Maharashtra Local Body Elections 2017 : Saffron Tsunami


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 26, 2017           11.35 P.M.

Five years back in 2012, almost at the same time and also in the month of February, I wrote a blog about Saffron Juggernaut in Maharashtra municipal elections for 10 Municipal Corporations. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] was victorious even then. But they won the elections in alliance with Shiv Sena.

This time again elections were declared for the same 10 Municipal Corporations. And I am writing about Saffron Tsunami.

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But this time 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena broke and B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] went alone to test the waters. It happened because of hubris of Shiv Sena. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won May 2014 Lok Sabha elections and formed government in Delhi. Then in assembly elections in Maharashtra, both the parties went their separate ways. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] wanted to fight half the seats i.e. 144. But Shiv Sena was not willing. Unable to accept new ground realities and unwilling to acknowledge resurgence of B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ], they were insisting on the old formula of Bala Saheb Thackeray and Pramod Mahajan days 171 : 117. [ 171 for Shiv Sena & 117 for B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] or a later day formula; 169 : 119 [ 169 for Shiv Sena & 119 for B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ].

B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] and Shiv Sena went their separate ways. Gamble paid off as B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won 122 sears out of 288, only 23 short of majority mark. It increased its number of seats from 46 to 122. Shiv Sena won only 63 seats. But it also increased its tally. From 44 to 63, it got 19 more seats.

Not willing to accept any lessons from assembly elections 2014 drubbing, Shiv Sena was willing to give only 60 seats to B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] in B.M.C. [ Bruhan Mumbai Municipal Corporation ]. It was in fact 3 short of their previous tally. naturally B.J.P. refused and both the parties went their separate ways.

And as they say REST IS HISTORY.

B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won 82 seats, 51 more from 31 seats won by it in 2012. Shiv Sena could win 84 seats, only 9 more than its 1012 tally of 75.

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Apart from stunning, almost 3 fold increase in B.M.C. [ Bruhan Mumbai Municipal Corporation ] , B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won 8 other Municipal Corporations. It snatched Pune & Pimpri-Chinchwad from N.C.P. [ Nationalist Congress Party ].

PUNE : 2017 –  98 //  2012 – 26 [ +72 ]

PIMPRI-CHINCHWAD : 2017 – 78 // 2012 – 3 [ + 75 ]

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B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] also won Nashik, where N.C.P. was the ruling dispensation along with M.N.S. [ Maharashtra Navanirman Sena ]

NASHIK : 2017 – 67 // 2012 – 14 [ + 53 ]

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B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] gave bloody nose to I.N.C. [ Indian National Congress ] in Amaravati & Solapur, where it was the ruling party along with N.C.P. [ Nationalist Congress Party ].

AMARAVATI : 2017 – 45 // 2012 – 7 [ + 38 ]

SOLAPUR : 2017 – 47 // 2012 – 25 [ + 22 ]

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In fact B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] got solo control of 2 Municipal Corporations; Akola & Ulhasnagar, which it previously ruled along with Shiv Sena.

AKOLA : 2017 – 48 // 2012 – 18 [ + 30 ]

ULHASNAGAR : 2017 – 32 // 2012 – 11 [ + 21 ]

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B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] retained Nagpur with huge gains. It won 108 seat, 46 more seats than its previous tally of 62.

NAGPUR : 2017 – 108 // 2012 – 62 [ + 46 ]

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Now the case of the 10th Municipal Corporation of Thane. Shiv Sena was successful to retain the Corporation. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] failed to win. But it improved its tally. It won 23 seats, 15 more than the previous tally of 8.

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2017 State overall tally for all municipal corporations :

BJP : 629

Shiv Sena : 268

NCP : 139

Congress : 119

MNS : 14

Others : 94

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Apart from above mentioned 10 Municipal Corporations, Maharashtra also voted for 25 ZILA PARISHAD & 283 PANCHAYAT SAMITI.

PANCHAYAT SAMITI : 238

Total seats : 2988 // Declared : 2809

BJP : 803

NCP : 630

Congress : 555

Shiv Sena : 538

MNS : 2

Others : 281

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ZILA PARISHAD : 25

Total seats : 1509 //  Declared : 1452

BJP : 400 [ In 2012 – 165 ]

NCP : 346 [ In 2012 – 511 ]

Congress : 293 [ In 2012 – 419 ]

Shiv Sena : 264 [ In 2012 – 233 ]

MNS : 0 [ In 2012 – 17 ]

Others : 152 [ In 2012 – 165 ]

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Apart from above mentioned polls of local bodies, Maharashtra also voted for 191 NAGAR PALIKA & 4704 NAGAR PANCHAYAT  seats.

NAGARPALIKA ADHYAKSH  :

BJP : 71

Congress : 35

Shiv Sena : 26

NCP : 21

Others : 38

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NAGAR PANCHAYAT SEATS : Total Seats 4,704

BJP : 1,190 [ In 2012 – 340 ]

Congress : 952 [ In 2012 – 992 ]

NCP : 812 [ In 2012 – 812 ]

Shiv Sena : 612 [ In 2012 – 333 ]

Others : 1,140

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All the above mentioned results show stunning and staggering growth of B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] in Maharashtra after Narendra Modi and Amit Shah era started in India and after Devendra Fadnavis era started in Maharashtra. Maharashtra B.J.P. president Rao Saheb Danve & Mumbai president Ashish Shelar also contributed immensely in this growth.

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JNU : Hub of Anti-National Communist Traitors


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 14, 2016           11.40 P.M.

I am agitated. I am angry. I am furious.

Maqbool Bhat was hanged in 1984 , February 11, 1984. Indira Gandhi of Indian National Congress was the Prime Minister of India.

Afzal Guru was hanged in 2013 , February 09, 2013. Manmohan Singh of Indian National Congress was the Prime Minister of India.

Hanging of both these Kashmiri separatists, terrorists and Mir Jafars of modern-day India happened in Congress rule. Why communist of JNUSU  [ Jawahar Lal Nehru University Student Union ] raising it now? Why scion of Congress Rahul Gandhi is supporting this nefarious anti-national activity? Dude, it all happened when your grandmother Indira Gandhi and your factotum Manmohan Singh were ruling the country.

Let us have full details of the incident which happened in JNU campus on that shameful, fateful day.

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Poster of So-Called Cultural Event of JNU

Poster of So-Called Cultural Event of JNU

‘The Country Without a Post Office’ event

 

A group of students organized an event on 9th February 2016, to mark the hanging of Afzal Guru, convicted for the 2001 Indian Parliament Attack. The name of the event is derived from the book of poetry titled ’The Country Without a Post Office’ by Agha Shahid Ali about a particularly violent period in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The student organizers of the event had pasted posters across the campus inviting them to a “cultural evening of protest with poets, artists, singers, writers, students, intellectuals & cultural activists along with art exhibition & photo exhibition” on “9th Feb, Tuesday at Sabarmati Dhaba”, “Against the Brahminical ‘Collective Conscience’! Against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru & Maqbool Bhat! In solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination…”.

The Joint Secretary of JNU Students’ Union Saurabh Kumar Sharma of the ABVP  wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor M Jagdish Kumar, complaining that “these activities will disturb the peace & harmony of the campus” and requesting him to rusticate the involved students. It prompted the university administration to order cancellation of the march as they “feared” that it might “disrupt” peace on campus.

University authorities’ response

The University authorities disallowed this program, citing misrepresentation of the nature of the event. “We heard there was some cultural programme but later came to know it’s not a programme but a protest. We came to know about it through posters and no permission was sought by anyone. Thus, to keep calm and maintain peace in the campus, we cancelled it,” JNU Vice-Chancellor Prof Jagadesh Kumar said.

But the organisers went ahead with the programme despite the cancellation of the permission.

Controversial slogans raised

Some of the students raised Anti Indian slogans like :

“Kashmir ki azaadi tak jang rahegi” 

“Bharat ki barbadi tak jung rahegi”

“India go back”

“Pakistan Zindabad”

It translates to “Will fight this war until the independence of Kashmir, until the destruction of India”. Agitated over the issue, ABVP members gathered outside VC office and shouted slogans demanding expulsion of the students who contributed to the “anti-national” activity. The Anti-India sloganeering evoked strong emotions among general public as the students who were shouting the anti-India slogans are heavily subsidised in their education from tax payers money.

Students’ Union response

In his Facebook post dated 11 February 2016, JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar said “We will fight for democracy, for our constitution and the equal nation for all. In the name of Afzal Guru, ABVP is trying to divert all the issues to save the failure of the Central Govt.”

Kanhaiya Kumar - President JNU Student Union

Kanhaiya Kumar – President JNU Student Union

Arrests of student leaders

Acting on a complaint filed by BJP MP Maheish Girri, on 12 February 2016 the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested by the Delhi Police. He was charged with sedition under section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, that allows for maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

In an amateur video shot a few hours before his arrest, Kanhaiya Kumar says (translated from Hindi): “We don’t need a patriotism certificate from the RSS”, he says. “We love this country. We fight for the 80% poor population of this country. We trust the constitution of this country. If anyone challenges the constitution, be it the Sanghis, it won’t be tolerated,”

Amnesty International criticized the arrest, calling it unwarranted. In a statement posted on Facebook, Amnesty International further added “The right to freedom of expression extends to speech that offends or disturbs. India’s sedition law is contrary to international standards on freedom of expression and must be repealed.”

A day later, seven more students were detained by the police.

The arrests soon snowballed into a major political controversy, with several leaders of opposition parties visiting the JNU campus in solidarity with the students protesting against the police crackdown. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that while the students would not be harassed, the “guilty would not be spared”. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiran Rijiju said the JNU would not be allowed to become a hub for “anti-national” activities.

Enquiry Committee

The Statement of the Vice-Chancellor Jawaharlal Nehru University stated “Along with the Deans Committee, the University takes serious note of the incidents on campus on the evening of February 9th. A high-level enquiry committee has been constituted to investigate the matter and take appropriate action as necessary. While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. However, there could be aberrations where fringe sections misuse the freedom provided. While that problem would be appropriately addressed in this case, the University would also take steps to protect the academic atmosphere and the environment for vibrant discussion that JNU has always provided and stands for.”

“The permission for the programme was sought by giving incomplete information, so it is an act of indiscipline. A committee headed by the Chief Proctor will examine the footage of the event and speak to the witnesses. It is on basis of the report, the varsity will take appropriate action,” JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar said. Briefing about the “incomplete information”, the varsity Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said, “There was nowhere mentioned in the permission request that the event will be on Afzal Guru, they just said that they wanted to organise a cultural event. How can any talk about disintegration of nation be national?”

Interim Report

A press note dated 12 February 2016 stated “Considering the seriousness of the incidents, and in order to enable a fair enquiry, the Committee has debarred eight students from academic activities with immediate effect during the pendency of the enquiry. However, to permit them represent their stand for a fair investigation, they will be allowed to stay in their respective hostels as a guest, during the period of the enquiry.”

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Umar Khalid - The Anti-National Traitor

Umar Khalid – The Anti-National Traitor

I am also posting video footage of the so-called “CULTURAL EVENT” of JNU. You can please watch and decide for yourself.

 

1 – Hear What this Anti National , Traitor Umar Khalid says.

2 days ago – Uploaded by SACYouTube


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2 – JNU student , Anti National ,Traitor Umar Khalid on Afzal Guru.

19 hours ago – Uploaded by THE LONE

 

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3 – Anti India event organiser , JNU student , Anti National ,Traitor Umar Khalid ripped apart by Zee News Anchor Rohit Sardana.

3 days ago – Uploaded by Virat Hindu

 

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4 – Arnab Goswmi lashes out at Omar Khalid during his debate show.

3 days ago – Uploaded by Amazing Arnab

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Jawaharlal Nehru University was established in 1969 by an act of parliament. It was named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. G. Parthsarthi was the first vice-chancellor .

University is organised into ten schools, each of which has several centres, and four independent special centres:

  1. Centre for the Study of Law and Governance
  2. School of Arts and Aesthetics
  3. School of Biotechnology
  4. School of Computer and Systems Sciences
  5. School of Environmental Sciences
  6. School of International Studies: This is the oldest school. It predates the establishment of JNU as the Indian School of International Studies, which was set up in 1955.
  7. School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies
  8. School of Life Sciences: The school’s faculty and students publish extensively in reputed national and international journals: To date, SLS has to its credit over 2000 research publications.
  9. School of Physical Sciences
  10. School of Social Sciences: It is the largest school (in terms of the number of faculty members) in JNU with nine centres.

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I have always written about the anti-national , communist activities of traitors in the campuses. FTII was the first nut case after Narendra Modi government came into power. I wrote many blogs about their designs and non-academic activities. They have been tamed now.

And now comes JNU. “CULTURAL EVENT” is fine. DEBATE is okay. DISSENT is also acceptable. But shouting anti-India slogan is neither “CULTURAL” nor “DISSENT”.

“Kashmir ki azaadi tak jang rahegi” 

“Bharat ki barbadi tak jung rahegi”

“India go back”

“Pakistan Zindabad”

It is pure , unadulterated sedition. It is anti-national. It is secession. It should be condemned. But alas ! The traitor Communists are up in arms against Narendra Modi government. Rahul Gandhi has also joined them. Their pathological hatred for Narendra Modi should be curbed, curtailed and nipped immediately.

Rahul Gandhi, Ajay Makan, D. Raja & Sitaram Yetury in JNU Protest

Rahul Gandhi, Ajay Makan, D. Raja, Anand Sharma & Sitaram Yetury in JNU Protest

As I am writing this blog, I read that “Tum kitne Afzal maroge ; Har ghar se Afzal niklega” shouting brave hearts ( ? ) are on the run. They are absconding. Their facebook accounts deleted. Such is the bravery of these Communist pigs !

JNU in support of Afzal Guru

JNU in support of Afzal Guru

I denounced Communist traitors of  JNU , their supporters like D. Raja and Sitaram Yechuri and Rahul Gandhi [ An anti-national on probation ] . D. Raja , who is taking moral high ground , is particularly responsible because his daughter Aparajitha Raja participated in that infamous “Cultural Event” of JNU.

Aparajitha Raja ; Daughter of D. Raja of CPI

Aparajitha Raja ; Daughter of D. Raja of CPI

In the end I am quoting a Hindi poem sent to me by Shri Awnish Barnawal, a nationalist Hindu Swayamsevak from my home town Deoria, UP.

खतरे का उदघोष बजा है,रणभूमी तैयार करो,
सही वक्त है,चुन चुन करके,गद्दारों पर वार करो,

आतंकी दो चार मार कर हम खुशियों से फूल गए,
सरहद की चिंताओं में हम घर के भेदी भूल गए,

सरहद पर कांटे हैं,लेकिन घर के भीतर नागफनी,
जिनके हाथ मशाले सौंपी,वो करते है आगजनी,

ये भारत की बर्बादी के कसे कथानक लगते हैं,
सच तो है दहशतगर्दों से अधिक भयानक लगते हैं,

संविधान ने सौंप दिए हैं अश्त्र शस्त्र आज़ादी के,
शिक्षा के परिसर में नारे भारत की बर्बादी के,

अफज़ल पर तो छाती फटती देखी है बहुतेरों की,
मगर शहादत भूल गए हैं सियाचीन के शेरों की,

जिस अफज़ल ने संसद वाले हमले को अंजाम दिया,
जिस अफज़ल को न्यायालय ने आतंकी का नाम दिया,

उस अफज़ल की फांसी को बलिदान बताने निकले हैं,
और हमारे ही घर में हमको धमकाने निकले हैं,

बड़ी विदेशी साजिश के हथियार हमारी छाती पर,
भारत को घायल करते गद्दार हमारी छाती पर,

नाम कन्हैया रखने वाले,कंस हमारी छाती पर,
माल उड़ाते जयचंदों के वंश हमारी छाती पर,

लोकतंत्र का चुल्लू भर कर डूब मरो तुम पानी में,
भारत गाली सह जाता है खुद अपनी रजधानी में,

आज वतन को,खुद के पाले घड़ियालों से खतरा है,
बाहर के दुश्मन से ज्यादा घर वालो से खतरा है,

देशद्रोह के हमदर्दी हैं,तुच्छ सियासत करते है,
और वतन के गद्दारों की खुली वकालत करते है,

वोट बैंक की नदी विषैली,उसमे बहने वाले हैं,
आतंकी इशरत को अपनी बेटी कहने वाले हैं,

सावधान अब रहना होगा वामपंथ की चालों से,
बच कर रहना टोपी पहने ढोंगी मफलर वालों से,

राष्ट्रवाद के रखवालों मत सत्ता का उपभोग करो,
दिया देश ने तुम्हे पूर्ण,उस बहुमत का उपयोग करो,

हम भारत के आकाओं की ख़ामोशी से चौंके हैं,
एक शेर के रहते कैसे कुत्ते खुलकर भौंके हैं,

मन की बाते बंद करो,मत ज्ञान बाँटिये मोदी जी,
सबसे पहले गद्दारों की जीभ काटिये मोदी जी,

नहीं तुम्हारे बस में हो तो,हमें बोल दो मोदी जी,
संविधान से बंधे हमारे हाथ खोल दो मोदी जी,

अगर नही कुछ किया,समूचा भार उठाने वाले हैं,
हम भारत के बेटे भी हथियार उठाने वाले हैं,

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Sainthood in Death? – A Kashmiri Pandit remembers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2016           07.45 P.M.

Two time Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and first Muslim Home Minister of India, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 07, 2016 in New Delhi of multiple organ failure. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in his native village Bijbehara of Anantnaag district.

With due respect to the departed soul, his political journey could be termed as colourful and sheer opportunistic. From Congress to Jan Morcha, and then again to the Congress, it was without any stated principles. Finally he, along with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, formed PDP and remained there till his death.

His two terms as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir could also be termed as maverick and opportunistic.

2002 = Though he had resigned from the Indian National Congress but without any qualm took their support to become Chief Minister. He had only 16 MLAs in the house of 87.

2008 = His PDP won 21 seats. But this time he prefered to sit in the opposition. It again defies logic. With 16 MLAs, he chose to become Chief Minister. But with 21 MLAs, he prefered to sit in the opposition.

2014 = He formed an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and became Chief Minister for the second time.  This time he had 28 MLAs, up 7 from the 21 last election.

From Congress to BJP, many people can frown but for him it was a smooth journey.

Here is the list of the milestones of his political journey.

Indian National Congress = 1972 to 1987

Jan Morcha = 1987 to 1990

Indian National Congress = 1990 to 1999

People’s Democratic Party = 1999 to 2016

Leader Congress Legislative Party = 1975

Union Minister of Tourism = 1986

Home Minister of India = Dec. 1989 – Nov. 1990

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = Nov. 2002 – Nov. 2005

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = March 2015 – Jan. 2016

It is in our culture to give respect to the departed soul. One is not supposed to be disparaging about the person after the he is gone. But in my opinion history is supposed to be unbiased. History should be loyal to the truth only. History is and should be cruel.

Therefore I thought to reproduce an article written by Anupama Handoo , a Kashmiri Pandit, which presents a totally different picture of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. —————————————————————————————————-

On 7 January 2016, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took his last breath. News feeds since then are full of eulogies for the supposed saint, nationalist and statesman.

Every paean takes me back to that fateful month of December in 1989 when Mufti’s youngest daughter Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped by (Yasin Malik’s) Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. The nation was held to ransom for the daughter of the Union Home Minister who had taken oath just a few days ago. Bypassing the elected state government led by Farooq Abdullah, Mufti misused his power and influence to engineer the release of five dreaded terrorists. Local population in the valley and friends were confident that Rubaiya was at home or at least in a safe house where she was safe and well taken care of, all the time. This drama of hostage rescue is the watershed event in Kashmir terrorism. Encouraged by weakness of the state and central administration, terrorism took hold in the valley. General population started to believe that ‘Azadi from India’ and ‘Pakistan with Pandit women and without the men’ is just around the corner. December 1989 and January 1990 was when lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus had to leave their homes to become refugees in their own country. For me and lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus that was the last time we saw home and for that we have Mufti to thank for.

1989 was not the first time when the ugly head of communal militancy reared its head in Kashmir Valley. Political experts maintain that Mufti orchestrated the infamous 1986 Anantnaag riots in which hysterical Muslim mobs took out violent processions, desecrated and destroyed more than 40 temples, and killed and looted the helpless Hindu population. In Mufti’s constituency Brijbehara alone, two temples were looted, ancient idols stolen and broken. Kashmiri Hindus should have anticipated what was to come.

One word that comes closest to describing Kashmiri politicians in general and Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in particular, is chameleon. No, it’s not a kind word. I don’t intend to be kind – the pain is still raw. I call him a chameleon because he switched loyalties like clothes, seizing opportunities to promote himself and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti. With subsequent stints in Democratic National Conference, Congress, and Jan Morcha and later on by launching his own People’s Democratic Party he bargained for more power and more influence with each stepping stone.

He first became Chief Minister in 2002, backed by Congress on a meagre strength of 16 in an 87 member strong State Assembly. In 2008 elections, he chose to stay in the opposition even with 21 seats and in 2015 he chose to form alliance with BJP on a strength of 28. Ambition is not a bad thing, manipulating masses for one’s own end is objectionable. While in opposition he engineered coups; in 1977, twice in 1986, in 1990 and in 2008; ushering the Governors’ rule every time. This marginalised the democratically elected parties and sowed seeds of discord in the electorate. He founded the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999 for which he used the electoral symbol of ‘green flag and pen-inkpot’ of the Muslim United Front (MUF) the Jamaat-e-Islami-led conglomerate of anti-India parties.

He kept everyone happy … happily in the dark. To the central government he played the role of a ‘Nationalist’ who was trying to bring ‘healing touch’ to the battered communities through peace and dignity. But the modus operandi of this healing touch was far from nationalist. He was a firm believer in Kashmiris’ right to ‘self-rule’. Ceasefire on the Pakistan border, disbanding of instruments like Special Task Force and Special Operation Group of Police, scrapping of The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) and release of political prisoners was all part of his arsenal. He facilitated bringing the separatists leaders (read Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) to a tripartite political dialogue with India and Pakistan. He recommended free trade and travel between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied J&K. His latest preposterous proposal was that the people of Kashmir should be allowed to transact their business in the Indian as well as the Pakistani currency. Looking at these steps in totality – these were ploys to weaken the State influence in Law and Order issues and dilute the army control on borders. Making borders with Pakistan porous, Mufti’s strategy was to pave the way for uninterrupted smuggling of currency, arms and drugs as well as infiltration of terrorists.

Kind obituaries are flooding in about the greatness of the man now dead. People are calling him a statesman and a visionary. He surrounded himself with wise people and those wise people (often Kashmiri Pandits) must undoubtedly believe in his secular and nationalist credentials. As a common person who never broke bread with him, I am entitled to judge his greatness by his impact and legacy. I will remember the man as someone who stepped on corpses for his political ambition. For this I cannot wish him peace in afterlife.

Cse Khoda rut karun, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, magar kari na zaahn.

[ May the almighty look after you Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but I seriously doubt He will. ]

– See more at: https://www.myind.net/sainthood-death-kashmiri-pandit-remembers-mufti-sayeed#.VpFMysSkQaw.gmail

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As stated above, I have taken this article from http://www.myind.net . They have printed this disclaimer towards the end of the article. I fail to understand the logic. Everyone has freedom of expression. And if a Kashmiri Pandit feels this way, she has every right to express her opinion.

WHY THIS DISCLAIMER ?

“Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. MyIndMakers is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of MyindMakers and it does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.”

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[ I express my gratitude to http://www.myind.net & the writer Anupama Handoo for this article. ]

 

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BJP’s Deepawali Crackers in Kerala


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 08, 2015           09.00 P.M.

 

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In bipolar KERALA politics, BJP is yet to open an account in Lok Sabha or Vidhan Sabha. But people of KERALA this time delivered a severe jolt to the ruling dispensation United Democratic Front [ UDF ] led by Congress in the Local Body Elections. The only opposition Left Democratic Front [ LDF ] led by CPM emerged winner. But the Bharatiya Janata Party [ BJP ] made strong inroads and sent shivers down the spine of the ruling dispensation and the opposition.

KERALA is bipolar state. UDF, Congress led front and LDF, CPM led front generally rule the state one after another. But the result of Local Body Elections 2015 show that Bharatiya Janata Party improved its seats in Village / Block / District Panchayats and Municipalities / Corporations of KERALA.

BJP had alliance with Sree Narayan Dharma Paripalana Yogam [ SNDP Yogam ]. This alliance with backward caste helped BJP.

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City Municipal Corporations

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TOTAL Corporations : 6

CPM [ LDF ] : 2

BJP : 2 [ Largest Party / Short of Majority ]

Congress [ UDF ] : 1

Hung : 1

BJP became main opposition in THIRUANANTHAPURAM Corporation. 34 Seats in 2015 / 6 Seats in 2010 [ CPM : 42 / BJP : 34 / Congress 21 ] BJP 17 short of majority.

BJP became biggest party in PALAKKAD Corporation. It is 3 short of majority. 24 Seats in 2015 / 15 Seats in 2010 [ BJP : 24 / Congress 16 / CPM 6 / Others 6

BJP became major opposition in THODUPUZHA / THANUR / THRIPUNITHURA Corporations

BJP : Total 51 Seats in 2015 / 9 Seats in 2010 [ + 42 ]

BJP : Total 1242 Wards in 2015 / 480 Wards In 2012 [ + 762 ]

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TOTAL Municipalities : 87

CPM [ LDF ] : 44

Congress [ UDF ] : 41

BJP : 1

Hung : 1

BJP : Total Seats 236 in 2015 / 79 Seats in 2010 /

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Gram Panchayat

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TOTAL Panchayat : 941

CPM [ LDF ] : 551

Congress [ UDF ] : 362

BJP : 14

Others : 14

BJP : 933 Seats in 2015 / 450 in 2010 [ + 483 ]

Some of these figures are not big compared to the victory figures of CPM led Left Democratic Front. But one has to remember that state of KERALA is a bipolar state. BJP is yet to open account in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha. Therefore, in my opinion, these results as very significant. If BJP could perform so impressively in Local Body Elections, then its performance in coming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha would certainly be epoch-making.

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List of Elections : Lok Sabha / Vidhan Sabha / Local Body

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MAY 2014 – NOVEMBER 2015

May 2014LOK SABHA [ BJP Won ]

October 2014MAHARASHTRA and HARYANA [ BJP Won ]

November / December 2014JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR [ BJP Won ]

February 2015DELHI [ BJP Lost ]

August 2015Local Body elections : MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN and BRUHAT BENGALURU MAHANAGARA PALIKE [ BJP Won ]

September 2015Panchayat / Municipal elections : ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS [ BJP Won ]

October 2015LADAKH AUTONOMOUS HILL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL [ BJP Won ]

October 2015Local Body Elections : GOA [ BJP Won ]

November 2015Local Body Elections : MAHARASHTRA [ BJP Won ]

November 2015Local Body Elections : KERALA [ Substantial Gains for BJP ]

November 2015BIHAR [ BJP Lost ]

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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 07, 2015           11.45 P.M.

India Under Modi in 2014 - 2015

India Under Modi in 2014 – 2015

I have to frequently write about all the election victories of Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi because national media, print and electronic both, sometimes ignore the results of the small and remote states and union territories.

Even if they write about the victories of BJP in bigger states, they berate BJP and put misleading headlines. Recent local body elections in MAHARASHTRA of KDMC , Kalyan – Dombivli Municipal Corporation and KMC , Kolhapur Municipal Corporation are the best examples of biased media reporting.

BJP contested the KDMC elections alone and got 48 seats [ 42 + 6 Independents ] . It had only 9 seats in 2010. It is a 5 fold gain. But according to media, Congress is on the way to revival and Shiv Sena edged the BJP. Shiv Sena also claimed that we are the “BAAP” in Maharashtra politics. Shiv Sena is up 21 and BJP is up 39 from the 2010 tally. Shiv Sena has got only 4 more seats compared to BJP. Now who is the “BAAP”? Congress got 4 seats and is down 11 seats from 2010. How could KDMC election be called a revival? BJP is the biggest gainer but according to media it is not important.

In Kolhapur also BJP’s gain is 8 times more. It contested elections with a local outfit Tararani Aghadi and not with Shiv Sena. BJP got 4 in 2010. In 2015 it got 32 along with Tararani Aghadi. Shiv Sena got a paltry 4 seats, up 1 from 2010 but it claims to the “BAAP” of Maharashtra politics. Congress is down 4 and NCP is down 14 from their 2010 tally. But for media it is Congress’s revival and its a wake up call for BJP.

Here is the seat tally of KDMC 2015 & KMC 2015 Polls :

 

Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation ( KDMC ) Elections

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TOTAL SEATS : 122 / Half Way Mark : 62

Shiv Sena : 52 / In 2010 : 31 [ + 21 ]

Baratiya Janata Party : 48 / In 2010 : 9 [ + 39 ]

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena : 9 / In 2010 : 27 [ – 18 ]

Congress : 4 / In 2010 : 15 [ – 11 ]

NCP : 2 / In 2010 : 14 [ – 12 ]

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen : 1

Bahujan Samajwadi Party : 1

Independents : 5 / In 2010 : 13 [ – 8 ]

 

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TOTAL SEATS : 81 / Half Way Mark : 42

BJP + Tararani Aghadi : 32 / In 2010 : 4 [ + 28 ]

Congress : 27 / In 2010 : 31 [ – 4 ]

NCP : 15 / In 2010 : 29 [ – 14 ]

Shiv Sena : 4 / In 2010 : 3 [ + 1 ]

Independents : 3 / In 2010 : 10 [ – 7 ]

 

59 Semi Urban Local Bodies / Nagar Panchayat Elections

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BJP : 15 local bodies

Congress : 14 local bodies

NCP : 13 local bodies

Shiv Sena : 6 local bodies.

 

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The BJP came 1st, the Congress emerged 2nd, the NCP stood a close third, the Shiv Sena a distant fourth, while the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was virtually erased in the results of elections to 59 local bodies which were announced here on Monday, November 02, 2015. Even BSP and CPM are individually ahead of MNS. And combined strength of local parties and independents are almost close to Shiv Sena. BJP is 1st and got more than double seats compared to Shiv Sena. Can Shiv Sena still thinks that it is “BAAP” in Maharashtra politics?

Bharatiya Janata Party : 254 Seats

Congress : 233 Seats

Nationalist Congress Party : 196 Seats

Shiv Sena : 123 Seats

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena : 2 Seats

Bahujan Samaj Party : 7 Seats

CPI-M : 3 seats

Local Parties : 46

Independents : 56 Seats

BJP scored big in the Local Body Election 2015. It hardly matters even if media ignores it. While I am about to post this blog news is coming that Shiv Sena and BJP are joining hands in KDMC and they are set to rule KDMC jointly. It is heartening. Here I am listing all the elections held since the Lok Sabha victory of Narendra Modi. ———————————————————————

May 2014 LOK SABHA [ Won ]

October 2014MAHARASHTRA and HARYANA [ Won ]

November / December 2014JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR [ Won ]

February 2015 DELHI [ Lost ]

August 2015Local Body elections : MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN and BRUHAT BENGALURU MAHANAGARA PALIKE [ Won ]

September 2015Panchayat and Municipal elections : ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS [ Won ]

October 2015LADAKH AUTONOMOUS HILL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL [ Won ]

October 2015Local Body Elections : GOA [ Won ]

November 2015Local Body Elections : MAHARASHTRA [ Won ]

November 2015Local Body Elections : KERALA [ To Be Announced ]

November 2015BIHAR [ To Be Announced ]

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Kerala Local Body Elections and Bihar Assembly elections are going to be announced tomorrow morning. Exit Polls are predicting big victory for BJP. I hope that BJP scores big in the coming Kerala and Bihar elections also. It would be a definite step towards Congress-Mukt-Bharat.

 

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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 22, 2015           00.20 A.M.

I read Supreme Court judgment about Sanjeev Bhatt, the disgraced Gujarat cop. I was curious to know more details. I just visited http://www.opindia.com and was amazed. I found what I was looking. It is a friend’s account of Sanjeev Bhatt’s deceit and conniving campaign, which he launched against Narendra Modi, then Gujarat’s Chief Minister.

Nirendra Dev was close to Sanjeev Bhatt and must be privy to many of his secrets. He is no ordinary mortal. He is Sp. Representative of The Statesman, New Delhi.

I am quoting verbatim and reproducing the article. I express my gratitude to Shri Nirendra Dev and Opindia.

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Journalist and old friend of Sanjiv Bhatt asks: Did you use me Sanjiv Sahab?

This piece is about two people. One a politician who is the Prime Minister of India and the other a Gujarat cop – now dismissed. From a reader’s perspective there are always different ways of looking at a writer/blogger. On the other hand, bloggers too preserve their rights and prejudices too.

Narendra Modi has been a politician and a chief protagonist of my three books on his state and him. But Modi was never a friend though I had always admired him for certain traits as an administrator in Gujarat and as a ‘grounded’ leader who looked decisive on many matters chiefly working on developmental projects.

On the other hand, Sanjiv Bhatt was a good friend and more a ‘good source’ in Gujarat police when I was deputed by Press Trust of India (PTI) there to cover the year’s toughest assignment the post-Godhra mayhem of 2002. I always believed Sanjiv or our ‘Sanjiv Sahab’ never lied to me. I will continue to cherish this belief.

But on October 13, 2015, none other than the Supreme Court of India had choicest of words and phrases for him. “We are not impressed by aforesaid submissions. It cannot be said that the petitioner (Sanjiv Bhatt) has come to this Court with clean hands,” the court of Chief Justice of India H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra ruled.

I continued to be in a mystified stage as the reports of the court proceedings came in. Of course, I knew from 2009-10 that Sanjiv Bhatt was perhaps erroneous in his handling of the entire episode wherein he had filed an affidavit claiming Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat told select few senior police officials (on February 27, 2002) that the Hindu rioters should be allowed to avenge the injustice of Godhra train inferno. Other police officials, including the then DGP K Chakravarthy had denied that Sanjiv Bhatt had attended such a meeting. There was no police record to substantiate Sanjiv’s claims too. The official version being – he was too junior to be summoned for such a high-level meeting.

Despite regarding him a friend and ‘reliable source’ – to use a journalistic cliche – I was somehow not convinced about Sanjiv Bhatt’s version. I was often ridiculed in the established secular lobby of New Delhi and Ahmedabad journalism for my ‘not trusting’ a friend and backing a Hindutva leader, NaMo.

I probably went by my instincts and thought Sanjiv Bhatt must have fallen into some wrong hands. The official claim that Sanjiv Bhatt was too junior to attend such a meeting somehow worked for me. One reason for the same being, only ‘trusted’ senior cops would be convened for a high-level meeting with a Chief Minister. I knew from my experience in Nagaland, mere seniority does not make you win a Chief Minister’s trust. S C Jamir, the former Nagaland Chief Minister and the present Odisha Governor, had tutored me a few tricks of running an administration.

So my argument was: Even if Sanjiv Bhatt was authorized to go to such a meeting (in the absence of his senior), there was no surety the Chief Minister would trust a junior fellow. To say that Sanjiv Bhatt did not know this would be wrong again.

Nevertheless, the detailed ruling from the apex court of the land and that too telling in as many words that  Sanjiv Bhatt has used ‘media card’ and was only a tool to Modi’s political detractors was a sad affair overall.

The court had ruled, “He (Sanjiv) had exchanged  e-mails with rival political party leaders and was being tutored by the  lawyer of NGO and its activist. Ghost questions and answers were also prepared as to what the petitioner was required to speak before Justice Nanavati Commission. Petitioner has used the media card, has even sent the e-mails to influence the judicial proceedings of a  3-Judge Bench of this Court (Supreme Court) and has tried to influence the amicus  curiae. The e-mails also indicate that he tried pressure groups and  tried to invoke media pressure”.

I felt let down. Did Sanjiv use some of his media friends too and needless to add – by basking in the ‘glory’ of being one-man against Modi – Sanjiv’s friend circles in media had changed by then? His onetime ‘babu moshai from Mumbai’ (this blogger) was hardly in the inner circle! And thus during December 2012 election campaign for the state assembly, my interaction with Sanjiv Bhatt – when his wife Shweta was contesting against Modi from Maninagar assembly segment – was minimum and more of a courtesy meeting. Sanjiv’s friends now were high-flying journos, TV anchors and Padmasri awardees.

On October 14, a day after the apex court ruling, I confided in my wife and few close friends in Delhi and Mumbai and also with one special friend on Facebook that overall it was a ‘sad’ affair. Sanjiv has been slammed – this time not by BJP’s battery of spokespersons but by the Supreme Court itself. And if Sanjiv sahab had any ‘media card’ – our profession has been misused.

I have stated earlier of the apprehension I had about him falling into ‘wrong hands’ – for essentially I thought and many journalists who have served in Ahmedabad would believe that he was a sharp cop. I still have a few fond memories of his genuine friendship and helping me in discharge of my duties as a journalist for a highly demanding wire agency Press Trust of India (PTI).

But, I am afraid, one cannot sympathise with him further. So, rather one is convinced to take the harsh but candid line of a noisy TV anchor that ‘the credibility of Sanjiv Bhatt is over’. This is perhaps a big casualty of the 2002 Godhra train inferno and the subsequent politics perpetrated from either side.

On a broader larger scale, what angers me most is that the ‘credibility’ of a police official has been hit. It demonstrates gross abuse of police force, IPS cadre and a brilliant police officer by the Congress party and the NGOs — the permanent Modi detractors. This judgement of the Supreme Court, in my opinion, has made our friend Sanjiv Bhatt the Man-of-the-year 2015 – of course for the wrong reasons. Is Sanjiv Bhatt a case of abuse of a ‘weakest’ link by Congress party and the NGO brigade?

We know in a contest of unbalanced confrontation, like the story of David and Goliath; the weakest has to outsmart the strongest. My friend just could not. Sanjiv sahab is still active in social networking. He has the right to do so. But he needs to pull himself back for a while. And I sincerely feel so.

Now, the bigger question is should there be a probe into Congress-Sanjiv Bhatt nexus in the entire episode — to dig out the truth?

– @nirendev1

(Nirendra Dev is a Spl. Representative with The Statesman, New Delhi and author of books including
‘Modi to Moditva – An Uncensored Truth’ and ‘Godhra – A Journey to Mayhem’)

 

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F.I.P.I.C. – Narendra Modi’s Unsung Achievement


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 18, 2015           07.40 P.M.

When history is being created, it is very difficult to guess its importance, analyse its impact and appreciate its value. It is much easier to appreciate the importance, impact and value of the events when history is finally made and the leader is gone. Appreciation becomes more difficult in India when the achiever is Narendra Modi, who is adored by millions but deplored by few for reasons best known to them only. So many epoch-making decisions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the realm of Foreign Affairs seem to be inconsequential to these haters and because of the cacophony created by them along with media, are beyond the comprehension of even the students of current affair and contemporary history. Even scholars of foreign affairs are not very much appreciative of the endeavours of Prime Minister Modi for some of his epoch-making initiatives.

If Congress and Left-Liberal Intellectuals along with paid Media can’t fathom and accept the gigantic victorious juggernaut of Narendra Modi in India, [ May 2014 – October 2015 ] then I can understand their denial mode regarding the achievements of foreign policy because generally they are not visible on terra firma so soon.

India Under Modi in 2015

India Under Modi in 2015

Three initiatives in the field of foreign affairs, in my opinion, are truly historic and may be finally appreciated only after Modi is gone. They are :

1 – Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation [ FIPIC ]

2 – Indian Ocean Outreach Programme [ IOOP ]

3 – India-Africa Forum Summit [ IAFS ]

The third initiative India-Africa Forum Summit [ IAFS ]  is not Prime Minister Modi’s creation. But under him is has become gigantic. If something grows to 54 from 14/15, it deserves appreciation. So I consider it to be his initiative.

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The 3rd India Africa Forum Summit 2015 is going to be held in New Delhi from 26-30 October. Mandarins of the Ministry of External Affairs are spending sleepless nights to achieve the lofty goals set by Prime Minister Modi. Leaders of all the 54 countries have been personally invited and are expected to take part in the summit. Only 14 African countries participated in the 1st India-Africa Forum Summit, which was held from April 4 to April 8, 2008 in New Delhi.

The 2nd India-Africa Forum Summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from May 24 to May 25, 2011. 15 countries participated in the summit. So the 3rd edition of the India-Africa Forum Summit is the biggest ever congregation of the African Heads of State. It stands in direct contrast to the much-lauded Forum on China-Africa Cooperation & United States-Africa Leaders Summit.

This summit is only a week away, so I will write about it next week.

Indian Ocean Island Nations

Indian Ocean Island Nations

Before this, Narendra Modi went on the tour of India Ocean Island Nations. He toured Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Seychelles. It is known as INDIAN OCEAN OUTREACH PROGRAMME. This historic tour and foreign affair initiative was largely ignored by myopic India media and Prime Minister Modi’s haters. I will talk about this some other time.

14 Pacific Island Nations

14 Pacific Island Nations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 1st initiative in foreign affairs is known as Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation [FIPIC]. FIPIC is also ignored by the students and scholars of foreign affairs alike. They think that it is useless exercise of Prime Minister Modi in self-promotion.

FIPIC is a multinational grouping developed in 2014 by Prime Minister Modi for cooperation between India and 14 Pacific Islands nations which include Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. All Head of state/head of government of the above countries met in Suva, Fiji in November 2014 for the first time where the annual summit was conceptualised by Prime Minister Modi.

Flag of the 14 member nations :

 India
 Cook Islands
 Fiji
 Kiribati
 Marshall Islands
 Micronesia (Suspended sine die)
 Nauru
 Niue
 Samoa
 Solomon Islands
 Palau
 Papua New Guinea
 Tonga
 Tuvalu
 Vanuatu

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1st FIPIC Summit

Prime Minister of India, PM Narendra Modi chose to visit Fiji soon after democracy was re-established in the island country after 8 years. There, apart from bilateral meeting, he also met heads of state/government from 14 pacific island states to enhance India’s engagement in the region and proposed a ‘Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation’ (FIPIC) be held on a regular basis. He conveyed India’s keenness to work closely with Pacific Island nations to advance their development priorities in this regard a number of measures to strengthen India’s partnership in the region were proposed. which include :

1- Setting up of a ‘special fund of $1 million’ for adapting climate change vis-a-vis clean energy,

2- Establishing a ‘trade office’ in India,

3- ‘Pan Pacific Islands e-network’ to close the physical distance between the islands by improving digital connectivity,

4- Extending visa on arrival at Indian airports for all the fourteen Pacific Island countries,

5- ‘Space cooperation’ in space technology applications for improving the quality of life of the islands,

6- ‘Training to diplomats’ from Pacific Island countries to increase mutual understanding.

 

2nd FIPIC Summit – Jaipur, India

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2nd FIPIC Summit

One of the key outcome of the first summit in Suva, Fiji was that top leadership of both India and Pacific Islands should meet at a regular interval and an annual summit should be instituted in this regard. Prime Minister Modi invited all the 14 Pacific Islands nations head of states/head of government to India for the next rounds of talks in 2015. Jaipur, known as Pink city, was selected to host the main summit on 21 August 2015.
As per of India’s extended Act East policy, the South Asian country is actively promoting good relations with smaller islands nations of the South Pacific, along with heavyweights in the region, and cooperating on multiple issues which include blue economy (ocean based economy), oil and natural gas, mining, IT, health care, fishing and marine research. Space collaboration with Pacific countries are of vital for India as they provide ISRO, India’s space administration, an eye to monitor launch of their rockets.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee welcomed all the visiting dignitaries at Rastrapati Bhavan on 20 August 2015 following which leaders went to Agra, on their way to Jaipur the summit venue, for a tour of Taj Mahal.

Indian media and Prime Minister Modi haters ignored Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation [ FIPIC ]. But not our arch-rival China. It was quite significant to see Chinese President Xi Jinping following Modi’s trail visited Fiji on 21 November (just 2 days after Prime Minister Modi’s trip) to meet a similar gathering of leaders indicating a struggle for influence between the two Asian giants in the island countries of south pacific. If you look at the location of FIPIC countries, and if you not blind by Narendra Modi hate, you can gauge its importance. All the FIPIC countries are located at the triangle of Asia, Australia and America continents. They are close to the west coast of USA, almost adjacent to Australia and New Zealand. They are south of China and Japan and East of Vietnam. Modi haters should know that this region is called by China as SOUTH CHINA SEA, the current flash point of China’s sea hegemony. With its presence there, India can monitor China and can be of some help to friendly countries like Japan and Vietnam. By being there, India can also take care of its strategic economic interests in the PACIFIC SEA REGION.

 

 

Strategic Lacation of FIPIC

Strategic Location of FIPIC

 

Indian National Congress has developed unfathomable allergy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I challenge them to cite initiatives taken by them in the arena of foreign affairs. Barring now moribund NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT [ started by the 1st Prime Minister of India Late Jawaharlal Nehru ] , there is no such initiative in sight.

 

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[ Historical facts, data and other material about Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation [ FIPIC ] / Indian Ocean Outreach Programme [ IOOP ] & India-Africa Forum Summit [ IAFS ] have been taken from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

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A Hypocrite Called Nayantara Sahgal


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 14, 2015           02.30 A.M.

Let me start with DADRI LYNCHING. It is despicable. It is atrocious. It is condemnable. No sane person will justify this heinous crime.

But it didn’t happen in a BJP-ruled state. It happened in Uttar Pradesh, a state ruled by SAMAJWADI PARTY, a family concern run by indefatigable MULAYAM SINGH YADAV and his bellicose clan.

Then came a statement of NAYANTARA SAHGAL, a forgotten, moth-eaten writer, who happened to be the niece of JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU, the 1st Prime Minister of India, and who got SAHITYA AKADEMY AWARD for her novel ” RICH LIKE US ” during her nephew Rajiv Gandhi’s rule. On October 06, 2015 she returned her SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARD to protest against “increasing intolerance and supporting right to dissent in the country”.

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Her protest is against killing of Govind Pansare and M. M. Kalburgi and DADRI LYNCHING of a muslim person. I personally don’t support killing of writers or mob lynching. But I also have few questions for NAYANTARA SAHGAL.

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She accepted SAHITYA AKADEMY AWARD in 1985, just a year after infamous 1984 Anti-Sikh riots of Delhi, during the term of her nephew Rajiv Gandhi. She didn’t return the award then. She didn’t return the award when Babri Majid was demolished. It happened again during Congress rule. She didn’t return the award when KASHMIRI PANDITS were driven out of their houses in Kashmir valley. She didn’t return the award when Narendra Dabholkar was murdered during Congress rule.

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SO WHY NOW?

She did give her answer. She said, ” NOW THERE IS A HINDUTVA GOVERNMENT AT THE CENTRE.”

I call it selective outrage. She has double standards and is a stark hypocrite.

After her “outrage”, 25 more authors have returned their awards. But look at the facts. Only 25 out of 1004 recipients announce the returning of the awards. Out of these 25 authors, only 8 have written letters that they intend to return the award. And only 3 have returned the award money of INR 1,00,000.00 [ INR One Lakh ]. Wow! such brave intentions!

I denounce these bunch of jokers. They are out of sync with the NEW INDIA. They are jaded. They are archaic. They are hypocrites of the worst kind. It’s a good riddance. NEW INDIA is better placed without such pig-headed intellectuals.

NAYANTARA SAHGAL in her swanky mansion in Dehradun

NAYANTARA SAHGAL in her swanky mansion in Dehradun

Sitting in their swanky mansions, these outdated intellectuals pretend that they know India better. According to me NAYANTARA SAHGAL’s belated protest is linked to her feeling of being a part of Nehru-Gandhi oligarchy and a failed attempt to thwart a perceived threat to the Nehruvian legacy.

threat to the Nehruvian legacy.

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Bihar Election 2015 & Biased Media


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 11, 2015           11.45 P.M.

 

Bihar Assembly Election - 2015

Bihar Assembly Election – 2015

 

Polls to the 243-seat Assembly would be held on October 12, 16, 28, November 1 and 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

 

With the announcement of dates of Bihar Assembly Elections 2015, battle lines have been drawn. Armies are out in the battle field. Arms are in place. Swords are being brandished. Quiver is in place and bow is already in position to start the attack. But a big question mark remains. Who will win the battle? There are 4 formations.

1 – NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE  [ BJP + LJP + RLSP + HAM ]

2 – MAHAGATHBANDHAN [ JDU + RJD + CONGRESS ]

3 – THIRD FRONT [ SP + NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) +  SJD-D (Samajwadi Janata Dal (Democrat) led by former Union Minister Devendra Prasad Yadav + NPP (National Peoples Party) headed by former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma ]

4 – LEFT FRONT [CPI (ML-Liberation) + CPI + CPM + RSP + Forward Bloc + SUCI (C) ]

Obviously result is difficult to predict. Media is out with the exclusive(?) opinion polls. But they are so different that one is forced to think that something is terribly wrong. 3 reputed media houses like Zee TV, IndiaBTL & India TV are predicting decisive BJP+ victory. Their survey samples are huge. Their credibility unquestionable and their analysis exhaustive.

Then there is ABP News. They are giving slight edge to BJP+.  According to them BJP is ahead of Mahagathbandhan.

While CNN-IBN & India Today are sure that BJP is going to get defeated in the battle decisively. They have no caste wise, region wise analysis. I don’t know they have come to this conclusion?

Same is the case of print media. Indian Express predicts BJP’s rout, while Times of India gives a slight edge to BJP.

It is certain that some media houses are biased in favour of Mahagathbandhan and they want BJP to be defeated. But this is not journalism. They are supposed to give us news. Not their biased views. The word “PRESSTITUDE”, which is widely used today, seems to be true for a section of biased media.

Please go to the important predictions of the media houses and decide yourself.

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Zee TV Opinion Poll

Zee TV Opinion Poll

ZEE TV – JANTA KA MOOD OPINION POLL :

The survey was conducted by JantaKaMood for Zee Media Ltd from October 5-8, 2015.

The pre poll survey indicates that 54 percent electorate is expected to vote for the NDA, while 40.2 percent may vote for grand alliance and 5.8 percent will opt for the Others.

The NDA comprises of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Hindustani Awam Morcha(HAM), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) & Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP).

The grand alliance has been formed by Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.

According to the survey, if the polls are conducted today, the NDA will be leading in 162 seats, the grand alliance in 51 and the remaining 30 seats will witness a very close fight.

35.1 percent of the Muslim population is expected to vote for the NDA, while 57.9 percent of the minority community will go with the grand alliance-led by Nitish Kumar.

The poll survey further predicts that Hindus will vote in majority for the BJP-led alliance. 57.8 percent Hindus are predicted to vote for the NDA, 36.6 percent will opt for the JDU+RJD+ and Others will get 5.6 percent of their votes.

The survey also predicts a close contest for the Yadav votes. BJP-led alliance is expected to win over 43.3 percent Yadav votes, grand alliance 51.9 percent and Others 4.8 percent.

It seems the female community is inclined towards the Modi-led NDA. Around 57.5 percent female electorates are to vote for the NDA, 36.0 percent will go for grand alliance and 6.5 percent will opt for Others.

According to the survey, vote share in major caste groups in Bihar will be as follows:

Forward votes: NDA is expected to win over 65 percent of the voters, 30 percent will stick to grand alliance and the remaining 5 percent will vote for Others.

Also Read – Grand Alliance set to win Bihar election: Survey

Dalit + MahaDalit votes: 57 percent want to elect the NDA, 36 percent want JDU+RJD+ and 7 percent would go for Others

OBC votes: The BJP-led NDA projected to win over 55 percent, Nitish-led alliance 40 percent and Others to get 5 percent.

50 percent Yadav (OBC) voters want to opt for grand alliance, 45 percent would like to vote for NDA and 5 percent will go for the Others.

52 percent of Kurmi (OBC) want NDA government in Bihar, 40 percent want grand alliance and 7 percent want Others.

While the BJP-led alliance is expected to win over 55 percent of EBC voters, ‘Mahagathbandhan’ will get 40 percent and Others 5 percent.

The Khushwaha (EBC) community is tilted towards the NDA and is 57 percent are likely to vote for it. 40 percent want to side with Nitish-Lalu and rest 3 percent are tilted towards Others.

Furthermore, the electorate from Koeri (EBC) want NDA. 58 percent want BJP-led alliance, 37 percent want JDU+RJD+ and 5 percent would vote for Others.

NDA is projected to win over Teli (EBC) with 70 percent of the votes.

There is a close contest for the Adivasi votes, with NDA predicted to get 47 percent, ‘Mahagathbandhan’ 48 percent and Other s 5 percent.

The pre poll survey also said that the NDA, which registered an emphatic win in the 2014 General Elections, is expected to get 54.2 percent of votes in the 32 Lok Sabha seats. JDU+RJD+ is likely to get 40.1 percent and Others 5.7 percent.

If Lok Sabha elections are conducted today the NDA will win over 39 seats and JDU+RJD+ will fail to open its account, the survey said.

Interestingly, the survey says that aligning with Lalu will backfire Nitish. While, 59.7 percent say that the alliance will  hamper Nitish’s prospects in the polls, 30.2 percent think otherwise.

Another interesting factor is BJP is immensely gaining from PM Narendra Modi’s rallies. 62.8 percent think BJP’s star campaigner’s rallies are impacting the voters.

The survey is conducted through telephony. Survey sample is created through random sampling at Assembly constituency level for all the 243 Assembly seats. Approximately 10 lakh people from Bihar were approached in this round of survey. Data processing, analytics and historical data review are used to derive insights from the collected responses.

 

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INDIABTL OPINION POLL :

A few key learnings from the data

  1. The Upper Castes (Brahmins, Rajputs, Bhumihars and Kayashtas) were strongly behind BJP alliance with over 3/4ths of them preferring to vote for NDA, irrespective of who the candidate was (caste of the candidate did not matter)
  2. The Dalits are strongly behind NDA while Mahadalits are moderately behind the NDA.
  3. The Muslims are very strongly behind the Grand Alliance and the 3rd front and MIM has not been able to dent much from this votebank
  4. The OBCs (almost half of Bihar’s population) are a divided house. However more OBC voters prefer the Grand Alliance than the NDA
  5. However this skew is largely because of the presence of Yadav, Kurmi and Koeri voters in the OBC fold who have rallied behind the Grand alliance. Leaving them out, a fair majority of other backward communities seem to be behind NDA

We targeted 10,000 voters and successfully got responses from 8782 of them. The voters were distributed across 28 districts of Bihar. The representative sample was close to the actual population distribution of Bihar (except for 1 question on Lalu’s beef remarks which was executed later on a sample of 1200 people from 5 districts). The sample constituted of Muslims 16%, Yadavas 14.5%, Kurmis 5%, Koeris 6%, Dalits 4%, Maha Dalits 10%, Brahmins 5.5%, Baniyas 7%, Rajputs 5%, Bhumiahars 4.5%, Kayasthas 1.5%, and the remaining EBCs at 21%.

Vote share and Seats
Using the above calculation, we arrived out at following vote share

Vote share and Seats : : NDA 43.0 % / UPA: 39.8 % / Others 17.2%

Total Seats
NDA: 144 ( BJP 119 + LJP 16 + RLSP 5 + HAM 4 )
UPA: 85 ( JDU 41 + RJD 40 + INC 4 )
Others: 14

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INDIA TV – C VOTER OPINION POLL :

The BJP-led NDA is projected to win 119 seats, three short of the magic mark of 122 in the 243-member Bihar assembly, says the India TV-CVoter pre-poll survey, results of which were telecast on the channel tonight.

The grand alliance forged by RJD, Janata Dal(U) and Congress in Bihar is  projected to win 116 seats, three less than NDA’s tally, says the pre-poll survey. Eight seats may go to ‘Others’.

The NDA, comprising BJP, LJP, RLSP and HAM, has been projected to get 43 per cent vote share, compared to 41 pc vote share of Lalu-Nitish-Sonia alliance, says the pre-poll survey.

 

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CNN - IBN Opinion Poll

CNN – IBN Opinion Poll

INDIA TODAY – CICERO OPINION POLL  :

India Today had conducted an exhaustive pre poll survey, in collaboration with Cicero. The survey has predicted that the current Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is in fact the most popular leader in the state, followed by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sushil Modi. The poll also predicted a clear victory for the Janata Dal (United) lead Grand Alliance, which includes Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and Rahul Gandhi’s Congress. According to the survey, Grand Alliance got 122 seats, ahead of the BJP lead NDA’s 111 seats. Both the alliances got 41% and 39% voter share respectively.

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ABP NEWS – NIELSON OPINION POLL :

ABP News-Nielsen’s latest Opinion Poll has projected a fall in the number of seats of the grand alliance of JD(U)-RJD and Congress in Bihar when compared to what they achieved in July.

 

The grand coalition was projected to win 129 seats in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, according to our Survey conducted two months ago. However, this time around, the Opinion Poll has predicted that the Nitish Kumar-led association is set to lose seven seats thereby dropping down to 122.

 

According to the Opinion Poll, the BJP-led combine including LJP, RLSP and HAM is likely to win six seats more improving their tally to 118 as compared to the last conducted Survey. But NDA running short of four seats demonstrates that it has failed to gather the required magical figure of 122 seats.

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The map posted below will give you the mammoth presence of BJP across the nation. Momentum is not lost in the previous assembly polls of MAHARASHTRA, HARYANA, JAMMU & KASHMIR & JHARKHAND. DELHI being the sole exception.

BJP Rulred States After 2014 Lok Sabha Elections

BJP Rulred States After 2014 Lok Sabha Elections

 

So I hope that Zee TV’s 2/3rd majority prediction for BJP+ will be manifested in results. A new churning has begun in Bihar. Youth and female voters are heralding the new change in the hugely patriarchal and caste-ridden Bihar. Victorious march of BJP will continue in the Bihar and will change the JUNGLE-RAJ of beef eating socialists.

Election - 5

 

[ Poll predictions and all the other data has been extensively quoted from the website of the various Media channels. I express gratitude. ]

 

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In a remarkable move the officials of government of India signed a peace agreement with a  major Naga tribal group, waging a guerrilla war with the central government for over past six decades. The agreement besides restoring peace in the region also attempts to build institutions bestowing greater autonomy to Naga tribes. The peace pact reached between the government of India and the largest militant faction of the North East, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), NSCN (IM) can significantly bring down the insurgent insurrection. While the finer details of the accord and the mechanisms of its execution are still under wraps the move is welcomed by all political parties. Modi recalling it as a major triumph under the flag of Act East Policy reiterated that restoring peace, economic and social progression of North East has been his utmost priority.

To appreciate the crux of the issue, it is worth recapitulating the genesis and epic-proportions of the Naga insurgency tale. The undivided Goalpara district or the Assam province which was under the control of the Ahom rulers of Burma became part of the Bengal Subah of the Mughal Empire after conflicts. Subsequently in 1765 it fell into the hands of East India Company along with Bengal and became part of the special administrative region of North-Eastern parts of Rangpur. After a series of Anglo- Burmese wars and enforcement of Doctrine of Lapse the entire region of Assam was annexed to British India by 1833 (1). British later on captured several Naga territories and consolidated them under the Naga Hills district in Assam. Actually each Naga village was sovereign and ruled by tribal heads and Naga tribes had no common identity. British guilefully permitted the penetration of Christian Missionaries into the region and inadvertently religion fostered unity between Naga tribes.

Nagas were recruited by British during World War I as labour corps and sent to France. But they were alienated from rest of the British Indian troops and this alienation promoted unity between them. Upon returning to their homeland Nagas with few British officials formed the Naga Club in 1918.  Under the government act of 1919 British declared Naga Hill district as backward tract and treated it as separate entity. In 1928 Naga club submitted a memorandum to Simon Commission requesting that Nagas be allowed to have right to self-determination after their departure from India. In 1930’s the Naga tribes under the leader of Haipou Jadonang and Rani Gaidinliu rebelled against British. As per Government Act of India 1935, the Naga Hill district was declared as an Excluded area administered by Governor of Assam.

In 1945 C. R. Pawsney formed a Naga Hills District Tribal Race which evolved into Nagaland National Council (NNC) under the leadership of Angami Zapi Phizo. Phizo considered as Father of Nagas led an armed secessionist revolution and campaigned for a sovereign Naga nation. On August 14th 1947, a day before India’s independence Phizo declared the independence of Nagaland. Anticipating a stiff opposition from the insurgent group of Nagas prior to declaration of independence in June, 1947 the governor of Assam Sir Akbar Hyderi initiated peace talks. He signed a 9-point agreement with moderate members of NNC. The Hyderi accord agreed to grant judicial, executive and legislative powers and autonomy in land related matters. But the constituent assembly failed to ratify the accord that envisioned Naga demand for a sovereign state with India as a Guardian power for 10 years.  Instead they were granted district autonomy within Indian constitution.

In 1948 an agreement was reached between NCN and Government of India recognising Naga people right to self-determination (3). But NNC under the leadership of Phizo intensified their demand to establish a sovereign Naga state. He conducted a referendum in 1951 wherein nearly 99% voted for an independent Nagaland. Phizo has called for boycott of general elections in 1952 and launched violent secessionist movement. He also met Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951 and 1952 with a petition for sovereign status and separate electorate for Nagas but was refused. He was later in Burma arrested for illegal entry. Phizo then created an underground government, Naga Federal Government (NFG) and Naga Federal Army (NFA) on March 22nd 1956 (4). To quell the raising insurgency, government inducted Armed Forces and enforced Armed Forced (Special Powers) Act in 1958. Phizo escaped to East Pakistan in 1956 and lived in exile till death in London.

In the meanwhile government of India placed Naga Hills District under the tribal districts “Part A” category as per the sixth schedule of constitution, as an autonomous district governed by Governor of Assam with a limited representation in Assam state legislative assembly and Indian Parliament. This arrangement was refused by the Naga leaders. Hence along Tuensang division it was placed in “Part B” category as an area in the North East Frontier Agency under the administrative authority of Ministry of External Affairs in 1957. Following negotiations with secessionists the region was later converted into a full-fledged state of Nagaland in 1963, December 1st.

Government constituted a peace mission consisting of Jaya Prakash Narain, Assam chief minister Bimala Prasad Chaliha and Rev Michael Scott that signed an Agreement for Suspension of Operation (AGSOP) with insurgent groups in April, 1964. But relentless violations by NNC and NFG continued to rock the state in spite of the six rounds of peace negotiations. The peace mission was abandoned in 1967. In 1972 government launched a massive counter-insurgency operation and banned the NNC and NFG under the unlawful associations act. Situation was brought under control by 1975 and a section of the NNC and NFG on November 11th 1975 signed the famous Shillong Accord. Consequently the Naga rebels accepted the supremacy of Indian constitution, renounced arms and demand for secession of Nagaland from India (5).

But peace still eluded this region as nearly 150 rebels who were away in China and Burma for training during the signing of agreement refused to accept the final settlement with Indian government. Among them the trio of Isak Chisi Swu, Thuingaleng Muviah and S, Khaplang blatantly rejected the agreement and in the next five years parted from ways with NNC and created National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in 1980. This group quickly emerged as a strong rebel contingent and NNC-NFG became less active. But by 1988 the rebellion within the group resulted in splintering of the unit into NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) and the names of factions denote the rebel leaders heading them. In 1990 after death of Phizo, NNC split into NNC (A) led by Phizo’s daughter Adino and NNC (K) headed by Vice-president Khodao Yanthan. NNC (K) later merged with NSCN (IM) (6). Each of the splinter groups represents different tribes. Konyaks group is led by S. Khaplang of NSCN (K), a Hemie Naga from Myanmar. Tangkhuls led by Isak, a Sema from Nagaland and Muivah a Tangkhul from Ukhrul district of Manipur.

Irrespective of the tribes they represent, the ultimate aspiration of the Naga leaders has been to merge the contiguous areas of the Naga territories and create a greater Nagaland or Nagalim, four times the size of Nagaland. The putative Naga territory encompasses districts in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. Hence each of these states is wily of such a demand. This desire for Nagalim is so entrenched that even the elected representatives of the Nagaland assembly still continue to pass the resolution on the need for carving out Nagalim. India signed cease-fire agreements with NSCN (IM) in 1997 and with NSCN (K) in 2001. While NSCN (IM) has climbed down on their demand for a sovereign state for Nagas, they are particular about the creation of Nagalim. During the ceasefire period violent conflicts erupted between these two rival factions of NSCN.  Government of India held as many as 80 negotiations through interlocutors and monitored by the ceasefire commission with these factions. It emerged that NSCN (IM) has been sincere in its commitment.

NSCN (K) violated ceasefire agreement in March 2015, drawing support from ULFA, Bodos and Manipur militants it surfaced as United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia. It executed an attack on Indian Army which resulted in the death of 18 jawans in Manipur on June 4th 2015. The present accord is termed historic as government clinched an agreement with the largest Naga groups which in turn can pave way for bringing other minor Naga factions on board. Prime Minister Modi is believed to have effectively utilised the good will created by Atal Bihari Vajpayee who wooed Nagas with his immaculate gestures and open confessions. He was the only Prime Minister fondly remembered by people of Nagaland for appreciating and recognising their unique history and frankly admitting the failures of Indian government that left trails of blood in the state (7).

According the interlocutor RN Ravi, the ground work for the accord has been done under the UPA government but the indecisive leadership frittered away the opportunity for a major breakthrough in 2012. Perhaps, the recent ceasefire violations by NSCN (K) propelled central leadership into swift action and spurred them to clinch an agreement with its rival faction NSCN (IM). But for the collaborative action of Ajit Doval, interlocutor RN Ravi, Nagaland governor PB Acharya and the Naga People’s front leader TR Zeliang this mission couldn’t have been achieved.

While the details of the initial framework agreement are sketchy, it is believed that since government of India will not compromise on the sovereignty and integrity of the country, redrawing of state boundaries may be ruled out. But the accord might have entailed upon greater autonomy to the Naga dominated regions in the various states. While article 371 (A)   already accords special status to Nagaland, government might consider strengthening it further (8).

The accord signed by Modi is truly iconic as it comes after a long duration of unrelenting parley of peace negotiations with promise of restoring the peace in the region marred with violence. The pact epitomizes the exemplary statesmanship of Modi and his steadfast commitment to make North East region more inclusive. The true test for the government lies in carefully dealing with different state governments of the region, in decommissioning arms of rebels and their absorption into mainstream and chalking out a robust long-term development projects for the North East.

[ For this article I am indebted to Mr. Ramaharitha Pusarla . He published the article on August 06, 2015 under the title of “Historic Naga Accord” in the website MyIndMakers. I am posting verbatim that very article and I express my deep gratitude and indebtedness to Mr. Pusarla. ]

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