Nitish lends variety to the debate on Modi



Regardless of whether Nitish Kumar’s gamble of parting company with the BJP in Bihar fails or succeeds, the Bihar chief minister has lent variety to the public discourse on Narendra Modi’s suitability as a candidate for the PM’s office.

Until the Janata Dal (U) rebelled and Nitish spoke up in the aftermath of the intra-BJP tumult led by LK Advani, the debate on Modi was largely one-sided. The refrain: a strong leader with a clear-cut agenda and track-record of governance in Gujarat.

Some political observers went to the extent of comparing him with Indira Gandhi; a Vishwa Hindu Parishad stalwart called him a latter day Pandit Nehru.

For his part, Modi began constructing a heavy-on-nationalism campaign around the persona of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whose proposed statue of unity, he said, would be taller than the Statue of Liberty and be built with iron parts collected from people across the country.

Besides the very obvious historical flaws, the comparisons made to compound the Modi aura went largely unchallenged. Little was also heard by way of criticism of the planned statue of unity so reminiscent of the BJP-Sang Parivar movement to collect bricks for the Ram Temple that never came up in Ayodhya. Vajpayee and Advani then were the party’s supreme leaders.

The block Nitish set up in the way of the Modi bandwagon brought home the BJP’s political isolation against which Advani had cautioned his party men. The unbridled NDA discord muted somewhat the anti-Congressism that was so tangible until then. The focus suddenly was on Modi’s shortcomings in leading a conglomeration of parties into elections.

There was little reason for the Congress to be overtly exultant. But it wasn’t at the same time a mean blow for the BJP.

It’s difficult to guess how things will pan out for the BJP under Modi, the widely perceived urban-hero, in the impending assembly polls and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But for getting anointed as PM, the Gujarat strongman would need a tally of 180-200. Or else, his adversaries will have an upper hand.

Even Atal Behari Vajpayee had failed to assemble the numbers he required in 1996. His turn came two years later, in 1998 and thereafter in 1999, when the Congress messed up after bringing down his government by one vote.

Coalition politics isn’t an easy ground for strong leaders given to loud proclamations. It’s a wicket on which amenable – if somewhat less effective- leaders bat longer. Indira’s strength was always anchored in the numbers she had in Parliament.

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinod;
    As I have the opportunity to address you directly here, as nobody else has replied so far. I will dwell on your blog, a bit longer.
    BTW, is it being censored as rigrously, as in last few days?? The Anonymous brigade, which some time appear like your accompalices, have gone overboard with their fixation to orifices. Censoring them, their Mother…Gaaan..and licking business does not enhance stature of this blog. You shut them off. Fine. But shutting off , contrary views, show the weakness of your arguments or blog. In your anger towars contrary views, you forgot to check proof reading and writing , Sanghis as Sangi. Take care.
    So, as written by many others, you are also suffering from: Schadenfreude??
    You have again gone back to numbers. End result. means has no meaning for you. the way Congress is trying to gather numbers, by hook and crook, more crook than anything else has no meaning to you. What Modi is doing is great. Any obstacle should be removed and Indians will do that, eventually.

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  • Anonymous

    Hi

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  • anil

    Not only the Congress but also its paid servants lost connection with the people.

    They don’t have a word for loot, coming through back doors, ******** the common men in the name of national politics, using B-Team of terrorists as a tool for achieving their goal (by selling the soul, of course) etc. etc.

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  • pankaj#1

    Courtsey Mediacrooks:
    In the hunting season almost every pundit seems to know Modi far better than he does. Prabhu Chawla writes a school-boy type open letter to Modi. While most of the stuff he writes would have been done better by a Class-8 student there is one line which shows up the foolishness and deception of Chawla. He writes: “But they find the new Modi’s politics a threat to democratic institutions”. Really? Prabhu Chawala isn’t the only liar. This is a lie that the hunters will spread with even greater force in the coming months. Chawla is not exactly a bimbo but he doesn’t pause to think who has been systematically destroying democratic institutions in this country. It started with Indira Gandhi and has now continued with Sonia Gandhi’s Congress. Any institution worth naming has been destroyed. Well, okay maybe not all. I think Congress has left the ‘folk-dances’ of India left untouched yet. Chawla is not the only one. The Numero Unee uses a JDU statement to call BJP a one-man show, authoritarian and imperious. For her and the media slaves the Gandhis are the ultimate symbol of democracy everywhere. They usually overlook the fact that Modi has neither sought to be CM of Gujarat nor has he ever been BJP president. His rise has been purely on performance and popularity and approval by the party. The BJP has proved that even LKA can’t dictate terms like a Gandhi let alone Modi.

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  • pankaj#1

    ….
    The fact that the Congress and the media now find LKA a great darling tells a story by itself. It’s their fear of Narendra Modi. While Congress kept denying Modi is a threat as their own minister Jairam Ramesh inadvertently admitted “Modi is a challenge”. Both LKA and NitishK are guilty of avarice. Exceptional greed! Avarice usually backfires. In 2010 NitishK’s avarice and ego had reached such limits that he wanted the BJP to ban Narendra Modi from campaigning in Bihar for the state elections. A junior partner’s head telling a national party that their member can’t campaign in his state wouldn’t be tolerated by any party; not even a local party. But LKA and the Delhi-4 or D4 as they are known in the social media obliged Nitish. That’s when LKA killed his own party. His philosophy resembled Churchill’s old saying: “An appeaser is a person who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last”. Three years later the crocodile has eaten Advani and broken the alliance. Advani blames the elevation of Modi as the cause of the break-up. He is wrong! He is the one to blame for mollycoddling forces trying to marginalise his party.

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  • pankaj#1

    From Dan Brown’s latest book:
    The darkest place in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

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  • pankaj#1

    This is for the first time in the history of post Independent India, a top official of the IB is being probed for his role in the alleged staged killings of four persons, who were described as Lashkar-e-Taiba militants tasked with killing Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi post 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the state.

    Aage Aage dekhiye hota hai kya. Yo to ek shurooaat hai. GOI has gone totally blonk.
    Friends, it is no fun to visit this blog and shout in wilderness.

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  • pankaj#1

    This is for the first time in the history of post Independent India, a top official of the IB is being probed for his role in the alleged staged killings of four persons, who were described as Lashkar-e-Taiba militants tasked with killing Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi post 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the state.

    Aage Aage dekhiye hota hai kya. Yo to ek shurooaat hai. GOI has gone totally blonk.
    Friends, it is no fun to visit this blog and shout in wilderness.

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  • Anonymous

    with sri Raman,s death, India has lost another great son; far greater than the sum total of many political leaders of the day.

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  • pankaj#1

    The decisions of our past are the architects of our present.
    From Dan Brown’s book.

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  • pankaj#1

    This is in HT:
    The scared Planning Commission was under the grip of NaMo fever on Tuesday even as Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi gave a new development slogan “sabka vikas sabka saath” and allowed his officials to answer state’s criticism by the panel while donning the role of a mentor.

    Such was Modi’s buzz that some Planning Commission officials had called their family members to have his glimpse. On road outside Yojana Bhawan, people were waiting to see him through the iron grill.
    Wish, I could have been in Delhi to witness” history in making”.

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  • pankaj#1

    Never thought that MMS has been entrusted with another task of issuing certificate of Secular.

    Nitish thanks Singh for ‘secular’ remark

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  • pankaj#1

    Letter untraceable as CIC asks govt to make it public
    How much lower one can go???

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  • pankaj#1

    I always thought Nitish Kumar, like Mulayam Singh Yadav, had an ear to the ground. But I have grown sceptic after watching last week’s developments in Bihar.
    ..
    Hypocrisy at its best!

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  • pankaj#1

    The loudest and the most oft-chanted pseudo-secular hymn in India is that Narendra Modi is communal and anti-Muslim. Even those with no basic depth in politics or current affairs just go around repeating this as it has been made famous via Goebbels principle. It essentially involves repeating a lie again and again so often that people tend to believe it as the truth. Congress and many other parties have invested so much into this hymn that it is almost impossible for the victims of that mindless Goebbels attack to believe that Modi is actually a truly secular leader. Yes, I used the word secular here meaning a true panth-nirapeksh person, not quote unquote ‘secular’ meaning ‘deseperate-for-minority-votebank and anti-Hindu’ politician.
    So how exactly is Narendra Modi NOT anti-Muslim, as you were made to believe for a decade by the Goebbels practitioners in India?
    In Niticentral.

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  • pankaj#1

    Teesta Setalvad, a Mumbai-based journalist, who, like former IAS officer Harsh Mander, shot to national and international fame due to high profile activism over the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in March 2002, has been unmasked in a most unseemly manner. Over the past decade, Setalvad survived controversies with former protégé Zahira Sheikh and employee Rais Khan Pathan, besides a Gujarat Government investigation into illegal exhumation of graves, thanks to unstinted backing from the media, the Supreme Court, the Congress and the UPA Government.
    But now she has fallen foul of the residents of Gulbarg Society whose cause she vociferously espoused. Setalvad has been publicly accused of the same crime that Best Bakery survivor Zahira Sheikh once accused her of — collecting money in the name of the riot victims and failing (or refusing) to distribute (or even share) it. She overcame the dispute with Zahira by demonising the young girl, but now residents of Gulbarg Society have sent her a notice demanding that she distribute the funds she collected among the riot victims. Relations have soured to the point that Setalvad failed to attend the memorial service for victims this year
    Wow. India never ceases to surprise.

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  • pankaj#1

    But now her aura of greatness is beginning to falter. With her, the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court cannot evade public scrutiny of their actions and attitudes in the Gujarat riots cases. The young orphan, Zahira Sheikh, was made to suffer terrible victimization, and has since vanished into oblivion; she deserves a public apology and decent compensation.
    It is also imperative that the accounts of Setalvad, and indeed all NGOs associated with the Gujarat riots, are audited to see how much money they collected and what relief was actually distributed to the victims
    .. it is a legal question, will our Supreme court judges, ever face inquiry, as they have acted with malafide intentions against Zahira shaikh and supported Setalvaad to the hilt??

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  • pankaj#1

    Actor Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan once asked: “Mumbai 1993 was no less violent than Gujarat 2002. Can you tell which party’s Chief Minister was ruling Maharashtra then?”
    Gujarat’s Maulana Vastanvi observed: “The community that benefited most from Modi’s inclusive development, is that of Gujarati Muslims.”
    Maulana Mahmood Madani of Jamiat Ulema e Hind: “Compared to the other States, Muslims in Gujarat are much happier.”
    Maharashtra’s ex IGP SM Mushrif told to Milli Gazette paper: “Today the most safe place for Muslims is Gujarat.”
    Kerala’s VV Augustine, member of National Minority Commission: “I have travelled across States. In Gujarat, there are rich Muslims and poor Muslims. The economic status of poor Muslims in Gujarat has improved the most (during BJP rule). How can I deny that?”

    Bhaiyon, Maaf karna, bahut dinon ka gussa bhara hua tha.

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  • pankaj#1

    Will sweep floor if Soniaji wishes: Chhattisgarh PCC chief

    And people(read media) saying that Modi is a dictator?? What an irony.

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  • pankaj#1

    14 facts about Ishrat Jahan encounter case

    Journalist filing this is, hold your breath…Aliya Abbas.
    Supporting the encounter is, breath easy….
    Asif Ibrahim, Chief of IB.
    Wow, Now muslims are defending Modi and who are after him.. Ofcourse all of you know.

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  • pankaj#1

    Tired writing here. Good bye.

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  • pankaj#1

    Sir Winston Churchill wrote 64 years ago about India : “Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low caliber & men of straw. They will have sweet tongues & silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power & India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air & water would be taxed in India.” We are indeed an incredible NATION; we have worked very hard and we have indeed proved him right…

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  • pankaj#1

    There’s a telling comment in MediaCrooks posted a few days back. I quote parts of it:
    “The ISI, their stooges the LeT, the CONgress, NGOs, media crooks – they all want to get Modi. See how a common cause unites all of them.
    The IB (and by extension the Central govt) knew about the Ishrat group going to assassinate Modi. The game seems to have been like this: (1) The Central govt know(s) about the plot but decides to keep quiet and let the terrorists carry out their mission. (2) After the assassination they make a great show of efficiency and neutralize the group. (3) Result? Modi out of the way and people happy that the perpetrators are booked so swiftly.
    Unfortunately the Gujarat police is tipped off by some patriotic officer in IB. The terror cell is eliminated preemptively. NGOs, media and all the rest get upset. They put the caged parrot aka CBI after the IB officer. ….. these oh-so-clever people sleep with dangerous enemies.”
    My comment- Modi’s threat is getting bigger and bigger. It’s now a classic case of, “Oh! If Only…!” “If Only the terror group had succeeded in killing Modi!” “If Only the IB officer hadn’t tipped off the Guj Police!” “If Only….!”
    The scheme flopped so now they have to make an example of the IB officer. The wise guys at the Centre have entered dangerous waters. Fooling around with assassination plots, for god’s sake.
    Waiting to be barred from this blog.

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  • pankaj#1

    Anonymous brigade;
    So you succeded destroying this blog. Could serve you an abuse, which even you will find difficult to digest. Good luck, confine your selves to Kohistan, where, we will eventually finish you.

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  • pankaj#1

    So, Nitish has won the votes in Bihar Assembly. Should we expect , Dance and Songs from Anonymous brigade?? Unfortunately, moderater has gone for a Tea break. You wait.

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  • pankaj#1

    guest;
    Can you be more stupid than whatever you are just now??
    Now,#1. you are questioning media but when ever it suits you, you quote media. #2 Just to not let you tax your brain- I will quote from bollywood, To think about commiting a crime is not punishable, to commit a crime is punishable. she was caught, when commiting a crime, not from home.#3 they were taping her phone. Thanks allah, they are not taping your phone, or are they?? They were not armed ?, how you are saying this?? Were you supposed to give them arms in Ahemadabad?? Now, Now, 4 Indians? Are you smoking Pot?? Two were known, Pakistani terrorists, other two were Indian terrorist, including one neoconvert.
    UUnchi post pe malal achcha milta hai. Unfortunately, this sentence shows your disturbed upbringing.

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  • pankaj#1

    guest/ engrich;
    I do not know, why I interact with you. You are saying moguls built Gujrat?? Take a nap. Refresh, smell cofee and then, come back to blog. You people have done enough to destroy this blog, in effort to destroy India. But you will not succeed. Try to save Syria by behaving. Modi will remove all the ills, pertaining with misrule of Congress, including, pandering to people like you.

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  • pankaj#1

    Mohan;
    As I grew up in the awe of Nehru, this article is definitely thought provoking.

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  • pankaj#1

    The writer is trying to show ridicule towards Modi, but read it seriously and you will find: He is praising him.
    Proving to be a hard taskmaster as CM, it is common to hear many even in his close coterie mockingly say that besides sweat, he squeezes the oil out of them!
    While Modi didn’t at all use the OBC card in Gujarat in 2002 and 2007 assembly elections, it was only in 2012 that he offset Patel dissent by wooing the OBCs over to the BJP side, in a marvel of social engineering only a ‘vote ka saudagar’ could have pulled off. Despite his aversion so far to be seen as an OBC leader, Modi is said to have a tremendous understanding of the caste system and how it pans out politically across the social spectrum in the country.
    I am ready to take risk of Modi being elevated to the top post in comparison to this effete, Murderous, looter Congress.

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  • pankaj#1

    guest, A simple test for you.
    Hindu pilgirms refuded to go back to Pakistan.
    Now, reverse this, how many Indian muslims will refuse to come back to India, while visiting Pakistan??

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  • pankaj#1

    Ravi;
    Why you have removed your comments?? I have always welcomed you here, no I am not blog master, not even moderator. i am an ordinary blogger. What I oppose is your skewed and biased interpretation of facts. And for no fear and favor, I will continue to do just that.

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  • pankaj#1

    guest;
    In this condition… Condition will continue to deteriorate. Shariffs have given lot of money to Dawa, just now. How, Pakistan will improve??
    Your antipathy towards RSS is understandable but I feel that it is more like paronia than fear based on facts. What RSS does, is not to cave in to muslim goons’ aggressivenace. That is all they do. They never initiate any trouble but they also do not cowed down against belligerance. You should try to understand that RSS was born amidst, unprecedented turmoil of partition days and has changed drastically in these intervening years. However, no denying that some rotten appleas may be there too. But, ordinary Hindu is well endowed to deal with them.

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  • pankaj#1

    Lagta nahin hai dil mera ujade dayar main…..

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Wanted to reproduce full article of Minhaz merchant but that is not possible. Please read it. Specially guest and Ravi.

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinodji;
    Is it profanity of Anonymous brigade OR Contrary views of people here, which has made blogging difficult??
    Sorry, I may be wrong, but we, will find different avenues to air our grievances.
    This condition can not go unchallenged.

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinodji;
    As you must have understood by now, I am a citizen of North America. I can challenge Obama. MMS and Sonia are an Iota in scheme of things. A dot in human evolution.

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinodji;
    As you must have understood by now, I am a citizen of North America. I can challenge Obama. MMS and Sonia are an Iota in scheme of things. A dot in human evolution.

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  • Anonymous

    NEW DELHI: Apart from bad weather and difficult terrain, rescue teams in Uttarakhand are also troubled by calls from influential people to rescue their kin first. Sources in the agencies engaged in rescue work said on an average, over 50 such calls were received every day from politicians, bureaucrats and other government officials even though their kin were not caught in an emergency situation.

    “Most of these people are trapped in Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri where hardly any damage has happened. These places have merely been cut off but there are enough supplies and people can survive for days,” an officer overseeing rescue work in Uttarakhand said.

    Being peak pilgrimage season, families of several politicians and bureaucrats too have been on a visit to the Char Dham and have been trapped at various places. As they have connections and can reach senior officials in the home department or directly in the forces, there is pressure to rescue them first.

    “We are receiving messages that such and such person is staying in a particular room in a certain hotel at Badrinath or Yamunotri and needs to rescued urgently. If you are in a hotel room, getting food and sleep, why do you need to be rescued urgently? We can understand the panic among family members caught in such situations, but there are people dying in Kedarnath valley with no food, water or shelter. They are our priority,” the officer said.

    Sources said rescue agencies have been politely declining many, trying to make them understand the situation. “While many understand, others try to pull strings but we are dealing with it,” another officer said, adding that kin of certain politicians had to be evacuated on priority basis due to pressure from above.

    Forces say they are trying to help whoever they can if they come to know of their trouble. “This is not to say that people from influential families must not approach us if they are really in trouble. But if I have a request of looking for an 80-year-old woman who can’t walk and has been separated from her family competing with that of a person living in a hotel, where should I direct my resources,” the officer asked. He added that calls from influential people were adding to the stress of personnel engaged in rescue work.

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  • Laat Maar

    Modi’s Birthday Gift to Rahul Gandhi.

    300 ABVP guys join NSUI.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Videos/2013/6/a2be8cd1-a01c-4986-8415-f9ac9540e965B1.flv

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    vijay ! Reply:

    cmon… you know Rahul has now become mentally eight yrs. Let us congratulate him! Happy birtday Rahul…

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  • Anonymous

    What happened? Where is everybody?

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  • pankaj#1

    Good one;
    Reminded me of a Joke. Friends it is just Joke.
    A trio of three priests, One Hindu, another Muslim and one Granthiji met and exchanged their views about survival in these times of lessening of faith amongst faithfuls. Punditji and Maualana sahab, were lean, thin and impoverished looking. While granthiji had all the signs of OK living, if not prosperity. They exchanged notes, about how they earn their livelihood from mandir, mosque, and Gurudwara, respectively.
    Punditji said that there is a line in front of deities and Bhakts throw a coin in front of idols, whatever is inside the line is for God and out side ones, I claim.
    Maulana said, that there is a donation box and whenever, some one take pity on me, insert some coin there, and that is my fruit of labour.
    Granthiji said, you people are getting complicated. I have very easy approach. Whatever money is offered to Granth Sahib, I throw it towards sky. Whatever remain up there, it is for God, whatever comes back, is for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Don’t know whether this post will go through the censor and when it will appear on this blog. I will just post two paragraphs from this very good article.
    To sum it up, the economic policy tailored for the common man raises the price of fundamentals such as food, makes it costlier for him to report to work, and when he finally gets there, tells him that he has been laid off. Crucially, your government has failed in providing access to the two most important things to life itself — food and water; everything else is a distant third. You, my dear Common Minimum Programme Party, have dropped the economic ball and done so in a grand fashion. Between your myriad taxes, inflation, and artificially created scarcities, why are you nudging people into corruption?

    I will not include middle class woes here for two reasons: 1. this is a short letter and not a book; and 2. you don’t seem to be concerned about the middle class at all, your rhetoric always highlighting the plight of the lower income groups. Considering your record in serving your hand-picked mandate, honestly, I am thoroughly confused — on the one hand, you create white elephant welfare schemes which we will be saddled with for an eternity as they ossify to form the third rail of Indian politics while at the same time losing control of events such that any potential positive effects of these schemes would be wiped out. It seems your only game plan is to create dependent automatons, not citizens.

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  • guest

    Sohrabuddin
    case: ‘Johri manipulated records’

    Senior IPS officer Geeta Johari, who supervised the
    investigation in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case before CBI took it over,
    manipulated the records to protect the accused officers at the behest of former
    Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, a police officer has said in a statement.

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  • Anonymous

    Where is Pappu? It is unbelievable that every time he is missing when ever there is a crisis in nation.

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  • Anonymous

    What is recession?
    When wine and women get replaced by water and wife.

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    https://www.facebook.com/facebukuttarakhand

    Uttarkhand disaster. Many things which media is not informing the public.

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  • Anonymous

    The Reasons that the Congress Survives

    http://www.deeshaa.org/2013/06/19/the-reasons-that-the-congress-survives/

    Very good article. Not sure whether censor will allow this.

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  • Anonymous

    Christian Domestic Discipline Promotes Spanking Wives To Maintain Biblical Marriage

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/christian-domestic-discipline-spanking-jesus-marriage_n_3479646.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

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  • Anonymous

    हरिद्वार से विशेष ट्रेन के पहुंचने पर रेलवे अधिकारी प्राकृतिक आपदा पीड़ितों का पुरानी दिल्ली स्टेशन पर स्वागत तो कर रहे थे लेकिन राहत के लिए चलाई गई इस विशेष ट्रेन से भी रेलवे ने कमाई करने का मौका नहीं छोड़ा। दिल्ली पहुंचे विशेष ट्रेन में सफर करने वाले पीड़ितों से यात्री किराया लिया गया। यही नहीं, दिल्ली से बाहर जाने वाले यात्रियों के लिए रेलवे ने कोई व्यवस्था करने की जरूरत नहीं समझी।

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  • Anonymous

    National disaster management committee kicked out Rahul out of India saying we cannot manage two disasters simultaneously.

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  • Anonymous

    Madam: English me kamar ko waist kyu kehte hai?? Sardar: Kyuki kaam ki cheez to uske upar aur neeche hoti hai Bich me kamar toh waste hi hoti hai.

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  • Anonymous

    MediaCrooks ‏@mediacrooks2m
    SarahPalin: “I can see Russia from my lawns” … Pappu: “Thats nothing, I can see Uttarkahand from Spain”…

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  • Anonymous

    Hahahhaa.. Quote of the day: @M_Lekhi .. “If Rahul Gandhi is very badly needed in a foreign country … let him stay there..” … LOL!

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  • Anonymous

    Desh PAIN mein Pappu SPAIN

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  • Anonymous

    A local Congress leader and a medical officer of Primary Health Centre were booked by police in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, for trying to supply arms, explosives and medicines to Maoists.

    While four men who were taking the consignment to Maoists in a Government ambulance were arrested on Friday night, police were looking for Congress leader and former Zilla Parishad president Bandopant Mallelwar and medical officer Dr Ravindra Karpe.

    Acting on a tip-off, local police stopped an ambulance belonging to Porla Primary Health Centre near Tadgaon in Bhamragad tehsil on Friday night, said Suvez Haque, Superintendent of Police.

    Search of the vehicle yielded arms and explosives including four detonators, 1 kg of gelatin, 10 rounds of AK-47 rifle, along with medicines and tarpaulin sheets.

    Ambulance driver Sandeep Chndrapas (47); Chhanulal Shende {55}, a resident of Mundipar in Gondia district; Jiwanlal Bobte {39}, resident of Chirchad Bandh in Gondia district and Vivek Dhait {25}, who worked as driver for Mallelwar, were arrested on the spot.

    They allegedly told police that Mallelwar and Karpe had asked them to take the consignment to Maoists. Police have registered offences under Indian Arms Act, Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against the arrested men, Mallelwar and Karpe.

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  • Anonymous

    If yoga is the practice of quieting the mind, as Patanjali, chronicler of the spiritual quest said, its practitioners couldn’t have picked a better place than New York City’s Times’ Square to put the aphorism to test.

    Some 16,000 yoga aficionados turned up at what is arguably the world’s glitziest – if not busiest – crossroads to stretch America’s acceptance of the great Indian export, amid continued misgivingsin conservative circles about its religious content.

    The hum of Om rose above the everyday wailing of police sirens and honking of rude taxis as New Yorkers ushered in summer solstice with open-air yogabhyas from sunrise to sundown on the longest day of the year.

    It wasn’t exactly a flash mob. What began as a three-person exercise a decade ago has now grown into a thousands-strong annual event that celebrates ”mind over madness.” The organizers, led by Times Square Alliance, say it is a pushback against the hectic lifestyle in the world’s most vibrant city.

    It is also the world’s most diverse and multicultural city that embraces universal values with such ease that no one raised a peep about the iconic square being shut down to traffic for the yoga gig. Curious foreign tourists milled around to see thousands of Americans stretch to instructions from professional teachers, the entire spectacle flanked byanachronistic eateries such as McDonald’s and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, with neon signs of Spiderman and Buzz Lightyear flashing down.

    Coming on the heels of the Obama White House also encouraging yoga with its annual Yoga Garden event during Easter, the growing acceptance and popularity of the ancient Indian practice is marred only by occasional bouts of pique by conservatives who think it is fronting for Hinduism sneaking into America through the back door.

    In California, there is an ongoing court case against a school district that established a yoga program with a $ 500,000 grant from the K Pattabhi Jois Foundation, aimed at helping elementary schools students focus on studies, keep calm, and contain aggressive behavior.

    But some parents have gone to court, maintaining that the program has a religious connection and violates the line between church and state. Attorneys for the parents have charged that students have been made ‘’spiritual guinea pigs” and were encouraged to greet each other with ”Namaste, a religiously laden Hinduism greeting.”

    Court proceedings last month included testimony from an Indiana University professor of religious study who agreed that the yoga program was filled with religious elements and can serve as an introduction to Hinduism, and a live demonstration in court by the instructor of the poses she taught, during which she maintained there was no religious content to what she taught. It also turned out the that judge hearing the case himself practiced Bikram yoga, which he likened to simple stretching exercises.

    “If you think there’s something spiritual about what I do, that’s news to me,” he told the attorneys, as they argued about terms such as yama and niyama, samadhi and samskruthi.

    No such doubts attended the enthusiasts at Times Square, which on Friday became Yoga’s Om Sweet Om.

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  • pankaj#1

    Karan Thapar is frothing at moth, commenting on Modi visit to Uttarakhand. This virtuous performance is worth reading and ENJOYING. Just wanted to tell him that not so many months ago, Uttarakhand was ruled by BJP and still has a very sustantial voter support.

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  • pankaj#1

    Karan Thapar is frothing at moth, commenting on Modi visit to Uttarakhand. This virtuous performance is worth reading and ENJOYING. Just wanted to tell him that not so many months ago, Uttarakhand was ruled by BJP and still has a very sustantial voter support.

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  • Anonymous

    Impressed by gd wrk done by RSS in Ukhand, Madarsa owner Rao Irshad Ali 4m Saharanpur donates 21K to RSS

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  • Anonymous

    Vijay Bahuguna should quickly issue statement praising Pappu’s wise, tireless guidance somewhere from Europe in rescue and relief efforts. His job will be safe.

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  • Anonymous

    Kanchan Gupta ‏@KanchanGupta3m
    Everytime I see the usual suspects who live on scraps from Congress high table ranting against Modi I am reassured he is doing things right.

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  • Guest

    The armed forces have, as ever, done a magnificent job. Once the rescue effort is over, the state government can start the long, painstaking effort to rebuild and reconstruct, with greater respect to the environment.

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  • anil

    Isn’t this a worn out 10 year old story?
    How come hounding and apologising can go together?
    Would the communal Congress apologise to Modi for hounding him all these years?
    No? Why not?

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    Candor Reply:

    Then, Congress will flaunt his apology as an admission of guilt. Why Congress had expressed regret and no apology from Gandhis till date? Oh! They have blanket impunity and immunity in this country.

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  • Shubhkarn Gupta

    Well meaning article. But will apology be accepted in the light that Modi has already expressed his regret on walk the talk to Shekhar Gupta way back in 2004 and probably once again. I believe that there is no meaning of apology without remorse or if the person does not learn from the mistake and keeps on repeating it.There has not been any riot after 2002 for 11 years (Kindly take note of number of years) now in Gujrat. Moreover, in Patna he has addressed Muslims as brothers and that should, on a lighter note, put to rest his Puppy remark also. I think now is the opportunity that all stakeholders should show megnanimity and large heartedness. Change of heart and intentions are more important than a strategic apology. Muslims have trusted so called secularist parties for 66 years and repeatedly been taken for ride. Why not take a chance and trust Modi’s words once ?

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  • rav

    Apology for doing what..he been tried in any every court and proved innocent ,rather he all blaming him should apologies from him.

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  • Rajesh Dhar

    Do u think he will ever apologize…He has no reason to apologize……He did intentionally whatever he did…Why should he apologize….will apology wash away his crimes…No never

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  • Anonymous

    No doubt the apology will clear the air. It seems Modi is conflicted
    about the whole episode and want to sweep it under the rug. If he ever
    talks about it he ends up creating more controversy like his remark
    of feeling the pain if a puppy gets killed under the car.
    He should solicit Muslims’ votes and assure them that he will
    be their PM also and work to make sure there is equality of
    opportunity in economic field and promote social harmony. More
    he avoids the issue the more he alienates Muslim voters
    and drive them to congress.

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  • Ahmed Qureshi

    These views are personal views of the writer. Most young people in India are behind NaMo than RaGa. We know the most spectacular accomplishment of the UPA government are massive corruption cases, inflation, slow growth and divisive communal politics. Congress/UPA will be history.

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  • Vinay Dey

    Though it is 10 years old but the guilty mind still cannot say the word “SORRY”It is stuck in his throat. Some one should hit him in his back to spit out.

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  • Candor

    Why an apology? Was riots triggered by Modi? Did he give any public call for this? Then, why an apology when even Supreme Court of India has cleared his name from any involvement and does not have any prima facie case in any court? Muslims are instigated against him but destiny has not stopped his elevation at PM candidate and by country mood, a sure shot PM in 2014 elections. Gujarat riots were reaction of Godhra train burning of Hindus and in fact, muslims should apologize for their such acts and retaliatory party is never asked to apologize.

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  • Anonymous

    Please speak for yourself. I don’t think you represent the Young Indians. Thx

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  • Anonymous

    BTW, Congress has not yet apologised for 1984, 1986 and 1990 killings.

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  • Rakesh Kumar Singh

    I do not agree with this apology issue at all. Somehow media & intellectuals have got fixated to this idea of apology from Modi. At times I feel that it has become a prestige issue for both sides.

    Apology will not achieve anything. Do you really believe that if Modi will apologize he will become more acceptable. He will immediately be branded as an opportunist who, for the sake of becoming PM compromised on his stand of 10 years. The same people who very innocently plead for his apology are actually setting a trap for him.

    I agree with Modi’s stand that if he is guilty he should be hanged Just think about it ….Can there ever be an apology for what happened in 2002!!

    Either you decide that you will be anti-Modi for rest of your life or just accept his stand and move on.

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  • Dr.V.Mahadevan

    Did Mulayam & Son apologise for Muzaffarnagar?If the economy is so bad that your savings are depleted you have to thank UPA 1&2.If you think corruption and scams have all been swept under the carpet you deserve no better sarkar.Modi apologising will mean he will be hounded even more 24×7 now that his reaching the goal in LokSabha polls looks a distinct possibility. The secular media/mafia must be scratching its heads wondering what else it needs to do besides enormous vilifications heaped on Modi 24×7 for 12 years !!

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  • Arvind B

    he says people should not accept his apology instead they should hang him if found guilty ..

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  • vineet

    No . Mr modi don’t need to apologies for gujrat roits. Because what happened there wad the response of the godhara train burning. Anf if the first action was not do ne by the Muslims the response would have not been occured . But the Muslims deserved what they got. Whether its America, Britain, Russia, china, Burma, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or any country you can count , the Muslim’s have made the life of the local people hell. So we support modi for not apologising .

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  • s.asim

    Who are you to spk. for young india? He has already said-sorry.I also represent the young india, i am more than comfortable with what he said.Period.

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  • RV

    Dictionary says an apology is” “a written or spoken expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured,or wronged another”

    Modi never wronged anybody. He controlled Godhra riots, inflamed by the train burning incident, with his best administrative acumen for which he deserves kudos. He did not insult nobody, not failed in his duty as CM to control those riots in smallest possible time when neigboring state turned deaf-ears to his request for help for their own political game-plan; he did not injure any one – rather controlled the mob frenzy; he did not wronged anyone – in fact he has been wronged all this time by one and all except the people of India who now consider him their hero. Just to ask somebody to ‘apologize for appeasement’ is itself INSANE.

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  • Anonymous

    apology seekers from modi are silent about seeking apology from congress and rahul gandhi for 1984 sikh riots, from akhilesh yadav for mujjafarpur riots and many other riots in india since british period.

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  • India4justice

    to the writer.. I am cent percent sure that you are matured enough to understand Indian politics, events that you are writing this article. and I presume that you are unbiased in your views.. so can I further request you to ask apologies from other state chief ministers under whom rule, riots occured? also, can I ask you to ‘beg’ apology from those who killed innocent hindus in Godhara train???

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  • Praveen Saxena

    Sunita Behn ..please permit me also to start my comment with…”I am no fan of Narendra Modi “… and then permit me to say .”.he is best thing to happen to India after a long long time….after Lal Bhadur Shastri..
    I hope with my preface..my comment shall be treated with more respect and credibility. I would use much harsher words for that frustrated man called Digvijay Singh ..about Akhilesh Singh and whatever role he plays in the govt his father and uncles run….less said the better…and pray do tell us why should Narendra Modi apologise ..just to please some people who are fast becoming irrelevant .

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  • Khan American

    Modi’s apology would never be sincere, because that is what he wanted. He wanted to teach Muslims a lesson so that he could subdue them, subjugate them. An Apology without an intent has no effect. Muslims will never ever accept that impostor apology. They will always demand justice. Justice demand means that Modi should be held responsible for genocide and must stand trial in a court of Law in India and if not in India, in International Criminal Court.

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  • Nation Builder

    Will Digvijay Singhs or Azam Khan or the media change tune after apology, a big NO. So what purpose will it serve.

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  • Anonymous

    Seeing the comments here I really wonder if Gandhis or Yadavs or Modi themselves came on the streets with the notion of inciting the masses against each other for which they ought to seek ‘apology’ !
    What the flaw committed by them was unable to control these communal riots with intent or inadvertently !
    Yes, the Gujrat riots indeed will always present a sorry picture in Modi’s portfolio as he didn’t take up appropriate measures to subdue the riots instead his reactions during the time of riots were quite evident of his hatred against the minorities for which he would not ever dare to seek apologies as it would affirm him of being an offender.
    As far as the cause of riots is concerned, then it is the consequent to the few tainted and painted leaders in one’s party and of course thousands of those illiterates who are easily prone to the influence of the words of mouth expressing hatred.
    Though even I have never subscribed to Modi but yes I am bound to appreciate his ability to influence the masses through his eloquence which totally comprises of self concocted facts of history !

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  • sunita aron

    Who is asking for apology? What I am saying is that the incumbent chief minister is reponsible for whatever good or bad happens in his state. If he gets credit for development of gujarat, he has to own responsibility for killings also , irrespective of muslim or hindu angle. Leaders should be magnanimous enough to regret unnatural death of people. I agree Congress has not done so for sikh riots, but Modi is expected to be different. Regret is also not admission of crime –I am somehow sure Modi will understand the sentiment with which the above point has been made – there is no need for skull caps or display of minorities at his rallies.

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