Sunday, October 16, 2011

PM Signals Dilution Of RTI act And Ignites Nationwide Debate

About two days back Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that there is need to make few changes in RTI act, but if we take a look at the history of the formation of this act, we will get to know that it took years of debate and went though number of changes and reviews before seeing the daylight, and if we take a look at its present state then we get to know that information like:-
  • Information related to sovereignty and integrity of nation,
  • Information forbidden by court of law,
  • Discloser of information which could cause the breach of parliament,
  • Information related to trade secrets,
  • Information received in confidence from foreign Government,
  • Information which could endanger the life or physical safety of a person,
  • Information which could impede the process of investigation,
  • Cabinet papers including records of deliberation of council of ministers, secretaries and officers,
  • Personal information which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual

Have already been excluded from RTI, now is there any further room to dilute it? And still if any attempt is made to dilute RTI law then it will make it ineffective, and in that case there will be no purpose of this act, so in that case instead of diluting it, it’s better it should be abolished.

We have heard several members of UPA boasting and praising themselves for making an RTI act, and they hardly ever get tired of taking credit for it, and they consider it as the biggest achievement of UPA government, and now by signaling some changes in RTI they are actually planning to kill their own achievement.

In the recent past some members of UPA have expressed the need to make changes in RTI, and it’s understandable because they might have been feeling uncomfortable due to RTI, but when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is known for his impeccable integrity and Image, behind whom entire UPA hides its sins says so, then it’s really unfortunate and a matter of deep disappointment, and before making such statement he must have realized that by diluting RTI law he is not going to do any favor or service to the nation on the contrary UPA will lose its whatsoever remaining credibility among people of India.

In the short span of life of RTI we have seen its effects, It brought some transparency in the system and proved itself as an effective tool in fighting corruption and poor governance, we have seen the number of scams and irregularities exposed and revealed by RTI, like how can we undermine the role of RTI in exposing Adarsh society scam, CWG scam, Mining scam, 2G scam and many other scams and irregularities which may not have been exposed without RTI.

But when P.M says that RTI should not affect the work of government then he actually means that RTI applications are acting as hindrance in functioning of government, and when he says so, he must also explain how RTI is affecting the work of government and it’s functioning.
There is high probability that PM gave such statement because of the recent 2G mess which troubled government for about 7-8 days, in which a Finance Ministry note revealed that, then Finance Minister P.chidambaram is responsible for not auctioning 2G spectrum, and may be because of this revelation which was done through RTI, now UPA government is trying to dilute this law Itself, so that they don’t land into any further embarrassment, and in other words UPA actually is trying to shoot the messenger.

It’s a well known fact now, that RTI has actually empowered the common-man of this nation, and for Indian nationals RTI has proved out to be a weapon by the medium of which, even a common-man can question the authorities, there have been several incidents in which during judicial proceedings people have produced facts derived by RTI proving that other side is lying.
And UPA is willing to dilute such an important law, and if they actually plan to do it, then before that, they must explain to the people of this country why they are doing so? But according to my understanding it seems that UPA which is completely cornered by scam after scam is doing it under panic, they first deliberately ignited this debate by the medium of their members, and now they brought their “big gun” the Prime Minister to signal it, and to get the mood of the nation.
But the message which comes out from these things is that, the activities of UPA are suspicious, and it raises some serious doubts on the intentions of UPA, and the only means by which UPA can put an end on all these doubts is, by stating publicly and assuring people of this nation that, they are not going to dilute RTI.
We have also seen that there have been some demands of bringing corporate under RTI law, and instead of strengthening RTI, UPA is planning to dilute it?

Even if after getting the sense of nation on this issue, and after watching the outrage spread across the nation on this stand of UPA, if still UPA is planning to move ahead with their suspicious intentions and approach, then they must also get prepared to face the wrath of common man.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Law Minister Salman Khurshid wants different set of laws for Industrialists and businessmen

Law Minister Salman Khurshid is bashed by supreme court on his controversial statement in which he said putting businessmen and industrialists in prison  will affect the investments in the nation, and it seems that his party and government also agrees with such remarks as no one within the UPA including P.M has objected or questioned his statement.

Most ironic thing here is that such comments have come from none other than but the Law Minister himself, and if we try to analyze his statement it appears that he is proposing different law for corrupt businessmen and industrialists, and he expects judiciary to go soft on the cases against such corrupt businessmen, another perspective of his views is that Law Minister of the world’s largest democracy wants to impose different set of rules for different people, and is actually willing and suggesting to compromise with corruption, and just like government he wants judiciary to turn a blind eye on the corruption spread by industrialists and businessmen, and it’s evident that Khurshid believes that investors have the moral right to spread corruption.

But here I would also like to point out that there is a large group of Industrialists and businessmen in our country who are concerned about the corruption spread by the nexus of Industrialists, Politicians and Bureaucrats, and few days back we saw that 14 businessmen along with some eminent citizens of our country wrote letter to P.M expressing their concerns on this nexus.

So it’s clear that Industrialists and businessmen don’t agree with statement of Law Minister Salman Khurshid and as far as common man is concerned he has already cleared his stand by coming on the street and supporting Lokpal Movement.

Now if we take a  look at the entire picture we realize that this government is neither concerned about the views of Industrialists nor it's concerned about the views of common man, and it figures that all they are concerned about is the corrupt people, and there is not even an iota of doubt left that UPA government is trying to protect these corrupt people so that the nexus between these corrupt businessmen, politicians and bureaucrats doesn’t get exposed and UPA doesn’t gets to face further embarrassment.

It really becomes a matter of deep concern when a Law Minister of a democratic country has such bizarre views on such serious issue, and especially at the time when entire nation is fed up of the rampant corruption spread everywhere, and instead of ensuring that justice is done and law isn't misused by powerful people, if law minister himself believes in double standards how come he is going to help and eradicate corruption? And in my view a person with such ideology neither deserve nor has a right to be a part of government in any possible way.  

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dubious Approach Of UPA On Lokpal Bill

Law Minister Salman Khurshid said that central government is planing to make Lokpal a constitutional body and we all know from where did this concept came from, most of us remember the “legendry speech” given by the uncrowned “prince of Congress” during the zero hour in the last monsoon session on Lokpal bill, where he referred his speech as “elevating the level of debate”, and suggested to make Lokpal a constitutional body, and he called it a “game changing idea”, some people did praised the idea, and undoubtedly its good for nation to have Lokpal as a constitutional body, but it’s also important that we don’t forget the ground reality.

But I think that may be the person who wrote “Rahul baba’s” speech was uninformed about fact, that to make a constitutional body a constitutional amendment is required and for doing so 2/3rd majority is needed, and Congress is running a coalition government, so how do they plan to make Lokpal a constitutional body ? If they are counting on opposition then let’s be realistic that they haven’t even discussed this issue properly within their own party and UPA itself, so forget about the opposition, and there are lots of people within the congress  who are not in favour of strong Lokpal bill, even in the standing committee it’s not discussed to make Lokpal a constitutional body and events from the past like press statements from congressmen, and recently released audio tapes of joint committee justifies my above point, and because of these hard facts and looking at present political scenario Rahul’s idea was completely rubbished by most of the political pundits, and it was seen as an attempt to project a mirage in front of people.

We must also not forget that it’s the same UPA government which was sleeping since past seven years on the issue of Lokpal Bill, and prepared a handicapped “Jokepal” bill instead of Lokpal, and at one point of time they were not even willing to deal with the civil society led by Anna Hazare, and most of the members of UPA have dismissed and rubbished the demands of civil society, but now this sudden change of stand does raises the eyebrows and also puts a question mark on the connotation of government because Rahul Gandhi’s idea is a actually like a five year plan and far from reality, and people are looking at it as another delaying tactic, and because congress is blindly willing to execute this idea it also raises a question-mark on their intentions, because according to me either they are trying to play another trick with the people of this nation and all these statements are merely an eyewash and an attempt to buy some time, or they are just trying to fulfil the childish and unrealistic demands of their “prince” and in both the cases I don't see our nation getting a strong Lokpal in near future unless government act  upon it honestly,

I would have really appreciated If Rahul Gandhi would have said that lets make an independent Lokpal with available resources with no further delay, and if we again come in power with 2/3rd majority then we will make it a constitutional body, but alas his speech was like consoling a hungry man with a mango seed in his hand and saying look I’ve got a mango seed and I am going to sow it in ground, and when fruit comes on tree then you can eat them.

There are some people who are giving a logic that Prime Minister has given an assurance to Team Anna and an unanimous resolution has been passed in parliament, then why did they campaigned against Congress ? But my simple question to them is how can we take PM’s assurance on face value when he didn’t fulfil his assurance which he did to nation when UPA came in power? And Team Anna got the sense of the house on only three key issues of Lokpal not on all aspects of the Janlokpal, so it’s not right to blame them for campaigning against congress, as congress failed to give them support letter in favour of Janlokpal Bill whereas other parties did so without failing, and also whatever they did was not against the law of the land, so there is no point in questioning them. It’s been 43 years since this country is waiting for an ombudsman law, and now this matter is in public domain and because people are running out of patience, no further delay is acceptable.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Digvijay Singh Fails To Digest Taste Of his Own Medicine

Digvijay Singh has filed FIR against 10 websites including Youtube,Twitter,Orkut and Facebook because of the "so called" derogatory comments mentioned by people against him on these websites, but in my opinion Digvijay Singh is an extremely lucky person because he did managed to file FIR on this issue, and that has been possible only because he is a Congress leader, and if he had not been a congress leader then no such absurd attention seeking stunt would have been entertained by the Police, Digvijay actually needs to introspect and think that why such comments were made against him on these websites, that's what he should be doing rather than trying such stupid gimmicks.

I am a firm believer in Newton's third law of motion which says that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and if my memory serves me right then Digvijay has been suffering from a verbal Diarrhea since past few years, and he has been making baseless, stupid and really annoying statements since quite some time now, which has gradually developed a deep outrage among people, and since a common man doesn’t have liberty to go to media and have his say, a common man uses the platform of social networking websites to express himself and his views, and according to me Digvijay has only himself to blame for this public outrage, Digvijay should take it as a lesson and a accept the fact  that this is his real image in front of a common man of this country, and it’s  high time he decides to go for an image makeover and try to change people’s opinion towards him, by stopping himself from making careless and baseless statements, that’s what he should be exactly doing rather than running like a headless chicken and filing FIR’s.

Let us have a look at financial irregularities, allegations and cases filed against Digvijay:-
In 2001 Income Tax Department seized a diary maintained by an illegal liquor manufacturer which had name of Digvijay listed in it, and there was also clearly  mentioned that Digvijay had been paid the bribe of 100 million. 
In 2004 M.P Police registered a case against Digvijay in a land scam under prevention of corruption act.  
on 12TH Feb 2009 a case of cheating and corruption was filed against Digvijay. 
Needless to mention that he managed to get away every time because of the hand of his political bosses over him, Now with this background what right does Digvijay has to question the details of money spent during Janlokpal movement and demanding the details of the money source of Baba Ramdev ?

Now recalling those bizarre and ridiculous statements made by him in recent past which brought him the wrath of common man :-
Few months back Digvijay said Ramdev was, is and will remain a “Thug”(crook), now will a responsible political leader ever make such statement against a spiritual guru ?

Some days back Digvijay said Anna Hzare is surrounded by wrong company of people, but has he ever realized that this very same statement is actually 100% applicable on Dr. Manmohan Singh (may be even Manmohan Singh is sorry for this bitter fact),and I suppose I don’t need to mention names like Sharad Pawar, A.Raja(to whom PM once gave clean chit and these days A.Raja is found in Tihar Jail), Dayanidhi Maran, P.Chidambaram, Praful Manoharbhai Patel, Kamalnath etc.(well there is a very long list and if I start pointing out their names one by one, then I guess no member of cabinet will remain untouched ).

Digvijay didn’t even spared person like Justice Santosh Hegde and launched a verbal attack on him too, and as a result people were extremely unhappy about those remarks.

Digvijay called Anna Hazare the mask of RSS which boiled the anger of common man against him.

Interestingly Digvijay is the only person in India who wanted Osama bin Laden to be buried according to proper Islamic rituals and had further objected to the way Osama’s body was buried in sea.
Not to forget it’s the same Digvijay who refers to Osama as Osama “Ji” and calls Baba Ramdev a “Thug”(crook). Now what does he expect from common man after all this ?A garland of flowers ?

Also not to forget his infamous statement which he gave on Batla house encounter demeaning the martyrdom of Mohan Chand Sharma and trying to appease the Muslim community.

Digvijay also made a ridiculous statement that ATS chief Hemant Karkare has expressed to him that his life is in danger and he is being threatened by Hindu organizations, and after that Hemant Karkare’s wife herself denied any of such incident and openly expressed anger for politicizing the martyrdom of her husband, and when media enquired Digvijay about his conversation to Hemant Karkare, he couldn’t produce any substantial proof to support his theory, and even today he is mum on the question that  “if all that he is saying is true than why was he silent till now ?” “why he didn’t revealed this matter right after 26/11 ?”
Even after recent Mumbai terror attack he said role of “RSS can’t be denied in these attacks”
This is not hidden from anyone that Digvijay had been giving cheap and disgusting comments and statements against everyone who says something or writes anything against Congress and UPA.

But point I am trying to make here is that after making such idiotic, humbug, ridiculous and annoying statements Digvijay actually lacks the moral ground to appeal to the people to use kind words for him, even a person with below average understanding can figure out what’s going to be the impact of such bizarre statements. I read somewhere that “If you live your life by the gun then prepare to die by the gun” and Digvijay should have thought about the consequences before making those statements, and now when he is receiving peoples reaction, why is he running like headless chicken and crying and filing FIR’s, he is just receiving the taste of his own medicine, and it seems he just can’t digest that.


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