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Jan Lokpal Bill

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Politics

There are many like these who doubt and question the method of making the Lokpal Bill the main issue it is today. There are many more that are wary of the unprecedented powers the proposed bill might give a few – and invent yet more serious problems in the long run .

It is indeed scary to envision a situation where we, the people, have been taken for yet another ride and like every other time, played useful idiots in the hands of idealistic, initially well-meaning crusaders with an agenda of their own once power changes hands.

At this point, I fully support this movement. I wish it does not turn out to be another jingoistic movement with the masses supporting something they don’t understand fully. I wish the fervor of the movement will be sustained through genuine involvement of the people rather than media sound bytes and politician-baiting by committee members. I hope the bill will be drafted with as much involvement from the civilians – whose fate the purpoted bill claims to save. I hope the purview of this bill will focus on and effectively root out corruption. Bringing about electoral reforms can only be the next stage. I hope that with time, the Lokpal and the Lok Ayukt will come to mean you and me using common sense to judge right and wrong- not some august body of people from the netherworld with absolute powers.

But then, on hopes rests our collective future. Till then, let’s chant…”Aal is well..”

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The new Sun over the Pyramids

Posted: February 12, 2011 in Politics

As I see the Tahrir Square telecasts from Cairo, the country I visited 2 years ago flashes across memory. The cautious cab drivers when it came to questions about Hosni Mubarak, the ignored questions from our local guides, the parallel economy under the veneer of tourism – and the very efficient airport security police.

It could have very well turned into another Tiananmen Square protests with the dictator crushing the rebellion like the Party did in China. The difference has to be more staying power, better leadership, unity among the Egyptian people (army)- not to mention the omnipresent media contributing to the moral strength of the rebels giving minute-level updates on what was going on.

Removal of dictatorship replaced by democracy – or take-over by radical groups sabotaging the idea of freedom? Only Time can tell.

Go on, surprise us-II

Posted: December 10, 2010 in Politics

It does not take a genius to understand that the Radia tapes, Vir-Burkha conversations is the norm rather than one-offs of how Fourth Estate works in this country, or for that matter, the world. The expose’s by Wikileaks shows how a handful of people decide what the world sees (and does not see).

What is disconcerting is how the genral public is largely the useful idiot, with glimpses of such shocking (yaaawwwwwwwnn) revelations happening at the convenience of those that decide so, and how behind-the-scene dramas (with the myth of an Opposition and ruling party) are played out to provide entertainment (to some) and bleak hopelessness for the country, for the most zealous of idealists like me.

Go on, surprise us

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Politics

Good.

Radiagate: Sealed tapes reach SC, Tata case also on agenda today
Agencies Posted online: Thu Dec 02 2010, 11:02 hrs
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday will take up the petition filed by Tata group chairman Ratan Tata seeking a direction to the government to probe the leak of tapes containing his private conversations with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, and stop their further publication.

The petition is listed for mentioning before a Bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly, which is hearing the matter relating to the 2G spectrum scam.

Meanwhile, the government placed before the Supreme Court the recorded tapes containing the conversations between corporate Radia and others relating to the 2G spectrum allocation case. They were in a sealed cover.

While placing the recorded conversations before the Bench comprising Justices Singhvi and Ganguly, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said it is a hard disc drive directly downloaded from the server which contains the conversations.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), however, said though CBI maintains there were 5,800 conversations, it has prepared the transcript of only 3,000 such conversations.

The Supreme Court had yesterday directed that the original tapes containing the conversation between Radia and others pertaining to the 2G spectrum allocation case be handed over to it in a sealed cover.

Ratan Tata had moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking action against persons responsible for the leak and ‘unauthorised’ publication of the tapes, alleging that it was sheer violation of his right to privacy.

Tata argued that the tapes, recorded under IT surveillance of Radia in 2008 and 2009, should be used for the “public purpose” of investigation.

Tata, in the petition, has contended that the leak has infringed upon his fundamental Right to Life, which includes right to privacy.

Tata has made the central government a party in his petition. Union Home Secretary, the CBI, the Income Tax Department, the Department of Telecommunication and the Department of Information Technology have been made respondents.

Hopefully, now the real face of who actually ordered the tapes be recorded will come out. But then, maybe not. Some small-time story will cover the unexplained murder/accident of some random IT/Telecom dept bloke and there will be no connection of dots.

Maino style of destroying opponents and her not-so-useful-anymore idiots: dig out skeletons from the closet (mostly phone tappings), plane/chopper crashes or road accidents (Sanjay Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot, Madhav Rao Sindhia, YSR Reddy), family in-fighting ending in crimes of passion (Pramod Mahanjan).

Battle “Roy”ale

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Politics

Ever since Booker Prize, nothing this senile old hag has said or done has ever made sense. Come to think of it, she is Baby Kochamma of her own life novel.

Her incessant anti-India rhetorics and campaigns against any development project get attention among poorly informed bourgeois societies and those cry their hearts out for Mohammad Afzal, condone Ajmal Kasab and call Maoists “Gandhians”.

Can the Indian Government not sue her/strip her of citizenship/put her behind bars for her secessionist actions? What is the limit of freedom of speech?

Support for Kashmiri separatism
In October 2010, at a seminar in Delhi named “Azadi – The only way”, where Roy took part with Hurriyat Conference leader S.A.R. Geelani and Varavara Rao, Roy said that “Kashmir should get azadi from bhookhe-nange Hindustan”. Her remarks attracted criticism from BJP leader Arun Jaitley that she was promoting secession of the Union of India, and that the central government was not acting on the issue and prosecuting Roy and others.[21]

She should be exported to Shit-istan or China (where she will enjoy all the freedom of speech she wants), as she does not want Kashmiris to live in “bhookhe-nange Hindustan“.

God forbid that the likes of her be inspiration to the intellectual classes in the world. Looking at the international recognition and awards being awarded, that seems to be the case anyway.

Lage Raho

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Politics

The man himself is a hyped-up sham of true greatness. Many who came after his are making millions in his name while the country is paying a huge price for the personal war this fool fought in the name of freedom struggle.

I have always wondered why the “Apostle of Peace” supported Indian participation in WW2, even if it meant freedom for the country (another matter that the old cow was jailed despite Indian blood shed in the War).

Many of the allegations here against Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma Gandhi can be cross-checked with other sites too.

Sad that the internet and Google took so long to happen. Sadder that the few examples of true leadership and highest of values from India should be these kind of men.

Indian Express – 2

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Politics

There is a shift from the non-partisan reporting IE used to do. IE is increasingly becoming a Congress PR agency. Who the hell cares (except Congress minions) what that assface thinks.

A few months back, IE published a photo-story comparison of Priyanka Gandhi resembling Indira Gandhi in some green cotton saree. There were some 8 photos in which IE compared hairstyle, attire, whatever to come out with that bullshit story. This only indicates 2 things – dearth of intellectual content with IE or wagging its tail to some dynasty rule.

It happens only in India

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Politics

I see messages, mail forwards, news items hailing how we have bounced back and are presenting a spectacular show at the CWG. But wait a minute, was that not something expected of the country hosting the Games in the first place?

Oh no, not at all. All the Indian public memory and attention span deserves is sensational news- – good or bad, lasting no more than 5 days.

No big mention of the fact that Kalmadi is a Congressman – a party that has institutionalised corruption in this country; of Shiela Dixit who might have very well known the scale of bungling in the games beginning with infrastructure to everything; of seeking answers from that inept, permission-seeking cat-voiced puppet Sardar at the country’s helm.

That Kalmadi buffoon doctors e-mails, disowns responsibility saying “Organising Committee is responsible for organizing….not arranging infrastructure, equipments procurement, tenders etc”. Then what the fuck are you organising man?

Some one said to my great amusement – “Re-arrange ‘Suresh Kalmadi’ – you get ‘Sir u made lakhs'”. He thought he will get away with it – but he had not counted on the eventuality of everything blowing up together and his having to resort to the “I am taking the blame for everything” whine.

Now everyone will scramble to get a piece of the success the Games could become and the idiot jingoists will say “sab theek to ho gaya na, lets move on”.

Indeed. Let’s move on.

Indian Express

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Politics

This article mysteriously disappeared from Indian Express, after minutes of airing tpday. Before it meets the same fate everywhere else, here it is (Source)

Congress is a status-quoist party, has no convictions: PM’s adviser Tue, Sep 21 05:40 AM
During a discussion at a book-release function in Delhi’s Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on Monday, Harish Khare, the Prime Minister’s media adviser, articulated an unprecedented critique of the Congress.

The Congress, Khare said, is “by nature, chaal, charitra, essentially a status-quoist party. It does not believe in any conviction. (Its) only conviction is to win elections. That is its only conviction”.

This is the first time that Khare, a former journalist, has publicly criticised the party that leads the government that employs him.

Khare was speaking as the discussant after AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh released JNU professor Sudha Pai’s book, Developmental State and the Dalit Question in Madhya Pradesh: Congress Response. Digvijaya said that as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for 10 years, he had followed the “politics of conviction”, as opposed to the “politics of consensus”.

Khare said that the argument for social change has to be made “in a larger frame of political respectability. Not (in the context of a) politics which rewards cynicism, family nepotism, bogus factionalism, groupism in the party, yet expects the larger body of citizens to make sacrifices”. You will end up with “cronyism, crony capitalism, defeated initiatives”, he said.

Khare began his intervention quoting Harold Lasswell’s definition of politics as ‘who gets what, when and how’, and added, “at whose expense”.

Attempt at social transformation will come to naught, he said, without a political strategy in place to deal with the inevitable conflict and resistance it provokes. And the attempt is doomed to fail, argued Khare, because “you can’t change the Congress”, still the country’s largest party, to which “all good things and bad things in the country can be traced”.

Only “enlightened leadership” from above is not enough, said Khare, in the absence of the creation of a “commensurate political constituency for change”. He gave three examples of such a failure of Congress governments of the past: Indira Gandhi in 1971, Madhavsinh Solanki despite his astute ‘KHAM’ strategy in Gujarat in the 1980s, and Digvijaya Singh in Madhya Pradesh in 2003.

Digvijaya’s initiatives on land redistribution to Dalits and Scheduled Tribes did not succeed in MP, said Khare, “because the party was not with him” — it only “tolerated his politics of conviction” and therefore “he did not have the political space.”

The Madhya Pradesh Congress, Khare said, is “a far cry from good politics”, and his “supposed mentor Arjun Singh”, who “was fighting the prime minister” at the time, was making “conflicting demands” on him (Digvijaya).

This is why the Bhopal Declaration which was part of a politics that “set the cat among the pigeons” was soon reduced to a “personal initiative of a leader” which had “very little traction in Madhya Pradesh. No local linkages, no local support structure”. To implement it, Digvijaya Singh had to “bypass the party and rely on the bureaucracy”, Khare said.

Digvijaya’s experience in MP, Khare said, has “lessons for all of us”: “Unless a political leadership is willing to totally overhaul existing administrative structures, no meaningful social transformation is possible,” he said.

For Khare, the Congress’s failure is also embedded in its larger framework of social alliances. The rhetoric in 1969-71, for instance, when the Congress was also “tinkering with legislation” in the face of “opposition from big business, party bosses” was followed by the inability to live up to the “architecture of expectations” it had aroused after it won the elections. Because “you (the Congress) had not chosen your allies… Then the urge for political consolidation and consensus. You try to have every camel in your tent and it becomes messy inside the tent — a dilemma that the Congress has not sorted out”.

Responding to the discussion later, Digvijaya Singh admitted, “I did not involve the party in land reform.” He had seen Congress workers in such a situation earlier “go into collection mode”, he said, “collecting money in exchange of (land) pattas”.

Digvijaya said he disagreed with Khare’s description of the Congress party as obstinately “status-quoist”. But he admitted that “unfortunately, the party has not been able to keep pace with changes happening in the cow belt”.

The great Sardar

Posted: December 15, 2008 in Politics

Hilarious!

The cat is growling like tiger- and how meekly at that. Wonder how a Sikh can be such a gutless wimp.