Monday, March 31, 2014
An unequal contest Varanasi’s magnified importance this election season obviously stems from the presence in the fray of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate. In the event, the arrival of Arvind Kejriwal as Narendra Modi’s challenger has added plenty of drama and excitement to a contest increasingly projected as one between David and Goliath. In theory, and possibly in actuality too, Mr. Modi has all but won the election. Mr. Modi comes into the battle backed not just by the BJP, in itself a party of considerable means, but additionally by the formidable campaign machinery of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Mr. Kejriwal, on the other hand, is the proverbial little man with no resources bar his spunk and daring. In the Delhi Assembly election, too, the Aam Aadmi Party had made its financial bankruptcy its USP, deliberately placing itself as the underdog pitted in an unequal race with the Big Two, the Congress and the BJP. However, unlike at that time, today the AAP chief carries the baggage of having hurriedly dumped the first-ever government he formed in Delhi, thus betraying his pre-poll promise to usher in systemic reform. Indeed, the BJP’s narrative, bought into by a large enough section of voters, is that Mr. Kejriwal ran away from responsibility and therefore does not deserve a second chance. Curiously, the counter-view that Mr. Kejriwal sacrificed his chief ministership to uphold a principle, has takers as well, and this group appears to be made up largely of people on the margins — Muslims, sections of Dalits and the economically poor. What makes this election riveting is the seeming clash between the larger picture, which is of Mr. Modi winning the seat on the back of a phenomenal wave all across Uttar Pradesh, and the smaller, fragmented stories featuring underclass resistance. Mr. Kejriwal’s strategy is obviously to motivate the alienated sections into understanding the power of their numbers so as to consolidate themselves as a force against Mr. Modi. However, this is easier said than accomplished given the potential of other contestants to queer the pitch. Rival parties such as the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party will be loath to fielding weak candidates against Mr. Modi, lest that seem like handing him a walkover. The Muslim community may be divided by the likely candidature of a powerful local leader, Mukhtar Ansari of the Quami Ekta Dal. The Varanasi competition is also skewed in favour of Mr. Modi by the AAP’s logistical constraints in fighting a Lok Sabha election, which involves money, manpower and booth management skills. Mr. Modi’s biggest strength, of course, is the perception that he is the man of the moment, the leader on the cusp of power. We all know that it is an unequal contest. It shows Kejriwal's character and strength that he has taken on to challenge the strongest opponent. It also shows the weakness of Modi, that he has to fight from two seats to secure his position when Kejriwal is fighting just from one seat. Let us see, if this David kill the Goliath with his sling.
Party-wise, percentage of MPs who have pending criminal cases This should be an eye opener for all those people who are supporting the regular political parties.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Beijing Hotel Brochure - Translated as only they can.
Vladimir Putin on Muslims No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world! This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin. I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen of USA should pay attention to this advice. In addition all of Europe should listen as well. How scary is that? It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our LEADERS but here it is! Vladimir Putin's Speaks On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia: “In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim's then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law. Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims. When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.” The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five-minute standing ovation. PS. Crimea is part of the Russian sphere of influence as the Western hemisphere is ours, via eg Monroe Doctrine, as exemplified by the US Granada adventure etc. It is strategic to Russia's Naval fleet and this must be appreciated from a geopolitical perspective. By the way the Ukes are as fascist, corrupt, cruel bunch, as ever there was one, far more so than Russia. Their Cossack elements terrorized and murdered wantonly during WW1. My mother then resident in Poland was a voice in the then universal prayer for the Germans to arrive to free then from Uke depravations.The UKE WAFFEN SS formed the backbone of much of the Nazi killing machine in Eastern Europe during WWll. These elements form much of the political hierarchy on both sides of the UKE E/W political divide. These bastards continue through to today as powers in a corrupt government and brutal political system. There are no good guys in the struggles. The West should keep its nose out of this business for any number of reasons. Unfortunately Obama is meddling, trying to rehabilitate his image as a wimp and is fomenting economic instability that cannot lead to good. On the other hand ,I personally hold no truck with the EU and its growing JewHate. and unfettered anti-Semitism, so I cynically and disgust, bitterly say "let the Bastards freeze" without Russian gas. It would l look good on them for a while! / bm I remember, there was a similar speech by an Australian prime Minister, many years ago. I agree, the Muslims should be confined to the countries where they are in the majority and not be allowed to infest other countries Sent by Prakash Bhartia
The brilliance of Gandhi No idea of how authentic this is but it is a good story: When Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, there was a professor, whose last name was Peters, who felt animosity towards Gandhi, and because Gandhi never lowered his head towards him, their "arguments" were very common. One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor, in his arrogance, said, "Mr Gandhi: you do not understand ... a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat ", to which Gandhi replies, "You do not worry professor, I'll fly away ", and he went and sat at another table. Mr. Peters, green with rage, decides to take revenge on the next test, but Gandhi responds brilliantly to all questions. Then, Mr. Peters asked him the following question, "Mr Gandhi, if you are walking down the street and find a package, and within it there is a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money; which one will you take?" Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, "the one with the money, of course". Mr. Peters, smiling, said, "I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don't you think?" "Each one takes what one doesn't have", responded Gandhi indifferently. Mr. Peters, already hysterical, writes on the exam sheet the word "idiot" and gives it to Gandhi. Gandhi takes the exam sheet and sits down. A few minutes later, Gandhi goes to the professor and says, "Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me my grade". Sent by Prakash Bhartia
The History of the Middle Finger:
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Whom would Netaji Subhas Bose have supported if he were alive? Read what his follower has to say "After decades, I am seeing a man who is raising pertinent questions about widespread corruption, If AAP wins 50 seats, the face of our country will change. Had Bose been alive, he would have encouraged Kejriwal. Desh ka neta hawa mein nahi zameen pe hota hai. Today, no matter where the politicians go, they get a chopper. Who is financing their rides in the air and what are they doing with it - building castles in the air?" -Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's comrade Abbas Ali pins hope on Arvind Kejriwal Some people have the habit of accusing AAP as one reader Saurabh in FB AAP.. Please stop maligning everyone. Please come up with a decent agenda to run Delhi/ India. Let us discuss, debate and argue on development, rather than accusing others. For them, I have this reply:- Saurabh, in 49 days, AAP has done more for Delhi than the Congress and BJP has done in 66 years and you are saying :come up with a decent agenda for Delhi." That was just a trailer. As far as accusing others is concerned, they deserve all the condemnation that can be heaped on them for bringing India to the state it is. How can you call a crook by any other name but a cheat or robber or dacoit. You can't call him a Sanyasi or an honest person. The agenda that AAP had for Delhi is applicable for India for these political crooks are spread all over India, in all states. If there is no corruption, India has plenty of money for development. Presently all the money goes to the crony capitalists numbering 50 odd names and the politicians. If one tackles corruption, development will take care of itself.
Friday, March 28, 2014
12th list of 35 candidates of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the Lok Sabha elections. With this list the total number of candidates declared by the AAP so far is now 385. S.No. | State | LS Constituency | AAP candidate 1 Andhra Pradhesh | Nizamabad | Rapelle Srinivas 2 Andhra Pradhesh | Malkajgiri | Chandana Chakravarti 3 Andhra Pradhesh | Warangal | Chinta Swami 4 Andhra Pradhesh | SECUNDRABAD | Chaya Ratan 5 Andhra Pradhesh | Chevella | Regatte Venkata Reddy 6 Andhra Pradhesh | Guntur | K.V.B. Veera Vara Prasad 7 Andhra Pradhesh | Srikakulam | Jaidev Injarapu 8 Andhra Pradhesh | Bapatla | EDA Chennaiah 9 Andhra Pradhesh | Ongole | CSN Raja Yadav 10 Bihar | Araria | Chandra Bhushan 11 Bihar | Muzaffarpur | Dr.Prabhat Suman 12 Bihar | Saran | Parmatma Singh 13 Bihar | Valmiki Nagar | Darmesh Verma 14 Gujarat | Ahmdabad West | Jayantilal Jethalal Mevada 15 Gujarat | Bharuch | Rana Jayendrasingh 16 Gujarat | Bhavnagar | Kanubhai Kalasariya 17 Gujarat | Chota Udaipur | Arjunbhai Rathva 18 Gujarat | Dahod | K. C. Munia 19 Gujarat | Kheda | Labhubhai Badhiwala 20 Gujarat | Mahesana | Vandana D Patel 21 Gujarat | Rajkot | Pinal Dharmesh Savaliya 22 Punjab | FEROZEPUR | Satnam Paul Kamboj 23 Punjab | Hoshiarpur | Yamini Gomar 24 Punjab | Jalandhar | Rajesh Padam 25 Rajasthan | Bharatpur | Gopal Pahadia 26 Rajasthan | Karauli-Dholpur | Ghanshyam Bairwa 27 Tamil Nadu | Arakonam | S. Rajesh 28 Tamil Nadu | Dindigul | S. Elanchezian 29 Tamil Nadu | Kalakurichi | K Mohamed Yasin 30 Tamil Nadu | Madurai | Kamacis M 31 Tamil Nadu | Namakkal | Dr. T S Chellakumarsamy 32 Tamil Nadu | Theni | J Ramprakash 33 Tamil Nadu | Thiruvallur | Balamurugan B 34 Tamil Nadu | Triruchirapalli | P Ravi 35 Tamil Nadu | Vellore | Imdad Shariff
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Camphor- The effective & healthy mosquito repellent. Malaria and Dengue are on a steep rise. We all must be using liquid or the old blue tablet type of mosquito repellents sold under various names. Despite their use, it is common to see mosquitoes hovering around with the best of repellents in action. Secondly, we cannot use these mosquito repellents whole day are they being of any brand. Thirdly, many people land up with allergies due to them. In the past, man would light diyas and burn camphor on a regular basis as a part of daily puja. These helped to purify the air and keep harmful bacteria, viruses, and mosquitoes away! We can definitely have a better and healthy environment with the use of camphor. Camphor or Kapur is a waxy, white, or transparent substance extracted from the wood of the Camphor Laurel tree found in Asia. Camphor has many known medicinal uses- It relieves nasal congestion and cough when rubbed on the chest as an oil. Camphor is used as an ingredient in throat lozenges and cough syrups and in Vicks. Camphor is also used in some anti-itch ointments, creams and cooling gels because it is can be absorbed through skin and is effective at treating pain locally. It has an analgesic effect which makes it a favorite oil to be used in pain relieving massage blends for sore muscles and arthritic pain. Camphor is known to improve the quality of air making it a better for our lungs and heart. Many people are not aware of the Mosquito repellent power of Camphor - a simple solution without side effects and very cost effective. CAMPHOR IS A NATURAL MOSQUITO REPELLENT With effect round the clock! You do not need to burn it for that. There are three easier ways to do it -
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
INDIAN BOY WHO INVENTED EMAIL Monday, 24 March 2014 | Kumar Chellappan | CHENNAI March 24, 2014 Dear Friends, Though may be known to some, we feel proud to share the following report “Indian Boy Who Invented Email”, appearing in The Pioneer of date (March 24, 2014). Vandemataram, Regards, D.C. Nath (President, Patriots’ Forum) 9811995693 Even the best brains in computer and software engineering may not be able to answer if you ask them who invented email. This was illustrated on Sunday when this writer checked the same with Prof Achuthsankar S Nair, Director, State Inter-University Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics, Government of Kerala and Dr Iyemperumal, Executive Director, Tamil Nadu State Science and Technology Centre. Both of them expressed their helplessness even though both of them handle hundreds of email messages per day. It is a 14-year-old boy from India and that too with roots in Tamil Nadu who invented email as well as the five-letter word which has become synonymous with communication. VA Shiva Ayyadurai, hardly out of school in New Jersey, ushered in the paperless era into this world. It was in response to a challenge thrown at him by Dr Leslie P Michelson, Director, High Performance Computing Lab, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark, New Jersey, which made little Shiva create the world's first email system in November 1978. “The UMDNJ was a big campus connected by a wide area computer network. The computer was in its initial stages of being used in the office environment. Dr Michelson wanted me to create an electronic version of the interoffice mail system so that the entire staff of doctors, secretaries, students and staff could communicate faster. At that time, secretaries and staff were performing drafting, typing, copying, hand delivering of the entire paper-based mail. By observing the interoffice mail system, I created a parts list: Inbox, Outbox, Memo, Folders, Address Book, Attachments, and then created a computer programme of nearly 50,000 lines of computer code which replicated this entire system. I called my innovation ‘email’, a term that had never been used before. The world’s first email I sent was to Dr Michelson in November 1978,” Dr Ayyadurai told The Pioneer on Sunday. Dr Ayyadurai developed email as a software programme. “Software itself was a new concept then. In 1978, it was not even covered under the Intellectual Property Rights. The US Copyright Law of 1976 was amended, however, in 1980 to allow for the protection of software. In 1982, I was awarded the first US Copyright for ‘Email’, recognising me as the inventor of email by the US Government,” said Dr Ayyadurai, who holds four different Post Graduate degrees including a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “What you see in any email system today, the Inbox, Outbox, Address Book, the Memo (From, To, Date, Subject, Body, CC and BCC), Attachments, etc are based on my observations to replicate the interoffice mail system. In November 1978, as a 14-year-old school boy, I addressed the doctors of the University on what I invented and demonstrated the use of this entire system,” reminiscences Dr Ayyadurai, son of Vellayappa Ayyadurai, a chemical engineer hailing from Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu and Meenakshi, a mathematics teacher who went on to become the head of the elite Don Bosco Public School in Mumbai. The Ayyadurais migrated to the USA in 1970 in search of greater challenges so that little Shiva could get better education and exposure. He did not let his parents down. By the age of 13 he had mastered all known computer programming languages in vogue and went on to create email, which revolutionised the world of communication. Dr Ayyadurai has come out with a book The Email Revolution: Unleashing The Power of Connect which has foreword by Dr Leslie Michelson and an introduction by none other than Prof Noam Chomsky. He is in India as part of his mission to identify more “Shivas” who have much better innovations to offer to the world. “Young people of all colors, hungry to make this world a better place, are going to innovate things we’ve never imagined. We have to provide more global images to young people, in India, for example, with icons, beyond just white skinned and white haired, bearded scientists,” said Dr Ayyadurai. And how many of us are aware of the fact that radio was invented by Prof Jagdish Chandra Bose? It was his failure to get it patented that cost Dr Bose the title. Marconi, who had seen Dr Bose’s public demonstration of the radio, had approached him with an irresistible offer to market the same. But Dr Bose wanted the radio to be used for the welfare of the humanity. The night he held the public demonstration, his equipment was robbed from his hotel room. The rest is history,” Prof Ranjit Nair, leading physicist, had told this writer. So, today we all think Marconi, an Italian, invented Radio. But, when it comes to email, it's time to set the record straight, once and for all — it was a boy, a 14-year-old Indian boy, who invented email. The facts are black and white. Sent by Arun Shroff
Eleventh list of 11 candidates of the Aam Aadmi Party for the Lok Sabha elections is out. With this list the total number of candidates declared by the AAP so far is now 350. S.No | State | LS Constituency | AAP candidate 1 Bihar | Arrah | Dr. Surendra Kumar 2 Maharashtra | Dindori | Dnyaneshwar Damu Mali 3 Maharashtra | Nandurbar | Valvi Virendra 4 Punjab | Amritsar | Dr. Daljit Singh 5 Punjab | Khadoor Sahib | Bhai Baldev Singh 6 Rajasthan | Jodhpur | Vigyan Modi 7 Rajasthan | Ajmer | Ajay Somani 8 Rajasthan | Jalore | Rajesh Arora 9 Rajasthan | Banswara | Harish Rawat 10 Rajasthan | Pali | Mahesh Bhandari 11 Rajasthan | Jhalawar-Baran | N S Dangawas Donate here to fund the election campaign of AAP candidates: http://myaap.in/donate
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
53,000 Irishmen meet for the 'Irish Are Not Stupid' Paddy McLoughlin addresses the crowd.. 'We are all here today to prove to the world that the Irish are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer please?' Mick O'Rourke gingerly works his way through the crowd and steps up to the stage. Paddy asks him 'What is 15 plus 15?' After 15 or 20 seconds Mick says, 'Forty!' Obviously everyone is a little disappointed. Then the Irishmen start chanting 'Give him another chance! Give him another chance!' Paddy says, 'Well since we have a capacity crowd, world-wide press and global broadcast media here, I think we can give him another chance.' So he asks, 'What is 5 plus 5?' After nearly 30 seconds he eventually says, ' Twelve?' Paddy looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh. Everyone is disheartened and Mick starts crying. But then the 53,000 Irishmen begin to yell and wave their hands shouting, 'Give him another chance! Give him another chance!' Paddy, unsure whether he is now doing more harm than good eventually says, 'OK then, what is 2 plus 2?' Silence hangs over the stadium. Mick closes his eyes, and after a whole minute eventually says, 'Four?' Pandemonium breaks out throughout the stadium as the Irish crowd stand to a man, wave their arms, stomp their feet and scream, 'Give him another chance! Give him another chance!' Sent by Prakash Bhartia
Congress using Kejriwal as a weapon against Modi: BJP New Delhi, Mar. 25 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal had been asked to contest against their party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi by the Congress, as he was a pawn of the latter. "First of all, the Congress does not have the guts to contest the polls and stand against the BJP, as they are aware that there party stands nowhere close to winning. On top of that, they are sending their pawns (Kejriwal) to contest against Modi in Varanasi," said Naqvi. "Kejriwal is being used by the Congress as a weapon against the BJP. We would like to give them an advice that they should be more concerned about the end of their party, rather than worrying about other parties," he said. Kejriwal arrived in Varanasi this morning and is likely to hold a 'referendum' at a rally today seeking people's approval for his decision to challenge Modi from this seat. The former Delhi Chief Minister had earlier said that his immediate task is to hold the proposed rally in Varanasi and seek people's approval first and then finalize his stand on contesting against Modi. Further, the AAP chief took a dig on Modi for the latter not being sure about his win from one constituency. "Why is he (Modi) even thinking of contesting from two seats, an aspiring prime minister should have at least this minimum courage to contest only from one seat," Kejriwal added. Polling for the Varanasi seat will be held on May 12, four days before votes are counted, in the final round of the nine-phase elections that kick off on April 7. (ANI) The BJP is again creating a smoke screen that the Congress is supporting AAP. They have really become scared that is why even their prime Minister is standing for election from two places which the Supreme Court strongly disapproves. The AAP is against all the established parties since they are without exception CORRUPT. It is especially harsh on the two major parties, BJP and Congress because they are the father and mother of all the other parties. These parties have been formed by corrupt and disgruntled element from the BJP and Congress as they could not make money there. Further the BJP and Congress have misruled for the major part of the 66 years after Independence. The Congress, presently is a spent force and hence the AAP keeps all its ammunition dry for the BJP. So BJP, don't fool the people by dragging in the Congress. You are enemy No 1 and the Congress i Enemy no 2.
BJP says may review gas price formula if elected NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The BJP would review a new gas pricing formula if elected, a party official said on Tuesday, a day after the election commission asked the government to defer an increase in prices that was to take effect on April 1. "If we are voted into power we would have to look at all the facts, all the realities on the ground, while keeping the interest of stakeholders in mind - in particular consumers," said Narendra Taneja, National Convener, Energy Cell, for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "If this means going for a review we will review the pricing formula," Taneja told Reuters, reiterating a position stated previously by a senior BJP leader. The BJP thinks it can fool the people by issuing a belated statement after the Election Commission had put the price increase of hold. With Narendra Modi in power and his friend Mukesh Ambani being the beneficiary of the price increase, we all know what the result would be. The best thing would be to kick out the BJP and Congress.
Supreme Court calls on BCCI boss Srinivasan to step down NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Supreme Court called on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N. Srinivasan to step down on Tuesday to ensure a probe into illegal betting during last year's Indian Premier League (IPL), in which his son-in-law has been indicted, is fair. The involvement of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is married to the daughter of the BCCI president, in the illegal betting case was proved by a court-appointed committee last month. The committee had been set up by the Supreme Court. Srinivasan should step down to ensure the probe is not hampered, a two-member bench said, asking the BCCI to file a detailed response to their position by Thursday. Srinivasan, regarded as the world's most powerful cricket administrator, is set to take over as chairman of the International Cricket Council board in July. Meiyappan was arrested in late May by Mumbai Police probing illegal betting on the lucrative Twenty20 IPL but was released on bail within two weeks. Legal sports betting in India is confined to horse racing. Local media claimed Meiyappan was chief executive of the Chennai Super Kings but the company that owns the IPL franchise, India Cements, said he was merely a member of team management. The scandal surfaced when former test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other local cricketers were arrested on suspicion of taking money to concede a fixed number of runs. Sreesanth, who had denied any wrongdoing, was subsequently banned for life by the BCCI. (Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty, writing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Peter Rutherford) There was a time when a railway minister resigned because of an accident in the railways but nowadays, railway ministers do not have the time even to visit the site of the railway accident, leave alone resigning. Instead, they are busy in their states, pleasing their bosses.Naturally this mentality percolates down and the BCCI president does not think it fit to resign although his son-in-law is caught with his pants down in a betting scandal, involving the BCCI president's team. I am happy with the Supreme Courts's decision.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Delhi Government Resignation Re-visited Is the middle class starting to have second thoughts about the Aam Aadmi Party? A key issue that seems to be bothering their minds is the recent resignation of the Kejriwal government in Delhi. There are some who say, “You had an opportunity to govern but you threw it all away because you were too ambitious and wanted to grow bigger, faster - let the BJP govern in 2014 and we’ll vote for you in 2019.” A simple thought comes to mind: Can we tolerate such extreme corruption in this country for another 5 years? Is choosing the lesser of the two evils the only way forward? Let us retrace the steps leading up to the resignation of the Kejriwal government in Delhi. When the Jan Lokpal bill was expected to be tabled in the assembly, Arvind Kejriwal had an on-stage interview in the midst of the Delhi Lit Festival where he had said categorically that if the bill can’t be passed, his government would resign. This was telecast live. The anchor was thrilled and at the same time surprised because, firstly, she knew she had just been delivered a TRP coup, and secondly, she was least expecting such a candid response from the young CM. In this day and age of Indian politics, it is almost impossible to find a leader who does not wish to hang on to power at any cost. Kejriwal’s critics will disagree, but his comments at the interview showed tremendous conviction and courage. There seemed be no doubt in his mind that if the centerpiece of AAP’s agenda couldn’t be passed, then there was no point in remaining in power. It was a principled stand. To him, it was not at all complicated. It’s not about being in power. It’s about bringing about systemic changes. And such changes won’t come about with a minority government. It was an incredible display of great clarity of thought and purpose, the kind of political leadership this country has not witnessed in the lifetime of most of its young population. Kejriwal’s critics can deride him all they want but it is these very attributes that endear him to most of his supporters whose numbers are growing by the minute. Politics might be the art of the possible. But unfortunately, that realm of possibility does not include making opposition politicians who are corrupt agree to laws that could eventually land themselves in jail! Resignation of the Delhi government was the only course of action. Next, let's look at the role of the other parties in this process. The Congress party tried to prevent the tabling of the bill by dragging the Lt. Governor into the mix and seeking constitutional avenues to provide roadblocks. Besides, the public session at Ram Leela Maidan that Kejriwal and team requested was turned down for flimsy security reasons. The BJP, on the other hand, tried to have it both ways. On the one hand, the BJP wanted to scuttle the bill too, but on the other hand, they could not appear to join hands with the Congress. So Harsh Vardhan tweeted saying, “We’ll support the bill.” Shortly thereafter, in the aftermath of the FIR against Mukesh Ambani, the BJP had to rethink and backtrack on its plans and decided instead to plunge the assembly into chaos. The reality is that neither party wanted the bill to be tabled. What’s wrong in having a discussion on the bill? How can there be dialog unless the bill is tabled? Clearly, AAP didn’t have the numbers and the Congress and BJP weren’t up to playing “ball.” Then, where is the question of negotiation? A strong anti-corruption deterrent has been the cornerstone of AAP’s agenda. So anyone who expects the AAP to compromise on corruption has completely misread this movement and what it represents. The AAP government was in an extraordinary situation, and there was no option left but to resign. As the saying goes, you can’t make omelets without breaking a few eggs. When I hear people branding AAP as being too early and unprepared to govern in 2014, I am reminded of 2008 when then-candidate Obama was rated by many as being inexperienced to lead America. He responded brilliantly in a speech in which he said, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." This was true then for America and I believe it is true for India today. It’s entirely up to us to seize the moment, or lose it forever. The above has been written by Pran Kurup for the Economic Times
Politically Inspired Technology - The AAP’s my.aamaadmiparty.org platform Very often, you find new technologies in search of a market. But in other instances, it is the reverse; new technology solutions are developed to address a specific need and then it turns out to be a winner. The rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has created some interesting opportunities for its young and technology savvy members to channelize their skills to solve pressing campaign problems. One of the primary goals of any political party involved in a campaign is to get access to data or information about its voters, its supporters, its members, its donors, etc. These “users” are scattered out across the globe and their identities are buried in various email systems, social networks and other Internet platforms. People from all over the world using a plethora of devices such as computers, phones, tablets, etc., to access and consume information, unwittingly leaving traces of their identity at most places. Then, in the physical world we have the age old technique of pen and paper based registration, hand written cheques, etc. How does a political party collate all this information and harness the true power of its support base and grow this over time? How does a party identify and target audiences with specific messages? How do you reach out to your volunteers for help? How do you cater to different language requirements in different states? How do you address relevant news to voters based on their profile and location? How do you target NRI news to the overseas audience? Ultimately, it’s about gathering data and intelligence and mining that to your advantage. With advancements in technology, there are plenty of commercial solutions out there that can assist with tackling this challenge. But trying to do things on a zero budget, while under extreme time pressure, but purely driven by sheer passion for a cause is an entirely different story. It is in this context that the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) newly launched “my.aamaadmiparty.org,” an innovative, first of its kind platform, built entirely by volunteers, makes a great story. One can register on the portal using credentials from Google, Facebook, Live, and Yahoo! So to start with, the registration process is just a simple click. Once you register, you have choice of becoming a member, volunteer, donor, etc. Further, you have the ability to create your own personal donation link which you can then pass on to your friends through email, social networks, etc. When this link is passed around and your friends donate to the party via that link, you get to see and keep track of it. In other words, you are not just a donor anymore, you are a donation generating engine of sorts. You can sit within the confines of your home, office, or pretty much anywhere, and fire away this link and generate donations for AAP. You could even be more aggressive and bombard your network with reminders. This network donation facility is called “The Ripple” as it slowly but surely flows through consenting adults’ bank accounts and credit cards to fuel the dreams and aspirations of the Aam Aadmi. In the true spirit of "Swaraj" these donations have been decentralized such that donors can actually donate to specific candidate at a constituency level. Further, the system has the ability to display targeted donations for specific candidates based on the user's profile information such as the constituency. For the die-hard AAP supporter, the system gives you the embed code that you could use to add your favorite candidate to your own personal website. Next, the system also gives you the ability to empower AAP to spread messages on your behalf on Twitter and Facebook. The portal can simultaneously fire a series of Tweets and posts on Facebook walls in a matter of minutes. This facility is rightly called the “Voice of AAP,” because each registrant can choose to become a carrier of AAP’s message. Most importantly, technology is letting the AAP do things for you with minimal effort on your side. A big part of technology is its ability to provide metrics. The portal keeps track of your efforts for you so you can actually put some value to your contributions to the AAP. The portal will be able to give you real time data about how you helped AAP - the donations you helped raise from your network, and the number of Facebook posts and tweets that were done on your behalf. What I have described here is only the tip of the iceberg. There is a whole host of things that can be done with this system and possible extensions, given the amount of data and intelligence that is available in just a few mouse clicks. One of the AAP’s biggest challenges after Delhi has been its inability to manage the huge groundswell of supporters and volunteers who desperately want to help the party. Today, AAP has a simple solution: join the network, and get to work or let the technology do some of the work for you instead! Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this platform is that it was built and setup entirely by volunteers burning the midnight oil for months from across the globe. These folks have had several virtual meetings but never met in person. The biggest common factor that unites them is their love for the country and their firm belief in AAP’s dream for India. Never before in the history of Indian politics have IT professionals been inspired to such an extent. No matter which way this election turns out, the AAP surely deserve credit for inspiring and motivating techies around the globe. The above has been written by Pran Kurup for The Economic Times
Our Politicians are not only crooks, they are also damned liars PRESS RELEASE The expenditure statements of political parties contain details of ‘lumpsum amount given to the candidates’ and the abstract statements of candidates provide information on ‘lumpsum amount received from the parties’. This report analyses the difference in the declarations made by political parties and their MPs on the lumpsum amounts granted and received as part of election expenditure during the Lok Sabha elections in 2009. A total of 388 MPs’ expenditure statements were analysed. And out of 277 MPs from national parties, a total of Rs 7,46,58,901 (~ Rs 7.46 crores) was declared by 75 MPs as received from their parties but the national parties have declared that Rs 14,19,12,228 (~ Rs 14.19 crores) was given to 138 MPs Of the regional parties, a total of 15 MPs from 12 different parties and belonging to 9 different states have mentioned various amounts as received from their respective parties which do not match with the affidavits submitted by the parties. Party-wise breakup of difference in amounts declared by the MPs: o Out of 123 MPs to whom INC has declared to have given lumpsum amounts for election expenditure, 81 MPs have declared NIL amount received. Shri Pranab Mukherjee who was given Rs. 15 lacs as declared by the party, has mentioned that no lump sum amount was received for his election expenses. Others include Subodh Kant Sahay, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Manish Tewari, Sachin Pilot, P. Chidambaram, Beni Prasad Verma, etc o BJP, on the other hand, reports that they did not financially support even one winning candidate but 25 MPs declared that they received a total of Rs 2,75,49,383 (~Rs2.75 crores) from their party. Party-wise grant to MPs given by national parties for Election Expenditure: o INC declared having given Rs 4.5 lakhs each to 2 MPs, Rs 5 lakhs each to 2 MPs, Rs 10 lakhs each to 116 MPs, Rs 15 lakhs each to 2 MPs and Rs 25 lakhs to 1 MP for their election expenditure o CPM declared having given a total of Rs 20.68 lakhs to 3 MPs, each receiving amounts below Rs 10 lakhs and Rs 144.60 lakhs to 10 MPs, each receiving more than Rs 10 lakhs Ministers’ declaration of election expenditure: o A total of Rs 3,45,50,000 (~Rs 3.45 crores) was given by INC to its 33 Ministers. 22 Ministers have declared they received no amount while only 4 have declared the same amount as their party’s declaration o Sriprakash Jaiswal (Minister of Coal), Dinsha Patel (Minister of Mines), P.Chidambaram (Minister of Finance) among 23 others have declared that they received no lumpsum amount from their parties while INC declared they gave a total of Rs 2.35 crores or an average of Rs 10 lakhs to these 23 MPs Recommendations of ADR: 1. Submission of Election Expenses by unrecognized parties Currently, the election expenditure statements have to be submitted only by national and recognized regional parties within 90 days after the elections and not by unrecognized parties. It would only improve financial transparency if all contesting parties disclosed their election expenditure during Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections. 2. Details of donors Details of the donors such as their names, companies, address and the individual contribution is unavailable for public scrutiny. Hence, a format similar to the donations report, submitted to the ECI on an annual basis, has to be prescribed so as to bring in more transparency in the functioning of the political parties especially during elections. The format should include all modes of payments such as Cash, DD, Cheque and Electronic transfer along with donors’ names. For more details on the difference in the declaration of election expenditure between political parties and their MPs, please refer to the attached document. file:///C:/Users/bajrang/Downloads/Comparison%20of%20declaration%20of%20election%20expenses%20of%20political%20parties%20and%20their%20MPs,%20Lok%20Sabha%202009.pdf 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
Muslims My Ass... Barack Obama, during his Cairo speech, said: "I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America 's history." AN AMERICAN CITIZEN'S RESPONSE I want to shake the guy's hand that wrote this... Have you ever seen a Muslim hospital? Have you heard a Muslim orchestra? Have you seen a Muslim band march in a parade? Have you witnessed a Muslim charity? Have you shaken hands with a Muslim Girl Scout? Have you seen a Muslim Candy Striper? The answer is no, you have not. Just ask yourself WHY ??? Dear Mr. Obama: Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians. Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians. Can you show me one Muslim signature on the: United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence ? Bill of Rights? Didn't think so. Did Muslims fight for this country's freedom from England ? No. Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America ? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half-brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as "pug nosed slaves." Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family's "rich Islamic heritage," doesn't it Mr. Obama? Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present. There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights. Where were Muslims during this country's Woman's Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the 'hajib' or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women's rights, aren't they? Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazis in killing Jews. Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren't flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East . No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day. Strangely, the very "moderate" Muslims whose asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day. And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the "rich heritage" Muslims have here in America ... Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslims. And now we can add November 5, 2009 - the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan . Also, don't forget the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.2013 was done by 2 Muslim Brothers. That, Mr. Obama, is the "Muslim heritage" in America Muslim Heritage, my ass. They tell us we shouldn't judge all Muslims by the actions of a few extremists, But we SHOULD judge all gun owners by the actions of a few extremists. Tea Time Middle East Cafe Two Middle East mothers are sitting in a cafe chatting over a plate of tabouli and a pint of goat's milk and tea. The older of the two pulls a small folder out of her handbag and starts flipping through photos. They start reminiscing. ''This is my oldest son, Mujibar. He would have been 24 years old now.'' ''Yes, I remember him as a baby.'' says the other mother cheerfully. "He's a martyr now though." the mother confides. "Oh, so sad dear...'' says the other. ''And this is my second son, Khalid. He would have been 21.'' ''Oh, I remember him,'' says the other happily, ''he had such curly hair when he was born.'' ''He's a martyr too...'' says the mother quietly. ''Oh, gracious me...'' says the other. ''And this is my third son. My baby. My beautiful Ahmed. He would have been 18'', she whispers. "Yes," says the friend enthusiastically, ''I remember when he first started school...'' ''He's a martyr also,'' says the mother, with tears in her eyes. After a pause and a deep sigh, the second Muslim mother looks wistfully at the photographs and, searching for the right words, says "They blow up so fast, don't they?" What Happened Doc? Obama got out of the shower and was drying off when he looked in the mirror and realized that he was white from his neckline to the top of his head.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Rats leaving a sinking ship Those people voting for Modi are truly frustrated with the Congress policy in the last 10 years. It is understandable, I too am frustrated with what the Congress has done. But do you know that by voting for Modi, you are just voting for ex-Congress people who are just leaving the Congress likes rats scurrying away from a sinking ship.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
JD(S) Delhi merges with AAP The Delhi state unit of Janata Dal (Secular) on Saturday merged itself into the Aam Aadmi Party. Led by its state president and chairman of the All India Muslim Ekta Manch, Haji Ikram Hasssan, hundreds of JD(S) workers were welcomed into the AAP by party leaders Professor Anand Kumar and Dilip Pandey. Among those who joined the party included JD(S) Delhi unit vice-president Haji Mohammad Yamin, secretaries Afzal Siddiqui, Haji Muteja and Kishan Lal. The JD(S) women’s wing president Sukshma Singh and secretary Sahiba Naqvi, spokesperson Shafiq Mohammad and vice-president Afzal Siddiqui also became the AAP members. Apart from the JD(S) a large number of BSP and Congress workers from the Delhi North East parliamentary constituency also joined the AAP and pledged their support for the party candidate Professor Anand Kumar. Addressing these workers from Gokulpuri, Babbarpur and Mustaffabad assembly segments of the North East parliamentary constituency, Professor Kumar and Dilip Pandey said the AAP is willing to welcome political activists with a clean track record into its fold who are ready to work for the eradication of corruption and communalism from the society. Professor Kumar said the AAP goal in the coming Lok Sabha elections is to ensure that honest MPs willing to fight dynastic politics and criminalization of politics are sent to the Lok Sabha. The JD(S), BSP and Congress workers who joined the AAP said they were impressed with the functioning the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi, which fulfilled its election promises of bringing down the electricity bills and providing free water to the residents. The AAP leaders appealed to these workers to take the message to the people that the Congress and BJP joined hands to bring down the Kejriwal government so that the pro-people measures started by it did not last long. Several leaders and workers from other parties are in touch with the AAP and are willing to join the party, but the decision will only be taken in case they are willing to endorse the core principles of the party I suppose, the Muslims are at last realizing the the Congress and the SP are using them as cannon fodder, to be used in elections and then thrown away as waste shells. AAP is the only party which will be take care of both the Hindus and the Muslims and all other castes because it will eradicate corruption and have plenty of funds for the development of the country and creation of jobs. Money is not a problem. There is plenty of money, it the utilization that is a problem. As Rajeev Gandhi said, only 10 % reaches the intended target. And with Modi, favouring industrialist like Mukesh Ambani, Adani and others, you can expect that prices will increase further if the BJP is brought to power.
The 10th list of Aam Aadmi Party Candidates has been announced. It contains 22 candidates, taking the overall total of candidates declared to 322. 1 Bihar Maharajganj Reena Rani 2 Bihar Jahanabad Dr.Chandra Bhushan Sharma 3 Bihar Paschim Champaran Anand Kaushal 4 Bihar Pataliputra Kundan Singh 5 Bihar Purvi Champaran Amit Kumar Choubey 6 Bihar Purnia Dr.Mukesh Kumar 7 Bihar Samastipur Ganesh Kumar Paswan 8 Bihar Sheohar Shatrugan Sahu 9 Gujarat Navsari Patel Mehoolkumar Thakorbhai 10 Gujarat Valsad Patel Govindbhai Ranchodbbhai 11 Jharkhand JAMSHEDPUR KUMAR CHANDRA MARDI 12 Kerala Kannur Sasidharan K V 13 Kerala Wayanad Abdulsageer 14 Maharashtra Mumbai North-Central Phiroze Palkiwala 15 Maharashtra Mumbai South-Central Sundar Balakrishnan 16 Rajasthan Nagaur Hanuman Ram Choudhary 17 Rajasthan Ganganagar Dr B K Panwar 18 Rajasthan Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Mukesh Tahria 19 Rajasthan Barmer Mangilal Gaur 20 Rajasthan Rajsamand Col PS Bhatnagar 21 Rajasthan Bikaner Dr Gaurishankar Dabi 22 Rajasthan Jaipur Rural Anil Godara Here is a brief description about these candidates. Reena Rani- Bhojpuri film actress and involved with social work. Dr.Chandra Bhushan Sharma - Aged 65 years , convener of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Jehanabad (Bihar).he is an educationist and worked in various educational institutions in East Bihar. Previously he was the Principal and Prof of MATH at:S.S College ,Jehanabad. He has worked 38 years in Administration and teaching at university/ college level. Served as Principal of Colleges for 22 yrs in Magadh University, in the role of Univ. professor, Reader and Lecturer in S.S college, Jehanabad (Bihar)..He gained popularity by initiating a series of developmental and constructive activities in Education system during his work,Highly recognized and respected for honesty, integrity, simplicity and discipline in life.He's been associated since Anna Andolan .He actively contributed in membership drive and made 7000 members . Anand Kaushal- He is working for the cause of teachers, against contractualization teacher and stability of financial consideration of teachers. Member of teacher's association, secretary of teacher's union (approx. strength of 3.5L). Kundan Singh- Ex-pilot,now retired. Father of Rahul Raj (the person who was killed in bus firing in Mumbai in 2008, during violence by MNS) Amit Kumar Choubey- about 45 years old Post Graduate in Hindi and PhD both from Delhi University, fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla, active in students and teachers movements, joined AAP after Delhi elections, very active since then in party work, currently teaching at the Bihar University in Muzaffarpur but belongs to nearby Poorvi Champaran. Dr.Mukesh Kumar- Age 46 years old: Highly qualified. He has a diagnostic lab and clinic in purnea. He serves poor and old at 50% discount rate. He has been secretary of IMA Purnea since last 2 years and is currently a spokesperson. He has been president of District Football association. He is a poet and has organized ‘Kavi sammelans’. Ganesh Kumar Paswan- Around 43 years: He has worked in Dubai till 2011. He has won election of Pramukh from Birual Block(which is a part of samastipur constituency). He contested Legislative assembly election on JD(S) ticket in last elections from Kusheshawar seat(a part of samastipur constituency) and got 5600 votes. He is financially sound. He is organizer of land struggles, successful in getting land redistributed. Shatrugan Sahu- Aged 43 years old.(OBC) M.Sc. in Physics and PG diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. All India general secretary of Chattra Janta Dal and All India vice president of Yuva Janta Dal. He resigned from JD(U) in 2008. He is a very active social worker and RTI activist. He sat on fast in Sheohar on 4th april 2011. Ever since then active in anna movment and joined party. He has been convenor of one of the zonal committees of Bihar. He is unmarried. A highly resourceful and socially well connected person. Patel Mehoolkumar Thakorbhai- He is very dedicated person. He is the convener of AAP Navsari. He was joining the party since mission buniad. He is in the communication with the different organization/ society and community. By profetion he is the builder. Patel Govindbhai Ranchodbbhai- He is the strong social activist had involved in so many social welfare movement. He has the political sense. He is the educated farmer. He is supported by AAP team Valsad. He have own volunteer. 1980 to 1997 with BJP, was Zila Panchayat sadasya. KUMAR CHANDRA MARDI- He is an important leader of popular struggles in Jharkhand . He is a. Santhal tribal. Jamshedpur is not a reserve seat. But tribals constitute around. 30 percent of voters. All other candidate s from major parties are nontribals. He has a good volunteer base . Sasidharan K V- A teacher by profession who has been involved with many social and humanitarian activities. He was involved with IAC movement from its beginning stages. Later became an active member of AAP and presently the District Coordinator of AAP in Kannur district. Has been a very strong supporter of communal harmony and has involved in many projects related to that. Abdulsageer- Practicing as an advocate for the last 10 years in various courts including the High Court of Kerala. A well known social worker who is closely associated with the Pain and Palliative Care activities in Manjeri. Was active in student politics during the college days and was the University Union Councilor of University of Calicut. Was also a very active member of the National Service Scheme (NSS). Phiroze Palkiwala- Advocate Phiroz Palkhivala is apractising council in the Bombay High Court for last two decades. He earned his Law degree from Givt. Law College, Mumbai and has appeared in numerious PIL's. His main interest is in Spirituality. Sundar Balakrishnan- Sunder has been actively involved with the AAP movement since India Against Corruption . He has been fighting against police atrocities and corrupt government officials in land grabbing cases, bringing, justice to many. He works with differently-abled children, and provides support to them. He is an expert in financial management, with an MBA degree from Narsi Monjee College, Mumbai Hanuman Ram Choudhary- Retired as executive engineer (PWD). Clean image. Worked with an NGO SERO for water conservation. Worked for creating awareness against “Mrutrubhoj”, directed a film “mausar” on the same issue. Worked with Samta Andolan. Has been vice president of Rajasthan Gymnastic Sangh for 20 years. Dr B K Panwar- Retired doctor from govt service. Is a known face with clean image. But he seems to be determined to contest elections anyhow. If not as AAP candidate, he may contest independent. Mukesh Tahria- Advocate by profession. Volunteering for party since andolan days. Fought against corruption during his tenure as district bar president in 2009. Has been extending free services to poor clients. Mangilal Gaur - Retired as district judge, worked as secretary and then convener of AAP Jodhpur. Shifted to Badmer a few months back being appointed as Lokayukta in MNREGA. Local volunteers proposed his name. He has a clean image and good support in the constituency. Col PS Bhatnagar- An Infantry Commando -served in Indian Army for almost three decades .across the length and breadth of our country ,,,mostly on Pakistan & China Borders. A keen environmentalist and a social worker , special awards from our late PM -Smt Indira Gandhi and Shri Dhanik Lal Mandal --erstwhile Governor of Punjab & Haryana for pioneering work in the field of environment Dr Gaurishankar Dabi- Highly qualified tribal candidate with doctorate on “Ahinsa Darshan”. Has been writing on issues like Domestic violence, female foetocide. Though not a known leader, he is a young dynamic tribal youth who believes in AAP philosophy Anil Godara- Fought against corruption in police department, himself being on duty. Sat on Dharna for ouster of a corrupt SP. Got good public support. Sat on hunger strike for 42 days, continued in Jail. Sat on dharna for 132 days opposite vidhansabha for the same issue. Well known face in local media for his fight against corruption.
How Mamta is funding her own elections with state funds Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday took a jibe at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for organising a fund raising dinner. Launching her Trinamool Congress' manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee mocked the AAP without naming it in an apparent reference to the recent fund-raising dinner organised in Bangalore during its leader Arvind Kejriwal's visit to the southern city. "Nowadays, people are even taking money for lunch and dinner. There are different prices for different seats. If you sit in front you pay more... maybe they had different prices for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, different rates for plain water and coloured water," said Banerjee with a chuckle. She also showed her amusement over "free water" promised by AAP in its manifesto. "I heard in some places there is tax on water. But here in Bengal people get it for free. I haven't heard that people will have to pay money to get water. In Bengal, water will always remain free," she said. Banerjee yet again seemingly targeted the newly formed AAP when she wondered how some recently established parties were getting "lakhs and lakhs" of rupees. "Electoral reform is one of our topmost priorities, and state funding of elections is imperative. Even parties newly formed are getting lakhs and lakhs of rupees. I can't understand from where they are getting this money," she said. Expressing anguish over India not adopting state funding of elections, unlike many foreign countries, Banerjee accused the parties of using money power to buy out the media and use them for their own ends. "This is not politics, parties have become hypocrites and they have no right to continue. That's why we say electoral reforms are our topmost priority," she said. Raising the issue of black money allegedly stashed in foreign tax havens, Banerjee said, her party will endeavour to create a preventive joint mechanism with foreign countries. Why is Mamta Banerjee complaining of funding of elections by the state. She is already funding her election with state funds. By giving lakhs of to each and every club in Bengal, she has bought for herself their allegiance and canvassing and booth capturing capabilities. What the CPM earlier did with their cadres, Mamta is now doing with the clubs and the many unions and cadres of the CPM who have switched sides. Contributions from dinners is a standard practise in the USA which Mamta Banerjee will not understand although she has tried to make Kolkata into London by installing trident lights, 30% of which have become defunct along the VIP road.
The Choice is Yours -Do you want to ring in the change or chose the same dark forces? We are at an important junction in the history of India. We can continue to vote for the dark forces as represented by some of the candidates on the right of the list below or we can select candates who can lead us out of the mess created in the last 66 years by the Congress and BJP. The choice is yours. It may take another 100 years for another Arvind Kejriwal to rise. Don't lose this opportunity.
The ninth list of 30 candidates of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the Lok Sabha elections is announced. With this list the total number of candidates declared by the AAP so far is now 317. 1 Assam KALIABOR Jinti Gogoi 2 Assam SILCHAR Abdul Mannan Barbhuiya 3 Chattisgarh Kanker Santosh Kumar 4 Chattisgarh Jangir-Champa Dadooram Manhar 5 Chattisgarh Rajnandgaon Bhaskar Dwivedi 6 Gujrat Patan Patel Atulbhai Karshanlal 7 Gujrat Amreli Nathalal Sukhadiya 8 Gujrat Surendranagar Jethabhai manjibhai Patel 9 Karnatka Koppal Shivakumar N. Tontapura 10 Karnatka Belgum Muttappa C. Angadi 11 Karnatka Bijapur Sridhar Narayankar 12 Karnatka Uttara Kannada Raghavendra Thane 13 Karnatka Hassan Santhosh MohanGowda 14 Karnatka Udupi-Chikmagalur Gurudev S H 15 Karnatka Chitradurga Mohan Dasari 16 Karnatka Mandya K.V.Kumar 17 Karnatka Mysore Padmamma M.V. 18 Karnatka Bellary ShivakumarGiriyappaMalagi 19 Karnatka Haveri Hassan Ali Sirquazi 20 Karnatka Davanagere Basavaraj K J 21 Karnatka Chamraj Nagar Sampath Kumar 22 Karnatka Bagalkot Kutubuddin B Kazi 23 Karnatka Tumkur A.S.D’Silva 24 Kerala Alappuzha D Mohanan 25 Maharashtra Gadchiroli-Chimur Dr. Rameshkumar Baburoaji Gajbe 26 Maharashtra Hingoli Vithal Namdeorao Kadam 27 Odisha Bolangir Saraswati Nanda 28 WB Raiganj Pasharul Alam 29 WB Kolkata Dakshin Mudar Pathreya 30 WB Barrackpur Mihir Biswas Here is a brief profile of the candidates. Jinti Gogoi- Jinti Gogoi is an Assam State Campaign Committee member. She has been a RTI activist. She is Ex- Nari Mukti Sangram Samiti Publicity Secretary the women wing of KMSS. She was a member of Assam State Preparatory Committee of AAP. The Kolibor seat is a dynastic seat held by Assam CM Tarun Gogoi’s family. Abdul Mannan Barbhuiya- Abdul Mannan Barbhuyia is a social activist with wide ranging experience in banking industry in India & abroad. He is connected with several organizations and actively working at grass roots in rural Silchar. Santosh Kumar- Santosh (40) is young leader of labour union in tribal area of Kanker and Balod. He has been involved with CITU at Bhilai Steel Plant Mines union in Dallirajhara . He is a young tribal activist has raised voice against illegal mining and labours rights in bastar. Through various agitations he raises the issue of labour and tribal rights on industrialization of Bastar region. Dadooram Manhar- Dadooram (36) a post graduate in Bio Science belongs to dalit community of Chhattisgarh. He has been very active for social and economic upliftment of his dalit Satnami community through voluntary organisation. He is secretary of Satnami samaj of Janjgir and has been organising meetings of panchayat raj representatives for rural development. Dadooram has been associated with Jan lokpal andolan and is active member of AAP since its formation. Bhaskar Dwivedi- Bhaskar Dwivedi (41) as Chairman of NGO has worked for the upliftment and empowerment of tribal farmers and rural society particularly for the socially and economically vulnerable of Rajnandgaon, Kawardha and Dhamtari districts. As Secretary of Chhattisgarh Voluntary Health Association he supports innovative health development programme at grassroot level with active participation of the people. He promoted social enterprise for good quality agro inputs and dissemination of agro technology to rural farmers in far flung areas. As an activist and co founder of Chhattisgarh Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti he led several movements for education in Chhattisgarh. He has led farmer agitations on various issues including paddy bonus, minimum support price etc. Patel Atulbhai Karshanlal- He is young and dynamic. He is involved in several social activities. He is supported by our local volunteer team. He is not involved ever in any political party and he is person with a clean image. He has the sprit to contest. Nathalal Sukhadiya - Nahtathala is our state executive and campaign committee member. He was involved in IAC movement and active member of Aam aadmi party from the very bigining. He is very young, aggressive and dynamic person. He is a RTI activist. Shivakumar N. Tontapura- Shivakumar is an amazing story of exemplary work despite physical impediment, of complete visual impairment(blind). His achievements can outclass anyone else’s, especially those with all physical senses and limbs intact. His numerous achievements are hard to be listed in any profile. Following is only a small excerpt of tall achievements: Shivakumar, who started his first social endeavour in 1988 with a hostel for youth without any government grant, subsequently established a voluntary educational institution that employed 70 educated youth. He worked for a donation-less education to hundreds of children through his two educational institutions. He established Balvadis for children of poor working women and cooli workers.Shivakumar is well known for his work for physically exploited women and children, providing shelter, rehabilitation and counselling for them, opening residential schools for orphans and children of cooli workers and for forming self-help groups in many villages, including 150 earthworm units for organic farm development helping the villagers. For his various social and community work, he has received many awards, including the Servant of the Poor award in Delhi in 2007. Considering his enormous contribution to the society and ability to transform the economy of the rural areas, AamAadmi Party is fielding him from the Koppal parliamentary constituency. Muttappa C. Angadi- MuttappaAngadi, or Muttu as he is publicly known among his friends and farmers across the Belgaum district, is a young lad from the rural areas who chose agricultural entrepreneurship as his profession. Facing the same routine economic problems that affect our rural youth to pursue education, he helped the district to turn green with his business of spreading and distributing agricultural technology, tools and resources. His efforts helped the district farmers to enhance productivity which significantly improved their living standards, making him a favourite among the farming community. Hand in hand with his agricultural enterprise, Muttu has also fought against the corrupt practices of government officials affecting all people in the district. He had led an anti-corruption drive at the District Hospital and local government clinics. Young and energetic MuttuAngadi has also been the face of the AamAadmi Party in the district and well respected by his volunteer team. He has built a team of youthful volunteers and senior citizen in his support. MuttappaAngadi is AAP’s young candidate from Belgaum. Sridhar Narayankar- Sridhar holds a Diploma in plastic mould technology and is currently pursuing a degree in industrial engineering. He is one of the young entrepreneurs in the party, having come up in life in difficult circumstances – he is the proprietor with a chemical and fertiliser firm in Bijapur catering to the highly critical agricultural sector. He has won two national awards for micro/ SSI enterprises – Great Achievers Award and RashtriyaUdyogSammanPuraskar, in the years 2008 and 2009. Sridhar’s social work revolves around his role as the general secretary of ParisaraRakshanaVedike (ಪರಿಸರ ರಕ್ಷಣಾ ವೇದಿಕೆ) which manages the pollution control issues in the district. AAP is fielding him from Bijapur (SC Reserved) parliamentary constituency. Raghavendra Thane- Raghavendra is an example of the hardworking youth of this country using his education to set up own business and promote employment among several qualified youth. He has successfully established multi-chain of Ice Cream outlets on a pan-India level. At the same time, Raghu as he is known among friends, has taken up responsibilities in promoting and building AAP volunteer teams in many parts of North Karnataka. Santhosh MohanGowda- Santhosh Mohan is a coffee planter as well as an advocate. One more of the success story of the AamAadmi Party becoming the face of the young generation – as a young professional, Santhosh was moved by the revolution created by the party and became an instant member and volunteer holding fort in Hassan district. Santhosh has worked on several anti-corruption initiatives for the benefit of the general public. Santhosh is fielded from the Hassan parliamentary constituency. Gurudev S H- Gurudev is a young professional engineer qualified in computer science and is currently working for a private company. He is the Son of a progressive Farmer and President of BharatiyaKrishikSamaj, in KoppaTaluk of Chikmagalur district. He is an environmentalist, hailing from the ecologically rich Shringeri region on the borders of Udupi and Chikmagalur districts. He has taken up issues concerning the Western Ghats, being the most fragile ecosystem in the world which is subjected to constant threats like monoculture plantations, Mining, new Hydel power projects and unscientific development practices. He has taken up issues of marginal farmers, environmental activism aggressively in social media and is keen to take the message to the masses in chikmagalur. As a true face of the young India and protector of the fragile ecosystem of the western ghats, Gurudev is fielded from the Udupi-Chikmagalur parliamentary constituency. Mohan Dasari- Mohan is another young face of the party, having worked in various districts of Karnataka promoting the ideals of the AamAadmi Party and building the organisation at grass root level. He qualified as a technology professional from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Suratkal and then went to do his Masters with BITS, Pilani. He is the founder chairman of Aarushi Foundation –a NGO that sponsors high school education to financially backward students – having sponsored around 200 such students. The NGO was a result of seeing many bright students opting out of higher education due to financial constraints. Representing the enterprising youth brigade of the party, Mohan Dasari is fielded from Chitradurga (SC Reserved) constituency. K.V.Kumar- KV Kumar is a self employed professional with diverse experience in visual and print media. He started CATV small scale industries in Mandya in 1990, later mega cable TV network called MTN (Mandya Television Network). He started editing a local newspaper ‘NeladaHodlu’ in 1999 and Pouravani from 2010, which is a newspaper founded by noted freedom fighter, HS Doraiswamy in 1941. He has also been active in the social circles and public service for the last 20 years with public awareness programs through the TV on subjects like child marriage, human rights violations, gender identity etc. He has conducted joint venture program with Judicial department giving free legal service to economically backward people. Provided detailed knowledge sharing for the farmers with agricultural experts on soil testing, insect problems, water management, horticultural crops etc. He also holds the position of joint secretary in the District Horticultural Society. He has helped the general public, especially farmers, in bringing their problems to the attention of the district and state administration. Padmamma M.V. - Padmamma is a familiar face as the coordinator and treasurer of the Oneness University, for several districts in Karnataka, which organises events related to rural development and spiritual growth. An experienced campaigner of AAP’s first election in Delhi Assembly, Padmamma has been part of the party’s Mysore team as a Treasurer initially, and Co-convenor of late, organising several events. Padmamma has been part of many social and community awareness programs including planting of trees, blood donation etc. Padmamma is fielded from Mysore parliamentary constituency. ShivakumarGiriyappaMalagi- ShivakumarMalagi holds a masters degree in journalism and actively works in his profession for the last 8 years, but belongs to a farmer’s family. He has used the power of pen to unearth the mining scam in Bellary in close association with Sri S R Hiremath, which has resulted in probe and imprisonment of several ministers involved in wrong-doing. Shivakumar is also active on the social front, working closely with noted anti-corruption crusader, Sri S R Hiremath who leads three major organisations - of SamajParivartanSamudaya, Jan SangramParishadand the National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources. Shivakumar is a founding day member of the AamAadmi Party, having participated in the launch of the party on 26 November 2012. He has worked closely with the AAP team in New Delhi on the illegal mining cases of Karnataka. Young and energetic anti-corruption activist ShivakumarMalagi is fielded to provide an alternative to the mining-scam affected people of Bellary. Hassan Ali Sirquazi- Hassan Ali is aged 61 and has worked with the community and the society in several endeavours. As a former Railways employee, he has helped many people in getting their pensions and compassionate pensions for his railway employees. He has also worked for the CAG and portions of his report were quoted in CAG’s presentations to the parliament. As a true aamaadmi with concerns of taking care of the poor in society, he has visited government primary schools and taken classes on a completely voluntary basis for rural youth in the subjects of science and mathematics. He has helped many school dropouts to come to the mainstream since 1972 and also conducted adult education classes. He has also volunteered to get health facilities to the poor from his village to get treatment and care in government hospitals. Hassan and his family have been involved in providing support in arranging marriages of poor people, including inter-caste marriages. Hassan Ali is being fielded from the Haveri parliamentary constituency. Basavaraj K J- Mr.Basavaraj K J holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mysore University. He has worked as an Assistant General Manager at M/s Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd. He has extended his services to the NGO ‘Rani KitturChennamma Welfare Trust’. The trust is instrumental in providing free education to poor rural children & skill development training programmes for poor rural women in Davangere district. He was associated with Anna movement in 2011 and was a prominent face in organising jathas across Davangere district and also participated in rallies conducted in Bangalore. Basavaraj is fielded from Davanagereloksabha constituency. Sampath Kumar- Mr.Sampath Kumar runs his own enterprise, Sohan Associates and is a graduate in civil engineering. He is the secretary of an NGO called OWP and has organised activities like free health camps, educational camps, etc. His ambition is to realise the dream of decentralisation, empowerment of people and implement the true meaning of ‘By the people, for the people and of the people’. Sampath Kumar is fielded from Chamraj Nagar loksabha constituency. Kutubuddin B Kazi- Mr.KutubuddinKazi’s primary occupation is that of farming. has been instrumental for many years to provide rail connectivity to Bagalkot. He has initiated many agitations and petitions to the railway authorities. In 2008, he also undertook a 33 day fast which resulted in a new rail connectivity in the Hubli division of Indian Railways. KutubuddinKazi is fielded from BagalkotLoksabha constituency. A.S.D’Silva- Mr D’Silva is a former Assistant Commissioner and Deputy SP of Central Bureau of Investigation – Anti Corruption & Banking Fraud Cell, Bangalore. He has rendered 37 years of meritorious service including work on white collar criminals. He is currently the editor & publisher of English fortnightly magazine – “India Vahini” in Bangalore. With active interest in educational field, he currently is the President of the Mount Mary Educational Society and he supports neglected and downtrodden children’s education. He has the vision to provide education to poor children and work to eradicate corruption from all levels of society. Mr D’Silva is fielded from Tumkur loksabha constituency. Dr. Rameshkumar Baburoaji Gajbe- He is a postgraduate Doctor of medicne, and has been an independent MLA from Chimur in 1995. He was a Minister of State in Narayan Rane's cabinet, and has handled Trade, Commerce and Mining portfolios. Since mid-eighties, he has been working with Advasis; fighting for their constitutional rights. He has a close understanding of the issues plaguing the farmers of Vidarbha, and has worked tirelessly for their welfare Vithal Namdeorao Kadam - Dr. Kadam works as a College Principal as well as a Farmer in Umerkhed Taluka in Yavatmal District. He earned a postgraduate degree in 1988 and a Ph.D. in 2002. He is strong supporter of Anna Hazare's JanLokpal movement. Dr. Kadam has also been an anti-corruption crusader for many years, and has been actively involved in Farmers' movement. Saraswati Nanda - She has worked in Social non-government and government sector for last 10 years. Being an educated and strong women she has worked on issues of starvation and exploitation of migration laborers. Currently she is the member of Collector's Grievance cell working toward solving Women issue. She has worked as project officer of Nehru Yuvak Sangathan in 285 Panchayats. She has actively participated in fighting against local issues and she strongly believes that AAM AADMI party is the long sought alternative in Odisha.
Friday, March 21, 2014
The two Seat Conundrum in Elections The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday announced Vadodara as the second constituency from where party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Apart from Vadodara, Modi is also contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. In an obvious bid to halt the Modi ripple effect in eastern UP, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has decided to contest the Azamgarh seat in Uttar Pradesh, too. His candidature from Mainpuri, which he represents in the Lok Sabha, has already been announced. The Yadav supremo is learnt to be planning to win both the seats and then vacate Mainpuri for Prateek to contest in the by-election. Vacating strongholds for family members seems to be a tradition in the family, and has happened earlier in Ferozabad, Kannauj, Sambhal and Budaun. Akhilesh had won Ferozabad and Kannauj in 2009. He vacated the former from where his wife Dimple Yadav contested but lost to Raj Babbar in the by-election. Later, Akhilesh vacated Kannauj when he became CM, and Dimple won unopposed from there. Mulayam has similarly left Sambhal and Budaun in the past for close relatives. The SP has won the Azamgarh seat twice. It is indeed ironical that Ramakant Yadav, who won the seat for SP both the times, will now be posing a strong challenge to the SP supremo as the BJP nominee this time. However, party leaders are more than confident that once Mulayam is there, Ramakant would stand no chance. "When 'netaji' is himself in the contest, Ramakant would stand nowhere," said senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal. Muslims, Yadavs and all backwards would go with Mulayam, he added. The above is a scourge, a crime committed on the nation and the people. It should be stopped immediately. I am gland the Supreme Court has taken up the matter and this will be the last election where this crime will be allowed.
Some famous Ayaram - Gayarams in the 2014 elections Satpal Maharaj: The sitting Congress MP from Pauri Garwhal in Uttarakhand provoked this list. A Congressman for years, he has chosen to cross over to the BJP in a year that the party is given its best shot at grabbing power at the Centre. The former union minister said he was upset at the way the Congress had treated workers in his constituency. Rahul Narvekar: The articulate, youthful Shiv Sena spokesman joined Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party on March 17. He was instantly rewarded with a Lok Sabha ticket from Maval. Mr Narvekar said he was quitting the Sena because he was being denied his due. He had been forced to sit out of the legislative council elections in Maharashtra after being conferred a ticket. Mohan Rawale: It's not just the young ones. This five-term Shiv Sena MP too has joined the NCP. Rawale was expelled from Shiv Sena in December for stoking dissidence. Jagdambika Pal: Famous for being the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for three days, Jagdambika Pal, the sitting Congress MP from Domariyaganj, is contesting as a BJP candidate this time. With the Congress on a sticky wicket in UP, the only way he could have saved his Lok Sabha seat was to ride on the BJP's surge. Col (Retd.) Sona Ram Choudhary: The two-term former Congress MP from Barmer is causing serious problems in the BJP "parivaar" he joined recently. Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje reportedly wants to field him as the BJP candidate in Barmer, a seat that senior leader Jaswant Singh has his heart set on. Ram Kripal Yadav: Lalu Prasad's closest aide stunned political circles by joining the BJP earlier this month. He was miffed that Lalu decided to field his daughter from Patliputra, the Bihar seat he wanted to contest. The BJP is now fielding him from there. Vijay Singh Kushwaha: A close friend of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and husband of state industries and disaster management minister Renu Kushwaha has been fielded as the BJP candidate from Madhepura. His wife quit Nitish Kumar's cabinet too. Hema Gamang: The former Congress MP and wife of former Odisha chief minister Giridhar Gamang has joined Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal, seen as the likely winner of this year's elections in the state - Parliament and assembly. Bidyut Mahato: A sitting Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, or JMM lawmaker from Baharagora in Jharkhand joined the BJP earlier this week. Hours later, he was announced as the BJP candidate from Jamshedpur. Purnamasi Ram: The JD(U) MP from Gopalganj was expelled on February 27 for indulging in anti-party activities. He has now joined Congress, and has been allotted the party ticket from Gopalganj.
Kejriwal expels two party members for allegedly offering tickets to contest polls in exchange for bribes
Kejriwal expels two party members for allegedly offering tickets to contest polls in exchange for bribes New Delhi, Mar. 21 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal expelled two prominent members on Friday for allegedly offering tickets to contest in the upcoming general election in exchange for bribes. On the account of complaints received the party had initiated a probe into the alleged issue of promising party ticket to an aspirant in favour of money. Kejriwal expelled Convener of the party in Awadh, Aruna Singh and a treasurer of the party in the district of Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh. "We could not believe it initially, then probed into the complaints we received. So, on the account of the evidence we have gathered, today we are expelling the convenor of Awadh zone, Aruna Singh and Ashok who was the treasurer of Hardoi," said Kejriwal. Kejriwal appealed the people and media to expose the people within AAP who were corrupted. He also added that if somebody offers money to such fraudsters, it will be a complete waste of it. "Here, money can't buy tickets, even if you give money to somebody, your money will be wasted. If somebody asks for money from you, it is my request to you to record the person's voice using a recorder and give it us. We will not keep the person in the party more than 24 hours. We will dismiss the person expeditiously," added Kejriwal. He cautioned the aspirants who wish to contest from AAP not to indulge in such activity.. (ANI)
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The 8th list of Aam Aadmi Party Candidates has been announced comprising of 19 candidates. With this, AAP has announced 287 candidates in all. Bihar Patna Sahib Parveen Amanullah Bihar Siwan Rahul Kriti Singh Bihar Vaishali Rajmangal Prasad Bihar Jhanjharpur Tiliya Devi Bihar Sitamarhi Kishori Das J&K Anantnag Tanveer Maqbool Dar J&K Jammu Harbans Lal Bhagat Jharkhand Khunti Dayamani Barla Jharkhand HAZARIBAGH Mithilesh Kumar Dangi Jharkhand Chatra Kumari seema Chandravashi Jharkhand PALAMAU Kishundhari Ram Jharkhand KODARMA Vijay Chaursia Jharkhand GIRIDIH Surjit Singh Jharkhand Ranchi Amanullah Aman Kerala Vadakara Ali Akbar Kerala Ponnani Shylock PV Maharashtra Latur Deepratna Nilangekar Maharashtra Kolahpur Narain Gundu Powar MP TIKAMGARH Ramesh Verma