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Really now The rest leave almost no impact As doesnt Emotional Atyacharwhich needed much more imagination to get to be the heist-roadie film that it set out to be: all kinds of tributes are being paid to InarrituTarantinoRitchie in all kinds of scenes (theres a board which says Nine Queensthe name of a cult film involving sharp cons and sharper lines) This one just doesnt have enough smarts [email protected] For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: The Union home ministry has issued an advisory to all states ahead of the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid structure demolition which falls on 6 December to take steps to maintain communal harmony an official said on Tuesday The home ministry official said that the advisory was issued on Friday to all the chief secretaries and Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of all states and the LieutenantGovernors(L-G) of all Union Territories (UT) Representational image Reuters The advisory said that on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the demolition of disputed structure at Ayodhya on 6 December there could be a demonstration by both communities and it was advisable that the administration kept "utmost vigil" and took "all precautionary measures" The advisory is as per the guidelines formulated in 2008 A day ahead of the anniversary the Supreme Court also began final hearing in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute case There are deep fault lines in the Uttar Pradesh administration along allegiance of officers to factions within the Mulayam Singh Yadav household The violence in Mathura appears to be a direct manifestation of that The manner in which the district magistrate and the superintendent of police handled the situation speaks volumes In the higher echelons of administration it is no secret that they were working at cross-purposesAn encroacher being taken inside the District Hospital on a stretcher after he got injured during a clash in Mathura on Thursday PTI The reasons are not far to seek The DM owed allegiance to Ram Gopal Yadav and the SP belonged to the Akhilesh Yadav camp Ram Vriksh Yadav who squatted on the government’s 240-odd acre horticulture land in Jawahar Bagh and occupied even defence land derived his power from his proximity to one of these factions As a result the DM was wary of taking action against the encroachers whose number had swelled to over 2500 since 2014 Similarly the SP was driven to action to put down the rival camp not to uphold the rule of the law An incoherent and clueless administration responded to the situation in a clumsy manner despite reports that Yadav and his associates had amassed arsenal to thwart the police For the first time in the violent history of the state an additional superintendent of police – Mukul Dewedi – was dragged inside by criminals and ruthlessly beaten up before being shot in the forehead For his colleague Santosh Yadav death came quick as he was shot in the eye As of now 22 bodies of members of a breakaway sect of Baba Jai Gurudev have been recovered from the spot The whole episode has exposed a deep-seated malaise that afflicts the Akhilesh Yadav government It is beset by various factions within the Mulayam clan In this context the story of how the situation in Mathura came to this pass bears relevance A senior police officer who served in Mathura for many years pointed out that in 2014 two years after the death of Baba Jai Gurudev his disciple Ram Vriksh Yadav descended on Mathura under the banner of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrah along with 250-odd followers from Madhya Pradesh They were allowed to hold a one-day dharna at Jawahar Bagh a piece of land belonging to the horticulture department However Yadav pitched tents and started mobilising supporters from other parts of the country to encroach the piece of land Within two years the 240-acre land turned into a huge tenement of aggressive inhabitants owing allegiance to the splinter sect of Jai Gurudev The area developed a parallel network of water supply and other facilities like sewerage roads and schools Since Yadav claimed to have the blessings of the Mulayam household the administration chose to ignore the development till the issue was taken to the high court by a local lawyer Vijay Pal Singh The administration found its ostrich-like approach untenable when the high court gave it specific instruction to clear the area of squatter lest it would be taken as contempt of court Finding themselves in a piquant situation senior officials discussed the situation in detail but did not reach any concrete decision or draw a define action-plan Given Ram Vriksh Yadav’s proximity to a faction in the Samajwadi Party chief’s family senior officials dithered and let junior level officials to take charge of the situation On Wednesday when Dwivedi and his SHO Santosh Yadav reached the area they were just pushed into a situation of intense violence which they had not anticipated They were immediately deserted by police constables who too were taken off-guard by the attacks and ran for their lives Ironically while Dwivedi and Yadav were killed in the most brutal manner all top ranking officers seem to have suitably firewalled themselves by swearing allegiance to factions in the Mulayam household It would be nave to see Mathura violence as an aberration There have been umpteen number of instances in UP where police personnel surrendered meekly to criminals and even allowed them to lynch their officers This is a new trend with sinister portends It can further deepen the fault lines that already exist and create an unbridgeable chasm between vital arms of the government Editor’s note: When it was inaugurated in November 2012 the Aam Admi Party symbolised an experiment in audacity; Jacobin radicalism wrapped in a muffler It windmilled its catapult in the direction of the grand old goliaths of India’s political pantheon signalling its intent to dismantle the prevailing order Three years later on 10 February it succeeded in felling the Philistine giant seizing 67 of 70 seats in the Delhi legislative Assembly — 32 of which were held by the ruling BJP and eight by the Congress In the year that has elapsed since AAP has pendulated between triumph and failure — some of its shimmer has dulled and yet it is encrusted with new jewels; the muffler is frayed at the edges and still it flutters as the pennant for an alternative form of political engagement It has lost much of its original flock while gathering new unlikely adherents to its scrappy DIY dogma The party is marking its anniversary revelries by launching a massive self-congratulatory campaign ‘PehlaSaalBemisal (one wonderful year)’ to draw attention away from the disappointments and instead enumerate all that it has achieved We shouldn’t grudge AAP its birthday bash because that’s what every party does: glorify its performance on the ground But when it comes to politics AAP came in with the promise of a difference of ringing in an era of alternative politics AAP has left out that aspect of its promise from its anniversary achievements narrative To understand this aspect of the party and the bearing it has on alternative politics in India Firstpost has invited writers to assess AAP’s performance against its founding principles This essay by Firstpost Executive Editor Ajay Singh concludes the series At Lucknow’s state guest house on Meerabai Marg in 1993 BSP chief Kanshi Ram held aloft a pen and explained the complexity of politics and society in a manner which would otherwise be lost to a researcher in years of incomprehensible academic rigour and jargon “You see the society is like this pen; hierarchised vertically and my objective is to make it horizontal” he said in his exposition in front of a bunch of journalists “But you know how would I do it” he would spring a question and then answer without waiting for anyone to guess saying “Through the instrument of political power” The discourse was a complete departure from the usual political rhetoric in Uttar Pradesh where overweening influence of suave Brahminism in politics was unrelenting Kanshi Ram not only challenged this hegemony but also subverted it with the help of Mulayam Singh Yadav His rainbow coalition of Dalit other backwards and Muslims acquired power against the backdrop of the Babri Mosque demolition of 6 December 1992 Since then the BSP has acquired political power on its own or with the help of an alliance four times Kanshi Ram’s understudy and successor Mayawati has become a powerful politician in her own right and has ascended to the throne of UP many times Yet society and politics in UP remain as hierarchised as ever There may indeed be a change in the demographic composition of the ruling elite at Lucknow yet they have behaved like their predecessors Irrespective of their political denomination there is hardly any difference between Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati Both love and patronise elements like Yadav Singh the Noida engineer now facing corruption charge And they retain the same officer as their principal secretary The proverbial pen of Kanshi Ram is lost like a phoenix that can never be resurrected As a rookie reporter you rarely get a chance to meet a charismatic underground leader Vinod Mishra popularly known as VM of the CPI-ML (Liberation) was one such leader who was a cult figure in the eighties An engineering graduate Mishra was quite articulate and effective in his political positioning The mystique around him grew by the fact that he was a vocal but selective proponent of the theory that power flows through the barrel of a gun In my first meeting with him at a friend’s house in Lucknow he came across as a pragmatic revolutionary determined to challenge the status quo He was least bothered about the emergence of the BSP which monopolised the Dalits’ space in UP In fact the CPI-ML(Liberation) had occupied the same space in neighbouring Bihar “You see they (the BSP) cannot take away Dalits from us We (the party and Dalits) are related by blood” he would passionately emphasise to underscore his belief that the relationship between the social underdogs and Mishra’s variant of the radical left was unbreakable Mishra sounded genuine and his party’s base was expanding exponentially in Bihar Despite the high-sounding rhetoric that found resonance briefly Dalits and OBCs gradually drifted away from Mishra’s revolutionary dream and joined regional parties As of now the CPI-ML (Liberation) appears to be a pale shadow of the traditional left party like CPI The ideological fervour that promised to bring a radical change in society and politics is replaced by forging caste combinations and tactical alliances to win elections This is a classic case of “The revolution is dead Long live the revolution” LK Advani AP A few months before the 1991 elections BJP president LK Advani resumed his Yatra which had been terminated with his arrest at Samastipur in Bihar Unlike the past when he was travelling on a ‘Toyota Rath’ this time he was driving around eastern UP in a car I followed him as a reporter and interacted with people who came in large numbers at most of the places where he addressed gatherings What I found most surprising was the people’s abiding faith in the notion that Advani was divinely ordained to take up Lord Rama’s cause In Jaunpur and Azamgarh I saw people picking up dust from the trail of Advani’s car in the belief that the soil was sanctified by the leader’s presence “It embarrasses me no end” Advani would admit when asked about people’s innocence and credulity “Ram Lala hum aayenge mandir wahin banayenge (Lord Ram we shall come to build temple at Ayodhya)” was the ringing slogan that often prompted the BJP leader to declare in the midst of cheering crowds that no power on earth could stop the construction of the temple at Ayodhya The BJP came to power in UP in 1991 The subsequent agitation destroyed the mosque under whose dome the idols were kept Since then the BJP has come to power at the centre thrice but could do little to pave the way for the temple construction Advani as home minister came down quite harshly on the activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) when they tried to mobilise people for temple construction during the Vajpayee regime VP Singh who lost the prime ministership following Advani’s Rath Yatra was quite amused to see Advani’s dilemma as home minister This prompted him once to remark in a caustic candour “Bahut samjhaya Advaniji ko ki sadhuon ke chakkar me na pado ye apne maabaap ke nahin hue to tumhare kyo honge (I tried to convince Advani not to get involved with religious saints in politics with the belief that they belong to you They are hardly indebted to their parents why would they belong to you)” Through the above three stories I have tried to capture the reflections of the time and pick up a strand of alternative politics that often begins by promising a radical change but ultimately fights resolutely to retain status quo It may sound a clichéd expression but holds true of India’s political situation that more things change the more they remain the same But what appears truly worrisome is the fact that every alternative politics promises radical change but soon the statecraft invariably attains a new nadir of deceit and deception eroding the trust of the people and making them slightly more suspicious of the next political initiative In this sense alternative politics is no different from a revolution that devours its own children In the present circumstances if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen as inadequate to meet people’s expectations Arvind Kejriwal Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee are equally seen as products of the lowest cunning of Indian politics Bereft of an icon Indian politics appear to be violently drifting away from its moorings letting the critical issues to be sorted out at street brawlsandTV studios in noisiest and superlative degree of self-righteousness What could be behind this travesty of ideals It could be the populist and short-term nature of electoral politics that makes them fling ideals and principles and run after votes This hypothesis can be supported by the fact that largely every movement toward alternative politics that has refrained from entering electoral politics has maintained its ideals no matter how debatable those ideals might be Those who still have faith in alternative politics can begin by some introspection about the term ‘alternative’ itself Arguably the structure of mainstream politics is perfectly okay and what is the need of hour is reform from within Part 1: Yogendra Yadav on how AAP tainted the idea of alternative politics Part 2: Shiv Vishwanathan says Arvind Kejriwal is the Maggi sauce of governance Part 3: Sudhir Kakar warns that the betrayal of AAP’s idealisations could decimate itVinay Pathak, On the other hand, India must pay more attention to this changing dynamic in Asia. 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Nothing could be farther from the truth. the plan has been delayed as the state government is yet to give its approval for the final plan and “they have put forward some alteration demands which are difficult to meet”. “Armed forces are also being increasingly deployed, The law commission will examine the issue in the coming days following a reference from the Delhi High Court.

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