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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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WHERE DAM IS MONEY, AND REST BE DAMNED- Claude Arpi in Daily Pioneer

Thursday, 04 July 2013 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Ask policy planners in Uttarakhand the need for so many dams to be constructed in the State, and they will tell you the structures are necessary for power generation and prosperity. But the policy has backfired terribly

This March, I had the occasion to visit Srinagar, Garhwal. There I witnessed some of the immediate consequences of building cascades of dams for the pecuniary benefits of the State (read, local officials). When I argued, “Why were there so many dams? I was told that, if the Union Government does not go for dams and generate power, it would have to annually release Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 15,000 crore as Central assistance. The Union Government wants power and the State, hard cash; dams bring a win-win situation. But what about the rivers which, at some places, have started disappearing?

Projects currently underway were supposed to increase the hydro-power capacity of the State to 12,235MW. A total of 95 hydro-power projects were being built or planned on different rivers converging in the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi basin of Uttarakhand.  Nobody really cared if environmentalists like former IIT professor GD Agrawal or before him Sunderlal Bahuguna were opposing the wild contagion of concrete infrastructures. They were labeled ‘anti-development’; ‘development’ being the new god of the Himalayas.

It is not that the officials were unaware that since 2005, when Tehri dam’s reservoir filled up, the flow of the Bhagirathi had reduced drastically. I then wrote a note: “When there will no more rivers to worship, no more jobs for the local population, people will have to migrate to the cities.” My friend Michel Danino’s book, The Lost RiverOn the Trail of the Sarasvati, is a mind-opener on the fate of the mythic Saraswati river. Taking into account the latest research in fields as different as satellite imagery, archeology, linguistics, paleontology or mythology, Danino has explained: “The Indian subcontinent was the scene of dramatic upheavals a few thousand years ago. The Northwest region entered an arid phase, and erosion coupled with tectonic events played havoc with river course. One of them (the Sarasvati) disappeared.” Now, humanity has progressed; it can build its own tectonic events!

After the June 16 torrential rains, we have not lost rivers (though the course of some have changed), but in several cases the wild construction of dams has triggered much more destruction, increasing the misery of the locals. A few days after the downpour, The Hindu reported: “The national highway between Dehradun and Srinagar [Garhwal] is currently broken at Byasi and Devprayag, with silt measuring upto 10 ft covering an enormous area, in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district. According to the residents of Shakti Vihar, an area in Srinagar, this disaster occurred on June 17 at around 3am when the Srinagar dam authorities lifted the dam gates.” A resident told the newspaper: “The rainfall on June 16 was so much that the water reached up to our knees, and to add to it, the dam authorities released water without a prior warning.” Did they panic? Enquiries, if any, will tell us. The water from upstream swept the debris lying around the dam construction site and deposited a huge amount of silt tens of kilometers downstream. The water level was three to four metres higher than any previous floods.

The question asked by each commentator was: Was it predictable? In 2009, after studying the hydro-electric projects in Uttarakhand, a State Audit of the Comptroller and Auditor-General explained: “With the creation of Uttarakhand in November 2000, its hydro-power potential was recognised as key to the development of the State. The Government chalked out an ambitious plan to harness its hydro-power potential through the concerted efforts of both the State and the private sector.” A State policy was formulated in October 2002; with the dams, the needs of the State but also those of the ‘starved northern grid’ could be taken care of. According to the CAG report, most of the projects faced problems associated with land acquisition, forest clearances and enhancement in project capacities. But did anybody read the report? Certainly not the planners and their contractors — they were too busy making money. Indeed, ‘dam is money’, whether in Uttarakhand, in Sikkim or in Arunachal Pradesh.

The CAG had warned: “The State’s policy on hydro-power projects was silent on the vital issue of maintaining downstream flow in the diversion reach, …physical verification of four out of five operational projects, showed that river-beds downstream had almost completely dried up.” A new Saraswati in the making! The Auditors also remarked: “Negligence of environmental concerns was obvious as the muck generated from excavation and construction activities, was being openly dumped into the rivers contributing to increase in the turbidity of water.” It has now happened on a large scale after the June 16 and 17 torrential rains.

ForThe Hindu article, a resident told the reporter: “Though residents were saved, cattle were killed under the silt. Quintals of fish that the river brought along are also rotting under the debris.” It appears that every person passing by the site could smell the rotten flesh. The CAG had concluded: “The individual and cumulative impact on the downstream river flow should be seriously considered to ensure that the projects do not result in disastrous impact on the environment.” Now, it is too late. Yet, it was supposed to be a win-win situation!

As information triggers through about the Himalayan devastation, news of the Vishnuprayag Hydro-electric Project was posted on the blog of two well-known environmentalists, Vimalbhai and Briharshraj Tadiyal. Remember, Vishnuprayag is one of the Panch Prayags (five confluences) of the Alaknanda river, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga between Joshimath and Badrinath. It is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. According to legend, Rishi Narada had a vision of Vishnu while meditating there. Of course, all this is not real, it is only mythology. Concrete alone is real nowadays. The environmentalists wrote: “When the waters rose, dam authorities failed to open all the gates of the dam. Due to this, a two km long reservoir was formed upstream of the dam. Pressure from the water broke the dam and went on to wipe out the Lambagad village market.” In 2012 already, some shops in Lambagad had been washed away when water was released inadvertently by the dam authorities. This time, the deluge from the upper reaches of Alaknanda buried the 400 MW Vishnupyrag HEP. Will the Government of Uttarakhand continue with its dam policy? Will politicians and ‘developers’ resist getting rich quickly?

Tragically, the same situation is bound to happen, probably on a larger scale, in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. And what about the string of dams being built by the Chinese on the Yarlung Tsangpo (Siang/Brahmaputra) in Tibet? And if China constructs its purported mega-dam, where will the debris go? Will the situation be different on the Roof of the World than in Uttarakhand? It is probably worse due to the higher seismicity.

Has Mr Shivshankar Menon, the National Security Adviser, discussed the issue with his Chinese counterpart during their recent meeting in Beijing?”

http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/edit/where-dam-is-money-and-rest-be-damned.html

Share this, if you feel for the Delhi Gang-rape Victim- Thank you

Copied from a Facebook Post (photo not authenticated):
Delhi Gangrape Victim
She was a student. She was 23. She was
coming back from a date with her
boyfriend. Her fault: she boarded the
wrong bus. And oh yeah, SHE WAS A GIRL!
Six men raped her one by one and then used an iron rod to tear her vagina, small intestine and large intestine . They left
her to die on the road. Naked. Wounded. Exposed. Devastated.What’s more no one
even turned to look at her. No one even
bothered to throw a shawl on the ill-clad,
ill-fated girl. She can never lead a normal
married life again. She has gone into coma
five times since 16th December. She is unconscious,
critical and hasn’t been able to stop crying.

But don’t worry, she wasn’t
your sister. She wasn’t your daughter.But
she could be. The brutality has to stop
right here guys. These people deserve
capital punishment for their heinous, perverted act.

I VOTE FOR A CAPITAL PUNISHMENT! Please show her that you
care. Please show her that you all are there for here.

Maybe that’s all she will ever have to live by.
I didn’t know her. But she is related to me by the universal bond of humanity.
From a girl who doesn’t want to face the same fateMY HUMBLE REQUEST PEOPLE PLEASE SHARE IT AS YOUR STATUS AND TELL ANYONE AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
USE PHONE, BBM, WHATSAPP, FACEBOOK, TEXT MESSAGES. INFORM AS MANY PEOPLE YOU KNOW. 

DO THIS FOR HER. DO THIS FOR YOURSELF. SHE NEEDS YOUR
SUPPORT, NOT SYMPATHY………

Unconquerable Ayodhya, the kingdom of Kosal- IBTL Blog

Courtsey: IBTL

Unconquerable Ayodhya, the kingdom of Kosal

Published: Saturday, Mar 31,2012, 18:34 IST
ByBharat Itihaas
the unconquerable ayodhya, ayodhya history, ram mandir, 06 Dec 1992, IBTL

The description of Ayodhya in Ramayan is beautifully tendered into verse by Mr. Griffiths, who was the Principal of the Banaras College in the late 19th century. He writes, “Her ample streets were nobly planned and streams of water flowed to keep the fragrant blossoms fresh, that strewed her royal road. There many a princely palace stood in line on level ground. Her temple and triumphal arc and rampart banner crowned. There golden turrets rose on high above the waving green of mango groves and blooming trees and flowery knots between. On battlement and gilded spire, the pennon streamed in state, and warders with the ready bow kept watch at every gate.”

The kingdom of Kosal was ruled by King Dashrath who is believed to be 56th descendents from Manu. His 3 wives Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi lived intheir respective palaces. Shri Ram was born at the Kaushalya’s temple, which is now termed as the Ram-janmbhoomi.

In the Brahmaand Puraan, Ayodhya is described as holiest of the 6 holy cities. Maharshi Vyaas refers to the story of Ram in the Vanopakhyaan of Mahabharat. Thus the city of Ayodhya and Shri Ram have been held in veneration by the residents of this land for centuries. Almost 200 years after Alexandar, during Mauryan rule, when Buddhism was flourishing, came the Greek King Minander. He embraced Buddhism and pretended to be a monk. He invaded Ayodhya and destroyed the temple on the Janmsthaan site. Soon he was defeated and killed in the battle by Raja Dhyumatsen of the Shrung Vansh, and Ayodhya was liberated.

The janmsthaan temple was reconstructed by King Vikramaditya. History knows of 6 different Vikramadityas. Historians have different opinions of which of them constructed the temple. Some say it was Vikramaditya of Ujjain who defeated the Shakas in 56 BC and after whom the Vikram Samvat is named. Others attribute the re-construction to Skandgupt who also called himself Vikramaditya and built the temple in late 5th Century AD. However, it is generally accepted as P Carnegie mentions in his Historical Sketch of Faizabad that Vikramaditya’s main clue in tracing the ancient city where the river Saryu and the shrine still known as Nageshwar Nath, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also generally accepted that Vikramaditya constructed about 360 temples in and around Ayodhya. The tradition of veneration to Shri Ram has continued in the Hindu society in one form or another. The earliest known inscription to testify this fact is the Nasik cave inscription during the Satvahan dynasty. The celebrated Sanskrit dramatician Bhaas identifies Shri Ram with his Archanavataar.

Evolution of the tradition of worship of Shri Ram as an incarnation of Vishnu is evident in the early Rama-shrine inscriptions. The 4th century inscriptions at Ramtek (Madhya Pradesh), the 423 AD inscription at Kandhar (Afghanistan), the Chalukya inscriptions in 533 AD at Badami, the Mamallapuram inscriptions in the 8th century AD, Amba Maata temple near Jodhpur in 11th century AD, Ram temple at Mukundpur (Rewa, MP) in 1145 AD, Hansi inscriptions in 1168 AD, Rajiv Lochan Temple at Rajim in Raipur (Chhatisgarh) are some of them.

In 12th century, at least 5 temples existed in Ayodhya. They were, Guptahari at Gopratar-ghaat, Chadrahari at Swarga dwaar Ghaat, Vishnu hari at Chkrateerth Ghaat, Dharmahari at Swarga-dwaar Ghaat, and Vishnu temple, on what is known as the Janmbhoomi site.

Mehmood Gaznabi looted and destroyed the temple of Somnath and went back. His nephew Salar Masood advanced in the direction of Ayodhya. On 14th June 1033, Masood reached Behraich, 40 km from Ayodhya. The people united under the leadership of Raja Sohail Dev. Sohail Dev’s army attacked Masood, defeated his army and killed Masoon himself. Abdul Rahman Chishti writes in the biography of Masood, titled, “Meerat-e-Masoodi”.

“.. maut ka saamana hai, firaaq soori nazdeek hai, hinduon ne jamaav kiya hai, inka lashkar beintahaa hai, sudoor nepal se pahaadon ke neeche ghaghara tak fauz mukhalik ka padaav hai. Masood ki maut ke baad ajmer se Muzaffar Khan turant aaya par wah bhi maar diya gaya .. Arab Iraan ke har ghar ka chirag bujha hai ..”

(It is trial with death, but the destination is near. Hindus have deployed armies in huge number from faraway Nepal’s mountains to the basin of Ghaghra river, there armies stand. After the death of Masood, Muzaffar Khan came from Ajmer but he too was killed. Every house of Arab and Iran has lost a son in this battle.) 

to be continued : Ramrajya to Mughal kingdom to Secular rule, the tradition of Ram worship…

Women’s Dignity: Enough is Enough! Sign Petition to the Advertisers on Rush Limbaugh show

Dear Friends:

Namaste. In a democracy, difference of opinions, debates and discussions are important; they strengthen it. However, when all limits are crossed, one has to say “Enough is Enough” and take action. Such a moment has come with regards to Rush Limbaugh. Irrespective of one’s political beliefs, Rush has transgressed all limits of decency when he called George Town Law student, Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute on his nationally syndicated radio talk show and continued his foul mouthed attack on her for three days. And what was Ms. Fluke’s sin? She dared to testify in font of Senate subcommittee in favor of a proposed rule that the insurance companies should be required to cover women’s contraceptives! She was denied the opportunity to testify in front of a House committee, which was made up of all males only. 

Rush Limbaugh went over the edge on the third day of his vile campaign when on his radio talk show he asked Ms. Fluke to video tape her having sex and post it on the Internet so that he and others could watch it! Erroneous and intentionally misguided premise was that the tax payers/ government was going to fund the cost of contraceptives. Even if it were so, would you want to see your mother/sister/daughter/wife’s sexual activities broadcast on the Internet?  And this from a man, who is OK with men using insurance covered Viagra!

Because of tremendous outrage across the country and intense pressure on Rush’s advertisers, some 140 advertisers and sponsors have either suspended their advertisement on his show or dropped him like a hot potato (pun intended). 

Please sign the petition here: {http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/limbaugh_appalling/index2.html} ( or left click with mouse on a highlighted area in the petition below and press Control key at the same time; a link will appear- click on it) and circulate it among your contacts; if you believe in decency in public discourse, act now! Remember, this is not a question of one party against the other or whether the proposed rule is good or bad, this is about dignity of women everywhere.

Rush Limbaugh is under intense pressure with more than 140 advertisers/sponsors dropping him.  He deserves to be out of public space for his day in, day out sexist, xenophobic, bigoted and hate filled diatribe on airwaves. Please sign the petition and circulate it to your friends. 

Thank you,
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
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CREDO Action | more than a network, a movement.Rush Limbaugh’s remaining advertisers: Fujitsu, Lifelock and Lear Financial

Dear Friend,

Our momentum in the campaign against Rush Limbaugh is generating impressive results.

Over 444,000 other CREDO Action members have sent the message to Rush’s advertisers not to fund his vile attacks on women. But we can’t take our short-term victory for granted. National advertisers Fujitsu, Lifelock, and Lear Financial are still supporting the show. And some of the advertisers who merely “suspended” their ads may return once the controversy dies down.

Help us get to 500,000 activists calling on advertisers like Fujitsu, Lifelock and Lear Financial to pull their support from Rush Limbaugh. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Over 140 companies1 have pulled their advertising dollars from the Rush Limbaugh show. In fact the national advertising exodus has been so devastating, that Rush Limbaugh has had to resort to filling his advertising slots with free public service announcements and even minutes of dead air at some points.

And just yesterday, Premiere Networks, the subsidiary of Clear Channel that distributes the show, told local affiliates it was pausing national ads for two weeks, though they were free to air ads from two companies remaining loyal to Rush Limbaugh: Lifelock and Lear Financial.2

Help us get to 500,000 activists calling on Rush’s remaining advertisers to pull their support from his show. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Rush Limbaugh is clearly feeling the pressure of our activism, and the emails we have received from major companies like Geico and Netflix after receiving petitions with your signature show that your activism truly does work. Both companies have instructed their advertising companies to ensure that their ads do not air on the Rush Limbaugh Show in the future.

But the campaign is far from over.

If we can’t keep up the pressure on his advertisers, Rush Limbaugh will bounce back. He has been the top commercial radio host in the country since 1991. The best way to hold Limbaugh accountable for his extreme, inappropriate, and offensive comments is to ensure that all of the remaining advertisers on his show stop supporting his attacks on women. Not just now but permanently.

Help us get to 500,000 activists calling on advertisers to pull their support from Rush Limbaugh not just for now but permanently. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

In the fight against the Susan G. Komen Foundation we proved that when women and the men who support them fight back against those who would restrict women’s access to healthcare, we can win.

Because of your pressure there was dead air on Rush Limbaugh’s Show this week where normally there would have been an advertisement. The momentum is on our side, but we need to keep the pressure on and ensure that the remaining advertisers drop their support of his show and advertisers that already withdrew their support don’t return once the media focus subsides.

When CREDO sends a national retailer a petition with over 400,000 signatures on it asking that they stop supporting attacks on women, we get their attention. Help us get to 500,000 and we’ll send your signature to the remaining national advertisers, to local advertisers who continue to support the program and to national advertisers who have only suspended their spots.

Please sign the petition now asking advertisers to permanently pull their support from the Rush Limbaugh Show. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

When women are attacked, CREDO responds. Together we are making a difference.

Thank you for your continued activism.

Becky Bond, Political Director
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1. “EXCLUSIVE: 140 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh,” Think Progress, March 12, 2012.
2. “BREAKING: Rush Limbaugh Syndicator Suspends National Ads For Two Weeks,” Think Progress, March 12, 2012.

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Time for PM to sanction prosecution of Ms. Sonia Gandhi- S. Gurumurthy

An ominous sign for government

By S Gurumurthy
31 Jan 2012 11:31:00 PM IST

Here is a telling contrast in fighting corruption. The nation has seen in the last couple of years two distinct endeavours to fight corruption. One is the fight for a new anti-corruption law with the blessings of even the suspects. And the other is identifying the suspects and fighting them under existing laws. Anna Hazare and his team have launched an agitation for an anti-corruption law — the Lokpal Bill — without which, they told the nation, corruption could not be fought or contained. In their enterprise against corruption they first appealed to Sonia Gandhi for her support to fight corruption! And she also wrote to Anna offering her support! Subramanian Swamy, on the other hand, took the view that corruption could well be fought under the existing anti-corruption law provided the corrupt are targeted directly. First, he filed an application with the prime minister for prosecuting A Raja for his role in the 2G scam. Next he applied to the prime minister for sanction to prosecute Sonia Gandhi, whose support Anna had sought to stop corruption. Swamy, a seasoned politician and accomplished intellectual, knew that without the visible picture of the corrupt, corruption is a theoretical issue — a point which the apolitical Anna and team had missed.

How Subramanian Swamy has cornered the UPA finally is not a complex story. The 2G licence issue had all the trappings of an open air theatre scam from the day the licences were fraudulently issued, namely, on January 10, 2008. When the government was covering up the 2G issue, everyone was merely wondering how to fix the government. But Swamy acted. He filed an application on November 24, 2008, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for permission to prosecute A Raja who had issued the 2G licences. At that time Raja was a powerful minister in the ministry of UPA-I, being from the DMK that was dominant in the alliance. The anti-corruption law mandates that no court can look at a complaint against a public servant “except with the previous sanction” of the authority competent to remove the public servant from office. Since Raja was a minister, who could be removed by the PM, Swamy approached the PM for the sanction.

The likes of Sibals and Chidambarams were perhaps laughing at Swamy. But Swamy persisted. He kept on writing letters to the prime minister reminding him about his application. He ceaselessly kept talking about it in public and through the media. But the prime minister, as he is sworn to in most matters, kept silent. The silence of the PM had made the government and the ruling party happy. But Swamy moved the Delhi High Court for a direction to the PM to take a decision on his plea. The high court dismissed Swamy’s petition. The ruling government and party were in ecstasy. But, undeterred, Swamy moved the Supreme Court. The PM had written to Swamy on March 10, 2010, that Swamy’s plea for prosecuting Raja was premature as the CBI was investigating the matter — a response authored by amateur legalism. After having trivialised Swamy thus, on April 26, 2010, the PM told the media — which asked him whether Raja’s statement that he had the approval of the PM to do what he did — that Raja had consulted him before issuing the licences. That what the PM had accepted as consultation, Raja has asserted as permission.

Swamy also complained to the Supreme Court about the inordinate delay by the PM in deciding the matter. Meanwhile, the 2G issue had exploded on the face of the government with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India saying that the loss to the government was, on the lower side, some `69,000 crore and could be as high as `1,75,000 crore. The Supreme Court, seeing the government prevaricating at all levels, began monitoring the CBI investigation of the scam. The petition by Swamy too became part of the 2G scam litigation in the Supreme Court. The CBI did file charge-sheets in some cases of scam, including Raja as an accused in all except one. But Swamy’s plea to the PM to prosecute Raja and the PM’s inaction on it survived for consideration by the Supreme Court. The apex court did go deep into the matter, called for the records of the PMO and asked for an explanation from the PMO for the delay. By now, the ruling party and the government stopped laughing at Swamy. It became the turn of Swamy to laugh at them. It is the plea of Swamy to the PM to allow him to prosecute Raja which has been decided by the Supreme Court on January 31, 2012, in a landmark judgment.

First, the court has set aside the judgment of the Delhi High Court that had refused to direct the PM to decide on Swamy’s plea. Second, it has ruled that it is the constitutional right of a citizen to move to prosecute any public servant. Third, the authority to whom the application is made for permission to prosecute should take a decision within three months and if, within four months, no decision is taken, the permission shall be deemed to be granted. The import of the Supreme Court judgment is evident. The court has clearly indicted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for delaying the decision on Swamy’s plea. It has also directed him to decide on Swamy’s plea in 90 days. The court has also said that Parliament should lay down the guidelines for 2G prosecution. Finally, the court has said that for ordering inquiries into corruption against any public servant, criminal courts do not need sanction.

It may appear at the first sight that the judgment is against Raja and the PM. But, in substance, it is just an ant-bite on Raja and an embarrassment for the PM. Raja, already charge-sheeted, is in jail. The PM will have no difficulty in allowing one more complaint — that of Swamy — against Raja. But the real danger lies in the other application by Swamy — for permission to prosecute Sonia Gandhi — which the PM has labelled as “premature” and ducked. Under the anti-corruption law, the PM can sack Sonia, the chairperson of National Advisory Council, even though he himself may be removed by her. Swamy can now ask the PM whether the complaint has matured. He can also move the criminal court for inquiry against Sonia Gandhi for which, the Supreme Court has ruled, no sanction is needed. Swamy’s statement that he “can bypass Vadra and go straight to Sonia” is ominous. The Congress cannot laugh at him now.

(Views expressed in the column are the author’s own)
S Gurumurthy is a well-known commentator on political and economic issues.
E-mail: comment@gurumurthy.net

Death Certificate of Bhagat Singh- Do not Forget..


Death Certificate of Bhagat Singh

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=713684&l=e702343de8&id=174934099233305

Do not forget the sacrifices made by Bhagat Singh and scores of others. Time has come to expect and demand death certificates of Afzal Guru, Kasab and corrupt and anti-national politicians, industrialists, businessmen and underworld associated members of the film industry.

 

November 24 will henceforth be observed as National Slap Day… and more tweets

I have collected here some of the interesting tweets on Sharad Pawar being slapped in public, including mine. Do visit other tweets of these posters.  They are patriotic Bharatiyas- they need the support of all awakened citizens.

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

November 24 will henceforth be observed as National Slap Day…

varungandhi80 Varun Gandhi

Sure-fire of ensuring Parliament runs. Make Harvinder Singh one of the marshals

shivsinghDESH Shiv Sharan Singh

Slap on SharadPawar was undemocratic but LathiCharge, Tear gases on people gathered at Ramlilla was democratic? Media is in worst phase.

bchowla bhuvnesh chowla

RahulG asked UP crowds,”Aap Ko gussa Nahin atta Kya?Harvinder heard him

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

This Pune mayor, Rajpal deserves a slap too.. RT @ietweet Attack on #Pawar: Mayor calls for bandh today: goo.gl/6zmJK

RT_Diffrent Rahul tiwari

who is more eligible than Digvijaya RT @shivsinghDESH: वैसे अगला शिकार कौन होगा ?

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

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@thekiranbedi Kuchh galat nahi hua.These blood sucking, corrupt, criminal pols deserve to be hanged. Thappadse kya hoga?  (in response to Kiran Bedi who tweeted Yeh galat hua.)

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@Lata_MV @avinashbhat01 @swamy39 @ZoomIndianMedia Woh thappad to bahut bhari padnewali hai! (reference to Subramanian Swamy going after Sonia and Rahul.)

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

Sharad Pawar: “I was told that somebody tried to attack me, but nothing special.” .. Tried? Didnt he feel the slap?

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@mediacrooks Someone should try again but this time harder, so it registers!

HeathaT Heather Timmons

Most comments on our Pawar slap piece are Americans cheering: “More effective than #OWS,” says one.india.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/24/man… @nytindia

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@HeathaT @nytindia You mean OPC- Occupy Politican’s cheek?

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@HinduIDF @codedvirus I added one more to “like”. hats off to Harvinder Singh but Pawar deserves much more than that.@vicharak1

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Shot that was heard round the world- Oops, that was the slap on Sharad Pawar #corrupt #criminal #crook #slap #Traitor

MissWeera Weera

Why is Lok Sabha camera zooming on Supriya Sule ‘s face? is that where the cameraman wants the next #thappad to be? #twoplustwo (Supriya is the daughter of Sharad Pawar).

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@shivsinghDESH I think Lallu is afraid of several thappads. (Lalu criticizing Sharad Pawar Thappad.)

If Jan Lokpal Bill becomes law… This is what would happen. (In cartoons)

I could not help sharing this with you. It may not be politically correct, but it expresses people’s angst about corruption and Congress.
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Why Anna Hazare should enter electoral politics, not be an outsider

Courtesy: Firstpost.com

Venky Vembu Aug 16, 2011

Why Anna Hazare should enter electoral politics, not be an outsider

By a curious alignment of planets, Anna Hazare has captured the imagination of an India that is crying out for fundamental change. Gurinder Osan/AP

The events of recent weeks, culminating in Anna Hazare’s detention this morning, mark in many ways a defining moment in India’s evolution as a democracy. The upsurge of popular sentiment in cities across India this morning in solidarity with Team Anna’s detention is stunning. And the readiness with which people who normally go to elaborate lengths to avoid engagement with “dirty” politics are now courting arrest or are otherwise organising public protests – or even just quietly observing a day’s fast at home — to give expression to their sense of disgust with the UPA government’s handling of the Lokpal Bill exercise is quite unprecedented in independent India.

I know of professionals who have taken leave from their investment banking jobs abroad, where they earn six-figure dollar salaries and bonuses, just to be in India today to be part of this movement. One of them has even prepared his young wife for the inevitability of his arrest – which in his family would normally be considered a shame and a scandal – and has been organising protests in Mumbai for the past few days.

At NRI gatherings of Indians Against Corruption, the energy of young Indians sharing ideas to make India corruption-free has been palpable. The extent to which they are ready to step outside of their 9-to-5 grind and donate time and money for the biggest public cause that confronts India is a surprise – even to them. They say they used to think of themselves as apathetic to politics. But now, they’ve found a cause they believe in.

Watch images from the protests

Hazare supporters stop police vehicle carrying Indian social activist Anna Hazare after his arrest. AFP Image

This is the second time in the past few months that Anna Hazare has convincingly demonstrated the popular, mass-based nature of the support that his campaign enjoys, across class, caste and religious distinctions that normally divide us. We first saw it in April, when he launched his fast at Jantar Mantar, and electrified India. Since that time, he and his team have had the entire political establishment — and, to be honest, a cross-section of media commentators – clueless about how a man with little or no financial resources can command so large a following with only rustic simplicity and the power of a message that has great resonance with millions of people.

So, the fact that Anna Hazare and his team enjoys enormous goodwill with a large-enough constituency of people who are sick of corruption and jaded with politics as usual and who have completely lost faith in the political establishment in its entirety is blindingly obvious.

What next?

Anna Hazare
Manish Swarup/AP
Team Anna’s one major success has been in giving voice to and amplifying the popular disgust with the top-down, 360-degree corruption that pervades our public life .

The question then arises: how can Team Anna now leverage this goodwill? Should it continue to remain the “outsider” calling the political establishment to account? What are the odds that it can succeed? How can it channel the deep-seated distrust of the political establishment and bring about demonstrable change.

To address that, it helps to assess the extent of “success” that Team Anna’s campaign has had. It’s beyond dispute that Team Anna’s one major success has been in giving voice to and amplifying the popular disgust with the top-down, 360-degree corruption that pervades our public life — and in showing up starkly that for all the power games that go on with the various political parties, they are pretty much united in their opposition to a strong Lokpal institution.

Yet, while Team Anna gets full marks for elevating the issue of corruption to the top of the agenda and for creating mass awareness, its attempts beyond that have only met with limited success. For instance, the Lokpal Bill that’s now before Parliament is a mere shadow of the strong anti-corruption agency it envisaged. And even those who are willing to stand up and be counted along with Anna aren’t fully convinced that Team Anna’s Jan Lokpal is the answer to corruption. If you can’t convince even those who support you, what chances do you stand against those who oppose you?

It is in that context that Team Anna needs to formulate a forward-looking political strategy.

Since it’s the current UPA government that is now doing its damnedest to water down the Lokpal Bill, it’s fair to say that it will pay a big political price when general elections are due next in 2014. By default, an alternative political formation could then come to power. But even in the event of, say, a BJP-led grouping coming to power, there’s nothing to suggest that it will work to change the system because it’s now too entrenched in the wily ways of electoral game-playing (as was demonstrated most strikingly in its handling of affairs in Karnataka). The BJP has thus far adopted only a wishy-washy stand on the Lokpal Bill, which validates the suspicion that it doesn’t want to alter the rules of the political game too drastically.

Enter the political arena

In any case, why should Team Anna do all the grunge work only to see another status quo-ist party ride on its back and come to power? Why not bite the bullet and enter the “dirty” political fray yourself?

It’s true that Anna Hazare has a disdain for electoral politics as it is practised now, where – in his words – people sell their vote for a bottle of liquor. He also considers himself “unelectable”, given the reality of the political arena. Yet, the biggest criticism that cripples the movement today is that since it is not elected – “or electable” – it has no right to influence the discourse on the Lokpal Bill, now that it is before Parliament.

It’s not just Congress lackeys who make that criticism. Even non-Congress politicians andinsightful commentators make that point.

On that count, Team Anna’s best days as an agent of change from the “outside” may be already over. From here on, it only risks elevating its politics of confrontation, which could erode the political goodwill it now enjoys. It’s perhaps time for Team Anna to enter the political arena and work for change from within.

Even if it does that, it doesn’t have to become just another political party. With the goodwill that it now enjoys and the energy it has infused in its supporters, it can change the way politics is played in India. What it lacks in money power, it can make up for with a bottom-up movement that, as has been already demonstrated, enjoys great resonance. In any case, as we saw with the routing of the DMK in Tamil Nadu, money power stands no chance when a people are set on throwing out a corrupt regime.

The challenges to becoming a mainstream political party are formidable, particularly when you’re (for now) only a one-issue party. But that issue – corruption — is one that is right at the top of people’s consciousness. And as the only political force that today enjoys a nationwide profile, is untainted by corruption, has a vision for changing the system – and a volunteer force that can more than compensate for the money power of its opponents with boots-on-the-ground campaign, Team Anna has enormous strengths in this battle.

Moments such as this come only once in a generation. By a curious alignment of planets, Anna Hazare has captured the imagination of an India that is crying out for fundamental change. It is time for it to seize the moment, stop being an outsider that has exhausted its influence as a change agent, enter electoral politics, and recreate an India in its own image.

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