Thursday, December 30, 2010

Heroic performance of Team India

By the winning the Durban test against South Africa, India have not only levelled the series but also stayed No. 1 Cricket Test team in the world. The series decider is to be played in Cape Town. All credit for the stunning performance of Team India goes to the master and gritty innings of man of the crisis Very Very Special Laxman and Indian bowlers. Team India dashed the ego of South African Captain Graeme Smith at his home. He was very critical of India’s number one position and he considered that India got the number one position in Test cricket by fluke. He should have thought the number one position that India got was not given to it in gift but it has been achieved by virtue of hard labour and consistant performance.Undoubtedly, now it should be clear that Team India can not only play better cricket at home only but it can do so abroad also. It has also been clear from the Durban victory that whenever India is put in tight corner, Very Very Special Laxman came out in the field and showed extra-ordinary determination and courage to beat the South Adrican bowler and snatched victory from the claws of opponent. Durban pitch is considered to be one of the fastest one in the world. No batman from both sides except Laxman could stand before the deadly pacers. In that situation Laxman made 96 runs, which contributed most in the 87-run victory over South Africa. Indian Pacers Srisanth, veteran Zaheer Khan and Spin wonder Harbhajan Singh showed the mettle and demolished the South African batsmen one by one. Now to maintain number one position, it is a must win for India at Cape Town.Though Team India performed badly in the firt test in Centurian and was defeated by an innings, it regrouped itself and fought back valiantly and won the Durban Test. Victory in Durban was team’s victory but if the single player is to be given credit for this spectacular win it is Laxman. The most prolific and accomplished batsman VVS Laxman has never been in the focus of media but his contribution to the team is immense. Whenever Team India required heroic performance, VVS Laxman came forward and played heroically. He is technically perfect, mentally tough and wristy in Hyderabadi style.The concerted effort of Team India under the captaincy of Mahendra Dhoni has made them champion in the world. Now the situation required up on all the players of Team India to perform consistantly in the matches and world cup to come 2011. We as cricket fan wish Team India win the World Cup 2011. The champions never look back and gets over all the problems that come their way.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Need for Cautious approach on Telangana

The demand for the Telangana statehood is gaining ground. These days, the demand for separate state is being raised in the several parts of the country. The main reason behind the demand for separate statehood is unequal development and negligence on the part of state government to pay equal attention to all parts of the state. There is also politics behind the raising of separate statehood demand. The politician of vaulting ambition of a region of the state raises the demand of separate state for his political aggrandizement. For better administration and all round development this demand is not out of place but if the growing tendency of bifurcating the state to satisfy the ambition of an individual politician is dangerous. Here the greater responsibility is of the Union government to ensure the equal development and fulfillment of the aspirations of the people in all regions of the country by pressurising the state government to act for them.Justice BN Srikrishna-headed five member committee on Telangana statehood is going to submit their report to the Union Government tomorrow. The report has dwelt on every aspect in detail on the issue of separate statehood of Telangana by bifurcating the state of Andhra Pradesh and tried to satisfy the maximum number of people. The report claims to be satisfactory to all sections . It has also taken into account pros and cons on the creation of Telangana state by bifurcating the state of Andhra Pradesh. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has shown seriousness by holding talks with senior ministers of his Cabinet on the issue under question. The Union Government must decide on this type of delicate issuie by keeping in mind the political benefit. It should see that if the demand for Telangana state is beneficial for the people of the region and does not disturb the original character of the United Andhra Pradesh, It should concede the demand. But before all options other than separate statehood to assuage the feeling of the people of the region are not exhausted. The Government of India must not do anything in haste so that the demand for separate state in different part of the region should gain ground. The tendency of separatism must not be allowed even within the parameters of Constitution.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Need for a facilitator to break logjam in Parliament

With the rift in the main opposition party BJP coming to the fore over its senior party leader and PAC Chairman agreeing to pursue the PAC probe into the CAG report on 2G Spectrum irregularities in allocation of licenses contrary to the party's stand of nothing less than JPC, the Party has given clear indication of participation in all party meeting called Lok Sabha Speaker and now there seems every possibility of breaking the deadlock in Parliament over JPC demand into 2G Spectrum Scam. The all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar tomorrow may get success this time in breaking the deadlock in Parliament, which wasted the entire winter session of Lok Sabha. Earlier also, the Speaker had called an all party meeting but that p proved futile. As dealock is going on over the opposition demand of JPC probe into 2G Spectrum Scam and the government's outright rejection, it is now extremely necessary to find out ways how to break logjam in Parliament and save the crores of public exchequer going waste. The ruling UPA is in favour of PAC probe, which is headed by senior BJP leader DR. Murli Manohar Joshi, with whom the dominant section of the BJP is not finding amenable. Now when the BJP which leads the entire opposition for the demand of JPC probe finds itself in a bind because of its own party leader in the capacity of PAC Chairman is ready to start probe of 2G scam, the party has agreed to participate in the all-party meeting called by Speaker to end the deadlock in Parliament. BJP will attend a meeting called to break the deadlock in Parliament over the demand for JPC on 2G spectrum issue. According to the tweet of the leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj tweeted, they will attend the meeting called by the Honourable Speaker Meira Kumar. The meeting could provide an opportunity to both parties who have taken a "hard stance" on the issue and the Speaker could play the role of facilitator to break the ice. The Budget Session of Parliament is expected to start in the third week of February and the opposition leaders have threatened to stall the proceedings if the JPC demand was not met. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has rightly said that the present situation is in everybody's mind and democracy means to bring about a mid-path and solve problems. She has also expressed that the imbroglio would be resolved soon.The BJP and other opposition parties insist that the Public Accounts Committee does not have the powers to fully investigate the 2G spectrum scam and a JPC should be constituted.Two all-party meetings had been called by the government to end the impasse but have failed to end the deadlock. In democracy, talks are the best ways to find out settlement of any differences. So, it is now utmost necessary to break the ice and let the Parliament function. There is an urgent of a facilitator to break the deadlock and Lok Sabha Speaker can play the role in the best way.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Gujjars should end their agitation

Gujjars should end their agitation in the interest of the nation. It is also in the light of court verdict that they should end their agitation and the government of Rajasthan should go into all aspects of Gujjars' demand. Gujjar agitation for job 5 per cent job reservation is going on with no initiative to break it from any side. The Gujjar agitation has entered 8th day and caused great hardship to rail and road passengers and enormous loss to transport and other industries. Honourable court has also rightly said that reservation can not go beyond 50 per cent and if the Gujjars are given 5 per cent reservation in job, it would go up to 54 percent that is against constitutional provision. So, the Court has given one year time to study the various aspects before deciding 5 per cent job reservation for Gujjars. Now, it is the responsibility of Ashok Gehlot government of Rajasthan to take initiatives and mobilise Gujjars so that in national interest, they should call off reservation. The agitation on any issue has become the way of life in our country. The highest court of the country should be requested to deliver judgement about banning the agitation if it was not launched after the marathon talks between the government or management side had failed to reach the settlement. Though it is a democratic right to launch the agitation for fulfillment of the demand by the people, it is also not the democratic right to cause enormous problems by agitations to the people who have nothing to do them. As we see here due to the blockade of rail and roads for days, several trains have been called causing enormous difficulties to the passengers. Gujjar agitation has also caused enormous financial loss to the government as well as industries.Gujjar agitators continued the bockade of many rail and road routes in Rajasthan and jammed the Jaipur-Ajmer highway on Monday as their agitation on the job reservation issue entered the eighth day."The stir is causing a loss of around Rs 20 crore per day and has hiked rates of commodities by five to ten per cent. Bookings have been cancelled as most of the drivers are not ready to go through the stir affected areas. The issue of job reservation is a weapon that is used by politicians irrespective of their political affiliations. Neither it benefits the needy nor do have brought in any change in society since it was introduced. The better way is to do away with the policy of reservation so that there could be no space for politicians to encash it politically. Every one should be treated equally where merit or skilled is required to be tested. The government must do away with the policy of reservation.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

JPC or PAC is no public concern

The entire Winter Session of Parliament was wasted over the Opposition demand of Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G Scam. However, the treasury becnches were rigid on not conceding the JPC demand. They are ready for Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to look into CAG report on the irregularities in the allocation of 2G licences. The Opposition parties are of the view that JPC is like mini Parliament. As Parliament can not run so long, JPC will do the purpose to probe from all angles, especially political thoroughly. The Opposition rigidity with JPC demand has been described by the ruling party as political blackmail. Opposition says that PAC will examine the CAG report, Supreme Court monitored CBI enquiry will look into criminality angle of the scam and JPC will look into political angle of the scam. As there has been startling revelation about the nexus between corporate, politician and journalist to influence the allocation of ministerial birth through the telephonic talks of corporate lobbyists Nira Radia, the demand for JPC is not out of place. This telephonic talks were tapped and leaked to the media. If these telephonic talks are true, there has been the infringement on the prerogative right of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. That must be investigated thoroughly. Prime Minister has announced that he has nothing to hide. PM's integrity and honesty is beyond doubt. He has also declared that he is prepared to face the PAC. Now the question arises when the PM is of clean image what holds him not to concede the Opposition demand of JPC, which has already cost the winter session of Parliament. While the Opposition and ruling parties make allegations and counter allegation of corruption, the general common people have no concern but they only want the person found guilty of corruption must be awarded deterrent punishment. There must not be wastage of invaluable parliamentary time over the controvery of JPC or PAC. This is political drama. Still, if the mood of Opposition leaders are anything to go by, the Budget Session of Parliament would meet the same fate. The common people wish saner sense would prevail on opposition as well as ruling to find a way out for the unanimous forum to probe the 2G Scam. In this process, the ruling party has greater responsibility to ensure the functioning of the Parliament. Otherwise, democracy would be in danger. Though JPC in the past has not yielded any result, what prevents the ruling party from accepting the JPC. It is also clear that PM's image is clean and he is prepared to appear before PAC. If he is called by the JPC, he should have no fear in appearing before it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Belated action against price rise

Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in its last six and half years has failed to contain price rise of essential commodities. The onion prices have broken all previous records. Onion is indispensable with bread and salt for the poor. But now they will be deprived of onion only due to inefficiency, lack of foresight, negligence and callousness of the UPA government. How long does it want to test the patience of the poor people? Now enough is enough. When the people would be forced to die due to the unchecked price rise, the result would be vicious and normalcy would be restored only after the bequeathing of the UPA government.UPA has failed on the issue which hurts the common men most. Congress-led UPA always say that they are with Aam Admi and the symbol of Congress Party hand is with the people. But its rule tells a different story that the poor for whom the UPA is shedding crocodile tears is unable to get the food with hand as there are acute artificially created scarcity all around. The sky-rocketing price of onion and all other essential and edible items has broken the back of the poor. The price rise is so sharp that now it is even difficult for the middle income group people to get a square meal a day, let alone the poor. The onion price rise has toppled two governments in the past. One is the BJP's Sushama Swaraj-led government of Delhi in 1998 and the other is Non-Congress government at the Centre in 1980. So, the time has come for the UPA government to think seriously how to contain sky-rocketing prices of every essential commodity to escape the wrath of the poor people. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia have been assuring the people for the last year that the price rise will be checked in two to three months. Now one year has passed but no result has come out on the front of price rise. It has been going up and up and the concerned ministers very irresponsibly tell that they are not astrologers that they would predict when the prices of essential commodities come down. They also give advice to the people not to take sugar because it causes diabetes. Their answers reflect their callous negligence and insensitivity to the pain of the people caused by price rise. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President and UPA Chairperson must intervene immediately and ask ministers seriously to act. Otherwise, UPA boat is bound to turn turtle in the sea of people. It has also been seen that when the water flows to the roof, UPA awakes. When the price of onion touched Rs.100 per Kg, the government started raiding godowns and taking other measures that have stated showing results.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Congress Party adopts aggressive posture

Congress Party has adopted aggressive posture and tried to take the
battle on the issue of corruption into BJP’s camp at its plenary 83rd
session. By asking question to the Opposition BJP that on the one hand
it rocked Winter Session Parliament for the Joint Parliamentary
Committee to probe the 2G Spectrum case even after the former Union IT
and Communications Minister A Raja against whom there was charge of
corruption was dismissed, and multi-investigative agencies and Supreme
Court motitored CBI investigation were already going on but BJP failed to
dismiss Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa for his alleged
involvement in land scam on the other. Here the Congress has
established upper hand as far as moral high ground is concerned. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has voluntarily announced while
addressing the Plenary Session of Congress Party that he is prepared
to appear before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) headed
by senior BJP leader Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi. PAC is also a
Parliamentary Committee consiting of 22 MPs. It is meant for examining
CAG report. But the opposition is rigid with the demand of JPC probe into
2G Spectrum Scam. JPC can call even Prime Minister for interrogation.
Entire opposition is of the view that because of the possibility of PM
being called if JPC is constituted to look into the 2G Scam, the ruling
Congress does not concede the demand. While the ruling party charges
the opposition with politicising the issue. Whether the scams are probed by JPC or PAC do not matter. The matter
of uppermost importance is the intent of the ruling as well as opposition
parties to fight against corruption. 83rd Plenary Session of the Congress
Party clearly reflected that it was prepared to act against corruption.
Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has talked of
5-point strategy to fight corruption. It is undoubtedly the great idea but it
needs to be translated into action on the ground. Only lecturing and doing
nothing visible on the ground before the public will do no purpose. First Sonia Gandhi followed by Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi
and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh all spoke on the need for
fighting corruption and advocated deterrent punish for all those found in
corruption cases. These words are amusing but they need to be
converted into action on the ground.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar the greatest-ever!

It was a century that the entire nation was eagerly awaiting from Sachin Tendulkar and he ensured that Indians had a ‘Super Sunday’ as he completed a historic 50th Test century against South Africa at the Centurion. The moment Sachin completed his 50th century, the entire stadium stood up to salute the true legends of the game. At the home in India, entire nation started celebrating the Sachin's extra-ordinary performance It was not only the moment of joy and pride for the nation, the entire world personalities in different fields have congratulated Sachin Tendulkar.It is Sachin’s 175th Test match — most by any player in the history of the game. It took him four Test matches to reach the milestone after having scored his 49th against Australia in October this year.He played 197 deliveries and 258 minutes to reach the milestone. He hit 12 boundaries and a big six over long-off with left-arm spinner Paul Harris being the sufferer. This is his seventh century in the year 2010.Sachin Tendulkar has done which no cricket player in world would do in generations to come. He is at the peak and registered the nation’s position on top in the field of cricket. No record in the game of cricket would be left broken by this little Master blaster of Indian Cricket. He is the pride of India. And on this basis of his excellent performance with the bat in the field that has brought enormous glory to the nation, Sachin Tendulkar deseves to the be conferred on Bharatna Award. Entire nation is proud of Sachin Tendulkar. He is a genius who has served Indian cricket for 21 years so far. The passion, devotion and commitment to the game of cricket set Sachin Tendulkar apart from rest of the player of the world of cricket. He is still as passinate, devoted and committed to his batting as he was twenty years back. The world of cricket playing countries bows their heads before this jewel of India. The apetite for making runs is still sharp in Sachin Tedulkar as it was in the beginning of his career. Sachin's shining is getting sharper and sharper with the passage of the time. It is no surprise that Sachin Tendulkar could play for 10 more years for the nation. Sachin Tendulkar is icon of the nation and he is also inspiration to the youth of the nation. He has become the household name of every Indian. The influence of Sachin Tendulkar on every Indian child can be judged from the fact that if any one asks him who do you emulate most, his answer is Sachin Tendulkar. Every Indian child likes to become Sachin Tendulkar. As cricket is considered as religion in India, Sachin Tendulkar is god. The player like Sachin is born once in a century. Sachin Tendulakar is , undoubtedly, the greatest batsman of the world. And entire nation is proud of him.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Congress must send out strong message against corruption

83rd Congress Plenary session is to decide the future course of party’s
line in coming years. In recent days, the ruling Congress has been
charged with inaction in serious corruption cases. The Congress-led UPA
government has been rocked by three scams- CWG, Adarsh and 2G
Spectrum Scam. Though on the basis of prima facie and public
perception, the party has shown the door to all the three main accused
respectively. But it has acted when much water had flown down the
Ganges. The public and the opposition parties have started here and there putting
question mark on the honesty and integrity of the scholar Prime Minister
Dr. Manmohan Singh because of his indecisiveness. PM has certainly
failed to rein in his former IT and Communications Minister A Raza that
resulted in the 2G Spectrum Scam of Rs.1.76 crores. The
Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi and two Union ministers were
directly connected with arrangements for the Games, and besides that
Congress MP and CWG Organisation Committee Chairman Suresh
Kalmadi was head of overall preparations for the games. And there is
charge that crores of rupees were gulped. Though honesty and integrity of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh can
not be doubted, he must have acted swiftly against corruption. The main
task before the Congress leadership is to lift the morale of the party
workers because of these corruption charges against their the govt and
worst-ever defeat in Bihar Assembly elections, they have become
demorlised. It would have to send the clear message that the party can
not tolerate any act of corruption in government as well organisation. It is
prepared to provide strong leadership and no lacunae will be left
unplugged. Now, Congress Party would have got clear message from the election
result of Bihar Assembly that the people would vote for only those who
work for all round development and peace and not only for showmanship
of being the champion of minority and majority without doing anything on
the ground. The Congress must draw definite line of action on corruption
and all round development of the nation. The Plenary is important as it will decide the strategy ahead for the party
with 2011 scheduled to have elections to the assemblies of Tamil Nadu,
Puducherry, Kerala, Assam and West Bengal, while some other states
including BJP-ruled Gujarat. It will be the 83rd session of the Party being
held in the 125th year of its existence. It will also adopt resolutions on
political, economic situation and international issues.Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would also have
to act decisively and Congres General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, the future
prime ministerial candidate of the party, would also have to first
concentrate on strengthening organisation at the grass root level if the
Bihar Assembly elections resultis anything to go by. A clear message of
purpose must go to the public.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wen Jiabao's visit to India concluded on lacklustre note

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visit to India has concluded on a sombre
and lacklustre note. Wen's visit neither evoked any expectation nor
proved to be a failure. China has not shed its old feeling of rivalry with
India. Chinese Premier condemned terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations but did not name Pakistan's running of terror machine. He
also made no mention of stapled visas to people from Jammu and
Kashmir nor did he express support for UNSC seat for India. For regular boundary skirmishes, Wen only blamed Indian media to
highlight it out of proportion. To keep the relations between the two Asian
giants running on normal course, Chinese Premier described India as
friend and threw light on its participation in international body as
prominent player. In reply to chinese cold response to Indian concerns,
India has also rightly not made any mention of Tibet . China must think that as long as it treats India as its rival, no real
friendship can be established between the two. It should also understand
that India has made long stride in every field of development and the
position now is completely diferent from what existed before 1962. To
keep Pakistan in good humour even after it has become a
well-acknowledged fact sponsoring of terrorism from across the border
against in India, China does not condemn Pak terror activities. China is not doing anything positive to improve relations with India. The
time is changing very fast and India is now not to look back in history. It
wants to establish good neighbourly relation in its neighbourhood.
According to Chinese Premier, good neighbour is a blessing. If that is so,
he must treat Pakistan and India on equal footing. China must not use
one neighbour against the other to serve its own interest. As far as the terrorism that India is facing emanates from Pakistan is
concerned, the world knows it very clealy. But both the US President
Barack Hussain Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao did not speak
at length against terrorism pointedly that could have sounded in Pakistan.
Because both have vital interests in that country. India’s key concerns
on stapled visas to people from Jammu and Kashmir, terrorism
emanating from Pakistan and its aspirations to be a permanent member
of the UN Security Council have not been addressed by China.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A matter of serious concern for India

The US aid to Pakistan for fighting Taliban and other terrorist groups is being diverted against India. It has been brought to the top US leadership. Union Defence Minister AK Antony has rightly said that India would continue to take up the issue of Pakistan diverting American military aid against it with the US till the time there was a final solution to the problem. American military aid is being diverted against India openly. The military weapons which are meant to fight Taliban on the western frontiers is diverted to eastern frontiers against India. It is a well-acknowledge fact that US which keeps Pakistan running with pumping of economic and military packages is mainly used against India. But the question here arises that if the aides provided by US to Pakistan are not used for the purposes they were meant, has the US ever taken notice of the misuse of its aides by Pakistan? The US has interest in keeping Pakistan running and it keeps its interest uppermost, no matter how much does it hurt others. In recent years, India has also come closer to US. So, it is time for it to raise this issue very strongly with US leadership to find solutions to the serious problems being faced by it for no fault of its own. India should not have any objection to US aid to Pakistan but at the same time it is very important and serious matter for India to see how these aides are diverted against it by Pakistan. Though the US may have come closer to India, it is impossible for the US to ignore Pakistan because of its geo-strategic position in South Asia. India also must know that if the US gives cold response and becomes indifferent to provide aid to Pakistan, China is there in the region to provide all sorts of help to it. That the US knows it very well. And that is why it never falls short of Pakistan expectation. Keeping in view the interest of the US in Pakistan, it requires concerted effort on India to convince the US about reality of facts about its aides to Pakistan. A K Antony has rightly observed that the past experience and track-record shows that instead of using the American military aid in the fight against Taliban, Pakistan is diverting it against India.This is a matter of serious concern.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jiabao to address India's concerns

Undoubtedly, China is Asian giant and giving stiff competition to world's
sole super power the US' overlordship. At the same time, China sees
India as its rival and the result of this rivalry results in helping Pakistan in
the field of nuclear technology and sales weapons and that hurts India's
interests in the neighbourhood. If Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his
Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh get success in removing the
misgivings existing between the two big neighbours and develop a sense
of trust between the two, it will be a landmark achievement of Chinese
premier visit to India. There are a number of irritants between the two nations. China's support
to India for permanent seat in UNSC is also vital. China must have
watched keenly that how open hearted support on the issue has been
given by the US, UK, France and others to India. Wen Jiabao will also
have likely to give firm assurance about its support to India for a UNSC
seat. China is also economic super power and the fast economic growth with
which it moves has attracted serious attentison of big powers. The entire
world sees China robust economic growth with amazement. It is a torch
bearer for both developed and developing countries. If China and India
co-operate with each other with open mind on the issue of economic
growth through trade, commerce and agriculture, they can contribute in
alleviating from South Asia, the poverty-stricken region of the world.Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is expected to address some of India's key
concerns like those on stapled visas for Jammu and Kashmir residents,
its bid for permanent membership in UNSC and growing trade imbalance,
to put strained bilateral ties back on track. The discussion between
Jiabao and Singh is likely to be centred on a host of security and
strategic issues, including issuance of stapled visa by China to residents
of Jammu and Kashmir, greater market access for Indian goods to that
country's market and UN reforms.Both sides will be holding wide-ranging discussions on a range of issues-bilateral, global, regional and of mutual interest and a number of
agreements and MoUs are likely to be signed.China views India's rise as
positive and as an opportunity to China.While India has a very
commonsensical and very rational approach to China. If this type of
thinking persists on both sides for time to come, the two big neighbours
can emerge as world super powers shortly.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Yet another shame on Delhi

National capital Delhi has been shamed again within two weeks by another gang rape in moving car in Sultanpuri area. It would not be wrong to characterise Delhi as rape capital. With assuming the post as Delhi Police Commissioner, B K Gupta made his first announcement that safety to women would be his top priority. But just after his assuming the charge, gang rape of a young lady took place in East Delhi. And just after that a Manipur girl employed with BPO was gang raped in a moving pick-up van by five men, which hogged the headlines for days as the accused were nabed after weeks. It clearly denotes the utter failure of Delhi Police.A 18-year-old girl was reportedly gangraped in Sultanpuri on Saturday, Dec 11 night while going to pick-up her mother who works in a nearby factory. Police has arrested four people in connection with the rape.The girl was abducted from Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi, and was raped in a moving car. The new gangrape case popped up just two weeks after another girl raped in the Capital. The 30-year-old BPO employee from Manipur was abducted and raped in a moving car while returning from job. In a month 4 gang rapes have taken place in national capital Delhi. The shocking incidents of gang rapes have made the women fearful in our national capital. And it appears to be completely unsafe for women. Police Commissioner of Delhi had a meeting with beat constables a days before the Sultanpuri gang rape. Would he ever ponder over the impact his meeting made on his sub-ordinates? It means the Commissioner has also failed to establish his authority on his juniors. The police in Delhi is totally lax and complacent. Delhiites have been forced to think how and under whom the police is functioning in the city. Who is after all responsible for the law and order of the city? Delhi police is not under Delhi Government. They come under Union Home Ministry. And L-G is the Centre's agent to report about law and order condition in the national capital. The total failure of Delhi Police means the failure of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in improving the performance of Delhi Police. Home Minister has stated in his attempt to cover his own failure and has passed the blame for growing gang rape cases on migrants in Delhi. It means he wants to blame migrants from UP and Bihar for growing crime against women. His statement is very unfortunate and does not behove of a Union Home Minister of India to cover his own failure by holding responsible for crime against women in Delhi the population of a region of the nation. The laxity and complacency of Delhi police have been aptly characterised by National Commission for Women Chairperson Girja Vyas when she reportedly narrated that when she herself made a move in Delhi at night she noticed one PCR van in four hours. It means no Delhi PCR van moves in the city at night promptly. It also means that most of the constables of Delhi Police are involved in Hafta Wasoli from roadside Panwala, Chaiwala stalls at the cost of his duty to move in colonies and Bus stops to infuse fear among criminals and anti-social elements in their attempt to check crime. There must be speedy provision of deterrent punishment to rapists so that there could be no recurrence of this most shameful acts. It is a national capital and one of the metros. People from all over the country come to earn their livelihood in the city. Now the question arises that when the women are not safe here, what about them in the distant corner of the country. But they are safer in other metros and parts of the country. One rape take place daily on an average in Delhi. It is shocking if the Crime Bureau Report is anything to go by.The incidents of gangrape in Delhi have revealed that the Capital city is not at all safe for women.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

CVC’s position untenabble

The Supreme Court has virtually questioned the tenability of Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas supervising the CBI's investigations into the 2G spectrum scandal as he himself was Telecom Secretary at the relevant point of time. First of all, controversial person must not be considered for the post of Chief Vigilance Commissioner, the top watch dog to look into corruption cases. The Committee competent to recommend the appointment of CVC comprises Prime Minister, Home Minister and leader of Opposition. The Opposition leader of BJP Sushama Swaraj had raised objection to the name of PG Thomas for the post of CVC but her objection was overruled outright by PM. It is also natural that person who is not free of corruption charges himself can not be expected to investigate corruption cases against others. Supreme Court has also questioned the tenability of CVC Thomas. Before being appointed CVC Thomas was the Telecom Secretary and the 2G Scam has occured in the department, though he has said that the distribution of licenses was not done during his secretaryship.CVC PG Thomas has already been debarred from overseeing the investigation into 2G Scam. In the meantime, CBI Director has been appointed. The Committee appoints CBI Director is headed by CVC. Now the question of propriety here arises that when CVC Thomas was already rescued from dealing with 2G Scam, how could he be proper to give the final nod for the appointment of CBI Director. If the CVC Thomas is not legally authorised to oversee 2G Scam investigation, how the appointment of CBI Director AP Singh can be valid. If there is a question of impropriety involved in the appointment of CBI Director, then can it be made null and void. This is a big question to be answered by the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government. As far as the question of proprietary among political parties is concerned, there is double standard on the issue. One for self and other for else. The same is being played in Parliament. The BJP is baying for the blood of the ruling party over the demand of JPC probe into 2G Scam, stalling Parliament in the Winter Session for 15th day since its beginning. BJP also demanding the resignation of CVC PJ Thomas as charge of corruption is pending against him in the court of law. But on the other hand the alleged involvement of BJP Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa in land scam is being given a go by and it let him continue as CM. What is the meaning of propriety in public life? What is improper for itself is proper for others. BJP, the main opposition, owes also an explanation to the nation.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Laudable initiative in Bihar

After taking oath as Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar has pledged to deliver his promises made during the election campaigns recently. He was elected with overwhelming majority in the just concluded Bihar Assembly elections with hope that he would excellerate his mission of all round development. Besides improvement in all areas of governance, it was alleged that corruption had grown by leaps and bounds in Bihar during the last five years. On the issue of rooting out corruption, Bihar government is going to confiscate the disproportionate property of the corrupt government officers and a provision would be made of trial for them by special corrupt. And the disproportionate property would be converted into schools where the children would be taught. If this comes into reality, it would be a great achievement of Nitish Kumar. Bihar has always been the trend setter for the nation and if Nitish Kumar's initiative fructified, it would be his another exemplary work besides provision of 50 percent reservations for women in Panchyat elections. The way Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken out Bihar from dark ages, thrown into by Lalu-Rabri duo regime of 15 years, has been highly appreciated not only by the voters of Bihar but also all over the nation. Nitish gives the credit for huge mandate to the people and not takes it for himself. His determination to work harder and harder for all round development of the state is laudable and his quality and sicerety for the progress of the state will certainly pitchfork him on the national political arena and certainly place him in the race for the post of Prime Minister in 2014 mid-term elections. The chief characteristic of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is that during his regime of last five years, he has roused hope among the people with all sincerity and promptness. People have voted him back to power with overwhelming majority to turn their hope into reality in the coming five years and take Bihar on top in the country. As corruption has taken the form of cancer, which has spread very fast in every sphere of life, Nitish has rightly declared war on it. Sooner it is rooted out, faster would be the development. CM Nitish Kumar in accordance with the promises made to the people of Bihar is going to introduce Right to Services Bill in the next assembly session. In a bold move to weed out corruption, the Bihar govt will soon enact a law, making it mandatory for state agencies to extend services to people within a stipulated time frame. The Right to Service Bill must be brought so that the government and its agencies extend services to people within a stipulated time frame. The proposed legislation would come in handy in weeding out red-tape and corruption. The new legislation will fix accountability and responsibility of officials for reaching the services required by the people.The sense must prevail on bureaucracy that it is the right of the people to avail services to be provided by the state government and its agencies and lapses on the part of officials in discharge of their obligations will amount to violation of proposed act.