Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jiophone will give big boost to PM’s Digital India campaign

The internet has become the lifeline in this fast paced world. The digitalization is a must for achieving development in all spheres of lives. When former Prime Minister and one of the makers of modern India late Rajiv Gandhi had introduced computers in offices, banks, educational institutions, Post Offices and in all day to day activities of lives of the people, he had faced opposition. But he did not retrace his steps from the path of development. When he introduced ATM for the first time in Delhi, almost all opposition parties called for Bharat Bandh as a sign of protest to the introduction of computers. They said that Computers would cut down jobs in the country. But in contrary to their perception, the Computer brought revolution in Information Technology in India. IT industries generated and provided lakhs of jobs to young IT professionals of the country. IT industry is still the largest job generating sector in India. It was the vision of Rajiv Gandhi that the use of computers became a boon for all Indians. Now, anyone can imagine how easy it is to withdraw money from the nearby ATM Kiosk of the bank. The Internet makes life comfortable. It keeps the people well-informed and alert at the click of a mouse. These days, the internet has become indispensable for the people in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also launched ambitious Digital India programme to connect all village Panchayats with the internet. It will enable even the rural people sitting thousands of Kms away in their villages to know everything with only a touch on the smart phone. Smart phone makes people smarter, knowledgeable and resourceful. If a person has smart phone with internet connection in his pocket, he can connect with anyone or thing of his and her requirements. This is the chief characteristic of Smart phone. So, it is of utmost importance for the govt. of India to make Digital India a grand success. Reliance Industries is the biggest corporate of the nation. They have always thought ahead of time. More than 15 years back, they had launched CDMA phone at a very low price to enable even the poor to afford to buy it under the slogan of ‘ Karlo Dunia Muthhi Me’. It made the phone very popular among the people. As far as Smart Phone is concerned, it is only 20 per cent of the population of the country about 22 crore people possess Smart Phone. In order to support Digital India project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Mukesh Ambani has launched its VoLTE feature phone, JioPhone, in India at an ‘effective price’ of Rs 0. JioPhone will be available to all Indians for an effective price of Rs 0. JioPhone is effectively free for Jio customers. A JioPhone user can use the Jiophone for 36 months and can get a full refund of the security deposit of Rs. 1500 by returning the used Jiophone. He claims that JioPhone is the most affordable intelligent phone in the world. Ambani dedicated the newly launched cellular phone to the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence, with a motive to provide data to over 50 crore data-deprived people in India, so that it no longer remains the "privilege of few." The JioPhone will be available for user testing on August 15 and the pre-booking starts on August 24. It will be physically available to those who have pre-booked the phone on the first-come-first-serve basis from September this year.Jio will provide access to unlimited data on JioPhone at Rs. 153 a month, which if used on other networks, with similar phone feature would cost Rs. 3,000-Rs. 4,000. Reliance Industries of Ambani has played important role in popularizing the digitalization in our country fast by enabling the people, who cannot afford a Smart phone, to have it very easily with the launching Jiophone at an effective price of Rs. Zero. It is a great move. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani appears to be maintaining his role and responsibility a corporate in the development of the nation. With the launching Jiophone phone, the Smart phone will no longer be the privilege of few. It will also be available to common Indian to avail the benefits of digitalization.

Friday, July 21, 2017

People’s President

Ram Nath Kovind, former Governor of Bihar, has been elected as the 14th president of India. There is joy and happiness all over the country at his election. He comes from a very poor family. He will be people’s president. Though he is not going to be the first Dalit President, his pro-poor image may help uplift the lives of crores of Dalits and weaker section of the society in the country by influencing the govt. to work for them. President’s prime duty is also to protect Constitution, and he is there for the aid and advice to the Prime Minister. Before Kovind, K R Narayanan was the 10th President of India. He was also a Dalit, but there could not be any improvement in the lives of poor Dalits. So, it is political parties’ views that the Dalit President would be helpful in improving the lives of crores of the poor Dalits. They only play politics over Dalits for the sake of vote bank politics. It is not necessary to be in the high constitutional posts like President and Prime Minister, Minister to uplift Dalits and other poor sections of the society. Since Independence this theory is being forwarded by political parties, Dalits and the poor are in the same place as they were before Independence. To uplift Dalits and the people belonging to other poor sections of society, the person in power should only have poor bent of mind. His or her image must be poor. BJP had played a master stroke by announcing the name of Ram Nath Kovind as presidential nominee to give the message among Dalits that the government is thinking of their uplift as he comes from a Dalit family. Ram Nath Kovind’s election as the 14 President of India was a foregone conclusion as the number in Electoral College for was in favour of NDA. Kovind got 66% majority of votes and won convincingly. This is the beauty of democracy that the person with poor background has been elected 14 President of India. He is expected to protect and keep the Constitution and its values intact. He is also to uphold democratic values and the prestige of the highest constitutional post of the nation. All Dalits and the poor have high expectation of him that he would facilitate the poor friendly measures through the government. Though President has been described by many constitutionalists as Rubber stamp, the prestige of the post cannot be undermined. He is expected to be people’s president as his predecessor former President Abdul Kalam. As Ram Nath Kovind will be 14th President, most of his predecessors were illustrious personalities. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of the country. He was a veteran freedom fighter and a brilliant student. He was succeeded by Sarvpalli Radha Krishnan. He was a world renowned philosopher. Former President Abdul Kalam was a world renowned scientist. Former President K R Narayayan apart from being a Dalit, he was also career diplomat. Kovind’s immediate predecessor incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee has been a veteran politician, who brought the presidency nearer to the people. He is well aware of the prevailing condition of the poor in the country. President designate Ram Nath Kovind has also great responsibility to come up to the expectation of the people and keep the prestige of the presidency intact. As he comes from the poor family, he will pursue the govt. to take measures to eliminate poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy from the nation. The community to which Kovind belongs has been the poorest of the poor in society. So, Dalits have great hope of him. With his election as 14 the President, Ram Nath Kovind became apolitical. Now, no political influence on him would work. As a governor of Bihar, Kovind had been non-controversial and always supported the good moves made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Kovind knows the constitutional values very well. He has also been a layer in Supreme Court. So, President designate Ram Nath Kovind will protect the constitution and uphold the democratic values.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mayawati's political gimmick

BSP supremo Mayawati resigned from Rajya Sabha because she was not allowed to speak on Dalits’ atrocities in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh. Though she had few months left to complete her RS term, it was necessary for her to stage this sort of drama to retrieve Dalits’ support. UP has been her bastion. On the support of Dalits in toto, Muslims, OBCs and upper castes to some extent, she became the main political force in UP and adorned the post of Chief Ministership of the state for four times. But in the last Lok Sabha elections, Mayawati’s BSP score zero; and in the recently held UP assembly elections, her party got only 10 seats. This is one of the worst performances of BSP. It clearly reflected that her Dalit vote bank shifted to Bhatiya Janta Party that they won overwhelmingly both in Lok Sabha and assembly elections. BJP also makes one move after another to attract Dalits towards it. It has definitely made inroads into Dalit vote bank of BSP. Before the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, BJP President Amit Shah visited Dalit homes and took meal with them sitting on the ground at their homes. So, Dalits to a large extent shifted their support to BJP. In the month of April there were clashes between Dalits and upper caste people in a village in Sharahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Several Dalit hoimes were allegedly torched by the upper caste people. The clashes took place over taking out procession by Dalits to celebrate Dalit icon Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary. A Dalit outfit founded by a youngman Chandrashekhar Azad led the upsurge of Dalits in the area. The entire Dalits of the area rallied around him. He also organized a big protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. He was also named in Saharanpur violence, and only a few months back he was reportedly arrested. Experiencing the shifting of her vote bank to a large extent to the BJP, Mayawati has now chosen the path of resignation in protest against not allowing to speak on Dalit atrocities in Saharanpur. In the prevailing political atmosphere, a move is strongly made for opposition unity in the country against the ruling BJP at the Centre. On the issue of presidential and vice presidential elections, Mayawati has openly supported Opposition candidates for these two high constitutional posts. CBI, ED and IT raids at Lalu’s residence in Patna and other places in connection with Hotel for land scandal and at his daughter MP Misa in New Delhi, Gurgaon and other places have also brought all opposition leaders led by Congress under one Umbrella. Almost all opposition parties term raids at Lalu and his family members as political vendetta. Lalu Yadav has immediately offered a Rajya Sabha birth to Mayawati after her resignation from Bihar. As Mayawati has only 10 MLAs in UP and SP and Congress both cannot make together the required number for a Rajya Sabha seat, RJD boss Lalu Yadav offered her RS seat from Bihar. The condition of Dalits all over the country has always been bad. All the established Dalit leaders like Mayawati, Ram Vilash Paswan , Meira Kumar and several others have only been benefited themselves and their family members. But the majority of Dalits are still poor and weak. They have not been benefited even by job reservation in the last 70 years. Only those well off Dalits whose number is tiny have been benefited by the job reservation policy of the government of India. The life style of Dalit leaders like Mayawati, Ram Vilash Paswan, Meira Kumar and others is aristocratic. They lead kingly life styles in this modern age also. It also clearly appears now that the present young generation of Dalits has understood that the established political leaders in the country are cunning. They are blind to the problems of the majority of Dalits. Dalits account for 20 percent of Uttar Pradesh population. Their role becomes very significant for the political party at the time of elections. So, the young leader like Chandrashekhar has emerged. On the one hand BJP’s dent in Dalit vote bank and emergence of young Dalit leader like Chadrashekhar appear to have compelled Mayawati to take the drastic step of resigning from Rajya Sabha to retrieve her pre-imminent position among Dalit community.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Venkaih versus Gopal

Union Housing and Urban Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting Minister Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu is the NDA’s candidate for the post of Vice President. Now, the stage is set for the contest in the vice presidential election to be held on August 5 between NDA's Venkaih Naidu and Opposition's Gopal Krishna Gandhi. Both the candidates have come from two different fields of activities. Venkaih Naidu has been a veteran and seasoned politician while Gopal Krishna Gandhi has been an administrator, diplomat and former governor of West Bengal. The Congress-led 18 opposition parties have endorsed the name of Gopal Krishna Gandhi as their nominee in vice presidential elections. BJP-led NDA has fielded Naidu as their vice presidential candidate to expand their political influence in South India. They had already announced the name of Ram Nath Kovind, who is a north Indian, for their presidential candidate. Venkaih Naidu has been the pillar of BJP in South India as he hails from Andhra Pradesh. In order to balance the North-South equation in politics, the BJP has yet again played a master stroke. As far as the number in the Electoral College for Vice President is concerned, it is in favour of NDA. The elected members of both Houses of Parliament cast votes in the vice presidential election. So, Venkaiha Naidu becoming vice president is a foregone conclusion. These presidential and vice presidential elections will draw the map clearly about the nature of contest between the ruling BJP-led NDA and opposition Congress-led UPA in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. One thing also to be taken into consideration is that unlike presidential election, the Congress has already taken assurance from the JD(U) for supporting its candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi in the vice presidential election. JD(U) supported NDA’s nominee in the presidential election. The post of Vice President is also a high constitutional post and it is also apolitical. Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi is not attached to any political party, though he is against the ideology of BJP. BJP's vice presidential candidate has been a hardcore follower of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, the doting parent of BJP. He began his political innings through the RSS. First he joined RSS through the game of Kabbadi and then the BJP. He has also been the student leader of the BJP. He has 40 years of political experience as BJP leader, minister, party president, MLA and MP. He has been very active in political activities all his life. Initially, he showed reluctance but when party put pressure and declared his name as its candidate for Vice presidential election, he accepted the party order as its true lieutenant. Undoubtedly, Venkaiah Naidu has been very popular in political field for a long time. The BJP's motive behind declaring his name as its candidate for vice presidential elections is to run the Upper House smoothly as he has been its member for four terms. But with becoming the Vice President, he would no longer be a BJP man. As Vice President is the ex-officio chairman of the Upper House. BJP is also not in majority in Upper House and because of this, it failed to get many bills passed in the previous days. Naidu was elected first to the Rajya Sabha in April 1998. He was re-elected to the house in 2004, 2010 and 2016. He has been a member of several parliamentary committees and even chaired some of them. Naidu filed his nomination papers. The last date for making nominations for the August 5 vice presidential elections is ending on Tuesday, July 18, according to the schedule announced by the Election Commission. Incumbent Vice President Hamid Ansari's term ends on August 10. Counting for vice presidential elections would take place on August 5.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Positive gesture

The opening day of Parliament shows some signs of hope of its smooth functioning. Though the opposition parties are ready to attack the govt. on its China and Kashmir policies, they are also required to support to it in dealing with the problems successfully. The greeting of all the opposition leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice President Rahul Gandhi by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly reflects that Govt. is going to take conciliatory approach on all issues in national interest. PM Modi has rightly sought opposition support on the issue of Govt. move against corruption. There must be constructive and reasoned debated in Parliament. It is the biggest platform to discuss and debate all issues of national and international importance. Govt. has also sought opposition support in conducting the smooth functioning of Parliament. If the past experience is anything to go by, it is clear that whether it is govt. or opposition, both only try to score brownie points in Parliament for the sake of political benefits. In this way, the sufferer is the country as crores of rupees are spent on running it. The crores of rupees are drained away because of the bedlam created in the Parliament by the political parties only to upgrade themselves. Neither the ruling nor the opposition political parties must not be in any illusion that their drama inside the Parliament is not watched by the people. They judge them sitting silent till the next elections. So, to run Parliament smoothly is the responsibility of all political parties. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is going from bad to worse. The border dispute with China is also getting worse and worse as standoff over Doklam has been continuing for more than a month. Both these problems are of paramount importance for the nation. Both the opposition and the ruling parties must speak in one voice on these two issues so that the message could go out loud and clear that India stands firm and it cannot buckle under any pressure of the world power. Jammu and Kashmir is the integral part of India and it will remain so. On the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, Parliament has already passed a resolution that India will talk for vacating Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). So, the opposition and the ruling once again reiterate that resolution that now any talk, if ever possible, will be on PoK with Pakistan. The united voice of the nation must come from the Parliament that whenever there would be talk with Pakistan, it would be bilateral. Third party intervention is out of question. India need not any support from others to decide how to resolve Kashmir issue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also required to tell the nation about the situation arising from the standoff over Doklam with China. All these debates and discussions on a number issue require a congenial atmosphere in Parliament. The disruptionist approach by any political party must be shunned by all. Jammu and Kashmir and China issues need immediate attention. So, there requires to be a threadbare debate and discussion on them to find out solutions in the interest of the nation. Apart from Jammu and Kashmir and China issues, the issue of attack on some people by the so-called Gau Rakshaks in the name of protecting cow must also be discussed as to how it could be stopped immediately. Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned them against taking law into their own hands, their criminal activities continue to go on. This is one of the most important domestic issues. It also requires to be discussed thoroughly why their acts of criminality in the name of protecting cow are not checked . PM Modi has rightly sought the support of the opposition in curbing the violences in the name of protecting cow.

Friday, July 14, 2017

JD (U)’s principled stand

Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) supremo Nitish Kumar has taken a principled stand on the issue of corruption all the time. Nitish Kumar has never compromised with corruption. There is no taint of corruption on his long political career. He has been a strong exponent of upholding probity in public life. Therefore, JD (U) one of the most important constituents of ruling Mahagathbandhan has rightly asked the Deputy CM Tejswi Yadav of the biggest partner RJD to put all facts in regard to the allegations against them in Hotel-land scandal by CBI in public domain so that the people of the state could know that they were leveled out of political vendetta. Besides Tejswi Yadav, RJD supremo Lalu Yadav and his wife former Bihar CM Rabri Devi have also been named in the case by CBI after its raid in connection with irregularities in leasing out Railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri to a private company. As far as the credential of RJD supremo Lalu Yadav is concerned, it is well known to all that he is a convict in 1000 crore fodder scam. So, probity in public life is meaningless for him. What matters most for him is corruption and casteism. It was well known to Nitish Kumar. Even then, he had made Mahagathbandhan with Lalu, who is already tainted. JD(U) gave the RJD a four day time to put all facts regarding CBI allegations against the three top most RJD leaders in the public domain. Otherwise, CM Nitish Kumar would have to dismiss his deputy CM Tejswi Yadav from the government. Nitish Kumar has given a four day time to RJD because he wants to continue the Mahagathbandhan. If that was not so, he would have dismissed Tejswi the moment CBI lodged corruption case against him. But for the sake of challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP in 2019 elections, keeping Magathbandhan intact is of prime necessity. If the RJD put all facts in public domain that the allegations against Tejswi made out of political vendetta appeared convincing, Nitish Kumar would continue with him as his deputy in the government of Bihar. But all the rebuttals given by RJD must be based on facts that Lalu and the members of his family have been specially targeted because he is one of the strongest opposition leaders and he is going to organize a mega rally in Patna on August by the name Bharat Bachao, BJP Bhagao rally. It is also seen that CBI, ED, IT and other investigating agencies are singling out only opposition leaders like Lalu in Bihar, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati in UP Mamta Bannerjee in West Bengal and DMK leaders in Tamil Nadu. So, this selective approach of the investigating agencies cast doubt on the motive of the NDA govt. at the Centre also. To save Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, there may be possible that RJD would rethink on its earlier stand against the resignation of Tejswi and he might step down on his own pending the investigation against him. Tejswi may be replaced by his elder brother Tej Pratrap Yadav. Only this arrangement can save the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar. Before this, Nitish Kumar had dropped his ministers against whom cases were lodged. He is committed to upholding probity in public life. One thing that also goes in favour of Mahagathbandhan is that the position of Lalu Yadav has been weakening day by day because of CBI and ED raids and interrogations of his daughter and MP Misa Yadav and her husband so Lalu to be in reckoning would not like to topple Nitish Kumar govt. BJP awaits Nitish Kumar govt. to fall and it is also prepared to extend outside support to Nitish Kumar to form the govt. again. Weighing all these probabilities, Lalu would not like to topple govt. He would rather ask Tejswi to resign and make way for his elder brother to take his position in the govt. It is also clear that RJD would not be able to give convincing facts that the allegations against its leaders are false. As Tejswi Yadav put forward the reason that because he had no moustache at the time when allotment of railway hotels to a private company took place, how he could be involved in the scandal. His argument lacks sense and reason.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Opposition's master stroke

In contradiction to the division in the Opposition camp over the choice of candidate for presidential election, they have shown this time united posture on the selection of the nominee for vice presidential election. On the issue of the presidential nominee, the prominent constituent of the opposition parties JD(U) supported the NDA nominee former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind for presidential election against the opposition nominee of 17 parties Meira Kumar. She is the former Lok Sabha Speaker and the daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram. She belongs to Bihar and the opposition called her the daughter of the state to put pressure on JD(U) supremo and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to review his decision. But as Nitish Kumar is a leader of principle, he did not budge from his stand. His decision to support NDA presidential nominee Kovind also caused consternation among the ruling Mahagathbandhan in the state. Congress and RJD differed with Nitish Kumar’s decision openly. It once appeared that Mahagathbandhan would break on the issue of presidential nominee itself. But at last, all the three constituents of Mahagathbandhan patched up among themselves. JD(U) made it clear that by supporting BJP-led NDA presidential nominee, it is not going to shake hands with them. But on the issue of Vice Presidential nominee all the 18 opposition parties including JD(U) have picked former Governor of West Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi as their candidate for the post of vice president. He has served as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from 1968-1992. He is also the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He is the best possible candidate for the post of Vice President. By announcing the name of Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the Congress-led opposition has this time scored point over the BJP-led NDA. There is every possibility that NDA would be agreeable to the name of Gopal Krishna Gandhi as vice presidential candidate. On the issue of the presidential nominee, the ruling NDA played master stroke by announcing the name of Ram Kovind as its candidate. The opposition was cornered on the issue. The same stroke this time was played by the opposition on the issue of vice presidential candidate. Gopal Krishna Gandhi has been one of the best administrators of the country. He knows the constitution and constitutional provisions very well. His name was also considered for the presidential nominee by a few opposition parties, but the unanimity reached on Meira Kumar. But this time all the 18 opposition parties, including JD (U) unanimously endorsed his name. Gopal Krishna Gandhi is also a well-read and well-educated personality. He has deep knowledge of Indian political history and culture. He will be the most suitable person to keep the idea of India protected as Vice President of the country. The choice of the opposition parties is immaculate. And it will be better for the nation if unanimity was evolved on his name with the ruling NDA also. Gopal Krishna Gandhi is also a dignified, distinguished, learned and well-experienced person. He has a vast experience of dealing with the foreign dignitaries. Gandhi was also the Secretary to the then Vice President Ramaswamy Venkataraman from 1985 to 1987, Joint Secretary to President Venkataraman from 1987 to 1992 and Secretary to President in 1997.He served as the High Commissioner to South Africa in 1996, High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka in 2000 and as Ambassador of India in Norway in 2002. He was the Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009. The vice presidential election will take place on August 5 and counting will be held on the same day. Gopal Krishna Gandhi is the best choice for the post of Vice President of the country. He has all the qualities of a celebrated statesman to deserve the second top most constitutional post.