Friday, November 30, 2012

Thwart any attack on freedom of expression

Social sites like Face book, Twitter and others are the only platforms from where anybody can express. Freedom of expression is the only right that in a democratic country is enjoyed by the common people through these social sites. So, this freedom of expression of the people must be protected at all costs by the state in a democratic country. Supreme Court has rightly taken cognizance of the PIL filed by a Delhi girl against the abuse of Cyber Act 66A by the police and might of the state, reflecting in arresting the two Maharashtra girls because one had questioned through her post on Face book the shutting down of Mumbai for Balashaheb Thackeray's funeral and the other for liking it. The police lodged the complaint under Cyber Act section 66A and swung into action for the arrest of the two girls only because they had expressed their opinion on the situation prevailing in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai . The arrest of two girls is the direct attack on freedom of expression by the police at the backing of state power. In the incident of same kind of incident where a Jadavpur University professor had expressed himself through carton and putting it online against Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Bannerjee, and subsequently he was arrested by the police at the behest of state power. These incidents, apart from others, amply reflect that our police and might of the state is blatantly misused the moment any free speech which goes against them or any powerful politician. Cyber Act gives unlimited power to police and it is also ambiguous that the police interpret it to their convenience and to establish their highhandedness. The sections of Cyber Act which give enough to scope to police to interpret in their own way need to be immediately reviewed. The Supreme Court of India is the only hope of the common people for keeping their fundamental right of expression intact in democracy. In view of Supreme Court’s observation, the Centre has also rightly issued new guidelines for arrests under a controversial provision of the IT Act that say approval from a police officer of IGP rank in metros and DCP rank in other areas will have to be sought before registering complaints under section 66A of the Act. Section 66A provides for a jail term of up to three years, and a case under it can be registered by a police station in-charge or an inspector-rank officer. The revised guidelines say the concerned police officer or police station may not register any complaints unless he or it has obtained prior approval at the level of an officer not below DCP rank in urban and rural areas and IG level in metros. Neither there should be the abuse of Cyber act against the freedom of expression nor should any expression be threatening, menacing and causing communal discord through social sites under the cover of right expression.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Media must maintain sanctity

The arrest of two Zee News Editors has cast doubt on the role of Media. This is the first time in recent history of Indian media that two editors have been arrested in course of alleged business dealings with the Corporate. Zee News says that Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. have brought disrepute to its credibility by slapping a case of extortion against its two editors. Media is not above the law and it must maintain its sanctity. The editors of Zee News and Zee Business respectively, have been arrested on charges of extortion. Whether the arrest of Zee editors is a case of police high-handedness or a case of extortion is to be decided by the court of law but one thing is certain that moral devaluation has set in both media persons and politicians. When the Zee news was playing one news after another about the irregularities in coal block allotment, why did its editors go hotel for a meeting with the representative of JSPL to strike alleged business deals? The arrests have been made more than a month after Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) filed a complaint with the police alleging that Rs. 100 crore was demanded in the form of advertisements to dilute the campaign launched by the news channel against the business group in connection with the alleged coal block allocation scam. First of all, the media persons of the ranks of editors must not contact the clients themselves and cut business agreements with them. The editors are only entrusted with the task of maintaining the sanctity of their news organization and credibility of the news stories published in their news papers only. Their business is only to ensure the credibility of the news contents in news papers. They must not allow anyone to get the news story planted in the news paper for some vested or business interests of the management. Editors' first and foremost duty is also to maintain the independence of the news paper and they have also to ensure that the news stories published in the newspaper do not favour certain individual or organization. News papers Editors must also maintain their apolitical character. The editor of the news paper, TV news channel and news agency must only see the contents and decide which news occupy what place and priority in news papers and TV news channels. Editors of the news papers are treated with respect by the general public because of their intellectual integrity and probity in public life. They have also to withstand the pressure of the management of the news paper or TV news channel to dilute the importance of the news to safeguard its business interest. General public has no concern for the financial position of the news papers. JSPL chairman Naveen Jindal released video recordings allegedly showing the Zee editors trying to extort Rs. 100 crore in return for the channel not airing damaging stories on coal block allocations involving JSPL. These video recordings must be put to test in forensic laboratory to know its authenticity about the allegation of extortion against the two Zee news editors.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Poll centric move

The scheme of direct cash transfer of subsidy amount into the bank accounts of those poor who deserve it on the basis of Adhaar Card identification to be introduced from January 1, 2013 is an election-centric move. The cash subsidy would be given to the beneficiaries having Aadhaar-enabled account number through the bank branches or banking correspondents. This may be described as politically motivated poll centric move to influence the people by Congress-led ruling UPA government but it will certainly do away with the middlemen. The total subsidy amount will go into the hands of the poor who deserve it. There would also be no chance of either falsification or duplication. The system of direct subsidy cash amount payment to the people may be the flagship programme of UPA at nearing the end of its second term to mobilize the people for votes to come to power for the third consecutive term but one thing needs to taken into consideration that when there will be cash payment, what will be about PDS system? PDS will become redundant and the government will have no need to store the grains to give to the poor through it. Government will also not make any purchase of grains from the farmers. All grain productions will be sold in open market and their price will be determined there. It is feared by a section of economists that the prices of food grains in the market will go up. The beneficiaries of direct cash payment will have no problem in purchasing the food items from the market at even at high rate with subsidy amount but the middle class people will have to bear the brunt as they purchase food items out of their own pocket sans any relief from the government. The entire population needs food grains. It is not only the poor but also the rich need food grains equally. That is why the Government needs to think how to keep the prices of food items in check. According to Finance minister P Chidambram, the benefits under 29 welfare schemes being operated by different ministries would be transferred through Aadhaar-enabled bank accounts in 51 districts spread over 16 states from 1st Jan next year. He says that the scheme of cash transfer into bank accounts would enable the government to extend benefits to the needy at the click of a button without any fear of misuse or duplication. At present, government operates about 42 schemes, of which 29 would be covered by the cash transfer scheme that is to be launched from 1st January 2013 in 51 districts. The schemes which would come under the purview of the cash transfer scheme would include those of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Human Resources Development (HRD) Minority Welfare, Women and Child Development, Health and Family and Labour and Employment. The government is so serious about introducing its poll centric cash transfer subsidy amount that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has directed all the ministries concerned to work in close coordination to ensure success of the scheme.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Un-called for controversy of CBI Director appointment

The BJP being the main opposition party should act with responsibility and positivity at least on some issues with the government. Being in opposition does not mean that it should oppose all government act without any rhyme and reason. Rather, it should play the role of a constructive opposition and present before the nation how it would improve the governance if it was given mandate in the coming Lok Sabha elections. BJP’s programme and policy must not be centred on only saying that the ruling UPA coalition is going worse and worse. As far as the issue of appointing CBI Director is concerned, the UPA Government has not violated any established norms in the appointment of the new CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, a Bihar Cadre IPS and ITBP Director. The post of CBI Director can not lie vacant even for a single day. In the given situation how it could be kept in abeyance pending Select Committee Report on Lokpal in Rajya Sabha. Select Committee reccomends the appointment of CBI Director by a Colegium consisting of Prime Minister, Chief Justice and leader of the Opposition. It is a good idea and it would also bring transparancy in the appointment of CBI Director. Select Committee reccomendation will take a considerable amount of time in going through all parliamentary proceedings and taking the shape of law.That is why the appointment of such an important functionary can not be kept in abeyance for a long time. PM Manmohan Singh has rightly rejected BJP’s demand to hold in abeyance the appointment of new CBI Dir Ranjit Sinha and termed as unwarranted insinuation the charge that the decision was to preempt the procedure recommended by the Select Committee on Lokpal.The Prime Minister has also rightly said that the premier investigating agency could not be kept without a head pending the enactment of the Lokpal and the question of keeping the new appointment in abeyance does not arise. BJP is itself divided over the appointment issue of CBI Dir. Senior BJP leader and veteran criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani has lambasted the party over its demand to keep the appointment of CBI Director in abeyance and praised the government and the Congress Party on the issue. Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj had written letters to the Prime Minister saying that appointment of the new CBI Director should not have been done when the Rajya Sabha Select Committee had recommended that such appointments should be done through a collegium.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Expand bilateral economic relations in ASEAN and East Asian regions

It is good that India and China have agreed to make bilateral ties stronger, wider and deeper. The idea has been strengthened in the meeting between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of ASEAN and East Asia Summit. The Chinese leader would be demitting office in March. Prime Minister Dr Singh has specifically referred to Wen's two visits to India in 2005 and 2010, saying these helped make the ties stronger. During Wen's first visit in 2005, the two countries established Strategic and Cooperative Partnership while in the second visit in 2010 marked 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Keeping in view the ongoing economic recession in the entire western world, it is necessary for the emerging economy like India to expand its economic activities through establishing bilateral economic ties in the entire region of ASEAN and East Asia. China is the second largest economy of the world and first of Asia. India is behind China in economy. India has vast market potential that needs to be exploited to the hilt. It requires having its wing spread in the entire Asian region. There is no dearth of economic resources in ASEAN and East Asian region. All we need is to exploit the economic potential for the development of the region. As China and India are the biggest economies of the region, they need to play the lead role for the equitable development of the region. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh being the world’s renowned economist, his say at ASEAN and East Asian summit in the Phnom Penh on the expansion of economic relations among the nations of the region will certainly make lasting impact. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has held separate meetings with the President of Philippines. It assumes significance because the issue of terrorism and menace of piracy figured prominently in the discussions. Discussions are aimed at intensifying economic engagement with the ASEAN and concluding comprehensive economic partnership agreement that hogged the lime light. On the side lines of the summit some more bilateral meetings are expected to take place. With an agenda to push for greater trade relations in the South East Asian region, PM arrived in the Cambodian capital to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. The Summit meets are going to provide an opportunity for India to enhance its economic cooperation in the region amid lingering financial crisis in the western world.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Take the charges of corruption seriously

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh must not take the charges of corruption in his government by Arvind Kejriwal, social-turned political activist and IAC Chief, lightly. To keep at least personal integrity and honesty intact, he must order immediately the probe into the charges. In contrary to that, the habit of his party leaders and ministers to starting making allegations and accusation against Arvind Kejriwal and the opposition BJP in their defence. It only strengthens the message about corruption among the people. And ultimate looser in the game of allegation and counter allegation will be the UPA government. Arvind Kejriwal makes allegations against politicians and business men at regular intervals. The fresh allegation that he has made against multinational HSBC Bank of indulging in money laundering and claimed that Ambani brothers, Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal and Congress MP Anu Tandon had parked their black money in its Geneva branch. Kejriwal and his associate lawyer Prashant Bhushan have alleged that around Rs 6,000 crore of black money is lying in 700 accounts of the Geneva branch of the bank. It is no longer secret that huge black money is stashed in foreign banks to escape from the penalty of Indian laws. UPA government is alleged to have not worked sincerely for bringing back thousands of crores of black money from foreign banks. The entire nation knows that if all the black money is recovered and brought back into our country, it will be of great help in removing our poverty. But this huge amount of black money will be brought back by following rules and regulations put in place at international level. Government is only required to expedite the process of recovery of black money from. On this front, it is lacking in. UPA Government needs to be serious and imposing in prevailing on the Swiss bank to disclose the name of all the Indian account holders with it. Every charge of corruption leveled by Arvind Kejriwal is not without proof and unfounded. By merely sending a letter of denials by the persons against whom the charges of money laundering and stashing huge of money in banks abroad have been leveled, they can not be absolved of accusations. The UPA government also must not consider those charges as closed case. UPA Government needs to be serious to bring transparency in all financial activities and for that, all the charges leveled by Kejriwal must be thoroughly probed. The reaction that the UPA government expresses to allegations of corruption and inefficiency amply makes it clear from its defence that something is suspect. UPA is unable to read the writing on the wall.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Congress must cast off its inertia

Congress must think why the people are distancing from it. What is the cause behind it? Whether it is corruption, price rise, weakening organizational set ups in Hindi heartland or blind pursuit after economic reforms that alienate the people from it. Samvaad Baithak must dwell on these issues with priority. It is clear that there is disconnection between the people and the ruling Congress Party.Congress leaders and workers need urgently to caste off inertia and be ready to explain to the people why the worsening economic situation of 1991 is lurking before the nation. It means that the UPA has managed the economic affairs very badly. When the UPA has been in power for the last eight years, why the situation demanded to take hard economic measures that has brought more economic burden on the people. Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has asked the party workers to explain to the people about the tough economic decisions taken by the government at Samvaad Baithak in Surajkund of Haryana. It is good to hold Samvaad Baithak but at the same time it is pre-requisite to be always have Samvaad always with the people of the nation to come to power. The people are really disillusioned with UPA over rising corruption, food inflation and going all out for economic reforms. They are angry at economic measures and UPA govt's total failure to check price rise. UPA has been in power for the last eight years. Why did it not anticipate that if it did not work hard in the beginning, the situation might go from bad to worse? As far as Sonia Gandhi’s call up on its workers to explain before the people is concerned, does she not know what is the position of Congress organization from Panchayat to state capital level in two most politically important states - Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It is almost dead. The Congress workers are demoralized and not in a position to speak before the opposition party with any moral standing. There is no leader in these two states who could stand up to the opposition party CMs. So, first and foremost task before the Congress Samvaad Baithak is to think in detail how to bring the party on its own feet before the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Obama's grand victory in US presidential polls for another 4 years

The victory of President Barack Obama in the US elections for the second consecutive term may be fascinating in all respects but the challenges and problems on the issue of unemployment, recession, Gay and Lesbian await him eagerly to get back to his business in Oval Office. His victory margin this time is lesser than what he had recorded in his first victory in presidential elections. But one thing is clear that President Obama has certainly created a vote bank for his Democratic Party of Youths, Women, Hispanics, minority, poor and marginal sections of society. As far as India's relation with the US under president Obama is concerned, it has been good except his protectionist policy which hurts India economically. But he will have to balance his protectionist attitude towards outsourcing so far as India is concerned because the US also eyes on India's vast market potential to exploit economically, and that might help him overcome economic recession. President Obama in his second stint will have to clarify US view on Pakistan in the given situation of danger to peace not only in Asian region but also all over the world due to unchecked growth of terrorism there. His plan for US military pull-out from Afghanistan to begin in 2014 also needs to have a re-look. And the exercise of military pull-out should only begin after the peace is ensured there. India and America are the champions of democracy. The former is the largest and the later is the oldest. So, they can be natural allies. The campaigning during presidential elections in the US must be emulated by the political leaders and parties of our country. The relation between the ruling and the opposition should also be a lesson to be learnt by the Indian ruling and opposition leaders from the US. The way the losing presidential Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney has congratulated the winning incumbent President and Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama is exemplary. Both the US ruling and opposition parties have shown that the nation is above all their political interests. Barack Obama has won a historic election to get a second term as US President, overcoming a stiff challenge from Republican Mitt Romney defying concerns over his handling of economy and anxiety over the future. 51-year-old Obama is a votary of strong ties with India. He is the first black American to occupy the White House, scored what turned out to be a comfortable victory over Romney after a bitter and costly campaign running over months with his rivals attacking him on issues of unemployment and recession. Disproving predictions of a narrow victory in a very tight race, the incumbent won the election in crucial battleground states after a neck-and-neck race in the initial stages, getting 303 electoral votes against 206 of Romney in a college of 535 votes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ridiculous defence

Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh is the doting parent of the BJP. It has been reflected in the defence of BJP president Nitin Gadkari in the wake of the demand of his resignation from within after the media expose about the dubious funding of his company. The rebellion within the BJP over continuance of Nitin Gadkari as party president in the wake alleged dubious funding of his company was successfully quelled for now by RSS lieutenant Gurumurthy. RSS sent its think tank and so-called noted Chartered Accountant and financial analyst Gurumurthy to make a presentation of Nitin Gadkari company’s accounts before the BJP Core Committee to defend him in the wake of the demand of his resignation. He convinced the BJP that Nitin Gadkari’s records are clean and he has been politically implicated. BJP had to accept the order from Nagpur and gave clean chit to its party prersident Nidin Gadkari. BJP issued the joint statement of its leaders in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely that gave clean chit to Nitin Gadkari and reposed faith in him. And if the RSS continued to support Nitin Gadkari in this fashion, Gadkari would certainly get second term no matter how much it would harm the. The Congress-led UPA government is facing the charges of corruption and the BJP had got an opportunity to win favour of the people by acting against its own president Nitin Gadkari and sending a message that the party is intolerable on the issue of corruption. It was also an opportunity for the BJP to take high moral ground and win people's favour. But it has frittered all opportunities and the way it has acted on the issue of corruption against its president amply reflects that it is in no way better than the Congress, though both are the two sides of the same coin. BJP says that because Gurumurthy gives Gadkari a clean chit, he is innocent. BJP also says that Nitin Gadkari is prepared to face any probe. First of all, is Gurumurthy has been appointed a commission of enquiry to look into irregularities committed by Nitin Gadkari? Who is Grumurthy to pass judgement. If the same parameter is adopted in regard to all charges of corruption against politicians of different political parties, all will get reprieve. Can it be possible that if he showed unprepared ness, there would be no probe against Gadkari? Is it possible that because he is not prepared, no case of corruption will be filed against him in the court of law? BJP must know that it does not matter whether the accused is prepared or not, he would have to face the judiciary trial and the probe instituted against him. Can there be more ridiculous defence of the political party's president when it happens to be the main opposition party of the nation? It means that BJP is no different from the Congress on the issue of corruption. Nitin Gadkari episode also reflects BJP has no control of its own political agenda and it is remote controlled by RSS.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nitin Gadkari's continuance harmful

Now, the continuance of Nitin Gadkari any longer as BJP president when the demand of his resignation is being raised within the party would prove to be suicidal for it. BJP is the main opposition party of the nation. The ruling Congress-led UPA is already beset with the charges of corruption. In the given situation, the people could look towards the BJP, but when its party president Nitin Gadkari is himself facing a number of corruption charges, what the people can expect from it. Not only the present party president faces charges of corruption, a former president of BJP had already undergone imprisonment for a few months on the charge of taking money, which was caught on camera. BJP MP and the leading lawyer of the nation Ram Jethmalani had already demanded the resignation of Nitin Gadkari from the post of Party president. Now, Mahesh Jethmalani, an eminent lawyer and son of Ram Jethmalani, has resigned from the BJP National Executive Committee and said that he would not associate with the party as long as Nitin Gadkari remains its president. In the meanwhile, again Ram Jethmalani has made a fresh demand of Gadkari's resignation and said that three BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha, Jashwant Singh and Satrughan Sinha are in touch with him and support his demand, though BJP parliamentary party leader Sushma Swaraj has tweeted, favouring Nitin Gadkari to continue as party president. Apart from charges of corruption, Nitin Gadkari’s sense of comparison has thrown the party into great embarrassment. He has compared Swami Vivekanand with the proclaimed criminal and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim because the former used his IQ for the benefit of the people and the later for wrongdoing. It reflects that Nitin Gadkari's own IQ required to be measured immediately. When Nitin Gadkari was made BJP president on the recommendation of BJP's doting father Rashriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, it not only startled the top brass and workers of the party but also its supporters all over the nation. First of all, he is very much junior in politics and age to most of the leaders. He was also alien to the national politics before being made party president. He was a state leader of Maharashtra and in good book of the RSS. His only plus point is that he is running Business Empire in Nagpur and protégé of RSS. His meteoric rise in business and politics itself reflects some sort of underhand dealing being allegedly practised by him. In the charged atmosphere of corruption against political class in toto, any further continuance of Nitin Gadkari will cause irreparable loss for the BJP. Sooner the BJP get relieved of Nitin Gadkari, the better would be for the party.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bihar deserves special status

Presently, Bihar may be recording growth rate in double digit but still far short of national average. It is also one of the most backward states of the nation. Bihar has everything except financial resources to catch up with national development. It has no dearth of meritorious students, labourious youngmen and the people. Biharis are known for their merit, hard labour, exemplary courage, honesty and integrity. They have contributed much more than anyone else in the development achieved so far in any part of the nation. In the absence of any industry, there is no employment generating avenues in the state. Biharis migrate in large numbers to Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of the nation in search of livelihood. They put in hard labour outside the state to earn and leave behind all others. Bihar has glorious history and set examples to be followed all over the nation. It has been first on many occasions. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has certainly brought turn around in the development of the state but his hands are bound in absence of financial resources. He has rightly given clarion call to the people of Bihar to take the fight to Delhi in March if their demand for the special status is not conceded. The historic Gandhi Maidan was packed to the full with the people to make demand on the Centre to give special status to Bihar. This is also the first time that the rally of the political party has been held on issue of development of the state. Biharis are not beginning but making the rightful demand of the state. More than One crore signatures of Biharis for special status have already been handed over to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. PM also ordered to a Committee to look into the demand. The Committee has already submitted its report and reportedly rejected the demand of special status on the ground that it is only provided to the hilly states. Bihar is not hilly state but it is landlocked and underdeveloped for which even world parameter suggests special package. Since the state of Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar, all mineral resources went with it and the state was only left with only flood and draught. Without the adequate development of Bihar, the national development can not be complete. It has been the record of Bihar and Biharis to lead the campaign of the development of the nation from the front. It only needs to set-up infrastructure for industries. The industry will only come up in the state when there will be investment from outside. Investors like tax relief and it is possible only when the state would avail the facility of special status. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has mobilized the entire state that was evident in Gandhi Maidan. Kumar has also shown through this mammoth rally his political clout in the state to both his alliance partner BJP and the UPA Government at the Centre. It is correct to say that CM Nitish Kumar was minister in Atal Behari Vajpayee -led NDA government for six years and did not raise any voice for the special status of Bihar. But it does not mean that he should not demand the special status for the state at this point of time. He is mobilizing the support and all Biharis are behind him on this issue. National Development Council (NDC) must consider seriously on the rightful demand of special status to Bihar.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

UPA must explain Reliance episode

India Against Corruption (IAC) boss and social turned political activist Arbind Kejriwal, who is going to announce the name of his party at the end of this month itself, may be leveling one charge of corruption or the other on daily basis against both BJP and Congress but the charges that he leveled against the country's biggest Corporate House Reliance and its boss Mukesh Ambani of making huge profit from the KG basin by dictating terms to increase gas price to Manmohan Singh government must be clarified by it. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's action in regard to Reliance makes clear that he favoured it under an unseen pressure. The shifting of portfolio of Petroleum minister also is alleged to have been done under the pressure of Reliance on PM to suit its business interests. The recent shifting of the portfolio of Petroleum from Jaipal Reddy is also alleged to have been done under the pressure of Reliance. Jaipal Reddy was shifted to ministry of Science and Technology only because he vehemently opposed Reliance move to increase the prices of Gas to reap huge profit. As Reddy is an honest minister and of unquestioned integrity, he did not bend under its pressure and because of that petroleum portfolio was taken away from him. Though it is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to appoint ministers and allot portfolio, the way Petroleum portfolio was taken away from Manishankar Ayyer to Jaipal Reddy amply reflects that there works some unseen power on the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to oblige Reliance boss Mukesh Ambani. In the given situation, Arvind Kejriwal has rightly leveled charges against the Government of India that it is not run by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but by the Reliance boss Mr. Mukesh Ambani and both Congress and BJP are in his pocket. Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations that the contract of exploring Gas in KG Basin was signed during the BJP-led NDA regime and implemented in letter and spirit by the Congress-led UPA regime must be cleared by the government. That is why Mukesh Ambani used to say that the ruling Congress Party is his shop. Arvind Kejriwal's allegations against the ruling and opposition parties may have been sans solid evidences but it is responsibility of the UPA government to rebut charges one by one on the basis of solid document so that the people of the nation could know what the truth is. In democracy, IAC boss Arvind Kejriwal has every right to raise the issue of corruption against government, political parties and corporate, and it is the responsibility of each accused to explain its position before the nation.