2018 Assembly results of five states, namely Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Mizoram, have far reaching consequences. The loss of three Hindi heartland states, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, is surely a huge blow to the BJP; but then, there is good news from Mizoram and Telangana.
Children with learning disabilities require drawing therapy, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscaculia. According to clinical psychologists, when simple mandala drawing is used as an intervention with proper procedure transacted with patience and consciously supported practice, it helps children with specific learning disabilities in improvement in their cognitive levels.
Addressing the Women Entrepreneurship Platform Conclave in New Delhi, recently, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon all political parties to arrive at a consensus and ensure the passage of Women's Reservation Bill for reservation to women in the Parliament and state legislatures.
The Kasturirangan Committee set up for drafting the new National Education Policy (NEP) has reportedly completed its task and the draft policy document may see the day of light soon. However, the 'final deadline' has overshot and the term of the BJP-led government is going to be over next year.
Throughout my 85 years of knocking around all over the world, life has been a many splendored blessing. This was all made possible, by very forgiving, loving and caring family, friends and colleagues. Looking back, I have no regrets and would still like to visit those exotic places, meet those gracious and talented folks and read those great books which I have not read as yet. I still like to catch up with latest technological advances and consequent social and cultural changes.
Irrespective of what the ultra-nationalists, religious proselytizers and human rights extremist want us to believe, the reality is that economy is the engine that drives all the forces of life. I don't want to indulge in that rhetoric as the subject of this article is the world famous artist and calligrapher - Syed Sadequain Naqvi, better known as Saduaqian who had migrated from India to Pakistan soon after the Mother India was bifurcated into two nations.
Despite its debacle in some districts the opposition party Congress could revive strongly in Assam in the recently concluded panchayat polls. Elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in Assam were held in two phrases on December 5 and 9. The counting of which started on December 12 has showed revival of the Grand Old party in the state once again.
To analyse BJP's defeat in three Hindi heartland states namely Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan purely on the political front, we need to answer a question, does the popularity of leader matter in elections?
Two things to note in this election are that 1) BJPs campaign was primarily built on the past sins committed by Congress/UPA, which was forgotten by most voters. And 2) The urban voters largely middle class who were earlier mostly preferring BJP, did this time opt for Congress as the results in the urban centres largely show.