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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Where have our Animal Friends gone?

Dr. (Capt) ANJALI MEHTA

Within days of making our first “contact” with humans, we make our first contact with animals. Albeit this is a “stuffed”one. All of us would be able to recollect sans much difficulty the cuddly teddy on the pillow, the leo toy with prominently darting eyes which helped us develop our own ocular fixation and our first “favourite friend”, whichever toy it may be, on whose little stuffed shoulder we poured our stories out.

Surrounded by our furry friends we reached toddlerhood. Again animals came to our rescue in the classroom as we learnt the alphabet through memorizing their pictures. Who can forget the pleasant cadence of “C for cat, D for dog and E for elephant?” In our holidays, weary and tested relatives kept our spirits up with trips to the zoo. We squealed with uncontainable delight at any move made by an animal . We admired the giraffes long neck, the bears luxuriant fur,the steely gaze of the tiger and the agile antics of the monkeys.We fed swans that glided by on edges of lakes and watched birds and squirrels with wry amusement.When we fell sick, the doctor would try and hold our attention with pictures of Mickey mouse,Daisy duck et al and this seemed to be the only way to get our undivided attention!

As we grew older,we learnt in geography of the Savannah grasslands and Amazon forests and the species they supported. We made scrapbooks of animal facts and animal pictures. We saw programmes on tv about animals in their natural habitats as well as special animals that could do tricks and interact with people in unusual ways.We collected pretty little ladybirds, wrote essays on animals and some of us learnt horse riding in school. We bought fishes in packets for our aquariums,and pestered our parents to let us keep a rabbit or two or maybe a puppy or bird.So far so good. It would be fair to say that animals played an overwhelming role in our lives.We could justly conclude that animals provided friendship, facilitated our learning and education, contributed to our knowledge and happiness, gave us endless hours of joy and even helped our health care providers make better judgements about our state of health.

But then… something changed. The years had sped past and we were adults struggling to find our place in the world.We were still exposed to animals but in increasingly limited ways.However the sheer delight they once aroused in our hearts was replaced by very pedestrian emotions.When we saw a little dog we saw its teeth and dirty fur and kept a safe distance.When we took our children to the zoo we fretted that they should not get hurt or get too close to the cages. We made sure they had their promised icecreams. We looked upon the monkeys that resided in the trees near our offices as nuisances and thought of the repair bills we would have to pay if our cars got dented.We felt a sense of shock if the newspapers carried a report of some animal harming a child or attacking an adult.

Somewhere we deserted our childhood friends and totally abandoned them.First we destroy their habitats and feel surprised when out of lack of choice they are forced to venture nearer our homes or habitations. We kill them for sport, fashion, food, money and every conceivable reason.We save our compassion only for other members of our own species who we perceive to be less fortunate than us but don’t have hearts large enough to accommodate other species. We don’t feel any sense of kinship nor any gratitude for our old friends. We simply cast them aside. Like that.

This is totally baffling considering that the old childhood acquaintances,memories, haunts, tastes or the familiar tunes of our young years can leave such warm and indelible impressions.They can conjure up smiles or even bring tears to our eyes.So what about our childhood worlds of nature??

However the scenario though bleak is not black because amongst us there dwell many compassionate and enlightened hearts who are able to encompass all creatures into their circle of love. So we have dedicated scientists and conservationists, several of them giants in their field who reach out to our old friends,study their habits, understand them, protect them, nurture them. Thus they in some small measure at least lighten the burden of debt for the rest of us!

Long live these wonderful people, long live our old friends the animals and as for the rest of us….we need to wake up to many things, we need to reconcile with our old friends….

Some possible ways of easing the burden on our conscience are :

1. Daily acts of kindness towards animals such as feeding birds, putting out water bowls,helping sick animals etc.
2.Being good to domestic pets and looking after them to our utmost ability.
3. Not buying caged birds, not eating the meat of endangered species, tending towards vegetarianism, not buying fur, peacock feathers etc.
4. Speaking up/ speaking out when confronted with an act involving cruelty to any animal.
5. Using the Right to Information act to get out details about animal numbers, habitats and sanctuary data.
6. Public interest litigation against destruction of our ecology and depleting animal habitats.
7. Public debates on prime time( e.g we the people with ms Barkha Dutt) to discuss animal related issues.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Invitation for Esteemed Members of District Court Bar Association Dwarka

DISTRICT COURT BAR ASSOCIATION, DWARKA
Registered under Societies Registration Act of 1860
Website:www.dcbadwarka.com, E-mail: dcbadwarka@gmail.com
Mobile: 9810282890, 9312982075,9811638615,9971590289,9891414148


INVITATION

Esteemed Members of District Court Bar Association Dwarka,

You are cordially invited to felicitate and welcome to the newly elected Members of Managing Committee Supreme Court Bar Association 2009-2010,
at 5:45 PM on 31-05-2009 at Vandana International School,
near Dwarka Court Complex, Sector-10, Dwarka, New Delhi-110075.

On this occasion, we will have a discussion on the following topics:
1. Implementation of “Limited Liability Partnership Act
and its impact on Lawyers and International Arbitration.

2. Miscellaneous including workshop on different subject
for practicing Lawyers.

Events for the Day


5:30 to 5:45 PM ---------------------------------High Tea
5:45 PM ------------Arrival of the newly elected EC, SCBA
6:00 PM ---------elcome by the members of DCBA Dwarka
6:30 PM--Speech by the Chief Guest, Sh. M. N. Krishnamani,
President SCBA

Thursday, May 28, 2009

RTI EFFECT – CENTRAL BANK DISPATCHES CHEQUES

M.K. Gupta

Till 11th April, 2009 from 23.2.09, the Central Bank of India did not dispatch even a single refund cheque since, according to bank, there were huge number of cheques which required proper reconciliation. It suddenly, handed over all the 9180 cheques on 12.4.09 to its courier company on which it was merrily sitting for about 50 days.

What was the difference between the closing of the Bank on 11th and opening of the Bank on 12th April that prompted the Bank to Act fast? The difference was that on 11th April, it received an RTI application filed by the undersigned to know the status of the dispatch of these cheques.

The case goes like this. NOIDA Authority on 20.1.09 asked the Central Bank to refund Rs. 1,000/- to 8199 applicants. According to BANK, it made cheques on 23.2.09 but till 11.4.09 did not dispatch even a single cheque. The amount of refund was Rs. 80 lakhs. In the meantime, 119 harassed persons collected the cheques personally from the Bank at ITO.

This is the result of filing the RTI application.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Seminar on RTI at Metro View Apartment, Dwarka

Sushil Kumar
A seminar on RTI was organized by Dwarka Forum on 24.5.2009 at RWA office of Metro View Apartment, Sector 13 B. Many delegates, Representatives of RWA’s of Sector-13 and 14 participated in the event. All office bearers and founder members were also present at the occasion.

In the welcome address Sushil Kumar, General Secretary of the Forum emphasized the need of involvement of people in seeking information under RTI Act as it forces in delivering of the services by the Govt.Agencies.

Rejimon CK, President of the Forum explained the effectiveness of the Act in better governance. He further stated that every one should contribute at least one hour in a month for the betterment of the society.

Dr. H D Goyal, VP of the Forum elobrated the various provisions of the Act and shared his vast experience in this field.

Ashok Chaitanya, Legal Advisor of the Forum explained the technical aspect of the Act.He also explained how this right can be exercised without having much difficulties.
Question-Answer session was also organized where lots of questions were put up which were answered by M K Gupta, Founder member of the forum with technical support from Anil Nayal, Treasurer of the Forum and Sunil Sareen, Founder member of the Forum.
Rajiv Slolanki of the Forum, Aswani Kumar and Swapan Das from Sector-14 filled RTI also at the occasion.

M Prasad President of RWA Metro View, Virender Bisht, President, RWA Sectror-14, Sahilesh Singh, General Secretary Sector 14(2) , S S Jha, Member RWA appreciated the effort of the Forum and confirmed to use this tools for solving the problems of respective RWA. Shailesh Thakur, President of Sambhaw Samiti also graced the occasion.

It was also decided that such event will be organized on regular basis at different Sectors of Dwarka.

Meeting was ended with a vote of thaks proposed by Vinod Rawat, General Secretary, Metro View Apptt. and photo session.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Lessons of an ‘incoherent’ US policy on Pakistan


Joginder Singh ji
(Former Director -CBI )

In the eighth Psalm of the Bible, David speaks of the great love and goodness that God makes known on earth. He talks about the "truth coming out of the mouth of babes and sucklings". This is exactly what the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton did on May 19, 2009, when she trashed 30-years of American policy towards Pakistan, including the eight years of her husband’s presidency.
She called the American policy "incoherent". However, she pledged the Obama administration’s abiding support for the civilian democratic government which is now at the helm. Her exact words were: "I think that it is fair to say that our policy toward Pakistan over the last 30 years has been incoherent. I don’t know any other word to use. We came in the ’80s and helped to build up the Mujahideen to take on the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The Pakistanis were our partners in that. Their security service and their military were encouraged and funded by the United States to create the Mujahideen in order to go after the Soviet invasion and occupation. The Soviet Union fell in 1989 and we basically said, thank you very much; we had all kinds of problems in terms of sanctions being imposed on the Pakistanis".
She, in other words, implied that it was unfair on the US part to abandon and sanction Islamabad after taking its help to defeat the Soviet Union, and that the US should share that blame for Pakistan’s present condition. At the same time, she announced an emergency $110 million aid to Pakistan for the humanitarian crisis in Swat.
She ignored the fact that Washington imposed sanctions on Islamabad in 1990 for its transgression of nuclear red lines (weaponising). Especially after having held back from doing so with the Pressler Amendment, which was originally devised to allow the US President to certify that Pakistan had not crossed the nuclear Laxman Rekha.
The secretary of state said US President Barack Obama’s new approach towards Pakistan "is qualitatively different than anything that has been tried before" in the way it supports the democratically-elected government and demands transparency and honesty. The factual position is that all Pakistani governments had the same approach of promoting terrorist groups against India, whether it was in the attack on Kargil or the Indian Parliament or the recent attacks in Mumbai.
Her colleague, secretary of defence Robert Gates, said the Pakistani intelligence agency is "playing both sides", adding that though Islamabad has committed itself to be part of the US-led war against terror in the region, it continues to maintain links with extremist elements.
The real problem with individuals and nations is the same. We cannot foresee the results of any action we do today. No individual or country can know what is about to happen, as everything happens for the first time. We can make predictions about the future based on our present or past experiences. We always face the future with the past and present in mind. There cannot be consistency for all times to come in the affairs of nations and men.
Lord Palmerston, a former British Prime Minister, once said, "Nations have no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests". This is very true in the case of Pakistan and USA.
Pakistan served as a link between Beijing and Washington in 1971, facilitating the clandestine visit of the then US secretary of state Henry Kissinger to China, which made the visit of President Richard Nixon to China possible, leading to relations thawing between them. Consistency is contrary to existence and contrary to our being. Our prime concern is our national interest, not some ethical principles however laudable they may be. We can learn a lesson or two from the statement of the US secretary of state and the policies of all previous administration of using others to fight their battles in Asia. Those who do not learn from history are condemned to learn the hard way, by history repeating itself.
Americans believe money is the biggest magnet to get people to do their bidding. India has to fight its own battles against terrorism. There is no doubt that American aid will get diverted to train the Mujahideens, the Taliban and other terrorists groups to create problems against India.
There is no way Americans can check whether their $1.5 billion per year get used properly or not. Pakistan’s campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda is not inspired by any ideals to eradicate terrorism from the world. Its simple objective is to carry out the mandate as a vassal of its master who keeps it plied with billions of dollars at the cost of its own taxpayers. Evidently, it is at best a mercenary relationship which does not include the closing of anti-India terrorist outfit camps. That’s why the US dropped any reference to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in India, in the conditions for the monetary aid.
The war against terrorism by Pakistan is half-hearted. While in northwestern frontier it tries to show some activity in curbing fundamentalists, it still protects terror groups and criminals wanted by India.
India has generally been vigilant post Mumbai terror attacks last year, which is perhaps why there have been no attacks in the country so far. But all this by our own efforts, with no help from Americans or other countries. It will be unwise to expect others to battle for us.
In such changing times we should hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

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Friday, May 22, 2009

“Come and know the ultimate truth” from a scientist cum philosopher

COLONOL ASHWINI KUMAR SABHARWAL
Scientist, Engineer, Doctor (By Temperament and self Taught) and a Philosopher (born with highly spiritual bent of mind), has been trained by Enlightened Masters through various courses i.e., Transcendental Meditation, Mind Control & Self Development, Art of Living, Silva Mind Control, Reiki and have practiced hard for Self-realisation and have realized the ultimate Truth. He has also been serving fellow beings through the knowledge and practice of Homoeopathy, Biochemical Treatment and Naturopathy for the past more than 27 years. He is now available part-time for Holistic Treatment to all and Spiritual Training for Self-Realisation to only those who have a natural flare and aptitude for the subject, to be checked through an interview.
Come one, come all and avail the rare opportunity and make yourself physically fit and healthy, and mentally peaceful with lasting happiness.

COLONOL ASHWINI KUMAR SABHARWAL, EME (Retired) - 9899477943
BSc (PCM), BSc (Engg) Mech (Banaras Hindu University), AMIE

Source: Dwarka Parichay News & Information Services

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Governing Body Member for the year 2009-2011


The new executive members body of Kailash Mansarover Sewa Samiti(Regd.), New Delhi, elected for the year 2009-2011. According to Mr.Rajinder Prakash-Returning Officer, the following members were elected.Mr.Shashi Kant-President, Vice President-Ashok Kamriya, Dr.Rajneesh Batra, Mrs. Phulcheria Kullu, Mr.Rajiv Gupta, Treasurer-Mr.ShriKrishan Gupta, Mr.S.S.Dogra-General Secretary, Advocate Seeta Ram Sharma-Legal Advisor, Mr.Anil Kumar Gupta-Press Secretary, Mr.Arun Kumar Verma, Jani Mukesh Kumar, Mr.Siddharth Manikwala, Mr.Surya Mani Pandya in the capacity of Joint Secretary. All the above said members were elected by more than 65 members who came from different parts of India. Samiti is an all India based organisation, promoting Mt.Kailash Pilgrimage through guidance and giving away nine days ration, life saving medicines to every batche that undertakes the holy Kailash Mansarover yatra.

For all information about Kailash Mansarover Yatra, contact - 9811369585

Seminar on RTI-A tool for good governence

Dwarka Forum is organising a seminar on
RTI - A tool for good governance
on 24.5.2009. Time : 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue
RWA Office Metro View Apartment, Sector-13 B Dwarka.
( This pocket is between sector 13 and 14 metro station )
We request all our members to make his convenience to attend the seminar.
Contact for registration : 9350829327

Use RTI for a Better Dwarka

RTI ACT, 2005- Use it for a Better Dwarka
M. K. Gupta
You are tired of sending letters and reminders to Govt. offices, but have not even got acknowledgement, leave aside action on your genuine grievance. This may be due to that either the officials are indifferent or expect bribe for doing work. File application under Right to Information Act, 2005 and ask for information on the action taken on your letters and reminders.
Some salient features:
*RTI act is good in fight with corruption, enable transparent working and give opportunity of public participation in Governance by empowering the powerless citizens.

*So far, it has achieved many remarkable successes in exposing corruption. Scam involving crores of rupees deducted from the salary of the employees of the Coal India Ltd. for the Prime Minister Relief Fund but were not deposited was discovered by the use of the Act. Ashok Malhotra scam (Chollegate) involving MCD, irregularities in the distribution of aid to flood victims in Mumbai and numerous other cases of corruption came to the light because of the reply of RTI applications. An NGO is now at work to detect the large-scale corruption in the Grameen Rojgar Scheme at Unnao (U.P.) by conducting social audit.

*Citizens are not required to pay any cash for query and therefore no chance of cash for query like scam.The Act empowers ordinary citizens and put them at par with MPs and MLAs in the matter of seeking information from the Public Authorities. While an MP can ask get information during the Parliament session only, there is no such limitation with this Act.

* If such an Act has been in existence earlier, probably big scams like Bofors and others may not have taken place.

* That on denial to provide the information, Central Information Commission can impose penalty of Rs. 250 per day up to Rs. 25,000/- on the Public Information Officer, apart from recommending disciplinary action against him.

*In some cases, RTI has proved more effective than fighting the case in Court as after receiving accurate and to the point information by filing the RTI application, citizen can file the case in the court and thus can save precious time by getting quick decision.

*This Act has helped to curtail undue delay in issuing passport, ration-card and quick action in such other works.

*With the help of this Act, citizens have been able to compel the government and civic agencies to undertake the development work quickly.

*Due to this, India's rating in corruption infected countries has improved.

*The Act has been an effective tool in controlling corruption, indifferent attitude of the bureaucracy.

*The effectiveness of an RTI application depends on the sharpness of the queries, which is an art and comes with the experience.RTI Act already exists in 65 countries but the Indian Act is the best.

*That the decision about the coverage under RTI Act for private companies and public utilities such as discoms like BSES and NDPL is pending.

*That despite some shortcomings, it is the best remedy available today. This is quick, cheap and no need to engage a lawyer. However, no Law of the land is from the shortcomings.

SO USE RTI TO GET REPLY IN TIME FROM THE INDIFFERENT AND APATHETIC BUREAUCRACY.

Source: Dwarka Paichay News and information services

INSTEAD OF GIVING INTEREST, DDA IMPOSES PENALTY


M. K. Gupta

Amit, an applicant who submitted only one application for the DDA Housing Scheme has unfortunately been doubted of submitting multiple applications. DDA informed him that his application form No. 0229652 has matched with form number 458528 and asked him to submit indemnity bond, PAN Card etc. for the verification of genuineness and eligibility for refund. He submitted these documents on 4th February.
In fact, there was no doubt between the two forms as only the name of Amit’s wife was matched with the aforesaid application but all other details such as father/ husband’s name of both the applicants, address etc. were altogether different.
He was surprised when he received Rs. 1,45,000/- against the registration money of Rs. 1,50,000/- deposited by him. A penalty of Rs. 5,000/- was imposed while he should have been paid 5 per cent simple interest on the registration money in terms of the clause 10 of the scheme. This clause states that if the registration money is not refunded within three months from the closure of the scheme, in case of unsuccessful applicants, simple interest @ 5% will be paid for the period beyond three months after the closure of the scheme.”
According to media reports (Navbharat Times), in the inquiry, out of 2960 applicants, 1700 applicants have submitted only one application, while 1200 have submitted two applications and 60 have not submitted PAN card along with the application. This is despite the fact that the DDA has earned interest on about Rs. 44.4 crore. (Rs. 1,50,000x2960). Till date, the DDA has not informed him about the grounds of imposing the penalty in response to the RTI application of the aggrieved.

To add to his miseries, DDA is not replying to his RTI application to give proof that he has submitted multiple applications. Amit has already given the indemnity bond stating that he has not submitted multiple applications. Now, he has asked about the status and findings of the inquiry. The question remains that how he can prove that he has not submitted more than one application?
About 1600 applicants were doubted of submitting multiple applications but the DDA is not disclosing the findings of inquiry. DDA may have imposed the penalty on the remaining applicants forgetting giving interest on registration money in terms of the rules of the scheme.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Court's Order : Dwarka Water Supply

Dear Members,

We need to file a PIL for proper water supply in Dwarka Subcity where the present requirement of water as per DDA estimate is 10 MGD but in the reply they (DDA & DJB ) have submitted before Hon'ble Delhi High Court in the matter of Prof. Nawal Singh's case the respondents (DDA and DJB) have replied that they are supplying only 2.8 MGD to Dwarka due to shortage of water. In the reply filed by the DDA it has been told that the construction work for Water Treatement Plat of 50 MGD capacity will start soon and it will take further 4-5 years to complete the project.The land for the construction of 50 MGD WPT has been transferred to DJB by DDA recently whereas the Court had directed in the year 2004 to the heads of both the organizations in a matter of S. B. Tripathy Vs. DDA.

Recently Hon' ble Supreme Court of India while hearing a Writ Petition(c) 230 of 2001 filed by one of my collegue Mr. M. K. Balakrishnan the court have directed to the Central Govt. to conduct scintific research for the source of ground water as well as any cheaper process for converting sea (saline) water into fresh water.

It is very interesting to note that in a survey done in the year 2003 the estimated requirement for Dwarka Sub city has been shown 80 MGD whereas DDA is constructing 50 MGD WPT which will we ready in 4-5 years. And again no source of raw water has been disclosed by them. Frm where the raw water will be supplied and what are those authentic sources of water as projected by the respondents i.e. DDa and DJB.

Now the question is that from where the remaining water is being supplied ?

1. Is there any water mafia already operating in the subcity ?
2. Is that we are surviving on 1/3 of water available to us ?
3. Is that 2/3 packaged water we are puschasing per day per family ?
4. Is that we are extracting ground water for the survival ? If yes then whether that water is potable ?
5. Is that every society and DDA pockets have installed water purifying plants in the sub city ?
6. If yes then whether purifying plants are working properly and whether that is cost-efective ?
7. whether we know that how much TDS levels have increased in the subcity in the last 5-7 yrs. due to illegal extracting of ground water ?
8. Whether to maintain ground water level either Govt. or we as a society are taking any required steps ?

Therefore we all the members of this esteemed organisation and the residents of Dwarka Sub City are required to think and act in advance to save our future from the ultimate need of WATER to save our life.

P S SINGH, ADVOCATE
9810282890

Join InspireDwarka Book Club


What would we have done without all the imagination,
all the inspiration, all the books?


Since we all were little children, we have been associated with books. Some we liked and some we hated! To start with there were some which we had to read, as obedient little students! These were chosen by our parents, teachers, siblings and other well wishing elders. Knowing very well, that books were one of the major things which would let us grow into dynamic and responsible adults, people in our surroundings always suggested one to us. But back then, reading looked like a passive and patient trial when compared with the roar of playing in the sun, inventing pranks, running errands with our friends for nothing and other such outdoor activities. I remember that friends I had in my childhood, were almost always like my family, with the innocence and trust I manifested in my relationships, I gave a high significance to my peer group. And then I remember how one day my dearest friend gifted me a book on my birthday! I read it, only because she had gifted it and because it spoke about a little boy, much like the two of us, who hated school and all that he always wanted to do was PLAY! It was Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She is still the dearest friend I have!

I kept growing, meeting new books, each one carrying a world of imagination, knowledge and quest inside it. I read them; I imagined them, assimilated them and loved them. Today when I look back at my life gone by, I can’t imagine what it would have been like without all those books I read, and all those worlds they gave me to live in with my own reality. When we read a book, we read a world, we open it and from the very first pages one can smell the newness and the wonder of a friendly new world one is being welcomed into.

I believe that reading made me a much better person, than I otherwise would have had chances to become. Not only did my books let me see the reality I lived in in a comprehensive manner, they also enabled me to develop an eye for many more perspectives that existed beyond mine. Very often these were fictional, but the extension of fiction in my world made me stretch my possibilities…at least in my mind…it has been a romantic and everlasting affair!

My love for books placed me as a student of English literature and then of the social sciences, in all these years when I have read, I have always felt a need for more…more perspectives, more people to read with and more books (even in the little budget I could afford as a student!). If reading a book all alone could open up one’s mind, imagine what would, reading with a community do to our development. Not only will it double the benefits in knowledge, it will enhance the entertainment value that we initially drew out of it.

What has been particularly significant is the way books connect people, silently and yet so strongly. I was suggested by a friend to read ‘the catcher in the rye’; I read it, loved it and suggested it to my brother, my colleagues, my friends and also my relatives. Some of my friends were left behind in time as I changed jobs and as they moved on, but we still share the ‘catcher in the rye bond’, we still connect through that book that we once read together (almost) and discussed how we loved and hated Holden Caulfield (the protagonist). I got married and moved out of my house, I was trying to fit into a new environment, and books as always helped me. As I shared my likes and dislikes and exchanged some suggestions with my new brothers and sisters in law, we came closer on a level, which was already democratic, equal and mutually respecting.

In college me and my best friend used to sneak into the library during our tutorial hours and read ‘The Inscrutable Americans’, it not only made us come a lot closer as friends, it also gave us both the company of each other to laugh with, wonder about, and share the excitement that the book (and especially reading it) promised.

It was keeping all these wonderful memories and experiences related with books in mind that the InspireDwarka Book Club was conceived. I call upon all the book lovers in Dwarka to join this community and share their experiences, remarks, thoughts, perspectives and memories about books, authors, friends, parents, teachers and everyone they are related with through books.

Here’s to a new and dynamic books’ people community…may our bond last forever through these books!

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Secularism has come to stay in India


Joginder Singh ji
( Former CBI director )

The final results of general elections 2009 have gone beyond the wildest expectations of election pundits. The Congress has won 200-plus seats on its own and along with its allies is just a dozen short of absolute majority. There is no doubt that in the next few days many fence-sitters will jump to join the government for loaves and fishes.
Many hopefuls for prime ministership from the Third and Fourth Front have fallen by the wayside. Parties which had fielded a large number of criminals, in the hope that they would be able to intimidate the voters, are eating humble pie. The collective judgment of the people of India has proved many soothsayers, sycophants and messiahs of caste and religion-based politics wrong. Indeed, whatever be the constraints, secularism has come to stay in the country.
Now that the heat and acrimony, which to some extent is natural in electoral battles, has died down, a lot of activity on the political front will begin. Allies will naturally demand their pound of flesh in the form of plum portfolios, apart from jobs in committees, commissions and government departments for their sympathisers, cronies and supporters. Parties will pull in different directions to meet their regional and caste-based interests, governance is bound to be compromised further. Still, the government must focus on governance and have a road map on what its agenda should be.
In view of the promises made during elections, the government’s agenda will be complex and heavy. The most nagging and destructive problem facing the country today is corruption, which regrettably found no mention in the manifesto of any political party.
Approximately Rs 45 crores, in cash, were seized in raids across five states till phase-II of elections (April 23, 2009). This is only the "tip of the iceberg". Estimates of the amount of black money used in these elections put the figure between Rs 10,000-14,000 crores.
An interesting revelation during this election was that about 15 per cent of the candidates were crorepatis and 70 per cent didn’t own a Pan Card. If the menace of black money and corruption is to be stopped, the first thing the government should do is to check how much tax these people have been paying.
The common man is sick of corruption and malpractices and he looks to the government of the day to solve this problem. But this is possible only if there is prompt justice and punishment to the guilty. The present scenario of 20 million cases pending in Indian courts does not give any hope of quick resolution. The government should do whatever is required, administratively and legally, to ensure that nobody has to wait for justice beyond one-two years.
According to a UN Development Programme report, in 2007-08, all the 3,32,141 cases that came up before the Delhi high court were heard for five minutes each (four minutes 55 seconds, to be precise). Each minute of the court’s time costs the taxpayer an astounding Rs 6,327, or Rs 19,93,180 for a working day. The Delhi high court chief justice added that at the present rate of disposal, it would take 466 years for the high court to clear its backlog.
In all our scams from Harshad Mehta to Ketan Parekh to Satyam, every conceivable agency — the police, banks, stock exchange, corporates — gets dragged into the investigation because some obscure and outdated law mentions its role. The result is that responsibility gets diffused or is shared which in actual practice means that nobody is held responsible.
Another important problem is that of security and terrorism, whether from across the border or from the motley groups within. The Centre should openly and squarely accept the responsibility for tackling terrorism within the country and provide states with training and equipment, rather than giving loans or grants. Apart from the threat to people’s life and liberty, terrorism also adversely affects foreign direct investment in the country.
More than anything else we need a stable government, in the absence of which, those meant to govern will spend most of their time trying to extend their lifeline through negotiations, twists, wheeling-dealing and bending backwards. Of course, coalition governments are the art of the possible, where partners function as independent centres of power despite the agreed common-minimum programme. Aristotle once said, "Three groups spend other people’s money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision". Let us hope the new government will supervise itself and do a good job of it.

in actual practice means that nobody is held responsible.
Another important problem is that of security and terrorism, whether from across the border or from the motley groups within. The Centre should openly and squarely accept the responsibility for tackling terrorism within the country and provide states with training and equipment, rather than giving loans or grants. Apart from the threat to people’s life and liberty, terrorism also adversely affects foreign direct investment in the country.
More than anything else we need a stable government, in the absence of which, those meant to govern will spend most of their time trying to extend their lifeline through negotiations, twists, wheeling-dealing and bending backwards. Of course, coalition governments are the art of the possible, where partners function as independent centres of power despite the agreed common-minimum programme. Aristotle once said, "Three groups spend other people’s money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision". Let us hope the new government will supervise itself and do a good job of it.

ctual practice means that nobody is held responsible.
Another important problem is that of security and terrorism, whether from across the border or from the motley groups within. The Centre should openly and squarely accept the responsibility for tackling terrorism within the country and provide states with training and equipment, rather than giving loans or grants. Apart from the threat to people’s life and liberty, terrorism also adversely affects foreign direct investment in the country.
More than anything else we need a stable government, in the absence of which, those meant to govern will spend most of their time trying to extend their lifeline through negotiations, twists, wheeling-dealing and bending backwards. Of course, coalition governments are the art of the possible, where partners function as independent centres of power despite the agreed common-minimum programme. Aristotle once said, "Three groups spend other people’s money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision". Let us hope the new government will supervise itself and do a good job of it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Punish the Engineers of Apartheid

R.D. Bhardwaj “Noorpuri”

Apropos to the news item “Apartheid – Funded by Indian taxpayers” – HT dated the 5th and 6th May, 2009. It is really very shameful and shocking to note that even after 61 years of independence and constitutionally abolition of untouchability many decades ago, discrimination on the basis of caste still plagues Indian society, in some districts of Madhya Pradesh. If this discrimination of serving mid-day meals to the school children still persists, school authorities are surely to blame, because, it is happening right under their nose that the Dalits are being humiliated, victimised and deprived of their due share of food being funded by the government. Segregation of Dalit children from others and serving them mid-day meals after other have eaten-up, defeats the very principle of equality and social justice. It also speaks volumes of what the schools teach and preach their students? Poor Dalits are being treated as third rate citizens. This discrimination in MP does not remain limited to school premises alone, rather it extends far beyond the temples of education; as the pregnant Dalit women are also being harassed, humiliated and discriminated against by the public health centres, in many ways. Now that the matter has been highlighted by an NGO & HT, it becomes imperative for the State Govt. to investigate the whole issue from all angles seriously and take strict and appropriate action against the people responsible for causing irreparable damage to the Dalits, who are at the lowest ebb of socio-economic order, simply because of the misdeeds and wrong doings of such high-handed rich and upper caste people. Such people really deserve to take their due share of punishment as well, so that such incidents do not occur in future.

Secondly, it should be ensured that the team investigating the menace / malaise must be headed by some Dalit Officer, otherwise, whole range of discrimination shall be tried to covered-up by the influential engineers of malfeasance (by the virtue or vice of their money and muscle power) in connivance with the perpetrators and practitioners of apartheid, as it often happens in many other cases of this nature. It should also be borne in mind that such people spreading and practicing untouchability are not only corrupting the youngsters with impressionable minds, but are also blocking the Dalits’ passage to growth and progression by their malpractices (besides hindering all-round development of our country) and hence, it should be ensured that they do not escape punishment in any case. And lastly, merely transferring such practitioners of apartheid from one place to another shall not serve any purpose; rather heavy financial penalties should be imposed on them, besides putting them behind the bars for some period, so that they get a lesson and it also serves as a deterrent for such other perverted minds with sickening mentality, who are bringing a blot on the fair name of a developing country called India.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Removal of Speed breakers on Dwarka flyover

To,
Mr. S. Srivastava
Joint Commissioner of Police – Traffic
New Delhi

Dear Mr. Srivastava,
Subject: Request – Removal of Speed breakers on Dwarka flyover

We would like to draw your attention to the speed breakers that have been put on the Dwarka flyover by traffic police and DDA after few accidents (of bikers) that had taken place and which had been covered very widely by media and news papers.

These speed breakers are causing huge traffic jams on both sides of the lanes and it has become increasingly difficult and tiresome to drive this stretch. The speed breakers are all over the stretch. We fail to understand the reason for so many speed breakers. The main purpose of the flyover is completely defeated.

There are no easy and accessible entry and exit points to Dwarka. Residents of Dwarka have only two option, and, both of them are not convenient. The reasons are mentioned below.

1. Dabri Mod: As you are well aware, this road takes heavy traffic through out the day and night. The major cause is the bad road condition, bus stop, various modes of transport from rickshaw, scooters, bikes, tempos, trucks, DTC bus, cars and over and above the cows and buffalos. Driving is a complete nightmare in this stretch.

2. Palam Railway Crossing: Again, the conditions for the road are terrible here, and there are lots of encroachments on the road, leaving very little space for the moving traffic. Despite all these, there is heavy traffic on this road also. Driving this stretch is also quite a task in itself.

Residents of Dwarka were very relieved to see this flyover come up which eased out traffic to quite an extent. All these years, since its opening, there were no fatal accidents that took place. Due to few series of accidents which happened, more due to the driver’s/biker’s fault (over speeding), the speed breakers were installed randomly without any thought process, which is causing huge traffic jams and giving people tough time commuting.

We have the following suggestion to make this flyover jam free:

1. Keep only One speed breaker when we climb the bridge, towards airport, before the sharp turn. Same for the return can have only One speed breaker on down hill, entering into Dwarka.
2. The speed breaker should be of the standard specification as order by Hon. Court
3. Remove rest all the speed breakers. These are not required at all as there are no sharp turns.
4. Put up a mesh on the sharp turn. (We were told that this is being considered and Traffic Police were in discussions with DDA).
5. Install CCTV camera for speed check at important points. This is important as Traffic Police cannot be present every where and at all times.
6. Re-carpet the roads that lead to Palam railway crossing, which can be used by commuters. At present, this is not used by commuters as the road is full of potholes and lot of encroachment. This could be an alternate route to ease out traffic over the flyover.
7. Darbri Modh– recarpeting of the road. Desperate need of the hour.


We would appreciate if you could take note of the above and take some corrective steps to ensure smooth traffic on the flyover.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Sudha
Resident of Dwarka
Dwarka Forum

Saturday, May 9, 2009

MOTHER IS MATCHLESS

R.D. Bhardwaj
My mom only had one eye. I hated her.... She was such an embarrassment. She was working in a school and cooked for students & teachers to support the family.
There was this that one day during elementary school where my mom came to Say hello to me. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, 'EEEE, your mom only has one eye!' I wanted to hid myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, ' If you're only gonna make me a Laughing stock, why did you go there ?' My mom did not respond.... I didn't even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings.
I wanted run out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids and the comforts, Then one day, my Mother came to visit me. She hadn't seen me for years and she didn't even meet her Grandchildren. Infact, she was yearning to see her grand-children. When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I also yelled at her for coming over there, uninvited. I screamed at her, 'How dare you come to my house and scare my Children!' GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!' And to this, my mother quietly answered, 'Oh, I'm so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,' And she disappeared out of sight.
One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old house , just out of curiosity. My neighbours told me that she has died. I was sad but did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.
'My dearest son, I think of you all the time. I'm sorry that I came to your house and scared your children. I was so glad when I heard that you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I'm sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up. You see........when you were a little boy, you met with an accident, and lost your eye. The Doctor told me his eye can be rectified, if you manage to get one eye in donation from someone. As a mother, I couldn't stand watching you having to grow up, just with one eye. So I gave you mine. I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye..... All mothers love their children and out of love, they can go to any extent. Whatever I have done for you, is just any mother would do for her child. But dear, mothers too yearn for seeking love, respect and some regards from their children.... And I was not so lucky to have that from you ........ Yes! As I am dyeing, I have only one wish...... I want to be reborn ....... not as a mother, but as your daughter..... so as to enable you to bestow all your love and affection on me ...... and my yearning and craving for your love gets fulfilled..... No vacuum remains in my heart .......
With all my love to you, and your kids...... Your mother !

Franchise to Dewete

Naresh Saxena

While in Gujrat Mr L.K.Advani raised a very pertinent issue --Right to vote to be made Duty to vote . In fact in my article dated April 22,2009,I had raised the issue that the awareness should be to instill sense of duty while exhorting people to exercise their right to vote -- especially in Times of India---Lead India Campaign, and by other organizations.

Even a spirited and long drawn initiative of the Times of India Group could not achieve better than 53% voting in Delhi, what to say of abysmal 43 in Mumbai. How can we achieve a 75 to 80 percent voting so that we can say that the largest party truly represent the majority of the people?

The Right to vote cannot simply be made a Duty to vote because of the difficulties in its implementation. What we need is a little change in the system and incentivise the Right to vote.

Dr Kiran Bedi, the celeberated IPS officer, has made avery good suggestion. The Election Day should not be declared a public holiday. To carry forward this idea further, I would like to suggest the following:-

1. The Government Offices should be closed assuming most of the government staff is busy with the electoral process.
2. All Private establishments should remain open for work, but they should allow a four hour break to the employee to enable him/ her cast the vote. If the employee has availed leave but has not cast his vote, he should be marked half day s leave.
3. All Government employees who have not voted should be marked a day s leave
4. All income tax payers should be allowed an incentive of 10% of the income tax paid by him in the previous year, subject to a ceiling of say Rs 1,000/=
5. People in the lower category or those in rural areas should be issued coupons of say Rs 1000/= which they can utilize for buying necessities etc.


All the above suggestions are very simple and easily implementable.
A more radical idea would be hold elections between 4 pm to 11 pm, at least in big cities to start with .

Friday, May 8, 2009

Don’t apologise for fighting terror


Joginder Singh ji
( Former Director - CBI)


The creation of Pakistan is the direct result of fundamentalism — it was Talibanisation of another kind, another brand based on the ideals that Hindus and Muslims cannot and should not live together. But the current Taliban, who destroyed the homes and shops of Sikhs living in Pakistan because they refused to pay Aurangzeb’s infamous jazia (a tax for not being a Muslim), are worse than their predecessors.
India has the third-largest Muslim population in the world, larger than the population of all West Asian countries (excluding Egypt) and twice the Muslim population of Egypt. India has also elected three Muslim Presidents since Independence.
Despite our very strong secular credentials, and the fact that most mainstream Muslims are deeply against such elements, India has always been on the radar of so-called jihadis who haven’t refrained from wreaking havoc on this country.
The US’ perception has always been that "the Pakistan Army has too often been a law unto itself and the country’s intelligence services seem far more loyal to the extremists than their own government". So its current consideration to triple American aid to Pakistan to $1.5bn annually for the next five years indicates Washington’s conviction that their monetary assistance will help release Pakistan from the shackles of extremism and terrorism.
The US Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, introduced by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 5, includes conditional military aid on certification that Pakistani security forces are making concerted efforts that they are preventing Al Qaeda and associated terrorist groups from operating in the territory of Pakistan and to prevent the Taliban from using Pakistan as a haven to plot and launch attacks within Afghanistan.
This bill is much softer and more optimistic than the one moved by the House of Representatives in April 2009, the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act, which had made aid to Pakistan contingent on, among other things, stopping all Kashmiri militant groups from operating from Pakistan and on giving the US an undertaking that Pakistan will not allow its territory to be used for an armed attack against or inside India. The cause of unchecked terrorism in the epicentre of terrorism, that is Pakistan, is not for want of finances but because of a lack of political will.
But in the American diagnosis, money is the cure of all problems in the world, though all the money that has been pumped into Pakistan till now has only gone to strengthen its anti-India stance and terror outfits.
The Indian Army arrested a Pakistani terrorist in the last week of April who confessed that he was part of a 120-strong group, which included 31 terrorists and porters, with guides and snow-beaters making up the rest.
He said that he crossed over to the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) to take part in jihad.
A huge amount of arms and ammunition — including 10 AK-47s, 13,000 AK-47 rounds, five grenade launchers, 480 grenades and 32 kilograms of explosives — was recovered on the basis of information provided by him.
Regrettably, the Taliban, under the patronage of Al Qaeda, have become the role model for fundamentalist Muslims all over the world. The Al Qaeda, along with the Taliban, today controls over a quarter of Afghanistan and large tracts of northern Pakistan.
This is no time for India to sit back and watch the situation in Pakistan worsen — the fallout of any fundamentalist group taking charge of Pakistan is likely to have a snowball effect on our country. And that’s why perhaps US special envoy Richard Holbrooke stepped recently and clarified that there is no evidence to suggest that India is backing extremists. "Now if the Indians were supporting those miscreants, that would be extraordinarily bad (and) really dangerous. But they’re not. Pakistanis have told me for a long time that India has hundreds of people in its consulate in Kandahar in Afghanistan. I asked Americans and the UN people how big the Indian consulate was in Kandahar and they said six or eight people. You know, I am not worried about that", he said.
That’s reassuring but India’s main worry is the possibility of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of the Taliban. The nuclear weapons in Pakistan are dispersed at Chaklala, Sargodha, Quetta and Karachi. However, a failed and Talibanised Pakistan is extremely dangerous to India. We cannot bank on miracles to rescue us from the dangerous situation which is developing in our neighbourhood.
SINCE 2003, India’s home-grown Islamist terrorists have struck with growing frequency. They have terrorised Mumbai, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. In the last 20 years, about 64,000 people have been killed in terrorist violence.
In October 2003, 55 districts in nine states were affected by Naxalite violence. By October 2004 it had spread to 156 districts in 13 states. Now it affects 170 districts in 15 states. It seems as if the country is under siege, both internally and externally. And we have been dealing with terrorism without waging a war on it.
India’s reaction and preparation to fight extremists is far from effective. While it is true that we have to deal with terrorism without going to war, there is nothing preventing us from fighting the foreign and home-grown terrorists forcefully. For the preservation of the territorial integrity of the country, we need to give the benefit of doubt to the country, rather than to the terrorists to uphold the abstract concept of justice. People who are out to destroy the country deserve no compassion or sympathy. Those who sympathise with the Taliban and terrorists should not be dealt with kindly. If we want to be free and maintain our independence, then we should defend it without being apologetic about it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Strike before it’s too late


Joginder Singh ji
( Former CBI director
)
To suggest that what happens in Pakistan is a matter of concern to that country alone is flawed. On the face of it, such a suggestion may be both reasonable and logical. But those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it. By understating a problem we can’t wish it away. Going back in history, the creation of Pakistan itself was the direct result of Talibanisation of another kind.

Pakistan was born as a result of emphasis on Islamic theocracy. Otherwise, how do you explain that India, having the second largest Muslim population in the world and having elected three Muslim Presidents since independence, is still a target of jihadi terrorism? It is true that there are only a handful of Muslim clerics in India and a very small number of Muslims who are sympathetic towards these jihadis. The mainstream Indian Muslim community is against such elements and has spoken out time and again.

According to the US, the Pakistani Army has “too often been a law unto itself and (Pakistani) intelligence services seem far more loyal to the extremists than their own Government”. The Bush Administration had showered Pakistan with more than $ 7 billion in military aid over six years with little of it actually being used for counter-insurgency purposes. Over the same period, Washington, DC provided another $ 3 billion in other forms of assistance to Pakistan.

The Obama Administration plans to dramatically increase civilian aid to Pakistan as part of its new ‘AfPak’ policy, hoping that it will lead to more effective steps by the Pakistani military establishment to shut down terrorist sanctuaries.
This increase in civilian aid comes on top of more than $ 10 billion in mostly military assistance since 2001. Under the present plan, the US will boost Pakistani civilian aid to $ 1.5 billion a year or more. According to American’s diagnosis, money is the solution to all the problems in the world. However, any amount of money pumped into Pakistan only goes towards strengthening its anti-India policy.

The Indian Army arrested a Pakistani terrorist in the last week of April who confessed that he was part of a 120-strong group, with 31 terrorists and porters with guides and snow-beaters making up the rest. He said that he had crossed over to the Indian side of the LoC to take part in jihad.
A huge amount of arms and ammunition, including 10 AK-47s, 13,000 AK-47 rounds, five grenade-launchers, 480 grenades and 32 kg of explosives was recovered on the basis of the information provided by him. But the remaining 30 terrorists are yet to be apprehended.
Things will be much worse when the Taliban take over Pakistan, and take over they shall. Regrettably, the Taliban have become the role model for fundamentalist Muslims all over the world. As of today the Taliban control something like a quarter of the country of Afghanistan and large tracts of northern Pakistan. They are only a 100 km from Islamabad and have established bases in Pakistani Punjab, as was demonstrated by the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March.
The Pakistani Army, unfortunately, continues to underestimate the threat posed by the Taliban. It also remains in denial about the other extremist groups that have been active in other parts of Pakistan — in the south and in the centre of the country. A large part of the Pakistani Army is sympathetic to and supportive of the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
India cannot afford to sit back and let the situation get worse, as the fallout of any fundamentalist group taking charge in Islamabad is likely to have a direct repercussion on our country. Already, Sikhs have had to flee Taliban-controlled areas of Pakistan. Their houses have been destroyed for not paying jizya.
Unfortunately, Pakistan, from day one, has been following a policy of antagonism towards India, blaming it for all the ills in this part of the world. It even tried to sell this idea to Mr Richard Holbrooke, the US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who replied that there is no evidence at all to bear out the Pakistani claim.
As of today India’s main worry is the possibility of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of the Taliban as they continue their steady march on Islamabad. Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is dispersed over Chaklala, Sargodha, Quetta and Karachi. Nonetheless, if the Taliban were to take over Islamabad tomorrow, it wouldn’t matter if the nuclear weapons were not concentrated in one place. We cannot depend on miracles to rescue us from the dangerous situation developing in our neighbourhood. We must defeat our enemies before they attack us and lay our country to waste.

Since 2003, India’s homegrown Islamist terrorists have struck with growing frequency. They have terrorised cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. However, we have been dealing with this terror without waging war on terrorism.
Our intelligence agencies, more often than not, have failed to provide precise intelligence about terror networks, jihadi or otherwise. Our response to the threat has been far from effective. There is nothing to prevent us from hitting terror networks hard, whether they are on foreign soil or here at home.
Those who are out to destroy our country deserve no compassion. In dealing with the sympathisers of the Taliban we should not follow the carrot-and-stick policy, it should only be the stick. If we want to be free and maintain our independence, then we should defend our country tooth and nail. We must defeat our enemies before they attack us and lay our country to waste.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Debate on general elections on electonic & print media

Naresh Saxena

There have been any number of debates & discussions on the issues (or the absence of the same) pertaining to the on going election process. There has been lot of emphasis on coming out to vote etc. and rightly so. But what we are misssing and no body realising is the fact that how this will correct the messy situation we are deeply in.Presented in the following paragraphs is the attempted perspective of the present and just of the mind suggestions. You are requested to kindly go through it , and it is open for discussion. If somebody has connections with Main New Channels like NDTV, CNN-IBN,TimesNow,we can take up with them and involve spokespersons of major political parties. We have to do something, time is not on our side, if we miss it now, we are damned for another five years.

Enough is enough, the way the things are moving, it may take another 60 years to get out of the mess we are in. And the youth of India, especially the lower strata of society & from villages & small towns can’t wait. Media is doing its bit but that’s a small dose. What we actually need is a brutal surgery of the system.
The issues of small parties, regionalism, religion & casteism have added a big dimension to the issue of governance by the big national parties. The system has become so rotten that it’s impossible to think if any coalition of whether NDA or UPA (or third/fourth front – less said the better), can strive to initiate major changes. Result: we get to listen from all parties

i) “If you don’t like the candidate don’t elect” - After all even if a criminal gets elected they say, you have elected him, he’s your representative
ii) “Unless a person gets convicted by the court of law, he’s innocent” – Even if serious and several charges of murder/rape/abduction, etc. are existing against him in the courts.


We all know how easily these statements are made even by very respectable and honest political leaders, knowing very well that what they are saying is not fair. BUT, after all they are also part of the system. So the moot questions are – ‘Who will change the system?’, ‘Who will bring the law to change the system even if some of our leaders have the will to change?’, ‘Who will discuss & legislate when a good number of MPs do not know what the job of a Member of Parliament is?’. Even if one party tries to bring some good legislation, for e.g., Women’s Reservation Bill, etc, there are others to oppose it.
So what’s the remedy? Wait for another 60 years! And give small doses of i)Exercise your right to vote (still essence of duty is not instilled)
ii)Don’t elect a person with a dubious background
iii)Vote for likes of Meera Sanyal – But independents have very little chance to win and moreover no party will risk giving them the ticket.


Or else go for a major surgical operation to give this biggest democracy of the world, a meaningful democracy and not hypocrisy. We have already done a lot of things in the run up to the mockery of democracy: like, the Prime Minister of the country imposing emergency instead of stepping down after a High Court judgment holds the election invalid.. A Chief Minister of a state, installing his housewife, when he was faced with relinquishing the office of CM. Mockery of anti defection law, any number of permutation/ combinations of parties, in complete disregard to the ideologies or policies of the parties joining hands, tiny parties holding big parties or rather the whole alliance to ransom by demanding their pound of flesh for being the marginal player.
So again what is the remedy?! There can’t be one but many. What would be the right one only time would tell. But there is a pragmatic (it may sound a little unpractical) suggestion.
There are undoubtedly two old and national parties – Congress and BJP. Congress has yet to prove its secular credentials though it accuses BJP of being communal. BJP has yet to prove that it’s a party with a difference and accuses Congress of pseudo-secularism. BJP has ruled the country (being largest constituent of NDA) for 6 years. It has ostensibly not done anything against the Muslims rather Prime Minister Vajpayee has done extra-ordinary efforts to improve relations with Pakistan and was also instrumental in appointing Dr. Abdul Kalam to the highest office of the country.
All said and done, there are no basic differences among Congress and BJP policies if political rhetoric is excluded. To avoid the pain of the 60 year process (assuming that the process has started now), we have to think of some out of the box solutions to give ourselves a maturing democracy and save it from becoming a laughing stock. For the sake of country & its future generations, HERE is the suggestion:
i) Congress and BJP agree to burry the hatchet for the interlude – A brief period of 2 years for each. They should not comment on past events.
ii) Both the parties agree for the arrangement before May 16th, 2009
iii) The broad contours of this arrangement: (a) Congress and BJP will rule the country for 2 years each – the party winning more seats to start first or whatever they decide; (b) If Congress and BJP together are not able to add up to 273 seats, the next biggest party/ parties to be invited to support. But that party/parties have to support for the full term; (c) Both parties to have a separate tool set of advisors (selected from among the intellectuals, industrialists, sociologists, educationists, economists, etc.) to not only guide on policy matters but also to see to it that their recommendations are carried out by the government and also to make names of such persons public (d) Both parties agree to bring certain constitutional changes to CLEANSE the system like the technicalities in the guise of which they play foul. E.g.
*A candidate should contest from 1 seat only
*A sitting MLA cannot contest for MP’s position & vice-versa. One has to wait for higher aspirations and cannot be allowed to ‘eat the cake and have it to’
*A charge-sheeted person should not be allowed to contest for any legislative post
*A person with serious criminal charges should not be allowed to contest. *If it’s not made into law, at least the fact be brought in public domain along with the number of such persons the party has given tickets to
*To amend the Anti-Defection law to make it more meaningful. If a person leaves the party on the symbol of which he has been elected, he should not hold any office of profit for certain period. If he changes the party, he has to cleanse his mental system also.
*There should be labor and legal reforms also
*No political person should be appointed President/ Governor of state. Or at least that person should not be in active politics for a specified period
*It should be imperative for MPs/ MLAs to attend to at least 75% of the time; the House has been in session. Otherwise their benefits should be curtailed proportionately.
*The list can be extended to any length depending upon the inputs from both the major parties
*CBI should be made an independent investigative agency


iv) After 4 years, both the parties would form a joint cabinet with larger party’s candidate as the Prime Minister. During the 9 months period (the next general election process will take 2-3 months), no major policy decisions will be taken but emphasis will be on fine tuning the implementation of the policies already in place

The whole idea of suggesting this initiative is to cleanse the system at least once to give the next generation a solid and level playing field on which to build world’s biggest democracy which every Indian can be proud of.
The purpose is not to sideline the Regional Parties but to make them strong by aligning with the strong and bigger national parties. If Regional parties are really concerned for their voters, they have to first take care of their basic needs of food, shelter, education & health care, the infrastructure for which is in abject state.
It is hoped that our national leaders of all hue will forget their personal biases for the sake of twelve hundred million people. The coming generations will remember them as great statesmen who helped them emancipate from want and hunger and look for a qualitative difference in life of which they have almost lost hope.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Person of Millennium

Ravi Dutt

Didi Sudha, Director, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Moscow has become a heroine of the encyclopedia People of Our Millennium.
This is an encyclopedia of a new type. It is a Federal Information Project. It tells about outstanding personalities from different professions. The author and leader of this project Vera Boldycheva, Chief Editor of the magazine My Moscow, wrote in the preface to the edition: A special creative inner energy has uplifted these people to the heights of their activity. They generously share with people their talent, their love. As guardian angels they support this world. About Didi Sudha the author writes The Carrier of Light There were many other awards and diplomas, but the highest and unchangeable reward that always followed Didi Sudha was the gratitude of many thousands of people, who saw light in their lives and could find for themselves an elevated purpose. In his inaugural speech Vycheslav Ageev, Head of the Cultural Sector,
Administration Department of President of Russia, congratulated the participants and said that such leaders with high moral values are the lights of hope for the whole humanity. Yakov Messenzhnik, a world known Russian scientist, addressing the audience emphasized that it is
the Spiritual University that develops and supports spirituality in the whole world as the means of survival and salvation. Remarkable is that the Director of Brahma Kumaris Centre in Moscow, initiator of the project "Relay-race of Positive Changes" was included in that
encyclopedia.
The ceremony of awarding all the heroes of this encyclopedia with the memorable medal "Person of Millennium", supported by the Administration Department of President of Russia, was held in the building of the Council of Russian Federation on 17th April 2009.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Work for your Housing Society ....

Thirumalesh KV

“As a member of the Managing Committee of the Housing Society, you need to give your time and efforts towards managing the housing society and listen to the complaints and issues of members and handle the errant ones. I do not have time for this. I am hard pressed”. It is not uncommon to hear such comments from members when their co-operative housing societies seek volunteers at the Annual General Meetings. As a result, the handful of interested Committee members need to do a whole lot of cajoling prior to the AGM in the hope that a few members join the Committee.
I would like to suggest a different way to look at this responsibility that most of us would prima facie like to stay away from as much as possible. In this article, I would argue that working for a Co-operative Housing Society is a huge opportunity which is almost readily available to the large number of apartment owners and their families in our country. This is an opportunity that represents something special and unique for people with different interests and priorities.

Management Committees need to have society members – those who are shareholders of the society. In most societies, it is common to see retired individuals playing these roles. Senior citizens have the opportunity to use their wisdom acquired through their work life for community good. To many such senior citizens, it provides the avenue to implement their work ethic and a set of activities which has become a habit throughout their working lives.

Home makers who play a role in such committees are able to use their insights into real issues and often make a significant difference
. I have known homemakers take on responsibility to the environment and take a lead in environment friendly practices in their societies – garbage segregation, campaigns for usage of bio degradable disposables, superior hygiene and housekeeping , collectively campaigning for socially responsible projects including voluntary service with NGO’s, run a small building library, help organize stress relief sessions or even organize public interest lecturettes on various areas sourcing skills of professionals available in the Society.
Teenagers who are family members may not be able to get onto the Management Committees but the can form special forums / sub groups and help organize events, celebrations, picnics etc and thereby improve their organizing skills and interpersonal skills. I have seen specialized professionals bring in their corporate expertise to bear on special projects – renewable energy, rain water harvesting, bringing in a quality focus in every process that the Society is engaged in – be it Security, Safety, creating a green zone, creating a sports facility or Water Management . Some societies organize health camps and counseling sessions on disease management or organize a meditation awareness session all through pooling the skills available. This bring in a professional focus to running such societies
The income for Societies may come from multiple sources – membership fees, subletting charges, parking charges, vendors using the infrastructure of the Societies – advertising bill boards/ telephone antennae / any other external source. Managing the treasury of the Society can give exposure on accounting, income and expenditure management and help understand the economics of organizations or even a small business to those who have never had exposure to this role. Participating in Committee meetings helps understand multiple perspectives and sharpens one’s ability to influence decisions and communicate effectively.
So next time, when we readily admit that our Societies are not well managed and performs lackadaisically, remember, it is so because we neglect it and thereby losing out on all the opportunity that this offers. When time is spent in this effort constructively, one realizes that this is as good a developmental tool as any experiential learning initiative and one that makes a difference to the community.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Musical evening at Dwarka on 4 May, 2009

Jagrati
a musical evening of melodious bhajans
by ART of Living on 4 th May 2009, 7 PM at
Basava International School, Sector-23, Dwarka.
By International singer Dr. Manikantha
Come and enjoy the bliss with your near and dear ones.
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