Monday, September 30, 2013
Ranchi, Sep 30 (ANI): A CBI designated court on Monday declared Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav guilty in a case related to the Rs. 950 crore fodder scam. The judgement is a major blow for Yadav, who faces immediate disqualification as a Member of Parliament and won't be allowed to contest elections for six years. The court said that it will announce the sentence on the RJD supremo on October 3. The verdict has come at a time when the ruling UPA Government and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are locked in a war of words pertaining the ordinance with regard to convicted politicians. Yadav moved the Jharkhand High Court and later the Supreme Court, seeking change of the judge in the case. Both the courts dismissed his petition, and directed him to complete argument in the case before the CBI court. Yadav had in his petition alleged that trial court judge P K Singh was biased against him as he is a relative of P K Shahi, Education Minister in the Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar, "who is his (Yadav"s) biggest political enemy". The case pertains to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s. The FIR was lodged by Bihar government in February 1996 but the case was transferred to CBI a month later. CBI had investigated the scam for a year and the charge sheet was filed in 1997. The charges were framed in 2000 following which the Special CBI court commenced trial against Lalu Yadav and 44 other accused. RJD's plea had faced stiff opposition from JD-U leader Rajiv Ranjan who submitted that it would be a 'travesty of justice' if the judge is transferred at the far end of the trial. He submitted that it would give a wrong impression to the entire country if the judge is transferred and raised a question on RJD supremo's petition seeking transfer of the judge who has been hearing the case since 2011. The fodder scam also known as "Chara Ghotala" involved the siphoning of funds from the Bihar Government treasury. The alleged theft spanned over several years, and many Bihar state government administrative and elected officials across multiple administrations were allegedly engaged in it. Additionally, there are also allegations that they were involved in the fabrication of "vast herds of fictitious livestock" for which fodder, medicines and animal husbandry equipment was supposedly procured. The fodder scam was unearthed in Bihar in 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of the state. He had resigned from the post in 1997 after a court issued an arrest warrant against him in connection with one of the cases. (ANI) I would like to congratulate all the people who sent miss call in response to TOI campaign against the Ordinance which the Congress party was proposing to pass to save Lalu Yadav. The Congress had to scuttle the move in the face of the intense opposition not only from the general mass but also from its own vice-president. We are now witnessing the result. It has been a long wait for a politician and minister to be convicted. The fist was Sukhram in the Telecom scam. This is the second. Others in the pipe line include Suresh Kalamadi, A Raja, A Koda. Let us hope, they too are convicted fast. Just imagine, Lalu Yadav had to resign as Chief Minister because of this same Fodder scam and he ruled by proxy through his wife and yet he was made the Railway minister by the Congress party. He would probably have continued as railway minister but for a small miscalculation when he joined hands with Mulayam Singh and Ram Vilas Pawswan just before the last Parliament elections and was wiped out.If he had remained with the Congress, the CBI would have dragged on and closed the case just like Mulayam's and Mayawati's assets cases.
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) The Congress Sunday accused Narendra Modi of "insulting" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that the BJP leader had chosen to believe a Pakistan journalist about purported remarks of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about his Indian counterpart. Describing Modi as "a self-proclaimed nationalist", Congress communication department chairman Ajay Maken said Modi had "quoted the story" of Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir in his public rally here Sunday, but said it was surprising that he did not ask the Indian journalist about Sharif's remarks. "Modi had chosen to believe the words of a Pakistani journalist Hameed Mir over contrarian assertions of a senior Indian journalist, who on record says that no reference was made to a 'dehati Aurat' (rural woman) vis-a-vis the prime minister. "It is clear that Narendra Modi did so solely with an aim to spread calumny against the prime minister... it was Modi who had publicly humiliated the prime minister on the basis of cooked up information," Maken said in a statement. Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, said at a rally here that Sharif had described Manmohan Singh as a "dehati aurat" during a meeting in New York with Indian and Pakistani journalists. Modi also accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of insulting Manmohan Singh by ridiculing a government-backed ordinance on convicted lawmakers. Maken said in the statement that Modi's remarks had shown the prime minister in poor light, even as he was travelling abroad as the nation's representative at the United Nations. "He (Maken) stressed that Hamid Mir was known for his dubious reports during Kargil war and Modi reposing such trust in him only betrayed his fake nationalist stand. In doing so, Modi had brought in front of the nation a false proposition/statement that deliberately hurt India's national interest." "This deliberate act of furthering the false propaganda of a section of Pakistani press in a rally spoke volumes about Modi's devious role in characteristically misleading the people," the statement said. Rebutting Modi's charges on the issue of corruption, Maken said the Gujarat chief minister "had used every trick in the trade to stall and circumvent the establishment of Lokayutka in Gujarat". "Modi should also explain the source of his campaign funding - that included huge expenditures running into hundreds of crores of rupees for helicopters, electronic gizmos and paid crowds," he demanded. He said a minister in Modi's cabinet had been convicted on charges of corruption and 26 police officers, including nine IPS officers, were in jail for human rights violation. Congress leader Rashid Alvi also slammed Modi's remarks and said Gandhi did not insult Manmohan Singh when he spoke against a proposed ordinance aimed at shielding convicted lawmakers which had been approved by the union cabinet. Why should the Congress take offence at Narendra Modi, insulting the PM. The whole of India is nowadays insulting him for his non-performance but he has become so thick-skinned that continues to saunter like an elephant. He has become so greedy for the perks of his office that all the insults have no effect on him. Sonia, suddenly realizes that if Manmohan resigns on his return, her son Rahul would be catapulted into the hot seat for which he is not at all fit. At present she can use the PM as a shield and fire from behind but then her son would have to face the fire. Hence the worry to assuage the PM's feeling. If the PM has an iota of his prestige left, he should resign on his return from abroad.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Recently, one of India's most well-known film script-writer Salim Khan (actor Salmaan Khan's father) has said to a senior journalist in an interview: "Does anyone remember who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during the Mumbai riots which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002? Does anyone recall the name of the chief minister of UP during Malliana and Meerut riots or that of the Bihar CM when the Bhagalpur or Jamshedpur riots under Congress regimes took place? Do we hear names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose charge, hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India? Does anyone remember who was in-charge of Delhi's security when the 1984 massacre of Sikhs took place in the capital of India? How come Narendra Modi has been singled out as the Devil Incarnate as if he personally carried out all the killings during the riots of 2002?" No speck of doubt about what Salim Khan has said. · When one says Gujarat's agriculture growth is 10-11% since whole last decade The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says he made the Asia's biggest solar plant, The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says Gujarat is the only state in the whole of India to provide 24*7 and 365 days electricity to almost all of its 18,000 villages, The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says - World Bank's statement of 2011 said, Gujarat roads are equivalent to international standards, The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says Gujarat is the first State in country to have "high speed wireless Broadband service in its all 18,000 villages, The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says Forbes Magazine rated Ahmadabad as the fastest growing city in India and 3rd in the world, The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says Gujarat Tourism is growing faster than ever before, The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says according to central govt's Labour Bureau's report, Gujarat has the lowest unemployment rate in country, The other says 2002 Riots! · When Narendra Modi is being chosen as the best current Indian leader in almost all surveys & polls again and again The other says 2002 Riots! · When one says 2003-2013 are the only 10 straight years in Gujarat history which are totally riot-free, The other STILL says 2002 Riots! But when we remind them about riots which occurred during Congress and in Communist Party rule : · 1947 Bengal....5,000 to 10,000 dead ... CONGRESS RULE. · 1967 Ranchi....200 DEAD.......... CONGRESS RULE. · 1969 Ahmedabad...512 DEAD........ CONGRESS RULE. · 1970 Bhiwandi....80 DEAD............. CONGRESS RULE. · 1979 Jamshedpur..125 DEAD...... CPIM RULE (COMMUNIST PARTY) · 1980 Moradabad...2,000 DEAD... CONGRESS RULE. · 1983 Nellie Assam.....5,000 DEAD... CONGRESS RULE. · 1984 anti-Sikh Delhi...2,733 DEAD... CONGRESS RULE · 1984 Bhiwandi....146 DEAD.... CONGRESS RULE · 1985 Gujarat.....300 DEAD.. CONGRESS RULE · 1986 Ahmedabad......59 DEAD..... CONGRESS RULE · 1987 Meerut....81 DEAD... CONGRESS RULE · 1989 Bhagalpur......1,070 DEAD...... CONGRESS RULE · 1990 Hyderabad......300 PLUS DEAD.... CONGRESS RULE · 1992 Mumbai....900 TO 2000 DEAD.... CONGRESS RULE · 1992 Aligarh....176 DEAD..... CONGRESS RULE · 1992 Surat.......175 DEAD..... CONGRESS RULE They become totally deaf .................. because they have no answer. Congress is a government of hypocrites. The youth of India says:............ We are not interested in 2002, We are interested in 2022. MOREOVER THE UPA which is vastly CONGRESS has just initiated the formal CRIMINALIZATION OF POLITICS in India by approving the latest Ordinance namely ` CRIMINALS CAN STAY & OPERATE IN PARLIAMENT `. Ladies & Gentlemen what`s next ? Answer : Full stop to this nonsense by UPA. Sent by Partha Sengupta. As I have said earlier, I support AAP and believe the Congress and BJP are equally corrupt. But between the two, the BJP is slightly better. Having Narendra Modi as PM will be much better then having no PM as the Congress has provided us for the last 10 years. Further, numbers will not allow the AAP to form a government after the 2014 elections The Congress party was able to drive out the British after 150 years. We should be give the AAP at least 15 years to drive out these corrupt political parties. Even Gandhiji had said that the Congress should be wound up after Independence but JL Nehru was too thirsty for power to listen to him.
Vijay Goel, BJP Delhi President, has sent a defamation notice to Arvind Kejriwal of AAP. Given below is Arvind's reply. Download the Notice Sent by Mr. Vijay Goel The notice sent by Mr. Vijay Goel mentions two audio recordings, please find below link to the same: 1) Link to IVR recording: http://www.sendspace.com/file/y5clf3 2) Link to Radio Advt: http://www.sendspace.com/file/reacxd Respected Mr. Vijay Goel ji, I have received the defamation notice sent by you. You have sent me the notice due to your feelings getting hurt because I have commented on yours and BJP’s corruption in my statements. You claim that you are not corrupt. But Delhi public does not agree with that. Let alone the public, your own party members do not consider you honest. Please state honestly, swear on your kids, isn’t it true that today BJP tickets are being sold openly? The price of a ticket is being bid between two crores to five crores. The BJP contenders for the tickets are themselves coming to us and telling these things. There are some honest people in BJP who are feeling suffocated due to your corruption and are on the verge of leaving the party. The evidences of your corruption are openly circulating in the public. The day you tell us, we will make one appeal to public of Delhi and public will provide mountains of evidence of your corruption. Since past 7 years, BJP has ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Please tell one single piece of work that can be done in MCD without paying a bribe? Does MCD approve the maps of the houses without a bribe? Does MCD build a single road without receiving a bribe? Every year, MCD spends crores of rupees on cleaning the sewers. But this cleaning happens only on paper. Entire money is siphoned off. If it rains for two hours, then entire Delhi gets flooded. The reality of cleaning sewers becomes evident. Still you talk about honesty? Have a single person in Delhi state that work gets done honestly in MCD. Since last seven years you did not leave any stoned unturned in corruption in MCD and since past fifteen years Sheila Dikshit did not leave any stone unturned in corruption in Delhi. Everything was working fine for both the parties. There was good collaboration between them. Behind the scene, BJP and Congress were both engaged in corruption together. To fool the public, they used to criticize each other in public. Now, Aam Aadmi Party has exposed the truth about both the parties. Public has awakened. Public now understands. Sheila Dikhshit ji raised the electricity rate in Delhi. Before March 2013, BJP never raised this issue in Vidhan-sabha. There are 24 BJP MLA’s in Vidhan-sabha. When Sheila ji was raising the electricity rates of Delhi public, then if all of these 24 MLA’s had walked out of the Delhi Vidhan-sabha or resigned, Sheila ji would not have dared to raise the electricity rate. But you did not do anything. Therefore, public of Delhi has this doubt that you and your party is also in league with electricity companies. Now suddenly, before the elections, you have declared to reduce the electricity rate by 30%. Therefore, public doubts your intentions that will you really reduce the electricity rates or you are making a false election promise? Vijay Goel ji, today Aam Aadmi Party has made a home in the heart of every citizen of Delhi. Even, some of your own people support us with their heart – your lawyer, your driver, your security guard, your servant, your party members – some of them even donated money to us. Ask your children, may be this time they too will vote for Aam Aadmi Party. In your notice, you have asked me to apologize. The question of apologizing does not even arise. We have always fought against corruption and will always fight against corruption. Arvind Kejriwal
Saturday, September 28, 2013
This is a very sad story about a bear... Everybody should heed the warnings not to feed wildlife because they become dependent and don't forage for themselves any longer. It is such a tragedy to see what has been done to our country's wildlife. The photo below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect U.S. wildlife.
R. BALAJI New Delhi, Sept. 27: The Supreme Court today ruled that people must be allowed to cast a “none of the above” vote, saying the option was a “dire need” to force political parties to field “candidates with clean records”. The court set no deadline but sources in the Election Commission, which has long been demanding the introduction of negative voting, said they would try to make the option available to voters during the year-end Assembly elections in five states. The key rulings made by the three-judge bench on a nine-year-old petition and their implications: The court said the voter has a fundamental right to have her rejection of all the candidates recorded officially without having to reveal her identity. Therefore, the court set aside the current rules that allow a voter to cancel her vote at the cost of revealing her identity. With this, a person who wants to refrain from voting on a matter of principle and not because she dislikes the candidates — and doesn’t want to abstain lest someone else cast her vote — has lost the option to cancel her vote and make a statement. (See chart) The bench directed the Election Commission to provide a “none of the above” panel in electronic voting machines “in a phased manner or at a time” and ordered the Centre “to provide necessary help” to implement the judgment. The court asked the Election Commission to undertake awareness programmes on negative voting. ‘Sound’ candidates The bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Ranjan Gogoi made veiled allusions to the criminalisation of politics. The negative-vote option “gives the voter the right to express his disapproval with the kind of candidates being put up” and will “compel the political parties to nominate a sound candidate”, the judgment said. “When the political parties realise that a large number of people are expressing their disapproval with the candidates… gradually there will be a systemic change and the political parties will be forced to accept the will of the people and field candidates who are known for their integrity.” Right to secrecy The judgment set aside as unconstitutional the Rules 41(2), 41(3) and 49-O of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, which mandate that: (a) If a voter chooses not to vote after entering the polling booth, the presiding officer must record this against her signature or thumb impression (thus forcing her to reveal her identity). (b) If a voter obtains a ballot paper and then decides not to use it, she must return it to the presiding officer who will mark it “Returned: cancelled” — which means it will not be counted. The court today ruled that secrecy was essential to “free and fair elections” and that forcing a voter to reveal her identity violated her fundamental rights to free speech under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution and to liberty under Article 21. Voting is a “facet of the right of expression” and “therefore, a part of Rule 49-O… which allows the secrecy to be violated, is arbitrary, unreasonable and violative of Article 19 and is also ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority,” the bench said. The court explained why casting a negative vote was different from staying at home (apart from the matter of ensuring no one casts a false vote in the voter’s name). Abstaining, the court said, is “not an ideal option for a conscientious and responsible citizen”. “If introducing a NOTA (none of the above) button can increase the participation of (voters in a) democracy, then… nothing should stop the same. Voters’ participation in the election is indeed participation in democracy itself. Non-participation causes frustration and disinterest, which is not a healthy sign for a growing democracy like India,” the judgment said. The bench said that in the existing system, a dissatisfied voter ordinarily does not turn up at the booth, giving unscrupulous people a chance to impersonate her and cast her vote. Therefore, the court said, the negative-vote option will empower voters and “foster the purity of the electoral process and also fulfil one of its objectives, namely, wide participation of people”. An Election Commission statement said it would implement the order “as expeditiously as possible”. Legal experts said the government would not have much elbowroom to delay the move since the poll panel, armed with the court order, can now mount pressure on it. Some have construed a remark in the judgment about the order being passed “at a time when electioneering is in full swing” as a nudge to implement it by next year’s general election. The poll panel said the phrase “none of the above” would be printed on a separate panel below the last candidate’s name. It added that it would compile the number of people who cast a negative vote and make it public when the results are declared. The judgment came on a public interest litigation moved in 2004 by the People’s Union For Civil Liberties, which challenged rules 41(2) & (3) and 49-O and demanded the option of a negative vote. The Election Commission supported the petitioner’s stand. It told the court it had made a recommendation to the Union law ministry and the government in 2001 to allow negative voting but no action had yet been taken. The Centre had opposed the option of a negative vote, arguing the current rules that force a voter to reveal her identity while cancelling her vote do not violate her fundamental rights. WHAT IF • The majority of voters in a constituency cast a negative vote? • All voters in a constituency cast a negative vote? Election Commission counsel Meenakshi Arora said she had no answer and would look to the Supreme Court for a solution “if such a situation arises”. Senior lawyer Sanjay Parekh said that under current election laws, the candidate with the highest votes would still be elected if the majority vote was negative, though this would go against the principle that the majority should prevail. “So, either the law has to be amended, or the negative voters might move court to have the election countermanded, and the court will decide.” The right to cancel your vote. At present, a voter can ask the presiding officer to cancel her vote, thus ensuring that no one else can vote in her place. This provision has been set aside because it forces the voter to reveal her identity. The above is from "The Telegraph" A very wise decision which was long overdue. I cannot stop congratulating the Supreme Court for some of its latest landmark decisions, freeing India from Corrupt and Criminal politicians. The above "None of the Above" choice could be further refined. 1. A panel of names of eminent persons, not connected with any political party, but with proven administrative capabilities and speaking prowess and most important honest in words and deeds, could be kept in reserve with the election commission. These names could be decided jointly by The Election Commission, The Supreme Court and The President of India. They could then select one candidate for each constituency who would represent that constituency in case the "NOTA" votes are cast in the majority. A few more changes are required in the Representation of People's Act to make it more representative of the aspirations of the people of India. 2. At present a person can stand for elections from a number of constituencies. If he is elected from more than one, he selects to represent any one and resigns from the others.Some illustrious personalities like Indira Gandhi and Lalu Yadav have done this. This is sheer waste of national resources. Holding of election in each constituency costs the government crores of rupees in time, man-power and money. Politicians just have to deposit a nominal amount to stand for elections. This practise should be stopped. If any person decides to resign from any seat, the person who came runners-up in that constituency should be automatically elected. 3. Elections are countermanded because of mishap to any candidate of a recognized political party. Every political party should put up a stand-by candidate in each constituency. If some mishap occurs to the prime candidate and he cannot stand for elections, the standby candidate will automatically replace him. In the case of mishap to Independent candidates, the elections will continue, uninterrupted. 4. Funding of Elections for candidates. Funding has become a prime source of corruption in India as the candidate funds his elections through promoters, businessmen and corporate houses who later demand their pound of flesh.This creates a vicious cycle. All candidates who propose to stand for elections in any constituency should be asked to go through a preliminary election in that constituency. This election should be cellphone based just as we have in realty shows but with a difference. Each eligible voter should have only one valid mobile phone which he can use to cast his vote. Only persons receiving more than 10% of the cast votes should be allowed to stand from any constituency. The selected candidates can then be funded by the government by the application of an election cess. This cess should start from one year before the elections and should be discontinued one month after the elections. 5. The Supreme Court has already taken action on candidates with criminal antecedents so I will not mention that. However, one of the objections of political parties has been that the party in power will lodge false cases. It means that all parties accept that false cases are being lodged. The only solution is that the Police be made independent of the manipulation of the government in power. For that, as suggested by the Supreme Court, we should have Police Reforms. Just as the Courts are free of government interference, the police and CBI should be free of government interference.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Throughout the UPA regime, there has been an endless relay of corruption scams. One scam after another... And every time the scam got bigger. What the UPA cabinet just did is easily the mother of all scams ever! And it has put our democracy in deep danger... The UPA just passed an ordinance to protect CRIMINALS... Yes, you've read it right! The ordinance protects convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification. On July 10, 2013, the Supreme Court had pronounced a historic judgment which mandated that a lawmaker (MP or MLA) would stand immediately disqualified from office if convicted by a court for crimes with jail punishment upto two years or more. Moreover, the convicted lawmaker would also be barred from contesting elections. By the latest ordinance, the UPA has effectively reversed the Supreme Court's judgment. Well, the UPA's move doesn't seem too difficult to comprehend, especially if you consider the timing of this ordinance. As per Hindustan Times, there could be two chief beneficiaries of this new law. One is Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rashid Masood who has been convicted in a corruption scam. The other beneficiary could be Congress ally Lalu Prasad Yadav, in case he is convicted in the notorious fodder scam. The sentencing in the case of Masood and conviction in the case of Lalu is due next week. But that's not all... Here are some shocking findings of a report posted by IBN Live. As per the report, out of 543 Lok Sabha MPs, 162 have criminal cases pending against them. In fact, 75 of them are facing serious criminal charges. In all, there are about 4,835 MPs and MLAs in India. Of these, about 1,448 are facing criminal cases. Out of these 1,448 members, 641 have declared serious criminal cases like rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, etc. Need we comment on this? The general elections are less than a year away. And the ruling party seems to be determined to go to any extent to ensure that it comes back to power, even if that means destroying the democratic fabric of the nation! The above is from the mails I receive from Equitymaster. As I see it, we should change the slogan of our nation from "Satyamev Jayate" to "Bhrastachar Jayate" We should also remove Mahatma Gandhi from the Title of "Father of the Nation" and have a vote on who should be the new Father of the Nation" - Suresh Kalamadi, A Raja, Lalu Yadav, Ramalinga Raju, A.Koda etc, etc. We could invite suggestions from the public for other names of such illustrious persons whom I may have left out. Our slogan before and after meetings should be "Bhrastachar Zindabad" instead of "Inquilab Zindabad" Do you still doubt that we should throw out all the exisitng parties, lock, stock and barrel and usher in the Aam Aadmi Party
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) A day after the union cabinet approved an ordinance to save convicted lawmakers from being disqualified, a political storm blew over the issue with the opposition slamming the government move and the Congress defending it. The Left parties and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposed an ordinance that negates a Supreme Court order disqualifying members of parliament and legislatures convicted in a criminal case. Terming the step "uncalled for", BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said: "The government stands condemned in the eyes of the people of the country for taking this unconstitutional and immoral route." "If the government had any reservations on that order, it should go back to the Supreme Court and ask it to review it," he said. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj of the BJP tweeted: "Union cabinet has approved an ordinance on convicted MPs. We are opposed to this. We request the president not to sign this ordinance." The government opted for the ordinance route Tuesday after a bill on the same issue could not be passed in the monsoon session of parliament. The Communist Party of India-Marxist accused the UPA government of "repeatedly using the ordinance route" to pass bills and said this was "undemocratic". "The matter regarding the disqualification of elected members who are convicted should have been discussed in parliament and appropriate steps taken," it said. Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury said that at an all-party meeting convened to discuss the issue, it was decided that if somebody has been convicted in a lower court, it is possible that he gets reprieve from the higher court. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced it would challenge the ordinance by filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court.AAP president Arvind Kejriwal said: "We will challenge the ordinance in the Supreme Court if it passes." "The Supreme Court had said that laws should not be different for the common man and for MPs. This ordinance is against that," said Prashant Bhushan, advocate and AAP leader. The Congress defended the ordinance. "The Congress doesn't want to protect any convicted law maker. If he is finally convicted he will be disqualified as per law," Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar told reporters. "The ordinance has been brought to protect the constitution," he said. He said that the ordinance merely prevents immediate disqualification of a lawmaker in case of a conviction by a lower court but at the same time takes way his right to vote along with the perks and privileges, including salary. The ordinance, once approved by President Pranab Mukherjee, will have to be passed by parliament during the winter session, likely November-December. The Congress also refuted allegations that the ordinance was approved by the union cabinet in a hurry in order to protect party MP Rashid Masood and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, against whom court verdicts in different cases were expected next month. "There was no hurry," said Babbar. The Supreme Court July 10 ruled that an MP or state legislator will stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for offences of crimes with punishment of two years or more. The ordinance would reportedly allow convicted lawmakers to continue in their position if their appeal is admitted in higher courts within 90 days. The Congress party swears by the constitution and also says Parliament is Supreme. Then why can't it wait for Parliament and pass this bill in the winter session of parliament. No! When it suits them they will swear by Parliament like when they scuttled Anna's Lok Pal bill and made a mockery of it. Again, when it suits them they will treat Parliament like a doormat, like now. All the opposition party are demanding that this ordinance be discussed in Parliament before it is allowed to go through. But they know it will fail in parliament. So they make Raj Babbar, an actor, to explain that they are protecting the constitution. Ha!ha!ha!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Congress defends ordinance on convicted lawmakers New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday defended an ordinance negating a Supreme Court order on disqualification of lawmakers saying it "was brought to protect the constitution". "The Congress doesn't want to protect any convicted law maker. If he is finally convicted he will be disqualified as per law," Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar told reporters. "The ordinance has been brought to protect the constitution," he said. He said that the ordinance merely prevents immediate disqualification of a lawmaker in case of a conviction by a lower court but at the same time takes way his right to vote along with the perks and privileges, including salary. The Congress also refuted allegations that the ordinance was approved by the union cabinet in a hurry in order to protect party MP Rashid Masood and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, against whom court verdicts in different cases were expected next month. "There was no hurry. The government had brought in a bill in the monsoon session of parliament but the opposition did not debate and pass it. It is the right of a government to protect the constitution and bring in an ordinance," said Babbar. He said the ordinance would go before parliament in the winter session where it would be debated. Ordinance on convicted lawmakers undesirable New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Political activists Wednesday termed as "undesirable" the ordinance that would allow convicted members of parliament and state legislatures to retain their seats, and urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to sign it. The cabinet passed the ordinance Tuesday to negate a Supreme Court order which disqualified MPs and MLAs if convicted in a criminal case. Jagdeep Chhokar of the Association for Democratic Reforms told IANS: "I feel this (the ordinance) is wrong and undesirable." The president should not sign the ordinance, he said. Right to Information Activist (RTI) Subhash Agrawal said: "Union cabinet has left no stone unturned to prove that India has a unique type of democracy where it is a system for the politicians, by the politicians and of the politicians." "President Pranab Mukherjee should rise to the occasion by declining to sign the anti-public ordinance. Or else, the Supreme Court can quiz the government for such useless ordinance which unnecessarily burdens public exchequers by having convicted leaders as show pieces," he said. Justice Rajinder Sachar, former chief justice of the Delhi High Court, said: "It (the ordinance) is a violation of the democratic system." "It is quite obvious that they (the government) wanted to help somebody," he added. The government opted for the ordinance route after a bill for the same could not be passed by parliament in its monsoon session. The ordinance would save the elected leaders from disqualification but would take away their perks. Aiming to change the law, the government brought the Representation of the People (Second Amendment) Bill, 2013, in the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session, but it could not be passed. The ordinance, once approved by the president, will have to be passed by parliament during the winter session likely November-December. Kejriwal asks President Mukherjee not to sign ordinance on convicted MPs, MLAs New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): : Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal today requested President Pranab Mukherjee not to sign the ordinance approved by the government meant to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification. "If he gives us time, we will tell him that the people of the country are angry and they do not want you to sign it because the people of the country want an honest government and honest people to sit in the assemblies and parliament," said Kejriwal. "We can do nothing then, but move the court to challenge its constitutional validity," he added, when asked what if President Mukherjee signs this ordinance. The ordinance will allow convicted legislators to continue in office, if the appeal against the conviction is admitted by a higher court within 90 days. In a landmark verdict delivered on July 10, the apex court ruled that MPs or MLAs shall stand disqualified from holding the membership of the house from the date of conviction. "The only question is about the vires of section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act (RPA) and we hold that it is ultra vires and that the disqualification takes place from the date of conviction," said an apex court bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik and S.J. Mukhopadhaya. The apex court, however, said that its decision will not apply to MPs, MLAs or other lawmakers who have been convicted and have filed their appeals in the higher courts before the pronouncement of this verdict. According to the provision of Representation of the People Act, a lawmaker cannot be disqualified in the event of his conviction in a criminal case if he or she files an appeal in the higher court. The above statement by the Congress spokesman, Raj Babbar, shows the true face of the Congress party. They are just interested in prolonging their corrupt rule. All intellectuals are asking the President not to sign the ordinance but the Congress maintains "it is protecting the constitution". Do the corrupt MPs and MLAs make up our Constitution? As I have been saying the Aam Aadmi Party is the only party wanting all their MPs and MLAs to be corruption free. They have adapted a very transparent mode of selecting all their candidates which can be viewed on their website http://www.aamaadmiparty.org/. The AAP is the only party worth voting for in the coming elections if we want a corruption free government.
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Patna, Sept. 24: The RJD chief, Lalu Prasad, today remained confined to his 10 Circular Road home the day an ordinance was cleared to protect convicted lawmakers from disqualification. Lalu flew back here today from Delhi. After landing at the airport, he headed home. He remained inside with a few of his close associates. “He has not spoken to the media,” said one of his close associates. Though the Union government granted Lalu’s wish to clear the ordinance before September 30, the day the verdict of the fodder scam (RC 20A/96), the mood in the RJD camp was far from jubilant. “At the best, it is a temporary relief. Laluji will continue to be an MP if he is convicted, provided the higher court stays his sentence within 90 days. But he will have to spend time in jail if convicted. Also, it does not solve the problems of the party, which needs him the most now because the Lok Sabha polls are round the corner,” said a senior RJD leader. Most RJD leaders remained tight-lipped over the ordinance. “Speaking on it would amount to admitting even before the judgment is delivered that Laluji would be convicted,” said a senior MLA of the party. He, however, said the ordinance would bring relief to every politician facing the wrath of “judicial activism”. RJD MP Prabhunath Singh termed the ordinance an eyewash. “Cases in which the sentence is stayed by higher courts are very few. The ordinance should have allowed the politicians to contest polls until the Supreme Court upholds the conviction,” he said. Citing the instance of former MP Pappu Yadav who was in jail for over a decade in connection with the murder of CPM MLA Ajit Sarkar, he said: “The high court ultimately acquitted him but he had to spend a long period in jail.” The RJD leaders also appeared to be weary about the stand of the Congress in Bihar. “The Congress has been playing games with both the JD(U) and the RJD. It has been more than generous to the Nitish government in the recent past. By bringing in the ordinance, they have given signals that they still consider us an ally,” said another RJD MLA. With both the JD(U) and the RJD-LJP alliance vying for the Muslim votes, the alliance with the Congress can prove vital for either side. The JD(U), which has got friendly overtures from the Congress, is treading cautiously. The state president of the JD(U), Bashishtha Narayan Singh, had said before the ordinance was cleared that the government should have gone for a debate and discussed the issue with all the parties. This should be as it is. Convicts who become MPs and MLAs should be shitting in their pants instead of brazening it out and walking with a swagger followed by a posse of gun-toting security guards provided by the government.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) The cabinet Tuesday approved an ordinance to negate a Supreme Court (SC) order disqualifying MPs and MLAs if convicted in a criminal case, sources said. According to the sources, the government opted for the ordinance route after a bill for the same could not be passed in the monsoon session of parliament. The ordinance would save the elected leaders from disqualification but would take away their perks. Aiming to change the law, the government had brought the Representation of the People (Second Amendment) Bill, 2013 in Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session, which could not be passed. The ordinance, once approved by President Pranab Mukherjee, will have to be passed by parliament during the winter session likely November-December. The government approved the ordinance in a hurry as the SC order was hanging like a Damocles' sword over Congress MP Rashid Masood after a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court convicted him in a corruption case. The CBI court is likely to pronounce the sentence next month, said sources. In its July 10 order, the apex court said an MP or an MLA would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more. The order had united all the parties who saw it as dilution of parliament's supremacy and asked the government to do something about it. The parties had also urged the government to nullify another apex court order which debarred politicians from contesting polls if under police custody. Parliament passed a bill in the monsoon session to change the law to negate this order. President Mukherjee approved the bill Tuesday making it a law. AS I have been saying where their perks are concerned or where their careers are threatened because of corruption charges all MPs and MLAs of all political parties are the same, except the Aam Aadmi Party. It is the only party which has come out in support of the Supreme Court judgement. They are also selecting their candidates in a very transparent manner, leaving no scope for criminals to enter the party. We should all vote for the AAP candidates, wherever they stand for elections.
Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh), Sept. 24 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today admitted that a transgression by China's 50-member People's Liberation Army (PLA) patrol had a face-off with the Indian Army patrol team at Plam-Plam after crossing the Hadigra Pass, about 25 km within Indian territory, but about 50 km from Chaglagam in Anjaw District. He was responding to a calling attention motion in the Assembly by Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey as to how Chinese incursions had seriously jeopardized peace and livelihood of the people living in border districts. The Indian Army has admitted 500 incursions during the last two years, including the recent one in Anjaw district, and attributed such incursions to the tough hilly terrain, the imaginary Line of Actual Control (LAC) without any demarcation and uninhabited region of this Himalayan state. "Our great country's reaction was shocking," Umbrey said and wanted the chief minister to move the central leaders. Terming it as a central subject, Tuki said "Such transgression should be univocally condemned in national interest. While pointing out that the large border between Bhutan, China and Myanmar demarcated by McMahon line," he said it was impossible even for the Army personnel to man the entire inhospitable areas. "I've visited many of the border posts along Indo-China border without road connectivity. The security forces against all odds are guarding the frontiers. There are border areas without habitation where which I have planned to tour myself to know the ground realities. The advance landing grounds which were non-operational are being made operational now while airports would be developed in many district HQs, including green airfield at Itanagar," the CM informed. Referring to a news channel's coverage on the Chinese incursion with two years' old footage, the chief minister said such information could create fear psychosis on internal and external security. The two great countries have diplomatic relations, which have to be maintained. But it is intriguing that Chinese continue to claim over our territory. He advocated that proper negotiations and exchange of views by the central government to resolve the issue as Arunachal is not a party to the bilateral dialogue, he clarified. The first Arunachal Scout Battalion has been commissioned and deployed along the border while recruitment for 2nd Bn began at Aalo recently, the CM said, adding that "Our youth have the potential and acclimatization with the inhospitable area making them best suited to guard the border." "We have full faith in our defence forces defending the nation who will not compromise with the external security of the nation. But the Centre has to develop infrastructure and communication. If they (Chinese) could develop on the other side why not this side?" Tuki said assuring to covey the sentiment of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony. The four-day session concluded today. By Pradeep Kumar (ANI) Since 2007, when we visited Sikkim and went to the Northern part bordering China and seeing our own poor infrastructure there, I have been saying that we are very vulnerable to any Chinese attack. In between, I have said the same on a number of occasions. In 1961, under the Congress government of J L Nehru, we slept and the Chinese walked in right through without any resistance from us. Earlier, when they just ran through Tibet we did not utter any voice of protest. Now, we are acting in the same cowardly way. A state government is voicing its concern but the centre tells us not to worry. They are just interested in playing vote bank politics in Muzzaffarnagar and collecting money by their corrupt ways.
R. BALAJI New Delhi, Sept. 23: The Supreme Court has said in an interim order that no state and Union territory can deny social or other government benefits to a beneficiary on the ground that the Aadhaar card is not available. The court also directed the government to ensure that illegal migrants were not granted the card. A bench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and S.A. Bobde passed the interim order today while posting for final disposal hearing on a PIL filed by a retired high court judge of Karnataka, Justice K.S. Puttaswamy. The former judge had questioned the constitutional validity of the scheme and alleged that the card was being given even to illegal migrants, posing a threat to national security. The apex court issued two interim directives. One, no benefit or service shall be denied on account of non-possession of Aadhaar cards. Two, no illegal migrants should be issued the card. Senior counsel Anil Divan and counsel Ankit Goel, appearing for the petitioner, contended that Aadhaar had resulted in the denial of many benefits and services to persons who are otherwise eligible. The counsel cited the alleged instances of linkages with the card such as salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff in Maharashtra on the basis of Aadhaar, and registration of marriages in Jharkhand only for Aadhaar number holders. But in Ranchi, Jharkhand chief secretary R.S. Sharma, a former director general of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that runs the project, said the Aadhaar number was not mandatory for registration of marriages. The counsels also referred to the proposal to restrict LPG subsidy to Aadhaar number holders. They added that for many government scholarships, the Aadhaar number was mandatory. However, solicitor-general Mohan Parasaran and additional solicitor-general L. Nageswara Rao, appearing for the Centre, stated that Aadhaar was purely voluntary and no interim directions were required. According to a Union government decision, the Aadhaar number is mandatory for securing LPG subsidy in select districts, including Calcutta, Howrah and Cooch Behar in Bengal, after October 31 with a grace period of three months. If the court revokes its interim order eventually, it will mean that LPG consumers in the chosen districts will need the Aadhaar number to access the subsidy after January 31, 2014. The coverage of the requirement will be expanded to more districts later. The Aadhaar number is not required for buying LPG cylinders at the non-subsidised rate, officials later said. In his petition, Justice Puttaswamy submitted that the entire Aadhaar scheme was unconstitutional as the individuals obtaining the number are required to part with personal information, such as iris images and fingerprints, that infringed the right to privacy. The petitioner said there were no safeguards or penalties and no legislative backing for obtaining personal information, and the legislation introduced by the government has been rejected by the parliamentary standing committee on finance. The unique identification bill, under which the Aadhar card is issued, is yet to become law, though it was introduced in 2010. “The linkage of Aadhaar number with various government benefits and services, such as food security under the newly enacted Food Security Act, LPG subsidy, Employees’ Provident Fund, and other DBT (direct benefit transfer) services... makes enrolment with the Aadhaar scheme mandatory, completely falsifying the government’s claim of it being voluntary,” the petition said. He alleged that the indiscriminate allocation of Aadhaar numbers to all residents, including illegal migrants, could create a serious threat to national security. The Aadhaar is now issued on production of residential and identity proof. The government has repeatedly clarified that the Aadhaar card is not a proof of citizenship but a means to reach benefits to the people. The SC has rightly has declared the Aadhar card not mandatory. When Aadhar was initially proposed, I was very happy. At last all citizens of the country would have an identity so that illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh could be identified and sent back. However, in between, vote bank politics hijacked the purpose of Aadhar and made it a means of showering government largesse. There was no harm in the above provided only Indian Citizens were issued the Aadhar cards. We are a nation of the CORRUPT, by the CORRUPT and for the CORRUPT. The Aadhar cards were issued to all and sundry. Whatever we do, corruption and vote bank politics creeps in. The result is that nothing is done for the advancement of the nation, only for short term gains to win a particular election. The quality of our administration and education and everything connected with has gone down for one thing only - RESERVATION. We do not select the best candidate for a post but whether he is of SC or ST or OBC and now whether he is a Muslim with just pass marks. It is for just this reason that the Western world has advanced, because there is no reservation. Only the best is selected. Why does Sonia Gandhi have to go abroad for her treatment? Why does she not get herself treated by one of the RESERVATION doctors who have passed out from Indian Medical colleges? If India is to progress, we should follow what Netaji Subhas Bose had said when India was fighting for Independence. For 15 years, three election spans, there should be no elections. A benign dictator like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore should rule India with an iron hand and ALL the present lot of politicians should be put behind bars for 15 years. I know the politicians will not agree with me but the general mass of people will. Want to hold a referendum?
Monday, September 23, 2013
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Expressing concern over the state of security of women in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday said there is a need to change the mindset to stop crime against women. "It is a shameful matter that women are not treated properly. I am hopeful this meet will come up with good suggestions to deal with violence against women," the prime minister said in his inagural address at the National Integration Council (NIC) meet here. "A country can only progress if women can move around freely, make independent choices. We must change mindsets to stop crimes against women," he said. Voicing similar concerns, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said no society can progress without respecting women. "No country can progress unless they treat their women with respect. Unfortunately we continue to read about heinous crime committed on women," Shinde said. He said though government has taken steps by amending law, further steps need to be taken by the society. "Further action needs to be taken by society so that we can deal with the root cause... we also need to change the attitude of the society," he said. US student molested in Lucknow, three held Lucknow, Sep 23 (IANS) Three youth have been arrested for molesting an American student who had to jump off a moving auto rickshaw to save herself, police said. The student had boarded a tempo in Tuliaganj late Saturday. After all the passengers de-boarded the vehicle at different places, the tempo driver, along with his two friends molested the girl. The US national, who lodged a complaint with the police Sunday said, the trio molested her for over 20 minutes and as she tried to raise an alarm they raised the volume of the music in the vehicle. She also noted the number of the tempo and conveyed it to the police. The police was reluctant to lodge a case and instead told the victim that they will "help her". She, however, said she would not settle for anything less that a formal complaint to be registered. Following this, the police lodged a complaint and arrested tempo driver Veeru and his friends Rajan and Ayush. The girl is a US citizen and studies at an institute on Gokhaley Marg and lives in a rented flat at Indiranagar. The victim also told the police that she had to jump off the moving vehicle when it slowed down near Qaiserbagh in order to save herself from the trio. Shiva Shukla, women police station in-charge, said the trio would be paraded before the victim Monday for identification. In the first past, Our PM asks us to change our midnset. Yet, in the second half, we see The police was reluctant to lodge a case and instead told the victim that they will "help her". What is the administration doing regarding this police officer. Since it was a US woman, she would not settle for anything less than a formal complaint - FIR. If it had been and uneducated woman, she would have been sent away without lodging an FIR or worse, probably the police may have put per in lock-up and raped her thereafter. Mr. Prime Minister, like Rajiv Gandhi you are also saying "Hame Karna hai". You are the top most authority. The buck stops at you. Why aren't you doing what you are supposed to do?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The fattest knight at King Arthur's Round Table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island. It turned out to be an optical Aleutian . A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road .. . . and was cited for littering. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.' I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.' The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. A backward poet writes inverse. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine . A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.' Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving you can't have your kayak and heat it too. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.' Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication. Sent by Prakash Bhatia
An atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. 'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?' 'Yes sir,' the student says. 'So you believe in God?' 'Absolutely ' 'Is God good?' 'Sure! God's good.' 'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?' 'Yes' 'Are you good or evil?' 'The Bible says I'm evil.' The professor grins knowingly. 'Aha! The Bible! He considers for a moment. 'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?' 'Yes sir, I would.' 'So you're good...!' 'I wouldn't say that.' 'But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.' The student does not answer, so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Can you answer that one?' The student remains silent. 'No, you can't, can you?' the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. 'Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?' 'Er..yes,' the student says. 'Is Satan good?' The student doesn't hesitate on this one.. 'No.' 'Then where does Satan come from?' The student falters. 'From God' 'That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?' 'Yes, sir.' 'Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?' 'Yes' 'So who created evil?' The professor continued, 'If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.' Again, the student has no answer. 'Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?' The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.' 'So who created them ?' The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. 'Who created them?' There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. 'Tell me,' he continues onto another student. 'Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?' The student's voice betrays him and cracks. 'Yes, professor, I do.' The old man stops pacing. 'Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?' 'No sir. I've never seen Him.' 'Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?' 'No, sir, I have not.' 'Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?' 'No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.' 'Yet you still believe in him?' 'Yes' 'According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist... What do you say to that, son?' 'Nothing,' the student replies.. 'I only have my faith.' 'Yes, faith,' the professor repeats. 'And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.' The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. 'Professor, is there such thing as heat? ' ' Yes. 'And is there such a thing as cold?' 'Yes, son, there's cold too.' 'No sir, there isn't.' The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. 'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Everybody or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.' Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer. 'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?' 'Yes,' the professor replies without hesitation. 'What is night if it isn't darkness?' 'You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?' The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. 'So what point are you making, young man?' 'Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.' The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time. 'Flawed? Can you explain how?' 'You are working on the premise of duality,' the student explains. 'You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought.' 'It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.' 'Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?' 'If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.' 'Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?' The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed. 'Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?' The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided. 'To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.' The student looks around the room. 'Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?' The class breaks out into laughter. 'Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? No one appears to have done so... So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.' 'So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?' Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. 'I Guess you'll have to take them on faith.' 'Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,' the student continues. 'Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?' Now uncertain, the professor responds, 'Of course, there is. We see it Everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in The multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.' To this the student replied, 'Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.' The above has been sent by Satyen Hora. It may have been posted earlier on our blog. But it is a good philosophical debate and worth reading again. The conversation is attributed to Albert Einstein being the student. That is doubtful although we would all like to believe it. Einstein did write a book titled "God vs Science"
Friday, September 20, 2013
[National Election Watch news] Press Release: Our elected representatives have declared cases of promoting communal tension against them (37 sitting MPs & MLAs declare cases under IPC 153A)
Dear Friends, In the wake of the horrific communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, all the political parties continue to play a blame game against each other. Analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) however reveals how most political parties have been continuously giving election tickets to candidates who have declared charges of promoting enmity between religious groups (IPC 153A), destruction of religious places (IPC 295) and committing acts intended to outrage religious feelings (IPC 295A). Press Release Summary and Highlights Sitting MPs/ MLAs · Sitting MPs with cases under IPC 153A: 11 Sitting MPs have declared cases under IPC Section 153A. 9 out of the 11 MPs are from the Lok Sabha and 2 are members of the Rajya Sabha. · Sitting MLAs with cases under IPC 153A: 26 Sitting MLAs have declared cases under IPC Section 153A. · Sitting MPs with cases under IPC 295A: 3 Sitting MPs have declared cases under IPC Section 295A. (There may be an overlap between MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 295A, IPC 295 and IPC 153A i.e. they are not mutually exclusive) · Sitting MLAs with cases under IPC 295A: 9 Sitting MLAs from various states have declared cases under IPC Section 295A. (There may be an overlap between MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 295A , IPC 295 and IPC 153A i.e. they are not mutually exclusive) · Sitting MPs with cases under IPC 295: 3 Sitting MPs have declared cases under IPC Section 295. (There may be an overlap between MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 295A, IPC 295 and IPC 153A i.e. they are not mutually exclusive) · Sitting MLAs with cases under IPC 295: 5 Sitting MLAs have declared cases under IPC Section 295. (There may be an overlap between MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 295A, IPC 295 and IPC 153A i.e. they are not mutually exclusive) · Partywise MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 153A: Among all parties, 14 BJP MPs and MLAs (7 MPs and 7 MLAs), 5 AIMIM MPs and MLAs (1 MP and 4 MLAs), 4 MPs and MLAs from SP (1 MP and 3 MLAs), 4 MLAs from TRS, 2 MLAs from JD(U) and 1 MLA each from INC, DMK, RJD, PMK have declared cases under IPC Section 153A. 1 MP each from TDP and VCK has also declared cases under Section 153A. · Statewise MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 153A: 12 Uttar Pradesh MPs and MLAs (4 MPs from Lok Sabha, 1 MP from Rajya Sabha and 7 MLAs), 10 Andhra Pradesh MPs and MLAs (1 Lok Sabha MP, 1 Rajya Sabha MP and 8 MLAs), 4 MLAs from Bihar, 4 Karnataka MPs and MLAs (2 MPs and 2 MLAs, 3 Tamil Nadu MPs and MLAs (1 MP and 2 MLAs) have declared cases under IPC Section 153A. · Partywise MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 295A: Among all parties, 5 BJP MPs and MLAs (1 MP and 4 MLAs) and 5 AIMIM MPs and MLAs (1 MP and 4 MLAs) have declared cases under IPC Section 295A. (There may be an overlap between MPs and MLAs with cases under IPC 295A, IPC 295 and IPC 153A i.e. they are not mutually exclusive) DISCLAIMER: This report is based on an analysis of the self sworn affidavits submitted by candidates, with the Election Commission of India, prior to contesting Elections. ADR and NEW are not aware of the current status of the criminal cases declared by the candidates. We will know about their current status in case these candidates contest another election and submit a fresh affidavit. Given below are the definitions of IPC Sections 153A, 295 and 295A. Regards Association for Democratic Reforms “Kiwanis Centre”, 4th Floor, B-35, Qutub Institutional Area (Near Rockland Hospital) New Delhi-110 016 M: +91 8010394248 T: +91 11 41654200/01/02/03 F: 011 4609 4248 Details of IPC Sections 153A, 295 & 295A SECTION 153 A: The purpose of the Section 153 A is to punish persons who indulge in wanton vilification or attacks upon the religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc of any particular group or class or upon the founders and prophets of a religion. The jurisdiction of this Section is widened so as to make promotion of disharmony, enmity or feelings of hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities punishable. Offence on moral turpitude is also covered in this section. The offence is a cognizable offence and the punishment for the same may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. However, the punishment of the offence committed in a place of worship is enhanced up to five years and fine. Ingredients of Section 153A: The act of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste, community or any other group. Acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different groups or castes or communities, if the acts disturb public tranquility. Acts causing fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity among members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community by use of criminal force or violence against them. SECTION 295: Section 295 of the I.P.C makes destruction, damage, or defilement of a place of worship or an object held sacred, with intent to insult the religion of a class of persons, punishable with imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with fine , or with both. This section has been enacted to compel people to respect the religious susceptibilities of persons of different religious persuasion or creeds. Ingredients of Section 295: The accused must do such an act with the intention of insulting the religion of any person, or with the knowledge that any class of person is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion. The accused must destroy , damage or defile any place of worship or any object which is held as sacred by any class of persons. SECTION 295-A: The object of Section 295-A is to punish deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulating its religion or the religious beliefs. This section only punishes an aggravated form of insult to religion when it is perpetrated with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of a class. Ingredients of Section 295-A: The accused must insult or attempt to insult the religion or religious beliefs of any class of citizens of India. The said insult must be with a deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of the said class of citizens. The said insult must be by words, either spoken or written, by signs or by visible representation or otherwise. The offence under Section 295-A is cognizable and a non-bailable and non-compoundable offence. The police have a power under to arrest a person charged under Section 295-A without a warrant.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
KOLKATA: Commuters and Puja shoppers alike are set to face a harrowing Thursday and Friday, with most buses scheduled to go off road to protest against the government's decision not to raise fares. The operators claim that without a fare hike, their trade has become completely unviable. The government, on the other hand, has ruled out any immediate possibility of a hike. Transport minister Madan Mitra said on Wednesday that the government would run its full fleet in order to foil the impact of the strike. "Moreover, a section of bus operators belonging to the Bengal Bus Syndicate (BBS) has refrained from taking part in the strike," Mitra said. "Taxis and autos will ply. So, there would not be much of a problem." He added that 100 buses would be kept on reserve at depots to divert them wherever needed, according to passengers' demand. Mitra also urged Trinamool workers to inform the administration wherever they find buses parked illegally, occupying road space. The reality, however, is that Kolkata is overwhelmingly dependent on buses. The government buses (five state transport corporations taken together) carry 15.6 lakh passengers, against 42.8 lakh passengers that private buses carry. "So, even the full fleet of government buses will hardly be able to compensate the absence of a large chunk of private buses," said a senior transport department officer. Tapan Banerjee, of the Joint Council of Bus Syndicates, said: "Nearly 7,000 buses in the city and 30,000 in the districts will go off road. We are being forced to do it as we have been bleeding heavily because of a massive hike in cost of operation. The fare hike is the only option left to us to ensure the survival of the trade." Since the last fare hike, the price of diesel has risen by Rs 6.87 per litre on 10 successive occasions. TOI did a quick survey to estimate how many buses may ply on Thursday and Friday. On a conservative estimate, 1,700 buses are set to ply, compared with the regular strength of 7,500 on the city's 83 routes. So, passengers are bound to suffer long queues. Moreover, each bus would most likely be packed to capacity. CSTC managing director Prasanna Kumar Mandal said: "Four hundred of our buses will be plying in the city. On an average, 350 to 380 buses from our stable ply per day across the state." CSTC officials said that a number of buses that generally ply in the districts will also run in the city. "There is likely to be a lot of breakdowns, as a large number of 'condemned buses' is also set to ply," said a source. The Calcutta Tramways Company ( CTC) managing director Nilanjan Sandilya said: "CTC will run 225 buses and 125 trams as against 200 buses and 125 on a regular day." WBSTC will run 130 buses in the city. Bengal Bus Syndicate, which has refrained from taking part in the strike, claimed that at least 3,000 private buses would ply. Bengal Bus Syndicate vice-president Dipak Sarkar said: "We want to give the government a little more time. We want to keep the channel of communication with the government open." I don't understand why the Bengal government is so scared of allowing bus fares to rise. Probably it is the fear of history when the communist party burnt a number of trams because of a 1 paisa increase in tram fare. Buses are privately run and the owners would like to make some profits. Why can't the government devise a formula for automatic increase or decrease in bus / taxi fares every three months based on the average price of diesel in the previous three months. The oil companies have now started increasing their prices regularly and the bus owners have to pay whatever prices the oil companies decide. The government should sit with the bus owners and decide the effect each one Rupee increase/decrease in price of diesel have on running the buses and can allow the increase or decrease when it affects the running of buses by more than a rupee. This way, the bus owners would be happy and commuters would not have to suffer. Mamata Banerjee does not enhance her popularity by stubbornly resisting fare increase and causing endless hardship to commuters when the commuters themselves realize that increase in bus fare is unavoidable because of increase in the price of diesel.
Dr.Howard Steingeril, an american scientist, collected Mantras, Hymns and invocations from all over the world and tested their strength in his Physiology Laboratory… Hindus' Gayatri Mantra produced 110,000 sound waves /second... This was the highest and was found to be the most powerful hymn in the world. Through the combination of sound or sound waves of a particular frequency, this Mantra is claimed to be capable of developing specific spritual potentialities. The Hamburg university initiated research into the efficacy of the Gayatri Mantra both on the mental and physical plane of CREATION... The GAYATRI MANTRA is broadcasted daily for 15 minutes from 7 P.M. onwards over Radio Paramaribo, Surinam, South America for the past two years, and in Amsterdam, Holland for the last six months. "Om Bhoor Bhuwah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Pra-chodayaat !" "It's meaning: God is dear to me like my own breath, He is the dispeller of my pains, and giver of happiness. I meditate on the supremely adorable Light of the Divine Creator, that it may inspire my thought and understanding." Sent by Arun Shroff
Rewari (Haryana), Sep 15 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections Sunday said his government wants a unity memorial double that of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty in the bay off New York City, of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, was a gift to the United States from the people of France and was dedicated Oct 28, 1886. "We will build a statue of unity as a memorial for Sardar Patel who unified this country. This statue will be two times bigger than the Statue of Liberty," Modi, addressing a rally for the ex-servicemen here, said. He said Patel, the country's first home minister, had made immense contribution in unification of the country but has been forgotten. For the ambitious project, Modi urged farmers to send him some iron metal. "We will need just 200-300 gm iron from each village in the country," he said. Instead of making such idiotic announcements NaMo would do well in competing with other aspects of US life. I'll give just two examples. My son took his family, (wife, daughter and son) to the USA in December 2012. The weather was very cold, snow most of the days, and it took him two months to settle down. He tried for admission in a government school but failed in the first attempt. There they give priority to weak or handicapped students. He hoped that the children's lack of English speaking knowledge was sufficient handicap for their admission. However, since they knew their alphabets and numerals, they did not get admission. However, my son was told that if later any vacancy arose, he would be informed. For two months, the children went to a private co-operative pre-nursery school where the fees of each child was USD 100. After two months, the government school teacher turned up one morning. She said that they had tried to contact my son over the telephone but his phone was unreachable. They informed that there was vacancies in the school and if my son wanted, both the children could be admitted from August, 2013. My son readily accepted the offer as 1)the children could complete their entire schooling from here, 2)being a government school, no fees were charged 3) the school had the best of all facilities. My daughter-in-law said that this school was better than the best of any private schools in India. A bus collects and drops them right in front of their home. The bus driver is in constant touch with the school authorities so that at any point of time, the authorities know where the bus is. Children stand away from the bus and start walking towards the bus only when it has come to a standstill and the door has opened. Each child, sits by himself on a twin seat. He is strapped with a seat belt by the driver and his bag is placed on his side seat. The door is then locked and only then does the bus move. From 22nd August, both children are going to school and they like the school better than being at home.My grand-child starts crying while getting down from the school bus. He would like to go back to school. Every Friday, they are allowed to bring books from the school library to read at home. Each child has been given a page with 21 stars. Each child is to complete 15 minutes of reading per day. After each 15 minutes reading a star is coloured. On competing the colouring of all 21 stars, the paper is handed back to the school and the child gets a free gift from the school. This inculcates the reading habit in a child. Would the above be possible in India. Here schools take donations and charge astronomical fees and admit the cream of the students. The weaker students just have no chance. The government schools (except for the Kendriya Vidyalays) are hopeless in most cases. Teachers are selected based on reservation criteria instead of qualification and aptitude in teaching. We are seeing the result. Politicians controlling the appointment of teachers. Teachers molesting and raping students, students beating up teachers and parents and outsiders ransacking schools has become order of the day. My daughter-in-law wanted to learn driving. First she had to appear in an online examine which tested her to see if she knew all the rules. Before appearing in the exam she trained herself with the questions and answers through mock tests where correct answers were shown after the test. She practised the mock test for abut two months before she was ready to appear in the actual test. You are allowed only 5 wrong answers in 40 questions. Once you pass this test, they give you a certificate and you are two pass an actual driving test within one year of appearing in the online test. She then took 6 driving lessons, each of 90 minutes duration. Her trainer was still not satisfied of her driving capability and advised her a few more lessons but my son told him that he would take up the teaching himself on their car. In USA, you have to appear in a rigorous driving test before they give you a licence. In India driving licences are given without even appearing in the driving test. We are seeing the result in the number of accidents on roads. There are many things worth copying from the USA and a Statue of Sardar Patel copying the Statue of Liberty, should be last on the list. Remember all the useless statues of elephants made by Mayawati in Lucknow.
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of raping his maid, terming it an example of a placement agency maid raising false allegations against her employer only to "achieve her selfish ends of extorting money". Acquitting Parmod Kamlani of the charges, Additional Sessions Judge Nivedita Anil Sharma said the government should frame guidelines for regulating agencies supplying domestic help to curb registration of such false cases. "There were major contradictions in the prosecution story which made it unbelievable and improbable," the court said in a recent judgment, adding that the evidence proved that the 18-year-old maid had levelled false allegations of rape against her employer. "Considering the crying need of the day, it is required that some regulatory law or policy is made by the government and police so that there can be check on placement agencies and it is made compulsory that police verification of the maids and servants is done before they take up employment." The judge said: "In my considered view, it is time that we as a civil society stand up not to only protect, shelter and rehabilitate a victim of rape but also to protect and shelter an accused against whom false allegations of rape have been levelled." The court said copy of the order be sent to secretaries, law and justice of the central and the Delhi governments, the chairpersons of the National Commission for Women and the Delhi Commission for Women and the Commissioner and additional commissioner (west) of Delhi Police for information purpose. The judge added, "this trend requires to be nipped in the bud itself and the precious time of the government agencies i.e. the police, the prosecution, the judiciary etc., should not be wasted". The maid, who was hired through a placement agency, was allegedly raped by her employer twice in his house between January to March 2012. She was threatened not to disclose it and was also beaten by him, police said. The police said the maid was raped by Kamlani when she was doing her work in the house and his wife was not at home and his children were sleeping, and she reported the matter to police after two-three months. The court said the statement of maid is unreliable and not trustworthy. Though she stated that she never had physical relations with anyone else and the child in her womb was of the accused, she later also levelled allegations against her previous employer, the court noted. "The FSL (Forensic Science Laboratories) reports show that neither the accused nor her previous employer are the biological father of the child, which indicates that she had physical relations with some other man who has fathered her child," and she is deliberately not disclosing his name, the court said. Kamlani told the court that a false case was lodged against him by the maid and others as he had complained to the placement agency owner about her inefficiency in doing work. Has our society and judiciary created a new Frankenstein? I wonder. With the spate of false cases that are being filed by women against men if they do not get what they want, I fear a day may come when men may stop marrying for fear of their wives filing false cases landing them in jails. I agree that women have been tortured and have been at the receiving end of men's violence and torture but the remedy that has been made into law is probably worse than the disease. I would suggest the judiciary find a middle path so that no false cases are filed and no person who may torture a women is allowed to go free and is punished immediately.
Modi : Enemy at the Gates Modi has arrived and arrived in style, notwithstanding the bombastic resistance from the Congress and their paid agents in the BJP and the Media. Delhi is finally on NaMo’s radar and his troops can see the domes of South Block, which he will hopefully occupy by May 2014, if not earlier. The political career of the senior BJP leadership is over. They did not see the writing on the wall and have now been removed by their cadres. The BJP President, Rajnath Singh, handled it well, but in hindsight, his efforts were completely unnecessary. The lesson for the future is to let the leadership come out through open internal elections where the village, district and the state level leaders vote. Had there been a contest to choose the PM candidate, it is evident that Modi would have easily vanquished the rest. Unanimity is not required. This is true democracy. The Congress is notably jittery. During Modi’s recent visit to Jaipur, the Rajasthan CM had the electric supplies shut so that the village folk did not see the live telecast. Their impending doom will now translate into incoherent actions. Where in the world has anyone ever heard of an opposition leader, who is only a state CM, being discussed thoroughly be it TV, print media, cocktail circuits, vegetable vendors, taxi drivers etc. NaMo is taking away 80% of their time. Nobody wastes time on the ruling dispensation. Does anybody even discuss MMS, PC, SG, RG etc? The discussions on them are generally negative and the junta only wants to know if they are likely to go to jail. From the Aam Admi’s point of view, NaMo had made an important statement on a Zee TV program “Kahiye Janab”. He stated: “Na mein kahta hoon, na kisi ko khane deta hoon”. No wonder, the levels of corruption in Gujarat is comparable to that of Singapore. Modi at the gates of Delhi augurs well for the Indian State. a) Sycophancy and nepotism will soon be an era of the past. b) Good bye to vote bank politics. c) Bureaucrats will fall in line. d) NGOs who operate from garages of Lutyens Delhi will have to move to safe havens in Congress ruled states. e) Many newspapers will die. The advertising budget in Gujarat was reduced by 80%. Expect the same by the Modi Government. f) The Armed Forces will get their much cherished “Political Control”. Issues will be solved pronto before any soldier can say “Jack Robinson”. g) Along with Swamy and Jethmalani, most of the black money stowed abroad will be brought back. The Rupee will challenge the Dollar. h) NO Income Tax as per Swamy’s statement. i) Terrorists will now have a “maut ka saudagar”. The Congress has made India the most dangerous country after Iraq and Afghanistan. j) The Pakis and Chinese may have already gone into a huddle. k) Modi has a good memory. The Americans had better watch out. l) J&K will finally be Indian Territory. Enough of Article 70. An eminent General recently wrote an article “Death of Politics”. I disagree. Modi will bring in clean politics. He has no dependents or damaad to speak of. A bright future awaits a Modified India 10 years ago we had pinned our hopes on MMS with almost the same agenda as above : Nothing happened, it got worse : This time it is going to happen because we have a man with ENERGY & INTEGRITY & most importantly a man with a CLEAR VISION to GET THINGS DONE : JAGO INDIA LET`S DO IT This has been sent by Parthasarathi Sengupta I am not a supporter of the BJP as I believe both the Congress and the BJP are equally corrupt, the Congress more so. I support AAP but I also realize that AAP cannot form a government after the coming elections as they will not have the numbers. It took the Congress 150 years to get our independence from the British, so we have to give the AAP at least 15 years to get us independence from these corrupt parties. We can thus expect that the AAP will achieve its full strength by 2024 elections. I don't know whether I will be alive to see that day. In the meantime, we cannot have a vacuum. So Narendra Modi will be a good stop-gap arrangement - a night watchman.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Activist-turned-politician and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday vowed to defeat Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the Delhi assembly elections. "Our volunteers have personally met over 23,000 families of the total 30,000 in the New Delhi constituency. Around 12,000 families gave us donations which mean that these families will definitely vote for us," said Kejriwal. "Twelve thousand families mean around 48,000 votes, and Sheila Dikshit had polled around 37,000 votes in the last election. So, I will defeat her this time," he added. Kejriwal was speaking at the launch of a survey that claimed that over 40 percent of voters in Delhi want the AAP to come to power in Delhi and Kejriwal to be the next chief minister. Kejriwal is pitted against Dikshit in New Delhi constituency. He accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of contesting from "safe seats" and not taking Diskhit head on. "All BJP leaders want to secure their seats. No one wants to take on Dikshit, and it is just because people are fed up with Congress that they will vote for BJP. Not because they have any merit," he said. Elections to the Delhi assembly are scheduled in November. The mathematics is clear. There is no stopping Arvind Kejriwal. That is why the Congress Party is getting frustrated and removing posters put up by AAP.
Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur's youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death. The question?...What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by year's end. He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged. The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first. The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur's closest friend! Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur's life and the preservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur's question thus: What a woman really wants, she answered....is to be in charge of her own life. Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur's life would be spared. And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding. The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half. Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day....or night? Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments? What would YOU do? What Lancelot chose is below. BUT....make YOUR choice before you scroll down below. OKAY? . . . . . . . . Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself. Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life. Now....what is the moral to this story? The moral is..... If you don't let a woman have her own way.... Things are going to get ugly Sent by Prakash Bhartia