The rise and rise of Narendra Modi

The rise and rise of Narendra Modi

With winning a hat trick in Gujarat assembly polls, Narendra Modi showed how the good governance and politics of development can overcome all political ills. By anointing Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 General Elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) successfully tried to tap the massive countrywide support, especially amongst the youth, in its favor. Modi has become an icon for the politics of good governance, development and economic prosperity and stability along with its foundational approach of Hindutva which his party perceives as the national identity of India. In 2013, Modi got clean chit in 2002 Gujarat riots by the judiciary and his line of “Janata Ka Sevak” has appealed the masses. The year 2013 saw a trendsetter Modi who has given new mantra – “Vote for India”

After much hue and cry Telangana bill is yet to get the Parliament nod

After much hue and cry Telangana bill is yet to get the Parliament nod

The UPA cabinet resolved in favor of carving out Telangana as the 29th state from existing Andhra Pradesh on 30th July. While, the political class, both in the state as well as the central level, is deeply divided on the issue, the people in the state too were seen expressing sharp opinions in favor and against the division. Much period of the year was lost in strikes and agitations before and after the decision of the bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh was announced. The division was prominently visible in the winter session of the parliament which ended without the bill to the effect being passed. The new year will now see some decisive action and political polarization on the issue.

JDU leaves NDA

JDU leaves NDA

Patna: Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) ended its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP Sunday after days of simmering tensions, marking a major split in the country's main opposition grouping. In a bitter end to weeks of feuding, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told Governor D.Y. Patil to sack all the 11 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers in his government for not working and vowed to prove his majority in the assembly Wednesday.Simultaneously, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav announced he was quitting as convenor of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). "We are not responsible for ending the alliance. We are pushed to this situation so as not to compromise with our basic principles," Nitish Kumar said here.

Congress party: A drubbing defeat

Congress party: A drubbing defeat

Congress leaders across India were virtually in mourning after the humiliating defeat in Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Many from within are admitting the rout has rattled the party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But the main factor of the failure of Party scion Rahul Gandhi’s leadership was less discussed and kept sanctified. UPA government’s failures on many fronts actually created the uproar in the mindset of the “aam adami”. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said that her party's defeat in assembly elections called for "deep introspection" and it would study "the many reasons for this defeat". The Congress has played a smart game of supporting the AAP in Delhi which has caused the image of both ‘David’ and ‘Goliath’.

AAP: under pressure of its own image

AAP: under pressure of its own image

Benefitted by the image of Anna Hazare, the AAP shed the tag line “Mai Hun Anna” and called itself “Mai Hun Aam Adami”. No one dreamed the AAP winning 28 seats in Delhi polls diminishing the Congress for its worst ever defeat. The “not so hungry for power” AAP grabbed the power with the support of the Congress to whom it described “corrupt and communal”. The neo ‘David’ Arvind Kejriwal became the seventh CM of Delhi saying that he has no magic wand. Never dreamed about ruling Delhi in its first ever polls, AAP seems tensed to fulfill the dreams it has shown to the aam adami of Delhi. It is interesting to see if the AAP uses its ‘Broom’ effectively of succumbs to the pressure of the self made image.

UPA started withering away

UPA started withering away

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) pulled out of the ruling UPA coalition on 19th March posing no immediate threat to the minority government, which survived with the support of other parties like Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP). But, the withdrawal of the DMK proved to be the beginning of the withering away of the UPA. Allies like NCP too gave clear indications of distancing away from Congress in past few days and more allies are expected to leave UPA in coming months. It was speculated that the DMK’s withdrawal would weaken the UPA in pursuing the reforms in the land and food sectors. But, even after much chaos in the parliament, the government was able to see through the legislations.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.