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Hemant Soren
Hemant Soren

The chief minister of Jharkhand is the chief executive of the Indian state of Jharkhand. In accordance with the Constitution of India, the governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly, the state's governor usually invites the party (or coalition) with a majority of seats to form the Jharkhand government. The governor appoints the chief minister, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly. Six people have served as the state's chief minister since Jharkhand's formation on 15 November 2000. Three of them, including the inaugural officeholder Babulal Marandi, represented the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). His successor Arjun Munda, also of the BJP, is the longest-serving chief minister; he served for over five years, across three terms. Hemant Soren (pictured) of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is the incumbent. (Full list...)

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The Voyage of Life: Youth

Youth is the second in a series of allegorical oil-on-canvas paintings by American artist Thomas Cole, entitled The Voyage of Life, which represent man's journey through life. In the painting, an enthusiastic young man takes the tiller of the boat, leaving the angel who previously guided it on the shore. He glides through a serene, verdant landscape, with lofty trees and towering mountains. In the distance, a castle hovers in the sky, a white and shimmering beacon representing the ambitions and dreams of man. This painting, along with the other three in the series, was painted in 1842 and is held by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Painting credit: Thomas Cole

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