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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cowardly attack

The Amarnath terror attack is cowardly and the most reprehensible act. There have been all round condemnations of this cowardly act. 7 among the pilgrims were killed and 17 others were injured in the terror attack on the bus carrying them to Amarnath. It is not an attack on Amarnath Yatris but on the composite culture of Jammu and Kashmir. The bus had Gujarat number and mostly the pilgrims belonged to that state. It was neither registered with Amarnath Yatra Board nor did it follow the rule of not going after sunset. This is the clear case of negligence and total security lapses. So, the Mehbooba Mufti govt. must be held responsible for security lapses. The terror attack on Anmarnath Yatris has angered the entire nation and it deserves strongest possible condemnation. There have also been serious lapses on the part of security agencies that despite intelligence output given in advance, they have failed to thwart the heinous act of terror. The unarmed Yatris were killed. Hijbul and LeT have reportedly been responsible for carrying out this heinous act of terror. The state of govt. of PDP-BJP has miserably failed to maintain law and order and the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre appears to be only indulging in tall talking. Now, the nation wants not only strident criticism of terror attack by the govt. but also stringent and decisive action against all those responsible for the killing of the 7 innocent Amarnath Yatris. It is after more than 15 years that Amarnath Yatris were targeted by the terrorists. Amarnath Yatris were also attacked for the first time in 2000. The entire nation wants action, and no talk and assurances. There must not be any politics over terror attack on Amarnath Yatris. The state govt. of Jammu and Kashmir appears to have failed on all fronts. So, it will be in the interest of the state to impose President’s rule. As far as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is concerned, he must also know that now enough is enough and nation wants only action immediately. What is the Kashmir policy of the government? Since Narendra Modi govt. came to power, there has been sudden rise in terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. The people of the nation had hope that Narendra Modi govt. would crush terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. But in contrary to all hopes and expectations, BJP shook hands with PDP, which has been known for having soft approach towards terrorism. BJP did this only to be in power in the state with PDP. Narendra Modi govt. appears to have no Kashmir policy. The Central govt. is directionless. This govt. only holds hectic meeting of NSA Ajit Doval, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, IB Chief and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after every terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. But the result is zero and the same cowardly act of terror is repeated. The time has come for taking decisive action against the perpetrators of terror and their masters sitting across the border. LeT and Hijbul get strong backing from Pakistan. It should also be amply clear for the international community that when Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa glorify the Hijbul terrorist Burhan Wani’s death anniversary, it needs no proof that Pakistan encourages, abets and aids terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Hijbul Commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with the Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir on July 8, 2016. So, India must also launch a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan on the international stage on one hand and give free hand to Army in Jammu and Kashmir to take action against terror as and when required on the other. Apart from this, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval should also be asked to make clear what advice he gives to PM in regard to combat terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Now, it is more than three years since the Narendra Modi govt. came to power, but no improvement on any count is perceptible on the ground. Govt. must understand the outrage of the nation at the cowardly terror attack on Amarnath Yatris. The time has come for decisive action against terrorists and Pakistan, which provide them safe havens.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pakistan invites all round condemnation

Pakistan always extols the terror activities, incidents, acts of violence and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. The international community must take serious note of its action. India has rightly rebuked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Qamar Javed Bajwa for glorifying Hijbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed last year on July 8, 2016 in an encounter with the Indian army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. They have deliberately organized first death anniversary function of the top most Hijb terrorist Burhan Wani to encourage terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. They do this only to encourage terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and antagonize India. It will be better for India to take the issue of Pak’s glorification of the death of top J & K terrorist Burhan Wani at international stage. Pak deserves to be condemned by one and all. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had rightly said at G20 Summit in Hamburg in Germany that there required to be collective crackdown on safe havens of terrorists. Pakistan is deliberately eulogizing terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir. The international community must take serious note of Pak action in regard to glorifying, nurturing and protecting terrorism. It is also no secret that Pakistan has been the epicentre of terrorist incidents, taking place anywhere in the world. Terror emanates from there. The sole super power US must take note of Pak action seriously and act against it in real terms. Only by giving hard statements against terrorism cannot serve any purpose. The killing of Burhan Wani by the Army personnel in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir was a great setback for Pakistan. Pak’s notoriety has crossed all limits. Even after designating Hijbul supremo Syed Salahuddin as global terrorist by the US, it makes no difference with Pakistan. It has taken no action against him. Although India is capable to crush the terrorists sent by Pakistan into Kashmir from across the border, the international community is also required to take appropriate action against it. India must also launch a vigorous diplomatic campaign to declare Pakistan a terrorist state. When the head of the Pak government and its Army Chief pay tribute to the terrorist, who had taken several lives of innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir, what it deserves to be called. Pakistan deserves to be called a terrorist state. India has given very appropriate response by rebuking Pakistan for glorifying the death of terrorist Burhan Wani. The External Affairs ministry has taken a very firm stand on it. It is very sad and unfortunate that Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif glorified Wani and dubbing him martyr. It should be condemned not only by India but by all International community. In a move that could potentially escalate tensions in its already strained bilateral ties with India, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid tribute to Wani saying his death “infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom” in the Valley. Pak Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had also praised Burhan Wani, saying, “Sacrifices of Burhan Wani and generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve. It is nothing but Pak's notoriety. India must take the issue of Pak paying tribute to a dreaded terrorist like Burhan Wani on his first death anniversary on international stage strongly so that the world could know how degraded and devil Pakistan is.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hotel after fodder scandal

Rashtriya Janta Dal Supremo and former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav and his kin again have come into the net of CBI for leasing of Railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri to a company in lieu of land worth crores to his wife former CM Rabri Devi and son Bihar Deputy CM Tejswi Yadav for making the biggest Mall of the state in Patna. The CBI has alleged that when Lalu was Railways Minister in 2008, he got a two-acre plot in Patna as a favour from an entrepreneur Harsh Kocchar, whom Lalu helped in getting 15-year-lease to run two Railways’ hotels in Puri and Ranchi. Currently, the Yadavs are building a mall on that two-acre land. Kocchar allegedly sold land to a company owned by the wife of an RJD MP and then the land was transferred in the name of Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejasvi.The CBI case has brought a bunch of new concerns for the Yadavs who have been facing Income Tax probe for allegedly becoming the owner of property worth Rs. 1000 crore via shell companies. CBI raided the residence of former Chief Minister and Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi on 12 Circular Road in Patna in connection with her and son Tejswi Yadav’s interrogation about the transfer of a 2 acre land in Patna in their names to construct a mall. It is a case of Quid Pro Quo as Lalu Yadav allegedly favoured the company in the leasing of the hotels and in lieu of that they were asked to give land to the LARA project of which Yadav' family members are reported to be owners. The biggest mall of Bihar in Patna is being constructed by the LARA project. Though Lalu Yadav has said that CBI's raid at his wife’s residence in his absence is purely politically motivated under the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, Union I&B Minister Venkaih Naidu has said that neither the BJP nor the Government has nothing to do with the CBI raid at Rabri Devi residence in Patna. He said that investigating agency was free to act on its own. He has rightly said that if Lalu’s allegation of political vendetta is to be taken seriously, the investigating agencies would not act against any politician involved in corruption. Central Bureau is the premier investigating agency of the nation. Though the Supreme Court once said that CBI was like caged parrot, it must be left free to act on the complaint sincerely, without any bias and under no pressure. Lalu Yadav is, undoubtedly, one of the strongest opposition leaders in the country and he has been very vocal against the Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. at the Centre. He has also announced that his party is going to hold a mega rally named ‘Bharat Bachao, BJP Bhagao on August 27 in Patna and he is going to invite all opposition leaders to participate in it. Therefore, the timing of CBI raids against Lalu and his kin is seen to weaken and demoralize the vocal leaders through using the premier investigating agency against him. As far as the ruling Mahagathbandhan is concerned, it appears that its longevity may not be affected immediately, but this CBI raid at Rabri’s residence has made its functioning more troublesome. The leader of the Bihar Mahagatbandhan JU(U) supremo and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is silent and has not given his reaction to the CBI raid at Rabri's Patna residence. The relation among the Mahagathbandhan partners is already strained as CM Nitish Kumar went to support NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for presidential election against the opposition presidential nominee Meira Kumar. Undoubtedly, Nitish Kumar is known for honesty, integrity, and good governance. There has been no allegation of corruption against him in his long political career. But by shaking hands with Lalu Yadav to form Mahagathabandhan of JD(U), RJD and Congress to take on BJP in Bihar assembly elections in 2015, he has already compromised with the tainted image of his biggest partner. Lalu Yadav had already been convicted in fodder scam and because of that, he was banned from contesting elections for 10 years. So, Nitish Kumar will not open his mouth despite several instigations by the opposition BJP in the state but one is certain that he is not comfortable in the company of Lalu and Congress in Mahagathbandhan. Congress is also one of the partners in the ruling alliance and it has openly come out in support of Lalu and called CBI raid at his residence a political vendetta. In the immediate future, there will be no break-up in Mahagathbandhan and Nitish Kumar is not a novice in politics that he would take any decision in haste. He may go back to the NDA fold a year before the assembly elections in Bihar in 2020. Observing the strained relations among Bihar ruling partners, it is also alleged that CBI action may have been expedited against Lalu to force Nitish to come out of Mahagathbandhan. Whatever may be the political position in the state, but one thing must be clear that the corrupt will not be allowed to go free. Whoever has committed corruption, the CBI must act against him.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

PM’s Israel visit reflects pragmatism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel visit reflects his pragmatic approach and dynamism. He is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. The warm welcome extended to PM Modi by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had come to the airport to receive him personally, shows how much Israel is interested and eager to co-operate with India in every field, ranging from agriculture, Science and Technology, Space, Counter terrorism, Security and several others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also made it clear before his Israel visit that India’s stand in regard to Palestine remains unchanged. India recognized Israel in 1950 and established full diplomatic relations with it in 1992. Israel has always been on India’s side against Pakistan. It had supported India in 1971 and Kargil war against Pakistan. So, Israel is a very good friend of India. It is also tried and trusted friend. Israel has the population of only 90 lakh. It is very small in comparison to India. But with use of advanced technology and skills, Israel has recorded tremendous development in the field of agriculture, defence, space, security, science and technology and others. Israel has second largest number of Start-Ups. As far as counter-terror mechanism is concerned, it has mastery in it. Israel like India has also been the victim of terrorism. So, coming closer to Israel may antagonize Pakistan, but it will be very beneficial for India. As far as defence equipment and the issue of security are concerned, Israel has no match. One more benefit for India by coming closer to Israel is that there is a strong Jewish lobby in the US. It will also speak in favour of India before the US administration and policy makers. As far as the issue of human rights violations is concerned, India has always been in forefront against it. But when it has a full-blown relationship with Saudi Arabia and China against whom there are charges of human rights violations, what is the wrong with having a full-blown relationship with Israel? The chief characteristics of India’s foreign policy are that it weighs everything on merit and takes its independent decision in regard to establishing relation with any country. Though the trade and commercial relations between India and Israel have been going on for years and they have been going from strength to strength but PM Modi’s visit to Israel will give a boost to them. Becoming more and more friendly with Israel may be irksome for India’s hostile neighbour, but one thing is certain that both the countries are moving upwards with a positive and dynamic approach. The meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli PM and President clearly reflects the bonhomie among the leaders. PM Modi’s personal touch and chemistry reflect in the meeting. Though President Pranab Mukherjee had visited Israel last year, PM Modi is the first to do so. Our Defence and other officials have also visited Israel frequently to carry forward trade and commercial relations between the two countries. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit has instilled confidence in Israel that the leader of world’s largest democracy also has good will and respect for it. Israel will be very helpful to India in increasing its agricultural production. As Israel has mastered the art of turning desert to green, India can take lesson from it how to cultivate in the scarcity of water and lack of irrigation. As Agriculture has always been prey to either drought or flood in India, Israel will provide assistance to overcome irrigational problems. From the point of view of co-operation in various fields, deeper relations with Israel will be very fruitful. Israel is the most suitable country to provide assistance to India to overcome the problem of cross border terrorism.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stand solidly behind Bhutan

The increasing tension between the two Asian giants China and India over later’s road construction work in Doklam area in Bhutan endangers regional peace and security. China is constructing a motorable road in Doklam, which is the tri-junction of China, India and Bhutan. It is China’s highhandedness which has been rightly opposed by the Indian army picket deputed there that followed scuffle with PLA. The scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops must not go for a long period. Bhutan sees China’s road construction work as an attack on the territorial sovereignty. Bhutan is a close neighbour and good friend of India. It is dependent on India for its security and allows Indian troops to use its territory in connection with its protection. If India does not oppose China’s road construction activities with full force at its disposal, the message would go loud and clear in the region that India bowed down to China. It would cause misgivings among the India’s small neighbours like Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka that it would be their foolishness to depend on India for security against China. It is also necessary for India not to back down from the stand taken by opposing China’s road construction work in Doklam to establish primacy in South Asia. India is undoubtedly the largest country in South Asia and all its small neighbours barring Pakistan are more or less dependent for one reason or the other on it. To strike fear of the repeat of 1962, China has started prowling in the Indian Ocean. India’s Navy is alive and cautious of any move made by China. Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has rightly reminded China that it is 2017, and not 1962 when it attacked India and caught it unprepared. Now India of 2017 is well prepared to meet any eventuality. India has never been in favour of any tussle or war with any country, let alone its neighbours. But if the war was thrust upon it, it was capable of retaliating with all might at its disposal. China has said that India is betraying by not abiding by the treaty between Britain and China in 1890 in regard to the Sikkim border. It says that former PM late Jawaharlal Nehru and successive Indian govt. have endorsed it. So, India should call back its forces from there. In the prevailing regional security scenario, it is impossible for India to call back its army jawans from the tri-junction. Bhutan is India’s all weather friend. It has never drifted towards China. As far as India's another close neighbour Nepal is concerned, it also tries to keep China in good humour to keep India always suspicious that if it did not address its concern, it might go closer to China. That is not the case with Bhutan. It is only and only dependent on India for territorial security. So, India has rightly opposed with force the China’s road construction work in Doklam. It is China’s highhandedness that it claims its propriety on Doklam. But the fact is that when Bhutan has let India to deploy its army in Doklam area, it is their duty and responsibility to protect the territory at all costs. From India’s security point of view, Doklam is very strategic. India cannot allow any outside force to intervene in the matter. China must know that India is not Pakistan that it looks at it for any help. It is India’s moral responsibility to protect the territorial integrity of Bhutan. China’s action in Doklam is unjustified. China must also be not any delusion that by prowling in the Indian Ocean it can cause havoc in India. India is well prepared to give befitting reply if its security is imperiled by constructing road in Doklam.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mahagathbandhan tottering?

All actions of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Mahagathbandhan are the same as he did prior to the parting of ways with the BJP led-NDA in 2013 on the eve of Lok Sabha elections. His party JD(U) had also supported Congress –led UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at that time against NDA nominee P A Sangma. This time, Kumar has gone against the opposition presidential nominee Meira Kumar by supporting NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election to be held on July 17. So, his current moves clearly indicate that he is waiting for the opportune time to part ways with Mahagathbandhan. Two years back, Mahagathbandhan of Lalu’s Rashtriya Janta Dal, CM Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Congress party was formed mainly to defeat BJP in the Bihar assembly elections. It defeated the BJP-led NDA in assembly elections by a massive margin. The Mahagathbandhan was led by CM Nitish Kumar. It was on his initiative that the Grand Alliance of the three parties was formed. The Bihar assembly elections outcome halted the winning spree of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was going stronger and stronger since the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. CM Nitish Kumar is a shrewd politician. To throw Lalu’s RJD out of power, Kumar had joined hands with BJP in the NDA and his party JD (U) remained in the alliance for 17 years. He led the NDA in Bihar assembly elections in 2005 and defeated RJD and overthrew the 15 years rule of Lalu-Rabri duo. He formed govt. in alliance with BJP and kept it in place for eight years. But when BJP announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its PM candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he immediately parted ways with it. Though in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, JD(U) and other opposition parties performed very poorly and the Modi wave almost swept them. As CM Nitish is a veteran politician, he knew that if he did not form alliance of secular parties in the state, BJP would win the assembly elections comfortably. That is why he formed the Mahagathbandhan and succeeded in his scheme of things. CM Nitish Kumar is also image conscious and known for providing good governance to the people of the state. His image is spotless. There is no corruption charge against him in his long political career. However, there are charges of corruption against the RJD boss Lalu Prasad Yadav.RJD is the largest party of Mahagathbandhan. There are also charges of corruption against Lalu’s sons and daughters. Since the CBI raid at places of Lalu’s daughter Misa Yadav MP in Delhi and Gurgaon, the conscience of Nitish Kumar has been biting for being with the people of tainted image in Mahagathbandhan. Lalu’s two sons besides other party leaders were been taken into the Nitish Kumar’s Council of Ministers as per the party quota in a coalition govt. Lalu’s youngest son Tejswi Yadav has been made Deputy CM of Bihar. The names of Lalu's sons also reportedly figure in the list of Benami property holders as unearthed by the ED. If the BJP puts pressure on ED and CBI to file Charge sheet against Lalu’s tainted sons, who are ministers in state Cabinet, CM Nitish Kumar will be left with no choice but to dismiss them. It will certainly jeopardize the future of the Grand Alliance. As Nitish is a master politician, he sees clearly which way the wind is blowing in advance. He is convinced that PM Modi wave is still intact. He has supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of his Demonetization move, presidential choice of RaM Nath Kovind and surgical strike by the army against the stands of his Magathbandhan’s partners Congress and RJD. Congress and RJD boycotted the gala event of the launching of GST at midnight in the Central Hall of Parliament, but Nitish Kumar sent his representative to participate in it. His all these moves clearly reflect that sooner or later Magathbandhan is bound to break. When CM Nitish Kumar’s move will be opposite to the moves of his partners, it means he is in Mahagathbandhan only to at the helms of power in Bihar. This type of attitude can not go long. All three partners must move together on any issue. One must support the other. Otherwise, coalition cannot survive for long.

Friday, June 30, 2017

China shows aggression

There is a long-standing border dispute between China and India. There was a war between the two countries in 1962. China won that war as it had attacked India under the garb of friendship. India was not prepared for war and China, on the other hand, applied its dubious nature to deceive it. India has learnt the lesson and removed its lapses very seriously so it would be a blunder on the part of China if it committed the same misadventure. Sikkim is one of India’s states. What wrong has Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat committed by visiting the bordering state? Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has rightly said that it is India of 2017 and not India of 1962. India believes that there should be no war among neighbours. But if it is imposed on it to establish supremacy, retaliation would be befitting and prompt. China must also understand that India is not Pakistan. China’s plan of encircling India cannot be successful. Its construction of a motorable road in Doklam area in Bhutan has rightly upset India. India rightly objected to the work being carried out by Chinese construction party in Dokola area in Bhutan. It disturbs the status quo and poses danger to India's security. It follows the scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops. It has upset China. India is a sovereign country. It is the largest democrcy of the world also. No country can dictate it on the basis of its strength and power. India’s fast development in almost all areas has become an eye-sore for China. India’s standing in the international arena is also growing fast day by day. It is also an emerging economic power. The growing affinity between India and US has also caused anxiety in the minds of China and Pakistan as they see as it as grouping against them. India has no ill-will against any of its neighbours. China may be the largest country in the region, but it does not give it permission to threaten its neighbour as and when it desired. China wants to encircle India by undertaking construction work in almost all its neighbouring countries. Pakistan is already at its feet. India has rightly expressed deep concern over China’s construction of a road in the disputed Doklam area in Bhutan. It had conveyed to Beijing that such an action would represent a significant change of status quo with “serious” security implications for India. India’s reaction follows a face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the area. It has prompted Beijing to take a tough stance and demand withdrawal of Indian troops from the Sikkim sector as a precondition for “meaningful dialogue” to resolve the situation. India has said it was essential that all parties concerned display utmost restraint and abide by their respective bilateral understandings not to change the status quo unilaterally. It is also important that the consensus reached between India and China through the Special Representatives process is scrupulously respected by both sides. External Affairs ministry has also narrated the sequence of events since June 16 when a PLA construction party entered the Doklam area and attempted to construct a road. In coordination with the Royal Government of Bhutan, Indian personnel, who were present at general area Doka La, approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo. These efforts continue.In keeping with their tradition of maintaining close consultation on matters of mutual interest, Bhutan and India had been in continuous contact through the unfolding of these developments. As far as the boundary in the Sikkim sector was concerned, India and China had reached an understanding in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the “basis of the alignment”.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nation's fury against mob lynching

The nation's fury against mob lynching was visible yesterday when hundreds of people under the banner of Not In My Name assembled at Jantar Mantar and in different cities of the countries to protest it. The immediate victim of mob lynching is Junaid, who was stabbed to death on the train on the mere suspicion of carrying beef. In the last, two to three years beef has been considered more important than the life of a human being. The first victim of beef is Mohammad Akhlaq. He was allegedly killed by the members of Right Wing Hindu organization on the suspicion of keeping beef in his refrigerator. The so-called Gau Rakshaks(cow protectors) have taken law into their own hands and they lynch anyone suspected of having beef or involved in cattle trading. Pehlu Khan was also allegedly killed by Gau Rakshaks in Rajasthan because he was caught with cattle while transporting them in a truck. Though he had valid papers about purchasing the cattle from a fair, he was not let off. The mob lynch is against the idea of India. All right thinking people and members of civil society must raise voice against mob lynching to force the government of the day to take stringent action against the perpetrators. The killing of Junaid on the train allegedly by a group of people is nothing but increasing animosity based on religion. The hatred created by a bunch of people for political regions must be condemned by one and all. They appeared to be chauvinists. They have created an atmosphere of fear. The government of the day also doesn’t appear to be prompt in taking action against them. So, they feel empowered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself decried the so-called Gau Rakshaks. He also said that they were criminals at night and Gau Rakshaks by the day. But his statement made no impact on them. Now, PM has rightly warned them that killing people in the name of cow protection is not acceptable. Mob lynching is not new in India. It has been happening in successive regime. Despite being secular democratic republic, it is very sad that govt. becomes helpless in reining lumpen elements for political reasons. Their activities must be curbed by the govt. Otherwise, the message will go loud and clear that the govt. connives with these acts of theirs for political reasons best known to it. India is a secular country. Every citizen has been provided right by the constitution to adopt the religion of his or her faith and belief. BJP is ruling at the Centre and in most of the states where the incident of mob lynching has taken place. It is its responsibility to act against mob lynching immediately. No civil society would ever tolerate the way Junaid, a Muslim boy in his teens was stabbed to death on the train over a trifle thing of seating arrangement. He along with his brothers had boarded the train at Shahadara after shopping in old Delhi for Eid. A group of 15 to 20 people boarded the train at Okhala and asked Junaid and his brothers to vacate seats for them. Argument started over seats that took communal colour. The mob suspected them of carrying beef and one from among them stabbed Junaid to death. The most surprising thing is that no one from among the mob came forward to rescue the Muslim brothers. It means that the climate of fear is created by the lumpen elements. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must intervene immediately and ask all state governments to take stern action against the people irrespective of their political connection. They must be treated as criminals by the police. It is also deplorable that neither the GRP nor the Haryana police showed any action to save Junaid from the mob fury. Even the distress calls made to the Haryana Police went unheeded. Narendra Modi Govt. must take the protests by the civil society against mob lynch and act to reassure the people of their safety and security.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bihar Mahagathbandhan in trouble

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's personal choice of supporting the NDA nominee and former governor of the state Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential election has caused strain in relations among Mahagathbandhan's partners. The biggest alliance partner of the Nitish Kumar Govt. is Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the smallest is the Congress. RJD supports Congress-led Opposition candidate Meira Kumar for the presidential election. She is former Lok Sabha Speaker, daughter of Dalit icon former Deputy Prime Minister late Jagjivan Ram and she belongs to Bihar. CM Nitish Kumar's JD(U) is the second largest partner in the govt. The Congress-led Oppn says that they are fighting ideological battle against the BJP-led NDA in the presidential election. And it is the ideological difference with the BJP that JD (U) parted company with it after 17 years. Nitish Kumar parted company with BJP just a year before the Lok Sabha election elections on the issue of Narendra Modi's name as BJP prime ministerial candidate. Kumar's JD (U) fought elections in Lok Sabha in 2014 against the BJP and was decimated. Apprehending the defeat in the assembly elections in 2015, Kumar started an exercise of aligning with all the secular forces in Bihar and formed Mahagathban of JD (U), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the grand alliance fought assembly elections and decimated the BJP in the state. As decided, Nitish Kumar was sworn as the CM for the third consecutive time. As RJD emerged as the single largest party, its candidate RJD MLA and party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejswi Yadav was made Deputy CM and his elder brother Tej Pratap was made Cabinet Minister in the Nitish Kumar govt. As the taint of corruption always follows Lalu and his siblings, Nitish Kumar felt uncomfortable day by day with them and because of this discomfort, he always gave the impression that he could go back to his old BJP fold. By supporting NDA nominee Kovind, Nitish has given a clear signal of going back to his old fold of BJP if he was not allowed to have his way. As far as ideology is concerned, Nitish Kumar also deserves his support on her being a Bihari also. But for Kumar it appears that convenience of power is more important than ideology. After a gap of more than 20 years of bitterness with Lalu Yadav, Nitish Kumar again befriended him in the name of ideology to form an alliance to defeat BJP. If BJP is to be defeated in Bihar, it cannot be possible without Lalu Yadav and Congress. Nitish cannot fight against BJP in the state on his own. So, if the Grand Alliance of Congress, JD(U) and RJD breaks, it is certain that Nitish Kumar would go back to his BJP fold. Senior JD(U) leader and party spokesman K C Tyagi has gone on record to say that they were more comfortable with BJP when they were together. It is also certain that Nitish Kumar is functioning under the pressure of Lalu Yadav. He dare not go against him as long as alliance is in place. JD(U) is going to meet on July 2. It may take an important decision whether to stay in Mahagathbandhan or go out of it. Undoubtedly, Nitish Kumar is development-oriented, honest and believed in providing good governance to the people of the state. He has taint free image. So, it is certain that with the dominating leader like Lalu Prasad he will certainly not be feeling comfortable in governing the state. As far as the number in the presidential election is concerned, it is in favour of NDA nominee Kovind. So the defeat of Cong-led oppn nominee Meira Kumar is a foregone conclusion. But one thing is also certain that if ED files charge sheet against Lalu’s siblings in land scandal,they will be dismissed from the Cabinet by CM Nitish Kumar. RJD also cannot take it lying and will break the alliance then and there. So, the key is in the hand of BJP. It may allegedly expedite ED action against Lalu’s sons, who ministers in Nitish Kumar Council of Ministers, to force their exit from Bihar govt.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Eid celebration on a subdued note

Eid-ul-Fitr is generally celebrated with full gaiety and brotherhood by our Muslim brothers and sisters all over the nation and abroad, but this year's Eid is celebrated on a subdued note in Faribad of Haryana due to an unfortunate incident of the alleged killing of a Muslim boy on a train. This is the festival of joy and happiness. It marks the end of one month of fasting. It is also celebrated by Muslim brethren and Hindus. It promotes brotherhood, co-existence, peace and harmony in the society. Our country is secular and secular fabric must be kept intact at all costs. But in the recent times, some tragic incidents such as the alleged killing of Mohammad Akhlaq last year in Noida village and two days back on the train of Junaid in Bahdurgarh on mere suspicion of beef have happened that go against our national secular character, conscience, and commitment to Constitution. The co-existence of the people of all religious faiths in peaceful atmosphere is our characteristic. But the incidents of the alleged killing of Mohammad Akhlaq in the Noida Village on mere suspicion that he had kept beef in his refrigerator and the murder of teenaged Mohammad Junaid on the same count only two days back on the train to Bahadurgarh in Haryana are black spots on our secular fabric. Junaid and his brothers boarded the train at Sahadara station after shopping for Eid from old Delhi market for their home. The train was bound for Mathura. Some 15 to 20 people boarded the train at Okhala stations and asked Junaid and his brothers to vacate their seats for them. On this the altercation started that resulted in the alleged stabbing of Junaid by one of the people from the mob to death. People from the mob also suspected that they were carrying beef and on that count, they termed them as anti-nationals. The assailant stabbed Junaid many times until he succumbed to death. They beat the deceased’s brothers also and allegedly called them Mullahs. Their headgear was also pulled down. Junaid was of about 17 or 18 years. It is shocking. It shatters the conscience of all Indians. The most surprising thing is that no one from the crowd of people in the train and on the platform came forward to help the Muslim brothers. It becomes more so terrible when both the GRP and the Haryana police also did not act in time to save Junaid. Even the distress call made to the Haryana police went unheeded. So, the people of deceased’s Khandwali village in Faridabad of Haryana have decide not to celebrate Eid this year. It is the duty of Haryana police and the GRP to give protection to every citizen irrespective of his or her religion, caste and creed. It is also shocking that no high officials, ministers of Haryana govt. or big leaders of the ruling party of the state have visited the deceased family in the village to express sympathy and give assurance of safety and security of the people. The Khandwali village of Faridabad in which Junaid lived is of Muslim majority, but no quarrel or clash has ever occurred between Muslims and Hindus. This is an ideal village. The Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP govt. in Haryana and Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. at the Centre must act immediately to reign in the fringe elements of BJP and Hindu chauvinists so that this type of tragic incident must not recur. Our heads should hang in shame over this type of tragic incidents. Whoever has committed the heinous crime must be brought to book without any delay. This type of tragic incidents occurs time and again only because fringe elements feel empowered. They feel that law enforcing agencies cannot do anything against them. This type of impression is dangerous for the nation. The secular fabric of the nation must be kept intact. The BJP-ruled state govt. and the Central govt. must act to uphold the value, norms and practices of the nation. Our society is multi-religious and multilingual. Everyone has right to live in society. No section of the people can be victimized merely on the basis of their religion. What happened on Mathura bound train must not be repeated. The deceased’s villagers have rightly decided not to celebrate this Eid and show their protest by wearing the black band on their wrists.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dastardly act

There must be all-round condemnation of the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith by an angry mob to death outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. When the police officer was being beaten, stoned and lynched to death, prominent separatist leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq was giving lecture inside the Masjid and exhorting the mob to raise slogans like Musa, Musa, Jakir Musa and Jakir Musa. This is the second incident in recent months that those who believed in Indian constitution and served the nation were killed. The army officer belonging to Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Umer Fayaz was killed because he was in Indian army. DSP Ayub Pandith was beaten and stoned to death because he was serving the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a police officer. The mob outside the Jamia Masjid made the DSP naked and stoned him to death. His fault was only that his name was Mohammad Ayub Pandith. He may have been mistaken for a Pandit Brahman of Kashmir. He was killed in the line of service. He was on duty and doing surveillance on the people outside the Jamia Masjid as inside Mirwaize Farooq's preaching was going on. DSP was allegedly making a video of the activity of the mob. The mob chased him and he fired three shots from his service revolver in self defence in which three people were allegedly injured. But ultimately, DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith was overpowered and lynched to death by the mob. The time has come for the govt. of India and Jammu and Kashmir to take decisive action against the jehadi elements, terrorists and separatist leaders in the state. They deserve to be brutally crushed. The state police are meant for the security of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. And if they were targeted by a mob of people in this way, it would be very difficult for them to exercise restraint. The time has come for the govt. of India to impose President's Rule in the state, and the Armed Forces were given free hand to crush and finish all jehadi, separatist elements, and terrorists. The separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir must be immediately stripped of all privileges and perks. The security cover given to them by the govt. must be also be withdrawn immediately. Their sources of income must be cut off immediately. If Mirwaiz Farooq had tried to save the innocent DSP from the attack of the mob, he could have easily done. All the separatist leaders are the life takers of innocent Indians. They openly act as the agents of Pakistan. They eat breath and live in India but dance to the tune of Pakistan. Why don't they realize howsoever they may try, they would never succeed in their nefarious design? The govt. of India must act to close all their channels of Pakistan. All the separatist leaders must put into jail under AFSPA. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain so. No power on earth can snatch away Kashmir from India. Jammu and Kashmir is the soul of India. The nefarious design of Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir is carried forward by the separatist leaders in the state. An overwhelming majority of the people of the state has nothing to do with the slogan of Azadi. They are Indians and believe in Indian Constitution. As long as the separatist leaders continue to be left free, they would carry their nefarious deign on the behest of Pakistan as they are its agents in Jammu and Kashmir. So, all the separatist leaders must be put in jail and stripped of all govt. facilities. When the prominent separatist leader like Mirwaiz Faruq connived with the mob attacking police offer who was on security duty, how does he deserve to be given police protection? The time is ripe for decisive action. One thing also must be taken into consideration that the PDP-BJP govt. has failed on all counts in the state. Under the Chief Ministership of Mehbooba Mufti, anarchy, lawlessness increased to an unbearable level. The Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. must also think of imposing President's Rule in the state.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dalits meant for only votes

All political parties are vying for Dalit votes. All treat them as a vote bank, and nothing else. The electoral process for the presidential election is underway. Ram Nath Kovind is the NDA nominee. He is a Dalit leader and he has already filed his nomination papers as a NDA candidate for the presidential election, which is going to be held on July 17. The consensus effort failed, and contest in the election is a foregone conclusion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with all top BJP, its allies and their leaders, CMs of about 20 states and NDA ministers accompanied NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind to file nomination papers before the Secretary General of Lok Sabha. It was a grand show of strength. NDA displayed their strength as it was comfortably placed to win the presidential elections. As number is in favour of NDA in the Electoral College for the election of the president, Kovind's victory is a foregone conclusion. Ran Nath Kovind has been a BJP’s Dalit face. He is from Uttar Pradesh and had also been the member of Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms. He also headed the BJP Dalit Morcha and was closely attached with party's doting parent the RSS. Before being declared as NDA nominee for presidential election, Ram Nath Kovind was the Governor of Bihar. It is BJP president Amit Shah, who disclosed that Kovind come from Dalit background. So, his being a Dalit is the prime factor for him for the top constitutional post of the nation. The main responsibility of the President is to protect the Constitution and promote constitutional norms and values. The President is not of any party, but of the country. At least for the sake of statement, the post of President is above political affiliation, though it is not so. As NDA declared the name of a Dalit as its presidential nominee, Congress-led opposition of 17 parties also declared the name of Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker, daughter of the Dalit icon former deputy prime minister Babu Jagjivan Ram and a five-time Lok Sabha MP and Dalit woman, as their presidential nominee. So, the contest will be Dalit Vs Dalit in the presidential election. Though the number is not in favour of the opposition candidate Meira Kumar, it is an ideological fight. Congress-led Opposition did not like to give the walk over to NDA. As far as the political stature of NDA and Oppn nominees is concerned, later is more popular than the former. Meira Kumar is more experienced and politically popular than Ram Nath Kovind. Both are well-educated. But both do not appear like Dalits. They are not poor. They are well off. No Dalit leader so far in the country belongs to poor family like his or her other brethren. Neither any Dali leader nor govt. so far in India has worked for the uplift of Dalit society. These handfuls of Dalit leaders belonging to different political parties have exploited their community by assuring them falsely that they protect their rights and shares in the govt. Most of the Dalit leaders of all political parties are well off and solvent. As Dalits constitute 20 percent of country's population, there is a race among the political parties to tempt them for political benefit. Even after about 70 years of Independence and about 63 years of the implementation of the Constitution, no perceptible in the lives of Dalits are noticeable. The ruling NDA has made the election of the President caste based as it announced the caste of its candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Congress-led Opposition was forced to go Dalit candidate to contest the presidential elections. The matter of the fact is that neither the ruling BJP nor the Opposition Congress has nothing to do with the uplift of Dalits. Both eye on them because of their being the largest numbers in the country. Former President late K R Naranyanan was a Dalit. What benefit did the Dalit community get during his tenure of presidency? Babu Jagjivan Ram was a towering Dalit leader of the country. But Dalits as a community did not get anything. All the Dalit political leaders only exploit their community to benefit themselves.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Co-ordination between captain and coach indispensable

BCCI should have taken the differences between Captain Virat Kohli and Coach Anil Kumble seriously and tried to iron out in the interest of Team India. It was the rift between the two that resulted in the loss of Champions Trophy. Both Kohli and Kumble have been big players. Kumble is one of the greatest spin bowlers of not only India but also the world. If the Captain and the Coach had planned a strategy for the final match of Champions Trophy well in advance, India would have won. In the very first league match of the Champions Trophy, India had defeated Pakistan by a big margin. But Pakistan almost crushed and pulverized India in the final match. Pakistan played better and they won the Champions Trophy. They outplayed India in every department of the game. From the beginning of the match, everything went wrong with India. India won the toss. But they elected to field as they felt that they were the great chasers. All its bowlers looked helpless before the young Pakistani batsmen. No bowler made any impact on the Pak batsmen. Fielding was poor. Pakistan played well and scored a big total. Under the pressure of a big total, India batting order crumbled very easily. They could not play the ball on its merit. Undoubtedly, Pakistan has world class fast bowler but it does not mean that our batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhavan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Jadeja could not play them very easily. They could have played well if they had willed to win the Champions Trophy. The differences between the captain and the coach had reached the point of no return and that also affected the concentration of the players very badly. The only one player who impressed all Indians with his excellent batting is all rounder, Hardik Pandya. He left an imprint on all spectators in the stadium by his superb batting, fielding, and bowling. If he had not been run out, he could have led India to victory in the Champions Trophy single-handedly. But the foolish call of Jadeja caused a misunderstanding that resulted in his run out. Pandya is a brilliant player. He must be given enough opportunity to play. On the Oval field he showed the world that he had guts to lift the ball sky high to send it across the fence. He is an extra-ordinary attacking batsman, brilliant fielder and a good wicket taker. Undoubtedly, Anil Kumble had been a very big player of Team India. He has enough experience and barring the defeat in Champions Trophy, his tenure as coach of the team in the last two years has been excellent. India have defeated almost all teams during his period of coaching. But since the differences cropped up between captain and coach, India suffered. So, BCCI has the prime responsibility to pay attention to every activity of the players in the dressing room during any match. All of a sudden Kumble resigned after the defeat of India at the hands of Pakistan in the final match at the Oval of Champions Trophy. Now, Team India players are on tour in West Indies. There will be ODIs between the two countries. The team is without the coach. BCCI should also fix the area of functioning of the coach and the captain. The captain leads the team on the field. So, he can take any decision in the interest of the team keeping in view the position of the match on the field, but the coach has also an important role in preparing the team to face the challenge on the field. The coach and the captain both have significant roles to play. There must be smooth co-ordination between the two to keep the players of the team well prepared to face the rival team players on the field. BCCI must select a well-qualified coach to give the team winning tips in matches to come.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nation celebrates Intl Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an avid Yoga practitioner. It is his initiative at the United Nations that June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day. Around two hundred countries from all over the world have celebrated June 21 as International Yoga Day. Yoga and India are inter-related. India attaches special importance to it. Yoga has originated in India and it is Indians who have been practicing it since ancient days. The health benefits of practicing Yoga are immense. It keeps the man and woman fit and fine physically and mentally both. But nowhere has it been found that that under the cover of Yoga, commercial interests of a certain personality, who is known for advertising it not only in the country but outside also, are carried forward by the govt. The Govt. of India appears to have put everything into the celebration of International Yoga Day under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All ministers in the Modi govt. have been deputed to participate in the International Yoga Day functions in different cities of the country. Baba Randev, the chief exponent of Yoga and vocal supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alongwith different ministers and BJP functionaries have been holding Yoga camps in preparations of the Intl Yoga Day. Yoga is good for health in all respects. But one thing must be taken in view that the providing meal to the poor is more important than Yoga. Yoga is basically a physical exercise. Those who do physical exercises in terms of labour all the day need not practise Yoga. The ploughman or labourer in the field does physical work all the day that compensate them for Yoga well. Yoga and Swachhta campaigns have been pet projects of the Modi-led NDA govt. The entire govt. machineries are pressed into action for Yoga and Swakshta Abhiyan. But the result is zero. All the cities of the country are as dirty as they were, and even after three years of Modi govt. in power there has been no improvement in cleanliness on the ground. The employment avenues are shrinking year by year. The opportunity of employment is becoming less and less. More and more young men are rendered jobless. More than 30 percent of the population sleeps without a meal. But no serious attention is paid towards these burning issues by the govt. Yoga has no meaning for hungry people. All those who are rich and solvent prefer practicing Yoga as they have no other physical work. The field, factory, industry and construction workers need no Yoga. If Yoga is the panacea of all diseases, what is the use of medical sciences? All hospitals, medical colleges should be closed. Only Yoga camps should be organized in every village, town, and city under the supervision of Baba Ramdev. He would held Yoga camps and advertise the products of his Patanjali brand. Though we respect Baba, it now appears that his main occupation is advertising Patanjali products on TVs and in Newspapers through Yoga. In today’s newspapers, a big advertisement on International Yoga Day with the photos of Baba Ramdev, his disciple, and almost all Patanjali products have appeared. What does it mean? It clearly reflects that the commercial interest of Baba Ramdev is at work prominently with his Yoga practices. All know the benefits of Yoga, but it is not the responsibility of the govt. to devote all the time to promote it at the cost of more urgent work. The over enthusiasm with which the govt. promotes Yoga clearly appears that its main interest is to promote Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali products to provide him commercial benefits. All Patanjali products are pure and original, but its prices are so high that the poor man cannot afford to purchase them. We must celebrate International Yoga Day, but the govt. have several other businesses of great importance also. So it must not devote all time to Yoga and leave all social welfare schemes uncared and job generation at a standstill.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Presidential nominee is BJP's Dalit face

BJP plays Dalit card for the top constitutional post of the country by announcing the name of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its nominee for presidential elections. Kovind is party's Dalit face. Dalit constitutes about 20 percent of country's population. So, for the sake of vote bank politics, BJP has played a master stroke by announcing the name of Dalit as its presidential nominee. Most of the opposition parties such as JD(U), BSP, SP and some others are not in a position to oppose the candidature of Kovind because of his Dalit credentials. Though BJP has also preferred caste to merit like all other political parties, it is not in the interest of the nation. Kovind has practised law in Delhi High court and Supreme Court. He has been the member of Upper House for two consecutive terms from 1994 to 2006. He was also the personal secretary to the late former Prime Minister Morarji Desai. He has been the head of Dalit Morcha of BJP before being appointed as the Governor of Bihar. Kovind is also considered to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has always in close connection with party President Amit Shah. He is a well-educated and learned man, but his being a Dalit has catapulted him to be the presidential nominee of the party. As far as number is concerned in the Electoral College for the election of President of the country, it goes in favour of BJP-led NDA. So, Ram Nath Kovind election as the President of the country is a foregone conclusion. But it would be better in the interest of the nation if there had been consensus on the presidential nominee. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Kovind has worked all his life for the uplift of Dalits and poor section of the society. So, Dalits, backward and weaker section of the society will be benefited by Kovind becoming the President of the nation. If elected, Ramnath Kovind will not be the first Dalit President of the country. Before him, late President K R Narayanan as Dalit has already adorned the post of President. He was also a career diplomat and highly learned. As far as the opposition is concerned, the number is not in its favour. But the Congress-led opposition would not give a walk over to BJP-led NDA in a presidential election. So, for the sake of contesting, Congress-led Opposition will certainly announce its own name. Now the BJP has already played Dalit card, the Opposition will also announce the name of a famous Dalit leader such as Sushil Kumar Shinde or Meira Kumar as its presidential candidate in election. First of all, the President is not of a party but of the people of the country. So, there must not be bitterness between the ruling and the opposition parties in presidential elections. But the opposition cannot give an open field to BJP. As far as the candidate of the opposition is concerned, it appears certain that he or she would be of Dalit credentials as both the camps are vying for Dalit votes. Dalits constitute the major share of votes in the country. Their population is about more than 20 crore. so, every political party atleast for the avowed reasons will hobnob with Dalits. But the matter of the fact is that whether a Dalit leader is made the president or not, it would make no difference in the all-round development of the community members. K R Narayanan was the President. He was Dalit. What changes the govt. of the day brought about in the lives of Dalits. They will be where they are.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Deteriorating law and order situation in UP

It is now more than two months since Yogi Adityanath government of BJP came to power after registering the historic victory in the assembly elections. The people of Uttar Pradesh voted BJP to power in the hope that it would bring the state right on track. In the last 15 years of BSP and SP rule in the state, the law and order situation deteriorated to all time low and the corrupt practices had gone all time high. Despite the claim of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav about the all round developments in the state during his regime in the elections, people did not pay any attention and voted BJP to power. During the Chief Ministership of BSP supremo Mayawati, there was the improvement in law and order, but the corrupt practices and construction work of her, BSP party founder Kanshiram and the Dalit icon and maker of the Constitution Dr. Baba Shaheb Ambedkar statues consumed most of the precious time of the regime. People had become disillusioned in the last 15 years. The people of the state saw hope in the BJP. But with becoming the Chief Minister of the largest state of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath started talking tall like Prime Minister Narendra Modi with no improvement in any field on the ground. Initially, people believed him. But now with the fast deteriorating law and order in the state, people have started rethinking on their decision. The crime graph shows an alarming rise. Hindu Yuva Vahini, an outfit of Hindu youngsters affiliated to BJP and founded by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath feels empowered. It is alleged that the members of the outfit breaks the law without any fear of law enforcing agencies. The so-called Gau Rakshaks allegedly beat and thrash the legitimate cattle traders. Apart from that, the rise in all forms of crime such as murder, rape, kidnapping has gone high steeply. The law and order situation in UP is going from bad to worse. A video, displayed by a national TV news, shows how a policeman is beaten with Danda mercilessly by two to three young men , and people were watching it. The incidence is of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Undoubtedly, UP is the largest state of the country. No govt. has magic wand to overcome all problems in a day. It is only a little more than two months of Yogi government in the state. Chief Minister Yogi deserves some more time. But the writ of the government must be seen from the first day itself. It is still to be seen in UP. Govt. has immense power and it has no dearth of resources. If it has the political will, it can overcome all problems very shortly. But it appears that Chief Minister Yogi is more interested in the expansion of BJP regime in the country than in concentrating on his own state of UP to improve law and order as early as possible. CM Yogi had gone to Bihar and held meetings there at different places in the state. He appealed the people to support and vote BJP in 2020 in the state. But one thing he forgot that if they knew about the prevailing law and order situation in UP, even BJP’s own voters and supports would not vote the party. The prevailing situation in the state of UP is not good. It is no better than the previous SP regime. There were rapes, murders, kidnapping, molesting etc. in the previous regime so are also happening in the present regime of BJP. How the people would decide that it is better than SP or BSP. So, it is the responsibility of Chief Minister Yogi to take stern action against the lawbreakers. People of the state expect a lot from the BJP govt. If it failed to deliver, its consequences for the party will be disastrous.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

India favourites against Pakistan

Indian Cricket Team is considered to be one the best ones in the world. They have shown their might umpteen times whenever placed against Pakistan in ICC ODI matches. Pakistan may have defeated India twice in Champions Trophy in the past, but now under the stewardship of Captain Virat Kohli, who plays to win. India’s winning spree cannot be halted. It is a foregone conclusion that India would defend the Champions Trophy championship very comfortably. The atmosphere is charged up with spectators and cricket fans waiting for the show to unfold with bated breath. India’s captain Virat Kohli leads the team from the front. He plays the match to win. He is always aggressive in the field, which is one of his chief characteristics. The showdown between India and Pakistan in Champions Trophy today will make it a high octane match. There is tremendous pressure on both the teams of their home crowds and fans respectively to win the match at all costs. As far as India is concerned, they are capable of retaining the Champions Trophy well. In the ongoing Champions Trophy’s first match between India and Pakistan, the winner has been India. They defeated Pakistan very convincingly. India under the captaincy of Kohli are doing better and better in every department of the game. Almost all Indian players are in form. Our opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan has batted exceedingly well in the match against Pakistan and Bangladesh. They provide a solid foundation for the team to score big total. After Rohit and Dhavan, captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh have also played extra-ordinarily well. Yuvraj being one of the most senior players and match winners of Team India, his reflexes, cuts, placing and drive are of marvelous quality. He is one of the most famous and high quality batsmen of the world. His fielding is marvelous. It is because of his alertness and agility on the field that he is called live wire by the teammates. As far as bowling department of India is concerned, they have a battery of frontline bowlers like Jasprit Bumra, Bhubneswar Kumar, R Ashwin and others. Bumra and Kumar have pace and swing. They have talent to hoodwink the batsman with their fast and swing bowlings. Ashwin is a world number one spin bowler. As far fielding is concerned, all players are live wires on the field. They don’t miss catch. They have realized now that catches win matches. Despite being strong enough to defeat their arch rival Pakistan in the final of Champions Trophy today, India must not take the rival team so easily. The first principle of any fight or competition is that competitor must not be taken lightly. As far as Pakistani players considered, they have also capability to upset any team of the world. They have a very good record against India in Champions Trophy. They have defeated India twice, though in other ICC ODIs they have not impressive record against India. India are favourites in the high-octane Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday. Defending Champion India will be firm favourites against a Pakistan side, who were the lowest, ranked of all the teams taking part in a tournament featuring the world’s top-eight ODI sides. It was only on June 4 that India launched their title defence with a 124-run rout of Pakistan at Edgbaston. India are in a great place and must be favoured to retain the ICC Champions Trophy .

Friday, June 16, 2017

Exercise is on for consensus on presidential nominee

With the announcement of presidential election, NDA govt. has swung into action for building consensus on the name of the candidate for the top and most prestigious post of the nation. The opposition led by Congress Party had been huddling for a few months to put up a joint opposition candidate for presidential election. The presidential election is going to be held on July 17. As far as the number is concerned, it is comfortably in favour of the ruling NDA. But to develop consensus to avoid contest for the top constitutional post of the country, the ruling BJP has formed a three-member panel of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaih Naidu and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to reach out to the opposition leaders to develop consensus. It is a good move. Mr. Rajnath Singh and Venkaih Naidu have met Congress President Sonia Gandhi to talk about the presidential election. But no name has been disclosed either by the ruling or opposition parties. Opposition parties led by Congress want the presidential nominee to be of secular image and known for promoting multi-religious, multilingual approach in the society. However, the ruling BJP wants the presidential nominee to be of its ideological belief. In the given political situation in the country, it is a foregone conclusion that the present ruling dispensation with brute majority in Lok Sabha and historic victory in the recently concluded UP assembly elections would never be agreeable to the candidate propped by the opposition. In the same way, the opposition cannot agree on the name of candidate for the post of President chosen by the ruling party. So, the contest in the presidential election between the ruling BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led opposition nominees is a foregone conclusion. Shiv Sena, one of the oldest allies of BJP, appears to be not supporting the presidential candidate other than the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat put forwarded by BJP. It is BJP’s problem to bring Shiv Sena round its view. So, as far as the consensus is concerned, it is very difficult to be built up on two opposite ideological blocks. As the number is in favour of the ruling dispensation, it is merely an exercise to show that the govt. wants consensus on the name of the nominee for the post of President. The ruling BJP doesn’t not appear to be in favour of extending the term of the incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee for the second consecutive time. It wants its own nominee. An opposition is also reportedly mulling the idea of making Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as its candidate in the presidential election. Though BJP panel would meet every top opposition party leaders to reach on a unanimous candidate, unanimity appears quite impossible unless and until it declares the name of its nominee. The post of President is the highest constitutional post of the country. It is necessary for both the ruling and the opposition to support the candidate, who is known for his integrity, credibility, impartial character, liberal outlook and approach and highly educated for the post of President of India. As India is a secular, democratic republic, the President must be as such to take care of it. He or she must not only be the titular head. He or She must assert to protect all norms, traditions, and freedom of expression. As President is the supreme commander all the three wings of Indian Armed forces – Infantry, Navy and Air force, he or she must be of high calibre and stature to command respect.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

War denotes death and destruction

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has expressed his views rightly on warmongering that those people who order war, they should be given guns and made to fight. He says that within a day all conflicts will get over as their legs will start shaking. Almost all Indians are peace loving and abhor war. India has only fought war when it was imposed on it in the past. With becoming nuclear power, India is the first country which declared that it would abide by the principle of no first use. War only brings destruction, loss of lives and disasters. India is a non-violent country. The result of war is the loss of fathers, sons, brothers and husbands of one or the other. Children lose their fathers, sisters lose their brothers and husbands as the soldiers and officers killed in the war are fathers, brothers and husbands of one or the other respectively. Warmongering must stop at all costs. Our soldiers must not be pushed to fight war. Apart from Kargil, India has fought three wars with Pakistan. Though it has won all the three wars, Pakistan has learnt no lesson despite suffering heavy loss of lives and property. In all the three wars, it was Pakistan which thrust them on India all the time. A Jawan killed in war irrespective of any country is a father, son, brother and husband of someone. All Indians want peace with their neighours. It is the handul of warmongers who make clamour for going to war. Among the neighbours, Pakistan is the only country which has been hostile to us since it was created. India has also fought a war with China in 1962. It lost as it was caught unawares through deceiving. China being the largest country in the region, it wants to establish hegemony; and for that it tries to take all neighbours of India into its own fold. As Pakistan is the only hostile beighbour of India, China always wants to keep it in good humour. Despite several overt and covert provocations by Pakistan and China, India exercises maximum restraint to avoid war. So, war must be avoided as it only brings death, destruction and disaster. All celebrities like Salman Khan must come forward to advocate for promoting peace and development between Pakistan and India. Indian army is apolitical while Pak army is involved in all political developments of the country, especially in regard to Jammu and Kashmir. Pak army has strong say in the democratically elected government of Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan. So, the warmongering can also not be stopped by a one-sided effort. Pakistan too should come forward against the idea of war. At a promotional event for his upcoming film ‘Tubelight’, the ‘Sultan’ star Salman, who in the movie experiences the turmoil of emotions that one goes through after being separated by a loved one as a result of war, expressed his opinion on warmongering and said, “In war, the Armies of both sides lose their lives. The families are without their sons or their fathers. They have to live their whole lives without them. The Kabir Khan-directorial is set against the backdrop of the 1962 Indo-China war and narrates the story of two brothers who were separated by the war, when one of them joins the Indian Army to fight the Chinese and gets captured by their Army.