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The drift and decline of the Left

T V R Shenoy | April 09, 2009 | 20:53 IST

Prakash Karat told an election rally in Agartala on April 5 that it was 'thousand per cent confirmed' that the Third Front would form the government in Delhi after the Lok Sabha polls.

'Thousand per cent'? For India's sake I hope the general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist is just as good a soothsayer as he is a mathematician.

India could fool around -- a little bit anyway -- with Third Front ministries back in the days when the global economy was booming; the dinosaur economics of the Left will lead only to drift and decline.

But drift and decline seem to be in the DNA of the Left. Look at the records, and you can see how the Communists have been losing ground.

Jawaharlal Nehru's Congress sprawled over the benches when the first Lok Sabha met in 1952, occupying 361 of the 489 seats. The other parties were in such disarray that the next largest category consisted of Independents, 37 MPs in all.

You could count the seats won by the Jan Sangh and the Hindu Mahasabha, the ancestors of today's Bharatiya Janata Party, on two hands -- and still have a few fingers left over. The Jan Sangh had only three MPs, the Hindu Mahasabha was slightly better off with four.

The single largest party on the Opposition benches was the undivided Communist Party of India, 16-strong and led by the late A K Gopalan. The Revolutionary Socialist Party had three MPs and the Forward Bloc added a solitary representative.

The title of 'Leader of the Opposition' was not in vogue in those days. Gopalan would not have qualified in any case since the CPI did not have 10 percent of the seats, not even close to that. But it was generally assumed back then that the party would develop into a national alternative to the Congress.

The Congress is now a pale imitation of its old self; the party cannot win 361 seats, probably not even half of that. The BJP has expanded almost twentyfold since the Jan Sangh and the Hindu Mahasabha days of 1952. But what of the Left?

Technically, the Left Front now has three times the number of MPs that it did back in the first Lok Sabha. But in some ways the Left has conceded space instead of going forward. In 1952 five of the CPI's 16 seats were from West Bengal and two from Tripura, both still Leftist bastions. But one MP was elected from Orissa and the other eight, half the total, were from the then Madras presidency. (The CPI drew a blank in Travancore-Cochin. )

The name 'Madras' is slightly misleading since the giant state included most of what is now Andhra Pradesh along with chunks of modern Kerala and Karnataka. Most of the Communist MPs won from Telugu-speaking areas, the exceptions being Gopalan from Cannanore and K Ananda Nambiar from Mayuram (Mayiladuthurai) .

The point is that the CPI back then was strong enough to win seats on its own from Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. These are states where it now plays second fiddle to regional parties.

The CPI actually improved in the 1957 polls, both geographically as well as in absolute numbers. It had 27 MPs in the second Lok Sabha, expanding into new areas -- winning four seats in the old state of Bombay and one each in Uttar Pradesh and in Punjab. In 1962 the CPI tally went up to 29, with the party now making its parliamentary debut from Bihar too.

The Congress still dreams of winning back Uttar Pradesh though it has been whipped there in every election since 1989. The BJP has long-term plans of building a strong presence in the south, with Karnataka of course already in the party's bag. Can you imagine the CPI-M on its own managing to get a single MP elected from Uttar Pradesh, or Punjab, or Gujarat and Maharashtra (collectively the old state of Bombay)?

Fellow travellers may argue that in 2004 the Left Front registered its best performance ever in terms of numbers. How do those numbers stack up?

The CPI-M won 43 seats. Twenty-six of those were from West Bengal, 12 were from Kerala, two each from Tripura and Andhra Pradesh, and one from Tamil Nadu.

The CPI-M's junior partner the CPI won ten seats. West Bengal and Kerala each contributed three, it won two in Tamil Nadu, and one each in Jharkhand and in Andhra Pradesh. (It is a disgrace that this tattered rag of an outfit continues to be given the status of a 'national' party.)

The Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party each won three seats in West Bengal. Sebastian Paul, running as an independent candidate backed by the Left, won the Ernakulam seat in Kerala, as did the Janata Dal-Secular's M P Veerendra Kumar in Calicut.

Going through the lists above it is clear that the bulk of these 61 seats came courtesy of West Bengal (35) and Kerala (17). I suppose it is possible that the Left Front shall do fairly well once again in West Bengal. But it is hard to see a repeat performance in Kerala where the CPI-M chief minister and the local party boss can barely bring themselves to be civil to each other.

The problem for the Left Front is that, for all practical purposes, it does not exist outside West Bengal, Kerala, and tiny Tripura. Any major losses in West Bengal and Kerala simply cannot be made up by gains in other states.

Forget about the Third Front, there is a possibility that either the Bahujan Samaj Party or the Samajwadi Party shall overtake the CPI-M as the third-largest party in the Lok Sabha behind the BJP and the Congress. Will Comrade Karat then run around trying to create a Fourth Front?

Rereading Prakash Karat's statement, I note that the CPI-M boss spoke only of 'forming a government', not of winning a majority. That is the story of the Communist movement in India in a nutshell, it is a group that prefers to cut deals behind closed doors rather than reach out to India to win the people's mandate.

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Brothers and Sisters,

As it is known to all, Bahujan Samaj Party or B.S.P. is the only party in the country, which believes in “deeds and not in words”. That is why our party, unlike other parties, does not release an election “Manifesto” containing “alluring promises” in any election rather B.S.P.only makes an “APPEAL” to people for votes, enabling it to complete its unfinished works of Sants, Gurus and great men born in the Bahujan Samaj from time to time, especially Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Narayana Guru, Parampujya Baba Saheb Dr.Bhimrao Ambedkar and Manyavar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji by following the path shown by them so that it can produce good results in the elections to gain power and then with the “Master Key” of political power can make the lives of the suffering and oppressed people prosperous in every respect. This is because Parmpujya Baba Saheb Dr.Bhimrao Ambedkar was of the view that “political power is a master-key by which all the problems can be solved”.

By following this very thinking of Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar, our party is contesting these general elections for Lok Sabha on all the seats alone on its own strength and with preparedness, in other words our party has not forged any electoral alliance of any kind with any party in these elections.

But here the main question that arises is why it is essential for the general public of the country to cast their votes for the B.S.P. alone and not for the Congress and B.J.P.their allies? This main and essential point will have to be understood.

In this regard, it is the contention of the B.S.P. that it is the only party in the country the “Ideology and Policies” and “Work Style” of which are in the interest of Sarva Samaj (entire society) and our party does whatever it says in the interest of Sarva Samaj where as other parties make a lot of promises and do very little, in other words most of their work is projected on paper, and very little is seen as being implemented on ground.

This is the main reason why because of wrong policies of the parties having a casteist mindset no significant change has come about even 61 tears after the country’s Independence in the “social and economic” condition of the “Bahujan Samaj”, which comprises the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and religious minorities including the people of different communities like the Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Buddhists etc., who account for 85 percent of the country’s total population.

And I have mentioned about “Wrong Policies” here because the parties which have so far formed governments in the Centre and most of the states in the country have been depending on financial help from big capitalists as a result of which these parties on coming to power tailor their every “Economic Policy” to suit the needs of those capitalists, in other words their economic policies are not prepared for removing the hardship of the general public. This is the main reason why the economic condition of the Bahujan Samaj people as well as of the poor people belonging to Upper Castes continues to be bad and pitiable even now.

Keeping all this in view, we had to form a separate political party by the name of “Bahujan Samaj Party” (B.S.P) on April 14, 1984, under the leadership of “Manyavar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji” by following the path shown by Parampujya Baba Saheb Dr.Bhimrao Ambedkar and now it has emerged as an important party at the “national level”.

Not only this, our party has rather gradually increased its mass-base throughout the country and also sent its MPs to Parliament and MLAs to legislatures in several states. Besides, government has been formed under the leadership of our party in Uttar Pradesh four times and during all the four terms of office our party’s government has taken full care of the interest of the Sarva Samaj, but it has given priority to those people of Bahujan Samaj, who had been neglected on a large scale in “social and economic” spheres by the governments of other parties in the past. Taking this issue of neglect seriously, our party’s government in order to bring about an improvement in the “social and economic” condition of Bahujan Samaj people in Uttar Pradesh has for the first time in the country constituted a separate welfare department for every segment of the society and by selecting under the “Dr.Ambedkar Rural Development Scheme” villages with preponderance of the SC/ST population in particular has decided to cover them with every kind of essential amenities and now the name of this scheme has been changed to the “Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar Uttar Pradesh Gramsabha Integrated Development Scheme”.

Similarly, an “Urban Integrated Development Scheme” has also been launched in the name of Manyawar Shri Kanshi Ram Ji, through which all the cities, towns and ‘kasbas’, big and small, in Uttar Pradesh are being development in a phased manner.

Besides, to a large number of poor people in the urban areas of Uttar Pradesh, who because of their helplessness had settled unauthorisedly on the land of the state government departments and have been living there since before 15-01-2009, our government under a “Sarvjan Hithaiy Urban Slum Area Ownership Right Scheme” has decided to give ownership right to residential plots measuring a maximum of 30 sq. metres and minimum of 15sq.metres and commercial plots for employment measuring a maximum of 10 sq. metres. In the history of the state such a decision had not been taken by any of the past governments because of which the poor people in a large number have been exploited for years by government employees, land-mafias and employees of municipalities etc. But since 15-01-2009 after implementation of this scheme from my birthday, they have got ownership right to their residential plot in urban areas, while they have also got freedom from all kinds of exploitation.

Along with this, the government land lying vacant is being distributed with actual possession thereof for two-room pucca house and for cultivation to the poor helpless people of the Sarv Samaj in the state with priority to the SC/STs, exploited and backwards in particular, which has so far benefited lakhs of poor people in the state and this process is still continuing.

For promoting education, like for the children of the Scheduled Castes/Tribes, our party’s government has for the first time in India provided scholarships to poor children from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and religious minorities, particularly Muslims, and in view of rise in prices the scholarship rate has also been doubled. The scholarship is distributed to the students soon after they take admission. Our government has arranged for “free government coaching” for poor students of these classes to enable them to get high ranking jobs.

Beside, along with these classes in Uttar Pradesh, a new era in the field of higher and technical education has been ushered in for poor children of the Sarvjan Samaj for which a historic decision has been taken for the first time to send students of the newly established Gautam Buddha University in Gautam Buddha Nagar district (Greater Noida) at government expense to Europe or other foreign countries for higher education.

By giving priority to development of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes a separate provision of 25 percent fund has been made for the first time in the budget for them. Similarly, for creating a sense of security among the Bahujan Samaj people a provision of “reservation”has been made for the first time in the country for posting police officers from their society as police station officers.

Full care has also been taken of the interests of the biggest constituent of the “religious minority society”, the Muslims, in particular in every sphere. Their economic development has been ensured and their lives, properties and religion have been fully protected. Besides, by including the economically backward people in the Muslim society in the list of backward classes, our party’s government has for the first time in the state made available to them the benefit of reservation in education and state level government jobs.

A New Initiative in Respect of Reservation: In regard to reservation too, we in all our four terms of our rule in Uttar Pradesh have conducted a special drive and cleared the backlog of the “reserved quota” Vacancies for the people of the Scheduled Castes/Tribes and Other Backward Classes in government jobs and other areas at the state level which had not been filled up for years.

Besides, our partyhas been making relentless efforts for securing the benefit of “Reservation” for the Scheduled Castes/Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the areas like the judiciary, council of ministers, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Council and the private sector etc., all over the country in which reservation has not yet been provided to them by the Central Government. In this regard letters have been written to the Central Government several times. Along with this, our party has written several times to the Central Government for providing the benefit of additional reservation to those people of the Scheduled Castes/Tribes who have become Christian or Muslims through religious conversion by including them in the list of Schedlued Castes/Tribes by keeping intact the present fixed quota of reservation for the later. But the government of no party formed in the Centre so far has acceded to this reasonable demand of these people.

This not all, the governments of the Congress party and BJP and their allies have been trying to end reservation gradually by giving to the Private Sector on a large scale those “Government departments” and “institutions” in the Centre and all the states of the country in which the people of the Scheduled Castes/Tribes and Other Backward Classes have been getting job reservation under government, as there is no provision of reservation as yet in the private sector for these classes at the Central and the state levels. In a situation like this the reservation for these classes will automatically come to an end one day. Our party is very “worried” over this and in this regard the people of these classes in the entire country also need to be very “alert”.

And in this regard, it is also the belief of our party that this reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in our country can be “protected” and reservation made available to them in the areas in which they are not yet getting this benefit only when these people form their own government in the Centre and the states. And a concrete example of this is the formation of our party’s government in Uttar Pradesh as the B.S.P. government has ensured a guarantee for maintaining the earlier available reservation system even after a “government department” and ”institution” is handed over to the Private Sector.

Besides, in regard to reservation, I wish to tell the people of the “upper caste society” that our party is in favour of providing separate reservation to the poor people of this class on an economic basis in the entire country. But it is the government in the “Centre” which will have to introduce it by amending the Constitution. Therefore, our party’s government has written several times to the Central Government for providing separate reservation to the people of this class on an economic basis. But the government of no party in the Centre has so far agreed to this demand of ours. However, in this regard, I wish to give this assurance to the people of the “upper caste society” that the day of our party’s government is formed in the Centre like that in Uttar Pradesh it will make a meaningful effort to remove poverty and unemployment of the people of the upper caste society by certainly making the reservation facility available to them even without their asking for it. And in this regard, you know it well about the work culture of our party that it does what it says, in other words there is no difference between its words and deeds.

Along with reservation, our party’s government has always been fully sensitive and serious over the issue of social security. Therefore, we have raised the amount of the old age/farmers pension from Rs.150 to 30, In addition, our party’s government immediately raised the daily wages of the labourers from Rs.58(fifty eight) to Rs.10 (one hundred) for the labourers as it is the most poor and weak class and belongs mostly to the category of landless labourers to whom no attention had been paid ever before because of their being unorganized. And daily wages of sanitation workers has also been hiked from Rs.73 (seventy-three ) to Rs.10 (one hundred).

This is also known to all that the long rule of the Congress, B.J.P. and their allies for about 61 years agriculture and farmers have been neglected a great deal in the entire country, but our party’s government has paid special attention to agriculture and farmers also by keeping them in the priority category. Besides, our government in Uttar Pradesh instead of giving unemployment allowance to the youths is giving them an opportunity to live with dignity, self-respect and self-reliance by making provision for permanent employment to them. And from May 13, 207 till January, 2009, in less than two years, arrangement has been made for permanent employment for seven lakhs people in government and for another two lakhs people in non-government sector.

In addition to the interests of the poor and unemployed people of the Sarva Samaj, our party’s government has taken full care of the interests of “farmers”, “labourers”, “traders” and the people engaged in “other occupation” and many important decisions have been taken in their interest also.

Women Empowerment: Along with this, our government has granted “inheritance right” to unmarried daughters from Sarva Samaj in the properties of their father by amending the section-171 and 174 of the Zamidari Abolition and Land Reforms Act, 1950 for improving the social and economic condition of women in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier during my second tenure of rule in 1997 I had secured this “legal rights” to widows.

Besides, two important schemes have been launched on my 53rd birthday oy our party’s government for a bright future of girls in the state. The first one has been launched ny the name “Mahamaya Gairb Ashirvad Yojana” (Mahamaya Scheme of Blessings of poor girls) under which in the name of every girl born in the below the poverty line families after January 15, 2009, a fixed deposit of a certain amount is made and the girl on its maturity when she completes the age of 18 years will get a lump sum of Rs. One lakh. After the launching of this scheme, the birth of the girl child instead of being viewed as a burden will strengthen a tendency to view it as a welcome event and it will also provide special help in correcting the growing imbalance of gender ratio gap in the state.

Similarly, the second scheme has been launched as “savitri Bai Phule Balika Shiksha Madad Yogana”(Savitri Bai Phule Scheme of assistance for education of girls) under which a decision has been taken to provide a lump sum amount for further studies to the girls of the below the poverty line families, who have passed the standard tenth.

In this regard, I wish to inform you that when such a girl takes admission to the standard eleventh, she is being given a lump sum of Rs.15 thousand and a ladies bicycle and when the girl passes standard eleventh examinations and takes admission to the standard twelfth she will be given an additional amount of Rs.10000 by the government for completing further studies. All these amounts will be in addition to the scholarship or facilities made under other heads.

Along with these works, our party’s government in Uttar Pradesh has given full honour and respect to many Sants, Gurus and great men born in the Bahujan Samaj from time to time, who have been neglected by the past government. In their names many public welfare schemes have been launched in the interests of the Sarva Samaj and several “new districts, “universities, “memorials” and “museums” and parks etc., have been built in their memory.

Besides, I have to tell you here that the SC/STs, backwards and the people of the other neglected classes in the country have been the victims of atrocities and excesses of various kinds of perpetrated by the people having a casteist mindset from Independence till even now and they are not able to get proper and timely justice. But our party after coming to power in the Centre will not allow any “atrocity and excess” to be committed on any class of the society of the society in the country, in other words it will do “justice” with honesty and dedication to all and like in Uttar Pradesh it will create in the entire country an atmosphere free from “injustice, crime and fear” by establishing a “Rule of Law by Lawful Means”.

Along with this, in the absence of proper development of all the regions in the country and because of want, injustice, exploitation, poverty and deprivation some people are adopting the path of NAXALISM and governments in the Centre and the states have not so far paid proper attention towards them, but our party on coming to power in the Centre will wean them away from the path of Naxalism by finding a “lasting solution” to all these problems of theirs and along with this it will try to bring them in the mainstream of development by providing “permanent employment” to them.

Besides, terrorism has emerged as a very big problem and serious challenge in the country over the past few years and the main reason for it appears to be “laxity” and “weaknesses” of the Central government itself and to a certain extent its political self-interest as well. But our party will pay full attention towards this also.

And as far as the question of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is concerned, under this scheme there is a provision for providing employment for only 100 days out of 365 days in a year and that too only one unemployed person in a family. But our party on coming to power in the Centre will start a scheme for the poor people living in rural areas of the entire country which will ensure which will ensure provision of permanent employment for these people throughout the year for all the 365 days.

Besides, on our party coming to power in the Centre all its policies all its policies at the “national and international”levels in every respect will be framed by keeping in view the people of all the religions and castes in the Sarva Samaj. And “Foreign Policy” will also be evolved by keeping all this in view. In other words, while framing foreign policy and entering into any agreement with a foreign country, special attention will be paid to the national security as well as the country’s dignity, self respect and sovereignty.

In addition, plans of “all ministries” of the Central government will be reviewed and operated in a proper manner so that the general public in the country is able to get the full benefit of all the schemes directly and easily. Not only this, our party’s government will not enter into any deal with any country in the world which may lead to its subjugation by that country later on.

Along with this, our government will not frame any “economic Policy” in any area which like the past governments will continue to work for development of capitalists instead of formation of capital in the country. In other words our party wants growth of capital and not development of capitalists in the country so that the life of the common people in both urban and rural areas including farmers, workers, traders and those engaged in other occupations for employment becomes prosperous.

Thus every “Economic Policy” of our country will be designed to benefit the general public and not make the rich richer and the poor poorer as it has been happening during the rule of the Congress and B.J.P. and their allies so far in our country and most of the states. And then only the poor people of this country will be able to get two square meals in a proper way. It is only after this that the missionary goal our party to create an environment of “Sarvjan Hitaiy and Sarvaja Sukhaiy”( In The Interest Of And For Happiness Of All) in the entire country can be realised in a true sense.

But for this to happen they will have to take the “Master Key of Political Power” into their own hands by showing a good result of their party in the Lok Sabha general elections being held now. And for this, they will certainly have to be cautious against many tactics of the opposition parties like attempts to cajole, coerce, lure and divide because these parties can go to any extent to harm our party.

In this regard, the opposition parties will try their best to see in particular that our party does not get the votes of the Sarvarn Samaj and to this end they can also try to project the ideology and policies of our party in a distorted manner before the upper castes. This is despite the fact that the ideology and policies of our party are not against any caste and religion, in other words the B.S.P. wants to establish an “equalitarian social order” in this country by changing the inequitable social order based on “caste line”, an objective that is in the interest of the country and the sarv samaj. And if in this “transformation of order” along with the Bahujan Samaj the people of the Savarn Samaj also cooperate by changing their casteist mindset, then the doors of the Bahujan Samaj Party (B.S.P.) are always open for admission and advancement of such people with dignity and self-respect. What I am implying is that the ideology and policies of the B.S.P. are not against the upper caste society.

In this regard, I would like the upper caste people to think over the question why the B.S.P. would have kept these people in the organization at the national and state levels had its ideology and policies been against the Savarn Samaj? And then why would the B.S.P. would have fielded such people on its tickets in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and on formation of its government inducted them into honourable positions of ministers? From this, it is fully clear that the ideology and policies of our party are based on the principle of “Sarvajan Hitaiy and Sarvajan Sukhaiy (Progress and Prosperity of All.

Besides, with regard to the “Ideology and Policies” of the B.S.P., I also want to make it clear that an “equalitarian social order” is not going to be established in the country by organizing the Bahujan Samaj people alone. For this, we will have to carry along with us Savarn Hindus also on the basis of a spirit of social brotherhood by changing their casteist mindsetand then only and “equalitarian social orderas envisioned by the architect of the India Constitution Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkarcan be really established in this country. And it is only after this that the people of the Sarv Samaj can be united together and distinctions of “high and low and caste and creed” can come to an end and then alone our party can get an opportunity to come to powering the Centre and the states.

But the B.S.P. people will have to keep it in mind that the Congress, B.J.P. and their allies will not allow our party to come to power in the Centre and the states that easily and that for preventing our party from achieving this goal they will use machination of every kind of our party will have to remain on guard against this at every step.

Along with this, it is my fervent appeal to our party people all over the country “to remain alert so that their in valuable votes are neither bought nor looted nor remain unused and no selfish person is able to misuse their votes by ensnaring them in the name of caste and creed, money, temple and mosque or by any kind of emotional blackmail, in other words they have to rise to the defence of democracy with their lives. Therefore, in the interest of Sarva Samaj, the country and their respective states, they will have to place the power in the Centre in the right hands, in other words in the hands of the B.S.P. so that our party can frame its every policy on the principle of Sarvjan Hitaiy and Sarvjan Sukhaiy in every walk of life and make the lives of the Bahujan Samaj and the poor people of upper caste society and other people engaged in various occupations prosperous”.

In the end, keeping all this in view, I make this “APPEAL” to the supporters, followers and well-wishers of our party not to get carried away by alluring promises made in the election manifesto of opposition parties and to act on the appeal of their party alone and to certainly make all the B.S.P. candidates victorious in the Lok Sabha general elections-2009 being held in the country now by pressing the button facing the “Elephant” symbol of their own party.


(Kumari Mayawati)

National President,

Bahujan Samaj Party


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Write Down on the Wall was Dr. Ambedkar’s Sign !

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By voting for Mayawati, the Nation you save !

2008 Bahen Mayawati the UttarPradesh Chief Minister

2009PrabuddhaBharatha Matha the Prime Minister !
BSP in Bihar

PATNA: After several abortive bids, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is
finally hoping to enter Bihar through districts bordering UP.

"We are expecting to push our vote percentage in Bihar from six per
cent to 14 per cent," said BSP media in-charge and spokesperson J N
Trivedi. he stressed that the rainbow coalition' which catapulted the
party to power in UP would be replicated in Bihar.

The party has not only fielded candidates from all the 40 Lok Sabha
seats in the state, but also considers itself to be a serious bidder
in at least four parliamentary constituencies - Valmikinagar,
Gopalganj, Buxar and Sasaram - all located near the UP border.

So far UP CM Mayawati has addressed election meetings in Bhagalpur,
Pashchimi Champaran, Saran and Sasaram. At all her public meetings,
she has sought support from upper castes, particularly Brahmins. Not
suprisingly, out of the 40 candidates the party has fielded as many as
11 from the upper castes - five Brahmins and four Bhumihars.

From here party's No. 2 and architect of the Brahmin-SC/ST combination
in UP Satish, Chandra Mishra, takes over. From Friday, Mishra is going
to address 15 election meetings in Bihar including Siwan, Madhubani
and Valmikinagar, where the BSP has fielded Brahmin candidates.

The BSP has been trying to woo upper castes, particularly Brahmins,
since July 27, 2007 when it held a meeting at S K Memorial Hall here
in a bid to woo them to its fold in Bihar.

"The social and political condition in the state was ideal for
Brahmins in Bihar to change their political affiliation. Right after
the 1990s there has been Brahmin-bashing projecting it as the caste
responsible for everything wrong in the society. Even the Brahmin
leaders stopped defending the caste," Trivedi said.

The party believes that it has already witnessed a marginal success in
wooing Brahmins in Bihar. In the Vikramganj parliamentary by-polls
held in December, 2007, the party fielded Balram Mishra, a Brahmin
candidate and managed to secure third place ahead of both CPI(ML)
candidate and Independent MLA Pradeep Joshi's wife.

One of the most famous slogans raised by the BSP in the last Assembly
polls in UP was Brahmam Shankh Bajayga, Hathi Aage Barhta Jayega
(Brahmins will blow the conch Shank and the elephant (BSP poll symbol)
will march ahead)."

The party hopes the same slogan will also pay dividend in Bihar.
However, unlike UP the party has a weak organization in Bihar. Though
it has won assembly seats in the state, its MLAs have been vulnerable
to defection. But, as party leaders point out, it has nothing to lose
and only gain in vote terms of increase per centage. This could mean a
couple of seats to it in Bihar.



3-5-2009 to 10-5-2009

Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore, is celebrating the Sacred Buddha Jayanthi since 52 years on the Veshakha Purnima day under the guidance of its founder Venerable Buddharakkhita. This year too the Buddha Jayanthi is being celebrated from 3rd to 10th May 2009.

This year’s Sacred Buddha Jayanthi has special significance for the Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore, for following reasons:

1. Opening of Mahadvara the Great Gateway to Mahabodhi World Peace Buddha Temple donated by Shri Upasaka Rajanna

2. Foundation laying of Mahabodhi Holistic Ayurvedic Medical Centre

3. Foundation stone laying for Mahabodhi Buddha Jayanthi Open University building which will also house the Centre for Higher Learning, Mahbodhi Academy of Pali and Buddhist Studies which conducts various multi linguistic academic courses

4. Hospital Dana service in Mahabodhi Burns and Casualty centre, Victoria Hospital, Cancer Hospital, K.R.Hospital, Mysore

5. Starting of Kannada Tipitaka Publication Project

6. Foundation for the Book Centre of the Mahabodhi Buddha Vachana Trust publication

7. 7-Day Bodhi Saptaha program

8. Starting of the new Mahabodhi Guest House at Mahbodhi Centre for Service-Sevakshetra

9. Meals for devotees program.

10. Laksha Deepa Puja : Offering of one hundred thousand lights to the holy Trirathna-Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha seeking blessings of the holy Triple Gem and protection of the Buddha Sasana arakkhaka deva, protecting gods, to help restoring peace on earth and goodwill among people of different faiths, races, cultures, genders, etc.

11. Annual General Body meeting : The Jayanthi programs will conclude with the Annual General Body meeting of the maha Bodhi Society, its sisters organizations and branches and overseas Mahabodhi associate organisationd.

Bodhi Saptaha Awakenment Week

From May 3rd to May 10th, 2009

3-5-2009 Inauguration of Bodhi Saptaha 2553rd Sacred Buddha Jayanthi Celebrations

4-5-2009 Buddha Jayanthi celebration at Mahabodhi Branch Mysore and Donation of Special Buddha image brought from Thailand by Maha Bodhi Society to the Buddha Stupa built by the Mysore Mahanagara Palike near Ashoka Circle, Mysore.

5-5-2009 Hospital Dana Service at the Mahabodhi Burns and Casualty Centre, Victoria Hospital

6-5-2009 Children’s World Peace Program : Meditation, Moral instruction and discussions and painting on HOW WE CAN HELP THE WORLD.

7-5-2009 DHAMMACHARI SADHANA DAY Training program for Dhammacharis & Buddhaneddege Marali Manege ‘SC/ST Maitri’ mattu Buddha Alpasankhatarara vichara goshti. Conducting Buddhist Activities like training lay community leaders to establish Pancasila Samiti dedicated to the promotion of voluntary undertaking of five moral precepts as taught by Lord Buddha. Conducting of various social, educational and humanitarian services.

8-5-2009 Interfaith Amity, as taught by the Buddha, Buddhara Vishwa Maitri Sandesha – a cultural program


Puja at Sacred Bodhi, Vishwa Maitri Stupa, Loka Shanti Buddha Vihara, undertaking of precepts, Dhamma discource, Deeksha, Public seminar, etc.

10-5-2009 Annual General Body Meeting 2009

Blessed is the birth of Buddhas;

Blessed is the enunciation of the Sacred Teaching;

Blessed is the harmony in the Sangha; and

Blessed is the spiritual pursuit of the united truth-seekers.

- Dhammapada 194


To be able to conduct these programs in a becoming way it is estimated that a sum of over Rs. 10 lakhs will be required.

Your help is urgently needed to achieve this noble program dedicated to the happiness and well being of all mankind.

Kindly send your donations in favor of



14, Kalidasa Road, Gandhinagar, Bangalore 560009

Tel: 080-22250684, 09611837880

Fax: 080-22264438


Or transfer your donation to the account number

Maha Bodhi Society

SB 353102010000137

Union Bank of India
14/1, Kalidas Road, Gandhinagar, Bangalore-560009

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