Sidharth Mishra

Delhi Statehood: Kejriwal Using Emotions To Woo Voters

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released its campaign song for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, which focusses on the statehood for the national Capital. This song makes amply clear that AAP supreme leader Mr Arvind Kejriwal has for now shelved his national aspirations and wants to focus just on Delhi. Given the abysmal performance of party in assembly polls in several states, Kejriwal knows that political survival is call of the hour.

In pursuance of this goal, Kejriwal has set an agenda which he hopes would make him reap rich political harvest. It is difficult to believe that Arvind Kejriwal, is asking for full statehood without understanding that its grant is only next to impossible.

He is making statehood into a sentimental issue, as he did in the case of the Jan Lokpal Bill during his earlier 49-day stint as the Chief Minister in 2013-14. He never implemented the promise of giving Delhi the public ombudsman. By raising the issue of statehood, Kejriwal is creating a counter to the anti-incumbency which his government may have generated in past four years.

Arun Jaitley

India’s Opposition Has To Speak With The Nation

The Congress led UPA Government from 2004 to 2014 ran a terrible Government. From 2014 to 2019, it was even a more terrible Opposition.  There are occasions in history where the nation speaks in one voice.  Politicians and leaders rise to the level of statesmanship. They rise above narrow partisan interest. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s and the Jana Sangh’s support to the Government during the 1971 war is a case in point.

The terrorists attack at Pulwama on 14th February, 2019 was planned and hatched across the border.  Several Pakistani nationals were involved in it. Some have already been liquidated. There is enough evidence which points to this direction. It has been shared with Pakistan.

The attack generated a sense of revulsion against terrorists and its sponsors in India. The nation was determined that the blood of our martyred Jawans will continue to inspire us to eliminate terrorism.

The pre-emptive attack by our Air Force at Balakot across the border was intended to defend India’s sovereignty. It was a perfectly executed pinpointed operation.  No civilian or military installations were targeted – only terrorists were.

Baninder Rahi

Dera Baba Nanak: Tale of a Border Town Amidst Indo-Pak Conflict

On February 14, a local Kashmiri youth turned Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber, blew the bus carrying India’s 40 CRPF security personal who were part of a convoy moving on NH44, in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir. This gruesome act rose to clamour with Social Media acting as fuel to the fire and enkindling the desire for revenge among the self acclaimed nationalist forces including TV anchors, spokespersons of some parties etc. Moreover,the Prime Minister did not disappoint them andwe did ‘Surgical Strike 2.0’, a product of aflutter. Questions related to intelligence failure and security breach reasons of Pulwama attack were treated out of syllabus.

If not at the war front, the social media war mongers must be made to stay at least in border areas during tension days as this vainglorious breed needs to be shown the real pictures of war fronts and war like situations.

Prof. Rajvir Sharma12

Questions That Need Answers

Soon after the dawn of freedom, India framed a constitution with a new philosophy of building a nation on the basis of equality, equity, freedom of religion and faith, justice with all its dimensions aiming at nurturing and promoting social unity and brotherhood along with upholding national integrity and sovereignty. India was conceived as a nation to march on a democratic republican path.

 Such a framework of governance presupposed certain conditions of social and political behaviour and training. For example, while assuring and ensuring the cultural and religious freedom to each section of the society, of the minority communities in particular, it was presumed that these communities would maintain a harmonious balance between identitarianism and nationalism.

Another example can be taken from the chapter on fundamental rights wherein various social, economic and political aspects of a free society were given due recognition, it was also expected that no right assumed an absolutist character. Article 19 can be cited as a fit case of striking a balance between individual freedom and social/national interests.

Sidharth Mishra

Hoping For An Alliance In Delhi, Kejriwal Gives One Last Push

Given the vigour with which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is pursuing for an alliance with the Congress in Delhi, one may finally witness some kind of an arrangement if not an alliance between the two parties. During her sojourn in the Capital recently for an opposition dharna recently, Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banrejee had said that AAP wanted to have an alliance but the Congress was still to respond.

In one last ditch attempt, AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal even rushed to Puducherry to join a solidarity show with Congress chief minister V Narayanasamy against Lieutenant Governor of the union territory, Kiran Bedi. Indeed, whole lot of water has flowed in the Yamuna since 2011-12, when Kejriwal in company with Kiran Bedi had filed a corruption complaint against Manmohan Singh-led government, where Narayanasamy was an important Minister.

The AAP leader is believed to have even pleaded his case with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar. The Maratha leader, who is an ally of the Congress in Maharashtra, failed to issue any public advice, as Mamata did. The point to be noted here is that unlike Pawar, Mamata is not an ally of the Congress in West Bengal. Rather the two work at cross-purposes in the state politics.