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Sunday, 11 November 2018

NOTA Votes

We are ready for another assembly polls and They are scheduled to start from November 12, 2018.  It is in two phases, one is on November and other is on December 20, 2018. Well, all the political parties contesting election are doing their best to woo the voters to secure their position in the assembly and their constituencies.
Office Election Commission (Photo-Google)
This blog aims at talking about a provision the election commission has introduced since 2013. That is NOTA.

What is NOTA ?:-

NOTA is an abbreviation of “None Of The Above” which is actually an option given by apex court and the election commission to the voters to express their dissatisfaction over the rest of the candidates contesting the election in the particular constituency.  Using the option in the EVM the voters can disapprove the candidates who are contesting election a constituency.
In 2009, the ECI (Election Commission of India) had asked the Supreme Court to offer this option on electoral ballots, but the government had opposed to it. Later, in September 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that every voter should have the right to register a “None Of The Above” vote. The option has been in EVM( Electronic Voting Machine) since then.

Nota Option in EVM (Photo -Google)

Let’s talk about its use and significance here.
Every time the question arises “what is the use of NOTA?”  
NOTA, apparently give people an opportunity to express their disapproval. This, in turn, increases the chances of more people turning up to cast their votes, even if they do not support any candidate and decreases the count of bogus votes.

 Does a NOTA promote “Nihilism” in democracy?

NOTA is “right to register a negative opinion” about the candidates contesting the election. This option is based on the principle that “consent requires the ability to withhold consent in an election”
Former Chief Justice of India SY Quraishi

What is the importance of the NOTA:-

The Election Commission clarified that votes cast as NOTA are counted, but are considered “invalid”. Therefore, votes made to NOTA will not change the outcome of the election. The former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi quoted” Even if there are 99 NOTA votes out of a total of 100, and candidates X gets just one vote, X is the winner, have obtained the only valid vote. The rest will be treated as invalid or no votes.”
Also, a bench headed by the then-Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam said negative voting could bring out “a systematic change in the polls and political parties will be forced to project clean candidates”

How to cast vote as NOTA?

At the bottom of the list of candidates, EVMs have an option titled NOTA.  You need to press the button and express your disapproval “NONE OF THE ABOVE.
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Monday, 24 September 2018

Naya Khani; The Tribal Festival

Paddy crop in Bastar 
Bastar is known for its distinct festivals and occasions. One of them is Dushhara which I had a talk in details about my previous blogs.

What is Nayakhani? 

As the rainy season subsides and crops are ready to be harvested farmers here are ready to welcome new crops performing rites and rituals. This generally takes place at the end of the September.
You may have read my blog on Ama Tihar (Festival of Mango) that is celebrated to welcome Mango likewise festivals are celebrated after every crop before it is used.

But the festival called Navakhani holds a special place as it is celebrated to goddess Laxmi.  
Paddy Field 
And that’s the festival I am talking about that is being celebrated here giving adieu to monsoon and welcome to the new crop of the season.
That is called “Nava Khani” or New Meal-consumption.

What does Nava Khani symbolize?

However, there are many festivals to welcome every crop here but the Nava Khani holds a special place among them as it is dedicated to the goddess of Laxmi (known as Annapurna). It is celebrated to welcome the new crop that is ripe and ready to harvest. The farmers are beside themselves with joy seeing the full grown-up crops in the swaying around the paddy fields. They assemble to toast the moment as a part of a festival called Nava Khani. Most striking part of it is that the festival lasts for 15 days together without any hitch. The villagers began to share the food made from new crop and with a happy note.

How is it celebrated?

Bunch of ripening crops are brought home stuffed in a bronze vessel that is covered with new clothes. After that, pudding is made using jaggery and rice to serve the rest of the members of the family. The villagers keep giving felicitation each other on the occasion exactly the way we do during the Christmas or the Deepawali. Well, animal sacrifice is said to be not in practice during the festival but there is evidence some trace of being done so in some parts of Bastar as a part of the ritual. 

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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Chendru; The Tiger Boy

I would like to dedicate the blog to a tribal boy who brought our region into the limelight in 1960 and coveted “Oscar” came straightway to the lap of the Swidish director Arne Suksdorff for his short movie titled “Jungle Saga” which featured the tiger boy called Chendru Mandavi of Narayanpur.
Old Tiger Boy(Photo-Google)

Why was he called as The Tiger Boy:-

Well, all these became possible when a ten years boy called Chendru rescued a cub in 1959 and brought it home to reared till it fully grown up. This shot him into the fame as “Tiger Boy”. The 90 minutes film directed by Arne Suksdorff had made him celluloid star in Europe.

The golden era of Chendru:-

He saw “modern life” in Sweden and dreamt of going out of his village to study. He remained in Europe for several months exploring the modern life there. Even the first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru promised him to do something for him when he met with him in Mumbai ( then Bombay) but  Chendru’s domestic constraints didn’t permit him to settle down anywhere else than his village.
featured image of Chendru
Chendru (Photo-Google)

Who was Chendru : He was Chendru Mandavi by name. He belonged to “Muria” tribe and was living in Garh Bengal in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. He rescued a cup and brought it home and played with the tiger like many of the children do with their toys in modern times. This amazing fact became the talk of the people across the country at that point of time and prompted Swidish film director to visit Bastar to find out the story behind the friendship between a boy and the tiger.
Book on Chendru (Photo-Google)

Astrid, Sucksdorff’s wife, later wrote a book on the tiger boy titled “Chendru: The Boy and the Tiger” was the best-seller of the time.
In the later years of life, Chendru had to lead his life in utter poverty and eventually died last year on September 18 after a prolonged illness. His friend Yeshwant Ramteke said that he had a paralytic stroke. The series of appeals on social networking sites to get support could not save his life.
Chendru bedridden (Photo-Google)

The man who brought not only the region but also the country in the limelight on European celluloid- died as an unsung hero.
That’s the stark reality of life!
Everybody salutes the rising sun!

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