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July 27 marks the first death Anniversary of “Missile Man” of India, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Venkaiah Naidu Minister of Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting today laid stone for building a memorial at Peikarumbu, his burial site in Rameswaram Island.

“Bharat lost its Ratna,” lamented PM Narendra Modi. “We have gathered here for one of the greatest sons of the soil, Dr. APJ Abdul KalamHe continues to live along with us, said Venkaiah Naidu to financialexpress.com.

The Memorial site will have 3D models of Kalam. On the first death Anniversary, Defence Ministry organized a number of events of exhibitions in the memory of Missile man.

Events included an exhibition on his achievement of life and contribution towards the country. The Exhibition organized by the Defence Ministry was named as “Mission of Life”.

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It was a heavy loss for the country on 27th July 2015 to lose a gem type of person due to cardiac arrest. It is impossible to replace such a great scientist turned into politicians, great writer, and President of India.

Kalam got collapsed while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. Kalam contributed to the welfare of nation till the last breath.

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Kalam always believed, “Failure will never overtake me if my definition to succeed is strong enough.” He loved children and fought for education related issues whenever he got chance. In 2010, a movie was directed by Nila Madhab Panda, “I am Kalam” showed how an underprivileged child got inspired by India’s erstwhile President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and aspires to grow up to be a respectable person like him.

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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.