Thursday, October 22, 2009

MOP victory is encouraging

Media's Own Party may have scraped through the assemblies in the three states, but if someone has to be cheerful about the outcome it has to be the not-so-loyal opposition. Arunachal Pradesh has always swung towards the central ruling coalition, mortally scared as the Arunachalis are of the dragon sitting in their backyards. But the highlights clearly are the robust scores notched by the opposition in Haryana and Maharashtra. Haryana may even have ruined the MOP party had the stellar leadership of Rajnath Singh not walked out of its alliance with Chautala. But let bygones be bygones.

The partisan pollsters had predicted sweeping MOP victory, even a two-thirds, in the Haryana assembly. Failure to muster a simple majority must be a downer. But the dashed hopes of the sycophants may not make it to the opinion sheets. The MOP spinsters will however flip it to make it look like a foregone conclusion.

Maharashtra is another story. BJP's national leadership might be morose at the moment but there are clear signs that when it comes to trench warfare its footsoldiers are not in a mood to give up. Yes, despite the total failure of MOP's state leadership--it should have received a sound drubbing--till the Thackeray brothers sort it out, change will have to wait. Numbers seem to indicate a strong undercurrent of discontent that can be tapped by a suave leader come next elections, in Haryana and Maharashtra. Stock market booms cannot provide for ballooning deficits. And media sparkle can generate only so much halo around the dynasty.


Xinhua Ram said...

Raj Thackeray's MNS will continue to grow at the expense of Shiv Sena. Future is bleak for BJP-SS in Maharashtra, unless they give Raj his due share.

Xinhua Ram said...

China and LiC, a love affair:

ROME, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- A famous Indian journalist and publisher revealed the true reality of China's Tibet here on Thursday, refuting lies made by the Dalai Lama and his separatist followers.

In an interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of a two-day forum on development of Tibet, Narasimhan Ram, editor-in-chief of the Hindu and Group publications, said the separatists told lies about Tibet to the world.

They told lies not only concerning the death toll in the March 14 riots in 2008, but also concerning the real purpose of the Dalai Lama's remarks of not seeking for independence, he said.

"Unnamed Tibetan exile sources said that up to a hundred, if not hundreds of, people died in the March-April 2008 riots; and that Chinese security forces cracked down on or brutalized unarmed protesters or opened fire on crowds of civilians," Ram said.

"The reality is the riot that broke out in Lhasa on March 14, 2008 claimed a confirmed toll of 18 innocent civilian lives, and it was the handiwork of violent, thuggish, ransacking mobs," he said.

Ram said the rioters in Lhasa "committed murder, arson, and other acts of savagery against innocent civilians and caused huge damage to public and private property."

He said information released by Chinese law enforcement authorities tended to be treated with scepticism, if not derision, by the Western media.

"However, as the evidence on the nature of the riots piled up, the realization dawned that it was too much to expect any legitimate government of a major country to turn the other cheek to such savagery and such a breakdown of public order," he said.

Speaking at the forum, Ram corrected distorted lens made by the propaganda of the so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile" in Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama and some Western media.

"A notable feature of recent Western media coverage of Tibet is the way journalism feeds off the disinformation campaign unleashed by the Dalai Lama's headquarters and the votaries of Tibetan 'independence,' without any attempt at independent reporting," said the senior Indian journalist, who paid three trips to Tibet.

Anonymous said...

<.....said the senior Indian journalist, who paid three trips to Tibet.>

The report could have as well added that the trips of the "senior Indian journalist" were paid for by his masters in Beijing!

The Chinese could not have found a better vehicle for their venomous propaganda.

What is intriguing is Chief's enormous attraction to the Chinese and his visceral hatred for the Tibetans (who have not done any harm neither to him nor to the Kasturi family).

Anonymous said...

...of the so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile" in...

Hey, I have seen this elsewhere before.Oh wait, its here in his editorial:

I, Me, Myself ! said...

Socal - " Numbers seem to indicate a strong undercurrent of discontent that can be tapped by a suave leader come next elections,"

Agree, but with Rajnath and co around, the sad reality that this will never happen :(

Congress continues to gain from split opposition, wonder why the likes of Rajnath don't get this simple arthimetic!