Mission272+ – the battle begins
Time to put Mission272+ in action as the Election Commission on Friday has announced the dates for the Assembly elections in five States, namely Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. In a Press conference in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath announced that elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram will be held in a single phase between November 25 and December 4. Election in Chhattisgarh will be held in phases on on November 11 and 19. Counting of votes in all the States will be on December 8. “The Model Code of Conduct comes into immediate effect with the announcement of dates,” the CEC said announcing that the Commission is deploying adequate general observers, police observers, expenditure observers and awareness observers to ensure free and fair polls.
Seemandhra angered by Centre’s sly move on Telangana
The most apparent emotion in the tirade that broke out across various sections of population as soon as the union cabinet decision on Telangana was announced was anger at the sly way in which it was pushed. Even as Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde denied that Telangana was an agenda item for the meeting, that a note was sneaked in at the last moment and a unanimous decision was taken on the issue seemed to have rankled most people from Seemandhra.
Recently, BJP’s PM designate made a speech where he highlighted the issue of sanitation. In response, I tweeted that “I applaud Narendra Modi’s call for prioritising shauchalaya (toilets) over devalaya (places of worship). Don’t think any Indian woman can find fault with this vision.” But I was proved wrong! People brought to my notice responses of women who clearly had issues even with this idea. There is a general trend among a certain section to nitpick on and trivialize any issue that Modi highlights, almost as an auto-response. Even in this case, it appears that the objection is not to the fundamental idea of prioritising sanitation. The real objection is to the fact that Modi spoke about it. So instead of a mature debate on the magnitude of the problem, its fallout and possible solutions, the focus is on trivial ‘he said-she-said’ kind of things. Since this is the level of debate that seems to get people excited, let’s continue to talk about the non-essentials. But I do wonder, how long will Narendra Modi’s critics continue to cut their noses to spite their faces?
Narendra Modi Tea-stalls pop up in Patna
To highlight BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s humble background, a campaign has been launched by some party leaders to name roadside tea stalls as “NaMO tea stall”. “Many owners of roadside tea shops came to us and said they feel proud thatNarendra Modi used to sell tea in trains in his childhood and has risen to such a height that he has been named as BJP’s PM candidate. They expressed solidarity with him,” BJP legislator from Bankipore in Patna Nitin Navin told PTI.
Ordinance – Did we ignore the role of president?
It was baffling to see a section of the Indian media and society going overboard, hailing one individual as the savior of the world’s largest democracy. The fact that an elite institution in the democracy, known as the presidency, played a big role in saving the nation from a disgrace, was completely under-represented. But none really spoke about how the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, despite his constitutional limitations, rose to the occasion and acted as the conscience-keeper of the Indian State and the government. Those who are reacting so much at what Rahul Gandhi did and how much better he could have dealt with it, they should also have spared a word or two for the president for it was him who had raised the important question.