A secular path to increase minority representation

A most remarkable election which has resulted in zero Muslim MPs from Uttar Pradesh and only 20 nation-wide (out of 543).

Mamata Banerjee is the super-caste leader of a party with the maximum number of muslim MPs and is now the face of secular India (not Rahul Gandhi). The sole muslim candidate of the BJP (Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, Bhagalpur) lost to a Hindu from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) –  Lalu Yadav’s party that survives on a muslim-OBC vote bank!!!

In a first-past-the-post system you normally need 35% and above to win. The BJP/NDA alliance secured 38% vote-share nation-wide and scored a massive victory. In the same way in Odisha (Biju Janata Dal), Bengal (All India Trinamul Congress) and Tamil Nadu (All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) the winners swept up 40% and above votes and secured a mammoth mandate.

The losers got significant vote-share: BSP (Mayawati) got 20% in UP (zero seats), CPI(M) got 30% in Bengal (2 seats), Aam Admi Party got 33% in Delhi and 25% in Punjab (zero in Delhi but 4 in Punjab!!!), DMK got 27% in Tamil Nadu (zero). In Odisha Congress got 26% (zero) and BJP got 22% (1 seat).

The worst performance came from muslims, the largest minority in the country (20% of  the population, considering under-counting in Census and migrants from elsewhere, but multiple majority districts in Bengal, Axom, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra).

The above shows that first-past-the-post systems are flawed and what should be in place is a sophisticated form of proportional representation which will protect the diverse nature of India (more than any number of vote-banks performing tactical voting can every hope to achieve).

The 16th Lok Sabha will have one of the lowest numbers of
Muslim MPs with just about 20 of them emerging victorious in the Lok Sabha
polls which saw a saffron surge in the whole north and western parts of India.

Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 seats, has not sent any Muslim candidate in the
just concluded election.

analysis of the results shows that there are about 20 winners who are from the
Muslim community in the 543-member House while BJP does not have a single MP
belonging the community.

Going by estimates, there are more than 25 Muslim members in the outgoing Lower


Muslim MPs: West Bengal
Idris Ali, AITC, from Basirhat
Sultan Ahmad, AITC, from Uluberia
Mohammad Salim, CPI (Marxist), from Raiganj
Badrudduja Khan, CPI (Marxist), from Murshidabad
Mausam Noor, Congress, from Malda North
Abu Hashem Khan Chaudhary, Congress from Malda South
Dr Mamtaz Sanghamita, AITC, from Burdwan-Durgapur

Tasleemuddin, RJD, from Araria
Tariq Anwar, NCP, from Katihar
Chaudhary Mahboob Ali Qaisar, LJP, from Khagaria
Mohd Asrarul Haq Qasmi, Congress, from Kishanganj

Andhra Pradesh [now Telangana] Asadudduin Owaisi, AIMIM, from Hyderabad

Sirajuddin Ajmal, AIUDF, from Barpeta
Badurddin Ajmal, AIUDF, from Dhubri

Mehbooba Mufti, PDP, from Anantnag
Muzaffar Husain Baig, PDP, from Baramulla
Tariq Hameed Karra, PDP, from Srinagar

E Ahamed, IUML, from Malappuram
ET Mohammad Bashir, IUML, from Ponnani

Tamil Nadu Anwar Raja, AIADMK, from Ramanathapuram

Lakshadwip Mohammad Faisal PP, NCP, from Lakshadweep

Link: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-why-16th-lok-sabha-will-see-the-lowest-number-of-muslim-representation-in-india-s-democractic-history-1989170


“Minarets are our bayonets”

Is India also a break-out nation like Turkey? Well certainly India has a high-growth, high HDI, developed section (perhaps equal to the 77 million Turks) and then we have a one billion, desperately poor and lost-in-stone age section that has no equal anywhere. 

Is Modi like Erdogan, a man who rose from within the ranks of the religious shock-troops and took charge of a secular country, and helped liberate its Islamic soul? This brings us to mind a famous statement that the once-upon-a-time lemonade seller had made:

The SVP backs its claim by citing a famous remark by Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
, who once implied that the construction of
mosques and minarets is part of a strategy for the Islamization of
Europe. The pro-Islamist Erdogan said: “The minarets are our bayonets,
the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our

Ruchir Sharma is the Head of Emerging Markets at Morgan Stanley so he is expected to be a votary for Modi. However at the heart of the polemic below we see the same fear that secularists feel everywhere, the good old days when they could wag their fingers at the unwashed masses is over. They will now be silenced with blasphemy laws and brick-bats. The Hindu Brotherhood has arisen out of democracy but it may well lead to a soft-theocratic state where the principles of a liberal democracy (protection of minorities, tolerance of dissent) may not be respected. Just like Turkey.

is a rivetingly blunt speaker, but he is also the Indian political
master of new media technologies.
At traditional Indian political
rallies like those we witnessed in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, half the
crowd shows up only long enough to watch the candidate’s helicopter stir
dust storms in the landing field, and those who stay (including those
paid to stay) can barely hear the crackling microphone over the din.   The
new media are much clearer. Since the election of 2009, the share of
Indians with TV has risen from 53% to 63%, the number online has risen
from 69 to 213 million, the number with smart phones from 3 to 70
million. Membership on Facebook is up from 10 to 100 million, on YouTube
from 5 to 60 million, and Modi is all over these platforms and more.

After we left Uttar Pradesh, Modi returned in the form of the life-size
hologram he has used to project himself before some 1,500 rallies and 15
million voters during the campaign.

Lord, satisfy the hope Modi has unleashed. His
political machine has been hammering home the message of how he brought
new business, new roads, new jobs and less crime to Gujarat, and now
everyone outside Gujarat seems to know all this is true. They see Modi
as an efficient strongman who will restore growth, lower the price of
onions and, as one voter put it “make the trains run on time.”

Tiwari ticks off the usual gripes against Congress, including
corruption, inflation, and crime. The folks he knows around Allahabad
are switching to Modi because “the public needs change, and Modi is
their guy.” Not far off, in the village of Saidabad, there is no
electricity at one in the afternoon when the sun is high and the
temperature hits 43 degrees Celsius, and people speak of how Modi will
turn the fans back on. Modi hardly discourages this optimism, stealing
Congress’s socialist thunder by promising every Indian a cool brick
house with a toilet.

Some of the roads along the Ganges are so
crowded or just so broken that on our road trip we often average less
than 30 kilometres an hour, but so many people living along it are now
hopeful that Modi will fill life’s potholes. In the town of Pali, Rakesh
Kumar Verma is fed up after winning two masters degrees but ending up
underemployed at the age of 42 because “the goons are in control.” Loan
officers skim 15% of a one lakh loan for themselves. The bribes required
to get even menial jobs make the jobs not worth taking.
Verma gets by
selling cheap jewellery. But Modi cleaned up corruption in Gujarat, he
can handle the goons. My colleagues start joking, every time a window
jams or a toilet won’t flush, “Modi will fix it.”

To many
voters, though, Modi is more than a repair man. He was once a tea seller
in a railway station, but now he is the self-made leader of the world’s
largest democracy, a harbinger of disruptive change.
In the district of
Bhigunia, we crawl along a pontoon bridge over the Ganges to a tiny
settlement accessible in no other way. On the far side we meet a young
Brahmin, university educated and upper caste but not working, because it
would be too embarrassing to take a job below his station in a place so
small, where his family is well known.
Under Modi though, the hope is it
will be different. Pathetic job creation under Congress will give way
to job growth. The Brahmin can go find work in a city, where he is
anonymous. Caste barriers are eroded by urbanization and

Traveling these bumpy roads, it becomes
clear that the Modi wave did not spread only on modern channels. One
high member of the Gandhi clan once allowed that the very poor
communicate at a level that “we”, the literate and privileged, don’t
understand. Perhaps it was this subaltern frequency that transmitted the
Modi sunbeam from the smartphone elite and the TV-watching middle class
to the rest of the 814 million.
The candidate was relentless, too,
showing up on so many stages voters wondered if there was more than one
of him, not even counting the holograms. In Bihar we hear him speak in
the town of Hajipur and he is as always spellbinding, intimate,
hilarious. He says headlines scream in Gujarat if the power goes off for
a few minutes, but celebrate in Bihar if the power goes on for a few

Modi emerges as something of an old-fashioned strongman,
delivering a multimedia message of modern development. What goes unsaid
is equally revealing. Modi and the BJP have been largely silent on
flammable foreign policy and sectarian issues, the words “Pakistan” and
“Muslims” have fallen from the party lexicon.
Asked about how Modi will
deal with Muslims, many of whom fear the BJP, the farmer Tiwari cites an
interview in which Modi dismissed such questions as “the language of
those who want to divide India.” Besides, Tiwari suggests, sectarian
strife is common in his part of the world and that in Gujarat there had
been no further violence once the scores were settled in 2002.

Modi now seems set to govern all of India, the 150 million Muslims
included and there is reason to be cautious. Though the popular vote for
the BJP is expected to come in at the highest for any single party in
three decades, it is still just around a third of the total vote. Two
thirds of India and 90% of Muslims probably did not vote for Modi or

Modi has promised the moon. In the final weeks he
often targeted his promise that “better days are ahead” to the vast
population of Indians under the age of 28, including the roughly 100
million who were voting for the first time in this election.
difficulty is that to create enough jobs for all these youths, India
needs to create 10 million jobs a year for the next five years, or four
times more than it has been creating over the past five years. It will
be virtually impossible for Modi to hit the ground running on this
challenge, because his first task should be to contain India’s double
digit inflation, which means restrained government spending, high
interest rates, and job growth remaining weak until inflation is

What then? It’s easy to imagine jobless, disappointed
youths getting angry, and the hardcore Hindu fundamentalists reviving
their old accusations that it is Muslims, with their high birth rate,
who are to blame for India’s “population bomb” and the unemployment
problem it is now creating.
In a tense environment, it’s hard to know
whether Modi would fuel the tension through innuendo, allow it to fester
by remaining silent, or defuse it by trying to quiet the mob.  On the
road the Modi wave keeps bringing to mind the tale of Turkish leader
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, another former street vendor (lemonade, not tea)
who emerged from a pious political sect (Islamic, not Hindu) to become a
self-made prime minister much to chagrin of the secular elite.
In his
early years, Erdogan shelved his social and cultural agenda to focus on
stabilizing the inflation ridden economy, and became widely popular.
After taking office with 34% vote in 2002 elections, Erdogan was
reelected with 50% in 2011. At the height of the boom, Erdogan’s name
rang throughout the land, his voice dominated all discussion echoes of
Modi in India today.  But then success went to Erdogan’s head, he
stretched two terms into three, his autocratic instincts began bubbling
to the surface as he pushed an increasingly Islamist social agenda. To
stifle the resulting protests, Erdogan rolled out riot police, blamed
foreign conspiracies, rallied his pious supporters to counter
demonstrations, and recently attempted to ban Twitter,
which his
opponents are using to organize the anti-Erdogan campaign. One wonders
if one day India’s new political messiah may also go the Erdogan way.
For now, as in Turkey during Erdogan’s early years, India is focused on
Modi’s promise that “better days are ahead.”

The writer is
head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and
author of ‘Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles’

Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/The-monophonic-voice-of-India/articleshow/35091722.cms



Twitter for your thoughts

Indians have not yet reached the affluence to realise that the new elite counter culture in the West for the past 2 generations is to turn back on gross Americanisation & opt for exotic authenticity (hipster culture, Seattle-Portland-Oregon).
The rise of the far right in Indo-Israel is different to the rise of the European far-right. The Indo-Israeli far-right want to become Westerners with a thin Hindu or Hebrew overlay. The European far-rightward want to stay Westerner with a strong local colouring (even down to the provincial level; Catalonians, Basque & Scots). The local cultures (Mizrahi, Indian provincial) are fading out in this consolidation of India and Israel as far-right superpower islands in the Christian-Muslim Ocean.
It’s interesting while it’s possible to make these terms:
Now think how odd these terms are
The dominant paradigms of Western Eurasian (west of Himalayas + Africa) have been the giant Christian & Islamic traditions. They are in rivalry across the space and in almost every regions. As cultural supper-powers stemming from the same Jewish-Abrahamic tradition (Islam is seen as a continuation of Christianity but in fact early Islamic history almost exclusively focuses on contact with Jewish populations, the Holy Quran is far more focused on the Old Testament than the New, though oddly Sunnism awaits the return of Christ as the Mahdi).
Christianity and Islam are the civilisational superpowers with a strong religious-ideological overlay. Different variants of Middle Eastern religion traditions (the pre-Bedouin J2 classical Middle East that migrated to Mediterranean Europe before being consumed by the 5-9th century Bedouin incursions that caught up the MENA region). It’s interesting to see how this globalised world reacts to this good cop-bad cop duo act by the Middle Eastern behemoths; perhaps a third newer Middle Eastern tradition will unite them all?

For India has now become the Muslim Pakistan

The wild jubilation that Indians (Chetan Bhagat, Vir Sanghvi, Tarek Fatah)  have been feeling at the rise of Modi reflects the final consolidation of the Hindu voting block that crosses caste & class on the national level. Pakistan has been voting centre-right governments for years now but there is no joy or jubilation when the Sharifs come to power (maybe their cardinal sin was not overseeing provincial massacres of minorities perhaps)? It is perhaps that the young Indians have now completed the transformation of India into the Hindu Pakistan, strident, aggressive & domineering. For if Modi had happened to be born Muslim what else would he have been other than a Morsi-type fanatic who had butchered minorities? Like the now desceased Ariel Sharon the rule of the modern age is that you can be as far-right as you want (esp if your ppl have a history of being oppressed like Jews & Hindus) so long as you aren’t Muslim or Christian. 


North Indians (agressive fighters) vs. South

This is that time of the year when Std X and Std XII results are declared and the parents and students alike are on a knife-edge. We lose hundreds of young souls full of promise and beauty to what can be only termed as temporary insanity. This is especially a problem in the southern states (see SNEHA interview below).
Why do so many southern states have more suicides than northern states?
The second reason is cultural. If you look at the personalities, you
will see that northerners are a little more aggressive because they had
fought many wars with the Afghans, Mughals, the British, etc. while the
southerners never had to face any wars.
If you look at the expressions
also, the northerners are more expressive of their emotions than


It used to be that Kerala used to top the suicide charts but now the greatest cause of alarm is Tamil Nadu (and specifically Chennai). There are individual heroes like Lakshmi Vijayakumar and Justice Karnan who are trying to help. But much more is needed to be done, so please help out if you can.

For all the people who are on the edge (or if you are one who knows of such a person), we urge you to listen to the voice of the many failures like Justice Karnan who have now tasted success.

And yes, heartiest congratulations to Ayush. We have never before come across a person with a 99% score, and we are impressed. Keep it up.
did Ayush Banerjee expect that Saturday would be a red-letter day in
his life. The national Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISCE)
said he was completely surprised on hearing the news.

The Loyola School, Jamshedpur, student, who scored 99.25%, said that
though he was expecting a good result, he never expected that he would
rank first in the country. “Although I was expecting to get a good rank,
topping the country is a big surprise for me,” he said.

Son of
Pradeep Kumar Banerjee, chief researcher at Tata Steel’s R&D
department, Ayush said: “Three hours of studying everyday was sufficient
for me.”

day after Class 12 results were announced and two ‘failed’ students
committed suicide, with eight others having reportedly attempted
a sitting judge of the Madras high court has issued an appeal
saying he himself failed in five examinations but became a judge because
he never gave up.

Citing his own failures, not one or two
examination but in five, Justice Karnan issued a public appeal on
Saturday saying:
“My appeal to all broken hearted and ‘unsuccessful’
students of Plus Two and SSLC students this year, and for all time to
come, is not to resort to the extreme measure of taking one’s god-given
Please trust me and believe that I, once a humble student and of
mediocre means, went through a difficult academic journey at a remote
village in Tamil Nadu. I failed in VI standard, VIII standard, PUC,
BSc., & BL examinations.


Lakshmi Vijayakumar of the suicide prevention NGO Sneha
examines why India’s southern states register more suicides than the
northern states, in a conversation with Shobha Warrier.

The latest report of the
National Crime Records Bureau states that 135,445 people committed
suicide in the country last year. Tamil Nadu tops the list with 16,927
suicides, followed by Maharashtra (16,112), West Bengal and Andhra

Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar, consultant psychiatrist and
founder of Sneha, an NGO that works in suicide prevention, analyses the
situation, in a conversation with Shobha Warrier.

According to the NCRB report, Tamil Nadu tops the list of states that registered the maximum number of suicides…

The NCRB has been coming out with such crime reports for the last
20-30 years. For 20 years, Kerala used to be the state that registered
the maximum number of suicides followed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and
Andhra Pradesh. 

If you take states and Union Territories together,
is the Union Territory that has the largest number of
suicides in the entire country.

The general pattern is that the southern states register more suicides than the northern states.

Is it because suicides are reported more in southern states?

Initially we also thought it was because of the better reporting
system. But recently Vikram Patel and I published a paper called Data from the Million deaths in Lancet,
which is a stratified sampling of a million homes in the country for
various causes of death and not necessarily suicide. When we analysed
the suicide part of it, we found that southern states had more suicides
than northern states.

The national suicide rate is 11.2 per 100,000 but all the southern
states have more than 16.
The suicide rate in the central states is
between 10 and 15. Northern states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and
Rajasthan register less than five per 100,000.

This pattern has been persisting for the last 20-25 years. We know
there is an under-reporting of suicides by 25 per cent but the pattern
has been the same.

What could be the reason? Why do so many southern states have more suicides than northern states?

There are more suicides in southern states because of three reasons.
One, southern states are more literate than the northern states.
education comes higher level of expectations and that gives rise to
disappointments. In our national representative study, we tried to
analyse the data and found that education is directly proportionate to
suicide which is contrary to what we think. It may be because with
education, expectations also rise.

The second reason is cultural. If you look at the personalities, you
will see that northerners are a little more aggressive
because they had
fought many wars with the Afghans, Mughals, the British, etc. while the
southerners never had to face any wars.
If you look at the expressions
the northerners are more expressive of their emotions than

So, people of south India have a tendency to internalise their
When there is so much of anger and frustration inside, instead
of directing it outside, you direct it inside.

These are the theoretical explanations of why suicides are high in southern states.

While Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the two states that are supposed
to be more advanced in all sectors, top the list, Bihar has the lowest
number of suicides.

That is the pattern we see all over. If you take the states of the
United States also, the states with higher GDP register more suicides
than the states with lower GDP. The reason is, the more you develop, the
more the expectations and more the disappointments.

In the US, the educated white male has a higher risk of committing
suicide than an unemployed black. When you blame yourself for your
failures, the suicide rates go up.

The NCRB report says that in Tamil Nadu the number of
suicides has gone up by six per cent last year. Kerala used to top the
list till recently. How has the number come down there and gone up in
Tamil Nadu?

Kerala used to have 28-29 suicides per 100,000 and used to top the
list, but in the last four to five years, the rate has been coming down
gradually. This is due to more awareness about taking treatment for
depression. The government also has come out with a mental health plan.
Also, rapid changes are not happening in the state these days.

Among the Indian cities, Chennai records the maximum number of suicides. Why is it so?

It has always been either Bengaluru or Chennai when you look at the
metros. Kolkata has the lowest with four or five in 100,000, whereas in
Chennai it is 24.9. Last year, it was almost 29. For six years,
Bengaluru had the highest number and in 2008 or 2009, Chennai became
number one. So, what we had witnessed in Bengaluru, we are now seeing in

Like Bengaluru, Chennai is settling down now.

In the case of suicides due to exam failures, it has come down in
Chennai compared to the rest of the state. That is because of the
intervention and awareness of schools, parents and NGOs.

How alarming is the situation in Tamil Nadu?

It is alarming. I would say the government should take active steps
in spreading awareness like the Kerala government did. Also, the health
sector, the social sector, and the education sector should be involved
in the plan.

I have given a policy recommendation to the Government of India and
also done a report for the World Health Organisation on public health
action to prevent suicides. We need to have an advocacy council which
will coordinate with all the sectors.

The report says more men commit suicide than women. Why is it so?

Not only in India but it is a global pattern. Globally we find that
more men commit suicide than women, but more women attempt suicide.

This is because men use more violent means to commit suicide. In the
western world, it is 3:1, which means for every three men, one woman
commits suicide. In India, it is 1.8:1.
More women in India try to
commit suicide because the most common method is the use of pesticides,
which is more lethal than medicines like sleeping pills.

Is there any particular age at which people are more prone to suicide?

If you look at women, we see that the maximum number of suicides
happen between the ages of 15 and 29. Till 29, the number is almost the
same for both men and women. After 30, three times more men commit
suicide than women. That could be due to a lot of sociological reasons.
Till 30, Indian women are not empowered fully and children act as a huge
protective factor.

The report also says more divorced women commit suicide than married ones.

Globally, divorced and widowed women have a higher rate because of
loneliness. Chances are less for a divorced woman with a child.

You run Sneha to help people overcome suicidal tendencies. Has the number of calls to Sneha increased?

Yes, the number of calls has increased. We have 30-35 people calling
us everyday saying they are depressed and suicidal. People also email
and even Skype from all over the world — like from Malaysia, Saudi
Arabia, the US.

I can say we are able to help 80 to 90 per cent of the time.

Link: http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/why-tamil-nadu-tops-the-country-in-suicides/20131025.htm



The Gandhian guns of Ayemenem

Arundhati Roy has a sterling reputation as a relentless fighter against upper-caste fascists (and also George Bush) but just right now, looking across the length and breadth of India, it would be hard for her not to feel a bit disappointed. Her homeland in God’s own country however is a silver lining and that should at least give her satisfaction. She should now turn her mighty pen into a (Bofors??) howitzer as the battles rage between the forces of enlightenment and darkness.

Kerala as an unit is 100% literate and social indicators come up to (East) European levels, the only out-standing boy in the class being the muslim belt of Malappuram (aka mini Pakistan). There is an enduring bond with the Gulf countries (where perhaps as many as 25% Malayalis are employed), and strong gusts of Wahabi winds are frequently blowing across the state. The Christians with their booming rubber plantations and all pervasive network of educational institutions play a dominant role as well. The Hindus are rumored to be actually a minority of the population and this trend will accelerate as the muslin population grows (but not the Christians).

The results have been eminently predictable. While a Tsu-Namo reached out to
all corners of the country,
with the BJP tally greater than or equal to that of the DMK (Tamil Nadu), Left Front (Bengal), and Congress (Axom, Kashmir),
Kerala stands out loud and proud as the anti-India, the place where Hindus have
lost their consciousness and are unable to mobilize even under the most
favorable conditions. Indeed, in the Hindu stronghold of Thiruvananthapuram, the BJP lost against a man who stands publicly accused by his wife of being involved in malpractice before she died an untimely (and convenient) death at the hands of an (unknown) assassin.

The only flicker of hope (for the Hindus) lies in the fact that the Left Front (and its Ezhava shudra voting base) is slowly (but surely) disintegrating. The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) has left the Left and joined hands with the Congress. Even more significant (in our opinion) is the fact that a communist star defected and joined the BJP (but still lost by 3 Lakh votes). Girija Kumari is 1965 born (Roy is 1961 born).  

It is an unique aspect of Hindu mythology (which makes liberals like Amardeep Singh rather uncomfortable) that a woman’s place is at the head of the army (which destroys the invincible demon or the ashura). In the coming days we fully expect Girija and Arundhati to engage in full-scale war in order to establish a Varanasi or a Jerusalem by the Arabian sea, the Gandhian guns of Ayemenem booming mightily against the feeble Trishuls of the RSS. Let the battles begin in full earnest.
BJP has increased its vote share in Kerala by nearly 4% this Lok Sabha
polls, up from 6.4% in 2009 to 10.3%. During the 2009 elections, the
party contested from 19 constituencies and managed to secure 10,11,563
votes. This time around, however, BJP fielded candidates in 20
constituencies and managed to garner 18,56,750 votes in Kerala.

With an increase of 8,45,187 votes, there were some constituencies
where BJP’s candidates performed better than expected, especially (as
expected) in Thiruvananthapuram where the BJP candidate, O Rajagopal,
lost by small margin of 15,470 votes to Congress candidate Shashi

In Kasaragod, where Modi campaigned for BJP candidate K
Surendran, there was a marked increase by 47,344 votes. In 2009,
Surendran managed to get only 1,25,482 votes, while this time it went up
to 1,72,826 votes. Repeat candidate A N Radhakrishnan from Ernakualm
constituency managed 46,035 more votes than in 2009.

Attingal, S Girija Kumari, who defected from the CPM and was one of the
two women candidates fielded by the BJP,
performed considerably well and
managed to capture 90,528 votes but lost to CPM’s A Sampath by 3,01,950
votes. Girija Kumari’s performance was much better than their 2009
nominee Thottakkad Sasi, who managed to secure only 47,620 votes.

In Kozhikode, C K Padmanabhan received 1,15,760 votes, a small increase
from what the current BJP state president V Muraleedharan managed back
in 2009 (89,718). Overall, the BJP managed to get at least 20,000 more
votes than 2009 in constituencies such as Kannur, Vadakara, Malappuram,
Ponnani, Alathur, Thrissur, Chalakudy, Idukki, Mavelikara, Kannur,
Kollam and above 50,000 votes compared to 2009 Lok Sabha elections in
Palakkad and Pathanamthitta.



Couple of thoughts.

(1.) Chetan Bhagat is going for the kill; separate laws for Kashmir & Muslim is the basis of Indian secularism. Will the permanent rightward shift in India (in identity) mean that this majority will hold? Not necessarily but to look at Israel while the Knesset is full of coalition it’s definitely Likud taking the lead (though Israel interestingly enough doesn’t do dynastic politics – yet).

(2.) India has done what Pakistan has done last year since PML-N is a mirror of the BJP. Remember when these two parties last faces each other in the late 90’s there was nuclear testing. 
(3.) On a more personal topic my sleeping hours have dramatically shrunk (5hrs). It seems to be down to a combination of chewing sugar cane before bed (so I don’t wake up with low sugar or a headache), having a warm room and readjusting my pillow to only support the arch of my neck. Either way it seems to be a good development..

Congratulations India

Congratulations to India on another smoothly conducted, completely credible election. Congratulations also to the winning party and better luck next time to the losers. Those who support the BJP will celebrate the win, but even those who do not can join in offering congratulations and wishing them well, as is the democratic tradition. Criticism will no doubt flow freely once the government is in place and normal politics resumes. 
Naturally we all hope the BJP government will treat all Indian citizens fairly and in accordance with the law…and will work for regional and international peace. 🙂
PS: Too busy to take potshots at Pankaj Bhaiya and other Eurocentric Leftists at this time, but I am happy to see that comrade Sid is on the job 😉