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लम्बी दौड़ का घोड़ा : Why I think AAP is here forever

  By Ratnakar Tripathy AAP: the art of breeding leaders  Sorry Congress. Sorry BJP. This is about your worst nightmares come true. Yes, AAP is not going to prove the ephemera that you are dreaming of. Right now it may seem like a gadfly. Tomorrow it may well turn up at your doorsteps and become a fixture as a much bigger animal and match the many-winged, many-clawed fire breathing monsters that visit you at night, even as you get comforted during daytime by the polls sponsored by you and the simpering supporters thronging your vehicles. Let me clarify – my claim is not based on conversations... 

Bihar’s paradox: Will Bihar go back to Jungle Raj?

  by Ratnakar Tripathy Tunneling in or out? From all the field reports lately, it has begun to seem that the voters in Bihar are in an adventurous, even reckless mood in 2014. They are quite willing to vote for a change in the regime. I will readily admit that this year Bihar successively went through an ant-Nitish wave, then a Modi wave and is currently going through a last ditch Laloo wave even as many-phased voting in India has come beyond the half way mark, as long as you don’t ask me to define a ‘wave’. The only thing I could say by way of defining it is it may be seen as a zeal... 

‘Kaam chaalu mooh bandh’: a beautiful move by ‘Ugly Indians’

    ‘Ugly Indians’ at work – I Bangalore: Last Friday morning was like any other on a stretch of Outer Ring Road near Bellandur, where thousands of the city’s tech workers pass by. The spot in focus: right outside the Accenture building, where an old water pipe passes over the drain. Piled-up garbage is a nuisance for pedestrians. At 10 am, around 30 employees from a nearby technology services centre walked up to the spot, clad in white T-shirts and caps, brooms in hand, which they put to good use. They set about building a 30ft long safety wall along the open... 

Sadhu Yadav withdraws nomination from Maharajganj

Patna: 2014 has proved to be the most nail-bitingly nervous election India has had for decades. Ironically, wave or no wave, there is no slackening to be seen anywhere, except perhaps in the case of the Congress, which may wake up fully as the electoral phases come to an end. As for the smaller fries, Sadhu Yadav had done a virtual circumambulation of all the parties, right from RJD to Congress to BJP to JD [U]. In a latest move, former MP Sadhu Yadav Wednesday withdrew his nomination as candidate from Bihar’s Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency, saying he will not contest the polls this time... 

Earth Day: web portal organizes documentation of Indian trees

Trees: Earth Day awarenessThe web portal India Biodiversity will organise a nation-wide ‘Neighbourhood Trees Campaign’ from Tuesday (Earth Day) to Sunday. The campaign aims to spread awareness on the importance of trees and crowdsource information on trees in the country. Volunteers just need to click photographs of trees in their gardens and neighbourhood and post their observations on them. The campaign will be conducted online at http://treesindia.indiabiodiversity.org/. There are about 7,500 tree species in India. The organisers of the campaign are hoping to create a web page on every tree... 

Giriraj threatens to send Modi opponents to Pakistan!

Exclusion: sign of times!Deoghar, Jharkhand: Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh, who is also the party candidate from Nawada, has said “those who want to stop” BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modiwill soon have “no place in India… because their place will be in Pakistan”. Singh made these remarks at an election rally in Deoghar, Jharkhand on Friday in the presence of former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Godda MP Nishikant Dubey. “Woh log Narendra Modi ko rokna chahate hain, woh Pakistan dekh rahe hain. Aane wale dino mein aise logon ke liye jagah Hindustan mein nahi, Jharkhand... 

Baba Ramdev caught discussing black money on camera

Baba ramdev & Mahant ChandnathAlwar, Rajasthan: this may be an embarrassment that Baba Ramdev will never be able to live down. The Yoga Guru went far beyond deniability yesterday when a TV camera caught him warning Mahant Chandnath, the BJP candidate from Alwar in Rajasthan, not to talk about money when the mikes of the TV crews were on. It turns out that the mikes were on and readily recorded the alleged conversation much to the embarrassment of Ramdev, who is busy touring various parts of the country, mobilizing popular support for Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee. In... 

The politics of the unspoken: face-reading Modi and Kejriwal

  by Ratnakar Tripathy  The purity of maskhood! I believe there are two waves in the country today – Narendra Modi and Aam Admi Party [AAP] and the one thing they have in common is they deny the existence of the other wave. What they do not have in common is this – AAP is the sum of all the spoken statements from its leaders, including Kejriwal, whereas Modi is the sum of all that remains unspoken thus far. It is likely Modi will not really begin to talk before he finds himself plunked securely in the throne. So let us get ready to not be surprised by reading between the lines and highlighting... 

Supreme Court recognizes Third Sex: recommends access to schemes for minorities

  Ardhanareeshwara; SC sees sense in hoary tradition New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender people. “Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue,” Justice KS Radhakrishnan said while handing down the ruling. The court directed state and federal governments to identify transgenders as a neutral third gender who should be granted access to the same welfare schemes as other minority groups in India.... 

Now Atal – Modi letters on Gujarat riots to be out under RTI!

  Atal’s warning: ‘Remember Rajadharma!” New Delhi: as the end of the 2014 elections in India nears its end, skeletons are coming tumbling out all over. Two important books by Sanjay Baru, Manmohan Singh’s former media advisor, and former coal secretary PC Parakh have revealed how decrepit the UPA government in its second stint proved to be. On the other hand, Narendra Modi seems unlikely to escape exposure of his correspondence with Atal Bihari Vajpayee over his handling of the Gujarat riots in 2002. The Prime Minister’s Office will take the nod of Gujarat government... 
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