IIP: A time for confessions and atonement


IIP: A time for confessions and atonement

For months the government has stonewalled criticisms about job creation and economic growth. But now there is a grudging admission that economic growth has indeed stalled, and that, maybe, job creation could have been better. Even people like Rathin Roy, member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and Director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.

Acknowledge (https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/rathin-roy-crisis-shadow-on-indias-economy-predicts-member-of-pm-narendra-modis-think-tank-2034948) that India could be entering into a “middle-income trap” like Brazil or South Africa. However, nobody wants to acknowledge that the cattle slaughter mayhem unleashed on the country was a big contributor (http://www.asi aconverge.com/ 2018/ 05/cattle-slaughter-ban-missteps-may-factor-bjps-electoral-woes/).  This act alone did three terrible things:

It prevented farmers from earning Rs 20,000 or thereabouts per old cattlehead. They would then add another Rs 20,000 and get young cows/buffalos. The ban impoverished farmers prevented them from augmenting incomes, and instead burdened them with additional expenses of tending to old animals. The state should have guaranteed payment of Rs 20,000 for each old cattlehead before calling for a ban. That would have saved farmers. Frenzied gau-rakshaks worsened matters by stopping meat wagons claiming (often falsely) that the contents comprised cow-meat. Thus even old buffaloes were not saleable.

In turn that hurt the beef business, even carabeef which deals with buffalo meat.  But worse was the impact on the leather trade, which is a big employer. Overnight, the government killed jobs instead of creating them.  That added to the farm crisis. And as the old saying goes, when the farms get hurt, it isn’t long that industry too gets hurt in India. With 50% of people living on farm income, any impact on rural livelihood reduces purchasing power for industrial goods.

 

This is precisely what the latest IIP figures indicate (see chart). Just a year ago, most economists were still confident about economic growth reviving. But industrial output slumped to its lowest in two years; it slipped for the third consecutive quarter (see chart). It even moved into the negative territory — (-) 0.1% in March 2019, much lower than the 5.3% growth witnessed in the corresponding period last year.

The components to IIP further explain this (the chart can be downloaded from http://www.asiaconverge.com/wp-content/uploads/ 2019/05/2019-05-12_IIP-components.jpg). The biggest drop was in the growth of capital goods (-8.7%). That augurs poorly for industrial growth. That, in turn, means that additional job creation will be difficult. India needs jobs desperately.

The second biggest drop was in d consumption goods (-5.1%). This points to lower purchases by consumers. This could be because of income constraints, or it could be on account of unemployment. It could also point to households holding on to their money because they see difficult times ahead. Not an encouraging sign for the economy.

True, there was growth in the infra/construction sector (6.4% in March 2019 over am already a high base of 9.1% in the corresponding period last year). But infrastructure helps only if industrial goods can travel on them. That isn’t happening.
Electricity appears to have done well. But not really. It went up by just 2.2% compared to 6% in March 2018. This low growth took place when urgent steps were taken to provide power to every remote household.

When election results are out, expect some states to have no money to purchase power from NTPC. That will slow down industrial production further.  Add to this the woes of slowing exports and rising imports. You now have a worsening industrial climate and a troubling fiscal scenario. Combine this with the worsening dispute redressal climate which frightens away investors, and the worries could become migraines (http://www.asiaconverge.com/2019/05/effective-dispute-resolution-needed-for-increase-in-fd/).

But just three solutions could remedy the situation: First, stanch the electricity losses by switching to rooftop solar (http:// www.asiaconverge.com/ 2019 /03/no-clear-focus-on-rooftop-solar/). Tripura has already shown the way (http://www.asiaconverge.com/ 2019/03/biplab-kumar-deb-has-big-plans-for -tripura/). Other states may have to
follow suit.

Second, focus on affordable housing, because that too uses domestic material and is less import-dependent, and also creates jobs. It also gives people a dwelling that contributes to greater dignity (http://www.asiaconverge.com/ 2018/ 04/smiles-sorrows-world-bank-forecasts-india-gdp-rise-raises-unemployment-concerns/).

Third, a focus on methanation might offer a solution (http://www.asiaconverge.com/ 2019/03/trade-crisis-looms-india-sun-waste-can-prevent/), but it will need greater planning than has been possible until now.  All the three translate into jobs, wealth generation, and a reduction in subsidies.

Ignore these methods, and the pain for the economy will only increase. Reduced government spending post-elections, in keeping with past patterns (http://www.asiaconverge.com/2018/12/economic-slowdown-inevitable-after-general-elections/), will sharpen the pain. The only way to neutralise the reduction in government expenses is to woo foreign investments.

But that means ensuring investment and investor protection, which also means taking a fresh look at arbitration (http://www.asiaconverge.com/ 2019/ 05/ effective-dispute-resolution-needed-for-increase-in-fd/).With the shrinking investment, increasing imports, declining exports and worsening unemployment, the new government that takes charge at the centre will have to move very quickly. The above measures could be a good short-term solution.

(RN Bhaskar is consulting editor with FPJ)

 

 




Uttar Pradesh results will give biggest jolt to BJP


Uttar Pradesh results will give biggest jolt to BJP

Uttar Pradesh which is considered as the kingmaker state in terms of formation of a government at the centre after every Lok Sabha election might repeat its feat when the results come out on May 23 indicating the nature of the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha. In 2014, BJP set a record in getting 71 seats on its own out of the total of 80 seats in UP and that along with another two seats won by its ally Apna Dal, facilitated in a big way the formation of the BJP led NDA government at the centre.

Despite continuing rise in the influence of BJP in the Hindi heartland during the second tenure of the UPA, especially in the last two years of Dr Manmohan Singh’s rule, the victory of the saffrons in 73 seats along with its ally Apna Dal in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, was something unprecedented and just Modi wave could not explain this.

It was apparent that some convulsions took place in the polity of Uttar Pradesh in 2013 and 2014 before the eve of the Lok Sabha poll which completely transformed the old caste combinations and favoured the social engineering which the Modi-Shah duo experimented in UP during the 2014 poll.

In 2019, the ground reality is completely changed and if the feedback from some of the reliable exit poll raw figures for the six phases of polling in Uttar Pradesh is any indication, BJP is facing a Tsunami in the face of the alliance of Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party which have acted in complete collaboration despite all the insinuations from the BJP leaders and misgivings by the friends of the secular forces including the Congress.

The reports from the ground level suggest that there has been a near 100 per cent transfer of votes from the BSP to SP and vice versa and even where the Congress was the strongest fighting both the alliance candidate and the BJP, there was a last-minute understanding in some seats for averting the division of anti-BJP votes.

Further, the analysts have noted that the Congress in some seats, have helped the SP-BSP candidates by dividing the Brahmin votes which would have gone to BJP. In effect, the Congress in some seats might have cut some votes of SP-BSP alliance, but in many more seats, the GoP has helped the alliance by cutting BJP vote banks.

A group of experts under the banner of Anthro.ai have analysed in details the polling behaviour of the last six phases in Uttar Pradesh from all aspects and have observed that the BJP is facing an earthquake in UP and all its calculations have gone haywire.

This analysis shows that the polling trends in favour of the SP-BSP alliance are so aggressive that it will be surprising if the BJP’s tally in Uttar Pradesh comes to the range of 15 to 25 seats as against 40 to 55 tally of SP-BSP-RLD combine. In fact, the Athro experts are more positive about the alliance getting around 55 and the Congress getting five plus seats.

This means that the BJP will range around 20 seats which do not seem unlikely since its social alliance has been shaken and the BJP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has become uniformly unpopular covering all religions and castes. Apart from the impact of Gathbandhan, the maladministration of the BJP CM has also contributed to the embarrassment of the BJP candidates during the Lok Sabha poll in UP.

The very nature of UP’s caste combination and minorities concentration make it evident that it is not possible for the BJP to have completed domination in electoral support under normal circumstances, In both 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP secured seats compared to its strength in that particular period.

But in the run-up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP took full advantage of the non-functioning of the UPA government in the second term‘s fag end, The BJP leadership capitalised by wooing non-Yadav OBCs and non-Yadav Dalits. There was disenchantment with both the Congress at the centre and the SP in the state as it was in the government after 2012 state assembly elections.

The people who felt left out and disenchanted with the Congress and the SP came to the BJP fold. Narendra Modi was looking attractive as the new leader and this gave a good opportunity to the BJP leaders to build a perfect consolidation of a social alliance consisting of both Yadavs, Yatavs, Dalits and upper castes. That consolidation got totally dismantled in the last two years of Yogi Adityanath’s rule in the state.

In 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP got 10 seats from Uttar Pradesh as against 35 by SP,19 by BSP and 9 by the Congress. This time, the situation might be better for BJP compared to 2004, but for all practical purposes, the BJP’s supremacy in Uttar Pradesh in the political domain is in for a big challenge and this will have its impact on the future of the Adityanath government, though the next assembly elections are still three years away.

Nitya Chakraborty is a freelance journalist. Views are personal.




Is India headed for a coalition government once again?


Is India headed for a coalition government once again?

With one more round of voting yet to go in the general elections, there is a sense of suspense building up before we get to know the final outcome on May 23. But with team Modi having lowered the expectation from a ‘bigger majority than 2014’ to a slightly reduced majority of 271 seats for the ruling party, there is speculation that the BJP may end up losing many more seats than what Ram Madhav has projected. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also claimed that ‘Modi is going to lose’ Lok Sabha elections. His claim that ‘BJP is losing’ is based on the Congress party’s internal ‘assessment’ of polling so far.

There are several independent insights-cum-assessments floating around in the media. But nobody really knows for sure what the final outcome would be. However, one does get a sense of what could be the probabilities of a BJP win, Congress resurgence and the fate of others, which include the non-NDA and non-UPA regional parties. One thing there is lot of unanimity on, is that the BJP is unlikely to get majority on its own, though it will be the single largest party. In such a case, the NDA will fall short of a majority by 40 to 50 seats.

Even after taking into account Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal popularity in the North and West, most pre-election opinion polls had predicted that NDA could fall short of majority, though, according to one poll, it will be the largest pre-poll alliance with a ‘comfortable’ margin. However, since voting began on April 11, some polling agencies have scaled down their predictions, based on ground reality and voter turnout. This indicates that most polling agencies may have ended up overestimating the BJP in their pre-poll surveys. Called the ‘playing safe’ factor, this is a fairly common occurrence in all Indian elections.

This happens because pollsters tend to play safe by overestimating the incumbent party and underestimating the Opposition and vice versa. It happened in 2004 (incumbent overestimated) and 2009 (incumbent underestimated) as also in 2014 (Opposition underestimated).

The 2004 poll outcome was a bolt from the blue for the BJP and then Prime Minister Vajpayee; 2009 was a shocker for the BJP and L K Advani, the prime ministerial aspirant then, and 2014 was an absolute blow for the Congress which lost badly because it did not defend itself with counter narrative and failed to communicate its achievements to voters, even though UPA-2 had done reasonably well.

The BJP and NDA went into this election with distinct advantage over their opponents. Opinion surveys showed that both the BJP and Congress are set to increase their vote share by 4 percentage points. However, in the case of BJP, this rise in vote share (because of its expansion in West Bengal and Odisha) will not be accompanied by a corresponding increase in its seat share, while the Congress is projected to double its seat tally.

So, what should we expect on May 23? Will the outcome be a repeat of 2004? There is evidence to suggest that the results could be a jolt for the BJP and a positive surprise for the Congress and others. That evidence is fairly visible in the prime minister’s campaign: in 2014, he grew in confidence and stature with each successive stage of the election; in the ongoing election, the reverse has happened.

He started strong in the afterglow of Balakot but later his speeches degenerated into an open display of desperation: flinging insults and accusations by the dozen at his opponents. Despite the BJP having tailored its entire campaign around the persona of Modi as an indispensible and irreplaceable leader without whom India’s security and economic growth would be imperilled, the campaign has failed to alter the electorate’s perception about the government’s failure to address issues that are of actual interest to voters.

In 2014, the ground was hospitable for a Modi wave; the voters were receptive to the promise of change and the electoral context was ideal for an almost clean sweep of seats across the north and west of India. That’s not the case in 2019. The election is highly polarised at many levels: caste, religion, region and leadership. In absence of a wave, it’s just not possible for Modi to replicate his 2014 success.

The BJP’s campaign strategy has failed to generate positive sentiment because it has had no answers to voter queries about broken promises and unfulfilled expectations. Therefore, at the very essence, the general election will be decided on the basis of the government’s achievements and failures. There is little doubt that all’s is not well with the economy, which is on the downward spiral as the rural economy and unorganised sectors have still not recovered from the shocks of demonetisation and clumsy implementation of GST.

Rising unemployment, agrarian distress, corruption, institutional independence, intolerance and chain of violence against the minority community and Dalits have been the focus of the Opposition’s election campaign, while the BJP has chosen to wrap itself in the national flag and declare itself the sole protector of national security and integrity.

This could misfire as reports of polling in six phases so far suggest that the BJP is likely to struggle to get 200 seats because the losses it will suffer in the western and northern states are unlikely to be compensated by gains in the East–West Bengal, Odisha and the North-East There is unanimity among independent analysts that the BJP may lose as many as 80 to 100 seats; in a worst case scenario, it could even end up getting 170 to 180 seats.

The Congress, on the other hand, may better its tally to 95 to 120 seats or may rise to 140-150. This gives rise to the possibility of a coalition government at the Centre, with good chances even for the Congress for steering such a government. This is more in line with outcomes of past elections which threw coalition governments. In fragmented verdicts, the total seats garnered by the two mainstream parties – the Congress and BJP – have been between 280 and 320.

This scenario may repeat in 2019. Could that be the reason why the stock market has fallen by nearly 1500 points on the Sensex over the last eight sessions? Two major factors have led to the slide: the US-China trade war and the elections.

Earlier the market was factoring in the return of BJP-led NDA with a reduced majority. Now the market seems to be worried that this may not come true. The possibility of at least four regional parties emerging kingmakers at the Centre is causing a lot of consternation among analysts, traders and investors. Hence the wild swings and negative closing on a daily basis since May 2.

A L I Chougule is an independent Mumbai-based senior journalist.

By:FPJ



In school, plastic waste is being taken instead of fees from children


In school, plastic waste is being taken instead of fees from children

10-20 pieces of plastic are taken from children every week
110 economically weaker children read in this school

Guwahati. There is a school in Guwahati, Assam's capital, where children's plastic waste is taken as fees. More than 100 children who are economically weaker in school The school is alerting the children and their people about the damage caused by plastic.

The 'Akshar' school was started by Paramita Sharma and Mizin Mukhtar in 2016. Here economically weaker 110 children read. They are offered 10 or 20 old and deteriorated plastic bags every week as fees. Also, they are advised not to burn plastic.

Paramita is doing masters from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences at Guwahati Center. He said, "Our school is very different in many ways. Especially we started it for poor children. Here, training of business skills along with mathematics, science, geography is also given.

He said, "Most of our children are out of school in our school. Their parents were not able to send them to school. They used to send them to earn nearby stones in Khadan. We inspired them to go to school. "

Magazine used to live in New York. They came here with a plan to open a school here. He worked for another time in Lakhimpur for another school. Later, in collaboration with Paramita, he started 'Akshar' school in Pamohi of Guwahati. Paramita is from Assam. Both had the dream of working in the field of education. Both of them got married in 2018.

Paramita said, "We notice that people use plastic much more here. Plastic is not only harmful to our environment but also damages our ecosystem. We asked the people not to burn it. "

The children have made eco bricks with waste plastic in the school premises and have prepared a security cover for the plants. Paramita said, "We are using these eco-bricks to make toilet in the school. Along the way, they made the way. Children use it after school is flooded. With the help of these eco-bricks we have also siege of the premises. "

There is no age limit like the traditional schools for Admission in the letter school. He said that the level of children is fixed on the basis of the test given at the time of admission. The test takes place every Friday at the school.

Magazine said, "We inspire older children to teach young children. In the letter 'we' teach the first thing, become a good teacher. The school has courses for singing, dancing, solar panelling, gardening, organic farming, carpenter, cosmetology, electronics and recycling.




Modi and Mamta's credentials at stake in West Bengal: Elections 2019


Modi and Mamta's credentials at stake in West Bengal: Elections 2019

In the fifth round of West Bengal, the seven seats that are being held on Monday, all the seats last time Trinamool Congress won.

These include two seats in Howrah district, three from Hooghly district and two seats in North 24-Parganas district adjacent to Bangladesh.

The BJP expects that especially in areas adjacent to Bangladesh, citizenship (Amendment) Bill and National Register of Sentences (NRC) will issue issues like victory over its head.

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to BJP President Amit Shah, he has been emphasizing these two issues in his rallies. On the other hand, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also given her full strength to these seats.

In this round, in the North 24-Parganas district, the bengaon seat is the most important seat from the Bangladesh border.

The votes of Matua community on this seat are crucial. Last time, his candidate Kapil Krishna Thakur had won.

Earlier this year, in 2009, the seat was taken by Trinamool. But during the last five years, the BJP has tried to break the vote bank of this constituency.

Under this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met Veena Pani Devi, who was called the mother of the Matua community in February last year and took blessings from him. But after the death of Veena Pani Devi in ​​recent times, differences in the community are being seen.

The results of this seat will show how successful the BJP got in making the entry into the Matua community.

Trinamool Congress has fielded Mamta Thakur as its candidate this time and BJP has fielded Shantanu Thakur in the field. In the relationship, they are both aunts and nephews.

Barrackpore seat

Barakpur seat of this district is also important. Trinamool Congress's Dinesh Trivedi is in the fray for winning the hat-trick of victory.

BJP has fielded former Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh against him here.

This Hindi-speaking region has been famous for jute mills in any given period. In the locality of Hooghly, the condition of Hindi-speaking people is also bad as jute mills are now.

In 2009, BJP got only 3.56 per cent votes, which increased to 21.92 per cent in 2014. This figure is the BJP's lead stinging.

Howrah is also important

 

BJP is also dreaming of winning on Kolkata Howrah parliamentary seat.

Footballer Prasoon Chatterjee won the first by-election here and then in the 2014 elections. Prasun is in the fray for the third time.

BJP has appointed senior journalist Ratindeve Sengupta as its candidate while Sumitra Officer and Shubra Ghosh are from the Congress and CPM side respectively.

While Prasun is making claims of victory of hat-trick, Ratindeva claims that people have made a mood for change.

Uluberia, the second seat in Howrah district, is the CPI (M) stronghold. But since the year 2009, the Trinamul Congress has been occupying it.

In 2009 and 2014, Sultan Ahmed of Trinamul Congress won this seat. But in the bypoll due to his demise last year, the party had given ticket to Sultan's wife Sajeda Ahmed and they won with a margin of 4.74 lakh votes depending on sympathy wave.

Last time, BJP candidate Anupam Mallik was second with 23.29 per cent votes.

This time the party has brought actor Jai Banerjee to the ground. Sajeda Ahmed is trying to kill Kismet by Trinamool Congress

The CPM has given ticket to Abki Maqsood.

Shrirampur seat

In Shrirampur seat of Hooghly district, BJP had introduced the famous singer Bappi Lahiri in the year 2014.

He had lost the election but with 22.29 per cent or 2.87 lakh votes, surely the ray of hope for the future in the BJP was born.

The party has brought the Devyat government to the ground. Kalyan Chatterjee, who won this seat twice from Trinamool, is in the same ground. He defeated CPM's Tirthankar Rai by a margin of 1.52 lakh votes in 2014.

Congress's Debabrata Biswas and CPM candidate Tirthankar Rai are busy making chances for the match.

Hughli seat

In the Hooghly parliamentary constituency, BJP has fielded former Actress Locket Chatterjee. Ratna De Nag from Trinamool, who won here two consecutive times, is also in the fray this time too.

CPM has made Pradip Saha and Congress its candidate for Prabhul Chandra Saha.

Senior BJP leader Chandan Mitra contested this election in the year 2014 from BJP. But they were at number three

Locket Chatterjee has worked hard to stop Ratna's hat-trick this time.

Arambagh Seat
Hugali district's Arambagh parliamentary seat has the highest winning margin.

Apart from this, the ruling party's candidate in the state has always been winning. By the year 2009, CPM was winning here. After that, the Trinamool Congress candidate won the 2014 election here.

This time Trinamool's Apupapa Poddar is once again in the fray in this seat. BJP has given ticket to Tapan Roy here.

Keeping in view the violence in the third and fourth round, security arrangements have been strengthened for this period.

The Election Commission has deployed central forces at every polling station this time. In total, about five and a half hundred companies have been deployed for the central forces.




How we are whipping democracy


How we are whipping democracy

French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau laid the foundations of modern democracy. He said that persons elected by the people had a right to rule over the people as long as they worked in the interests of the people and not their own. This idea was translated into British democracy.

The people elected the people after every certain number of years. They threw out those who did not work in the interests of the people. Thus it was ensured that the elected Members of Parliament (MPs) worked in the interests of the people.

The proper working of the Parliament required that the MPs attended the sessions. The system of “whip” was evolved for this purpose. A MP was designated as Whip by each of the major parties. It was the job of the Whip to connect with the MPs of his or her party and ensure that they attended the sessions when important matters were being discussed or voted upon. The term “whip” was taken from the game of hunting.

The hunters used whips to keep the hunting dogs together. In the same way the Whips keep the MPs together during the important sessions. The same practice has been adopted by the United States of America where a Whip keeps the Congressmen together.

The job of the Whip is to bring the MPs to the Parliament. The Whip has no right to order the MP on what he or she may say in the session or how he or she may vote. A MP is free to vote according to his or her free will. For example, the ruling Conservative Party in England brought a Bill before the British Parliament to implement the exit of England from the European Union which is known as Brexit.

The Conservative Party has majority in the British Parliament. However, many Conservative MPs voted against the Bill brought by their own party and the Bill was rejected. Similarly a number of Republican Congressmen voted against the proposal brought by their party to whittle down the healthcare system put in place by President Obama.

The main point here is that the role of the Whip is restricted to ensuring presence of the MPs and the Whip has no power to direct the MPs to vote in a particular way. The MPs are free to vote according to their understanding of the interests of the people. Hence the system largely conforms to the ideal suggested by Rousseau.

Enter India. In the 1980s, we had a period of intense instability. Legislators were changing parties like dresses—from morning to afternoon and again in the evening. This made it impossible to make a stable government. Our Parliament then enacted Constitution 52nd Amendment in 1985.

It provided that the MPs and MLAs would be disqualified if they voted against the direction of the Party. This provision extended to all directions given by the Party on any Bill before the session. In doing so, the discretion of the legislators in voting for or against a Bill was removed. The legislators merely became peons who compulsorily had to cast their vote as per the directions of the Party.

The basic principle enunciated by Rousseau that “persons elected by the people had a right to rule over the people as long as they worked in the interests of the people” stood negated. The persons elected by the people now had a right to rule over the people despite them working in the interests of their Party and possibly against the interests of the people.

Thus we have seen that MPs have silently stood by while anti-people measures like loosening of entry of FDI into retail and making of hydropower projects on the rivers are passed by the Parliament. The word “democracy” has its origins in Greek demos or “the people.” The “people” have been replaced by the “party” after the 52nd Amendment. As a result we have today a system of “partycracy” rather than “democracy.”

It must be mentioned that there are two exceptions to the whip in the Indian law. A MP or MLA is free to vote for the President as per his own views. The whip does not apply here. Since this vote is cast in secret, therefore, it is truly democratic.

A MP or MLA is also free to vote for electing the members of the Rajya Sabha as per his or her own views. A MLA cannot be disqualified if he or she votes against the official candidate of the Party for the Rajya Sabha. However, unlike the vote for the President, the vote for Rajya Sabha is cast in the open. Thus, the Party Bosses know whether a MP or MLA has voted for or against the official candidate.

This brings forth retribution in the denial of ticket in the next election. Democracy in England and the United States has evolved beyond this. Candidates who defy the Party are nevertheless nominated as their candidates in the next election. One reason is that the candidates are selected by in-party elections by members known as “Primaries.”

Thus a candidate can vote against the official line of the Party and yet be re-elected on the Party ticket if the voters of his party back him up. It is clear that the present elections are a sham. We are electing not persons who will work in our interests but persons who work as per dictates of their Party. We have been rendered impotent.

The way forward requires two changes. One, the Whip should be restricted to a no-confidence motion. It makes sense to force a MP or MLA to vote for the continuation of the Government on the ticket of which he or she has been elected. However, the Whip should be barred from giving directions about voting in a particular manner on a particular Bill. The result will be that a Government will be stable but will not be able to implement anti-people policies.

Two, we must institute a system of “primaries” in our system. Each Party must be required to hold voting among its members to choose the candidate for an election. That will ensure that parachute candidates will be prevented. Our democracy is being whipped into death. This must be prevented.

Bharat Jhunjhunwala is former professor of Economics at IIM Bangalore.

FPJ.




Chhattisgarh : "He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything"


Chhattisgarh :

Raipur : Vatsala Foundation came forward to mean these  phrase. It is a philanthropic women's group of bemetara dist. in chhattisgarh, who It was founded by former collectors, ms Rita Shandilys in 2016 having 11 house mother as its members. Having a motive to eradicate Malnutrition and giving a strong intellectual foundation to unprivileged, especially promoting girl child education. Since that very moment vatsala members, Mrs.  jyoti Singhania with her companions had immersed themselves in burning requirements by giving their full dedication, and attention to aanganwadi kids.

Initially they faced many criticism and hurdles in this path, as most of them belong to elite family campus who had never before exposed to outer society. But their consistent effort, unconditional love for children compelled masses to except their timeless efforts towards society.

Now vatsala benefitting over 650 aanganwadi kids in more than 44 centres including malnourished children, every year nutritional kits distributed to all required kids and fundamental amenities are also given to all aanganwadi centres. at the same time giving attention to Nrc ward children govt. hospital by providing prescribed nutritional suppliments, fruits and instructing respective mothers for child care and good parenting for malnourished.

Doubtless, education is the most powerful catalyst for social transformation. But child education cannot be done in isolation. A child will go to school only if the family, particularly the mother is assured of healthcare and empowered. In this series vatsala's Mission Education is a deep rooted start up which is committed to motivate basic education and healthcare to underprivileged children. Vatsala believes that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, unemployment or human rights, there's no better place to start than in the corridors of education.

Vatsala put their real words to us that as all members are non earning only carry on this mission so far with their personal savings but it faces difficulty in finding sufficient and continuous funding for their work.

Lack of funding hinders their of working, Mrs Jyoti Singhania (prime founder member) said despite lack of funding and infrastructures, they were determined to reach their objectives, that all children - whoever they are wherever they are have the right to a healthy happy and fulfilling life. She had the view that "every suffering child needs a hand stretched out to him for help"

From a small group of mothers Vatsala has come a long wayof more than 4 years. It is now with its 20 women power widely recognized and respected as the voice of the most marginalised children across the rurals of bemetara. This is because it has been relentless in ints pursuit to give children a childhood to cherish and a future to look forward to. Vatsala work with the vision to build a world in which every child attains the right to survival health and education.

Now Vatsala invoked masses to Donate children for health and education to help unprivileged and provide nourishment to children. To sponsor a child can potentially play a vital role in the country's development as educated children are the key to a bright future. As you sponsor a charity, it shall help children of India as you will go a long way in providing educational and health opportunities for children as well as sponsor a girl child, who would otherwise be left behind."He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything"

Vatsala Foundation came forward to mean these  phrase. It is a philanthropic women's group of bemetara dist. in chhattisgarh, who It was founded by former collectors, ms Rita Shandilys in 2016 having 11 house mother as its members. Having a motive to eradicate Malnutrition and giving a strong intellectual foundation to unprivileged, especially promoting girl child education. Since that very moment vatsala members, Mrs.  jyoti Singhania with her companions had immersed themselves in burning requirements by giving their full dedication, and attention to aanganwadi kids.

Initially they faced many criticism and hurdles in this path, as most of them belong to elite family campus who had never before exposed to outer society. But their consistent effort, unconditional love for children compelled masses to except their timeless efforts towards society.

Now vatsala benefitting over 650 aanganwadi kids in more than 44 centres including malnourished children, every year nutritional kits distributed to all required kids and fundamental amenities are also given to all aanganwadi centres. at the same time giving attention to Nrc ward children govt. hospital by providing prescribed nutritional suppliments, fruits and instructing respective mothers for child care and good parenting for malnourished.

Doubtless, education is the most powerful catalyst for social transformation. But child education cannot be done in isolation. A child will go to school only if the family, particularly the mother is assured of healthcare and empowered. In this series vatsala's Mission Education is a deep rooted start up which is committed to motivate basic education and healthcare to underprivileged children. Vatsala believes that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, unemployment or human rights, there's no better place to start than in the corridors of education.

Vatsala put their real words to us that as all members are non earning only carry on this mission so far with their personal savings but it faces difficulty in finding sufficient and continuous funding for their work.

 

Lack of funding hinders their of working, Mrs Jyoti Singhania (prime founder member) said despite lack of funding and infrastructures, they were determined to reach their objectives, that all children - whoever they are wherever they are have the right to a healthy happy and fulfilling life. She had the view that "every suffering child needs a hand stretched out to him for help"

From a small group of mothers Vatsala has come a long wayof more than 4 years. It is now with its 20 women power widely recognized and respected as the voice of the most marginalised children across the rurals of bemetara. This is because it has been relentless in ints pursuit to give children a childhood to cherish and a future to look forward to. Vatsala work with the vision to build a world in which every child attains the right to survival health and education.

 

Now Vatsala invoked masses to Donate children for health and education to help unprivileged and provide nourishment to children. To sponsor a child can potentially play a vital role in the country's development as educated children are the key to a bright future. As you sponsor a charity, it shall help children of India as you will go a long way in providing educational and health opportunities for children as well as sponsor a girl child, who would otherwise be left behind.




Thailand king marries bodyguard ahead of coronation


Thailand king marries bodyguard ahead of coronation

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married the deputy head of his personal guard force and gave her the title of queen just days before his official coronation.

The surprise announcement was carried in the Royal Gazette and footage from Wednesday's wedding ceremony was shown on the nightly Royal News segment aired on all Thai television channels. Thai television, which broadcast the royal order on Wednesday evening, showed a video of Queen Suthida prostrating herself before the king, to whom she, according to the announcer, presented a tray of flowers and joss sticks, and in return was bestowed traditional gifts associated with royal power.

Vajiralongkorn, 66, also known by the title King Rama X, became constitutional monarch after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016, after 70 years on the throne. He is due to be officially crowned in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday, followed by a procession through Bangkok the next day.

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit. Some royal observers and foreign media had linked Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had previously never acknowledged a relationship between them. The king made Suthida a full general in the Royal Thai Army in December 2016, and the deputy commander of the king's personal guard in 2017. He also made her a Thanpuying, a royal title meaning Lady.

Among the dignitaries at the wedding were Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of the military government that has run Thailand since a 2014 army coup, as well as other members of the royal family and palace advisers, the wedding footage showed. Vajiralongkorn has had three previous marriages and divorced his previous wife, with whom he has a son, in 2014.

Source : News Agency




Cyclone Fani ‘very likely’ to turn into severe storm


Cyclone Fani ‘very likely’ to turn into severe storm

The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and fishermen asked not to venture into the sea, the Home Ministry said Monday. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), its landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch. On Monday morning, it was located at 880 km of South-East of Chennai and it will continue to move North-West and change its path to North-East from Wednesday.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and placed at the disposal of the state governments concerned. Regular warnings have been issued since April 25 to fishermen not to venture into the sea and asking those at sea to return to coast, it said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is closely monitoring the situation and has directed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to convene a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to take stock of the situation with the state governments and the central ministries and agencies concerned to ensure necessary preparations to deal with the situation.

The IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the states concerned and the home ministry is also in continuous touch with the state governments and the central agencies concerned, the statement said.




Gautam Gambhir, Sunny Deol – 6 Indian celebs inspired by PM Modi, joined BJP in 2019


Gautam Gambhir, Sunny Deol – 6 Indian celebs inspired by PM Modi, joined BJP in 2019

Celebrities have taken an active political and social stand in 2019 right before the elections. We have seen singers, actors and artists not just urging people to vote and exercise their right but they have also chosen their sides by endorsing certain parties.

Recently many Indian celebrities who have been inspired by our PM Minister Narendra Modi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Here are the 6 new contestants to partake in 2019 elections.

Sunny Deol who is gearing up for the release of ‘Blank’ recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. The actor announced the news in presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, days after he met BJP president Amit Shah at Pune airport.

“The way my father (film star Dharmendra) was attached with Atalji, today I have come to join Modiji. Whatever I can do for this family (BJP), I will do it… I won’t talk, I will show you through my work,” Deol said while addressing the media.

BJP also fielded former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from the East Delhi constituency. Gambhir replaced Maheish Girri as the party’s candidate and will take on Arvinder Singh Lovely of Congress and Atishi of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). East Delhi MP Maheish Girri wished him luck for the contest, and said he will join Gambhir in his nomination rally.

Celebrity hairstylist Jawed Habib, on April 23rd, joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi, stating that he had now been promoted to the post of ‘chowkidar’ of the nation. “Aaj tak main bus baalon ka chowkidaar tha, aaj main desh ka ho gya hoon (Till today I was just chowkidar for hair, now I have become the chowkidar of the nation),” Jawed said talking to reporters.

Bollywood actress Isha Koppikar joined BJP in Jan 2019, she has been given the charge of Women Transport Wing as its working president. Koppikar’s appointment comes a day after a BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya took a jibe at Congress saying, “They want to contest the coming elections by banking on chocolatey faces.”

Veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee joined the BJP here in Jan 2019. The 70-year-old actor joined the party in the presence of senior leaders including BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also in-charge for West Bengal. The actress had fought the 2004 Lok Sabha on the Congress ticket from Kolkata north-east seat, but lost.

Hansraj Hans who left Congress party and joined BJP in 2016. He was named one of the seven BJP candidates for Delhi in April 2019. The sufi singer has replaced Udit Raj, for North West Delhi. Earlier he unsuccessfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Jalandhar on a Shiromani Akali Dal ticket.




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