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Opinion over BJP-led NDA alliance’s victory in Bihar Assembly elections was divided from the word go with exit polls showing both sides nip and tuck, but the fact that the ruling party would lose so badly and secure only 59 seats few had expected. With 178 seats, the Mahagathbandhan is going great guns and is all set to form the next government in the state under the leadership of Nitish Kumar. On the other hand, the former has much to introspect.
Here are 5 possible reasons that cost BJP Bihar polls:
- Amit Shah’s Pakistan cracker remark
This one surely takes the cake. It was absolutely injudicious and unwarranted on the BJP President Amit Shah’s part to suggest that if his party lost Bihar polls, people in Pakistan would celebrate by bursting crackers. The chilling implication was that anybody who did not vote for the BJP was a traitor, unpatriotic and thus helping the cause of our neighboring country.
I do not know about Pakistan, but people in Bihar were definitely seen bursting crackers over the BJP’s loss.
‘You are with us or against us’ is not the way a democracy should function. If we go by this logic, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections only 31 per cent people voted for the BJP. Were the rest 69 per cent Indians traitors according to Shah? I do not know about Pakistan, but people in Bihar were definitely seen bursting crackers over the BJP’s loss. I hope the top BJP leaders would learn from their mistakes and refrain from making such ludicrous statements in the future in an attempt to polarize the society.
- Beef ad in newspapers on the eve of polls
Just a day before the final phase of Bihar Assembly polls, the people of the state were greeted with full-page advertisements in leading newspapers showing a young girl hugging a cow, slamming Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his “silence” over statements made by his allies on beef. This was again unnecessary and counterproductive.
It is to be noted that a lot of undecided voters wait till the last moment to make up their mind about which party to vote for in elections and the BJP’s last minute advertisements were apparently meant to woo them. That also spoke volumes about the party’s priorities. One would expect that just one day prior to polling, the political parties in the fray would talk of important issues plaguing the masses like unemployment, poverty, lack of quality infrastructure and education. But the BJP chose to talk about the Holy cow instead. Need I say more?
Have these ads in Bihar been given by BJP’s fringe elements? Or by BJP top brass? pic.twitter.com/ZRUTbCWk0F
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 4, 2015
- V K Singh’s ‘dog remark’
Caste politics has always been an important factor in Bihar elections and Dalit and minority voters have the potential to shift the balance from one side to another. So BJP leader and Union Minister V K Singh’s ‘dog analogy’ over the killings of two Dalit children allegedly by members of an upper caste community in Haryana was not only untimely but also counterproductive for his party in view of the ongoing Bihar polls.
When asked to give his reaction on the ghastly incident in Haryana’s Faridabad wherein two Dalit children were burnt alive allegedly by members of an upper caste community, Singh said,
“When someone throws stones at a dog, the government cannot be blamed.”
And who can forget RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remark on reservation system? So much so that LJP leader Chirag Paswan later slammed the ally BJP saying that controversial statements in the run-up to the Bihar polls were ‘just not needed.’
- Wait for ‘acche din’
It’s been over 18 months in power for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre and the people at large seem to be still awaiting the BJP leader’s ‘acche din’ promise to fructify. Growing prices of essential commodities like lentils seem to have affected the common man the most. For instance, Tur dal is being sold as high as Rs 190 per kg in the retail market. Similarly, urad dal is selling at Rs 165 in retail and Rs 150 in wholesale. Moreover, PM Modi’s promise of creating millions of jobs is yet to materialize. It seems the people in Bihar decided to give Nitish Kumar another chance to develop the state, instead of banking on the PM.
- BJP’s alleged double speak
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was talking of vikas (development), his party colleagues were apparently pulling out all the stops to polarize the society along the lines of religion. Was it a careful strategy to play both ways? Because if it indeed was the plan, it seems to have backfired in Bihar. People generally do not like double speak and hypocrisy. While it was a state election, people also take note of what’s happening in the rest of the country before deciding their preferences.
I am sure the people of Bihar known for their political acumen were aware of the lynchings of three persons in different parts of India over ‘beef rumors’ and the protest by writers and filmmakers over ‘growing’ intolerance in the country. People everywhere want peace sans which progressing and attaining prosperity becomes a tad difficult.
The BJP ought to decide now whether it really wants ‘development’ in India or wishes to continue walking on the path of divisive politics that leads nowhere but the abyss of darkness. The people of Bihar have spoken and we better pay heed to them.
The symbol of Swastika is known to signify peace, prosperity, and good fortune in the religious cultures of Eurasia. In fact, this symbol is considered very significant in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. But, at the same time, it has become one of the most misunderstood religious symbols and has been globally banned in many countries.
The reason why the symbol of Swastika is banned in many countries is because of its association with Adolf Hitler's extreme political ideology, Nazism, as Swastika as its official symbol.
Austria, France, Latvia, Spain, Germany, and Russia are amongst the many countries that have banned the display and use of the Swastika.
Moreover, last week Victoria in Australia is preparing to become the first-ever state to ban the public display of the Swastika. This is a step towards an expansion of anti-vilification laws in the state.
Representation of the Swastika on the flag of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Movement.Photo by Flickr.
Now, we must know and understand what went wrong with this symbol, which is sacred and signifies all-good things.
For a very, very long time, in India, the Swastika is the first emblem that is worshipped or even drawn before any sacred and auspicious ceremonies as this symbol in Sanskrit represents 'well-being'. But, the Swastika lost all its credibility when it was wrongfully used by Adolf Hitler.
In fact, it is believed that if this symbol is worshipped properly, then it gives positive results. But if it is abused, then it gives negative results. So, when Adolf Hitler rotated the Swastika at 45 degrees, it slowly and steadily brought misery not only to Adolf Hitler and his theory of Nazism but also to all the people who were associated with him.
Therefore, in order to give the kind of respect and credibility which the Swastika deserves, World Interfaith Harmony Week which was held in New York in February this year, interfaith groups appealed to the United Nations to recognize and acknowledge the Swastika as an important and peaceful symbol. In fact, they also differentiated it from the Hakenkreuz or "Hooked Cross" of Adolf Hitler.
India celebrated a historic day on August 7, as 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics. In the men's javelin throw event, he achieved his greatest triumph, throwing the javelin 87.58 meters on his second try.
Neeraj Chopra was born on December 24, 1997, in Khandra village in Haryana's Panipat district. He grew up in a Haryanavi family of farmers. He is the brother of two sisters. He graduated from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh and is now enrolled in Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Chopra was bullied due to his obesity as a kid, which prompted his father to enroll him in a nearby gym. He then joined a gym in Panipat, where Jaiveer Choudhary, a javelin thrower, noticed his potential and coached him. When the 13-year-old Chopra finished training under Jaiveer for a year, he was enrolled at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, where he began training under coach Naseem Ahmed.
In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018. | Wikimedia Commons
Chopra's first international medal came in 2014, as he took home a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bangkok. In 2015, he set a world record in the junior category of 81.04 meters in the 2015 All India Inter-University Athletics Meet.
Since emerging into the public eye with a historic gold medal at the junior world championships in 2016, he has maintained a high level of performance, setting an Under-20 world record of 86.48m, which still stands. Gold medals in both the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games are among his other accomplishments, including a first-place in the 2017 Asian Championships. In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018.
Chopra has also had his share of bad events in life. In 2019, he underwent surgery on the elbow of his right throwing arm, which kept him out of the game for almost a year. However, he returned more robust than ever. In November 2019, he went to South Africa to train from Klaus Bartoneitz. He spent the following year in India training at the NIS Patiala because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was allowed to go to France with his coach after weeks of trying to get a travel visa.
Neeraj Chopra made history in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. Also, it is worth mentioning that after Abhinav Bindra, Chopra is only the second Indian to win an individual gold medal.
Keywords: Neeraj Chopra, Olympics, Tokyo2020, Gold medal, javelin, India, Haryana
The emergence of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England brought with it many apprehensions and fears that translated into a new genre in literature: the gothic. Today, the idea of the gothic does not have to much with literature as much as it is associated with fashion.
The Victorians began to wear black more often during the Industrial Revolution to hide the stains of soot on their clothes. Many of the working class were employed in factories. They were newly introduced to technology, the idea of coal as fuel, and the working of machines to serve a certain purpose. This kind of work was hard and messy. Wearing light colours burdened the tired folk when the stubborn stains did not get washed away.
The steam engine was invented to make locomotion easier for the masses, but it brought fear to the people. They had led quiet and simple lives till now, and suddenly their world was infiltrated with loud noises and smoke. Dark places became synonymous with evil deeds and mysteries. It was from this time that horror gained a place in the imaginations of people and artists.
A man sporting gothic clothes and shock coloured hair Image source: wikimedia commons
The gothics of today are those who have held on to these practices. There is no need to fear smoke and noise anymore, but the goths wear black clothes all the time, paint their skin a pale shade, to contrast their clothes, and wear bright shades of red. The traditional gothics decorated themselves with jewellery bearing religious significances, as the belief in Dracula and vampires emerged in the Victorian period. Today, it is a trend to wear studded crosses, or crosses made of black metal either as neck chokers, or earrings.
Modern goths also wear bright monotones to show their patronage of a certain style or order of the goths. They can be seen in neon shades of green, pink, and yellow, often sporting piercings, and matching hair. Their tastes are metallic, and they have an uncanny love for tattoos.
Designers consistently include gothic tastes and styles in their clothing lines to create inclusivity for this subculture. Being gothic, or identifying with them is somewhat a concern even in today's society, and such people are often stigmatised to the extent that it is considered a mental illness associated with the dark arts. The phenomenon is mostly observed in teenagers, and often phases out when they reach adulthood, depending on their sphere of influence.
Keywords: Gothic, Fashion, Victorian, Black, Jewellery