Outfoxing the foxes



Contrary to what some politicians say, I do not believe the Sangh Parivar’s latest stress on Hindutva is a nine-day wonder that will disappear with the Kumbh Mela. I have reason to be convinced that it is a clever, well thought out strategy and that those who are propagating it know even as they call for the Ram temple in Ayodhya that the temple issue is a self-defeating goal.

Yet, why should Mohan Bhagwat add his clamour to that of former Vishw Hindu parishad chief Ashok Singhal’s when he is a more astute political animal and risks having the BJP lose the 2014 elections on that plank? My guess is that it is for precisely that reason that Bhagwat would want the BJP to play up Hindutva, a vote which has largely fragmented since h demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992. The temple has no resonance with either the young or the older voters anymore, all of who are now only interested in development.

Now there is someone within the Sangh Parivar who is offering aggressive development as a poll plank to the masses and this is just the cleverest attempt to put that person in a quandary. Before Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi lit upon development as a better poll issue than killing off Muslims by the dozens, he was clearly the RSS’s mascot for all time to come for that very reason of being an unabashed and unapologetic baiter of all those who believed in a secular agenda as he seems to be doing now. But you cannot live on just fresh air and Hindutva alone, which is why before the December assembly polls in Gujarat, Modi went full blast for sadbhavna along with development, though he was careful not to annoy the RSS big wigs by overtly wooing Muslims, as senior BJP leadr L K Asvani had done when he declared Mohammad Ali Jinnah as secular.

Modi was clever enough to recognise that nothing would redeem him in the eyes of the RSS were he to display a secular face to the world. In addition he would also lose his core voger base if he ever apologized for th Gujarat pogrom of 2002. And so he turned down the offer of a Muslim cap during his sadbhavna fast as also, while hoping for the Muslim vote, did not give out too many tickets to the minority community during the Gujarat polls.

So far so good. But then there are other reasons why Bhagwat and others in the RSS will not forgive Modi in a hurry. Apart from his largely acknowledged role in the CD scam against Sanjay Joshi who was also hounded out of Gujarat by Modi, Bhagwat also believes his other pet, Nitin Gadkari, was unduly hounded by leaders in the BJP as the say so of Modi. Then, again, Bhagwat is very unhappy at the fact that Modi has eaten alive every tenable leader in the BJP in Gujarat – take away Modi and it’s not just the Congress which is leaderless in that state.

It did nothing when Modi went a-begging to Nagpur to call off the RSS and VHP men working actively against him during the elections – had that not been so, I am convinced, Modi would have won far more than the 115 seats – two less than his previous tally – than he did in the assembly this time round. For the kind of campaign he ran and the charisma he had, he should have swept at least 130-135 of the 182 d seats and the Congress alone was not responsible for “limiting him to 115,” as union finance minister P Chidambaram so eloquently put it on the day of counting.

But even more eloquent than that were some BJP and RSS leaders the same day when they described Modi’s victory as both modest and moderate and I am sure even Modi knew at that instant what he was up against. But while the Gujarat chief minister might be a clever cookie, always turning things to his advantage, I am beginning to admire Bhagwat who seems to have an even more unsurpassable strategy up his sleeve, each time the BJP or the RSS is faced with a threat or a crisis.

This time round the threat clearly is Modi himself — things are not as hunky dory in Gujarat as it may seem and I had a BJP leader tell me soon after the Gujarat polls that Modi “is desperate to get out of Gujarat, before Gujarat catches up with him.”

So I was not surprised at Modi’s show at the Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi impressing quite a few young minds with his development agenda, never mind the planning commission statistics on malnutrition, lower agricultural growth, high costs of electricity to the common people, fall in investments and all the other indices that belie the Gujarat growth story.

So, I belieive this return to strident Hindutva now is to confine Modi to Gujarat and not allow him to lead the BJP campaign in 2014. If Modi insists on doing that despite everything, a reluctance to accept the aggressive Hindutva which he wants to seem to leave behind in the race to the PMO, is certain to trip him up both ways, It is Bhagwat’s double edged sword for Modi – if the Gujarat CM embraces Hindutva, it will lead to a certain polarisation of votes and defeat for the BJP, autmotically signing him out of the race. If he he does not, the RSS would have legitimate ground to reason that, like Advani, he has moved away from the core Sangh Parivar beliefs and is not to be countenanced for any greater role in the party.

When the RSS had similarly forced Advani out to pasture, I had said the BJP patriarch was an old fox and would not give up easily. In a way I felt sorry for the man, considering it was he who had propelled the BJP from two to 85 seats in the Lok Sabha and, though, I did not agree with his methods, I felt that at least the Sangh should have acknowledged what he did for the party. Advani has returned to the fore again and again in various ways and, I believe, Modi, too, will put up a fight with the RSS to seek his desired due role at the Centre.

But Bhagwat, now though far younger than both, appears to be the wilier fox of the three and is unlikely to let go of his control over the BJP so easily. It will the, be very interesting to see who outfoxes whom in 2014 – and if the Congress proves the proverbial monkey who ran away with the cheese as the cats fought over the cream!

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  • Raf

    Another Great Analysis like your previous Big Daddy is in control. :)

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  • RK Sharma

    Well Bhagwat can sit with his ego and let Rahul Gandhi, his children rule for another 65 years, Writers like you can get few gifts and sing praises of Congress and secularism, pseudo secularism and then everybody can be happy. Truth is if BJP or India has any hope it is in Modi otherwise India should be taken over by some western country at-least we all will have food, electricity, roads, water and law and order.

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    Debu Reply:

    Pseudo or not the question is whether we want democracy to sustain. We all understand that BJP and of course the RSS do not believe in the Constitution that lays the foundation of the Indian state. They are playing along till they come to that level of power and authority when they can alter that very structure. Their interference in academics, their violent rejection of scholarly works like the Three Hundred Ramayanas, their animosity towards paintings even of students, makes us expect them to destroy the Khajuraho temples like the Taliban did to the Bamiyan Buddhas. My ‘idea of India’, where a thousand flowers bloom is not the BJP or the RSS’s idea of India in which a single flower remains. Their animosity towards a community is untenable and is not likely to make India strong. Let us see how the game plays out, fortunately this is a game in which try as they might, there can be no match fixing!

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMJJDINL2ZF5JDDXNLCZIJVK2E Buddy C

    another fantasy of the pseudo secular fundamentalists.

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  • Anonymous

    I think the columnist should understand that there is absolutely nothing–not even extreme hate–worth to lose one’s sanity. What a waste of an article for the writer and the newspaper.

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  • Anonymous

    Paid article.from Rahul’s testicles.

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    Bob M Reply:

    Maybe but your responses come from your rear end!!!

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  • Sandy

    Whole article looks so contrived and cooked up. An attempt to seek out a conspiracy where there is none. A clever analytical mind like that deserves a better cause. Hope the writer finds a new philosophical home by election time else will look very naked after the BJP victory

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  • Raja

    This article should come labeled “Paid Advertisement.” The author is surely capable of seeing deep conspiracies where none exist.

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    sk Reply:

    buddu This is not article but Blog where is question of Paid or Unpaid , misinform poor chap.

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  • Vinny

    SUJATA ANANDAN, you should be a Bollywood script writer. Just write whatever comes to your mind to make a story.

    Modi is a politician who can outsmart everyone. We love him in Gujarat. Gujaratis are capitalists unlike socialist India. They will keep electing him if he delivers on development. Just wait for few more years, Gujarat is going to bear fruits of his work of last 10 years.

    Also, please go check agricultural growth numbers under him and compare that to rest of India, instead of spreading lies.

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  • Virendra

    This is a paid article. Looks like Sujata Anandan can read people’s mind. India is a free country and has freedom of expression; does not mean people are fool. , and you can get away with such ****.
    This article certainly hurts your credibility. It will help if it is backed with some facts….opinion, conspiracy theory is good for thriller movie… Just looking at people’s comment should tell Ms Anandan how crappy your blog is… please come next time with some credible blog….How much were you paid for this ???

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  • Kalyan

    The blog is fat in thoughts as the writer is

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  • stanely man

    Biased, paid and a person who is blindly worshiping the dynasty..what else you expect? bunch of them with HT…bekar patel, vir shanghvi, vergise and other useless, hopeless congi-slaves….pips same tune every time they writes…and their favorite object is Modiji.

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  • Periyar Madayan

    How many anti-BJP articles and how many congi-Mthr5$fc5$rs are trying to divide BJP. Modi will win. We wnat to end quotas. let us make India a democracy and free it form the clutches of Hindu killing congress

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  • aryan

    The more biased u write about Modi…. the more popular he is becoming among youths…..So carry on with ur hate campaign against Modi

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  • Abu Ahmed

    The AP govt in Hyderabad removed the Urdu letter “Ain” which stands for Osmania from the mast of the degree the university awards – only because that letter reminds people that the Osmaina University started off as the first vernalucar language based University in the country and that too the first Urdu medium of education university.
    The Congress govt of AP – the most secular, minority-appeasing govt – got away after causing this kind of insane damage – simply out of hatred of anything related to Muslims. Now the question is why would the RSS want to see Congress defeated when that Party is doing everything that the RSS wants at its own pace? RSS would go on demanding a strident Hindutva, apply a ery hard line etc etc for it is not losing anything – the Congress is very much there to do the RSS’s bidding – by slowly marginalizing and pushing backwards Muslims of India in all walks of life.

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  • Bharati

    I think writers like Sujata trying to get their share of fame by writing such a cooked up story, completely fictional. VIKHYAAT (Famous) nahi to KUKHYAAT (Infamous) hi sahi. Just add “MODI” name and write any ****, people will read it; becuase he is the HOPE for this country…..People of India want to see the change, COngress has fooled and looted the nation for long long time….The wave of change has started, you either mend or be ready to get crushed.
    Afzal Guru, KAsab hanging right before the election, Aadhaar distrbution (600 Rs./month)… these are old tricks congress has used to fool people.
    I hope the Indians who understand and need the change for better future for themself and their posterity; need to come out and VOTE. You have to stand in line with others (Who vote – Blanket, Cash, TV, Liquor voters) to get your voice heard (VOTE). This is your MICROPHONE (VOTE) to fight against evil of this nation. PLEASE VOTE bhiayon/Bahono.

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    Bob M Reply:

    There is no doubt about the existence of a group of ‘internet lunatics’ employed by Modi who go by names ‘Bharti’ , ‘Aryan’, ‘Kalyan’, ’stanely man’, ‘deshraj’, ‘virendra’ ‘Sandy’ and ‘RajeevS’ who spew venom and hate.These pseudonyms keep appearing with every crudely written comment that exceeds the bounds of decency on articles that analyse Modi. It is obvious that these lunatics are hiding behind pseudonyms and will not reveal their actual names.

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  • Anonymous

    Sujata Anandan just the day before the Gujarat polls tweeted that Modi will lose and certainly never get more than 110 seats.Now she claims tht he should have got far more!!

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  • Nikunj Shah

    i seriously have doubts about this article being paid..how come all your articles either directly or indirectly support/favour the Congress ??

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  • Javed

    utter childish immature mental masturbation by this ugly half wit of a journalist. this blatantly unconvincing logic she gives requires leap of faiths in all directions

    agreed you need to put spin favourable to your congressi paymasters – but then spin it, you are like that little child who cant bowl properly & spin, and thus in a fit of self-rage runs with the ball to batsman’s stump and tries to get him out that way. and given your adulthood doesnt certainly look cute on you :)

    pathetic in short

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  • http://twitter.com/lakshmishaks Lakshmisha.K.S
  • EducateJournos

    You accuse Mr Modi being an unabashed and unapologetic, have you ever read your pieces and views on Congress Vs BJP? You are the unabashed and unapologetic one and the new breed of openly shameless political analysts.

    Refusal to a muslim cap? Why the hell is a Hindu’s faith being questioned by you? How a Hindu should follow his faith his belief is his own problem just like you cry shout scream and throw tantrums for in favour of our muslim brothers. Did you go and ask Manmohan Singh to let go of his turban and wear a Muslim Cap? No….. He is a Sikh.. How can he remove his turban? Right? Yes I believe that IS right. We do not ever expect Mr Manmohan Singh to do such a thing to prove that he is secular. In fact Modi’s or any other person of any faith including muslims have absolute unequivocal right to follow their own religion in whatever way they believe in it. We do not go around asking muslim women to remove their Burkha. That is discriminatory… that is ridiculous. They have absolute right to follow their faith in their own country in their own life. Who the hell are you to question an Indian’s forget Narendra Modi’s right to refuse a cap? Who has given you that right?

    I have read the 5 columns of yours on BJP congress etc etc.. and I regret having gone beyond the writers name. Ridiculous is the only word I can use for editors and writers like you who would biasedly and without verifying any facts do the bidding of people who probably pay them off.. yes after your 5th column I have no qualms in calling you a sold out journo… and as corrupt as the present Government and its regime.. It is people like you who are the stakeholders of existing communalism. You are the ones who earn your bread by festering on reporting and twisting the facts on such things who will loose their livelihood if Narendra Modi comes to power. You are in bed with the devil madam and it is time you realise that.

    You will be glad to know… you have lost a reader today. Rather lol.. who reads you.. Hindustan Times has lost a reader today. In just reading 5 columns written by you. Thats how rubbish you are.. Thank you good day and 350 bucks a year saved. Lucky for me I have not taken the annual membership for 2013. I read your article in today’s paper and immediately got onto my desk to check on your other works. And… thank you.

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  • Krishna

    worst article ever. Such paid and biased journalists should be banned from writing articles. I dont understand y hindustan times is allowing this lady to post he blog here.

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  • Deepak

    writer seems to be talwe chatu of congress.

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  • Machalatsmith

    This Religions and Political Party RSS,VHP,SHIV SENA,BAJRANG DAL AND BJP have create a Voilent against Minority Innocent Muslim and other religion Like Gujrat and Babri Masjid colision

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130122034516AAwviRa

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  • Anonymous

    This is a sad attempt at equating Modi with Rahul. Not expected from Sunita.

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  • guest

    Sunita I think you need a long break from writing. This article is pathetic.

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  • Amit S

    Write should get off Congress Payorll.

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  • nm

    I am sorry but is this some kind of a school essay competition winner? Hardly any material to feature in HT Blogs!!! I think nowadays putting Modi in your article is the means to gain readership. And goddamn it worked on me! :P

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  • ranks

    Every 30 Minutes an Indian farmer commits suicide…

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    ranka Reply:

    but videshi technologist and desi leaders have found a way to transfer blame to server their commercial interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Another article that shows how grounded our mentality is in the bullock-cart age. Dear author, even though 70 percent of India resides in villages, the villages are not the villages you have in your mind. Village is full of youth who have email accounts, read newspapers, watch cable TV, have cell phones, go to cities frequently….. talk of investing their farm income in mutual funds…. Please open your eyes… do not remain stuck in doordarshan mindset.

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  • Jai-Hanuman

    In 2014 election, all the Indians would vote for “None of the above” option in the ballot box. So, effectively no party would get any majority. You need to either form a coalition govt combining all the Indian Parties or redo the election. It would be an eye opener for all, a great failure of the Indian democracy.

    That would be the turning point for the success of India, India would rise thereafter and never turning back.

    Voting is indeed a fundamental right which should not be wasted. Must participate in election. But, it’s within your right to decide whether to choose any party or no party.

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  • kanishka

    Late Lal Bahadur Shashtri, the 2nd PM of India and Mr Modi, the next PM of India, both are son-of-soil, had humble beginning from a poor family of clerk and shopkeeper and both had education in government-run local language schools. Both left home to serve the higher cause at the age of 17, one for the freedom movement and other for spiritual movement. Shashtriji is considered one of the best and honest PM of India who, in his brief term, guided India to its first victory in a war with Pakistan in 1965. Both worked their way up with sheer hard work and understanding the problems of masses and used HINDI/local language only as their medium of communications with the masses in the cities and villages. Like Modi, Both were very honest and incorruptible. MODI HAS THE HONESTY OF LB SHASHTRI, FIRMNESS OF SARDAR PATEL AND ORATORY OF VAJPAI. THREE-IN-ONE

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    TMM Reply:

    There is a major difference between Shastri n Modi. One had his hands clean and is a role model for all citizens while the other has his hands stained with blood and will be be behind bars shortly..

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    Kurkur Reply:

    Shasthri was killed by his own party.That makes the difference.

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  • Khalid

    Sunita is living 10 years behind, perhaps she has not visited any Indian village in last 6 yo 7 years. She should know that Information technology along with cable TV has covered the divide. Barring few remote areas most of the villages are as informed as cities.

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  • RV

    Seems Congress has lost faith in Indian journalists capabilities to take care of their Hate-Modi Bait-Modi campaign, despite of their 24×7x365 efforts. Now, they are buying help from alpha-beta learning foreign journos. AND, Sitting in Nepal Sunita what you know about Indian villages, do you know where is Gohana or Talala?

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  • S.P.DUGGAL

    It is quite clear that Hindustan Times is brazenly anti Modi .It is not a fair journalism. It is not Modi who is hogging various places but it the organisation who invite him to give a talk. Why other CM have not been invited?It is no consequence whether the person has been invited by the foreign countries but what matter whether his own countrymen admire him.Wake up your conscious and not misrepresent facts…

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  • Deep

    If Sunita was paying attention to Modi’s speeches, she would not have written such hogwash. Mr. Modi, in many of his speeches, talks about empowerment of villages and does not fail to mention that he regularly spends time in villages of Gujarat.

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  • Dr.V.Mahadevan

    Now that Rahul Baba has scored a ZERO in his one meeting with CII whereas Modi has been vowing audiences in DElhi, Kolkata, and of course Ahmedabad, The writer wants him and of course the Dimpled Baba to address folk in rural India. While Rahul keeps going in and out of folk’s huts as happened in UP, Modi will address proper meetings and trump Rahul again and again., you just watch.

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  • Anubhav

    Rahul Had been doing Nautankis dramatics. hiriing journalists like you to write in newspappers that Rahul has spent night at Dalits house in Village and then getting his photos clicked. What has happen in UP State elections, congress lost miserably. Modi on the other hand has demonstrated his will and intention to develop his state and empower his people. The fact is this publication can never praise Modi

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  • ashamed congressi

    Lol…..now such a foolish will come here and blog about Modiji????? What has this HT became????? We all know you are congress mouth piece….stop this nonsense…i fail to understand…why you bunch of paid media are not getting what is the mood of the nation and we all are not fools…please use little brain to understand this….and please do us one favor…STOP bull$itting here!

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  • Abu Ahmed

    MP is ruled by a BJP regime and that govt is functioning more efficiently than Modi’s govt. But why is Modi the darling of all extremists and RSS-Shakha trained Hindus? Why, he killed thousands of Muslims. So he is the darling of the middle class India and this class forms the biggest consumer market for the corporates – therefore the corporates will not seek to antognozise end-consumer of their products. However, corportes, media, townspeople cannot bring HumptyModity to power at the center – its the villagers and they are still peace-loving people of the country.

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    Seth Reply:

    “killed thousands of Muslims” – Are you sure its thousands and not hundreds of thousands?

    A friend’s friend’s colleague of mine went and asked Modi’s wife’s aunty’s nephew’s friend’s colleague; even today, everyday, he drinks a glass full of chilled Muslim blood (with ice cubes and rock salt) at his dinner time. Ever noticed his red cheeks.

    What more, RSS Sanghis themselves transform into mosquitoes (when they are not rioting) and suck Muslim-only blood in the night. That is what they mainly teach in their shakhas, I’ve seen their voodoo from a distance at 5 AM in a park while I was out for my sacred duty of returning earth’s debt in a more nature-friendly way .

    How can such a vampire become India’s PM when we have technologically sound (I mean robust not the speak sound) MMS 3.0 and his holiness Shri Rahul Ji with an IQ of 786 available to be the next PM of India. All Rahul Ji needs to do is that go and eat a meal at all of those 70% Indian villagers house for one time and they will be mesmerized by his persona and fan him while feeding him with their hands as if an adolescent Lord Krishna has blessed them with “saakshaat darshan”.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amit-Shukla/100000758179169 Amit Shukla

    so jokers have started giving insights now great work go on wish you luck that you get some from 100 crore kitty of congress which is revised to 5000 crore for jokers like you

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  • Anonymous

    What a ****. All the water harvesting schemes in Gujrat which is replenisihing ground water in Gujrat are for city people. The country roads and 24 hr power does not help farmers. 80% increase in agriculture in last 10 years happened in cities. Even the 108 ambulance scheme does not help villagers? All the agriculural universities, soil teasting programs are hambug. The Govt workers camping in villages for 3 weeks in summer are all going for picnics? This newpaper has lost its sanity.

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  • Elysiasmith

    This parties are create a voilence and communism between Hindu and muslim .VHP,BAJRANG DAL AND RSS BJP ARE DOING A POLITICS FOR THE RAM TEMPLE IN THE AYODHYA .
    http://www.prlog.org/12112705-6pm-coupon-code-extra-savings-up-to-75-enjoy-2013s-big-deal.html
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