Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Analysis of Pending Criminal Cases of Lok Sabha MPs from 2009 In response to a PIL filed by Public Interest Foundation, the Supreme Court on 10th March, 2014 directed that the criminal cases against MPs and MLAs should be completed within a year from the date of framing of charges by the trial court. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) analysed the affidavits of the Lok Sabha MPs elected in 2009. The following report analyses the duration of time in years for which the criminal cases against Lok Sabha MPs have been pending in a court of law. Out of the 162 MPs that have criminal cases against themselves, 76 have serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and robbery against themselves. As the analysis below will show, some of these cases against the MPs have remained pending for ten years and more. Detailed report in English attached with this mail. The following analysis contains only those cases for which the MP has provided the start date(s) of case(s). While filing the details of the self declared cases, most of the candidates contesting the elections do not provide the relevant dates of the cases such as FIR Dates, Date of Filing of Charge Sheets, Date of Convictions etc. The current status of these cases are not known, we have simply taken these cases from the affidavit declarations of the MPs and calculated the time period (in years) for which the cases have been pending (For example- if an MP has declared in his affidavit during the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 that a case against him has been pending since 1999 then we have evaluated the pending years as only 10 and not 15) Summary and Highlights Lok Sabha MPs with criminal cases: 162 Lok Sabha MPs from 2009 out of 543 analysed have declared criminal cases against themselves. Lok Sabha MPs with serious criminal cases: 76 Lok Sabha MPs have declared serious criminal cases against themselves including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery etc Average Number of Years Criminal Cases have been Pending: The average number of years that criminal cases against MPs have been pending is 7 years (until 2009). Serious Criminal Cases pending for the longest: Party-wise MPs with multiple serious IPC count: 162 Lok Sabha MPs have declared a total of 306 serious IPCs against themselves. The MPs of JMM have declared 69 serious IPC counts followed by BJP MPs who have declared a total of 55 serious IPC counts, SP MPs with 34 serious IPC counts and INC MPs with 30 serious IPC counts. MPs with multiple serious IPC count: Kameshwar Baitha of JMM from Palamau Constituency, Jharkhand has declared 69 counts of serious IPC against himself followed by Jagdis Sharma of JD(U) from Jahanabad Constituency, Bihar with 17 serious IPC counts, Sivasami C of AIADMK from Tiruppur Constituency, Tamil Nadu with 15 counts of serious IPC and Bal Kumar Patel of SP from Mirzapur with 14 counts of serious IPC. Winners with criminal cases who got tickets for the second time: 24 Lok Sabha MPs were re-elected winners and had criminal cases in 2009. They also had criminal cases during Lok Sabha, 2004 which they won. This shows that political parties continue to give tickets to candidates despite the fact that they have criminal cases pending against them. Analysis of Criminal Cases Pending for 10 years and more Criminal Cases pending for ten years or more: 50 Lok Sabha MPs from 2009 have a total of 136 criminal cases pending against them for ten years or more. Serious Criminal Cases pending for ten years or more: 30 Lok Sabha MPs have a total of 58 serious criminal cases pending against them for ten years or more. Average Number of years Cases of Murder have been Pending: There are 5 Lok Sabha MPs who have declared a total of 14 cases of murder which have been pending for ten years or more. Kameshwar Baitha of JMM has declared 10 cases of murder against himself which have been pending for an average of 12 years. Guddu Premchand of INC from Ujjain Constituency, Madhya Pradesh has declared a case of murder which has been pending for the longest i.e. for 29 years. Average Number of Years Cases of Attempt to Murder have been Pending: There are 9 Lok Sabha MPs who have declared a total of 14 cases of attempt to murder which have been pending for more than 10 years. Kameshwar Baitha of JMM has declared 6 cases of attempt to murder against himself which have been pending for an average of 11 years. Venugopala Reddy Modugula of TDP from Narasaraopet Constituency has declared a case of attempt to murder which has been pending for the longest i.e. for 23 years. Average Number of Years Cases of Kidnapping and Wrongful Confinement have been Pending: There are 20 Lok Sabha MPs who have declared a total of 30 cases of kidnapping and wrongful confinement which have been pending for 10 years or more. Kameshwar Baitha of JMM has declared 7 cases of kidnapping and wrongful confinement which have been pending for an average of 14 years. Kalmadi Suresh of INC from Pune Constituency has declared a case of Wrongful confinement for three or more days which has been pending for 28 years. Average Number of Years Cases of Robbery and Dacoity have been Pending: There are 4 Lok Sabha MPs who have declared a total of 4 cases of robbery and dacoity which have been pending for more than 10 years. Ramkishun of SP from Chandauli Constituency has declared a case of robbery which has been pending for 24 years. Recommendations While the judiciary has taken very important steps during decriminalizing Indian politics (including the 10th July, 2013 judgment in the case of Union of India vs Lily Thomas, where the SC debarred elected representatives from continuing in office upon conviction) political parties have continued to field candidates with serious criminal cases because of their “winnability” factor. In this scenario, the role of citizens becomes pre-eminent. The upcoming Lok Sabha elections gives us the opportunity to elect a cleaner and more accountable Parliament. The Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch urges all citizens to vote for clean candidates during 2014 Lok Sabha elections. For more information, visit: www.myneta.info and www.adrinindia.org The above is from The Association of Democratic Rights
Monday, March 10, 2014
Stones pelted at Kejriwal rally in Ahmedabad Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/stones-pelted-at-kejriwal-rally-in-ahmedabad/1/347496.html
Stones pelted at Kejriwal rally in Ahmedabad Protesters shouting slogans in support of Chief Minister Narendra Modi threw stones at a rally addressed by AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in Ahmedabad on Saturday evening. As the protesters tried to disrupt the rally at Vijay Chowk, the former Delhi Chief Minister invited them to the stage to discuss claims of development in Gujarat but they chose to leave. "Do not disturb them (protesters), they are from us only. In a democratic setup, they have the right to protest," Kejriwal told the police while AAP leader Gopal Ray was speaking at the rally Around 50 protesters started shouting `Modi - Modi' as the AAP rally started. Police tried to move them away. Sanjay Singh, national spokesperson of AAP, asked the slogan-shouters to stay quiet and asked the police not to make them leave. But again, when Kejriwal said that "for the last one year a propaganda is being made that if you want to save this country from the UPA's corruption, then Modi is the only option", the protesters started shouting slogans, and also hurled stones in the direction of the stage. Responding to this, Kejriwal said: "One of you can come on the stage and talk with me about the development claims of Modi." The protesters, however, did not take up the offer and soon disappeared from the venue. Earlier, some of the protesters burnt Kejriwal's effigy at the venue. Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused the media of taking money from industrialists Ambani and Adani to give publicity to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. "Media has been claiming for the last one year that Modi has carried out a lot of development work. Media is lying because they have taken money from Ambani and Adani," said Kejriwal. "People told us that Modi is a nice person. So we visited Gujarat and check the claims of Modi. But the reality is that the farmers in Gujarat are frustrated with Modi. Here also the lands of the farmers were given to Adani and Ambani for throwaway prices," he added. Kejriwal claimed that nearly 800 farmers had committed suicide in Gujarat due to Modi's policies. "Modi has cut all subsidies to the farmers. Nearly 800 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat in the last 10 years," he added. (ANI) As I have said earlier, there will be many more protests from the BJP for they know that AAP is the only party which could prevent the BJP from getting a walkover.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Kapil Sibal flays Kejriwal for flying by chartered plane Ahmedabad, Mar. 8 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal, who always claimed to be against VIP culture, has now created flutter by travelling in a chartered aircraft of corporates from pink city Jaipur to New Delhi for an event. Commenting on the issue, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal said that Kejriwal only wants to appease the masses for vested interests. "It is a well thought process, first to travel in a small car, then walk, travel in a Mercedes and then travel in a plane. It is done to appease the public, the way they want so that the public thinks that you are talking about them and for them. To the urban classes you say that you are open to FDI, but when you interact with poor people, and then you say that you are opposed to FDI. So you talk according to your audience, what the masses want to hear," he said. Reportedly, Kejriwal traveled in a chartered plane from Jaipur to Delhi to attend a media group's conclave. Kejriwal said that the media group bore the cost of the plane. Kejriwal drew flak from a Nationalist Congress party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar as well, who said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief is slowly turning out to be no different from others. "See, the way he talks about simplicity and the common man, like he has said that he doesn't want the red beacon, a government vehicle, bungalow, but slowly he has started doing what other politicians do. Now the veil of simplicity is slowly disappearing from his face and people are getting to see his real face," said Anwar. Keriwal has always been lashing out at political leaders for using private helicopters and airplanes of corporate, expressing his dislike of VIP culture. Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan said it is easier to denounce others while slamming Kejriwal. "All kind of talks are prevalent in politics, everything happens in politics. A need must have come up, that is why he would have used the chartered plane. In our country, it is easy to pick up on other's faults, but ignore one's own," he said. (ANI) As I have said earlier, Congress and BJP dogs will keep barking at the AAP with the purpose of obfuscating issues. Since. they cannot raise themselves to he High Standard set up by AAP, like Devils they would prefer to pull them down their level to try to tell the people that there is no difference between AAP and them. But they are mistaken. People realize the difference. In the above case, India Today, wanted Kejriwal to attend a conference and since there were no flights to attend the conference, India Today arranged the chartered for his attendance. It is as simple as that. Now, could the Congress and BJP divulge who is arranging all the chartered flights and helicopters for their candidates.
Ink smeared on AAP leader Yogendra Yadav's face New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) A young man Saturday smeared ink on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav's face after springing from behind him at a party rally here to mark International Women's Day. Yadav later requested police not to take any action against the 35-year-old attacker who was identified by police as Sagar Bhandari, a native of Assam. Yadav also wrote a letter to Delhi Police that said: "I would wish to request you that no case be registered against that misguided person. If he is detained, he may please be released. If possible, I would like to get an opportunity to speak to him." Bhandari, wearing the trademark white AAP cap, leaped onto the stage where Yadav was seated and talking to the media. Before Yadav or the AAP members around him could realise what was happening, he repeatedly smeared ink on Yadav's face, temporarily blinding him. It took four or five seconds before others came to Yadav's rescue, pushing away the attacker who was then roughed up. Police quickly intervened and took him away. A police officer said Bhandari was apparently a disgruntled AAP worker and worked at the party office in the Shalimar Bagh area. Yadav, the AAP candidate from Gurgaon in Haryana for the Lok Sabha elections, was clearly stunned. "I was talking to you when this person came from behind and put ink on my face," he told journalists near Jantar Mantar where the meeting was held. "I did not see him... I mean how could I see him." He added: "When you take on powerful forces in this country, one must be ready to pay a price. May God forgive this man (attacker)." The disadvantage of becoming popular is that everyone wants to switch on to your bandwagon for a slice of the pie and anyone who cannot do so is annoyed like a jilted lover. The above episode may be seen from that angle. What enamours me to the AAP is the reaction of Yogendra Yadav. Just like Christ, beseeching His Father, when He was put to the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing". The country has still not realized the good the AAP is thinking for their country. Like dogs, the Congress and BJP keeping barking and snapping at AAP but the people of India realize that they are at last getting some fresh air and not polluted, petrified and corrupted air of the Congress and BJP.
Although Rogers died almost 80 years ago his thoughts STILL make a lot of sense :-) Never Squat With Your Spurs On! Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with bush pilot Wiley Post, was one of the Greatest sages, political, homey, and country/cowboy that this country has ever known. Some of his sayings: 1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco. 2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. 3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works. 4. Never miss a good chance to shut up. 5. Always drink upstream from the herd. 6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. 7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket. 8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves. 9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. 10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there. 11. Lettin' the cat outta’ the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back. 12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut. ABOUT GROWING OLDER... First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved. Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra. Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top. Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it's such a nice change from being young. Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable and relaxed. Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf. And, finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old. Sent by Prakash Bhartia
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Why Microsoft and Everyone Else Loves Indian CEOs By Leonid Bershidsky Feb 6, 2014 1:07 AM GMT+0530 Source: Microsoft Corp. via Bloomberg. With the appointment of Satya Nadella as chief executive officer, Microsoft has joined a growing club of multinational corporations run by Indian-born managers. The list includes Pepsi, Deutsche Bank, MasterCard, Adobe Systems, Diageo, London-traded consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser and semiconductor maker GlobalFoundries. At first glance, the commonalities among Indian CEOs are not particularly informative. They're all in their late 40s and early 50s, the age when a successful manager's career can be expected to peak. All graduated from U.S. or U.K. universities in addition to their Indian schools -- no surprise, since all of them were immigrants who needed a stepping stone into a new culture. Those of them who had management experience in India started out with global corporations, which is logical given that it would have been harder to make the leap to global prominence from one of the family-owned companies that comprise about two thirds of Indian businesses. At least three -- Nadella, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Prem Watsa, who runs Fairfax Financial, the would-be savior of Blackberry -- went to the same public school in Hyderabad, which experienced a technological boom around the turn of the century that included the establishment of Microsoft's first development center outside the U.S. By the time the boom developed, however, all three were long gone from their hometown. In other ways, the executives' backgrounds diverge significantly. They come from different parts of India -- Jaipur, where Deutsche co-CEO Anshu Jain was born, is 1,300 miles away from Chennai, the birthplace of Pepsi's Indra Nooyi. A few of the CEOs -- Nooyi, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, Ivan Menezes of Diageo -- went to the Indian Institutes of Management, business schools set up by the Indian government since the 1960s to create a local management elite. Most did not. Some, like Nooyi, Narayen, Benckiser's Rakesh Kapoor and Nadella, studied engineering. Others, like Jain, Menezes and MasterCard chief Ajay Banga, are economics and business graduates. Yet there must be a reason why so many Indians, and not, say, Brazilians, Russians or Chinese, have made stellar corporate careers. The answer might be found in studies of the Indian management culture. According to research from St. Gallen University in Switzerland, Indian executives are inclined toward participative management and building meaningful relationships with subordinates. "The leadership style traditionally employed in India fostered an emotional bond between superiors and subordinates," the 2004 study said. "The feeling that the company genuinely cares for its employees, provided a strong bond of loyalty that went beyond financial rewards." In the "Indian club," there are no executives known for a dictatorial management style. Nooyi says: "You need to look at the employee and say, 'I value you as a person. I know that you have a life beyond PepsiCo, and I'm going to respect you for your entire life, not just treat you as employee number 4,567.'" When Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer at the helm of Microsoft, his high standing with the company's rank-and-file was cited as a major reason for his promotion. A 2007 study by researchers at Southern New Hampshire University, which compared Indian managers to U.S. ones, found the South Asians more humble. It is not by chance that Nadella started his first e-mail to Microsoft employees as chief executive by saying, "This is a very humbling day for me." The study also found Indians to be particularly future-oriented, focused on long-term strategies. Narayen of Adobe says: "If you can connect all the dots between what you see today and where you want to go, then its probably not ambitious enough or aspirational enough". In his email, Nadella paraphrased an Oscar Wilde quote on the same point: "We need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable." Perhaps most importantly, the Indian managers get to the top because they persevere. Most of those I mentioned had the patience to rise through the ranks at their companies, learning their business thoroughly from every angle. Nooyi joined Pepsi in 1994, Jain took his first job at Deutsche Bank a year later, Menezes has been with Diageo since 1997, Narayen was hired by Adobe in 1998, and Nadella's appointment crowns a 22-year career with Microsoft. There is nothing specifically Indian about empathy, humility, patience and an ability to dream. Yet it is these qualities that appear to have created the "Indian club" of overachievers in global business.
Are You Too Busy? One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers. That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments. No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on. Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature. The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.' After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed.. We thought you might recognize it.' Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. 'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.' All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.' Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.' 'I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary' Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists' That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again. The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late. Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own. Sent by Arun Shroff