The Candid Eye

June 14, 2009

Let us set an example in abnegation – Yashwant Sinha

Filed under: BJP,Indian Politics — thecandideye @ 6:48 AM
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A quick post..Just came across this news.It is to be noted,Yashwant Sinha says “Reluctance to introspect and introspect comprehensively and openly is unacceptable to a large number of people within the party and also to many people oustside the party who supported against dynastic politics”.

The crisis in BJP deepened today with Yashwant Sinha quitting all party posts, including vice president, and hit out at the leadership demanding resignation of all office-bearers of party and Parliamentary Party owning collective responsibility for the electoral defeat.

Sinha, former external affairs Minister, raised the banner of revolt just before BJP chief Rajnath Singh addressed a press conference imposing a gag order on leaders from airing their views in public failing which he threatened disciplinary action.

The MP from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand sent a four-page letter to Rajnath Singh and other members of the party’s core group in which he said it was difficult to avoid impression that in BJP “we put a premium on failure”.

He said he was also resigning from being in-charge of Karnataka affairs and as head of the Foreign Affairs Cell of the party in response to senior leader Jaswant Singh’s suggestion at a core committee meeting that there should be collective responsibility for failure.

“Our reluctance to introspect and introspect comprehensively and openly is unacceptable to a large number of people within the party. So is the rat race for posts. If we are a party with a difference, let us set an example in abnegation,” Sinha said in the letter.

Source: Rediff

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The US and Pak want Kashmir troops to move – Scape goat,India agreed

Filed under: BJP,Indian Politics — thecandideye @ 6:29 AM
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This one is shocking news for most of us, but it is well planned, it seems, after the series of events that took place,after Hafeez Sayeed’s release.

Just before our home minister’s visit to Kashmir,Senior BJP leader Arun Shourie in the Rajya Sabha has given this speech.

Some excerpts from that speech.

The BJP,accused the Centre of depending too much on the US while dealing with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks. “Don’t run to Mummy (the US) all the time. Pakistan is not dependent on the US, rather it is the other way round as America wants an honourable exit from the war it started in the region against terrorism and for this it needs Pakistan’s support,” BJP member Arun Shourie said in Rajya Sabha.

The situation post-Mumbai terror attacks, he said, was “treacherous and far more complex. Therefore greater effort on part of the government is required”.Arun Shourie also cautioned the government not to get involved in sending evidence about Mumbai attacks to Pakistan as “this will put it in a position of being a judge”.

Shourie said that the country needs to understand the objectives of US in the region and its compulsions. “Look at the nature of the Pakistani state. Has it changed? Look at the
objectives of the US in the region and its compulsions. This will give a realistic view,” he said.

Shourie said that the country needs to understand the objectives of US in the region and its compulsions. “Look at the nature of the Pakistani state. Has it changed? Look at the objectives of the US in the region and its compulsions. This will give a realistic view,” he said.

Shourie, while quoting reports about the Prime Minister’s meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the recently held G-20 Summit in London, said that this too apparently centred around on how India can tone down the kind of reaction that emerged within the country after 26/11.

The Rajya Sabha member added that while the US is trying to restrain India from taking any aggressive stand against Pakistan, there is also a lot of pressure from Washington on New Delhi to keep peace with the neighbouring country.

For full article click here.

It seems,Congress goverment has fallen prey to Obama’s tactics.Earlier it was Israel.Now it is India’s turn.

Related articles on this issue.

Some dangerous liaisons in July

The US advice on Kashmir is lunacy


June 5, 2009

Did Advani approve of Sachar Committee?

Filed under: BJP,Indian Politics — thecandideye @ 3:00 AM
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And studiously refusing to turn the spotlight on the utter failure of his own leadership, the self-styled Iron Man called for scrutiny of below par performances in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. In other words, the man who owes his Gandhinagar victory to the efforts of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is going to downsize the leader who, despite certain shortcomings, still stands tallest in the Hindu imagination.
Given the firmness with which acolyte Venkaiah Naidu rebuffed fixing responsibility for the rout to maintain the supremacy of ensconced non-entities, Mr. Advani will have to personally answer if he conveyed overt or covert approval of the Sachar Committee Report to Bihar ally, Janata Dal – United.
Specifically, Mr. Advani must explain why the BJP, at both national and state level, maintained studious silence when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar issued an election manifesto which specifically promised that:
1] Bihar will implement the Sachar Committee recommendations for Muslims and
2] Support reservations to Dalit Christians (when Christians don’t have caste at all).
In the last decade, the BJP has viciously attacked all believing Hindus who asked why it compromised on core Hindutva issues (rebuilding the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya; abrogating Article 370; and implementing a Uniform Civil Code – something now sought by Muslim intellectuals like M.J. Akbar, who have disguised it as a request for a Muslim Code Bill that could liberate the community from the shackles of obscurantist religious and secular leaders). BJP stoically refused to even utter the word ‘Hindu,’ shunned all Hindu concerns, and all persons who lacked the agility to ‘move on’ from Hindutva.
The excuse was – compulsions of coalition government. The reason was – desire for the loaves and fishes of office.
The explanation that must now be forthcoming is – was the compulsion only one-way? Did the allies not equally desire power and the trappings of office, and were they not required to pay any price for piggy-backing to office with a larger partner? And did the BJP central and state leadership not realize or care that the Janata Dal – United was quietly and shrewdly expanding its social base at the cost of the BJP?
Did Advani give Nitish OK on Sachar Committee?
How could the BJP – which protested against the divisive agenda of the Sonia Gandhi-led UPA, as exemplified by the setting up of the Sachar Committee and its recommendations – not condemn and distance itself from allies who adopted the Sachar Committee? Was making L.K. Advani prime minister the ONLY agenda of the party in 2009?
This writer has previously spoken about the need for the party to urgently replace the non-performing state unit chief, Sushil Modi, a second-generation migrant from Rajasthan with no local roots or sensitivities, who totally subordinated the party to the dominant power, first represented by Lalu Yadav, and currently Nitish Kumar. I am therefore not surprised to know that Sushil Modi went along with the chief minister, as he will do anything to maintain his personal comfort levels.
But given the seriousness of the issue, some questions cannot be avoided:
1] What were BJP leaders from the state like Ravi Shankar Prasad and Rajiv Pratap Rudy (both party spokespersons in New Delhi) doing when Nitish Kumar campaigned on this promise?
2] What were Bihar RSS and VHP leaders doing when the manifesto was released and local newspapers reported the promise to implement Sachar Committee?
3] Why was this news kept so secret that the rest of us are learning of it only now that Nitish Kumar is actually planning to go ahead and implement this promise?
4] Is it possible that not one Bihar BJP leader read the JD (U) manifesto when it was released?
The last question is not polemical at all. Years ago, this writer personally asked Advani why the BJP manifesto included a promise to implement the Mandal Commission recommendations when the party protested the sudden decision of Prime Minister V.P. Singh. His reply was as stunning as it was illuminating – he said no one had studied the Mandal Commission Report properly!
Yes. They stuck it into the manifesto because they thought it was a winning issue, unaware of its poisonous potential. This is the same mindset that made them adopt Varun Gandhi after the Chief Election Commissioner advised them to drop him for his abominable speech – they thought he was a ticket to ride.
So, after the 31 May 2009 JD (U) national executive meeting (a regional outfit with national pretensions!), general secretary Shivanand Tewari insolently announced that the Nitish Kumar regime would not be shackled by the BJP’s Hindutva agenda. To rub it in, he added that the JD (U) has zero-tolerance for communalism, will not break-up with BJP right now (read Congress cannot make up the numbers in Patna), but will keep the window for change open (read will dump BJP and go for early elections if it thinks it can swing it in the Naveen Patnaik manner).
Dump Nitish fast
There is only one way out of this extreme disrespect:
1] BJP must immediately DUMP Nitish Kumar and bring down the Bihar government
2] BJP must immediately dump Sushil Modi and appoint a native Bihari as state unit chief
3] BJP will aggressively raise the banner of revolt against the Sachar Committee and its poisonous impact on Hindu – Indian society
4] Bihar must be made the karmabhumi, the new Kurukshetra for raising and revalidating issues of concern to Hindu society. As the native place Sita ji, goddess of the earth and wife of Sri Rama, Bihar is the most appropriate place for BJP to begin atoning for its sins of omission and commission, and preparing for the return journey to Ayodhya.
Jayalalithaa’s minorityism
The Advani clique will also have to explain its obsession with wooing and accommodating AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa at any cost.
For reasons best known to itself, a section of the party decided to woo Ms. Jayalalithaa despite her previous behaviour, and Ravi Shankar Prasad was deputed to take Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to her Chennai residence for lunch. The much-hyped January 2008 Pongal lunch, arranged by an arrogant strategist, enraged bhaktas of the Kanchi Matham, who felt that the leader closest to the Hindu heart should not be seen in her company. But they were ignored; and Narendra Modi was not allowed to visit the Kanchi Matham in that trip.
To his credit, he saw merit in the Hindu angst and invited the Kanchi Shankaracharya to his state, where he was received with due honour.
These public relations exercises with Jayalalithaa proved futile as she refused to enter a pre-poll alliance with the BJP. Yet power brokers in Chennai kept talking about a deal with Jayalalithaa and kept promising they could bring her to the table post-2009 elections, even when it was known that some of them were refused entry across her threshold!
Mr. Advani will have to explain this keenness for Jayalalithaa even after suspicions arose that she may have converted to Christianity secretly, and that is why a Bishop performed service at her residence on Christmas last December.
Regardless of her personal religious affiliation, Advani must explain why BJP jettisoned Hindutva in its election campaign yet allowed allies to court religious minorities in an overtly communal fashion. The 2009 AIADMK Manifesto had a section devoted to minorities which stated that:
India’s uniqueness in the world polity is its secular fabric that has withstood the ravages of time. Today, several forces are working overtime to tear that fabric asunder and lower India’s image in the eyes of the world. To prevent such a situation, the AIADMK proposes the following:
– Top priority for addressing some of the long-standing problems of Dalit Christians for reservation
– Subsidy for Christians undertaking pilgrimage to Jerusalem
– All Souls’ Day to be made a Restricted Holiday
– Hostels with all facilities at nominal charges at towns of religious significance to Christian, Buddhist and Muslim communities in order to attract pilgrims from India and abroad
– All genuine security concerns of the minorities to be addressed and resolve to knit a homogenous, tension-free, truly secular social fabric.
This reads like a diatribe against the Hindu community, a kind of hate speech commonly associated with missionaries and news converts. It is for the AIADMK cadres to decide if, like the Tamils of Sri Lanka, they are willing to be ruled by leaders of a different religious affiliation, or if they will search for a Hindu Indian Tamil leadership when they find that the leaders are beginning to espouse a different political agenda. All that is in the future.
For now, BJP and L.K. Advani must apologise to India’s Hindus for brazenly cohabiting with Hindu-baiters in the name of political compulsions, and abandoning the Hindu cause on the battlefield of moha, lobha, ahankaar (illusion, greed, pride).
Advani must go
As Mr. Advani has refused to even formally accept responsibility for defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections, where the party projected no issue before the electorate except his desire to be prime minister, BJP must quickly discard him and move on.
Unless BJP is actually functioning as a ‘Shadow Congress,’ there is no need to be guided by Congress precedent in the 1999 elections, as Venkaiah Naidu is doing when he says that Sonia Gandhi never stepped down then. The fact is that Congress did not change its leader because it is centered round a dynasty; BJP is supposed to be an ideological party.
Sadly, it has degenerated most disgracefully into a Cult of L.K. Advani. That Cult has failed to become the Religion of India – it must be allowed to wither away.

Far from examining the causes of its second electoral debacle at the national level, the BJP seems determined to go the Congress way, further consolidating power in the hands of the one man who led it to ignominy and opprobrium. Little wonder that L.K. Advani advised the faithful not to ‘exaggerate’ the scale of the defeat (doubtless because 116 seats are miles ahead of the 2 seat wonder of 1984!).

And studiously refusing to turn the spotlight on the utter failure of his own leadership, the self-styled Iron Man called for scrutiny of below par performances in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. In other words, the man who owes his Gandhinagar victory to the efforts of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is going to downsize the leader who, despite certain shortcomings, still stands tallest in the Hindu imagination.

Given the firmness with which acolyte Venkaiah Naidu rebuffed fixing responsibility for the rout to maintain the supremacy of ensconced non-entities, Mr. Advani will have to personally answer if he conveyed overt or covert approval of the Sachar Committee Report to Bihar ally, Janata Dal – United.

Specifically, Mr. Advani must explain why the BJP, at both national and state level, maintained studious silence when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar issued an election manifesto which specifically promised that:

1] Bihar will implement the Sachar Committee recommendations for Muslims and

2] Support reservations to Dalit Christians (when Christians don’t have caste at all).

In the last decade, the BJP has viciously attacked all believing Hindus who asked why it compromised on core Hindutva issues (rebuilding the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya; abrogating Article 370; and implementing a Uniform Civil Code – something now sought by Muslim intellectuals like M.J. Akbar, who have disguised it as a request for a Muslim Code Bill that could liberate the community from the shackles of obscurantist religious and secular leaders). BJP stoically refused to even utter the word ‘Hindu,’ shunned all Hindu concerns, and all persons who lacked the agility to ‘move on’ from Hindutva.

The excuse was – compulsions of coalition government. The reason was – desire for the loaves and fishes of office.

The explanation that must now be forthcoming is – was the compulsion only one-way? Did the allies not equally desire power and the trappings of office, and were they not required to pay any price for piggy-backing to office with a larger partner? And did the BJP central and state leadership not realize or care that the Janata Dal – United was quietly and shrewdly expanding its social base at the cost of the BJP?

Did Advani give Nitish OK on Sachar Committee?

How could the BJP – which protested against the divisive agenda of the Sonia Gandhi-led UPA, as exemplified by the setting up of the Sachar Committee and its recommendations – not condemn and distance itself from allies who adopted the Sachar Committee? Was making L.K. Advani prime minister the ONLY agenda of the party in 2009?

This writer has previously spoken about the need for the party to urgently replace the non-performing state unit chief, Sushil Modi, a second-generation migrant from Rajasthan with no local roots or sensitivities, who totally subordinated the party to the dominant power, first represented by Lalu Yadav, and currently Nitish Kumar. I am therefore not surprised to know that Sushil Modi went along with the chief minister, as he will do anything to maintain his personal comfort levels.

But given the seriousness of the issue, some questions cannot be avoided:

1] What were BJP leaders from the state like Ravi Shankar Prasad and Rajiv Pratap Rudy (both party spokespersons in New Delhi) doing when Nitish Kumar campaigned on this promise?

2] What were Bihar RSS and VHP leaders doing when the manifesto was released and local newspapers reported the promise to implement Sachar Committee?

3] Why was this news kept so secret that the rest of us are learning of it only now that Nitish Kumar is actually planning to go ahead and implement this promise?

4] Is it possible that not one Bihar BJP leader read the JD (U) manifesto when it was released?

The last question is not polemical at all. Years ago, this writer personally asked Advani why the BJP manifesto included a promise to implement the Mandal Commission recommendations when the party protested the sudden decision of Prime Minister V.P. Singh. His reply was as stunning as it was illuminating – he said no one had studied the Mandal Commission Report properly!

Yes. They stuck it into the manifesto because they thought it was a winning issue, unaware of its poisonous potential. This is the same mindset that made them adopt Varun Gandhi after the Chief Election Commissioner advised them to drop him for his abominable speech – they thought he was a ticket to ride.

So, after the 31 May 2009 JD (U) national executive meeting (a regional outfit with national pretensions!), general secretary Shivanand Tewari insolently announced that the Nitish Kumar regime would not be shackled by the BJP’s Hindutva agenda. To rub it in, he added that the JD (U) has zero-tolerance for communalism, will not break-up with BJP right now (read Congress cannot make up the numbers in Patna), but will keep the window for change open (read will dump BJP and go for early elections if it thinks it can swing it in the Naveen Patnaik manner).

Dump Nitish fast

There is only one way out of this extreme disrespect:

1] BJP must immediately DUMP Nitish Kumar and bring down the Bihar government

2] BJP must immediately dump Sushil Modi and appoint a native Bihari as state unit chief

3] BJP will aggressively raise the banner of revolt against the Sachar Committee and its poisonous impact on Hindu – Indian society

4] Bihar must be made the karmabhumi, the new Kurukshetra for raising and revalidating issues of concern to Hindu society. As the native place Sita ji, goddess of the earth and wife of Sri Rama, Bihar is the most appropriate place for BJP to begin atoning for its sins of omission and commission, and preparing for the return journey to Ayodhya.

Jayalalithaa’s minorityism

The Advani clique will also have to explain its obsession with wooing and accommodating AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa at any cost.

For reasons best known to itself, a section of the party decided to woo Ms. Jayalalithaa despite her previous behaviour, and Ravi Shankar Prasad was deputed to take Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to her Chennai residence for lunch. The much-hyped January 2008 Pongal lunch, arranged by an arrogant strategist, enraged bhaktas of the Kanchi Matham, who felt that the leader closest to the Hindu heart should not be seen in her company. But they were ignored; and Narendra Modi was not allowed to visit the Kanchi Matham in that trip.

To his credit, he saw merit in the Hindu angst and invited the Kanchi Shankaracharya to his state, where he was received with due honour.

These public relations exercises with Jayalalithaa proved futile as she refused to enter a pre-poll alliance with the BJP. Yet power brokers in Chennai kept talking about a deal with Jayalalithaa and kept promising they could bring her to the table post-2009 elections, even when it was known that some of them were refused entry across her threshold!

Mr. Advani will have to explain this keenness for Jayalalithaa even after suspicions arose that she may have converted to Christianity secretly, and that is why a Bishop performed service at her residence on Christmas last December.

Regardless of her personal religious affiliation, Advani must explain why BJP jettisoned Hindutva in its election campaign yet allowed allies to court religious minorities in an overtly communal fashion. The 2009 AIADMK Manifesto had a section devoted to minorities which stated that:

India’s uniqueness in the world polity is its secular fabric that has withstood the ravages of time. Today, several forces are working overtime to tear that fabric asunder and lower India’s image in the eyes of the world. To prevent such a situation, the AIADMK proposes the following:

– Top priority for addressing some of the long-standing problems of Dalit Christians for reservation

– Subsidy for Christians undertaking pilgrimage to Jerusalem

– All Souls’ Day to be made a Restricted Holiday

– Hostels with all facilities at nominal charges at towns of religious significance to Christian, Buddhist and Muslim communities in order to attract pilgrims from India and abroad

– All genuine security concerns of the minorities to be addressed and resolve to knit a homogenous, tension-free, truly secular social fabric.

This reads like a diatribe against the Hindu community, a kind of hate speech commonly associated with missionaries and news converts. It is for the AIADMK cadres to decide if, like the Tamils of Sri Lanka, they are willing to be ruled by leaders of a different religious affiliation, or if they will search for a Hindu Indian Tamil leadership when they find that the leaders are beginning to espouse a different political agenda. All that is in the future.

For now, BJP and L.K. Advani must apologise to India’s Hindus for brazenly cohabiting with Hindu-baiters in the name of political compulsions, and abandoning the Hindu cause on the battlefield of moha, lobha, ahankaar (illusion, greed, pride).

Advani must go

As Mr. Advani has refused to even formally accept responsibility for defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections, where the party projected no issue before the electorate except his desire to be prime minister, BJP must quickly discard him and move on.

Unless BJP is actually functioning as a ‘Shadow Congress,’ there is no need to be guided by Congress precedent in the 1999 elections, as Venkaiah Naidu is doing when he says that Sonia Gandhi never stepped down then. The fact is that Congress did not change its leader because it is centered round a dynasty; BJP is supposed to be an ideological party.

Sadly, it has degenerated most disgracefully into a Cult of L.K. Advani. That Cult has failed to become the Religion of India – it must be allowed to wither away.

From Sandhya Jain, the editor of Vijayvaani.com

May 19, 2009

Has India become Swiss??

Has India become a safe haven for black money?Yes,says M.R.Venkatesh from Swadeshi Jagran Manch of Chennai branch.Narendra Modi had earlier asked Manmohan Singh to stop the Swiss FIIs from investing in Indian markets.See the news here. Also it is to be noted that he had raised this issue before the G20 summit, that was scheduled to happen in April 2009.This news made me curious to know more about Swiss banking and Secrecy laws.Caputo & Partners says that minimum balance that has to be maintained in a swiss bank account is just over Rs.2.25 crore!! Most of these accounts are numbered.Even the bank staff will not be able to tell the name of account holder.The account holders receive their bank statements with the asssociated numbers only.When they receive or transfer funds to another person/bank, their numbers are used.Their names are not used in any of the transactions.

These banks have to protect the secrecy of their clients in Switzerland as per Article 47 of the Federal Law on Banks and Savings Banks, which came into effect on November 8, 1934.Even the swiss goverment cannot ask for the identities of the bank’s customers.At the same time, these banks don’t guarantee the secrecy in the foreign countries in which they operate.These banks need to comply with the laws and requirements of the governing bodies of the foreign country.These swiss banks, acting as FII – Foreign Insititutional Investor,are allowed to invest in India.For this they need to comply with laws and regulations of SEBI.

The series of videos of Mr.Venkatesh’s talk give a clear picture on these Swiss FIIs and how the illegal black money was used to create the stock market boom in India in the last few years under UPA goverment.Tax payers money was used to create this bubble and it did not last long.I believe the Indian stock market bubble would be created only when Congress comes to power using their black money and thus making investors/people believe that India is progressing.Simply put, the tax payers money will be embezzled time and again by these leeches by all means.

Illegal funds of Indians abroad – Participatory notes – Part 1

Illegal funds of Indians abroad – Participatory notes – Part 2

Illegal funds of Indians abroad – Participatory notes – Part 3

Illegal funds of Indians abroad – Participatory notes – Part 4

Recent elections results have favoured UPA coalition and Commerce minister Kamal Nath have alreadysaid that the UPA retaining power would see the stock markets reacting positively!

May 3, 2009

Good Politicians do exist

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A big reason for apathy of voters is whom to vote-they are all equally bad! Many are not educated more than school, many are corrupt, some have criminal records, some are having false educational certificates, some are there just because of their money and muscle power and others are outright jokers.

In such a time, its needed that more and more good people who really care for country,who are equipped with knowledge and are young, enter in politics. Here was one welcome move, giving hope to voters:- more and more management graduates enter politics. Though one doesn’t know capabilities of each of the candidates mentioned, its a welcome trend.

More and more management graduates enter politics

By Pupul Dutta, New Delhi, April 14: This is not a decision taken in haste or forced by the current economic recession. More and more management graduates are entering politics, saying this is their way of serving society.

“While being in the corporate world, one can’t serve society completely. Politics is an area where you can do a lot for the society,” said Ranjan Kumar, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Lucknow.

Contesting from the Mohanlalganj constituency on the outskirts of Lucknow in the Lok Sabha elections beginning Thursday, Kumar told IANS that he hopes to change the country’s “corroded” system.

“Most politicians have not done much for the country. The majority of the people sit outside and criticise the government. But if one wants to change the system, one has to be a part of the system,” said Kumar, who recently left the Congress to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Asked why he switched loyalty, Kumar said: “I have seen the Congress very closely. When Rahulji (Rahul Gandhi) joined politics, people thought a transformation would take place. But despite the Congress revival plan in Uttar Pradesh formulated in June 2004, nothing has moved.”

The 38-year-old IIM graduate is also an elected vice-chairman of the Mansarovar Cooperative Bank, Lucknow.

Harsh Vardhan Chhaparia, a graduate from IIM-Calcutta, will be interning with the BJP before he switches to his high-profile job.

“I chose politics and especially the BJP because I am impressed with their vision for youth. Moreover, I want to learn how public management works. What better place can I find than in politics,” Chapparia said.The trend is not new to this industry.

Some five years ago, Sachin Pilot, an MBA from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, joined politics, winning on the Congress ticket from Dausa in Rajasthan.”It was a well-thought-out decision and not taken in haste. Whatever I have learnt could be best (given back to society) through politics,” Pilot said on telephone as he campaigned in his new constituency of Ajmer.Pilot is happy that more and more young people with professional backgrounds are embracing politics.”It’s time the system changes… There needs to be self-regulation. Muscle and money power should be done away with,” Pilot said.

Of all the newcomers in politics from the world of management, the prize catch for the BJP has been its IT cell chief Prodyut Bora. An IIM-Ahmedabad graduate, Bora joined the BJP in 2004.”Politics can be a platform to do some good work. The political system has failed to attract youngsters in public service,” Bora told IANS. “The image of a bad, ugly Indian politician needs to change.”So why did he opt for the BJP? Bora answered: “Well, I am a nationalist.”What are his future plans? “It all depends on my party.”

IIM graduates entering politics can take inspiration from Meera Sanyal, who made a transition from a banker to a politician. Sanyal, the country head of ABN Amro, decided to give up her banking career and contest elections from the Mumbai South constituency as an independent candidate.It was the Mumbai terror attack that led her to join politics. She is pitted against Milind Deora of the Congress, a business and political science graduate from Boston University.

Another prominent management graduate in politics is Jyotiraditya Scindia, who studied in Harvard and Stanford. He said he chose politics over the corporate world to “re-energise the system and do well for society”.

April 28, 2009

Catholic Church fears BJP coming to power!

I  read this news.Here below are the excerpts with my comments.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of India expressed apprehensions over the electoral victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which it fears might continue its ghastly attitude over minorities.

Father Babu Joseph, a spokesman for the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, said the church feared the results of the ongoing nation elections which is set to conclude on May 13.

The BJP is often accused for fanning communal feelings and pursuing the “Hindutva” agenda that instigates people to attack the minorities. The violence on Christians in Kandhamal, last year, is part of such a campaign.I really don’t understand why these guys, label it as “Hindutva” agenda only when Hindus open their mouth about their religion.Is being a Hindu in India a sin?Do Hindus not have any rights to talk about their religion?The violence in Kandhammal is not a new one.There was tension between two tribal groups since ages.The violence has been happening since 1990 between Kandha tribe who did not convert to christianity and Pana tribe in which most the people got converted to christianity.Religion is the spice added to this clash by missionaries.

“They want to demolish secularism – they’re very clear there has to be a Hindu nation and only Hinduism is acceptable,” says Father Joseph. “Last time the BJP was in power, they began the process of amending the constitution of India to try and take away the rights of the minorities.”Evangelical missionaries have the sole aim of christianising India.In the early 1960’s christian population in Nagaland was less than 10% and today it is more than 98%.The christianity which preaches secularism, cannot accept Hindus without converting them into their religion.They don’t accept anything other than christianity.If Hindus do the same thing they will be termed as communal.

Although the Constitution enshrines the rights of minority groups, with the BJP coming to power, Fr Joseph fears “tomorrow all our institutions, including our schools, could be taken over.” The minority institutions are enjoying special status in India whereas Hindu institutions need to undergo stringent regulations.Reservation is not applicable in minority institutions.Is this not a double standard?

Referring to the August 2008 violence on Christians, Fr Joseph said many who returned to their villages for the reconstruction of their homes were forcefully converted to Hinduism.Have you guys forgotten how Hindus were forcefully and brutally got converted in Goa?Have you guys ever tendered an apology for Goa inquisition by Portuguese?

“It’s like what is happening in Pakistan – trying to apply sharia law. This is the Hindu version of it,” he said, adding, “This is the worst we have seen so far but we wonder what is still to come depending on what kind of party comes into the centre.”Before Christianity came to India, India  was a Hindu Rashtra and it was called as Bharat.If Hinduism teaches Sharia law, then you guys would not have survived these many years.Christians are very well known for terrorising the intellect of the people.You are comparing Sharia law with Hinduism.What will you say for the Tripura Baptist church backing NLFT by providing funds,arms and ammunitions with the aim of creating separate christian state?The Church in Tripura had become a terrorist training camp long ago.

Apart from Orissa, there have also been vehement attacks on Christians in other states ruled by the BJP, including Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Some of them have anti-conversion laws misused against Christians, charging them with “forceful conversions”.Will you keep quiet if I involve in gutter writing about Jesus and Mary similar to Satyadharshini booklet?Is secularism only applicable to and protect  minorities in India?

India now has seven states with legislation banning unregistered or unethical religious conversions.

The BJP mostly uses anti-conversion law as a tool to institutionalize the ideology of Hindu nationalism which envisions a “Hindu nation”.Atleast BJP uses the law whereas the church uses money,arms,insurgent groups to convert people.Which one is legal?Which one is illegal/crime?

April 19, 2009

EC blocks BJP ad on dirty money – Another Dirty Sycophant of Congress!!

It is national shame that EC which is supposed to be unbiased and neutral in its stand,has blocked this attempt to create awareness among people.Thus EC is attempting to keep people of India ignorant.Not many people realise the necessity to bring back the black money if it is not shown in TV.The impact is less when compared with newspapers.By doing so, the EC has violated the freedom of expression.Here is news excerpts.Source : TOI.

BJP on Saturday looked all set to raise its ante higher on its theme for bringing back the black money stashed by Indians abroad after BJP leader L K Advani addresses a media gathering. The Election Commission restrained it from showing a 15-second audio visual spot that was produced to be part of the party’s campaign. 

Party sources said that the EC declined the party the permission to run the clip on television and on other visual media, on the ground that the shot of a “foreigner” receiving a briefcase from supposedly a corrupt Indian was not in good taste. But that is what the truth is.When did Switzerland and India become one?FYI..People in Swiss & Liechestein are white in color.This commercial is about Indian Money in the hands of Swiss bank authorities.Isn’t it?Oh..Are you coming to say that the receiver also has to be an Indian.May be Sonia can do that role?She has become an Indian now.What do you say?

Those involved in making the film, however, alleged a hidden agenda, saying that the `foreigner’ was integral to the theme of money being spirited away by the corrupt in the country. Source said that the party was completely baffled by the decision and was planning to take up the issue. Eversince the black money issue has been raised in the G20, the congress honchos have been suffering nervous breakdown.It is no wonder, Naveen Chawla being a sycophant of congress, has objected to this.But the treatment for his nervous breakdown is, he has to sever ties with congress honchos.Is it too much to ask, Chawla?

The film on black money was one of the five 15-second spots that had been submitted to the EC for approval as campaign material to be launched by the party in the second phase of elections. As P Chidambaram has done U turn on Kandahar issue, the EC has done the same thing.Are you guys compaigning for congress under the garb of EC?Can you be more sane?

BJP has been raising the issue of repatriation of black money stacked away abroad in Swiss banks and other tax havens, at a time when an international consensus has emerged favouring disclosure of identity of those having secret accounts with Swiss banks and in tax havens, and for repatriating the money back to the countries hard hit by the economic slump. When other countries are looking out for ways to get their people’s money back, here in India, our EC is objecting to create awareness among masses.Sonia and Congress will be very happy to keep the people of India in perpetual poverty.

BJP’s campaign plank has attracted an angry response from Congress which has tried to mock the party by referring to the allegations of corruption against party leaders. Congress has accused the party of indulging in gimmickry, and said that bringing money back would not be possible except in specific cases where the request was backed by specific evidence. 

That has, however, not deterred the BJP, particularly L K Advani who on Friday substantiated his case by releasing documents. While BJP’s prime ministerial candidate led the campaign on black money repatriation, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi kept up the momentum by holding a opinion poll on the issue in every Lok Sabha constituency in the state last week. Has any other congress neta done this?Will Karunanidhi,Lalu,Mulayam,Mayawati,Arjun Singh dare to do this?

Advani has been speaking about the issue at each one of about 70 campaign rallies he has addressed so far, to ensure the issue does not die out. 

Meanwhile, the CPM on Saturday questioned Advani’s promise to bring back black money from foreign banks, charging the erstwhile NDA government with diluting relevant laws and making way for money being illegally transferred out of India to tax havens. Is CPM not aware that Congress has ruined (Misnomer:ruled) this country for 60 years and the most of the money was stashed away before the NDA period?Are you guys real communists?

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