Thursday, 30 May 2013

What if Saifai becomes beijing of India?

External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid, remarked after his return from China that Chinese capital Beijing is “the best place to settle down”, and this irked the Samajwadi Party workers as they wanted some appreciation for Saifai in Etawah, the home town of the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. Khurshid obliged them also, although sarcastically, saying that Saifai is equally “the best place to settle down”. There is no doubt that Saifai, once a small village, is an extraordinarily developed a place with all the facilities which may not be available in even much bigger towns in the country. Thanks to Mulayam Singh Yadav who gave the small village the status of a full fledged city. Feeding the small village fat to a gigantic size with all paraphernalia available there was not an easy task but the question is as to why the same thing can’t be done in respect of several other places in Uttar Pradesh. The funds earmarked for the development of Safai didn’t flow from some one’s pocket, they were all the public money only. If public money is utilised in an equitable manner, the benefit may go to a large number of other places but it is highly dishonest on the part of the political leaders that they use public  money to appease the people in their constituencies ignoring the other otherwise most genuine places. Such a misuse of funds in fact warrants a curb on the political leaders whenever they are in power.

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Sunday, 26 May 2013

What else are caste prejudices?

There should be a casteless society has been the slogan for a long time. The more it has been propagated the more it has worsened, it has rather assumed graver proportions. The very political party which initially took cudgels against caste prejudices targeting the upper caste especially Brahmins is now most vociferously advocating for them praising them in a sumptuous measure. Satish Chandra Mishra, a senior leader of the party, called Brahmins as ‘intellectuals’ while addressing a meeting the other day at Jhansi (U.P., India) saying that they are actually the ones who always remained in the fore front during the days of the freedom struggle of the country, and that their strength counts enormously. He conveniently forgot that it was only Bahujan Samaj Party itself the earlier leaders of which coined the slogan ‘Brahman, Chhattri, aur Sonar, Inko maro joote chaar’ and it was massively used by them in all their meetings. Why such a major shift in approach? Obviously it is as a matter of sheer opportunism as they find it difficult to survive without their support. The elections are due the next year and singing praises for the upper caste are just for the purpose of appeasing them so that they could secure their support to form a sizeable strength as electorate. Every body knows it well that Satish Chandra Mishra is not in the BSP for some ideology or the other, he is there as he is very well accommodated there along with several of his relations in the party and power system. People in general are wise enough not to get swayed by his sweet utterances solely aimed at the next elections.

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Beware! Bloggers too may land in trouble:

An Indian University lecturer who was on his visit to Dubai on business visa was arrested by police there allegedly for the reasons that he wrote blog posts against a Dubai based University. As per reports, he had certain issues to settle with the University and at a stage the matter was referred to the court which gave its judgement in his favour. He, however, continued writing his blog posts against the University even after there was court’s decision in his favour. It’s still quite vague as to what were specific charges against him for which he was arrested by the police and kept him in their custody for nearly 2 weeks time before he was granted bail. He might have expressed his grievances against the University in any manner specific or otherwise, but what was wrong there and what were the laws of the land he defied? Does it mean that there too there is nothing like freedom of speech or expression of one’s views on some subject or the other? Apparently as it appears, the lecturer concerned is the victim of some other prejudice on the police agenda; if not, it is too much of a witch hunting against him.
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Monday, 20 May 2013

Stringency in laws of service tax:

Finance Bill 2013 has since been passed and with this begins the ordeal of those who evade paying service tax. Recovery of service tax from the eligible sections of the people till now didn’t attract any major sort of punishment but now the non payment of it may attract a penalty as well as imprisonment to the offender. Penalty can go upto one lakh of rupees and the imprisonment upto 7 years. This is how the privilege of imposing penalty and awarding imprisonment at the level of the governmental machinery is misused. Tax after tax is imposed by the Central Government as well as the State Governments many a times with hardly any justification but since the power to recover it is unbridledly vested in the hands of the governance mechanism, they can implement the recovery process in the crudest possible manner irrespective of the hardships to the tax payers. Recovery part of a tax can be understood to some extent but the stringency and the rude methods applied in the process are only condemnable so far as the people of the country are concerned.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Gods getting richer day by day:

Name any temple any where in the country, it is getting richer every day. The talk is not about Balaji, Sanyee Baba temple or several others alone, getting richer holds good for all and sundry, big or small, run by trusts or individuals. The much disputed Ramlala Mandir in Ayodhya has no reason to lag behind. There are disputes after disputes confronting the temple both in different courts and outside but money wise their position has much of a growing graph. They have more than 3 crores of rupees in their fixed deposits with State Bank of India and the periodical interest alone amounts to more than 27 lakhs of rupees. Vibekanand on his visit abroad gave a call that temples, mosques, and churches should not waste their money on themselves, they should better spend it to feed the poor. There could be several Vibekanands to release such a call, but the fact remains that the temples are earning sumptuous wealth for themselves and the poors are where they were several decades back.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Experiments are an unending anxiety:

It matters much to have new experiments and it is always thrilling on even trivial issues. Some of my readers pointed out to me that my web site just precedent to this one was lacking attraction of the viewers as it was over all a dazzling white. I too had my reservations on it but was keeping the same for the simple reason that this was considered by the Google as a better one from the point of view of attracting links. I have since changed it securing a thrilling sort of satisfaction, and hopefully this should satisfy my readers and the followers. I have already made certain editing on the basic format of the Google’s and yet have in mind to go further for it to ensure that it serves the desired purpose. It’s of course for my valued readers to have the final say in the matter.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Exploiting black money:

Black money is in abundance in the country and the business community knows it well how to exploit it so sumptuously, and they are doing so at its extreme. The more there are soaring prices the more grow the avenues for the business magnates to cash it. Most peculiar a phenomenon as it is, soaring prices are never any handicap in the purchasing capacity of the buyers. In normal course what is supposed to happen is that the rush of buyers should get dwindled based on the crowd of the buyers, but what happens in actual practice is just the different. More the price escalation, more is the demand for almost all the commodities. There are surveys and there are researches and they all reveal the fact that soaring prices in the present day world consumer market do not hamper the scope of the sales the least even howsoever big be the price rise. Black money, or say the unaccounted for money, is a curse, say the great economists, so far as the real developing economy is concerned, but for the business community it is certainly a boon in disguise.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

What’s wrong in calling a spade a spade?

There are some people who feel offended when the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, is called the weakest Prime Minister India might have had ever. There was a big furore, particularly in the circles of the Congress Party, when L.K. Advani called him the weakest Prime Minister of India in 2009. Let people in general be the judge who almost in one voice would agree to this. L.K. Advani asserts that he said nothing wrong. What he still says is like this:

“I cannot forget that when in 2009, I had described Dr. Singh as the weakest Prime Minister the country has had, some of my own colleagues felt that I was being too severe. But I still hold that it is this attribute of his weakness that makes him so subservient to 10, Janpath, and thus unable to avail of the authority innate in this office of Prime Ministership”.

In fact what L.K. Advani said is the voice of the whole public in the country. It is general governance, corruption, security, soaring prices, dealing with countries like Pakistan and China, or any thing that primarily concerns India, on all counts he has been a flop. It is only political acrobatics played tactfully that makes him survive. What the country as a whole needs is that he should quit gracefully himself before he is thrown out by the democratic forces.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

An emotional blackmail by TV channels:

Blackmailing is a common phenomenon these days and it is fully rampant in all spheres of life. One can hardly come across any spot where there is no blackmailing. Television channels are an easy a tool for entertainment. Men, women, children, all go for it. There are stories, there are serials. Certain areas, the touchy ones, are very common for the purpose like rape, killing, death, horrors. Death scenes followed by after death rituals form a lengthy theme because emotionally the people feel more involved in them. I am not a regular one on television excepting of course news channels, but at times I throw a look on some family serials. The channels do the weaving of the story threads in a manner that a most suspenseful an event is not allowed to get clinched after a stage when it reaches the climax. This is the stage when viewers get more engrossed to the story but no sooner it reaches that level there is an abrupt break compelling the audience to keep sitting because of the anxiety element attached to the story. There are repeats of such suspenseful moments every now and then obviously with a motive targeting a better traffic rate. All this acrobatics amounts only to a large scale blackmailing playing with the sentiments of the viewers.