August 1811

Rafale Muckraking

Demand for ‘forensic’ audit on Rafale by C&AG must be taken forward in the interest of probity in public life.

PM Modi may be personally honest and incorruptible.

I have always stood against his detractors. 

But, he is also a hardcore politician. This makes all the difference.

Politicians lose capacity to distinguish between Right and Wrong; Good and Bad advisors

I articulate my views candidly recording disagreement with him.

All my posts can be accessed at PMO archives.

Against this background , PM Modi,it seems, has been misled by the Reliance Group of Companies

Anil Ambani,the corporate honcho, had no business to suo moto issue a public clarification on the contentious issue

Association of Reliance Defence (with zero experience in Aero space manufacturing ) as a partner of Dassault Aviation, has raised suspicions in public mind.

And, quitely justifiably.

Means are more important than Ends

PM Modi will have a lot to explain

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Shelter homes for women are very much in the news these days,but, for wrong reasons.

Let us hand over the administration and security of all women shelter homes in UP,Bihar and elsewhere to transgenders.

They would,at least, be relatively more trustworthy and committed than politicians, police and bureaucrats.

Let us take lessons from the medieval indian history.The mughals were wise enough to amply utilise the services of the third gender.

Incidentally, it is not clear why has the GOI not permitted the UPSC to permit the third gender appear in civil services exams despite clear verdict of Supreme court?

The RBI has already allowed them to appear in all their exams by making suitable changes in the application forms.

Why this discriminatory approach?

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Mamata&Rahul , the anti-nationals' belligerant postures on impacts of NRC in Assam and soon to follow west Bangal ( due to be re-named as Bangla ,sorry, "Republic " of Bangla),is bound to create unprecedented violence and chaos in the country.

Worse, the rohingyas are not the ones to sit back.They are also being trained and funded by the ISI.

The ISI has been waiting to push the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh& Myanmar for radicalisation and train them as hardcore terrorists.

A direct threat to National security.

Thanks to the Commies, Congis, TMC-wallahs urban / rural naxalites and their cheer leaders.

I was the one to have advised PM Modi, to rein in the serial offenders loke the UPA,scamsters and other allies.But, you are enamoured of your grand visions.

Wonky priorities, grabbing popularity among indian diasporas.

Needlessly footloose,you neglected domestic priorities and went on accumulating serious issues.

I would like to be upfront. As a Modiphile, I want to call a spade a spade without mincing words.

I have no axe to grind and seek favours from you, Sir. You seem to have lost your ability to distinguish between good and bad.

You allow yourself to be misled by the cabal of self-seeking bureaucrats and political leaders.

So what next?

Impose President rule in Bangal followed by preventive detention of anti-nationals like

Mamata and Rahul, whose outrageous statements like " Khoon ki nadian " portend ill for the country.These instigate other anti-national and seditious forces in the country.

Another jolt to your fans, What prevented you, Modi Sir, from speeding up corruption cases against the Congress dynasty -- rather the extended dynasty including Robert Vadra,

Why are the CBI,ED etc not arguing in the court to cancel bail applications of the Chidambarams?

A word about your love for Good governance.You have committed blunders by bringing by legislating new laws to protect top bureaucrats who worked closely with the Congress supremo-cum- the Chairperson of the then NSA and Dr MMS etc. All  in garb of empowering top bureaucracy for taking bold decisions.Absurd.

Mr Prime Minister,Sir, trust me, you have been trapped by the manipulative coterie of your " trusted "advisors belonging to one elite service.

Be aware of ground realities.Please get a reality check conducted in bureaucracy of all organised services with the help of CBI,ED, IT,CVC ETC and find out where you stand.Some double-faced  top bureaucrats still owe allegiance to the UPA leaders.Put them under the scanner.

Having regard to the foregoing , I shall stll pray for your victory in 2019 elections in country's interests ,despite monumental blunders.

am convinced, there is no other option to replace.you.

But, please do not forget, Sir, you are always accountable to public-at-large.

You may have a lot to explain to them.

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The Lutynes coteries are ubiquitous in all departments of life.

The  opportunistic among them switch loyalties in order to receive patronage of successive ruling dispensations. Such charity to clever chaatukaars has destroyed democracy.

A stupid man is more likely to be honest than a shrewd man. We are sharply machiavellian.

Why should we target the Media alone.

There are hordes of shrewd, sharply hierarchical Lutynes ,evergreen bureaucrats , Law-makers are bereft of clean conscience.

They are adept in monopolising key positions without merit.

Elitist, anglisized brokers, fixers and corporate lobbyists

And, what about those four ill-advised SC judges' who went public for articulating their grievances? What glorious messages the "Lutynes judges " had sent to the public-at-large.by holding press conferences. Ironically, no contempt notices were issued by the Apex court for washing dirty linen in public?

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Rahul's hugging the PM after his no-confidence motion speech,was frivolous and poor histrionic.

Even, PM Modi was stunned by his childish behaviour.

Rahul's outburst was without substance and acting / rhetorics uninspiring, de-motivating, jolting the conscience of the common man. Goaded by his cheer leaders and like-minded friend such as Scindia,he was misled to believe that he made a good speech. In excitement, he went to hug PM Modi and trivialized the level of debate.

Without pre-checking facts , Rahul merely commited blunders.

His reference to parleys with French President ( claimed by him but without proofs) about secrecy clause in Rafael deal was thoughtless,immature and irresponsible.

The ruling political dispensation is justified in moving a privilege motion against Congress’s stupid stormy petrel.

Surely, he is not the material for Congress Presidentship, let alone, PM material.

Unfit even to be even a stand-up comedian

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As per Media reports ( ET, HT) Reliance Foundation's  Jio Institute gets Institution of Eminence tag from GOI ( HRD). 

The institute will get financial assistance up to Rs 1000 crore over a period of five years. Further,it will reportedly use Rs 9,500 crore in capital expenditure on the proposed institute that will be located in a 'fully residential university city' in Pune."

The moot point is : How could GOI evaluate the Jio institute even before it is set up ? The country particularly its tax payers want to know the truth.

 

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The motion is partially correct. But, a sweeping generalization would be unjust and unfair.There are  outstanding officers in civil services,who are worthy of inspiring emulation. Criticism of senior bureaucrats of MP by one Deepali Rastogi,a 1994 batch IAS officer, is well-deserved. In another recent instance, one Shah Faesal,IAS ( 2009 , J&K) lambasted his seniors and the system for not exercising freedom of conscience. His offence is far graver as he labelled India as “Rapistaan”. The Govt of India is within its right to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the two officers by invoking  the statutary Conduct Rules.These emotional outbursts arise out of intolerance and impulsive nature.

The pliability and malleability of senior bureaucrats  to please politicians has been there all along. The tendency gathers pace as bureaucrats approach retirement. They please corrupt politicians during service period in order to get coveted post-retirement assignments like governorships, nomination to legislatures, memberships UPSC, CEC, ambassadorial assignments ,heads of  superfluous committees and commissions etc. No one is willing to come out of comfort zone.They get addicted to a particular life style and they can go to any extent to maintain it. Such Politico-bureaucratic- nexus exist both at Centre and the States.All bureaucrats are unanimous on this. The retired ones, who are academically inclined, prefer to pen down their unsavoury  experiences with politicians.They  open their third eye and write memoirs cursing politicians.

Whatever one may say, the civil servant must learn to say no to politicians and take all precautions to effectively defend their career interests instead of blindly carrying out orders. Sudden outbursts by  relatively junior civil servants,will pass off with time. They will be show-caused and awarded penalties invoking  Conduct Rules. Politicians are incorrigible and will always remain supreme. All things considered, we require a strong political Will to cleans the       “Animal farms “ of all sorts of dodgy characters.There is a need to do away with all discretionary powers enjoyed by the political masters and bureaucrats in collusion with big business houses.

 

A K Saxena (A former civil servant)

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Horrible memories of  those draconian days. PM Indira Gandhi declared the state of  internal emergency on June  25,1975 across India citing threats of national security and bad economic conditions. This led to  arrests or detention without trials. No external aggression , no armed rebellion. All for retaining power by the then PM- illegally, undemocratically.

Fundamental rights were suspended and any person who opposed the govt. was either detained or arrested without the right to appeal to courts. Article 352 of the Indian Constitution that gave extraordinary powers to Indira Gandhi was misused. Elections , civil liberties were suspended.

Correspondents of foreign media were expelled. Severe censorship was imposed on local and national media. MHA informed  the Parliament in May 1976 that 7,000 persons had been arrested  for circulating clandestine literature opposing the Emergency. Lakhs of people were arrested in rural and urban areas.The Congress leaders found it an opportune time to settle scores with their personal and political adversaries.

Total  Media censorship of national media. Editorials spaces of mainstream media blanked out by censoring authority. BBC was the only source of news stories.

Indira Gandhi was ubiquitously visible anywhere, everywhere on big posters and cut-outs and  on Doordarshan, the captive national TV.

Pre-dawn  swoops by the police were order of the day. Large scale arrests/ detention of leaders of opposition , political workers, journalists, government employees, serving and retired. Information regarding  third-degree tortures of  detainees in jails kept filtering out. There was a constant fear of imminent arrests by the police.Judiciary was frightened into silence and subservience.

Fortunately, subsequent  governments introduced checks and balances to  ensure that the posterity does not  have to pass through the same nightmare once again. Prior sanction of Parliament is now obligatory for imposing emergency. The Cabinet does not have the right to impose emergency.

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Governments at the Centre and States and their associates in the country are the largest litigants. Ironically, they are also the largest losers. No one  seems to bother about the resultant loss of  revenue to public exchequer.

Government cases are usually defended in courts by standing counsels empanelled Min of Law at Centre and States. Selections involve use of discretionary powers.Subjectivity is bound to creep in. Private lawyers’ track records,success rates,merit, non-compliance of prescribed criteria and guidelines tend to get ignored for extraneous considerations. Political interference sidelines merit. Standing counsels, more often than not,fail to attach importance to government cases,giving more time to their private clients. The govt counsels  are over-awed by presence of distinguished lawyers engaged by the opposite parties on payment of hefty fees ( in cash). All government payments are made by cheques.This acts as a deterrent.

Things are not hunky dory. Situation in States far worse,shameful. A reality check and corrective measures are necessary to arrest further deterioration.

 

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“Successful” bureaucrats turning into politicians ! Number would be  legion,if, Indian states and UTs  are counted. The serving bureaucrats cannot be successful without political blessings.And,there is a price for it.Thumb rule is : You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.The serving bureaucrats get paid for politicking . Good implementers of illegal  decisions. Politically ambitious creatures. All at cost of silent majority of honest civil servants.They are rewarded, after retirement, with gubernatorial assignments, nomination into Rajya sabha, UPSC membership, Election commissioners,CAT memberships, CIC and other sinecures.Some fools join political parties after retirement. I need not spell out their details.

Coming to specifics, N K Singh, N N Vohra, K K Paul are the prominent ones. All experts in keeping successive ruling dispensations on the right side.Reasons for their  initial appointments and successive extensions,are matters of discussion in bureaucratic circles. Names of hundreds other  pseudo-intellectuals are withheld due to space constraints. Moreover,it will result in unsavoury controversies. NDA has been as brutal as the UPA. No improvement. Utter misuse of discretionary powers by political masters.

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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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