When LK Advani kicked out Kushabhau Thakre from Madhya Pradesh on charge of groupism

Kushabhau Thakre


Published in India Today, 15 August 1993

The decision by L.K. Advani to “kick start” party politics in Madhya Pradesh has begun with taking away General Secretary Kushabhau Thakre’s charge of the state.

It has created a storm amongst the rank and file who viewed Thakre as a father figure. Thakre’s charge being handed over to Sunder Singh Bhandari has also upset Vijaya Raje Scindia, former chief minister Sunderlal Patwa and party manager Kailash Sarang as they are all part of Thakre’s inner circle. Continue reading “When LK Advani kicked out Kushabhau Thakre from Madhya Pradesh on charge of groupism”

JMM Payoffs: Defection Scandal

A Jharkhand MP claims he and three others received money to bail out the Rao Government in a 1993 no-trust motion as allegations are made that hawala funds were used to buy four crucial votes

Shibu Soren



  • Four JMM MPs who opposed a notrust motion on July 28, 1993, deposited more than Rs.1.60 crore on August 1 and 2 in the same bank in Delhi.
  • The petition alleges that on August 1, 1993, Rs.30 lakh was deposited in Suraj Mandal‘s account.
  • Shailendra Mahato says that three days after they voted for the Government, Mandal gave him Rs.40 lakh, saying that the money came from Rao.
  • On August 1, 1993, Rs.30 lakh was deposited in the account of JMM MP Shibu Soren, his wife, and Hemant Kumar and Basant Kumar. On the same day, Rs.30 lakh was deposited in the name of the four JMM MPs and Rs.12 lakh in the name of Simon Marandi and his wife. Next day, Rs.21 lakh more was deposited in their account.

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When Supreme Court defined Hindutava as a way of life

Hindutva: Back on the agenda



“When we say this is the Hindu nation, there are some who immediately come up with the question, ‘What about the Muslims and Christians dwelling in this land?’… But the crucial question is whether they remember that they are the children of this soil. No! Together with the change in their faith, gone is the spirit of love and devotion for the nation. They have also developed a feeling of identification with the enemies of this land. They look to some foreign lands as their holy places. It is not merely a case of change of faith, but a change even in national identity.”

 -Guru Golwalkar, former RSS chief, in his treatise, Bunch of Thoughts.

Is Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi’s grand dream of ruling India’s first “Hindu state” any different from the Hindu nation of the RSS, in which the minorities are identified with the “enemies of the nation”? Does Joshi disagree with Shiv Sena boss Bal Thackeray, who promised during an election campaign that with the Shiv Sena in power everybody will have to take diksha (initiation) into the Hindu religion?

The Supreme Court apparently thinks so. In a landmark judgement last fortnight, it absolved Joshi of the charge of garnering votes in the name of Hindutva by ruling that his promise to establish the first “Hindu state” did not amount to appealing for votes in the name of religion. It also said that Hindutva and Hinduism are a way of life and not confined to religion, and therefore, its use in a speech did not amount to corrupt electoral practices. Continue reading “When Supreme Court defined Hindutava as a way of life”

Indore Administration: an example of perfect teamwork

DB Post 26 March 2017


Ask any self-respecting Indorean to locate the world capital, and chances are that he would unhesitatingly name Indore. It is a people passionately in love with their city. The citizens of Indore have just discovered one more reason to admire their beloved town.

People of Indore are still gushing about, with awe in their voice, about the city administration’s ongoing crusade against cattle mafia. The unprecedented blitzkrieg against mafia started about a month ago, when illegal cattle-breeders stabbed to death a 25-year-old municipal employee during a drive against stray cattle.

The murder took place in a crowded locality in broad daylight as armed thugs attacked municipal staff removing stray cattle. The stray cattle squad of Indore Municipal Corporation had gone to that area in response to citizens’ complaint to chief minister’s helpline.

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