February 1715

"Achhe din ayengey"

Billions are spent year-after-year on elections to sustain democracy. Freedom of speech is monopolized by the unholy alliance of politicians, Media and pliable bureaucracy. Zero benefit to the poor? The rich getting richer, economic disparity increasing exponentially. Bureaucracy is gagged,as always. Silenced by awards and rewards that they never deserve. The silent majority of quiet and honest bureaucrats are getting sidelined, remaining unshielded,unprotected. The vocal minority of corrupt bureaucracy still being rewarded,post-retirement.The smarter bureaucrates join politics, their ultimate refuge. Responsive administration at grass-root level has failed. Let us be upfront.Massive corruption dominates local bodies, police, NCT Delhi, transport deptts,bijli & Jal boards, slow judiciary etc all having large public interfaces. Achieving Good governance remains a pipe dream. Position in States, far worse, sliding to political anarchy. Power seeking,criminal politicians can't be reined in. And, we still take pride in being the World's largest democracy. Willy- nilly, we vote for a government that we never deserved. Save us of the ignominy, PM Modi, before it is too late.

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Dr Manmohan Singh’s denunciation of demonetization as “organized looting and legalised plunder” during Parliamentary debate, was unparliamentary. PM Modi’s repartee in his “raincoat" barb to MMS, though modest, reflected the ground reality. Former PM merely betrayed his desperation and frustration by making unfounded accusations against present dispensation against the scams-tainted track record of UPA govt. He should have remained quiet instead of pontificating. Recall the Parliamentary debate in which MMS had the impertinence of presenting Sushma Swaraj a couplet of Allama Iqbal : “ Mana ki tere deed ke kaabil nahin hoon main ; Tu mera shauk toh dekh, mera intezar toh kar “. These were considered highly mysogynistic and derogatory and did not behove a intellectual like Manmohan Singh? Sushma Swaraj retorted back : "Na idhar udhar ki tu baat kar, yeh bata ki kafila kyon luta; hamen rahjano se gila nahin, teri rahbari ka sawal hai…" He did not prove his scholarship by using inappropriate expressions and urdu couplets. These are the hazards in a speech, ghost-written by others.

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Pakistan, in times to come, must be ready to pay a huge price for its so-called friendship with China to whom a part of POK has already been ceded by Pakistan. Reasons : (a)Gwadar port is part of the ambitious China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project for which massive loan has been granted by China.Repayment of debt will start from this fiscal. How will Pakistan fulfil the liability with its massive fiscal deficit; (b)There is a huge concentration of Chinese at Gwadar port in Baluchistan.Its motive is to have full control on the port, once in operation. A security concern for India. China has refused to engage Pakistani locals on the project.Lack of employment generation is bound to lead to racial clashes between the locals and the Chinese; (c) China has already barred entry of Pakistani labourers into China’s main land as It is suspicious of Pakistani immigrants inciting trouble in the Muslim majority of its province Xinjiang,which is already in turmoil. Lack of mutual trust. Recall, how China banned Ramzan before Eid for its muslims. Strangely, not a single voice of protest was raised by the muslims across the world including Indian muslims; India has every reason to feel concerned about the future of Pakistani citizens and the impending dangers that await them from the treacherous and untrustworthy China. These concerns must be addressed by PM Modi and his NSA.. India is on the cusp of becoming a super power. An unstable Pakistan will have serious security implications on india.A weak Pakistan suits China alone.

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JALLIKATTU uprising in Chennai is not political but spontaneous. An irrational executive decision once legislatively sanctified was legitimised by Supreme court without taking into consideration the serious implications,the defective guidelines issued by Min E&F during UPA regime ( possibly, Jairam Ramesh and Jayanti Natarajan as ministers) will have on public sentiments. Executive irrationality perpetuated by Legislative haste followed by Judicial over-reach. If, the situation is not arrested from further deterioration, it may spin out of control. Kudos to TN citizens for keeping their protests peaceful , so far. With huge popular support, filing FIRs against the mob is impractical Is animal slaughtering across the country outside the ambit of the court's verdict. What about chest-beating by the Shias during Moharram ? Are SC's orders not discriminatory.? Tamilnadu has put the ball in Centre's court The Centre is in a bind. How could it promulgate an ordinance to restore status quo ante while EC's Model code of conduct is in operation ? How to overcome the earlier decision of govt, legislation and SC verdicts ? Could the Apex court take suo moto cognizance of present crisis and avert it by staying operation of its orders and let the matter be referred to a larger Bench of the Apex court for taking a holistic view.

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PM Modi had a humble beginning as a “ chaiwalla “ who received political grooming and rose from ranks to become Gujrat's CM four times. He had the requisite administrative experience to become PM.On the other hand, Trump, a political greenhorn, born with a golden spoon in his mouth, is a real-estate billionaire. Over-confidence comes to him naturally. No political grooming, but, endowed with sharp business acumen. Some traits evident from Trump’s speeches and body language are disturbing. Inordinately impulsive,a compulsive loose cannon, he shoots his mouth off. What PM Modi is to India, Trump is to the US. He is committed to “make America Great again and save jobs for the americans”.Trump’s opposition to digital outsourcing is his prerogative. However, this should be negotiated by PM Modi with him to mitigate its adverse effect on India’s economy. The US cannot ignore India’s skilled IT manpower. India can look forward to special ties between Modi and Trump. Both Modi and Trump faced hostility from the mainstream media, both print and electronic during election campaigns. Trump and his advisors were charged with xenophobia, homophobia, racism, nepotism and anti-Islamism spread by American media and his business rivals. India should not count on Trump’s stated distrust of muslims to incline the US against Pakistan. The perception is misplaced and needs to be corrected citing India’s example. Population of indian Muslims in secular India (176 million) out-number muslims in theocratic Pakistan (167 million) . Trump’s entry will impact global order. By establishing personal rapport with him, Modi should facilitate formation of new Axis of the US, Russia, and India. This will be a bulwark against China and north Korea. Unauthorized occupation of islands by China in South-China sea, is a hot spot that could reach a flashpoint. Developing Gwadar port in Baluchistan and constructing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will give primacy to the expansionist China in the region. The US, Russia and India should take pre-emptive steps by thwarting China’s subtle designs and work for freedom of Baluchistan and Sindh and restore POK-Gilgit-Baltistan to India, the legitimate authority.

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PM Modi had a humble beginning as a “ chaiwalla “ who received political grooming and rose from ranks to become Gujrat's CM four times. He had the requisite administrative experience to become PM.On the other hand, Trump, a political greenhorn, born with a golden spoon in his mouth, is a real-estate billionaire. Over-confidence comes to him naturally. No political grooming, but, endowed with sharp business acumen. Some traits evident from Trump’s speeches and body language are disturbing. Inordinately impulsive,a compulsive loose cannon, he shoots his mouth off. What PM Modi is to India, Trump is to the US. He is committed to “make America Great again and save jobs for the americans”.Trump’s opposition to digital outsourcing is his prerogative. However, this should be negotiated by PM Modi with him to mitigate its adverse effect on India’s economy. The US cannot ignore India’s skilled IT manpower. India can look forward to special ties between Modi and Trump. Both Modi and Trump faced hostility from the mainstream media, both print and electronic during election campaigns. Trump and his advisors were charged with xenophobia, homophobia, racism, nepotism and anti-Islamism spread by American media and his business rivals. India should not count on Trump’s stated distrust of muslims to incline the US against Pakistan. The perception is misplaced and needs to be corrected citing India’s example. Population of indian Muslims in secular India (176 million) out-number muslims in theocratic Pakistan (167 million) . Trump’s entry will impact global order. By establishing personal rapport with him, Modi should facilitate formation of new Axis of the US, Russia, and India. This will be a bulwark against China and north Korea. Unauthorized occupation of islands by China in South-China sea, is a hot spot that could reach a flashpoint. Developing Gwadar port in Baluchistan and constructing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will give primacy to the expansionist China in the region. The US, Russia and India should take pre-emptive steps by thwarting China’s subtle designs and work for freedom of Baluchistan and Sindh and restore POK-Gilgit-Baltistan to India, the legitimate authority.

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First some irritating facts. while 10 Janpath occupied by Congress supremo sprawls over an area of 15,181 Sq metres, 7 RCR , PM's official residence has 14,101 Sq metres. Why is 10-Janpath called the official residence of Sonia Gandhi when she does not ( she never held, nor ever will ) hold any Constitutional position? Even the post of Chairperson NAC was extra-Constitutional. Is her claim to a sprawling bungalow justified? Why separate bungalows for Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi? Total 3 , free of rent, electricity and Z+ security.

These  undeserved privileges  merely increase the tax payers’ burden. Should public money be wasted to massage the collective ego of a party, headed by someone belonging to a dynasty and bearing a certain “ surname”. There is Life after death. As if, the present privileges were not enough, Teen Murti and Indira Gandhi museum, official residences of former PMs,  were added to the list of Delhi’s tourist spots, besides,of course, their samadhis.

Consider Mayawati. Three Type VIII bungalows in Lutynes Delhi allotted to her,were amalgamated into a super bungalow involving unauthorized constructions in violations of rules. Besides the above 3, she was allotted another bungalow plus Z+ security and one more to a BSP trust. Total 5. Thanks to compulsions of coalition politics of the Congress.

Is the common man paying taxes for the comforts of infamous political celebrities of  Lutynes’ Delhi or implementation of  socio-economic  schemes ?

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First some irritating facts. while 10 Janpath occupied by Congress supremo sprawls over an area of 15,181 Sq metres, 7 RCR , PM's official residence has 14,101 Sq metres. Why is 10-Janpath called the official residence of Sonia Gandhi when she does not ( she never held, nor ever will ) hold any Constitutional position? Even the post of Chairperson NAC was extra-Constitutional. Is her claim to a sprawling bungalow justified? Why separate bungalows for Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi? Total 3 , free of rent, electricity and Z+ security.

These  undeserved privileges  merely increase the tax payers’ burden. Should public money be wasted to massage the collective ego of a party, headed by someone belonging to a dynasty and bearing a certain “surname”. There is Life after death. As if, the present privileges were not enough, Teen Murti and Indira Gandhi museum, official residences of former PMs,  were added to the list of Delhi’s tourist spots, besides,of course, their samadhis.

Consider Mayawati. Three Type VIII bungalows in Lutynes Delhi allotted to her,were amalgamated into a super bungalow involving unauthorized constructions in violations of rules. Besides the above 3, she was allotted another bungalow plus Z+ security and one more to a BSP trust. Total 5. Thanks to compulsions of coalition politics of the Congress.

Is the common man paying taxes for the comforts of infamous political celebrities of Lutynes’ Delhi or implementation of socio-economic  schemes ?

 

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Hon’ble CJI, J S Khehar , in a recent case directed that : “ Responses of  Central Govt should be signed by officers not below the ranks of JS and Addl Secretaries who should be capable of taking responsibility for what is said in the affidavits filed by them “. It was also felt that " the Centre can't file affidavits through low-ranked officials like ‘ poor ‘ Under Secretaries ".

Consider the ground reality. Normally, in government litigation, replies / counter affidavits are filed by officers of the rank of Under Secretaries and above. So long as the affidavits confirm approval by the respondents/ Secretaries as competent authorities , one  may not stand on ego. The courts can always summon Secretaries and even ministers for personal appearance and haul them up for contempt of court or perjury, instead of being hierarchical in outlook? Under Secretaries are as responsible and honest as Secretaries to GOI ?

However, all things considered and in deference to the observation of CJI, the government, should raise the level of affidavit signing authority from Under Secretaries to Joint Secretaries. But, let this should apply only to cases sub judice before the Apex court. The change will also be in conformity with GOI guidelines that  the Cabinet Notes must be signed by officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above.

The GOI, in consultation with  the new CJI , may also take  corrective steps for liquidating huge arrears of court cases pending across the country to mitigate the sufferings of litigants and  expedite transformation of  the Collegium into NJAC for injecting  more transparency in selecting judges of High courts and Supreme Court.

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India must go cashless.

Black money has no place in a cashless society.

Let political parties set examples to the common man by going cashless and use ATM, Debit/ credit / PayTM cards.

But, which party will submit audited statements of accounts, income/expenditure statements , balance sheets etc?

This will always remain a pipe dream.

So,the best option is to remain corrupt and happy.

No hassles.

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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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