Sidharth Mishra

Delhi polls – Kejriwal’s dilemma and Modi’s dole dominate campaign narrative

With nomination process having been completed, the roadmap of the ensuing polls for Delhi assembly has been unveiled. If someone thought that the rivals BJP and even the Congress were in any mood to give a walkover to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the battle at its start point suggest differently.

In their selection of candidates, both the BJP and the Congress have reposed confidence in the ability of the soldier at the ground level, that’s the party candidate. On a close scanning of the list of the ticket allottees, it becomes quite evident that there aren’t any seats where the two older parties have fielded a reluctant person.

The best case in point is the fielding of Delhi BJP Yuva Morcha president Sunil Yadav and former Delhi NSUI president Romesh Sabharwal from the New Delhi seat against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The selection of the two has stolen from the Chief Minister the opportunity of turning his personal battle with a prominent face into a ‘Battle for Delhi’, which he himself converted the 2013 polls into by taking on then chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Sidharth Mishra

With Indications of AAP Retaining Purvanchali Votes, BJP On Difficult Turf in Delhi

Facing the wrath of anti-incumbency against the Congress government at the Centre, which was embroiled in several cases of corruption, in 2013 then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was looking for a panacea to overcome adversities and come to power for the fourth time in the row. The development agenda of Dikshit had brought her back to power in 2003 and 2008.

A visionary leader that she was, she planned an overhaul of the city during the Commonwealth Games 2010 and had believed that the fresh wave of development would see her getting another term from the people. However, her development drive was drowned in the cacophony let loose by the Anna Hazare movement, whose product is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Then Congress member of Lok Sabha from West Delhi, Mahabal Mishra had warned Dikshit about an impending defeat and had suggested to her that she could gamble by giving a large chunk of tickets to the party workers from Purvanchal (east UP and Bihar). Dikshit, who was never comfortable with Mishra, saw it as a subterfuge on the part of the Purvanchali leader to create a claim for himself as rival to her.

Rohinee Singh

Purvanchali Voters To Decide The Political Fate Of Delhi

The Chhath Puja, which used to be the festival of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand till recently, has off late taken over other festivities in national capital Delhi, in terms of the sheer number of participations, fervor, and enthusiasm. The mounting grandeur of the festival symbolizes the rising power exercised by the sizeable Purvanchali community – migrants from UP and Bihar in the city’s political and social landscape.

Delhi’s traditional inhabitants Punjabi Khatris, Jats and Gujjars (living mostly in urban villages) may still claim influence in the city’s politics, but over the past two decades, the lever has shifted to Purvanchali community, who have now a sway in over 30 assembly segments. Inhabiting in hundreds of unauthorized colonies, they can tilt the electoral balance.

The Purvanchalis comprising national capital workforce such as laborers, hawkers and rickshaw pullers alone, makes up roughly one-third of Delhi’s voter population.  Political leaders from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are flocking to their localities to woo them.

Prof. Rajvir Sharma12

In Obstructing Government, Opposition Questioning Sovereignty

Democracy is not a mere word nor a matter of convenience. It is a system that is based on certain values, certain ethos. The element of democracy is the empowerment of people through giving them a right to political choice. This itself is facilitated by arguments and counter arguments on matters of economy, governance, foreign policy, defence and the conditions of wellbeing of the society put by different political contenders and contestants for getting peoples’ mandate to govern through elections held at intervals of time.

This opportunity of political choice is made easier when different political parties place their manifestoes before the electorate, exemplifying the future roadmap of policy and governance. The verdict of the electorate is taken as a mandate to the majority party or coalition to keep its promise with the people mentioned in the manifesto. The opposition is naturally expected to point out the failures on the part of the ruling party to implement their promises made at the time of election held.

The government is under obligation to govern according to the agenda it got mandate for. Opposition has a right to oppose policies of the government if they are against what it said at the elections. The government can take policy decisions even on matters not finding a place in its manifesto if it is considered of national interest or what can be said to be in the interest of the wellbeing of the people at large.

Charu Lata Singh

Mindful Student-Teacher Engagement

One of the challenges faced in higher education today is the student-teacher engagement. It is an important element in our teaching-learning system. When the society is growing multidimensionally, it faces multifaceted challenges and issues especially with younger generations today. In wake of technology advancement and shifting horizons of knowledge the teachers need to be equipped with multi-pronged skills, tools and approaches. There are various aspects to the whole issue and can be understood in a much wider appeal and perception.  “The pivot in education is the teacher… if the teacher improves, the education system will improve” says Anil Swarup, secretary, HRD Ministry, GOI. (Source: The TOI, April,13 2018)