Apropos Sudha Pai’s review of Arun Sinha’s book (The Man Who Trashed Mai-Baap Sarkar, Jan 16), the BJP supports Nitish Kumar because it has no one else to support. There’s a saying that politicians will turn patriotic if it serves their purpose. The BJP can’t form a government on its own in Bihar; it can’t support the Congress or Laloo’s RJD; so it had to go with Nitish and the good he is doing.
There’s some similarity between the “social engineering” formulas of Mayawati and Nitish Kumar. Mayawati neatly upended the Congress formula of Brahmins supported by Dalits and Muslims: for her, it is Dalits supported by Brahmins and others. Nitish has gathered extreme backwards, Mahadalits, Pasmanda Muslims and Kurmis backed by the upper castes who are with his alliance partner, BJP. But where Nitish scores is in ending corruption (to a great extent) and in good governance.
R.K. Singh, Gurgaon
BJP has supported Nitish , because it has no else to support. There is a saying that the poiticians will even become patriot, if it serves their purpose. and BJP exactly did that, it is least bothered about state , it cant form its own Govt. but also want to avoid congress and Lalu , and hence the support to Nitish
AK Ghai>> And Nitish Govt was dismissed in mid night slaughter of Democracy by the UPA 1
This actually reflects two of our limitations - the limitation of our judiciary to impose punishment on those who do gross violation of constitutional norms to push their political agenda. Maybe MMS is not corrupt bribetaker but he is very much part of blatant abuse of constitution in 2005 and this was done such a way to even subvert prez advice and trap him. Shame.
The second limitation is our paid media, the way they refuse to debate gross violation of constitution when it is done by a particular party/dynasty/family and its representatives.
So Sad !!
As much as we must appreciate Nitesh Kumar and his enormous effort to turn around Bihar, we must also remember that he had a very responsible friend and ally with him - BJP.
In a way, the NDA itself began in 1994, when Nitish shed all inhibitions to join BJP (something that should have shocked hardline lohiates). He has stood with BJP thus so far, making this alliance one of longest political partnerships in India (only Akali BJP and SS BJP alliances are longer but unlike these two, JDU and BJP have different value systems).
Let us wish all the success for the continuation of Nitesh raj and maybe one Day Bihar will be the number one state of India.
From independence Indian politics run by brand name..People worship hero.Those we buildup strong brand name they are only successful in politics.Today Modi,Patnayak,Nitish Mamta,are famous . brand name..Indian voters want brand must be selfless,no familyty Brahmachari is most respectful.and agrgressive.Those who created such brand people of India elect him forever.
There is some similarity in the social engineering formula adopted by Mayawati and Nitish Kumar in winning the last UP and Bihar elections. While the former went for the old Congress wine made up of Brahmin supported by Dalits and Minorities in a new variant of Dalit supported by Brahmins and Muslims in UP, the latter has adopted a bandwagon of Maha Backward, Maha Dalits and Pasmanda Muslim in addition to Kurmi/ Koeri backed by Upper Castes of alliance partner BJP. No wonder he has decimated Lalu, Paswan and Congress.Where Nitish scores over her is his image of honest and development-oriented politician who will again win in 2015, if he can get power and investments in Bihar.
And Nitish Govt was dismissed in mid night slaughter of Democracy by the UPA 1 headed by none other than Manmohan Singh and to meet the mid night coup Prez of India Abdul Kalam was woken up mid night while on tour to Russia to sign Proclamation under 256 and dismissal of the Govt.
Why ? Because next day the Vote Confidence was to be taken by Nitish which he was sure to win and Congress-Lalu were hell bent not allow the MLAs vote in favour of Nitish.
Manmohan is an honest man so they say hence who was controlling the move to dismiss the Nitish Govt ??
Bahut lambi race ka ghoda hai, as Salim Javed would have put it.
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