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West Bengal: Political Hindutva Vs cultural Hinduism in Bengal

New Delhi: Election strategist Prashant Kishor seems to have taken over the management of poll strategy in West Bengal for 2021 Assembly elections as they are coming closure by the day. Actually the Trinamool Congress is finding it difficult to deal with the emerging tough opponent the Bharatiya Janata Party.

 

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is concerned about  a section of Hindu votes drifting away from TMC and now she is apparently turning to win over or hold back Hindu vote bank to its fold which was not at all a vote bank before the emergence the BJP in the state. Banerjee recently visited Mahesh in Hooghly district of the state and pulled chariot of Lord Jagannath. This is the first occasion that Mamata Banerjee joined this Rath Yatra in its over 600 year old tradition.

 

Political analysts also say that the way Nusrat Jahan is carrying herself out with Hindu insignias all over is not possible without her approval knowing her mercurial temperament. Mamata Banerjee’s new election advisor seems to have advised to counter radical Hindutva of the BJP by cultural Hindutva of West Bengal. So she seems to have made Nushrat Jahan mascot of the West Bengal.

 

In one of the interviews Mamata had said, “Hindutva is a political ideology but Hinduism is a way of life. I am also a Hindu by birth. I worship God. Hinduism is inherently a very liberal religion. If you don’t pray every day even then you are a Hindu. They have made ‘Jai Shri Ram’ a political slogan, but Ram does not just belong to the BJP. Thakur Shri Ramakrishna was not just a strong devotee of Kali, but also Ram.” She is trying to invoke Bengali Hindus sentiment by calling that they are good Hindus with a good soul. It doesn’t depend on how many rituals you follow.

 

So to counter the BJP strategy of colouring the TMC as the anti-Hindu political party gradually, Mamata Banerjee might be quite often seen in similar such occasions obviously with some balancing acts. She is a ground leader and very well aware that the BJP managed to get over 37 per cent votes in the state in 2019 in comparisons to less than 10 per cent votes in many previous elections needs proper attention.

 

However, the BJP will not leave any chance to provoke Mamata as they know it very well that she might commit mistakes in anger as she had committed during the Lok Sabha election when instead of ignoring Jai Shri Ram slogan shouted, she got people arrested people for shouting slogans.  But Mamata never gives up, so a very interesting battle awaits in West Bengal.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

06 Jul 2019
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PK’s forays in Didi’s camp turn attention to Nitish and his tiff with BJP

The less-than-favourable results in her state in 2019 LS Polls have prompted West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamta Banerjee to meet Election Strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday, June 6, in Kolkata. Banerjee is reported to have signed PK to help the TMC with its post-LS Polls strategy and shape a better campaign plan for the 2021 Assembly elections in the state.

 

So after advising the BJP, Congress, and YSR Congress PK may now be working for Didi. But somehow his latest forays in West Bengal take attention to Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar and his future strategy.

 

PK is national vice-president of Nitish’s party. It is difficult to believe that PK could have met Mamata without Nitish’s prior consent. Though there are speculations that PK is on the verge of parting ways from Nitish and his JD (U). But in case these speculations are not true then certainly the move on the part of the poll strategist to come together with Mamata Banerjee is politically significant.

 

It is more than coincidence that PK’s Bengal move comes close on the heels to Nitish-led JD (U) denying to accept portfolio in Modi Govt. 2.0. And to add insult to injury this was followed by Bihar cabinet expansion where eight party MLAs were administered oath of office while those from the BJP were left in the cold. This turned out to be like a tit for tat between Centre and State, or between BJP and JD (U) though the two parties continue to be in alliance despite their relations getting visibly estranged. 

 

So isn’t it apt to assume that Nitish has started testing waters afresh? Among other reasons because of which Modi won 2019 LS polls is the fact that Mahagathbandhan had no face to match him. As an astute player of politics who could know this better than Nitish Kumar. He is reputed to have the ability to smell opportunity before others. Yet, 2019 proved to be a lost year for him like may be a few other peers in the Opposition. So he may not like to lose it again in 2024. 

 

Whatever may be the reason, purpose, intent and objective of PK joining hands with Didi, one cannot deny that the move is loaded with quite a few possibilities. And these are still going to take some time to unravel.

07 Jun 2019
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West Bengal: Political Hindutva Vs cultural Hinduism in Bengal

By IndianMandarins 06 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Election strategist Prashant Kishor seems to have taken over the management of poll strategy in West Bengal for 2021 Assembly elections as they are coming closure by the day. Actually the Trinamool Congress is finding it difficult to deal with the emerging tough opponent the Bharatiya Janata Party.

 

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is concerned about  a section of Hindu votes drifting away from TMC and now she is apparently turning to win over or hold back Hindu vote bank to its fold which was not at all a vote bank before the emergence the BJP in the state. Banerjee recently visited Mahesh in Hooghly district of the state and pulled chariot of Lord Jagannath. This is the first occasion that Mamata Banerjee joined this Rath Yatra in its over 600 year old tradition.

 

Political analysts also say that the way Nusrat Jahan is carrying herself out with Hindu insignias all over is not possible without her approval knowing her mercurial temperament. Mamata Banerjee’s new election advisor seems to have advised to counter radical Hindutva of the BJP by cultural Hindutva of West Bengal. So she seems to have made Nushrat Jahan mascot of the West Bengal.

 

In one of the interviews Mamata had said, “Hindutva is a political ideology but Hinduism is a way of life. I am also a Hindu by birth. I worship God. Hinduism is inherently a very liberal religion. If you don’t pray every day even then you are a Hindu. They have made ‘Jai Shri Ram’ a political slogan, but Ram does not just belong to the BJP. Thakur Shri Ramakrishna was not just a strong devotee of Kali, but also Ram.” She is trying to invoke Bengali Hindus sentiment by calling that they are good Hindus with a good soul. It doesn’t depend on how many rituals you follow.

 

So to counter the BJP strategy of colouring the TMC as the anti-Hindu political party gradually, Mamata Banerjee might be quite often seen in similar such occasions obviously with some balancing acts. She is a ground leader and very well aware that the BJP managed to get over 37 per cent votes in the state in 2019 in comparisons to less than 10 per cent votes in many previous elections needs proper attention.

 

However, the BJP will not leave any chance to provoke Mamata as they know it very well that she might commit mistakes in anger as she had committed during the Lok Sabha election when instead of ignoring Jai Shri Ram slogan shouted, she got people arrested people for shouting slogans.  But Mamata never gives up, so a very interesting battle awaits in West Bengal.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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PK’s forays in Didi’s camp turn attention to Nitish and his tiff with BJP

By IndianMandarins 07 Jun 2019

The less-than-favourable results in her state in 2019 LS Polls have prompted West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamta Banerjee to meet Election Strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday, June 6, in Kolkata. Banerjee is reported to have signed PK to help the TMC with its post-LS Polls strategy and shape a better campaign plan for the 2021 Assembly elections in the state.

 

So after advising the BJP, Congress, and YSR Congress PK may now be working for Didi. But somehow his latest forays in West Bengal take attention to Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar and his future strategy.

 

PK is national vice-president of Nitish’s party. It is difficult to believe that PK could have met Mamata without Nitish’s prior consent. Though there are speculations that PK is on the verge of parting ways from Nitish and his JD (U). But in case these speculations are not true then certainly the move on the part of the poll strategist to come together with Mamata Banerjee is politically significant.

 

It is more than coincidence that PK’s Bengal move comes close on the heels to Nitish-led JD (U) denying to accept portfolio in Modi Govt. 2.0. And to add insult to injury this was followed by Bihar cabinet expansion where eight party MLAs were administered oath of office while those from the BJP were left in the cold. This turned out to be like a tit for tat between Centre and State, or between BJP and JD (U) though the two parties continue to be in alliance despite their relations getting visibly estranged. 

 

So isn’t it apt to assume that Nitish has started testing waters afresh? Among other reasons because of which Modi won 2019 LS polls is the fact that Mahagathbandhan had no face to match him. As an astute player of politics who could know this better than Nitish Kumar. He is reputed to have the ability to smell opportunity before others. Yet, 2019 proved to be a lost year for him like may be a few other peers in the Opposition. So he may not like to lose it again in 2024. 

 

Whatever may be the reason, purpose, intent and objective of PK joining hands with Didi, one cannot deny that the move is loaded with quite a few possibilities. And these are still going to take some time to unravel.

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IAS & IPS batchmates in the eye of storm

By IndianMandarins 15 May 2019

In its notification issued Wednesday late evening the Election Commission of India ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya (IAS:1989:WB) and Additional Director General of CID Rajeev Kumar (IPS:1989:WB) from their postings in West Bengal. The notification (issued by Secretary, Rakesh Kumar) clearly states that Rajiv Kumar will have to report to Union Home Ministry at 10 am on May 16. The sudden development took place in the wake of violence between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers in Kolkata the Election Commission

 

Further, invoking Article 324 of the Constitution the ECI curtailed the campaigning for the last phase of the election on May 19. The campaigning in 09 West Bengal constituencies will end at 10 pm on Thursday night, a day before its scheduled deadline.

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