Nitish Kumar’s art of political infidelity; Shrikant Tyagi’s woman victim faces accusations; Sri Lanka backstabs India

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In politics, loyalty is the virtue of fools, for success kisses those who keep shifting their allegiances.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his three decades long political career has perfected the art of survival, and also holds the ace up his sleeve for the formation of any government in the state.

Caste is the only distinctive identity of the Bihar politics, and other narratives come in to play the side roles.

While hailing from the numerically insignificant Kurmi caste, Kumar swings at ease to the two extreme poles of the Bihar politics – Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Janata Dal.

The Indian Express, The Hindu and Deccan Herald have further examined the swift change of government in Bihar from the perspective of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

IE takes note of the fact that the BJP is now without an ally in the Hindi heartland. The daily mentioned the instances of the BJP’s oldest allies the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiv Sena to bring spotlight on the morbid existential fear of the saffron allies.

In an Edit headlined ‘Uncle volte face’, TH claims that Nitish Kumar will find it difficult to convince voters than the allies.

“The road to 2024 and beyond is a long one from here, and there is little that is predictable about Mr. Kumar en route. A lot will depend on how supporters of the individual partners of the alliance respond to this abrupt realignment, and how the JD (U) and the RJD respond to the signals from below,” argued TH.

ToI takes the arguments further by stating that the outcomes of the polls in the states don’t hold significance at the national level.

The daily also took note of the fact that the BJP is increasingly finding it difficult to hold on to strength in the states.

Shrikant Tyagi’s woman victim faces accusations

The viral video sensation Shrikant Tyagi has been nabbed by the Noida Police after an extraordinary manhunt following many red faces in the BJP for his alleges links with the party leaders.

Shrikant Tyagi has been given a popular description of a thug.

The Pioneer in its Edit has taken a grim view of the attempts to target the woman victim who was abused and pushed by Tyagi.

The daily has taken note of the attempts of the Tyagi Community members claiming that the woman is against their caste.

TP quotes from the 1951 book-length essay ‘The Rebel’ by the Nobel laureate Albert Camus to illustrate circumstances where victims are asked to prove their innocence.

That the woman is being targeted as an enemy of the Tyagi community, the daily quotes her statement to the media wherein she said that she had stood for the society.

Indeed, she is a brave woman who among the cowards in her society stood firm against the thug.

TP asks a few questions to the Tyagi community that are worth mentioning here.

“Shrikant Tyagi has earned a lot of sympathy among his community. For having done what, one doesn’t know. He is not a philanthropist, not a war hero, a swashbuckling cricketer, or a business tycoon…,” noted TP.

Indeed, it’s the moral bankruptcy of a community that celebrates a thug.

Sri Lanka backstabs India  

By all accounts the self-exiled former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was a Chinese agent. He took his country to financial bankruptcy by allowing free access to China to destroy Sri Lanka in a short span of about one decade.

From April, the people in Sri Lanka have steadfastly sought to throw away every semblance of Rajapaksa. But his hold on the Sri Lankan politics still remains.

That allowed Colombo the audacity to allow a Chinese spy ship to come and dock at Hambantota port for about a week, while its Pakistani sibling was also in the nearby waters.

This is despite the fact that India saved the island nation from the worst humanitarian crisis by extending USD 3.8 billion of credit lines, besides massive humanitarian assistance.

In contrast, China merely extended an aide of USD 73 million.

“The Yuan Wang 5 is a dual-use Chinese ship that is reportedly stacked with equipment for space and satellite tracking. Its radars have a reach of 750 km, which means that India’s nuclear power stations and defence installations in southern India would have come under its surveillance. The ship docking at Hambantota, therefore, represented a threat to India’s security,” added Decann Herald in its Edit.

The daily reminded that the Chinese warships, including a nuclear submarine, docked at Colombo Port in 2014 on two occasions despite India cautioning Sri Lanka against permitting this.

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