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Will a Grand Alliance be experimented in coming UP by-polls?
Five ministers including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his two deputies will have to become Member of either Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council to continue as Ministers. Besides, Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur will also go to polls.  Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, Now that it has become clear that far more than communal polarization, it is the huge division of non-BJP votes that defeated Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress in the recently-held Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, it is now on them to decide their future course of action as they are facing existential threat.   Necessity for By-polls After the grand victory in the Assembly polls – wherein the BJP alone won 312 seats in the 403-Member Assembly – the party formed the government in Lucknow earlier this month. Party’s firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath took oath of office of Chief Minister along with his 44 ministers. Five of them, including Yogi and his...




Right of dissent, agitation ingrained in fundamental rights under Constitution: Vice President
IndiaTomorrow.net, Chandigarh, March 26: "The right of dissent and agitation are ingrained in the fundamental rights under our Constitution, which sets out a plural framework and refuses any scope to define the country in narrow sectarian, ideological or religious terms," said Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari.   He was delivering the 66th Convocational Address at the Panjab University in Chandigarh on Saturday.   "The ‘national interest' in this scheme is constitutional rule. This is what Dr. Ambedkar had in mind when he said that, ‘It is only constitutional morality that must guide the government, not any whimsical invocation of narrow-minded, parochial figureheads and mythical characters,'" said the Vice President.   "Intellectual dissent has the power to clarify differences and elucidate competing assumptions. It enables each of us to recognize the strengths and weaknesses in our thinking. Strong intellectual ...




Portrait of a Muslim home in shadow of rising BJP colossus
Saeed Naqvi,It was a spectacular celebration. The beating of drums, sprinkling of colours, group songs, dancing continued well after dusk.As I watched from my window, a thought crossed my mind: Why had we not been invited? Ours is the only Muslim home in the colony, but a pride of place has always been accorded to us in all celebrations, including Holi. We have inherited this knack of integration from our elders. The Mahant of Shiv Sharan Das temple in Lucknow always made special "bhang"-free "thandai" for my father on Holi.I called up the President of the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) to register my protest. He was vacationing at Corbett Park. There had been deaths in the neighbourhood; RWA had therefore not organised a Holi celebration. It was private initiative -- some friends had come together for the festivities.We know them well, but they probably did not include us in their list of revellers because they thought we may not be in the celebration mode or ...




Induction of a Muslim in Yogi govt welcome gesture, much more needs to be done
Mumtaz Alam, BJP leader Adityanath Yogi on Sunday took oath as 21st Chief Minister of India's largest state Uttar Pradesh. His two deputies -- Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dr Dinesh Sharma -- and 44 ministers were also administered oath. But the surprise, like his own selection as UP CM, was the induction of a Muslim in his team of ministers. It should be seen as a welcome gesture particularly in the polarized atmosphere of the state. Lot more needs to be done on the ground.   In the recently-held elections in UP, BJP won 312 seats alone in the 403-Member Assembly. The election campaigns of BJP, thanks to controversial remarks of its top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and party's star campaigner Yogi himself, were communally surcharged - and it was one of the factors behind the massive victory of BJP.   All major non-BJP parties, including Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress that have got Muslim vote for decades, received ...




Love jehad to sabka vikas: Can Modi tame Yogi?
Amulya Ganguli,New Delhi, March 19: Did the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) desist from naming its Chief Ministerial candidate for UP before the assembly polls because it wanted to spring a nasty, or pleasant, surprise - depending on one's point of view - on an unsuspecting public? For some, the earlier deafening silence on a possible Chief Minister might have been a deceitful ploy considering that as virtually the sole effective campaigner, Narendra Modi gave the impression that he remains focused on development notwithstanding a few sops to the Hindutva brigade as in the 'kabaristhan-shamshan ghat' controversy relating to the Samajwadi Party's alleged partiality towards the Muslims. To critics such as these, the choice of Yogi Adityanath - perhaps the most trenchant of the saffron hardliners - as UP's Chief Minister is also a message to the BJP's core constituency of communal-minded Hindus that for all the talk about 'sabka saath' and 'sabka vikas' or development for all, Modi...




Protests, ink attacks and trolls have become lethal weapons against writers, intellectuals
Saket Suman,New Delhi, March 15: A day after the BJPs thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, a little-known progressive Kannada writer became the victim of an ink attack in Davangere town by a group of suspected right-wing activists. In gross defiance of the law and freedom of expression, his face was smeared with black ink in broad daylight. An isolated incident or the new order?Yogesh Master, who is said to have hurt the sentiments of Hindus by depicting Lord Ganesha in poor light in his novel "Dhundi", is only the latest addition to a long list of writers -- Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasrin, Tarek Fateh, Perumal Murugan, Ramachandra Guha and Romila Thapar, among others -- who have been target of fundamentalist elements.While the fear of book bans continues to prevail, protests, ink attacks and trolls have now emerged as weapons of choice against writers and intellectuals.In the past, it was primarily politicians who were victims of ink attacks, but authors and ration...




Goa: Isn't it unethical for BJP to claim government formation?
IndiaTomorrow.net, Panaji, March 13: The verdict in Goa Assembly elections is clearly against the ruling BJP as the party has fallen down from 21 seats (simple majority) in 2012 elections to just 13 seats (8 short of simple majority) in the 2017 elections.   Not just that, the sitting chief minister of BJP Laxmikant Parsekar and five of his ministers lost the election.   Party-wise Performance in Goa Assembly Elections Results 2012 Assembly Elections Results 2017 Parties Seats Parties Seats BJP (vote share 34.68%) 21 BJP (vote share 32.5%) 13 Congress (vote share 30.78%) 09 Congress (vote share 28.4%) 17 Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 03 Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 03 Independent 05 Independent 03 Goa Vikas Party   02 Goa Forward Party ...




Campus face-off: BJP stumped by young idealists
Amulya Ganguli, In the confrontation between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Leftist students in the various campuses, the saffron brotherhoods muscular nationalism is facing stiff resistance not so much from the traditional politicians, despite their occasional interventions, as from the students.Since the latter are seen to be driven more by unsullied ideology than any cunning political calculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not found it easy to deal with these young idealists.Its tactics have swayed back and forth, therefore, from outright condemnation of what the ABVP's opponents have been saying to an acknowledgement of the sincerity of the youthful Left-leaning activists.Nothing has shown the BJP's indecisiveness more than its varied responses to the 20-year-old Delhi student, Gurmehar Kaur's straightforward challenge to the ABVP, the Sangh parivar's student wing -- "I am not afraid of the ABVP".For the saffronties, who wear their patri...




Is it a political gimmick to reach portals of power?
Shakeel Ahmad, We are still waiting to see if that mistake has perturbed the saffron party politicians to utter quite contradictory points but nobody can say it as scruffy in the context of the ongoing voting trends. What went wrong with the BJP that it has been perturbed to express something pleasing for the Muslim voters though the party politicians are vibrating with the defensive passion against the inaccuracy? They are still emphasising upon no religious card in this regard by citing the example of Jammu & Kashmir politics.  It is a queer thing for many a political analyser that the Bhartiya Janata Party has gone to the extent of saying sorry with its accustomed vivacity and fire. Some of the people are the opinion that the Modi Brigade has come ahead with the apologetic attitude to the Muslims only because of the reverse message of the Qabristan-Samshaan avowal. Therefore they have been trying to be regretful in the matter of no ticket to the Muslim candidate in this l...




Campus politics hurting academic freedom?
Anurag Dey, New Delhi, Feb 26: The violent clashes between the right-wing ABVP and the Left-leaning student groups at Delhi University's Ramjas College are just a reminder of campuses turning into political battlegrounds, or are they also reflective of the premier educational institutions losing their academic freedom?While the ABVP has drawn brickbats for the February 22 fierce clashes that left injured over a dozen persons, including teachers and journalists, not just the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's student wing but confrontational politics has created unrest in the campuses across the country.From the national capital's Jawaharlal Nehru University to the Jadavpur University in Kolkata to Hyderabad University, student issues have often boiled over, leading to violent clashes between rival groups.The ABVP's bid to dominate campus life in the country has seriously infringed academic freedom, Delhi University Professor Apoorvanand Jha told IANS.The incident at Ramjas College is not an...




Maharashtra verdict: Has Modi's demonetisation gamble paid off?
Amulya Ganguli,  The sweeping victories of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra's local elections mean that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won his demonetisation gamble.Earlier, too, the BJP had come out on top in a series of civic elections across the country and returned more recently as a major contender in Odisha.But the Maharashtra victories have confirmed that, first, Modi has retained much of his 2014 magic; and, secondly, the people did not consider demonetisation as either "despotic" or "inane", as the two noted Left-leaning economists, Amartya Sen and Prabhat Patnaik, described it.True, the real test of the Prime Minister's risky scrapping of high-denomination currency will be available on March 11 when the results of the assembly elections in five states will be announced, but the signs from Maharashtra should reassure the BJP that it will cross with relative ease that electoral Rubicon as well.If the BJP has faced considerable resistanc...




Indian engineer's killing: Where are Hindutva outfits that celebrated Trump's win?
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 25: Hate is blind and once accepted and celebrated it expands its target and territory. This is exactly what the world is witnessing in the United States these days. Donald Trump was targeting Muslims in his presidential election campaign last year but now when he is sitting in the White House as President of the world's largest democracy, not only Muslims, others are also falling to bullets of hate in America.   The latest victim is a son of our Indian soil -- Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was shot dead by a white man in Kansas City of Missouri state couple of days ago. Alok Madasani, another Indian, was wounded in the shooting. Besides them, an American man identified as Ian Grillot also received bullet injuries when he intervened.   Soon after signing executive order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries in January, President Trump targeted H1B visa policy that reports say would affect jobs of thousands of professionals f...




Social Progress Index can complement GDP
Amit Kapoor, GDP is easily the most controversial measure in the field of economics. It is a measure of economic production that should have lost its relevance in a world disgusted by environmental degradation and social injustice. Despite its narrow focus, the concept of GDP has survived decades of debate on a new measure that better reflects human well-being within a nation.More recently, the issue was raised by a panel of economists at Davos 2017 consisting of IMF head Christine Lagarde, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, who stressed GDP is a poor way of assessing the health of economies and there is an urgent need to find an alternative measure. Closer home, Bibek Debroy, member of NITI Aayog, raised a similar concern by pointing out that GDP has its shortcomings but finding an alternative summary measure is a challenge.Both recent instances of the GDP debate seem to echo the general consensus among economists that an alternative mea...




It's rightists vs left-liberals in media slugfest
Amulya Ganguli, A major reason the media is being targeted by right-wing establishments in both India and the US is the belief among the "official" ideologues that large sections of the newspapers, magazines and TV channels are dominated by left-liberals, a legacy of Nehruvian times.Hence, the derogatory terms of "presstitudes" and media workers (apropos of sex workers) coined by the saffron brotherhood to describe journalists and the charges of dishonesty and fake news levelled by US President Donald Trump against the scribes in America.The media is certainly not blameless, depending as it often does on sensationalism to outdo rivals while the TV "debates" are marked more by rancour than reason. But since it has rarely been under such sustained attacks as now, it must have touched a raw nerve among present-day politicians.It is no secret that a long-standing grouse of the Hindutva Parivar in India has been that the years of dominance by the secular, left-...




How minority NGOs are specially targeted in Modi regime
George Abraham, During the recent confirmation hearing for the job as the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson was urged by Cory Gardner, the Senator from Colorado to take up the issue of ‘Compassion International,' a Christian Charity that operates 580 centers in India for destitute children, with authorities in India.   ‘Since 2014, Compassion (International) has been the target of multiple coordinated governmental attacks because of its unapologetically Christian belief, but it has been delivering humanitarian services to hundreds of thousands of Indian Children. But due to restrictions by the Indian Government, they have been unable to fund its India operations since February 2016, despite having broken no laws. I believe the State Department should take notice that this ill treatment of Compassion International should stop, and it is a broader pattern by the Government of India, where other NGOs have seen similar problems', Senator Gardner said...




Cultural nationalism premised on religious majoritarianism is against accepted philosophy of liberal nationalism: Vice President
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 15: “The existential reality of modern India is a plural society of immense diversity…but some “want to modulate or amend it and espouse instead an Indian version of ‘cultural nationalism’ premised on ‘religious majoritarianism’”, said Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari adding that it would be against the philosophy of liberal nationalism.   “The existential reality of modern India is a plural society of immense diversity devoted to the realisation of the objectives and ideals enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution. It is premised on the individual as the basic unit of citizenship on terms of equality with every other citizen. It therefore aspires towards a form of citizenship that is marked neither by a universalism generated by complete homogenisation, nor by particularism of self-identical and closed communities’ The operative principle for this is &l...




Rising inequality leads to rise of authoritarian leaders with divisive agenda: Vice President
IndiaTomorrow.net, Bengaluru, Feb 11: Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari has warned of public despair and social conflicts if rising economic inequality, which is the number one risk, is not checked.  He was delivering the inaugural address, titled ‘Living in Febrile Times', at the First Edition of the Huddle, a three-day conclave organised by The Hindu newspaper, here on Friday.  The Vice President said that the improving living standards, in segments, have perhaps masked a dramatic concentration of income and wealth over the last 30 years.   "The improving living standards, in segments, have perhaps masked a dramatic concentration of income and wealth over the last 30 years. A number of studies have come to the distressing conclusion that despite the increase in the number of people coming out of abject poverty, the majority of people on the planet today live in countries where economic disparities are bigger than they were a generation ago,...




Muzaffarnagar: People apprehensive atmosphere may be vitiated
Brajendra Nath Singh,  Muzaffarnagar, Jan 31: People in Muzaffarnagar have not yet overcome the stress and strain of the 2013 communal riots that left over 60 people dead. They fear that vested interests may try to vitiate the atmosphere ahead of the February 11 election."Sarhado par tanav hai kya, kuch pata to karo chunav hai kya," Faizal Jameer (30), a Urdu graduate, quoted well known poet Rahat Indori's lines to describe the situation in this town.Muzaffarnagar, where the 2013 riots left over 60 dead and more than 50,000 displaced, will vote in the first phase of the staggered Uttar Pradesh polls.Expressing his apprehension, Jameer, who left his studies midway to earn a living, told IANS: "We can never forget the riots. Both the BJP and SP were responsible. They are political parties and can do anything for their political gains."Hafiz Abdul Kaddus remembers a midnight of August when a crowd set fire to a weavers factory in Muzaffarnagar district's Khatauli ...




By including Ram Mandir in manifesto, has BJP violated SC order on use of religion in elections?
Day after the apex court order, BSP of Mayawati had issued list of its candidates and mentioned their religion and castes. IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Jan 30: Are political parties really respecting the January 3 order of the Supreme Court against seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or language - it is an open question for all to find answer.   On 4th Jan, just day after the apex court verdict, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati while releasing the list of party candidates clearly mentioned religion and castes of the candidates. She announced that her party will field 97 Muslims along with 113 candidates from upper castes, 106 candidates from backward castes and 87 Dalits in the upcoming Assembly elections.   Many observers saw it as violation of at least the spirit of the apex court order.   But now, BJP has gone much ahead and announced to build Ram Mandir.  Screenshot of the page from BJP manifesto where it mentioned Ram Temple.  Releasing...




Security with Development is key concern of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh
Shafeeq Rahman, Security with development remains the clear concern of Muslim in Uttar Pradesh at the time of taking decision to vote for any particular party in the upcoming Assembly Election 2017. Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have been their preferable alternative choices for the last four assembly elections in the state. However, these two parties haven’t so far satisfied the Muslim in respect to their concern about safety with development. Muslims have rotated their choices towards SP and BSP in hope to resolve their concern.   BSP led by Mayawati was of course successful in ensuring security to all by maintaining the law and order and keeping the state free from communal violence during her regime (2007-2012). But she was not able to show any notable achievement for the welfare of Muslims except some extension of central government schemes in education. While Akhilesh government (2012-2017) has increased the budget for welfare of minoritie...




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