In the closing hours of the campaign, it seems both sides (the NDA and the Grand Alliance) are desperately engaged in propaganda war. There are very little to educate and more to arouse the voters.
Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Modi administration recently told the nation that the government has decided to discontinue the stamps of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi stating that “[P]ostage stamps should honour leading lights of the nation and not members of one family.”
In less than a week Bihar embarks upon electing its Vidhan Sabha legislators who will be the custodians of the state’s fate for the next five years. The Yadavs, with their 14% share in the electorate, are the most coveted constituency for any political party or alliance. Together with the Muslims, it is claimed; they can again write the horoscope of Bihar. Politicians and pundits all emphasize the intrinsic socio-political strength of this caste that belongs to the Other Backward Caste (OBCs) category.
Lalu and Owaisi are the one among many who have same language, same brand of venom, same quality of shamelessness and selfishness, same type of irresponsible attitude and above all same class of divisive politics - one takes the social castes system to ride and the other leans on religion to further his political ambition.
Every year Indian Muslim community celebrates Eid al-Adha festival in autumn and eats beef, and every year voices are heard in favor of or against cow sacrifice. This year is no different.
Assembly elections are upon us. Universal suffrage is one of the great gifts of our constitution and the elections are our opportunity for making a choice; if we do not make a correct choice then we would have to suffer the consequences of the ineptness of our choice. So we must choose wisely! We have been fed on this diet for so long that I have come to believe that this bit of wisdom has welled up from within me; it is imminent, self evident and without the need of proof. However, I am wondering whether voting is a privilege or a punishment.
शुरु करने के पहले ही आपको यह बताना चाहेंगे कि हम बचपन से ही पुलिस वालों के जबरदस्त फैन रहें हैं। हमारे सबसे पसंदीदा पुलिस अफसरों में अमिताभ बच्चन, विनोद खन्ना, शत्रुघन सिन्हा, अक्षय कुमार, सलमान खान और अजय देवगन जैसे अभिनेताओं के द्वारा निभाए गए किरदार शामिल हैं। सिंघम से तो हम इतना प्रभावित हैं कि दोनो फिल्में कम से कम दस बार देखी होंगी। इन किरदारों से प्रभावित होना स्वाभाविक है – ये ईमानदार, कर्मठ और अच्छाई के प्रतीक के रूप में उभर कर आते हैं।
"May you live in interesting times," is widely attributed to a Chinese curse. But, this is so deliciously true in the case of many of us who are watching simultaneously elections in progress in three places over two continents: Bihar (in the Indian subcontinent), Canada and the United States (in North America).
The latest round of transfer and posting of many bureaucrats of IAS and IPS rank in Bihar following the orders of the Election Commission and in the wake of the forthcoming State election is a reprimand to the Nitish administration.
He goes out of India so frequently that it is appropriate to call him the frequent flyer Prime Minister. Since coming to power one year ago – 26 May 2014 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the head of a poor yet advanced India, has traveled to eighteen nations.