Thursday, 15 November 2018

Biggest Liar of India



This half Italian, grandson of an Italian fascist and a follower of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, is  one of the biggest liars.

The total cost of 36 Rafale Fighter Planes India is going to acquire is about Rs. 60,000/- cr. only but almost every day this fellow claims that through this deal Prime Minister Modi has put Rs. 30,000/- cr. in the pocket of Anil Ambani.

Many people like to dismiss him as a big fool  whom no one takes seriously. I do not agree. He is the biggest liar but not a big fool. His objective is to reduce Modi's popularity. If he succeeds in convincing 4-5 percent of Modi supporters, BJP may lose power in 2019.


If BJP loses in 2019, who will be Prime Minister? Rahul Gandhi? Mayawati? Rabari Devi? Mamata Banerjee? Akhiles Yadav? Chandrababu Naidu? Tejaswi Yadav? Each option is frightening.





Devendra Narain

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Subhash Chandra Bose not killed in air crash





Subhash Chandra Bose not killed in air crash 
  
An aide of Netaji was about to disclose the truth but his voice was suppressed. Even after release of hundreds of  documents, mystery remains. It will remain a mystery for ever.

In the absence of official documents so far kept under lock and key by the successive governments, we have no authentic information about what happened to Netaji Subhash Chandre Bose on August 18, 1945 or thereafter. Researchers and enquiry commissions have been relying on secondary sources and circumstantial evidence and coming to contradictory conclusions. Contrary to the views of the Shanawaz Committee and the Khosla Commission that Netaji was killed in the plane crash, the Mukhrejee Commission was of the view that the news of his death August 18 was fake because he had planned to escape to the Soviet Union. The members of the Bose clan, barring perhaps only Netaji’s great grandnephew and Trinamul Congress MP Sugata Bose, agree with the Mukhrejee Commission. Sugata Bose recently told a newspaper correspondent that he was “convinced Netaji died in the plane crash.” On the other hand, there was a man called Abbas Ali (Jan 3, 1920 – October 11, 2014) who was Captain in the Indian National Army and had known Netaji closely, used to claim that he met Netaji at least 10 days after the alleged plane crash.

Perhaps, we will never know the truth but I am not writing this piece just to present contradictory opinions and claims. I am going to tell the readers about a write-up I had read in 1970s. I am writing this on the basis of my memory but what I had read was so  sensational that I can never forget it.

There used to be a popular weekly Hindi magazine Dharmyug. Its publication stopped in 1994. Sometime in 1970s I had read an article about Netaji in that magazine. At the end of the article there was a note by the editor that a man (perhaps Netaji’s cook) who had been interviewed had claimed that he was taken to the airport on that fateful day, August 18, 1945, where Netaji was present. The man further claimed that at the airport he was blindfolded and after some time he heard a loud noise as if something had exploded. The note further stated that the man made sensational disclosures which would be published next week. That never happened. There was no reference to that interview in any subsequent issue of the magazine. The only explanation one can think of is that the publication of that interview was banned by the authorities.

If any researcher wants to read that article, he will have to go through the old issues of the magazine in the 1970s. According to information available on Google search engine, the old issues are available with a few persons. I cannot say whether the manuscript of the unpublished second instalment would be available in the archives of the magazine.

Devendra Narain

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Dangerous reasons behind ugly face of CBI





(Symbolic, not a real scene in the CBI office. Downloaded from internet.)

Bad blood between No. 1 and No. 2 is not unique to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The instances may be found in several government and private organisations. Bad blood between any two colleagues, one junior and one senior and/or two colleagues of equal rank, is also quite common. The difference is that whatever good or bad the CBI officers do becomes news but such episodes in other organisations rarely come to public knowledge.

My experience is that no No. 2 would openly complain against his senior unless he (No. 2) is a person of conviction and has very strong reasons to do so. It is also my experience that in most of the cases of hostility, the junior is the loser unless he has a strong backing of powerful persons at levels above his senior.  I will share two of my personal experiences and one instance about which I got reliable information.

In 1982, when I was a Deputy Director in the Directorate of Organisation & Management (DOMS) of the Department of Income Tax, the No. 1, Director, was a sadistic person. The differences between us started when I refused to carry out his order to prepare a dossier on each employee to be used against him/her in future when the boss was not pleased. This was his way of harassing whomsoever he disliked. I considered it unethical. He got angry with me. Our cordial relationship that began sometime in 1969 ended. Once he pushed me in a situation in which I could have been arrested. Luckily, in the month of December, I was selected for my second deputation to the erstwhile Planning Commission. He tried his level best to stop me from going because he had not yet succeeded in spoiling my career. I was saved when the then Secretary Personnel intervened.

In 1998, when I was Additional Secretary in the Department of Programme Implementation, I had a very nasty Secretary who belonged to the 1964 batch of IAS, only one year senior to me. He was quite notorious for not doing any work. He spent office time reading novels. I had established my reputation as an expert on project appraisal and monitoring. (Those who are not very much familiar with me may accuse me of being immodest.) He admitted my expertise but became very jealous of me because I used to get credit for everything the Department was doing. To take credit for the reports I would prepare, he would replace the last page that contained my signature, with another page on which he would sign. (I have preserved a specimen.) He would not miss any opportunity to create hurdles for me or to show his dislike for me. When my tenure was coming to an end, a number of my well-wishers including a former Secretary of the Department tried for my extension. In a meeting of the Committee of Secretaries, the Cabinet Secretary raised the issue of extension and asked my Secretary for his views. My Secretary emphatically told the Cabinet Secretary, “I don’t want to see his face.” I lost the battle because I had no political backing.

The third example is more serious. Sometime in 1990 or 1991, in the erstwhile Planning Commission, the No. 2 of a Division sent a written complaint to the Secretary that his boss, the Adviser, was a corrupt person who was trying to recommend a project costing several hundred crores of rupees which was against the interest of the country. It became a CBI case but was hushed up, reportedly after a deal. Nothing happened to the Adviser. Luckily, the No. 2 also escaped any adverse action. I had known both of them for several years. The No. 2 had worked as my No. 2 in that very Division. He was a very competent and honest officer. We had excellent relationship.


Such incidents take place primarily because of  (a) clash of interest and/or jealousy, (b) absence of  mechanism to ensure that only fair and competent persons go to the top, and (b) absence of  mechanism to ensure that the juniors are not harassed by the boss.

In the case of the CBI, there is a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to supervise its work. However, that has not stopped corrupt practices in the CBI. A couple of Directors were known to adopt corrupt means to gain favour of rich and powerful. The UPA government rewarded such a Director by appointing him a Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He had to resign from the post only when his proximity to the notorious meat exporter and racketeer Moin Qureshi became a public knowledge.  His successor is also a suspect because of his proximity to the powerful politicians and businessmen including Moin Qureshi.

The differences between CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana had been growing for more than one year. In July 2017, Asthana had raided Lalu and his family for Lalu’s involvement in the IRTC scam despite Verma’s eleventh hour direction not to do so. It was the same Asthana who as SP CBI had interrogated Lalu for six hours in the fodder scam that led to his arrest in 1997. 

The differences between the two became very ugly because of the failure of the CVC and the Prime Minister to take timely remedial action. Perhaps both were taken aback by what had been going. However, the quality of the leadership is judged by appropriate action during crisis. The CVC issued notice to Verma only after the Cabinet Secretary forwarded Asthana’s written complaint of September 4 this year (against his boss) to the CVC and asked the latter to take action. In a recent communication to the government the CVC complained that Verma refused to appear in response to its notice.

We do not know how closely the CVC and the PMO are monitoring the progress in numerous cases involving high and mighty like Chidambaram, Lalu, Vijay Mallya, Robert Vadra and Moin Qureshi. They all know how to influence the government machineries and investigating agencies. Unless an officer is very honest and is capable of not yielding to pressure, he easily falls in the net of corrupt persons. Doing illegal things for reward from business houses and/or political masters is a very common practice. 

A question that must be haunting many is whether the powerful crooks under CBI investigation are behind whatever has happened. It is naive to expect that all the powerful fellows under investigation are patiently waiting for the result. They would go to any extent to stop adverse results. Never underestimate their power to influence investigation.

If the CVC really keeps an eye on the performance of the CBI, Alok Verma’s soft corner for Lalu would not have escaped its notice. It should have intervened last year itself when Verma opposed action against Lalu.

As I said earlier, a couple of CBI Directors yielded to temptations. They willingly became ‘caged parrots’. When elections are not far away and a pliable officer believes that the present government would not return to power, he/she would like to please those who are likely to come to power. Such officers use pliable subordinates to achieve their personal goals.


In the present case it is very disturbing to see that Alok Verma became so vindictive that exceeding his authority he ordered an FIR to be filed  against his No. 2. Perhaps, he did so because he was confident that since he enjoyed autonomy and a fixed tenure, nobody would touch him. Too much security of job can be counter-productive.  The CVC should have immediately taken action on this.


If any enquiry is conducted into the allegations and counter- allegations, the investigating team must look into the ground realities about the CBI as mentioned above.

Hope, the Modi government would ensure that the CBI investigations against powerful crooks are not derailed.

Devendra Narain
October 25, 2018

PS (Nov 16, 2018)

During hearing on the complaint against exiled CBI Director Alok Verma,  the Supreme Court said on Nov 16 that the CVC  is "complimentary on some charges, not-so-complimentary on some charges and very uncomplimentary on some charges,"

Devendra Narain



Sunday, 21 October 2018

People are primarily responsible for Amritsar tragedy





                            Cremations after the tragedy


A running train killed about 60 persons (the official number, the unofficial number may be much more) and seriously injured an equally large number barely 2 km from its destination, Amritsar. A moment before the tragedy, hundreds of persons were gleefully watching from the railway track a very large effigy of Ravana being burnt, producing deafening sounds of bursting of powerful crackers.

The blame game after the tragedy is quite natural. A common characteristic of all the blame games is that political overtones and ‘passing the buck’ suppress the rational voice.

Some are blaming the organisers for the choice of the venue, barely 100 m from the railway track. The prompt counter is that it has been the venue for the last 10 years or so. Both the Amritsar Mayor and the Municipal Commissioner have categorically stated that ‘the organisers had not even applied for permission for the Ravan Dahan celebration.’ Yet, the organisers had sent an email to the local police for security because the local MP and Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur were expected to be present at the venue.

Those against the central government are blaming several persons, Narendra Modi at the top to the gate man at the bottom. They say that despite being aware of the crowd on the track, the railway gateman did not bother to inform the station master. They are also blaming the train driver for not stopping the train despite the presence of a big crowd on the track. On the other hand, the Minister of State for Railways has said that the driver could not have seen the crowds due to a curve in the tracks. According to the Railway Board, it was result of trespassing on rail tracks.

The state authorities and the Congress party would not like to absolve the Railways though neutral observers are blaming the organisers as well as the audience for standing on the railway track, an area meant exclusively for train movement. Saurabh Madan Mithu, Dussehra, Committee (East) President, was happy to see a large crowd on the track. He had announced on the public address system to tell Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur, “Look at the 5,000 people who are here for you. They will not move even if 500 trains were to pass.” At that moment, his words must have enthused those standing on the track as well as Navjot Kaur on the stage.

The Hon’ble Minister was himself not present at the venue but has absolved all humans including the organisers and the local administration by putting the entire responsibility on some invisible supernatural power. It should not surprise anyone because Sidhu has unique explanations for everything.

The only man who felt alarmed and rushed to warn the people when he saw the train was young Dalbir Singh who had played the role of Ravana in the Ram Leela. He could save about eight lives but not his own.

We will know the apportionment of blame only after report of the inquiries being carried out by the state government are made public. (Unfortunately for Sidhu, the ‘power’ already identified by him may not figure in the report.) So far, the Railways have not announced any enquiry because it is not a case of rail accident.

The report or reports will generate fresh debates. The TV channels and print media will get fresh issues for debate. However, no issue is debated endlessly. After some time, there will be fresh issues for debates. The Amritsar tragedy will become part of history.

I for one would not like the debate to end so easily, not because I have any vested interest in keeping the issue alive but because the issue – people routinely entering the ‘no-entry’ zone – has become a way of life.

 In our country, most of the people want to jump the queue and get preferential treatment. The VIPs have got several laws and rules made to entitle them to special treatments at most of the places. Where they do not find any special rule for their breed, they try to snatch it on the strength of their status and, if that also does not work, they do not hesitate to use their muscle power.


The common people are ‘common’ because they have no legal right to jump the queue. Therefore, they use their personal bravery, individually as well as collectively.

  

Almost everyday, you can find individuals jumping the queue, often at great personal risk. Drive for a few kilometres on a road which has traffic signals or just wait for 15-20 minutes near a traffic signal when there is no traffic police around. You will find large number of persons driving two wheelers, three wheelers and four wheelers ignoring red light. Even heavy trucks and buses do not bother for red lights and other traffic rules. If, by chance, there are traffic constables around, some violators get challans and some manage to escape at a lower cost that becomes ‘extra income’ of the traffic police. Accidents in such adventures do not scare daredevils.


While driving on the busy National Highway (from Delhi to Jaipur) I have seen people running to cross even that busy wide road. I face similar problems while driving in the busy city streets. This is a common experience of the car drivers. Those ranking high among the daredevils, continue to enjoy their favourite music or song from mobiles while leisurely crossing the crowded roads. You may see two wheeler drivers in hurry with their mobiles tucked between bent heads and raised shoulders. It requires great driving skill to give preferential treatment to such fellows for whom there is nothing like ‘no-entry’ zone.



The instances of entry into ‘no-entry’ zones can be found everywhere. In the good old days, railway tracks were convenient toilet seats. I do not know whether the Swakshta Mission has put an end to this practice, unique to our country. With the development of technology, new uses of the railway tracks have been discovered. Selfie-lovers sacrifice their lives to get themselves photographed with the running train behind. Music lovers cross railway tracks with their ears plugged to enjoy music from their mobiles. Quite often, such fellows do not hear the roaring sound of running train and sacrifice their lives for the sake of love for music.



We often hear that despite a train fast approaching, vehicle drivers rush to cross the unmanned railway crossings and get killed along with their fellow passengers.

Thousands and deaths in such accidents take place every year. According to a report of the National Crime Records Bureau I read in a morning paper today, more than 39 lakh people were killed  in accidents(15 lakhs in road accidents alone) between 2004 and 2015.

That is why I say that the people are primarily responsible for the Amritsar tragedy. The organisers who aided and abetted and the local police that had arrived, perhaps, only to protect the VIPs did not consider it part of the duty to remove the people from the railway track. Navjot Kaur also made her own contribution. The normal practice was to burn the Ravana effigy at that venue around 6 PM when there was no train movement. According to the media reports, she arrived late to (dis) grace the mega event and the burning of the effigy coinsided with the time of arrival of trains.

In a very large country of ours it is not possible to police every nook and corner to prevent the people from entering the ‘no-entry’ zones though their presence must be increased. Severe punishments will definitely act as a deterrent.
In addition, there is urgent need to spread awareness among the people to respect the law of the land. Unfortunately, given the mind-set of the educated as well as undereducated people, this too is not an easy task. It is high time social scientists, political rulers and administrators, especially the police, devote their time and energy to prepare a strategy for spreading awareness on a regular basis. Just blaming each other after a major accident does not serve any purpose.

Devendra Narain

October 21, 2018
(All photographs downloaded from internet.)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Thakor Sena formed to build an empire












After several days of threats to and violent attacks on the migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh by his Thakor Sena, Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor has called off his sinister design.  In an interview to a TV channel, he admitted that his supporters might have made “some mistakes”.  His claim that large number of workers returned to their home towns in Bihar and UP on account of the Chhat Puja is baseless because the Chhat Puja is more than a month away and poor workers cannot afford to remain absent from their work for such a long time.

The analysts believe that Alpesh got worried when the police arrested and booked more than 400 persons, mostly belonging to his Thakor Sena, for committing heinous crimes like rioting and dacoity.  The arrested persons started spilling beans about how they were preparing for unleashing violence.  Moreover, attacks on the workers annoyed the Gujarati industrialists and businesspersons who were hit hard.  Notwithstanding Congress MP Ahmed Patel’s support to Alpesh, the Congress leaders got worried because of fear of backlash in other states.

Only the future will reveal Alpesh’s next strategy.  However, right now the most important question is, what is his real motive?

In my opinion, to understand his politics, one has to understand the undemocratic developments in the country over the last few decades.

India did not adopt the parliamentary system of government after a comparative study of merits and demerits of the parliamentary and presidential systems.  It was adopted because the British rulers had gradually introduced it in India.  The Constitution makers just followed the system with which they were familiar.

Whether it is a parliamentary system or a presidential system, it puts an end to the absolute rule of kings and feudal lords.  The United Kingdom has retained a symbolic monarchy under its unique parliamentary system.

In India, kings and queens have become history.  Privy purses to ex-rulers, which ranged from Rs 5,000 per annum to Rs 26 lakh per annum and their privileges, were abolished in 1971.  However, the law cannot easily change the people’s mind-set. Privately the ex-rulers continue to treat each other as royals.  In the erstwhile princely states, large number of common people still treat the successors as ‘princes’.  Taking advantage of the mind-set, several ‘scions’ of the former dynasties have successfully established themselves in politics and reached ministerial positions. Unconsciously, even the Government of India sometimes treat them as ‘princes’.  In the heart of New Delhi, there is a road called ‘Shrimant Madhav Rao Scindia Marg’.  ‘Shrimant’ was used to address the royals.

Our parliamentary system has created very fertile ground for the emergence of new ruling classes and dynasties.  A new form of ‘kingdoms ‘or ‘empires’ has emerged.  Ambitious and clever politicians nurse constituencies which in course of time become their fiefdoms.  There are numerous examples of such ‘pocket boroughs’ which once existed in England.  The ‘pocket boroughs’, abolished by the Reform Acts of 1832 and 1867,  were constituencies controlled by one person or family and only that person or his family member was elected to the House of Commons.  In our country, ‘pocket boroughs’ nursed by father is inherited by his son or daughter.  For example, Amethi and Rai Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh are ‘pocket boroughs’ of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.  Yashwant Sinha made his son his ‘successor’ to represent the constituency he had nursed for a long time.  His son got elected and became a Minister in the union government.  There are many more examples.

In addition to nursing a particular constituency which is a small geographical area, many politicians are in an advantageous position to build their ‘empires’, not so much in geographical sense but as strong influence over their castes or communities across the state or the country.  Such kingdoms or empires called ‘caste kingdoms’, ‘community kingdoms’, ‘caste empires’ or ‘community empires’ controlled by a prominent member of the caste or community.  They form political parties because that is necessary for building mass base.  In Bihar, Laloo Yadav built his dynastic rule by projecting himself as the leader of the Yadavas.  Today he is in jail but his sons have become ‘princes’ and his daughters are also ‘princesses’.  Two male members of the dynasty are MLAs (they were ministers when Nitish Kumar and Laloo Yadav had formed a coalition government) and one daughter is MP.  In Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav has formed a much bigger ‘caste empire’ and nursed large number of assembly and Parliamentary constituencies for the family members.  Mayawati has formed her own ‘empire’ by presenting herself as the leader of Dalits.  Ramvilas Paswan of Bihar is another Dalit ‘emperor’.  The list of big and small ‘emperors’ is endless.  Some are satisfied operating at the village and block levels.  Some are satisfied operating at state levels.  More ambitious ones have eyes on Delhi.

Sonia Gandhi did not have to build an empire from scratch.  She inherited a party and converted it into a pure family organisation.  She also converted the assets of the Congress party (National Herald) into her private property.

These empires give tremendous advantages to the ‘emperors’.  They are able to raise funds from the supporters and businessmen and build assets for personal and party use.  A few years in power give them opportunities to grow from rags to riches.  Once Laloo Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, etc. were penniless.  Today, they live like emperors.  They live in big bungalows, owned by the government or their own.  Sonia Gandhi does not occupy any official position either in party or in government but lives in a bungalow which is bigger than the Indian Prime Minister’s official residence.  Her ‘princess’ Priyanka Vadra it is also leaving in a palace provided by the government.   Whether in power or not, there is no change in their lifestyle.  Once an emperor, always in a privileged position.

Such emperors are very happy when there is a coalition government.  With the support of only a few MPs or MLAs, they manage to get ministerial berths and share political power.  If it is not possible to enjoy exclusive power, the next best option is a share in it.

Some enterprising politicians have adopted a different strategy to build their empires.



Bal Thackeray (23 January 1926 – 17 November 2012) of Maharashtra adopted a different strategy to build his empire. On June 19, 1966, he founded the Shiv Sena (Shivaji's Army), named after 17th century Maratha king Shivaji, as a political organisation though initially he claimed that it was not a political party but an organisation to fight for the Marathi manoos (people). The organisation demanded preferential treatment to the Marathi speaking people in private and public sector jobs.  In the 1966 manifesto of Shiv Sena, Thackeray stated that the South Indians and Gujaratis were depriving the Marathi manoos of jobs.  He claimed that the Maharashtrians were being discriminated in their own state.  The formation of the organisation was followed by Thackeray’s anti-migrant oratories.  On 23 January 1988, Thackeray started publication of Marathi language newspaper Saamna, as the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena.  Gradually, the Shiv Sena became more aggressive.

The growing number of non-Marathi speaking people in Maharashtra – from about 23.5% of the population in 1970s to about 32% by the end of 2007 (according to the Economic Survey of Maharashtra for 2008-09) encouraged him to be more aggressive.  Shiv Sena became a full-fledged party and from time to time launched agitations against the North Indians. A special characteristic of the Shiv Sena is that it has attracted unemployed Marathi youth from upper as well as lower castes, though the leadership has been primarily in the hands of the upper castes.

In 2006, when Bal Thackeray declared his son Uddhav Thackeray as his successor, his nephew Raj Thackeray formed apparel organisation,  Maharashtra Navnirman Samiti  (MNS), with the same objective of protecting the interest of Marathi speaking people

Despite all the noise and violent protests, North Indians continue to work in Maharashtra.  In fact, the North Indians provide most of the basic services such as taxis and three wheelers, supply of milk and newspapers, to the people of Mumbai.  Without them, life in Mumbai would be paralysed.

The net result of all the agitations has been that Bal Thackeray built a “Maratha Empire” for his family.  Now the empire stands divided into two parts.  Bal Thackeray’s son heads the bigger one and his nephew heads the smaller one.  The two emperors enjoy social status, raise funds, own properties and lead luxurious life.  The older party Shiv Sena has often enjoyed political power.  Even today it is part of Maharashtra government.  Whether Marathi manoos got anything or not, the Raj Thackerays have got everything they wanted.

                     



                            


In the neighbouring Gujarat, in 2011 one Alpesh Thakor (born November 7, 1975) who belongs to the Koli community (a sub-caste of Kshatriya, categorised as OBC) founded Gujarat Kshatriya-Thakor Sena.  In addition, come he also founded OBC, SC, ST Ekta Manch (OBC, SC, ST equality forum).  In other words, he has formed a confederation of OBCs, SCs and STs.  His declared objective is to unite members of these communities to demand proper reservations for people of respective communities in Gujarat.

When dependence on own caste does not help get power, caste leaders form ad hoc confederations with other castes.  Alpesh did what Laloo, Mulayam and Mayawati have been doing.

When Alpesh found that his organisations were not helping him to achieve his objectives to build his empire, in October 2017, he joined Congress party, contested Gujarat assembly election and is now an MLA.  However, even that is not sufficient.  He decided to follow Bal Thackeray.  As several TV channels have shown videos recently, he instigated his supporters to attack North Indians on the ground that they (the North Indians) were committing all sorts of crimes and were depriving the people of Gujarat of jobs.  He threatened the North Indians and asked them to go back to their respective states.  The rape of a 14-month-old girl by elaborate from Bihar provided the much-needed trigger to launch full-fledged attack on the North Indians.  For the crime of an individual, the entire community was held responsible.  In several places of North Gujarat, the North Indians were attacked and looted.  They started fleeing to their home towns and villages.

Incidentally, there is remarkable similarity between the logos of Shiv Sena and Thakor Sena.





            






Non-Gujaratis constitute about 40% of the population of the state.  If the Gujrati industries and businessmen in Maharashtra contribute to the economic growth of that state, non-Gujaratis also contribute to the economic growth of Gujarat.  However, those who believe in ‘divide and rule’ are not bothered about the economic consequences of their political ambitions.  Once Alpesh Thakor succeeds in building his empire, he will join the rank of Thackerays, Laloos, Mulayams and Mayawatis.  He will also become an emperor.  He will be able to raise funds from his supporters, build assets, acquire social and political status and lead a luxurious life, whether in power or not.

Even if Congress loses Gujarat, Alpesh Thakor's empire will remain intact.

These are dangerous developments striking at the root of Parliamentary democracy.  The country is being divided and subdivided on community, caste and sub-caste lines.  Geographically and legally, there will be one India but socially and politically, there will be many big and small ‘kingdoms’, each headed by king or a queen.

I am afraid, a day may come when the right-thinking people of India would start asking the question, ‘is the parliamentary system of government suitable for this country?’

If we want to save parliamentary democracy, all the political parties and organisations which resort to violence to achieve their objectives must be banned. All the caste or community based  political parties and organisations must also be banned.

Devendra Narain

October 10, 2018

PS
Now a BJP MLA of Gujarat has jumped on the bandwagon.


Writer requests readers to give their comments and suggestions.



Friday, 28 September 2018

Rahul Gandhi is playing a dangerous anti-national game




Trained by an Italian coach and inspired by Nazi Propaganda Minister, Goebbels, Rahul Gandhi is playing a dangerous anti-national game. If he wins, India will lose, democracy in India will be in danger.

Let me explain how in his lust for power Rahul Gandhi is playing the dangerous game.

Since his knowledge is poor (he does not even know what the NCC is), understanding is poorer, and above all, since he is incapable of offering anything feasible to the people, he resorts to abusive language and falsehood.

His semi-educated Italian mother and coach, daughter of Fascist Stefano Maino (who was a member of Italy's National Fascist Party), has taught him dirty tricks of politics because she herself is incapable of civilised politics.  When she was active as Congress President, she abused all her opponents and made all sorts of false propaganda against them.  During the Gujarat Assembly election campaign in 2007 she called the then Chief Minister Modi a Maut Ka Saudagar (Merchant of Death) for his alleged role in 2002 Gujarat riots though all subsequent investigations and court orders proved that in fact Modi who had taken over as CM only two months before the riots had tried his level best to curb the violence and punish the guilty.    She behaves as if she has come all the way from Italy to save India from the non-Congress leaders.

 

The half-Italian is determined to excel the full Italian.  His only enemy is Narendra Modi. In his calculations, politicians like Mamata Banerjee, Lalu Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, to name only a few, are angles like him.  They are his comrades-in-arm in the fight against the common enemy, ‘corrupt Modi’.  He is calling Modi a chor (thief) who collected money from the poor, handed over the same to his rich friends, and then sent them abroad.  Without any understanding of demonetisation and GST, he attacks Modi for these policies.  He does not know what the Doklam issue is but attacks Modi for mishandling the issue!

Today his biggest ‘weapon’ against Modi is Rafale deal.  Whether he knows the facts or not, he tells people in every speech that corrupt and chor Modi is paying RS. 1600 crore for a Rafale aircraft whereas the UPA government was paying RS. 520 crore.  He is also saying that in this deal Modi ensured that his friend Anil Ambani benefited to the extent of Rs. 30,000 cr.

Two Air Marshals – Raghunath Nambiar and Shirish Deo – and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa have publicly declared that the Modi government got a much better deal in terms of price, quality, terms, and conditions than what the UPA government was negotiating.  Air Marshal Nambiar who headed the commercial negotiations has rightly asked, ‘when the total value of offsets by Dassault, the manufacturer of Rafale, is Rs. 6500 cr. only and since there are several partners such as BEL, IBM India, Tata Services, HCL, Wipro, L&T InfoTech, Samtel and Thales and DRDO (that gets the lion’s share), how can Anil Ambani get business of Rs. 30,000 crore?’

 Recently, Maroof Raza, a retired Indian Army officer with experience in counter-insurgency operations, released his video (available on YouTube) in which he has pointed out that on the basis of authentic documents including secret documents he procured from the Ministry of Defence, the Modi government really saved Rs. 400 crore per fully equipped Rafale fighter aircraft.  He has pointed out that in 2001, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had told the government that it needed 126 fighter planes; in 2007, the IAF shortlisted two aircrafts, Rafale and Eurofighter and asked the government to procure 36 fighters which were badly needed. However, during the next seven years, the UPA government kept on negotiating without reaching a final decision.  It is the Modi government that finalised the government-to-government agreement in September 2016 for 18 fully equipped ready to fly  Rafale aircrafts and 18 more at various stages of manufacture and assembly (in semi-knocked-down and completely-knocked-down condition,  etc.).  The price difference between what the UPA government was ready to pay and what the NDA government actually paid is as follows.

(Rs. in crore)

UPA offer
NDA final order
saving per aircraft
total saving for 18 ready aircrafts
Base price per
737
670
67
1206
Price of aircraft equipped with weapons, missiles, etc.
2000
1600
400
7200

What Raza has stated in a very simple language, the government could not, apparently because of the ‘secrecy clause’. 

Rahul does not want people to believe the facts.  In these matters, like his Italian mother, he is a follower of the Nazi Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels.  Goebbels has given several mantras to people like Sonia and Rahul Gandhi:

Ø  “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”

Ø “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”

     Ø “If you tell the same lie enough times, people will believe it; and                     the bigger the lie, the better.” “

Ø “Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.”  “This is the secret of propaganda. Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of propaganda, without ever noticing that they are being immersed in it.”

Rahul has one more advantage.  What Raza says is read or heard by a small percentage of the population that in any case knows that Rahul is lying but his lies are heard by lakhs of people who go to his election speeches and read or heard by millions because whatever this fellow says becomes a news for the print and electronic media.

Apart from spreading false propaganda, the Congress fellows went to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to request the latter to seize all the documents pertaining to the Rafale deal and file FIR to initiate action against the deal.

In their heart of hearts, Sonia, her Italian relatives, in fact, a large number of Italians and foreigners including political leaders, must be laughing at us for accepting the semi-educated woman as the unquestioned leader of India’s oldest political party. She got this position only because of her marriage to a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.  For the courtiers of the dynasty and those Indians who like dynastic rules and anything associated with Nehru or Gandhi, Sonia was a natural choice after Rajiv Gandhi.  This stupidity is possible only in our country.

Rahul must be convinced that if there are gullible people in India who would accept Italian Sonia as their leader, they would also believe his lies about Rafale.  If doubt is created in the minds of only a small percentage of Modi supporters, Modi may lose and Rahul’s purpose is served.

 It is our misfortune that Sonia, Rahul, and the Congresspersons are not bothered hat their words and actions are demoralising the Armed Forces that may have disastrous consequences.

The IAF is worried about the consequences of what has been going on since the UPA days. First, the Congress-led UPA government delayed the acquisition of fighters. Now, Rahul is trying to sabotage the deal finalised by the Modi government. The IAF is worried that because of the propaganda, Rafale may become another Bofors. The Bofors scandal halted modernisation of the Army’s artillery by more than three decades.

The million-dollar question that should disturb the right-thinking people in the country is, will Rahul scrap the Rafale deal if he becomes Prime Minister and leave the Air Force in the worst position in the history? What will happen in case of a war? How will  IAF defend India?

Earlier the Congress had humiliated the Army.  After the ‘surgical strike’ in September 2016, Congress joined other parties in questioning Amy’s official claim.  Some Congressmen went far ahead in humiliating the Army.  In July 2017, Congress leader Sandeep Dixit called army chief a Sadak ka goonda (‘goon on the street’). In June this year, without any basis, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad declared that Army operations in Jammu and Kashmir killed more civilians than terrorists. He said, “They (forces) take action against four terrorists and kill 20 civilians.” 
There have been more disturbing developments. On August 14 this year, 356 army men, including 75 officers – a brigadier,  29 colonels, 15 lieutenant colonels, 19 majors, and 11 captains — who command thousands of soldiers in anti-militancy and anti-insurgency operations in the disturbed areas of the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir, filed a PIL in the  SC.  They told the apex court that they were constrained to file the petition in view of an extremely hostile situation on the ground due to the prosecution of officers and soldiers for bona fide actions during military operations. Their PIL is counter to an order of the court on a PIL (filed by those against the Armed Forces) to the CBI to enquire into certain allegations against the Armed Forces.

 In the PIL, they have cautioned that
 “A country that doubts its soldiers and their martyrdom is bound to lead to a collapse of its sovereignty and integrity. Questioning honest actions has a demoralising effect on officers and soldiers deployed in disturbed areas  andfor counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in J and K and northeastern states.” They further stated that the soldiers “are asking their commanders whether they should continue to fight against militants and insurgents engaged in a proxy war against India or operate as per peace time yardsticks guided by the Criminal Procedure Code.”

 Perhaps, India is the only country in the world in which the armed forces have to repeatedly request the government for supply of weapons to fight enemies and have to go to the court for letting them do their duty.

India has remained a democratic country mainly because the armed forces have not interfered in the political process.  However, will they continue to tolerate demoralisation and humiliation?  Can anybody guarantee that they will not lose faith in the constitutional system and political process when their patience is over?  Can anybody guarantee that the IAF will have respect for Rahul as Prime Minister when he scraps the Rafale deal and leaves the IAF completely helpless?

 These are disturbing but not hypothetical questions.