‘BJP Will Spring A Surprise With Record Seats, Especially From South’

Rakesh Tripathi, spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), claims that the party will easily achieve its target of 400-plus seats with astonishing results from southern states. His Views:

In the last elections (2019), the BJP in Uttar Pradesh won 64 seats (as against 71 in 2014) despite the Samajwadi Party and BSP coming together. This time, we are not only going to achieve better results than 2014, thanks to our additional efforts and Modi-Yogi magic. Likewise, we are not only going to sustain our strength in the states where we have a dominant presence, like Rajasthan, Haryana, MP, Uttarakhand etc., we shall improve in states like West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana etc.

Thanks to the tedious efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and our motto of delivering what we promise, our results in the southern states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala will surprise our detractors. In this context, I would like to point out the commitment and the ‘thirst’ with which, for example, our Tamil Nadu state president K Annamalai is working 24×7. Besides being young and vibrant with the sole aim to serve the people and the country, he has been in politics for less than four years and he is already a youth icon, who has rattled the Dravidian ecosystem and established BJP as the primary anti-DMK force in the South.

Similarly, the chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sharma, is working effortlessly in the northeast along with others and BJP will definitely improve its figures in that region too.

The BJP delivers what it promises. Take for example, the abrogation of Article 370, the Ram Temple, triple talaq, NRC, etc. Whatever we promised in 2014 and 2019, most have been delivered and the others are in the pipeline. This time, our manifesto, which has been prepared after immense review, discussions and ideas (from grassroots level workers), has promises that we can deliver and we will deliver. Like our PM says, our vision is not 2029 but we have 2047 on our target when India will be a developed and a self-reliant country.

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The promises made by other opposition parties in their manifesto are not more than a bunch of lies and claims which border on the weird. Take for example Rahul Gandhi’s promise of equal distribution of wealth among Indians. His `Khata khat, Khata Khat, Khata Khat idhar se udhar (from the bank accounts of the rich to the poor) is similar to his `Idhar se aloo, udhar se sona’ claim. Likewise, his wiser RJD counterpart, Tejashwi Yadav is promising Old Pension Scheme, Rs 1 lakh annually to women of poor households, discontinuing Agniveer, MSP on more crops, and other tall claims.

The Opposition is not able to find suitable candidates to contest elections against us in many states. It is evident from the ever-changing candidates and seats where no one is willing to contest. Take for example the revelations of ex-Congressman Prof Gaurav Vallabh who is now with BJP. He says that all Congressmen are advised/directed to target wealth creators and Sanatan Dharma.

A majority of Congress leaders and workers are not willing to contest elections and a stark example is that out of the 100 Congress Working Committee members, only three are contesting elections. Take for instance the seats of Rae Bareli and Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Once the two seats were Congress pocket borough; today the party is still undecided who to field from the two constituencies.

As told to Rajat Rai

NDA Has Put India on World Map

Even As A First-Time Voter, I Can See NDA Has Put India on World Map

Aditya Prakash Goel, a BCom Hons student from Sardhana, says he is excited about casting his vote for the first time and he would want NDA to return to power. His views:

This is my first experience as a voter and I am happy to be a part of the democratic exercise in this Lok Sabha elections. It feels like I am a citizen of a representative state and my vote can make a positive difference.

I believe the nation has not just changed under the current NDA rule but a new chapter of remarkable growth and fast paced development is also being written. India has showcased itself as a trend setter in the last few years. The nation has moved from the politics of hooliganism, corruption and appeasement to the politics of development, growth, unity and nationalism.

This remarkable journey has strengthened democracy in its real sense by empowering the marginalised sections of the society – from the unprivileged to underprivileged, the women and the youth. It also has been a journey of changing the Indian thought process from nothing is impossible in this country to everything is possible if the government and the people have the will and commitment to bring about a change.

The NDA rule has emphasised the motto of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas.

Various initiatives have been taken up by the government in the last few years that have contributed to the development of the country showcasing it globally. Some of the initiatives that show the country has progressed and stepped towards change are:

The power of JAM, Jan Dhan Yojna, Aadhar and Mobile. This trinity aims at maximizing the value of every rupee spent, empower the poor, increase technology penetration among the masses, and implement direct subsidy transfers to the poor. The government intends to use these three modes of identification to revolutionize financial inclusion in India.

The digital India initiative aims at transforming the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, bridging the gap between the urban and the rural areas. The government has truly made tremendous efforts in the making of digital India making transactions cashless.

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Make in India initiative has given a rapid boost to manufacturing. It facilitates investment, fosters innovations, enhances skill development and builds the best manufacturing infrastructures. It is an effort to boost the country’s entrepreneurial energy.

The skill India mission has been initiated to create convergence across sectors and states in terms of skill training activities and promoting handwork and cultural background of the country.

Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana is a rural development programme focusing on development in villages which includes social and cultural development and motivating people towards social mobilization of the village community.

Then there is Namami Gange to arrest the pollution of the Ganga, Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojana providing smoke free kitchens by providing LPG connectivity to the beneficiaries, 35 crore Jandhan accounts have been opened as part of Pradhanmantri Jandhan Yojana, nearly 18,000 villages have been electrified and schemes like PM Kisan Samman Nidhi to boost agriculture.

The government has sought to create infrastructure in terms of roads and railways through highways and trains and schemes like UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) have sought to boost connectivity.

During the pandemic, the country emerged as one of the largest vaccine producing hub on the global scenario. In the last few years India has emerged as a significant economic and geo political power on the world map.

As told to Deepa Gupta

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Political Violence in Bengal Elections is Disheartening

Use of Political Violence in Bengal Elections is Disheartening

Ramit Chattopadhyay, a Geography Honours student in St. Xavier’s College, Burdwan, says the continuing degradation of our independent institutions is a legitimate concern. His views:

Mainstream politics in West Bengal is inherently secular. With a demographic character as varied as West Bengal’s, there is no other way to win the hearts of Bengalis other than by adhering to secularism. The state has been an age-old hub of liberalism and progressive ideas, and the contemporary era is no different. Therefore, undoubtedly, my firm belief is that the polity in the state will stick to a secular ethos in the 2024 parliamentary elections.

As a student, and an avid follower and observer of politics, I am a little disappointed by the repeated use of violence as a political tool in Bengal’s elections. The very fact that hundreds of companies of central security forces have been deputed in the state for the 2024 general elections does not portray a good image about the state’s political scenario. However, I am hopeful about Bengal’s future. With proper and democratic participation of all stakeholders, politics here can once again regain an aura of fairness and harmony.

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Indeed, I don’t feel that 2024 is a battle between a secular democratic, and a quasi-dictatorial front. In India, it’s very difficult to ignore any section of the electorate. No government can cater exclusively to the needs of any one select community, or interest group, while ignoring the others. As for dictatorial tendencies, I feel that the continuing degradation of the country’s independent institutions is a legitimate concern. There is a need to have proper checks and balances that prevents any government from meddling into the affairs of independent institutions.

Ramit feels the seven-phase spreadout in Bengal election is justified

About the seven-phase parliamentary election in Bengal, to many it may seem like an unnecessarily long process. However, given the massive size of the Bengali electorate, and past reputation of violence in elections here, the seven-phase polling is quite justified, in order to properly manage a free and fair election. That being said, necessary steps should also be taken by the election conducting authorities, the Election Commission especially, to have Heat Action Plans (HAPs), so that voters do not have to suffer the brunt of India’s unforgiving summer heat.

As told to Amit Sengupta

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Bengaluru Water Crisis

‘Bengaluru Water Crisis is an Ominous Prospect For Other Metro Cities’

Vasudha Vasudev, a senior associate consultant in Infosys, Bengaluru, says the city’s crisis highlights broader issues of urban planning and sustainable resource management. Her views:

Living in Bengaluru has not only been about work but also about coping with the city’s various civic crises, water scarcity being the latest one. Over the past few months, this crisis has become more than just a concern – it is a daily in-you-face reality that impacts every facet of urban life.

Earlier, when I lived in a high-rise apartment, the situation was somewhat manageable. Our society would arrange for water tankers, and the costs were absorbed as part of our maintenance fees. However, since moving to a rented house, I have had a firsthand experience of the escalating water scarcity. Landlords now inquire about the number of occupants to gauge water usage, and this additional cost burdens both tenants and owners alike, straining our already tight budget.

The root cause of Bengaluru’s water woes lies in its unplanned urban expansion. Unlike cities built to accommodate the current population, Bengaluru’s infrastructure has been struggling to keep pace with its rapid expansion. Historically, the city relied on small water bodies and ridges that were sufficient for a smaller populace. However, its unique aquifer system now poses significant challenges.

Bengaluru’s aquifers are rocky and have limited storage capacity. While they can recharge quickly after rainfall, they deplete just as swiftly during dry spells. This contrasts sharply with North India’s aquifers, which boast greater water retention capabilities. Consequently, Bengaluru’s groundwater reserves cannot sustain prolonged periods of water stress.

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The city’s predicament is a stark warning for other urban centers across India. As cities expand without proper planning, they strain existing water resources beyond capacity. Bengaluru’s experience underscores the urgent need for sustainable water management strategies in burgeoning cities.

To address this crisis, policymakers must prioritize holistic solutions. Investing in rainwater harvesting systems, promoting water conservation practices, and incentivizing sustainable urban development are crucial steps. Furthermore, authorities must engage with communities to raise awareness about water conservation and encourage responsible water use.

As individuals, we can contribute by adopting water-saving habits in our daily lives. Simple actions such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient appliances, and minimizing wastage can collectively make a significant impact.

The implications of Bengaluru’s water crisis extend beyond immediate inconvenience. It highlights broader issues of urban planning, resource management, and environmental sustainability. Unless proactive measures are taken, other Indian cities could find themselves in similar predicaments.

For those of us living and working in Bengaluru, this crisis is a call to action. It’s a reminder that we must act collectively to preserve our precious water resources and build resilient cities for the future. Through concerted efforts and a shared commitment to sustainability, we can mitigate the water crisis and pave the way for a more water-secure India.
Bengaluru’s water crisis is not just a local issue—it’s a wake-up call for the entire nation. Let’s heed this warning and work towards a more sustainable and water-resilient future for all.
As told to Deepti Sharma

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‘Kejriwal’s Arrest Is An Attack On Indian Democracy’

Rani Rajput, a journalism student at Jagran Institute of Management and Mass Communication (JIMMC) in Noida, says Kejriwal’s arrest raises questions on ED impartiality. Her views:

My initial reaction to the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal and the ED (enforcement directorate) raids targeting opposition leaders was one of deep concern, while holding the commitment to objective and impartial scrutiny. This act of the BJP government clearly shows that they want to bring a certain kind of dictatorship in the country, since there is no evidence to show that the elected Delhi chief minister is guilty. These events raise questions about the impartiality of the law enforcement agencies, and the potential misuse of power for political purposes.

It is the same scenario with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who is languishing in prison for over a year; even while the question remains about any solid evidence to prove the charges against him. If they are involved in money laundering, then show us where the money has gone? There is no money trail established thus far.

Indeed, we cannot keep anyone in jail like this merely on accusation and suspicion. Additionally, it’s crucial to uphold journalistic principles of transparency, accountability and the protection of freedom of expression, especially in an environment where political tensions are high. Hence, reporting about these sensitive cases should be based on unbiased, balanced, and evidence-based objectivity.

India is a democracy. Such acts reflect the characteristics of brazen dictatorial tendencies. We can clearly see that the current ruling party at the Centre does not want to give up their power at any cost. The arrest of opposition leaders and targeted raids by central agencies in the weeks leading up to the Lok Sabha polls, and earlier, can send a message signifying the suppression of dissent and the absolute dominance of those in power. In a democracy, there must be free and fair elections, transparency and rule of law must be followed. With these methods to suppress the opposition, it erodes trust in the democratic process and can lead to disillusionment among the citizens.

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Besides, as a citizen of Delhi, I think Kejriwal and his government has done good work for the people of Delhi since they have focused on the basic needs of common citizens. More so, everyone’s needs cannot be fulfilled just by building temples! The initiatives, such as providing free water and subsidized electricity, have been widely praised for their direct and positive impact on the lives of citizens, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. These policies have helped alleviate the financial burden on low income households.

Similarly, in the education sector, the government’s investment in public schools, including infrastructure upgrades and teachers’-training, has led to enhanced educational outcomes and higher excellence in primary and secondary education for thousands of students, mostly coming from humble backgrounds. Additionally, initiatives such as mohalla clinics have expanded access to healthcare services for ordinary citizens.

However, it’s also important to consider the challenges and criticisms faced by the Delhi government.  Some critics argue that the government’s policies may not be sustainable in the long-term. However, overall, Kejriwal’s government’s performance in Delhi depends on various factors, including their social welfare priorities and perspectives. Certainly, as a journalism student, it’s important to critically analyse, both the successes and the shortcomings of government policies.

As told to Amit Sengupta

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India Has Made Progress But Suppression of Dissent Worries Me

‘India Has Made Progress But Suppression of Dissent Worries Me’

Shruti Mishra (20), a first-time voter pursuing dental surgery at Santosh Medical College, says India’s remarkable development has come at the cost of democratic values. Her views:

As I stand on the threshold of casting my vote for the very first time, a whirlwind of emotions engulfs me. It’s a blend of excitement, responsibility, and a tinge of apprehension. In the political landscape of 2024, I find myself grappling with the complex reality of our nation’s democracy.

Reflecting on the past decade, the tenure of the Modi government has been nothing short of eventful. I can’t help but acknowledge the strides India has made on the global stage under their leadership. Economic reforms, infrastructural development, and initiatives like ‘Make in India’ have positioned our country as a force to reckon with. However, beneath this facade of progress lies a troubling undercurrent that leaves me deeply unsettled.

The systematic dismantling of opposition parties raises concerns about the very essence of democracy. While a strong government is essential for stability and progress, a healthy democracy thrives on the existence of a robust opposition. The suppression of dissenting voices and the erosion of democratic institutions are ominous signs that cannot be ignored. As a young voter, I fear that unchecked power could lead us down a path where democracy becomes nothing but a hollow shell.

Moreover, the neglect of the middle class is a glaring issue that remains unaddressed by successive governments, be it the BJP or the Congress. While policies are crafted and rhetoric is spun to appease the masses, the backbone of our nation—the middle class—is often left in the lurch. Struggling with inflation, stagnant wages, and crumbling infrastructure, the middle class bears the brunt of policy failures and political apathy. 

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Yes, India may have soared to new heights on the global stage, but it’s imperative that we don’t lose sight of the ground realities. A nation’s progress should be measured not just by its GDP growth or international alliances but by the well-being and prosperity of its citizens, especially the middle class—the engine of our economy.

Mishra (right) yearns for a more inclusive, transparent system of governance

As I prepare to exercise my democratic right, I yearn for a political landscape that prioritizes inclusivity, transparency, and accountability. I long to see leaders who listen to the voices of the people, who uphold the principles of democracy rather than subverting them for personal gain. It’s not about blindly supporting a party or an individual; it’s about holding those in power accountable and demanding better for our nation and its people. 

In the run-up to the elections, I hope to see genuine efforts to address the concerns of the middle class, to foster a healthy democratic environment where dissent is valued, not suppressed. It’s time for leaders to rise above petty politics and work towards building a nation where every citizen—regardless of their background or socio-economic status—can thrive. 

As I step into the polling booth, I carry with me the hopes and aspirations of a generation longing for change. My vote is not just a mark on a ballot; it’s a beacon of hope, a declaration of my commitment to shaping the future of my country. And in this pivotal moment, I choose to believe in the power of democracy, in the belief that together, we can forge a better tomorrow for India and its people.

As told to Deepti Sharma

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All Parties Will Try to Reap Electoral Gains From Ansari’s Death

Sanjay Srivastava, an advocate in the Poorvanchal region, says while BJP will use Ansari’s death to bolster its anti-Mafia claim, others will raise questions on his untimely death. His views:

Mukhtar enjoyed immense popularity in a particular community of eastern Uttar Pradesh along with a good number of followers and admirers amongst other (communities) as well. His death will definitely send a wave of sympathy among his followers, while others who feared his strong-arm tactics breathe a sigh of relief. Political parties, indeed, will try to use his death and its circumstance to their electoral advantage, even though it will only have a very limited impact

The BJP which has been boasting about its crackdown on the mafia as its biggest achievement, will use it to bolster its ‘Mitti me Mafia’ slogan. For, the ruling party is aware of the attempts by other political parties to polarize the elections by raising the issue of Mukhtar’s death and seeking votes by empathising with his supporters. BJP will now be more vocal among the voters on the issue in its election campaign.

It is also clearly visible (since Mukhtar’s death) that the opposition parties have started making all efforts to polarize votes into their accounts. SP was the first to express condolences on the social media raising questions on the intent of the state government machinery in the matter followed by BSP supremo Mayawati, who went a step ahead demanding a high-level investigation into the cause of death!

SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar was also not left behind when he declared Mukhtar a `Gareebon Ka Masiha’, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also encashed the opportunity by visiting the bereaved family at their home town in Ghazipur. However, on the accusation of Mukhtar’s family of him being given poison in the jail, Congress UP chief Ajay Rai also expressed concern and said that the accusations are big and they should be deeply investigated.

However his death will not have any drastic effect in the region other than the Ghazipur Lok Sabha seat where Mukhtar’s brother Afzal is the sitting MP from the BSP. The seat has by and large remained with the SP and the BSP for the past two decades with Afzal winning it in 2004 (SP) and 2019 (BSP). In 2009, another candidate from SP, Radha Mohan Singh and the BJP won only once (in the past 20 years) when Manoj Sinha won from here in 2014. Afzal has been once again given the ticket from the Ghazipur seat, however this time by his old accomplice SP.

The Ansari family also enjoys substantial influence in the neighboring Mau district which is also reflected by the result of the lone Ghosi seat where the SP and the BSP have been winning for the past two decades barring 2014 when the BJP’s Hari Narayan Rajbhar had won.

Mukhtar was the most notorious name of UP for the past few decades as the mastermind of organized crime and with the continuous shockers on the legal front during the last two years (ever since he was shifted to UP’s Banda jail from Punjab), his terror machinery was deteriorating increasingly helpless and getting paralyzed. With his death ending a chapter of crime, the issue of law and order has again come into discussion with the ruling BJP again pressing its commitment of a safe and developing state on all fronts.

As told to Rajat Rai

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India In Robotics Techonology

India Will Soon be a Force to Reckon With in Robotics Technology

Ankur Yadav, a top official at Addverb, makers of India’s first robotic dog Trakr, says their group is sculpting a future where robots stand as pioneers of progress. His views:

India’s ascent in robotics manufacturing represents not just a technological feat, but a testament to our nation’s ingenuity and resilience. Countless of startups today envision a future where Artificial Intelligence, robotics and future technologies stand as catalysts for progress, ushering in an era of unparalleled innovation and societal enrichment. With unwavering resolve, as India embarks on this journey, fueled by the conviction that together, we can redefine what’s possible and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

As a representative of Addverb, immersed in the forefront of India’s robotics manufacturing landscape, I am privileged to witness the seismic shift unfolding within our nation’s technological sphere. At the heart of this revolution lies the visionary “Make in India” initiative, propelling us towards the zenith of global robotics innovation. From our headquarters in Noida’s Bot Valley, we are sculpting a future where robots stand as pioneers of progress, reshaping industries and redefining human potential.

Among our proudest achievements stands the dog robot-Trakr, a marvel of engineering designed to traverse the most inhospitable terrains with unwavering resilience. Sized akin to a faithful canine companion, these robots epitomize versatility and adaptability. With their adept maneuverability, they venture into perilous environments, capturing crucial data and transmitting live feeds in real-time. Whether navigating treacherous construction sites, inspecting hazardous nuclear facilities, or aiding in disaster relief efforts, our dog robots epitomize the ethos of safety and efficiency.

Our vision extends far beyond the confines of earthly challenges, delving into the realm of healthcare innovation. The advent of robot technology marks a paradigm shift in medical assistance, empowering practitioners to deliver unprecedented levels of care and precision. These collaborative robots seamlessly integrate into clinical settings, augmenting the capabilities of doctors and physiotherapists alike. With their intuitive design and precision-guided movements, cobots optimize workflows, streamline processes, and elevate patient care standards to unparalleled heights.

Yet, perhaps the most transformative aspect of our robotics endeavors lies in their remote capabilities. Through groundbreaking advancements in ultrasound and imaging technologies, we transcend geographical barriers, bringing essential healthcare services to the doorsteps of underserved communities. From bustling metropolises to remote villages nestled amidst verdant landscapes, our robots bridge the healthcare divide, offering hope and healing where it’s needed most.

I am acutely aware of the profound responsibility entrusted upon us. With each innovation we conceive, we bear the mantle of societal progress and ethical stewardship. Our commitment to quality craftsmanship and ethical design principles ensures that every robot we create embodies reliability, efficiency, and human-centricity.

Our journey is one of collaboration, innovation, and relentless determination. Guided by the visionary leadership of “Make in India,” we forge ahead, propelled by the belief that our creations will shape a brighter, more inclusive future for all. Together, we stand on the precipice of greatness, poised to unleash the transformative power of robotics upon the world. 

As told to Deepti Sharma

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Badaun People Happy With Police Action

Badaun People Happy With Swift Police Action In Double Murder Case

Anshul Jain, a native of Badaun and a socio-political expert, says the timely action in the recent double murder case has strengthened the trust of electorate in UP Police and Yogi Govt. His views:

The entire Badaun district was in shock when two local barbers, Sajid and Javed, in the Baba colony area killed their neighbour’s two minor sons Ayush, and Ahaan on March 19. Though the police failed to give any concrete reason behind the heinous crime, all it has to say is that the accused Sajid, who was killed in an encounter, was mentally unstable.

Though the police nabbed Sajid and killed him in an encounter while he was trying to escape from police custody, his partner in crime, Javed was later arrested from Bareilly. The entire episode is shrouded in mystery as the assailant Javed has not been revealed much about the motive of the crime. A frustrated Vinod also tried to immolate himself in front of the SSP office on March 24 but the police had nothing much to add to its investigation.

Nevertheless, the issue has not acquired any political colours and by and large, Badaun voters feel that the action of police personnel was swift and the crime situation in the district as well in the state has been satisfactory. Meanwhile, higher officials of Uttar Pradesh police have denied a communal angle to the crime.

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Talking about the effect of the incident on the elections, it is hardly going to hamper the prospects of BJP that has its MP (Sanghmitra Maurya) representing the Lok Sabha seat. In 2019, Maurya secured nearly 47 per cent votes and won by a margin of about 20,000 votes defeating his nearest rival Dharmendra Yadav of SP. This time, the BJP has declared Durvijay Singh Shakya as its candidate and his chances are even better this time thanks to the image of Adityanath Yogi.

Badaun has about 20 lakh voters with 3.5 lakh Muslim, 3.5 lakh Yadavs, 4 lakh general category voters and about 2.5 lakh Shakya (OBC) voters. The main fight is between the BJP and the SP and if BSP files a Muslim candidate from the seat, it is going to dent SP and benefit BJP.

The Samajwadi Party has used the Badaun incident to attack the Yogi government for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. However, according to locals of Badaun, who are shocked after the incident and are standing with the family, the chief minister has got his 2nd historic term in the state over his brilliant performance on the law and order front. Even in the current horrific incident, the mood of electorate is one of laudatory for the role of state police and state administration.

As told to Rajat Rai

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‘Why Penalise All Pet Parents For The Fault Of A Few Bad Apples?’

Tushar Srivastava, a pet parent, says a blanket ban on supposedly ferocious dog breeds is akin to throwing baby out with the bathwater. His views:

As a devoted parent to a Rottweiler, lovingly called Gabbar, the recent ban on 23 dog breeds has left me deeply troubled. This blanket prohibition not only unfairly targets responsible pet owners but also promotes misconceptions about certain breeds, casting a shadow on the future of canine companionship. As I am trying to recover through all-round stigmatization and prejudice against select pets, I implore society to reconsider its approach to our furry companions.

This ban not only penalizes responsible pet parents like me but also threatens to erase these majestic creatures from our communities. It is heartbreaking to witness the misguided belief that banning breeds will solve behavioral issues, as it neglects the root cause of canine misbehavior and neglects the responsibility of owners. Such an approach is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

The imposition of fines on pet owners whose dogs misbehave is a reasonable measure to encourage responsible pet ownership. However, banning entire breeds only serves to perpetuate fear and discrimination. It is akin to punishing an entire classroom for the actions of a few disruptive students. Instead, we should focus on education, training, and support for pet owners to foster positive relationships between dogs and their communities.

We must encourage our children to form meaningful bonds with dogs

Moreover, the notion that certain breeds are inherently dangerous is not only scientifically unfounded but also unjust. Rottweilers, like any other breed, thrive in loving environments with proper socialization and training. They are not born aggressive; rather, aggression is often a result of neglect, abuse, or lack of socialization. By condemning entire breeds, we risk endorsing stereotypes and depriving our future generations of the joy of canine companionship.

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As a dog parent, I refuse to let fear dictate my love for the furry companions. My Rottweiler is not a threat to society; he is a beloved member of my family, showering us with unwavering loyalty and affection. He deserves to be judged based on his individual temperament and behavior, not on misguided perceptions of its breed.

Furthermore, the consequences of a blanket breed ban extend far beyond the realm of pet ownership. By prohibiting certain breeds, we send a message to future generations that dogs are to be feared and avoided rather than being embraced as loving buddies. We risk depriving children of the opportunity to form meaningful bonds with these incredible animals and instead perpetuate a culture of fear and mistrust.

Instead of resorting to draconian measures, let us work together to promote responsible pet ownership and create communities where all dogs are welcome. This includes providing resources for training and socialization, implementing stricter penalties for irresponsible owners, and challenging harmful stereotypes about certain breeds.

In conclusion, the recent ban on 23 dog breeds is not only unjust but also counterproductive. As a Rottweiler parent, I urge society to reconsider its approach to pet policies and embrace a more compassionate and rational approach. Let us not condemn entire breeds based on fear and prejudice but instead celebrate the diversity and beauty of our canine companions.

Together, we can build communities where all dogs, regardless of breed, are valued and cherished members of society.

As told to Deepti Sharma