The games allies play



A friend posted a query on my Facebook account a couple of days ago: what deal did the Shiv Sena offer the BJP to agree not to press for the post of Mayor of Bombay?

I thought it was more a threat to break the alliance than a deal. But now I believe my friend’s suspicion was right. The BJP has been very tempted to support Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in the Nasik Municipal Corporation but the Sena is loathe to give Raj the chance to prove what he can do – or, more importantly, do better – in power. So the BJP demanded the post of Bombay Mayor in return.

But Bal Thackeray has been longer in the business than any of the ‘disrespectful’ younger lot of BJP leaders who he has been complaining about lately. It has not escaped his attention that BJP president Nitin Gadkari is pushing for a Lok Sabha seat from Nagpur and for this purpose he has tied up with Independents, including those from the Indian Muslim League, in a move designed to guarantee him the maximum non-saffron votes, while at the sme time consolidating on the Hindutva vote bank by keeping the Sena out of that alliance.

Now it seems the deal for calling off their potential alliance with Raj was a move for Mayor by the BJP. And that for not calling off the alliance was an offer to now include the Sena in it’s grand alliance in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation and even give up the post of Deputy Mayor in Nagpur to it.

Obviously, though the Sena might have been on slippery ground having posted a worse result than the BJP in percentage terms in the BMC, it has shown that it needs the BJP less than the BJP needs to cling on to the Sena for survival.

Ditto the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party. The NCP has been similarly attempting to swallow it’s ally whole for years now and Sharad Pawar had believed the two would decimate the Sena-BJP at the civic elections and “the next fight will be between the NCP and the Congress,” as he claimed in an interview to the Hindustan Times just before the polls. But even without the Congress, which was in a stupor soon after the poll results and could make no moves to save its turf against marauders, could do anything about it, Pawar came forth with stern instructions to his men about not going in for any deals on the ‘Pune pattern’. The name comes from his nephew Ajit Pawar’s move to keep his bete noir Suresh Kalmadi out of the Pune Municipal Corporation last time round by striking a deal with Shiv Sena. but five years later, it resulted in reduced strength for the NCP with the MNS eating into its turf and the Pawars in danger of losing their fiefdom.

Pawar, obviously, believes the Congress is the lesser of the two enemies for his party now needs the Congress to rule the PMC and he knows most certainly he cannot win the stAte again without Congress support.

I guess it is all right to try and improve party positions all around but despite years of watching their activities and developing my own cynical views about them, I still cherish the thought of friends really being friends and not stabbing each other in the back.

To that extent, I have discovered, the Sena and the Congress are similar: despite their problems with their respective allies, they are far more honest about their relationships than the NCP and BJP are about them.

No wonder they call the Sena the Congress’s best friend and I am convinced neither the BJP nor the NCP will ultimately succeed in gaining the upper hand over their own allies.

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  • shekhar gandotra

    Sujatji

    You gave 100% mark to Kripa Singh for honesty. You should apoligse to us readers first..

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  • Anonymous

    Terrible choice for PM. UP has produced only PM’s interested in promoting Casteist policies, cronyism (Gandhi family), and totally corrupt people barring Vajpayee.

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  • http://www.hindismsinhindi.com/ hindi sms in hindi

    bogus pms lagte h bindi…now
    read sms in hindi

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  • Parmanu

    The TV show argument is interesting. Yes, we can learn much more about animals from a well-crafted documentary than a visit to a zoo. But this can’t be the only reason to visit a zoo; we do so because the visit is also a social experience, like going to the cinemas, to a game, or to a concert. I may be able to watch all the movies at home, but I’d still want to go to the cinemas.

    Zoos will go out of existence if they become socially unacceptable or uninteresting. And I do not see anything that’s taking us in that direction.

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  • NoDoubleStandard

    Well, I would like to see you make a similar persuasive argument in favour of liberal views when it comes to a particular region. As in when people criticize that religion

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  • balaji

    non-functioning of any nation :–
    less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of any nation………..

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  • balaji

    note more important aspects also :—- less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of any nation………..

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  • balaji

    non — functioning of defence system of any nation :—-
    less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of defence system any nation………..

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  • balaji

    non — functioning of defence system and other systems of any nation :—-

    less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of defence system any nation………..

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  • balaji

    non — functioning of defence system and other systems of any nation :———

    less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of defence system any nation………..

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  • balaji

    non — functioning of defence system and other systems of any nation :————–

    less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of defence system any nation………..

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  • balaji

    non — functioning of defence system and other systems of any nation :——————-

    less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of defence system any nation………..

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  • balaji

    non — functioning of defence system and other systems of any nation :—-

    less production of all types of goods leads to less export and lower quality education or no education leads to less IT export and lessen technical development, which all combines finally to affect income of country then leads to bad economical health and so meaning is bad economical health is main reason behind non-functioning of defence system any nation………………………..

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  • Sam

    Your assessment is mostly correct. I just disagree with your your last statement.

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  • Dr Mishra

    good question Dr Pankaj

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks.

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    engricn Reply:

    minority like brhmns of india.hiding among hindus but keeping their identity entact.

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  • Anonymous

    AMU was the focal point of Pakistan movement. It should have been closed down in 1947.

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    engrich Reply:

    pakistan was british plan.

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    Akhtar Arif Reply:

    Hey education institution ……….. is not closed. its the symbol of education and root of dessipation of knowledge. Both muslims, hindus and all are imparted education here. The first graduate of AMU was a hindu. Only idiot with biased views will have such opinion.

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    Raghavendra Reply:

    If both hindus and muslims both study then why you people want minority status to that university my dear? let it be an university for all communities and not just muslims

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  • http://twitter.com/rahulgrover88 CArahulgrover88

    what is the minority status , aint amu has majority muslims students?

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  • kanishka

    Here is the standard response to all your rantings:

    “We would have listened to your sob-stories if Muslims were facing
    problems only in India. But your folks seem to be having problems throughout
    the world including in your own Muslim Ummah where the Shias and Sunnis have
    been at each other’s throats for the last 1400 years now! There is not a single point of
    time in the Islamic History when the religion of PEACE was ever at peace either
    with the non-muslims or even with fellow Muslims (from rival sects)! Your
    death-cult has proven to be a thorn in everyone’s rear. Will Aligarh Univ ever work for peace? No Never.

    Ever heard of this
    saying:

    “When in
    minority, blow up the KAFIRS; when in majority, blow up the FAKIRS”
    or

    “When in minority, blow up the infidels; when in majority, blow up each
    other”?”

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    momn doter Reply:

    good one dude. My thoughts exactly

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    Akhtar Arif Reply:

    Muslims are facing problems in iraq…… after fake charges of WMDs and subsequent war…………killing 8 million iraqis by sanctions on essential items and wars of colonisation for oil. Its shameful demoncratic world barking…….. on mind control media as the war in iraq as war of terror but they are creating terrror. Shame on imperialistic alliance craving for OIL and energy dependency killing innocents. Saddam was a ruthless dictator but he was killed to be replaced by puppet regime and divide sectarian division of muslims. Afghanistan had banned OPIUM smuggling in 1996 so by 2001 after false flag 9/11 the supply of illegal opium drugs were not in market so the US attacked them in the name of extremist ideology. About 100,000 people die avoidably from opiate drug-related causes each year. The US Alliance restored the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world market share in 2001 to over 90% today. It can accordingly be estimated that about 0.1 million people per year x 0.9 x 9 years = 0.8 million people have died globally due to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry, this including about 100,000 Americans and 3,000 Australians. Shame on people following blindly the western news and media without intellectual analysation.

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    Akhtar Arif Reply:

    `Hinduism’, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU said in

    his “THE DISCOVERY OF INDIA” (Page 37):

    “HINDUISM as a faith is vague, amorphous, many sided, all things

    to all men. It is hardly possible to define it, or indeed to say

    definitely whether it is a religion or not, in the usual sense of the

    word. In its present form, and even in the past, it embraces many

    beliefs and practices, from the highest to the lowest, often

    opposed to or contradicting each other.”

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    Akhtar Arif Reply:

    `Hinduism’ is merely a legalised form of slavery to the Brahmin race. It is not a religion, but a cancer and a disease that must be fought at all costs if this world is to survive. The plagues of Nazism and Totalitarianism, which have claimed more than 200 million lives this century alone, have their roots in Brahmanism, the former having been originated by Pandit Manu, and the latter by Pandit Kautilya. The death and destruction, the sheer human misery caused by Huinduism has already exceeded that which would be caused by a full-scale nuclear holocaust. The Ramayana and the Mahabharat are no doubt GREAT stories, but they are also stories that belong to India’s ancient past. We
    cannot scientifically or factually prove the authenticity of these tales, and as such, we cannot accept Hinduism as a religion. Religion is a “man to God” relationship and not a “man to man” relationship. To reach God, treating fellow human beings with love, justice and equal rights is a duty upon the believer. Most religions preach these ideals. Unfortunately Hinduism, which originated from the Brahmins, preaches that to reach your God you should not treat them with justice or give them equal rights. On the other hand Hinduism teaches a man how to cheat and enslave people in the name of “Religion”. With this technique, 5% (Brahmins) of India’s population have control over 95% of its people.

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  • Nirode Mohanty

    That University should be named as Aligarh University. It was created just to have Muslim Identity and to create Pakistan. It is serving the hard core radicals. Indian tax payers money should not support it.No place for communalism please. Ms. Gandhi be a true national, do not buy their votes

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  • Rana

    How about a blog that critiques radicalism in Islam written from the perspective of a free-thinking, liberal muslim. There aren’t too many of the latter and so your blog could be a good starting point for it. Then you are self-reflexive about the flaws within your own religion as you are about the majority’s so called “oppressive” rule.

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    Faulitics Reply:

    Zia is not a liberal or a free thinker. He sounds pretty communal to me.

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  • Rahul chodo

    Please this Zeehadi jurnalist Zia always pick and choose the subject which would lies about the Muslim status in India in the light of paid justice Sacchar report. I think Hindu majority India certain pockets Hindus are the most sufferers economically and financially and it has been kept that way because Congress party headed by Sonia Maino is a avid Hindu hater and she spent all the dole out social scheme targeting only the upliftment of the Muslim with Saccahr report which Con party already made it by paying handsome amount to justice scahhar. Now some shoul ask this Zeehadi journalist Mr.Zia to describe the minority status of the Hindus in Paksitan or may be the whole 53 Islamic nation. What the status of the non_Muslim? Hindus? Please tell the truth. If you can’t then majority Hindus have every right to kick your ugly face back to Pakistan. That is the only reason these corrupt Muslim alwsyas prefer Congress in power even at the cost of the present scams and the loot. Because these selfish Muslim knew about their barbaric genocide of the Hindus and they did not want to take any chance in supporting any other party rather than Congress.

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  • momn doter

    You are a muslim, what’s with Sir Sayyed Ahmed Khan and Gandhi.

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  • Faulitics

    Another boring article on a boring topic when there are so many interesting “Muslim” topics for this “Muslim affairs” writer.

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  • Faulitics

    Seconding Rajeev’s point, here is one fact about this wonderful place which Zia left out. Maybe he “forgot”. From Wikipedia

    -Before 1939, faculty and students supported an all-India nationalist movement. After 1939, political sentiment shifted toward support for a Muslim separatist movement. Students and faculty mobilised behind Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League hence became an epicentre of Pakistan Movement

    So it was a hub of anti India and communal Islamist forces even back in 1947. Zia didn’t say if things changed in 2013 or its still the same.

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    engricn Reply:

    all because of high caste hindu support to british robbers and occupiers.

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  • indian

    shaala shuorer baccha

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  • Debasish

    Why should we have a Aligarh Muslim University or a Banaras Hindu University is a secular nation? Why should we talk about “minority” status for a university in a secular nation? Why can’t we rise above religion? Zia – you were seeking the answer to the question “Am I a Muslim first or an Indian first?”. From your posts, the readers definitely know the answer.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    AMU divided the nation whereas BHU has not. There is the difference. Don’t try to get certificate of secularism from communal muslims.

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    engrich Reply:

    both have divided india and sodiety.pakistan was result of british plan.generally muslims were against it.

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  • Ravi

    This is NA Pak hafees on the line.

    I Na- Pak hafees hereby declare that we should not keep crying discrimination discrimination discrimination….

    After all we are backward becasue idiots like me make youngsters into violent suicide bombers and get them to hate humanity.

    Muslims will only progress if they stuff me up…. and the thought process of alienation I represent….

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  • PS!

    India is secular only because India has a Hindu majority. In those pockets where Muslims are in majority, we know exactly the kind of ‘tehzeeb’ that is being heaped on non-muslim populations. The same Indian people, if converted to the Muslim faith, will behave like Pakistanis, Bangladeshis etc. Articles 29 & 30 are NOT required in a Hindu country AND, they will be erased in letter & spirit in a Muslim country/ dominated area within India. Look at Kashmir, parts of Kerala, UP, West Bengal, Bihar, Hyderabad and one can realize the truth for oneself.

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    engricn Reply:

    India is secular only because India has a Hindu majority

    hinduism is not religion

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  • Abhi

    “Gandhi, speaking in some chaste Urdu, seemed to back a “minority status”
    for the university, a key Muslim demand, caught in a long legal
    dispute.”
    The idea of a university, devoted solely to this community or that, is what is keeping the country backward in the field of education in the world; so much so, that there is NO university in India which counts in the top one hundred in the world. A university, by the very name, should imply something devoted to universal good, and not for the good of any particular community.

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