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AAP victory celebrations of 10 Feb 2015

By Vijaya Pushkarna

With the exit polls suggesting a thumping victory for the 7 year old Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi assembly elections, it would appear that Delhi chief minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has won the Modi-Shah vs Kejriwal battle. And against all odds !

The celebrations when the Election Commission of India  declares the final result  on Feb 11 will be worth participating in,  but pending that, here are a few  photographs  taken on Feb 10,2015.

Educating Rahul

By Vijaya Pushkarna

Rahul Gandhi carries an enormous burden. The biggest among them is his family’s political legacy , and the expectations from multitudes of Indians that he or his sister Priyanka carry that forward.
“The Congress is not a political party like the BJP. It is a collective ofpeople individually feeling a direct connect with the family of Jawahar Lal Nehru. If you take that family away, what will happen to the party? I shudder to think of it”, a Congress leader and former MLA from Uttar Pradesh told me a couple of years ago.
It seemed pointless arguing with him that the Grand Old Party has been nurtured by so many others. The party may not want to pull them out of history(not history books) and dust and bring them into contemporary political discourse , making them relevant—the way the BJP is doing with their leaders.That gives Rahul the TINA factor.
Rare flashes of brightness notwithstanding, hear Rahul’s many comments and speeches, and one gets the feeling the role has b…

A repeat of 2013 assembly results in Delhi?

By Vijaya Pushkarna

No party or leader has ever been superior to the voters in aggregate, one of the facts that make India count among the world’s biggest democracies.
Themost acrimonious and decidedly the dirtiest campaign from the Bharatiya Janata Party,silence from the Indian National Congress, and carefully craftedwork-based campaign by the Aam Aadmi Party, are thankfully behind us . As people wait to cast their votes in the Delhi Assembly elections tomorrow, the day is free for us to play the numbers game. Will past figures help arrive at the result that we will know on Feb 11 ? What we cannot say  is there will be no hung assembly,-- with or without fancy resorts for the newly elected leaders, and scheming at midnight and early morning swearing in.
When Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate was creating a tsunami never seen in the post Indira Gandhi era ,the AAP did not win a single seat in the National Capital Territory during the Lok Sabha 2014 elections .It had, howe…

Where the mind is without fear...

By Vijaya Pushkarna

Prevention is better than cure. That, it would seem, has now been elevated to a state policy.

Renowned dancer Mallika Sarabhai was to be the chief guest at the annual convocation of the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmadabad, on Feb 7. Just two days before the event, the convocation was indefinitely postponed “due to unforeseen” circumstances. What was not lost on the people of Gujarat, home to both, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Mallika Sarabhai, is that whenever the event takes place, she is not going to be the chief guest.
Sarabhai in fact contested as an independent candidate from Gandhinagar in 2009. She had dared to challenge BJP veteran Lal Krishan Advani who was his party’s prime ministerial face! Her strident opposition to the current regime is well known, and she would count among the voices of dissent in the country.
By cancelling the event, the possibility of Sarabhai opposing the CAA and mentioning Shaheen Bagh, had been prevented…

In Malerkotla, the CAA robs families of their security.

By Vijaya Pushkarna

Little known to the rest of the country, the women of Malerkotla , a small town in Punjab’s Sangrur district, have been supporting their sisters of Shaheen Bagh in the protest against the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 , for almost a month now.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, affects the women –and men—of Malerkotla more than in does anyone else in the country. And in a palpable way. Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees a design to destabilize India’s security by those behind Shaheen Bagh, the CAA robs these families of Malerkotla of the security they can expect to have.
Thanks to a prized gift from the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, not even an extreme group can disrupt the peace and communal harmony of Malerkotla. That has been the real and felt experience of the people for the last 320 years.
When Wazir Khan, the Governor of Sirhind ordered that the Guru’s sons, Fateh Singh and Zoravar Singh --who were no more than little boys—be bricke…