Saturday, December 16, 2017

Rahul Gandhi in command

It is a foregone conclusion that Rahul Gandhi has taken charge as President of the Congress Party. It had been expected since he joined active Congress party politics. Congress Party is a grand old party of 132 years and Rahul is the sixth party President from Nehru-Gandhi family. Undoubtedly, Congress has been the premier political party of the nation for more than 60 years. It has also led the freedom struggle from the front. Most of Congress leaders sacrificed everything for the freedom of the nation. Nehru-Gandhi family's sacrifice for the nation is immeasurable. India's first Prime Minister late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru under the leadership of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi fought for the freedom of the country from the front. Nehru spent most of his youthful years behind the prison for the Independence of the country. His role in throwing out British imperialism is immortal. When India got freedom in 1947 on August 15, Mahatma Gandhi handed over the responsibility of the country to Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru to run its administration. Mahatma Gandhi said,"The nation is safe in the hands of Nehru." Pandit Nehru was elected the first Prime Minister of the country. Not only Nehru his daughter late Indira Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi also became Prime Ministers of the nation. These were the days when Congress was the main and the strongest political party in the country. After Indira and Rajiv, Sonia Gandhi took charge of the party. Sonia had also played a pivotal role in bringing the Congress back to power for 10 years when it won Lok Sabha elections in 2004 under her leadership. But after the worst-ever defeat of the Congress Party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it has become weaker and weaker. It is presently passing through its worst days. It gets one defeat after another. It is losing one state after another. Congress party's organizational set up is in disarray all over the country. It is gasping for breath. The most challenging task before Rahul Gandhi is to revive the Congress party units from state capital to the village level. The ruling BJP is its formidable rival under the charismatic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP under PM Modi’s leadership is in its heydays. So, becoming President of the Congress party at this juncture when it is passing through its worst-ever days, it is the toughest task before Rahul Gandhi to infuse confidence in the party cadre to fight BJP in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The first and foremost task before him after taking full charge of the Congress Party is to instill life in the party units in the Hindi heartland states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. These two are the biggest states and politically most important ones. In these two states, Congress organization units at all levels appear to be dead. And Until and unless the party is revived in these two states, it cannot get power at the Centre. Rahul Gandhi succeeds Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for the last 19 years. Rahul Gandhi entered electoral politics in 2004. He was appointed as the party general secretary in 2007 and was elevated as its vice president in January 2013.

Friday, December 15, 2017

EC must preserve its sanctity and respect

Election Commission of India is one of the highest constitutional bodies of the nation. It must be respected by all political parties. It is also EC's responsibility to conduct free and fair elections. It has played a great role in strengthening the democracy. India is the largest democracy in the world. It is not easy to conduct elections so peacefully and freely, considering the length and breadth of the country. But since its formation, it has been doing a commendable job. Election Commission is also an independent body. So, it has rarely been seen that any government had ever exerted influence on it or had it been influenced at any point of time. It is the constitutional responsibility of the EC to enforce Model Code of Conduct once it declared the date of elections. The Model Code of Conduct is applied to all political parties and their leaders whether it matters little that the certain leader of the certain political party is PM or Opposition leader. Whether it is PM or opposition leader, the EC has to act without any bias, prejudice or favour. Achal Kumar Jyoti is the Chief Election Commissioner of India. He is an IAS officer and belongs to Gujarat cadre. Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. When Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, Jyoti was his Chief Secretary. After Modi became PM, he was appointed as the CEC of India. In the given position, there has arisen an unsavoury incident of violating the code of conduct by Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi, who gave the interview to the Gujarat-based 5 to 6 news channels in the evening of the day the electioneering had ended. The Election Commission on Wednesday issued the notice to Congress him asking why action should not be taken against him for violating the Representation of the People Act, hours after several TV channels aired his interview on Gujarat polls. EC’s one-sided action may be termed as its double standard. Taking action on a complaint from the BJP’s Gujarat unit, the Commission instructed Mr. Gandhi to furnish his response by 5 p.m. on December 18. The notice was issued for “prima facie” violation of Section 126(1) (b) of the Act. .The Congress, in turn, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misusing the FICCI platform. Rahul Gandhi along with the news channels were charged with violating the Model Code of conduct. Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi was served with Show cause notice and FIR was reportedly lodged against the TV news Channels, which aired his interview. Whereas this type of the violation of the code of conduct was reportedly committed by none other than the PM of the country but Election Commission kept mum. This clearly shows EC’s bias against the Opposition leader and favour for the ruling dispensation. Election Commission must keep itself above any sort of bias. It is an apolitical body. It has nothing to do with politics of the nation. Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti should know very well that his predecessors have been T N Seshan, S Y Quraishi, MS Gill and others. They have set standard parameter how EC should conduct free and fair elections in the country. Undoubtedly, Election Commission has won worldwide applause for conducting free, fair and peaceful elections. No fingers have ever been raised at its fairness. This must be maintained at all costs.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Delhi Govt’s courageous action

By cancelling the licence of Shalimar Bagh Max Hospital, the Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has shown courage to act against its criminal negligence. How negligent and careless the doctor was that he declared a baby dead when he or she was alive. It is a matter of investigation. Why the hospital management employs such negligent and careless doctors. Or, Are they under some much pressure from the management that they failed to act sensibly? Declaring the baby dead when he or she was alive by the doctor is nothing but the criminal negligence. Undoubtedly, the doctors work under severe pressure in big private hospitals. But it does not give them the freedom to be lax and careless while giving treatment to the patients. Doctors are entrusted with the task of saving the lives of the patients. The first and foremost duty of the doctors is to treat the patients with utmost seriousness. Private hospitals and schools avail all govt. helps and facility on the priority basis. But in spite of providing service to the people, they become the centres of fleecing money from them in the name of treatment and teaching. Before declaring the child dead, the doctors should have checked him or her very properly. If they had done so, this unfortunate incident would not have happened. In the recent past a big private hospital named Fortis hospital in Guroan failed to save the girl suffering from Dengue fever, but charged Rs. 26 lakh from her parents. She was in hospital for 15 days only. The apathy in the treatment of the patient by the doctors at private or govt. hospitals must not be tolerated. Doctors are considered to the next to God as they save patients from the throes of death. But when they are found to be negligent, careless and lax, they must be awarded deterrent punishment. Delhi government has rightly warned other hospitals against medical negligence. It is a very bold step taken by the AAP govt. of Delhi. It will send the message out that no nonsense will be tolerated by the govt. The other private and govt. hospitals now will be cautious and serious in providing treatment to the patients. As far as the position of doctors, patients, and staff at the Shalimar Bagh Max Hospital is concerned, it is for the management to make alternative arrangement for them. There is a chain of Max Hospital in the city. Max management can adjust them anywhere in its hospital. It is right that the Delhi government came down heavily on the hospital where a premature baby was wrongly declared dead last week. The baby died on Thursday at a nursing home in Pitampura after battling for life for nearly a week. A panel has been formed by the Delhi government to look into the case found the hospital administration guilty of not following prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants. It is of the urgent need for the govt. to create a mechanism to deter the erring private hospitals and schools from doing wrong. They are in wrong notion that their only business is to fleece money from the public without any accountability. Delhi govt. has taken a bold, courageous and commendable action by cancelling the licence of the Shalimar Bagh Max Hospital for declaring a baby dead wrongly.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gujarat poll not easy, but BJP has still upper hand

The election campaigns for the first phase by both the political contenders- ruling BJP and the opposition Congress- are in full swing. BJP has been ruling the state for 22 years. Mr.Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to May 26, 2014. He was sworn- in as Prime Minister of India on May 26, 2014, as his party, BJP won Lok Sabha elections with a massive mandate. When Modi was the Chief Minister of the state, his Gujarat model of development earned all-round applause and it made a great contribution to attracting people in 2014 Lok Sabha elections towards him and his party. Gujarat has also been considered as Hindutva laboratory. It has been a developed state. BJP has been very strong in the state for a long time. The Patidar community constitutes 16 percent of Gujarat population. Patels in the state are economically, intellectually and politically far ahead of all other communities in the state. They became supporters of the BJP after the formation of KHAM formula by the former Congress Chief Minister Madhav Singh Solanki. On the basis of the total support of Partidar community, BJP won the elections after elections very easily. But in this assembly election, Partidars under the leadership of young, vocal and liberal Hardik Patel appear to be opposed to BJP. They have been agitating for reservation in a government job and educational institutions. As according to the Supreme Court, the reservation limit of 50 percent cannot be crossed, the Gujarat govt. turned down their demand. They formed Patidar Anamat Association Samiti(PAAS) under the leadership of Hardik Patel. They organized a massive rally in support of PAAS. The police had to resort to firing to control the mob of Patels at that time. In the police firing, around 10 young Patel boys were reportedly killed. This unfortunate incident of police firing antagonized the Patidar community very much. Hardik Patel came closer to Congress against the BJP in this assembly election. Now, it is to be seen how Patel voters vote in this assembly election. Apart from Hardik,two more young leaders Alpesh Thakor and Ginesh Mevani of backward and SC/ST communities respectively have shaken their hands with Congress. Alpesh has already joined Congress party. So, the stack against the BJP this time to win the elections is not light, but heavy enough to be pushed out. Realizing the mind of the people in the state of Gujarat that this time they are not going to vote his party in a natural way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself started playing emotional and Hindu Muslim cards in favour of his party. In his election meeting, he talks of Pakistan, Hafiz Sayeed and Chaiwala taint himself to win people’s favour. By playing the emotional card of being the son of Gujarat and has been a victim of being Chaiwala before coming into politics, he tries to draw the people towards his party. By talking of Hafiz Sayeed and Pakistan, he tries to polarize majority community of Hindus in his party’s favour. Now, he never talks of Gujarat model of development in his election meeting. Apart from Patels’ discontents, anti-incumbency factor, the negative impact of PM two pet economic steps -Demonetization and GST - on the business community have made them disillusioned with the BJP govt., though they have been its traditional voters. But despite all these hurdles for BJP to win Gujarat elections, PM Modi is still the trump card for the party. And BJP still has the upper hand in Gujarat.Gujarat elections are scheduled in two phases, on December 9 and December 14, and the state will have its verdict on 18th December.

Monday, November 27, 2017

US urgently needs to act against Pakistan

Merely telling that there will be a repercussion of the release of designated terrorist and Jama-Ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest on bilateral relations by the US serves no purpose. Pak has no concern about its global reputation. Hafiz Saeed is the mastermind of Mumbai Terror attacks of 26/11 in which 166 innocent people were killed and more than 300 injured. He must be re-arrested. The US must ensure his re-arrest by putting pressure on Pakistan. 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks had shocked and shaken the entire world and all had spoken in unison against the terrorism. Despite India handed over all pieces of evidence of the complicity of Hafiz Saeed in Mumbai attacks, it appears that Pakistan deliberately did not present them in the court to facilitate his release. It also appears that it is not only Pak government but also its judiciary dances at the tune of the military establishment, which provides all types of help to various terror groups in Pakistan. So, the US must know that the epicentre of all terror acts in the world is Pakistan. The saviour of the terror organizations in Pakistan is its military. Pak military has always been very important player in governance since its inception and because of this half of its existence has been under the military rule. Hafiz Saeed is the representing the organization of terror, which is the enemy of humanity. Earlier, it was experienced that whenever India raised the issue of Pak sponsored terrorism and its own concerns over it at international platform, the big powers of the world usually took it very lightly and no country ever paid any seriousness to it. But after 9/11, when the pain of terror was experienced by the US and other western powers also, all started speaking in the language of India against terror. Terrorism is the greatest enemy of the humanity. The country which values humanity above everything will always be supported by the entire world. Pakistan is a rogue state. It does not understand the language of civility. It is to be treated as a rogue only then it will stop sponsoring terrorism in India and elsewhere. India is itself capable of pulverizing the terrorism. It does not need any help from others to deal with the terrorism sponsored by Pakistan. There must not be any doubt about the involvement of Pakistan in sponsoring, aiding and abetting terrorism with an aim of creating mayhem in Jammu and Kashmir of India and other countries of the world. If the US really wants to punish Pakistan for aiding, abetting and nurturing terrorism, it must start without any delay the process of declaring it a terrorist state. It baffles most of the observers that why the US is not taking direct action against Pakistan. If Pakistan fails to re-arrest Hafiz Saeed, what action will the US take against it? US must also open its mind what it wants to do with Pakistan in regards to terrorism. It will not go long that whenever any US dignitary visits India, he or she speaks against Pakistan and when the same dignitary visits Pakistan he or she does say nothing there. It means the US is just befooling India. The US President Donald Trump must act against Pakistan and show the world that the last vestiges of terrorism will be wiped out.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Build Ram temple through consensus or on court verdict

The strong pitch for constructing Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya is being made by Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat with the nearing of Gujarat elections to build political tempo in favour of its political wing the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party. While the matter regarding the construction of Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya is subjduce in the Supreme Court of India, the statement given by none other than the RSS chief that the Ram Temple will be built on the disputed site at Ayodhya assumes significance. Bhagwat’s statement must be taken seriously. No one opposes the construction of Ram temple but it must be through consensus or on court verdict. The Ram Temple Babri-Masjid dispute is very old and it has been plaguing the nation since independence. Both parties to the dispute claim their rights on the disputed site. The nation has already paid the price for the unfortunate incident of Babri-Masjid demolition on Dec.6, 1992. It is alleged that the Babri-Masjid was demolished on the instigations of RSS, BJP and various Hindu organizations. The Govt. at the Centre at that time failed to enforce the rule of law and despite giving an undertaking in the apex court, the then BJP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh of Uttar Pradesh failed to protect the Babri-Masjid. In the repercussion to the demolition of Babri-Masjid, there broke out a series of communal violence all over the country. The 1993 Mumbai communal violence allegedly engineered and masterminded by Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is reportedly living in the haven across the border and despite India's demand to hand him over to it, Pak takes no notice. Now the question here arises that when the matter is subjudice, what is the need of raising the issue? The issue of Ram Temple has been raised by Mohan Bhagwat at the three-day Dharm Sansad organized by RSS religious wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Karnataka's Udupi. Now, election time is coming near. Gujarat assembly election process is underway. Next year nine state assembly elections will take place and just after a year in 2019 Lok Sabha elections will due to be held. It has also been experienced that whenever any major state or general election is about to be held, either RSS itself or its any wing religious, political or youth brigade raises the issue of Ram Temple with the sole motive of polarizing the majority Hindu votes in favour of BJP. But the matter of the face is that all Indians whether they are Hindus or others want a grand temple of Lord Ram at Ayodhya to be built, but it is to be done through consensus or on the verdict of the court. There must not be the use of muscle power to build Ram temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya by hurting the sentiment of the other party representing in the court of law. Court verdict on the construction of Ram Temple is acceptable to all. It must be acceptable to Hindus and Muslims both. Secular social fabric of the nation must not be torn at any cost. Nothing should be done to hurt the feeling of any community. India is a sovereign secular socialist democratic republic. Its character must be respected and protected. Ram Temple must be built without hurting the feeling of any community.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Door must be kept open for talks

Centre's special representative for Kashmir is on his second round of visit to the trouble torn-state. It must be known to all stakeholders in the state that the problems of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be resolved in two or three rounds of talks. As the problem is longstanding for years, the solution will take time to be found out. Dineshwar Sharma is a very senior and has been an upright IB officer. He has a vast experience of talking to players in this type of problems as he had been to North-eastern states for the same reason. By appointing Sharma as Centre's special representative for Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed at last that he had the policy to deal with the Kashmir problems. Dialogue, discussion and talks can only be the medium of resolving the Kashmir problem. One thing must be made clear before embarking on any dialogue process that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain so. Whoever comes to the talking table must know this and there would be no talk on this point. All those who are Indians and living in Kashmir can put their views before the Govt. interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma. There must not be any reservation or condition on talking to the countrymen in Jammu and Kashmir. It must also be impressed on the people of the Valley, who have been misled by the separatist leaders at the behest of Pakistan, that Jammu and Kashmir is their state and they are all Indian citizens. All the grievances of the misguided and misled youth must be heard patiently and necessary action should be taken to remove them under the ambit of the Constitution of India. All talks on Jammu and Kashmir with all the stakeholders in the state must be held within the ambit of the Constitution. It is the responsibility of Centre's special representative to impress on the misguided and misled youth and separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir that Pakistan is only leading them nowhere and its only aims and objective are to disturb and disintegrate India by its own people. That is why it pays them to do its bidding against India. They must also be impressed that Pakistan would never succeed in its nefarious design on India. It is a good beginning made by the Centre's interlocutors Dineshwar Sharma that he talks to all political and non-political representatives to keep himself abreast of the latest developments in the Valley. One of the most important stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir is the Kashmiri Pandit community. It is Pandits who suffered most from Pak-sponsored terrorism. They have been evicted and driven away from their home and hearth by the secessionist, separatist, militant and terror element in early 1990. Hundreds of Pandits lost their lives. At last, to save their lives and prestige, they left the state in lakhs for different corners of India. They were made to live in different cities of the country as refugees. So, there must also be a point how Pandit community would return to their homeland with due respect and guarantee of safety and security.