Thursday, August 14, 2014

NATION 68


68th Independence Day.

There was a time, especially after 1965 and 1971 wars when every young Indian wanted to join the Armed forces. It was passion, it was Junoon. These were the ones whose parents didn’t insist upon their sons becoming Doctors or Engineer. Jai Jawan Jai Kisan was the buzzword. Every family in Punjab had one Jawan and one Kisan .That was the national commitment.


Somehow, with passage of time, we Indians have lost the sense of National pride. On 4th July, every American holds and waves the national flag. We are expected to remain locked in due to security concerns. There is a dream in the true patriot’s heart that one day he will see a nation, not on the basis of individuality, but its dependence over integrity within diversity.


For last ten long years, every year  we have heard a repetitive (almost) read out  speech from Red Fort .I have never found it to be with any specific substance. Addressing the nation without a message to the nation? If at all, it has always smelt of a preparation for next elections or appeasement. V P Singh even used Red Fort speech to announce Prophet’s birthday as a national holiday...Some of us are still clapping.

There was a time when singing of National Anthem was compulsory in Cinema halls, schools and most of public functions. Pity, today, even some Members of Parliament refuse to accept singing of National Anthem.

Print and electronic media, unfortunately, has not contributed to nation building. Media is expected to be an opinion former. Electronic media’s coverage in India is huge and the viewership is in direct proportion to the number of TV sets. TV channels earn an enviable sum as the Advertisement revenues. The rates are said to be as high as Rs 1 lakh per second of advertisement coverage. TV channels must devote at least 1 (one) minute per hour (1/60) during prime time to social messages for free. In case, they do not do this voluntarily, Government must make it mandatory for them to do so. Similarly, print media must be made to carry social message every day.

After ten years, with a new and a credible Government in place, every true, committed Indian is hoping for change from the ruling establishment, besides peoples’ participation and commitment.

Happy  Independence Day.

Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW.







Saturday, August 2, 2014

BAN 4 WORDS



India is a large and diverse country. It has Innumerable languages, different communities and various religious beliefs .Unfortunately, the very strength of our nation has been turned onto our weakness.
There are four words which should be banned for use in India.

MINORITY
For whatever reasons, it is Muslims who get referred to when one uses the word minority. Considering that Sikhs are just about 2% while Muslims are about 19% of our population—who is minority? Logically, it should Sikhs or Parsis. No, but it suits the politicians to label Muslims as minority since it can be used as a vote bulk bank. In the garb of Minority, Government has divided the two communities on religious grounds and exploited the Muslims sentiments. Quotas in Government and educational institutes have been fixed on religious grounds and only Muslims get financial backup from the Govt for Haj whereas Amaranth Yatra is taxed. However much politicians may want to show their concerns for Muslims, in reality it is vote bank. How I wish similar concerns were shown to Parsis,Buddhists,Sikhs etc .Analyzing 2014 results, it seems Muslims are walking away from Congress

SECULARISM
During internal emergency declared by Indira Gandhi in June 1975, The 42nd Amendment also amended the Preamble and changed the characterization of India from "Sovereign Democratic Republic to a "Sovereign, Socialist Secular Democratic Republic", and also changed the words "unity of the nation" to "unity and integrity of the nation". That was the day the real problems started in India. Muslims condemn oppression in Gaza. But do they condemn oppression of Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and Shias in Pakistan? The secular brigade holds up house proceedings wanting to discuss Gaza. When did they raise their voice for Kashmiri Pandits? When did they slam recent disturbances created during Amarnath Yatra? Secularism, by no stretch of imagination is targeting and running down majority community. Irreparable damage has been done to the nation in the name of Secularism. Those who insist upon loudspeakers in Masjids are Seculars and those who want Bells in Mandir are communal.

COMMUNALISM
Those pseudo seculars, who swear by Secularism, brand others as communal. This is one credit card which is fast running out of its sanctioned limit. Iftar parties were discontinued during Lal Bahadur Shastri’s time. It was restarted by Indira Gandhi. If you have ever seen a similar Diwali party, please mark it. You are communal or an elevated Hindu Right-winger if you have not been certified as “Secular”. One is labeled Secular if one supports Urdu language, but, the moment one mentions Sanskrit, one is Communal but it is OK for them to term Sanskrit as JAHILIYA. If one was to claim to be a proud Hindu, God save one from onslaught from Seculars. It is expected of Hindus not to react when they are called Kafirs.

VIP
In a democracy, there must not be any place for a Very Important Person. If there is one, it is man on the street who voted them to power. In any flight, first row is reserved for VIP. All trains carry VIP quota. Premier institutes like AIIMS have VIP rooms while poor man has to wait for days to meet a Doctor. Traffic on roads is diverted for VIP movement while there are cases when patients held up in traffic have lost their life, missed their flights. Complete security is provided to even family members of VIPs while working girls are being raped. Eminent Lawyer Mr Haresh Salve is fighting this menace single handed in Apex court


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Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW







Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ACTORS and POLITICIANS




Indians are obsessed with Politicians and Actors. They are a topic of discussion in drawing rooms, in Metro, Buses just about anywhere.

What could be similarities between the two?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come with a working majority which establishes him as the undisputed leader giving him complete control over BJP and the government. With his perceived system of governance; he could be at the helm of affairs for two terms after which there would be a complete new set of Politicians and Actors. Let look at next decade.

Rahul Gandhi is 43 yrs old and would be 53 by then. He will be one politician who at 53 will be without any experience,except for having been born in a Prime Minister’s house. He is as reluctant but as ambitious a politician as Hema Malini’s daughter Eisha was as an actor. Her only qualification is that she is Hema’s daughter.

Gandhi family may not come to power for a long time to come, but, they always have next man/woman ready to jump into power politics. They are so much like the successful Kapoors clan. Next man is ready to take over...(Ranbir)....Both these families have been kicking around for last five generations. Remember Moti Lal Nehru? Prithvi Raj Kapoor?

Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh reminds one of Dharmendra and Sunny Deol combo. Mulayam is unlikely to come back as much as Dharmendra is unlikely to make a comeback .Akhilesh and Sunny both will continue to struggle till the third generation surfaces, if it does.

Saif Ali,Salmaan  and  Shahrukh  are unlikely to introduce their respective next generation  in coming decade as much as Mamata  and J Jayalalitha  are  unlikely to .

Ajit Singh has been winning his seat and has been a part of all govts in last twenty odd years. His son tried and has failed..Amitabh Bachchan has been winning his admirers for four decades. His son Abhishek seems to have got stuck with Idea Mobile and Prestige Cooker.

Shakti kapoor and Anupam Kher fill in the gaps in most movies as much as Farooq Abdulla and Omar Abdulla fill in the gaps in most govt formations.

Salmaan Khursid,Sushil Shinde,Moily and Antony might end up doing friendly appearance on TV for congress as Sahtrughan  Sinha used to do in movies in 80s.

Paswan has been clever as Vinod Khanna was...Former has tagged on to Modi as Latter tagged on to Amitabh Bachachan.

Lallu and Nitish seem undecided upon the kind of role they would play. May be they would follow Paresh Rawal and accept roles that of a comedian and or a Villain, whatever comes their way.

Kejriwal formed his own party...Ritesh Deshmukh should follow Kejriwal to form his own company since his movies hardly run for 49 days.

Kapil Sibal would even then be following AryaBhatta and redefining ZERO.

Maya Wati is unique and unpredictable.

Strugglers like Tushaar Kapoor,Bobby Deol are sure to find company  amongst struggling  politicians.

On one issue actors and politicians may have conflict of interest. Actors mayl become good politicians while politicians will never become good actors.

Some actors have played Reel life "AliBaba Chalis Chor" while some politicians played that in Real life.

Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF  TOMORROW

Saturday, June 21, 2014

TECHIE SADIQ



The name is   SHAIKH MOHASIN SADIQ.

He was an Indian. He was killed in Pune..

Being a software engineer Sadiq naturally knew computers better than some of us. Allegedly, he posted derogatory pictures of Shivaji Maharaj and our Balasaheb on Face Book. Pictures were uploaded from four different computers in Netherlands,Saudi Arabia,France and Romania as told by  Police officer to PTI.

Naturally, sentiments were hurt.

In the first place, he should not have done what he did knowing well that it could create unrest and trouble. However, what has happened subsequently as a result must be condemned and should never have happened. But, it is about a larger issue.

Sadiq was killed by a mob .Sadiq didn’t die because he was a Muslim. Sadiq died because of mob with overcharged emotions could not be controlled. It is a pity that media made this into a Hindu -Muslim issue, which it was not. Most of the print media, most search engines, and most TV channels have given a religious angle this unfortunate killing. What is most disturbing is each one playing up with word MUSLIM.

“The Pune Muslim killed”, reported Headlines Today.
“Muslim techie beaten to death, tension prevails in Pune”, reported ABP news
‘The news of a Muslim being killed by a mob on a public street in Pune on Monday night brought back disturbing memories of the 1992-93 riots..” Writes, another Paper.

For those who might have missed it, Mumbai Shakti mill rapists were all Muslim. The girl raped was a Hindu. Did any section of media report “Hindu girl raped by Muslim men”? No One did. Is there a pattern in reporting?

Media must stop be divisive.It is the responsibility and job of media to report facts and news without playing with words so as to avoid creating a rift or to play up already charged emotions. It is high time media realised that days of sycophancy and days of minority appeasement by Congress are gone and may be never to return. Let media no longer give a message of being anti Hindu. Let media refrain from creating a religious divide two communities. We are all Indians first and communities later. Muslims have now seen through the game played by media with political support and will not succumb to media’s divisive strategy.

Let all of us work towards a dream Prime Minister Modi has identified.
Modi govt has given a clear message of ‘Sabka  Vikas,Sabke Saath” .



Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW


Thursday, May 29, 2014

MODI-BAITER CONGRESS CRUMBLES

"They say to write readable nonsense is a talent".....That proves I am talented.

My article has been published by http://niticentral.com...

You can read the article here also....http://www.niticentral.com/2014/05/26/modi-baiter-congress-crumbles-227397.html.


MODI-BAITER CONGRESS CRUMBLES.



For ten long disgusting years, a mirror was being shown to the blind held by the biased media and the pseudo seculars. And then, one day the mirror cracked
Victory in 2009, made Congress terribly arrogant, irresponsible and corrupt. Without exception, Constitutional bodies were compromised, be it Central Vigilance Committee (CVC), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Election Commission of India (EC). Even the Prime Minister’s Office was undermined when a Cabinet resolution was termed as nonsense. Congress made UPA a business house for itself for maximum profit.The Congress senior Ministers helped the party to finalise a healthy balance sheet and in the bargain, they got some crumbs to nibble as rewards. While they were digging into natural resources, the Central Government office caught fire, where important files went missing and the likes of Sanjaya Baru were writing books, while NGOs were made to haunt rivals, while editors and anchors were busy protecting the Congress, while Chinese were intruding, while Bangladeshis were crossing over, while Pakistan was firing, the Congress did not realise that mood of the nation has changed. They didn’t realise that senior most Ministers will either run away from elections or will lose deposits. Then Congress played its minority and secularism card, which boomeranged. In fact, they used the most foul language and anti national slogans against Narendra Modi. Moreover, the Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said, “If Modi becomes the Prime Minister; “Kashmir will not be a part of India.” He is who has enjoyed all perks swearing upon Indian Constitution.
May 16 witnessed sunset of dynasty and dawn of new India.
Expectations are high with Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. The Congress-led UPA Government has left a stink which needs immediate clean up. Economy is at its lowest. Industrial production is down. Job creation is a challenge. Inflation is uncontrollable. Subsidies on kerosene, diesel and fertilisers are a major issue. Interest rates have gone up. Income tax rates need to be streamlined. Relations with neighbours have been compromised at national risk. Pakistani LOC violations, illegal Bangladeshis and China at large are important security and foreign policy issues. Internal security is an issue of urgent attention. Civil Military ties are low; moral of the armed forces is low, though fighting fit. Securing borders is a priority. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has innumerable challenges ahead of him which have to be attended to on war footing. Feeling of neglect amongst Hindus is serious matter of concern as much as minority appeasement is. Every Constitutional body has to be given reasonable independence. Police reforms, judicial reforms and electoral reforms should be high on agenda. While we can expect him to fight, we must know that no war is won by one man. Its time 120 cr + Indians join hands to fight for India lest some dynasty rise its head again which could be disastrous.
It is time we bridged the gaps created by previous Government in name of religion, caste, community and region.
Let us stand up for nation. India First.

Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA of TOMORROW.




Sunday, May 11, 2014

EDUCATION CESS


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

After a 2% education cess was imposed in  2004 on all Central Taxes, it was expected to collect 4-5000 Cr annually and the total amount will be used for mid day meal and education.
Considering the above estimates a massive sum of over Rs 50,000 Cr plus would have been collected by now.

Where is the money? What happened with the money?

This is what Ministry for HRD has to say... In Nov2007, MOS for human resource development, Fatmi informed Parliament on the basis of information provided by the department of revenue that Rs 4,159.39 cr, Rs 7,117.07 cr and Rs 9,037.23 cr had been collected as education cess for 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07, respectively. These figures are substantially different from the ones provided by the government’s official accountant, the Controller General of Accounts.

This is what CAG has to say. The 2% education cess, according to figures from the Controller General of Accounts, is Rs 5,557.58 cr in 2004-05, Rs 7,322.82 cr in 2005-06, and Rs 9,466.5 cr in 2006-07. To make matters a little more ambiguous, figures available with the HRD ministry show cess amount to be Rs 4,318.51 cr in 2004-05, and Rs 7,637.75 cr in 2005-06. For the year 2006-07, the HRD ministry only had figures till February - Rs 6,833 cr.

Education cess continues to be imposed but its utilization is unclear. There is no accountability about how the education cess has been used. The irony is that none of the ministry either Ministry of Finance or HRD is coming out with one clear figure. The total amount of cess collected seems to vary, depending on where the information is being given. 

The number of out-of-school children in India has fallen to 70 lakh in March 2006 from about 1.34 cr in July 2005, according to numbers compiled by states. The starting figure was compiled in a joint study by the government of India and independent market research agency Indian Market Research Bureau.(Apeejay Satya Education Research Foundation.)

This is what BBC has to say....read here (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26333713 )
Since the RTE deadline passed on 31 March 2013, several states have been ordering non-complying private schools to close, shifting most of the children to government schools.

Officials in Punjab said they closed 1,170 schools, Haryana shut 713, while Tamil Nadu closed "a little more than 400" and Andhra Pradesh "not more than 400".

Baladevan Rangaraju, director of think tank India Institute, who has been monitoring media reports, has counted 2,692 schools shut and 17,871 at risk.He said states where schools were threatened with closure included Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Delhi. "It's our duty to close those schools that are not providing the best facilities, some don't have toilets or water," Punjab's additional state project director Parampal Kaur said.

 The Annual Survey of Education (ASER) also highlighted the shift to private education, with enrolment increasing from 19% in 2006 to 29% in 2013.

The state of affairs of the mid day meal is well known. Number of students died/fell ill after eating mid day meal in a number of states, says a lot. Don’t be surprised if contracts have been given to the loved ones, preferred class.

Those who contribute to the cess don’t care.
Those who it is meant for are not cared for.
So much for Right To education,
So much for Education Cess.

Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW










Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RAAM



Aum  Namah  Raghukul---Shriomani  Kaushalya Nandan- --Dashrath Putra- Shri Raam.
( I bow to Lord Raam,The Son of Dashratha,Born to Kaushalya.Scion -of-the Raghu Clan)

Raam  (राम, Rām) is the Seventh Avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu.

Let this Government accept that RAAM is not a myth.

Let the Government withdraw the affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court of India.

Let the editor of news channel withdraw her statement saying “RAAM IS A DIVINE ENCHROACHER”. Let her try and say this about any other religion and see the backlash.

This is from the official website of City of Lahore and pictures do not lie.In fact it says it all. Let this picture from across the border put to shame those who are against Raam and RAMSETU.






You can abuse Lord Ram at the crossing and still live to boast about it. Try that with any other religions and you will know what secularism and Hinduism is.

When it comes to the Ramayana and the history of Lord Rama, there have been numerous authors who have accepted the Ramayana as a history of ancient events. For example, the first Governor General of India, Sri Rajaji, wrote on the Ramayana and called it a history, as also did the English Indologist Sir William Jones. Various other western authors have made a study of the culture and history of the Ramayana, such as Philip Lutgendorf in his book Rama’s Story in Shiva’s City, California University; Joe Burkhalter Flueckiger and Laurie Sears in The Boundaries of Traditional Ramayana and Mahabharata Performances in South and Southeast Asia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; W. L. Smith on Ramayan Traditions in Eastern India, University of Stockholm, and others (Courtesy Stephen Knapp).


For God sake.For Raam sake.

Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW