Saturday, May 12, 2018

Reading between the Political line.....


The Karnataka electioneering  campaign was one of the worst seen  in recent times . Our political parties continue to keep  weaving  political issue out of cast and religion  In the recent political campaigning in  Karnataka it was   ligayate, hindutva and Dalit issues that kept the political vocal cords most aggressive unmindful of the disgusting level it touched.

 It is a common sense  that for our National Media , standing independent is never a sutainable business model . So they by default remain a sold out political venture. Paid media is what is generally they are know as . The poll result for Karnataka will be out on 15th so  let us not go by the media debate that promises to keep our national viewers shifting their political opinions.

We all know that a BJP win in Karnataka will help this political party to open their account in Tamil Nadu and Kerala  In case Modi and his  BJP  is  able to build an inroad into Southern states they will become the most political superpower in the country.They will thus eventually  monopolize  the upper house of our parliament ( Rajya Sabha) I mean. This will give them clout enough to pass any bills they like and they may even go to the extent of amending our Constitution to read India as a Hindutava State. In spite of being  a Hindu I and many others  like me may not like to feel proud of it because we still respect the fabric of secularism  For us every religion including Hinduava is equally sacrosanct.

Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and incidentally it is also the intellectual capital of India. The civic body and infrastructure in Bangalore continues to be in a mess yet it is hoped to emerge as the Silicon valley of this planet in a decade or two. The Bangalorians  therefore are able to fend for themselves in spite of political apathy and corruption.  So I don't think people of Karnataka will go in for a political change but then you never know.  Well will it be for them  a better  option  to retain a known political crook than endure  an unknown political crook for the next 5 years? 

In politics you never know what hits you when you turn your neck . Of course we will have to wait till  Wednesday to  know how stiff necked are  Karnataka voters ?  Till then hail Hitler!

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Karnataka Polls..2018




Politics is rarely beautiful but in India today it is much more uglier than we ever thought so. KARNATAKA state in southern India is today a poll bound state. It will be going to polls on 12th of May to  elect 224 MLAs. This state is currently ruled by Congress and her allies. BJP and Modi being in the center of POWER in India today are desperately looking forward to take away the reigns from Congress. In spite of Modi's  global popularity, the BJP has so far not been able to make her grand political entry  into South like it has done almost the entire of  North ,West and to some extent EAST. Though so far they are unable to make inroads into Bengal. Having said that, BJPs desperation to win this poll is very evident. Even their so called heavy weight CM Yogi camped in Karnataka. This UP CM was discoursing with the Hindu Sages for ban on cow slaughter. when his own State was bleeding hell.   I feel pity for the people of UP getting politically slaughtered for electing Yogi Adityanath.

In this poll bound Karnataka for both Congress and the BJP , it is their allies that matter the most; yet  the most vulgar  political dog fight that we witness here is between  BJP heavy weights including our PM and Congress stalwarts including  their most talked about President.

Sadly both BJP and Congress are trading blows at each other and  doing their dirty best to divide the electorate on the basis of Religion Cast and Dalitism and corruption. By the way people of this Nation have realized that corruption in this country is a realty they have to live with,  notwithstanding which political party takes over. None of these parties are talking anything constructive about infrastructure, employment, pollution,  KaveriWater issue and the fate of the Farmers.

The capital city of Karnataka, Bengaluru stands out as the intellectual capital of India  It is the most sought out hub for Start Ups. It is today regarded the  Silicon Valley of the East  All this is happening with minimal help from the political parties that rule the State.  Bengaluru in spite of being one  heavily polluted  and having a choking traffic is still  the most sought out city for all ace technocrats world around. I am sure in a decade or so this city will emerge as the Silicon Valley of this Planet.

I think people of this State knowing the quality of our politicians will largely remain indifferent to any political change. I  am truly Bangalored in spite of the political chaos .

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Is our RTI ..becoming our pipe Dreams.....


Right to Information Act 2005,mandates timely response to the citizens for government information.The credit of making the government implement the act goes to Aruna Roy, a social activist known for her efforts to fight corruption and promote government transparency Today much more  than over 100 countries around the world have for their citizens the Freedom for information in some form or other

Since  2005 over  1.50 crores of Indian citizens have filed application under RTI. Over the time RTI in our country has become very popular.  Some years  back it was so much like  our faith in our independent judiciary. Times have changed now. Much over 100 citizens stands martyred under RTI and over lac  remain harassed and intimidated for questioning the governance. A whistle Blowers Protection Act was enacted in year 2011 to safe guard the lives of a citizen asking for information under RTI However for reasons not known this  Act does not stand implemented  till today'

Did you know first Indian film on RTI "Ek cup Chaya" was screened at the 40th international festival of Indian films. It is a tribute to all those who decided not to offer a cup of tea to any one and chose to fight their battle against corruption silently In spite of all this to make RTI an accountable tool for the her citizens the state of  Maharashtra and Gujarat today  stand top on the killing of RTI activists. Political goons are thriving all over the county.

Indeed political muscle power is gradually dissuading the citizens from  questioning the governance  Our right to freedom as enshrined under  the  constitution and our Right to education has not made the majority of us to fight the political muscles that is slowly and steadily diluting the RTI.  Our democracy will always remain  "off" the people and to to say things are changing is as good as saying ache dins are here. However that doesn't stop people from  dreaming because somebody has said Dreams come true!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Guardians of our heritage....








"Adopt a Monument" is a  govt scheme under tourism dept. The idea was was first mooted in year 2001 under PM Vajpai's  govt. However it was subsequently taken up by Congress govt and they did go with Ratan Tata adopting Taj Mahal. However even after sinking more than 2 crores Ratan Tata  was helpless since govt of that time was more involved in scams. The current scheme "Adopt a Monument" is a carry forward of  what the Congress govt  left unfinished. Now since the Congress is without power it is attacking it as sell off.. It is evident the opposition  politicians in this country will never allow the govt to move forward with good work

Dalmia Bharat group won the bid for adopting RED FORT , one of the pride heritage of India under the tourism Department's "Adopt a Heritage Scheme"  Currently under this scheme there are over 300 heritage locations across the country. Currently bid for 28 locations is in process

, The responsibility of  operation and up keeping of this most prestigious monument  for the next 5 years will be of Dalmia Bharat group. The bid amount is over 25 cores. Of course overall supervision will continue to be with ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). Such schemes are very much in use in western countries specially Italy  After all why should culture, history and archaeology be a monopoly of the State .Why can't pvt capital enterprise take a lead and get involved in up keeping the heritage efficiently

In our country the  ASI is in a mess.and our prestigious monuments are run like CPWD properties. Govt's  move to involve corporate  as a part of their CSR  is  truly appreciated.  Dalmia Bharat taking the up keeping of Red Fort will in return be allowed to use it to enhance their brand value  After all pvt participation is a question of  caring and not just a question of Money.

If this govt's scheme  "Adopt a Heritage" works well, I am sure very soon we will have Adani's Taj Mahal and Reliance's Parliament and for the love of Mike do  not call this crony Capitalism .This is all about being on the right side of India Today . Of course we the people will always  remain the  true inheritors of this  heritage and  Democracy  No questions asked.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Let us wake up to a 'MODI mood' in 2019



For the very first time in Independent India,impeachment motion against the Chief justice of the country is  gaining ground .Truly the national political party  CONGRESS is bent on making  our judiciary a political 'Akkhada'. This   proves  Congress party's desperation to project itself  to become  politically relevant in a country which threw them out from national politics some four years back for  being the most scam ridden political party of India. This nation took quite a lot of time for coming to that conclusion.

It is of course no denying fact that PM Modi has lost lot of shine off him and his  party,  post winning the ballot battle lock stock and barrel way back in year 2014.The present govt did spend the last four years more into digging out the wrongdoings of the previous govt and has truly done precious little to improve the well being of the people who gave them their trust to becoming  a catalyst for change.

This  is very much disappointing. Having a brute majority the govt today   defiantly is proving to play power politics in the name of good governance  We  know that this is no good democracy  However  even in spite of the set backs and illusion , we as a nation do find Mr Modi a far better a PM than all his predecessors  except Indira Gandhi.

 'Swatch Bharat', 'Swast Bharat' 'Start up India' and 'Stand up India' seems to have moved enough beyond being a political campaign, yet the stark rate of unemployment and crime, specially crime against women  is on an unstoppable rise .Pollution level in the county is chocking  common man's lungs. The farmers suicide almost in every State stands no more a myth or  an opposition conspiracy. The banking institutions of the country is litterly turning into "NPA" hubs. India today is in a big   political muddle and there is no denying  to this fact

 PM Modi's popularity has defiantly taken a  hit but it is bound to be safe arithmetic to presume  that year 2019 will see him back in power for a second term. The majority then may not be brute We know as a nation he can deliver. Post year 2019 we look forward for a truly secular India, an India where religion  and cast are peoples faith and not  political party agenda. Let us hope INDIA post 2019 general election will wake up to be in a state of an united INDIA where our mind will remain  without fear and we are able to hold our head high and truly able to say  " Sare jahn Se Acha Hindustan Hamara and  our 132.42 crores continues to be  in a MODI mood...Jai Hind!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

.From being 'WHAT' to be a 'WHAT it is' ?




It was  a summer of  the very late 50's when we shifted to Delhi from Bangalore. By the way my father was in the Indian Army and we  were posted in Bangalore  for almost 5 years.  Looking back; Yes, my Bangalore days were truly golden . I still remember how I cried and cried in the Shaktimaan while we were travelling to the City station, Bangalore. I have never cried like then while leaving any city.We have been posted to Allahabad and Calcutta previously but Bangalore was different Gone are those days so let us move on.

 After a long journey of 52 hrs in the Grand Trunk Express we reached Delhi on a hot sultry afternoon in July. . It was on our way from the New Delhi Station to the Cantonment in Shaktimaan truck that I saw  the PARLIAMENT HOUSE for the first time , I  was  truly proud of the  Edwin Lutyens, the architect of Delhi Those were the real  days... my friend. Now it is  more than 60 years and Delhi has changed beyond identity. Is it for good ,bad or ugly is a discussion that will never end. So, let me leave it at that  and move ahead..

My first year at the Army children school was fun filled, I used to cycle away in the afternoons to the ridge to pick up berries This is the same ridge where now stands the Defense Officers Club and a magnificent Golf course, While in Cantonment we were staying  in a spacious Army Qrs with a large kitchen garden and a huge compound  Global warming was an unheard concept. I remember covering myself in razai while I went to the nearby ground to watch Ram Lilla and this was around September.

 My Father after  a year was posted to Gaza Strip (Egypt) on a UN deployment.His stay there was for nearly two years and since 56 APO was not a family station we continued to stay in the Army Qrs. I was a little over 11 years  old and  the youngest of the four siblings. I remained totally a pampered and spoilt  by my three sisters and of course by my Mom.

Every Sunday, I would go cycling to Palam Airport. Airport in Delhi those days was a small affair. Truly Delhi was then nothing more than an Urban village. On three different occasions  I had the opportunity to  see  the then P.M. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru  alighting from the Dakota. Well, that was Delhi calm, chirpy and safe.

Once on a wintry evening, on our way back from school my sister and I picked up a puppy from the hedges. We called it Rookee, a  name suggested by my father in his letter addressed to me while he was in Egypt.My father used to send all the four of us letters from Egypt almost everyday.  I wonder how he had stuff enough to write on something or other almost on  a daily bases to all his children. Reply to my letters mostly came back to me in an envelope with loads of corrections in red ink. Letter writing indeed helped us all to put pen to  paper and indeed  made us our day .

After his return from Egypt he was posted to Alwar ,a small town in Rajasthan. Alwar was a peace center,  hence we had to surrender our Quarter and find a suitable accommodation in civil area. Since all of us siblings where growing up my father decided to not to take his family to Alwar. We continued to stay back in Delhi. During our civilian days we almost saw the entire of West and New Delhi by staying in different colonies like Gole Market and Inderpuri. Finally  my father  was posted to Army HQ in Delhi

Almost a year before his retirement we got an Army qrs in Sector 2 RK Puram. It was here my eldest sister got married. We then shifted to South Extension and  gradually my other two  sisters got married and I got graduated from  one of those notorious colleges of Delhi called DAYAL SINGH .Subsequently I got a job and we ie  me and parents moved to Lajpat Nagar. Life indeed kept us moving from one place to other in Delhi and in the process we were eye witness to fast changing Delhi   Delhi Today is far away from what it was. But for me it  is still  Delhi that I love the most. Like numerous speed breakers on Delhi roads, politics of this city is also ever jerking. Is this good bad or otherwise is a never ending discussion so  let us keep it for some other  day.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Is "MODITVA" ? an idea Worth Spreading.....

India today celebrates her 68th  year of Republic. I would yet  prefer to state that its her 69th year of  Republic because that is  what  the governance of India today wishes us to believe and I am one of those who has of late started believing  that Democracy is much more about  "for the politician,of the politician  and by the politician"

There is absolutely no doubt  that PM Modi  will always remain our first choice of Prime Minister not because he is the first P M of India who had invited the 10  heads of the foremost ASEAN nations for attending our 69 year of Republic Day.  Nor because he happens to be the first PM who has made us believe that India today needs to be more Swachh and Swasth rather become a Garibi Mukth Des.

 Mera Des today remain counted as one of the  most sickly and polluted countries in the
world and people here living in poverty still rot. Swatchh and Swasth Bharat thus remain a superficial political slogan like Garibi hatao But that does not stop every second Indian saying  that  PM Modi will always remain their first choice of Prime Minister .

Our PM today has become  global leader, practically he has taken over the External Ministry, leaving Sushma Behin busy tweeting .Will it not be a  stupid of an idea to ask  a Prime Minister of NATION to warn KARANI sena (A Rajput fringe group) from vandalizing the nation in the name of a Bollywood flick called "PADMAVATI".?You, so do I know  PM's Maan Ki Baat is more about making India more global economic friendly than making her internals strong an united.

 PM Modi  will always  remain our first choice of Prime Minister  not because he is selfless but   because he is the only PM who believes that  he needs  a  Bullet train zig zaging Gujarat to show     case his Gujarat in spite of the fact that farmers in the country are dying  of debt.  He is the one PM   for whom  statue of Unity taller than  (statue of liberty)  lighting the whole of  Maharashra  will be   the right  way of showing  the world at large that INDIA is truly shinning.

In fact he is the only PM who feels  Rajputs who have  vandalized public property in  the entire BJP ruled States in the name of Bollywood flick called PADMAVATI, where only showing off  their velour in pubic. How can  Karni Sena (fringe group) based out of Rajasthan say they are boycotting PADAMAVATI only to protect and uphold the dignity of womanhood when it is a common knowledge that today  women remain most unsafe in the State of Rajasthan like rest of INDIA.  It almost reminds me to read again...."Guns and Glories of RAJPUTANA"

NO doubt whatever be the state of  the Nation today be,  PM Modi will always remain my first choice of  PRIME MINISTERSHIP not because I support MODI but  because today  India has no other National Leadership .  Does it mean "MODITVA"is an idea worth spreading Well  this is no Shah
Rukh  Khan's TED talk!  Happy Republic DAY

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Reign India beyond 2019


No doubt politics is a game of opportunity. Way back in year 2014, failure of Congress  to contain people's  utter frustration became BJP's opportunity to come on Nation wide lime light  and for MODI it became a well tailored opportunity to showcase his "Gujarat Model" and rise above the party to become the very face of BJP , the rest as we all know is history.

Today MODI the Prime  Minister,  MODI the Global Leader and MODI the very BJP is  becoming the  very  household word   I being one among the billions who have given Modi and the BJP a brute majority, find ourselves  mute spectators of an arrogant BJP  notwithstanding the fact that we remain  the largest working Democracy of the world.

It will not be wrong of me to claim that under  Modi's Premiership  the Scams which where the hall mark of Congress Govt have dwindled drastically. It will not be be wrong of me to say that both  our executive/bureaucracy have become approachable and responsive. I will also not be wrong in saying that under BJP today our foreign relations have both matured and progressed. Modi and Modi's BJP has brought about a sea of change in the way India and Indians are seen by the West and rest of the world. Along with this story of progress and development also is visible a gutsy MODI who has opened India's longest Bridge across the Brahmaputra River, which was shunned for decades fearing Chinese invasion . He has also decided to fast track building the tallest railway Bridge across disputed Kashmir region, His earnestness to develop India can never be  questioned, yet his and his party's Hindutva ideology and lending a freehand to vigilantist s and fringe communal groups seemingly becoming a hallmark of his rule. It is not only  hurting the  sentiments of our  secularism but also unleashing a terror regime. It is time our  PM speak and arrest the communal sentiments of his Hindutva Brigade before the name MODI becomes a  bubble about to burst

Also it is under his Prime Minister ship  that India's Judiciary has for the first time felt the cracks in the very edifice of system of delivering justice. For the very first time 4 of the senior  most judges of our supreme court have  gone public with their grudge with the Chief Justice of  the county and I see this as signs of a fatigued democracy  that reflects building up of  political arrogance

I know and so also the  billions that today we as a Nation  have neither a viable political Party nor a sensible  political leadership to reign this  Nation. Under such circumstances we should work to deliver the Nation in 2019 a viable and healthy opposition political party that has both the teeth and guts to arrest  BJP and Modi  from hijacking Democracy for their personal agenda.

Let us not be the partners in re-defining our  Democracy as "For the Politicians, By the politicians and Of the politicians". Let Democracy in this land remain people centered and let a more sobered and progressive Modi Sarkar continue to reign INDIA beyond 2019 ...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

श्रद्धांजलि.....


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In this digital age Face Book has become a major source for staying in touch with friends right from School days to College times to your one time office associates to your current associates of senior citizen clubs. Over the years I have become so addicted to FB that the first thing in the morning post coffee I  sit with my I pad scrolling  my feed in the FB

On the 26th of November early in the morning as I was scrolling through my feeds in FB, suddenly I noticed a photo with a caption  श्रद्धांजलि.....that left me simply numbed .It was like a punch to my heart which made it surge so hard that for a moment I thought it will stop. It was the photograph of my very close friend from college days Pramod Bajpai. Our friendship dates back to late 60's  those were  our college days .

Pramod ,I still don't want to believe that you are gone.I know even if I close my eyes and pray you will not come back but memories of our 50 years of friendship will keep living. 

I know you  were so found of walking, I still remember once we had a bet where you  decided that if you win the bet, we both will walk to Red Fort from South Extension, that was were I was staying then. The bet was ...Has Manna Dey ever sung for Johnny Walker in any film. My answer was firm NO  but you said Yes and you were right .."Kisne Chilman Se Mara Nazaraa Muji" this song was sung by Manna Dey  for Johnny Walker and the film was "Baat Ek Raat Ki" and those were the times when there was no google to google around  That day you really made me walk and that was some walk I will never forget..I was almost limping by the time we reached the Hanuman Mandir in Jamuna Bazar.and I was so pissed up that I took the Tivra Mudrika to Home and you walked home to Nai Sarak.

Your knowledge of Astrlogy, Hinduism and Brahminism was amazing, I still remember how you and  my mother will discuss on the subjects hours together, whenever you came to my  place. 

Post our college days we were the only two who continued to remain in touch. However with passage of time we migrated from real time to virtual time The last time that we met was at my place at Mayur Vihar and that was last week of September 2016  but the fact remains that we remained in touch all the time on FB till that day 25th of November,late night when you for no reason decided to leave us all  for ever.

 I wish I would have been able to say goodbye to you, If anything that I have learned from your passing away is that time is truly precious and that we will never know when will be the last time we will see someone.

I keep reading your book "Vakroti"  but I know next time when I pick it up to read I will not be able to hold my tears. Will miss you Brother...RIP 
                                                                      

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Going to Dogs makes sense...!



No country has as many stray dogs as India and no country suffers as much from them. These free roaming dogs number in tens of millions, bite millions of people, young old and elderly. An estimated 20 thousands die of dog bites annually in India. The people killed by dog bites are more than people dying in terror attacks.  Stray dogs are endangering human life at every nook and corner of streets, roads, lanes by lanes, villages, towns and Metro cities across the length and breadth of this country However given the way national discourse is conducted in this country it is very difficult to even suggest that stray dogs roaming the streets constitute major problem that need to be addressed urgently.

Today even slightest mention of dog as a problem is enough to invite the wrath of dog lovers, animal rights activists, our liberal media and the likes of  Maneka Gandhi. Whatever the stray dogs do to hapless  human being and the citizens of this Republic of India, the law of this land is always on their side. They can bite, maul  and even kill but they can't be killed. In the tussle between human rights and animal rights it is the later that invariably prevail.

The dog lovers who encourage street dog breeding  should learn to put compassion for the safety of fellow human being before going over board in exhibiting their compassion for animals. Compassion towards stray dogs should not put human lives at risk. The safety and well being of the citizens should be the paramount priority of our civic administrators. Law protecting and allowing stray dogs to bark  and bite  at will the hapless human life does not serve justice to the citizens, We need to enforce a law that should ensure the  dog lovers adopt the stray dogs and not feed it at will and leave it on the streets to become threat to the human life.

 I am sure till the time we are free from the menace of stray dogs,  saying that Country is going to Dogs will make sense to that 1.3 billion human life 

Monday, May 08, 2017

Obit on an illusion called "Aam Aadmi "


Not very longtime back politics in India essentially was dominated by upper class families and so called ancient political inheritors. Then politics predominantly was a practice of dividing the public on the basis of their religion, ethnicity and class.  Even decades and decades after independence, we as a nation never came any were closer  to  what Gandhiji the Father of our Nation had planned for us. Corruption, poverty, unemployment, lack of education, lack of proper sanitation and communal intolerance kept the nation hooked to politics of intolerance and economics of uncertainties. 

Gradually people started losing hope of any revival from their political leaders and it became a commonsense that politicians came to power only to use it to suppress and throttle other political parties from rising up. They used their political power to nurse their arrogance and quench their hunger for  "moh maya and money".  It was in such hour of extreme disillusionment and disappointment that  a leader  Arrivind Kejriwal and his political party  Aam Aadmi came with a promise of giving  a clean and corruption free governance.

Aam Aadmi Party  under the leadership of Arrivind Kejriwal  soon became a household name across the cities and suburbs of India. The Aam Aadmi wave literally dominated the Delhi politics and to some extent the national politics. Kejriwal's overnight coming to  power and popularity reminded me of Nelson Mandela's quote  "Its always seems impossible until it is done"

Aam Aadmi party which completely destroyed India's oldest political Party CONGRESS and which  became a formidable challenger to the most dominating political party of the day  today stands on the crossroad of political  self-destruction.  Kejriwal's  Modi obsession and his "man in hurry"attitude to become  the  "political powerhouse" nationally has put him to his downhill political journey, The way  some of his trusted lieutenants are in a hurry  to betray the trust for few applauds and media bytes  are sure signs of brewing internal conflicts in the party. The chances of  Arrivind Kejriwal himself emerging as the biggest problem for his party can also be not ruled out. Sadly the party that  was not very longtime back  the  people's hope for revival of politics, today stand on the verge of a proverbial collapse .

The  2 crore Bribe allegation against Arrivind Kejriwal by Kapil Mishra one of his  sacked minster is now in  the process of opening the veritable can of worms. Looks like a  perfect setup to write an OBIT on an illusion called "Aam Aadmi..!


Reading between the Political line.....

The Karnataka electioneering  campaign was one of the worst seen  in recent times . Our political parties continue to keep  weaving  po...