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12 Things You Didn’t Know About Gandhi
Analysis, Election History, Featured

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Gandhi

We all love to breathe in free air, but who should we be thankful of? Thousands of patriots have shed their crimson blood for us, and one of them is a noble soul who used to wear dhoti-kurta, held a rustic walking stick, wore a smile on his face, who without any weapon kept fighting for our freedom. Many of us call him Mahatma Gandhi, some Baapu and others Rashtriya Pitta. His name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, as named by his parents. He was born on 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujrat. His father Karamchand Gandhi was a kathiawar diwan in British time and his mother Putlibai, third wife of Karamchand Gandhi, laid the foundation of his values. Let’s explore some of the facts that are unknown to the wide audience about our beloved, revered baapu. 1. Name: Baapu Many authors are in st
What were the challenges behind the first general election of India?
Election History, Featured

What were the challenges behind the first general election of India?

According to our country’s preamble to the Constitution, India is a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic. In order to become a democratic republic, it was essential for India to hold free and fair elections where the Indian public would play the crucial role in the election in the government. Let's see what were the challenges behind the first general election of India. The elections were to be held, taking into consideration the directives written in Constitution. The Constitution asked for the formation of an Election Commission, which will direct and control the entire process of elections. It was their duty to conduct free and fair elections without any corruption or malpractices. On 25th January 1950, the Election Commission was established with a goal of administe
What was Operation Blue Star and why was it carried out?
Election History, India

What was Operation Blue Star and why was it carried out?

Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation which occurred between 1st June and 8th June 1984, ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in order to establish control over the Harmandir Sahib Complex (GOLDEN TEMPLE)in Amritsar, Punjab, and remove militant religious leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his militant armed followers from the complex buildings. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a Leader of the Sikh organization Damdami Taksal (& a notable supporter of Anandpur Resolution. He advocated against the consumption of Liquor, drugs & laxness in religious practices, such as the cutting of Kesh by Sikh youth)was invited to the Harmandir Sahib and later on made it his headquarters in December 1983. The Root Cause of Operation Blue Star: After decades of peaceful agitation...
Which is the narrowest defeat in Indian Politics?
Election History, India

Which is the narrowest defeat in Indian Politics?

People are known in history for their victories. There are very few leaders who are remembered for their defeats. No, I am not talking about Abraham Lincoln. I am referring to former Indian Prime Minister Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These few defeats are imprinted in the pages of History for they bring a factor of either shock, surprise or awe. Let's try to know more about the narrowest defeat in Indian Politics. The 13th Lok Sabha Elections took place in India from 5 September to 3 October 1999. This election was particularly important and historical for the following three reasons: First, the election took place after few months Kargil war. Second, it was the first time a united front of parties managed to attain a majority and form a government. It lasted a full term of five ye...
Why Congress is unable to defeat BJP in Gujarat?
Election History, Gujarat

Why Congress is unable to defeat BJP in Gujarat?

Gujarat, which has been home state for the great Congress leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was once dominated by the Indian National Congress. Until 1995, Congress used to rule Gujarat and was always considered favorite. However, the same Congress Party which used to rule the state for many years has been under the shadow of the BJP for the last 20 years. Congress has failed to win last four assembly elections of the state. However, there are certain questions which arise in our minds. So what is the reason for this downfall? Why is Congress unable to rise after the fall? Will Congress be able to defeat BJP? There are many reasons which justify that why Congress has been unable to defeat BJP in Gujarat from past 20 years. Modi Effect: We all know that PM...
Why is so called corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal silent nowadays?
Delhi, Election History, Opinion

Why is so called corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal silent nowadays?

Citizens of the country must be wondering that usually the ‘motormouth’ and known for his fierce proclamations, how is Arvind Kejriwal silent nowadays? What is he doing nowadays? Gone are the days of fierce proclamations, blindly accusing PM Narendra Modi, of destabilising his government through Lieutenant Governor. He has also stopped blaming the high and mighty people of the country for corruption. Even his twitter account has gone visually quiet. So what is the reason for his silence? When did Kejriwal go silent? The visible change came when AAP was brutally defeated in the Punjab and Goa Assembly elections. AAP was confident in forming a government in Punjab and winning respectable seats in Goa that would help play a key role in forming a government. However, Congress had other p
Independence Day Special – Part 3 : The First General Elections and After
Analysis, Election History, Featured

Independence Day Special – Part 3 : The First General Elections and After

The third and the last article of the Independence Day Special will cover the First General Elections and after. We will throw some light on the First General Elections, its result and how the First General Elections is important in the political history of India. THE FIRST GENERAL ELECTIONS (1952 – 52) The stage was set for India to hold its first general elections. According to Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi, the election craze was such that in Calcutta (now Kolkata) stray cows had ‘Vote Congress’ written on their backs in Bengali. The election campaigning and canvassing were conducted on a large scale. Though the Congress was the favorite and the most popular party during that time, favorable conditions were created for the opposition to participate in the elections. The
How did India achieve the integration of Princely States?
Election History, Featured, India

How did India achieve the integration of Princely States?

During the time of independence, India was divided into 564 princely states and Patel was given the responsibility to join the Indian union. According to 1947 independence act, states were free to join either Indian union or Pakistan domicile. Let's look in detail how did India achieve the integration of princely states. Integration of 565 princely states with India - Before the Revolt of 1857, the English East India Company had annexed most of the Indian kingdoms and reduced them to a subordinate position to the Company. The Subsidiary Alliance introduced by Lord Wellesley and Doctrine of Lapse introduced by Dalhousie played a crucial role in the annexation of the Indian kingdoms. But there were many, who remained independent but were controlled by the British. Read more - What Is The