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BJD, BJP or Congress: Whom will the Odisha ULB polls show mercy to?

BJD, BJP and Congress- three major parties of the state are gearing up for the urban local bodies (ULBs) polls to be held on March 24. While the ruling party stands firm and dares to clinch the seats, just as it did in the panchayat polls, the oppositions are leaving no stone unturned to contest their candidates to the posts of mayors in the municipal corporations of the municipalities and NACs that will be held directly for the first-ever time.

For any man, political or apolitical, in Odisha, the scintillating performance of the ruling party, Biju Janta Dal (BJD) in the recently concluded rural elections garnered undivided attention. Surpassing its own past record in 2017, the BJD clinched a landslide victory yet again, this time, with a margin that shushed the big mouths of the opposition. The 2022 panchayat polls verdict was deemed important for two major reasons, one to determine whether the Patnaik magic is still intact even after 22 years of incumbency and second, if the BJP or the Congress clan had secured any place in the hearts and minds of the Odia people.

Among the many reasons that led to the stellar performance of the BJD and decimation of the Congress and the BJP was the presence (as well as absence) of a strong party figure. At the time when BJP’s heavy-weight faces like Central Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi should have been campaigning massively for votes, they were nowhere to be seen in the frame. As greener as it could get, the BJD tribe saw the involvement of every party member, be it an MP or a party leader, or the party chief himself, whose campaigning started way back for the past 4-5 months.

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The 2022 panchayat polls verdict was deemed important for two major reasons, one to determine whether the Patnaik magic is still intact even after 22 years of incumbency and second, if the BJP or the Congress clan had secured any place in the hearts and minds of the Odia people.

Let bygones be bygones. If the current trend in urban politics is to be mapped, the polls may pose a threat to the BJD, for the BJP and Congress have a stronger hold in the urban camps. Rubbing salt into the wounds, a lot of internal feuds surfaced during the panchayat elections among the BJD leaders which might take time to settle. What is feared is that the smoke left from that fire may very well crumble the entire empire, now.

Ironically, however, neither the BJP nor the Congress is at the mercy of internal factionalism that has widened after the controversial loss in the panchayat polls. With the municipal elections knocking on the door, it is high time that parties unite to stand as a single entity and not as divided institutions if they wish to have a fair play on the ground. In addition, the recognition for the BJD government by the PM and other senior BJP Ministers likewise conveyed an off-base message for the party workers on the ground.

The exceptional outcome of the BJD, which has transformed into a political decision winning machine, is independently liable for the rise of Patnaik, its incomparable chief and five-time Chief Minister of the state, as one of the most impressive provincial satraps of the country. In its long and checkered political history, Odisha has seen the ascent and fall of a few political groups yet none can measure up to BJD as far as progress or life span. The regional party owes a lot of its prosperity to the sharp political keenness of Patnaik, who regardless of making a somewhat reluctant passage into the governmental corridor in 1997 upon his father’s demise rushed to get familiar with everything of the exchange. Urbane and calm, he could scarcely speak Odia toward the start of his vocation however he more than compensated for this lack through his genuineness which engaged the electors who chose him for the Lok Sabha from Aska in 1997 in a by-poll.

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Sarojini Naidu: Facts About First Lady Governor On Her 143rd Birth Anniversary

Today marks the 143rd birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter, poet, activist, and lyricist and first lady Governor Sarojni Naidu,  popular as Nightingale of India or ‘Bharat Kokila’ by Mahatma Gandhi because of her poems.

Sarojini Naidu was born in Hyderabad in 1879 in a Bengali Brahmin family. Her father Aghorenath Chattopadhyay served as principal of the Nizam’s College in Hyderabad. Her birth anniversary is also celebrated as National Women’s Day in India.

Facts about ‘Bharat Kokila’ Sarojini Naidu 

Sarojini Naidu at a very young age (12 years) began her career in literature. She first wrote a play  “Maher Muneer” in the Persian language which earned global recognition.

Sarojini was the first Indian woman to be president of the Indian National Congress in 1925. Naidu got admission at the University of Madras at the age of 12 and later studied at King’s College, London. She later joined Girton College, Cambridge.

After India’s independence, Naidu was appointed as governor of the United Provinces, now Uttar Pradesh. With her appointment, she became India’s first woman governor.
She was one of the major leaders who led the Civil Disobedience Movement and the Quit India Movement.

Sarojni Naidu faced repeated arrestings by the colonial British authorities during the time and spent over 21 months in jail.

Naidu wrote poetry on multiple subjects including more serious themes like patriotism, romance, and tragedy. Her ‘In the Bazaars of Hyderabad’ remains one of her most popular poems. It was published in 1912.

She also accompanied Mahatma Gandhi to London for the Second Round Table Conference for Indian–British cooperation in 1931.

She also founded the Women’s India Association in 1917 for women’s rights, suffrage, and representation in organisations and assemblies.

Naidu’s first collection of poems was published in 1905, named ‘The Golden Threshold’.

In 1961, Padmaja Naidu, the daughter of Sarojini Naidu, published her second collection of poems named ‘The Feather of the Dawn’ which was written in 1927.

And on March 2, 1949 the Nightingale falls silent. She died of a cardiac arrest, at the Government House in Lucknow.

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Hindutva Vs. Hinduism: Is my nation divided in between?

Hindutva as defined by Wikipedia is a predominant form of Hindu nationalism in India and the term was first articulated by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in 1923.  Contemporary politics is has become enraptured. Ours is the time of divisions of convenience. The advanced political universe includes two totally separate bases: libertarianism or authoritarianism and left or right wings.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was found in his most ideal symbol a couple of days while addressing a mass rally in Jaipur in Rajasthan. Without mincing his words, he voiced the party’s belief system, expounding on what he hadn’t over the most recent couple of years – the distinction between Hinduism and the political philosophy of Hindutva. Gandhi, who has since a long time ago kept away from remarking on philosophical issues and disclosing them to masses, this time selected a strong methodology on the point, guaranteeing that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS’) philosophy of Hindutva is absolutely political and does nothing but bad to humankind.

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Contemporary politics is has become enraptured. Ours is the time of divisions of convenience.

The Congress Chief referred to the case of Mahatma Gandhi to clarify his story further: “Mahatma Gandhi looked for reality, Nathuram Godse siphoned three bullets into him. He was a Hindutvavadi. A Hindu is keen on satyagraha. Hindutavadis are solely after power, they couldn’t care less with regards to truth. A Hindutvavadi is solely after Sattagrah (look for power).”

In India, we frequently see a potential peculiarity on this include in the left which appears to regularly represent an outrageous populism that they attempt to dole out with the thoughts of market economy, general testimonial, resistance and strict opportunity, whose final similarities have additionally completely been destroyed, as apparent from the given references. The current BJP government is likewise positioned to what numerous freedom supporters would anticipate from a traditional government. The job of the state has apparently decreased, especially by utilizing innovation to lessen the government-to-citizen interfaces with civil servants, who have generally been viewed as being viciously corrupt.

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Strict fanaticism is taking a terrible turn as time passes. Minorities are feeling dangerous in their own country.

Notwithstanding, the role of the government might well have expanded, even as the states attempt to increase such advancements and intercessions. This is conceivably on the grounds that the interest of the people may not be as much on less government yet rather on a superior and straightforward government, which the BJP is attempting to convey.

In this way, people’s inquiry will remain a long way behind entrusting the resistance to consider possibilities and potential outcomes of cornering and countering the collective plan and the promotion it creates by planting seeds of doubt in minds of individuals towards those promptly talking and representing them.

Barbarities on minorities have ascended in the course of recent years to an incredible extent and look now hopeless. Strict fanaticism is taking a terrible turn as time passes. Minorities are feeling dangerous in their own country.

Indian democracy and secularism are on the ventilator nowadays. That is clear at this point. It can survive and it needs to put up for the improvement of the masses which are poor and for the marginalised and minorities. India’s minorities have felt the brunt of the attack of the conservative government in the course of the most recent couple of years.

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Will the ballot prove to be stronger than bullet in 2022 elections?

By Aishwarya Samanta

While certain states are booked to go to elections in 2022 with citizens equipping to conclude which party is the lesser of two, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are the most focal amenities. Channis and the Congress party’s endeavors to perceive the farmers and make further disorder in the attire of defending them appear to have withered with PM Narendra Modi’s address to the country on Friday.

The Lakhimpur Kheri episode is relied upon to make a genuine obstruction to the BJPs political race. While the BJP partakes in the help of a greater part of non-Yadavs and non-Jatav Dalits in the state, Akhilesh Yadav has been gathering troops going all out. In spite of the fact that it is questionable whether the tremendous footfall at his meetings will convert into votes, the SP is as yet expected to charge significantly better compared to the Congress.

The AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has spread the word about her hold in the state, racing to victims’ and their kin sides, be it following the Lakhimpur Kheri incident or the Hathras rape case. While they might have created incredible public outreach according to citizens, they don’t appear to have put any advantage to the party change the state of mind in the district.

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Alongside the variety of social characters, this reality of diversity makes the task of fashioning a homogenized, monochromatic patriotism fortunately troublesome.

Around this crucial time, it has likewise been found how the vulnerable are getting weighty blackouts and the democratic esteems groan for its open stomping on. As needs be, it cannot be by and large rejected that this sort of fixation on those sororities is rarely OK.

All things considered, it would appear there stays a logical inconsistency after endorsing development issues for the conversation and in this manner, could always be unable to get a handle on it.

Having bombed staggeringly to prevail upon West Bengal for the Hindutva chronicle, such a large amount how its fortunes may shape in the General Elections of 2024 rely upon whether or not it can push back the political issues of social characters for a saffron hero in charge of Uttar Pradesh. The issue here that the Bharatiya Janata Party faces is that saffron stewardship in this condition of states has not yielded an administration to coordinate the other-common benefits. Nothing has gone right in Uttar Pradesh, and the frightful visuals of bodies floating in the blessed Ganges endure as an analogy for the nature of its material and spiritual disappointments.

Despite the fact that the BJP’s excitement to move down and yield to the farmers’ needs might be politically charged, driving the Centre further to guarantee MSP by proceeding to dissent might be counterproductive, in spite of it guaranteeing a board into the matter. The Centre’s choice to rescind the farm laws, despite the fact that in consistent with the farmers’ demands, isn’t without political inspiration.

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While the BJP partakes in the help of a greater part of non-Yadavs and non-Jatav Dalits in the state, Akhilesh Yadav has been gathering troops going all out..

The reality of linguistic pluralism stays one in number underwriter of what survives from India’s federalism, a fundamental element of the constitution. For sure, alongside the variety of social characters, this reality of diversity makes the task of fashioning a homogenized, monochromatic patriotism fortunately troublesome.

Seen in that light, the forthcoming loss of Uttar Pradesh in 2022 won’t however spell a game-changing change in outlook, yielding the impact of dominoes in the days to come in states like Himachal and Uttarakhand which have generally in any case wavered between the Congress and the BJP.

In conclusion, in case it is inescapable that the consequences of the decisions to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly will decide in noteworthy ways how opposition powers might possibly come to produce viable changes and methodologies to meet the watershed trial of the General Elections in 2024.

Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power

Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power

The second wave of COVID-19 in India is very clear from the daily stats. The second wave has various new variants of the corona virus like the SARS-CoV-2, E484Q, and L542R. India’s healthcare infrastructure is overstressed and on the verge of collapse for the rising COVID 19 cases. Over 1500 deaths are taking place every day. These deaths only seem to be numbered for a person until and unless he had lost one of its own!

Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power
Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power

The Positives From The Central And State Governments

In the alarming rise in the cases, both the central and the state authorities are putting their maximum efforts to keep the situation under control and let the people panic under these situations. India hit a peak of over three lakhs of COVID infections during the first wave in September-October 2020. On 24th April 2021, India saw its highest-ever spike in COVID cases with around 3.34 Lakh cases. Still, we are unknown if this is the highest spike or the infections will increase with more pace.

The Fault Of People

Maharashtra, being the most drastically hit state worldwide, continues o record the highest deaths, followed by Chattisgarh, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. Till February 2021, people were granted much freedom from the lockdown norms and restrictions applied in 2020. The alarming rise in infections is due to a lack of adherence to COVID norms, people are not wearing masks, and Social distancing is just a myth. Also, there is a lack of implementation of the policies laid by the government towards containment measures. People are neglecting the adverse of the virus and are not following COVID –appropriate behavior in public places.

Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power
Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power

Various states and cities have announced night curfews and weekend – lockdowns to curb this fight against the second wave of novel coronavirus. Maharashtra has imposed night curfews from 6 pm to 6 am night curfew plus the weekend lockdown. Delhi also has imposed several restrictions like the night curfew and weekend lockdowns. All other states are imposing restrictions based on their surge of COVID infections. Officials are sending expert teams to places where cases are increasing drastically. Oxygen supplies have been raised from the side of the government as well. ” Remdesiver” injection, which is extremely helpful against the novel coronavirus, the supply of which has been increased as it was seen that there was a deficiency of it in some places like Indore, Bhopal, Lucknow, Pune, and many others.

Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power
Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power

The Outnumbering Negatives: The Mismanagement And Negligence Of Political Parties Just To Showcase Their Powers

At the same time, proper vaccination has not been happening according to the numbers, the target of the month March Is still not achieved. All states face some of the other difficulties; Madhya Pradesh has been facing a lack of oxygen in almost every adversely hit city, Maharashtra is facing a lack of beds and staff. Above all, we can witness the celebration of “MAHAKUMBH” and various political rallies in West Bengal and Assam. Do the people in the rallies are fully vaccinated, or are they wearing PPE kits, or every person in those thousands in COVID negative! Thousands and thousands of people visit MAHAKUMBH every day. Does every person calling the fair id negatively tested for COVID 19!

So are we heading towards another lockdown, what we witnessed in 2020? Will the government impose another lockdown to control the surge of the COVID cases? However, the center has made it clear that they are not thinking of lockdown and are focusing on the “TEST- TRACK-TREAT” protocol. Also, MHA(Ministry of Home Affairs) released that the main focus of the new protocols is to consolidate the substantial gains achieved in containing the spread of the virus.

Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power
Lockdown Is The Need Of The Hour, What We Are Witnessing Is Rallies, Festivals And Gatherings For Power

Out of the blue, the government has still permitted all activities outside COVID-19 containment zones. But yes, the center is in contact with the state governments. The government is also looking towards the economy, which has just been better since January 2021. However, ironically, it is not concerned about the people who will boost the economy of the country. According to the press releases, the government may never impose a country lockdown. Still, yes, it has given authorities to the state government to impose restrictions in cities, districts, sub-districts, towns as needed.

People: You Are The Savior Of Your Life

However, if the central imposes strict restrictions or the state may apply more curfews. Still, if the people will not follow the protocols and wear masks, follow social distancing, there won’t be any decrease in the cases. Also, people should get vaccinated as early as possible and should not focus on the rumors. Instead, everyone should stay in and should go out only if necessary, keeping care of themselves and their family members.

STAY SAFE
STAY HOME!
GET VACCINATED

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Story By- Sayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times

Congress Slams Centre’s Decision To Charge Covid-19 Vaccine

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan questioned the Centre’s decision to charge people for the Coronavirus vaccination dosage. The center announced that a person aged 45 with comorbidities or over 60-years can get inoculated at a designated center for Rs 250 per dose in the third phase of the nationwide vaccination drive.

After the decision announced by the Centre, Chavan stated that in Phase-1, the Centre had procured 1.65 crore doses of the vaccine for Rs 210/dose. By talking about the budget this year he stated Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has allocated Rs 35,000 crore for the Covid-19 vaccination drive. In this amount, at the cost of Rs 210/dose, more than 1.50 billion doses can be procured as stated by Chavan.

He further asked that these 1.60 billion doses can help to vaccinate around 75 crores of people in India which in short will cover almost the entire adult population of India to which the budget provision was made. But the charges of this vaccine are completely being levied.

He even said that in countries like the US, the UK, or Canada, citizens are getting free vaccines either by budgetary provisions or through insurance companies. To which he demanded that all the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (Aayushman Bharat) must be given free Covid-19 vaccines.

He later stated that with such a huge amount allocation of budget and India as the largest supplier of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Modi Government is still charging money for the vaccine which in reality should be free of cost for the common people.

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Congress Calls For Seven-Hour Odisha Bandh On February 15 Over Rising Fuel Price

The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has called for Odisha Bandh on 15th February to protest against the rising fuel prices and the shutdown will begin from 7am and will continue to till 1pm.

OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik informed about the bandh and declared that there will be a seven-hour Odisha shut down on 15th February to protest against the rising prices of petrol and diesel.

Patnaik further stated that the Centre and Odisha Government are responsible for the rise in the fuel prices and because of which the Congress will observe Odisha band. During the seven-hour Odisha shutdown, all the vehicles will not work, all the shops will remain closed and there will be no public movements during the period. 

He further informed that his party is very well aware of the difficulties which the common people will face during the bandh but there is no alternative solution or way-out to protest against the government’s regular habit of hiking the fuel prices. He seeks the support of the public and asked them that they are protesting in favor of the public as the rise in fuel prices affects the common people.

Patnaik said that the state government should reduce tax on petrol and diesel to give some relief to the people who are already sustaining hardship due to the pandemic. He also alleges that the State government and Centre government are imposing unreasonable taxes on petrol and diesel, leading to a steep hike in fuel prices that in turn resulted in an increase in the prices of other essential commodities.

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Question Over Mahanadi River Tribunal By BJP And Congress To Odisha Government

The Mahanadi River Water Disputes Tribunal between Odisha and Chhattisgarh is going on for over two months, and now opposition BJP and Congress have raised questions over the State Government’s decision and their steps towards this matter so that the rights of Odisha will be ensured.

Senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra stated that the people of Odisha will soon face the unprecedented water scarcity due to the ongoing dispute over Mahanadi. He has also demanded that the Government should come out with a white paper on the matter.

He further stated that within just two months, the Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal tenure will end and the Odisha Government is yet to get its fair share of the river water either due to its lack of will or inability to present the relevant facts before the Tribunal. But as of now, no one knows what will be the final consequence and what steps should be taken for this issue.

He even spoke about the justice from the Tribunal while stating that the Centre if want can extend the tenure of the Tribunal for two more years, but there is no such information of hint whether the extension happens in future or not. The 12 barrages on the upstream of the tributaries of Mahanadi are yet to be constructed, but there is no such information regarding the final date of the construction of six barrages on the downstream of Mahanadi.

Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati has asked the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to assemble an all part meeting. In the meeting, they all can discuss the ongoing dispute over the issue. He heavily slammed the BJD and BJP and stated that instead of safeguarding the more substantial interest of Odisha, the Government is politicising the matter.

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Sharad Pawar May Be The UPA Chairperson After Sonia Gandhi

Sharad Pawar May Be The UPA Chairperson After Sonia Gandhi

The Indian National Congress is going through a massive reconstriction. According to the sources, Sonia Gandhi is going to resign as the chairperson of UPA. Moreover, what’s more, interesting that Sharad Pawar will most likely be the numero uno of UPA and not Rahul Gandhi after Sonia’s resignation.

Sharad Pawar May Be The UPA Chairperson After Sonia Gandhi
Sharad Pawar May Be The UPA Chairperson After Sonia Gandhi

The initial talks are already held on this matter. After’s UPA’s dismissal performance in Bihar, Hyderabad and below average results in Rajasthan, many top leaders are questioning the high command regarding the nitty-gritty of the party. Whereas, some party people also want Rahul Gandhi as the chief. However, Rahul Gandhi has refused to re-take the post of Congress president and declined to succeed his mother as UPA Chairperson.

Sharad Pawar May Be The UPA Chairperson After Sonia Gandhi
Sharad Pawar May Be The UPA Chairperson After Sonia Gandhi

Therefore, in this type of scenarios, Sharad Pawar will be the chairman of UPA for being the senior-most person in the party, However, Rahul Gandhi will continue to be the face of UPA. Pawar’s NCP and Congres party had earlier stitched an alliance in Maharashtra and, even after losing the assembly polls, are currently ruling the state after Shiv Sen joined them to form Maha Vikas Aghadi.

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Article By- Sayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times

Huge Setback For Indian National Congress In Rajasthan Zila And Panchayat Elections

Huge Setback For Indian National Congress In Rajasthan Zila And Panchayat Elections

The Indian National Congress suffered yet another setback in Rajasthan in the Zila and Panchayat elections. While the Congress won 1713 constituencies in both the electoral votes, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 1833 constituencies, as per the ANI reports.

After late-night counting of votes, the state election commission announced BJP as the leading party with maximum seats. Moreover, while BSP won three, CPIM has won 16, and Hanuman Beniwal’s RLP has won 56 hearts. On top of that, more than 420 independent candidates won Panchayat seats. In Zila Parishads, the BJP has won 326 constituencies, while Congress won 250, CPIM won 2, and independents 18.

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After the result’s announcement, BJP state president Satish Poonia expressed his happiness by digging out a hole against the Congress party. He exclaimed, “a sure sign of a farewell to this corrupt government”. in his official statement. Moreover, he welcomed the village people’s faith in the BJP government led by Narendra Modi.

Huge Setback For Indian National Congress In Rajasthan Zila And Panchayat Elections
Huge Setback For Indian National Congress In Rajasthan Zila And Panchayat Elections

The Poll was held in four stages in Rajasthan in 21 districts from December 1 to December 5.

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Article By- Sayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times