Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Conspiracy exposed – Victim was unaware that her FIR included Mayank Gandhi

In shocking developments it has come to light that some conspirators used a hapless victim to falsely accuse Mayank Gandhi and others from Aam Aadmi Party of totally baseless charges. It is becoming clear that those unable to fight fair political battles resort to slander and defamation to malign AAP leaders, Alka Lamba and Mayank Gandhi have been victimized through totally false and spurious charges.
In Mayank Gandhi’s case the complainant was totally unaware that his name was being mentioned as accused. She is a young lady AAP volunteer who was encouraged to file a police complaint by a certain group of people led by Sunil Shukla (they were AAP members but quit AAP on 18 September 2014). They did not tell the lady they quit AAP and took her on 19 September to file the complaint. She accused one Tarun Singh of harassment and mentioned in her statement that the moment she brought the matter to Mayank Gandhi he suspended the youth and initiated an inquiry.
The lady was totally unaware of how complaints are filed, never having visited a police station in her life. The conspirators assured her they knew the process. It took more than six hours for the police to record her statement and she was getting very late. The conspirators along with police made the poor lady sign blank FIR forms and assured her she could leave! She left without any copy of her statement or FIR.
In her absence they twisted her statement and added the names of AAP national leader Mayank Gandhi, AAP state leader Ruben Masacarenhas and AAP volunteer Vinay Mishra. The victim was shocked when she learned through social media that she has made a complaint against Mayank Gandhi and totally denied it - “I have made no complaint against Mayank Gandhi, Ruben Mascarenhas, and Vinay Mishra not of molestation, not of harassment, nor intimidation.”
She approached the seniors in the party and explained how she was misled totally and was distraught that she was being blamed for maligning the name of Mayank Gandhi. She asked party seniors to help her clarify her true position and they advised her to visit the Commissioner of Police and state the facts as she knew them. Today at noon she met the Joint Commissioner Law and Order and her statement is attached. AAP Maharashtra stands vindicated that no complaint whatsoever was filed by the complainant against Mayank Gandhi, Ruben Mascarenhas or Vinay Mishra.

Being fully seized of the matter now, AAP Maharashtra is remorseful that we thought that the complainant made false allegations but that was what appeared in the FIR page 1 which was widely circulated by the conspirators. We understand now that the young lady was used most shamelessly by the conspirators and AAP will ensure she faces no more harassment. We will fight for justice for her and we will take strong action against anyone who attempts to malign her. We request all the media to ensure that her identity is not exposed under any circumstances.

The BJP is afraid that the AAP is the main opposition so it uses every opportunity to implicate AAP people in false cases. But truth will prevail.
Modi's empire has been made on falsehood so it cannot last.
Having criminals like Amit Shah to guide his election campaign just shows Modi as what he is.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mathew Lobo – Why he meant so much to us Goethalites.


The first time I saw sir was probably in the year 1960 or 61 when he used to come to Goethals with his Alsatian, I think, Judo was its name. Sir used to throw a ball to Judo and he would jump to catch it in his mouth. Sir used to hide and we used to be thrilled when Judo would search him out.
In 1962 he became our class teacher. Three years with Mrs. P. Roy and two years with Mr. McKenzie had made us cyphers in Math’s. It is with utmost pride, our whole class could say that sir, changed our entire outlook to Math’s. He taught us simple tricks like to remember the order of the mm – km table he made us remember a simple sentence – Manos Choudhury Drives Monkeys Down Hill Kurseong. The first letter of each word in the sentence helped us know the order of the table. Simple things like making cardboard pieces to explain triangles helped us remember the different types of triangles.


 Whereas earlier, we used to be scared of the Math’s, we could attack the sums without fear by the year end – thanks to him.
He used to bring The Statesman, the best newspaper at the time to the classroom and encouraged us to read it in our spare time from a drafting table he had placed, . I suppose my interest in the political happening in the country was nurtured by him.
He was very active on the sports field also and would mix and joke with all age group of boys. I remember on one occasion he brought Myrna to our classroom and introduced her to us. They were going steady or engaged at that time. When he introduced her to Manos Choudhury, he remarked jokingly “I hope you don’t steal her away from me”.

Unfortunately, our year with him was cut short by the Chinese aggression and we had to go one month early, i.e. the 1st week of November instead of the 1st week of December.
When we came back the following year in March, he had left Goethals and joined I think, St. Paul’s.
I next met him in 2007 at the Tourist Lodge in Kurseong when we went for the Centenary Celebrations. His memory was fantastic as he remembered all of us although he did have problems in the names. It just seemed we were continuing after 1962, without any gap.
During the centenary we were all busy and could hardly interact with him. However, he did give us his Cell No to contact when we returned to Kolkata after first going to Shillong where his sister lived.
I regularly kept contact with him in Shillong and when he returned, we, A K Roy, D K Roy and S P Chatterjee were at the airport to receive him. We brought him to our home and spent about three enjoyable hours, reminiscing. Arun Shroff also joined us at home.


He left in the evening but not before I extracted a promise from him to come and stay with us for a few days.
He kept his promise and after a few days he came again and spent three enjoyable days with us.
When we prayed, he prayed with us, sitting behind us and quietly watching us. He liked Chikoo (safeda) and I would bring them whenever available in the market. In the evenings, after dinner, we used to go for a walk in Bangur Avenue and he would take Pan (Beetle). He just loved them.

One evening after taking a bath he came and told me “see smell me, see how good I smell” like children.
My wife hardly speaks English and sir hardly spoke Hindi. It was fun watching them trying to make each other understand. He used to call her my little sister. He used to answer our greeting of “Hari Om” with a  “Hari om”


He was all praise for whatever she made and used to note down the recipe’. Nimbu Sikangi (Lime Juice) and Green Chili pickle were his favorite. One day we also went to St. Mary’s Orphanage and School and spent about three hours with Bro. Martin.
Even, after going back to Australia, he would call us either on New Year or on my birthday to wish us and enquire about the whole family taking special care to talk to my wife, she in Hindi and he in English. I also called him once after he was ill and had recovered slightly. It was always great talking to him.
Although his long illness after the detection of cancer forebode the worst but the actual news was shocking.
My wife just could not sleep last night, just thinking of the three days he spent with us.
I am sure; all of you who came in contact with him would have many happy memories which we would like you to share.

His nature was such that whether young or old, Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Sikh, Bengali, Nepali or Marwari, language or religion was no barrier to him for he spoke the universal language of care and love.
His memories will always be with us.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mr. Mathew Lobo Passes Away

Dear all,
 
This is to inform you that my beloved husband Matthew passed away peacefully this evening at 6.20pm.
 
I am surrounded by my beautiful family, and feel very comforted and loved.
 
Thank you....please no phone calls till further notice. Emails are welcome.
 
Kind Regards
 
Myrna

Chumar's Executive Councilor requests Government of India to review border situation

Leh, Sept. 18 (ANI): Expressing serious concern over repeated instances of Chinese incursions, Chumar's Executive Councilor Gurmet Dorje today requested the Central government to take stock of the situation on the border.
"There is a strong need of border forces at these areas. Chinese have already entered our land approximately 10 km in Chumar. I request the Ministry of Home and External Affairs to come to the border, and take stock of the situation," said Dorje.
Prime Minister Modi earlier called for immediate resolution of boundary issue between India and China, saying that clarity on the Line of Actual Control is essential for improving relations between the two countries.
"We agreed that peace and tranquility in the border region constitutes an essential foundation for mutual trust and confidence and for realizing the full potential of our relationship. This is an important understanding, which should be observed diligently," said Prime Minister Modi.
"While our border related agreements and confidence building measures have worked well, I also suggested that clarification of Line of Actual Control would greatly contribute to our efforts to maintain peace and tranquility and requested President Xi to resume the stalled process of clarifying the LAC," he added while addressing the media after holding delegation-level talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi.
Responding to Prime Minister Modi's suggestion, the Chinese President said Beijing is determined to settle the border dispute with New Delhi.
President Xi added that China and India were capable enough to deal with the fallout from security incidents on the border.
The issue assumes importance in the backdrop of incursions by the Chinese side in Chumar area of Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)
Is India Prostituting herself to the Chinese for the $100 odd billions which China has promised?
While China is rapes us along our borders in Ladakh, we continue to hanker for their aid, as if "All is Well".
Don't you think China will use this aid itself to rape us further.
It is better we refuse all this aid as long as China violates our borders.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Is the SC trying to kill whistle-blowers?

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court order to reveal the identity of the whistleblower who disclosed CBI chief Ranjit Sinha visitors' logbook to lawyer Prashant Bhushan has outraged activists who feel the court's volte-face is unfortunate. Rights organizations have sought an investigation to probe the veracity of the visitors' logbook rather than disclosure of an individual's identity. 

National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) convener Anjali Bhardwaj said the order was a shock for rights' activists. "This is a huge setback because it was the Supreme Court that upheld the need for protection of whistleblowers in 2004. We thought it would have been an opportunity for the court to push the government to formulate rules protecting people who are making disclosures against corruption,'' she said. 

Bhardwaj added that the visitors' logbook suggested abuse of power and authority. "The person disclosing this information has done his duty. What will be gained from finding out who the person is? In fact, the court should have pressed for the authenticity of the record instead of finding the identity of the individual,'' she said. 

Former information commissioner in the Central Information Commission Shailesh Gandhi said the direction would send an "unfortunate signal'' to people not to uncover any wrongdoing. "The first priority should have been to ask the government to investigate the authenticity of the visitors' logbook but instead, the court has sought the identity of the person. A very serious charge has been laid on the chief of the lead investigating agency in the country but no priority is being given to probe that,'' Gandhi said. 

He added that it was not beyond imagination that a powerful person like the CBI chief could change evidence or coerce witnesses.


I am afraid this is but a sample of the change that the Modi government is trying to bring about in the Supreme Court, a committed judiciary, as wanted by Indira Gandhi. There is no justification for asking the name of the person who exposed the people who visited the CBI chief and yet the SC wants the name. What is the purpose? The SC can check whether the report is correct. By asking for the names, the SC is playing into the hands of the corrupt.

75 (83%) out of 90 winners won with less than 50% of the total votes polled in their constituency in the Haryana Assembly elections in 2009.

PRESS RELEASE
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“Vote Share” and “Representativeness” of MLAs elected in 2009 Assembly Elections from
Haryana

Association for Democratic Reforms and Haryana Election Watch have analysed the percentage of votes won by the MLAs of Haryana in assembly elections, 2009 and their representativeness among the total number of registered voters. The data disclosed by the Election Commission of India on their website (http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/index.aspx) has been used for this report.
The percentage of representativeness was calculated by dividing the votes polled for the winner by the electorate i.e. the total number of registered voters. This value represents the percentage of votes won by the winning candidate among the total number of registered voters in the constituency.
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The percentage of vote share was calculated by dividing the votes polled for the winner by the total number of valid votes. This value represents the percentage of votes won by the winning candidate among the total number of valid votes polled.

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Summary and Highlights – Haryana

Vote Share
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Vote Share - Haryana, 2009
Percentage of Vote Share
Number of Winners
Percentage of Winners
Below 20%
2
2%
From 20% to 29%
10
11%
From 30% to 39%
36
40%
From 40% to 49%
27
30%
Equal or more than 50%
15
17%
Total
90
100%

  • Average vote share of Winners: The Winners of the Haryana assembly elections, 2009 won by an average of 39% of total votes polled.
  • Vote Share of less than 50%: 75 (83%) Winners had won with less than 50% of total votes polled in their constituency.
  • Vote Share of less than 40%: 48 (53%) Winners had won with less than 40% of total votes polled in their constituency.
  • Vote Share of less than 30%: 12 Winners had won with less than 30% of total votes polled in their constituency.

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Five Winners from Haryana with the least vote share

S.No.
Winner Name
Party
District
Constituency
Total Votes Polled for Winner
Total Valid Votes
Vote Share (Total Votes Polled for Winner/Total Valid Votes)
1
Pt. Zile Ram Chochra
HJCBL
Karnal
Assandh
20266
128288
16%
2
Dharambir
INC
Gurgaon
Sohna
20443
114015
18%
3
Anita Yadav
INC
Mahendragarh
Ateli
24103
107466
22%
4
Mohammed Ilyas
INLD
Mewat
Punahana
18865
81252
23%
5
Om Prakash Jain
IND
Panipat
Panipat Rural
23770
96031
25%
  • Party-wise vote share of less than 50%: Out of 40 Winners of INC, 31 (78%) had won with less than 50% of total votes polled in their constituency. 26 (84%) out of 31 Winners of INLD, all of the 4 Winners from BJP, all 6 HJCBL Winners and all the 7 Independent Winners won with less than 50% of total votes polled in their constituency.
  • Winners with highest vote share: Bhupinder Singh of INC from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi Constituency had won with a vote share of 80% of total votes polled from his constituency. He was followed by Jaiveer of INC from Kharkhauda constituency with 64% of total votes polled and Geeta, also of INC from Jhajjarconstituency with 60% of total votes polled in the constituency.

Representativeness

Representativeness - Haryana, 2009
Percentage of Representativeness
Number of Winners
Percentage of Winners
Below 20%
9
10%
From 20% to 29%
48
53%
From 30% to 39%
26
29%
From 40% to 49%
6
7%
Equal or more than 50%
1
1%
Total
90
100%
  • Average representativeness of Winners: All the Winners of the Haryana Assembly elections, 2009 won with an average of 29% of the total registered voters. This implies that the Winners represent on an average, 29% of the total electorate.
  • Winners with Representativeness of less than 40%: 83 (92%) Winners had won with less than 40% of total registered voters in their constituency.
  • Winners with Representativeness of less than 30%: 57 (63%) Winners had won with less than 30% of total registered voters in their constituency.
  • Winners with Representativeness of less than 20%: 9 (10%) candidates had won with less than 20% of total registered voters in their constituency.

Five Winners with the Least Representativeness

S.No.
Winner Name
Party
District
Constituency
Votes Polled for the Winner
Total Registered Voters
Representativeness (Total Votes polled for Winner/Total Registered Voters)
1
Pt. Zile Ram Chochra
HJCBL
Karnal
Assandh
20266
170814
12%
2
Dharambir
INC
Gurgaon
Sohna
20443
153130
13%
3
Anita Yadav
INC
Mahendragarh
Ateli
24103
150113
16%
4
Mohammed Ilyas
INLD
Mewat
Punahana
18865
111551
17%
5
Sukhbeer
IND
Gurgaon
Gurgaon
41013
231340
18%


  • Winners with Representativeness of more than 50%: Only 1 Winner, Bhupinder Singh of INC from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi Constituency won with 55% of the total registered voters in the constituency.
  • Party-wise Representativeness of less than 40%: Out of 40 Winners of INC, 37 (93%) had won with less than 40% of total registered voters in their constituency. 28 (90%) out of 31 Winners of INLD, all of the 4 Winners from BJP, all 6 HJCBL Winners and all the 7 Independent Winners won with less than 40% of total registered voters in their constituency.
Party-wise Vote Share and Representativeness

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Party
No. of Winners
No. of Winners with Less than 50% Vote Share
No. of Winners with Less than 40% of Representativeness
% of Winners with less than 50% of Vote Share
% of Winners with less than 40% Representativeness
INC
40
31
37
78%
93%
INLD
31
26
28
84%
90%
IND
7
7
7
100%
100%
HJCBL
6
6
6
100%
100%
BJP
4
4
4
100%
100%
BSP
1
1
1
100%
100%
SAD
1
0
0
0%
0%
Total
90
75
83
83%
92%

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