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US to work closely with Modi Washington stands ready to promote shared prosperity and strengthen our security: Kerry ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


eclaring that the US was “deeply invested” in its strategic relationship with India, Secretary of State John Kerry on May 20 said that Washington was ready to work closely with India’s Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi. “The friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy is absolutely vital,” he said in a statement congratulating the Bharatiya Janata Party and Modi, whom it had shunned for over a decade. Noting that “the voice of the Indian electorate is clear and unequivocal”, the US Secretary of State said: “The United States stands ready to work closely with Prime Minister Modi and the new government to promote shared prosperity and strengthen our security.” The US, Kerry said, is “deeply invested in our strategic relationship” and looked “forward to strengthening our partnership based on common values, shared democratic traditions, and the binding ties between our peoples”. Washington has been behind its European partners in reaching out to Modi, whose US visa was revoked in 2005 for his alleged role

during the 2002 Gujarat riots. But a direct invitation from President Barack Obama in a congratulatory call to “candidate Modi” last Friday after BJP’s “resounding victory” finally ended Washington’s boycott of the BJP leader. Kerry said he looked forward to visiting India again soon and “echo” Obama’s invitation to “Prime Minister Modi to visit the United States at the earliest opportunity”. KERRY’S STATEMENT: “I offer my congratulations to the Bharatiya Janata Party on their resounding victory in India’s historic national election, and to Narendra Modi on his election as Prime Minister of India. I also extend warm congratulations to all the newly-elected parliamentarians. When the people of India hold the biggest democratic election in human history, all the world tunes in to watch. And what we saw has been nothing short of remarkable: more voters cast their ballots freely and fairly than any other in world history, with over 530 million Indians going to the polls. The voice of the Indian electorate is clear and unequivocal in its call for economic opportunity and effective governance for all.

Narendra Modi showing President Pranab Mukherjee’s letter appointing him the prime minister, in New Delhi on May 20.

The United States stands ready to work closely with Prime Minister Modi and the new government to promote shared prosperity and strengthen our security. The friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy is absolutely vital, and the United

US media hail Modi’s historic win in India ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


he American media and foreign policy experts greeted the Narendra Modi-led BJP’s historic election victory as “India’s moment” and an opportunity to revitalize the economy and “shape the way India engages with the world”. BJP’s “landslide victory reflects a changing country more willing to extend governance to those outside the established elite”, the influential New York Times said in an editorial advising the Gandhi family to “hand over the leadership to others”. “That is the only chance for India to have a credible opposition,” it said The Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory gives Modi, the Times said, “the chance to revitalize the economy and shape the way India engages with the world”. “How he moves forward will matter to Indians clamoring for jobs and development, but also to others, including the US, which sees India as a vital economic and security partner in Asia,” it said. “The two countries will have to

States is deeply invested in our strategic relationship. We look forward to strengthening our partnership based on common values, shared democratic traditions, and the binding ties between our peoples. Every time I visit India, I’m struck by the vibrancy of your cul-

American lawmakers greet Narendra Modi Asia-Pacific region”. “A partnership between the wo more US lawmakers, world’s two largest and greatest including the only Hindu- democracies is necessary for us to American House member, successfully address the many global have congratulated Narendra Modi challenges we face, including ecoand his BJP for its sweeping election nomic growth, bilateral trade, the win, calling it “an extraordinary environment, terrorism and securiachievement” for Indian voters. ty,” Gabbard said. “I recently spoke with Modi by Mark R. Warner, Democratic cophone and congratulated him and chair of the bipartisan US Senate India Caucus, congratulated the BJP and Modi said A partnership between the he looked “forward to working with the new world’s two largest and Indian government to greatest democracies is move the US-India relanecessary for us tionship forward. “Once the new government is the BJP for winning a majority vote formed, both the US and India in India’s Lok Sabha,” said Tulsi should commit to accomplish some Gabbard, who represents Hawaii. specific actions in the first 100 days Calling the election “an extraordi- to demonstrate that we can work nary achievement” for Indian voters, together to get things done.” He believed “opportunities exist she said she looked “forward to working with Modi and other mem- in the areas of defense trade, energy, bers of the Indian government and foreign direct investment, as toward our mutual goals of peace, well as efforts to advance the bilaterstability and economic growth in the al investment treaty”. IANS, WASHINGTON

T work hard to overcome the strain built up between them in recent years,” the Times said, suggesting “Modi needs to deliver on his vow to make progress, and he and Washington must confront differences on global trade issues”. The Washington Post wondered whether the “Narendra Modi era (would) be marked by an economic boom or derailed by nationalism. “A frequent visitor to China, he (Modi) clearly aspires to show that India can match Chinese dynamism,” it said in an editorial. “What remains to be seen is whether Modi will be the Deng Xiaopeng of India or its Vladimir

Putin, a leader whose economic ambitions are derailed by nationalism and authoritarian temptations.” The US, which a decade ago was rapidly growing closer to India, may have difficulty influencing Modi’s course, the Post said, noting both the Obama and Bush administration shunned him “because of his behavior” during the 2002 Gujarat riots. “Indians already perceived the Obama administration as neglectful of their country; President Obama will have to play catch-up if there is to be a significant USIndian partnership in the coming Modi era,” it said.

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The apex court bench expresses anguish over the shoddy investigation done by Gujarat police IANS, NEW DELHI


he Supreme Court on May 16 slammed the Gujarat Police for the incompetence with which it investigated the 2002 Akshardham terror attack case as it acquitted all the six accused including three who were sentenced to death by a lower court. Acquitting all the six convicts, a bench of Justice A.K.Patnaik and Justice V. Gopala Gowda in their judgment said: “We intend to express our anguish about the incompetence with which the investigating agencies conducted the investigation of the case of such a Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. grievous nature, involving the integrity and security of the nation.” and the same being upheld by the “Instead of booking the real cul‘Instead of booking high court. prits responsible for taking so many Adambhai Sulemanbhai Ajmeri, the real culprits, Abdul Qaiyum Muftisaab Mohmed precious lives, police caught innopolice caught Bhai and Chand Khan were sencent people and got imposed the grievous charges against them which tenced to death in July 2006 by a innocent people’ resulted in their conviction and subspecial court. sequent sentencing,” Justice Gowda ples while admitting the statement While Mohammed Salim Shaikh said speaking for the bench. of witnesses while weighing the case was sentenced to life imprisonment, Pulling up the Gujarat Police, the against the accused persons” as it set Abdulmiyan Qadri was given a 10court said that “the courts below aside the conviction and sentencing year term and Altaf Hussain was had ignored these basic legal princi- of six accused by the special court awarded five year imprisonment.


Deposit `100 bn, SC tells Sahara Group NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on May 19 asked Sahara Group companies SIRECL and SHICL to deposit `100 billion of investors’ money to secure the release of Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two other directors in judicial custody since March 4. “You come with a specific proposal and not cast your net so wide, stalemate will not help anybody, including investors. Come with a specific, logical and acceptable proposal,” the bench told the Sahara Group after a two-hour hearing.

Asaram to stay in jail NEW DELHI: Spiritual guru Asaram Bapu will stay in jail for alleged rape of a minor girl as the Supreme Court Monday posted for July 3 his plea seeking bail and contending that he could not be tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act as the victim was not a minor. A bench of Justice B.S.Chauhan and Justice A.K. Sikri, while not issuing notice, permitted Asaram to serve a copy of his petition to the Rajasthan government.

Arvind Kejriwal IANS, NEW DELHI


ormer Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was on May 21 sent to twoday judicial custody by a court after he refused to furnish a personal bail bond in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha fixed May 23 as the next date of hearing. Manocha had asked him to furnish a bail bond of `10,000 but the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader refused. Kejriwal was summoned by the court for describing former Bharatiya Janata Party president as a “corrupt” person. Earlier, Kejriwal told the court he would not furnish a bail bond as the case was a political one.

Instead, he promised to give an undertaking to appear before the court at every hearing. “I am fighting against corruption. I will not seek bail as I have not done anything wrong,” he said. His counsel told the court that in earlier defamation cases against him, Kejriwal was granted bail on the undertaking that he would appear before the court at every hearing. The counsel added that Kejriwal would not flee from justice. “I completely agree but what is the problem with furnishing a bail bond?” asked the judge. “You are representing the Aam Aadmi Party. I request you to behave as aam aadmi (common man),” the court said. Gadkari’s lawyer opposed Kejriwal’s plea. Gadkari’s complaint said that Jan 31, when he was Delhi’s chief minister, Kejriwal released a list of “India’s most corrupt” people and it included his name.

Restrictions, shutdown affect Formalities delay Tejpal’s

NORMAL LIFE IN SRINAGAR arrival at mother’s funeral sensitive areas to maintain law and order. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, ormal life in Jammu and chairman of the moderate HurriyKashmir’s summer capital at group, called the march to comwas affected on May 21 memorate the death of his father by official restrictions and a sepa- Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq and ratist shutdown call. another senior separatist leader Authorities imposed restrictions Abdul Gani Lone. in seven police station areas of While the elder Mirwaiz was Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, killed by unidentified gunmen in M.R. Gunj, Kralkhud, Zadibal his uptown Nigeen residence on and Safakadal to thwart a separatist May 21, 1990, Lone was killed in the Eidgah grounds on May 21, 2002 when he was addressing a rally. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been placed under house arrest to prevent him from leading the march. Shops, public transport, educaPolice patrol a street in Srinagar. tional institutions and other businesses march to the Martyrs’ graveyard in remained closed in Srinagar while government offices, banks, and the old city Eidgah ground. Police and Central Reserve other public sector undertakings Police Force (CRPF) personnel in functioned normally. Tourist full riot gear have been deployed in movement remained normal. IANS, SRINAGAR




ed tape and prison formalities prevented rape accused and former Tehelka editorin-chief Tarun Tejpal from performing the last rites of his mother at a crematorium here on May 19. Tejpal was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court earlier in the day, and arrived at the crematorium after his younger brother Minty Kumar had already lit the pyre in the presence of family members and friends. Family sources said despite the bail order by the apex court, prison formalities delayed his arrival at the crematorium on the outskirts of the state capital in time to perform the last rites.

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18 night at Tejpal’s Goa home. Tejpal was allowed by a Tejpal was granted local court to visit his ailing interim bail by Supreme mother in the past, but he was Court earlier in the day denied bail in April by the Panaji bench of the Bombay Tejpal is at present lodged at the High Court. Sada sub-jail in South Goa, located Tejpal then approached the 40 km from Panaji. Supreme Court for bail, the hearing His mother Shakuntala, who was is expected to come up later this unwell for a long time, died on May month.


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How BJP’s online team hit the chord The social media team successfully connected millions of youngsters with Narendra Modi and his message

BJP’s social media campaigns head Vikas Pandey with Narendra Modi at Gujarat Bhavan, New Delhi. (Photo: IANS) SANDEEP DATTA, NEW DELHI


ith the BJP registering a thumping victory in the general election, significant credit goes to the party’s online campaign to tap the general psyche by connecting with millions of youngsters. Vikas Pandey, a 30-year-old software architect, headed the social media campaigns like “I Support Namo” on Facebook and Twitter, as a volunteer for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He said the credit for such success should be shared by countless volunteers, mainly students and retired people. Son of Gorakhpur mayor and BJP leader Dr. Satya Pandey, he said he involved himself with the political campaigning after meeting Modi in 2010. During this first meeting Modi asked him to make better use of the social media for the party’s political success. Since then he started devoting his professional expertise as a ‘swayamsewak’ (RSS volunteer), without any fees for person or his fellow volunteers’ services. Pandey said the social media played a vital role in the current election in not only getting the BJP’s desired message across but also influencing the public imagination at large to vote.

“Though Facebook was our main focus, we also got many volunteers from Twitter and Google+,” Pandey told IANS. Asked whose baby the online campaign was, Pandey said he felt inspired by the Aam Aadmi Party’s success in the 2013 Delhi assembly elections to turn the tables by getting non- partisan, self-motivated volunteers from the social media. The rest was the team’s dedication and determination for success. “Our target was the middle and the upper middle class,” Pandey said. Due to these people, he said,

Since Facebook has an estimated 90 million members in India and Twitter has 30 million from India, they played a huge role in the polls. “our team of volunteers could bypass non-favorable or negative views expressed in the mainstream media against the BJP or Modiji to reach out to voters directly”. “On Facebook, we have pages like ‘I Support Namo’, ‘SanghParivar.Org’, ‘RSS’, among others with over 4.5 million likes. On Youtube, we started Narendra Modi’s official Youtube channel, now India’s most popular online



political channel. And the ‘I Support Namo’ channel, which is now India’s second most popular. “On Twitter, I run many IDs such as @sanghparivarorg and @isupportnamo with more than 150,000 followers,” he told IANS. Asked about the secret of such an effective campaign in the polls, Pandey said it was all about “smart planning and team work, and indepth knowledge of technology”. Since Facebook has an estimated 90 million members in India and Twitter has 30 million from India, he said they played a huge role in the polls. The “I Support NaMo” page on Facebook now has over 2.35 million likes and its posts are read by over 20 million people per week at times, “which is more than most of the newspaper readers”, Pandey noted. Pandey also worked during the Delhi assembly polls. He said he has worked with various cells of the BJP in several state elections in the past. “I created various ideology-related groups on Orkut with over 500,000 members in 2008,” Pandey said. Asked about the number of people involved in the NaMo campaign, he said: “We provided thousands of volunteers to the ‘Vote for India Mission 272+’ through social media networking in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon and reached out to around 150,000 voters.

From provincial to prime ministerial SAROJ MOHANTY, NEW DELHI


believe God has chosen me,” Narendra Modi had once said in the course of the election campaign that has catapulted the Gujarat chief minister to the very pinnacle of power as the next prime minister of India. His words sounded prophetic as the Bharatiya Janata Party won an absolute majority on its own, securing a record number of 282 seats in the Lok Sabha, and in the process reducing the Congress to its lowest number in the house. It has been an extraordinary journey for the man, an outlier, who does not belong to any of the country’s enduring political dynasties or to the socio-cultural elite. Pilloried as a ‘Hindutva hardliner’, a ‘divisive’, ‘polarizing figure’, especially because of the 2002 riots under his own rule in his home state, Modi has in a way taken a sweet revenge as he savors the phenomenal poll results, his own glory and the finest-ever performance of the BJP in more than three decades of its existence. At the height of a gruelling campaign, Modi had said in an interview that he sensed a very strong antiincumbency wave against the 10-year Congress rule, marked by massive corruption and seemingly dysfunctional government. As he traveled across this country of sub-continental size and bewildering diversity, he saw "an equally strong wave for the BJP and its NDA partners", a yearning for change, for a "stable", performing government in New Delhi. To a large extent, his own carefully crafted image of a "strong and decisive" leader found resonance across the country and has no doubt played a role that is reflected in the poll results. In the 13 years he has been at the helm of affairs in Gujarat, Modi has built an image of a leader who delivers, someone who is interested in results. In the last few years, when the Manmohan Singh government was ridiculed for being caught in a "policy paralysis" Modi seized the opportunity and conveyed a vision of decisive government and development. And this he made the main plank of his electoral campaign that touched a chord, an instant connect, especially with the young, first- time voters and the country's burgeoning middle class. As one of his biographers, Nirendra Dev, says, the

middle class perceives Modi more as someone who "functions like a modern day CEO laying emphasis on the outcome and often allegedly putting the rules and normal norms in the backburner". This was facilitated by an aggressive use of technology and media, and well supported by the Sangh Parivar whose members pressed its cadres to canvass for the BJP. In contrast, the campaign of the Congress led by its undeclared prime ministerial nominee, vice president Rahul Gandhi, was uninspiring. Opposition leaders and independent observers, however, say that though Modi talked about development, the party indulged in some social engineering in states like Uttar Pradesh, played the backward caste and communal cards. But there are specific and deep social changes that seem to have helped the so-called Modi wave. Increased urbanization, inter-regional migration and spread of communication have bridged the rural-urban divide in voting behavior. The country's travel from a state-run economy to one run more by private capital has led to a situation where aspirations are rising a lot faster than improvements on the ground and a lot of angst, among the young.




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World leaders congratulate Modi Leaders of several nations speak to Narendra Modi after a decisive win

From left, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, UK PM David Cameron and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. IANS, NEW DELHI


S President Barack Obama on May 16 called up Indian prime minister-designate Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his “emphatic election victory”, officials said. Obama said that the largest democracy in the world has given a “decisive mandate” and that he wished that under Modi’s leadership, India will contribute at the global stage. Obama joined a number of world leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu who have congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party leader on the overwhelming win in the general elections. British Prime Minister called up Modi and conveyed his greetings to Narendra Modi. “The prime minister called Narendra Modi this morning to congratulate him on his victory in the Indian elections and the record turnout, making this the biggest democratic election in history,” a Downing Street spokesperson said. “Modi said he would be delighted to accept the Prime Minister’s invitation to visit the UK. Both leaders agreed on the importance of the UK-India relationship and agreed to work together to strengthen it in the months ahead.” Cameron also used his Twitter handle to convey his greetings.

A phone call to reset India-US ties NEW DELHI: In the end it just took a phone call from President Barack Obama to Narendra Modi with an invitation to visit Washington to reset a US policy that had shunned India’s next PM for over a decade. Obama’s invitation to Modi “to visit Washington at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen our bilateral relationship” went in a congratulatory call on the “Bharatiya Janata Party’s success in India’s historic election.” “The President noted he looks forward to working closely with Mr. Modi to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the US-India strategic partnership, and they agreed to continue expanding and deepening the wide-ranging cooperation between our two democracies,” a release said.

“Congratulations @narendramodi on victory in India’s elections. Keen to work together to get the most from UK-India relationship,” Cameron tweeted in his official 10, Downing Street, account. British Foreign Minister William Hague said Britain congratulates Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on their success in the elections. “I congratulate Narendra Modi and the BJP on their success and look forward to forging an even closer partnership with India in the months ahead,” Hague said in a statement. “UK has strong ties with India and the British government looks forward to working with the new Indian government to build on this relationship and deliver security, growth and prosperity for both our nations.” Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

too congratulated Modi for winning the Indian general election. Sharif telephoned Modi and expressed his best wishes, Radio Pakistan reported. Stating that he had followed the general elections closely, he also invited Modi to visit Pakistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai also congratulated Modi for leading the BJP to victory. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated BJP president Rajnath Singh and Modi for the party’s landslide victory in the elections. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued an invitation to Modi to visit Sri Lanka after the BJP’s victory. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott too called up Narendra Modi to congratulate him for leading the BJP to victory.

A ‘Nixon’, Modi can resolve border row: Chinese daily IANS, BEIJING


aying he could become India’s ‘Nixon’, a Chinese strategic thinker on May 20 said India’s prime minister-designate, Narendra Modi, can help resolve their dragging border dispute. An opinion piece in the influential Global Times also referred to Modi’s chief ministership of Gujarat since 2001 and said his “governance style and philosophy are very close to Chinese practices”. Describing the Sino-Indian border dispute as “the biggest obstacle in bilateral relationship”, the commentary by Liu Zongyi said: “The Sino-Indian border issue was generated under the leadership of then Congress leader Jawaharlal Nehru. Modi and the BJP have no historical burden over this, which may help solve the thorny issue.”

Narendra Modi with BJP President Rajnath Singh. (Photo: IANS)

The opinion piece in the influential Global Times gave wholesome credit to the BJP veteran for the party’s stunning victory in the Lok Sabha battle.

Liu, a research fellow of Shanghai If Modi needs to make India Institutes for International Studies, “strong” in the next decade as he added: “As a right winger in Indian has stated, then he “needs a peacepolitics, Modi is more likely to ful and stable neighborhood to become India’s ‘Nixon’ who will facilitate domestic economic develfurther propel the China-India rela- opment”. It said a section of the Western tionship.” The opinion piece gave whole- media was trying to foment discord some credit to the BJP veteran for between China and India. “They portrayed Modi as ‘India’s the party’s stunning victory in the (Shinzo) Abe’ who will take a tough Lok Sabha battle. “This is Modi’s victory,” Liu said, stance against China. “Modi acted indeed aggressively attributing some of the reasons for this as “his resolute governance on the Sino-India border issue durstyle, clean image, outstanding ing his election campaign. He also record as well as his ‘low caste’ vowed to establish a ‘web of allies’ background which sharply contrast by strengthening strategic cooperawith his counterparts from the tion with countries on China’s periphery such as Japan, Vietnam Congress”. Referring to criticism that Modi and Russia. doesn’t care for others’ views, the “But Modi is unlike to act as opinion piece said the BJP’s lack of vehemently as Abe as it would be of majority in the Rajya Sabha would no benefit to India’s economy at not let him become an “autocrat”. all,” the daily further said.




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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which had 21 seats in the 15th Lok Sabha, even failed to open its account; Mayawati dissolves zonal committees

BSP wiped out, Maya seeks blood RANJANA NARAYAN, NEW DELHI


he Narendra Modi-led BJP wave has left many political parties reeling, but perhaps the most surprising has been the demolition of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Party chief Mayawati has blamed the wipeout on support to the UPA government; but has the feisty former chief minister lost touch with her vote bank? The BSP, which had 21 seats in the 15th Lok Sabha, and was expected to do well this time by political pundits, even failed to open its account. In most of the Lok Sabha con-

stituencies in Uttar Pradesh, the BSP has done well — coming second to the BJP and has garnered 4.1 percent of the votes, third highest after the BJP and the Congress. However, its margin of defeat to the Bharatiya Janata Party has been high in almost every seat — by over a 150.000. Mayawati, addressing a press conference a day after the results were out, said her party suffered in the election for supporting the UPA government as the people were angry at “the policies and failures” of the Congress-led coalition. She also claimed “communal polarization” in Uttar Pradesh made most of the Muslims side

Mayawati said BSP suffered for supporting the UPA govt as the people were angry at “the policies and failures” of the coalition.

Will NC overcome poll debacle? ley, the NC led in just seven. SRINAGAR: Seeking the peoples In layman terms, the NC lost all but reaction through e-mails, convening brain-storming sessions with party col- seven assembly segments to its arch rival, the Peoples Democratic Party leagues and promising not to buckle under defeat are some of the steps (PDP). being taken by the battered National Conference (NC) in its bid to bounce back. NC president and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said the defeat of the ruling Congress-NC alliance in all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir has shocked him. More worrisome than The Congress-NC alliance lost in all six Lok the NC-Congress comSabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. bine candidates losing in the Lok Sabha election is the fact The NC has a marginal lead in that out of the 46 assembly segments Amira Kadal, Habba Kadal, Khanyar, that constitute the voting segments for Gurez, Handwara, Pulwama and Uri the three Lok Sabha seats of the Valassembly segments.

BJP sun rises in Bengal ANURAG DEY, KOLKATA


iding on the charisma of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the BJP not only scripted the most resounding electoral victory India has seen in 30 years, but also emerged as a potential force in West Bengal where it is traditionally considered weak. Besides winning two Lok Sabha seats, the party came up with its best showing in the state in terms of the vote share, and returned surprisingly inspiring performances in a num-

ber of prestigious constituencies. The BJP retained Darjeeling, where party veteran S.S. Ahluwalia won emphatically. Bollywood singer and party candidate Babul Supriyo snatched Asansol from the Communist Party of India-Marxist, which had been holding on to the seat for

BJP has emerged as a potential force in Bengal where it is considered weak.

Mayawati blamed “communal polarization” in UP for her party’s defeat.

with the Samajwadi Party and most of the upper castes and OBCs with the BJP. Senior journalist Ajoy Bose, who has written Behenji: A Political Biography of Mayawati, says the party did garner 20 percent of the votes in UP. But the votes were not concentrated in any single constituency to translate to a win, like in the case of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and vice president Rahul Gandhi or Mulayam Singh Yadav and his immediate family. According to Bose, the Dalit and Muslim vote bank, which the BSP was relying on, “did not happen”. A BSP spokesman, who did not wish to be identified “in the current circumstances”, acknowledged that the election results “were a big blow” to the party. He said that the Dalit vote bank had gone to the BJP this time.

Congress despairs over Delhi loss GAURAV SHARMA, NEW DELHI


ongress leaders are in despair over the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi and warned that a recovery won’t be easy. The election outcome — the BJP won all seven seats with the AAP coming second — appeared to indicate that Delhi was slowly becoming a BJP-vs-AAP battleground. Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha polls finished a poor third in all seven seats, with four of them forfeiting their security deposit. “The AAP has filled the void created by the Congress decline. I don’t see the Congress bouncing back at least for a long time,” a senior Congress functionary told IANS, not wishing to be identified. Another senior leader said the Congress had performed so badly in

the assembly election by winning just eight of the 70 seats “that we were not expecting any miracles”. “But this Lok Sabha election has proved to be worse than the assem-

a quarter of a century. Contesting all the 42 constituencies in the state, the BJP’s vote share leapfrogged to 16.8 percent, as against around six percent it won in the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2009, and the measly four percent it received in the assembly polls two years later. The 2014 figure surpassed its previous best of 11.66 percent in 1991, when the party unsuccessfully contested 34 seats. Up against the Trinamool’s electoral dominance, the CPI-M led Left Front emerged as the biggest sufferer as the BJP made inroads in its vote share.

Besides winning two Lok Sabha seats, the party came up with its best showing in the state in terms of the vote share.

The BJP won each of the seven Lok Sabha seats by more than 100,000 votes.

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Oath on May 26 @ 6 pm

Narendra Modi pays respect to Parliament in New Delhi on May 20.

Anandiben Patel is new Gujarat CM

Modi with President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Photos: IANS)

Era of responsibility begins Modi gets emotional as he enters Parliament for first time, remembers Atal Bihari Vajpayee IANS, NEW DELHI


resident Pranab Mukherjee formally appointed Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India after the latter met him on May 20, along with senior leaders of his party and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and staked claim to forming a government. He will take his oath on May 26, as India’s 14th Prime Minister. The oath-taking ceremony will be telecast live to the nation. It would be the first time, as Modi himself pointed out, that someone from the post-Independence generation would lead the country. “The President will administer

the Oath of Office and Secrecy on May 26, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said. Earlier, in an emotional yet euphoric moment at the Central Hall of Parliament House, Modi was unanimously elected leader of the BJP parliamentary party where he talked of “era of responsibility

‘A government should be one that works for the poor and the new government is committed to the poor of the country’

and hope” and said he would not disappoint his party or the country. Addressing the party MPs and other leaders in the Central Hall, which he visited for the first time and on the steps of which he went down on his knees in reverence to the ‘temple of democracy’, Modi said the majority given to the BJP in the Lok Sabha was “a vote for hope and faith” and said his rise from humble origins was a tribute to the greatness of Indian democracy. “A government should be one that works for the poor and this is why the new government is committed to the poor of the country and dedicated to the youth of the country as well as our mothers and daughters,” said Modi.

Anandiben Patel: Gujarat’s first woman CM GANDHINAGAR: Some 25 years ago, without a second thought, a woman school teacher plunged into the Narmada river and rescued two young girl students who were drowning. The teacher was 47 years old then. Today, at age 73, Anandiben Patel is all set to become Gujarat's next and first woman chief minister, succeeding Narendra Modi. Senior minister Patel was unanimously elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party on May 21, making her the chief minister designate to succeed Narendra Modi. She was scheduled to take oath on May 22.

Modi Cabinet: Who may get what and how? IANS, NEW DELHI


new government means a new set of cabinet ministers and allocation of portfolios. There are 282 BJP MPs to take care of when Narendra Modi forms his government. A long list of challenges awaits the PM-elect, especially the selection of his Council of Ministers. But primary of all challenges will be to allocate key roles to senior BJP leaders such as L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh himself. Going by the beeline of leaders and well-wishers who paid visit to Rajnath Singh this week, it means it will be Singh himself who will be the second in command, and will take oath possibly as Home Minister. Or, a position similar to one

LK Advani

Sushma Swaraj

L.K. Advani enjoyed in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Cabinet. Advani, who already has his eye on the post of the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha, was the Deputy Prime Minister. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has reportedly said that she is keen on the foreign ministry. And if Rajnath Singh’s statements about the party making the best of

Rajnath Singh

Arun Jaitley’s expertise comes true, then the Rajya Sabha leader is all set to be India’s next finance minister. Then there are others who had cabinet berths in the Vajpayee government. Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia, Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha, Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna, Saran MP Rajiv

Amit Shah

Arun Jaitley

Pratap Rudy and Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi fall into this category. It remains to be seen if, and how, they will be accommodated. Another name closely watched in that cabinet list will be BJP general secretary Amit Shah. Though, reports say that Modi will retain Varanasi seat and vacate Vadodara for his close aide.

New Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel

PMO changes Twitter handle, BJP cries foul NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office changed its Twitter handle, five days before BJP leader Narendra Modi takes oath as the next prime minister, provoking the BJP to term it “disgraceful, unethical and illegal”. The Twitter handle, @PMOIndia, which was begun during the tenure of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was changed to @PMOIndiaArchive. Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said: “Continuity in governance and all government assets is the hallmark of the Indian constitution”. “The Twitter account @PMOIndia is a national digital asset. It is disgraceful, unethical and illegal in the way the outgoing team handling the @PMOIndia Twitter account has conducted the transition of this national digital asset,” she said.




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The election results are quite significant not merely because we have a single party majority in 30 years but because India and Indians have moved away from a feudalistic mindset

Rise of new India

Top BJP leaders are likely to get key berths in Modi cabinet.

Smaller cabinet,


K Children take bath wearing masks of Narendra Modi in the Ganga at Varanasi on May 20. (Photo: IANS) AMIT KAPOOR, IANS


he Lok Sabha election results have been surprising and stunning, to say the least. No one expected such a thumping win for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the way it decimated the Congress. The election results are quite significant, not merely because we have a single party majority in 30 years, the welcome end of coalition politics, or the emergence of a new leader in whom the youth believes, etc. The most significant shift is India and Indians have moved away from a feudalistic mindset. We see the first indications that India and Indians are getting over sycophancy, of being in love with the certain set of leaders as they belong to a certain lineage. I have nothing against any individual though I had exceedingly high degree of moral dilemma as to

how can I accept someone as a leader just on the basis of his/her birth or lineage. We are a democracy and have a right to elect, though the Congress and especially the coterie had been propagating the cause of the family. Independent India is a democracy

The opinion and conviction against feudalistic mindset has developed over a period of time though it peaked when we saw the destruction of our institutions in the past ten years. The most painful was that the Prime Minister’s Office was relegated to being an information

The makers of the Constitution trusted Indian citizens to vote for right candidate who would, in turn, elect the appropriate prime minister where the people choose a government by the people, for the people and of the people. The makers of the constitution trusted the Indian citizens to vote for the right candidate who would, in turn, elect the appropriate prime minister. However, soon the political parties turned the public domain into a private battle with families vying for votes as market shares.

center with limited ability to act or contribute. As The Economist has said in one famous article, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was a Gandhi family retainer. People wouldn’t have liked it because it was probably an abject reflection of the reality. To say the least, the family took away in many ways one’s pride of being an Indian.

nown for his “iron-fist” governance style, Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi is likely to have a smaller cabinet, which he could then monitor closely, say those aware of his working style. As hectic parleys go on over portfolio distributions, a BJP leader close to the Gujarat chief minister pointed out that it has been clear since campaign days that Modi’s cabinet will be small-

ting up systems and taking complete responsibility. “It is always pleasant working with such a dynamic leader. He believes in taking complete responsibility,” Patel told IANS over phone from Gandhinagar. “He forms a system, makes transparent policies and ensures that everything is within a framework. It is this discipline that is his speciality,” said the Gujarat minister who holds a number of portfolios including energy, finance, industries, petrochemicals, miner-

‘He forms a system, makes transparent policies and ensures that everything is within a framework... it’s his speciality’ er. “He has always said ‘minimum government, maximum governance’, that is the clearest indicator that his cabinet will not be big,” the senior BJP leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS. A thumping majority with 282 seats for BJP also means there will be no ally pressure for ministerial berths, points out another party leader. Saurabh Patel, a minister in Modi-led Gujarat government, who is known to be close to Modi, said the BJP leader’s style is of set-

als and civil aviation. Modi “trusts the people he works with”, and has the capability of “getting the best out of people”, noted Patel. “He is not known to give any special favors,” he added. Another BJP leader, who did not want to be named, said Modi would keep a close watch on the key ministries. “A smaller cabinet, and more control, is what is expected... It is Modi’s governance model. He would have his eye on all ministries,” said the party leader.

Real test begins for Modi now ASHOK TANDON, IANS


arendra Modi has proved in letter and spirit what Napoleon Bonaparte said: “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools... Victory belongs to the most persevering.” The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate has made history. Securing a resounding victory in the latest Indian parliamentary elections, he has proved wrong all the prophets of doom. The absolute majority for his party on its own is a first in 30 years. The larger National Democratic Alliance (NDA), in fact, has crossed the 300-seat mark.

Modi termed this historic win as a victory of people of India and the Indian democracy with an assurance to the 125 million people: “Achche Din Aane Wale Hain” – or good times are ahead. Most political pundits in the country, since 1996, had ruled out the possibility of a single-party majority in any future election, saying the era of coalition governments is going to stay forever. But the people were determined to give a decisive mandate to a leader who could usher in a new regime of a stable government at the Centre – a pre-requisite for allround growth and development for an emerging economy like India

where one-third of the population is still below the poverty line. The results are before us. Modi has emerged as a symbol of hope for the youth of this country. People have posed unwavering confidence in his leadership. He will now have to meet their expectations by taking some radical measures to ensure political stability, economic growth and transparency in governance — the three promises he made to the people during his whirlwind campaign. The moot question is: What has Modi achieved, and how has he accomplished this near-impossible task? The people of Gujarat have given a unique gift to their son of

the soil by putting all the 26 seats in his kitty — a feat achieved for the first time by any political party since Independence. Modi himself won by a record margin of over 500,000 votes from

Vadodara. There is no doubt that Narendra Modi has written a new chapter in the 65-year history of Indian parliamentary democracy. Now it’s time for him to emerge as a global leader.




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Indian Americans hail Modi victory Calling it a ‘Diwali’ moment, OFBJP urges all non-resident Indians to celebrate the historic moment

NRI community congratulates Narendra Modi



ndian-Americans across the country are celebrating Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party’s historic win with party supporters planning victory processions and lighting of “diyas” for three nights. Calling it “a Diwali moment for us”, Chandrakant Patel, president of Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP), has urged all non-resident Indians to celebrate this “historic moment for India” by lighting “diyas” at their homes, community centers and temples. “The people of India today stand poised to unleash their immense potential for the good of the country and global progress towards peace, no poverty, and good health for all,” US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) said in a message of congratulations. “The Indian diasporas and friends of India in the United States and across the world cheer and send our best of wishes to the people of India, and the leadership of Mr. Narendra Modi,” USINPAC chairman Sanjay Puri said. Even the head of Congress party’s overseas wing in the US joined in congratulating Modi. “The people of India have spoken and they have thrown in their lot with BJP-led NDA and their verdict ought to be respected by all,” said George Abraham, chairman of the Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC). “It is also a tribute to India that

Narendra Modi steered Bharatiya Janata Party to a thumping win in the Parliamentary elections.

has proven beyond any doubt that it is a vibrant democracy that facilitates a peaceful transition of power looks rather easy,” he said. But the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), a broad-based group, vowed to “continue the struggle for justice despite Modi victory” and to “uphold India’s secular ethos”. “Modi’s ascent to the highest executive office in India, is rightly a matter of concern for all who value human rights and religious

The people of India today stand poised to unleash their immense potential for the good of the country and global progress towards peace, no poverty, and good health.

freedom,” coalition spokesperson Shaik Ubaid stated. Modi supporters held “election watch parties” in over two dozen cities across the U.S., including New York, Jersey City, Edison, Chicago, Tampa, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and in the Greater Washington Area. Times Now made a live and interactive streaming of its telecast of the Indian election results from Times Square in New York.

WASHINGTON: A prominent organization representing Indian-Americans on May 16 congratulated Narendra Modi for leading the BJP to a “spectacular victory” in the Parliamentary elections. In a statement, the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), a bipartisan body representing the political views of the IndianAmerican community in the US, said: “On behalf of the Indian American community and friends of India in the United States, USINPAC extends its warm congratulations to Mr. Narendra Modi for leading the BJP to a spectacular victory in these historic elections in India. We are even more heartened to note that the BJP will have single party majority in parliament.” The organization in its statement further said that the “people of India today stand poised to unleash their immense potential for the good of the country and global progress towards peace, no poverty, and good health for all”. “The Indian diaspora and friends of India in the United States and across the world cheer and send our best of wishes to the people of India, and the leadership of Mr. Narendra Modi,” the statement further said.

Obama critic pleads guilty Canadian media all praise for Modi to campaign finance fraud IANS, TORONTO

statements about those donations. A former policy advisor to Presiinesh D’Souza, an Indian- dent Ronald Reagan, D’Souza American directed a 2012 docuconservamentary, 2016: tive commentator Obama’s America, that and author who was highly critical of shot to fame with a President Barack highly critical 2012 Obama and based on documentary of his book The Roots of President Barack Obama’s Rage. Obama, has pleadAccording to the ed guilty to violatindictment, D’Souza ing federal camand his wife conpaign finance law. tributed $10,000 D’Souza, 53, of (`587,600) to Long’s San Diego, admitcampaign and directDinesh D’ Souza ted to exceeding ed associates to condonor limits in 2012 by arranging tribute on behalf of themselves and for others to give to the New York spouses $20,000 (`1,18 million). Senate campaign of Republican can- He was to reimburse them. Federal didate Wendy Long, Manhattan’s election law limits individual camIndian-American US Attorney Preet paign contributions to a federal candidate to $2,500 each for a primary Bharara said on May 20. He also admitted to making false and general election campaign. ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON



arendra Modi, the next Prime Minister of India, will have to move quickly on India’s huge expectations with the world watching, a leading Canadian daily said. “With the world watching and India’s huge expectations weighing heavy on him and his government, (prime minister-designate Narendra) Modi will have to move quickly,” stated an article in the Globe and Mail after the Indian general election results were declared. “India’s economic growth has slowed dramatically in recent years as policy making at the central government level seized up. Business people, foreign investors and the poor Indian masses who voted his government into power will be expecting real changes after years of economic growth that have left hundreds of mil-

lions mired in poverty,” it stated. The fact is, as the Canadian daily reports in a full page article on May 17, that the “sheer scale of Narendra Modi’s victory... reflects deep resentment of the long ruling Indian National Congress party, and puts him under pressure to take swift action to break the central government’s policy analysis, implement economic reforms and stimulate investment in India’s crumbling and inadequate infrastructure.” Toronto Star columnist Haroon Siddiqui, an Indian-Canadian hailing from Hyderabad, wrote: “Never in history has there been an election as mammoth and awe-inspiring as this — an electorate of 815 million exercising its franchise over five peaceful weeks at 930,000 polling stations, supervised by 8 million officials... On Friday (May 16), 1.8 million counting machines got the job done in a few hours

— no hanging chads, no arguments.” “The Modi campaign was flush with money, of a magnitude never seen before — an estimated $5 billion, second only to Barack Obama’s $7 billion binge in 2012,” the article stated. “The BJP was not the only party offering cash for votes, and freebies — toasters, cellphone, TVs — in every riding,” Siddiqui asserts. “The Modi campaign copied Obama in making full use of social media. It dominated Twitter, with 11.1 million tweets out of 56 million between Jan 1 and May 12, the last day of voting.” The columnist has further written, “Four distinct groups coalesced around Modi — his Hindu base, corporate India..., the middle class fed up with corruption and dysfunction; and the young who feel India has been squandering its chance, not creating enough jobs.”




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‘Mahadalit’ Jitan Ram Manjhi replaces Nitish Kumar after a high-voltage drama post Janata Dal (U) drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections

Bihar wakes up to new CM IMRAN KHAN, PATNA


itan Ram Manjhi, a 68-yearold Mahadalit leader, has been sworn-in as the 23rd chief minister of Bihar on May 20. Manjhi along with 17 ministers took oath of office at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here. “Governor D.Y. Patil, who administered the oath to Manjhi and his ministers, directed the new government to seek a trust vote on the floor of the house May 23,” officials said. Soon after taking oath, the softspoken Manjhi told media persons that he will speed up development work initiated by outgoing chief minister Nitish Kumar. “I will take everyone’s help to speed up the development of Bihar. I will follow the development roadmap of Nitish Kumar,” he said. Manjhi was on May 19 named by outgoing chief minister Nitish Kumar after he was authorized by the Janata Dal-United legislature party to select a new leader. Nitish Kumar refused to withdraw his resignation after his party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls. Manjhi, a graduate, began his life

Himachal Congress leaders gun for Virbhadra SHIMLA: The daggers are once again out against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for the Congress party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha election. A section of Congress leaders, including legislators, has demanded that the chief minister should accept responsibility for the defeat and resign. But Virbhadra Singh, who is chief minister for a record sixth-time, said it was simply a “Modi wave” that demolished the Congress. The Congress lost all four Lok Sabha seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The losers included the chief minister’s wife Pratibha Singh. Having been elected in 2009 from Mandi, Pratibha Singh was defeated by BJP’s Ram Swaroop Sharma by 39,796 votes. “It was no doubt a Modi wave. But the wave was strengthened by poor governance and lack of coordination between the government and the party,” a senior Congress minister told IANS. He said the BJP struggled hard to regain the ground lost in the 2012

as a shepherd to earn his livelihood. His father Ramjeet Ram Manjhi was a landless laborer. “It is a fact that Manjhi in his childhood worked as a shepherd for a farmer in his native village,” a close relative of Manjhi told IANS here. Manjhi along with Nitish Kumar and JD-U chief Sharad Yadav Monday met Governor D.Y. Patil and staked claim to form the government. Party leaders said Nitish Kumar chose the soft-spoken Manjhi as he is a non-controversial leader with a clean image. Manjhi — from the Mushahar community — was SC/ST welfare minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet. He is legislator from the Makhdoompur assembly constituency. “For the first time, a leader from the Mushahar community, poorest and at the bottom of the socio-economic category, has become chief minister,” JD-U spokesperson Nawal Kumar Sharma said. Manjhi also contested the Lok Sabha poll from Gaya constituency but lost. A native of Mahkar village in Gaya district, Manjhi is the third

Jitan Ram Manjhi (right) was named his successor by outgoing chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Photo: IANS)

The new government to seek a trust vote on the floor of the house on May 23

Dalit to become chief minister after Bhola Paswan Shastri and Ram Sundar Das. People in his village on May 20 celebrated by distributing sweets, playing with colors and dancing to drum beats.

The JD-U earlier said it has the majority to form the government with support of the Communist Party of India and Independent legislators. Besides, four Congress legislators have extended support to it from outside.

Jaitley lost in urban Amritsar JAIDEEP SARIN, AMRITSAR

Virbhadra Singh assembly election by opening the doors for party rebels. “On the other hand, the Congress kept dithering about its expelled leaders including five former legislators due to differences between Virbhadra Singh and state party president Sukhvinder Sukhu,” said the minister who didn’t wish to be identified. A day after the May 7 polling in the state, the chief minister admitted that the pick-and-choose policy adopted visa-vis the rebels could go against the party. Over the past two decades, voters in Himachal Pradesh have traditionally favored the ruling party during general elections. It is for the first time that the electorate has acted differently. The pro-BJP wave was so strong that the party led in 59 of the 68 assembly constituencies. Even in the chief minister’s Shimla (rural) constituency, the opposition got a lead of over 1,700 votes. Congress insiders believe it is high time the government and the party review their policies and programs.


enior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was largely seen as the party’s suave, urbane and televisionsavvy face, but when he came face to face with the urban voters in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, he was definitely given a thumbs down by them. Jaitley, who is now facing the humiliation of being the only one among the topmost party leaders to have faced defeat at a time when the Narendra Modi-wave gave the Bharatiya Janata Party big gains in the entire north belt, suffered at the hands of Amritsar city voters. What was worse for the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha was the fact that this was the first popular election he was contesting in his political career. Besides, he lost even when the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance is in power in Punjab. Jaitley was defeated comprehensively by former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate Amarinder Singh by a margin of over 100,000 votes. In all the citybased assembly segments, Jaitley trailed comprehensively behind Amarinder. The margins in the five assembly segments — three of them held by Akali Dal-BJP legislators —

Arun Jaitley was defeated by former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

What was worse for Jaitley was the fact that this was the first popular election he was contesting in his political career. ranged from 18,726 to 36,957 votes. The BJP had unceremoniously replaced its sitting MP, cricketerturned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had won here in 2004,

2007 and 2009, this time and fielded Jaitley. The move was the outcome of Sidhu being at political loggerheads of the top Akali Dal-BJP leadership in the state.


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HICAGO, IL-Chinmaya Mission Chicago, a school of Vedantic studies founded by the devotees of H.H. Pujya Swami Chinmayananda, is dedicated to educating Indian children, adults and families as a whole, fostering self-development through right understanding of religious principles and practice of value-based living through Upanishads, Bhagawad Geeta, Ramayan, Mahabharat and the Puranas. The Mission will hold its 32nd annual Vedic Heritage Youth Camps during June 16-22 in Grayslake, IL and July 14-20 in Willowbrook, IL. The day camp is for children entering grades KG through 12 and will be daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The camp is a wonderful and unique offering to inculcate positive values and develop a love for Hindu culture and philosophy while having fun and making friends. The camp will offer an opportunity for

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hicago (IL) — The Asian Human Services commends the Affordable Care Act (ACA--the health reform law) which was enacted on March 23, 2010 and took effect on October 1, 2013 and has proved to be a great victory in health care justice for American people. The statistics show there is overwhelming support for this new health care reform initiative (Obamacare): 4Eight million Americans have signed up for private insurance through the health insurance marketplace. 435% of those who have signed up are under the age of 35. 4313,000 Illinoisans have got covered (114,000 through the marketplace and 199,000 through Medicaid) 45.6 million Illinoisans can no longer be denied coverage because they have preexisting conditions 41,843 consumers have enrolled in ACA at Asian Human Services with assistance of navigators. These statistics didn’t include people who signed up for health insurance outside the Marketplace. Not only the numbers, but numerous life stories of consumers who are covered under this law testify the impact this controversial legislation has on uninsured/ underinsured people without protection medically and financially in meeting their health needs. One consumer who lost her coverage as her son aged out of the All Kids Insurance System had no access to medical services when she needs to follow up on her brain exam and a second surgery to remove a brain tumor. She was able to regain access to medical services by enrolling in the New Adult Medicaid and thus was relieved to be able to schedule the needed surgery that she has been waiting for. A single mother who has a 23-year-old son in a mentally critical condition had no insurance to pay for hospitalization and medication to stabilize his condition. She was helped to sign up for the New Adult Medicaid so her son can receive medical attention that he needs.

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Mother’s Day celebrated at Hindu Mandir Lake County BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO, IL-- ‘Matru Divas’ (Mother’s Day) was celebrated by the Hindu Mandir of Lake County with all the Vedic rituals and full devotional fervor on May 10. More than 200 devotees of Lake County belonging to different Indian Communities gathered at the temple to worship first Ma Durga who is the original manifested form of Mother ‘AdiParashakti’. Pandit Anil Joshi Ji performed Ma Shakti puja with all the religious rituals and chanted all the Vedic and Bija Mantras of Mahashakti. Devotees sang numerous Bhajans and Shakti Stuti with utmost piety and religious zeal. Pandit Ji and singers filled the temple shrine with spiritual vibrations and made every devotee feel the presence of Ma Shakti right there. Before Maha Mangalarati, all the women and Kanyas (young girls) were worshiped by men as the incarnation of Ma Shakti. Men washed their feet and offered them tilak, flowers, and fruits along with Uttariyas and a special

Mother’s Day poem written by Geetha Patil. Pt. Joshi Ji gave a brief Pravachan on importance of mothers in our lives and society and what benefits we get by worshipping, respecting and taking care of them. Among Hindus, every day is Mother’s, Father’s, Guru’s and Athiti’s (guest) Day. These four personalities are well respected and given the status of a God in our Indian society. He expressed his humble gratitude to all the Indian women for playing a significant role of in preserving our religion, culture, traditions, values, philosophy, harmony, and peace. They are our first and primary Gurus who

teach us best things and encourage us to do good things in life. They do not hesitate to punish when harmful things are done by us. All the Devotees enjoyed temple Mahaprasad prepared by temple kitchen volunteers. At the end, temple president Dr. Harsh Kumar thanked each and every devotee and volunteer for participating in the event and contributing their share in carrying over Indian traditions and teaching them to their children. On the campus of temple, all the mothers along with their families enjoyed immensely the sunny skies and increasingly warm temperatures on Mother’s Day.

4,000 packs of illegal cigarettes, $280,000 cash seized BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO -- Two men are facing charges after the police seized 4,000 packs of illegal cigarettes and $280,000 in cash at a gas station in the North Lawndale neighborhood on May 8. After receiving a tip that a business was selling cigarettes without state and Cook County tax stamps, the police responded to a gas station in the 3800 block of W. Roosevelt Road. During the investigation, officers made numerous cigarette purchases from the gas station and found they didn’t have a county tax stamp. The smokes originated from Illinois and Missouri. Officers were able to determine through surveillance that the cigarettes

Nasser Abdullah. (photo curtsy Chicago Police)

were being transported to the store by Nasser Abdullah, 33, of Bridgeview, who was also storing large quantities of them in his garage. The police seized a total of 3,790 packs of unstamped cigarettes and $287,778 in cash during the investigation. Abdullah was charged with one felony count of possession of more than 1,000 packs of contraband cigarettes. He also faces potential business licensing fines, totaling nearly $1.9 million. Meanwhile, a co-worker, Quaiti Ali, 22, also of Bridgeview, was charged with a municipal ordinance for selling cigarettes without the proper stamp. Abdullah was in bond court on May 8 and Ali is scheduled to appear on May 29.



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HICAGO (IL) -- Sonu Nigam Live in Concert “Klose To My Soul “ rocked Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL on May 16. The magnificent Sears Centre Arena was packed with a phenomenal number--8,000--of people who attended this sold-out show which was the biggest Sonu Nigam concert ever In Chicago. Sonu Nigam, the heart-beat of Bollywood music and cinema, who is an actor as well as a playback singer, mesmerized the enthusiastic crowd for about three and ahalf hours. The national promoter of this tour is Balaji Entertainment and the Chicago show was organized by Babubhai Patel, Bhavesh Patel from Sahil and Nick Patel and Mayur Patel from L.A. TAN. “Klose To My Soul” had 24 skilled musicians who also looked stylish and very remarkable. The orchestra included violinists, keyboard players, drum, dholak and tabla players, congo players, octapad players, guitarists, and one each of saxophone player, trumpet player and flute player. Sahil and LA TAN are pioneer in USA

Eye On India fete from June 5

(L-R) Babu Patel, Bhavesh Patel (Sahil), Sonu Nigam, Nick Patel & Mayur Patel (L.A.TAN)

for organizing big shows of Bollywood stars in the Chicagoland area. Explaining the reasons for success in show business, Bhavesh, CEO of Sahil, said that it could be because of much bigger group with more musicians and sophisticated equipment. Soni Nigam said he was happy to be back with “my brothers Nick and Bhavesh”, whom, he said,he had met 20 yeasr ago and were “Klose To My Soul”.. Chicago music lovers were treated to


HICAGO – The Eye on India festival, a unique and colorful extravaganza of Indian culture, returns to Chicago from June 5. The fourth annual festival honors the wealth of India’s cultural heritage by showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary Indian art, literature, theater, film, music and dance. The festival 2014 opens on June 5, with a gala event at Open Secrets Studio, 401 N. Racine, Chicago. The absorbing events includes a South Asian community event at the Field Museum, author conversations at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, a fashion exhibit at Willis Tower, music performances by Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project at the Chicago Temple and a theatrical production of “Hamlet – The Clown Prince” featuring leading Indian theater personalities at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago. The programs will take place throughout the city and suburbs in venues including the Field Museum, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Temple, Chicago Cultural Center, Reva and David Logan Center at the University of Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, Evanston S.P.A.C.E. and the Chicago Park District. Many of the events are free.

industry with too many awards to his credit. His work has been well recognized in India and the world over, having bagged three International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, four Screen Awards, three Zee Cine Awards, two Lions Gold Award, and three Annual Central European Bollywood Awards for his Hindi songs. Bhavesh Patel thanked his sponsors and supporters.

Amma’s programs in 10 US cities


an evening of extraordinary music by the versatile singer Sonu Nigam and his band of musicians who are currently on a 90-day world tour covering 17 shows in Trinidad, Guyana , Washington D.C, New Jersey, Toronto, Chicago (6th show), New York, Atlanta, Houston, Vancouver, San Jose, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Detroit with the last show on June 8 in Montreal. Nigam is a major force in the music

Sonu Nigam wows audience with his velvet voice


piritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) has begun her 28th annual summer tour of North America on May 23 from Seattle and will conclude the same on July 13 at Toronto. Apart from Seattle (Bellevue), the world-renowned humanitarian is visiting nine other cities during the tour--Bay Area (San Ramon), Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Dallas, Chicago (Elburn), Boston (Marlborough), Washington D.C. (Arlington), New York, and Toronto. The programs include guided meditation, devotional singing, and a spiritual talk by Amma offering practical solutions for personal fulfillment as well as the most pressing challenges now facing the world. Attendees will get an opportunity to receive Amma’s darshan—a spiritual blessing in the form of a physical motherly embrace. The tour also includes six private retreats: Seattle [May 24-26], San Ramon [June 4-6], Los Angeles [June 10-12], Santa Fe [June 16-18], and Toronto [July 11-13]. Amma’s programs are run entirely by volunteers. Funds raised from retreats as well as from the sale of food, books, and gifts--available at the programs--directly

support the humanitarian projects of “Embracing the World”, Amma’s global network of charitable activities. ‘Embracing

the World’ projects include orphanages, homes for the homeless, scholarships for poor children, hospitals, disaster relief, and microfinance-powered initiatives for women. Amma has been conducting spiritual programs in her home country of India since the mid-1970s. At the request of people in Europe and the United States, she began giving similar programs outside India from 1987. Amma says that her life is dedicated to trying to awaken love and compassion within individuals all over the world. Amma feels these qualities are essential for world peace and harmony. “In today’s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing, and shelter, and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion,” Amma says. “Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first because if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter,” she says. The Chicago programs--free for public--will be held from June 23 to 25 at MA Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn, IL 60119.

Vaishnav Samaj’s free health fair soon BY A STAFF WRITER


aishnav Samaj of Midwest Temple, in association with Global Organization of Peoples of Indian Origin (GOPIO, is organizing a free health fair on June 15 and June 22--both Sundays--on its premises at 440 West Fullerton Ave, Addison, IL 60101. This is the third health fair at the temple and the 34th organized by Jayantibhai Thakkar in Chicagoland, and is open to

all requiring no pre-registration. This year, the health fair is in two parts. First, blood test and other tests will be carried out on June 15 2014. The tests include height/weight, blood pressure, blood testing, , EKG, urine analysis, bone density and social services and senior benefits. In the second part on June 22, all the blood test results will be given to people who came on June 15. They will then see the physician who will review their blood

test results and advise them for other health screening tests as needed. In addition, there will be ENT exam, chiropractic consultation, physical therapy, dental examination, hearing test, eye screening, foot exam and physical examination. There will be a short presentation (lecture) on diabetes and heart disease. A total of 25 doctors and 70 health care professionals will offer their services gratis for the event.



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HICAGO -- If Narendra Modi finally decides to accept President Barak Obama’s invitation and visits the US, part of the credit should go to Chicago’s community leader Dr Bharat Barai, a famed doctor of oncology and former chairman of the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana. Dr Barai, who had undertaken a two-week trip to India last month to campaign for Modi in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, last week again met Modi who led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a landslide victory and was to be sworn as India’s next Prime Minister on may 26. Dr Barai’s wife, Dr Panna Barai, was with him when he met Modi at his official residence in Gandhinagar, the capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat, for 20 minutes on May 22. Dr Barai, who has known Modi for the past 22 years, found him “humble, informal and friendly” as he discussed ways to improve relations between the US and India. “I urged him to work with President

(L-R) Dr Bharat Barai, Shree Narendra Modi & Panna Barai Obama and it will be great chemistry blend between them. He thought the same way.”, said Dr Barai, who last month had hit the campaign trail with countless non-resident Indians from Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. Indeed, Dr Barai, told Modi that he and Obama had many similarities--both were born

in poor families, both had socio economic disadvantages (OBC social class for Modi and African American race for Obama), tough childhood, both self-made careers against many odds, both brilliant orators, both won elections massively in spite of many odds, both campaigns used social media heavily and both

Dr Ghanshyam Pandey receives faculty award BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO -- Dr. Ghanshyam Pandey, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Illinois , College of Medicine at Chicago , has been selected for the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award. The citation of the award read: “This honor is in recognition of the international recognition you have brought to UIC through your exceptional research on the neurobiology of mood disorders and suicide. Your work has led to original discoveries by elucidating the molecular and cellular nature of abnormalities associated with the pathophysiology of mood disorders and suicide”. Prof Pandey received the medal for this award at a ceremony of the UIC College of Medicine held on May 9 at the UIC Pavilion. Dr. Pandey has conducted extensive research aimed at understanding the neurobiology of depression and suicide,

Dr Ghanshyam Pandya

which could be used for targeting better treatment for these disorders and for an early identification of the people with these diseases. He had also received the Researcher of the Year award from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. Dr. Pandey was also honored by

the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his significant research in the understanding of pathophysiology of suicide which has significant impact in the prevention and treatment of suicide. For the last several years, Dr. Pandey has studied the role of biochemical factors associated with suicide in postmortem brain samples obtained from suicide victims and normal controls. Dr. Pandey has also been investigating the role of stress hormones and immune factors in suicide. He has shown that the mechanism by which levels of stress hormones are regulated is compromised in the brain of suicide victims. He has also shown that those chemicals which regulate the immune function are abnormally expressed in the brain of suicide victims. Dr. Pandey is currently Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Mood Disorders and Suicide Research at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago.

IAMACF gala and fund-raising dinner BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO -- The Charitable Foundation chapter of Indian American Medical Association (IAMACF), held its annual meeting and fund-raising dinner on May 10 at Waterford Banquets, 933 S. Riverside Drive, Elmhurst, IL. The entire colorful event was attended by more than 250 attendees The primary purpose to organize this event was to raise the financial support in running the free healthcare clinics in metro Chicago serving increasing numbers of underprivileged, undeserved and underinsured patients amounting to over 3000 patients in year 2013. IAMA President Dr. Hemlata Bakane and IAMACF chair Dr. Rambha Radhakrishnan congratulated IAMACF officials and volunteers for running the free clinic in Chicago for past over 20 years. While Dr. Bakane stated those

IAMA CF Executive Committee Members, Board of Directors & Advisory Committee

blessed with wealth should help others, Dr. Rambha made an appeal to donate the time and money towards this noble cause. Dr Bakane thanked Dr. Jay Joshi, IAMA young physician committee chair

for helping with various skillful tasks ranging from monthly power point presentations to the tedious paper work of submitting the grant and CME credit application to the Chicago Medical Society.

are very popular in young population. According to Dr Barai, Modi is planning to come to UN in September and hence he extended him an invitation to visit Chicago and address the people from the Fullerton Hall of the Chicago Arts Institute, from where Swami Vivekanand spoke in September, 1893. “He liked that idea very much. I extended an invitation for meeting with Indian American Community in NY-NJ area, on behalf of Shri H R Shah and many other friends from that area as well as OFBJP President Chandrakant Patel. I suggested that he should accept President Obama’s invitation to visit White House and address the US Congress”, says Dr Barai. Dr Barai and others themselves paid for their campaign trip last month, calling it “a service to the country and a service to our conscience.” In Gujarat, they traveled with local candidates to more than 15 villages, urging crowds to vote for Narendra Modi. If Dr Barai is to be believed, more than 700 people across North America had called friends and relatives in India, encouraging them to vote for Modi and his party, the BJP.

Niles police again warn of Phone tax scam BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO (IL) -- The Niles police department is again warning residents not to send money to callers who claim to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Phone scams have been reported across the country involving callers who tell residents they owe money to the IRS and could face arrest or deportation if they do not pay. The callers then ask that the money be sent to them via pre-paid debit cards or a wire transfer. According to the Niles Police Department Crime Prevention Unit, the real IRS contacts citizens first by mail regarding unpaid taxes and never asks for debit or credit card numbers over the phone. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling,” a police press release said. In November, a 61-year-old Niles man thought he was paying back taxes when he transferred nearly $5,000 to a caller representing the IRS — but police said he was the victim of a phone scam. Similar incidents were reported in unincorporated Maine Township last year as well, the victims all of Indian descent. The callers, also claiming to be with the IRS, spoke to the victims in their native languages and instructed them to purchase prepaid debit cards and transfer money. The police say callers who commit this type of fraud may use fake IRS badge numbers, know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number, make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling, send bogus emails, or call back a second time claiming to be law enforcement. The Niles police advise residents who are contacted by someone claiming to be with the IRS to contact the IRS directly at 800-366-4844 to confirm the validity of the call.



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f Indian badminton reached a new high on May 19 by reaching the Uber Cup quarterfinals, Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu took the host nation a notch higher by quashing a tough challenge from Thailand 3-2 to top Group C at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on May 20. Saina and Sindhu both won their singles matches followed by Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa’s doubles win which took India to the peak of their group ahead of top seeds Thailand, Hong Kong and Canada. India, who won all three group ties, and Thailand had already qualified for the last eight on May 19. World No.8 Saina’s victory over World Champion Ratchanok Intanon in the first singles was the

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FIFA president Blatter greets Bengaluru FC addressed to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful engaluru FC’s historic I- Patel, Blatter asked: “Please pass on League football title win may my warmest congratulations to have got its most special con- Bengaluru FC on winning the Igratulatory message yet when FIFA League championship on their president Joseph Blatter conveyed debut season.” The letter conveyed his regards to the JSW-owned club. Blatter’s wishes to all of the players, In a letter dated May 16, and manager, technical and medical staff as well as the team’s supporters as “each part of this organization have no doubt been instrumental in their club’s victory”. Bengaluru FC were crowned champions on debut when they beat Dempo 2-4 at the Nehru Stadium, FIFA president Joseph Blatter in Goa, on April 21. IANS, BANGALORE




by beating the World No.4 in straight games. The Olympic bronze medalist won her clash 2220, 21-14 in 42 minutes to give India the lead at the start. Ratchanok was deceptive like always but Saina matched the Thai with superb speed and agility. The Indian slowly seemed to take the lead (12-8) but Ratchanok clawed back to level it at 12-all. “I just can’t believe I won. I have been training hard for this tournament and I am glad I pulled it off. This win is a real confidence booster,” said Saina. Next, World Championship bronze medalist Sindhu also eased past 21-19, 21-14 over World No.9 Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the second singles to give India a 2-0 lead and better her head-tohead to 3-1.

Knight rides over Kings in a perfect homecoming ANURAG DEY, KOLKATA


ontinuing their dream run, Kolkata Knight Riders moved closer to the knockout round by galloping to a eightwicket win over Chennai Super Kings as their batsmen led by Robin Uthappa put up a sparkling show in an Indian Premier League match here on May 20. Playing their first match at the home ground Eden Gardens before a near capacity vociferous crowd, the Knights chased down CSK’s 154/4 with two overs remaining. For the Knights, Uthappa top scored with blistering 67 while allrounder Shakib Al Hassan played a cameo of 21 ball 46 to take the Knights home at 156/2. With their fifth win on the trot, KKR have nearly sealed their berth for the playoffs. They now have seven wins from 12 matches and are currently ranked fourth in the points table. KKR’s chances for the knockout round were earlier brightened following the Sunris-

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ers Hyderabad’s seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers in the afternoon game. The 64-run first wicket partnership was broken in the seventh over when skipper Gautam Gambhir 21 (20b 3x4) was castled by Ishwar Pandey.

Anirban leads Order of Merit table IANS, SINGAPORE


ndia’s star golfer Anirban Lahiri continues to lead the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit despite a disappointing end to his campaign in the Philippines where he finished tied22nd. Along with Lahiri, his compatriots, Rahil Gangjee, S.S.P. Chowrasia and Rashid Khan are also among the top-10 in the Order of Merit that was released on May 10. “I’m disappointed with how I played. I’ve been playing well but I don’t think I played that badly. I made a lot of mental errors and big numbers. You can’t make four double bogeys and three triple bogeys in a tournament. At least I tried to fight back and played well,” said Lahiri. The EurAsia Cup star, who contributed two vital points in the continent’s draw with Europe in the Ryder Cup style event, will switch his focus to his wedding with long-

time sweetheart, Ipsa Jamwal this month before getting back into action on the region’s premier Tour next month. “I’ll be getting married and it is the beginning of my new life. I think it is really an exciting time for me. My golf bags will go into the store room for at least two weeks,” said Lahiri. Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman will be on a mission to fix his putting woes before he resumes rivalry with the region’s best golfers again. He set himself up well for another grandstand finish by taking a share of the first round lead at the ICTSI Philippine Open last week.

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Djokovic rallies to beat Nadal in Italian Open final IANS, ROME

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ovak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal for the fourth straight time to capture his third Italian Open title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win here. In their 41st-career meeting, the most between two ATP players in the Open Era, Djokovic, the second seed, over-

It was their 41stcareer meeting, the most between two ATP players came a slow start to dominate the remaining two sets of the match here on May 18, reports Xinhua. The precision of his hitting

kept top-ranked Nadal on the defensive for much of the match, and he finished with 46 winners to just 15 for Nadal. “Winning against Rafa in the finals of a big tournament on clay, his preferred surface, is definitely a confidence booster,” Djokovic said. “It’s the ultimate challenge and I’m very happy with my game so far and hopefully I can carry

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We Specialize in AUTHENTIC HYDRABADI DISHES Bombay Grill, also known as Parwaz restaurant has been proudly serving the Chicagoland for more than a decade. We serve a large selection of authentic Indian and Pakistani dishes ranging from sizzling tandoori dishes




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