Based on PILs filed by several NGOs, the Supreme court rules that only photographs of dignitaries like the President , PM and the CJI, should be displayed in central government -sponsored advertisements. I am per se opposed to political publicity by the ruling dispensation at the cost of public exchequer.The Congress-led UPA is a pastmaster in this game.
Immediately after defeat of NDA ,the then Finance Minister ordered manifold increase of publicity budget of the government in DAVP's budget in 2005. The ministries were also asked to enhance their publicity budget. Ads carrying photos of Sonia Gandhi, the de facto PM, started appearing in DAVP ads along with de jure , sorry, the puppet PM Manmohan Singh. The size of photos, its placement etc. in the draft ad used to be forwarded by us to the PMO for onward transmission to 10 Janpath through Pullock Chatterjee, who acted as the general factotum.I was cautious against forfeiture of my pension. The excessive visibility of extra-Constitutional person in ads was irritating. It bred contempt.No NGO raised the issue. My views appeared in print media after my superannuation in 2008. Even the then C&AG turned a blind this financial misappropriation.Thousands of crores of rupees were wasted on this stupid display of photos of Sonia G, Manmohan Singh and ministers. Interestingly, Sonia G was made a dignitary by virtue of being Chairman,NAC. Her first appointment order was issued under my signature,of course,after approval by the dumb PM
Since ,we did not take lessons from history, it is repeating itself.
Where is RULE OF LAW ?
Are the three dignitaries cited by Hon'ble Supreme court.more equal than the poor man on the street ?
It would have enhanced our feel-good factor,had the Hon'ble Apex court ruled scrapping of all photos from govt advertisements -- all out of tax payers' money.
I also respectfully urge the SC to re-visit its verdict besides ordering investigation into UPA's misdeeds and recovery of tax payers' money from the Congress.
Let no one talk of "Judicial Activism" and " Judicial over-reach".
Let the ruling dispensation care for the poor man.
I do not mean any dis-respect to the Judiciary and the Executive .
The views are personal in exercise of my Constitutional right to Freedom of Speech and Expression.


The phrases like " Social activists ", " Public service", " Charitable organisation ", " humanitarian considerations" are all anachronistic symbols of hypocrisy in present times.Let us leave these for misuse by politicians.

Being truthful and straightforward in inter-personal relationship ,remains  the best option for the humanity.


The Supreme court is urged to set up a " NOISE TRIBUNAL " to fight the growing menace of noise pollution in Delhi.
Blaring loudspeakers from places of worship , vehicular honking, pressure horns, marriage party music,religeous processions etc  must be banned.


Maneka Gandhi slapping a UP State Forest guard !!

The news is no surprise to me.

I had a short stint as Joint Secretary ( 2 to 3 weeks) in 1999-2000 with her as MOS ( Env,Forest & Statistics).She specifically sought my services on transfer from the post of JS DOP&T.

I was not happy with the movement as there were lots of anecdotes in the corridors of power , about her short fuse.

She invariably brought her two ferocious Alsatians to office in Shastri Bhavan.

I found her extremely impulsive, impetuous ,using highly intemperate language in conversation with senior officers and personal staff, interspersed with swear words, choicest incestual abuses of north India.

Being new to ministry , I was lucky to escape her wrath.

I thought ,she might have mellowed over the years. But, old habits die hard.

When she was dropped as minister, sweets were distributed by her personal staff in E&F ministry.So ungrateful.

No apocryphal story, this.




June 1507

GST riddle

GST Bill passed in Lok Sabha .

May be passed in RS,too. The Congress knows it will not gain by opposing it.

States assemblies ( half of total) may also ratify.


My queries are :
Will there be two different rates.;one for the Union,other for the states?

Will the rates of commodities fall ? And,if so,by how much ?

How will GST raise GDP,as claimed by FM ?

Will it help in creating job opportunities?


Appointment of KV Choudhry ,former CBDT Chief, to the coveted post of CVC is reportedly beset with controversy.
Reminiscent of P J Thomas whose appointment was cancelled by Supreme court on charges of corruption in UPA - II era.The then LOP (LS) Sushma Swaraj had given a dissenting note.
Selected as consensus candidate by the panel headed by PM with HM and LOP (LS) as members. Absence of dissent, also raises suspicion.
Allegations of clouded credentials against Chaudhry ,are disturbing,
more so, when these are made by Prashant Bhushan.
One hopes, the allegations were investigated by Modi sarkar before issuing orders.
If lessons are not learnt from history, it is bound to repeat itself.
Do not forget,in absence of Lok Pal, the CVC is the sole watchdog against corruption


Under Law of the sea, the continental shelf falls under the coastal state’s jurisdiction. Take Vietnam.
China's warning to India from carrying out oil exploration in south-China sea jointly with Vietnam,is irrelevant and must be responded appropriately.
Recall ONGC Videsh Ltd. that spent hundreds of crores of rupees in the region after signing agreement with Vietnam during UPA-II era. But, it had to beat a hasty retreat after receiving a warning from China.
Unless, the regional powers (including India )and the US do not measure up to the aggressive and expansionist designs of China, the latter will be emboldened irretrievably.
Will Modi sarkar take China's warning lying down like the Congress-led UPA-II ?


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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