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[15 Nov 2010 | View Comments | ]
Congress – Sitting pretty

Among the top five major political parties in Bihar, Congress is the only one sitting pretty. While it may still be miles away from forming a government on its own, yet it is assured of gains, from the depths it had fallen to. Present elections will help Congress wipe clean the stigma of having aligned with Lalu for so long. Everyone agrees that the party gambit of going alone in U.P. and Bihar is a longer term investment which would pay dividends eventually. The party is highly enthused by Rahul’s magic that enabled them to do fairly well in the neighboring U.P. state elections. They are hoping for an encore in Bihar too. Congress seems all set to better its performance despite having reorganised its state unit a number of times in the past few years.

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[29 Oct 2010 | View Comments | ]
BJP – A House Divided

BJP in Bihar is plagued with the same problem that is troubling it at the Centre: infighting. The state unit is a divided lot. Just like at the Centre, leaders are busy fighting among themselves instead of fighting the opposition. What is peculiar to BJP however is that those who are unhappy, sulk, and harm the party from inside, instead of walking out. Origins of dissension within state BJP though could also be traced to its inability to stand up to the pressures exerted by its dominant partner, JDU. From being the leader of the opposition through out the RJD rule to becoming the deputy Chief Minister, Sushil Modi has always played second fiddle. Not many would remember that JDU started off as a junior partner in NDA alliance in its previous avatar of “Samata Party”. Slowly it consolidated its position and took on the role of ‘big brother’ in the alliance after the separation of Jharkhand from Bihar. Some people would recall the first reshuffle of the Nitish government in Bihar, where non performing Ministers were dropped from cabinet. BJP was forced to drop a couple of its Ministers even though they were performing well to appease Nitish Kumar. The portfolios of all its other Ministers too, except the Deputy CM were reshuffled. Sushil Modi was accused of being hand in glove with Nitish and internal revolt started brewing from there on, both in JDU and BJP. While Nitish was able to crush internal dissent within JDU with an iron hand, Modi neither had the inclination nor the wherewithal to the act decisively, leaving the problem to fester. In the present Bihar Elections BJP has become the weak link in the NDA chain.

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[15 Oct 2010 | View Comments | ]
Why Ayodhya needs a negotiated settlement after the High Court verdict?

Sixty long years after the legal dispute began between Hindus and Muslims for a pieice of land in Ayodhya, the High Court (HC) recently pronounced its verdict – trifurcating the disputed land equally among the three litigants ( 2 Hindu & 1 Muslim organisation). Most Hindus have welcomed the verdict as they are seen to have gotten a better deal than the Muslims. Muslims, even though they are dissatisfied with only 1/3rd of the land being alloted to them, have reacted cautiously. Most disappointed are the political parties which are self appointed benefactors of Muslim community. They are the ones who are vociferous in egging the community on to go in for an appeal before Supreme Court (SC) so that ‘justice’ is done to them. The perils of going in for an appeal against this verdict are manifold and should be clearly understood by all. An appeal will keep the issue alive for decades more and still not settle it to everyone’s satisfaction. In Ayodhya, there will be no justice without reconciliation.