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India Today

November 2, 2020

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4 min.

When I visited Bihar during the 2015 state election, the first thing I noticed was that all the BJP hoardings there had pictures only of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, president of the BJP at that time. They did not project any local leader even though their opponents were two Bihar stalwarts: Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal (United) and Lalu Prasad Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. The result shocked many. The BJP and the minor parties it was in alliance with were trounced by the Grand Alliance of the JD(U), RJD and the Congress, which won 178 seats to their 58 in the 243-member assembly. It was surprising because just a year ago, the BJP-led NDA had won 31 of Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats in…

5 min.
a new power play in j&k

On October 17, the Union government amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, paving the way for elected District Development Councils (DDCs), a new third tier in the panchayati raj set-up of the Union territory that came into being on August 5, 2019. Members of these new district councils will be elected directly by voters of the Union territory. The move to create yet another layer of administration in the erstwhile state, in the absence of a legislature (the last state assembly was dissolved in November 2018), and even while a controversial delimitation exercise to redraw constituencies is on, has predictably raised the hackles of the former political establishment, which sees this as yet another move by the Centre to tighten its grip on the affairs of Jammu and…

1 min.
dress rehearsal

Known for his natty dressing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was spotted in trademark Bengali attire during the August 5 ground-breaking ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya—dhuti, panjabi kurta and long socks. The attire may well make a comeback on October 22, when Modi virtually inaugurates a Durga puja, organised by the BJP’s Bengal unit, in Kolkata’s Salt Lake. The community puja has lined up some big-ticket celebrity shows, by the likes of Union minister and singer Babul Supriyo and classical dancer Dona Ganguly. But with Bengal getting into election mode, no prizes for guessing who the star performer will be.…

1 min.
fishing in troubled waters

Durga puja in West Bengal this year has been marked by a gesture of goodwill from across the border, with Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina sending a basket of goodies for chief minister Mamata Banerjee—four Dhakai Jamdani saris and 10 kilos of sandesh (a traditional Bengali sweet) from Dhaka. She also permitted nine Bangladeshi companies to export 1,450 tonnes of the highly-sought-after hilsa to Bengal. If Hasina was expecting a reciprocal gesture—say, the release of Teesta river water to her country—she’d be disappointed. A proposed India-Bangladesh pact has been gathering dust since 2011, when Mamata objected. Assembly elections are just months away and Mamata would not risk a misstep on this emotive issue.…

1 min.
getting filmi

Chirag Paswan may not have had a successful film career, but the Lok Janshakti Party chief has reserved some of the best lines for the Bihar poll potboiler. When the BJP tried to distance itself from him, Chirag described himself as “Modi’s Hanuman”. “If you cut open my heart, you will find only Modiji,” he told a TV channel. Then, he tweeted that he wanted to save Modi any dilemma on his account. Looks like the prime minister agreed it really wasn’t worth it—the BJP has decided to throw all its weight behind their main ally JD(U) and their chief ministerial face Nitish Kumar.…

5 min.
the festive season challenge

For the past few days, officials at the ministry of health and family welfare have been breathing a little easier. After months of dealing with critical shortages—of beds, doctors and trained personnel—keeping up with shape-shifting Covid symptoms, treatments that seemed to work and then not, and the challenges of contact tracing in a country of over a billion people, the Covid curve has, at long last, begun its decline. From its all-time high of 97,000 daily cases on September 11, India logged 63,000 cases on October 13, down further to 45,000 on October 19. However, doctors and bureaucrats are wary of premature celebrations. With European countries such as France, Italy and the UK witnessing a second wave, it is feared the upcoming festive season could reverse the recent gains in India.…