Sunday, 23 November 2014

Elections in Jharkhand

The next state going to elections after Jammu and Kashmir if the state of Jharkhand.

With 82 assembly seats, the future course of the state lies in the hands of the denizens of the state. Parties to watch out for in the election is Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Indian National Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party.

Congress has a huge chance of being discarded away too in the upcoming elections of the state while on the other hand BJP and JMM share a tough competition, in which BJP is most like to win the election through the Modi wave.

But rather than discussing the winner of the state’s election I would like to discuss here some key issues which need to be taken into the notice of the people before voting.

The first and foremost thing is the Maoist activities in the state. The state of Jharkhand has been a grave victim of the terrorist activities for such a long time. Heavy attacks and bombardments have shaken the whole state’s belief in democracy and government completely. Every year, thousands of police officers are mowed down, many village men are abducted and high ranking officers are killed by these Maoists. Another major issue is Maoist abducting the young boys in the villages in order to recruit them to their army. All such things have exacerbated the situation aggrandizing the fear in the minds of people. Even when people go out to vote in the ballot, they are engulfed by the fear of Maoists who always threaten to stop the elections and of killing those who go to vote in the same. Despite of being world’s biggest democracy, India is facing such heart rending problem in the state which threatens to annihilate the whole of the democratic processes in the state hence the people of the state must keep in mind what the parties contesting the elections can actually do to check this problem and then only they should vote for the contesting parties.

One more issue which needs to be discussed with utter meticulousness in the economic progress of the state. The state has been receiving vitriolic criticism over the current standards of poverty in the state. Despite of having highly flourished cities like Jamshedpur, Bokaro and Dhanbad, about 40% of the state’s population fall below poverty line and more than half of the children below the age of three are badly malnourished. Due to tumultuous governments, Naxalism and inequitable distribution of resources, exploitation of tribesmen has led to huge destruction of the state and also into an increased population of poor people. This problem must be seriously dealt with in order to check the suffering of the people of the state.

The other thing is about the tribal groups in the state. The state of Jharkhand has a huge population of tribesmen but for a very long time, these people are being exploited for the vested interests of the governments and some scoundrels around there. Every party contesting elections talk at length about giving security, education and jobs to them but when it comes to doing the actual task, nobody wants to answer at all.

This time the state’s citizens need to vote for their self-respect, progress and well-being, the time has come when people reign the state rather than letting the politicians rule the same and I believe the denizens of the state would do it rightly.



Saturday, 22 November 2014

J&K: The battleground.

Just as the polls come up in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, parties are leaving no stone unturned in move ahead to clinch victory in the states. These elections surely mean a lot to every party contesting the election. For BJP, winning these states could mean it holds a lion’s share of people’s confidence while on the other hand Congress and other regional parties would fight for their mere existence.

In this blog I would discuss about the election ground of Jammu and Kashmir which has always been a heated debate for the whole nation.

J&K is not an ordinary state like other states of our nation. Its government and its land is accredited with special powers and the state has its own rules limiting the power of central government in the state. Geographically too, this is one of the most significant state in India’s foreign affairs with its boundaries connected with Pakistan which continuously threatens the state’s sovereignty.
Winning in this election, can only mean to be a matter for existence for regional parties and INC but still states means a lot much to BJP.

During recent times Pakistan has been breaking the ceasefire agreement, leading to firing from Pakistani side in the state which has terrified the people of the state. Moreover, intrusion of terrorists from the Pakistani side has also led to many blasts and attacks on the state’s security and now the people of the state have become completely fed up of such things and have left ever hope of ever observing a redux. The main task of the BJP here would be to control the terrorist activities in the state and to discuss the issue of state with Pakistan and being in center can also help the government’s plan of action.

The next thing would be of Kashmiri Pandits. These are the real inhibitors of the land of Kashmir but due to unworthy and merciless policies of previous governments they were ousted from their own place. During the election campaign PM. Narendra Modi promised to rehabilitate them into the state, now if BJP gets a government in state too, then it would be very much easy to execute this plan.
The other thing is the prevalent riots in the state. In the state of Jammu and Kashmir there is always a situation of riots and fights and as the previous governments were complete inefficient in putting a halt to all such things in state.

One more thing is the separatists and those who want the assimilation of Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan. As Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, no individual must be allowed to do anything that denigrates its integrity.

One more important thing is the curse of article 370 which prevents the state from being absorbed into the mainstream India. This article has led to huge problems in the state but other political parties just for their political gains; don’t want to get it discarded. BJP can surely work for this.

Hope that the right party for the state clinch the victory the state of Kashmir prosper.



Friday, 21 November 2014

Why Swacch Bharat mission can fail?

Sanitation and cleanliness are surely a society’s greatest priority. These are indeed the things that define a civilization. Even Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation, averred that sanitation and cleanliness are even more crucial than a society’s independence and its individuals’ privacy.

Keeping all these things in mind and pondering over the current dismal standards of sanitation in the whole nation, Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi launched the “Swacch Bharat Mission” aimed at cleaning the whole nation and spreading awareness among people and stimulating others not to make their nation a filthy place. Swacch Bharat mission till now has garnered a lot of support and galvanized people into action. Many big politicians including our own Prime Minister went to various places cleaning the garbage or filth themselves; many big sports players and film stars came on street to do the same and to create awareness among the campaign.
But still the chances of the success of this campaign remain dramatically low. Though the campaign in itself has become a big name with school children, office employees etc. participating in the same but despite of this fact the program still needs to evolve a lot to fit to Indian standards.

One of the main reasons behind a probable failure of this campaign is encroachment. In today’s era, if you go to grassroot level and visit colonies or districts (even of big metropolitan areas) you could see that more than half of the area of the lane has been encroached by cars parked illegally. This leads to complete malfunction of the traffic there and the encroachment also leads to inefficaciousness in sanitation of the area, thereby making the lives of people there much more difficult.

The other thing is the reluctance of grass root level leaders to effect a change. When the campaign was started, MLAs, MPs rushed to their constituencies to make one or two arrangements in order to impress the government and the people but today, just as the popularity of the program is going down, these people are also shifting back to their previous disposition. These authorities are reluctant to make arrangements in their own area in order to institute complete cleanliness of the area.

One more thing to be noticed is the lax given by sanitation authorities to check the sanitation of the area. Workers here are much more indifferent towards filth and anything, and don’t even come on regular basis, the authorities show an attitude of complete apathy to all things, exaggerating the condition. Recently I visited a park and saw a small garbage bin. Just as I saw it, I also saw some waste dumped just adjacent to it and thought how much stupid are those people who did it, if our own PM can go and clean an area, can’t they people contribute that much; but just as I moved ahead out of the shades of trees, I noticed that the whole bin was replenished in garbage and that’s why those people had put their garbage there so that workers could easily take it out. This surely signifies two things. One that there is remarkable lax in the sanitation department and its workers and second is that people really want to change.

Some people really want to change and through these people the whole nation can be changed, we just need to put in our best efforts.



Thursday, 20 November 2014

Greed of power.

Recently photos of Mamta Banerjee with some staunch Left party leaders convulsed Bengal and India too. One of the deadliest rivals in the contemporary Indian politics are meeting each other and that too with no drama and protests. Everyone can smell the rat and moreover the alliance of Nitish Yadav and Lalu Yadav, the ones who never even liked to see each other’s countenance, clearly signals that something is being made to rise in the Indian politics.

Recently, just as BJP smashed all other parties in the elections, Indian National Congress knew it was the termination of its era which would take more than 3 to four Lok Sabha terms for a complete redux while on the other hand, some heavyweight parties like BSP could not even bank on one constituency. Such things shook the political lobby of the nation completely and now with such a wonderful and powerful working style of the Indian prime minister it’s pretty sure that fighting upcoming elections with the BJP could prove to be nightmare. But greed can make a person do anything and hence a complete plan is being made to make a foundation like “Janata Party” comprising of anti-BJP parties.

Janata Party was a great party formed by the efforts of Jayprakash Narayan who asked all the non-Congress parties to team up to fight elections against Congress due to its bad deeds of announcing emergency in the nation but nowadays these political parties are using this name just to satiate their greed of power.

Amusingly the argument on which they base their case is that BJP is unsecular. Such a rubbish and baseless argument is enough and ample to portray the fear in their minds. Since the BJP has come to center, not even a single case of a mishandled riots has come out, and talking about secularism then BJP’s leader Mr. Narendra Modi was acquitted of all the charges and hence no one can blame him today for anything because the apex court of the nation has clearly said that Mr. Narendra Modi had no role in instigating a riot, but the congress leaders in the 1984 riots have still not been acquitted of their charges. Talking about other parties, Lalu Prasad Yadav is himself embroiled in fodder scam and can’t fight elections, Mamata Banerjee government’s malfunctioning, corruption and reluctance to do any good to state has also been revealed. The recent blast cases also clearly signaled the government’s vulnerability in dealing with such matters.

But still greed is greed and greed can make a person do anything even if it its against his own nation and these people have a sure greed of power and have never done anything good to the nation before. Now, if someone (Mr. Modi) wants to do good for the nation, these people just want to get him obstructed and hindered.



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The seeds of distrust :India and China

Recently just 5 days back, as the birthday anniversary of one of the most dynamic political leaders ever born in the nation Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru passed away, this time topic of discussion was, “Who does Nehru belongs to?” Whether the contemporary Prime Minister of the nation Narendra Modi’s efforts to snatch away Indian National Congress’(INC’s) idols from it justified or not. But rather than focusing on that aspect of the 125th birth anniversary of the first prime minister of India, let’s focus on one of the main dilemma the engulfed him throughout his life and at last most probably also become the most fateful cause of his demise.

One of the most astonishing and intriguing facet of Nehru’s life deals with the People’s Republic of China. Though Nehru was enamored by the Chinese culture and civilizations but he was mainly torn apart between the option of trusting China or snubbing China,
Nehru’s first significant encounter with China took place at the World Congress of Oppressed People held in Brussels in the year 1927. The representatives and diplomats from Chinese side included wife of one of the founding fathers of China and also the first Chinese President Sun Yat-sen, Soong Ching-ling, who greatly impressed Mr. Nehru and attracted his attention towards one of Indian neighbours, China.

Nehru started forming many views in his mind about China and always felt delights in improving the proximity of relations between India and China.  He frequently supported the Chinese combating the Japanese invaders and even started many assistance camps for the Chinese soldiers and even went on to initiate a complete medical mission to China which included famous Indian physician Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis.

But in 1947, the relationship which Nehru wanted to see as robust was shattered into pieces and never recovered. During the Asian-Relation conference in Delhi, the differences between the two nations became apparent on matters related to the sovereignty of Tibet. China launched a strong protest of this act of India and Chiang Kai-shek, former President of PRC, only agreed to send his delegation if there would be no discussion of Tibet’s status. Nehru assured the Chinese government that the same would be done but when Chinese delegation found a map depicting Tibet as a separate nation and a Tibetan flag installed with flags of other nations, the Chinese never trusted Nehru again. In 1949 also, when Kuomintang ambassador to New Delhi  told Chiang Kai-shek that Nehru might recognize the communist regime in China if China promulgates the prescription of Simla Agreement, but the Chinese President outrightly denied doing any such thing because of the lack of trust that had matured between the two nations till now.

The “Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai” was in itself based on inauthenticity, lack of trust and falsehood and that’s why could never soar up that the war of 1962 is still a clear proof of the prevalent distress between the two nations at that time. Though time is the greatest healer but still distrust is abundant between the two nations, hope that one day we could say, “Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai”.



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

India and Australia.

Recently Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to Australia for a high level diplomatic G20 talks but his visit was not just decimated by the ending of G20, Mr. Modi was from the very next day of closing of G-20 was on bilateral talks between the two nation.

Today, Australia and India are mainly connected by two things, cricket and food. In Australia, there is an uncanny craze among people for food. In Sydney only more than 200 Indian cuisine restaurants are there and butter chicken etc. dishes are the most favored ones in the Australian continent; the other thread that binds us with this nation is cricket. Cricket has always been a craze for both the nations and an unusual charm has always been there in the cricket tournaments of Australia and India.

But to scramble up the success ladder, we need to move past the cricket and cuisine to have some serious talks.

Contemporarily, India and Australia are standing on a platform where they need each other humongously. There is hardly any field where the two significant nations of the world can’t cooperation to get the best results out. In importing, exporting, gold, coal, education sector, everywhere both the nations want a partner like each other and that’s why this promising relationship surely holds the potential of reaching beyond cricket and curry.

These two nations are today, significant players in the world politics and hence need to be a good partner of each other too in order to improve their horizons in many other fields. If we go according to the current pattern, then you will notice that the bilateral trade which amounted for 4.3 billion Australian dollar reached the limit of 18.7 billion USD in the year 2010 and the trade can be hiked up to $40 billion till the end of the year 2016.

If we talk about the military sector, then too both the nations are helping each other tremendously. In year 2007, both conducted a joint naval exercise in the Indian Ocean termed Malabar 2007, while Australia is also supposed to soon lock a uranium selling agreement with India. Australia’s huge uranium reserved can be used on the Indian soil in order to produce more energy in India to help lighten up the lights of its citizens.

In the year 2009, it was calculated that there are around 3,90,894 person of Indian origin residing in Australia and if we count in them the NRIs etc. the figure would cross the half million mark. Owning to this, Australia is also a huge destination for Indian students. In every top universities of Australia, you can find Indian nationality included in the top three nationalities.

India can benefit much from Australia while on the other hand, Australia can benefit from India through its imports of coal, gold etc. from India and now with programs like Make in India, Australian investors can also come to India to invest and find the best workforce.

This relationship surely holds a lot of potential, what we need to do is to realize the potential and work according to that.



Monday, 17 November 2014

China and the world.

Recently in Brisbane, Australia, G20 summit was concluded amid huge diplomacies and meeting of world’s biggest economies, powers and heavyweights but one thing that was evident all over the summits was “evident animosity” between various nation.

Besides being at cross roads with Russia, after it’s acts against the western nations and the botched up Ukraine voting, United States of America left no stone unturned in demarcating out that Beijing is also not very much behind Russia, in following its ideology of being anti-western and intimidating towards its own neighbor.
During the meeting of the heads of states of United States and China during the 26th APEC summit, both the leaders appeared somehow reluctant and meeting was termed as “cold” by the international media and as far as I am concerned, United States has vented up their anger in Brisbane.

United States of America’s President Mr. Barack Obama commenting on the incredibly splendid progress that Asian economies have made in the past year quoted, “Yet alongside this dynamism there are genuine dangers that can undermine the progress.” “Disputes over territory-remote islands and rocky shoals – that threaten to spiral into confrontation”, he added.

Obama has correctly nudged the world that security orders must be based on alliance, not intimidation. Just as China started experiencing huge economic gains, it commenced threatening the world around, and this is pretty contrary to what great nations should do. Today China is in confrontations with so many other nations that almost the whole of the Asian continent is somehow dismay and vexed by it.

China is in territorial dispute with India over the line of border between the two nations. Its soldiers, often make intrusions inside the Indian line of control area and threaten the inhabitants near the border. Such techniques to signal its strength are surely outdated. What China wants to portray through all this is that China can do anything, it is omnipotent, but according to the world, these techniques are much more irrelevant in this 21st century which is being deemed as an epoch demanding complete alliance and no vendetta between nations.

China has also been antagonizing its relationship with Japan by exerting uncanny authority over the latter’s islands. The disputed islands of Senkaku/ Daikokuya have been a heated topic of debate between the Japanese and Chinese side.

Besides this, China’s unusual demand of acquiring complete ownership of South China Sea, one of the biggest sea link connecting various nations and also ameliorating trade around the world. For this too, China has made others its antagonist.

China’s relationship with Vietnam and the Philippines also touched complete nadir when China tried to attack their sovereignty at water thereby these two nations too stood against the threatening policies of China.

There is no denying in the fact that during the previous three to four decades, China has authentically portrayed the story of a rags to riches country. Today China ranks first in GDP (PPP), has world’s largest army, world’s biggest manufacturing hub; but notwithstanding such things, China is supposed to be helpful to the world rather than being an intimidating and threatening figure trying to challenge other nation’s security and integrity. Such practices must be completely banished from a country’s philosophy in this crucial era of cooperation among the nations.

Its good that China is advancing fast but still it has to adhere to some rules and regulations which proscribe intimidating others just because they are less powerful than you.

Today rather than being a thorn for world, China must aim at becoming a good friend to all and help this world out of crises like terrorism, climate change etc. or surely one day this nation too, will observe its downfall pretty early.