The coalgate scam is becoming murkier. The Law Minister Ashwani Kumar did not summon senior officers of CBI to his office for Bhagwati Jagran or a tea party. His motive was quite clear. Since the CBI works under the Prime Minister, the PMO and through it the Congress party , must have been in the loop. This would be reasonable assumption. Any denial by the CBI in its affidavit proposed to be submitted to the Supreme court, would be a sham. Facts of the coalgate scam can't be twisted this way. The CBI has no option except denial of charges . It was precluded from ministerial intervention or consultation by the Apex court. Non-compliance would attract contempt of court proceedings.

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All indian parents are overpowered by a sense of helplessness whenthey hear about incidents of rapes of minor girls particularly those of tender age.The paedophiles are moving freely across the country in search of preys. There have been five rapes in the country in the firstthree weeks of April,2013 itself.The police ,as always, is pro-criminals,never ready to file the FIRs from the victims.This is the position in the national capital. Conditions in rural India are far more horrendous. Filing FIRs attract reprisals from the accused.Tha law will remain toothless without death penalty.The law makers are insensitive to the public demand for death sentence to rapists and no distinction between major anminoroffenders.The recommendations of Justice J S Verma committee need to be re-visited and the punishment for rape must be made more stringent .This is out of sync with the worsening crime situation in the country.

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The NSG ,a police- army hybrid force under MHA, is a neglected and mis-used lot, divided against itself. It is a police force dominated by IPS officers who have to rub shoulders with deputationists from the armed forces. The two factions seldom agree. Funds are not a problem . But,the arbitrary deployment of NSG guards on odd jobs is questionable.They are often misused on ˜personal rather than ˜national’ security. Black commandos are often witnessed (on TV screens) as body guards to tainted politicians like Mayavati,Mulayam Singh Yadav, Jayalalitha et al.They also protect the PM, the de facto CEO at 10-Janpath,her son,daughter and son-in- law along with HM ,FM etc. They all enjoy multi-layer security cover under NSG/SPG umbrella.Thanks to MHA’s incompetent and inefficient officialdom, the equipment upgradation process in NSG ,is far from satisfactory. The force uses vintage equipment. Shortage of choppers adversely impacts the para dropping by NSG commandos.

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We are living in a land of contradictions. This has caused us depression and insomnia. The Indians need an anti-Stress pill every day. Consider the following sample of events :-- (a) Pakistan PM Ashraf visits India , Ajmer Sharif Dargah chief boycotts him and India’s Foreign Minister hosts a lunch for him; (b) BJP predicts early parliamentary polls stating that the UPA may collapse any time ,the Congress assures a full term of “ bad” governance; (c) NIA sought custody of Hizbul terrorist Liaqat Shah due to contradictions in claims of Delhi Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police; (d) Mulayam Singh praises Advani, SP general secretary Azam Khan calls Advani a "politician with weak values"; (e)DMK alligns with its arch enemy AIADMK on Sri lankan Tamils against Congress that helped SL army with IPKF during Rajiv Gandh’s regime; (f) SP and its adversary BSP support Congress-led UPA for common return gifts ie protection from raids; (g)While, PM claims growth slump to b e temporary, its growth rate has been showing a continuous downward trend , inflation rate rising exponentially and disparity between the rich and the poor increasing. A K Saxena (A retired civil servant)

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Having received hate mails accusing me of being casteist, I am to clarify that I am an anti-caste junkie. I believe the DNAs of dalits and non-dalits,are made of same nucleotides.No caste can be genetically programmed to be more enterprising than others.What hurts me is the discriminatory treatment and privileges reserved for one category in the name of “Affirmative Action”. This creates heart burnings and helps Indian politicians to exploit vote bank politics.

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One wonders, why is India suffering diplomatic setbacks in quick succession at the hands of its neighbours like China Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Srilanka and even the Maldives? India’s persistent insults by China for staking audacious claims on Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Ladhak,its infamous string of pearls encircling India , South-China sea debacle etc have sent India into a tizzy. Pakistan sponsoring terror attacks with alarming regularity, returning beheaded soldiers,cold-blooded extra-Judicial killing of Sarbjit Singh in collusion with prison guards.A spineless foreign policy and candyfloss diplomacy

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The National Security Advisor (NSA) is Advisor to PM and the Indian Cabinet. India’s Intelligence Agencies ,RAW and IB, report to NSA. The post of NSA, created in 1998, was initially headed by Brajesh Mishra (1998-2004) followed by J N Dixit (2004-2005), M K Narayanan ( 2005-10) and Shiv Shankar Menon (2010-till date). While M K Narayanan belonged to IPS, others were career diplomats . The IFS officers by virtue of their job profile do not have hands-on experience in matters of internal and external security. They rely excessively on candyfloss diplomacy. This explains why India is facing diplomatic setbacks in quick succession at the hands of China, Pakistan and even Maldives? China is brazenly staking audacious claims on Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Ladhak besides encircling India with its string of pearls.This calls for some institutional overhauling.Blindly relying on the NSA,is inadviseable.There is need for collective wisdom in such sensitive matters. The mandate of NSA should be entrusted to the triumvirate,a three member body consisting of officers from the IFS, IPS and the Armed forces. Handling rogue neighbours like Pakistan and China requires holistic approach based on aggressive foreign policy, coercive diplomacy, enhanced security threat perception and assessing implications of waging a limited or full-scale war or even psychological warfare on enemies.

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The language war controversy in the Civil Services (Main) Exam in Lok Sabha recently, reflected on UPSC's failure in advising GOI in carrying out radical changes in the format and syllabus of Civil Services (Main) Exam 2013 purportedly to make it mor e relevant with the present day, global as well as internal scenario. The changes were recommended by a committee constituted by UPSC under Prof Arun S Nigavekar, former chairman, UGC. It gave more weightage to the two General Studies papers and the English language by making it competitive. Regional languages were totally ignored. Neither did the Committee nor the UPSC nor the GOI visualise the repercussions of the proposed changes .This smacked of intellectual bankruptcy with complete disregard for regional languages included in Schedule VIII of Constitution. The inclusion of regional languages is an emotive issue and needed to be handled carefully. The UPSC's suggestions were approved by the Prime minister in Feb 2013,as Cabinet minister for DOP&T, before being put in public domain by UPSC on March 5,2013. This is clarified in fairness to UPSC as in Lok Sabha debate, both PM and MOS (Personnel) drew blank face feigning ignorance about their close involvement.The Chairman UPSC became the fall guy to face MPs attacks in Parliament. For diffusing the crisis,the PM had no option but to put the notification on the hold. The civil services aspirants suffered the suspense they had to pass through. The March 5 notification has been put on hold by UPSC on the basis of PM's assurance to Parliament. The notification will not impact CS (Main) Exam, 2013. But, as it has not been withdrawn, the GOI is free to operationalise it from CS (Main) 2014. The arguments adduced by the MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha would be relevant for all times and the GOI must learn lessons from history. The author served in UPSC on a sensitive portfolio and had handled the issues in the past.

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 I  stay in a middle class colony of Delhi .My neighbours are a mix  of  different faiths.  I am not a pseudo –secularist like the Congresswala. But, I follow the hindu way of life with respects for other faiths.

 

My co-operative housing  society’s management  is usually  inactive. It is never co-operative.Come Holi, it turns pro-active. It is usually so,when it comes to spending from  Society’s funds. I urged them not to celebrate the occasion from out of society’s funds  which  was a public fund and its utilisation on religious celebrations was inappropriate . Earlier, the demand for constructing a temple in the complex was given up  only after  the matter was reported to Delhi Police. There were secret murmurs of protest from the majority community. I was targeted as I did not join their ‘Mutual Admiration Club!

 

If you do not  learn from history, the same is  repeated. The same happened  on the HOLI day. My protests turned more vehement  as  similar gestures were not shown during the  celebration of  Christmas and the  Eid.  The Management remained unconvinced, unconcerned and insensitive. The majority’s view prevailed in the ‘Number Game’. Celebrations started with fervour. The famous ‘Silsila’s  “Rang Barse”  song  was on the air  like the ‘National Song’ for HOLI ;  males dancing with their neighbours’ wives, leaving others flirting furtively.

 

The tagline  is : “Bura Na Maano, Holi Hai “. Does this  give  a licence to enjoy as you wish.

 

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My emotional quotient is high.My heart bleeds for Sanjay Dutt. I can empathise with him and feel the pain.But, my empathy would be misplaced as emotions have no place in the verdict of the highest court of Justice.But, I am amazed at the sharp reactions of the bleeding hearts in the world of politics and filmdom.Not to lag behind,even Mr Markanday Katju ,former judge of Supreme court who besides being a citizen of India, also wears the hat of  Chairman, Press Council of India. He is a public servant holding a statutary office.One wonders whether  he  is discharging his duties diligently? Is he being fair and just  by appealing to  the Constitutional head of Maharashtra to use his discretionary powers and grant gubernatorial  pardon to Sanjay Dutt ?Has he visualized the sweeping repercussions, such an action would have on other cases,that are similarly circumstanced ? 

Do you agree with me?

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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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