Who will Win UP Elections?

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All signs point that the Uttar Pradesh elections will be held in February, so the time is not far when battle in the biggest Indian state election will kickoff to choose a new chief minister.

Rita Bahuguna, a long term Congress confidante recently joined BJP, the party at the Center, before the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections. It showed that the power shift in the upcoming elections has taken a toll on all major party candidates who have aligned with BJP as the party is betting big on winning the elections and proclaims that they will form the government in UP in 2017.

The incumbent Samajwadi Party(SP) claims that there is no match to Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP as well as the Congress do not have any strong candidate for the Chief Ministership. This, they say, is clear enough through the constant poaching that the BJP is doing in the state. About Congress, SP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said, “Congress is a non player in the state of Uttar Pradesh, with no leaders at all.”

What cannot be ignored is the family war going on in the incumbent Samajwadi Party, which is evident from the tussle between Akhilesh Yada and rejoined long term party associate Amar Singh. Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal Yadav are too at loggerheads at the distribution of ticket to the candidates.

Political analyst Neerja Chowdhury said in a debate that Akhilesh Yadav has a positive image in the state, but the ongoing conflict in the family has sent divisive signals to the people of Uttar Pradesh. She also said that Rita Bahuguna has been responsible for Congress in the State and so is responsible for the current fiasco of Congress in UP. Rita’s move from Congress has also sent a message that the Congress has little chance to recover in the foreseeable future.

To the fact that BJP hasn’t yet declared any chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh portrays the lack of a strong people’s leader in the party. To this Sudhansu Trivedi said that historically, the BJP projecting a leader in the state has not always received benefits, thus it is the leaders who decide to declare a leader and when to do so.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is a leader who has leverage in the state, yet BJP has refrained from projecting him as the Chief Minister, yet.

Overall, BJP hasn’t yet shown its cards and there is no visible mandate for any particular party. The election war in Uttar Pradesh will be a test for all political parties and especially for BJP.

Can Trump Prevent North Korea’s Crude Missile Test on US Land?

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Amid brewing tension between the North Korea and the United States (US), a question has come to fore that can the Trump-led US prevent or go for a preemptive strike if North Korea launches its ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) to the mainland of the US? Well, nobody has a definite answer to it.

Recently, a North Korean official announced that the Kim Jong-Un is building up his nuclear arsenal and defense capability to thwart any attack coming from the American side. There is a clear-cut ideological difference between the capitalist-democratic US and the Communist North Korea, but both countries are tight-lipped about their defense strategy.

However, what could be clearly counted as a matter of provocation, a North Korean official has recently said that their ICBM could easily hit the US cities like Los Angeles or New York. Once the news reached the White House, incumbent president Donald Trump rebuked the claim saying it won’t happen. The undercurrent of the President’s message is clear; if North Korea dares so then the US has many alternative options to stop the same.

But North Korea is relentlessly improving its nuclear capability and American sources quoted that Kim Jung-Un government has launched a satellite into orbit a few months back named Unha rocket. It has a range of around 10,000 Km at one go. It could easily cover 13,000 kilometers to reach into the US mainland from North Korea.

Last year, North Korea launched KN-08 ballistic missile. North Korea revealed pictures of its newly launched missile engine which could launch a nuclear attack to the US. However, US State Department official stated that North Korean ICBM doesn’t have that the technology to fit a weapon atop it.

Options before the US to Subdue North Korea’s Nuclear Ambition

  • Launch a massive airstrike and sending bombers over North Korea to demolish missile launch pad. However, this strategy must be exercised as the last option.
  • Initiate proper diplomacy and engage in bilateral dialogues via Sweden to ensure that both nations won’t go for a war.
  • The US can keep NATO and its allies informed about the possible North Korea strike on the US – so that they can stay cautious.
  • Whenever ICBM is launched from North Korea, the US can stop it by using ground-based interceptor missiles. It has a reserve in Alaska, Vandenberg and other places.
  • The US is developing its anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to intercept any missile attack emanating from North Korea.
  • The US should launch a diplomatic campaign to isolate North Korea while taking other countries into confidence, must ask North Korean regime to shun its nuclear armament desires.

In recent times, North Korea-US relations have taken a backseat because of Kim Jong-Un’s continued testing of nuclear weapons. Last year on January 6, 2016, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test successfully which raised eyebrows of several nations including the erstwhile South Korea and the US as well.

Then in the same year, US put North Korea’s head Kim Jong-Un on its list of sanctioned individuals which Pyongyang perceived as a direct threat of war by the US on North Korea. It would be interesting to see how both nations would de-escalate the tensions between them – the world hopes that US-North Korea won’t go that far and ultimately peace prevails.

Fall of Bernie Sanders: Awakening of a Generation

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A guy who made a living on casinos, bankruptcy and firing people on a television, one day claimed that he will get Americans their jobs back by deciding to run for the Presidential election.

He had all the makings of a politician,money, fame and a catch phrase and also a million dollar in merchandize.

On the other hand, another woman was making a headline. She was the matriarch of the most powerful family in America and she had ‘experience’.

From 1986 to 1992, she was a board member of the Wal-Mart, became the first lady of American and eventually Secretary of state. But, there was only one problem, the FBI.

FBI had been after the Clintons for years, but never got them. It was not them or Trumps that she had to worry about, Bernie Sanders. He wasn’t even a member of the Democratic Party and took a long shot at becoming the President.

For 30 years, Bernie’s words had remained the same and it wasn’t his words that inspired people, but his arithmetic. “Walmart heirs own more wealth than the bottom 40% of this country,” he said in one of his public speeches.

The sad fact that remained was that the people did not know or still don’t know how capable he was and the media made sure it remained that way.

In the primaries, Hillary and Bernie were set for the battle. In Iowa, Bernie defied poles by losing to Hillary by less than a percentage point. A week later, he shocked the nation and won New Hampshire. The deep south was Clinton country and Bernie could not resonate with people’s minds. While Trump was capturing peoples fears, Bernie was capturing their hearts. The Millenials started showing up for him. He said things that they never heard from a Democratic Presidential candidate.

He talked about economic instability in America’s middle class, he talked about the gravity of Climate Change and talked about free college.

His history is even more significant to know who really is. He was a civil rights activist and marched with Martin Luther King, but now was forgotten for people like John Lewis.

On the other hand, the more Trump insulted people, the more he was put on the television. The more press he got, the more votes he got and in no time, he was dominating the Republican primaries.

Bernie couldn’t get on a major network and Hillary couldn’t escape the press for her email scandals. While Hillary’s approval dropped, Bernies soared nationwide.

The first six debates held during prime time football ensuring modest ratings, Bernie felt that the national committee was protecting Hillary. He wanted a chance to spread his message to the masses on mainstream tv, but that wasn’t enough. Bernie supporters claimed that they were prevented from getting to the polls and voting.

The alleged voter oppression in the Democratic primaries was briefly covered by the mainstream media and quickly forgotten. But the friction led to a clash between Bernies supporters and the Clintons’.

Californie was Bernie’s last chance to revive. The night before the California primary, the AP made and announcement. Before anybody could vote, they called the race as their pools showed Hillary winning by a huge margin even though superdelegates couldn’t vote until July. Bernie lost California and pressure mounted on him to end his campaign.

Bernie promised to launch a massive floor fight and come out the winner. His supporters pledged to to storm the Philadelphia streets if he didn’t get the nomination. They thought that the DNC had cheated Bernie. Some believed that it was actively working with the Press to smear him and slow his campaign. Everybody from Barack Obama to Elizabeth Warren supported Hillary. As they  all thought Hillary would get it, the media finally put Bernie on prime time TV but the endorsement never happened.

Finally, in July 12, 2016, Bernie Sanders, the man who once said never to give up on your rage, suddenly felt silent by supporting Hillary Clinton for President.

But once a man is woken up, it’s hard to go back to sleep.

Wikileaks happened to Hillary Clinton!