Development again wins as direct elections in Chhattisgarh’s town brings shift in India’s democratic tradition
GN BUREAU | January 5, 2015
A city with high literacy rate did something new. Raigarh town in Chhattisgarh has elected 35-year-old transgender, Madhu Naresh Kinnar as its mayor in a direct election.
With a population of over 2 lakh, the average literacy rate of Raigarh in 2011 was 73.26% and gender wise break up shows that male literacy was 83.49% and female literacy was a good 63.02%. Raigarh is the cultural capital of Chhattisgarh and also a industrial hub, situated about 200 km from state capital Raipur.
"I'm a kinnar (eunuch). People voted for me as they believe I will address development issues," said Madhu on Sunday. "It was the public support that encouraged me to enter the poll fray for the first time and because of their support only, I emerged as the winner," Madhu added.
Madhu earned a living by singing in Howrah-Mumbai trains gave up singing in trains in October last after the local eunuch community decided to contest the civic polls and nominated her for the mayorship. Madhu, who wears saris, spent between Rs 60,000 and Rs 70,000 on her campaign. The sum was raised by the eunuch community.
Madhu contested as independent candidate and bagged 33,168 votes to defeat the BJP's Mahavir Guru by 4,537 votes. She is the first eunuch mayor in Chhattisgarh. , winning the post in industrial hub Raigarh, 200km from here.
Kamla Jaan became mayor of Katni in united Madhya Pradesh - to which Chhattisgarh then belonged - as an Independent in December 1999. She was unseated despite good work after a two-and-a-half-year term marked by persistent insults from political opponents.
Asha Devi was elected from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh in 2000 and ousted in 2003.
INS Kiltan, the third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under project 28 (Kamorta class), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The anti-submarine warfare stealth corvet
Maharatna enterprise, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has supplied defence grade micro-alloyed grade of steel (DMR 249A) steel plates for the indigenously built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS-Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy. SAIL’s integ
This is the 250th year since the inception of the Survey of India that has been mapping the boundaries since 1767. Archana Mishra spoke to Dr Swarna Subba Rao, former surveyor general of India, who retired in June this year. He joined the department as a deputy superintending surveyor in 1983 a
An experiment carried out to make Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district Open Defecation Free (ODF) succeeded due to an official’s innovative approach, noted a World Bank blog. The blog “Compressed demand”: How Uttar Pradesh is making sure rural sanitation subs
As an emerging global power and the most powerful state in South Asia, India has been perennially concerned about protracted political instability and resultant social turmoil in Afghanistan during the past few decades. Indeed, India’s engagement in the realm of development cooperation, since the o
Till the National Investigation Agency (NIA) caught up with him in Delhi on August 17, 70-year-old Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, a businessman, was indeed one of the most powerful persons in Kashmir valley. He was known to wield enormous clout in the corridors of power, both in Srinagar and Delhi. His influenc