Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, August 19, 2019 05:00:17 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Redesigning Democracy

India Walks Towards Transformation

By
07th-Aug-2019       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed :
Despite being routine affairs in the established democracies, elections sometimes prove to be turning point in the history of a nation. The outcome of certain particular elections not only demolishes the long held political beliefs, systems, patterns and processes but also set the stage for their replacement with novel alternatives. In this regard, Seventeenth General Elections, held in 2019 may really be termed as momentous in India's recent political history.
The outcomes of these elections have not only unsettled many of the well-established tendencies and practices of Indian democracy but have also acted to provide decisive perspectives on a number of competing issues and challenges facing the Indian political system for long. In fact, during more than seventy years of successful working of Indian democracy numerous issues both constitutional as well as political have remained contentious with varying perspectives being put forward to settle them accordingly.
The 2019 Lok Sabha poll outcome provides inputs to suggest that Hindu nationalism was not just a slogan but an effective mobilizing device. When the results of the polls started pouring in on 23 May 2019, the deep penetration of Modi wave even into the unchartered territories of the country began to get exhibited. In the place of mandatory 272 seats required to secure a working majority in the Lok Sabha, the party's individual seal tally swelled to cross the magical 300 marks and landed at as much as 303.
On the whole, the seventeenth Lok Sabha polls produced a scenario in which the BJP not only returned to power at the centre by registering a landslide victory but also got sustenance to emerge as a truly pan India political party that could register its presence in most, if not all, of the states in India. The strategic penetration of the party into the hitherto unclaimed territories like West Bengal has really been a battle handsomely won. Party's amazing performance in its traditional strongholds need not overshadow its more far reaching and long term gains of spreading its wings to such areas that have remained, more or less, out of reach for the party.
The positive atmosphere in favour of his party created by Modi through his credible promises and convincing arguments has taken full advantage of by party President Amit Shah who has over the years emerged as the top political strategist in the country. 3° Keeping in mind both the short term as well as long term visions for the growth and development of his party, Shah has really propelled the growth of BJP even in such areas which would have seemed improbable just a few years back. The classic examples in this context are that of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. West Bengal under the long period of rule by Communists and Mamata has considered to have become the citadel of anti-BJP sentiments. But the way Shah planned BJP inroads into different parts of the state has really been appreciated. Similarly, in UP, once considered to be the bastion of casteist parties, the phenomenal rise of BJP has demolished the dominance of the well entrenched parties in such a way that they would probably not be able to overcome the shocks of defeat in the near future.
The 2019 poll outcome also underlines, on the other, the point that Indian voters are perhaps the most judicious when they are asked to choose the future rulers with reference to what they deem most appropriate for the country. Here too, that the BJP-led NDA had won a majority in the 2019 election firmly establishes the point that the Hindu nationalist voice helped build a strong constituency for the conglomeration in opposition to those drawing upon the age-old Enlightenment values. So, the 2019 poll was a battle of ideas in which those seeking to rework on the idea of India by reference to her rich socio-cultural and academic traditions seem to have edged out their counterparts espousing the Nehruvian idea of India.
Modi was the sole campaigner for BJP as well as its alliance partners. The feeling in the common people was much for him rather than his party. They wanted to see him as Prime Minister once again. Modi attempted several experiments in his campaign trail. He began with promising sops in the interim Budget for the year and to complete his unfinished task. Spoke of his development agenda and the achievements of his government. But this did not go down well. People were reeling under the impact of demonetisation, farm distress, job- lessens and adverse impact of the introduction of GST. Finally he had to resort to projecting him as a "strongman" who can defend the country's sovereignty. After the terror attack in Pulwama and air strikes at terrorist hideout in Balakot in Pakistan came handy and boosted his image.

 (Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed, writer, columnist and researcher)

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Entertainment »

Bindu Kona’s Eid celebration


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Bindu Kona is a popular singer of present time. Eid celebration of the singers is really exceptional to them specially for whom who has to be engaged with stage shows round the year. Bindu Kona has to engage with stage shows round the year in and outside ...

Football »

Bayern Munich target Coutinho arrives for medical ahead of loan move


Philippe Coutinho has arrived at Bayern Munich to complete his medical as he edges closer to sealing his loan move from Barcelona.The Brazilian midfielder has agreed to join the Bundesliga champions on a season-long loan deal - with Bayern having the option to make the deal permanent at the end ...

Editorial »

Find out a sustainable solution to protect leather market


ALTHOUGH tanners were supposed to start buying rawhide at the government-fixed rates, merchants refused to sell, demanding the payment of a "considerable" portion of their arrears. It comes after seasonal traders, farmers and madrasas across the country threw away thousands of pieces of rawhide of sacrificial animals, approximately Tk 100 ...

International »

British MPs press Johnson to recall parliament over Brexit


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure Sunday to immediately recall lawmakers from their summer holiday so parliament can debate Brexit.More than 100 MPs have written to Johnson to urge him to reconvene and let them sit permanently until October 31 - the date Britain is due to leave ...

City »

Aporajeyo Bangladesh, a social organisation, formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday demanding punishment to the persons responsible for low-price of hide and skins.


Editorial »

Jugglery of growth figures failed to create jobs


BANGLADESH'S economic growth though mesmerising, it has been proved over the past decade that jobs could not be created proportionately for the youths keeping adjustment with the growth. Besides, female participation in the labour force shrank in the last nine years, especially in rural areas. As a result employment elasticity, ...

Cricket »

Mashrafe seeks two months to ponder about his retirement


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has shelved the idea of arranging a one-off ODI against Zimbabwe to give Mashrafe Bin Mortaza a grand farewell after the ODI captain asked the board to give him two months to think about his future.The decision to cancel the plan came after BCB president ...

Football »

Guardiola backs Sterling to reach 30-goal mark


AFP, Manchester :Pep Guardiola wants to see the on-form Raheem Sterling break the 30-goal barrier for the first time in his career this season, but will only judge the England forward on his overall contribution to the Manchester City team.Sterling has started the new campaign in prolific form, scoring in ...

City »

Bangabandu Sangskritik Jote paid tributes to Poet Shamsur Rahman by placing floral wreaths at his grave in the city's Banani on Saturday marking the 13th death anniversary of the poet.


International »

Hundreds defy restrictions, join protests in Kashmir


AP, New Delhi :Hundreds of people protested an unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as India's government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the next few days.The U.N. Security Council met on ...

International »

Discussions on Afghan peace deal go ‘very well’, says Trump's spokesman


The White House says President Donald Trump's talks with his national security advisers to discuss Afghan peace talks went "very well" and that negotiations with the Taliban "are proceeding."Officials on August 16 said Trump was meeting with his top advisers to review negotiations with the extremist group about a possible ...

Entertainment »

Kona finally admits her secret marriage


Entertainment Desk :Popular singer Dilshad Nahar Kona revealed  on Thursday  that she had tied the knot with the person she loved, on April 21 of this year. Her husband, Golam Md Iftekhar, is a businessman, and has been in a relationship with Kona for seven years.Kona was heard saying to ...

Editorial »

Clashes among groups of govt followers on national mourning day


NEWSPAPERS reported that at least 22 people, including former Awami League lawmaker of Nilphamari-3 and upazila unit AL vice-president Golam Mustafa, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the party in Jaldhaka of Nilphamari on Thursday. The clash took place when the groups hosted separate programmes to ...

City »

China-Bangla Friendship Association (CBFA) led by its President Dr Monouar Hasnat Khan and General Secretary Dr S.M Shahidul Islam placing wreaths at the Memorial Plaque of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at 32 , Dhanmondi in the city on Thursday marking National Mourning Day .


.

Cricket »

England 258 all out in second Ashes Test


AFP, London :England were dismissed for 258 by Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.Only opener Rory Burns (53) and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, last man out for 52, passed fifty after England were sent into bat by Australia captain Tim Paine following a total washout of Wednesday's ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news