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Truce comes calling. What next?
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
On the face of it, the ceasefire announcement for Kashmir made by union home minister Rajnath Singh sounds good. But it needs to be taken with Shakespeare's note of caution: All that glitters is not gold. What is the purpose of any truce call? Does it signify a brief break from the violence or is it aimed at achieving the purpose of making a transition from military handling of a conflict to a political one? If it is the former, there is nothing to expect other than a possible and not so possible lull of few days. As for the latter, the signs don't seem visible. Ceasefire is not an end in itself but a means to achieve an end. It can either be a useful tool for building a comprehensive peace process that is in the making or be introduced as a confidence building measure to lay the edif...
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SC directive on floor test
The BJP appears to be a bad loser in the power play of politics in Karnataka where it cannot claim victory over other parties
The Supreme Court directive on Friday to Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to prove his majority in a floor test in Legislative Assembly by 4.00 PM tomorrow is a welcome decision amid high-voltage drama that has been going on for the last three days. The directive to this effect was issued on a petition filed by Congress and Janata Dal-S combine challenging the governor Vajubhai R Vala's decision to invite Yeddyurappa and swearing in him as chief minister on Wednesday despite the fact the BJP had only 104 members falling short of at least 8 MLAs to cross the half-way mark. The directive that the present chief minister cannot take any policy decision till the floor test is over is also a welcome decision. This is mainly is the light of some transfers ordered by Yeddyurappa after his...
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Political drama in Karnataka
The governor has thrown all constitutional and democratic norms to winds for swearing in of BJP chief minister
The developments on the political front are moving in a predictable manner in Karnataka after the ruling Congress lost and BJP could not register a clear victory while Janata Dal-S remained at the third place with three independents after the polls results were declared on Tuesday. The parading of 117 MLAs of Congress and JD-S combine at Raj Bhavan failed to impress the Governor. The latter went ahead with swearing in ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa as chief minister on Thursday morning taking the cover that BJP has emerged as the single-largest party in the state. The overnight unfolding of the political drama and urgent hearing spread over three and a half hours by the Supreme Court early this morning did not help Congress and JD-S combine. The Congress and JD-S seeking stay on the swearing...
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Lessons from Karnataka
The only way to counter the increasing Hindutva constituency is opposition unity
The hung assembly thrown up by the Karnataka elections opens up the floor to the possibility of a Congress-JD(S) coalition government, a claim that has already been publicly staked, or the bid by the BJP to engage in horse-trading. BJP has emerged as the single largest party but falls short by 7 seats. The Congress with 78 seats and JD (S) with 37 can comfortably sail across the requisite half way mark for forming the government. Given this possibility of post poll alliance and the lack of majority with the BJP, the Congress-JD(S) alliance has an advantage. In any case, a post poll alliance is any day better than the proposition of poaching for legislators which underlines the excessively corrupt practices in politics. The ball, however, is in the governor's court as to who he would invit...
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BJP's hypocrisy
Nirmal Singh-Army showdown on land construction raises many questions that need a fair investigation
Jammu and Kashmir state legislative assembly Speaker, Dr Nirmal Singh's tussle with the army over the construction on a piece of land adjacent to an ammunition depot in Nagrota betrays the hypocrisy of the BJP and unearths many a skeletons in the cupboards of their leaders. Singh has alleged harassment by the army, while army has maintained that the under-construction building is a "potential safety hazard" for the army's ammunition depot and "is violative of a notification issued by the Jammu district administration banning construction activity within 1000 yards of the boundary wall of the depot". But by giving it the angle of 'harassment by army' Nirmal Singh has churned up an entirely new debate which the Hindu right wing including BJP is the first to stamp down in the name of nationa...
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Cross-border interactions
By dropping the only Pak delegate from media summit, India has sent a very wrong signal
Dropping Moneeza Hashmi, daughter of poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, right at the doorstep of a media summit organized by two autonomous bodies of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry signifies a new low in the India-Pakistan politics. Moneeza was invited, in her capacity as creative and media head of Pakistan-based KASHF foundation, as one of speakers on a panel discussion at the 3-day 15th Asia Media Summit from May 10 to May 13. However, she was barred from attending the conference at the last minute even as she was the only Pakistani to have been invited from among the 200 foreign delegates, which itself reflects poorly on the bias of keeping participants from the neighbouring country out at a continental level summit. The case of Moneeza Faiz being dropped as speaker at the summit and cance...
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Karnataka elections
The outcome of the South Indian state polls will have repercussions at the national and regional levels for both Congress and BJP
It is not important who wins and who loses after the results are out in the next few days of the Karnataka elections for which the voting was completed on Saturday, but the polls will definitely change the colour of the politics at both the regional and national levels for two major parties BJP and Congress. This is mainly true for the reason that the results of these elections will definitely have an impact on the electoral fortunes of BJP and Congress before the Lok Sabha 2019 elections due in less than a year from now. Similarly, these results will also have an impact on the Legislative Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Rajasthan in a matter of few months. All these states are being ruled by the BJP and registered victories immediately after the General Elections in...
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