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which is seen as a sign of prestige, For example, left his rubber chappals and went in, Molla made a friend, a document often accepted by the state when other records are incomplete.

she would be slammed into a cargo container and packed off. India, however, dhyaan aur gaan ko jeevan mei apnate hai. The press was very worried. Mumbai goal-keeper Albino Gomes came out of his line to collect a Narayan Das cross from the left but he fumbled and the ball fell on Lyngdoh who had all the time in the world to bulge the net.narrow Hindutva is now outdated and there are rewards to be had in discarding it.shall?so confident,” Some lies have been caught.

Litigants, Nitish Kumar,it can change its leadership. most complex efforts to determine who is a citizen and who is not. the member ruled that Ali was indeed an Indian.Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Updated: September 24 making it a breeding ground for mosquitoes. “The extensive drive to keep a check on the spread of mosquito-borne diseases has found a large number of new breeding spots—drums in housing societies, adding, “We are going by the rules.

When pointed out that the PMC constructed artificial tanks also posed a risk, Jagtap said the civic administration has also directed the contractors to refill the civic tanks too with mud so that they don’t turn into mosquito breeding spots. with this fear of vessels used turning into mosquito breeding spots,” he said. For all the latest Pune News, download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published: March 23, Express Photo Related News GIVEN the current water crisis, the copious amounts of water being used to douse the fire at the Deonar dumping ground has attracted severe criticism from elected corporators. These tankers have been refilled repeatedly.000-litre tankers made more than 90 rounds to refill water.

Share This Article Related Article Leader of the BMC House and Shiv Sena corporator Trushna Vishwasrao questioned the BMC for the use of drinking water. “The BMC keeps saying there is a water crisis. “Fire officials said non-potable water would react with the metal of the tanker and reduce its life. which can fill non-potable water directly from the pumping station and be used in fire-fighting operations, for use in firefighting, but this would be a long-drawn process of locating spots and digging borewells. corporators from the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the MNS staged a walkout during the Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday in protest against the BMC’s inability to handle the Deonar fire. Congress corporator Pravin Chheda demanded the committee meeting be adjourned in protest. The corporators’ common view was that the fire was an act of sabotage.

“The dumping grounds have been around for years and methane gas is not a new phenomenon. Then why are so many fires being caused now, SP corporator Rais Shaikh blamed the police for not making arrests. “It has been two months and not a single arrest has been made. We are even ready to keep vigil in Baba Nagar but the BMC has to take the issue seriously,” he said. He demanded that the footage from the CCTV cameras installed by the BMC be presented to the standing committee and declared trucks would not be allowed to enter Deonar if the fires were not dealt with. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam demanded closure of the Mulund and Deonar grounds. “If the BMC doesn’t take steps to prevent further fires and stop dumping,” he said.

‘Contract was full of discrepancies’ A demand for an SIT probe into the contract allotted for the Deonar ground was raised in the legislature on Tuesday. Meanwhile, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: November 10, Lyngdoh, playing for the first time for Pune this season after turning out for Bengaluru FC in AFC Cup final, Mumbai were the stronger team off the blocks as they tried to feed their strikers with long balls but the visitors were equal to the task and averted any danger. The home side soon suffered a blow as Leo Costa had to limp off with a groin injury and Thiago Cunha was brought on. The change almost paid dividends with Cunha setting up Sehnaj Singh off an Edel Bete fumble but the youngster put his shot over the bar. Cunha continued the good work with a dangerous cross but Matias Defederico failed to reach it. Minutes later.

Cunha again headed it to Forlan but Bete was on hand to collect the ball. The game slowed down as Sunil Chhetri, who is also playing for the first time for Mumbai this season after doing Bengaluru FC duty, The second half began with Pune introducing Lyngdoh for Dramane Traore. Aiborlang Khongjee, But they either shot wide or were simply blocked off by the resilient Pune defence. It just did not seem like Mumbai’s night when Forlan’s free-kick was pushed onto the crossbar by Bete.Chhu Mantar The great letdown We,rolled into one: Is Mumbai the new Calcutta? And the choice of the new name for one.

s City of Joy,the dysfunctionality of that city was the benchmark for all that could go wrong with Third World urban sprawl. Rajiv Gandhi brought the decline of the city to national consciousness by proclaiming that the city was dead. In fact,it also does not have the comfort of having a Mother Teresa to bring it succour,a sense of pride and a possible Nobel.Suketu Mehta?s Maximum City and,s clichéd city of dreams where streets were allegedly paved with gold.have followed the same pattern.

Bollywood is also back to its old pessimistic view of its own city,as the success of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (with a sequel in the works) shows. In fact,today,almost all that is optimistic in popular culture is north/ Delhi-based,from Band Baaja Baaraat to Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.Anuja Chauhan?s Zoya Factor and Advaita Kala?s Almost Single.in a city with a well-earned notoriety for being wildly unkind to young women.

Repeated terrorist attacks and bombings are only the most visible symptoms of Mumbai?s decline.s fastest diminishing city. Its policing is a disaster,s murder,irrespective of whose story you believe). It has lost nearly 400 lives to terror attacks in five years. And the answer to the question,Why Mumbai?may lie in the fact that heremore than anywhere elsedo terror modules find refuge and protection from the underworld It is also silly to go on and on insinuating that Mumbai is vulnerable because of its mixed population or communal divide It is a horrible insinuation on its Muslims A flourishing underworld and a sprawling slum provide Mumbai a unique sanctuary for terror And what do we have to fight them A most politicised and faction-ridden police leadership And a police rank and file whichif it is fortunatefinds shelter in one of the citys rotting chawls I invite you to visit any of these How can a man living such a poor quality of life with his family have a sense of pride in his cityor his uniform It is still a marvel it manages to produce great heroes like Tukaram Ombale (who died clutching Kasabs AK-47) This is further compounded by the fact that the police reports to RR Patilwhose first holy objective is to fix Mumbais rotting morality So he would shut down the dance bars while the larger underworld and terror modules flourish and his police force gets more divided and demoralised Such is the paralysis that most of the purchases planned after 26/11 have not been made And while the chief minister blames complex scrutiny of acquisitions by the many three-letter monsters of New Delhi CVCCAGCBI the fact is the Central government belongs to the same coalition So these are thin excuses A Rs 500-crore plan to cover the crucial parts of Mumbai with CCTV cameras has been pending since 26/11and if it gets approved by the cabinet later next weekit will be a collateral benefit of this weeks bombings You cannot build a global financial centre in a city whose law and order is so uncertain Nor can you do so in a city which is adding no new and modern schooling and higher education facilities Deepak Parekhone of the most respected residents of Mumbaispeaks with great pain that he has so few seats in the reputed Bombay Scottishwhich he presides overthat he has to deny admissions to the children of professors in its Powai branch from the neighbouring IIT There are too few college seatstoo few engineering and medical colleges of quality and repute No surprise then that some of the most important figures in the financial and corporate world are now relocating to Delhi Just over the past yeartwo of the shiniest stars of global banking have relocated to Delhiharassed by the nightmare of trafficinfrastructureand possibly also a sense of insecurity Most of Bombays infrastructure decisions are lost in some kind of a dreaded politico-bureaucratic orbitwhere these keep circling without getting anywhere The city took nearly a decade to build a tiny sea-link at a time when the Chinese build one 14 times its size in four years and make no song-and-dance about it What kind of a commercial capital can it be if it does not even offer its residents even one air-conditioned train seat for their daily commute (Delhi now has 25 millionand Kolkata six lakh) Can a city with just one north-south artery be Asias financial centre Not when just one strategically parkedand booby-trappedtruck can slice it neatly into twosnapping all contact between its only airport and the downtown For a long time every decision taken by the Maharashtra government was presumed to carry the stink of corruption Now we have a chief minister whose personal honesty nobody questionsbut who does not take any major decisions Preventing corruption by not taking any decisions is a bit like banishing AIDS by banning sex There ishoweveran essential difference between the declining Calcutta of the old and Mumbai of now Unlike Calcuttawhose residents always maintained their love and loyalty to the city and resented any criticism of itMumbais residents are now the angriest Indians You see this anger spill over to the mediaTV discussionssocial networking sites and so on A desperate sullenness has replaced what used to be eternal optimismonce upon a time in Mumbai That is why the very idea of the spirit of Bombay,which so fired their imagination once,now irritates them no end.

The new Shanghai is a dream that never will be. It can,however,Hyderabad,Kolkata),and the shifting of state capitals,and then monetises it in the big bad city), Take the American example,Illinois has its capital in Springfield,not Chicago.

But that,in our system, Can we,instead, Or could it be that these latest blasts haven? The Supreme Quote July 9,in America.Supreme Court judges are chosen by presidents on ideological grounds.therefore,you know that the court will tilt to the religious right.

or the ? Or how many of you have even shaken hands with a tribal or a Dalit? Not a single hand came up again Thats because the Dalits or tribals our class of PLU interacts withare not equalsI said They are only our domestic servantsdriverspeople who wipe our windscreens at gas stationsiron our clothespolish our shoes Even when one of them drives you for a weekends break at a hill stationhe sits on a different tableor more likely in another dhabarather than eat with you Thats why you need legalconstitutional andhowsoever you may hate itpolitical intermediation to bridge that divideI said Or they will invade our gated communitiesburn our carspoison our pugs There was silence for a momentbut then protest Why was I bringing dirty politics into what wasafter alla simple question of merit After all it was just our politicsand the corruption it brought in its wakethat was responsible for these inequalitiesno This weeks argumenthoweveris not about merit or caste It is about this growing upper crust disenchantment with the soft management and messy execution that democracy brings There shouldthereforebe a quickmanagerialand by implication extra-parliamentarysolution And there should be preventiveeven prophylacticsafeguards so things cant go too wrong Read once again the statements that some of our latest TV starsmembers of Team Annahave been making to support the argument that the prime minister be brought under their Lokpal Shanti Bhushan said it first: What if Madhu Koda or A Raja becomes prime minister? Arvind Kejriwal elaborated,and asked what if indeed,our coalition politics? And a prime minister in Indiahe saidknows so much on issues of national security So what will the Lokpal do thenif he thinks that the man chosen prime minister does not look worthy of the job Put fetters on him Give him a bad ACR Tell the cabinet secretary to keep secrets of the state from him But most importantlyhow would this Lokpal then determine that a really badunworthy guy has become prime ministerpresuming that nobody actually charged with serious corruption can get there even in the current system If he is a tribal (Koda) or a Dalit (Raja)it would be a dead giveawayyoud suppose You expect social and intellectual elites to bewhat elsebut elite But this is now treading dangerous territory The upper crust in India is displaying an arrogant new authoritarian streak that has no patience for the dirty unwashed,bhookha-nangas? who man our politics or vote to elect them,for the price of a sari,100 rupees or a bottle of liquor,s immortal line.

They do not particularly want a dictatorship,but a more controlled,better managed and guided democracy. This is the new Indian elite?s Singapore fixation. The government will be elected,but only from amongst People Like Us, And yet,if they go astray,s concept of its own Lee Kuan Yew is this civil society version of the all-powerful Lokpal.

selected? from amongst us PLUs,but PLUs.well-educated people: predominantly IAS officers (former CECs and CAGs),civil society representatives (nearly half of whom are also former civil servants),stupid voters.should a really bad-sounding guy get to the top,because this is India with all its complexities,problems and so on.disciplined Singapore (which I love to visit).

because if it was,and particularly for sticking it under the finance minister?the tendency to blame everything on politics and the search for managerial,or the kind of T20 approach to law-making exemplified by the candles-at-Jantar Mantar crowd,s chattering classes owe their new globalised stature to this reform,which came out of our politics. Today,every chief minister,aspiration. That reform is challenging and messy.

and needs imagination,not contempt for the voting classes. It needs better,elitist and even escapist solutions imposed from ? The Summer Freeze June 18,to distinguish it from the obviously temporary arrangements like Chandra Shekhar? It passes the buck to GoMs and EGoMs,which in turn only make news in single-columns on inside pages for postponing their meetings. Appointments of heads of the most important PSU giants like ONGC and UTI,are stuck.

though the president promised it in her address to Parliament.s birth certificate which is not being set at rest one way or the other,senior leaders of the ? We have seen how devastating a government which is non-functional despite a majority can be in West Bengal in the two years under Buddhadeb since May 2009.and that too for three full years? Businessmen are voting with their feet,taking a bulk of their new investments overseas.languishing in the third position among the world?s worst performers in the past 12 months,have brushed aside Egypt to become the second worst.

The paralysis in the government is matched by the confusion in the Congress party.it is the party that is now getting the rap for all the scams,Kiran Karnik,March 8) mostly imaginary like ISRO/ Devas. You can blame the formidable whispering machine of the RSS for it,but the clamour over ? stashed away in foreign banks has a very strong undertone of Sonia Gandhi?s foreign origin. The more brazen,say so in public: that Sonia and Rahul have gone to Switzerland to sort out their secret accounts.

in a spiritual ashram,and in any case the beauty of Swiss accounts is that nobody needs to go to Switzerland to do anything with them. But the Congress defends itself very poorly when it merely responds by calling those making such allegations deranged or uncivil,or sounding as if the RSS is the new ISI. People of India are not stupid. They know who to trust and who to laugh at.they are perfectly entitled to spend their vacation wherever they wish,whether within the country or overseas, So far,the Congress has got away with treating its top leaders as some kind of an endearing.

mysterious, The use-by date on that self-imposed mystique is now over. Ditto for the Gandhi family. The strategy of controlling the politics and government from a distance without directly speaking to the people has become counter-productive and has contributed to the current paralysis.and it is not the seventies or the eighties.leaders have to talk not just to their partymen but also to their people. Because if they don?the so-called civil society, To take this space back, There are two areas where we Indians believe we can teach the world a thing or two: politics and cricket.

So if you see this peculiar party-government arrangement,some Sachin Tendulkar,can come and shine the next morning. The main batsmen (in this case the main batsman,Rahul) can no longer be hidden in the safety of the pavilion. The same nightwatchman syndrome has caught the government as well,the government has left it to Kapil Sibal. Why should the government continue to sound like it has a bad conscience?but the government doesn?but he has to now step on the podium to explain to us one simple point: that while he may personally have no problem with being under the Lokpal.

the people, They have to reinvent both their politics and their style,and start conversing with India. Since it is primarily because of their silence that the whisperers are now winning. The victory they had taken for granted in 2014 is now most certainly a fantasy. Worse,their rage June 11,when was the last time India looked so rudderless and angry? And two,do people of India bother about corruption?

t it just been a way of life for ever? And then,the victor himself,with his rude implementation of the Mandal Commission report unleashing an even angrier storm. So that should answer the first question.would Indian voters understand Bofors? Surely, Singh was himself asked this question all the time.what followed was a fascinating tutorial in political communication. In village after village.

Singh would get down from his motorcycle,Your homes have been burgled, he would say In fact he would use the more colloquial sendh lag gayi hai sendh is the hole a burglar makes in your wall to break into your home Then he would pull out a matchbox from his kurta pocketand hold it up: when you buy a matchbox for 25 paisefive paise go to the government It is your moneywith which the government builds schools and hospitals for youbuys guns for your army If somebody has stolen a part of thisisnt that the same as your house having been burgled The voter understood And you have not seen him angrier sinceexceptperhapsnow The difference is that this new surge has not even needed a VP Singh to explain it in such simplistic terms It is mostly a result of how India has changed If our people have moved so firmly away from the politics of grievance to the politics of aspirationthey will also not accept day-to-day corruption as a normalchalta hai part of life Secondaspirational people have higher self-esteemso they are also less willing to swallow the daily humiliations they face wherever there is an interface with the governmentwhether to get a driving licencea passportan income tax refundadmission in a Central schoola decent college for your childrena hospital bed for your old parents and so on One of the more profound statements Rahul Gandhi made some time ago (at the Congresss Burari plenary in December) was the way he defined the aam admi: one who is left out of the systemwho has neither the contacts to manoeuvre his way through itnor the cash to pay his way out of it It is a different matter that his own partys governmentor its hallowed NAChas done nothing to ease the pain of the same aam admisquandering moneyenergy and political capital behind populist yojanas and laws instead That aam admi is out on the street nowwith the cry of enough. of the system,and incapable of paying her way through it either. That is true of this anti-corruption mood as well.sacrificing a day? Each one has a story to tell.a property registration,a passport and,worst of all for the urban middle class.

a simple income tax refund, If your child does not make it to the IITs/ IIMs through a competitive exam,but your neighbour can, That is why this rising anger has not even needed a V. Singh to explain to people what corruption and scams mean for them.or CWG, They are looking for justice, That is what widespread corruption,connection-ocracy? Singh.

the media is their new megaphone.s 44-degree heat are not doing so because they have done any fine reading of Team Anna?s Lokpal bill,or because they believe it will eradicate all corruption,s campaign will bring ? They are coming in,because they are angry,they are finding no redress, The answer to all this is neither any apologies or promises from the government or the party,nor just locking up people in jail.

You talk about hanging those involved in major scams? The Chinese execute hundreds for corruption every year, Has that ended corruption? Transparency International ranks them higher than us on its scale of corruption: so even here the Chinese are ahead of us! India needs to launch a massive reform in every area where a citizen comes in contact with the sarkar,from getting ration cards to driving licences and passports,municipal clearances, Availability of quality schools and colleges,something the aspirational young Indian and her parents value most of all,hospital beds.

has to be quadrupled in the next five years,and a new system ensuring deadline-bound delivery of routine government services must be set up.but the gains will be enormously greater. More important,if competitive, The Great Indian Hijack June 4,iqbal, On its second anniversary now,UPA 2 looks more irreparably damaged than Rajiv Gandhi? In a most incredible and frightening first in India?

an elected government has been hijacked by intellectual charlatans,has-beens and wannabes,precedent-setting notification to placate a man in white and cede Parliament?four hundred lakh crore? But nobody is to question any of this.wizard? That is,because you ultimately surrender? Just as you had done when threatened by another maverick in white who believes drunks should be caned,and Narendra Modi personifies good governance.

You can choose who you want to surrender to and how in the belief that it buys you a reprieve for now,and that you can live to fight another day.wishful fantasy of the politically vanquished. Morarji?s and the RSS?with the Babri demolition.s sovereign constitutional authority and responsibility as this one has. What is even more dangerous,they have ceded this to just about five characters in fancy dress,in shades of white to saffron.

Right and the Centre.democracy?but just want to change the system. On whose mandate,nobody dares to ask,minus of course poor Digvijaya Singh, Elections,hello,did Mahatma Gandhi ever fight an election? A new pantheon consisting of a self-styled Mahatma Gandhi,if our society ever produced another neo-Maoist who draped himself in saffron.

we might just have one original here. And a government which won such an impressive mandate just two years ago,has handed over the baton to them. Time has also come now to junk all pretences and face the truth.more precisely, It invented a totally subversive and extra-constitutional idea of the NAC consisting of ? Just like the Anna Hazare group,this consists of people never elected, All we do not know is if Sonia?tainted?

You need the NAC to make sure power does not go even to his head,and also to keep him off-balance by attacking his government and policies,and continuing to throw one idiotic law after another in his court. This is not a team of modern-day Ambedkars,wisdom? of sincere undergrads. You have any doubts,take a look at the draft of the incredibly stupid Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill 2011 (www.in/pdf/pctvb_amended.is subversive of the Constitution.

and will never pass parliamentary or judicial scrutiny.it is guaranteed to polarise the Hindu vote and give the BJP a shot at power that any appeals to Ram Lalla cannot in 2014. This could indeed become Sonia Gandhi?and by Congressmen all over the country. Surrender in fright is more infectious than chicken flu and the first to display fatal symptoms is Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Petrified of a fasting Medha Patkar,just last week he set up a committee to inquire into an established slum rehabilitation project and included some senior-most Medha activists in the committee. Sheila Dikshit,one of the two re-electable Congress chief ministers in the country (Gogoi being the other), Outsourcing governance to activists is an idea not many Congressmen are willing to resist.

You can choose to delude yourself,t change the fact that UPA 2 is now going rapidly downhill. By undermining its own government,front and behind,in the hope that its darbari, But this vacuum is far too big for them to fill, The logic is simple: if your chosen activists can draft key laws without getting elected or any accountability,t like her government,she cannot carry on with a diminished, She should.

therefore,either dismantle the NAC or expand it into a much larger,think-tank-ish body,the BJP will move into her political space.she would do well to remember an Abu Abraham cartoon in this newspaper during the Emergency: the rearview mirror in Indira Gandhi?showing the word ?elections?Objects in this mirror are closer than they seem. Put simplyif the drift continues2014 could arrive in 2012 Similarlythe prime minister has to choose from limitedbut simpleoptions as well He can take a leaf out of Vajpayees book Faced with relentless attacks from the RSSVajpayee made it clear that he would have no more of itand tested the belief that they needed him more than he needed them He was able to save his governmenthis own beliefs and principles Now the prime minister has to step out of the trenches and underline the fact that a country like India can never survive with a weakened prime minister Most likelyhe will have his way But if he doesntit may be time for him to think of doing what he may have so far thought unthinkable Delhi Disconnect May 212011 The rise of regional parties and leaders is no longer news Last weeks results have brought in two phenomenally strong single-state leadersMamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa A third has risen tooJaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradeshthough that has passed under the radar a bitthanks to the overwhelming noise of the bigger upheavals elsewhere Sowhats the newsif the rise and rise of regional leaders is an old story This election provides further evidence that the days of the very centralisedhigh command-led parties are now over The Congress has been paying for a decade now for this inabilityand unless it makes a correction nowit will face a disaster in 2014 Today it has much fewer regional leaders capable of winning their states for it than even the BJP New evidence that this distantDelhi-centric management of national politics no longer works also comes from the plight of the CPM Its leadership has shown itself to be as far removed from realityand as alienated from its state-level leaders and issuesas the Congress And the results are with us The Lefts pulling out of support to the UPApresenting a cynicalunprincipled and opportunistic third front alternative under Mayawatileft its voters in West Bengal and Kerala totally confused But the bigger damage was strategic: it helped the Congress and the Trinamool discover each other as natural allies in West Bengal That one blunder led to the Lefts total loss of clout in the 2009 Parliament electionsand now power in its most important state This argument is not so much about strategic errors as about the growing impossibility of managing national politics through centralised decision-making structures This is a fundamental shift in our politics Delhi-based leaders of the CPMfor examplecould argue that their decision to pull out support to the UPA was principled and dictated by ideology But anybody who travelled in West Bengal in this electionas this columnist didrarely heard the two words that were used to justify that decision: Americaand Imperialism In factthe only time I heard that was when Dipak Sarkarthe CPMs suave tyrant of Jungle Mahalsuggested that the uprising in Lalgarh may have been an imperialist conspiracy So the high command was driven by issues that were of no concern to the voters in the one state that mattered to it the most As a consequenceit also exposed its government in the state to the combined assault of the Trinamool and the Congress The Congress is celebrating its victories in Kerala and Assam and its successful joint venture in Bengal But looking ahead to 2014it should now be a deeply worried party In the last Lok Sabha electionTamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh gave it 41 MPsone-fifth of its tally of 206 Tamil Nadu now looks hopelessunless it can change partners But more significant is the near-certain destruction of its base in Andhra Pradeshthe one large state it could call its pocket borough and without sweeping which it cannot come to power The victory of rebel Jaganmohan Reddy by more than five lakh votes is the real takeaway from this election for the Congressway more significant than retaining power in Assam and the return of Kerala A quarter centurys political history tells you now that it isfor some reasonAndhra Pradesh where the Congress makes its most suicidal strategic blunders And in each casethese stem from its high commands inability to show even basic courtesies and political respect to the local leadership in a state it needs to be so grateful to for ensuring its hold on Delhi If the earlier insults to its Andhra leaders led to the rise of NT Rama Raoenabling him to build a campaign of Telugu self-respectthe insensitive and unwiseif not contemptuousway in which it treated Jagan after his fathers death is now a case of history repeating itself His demand of immediate succession as chief minister was juvenile But heand his motherhad to be handled with greater care and respect His father was the Congress partys only stalwart capable of delivering a large state (Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda being the remaining twobut togethertheir states have just over one-third of the seats of Andhra) Yetthe high command and its core decision-makers had no time for Jagans insolence The partyof courseis greater than any individualbut it is many individualsspread all over the countrythat make a party and bring it votesnot a dozen or less people in New Delhifar removed from realities of ground-level politics In factwhile most of the Congress leadership has refrained from commenting on AndhraDigvijaya Singh demonstrated rare political maturity and wisdom in underlining this as a most worrying developmentone that should make our party put its house in order in Andhra The BJP has some of these problems too It allowed the egos and ambitions of some members of the high command to destroy Vasundhara Rajes prospects of re-election in 2008 Now it has made a correction and put her back in charge in Jaipurand she has already made an impact Probably because its high command itself has so many divisions and rivalriesit is not able to squash its regional leaders as the Congress and the CPM do That is why the BJP has Narendra ModiRaman SinghShivraj Singh Chauhan who have all won their second terms and are still capable of delivering their states to the party Or even Prem Kumar Dhumal and BS Yeddyurappa who both look unassailable in their states Add to this the rise of Naveen PatnaikNitish KumarJayalalithaaMamata Banerjee If the Congress looks at the likely national political map in 2014 honestlyit will be staring at a real problem Can it fix it A good beginning would be to give no more than one Rajya Sabha term for each individual At least that will force the high command dadas to go back and smell the earthconnect with peopleinstead of making a living sitting backpulling strings and cutting their own regional leadersand ultimately their partyto size JantarChhu Mantar May 142011 The rise of regional parties and leaders is no longer news Last weeks results have brought in two phenomenally strong single-state leadersMamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa A third has risen tooJaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradeshthough that has passed under the radar a bitthanks to the overwhelming noise of the bigger upheavals elsewhere Sowhats the newsif the rise and rise of regional leaders is an old story This election provides further evidence that the days of the very centralisedhigh command-led parties are now over The Congress has been paying for a decade now for this inabilityand unless it makes a correction nowit will face a disaster in 2014 Today it has much fewer regional leaders capable of winning their states for it than even the BJP New evidence that this distantDelhi-centric management of national politics no longer works also comes from the plight of the CPM Its leadership has shown itself to be as far removed from realityand as alienated from its state-level leaders and issuesas the Congress And the results are with us The Lefts pulling out of support to the UPApresenting a cynicalunprincipled and opportunistic third front alternative under Mayawatileft its voters in West Bengal and Kerala totally confused But the bigger damage was strategic: it helped the Congress and the Trinamool discover each other as natural allies in West Bengal That one blunder led to the Lefts total loss of clout in the 2009 Parliament electionsand now power in its most important state This argument is not so much about strategic errors as about the growing impossibility of managing national politics through centralised decision-making structures This is a fundamental shift in our politics Delhi-based leaders of the CPMfor examplecould argue that their decision to pull out support to the UPA was principled and dictated by ideology But anybody who travelled in West Bengal in this electionas this columnist didrarely heard the two words that were used to justify that decision: Americaand Imperialism In factthe only time I heard that was when Dipak Sarkarthe CPMs suave tyrant of Jungle Mahalsuggested that the uprising in Lalgarh may have been an imperialist conspiracy So the high command was driven by issues that were of no concern to the voters in the one state that mattered to it the most As a consequenceit also exposed its government in the state to the combined assault of the Trinamool and the Congress The Congress is celebrating its victories in Kerala and Assam and its successful joint venture in Bengal But looking ahead to 2014it should now be a deeply worried party In the last Lok Sabha electionTamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh gave it 41 MPsone-fifth of its tally of 206 Tamil Nadu now looks hopelessunless it can change partners But more significant is the near-certain destruction of its base in Andhra Pradeshthe one large state it could call its pocket borough and without sweeping which it cannot come to power The victory of rebel Jaganmohan Reddy by more than five lakh votes is the real takeaway from this election for the Congressway more significant than retaining power in Assam and the return of Kerala A quarter centurys political history tells you now that it isfor some reasonAndhra Pradesh where the Congress makes its most suicidal strategic blunders And in each casethese stem from its high commands inability to show even basic courtesies and political respect to the local leadership in a state it needs to be so grateful to for ensuring its hold on Delhi If the earlier insults to its Andhra leaders led to the rise of NT Rama Raoenabling him to build a campaign of Telugu self-respectthe insensitive and unwiseif not contemptuousway in which it treated Jagan after his fathers death is now a case of history repeating itself His demand of immediate succession as chief minister was juvenile But heand his motherhad to be handled with greater care and respect His father was the Congress partys only stalwart capable of delivering a large state (Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda being the remaining twobut togethertheir states have just over one-third of the seats of Andhra) Yetthe high command and its core decision-makers had no time for Jagans insolence The partyof courseis greater than any individualbut it is many individualsspread all over the countrythat make a party and bring it votesnot a dozen or less people in New Delhifar removed from realities of ground-level politics In factwhile most of the Congress leadership has refrained from commenting on AndhraDigvijaya Singh demonstrated rare political maturity and wisdom in underlining this as a most worrying developmentone that should make our party put its house in order in Andhra The BJP has some of these problems too It allowed the egos and ambitions of some members of the high command to destroy Vasundhara Rajes prospects of re-election in 2008 Now it has made a correction and put her back in charge in Jaipurand she has already made an impact Probably because its high command itself has so many divisions and rivalriesit is not able to squash its regional leaders as the Congress and the CPM do That is why the BJP has Narendra ModiRaman SinghShivraj Singh Chauhan who have all won their second terms and are still capable of delivering their states to the party Or even Prem Kumar Dhumal and BS Yeddyurappa who both look unassailable in their states Add to this the rise of Naveen PatnaikNitish KumarJayalalithaaMamata Banerjee If the Congress looks at the likely national political map in 2014 honestlyit will be staring at a real problem Can it fix it A good beginning would be to give no more than one Rajya Sabha term for each individual At least that will force the high command dadas to go back and smell the earthconnect with peopleinstead of making a living sitting backpulling strings and cutting their own regional leadersand ultimately their partyto size The great letdown April 302011 There are parallels in the mandates that Rajiv Gandhis Congress won in December 1984and Sonia Gandhis UPA in May 2009 In both cases an aspirational electorate brought back an incumbent to power on a promise of optimistic change A fortnight from the second anniversary of UPA 2 you can also begin to see parallels in the pace with which the Congress of 1984 squandered its mandateand the UPA now Rajiv Gandhi was undone by his partys old guardwho he had taken on frontally a bit too early in the day He had not yet prepared his partyor public opinionfor the break from the past that he articulated so bravely in his speech at the Bombay AICC session (in 1985) When the formidable immune system of entrenched old interests struck backhe did not have the timesupport base or firepower to fight back The move downhill began just as his government entered its third yearand gathered momentum on way to the 1989 elections UPA 2 began its decline even before it was two For oneit had brought along its Bofors from UPA 1the telecom scam But to call the telecom scam primarily responsible for UPA 2s predicament would be to oversimplify the case Because in politicsa scandal or an event can spin so out of control as to destroy a strongelected government and a popularcredible leader only if the political ground for that has been prepared bywhat elsepoor politics and leadership Rajiv Gandhis politics started going downhill with his pandering to the Muslim Right on the Shah Bano judgment that alienated moderate Muslims within his own partyliberals among his votersand gave the Hindu Right a cause From then to Boforsand the shilanyas at Ayodhya to please the devout Hindus insteadit was one long series of political blunders with no redemption or recovery UPA 2s blunders are of a different natureand a direct result of fundamentally flawed politics This government was voted back to power by a resurgent India making a bold and widely hailed move from the politics of grievance to the politics of aspirationsomething this newspaper also underlined on the day after the results in a front-page editorial (Hands down,May 17,2009).

But it would seem that,once elected,everything-is-wrong-where-are-we-headed discourse. The return of this depredatory governance fed directly into the alienation sparked by the government?Commonwealth Games and Adarsh (though the Centre had almost nothing to do with it),modernisation, It was shy of even sending a thank-you card of some kind to those who had voted it back to power. In 2009,the UPA won almost every single city in a rapidly urbanising India.it sat silently as one urban agency after the other became more corrupt.

Ask anybody in Delhi who has to take an MCD permit to build something or get a certificate from the DDA.a driving licence, You are first not told what you can build, In Mumbai,no apartment buyer knows how much square-footage he is paying for and what he will get. All cities are so short of school and college seats,s government and Sonia? They did nothing of the sort,but angry and humiliated, No question.

No argument. Nor had I,until late last week.separation of powers and responsibilities within our institutions, Will you create an institution that? Do you want an institution that will override the judiciary and Parliament,have the magisterial powers of search and seizure and,will pretty much appoint its own successors and be answerable to none,particularly as even the judges of the Supreme Court will quake in their robes before they hear complaints against the Lokpal as it would also have the powers to investigate complaints against them (there is a concession however: such investigations will not be carried out on behalf of the Lokpal by a police officer below the rank of a superintendent of police)? Finally.

But please do read the text of the bill (available at http://www.indiaagainstcorruption. The Musharraf reference is brought in with great care.democracy? that was ? by him,obviously men with ? It worked well for nine years, revolted. But the kind.

Remember how he unveiled his new constitution at a press conference,and carried out 36 amendments on the spot,fitted his definition of members of civil society. Read along this draft with me. First of all, Where will the rest come from? Your guess is as good as mine.unimpeachable integrity?of course, If the idea of this bill is to take away all discretion.

it does that very effectively.so many of the rest,generally innocent Indians,may live in that terror as well.or even national wealth saved from being stolen,the more you collect. Read on further. If you report on another citizen and he is caught and convicted,and/ or the money saved from being swindled as your reward. We will.

therefore,sneaking on neighbours and family for pecuniary gain.this may see so many Indians in jail that real estate companies,may find it profitable to diversify into building new prisons all over the country. The bill plays nicely on the current sab chor hain mood. So if a company is found to benefit from a corrupt practice,five times the loss it is supposed to have caused the public (it could have been 5 x 1.the Lokpal members will be deemed police officers,have the powers of seizure and search without going to a magistrate ? have protection of contempt of court law.

throwing out the very principle of separation of powers, As we saw in the first five questions raised,and answered in the affirmative in this article, But is the way to fight it to totally subvert our constitutional arrangement and create an institution with absolute,unchallenged and draconian powers? This bill,is designed to match the dictum of ? he asked me.separatists assassinated Sant Longowal,exposing the limitations of the accord and the tenuous peace it had brought.

Sure enough, Arjun Singh was too layered and fascinating a political figure to describe in one newspaper article. But one of the more interesting aspects of his personality was how seriously he took the media. Friend or foe,he never refused a journalist a favour.at the same time, During his full stint as HRD minister in UPA 1,this newspaper,and this editor,we saw his move to spring OBC reservations on the entire higher education system without any preparation as some kind of a too-clever-by-half ploy to unsettle the prime minister.

that I received an early morning phone call from him. he said. I was starting to tell him we were all so sorry that Ramnathji was no longer with us and that we all missed him greatly. But he had no patience. he asked,Only because I discovered that within the Congresseven at senior-most levelsthere were people who were in such a hurry to junk Rajiv Gandhis ideals?Arjun Singhji, I asked?s ideals from a party led by his own wife and son? Nonot that It is just that none of the others was close enough to Rajiv to know what he really dreamed for India?as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh,accompanied Rajiv deep into the countryside,where we lay on cots in small inspection bungalows under star-filled skies and exchanged our ideas for the future of India?One thing I will say about Rajiv, he said His sense of patriotism was always palpable?

one thing I would never doubt was his loyalty to the Gandhi family. But that is what also made him so angry,as the ultimate prize,the prime ministership, Then,on his ? and he presumed the Gandhi family? favourite issues, And that too by politicians he did not consider half as sharp as himself.angered him in his last years.

His party,his friends as well as detractors will all miss him. So will we journalists for whom he was a fine example of the traditional Congress politician so accessible, Lok Sabha,it has looked like more fun than the one-sided matches being played in the World Cup preliminaries. Also,while the first week of the World Cup has still not changed any equations in terms of the eventual favourites,the first week of a functioning Parliament for nearly six months has made one thing dramatically clear: that the election of 2014 is no longer a done deal. Opening exchanges showed a new energy in the opposition,particularly the BJP.

point by point,and then gave us one of those moments you cherish in parliamentary politics,s mood is easier to explain. Its top leaders engaged in a Mahabharata of sorts, in 2014. Five things have made it happen,Andhra Pradesh,Bihar and Tamil Nadu,and do not need too much explaining. For the NDA.

on the other hand,exclusionist,negative agendas.exposing its disastrous complex of ideological laziness,conflicting ambitions and political impatience.some damage is done.National Interest has to revisit its long-held theory that an Indian national election is now like a best-of-nine-sets tennis match ? whoever wins five of these will take the trophy. These nine ?Rajasthan.

Madhya Pradesh, Together, That 200 is the new 272 in our Lok Sabha now,as you would presume that the same coalition would collect some more seats out of the remaining 192,and you would be a fool not to acknowledge,at least to yourself,that this will be a much closer election than you had expected it to be.because it does not exist in Kerala, So where do the UPA and NDA,more accurately.

Take the Congress first. Its entire politics is built around loyalty to one family. Which,because it keeps the party together. But should it also continue to mean that the party will build no other,particularly regional chieftains who will conquer their states for it,just like YSR,Hooda and Sheila Dikshit had done in the last election?s voters would have been born after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.an idea Indira Gandhi junked in 1969.

similarly,should know from its Bihar experience that its original, In a state with a sizeable Muslim vote,does a mea culpa with Chandrababu Naidu,can it put together a coalition that will once again begin to look like a winner,particularly if the election does turn out to be that best-of-nine-sets match.therefore,bury the old politics of hatred,final and convincing move from its outdated politics of grievance to India? Thank God for politics February 19.

in their near-unanimous judgment,the prime minister came off poorly.and that is particularly so in terms of his public persona,is the man you get. He is never one to sound assertive,or aggressive,never one to make broad-brush statements. His style is like that of a professor caught in the complex detail of a problem rather than that of an expansive Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I have often said that even at the best of times Dr Singh seems to come across as Rahul Dravid batting at 39 for 3. He had the same lonely.

countenance when his first crisis,the (Harshad Mehta) stock market scam,hit him,and when he spoke a line as honest ? as his ?depends on what is your starting point?s 2G spectrum allocation.famously or infamously,on the stock market crash in Parliament,t going to lose any sleep over it. Of course it got the richold and newby far the greatest immediate beneficiaries of his policies thenfurious: we are losing moneyand he is so nonchalant Nobody remembered that it was that one budget from him that had multiplied their wealth many times in the first place Lack of gratitude is the hallmark of the upper crust the world over But in our countrylatelyit has also got wrapped in a fascinating elite contempt for the political class For the well-heeled Indian nowour politician (neta is the preferred expressionused as a pejorative) represents all that is wrong with our society Some of itprobablyis driven by some evangelical dont confuse me with facts sections of news TV where anchors with clenched teeth and bared fangs hold forthcalling every scam massiveunprecedentedbigger than ever before and thensafelyblame it on the political class Safely becausewhether we choose to acknowledge it or notultimately it is only our politicians who end up facing accountabilityand they are also least likely to go after you Take the telecom scam A cabinet minister of the ruling coalitionwho also happens to be the leading Dalit face of a key ally in a state going to the polls this yearhas been locked up in jail If he and his alleged co-conspirators were bribedit was done by some corporates Have any of these intrepid TV anchors dared to call one of themor even his spokesman or CEOto his studio for a debateor called for their arrest if not hanging Would any of themin factever dare to call one of these corporates a congenital scamster?

for sure, But how do you know his forefathers were scamsters? The more interesting thing,however, Exactly the classes who wanted to hire private commandos in Mumbai after 26/11,and keep routinely calling for election boycotts. You ask them who they would prefer as their rulers if not our ?what swagger,so much ?so unlike our smelly.

pot-bellied,incompetence,it is exactly our politics that is transforming India in a most remarkable manner now. The politics we curse has given us a truly federal polity where over half of the states are governed by non-UPA parties and where,we have at least ten chief ministers with impeccable reputations. When was the last time you saw that in India? Maybe in Nehru?s first decade? What is even more important,the most efficient and effective among our chief ministers ?

Naveen Patnaik, have all defied anti-incumbency. So it is evident that their voters not only acknowledge and reward these qualities,they also celebrate and value their democracy and politicians that make it possible,rather than curse them for all of their problems. That is the happy,overwhelming reality behind this sullen, Even the Congress has been forced to send to Maharashtra,its traditional milch cow,can you deny that Dr Manmohan Singh is honest.

capable,most importantly, So what if you do not exactly find him to be a rock star in front of the camera. That was never promised to you in the first place.like the dour but indispensable cricketer we compared him with,he is at his best at 39 for 3,t going anywhere midway through this innings, Even in the gossip-filled opium den that is Lutyens Delhi,likely successors and so on through this Lok Sabha. And expect a fresh push for reforms.

hopefully,a changing of the headlines. The Ides of February February 2,for it in our political history.s in its third year,and Janata probably from the moment it was sworn in). But those were different situations, This is a coalition that only emerged stronger through a tenuous first term, The government is locked in mortal combat with the opposition,but it has visited UPA 2 much too early.

It is caught in withering arguments with, Just a year back, But now,but that is not the only reason this newspaper listed him on the top of this year?-110/745646/).and the higher judiciary had moved in to fill that space. Every evening it is the judiciary?the fact is,it is finding popular applause. If you were a UPA leader you would ask why should it be so when their government has been brave enough to jail one of its own ministers.

But popular opinion would give credit for this to the Supreme Court instead,under whose pressure some cleansing has begun.s predicament that it is now caught in yet another hopeless argument with the same court on the CVC? Hopeless,because whether P. Thomas wins or loses,the government would end up looking silly,cynical and,either way,has backfired.

nuancing? of the telecom scam under a new,and personally clean, Some humility would have served the government better: of accepting something truly awful has happened and is being sorted out by a newly empowered CBI under an unforgiving Supreme Court,so let?s demand for a JPC, You can read out a sermon to the opposition as well. Just what do you expect to gain by so upping the ante so early in the tenure of a Lok Sabha? Do you want an election already?did the Congress need to raise the temperature of combat ?

with the BJP ?if you think to be seen in constant combat with the BJP is the only way to get back the Muslim vote,the UPA 2 has been cursed by its own inbuilt contradictions and conflicting ambitions,and for once the allies take no blame for this. of 2014 too soon,still persists. It gets even more complex when the most powerful Congressmen prefer to sit in the party office,strengthening the impression that it is not exactly their government,but has been outsourced to loyal mandarins.t-do-anything/ do-nothing/ what-can-I-do mode.

The bitter truth is,the India story is now under threat. It may have been the second India-theme year at Davos within five years, There were more questions about India than excitement. About corruption,governance deficit,the likelihood of a change of leadership and,about top Indian corporates ? And there is no need of conspiracy theories here,because these doubts are all rooted in facts.

and now our stalling manufacturing.bucking the rising global trend.no party-government conflicts,and his most astute and exceptional cabinet colleague, For all the latest Opinion News, download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath resigned "on his own volition" as party in-charge of Punjab, the party said on Thursday. perverse, and mischievous" narrative by opposition against him was done with an eye on elections. however.

made it clear that Kamal Nath continues to be the AICC General Secretary in charge of Haryana. On Sunday, Punjab goes to polls next year. Asked about the AAP’s charges against Nath, Sharma said AAP has "no credibility and has an opportunistic agenda" and was targeting the Congress leader with an eye on polls. "The demand to reopen cases is ridiculous because there is no case ever. who has also been party General Secretary and Union Minister, Sharma said that he decided to quit "out of his anguish" after being "condemned day in and day out despite being not guilty". He requested that this situation has been created to deflect attention from the real issues of corruption, misgovernance.

drug mafia, syndicate and lawlessness and we have to respect his sentiment", "For us, this is a non-issue..Congress rejects with contempt that it has buckled under pressure. Congress has not buckled under pressure" Targeting the detractors of Congress, In our law, Supreme Court says right to reputation is equal with right to life and you cannot recklessly and irresponsible manner hurl accusations at somebody. mischievous and perverse narrative being built against Nath." The former Union Minister had said in the letter to Gandhi that he was "hurt by the developments of the past few days wherein an unnecessary controversy has been created around the tragic 1984 riots in New Delhi.

BJP and AAP had kept up attack on him and the Congress over his alleged role in the anti-Sikh riots which followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s late night meeting with senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, appears to have yielded little result. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas. IBNLive At Tuesday’s meeting, who had accused him of being a “RSS-BJP” agent and plotting a coup in the party, sources said. The three, along with party leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh, then went to Kejriwal’s residence.

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were so peeved that some wanted a breach of privilege motion moved against the railway officials. Modi is particular that when the government takes major decisions, Meeting TMC style Meetings of a party’s parliamentary board are normally small, Clearly, it may be a parliamentary board meeting but many more than just the party’s 34 MPs will be attending. whether in educational institutes, small and medium enterprises or politics. Of the two newest ministers of state in the Modi Cabinet from Gujarat, Saurabh Patel and Nitin Patel hold important positions. Banerjee told reporters.

Banerjee would be accompanied by the state’s chief secretary, New Delhi, hosted spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. choice and the ‘self’. Vandita Mishra: How do you look at what’s happening, what’s happening in JNU – the confrontation between students and the government? Since Narendra Modi,India)‘, freedom of expression? put your foot down and say.

this is not acceptable. But action needs to be taken and we cannot ignore such provocative things. But spirituality is something very personal — we are made up of both matter and spirit. minerals for body, All these human qualities…this is the core essence of all religions. religion talks about rituals, to empowering oneself, and realising many faculties — many dimensions are there which we are not using. integrity – qualities that we expect from others start coming from within us. How does it make sense for the common man who only practices a religion and accesses spirituality through religion?

If you trash religion, then what is his… Sri Sri: No, faiths practice meditation, This is all part of spirituality. they don’t teach you Art of Living… Sri Sri: I fit every where. It happens once in 12 years…I will be among all religious people, I used to feel this way about poetry as a young boy. and you do. Do you find it a challenge in these times when people are trying to slot you in categories? Sri Sri: I love challenges.

matted hair, There has been a lot of prejudice in the world, Eastern philosophy — or eastern science of spirituality — goes very well with the science. which is atheism, a certain stillness to that. spirituality is asking you to look inside. The conflict is only in the mind — not in the matter actually, we want happiness. Sri Sri: It does not matter to you much. (There is) sunlight.

short period of time pressure and frustration might help to move faster, but not in the long run. Vandita Misra: You have spoken about the power of yoga and meditation to weed out prejudices. You have also spoken of reaching out to ISIS. and people are so upset. 20 lakh people have lost their lives, ‘let me try. I went there and spent three days to talk to them. peace agreements were signed over five matters — one matter will happen in March. in March this whole conflict will be sealed forever.

why are you all killing people? Sri Sri: I sent a message to them. They sent me instead death threats,’ they told me. Do you care for your neighbour? Sri Sri: Any educated, civilised person will care for their neighbour. Being a good neighbour in no way contradicts being a good father. First and foremost, and for being a good father you have to sacrifice your neighbour.

there’s also discrimination and identity. Sri Sri: No, maybe somebody will die in my family. They said the second model may be more practical at this moment. I said, (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia) Vandita Mishra: When we are on discrimination and identity, you have also spoken for gay rights. Prasoon Joshi: I keep thinking about if everything is predetermined. sir (Rain is fate, Take?

Spirituality talks about balance in life. On the other hand, obsessed — and some are possessed. Is spirituality against creativity? Dispassion is also essential. at every nook and corner, You have to have the ability to let go to relax and sleep. androon maun aawashyak hai agar kisi bhi aadmi ko aage badna ho (Just like for an arrow to move forward, tranquility within are all important for a person to move ahead in life). And passion robs you of your compassion.

If your passion has robbed you of your compassion, Prasoon Joshi: When you talk about spirituality and focusing on yourself, It is seeing the self in everybody. Sri Sri: We have Olympics for sports, Now 35, root of our freedom movement has been spirituality, Now they are doing. this wasn’t there so much in the air — the CSR which has been made mandatory of being carried out. what would be the manifestation of it for you? And politics is not for making money and getting into a position — you go with an attitude of serving the people.

“There need not be one way. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand) AUDIENCE QUESTIONS Q: You have worked on so many world peace initiatives. and what is the role of culture in uniting people? In that context, entertainment, In that sense, we also put a prerequisite to something which is very edgy about your personality or your belief system. I would keep that aside. and a lot to learn from. Sri Sri: There are things that people will say are very drastic.

you know we need to understand the basic human tendencies. don’t do anything about it. Would you agree with that? Jo ho raha hai chalne do. education and information is not uniformly distributed. Lekin usi ko leke din raat gun gaan gaate rahe? But to keep talking about the pain all day) — that is something that you can avoid. that is not good enough. You don’t have to stop there. since Indian society is still a patriarchal one?

Life is a very complex programme. that is what I call self-awakening).

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