The passage  of Triple Talaq bill by Rajya Sabha makes the pronouncement of instant oral talaq or talaq-e-biddat void and illegal, criminalizing it as a cognizable offence punishable upto three years in jail.

A historic win for nine crores indian muslim women. A landmark   achievement by PM Modi for his determination and persistence in fighting the unholy alliance between misguided muftis and politicians.A milestone in the quest for gender justice; a moment of satisfaction for the entire ountry. A historic  fallacy has been ultimately corrected through Parliamentary legislation, consigning the weird medieval practice to the dustbin of history. This will  give the Indian muslim women the dignity they deserve.

Where is “ the intolerance gang of 49 pseudo-liberals who had recently written to PM on the “Lynchistan” affair, screaming that their freedoms and the minorities were under threat. Strangely, none of the morons hailed the emancipation of Indian muslim women from the vicious medieval practice. Their silence is baffling ; confirms their hypocrisy.

Abstentions and walk-outs by the Opposition MPs helped in passage of bill in Rajya Sabha. The Opposition has charged the ruling dispensation of clandestinely manipulating the listing of triple talaq bill for voting.This shows how much divided the so-called Maha-gathbandhan is.

The mysogynistic muftis and self- styled Islamic scholars must get used to new protocol,while others open windows of their medieval mindsets. The Media must immediately report instances of violation for investigation by the Police and filing the FIR. Monitoring cells must put maulvis , muftis and the filthy-rich Sheikhs from the middle east, under surveillance against indulging in unethical practices.

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Could Trump , the most powerful man on earth, speak a lie? Can Trump Indulge in double-talks.?  Sample some questions.

Was there no prior briefing by his officials before meeting with Imran Khaan ? Trump did not even spare UK's ambassador to the US,seeking his repatriation.He is unpredictable,impulsive and diplomatically naïve.

May be, Trump is upset with India for imposing heavy import duties on american products. India was marginalised during Afghanistan talks while China,Pakistan, Russia and the US were associated. All this left Trump totally confused. At least,so it seems.

Could PM Modi suppress the truth? Is his silence diplomatic ? Parliament mei hangama hota rahega?  But, India must hit back and keep its self-esteem intact

Modi's " Mei chup rahoonga ", doctrine will not work. He must speak up and set the entire controversy at rest. Sending a strong signal to the US,is more important than taking things lying down. Hopefully, he does so, sooner than later.

All things considered, Pakistan may not get a single penny as aid from the US. He will return empty-handed.

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Instances of courts reversing or withdrawing their original decisions are becoming increasingly commonplace.The subordinate courts are the worst offendors.

I am referring to the recent case of “ judicial over-reach” by one Manish Singh, a Jharkhand magistrate. He imposed the condition of  distributing 5 copies of  Holy Quran to School libraries for granting bail to a student Richa Bharti who was arrested for allegedly making communal comments over a “ post shared by her in the Facebook regarding lynching of one Tabarez Ansari.

By the time, the magistrate concerned could replace his earlier orders, damage was already done to law and order situation besides causing mockery of judiciary.

An absolutely flawed verdict by the subordinate judge without application of mind.He cannot be permitted to go scot free for making mockery of justice. Jharkhand high court is urged to take suo motu cognizance of the case and reprimand the magistrate for non-application of mind for disturbing communal harmony. He cannot be allowed to have his way.

Furthermore, whether, replacement was motivated by public outrage or belated  realization of blunder , reflects poorly on the deteriorating  quality of subordinate judiciary in the States.

The malady affecting  the subordinate judiciary is spread across the board. Nothing moves without the help of touts hovering around the courts. Unethical reasons: Collusive or Coercive corruption. Possibility of  non- application of mind. All WIC surfers must have had the unsavoury experience of meeting such intermediaries once in their lives outside Courts, local bodies, Police,transport offices, DDA,NOIDA  and similar other bodies having large public interfaces.             

There is  urgent need to create a uniform All India Judicial Service to replace the present subordinate judiciaries in States recruited by their High Courts and /or PSCs. Scams are often reported by the Media. Absence of  different recruitments agencies leads to differential standards, difficulty levels of question papers and different standards of assessment.

Let the Union of India expedite the creation of  an All India Judicial Service to replace the States Judicial Services.The Constitutition of India provides for it, buttressed by  Supreme court pronouncements, Law commission’s recommendations.

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ICJ’s ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav in our favour,  is no doubt,a defining moment.A victory for international human rights. Kudos to Mr Harish Salve for his historic presentation in the court, a lawyers’ delight.

But, for India, it may be too premature to celebrate the verdict. It is going to be a long drawn-out process for India lasting several years.

While putting Jadhav’s  death penalty on hold, the ICJ has directed Pakistan to allow consular access to him. He can move a plea  for review of military Kangaroo court’s verdict on his execution.

The matter is not as simple as it is made out by Indian media especially TV channels. Pakistan is celebrating the verdict as the accused is still  under their custody. No wonder, the frustrated Pakistan will make all out efforts to delay the process of implementing court’s verdict on flimsy grounds.

The ICJ  is silent about transferring the case from Pak’s Kangaroo court (which had awarded  death penalty to Jadhav) to a civilian court. Pakistan is a military state  and not a democracy.

Its military can go to any extreme in obfuscating the legal issues before its captive military court. It will continue to treat Jadhav as a spy.

We cannot expect a fair trial from Pak’s military courts.

Will international pressure alone  work on a rogue state like Pakistan? Jadhav case may linger on in Pakistani courts for years. Never expect Pakistan to return Jadhav to India on a platter.

Worse, the wounded Pakistan is bound to escalate with vengeance its terror activities in India. This calls for a disproportionately heavy  (not  matching)  military response from India.

The bottom line is: India  cannot get Jadhav released by Pakistan through legal and diplomatic efforts alone. Building international  opinions in our favour, is  important in world politics. But, will power of public opinions influence Pakistan’s decision ?

What will happen  if the Pakistani military court decides after review to convert Jadhav’s death sentence into life sentence for 14 years? 

Let us take lessons from history.International military sanctions may not help.  India ,ultimately, will have to respond to Pakistan’s Armed Forces in their own lingo,if experiences in the past, is any guide.

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Extremely temperamental, arrogant , prone to mood swings, unpredictable, egoistic, choleric, autocratic, impulsive, a bully, devoid of emotions and finesse. Enjoys his speech more than the audience.

No wonder, UK ambassador to the US, recently retorted back and labelled Trump as diplomatically clumsy, incompetent and inept . He informed his government appropriately through wire.

Trump’s perversity makes him fond of dishing out insults and criticisms on others.

It seems,he is out of the world, an alien.Expects all heads of Governments and States to prostrate before him. Considers himself as Inspector of the World.

Can PM Modi exercise sobering influence on Trump through his “Jaadoo ki Jhappi ?

As a sadist, Trump enjoys practising nuclear brinkmanship.

He lacks the requisite traits of a Presidential personality as evident from his body language.

A total contrast from Barak Obama and Clinton.

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Budget documents wrapped in a red cloth ( An affront to saffron ?) with national emblem,did not inspire any one.Thumping desks by ruling party with a “ thumping majority” in Lok sabha polls , shlokaas, urdu shayris quoted in FM’s maiden budget speech typifies Congress perversity.No break from the past tradition. The ruling dispensation continues to follow the beaten path.Politicians have similar genetic code.Political ideologies are irrelevant.

Confidence is bad; over-confidence is self deception. Excessive reliance on assumptions to sustain 8% GDP growth with 4% inflation to raise a 5 Trillion dollar economy by 2025, has left most indians confounded.At least,so it seems.

Why did the budget rely on revised estimates when the figures of actuals were available?Economic Survey wants retirement age to be raised to 75. Not a word about wasteful expenditure on political hypocrisy, austerity measures etc. What about the growing economic disparity between the filthy rich and the down-trodden?

Pardon my ignorance of basic Economics.I leave budgetary micro details and their far-reaching implications for discussions by the specialists.

All things considered ,one has to admit that on the analogy of the practice in the past, this is an over-confident budget, high on rhetorical promises with no immediate reliefs for the downtrodden and senior citizens.No major structural reforms announced. Massive discrepancy in GDP figures indicated in the Economic survey and the Budget documents.

Outcomes in the form of concrete results are in the womb of the future.Time will prove their worth or otherwise. Time is a great leveller.

Use of complicated economic jargon in the budget speech,as always, has been baffling the common man year-after-year. Apparently, the budget is meant primarily for academic discussions among financial analysts.

All beyond the masochistic common man’s comprehension ,who

is always available to be fooled by the sadistic governments.

Lastly, invocation of Lord Basaveshwara’s teachings in FM's budget speech,was something pleasant. I never knew,such a Lord existed.

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BJP-ruled Haryana govt backs 42 days parole  for the convicted murderer , rapist  and the most sinful Ram Rahim . The justification given  is  to enable the godman look after his fields in Sirsa district The good conduct certificate has been submitted by jail authorities to Haryana CM Khattar. As per jail manual,the parole application filed before the jail superintendent  is forwarded  to the Deputy commissioner concerned. A report is then sought from the SP and, finally , the recommendation is made by the divisional commissioner.Khattar  had the gall to  brazenly  state during TV interview :

“Any decision, which is in the interest of the state, will be taken. If we have to take any decision that is not in the interest of the state, then it won’t be taken. We have not taken any decision so far”.

A drama for garnering votes for next year’s Assembly election,is disgusting. The nexus of the ruling politicians in Haryana with Mafia stands exposed. The country is appalled, amazed and disgusted, feeling  utterly cheated by the unprincipled stand stand by Haryana CM and his ministers and BJP spokespersons.

Undoubtedly, the competent court would decide the case after taking into account the heinous crimes committed by the self-styled godman and the massive violence that followed the sect chief’s conviction in August 2017.

Another round of violence is not ruled out,in case,Haryana’s current dispensation  continues to extend its overt and covert support  to a criminal due to electoral compulsions  for retaining power by hook or by crook. Let them not be shocked to receive similar requests from other fraudsters and serious offenders like Asha Ram Bapu,his son Narain Sai, Rampal, Nirmal baba,Sachchidanand Giri (builder baba) Swami Omji and many more, still counting.

Means are not important for politicians; but ends are. Unprecedented, condemnable and unpardonable

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BJP-ruled Haryana govt backs 42 days parole  for the convicted murderer , rapist  and the most sinful Ram Rahim . The justification given  is  to enable the godman look after his fields in Sirsa district The good conduct certificate has been submitted by jail authorities to Haryana CM Khattar. As per jail manual,the parole application filed before the jail superintendent  is forwarded  to the Deputy commissioner concerned. A report is then sought from the SP and, finally , the recommendation is made by the divisional commissioner.Khattar  had the gall to  brazenly  state during TV interview :

“Any decision, which is in the interest of the state, will be taken. If we have to take any decision that is not in the interest of the state, then it won’t be taken. We have not taken any decision so far”.

A drama for garnering votes for next year’s Assembly election,is disgusting. The nexus of the ruling politicians in Haryana with Mafia stands exposed. The country is appalled, amazed and disgusted, feeling  utterly cheated by the unprincipled stand stand by Haryana CM and his ministers and BJP spokespersons.

Undoubtedly, the competent court would decide the case after taking into account the heinous crimes committed by the self-styled godman and the massive violence that followed the sect chief’s conviction in August 2017.

Another round of violence is not ruled out,in case,Haryana’s current dispensation  continues to extend its overt and covert support  to a criminal due to electoral compulsions  for retaining power by hook or by crook. Let them not be shocked to receive similar requests from other fraudsters and serious offenders like Asha Ram Bapu,his son Narain Sai, Rampal, Nirmal baba,Sachchidanand Giri (builder baba) Swami Omji and many more, still counting.

Means are not important for politicians; but ends are. Unprecedented, condemnable and unpardonable

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Govt of India has been consistently following the policy of Rotational transfer of its employees every 3 years. Reason : to disable them  from developing vested interests and stop from indulging in corrupt practices. The rule has stood the test of time. All State governments are following  same policy, which was laid down after careful consideration by several bodies including the Administrative Reforms Commissions , CVC, Standing / Select committees etc. DOP&T’s guidelines apply across the board to  bureaucracy.  Personal sections of ministers, considered as sensitive postings, come within the purview of the aforesaid guidelines.

Now comes the surprise move by the ruling dispensation.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)  headed by the PM ,has reversed the policy. The ACC  has fixed a tenure of 10 yrs for the personal staff of central ministers. No wonder,the policy will start covering the entire bureaucracy.The new rule of “ freezing” erstwhile  appointments for further five years at a stretch ,is fraught with serious implications on the role of Ethics in bureaucracy. It has hit the very basis of rotational transfer policy.

A little suspicion . Was the new rule prompted by considerations of legitimising extended tenures of personal staff of erstwhile Ministers who were cherry-picked to continue in the new council of ministers. Members in personal staff  are expected to ensure implementation of  unethical orders of ministers- by hook or by crook. Changes in transfer policy guidelines of all Cadres will  required. 

During the misrule of Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, officers were continued ad infinitum in violation of rules. Position went berserk when Madam Sonia Gandhi remained as the de facto Prime Minister for ten years.

Public expects PM Modi to be different.Even, Principal Secretary and Addl Pr Secy in the PMO are continuing with elevated status. But,their cases stand on a different footing.Not comparable to ministers’ personal  staff. However, no one should be considered indispensable in bureaucracy. PM Modi is expected to learn lessons from  UPA scams instead of repeating same blunders.

If, lessons are not learnt, the history is bound to repeat itself.

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The selective decision to transfer Nine  PSUs from Defence ministry  to M/Heavy Industries&PE,seems bizarre.Why single out MOD, especially when status of about 250 other central utilities remain unchanged. Is  there any  trust deficit with Raksha mantri ? Is new RM, like his illustrious predecessors, not  competent enough to manage PSUs under his charge? Was there prior consultation with him , one wonders?

There is surely something more to it than meets the eye.

Recall the “ alleged leakage “ of MOD’s file notings  related to Rafael deal. PM must surely be upset with it .Was any internal or external inquiry carried out? If,so,with what results? How did the leaked information reach the Congress President  to embarrass the ruling government ? Was there any Corporate rivalry? Whatever may be the reasons, a repeat of leakage has to be prevented as it has a bearing on the  national  security?

No doubt, it is PM's prerogative to change  orders on Allocation/Transaction  of Business rules ,re-structuring of ministries etc or even fix the inter se seniority among ministers. But, arguments should be buttressed  by logic .

Justification given by the “ think-tank committee” for recommending transfer of  nine defence PSUs from MOD ( Nodal ministry)  to M/Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises,does not stand to reason.

The Department of Heavy Industry seeks to achieve its vision by providing necessary support to the Auto, Heavy Engineering, Heavy Electricals and Capital Goods Sectors.Every ministry is responsible for bolstering profit making Public Sector Enterprises as well as restructure and revive sick and loss making Public Sector Enterprises under its administrative control .

M/Heavy industry has about 25 PSUs under its controle.A majority of these are loss-making. Against this  background, what is the logic behind transferring additional  Nine defence PSUs which are   engaged in manufacturing  sensitive defence-related equipment. All  profit making.

There has to be some connect between the functions of a nodal ministry and the core competence of PSUs under its charge.

Going by government logic, why not shift the administrative  control of all Oil and Power utilities from the Petroleum and Power ministries respectively to Heavy Industries ?

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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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