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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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The Lotus Replaces Hammer-Sickle in Tripura

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-03-03 17:20:51

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
While all indicators pointed to a defeat of the CPM in Tripura, the actual results stunned all. It was the margin of victory that was spectacular. It seemed that the urge for poriborton, or change, was so strong that even the squeaky clean image of Manik Sarkar and the pleas to uphold secularism by rejecting the BJP fell on deaf ears. People voted out the CPM with a vengeance only matched when they did so similarly in West Bengal in 2011. A nearly 3/4th majority (the BJP alliance has secured 43 out of the 59 seats that voted) is a huge achievement in a state known to be a red bastion.

What worked for the BJP was the near absence of progress in Tripura. It seemed that time had stood still in the state and it remained where it was a decade back. Although Manik Sarkar himself was not corrupt, charges of corruption and nepotism abounded against his ministers and other big-wigs in the state party. A situation similar to that in Bengal in 2011 built up – the CPM tried to control all aspects of public life. It was considered an unwanted intrusion by many. Further, the emotive issue of unchecked infiltration from Bangladesh to build up a vote bank was resented by the original residents of the state.

With BJP making steady inroads in the north-east and promising fast development of the region, the people of Tripura did not want to be left behind. They have decided to give the BJP a chance after dismal performance by a party that professed to work for the people but did so only for a certain class of people. With this win in Tripura – termed “historic” by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the BJP has managed to truly relegate the CPM to near irrelevance in Indian politics. All this has been made possible in no small measure by the tireless efforts and extreme political cunning of Himanta Biswa Sarma, the point man of the BJP in the north-east.