Fast Tracking a Clean India

October 5, 2014

Prime Minister Modi started the Clean India campaign a few days ago.He lamented that while Indians had the capacity to send satellites to Mars, they were lacking the ability to keep the country clean. This has been an Indian paradox, for along time.It has the world.s third largest scientific manpower pool in the world, but it is unable to tackle basic sanitation issues. Its streets are filthy beyond imagination. Its slums are virtual hell holes.Is there hope for a clean India or is it going to be a mere photo opportunity for upwardly mobile politicians and page three crowd.Clean India is possible provided bold and innovative measures are taken on a war footing.

Lets take Dharvi, India’s largest slum located in Mumbai. A recent estimate puts the cost of its redevelopment at Rs 16,000 crores. Now the issue is as to how the government is going to raise that kind of finances.A new way to infuse funds into slum redevelopment project would be to give massive tax cuts to the companies and individuals who participate in this project. Supposing the cost of constructing a small 550 sft is 20 lakhs, the company or individual coming forward to build should be given tax benefit to the tune of 30 lakhs. This would spur investment in this sector. The govt must provide drawings and land to the developer.Once this is done, one can see a massive influx of funds into slum development.Persons with unaccounted wealth should be encouraged to take up this project, with the promise of immunity from prosecution.

Next, is the need to create a All India Sanitation Service. Today every city has its own Municipality and the quality of service provided varies from city to city.There is need for homogeneity and professionalism.We need to have stringent laws to deal with littering . The Singapore method of imposing heavy fines and also canning may be introduced. Repeat offenders should be canned in public and also made to clean toilets in full public view. Unless shock treatment is given, there is no hope of India becoming a Clean Nation.


Chinese incursions and how to stop them

September 20, 2014

Even as the Chinese President Xi Jinping, was being pampered by Prime Minister Modi,Chinese troops began to intrude into Ladakh. Would China dare to do the same with Russia or USA?.The answer is a no.But India is a soft State. So, the Chinese approach is different.

China and India are in a way competitors,even though China is way ahead of India.But it sees India as a potential and somewhat inconvenient rival. So, India has to be attacked on some pretext or the other. Border disputes are a good excuse to go to war.China has attacked Vietnam on this ground.So, beneath all this talk of 20 billion dollar investment, is a sinister plan to attack India.This is the best time for that, as a spineless Obama,who is unable to handle the ISIS, is unlikely to  interfere.Putin is busy with Ukraine, Russia too will not come to India’s help.So the stage is set for a war.The timing is perfect.If not now, China will find it hard to attack India after a few years,as India would be stronger.

The first thing is to send more troops to north east. This is obvious. Secondly,we need to have a couple of lakhs of civil population, with arms training to be deployed in the border areas.The sturdy landless Jats and enterprising Sikhs must be given ten to twenty acres of land on lease basis. The land so given should be used to grow fruits or vegetables, which will be purchased by the army authorities. So a regular income should be provided to the settlers.These settlers will provide necessary assistance to the army . Instead of wasting thousands of crores on the rural employment guarantee schemes, a portion of it should be spent on the border security measures.Unless our borders are thickly populated, the Chinese will be tempted to occupy the vast open unpopulated areas.Physical presence is very much essential . One hopes that New Delhi will take note of the ground realities and take quick and practical measures, rather than being lulled into complacence by the prospect of 20 billion dollar investments.

Official Secrets Act violations by Manmohan Singh?

August 2, 2014

Natwar Singh, the dapper former Foreign Minister of India and more importantly,a  one time loyalist of the Gandhi family, set a cat among pigeons- He claims Sonia Gandhi, was having access to Government files and that Pulok Chatterji- Principal Secretary to the PMO  was actually taking the files to her. This serious charge was made in his to be released autobiography, “One life is not enough”. This book has already been described in the media as the ‘ N bomb’. Previously, Sanjay Baru, the former media adviser of Manmohan Singh, had also made an identical charge.

The former Prime Minister of India,  Manmohan Singh,who was  commonly described as the  ‘silent mode’ Prime Minister,was ,however uncharacteristically quick to deny the charge that government files were being shared with Sonia Gandhi.  The lady herself has been very coy about this.

In the normal circumstances, Sonia Gandhi, having access to government files was no big deal, as it was common knowledge that she was the actual power behind the throne. But, now that the Congress Party is not in power, this issue has become critical. It has serious legal implications.

Section 5 of the Official Secrets Act prohibits a government servant from wilfully communicating the document or information to any person other than a person to whom he is authorised to communicate it.

Manmohan Singh was emphatic that the files were not sent to 10 Janpath- the official residence of Sonia Gandhi. Equally assertive was Natwar Singh that the important files were indeed sent to her and that she was the one who took a decision. He implied that the ‘spineless’ Manmohan Singh was merely affixing his signature on the dotted line.

It is possible that copies of the relevant portions of the files could have been made available to Sonia Gandhi, and that the entire file may have been technically in the Prime Minister’s Office. The file movement register will naturally show that the file was indeed in the Prime Minister’s Office. This explains the alacrity with which Manmohan Singh has denied the charge.

It must be remembered that Manmohan Singh, himself was a government servant, before being accidentally nominated as the Prime Minister. His instant denial of Natwar Singh’s charge, can at best be described as a reflex action of a well trained civil servant to avoid legal complications under the Official Secrets Act.

Given the belligerence of Subramanian Swamy- a complaint seeking the prosecution of Manmohan Singh, Pulok Chatterji and Sonia Gandhi under the Official Secrets Act, cannot be ruled out. Watch this space.


July 31, 2009

The news of the establishment of the Supreme Court of England and the consequent demise of the House of Lords will be welcomed by all those who believe in the cherished values of democracy and people friendly justice delivery system.

From the first of October2009 the Supreme Court of England will start functioning and most importantly all its judges will sit at level with the lawyers instead of on a high podium as has been the practice in several courts for several centuries.  This itself will make the court room atmosphere less formal and intimidating to the common man.  More importantly, all the proceedings of the Supreme Court of England will be televised.  This brings greater transparency to the judicial process.

The people of England have to be complimented for bringing about the above epoch making judicial changes.  While, England is doing away with all the ritual associated with the courts, India still clings to history.

It is high time for the Indian Parliament to make laws which will change the entire justice delivery system.  Laws must be made to telivise the proceedings of the Supreme Court of India, as well as the High Courts.   Lawyers should be penalised for addressing the Judges of the High Court as well as the Supreme Court as “My Lords”.  This colonial custom should be given an immediate burial, at least with the establishment of the Suprme Court of England and the abolition of the House of Lords.  The system to be followed in England should also be followed in India.  Only then, can the Justice delivery system be democratised.  One hopes necessary changes will take place in India soon.


May 3, 2009

The Sri Lankan Forces are on the verge of liquidating the LTTE, the dreaded Terrorist organisation.  By all accounts its Chief V. Prabhakaran will be either captured or killed shortly after 13th May, 2009.  The date 13th May 2009, assumes significance, as it is the last day of the voting in Tamilnadu for the Parliamentary Elections in India.  The LTTE has got some support in certain areas in Tamilnadu.  Therefore, it is obvious that, the Governments of India and Sri Lanka appear to have entered into some tacit undertstanding that India would not object to the Lankan Army either capturing or killing V.Prabhakaran, provided it is done after 13th May 2009.

No doubt, the killing or capturing of Prabhakaran will lead to some unrest in Tamilnadu and there will be wanton destruction of public property, as the people of Tamilnadu are known to express their anger in an explicit manner.

But the Government should ensure that, such expressions of anger do not cross tolerable limits.  Today the papers reported that, an Indian Army Convoy was attacked in Coimbatore by mobs owing allegiance to the LTTE.  This is a dangerous development, as the attack in India of its own Army by its own citizens does not brood well for the future.  The Centre and the State Governments should come down heavily on those groups which are attacking the Indian Army.   The behaviour of all the political parties in Tamilnadu leaves a lot to be desired.  So far, not a single political party has condemned the attack of the Indian Army by the mobs in Coimbatore.   Moreover, all political parties in Tamilnadu are demanding a separate home land for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.  This is nothing but an interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign  country.   Supposing the Sri Lankan’s support the cause of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir and demand a separate home land for them, will the Government of India give up Jammu and Kashmir ?  Today there is large presence of Telugu Software Engineers in Seattle, USA.  Will the Government of Andhra Pradesh or Government of India be justified in demanding a separate home land for the Telugu speaking people in USA after 10 or 20 years ?

It is high time for the political parties in Tamil Nadu to behave in a rational manner and do nothing which will put the integrity and unity of the country in peril.   Every Tamilian must think that he is an Indian first, and a Tamilian next, and not vice versa.  Lets hope that good sense prevails in Tamilnadu.


April 23, 2009

The polling to the 294 Assembly Seats and 42 Parliamentary constituencies ended to-day.  Even though the supporters of the so called Grand Alliance (Mahakutami)  consisting of Telugu Desam Party, T.R.S., CPI, CPI (M) started a whispering campaign that the Mahakutami would wrest power in Andhra Pradesh, by to-day evening, it was clear that, the Congress Party would be voted back to power, inspite of two leading Telugu Newspapers predicting victory for the Mahakutami.

The victory of the Congress Party will be on account of a division of the anti-establishment vote between the Lok Satta and the BJP.  The Lok Satta by all accounts is going to make a fairly decent debut by eating into the vote share of the Telugu Desam Party, while the BJP is likely to get the votes of the erstwhile TRS supporters.  Eventhough, both these parties are likely to get about 4 to 5 % of the vote share, they are unlikely to win more than 4 or 5 seats, as votes will be converted into seats only if the vote share exceeds 30%.  To make matters worse, the newly formed Praja Rajyam Party is also likely to take away some of the votes of the TDP, as a majority of the candidates of the Praja Rajyam Party are actually defectors from the Telugu Desam Party.  Looked at from any angle, the Congress Party is likely to win about 170 seats.

The break up of th seats of the Congress Party in the three different regions of Andhra Pradesh is as follows:

a) Telangana  45 seats

b) Rayalseema  35 seats

c) Andhra 90 seats.

The Telugu Desam Party is likely to get about 65 seats, while the TRS will get about 20 seats.  The Praja Rajayam Party will get 20 seats and the remaining seats will be shared by the Lok Satta, B.J.P.  the Communists, and the MIM.

The Congress Party will get about 30 Loksabha seats.  If this prediction is correct Dr.Y.S.Raja Sekhar Reddy will emerge as the unquestioned leader of the Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh and his detractors will surely be sent to political oblivion.  This will also result in the Telugu Desam Party getting disintegrated and Chandra Babu Naidu will no longer be politically relevant in Andhra Pradesh.  Simultaneously, the issue of separate Telangana will be buried once and for all.


April 3, 2009

Not a single day passes without the political bosses of the two Communist Parties in India i.e. CPI (M) and CPI proclaiming that they would be forming the Third Front in the next Parliamentary Elections.

One does not know whether to laugh or cry over the predictions made by the Communist Parties.  In the last general elections held in 2004, the CPI (M) could secure only 5.66% votes, while the CPI could manage only 1.41% votes.

Notwithstanding their pathetic performance over several decades, these communist parties go on dreaming about forming a government at the national level.  After being badly mauled by the Trinamul Congress in the local body elections held in Nandigram and Singur in West Bengal, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) it appears has decided to join hands with any political party for the sake of increasing its vote share.

For this purpose it has openly declared that it would jettison all its professed principles.  In Andhra Pradesh, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had opposed the Chandra Babu Government in 2004, by calling him an agent of the World Bank and accused him of adopting anti-peoples policies.  In the year 2009 the very same Communists have embraced Chandra Babu Naidu, even though Naidu has not changed any of his ideas.

This is because the Communists know fully well that they will not even get their measly 5% odd votes if they contest on their own.  That is why they will align with any political party which may seek alliances with it.  If the Communists contest on their own they will not even get 4% votes, as was the case in the Assembly Elections of Andhra Pradesh held in 1999.  In the said Elections, the Communists together polled 3.32% votes and won only two  seats out of 294. Both the seats were won by the CPI(M) and the CPI could not even get a single seat.   So much for the popular support of the Communists!

Apart from aligning themselves with Chandra Babu Naidu, who supported the communal BJP / NDA rule, the Communists have now gone one step further and aligned themselves with a Muslim Extremist Party headed by Abdul Madhani, who was an accused in the Coimbatore Bomb Blast Case.  No doubt, he was acquitted, but in our country only 5% of the Criminals get convicted. At this rate, the Communists will not hesitate to align themselves with the Taliban for getting a few votes.  Such is the depravity and lust for power of the Indian Communists.

It appears that, the CPI(M)/CPI’s hunger for power is no less than that of the mainstream political parties like the Congress or the BJP. The tall talk of high and lofty principles by Sitaram Yechuri, Karat, and Bardhan is nothing but political hogwash.

It is not understood as to why our TV channels give so much of importance to the leaders of the Communist Parties.  It would be appropriate to call the Communist Parties, as Television Parties, as their leaders are found for ever in the TV studios and not with the masses.

Let us hope that the electorate would give a decesive verdict in 2009 to one or the other major political parties, so that, the country can be saved of the political black mail by the Communist parties and their so called Third Front.


March 31, 2009

He is the new political kid on the block,

Truly the chip of the old block.

He is a young politician in a hurry,

Who has become BJP’s worry.

BJP thought that it had a prize scalp,

Only to realize that it was a dunce cap.

For the Muslim anatomy,

He prescribes vasectomy.

He thought he would go to jail,

And automatically get bail.

He thought that politics was a picnic,

But Mayawati made him panic.

He wanted to be a Hindu Hero,

But ended up as a big zero.


March 10, 2009

It’s election time in India again,

But the people have little to gain.

Promises by dozen made casually,

Only to be forgotten usually.

If you do not know how to rig,

You won’t be doing the jig.

Yesterday’s law breakers,

Are today’s law makers.

Safe and secure for five years,

Leaving the people in tears.

Independence was a cruel joke,

Burdening the masses to the yoke.

What is palmed off as a democracy,

Is nothing short of a mobocracy.

It’s election time in India again,

And one must relive the pain again.


March 8, 2009

Its Election time in India. The next general elections will be held in the months of April and May 2009, and the Election results declared on 16th May 2009. Every Indian thinks that, he is an expert political commentator. Every Indian has a definite view of the shape of things to come. The television news channels have already come up with pre poll surveys. There are basically three political alliances in India. The present coalition government led by the Congress Party is known as the United Peoples Alliance (UPA). The previous coalition government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is known as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The Communists and a few other parties call themselves the Third Front. The Indian Parliament consists of 544 parliamentary seats. Therefore, for the purpose of forming a government any formation must have atleast 272 seats.

According to Arun Nehru, who was former Minister in the Congress regime and who has joined the BJP now, the most likely result of the election would be as shown in the table below:

ANDHRA PRADESH 42 19 NIL 13(TDP) 6 (TRS) 1(MIM) + 3 (PR)
ASSAM 14 6 3 4(AGP) +1
BIHAR 40 1 9 17 (JD-U) 8 (RJD) + 3 (LINS) +2
GUJARAT 26 6 20
GOA 2 1 1
J&K 6 2 1 2(INC) 1 (PDP)
JHARKHAND 14 5 6 2(JMM) 1(JD(U))
KARNATAKA 28 7 19 2 (JD-S)
KERALA 20 11+Allies NIL 6 (LEFT)(ML2)(KC1)
RAJASTHAN 25 14 11
MP 29 8 21
MAHARASHTRA 48 11 15 12(SS) 9(NCP)+1(RP)
ORISSA 21 8 6 7 (BJD)
PUNJAB 13 6 2 5 (AD)
UP 80 7 8 36(BSP) 26 (SP) 3(RLD)
UTs 6 3 Nil 3(PMK1 JD(U)1 BNP 1)
149 135

According to Arun Nehru, the Congress Party is only marginally ahead of the BJP. According to him, the congress is likely to get 149 seats, while the BJP is likely to get 135 seats and the rest of the seats will be bagged by different smaller parties, who align themselves either with the Congress or the BJP or even think of forming the so called Third Front.

I have a slightly different perspective. According to my reading the Congress party is likely to emerge as the single largest party in the next general elections and it would definitely lead the UPA coalition. Mr. Manmohan Singh appears to be a safe bet to lead the country during this difficult times of recession. He is quietly ushering in the necessary economic reforms. The pace of reforms could have been faster, but for the fact that he was held hostage for more than four years by the Communists, who opposed every move to bring in more foreign investment into the country. While the Communists in China are welcoming foreign capital the indigenous Communists of India are opposing the entry of multi national companies in India.

While the performance of Mr. Manmohan Singh may not be spectacular, it is steady and is therefore likely to be voted back with a greater majority. My poll predictions are as follows:

ANDHRA PRADESH 42 32 NIL 5(TDP) 2 (TRS) 1(MIM) + 2 (PR)
ASSAM 14 6 3 4(AGP) +1
BIHAR 40 2 8 20 (JD-U) 6 (RJD) + 3 (LINS) +1
GUJARAT 26 10 16
J&K 6 2 1 2(INC) 1 (PDP)
JHARKHAND 14 5 6 2(JMM) 1(JD(U))
KARNATAKA 28 10 16 2 (JD-S)
KERALA 20 11+Allies NIL 6 (LEFT)(ML2)(KC1)
MP 29 10 19
MAHARASHTRA 48 15 11 12(SS) 9(NCP)+1(RP)
ORISSA 21 10 NIL 11 (BJD)
PUNJAB 13 6 2 5 (AD)
UP 80 10 8 33(BSP) 27 (SP) 2(RLD)
UTs 6 3 Nil 2(PMK1 JD(U)1 BNP 1)
196 105

From the above it can be seen that, the Congress Party with about 190 seats would be in a position to form a coalition government with the help of its non-communist allies numbering about 90. The Communists would be reduced to half of their present tally and would become quite irrelevant and would not be in a position to black mail the Congress led government. This would be good news for the country.

One hopes that, the BJP will also shed its blind anti- Congressism and welcome the economic changes and also the new pro US foreign policy of the UPA. If this is done there will be scope for greater foreign investment in the country, and there by create more jobs. The recession in the West should be taken advantage of by India with its cheap labour and thereby compete with China. For competing with China there must be a broad understanding between the BJP and the Congress party about the economic and foreign policies. This is bound to happen very shortly, and the country will be able to get rid of the shackles of isolation imposed by the Communists for several decades. That would be the CHANGE, India is waiting for…….