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Gujarat Model Illusions, Myths, and Contradictions

There has been enough systematic and well-orchestrated hype over the much-repeated word Gujarat Model, across the country and more so at the time of any general elections. Just like there are professional big mouths tom-toming the oft-repeated cliche there is no dearth of dissenting voices against the same. But on the ground, it looks like there are no takers for such arguments. Image Source:  Elets News Network Only campaigners or baiters: A tour with journalist friends in the poll-bound industrious state and meeting a variety of people give rise to only two kinds of opinions. Either you hear a vociferous campaign favouring the double engine administration or others baiting both the dispensation. It looks like there is no space for a third or neutral voice. Unimaginable progress over the years: Dr Deepa Nadkarni, a general practitioner based out of Ankleshwar in Bharuch district recollects-“I came to Ankleshwar in 1995 to practice. Then I was carrying my infant kid and the house we en

Jignesh Mevani faces an uphill battle in Vadgam

Jignesh Mevani, a former journalist turned activist, politician, Independent MLA and has evolved into an icon for Dalit youths, activists across the country. As of now, he is witnessing an uphill task in his reserved home constituency Vadgam in Banaskantha district which went to polls on Monday. The former Independent legislator is now an Indian National Congress (INC) candidate. Jignesh Mevani Former sympathizer turns BJP rival: Although Jignesh Mevani got elected as an Independent contestant in the 2017 general elections, he had blessings from the Congress party which supported his candidature by abstaining from fielding its candidate. The former Vadgam Congress MLA Manilal Vaghela was shifted to the neighbouring Idar constituency where he was defeated. However, this time the same Manilal Vaghela who had wholeheartedly extended support has now turned an opponent by being a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. He quit Congress in November 2021 and joined the BJP in April 2022. Anti

Gujarat: Congress may increase its tally

The Indian National Congress (INC), which has been continuously sulking election after election for the past 27 years has reasons to smile. This time as the top echelons of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party in power is of the perception that the permanent opposition party is set to wrest more than 10-12 seats than its present strength of 60.                                                                            Image Source: Wikipedia   Congress to go upward: In fact, the Congress had won in 77 seats last time, but thanks to Operation Lotus, 17 of them just walked away into the ruling party for green pastures. Going by the popular mood and pre-poll surveys of many a media outlet and acceptance of none other than the BJP itself, Congress is said to be increasing its tally compared to the present strength. BJP hint increase of INC seats: BJP top leaders themselves confide that the Congress party looks like increasing its party strength in the state Assembly. A senior AICC

AAP aims to become a national party by garnering Six percent of the votes

The entry of Aam Adami Party (AAP) headed by Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of New Delhi and AAP National Convener into the electoral politics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat has raised the eyebrows of many a political onlooker more than the average voter. Although the party leaders publicly boast of unseating the 27years old BJP regime the real big dream of them is to garner at least six percent of the vote share to entitle themselves to a new national party. Image Source: ANI photo BJP and INC vote share intact so far: Interestingly in Gujarat, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power for the last 27 years, and the Indian National Congress (INC), the opposition party for the same period of time continue to enjoy the same trends of the voter base. In 2017 Congress almost came close to corridors of power with 77 seats and 42 percent of the vote share. But, it remained uneven in comparison to its adversary BJP with 99 seats and 48 percent of votes. Questi

Gujarat: Ruling BJP confident of returning for the Seventh consecutive term

Polling is on to 89 out of the total 182 constituencies for the Gujarat state Assembly while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) portrays an exuberant posture of returning back to the reins of power for a record consecutive Seventh tenure. The only change in the situation this time is that the Aam Adami Party (AAP) is also in the fray along with the traditional rivals BJP and Indian National Congress (INC). Image Source: INDIA TV South Gujarat, Saurashtra: South Gujarat comprising a large tract of tribal belt continues to remain a strong BJP bastion. However, the Saurashtra region which suffered a humiliating defeat in 17 constituencies due to the Patidar agitation led by Hardik Patel is headed for a show of strength. Hardik Patel, who had created ripples within the ruling regime during the last general elections has robed with saffron attire and is contesting on a BJP ticket making a turnaround in the electoral scenario. Hardik tipped to become a Minister: Hardik Patel, despite

Heart Problems: Prevention Better Than Cure Only Way Out

World Heart Day was observed yesterday highlighting the overall scenario in the field of Cardiovascular related woes and suggesting ways to reduce the occurrence in an alarming way in order to save precious human lives. Young populace becoming victims: There has been a paradoxical phenomenon being observed in recent times. Earlier it was almost a practice of 70+ year’s individuals to develop the tendency of ending up becoming victims of a variety of cardiac ailments. But, unfortunately, these days the younger generations in their early 30’s and 40s have started becoming prey! IACTS launches IACTS Outreach Day: The Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS) launched an IACTS Outreach Day in the city at the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research popularly known as Jayadeva Hospital. It aimed at educating people to adopt a healthier lifestyle as well as inspiring a new generation of doctors to further advance the field of cardiac surgery. Millions

Vice Admiral Makarand A Hampiholi: A Long List of Accomplishments, Yet Humble and Grounded

Vice Admiral Makarand A Hampiholi, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Nausena Medal (NM), is presently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command [FOC-in-C (South)]. The Southern Naval Command (SNC) is one of the three Command-level formations of the Indian Navy and is headquartered at Kochi, Kerala. The Flag Officer is responsible for overall training in the Indian Navy, operational control of SNC ships and administration of various units of the SNC. He is also responsible for the coastal defence of the state of Kerala and Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Mahe as the CINC Coastal Defence South. Training Command: The Southern Naval Command has been designated as the Training Command of the Indian Navy and is responsible for training of officers and sailors right from the ab-initio to the advanced stages. The FOC-in-C (South) exercises control over training establishments that are spread across the seven states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra

Arogya Ratna award to Dr Madhusudan KR

Dr Madhusudan KR, renowned holistic healer of the International Reiki Foundation in the city was bestowed the 'Arogya Ratna' award at the recently concluded two days international workshop on alternative medicine. The prestigious award was presented to Dr Madhusudan KR at the second World Congress on Traditional Medicine conducted by the Indian Holistic Medical Research Foundation by the Vice Chancellor of the Kazakhstan university. The international conference was attended by holistic experts from across the world and the award was in recognition of attending the two days special workshop. It was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. The Indian Holistic Medical Research Foundation has been registered with the Government of Telangana in Hyderabad and accredited by the International Accreditation Organization under the Ministry of MSME, Government of India and certified by the British Council of Complementary Therapies. Recalling his partici

Thanks to 18% GST, the lighting lifestyle industry looks to be at crossroads

The lighting industry and more so the light emitting diode (LED) industry in the country has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. However, in comparison to the strides elsewhere perhaps India has a long way to go. Although you had Incandescent bulbs and Fluorescent lamps in the initial stage, the scenario changed altogether with the advent of the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) Halogen lamps had their own say. In recent times, it looks like LED bulbs have a major say in the domestic market. The advantage of the light emitting diode is that it happens to be a semiconductor light source emitting light with the flow of the current, while electrons in the semiconductor recombine with electron holes, releasing energy in the form of photons. Interestingly, despite the domestic lighting industry emerging into a billion-dollar market it continues to be in its infancy when you ponder over if it is an organized one? As of now, the industry looks to be at crossro

Acharya Mahanidhi launches an unheard course: Ayurveda from the first standard!

Please hold your breath, here is a professional Ayurveda course already being launched by Acharya Mahanidhi and that too from the very first standard! Yes, you have read it right as it's literally no exaggeration at all and the gentleman who has come out with such an unimaginable idea of introducing the age-old ancient practice is just in his early thirties! It may look too difficult for you to believe, but, yes it's a fact. Acharya Mahanidhi An ardent disciple of Pejavara Swamiji: Acharya Mahanidhi, born on 21-08-1988 to Ms Radha and Madhwachar A. Satenahalli in Ballary happened to be an ardent disciple of Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji of the Pejawar Mutt specializing in the traditional Gurukula form of education. He studied with the seer for 11-12 years and started specialising in Ayurveda and Natyashastra. However, the major part of his study was on dedication to 'Bhootvaidya', construed to be a major part of Ashtanga Ayurveda. Author of more than 25 books: He infor

BMHS: Marriages pave way for frequent get-togethers and parties!

Dharwad/Bengaluru: These days, the number of frequent get-togethers and parties is on the increase, thanks to the marriages of friends' children. If am right as Narayan keeps saying, the WhatsApp group of the 1976 batch came into being only after Deepak Laddad's kid’s wedding in Dharwad. All those who had assembled for the marriage felt the need of forming an online group and things started falling in place for meeting one another every now and then. Nani pays respect to ‘Teachers’: Probably, more than a handful of such marriages might have taken place in the last 3-4 years or so. By and large, most of them took place at Dharwad while a recent one of the sons of Raghuprasad was held in Bengaluru. Ravi's daughter's marriage gave the feel of another get-together. Narayan booked rail tickets for me well in advance to attend the marriage. In fact, we went much prior to the marriage so that he could meet his office commitments. Once, the marriage got over it was party time w