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New Delhi: A farmer from Varanasi who won national acclaim for giving away free seeds to farmers across the country, is in despair, unable to meet the expenditure on his wife who lies in coma in hospital. After spending around Rs.4 lakh here, a bitter Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi is on his way back to Varanasi, with just one ray of hope.

“Kisan Baba”, as he is widely known, says he believes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will respond to his plight and come to his wife’s rescue.

But right now, Raghuvanshi, in his 60s, is deeply disappointed. He had admitted his wife, Shakuntala Singh, on October 28 into a private hospital here after she went into coma at S.S. Hospital in Banaras Hindu University campus after a long treatment.

Apparently, doctors ended up injecting excessive calcium, leading to the coma.

After his wife failed to come out of coma in Varanasi, now Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, Raghuvanshi brought her to Delhi in the hope she will be cured.

“Till Thursday, I had paid the hospital around Rs.4 lakh. Now I can’t afford to pay more. So I am returning to Varanasi. I have been paying the hospital here Rs.50-60,000 daily,” the man told.

“Some students of Thaper Engineering College of Chandigarh and one Yashpal Bansal have helped me a lot but it was not enough,” he added with a touch of despair.

Raghuvanshi is from village Tandiya, 20 km from Varanasi city. He has not only been developing a variety of seeds that produce more grains but providing them free of cost to farmers all over India.

Till now, more than 100,000 farmers have benefitted from his seeds.

“To treat my wife I had to sell her jewellery. How can I leave her in this condition? She has helped me in my mission for the last 30 years. If needed, I will sell my agricultural land too to save her,” he said.

But Raghuvanshi is annoyed over the government’s attitude to farmers.

IMG-20151112-WA0022“I am fed up. Governments do nothing for farmers. Farmers of this country will have to be self-dependent.”

Raghuvanshi has 3.5 acres of agricultural land, which has been turned into a laboratory to develop new varieties of seeds. He promotes these among farmers.

He undertook a “Kisan Rath Yatra” in 2007, after buying a four-wheeler by taking a bank loan.

He travelled more than one lakh km across the country. His “rath” held small packets of seeds which were distributed to farmers for free.

It is this mission that fetched him the National Award for Innovation in Agriculture in 2009 from then President Pratibha Patil.

However, Raghuvanshi has not given up. He hopes — and prays — that Modi will somehow learn about his wife’s plight and come to their rescue.

“After reaching Varanasi, I will contact the PM’s Office. I hope at least they help me,” he told news agencies.

(Brajendra Nath Singh, IANS)

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.