Former Secretary, Joint Secy and Director in ministry of Coal have been convicted by the court under IPC for criminal conspiracy and cheating in a coal block allocation case in MP. More  coal scam cases are pending. Sentences were awarded to three top bureaucrats: the then Secy, Joint Secy and Director of Coal ministry, by the special court of CBI. It will be inappropriate for any third party, to blame the Court citing “Officers’ honesty, commitment and dedication “ and, worse, warning GOI about the perceived repercussions like "policy paralysis ;  demotivating   bureaucracy  from taking decisions” etc. The aggrieved officers are free to appeal to High court and even Supreme court for relief. The CBI court in the present case, pronounced judgement based on CBI investigation, supporting documents, recorded statements, cross-examination etc.Intercession by IAS officers Association is unwarranted.

The obverse is more baffling. Never trust politicians. Former Prime Minister-cum- Coal minister Manmohan Singh,  his Principal Secy, Secy , JS, Directors in the PMO ,were totally  left out of interrogation by the CBI. How? At whose behest?How were the PMO worthies given clean chits by the then  CBI,the “caged parrot of UPA” . All these infirmities raise suspicions in public mind. No decision could have been taken without PMO’s knowledge. To satisfy readers’ curiosity, let us consider following questions:--

(a)How could the then Cab Secy and officers of  PMO feign ignorance of the flawed coal blocks allocation policy,that took the shape of a scam? Arbitrary, discretionary, pick-and-choose, based on first-come-first-serve doctrine. Though, former Coal Secy (P C Parakh) had informed the Congress-led UPA govt, much ahead of the scam, about the flawed allocation policy, why  no action  was taken by Manmohan Singh & Co to address these concerns ;

(b) Why did the then Finance Minister keep his conspiratorial  silence in the matter?

(c ) Who blocked reappraisal of  coal block  allocation policy despite specific advice of former coal Secretary P C Parakh and report of C&AG ? Was Manmohan Singh  choosen to double as Coal minister for his docility and compliant attitude to the Congress supremo? Let us be upfront.

(d) Refer to Sanjay Baru’s  “The Accidental Prime Minister” and P C Parakh’s “Crusader or Conspirator”  for ringside views. Parakh went to the extent of embarrassing Manmohan Singh by calling him a “ PM with little political authority “.

(e)It was common knowledge during UPA’s decade long mis-rule that all ministers bypassed  the de jure PM and considered themselves lucky to implement  oral orders of  the de facto PM. The gutless, pliant and powerless Manmohan Singh enjoyed formalizing the oral orders of the de facto CEO ,that is,  the Congress supremo. Where was the bureaucracy?

Vinaash Kaaley, Vipreet Budhi

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GOI must upload the " Secret Annexure" to Vohra committee report on politico- criminal- bureaucratic nexus, in public domain

Based on inputs from IB, RAW, IT,ED, the report carries explosive details of politicians,criminals and bureaucrats,who indulged in anti-national and unethical practices under Congress protection.

After perusal by the then HM, N N Vohra, the then union Home Secy, detached it from the main report.

This pleased the Congress. Vohra was appointed Governor of J&K by the UPA ,as reward for his loyalty.

Appointed in June 2008, he continues till date,as the longest serving Governor.Total stint of 9 years.

It is time to replace Vohra by a retired Army Chief as Governor J&K.

PM Modi is urged to take the call.

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ICJ's interim judgement is finally out. Republic of India wins on all counts.All Pak's arguments bludgeoned. Global humiliation. Congratulations to PM Modi,Sushma Swaraj,  MEA mandarins and,of course, Harish Salve. Such leadership initiatives distinguish the present ruling dispensation from the erstwhile Congress-led UPA govt.

According to Media reports ,Khawar Qureshi, the lawyer who argued for Pakistan against India in Jadhav’s  case, was earlier appointed by UPA government in 2004 to argue in a power project case. What prompted the Congress to hire the services of a Pakistani lawyer, one  wonders ? Was there a dearth of talented lawyers in India ? The blunder calls for investigation.

Let us await Pak's reactions and appropriate responses by India. Pakistan, out of desperation, could attempt escalating its misadventure. It is reportedly going back to the World court with “ solid evidences “, seeking revision of interim orders of ICJ .

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China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) ostensibly meant to connect Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, is manifestation of its expansionist policy. I fully support PM Modi for taking a  firm stand by rejecting China's invite to OBOR summit in Beijing. It will be foolhardy to join China when CPEC ( A part of OBOR) violates India's territorial integrity and sovereignty by criss-crossing POK, a legitimate part of India. Dangerous security implications for India must be addressed. Don’t forget China’s illegal claim on Arunachal Pradesh and its vehement opposition to India’s entry into NSG and as a permanent member of Security council. Considering China’s experiences in Africa and development of Gwadar port in Baluchistan, the ambitious OBOR is headed for a disaster. Clashes between the locals with Chinese supervisors are common.

Consider financial aspects. How will the shortsighted countries benefit from interest-bearing Chinese loans, service their huge debt and high-rated interests-liabilities on massive Chinese investments? Their poor repaying capacities will facilitate China controlling the stakes and ownership. Financial strangling will impinge on territorial integrity and sovereignty. The influx of Chinese economic assistance into Sri Lanka and Cambodia has raised questions about China’s subtle and mischievous intentions behind massive investments on infra-projects in other countries. China has been persistently demanding its money back from Srilanka.

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Pakistan’s terror attack of May 1, 2017, beheading indian soldiers, has been the most dastardly act. Retribution has to be immediate. Delayed response, assertions by political leaders, collecting proofs of cross-border terror attacks to share with Pakistan, dithering for days, are self-defeating acts. Why has India gone on backfoot on Baluchistan, Sindh, POK and Gilgit-Baltistan?

Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on Sept 29,2016, destroying several launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists. But, it gave temporary relief ? Now, 55 terror camps have sprung up in POK lined along LOC. Had India continued regular surgical strikes, situation would not have come to such a pass. Unfortunately, India remains defensively offensive, reactive rather than pro-active, scared of enhancing scales of counter- offensive operations. The United States , South Korea and Japan have moved their war ships to North Korea. China suggests India and Pakistan to settle their issues bilaterally. What could be the most opportune moment than this to teach Pakistan, lesson of life-time. Sharing proofs of terror attacks with Pak,is foolhardy.

Let India bleed Pakistan to a thousand cuts. The policy of “Strategic restraint”, has failed.

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Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA ) is a beautiful thing to have happened in the country. But, its successful implementation would depend on continuous and serious monitoring by the States governments. Open malpractices would lead to non-compliance of the Act.

Rest assured, builders would be free to mislead the buyers on quality of construction, non display of load factors, carpet areas etc.Politico – criminal-bureaucratic- police nexus would continue to turn a Nelson's eye to the ongoing unethical practices in collusion with real estate agents. All partners in crime. What about the safety of poor complainants and whistle blowers? Every chance of the Act getting diluted, as we go along.

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Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA ) is a beautiful thing to have happened in the country. But, its successful implementation would depend on continuous and serious monitoring by the States governments. Open malpractices would lead to non-compliance of the Act.

Rest assured, builders would be free to mislead the buyers on quality of construction, non display of load factors, carpet areas etc.Politico – criminal-bureaucratic- police nexus would continue to turn a Nelson's eye to the ongoing unethical practices in collusion with real estate agents. All partners in crime. What about the safety of poor complainants and whistle blowers? Every chance of the Act getting diluted, as we go along.

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Let us not wait for divine intervention. God will not fight for us. Army will. Now is the time for India to fire the first salvo on Pakistan. 

Let the retribution start with surgical strikes, not once, twice but continuously, many times over.Time is of the essence. 

In the first strike on Sept 29, 2016, several launching pads were destroyed by indian army. But,with what results? 

Now, we have 55 terror camps in POK lined along LOC. Had India continued surgical strikes periodically, situation would have been different.

But, India remains defensively offensive, reactive rather than being pro-active, scared of enhancing the scales of counter- offensive. 

The body language of Abdul Basit while coming out of MEA in South Block , was exasperating. Humiliating as though mocking at our stupidities. 

Let MEA declare him a Persona non grata and order immediate expulsion to Pakistan. Activate Baluchi freedom fighters to declare independence of Baluchistan.

Let India be the first country to accord recognition to the new State of Baluchistan ,as it possibly,did in case of Palestine. One knows,it it is easier said than done. But, we must the Baloochis to settle scores with Pak army for all brutalities

Fight Pak army to take over the entire POK ,a legitimate part of India. Pak cannot sustain a war for long. Keep indian nukes and missiles interceptors ready.

It will involve large scale operations ,lasting several weeks. The US, South Korea and Japan have moved their war ships to North Korea.

China suggests India and Pakistan to settle their issues bilaterally. Most opportune time to attack Pakistan.

Sharing proofs of terror attacks with Pak,is foolhardy. Retribution has to be immediate . Delayed response after several days of useless statements, providing proof and dithering for days is self-defeating .

 

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PM Modi has always been my icon.

Of late,I am getting increasingly disillusioned with his stony silence over killings of our jawans in Sukma or Poonch.

The oft-repeated statement that our Army has been given a free hand to give appropriate response to Pak, is self-defeating., self-deceptive.

No time to visit the funerals of our beheaded brave-hearts.

Strangely, not a word of condolence to the bereaved families.

Saying "Bravehearts' martyrdom won’t go in vain " , repeatedly, raises blood pressure.

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Nation salutes martyres Paramjeet Singh and Prem Sagar

Families of beheaded soldiers preparing for funerals with full military honours.

Villagers present in full to empathise with the aggrieved families.

Politicians, District Administrators, conspicuous by their absence.

Congress ,BJP brazenly accusing each other.

AAP facing Mahabharat within, exposed ,on verge of collapse.

Antony,Sibal self- patting themselves.

Amit Shah takes pride in BJP's successive electoral victories.

PM, BJP CMs busy in inaugural ceremonies, visiting temples and making speeches.

Was addressing IFS probationers by PM , more important?

Not a word of condolence for the berieved families.

Public, watching all this tamashaa, is not naive.

 

India has a part-time Raksha Mantri.

Trust deficit or dearth of talent in union cabinet.

 

Why could PM not double as RM ?

Decision taking is centralised in PMO, anyway.

 

Tomorrow will be too late.

Country wants to know.

I feel hurt,

Nation feels outraged

And, we call ourselves Deshbhaktas?

India, a land of paradoxes, must remain united.

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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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