• mohd.shakib@smanik.com
  • January 21, 2016

PBs twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.

1. No grand alliance for Congress in Assam – Nobody can save Gogoi now!


Tarun Gogoi is completing his third consecutive term as the state’s chief minister. He announced that Congress will go it alone in the Assam assembly elections.

He tried to form a Bihar type mahagathbandhan by roping in AIUDF and AGP. But talks didn’t go through on seat adjustments. This would mean split of so called secular vote bank and will help BJP which has finalized seat adjustments with Bodo People Front.

Huge anti-incumbency against Gogoi would may be not saved him anyways. Only silver lining for Congress is BJP’s lack of organizational base in Assam.

2. Sensex falls to 2014 levels – Modi factor hawa hawai!


The Sensex sank nearly 650 points on Wednesday to slip below the psychological 24,000 mark for the first time since May 16, 2014. This is in line with a sell off globally due to poor growth indications from China and crash in crude prices.

People are blaming Modi for this. He and his govt. policies are only partly to blame in this global phenomenon. But Modi was also credited when stock markets rose upto his election as PM and thereafter. So he has to take a fair share of blame as well!

3. Nitish announces 35% reservation for women in government jobs – Trying to consolidate his loyal vote bank!


This is Nitish way of thanksgiving to women voters in Bihar. This 35% will be distributed within each reservation category. Good show and more women power good in the end.  Modi lovers still flaunting their 30% reservation for women in Gujarat.

Would be really happy if this is extended to Parliament and legislative assemblies. Madam Sonia and Sushama, do something please.

4. India loses to Australia in 4th one-day – Dhoni must take blame and retire!


Kohli and Dhawan centuries in vain. Dhoni ‘s poor form continues. Couldn’t win a match set up for him. Unnecessarily pushed Ajinkya Rahane down the order.

His favourites back in team (Jadeja), Ashwin top test bowler out of team. Time for him to retire from one-day and give captaincy to Kohli or maybe even Ashwin. There were talks that Aswin could be a potential captain, may be MSD felt threatened and dropped him. Shastri and Kohli must be planning their next move.

5. Pakistan terror attack – 


Militants entered the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda district of the province and opened fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels

Sympathies for the innocent lives lost. But it is the price poor civilians in Pakistan pay for their govt. harboring terrorism. It is time all in Pakistan should take efforts and sterilize their society of all anti – human elements including Hafiz Saeed , Masood Azhar, Dawood.

On second thoughts, is it a planned move by Pakistan to show world it is a victim of terror and not a perpetrator. Anything is possible!


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