Milkha Singh’s  fulmination  against awarding Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar in Nov 2013, bypassing (Late) Major Dhyan Chand, deserves serious consideration.

Sachin Tendulkar,no doubt, is a national icon.  He  received several honours  in the past like :  Arjuna Award( 1994); Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (1997); Padma Shri (1999); Padma Vibhushan (2008). He was the first sportsperson without aviation background to  have been  conferred the honorary rank of Group Captain in 2011.  Tendulkar was nominated  by the Congress as Member, Rajya Sabha in 2013. Against this background, Sachin Tendulkar   posing for BMW 18 Hybrid car at the Auto Expo 2014 held in Feb 2014, was  astonishing. He has been regularly endorsing commercial products even after conferment of Bharat Ratna and getting paid for it. Is this not an affront to the highest civilian award of India? Will the Govt of India (MHA) prescribe appropriate guidelines for stopping  the misuse.

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Caste-based reservations upto 49%,is an electoral fraud in India. This must be scrapped forthwith.

The doctrine of stopping reservation beyond "third generation" as enunciated by the Paswans,is a farce for SC.ST,and OBC. The disadvantaged categories in these communities have remained untouchables even after 67 years.

There are wheels within wheels. Are we aware of hierarchies existing within SC/ST and OBC. The higher sub-castes within SC treat their lower sub-castes as untouchables. They do not marry intra-caste. Same in ST and OBC categories.

Is this not hypocrisy?

Do people like Meira Kumars, Sheljas, Poonias,Mayavatis deserve special privileges at the cost of public exchequer and national integration. Reservation has remained a tool for vote bank politics and dividing indian societies.

Every hindu is a "shudra" by birth. Any Shudra could become a "suvarna" or "brahmin" by hard labour , not by receiving undeserved , out-of-turn privileges.

The SC/ST candidates get unlimited chances for UPSC exams and separate cut-offs in merit. More or less, similar facilities for OBC. The mediocrity is perpetuated and merit becomes a casualty. The BSP advocates accelerated promotion through reservations in GOI. By this criteria , any junior could become senior to his/her seniors.

And then, we talk of "Governance deficit".

This is without prejudice to any class/castes or community.

I believe in a casteless society.

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The bureaucrats in India serve as excellent lapdogs to the political class. It was  disgusting  to watch an IPS officer , touching the feet of Ram Gopal Yadav .Some IAS officers of UP take pride in practising  shoe-shine sycophancy. A DG level police officer was clicked while cleaning the sandals of Mayawati,the then CM.Bihar officers are no exceptions. The bureaucrats  and politicians  in Tamilnadu  queue up to pay obeisance  by first prostrating  themselves and then toching the feet of Amma.

Is it not high time for the civil servants to take the call?

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The entire print media of India presently comes within the purview of the Press Council of India (PCI) that acts as a watchdog over print media for maintaining the highest possible levels of journalistic integrity and conduct. 

The PCI feels that electronic media should also be brought under its purview and that the statutary body, should be renamed as the Media Council of India. 

The general perception  is that the Indian media, specially the electronic , can be easily influenced to be subjective, biased and partisan!  

Recall the Radia tapes. The two journalists who acted as go-between the political class and industrial houses , are back with full honours. 

The Indian express news targeting former General V K Singh ( now ,in BJP) about the possible “military coup” in Delhi due to routine movement of troops from Hissar/Agra to Delhi.Markandey Karkandey , Chairperson ,PCI did not utter a word of condemnation. 

V K Singh who was justifiably miffed,was forced to call the Media as "Presstitutes".He has not apologised .Nor ,has there been any self-critical analysis by the media.

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The bureaucrats in India serve as excellent lapdogs to the political class. It was  disgusting  to watch an IPS officer , touching the feet of Ram Gopal Yadav .Some IAS officers of UP take pride in practising  shoe-shine sycophancy. A DG level police officer was clicked while cleaning the sandals of Mayawati,the then CM.Bihar officers are no exceptions. The bureaucrats  and politicians  in Tamilnadu  queue up to pay obeisance  by first prostrating  themselves and then toching the feet of Amma.

Is it not high time for the civil servants to take the call and make amends in their behavior ?

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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