Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jun 2018 12:05:55










A NEW hope, a new dawn, a new life. That is what a lone crusader in the hot-bed of Maoist activity is trying give to the children of Bijapur district of Bastar through his ashram school. A founder member of the now defunct Salwa Judum movement launched against Maoist extremism, 49-year old K. Madhukar Rao is bestowing fatherly love on 132 tribal students, including 71 girls, to keep them away from the coercive Maoist militia and give a new direction to their life, which at present is full of deprivation and is growing under the shadow of extremist force. Mr. Rao believes that education will change the way the tribal youths and their families live and think about life and bring them face to face with the outside world which is full of possibilities. In fact Mr. Rao’s initiative needs to be replicated throughout the region that is infested with Naxal extremism so that more and more young people are drawn to normal life cycle. Apart from the operations of the security forces, it is essential that such voluntary initiatives are given primacy for enduring and effective results.


IN A hint of what is is in store for Congress in its lofty plans of forming a grand opposition alliance to throw out the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 general elections, Jayant Chaudhary, leader of Rashtriya Lok Dal, has suggested a secondary role for the grand old party in regions dominated by other political oufits. Things will unfold in its own unique ways for Congress as 2019 nears and seat-sharing becomes a head-spinning trade. Playing second fiddle was never in the Congress ecosystem. But given the position the Congress finds itself in the current circumstances, it will have to digest the bitter pill. How much Mr. Rahul Gandhi makes sense of the situation and scales down his Prime Ministerial aspirations will form the base of Congress’ alliance plans. The party finds itself on a slippery ground in most States, a harsh truth that Congress is still refusing to accept. Seat-sharing is a difficult process in politically important states like Uttar Pradesh. The resurgence of RLD through Kairana victory has added another claimant in the process. What role Congress chooses for itself will decide the alliance fate.