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    Unholy alliances

    NARENDRA MODI, the prime minister and Amit Shah, the BJP party president had the last laugh. Shiv Sena (SHS) referred to Narendra Modi’s team as Afzal Khan’s army, which had invaded Maharashtra. But the SHS lost the battle for the mandate of the Marathi manoos to Modi. Historically, it was Shivaji who outwitted Afzal Khan by stabbing him with the famous wagha nakh (tiger claw/ razor claw) attached to its hand when he was being embraced by Afzal Khan. The BJP, which has had a 25-year alliance with the Shiv Sena snapped ties with the tiger on the eve of the filing of nominations over the allotment of seats for the Maharashtra Legislative elections.
    Amit Shah’s gamble has paid off with the BJP securing a clear majority in Haryana and emerging as the single largest party in Maharashtra. Exposing the unreliability of opinion polls, including exit polls which had all predicted a clear majority for the Sangh Parivar, the BJP still managed to secure 122 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. This was twice the amount of seats that the Shiv Sena held in the outgoing assembly. Unlike in 2009, when the Shiv Sea / MNS combined, won 58 seats and the BJP was the junior party with 46 seats, this time around the BJP has 122, the Shiv Sena has had to be satisfied with 63 seats and the MNS has been wiped out. The Congress-NCP alliance, which ruled the state for the past 10 years, together managed to get only 82 seats.

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    Goan posorkars lament extortion by bhailés

    AND A few stray thoughts and a few observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when a special session of the Legislative Assembly was held to pass the Judicial Accountability Bill. For a Saturday following the week when Goan shop owners began complaining that migrant workers were demanding too much money and holding them to ransom. For a Saturday following the week when the state government notified the new act transferring tenancy and mundkarial cases from the revenue courts to the judiciary. For a Saturday following the week when a confrontation was developing between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party over development of the Kranti Maidan in Ponda. For a Saturday following the week when the PWD was allegedly trying to secure backdated permissions and bills in the face of allegations that it had vandalised heritage structures in Old Goa without the approval of the Archeological Survey of India and the church authorities.

    Unholy alliances

    NARENDRA MODI, the prime minister and Amit Shah, the BJP party president had the last laugh. Shiv Sena (SHS) referred to Narendra Modi’s team as Afzal Khan’s army, which had invaded Maharashtra. But the SHS lost the battle for the mandate of the Marathi manoos to Modi. Historically, it was Shivaji who outwitted Afzal Khan by stabbing him with the famous wagha nakh (tiger claw/ razor claw) attached to its hand when he was being embraced by Afzal Khan. The BJP, which has had a 25-year alliance with the Shiv Sena snapped ties with the tiger on the eve of the filing of nominations over the allotment of seats for the Maharashtra Legislative elections.
    Amit Shah’s gamble has paid off with the BJP securing a clear majority in Haryana and emerging as the single largest party in Maharashtra. Exposing the unreliability of opinion polls, including exit polls which had all predicted a clear majority for the Sangh Parivar, the BJP still managed to secure 122 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. This was twice the amount of seats that the Shiv Sena held in the outgoing assembly. Unlike in 2009, when the Shiv Sea / MNS combined, won 58 seats and the BJP was the junior party with 46 seats, this time around the BJP has 122, the Shiv Sena has had to be satisfied with 63 seats and the MNS has been wiped out. The Congress-NCP alliance, which ruled the state for the past 10 years, together managed to get only 82 seats.

    People’s parliament on DB Marg

    THE FIRST People’s Parliament convened at the median lawn of Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, opposite the old Customs House in Panaji, by the Goa state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on October 20, 2014 from 11 am to 1:45 pm was attended by a 150-strong crowd. The initiative provided a platform to various groups agitating for different causes across the state and was conducted on the same day as the one-day Goa Legislative Assembly session that ratified the constitutional amendment for the Judicial Accountability Bill. The 16 speakers presented their views on issues ranging from Baina demolitions, mining, casinos, heritage protection, environmental degradation, unemployment and saffronisation of college curriculum. The People’s Parliament was on the road because the state Vidhan Sabha had failed miserably and consistently to pay due attention to the real issues faced by the people in the state, claimed the CPI(M).


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    Stray Thoughts

    Goan posorkars lament extortion by bhailés

    AND A few stray thoughts and a few observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when a special session of the Legislative Assembly was held to pass the Judicial Accountability Bill. For a Saturday following the week when Goan shop owners began complaining that migrant workers were demanding too much money and holding them to ransom. For a Saturday following the week when the state government notified the new act transferring tenancy and mundkarial cases from the revenue courts to the judiciary. For a Saturday following the week when a confrontation was developing between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party over development of the Kranti Maidan in Ponda. For a Saturday following the week when the PWD was allegedly trying to secure backdated permissions and bills in the face of allegations that it had vandalised heritage structures in Old Goa without the approval of the Archeological Survey of India and the church authorities.

    Life and Living

    If it’s Sharad Poornima, it’s got to be ‘dudh poha’!

    LIFE CAN be so simple, but we make it complicated and complex for our own convoluted reasons which backfire on us later if not sooner! Especially in the case of what we put in our mouth to carry on living, for example, last Sharad Poornima, my friend Kalaben Panchal, said “We’re having a garba session at Dhiren Shah’s Forrest Restaurant down the Campal and there’s going to be a Gujarati Samaj Mahila Mandal’s snack competition using only paova, (Gujarati), poha (Hindi), fov (Konkani…I’m also making something for the seniors category. Please come, you’ll enjoy too!”

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    Why there is need to be wary of a “strong leader”

    Reproduced below are excerpts from an interview with emeritus professor of politics at Oxford, ARCHIBALD HAWORTH BROWN, in which he spoke of the importance of dissenting voices.

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    The Three Beatinhas of Belem

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