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18 जनवरी – खिरकी एक्सटेंशन की सच्चाई

मालवीय नागर विधासभा क्षेत्र के खिरकी एक्सटेंशन इलाके में बड़ी संख्या में विदेशी मूल के लोग रहते है. इनमे से कुछ जिश्म्फरोशी और ड्रग्स जैसे कार्यो में लिप्त है. देर रात नशे में धुत लोगो के बिच मारपीट उस इलाके में एक आम बात थी. वहा के स्थानीय लोगो ने इस विषय में पुलिस से कई बार शिकायत की लेकिन कारवाही कभी नहीं हुई. लोगो ने स्थानीय जनप्रतिनिधियों तक भी इस समस्या के लिए कई बार गुहार लगाईं लेकिन कुछ हासिल नहीं हुआ. जब वो अपने विधायक सोमनाथ भारती के पास पहुंचे तो उन्होंने तुरंत समस्या की गंभीरता को भांपते

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#BetterDemocracy: Polls 2015: Can Delhi voters get it right?

When Delhi went to the polls 13 months ago, the scenario was exuberant. There was an urgent need for change; a mini revolution was brewing. People, fed up with a corrupt and arrogant government, were looking for an alternative and Arvind Kejriwal arrived at the right time the right place. The Congress did not have much of a chance and the fight was between the BJP and the AAP. Since then much has changed. There is a new government with a formidable majority at the center. Modi’s ‘wave’ or ‘charisma’, whatever one wants to call it, is at work. It

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#BetterDemocracy: अपनी-अपनी सफाई

देश में आजकल सफाई का बड़ा हल्ला है। मोदीजी ने एक हांक लगाई और पूरा देश जुट गया सबकुछ साफ करने में। कश्मीर से कन्याकुमारी तक हर जगह नेताओ ने झाड़ू उठा लिया। कार्यकर्ताओं ने भी टोकरी और बेलचा थाम लिया। चमचो के उठाने के लिए कुछ बचा ही नहीं। झाड़ुओं की डिमांड और सप्लाई अचानक इतना बढ़ गई कि डर सताने लगा कि यहां-वहां बिखर रहे तिनको से ही गंदगी ना फैल जाये। शर्मा जी की जो दीवार पान की पीक से रंगी होती थी, अब सफाई अभियान के नारों से सुसज्जित है। होली-दीवाली और ईद के शुभकामना संदेश

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#BetterDemocracy: The Problem of Hero Worshipping in India

Narendra Modi is the new hero of India. From being admired for the way he has run the government in Gujarat, to becoming the face of the election campaign for the BJP, to being regarded as the messiah that India needs, he has gone from strength to strength. Pray, even his short-sleeved kurta has become a style statement, and there are medicines and tea leaves and items on restaurant menus that bear his name. And true to Indian-style hero-worship, there is now even a temple in a village that has his statue and where people chant the Modi Chalisa. This type of hero

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#BetterDemocracy: Is Democracy all about Surveys?

With elections nearing, the media channels will soon start helping you on whom to vote for. So, when you switch on your TV at 9 PM, you have an over animated television anchor who gives you advice on who is winning the poll. He presents you figures, which is followed by an even more animate television debate. I ask you a more important question, “Would you vote for the winning candidate or would you vote for the right candidate?” I know winning is important for a lot of people. But is that what is democracy all about, specially for the

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मोदी जी और मोटो जी

टू जी नहीं दो जी। आजकल देश में सिर्फ दो तरह के `जी’ की चर्चा है जी। पहले मोदी जी और दूसरा मोटो जी। मोदी जी ज़बरदस्त तरीके से मोबाइल यानी गतिशील हैं। सुबह 9 बजे दफ्तर पहुंच जाते हैं। दिनभर में कई मीटिंग कर लेते हैं। जनता के मेल तक पढ़कर उनका जवाब भी देते हैं। मोदीजी इतने मोबाइल हैं कि हफ्ते भर में टोक्यो से न्यूयार्क और कश्मीर से कन्याकुमारी तक फलांग आते हैं। मोटो जी भी मोबाइल है, लेकिन मोदीजी की तरह नहीं, बल्कि अपनी तरह से, क्योंकि मोटो जी सचमुच का मोबाइल है, अरे भाई मोबाइल

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Why is the BJP so shy in Delhi?

Yesterday, I took a meeting in the Greater Kailash Vidhan Sabha. I am the observer there. The volunteers took another landmark decision of electing a Ward In Charge from among them. It was so good to see them electing their leader. That is what democracy is supposed to be. Post his election; the electors briefed the new Ward In Charge about his duties. He carefully noted and nodded to each of them. He has started his work from today. But, perhaps the people of Delhi are not that fortunate. There has been no government in Delhi since the last 8

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4 things BJP needs to do in next Delhi Assembly Polls

So once again Aam Aadmi Party in their usual antics has challenged BJP, a day after latter party’s election victories in Haryana and Maharashtra. However, the BJP has clarified that while it won’t shy away from an electoral battle, it can’t take Kejriwal seriously. Of course! Though right now if elections are held in Delhi there are no two thoughts that AAP will not be able to repeat its 28 seat win like last assembly elections of 2013. It will fall well short of that number. This party has overexposed itself and their antics are very well known to the public now. Still BJP should not

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मेरे अंदर का रावण

दशहरा गुजर चुका है, दीपावाली आ रही है। मैसेज बॉक्स और मेल बॉक्स में अब भी विजयदशमी के बहुत से संदेश पड़े हुए हैं, जिनमे शुभकामनाओं के साथ एक हिदायत भी दी गई है—अपने अंदर के रावण को मारें। मैसेज पढ़कर शोले फिल्म का डायलॉग याद आ जाता है—ठाकुर साहब आप क्या गब्बर सिंह को बकरी का बच्चा समझते हैं, जिसे कोई भी पकड़ ले। रावण ना हुआ भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम का पेस बॉलर हो गया, जिसे कोई भी ऐरा-गैरा आकर मार जाये। ये देश दूसरो के मामलो में ज़रूरत से ज्यादा जागरूक है। मेरे किरायेदार के लड़के का सामने

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Bihar suffering at the hand of an over-ambitious Nitish Kumar

It was in June last year in 2013 that I visited Bihar across two important districts Patna and Gaya respectively and saw people really fearlessly leading their lives. The autowalas were earning their livelihood without having to pay any ‘Rangdari-tax’. The jewelers could operate till late 9PM and no protection money to pay to the local ‘Gundas’ or to the politicians. People could go and come from Railway station late night or early morning without being robbed off. The auto dealers could sell their cars without being forcefully taken away to politicians’ daughter’s wedding. The middle working class or the

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