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Beggerly BJP Still Foraging For Congress Crumbs !

FROM R.K.MISRA
If you can’t beat them, deplete them.
After over twenty years of uninterrupted rule in its model state, Gujarat, the BJP is still  foraging for rival’s crumbs to fill it’s overloaded basket. And so it was that on July 14,it inducted Mahendrasinh Vaghela,former Congress legislator and son of the eternal rebel, Shankersinh Vaghela into their party. Earlier on July 3,Kunvarji Bavalia a senior Congress leader had switched to the BJP and was gifted a full- fledged cabinet ministership in the Gujarat government the same day.
Mahendrasinh had been elected to the Gujarat Assembly in 2012 on a Congress ticket from Bayad constituency in Central Gujarat but had quit the party along with father Shankersinh and 13 other legislators before the Rajya Sabha elections in which Ahmed Patel won narrowly. Mahendrasinh was expected to join the BJP before the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections. He neither did so nor contested the elections though his father created a political outfit, Jan Vikalp M…

BJP Blueprint 2019 : Kashmir Pace-setter For Polarised Polls

BY R.K.MISRA
An idea rarely gets bigger than the brain cell it occupies, or so goes the saying. And thus every timepolls near, the foxes develop a pronounced interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
Twoevents on the national political canvass held in close proximity provide a clear indicator of the Narendra Modi- led BJP government’s strategy for the general elections 2019. While the first was the promulgation of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir on June 20,the second was the two daymeeting in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on June 25 to formulate it’s strategy for next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
The meeting wasattendedbyBJP national chief Amit Shah, Union ministersPurshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia , Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel ,BJP Gujarat in-charge Bhupendra Yadav two Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) leaders -Yashwant Chaudhary and Gujarat prant pracharak Chintan Upadhyay- besides the state party chief Jitu Vaghani. A total of about thre…

God Votes In India , Abstain In Britain . Part 1

BY R.K.MISRA

India is in ferment. It’s rulers are hard at working teaching a new language. I reproduce here  the first part of a scintillating piece of journalism by L.K.Sharma which appeared on 9 June 2018 in  Open Democracy, a UK anchored global media platform  publishing up to 60 articles a week and attracting over 8 million visits per year.

About the author Open Democracy states - L K Sharma has followed no profession other than journalism for more than four decades, covering criminals and prime ministers. Was the European Correspondent of The Times of India based in London for a decade.  Reported for five years from Washington as the Foreign Editor of the Deccan Herald.  Edited three volumes on innovations in India.  He has completed a work of creative nonfiction on V. S. Naipaul.  His two e-books The Twain and A Parliamentary Affair form part of The Englandia Quartet.

As a greenhorn,I was privileged to work alongside the great master. He was my chief reporter at the Times of In…

Modi - Rahul Mind Games ; Next Chessboard Gujarat

BY R.K.MISRA

The BJP under Narendra Modi is a good teacher and the Congress helmed by Rahul Gandhi, a fast learner.

After the Congress succeeded in fending off a determined BJP effort to form the government in Karnataka, Gujarat, is warming up to mind games between the two principal opponents, one seeking an encore and the other determined to safeguard it’s turf.

Gujarat, always important in the scheme of BJP’s national affairs, has acquired added importance as the home state of the Prime Minister.

After Congress managed to snatch back Karnataka in the recently concluded state assembly elections, despite Governor Vajubhai Vala inviting the BJP to form the government, it has been emboldened enough to explore the possibility of a coup in Gujarat.

The BJP, on the other hand, is determined to ensure that no such Congress moves fructify as it would be lethal to lose Gujarat in the run-up to the general elections due next year. Also figuring in the list of correctives is a change of the capt…

Harvesting Lies And Hate In High Octane Elections

BY R.K.MISRA
India’s ruling party has perfected a formula to win elections and master the mandate.
Every politically important poll you have variations of this theme dished out in myriad forms and features. The formula is simple. Use symbolisms. Flail at Pakistan, muddy the minority and harvest the hindu. Cite muslim mobilization to seek hindu voter consolidation. Many times it works as in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and the north-eastern states and sometimes it does not as in Bihar.The by-election results declared  May 3I are further cause for saffron concern. The cleaver failed to cut in Kairana, UP lok sabha seat as the jats, muslims and dalits forged a front to frustrate the BJP.
The controversy stirred up around the portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah at the Aligarh Muslim University falls in this category. It was part of the saffron poll programme, aimed at the hindu voter in Karnataka.
The BJP, MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam who raised the issue in a letter to the AMU vice-chairman on may…

Togadia Tales ; The End Is Just A Beginning

BY R.K.MISRA
Simple assumptions seduce while complex questions confound.
And so you have all manner of media pundits, simply writing off saffronista surgeon, Dr Pravin Togadia, until recently the international president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, who quit the organization after his nominee was trounced. Only the star-struck believer, the self-blinded media and the politically challenged  lacking knowledge of RSS functioning, would do so.
Togadia who had been the informal chief of the VHP since 2003, announced he was quitting the outfit after the VHP elected former Himachal Pradesh Governor, Sadashiv Kokje as it’s working president on April I4 in the first ever election of the VHP in 52 years.
One time close friends, it is no secret that Togadia’s relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had soured during his chief ministerial days and the vitriolic hindutva/ram mandir crusader was in his cross-hairs marked out for ‘political’ extermination’. With Modi acquiring lord and master domi…

Hindu Antecedent Of Muslim Jinnah

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BY R.K.MISRA
Nearly 70 years after his death, Muhammed Ali Jinnah’s portraits continue to adorn places like Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Bombay High Court and Sabarmati Ashram in India. On the other hand, the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry building’s foundation stone states that it was laid by Mahatma Gandhi in 1934.
Recently, BJP MP Satish Gautam sought to remove a Jinnah portrait from AMU. It was ironic because, instead of vilifying Jinnah, the Modi Government should have actually decorated the Qaid-e-Azam, posthumously, with a Bharat Ratna because, it was Jinnah who created a Hindu-majority Bharat from the rarefied, nebulous India, while pushing the Islamists to a corner of the subcontinent and that was why the Deoband School opposed Jinnah!
Had India remained undivided, its Muslim population would now have been around 600 million, vis-à-vis the Hindus’ 1,000 million. Would the Hindus have lived peacefully with this large ‘minority’? Or, had India been balkanized, as Wi…