As the new Karnataka chief minister, who leads a coalition government was sworn in, leaders and several chief ministers of many opposition parties, unlike almost never before, were present to convey support.
The list reads like a who’s who of Indian Politics including: leaders of the JD(S) and Congress party, leaders of NCP, TDP, TMC, AAP, CPI(M), BSP, SP, RJD, Sharad Yadav, RLD, JVM, Kamal Haasan and host of other leaders. What is common amongst them – most of them claim to be secular – another name for minority appeasement.
Anything else – INDIANS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE THAT ALL ARE HUNGRY FOR POWER (CALL IT JOB SECURITY) AND LIMELIGHT HAVING ACHIEVED VERY LITTLE DURING THEIR PAST OR PRESENT GOVERNMENTS THEY RUN. They all are facing intense heat from the ruling and dominant BJP alliance in most of the country.
Lok Sabha election season will be upon us soon – so nobody is surprised.
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 25 May 2018
What is in a name – A LOT… Allahabad was “re-named” by India’s mughal invaders who plundered and destroyed the country just like the British did. Per scriptures and good old times, Prayagraj was the original name of what is today Allahabad. Many religious leaders had also made this request.
Per news reports, Uttar Pradesh will be “re-renaming” Allahabad as PRAYAGRAJ.
In another move, with a similar spirit, Mughalsarai railway junction, a major interconnecting point, has been renamed Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar station.
Well done UP and Sri Yogi ji!
- 24 May 2018
45 year Shri Gobind Singh Deo and Indian origin sikh, is the first sikh to become a cabinet minister in Malaysia. He gets the communications and multimedia portfolio and is a third time MP in the lower house, having won continuously in 2008, 2013 and now 2018 with increasing number of votes. The Malaysian sikh community is one of the several minorities with over 1 lakh population in a country where nearly 50% are muslims.
Source: Economic Times
- 23 May 2018
Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam, the abode of Sri Lord Venkateswara is one of India’s holiest places – visited by nearly 1 lakh daily on average. The temple priests are dedicated to temple service and the lord for generations. Several allegations of mismanagement has been made and the latest is by the head priest – which is truly a sad state of affairs.
These allegations include:
* appointment of eminent academicians to the temple management who do not believe in presiding deity in totality.
* absence of proper accounting of inventory of temple jewelry both new and old for several decades.
* control of even religious rituals carried out at this and other temples and appointment of priests at the temples.
* management of temple finances and even tax the temple income. So the question is how is this any different than during the Mughal period when “jizya” or a special tax was paid by non-Muslims to Muslim rulers?
* auction of temple lands to build homes for poor (a noble cause – but why temple lands).
From numerous stories and anecdotes, there are only tip of the iceberg – things could be much worse than anything has been reported so far…
- 21 May 2018
Some in the western media have had an issue with more traditional Indian outfits – the saree, the kurta, the dhoti and seem to link it to rise of Indian nationalism sparked by the present government. Such western media and possibly the corporate interests they represent – seem to be upset that their plan to see “luxury brands from countries become popular with India’s booming middle class and youthful population” – which they acknowledge to be the world’s largest” DID NOT MATERIALIZE.
Why so – due to the “make in India” campaign, to Indianize Indian fashion, to make our Indian dresses part of the traditional dress code for government officials and politicians, a push to promote Indian culture and all this would promote employment both directly and indirectly. AND INSTILL PRIDE IN INDIANNESS… few Indians would argue with such logic.
Source: The NY Times
- 18 May 2018
In the era of social media and quickly disappearing snapchat photos, Uttarakhand government’s state cabinet chaired by the chief minister decided to make up a floating restaurant on the famous and sacred Tehri lake which is spread over nearly 50 square kilometers. Nearly 12 important decisions were made to promote tourism and for employment. Tourism is both an important source of revenue and huge potential for the state – and hence this idea has makes lots of sense – to both attract tourists from both all over India and the world.
While floating restaurants are common in parts of the world, but this is a unique and cost effective way to promote tourism and crown jewels in the era of social media.
- 17 May 2018
Elections are won and lost by parties. But the recent continuous string of only wins by 1 party who is disliked by liberal journalists has brought out extreme reactions:
* Indian Express journalist Naweed Iqbal says “This whole country is one giant cow-belt”.
* To this the response was, “this is better than being a cow-slaughtering belt like the Congress youth leaders depicted live.”
* Another said, “Are you calling all of us cows? In that case, we should be happy!”
* Another said, “Karnataka was a cow-belt before English language existed” – a true statement.
* A famous former JNU student says, fame said, “After the UP election, I was clinically depressed for 7 – 8 months. Now, the continual wins has lost its shock value for me.”
So lopsided wins by one party is bringing heartburns to some citizens and some in the media …
- 16 May 2018
West Bengal has any election – the current panchayat, local body, state or national – news reports point to so much violence. In panchayat elections underway, over 20 people died and several before the start of elections, and hundreds and hundreds of citizens and police injured. Things are so bad that opposition has not allowed to even file nominations and elections were delayed. With each and every passing day it seems to be only getting worse as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress appear to have mastered the art of poll violence to win elections. The state election also rarely if any files objections.
Without a full analysis, ONE MIGHT EVEN SAY THAT THE EXTENT OF VIOLENCE, DEATHS AND INJURIES JUST IN 1 ELECTION CYCLE EXCEEDS WHAT OTHER STATES AND CITIES GO THROUGH OVER MULTIPLE ELECTION CYCLES OVER MANY MANY YEARS. Think about that…
- 15 May 2018
During an election rally, Rahul Gandhi said 2 things which no one was expecting:
1) Congress will emerge as the largest party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and
2) He (RaGa) will be the next prime minister. Obviously nothing wrong with one making a statement.
However, veteran Dalit leader Ram Vilas Paswan had a simple and quick response to RaGa and responded – “THERE WAS NO VACANCY FOR THE TOP POST OF PRIME MINISTER as Narendra Modi would return to power in 2019“. And let us not forget the PM job is a tough one – not anyone and everyone would be cut out for it? Politics being politics… one needs a thick skin at all times…
- 14 May 2018
Crucial Karnataka elections will happen shortly. Let us vote right.
As Voters decide who to vote for, do consider:
1) Has the present party helped with development and job creation? Which party can speed up development of the state? Which party will help with job creation?
2) How has law and order been in the state? Which party is better at law and order? Do we want the police to act in a fair manner or do particular communities and religions get special treatments?
3) Which party will help protect against terrorist acts?
4) Is divide and rule – like British did and now Congress did of Lingayats from the larger Hindu community?
5) The present party and government is united with southern states which feel they are united against the rest of India for multiple reasons. They are now even for their own state flag? Do you feel Karnataka is India or its own unit?
6) How corrupt is the present government and which party is less corrupt?
7) Do you want Karnataka to work together with the Central government or be opposed for one or other reason?
IT IS YOUR DECISION … YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR. Jai Karnataka and Jai Hind….
- 11 May 2018