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The voter’s new religion - M Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Express
The historic mandate in Uttar Pradesh is a watershed moment in India’s electoral history. The poisonous cocktail of caste and communal politics was swept away by the Modi tsunami, with the BJP’s landslide victory stunning political pundits and media commentators alike. Coming within months of the revolutionary decision to ban high-value currency notes, which many sceptics prophesied would lead to an electoral debacle for the BJP, the stupendous victory showed that the people... Read Full Article››
Yogi for Sabka saath, Sabka vikas - Biswajeet Banerjee & VN Bhatta, Pioneer
BJP leader and five-time Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, a day after he was unanimously chosen by party MLAs as the legislative party leader at a meeting in Lucknow. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik at a gracious function held at the Kanshi Ram Smriti Upvan. Two Deputy Chief Ministers: Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma; 22 Cabinet Ministers...
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Is Modi 2019 a done deal? - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
Last week, BJP won big in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections. The extent of its victory was not expected by pollsters or even by BJP itself. In these two states BJP won 381 of the 473 seats, or over 80% of the total. It wasn’t all good news for BJP. The party and its ally SAD lost in Punjab. BJP also failed to reach a majority in Goa and Manipur, although it did manage to form governments in both states. However, the win in UP alone was far bigger than losses in smaller states.
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Parrikar back at helm of Goa - Mayabhushan, Pioneer
Senior BJP leader and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in for the fourth time as the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday, a day packed with action, both in the coastal State as well as the national Capital, where the Supreme Court of India directed that the new Government should face a floor test in the State Assembly on Thursday rendering void the Governor’s order which had given Parrikar 15 days to prove his majority. Parrikar, who resigned as Defence Minister on Monday...
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New india rising, vows Modi - Deepak K Upreti, Pioneer
A day after the BJP’s resounding victory in Assembly polls, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took a short victory lap to the BJP headquarters here and gave a clarion call for a “New India” aspiring for development and growth for all Indians without discrimination. The Prime Minister appeared to be setting his sights beyond the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as he asked the countrymen to join him in building the New India by 2022...
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Trouble-makers, on the streets and outside - Khursheed Wani, Pioneer
On February 23, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat took an unscheduled flight from New Delhi to hurriedly land in Srinagar. Only a few top-ranking officers in the Northern Command and XV Corps headquarters knew about his arrival, necessitated by an overnight militant ambush in Shopian that killed three soldiers and injured five others, including two officers. The Army chief spent the next 24 hours in discussions with field commanders on the security scenario.
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Creating value by investing in people - Raghubar Das, CM Jharkhand, Financial Express
I come from a state as vibrant as Jharkhand and with a mission to empower the state to make a difference to the quality of lives of our people. This is not to say that there exists with us a magic wand. There are challenges along the way, but as long as the end goal is clear, it becomes easier to stay steadfast and firm, taking small steps and at times giant strides for effective change. Inherent leadership issues at the state level, which could not cope with growing unrest and aspirations of the people...
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Breaking the status quo - M Venkaiah Naidu, Hindu
Change is the key for progress. Fulfilling the dream of Resurgent India through a series of reformatory initiatives has been the leitmotif of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever since it was swept to power. From introducing a biometric attendance system for government employees, to selecting unsung heroes for the Padma awards, to ensuring transparency in the funding of political parties, the Prime Minister is seeking to transform the mindset of individuals...
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America's new tirade against Islamic State - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
Undoubtedly, for the US President, defeating the Islamic State is the highest priority. But Donald Trump does not have an easy road ahead, which runs through complex situations, posing problems difficult to resolve. Almost immediately after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America, the White House’s official website reiterated his position on foreign policy and identified defeating the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups as his “highest priority.”
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Re-evaluating Netaji’s legacy, contribution - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
Recent years have seen an increase in the biographies of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, but these have failed to examine his contribution as a military leader and strategist, and tacitly treat him as a failure because the Indian National Army’s (INA) fate was intricately linked with that of Japan, which lost in the Second World War. Major General GD Bakshi has filled this vacuum with his book, Bose: An Indian Samurai. Netaji and the INA: A Military Assessment (Knowledge World, 2016)...
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Rise of the new Right world over - Anirban Banerjee, Pioneer
Never before has any election in one country ever had such a polarising effect on world politics. Never had the US establishment been so unequivocally and solidly backed a candidate. And yet, Hillary Clinton, the US presidential candidate, lost to Donald J Trump, the 45th President of the US. The media strongly backed her. Out of the 100 most circulated newspapers, 57 of them had openly endorsed her and another three had called for Trump’s defeat.
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