Election results in critical India’s north-eastern states threw some major surprise and shocks unlike ever before. CPM, the communist party ruling Tripura lost heavily to the alliance of the BJP and Indigenous Tribal party alliance – ending a 20 year rule. BJP which had never won a single seast got 35 seats and the alliance got 43 seats in a 60 member assembly, and the combined vote share was nearly 44% compared to 1-2% in the last elections. The CPM admits it was shocked as it did not see this shock defeat coming.
In Nagaland, despite the BJP being a junior member of the outgoing government, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) issued both written and oral appeals and warnings, made many false accusations at every chance they got to the christian majority people of both Nagaland and Meghalaya to not vote for any candidate who was in alliance with the BJP.
Despite so much public hatred and accusations, the BJP alliance seems to have campaigned on peace, progress, prosperity and development. Most importantly, the PEOPLE OF BOTH NAGALAND AND MEGHALAYA SAW THROUGH THIS PUBLIC HATRED AND ACCUSATIONS OF THE CHURCH BUT STILL VOTED FOR DEVELOPMENT programme of the NDA alliance and against the wishes of the Church diktat. The NDA alliance which includes the BJP will form government in both these states.
- 6 Mar 2018
BJP was untouchable for some time before the 2014 elections. Then it got a respectable number of member parties and won ably. Since then a slow trickle has now become a flood of previous opposition parties and politicians both elected and otherwise wanting to join both the BJP and the NDA. This has already happened in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, and now with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, and former political stalwarts of UP. There are likely to more parties and people in more states. Is this principle, good governance, looking for a future – well you decide?
- 31 Jul 2017
During the first International Yoga Day, there was only lukewarm interest in the local populace of Nagaland as it was viewed as a Hindu practice (which it is), a state that has become Christian majority. However, in recent months interest in learning and practicing Yoga has picked up in a big way, even if not to that extent for Hinduism. We admire the people’s open mindedness.
Source: DNA India
- 1 Jul 2017
THE NAGA PEACE ACCORD – A SIDE BENEFIT – MAOISTS OR LEFT WING EXTREMISTS IN CHHATTISGARH, ODISHA, BIHAR, ETC. MAY THINK PEACE
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” We saw this happen when the Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi signed a peace accord with the Naga insurgent outfit, the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah)or NSCN-(IM). The Modi government deserves all of the praise for sealing this accord with the most notorious of insurgent groups in the North East region. The implication of this accord, if Nagas stick to their commitment, will be a game changer for the region. On the national level, this whole episode will encourage various Left Wing Extremist groups of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar et. al. to leave the path of violence and join the mainstream.
- 10 Aug 2015
The Nagas had been fighting the Indian Govt since 1975, or nearly 40 years. The signing of the pact with the NSCN is the result of 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 16 years with first breakthrough in 1997 when ceasefire agreement was sealed. Reportedly the Nagas got some autonomy, but the accord it self is within our current constitution setup.
- 7 Aug 2015