Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Corruption, Govt Apathy Boost Illegal Mining In India

Lack of livelihood opportunities is forcing hundreds of poor Indians take up illegal mining.

Illegal coal mining is widespread in Jharkhand, India’s largest coal producer state. An estimated 7,20,000 tonnes of coal is smuggled every year in the state. Most of it is controlled by an organized syndicate of coal mafia.

More than 350 people have lost their lives in illegal coal mining in the last 15 years. Since they were mining illegally, no compensation or aid is ever provided to the victim’s family.

If they escape being arrested, they are still at risk of getting arrested under the Goonda Act - law enforced by the govt to curb illegal mining.

The earning of these people just Rs 200 a day – extremely paltry compared to the high risk they take. Even this amount is not guaranteed.

Similar is case when recently 4 labourers died during illegal mining activity in the aravallis and

However, police and the district administration are in a denial mode indicating a larger complicity, including political patronage to the strong mining mafia active in the region.

This could lead to a nexus between criminal and anti-national elements, especially in Naxal-affected areas.

What is most worrying is the high degree of convergence between areas that are mineral- and forest-rich and areas that are the arenas of tribal deprivation and Left-wing extremist violence.Protecting the rights of tribals and ensuring their livelihood are central to bringing about an end to their exploitation and sense of alienation.

Health hazards
Workers affected by lung diseases - Silicosis, a lung disease caused by breathing in silica dust, is another grim reality in the area. Despite an official order to provide compensation to the silicosis victims, nothing has been done so far. The workers also get affected by deadly diseases like tuberculosis and asbestosis.

Ecological Changes
According to the Lok Ayukta Report, there have been severe ecological changes due to illegal mining. Certain species of animals, like the sloth bear, that in the Bellary region have disappeared. Medicinal plants from the area do not grow anymore. The entire system of rain has changed in the district of Bellary. It is reported that the entire area surrounding the mining area is denuded of greenery and has no agricultural activity.

Same is the case across India!

It is high time the Government adopts a carrot and stick policy and weeds out corruption in this critical sector before it bleeds India. Let no one be spared. Book the guilty and Jail them!

Jai Hind

Friday, June 11, 2010

One Year of UPA… Promises & Reality!

Congress Election
Manifesto Promises


Guarantee the maximum possible security to each and every citizen

Cross Border Terrorism has come down but is compensated by more Naxal Terror attacks. Citizens continue to die like lambs being slaughtered. Do we talk of what is happening in NE?

We will accelerate the process of police reforms.

Have a look into their homes. See the misery and pain. Why are there 2, 67,000 vacancies? Police stations equipped with 'outdated' weapons: CAG

More specialist battalions will be raised and positioned in key locations across the country

How many Battalions have been raised? Refer to above comment.

We will ensure the highest level of defense preparedness and also take further steps for the welfare of the defense forces and their families.

Does preparedness not cover border roads too? Why 97% funds have been returned/

Modernization of our defense forces has resumed substantially. This will continue at a rapid pace

What facilities and training are our forces getting? Why do our jawans have to battle malaria along with Maoists? Why do they get killed defenselessly? Why do they have to walk miles and miles? Defense allocation pegged at Rs1,47,344 crore in 2010-11 against Rs1,41,703 crore in the previous year. Of this, capital expenditure would account for Rs60,000 crore. So after taking inflation into account, the graph has actually nose dived!

Ex-servicemen constitute a large cadre of dedicated and trained persons. We will utilize them extensively in crucial nation-building tasks.

Where are they being used?

We will build on the success of the NREGA and take the scheme forward. Minimum 100 days work @ Rs 100 per day.


A government-sponsored study on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has found large-scale corruption and irregularities in the implementation of the programme in several states with authorities in some areas misappropriating' central funds and threatening workers to keep their mouth shut.

Along the lines of NREGA, we will enact a National Food Security Act. 25 kgs of rice or wheat per month at Rs 3 per kg to BPL families. Subsidised community kitchens will be set up in all cities for homeless people and migrants.

The government has not opened community kitchens for the downtrodden across the country. Similarly, it is still in the brooding mode over the much-touted food security law.

We will ensure comprehensive social security to those at special risk.

National Social Security Fund in un organised sector to be set up with an initial corpus of Rs 1,000 crore. Too early to comment. All the best UPA2

We will be make quality education affordable to everyone

Right to Education is easier on the paper than on the ground. If at all the government shows serious initiative to implement them it will take years before they are launched on the ground. Till then they will remain part of the rhetoric.

We will continue to pursue an independent, pro-India foreign policy.

The Congress has always upheld India's supreme national interests and has often braved criticism and opposition both at home and abroad in defending the country's interests. At the same time, we has always believed that it is India's historic destiny to be engaged and connected with the rest of the world and, in particular, with the countries of Asia.

China- It continues to violate our borders, making roads close to the border, hack our systems and continues to say Arunachal is theirs. No forceful rebuttal. We are still to forcefully build roads which can help our army.97% Funds for Border roads unutilized and returned!(CAG Report).

Nepal- A disaster all the way. China making inroads fast and UPA is watching with impotent silence.

Pakistan- Do we have to say anything?

Bangladesh- Illegal migration into India has been allowed by the Congress in Assam and Communists in Bengal. FOR POLITICAL GAIN.

Australia- What have we done to browbeat the Australian government in protecting our people? Issued a travel advisory!

Cases like UK insulting our shooters and Canada insulting BSF have become frequent.

Africa- We are missing out heavily in expanding our sphere of influence in various African countries. China is making hay while the sun is shining.

We will bring a sharp focus on the special needs of children, especially the girl child


We will connect all villages to a broadband network in three years time

17000 crore is lying for this use. One year has gone. Sachin Pilot 2 years to go. Go for It! Revolutionalise India.

We will pursue judicial reforms to cut delays in courts.

The Gram Nyayalaya Act, a key promise of our 2004 Manifesto, was passed by Parliament last year. Setting up of Gram Nyayalayas at the headquarters of the intermediate panchayats and mobile courts in the rural areas will bring speedy justice.

Around 1.75 lakh /2.5 lakh under trials are expected to be freed by the middle 2010. Good Move. One month for middle of the year to be completed! Hurry.

Gram Nyayalaya- Lot to be done till they can be termed a success.

The Congress will ensure that the Bill for reserving 33% of the seats in the Lok Sabha and the State legislatures is passed in the 15th Lok Sabha and that the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha are held on the basis of one-third reservation for women.

There are many issues which have to be taken care of. It is not all that cozy that it looks. A modified approach is needed. Won't a present M.P be least interested if he knows that next time he will not get elected from his seat as it will fall into the quota? Won't work suffer? And what about the women of the weaker sections?

The Congress also proposes to reserve one-third of all central government jobs for women.

Let's see the percentage in 2014!

The Congress will intensify the involvement of overseas Indians in development.
A number of measures have been taken to protect the interests of lakhs of Indian workers in the Middle East.

5%of the NRIs there earn enough to lead a normal life on return to India.

More steps needed to prevent exploitation of Indians.

We will expand schemes for improving well-being of farmers and their families

We have increased the MSP for the Farmers

And the farmers continue to die in masses, every day. Do you have sensitivities? Is there a change in life style of farmers? How many farmers lead a good life? Please give us figures.

See the Gap between MSP and MRP. Who benefits? Not farmers. Not consumers. Only Middlemen!

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We will guarantee health security for all

The National Rural Health Mission has already begun to make a noticeable impact and will be implemented with an even greater sense of urgency.

The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana introduced by the Congress-led UPA Govt offers health insurance for poor families. Congress pledges that every family living below the poverty line will be covered by the RSBY over the next three years. Every district headquarters hospital will be upgraded to provide quality heath facilities to all.

The government's allocation for healthcare remains a paltry 0.36 percent of GDP in the 2010-11 budget down from 0.37% in 2009-10. We are still very far from the three percent of GDP that needs to be allocated to the healthcare system to provide quality basic healthcare for all and to start to improve India's very poorly performing health care system

Severe shortages of Doctors including dentists and Nurses. Why UPA1 neglected this critical fact and why UPA2 is in a cocoon state on this?

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana- A very good scheme and already 12 million people have received cards! Good show. Hope this expands to all poor people across India.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Report Card of Congress led UPA2

Price Rise:
At the time of May 2009 poll, the UPA had promised a number of ambitious programmes in the first 100 days of its second term in office. They all remain on paper, but the most glaring is the failure to reduce the price of essential commodities. Food items have become costlier and scarcer during the second term of the UPA. Never before the centre looked so puzzled and helpless before price rise of food articles. As a consequence, the food inflation has been hovering around an unprecedented 18 per cent under the UPA.

Scams Galore: The UPA-II had a huge share of scams to discredit it. The IPL scam, the 2G spectrum scam and the phone snooping controversy, The Madhu Koda scandal, The Wheat scam (For instance, Cargill purchased good quality grains from Indian farmers at Rs 8 to 8.50 per kg while the government has placed orders for import of wheat from Cargill Inc. at Rs 16 per kg. )and Rice scams. The government’s handling of the CBI in the investigating agency’s probe into numerous scandals like disproportionate assets of Lalu Yadav, Mulayam Singh and Mayawati has proved how low the UPA can stoop to shield itself from political threats by misusing and compromising the impartiality and independence of the central agency. Equally controversial was the CBI role in burying the Bofors investigation.

1. Minority Affair Ministry: The Social condition of Minority is deteriorating day by day. Congress wants to play the minority card in every election by inflicting fear and chaos among the minority towards majority. Congress always advertises itself as priest of minority in India. If congress is in vanguard in safeguarding the minority of India then why most of the minority in India are still living below the average poverty and why congress has been carried out any program to life the social status of Muslims in India. Out of 63 years post independence 80% India was under direct rule of Congress then what does Ranganath Mishra Report mean on status of minority? Congress party always create animosity among the Muslims and Hindus in India so they can get the benefit out of hostility between the two communities.

2. UPA came though collision and poor quality of elections. Man Mohan Singh was put forward as Mr. Clean and so called expert. He was neutral and harmless to Sonia Household and other rivals in congress. It does not trust its own allies. RJD, SP and BSP voted in favour of government during cut motion despite this Rahul Gandhi speaks of going solo in upcoming state polls in Bihar & UP. Congress does not trust Trinmool Congress but supports corrupt ministers like Raja for the support of DMK. It’s a virtually allies v/s Congress party like situation at Centre.

3. Dr could not alter anything even by a bit. Instead it is worsening. All this goof up when our PM is an Economist from Oxford, Home Minister from Harvard and Montek from World Bank + we have a lot of professors from Cornell etc. ...................All theory and no practicality ! Our current Prime Minister is a typical case of good brand & poor performance!

4. His government still continues to call J & K and Naxalite problem as typical law order problem. No changes could be brought by him in 7 years period. When government launched the Maoist offensive, it was clueless that the entire battalion would be wiped off! It just expressed its regrets!

5. Poverty line : According to Suresh Tendulkar committee report , poverty line for the rural areas is Rs. 15 and Rs. 19 in Urban areas. Whereas , according to Arjun Das Gupta , any one earning less than Rs. 20 per day falls below the poverty line

What can you get in Rs. 20 per day per person: ( Tea one cup Rs. 2 , Lunch Rs 10 , Tea evening Rs. 2 Dinner Rs. 10 ) This is the cheapest meal option ( Though ,we still have to find a stall that can serve you such cheap meals ). Also, with this, we must highlight the following daily requirements: 1. Breakfast – Rs.5/- 2. Lunch – 10 Rs. 3. Evening tea and something to eat – Rs. 5/- 4. Dinner – Rs. 10/- 5.Clean water to drink , and taking care of the basic hygienic – Rs. 2 6. Clothes to wear with washing Rs. 5 Per day ( at least 1500 per year – two sets of an upper garment and an under garment and daily washing will need a minimum earning of Rs. 5 day ) 7. Healthcare & Savings for unforeseen contingencies (Rs. 5 per day ) 8.Travel for going to take meals or get to work for earning the daily subsistence is not accounted for 9. Shelter to sleep, with bed sheet and seasonal clothing for winter and rain – 5 Rs / day One needs at least Rs. 37-50 per day to stay alive on the basics necessities of life On what basis the government calculates the BPL?.

Agriculture land is diminishing and its productivity is very poor. There is no evidence of his government doing basic work in this sector. On other hand agro land is being recklessly converted for profiteering MNCs and Indian businessmen for malls and opulent townships for a fraction of Indians. Result- both agriculture and price situation has worsened and gone out of hand. It is simple brainless functioning and anti-national.

6. Repeatedly CJIs have been mentioning that judiciary needs expansion and reforms and it costs a just few thousand crores every year. But it is surprising that Manmohanji has not bothered at all in this direction. Without fair, fast and clean judicial system how law and order can be controlled? Why he has not done anything he owes explanation to nation.

7. It is praised that he succeeded in recovery from recession. Where was recession in India? India and china type countries can’t have recession internally. It was in USA and Europe. Even if we assume it was, okay who benefited? Corporations who have thrown outstanding profit results in last many years. So again this profit came from citizens. These profits have not come from significant productivity rise but by price rise and profiteering and incentives given at cost of common man.

8. Clueless government
The 3G auction was expected to raise about Rs.32000.00 crore and it raised about Rs.69000.00 crore !! Normally , the statistical error is expected to be + or – 5 % , and that is the standard accepted level of error. If the government’s projections were left behind by a whopping 100 % , what do you call such a government ? Pranab da can rejoice, but not because of his colleagues or his planning!


Same happens for inflation : Since the UPA government has taken over in May 2009, the inflation has touched double digits , Government talks like an astrologer that the inflation will come down in the next 6 months ( and this has been the talk for the last one year ! ). It does not tell why and how will the inflation come down? Also, what is the government doing to bring the inflation down? The government is heavily depending upon the divine intervention (rain God ). Time to think practically, and work more Dr.Singh !

9. Glaring Foreign Policy Failures: His government has completely failed to make any progress in normalising relation with neighbouring countries and China. Merely wagging tails before USA and its institutions is not diplomacy and beneficial to India.

10. Schemes like NREGA are badly conceived and badly managed. Half of this money is going in pockets of politicians and babus. The only beneficiaries of these schemes are corrupt politicians and babudom. No wonder prices are going up due to fiscal deficit and reckless multiple taxation started in country.

11. Health Care- By providing only 0.36% to healthcare (we need 3% and not addressing the huge paucity of trained nurses and doctors, this government shows how serious it is on healthcare for the poor. Developing six AIIMS at a cost of hundreds of crores of rupees is more grandiose than useful.

12. Equally dismal is the government record on providing safe drinking water, developing infrastructure and providing affordable health care. The much-touted road projects are mired in controversy within the cabinet with the Minister for Environment and Minister for Shipping and Transport pulling in opposite directions.

13. Divided House: Not a day passes without reports of one or the other of its ministers sparring at another or a party functionary. Jairam Ramesh’s criticism of the Home Minister in a foreign country hit headlines. Similarly, the Congress was leaking scandalous stories about the NCP ministers to the media—be it on import-export of food articles or the civil aviation or IPL. The Congress double-talk on terror and the Maoist menace has considerably undermined the Home Ministry and compromised the internal security of the country.

A section of the ruling party seems to be cohorts with the Maoists and Islamist fundamentalists. They ventilate the agenda of the underground enemies of the nation from the official pulpit and frustrate the efforts of the security forces.

14. Failure in fund utilisation:A CAG report said over one lakh crore is being returned as unspent plan funds every year as programmes remain on paper. Another CAG report revealed that 97 per cent of funds earmarked for border roads remained unspent Most other departments have similar tales to tell.

If we conclude, Manmohan is nothing but a paper tiger and paper expert, he has no freedom to even act, he has outdated bureaucratic functioning, he lacks typical political leader's stature, grass root work and superior vision and over all, the UPA government is a miserable failure.

Mere GDP growth rate is not achievement. Anyone can do it without thinking of consequences social, financial, economic and environmental.

Police stations equipped with 'outdated' weapons: CAG

Notwithstanding increasing terror threats, police Stations across the country are still depending on "outdated" weapons as the availability of sophisticated arms was "far below" the actual requirement.

According to the Comptroller and Auditor General, the weapons procurement data on each state showed that sophisticated arms like AK-47, 7.62mm SLR and 5.56mm INSAS rifle were far below the requirement of the states.

"As a result, police stations continued to depend on outdated weapons," the CAG said in its 'Audit Evaluation of Modernisation of Police Force in India' report.

Providing examples, the report said that adequate weapons were not supplied to extremist prone police stations in West Bengal while there was a shortage of 9,540 sophisticated arms in Rajasthan.

The report also pointed out that AK-47 rifles were placed at the disposal of bodyguards of VIPs in violation of Home Ministry's instructions. "In Uttar Pradesh, outdated .303 bore rifles and .410 muskets were in use," it said.

The CAG also found a case in Kerala where 1,000 second hand rifles were procured for Rs 50 lakh from Assam Rifles when the government had earmarked Rs 25 lakh for procuring 100 7.62 mm SLRs.

Another case was in Karnataka where 1,406 weapons were received in police units as against a requirement of 2,236. Out of the 1,406 weapons, only 242 were distributed for want of trained personnel.

Noting that the modernisation of police force scheme offers to replace "outdated and unserviceable" weapons with sophisticated ones, the report said that instances of issue of expired ammunition were also detected during the audit.

"In some cases these weapons were supplied to body guards of Superintendents of Police in violation of Home Ministry's guidelines. Retention of sophisticated weapons in the armoury of police reserve is another regular feature," it said.

The CAG also noted that weapons procured were mostly kept in district police headquarters, with the report specifically mentioning Andhra Pradesh in this connection.

Even where sophisticated arms were provided, the police personnel were not adequately trained in their use, it added.

One Year of Congress led UPA2- Promises and Realities

Aam Admi Ke Badhte Kadam, Har Kadam Par Bharat Buland

This is a Divided, Non-Progressive & unholy alliance = Total Failure on all fronts!
The Government is led by an indecisive and authority less PM Manmohan Singh and the result is a non serious cabinet – Be it Agriculture, Home, Foreign Affairs – All of them a complete failure.

The funny thing is – People at Large belonging to the Urban middle class upwards are still extremely fascinated by the Humble, Intelligent looks of this helpless Prime minister. Here is another effort to project the true image of UPA, Its PM and Cabinet Ministers.

Open Letter to Mr. Man Mohan Singh; Prime minister of India

Dr. Singh, you are known for knowledge, integrity and obedience to 10 Janpath. But that is no measure of your performance. we tried to rate you on the following parameters as a Prime Minister of India on a 10 marks report card for each of the following key performance Indicators:

1. Performance on national integrity & Secularism: 00/10 ( India is fast becoming regional – A dangerous sign that can split India )

2. Performance on Preparedness for war – defense capability – 2/10
3. Performance on population control: 00/10 (What control?)

4. Performance on forecasting, identifying key priorities: 2/10.

5. Performance on preparation and pro-activeness of the government for unforeseen contingencies: 00/10

6. Performance on action time from the time of identification of problem: 3/10.(all talk no result yet- remember 100 days promise to bring down price rise?)

7. Performance on Team work: 3 /10. (Your colleagues clean dirty laundry in public-Team spirit?)

8. Performance on foreign policy: 0.5 /10 ( 0.5 marks for signing the nuclear deal )

9. Performance on law and order at home: 2 /10 (You called J & K and Naxalism as Law and Order problem and every one can see your success)

10. Performance on planning, fund allocation and utilization: 2/10(MOST FUNDS get returned- WHAT PLANNING?)

11. Performance on enhancing the competitiveness of Indian industry & exports: 410

12. Performance on making India’s voice heard in the global affairs: 3/10(Yeah, our voice does not reach Myanmar where ULFA CHIEF IS HIDING!)

13. Performance on rural upliftment – farmers, rural infrastructure: 3/10 (suicides on the rise,grains rotting,scams in imports and low MSP to our farmers)

14. Performance on healthcare: 4.5/10(health cards is a good begining...lots to do)

15. Performance on delivery of justice: 3 10(Plans to free 75% undertrials-lets see)

16. Performance on raising funds from divestment, issue of Telecom licenses: 5/10(could have been better if they had not scammed the 2G auctions)

17. Performance on wealth creation in India: 00 /10(MORE BILLIONAIRES AND MORE BPL!)

18। Performance on brand building for India: 1/10

19. Performance on climate change: 2 /10

20. Performance on empowerment of youth: 1/10

21. Performance on women welfare: 1/10

22. Performance on long term planning: 00 /10 ( Infact, there is no plan )

23. Performance on budget / deficit: 2 /10

24. Performance on approvals / industry: 3/10

25. Performance on SME: 2/10

26. Performance on Education reforms and capacity building including vocational courses: 4/10

27. Performance on infrastructure creation & new towns: 1/ 10

28. Performance on curbing corruption: 00 /10. His defending his telecom minister, A.Raja who is at the centre of the rs 60000 crore 2G spectrum scam in his press conference speaks volumes on his desire to curb corruption!

29. Performance evaluation of the team / reports: 04/10

30. Performance on transparency & accountability of public servants and representatives: 00/10

31. Performance on public perception: 4 /10 (This was much higher before elections in 2009)

32. Overall performance versus commitment & mandate: 2/10

Dr Singh, we believe that leadership is performance and you are failing badly. Time to shape up! Good image is not performance! We are not surprised as your team of advisors lack ‘common man’ and internal critiques. You have advisors who are out of touch with reality. Correct this immediately.

As honest tax payers, it is our duty to seek answers from the people who use our money and run the ministries. Every minute you people spend in your office or every inch that you move is funded by money collected as tax from people like us. We need your response

Article contributed by Shri Rajendra. P. Gupta.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

97% of funds for Border roads unused

Despite China Fears,Border Work Minimal: CAG

Building roads along the China border have been a stated priority of the UPA government in view of the communist neighbour rapidly developing world class roads and airports on its side of the McMahon line. Such has been the security concern that supplementary grants were sanctioned for additional expenditure in the border areas.Shockingly, to 97% of regular funds remained unspent between 2006 and 2009,and were returned by the home ministry departments at the end of the financial year.

The Comptroller and Auditor Generals review of grants to the home ministry for infrastructure development along the China border reveals that large provisions persistently remained unused during the period 2006-09 and were surrendered,defeating the purpose for which the budget provisions were passed by Parliament.

While lack of environmental clearances for border projects has often been touted as the reason why border roads have not been built in recent years,the report doesnt mention this at all.It,instead,blamed administrative failure in allocating works,non-demarcation of border areas and local protests for the delay.

The CAG report,submitted in Parliament on Friday,says the unspent amount on capital expenditure that includes development of infrastructure along the border and other security-related spending was as high as 58% in 2008-09 while allocation for this purpose had been hiked from Rs 2,000 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 5,300 crore in 2008-09.

In one case,the cabinet committee on security sat on an intelligence project due to which the Rs 2,400-crore plan could not be executed.

The unused money returned by the home ministry was Rs 1,900 crore.

On the China front,the home ministry failed to execute road projects resulting in non-expenditure of 91% of the allocated funds in 2006-07 and 97% each in 2007-08 and 2008-09,according to the CAG report.

There was inaction on the coastal front too.This only improved after 26/11.

On the security projects along Bangladesh border,Rs 46 crore was unutilized as hi-tech surveillance equipment was not procured.

Non-finalization of proposals for flood lighting and fencing work along the Pak border resulted in unspent funds of Rs 25 crore.

97% बोर्डर भंडार का इस्तमाल नहीं हुआ!
चीन ने बोर्डर के अपने क्षेत्रों में विश्व स्थारिया रास्ते बना लिए हैं और इसको देखते सर्कार ने भी निर्णय लिया था के हम भी अच्छे रास्ते बनायेंगेपर पढ़िए के क्या हुआ (या नहीं हुआ!)
  • २००६-२००९ तक औसतन ९७% पूँजी का उपयोग नहीं हुआ, और वापस चला गया
  • एक केस में तो कैबिनेट एक इन्तेल्लिगेंस प्रोजेक्ट पर बैठ गयी जो २४०० करोड़ का प्लान थाकुछ नहीं हुआ
  • तटीय इलाकों में भी कहानी ऐसी ही थीसुधराव २६/११ के बाद आया
  • बंगलादेश बोर्डर पर ४६ करोड़ का हाई टेक प्रोजेक्ट नहीं हो सकापूँजी इस्तमाल नहीं हुई.
  • पाकिस्तान सीमा पर फ्लड लाइट लगाने के लिए २५ करोड़ दिए गए थेउनका भी इस्तमाल नहीं हुआ

Study finds massive corruption in govt's flagship NREGA

A government-sponsored study on the NREGA has found large-scale corruption and irregularities in the implementation of the programme in several states with authorities in some areas misappropriating' central funds and threatening workers to keep their mouth shut.

"There was great fraud in the making (of job) cards, muster rolls were not maintained properly and work was not provided to job seekers sometimes," a team of researchers from the V V Giri National Labour Institute noted in their draft report, asking the government to take preventive measures.

The study has found that in many cases, workers performed one day's job but their attendance was put for 33 days. The workers got money for one day while wages for 32 days were "misappropriated by the people associated with the functioning of NREGS".

"In fact, the workers were threatened to keep their mouths shut. One of them mentioned that the NREGS had proved to be a boon for the panchayat functionaries," they said in the report.

They collected secondary material and also elicited information from different stakeholders like the 'gram pradhan' and beneficiary workers, besides interviewing implementing agencies and personnel. The study team found that in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Bihar, the job cards were not in the possession of workers but with the sarpanch and other panchayat functionaries, while in many cases job cards were found to be fudged with fake entries.

The report also noted 'interpersonal conflicts' among project officers, block development officers and the sarpanch, saying this has affected the performance and efficiency of the project officers.
"In some places, the sarpanch were using their political clouts to trouble the POs. In some cases, the block development officers were sore about snatching away of their signatory authority on NREGS cheques," it noted.

The report suggested the monitoring of workers and daily task measurements by 'technical specialists'.

"There should be a monitoring committee consisting of some members of the civil society, along with the panchayat functionaries and beneficiary workers," it said.

नरेगा में बहुत


- सरकारी अभ्यास ने बताया
  • कुछ इलाकों में अधिकरिओने केंद्रीय कोष को ऐंठ लिया था।
  • कर्मचारियों को अपना मुह बंध रखने को धमकाया गया था।
  • जॉब कार्ड और म्स्टर रोल ठीक से नहीं बनाये गए थे.
  • कई बार, एक दिन का काम करने पर ३३ दिनों के पैसे मिले थे।
  • पंचायत के लोगों के लिए नरेगा एक वरदान या लोटरी बनी है।
  • ब्लाक देवेलोप्मेंट ऑफिसर और सरपंच में संघर्ष के कारन प्रोग्राम को नुक्सान हुआ।
  • जॉब कार्ड कर्मियों के पास नहीं पर सरपंचों के पास रखा जाता है।

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Reader Article-Economic tempest n Unrest- Rajendra Gupta

Over the last few months, i have been reading a lot about inflation , double digit growth and so on…

We need to understand the real issues a little deeper and better if we wish to do something worthwhile for this nation

Consider the following :

A few decades back , government thought that nationalization was in the best interest of this nation and it nationalized the airlines , banks etc…….Now after a few decades , privatization is considered in the best interest of the nation !!!

What is the government doing to convert ‘No productivity jobs into low productivity jobs and finally into high productivity jobs’ Every district should focus on productivity . People do not reason the government and never questions the actions and government even does not know if it is doing the right things .The Government fails and due to this youths get misguided and seek the path of the Gun!


Between 2010 and 2020, India will add 120 million people in the ‘working age population’ . It will also add 43 Million senior citizens to its population . Does the government have a concrete plan to address this ?

If we do not plan for 120 million people that we are adding to the working age population , we will be provoking between 10-30 % of them into naxalites or anti-social elements . Imagine , 12-36 million gun wielding naxalites !!

If there is no growth , it does not lead to poverty only . It either leads to ill health & evil minds . Which is more disastrous than poverty In the next 10 years , some parts of India will become more developed than they are today. We will become a more materialistic nation in places like Mumbai , Goregaon , Bangalore , Pune etc…………….. Media would have exposed this ‘Have not’s’ to this material world .This will lead to aspirations in youth for a better life style, and with no means to make it to this elite league with legitimate means , the criminal route to making money will lead to more extortion , more drug lords and criminals in politics – GDP growth can be 8.5 % or 10 % but criminal activity will growth much faster under such conditions . There is no doubt on this . India will become a naxalites factory and will surpass Pakistan in producing anti-social elements

Agricultural productivity can go up if we bring down the cost of logistics from the current of 16 %. Worldwide , it is around 9 % …………. Government must plan in detail how to boost the agricultural productivity. Does it have a plan now?

People with many educational degrees ( Indian experts from USA recruited by the government as advisors ) are working for people with no degrees (poor population ) . So they do not identify the real problem leave alone addressing the issues .

Recently , i have heard about the food coupons being distributed to the BPL families . What a joke ? BPL people do not know how to read and write & also this is bound to be misused ( 10 paisa of every 10 rupees will reach the BPL families )

Few fundamentals have to change .

India has not to change , Indians have to change .

Made in India has to become made in ‘rural India’

We are talking of CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility ) but what we need is ISR –(Individual’s Social Responsibility )

We are all talking of divestment . The government is looking to raise Rs.40,000.00 crore through divestment but why is government not looking at investing back 10 % of the divestment money to build another PSU that can yield returns disproportionate on its investments ?

How about setting up the Solar Energy Corporation of India or the Hydro Power corporation of India ? Build them now . Don’t just sell

Governments tax collection targets have been missed by around Rs. 40000 crore, i am sure that divestment target is also going to be missed !! Where will be the GDP deficit be in 2011-12 ?

Indian government has not just to create jobs ( employment ) but also create entrepreneurs . It has to think inside the box only ( forget out of box ). Imagine , if different cities with tourism potential start training tourist guides , taxi drivers and listing them on a central website . People travelling to these towns can avail the services of the government approved guides at the pre-decided rates & can pay in advance through the website . The money can be transferred electronically directly to the service provider after a referral cut ( government can retail 20 % & transfer 80 % money). Safety & savings for tourists and income for self employed people .

Back to my favorite- recession & India :

Why did recession in the USA / Europe not affect India so much Or you all believed that government was able to protect India from recession effectively ? Think about this report

Times of India , 17th March 2010. According to the WHO – UNICEF report ,58 % of all the people in the world who defecate in the open are in India . 638 Million people in India have no access to toilets . Will India, with such living conditions ever get effected by recession ? The same government could not control inflation . Imagine how they can control affects of recession – they faked the efforts and impacts and we all believed it like fools !

In 62 years after Independence , we have more than 60 % population having no access to ( toilets ) hygiene , 2/3rd of the population living in absolute poverty , 1/6th of the nation living in naxalites controlled areas . And we are already a “recession proof” India . Entire India has still not felt the impact of growth except a few urban towns , so recession hitting us is a joke ?

By the way , next few days will show India conquering the world as ‘ BHARTI is acquiring an African Telecom Giant’. Read all the headlines …………………………..

While you read these headlines , more than 50 % of India will go to sleep without a meal ………………………..

And also, according to the government , the austerity drive for Indian government is over & our babu’s and politico’s can fly business class, so finally , India is out of recession & on a high growth phase

Rajendra Pratap Gupta


spl article The forgotten fifty-nine- Tarun Vijay

The forgotten fifty-nine
28/03/2010 11:28:35 Tarun Vijay

I stood alone. In that crowd at the railway station. Sabarmati Express, the Indian train connecting Ayodhya, a Hindu pilgrimage centre in UP, with the cosmopolitan urban centre Ahmedabad, passes through it. It had passed that year also and became a horrifying reminder of intolerance, butchery and politics over the dead.

I am least interested in the cases, the lies, the scandalous twists, the influencing of the case makers, the politics and the horrendous behavior of those who become members of law-making body, Parliament, by virtue of an adult franchise.

My eyes were searching for an indicator, some information to know what happened to those families whose bread earners, parents, sole supporters and dearest relatives were suddenly brought dead in body bags.

There were little kids like Gayatri Panchal, who lost her two sisters, mother and father in that inferno. Sudha Rawal, an 82-year-old granny, Neelima, Lakhu Bhai, Bhimji
Why they have to die a torturous death? And why the stalwarts, the leaders, the conscious keepers of the land never ever tried to approach them to know, how February 27 changed their world view and lives?

The next carnage, equally condemnable and horrifying, never included the dead of February 27. Both were Indians. I thought dead bodies do not have any religious prejudices. But here we saw, dead too can be made victims of the coloured attitudes.

Is there any answer to the question why Godhra is always, necessarily excluded from Gujarat? Why Gujarat is simply and essentially a Muslim tragedy? Though one third of the killed were Hindus?

Why can we wail and lament for the Indian, whatever the religion, who dies whether in Godhra or Gujarat? The mental subjugation, the coercive secularism, the aggressive NGO-funded shrill voices, none of them takes into account the human side of the tragedies. Flags, headbands, the famous picture of the tailor with folded hands, half truths and pure lies in the courtyards of justice, nothing could demystify why Godhra occurred. Rather it has been pushed into the blind well of a secular Talibanistic edit that prohibits even an analytical, objective discussion on the February 27 carnage which occurred just eight years ago?

When the perpetrators of 1984 still roam free and the protectors are decorated, an Indian analysis and an Indian inference of Godhra may take decades. But it also throws up the same issue of a self-denial, our leaders in media and politics are delving into. Deny that it ever happened. Deny that the hurt was universal.

Indians are targeted today for various reasons in Kashmir, Jammu, Bastar, Dantewada, Kohima, Pune, Mumbai. The list is growing by the day. Still the missing identity is Indian.

Recently I was in a discussion in Bangalore and the participants, all noble elitist drum beaters of freedom of expression and objectivity, simply focused on communally oriented themes of persecution, backwardness and atrocities. None of them even once spoke of the Indian pain they would have been forced to talk of inconvenient truths like Kashmiri Hindus exile. And of course Godhra.

The exclusion is as painful as was the massacre. An activist, who works among tribals, showed the gathering pictures of dead bodies of people who he claimed were killed by the security forces . He din't show a single picture of the policemen killed by Naxalites or of those more than 10,000 common citizens brutally murdered by the red marauders.

Arent the policemen Indians? And those who were targeted by the Naxalites? Why romanticize the brutal murderers and exclude the agony of others? This dishonesty on part of the "secular, peace-loving" tribe is killing and shows off Stalinist traits.

The burning alive of Graham Staines was horrendous. But so was the killing of the octogenarian Swami Lakshmananand. Why exclude Lakshmananand and refuse to look dispassionately at the other side?

Nothing will be discussed and allowed to be printed till the Shahs of the secular Mecca deem it fit to be approved. Why?

Accept Valentines day, as if the day is the new constitutional order of the republic, a new national anthem. Otherwise be prepared to be lampooned and declared an uncivilized moron.


The end of dissent and inclusion is also the end of civility.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What should be done to solve Naxal Problem

• Green hunt should be a final and synchronized counter-offensive against the Naxal movement.

• Time frame must be fixed and adhered to.

• The Quality of Local Intelligence should be improved. Befriend and support locals.
Local Intelligence Helps Distinguish Between Terrorist and Noncombatant.

• A Capacity for Synchronized Operations should be increased. They increase Neutralization Rate.

• The Degree of Political Will and Resolve to terminate this problem should be developed.

• Surgically neutralize as many terrorists as possible,

• As quickly as possible,

• For as long as possible.

• Keep a veil of secrecy. Keep media away. Their reporting alerts the Maoists.

• Increase spending and development in the naxal areas.

• NREGA should be honestly implemented.

• No Atrocities should be committed by the Forces on villagers.

• Recruit camp boys, cooks, sweepers etc from local population.

• All Political parties should unitedly battle the enemy. Isolate and expose those parties who are soft towards Naxals. Brandish them as traitors.

.Unleash a propaganda war. Broadcast over Radio and TV, drop Pamphlets from helicopters- urging the Maoists to see the futility of such a war. Appeal them for Surrender and promise rehabilitation.

.Publicise Security Forces' strikes. Update score card on daily basis. Terrify the enemy.

.Allow usage of sophisticated weapons.

Government have prepared a Plan to deal with the problem. The salient features of the policy are as follows:

• Deal sternly with the Naxals indulging in violence

• Address the problem simultaneously on political, security and development fronts.

• Ensure inter-state coordination in dealing with the problem

• Accord priority to faster socio-economic development in the Naxal areas

• supplement the efforts and resources of the affected states on both security and
development fronts

• Promote local resistance groups against the Naxals

• Use mass media to highlight the futility of Naxal violence and the loss of life and
property caused by it

• Have a proper surrender and rehabilitation policy for the Naxals

• Affected states not to have any peace dialogue with the Naxal groups unless the
latter agree to give up violence and arms.

Hope this does not stay on Paper only and is implemented in true sense!

It would thus appear that the factors which gave rise to Naxalism – the extent of poverty,uneven development, poor governance, neglect of land reforms, rising unemployment and tribals getting a raw deal - are, unfortunately, very much present today also. Unless these basic issues are sincerely addressed, a security-centric approach by itself would not be enough to deal with the problem.

Ek Kaam Desh Ke Naam

A drive started by a group of students of Nirma University, Ahmedabad to collect used sheets of paper that are blank on one side is gaining pace and supporters. The drive has reached the doorsteps of residents of housing societies. They have collected 250000 sheets so far!
First-year students of the varsity gathered partially used pieces of pa-per and turned them into notebooks for children studying in municipal schools.

It’s heartening to see to youngsters involved in activities that benefit society.
One of the students behind this innovative drive, Hardik Parmar, hopes that more people step forward and donate partially used paper.

“We can’t do door-to-door collection because of time constraint. However, if a residential society expresses interest to contribute, we will go there without fail,” he said. To date, Hardik and others have collected 2 lakh pages!

People’s Support – Salwa Judum

Mobilising the support of the people is absolutely essential to weaken the support base of
the Naxals. The representatives of major political parties have virtually abdicated their responsibility of engaging in any kind of anti-Naxal propaganda in their constituencies. In fact, most of them have sought shelter in the safety of the urban centres or the state capital.

The circumstances in which Salwa Judum evolved in the state of Chhattisgarh must be
clarified in this context. To start with, the Naxals were welcomed by the Bastar tribals
because they were harassed by corrupt revenue, police and forest officials and were
exploited by the traders from plains areas who never gave them fair price for their

The Naxals appeared as the benefactors, protecting and upholding their interests. However, in due course, as the Naxals entrenched themselves in the region, they started showing insensitivity to the feelings of tribals. They interfered with the social customs and cultural practices of the local tribals. Ghotuls were closed. Weekly bazaars were looted. Traditional celebrations at the time of marriage were discouraged. Images of Budhadev (Lord Shiva) were damaged and the tribals were asked to worship Mao only.

Village priests were driven away. All this deeply hurt the tribals. There was a strong
feeling of resentment. The Naxals did not allow the tribals to pluck tendu leaves also. This was a regular source of income for them and every family earned Rs.10,000 to 15,000 from the trade. This was denied to them. The resultant economic hardship proved to be the proverbial last straw. Enough was enough, the tribals felt.

It was against this background that the tribals rebelled against the Naxals. Large groups
of people held rallies where they expressed their vehement opposition to the aggressions
of the Naxals. This was the beginning of Salwa Judum, reflecting the resentment of the
tribals against the activities of Naxals interfering with their social customs, cultural
practices and hurting their economic interests. It was a spontaneous movement, though it is also a fact that at present the camps are being maintained and financed by the state government.

It would thus appear that the factors which gave rise to Naxalism – the extent of poverty,
uneven development, poor governance, neglect of land reforms, rising unemployment and
tribals getting a raw deal - are, unfortunately, very much present today also. Unless these
basic issues are sincerely addressed, a security-centric approach by itself would not be
enough to deal with the problem.

Four Questions for Naxal problem

Q.1- Does every person who has been wronged, pick up the gun and kill, kill and kill?

Then if the State and Central Government are trying hard to implement development projects in Naxal areas- why are such projects being targeted? Why are schools, health care centres, bridges and roads blown up regularly by the Maoists?

Here are some cases. There are many many more!

Jharkhand- Bank closes after Naxals threaten it for refusing loans to buy weapons.

Chattisgarh (Bastar)- Naxals stop work on 300 roads. The government has announced a lot of developmental schemes, like construction of roads, building of schools, colleges, water supply but the Maoists are putting hurdles in implementing these projects.

Naxal elements do not want the area to be developed as it impinges on their area of activity. Senior Political Scientist Mahendra Karna pointed out “They (Naxals) have destroyed health, education, drinking water facilities in the region.”

• Orissa (Balimela )- Power disrupted as Naxals attack Hydro Power Station.

• NH75 in Shambles due to Naxal Fear- it passes through the naxal infested but mining rich Chaibasa and Chakradharpur belt in West Singhbhum to the borders of Orrisa.

• Jharkhand- Maoists have all but stopped CIL from carrying supplies, choking off plants, says the firm’s chairman

Bhubaneswar: Maoists blew up four school buildings and a primary health centre.

UNESCO report focuses on school attacks by Maoists

A UNESCO global report has equated the CPI (Maoist)'s attacks on schools in Naxalite-dominated states with the systematic targeting of educational institutions by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The report says attacks on schools and teachers are "well publicized and the perpetrators" have "made public their intention to attack schools via published threats and orders". The report says 300 schools were blown up by extremists between 2006 and 2009. There was also an "increase" in the recruitment of children by Maoists between 2005 and 2007. 14 and 15-year-olds were recruited into armed squads in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Answer. 1- Naxals do what suits them. Too much development means satisfied & happy people & also means the constant presence of Govt machinery, which impedes the growth and collection drives of the Naxals. Hence better to stop development in practice but unleash a propaganda that govt does nothing for the poor! The Propaganda & plan would make Goebbels (Nazi Propaganda Minister) proud!

Q.2 Naxalism: A Rs 1500 crore red corridor empire

Naxalism, which started off as a people's movement, has now become an ideology less Rs 1500 crore organised extortion business in the form of 'levy'of 5 to 10%, in the Red Corridor states.
CPI (Maoist) and especially its splinter groups, which extort the money hardly pump it back for running the movement but instead use it to maintain luxurious lifestyles for their masters, the officials said. The chiefs lead a luxurious life with all modern facilities. Though, they forcibly recruit children in their cadre, their own kids study in good public schools.

The Naxal literature and documents seized have revealed details of "levy" extorted by groups which run in several hundred crores every year.

Interestingly, it is not just the Naxals who approach contractors for money but in some cases even the contractors approach the Naxals with money.
In certain incidents, contractors have themselves approached the Naxals to blow up the roads built by them because they had used inferior material at first place. As the roads are blown away, no quality inspection takes place.

The Naxals also encourage local villagers to undertake opium cultivation, just like insurgents in Northeast states.

Of the total 1.07 lakh kg of ganja or marijuana seized in the country in 2007, heavy quantity of it was from Nagaland (15,489 kg), Madhya Pradesh (14,815 kg), Maharashtra (12,551 kg), Chhattisgarh (7,470 kg) and Andhra Pradesh (7,059 kg).

West Midnapore police have claimed that the PCPA forcibly collected at least Rs 80 lakh a month from Lalgarh and Binpur residents after quizzing a treasurer of the outfit.

“Forests mean minerals, minerals mean money, money means guns, and guns mean power,”

Q. 3 Do Naxals exploit women and children?

Naxals forcibly recruit and train children for combat. At least 300 children were trained in the dense forests of Dhanbad and Giridih in Jharkhand under a crash course in the use of small arms.

Similar reports also come from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh . Some years ago, the security forces rescued a group of girls from a camp of the erstwhile Maoist Communist Centre.

Amnesty International noted that the erstwhile PWG had recruited children between the ages of eight and 15 “believing that they could train children more effectively than women to resist police interrogation”.

Both boys and girls operate in rebel ranks. They have been utilized to gather intelligence, carry food and weapons, and to serve extortion notes. The children, being in an impressionable age, are susceptible to indoctrination.
Nevertheless, to prevent children from associating with left-wing extremists, security officials periodically visit hostels and counsel the students about the difficulties they could face if they join Naxalite groups.

Yes, it is a fact that Naxals have created specialized units consisting of minors. The children are more prone to brain wash than grown-ups and that is the primary reason why minors are targeted.
We were sexually exploited by comrades: Maoist women

Maoists who shout from the roof-top for taking up the cause of the poor are reported to have sexually exploited their women cadres.

Girls between 14 and 18 years of age were abducted by the ultras at gun-point from interior tribal villages and forced to have sex with them. Besides sex, they were utilized for cooking food for the ultras, making bombs and other errands.

The startling revelation was made by a local TV news channel in Orissa and also by surrendered women cadres in Bihar. Quoting Sabita Munda, the 20-year-old tribal girl who was holding the rank of an “area commander” who surrendered with a young male cadre, OTV news report said Maoist women cadres who raise their voice against were instructed by senior leaders to remain silent.
Abuse rampant

Two arrested hardcore Naxalites, Geeta Murmu and Anju Murmu, said they were also sexually exploited in the rebel camps.

“Twice I had to undergo abortion. On protest, I was told to keep shut or else I would be shot dead,” said Geeta, who was the “mistress” of sub-zonal naxal commander Chirag Da for two years.

Geeta gave graphic details of how they (a group of 200 woman Naxalites) were exploited in the dense forest areas of Belhar, which is considered to be a citadel of Maoists. “Some time back, my sister Anju Murmu too joined the naxal group. One night, she was on duty manning the borders of Banka and Jamui forest, when another Naxalite Battu gagged and raped her."

Q.4-Naxals say they do not kill / humiliate civilians. A Big Lie!
Here are a few cases:

• Maoists Kill Villager in AP Branding Him Police Informer

• Maoists insult school teachers -PCPA in Satpati village in West Bengal’s Midnapore district. publicly humiliated three school teachers for allegedly hiring incompetent staff. By holding a kangaroo court, pronouncing the 3 teachers guilty of hiring incompetent person and then garlanded with shoes and paraded in the village

• Maoists behead 2 people on Holi in Bihar’s Munger .

• Munger/Bankura - Cops beheaded like Francis Induwar.

8 of family burnt alive by naxals -Eight persons of a family, including women and children, were burnt alive by naxals at Koylibeda village in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district on 13 Aug 2009.They had declined to obey the Maoists’ decision on a land dispute.

• In a shocking incident in Orissa, a maoist leader and his people killed a villager in a gruesome manner and then ate his flesh in front of the horrified villagers in an act of Cannibalism.

Read Interview of Marshall (Former close aide of Kishenji), on Maoist terror against tribals:

“I want to ask Kishenji a simple question. Why do his men collect a levy of Rs 20 and 3 kg rice from every such poor and deprived tribal household at gun point in that case ? I know thousands of poor tribal families who are not in a position to meet Kishenji’s demands, but have to cough up the money out of sheer fright.”


Answer 4- They kill, torture, behead, burn to death villagers who do not cooperate or who are informers according to them. So any one who raises a voice against them will be killed? Also See the casualties table above and read on:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Why Did Naxalism become popular? Who is to be blamed?

Originating in a small village of West Bengal, the Naxalite ideology gained rapid currency in other parts of West Bengal and India within a few years. By the early 1970s, the Naxalite movement had spread from far-flung areas like Andhra Pradesh and Kerala in the south, to Bihar in the east, and Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in the north.

For some time the Naxalites had virtually set up alternative administrative machinery in Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, to which they referred to as `liberated zone'.

In parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the Naxalites succeeded in mobilizing the peasantry to recover lands that they had lost to the moneylender-cum-landlord class (and carry their harvested crops to their homes.

Tribal support to the movement grew as the oppressed class had decided to rise against the oppressors.

The Naxalbari movement was crushed with a heavy hand by the government in 1972.

Today this problem has assumed epidemic like proportions.

The root cause of Naxalism is flawed economic policies and disparities that exist between various sections of society. There has been too little developmental work in remote areas of the country and as a result a large number of people feel alienated, which has given rise to the menace of Naxalism.

Clearly the party which has ruled India for more than 80% time has failed its people miserably!

Lop sided development in last 63 years.

• Job and living hood crisis.

• Negligent infrastructure development.

• Flag ship Government schemes under utilizing funds.

• Corruption creates a bottle neck.

• Unemployment and backwardness forces the young, unemployed youth to take up arms and term themselves as Naxals/Maoists and different labels in different states!

• Alleged torture of villagers by the security forces creates alienation.

• Rebels become a source of inspiration for physically exploited women. In some cases, as has been reported from Bihar, joining the Maoists is a way out of poverty and starvation.

• Young persons initially develop intimacy with the group and gradually turn sympathizers and spies. Some eventually join the rebels. A family member, relative or someone known to the family in the party could act as a facilitator.

The Naxals claim to be the representatives of the Adivasis, the people staying in jungles and that of the very poor and oppressed class. They claim that The Indian Union had denied these people their rights and have made life hell for them. They claim to champion these very people.

The intellectuals like Varavara Rao, Kobad Ghandy and Arundhati Roy raise issue of torture and custodial deaths of tribals and foot soldiers of the Naxals and also shout at the top of their voice that severe injustice is being done to the poorest of the poor.

Often the Villagers or tribals are caught between the Devil and the Deep Sea: The forces and the Naxals!

There have been cases where tribals are languishing in jails after being branded as Maoists. In Orissa, people said the Government may have been posing as pro-tribal but its actions are otherwise. The share of tribals in Sundargarh is declining fast from 64 % in 1951; it has dropped to 50.19 per cent in 2001. The current census will see the figure dropping below 50 per cent. The exodus of tribals is not just a matter of concern; the outsiders’ influx is a greater worry, who, he said have hijacked the livelihood and security of the indigenous population

Alarming rise of Naxalism- the Siege Within

From 50 odd districts in 2004 when UPA took over power, Naxalism is now active in 220 districts and 20 states are affected. The so called Red Corridor and other areas are spread over 92,000 Sq Km or nearly 40% of India!

Naxalism is pure and simple TERRORISM, which disguises itself with terms like "class struggle" and "social justice"

So Is the Govt wrong in attacking the Poor Victimized Maoist? Read on and decide emphatically. In this case there can be no Grey- Only Black or White.

The Naxals do not believe in Indian Democracy and want to overthrow it by 2050.

If they really feel that people are with them- we dare them to fight elections and truly help the people if they win. Will this challenge be accepted?

The Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh has said that the recent brutal killing of policemen, blowing up railway tracks and burning of vehicles by the Naxalites cannot be equated to terrorism! What else do you require to qualify for a label like Terrorists? It’s very immature of a national leader to say something like this instead of coming down heavily with an iron hand against all those who take up arms and hold the machinery to ransom?

Mr P.M. you say something say something sitting in heavily guarded chambers in the capital and it’s the poor front line police constables and the security forces who bear the brunt of the brutal attacks and make their families suffer silently. The Government on their part consoles the families by sending a Wreath and announcing some relief!

The attack on a The Eastern Rifles Camp in Bengal by the Naxals, which killed 19 jawans was perhaps a grim reminder on the vicious determination of these home grown terrorists to overthrow the institution called democracy and usher in a mob rule by 2050 in India. Yes, left-wing extremism is alive and kicking in rural India, but also as a kick in the face of those who now formulate policy in the ministry of home affairs.

Naxalites pose a challenge to India's democratic polity and rule of law; they pose an ideological threat that questions the legitimacy of the Indian State. Today they are perhaps more dangerous for us than even the Jihadi elements. The Jihadis are outsiders but these Naxals are very much our own people. Our own people, out to sadistically wound, maim and mutilate Mother India. And yes, if you thought that they were isolated, you are wrong. They get ideological support from many in the so called intellectual class of India, who are fast showing their true colours.

Naxals say they do not attack civilians and the troops are barbaric. So why are the forces and civilians the major casualty? The Killing fiends will perhaps laugh at this irony.

K P S Gill, who has battled many insurgencies, leading his men from the front, commented, it does not make sense to build roads and bridges which cannot be used for fear of death at the hands of Naxalites

The Government this time is determined under a determined Home Minister to fight the enemy, bullet for bullet. Operation Green Hunt has begun and for the first time, we have seen the determination of the state to use it’s might against the perpetrators of such heinous activities.

The placatory steps from 2004 to 2009 had emboldened these enemies of India. Many a times, the state and the central Governments bent themselves to accommodate them (example of Andhra is all before us) and to take their help in winning elections too. It is sad that many of our politicians would not hesitate to trade the Country for their personal benefits.

A Naxalite leader was famously quoted as saying: 'By going to the talks, we are not declaring any ceasefire... Talks are a part of our tactical line. Naxalism is not a problem: it is the solution.

India's intelligence agencies have evidence to prove that Naxalites are being used by Pakistan's ISI for drug-trafficking and pumping fake currency notes. In return, the ISI is providing the Naxalites with sophisticated weaponry and the know-how for making and using improvised explosive devices. Seized weapons and ammunition bear witness to this evidence.

And with Liberals/Marxist/Secular Neros who cry tears of blood for the progeny of Lenin & Mao who don't think twice before raping and killing their own comrades. But they wont even blurt a word of gratitude for our forces who selflessly fight for our safety.WHO NEEDS ENEMIES WITH SUCH PEOPLE IN FOREFRONT TO SUPPORT THIS UNHOLY CAUSE?

Friday, March 19, 2010

For Children- The Holy Puranas- In Simple Story Format

Shiv Purana- Chapters I to III
SHIV PURANA Volume I Chapter I

There are 18 Puranas divided into 3 categories and each having 6 texts.

Satvika Puranas stress on incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Rajasika Puranas stress on creation, give more importance to Lord Brahma.
Tamasika Puranas stress on the destructive emphasis and pertain to Lord Shiva.

The Shiv Purana contains 24,000 shlokas and is divided into 6 samhitas (sections) and each samhita is divided into adhyayas (chapters).

Lord Shiva is the easily God to please and he can be won over by simple puja or by offerings like a small flower or a root unlike Lord Vishnu whose worship involves costly rituals.

Purity is important in Lord Shiva’s worship.

The Story Of Brahma- Volume I Chapter II

In the beginning, there was only a void and as Lord Vishnu slept on Water, a lotus sprang from his navel and from the cells of this lotus was born Brahma.

Brahma wondered where he had originated from and descended down the stem in search of an answer but he could neither find the end, beginning or the centre of the Lotus.

He tried to return and lost his way and roamed for 100 years and at last he heard a voice, asking him to be calm and meditate, which he did.

At last Lord Vishnu appeared before him and called him a son as he was created from Vishnu’s navel. Brahma did not like being called ‘son’ by Vishnu. The argument grew and soon converted into a fight.

Suddenly a huge Linga appeared .It was decided that Brahma would take the form of a swan and try to find the top of the Linga and Vishnu would take the form of a boar and seek the end. They went about doing so for thousands of years but to no avail.

Brahma took help from a ketaki flower from the heaven to fraud Vishnu in accepting that ketaki was a witness to Brahma’s finding the top of the Linga and just when this falsehood was uttered, Shiva sprang out from the Linga and cursed Brahma for lying. Hence He said that there will be no temples dedicated to Brahma while ketaki flowers were banned from being used in temples.

Shiv said that we three are a part of the same being and have roles to play, Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver while I am the destroyer. So let Brahma start his creation work.

Brahma begins Creation- Volume I Chapter III

In the beginning there was water all around and in it Vishnu created a huge egg and entered it. Brahma was born of this egg and is hence called HIRANYAGARBHA.

Brahma through his meditation created several rishes including Daksha and Mareechi.Mareechi’s son was Kashyap who married 30 daughters of Daksha and hence were born the devas (called Aditya as they were sons of Aditi), asuras (called Daityas as the were sons of Diti).

One day Brahma was asked by the rishes as to who was the greatest. Brahma declared himself to be the greatest and this was disputed by Vishnu. Vedas were referred and it was stated that Shiva was the greatest.

The other two protested that how can the lord of the ghosts, goblins and snakes be the greatest. At this Shiva sprang in their middle in a vast and terrible form. The 5th head of Brahma mocked Shiva and at this Shiva cut it off with Bhairava’s nail!

In the meantime, Daksha was ordained the PRAJAPATI (Progenitor)by Brahma and he invoked a great YAGNA TO CELEBRATE THIS BUT DID NOT INVITE Shiva his son-in-law who had not given him respects as Prajapati. Sati, despite Shiva’s request not to attend, went to her father’s yagna, uninvited and was insulted and so was Shiva and in a fit of anger, she jumped into the sacrificial fire and immolated herself.

When Shiva learnt of this, he sent Veer Bhadra and his army to kill and destroy the yagna and even Daksha was killed. Yet Shiva was not pacified and carried the body of Sati and started doing the dance of destruction- TANDAAV NRUTYA and as a result the earth started getting destroyed.

Vishnu used his SUDARSHAN CHAKRA to cut parts of Sati’s body (and where these parts fell- a SHAKTIPEETH WAS ESTABLISHED and which are found all over India).

Shiv calmed down and the dead gods and Daksha (who got a goats head as replacement) were revived with his permission and the yagna was completed.

Sati, ever devoted to Shiva was reborn to Himavan, the lord of Himalayas but that’s another story.