Cs Thapa

The Koregaon-Bhima Incident:Caste Politics And Repugnant Battle Honours Of Indian Army

In the past week yours truly has crossed KoregaonBhima on four occasions and as one drove through the rustic Panchayat village each time it was a different experience. On the first day while going one watched the pandal coming up, while returning the same day we saw more hectic preparations for the rally scheduled two days later.
The day after the rally we saw burnt out buses and cars, while burnt out motor cycles were lying a dime a dozen. The air was tense as we drove through the war memorial and built up area with heavy police deployed all over, there was tension in the air. Next   morning we read in the papers that the Ahmednagar- Pune highway was blocked shortly thereafter, for an hour plus.  While returning a day after the bandh it was back to business as usual but signs of destruction were visible -- a burnt out fireengine, some burnt out buses still remained, but the area was peaceful, all lives lost, property destroyed, huge losses but what for?Did any one gain, or was it all in vain?  

Siddheshwar Shukla1

2 G and Coalgate: Politics of Scams and Apology

The 2 G and Coalgate Scams are likely to stay. These two were electoral issues in 2014 and most likely to cloud the political environment in 2019 as well but with a difference. Congress party which was on back foot on allegations of 2 G scam in 2014 has received a shot in the arm and launched an offensive as much as forcing ruling BJP to duck.

It was a grief and joy for Congress in the last fortnight of 2017. On December 19, the sentencing of former Jharkhand Chief Minister MadhuKoda and senior bureaucrats in Coalgate Scam numb Congress but on the acquittal of all the accused in 2 G Scam came as a blessing for the grand old party of India. It was definitely ‘the day of Congress’ which was continuously receiving flaks all the corners – judiciary, media and opposition. Senior Congress leaders it ‘falsehood’ propagated by former CAG VinodRai, ‘hysteria’ of media and 'propaganda of political opposition. However, Union Finance ArunJaitley initially launched a counter offensive by mocking the Congress not to take the judgment as 'badge of honour' but soon BJP changed her strategy asking CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to issue official statements. Even the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, known for his silence, called the 2 G scam as ‘propaganda’. Both the sides demanded their rivals to apologise. Who should apologize and for what? This needs a threadbare analysis of the 2 G Scam at two levels.

Sidharth Mishra 2

Auditing The Auditor

In August 2012, three reports submitted by then Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)VinodRaion the allocation of coal blocks, functioning of the Delhi airport and allocation of additional coal blocks to Reliance Power had drawnimmediate and sharp criticism from then government. The counter was coordinated from the Prime Minister’s Office. The Minister of State in the PMO, V Narayanswamy, was quick to state that the CAG was not following its constitutional mandate, rather over-stepping it by questioning government policy.
In view of the recent judgment in the 2G spectrum allocation scam acquitting senior DMK leaders A Raja and M Kanimozhi of any wrong doing has once again brought the focus back on the functioning of the constitutional body.
The 2012 CAG reports raised the debate over the mandate of the CAG especially since its leaked reports opened Pandora’s Box, leading to filing of criminal cases against serving Ministers. Originally, public audit was rule-based and was concerned with probity and compliance alone.

Cs Thapa

Communists in Nepal Can Have Truck With China At Their Own Peril

Two phase Nepal elections were held on 26 November and 07 December, respectively. Nepal’s federal structure consists of two houses, House of Representatives (HoR) Lower House, and National Assembly (N A) Upper House. Unlike India, the two houses have near equal powers. 

The current results clearly show a lead by the two Communist parties who came together to have an alliance. They have collectively won 174 seats out of 275 which is a majority of 63%.  The Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist- Leninist) has won 80 seats in the first past the post (FPTP) method and with a 33.25% vote share getting an additional 41 seats in the proportional representation (PR) system to make a grand tally of 121 seats and becoming the single largest party.

Their alliance partner Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist- Centre) has won 36 seats in the FPTP method but a vote share of only 13.66% to get another 17 seats in the PR method to tally at 53 seats. The Nepali Congress (NC), seen as a pro-India party, has come second although they have won just 23 seats in the FPTP method but have a huge vote share of 32.78% which is roughly half a percent less than the vote share the winner Marxist- Leninist thus have got 40 seats in the PR method and stand second with 63 seats.

Prof. Rajvir Sharma12

Interpreting Gujarat Assembly Election Results: BJP Should Avoid Going Congress Way

Gujarat Assembly elections results 2017 have been interpreted by a number of political analysts in different ways. Some of them may be taken here as examples to understand the electoral outcome there. In the beginning, one opinion led by the Congress and some section of media termed it (a) revival of Congress party and the maturing up of its president, Rahul Gandhi and (b) a related argument that it’s a moral victory of the Congress and a technical/numerical victory of the BJP. On closer examination, these arguments do well to booster the morale of Congress workers and the party, if they were confined only to the Congress brass.

Rahul Gandhi, in the backdrop of his continuous electoral failures one after the other can be justified to draw satisfaction in this defeat in an attempt to win approval of his leadership within his party and outside with the opposition led mainly by the regional satraps. But one fails to appreciate the idea of a moral win over the BJP especially when one faces the fact of 49.1 percent electorate reposing faith in the ruling party and give it a majority in the Assembly to form the government again even when there was a ferocious use of caste and creed by the Congress.