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Gopal Kanda’s shameless birthday celebration

2 Jan

Gopal Kanda in Jail - Cartoon by Kushal BhattacharyaWhile India has still not overcome the agony of Delhi gang rape, here is an incident which proves that ministers of India are really not serious about the crime against women of India. Gopal Goyal Kanda a former home minister of Haryana state who is currently in jail for harassing his airline’s former employee Geetika Sharma to an extent that she committed suicide, was praised shamelessly on his 47th birthday by group of ministers who gathered at the Tara Baba complex in Haryana for Kanda’s birthday celebrations. Haryana Minister for Labour and Employment Shiv Charan Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Fatehabad MLA Prahalad Singh Gillankhera and Panipat MLA OP Jain along with a paid crowd of supporters, on December 29, 2012 joined together at a function to celebrate the birthday of former minister Gopal Kanda who is in jail for his alleged involvement in the suicide of former air hostess Geetika Sharma.

The three ministers who are supporting Bhupinder Singh Hooda government of Haryana praised Kanda at his 47th birthday ceremony. Shiv Charan Sharma, a congress leader categorized the Geetika Sharma case as a small one and supported Kanda by referring the dead victim as a servant mistakenly hired by Kanda. Sharma further said “His birthday is being celebrated in jail and in Delhi also. Gopal Kanda is always amongst us. He doesn’t get afraid of anything. He doesn’t fear anyone”. Sharma also referred Kanda as a brave and honest person who has been falsely accused by those who are jealous of his extra-ordinary growth in life.

Isn’t this a shame that a person who initially went underground before surrendering against police, is now been treated as hero by his colleague ministers. Really makes us sad for the people of Haryana who are being ruled by such insensitive and low grade ministers. Currently CBI is inquiring the Geetika Sharma suicide case and we are sure that in few months Gopal Kanda will be again out on streets, in public and free of all charges. When the ministers who contribute towards the law reforms of the country are themselves talking highly about the people like Kanda, who the whole India knows is corrupt and a womanizer, how can we assume that this country will change and will bring reforms in the life of Indian Women?

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2012: India on 94th position in the Corruption Perceptions Index

27 Dec

India is on 94th position in Corruption IndexIndia is on 94th position in the Corruption Perceptions Index. Transparency International ranks countries on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean). Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50 – meaning they are considered significantly corrupt. India was ranked at 95th position last year, the international watchdog said it has started evaluating the positions through a different formula beginning this year and hence this cannot be compared to last year’s ranking. This year, India has a score of 36 out of 100 on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). India was ranked 72 among 180 countries for the first time in 2007 and since then the country’s rankings have been showing a decline. While India was placed at 87 in 2010, the position was 95 in 2011. This year, India is ranked below neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka and China. The Index, which is closely watched by investors, economists, and civil society campaigners, is based on expert assessments and data from 13 surveys from independent institutions, covering issues such as access to information, bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, and the enforcement of anti-corruption laws.

Transparency international world corruption index (1=least corrupt)
Rank, 2012 Country CPI 2012 Score Change in rank 2011 rank 2008 rank
1 New Zealand 90 0 1 4
1 Denmark 90 1 2 1
1 Finland 90 1 2 1
4 Sweden 88 0 4 9
5 Singapore 87 0 5 5
6 Switzerland 86 2 8 14
7 Norway 85 -1 6 7
7 Australia 85 1 8 5
9 Netherlands 84 -2 7 9
9 Canada 84 1 10 7
11 Iceland 82 2 13 11
12 Luxembourg 80 -1 11 12
13 Germany 79 1 14 22
14 Hong Kong 77 -2 12 16
15 Barbados 76 1 16 18
16 Belgium 75 3 19 18
17 Japan 74 -3 14 28
17 United Kingdom 74 -1 16 23
19 United States 73 5 24 23
20 Chile 72 2 22 18
20 Uruguay 72 5 25 23
22 Bahamas 71 -1 21 0
22 France 71 3 25 27
22 Saint Lucia 71 3 25 0
25 Austria 69 -9 16 14
25 Ireland 69 -6 19 12
27 Qatar 68 -5 22 16
27 United Arab Emirates 68 1 28 33
29 Cyprus 66 1 30 35
30 Spain 65 1 31 32
30 Botswana 65 2 32 36
32 Estonia 64 -3 29 26
33 Portugal 63 -1 32 36
33 Bhutan 63 5 38 36
33 Puerto Rico 63 6 39 39
36 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 62 0 36 0
37 Taiwan 61 -5 32 45
37 Slovenia 61 -2 35 31
39 Israel 60 -3 36 28
39 Cape Verde 60 2 41 58
41 Poland 58 0 41 33
41 Dominica 58 3 44 47
43 Malta 57 -4 39 0
43 Mauritius 57 3 46 47
45 Korea (South) 56 -2 43 41
46 Brunei 55 -2 44 40
46 Hungary 55 8 54 47
48 Costa Rica 54 2 50 41
48 Lithuania 54 2 50 43
50 Rwanda 53 -1 49 55
51 Seychelles 52 -1 50 47
51 Georgia 52 13 64 80
53 Bahrain 51 -7 46 55
54 Czech Republic 49 3 57 65
54 Malaysia 49 6 60 61
54 Latvia 49 7 61 52
54 Turkey 49 7 61 52
58 Jordan 48 -2 56 80
58 Namibia 48 -1 57 58
58 Cuba 48 3 61 85
61 Oman 47 -11 50 58
62 Croatia 46 4 66 72
62 Slovakia 46 4 66 62
64 Ghana 45 5 69 62
64 Lesotho 45 13 77 72
66 Kuwait 44 -12 54 54
66 Saudi Arabia 44 -9 57 45
66 Romania 44 9 75 72
69 South Africa 43 -5 64 47
69 Macedonia 43 0 69 67
69 Brazil 43 4 73 65
72 Italy 42 -3 69 67
72 Bosnia and Herzegovina 42 19 91 102
72 Sao Tome & Principe 42 28 100 138
75 Montenegro 41 -9 66 70
75 Tunisia 41 -2 73 62
75 Bulgaria 41 11 86 67
75 Liberia 41 16 91 92
79 Sri Lanka 40 7 86 72
80 China 39 -5 75 70
80 Serbia 39 6 86 80
80 Trinidad and Tobago 39 11 91 109
83 El Salvador 38 -3 80 85
83 Peru 38 -3 80 85
83 Jamaica 38 3 86 138
83 Panama 38 3 86 72
83 Burkina Faso 38 17 100 115
88 Morocco 37 -8 80 85
88 Thailand 37 -8 80 115
88 Zambia 37 3 91 92
88 Swaziland 37 7 95 80
88 Malawi 37 12 100 80
88 Suriname 37 12 100 0
94 Colombia 36 -14 80 57
94 Greece 36 -14 80 92
94 India 36 1 95 96
94 Benin 36 6 100 102
94 Djibouti 36 6 100 158
94 Moldova 36 18 112 85
94 Senegal 36 18 112 96
94 Mongolia 36 26 120 126
102 Argentina 35 -2 100 145
102 Gabon 35 -2 100 126
102 Tanzania 35 -2 100 121
105 Gambia 34 -28 77 96
105 Mexico 34 -5 100 102
105 Algeria 34 7 112 109
105 Kosovo 34 7 112 109
105 Bolivia 34 13 118 96
105 Mali 34 13 118 102
105 Armenia 34 24 129 126
105 Philippines 34 24 129 158
113 Albania 33 -18 95 85
113 Ethiopia 33 7 120 126
113 Guatemala 33 7 120 96
113 Niger 33 21 134 151
113 Timor-Leste 33 30 143 126
118 Indonesia 32 -18 100 0
118 Madagascar 32 -18 100 115
118 Egypt 32 -6 112 72
118 Ecuador 32 2 120 102
118 Dominican Republic 32 11 129 121
123 Vietnam 31 -11 112 109
123 Mozambique 31 -3 120 102
123 Sierra Leone 31 11 134 121
123 Belarus 31 20 143 151
123 Mauritania 31 20 143 134
128 Lebanon 30 6 134 134
128 Togo 30 15 143 134
130 Nicaragua 29 4 134 147
130 Uganda 29 13 143 158
130 Côte d´Ivoire 29 24 154 177
133 Iran 28 -13 120 126
133 Kazakhstan 28 -13 120 109
133 Honduras 28 -4 129 121
133 Guyana 28 1 134 96
133 Comoros 28 10 143 158
133 Russia 28 10 143 151
139 Pakistan 27 -5 134 141
139 Azerbaijan 27 4 143 147
139 Nigeria 27 4 143 141
139 Kenya 27 15 154 151
139 Nepal 27 15 154 138
144 Bangladesh 26 -24 120 126
144 Syria 26 -15 129 145
144 Cameroon 26 -10 134 151
144 Ukraine 26 8 152 166
144 Central African Republic 26 10 154 134
144 Congo 26 10 154 158
150 Eritrea 25 -16 134 85
150 Guinea-Bissau 25 4 154 147
150 Papua New Guinea 25 4 154 147
150 Paraguay 25 4 154 141
154 Guinea 24 10 164 166
154 Kyrgyzstan 24 10 164 158
156 Yemen 23 8 164 166
157 Tajikistan 22 -5 152 171
157 Cambodia 22 7 164 151
157 Angola 22 11 168 171
160 Laos 21 -6 154 151
160 Congo, Dem Rep 21 8 168 173
160 Libya 21 8 168 121
163 Zimbabwe 20 -9 154 115
163 Equatorial Guinea 20 9 172 158
165 Chad 19 3 168 173
165 Burundi 19 7 172 173
165 Venezuela 19 7 172 158
165 Haiti 19 10 175 141
169 Iraq 18 6 175 176
170 Turkmenistan 17 7 177 166
170 Uzbekistan 17 7 177 178
172 Myanmar 15 8 180 180
173 Sudan 13 4 177 166
174 Afghanistan 8 6 180 178
174 Korea (North) 8 8 182 0
174 Somalia 8 8 182 0

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Himachal Pradesh 2012 elections: Does anyone really care about corruption?

21 Dec

Himachal Pradesh elects corrupt Virbhadra SinghPeople’s verdict is out; Congress party led by the corrupt 78 year old minister Virbhadra Singh has won 36 seats out of 68 in the Assembly elections 2012. Five months before the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, on June 26, 2012, Virbhadra Singh resigned from Union minister as a consequence of corruption charges being pressed against him. Virbhadra Singhs’ tax returns and affidavit of assets filed for nomination to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections in 2012 came under scanner after unaccounted cash entries emerged from the documents he filed. His original I-T returns for the year 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 showed the net agricultural income of Rs. 7,34,000, Rs. 15,00,000 and Rs. 25,00,000 respectively, but the revised I-T returns filed on March 2, 2012 showed increase in income for 2009, 2010, 2011 to Rs. 2,21,35,000, Rs. 2,80,92,500 and Rs. 1,55,00,000. After his account came under scrutiny of tax authorities, Virbhadra Singh admitted filing of revised I-T returns in 2012 for the year 2009, 2010, 2011 by one Anand Chauhan who manages his farms and invests the proceeds from sale of apples in government securities, Mutual Funds, LIC schemes to ensure safe and better returns. It was found that between 2008 and 2010 Anand Chauhan deposited around Rs. 5 crore in cash in his Punjab National Bank account in Shimla and also made deposits by cheque for LIC premiums totalling roughly Rs. 5 crore in favour of Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and two children, Aparajita Kumari and Vikramaditya Singh. In October 2012 when Virbhadra Singh was questioned by media persons about these allegations against him, his reply was “I will break your cameras. Don’t you have any other work to do?”

Now the same man stands tall and can be the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. Isn’t it a real shame to see corrupt people like him coming into power. The person who should be in jail will now dictate his own terms and will enjoy his life for another five years and that too on taxpayers’ money. Who should be held accountable for such ministers coming into power? People of Himachal Pradesh who voted for him or the Congress party who even after knowing the history of Virbhadra Singh, pushed him to lead the Congress election campaign in the state. It’s really a sad moment for the people of Himachal Pradesh that they were left with no choices than voting for a tainted minister. God only knows if the votes were genuinely voted or bought? One thing is clear that corruption will probably never leave our country as the political party leaders are only interested in winning elections and not interested in providing the kind of leadership required to drive modern India.

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Anna Hazare’s double game: Will not vote for Aam Aadmi Party

8 Dec

Anna Hazare does not want to support Aam Aadmi PartyIndia is a country of two faced politicians who say something and do something else, looks like this phenomenon has spread to minds of social activists like Anana Hazare as well. Anna Hazare on answering to a question will he vote for Aam Aadmi Party said “I thought I will (vote for AAP) but now I find it difficult because it is being seen that it is moving towards the path of ‘money through power and power through money’, I will not be anywhere near them,”. Isn’t it disheartening to see a man who on August 3, 2012 said positive things about forming a party, supporting it from outside is now taking a negative stand on this?

Is Anna Hazare afraid of losing limelight to Arvind Kejriwal? Anna was the one who said “I will stay outside and if they commit errors then I will hold them by the ears”. Now if he sees that Kejriwal is going wrong then why he is not stepping in to make it right? Instead he is spreading negative sentiments among the people of India. Anna Hazare definitely is not man of words; he says some things and does some things. He energized the people of India by declaring the formation of a political party which as per the polls conducted by various Indian TV channels was well accepted by the people of India and then he comes back after few days and breaks all his association with the party.

It looks like Anna Hazare does not want the party to succeed and just wants his movements to get air time on news channels. Yes we Indians understand that these movements play an important role but what about the end results, so many times Anna went for hunger strike but what happened to the Lokpal bill? So many times people have agitated against the fuel price hike but does government roll backs the prices? So what are these movements for, just another time wasting phenomenon for the people of India!

Anna Hazare wants to stick to his movements, but he should realise to bring a reform in the political system and change the rules he has to become part of the system. This is not fight for India’s Independence, we are fighting against our own powerful people who are dictating wrong things down our throat. Aam Aadmi Party was a good step to give Indians an alternative to look for during the general elections, but with people like Anna Hazare going back from their original words and creating negative thoughts about the party we are afraid that innocent people of India will be left with no choice than voting for gunda and thug ministers who have been ruling us since our Independence.

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Aam Aadmi Party – Common man is the only hope

26 Nov

Indian Election Challenge for AAP

How many of Aam Aadmi(Common Man) in India has an aspiration to become politician? Answer would be zero. In India the common man never goes anywhere near to politics, the people with deep pockets can only think of becoming a politician. The first step to become a politician is to get a national political party ticket. The biggies of the Indian society donate a huge amount of money to get the party ticket after which they have to shed another huge amount for fighting the election. Here is Kejriwal, a common man who is trying to fight it out for Indians against the existing rich and powerful political parties of India. The money will be the only big hurdle in the success of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP). The political parties look at the elections as an investment in expectation of splendid returns over the next five years. It’s a well-known fact that elections in India are won only and only by money and power, votes of aam admi are bought, commodities like TV and fridge are distributed in return of votes.  In 2009 a report suggested that India spent ten thousand crore rupees or USD 2 billion in 2009 General Elections. How will AAP succeed without money?

The big corporates of India donate funds to the political parties in return of favourable policies and tax laws to suit their businesses. Kejriwal has already upset some of the top big corporates who in no way are going to support his party financially, as a domino effect many other business icons will surely restrict themselves from funding AAP. Kejriwal ideology won’t accept money from the rich gundas and goons of Indian society who are known for backing the Indian political parties financially. So who is left for funding? Yes the common men like us are the only hope for AAP. With Anna Hazare playing a double game and backing out of Kejriwals’ decision of political party at the last moment, there will be many Anna Hazare’s common man who will surely back out from donating generously to AAP.

AAP has a tough road ahead, but nothing is impossible. The AAP as such looks very good and promising. Arvind Kejriwal is implementing fresh ideas to rebuild India and make us corruption free, but the fact is that Aam Admin Party really needs to get all the aam aadmi of India on the same page and together which will be a daunting task. The big national parties like Congress and BJP know they have what it takes to win elections in India and Kejriwal doesn’t stand a chance to challenge them, that’s the reason they are openly bashing AAP. Now it’s totally up to us, the divided aam admin to come together as one unit and support AAP to an extent that it survives and win elections.
Wiki page of Aam Admi Party    Aam Admi Party Website

Narayan Murthy don’t want to fund Kejriwal

7 Nov

Narayana Murthy  - An honest leaderInfosys founder NR Narayana Murthy on November 6, 2012 clarified he has not donated any money to the Public Cause Research Foundation, an organisation led by India against corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal for any political activities as reported by a section of the media. “When Kejriwal approached me in September 2012 asking for financial assistance, I declined. Hence, I have not financially supported Mr Kejriwal’s political activities,” stated Murthy.

It is really funny to see big rich good guys in India dissociating them from Kejriwal. Earlier this year Mr. Murthy at the first convocation of IIT Gandhinagar, directly/indirectly slamming the policies of Indian government had said “We have cut our own legs off by our inaction, by our policies”.  In one of his earlier comments he also attacked UPA by saying UPA-2 had failed to move ahead with reforms despite being in office for over two years and put a part of the blame on the dual leadership structure with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heading the government while Sonia Gandhi controlled the party. Clearly Mr. Murthy is not happy the way our country is being managed and surely he won’t be happy with the corrupt individuals who are very much part of the Indian politics, so why Mr. Murthy is dissociating him from Kejriwal, is Kejriwal trying to do something bad for India? Is bringing out corrupt Netas in public a crime? Was Mr. Murthy only supporting the movement and does not want a new genuine political party to born in India. One thing these Industrialists need to understand that just supporting a movement won’t help India. We have reached a point where we completely need to overhaul the political system of our country. Just bashing the current policies won’t be on any help. If we don’t want the don and mafias getting deep rooted in Indian political system, the big industrialists like Mr. Muthy should openly support Kejriwal and any such honest individual who wants to join the politics.

Mr. Murthy has been donating Rs 25 lakh/year to Kejriwal’s foundation since 2008 till 2011. In 2012 Mr. Murthy declined the financial assistance for unknown reasons. Why only 25 lakhs, is it good enough to help a noble cause which is revolting against the giants who are involved in scams of thousands of crores. Come on Mr. Murthy please practice what you preach, if you know we are ruled by corrupt leaders and the policies by these shameful leaders won’t lead us anywhere then why not come out in public and donate with an open heart and wallet. Don’t you want to help these small set of brave individuals bring a substantial change in our country. Please ask your employees to contribute Rs 10/month from their salary(which we are sure they won’t mind) and donate it to the honest political parties, if you do not want to give to Kejriwal then you please come and join politics or keep that money aside and wait for another individual like Kejriwal who is ready to sacrifice his/her life, fighting against the gundas/dons of  Indian political system.

Even if Mr.Murthy does not want to donate Kejriwal he should restrict himself from making any statements which might discourage other big Industrialists from donating for such a noble cause which unfortunately media in our country has sadly termed it as “Political Motive”.

YP Singh after Salman Khan – another publicity stunt

3 Nov

YP Singh on Salman KhanFormer cop-turned-activist YP Singh held a press meet along with his wife Abha Singh in Mumbai to show what he says is an ‘expose’ on how the Mumbai police helped actor Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case drag on for 10 years.

Highlights of his press conference:

- We always blame the courts for delay but actually its the litigants who are responsible for the delays.
- Litigants and defendants are in collusion in Salman Khan’s case.
- Mumbai Police helping Salman Khan evade the law.
- Mumbai Police is helping Salman Khan. Summons weren’t summoned properly.
- Salman khan was absent 82 times when summoned by the court.
- Is there pressure from Salman Khan? Was there pressure from the state?

Looks like YP Singh more than trying to get justice to right people is after the cheap publicity for himself. Come on Mr. YP there are many other burning issues you can go after than highlighting the issue of 2002. YP Singh was the former colleague of Arvind Kejriwal in India against corruption organization, all his recent press meets clearly shows that he is jealous of Kejriwal’s popularity and hence trying these cheap stunts to attract the crowd and somehow enter into politics, he is a former officer in the police force of India who left to become a lawyer and we all know that 90% of politicians in our country are lawyers.

Salman Khan as of today is the most popular actor of Bollywood and pointing fingers at him will surely bring lot of fame to YP which he is desperately looking out for.
Why not defame the real goons who are ruling or country and responsible for the current bad state we are in? Why not bring justice to Sonali Mukherjee who is fighting for her life since past 10 years? Please Mr. YP singh go after people who are really threat to our country. Many people living on streets of India die of hunger because of sick policies of Indian government than coming under car wheels of celebrities.

YP Singh Vs Arvind Kejriwal

21 Oct

YP Singh and his wife Abha Singh

On Thursday October 18, 2012 former IPS officer turned lawyer Y P Singh slammed ‘his old friend’ Arvind Kejriwal and even social activist Anna Hazare for not raking up the Sharad Pawar scam in Lavasa despite of having all the documents.

The sad part is that Mr Singh being a former IPS officer and having worked closely with Mr Kejariwal tried to make a mockery of IAC and continuously tried to point fingers at the political entry of Kejariwal. After watching YP Singh’s interviews on various TV channel it was quite visible that YP Singh was more against the attention Mr Kejariwal and IAC are getting from the media.

It is a shame that people like YP singh are trying to bring down the credibility of hard work put in by Anna Hazare and Kejariwal. If YP Singh had found some flaws in the revelation from Kejariwal there were many better ways to get the things rectified instead making a public appearance and blasting  IAC and team Kejriwal.

The action by YP Singh has made the corrupt people more stronger and will definitely slow down the pace of India’s fight against corruption.  Activists like YP Singh should use their common sense/smartness in a better way to help India’s fight against corruption instead pointing fingers at people like Kejriwal who are up against the powerful corrupt politicians of India.

YP Singh also faulted Kejriwal’s tactics on corruption and compared it to Hitler’s tactics before he came to power. “Hitler too came to power saying that the country is in trouble. Corruption cannot be tackled this way. Population and not corruption is the main issue concerning the country,” Singh said.

Clearly YP Singh is more against Kejriwal coming to power than tackling corruption.

Wiki page of YP Singh

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