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Gorgeous Places To Visit In India This December – January

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Here is a list of places that can prove to be ideal for a holiday in December :

Konark, Odisha : The Black Pagoda

Konark is known for its Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re visiting Konark in December, make sure you attend the Konark Dance Festival and the International Sand Art Festival. The town is culturally and traditionally rich. The beaches of Konark, especially the Chandrabhaga Beach, are among the best in India.

At Konark you have the opportunity to witness the soulful Odissi dance form. The Konark Festival is held each year in the month of December in Konark and is one of the popular winter festivals and events in India. People from all around the globe gather here to witness it. So, along with the golden opportunity to explore this ancient and magnificent architecture, you as a visitor will get the chance to witness the age old dance form in India. During the festival, dancers come from all parts of India travel to Konark to display their skill of age-old dance forms ranging from the classic Bharatanatyam, the elegant Odissi and Manipuri, to the very expressive Kathakali and Sattriya dance styles amongst others. The festival is organized in the premises of Sun Temple and isn’t it exhilarating to realize that one can enjoy great performances against the backdrop of the temple.

Dates for the Konark Festival 2016: 19th – 23rd December 2016

Puri, Odisha : land of Lord Jagganath

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No you don’t have to be a follower of a certain faith to visit a place like Puri. Yes, it is one of the prominent Char Dham sites in India but it has lot to offer in terms of rich architectural heritage. Blessed with a serene beach that is comparatively very clean and numerous ancient buildings including the majestic Jagganath Temple, this place deserves to be in the list to make your kids understand the rich history of the country.

Places of Interest: Jagganath Temple, Puri Beach, Puri Beach Market, Loknath Temple, Raghurajpur Artist Village, Chilika Lake

Things to do with Kids: Visit Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary, Taste the Maha Prasadam of Jagganath Temple, Try Seafood, Visit Konark Temple (35kms from Puri), Sunset View at Puri Beach

Delhi : A city of contrast

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Sprinkled with spectacular monuments, lush gardens and an array of architectural marvels, New Delhi is best visited during winters.

Delhi also houses 3 fascinating World Heritage Sites: Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutb Minar Group of Monuments. A city of contrast, Delhi’s diversity manifests itself in the old world charm of the walled city and modern Lutyen’s Delhi.

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Recently constructed Lotus Temple and Akshardham Temple are spectacular monuments high on the list of to do things in Delhi.

Delhi is also known for some of the top hotels by international brands which offer great venue for business as well as a refuge from the din of the city to let you rejuvenate.

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Wrap yourselves in warm clothes and venture out when the sun’s shining brightly. Take one of the many organized heritage walks around the city and go on a shopping spree. If food is your thing, Delhi is your Mecca. With some of the best-known chef-run restaurants, Delhi has a wide range of cuisines for you to sample from and more street food items than you will have ever seen in your life. Got a few extra days, take off to Agra and Jaipur to complete the Golden Triangle Trip.

Goa : The eternal holiday destination

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If not here, where else will you be in December ? One has plenty of reasons to visit Goa; after all it is one of the best tourist destinations in India. However, December provides many reasons for holidaying in Goa. The warmth and joy of Christmas amplifies when it is celebrated in Goa, well, India doesn’t know of a better destination that throws the biggest bash on New Year. Furthermore, the ever so lively music festival of Sunburn is evidently a delight, if you are an ardent EDM (Electric Dance Music) fan. Also, Goa in the month of December takes you back on the spiritual road as it observes the pious Feast of St. Francis Xavier, which is marked by several days of festivity and concludes with a large fair. All these celebrations allure tourists to book their tickets for Goa before its gets jam-packed.

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Travelers often find it impossible to believe that Goa, a tiny emerald ensconced between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat, is a part of India.

Winter is the time when the tiny emerald that is Goa is teeming with visitors. Renowned as one of the finest beach destinations in the world, Goa is very unlike the rest of the India. Its cosmopolitan culture, eclectic cuisine, vibrant nightlife and vast stretches of sandy beaches make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.

Visit the city in winters and join in the festivities in the city. With the arrival of Christmas and New Year, Goa is at its vibrant best. Parties, music and scrumptious cuisines along with cultural events make it the high time to visit Goa in winter especially from November till February.

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Since winter also herald the wedding season in India, this is the time when newlyweds visit Goa for honeymoon. Couples could enjoy their honeymoon at some of the finest luxury hotels in Goa that boast of private beaches. Other activities could include water sport, wildlife and sussegado on Goa’s famed beaches.

For families too there is much to do in Goa in winters. Beaches, waterfalls, wildlife and adventure sports are some of the top things to do in Goa along with visit to World Heritage churches and cathedrals and evening river cruises.

Winter also rocks as it is the time for Christmas and New Year in Goa and people of Goa celebrate both these occasion with great gusto.

If you are planning your trip to Goa during winter, keep in mind that it is the peak season for tourism and hotels and accommodations – whether 3 stars or 5 stars – fill up in advance and even sold out during December-January. It’s always wise to book your winter holiday packages in Goa in advance so that you don’t have to compromise with your holiday.

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What to do: Burn the dance floor at India’s best parties, shop your heart out at the many flea markets and pray for your soul during the feast of St Francis Xavier.

Goa is indeed the most famous and loved party destination of India. It welcomes you with open arms and magnificent sunny beach-fronts all round the year. But December is special for various reasons. From night bazaars and the flea markets to the feast of St Francis Xavier and the loudest EDM party, Sunburn or Supersonic, Goa has exactly everything to offer, you could ask for. Right from Christmas, all the way to New Years, Goa is THE venue for a month long party.

The Feast of St Francis Xavier, a feast held at the Basilica De Bom Jesus, Christmas, Sunburn Festival and of course New Year’s Eve. That being said, be prepared for large crowds and super-expensive hotel tariff.

Kerala : God’s own country

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You want to avoid the crowd and still want to enjoy the vivacity of nature? Well, the idea of vacationing in Alappuzha is just perfect. The picture perfect backwaters and the tranquility that Kerala is famous for comes together at Alappuzha to offer visitors their best holiday experience. Stay in houseboats and sail through the quiet waters; also December is the time when Alappuzha celebrates a 10-day festival called Mullackal Chirap. So, along with enjoying a stay amidst the serene ambiance, one can also witness the rich culture of Kerala coming to life.

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A treat for all seasons, it’s when the monsoon departs that Kerala true natural splendor reaches its zenith. Western Ghats and brackish lagoons or the backwaters bestow a unique charm on Kerala’s appeal.

You name it and Kerala has it: backwaters, beaches, spice gardens, tea plantations, Ayurveda, ecotourism and abundant wildlife. That’s why we have chosen Kerala as one of the top winter holiday destinations in India.

For beach lovers its the Kovalam and Varkala or even Marari; for backwaters its Alapuzza, Kollam, Kumarakom and Vembanad lake. Then there is Munnar’s lush tea plantation and salubrious weather.

If you are in for wildlife there is a bird sanctuary in Kumarakom, tiger reserve in Periyar and the world’s most bio diverse ecosystem Silent Valley National Park which is home to the largest population of Lion-tailed macaque.

Kerala also happens to be the top destination in India for health and rejuvenation. You could find a number of authentic and world class Ayurveda center that offer therapeutic massages and treatments based on 3000 years old science of healing: Ayurveda. In fact, Kerala is one of the top destinations for authentic Ayurveda in India.

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You can alternately visit the Back waters of Kerala or do trekking trips to the mountains of Idukki district.

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Kochi, was known as Cochin for the longest time. It is known to be one of the fastest growing cities in India. Kochi has been a port for centuries and the city has a lot to offer when it comes to the number of churches and chapels there are here. December is a great time to visit Kochi, you’ll get to witness the Cochin Carnival at the Kochi Fort.

Agra : The City of Love

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Weather in December makes Taj a wonder to watch. Located in Uttar Pradesh, Agra is famous for its famous monuments of Mughal era. TajMahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is located here. Other than that Akbar Fort, Moti Masjid and Sheesh Mahal are also bearing the witness of amazing architecture of Mughal period.

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Home to one of the ‘Seven Modern Wonders of the World’ Taj Mahal, Agra needs no introduction. Home to some of the greatest Mughal architectural marvels, Agra is one of the most visited tourist places in India. It is thronged by tourists round the year and who’s who around the globe make it a point to visit Taj Mahal when they visit India. The reason why we have included Agra as one of the top places to visit in India in December – January or for that matter entire winter season is that, when you visit Taj Mahal, you are not allowed to wear shoes on the white marble. During the scorching summer the white marble gets too hot and makes it uncomfortable to walk on the floor. During winter it is very comfortable to do the sightseeing tour of both Taj Mahal and the Agra Red Fort.

Rajasthan Land of Maharajas

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An amazing concoction of colors, royalty, tradition and romance, Rajasthan is a favorite haunt of overseas tourists in India. There is so much to see and do in Rajasthan that even seasoned travelers find it hard to pick and choose from the plenty of options at hand.

Maharajas held sway in Rajputana a century ago. They were great patrons of art and culture. All their idiosyncrasies as well as respect for tradition and art are today evident in numerous mighty fortresses, scintillating palaces, traditional dance and arts.

The capital Jaipur is the most popular place, visited by millions every year. It is closely followed by major tourist places such as Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore and Bikaner.

Festivals held during winter months in Rajasthan is another reason why it is considered one of the best places to visit in India in winter. Pushar Mela needs to introduction as it has become of the major draws among visitors from overseas. Jodhpur Riff is an another recently introduced cultural fest that draws musical talents from around the world. Then there are several other camel festivals which are celebrated between November and March.

Jaipur

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The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur has amazing weather in December. The city offers a perfect combination of the rays of the sun and the cool breeze that  is most welcoming. You can visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Albert Museum, and take a regular shopping trip to Bapu Bazaar. But if you’re up for something interesting, visit the Alsisar Haveli (about 2.5 km away) and be a part of the Magnetic Fields Festival that will be hosted at there.

Jodhpur

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For the lovers of heritage Bundi is a great escape during winters whereas the honeymooners prefer it at the Mount Abu which is the only hill station in the desert state.

Our honeymoon tips for people looking for winter destinations in India is to head for the sand dunes in Jaisalmer or Bikaner. Imagine the romance in the ambiance as you sit by the campfire holding each others hand gazing at starlit sky.

Palace which have been turned into heritage hotels are also a big draw when it comes to winter vacations in India. Whereas the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur has been adjudged the best romantic hotel in India, nearby Devigarh by Lebua is a heritage cum boutique hotel which attracts who’s who in the world by virtue of its architectural appeal.

Udaipur

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If you happen to be visiting Bikaner and want to get a taste of royalty as did Maharajas of yore, then we’d like to recommend Gajner Palace in Bikaner.

What to do: Shopping at the Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Festival, wander in the by lanes of Udaipur.

Udaipur is home to Lake Pichola and the Fateh Sagar Lake along with its magnificent City Palace, Monsoon palace, Lake Palace and Jag Mandir that lure travelers to visit this royal acity. Seven km away is Shilpgram, a government set up village to promote artisans. The articulate and intricate work by these local artisans will leave you spell bound. This month, the village will celebrate the Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Festival, that you should totally be a part of.

Ranthambore

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One of the best tiger reserves of India, Ranthambore finds itself all the more welcoming in December with the pleasant drop in the temperature. A region known for being the richest centers of flora and fauna, a dreamy terrain amidst the Vindhya and Aravalli, this one also houses the Ranthambore Fort in the reserve. Apart from being the home of the endangered tiger, several other animal species are found here such as the wild cats, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, crocodiles and jackals. Compared to other tiger reserves, chances of tiger spotting are relatively higher at Ranthambore.

 Jim Corbett: Lure of the Jungle

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Just as the monsoon retreats, Jim Corbett open its door to the visitors to experience the diversity of fauna and postcard perfect landscape, lush forest cover and gurgling water streams. Jim Corbett National Park is the first national park to be established in Asia. There are several zones where jeep safaris are allowed to sight the wildlife. Other than jeep safaris, you can also do elephant safari in Jim Corbett to rendezvous with tigers from close proximity.

Besides mammals which include tigers, elephants, Asiatic Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, otters and more. Yet another appeal of Jim Corbett is the wide variety of bird species that could be spotted here making it one of the best places for bird watching in India. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded inside this park including great pied hornbill, white-backed vulture and Pallas fish eagle.

With extreme winter not setting yet, Jim Corbett becomes one of the best places to visit in India from October to March if you are a wildlife enthusiast. Make sure that you get your accommodation in Dhikala range where the chances of tiger spotting are maximum.

Kullu Manali: Himalayan Hinterlands

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If you are looking for honeymoon destination in India during winters, then look no further. Kullu and Manali offer one of the best romantic setting to kindle the romance.

Whereas Kullu is relatively low lying area with lush natural surroundings, Manali is a place where couples could enjoy adventure sports and frolic in snow.

Then there are ancient temples, opportunity for paragliding etc and picturesque ambiance that makes Manali a favored destination even during winters.

Honeymooners in Manali also prefer to head for Rohtang Pass nearby where there’s ample opportunity for snow sports.

To experience snowfall, Manali is one of the top places to visit in in November, December and January.

Shimla: Queen of Hills

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A short ride from Delhi, Shimla is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India during summers as well as winters. The major pull factors are the altitude, ambiance and bearable snow fall and cool weather. In Shimla even if you do nothing, you have done all that you have come for.

Considered one of the best hill stations in India, Shimla could be visited anytime of the year. Winters are fun in Shimla as there’s snowfall which add to the romantic appeal of the place. It also gets bit cold which keeps of the crowd making it the best time and one of the best places for honeymoon in India with some sense of privacy and thrill and adventure of snow.

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The Mall Road in Shimla is packed with couples during winters. Adventure enthusiasts also head to Shimla for hiking activities which is one of the things to do in here. Then there are people who visit Shimla for its colonial charm and to explore the seamless blend of tradition and modernity.

The luxe lovers visit Shimla for the award winning Wildflower Hall located at Mashobara. One of the finest luxury hotels and spa destinations in India, Wildflower Hall is one of the best heritage hotels in India. The most alluring factor is that this hotel is located in Himalayas and offer breathtaking views and serene escape and one of its king luxury in the lap of Himalayas.

Dharamsala and Mcleodganj

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Nestled in the Dauladhar range of Himalaya, Dharamsala is renowned as the seat of Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. A little ahead of Dharamsala is McLeodganj at a bit higher altitude and a different world altogether. Dharamsala and Mcleodganj are especially popular among the foreign tourists as one of the top places for volunteering in India.

As soon as you arrive in McLeodganj, everything changes. The weather, ambience, the crowd and the culture. McLeodganj is thronged by Lamas, foreigners both resident and visitors and tourists from India.

The snowcapped mountain paks of Dauladhar creates breathtaking scenery and there are plenty of hiking trails that begins with McLeodganj as the base. With increasing popularity, McLeodganj has become touristy these days but is a very good option as a winter holiday destination in India.

Lesser people visit during winter. And you may try staying at Naddi or Dharamkot for serenity and proximity to nature. This 2 relatively unknown places are the haven for honeymooners looking to have a memorable beginning of their married life.

If you are traveling to Dharamsala in winter, why not try the hike to Triund and spend the night in the camps surrounded by snow. We promise that the first rays of sun would leave you with indelible memories.

Lucknow : Land of Nawabs, Kebabs & Shababs

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Home of the Nawabs of the Oudh (Awadh), Lucknow is renowned for its sumptuous cuisines, dance and music, thanks to the Nawabs who were great patron of art. An important political center for a long time Lucknow is dotted with Raj era building some stunning mausoleums. But above all the reason you should visit Lucknow is to witness firsthand the city’s reputation as the land of ‘Nawabs, Kebabs, Adaab (respect) and shabab (beauty).’

One of the reasons to visit Lucknow at this time of the year is to attend the Lucknow Mahotsav, a cultural extravaganza that celebrates the ‘tezjib’ and nawabi cuisine of the region, the reason why we recommend Lucknow as one of the best places to visit in India in December – January.

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Shivraj Singh hopes that Rahul Gandhi fulfils the farmers loan waiver assurance in 10 days time in Madhya Pradesh

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The outgoing chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shiv Raj Singh who had ruled the state for fifteen long years, maintaining his popularity amongst all sections of the society and also famous for hindu appeasement by inducting five saints as cabinet ministers in his previous government has expressed the hope that the new Congress chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi would live up to their pre election promises and fulfill the farmers loan waiver assurances within ten days of assuming the office as CM.

Mr. Shiv Raj Singh was addressing the press conference after congratulating the Congress leader Kamalnath for the victory who’d also visited his house in person to seek his cooperation in the near future.

Whole heartedly accepting his defeat at the hands of the Congress party Shiv Raj Singh Chouhan smilingly said that now his duty as the state chowkidar has begun and he is not the one to take even a day’s rest but will start working from now onwards as an opposition leader keeping tab n checks on the wrong doing of the new government.

Shiv Raj Singh assured the new Congress chief minister and the government of his fullest cooperation in the future in all the developmental works and projects of the state and assured of his total support and cooperation in all the peoples’ developmental initiatives.

He disclosed that he has urged the Congress leader Kamal Nath to continue to carry forward the ongoing schemes and initiatives introduced during the BJP government under his tenure pertaining to various developmental projects and reliefs given to dalits, farmers and the people of the lowest ebb of the society.

Chouhan said he is totally free from today after the dedicated services of the last 15 years as the state’s chief minister despite securing 40% of the largest vote chunk.

This is the decency of our democratic system that people go for change despite voting in good percentage. We have to honour the peoples’ verdict as governments n heads of the state change in democracy but the developmental works should go on uninterrptedly added Shiv Raj Singh Chouhan.

He added that though we’ve lost but the opposition in the state is very strong and this is a healthy trend in a viable democracy.

We will keep a vigilant eye and apply regulation on the government’s wrong doungs but would also cooperate fully in all the pro people developmental works irrespective of our ideological differences.

He repeated in a humorous tone : let’s see if the farmers loan are remitted and chief minister changed after 10 days after assuming office by the new Congress CM if he fails to do the needful. After all Rahul Gandhi has made a public pledge in front of the state’s populace during his public meetings in this regard.

In response to a question Shiv Raj Singh said that his maximum focus now would be on working extremely hard to ensure that the party wins maximum number of lok sabha seats from the state in the general elections of 2019 to ensure the historic victory of BJP under the dynamic and pro people leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi.

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Mukesh and Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani to wed Anand Piramal at Antilla tonight

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Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s pre-wedding festivities have set unattainable celebration goals. Now, the Ambanis move to the wedding ceremony, which will take place at the family abode, Antilla located at Altamount Road in South Mumbai. Those who couldn’t make it for the events, which were held in Udaipur over the last weekend, are likely to attend the nuptials today evening. A number of top industrialists, politicians and B-Towners are on the guest list. The functions will apparently begin at 3 pm and will go on till the wee hours. The shaadi will culminate with the bidaai ritual. The Ambanis ensured that all preparations were being taken care of even as the family participated in the pre-wedding events in Udaipur. After Isha and Anand tie the knot, they will have two receptions.

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After the shaadi, the first reception will take place at Jio Gardens. The Ambanis and Piramals will be joined by their family members and friends.

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The second reception will be for their employees and work associates. Isha and Anand will meet guests at this do, which will also be held at the same venue.
et unattainable celebration goals. Now, the Ambanis move to the wedding ceremony, which will take place at the family abode, Antilla located at Altamount Road in South Mumbai. Those who couldn’t make it for the events, which were held in Udaipur over the last weekend, are likely to attend the nuptials today evening. A number of top industrialists, politicians and B-Towners are on the guest list. The functions will apparently begin at 3 pm and will go on till the wee hours. The shaadi will culminate with the bidaai ritual. The Ambanis ensured that all preparations were being taken care of even as the family participated in the pre-wedding events in Udaipur. After Isha and Anand tie the knot, they will have two receptions.
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After the shaadi, the first reception will take place at Jio Gardens. The Ambanis and Piramals will be joined by their family members and friends.
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The second reception will be for their employees and work associates. Isha and Anand will meet guests at this do, which will also be held at the same venue.

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Have Modi’s and Yogi Adityanath’s oratorical skills failed as compared to Rahul’s speeches in the 3 states’ assembly elections

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After the victory of the Congress in three states of the hindi heartland, two questions are being prominently asked by the politival analysts. One: is the prime minister Narendra Modi’s charisma fading out gradually n two, is the Nehru Gandhi scion who’d just a year ago taken the party’s cudles in his hand as its president being accepted by the masses of the country as a prospective alternative?

The questions seem to be quite relevant as prime minister Modi who’s leadership led to the saffron party’s incessant victory in 20 states of the country after the 2014 polls since he assumed office as prime minister jas this time lost the three BJP rule states at the hands of Congress which the saffron party considered as a non entity till now.

The speed, zeal and enthusiasm with which Rahul continued his attack on prime minister Modi n the BJP on issues of national significance particularly Rafale, unemployment, agrarian crisis, demonetisation, inflation, corruption, farmers loan waivers and his rhetorics and finally won three states, it seems that over two dozen public meetings of Prime minister Modi n over 100 meetings of star campaigner UP CM Yogi Adityanath could not exhibit any positive impact on the voters mind and hearts leading one n all to believe that the charisma of the BJP’s topmost leaders is fading out expeditiously.

Not only this but the defeat also makes it unambiguously apparent that the oratory skills of leaders like Modi, Shah and Yogi Adityanath have not been recognised and accepted by the electorates of these three states thus giving a huge rebuff to their various claims of development and so called achievements on various fronts. On the other hand Rahul Gandhi who was once branded as an immature leader as Pappu by the BJP has through his oratorical skills and eloquence given an impression of his being the leader with integrity and transparency, particularly when he repeatedly assured the crowds of these states that if his party’s chief ministers will not waive the loans of farmers within 15 days of coming to power he will change him or her immediately.

Moreover, his assurance for employment and resolving the agrarian crisis including developments prospects have also been taken extremely seriously by the electorates of the states who comprised of minorities, the farmers, the youths, women, the dalits and peoole of the lowest ebb of the society. The massive loss of BJP in the cities n towns of these states was the result of the negative impact n implications of GST and demonetisation that made millions of poor jobless and petty entrepreneurs bankrupt.

In addition to this, the three term rule of fifteen years in states like MP, Chattisgarh n in Rajasthan as well has made the BJP ministers and lawmakers over confident and proudy thinking that they are invincible who will again come back victorious in view of the Modi charisma or wave including on the Ram Mandir issue through polarisation on majoritarianism which was their wrong perception.

There is always a saturation point and 15 years period is too much which usually enthuse the voters to go for change particularly when the governments in power forget to give results as happened in all these three states of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Now, this victory has given Rahul Gandhi and the Congress a new lease of life which was reduced to mere two states due to the thundering impact of Modi’s juggernaut. While the BJP is trying to again raise the Ram Mandir bogey to polarise the entire country in the name of Hindu saffronisation, the Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi has to playa bigger role as a chief anchor n a nucleus of the larger non BJP opposition unity with minimum basic programmes in the run up to the general elections of 2019.

He will have to show humility, sobriety, affableness and kindness while forging a grand alliance at the national level with the secular, democratic n left parties including with all the regional satraps and convince them to stand united at all costs even if the Congress party is constrained to lose their regional seat share to fight the mighty BJP led NDA. The victories of the byelections of Gorakhpur, Sitapur, Bihar, Kairana, UP, Karnataka, Maharashtra n the three states have amply made it unambiguous that if the non BJP parties unite no power on the earth can stop them replacing BJP led NDA in 2019.

Therefore, forging of a grand alliance keeping the vested political interests aside is the only and sole is the only alternative that can pave the way for a new government replacing the present one. But the way is too challenging n full of thorns? What’s your take friends?

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We’ll defeat BJP in 2019 as we defeated it in three states

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The elections of 2014 were very significant for me as it’s during these election that I leart lot of things, particularly from Modiji.

I learnt humility, the nerve of the country, the peoples’ mind, the problems of farmers, unemployed youths, women and the people of the lowest ebb. I learnt to connect with the masses and how to deal with them. I also learnt as to how these people were betrayed by the incumbent government.

This was what I told to my mother yesterday while interacting with her but unfortunately our prime minister Narendra Modi has failed to learn n fulfill his promises given to the people of the country.

It was indeed a very important period for me to have learnt so many hard facts of the political life. The main issues on which the Congress fought were employment, farmers’ crisis and corruption and will continue to make them our election plank in 2019 as well. We defeated the BJP in three states, the main hindi heartland and will further defeat them in 2019 as well added Rahul.

The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said that prime minister Narendra Modi won the elections in 2014 on three main points viz corruption, employment and farmers welfare but after being elected he failed on all these fronts that ultimately led to the Congress’s victory in the three states of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. He added that corruption was committed on Rafale.

He showed the ample courage of saying on camera about Modi’s alleged complicity in corruption and added that the whole country knows about it.

Rahul Gandhi was today evening addressing a press conference after the Congress Party’s victory in three states at the party’s headquarter in New Delhi.

He looked completely relaxed, jubilant and confident and answered to number of questions of senior journalists.

Rahul said we’ll defeat the BJP in 2019 as done in the three states now. While congratulating the party leaders of the state as well as the Congress workers Rahul Gandhi pronounced them as Babbar Sher ( Lions) and appealed them to exhibit the same unity and spirit in the general elections.

On the question of BSP Supremo Mayawati criticizing the Congress leadership and going for a minus Congress alliance with Ajit Jogi’s party in the assembly elections Rahul Gandhi said : there can be differences on forming state alliances but in the context of the anti BJP’s national opposition unity to the run up for the 2019 general election we are all together and will move ahead unitedly to pose a formidable challenge to BJP in 2019.

He catagorically said that the prime minister Narendra Modi betrayed the youth, farmers and the people of the country on issues of employment, farmers well being and ridding the country of corruption and its because of these failures that the BJP has lost in the three states.

The Congress party headquarter in New Delhi was full of jubilant Congress workers bursting fire crackers and raising pro Congress and pro Rahul Gandhi slogans. Congress workers were seen dancing and merry making to the tunes of drum beats n sprinkling rose petals all around.

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Time has come for the elimination of the BJP from the country says Mamata Bannerjee

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Highly enthused by the victory of the Congress Party in the three states viz. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, the West Bengal chief minister and the TMC chief Mamata Bannerjee has said that the season of elimination of the BJP led NDA from the country has started and the defeat of the latter in these state elections has proved home the point.

Speaking to the media Mamata Bennerjee said these shameful defeats of the saffron party will now open the new expeditious chapter of non BJP opposition unity in the country, particularly in view of the fast approaching general elections of 2019 and assured that the process of unification will now go ahead with more expedience and credibility.

It may be recalled that the West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Benarjee was in the forefront of initiating the non opposition unity efforts and was the first leader who took credit to initiate the exercise by personally meeting all the opposition leaders viz Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Akhilesh Yadav, Chandra Babu Naidu, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Benerjee n others and was also present in the Congress JD(U) government formation n swearing in ceremony in Bengaluru where the entire conglomeration of anti BJP leadership was present including the former PM H. D. Devgowda.

Thereafter the cudgles of the unity efforts to form the national grand alliance were taken over by the Andhra CM n Telegu Desam Party chief N. Chandra Babu Naidu who ‘d till now met all the opposition leaders and convened the meeting on 11th, 12th December in New Delhi after meeting all the party chiefs and state CMs opposed to the BJP.

In the meanwhile, the Congress victory in three states have further enthused the spirit and moral of the main proponent of non BJP unity Chandra Babu Naidu thus inviting the statement of full fledged support of Mamata Bannerjee as well.

In this whole development , the BJP Supremo Mayawati who broke the alliance with Congress Party in Chattisgarh and contested with Ajit Jogi’s support in Chattisgarh n alone in Rajasthan and MP losing in majority of seats ( picture still not clear) is completely mum and has not issued any congratulatory message till yet despite her beng the part and parcel of the non BJP opposition unity efforts and herself venturing on her own to be one of the prime ministerial candidate of this alliance.

However, N.Chandrababu Naidu including the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had already made it crystal clear that the leadership issue would be resolved after the general election n there would be no prume ministerial candidate of the proposed grand alliance.

According to the reliable sources, both Mamata Bannerjee and Mayawati were trying to project themselves as the prime ministerial candidates of the grand alliance though not directly but sending signals, sidelining Rahul Gandhi but after today’s massive victory of Congress in three states it’s almost definite that the Nehru Gandhi scion has emerged as the strongest leader of the non BJP opposition unity, also being the chief of a 135 year old party having full fledged party organisation till block levels from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari n also having ruled the country for 60 protracted years.

But despite all this there lots of challanges to be confronted by him at the hands of the regional leaders always trying to establish their political supremacy by asking for the maximum seat share particularly leaders like Akhikesh Yadav, Mayawati n Mamata Bennerjee.

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Congress Party’s victory in three states makes Rahul the nucleus of the anti BJP opposition nationally

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The Congressmen are jubilant today and so might be its chief Rahul Gandhi who has finally proved himself as the force to reckon with and the undisputed leader of the grand alliance being formed in the run up for the 2019 general elections.

What happens in 2019 and whether the Modi rule is dethroned or not, in the general elections, is still unpredictable but the spate of triumphs for Congress in the three major states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh where the Nehru Gandhi scion n young Congress chief , 20 year younger to PM Modi, has worked so hard, have definitely made one thing quite unambiguous that Modi, Shah n Yogi Adityanath’s charisma is on a decline, if not fully but surely to a great extent who’d left no stone unturned by their histrionics and oratory to ensure their ruling party’s victory at the hustings, but unfortunately failed. The political graph of Rahul Gandhi n the Congress Party therefore seems to be on the ascendence.

There had been opinion poll predictions which showed the Congress winning in two states or in one state of Rajasthan but the way it won in all the three states as of now, it has become absolutely clear that not only has the anti incumbency factor played a mojor role in these elections but the charisma of Rahul Gandhi has too has worked in influencing the dalits, farmers, youths, students, women, minorites and the people of the lowest ebb of the society.

While it can’t be denied that the Congress leaders like Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, Kamalnath, Scindia and Baghel have played a major role in reviving the party in all the three states respectively, but Rahul Gandhi’s intense campaigning on issues like alleged Rafale scam, farmers’ crisis n suicides, deteriorating agrarian sector, increasing unemployment, and the rhetorics of Modiji have definitely paid dividends as the people of these states outrightly rejected the saffron party and its efforts of polarisation thus giving a clear indication that it wants a change for sure.

The way prime minister Narendra Modi led BJP has won all the state elections in 20 states hands down after coming to power at the centre in 2014 including in states like UP n Assam, the strongholds of Congress n the Samajwadi party, it looked as if the Modi factor has assumed an invincible proportion and status but in just a year’s time after these incessant victories, the dexterity with which the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had through his hectic campaigning n incessant attack on the incumbent government on various pivotal issues like Rafale, agrarian crisis, demonetisation, inflation, farmers suicides, naxal attacks, women insecurity n GST etc the way the 135 year old party has defeated the BJP in these three states proving his mettle, it has become unambiguous that a new political alternative with Rahul Gandhi as its leader is in a making that may pose a formidable n strong challenge to PM Narendra Modi and NDA in 2019 with the entire non BJP opposition leaders backing him undisputedly.

The Congress’s victory in these states has also taught the over ambitious BSP supremo Bahan Mayavati a strong lesson, who’d betrayed the Congress n gone for alliance in Chattisgarh with Ajit Jogi who’d hardly won any seat and are being negligibly counted in the catagory of others.

Conclusively, it can be said that the entire moves of the BJP and its various saffron outfits including the assurances of the top most leaders to the electorates of these three states pertaining to Ram Temple construction, development or for their over all socio economic, agricultural or other welfare have not fructified and the electorates preferred to go for the Congress party. This unambiguosly show that alleged polarisation efforts of the ruling political dispensation and its various off shoots in the name of Ram Temple construction at Ayodhya has not worked with people believing more on issues like employment generation, relief to farmers, communal harmony, loan waivers, controlling inflation, curbing corruption, women security, improving their living standards and programme oriented governments. And have therefore voted for change.

If we assess and analyse the impact of these elections in the forthcoming general elections, the BJP’s defeat in these three states has resulted in losing about 35 to 40 Lok Sabha seats. The saffron party has won 63 Lok Sabha seats from these five states in 2014 elections giving only 6 seats to Congress and 14 to others. According to political analysts these semifinal elections have added glory and weitage to the prestige and status of the Congress party n its leader Rahul Gandhi and will definitely enthuse the non BJP opposition parties to give a formidable challenge to the BJP led NDA whose leader is PM Narendra Modi.

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WE ARE NOT BEGGING, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PAVE THE WAY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RAM TEMPLE AT AYODHYA SAYS THE WORKING PRESIDENT OF RSS BHAYYAJI JOSHI

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Saints addressing rally for Ram Temole construction at Ramleela ground at New Delhi

WE ARE NOT BEGGING, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PAVE THE WAY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RAM TEMPLE AT AYODHYA SAYS THE WORKING PRESIDENT OF RSS BHAYYAJI JOSHI

Under the banner of Viraat Dharma Sabha convened by the Indraprastha Vishwas hindu parishad today thousands of protagonists of Ram Temple construction at ayodhya today gathered in thousands at ram Keela grounds from different parts and states of the country and demanded in a unified voice a central government ordinance to enable construction of a magnificient Temple of Lord Rama at Ayodhya, a protracted demand of the BJP n its various offshoots since the demolition of Babri mosque in 1992 by thousands of kar sewaks which led to several aftermath riots and bomb blasts in different parts of the country. The huge congregation of the saffron clad saints of various hindu organisations, leaders of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh and VHP, BJP leaders n volunteers and those blindly believing in the ethos and heritage of Lord Rama and the right wing activists like Bajrang Dal volunteers n activists of the saffron party offshoots dressed in saffron robes raising Jai Shri Ram n pro Ram Mandir slogans holding thousands of saffron flags converged at sprawling Ram Leela ground and heard their leaders vociferously demanding the immediate issuance of the central ordinance, and nothing less than that for early construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The fountain head of the BJP and its main political think tank RSS general secretary ( Sarsangh karyawahak) Bhaiyyaji Joshi in his eloquent n furious speech demanded from the Modi government immediate inyroduction of a central ordinance to pave the way for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya saying that they are not begging but its their suitable n genuine right and also of the party in power, the parliament and the government.

He added that the prestige of the judiciary and the courts should remain intact but at the same time the judicial system and the government should establish proper coordination to ensure that the feeling, emotions and the sentiments of the majority people should be fully respected and the temple should be constructed at Ayodhya which was also the pledge of the government in power. Swamy Parmanand of Virat Dharma Sabha has in his address given an open ultimatum to the government of prime minister Narendra Modi that if Ram temple is not constructed at the earliest lakhs of Ram Bhakts would not tolerate this betrayal and would continue their struggle with more vigour and vitality.

He added that if the BJP is accused of exploiting the Ram Temple issue at the time of elections and not fulfilling the promise after it comes to power then other opposition partirs should help in the construction of Ram Temple forthwith and resolve this vexed issue once for all. Swamy Parmanand Giri said that the presence of thousands of Ram Bhakts at Ram Leela grounds have proved beyond doubt that history has been created in Delhi today and the government of the day as well as the honourable court would have to understand the urge of the countrymen n resolve the issue once for all.

The saffron clad Sadhvi Ritambara said that the Hidu community of the counyry has now fully awakened in favour of Tam Temple and it will be built in Ayodhya at all costs. The international working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Alok Kumar reminded the ruling party government of its pre election promise to construct Ram Temple in Ayodhya and said that we are again requesting it to take take note of this demand during the incoming winter session of the parliament.

He openly issued challenge to the government that in case it failed to bring the ordinance or legislation pertaining to the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya in the winter session the Bhartiya Janata Party led government will have to face the consequences in the general elections. Swamy Anubhutanand swamy has in his address said that if the government fails in its duty to construct the Ram Temple in Ayodhya the entire Ram Bhakts would built the Ram Temple on their own in the sameway as they demolished the Babri Mosque issuing unambiguous warning to the BJP led government at the centre.

According to the press release issued by Vishwa Hindu Publicity chief Mahendra Rawat other who spoke on this ocassion were Jagadguru Ramanandacharya, Swamy Hansdevacharyaji Maharaj, Swamy Chinmayyanand Saraswati, VHP Vice president Champat Rai, Mahamandleshwar Nawal Kishore Das Maharaj, Jain Muni Lokesh Maharaj, Vivekanand Saraswatiji Maharaj n several other prominent saints.

The 94 year old king of Masalaas, Mahashay Dharam Pal of MDH, a multi millionaire was also felicitated on the stage. But the chief of the Art of Living Shri Shri Ravi Shakar Prasad who had been always at the firefront to resolve the Ram Janma Bhoomi Babri Mosque issue between the two communities was conspicuous by his absense. May be he had been intentionally sidelined say sources.

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RSS, VHP n entire Sant Samaj demand ordinance for Ram Temple construction at Ayodhya

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Thousands of Ram Bhakhs attend Rally at Delhi today demanding bringing of a central ordinance for the construction of Lord Rama's Temple at Ayodhya

As the national elections of 2019 are nearing the demand for the construction of Ram Mandar is also gearing up nationally with the Bhartiya Janata Party, its various saffron offshoots, the sadhu sants of various hues and the devout hindus all over the country being mobilised n channelised to the core in the name of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya thus polarising the vote bank of majority community at the all India level.

Since the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, the issue of construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site has been repeatedly exploited by the right wing parties in every election for securing majority votes and acknowledge power at the centre and in the states including the largest state of the country, Uttar Pradesh but this vexed issue has not been resolved till date nor Ram Temple built say the Hindu protagonists.

Now the time has come to exercise pressure on the central government led by the BJP oriented NDA to come out with an ordinance to make the reality come true before it’s too late say the Saint community of the country who’d gathered today in thosands in Delhi to demand construction of Ram Temple through the central ordinance come what may.

This is not the first massive rally of the entire Saint community, Vishwas Hindu Parishad n the Rashtriya swayam Sewak Sangh in the recent months but similar mobilisation campaigns were also organised in New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium n Lucknow on 24th n 25th October where even the Shiv Sena Chief Udhav Thakrey also came from Mumbai n took a pledge for the contruction of the Lord Rama temple after castigating the successive BJP and Narendra Modi governments for always exploiting votes to assume power but backing down after achieving political victories.

Even the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, a devout hindi and the biggest proponent of Ram Mandir construction at Ayodhya, saffron clad Yogi Adityanath has already announced about the construction of a 170 feet tallest Ram statue at Ayodhya costing more than 350 crores including illuminating Ayodhya on every Deepawali festival with 4 lakh oil lamps thus keeping the Ayodhya issue inyact n popularised.

Today’s rally in New Delhi was a hugest from the point of view of impressive attendence of thousands of saints and the volunteers of BJP, Bajrang Dal, VHP, RSS and other off shoots of the saffron party ruling at the centre as well as in about 20 states of the country.

The way speeches of the political leaders of the ruling party, the saint communities, the right wing parties especially the BJP, VHP and RSS have concentrated their entire oratory on the Ram temple issue and the subsequently organising huge religious congregations of the saffron clad saints taking place in various parts of the country, it seems that BJP n its fountain head organisations RSS as well as Vishwa Hindi Parishad have directly or indirectly chosen the path of entire polarisation of the majority community on the Ram Temple issue with issues like development, employment, inflation, law and order and retrenchment in jobs etc taking the back seat.

Today’s rally was unique and impressive in the sense that the attendence of the majoriry communty favoring early construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya was in thousands saffronising the entire political environment and every speaker from Bhaiyyagi Maharàj of RSS to every important saint of India demanding the central ordinance on Ram Temple at Ayodhya in anger, aggressive and furious mode even going to the extent of demeaning the BJP government at the centre led by PM Narendra Modi of not come true to its pre election pledges of constructing the Ram Temple at Ayodhya even after 4.5 years of coming to power at the centre with a historic majority.

 

The recent shameful eruption of Bulandshahar riots killing two including a police inspector, the riots pf Saharanpur etc in UP n lynchings in the name of cow vigilantism in various states of the counrty in the past are the dangerous signals if not controlled or countered impartially for establishing peace, amity n communal harmony in the country credibly n strongly. The issue of RamTemple construction n disputed site of Ayodhya is in the Supreme Court of India and therefore subjudice. The law of the land should prevail in the country n the judicial verdict respected at all costs.

However, the political analysts say that raising of Ram Temple issue right at the time of national elections and pre meditated ocurrances of riots like that of Bulandshahar riots etc n lynching of innocents in the name of cow vigilantism in various parts of the country are ill concieved designs and notions allegedly created with ulterior political motives to derive favorable political outcome. This is highly unbecoming on the part of political leaders who take oath in the name of constitution but unfortunately play with the sentiments of the countrymen in the name of religion, caste and other narrow considerations not good and acceptable in a democratic secular society.
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How long will the riots claim innocent lives ?

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The diabolical killings in Bulandshahar UP gives an unambiguous indication that the ominous signs of dividing the society in the name of majoritarianism are taking apparent shape in the near future with fundamentalist forces raising their head above to allegedly derive maximum political advantage in view of the forthcoming national election of 2019.

When the saffron clad devout Hindu politician of BJP, MP from Gorakhpur took the oath of office as the chief minister of the largest state of the country and even before that, while he was campaigning for his party candidates in the assembly election of UP Yogi Aditya Nath had literally pledged to make the state crime free where socio communal peace will prevail in all earnestness.

Despite being a devout Hindu, the chief minister had assured one and all of communal harmony n resurrection of the deteriorating law and order machinery of the state inherited from.the previous government in UP.

After assuming the office he relentlessly declared encounters of the hardcore criminals and claimed that this will led to complete peace in the state and emergence of real Ram Rajya.

But what happened ultimately ? The complaints of alleged fake encounters and the recent killing of two innocents including a police inspector Subodh Singh at the hands of mob lynchers some of whom are alleged to be from his own party or Bajrang Dal as being given to understand from various media reports have unambiguously exposed the ruling political dispensation of the state and led people to believe that an open game of polarisation in the name of allegedly creating communal division in the name of cow vigilantism or fabricated rumours have taken the front seat while issues of development, employment, peoples welfare, women security n communal harmony a back seat.

The all of a sudden though pre strategic occurance of communal riots in Bulandshar on account of the rumours of cow slaughter which is ban in Uttar Pradesh on the day when the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath was addressing people in Rajasthan assuring electorates of allegedly ousting the Owaisies from Hyderabad for their alleged communal oratory in case the saffron party wins in Telengana, killing two innocents and loss to properties worth crores of Rupees is infact a very dangerous trend that is emerging in our country comprising of diverse culture, languages, heritage, religions and communities believing in secularism and peaceful co existence.

What is more worrisome is the fact that despite the earlier occurances of certain deaths in view of rumours in the name of child lifting and cow vigilantism in various states of the country, Uttar Pradesh again witnesses another riot taking the toll of two and creating rukus in the otherwise peaceful environment of Uttar Pradesh which has hardly come to terms after the massive Saharanpur n other dreadful riots of the state.

According to the political analysts the highly communal versions and speeches of some leaders of political parties and various communal outfits at work at the grass root levels play a major role in fomenting such communal troubles which has only one aim to divide the society on communal lines and polarise the entire society to beget votes and win elections thus playing with the peoples’ sentiments.

The most sorry state of affairs in such situation is the utter failure of the state’s intelligence agencies, the local intelligent units and the police force who fail to gather pre emptive information about the possible mishappenings in the future.

Had the intelligence apparatus of the state police or the Bulandshahar district been quite vigilant before time in assessing the situation and the possible provocation, the state’s police force, riot police or the PAC could have been alerted in time and the aweful sitiation could have been averted before going out of hand.

The way the state’s law and order apparatus have shown alertness and enthusiasm in grabbing 30 rioters having booked them for murder and rioting and is still trying to bring more men to justice, after the commission of the riots, the police force could/ should have been vigilant prior to this grave mishappening as well.

But this has not happened n Bulandshahar was literally on fire by the mobsters. Time has come now, that the election commission of India and the law enforcing agencies at the central as well as the state level including those at the helm of the political dispensation will have to take urgent initiatives to exercise setious restraint on the leaders as well as the lawmakers to discourage them from issuing inflammatory communal speeches or statements which not only encourage the rank n file of the respective parties to create division in the society on communal lines but also lead to riots that claim lot of innocent lives as was the case in Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh.

Let’s all therefore pledge to maitain peace, calm, harmony, brotherhood and amity in the socirty n give rebuff to religious and narrow communal considerations and issues in the near future.

In fact, some political observers feel that extremist section is being intentionally and pre meditatedly encouraged to fabricate riots in the state for political gains. It is highly harmful for the nation. It certainly proves the lethargic and lopsided functioning of the govt machinery. People are questioning: How long will the riots claim innocent lives ?What’s your take friends?

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Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha delegation meets Delhi CM, pleads him to resolve long pending grievances

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Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha's office bearers with Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival at his office

A delegation of Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha, the biggest recognised social organisation of Garhwalies in Delhi today met the chief minister of national capital territory and AAP’s national convenor Arvind Kejrival in his Delhi Secretariat office at ITO, New Delhi and apprised him of various long pending problems being confronted by the social organisation having come into existence in 1923, founded by our ancestors in Delhi after collecting meagre financial contributions from its members with the sole aim to propagate the cultural and linguistic heritage of the hill people in Delhi n to resolve their grievances by being united and a force to reckon with.

Today Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha has a collective strength of about 5000 members and is considered to be the largest social organisation of Garhwalies in Delhi, in particular.

There have however been demands to convert it into a fulfledged Uttarakhandi organisation but its old constitution has already named it as Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha several decades ago n its name’s popularity dosen’t allow the new office bearers change its constitution set forth by their predecessors. The organisation however works for the welfare and well being of entire Uttarakhand comprising of Kumaonies, Garhwalies n Jaunsaries etc. Though the name of the organisation is Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha but its welfare measures are for entire Uttarakhand not distinguishing between Garhwalies n Kumaonies n considering the entire Himalayan state as its area of social functioning.

The organisation have been carrying on various scholarship programmes for outstanding poor n hapless students including various socio cultural n educational n health related activities for the good of the society.

It’s headquarter Garhwal Bhawan situated at Panchquin Road, New Delhi near Chandra Singh Garhwali Chowk is the main centre of various activities like provision for guest accomodation at reasonable cost, dining n lunch facility, allotment of the auditorium for marriage n social functions ,organisation of seminars, socio cultural activities n theatre events as well including the regional film shows. The Headquarter of Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha is today suffering from some problems like arbitrary enhancement of its house tax and an alleged illegal occupation of the upper floor by a saleswala. Several court cases are already under process to free the Garhwal Bhawan from the illegal Kabza of a salewala. There have been several protests in this regard but all in vain as the matter is subjudiced.

Today’s meeting of the present office bearers of GHS with the chief minister Arvind Kejrival pertaining to above issues have been fruitful as the latter have give them assurance to resolve their all the pending issues in all earnestness. The meeting lasted for twenty minutes. Those who met the chief minister in the delegation were Mohabbat Singh Rana, Narendra Singh Negi, Pawan Maithani and Ajay Bisht, all office bearers of Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha who’s term is likely to end this year or so.

Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

 

 

 

 

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