The Candid Eye

October 2, 2010

Need of cow preservation

Imagine a day without a cup of tea or coffee. Or children not getting to drink milk. Or a pongal without Ghee. Or the prices of ghee souring so much as to be unaffordable to the middle class which is in majority.

The National Dairy Development Board gives following statistics for Cattle in India:-

As you can see,there has been a decreasing trend in the number of cattle, in the recent decades. An approximately 2 million cattle are lost per year in the country. The statistics indicate that the current unknown population of cattle in India could be near about 165-170 million only.

The Karnataka government has passed the cow slaughter ban bill in both the assemblies.

As per the law, the cow slaughter offense is punishable with imprisonment not less than one year which may extend up to seven years or fined between Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 or both; second and subsequent offense would attract a fine of not less than Rs 50,000 up to Rs one lakh along with imprisonment penalty.

The bill was intended to replace the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, to prohibit the slaughter of cows and calves of she-buffaloes, bull, buffalo male or female.It is also aimed at preservation and improvement of the breeds of cattle and to endeavor to organize agriculture and animal husbandry in terms of Article 48 of the Constitution.

The bill provides for stringent punishment for violation of the act, and also provides for powers to search and seizure of any premises including vessel or vehicle.

The opposition gave considerable resistance for it, so the Governor forwarded the matter to the President of India. The law is anyways implemented in several other states, so the objection of Governor was not necessary. But he forwarded it considering ‘inter-state’ implications. It will in fact be good to have it as a nationwide law.

It is not only important to constitutionalize the cow slaughter ban, but also to give encouragement for public participation in preservation of cows. For example, can the government create mechanism for public to give donations/ fundings/ investments in government run goshalas? Could there be tax free support for milk production on small scale. Can the government give funding for opening new Goshalas?

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November 8, 2009

Are crorepatis the kingmakers?

Filed under: BJP,Congress,Indian Politics,Karnataka — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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The Bellary brothers in Karnataka are proving to be the real kingmakers in Karnataka.The sons of a police constable,seem to be power and money thirsty wolves.It has been proven time and again that current system in India and the electoral laws are helping only the crooks to contest elections and win with the help of money power.A hundred rupee note + Free Biriyani + Free Transportation are enough for our poor people to be lured.The people are used to these last minute election freebies now and they are satisfied with what they get from these corrupt leaders.

Reddy brothers in coup

Reddy brothers in coup : Image courtesy - outlookindia.com

Chief minister BS Yeddurappa might not have visited so many temples before. No need to say who are behind this. The reddy brothers money power can get them what they want.Survival without huge money power and corruption seems not possible in Indian politics.The brothers from Bellary have been financing the elections at different times.They are now able to buy the 60 MLAs to their side and in a position to topple a state government.

Similarly, in the recently concluded elections in North East state, Arunachal Pradesh,the winners are mostly from the Congress party and almost all of them invariably are Crorepatis.There is atleast one thing in common among these people.If not all, most of them have become filthy rich after becoming a minister

Sources:

Bellary brothers clout in Karnataka

1 woman and 35 crorepatis win Arunachal Pradesh polls

November 6, 2009

Fearing Jagan, Congress keeps hands off Karnataka!

Source : Livemint.com

It has been a very tempting offer for Congress from the Reddy brothers — G Karunakar Reddy and G Janardhana Reddy! The mining barons from Bellary had offered the Congress party the support of 60 MLAs to topple the B.S Yeddyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka.

Reddy brothers - Image Courtesy:http://ibnlive.in.com/

Reddy brothers - Image Courtesy:http://ibnlive.in.com/

It would have been easy for Congress, which has 74 legislators in the 224-member state assembly. But Congress president Sonia Gandhi decided to reject the offer because her advisors told her that the move would strengthen Jaganmohan Reddy – son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy – who has been pressurizing the party leadership to appoint him at the top post in the state, replacing current chief minister K. Rosaiah. Jagan Reddy and the Bellary Reddys are reportedly known to be close business associates. So, for the Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh, a state government at the mercy of Reddy brothers in the neighboring Karnataka was an absolute ‘no no’.

The Congress leaders, who are in the know of the developments, claim that Gandhi had rejected the offer from the Reddy brothers “simply because she was not in favour of breaking a party to get power.”

Besides, Congress leaders in Karnataka also were not very keen for such a move. According to the party MLAs – who were in national capital for the last two days -, accepting Reddy brothers’ support to form a government would be “suicidal” for the Congress’ future in the state. They say such a government would not last for long as Reddy brothers are too demanding. The party, they say, is not ready for a mid-term election because it might lead to Yeddyurappa taking advantage of the “martyr image” he would acquire in the current political game. The Congress leaders also are confident that the Reddy brothers would force the BJP leadership to remove Yeddyruappa ultimately!

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BS Yeddurappa still the boss,here is why

November 4, 2009

BSY still the boss, here is why

Filed under: BJP,India,Indian Politics — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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From Bangalore Mirror:

Despite pressure to unseat him, BSY remains firmly rooted as he enjoys support of BJP high command, the RSS as well as religious mutts.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has been caught up in a severe political storm kicked up by the Reddy brothers and a chunk of legislators in the last five days, threatening to sweep him off his feet (nay seat). Yet, Yeddyurappa has remained unscathed, all thanks to the BJP high command, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and scores of religious mutts across the state.

Yeddurappa, the Karnataka CM

Yeddurappa, the Karnataka CM

The question being asked in political circles is: Why is the high command sticking with Yeddyurappa when the mining barons are adamant on his exit?

Bangalore Mirror explains the nitty-gritties involved.

LOSS OF IMAGE: It does not take much time for the high command to appease the Reddy brothers, but the price it will pay will be too much. A hardcore BJP man said, “Ours is a cadre-based party and we will be sending a wrong message to the workers by dumping Yeddyurappa, who has slogged for the party for more than three decades. We will be telling everyone that hardwork and commitment takes a backseat before money-bags by asking Yeddyurappa to go. BJP will be considered a loser by both its workers as well as the opposition parties, something it can’t afford at a time when the party is trying to up its popularity.

PAYBACK TIME: Though money-bags have been holding the government to ransom, RSS and Lingayat mutts have stepped in to support Yeddyurappa as it is time for some ‘reverse favour’. The mutts and other temples, which had been neglected by the previous governments, have been beneficiaries of the funds released by Yeddyurappa in his two budgets. These bodies have also received large tracts of land and benefited from government schemes. Not standing by Yeddyurappa’s side in his hour of crisis is doing ‘gross injustice’ to him, goes the talk in RSS and mutt circles.

TAMING THE MONSTER: Though the Reddy brothers claim they helped the party to victory by pumping in money during elections, many in the BJP felt they were turning out to be a ‘Frankenstein’ monster for the party. “Lobbies normally operate from outside the government, but in BJP’s case, the mining lobby became a part of the government,” said BJP’s Bangalore North MP D B Chandre Gowda. “The Reddy brothers have already displayed how ruthless they can get, they need to be stopped. In the party, only Yeddyurappa is capable of controlling them,” say BJP insiders.

REDDYS LOSING TURF: The Reddy brothers are no longer as powerful as they were two years ago. A pointer to this was the recent parliamentary elections where their candidates managed to win with a thin margin. BJP candidate J Shanthi from the Reddy group, managed to win by just 2,000 votes in Bellary, considered the stronghold of the Reddys. “There is a huge chunk of Lingayat population in each of the constituencies represented by the Reddy triumvirate and attacks on Yeddyurappa will only weaken their base. Moreover, the lack of political finesse among Reddy brothers has given them an image of an ‘arrogant lot and ‘fighter cocks in their home district. Allowing them to lead the party will prove disastrous in the long-run. Instead, it will be wise to continue with Yeddyurappa,” claim BJP insiders.

THE AFTER-EFFECTS: Will Yeddyurappa sit quietly after he is removed? That is a question that haunts the BJP more these days. Given the fact that he has succeeded in consolidating the Lingayat community, the after-effects of removing him could spell doom for the party. Moreover, he too has supporters in the BJP camp as he enjoys an umbilical-cord relationship with him as he has been there in the party since the beginning. An ordinary RSS or BJP worker would see Reddy brothers as mere businessmen. Moreover, removing Yeddyurappa will also allow the opposition parties to go high decibel in labelling the BJP as ‘a party with indiscipline’ and will lead to future threats (as both the UPA government and Governor H R Bhardwaj are monitoring the developments).

MLAS’ GROUSE IS MINOR: The BJP head-honchos are of the strong opinion that the current tussle is because of an ego clash between Yeddyurappa and the Reddys and the MLAs have no major reason to complain. “MLAs are with the Reddy brothers now because of cash, but there are many miners from Bellary who are capable of mobilising over Rs 1,000 crore in an hour’s time to save Yeddyurappa. The MLAs will come around as the grassroots-level BJP does not support them in the fight against Yeddyurappa,” BJP sources felt.

Shobha vs Shantha

Women’s wrestling has acquired a new dimension in Karnataka. While the CM is fighting it out with the Reddy brothers, another faction is giving them some competition. Shobha Karandlaje, the lone woman minister in the Karnataka government, has been accused of being the root cause of all trouble by K Shantha, sister of Health Minister Sreeramulu and Bellary MP. Not the one to take accusations lightly, Shobha has also lashed out.

At a press conference at Bellary, Shantha said: “In the government, Shobha is acting as the second CM and it is because of her attitude that MLAs have rebelled against the government. For all the dissatisfaction, she is the root cause.” She charged Shobha with triggering confusion in the party.

Though the CM jumped to Shobha’s defence by describing her as a ‘hard worker and efficient minister’, Shobha herself later hit back with a poser: “Where have I gone wrong that I should give resignation? Let them point out my shortcomings. I believe only one or two MLAs are conspiring against me and the media’s projection that most of the MLAs area against me is incorrect.”

CM passes on ‘jinxed’ Muzrai ball

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is making the rounds of various mutts and temples for ‘divine intervention’ to solve the current political crisis. But, he is in no mood to show the same interest while dealing with ‘God’s portfolio’.

In a surprise move on Saturday evening, the CM transferred the Muzrai portfolio to Home Minister Dr V S Acharya. Sources said the move “was a result of an astrologer’s advice, who said Yeddyurappa’s problems were mounting because he was holding the Muzrai portfolio.”

Muzrai has been a jinxed ministry for the ministers of Karnataka. From Vasanth Saliana to Nagaraja Shetty, whoever handled the portfolio tasted defeat in subsequent elections. In the current government, the then Muzrai minister Krishnaiah Shetty had to give up the ministry to accommodate V Somanna. It was not lucky for Somanna either, as he later lost miserably to a political novice in Govindarajanagar.

Ever since Somanna’s exit, Yeddyurappa was holding additional charge of Muzrai department and now, after the astrologer’s advice, he has hastilytransferred the ‘jinxed’ subject to his colleague.

October 12, 2009

Flood Relief work:- North Karnataka -2

I visited the flood affected village “Benal” बेनाळ in north Karnataka near Bagalcot. The route of trip was Bangalore-Hospet-Bagalcot, the village comes after Ilkal, Sirur, Ameengarh, and then 6 km interior from Kamadgi, about 22 km before Bagalcot. The village resided on the bank of river Malprabha. The flood caused ruining of fields and houses of 250 farmer families in this village, among many others. Many families have lost the shelter as water entered in many houses, leaving behind half of the structure of houses. Government has provided the temporary shelter and basic electricity requirement. Water tankers are also issued and NGOs are sending trucks of food grains, bread and buiscuits, roti, chatni and related material. In my visit I saw workers from RSS, Chittoor Mattha, Davangere volunteers, and Art of Living volunteers. Art of Living Divine Karnataka Project has deployed one yuvacharya, Gadigappa, for 24 hour help of the villagers. He stays on a mat in a temple premise on a hillock top of the village, along with some others who have lost homes. He coordinates much of the food distribution, as the crowd management is required for any such distribution. He also teaches relaxation breathing techniques, yoga and satsang in the village, helping them recover from trauma of the event.

The river had expanded to about 20 times its width and 3 times its depth. Water has receded but lots of water ponds and mud is noticed.

Due to extra cost of transport, any relief material is purchased locally only, and any amount of donation is most useful.

September 22, 2009

Hindu observes ‘roza’, Muslim studies ‘vachanas’

Filed under: Hinduism,Islam — Abhay @ 11:55 PM
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Hindu observes ‘roza,’ Muslim studies ‘vachanas’

16 September 2009

BAGALKOT: Breaking religious barriers, a Dalit Hindu leader here has been observing ‘roza’ during this holy month of Ramzan, while a 27-year old

Muslim youth has set forth on a spiritual tour to study Hindu scriptures.

Standing out as a symbol of unity, Ramchandra Khatedar, a Dalit leader and director of a local urban bank here, has been on fast during Ramzan. The 53-year old Khatedar has been doing so for the past 22 years.

“I believe in God, he is in every religion. God is one. We have to perform our duties irrespective of caste, creed and religion,” said Khatedar.

While 27-year-old Muslim youth, Salim Shekh, hailing from Haveri district was bade an emotional farewell on Saturday, as he set out to Himachal Pradesh to study about Hindu scriptures, religion and yoga.

Shekh had earlier been impressed by the 12th century social reformer Basvanna’s Vachana Sahitya, short insightful poems in Kannada, and had studied them. He later met Jagadguru Jaya Mrutuyanjaya swami of Pancham Sali Peeth Kudlsangam in Bagalkot district.

The Jagadguru blessed him and christened him as swami Sangamanand and encouraged him to study the scriptures in details.

September 6, 2009

Naxalism – a threat to unified nation of India – 5

From TOI.

NEW DELHI: The CPI (Maoist) has a budget of no less than Rs 60 crore for carrying out its armed struggle during 2007-09.

naxal-killed-police

Bodies of police personnel killed in Maoist attacks at Nayagarh (PTI Photo)

And of that, Rs 42 crore is earmarked for arms, ammunition and explosives, Rs 2 crore for intelligence gathering, an indicator of how Naxalites are prepared to pay an entrenched ring of informers. The remaining amount is allocated for transportation, computer training, propaganda and documentation.

The revelations came from Misir Besra, a top-rung Maoist leader who was arrested in Jharkhand recently. The statements by Besra, also known as Sunirmal, are significant in view of Friday’s attacks in Orissa as Besra, a “politburo” leader, had specifically spoken of police stations in the state being on the Naxalite hitlist, along with a few individuals, politicians and officers in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The Nayagarh attack points to the authenticity of Besra’s “product”. If his comrades knew of his arrest, the determination to still go ahead with the attack speaks volumes of the confidence and gumption of the ultras.

Even though the Naxalites have of late taken a beating in Andhra Pradesh, the group’s leadership remains firmly in the grip of comrades from the state. As many of seven politburo members are from Andhra Pradesh, with four — including party general secretary Muppala Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi — coming from Karimnagar, a district long affected by Naxalite presence.

The secretive ways of the Naxalite leadership and its success in avoiding identification despite on-off peace talks had put investigators at a disadvantage. But now, agencies have an exact idea of the structure headed by a politburo comprising 14 permanent members and six “alternate” members.

While Ganapathi is party general secretary, the permanent members include Mallojula K Rao, Cherukuri Raja Kumkar, Prashanth Bose, Nambala Keshavarao, Pramod Mishra, Sumanand Singh, Katakam Sudershan, Akhilesh Yadav and Balraj. Each has a responsibility with respect to ‘military’ operations, intelligence, propaganda, training, documentation, budget and procurement of arms and ammunition.

Officials believe that most of them might have even been taking shelter in urban areas with the help of unarmed sympathizers whose number could be anywhere between 50,000 and 70,000 across the country.

“Disclosures made by Besra about the leadership will now at least help us launch our efforts in the right direction as he gave us feature-wise details of the commanders and politburo members,” said an official.

Though the politburo is the top decision-making body, lower cadres are being managed by regional bureaus, zonal/state committees, district/division committees and squad area committees. The basic armed unit, called dalam, has eight to 10 guerrillas trained in using landmines and launching surprise attacks.

While extortion from contractors, miners, tendu leaf traders and other forest produce, including ivory and sandalwood merchants/smugglers, is a basic means of finance, arms and ammunition are usually looted from the police. Besides, they procure explosives, mainly gelatine sticks, from contractors in mining areas.

A particular politburo member, Pramod Mishra of Aurangabad, Bihar, was made operational in-charge of New Delhi during the 9th congress of the Maoists. In the congress, held in the forests of Bheemband in Bihar for 10 days last year, it was decided to put one urban combat team specifically to identify targets in Delhi and Haryana. Ganapathi is the man who heads the CPI (Maoist) and its armed wing, People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), having nearly 11,000 armed cadres spread over as many as 13 states.

He is certainly not the only one who runs such a huge ‘army’. There are nearly 100 others who are part of the Naxalite command structure with their central committee comprising a team of 14 dedicated full-time politburo members.

Security and intelligence agencies, however, do not exactly know where Ganapathi or others live and operate from. They found out from Besra that the top leaders shift their bases depending upon their own intelligence.
Besra has hinted at locations which encompass dense forest areas of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar (along the Nepal border), AP, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Abujmad in Chhattisgarh, the Palamau-Chatra belt in Jharkhand and the dense Dandakaranya forests in north Telengana region of AP are, however, considered the three main hideouts.
vishwa.mohan@timesgroup.com

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