A GOOD BEGINNING ON THIS TEACHERS’ DAY: HOPE, THE SPIRIT SUSTAINS

If it has to be placed in the category of a political act – what Narendra Modi did on September 5, the Teachers’ Day (or the Teacher’s Day), was indeed a good and engaging politics, unlike the politics of the day, unlike what ‘Indian politics’ of the day has become synonymous with.

On googling (searching) for the definitions of politics, the first two definitions that the Google Guru (as Modi termed the online search giant – like any online search has become synonymous with ‘googling’) comes with are:

The activities associated with the governance of a country or area, especially the debate between parties having power.

Activities aimed at improving someone’s status or increasing power within an organization.

Obviously, these are not exhaustive. But what these definitions imply is the theoretical baseline in the contemporary times.

Activities associated with – Activities aimed at – the context is defined by words like governance, power, status, parties, organizations – and the activities can be good or bad – like ‘good politics’ or ‘bad politics’ – and we, the Indians, desperately need the ‘good politics’ – and if it was political, it was indeed ‘good and needed politics’ by Narendra Modi.

It is like the difference between ‘information’ and ‘knowledge’ as Narendra Modi points out – what Google gives us is mere information – using it in a context and using it with an informed background are what make any piece of information an event of knowledge.

Modi’s address to the students and to the nation had no political tones the way he spoke, the way he carried it further. His body language and his interaction with students told us it was more of a personal choice. He spoke and interacted like an engaged elder. It was inspiring and connecting.

Yes, there are political elements and political interpretations that can be associated with initiative. But that is for good. There is nothing wrong if Modi addresses students who are voters of tomorrow. There is nothing wrong if Narendra Modi addresses the teachers who are millions strong votebank. There is nothing wrong if Narendra Modi didn’t speak of the problems of teachers.

If they are voters of tomorrow, what’s wrong in establishing connect with them. Similar logic can be extended to the teachers. Doing it sincerely and seriously is the need of the day. The sustained outreach is the need of the day.

It was an event for students, addressing to them, talking to them, guiding them and sharing with them. How can one expect Mr. Modi to discuss the complex issues of the problems of the teachers and of the education system there? Wouldn’t it defy the whole purpose? Doing so indeed would be bad politics, the ‘politics of the day’.

There is nothing wrong in all this if we see the context. The context needed an honest display of personal reflections and Modi excelled at that, naturally and easily. It was an engaging event full of good moments where we smiled, where we laughed.

If it was politics – Modi’s Teachers’ Day address to the students was good and acceptable politics, unlike the politics of the day.

Hope it establishes a norm and a good tradition begins and the spirit that has been this year, sustains year after year.

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MAY 17 SPEECH: NARENDRA MODI BEGIN ON A RIGHT NOTE IN VARANASI

When I see the pitiable condition of Ganga I feel pained but I feel it is Maa Ganga who has decided I have to do something for Her.

Need of the hour is to restore the glory of the Ganga. Today Maa Ganga is calling us, her children to make the river clean once again.

When Narendra Modi visited Varanasi on May 17 to thank the city for electing him with a huge margin, he began on a note indicative of the realization that he was well aware of the city’s expectations from him, these tweets tell us.

Varanasi and Ganga need immediate intervention at the highest level to justify the legacy of heritage they have.

The city is crumbling under the pressure of administrative and political apathy that has pushed the city’s infrastructure to the ignominy of being a Ganga city where the water of the Holy River is not fit for the Holy Dip.

And the problem has been compounded by the irresponsible attitude of its inhabitants.

Modi rightly reminded the city that it needed to change its course to get the city cleaned. His ‘paan and spit and stains’ anecdote is a universal problem of Varanasi that sums up how its inhabitants have contributed in giving the city a bad name.

On May 17, after offering prayers to Lord Shiva in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Modi headed for the Dasaswamedh Ghat to deliver his victory speech and he began on a right note.

While reminding the city of its responsibility, Modi, in an emphatic tone, assured the city that he would see to it that the Ganga and the city, ignored for decades, get the due, get the development, and prosper to justify the legacy of being the spiritual, cultural and religious seat of India and of humanity.

And Modi can be trusted, for his track record, for bringing development to Varanasi, something the city desperately needs, something for which the city has voted him in.

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NARENDRA MODI BACK IN DELHI: FOCUS ON THE BEGINNING ON MAY 26

Two days were Gujarat centric in the national political scene. Narendra Modi resigned from the chief minister’s post yesterday. A new leader was chosen and Gujarat got its first female chief minister today. Like Modi, she, too, comes from a humble background and is a self-made person. Hopefully, the Gujarat story will continue unabated.

Also, given the kind of person and politician Narendra Modi is, he is expected to continue making his presence felt in Gujarat even while being in Delhi. It is bound to happen if Mr. Modi sees Gujarat as the laboratory that prepared him to efficiently govern the office of the prime minister of India.

Anyway, the business of political ups and downs and the minute-by-minute chaos is back to Delhi. Modi said goodbye to his Gujarat this afternoon and is in Delhi now to establish his base.

Reportedly, he was upset with lobbying for the ministerial berths. That may deter the further efforts at BJP or NDA level but the speculation over the sources based reports is going to make for the headlines till the final announcements come.

But that will not be something affecting him after the message of his ‘displeasure’ has been made public. What will be in his mind is delivering the message to the masses that he is reading into the implications of the clear mandate to the BJP, something that has put him in a firing line that will start hitting from the day-1. And to handle this, he needs to being fully prepared.

Indians have huge expectations from him and he would do all in the days he is set to begin with the nation as its chief governing officer, his acts, his words, his gestures and his decisions, to give the countrymen (clear) signals that Modi is serious about walking the talk and is already on the job.

Narendra Modi is going to take oath on May 26, 6 PM. In between, there are long 90 hours that Modi is going to exploit fully to make it as perfect a beginning as he can make.

Expect the developments toe the Modi line in the coming days, including the good enough number of symbolic elements and public outreach imagery.

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COUNTING DAY: UPDATES 7 PM TO 9 PM

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

#Congress and #SP rout in #UP makes it family affair for them. They fail to win any other constituency that the seats of Gandhi family (2 seats) and Yadav family (5 seats) members.

#Varanasi @ 7:42 PM: Narendra Modi leads by over 3.36 lakh votes – 516593 votes; Arvind Kejriwal – 179739 votes; Ajai Rai – 68080 votes; BSP – 57531 votes; SP – 42242 votes. Final tally not declared yet.

#Vadodara @ 7:42 PM: Narendra Modi leads by over 5.7 lakh votes – 845464 votes; Madhusudan Mistry of #INC – 275336 votes. Mistry is #Congress’ UP in-charge. Final tally not declared yet.
@ 7:54 PM – #Modi leads his constituencies – #Varanasi by over 3.36 lakh votes and #Vadodara by 5.7 lakh votes. Mulayam leads his constituencies – #Azamgarh by 63000 votes and #Mainpuri by 3.64 lakh votes. The contrast and the difference on the scale of acceptability is clear.

Rahul Gandhi had won Amethi by 3.7 lakh votes in 2009 with 72% vote share. In 2014, his lead @8 PM is 1 Lakh votes, and it is to remain at this level. BJP’s Smriti Irani gave him good fight and run for time and money.

#Modi is expected to get around 60% of votes in Varanasi. Twice before it, candidates in Varanasi have got more than 60% votes – Chandra Shekhar in 1977 (Bhartiya Lok Dal-66.22%) and Anil Shastri in 1989 (Janta Dal-62.31%).

Narendra Modi is now the PM-designate of India. He is expected to take oath on May 21.
He delivered his victory speech in #Vadodara, where, once again, he repeated his favourite line that was just a labourer. Hope, the sanity remains and prevails in the days to come. Hope, he delivers on the sky-high promises and expectation. He needs to deliver for India, for #Varanasi. Otherwise, the trend is becoming clear for the non-performing and manipulating politicians in India.

@ 9 PM – Varanasi tally remains the same – #Modi leads #Varanasi by over 3.36 lakh votes. Arvind Kejriwal is No.2. He did satisfactorily by scoring 1.8 lakh votes. Ajai Rai came a poor 3rd in spite of INC’s all efforts. Thankfully, the regional parties, SP and BSP, with no development agenda were pushed to be at 4th n 5th spots by the voters.

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COUNTING DAY: UPDATES 4 PM TO 7 PM

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

#BJP is to make clean sweep in 6 states, #Gujarat, #Rajasthan, #Delhi, #Uttarakhand, #Himachal Pradesh, #Goa, and 6 union territories (obviously for records only, because except all are single seat constituencies).

#Congress is in imminent danger of losing the ‘leader of opposition’ position. Trends now give it less than 10% of 543 Lok Sabha seats. Having 10% of the seats is the requirement set for a party to have the leader of opposition from its ranks.

Total votes of #Kejriwal, #INC, SP and BSP in #Varanasi, 2.6 lakh, is much less than around 3.5 lakh Muslim votes of Varanasi.

Sonia, Rahul speaking. Take responsibility of Congress drubbing. Let’s see the composition of the message.

#Congress comes 3rd in all seats of #Delhi. From 7-0 in 2009, it is 0-7 for the party now.

Rabri Devi loses. #BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy takes winning lead of over 50000 votes. Lalu’s ‘samosa’ didn’t get extra ‘aalu’ (potato).

#Varanasi @ 5:22 PM: Narendra Modi leads by over 3.12 lakh votes – 484726 votes; Arvind Kejriwal – 172273 votes; Ajai Rai – 65243 votes; BSP – 53944 votes; SP – 40628 votes. #Congress regains 3rd position.

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COUNTING DAY: UPDATES 2 PM TO 4 PM

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

#Varanasi @ 2:09 PM: Narendra Modi leads by over 1.7 lakh votes – 243039 votes; Arvind Kejriwal – 69551 votes; BSP – 29711 votes; Ajai Rai – 26516 votes; SP – 21075 votes.

Jaswant Singh loses #Barmer. He should have won. His #BJP rehabilitation still possible?

Most of the #INC, #Congress young guns bite the dust – most of them the dynasty products – a welcome development.

Arun Jaitley’s loss from #Amritsar was expected. But he is still expected to be among the senior most ministers of Modi Cabinet.

Bravo! Salman Khurshid loses and loses big, deposit forfeited in #Farrukhabad. Now, this is brilliant. Real scoop. Real good news. His arrogance sucks.

#Varanasi @ 3:39 PM: Narendra Modi leads by over 2.5 lakh votes – 357680 votes; Arvind Kejriwal – 106828 votes; BSP – 44671 votes; Ajai Rai – 39723 votes; SP – 30997 votes.

Another arrogant leader of Congress, Mani Shankar Aiyar loses from #Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu. He would certainly be thinking about his chai-walla jibe on #Modi.

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COUNTING DAY: UPDATES 12 PM TO 2 PM

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

Rahul Gandhi’s lead in #Amethi is just over 2000 votes as of now. What are we going to have in store?

Varanasi at 11.24 AM: Narendra Modi – 62218 votes; Arvind Kejriwal – 18322 votes; Ajai Rai – 8037 votes; BSP – 5884 votes; SP – 4784 votes.

After the counting day trends, the scramble for Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, is going to make for the headlines next. #ModiCabinet and Modi Cabinet are going to be the top trends.

#BJP wins another much talked about constituency – #Ghaziabad. V K Singh wins by around 50000 votes.

#NarendraModi leading in #Varanasi by 50000 votes as of now. Around 6.5 lakh votes yet to be counted.

Mulayam Singh Yadav leading #Azamgarh by 17000 votes. BSP 2nd. Sitting BJP MP 3rd.

Rajnath Singh leading #Lucknow by 32000 votes. INC 2nd. BSP distant 3rd.

Murli Manohar Joshi poised to win #Kanpur. Joshi leading by 50000 votes with 1.33 lakh votes. Sriprakash Jaiswal 2nd. BSP distant 3rd.

#BJP poised to win riots affected #Muzaffarnagar from #BSP. Polarisation worked.

#NarendraModi formally wins #Varanasi. That was beyond doubt. Let’s see the final tally on margin. It should justify the Modi Wave. BSP won it last time.

#BJP winning another riots affected seat, #Kairana. BJP candidate leading the constituency with the winning majority of over 1.3 lakh votes. BSP won it last time.
#Results2014, #Verdict2014

Given the defining trends, it is to be said now the Modi Factor could transform into ‘Modi Wave’ to sweep India. India is going to have its most stable govt in 30 years (after 1984) decades. And moreover, it is going to be largely free of coalition compulsions.

Sonia Gandhi gains winning lead in Rae Bareli. But, can she equal the 3.72 lakh margin of 2009. She got 72% votes while the runner-up could get 16% votes.

#UP, #Bihar game-plan clicks for the #BJP, playing pivotal role in BJP’s never before seen, stellar performance.

#Varanasi @ 1:09 PM: Narendra Modi leads by over 1.14 lakh votes – 167646 votes; Arvind Kejriwal – 53540 votes; BSP – 21361 votes; Ajai Rai – 19669 votes; SP – 16305 votes. #Congress pushed to 4th place by votes as of now.

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COUNTING DAY: UPDATES TILL 12 PM

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

Party hopper, alliance hopper, and one of the most well read of the politicians, and the civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh loses Baghpat. The Harit Pradesh politics is to heat up, courtesy his increases spare time now.

#NarendraModi wins #Vadodara by margin of over 4 lakh votes.

Counting Day trends are bettering the Exit Polls projections for #BJP and #NDA as of now. And #UPA big guns are trailing.

Sanjay Jha is on Times Now. How stubborn and silly at times #INC makes its spokespersons, Jha is a classic example. And INC (Indian National Congress) has plenty of them.

‘Save Rahul’ scramble to come in its totality.

#BJP wins #Chandigarh. Railgate eats into Pawan Bansal’s pie.

It would be interesting to hear the Congressmen like Salman Khurshid, Beni Prasad Verma, Sanjay Jha, Kapil Sibal, P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh, Randeep Surjewala, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, Janardhan Dwivedi, Salman Soj and yes, Ajay Maken. Grab them. Don’t let them disappear like #SoniaGandhi and #RahulGandhi disappeared from the posters at #INC HQ.

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ARVIND KEJRIWAL IN VARANASI TRAP: SWEET REVENGE FOR KUMAR VISHWAS

Words are flowing and why not. After all, it is the biggest electoral exercise in the world. And the Pundits (electoral) form the fourth pillar of this exercise along with the other constituents of the process – the voters, the administrative machinery conducting the poll and the candidates.

And like all the ‘talking point’ candidates, Arvind Kejriwal is getting enough of the eyeballs. In fact, it can be said, he is efficiently adding to the flow of words on political and electoral analysis of the country’s political situation in his direction.

But with practicing incessant verbal bravados, like Mr. Kejriwal has been doing, there is a clear and present threat of putting the foot in the mouth. And Mr. Kejriwal is no exception. In fact, he is doing it big time.

In the league of doing so, he claimed he would fight Narendra Modi from any seat the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate opted for. And there he was trapped.

Though his candidature from Varanasi is yet to be declared officially by his party, Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party cannot afford the risk of withdrawing the ‘proclamation’ after talking so big, like Kejriwal will win against Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate, by a margin of over one lakh votes.

The reality is the day Narendra Modi decided to contest from Varanasi, the result was decided. When it comes to the Lok Sabha polls, Varanasi has been a BJP seat in the last two decades except aberrations like Congress win in 2004. But that was because of a BJP candidate who was not even a rubber stamp MP.

Anyway, given the stature of Narendra Modi as a polarising pro-Hindutva figure in a temple town that is also the religious capital of Hinduism and India, Narendra Modi’s victory is already sealed, irrespective of comments, claims and strategies of political opponents.

And there would be many Kejriwal detractors feeling good about it but one person would be happy with a feeling of ‘having scores settled’ about this development. And he is Arvind Kejriwal’s very own Kumar Vishwas, one of the founding members of AAP, who has been in news for many things including his increasing differences with AAP.

Reports said (and say) that Mr. Vishwas was not comfortable with the idea of contesting from Amethi, a Nehru-Gandhi family stronghold, a Congress safe-seat and Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency. Even strong political candidates with a good record to claim would not think of contesting against Rahul Gandhi because it’s sure loss. And for someone like Vishwas, fighting his first electoral battle, it is clear a political suicide, where he is staring at a loss that can come with forfeiture of deposit.

But Kumar Vishwas had to bite the bullet, unwillingly or sulking, it didn’t matter. After all, Mr. Kejriwal is always right and he cannot take a ‘no’.

But, now that Mr. Kejriwal is trapped in his vocal bravery and is forced to bite the bullet of contesting against Narendra Modi from Varanasi that is going to make him bite the dust on May 16 when the results of the Varanasi parliamentary constituency will be declared voting for which is to be held on May 12, in the last phase of the General Elections of India (GE 2014).

It is indeed a sweet revenge for Mr. Vishwas and its sweetness increases for him given the fact that it owes its genesis in Mr. Kejriwal only.

Losing against Modi from a Gujarat seat could have given Mr. Kejriwal space to manipulate words to practice his vocal bravery but that Varanasi is sans that advantage.

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ARVIND KEJRIWAL FROM VARANASI AND THE EXPECTED DRAMATICS

When Narendra Modi’s candidature from Varanasi was announced, ‘thinking’ about Arvind Kejriwal jumping in the poll fray from the Temple City was the only waiting to happen.

And given the developments around the Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal after the audacious and shameless act of (im)morality in resigning from the Delhi government, his increasingly dictatorial style of running his party as flood of such reports and regular exodus of his party members suggest, his incessant ‘I am always right’ rant, his increasingly visible temperamental, volatile and stubborn personality and his deepening style of ‘hit and run’ politics, charging others with wild allegations (without any proof, as has become his trademark), attacking anyone who criticises him, using undemocratic words to threaten his critics (like his ‘jailing the media’ outburst), if any interest in his candidature from Varanasi was left, then it was basically about how dramatized it’s unveiling was going to be this time (though it may or may not happen when it comes to happening it finally).

And lo! The way it happened again confirmed what Arvind Kejriwal had become in just three months of being in the mainstream politics of India (or what he really was and the three months in the mainstream politics has uncovered the layers that had concealed his true identity that made many of us (including me) to think him as a different politician who could bring vital, much needed changes in the System).

In their verbal jugglery and vocal bravery, Arvind Kejriwal had announced to contest against Naredra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls. When Narendra Modi’s name was confirmed by ‘sources’, his lieutenant Manish Sisodia declared Arvind Kejriwal would take on Modi from Varanasi if indeed Modi’s candidature was confirmed from the city.

The thread was continued by Arvind Kejriwal the evening the BJP declared Modi’s name from Varanasi when the balloon of his vocal bravery inflated his cord to push him to say he would contest from Varanasi (against Narendra Modi).

But then something happened. Though, we can analyse (and can reach to a logical point of analysing), only Mr. Kejriwal can tell us what transpired in those moments that pushed him to add a rider to his proclamation of contesting against Narendra Modi from Varanasi.

He said he would announce it in AAP’s Varanasi rally to be addressed by him on March 23 (that has been rescheduled for March 25 due to the local polls in the city) after consulting the public over it.

Now we remember how Mr. Kejriwal ditched the public of Delhi after taking its approval through his ‘sms referendum’ on forming the government in Delhi. He did not do one before resigning (ideally, he must have done that).

Now for contesting from Varanasi, we do not know how he is going to take the public opinion. It is March 19 and there is no word on any ‘sms referendum’ sort of thing. Taking a voice vote of the public in his rally may be the one possible way. Let’s see how does he try to play with the ball this time?

And in all this, till his March 25 rally in Varanasi, while he travels in this thoughts and exercises his ‘strategising’ in his party’s parleys, he will always be in two minds on ‘accepting the public opinion’ or ‘shielding behind it’ to use it as the excuse for not contesting from Varanasi’.

But, he cannot backtrack now, even if it is ‘already’ a lost battle for him.

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