Monday, September 30, 2013


In the 70s and 80s, it was common for many aggrieved parties to approach the underworld DONS for settlement of their grievances. Be it land/ property dispute, family disputes, murders, movie piracy, financial matters etc. One was sure of a fair trial, unbiased hearing, quick judgment, low cost and more so, it went without any appeals. It didnt need an FIR, no lawyers costing a few lakhs per appearance, no Tareekh Pe Tareeekh...and justice was delivered on the spot. The DON played a lawyer, a judge, a defendant and a prosecutor. Famous amongst the DONS were Dawned Ibrahim,ChotaShakeel, Chota Rajan,Haji Mastan,Yusuf Patel,Vardarajan( Varda Bhai) Raman Naik,Abu Selam, Chikna,Gotia, Abdul Kania,Saleem Langda.....list is too long
Unfortunately, thanks to politicians, India is becoming a lawless society. Rapes, Murders and Loot are so common that people have even stopped reacting and have become defensive in the absence of   a reactive state and police.

The bad characters are perhaps getting inspiration from the politicians who never seem to get caught as the laws get made or amended to ensure they walk free. In hushed, voices people have been comparing present day justice system, its delays, its costs; it’s repercussions on the civil society,to a dangerous parallel justice system which was controlled by DONS.

Parrallel justice system could not have opertaed for decades unless it was in connivance with the police or because of a weak and corrupt state machinery.

Normally, one would hate to go to DONS for settlements, but, considering the pendency in courts, they say it could take over 300 years to settle. Is that justice?

Unless, corrupt, law breakers and criminals are removed as law makers, unless judicial reforms are put in place soon, Indian justice system just might take a hit, thus inviting an undemocratic system of justice controlled by DONS.

Dawood,in any case, is next door.


Friday, September 13, 2013


Debate has moved from TINA (there is no alternative) to MITA (Modi is the alternative).

Should BJP comes to power in 2014 under Modi’s leadership, credit must go to Congress as  debits of last ten years, Modi has cleverly credited to his account. As Shourie says, Man Mohan Singh is the strongest election agent of Modi.

Democracy is about numbers; else, congress would have been shown the doors in 2009.Vajpayee would not have lost by one vote. Why criticise Modi if he can get the numbers? Samajwadi Party woos Muslims and Yadavs.-Mayawati woos Dalits.-Congress woos minorities- Nitish woos EBCs and Maha Dalits. Is this not an effort polarising minority votes? What is wrong if Hindu votes get polarised too? What is wrong if Modi plays up his OBC status? Why must a Hindu be termed communal if he claims to be one and seeks Hindu votes? Don’t minorities wear their tags over their shoulder.Reportedly, 17% Muslims voted for Modi during state elections. Can Advani, Jaitley,Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj come even close to numbers which have been projected by polls?

Modi realised well in time the basic factors which could swing power within BJP in his favour...
1...A weak centre headed by a not so strong PM surrounded by mostly corrupt colleagues.
2...Famous Delhi4 (Arun Shourie refers to some as “Stateless Leaders”) not having been able to take on the establishment. All Modi had to do was to convince RSS, who in any case were not impressed  with Advani-’04 and ’09 were his failures and 60% of youth population would not want an ageing leader.
Modi got himself promoted in Goa (tension was visible on faces of Rajnath Singh,Jaitley) as Sushma took an earlier flight to Delhi and Advani was conspicuous by his absence though, except media, no one missed him.

BJP,under Modi  was born.

Since then, Modi has not missed any opportunity in attacking Congress. He has been screaming from public platforms about failures of Congress Govt by attacking Dr. Man Mohan Singh, be it, Dual power structure, Governance, Corruption, Sir Creek, Internal Security, External Security, Beheading of Indian Soldiers, Intrusion by Chinese, Falling Rs, Inflation, Economic Situation, Italian Marines. His speech, point wise rebut to PM’s speech from Bhuj, on 15th Aug was a hit where it hurts the most.

Though Congress spokespersons maintain that Modi is of no consequence, Modi is not an issue, but, the moment Modi takes digs at Congress, senior congress members’ jump across to TV studios criticising his approach, his comments, his style and his claims of development records. They have even called him a frog. Such debates and news is a juicy slot for Media which prefers terming every word against Modi as “BLOW TO MODI” “CONGRESS BASHES MODI” “CONGRESS TAKES ON MODI” “CONGRESS TEARS INTO MODI CLAIMS”...while Modi decides not to react. It is the same media which would not miss any opportunity in covering Modi. His message to media is clear-he does not need media to promote him; it is the media which needs him. He once took on Sardesai of CnnIbn saying “If you abuse Modi, you will a RS seat or a Padma Bhushan or Padma Shree.Indian media loves to hate him while International media is not missing any opportunity in project him as the future PM.
It is no secret, political leaders spend crores of Rs for arranging crowds for a political Rally while here is one man who puts a price tag, should one decide to attend his rally in Hyderabad? Reportedly, about 1 Lakh people attended the rally.

Modi’s target is not PM, though he takes pot shots at the PM and drags in Rahul Gandhi without naming him ever, but is actually targeting Sonia Gandhi. Senior BJP leaders as well as congress members seem quite uncomfortable facing a situation when it is Modi who is setting the agenda for’14 and is converting it into a Presidential form of debate to his advantage.

Those who consistently talk of his secular credentials need to check if there is complete communal harmony, zero communal riots in other states in India? Assam, Hyderabad, UP, Kishtwar? Gujarat officers have faced conviction. No investigating agency complained of lack of co operation from him for 2002.No files went missing. Has anyone been held responsible for 1984? If SIT was formed for 2002, why wasn’t or isn’t formed for 1984? Man on the white horse is on his way to Delhi.
He is unstoppable.
Youth is with him.
Industrialists are with him.
BJP cadre base is with him.
It is not Modi vs. Rahul.
It is Modi vs. Sonia.
Ask a congressman a simple question! How much is 1+1= Answer could be 2 Modi.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Manish Pahuja writes for "The People's Voice Blog" I was very impressed with the subject and its treatment. You might like to read it too.

We keep hearing and reading news about parents opposing marriages of their children if they seek their permission for marrying a person from a different caste or religion. Some even go to the extent of killing their own children in the name of family honour because they cannot accept the fact that a person outside their caste can become a member of their family. It really is sad to see such a mindset of people against each other......continue reading