Friday, February 20, 2015

Laloo Prasad Making His Budget Speech in The Lok Sabha

 This took place sometime back, but still worth seing - as they were elected by the people.
Laloo Prasad Yadav, the politician from Bihar when he was the Minister of Railways from 2004 to 2009 in the ruling United Progressive Alliance government, and the President of the Rashtriya Janata Dal political party.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Political Intelligence

This happened sometime back so pardon the late "arise" ...

While visiting India, George Bush is invited to tea with Abdul Kalam.

He asks Kalam what his leadership philosophy is.

Kalam says that, it is to surround himself with intelligent people.

Bush asks how he knows if they're intelligent.

"I do so by asking them the right questions," says Kalam. "Allow me to demonstrate."

Bush watches as Kalam phones Manmohan Singh and says, "Mr. Prime Minister, please answer this question:

Your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or sister. Who is it?"

Manmohan immediately responds, "It's me, Sir !"

"Correct. Thank you and good-bye" says Kalam. He hangs up and says," Did you get that, Mr. Bush?"

Bush nods: "Yes Mr. President. Thanks a lot.

I'll definitely be using that!"

Bush, upon returning to Washington, decides he'd better put Condoleezza Rice to the test. Bush summons her to the White House and says, "Condoleezza, I wonder if you can answer a question for me."

"Why, of course, sir. What's on your mind?"

Bush poses the question: "Uhh, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Rice was puzzled and finally asks, "Can I think about it and get back to you?" Bush agrees, and Rice leaves.

Rice immediately calls a meeting of senior senators, and they puzzle over the question for several hours,
but nobody can com e up with an answer.. Finally, in desperation, Rice calls Colin Powell and explains the problem.

"Mr. Powell, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Powell answers immediately, "It's me, of course."

Much relieved, Rice rushes back to the White House, finds George Bush, and exclaims,

"I know the answer, sir! I know who it is!
It's our Colin Powell!"

And Bush replies in disgust, "Wrong, it's Manmohan Singh!"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fellow Passenger

Narendra Modiji was seated next to a little girl on an airplane trip back to the Capital.

He turned to her and said, "Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.

The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to  Modi, "What would you like to talk about?

"Oh, I don't know, said the NaMO. "How about What Changes I Should Make To India? and he smiles.

"OK, she says. "That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first.

A horse, a cow and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?

NaMo, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it for a second and finally says, "Hmmm, I have no idea.

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to change India when you don't know shit?

(Due Apologies to the NaMo, as this is supposed to be a joke and is to be taken lightly... Having said that, it is also hard to swallow that this is the current market scenario... if you think this generation is difficult, wait till the next one matures...)

Sambavami Yuge Yuge....

Citizens and Politicians

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.

The florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'Thank You' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a grocer comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you , I'm doing community service this week.

The grocer was happy and left the shop.

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'Thank You' card and a bag of fresh vegetables waiting for him at his door.

Then a politician came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.

The politician was very happy and left the shop.

The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen politicians lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

7 reasons why BJP lost to Aam Aadmi Party

This article courtesy is from Yahoo(link given at end of article) and the fabulous cartoons are courtesy of Bijoy - Thanks to both Yahoo, the editor as well as Bijoy.

The win gave the AAP, India's youngest political outfit, 96 percent of seats in a legislature - another record - and a new lease of life after it was written off following its earlier turbulent 49-day stint in Delhi.

 ('Make room for the broom' seemed to be the cry in Delhi after AAP swept to power in a historic mandate.)

The pounding that the BJP received at the hands of the Aam Aadmi Party has shattered the brilliantly crafted aura of invincibility built around Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he swept to power last year. And since then the BJP has been winning it all. But in the Delhi Assembly elections, the party was in for a rude shock as the Modi juggernaut was brought to an halt by 'Aam Aadmi' Arvind Kejriwal as the 27-month-old party grabbed a sensational 67 of the 70 seats leaving just three seats for the over confident BJP.

The win gave the AAP, India's youngest political outfit, 96 percent of seats in a legislature - another record - and a new lease of life after it was written off following its earlier turbulent 49-day stint in Delhi and the later humiliating rout in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle.

The BJP suffered far more humiliation than the Congress, with its chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi, who had been personally picked by Modi, losing to a little known advocate of the AAP. Two of the three BJP winners scraped through by just 5-6,000 votes in contrast to the giant margins scored by AAP candidates.

So the most likely to be asked question now would be: How did a party who had everything going in its favour, manage to win just three out of the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi? We have a few theories that added up to squash the BJP:

BJP's plan to target Kejriwal backfired

 (Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Arvind Kejriwal and invited him to tea. Too much chai pe charcha may have caused a case of Delhi Belly as BJP met its Waterloo.)

BJP's plan to take wicked potshots at the Aam Aadmi Party chief clearly misfired. With Modi himself leading BJP's charge against Kejriwal calling him a Naxalite, their fight slowly was perceived by the public as a David vs Goliath rematch and we all know when it comes to David and Goliath - it's David who gets all the empathy.

The BJP did all they could do to put down Kejriwal - from calling him an anarchist to publishing anti-Kejriwal cartoons in dailies, but what they failed to do was to address local issues which concerned the common Delhiwalla. It was a repeat of the Lok Sabha elections where all the parties were obsessed with Modi.

And to make matters worse, the Aam Aadmi Party chief campaigned on a platform of pro-poor polices and clean government while the BJP had a confused agenda wherein they blundered big when they called out to people of the North East as immigrants.

Kejriwal, humble background also helped him win over voters, while the arrogance of leaders in Modi's party led to the BJP's poor showing.

Despite assiduous efforts by the party to firewall him from the defeat, the facts are inescapable that the BJP - and Modi personally - has paid the price for putting his own image and reputation at stake in a provincial poll.

Modi's Rs.10 lakh suit with his name written on it during US President Barack Obama's visit and his supposedly arrogant style of functioning seem to have rubbed people the wrong way.

Most political analysts have blamed his arrogant style for BJP's massive defeat in the Delhi election. Veteran journalist and commentator Kuldip Nayar told IANS: "The way the BJP carried out a Modi-centric campaign, any loss is of course a reflection on him (prime minister)."

 No Modi wave

(It was a shot in the Aam, for the Aam and by the Aam for the AAP. Question to ponder: Was Modi sitting too pretty on voters' expectations? )

Scores of people who were captivated by Narendra Modi's oratory, his lofty promises of development, pledges to weed out corruption and bring about a dramatic change in their living conditions voted for the Aam Aadmi Party just after seven months of the Lok Sabha elections.

So what led to their sharp vote swing? Dellhiites say that even if the AAP government ruled for only 49 days, it seemed to have made a significant impact on the lives of the poor and the marginalised in a city that has one of the widest gaps in living standards between the rich and the poor, the privileged and the underprivileged, the endowed and the deprived.

"When we build a small house, we have to pay huge amounts in bribes to the police and the local corporation. That extortion stopped completely during AAP rule as Kejriwal put fear into the hearts of these people, leading to many people quickly finishing building their homes in that period without having to pay bribes or undergo other official harassment,"Aparna told IANS.

"Bribe-taking stopped during the reign of the jhadoo," echoed Ram Mali, who was too illiterate to even know Kejriwal's name. "It was the best time for poor people like us".

Kejriwal's charisma

(Modi's Republic Day outing with Obama turned out to be a massive populist show. Keeping Kejriwal out of it wasn't probably the best idea. A bone to pick over tea, maybe?)

For one who had been written off politically less than a year ago, Arvind Kejriwal has proved to be more wily than his seasoned political rivals. After spending months ignominy, the AAP chief made an incredible comeback by scripting his second sensational election victory trouncing Modi's BJP which was left with only 3 out of 70 seats.

After being a lone ranger for years when he battled corruption by contractors and officials in a Delhi slum, the former government official-turned activist-turned-chief minister has become a household name across India with his direct style and unconventional dressing that earned him this time the sobriquet of 'Muffler man' because of the way he campaigned through Delhi's severe winter wrapped in colourful mufflers.

Kejriwal - who had earlier quit as Delhi's chief minister after just 49 days - became a butt of jokes.

The I-care-a-damn Kejriwal was the first to come out of the shock. Showing uncommon resilience for a political rookie, he immediately began to rebuild the bruised AAP, now determined to claw back to power in the capital. His personality ensured that despite some desertions, the bulk of AAP's volunteers remained with him, sharing his idealism and confidence that the the party could bounce back.

Kejriwal's win seems to be the beginning of a new political era for the country with a focus on local leaders and local issues - bijli, paani, sadak - instead of high voltage foreign policy initiatives which Modi seems to have shown a flair for.

Kiran Bedi factor

In a career spanning over three decades in policing, India's first woman Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi faced many challenging tasks. But in her new political avatar of leading the country's ruling party in the Delhi polls, she faced probably her life's toughest test with the BJP banking on her 'tough taskmaster' image to win power in the capital.

But Bedi's defeat has been all the more humiliating especially in her losing the BJP's bastion of Krishna Nagar, considered a safe seat. The seat has been represented by Harsh Vardhan, who is now a union minister, since 1993.

When BJP party president Amit Shah named Bedi as chief ministerial candidate, foisting her over the heads of the senior party workers who have toiled long years on the ground for the party, it triggered seething resentment in the ranks over her surprise entry.

Bedi, 65, was viewed as an outsider in the party having never risen from the ranks. The election rallies by Bedi, known for her unconventional and outspoken ways, were mostly lacklustre events though the BJP top brass including Prime Minister Narendra Modi canvassed for her.

Bedi, who was a key member of Team Anna during the Lokpal movement and worked closely with AAP's Arvind Kejriwal, described her former colleague as a liar and as someone whose influence was toxic while Kejriwal said nothing negative against Bedi.

Aam Aadmi Party's innovative campaigning

It was the AAP's door-to-door campaigning, along with a slew of innovative measures like flash mobs that helped the over two-year-old party build a trust relationship with people across all spectrums of society in the run-up to the Delhi assembly elections.

From flash mobs and nukkad nataks to musical gatherings and door-to-door campaigning across the 70 constituencies - the Aam Aadmi Party cadres and volunteers equally toiled to spread the party's vision and listen to the woes of the people.

Religious intolerance

Communal tensions have risen as Hindu hardline groups tied to the BJP become more emboldened after the party came to power in the centre, rowing with Muslim minority groups over religious conversions. Christian groups have also sought greater police protection after a series of attacks on churches.

These factors created a lot of anger amongst the local who decided to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party.

Article Courtesy :

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just Reflecting

Not aimed at anyone or at anybody, if anyone feels offended, my sincere apologies....

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Delhi Elections - AAP Landslide Proves The Media Misread Modi Wave

Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as Chief Minister on February 14 at the Ramlila Grounds, the platform that launched him during the days of India Against Corruption, exactly one year after he stepped down.

The scale of AAP's victory was reminiscent of the victories recorded by the Sikkim Sangram Party (SSP) which won all the 32 seats in the assembly while the JD (U)-BJP alliance won 206 of the 243 seats in 2010. In the 1991 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK-Congress alliance won 225 of the 234 seats while in subsequent elections the DMK-Congress alliance won 221 of 234 seats.

As the voting trends trickled in showing a massive landslide for AAP, Modi called Kejriwal over phone to congratulate him on the victory. He assured Kejriwal of Centre's complete support in the development of Delhi.

Bedi also congratulated Kejriwal saying "full marks to Arvind." Maken, whose party has been decimated in the elections, resigned as Congress General Secretary taking full responsibility for the debacle.

In his address to his supporters, Kejriwal saluted the people of Delhi for doing a "wonder" by giving them a landslide victory and asked party workers not to get carried away by the mandate. "You have done a wonder. When you are on the path of truth, all the forces of universe come together to help you. I salute the people of Delhi. It's a victory of truth," he said.

The defeat for BJP was all the more bitter because it had won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the last year's general elections. The party's gamble of making Bedi its Chief Ministerial candidate back fired. The only saving grace for the BJP was victory of its former state unit president Vijender Gupta who won from Rohini.

Kejriwal thanked Modi for his greetings and said he would like to meet him soon to discuss issues related to Delhi. He told the Prime Minister that he will need the Centre's help.

Expressing happiness over the party's performance, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said, "it was not just under class, but the middle class also voted for AAP. The (Narendra Modi) juggernaut seems to have halted at least for now."

The AAP landslide has taken every political pundit by surprise.

Obviously, the media has finally realized that there is no Modi voter, or for that matter, Kejriwal voter. In the wake of the Modi wave that swept the 2014 elections, there was widespread consensus that he had built a vast base of loyal voters who owed their allegiance to him and not to the BJP.

The solid voting bloc that a party or leader can rely on winning as a bare minimum in a given election – is shrinking.

We are witnessing the rise of the independent voter who is driven purely by self-interest, and who will increasingly become the decisive factor in Indian elections, much as in the United States. Kejriwal can no more rely on their allegiance than a Modi.

But what the Delhi Elections shows is that the new Indian voter has no use for the L-word. He or she can happily vote for one leader or party in one election, and just as easily opt for the rival in the other – and within the space of 8 months. Sure, Modi as PM is a-okay, so is Kejriwal for CM. No matter how much the PM may try and convince them otherwise.

Even those expecting a BJP loss could not anticipate a washout of this size. While everyone is busy decoding what AAP did right and BJP did  wrong, what the Delhi results also reveal is the extent to which the media have misread the Indian voter, and particularly, the Lok Sabha elections, which spawned a number of myths that have been demolished by the Kejriwal juggernaut.

Article Courtesy:

Goodbye Campbell Newman, Tony Abbott Will Be Next

State elections around Australia, especially for a first-term government seeking re-election, are usually stale stolid events. Quite often, the results offer some pointers to the federal government but, as the political operatives love to say, they are ‘fought on state issues’.

But not this Queensland election. There has been an unusual synchronicity between Queensland and federal politics, with the respective leaders, Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott, facing many leadership issues and following a similar ‘crash through or crash’ strategies, and largely alienating the electorate with similar political agendas: public sector job cutting, austerity.