCERN: Do not let the heat reach Modi
11.06.17 - nischay paul

DEVENDRA Fadnavis is battling a crisis. In his state, milk tankers and vegetable-laden trucks are moving under police escort. Shivraj Chauhan, when he is not in a yoga pose, is being singed by the farmers' protests and the fallout of the killing of farmers in police firing.
 
The Maharashtra Chief Minister is talking of a "never seen before" Rs30,500 crore ($4.7 billion) debt waiver to write off the loans of 3.2 million farmers. Shivraj Chauhan is reminding everyone not yet killed in firing that his state saw an average agriculture growth of 9.7 percent over the last 10 years, and in the last five years, it grew at 14.2 percent. 

In Uttar Pradesh, farmer protests are not dying down despite Yogi Adityanath's move to waive off Rs36,359 crore worth of debt of 94 lakh small, marginal farmers.
In Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar is gearing up to deal with the upcoming farmers' agitation. 

Given these ...
  


Do not worry, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Aisi Koyee Ghatna Huyee Hee Nahi, Kotha Sahib Theek Thaak Hai
07.04.17 - kanwar manjit singh

ALWAR LYNCHING: AN OPEN LETTER TO INDIA’S MINORITIES AFFAIRS MINISTER 
 
Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,
 
IN ANY different circumstances, I would have addressed you as 'honourable' minister, but you just made some effort to lose that epithet. You actually stood up in Parliament and said that the Alwar lynching of Muslims did not happen? None of your party leaders, including ministers, took that line. It is not that they wanted a more credible person to say such a thing. They, my dear, wanted a ranking member of the tribe of people who impersonate as saviours of minorities to say something utterly inane. And you made the cut. Congratulations.

We in Punjab have known this tribe. In 1984, when the Indian Army tanks came trundling into the Golden Temple complex and Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, was reduced to ruins, we had a top cleric, the then head priest of Golden ...
  


The Beginning Of The End (Part III)
03.04.17 - observer with opinion

Let us observe closely the nature of some of the cracks in the RSS-BJP edifice that an overload of political success has ironically brought out into the open if only we care to see them.

Now, here's the rub in the game of one-upmanship between Modi who likes to be seen as being the strongman in total control of the Party as well as the Government, with RSS also well under his control because of his magnetic personality and his irreplacabilty in the position that he is in, at least for the moment, and his mentors the RSS who are already keen to groom his successor, maybe even a quiver of them to choose from as when the occasion arises or the time feels right. 

In this context it is interesting to observe the secretive process of the choice of the Chief Minister of UP, the excessive amount of  it took as ...
  


The Beginning Of The End
03.04.17 - observer with opinion

" In my beginning is my end"
.....
" In my end is my beginning "
(TS Eliot, The Four Quartets, East Coker)

The ominous auguries of the inevitable beginning of a long drawn out and predictably painful end of the Modi-Shah dominated Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) era of Indian politics, though not yet perhaps of the RSS project of the Hindu Rashtra, Akhand Bharat and Vishwa Guru Bharat, are casting their looming shadows over a widely and variously divided India already, and need to be objectively analysed, intensively studied and widely discussed to prepare us for potentially tumultuous times to come in the foreseeable future of our increasingly brittle and fragile Nation State at a crucial juncture in World History. 

The sudden meteoric rise of Yogi Adityanath on the horizon of Right Wing politics in India is problematic in more ways than one, for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Party President Amit Shah, ...
  


YUG-YUGAANTAR (Tales of Times Past, Present and Future)
23.03.17 - Observer with an Opinion

NATH JOGIS in Punjab are most often seen wandering in the form of Snake Charmers. Baba Gorakhnath ( literally, the Holy Man incharge of Protecting Cows) the Patron Saint of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom of Nepal, and the Gorkhas, is fabled to have kept dark rainclouds in the form of writhing snakes imprisoned under his thighs, thus preventing stopping their movement from the Bay of Bengal to the Himalayas and creating a drought leading to famine in Nepal, to teach the Nepalese a lesson when they failed to bring their annual justice offerings of fealty to his Matth in Gorakhpur. It was only when their King came down with gifts of untold gold and fed Baba Gorakhnath his favourite " khichadi" that the clouds were released and normalcy restored. So much for Climate Change in the Land of Yogis and Snake Charmers.
 
Baba Gorakhnath's Guru, Baba Matsyendranath, is known to have ...
  



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