Chitralekha Gujarati issue dated 20th October 2014 | Chitralekha Gujarati 64th Anniversary issue 2014 – English summary (click here)
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Maharastra Elections: The Countdown Begins
With all possible pre-poll alliances finally breaking down, the Mahastrastra election is set to be very exciting. While the talks between the BJP and the Shiv Sena collapsing because of their failure to reach a compromise formula over seat-sharing arrangement, the Congress and NCP too could not make headway in their talks. So the resultant impasse has given rise to a situation where all five political parties-Congress, BJP, Shiv Sena, NCP and MNS-are independently locking horns with one another. The latest cover story comprising several pieces/inputs by different authors deals with Maharastra elections from various perspectives.
In the article titled ‘Who Will Be the Big Boss?” Devanshu Desai analyses the state assembly elections fought by contestants sans any alliance. What came as a real shocker was the breakdown of the decades-old association of the BJP and the Shiv Sena. The tremors of the collapse of this alliance were felt as far as in New Delhi. Their failure to reach any consensus was followed by the breakdown of alliance talks between the NCP and the Congress. And this latest development took the state voters by surprise, as they watched the close allies overnight turning into rivals and the polls into a fierce and no-holds-barred fight.
The change in the scenario sent the voters into a tizzy, as the altered equations put them in a quandary as to who to vote and consequently tested their loyalty. However, some contestants have gained from the breakdown of alliances, as some dark horses were selected as contenders at the last moment.
One possible conclusion has emerged from the prevailing situation: none of the parties is likely to get absolute majority, it seems, as votes in all probability will get split. Also, what seems unsavoury is that casteism and religion-based politics will play a pivotal role in these polls. In an accompanying box, BJP’s candidate Vinode Tawde shares his poll strategy, besides hinting at the possible cause of the split of his party’s alliance with Shiv Sena.
In another important cover story, the author interviews the Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray who has, in this conversation, laid bare his views without mincing words on the current contest, on the failure to forge alliance with BJP and the overall Maharastra political scenario. As for the breakdown of the BJP alliance, he candidly admits that though hurt by the split, he has failed to fathom the reason why the BJP has chosen to sever ties with the Shiv Sena. The disappointed leader blames the lack of leadership at the state level, as he strongly believes that this issue could have been resolved at local level rather than at the center.
Giving a word of advice to the local Gujaratis, he says that they should not allow themselves to be provoked by any outsider and instead use their own counsel, as after all, it is the Shiv Sena that will stand by them in their hour of crisis. He refutes the charge that his party does not favour giving tickets to Gujaratis. Not shying away from the challenge of being the chief minister if the need arises, Uddhav Thackeray shares his vision of how and what development work in Mumbai he will embark on, if his party is elected.
In another related cover story, Samir Paleja comes up with a totally new and different take on the Maharastra polls and its possible outcome. He interviews a few numerologists, graphologists and tarot card readers and gets them to predict the poll outcome. As a result, we get a very interesting perspective to the whole issue.
While a renowned tarot card reader prophesizes the saffron victory in this elections and zeroes in on Pankaja Munde, the daughter of late Gopinath Munde as next chief minister, one of the graphologists interviewed opines that based on the handwriting of each of the leaders and the auras formed around their signatures, Uddhav Thackeray appears to be leading in terms of popularity. However, he is very emphatic that no party will get a clear majority in this election, though Devendra Fadnavis may lead the race for the top position, he adds. Basing his judgement on signature, he is equally sure about Ajit Pawar coming a cropper in this poll.
With the whole country’s attention riveted on this election in Maharastra, the article is hugely informative and makes the picture pretty clear, as what led to the current deadlock, why the much-hyped negotiations related to alliance failed and how exciting the five-cornered contest is going to be.
Crime & Poetry
Naresh Solanki is a constable in Rajkot police department but the only difference is that besides having to do with crime and criminals, he also writes poetry. Policing and poetry do not go hand in hand but Naresh Solanki is an exception. Not only does he write poetry, his creations get published in reputed literary magazines.
Working at Control Room monitoring communications between various departments, Naresh ‘arrests’ his creative ideas and locks them up in his mind, but executes them only at home where he is a position to steal some time. Currently, he is doing a Ph D on the poetry of renowned poet Amrut Ghayal, informs Jwalant Chhaya.
However, from Mumbai Sunil Mewada reveals that Naresh Solanki is not alone, as Brijesh Singh, a senior police officer keeps him company, albeit in Mumbai. Though his debut creation is a novel titled Quantum Siege, the author is not essentially a fiction writer. He is a poet at heart. Passionate about history, philosophy and music, the cop-cum-writer wants to devote the rest of his life to writing and travel.
A Caretaker Becomes a Crorepati
Gopal Pandya comes with a unique story about an employer who has deposited a mind-boggling sum of 1 crore in his caretaker’s account. It sounds insanely incredible, but as they say, the truth is stranger than fiction and this story more than proves the axiom.
Painter Jeram Patel sold his collections of 230 paintings to an Art Gallery and got Rs 6 Crores towards proceeds of the sale. Immediately on receipt of his first installment, he credited 1 crore in the account of Dahyabhai, his caretaker as a reward for his selfless services, as the partially paralysed Jerambhai Patel is convinced that even his children could not have taken the kind of care that Dahyabhai has taken of him.
Who says good deeds go unrewarded? Ask Dahyabhai whose reactions have also been recorded in this story.
Apart from the above, the issue also carries two interesting stories. In continuation of the father-in-law and daughter-in-law series published in Chitralekha Annual, Ketan Mistry writes about a celeb pair who is very popular as father-in-law and daughter-in-law. The serial is Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma and the characters in question are Amit Bhatt and his screen daughter-in-law Disha Vakani.
The other story is on hugely popular and trending memes Baka and Bakudi, the images of whom are lately a source of pure mirth on social media (Mahesh Shah)
Besides the above, the issue carries Humour column, Palak, Cardiogram, Priyadarshini, fresh chapter of novelette, Health Helpline, Jalsaghar and Mukhwas
Q: What is the difference between man and a poet?
A: One who lives in a moment is a man and one who makes the moment live is a poet..!!