REGIONAL POLITICS

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J&K: Demographic change Vs course correction

The demographic dividend of India is sold to the world as a hot cake but various political parties have been attacking each other for supporting a particular kind of demographic arrangement orchestrated in certain parts of the country. Alleged demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir by various governments with the help of Article 370 and 35A and finally exodus of Pandits from the Valley have been the flashpoint. But the government seems to have started the course correction by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and now new Domicile Law for J&K in place.

 

But the government responded to the opposition on the issue of demography in no unequivocal term when Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the opposition is raising the bogey of J&K ‘demography’ for vote bank because it is apprehensive that the new Domicile Rules Notification will not enable it to continue thriving on limited pockets of vote bank by exclusion as they had been doing in the past.

 

From scrapping the Roshni Act that enabled Muslims to occupy forest land to giving citizenship to many living since 1947 to undoing such acts of the past government that disallowed such things to happen has baffled many. Moreover, the government is committed to send Pandits back to J&K.

 

Actually a few families had succeeded in maintaining their hegemony in J&K by including only those in the voter list whose vote bank they were capable of manipulating and excluded those who they thought would not be vulnerable to their tactics and could vote with free will. They not only deprived outsiders of obtaining citizenship but also did not allow voting rights to a large section of people who had settled in J&K since 1947 with arguments like these people were not entitled to citizenship because they were refugees from West Pakistan.

 

Now, the opposition is accused of committing the greatest assault on demography by remaining silent on the mass exodus of Pandits. All India Service officials putting 30 to 35 years of their lives in the state were asked to pack up after superannuation. The worse was the plight of the children who were born, brought up and did schooling in J&K but were not eligible to apply for higher education institutions. So miscarriage and anomaly that waited for 70 years is being corrected.

25 May 2020
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Now or Never: Swamy cautions Uddhav to break alliance

With Maharashtra situation getting grim by the day, Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted recently: ‘time is now or never: Uddhav break the alliance now otherwise NCP and Congress will destroy you by staged events.” The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra has failed to handle the Coronavirus situation resulting into huge spike into the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, the President’s Rule is the only way out in Maharashtra to prevent its further spread. Although, it is a clear embarrassment to the present government because of the collapse of the economic capital of India as the country is virtually at the doors of an economic emergency.

22 May 2020
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J&K: Demographic change Vs course correction

By Vinod Kumar 25 May 2020

The demographic dividend of India is sold to the world as a hot cake but various political parties have been attacking each other for supporting a particular kind of demographic arrangement orchestrated in certain parts of the country. Alleged demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir by various governments with the help of Article 370 and 35A and finally exodus of Pandits from the Valley have been the flashpoint. But the government seems to have started the course correction by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and now new Domicile Law for J&K in place.

 

But the government responded to the opposition on the issue of demography in no unequivocal term when Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the opposition is raising the bogey of J&K ‘demography’ for vote bank because it is apprehensive that the new Domicile Rules Notification will not enable it to continue thriving on limited pockets of vote bank by exclusion as they had been doing in the past.

 

From scrapping the Roshni Act that enabled Muslims to occupy forest land to giving citizenship to many living since 1947 to undoing such acts of the past government that disallowed such things to happen has baffled many. Moreover, the government is committed to send Pandits back to J&K.

 

Actually a few families had succeeded in maintaining their hegemony in J&K by including only those in the voter list whose vote bank they were capable of manipulating and excluded those who they thought would not be vulnerable to their tactics and could vote with free will. They not only deprived outsiders of obtaining citizenship but also did not allow voting rights to a large section of people who had settled in J&K since 1947 with arguments like these people were not entitled to citizenship because they were refugees from West Pakistan.

 

Now, the opposition is accused of committing the greatest assault on demography by remaining silent on the mass exodus of Pandits. All India Service officials putting 30 to 35 years of their lives in the state were asked to pack up after superannuation. The worse was the plight of the children who were born, brought up and did schooling in J&K but were not eligible to apply for higher education institutions. So miscarriage and anomaly that waited for 70 years is being corrected.

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Now or Never: Swamy cautions Uddhav to break alliance

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

With Maharashtra situation getting grim by the day, Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted recently: ‘time is now or never: Uddhav break the alliance now otherwise NCP and Congress will destroy you by staged events.” The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra has failed to handle the Coronavirus situation resulting into huge spike into the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, the President’s Rule is the only way out in Maharashtra to prevent its further spread. Although, it is a clear embarrassment to the present government because of the collapse of the economic capital of India as the country is virtually at the doors of an economic emergency.

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Maha CM job at stake: Udhdhav faces constitutional hurdle with limited options

By IndianMandarins 25 Apr 2020

There is a constitutional obligation before Uddhav Thackeray under Article 164 (4) that he would have to be a member of any of the houses of Maharashtra Assembly before May 24, 2020. Since the Election Commission of India has postponed every election, he is left with no other option but to look at the governor to be merciful on him to nominate him for Legislative Council.

What will happen if he fails to get nominated? There is one option that he resigns and takes oath as the CM once again giving himself another six months. But this is easier said than done as it would involve not only both the Shiv Sena's partners, the Congress and the NCP but give the governor more power to take a call on this.

There is a Supreme Court judgment pronounced on August 17, 2001, that had ruled such re-appointment of a minister in the Punjab government without getting elected to the Assembly as improper and undemocratic.

So what other option does he have if the governor refuses to oblige him? He can let his son Aditya Thackeray to take over but making his allies to agree on this is very difficult as they may seek some more concession that SS might not agree as it has already compromised a lot with its ideology.

There is no problem technically with any nominated member holding top posts as they are as good as any elected member. There is no bar on the governor nominating him as well.

However, till date, no CM has been nominated to the upper house under the nominated category. So much so that no one has been able to get a ministerial berth from the nomination category. His name has already been sent for nomination for the legislative council by the state cabinet. But the Maharashtra government is looking at every possible option to deal with the scenario. Thackrey had taken over reins of the state on November 28, 2019.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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A few patches may expose the entire country to danger

By Vinod Kumar Shukla 22 Apr 2020

Democracy has its own functional perils, but at the time when the country is reeling under serious threats of an unprecedented global pandemic that has affected over 200 countries, 25 lakh people getting infected and 1.75 lakh people already dead due to COVID-19, some of the state governments in India are still involved in politicking compromising the safety of people of the state speaks volumes about politics in India. However, some state governments are wise enough to give precedence to life over politics like Kerala, Odisha and a few others.

The BJP-ruled states don’t have any other options but to follow the dictate of their central leadership but state governments like West Bengal are completely defying central government's orders even at the time of crisis. They are also not cooperating with the central government officials. The home ministry has sent a letter to the West Bengal government to allow interministerial teams to review the implementation of lockdown measures in the state.

Similar is the case with Delhi which is also handled equally bad by the Arvind Kejriwal government. Now, he has realized and said that Delhi has paid the price of Markaz incidence while his MLAs were not only supporting, giving clean chit but also instigating Tablighi Jamaat activists. Unable to understand the gravity of the situation and resulting negligence has spiked the cases of COVID-19 in the city to the second-highest in the country with 87 containment zones. Though the Delhi police are directly taking care of the containment zone but the number of containment zones is likely to go further with the city police working on data dump procured from the telecom operators to dig out people attending Markaz congregation.

The case of Maharashtra is a little different with virtually three bosses operating in the state. However, the CM has been able to tell his friends to project him as the best performing chief minister but now only he is exposed but people serving him as it has emerged as the numero uno state in COVID-19 cases. The CM is trying to strike a balance with his allies appear to save his chair from allies who have their own political agenda. The Maharashtra CM is also facing his survival not from the allies but constitution obligation as well.

Amid these rogue states, Kerala, Odisha, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh are some of the states that are trying their best to contain the disease and Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has gone to the extent of saying that his government does not have any clash with the Centre on the issue of handling the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh too are not defying government measures to contain COVID-19, some political statements were made by the Congress leaders but that is their democratic right. It is the responsibility of the people to judge if anyone has crossed the limit.

But there is a need to understand that any lapse or laxity from any part of the country will put the entire country in danger, the country might be divided into states but the disease transcends it.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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First cabinet expansion of Madhya Pradesh gets 5 new ministers

By IndianMandarins 21 Apr 2020

Amid COVID-19 crisis and the Madhya Pradesh government finding it difficult to function, five BJP leaders on April 21 have taken oath as cabinet ministers in the first expansion of the council of ministers in Madhya Pradesh.

Five ministers included a woman and two former MLAs sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon in the Raj Bhawan. BJP leader Narottam Mishra along with Kamal Patel, Meena Singh, Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput took oath as minister in the first cabinet expansion after Shivraj Singh Chouhan returned to power after a small stint of Kamal Nath as CM.

Chouhan took oath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on March 23 following the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs that led to the fall of Kamalnath-led Congress government. Chouhan was present at the ceremony. The state was without a cabinet since last two months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An asset or a liability?

By IndianMandarins 20 Mar 2020

The way Congress high command allowed the state leadership to handle Madhya Pradesh crisis that raises several questions on its ability to differentiate between an asset and a liability. It is widely believed that it was Raja Digvijay Singh who, along with Kamalnath, left no stone unturned to corner Jyotiraditya Scindhia. 

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Congress shows lack of survival instinct: MP slips out of hand

By IndianMandarins 20 Mar 2020

Coming to power is one thing and surviving is something different. Kamal Nath’s journey as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister ended on Friday, a little over 15 months after he took over the top post. He designed his political journey in such a manner that it was destined to end sooner or later. He and his political masters at 10 Janpath failed to understand one simple thing that a leader like Jyotiradiya Scindhia did not deserve even a berth in the Rajya Sabha.    

It has been a common understanding that all it exhibits is lack of survival instinct of Congress leadership. It is also said that the Congress high command often fails to identify and differentiate between asset and liability.

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Failure of Congress High-command: How many Scindhias?

By IndianMandarins 11 Mar 2020

When PM Narendra Modi as Gujarat CM gave a ‘war cry’ of Congress Mukt Bharat (Congress free India), he must have thought about it very well before uttering it but he would definitely have not imagined that the Congress would be complimenting him in his mission. Resignation of Jyotiraditya Scindhia from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress (INC) following his meeting with the PM indicates that only.

How? The Congress leadership has not only failed to retain Scindhia but the Congress High-command let other leaders to part ways from the grand old party with a heavy heart which many experts term as Congress leadership’s suicidal move and the BJP calling the  same as ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’. We call it just a symptom which has gripped the Congress for a few decades.

Scindhia being the latest victim as very recently a close aid of Rahul Gandhi, former Haryana State Congress President and Dalit leader Ashok Tanwar resigned just ahead of Assembly elections. A Brahmin leader and Congress stalwart Jitin Prasada has been on brinks for many years now.

Loosing out Hemanta Biswa Sarma in Assam is still termed as the the biggest loss of the Congress who is delivering goods for the BJP. The way Congress leadership mishandled division of Andhra Pradesh and ill-treated Jagan Reddy and his mother that is an irreparable loss to the Congress which has almost disappeared from southern India except in Kerala.

There is no qualm in saying that the so-called old guards of Congress have turned more into liabilities than assets now and their decisions quite often proved to be harming the interest of the party but serving their own interest. Decades back Motilal Vohra and Digvijay Singh had ensured exit of Ajit Jogi setting Congress out of power for over 15 years in Chhattisgarh. Now Scindhia is out Congress and Digvijay Singh and Kamal Nath figure in this time around.

In Schindhia’s exit from the Congress, even a political novice can well understand that ignoring and sidelining him by Kamal Nath and Digvijaya showed their political eccentrics. Jyotiriditya’s stature deserved Rajya Sabha berth if not then at least he deserved more respect in the organisation.

Even in power-politics; recognition and self-respect become more important than power and position after a certain period of time. Be it Reddy, Jogi, Hemanta Biswa Sarma, Ashok Tanwar or Jyotiraditya, the Congress high command appears to have been miserably in maintaining its gravity to keep hold of political forces and resources.

Ignoring many seasoned Lok Sabha members over Adhir Ranjan Choudhary as leader of the party in Lok Sabha and ignoring Pramod Tiwari for infinity in UP will lead to some more disasters. One can blame Modi-Shah to make their bit to make India Congress-free, but who will be blamed for complimenting them?

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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