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There is only one idea, the idea of India

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NITISH KUMAR: ‘This is the era of coalition politics.’ Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
NITISH KUMAR: ‘This is the era of coalition politics.’ Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Translated and edited excerpts of the intervention made by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the debate on the confidence motion moved and adopted by the Bihar legislative assembly on Wednesday

Why did things come to such a pass? Today they [the Bharatiya Janata Party] are sitting in the Opposition, but they have walked out of [the House] after having had their say. I had asked them to listen to us too. This is an example of their weakness. Discussions and debates are a part of democracy, but they chose to leave.

The reason why we took this step [to end our alliance] is clear. When the proceedings of the House began, the slogans they raised [‘The leader of the country should be someone like Narendra Modi’] gives enough reason...

Bihar model

In 2005 and 2010, the NDA won by a huge majority. The definition of [a] mandate can differ. The mandate received was for the work done in Bihar. We used to speak of Bihar’s achievements. Our friends felt great difficulty and started to criticise my articulation. I want to ask, when I used to present the achievements of Bihar’s coalition government, how could it be construed as being against someone? They had no pride in Bihar, in Bihar’s ‘asmita’ or in the work done in Bihar.

We only said that Bihar’s model is inclusive, which has affirmative schemes for the backward classes. We brought together everybody — Hindu, Muslim, upper and lower castes, Dalits, Mahadalits, Adivasis and women. This was construed as being critical of someone. Why did anyone have any objection to it?

We said a leader of the country should bring everyone together. They harbour the misconception that one party will form the government [at the Centre]. When we praised Atalji’s reign, that too was misconstrued as being an antagonistic stand against someone.

In the House today, they were not raising the slogan of Bihar or [the BJP’s State leader] Sushil Kumar Modi. This is exactly what hurt us. This was outside intervention.

There is talk about a “wave.” I don’t know which wave they are talking about. If there is one, it has been kicked up by the corporate world. But this is the usual technique, to repeat rumours, to spread falsehoods. Let us understand that this is a temporary phenomenon that cannot stand before the will of the people. The country will not be influenced by this propaganda.

Diversity needs oneness

Our country is so diverse in terms of lived culture, language, food habits. You need to take everyone together. The RSS made a statement that they will follow Hindutva ...

We said the person who leads the country should be secular, should have a vision of inclusive growth. This country was constituted under a Constitution whose basic values, egalitarianism, pluralism and inclusiveness, together form what we call Bharat ka darshan or the idea of India. The question before us is: will the constitutional vision triumph or will we surrender to the ideology of division and polarisation? But let me promise you: we will never allow the politics of division to destroy this country. The people of this country will not tolerate it.

There is only one idea that can go forward in this country and that is the Idea of India. If the other vision succeeds, the country will disintegrate and the Idea of India will collapse. India cannot be destroyed; we will not allow it to be destroyed.

We do not intervene in internal matters. Today, they [the BJP leaders] are playing a 2003 CD. In my speech I had also said that what happened in Gujarat was a blot on the country. What was the slogan in the 2005 elections in Bihar? Slogans of ‘a new Bihar’ were associated with my name. Why was some other State associated with it? In the 2010 election, why did they not call people from outside? In June 2010, the alliance was on the verge of collapsing. During the Kosi floods, many governments helped us. It is our tradition to help. But I was hurt from the publicity [for the aid from Gujarat]. Thousands of crores were spent on Kosi relief, so what’s Rs.5 crore? Our self-respect was hurt. So I returned the money. Other States helped us too, but they did not garner publicity from it. What kind of culture is this? That time the situation could be saved.

Today, a particular model is being imposed on us. They [the BJP] keep praising that model, but they hesitate to praise the Bihar model. What development do they talk about [in a State where] the minimum wage is Rs.100? In Bihar it is Rs.162 and the same rate will be given under MGNREGA as well.

I thank the secular parties for supporting the motion... The Prime Minister too spoke about me and I thank him. The CPI especially said this is a secular government. Although they have one legislator, the CPI is a strong party in Bihar...

They [the BJP] didn’t call him [Narendra Modi] [to Bihar] in 2005 or 2009 or 2010. But they knew we could get votes on our strength. Yes, we benefitted from the alliance, but then there was an attempt to impose. That is not fair. Those who cannot respect elders are accusing us of betrayal. What did they do with Advani? What had Atalji said? He advised them to adhere to ‘raj dharm’.

Before forming a government at the Centre [with the BJP] we had put a clear condition that this divisive agenda will not work. Contentious issues were excluded. In 1998, when we came together, it was decided that there won’t be any discussion on Article 370, a uniform civil code and Ayodhya.

Against agenda

In 1999 the NDA prepared a National Agenda for Governance under the leadership of Atalji. That’s why we came together, after keeping the controversial issues aside.... We came together when there was a consensus on the agenda for governance. What’s happening today is going against it...

We asked them to decide a candidate. We were given assurances. Our stand was clear from the beginning. We had no problem with sticking to Atalji’s path. But they furthered controversial issues and controversial persons. In the absence of an assurance, we read the writing on the wall... We were left with no alternative. So we took this step.

They are playing the OBC card these days. You need sympathy and sensitivity to be a leader from the OBC. An OBC-born cannot be a leader after being trumped up on corporate goodwill. You have to work for the OBCs before being deemed their leader. It’s not a question of birth, but the work you do.

In the 14th Lok Sabha, I argued for the inclusion of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims in the Dalit category, but I was criticised for it. This is the peculiarity of the country that a person can change his religion but his caste doesn’t change! But the BJP opposed me.

Whose caste are they talking about? I worked for the welfare of Mahadalits. Earlier, the RJD played caste politics, but today [the BJP] does it too. So where is the development [agenda]? The country won’t be carried away by a corporate-generated wave. It will only go for secular thinking, development with justice and inclusive growth. We won’t let the Indian ethos be damaged.

You need 272 MPs to form a government. They would not have had the number [in 2014] even if we stayed in the alliance. The maximum they would have reached was 200. By themselves, they will get much less. This is the era of coalition politics. We should not live under an illusion.

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The existence of pluralism in the biggest democracy of the world is a
testimony that the constructive forces have overpowered the forces
which have always tried to tarnish this image of our country.The CM of
Bihar has rightly articulated in his speech that the idea of India
alone needs to be propagated and this has to be the central ideology
of the political parties cutting across all sorts of diverseness.

While making reference to the CM of Gujarat,the opinions were quite
true and history serves as a true reminder.To lead a country like
India with so much diversity and to take into consideration the
ambitions of different strata of people across various barriers of
religion,culture,language etc.,the leader should have some strong
credentials which project him/her as someone who is secular,who has
concerns for both qualitative and quantitative development and who
sees someone as Indian before Hindu or Muslim.

Having an ideal combination is always an enigma but he is far from

from:  mohit kumar
Posted on: Jun 22, 2013 at 12:58 IST

Idea of India is rooted in Unity in Multiplicity, in Diversity which includes class, caste,creed, colour, language and food habits.

from:  james kottoor
Posted on: Jun 21, 2013 at 17:14 IST

The Bihar chief minister has said several things which are worth
their weight in gold. He could not have been more to the point. Nor
could the BJP have been stupider. One should understand that in a
country of India's variety in every sphere there is no possibility of
an ideology winning if it is not wedded to the secular attitude. BJP
leaders used to deride secular people by calling them pseudo-secular.
Now they have all proved themselves crypto-Hindutva. That can only be
a recipe for disaster. In my view, BJP has made a mistake in choosing
as its prime ministerial candidate someone who has a questionable
record of having treated different people in his state in an attitude
of rank communalism: Godhra was downright genocide of Muslims which
the Gujarat chief minister organized off his own bat. This is going
to cost the BJP dearly in the next election. Now parting company with
the Bihar chief minister adds further fuel to fire. V. C. Bhutani,
Edinburgh, 20 Jun 2013, 1517 GMT

from:  V. C. Bhutani
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 19:48 IST

Saffron hindutva and national disintegration.
A great analysis;Preserving India really needs secularism and not out dated hindu/muslim nationalisms.
Nitish certainely seems a great potential PM among regional leaders. He is admirable and 100% correct in supporting undiluted ' secularism'.India must take lesson from Islamic Pakistan; muslims killing muslims to rediscover what is " right islam" instead of national/human developments.

from:  Dr abdul jamil khan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 19:38 IST

nitish did well with bjp support,bjp has also share in bihar story,moreover mere good speech,interpreting secularism in their own prism,one cannot become secular,majority of parties in india are opportunist and manipulates any section of society to their favourable ends, nitish is one of them,once advani, atal were both called communal because it is congress asset to denouce anyone corrupt,secular and progressive,whole nation is fed up of whole runing system of govt as state politics, we have seen great change in gujrat which has 100 more good score point than others ,majority of gujrati are always say positive about modi,but bihari is also doing well but modi is more and less more suitable with more experianced, commend lot of respect ,being supported by industrialist lobbies,which is no exception with congress, whole nation is fedup with rampant corruption,hotch potch govt policies,lawlesness,scams and indiscipline in govt deptt and among bureacrate, present govt is most corrupt ,

from:  bhupinder
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 18:02 IST

@harsh V, We brought together everybody — Hindu, Muslim, upper and lower
castes, Dalits, Mahadalits, Adivasis and women, says Nitish Kumar. What
made you read it as anti upper caste, anti-OBC? Before commenting, it
would be worth reading the article.

from:  Roopesh P Raj
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 17:52 IST

He is failing to provide more jobs in his state, so he is crying foul.
Let him tell how many new job he has generated in his state during his

from:  Dr. Sat Kumar Tomer
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 16:24 IST

Who should be the next PM, let people of India decide. Neither Nitish nor Sonia should dictate. They can play dirty tricks like UPA. Contest election see the number of MPs won and then form a UPA. Nitish won election in the company of BJP. In Orissa BJD after dumping BJP they fought election and got elected. If Nitish is sincere he should reign and seek people's mandate. Dont predict, dont tell imaginary stories to intimidate people. India is a democratic secular country with an independant judiciary. It is not such by any single party. Modi cannot destroy India even as a PM. Nitish is fooling people after winning no confidence mothion with the support of congress. Not only Daliths, muslims, christians need development. The whole of India and its citizens are yearning for growth and development. Instead of seeing corruption as the biggest danger Nitish is hallucinating. We need a stronger India. It is well within the right of people if they decide to elect BJP.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 16:14 IST

Advani is being portrayed as moderate. Secular.
He started Rath yatra in the wake of which many riots took place including Babri Masjid.
Modi is as good or as bad.

from:  Deva Sagayam
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 15:51 IST

The decision to remove BJP Alliance is well timed and the motto 'One India' reflects the Election mood.. With BJP remaining as it is , and all other parties willing to take the plunge together, how the vote bank is going to be shared? Mr. Nitish can only try to project himself in Bihar and certainly not elsewhere.. If he wants to blame the Corporates for projecting Mr. Modi, how he will be able to improve / sustain the growth in his homeland.. Of course, he can opt to export the work force of Bihar to other states and look forward to the 'Inward Remittences' to spur economic activity within the state..So, no state should insist on 'son of soil' policy ; with Congress hoping to return to the centre, tying with numerous parties , one can expect states like Maharashtra welcoming the Bihari Workfoce with folded hands.. Is this 'inclusive growth' ?

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 15:46 IST

Trying to invoke communal polarization in any country is shameful and it is extremely dangerous in a country like India. Look what is happening in Iraq? Do we want to head in that direction? As a young citizen of the country I am thankful to Mr. Kumar for his clear stance against the politics of hatred.

from:  Manish
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 15:37 IST

It is a wells structured speech by Mr.Nitish, but he could have waited little more time for the BJP leaders, themselves, to fight and perish. !!!. I always maintained NDA and UPA are very fragile units and break easily when it comes to sharing Power.The third front or federal front will be a further disastrous development ill suited to Indian Democracy !!!. After Mr.Vajpayee, BJP and NDA going directionless more so after Mr.Modi entered the fray. He is a good performer at Home wicket but must be accepted beyond his Party and State, the same case is Mr.Advani.

from:  R.SundaraRajan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 15:35 IST

The era of coalition politics should end. Regional political parties are using this as a leverage for their personal gains. Only if there is a government formed by single party we can atleast pinpoint the mistakes on a single party and make them responsible.Now what happens that any allegation each party is blaming the other party. And coalition will not take any action against any body for the fear of losing the government.

from:  Thilak
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 15:22 IST

This can be a good speech. But speeches don't essentially make good leaders. Nitish Kumar is trying to veil him prime Ministerial ambitions behind the mask of being a secular leader. If he really wanted to be one, and thinks that BJP is non-secular then he shouldn't have gone into alliance at all.

from:  Raksha
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 14:56 IST

The arguments of Mr,Nitish is absolutely correct.Those who want to lead the country like INDIA should have secular credentials.I agree with the Bihar Chief Minister.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 14:04 IST

On one hand he talks of inclusive growth on other hand he says policies for backward caste, what about poor from upper and OBC mr. Nitish? Is this not caste politics? One hand you talk about only maha dalits and then you say you are not for caste politics? What kind of double speak is this? Why is that you have a skull cap pic in your FB page as cover pic? Is this not vote bank religious politics? You must be the biggest double speaking person I have ever seen. And no your bihar is not developed only Patna is developed, villages are still the same with same conditions of no water and electricity but for The hindu and secular parties - religion is more imp. than water, food and electricity.

from:  harsh V
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 13:51 IST

Great speech. Beautifully articulated.

from:  Roopesh P Raj
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 13:43 IST

Nitish Kumar's speech is very impressive and convincing. As he has
stated, the country needs a leader who believes in inclusive growth, a
leader who can bring all sections together and not a leader who
nurtures divisive ideology. Modi is basically an autocrat who is self-
centred, arrogant and intolerant to criticism. He may be an 'able'
administrator, so was Hitler; he may be a great orator, so was Hitler.
He may be a darling of Gujarat and they may like his speeches and body
language,which otherwise make him unfit for becoming a national
leader.He uses derisive language against his political opponents and
people of other religions.Nitish had no option but to dissociate from
such an ideology. He would have anyway done this at a later date.JDU
had associated with NDA only because it had a leader like Vajpeyi and
it included other secular parties . But now when NDA is now left with
BJP and two other divisive outfits, what is the option left for JDU
and Nitish?

Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 13:07 IST

The Title 'there is only one idea, the Idea of India' suits to even
become the national slogan of India in this recession ridden
environment to trigger more investment into fact Nitish has
more converging leadership at National level than Modi.
For the last several yeas Biharis have manifested themselves as very
hardworking and innovative both within he nation and without.
Handicrafts and textiles of Bihar, Bihari Labour, nature and attitudes
of Bihari people are attract more positive attention.
We could predic more industrial and academic investment, tourism and
hospitality into Bihar in the coming years. Biharis are outgoing and
are found in the work force of other Indian states and in rest of the
world in increasing numbers.The growth rate of Bihar could go up to
put us South Indian States (once famous as most developed states)to
shame if we go on with political and civil disturbances losing
productivity incessantly.

from:  Dr. Rekha Jagannath
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 12:45 IST

If all Muslims in Gujarat hate Modi , hw did he get Muslim votes there in last elections . And If Bihar has become very prosperous under Nitish Kumar , why is that there are lot of laborers who are moving out of bihar to all our India (Get in to a Patna trains which go towards to chennai , bangalore , Mumbai and one will know the number of laborers who travel in them for work)

Can some one from Hindu do more research and publish that stats too

from:  krishna
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 12:43 IST

I will go with Mr.Kumar. As he said what is the need to talk about the
MODI in Bihar assembly. Mr.Kumar is showing the growth of the state and
also like to share the credentials with the BJP though they split while
envisaging the Idea of India.

But at the same time I too agree that he didn't like portraying Mr.MODI.
He is too cynical when comes to National Politics.

from:  ranganathan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 12:29 IST

I like the speech of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his honest
confession about the game plan of the Corporate world frustrating Indian
peoples' interest

from:  ASOK DAS
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 12:29 IST

Nithish ji i Appreciate you If your words are truely coming from your
heart...This should be the attitude of a real Leader.But i don"t think
you will get support from your proposed coalition,because Many of them
are only aiming polittical benefit.Go ahead,Wish you all thae Best

from:  remya
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 11:35 IST

Nitish Kumar continuing as Bihar Chief Minister is undemocratic. He himself admitted this fact when he said in the State Assembly that “definition of mandate can differ”. He interpreted the word’s meaning that best suited him to remain in power. His definition that “the mandate received was for the work done in Bihar” is, at the most, only a half-truth. People actually voted the JD(U)-BJP combine to do the said ‘work’. Coalition in any other form do not enjoy the right to rule. However strongly Nitish tries to justify his present stand, his long-term intention is the government at the Centre after 2014 elections. He openly admitted that the NDA “would not have had the number (272) even if we (JD-U) stayed in the alliance”. He is now in the process of migrating to any other combination that, he expects, would reach the magic figure. In fact, Nitish is following the example of Manmohan Singh in manipulating majority in the House by joining with any opportunistic group. He has also quoted Dr.Singh’s oft-repeated justification for corruption, namely ‘coaltion compulsions’ when he (Nitish) said in the Assembly that “this is the era of coalition politics”.

from:  P.R.V.Raja
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 11:20 IST

The idea of selective picking from history to convey ones views is
fairly popular among politicians in India. It is extremely insensitive
of the citizens to readily believe in what is presented. The Idea of
India that was presented by the freedom fighters of this country is
enshrined well in the Constitution. But isn't it the same constitution
that has been amended umpteenth number of times to suit party
politics. The political ideology born out of opposition to majority
parties or one with political influences is nothing new. Be it the
Congress (most of the parties have been born out of the same), BJP
(the right wing so called non secular) and then the Communists ( the
aboriginals of political ideology). It is strange that most the
regional parties have got birth from State level issues and such
oppositions, but now out of no where due to sheer rise of numbers they
are projecting visions for the country based on skewed ideals. It is
important that the vision for the country be clear.

from:  Prashant Anand
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 11:07 IST

Nitish knows very well that BJP or congress can't form govt on their
own, and taking advantage of the situation after election he would
project himself as PM, Thats all he wants the PM post & Modi is one big
hurdle in front of him.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 11:01 IST

It is rightly said by Mr. Nitish Kumar that developments with justice and inclusive growth should be our agenda of politics and motto of governance. But this motto can not be achieved by playing politics on the basis of religion,cast,race or cadre. Even not on the basis of dalit and mahadalit. It looks like everyone is trying to put their own triumph card their own way. Everyone is defining secularism their own way. If BJP is communal because they playing vote bank politics on Hindutva vote then non-BJP parties should also be said to be communal because they are playing votes of non-hindu. Nowadays a new politics playing era is emerging in which every party is looking for OBC vote bank. I would like to ask them, are you not playing cast politics.
India is matured enough play politics on justice and development not on the basis of religion, cast or cadre.

from:  Murari Sharan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 10:41 IST

Very insightful article. All the points raised by Mr. Nitish Kumar in respect of taking India forward through secularism is laudable. I think Narendra Modi is a double edged sword. One (read BJP) has to careful when weilding it. Now, the stage for 2014 has become even more interesting. The prospects of a Third Front cannot be ruled out, given that the support for regional parties has grown over the years. If the two national parties i.e, BJP and Congress want to take the helm next year, they must introspect. BJP on its nature and divise politics as it is being alleged. Congress to grow a spine and bring forth a credible leader.

from:  bharath
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 10:12 IST

The excerpts of the speech by Mr. Kumar is coherent in one aspect, that is his strong dislike towards Mr. Modi. Bihar CM has cleverly hid this aspect with his high frequency statements, slogans, electoral success and grand visions. But I feel people know the real reason why JDU came out of NDA.

from:  Raghunarayan.M
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 10:11 IST

Nitish eloquent speech poked holes in farcical facade that BJP had
erected. The pity is neither BJP nor Congress will have the mandate to
form a decisive government and it will be back to who gets their
arithmetic right

from:  Ananth
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 09:56 IST

This man has transformed the face of Bihar. No one is trying to understand how.
How a state which was led by a leader who was famous for his scams and the people
of the land famous as thugs, dacoits and gundas is now transforming into an
economic power in the country.
How and where did the mafia go? Where did the thugs and dacoits go? How is it that
Patna a dry, arid and dull city now has flyovers, malls and lots of companies?
I am from Bihar and to read and hear the transformation that it is undergoing makes
me proud of this leader. I support no party but I support individual leaders and
here's one who has stuck to an agenda and worked on it and got results on it.
Now that's what you call a leader!

from:  Akshay Viswanathan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 08:54 IST

Dear CM of Bihar,
You have earned your respect because of your sincerity and hard work in the initial days. But these days neither you talk about any developmental activity nor Media make any Buzz about it anymore. Still you make the Headlines. And This is only because Mr. Modi(Perhaps like many politicians you think harping Modi name will give you extra minority vote rather than developmental activities).
Again, as seen in your speech of 2003, you yourself praised modi, while other Bihar Politician, Mr. RamVilas Paswan, chose to resign from Vajpayee Govt. Perhaps your definition of Secularism changes with time.
I personally think, Your repeated attack on Modi will make him more popular and stronger in Bihar. May be Media like it or not but people do not eat secularism when feel hungry. And Malnourishment rate in Bihar is 82 while in India it is 40.
Only public want to know "What JD(U) workers were doing before BJP office when BJP announced betrayal days and why they carried rifle there?"

from:  Shashi Ranjan
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 04:01 IST

It is pleasure to finally hear a political leader articulate a vision of India and Bihar. The
country has enough divisive forces, it can ill afford promoting those tendencies. Yes, it is a
vast country and its various provinces should be free to experiment with different economic
models to see what works in their situation. India needs high growth rates if citizens are to be
lifted out of extreme poverty. But the growth must also be inclusive so that it improves the
lives of its poorest citizens. There is lot of work to be done to get there. It will be a shame to
spend energy and time promoting hatred, ignorance, superstition, irrationality and mythical
stories. India's future. Demands better of us all.

from:  Virendra Gupta
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 03:38 IST

The Bhartiya Janata Party members walked out of the house, why? I
just want to share their bitter feelings in a poetical way, Yaad-
e Maji Ajab hai ya rab, Chhin le mujh se Hafiza mera,O God! Past
memory is a punishment,so please take it out from our hearts,O Mr
Nitish! We kept flaming the candle of love for seventeen years,
but you put it off with a sudden blow, how we can spend more time
with disloyal politicians, further BJP members said when Nitish
Kumar added fuel to the fire in the meeting saying,O friend! Do
not remind me the period of separation and union, we won’t be
able to tell you the story of our decline.when BJP members came
to know that Mr Nitish Kumar switched his loyalty to his ex enemy
Congress then they articulated unanimously this last stanza,
kabhi waqt ke aasman pe roshan sitare the ham,ab gardishe halat
ne bhuladi pahchan khaddo khal ki,sometimes we were the
brightening stars in the sky, now the vicissitude of our fortune
wiped out the sign our JDU!

from:  Shafi Anam
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 02:45 IST

Bravo Nitish Kumar. As an Engineer, you have perfected human engineering in Bihar and your model for inclusive growth resonates with the rest of India. A smart BJP leadership would have solidified their UPA coalition and picked a NDA leader for 2014, rather than picking Modi and hoping that he will deliver big. There is little doubt that people with your leanings will find the strident tone of Modi and RSS calling the shots, hard to handle. Infact,my suggestion to the Congress and the UPA is to form a solid team(minus Mamta) and bring the JDU into the UPA coalition. Nitish Kumar has what it takes to lead India. The time has come for coalition politics to focus on an India agenda, and therefore regional parties need to develop a national strategy, rather than speaking for the interests of one State. The next election will be exciting and Nitish Kumar has helped in this process

from:  sridhar
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 02:14 IST

Modi is a better salesman of his achievements as opposed to Kumar. It will make sense if instead of defending the party's stance, Kumar vociferously and aggresively takes the offensive mode against BJP and try to form a relationship with UPA rather than third front daydreams for only then can he control a two pronged attack from BJP on one hand as well as Lalu and Paswan on the other.

from:  shashank jha
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 02:00 IST

Idea of india can only be inclusive..construtive... participatory...playing on majoritarian prejudice, and exclusivity wont be Bharat nirman ...
It can only be exploitation of democracy

from:  Mazid
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 01:18 IST
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