“ A lady that can tell her age, can tell anything “, so goes the adage.

Indrani Mukherjea might have had ulterior motives behind introducing her daughter Sheena as younger sister.No wonder, Indrani  suppressed the truth for 3 years.

 The short question remains : why do women hide their age ? 

 Is it to look younger to attract men folks? 

“ Duniya  umeed par  jeeti hai “

 In this hope, women spend a lot of money on cosmetics, anti-ageing creams and whatever else. Some women celebrate their 35th birthday a third time, while actual age is 40 + Old women want to look attractive so that they could still turn men’s head,more so, if, they are single.

Beauty parlours are the ultimate beneficiaries.

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I wanted to wait till midnight,the MEA’s deadline .

But,the anti-climax came much earlier.

Pakistan insisted on a prior meeting with Hurriyat separatists.It is an article of faith for them.

India was justified in rejecting the pre-condition in the national interests. It was not a pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif.

India and Pakistan are like two parallel lines. And, the twain shall never meet. Forget common culture, history,food habits,language.

Only common boundaries to fight besides more discussions on all outstanding issues including Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek, in keeping with the so-called Simla agreement and Ufa understanding, We are back to Square One.

More ceasefire violations, killings, terror attacks, accusations and counter-accusations, more acrimonious debates and acrobatics on TV channels.

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DOP&T’s OM No- 21021/5/2015-Academy Desk dated 10th August,2015, to appoint 158 new IAS officers of 2013 batch as Assistant Secretaries for three months on deputation to central Ministries on completion of phase-II training at LBSNAA.

Absurd decision by the Govt of India.

On the job training at respective cadres is the best as it provides hands on experience of  withstanding  political pressures States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and others with non-BJP dispensations had opposed it. West Bengal Chief Minister’s office is miffed as it had already issued posting orders for 12 officers with directions to report . The unsavoury confrontation could have been avoided by keeping the State govts in the loop while reviewing the training format . Issuing fatwas without consultation merely generates mutual acrimony.

The State governments have the wherewithal for 90 days attachments and acquaint officers with policy formulation. One wonders, how will knowledge of central hierarchy and its functioning help officers in discharging their cadre responsibilities more efficiently? State governments have their own work cultures and officers should get attuned to it. Deputation to Centre after waiving the mandatory nine years period is not understood.

The grapevine has it that the idea of central grooming originated in the PMO. What is the motive? . Was the format issue considered by Secretaries committee ?

Be that as it may, feedbacks of trainees and State govts must be obtained for impact assessment of DOP&T’s order. dt 10-8-15.

What about the officers  of IPS and I FoS ?

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Indo-Pak NSA-level talks called off.

I wanted to wait till midnight,the MEA’s deadline .

But,the anti-climax came much earlier.

Pakistan insisted on a prior meeting with Hurriyat separatists.It is an article of faith for them.

India was justified in rejecting the pre-condition in the national interests. It was not a pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif.

India and Pakistan are like two parallel lines. And, the twain shall never meet. Forget common culture, history,food habits,language.

Only common boundaries to fight besides more discussions on all outstanding issues including Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek, in keeping with the so-called Simla agreement and Ufa understanding, We are back to Square One.

More ceasefire violations, killings, terror attacks, accusations and counter-accusations, more acrimonious debates and acrobatics on TV channels.

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During the past one and a half years, PM Modi visited 25 countries. These were :-- Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Fiji, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United States, Uzbekistan.

On visiting UAE ,the 26th  country, he received unprecedented welcome. Took the indian diaspora by storm.

The moot question is : why is Britain left out ?

 Is this exclusion a conscious decision or was it  due to absence of formal invitation from UK ? 

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Will begging help? Is appeal to foreign investors for FDI in India, a sham ?

As world's largest democracy with second largest population, would India be satisfied with a permanent seat at UNSC  without VETO ? 

P-5 have been fooling India.Who would like to share power with a new member ? Russia, the US and China  have a secret understanding to oppose India.

 China never begged for a seat in UNSC. Got it in a platter.by virtue of its nuisance value while in splendid isolation.

It is a rogue State with authoritarian regime and the worst Human Rights record.

India lacking all above ingradients seems to be running after a mirage.

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India's freedom means nothing to  its citizens. 

Freedom from casteism ,communalism , corruption, hunger, rapes, poverty, VIP culture etc,remain a far cry for  the gullible common man Public speeches replete with rhetorics, false promises by the political class , fight within and outside Parliament  has put the  entire country to shame. 

Sheer hypocrisy of exploitative, casteist ,opportunistic and unethical  political organisms.Shame to them.

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August 1508

Maggie scam

Nestle ( Maggie producer )has admitted to spending Rs 445 crore on 'advertising and sales promotion' last year and  only Rs 19 crores on 'quality controle testing', that is, about 5 per cent of the former. Besides the Bollywood's brand ambassadors, should not the Media houses (print media and TV channels ) be held culpable for giving no-holds-barred publicity on pecuniary consideration without verifying the food safety of commercial products? Mind you, there were no disclaimers in such ads, that were telecast 24x7.

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The ISIS is at India's doorsteps.

What it is doing,is un- Islamic.

Its apocalyptic ideology must be opposed by one and all The indian muslims including the clergies must stand up and condemn the ISIS.

It must dissuade its youth from joining ISIS for venomous indoctrination.

Reports of some misguided indian  youths fighting for ISIS is disturbing., BLOG : “ Judicial  Apathy “ August 7,2015 I am appalled at the unsavoury court experience shared by  a lady IAS probationer for filing  sexual harassment complaint  against Ayogmitra of MP Human Rights Commission for sending her “indecent messages” .  She  had sought privacy from the court of  judicial magistrate while recording statement. Her privacy should have been respected. Law of the land and  Supreme court’s rulings  provide for  recording testimony of female victims in camera ,either in  judge's chambers or in a courtroom without spectators from the public present . Why was this not followed in the present case , one wonders.

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If the policy cannot be scrapped, at least, disenfranchise the beneficiaries.

The ultimate beneficiaries of caste categorisations are politicians.

Yadav/ OBC vote banks, SC/ST Vote banks, Minorities vote banks.

The caste discrimination has been enhanced during the past 60 years leading to vote bank politics.

Caste has become irrelevant in the present times.

A dalit can become the PM and the so-called high castes could become safai karamcharis.

Be guided by the Directive principle of Equality before Law.

Strive for a level playing field and prove the worth.

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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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