Monday, September 1, 2014

AAP targets Lt-Governor: Jung doing Centre bidding

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continued its attack on Lt-Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung and the Central government for the lack of an elected government in the capital on Sunday. Senior AAP leaders alleged the Lt-Governor was acting at the behest of the BJP-led Central government.
“It is not the L-G who is making decisions but the Centre which is ruling Delhi. The work being done here is as per the wishes of the BJP,” senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said.
Reacting to the Lt-Governor’s remarks that work in the capital would be set back by two months if fresh elections take place, Sisodia said, “In Delhi, the L-G has said that work will suffer for two months. But six months have already gone waste. If a government gets formed in Delhi without fresh polls, it will be through horse-trading. The situation will be even worse for Delhi then. Such a government cannot be expected to work with honesty.”
Voicing similar concerns, another senior AAP leader and spokesperson Ashutosh said, “On February 14, when Arvind (Kejriwal) resigned, he had suggested to the L-G that the Assembly should be dissolved. On the same day, Harsh Vardhan had said that the BJP cannot form a government since they do not have the required numbers and that they were willing to sit in the Opposition. Till now, the BJP has clearly said that they are not in the mood to form the government. The AAP has said the same thing and so has the Congress.”
Ashutosh further raised concerns about the Lt-Governor’s position on the issue. “When there is no possibility of government formation, why is the L-G still exploring this option? Whose diktat is he following?” he asked.
Pointing to the resignations of governors appointed under the UPA government after the BJP formed the Central government, Ashutosh said, “All governors appointed by the UPA have been resettled, except Najeeb Jung. He is behaving as the Centre wants him to. In our interaction with the L-G, it is clear where his stand lies. If he is not willing to dissolve the Assembly, he is giving all opportunity to the BJP to form the government, by hook or by crook.”

Howto slow the Aging process

Wrinkles can be caused not only due to increase in your physical age , but a lot of external factors like stress , pollution and improper diet.

Avoid too much of direct exposure to sun and pollution,
Limit  smoking and drinking, not only for better skin health but also for your overall well-being and health.

 Avoid too much of processed foods and choose more of raw vegetables, fruits and fruit juices.

 Vitamin B rich anti aging foods like sprouts, milk and fruits are very essential for healthy looking skin. Having anti aging foods like soaked almonds every morning can also improve your overall skin texture and make it look younger.

You need to include more of omega-3 and omega-6 rich foods in your diet. Include fish, walnuts, almonds and peanuts to your diet.

Complete your sleep. Normally, seven hours sleep is the minimum requirement for the body to get adequate rest.
 Make sure you eat your meals on time and avoid under eating as well as overeating

 Nutritional deficiencies can be avoided by ensuring a proper intake of nutrients like iron, protein and vitamin B12. Have a lot of anti aging foods like greens and organ meats to have sufficient iron in your body. Vitamin B12 is basically present only in animal protein and hence vegetarians need to keep a good check on their levels. 

Those who don’t eat meat should at least have plenty vegetarian sources of anti aging foods  like milk, cheese, paneer  and curd to avail vitamin B12.

You will definitely need to work on your posture and maintain right weight

Obesity can cause a lot of stress on the back and on the joints. Also, eating foods which provide us with good amount of calcium, manganese and copper is essential. Calcium is essential for the strong bones, and manganese and copper play a role in maintaining the cartilages of joint and their flexibility.

 Anti aging Foods that are useful include nuts, sesame and flax seeds, soybean, green leafy vegetables, dairy products, spices and sea foods.

Alternative mind relaxing therapies like meditation, Breathing exercises and yoga are useful .

Take time off to relax and do what you enjoy doing , like listening to music reading a book ,cooking or gardening .these act as stress busters and one take out some  "my time" daily .

Last but not the least don’t get very obsessed with your looks.Take aging gracefully and remember you are as "young" as you feel like .

This was posted by Dr. Lokesh Kumar of our FB site

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Did Macaulay harm India in promoting English?

Many a time a person may have one thing in mind when taking a particular action but the action has many repercussions beyond the comprehension of the perpetrator of the action.
Lord Macaulay have had the subjugation of the Indians in mind when he planned the propagation of English in India.
However, it seems. Indians have taken to English as ducks take to water.
It seems the Indians have beaten the English at their own game and now more people speak English than in Britain and Indians are leading the world in whatever business activity that requires English.
As Cassius said the Brutus in Julius Caesar"The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings."
Why blame Lord Macaulay when its is our generations of leaders after independence that are responsible.
After Independence, Nehru had the chance to give a new direction to Indian politics, free of corruption and sleaze. His affair with Lady Mountbatten and his compromise with corruption started the rot.
There was a slight respite when Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Prime Minister but thereafter during the reign of Indira Gandhi corruption returned with a vengeance and thereafter with each successive government at the centre and state, it has increased by leaps and bounds.
When the four new states of Uttarkhand, Jharkhand and  Chattisgarh were born, the new states had a golden opportunity to breakaway from the rot. But the states were made so that there were more loaves to distribute, hence they went the same way.
Now, the newest state, Telengana has been born. 
K Chandrasekhar Rao has a golden opportunity to break away from the mold and give his state a corruption free government.
Will he or will it also go the same way? 
Time will tell.
At the centre, Modi too has a golden opportunity to give India a corruption free government.
Will he?
The way he has chosen corrupt people like Yeyurappa, Nitin Gadkari, Nihal Chand shows that he too has lost the opportunity to give India a new direction.
He will continue with large spending, in the name of development, to give his party men and crony capitalist opportunity to mint money.
Another five years wasted.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Supreme Court remarks on CORRUPT Cabinet Ministers - How should the PM act

Disqualification of Union & State Cabinet Ministers is constitutional responsibility of PM, CMs: Supreme Court of India

An ADR and NEW analysis reveals 44 (23%) out of 194 State Cabinet Ministers from 13 Assemblies (where elections were conducted in the last two years) and 12 (27%) out of 45 Union Ministers have self-declared criminal cases against themselves. (Detailed report is attached)

In a landmark judgement on Aug. 27, a five-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court observed that it is not the prerogative of the Apex court to disqualify ministers facing criminal charges. Putting the ball in Prime Minister’s court, the SC held that it is the collective responsibility of the Prime Minister and Chief Ministersto keep those people against whom charges have been framed in criminal and corruption cases, out of their Cabinet. 

Ideal tenets of polity observed in the judgement

  1. Disqualification of Minsters is not Court’s prerogative: Interpreting Article 75(1), the Supreme Court said that disqualification of Ministers cannot be added to the responsibility of Court as it is the constitutional prerogative of those functionaries who are called upon to preserve, protect, defend the organization. Thus the court cannot issue any direction to PM and CMs as to the manner in which they should exercise their power while selecting their colleagues in the Council of Ministers.
  2. Court’s duty is to remind PM, CMs about their role in working of constitution: The judgement said it is the bounden duty of the Court to remind the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of the State of their duty to act in accordance with the constitutional aspirations.
  3. Scope and purpose of Articles 74, 75 and 164: Constitutional trust, constitutional morality and good governance are the three fundamental ingredients of Article 74, 75 and 164 and the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers are regarded as the repository of these three fundamental aspects. Thus the office of the Prime Minister is expected to carry the burden of constitutional trust.
  4. Whether any restriction can be placed on the operation of Article 75 (1): The Article 75(1) clearly states that the PM shall be appointed by the President and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the PM. Therefore as a result, such a “restriction” would amount to laying down of boundaries on the advice of PM. In instant judgement, the Apex court has respected the doctrine of “Separation of Powers.”
  5. PM is expected to act with constitutional responsibility: PM is expected that he should act in the interest of national polity of a nation state. He has to bear in mind that “unwarranted elements or persons” who are facing charges in certain category of offences should be prohibited from entering into our constitutional structure.
  6. Constitutional advice on appointment of ministers: The advice given by the Prime Minister is the constitutional advice. Prime Ministerial advice under Article 75 (1) conveys formation of his opinion and trust of people is reposed in him under the constitution. This reposing of faith in the PM by the entire nation has the expectations of good governance which is carried out by Ministers of his choice.
  7. Advice should be considerate, deliberate and informed one: The advice given by the PM to the President in the context of Article 75 (1) has to be considerate, deliberate and informed one. Keeping in view the sanctity of oath, he takes, the PM would consider not choosing a person with criminal antecedents against whom charges have been framed for heinous or serious criminal offences or charges of corruption.
  8. Presumption of innocence needs to be treated differently under electoral polity: Presumption of innocence should not be considered for being chosen as a Minister in a stage of “framing of charges.” The reason behind this is that framing of charges is a judicial act by an experienced judicial mind.

Current status of criminalization of politics in India
State Cabinets
·     Ministers with declared criminal cases: 44 (23%) Ministers out of 194 analyzed have declared criminal cases in their affidavits.
Ministers with serious declared criminal cases: 26 (13%) Ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

States with high percentage of Ministers with criminal cases: Among the states analysed, Telangana (90%) has the highest percentage of Ministers with criminal cases followed by Andhra Pradesh (56%), Karnataka (34%) and Odisha (27%).

States with 0% Ministers with criminal cases: None of the Ministers from the states of Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have declared criminal cases.

States with high percentage of Ministers with serious criminal cases: Telangana (80%) has the highest percentage of Ministers with serious criminal cases followed by Rajasthan (25%) and Andhra Pradesh (22%).

Chief Ministers with declared criminal cases: K.Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana and N.Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Union Cabinet

Union Council of Ministers with declared criminal cases: 12 (27%) out of 45 Ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Union Council of Ministers with declared serious criminal cases: 7 out of 45 Ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

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We can't expect the BJP or Congress to take any action for although Modi blabbed away before the elections on taking action on Corruption and  Rape of women, he has failed on both counts. His silence on Nihal Chand and the way his finance minister has trivialized the Delhi rape just shows how serious they are. Further, we are seeing the CAG report on Gujarat and the scams emanating from MP, so the criminal ministers  can rest assured that they can continue their loot.

Only person who could take action is the President of India but he too has compromised his position by hankering for  his son becoming  a MP with a Congress , even after becoming the President.

The Court has refused to take action.

The electorate continues to choose criminal candidates from these run of the mill parties in spite of the AAP giving them an opportunity to select honest candidates as an alternative.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Richest Cabinet Ministers In India 2014

By SiliconIndia  |   Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 05:03 Hrs  

BANGALORE: The Indian cabinet this year has a new high with 40 out of the 44 ministers in Modi’s cabinet being crorepatis. The richest of them all is the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley who has an assets value of 113 crores. Should this be considered as a surprise?

Well unlikely since many of the ministers and MP’s in India are incredibly rich with no clue of how or where they accumulate their wealth from. So here is a list of some of the richest cabinet ministers in PM Modi’s circle listed by beyond Headlines.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal: The minister for Food Processing in India, Harsimrat Kaur is also the wife of deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

She is the MP Representative from Bathinda, Punjab who has assets valued at over 108 crores, which she declared this year for her re election process. These assets include the assets of her husband as well.

Badal’s immovable and moveable assets are valued at over 46 and 61 crores respectively. She has jewelry worth over 5 crores as the latest reports when she declared her assets this year. Hailing from the University of Delhi, Harsimrat is now one of the prominent members of PM modi’s youthful team of ministers to change the country.

Arun Jaitley: The biggest supporter of Narendra Modi, and also the Minister of Finance and Defense, which are two major departments in the Indian Cabinet.

He had presented the Budget for India this year after the Modi Government was formed, in hopes changing the stance of the Indian Economy.

However it is to be noted that he is the richest Minister in the Modi Cabinet with assets worth well over 113 crores. His asset includes a fleet of luxury cars, plots, residential houses in Delhi, in suburbs and in Gujurat and also the amassed wealth in Jewelry. He completed his studies as a lawyer and since has been working at the highest level in the government.

Krishna Pal Gurjar: The minister who won in Haryana has declared assets worth over 29 crores, from assets worth 1 crore in 2005. His asset shot up rapidly and is also an integral part of the Modi led government.

He is a lawyer with a degree from the Meerut University. His assets include jewelry, cars and plots. He is a minister of state part of the Modi government.

Sushma Swaraj: The only second lady minister to hold the post of an External Minister of the country, Sushma is also the youngest cabinet minister from Haryana. She finished her education as a lawyer from the University of Punjab, and according to the declarations made this year has a total asset of 17 crores.

Her assets are divided across bonds, investments and houses. She does not have any assets from hording of Jewelry. She is one of the trusted members of Modi’s cabinet and is helping his government extend relationships with other nations around the world.

Smriti Irani: The Minister for Human Resource and Development of India, Smriti is said to be the least educated of the inner circle of Modi.

She has declared asset value of over 4 crores during her election campaign back in April. Her assets are divided across hording of jewelry, agricultural land of 7 acres, and housing.

She contested against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, attacking him saying that his own party did not believe in him to name him the PM candidate. Whatever her qualification may be she is charged with a huge responsibility and the outcome of her efficiency will only be seen in time. Hopefully she will rise from the eyes of skeptics and change the nation.

Sadananda Gowda: The ex-Chief Minister of Karnataka and the present Railway Minister, Sadananda Gowda is already changing the face of the Indian Railways. He has declared his assets which are worth over 9 crores.

His assets are divided over residential houses, Cars, jewelry and plots. He has no criminal records and is also modernizing Railways with starting apps and online bookings that ease passenger’s ways of booking tickets.

Maneka Gandhi: The Women and Child Welfare Minister was also an Animal-Rights Activist and BJP MP.

She has become an integral part of Modi’s Cabinet and is subjected to making sure the welfare of women and children is up the mark. She has declared assets worth over 40 Crores, which are divided across commercial and residential property, jewelry and also in investments in banks.

She possesses a rifle and has many criminal charges against her. Hopeful the trusted minister for women and Children will come clean somehow erase her records, so that the minorities of the society can look up to her to change their conditions for them.

Ravi Shankar Prasad: The Minister of Communication and Information Technology and also of Law and Justice is a lawyer who graduated from the University of Patna. This is not the first time he is holding the post as he was trusted this post back when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister.

He is also a Member of Parliament representing the state of Bihar. He used to be a high level advocate in the Supreme Court. He has assets worth 13 crores spread across agricultural lands, non agricultural lands, jewelry and vehicles. He recently unveiled the Dot Bharat initiation.

Harsha Vardhan: The Health Minister of India ran for election from Delhi and was a contester for the Post of CM back in 2013, which he lost.

He is a surgeon by profession and also a politician, who has a Master’s degree in Otorhinolaryngology from the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur.

He declared assets worth over 2 crores when he ran for election at the start of this year. Unfortunately the reveled leader has a huge criminal charge sheet against him but is slowly cleaning his slate. His assets are spread across clinics, jewelry, cars and residential houses.

G.M.Siddeshwara: Not ranked among the prominent members of the cabinet but does have relevance in the Modi’s government, G.M Siddeshwara has assets worth more than 23 crores. His assets spread across Agricultural and non agricultural lands, commercial and residential buildings, jewelry and cars.

He never studied past SSLC, which come as no surprise, but is amassing wealth in all directions. He is part of Modi’s State Ministers which is a new branch launched by the PM to have a closer view of the State affairs.

An Open Letter to Yogi Adityanath

A Yogi is supposed to be a holy person, one who practises Yoga. You would expect the same of Adityanath, a Yogi. However, the statements being made by him seem to give and idea that he is just continuing the work of Amit Shah, an accused criminal, who has been made president of the BJP. Gives you an idea of the party that is the BJP.

The following open letter has been written by Mohd. Asim, a Senior News Editor of NDTV.

Yogi ji, Namaskar

I write to you as a concerned citizen of this multi-religious, multi-cultural, secular democracy called Bharat. As I gather from an undated video of yours that has surfaced in the last couple of days, and then an interview on NDTV, you are very agitated about the alleged coerced conversions of Hindu girls by Muslim men. If what you say is true, I am equally concerned and disturbed.

As  you are an honourable MP, you must be aware that  our constitution  does not allow any form of coercion in religious matters. So whoever indulges in any such acts of forcing a citizen of this country into converting to some other faith -- Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism etc -- has to face the full force of law. And Yogi ji, we have seen in two recent cases in Meerut and Ranchi (and I believe you are particularly agitated about these two cases), the law does catch up with the accused. In both cases, the wrong-doers, or the 'Love Jihadists" as you would arguably like to call them, have been arrested, and the law will deal with them accordingly. But the law also doesn't stop anyone from voluntarily accepting or rejecting a faith.

Yogi ji, I would respectfully submit that you exhorting people to convert 100 Muslim girls for every 1 Hindu girl who has been converted to Islam, is,  to put it mildly, majoritarian venom. You were propagating mob justice in the undated video that has surfaced online (you say it appears to be a cut-and-paste job of a rally you held in Azamgarh in 2007). You said on Wednesday in an NDTV interview that you were only urging people to accept 100s who come to your fold voluntarily. So I heard your speech again. Sorry, it doesn't sound like you mean "voluntary ghar wapasi". It's a plain threat and in as many words. And you did not stop there, Yogi ji. 'If they kill 1 Hindu, we will kill..." you declared to the supporters' chorus of "100".

Imagine a Muslim leader making such a speech. Would you have accepted any explanation for that? Not that there can be an acceptable one for those sort of remarks by anyone. So to my mind, the speech defines your ideology, personality and your nefarious designs to sow seeds of discord among communities and reap a political harvest. And it's not just a coincidence that you will be a star campaigner for the BJP in the upcoming bypolls in Uttar Pradesh.

Now, let's come to your pet peeve:  "Love Jihad". You said in the NDTV interview that it's a grand, global conspiracy of Muslims to convert Hindu girls to Islam through love. "ISI is running packages for love jihad in Western UP" you declared in that interview. My first instinct is to just laugh it off. But you and your ilk have been raising this bogey for at least a decade.

You would remember Yogi ji, Rahul Gandhi had made a similar outlandish statement last year in his election speech that ISI is recruiting young Muslim men whose families were affected by the Muzaffarnagar riots. Your party rightly demanded answers and proof from the Congress Vice President. Now, may I also ask you, what proof do you have of the "ISI package" and in general about this phenomenon called "Love Jihad"?

I would like to take you back to Karnataka in 2009.  Your party was in power and  many from your extended 'parivaar' had raised the same bogey of "Love Jihad" that you are today raising in UP. The BJP state government asked the  CID to probe this "grand conspiracy" against Hindu women. That CID enquiry concluded that there was no evidence of any "Love Jihad" being waged by Muslims. There were  some instances of inter-faith affairs and marriages, which is perfectly understandable in  a multi-religious society like ours. Now, that was the finding of a police inquiry under a BJP government, so Yogi ji, just think twice before dismissing it.

I have a proposal. Why don't you ask the central government and Home Minister to appoint a commission to probe your "fears"  (I would say propaganda, but never mind). Home Minister Rajnath Singh is a former UP Chief Minister and I am sure he will share your concerns about Hindu women facing this "threat". After all, if some organisation or individuals are upto something as nasty as you allege, we as a country must join hands to fight their evil designs. Otherwise, we deserve to carry on with our normal lives and occasional inter-faith love affairs and marriages.

But Yogi ji, you don't seem interested in putting a lid on the issue. You just want to keep the myth of "Love Jihad" to sustain itself so that you can resurrect it as it when it suits your and your party's electoral ends. And I don't think that it even strikes you that with this "100 for 1" war-cry, you are reducing women of this country -- both Hindu and Muslim -- to mere trophies to be won.

In the end, Yogi ji do use your weight in your party and government to get a time-bound, independent probe instituted into this issue. Till then, please don't debase the Constitution, the law of the land and your seat in the temple of democracy.

This country deserves better than communal xenophobia of all shades and kind.

With Love

Mohd Asim
Senior News Editor, NDTV 24X7

Minimum Governance Appears To Mean Maximum PMO

Written by Brinda Karat for NDTV.
Brinda Karat is a Politburo member of the CPI(M) and a former Member of the Rajya Sabha.)
100 days of a government, though still early days, is certainly long enough to point to the direction it intends to take. This is more so when it commands an imposing majority, as does the present government. The current NDA partners are a shadow of their former selves. In the last year of the then-NDA Government under Vajpayee ji, Sushma Swaraj had moved the Women's Reservation Bill for passage and adoption. Within a day, she had to concede defeat and withdraw her efforts in the face of the opposition within her own party, which used the shoulders of their then-ally Sharad Yadav to shoot it down. Vajpayee ji was a helpless spectator.

There are no such impediments for the present Prime Minister. If the government had wanted, it could have listed and passed the Women's Bill in the first session itself. Instead it prioritized a slew of Bills framed by the previous Government and linked to corporate interests such as the introduction of FDI in insurance, the privatization of banks and of course the notorious effort to enslave workers in the name of labour reform.

This in addition to a budget which seemed made by Chidambaram and which granted further concessions to corporates with taxes foregone to the tune of over 5 lakh crore rupees.

So whose interests have been advanced in the first 100 days?

Not those of ordinary folk who had voted to get relief from relentless price rise.  The issue of price rise has been so downgraded that it did not merit even a mention in the Red Fort speech. This at a time when food inflation continues its relentless upward climb driven by huge increases in the prices of vegetables, pulses, sugar and edible oil. The drastic cuts in fuel subsidy have a cascading impact on prices. The big hike of 14.5 per cent in railway fares and also freight charges only adds to this.

Whose interests have been advanced so far? Not those of the unemployed. No one expects jobs to be provided in 100 days. But a government  that promises jobs should at least not take away jobs. The only employment guarantee programme in rural India, the MGNREGA, has been sharply cut and attempts are being made to convert a legal universal right of 100 days of work  into a targeted scheme limited to selected districts.

Not those of the workers.  The Make in India slogan is attractive to corporates but how will it translate for the Made in India workers? The changes being proposed in labour laws will exclude over half of India's labour force from any protection.

Not those of the Kisans. Amendments are being suggested to the Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act to drastically dilute the need for farmer consent for land acquisition, even in Fifth Schedule areas, and to reduce the present levels of compensation.

100 days have also revealed a change in the style of Government. It seems the slogan of minimum Governance is accompanied by a maximum PMO. Centralization of authority seems to be the mantra. There are any number of examples: here is a Prime Minister who, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, announces the scrapping of the Planning Commission, a 40-year-old institution bypassing any discussion in Parliament which was in session till a day earlier, and then asks for alternative suggestions through tweets ! Here is a Prime Minister who trumps the Congress in subverting the autonomy of institutions. His Government vetoed the appointment as Supreme Court judge of a most senior and respected member of the Bar  because as amicus curiae in the Gujarat false encounter case, he had argued that there was ample evidence to include Amit Shah, the current President of the BJP, as an accused.  Surely to be decisive does not mean to sacrifice democratic methods by autocratic ones.

So who is happy? Corporate India seems to be, going by the confidence vote in the stock exchanges, though  this is a world which is never satisfied. Perhaps those who are happiest are the swayam sevaks who under this Government are having a field day manufacturing new ways to communalize love between consenting adults, rewriting history through the most outrageous assertions of Hindutva -- (Hindustan belongs to all Hindustanis, Mr Bhagwat) -- and so on, while the Prime Minister maintains a deafening silence.

So in the first 100 days, there have been achhe din, but only for the select few while the rest have been fed bitter pills.

I do not normally support the views of Brinda Karat but in the above, I cannot fault her arguments. As Modi said, the first four years have been allocated to the Ambanis and Adanis. In the 5th year only he will think of the aam aadmi.
Rajnath Singh must be already regretting having chosen Narendra Modi to lead the BJP.