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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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Is CBI the puppet of Indian Government?

17 Dec

CBI Cartoon- Following commands from Congress Leader - Image:cartoonistsatish.blogspot.inTime and again many individuals and political parties have accused Government of India misusing CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) for their own hidden motives. The issue got highlighted again when UPA government won the majority on FDI in retail in both the houses of parliament. Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj accused congress of threatening Mulayam and Mayawati using the secret CBI weapon to gain their votes in favour of the government.

The truth of the matter is CBI for sure works for the government as it comes under the Prime Minister’s office. We all know how diligently and blindly our great Prime Minister Manmohan Singh follows the congress high command, so no wonder CBI as well follows his footsteps. Recently a former CBI director Uma Shankar Mishra in public said “political pressure is there when the agency probes into some political bigwigs”. Mishra was supported by another former CBI director Joginder Singh who said that even he had faced political pressure during his tenure when he was probing BSP chief Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case. He also said that the officers, who are probing SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, will also face political pressure. Mishra also said that the progress reports of such cases are at times influenced by the top government officials. Since CBI is directly under the government, the agency is always under pressure if they are probing the high profile cases.

Here are some of the allegations against CBI and instances where Congress party has played the CBI threatening card to their advantage:

  1. Mulayam and Mayawati despite speaking against FDI in retail in Lok Sabha supported UPA government with their actions/votes in favour of FDI in retail.
  2. Karunanidhi, despite going through utter humiliation in 2G scam ends up standing behind the UPA.
  3. Everything was fine between YSRC President Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy and Congress until Sakshi TV channel owned by Y. S. Bharati, wife of Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, aired an hour-long program defaming Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. Following that, the CBI accused Jaganmohan Reddy of having disproportionate assets and charged him under multiple sections.
  4. After getting a clean chit in the Taj Heritage Corridor case in 2007, Mayawati accused the UPA government of using the CBI to drag her unnecessarily in the disproportionate asset case as a revenge for her act of withdrawing support to UPA.
  5. IPS officer Geeta Joshi in Gujarat alleged in August 2010 that CBI, during the investigation of the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, pressurized her to falsely implicate former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in the case to harass the BJP government.
  6. Illegal mining activities by Reddy brothers in Karnataka was for long in the knowledge of the Centre. It is alleged that the government used the CBI to put the Reddy brothers behind bars due to their closeness with BJP.
  7. CBI closed all cases against Jagdish Tytler in March 2009 for his alleged criminal conspiracy to engineer riots against Sikhs in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984. CBI, in its charge-sheet, claimed that Jasbir Singh, who is supposed to have heard Tytler inciting a mob to kill Sikhs, could not be examined as he had settled in America and his whereabouts couldn’t be traced. The CBI’s claim got falsified when media telephonically located Jasbir Singh in no time. After the case was ordered to be re- investigated by the court, CBI reportedly submitted that Jasbir Singh’s testimony cannot be relied upon and asked the court to close the case. The entire incident happened to save Tytler, who has had close ties with the ruling government. Congress party dropped Tytler as congress candidate for Lok Sabha 2009 elections.
  8. CBI charges on BSP supremo Mayawati regarding disproportionate assets case were suddenly dropped after she lost the UP polls. CBI said that it made a “grave error” while calculating assets of Mayawati.

There must be many more instances not known to the people of India regarding the misuse of CBI by the Indian Government. CBI is definitely a puppet of Indian Government and the time has come to make CBI an independent constitutional authority like the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor Genera) and EC (Election Commission).  The big question, is anyone listening?

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Manmohan Singh in Gujarat: Look who is talking

11 Dec

Manmohan singh playing communal card in GujaratOur great Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in Gujarat for an election rally on December 9, 2012. Good to see our prime minister speaking who otherwise remains lull on so many major issues close to the people of India. Of course he was speaking for his party and not for his countrymen so definitely had lot of spare time for it. The depressing part of his speech was the kind of issues he brought up targeting the current government of Gujarat. Major part of his jab was on the insecurity of minorities in Gujarat.

Why the leader of a country has to touch upon an issue which people have already forgotten and forgiven? Singh said “We have been getting regular complaints that minorities and some other segments of society are feeling insecure in the State. Even a few State government officers have filed such complaints, which is very unfortunate for our country. It is a matter of great regret that such an environment prevails in the land of Mahatma Gandhi.” Should these kinds of words come out from the mouth of Prime Minister of our country? Isn’t he further trying to divide the people of India? Sounds pretty obvious that he is doing all this to gather some vote bank for his party.

It’s a shame that our prime minister who on critical issues says “My silence is better than a thousand answers” is ready to deliver speeches which can disturb peace and harmony of the country. The dark side of our country’s politics is that the netas/ministers focus on getting votes by hitting the emotional and vulnerable sentiments of people of India and in the process have divided the country into small islands of people. Will India ever see a day when the politicians instead of dividing the country talk about the issues and developments which really matters the most to the people.

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FDI – In hands of two-faced Politicians of India

8 Dec

Finally the drama of FDI in multi-brand retail came to an end with government of India winning votes in both the houses of parliament in the support for allowing FDI in multi-brand retail in India. The good things that came out of this episode were the true faces of our netas/ministers who are the so called leaders of our country responsible for paving the best path for modern India.

In Lok Sabha speakers from 14 out of 18 political parties spoke strongly against the FDI which included Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) and Samajwadi Party(SP) speaking against the government, but when it came down to voting BSP and SP walked out of the parliament making their vote not accountable and thus helping the Government win. Truly for these ministers their speech means nothing when it comes down to real action. Mulayam Singh Yadav the leader of Samajwadi Party did a compelling speech and strongly criticized the FDI coming in Indian retail market. BSP representative Dara Singh Chauhan warned that “people are anxious over the impact this policy can have on their lives. They fear the multi-national companies will take away their livelihoods. The government should not rush with it.” One thing that clearly comes out is that these netas/ministers keep their personal motives and benefits above the interest of our country and whatever they say it simply means nothing and is of zero value.

In Rajya Sabha BSP leader Mayawati gave full support to government’s proposed policy for FDI, God only knows why she took a ‘U’ turn when only two days ago her representative had spoken against it. Samajwadi Party like in Lok Sabha walked out moments before the voting started and thus helped the government to again come out victorious in Rajya Sabha on the issue of FDI.

The UPA Government seems to be very excited about FDI in retail, but the question still remains the same is it going to help we citizens in any way? Sibal says the new stores will probably open only in 18 cities of India and on the other hand contradicts that it will create new jobs and help farmers our country. How can opening new shopping malls in just 18 cities benefit Indian farmers and create jobs, if it is really for India then why only 18 cities why not all across country. Sibal said the foreign company would be forced to invest 50 million dollars during first three years of their tenure in infrastructure and back office operations. Are our ministers and bureaucrats honest enough to track the 50 million in the interest of our country? We all know how this 50 million will generate new ways for corruption in India.

Well we think that there is no point in debating this now as the decision is already taken to get FDI in retail markets in India. Finally like ever again the voice of Indians have gone to the deaf ears of our greedy politicians and law makers of our country who for their personal motives and aspirations force unwanted things to the throat of innocent citizens of India.

To lighten up things here are some funny FDI cartoons floating out in the internet world:
FDI Cartoons- Manmohan to RetailersFDI Cartoons- Manmohan Sonia beating aam aadmiFDI Cartoons- Mulayam Mayawati blindly supporting CongressFDI Cartoons- Manmohan sacrificing interests of common manFDI Cartoons- Manmohan to MiddlemanFDI Cartoons- Common people experienceFDI Cartoons- Old movement Vs New movementFDI Cartoons- Manmohan reacting to Indian tradersFDI Cartoons- Wlmarts Indian business modelFDI Cartoons- Gandhiji on FDI CartoonsFDI Cartoons- Manmohan inviting citizens in a foreign mallFDI Cartoons- Congress party on FDIFDI Cartoons- Manmohan and common manFDI Cartoons- Obama with Manmohan on FDIFDI Cartoons- Mulayam Mayawati carrying Manmohan acrossFDI Cartoons- Manmohan Sonia to common manFDI Cartoons- Sonia Gandhi reason for FDIFDI Cartoons- DMK support for FDIFDI Cartoons- Good reason against FDIFDI Cartoons- Manmohans reason for FDIFDI Cartoons- Walmarts business plan in India

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Are we ready for FDI?

3 Dec

FDI in India, will it help?Who cares if we are ready for FDI or not? Government wants it badly because they care for us, doesn’t it sound like a joke of the century “Indian Government caring for Indian Citizens”. Those who support FDI claim that we will benefit economically; increased job opportunities, higher standards of living and better infra-structure are some of the positive that flows from FDI. To back their claim they cite the example of economies such as China, South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines that benefited from FDI in to their economy.

The real question is why are we seeking FDI? Our great Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describes it as the best solution for bridging India’s current account deficit. A solution for fighting inflation, driving development and creating employment opportunities. Looks like the government cites Gross Domestic Product (GDP)/Gross National Product (GNP) as the only way to move our country forward.  Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Dec 1, 2012 said “India needs high GDP growth to reduce poverty at faster pace”. Ahluwalia himself spent Rs. 35 lacs just to renovate two blocks of toilets and said an individual above a monthly consumption of Rs. 859.6 in urban and Rs. 672.8 in rural areas is not considered poor. Is he even eligible to talk about what it takes to bring down poverty in India?

In 2011 World Bank stated 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of $ 1.25 per day while 68.7% live on less than $2 per day. With this kind of statistics probably 70% of Indians really don’t care FDI bill about which out ministers have already created much drama on streets and in the parliament. Surely economy of India is under strain, but FDI will only help 5-6% of Indian population while others will surely remain unaffected.

Manmohan Singh cartoon on FDIThe great economists such as Mahbub ul Haq and Amartya Sen have stated that development is not just growth of GDP/GNP. How developed India is in terms of education, nutrition, female education, health etc? Doesn’t our great prime minister know that India ranks 65th out of 79 countries on the Global Hunger Index. Don’t we have other bigger issues than FDI to be tackled first? Here are our few reasons for a big NO to the FDI:

1. With corruption on all-time high and greedy Netas/Ministers all around the corner do we have regulatory regime to control the game of foreign investors? It’s a well-known fact that Multi-National Companies bribe politicians for running their way of business. Do we have single Neta/Minister in our country who can deny the bribe paid in dollars?

2. While workers in India will be paid peanuts the big profit and handsome salary will go outside India. Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant is the perfect example of this scenario.

3. MNCs have a tendency to capture the market completely and make us their slaves, what happens to the Indian entrepreneurs?

4. Government says Farmer will be paid more; farmer by the end of the day is also a consumer who again will be charged more for consumption.

India has already allowed FDI in so many other streams such as IT, infrastructure, manufacturing, telecom etc.? Why it is now required in retail is just beyond imagination? Is it just because Obama has said sentiments of Foreign Investors are negative towards India or because our great Prime Minister is being called under-achiever by foreign magazines. Whatever may be the reason the so-called leaders of our country must think whether FDI is for India or India is for FDI.

Important websites: Indian Government’s website on Industrial Policy and Promotion, Indian Governments website on Invest in India

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Manmohan Singh’s changes to his cabinet – Helping India or Congress party ?

31 Oct

Manmohan Sonia Rahul - Saving CongressPrime Minister Manmohan Singh gave his cabinet a face lift on Sunday(Oct 28, 2012). Promoting/Demoting ministers, bringing in younger ministers in a bid to breathe new life into his aged scandal-tainted government ahead of 2014 state and Lok Sabha elections.

Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi termed the reshuffle in the Union Cabinet as a “meaningful change” giving representation to both youth and experience and hoped it will further “improve” the functioning of the government.

How should the Indian citizens see these changes, are they really for our benefit  Do the Congress led UPA really cares about people sentiments? Are they really serious to fight against corrouption?

Here are few questionable decisions after the cabinet reshuffle and we leave it open for people to decide if it was really meant for people or for the benefit of Congress party:

1. Salman Khurshid, who was the Law Minister, took charge as the External Affairs Minister despite allegations of corruption. A clear indication of the confidence he is enjoying of the government and the party. This will further add Salman Khurshid to the list of India’s all-powerful Cabinet committee on security which is
headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has defence minister AK Antony, finance minister P Chidambaram and home minister Sushilkumar Shinde as the other members. Is this move to get the votes of minority community in 2014? Is congress taking the issue of corrouption lightly?

2. Jaipal reddy was shunted as the Petroleum Minister and made the Science and Technology Minister. Many allege that Jaipal Reddy has been removed for pleasing Reliance. It is very much clear that the government is unhappy with the manner in which Mr. Reddy worked. Surely Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man would have loved this decision. Will this move by government help the party funds for forthcoming 2014 elections?

3. Congress’s loyal spokesperson Manish Tewari was promoted as the Information And Broadcast Minister replacing Ambika Soni. At a time when questions are being raised on whether or not media should be regulated? Is this move to get support of media and citizens who so far have been very unhappy with government’s stand on media regulation?

4. The UPA has also roped in more faces(six) from Andhra Pradesh at a time when it is grappling from the Telangana agitation.Two of the new faces are from Telangana, Sarve Satyanarayana and Balram Naik. Congress so far had faced lot of heat on Telangana issue and the success of YSR congress in this year by-election proves that Congress has no chance to win Andhra Pradesh in 2014. By adding six ministers which includes a movie superstar turned-politician Chiranjeevi from AP, is congress trying to placate the demand for the separate statehood of Telangana and win some votes in 2014?

5. The Congress also made sure that it replied to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s walkout from the UPA in a strong manner. Two of the TMC chief’s strongest political opponents have been elevated to the cabinet. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as minister of state for railways and Deepa Dasmunsi as minister of state for urban development have been inducted into the Cabinet.

6. The logic of adding young ministers to the cabinet does not make any sense at this point when the country is just 1.5 years away from 2014 general elections. In India,the parliament conducts three sessions each year, with just handful of sessions left before the elections we sincerely doubt if any major reforms or laws can be brought in which can really affect the country and people in a positive way.

Manmohan Singh – “My silence is better than a thousand answers”

8 Oct

Manmohan Singh - UnderachieverTimes Magzine dubbed Manmohan Singh as an “underachiever” which says he appears “unwilling to stick his neck out” on reforms that will put the country back on growth path.

Here are some of the points from the article title “A Man in Shadow” by Krista Mahr published on Monday, July 16, 2012

In a recent national poll, nearly 66% of urbanites said Prime Minister Singh and his coalition had lost the right to govern.

“Singh doesn’t take money, he doesn’t make deals,” says Mohan Guruswamy, a fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi — based think tank. “But he doesn’t do anything.”

Some believe his unofficial power-sharing agreement with Gandhi has tied his hands and that he lacks the clout to go against other party stalwarts.

Jokes about his diffidence are circulating — like the one where Singh sits down in the dentist chair, and the dentist says, “At least here you can open your mouth!”

Read the full article – A Man in Shadow

Manmohan Singh - Tragic figureIndia’s ‘silent’ prime minister becomes a tragic figure by Simon Denyer, Published on September 5, 2012 in Washington Post

“the image of the scrupulously honorable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government”.

“As India’s economy has slowed and as its reputation for rampant corruption has reasserted itself, the idea that the country was on an inexorable road to becoming a global power has increasingly come into question”.

“More and more, he has become a tragic figure in our history,” said political historian Ramachandra Guha. The historian told the Caravan, an Indian magazine, last year that Singh had been fatally handicapped by “timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.’’

“Under Singh, economic reforms have stalled, growth has slowed sharply and the rupee has collapsed”.

“In the process, he transformed himself from an object of respect to one of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life”

Attendees at meetings and conferences were jokingly urged to put their phones into “Manmohan Singh mode,”

“He is obviously tired, listless, without energy,” he said. “At his time of life, it is not as though he is going to get a new burst of energy. Things are horribly out of control and can only get worse for him, for his party and for his government.”

Read the full article – India’s ‘silent’ prime minister becomes a tragic figure