The media report makes  disturbing reading. Fantastic going rates of bribes : Rs 70 lakhs for posting/transfer of top officers in Meerut,50 lakhs in Agra and so on. Doctrine of of  quid pro quo works. Nothing  pro bono .

Could this be possible without the knowledge of  political executive and the collusive bureaucracy. The incompetent chief minister  keep repeating  his policy of zero tolerance in corruption. Hollow rhetorics,as always.UP CM instead of addressing governance issues is usually 

spotted with his camera crew, visiting temples,laying foundation stones etc. A publicity hunk with eyes set on earning political brownie points.Totally inexperienced , out od sync with ground realities. A glib talker  does not make a CEO.  

Corruption  in Uttar Pradesh mirrors the negative state of affairs in all States and union territories of India. Unholy nexus of politicians with the corporate sectors, builders mafia,the Police and pliable bureaucrats ,jointly contribute to the mess. Maintaining Status quo suits all of them.

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PM Modi,it seems, is now a regular counsellor for children  on all  matters for their betterment.  

In his "Pareeksha pe Charcha " discourse of Jan 2020, PM Modi advised all parents to refrain from imposing themselves on children during the examination period. I think, all parents know about these aspects too well in the interest of their children .This is the mandate allocated for HRD ministry. One wonders what prompted the PM treat  same symptoms again and again through his famous : “ Pareeksha pe Charcha”, a sub-set of  “ Chai pe charcha” ?

A majority of  HRD minsters in the past, never cared to address these concerns.It is their domain. They lack out-of-box  thinking. They have done absolutely nothing in the past, suggesting steps for managing stress among children.

Schooling must be made enjoyable to children. HRD ministry must take experts’ advice, draw up guidelines  for implementation  through its educational institutes. Let it conduct impact assessment studies , carry out mid-course corrections in sync with changing time. A one-time 

monologue may not help.Parents and teachers have many questions to ask. Schools and colleges must be encouraged to intereact with psychologists and  professional confidence boosters. Just an unsolicited advice to our worthy, well-intentioned Prime Minister.

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Tablaux  proposals received from Bengal,Maharashtra and Kerala  are rejected by the Centre.

The States complain “You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours”. The vendetta politics ultimately harms the Republic of India.

Is India sliding from Co-operative federalism to Competitive federalism ?

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 The year 2020 is going to be quite hectic for India.The ruling party is organizing rallies for trumpeting achievements to woo voters of impending assemblies’ elections. Mega rally at Ramlila ground Delhi on Dec 22 last year was totally unwarranted  in the midst of NRC- CAA related violence .The capital was under siege. Report on security threat to PM seemed fabricated . How was he having a free run violating  security protocol.

No one is impressed by the political drama. Massive  logistic support by deploying govt machinaries. Election Commission and C&AG are clueless about misuse of public funds . Huge information gag has developed as political parties  have been kept outside the purview of RTI Act.All political parties are unanimous on the exemption.

The ministerial Executive is marginalized, silenced by providing undeserved privileges.  All sign on dotted lines and keep their mouths shut.

Bureaucracy is growing increasingly pliant,malleable, more focussed on  prized postings rather than addressing  public grievances. Crisis of credibility afflicts the Media. Providing Good governance remains a pipe dream. Services delivery and accountability  mechanisms have failed. Corruption growing exponentially in local bodies and subordinate judiciary. Nothing moves without  illegal gratification.The local municipal bodies have grown totally inaccessible and unresponsive.MHA should stop pretending about its ignorance.

Total chaos and confusion. CM, West Bengal  demands UN- monitored referendum on CAA and NRC. All opposition-ruled States towing the same line.

Excessive digital visibility of PM Modi breeds contempt. We need vigorous appraisal of self-performance. Man ki baat, ( a monologue ) is getting boring, merely badgering the citizens. We need more dialogue, more consultation with public to avoid getting out-of-touch . BJP is sending its “ MLAs and MPs” for fostering  public awareness on CAA and NRC.They should worry  more about nursing their constituencies and solve people’s problems.PM should not consider himself infallible.

Time for ‘ Chintan and Manthan ‘ for the ruling political dispensation to analyse how the situation  has grown so antagonistic over the years? This is the wake-up call for the ruling coalition at the centre. Arrogance of the political class is bad; its over-confidence is a curse.

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Writing TV news script is a lot harder than one might think.Indian TV news script writers never write for ears. Hence, more often than not, these are out of sync with visuals based on ground realities.

All TV channels have the inherent propensity to show every news as Breaking News.All under TRP compulsions.In the competition for One-up-manship,news are hyped so much that the script writers, invariably end up making a mockery of themselves and worse, mislead the viewers.  

Sample the following " Breaking News " that appeared simultaneously on all TV channels, on Dec 30.

First Breaking news :- Priyanka Gandhi is reaching Delhi by road as the flight was cancelled due to fog.Worse, the news was repeated several times in succession.

Second Breaking news : Fire breaks out in PM House ( PMH) ;

Third Breaking News : PM Modi promptly consoled all his fans by tweeting " that there was no fire in PMH ( 7 Lok samiti marg) and there was a short circuit in SPG House (9 Lok samiti marg) "

Questions

(a) Whether there are criteria  for categorizing the News.Priyanka Gandhi’s travel mode is a non-news ; (b)How did the PM butt in ?Is he a specialist?; (c) Where did engineers disappear despite ? Who leaked the news to the Media?; ( d)Was attempt was made through the Tweets 

to attract global attention; ( e) Are there any  standard guidelines to regulate media hypes?

Will the News Broadcasting agency or m/I&B issue appropriate advisories to TV channels to exercise utmost restraint in analyzing the news-worthiness before classifying them as normal or breaking news?

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Rallies after rallies by the ruling dispensation in quick succession. Purpose? Trumpeting achievements to seek voters’ support for impending assemblies’ elections.

On Dec 22,2019, Delhi organised mega rally at Ramlila ground at 1.30 PM.

Dance shows organized to entertain the audience till PM's address. Absolutely, moronic, in the midst of NRC- CAA related violence in the country. With roads closed, the national capital was under siege,once again.

The news-report about looming security threat to PM,though disturbing, seems fabricated news. Public is not impressed. Instead, shocked.

Massive security and logistic arrangement by deploying govt machinaries. All at taxpayers' cost ; not party's funds. No cost-benefit analysis ever carried out by any independent agency? Is the Election Commission neutral?

Office of C&AG seems clueless about misusing public funds for earning political brownie points.Its lips are sealed.

Information gag. Political parties are outside the purview of RTI Act.

Central ministers are marginilised. All are kept happy through hefty remunerations plus undeserved privileges . Motive? To ensure they sign on dotted lines and keep their mouths shut.

Bureaucracy is becoming increasingly pliant,malleable, compliant for keeping their mouths sealed. It is more interested in getting prized postings rather than having concern for  public service.

India specialises in cult worship; reminiscent of  continuing Nehru-Gandhi dynasty .Crisis of credibility afflicts the captive news media

The public had expected PM Modi to take back POK. On the contrary,the ruling coalition is busy organising political rallies for garnering peoples' support by carrying out " phoney " referendum on CAA and NRC.  "Missed calls" on Mobile No: 7836800500.

Strangely, Mamata Banerjee demanding UN- monitored referendum.Brainless  suggestion.The frivolous  goings-on are akin to TV Reality shows.

Poll counting for Jharkhand poll is underway. Initial trends are disturbing for BJP.

This is the wake-up call for the ruling coalition at the centre. Arrogance and over-confidence are anathema to nasty politicians.

Excessive visibility of PM Modi on TV , his inane Man ki baat, ( a monologue ) constantly badgering the voters and rendering the NDA out-of-touch with them .

Time for ‘ Chintan and Manthan ‘ in BJP.

Ethics demand ,some one must own the moral responsibility for the ignominious defeat.The moot point is whether this can be taken as a verdict on NRC and the Citizens Amendment Act (CAA)? How  have the voters  suddenly grown so antagonistic ?

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Eruption of violence at Jamia Millia Islamia against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Census ( NRC ) could not have been sudden. It was pre-planned with molotov cocktails. Police assaulted Jamia students in library ,wash rooms, administrative blocks. Utterly sinful, shameful.

Some suspect such incidents of violence as the handiwork of AAPtards, in collusion with Congi goons abetted by Pak-sponsored intruders. Some claim,it was stage-managed by BJP.

Whatever may be the truth, demand for instituting a court-monitored inquiry by CBI is growing.  Supreme court has advised the petitioners to approach the respective High courts,instead of Supreme court.

Unrest in JNU and Delhi university are caused by reasons different from JMI,Delhi. While the JNUiites are agitating against fee hikes, DU is in protest mode against regularization of ad-hoc teachers. Exams in DU are over. The job of invigilation was carried out by the administrative staff as the ad-hoc teachers were on dharna.

A monumental Intelligence failure of Delhi police which could trigger a civil war. Invisible divisive forces seem to be at work. Strangely, BJP leadership is busy politicking for impending elections. Totally unfazed , unperturbed.All politicians have same DNA.Their inaction is criminal.

The callous, brainless police failed to arrest escalation of violence to other institutes across the country- JMI, JNU, DU, AMU, Hyderabad, LKO, Bareilly,Kanpur and elsewhere.

Innocent JMI students were reportedly trapped in the cross-fire without fault. Delhi police failed to distinguish between genuine students and local riff-raffs.

Why should heads not roll in Delhi Police

What was the SPG-protected Priyanka Vadra doing in JMI? What were Aaptard Amanullah Khan,Salman Khurshed, D Raja and others doing ? Inciting the students.Their motive was to stoke the fire of hatred between the hindus and the muslims by inciting the student community.

Blame game is a ready excuse. Dirty hands of ISI and a Pakistan- sponsored mini-proxy attack of sort,cannot be ruled out. SIMI radicals and PFI activists are surely behind violence, destruction of public property.

Infiltration from Pak, over-active rumour mill, unprofessional police force, conflicting political interests, mishandling of situation by the ruling dispensation or a cocktail of all.

All things considered,it is our vulnerability combined with the opportunistic political class contributing to growing anarchy in the country covering Delhi, AMU, LKO, Hyderabad, Kanpur,Bihar,Bengaluru,North-east etc. And, the violence is still spreading with vengeance to other areas.

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The union government’s decision to regularise 1728 unauthorised  colonies in the national capital benefitting 50 lakh Delhiites ,is highly disturbing. The mercies have been bestowed on ghetto-dwellers,the depressed  and chronically  poor people who have been living in slums for decades. Another shocker. The regularized slums are devoid of bulk municipal services like pucca roads,houses, potable water, sewer lines etc. Political gimmicks before the impending  elections in NCT,Delhi. Unfair for the ruling dispensation to take crdedit by simply issuing ownership certificates? No substantive works. Our’s is ,perhaps, the only country in the world that  brought in a new legislation,as a tribute to bad planning.

Conferring land rights to property owners in 1,728 unauthorised colonies at a nominal charge. Nothing unusual. The move comes in the wake of a series of populist  measures, freebies announced by Kejriwal  sarkar.

DDA is to start conferring ownership rights after 90 days at throwaway rates of 0. 5% of local circle rate for properties  measuring less than 100 sq mtrs and @ 2.5 % of areas measuring larger than 250 sq mtrs.

No Government decision is perfect. These always have loopholes, black holes for exploitation by sly, manipulative forces. The unquestioned authority of the elected Executive on the pliable appointed Executive(bureaucracy) and the latter’s propensity to oblige the corrupt politicians for getting undeserved promotion and  juicy postings on quid pro quo basis. A favour for a favour.

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Four Telangana rapists killed in police encounter.Country in euphoria,  celebratory –dancing mood. Hyderabad Police  hailed for ‘ timely action’

Unfortunately, the Unnao  gang rape victim died of 90%  burns in a Delhi hospital  last night. Country is sullen and depressed. A police cop was allegedly caught  in a sting operation by  Republic TV while destroying  real evidences and fabricating  fake evidences  before filing report. The Public  is hugely outraged .

The incredible was yet to come . A five year old girl has been reportedly raped in Bihar’s Darbhanga . Keep counting . Another inhuman act in Uttar Pradesh. A 14-year-old minor teenager was held hostage in a farm, and was gangraped in UP’s Bulandshehr . Rapists  reportedly arrested.

Hyderabad’s Good Police  V/s Bad police of UP,Bihar,controversy . Rapes  have become a national  hobby.Politicians have no time to visit the aggrieved.Chief ministers have no time to spare as they are busy politicking, wooing voters, wasting tax payers funds.

Strangely, no one accuses the Judiciary for delaying  the prosecution of the accused by granting frequent  adjournments on flimsy grounds. All Lords to themselves, not accountable to higher courts or the public.

No one blames the political and administrative  Executive in union Home ministry for delaying  processing  of mercy petitions. All must be identified and prosecuted for non-performance. In the Nirbhaya case, MHA officers and successive union home ministers should be held accountable and punished for dereliction of duties. Conduct a case study in the Nirbhaya case and analyse the results.

Police, across the country is usually corrupt,inefficient and unprofessional . It is rarely effective and co-operative. Always interested in out-of-court settlements and extracting money from both parties.

Change Laws

Law makers in consultation with  top Judiciary ,must change the laws relating to outraging the modesty of women  by covering the following aspects :--

(a)  All criminal proceeding must be completed within three months by the  fast-track courts on day-to-day basis  without adjournments. Delay must attract appropriate punishments. With no  faith in the Rule of Law, the outraged public  demands  time-bound executions ;

(b)   Death penalty must be the Rule rather than the Exception.Life sentence is a liability on public exchequer.They all emerge as hardened criminals. Punishment like  physical and chemical castrations  do not eliminate the menace of rapes;

(c) The juveniles and adults must be treated at par for applying the Laws ; No distinction, based on  age criteria. Instant  gratification is the common factor ;

(d)  Level of Inquiry Officers (IO) must be upgraded from Sub-inspectors to SHOs (Inspectors). Normally, hawaldaars are sent  to crime sites for inquiries

(e)  Laws on granting bails  must be made  extremely stringent in cases of rapes,molestations and other acts of outraging the modesty of women;

(f)    Duty officers in all police stations who dilly dally  in filing FIRs,complaints to fudge records to show low crime rates  or even refusing to give a patient hearing to the victims and their kins,must be identified and sacked straightaway.They do not deserve milk of human kindness by applying  the Principle of Equity and Natural Justice. Instal Audeo and CCTVs at all police stations for factual recordings.

(g) Surprise checks of  thanas’ functionings  by senior  officers and usually absent beat constables. They are more interested in collecting  haftasThe senior police officers are usually more crazy about appearing on TV channels  for briefings,sometimes irrelevant. Let such jobs be left to SHOs with Questions and Answers by the media and public .

(h) Quantum of  punishment  like life imprisonments and/or  death penalties, must be finalized and executed within three months.

The public  is feeling  hugely outraged by incidents of rapes from Telangana’s Hyderabad to  UP’s Unnao to Bulandshehr and Bihar’s Darbhanga. All in quick succession.

The rage is not impotent, this time. The  Public must keep up the pressure on  Law makers,Judiciary , political and the administrative  Executive must  take the call.Media will ,no doubt continue to play its role,as always.

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Something unusual happened last week in Delhi’s corridors of power, exposing the callous attitude of Delhi’s bureaucracy towards the law makers. Mainstream media covered the event  extensively as the Delhi-NCR was, and still is, reeling under severe air quality with thick smog.

A meeting of the Parliamentary committee of the union ministry of Urban ministry was fixed well in advance on 15 th Nov, 2019. There were only 6 presentees out of 29 members. Notable absentees were Secretary (Environment) , 3  Commissioners of Delhi MCD (East , North and South) , Vice Chairman DDA, CEO,Delhi Jal Board. All conspicuous by their absence.

No prior permission; no nominees. The lapse amounted to administrative misconduct and, more importantly , a clear contempt of Parliament.Absence of key officers from the Parliamentary meet was pre-planned,not  co-incidental.

Who is protecting these elite officers ,one wonders?

It is noteworthy that the pollution in Delhi was one of the most prominent items on the agenda for deliberations.In absence of  key officers for briefing the Law makers,the meeting was deferred.

Why are DOP&T, MHA and Min of Urban Development speechless?

DOP&T in its  detailed 2016 hospitality guidelines  issued to bureaucracy for welcoming MPs, MLAs,had promised strict action for non-compliance.The present blunder is far more serious and calls for exemplary action against one and all.

Strangely, all the above-mentioned  officers have neither been show-caused nor transferred,let alone, suspended.

Even, Gautam Gambhir, the cricketer-turned- BJP, MP chose to ignore the Standing committee meet. The arrogant  sportsperson will have much to explain for insulting  Delhi’s  public-at-large.He was seen enjoying  jalebis at Indore test match against Bangladesh.  No merit , no accountability.

PM Modi as  protagonist of  Good governance, is urged to take the call and penalise the guilty.

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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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