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” 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 … Continue reading ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
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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.
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. Today the country is all set for its Sixteenth General Election to the Lok Sabha. Hindol Sengupta, a Senior Editor at the Indian Edition of Fortune magazine, who has been voted by the global ideas platform IdeaMensch on its list of 32 Entrepreneurs Who Make The World A Better Place, has just produced a book titled “100 Things to know and debate before you vote.” Essentially it is a compilation of statistics about India 2014 which can only shock the reader. Sample for example the 37th item listed in these one hundred things. The half page note is captioned 37. When in need, sell a kidney! The note reads: “In spite of … Continue reading EVERY PATRIOT WILL FEEL SHOCKED BY THESE STATISTICS