Thursday, May 17, 2012

Majority rule in Democracy Analysed in context of Uttarakhand Polls

Underlying principle of democracy is the rule of  majority arrived through the process of elections. Various electoral systems have evolved over the years to facilitate in establishing those who represent the majority for taking over the reins  of public administration.

The universal suffrage granting voting rights and the right to contest election without prejudices of religion, creed,caste, colour, gender or the resourcefulness  is an important breakthrough by which empowerment has been achieved in  liberal democracies all over the world. It is acknowledged that the Constitutional guarantees, judicial intervention for upholding the rule of law and separation of power have also ensured that majority does not become arbitrary.

 But the question arises, do we really get the majority behind those who are handed over the baton of power after an election? Here is a recent article published in Uttaranchal Patrika which tries to find an answer.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Top Five Winners and Close Contests in Uttarakhand Assembly elections 2012

Recently concluded Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly elections 2012 have thrown up unexpected results in many constituencies, surprising contestants, pollsters, observers and the electors at the same time. In this backdrop, it is interesting to know who were the top winners and where was contests very keen with nail-biting finish. As per the data on ECI website, following were the top five winners and also the closest contests :


1. Indira Hridesh (INC) who polled 42,627 votes defeated nearest rival Renu Adhikari (BJP) 19,044 votes by a margin of 23,583 votes from Haldwani Constituency to top the chart .

2. Yashpal Arya (INC) who polled 38,254 votes defeated nearest rival Rajesh Kumar (BJP) 23,393 votes by a margin of 15,131 votes from Bajpur Constituency to record 2nd highest victory margin.

3. Bhim Lal Arya (BJP) who polled 24,254 votes defeated nearest rival Dhani Lal Shah (INC) 10,560 votes by a margin of 13694 votes from Ghanshali Constituency to record 3rd highest victory margin.

4 Mukesh Singh (INC) who polled 33,976 votes defeated nearest rival Prakash Pant (BJP) 20,779 votes by a margin of 13,197 votes from Pithoragarh Constituency to record 4th highest victory margin.

5. Kishan Chand Mandal (BJP) who polled 29,280 votes defeated nearest rival Narayan Pal (BSP) 16,668 votes by a margin of 12,612 votes from Sitarganj Constituency to record 5th highest victory margin.

Four more candidates registered victory margins of over 10,000 votes ( Puran Singh of BJP from Lohaghat won by 11,535 votes, Bishan Singh Chuphal of BJP from Didihat won by 10,617 votes, Sanjay Gupta again of BJP from Lashkar won by 10,393 votes and Rajendra Singh Bhandari of INC from Badrnath won by 10,201 votes).

Victory margin of Preetam Singh of INC from Chakrata stood at 22nd position in terms of number of votes.


1. Ajay Bhatt (BJP) who polled 14089 votes defeated nearest rival Karan Mahara (INC) 14011 votes by only 78 votes from Ranikhet constituency making it the closest contest.

2. Ansuya Prasad Maikhuri (INC) who polled 11, 147 votes defeated nearest rival Surendra Singh Negi (Independent) 10920 votes by only 227votes from Karnprayag constituency making it the 2nd closest contest.

3. Dinesh Dhanai (Independent) who polled 12,026 votes defeated nearest rival Kishore Upadhyay (INC) 11,649 votes by only 377votes from Tehri constituency making it the 3rd closest contest.

4. Subodh Uniyal (INC) who polled 21,22o votes defeated nearest rival Om Gopal Rawat (BJP) 20819 votes by a margin of only 401votes from Narendranagar constituency making it the 4th closest contest.

5. Umesh Sharma (INC) who polled 29,900 votes defeated nearest rival Trivendra Singh Rawat (BJP) 29,426 votes by a margin of only 474 votes from Raipur constituency making it the 5th closest contest.

Incidentally these five contests were also the ones where victory margin was less than 500 votes. Five more constituencies namely Pratapnagar, Jwalapur, Tharali, Mangalore and Roorkee also witnessed keen contests with victory margin of less than 1000 votes in that order.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jaunsar Bawar Delhi Mahotsav 2012 : NCR Team’s Harul-Khelute-Bheetara Ki Naati- Tanda ko Geet : A Package of Video Visual Treat

A snapshot of myriad culture of Jaunsar Bawar as presented by NCR team at Delhi Mahotsav 2012 organised recently by Jaunsar Bawar Tribal Welfare Society Delhi on January 22nd. The team took us through various types of melodious songs, rhythmic dances and spot comedy acts. The team leader Mr Khajan Dutt Sharma (Village Desou), a renowned singer and lyricist of Jaunsar Bawar, ably pioneered the efforts of NCR Team alongwith Mr T D Joshi (Village Mundhan) and other members, in providing wholesome entertainment. Mr T D Joshi extended subtle lead to the Harul song and dance performance.
The team also enchanted audience to a bout of laughter with a superb sense of humour and great timing during the spot- comedy show called Khelute. In this, Mr Matber Chauhan (Village Rawna), Mr Pratap Chauhan (Village Rikhad) and others came out with hilarious performances as also exhibiting a number of ethnic tools in the process such as Kakiyathi-Top.
There was an excellent song and dance presentation of Bheetara-Ki-Naati. The singers led by Mr Khajan Sharma, formed the customary ring whereas the dancers took to the floor enjoying every movement and beat.
The team had a surprise package of Tanda ko Geet sequence especially penned by Khajan Dutt to suit the occasion. The group dance during Tanda ko Geet is known for clean steps matched to a unique singing which is conventionally performed without use of any musical instruments.
Thus a well rounded package of rich culture of Jaunsar Bawar is available in this video clip which has been nicely captured by Naveen Sharma(Vill -Mairawna).

For video visual treat, please click on the link :

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jaunsar Bawar Delhi Mahotsav 2012 - NCR Team's Jungabaazi & Spot Comedy-Laughter acts

1. for Jungabaazi performance Youtube Link is :

Mr Pratap Singh Chauhan ( Vill -Rikhad) and Mr Diwan Singh Bisht (Vill- Kakadia) in the jungabaazi dance act :
The Jungabaazi dance by the members of NCR Team on 22 January 2012 at Jaunsar Bawar's Annual Cultural Mahotsav in Delhi organised by Jaunsar Bawar Tribal Welfare Society Delhi was a treat to watch. As name denotes Jungabaazi is a dance depicting battle-field maneuvers in an entertaining & safe manner. Performed by two sword or stick wielding dancers, the dance begins on slow beats and well coordinated movements. It reaches pinnacle with face-off in the concluding part. The dancers sign-off with a big thanks-giving hug. This dance has been highly popular in Jaunsar Bawar and adjoining regions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.(Video shot by Naveen Sharma)

2. for Stand-up laughter act by Matber Chauhan of Rawna, Youtube Link is :

Brief : There are a number of entertaining Jokes prevalent in the Hills of Jaunsar Bawar, Uttarakhand. Gatherings on different occasions have been thoroughly entertained by some of the original exponents & dext experts in cracking jokes to a big laughter. Here is one of them namely Mr Matber Singh Chauhan of Rawna doing the honours at Jaunsar Bawar Mahotsav 2012 held Delhi on 22 January 2012.  He has two Jokes superbly told and acted upon : 1. Few educated Juansaris were in cocktail rejoice party called Hailla (in which guests are invited for drinks & snacks by one house-hold after the other). They would call out "Cheers" every time offered a drink without realising that village-folks with them were taking "cheers" for "Chais" which in Jaunsar means sound slap/s. On repeated clamour for Cheers or Chais, the villagers finally obliged them with sound slaps each". Shocked & dejected educated brats inquired  the reasons for slapping treatment given to them, straight came the answer, " haamre billa ethuk bolon be chais or in our area this is actually called "Chais ."

2. The second Joke relates a story of a Jaunsari woman who in her maiden visit to Vikasnagar, a town nearby, mistook bus for house. She took-off her shoes before entering it, in keeping with true Jaunsari tradition of entering house bare-foot. After a while when she was to leave, the woman was surprised to find her shoes missing. She turned to bus conductor and quizzed him saying, "Where has my shoes gone which I had taken off in front of the door of your house?" Realising what has happened Conductor replied, "The house has reached Dehra Dun, but your shoes are just 45 KM behind at Vikasnagar."