we humbly admit the defeat of Congress and UPA as people’s mandate.. We will introspect and then we will deliberate on our future role as a political party" senior party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi told reporters at the AICC as election trends indicated its worst-ever performance Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi AFP Party leader Meem Afzal attributed BJP’s gains to the "huge" amount of money spent by the opposition party in its campaign and "politics of polarisation like that was seen in Muzaffarnagar" as well as "caste card" played by BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi To a question on whether price rise and corruption could have done the party in he said "yes it could be an issue" Union Minister Rajiv Shukla said that the trends are "very disappointing" for the party "We did not expect this kind of results but in democracy everything happens This is people’s verdict and we will have to abide by that" he said Asked whether Rahul Gandhi should take responsibility for the defeat Shukla said "it’s collective responsibility" To queries about reasons for such a performance of Congress the Union Minister said that while the Congress-led UPA government brought out a number of schemes for people’s welfare it could not take the message to the people "But Narendra Modi sold a dream to the people in which he said that he will get them the Sun Moon and the Jupiter and people believed in all of them and voted for it" Shukla said Conceding that its prospects appear "bleak" and that the Congress is read to play the role of a "responsible opposition" party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said that the leads show that that there was an "ambiance" but expressed confidence that the party will stage a come back with blazing guns after taking corrective mesures The Congress spokesperson said that his party fought the election very well but added "we have to introspect" saying the party has 10-12 corrections to do and there is a "need to look at things in terms of policies persons and future" Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala stressed the need for introspection "UPA has not done well we will sit down and introspect" he said However defending his party he said UPA has played its role of government and opposition in the past "We have played the role assigned by the people of India effectively conclusively and will continue to do so" he said He exuded confidence that his party will bounce back in Seemandhra Senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar said that the dismal outcome was shocking and said it was time to groom state leadership "We need to groom leaders in the state and we need to communicate with the aspirational youth" Kumar said adding the need was for "hard and honest introspection" Urging people not to "pin blame on individuals" in reply to a query that whether Congress leadership would be held responsible for the rout he said he did not think it necessary for Congress leadership to resign Congress party is a party with a legacy of 128 years history and it showcased the work done by it unlike BJP which successfully cashed on the aspirations of Indians he said "We knew things were not good for us but never imagined in our wildest dreams that they would be this bad Correctives have to be made" he stressed Kumar added "Our campaign was not as good as BJP They succeeded in selling hope and aspirations" PTI By: Express News Service | Published: June 16 2015 12:00 am Related News Is the Film and Television Institute of India an incubator for the best of India’s visually creative talent or should it impart artisanal training to prospective propagandists The clash of diametrically opposed views about the nature and function of creativity is at the heart of the epic disaster now playing at the premier film training institute in Pune where students have rejected the political appointment of Gajendra Chauhan His appointment as president is perceived to owe less to his prowess in cinema than to his membership of the BJP which has given him some prominence in cultural affairs Other contenders reportedly shortlisted by the ministry of information and broadcasting included veteran filmmakers Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Shyam Benegal and Gulzar who is also a lyricist poet and author Chauhan is best known for his small screen role as Yudhishthir the eldest Pandava The FTII president is expected to be a practitioner of stature who can guide and inspire creativity at the institute Besides four out of eight “persons of eminence” appointed to the FTII Society also have pronounced RSS connections They are as problematic as Chauhan for they believe that film students should be equipped with a strong sense of nationalism along with the necessary creative skills These are people apparently so remote from the creative process that they think it can be press-ganged for political agendas Their appointment to the FTII which the government hopes to make an institution of national importance can do enormous disservice to the institution and to Indian cinema and television two visibly successful industries and brand ambassadors for India abroad The FTII has been headless since Saeed Akhtar Mirza left in March 2014 Having given itself more than a year to seek a successor surely the government could have done better The BJP seems to be committing the very sin that it has always accused the Congress and the Left of: stuffing academic and cultural organisations with political appointees This revenge tragedy will bring in no dividends since every attempt at appropriation devalues institutions The appointment of YS Rao as chair of the Indian Council of Historical Research a year ago shortly after the NDA government took office had reignited fears about the saffronisation of academia The appointment of Mukesh Khanna who has played Bhishma on TV to head the Children’s Film Society once more stoked those fears Chauhan’s appointment establishes that they were not misplaced For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Updated: December 3 2014 10:26 am There are good reasons why Prime Minister Narendra Modi should start paying serious attention to the new Indonesian president For Widodo popularly known as Jokowi has much in common with Modi Source: Reuters Related News MODI AND JOKOWI India is probably too preoccupied with itself to notice that a new leader Joko Widodo has taken charge of Indonesia this week It is a pity that there was no Indian political figure present when Widodo was sworn in on Monday There are good reasons why Prime Minister Narendra Modi should start paying serious attention to the new Indonesian president For Widodo popularly known as Jokowi has much in common with Modi They both are outsiders to the traditional political elite and made their way up on their own steam If Modi grew up selling tea Jokowi was raised in one of Jakarta’s slums Beyond the personal Modi must put Jakarta at the heart of India’s strategic imagination After all there is no major country in the world that shares so much history and culture with India not to mention the “Indo” in its name Indonesia is the world’s biggest Islamic nation a democracy and anchors Southeast Asia’s regional institutions Rapid economic growth in recent years has made the Indonesian economy the ninth largest in PPP terms After the expansive political cooperation in the 1950s India and Indonesia drifted apart from the 1960s Although there has been greater engagement between the two countries in recent years neither figures prominently on the other’s mental map Modi and Jokowi can and should change that When they meet on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Myanmar and the G-20 meeting in Australia next month Modi and Jokowi will have an opportunity to inject some strategic content into the bilateral relationship MARITIME NEXUS Political elites in India and Indonesia often recollect that Nehru and Sukarno took the initiative to convene the Asia-Africa conference at Bandung in 1955 and helped found the non-aligned movement It is but rarely though that either country thinks of the other as a neighbour India views Indonesia through the prism of Southeast Asia Indonesia too sees India as belonging to another region South Asia But geography reminds us that India and Indonesia share a maritime boundary This shared frontier is likely to acquire greater weight as Jokowi promises to make Indonesia a major maritime power Although Indonesia is an archipelagic nation comprising nearly 13500 islands maritime strategy has not been at the top of Jakarta’s agenda In his inaugural speech Jokowi has promised to change all that “We have for too long turned our backs on the ocean the straits and the bay This is the time for us to restore it so we will prosper like our ancestors” he said Quoting the Indonesian navy’s motto “Jalasveva Jayamahe (in the seas we shall be victorious)” Jokowi proclaimed his determination to build strong maritime capabilities both civilian and military Jokowi’s speech is entirely in tune with his campaign promise to make Indonesia a “global maritime nexus” BEIJING’S PRESSURE Indonesia’s new maritime consciousness has been shaped by a number of factors The growing economic integration between East and West Asia and the strategic significance of the sea lines of communication between the two regions have made Jakarta an enthusiastic proponent of the “Indo-Pacific” as a new geopolitical construct It is not difficult to see why All the straits linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans travel along or across Indonesian waters This geographic awareness has been reinforced by China’s muscular assertion of its territorial claims which cover almost all the waters of the South China Sea that is bordered on the south by Indonesia Parts of Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea overlap with Beijing’s claims As China’s capacity to patrol and control the waters of the South China Sea has grown so has the frequency of incidents between Chinese maritime authorities and Indonesian fishermen Determined to affirm Indonesia’s sovereignty Jokowi plans to raise Indonesia’s defence spending to 15 per cent of GDP; if implemented it will mark a 70 per cent increase over the current levels As it seeks to quickly modernise its navy secure its waters and emerge as a regional maritime power Indonesia is looking for partners The United States which had an arms embargo against Jakarta for many years and Japan are all set to boost Indonesia’s naval capabilities But New Delhi is yet to get its defence engagement with Jakarta in shape Through the decade-long UPA rule Delhi and Jakarta had been talking about expanding bilateral defence cooperation But progress had been rather slow thanks to AK Antony’s dysfunctional defence policies Modi and his defence minister Arun Jaitley can do a lot better if they emulate Nehru who sought to build expansive defence cooperation with Indonesia in the 1950s The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and 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