Showing posts with label West Bengal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West Bengal. Show all posts

Friday, May 29, 2015

Janakpur Patna Kolkata Industrial Corridor

काठमाण्डु पर मधेसीयों का शासन स्थापित करो।

  • नेपालका जल विद्युत (40,000 MW)
  • झारखण्ड का Mineral Resources 
  • गंगा का Waterway 
  • कोलकता का विश्व बंदरगाह 
तब तो पुर्वी भारत भी पश्चिम भारत के मुकाबले आ गयी। 

Uttar Pradesh Should Be Split Into Two

Perhaps also Maharashtra. Even West Bengal.

Delhi should be granted statehood, long overdue. 

Mamata's Impressive Move

The rest of India should copy this.

West Bengal to install sanitary pad vending machines

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

You Can Not Beat Modi Just By Building Alliances

English: The temple at Modinagar, Ghaziabad di...
English: The temple at Modinagar, Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nitish has a great record on development. He can compete with Modi. He was an excellent Chief Minister, and Laloo was an excellent Railways Minister. If they come together, they can give Modi competition.

But Uttar Pradesh is not the same. There not only Mayawati and Mulayam don't have a development record, they are nowhere close to even talking, let alone seeing an alliance's need. Political arithmetic might suggest a Mayawati-Mulayam alliance would trounce Modi. But that is like when Microsoft and Yahoo ganged up to take on Google. It did not quite work out. Google's share did not diminish. In fact it ended up with even more users in the aftermath. You compete with Google on the quality of your search results not by building alliances.

The way to beat Modi is with development. Alliances are secondary, though important. Modi, in his historic victory, might have prepared ground for the unthinkable: the coming together of the Left and Mamata in West Bengal, Nitish and Laloo in Bihar, and Mayawati and Mulayam in Uttar Pradesh.

Nitish has to take the lead for all three states on the development front. Otherwise it will be a Modi juggernaut all the way.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh small
Uttar Pradesh small (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The BJP's spectacular victory in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and its dramatic rise in West Bengal to become the second largest party also makes room for anti-BJP alliances among former arc rivals. For example, Laoo and Nitish in Bihar. Mayawati and Mulayam in Uttar Pradesh. Mamata and the Left in West Bengal.

A Nitish-Laloo-Congress alliance in Bihar would rout the BJP in Bihar in the 2015 elections.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

A New Era For India

Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a na...
Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a national political party in India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
India now starts its journey to becoming a developed nation. That is what this clear victory for Modi is about. Modi has won, fair and square. And this reads to me like a mandate that will last 10 years. I am happy for him and the country. This is an India that China and Pakistan will take seriously.

The Congress has not only lost its role in power, it might also have lost its role in the Opposition. What a day! The BJP has become the new Congress. I see the BJP crossing the 300 mark on its own in 2018. The NDA will cross the 350 mark in 2018.

The BJP has swept the Hindi heartland. It is a total sweep in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This is remarkable in the face of a top performing Chief Minister like Nitish Kumar. Bihar suddenly has become the state to watch for. Nitish now has his back against the wall.

The BJP has not only wiped out the Congress, but also the Left. It has snatched the Left's place in West Bengal.

Mayawati, Nitish and Mulayam are out. And there goes the so-called Third Front with them.

But Jayalalita, Patnaik and Mamata have swept their states more than Modi has swept India. And I see the three forming the nucleus of the Opposition in Delhi.

I keep thinking about Nitish. I am not in a hurry to say he took a misstep in breaking his alliance with the BJP. The lesson there is, you can not win if you are not even running. Clearly he was not for Rahul for PM. And he clearly was opposed to Modi. And he clearly was not running. These three dimensions of clarity cost Nitish his Bihar.

Sushil Modi claims the JD(U) might undergo a vertical split. That very well might happen. Or not. His government has a smaller chance of falling than the Akhilesh government in Uttar Pradesh. One year is a long time in politics. And it is possible Nitish will come back in Bihar with a 60% majority in the state.

But I don't see the SP coming back in Uttar Pradesh.

In hindsight it does look like Nitish took a misstep. He could have stayed with the BJP, given himself two more terms as Chief Minister, and then he might have been the NDA candidate for Prime Minister.

But enough about Bihar. On to Modi. This is his day, and his victory to celebrate.

I think Modi has what it takes to put India on a path to becoming a developed nation.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Nitish And Poll Numbers

हिन्दी: देश के उप राष्ट्रपति मोहम्मद हामिद अंस...
हिन्दी: देश के उप राष्ट्रपति मोहम्मद हामिद अंसारी पटना में पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री सत्येन्द्र नारायण सिन्हा(छोटे साहब) की 94वीं जयंती पर आयोजित व्याख्यानमाला श्रंखला पर पूर्व सांसद किशोरी सिन्हा और मुख्यमंत्री नीतीश कुमार के साथ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nitish Kumar to bite the dust as Narendra Modi-led BJP emerge as the single largest party in Bihar: Survey
Bjp will emerge as the single largest party in Bihar. Mamta Banerjee and Navin Patnaik will lead the race in West Bengal and Odisha, respectively. In both the states, the ruling party are expected to score a comprehensive victory.
Both Patnaik and Mamata have done good work in their respective states. But Nitish' work has been much better in Bihar. He is officially the best performing Chief Minister in India. He has won awards for the same. So why will Patnaik and Mamata do well, but Nitish get routed?

Patnaik also was allied with the BJP at the state level. Then he broke up the alliance, went solo, and that was hugely beneficial for him. Why will that not be true also for Nitish?

Am I missing something?

Is there an upper caste bias in the Indian media that wishes to punish Nitish for breaking up with the BJP?

If Nitish gets less than 20 MPs, I am going to be surprised. Based on his work he should get more than 25 MPs. If he ends up with five MPs, like some surveys are predicting, I am going to be very surprised.

A 15% growth rate in a poor, landlocked, agricultural state is magical.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014


English: Pix of the leader of a political part...
English: Pix of the leader of a political party of Poshchim Bangla as shown in the Kakababu animation SOBUJ DWIPER RAJA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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