Articles tagged under: Japan K Pathak

Lok Sabha 2019, a spectacular victory for BJP in Gujarat, like never before for any party, anytime in the past

May 26, 2019
Lok Sabha 2019, a spectacular victory for BJP in Gujarat, like never before for any party, anytime in the past

By Japan K Pathak, Gandhinagar: When voters of Gujarat gave all 26 Lok Sabha seats to BJP in year 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it was believed that this was 'na bhuto, na bhavishyati' verdict. It was believed that victory on all Lok Sabha seats for a single party was something that never happened before in Gujarat and will never happen in future in Gujarat. There was a reason behind this argument. Lok Sabha 2014 was a rare verdict for the State. Even in wave elections of 1971 (after Bangladesh ...Read More

EVM reforms and LK Advani, Dr. Subramanian Swamy and GVL Narsimha Rao

May 21, 2019
EVM reforms and LK Advani, Dr. Subramanian Swamy and GVL Narsimha Rao

By Japan K Pathak, Gandhinagar: In almost every TV debate on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Congress friends mention it that BJP leaders LK Advani, Subramanian Swamy and GVL Narsimharao had on some point of time (starting from year 2010) opposed EVMs and that EVMs need to be abolished. Presented below are the facts pertaining to Advani, Swamy and GVL's stand on EVM issue. All we can conclude is they had raised the issue of EVM reforms and not scraping of EVM system. What Advani had said a...Read More

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Last opinion polls suggested NDA little below or above half mark

May 16, 2019
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Last opinion polls suggested NDA little below or above half mark

By Japan K Pathak As per the last projections of likely outcome if Lok Sabha general elections were held in March 2019, the BJP led NDA was poised to continue to stay in power. However unlike previous general elections (2014) BJP could fail to get majority on its own as per most surveys conducted in March 2019. A prominent pollster with whom I have worked briefly during Gujarat 2017 suggested that NDA tally would be near the half mark - plus or minus 10. Campaign 2019 of BJP was focused...Read More

Somnath Series: How Jawaharlal Nehru opposed President Rajendra Prasad’s decision to attend Somnath ceremony

May 11, 2019
Somnath Series: How Jawaharlal Nehru opposed President Rajendra Prasad’s decision to attend Somnath ceremony

By Japan K Pathak Presented here are the historical details that throw light on how India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had opposed President Rajendra Prasad's decision to attend the installation ceremony of Somnath shiv linga, scheduled to take place on May 11, 1951. Rajendra Prasad was not Nehru's first choice for the post of President: Mathai in his book Mathai in his book Reminiscences of the Nehru Age writes: Nehru did not like the idea of Rajendra Prasad as President becau...Read More

Why political pundits have put few Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat in 2019 elections in ‘fight’ category

April 23, 2019
Why political pundits have put few Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat in 2019 elections in ‘fight’ category

By Japan K Pathak Gandhinagar: So why, several Lok Sabha seats are considered fight seats in Gujarat when BJP had won all 26 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha general elections? Well that is because of the figures of assembly poll results. In northern most Lok Sabha seat Banakantha, Congress was up by 25,699 votes in assembly elections of 2017. In another North Gujarat seat Patan, Congress was up by 38,855 votes in assembly polls 2017. Similarly in Mahesana Congress was up by 16,948 votes, in Sabar...Read More

Why do we get Lok Sabha elections in peak Summer? Vajpayee’s snap poll decision in 2004 responsible

April 23, 2019
Why do we get Lok Sabha elections in peak Summer? Vajpayee’s snap poll decision in 2004 responsible

By Japan K Pathak Gandhinagar: Leaders sweating in road shows, cadres attending rallies in open under scorching sun - these were the scenes during 20-day long Lok Sabha election 2019 campaign in Gujarat. That is because the elections are taking place during peak summer. But why Lok Sabha elections (2004, 2009, 2014 and now 2019) take place in summer? Well that's due to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's decision to go early to general elections in year 2004. General elec...Read More

On Gujarat Lok Sabha election 2019 turnout – pattern and possibilities

April 22, 2019
On Gujarat Lok Sabha election 2019 turnout – pattern and possibilities

By Japan K Pathak Gandhinagar: Presented here are the figures of voting percentages in Gujarat in past few Lok Sabha and assembly general elections. It is clearly visible that turnout in assembly elections is always more compared to Lok Sabha elections. That is because in assembly polls there are more candidates while in Lok Sabha elections there are fewer candidates across the State. Also in reference to past few elections especially, the assembly polls take place in winter while Lok Sab...Read More

Jasdan win for Gujarat BJP beyond a gain of single assembly seat

December 28, 2018
Jasdan win for Gujarat BJP beyond a gain of single assembly seat

By Japan K Pathak Gandhinagar: There were several perceptions that were hurting the image and prospects of BJP in recent times in Gujarat. Some of them are listed here. Perceptions: - BJP is weak in rural areas of Gujarat, - BJP is weak particularly in rural Saurashtra, - Patel voters are yet not entirely happy with BJP, - Farmers are against BJP - Those who leave Congress and join BJP are mostly defeated by voters in election Such perceptions went lauder day-by-day...Read More

Historical mentions of Karnavati in text and complementing realities on surface

November 10, 2018
Historical mentions of Karnavati in text and complementing realities on surface

By Japan K Pathak Ahmedabad: I was surprised to see some historian and journo questioning actuality of existence of Karnavati. This article points out some facts that are neglected/omitted by such gentlemen while claiming that Karnavati is fringe of imagination. In text Early reference of Karnavati is found in Merutang's Prabandh Chintamani, a semi-historical book written in AD 1305-1306. Prabandh Chintamani mentions Karnavati for number of times. For this article, I have referred Gujar...Read More

Why section of people in Gujarat don’t like the name Ahmedabad ? Answer lies in historical references of fanaticism and intolerance of Sultan Ahmedshah

November 08, 2018
Why section of people in Gujarat don’t like the name Ahmedabad ? Answer lies in historical references of fanaticism and intolerance of Sultan Ahmedshah

By Japan K Pathak Sentiment prevailing in section of people in Gujarat against the name Ahmedabad is not completely unfounded. The city of Ahmedabad was named after sultan Ahmedshah, and if you go into the history, the picture of Sultan Ahmedshah is not something that majority of people in Ahmedabad would completely admire. If using Ahmedabad and thereby recalling Ahmed Shah in daily life is problem for some people, the roots of that dislike are found in some specific aspects of Ahmed Shah'...Read More