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From Tragic Figure to Singham: How Coal scam has transformed Manmohan Singh

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Last Thursday when Govt. of India announced increase of diesel prices and capped the subsidy on cooking gas, it came as a surprise to those who were happy about Manmohan Singh being sidelined on coal scam charges.

But bigger surprise was waiting for everyone on Friday, when Govt. decided to allow 51% FDI in multi brand retail, this was even beyond the imagination of most loyal admirers in Dr. Singh.

Just few days back Manmohan was being criticized, attacked and laughed at by national and international media and political pundits for scams and policy paralysis. Opposition was busy demanding Manmohan’s resignation over coal scam and Congress leadership was all ready to cut him short by shuffling the cabinet and creating even louder noise among the party ranks for Rahul Gandhi as PM’ choice.

So what has changed it all? How come Manmohan suddenly become all so powerful to take policy decisions he always wanted to take but was not allowed by the “high command” siting political compulsions?

The secret of this transformation from tragic figure to Singham lies in a meeting that took place between Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh after his return from non aligned summit in Tehran. Apparently in this meeting Manmohan has clearly told Sonia Gandhi about pro-active role of Ahmed Patel in Coal block allocations. Ahmed Patel is one of Sonia Gandhi’s closest aides-he has been her political secretary since 2000, and she is known to rely on him greatly in the running of the Congress Party.

Those who know Manmohan singh and understands his economics and world overview, were aware of the fact that this is not the kind of Govt that Manmohan would like to head. He was witnessing the death of economic reforms initiated by him and P V Narsimha Rao.     

The coterie of likes of Digvijay Singhs and Ahmed Patels around Gandhi family was all enjoying this power without accountability for all these years and was happy to see MMS being blamed for all the corruption and loot happening under their indirect rule.

Rahul Gandhi’s incapability is no more a secret and Congress high command has no other option but to support Manmohan Singh when opposition is all gunning for his head.  

For the first time in last eight years of his tenure, Manmohan is in a dominating position against this coterie.

So this new Avtar of Manmohan is here to stay. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready..Steady….Wait

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Congress is all set for a “Game Changer” or is it?

In a post in September last year titled “Indian Politics will not be the same again” this writer has predicted huge change in Indian Politics. 9 months down the line, the scene has become all the more complex and stage is all set for a never before political drama.

The main theme of this play is being scripted and rehearsed at 10 Janpath but almost every political party and player is preparing their own scripts, role plays and characters.

If postponement of Monsoon Session and recent statements by Congress leaders are a clue, then the drama will start from upcoming Cabinet Reshuffle or may be from PM’s interaction with editors  happening now (Yes he is speaking today). Chances are today”s interaction of Manmohan Singh with editors can be a curtain raiser for things to come.

This cabinet reshuffle is going to be a major one for sure and Congress would definitely like to use this opportunity to get back its popular support and to show a new and brave face to the people.

It seems that this reshuffle will not be limited to expected changes like removal of Maran or introducing more faces from UP or a TMC Cabinet Minister for Railway, of course all this should be there but there has to be something more.

Sonia and Manmohan have never been seen spending hours together discussing cabinet reshuffle with no other party leader joining them. Such meetings between the two happened thrice over last fortnight.

Last week we saw Digvijay talking about need for a young PM and this week it was Chidambaram almost repeating Diggy. Has it ever happened before when PC and Diggy have shared common thoughts on any issue,  that too publicly?

Keeping in mind the current political realities of UP, ever rising inflation, civil society uprising against corruption and recently held election results, Congress badly need a “Game Changer” and it has no one else but its very own Gandhi Family to rely upon.

Stage is all set for Rahul to take over as PM, the question is how soon will it happen? Are we going to see that happening this week, this month or later….it seems that its a now or never situation for the Prince of Congress and most Congress leaders are able to read this writing on the wall.

Why its Now or Never for Rahul Gandhi

Rahul is “PM-Congress is waiting for” for last eight years or more, according to wikipedia, some senior Congress leaders think that his time has already come and gone, however majority of Congress cadre is patiently waiting for their Prince Charming to take over.

Rahul Gandhi has taken up the responsibility of Party’s revival in Uttar Pardesh and his actions and statements on Bhatta Parsual shows the desperation. Any neutral analysis of current political reality in Uttar Pradesh will give Congress at best third place if today we have elections  in this politically most important state. The task before Rahul is to take Congress from this third place to First place, come what may. Option of failure is not there because country and most importantly congress workers will judge Rahul Gandhi from the outcome of UP elections.

In spite of  whatever Rahul Gandhi does, Congress can not do it alone in UP with current political scenario at the center. Things need to be changed and need to be changed very fast.

What if Congress continues with current political scenario and loses in UP  next year, that will put a big question mark on Rahul’s leadership and no one would like to take that risk in Congress, not even Rahul himself. He himself has taken this challenge upon himself and is now getting desperate to justify it.

Outside UP also, political situation is demanding a “game changer” from Congress. Civil Society uprising fueled by media is already taking its toll, proceedings in Supreme Court on 2G scam also showing chances of huge further embarrassments for the party in near future.

Immediate Loksabha elections will suit both Mamta Bannerji and Jayalalitha and Jaya has almost declared her intention in her interview to Times Now day before yesterday.

With upcoming elections in UP, Congress can not rely upon Mayawati or Mulayam Singh for continued support as they have nothing to lose now, they anyway have to go for election in UP. And if we look at responses of Parties in PAC meeting headed by BJP leader MM Joshi there is a sudden change from yesterday, it is very clear that Congress can not be sure of  BSP support in Parliament anymore.

Only major party that Congress can be assure of  in case of a vote count in Parliament is DMK, DMK can not afford to go for election now, same is true for Lalu and Paswan but they don’t matter much in terms of numbers in Parliament.  NCP is reliable for now but Sharad Pawar is one of the most unpredictable politician and even with his support Congress is far away from the magic figure of 272 without the big three ( TMC, BSP, SP). Left parties do not want Loksabha elections at this moment but they will not support Congress during a floor test, it is difficult to speculate what would be their strategy in such a scenario.

So is country heading for a loksabha election? Most probably yes by the early next year.

But the real question is can Congress afford an Loksabha Election now? The answer is no, with clear possible losses in Andhra,  Rajasthan and Delhi and no new gains in any other state, Congress may not be able to redo the magic of 2009.

But age old Congressi leaders know how things can be changed in politics and it is all the more easy when you have a “still unused” young leader with a “Gandhi” surname.

What are the options before Congress? Both Congress and Rahul know that they have to go all out to deal with current political crisis, the only dilemma they are facing is about timing of this change. Developments over Last fortnight shows that Top Leadership of Party is now more clear about their plans, the sudden decisiveness (along with rudeness and insensitive attitude)  in dealing with Ramdev and Anna, or fuel price rise clearly shows that they are all ready with some well laid out plans.

What if Congress decide to go all out for Leadership Change in the govt and makes Rahul Gandhi PM, will it change fortunes for this age old party? Well the answer is Yes, at least for the time being.

Rahul as PM will definitely boost its chances in UP where with some symbolic decisions and  gestures, he can bring back the traditional Gandhi family voters.  Rahul as PM will be a challenge to BJP which is busy dealing with its own leadership crisis and infighting.  Some quick decisions on Women Reservation Bill, Food Security, Minority Rights and Lokpal by Rahul Gandhi may change the mood of the nation and Congress may get the confidence needed to face the Loksabha Elections.  Also any party particularly BJP would not like to get the blame for destabilizing the Central Govt headed by Rahul in its first year, it will be hard to justify that to the people.

Today while Manmohan Singh is interacting with editors justifying himself as PM, we may get a clue  about possible direction of change. Monsoon has reached Delhi and next two-three months are not going to be a dull period, there will be clouds, rains, lightening and even thunderstorms. Time will tell whether all this will happen behind the political walls or mud sledging will happen all out in public.

The mood in Party, the political reality and the signals from top leaders are all indicating a change, however declaring Congress as so predictable is like underestimating their political skills and history, they may come out with something entirely different and unexpected.

BJP: Need to Update and restart before it’s too late

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Today UPA government is going through a crisis of credibility and leadership and people of India are looking for a promising alternative which can deliver on issues like corruption, black money, exploitation of natural resources, agriculture crisis etc.

The political reality of today is that people are left with limited options, even if India goes for election today with clear anger and frustration in people’s mind against current regime, there is no chance of a stable and credible alternative coming into the power. The reason is the absence of any such alternative.

BJP which claimed to be a party with difference has lost the plot somewhere midway. Advani is absolutely right when he says that issues of black money and corruption were raised by their leadership in the beginning but another truth is that BJP do not get popular support when BJP talks of these issues, reason is lack of credibility in the eyes of masses.

In current political scenario, where Congress is all ready for a transfer of leadership to its new generation and it’s almost certain that country will very soon see Rahul Gandhi as its new Prime Minister, in absence of a credible political alternative, country may go back to the days of mid-term elections, opportunistic short-term political alliances or worse to the unchallenged era of one party rule where sycophancy and blind loyalty will be the only way of governance.

If we look at present political parties and alliances, this gap can be filled only by BJP but it need to reinvent itself and present itself as a credible political alternative to Congress.  Whether Congress comes back to power or not, but a strong BJP as opposition and alternative to congress is what India needs to check balance the power equation and to ensure that people are not taken for a ride by ruling coalition just because there is no real political opponent, and to be very frank the present BJP is not ready to be the one.

First of all BJP need to answer a very basic question,  Why Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev are capturing the people’s imagination and why similar issues raised by BJP go completely unnoticed?  Why even though people are fed up with constantly rising inflation and are willing to come out and protest on issues of black money and corruption but they do not vote for BJP which promises to provide an alternative? We have seen this in recently held elections, BJP has performed poorly in all states.

Upcoming UP elections are going to be real litmus test and will decide the future of Indian politics, with Congress all set for a leadership change before UP elections ( yes, we may actually see Rahul being PM before UP elections) and chances of Loksabha elections also happening around same time are real, it seems BJP is running out of time.  Whether deciding on leadership or it’s position on core political issues or on strengthening the organizational strength, the strategy of delaying is not going to work in party’s favor.

BJP need to come out with a clear political face and also an alternative agenda that can win over people’s imagination, it is not that BJP do not have faces or intellectual strength but the problem is that it lacks the courage to take decisions.  Yes, courage is all it takes.

Another challenge for BJP is to gain acceptance from sections beyond its traditional support base, party need to come up with an agenda that is non threatening to minorities especially Muslims and Christians and that can win dalits, tribals and other communities which have so far kept themselves away from the party.

Another major problem is that BJP did not so far have thought about raising real issues that Indian rural population is battling with, people do not know what is the stand of party on land acquisition or  corporatization of natural wealth or what they have to offer on agricultural issues or how will they deal with farmers suicides and increasing disparity among rural and urban India. So far BJP has been seen replicating the similar policies that Congress has to offer on these issues. People do not want a copycat policy model, they need an alternative and BJP think tank has to come up with one if they actually wish to pose a real challenge to Congress.

Lets take the example of Gujarat, which BJP is portraying as their role model for governance, Gujarat is only replicating Manmohan’s economic model. If replication of Manmohan’s economics is the only strength that BJP has to offer then why not let it be done by the Manmohan himself at the center?

Yes, BJP has to find and develop and then flaunt its “X” factor to win new constituencies and to widespread it s support base.

So far it seems that BJP leadership is just waiting for people to get fed up with Congress and they believe that people in absence of any other alternate option, will bring back the BJP to power. Obviously things do not happen like that in politics and this wait and watch policy may result in an everlasting waiting game for this party. Advani must understand this.

“Change with changing times and reinvention of self” is the mantra for the success and survival of organizations and time has come for BJP to go for it.

A new, reinvented, open to all BJP is the need of hour, it’s now or never for this party though the sad part is that top leadership of Party do not seem to be ready for it.

how many vidarbhas do we need??

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Nathuram Pal, a 45-year-old farmer of Nibhghana village in Garautha tehsil of Bundelkhand region, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ‘Babool’ tree on the night of 18th June. He was under pressure to pay back the loan of Rs 12,000 taken from the coopertive bank and another Rs 40,000 taken from the local people.

While the mainstream politics and media is busy debating the Lokpal, black money and megascams like CWG, Adarsh, 2G etc., rural India is slowly losing its battle for survival.

More than 500 farmers have committed suicides in Bundelkhand region this year, Allahabad High court has taken suo moto notice of media reports on the subject and has issued notices to the central and state governments, court has also stayed recovery of dues from farmers till July 15.

Politics around these suicides has started and it will only take a bitter shape as UP is going for elections early next year. We can not expect a relief or solution from our political leadership as we have seen in the case of Vidarbha where more than 150000 farmers have committed suicides over last ten years and that too when the region was represented by none other than Union Minister for Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Farmers suicides, hunger deaths, unemployment and migration have become characteristics of Bundelkhand as result of gross misuse of public fund, failure of schemes like PDS and NREGS, acute water crisis added with heavy indebtedness.

Clearly Bundelkhand has become worse replica of Vidarbha, but this is not the only region in the country which is like that, today whether it is Andhra, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Chhatisgarh or Kerala, every state has a Vidarbha or Bundelkhand of its own.

If we look at the policy priorities, it is clear that  Indian policy makers and rulers have decided to transform India  into a primarily urban, industrial society with industry as its main source of income; the government and society have become unconcerned about the condition of the farmers; the farmer are also caught in a Scissors Crisis.

This clear shift in policy priorities and farmers being on the receiving end of the “Growth”- centered economic model is evident by the fact that more than half of public sector banks (15 out of 27-Amount Rs.23,000 crore) and exactly half of the private sector banks (11 out of 22-Amount Rs.13,400 crore) could not meet the agricultural sub-target in the year 2009-10.

This is not a small amount nor this is a small negligence on part of these banks, but this is only s small glimpse of how Indian farmers and agriculture is being treated by key policy makers and institutions.

Indian farmers are paying the price of agriculture model that was imposed upon them in the name of Green Revolution. This involved high input cost and made our farmers majorly dependent on external market forces on one hand and on other it took a heavy toll on resources like water and soil and it resulted in farming being a loss making profession with each passing year. This continuous neglect by governments and exploitation by corporations pushed Indian farmers to a situation where they are left with no other option but to end their lives.

With each passing day, our farmers are losing this one sided battle and with it we are also sealing our fates…

references:-

1. http://www.newkerala.com/news/2011/worldnews-9836.html

2. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_maya-govt-in-dock-over-bundelkhand-farmers-suicides_1555447

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmers%27_suicides_in_India

4. http://www.indianfarmers.org/news/Half_the_news.html

Black night of June 4- battle between India v/s corrupt political leadership

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Indians will surely take revenge of attack on their dignity and self respect

Congress Govt has suspended all constitutional rights on the night on June 4, when Delhi Police attacked around 100000 sleeping men, women and children who under the leadership of Ramdev were protesting peacefully against corruption.

Whatever happened on that night is a blot on the history of democracy and it forces us to rethink on the colonial rules and powers that has been given to politicians and police. Even though Supreme Court has asked the Government to come clean on the attack but we all know that our laws have enough loop holes for culprits of June 4 to come out safely.

Political and media debate after the incident has made one thing very clear, 2011 is not 1975. On 25th June 1975 when Govt imposed emergency in India, we had a strong opposition and a brave section of  media which opposed and fought for justice. But today a weak opposition and strong vested interest in media have ensured that thousands of Indian citizens who were attacked, beaten and insulted by their own government will never get the justice.

On one hand level of political debate has gone very low thanks to Rahul gandhi’s guru digvijay singh and at the same time media has shown clear lack of brave journalists and independent media houses.

Both corrupt Congress and BJP, defeated left, opportunistic regional parties on one hand and media ruled by vested interests on the other, there seems little hope for improvement. The attack by Government on its own people was very cruel, at the same time the reaction of opposition including BJP has been only symbolic and they registered only a token protest.  It shows their unwillingness to take up these issues however they definitely want to get benefited by people’s anger against the same.

India is clearly facing a crisis of credible leadership and the empty space is increasingly being filled by non political players who has moral high ground and mass followings. whether its Anna Hazare or Baba Ramdev or youngest among them all Arvind kejriwal, they are fast becoming source of hope for common Indians.

Though our political leadership and national media is believing that this is a temporary phase and they still have the control on their hands but one thing they all are failing to recognize that they have lost faith of common Indians and what they say or what they show is losing relevance for most of us.

Black money and lack of accountability in governance are real issues and developing a deep sense of frustration among people who are finding it very difficult to make their both ends meet with ever increasing inflation and their complete exclusion in policy making processes.

Whether its tribals who are forcibly being removed from their lands or farmers who are being beaten up by police when they protest against land grabbing by government and forced to commit suicides, whether its urban poor who are being denied access to basic minimum amenities of life or unemployed youth who are being insulted and abused by creating barriers of language and culture, everyone is feeling hurt and is angry with this system of loot and exploitation.

People are fast losing hope from elected representatives and our political leaders are not seen with respect anywhere. This sense of distrust and disrespect need to be addressed now. Time has come for Central government and other political leaders to understand that they can no more make fool of people. They need to immediately address issue of black money by accepting what Baba Ramdev is demanding, they need to  bring a strong Lokpal in upcoming session and get it passed, they need to introduce electoral reforms and they need to ensure public participation in law making processes.

People of India are not going to forget it and nobody should have any doubt that people will not take this attack lightly, time will show how Indians takes the revenge for this attack on their dignity and self respect. If our politicians continue to loot this country, exploiting common resources and excluding common man, then soon we will see our very own Tahrir square and it will be unmanageable both in terms of scale and expectations.

Recent developments have one very clear message to our political leadership- correct yourself now or face the anger of people and remember people may not wait for five years to throw you out.

Indian Express derailed

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Why INDIAN EXPRESS newspaper & its Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta are leading the vilification campaign against the civil society members?

What is the motive?

Is this journalism or just politically manipulated maliciousness? It is obviously the latter, because it is not just a newspaper, but HMV (His Mistress’ Voice). They hand out the crumbs and he licks them and then he barks & BITES for them.

Let’s look at goodies & hand–out OF THE symbolic hand.

Indian Express Group got huge land in the film city. What was the declared purpose at the time of allotment from the Noida Authority?

What was the source of funds, for constructing this large building? And now they have managed to lease it out to TV 18 group. What were the terms, rates and usage agreement of this mega crore land Scam DEAL?

They get the land allotted on a nominal payment; rest is to be paid in installments. Then a bank conveniently finances the deal & before the building is ready, they get a tenant to pay rent, which covers the bank repayment installments.

But just wait, this is not for you & me!!!
But is it the hand-out by the hand to THEIR favorite INDIAN EXPRESS

Just think how come an INDIAN EXPRESS newspaper with a minuscule circulation of less than 16000 in the NCR has got a deluge of Govt ads. They get proportionally larger allocation for such a small publication. Is it not another legal hand–out for it to bark at the command of you-know-who!!

INDIAN EXPRESS got a huge loan of 450 crores sanctioned from ICICI, whose HAND was behind it? (Incidentally, ICICI bank also connived with the Roys of NDTV in financial misdemeanours and malpractices. Shekhar Gupta hosts a show on the same channel!) http://www.sunday-guardian.com/investigation/ndtv-icici-loan-chicanery-saved-roys)

INDIAN EXPRESS is lampooned by the media fraternity as a Congress stooge, it has kept many curious as to how it has managed to survive, despite its low circulation and negligible non-government advertising revenue.

And how come INDIAN EXPRESS never prints any articles against the govt. And why one Ambani brother gets accolades over the other?

THE ANSWER MY FRIEND’S IS JUST BLOWING IN THE WIND.

Jane Mat Do Yaron!!- Present day politics and opportunities for activists

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Five states going to elections in April-May, while the ruling UPA alliance led by Congress party is under attack for high prices and graft scandals, but these polls should not be seen as a mini-referendum on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government.

Political situation is tricky and challenging for those who are working on bringing in policy changes as apparently are major decisions are almost put on hold but at the same time it is also right time for the bureaucracy-corporate-politician nexus to push their vested interests without coming into notice.

This unclear and uneasy situation has its own advantages and disadvantages for activists and people working on socio-economic environmental issues.

Here is a summary of political risks to watch in India:

State elections

Five states go to polls beginning April 4

Congress party hopes a good showing will ease the pressure the opposition has piled on it. Local political factors give Congress and its allies an edge, but elections are unpredictable and an upset could weaken the ruling coalition.

Political uncertainty has already helped as government failed to introduce Biotechnology regulatory bill in spite of declaring the same in presidential address. At the same time a quite approval by cabinet id predicted anytime and chances of making it a big political issue looks grim with inflation, corruption ruling the front pages of all leading news papers (along with ICC World Cup of course).

Analysts see Congress and its allies winning in communist-ruled West Bengal and Kerala on an anti-incumbency wave. They may also retain power in northeastern Assam due to a fractured opposition.

They have a fighting chance of retaining power in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, given the effectiveness of populist measures such as free television sets and cheap grains.

The five states jointly send 116 lawmakers to the 545-strong lower house of parliament and the elections, the first of several state polls over the next few years, are an early test ahead of national polls in 2014.

Corruption

Singh’s second term as prime minister has been deeply tarnished by a series of corruption cases, which have diverted the government’s attention from policy making.

Long-term investors have so far shrugged off the scandals as part of the risks in an emerging economy, but the worries have weighed on the Mumbai stock market which has underperformed peers. This political scenario along with media debates on issues like nuclear energy, coal mines etc. clearly sets the a wrong tone for investors and we can hope for at least temporary delay in finalization of investment deals and this activists and environmentalist some time to gear up for big battle ahead and also to revisit strategies.

The latest embarrassment to the government came from a WikiLeaks cable that suggested his government survived a trust vote in 2008 by bribing lawmakers to vote in his favour.

Police will on April 2 charge former telecoms minister A. Raja with taking bribes to favour two telecoms firms when mobile phone licenses were issued in 2008, an episode that may have caused a loss of $39 billion to the exchequer.

Progress on moves to curb corruption; investigations into the several graft cases and questioning of officials and businessmen and court proceedings in the cases is worth watching closely. With Supreme Court directly monitoring the probe, chances of more senior political leaders going behind bars are looking very bright.

Inflation

India is still unable to get a grip on high prices despite eight rate hikes since last March. Few expect inflation to ease quickly, raising the risk of heightened public anger against the government.

Prolonged high prices will only increase the possibility the government will slip into costly populist measures and slow down on “economic reforms”.

Wholesale price inflation , the main gauge of prices in India, unexpectedly quickened to 8.31% in February. The RBI lifted its end-March inflation target by 1 percentage point to 8 percent.

The RBI, which is comfortable with inflation around 5%, has said it will do everything possible to contain inflation.

Analysts expect further rounds of rate hikes this year. The risk is that too-tight monetary policy could affect “growth” in Asia’s third largest economy.

What to watch: Statements from officials, advisers and central bankers on inflation and policy responses, government data, including weekly food inflation, headline inflation and industrial output, which will provide a gauge of the impact of policy action, domestic protests over high prices. higher crude prices will mean a larger subsidy bill as well as greater inflationary pressures.

Regulatory risk

Investors are keenly watching the telecoms ministry as it considers revoking several mobile phone licences, and the decision could raise questions about the reliability of government contracts in India.

An decision for firms could affect foreign investment into India, especially in the telecoms market which is the world’s second-largest and fastest growing. This will be an opportunity to highlight investment risks and getting the investments delayed on anti-sustainable development projects that are already facing huge public anger and protest.
High end political drama, last minute policy push favoring corporates and public unrest are going to be the order of the day for a long time to come.

For those who want to bring in positive policy changes or halt the negative ones, this is the time to learn few tricks from sachin tendulkar, wait for week balls to score runs, build your inning and ensure a victory for the cause.

One thins is sure that current Political situation will definitely give rise to good opportunities, right opportunities and also perfect opportunities to bring in/halt policy changes, the motto should be “Jane Mat do Yaron!!”

(Info Source- moneycontrol.com- Key risks to watch in India)

Shunglu Committee Report and inaction by Manmohan

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

It’s Common v/s Wealth

The high level committee constituted to probe the loot in the name of commonwealth games 2010 has submitted its second interim report. This committee was formed by the government under huge social and political pressure on the issue of vulgar exploitation of common resources and open loot of common man that the country has witnessed last year.

Commonwealth Games have become symbol of corruption in the country.

The Shunglu Committee formed by government that is termed as High Level Committee but in fact this committee was never provided with any power to probe the large scale corruption that has shocked the nation. The committee did not had power to summon officials and ministers or to ask for files and documents. Further Committee can not even prosecute or register cases against those who are found guilty.

But the scale of corruption was so visible that even without any real power or authority, this committee could easily find that all possible rules and laws are broken in organization of CWG 2010.

This committee had submitted its first report in January on host broadcasting, the report was immediately made public and is available on the website of the committee. Central government then asked the central bureau of investigation (CBI) to file criminal cases against those who were named in the report.  Head of National television Doordarshan had to go after this.

But the scenario is different now, Shunglu committee has submitted its second report and clearly names Delhi Chief Minister and Lt. Governor for the financial losses. Prime Minister has asked not to make the report public and all government agencies are now actively working to cover up. This inaction raises very serious concerns.

Prime Minister had promised the nation that within 100 days of CWG 2010, the criminals of this open loot will be punished, the deadline is never met, all culprits of CWG loot are not only out in the public but also enjoying all benefits of the positions using which they exploited the nation. Be it Delhi CM Shiela Dixit or LG Tejinder Khanna, be it organizing committee head Suresh Kalmadi or Central government minister Jaipal Reddy or even DDA officials, all are smiling at the fortunes that they have looted in the name of games.

Only a few babus are arrested by CBI who could never do anything without clear directions from their bosses. Suresh Kalmadi is openly saying that if he is arrested he will name everyone who was involved, he is also telling that he dealt with only 5% of the total money that was looted and major loot was done by Delhi govt and other central government agencies.

A lot of water has flown down river yamuna since October last year, with Shiela still serving as Delhi CM, most evidences must have been destroyed by now.

This interim report by Shunglu committee should be taken seriously and Delhi Government should be sacked.

While nation need a Jan Lokbal bill that can prevent such corruption and loot in the future, CWG2010 looters should not be spared.

Time for Shiela to go.

US Funded revolution,democracy and transparency

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

President Obama on Friday strongly defended the rights of Egyptian protesters who have taken to the streets to demand political change, cautioning the government of President Hosni Mubarak to avoid violence and adopt “concrete steps that advance the rights” of the country’s citizens. Obama’s televised remarks capped a day of warnings from his administration – including a threat to review the aid package Egypt receives from the United States – that reflected the urgency of the crisis facing America’s most powerful ally in the Arab world. “We’ve also been clear that there must be reform – political, social and economic reforms that meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” Obama said. “In the absence of these reforms, grievances have built up over time.”

All these messages show how serious US is when it comes to democracy and freedom in any part of the world.

But is it true? Is US really worried about democracy and people’s rights or there is a larger picture which we have failed to see?
We know what is the meaning of “reforms” and why US is so much interested in it, don’t we?

According to wikileaks, The United States has pumped tens of millions of dollars into pro-democracy organizations in Egypt, as per diplomatic cables US has directly contributed to “building up the forces that oppose the President of Egypt”.

We all know that Arab countries are very poor in context of human rights, democratic values and a change is definitely needed. But a change artificially induced by US is not the solution, these so-called revolutions will only make the lives of people more miserable. US is not only funding organizations that talk about western form of democracy and principles but is also creating leaders who do not have any mass base, these leaders become celebrities by strategically getting awards and recognitions from western countries including Nobel Peace Prize.

Today it is Tunisia and Egypt, Jordan has already started feeling the heat, but US is doing this kind of strategic funding in various other parts of the world including in India and rest of south asia.

Unlike in Arab countries, in India and South Asia, US is also investing in media and other important sectors that guide the public opinion. Also strong corporate ties with Indian business houses is emerging as a key force in Indian Policy making. That’s why, we see almost all big indian corporate houses talking about corruption and lack of governance as key issues during World Economic Forum in Davos.   They have even sent an open letter to PM on the issue and urgent need of “reforms”.

What is not understandable is how these corporates, organizations and social leaders all are talking in same language which is politically very correct? Why  is there no conflict of interest? Is there actually a common goal everyone is striving for or is there something hidden behind this language of change and revolution?

No one can deny the fact that we need more transparency and accountability, no once deny the fact that corruption has become a cancer and we need to root it out.

But we need to be very careful in what are we demanding and whose language are we using, we need to be aware of the kind of leaders we are promoting. Simple way to ensure this is to check whether these social leaders are applying same values of democracy, transparency and accountability in their own organizations and work or not?

I am afraid that answers to these simple questions can be very shocking and hurting for those who are waiting for a ready-made, push button revolution.

Governance is not the only area of interest for US, from agriculture to science almost in all key sectors, we now have leaders created by US and western economies who talk about need for change and who are in the business of inspiring hopes….

beware friends, this revolution may just be a sponsored one

Faces of Republic v/s Symbols of Dynasty

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

Yashwant sonaware, Utsav Sharma, Leshram Jyotin Singh; who are these people?

Yashwant Sonaware, Additional Collector burnt alive by mafia while performing his duty in Malegaon Maharashtra;
Utsav Sharma, a young boy from varanasi who attacked a murder accused second time in last one year believing that “courts never punish guilty”;
Leshram Jyotin Singh, young officer from Manipur, recipient of highest peacetime gallantry award Ashok Chakra posthumously, he died while saving lives of 15 people during a terrorist attack on Indian mission in Kabul.

These three names from different corners of this country ,all making first page headlines on 62nd republic day ,  are symbolic of people of India, their honesty, their acts of bravery, their frustration and their will to bring change, to right the wrong…

But are these feelings, emotions, aspirations and hopes are represented by our so-called representatives or leaders??
Almost all leading political parties including Congress, SP, BSP, RJD,BJD, DMK, Shivsena, AIDMK, TDP, are examples of family dynasty. largest opposition party BJP is dependent on RSS to impose leadership; democracy is nowhere….and this undemocratic leadership of political parties are in no way capable of managing democracy and republic in right manner.

Can Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari, Mulayam Singh, Lalu Yadav etc. ever understand why a yashwant do not fear for his life while exposing a local mafia or why a utsav with no relation to victim whatsoever, attacks a murder accused or why a leshram dies fighting terrorists??

They can keep on exploiting common people, common resources as long as they are in position to create “burning issue” like hosting tricolor or stopping the same to gain political mileage and to win vote banks…

Jai Hind
Happy Republic Day to you all!!!