UP Elections - Mayawati proves wrong all Exit Poll surveys
POLL: Defying all Exit Poll surveys and political analysts, Mayawatiâ€™s BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) romped home victorious with a
majority on her own in UP, the biggest State in India, by winning 206
out of 400 seats. BSP was founded by Kanshi Ram, a dalit (low caste)
leader, to empower low castes and Mayawati was handpicked by him to lead
For the first time since 1991 any single party has been able to get
majority in UP which means relief from the highly demanding small groups
and independents and it should help to bring semblance of governance in
the state whose people in the last fifteen years had to put up with all
that which defies governance and development.
It turned out to be a battle between the Yadavs, a dominant caste
amongst OBCs, who have their leader in Mulaym Singh, and other castes in
the State and to see that Yadavs who had become law unto themselves, are
shown the door, people of other castes including Brahmins had joined
hands with Dalits and voted for the most viable alternative BSP.
Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the main constituent of opposition NDA in
the centre which off late had been on the winning spree, faced a huge
blow and got only 50 seats while the performance of Congress was still
more pathetic, it won only 22 seats despite the hard work done by Rahul
Gandhi in the last two months.
The election results have proved that both Sonia Gandhi and her son
Rahul Gandhi do not have even a fraction of mass appeal what late Smt
Indira Gandhi had and there is no leader left in Congress party who can
be called a leader of the masses..
Mayawati who was virulently opposed to the upper class till a few
years back realised the ground realities and fought this election by
giving maximum tickets to upper class Brahmins and has emerged as the
brightest star on the horizon of Indian politics.
The outcome of these elections will have neither any immediate
repercussion on the stability of the Govt. at the center nor can much
inference be drawn since the behaviour of voters differs from State to
For example Tamil Nadu and Kerala are two neighbouring States, while
in Tamil Nadu politics revolves around film personalities, in Kerala it
is Communist versus the rest.
Law at last catches up with Don MP
At last, law has caught up with Mohammed Shahabuddin, a Member
Parliament, known as Don MP for having been accused in 35 cases of
treason, illegal arms of foreign make, murder and attempt to murder. He
is sentenced to Life imprisonment for kidnapping and suspected killing
of a political worker.
Incidentally, this four term MP, is of the RJD party which is a
coalition partner of Congress in the center and he was groomed and
protected all these years by no man other than a very senior cabinet
Minister in the Center.
Not long ago, no body in his constituency (he represents about 2
million people as a member parliament) could speak up against him and if
it happened, that person could not leave his constituency with all his
The fact that he won all the elections hands down speaks of the
terror he had created all these years.
He has refused to resign from Lok Sabha on moral grounds since he
feels that he is not the only MP to be in this type of situation. His
grouse is that he is being targeted because he is a Muslim otherwise
there are many who are moving freely even after having committed crimes
of greater intensity.
Here it is not out of place to mention that only a couple of months
back, another MP who apart from being the President of a Political
outfit JMM, a coalition partner of Congress in the center, was also a
Cabinet Minister, was convicted in a murder case.
Using his clout with the Govt. which needs support of every single MP
for its survival, he has managed to move from a prison to a Nursing
Home-cottage with all five star facilities and is ruling Jharkhand State
through one of his stooges.
Under the situation, how can anyone expect Shahabuddin to resign on
Facelift for monasteries in Kinnaur
Entire Himalayan range from Himachal Pradesh to Assam has beautiful
Monasteries. Those in Sikkim have a special attraction and importance.
One needs at least fifteen days time to visit all of them as the
distance from Himachal Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh is anything around
2500 km and these monasteries are on a hilly terrain.
Here, I am talking about the monasteries in Kinnaur, a remote town in
Himachal Pradesh, a State bordering Tibet on Himalyan range, at a height
of more than 10000 feet from the sea level.
Kinnaur has number of Monasteries and other places of Buddhist
interest which include Kamru fort, Nag Sahib temple at Sangla, heritage
village in Kalpa and Jangi.
It is fast emerging as a preferred tourist destination for foreign
Buddhists. To promote Buddhist tourism Himachal Pradesh Govt. has
sanctioned Rs 5 million for the refurbishment and development of these
Not only this, the state govt. has even made it easier for them to
get an inner line permit to visit hinterlands of the district. Kinnaur
is about 500 Kms from New Delhi towards Tibet connected by road as well
as by air.
India started its campaign against so called minnows Bangladesh with
same seriousness as is generally visible when India takes on mighty
Australia. Thanks to some Umpiring decisions going against Bangladesh,
India could save the repeat of World Cup in the first one dayer.
Indiaâ€™s confidence level is certainly very low but after one or two
victories, it will be a different side, provided a few big names are
kept out of the team.
Coming to the World Cup- any sporting event has a meaning to number
of agencies, the most important being spectators, viewers and sponsors.
The world cup in West Indies has given a reason to smile only to
Not even to Sri Lanka because in the end they are also feeling let
down by umpires and weather God and now use of a squash ball by
Gilchrist as a batting aid is creating a feeling in them that it was not
a fair play.
Sri Lanka is right and justified in lodging a complaint with ICC but
even if it is found to be a part of unfair play, I will not castigate
Gilly. Had it been so he wouldnâ€™t have disclosed it voluntarily? Again
now when Gilly has demonstrated, let us see how many batsmen can play
strokes like him even after using the squash ball.
Most, who are associated with the game felt fatigued and bored. It is
being felt that forty five days for an event that arouses interest
hardly in twelve cricket playing countries, is too long a period. Then
there were hardly three matches which had an exciting finish.
Both semifinals as well as the final failed to rise to the expected
level of competitiveness. It is being blamed on the prowess and
invincibility of Australia. But, then Australia was not there in the
semi final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
To start with, two unexpected set backs forced the exit of India and
Pakistan whose continued participation would have made the tournament
lively. Then the murder of Coach Woolmer marred the spirit of the game.
Now, South African team is receiving death threats.
For Indian viewers, the most irritating aspect was the over-commercialisation
of the telecast so much so that it was not possible to see even six
balls being played.
It was irritating, absurd to see an advertisement being squeezed in
just because the bowler had not reached the top of his run up or captain
was having counseling with his bowler. Steve Waugh who was in India
during this period rightly said that telecast in India was un-watchable.
Let us hope that now when some foreigner and that also a man of
Steveâ€™s stature has come out harshly our Board will do some thing to
save the game from over commercialization. Last West Indies could not
present that spectacle of cricket frenzy which one sees in this sub
There has been a dramatic fall in the viewership in India after
Indiaâ€™s unexpected exit. Viewership Index which had peaked to 8.5 in a
do and die encounter with Sri Lanka fell to just 2 on average in other
It touched 7 only in the final match. Because of the sudden eruption
of negative public opinion about cricketers and brand endorsements, not
many advertisers came forward for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
Consequently Neo sports, the host broadcaster for the series was finding
itself on a sticky wicket.
Country of great paradoxes and extremes
India grows 11% of all the world vegetables and 15% of all fruit but
despite being a low cost producer, Indiaâ€™s share in the global market is
abysmally low at 1.7%. in vegetables and 0.5% in fruit. India also
imposes a 30% or more import duty on all horticulture products to
safeguard the interest of the Indian farmer.
Total sale of vehicles in India in 2006-07 was 10.2 million which
includes 1.38 million cars and 7.9 million two wheelers and 0.92 million
Country has officially 301 million below the poverty line-which in
reality means the capacity per individual to spend daily being only Rs
12 in rural areas and Rs 18 in urban areas. Only passing reference is
given to the fact that the number of years the average child spends in
the school is not even four.
Indiaâ€™s maternal mortality rate is the highest in South Asia, 540
deaths per 1,00,000 live births.
Nearly 45% women in the country are married off before they reach
eighteen. Maximum 60% being in Bihar a State with lowest literacy rate
As many as 50,000 Indians are smuggled out every year. Indians form
the largest number of illegal immigrants to Europe.
A Reformer sage
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati is the greatest reformer sage of the
nineteenth century which is known as a period of renaissance in the
Indian contest. After acquiring knowledge of Vedas under the tutorage of
Swami Virjanand of Mathura, he started his crusade against those, who in
the name of religion were fooling the illiterate masses.
He proved how scripture was being practised diametrically opposed to
the true interpretation of Vedas. He trampled underfoot the orthodoxy
that prohibited the study of Vedas by Dalits (Lower castes) and women
and said all human beings had the right to study Vedas, which
transcended caste, faith and geography.
To him â€˜Aryaâ€™ was not a caste but a man of superior principles and
character and Arya Samaj he founded was the assembly of good people. His
concept of God was formless, reachable by meditation.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati was equally bold in his crusade to
improve the condition of women, deplorable in India at that time. He
placed before people that Vedas sanctioned most dignified and exalted
status to women at home and in society and women had as much right to
education and place in judiciary, legislative assemblies and State
administration as men.
He strongly opposed child marriage and the custom of self immolation
by a widow at the time of the death of her husband and upheld
widow-remarriage and womanâ€™s right to choose her life partner. (Till
nineteenth century, doors of education were almost closed for women in
India, 98% used to be married off before they reached the age of
Child marriage was very common; a girl of six could be married off to
an old man not capable of even supporting himself.
At the time of the death of the husband, wife was coerced to join her
husband in the burning pyre and those who wouldnâ€™t oblige, had to lead a
life of recluse. While the male could marry as many times as he wanted,
a child widow would not be allowed to remarry.
Reformers like Swami Dayanand Saraswati of Arya Samaj and Ram Mohan
Roy came out strongly against these social evils and the present day
face of Indian Woman is the result of crusade, these people launched in
nineteenth century, rightly called a period of renaissance in Indian
From Manu Samruty
â€˜Yater naryastu pujayante ramante tater devta Yaterita tu ne
pujayante sarwa tatrafalla kriya.â€™- Sanskrit- almost like Pali
Sages and noble persons take birth in the family where women are
worshipped. Efforts do not fructify, no prosperity takes place and there
is only devastation where women are shown disrespect.
â€˜Matriman, Pitriman, Acharyavan Purusshovaâ€™
That man reaches at the pinnacle of glory who has the advantage of
three good tutors viz mother, father and teacher. The motherâ€™s influence
for good on children surpasses that of everyone else.