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Why Kejriwal is losing the plot- Economic Times

Of course, no Main stream media (MMS) story can be complete without obligatory reference to Gujarat riots and Ayodhya-Babri structure. But barring that, the following article invites those who support blindly Mr. Kejriwal and his party, AAP to do a serious rethink.

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Economic Times: Poke Me: Why Kejriwal is losing the plot

http://www.samachar.com/Poke-Me-Why-Delhi-CM-Arvind-Kejriwal-is-losing-the-plot-obwqKLfhjbj.html

This week’s ” Poke Me”, invites your comments on why Kejriwal is losing the plot. The feature will be reproduced on the edit page of the Saturday edition of the newspaper with a pick of readers’ best comments.

So be poked and fire in your comments to us right away. Comments reproduced in the paper will be the ones that support or oppose the views expressed here intelligently. Feel free to add reference links etc., in support of your comments.

Supreme Court Justice B N Agarwal is being sorely missed. It took him precisely 15 minutes to get a flustered Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi running from Chennai’s famed Marina beach to the secretariat and start working. That was after the DMK patriarch had said he would fast for the cause of Lankan Tamils, in April, 2009. The slightest of hints about the dreaded Article 356 of the Constitution did the trick.

As TV started flashing Justice Agarwal’s remarks on the incongruity of a constitutional functionary going on a fast, the chief minister had no option but to make a dash for his office before lunch.

Fortunately for Kejriwal, Justice Agarwal has since demitted office. Fortuitously for him too, the party that’s holding the reins of power at the Centre is famous for fiddling over issues. In this power vacuum, self-styled anarchist Kejriwal seems to think he can rule the law from the street instead of living by the rule of law, throwing constitutional norms and principles to the wind; all in the name of unconventional politics.

His politics as Delhi’s chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader has been a dangerous mix of self-righteousness and lynch-mob vigilantism, designed to mask his incapability to push through any of the major changes he had promised. The agenda of Somnath Bharti, his law minister, is equally insidious: subvert the existing criminal justice system to ensure khap panchayat style justice, ignore both facts and the law.

In recent days, the minister has raided (with an unruly mob in tow) houses in his constituency on the suspicion of soliciting and drug-trafficking, dragged away African women and forced them to submit in public to urine samples for medical analyses, all in the name of justice.

Pray how is the AAP any different from the Sri Ram Sene which doesn’t hesitate to play judge, jury and executioner on Valentines’ day in Karnataka and has assaulted AAP leaderPrashant Bhushan for his long-held views on Kashmir? How is Bharti any different from the Shahabuddins of yore who took the law into their own hands? Or the Mumbai underworld?

The criminal justice system as it stands today, one has to concede to Bhushan, is full of shortcomings. It is slow, expensive and has been hijacked by those who know how to manipulate the system. Conviction figures are low.

However, the way ahead cannot be the Kejriwal way — hold the city and people who propelled you to power to ransom and offer the voter street corner vigilante justice in the name of deliverance. The Kejriwal brand of politics is inherently disrespectful of all constitutional values we hold dear; the basic presumption of innocent till proven guilty, the principles of federalism and separation of powers. It holds out a simplistic and a potentially dangerous solution to a people impatient for change – take the law into your own hands like Bharti and fellow MLA Rakhi Birla.

Instead of disowning them, Kejriwal indulged in his own bit of lawlessness when he defied prohibitory orders to sit on a dharna demanding that the Centre hand over control over the city cops to him. He will have us believe that all corruption in Delhi would go once he controls the cops. Finally, on Tuesday, he backed down and settled for peanuts: getting a few cops who dared cross his government’s path to go on paid leave.

The man’s histrionics captured eyeballs; his shrill rhetoric caused panic and chaos in the city.

A few cops under his belt, Kejriwal called off the dharna before things turned ugly and passed it off as a victory for the people of Delhi. Many fell for his theories of police inaction to justify his means.

Riling people against another section is fraught with dangerous consequences for this polity, as we have seen in earlier instances of mass political mobilization whether in Gujarat or Ayodhya. Will saner elements in the party prevail before all its political goodwill is frittered away?

Or is it that Kejriwal is merely pandering to his constituency, the lower middle class, the disgruntled and the poor who wish to be rid of the existing inequitable system? Is he is trying to overthrow the system even though he chose to go the ballot way?

The educated AAP supporter has a lot of thinking to do in the days leading up to the Lok Sabha polls. Is this what he signed up for when he voted AAP in 2013? Surely Kejriwal’s cure, fraught with the danger of unleashing unparalleled violence and strife, is worse than the disease? Maybe, Kejriwal should call for another referendum on the means to his end if there is one. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for us, he may just lose that one.

Modern dialogue of Sholay!! Do not miss this!

Parody of the famous dialogue where Jai (Amitabh) goes to  Basanti (Hema Malini)’s aunt (Leeela Mishra)  to ask for her hand for his drunkard friend, Veeru (Dharmendra)- in context of the upcoming national election.

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Winter Storm buffets New York-New Jersey

After three to four mild winters, it seems that this year winter has returned with a vengeance. Tonight is the fourth snowfall of season that stared barely three weeks ago. Regular snowfalls do not receive much attention. But this one is a storm and it is called Nor’easter a short from of Northeaster. This relates to a storm that produces high winds in Northeastern coast of USA (New York and above). Today’s storm is classified as a blizzard which means there are 35 miles per hour or more sustained winds or wind gust for three hours or more and visibility due to swirling snow is less than a quarter mile.

Snow started last night at around 7:00 and is expected to continue till early morning. In our area, Edison, NJ we expect from 8 to 10” of snow. It is 3:30 AM and there is about 4” snow on the ground. Boston already had 12” snow ahead of us by about 12 hours. Chicago had 18” of snow. In and around New York City, several major highways are closed for up to 12 hours so that snow plows have time to clean the accumulated snow and salt and sand the roads. It is feared that strong winds will cover the cleaned roads again in no time. Though the snow fall would be less than 12”, snow drift could be as high as two feet or more. Couple this with severe cold, a bone chilling freeze that is accompanying this storm. Right now we are at about 15 centigrade below zero (some people incorrectly call it minus 15; scientifically, there is no such thing as minus temperature because a minus cold temperature would mean hot temperature!)

Tomorrow’s day time maximum would be around 10 centigrade below zero and night would be 18 to 20 below zero centigrade. This does not take into account effect of the wind on the cold (your body tends to evaporate heat faster because of the wind); so actual feel of 15 centigrade below zero at 35 miles per hour wind would be more like 22 centigrade below zero. It will be a challenge to go out and clean all that snow with a shovel. It would take about six hours for one person to clean manually 8” of snow from my two car wide drive way. I am hoping to find enterprising truck owners with a plough or young men with snow shovels to do the job. There will be a premium price of about $150- $200 to pay.

An interesting tidbit: New York City’s sanitation department used 365 salt spreaders, and 1700 snow plows to clean 6300 miles of highways, roads and streets in New York City.

On Monday, we will have summer like weather (relatively speaking) with temperatures rising to three centigrade below zero.

But we will survive, we always have. Worst snow storm I have faced had dumped 36” snow and we had lost power for 10+ days in rural Connecticut. No power means no running water, no operable flush, no cooking and no heat. That also is the reality of America!

#1 to 3: Front of our house, street scene. #4 our back yard #5 our backyard with gusting winds and trees dancing, shaking off the snow.

#6,7 and 8 from newspapers- #6 Walk in a park in Albany, Capital of New York State (140 miles northwest of New York City), #7 A man clearing his driveway in Chicago suburb, #8 A postman doing his rounds in Kalamazoo, MI.  Click to see photos (8 photos)

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Happy New Year, 2014- Task Ahead

We wish all a very happy Gregorian New Year, 2014. Let this year see total wipe out of Congress party from the electoral map. Let thinking citizens of Bharat give clear majority to BJP, so that Shree Narendra Modi can be elected as an effective Prime Minister and can usher in good governance without constraints of coalition politics.

A decisive nationalist leader, who inspires others to give their 110% and who brooks no nonsense is the need of the hour; only Narendra Modi fits that bill today.

This is not the time to tinker with alternatives that are willing to give away Kashmir, hobnob with Maoist terrorists and have sympathy for terrorist killed in Batla encounter. Yes, perhaps, this new breed can give good governance, though it is highly doubtful looking to their \”freebies\” culture, but can we barter away national security for such freebies? That is the only question every voter has to ask herself.

Let us all rededicate ourselves today to spend every available moment to campaign for Narendra Modi and his party, BJP. Let NRIs call their contacts in Bharat, send email, write letters, use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Quora, etc. to bring awareness in the society at this very critical juncture in the history of Bharat, that is, India.

Let us make sure that the maximum number of people register to vote and decide to vote for BJP, since that is the only way Narendra Modi can become the Prime Minister of India. . Let us concentrate on new voters, especially youth.

Sitting outside of Bharat, we can do much more but let us concentrate on people to people contacts for now. It does not matter whether you are in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong; start working now without waiting for instructions. Visit www.gibv.org and register yourself as a volunteer to leave a mark in the history. If you live in Bharat, then do also visit and register on < http://www.india272.com/>.

Let us not give our children a reason to ask in later years, \”Where were you dad/mom when the Mahabharat election of 2014 was fought and anti-national force, the Kauravas won again?\”

Happy New Year and Jay Hind!

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Convener,

Global Indians for Bharat Vikas/Mission-2014

Edison, NJ, USA

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