Can the Sahitya Akademi awardees be called intellectuals, conscience keepers or opinion makers? They have forfeited their rights to be categorized as such..By returning the awards, they have disgraced their own works that earned them coveted recognition. Awards helped them earn hefty royalties from publishing houses. And, catapult them to sudden name and fame and turn them into insensitive, self-seeking millionaires.
Have the writers made any contribution to society?
Did they ever propose any solutions to solve societal problems?
If, not, let them join the club of pseudo intellectuals.
They merely allowed themselves to be manipulated politically with ulterior motives.-- Just to embarass PMcrats and overcome threats of “ frustration, low productivity, absenteeism, sedentary jobs, increasing workload, image makeover of offices by creating a positive and energetic work force , help in effective discharge of official duties etc.”
DOP&T’s pearls of wisdom or plebian arguments. Insiders reveal on condition of anonymity that suggestion for gyms came from a few top bureaucrats to burn their calories. Juniors do it, anyway, travelling by public transports. Why can’t seniors emulate their subordinates and eliminate VVIP racism? Have they forgotten Modi mantra: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Sweeping would surely keep them healthier and happier. Consider logistics. Shortage of office space in Delhi and outside is well known. Scouting for additional office space in the open market would be prohitively costly. Private gyms have sprouted at every nook and corner. Why not avail of these facilities instead of creating duplicate infra-structure. The cascading effect on the States has not been visualised? Expenditure running into thousands of crores of rupees. This could be utilized on projects/schemes to help the less fortunately circumstanced. People are getting increasingly disillusioned. GOI must get its priorities right. Sooner,the better.
Apropos WIC home page ( 2nd Oct ,2015) “ Yeh waala Jhadoo daale gandh... MMS says all Coal files he did not read!... Or may be Sonia's orders he did heed files for her to see…”, serves as the wake up call.
Let us analyse CBI’s cleanchit to Manmohan Singh in coalgate scam.
The moot point is: How could the CBI ignore the Principle of Equality before Law. Whither Constitutional guarantee? All accused must be treated similarly.
MMS’s rhetorics like: “I have respect for judicial processes“ … ; “ I am open for legal scrutiny”… ; “Truth will prevail”… ; I will get a chance to put forward my case with full facts” … , are political gimmicks. These do not absolve him from his responsibilities as ex- Coal Minister in deciding illegal allocation of coal blocks in Jharkhand to Navin Jindal group of firms.
CBI’s argument that perusal of coalgate files notings and MMS’s non-interference with screening committee’s recommendations, did not suggest his complicity, does not stand to reason. Atrocious interpretation
It was an open secret that MMS took all decisions under oral directions of the Congress “ High command “. But, it does not mean that he was precluded from perusing files and applying his mind before putting his signatures. He has to pay for the sins committed by the Congress party whose credibility is at the lowest ebb.
Another crucial omission by the CBI.Did the Principal Secretary and Secretary to ex-PM fail to advise the boss about financial impropriety of decisions? Were they under pressure? If so, then, from whom? If top officials are not grilled now , they will not be spared by defence counsels of other accused during court proceedings. A dangerous portent. There is a growing suspicion of a grand conspiracy behind saving the high and mighty. One trusts, the CBI is no longer the caged parrot?
Signs of flowing water on Mars.
My imagination runs riots.
Possibility of extra-terrestrial beings visiting Mother Earth regularly travelling by flying saucers.
Are the aliens passing through ancient, medieval or modern stage of history ?
If they are technologically more advanced, there will be rush for new alliances with them by the worldly super powers.
If the Mars is in early stage of civilisation, the super powers will start the THIRD WW for conquering the mineral- rich planet.
The UN and P-5 would become irrelevant.
Only, P-6 with India led by PM Modi as new member could help in averting such a calamity.
No chance for Indian developers and builders grab the Martian land by hook or by crook in collusion with the Vadras and go scot free.
Top-secret,Secrets and classified information pertaining to France- manufactured the first Scorpene submarine, running into 22,000 pages leaked,causing massive damage to India's strategic security.
Was this a case of leakage by the private company that fabricated the submarine. The information might have been leaked as part of cut-throat competition between rival submarine manufacturers.
A French employee who joined the rival. company.,could have sold the secrets.
It could also be joint hacking by China and Pakistan.
If,so, it has given them huge strategic edge over India in spying.
And, last but not the least, what about sabotage from within--Indian Navy ?
I am paranoid.
National security cannot be compromised.
The country wants to know the truth.
No under-playing it.
The IAS officers association’s appeal to GOI for amending PC Act (1988)and CrPC ( 1973) to help the serving and retired officers in litigation matters by hiring for for them eminent lawyers out of tax-payers funds. The demand from an “ elite “ association is irrational , reprehensible and fraught with dangerous repercussions. Similar demands from “ aam “ Services to protect officials at lower echelons, could not be resisted.
Former coal secretary H C Gupta refuses to take legal assistance in coalgate scam on the plea that he could not afford a ‘ good lawyer ‘.Way out is simple? Let him co-operate with CBI investigations and reveal the roles of all black sheeps under Congress-led UPA dispensation, who might have manipulated him.
Coming close on the heels of coal scam, Association’s motive seems suspect. What,it means in actual ? If, a retired or serving delinquent officer is under prosecution by the CBI on charges of corruption,as per IAS association’s proposition , GOI or State govts should have the responsiblity to arrange an ‘ eminent lawyer’ to defend the accused in the hierarchy of courts (Trial courts to Supreme court )against the CBI and its advocates. This would not be pro bono.The private lawyer’s fee , running into lakhs and crores of rupees, will be charged to the Consolidated Fund of India. The proposition is ludicrous, financially inappropriate and legally untenable on grounds of discrimination besides causing huge public embarrassment to the governments at the Centre and States. Another financial scam in the making ?
It is not the governments’ responsibility to defend the accused for offences committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act. At the same time, it is not in the mandate of IAS Association to vouch for any members honesty and give a clean chit. This is precisely what is happening in the coalgate scam ,even while it is subjudice.The issue should better be left to the Judiciary to decide in the light of evidences/ witnesses garnered by the CBI.The governments should, however, not object to Services Associations creating their own Corpus Funds, through donations by its members, to meet such contingencies.
PM Modi may please take the call for holistic consideration.
A PhD student called Anmol Rattan raped another PhD student of JNU..
Blackmailing threat forces the girl to file an FIR.
This is one more example of JNU's so-called progressive culture ?
And,these morons want Azaadi from interference and chanting anti-national, pro-separatists slogans.
The anti-socials belong to AISA, the student wing of CPI.
Let them seek protection from Mulayam Singh Yadav of
" Bachhey hain, galti kar baithte hain " fame.
This is the time to change the name of JNU after an eminent educationist.
Let it be re-christened as Dr S Radhakrishan university ( SRU)
PM Modi’s initiative merits appreciation. But, more concrete steps are required to make the selection process- just, fair, transparent, free from political discretion and the doctrine of “ pick and choose “.
Consider these. Details of selection criteria, guidelines, nominations received ( on line) their achievements, performance including ongoing court cases, if any, must be kept in public domain. These are public ( and not government awards) and must be open to public scrutiny.
Sources in MHA reveal that during the UPA regime, nominations used to be received till the last moment by the PMO and office of HM. Final decisions usually taken with the approval of the then “ De facto PM” . Several black marketeers , money-launderers , tax defaulters masquerading as “ public servants “ had benefitted on considerations other than merit.
Nominations received under category of “public service”, are usually dicey. These require close scrutiny, even investigation by the CBI, IB, IT and ED.
Let the present dispensation headed by PM Modi substitute fraud by caution.
India’s induction as a permanent member of UNSC, is fraught with glorious uncertainties. Getting support of two-third majority in UNGA is mandatory in the first hurdle Secondly , a majority of 15 –members in UNSC ( at least 8) must register its support for each aspirant. In third stage, approval of Veto-holding P-5 in UNSC, is crucial. India’s financial contribution and supplying peace-keeping forces to the UN cannot be ignored. Stakes are high in favour of India in crossing the triple hurdles with greater ease than three others of G-4 partners despite uncertainties in stances of China and Russia. Pakistan’s envy and fears are not baseless. But, that is immaterial.
Hats off to PM Modi’s ceaseless efforts to garner support for India in the comity of nations. Let the Sonia-led Congress grow more desperate and frustrated.
Was it terror attack or a blatant act of war ?
Killing 20 soldiers is a serious matter.
It is an act of war. No more an internal security issue.
Time for diplomatic initiatives,seeking economic blockades, is long past
Hot pursuit into POK seems the only option in the given situation.
Declare state of emergency in the state of J&K.
Peaceniks like Sharad Pawar, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Yechuri, D Raja etc must be permanently sent to Srinagar to knock at the doors of Hurriyal anti-nationals and other separatists.If, they succeed, fair enough.If, they don't, good riddance for the country.
Morons like Diggy Raja, Pappu, Keju, Lalu etc and their sidekicks ,must be asked to keep their mouths shut. Irresponsible statements will demoralise the Armed Forces.
The country trusts PM Modi and the Armed Forces.
The World community support India in whatever action ,it takes as a sovereign nation.Ban Ki Moon of the UN condemned the attack.
Thanks CBDT for small mercies.
Thanks to Income Tax deptt for modifying their Scrutiny notices to the assessees.by adding a dose of humility.
Phrases like : "for your kind information","yours faithfully" etc will ,no doubt, enhance the feel-good factor of the frightened assessees,temporarily though.
Honest tax-payers will be treated at par with celebrities Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya and hundreds others of their ilk.
But, there will be no exemption from detailed scrutiny of returns.
"Meethi Churi "