Saturday, April 19, 2014

Politicians barred from crossing this bridge

You can't cross our bridge, Bihar villagers tell politicians

Darbhanga (Bihar), April 19 (IANS) Residents of a village in Bihar's Darbhanga parliamentary constituency have barred elected representatives from using a bamboo bridge they have built through their own donations.

Villagers of Kamalpur-Brahmotar Ghat, a village under the Pirri panchayat of Bahadurpur block in Darbhanga, have announced boycott of Lok Sabha polls for failure of people's representatives to fulfill their old demand for a concrete bridge over the Kamla river.

"We have built a bamboo bridge, locally known as Chachri pul, over Kamla river last November by collecting donation of Rs.3 lakh from among the villagers and banned entry of people's representative to express protest for their failures to fulfill a promise," said Ashish Jha, a villager.

Darbhanga votes April 30.

Jha said the bridge was thrown open for the public but with no entry for the local MP, legislators.

"In last nearly five months, not a single people's representative has dared to cross the bridge fearing angry villagers," Jha said.

Before they built the bamboo bridge, villagers used to travel across the river through a smaller bamboo bridge which used to get washed away during monsoon season due to flooding of river.

Another villager, Jogi Yadav, said that residents of the village were tired of hearing false promises and assurances made by the people's representatives for decades.

"After people's representatives failed, villagers have proved that they can build a makeshift bridge without government help."

The bridge, which is 40 metres long and three metres wide, has provided connectivity to dozens of nearby villages also.

Nearly three decades ago, a legislator had laid the foundation stone for the construction of a bridge but the project has not materialized till date.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has repeatedly claimed that his government has built over 12,000 bridges in the state in the last eight and a half years to improve road connectivity.

He never forgets to remind people during the election campaign that as against 375 bridges constructed in 30 years between 1975 and 2005, his government has built a record number of bridges in the state.

His government has built bridges on major rivers like the Ganga, the Gandak and the Koshi and many more such projects are in the pipeline.

Blood bath if Modi comes to Power?

Blog: Attacked on Twitter for my column on Modi

Priyamvada Gopal is an academic at the University of Cambridge where she teaches South Asian literature. A commentator for many newspapers and magazines, she is currently working on a book on anti-colonialism called 'Insurgent Empire'.
A few days ago I wrote a short piece for the Guardian newspaper in which I argued that India was at a watershed moment in which it might have a Prime Minister who was openly linked with an extremist organisation, the RSS. I also pointed out that Narendra Modi bore moral responsibility for the massacres--not 'riots', in my view,-- which took place in Gujarat in 2002 and that serious questions had been raised about his government's role in them. A Modi regime, I noted, would have potentially grave consequences both for a plural India and a Britain which has a substantial Asian population. I did not call, as has been widely reported, for Britain to sever links with India. 

While I expected the piece to elicit disagreement, I was taken aback at the sheer quantity of the nastiness, vitriol and  hatred that came my way in the form of tweets and emails from professed Modi supporters. Many were sexist, calling me 'ugly and brown'; others denounced me as a jihadi who was part of an Islamic takeover of the world. 'Idiot commie'; 'retarded bitch'; 'white arselicking sepoy'; 'Congi-paid libtard'; 'anti-Hindu uneducated low-life rascal'...the list is amazing. One called for me to be subjected to Tarun Tejpal's fingers. If this is the level of public discourse we can expect in India under the auspices of the BJP, then it's time to be very pessimistic indeed.  For someone who is  a fierce published critic of the monarchy and the British Empire, it was also bizarre to be denounced as a colonial slave of the British Queen. As I've written elsewhere recently, it is, in fact, Hindutva, which is a deeply colonised ideology. What was quite striking is that that kind of abuse I was receiving was very similar to the epithets that are routinely hurled at me by British chauvinists and right-wingers whenever I've criticised this country or its colonial practices.

For all that, it is not the trolls of Hindutva--who are clearly organised into keyboard militias and deployed to start belting out abuse as soon as there is criticism of Mr Modi or the BJP on the internet--who are truly depressing. Far more problematic are critics like Meghnad Desai, who, as a 'Lord' is a much more paid up member of the British establishment than I am. In a lengthy critique of my piece also published in the Guardian, Desai resorted to a series of more sophisticated but equally formulaic canards--there was nothing unique about Gujarat 2002, Hindus and Muslims have always 'rioted' (a standard colonial notion, by the way) and, most irrelevantly of all, since no one had said otherwise, calling on Indians to be allowed to make up their own minds. Fortunately, several responses to Desai in the Guardian noted that no previous candidate for the highest elected office in a plural and constitutionally secular India had been so openly connected with an extremist organisation and fomenting violence, and that in stressing Hindu-Muslim divisions, he 'ignores of coexistence between Hindu and Muslim forms of music, food, literature and worship in the subcontinent'. It seems to me that at the end of the day, it is not the vitriolically predictable shrieking of internet trolls that is the bigger problem, but the soft equivocations of liberal intellectuals as they expediently gear up to be counted on the side of whoever wields power--in this case, also the trident.

There'll be no place in India for Modi critics, says BJP leader Giriraj Singh

Godda, Jharkhand: In remarks that are bound to create a big political storm, a BJP leader from Bihar suggested at a rally today that those who oppose his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will have "no place in India" after the results of the general election are announced.

"Those who want to stop Narendra Modi(from becoming prime minister) are looking towards Pakistan. In the coming days, they will have no place in India. They will only have place in Pakistan," Giriraj Singh said while addressing a gathering in Godda district of Jharkhand. 

Mr Singh made the remarks in the presence of senior party leader and former president Nitin Gadkari. He is the party's candidate from Nawada in Bihar. 

Opinion polls suggest that the Narendra Modi-led BJP could to win the maximum seats in the national election.

After seeing the above reaction of BJP trolls and the speeches of the BJP leaders, I am afraid there will be a bloodbath in India if the BJP comes to power.

Who is Arun Jaitley Fooling?

Dear Mr. Jaitley,

Why do you do shadow boxing?
You had the Vadra report with Sushma Swaraj, one year before Arvind Kejriwal brought it to the notice of the whole of India. What did you do with it.? Just sat on the reports.
Now that elections are here, you start criticising Vadra when you have your government in Rajasthan and can easily enquire into his land deals in Rajasthan. But you will not for it will open a whole cans of worms of Mukesh Ambani, Vasundra Raje Scindia who too may have acquired land in Rajasthan.
Your criticising fools no one. We are just waiting for AAP to come to power for some action to be taken.

Yours sincerely,

Radheshyam Sharma

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Jaitley criticises Vadra

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) BJP leader Arun Jaitley Saturday attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra for his rise in the real estate business.
Taking a swipe at Vadra in his blog, Jaitley wrote: "Congratulations to Robert Vadra. He has made it to the Wall Street Journal. The Vadra business model requires the research paper to be prepared by a key business analyst."
He was referring to a write-up in The Wall Street Journal which raised questions of his meteoric rise in the real estate sector.
"Start a business without any investment. Investment will flow as loans and advances which is a synonym for political equity.
"Use these loans to buy property at fraction of the market cost. Many people are willing to sell property for an inadequate consideration, accumulate a land and a property bank with the patronage of the state," it added.
"Sell off some properties and repay back the original loan. The rest is all yours with no liabilities. So far this business model has raised only eyebrows. It is time it raises serious questions. That is what the Wall Street Journal has done," he said.

The Police allows robbers to go scot free but jails the complainant

Kejriwal to meet Kumar Vishwas after police register complaint against latter

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Apr. 19 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief, Arvind Kejriwal, said on Saturday that he will meet party leader Kumar Vishwas, against whom a complaint has been filed after he sat on a protest inside a police station after an officer refused to register case against Vice-President of ruling Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi and some of his supporters.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas, who is contesting against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi parliamentary constituency, alleged that Congress wanted to kill him after a video footage showed a Congress worker talking to Priyanka Gandhi allegedly about killing Vishwas.
Kejriwal, who was holding a public meeting in his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, said he will be meeting Vishwas in Amethi.
"I am leaving for Amethi today in the evening. I am meeting Kumar Vishwas today," Kejriwal said.
To stress his claim, Vishwas had released a video footage that showed Congress worker Vinod Mishra saying to Priyanka Gandhi that, "Vishwas is talking against Rahul, I will shoot him".
Vishwas had also said that he would approach the Election Commission.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, police in Amethi filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Vishwas, which according to him was a conspiracy.
"They are planning a conspiracy against me. I came to register the FIR but for almost eight hours police were seen talking to their seniors to register the FIR. The police had no courage to file a case against both Rahul Gandhi and his rowdies. Thousands of party workers sat on a protest but finally they filed an FIR against me under IPC section 144. This shows that democracy in Amethi is over, the region is totally run under Congress-influenced rowdies," said Vishwas. (ANI)
This is just a repeat of the scenario that occurred in Lucknow and Delhi. AAP workers were beaten up there by Congress and BJP goons but FIRs were lodged against AAP workers.
The administrations is just repeating what they did there. AAP had sat on dharna against the police to lodge FIR against one Vinod Mishra who had threatened to kill Kumar Vishwas. Instead of lodging an FIR against Vinod Mishra, the police has filed an FIR against Kumar Vishwas under Section 144. See, the police is very fast in filing cases against the opposition but are scared of filing FIR against the ruling party. This has to change.
Vote for AAP

David versus Goliath in the Battle of Benares

David versus Goliath in the Battle of Benares

It was just a few months ago when there was an air of everything having been settled. A corruption-ridden second-term government of Congress (I) was out of touch with the people’s issues and aspirations. And a “saviour” had descended from Gujarat –– whose public image was curated by his party’s slick PR machine to appear starkly different from Rahul Gandhi. It was but a matter of time. Much is still quite settled. But the air has cleared a bit and the saviour does not appear as divine anymore. The man from Gujarat still is way ahead in the battle. However, the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has ensured that at the end, the winner of the battle can claim political power, legislative power, administrative power and even the power to subvert habeas corpus and other things sacred to human dignity, but it cannot claim ethical and moral power with full-throated confidence.
Touted initially as an “electronic media creation” that would vanish as soon as the cameras turned elsewhere, the AAP has continued to punch way above its popular weight even after much of corporate media turned hostile overnight over the party’s decision to deny the Walmarts of the world to set up shop in Delhi. This party, which cannot claim numerical parity with either of the two behemoths of India’s political scene, has been able to go from strength to strength with these two in the game of political agenda-setting. This is partly due to the base it has been able to create for itself in crucial urban sectors that are close to the Hindi-Hindustan idiom and style. Anything Hindi-Hindustan centric is able to claim top slot in the “national” agenda –– such is the nature of politics in this republic. But that is not all. The AAP has been able to edge past its rivals in the universe of political morals and ethics by disclosing the hitherto undisclosable party-fund donor lists, naming the hitherto unnamable individuals and families who hold the political system in an unholy grip. The subcontinent has a special place for this sort of thing. Even if silenced by fear or state violence, people in the subcontinent have shown that they have respect for those who speak truth to power. Which is precisely why other agendas for respect garnering have to be generated –– “strong” leadership, teaching “them” a lesson and content-less slogans of the “India first” type. Such respect-generation is coupled with hope-production by false promises for job-creation and material prosperity that will be ushered in by the same corporates who help fund advertisements of the “strongman” in newspapers, TV channels, cell phones and websites.
Arvind Kejriwal, ex-chief minister of Delhi and AAP’s public face, will be challenging Narendrabhai Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, in Benares (Varanasi) in the 2014 parliamentary elections. This holy city, which is also the site of a mosque that Aurangzeb Alamgir built after destroying the erstwhile Vishwanath temple, is all set for a David versus Goliath battle. And Goliath will win. When Kejriwal entered Benares for his inaugural political rally, he was pelted with rotten eggs and black ink was thrown at him. The kickback that is given by the saviour’s favourite banias (caste) in exchange for mining rights, ports, agricultural lands, tax breaks, mega-subsidies and natural resources finds its way into the aviation fuel of the campaign helicopter, the liquor consumed by the black ink and egg throwers and the danda that holds the jhanda. Kejriwal is astute enough to know that the publicity from the Battle of Benares will help people know about the political agenda of a credible opposition to the BJP when the Congress (I) is in retreat. An atheist turned believer, he can publicly pull off a call upon non-sectarian divine powers to intervene on the side of theaam aadmi. Call them publicity stunts, call them what you will, but the egg and ink smeared-Kejriwal has ensured that in spite of a chhappan inch chest, immaculately clean dresses and Har Har chants, the winner this time cannot rise above the fray. The ironman may stand tall but his rusty core will not be hidden either. That is serious political currency for the AAP, which really is preparing for the election after the one in 2014.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2014.
The writer holds an MBBS (Calcutta) and a PhD (Harvard University) and is currently a postdoctoral scholar at MIT
While I agree with the author on most of his points, I believe Kejriwal is going to win from Varanasi

Another feather in the AAP cap

The Maharashtra wing of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched the 'Scam Expose Helpline' where citizens can  complain about malpractices in the public machinery. The AAP Scam Expose Cell comprises a team of lawyers, RTI activists and criminologists.

This helpline went live at 11 am on Thursday, and will be available between 11 am and 5 pm on all working days. The number was launched with the intention of providing a platform to the common man to confidentially share information on scams and fraud of which they may be aware. 

According to criminologist Snehil S. Dhall who is the part of the helpline launch team, “We have received approximately  200-plus calls since 9 pm last night. The calls resumed at 8 am again this morning, with a call coming in almost every minute.”

The helpline has also been receiving messages from the service provider of the all the calls missed while the helpline was engaged on another call. All calls are received on a co

AAP launches 'Scam Expose Helpline'

mputer which diverts them to operators who listen to the queries. Those who claim to have documentary proof are called to the office for evaluation 

“There is a lot of corruption in all the departments in Mumbai, all over the Maharashtra, including MMRDA, BMC and other government machinery. AAP feels that there is an urgent need to end this systemic corruption and this is a step in this direction. Our helpline number 9699949331, will allow us to track corruption more effectively,” said Dhall. 

'' From the very first call, we have received information of fraud and scams due to negligence or obstruction by  bureaucrats and government officials. We have begun working on the claims and when the time is right, it will be presented,” added Dhall.

This has been sent by Ramniwas Jhalani, an AAP volunteer.

Benefits of Water

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute
3.. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.
The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily..
This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.
It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.
This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.
Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

This has been sent by Ramniwas Jhalani, an AAP volunteer