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Sunday, June 25, 2017

[mukto-mona] Re: Spat between Iran and Saudi Arabia



Unless these idiots go beyond the notoriety of religion (probably not!), they will make others people to laugh at Muslims and their pathetic performance for last two hundred years despite the oil wealth. I still do not understand what is the real problem? Who got bigger dick? It looks like, two bald headed men looking for sharp combs to hurt themselves? Are these people religious or righteous for a false cause?

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

[mukto-mona] Fwd: [haqmein] Not in My Name




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Dear friends,

Shouldn't we be doing something like this is Mumbai? Let's plan something.

Warmly,
Anjali and Jayasankar

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Date: 25 June 2017 at 01:46
Subject: Fwd: Not In My Name - Citizens Protest Against Lynching on 28 June | 6:00 PM | Jantar Mantar
To: Rahul Roy <rahulroy63@gmail.com>


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Date: Wednesday, 28 June, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

https://www.facebook.com/events/832175993606631

A citizens silent protest against the targetted lynchings of Muslims going on countrywide. The latest being of 16 year old Junaid on 23 June 2017 in Delhi (NCR) on a suburban train. As citizens let's get together and assert that the killings and the hatred being unleashed - Is Not In Our Name. If not now then when? Right to Life and Equality is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of India. It is time we the citizens of India reclaim and protect our Constitution.

Please carry banners with the slogan - NOT IN MY NAME


This is a citizens protest open to all. Everyone is welcome but without party or organisational banners.

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[mukto-mona] Re: {PFC-Friends} Re: {NA Bangladeshi Community} বাংলাদেশ আওয়ামী লীগের প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী




Mr. Bipul,
You may have been skipping your medication !!  On a second thought, it is a distinct possibility that the medication  is no longer working to keep a idiot from making a total laughing stock of himself.  

The anti-moron therapy had failed long ago. Then the anti-imbecile therapy also had failed shortly when you  started to show symptoms for idiocy.  It's been slippery slopes ever since :-( 

In psychology, the words moron, imbecile, and idiot mean different things.

A moron =   Highest level of intelligence for someone who is mildly mentally retarded =  IQ  Between 51 and 70

An imbecile =  A moderate retardation =  IQs between 26 and 50 

An idiot =  The least intelligence on the IQ scale and considered fully mentally retarded = IQ between 0 and 25 

Now, I afraid your IQ has gone negative !! 


আওয়ামী মিথ্যাবাদীদের নমুনা। .....

"পাহাড়ের বিপর্যয়ের জন্য দায়ী বিএনপি: ওবায়দুল কাদের"
"ফখরুলের গাড়ি পথচারীকে ধাক্কা মারাতে জনগণ ফখরুলদের গাড়ি ভেঙেছে এবং মেরেছে "
"চালের দাম বাড়ার জন্য বিএনপি দায়ী "
"বিদেশী হত্যা বিএনপি করেছে "
"বাংলাদেশ ব্যাংকের রিজার্ভ চুরিতে বিএনপি-জামায়াতের হাত আছে"
"খাম্বা ধাক্কা দিয়ে গার্মেন্টস ভেঙে ফেলেছে বিএনপি "
"হেফাজতের ইমামরা গায়ে রং মেখে শুয়েছিল"
"বন্দুক যুদ্ধ"
"জঙ্গি পালানোর সাথে বিএনপি-জামায়াত ও আন্তর্জাতিক জঙ্গিগোষ্ঠী জড়িত : হাসান মাহমুদ"
" হিউম্যান রাইটস ওয়াচ ভাড়াটে সংগঠন: হাসান মাহমুদ "
বিএনপি-জামায়াতের ছাত্রছায়ায় টার্গেট কিলিং হচ্ছে বলে দাবি করেছেন আওয়ামী লীগের প্রচার ও প্রকাশনা সম্পাদক ড. হাছান মাহমুদ.
"জঙ্গি নাটক, জঙ্গি আছে , জঙ্গি নাই, আইএস আছে, আইএস নাই "
"শোলাকিয়ার হামলায় জামাত-বিএনপি জড়িত : ড. হাসান মাহমুদ |"
'আশকোনায় আত্মঘাতী বিস্ফোরণের জন্য বিএনপি দায়ী' "
"জিয়া পাকিস্তানের এজেন্ট ছিলেন"
"এসপি বাবুল তার বৌকে হত্যা করেছে "
"৫ জানুয়ারী সুষ্ঠু ভোট হয়েছে "
"গুলশানে জঙ্গি হামলার ঘটনার ১০ দিন পর সরকার বিএনপিকে দায়ী "
"মৎস্যজীবি হাজার হাজার কোটি টাকার ইনকাম"
"সরকার সমর্থক সংগঠন ওলামা লীগের সাথে আওয়ামী লীগের কোনো ধরনের সম্পর্ক নেই"
"প্রধানমন্ত্রীর রাজনৈতিক বিষয়ক উপদেষ্টা এইচ টি ইমাম আওয়ামী লীগের 'কেউ না' বলে মন্তব্য করেছেন দলের যুগ্ম সাধারণ সম্পাদক মাহবুব উল আলম হানিফ"


-RA


2017-06-24 1:00 GMT-04:00 'bipul kamal' via PFC-Friends <pfc-friends@googlegroups.com>:
সাংবাদিক এবং কিছু TV চ্যানেলকে টাকা দিয়ে ফখরুল সাহেবদের অপরিকল্পিত নাটকটি প্রচার করা হয় । বিএনপি নাট্যমের এনাটকটি পুরোটাই অপরিপ্ক্ক ।

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On Jun 23, 2017, at 9:55 PM, bipul kamal <bipulnahar@yahoo.com> wrote:

শুধু ভুইলা গেছেন নিজের বাপের নাম !!

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On Jun 23, 2017, at 12:03 AM, rashed Anam <rashedanam1971@gmail.com> wrote:

বাকশাল-১ এর স্বরাচারী গণতন্ত্র হরণ ভুলি নাই , বাক অধিকার হরণ ভুলি নাই ,
-রক্ষীবাহিনীর গুম-খুন , লুট ধর্ষণের ইতিহাস ভুলি নাই
-লগি বৈঠা তান্ডব ভুলি নাই
-হেফাজত গণহত্যা ভুলি নাই
-দাড়ি টুপি হত্যা, নির্যাতন ভুলি নাই
-বাকশাল-২ এর গণতন্ত্র হরণ, ভোট-অধিকার হরণ , একদলীয় একনায়কতন্ত্র ভুলি নাই
-নির্দলীয় নির্বাচন বেবস্থা হরণ ভুলি নাই
-বিডিআর দিয়ে ৫৭-আর্মি হত্যা ভুলি নাই
-হাজার হাজার গুমখুন আর বিচারবহির্ভুত রাজনৈতিক হত্যার তান্ডব ভুলি নাই
-বিডিআরকে ভারতীয় বাহিনী বানানো ভুলি নাই
-জঙ্গি নাটকের নাম জনোগনকে ধরে ধরে নিয়ে হত্যা করা ভুলি নাই
-ভারতের কাছে দেশ বিক্রি ভুলি নাই
-ভারতকে অবিরাম সীমান্তে হত্যা করতে দেয়া ভুলি নাই
-বাংলাদেশের স্বার্থ, সুন্দরবন, ট্রানজিট, বন্দর,টিভি চ্যানেল, বিদ্যুৎ কেন্দ্র, বেবসা, টেন্ডার বিলিয়ে দেয়া ভুলি নাই
-ইসলামবিরোধী বি-ইসলামী করন ভুলি নাই, আল্লাহকে সংবিধান থেকে, পাঠপুস্তক থেকে বের করা দেয়া ভুলি নাই
-ইসলাম বিরোধী, আল্লাহকে গালাগালিকারী ব্লগারদের মুক্তিযুদ্ধের শহীদদের আখ্যায়িত করা ভুলি নাই
-ইসলামী ব্যাঙ্ক, রাষ্ট্রীয় ব্যাঙ্ক, জনতা ব্যাঙ্ক বেসিক ব্যাঙ্ক, সোনালী ব্যাঙ্ক লুট ও দখল ভুলি নাই
-কুইক রেন্টাল দুর্নীতি করে জনগণের টাকা লুট ভুলি নাই


-RA

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বাংলাদেশ আওয়ামী লীগের প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকীঃ বাংলার মাটি ও মানুষের পাশে ৬৮ বছর

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[mukto-mona] Re: {NA Bangladeshi Community} ঈদের শুভেচ্ছা




এই ইসলাম বিরোধী, হেফাজত আলেমদের   গণহত্যাকারী,  নাস্তিক ব্লগারদের মুক্তিযুদ্ধের শহীদদের মর্যাদা দানকারী, আল্লাহকে ও ইসলামকে রাষ্ট্র থেকে, সংবিধান থেকে, পাঠপুস্তক থেকে বের করে দেয়া কারী, দাড়ি-টুপিকে ও  মাদ্রাসাকে  জঙ্গি  অপবাদ দেয়া কারী  এই স্বৈরাচারী নাস্তিক আওয়ামীলগের  মুখে আবার ইসলামের কথা ??  ধর্ম বেবসা এখন ধর্ম-বিরোধীরাও করছে ?    এ যেন হিটলারের মুখে গান্ধীর অসহিংসের কথা !! 

-RA

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Re: [mukto-mona] Prof Vivek Kumar on Challenges to Ram Nath Kovind



Did not Vemula get a great opportunity and then he commits suicide? How can these people be helped? Affirmative actions for all non-performers? That will drown all Indians to the abyss.
 




On Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:57 PM, "Dristy Pat dristypat5@gmail.com [mukto-mona]" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


 
What Dalits need is opportunity and help from the society; they are victim of circumstances. They can not compete in the free market without patronization.

On Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 4:58 PM, Dev Saha devsaha5@yahoo.com [mukto-mona] <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
Do we know why Mr. Vemula killed himself? Any Dalit suicide should be blamed on other Hindus and political leaders? Not sure what is a Dalit cause and why it should be promoted rather than the Indian democratic cause? If Mr. Vemula could get into a good university and conduct his studies, why people like Ram Puniyani crying foul? Did Mr. Puniyani's sons and daughters marry any Dalits? Did he adopt any Dalit orphan? These are bunch of lefties, who think they know better and they are fairer than others. Would these people ever walk the walk?

People have to work harder. And there should not be exception for Dalits or other indigenous people not to do that.... but wait for the free handouts. If a person gets into an university, he/she needs to finish his/her studies and be useful to the community. Whining does not help anybody.
 




On Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:40 AM, "ram puniyani ram.puniyani@gmail.com [mukto-mona]" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


 
https://thewire.in/150254/ram- nath-kovind-president/


The Challenges Facing Ram Nath Kovind as President Are Both Particular and National

Will Kovind as president be a champion for Dalit justice? Will he uphold the values of the constitution?

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Ram Nath Kovind.
It is still not very clear why the BJP made Ram Nath Kovind, a non-Jatav Dalit from Uttar Pradesh, its nominee for the president's post. Is it to arrest the disenchantment and alienation of Dalits with the BJP over the last three years? Is it to counter the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which still has 22% vote share in UP? Is it to neutralise the opposition and Dalits so they cannot brand the BJP as anti-Dalit? Is it to silence the educated and mobile Dalits who are fed up with the politics of symbolism and patron-client politics, and are demanding effective representation in the decision-making process? Or does it have some other hidden ideological agenda? Whatever the long term agenda, the immediate agenda is very clear. It is to cajole the anger of the agitating Dalit youths from Hyderabad to UP via Gujarat.
Humiliation, exclusion and suppression
We have seen how Dalits have suffered exclusion and suppression over the last three years, how have they faced the worst type of humiliation under BJP regimes. First, Rohith Vemula, a research scholar from Hyderabad Central University, was driven to suicide by the draconian university administration. However, the victim's mother and friends have alleged that it all happened because of the pressure mounted by local and national BJP leadership in the university's administration. When his mother demanded justice, a member of the commission set up by central government humiliated her by going beyond its mandate to ascertain her pedigree.
Dalits were humiliated by V.K. Singh, a cabinet minister in the NDA government, who compared them  to dogs and went scot-free. Who can forget Una where Dalits were mercilessly beaten by gau rakshaks in broad daylight? The Gujarat government took cognisance of the incident only because it went viral on social media. After that, whenever Dalits protested, they were attacked. The Dalits continue to be agitated without justice.
The BJP's anti-Dalit face came to fore once again in UP, where its vice president used obnoxious and vulgar language to describe Mayawati, one of the tallest Dalit leaders. After BSP cadres, as well as Mayawati herself, protested against him in the Rajya Sabha, he was symbolically shown the door. Later, the BJP's leadership further humiliated Dalits by not only giving an assembly ticket to the ousted leader's wife, but also making her a cabinet minister when the BJP came to power in UP. To rub salt on the wound of Dalits, soon after the formation of the government, the same leader was reinstated in the party with great fanfare.
Then came the cases of Delta Meghwal in Rajasthan and the rape of Dalit women in Bhadana, Haryana. Dalit women were raped and the guilty were not brought to book. One can add Saharanpur in UP to this list, where Dalits were beaten and their huts were burnt by so-called upper castes. The newly elected BJP government portrayed the Dalit youth-led Bhim Army to be the villain. Dalits were further humiliated in UP when the civil administration gave Dalits soap and shampoo before chief minster Adityanath's visit. When people protested, no satisfactory answer was given by the government.
A leadership problem
On each of these occasions, angry Dalits protested with full might, on the roads and on virtual media, but they did not get justice. They were humiliated by government enquiries as the guilty were protected by BJP's leadership.
Humiliation reached its zenith when BJP leaders had food with Dalits in their houses on camera. The same symbolism was depicted when BJP president Amit Shah took samrasta snan with Dalits in Madhya Pradesh. These gestures are blatantly humiliating. The so-called upper castes are simply reminding Dalits, 'look you are so lowly even when we are eating with you or bathing with you'. The question is why do you have to remind Dalits again and again of their structural location and prove your hegemonic benevolence?
At another level, Dalits feel humiliated and demoralised when so-called Dalit leaders belonging to the BJP and NDA, like Ram Vilas Paswan, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Ramdas Athavle and Udit Raj, don't speak a world on these gross atrocities on Dalits. In the same vein, the BJP-led NDA government took months to appoint a scheduled caste commissioner under Article 338 of the Indian constitution. Even after the appointment he remains silent. There is never a BJP Dalit spokesperson on TV to air the anguish of Dalits.
The prime minister's statement, 'shoot me if you want, but don't target Dalits', does not ask for stern action against the perpetrators of atrocities on Dalits. The statement depicts the prime minister's helplessness and lack of political will, further demoralising Dalits, especially Dalit youth.
Presidential opportunity
The first particular challenge for Kovind is to cushion the pain and agony of Dalits, who have been suffering for the past three years. How will he restore the lost pride of the Dalits? Moreover, will he be able to succeed in making reforms for their effective representation in different institutions of government if he becomes president of India? If he doesn't succeed in doing so, he will not be able to halt the Dalits' disenchantment with the BJP. The precedent suggests that chances of his success are very bleak.
I say this because it is not the first time that a Dalit has been fielded for the post of president of India. In 1997, exactly two decades earlier, K.R. Narayanan was elected as the first Dalit president. The Congress had nominated Narayanan to the post to counter the ever-increasing influence of BSP, not only in UP, but all over the country. However, the Congress could not stop the rise of the BSP in UP and it would gradually go on to wipe out Congress from UP. Whether the BJP will meet the same fate, only time will tell.
Constitutional values and Dalit justice
Another challenge for Kovind is to match the political acumen, assertion and independent nature of Narayanan. We have to accept the fact that Narayanan was one of the most assertive presidents of the country who upheld constitutional values to the core. At the outset, he was the first president who exercised his franchise by standing in a queue like an ordinary citizen of the country. This can be considered as a revolutionary step in democratic politics, because presidents before him feared to be dubbed as partisan.
He was also one of the few presidents who faced politically turbulent times under two different regimes, National Front (1997) and then BJP-led NDA government (1998). Amidst the chaos, he did not lose constitutional ethos. With strong political acumen, he upheld constitutional value, twice asking the government of the day to reconsider its advice on the use of Article 356.
First, in October 1997, he asked National Front's cabinet to reconsider its decision to dismiss the then Kalyan Singh-led BJP government in UP, and forced them to hail his effort as a 'victory of democracy'. Again in October 1998, Narayanan returned a Union cabinet resolution seeking the imposition of president's rule in Bihar and the suspension of the assembly.
It is a coincidence that the outgoing president, Pranab Mukherjee, accepted both recommendations of presidential rule (first in Arunachal Pradesh and then in Uttarakhand) by the present BJP government. However, even the president's ascent could not withhold the scrutiny of Supreme Court of India.
Can Kovind uphold constitutional values in the way Narayanan did? Can he raise the voice of the Dalits, as Narayanan did when he raised the issue of under-representation of marginalised sections in the Supreme Court? It is on these particular and national issues that Kovind's candidature will be tested by the nation as a whole and by Dalits in particular.
Vivek Kumar is a professor of sociology at the school of social sciences, JNU.







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Re: [mukto-mona] Prof Vivek Kumar on Challenges to Ram Nath Kovind



What Dalits need is opportunity and help from the society; they are victim of circumstances. They can not compete in the free market without patronization.

On Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 4:58 PM, Dev Saha devsaha5@yahoo.com [mukto-mona] <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Do we know why Mr. Vemula killed himself? Any Dalit suicide should be blamed on other Hindus and political leaders? Not sure what is a Dalit cause and why it should be promoted rather than the Indian democratic cause? If Mr. Vemula could get into a good university and conduct his studies, why people like Ram Puniyani crying foul? Did Mr. Puniyani's sons and daughters marry any Dalits? Did he adopt any Dalit orphan? These are bunch of lefties, who think they know better and they are fairer than others. Would these people ever walk the walk?

People have to work harder. And there should not be exception for Dalits or other indigenous people not to do that.... but wait for the free handouts. If a person gets into an university, he/she needs to finish his/her studies and be useful to the community. Whining does not help anybody.
 




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The Challenges Facing Ram Nath Kovind as President Are Both Particular and National

Will Kovind as president be a champion for Dalit justice? Will he uphold the values of the constitution?

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Ram Nath Kovind.
It is still not very clear why the BJP made Ram Nath Kovind, a non-Jatav Dalit from Uttar Pradesh, its nominee for the president's post. Is it to arrest the disenchantment and alienation of Dalits with the BJP over the last three years? Is it to counter the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which still has 22% vote share in UP? Is it to neutralise the opposition and Dalits so they cannot brand the BJP as anti-Dalit? Is it to silence the educated and mobile Dalits who are fed up with the politics of symbolism and patron-client politics, and are demanding effective representation in the decision-making process? Or does it have some other hidden ideological agenda? Whatever the long term agenda, the immediate agenda is very clear. It is to cajole the anger of the agitating Dalit youths from Hyderabad to UP via Gujarat.
Humiliation, exclusion and suppression
We have seen how Dalits have suffered exclusion and suppression over the last three years, how have they faced the worst type of humiliation under BJP regimes. First, Rohith Vemula, a research scholar from Hyderabad Central University, was driven to suicide by the draconian university administration. However, the victim's mother and friends have alleged that it all happened because of the pressure mounted by local and national BJP leadership in the university's administration. When his mother demanded justice, a member of the commission set up by central government humiliated her by going beyond its mandate to ascertain her pedigree.
Dalits were humiliated by V.K. Singh, a cabinet minister in the NDA government, who compared them  to dogs and went scot-free. Who can forget Una where Dalits were mercilessly beaten by gau rakshaks in broad daylight? The Gujarat government took cognisance of the incident only because it went viral on social media. After that, whenever Dalits protested, they were attacked. The Dalits continue to be agitated without justice.
The BJP's anti-Dalit face came to fore once again in UP, where its vice president used obnoxious and vulgar language to describe Mayawati, one of the tallest Dalit leaders. After BSP cadres, as well as Mayawati herself, protested against him in the Rajya Sabha, he was symbolically shown the door. Later, the BJP's leadership further humiliated Dalits by not only giving an assembly ticket to the ousted leader's wife, but also making her a cabinet minister when the BJP came to power in UP. To rub salt on the wound of Dalits, soon after the formation of the government, the same leader was reinstated in the party with great fanfare.
Then came the cases of Delta Meghwal in Rajasthan and the rape of Dalit women in Bhadana, Haryana. Dalit women were raped and the guilty were not brought to book. One can add Saharanpur in UP to this list, where Dalits were beaten and their huts were burnt by so-called upper castes. The newly elected BJP government portrayed the Dalit youth-led Bhim Army to be the villain. Dalits were further humiliated in UP when the civil administration gave Dalits soap and shampoo before chief minster Adityanath's visit. When people protested, no satisfactory answer was given by the government.
A leadership problem
On each of these occasions, angry Dalits protested with full might, on the roads and on virtual media, but they did not get justice. They were humiliated by government enquiries as the guilty were protected by BJP's leadership.
Humiliation reached its zenith when BJP leaders had food with Dalits in their houses on camera. The same symbolism was depicted when BJP president Amit Shah took samrasta snan with Dalits in Madhya Pradesh. These gestures are blatantly humiliating. The so-called upper castes are simply reminding Dalits, 'look you are so lowly even when we are eating with you or bathing with you'. The question is why do you have to remind Dalits again and again of their structural location and prove your hegemonic benevolence?
At another level, Dalits feel humiliated and demoralised when so-called Dalit leaders belonging to the BJP and NDA, like Ram Vilas Paswan, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Ramdas Athavle and Udit Raj, don't speak a world on these gross atrocities on Dalits. In the same vein, the BJP-led NDA government took months to appoint a scheduled caste commissioner under Article 338 of the Indian constitution. Even after the appointment he remains silent. There is never a BJP Dalit spokesperson on TV to air the anguish of Dalits.
The prime minister's statement, 'shoot me if you want, but don't target Dalits', does not ask for stern action against the perpetrators of atrocities on Dalits. The statement depicts the prime minister's helplessness and lack of political will, further demoralising Dalits, especially Dalit youth.
Presidential opportunity
The first particular challenge for Kovind is to cushion the pain and agony of Dalits, who have been suffering for the past three years. How will he restore the lost pride of the Dalits? Moreover, will he be able to succeed in making reforms for their effective representation in different institutions of government if he becomes president of India? If he doesn't succeed in doing so, he will not be able to halt the Dalits' disenchantment with the BJP. The precedent suggests that chances of his success are very bleak.
I say this because it is not the first time that a Dalit has been fielded for the post of president of India. In 1997, exactly two decades earlier, K.R. Narayanan was elected as the first Dalit president. The Congress had nominated Narayanan to the post to counter the ever-increasing influence of BSP, not only in UP, but all over the country. However, the Congress could not stop the rise of the BSP in UP and it would gradually go on to wipe out Congress from UP. Whether the BJP will meet the same fate, only time will tell.
Constitutional values and Dalit justice
Another challenge for Kovind is to match the political acumen, assertion and independent nature of Narayanan. We have to accept the fact that Narayanan was one of the most assertive presidents of the country who upheld constitutional values to the core. At the outset, he was the first president who exercised his franchise by standing in a queue like an ordinary citizen of the country. This can be considered as a revolutionary step in democratic politics, because presidents before him feared to be dubbed as partisan.
He was also one of the few presidents who faced politically turbulent times under two different regimes, National Front (1997) and then BJP-led NDA government (1998). Amidst the chaos, he did not lose constitutional ethos. With strong political acumen, he upheld constitutional value, twice asking the government of the day to reconsider its advice on the use of Article 356.
First, in October 1997, he asked National Front's cabinet to reconsider its decision to dismiss the then Kalyan Singh-led BJP government in UP, and forced them to hail his effort as a 'victory of democracy'. Again in October 1998, Narayanan returned a Union cabinet resolution seeking the imposition of president's rule in Bihar and the suspension of the assembly.
It is a coincidence that the outgoing president, Pranab Mukherjee, accepted both recommendations of presidential rule (first in Arunachal Pradesh and then in Uttarakhand) by the present BJP government. However, even the president's ascent could not withhold the scrutiny of Supreme Court of India.
Can Kovind uphold constitutional values in the way Narayanan did? Can he raise the voice of the Dalits, as Narayanan did when he raised the issue of under-representation of marginalised sections in the Supreme Court? It is on these particular and national issues that Kovind's candidature will be tested by the nation as a whole and by Dalits in particular.
Vivek Kumar is a professor of sociology at the school of social sciences, JNU.





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