Firstpost Editor's Picks: Congress' 10 year challenge in UP, Oxfam survey on income, Soni in time of Simmba; today's must-read stories
Unfortunately for the Congress, Uttar Pradesh's extant social reality is very different today from what it was in 2009
India's grand old party is unlikely to repeat its 2009 performance in Uttar Pradesh
The 2018 Oxfam survey revealed a similar trend
Soni establishes that empathy does not discriminate between victims and criminals.
In 2009, the Congress won 21 seats, SP 23, BSP 20, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 10 and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) five. But India's grand old party is unlikely to repeat this performance as Uttar Pradesh's extant social reality is very different today from what it was in 2009, which the what-if narrative does not take into account.
Now, these trends are nothing new. The 2018 Oxfam survey and the one year before too had revealed a more or less similar trend. The last survey showed that the richest one percent in India holding 73 percent of the total wealth and 67 percent Indians representing the poorest half witnessing their wealth rising by 1 percent. Globally, too the situation is not any better than what India faces.
Empathy is a quality that evades the Rohit Shetty film. While he could pass off Simmba's quest for avenging his sister's rape as a product of empathy for the survivor, Soni establishes that empathy does not discriminate between victims and criminals. It cuts across boundaries and is applicable to all humans.
An embarrassed Congress claimed Sibal was there in his “personal capacity” and did not represent the party. It is too convenient an argument, much like the one the Congress made when a youth party leader appeared for extradited arms dealer Christian Michel in a CBI court. Such plausible deniability of “personal capacity” doesn’t really work when the issue involves Congress and Indian politics.
The largest spanner in the BJP's works is, of course, the TMC-run West Bengal government and the BJP could well have foreseen the administrative hurdles that the state government would have thrown at the party ahead of Modi's visit. If the debate over the landing of BJP national president Amit Shah's helicopter is any indication, then the saffron party is not only wary of faltering in a show of popularity, but also in putting together the infrastructure of a rally in an environment fraught with alleged lack of cooperation from the Mamata Banerjee government.
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