ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

April 23rd, 2014
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Sharing some snippets (mostly media coverage) from my campaign trail:

Poll results pre-decided due to 10 years of bad governance, says Advani
Press Trust of India | Apr 16, 2014

“In every election there are two adversaries, but it is not so this time. People have made up their mind after ten years’ bad governance and corruption (of UPA) before the polls …even before the results…all the people estimate that this poll is pre-decided”

Poll results pre-decided due to 10 years of bad governance, says Advani


Vajpayee’s tenure best ever: LK Advani
IANS | Apr 15, 2014

“Vajpayee’s tenure as PM was best ever,” Advani said addressing election meetings in Bihar’s Banka and Katihar parliamentary constituencies.

Advani confident of BJP led NDA coming to power
Press Trust of India | Apr 08, 2014

“There is no doubt among the people about whose government will come to power after the Lok Sabha polls and BJP and its allies are going to have an historic result”

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LET ALL MPs UNDERTAKE A CAMPAIGN FOR TOTAL SANITATION

April 2nd, 2014
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In 2013 the Planning Commission did an Evaluation Study on a countrywide campaign undertaken for Total Sanitation. This study covered 11519 house-holds across 27 states which meant quite a comprehensive survey. One of the most shocking conclusions drawn by this survey was that 72.63 per cent of all rural households practice ‘open defecation’ – which means that they relieve themselves behind the bushes, on railway tracks, wherever they feel is fine.

 

Hindol Sengupta’s book on the basis of which I wrote my last blog has commented :

 

“How does it help if people are shitting in toilets rather than under the fine open skies listening to birds chirping?  The survey has an answer. Click to Read More

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EVERY PATRIOT WILL FEEL SHOCKED BY THESE STATISTICS

March 29th, 2014
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The country is all set for its Sixteenth General Election since independence.

India became independent in 1947. Its Constitution adopted in 1950, accepted parliamentary democracy as its system of government. Its first General Election was held in 1952.

hindol-senguptaToday the country is all set for its Sixteenth General Election to the Lok Sabha. Hindol Sengupta, a Senior Editor at the Indian Edition of Click to Read More

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WHEN DR. LOHIA MET PANDIT DEENDAYAL UPADHYAYA

March 25th, 2014
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 was the birth anniversary of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia. I visited the Parliament House Central Hall to pay floral homage to Dr. Lohia, one of the most eminent personalities of India’s freedom struggle and socialist movement. He was arrested as many as 25 times during the Freedom Movement.

 

ram-manohar-lohiaI entered Parliament in 1970, first as a member of the Rajya Sabha. Dr. Lohia passed away three years earlier, in 1967 at the age of 57. My own acquaintance and interaction with Dr. Lohia began when I was a journalist working for the Organiser. It was he who said to me that Muslims generally feel hostile to the Jana Sangh because you talk about Akhand Bharat. My response was: “I wish you were to meet Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and hear him explain the Jana Sangh’s interpretation of Akhand Click to Read More

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MAHATMA WAS PERHAPS NOT RIGHT, SAYS RAJMOHAN

March 12th, 2014
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My second compilation of blogs released in December, 2013, under title “MY TAKE” has quite a few blogs about Sardar Patel, the remarkable integration of princely states that he accomplished, and the manner in which he made the Nizam of Hyderabad who had decided not to sign the Instrument of Accession to the Indian Union to eat the humble pie.

 

Not many are aware that Prime Minister Pandit Nehru was not at all in favour of taking army action against the Nizam and as in the case of Jammu and Kashmir State, wanted the Hyderabad issue also to be referred to the U.N. Security Council !

 

Anyone who analyses the history of those early years would readily feel that if Gandhiji had chosen Sardar Patel instead of Pandit Nehru to Click to Read More

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A UNIQUE BOOK I READ SOME FIFTY YEARS BACK

March 4th, 2014
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Every year my daughter Pratibha observes her parent’s Wedding Anniversary (which falls in February) with some specially conceived function.

 

kamla-advanipratibhaEarly this month, she came to me and said: “This year’s anniversary of yours is very significant. For you, Dada and Ma, who married in 1965, 2014 marks the commencement of your 50th year of togetherness! Let us have this time a family get-together of a kind we have never had earlier.  Kamla, my wife, has one sister and four brothers. Of the four brothers, two are in Mumbai, one is in New Jersey, and the fourth lives in Saint Martin (West Indies). In my case, I have one sister who lives in Mumbai and has two Click to Read More

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UNDER DR. MANMOHAN – SONIA DUO, PARLIAMENT HITS AN ALL TIME LOW

February 16th, 2014
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The U.P.A. Government has been in office now for ten years, from 2004 to 2014. UPA I lasted from 2004 to 2009; and UPA II from 2009 to 2014.

 

Dr. Manmohan Singh began his tenure with a clean personal reputation. But as his decade long tenure is coming to a close, he would leave behind him a record of having presided over the most corrupt government in Independent India.

 

Starting with the scandals that surfaced during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, then proceeding to the 2 G Spectrum scams, most of the scams that came to light under Click to Read More

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HOW ASSOCIATION WITH RSS HAS GIVEN MEANING TO MY LIFE

February 9th, 2014
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Last week, on February 2nd, Khushwant Singhji completed ninety nine years of his very active life. That day, I called on him at his Sujan Singh Park residence and presented to him the second compilation of my blogs, released by Sar Sangh Chalak Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat with the title “MY TAKE”. The Book-Release function held at the FICCI Auditorium was presided over by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. Pujya Baba Ramdevji also addressed the gathering. Inscribed on the book over my signature were my respectful Pranams to the great writer in these words: “Salutations to Sardar Khushwant Singh on his Entry into his Centenary Year”

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There was no formal function at the house that evening. Click to Read More

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RAFIQ ZAKARIA DEMOLISHES MYTH THAT SARDAR WAS ANTI-MUSLIM

December 24th, 2013
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I am happy to find that my blogs relating to recent political history are, generally speaking provoking a worthwhile discussion in the media also. It happens that of the blogs I have written this year quite a few relate to integration of princely states, and so centre round Sardar Patel and V.P. Menon. Some of these draw pointed attention to the Sardar’s differences with Pandit Nehru.

 

patelOut of the leading English dailies in the country I have generally regarded The Hindu Group of Chennai as reasonable and balanced, both in its news presentation as well as in its editorials and choice of articles. That these may be in sharp variance with my party’s stand or even with my own views does not affect the esteem in which I hold this Group. So I have been surprised to see this month an issue of FRONTLINE (December 13, 2013) which has photographs of Click to Read More

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INDIAN DEMOCRACY IS VIBRANT ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND BOTH COERCION AND BRIBERY

December 17th, 2013
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The year 2013 is coming to a close. An important poll battle has just ended. A crucial battle is to be waged in the coming year. Before the first half of next year ends, the fate of the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh regime would have been decided. Newspaper headlines have called this last Assembly battle ‘a rout for the Congress.’ M.J. Akbar’s article in the Sunday Times (December 15, 2013) is captioned: ‘Post-poll lessons for the winners, and whiners’. The last three sentences of the article sum up the piece thus: “India seethes when every Indian is angry.  We have got a glimpse in 2013.  We will see the full face of anger in 2014.”

 

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