Sunday, 31 March 2019

Dream11 Pick - Chennai Superkings V Rajasthan Royals

The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will collide against Rajasthan Royals in their next home assignment at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The Super Kings have started brilliantly having won two back-to-back games. They humiliated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener by 7 wickets and then went past Delhi Capitals in the last over by 6 wickets.

Rajasthan Royals so far have been very unlucky as they have lost both their matches against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. They haven’t been able to perform cohesively with both bat and ball which has been the reason for their downfall. In their first game against Kings XI Punjab, their batting unit failed to chase a formidable 184 and then, in the game against Sunrisers they managed 198 but failed to defend after the bowlers failed miserably.

Going by the current form of the two sides, Chennai Super Kings definitely holds the upper hand in this contest and playing at their own den in the MA Chidambaram, it could be a hat-trick of wins for the home side.

Venue Stats.

The surface at the MA Chidambaram Stadium is always considered as spin-friendly. The spinners generally make life tough for the batsmen and once again the same can be expected.

CSK vs RR Team News:

David Willey has pull-out from the rest of the IPL owing some family concerns.

Rajasthan Royals might look for some changes in their bowling unit after two back-to-back disappointments.

RR’s batting unit might not get tinkered.

After two wins in a row, CSK are least reluctant to tinker with their eleven.

STATS: 

- Chennai Super Kings have continued where they left off last season, winning their first two matches.

- Rajasthan have lost two from two, however - most recently, they failed to defend 198/2 in a five-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

- Sanju Samson did have some cause to cheer in that game, however - he hit an unbeaten 102 from 55 balls for the Royals to post this season's first IPL century.

- Chennai Super Kings are unbeaten in IPL 2019 right now

- Rajastahn Royals have lost both their matches in IPL 2019 so far

- The pitch in Chennai is going to be helpful to spin which could make it difficult for the overseas players of Rajasthan Royals.

My dream 11 pick : 

W/C : J Butler- (V/C).
Bats: S Raina- (C) S Smith, K Jadhsv, A Rayudu.
All Round: R Jadeja, K Gowatham, D Bravo.
Bowl: S Gopal, J Unadkat, I Tahir.

My Money is on CSK..

Friday, 29 March 2019

Rahul Gandhi's Freebie Bonanza - Why It Is Harmful To Our Country In The Long Run


Rahul Gandhi is announcing freebies left, right and centre. If you are a poor farmer, he is promising  you INR 72,000 per month as per NYAY scheme. If you are an entrepreneur, he is promising to waive of all permissions required to start your company & even waive off angel tax for a period of three years. He seems oblivious to the fact that PM Modi has already announced a tax holiday to startups, apart from self certification under labor laws, patent & trademark rebates. His undermining the intelligence quotient of entrepreneurs is in poor taste.



But the real question is, will it truly benefit the people in the long run? Will the voters respond positively to the freebies announced the Congress president just ahead of the polls?

Leadership

There are three types of political leaders in the country. The first & the most common type of leader is the freebie distributing one - these leaders have no vision & lack any sort of passion to develop the country. They are mostly in politics for their personal greed. Uplifting their people is never high on their agenda. They barely do things for the long term welfare of their people & rely on freebies to retain power. Sadly, such politicians are still present in India. But on the bright side, the voters have wisened up to their ways & are voting them out of power. Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Lalu Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav & lately Rahul Gandhi are the best examples of such kind of leaders.

The second type of leader is the do-gooder. Such leaders are non-corruptible & are in politics for the sole purpose of serving their people. The lure of power & money pales in comparison to the happiness which they derive from seeing their country's grow. They take steps which will benefit the country in the long term & strive for progress, development of the country. Ex-PM AB Vajpayee is probably the best example of this type of leadership.  But sadly such leaders are often voted out due to anti-incumbency issues. One must not forget that India is still primarily an agrarian country & no one has been able to come up with solutions to solve the problems that agriculture in India faces. Such leaders do not believe in giving subsidies or freebies beyond a point & this doesn't sit well with the electorate, especially if the economy isn't going great guns. The voters realize their folly only years after the politician has retired & the freebie giving politician has ruined their lives.

The third type of leader is the shrewdest of the lot. They are visionaries & have a long term plan in place to develop the country.They do have the passion in them to work towards the progress & development  of their country, but are aware that simply takings steps to develop the country won't keep them in power & in fact will lead to the freebie giving politician getting elected back to power. They know the answer for overall development of the country & to stay in power is to introduce reforms along with giving freebies to keep anti-incumbency at bay. PM Modi & Telangana CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao fall into this category. These politicians stay in power for a long period  of time & usher in great level of development. It is difficult to unseat them, owing to their political acumen. Reforms combined with freebies, subsidies is a potent weapon.

Will Just Giving Freebies Work?

While the formula of giving freebies in copious amounts was a trick which used to work earlier, thankfully the Indian voter is more aware. While the promise of freebies will cost the ruling NDA  a few seats, it will not make a huge dent in the final tally. The voters are smart enough to opt for long term development over short term benefits. But sadly the dream of earning money without working for it, has its share of takers & PM Modi must take steps to nip this threat in the bud.

Rahul Gandhi's freebies showering attitude shows his complete lack of vision & desperation to regain power at any cost. India will end up paying a huge price & joins the ranks of countries like Greece, who face huge unrest every time their governments speak about rolling back the freebies. The huge fiscal deficit will lead to a ratings downgrade, which will result in investors pulling out money & loss of jobs. This will have a cascading effect on the economy. After being considered a bright spot under PM Modi, India may go back to being a unreliable economy with limited growth potential.

Dream11 Pick - SRH V RR - 29th March


All of you IPL fans must have loved yesterday's close encounter between MI & RCB. The next amtch is between SRH & RR.

Despite finishing off as the Runner-Ups in the last edition of the Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad could not continue on their victory match in their opening game when they played Kolkata Knight Riders. Now, that they would be hosting Rajasthan Royals for their second game in the tournament (SRH vs RR IPL), they would try to turn things around for them.



In the opening game David Warner and Jonny Bairstow put up a decent partnership for the opening wicket which helped the Sunrisers to reach a score of 181 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Valuable contribution from Vijay Shankar from the middle order, put them in the driving seat of the game. However, upon coming to defend that total, they were destroyed by the KKR batting line up and owing to Andre Russell’s knock, Sunrisers lost a good game. Skipper Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and company failed to bring back last year’s magic and now that they would be facing Rajasthan Royals’ at home, they would look to amend.

Rajasthan had a similar fate as their opposition for the game. They also lost their opening game of the tournament and now they would also head into this game looking for redemption. However, they were dealt a bad hand in their first game but it is a competition and if they expect it to be fair every time they are way out of their heads. Ajinkya Rahane tried to lead from the bat when they came to chase down a total of 184 runs by KXIP but one mistake changed the entire course of the game. Steven Smith failed to live up to the hype and will clearly take this game another opportunity to showcase his talents.

Pitch Analysis:

The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium offers a flat pitch and tends to gets slower as the game runs. Spinners would have fun but due to its flat track, the batters enjoy batting in here as well.

Both teams started with defeats this season, with Rajasthan's 14-run loss to Kings XI Punjab overshadowed by the controversy of Jos Buttler being Mankaded by Ravi Ashwin.

Buttler top-scored with 69 from 43 balls for the Royals in that game, but they collapsed from 148/2 to finish 170/9 in reply to Kings XI Punjab's 184/4.

Last year's runners-up, Sunrisers Hyderabad, suffered a six-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders with two balls to spare - failing to defend a David Warner-powered 181/3.

My Dream11 Pick 

W/C : J Butler (v/c).
Bats : A Rahane , S Samson, D Warner (C), K Williamson.
All round : K Gowt.., V Shankar.
Bowl: S Gopal, D Kulkarni, S Kaul , Rashid Khan.

My Money is on SRH!!

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Dream11 Pick - KKR VS KXIP - 27th March

Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab (KKR VS KXIP IPL) looked fresh in their opening games. Despite having a clinical finish to their first game, the Knights are behind the Kings on the points table but not for long as whoever team wins the game will be eyeing to lead the table.



Facing off against the last year’s runners up was a challenge for the Knights as the destructive David Warner accompanied by Jonny Bairstow on the other end of the pitch. The opening partnership put up 118 runs on the board in 12.5 overs. Vijay Shankar also added another 40 runs on the tally and after 20 overs Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 181 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Kolkata had a panicking start as Chris Lynn was shortly back in the pavilion within 2 overs. Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana helmed the ship to bring back to a position to chase the score. The quick departure of Dinesh Karthik made it once again tough for the Knights. However, Andre Russell walked in to bat for the hosts and with four 6s and four 4s he put up a devastating chase by scoring an unbeaten 49 runs off just 19 balls.  With two balls still remaining to spare Kolkata Knight Riders won the game by 6 wickets.

On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab would be riding super high on their confidence after their first victory in six years on Rajasthani soil. Kings started the game as the underdogs particularly after their dismal ending to their last year’s campaign. Chris Gayle once again stormed the pitch for his 79 runs off 47 balls which included eight 4s and four towering 6s. Building on that solid foundation newcomer Sarfaraz Khan boosted it up with his unbeaten 46 runs off 29 balls. At the end of 20 overs Kings XI Punjab scored 184 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Coming to defend that score against Rajasthan Royals’s batting line up was a difficult task and when the game seemed to walk away from Punjab’s grasp, Kings’ skipper Ravichandran Ashwin tricked Jos Buttler to send him back which eventually led to the fall of the Royals.

Both sides have a strong batting lineup and some excellent bowlers but KKR has more depth overall.

Both sides have won their opening match of the tournament.

KKR is playing at home with a set of players that has been together for a fair bit of time now giving it a slight advantage.

PITCH AND CONDITIONS.

he IPL 2019 match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab is going to be played at the Eden Gardens. The crowd is extremely passionate in India and people flock in to watch but seeing the Eden Gardens filled to its brims is another memorable experience.
The weather forecast for match day is good and the chance of rain interrupting the match is very slight. The pitch at the Eden Gardens is excellent for batting. It has a good amount of pace and carry which keeps all the players interested and usually ends up being a high-scoring contest.

My Dream 11 pick : 
W/C : KL Rahul
Bats: C Lynn, R Uthappa, D Miller , N Rana.
All Round : A russel (C) , S Curran.
Bowl : K Yadav, Mujeeb - U, M Shami , L Ferguson( V/c).

My money is on KKR!

NYAY - Minimum Income Guarantee- Why Rahul Was Forced To Make This Move

Politics is lot like a game of chess. In a game of chess, several calculated moves are made by players on both sides. But when a player realizes that he is on the verge of losing, he makes some rash moves to save himself from defeat.

Minimum Income Guarantee



Rahul Gandhi recently announced a minimum income guarantee scheme. As per the scheme - NYAY, he has promised a minimum of 12,000 per month to 5 crore poor families across the country. But he had to mess up the calculations by saying that he will be giving 72,000 per year. Many were scratching their heads, trying to understand how 12,000 per month adds up to 72,000 per year. Rahul Gandhi also mentioned that this is a top up plan ie every family earning 6,000 per month will be given 6,000 extra. But the very next day Congress member Randeep Surjewala said that it is not a top plan & that every family will be paid 72,000 per year! The voters of India, who anyway have a tough time believing in the poll promises of the Congress party were now wondering whether to believe in Rahul Gandhi's words or that of his party member.

Why Rahul Was Forced To Make The Move

PM Modi & Amit Shah have been outsmarting the opposition in the run up to the elections. The Ayushman Bharat scheme announced towards the end of the year, the universal basic income, announced a few months back, tax slabs increase to 5L did go a long way to curb sentiments of anti incumbency. The balakot air strikes were the final nail in the proverbial coffin.

The writing was on the wall. All opinion polls, even the ones which were partial towards the Congress too are predicting 300+ seats for the ruling NDA. One must not forget that PM Modi is yet to get into full campaign mode. He is scheduled to attend 250 rallies in the run up to the polls. The silver tongued PM Modi, with famed oratorial skills & charisma alone will add 30 odd seats to the final tally through relentless campaigning in the final phases. It didn't help that the BJP has managed to stitch powerful alliances across most of the states, barring AP & Kerala.

The senior party members of Congress must have exhorted Rahul Gandhi to take drastic measures or face a embarrassing defeat at the polls. They probably must have brainstormed & hit upon a ploy to fool the gullible voters of India again. Like his predecessors, Rahul too is relying on lofty poll promises to swing the election. But will he succeed?

Will It Work?

Even PM Modi's detractors are forced to admit, that he enjoys unparalleled support among the masses. Even while covering the recently held state elections in MP, Rajasthan & Chattisgarh, reporters claimed that while there was strong anti incumbency against the CM's, PM Modi continued to enjoy the support of the people. The voters even coined the phrase "Modi tujh se bair nahi, Raje teri khair nahi"(We don't have an issue with Modi, but Raje won't be spared).

The sole reason behind PM Modi's popularity, despite several attempts to tarnish his image is because of his sheer determination & hard work. PM Modi is known to be a man of his words. Unlike other politicians who only provided lip service to eradicate corruption, black money, unemployment & poverty & Pakistan PM Modi actually took measures to fulfill his promises. PM Modi acted upon his poll promises despite being aware that his measures could back fire. That explains why PM Modi's supporters get agitated every time someone criticizes his shortcomings.

The Gandhis on the other hand, are looked at with disdain. Garibi Hatao(remove poverty) was a term coined by Indira Gandhi during the '71 elections. Indira Gandhi & several other politicians have time & again used welfare schemes to retain power. It is shameful how her grandson still has to rely on this slogan during elections & blames PM Modi for poverty in our country. It is the biggest proof the failure of the socialist & welfare policies of the Congress government. While Rahul Gandhi's promise of farm loan waivers helped him win the three state elections, people are aware that the execution of the loan waivers was found to be lacking. There have been several news items which mentioned the gross corruption in the farm loan waivers schemes in Karnataka as well. While PM Modi directly deposits money into the bank accounts of the people, everyone is aware that there will be massive corruption in the disbursal of the NYAY scheme. Like Rajiv Gandhi once mentioned that only 15 paise out of every rupee commissioned by the central government reaches the public under Congress rule. The rest of money is gobbled by middle men - a community PM Modi has gone all out against.

While one has to wait for the results on May 23rd to check whether this move worked, one does hope that the Indian voter doesn't fall for such a frivolous scheme.

  

Monday, 25 March 2019

Why Rahul Is Forced To Contest From Wayanad



Amethi has been a Congress stronghold since decades. Before Rahul Gandhi, his father too contested from Amethi. Pics of Rahul Gandhi peeping into a hut in his constituency, a la Rajiv Gandhi is turning out to be major embarrassment for the Congress. It signifies the development or lack thereof in Amethi, despite being the seat which sends the INC party chiefs to the parliament. The lack of development is shocking, compared to the constituencies or political burroughs of other politicians.



Rahul Gandhi has lately been in the news for contesting the upcoming elections from two places - Amethi in UP & Wayanad in Kerala. But his detractors claim that there is more to it than what meets the eye. People claim that Smriti Irani who put up a spirited fight last time around & gave RaGa a scare, may actually end up trouncing RaGa in Amethi this time around. We analyze the various reasons why the dynast is forced to contest the elections from two constituencies from two seats in the upcoming elections.



Why Politicians Are Partial To Their Constituencies

PM Modi has often been accused of being partial to home state of Gujarat. Bullet Train project, Sardar Statue & several other development projects which were announced will be hugely beneficial to Gujarat. It isn't surprising that PM Modi has a demigod status in Gujarat. opinion polls are predicting 26 out of 26 seats for NDA in the upcoming elections. The story holds true for Sharad Pawar as well. While Sharad Pawar is often criticized for his involvement in several scams & indulging in rampant corruption, he left no stone unturned to develop his constituency - Baramati. While rest of Maharashtra had irregular electricity, bad roads, water shortage, bad infra, Baramati had no such issues. The same holds true for many other big shot politicians. There is a major reason why politicians do this.

Politicians are partial to their constituencies because it acts an insurance. If they face rough weather in the political arena, they can go back to the comfort of their constituencies to recoup & regain their strength. Take the case of ex-PM Deve Gowda. Although he is a spent force on the national level, he continues to have a say in state level politics thanks to his largesse to his constituency of Hassan. When he was the PM, Deve Gowda shifted the Bangalore international airport venue  to a place near Hassan. As expected the land prices in Hassan shot up & the farmers became millionaires overnight. That explains Mr. Deve Gowda's party winning 40 seats & his son becoming CM despite rest of Karnataka largely voting for BJP during the assembly elections.

But such is the level of arrogance of RaGa & other party members that they believed they can get by without getting any work done. After all in the previous elections, when they realized Smriti Irani was turning out to be a problem, a phone call to Mulayam Singh Yadav is supposed to have helped the young Gandhi scion sail through. Mulayam is rumored to be in awe of the Gandhis. So when he received the call, he was more than happy to oblige. But instead of learning his lesson, RaGa continued to ignore Amethi.

The Yogi Factor

While it is depressing to be poor. What is really depressing is to be poor when all your neighbours are getting richer. That is what is happening under CM Yogi Adityanath. While several parts of UP are seeing rapid development under CM Yogi, Amethi continues to suffer under Congress rule.

The people of Amethi are seeing the development in other constituencies & are feeling left out. While during the previous regimes all of UP was one lawless, BIMARU state, most parts of UP is now seeing a transformation. This isn't going down well with people staying in Amethi. They are frustrated with RaGa & his failures to keep promises. While Amethi citizens used to take pride that they elect the PM to parliament, they couldn't care less about RaGa. They want the good infra, facilities that the other citizens of UP are enjoying. They are probably confident that with PM Modi being around, RaGa doesn't stand a chance at becoming PM anyway!

Modi-Smriti

While one hand Yogi Adityananth is developing UP, PM Modi & the BJP candidate from Amethi - Smriti Irani too have done a lot for Amethi. The recent inaugration of the AK-203 manufacturing facility by the PM is one such example. PM Modi has reportedly launched 17 development projects worth 538 crores in Amethi. Smriti Irani on other hand has left no stone unturned to develop Amethi. She is reportedly very accessible to the people of Amethi & has the support of women.

RaGa has been calling Modi a liar for twisting facts. But the people of Amethi are now not as foolish as they used to be & can see through the lies of RaGa. Union Minister Piyush Goyal too has declared that BJP will definitely win this time around.

Congress workers too must have sensed the situation on the ground. It was then probably decided that it would be safer for RaGa to contest from two seats instead of one. They probably still think that they have a shot at winning Amethi, as SP-BSP combine has decided to stay away from Amethi as a goodwill gesture.

Wayanad

Wayanad is relatively a very safe bet for RaGa. BJP has limited presence in Kerala. Hindus make up only 43% of the population in Wayanad. While the Sabarimala issue will polarize voters & end up helping BJP increase their tally this time around, they are unlikely to win more than 5 seats out of the 16 seats in Kerala. Wayanad with its high % of minority voters is a very safe bet for RaGa.

The BJP won 0 seats last time in Kerala, despite the Modi wave. But it is rumored that it will the INC, which will stand to gain from the Sabarimala issues. While the RSS-BJP have been working very hard to make inroads in Kerala, it will take some more time before Kerala turns saffron. it won't be easy, especially considering the high % of minority voters in the state. 

While RaGa should comfortably win Wayanad, whether he is able to save face & increase his tally from 44 seats remains to be seen. 

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Dream11 Pick - SRH V KKR


Kolkata Knight Riders who stunned everyone with their gameplay in the last edition are facing a couple of injury concerns even before the start of the tournament. While Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill and skipper Dinesh Karthik make the batting line-up look exceptionally strong, the biggest concern for the KKR this year is their pace attack. Three of their pacers – Anrich Nortje, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries.


Head to head.
Total – 15
SRH- 06
KKR - 09.

SRH vs KKR Team News:

In KKR, Anrich Nortje, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi are missing out due to injuries

Kane Williamson is doubtful for the opener and J Bairstow is in line  for IPL debut.

My Dream 11 Pick: 

Wicket keeper : D Karthik
Batsman: D Warner, Y Pathan, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn.
All Rounders : Andre Russell, Sunil Narine.
Bowlers : Rashid Khan, P Krishna, S Sharma, K Yadav.

My Money is on SRH WIN...

Friday, 22 March 2019

Dream11 Pick For Today's Match - CSK V RCB

One of the biggest cricket leagues- Indian Premier League – is yet again at the doorsteps. The 12th edition of IPL kick starts tomorrow with the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings hosting Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai for the opener. The two-months long cricket extravaganza that stretches from March 23-May 05 will witness eight teams facing each other to secure a spot in the finals.



The Clash – CSK vs RCB

Both the sides are studded with plenty of T20 giants such as AB de Villiers, Shane Watson,  DJ Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, etc. and a cracker of a game is guaranteed. The match will begin at 08:00 PM IST.
As far as both the teams are concerned, Chennai Super Kings has proved out to be superior for most of the times. MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings has thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 times in a total of 22 outings.  Also, RCB hasn’t managed a win over CSK since IPL 2014.

Head to head

Total – 22  || RCB- 07 || CSK – 14

RCB haven’t defeated CSK since 2014 IPL
RCB at MA Chidambaram – Six defeats in seven outings
Last meeting – CSK bowled out RCB at 127 and secured a win.

RCB vs CSK Team News & Updates

Lungi Ngidi is unavailable as an injury has ruled him out of the tournament.

He suffered a side-strain injury in the 5th ODI against Sri Lanka.

David Willey is the overseas back up in CSK.

AB de Villiers is set to feature in the opener against CSK.

Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter Nile are busy in the ODI series against Pakistan in UAE and will miss a couple of starting games.

Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee have joined the RCB squad and are in contention.

My Dream 11 Pick

Wicket keeper : M Dhoni
Batsman: S Raina, Akshdeep Nath, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers.
All Rounders : D Bravo, M Ali, K Jadhav.
Bowlers : D Chahar , D Willey, Y Chahal

My Money is on a CSK WIN!!

What TINA Voters Will Never Accept About Modi

During the general elections in 2014, several of our friends told us that they will be voting for Modi due to the TINA factor. TINA stands for there is no alternative. It didn't matter to them that Modi had proven himself beyond doubt by transforming Gujarat. Gujarat before Modi was a state with high crime rates, where women feared getting out of their houses post 8PM, where farmers were suffering, where jobs were few, infrastructure was average at best. Like the rest of the country corruption was rampant, electricity supply was erratic & investments weren't as high as desired . In the 13 odd years that he served as Gujarat CM, he transformed it into an industrious, prosperous state with low crime rate, surplus electricity, farmers who made good money off their produce & low corruption levels. Gujarat went on to top ease of business, FDI rankings. Modi utilized technology to bring about this transformation, which was hitherto unheard of among Indian politicians.



But despite Modi's efforts, he did have his share of detractors. His detractors claimed that Modi often exaggerated his achievements. The fact that major corporations, industrialists, rating agencies, analysts spoke highly of Modi, was immaterial. Sadly, quite a few people bought into some of the fake stories spread about Modi's work & claimed to vote for Modi only because of the TINA factor.

In the 5 years that Modi has been the country's PM, he has brought in a host of reforms which resulted in improved rankings in ease of doing business, great advances in infrastructure, high GDP growth, zero terrorism related incidents outside of J&K. The Balakot air strikes were the proverbial icing on the cake. He didn't shy away from bringing in politically "risky" reforms like GST & demonetization. These two reforms hurt his core voter base, but he stuck true to his pre-poll promise of eradicating black money & corruption. But instead of idolizing him, several voters continue to point out his flaws & claim to be forced to vote for Modi due to the TINA factor.

We compare PM Modi to his rivals & analyze whether acceding that TINA being the reason for voting for PM Modi does justice to his efforts

Corruption

While the opposition has been crying hoarse about the Rafale deal being a scam, truth is that no one is buying it. There are corruption charges filed by a authentic body against PM Modi or his ministers. PM Modi continues to enjoy a squeaky clean image.

Each & every dynast of the Gandhi family had several corruption charges filed against them. Rahul & Sonia Gandhi too are out on bail in the National Herald scam case. Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra is mirred in several cases which point towards a land scam. Mayawati had several corruption cases lodged against her after her stint as the CM of UP. Akhilesh Yadav's government too was considered to be a den of corruption. The less said about DMK, the better. Mamata Bannerjee is party to the Saradha scam, which rocked West Bengal. N. Chandrababu Naidu -  another CM who used technology to transform his state was named in the cash for votes scandal. The less said about politicians like Sharad Pawar, Lalu Yadav etc the better. Truth is most of the politicians entered politics with the sole purpose of making money.

PM Modi - who gave up worldly pleasures for the sake of  serving the nation came as a breath of fresh air. He has no family to make money for & is known to pay for several expenses from his own pocket. Several industrialists too claim that corruption in upper levels of government has vanished. Corruption is a parameter where   PM Modi towers above the rest.

Performance

Never in India's history has a PM brought in such wide ranging reforms in a span of 5 years. PM Modi worked like a CEO, listing out his goals to his ministers & then following up on it on a regular basis. In the first few weeks after he took over the reins, he brought in biometric attendance into central government offices. Gone were the days, when central government employees would stroll into their office at 11AM, followed by tea. They would resume work at 11.30AM, only to break again for lunch at 1PM. Lunch would be a royal spread ordered from hotels nearby. Post resuming work at 2PM, they would leave early for Golf at 4PM. Thanks to the biometric attendance system they were forced to report to work at 9AM & stay in office till end of the day. He made the bureaucrats too adhere to a similar work ethic. This resulted in several projects getting completed in record time & significant improvement in the lives of Indians, especially the poor.

Rahul Gandhi never made the news for his development work & reforms in Amethi. His surname remains his only claim to fame. No international agency or industrialist has been heard raving about Mamata Bannerjee for her development work. Despite being in power for 3 terms, there is no marked development in WB. The same holds true for 4 time Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik as well. While CM Chandrababu Naidu has been credited with marked improvement in AP, he is still not considered to be on par with PM Modi. How else do you explain him staying out of power for 10 long years? UP was a lawless, BIMARU state under Mayawati & Akhilesh. The Congress governments in Karnataka, Punjab aren't noteworthy either. While CM Amarinder Singh is well respected, he isn't considered to a visionary leader. The newly formed Congress government in MP, Rajasthan are in the news mainly for their scams rather than any development.

To give you some perspective, Modi's Gujarat model of development was making national news right from his 1st term. During his second term, he became a cult figure for the people of Gujarat. The impact of his development agenda was felt by the labourers from UP & Bihar, who were migrating to Gujarat for jobs. These very labourers used to sing paeans about Modi's work when they used to go back home. That explains Modi's popularity in UP & Bihar, before he even started campaigning there. By the time he won a third term, Modi was already a pan India leader.

Risk Taking Ability

PM Modi is not averse to taking risks, if he is convinced that it would benefit the nation. When it comes to taking risks & backing issues PM Modi not only trumps his current rivals but also his predecessors.

Both Manmohan Singh & A.B Vajpayee were rather soft on Pakistan. While Indians were seething with rage over MMS not attacking Pakistan post the Mumbai 26/11 attacks, Vajpayee too is guilty of succumbing to pressure & handing over Masood Azhar. None of the Congress governments of the past can boast about making incremental reforms for the sake of the economy, apart from liberalization. We won't be surprised if the politically inexperienced Rahul Gandhi turns out to be risk averse if he becomes the PM. The same holds true for Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu & Naveen Patnaik. While Mamata Didi may be open to taking risks, one can rest assured that dissenting voices will be "silenced" if she comes to power. Mamata Didi is known to have gotten several BJP workers killed in West Bengal. One can imagine what will happen to democracy if a maniac like her becomes the PM.

PM Modi's several diplomatic visits has led to Pakistan getting isolated across the globe & being forced to beg for financial aid. One had to admit that neither his predecessors nor his current rivals had it in them to order the surgical strikes, despite knowing that Pakistan is a nuclear armed state. PM Modi conducted internal surgical strikes too via demonetization & GST.

Truth is that PM Modi has raised the bar for future politicians. Whenever a politician is compared to him, he/she comes across as woefully short of PM Modi's stature. He is truly unmatched when compared to his peers. It is not TINA, but his exemplary achievements in such a short time span make him stand head & heels above the rest. We would request Modi critics who are claiming to be going to vote for him owing to the TINA factor, to give PM Modi credit for his good work & give hope to several visionary leaders of the future. 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Why Rahul's Attitude Will Cost Congress Dearly In The Upcoming Elections


Apart from their backgrounds, ideologies, what differentiates Rahul & Modi is their aggression. While Modi-Shah combine is wasting no time & effort to stitch crucial alliances, poaching powerful leaders from the enemy camp, spending money on advertising, the congress camp looks lacklustre in comparison.



Mahagathbandhan Dreams

Apart from tying up with DMK in Tamil Nadu, NCP in Maharashtra & NC in J&K, Rahul has been rather heavy footed in poaching powerful leaders or stitching alliances across the country. His sister is leading doing her bit in UP, but how much of it translates to votes is yet to be seen. The majority of BJP supporters feel a stronger Congress under Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra will eat up into the BSP-SP votes & will not adversely impact the BJP vote share. One can't help but agree to the point that while Priyanka does bear a resemblance to her grand mother, which drew thousands of people to her rallies, it may not convert to votes. Raj Thackeray - the nephew of the late Shiv Shena supremo - Bal Thackeray will grudgingly agree. Raj Thackeray is a master orator, just like his powerful uncle. But unlike his uncle, he doesn't have the drive nor the aggression to succeed. It can be safely said that Uddhav is the victor of the fight between the two second generation Thackerays. While Uddhav too is stumbling & desperately trying to save his party from oblivion, he has forked out a respectable seat sharing arrangement with the BJP. While Uddhav has led his party to several victories in the BMC, Raj Thackeray's MNS comes across as a spent force. The lone MNS MP has now jumped ship to Shiv Sena. MNS won't be contesting the upcoming general elections. While Uddhav was lucky to inherit the reins of a party with a well entrenched network of workers across Maharashtra, Raj had to build his party from the ground up. But like Rahul, Raj too didn't have it in him to keep his party alive. While thousands come to Raj's rallies few end up voting for him. Raj has been reduced to a stand up comic, whom people shrewdly use for their entertainment.

While Congress has been voted out of North East - once a Congress citadel, TN, AP, Orissa, Hiamchal Pradesh, Raj too has been laidback in his attitude despite losing several municipal & state elections. While Rahul did show some sparks of leadership by out thinking the BJP , by offering the CM's chair to the lesser ally - JD(S) in Karnataka & winning the state elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, it looks highly unlikely that he will come out victorious in the upcoming general elections. While a strong anti incumbency factor led to BJP losing in the three states, the anti incumbency factor does not seem to be strong against PM Modi. Most of the BJP supporters, who voted for PM Modi in the 2014 elections, continue to repose their faith in him. Unless Rahul can pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat, the INC is staring at an embarrassing defeat in the upcoming elections.

The Mindset Issue

A recent newspaper report mentioned that Rahul probably is of the opinion that the INC continues to remain the defacto alternative to the BJP. He seems to be far away from ground realities, His recent wins in MP, Rajasthan & Chattisgarh seemed to have strengthened his beliefs. He is sadly mistaken. After all, local leaders & tie-ups with strong allies too play a very part in winning seats. The votes for INC will be split with that of SP-BSP in Maharshtra, UP, MP & BJD in Orissa, TMC in WB, AAP in Delhi, CPM in Kerala. The BJP on the other hand has stitched strong alliances in the North East, with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, with AIADMK & PMK, DMDK in TN, JD(U) in Bihar, SAD in Punjab, which will reward it handsomely. It is highly probable that it will make significant gains in WB, Orissa, Kerala this time around, after barely winning seats from these states in the previous elections. BJP supporters insist that WB alone will make up for the losses in UP. Many pollsters are of the opinion that BJP will suffer owing to the SP & BSP coming together. But it remains to be seen whether a upper class Yadav, Thakur etc who are traditional SP voters will end up voting for a Dalit candidate & vice-versa.

The Modi Factor

Opinion polls are predicting 283+ seats for the NDA. One must not forget, that PM Modi is yet to go into full campaign mode. If the state elections of UP, Karnataka, Gujarat, is anything to go by, PM Modi's charisma alone adds 10%-15% more seats to the final tally. Even TV anchors who are known Modi baiters grudglingly agree that PM Modi's rallies are no less than rock concerts. He knows exactly what the voters want to hear. He is reported to have planned 250+ rallies in the final month of the elections.

The difference lies in the fact that while Rahul lived a life of privilege, PM Modi & Amit Shah have had to struggle to reach where they are today. While Rahul thinks that becoming the President of the INC & the country's PM, Modi has to stay alert to save himself from attacks not only from rivals outside his party but also inside it! This situation reminds us of Rocky 3 starring Slyvester Stallone. Rocky - a boxer becomes the champion after defeating the champion. Becoming the champion affords him a lavish house, several cars & ample food. But he loses to a fight to a nobody - a man who grew on the streets with hunger in stomach to succeed. In the movie Rocky goes back to his home before he became famous & trains at a local gym to regain his title. Does Rahul have it him to take Modi on? We don't think so! 

Amit Shah's shrewd politicking, PM Modi's charisma & Rahul Gandhi inertia  when it comes to stitching alliances is likely to cost INC dear in the upcoming elections.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Why Even The Unemployed & The Distressed Farmers Should Vote For Modi


Corruption, inflation & policy paralysis, were the biggest issues on the basis of which the opposition attacked MMS government ahead of the 2014 general election. With corruption, inflation & policy paralysis ceasing to exist thanks to the good work done by the Modi government, the opposition is fighting the upcoming general elections, by attacking them on issues such as unemployment, farm prices & intolerance.

We analyze the three issues & analyze whether the BJP government did in fact fail us on these fronts

Jobs




PM Modi baiters don't miss a chance to compare the performance of UPA government under PM Manmohan Singh from 2004-08 to that of Modi government from 2014-19. While economy grew at a brisk pace under MMS from 2004-08, people seem to forget that the world economy was in very good shape before the financial meltdown of 2008. Not just India, but almost all countries across the globe were growing exponentially during those years. While India missed the manufacturing led growth during the 70's & 80's, luckily thanks to liberalization India too reaped the benefits of a global economic growth during this period. Credit must also be given to the Vajpayee government for laying a strong foundation by ushering reforms from 1998-2004. Ruchir Sharma  - a vocal critic of PM Modi's policies, too mentions in his book - The Breakout Nations, that a lot of the growth which happened across the globe was due to the high amount of liquidity & had little to do with the policies of the incumbent governments.

While economist PM - Manmohan Singh won the 2009 elections on the back of a strong economy, his handling of the economy from 2011-14 showed that he was not as adept at managing the economy as people thought him to be. Turned out several companies were given soft loans to stay afloat, despite having shaky fundamentals. This did not eradicate the issue at hand, but only delayed the inevitable. From GDP growth rate of almost 10%, the GDP growth rates had fallen to almost 4% by 2014. The government was facing flak for its role in several scams, stagflation, policy paralysis, unemployment, high fiscal deficit & its handling of Pakistan.

There is very little authentic data available on jobs. Apart from the Employee Provident Fund Organisation(EPFO) data, there is little or no authentic data which one can refer to when it comes to commenting on the jobs scenario in the country. Both the BJP & Congress have been guilty of using the lack of information to attack the other when in the opposition. While the leaked NSSO reports to claim that the unemployment rate is at a 45 year high, there is little data to support/reject these claims.

But one has to admit that the high appraisals of the 2003-2012 era are now long forgotten. Single digit appraisals are the norm.

Farm Prices




While high inflation due to rampant corruption meant significant increases in farm prices YOY under Congress rule, it meant lower savings. Approx. 50%+ of the Indian population is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture it barely contributes to 20% of the GDP. While the previous governments did little to make the farmers better, the BJP government took several steps to make the lives of farmers better. From soil health cards, to fertilizer insurance, to handouts of 2000 every quarter to farmers with small holding areas the BJP government has made a serious effort to eradicate issues plaguing the farmer. One shouldn't forget that farmers were also the benefactors of the LPG scheme, Jan Dhan, Ayushman Bharat(medical insurance for all) , Swach Bharat(building of toilets), rural electrification, building of highways etc.

But sadly due to low inflation, better food storage, uneven monsoon farmers are in distress.

Intolerance

Rising intolerance is the biggest weapon for Modi baiters to attack him. While there has been a marked decrease in riots, communal tension & the number of terrorism related incidents(minus Kashmir), the opposition claims otherwise.

From the time the ban on cow slaughter has been imposed the minorities have been complaining of a environment of fear prevailing in the country.

Many of our friends on social media especially from the minority communities seem to agree, that they were not as comfortable as they used to be under the Congress regime.

So has the Modi government indeed failed us on these front? Do they deserve to be voted out in the upcoming elections? The answer is an emphatic NO! Here is why


  • While India was placed in the group of fragile 5 economies under MMS, it is  the fastest growing economy under Modi. irrespective of whether the growth rates have been tampered with, fact remains that the world looks at India as a bright spot. India has grown rapidly in the ease of business rankings from being ranked 142nd under MMS, we are now at 77th rank in just a span of 4 years under Modi. This has led to many companies investing in India. India is now the leader in mobile phone manufacturing across the globe. the job scenario in India is much better than other countries. Apart from the US, very few countries have reported lower unemployment rate. India is now the 3rd largest when it comes to the startup ecosystem.
  • The low appraisals are in part due to low inflation rates. Companies do consider inflation rate which deciding on the appraisals. Due to inflation rate of 2%-3% under Modi, as against 10% under UPA2, appraisals have fallen. Your savings in fact will be higher under Modi government due to lesser expenditures thanks to a low inflation rate. 
  • The NSSO data claims that unemployment rate is at a 45 year high. So is the unemployment as high as in the 70's & 80's where the Gandhi family's socialist policies led to a sub 4% growth & barely any jobs? Obviously not! Just look at the number of people who are part of the gig economy - delivering food, clothes, shoes etc at your doorstep.
  • Congress governments have traditionally shied away from reforms which would help grow the economy. Apart from liberalization under PV Narasimha Rao, we can't think of a single big economic reform ushered in by Congress governments. Congress governments have always been risk averse & will never take measures which would make their voters unhappy.
  • The Modi government on the other hand doesn't blink an eyelid before implementing bold reforms. Be it demonetization(to attack black money), GST(which was stuck since 2004), IBC(which solved the NPA mess). It is these steps which have led to the significant jump in the Ease of Doing Business rankings.
  • Nobody has an answer to the issues which ails the farmer. If the monsoons are weak, the farmer is unhappy as it leads to draughts. if the monsoon are very strong, the farmer is unhappy due to flooding. The monsoons are unpredictable. Unless a PM can make it rain, no PM can fix these issues! The fact remains that the indian farmer is unable to make a living despite being given subsidized electricity, water, fertilizer, pesticides & urea. Farming is a huge drain on the Indian economy & no leader across the globe has been able to tackle issues which affect the farmer. Sadly we missed the bus when it came to shifting to manufacturing industry when most of Asian neighbours shifted to manufacturing in the 70's & 80's thanks to the socialist policies of Indira Gandhi . This has led to our Asian neighbours having a much higher per capita GDP. One mustn't forget that the per capita income of even Pakistan till 1985 was much higher than India.  
  • The Congress governments went easy of muslims indulging in terrorism despite mounting evidence. Neither did they take measures to stop conversions by christian missionaries. Under Modi rule, the police has been given a free hand to apprehend those whom they think are indulging in terrorism related activities or christian missionaries who bribe the tribals & poor Indians in remote parts of the country to convert to christianity. It is situations like these which have led to the leaders of the minority communities   crying intolerance & one shouldn't punish the Modi government over it. There may have been some innocent muslim youth who may have been put behind bars. But one has to admit that it is a small price for the country to pay to secure our country. Would you prefer a few muslim youth be troubled by mistake or risk a terrorist activities which would harm 100's of innocent Indians & increase communal tensions? You decide. 
The fact remains that the Modi government has gone all out to ensure economic growth, to improve the life of Indian farmer & the minorities. One can't blame the Modi government for taking steps to curb terrorism & prevent christian missionaries from illegally converting gullible rural citizens of the country.

Whatever problems exist, people should vote for Modi as he rightly said "Sab jaante hai, agar koi theek kar paayega to Modi"(everybody knows that only Modi can solve the issues affecting India). IF MODI CAN'T DO IT, NOBODY CAN! 

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Friday, 15 March 2019

How To Grow Traffic On Your Blog By Buying Followers On Twitter, Facebook & Instagram


Social media handles are the best way to grow traffic on your blog. The more the number of followers on your social media handles, the higher is the traffic on your blog. But how do you increase the number of followers on your social media handles?

Growing followers on social media is a major worry for social media influencers. Having a high number of followers after all has huge benefits, right from the much coveted blue tick to the millions which can be made via brand tie-ups. While some have it easy, when it comes to growing their followers, most of the people struggle.

While one can grow their followers organically, by posting/tweeting regularly, it is a long & arduous process. For the restless lot, who are looking at quick results & do not mind spending a small sum, waiting long for results is not an option.

We wanted to grow our followers on twitter &instagram to increase traffic on our blog - theopinionatedindian.com (click here to read more). Read on to learn about our experiences, while trying to grow our blog traffic by buying followers on social media.

How To Buy Followers On Twitter

1) Buy Followers Directly From Twitter




Twitter is the most expensive platform to buy followers. While one can't buy followers directly on twitter, one can run ad campaigns to get more links, RT's, which in turn can lead to more followers.The minimum cost per day is $50. Thankfully one can pause the campaign after a certain amount if required.

We spent $20 in a month, which led to 40 likes & 5 followers.

2) Twiends

Twiends is a good way to gain followers. While one might feel happy over the growth in followers due to Twiends, sadly most of them will not respond to your tweets. Approx. 40%-60% will unfollow you within a span of few weeks. You will have to keep visiting twiends regularly to maintain your level of followers.

We did pay to get listed on twiends. Paying for an upgrade on twiends, led to us being featured in their listing. This led to a sudden spurt in followers. But as expected approx. 40%-60% of the followers unfollowed us within a few weeks.

3) Social King/Twittersfollowers/Brainpulse

There are several companies which offer 1000's of followers for a nominal fee. We did pay for a few of those. But sadly this is the worst option to grow followers on twitter. While we did feel happy, to see our followers gallup suddenly, our happiness was short lived.

Twitter conducts purges from time to time ie it blocks accounts of bots. Most of the followers you gain from paying these companies are bots, with barely any followers or tweets.

How to Buy Followers on Facebook & Instagram

The best avenue to buy likes/followers for your facebook/instagram page is directly from facebook/instagram. The process is very simple. A few steps & you can boost a certain post on your page.

Almost all the followers were genuine people. The various targeting options ensure that you attract the right kind of audiences for your page. Barring a few followers, most of the new followers have stuck with us even after months of running campaigns to grow our follower base.

Our Verdict

Growing your followers organically on twitter, leads to the best results when it comes to growing traffic on your blog. But if we were compare running ad campaigns on twitter vis-a-vis campaigns on facebook/instagram, we have a clear winner - facebook/instagram.

We would suggest you not to pay money to buy followers on twitter & tweet regularly to increase followers. You can rely on tweet scheduling apps like hootsuite, buffer etc to schedule posts, which in turn will help you grow followers.

Meanwhile, we strongly recommend posting on your facebbok/instagram pages & boosting those posts to increase likes/followers on your page.



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