Friday, February 24, 2017

Maharashtra Civic Poll Results

News article from the -------------Times of India, 24 Feb 2017

"The results are a major boost to the BJP, which swept eight out of 10 corporations in the state that went to the polls, and a serious setback for the Sena in its bastion, Mumbai, where it was born in 1966. Though it held on to its Marathi votebank, it failed to come within striking distance of the majority mark of 114 in a house of 227 and was matched in tantalizing fashion, as the day of counting progressed.

But with the two parties falling 28 and 30 seats short of 227, all eyes are now on the possible permutations and combinations that could help one of them win the mayoral election, unless they now choose to bury the hatchet and join hands.

Elsehwere, the BJP was the single largest party in Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur.

The BJP had conducted a vociferous campaign against rampant corruption and alleged lack of transparency in the Sena-dominated BMC and harvested the anti-incumbency vote despite having been a junior partner in the ruling alliance in the corporation.

For the 25 zilla parishads, BJP won 397 of the 1,509 seats for which polls were held. It was followed by the NCP with 336, Congress with 293 and Shiv Sena with 259. MNS got one and others 147. Results of 76 seats were still awaited.

For the 2,990 panchayat samiti seats, BJP won the most seats, 803, while the NCP got 630, Congress 555 and Sena 538. MNS pocketed just two and Others won 281 seats. Results in 181 seats were awaited at the time of going to press."

As the civic poll results in Maharashtra are being streamed, it is evident that of the two large national parties, BJP has made substantial gains, and the Congress is slowly but steadily being wiped out from the landscape of the country.

BJP with its agenda of development, governance and 'no corruption' is appealing to the people of India at large. People were absolutely at their wit's end after witnessing very large scale corruption during the UPA-2 regime. The BJP's track record in the last 2.5 years has been generally corruption free.

Congress has not served with distinction as the largest opposition party in the parliament. It has served more as a hindrance to the smooth functioning of the parliament rather than as a responsible opposition working towards nation building. It has opposed every move by the government on very flimsy grounds, which the people of India watch with dismay, thanks to live proceedings being broadcast on TV. This can only happen due to very poor leadership. 

It is very sad to see the demise of a political party with a rich heritage and a deep legacy wasting itself, due to lack of good leadership. Not only is it sad but it is also not a very good thing for our democracy; a strong opposition is the cornerstone of effective functioning of the parliament. Decline of the Congress is thus not healthy for our country.

The Congress has relied very heavily on the Nehru-Gandhi name, and legacy, for far too long, without effectively performing, so as to meet the aspirations of an India that has broken free from the shackles of licence raaj and a mai-baap government. The Congress leadership had not been able to contain corruption, or provide effective governance in UPA-2. The role of the PM as leader of the government left much to be desired. His personal integrity is above board, but as a leader he failed, and he failed miserably. 

As an opposition, and that too after a bad very bad rejection by the people of India, they are performing abysmally. There does not seem to be a plan to introspect, as the party is not willing to call a spade a spade. There is a crying need for a change of leadership within the party. The party cannot survive on a legacy that has long been eroded by their collective misdeeds. The Congress has to remind themselves that democracies are 'of the people, by the people, and for the people', The people of India are giving them verdict after verdict, but somehow instead of introspecting, the party is going on the offensive, sometimes on issues that border on the 'anti national' too. The people of the country are wise; the leaders have to listen.

11 March 2017 will be a watershed day for India. In case the BJP makes further progress in the five states and the Congress trips even more, it would time for the Congress to immediately call for a change of leadership at every level; preferably changing over to a leadership that is connected with the grassroots level. Suave, urban, Delhi based 'leaders born with a silver spoon' who are totally out of touch with India will have to be sidelined. This would be in the best interests of the country. India deserves a better opposition. 

A revitalised Congress can be that better opposition with a leadership that is connected with the people of India.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Life Changing Thoughts

I picked up these quotes from another source and put them here, as I liked them, and wanted to create a ripple, as Mother Teresa says in the first quote, so that these positive thoughts can reach some more people in our world. You never know who needs inspiration!

1. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa
2. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou
3. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford
4. "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." -Vince Lombardi
5. "Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it." -Charles Swindoll
6. "If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough." -Oprah Winfrey
7. "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt
8. "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean
9. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn
10. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." -Eleanor Roosevelt
11. "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." -Les Brown
12. "Do or do not. There is no try." -Yoda
13. "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." -Napoleon Hill
14. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
15. "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -Michael Jordan
16. "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -Albert Einstein
17. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -Stephen Covey
18. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford
19. "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -Alice Walker
20. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -Amelia Earhart
21. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -Aristotle Onassis
22. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson
23. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -Ayn Rand
24. "If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh
25. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -Farrah Gray
26. "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." -Dalai Lama
27. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." -Albert Einstein
28. "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." -Bob Dylan
29. "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." -Leonardo da Vinci
30. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." -Helen Keller
31. "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." -John Lennon
32. "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
33. "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." -George Addair
34. "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato
35. "Nothing will work unless you do." -Maya Angelou
36. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." -Theodore Roosevelt
37. "What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." -Plutarch
38. "Control your own destiny or someone else will." - Jack Welch