Friday, May 27, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The famous saying that "tough times do not last, but tough people do" – seems not applicable in the case of politicians caught in tough situations. Revelations and realizations are reeled out when they find the going tough for them, little realizing how such revelations can turn against them. Here are some revelations which are actually in the nature of confessions heard in the last few days.
(1) Karunanidhi takes the lead among others by his confession on who is actually calling the shots in the Kalaignar TV. Not long ago, he distanced himself from the Kaliagnar TV saying that the only thing that is common with him and the TV is the name 'Kalaignar' and that he has no connection with the TV. But with the CBI having caught Kanimozhi in the net for her connection with the Kalignar TV, Karunanidhi is out in the open with the confession that "Only I compelled Kanimozhi to become a shareholder in Kalaignar TV. She did so only to satisfy me even though she did not relish that idea herself. She did no other crime" (From Karunanidhi's statement released on May 21, 2011).
So he has admitted that Kanimozhi joined the board due to his insistence. What will he say for the inclusion of his wife Dayalu Ammaal in the TV? Obviously that was also due to his insistence. That means they became major shareholders controlling 80%, because he had wanted them to be there. Is this not a proof of his ownership of the TV? If Kani and Dayalu joined because he wanted it to be so, for whose sake money was given by Balwa? Why the CBI is not taking his statement on Kanimozhi as his admission of his ownership of the TV?
(2) The second most interesting confession is the one told by Dayanidhi Maran – now known through wikileaks and published by The Hindu. Generally the Marans have a penchant for speaking the truth. One such truthful revelation resulted in the burning of their Magazine office (Dinakaran). When not in good terms with Karunanidhi, truth and nothing but truth seems to flow out of their mouth. Dayanidhi Maran had 'confessed' to the US official that Karunanidhi's resignation threat on the Srilankan issue was a 'drama' and that his party men are experts in looting public money as soon as they get into power.
(3) It seems people have been influenced enough by the Dravidian school of Karunanidhi only to deliver it in action. One such action was the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. This confession comes from Kumaran Pathmanthan of LTTE that the DMK ideology of anti Brahmanism influenced Prabhakaran and that was perhaps the reason for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi fulfills the slot as a Brahmin (really?) and an Aryan as well. The Dravidian ideology of Karunanidhi demands that such persons need to be liquidated. Perhaps this is the perfect description of what the DMK 'ideology' stands for.
On Pathmanathan's confession:-
No one needs to worry whether this confession by Pathmanathan would upset the bond between DMK and Congress. Even as this confession was being read by millions of people, we also heard a simultaneous assurance from Sonia Gandhi (as told by her emissary) that she is sad about Kanimozhi in jail. She had been quiet all these days but suddenly wanted to express her feelings for Kanimozhi after Karunnaidhi went all the way to Tihar jail to talk to his daughter.
What he would have told to Kani is Sonia's guess and that perhaps led her to express her feelings for Kanimozhi.
What did Karunanidhi convey to his daughter?
Did he ask her to become an approver?
Is Karunanidhi a kind of person who will allow the other to go scot-free at his own expense?
If he knows that his house is going to fall, will he fall simply like that?
Will he not see to it that his co-looter's house also is brought down along with his own?
Would we see such a day when Kanimizhi makes a Confession on the combined loot of the 2 G case – so that it would satisfy Karunanidhi's ideology - " together we loot, together we are caught"
If it becomes certain that Karunanidhi's family can not escape the noose, he would not spare Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia seems to have sensed it in his camping in New Delhi.
Every time MK goes to Delhi, he goes with a personal agenda.
This time it is a very crucial agenda of do or die.
He will do and if faced with the choice of death, he will also pull down Sonia along with him.
Otherwise why should Sonia send an olive branch very late,
after MK visited Tihar jail (of all the places on earth!)
Let us wait and see if the Ultimate Confession would come out through Kanimozhi.
Protecting the Mainos from Indians
M D Nalapat
THE external image of the Maino family, which runs the country that claims to be the world's biggest democracy, has been carefully and expensively cultivated. Interviews are bestowed only to those journalists who can be expected to lob softballs and to assist in the creation of the aura of saintliness and patriotism which suffuses each of the numerous official accounts of UPA chairperson Sonia Maino.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
We are proud to be Indians
But the ruling party heir-apparent is not
Rahul Gandhi says he is ashamed to be an Indian. Every Indian is expected to be proud of his motherland. It is strange that a person who is the No. 2 in the ruling party and aspires to rule the country one day has said this about his country. It brings into question his level of commitment to the country, his patriotism.
He made this comment in the course of his much hyped visit to Uttar Pradesh, where the farmers are agitating against the state government's atrocities on those who were protesting the official land grab.
Strange. Rahul Gandhi has made poverty tourism to Amethi a part of his PR. Visiting foreigners are taken to his constituency to show how the Gandhi family for six decades has been cultivating and nurturing poverty there. His great grandfather, his grandmother, his father and now for seven years his mother as proxy along with their dummy have been ruling the country, for nearly five out of the six decades India has been independent. And this is the raw deal Indians have got. Rahul Gandhi should actually have said that he was ashamed to be a Congressman. For, it is his party which is shifting its political stance, depending on their location. In Delhi, Mayawati is a cohort of the Congress. Just across the border a few kilometers away in NOIDA, she is the biggest villain. Suddenly, there is a clamour for Land Acquisition Act, as if it is a panacea for all farmer problems.
Under the Congress, poverty has reached unprecedented levels. Headlines in two national dailies on the same day this week demonstrated the humongous gap between the rich and the poor in India. While the government told the Supreme Court that the poverty determination level is fixed at Rs 20 per day, a hotel in Delhi, purportedly the most expensive in the country, boasts of a price tag of Rs 10,000 for one pizza. The Planning Commission has lowered the poverty determination levels, to decrease the number of poor people in the country. According to the Planning Commission's submission to the Supreme Court on May 10, 2011, only those people would now be called poor who earn below Rs 578 a month, i.e. less than Rs 20 a day in urban areas. In rural areas it is fixed at Rs 15. Only these people would be eligible for the government's Below Poverty Line (BPL) schemes and benefits. But even by these standards, according to the Planning Commission, 41.8 per cent of Indians are below poverty. Which would only indicate that if we were to apply the one dollar a day levels for determining poverty, the number could rise up to 70-80 per cent.
The government apathy at the poor is evident from the fact that the Ministries of Health and Women & Child have refused to give to the Supreme Court the details of hunger deaths all over the country, according to a report in Times of India dated May 12, 2011. The ministries are in a quandary over the issue as an affidavit filed on this may actually be contradictory to the government's botched up figures on poverty reduction programmes. The UNICEF has claimed that half of the 2438 children below five years die daily in India because of lack of food. The Court has given time till May 13th for the filing of the reply.
The Indian loot stashed abroad is being counted in trillions. The government is adamantly refusing to track down the offenders who have taken the money out of the country. And when it comes to fixing the poverty level, the government has shown such callousness. The farmers' land is being taken away for pittance without their consent. What is being witnessed in greater NOIDA is the same as what is happening in Jaitapur and what happened in Singur. In the name of SEZ, thousands of acres of land have been gifted away to industrialists for no apparent benefit to the people.
Rahul Gandhi's comment that he is ashamed to be a Hindustani, needs all round condemnation. For, he is being projected as prime minister material by the Congress party. The media has generally played down his remark in ample evidence of deference to the 'first family' of the country.
Can any leader in any other country, say the US, UK, or even in Pakistan, get away making such an unbecoming statement? And Rahul Gandhi, a MP, who takes oath by the Constitution, as a responsible leader of the ruling party should retract his statement and apologize. The land mess is the result of the Congress' economic policies, pursued mindlessly, on external orders and plans. The party that came to power on the strength of the aam aadmi has served its 'khas aadmi' (special people) cause very well and promoted crony capitalism.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Imported voting machines can't be trusted: CEC
Posted online: 2011-05-11 01:38:34+05:30
New YorkAfter the revolution in Tahrir Square, Egyptian authorities consulted India's Election Commission for help in conducting parliamentary polls in the country, only to get cautious advice from chief election commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi. He asked his Egyptian counterpart to not import electronic voting machines (EVMs) from anywhere and get these manufactured domestically. Imported machines, however faultless they are, could be deemed suspect, he warned.
"The validity of any election lies in the fairness of the process, if the machine is imported from somewhere, there is always a possibility that the election will be questioned as being rigged through the machines," he said, in an interview to FE. The recent campaign against the use of EVMs in Indian elections, Quraishi said, hinges on the chip, "which is manufactured outside the country and is therefore supposed to be suspect".
"I was very clear that our process was very fair, but the indigenisation of manufacturing would make their elections invulnerable to such charges. I told anti-EVM campaigners as well, set up units which manufacture the chip in India, and we'll talk," he added.
While the Egyptians may take a call on whether or not to adhere to Quraishi's advice, the CEC, at the end of a long season of conducting assembly polls in four states and one Union territory, said that the road to electoral reforms in India itself is a long and bumpy road. "Its been 18 years and counting," he said.
"The last set of meetings that we had on electoral reforms, where everything from paid news to criminality in politics and the role of money power was discussed, was in October. After that, we are still waiting for the political class to make up its mind on which way they want to go," he said.
Among the suggestions made by the CEC was the exclusion of those accused of heinous crimes from standing for elections as a way to check criminality in politics as well as transparency about political donors, and cheque payments for electoral expenses in order to curb the use of black money in elections.
As the last phase of the drawn-out West Bengal polls ends, Quraishi says that the peaceful elections in all four states and one Union territory has justified is often criticised timetable. "Although I don't know why people criticised us, the only people who have been punished by the schedule is the staff of the Election Commission," he said.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
My name is there in the title to facilitate easy remembrance of the blog's name and for easy search. Not a case of self indulgence.
I will be posting simultaneously the same articles in this blogspot and in the wordpress. The link to this blog is given in the sidebar.
Monday, May 16, 2011
The drafting of the Jan Lokpal bill, which is to be finalized by June 30th, 2011, is underway. You can play your part in this historic moment by giving your invaluable comments/suggestions about the different provisions in the draft of the Jan Lokpal bill which will make it the effective, accountable and independent anti-corruption body that India needs right now. Otherwise, it will remain a law which exists only on paper and has no impact on the ground. Please provide your comments as detailed below:
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Given below is the observation by the tech-team on the current development which however was solved as it is seen that I am able to post this mail.
Blogger Domain Inaccessible Again
Blogspot sub domain was recently blocked in India for analysing the central monitoring system of India. Although the central monitoring system of India needs parliamentary oversight, yet India has been deliberately ignoring this aspect.
Jayasree Saranathan has reported that Blogger is not accessible once again. However, the sub domain Blogspot is still accessible but the account holder cannot log in. Even the Blogger status is not mentioning about any scheduled maintenance or other reason for this outage. However, the Help Forum of Google is carrying a note of scheduled maintenance. Google or Blogger is not going to answer to the cause of this outage as it did last time or it would give an excuse of scheduled maintenance once more.
Google has been censoring critical web posts regarding Aadhar project of India and unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) for the past two or more years. Further, it has also temporarily filtered some of our posts questioning the practice of World Bank to grant unaccountable loans to countries like India.
Blogger/Blogspot is one of the most popular Blogging platforms and this may cause trouble as well. To avoid any technical difficulties, website blocking by government, Internet censorship exercise, etc, a Blogger must also open a mirror site on a different platform like WordPress. This way you can keep on sharing your valuable views with the community in an uninterrupted manner.
We would come up with more detailed analysis subsequently, if required. Meanwhile kindly protest against the illegal and unconstitutional websites blocking powers of Indian government and the e-police state that India has become.
Updated on 15-05-2011
Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger’s behavior. Since then, bloggers and readers may have experienced a variety of anomalies including intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages. A small subset of Blogger users (we estimate 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday we returned Blogger to a pre-maintenance state and placed the service in read-only mode while we worked on restoring all content: that’s why you haven’t been able to publish. We rolled back to a version of Blogger as of Wednesday May 11, so your posts since then were temporarily removed. Those are the posts that we’re in the progress of restoring.
Again, we are very sorry for the impact to our authors and readers. We try hard to ensure Blogger is always available for you to share your thoughts and opinions with the world, and we’ll do our best to prevent this from happening again.
Posted by Eddie Kessler, Tech Lead/Manager, Blogger