Monday, 19 February 2018

Are Uttarakhand People thinking about 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Written by A bisht

BJP knows how to fight elections. It has a big cadre. It prepares for elections really well.

The interesting thing about its cadre is that it is usually difficult to separate cadre from plain supporters.

This explains why the party always seems to be in some election mode. This also explains why for the past Couple of days, all newspapers in Uttarakhand are more than eager publishing speculative stories about a possible defection and conspiracy brewing up in the party against the CM. The newspapers are not very wrong this time though. They are only providing the readers what they want to read. If after one year of his Government, the CM is assuring his party president that the party will win all Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand in 2019 elections, then it must be inferred that voters in Uttarakhand do want this assurance from him.

Do you want to listen and talk about election preparation all the time?

That too when the party has 57 out of 70 seats in Uttarakhand?

I don't want this election mode all the time.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Is Political funding difficult subject for Uttarakhand People ?

Written by A bisht

For a common man, political funding is a difficult subject. It is not that they don not understand the subject/topic. They do understand it. But what makes the subject of political funding (money given to political parties) difficult is how we see it.

In most cases, people react in favor or in opposition to political funding based on their political biases. For eg. If a person likes a political party or a particular ideology, then there are high chances that he/she will see such a funding as necessary or Good. Or he/she may simply ignore it. The opposite of it is equally correct. Indians as highly motivated beings, see every paisa received by a political rival as black money.

Both the above views are far from truth.

Political parties do need money to survive and fight political rivals. The best way to ensure their survival is through public donations. This mode of funding is far better than the recent idea of State Funding of Elections in India. If said simply, then if people and political parties contest elections to run a country for people, then funds provided by people makes Governments more answerable and responsible to people.

What we need is transparency in political funding. At present, political funding is NOT transparent. Even the recent reforms in political funding have not changed anything. In fact, political funding has become even more opaque now. For instance, the identity of anyone who gives political fund above a certain amount (3 Lakh) will not be made public. It is difficult to understand how providing a veil of anonymity (in Hindi "pahchan chhupane ka parda") to the biggest fund givers of a political party will serve the interests of the people. Remember, most of the money in any political party's account comes from these biggest fund givers. The interests of these fund givers are different from those of people.

There is another point which is least needed in any transparent political funding. If I recall correctly, then while the Government can look into the funding of those political opponents, the latter can it do the same.

The primary reason for writing about political funding today is Amar Ujala's an entire page coverage of the political funding initiative of the BJP -- a political party which at present is in Government in Uttarakhand. It's in today's newspaper. The coverage speaks about BJP surpassing its goal for funds from the  Lifelong memberships. The party managed to collect Rs 25 crores. The coverage hardly serves any public interest. For the reasons already shared here. It may something about the BJP's popularity in Uttarakhand, but it doesn't tell the entire money the party receives as funds.  Thus the coverage looks more like a PR exercise. The same space could be used for more meaningful news.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Good to see Uttarakhand Forest Guard exam applicants on TV

Written by A bisht

It was nice seeing some of you young men on NDTV Prime Time ( 9 PM, Monday to Friday). The channel is doing good work by raising the employment questions of young men and women. You presented the problems concerning Uttarakhand Forest Guard recruitment examination quite effectively.

There is nothing wrong in speaking about the delay in examination process on the appropriate platform. You can speak about the delays taking place in any other recruitment processes as well. And young women must also make sure that they are equally vocal about their job woes on appropriate platforms.

On Uttarakhand Portal we also try to cover various issues faced by young women and men in the state. Since we are a small Portal, hence it's not always possible to cover all your woes. But still, during all these years, we kept writing about jobs and other issues plaguing Uttarakhand Youth. If you look at our past articles, then you will find some great articles about Uttarakhand Youth.

When you read such articles, don't read them from a political point of view. We have never wrote anything which is aimed at targeting any particular political party. We look at issues, weigh them and then write by solely focusing on Uttarakhand people, and what is best for them. The welfare of Uttarakhand Youth is a priority for us.

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