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All eye on UP
The campaigning for the crucial Uttar Pradesh election ended on Monday evening. It's
a three way fight between SP-Congress, BJP and BSP. Campaigning has been bitter and
personal. Leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul
Gandhi, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati extensively campaigned across
the state. At times they have made harsh personal attack on each other. Unfortunately
leaders from all the parties tried to polarize the election. Worryingly Prime Minister
Narendra Modi himself has been accused of trying to polarize election by accusing
UP government of not providing electricity during Diwali. Modi's kabristan-shamshan
statement was seen in the communal angle.
BSP Chief Mayawati also openly wooed Muslim and Dalit to vote for the party. The
result of UP as well as Punjab, Goa and Manipur election will be declared on March
11. However all eye will be on UP. It is the largest state and sends highest number
of MP to the parliament. Generally it is regarded that whoever wins UP ends up winning
general election. If BJP manages to win, it will enhance the image of PM Modi and
in all probability party will come back to power in 2019. Modi has put everything
at stake for UP election. However if BJP loses it will be huge setback for party
and especially for PM Modi. It will take away aura of invincibility from him.
---- Readers Forum ----
Festival ground turning into business hub
These days’ festivals are no longer celebrated for a day or two. It goes on for 7
to 10 days. This in some sense is appreciable as people are much enthusiastic towards
protecting the age old traditions and cultures of the state.
But my concern is that of the backstage performances by many folks who have turned
festivals into business hub. The sky high prices of various commodities sold in such
events are actually a matter of serious concern. This is because if such trend will
continue, the day is not far when we see only countable faces observing festivals.
For a person like us who don’t earn their own, attending and tasting local cuisines
became a distant dream.
In due course of earning money, people became so selfish that they never think about
the vulnerability of our age old customs. Also it is the duty of the concern organising
committee to check and balance such trend.
Proper laws should be enacted and imposed. This matter is brought up many a times
in this daily but it has gone unheard.
A ray of hope exists that these words will bring some wisdom to some. Give us chance
to enjoy and share.
Who is burning Kashmir?
It was on 29 September, 2016, exactly after the Uri terrorist attack did the Indian
Military carried out a surgical strike against the militant launch pads across the
Line of Control. Though the army reported to have inflicted heavy causalities at
the enemy side, the tremor of thoughts emanated in the Indian side was more terrible
than the terrorist attack itself. The political think-tanks had aired their opinions
on the surgical strike without even a least little feeling of blemish. To every Indian
citizen, as I understand, the surgical strike was a great moment of pride; a battle
fought and won over the enemies. The entire military establishment, supported by
the patriotic will of the people of this country was questioned and the pride of
the people got shattered when the authenticity of the surgical strike on the militants
was doubted by the political leaders.
Despite their ideological differences on various issues, parties seemed to have been
united spitting venom on an issue which was supposed to have had great impact on
every Indian. Neither the politicians nor their negative propagandists across the
media did think as to what would be the implications of their comments thrown to
gain political mileage. They intended to hamper the morale and valor of a country’s
The results of such negative trends were seen emerging with more force
in Jammu and Kashmir recently. They were blessings in disguise for
the enemies across the border. An agitational trend sprung up in the state in the
last three months banning and barring the security forces from discharging their
operations against the terrorists by the local people by pelting stones at the forces
and gathering and barricading at the operation site. The new trend was received as
a shrill reality in the country. The forces were seen to be in tough situations,
unable to gun down the terrorists breaking the human barricades of locals with ladies
on the front. The Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat came out in the media with strict
warning to the anti-national elements who came face to face with the security forces
hindering their operations.
The political parties once again spitefully came down heavily on the army criticizing
and ridiculing his statements. Facts reveal that before this new trend of agitational
terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the security forces were able to kill at least 10
terrorists while they lost one brave soldier making the ratio 10:1, whereas, the
new trend has brought it down to the level of 1:1; to kill one terrorist one security
person gets killed.
A simple question that stands out unanswered by anyone as what should be our priority
while dealing with the security of this country.
Propagating their negative agenda across the political spectrum in the country by
misleading the people, what do the leaders want to achieve.
If it is to counter the charisma of Mr.Modi, they will have all scope for bringing
his administrative failures to the public notice. Doing their politics of vengeance
on him by scratching the security of the country with fire would only harm the country.
It is yet to be seen as to what the results of the elections in the states be counted
as in case of them falling in favor of Modi. Will the level of politics go still
lower to counter a resurgent Modi? We need to wait and watch the outcome of the elections
to predict the tremors. Anyhow, it is a tested fact that the army with its meticulous
pragmatic vision would never run on innocent civilians with guns and bombs. The Army
Chief’s warning should not be misinterpreted to the common men for petty political
gains. While connecting the dots, the picture gets clearer.
The enemy across the border and the divisive forces in the state got a mileage to
intensify their destabilizing acts. For the country, it is easy to counter the enemy
beyond the borders but dealing with the enemy inside, we need to further ignite the
collective positive energy of people towards the country and its security.
M.R.Lalu, VKV Sher
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to know whether the government
is exceptional? I am still perplexed by many conflicting situation and unable to
confirm whether the government is positively exceptional or negatively exceptional?
Why all the government decission are against the society despite that the government
is for the people? Why there is need to remind the department to conduct interview?
Why should we remind them for declaration of result? Why not the salary of SSA Teachers
debited to their accounts without ultimatum? Why students needs to ask for their
government of Arunachal Pradesh please release our stipend/scholarship. please don't
blame us that we student did not remind you?
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