The news that I hear

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

This is politics!

Jaswant Singh, BJP's show-piece, is displaying what politics is and what politicians are meant to do. Singh's book A Call to Honour — In Service of Emergent India has been creating quite a stir. I have not read the book.......but from what I read in the media, Singh has mentioned the existence of a mole in Narasimha Rao's government during the 90's. This mole had supplied Indian secrets to the US. The mole had later moved to US. The media drew its conclusions and named a few suspected people. PM Manmohan Singh asked Jaswant to name the mole. Jaswant sent a letter which he said contained the name of the mole. The PMO said that the letter did not contain anybody's name. Jaswant stuck to hisguns saying he did name the guy. The PMO denied. Finally when Jaswant was asked to testify in the Parliament, he denied having ever stated the name of the mole or even that a mole existed and that the media had mis-interpreted things that he wrote in his book. And it took him so many days to tell us this.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Black-out of blogs in India

The Indian government has blocked access to around 18 sites which has affected bloggers from reaching out to their accounts. Shame on India. Instead of taking a tough stand against terrorists, it is choosing to target the Internet world. Probably India can never fight these terrorists the way Isreal does. Learn my dear country, learn to be a tough leader from a small nation like Isreal.

Has any Indian government ever fought to get any Indian hostage back from their kidnappers? The BJP government let a whole air-plane of Indians be hijacked for days where we lost one life and was still going slow and soft on the kidnappers. Maniappan and Suryanarayana were killed, but the governments still had the same stand. Now these terrorists have started killing thousands of Indian lives and disrupting the normal flow of things and the Indian government still continues to romance with them. Shame on the Indian government. How sad that a billion strong nation is silently accepting this .......just like how it has accepted all other non-sense over the years.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mumbai blasts and India's failed Satellite programmes

Gruesome - another cruel act of terror. The world was shaken yesterday by the seven bomb blasts that rocked the industrious city of Mumbai. All the bombs were placed in the crowded local trains and were set to blast at the peak rush hour evening time when people return from work. Lives have been lost, limbs damaged......and the city is getting back to its usual self.

The Home Minister Sivaraj Patil said that there were Intelligence Reports indicating the blast, but they were clueless about the time and date. What a pitiful joke! When there were reports, then should the Government not have been vigilant? PM, Sonia Gandhi, Thackeray etc etc have all issued statements.....the usual thing. Opposition parties have been attacking the Ruling guys for being soft on the terrorists. Instead of providing concrete solutions, these people sit and blame, blame and blame. High level security meetings have been called. It is high time the Indian Government started acting tough with these terrorists who have been creating havoc in the lives of people in different parts of the world. What is the use of blaming Pakistan always? Take action. What a sad fact that we Indians live close to the biggest terror factory state in the world and yet we offer our medical services to their children!! When Pakistan PM and President condemned the blasts, their statements sounded hollow, devilish and mean.

On another note, India's space programmes provide good entertainment for laughter. India's Agni Missile was a failure and the much talked about Satellite launch also ended in failure. Ha haaaaaaaa. Send all the brilliant guys out of India - do'nt give merit any regard and this is what you get. Sadly, the cost of these failures is from the tax payers money.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Right to Information

Corruption, bribery, red-tapism, inefficient services, indifferent attitude - that is what Indian government officials represent. A bunch of highly corrupt, pan-chewing, tea-slurping, foul-mouthed devils who dwell in the garb of human beings. For years they have been making hay at the cost of the common man. When someone like Jayalalitha attempts to bring punctuality in their work, they fight back and bring her government down. Such a powerful lot. They get what they ask for. Walk into a government office and it is unlikely you will find an official in his seat for more that half an hour. They walk into the office at noon and run off to the tea shop. Then they walk in and out and ask for money from anybody who comes to their table for work. So, finally, the common man has been given Right to Information or RTI to work his way out. RTI gives us a right to inspect government files, to obtain information (except military and certian other notified information), take copies of government documents and to inspect government works. What this means for the common man is next time you apply for a ration card or a passport or an electricity connection or a pension and the Government Babu does not move your papers, all you have to do is file an application under RTI and your work will be done if your papers have been rightly filled in.

To get more information about RTI, the following would be helpful:

National Helpline- 0 92504 92504

SMS RTI (City Name) to 6388 to get venue of camp in your city

Website: www.righttoinformation.org

Postal address: RTI, Post Bag No 9201, Delhi-92

Several NGO's have been conducting camps in cities and towns across India to help people file applications under RTI and to help prevent bribery.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Farmer suicides




(Picture: Joseph Curiale. Source: NDTV.com)

At last PM Manmohan Singh has cared to visit Vidarba - Maharashtra's suicide zone of farmers. It is a shame that Maharashtra's Sharad Pawar is the Agriculture Minister and he has not bothered to visit Vidarba till the current visit with Manmohan Singh. Sharad Pawar appears to be a power hungry person. All that he is interested in is lands, sugar mills and Cricket Board. What took so long for the PM to visit this region? Did the thousands of suicides not move any of these stone-hearted politicians? Hmmmm....that explains why I can never be a politician. Manmohan Singh will now make some spectacular announcements of relief. Then there will be a scam in disbursemenet of that relief and finally there will be a committee which will look into the scam. And,...........farmers suicides will continue. Agriculture will be neglected. India will import all food grains to feed it's huge population. Price will rise. And the circle will go and on. This is what I see as a lay woman.

On the other hand is the story of an American Composer Joseph Curiale who was moved by the plight of these suicides that he sold his home in California to make money to help the poor widows of these farmers. Joseph started raising funds by selling his compositions and now help has been coming in from other Americans. I salute your spirit Joseph. I am ashamed to call myself an Indian.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Rape of a 10 year old

Another rape reported in the city of Mumbai is of a 10 year old child labourer. Sonu worked as a maid servant in one of Mumbai's posh localities - Lokandwala. She died after being raped by her employer. Her death was recorded as a suicide. Hundreds of demestic workers protested against the death and the police finally recorded the case as rape and arrested the sister of the accussed. What is atrocious in cases like this is that young children who should be having a care-free childhood are sent away from their parents to work in distant cities. In this case Sonu was sent to work from Bhopal to Mumbai. Poverty and misery must have driven her parents to send their little girl to work. Otherwise which parent would not want a good future for their children. Fate has indeed been cruel to Sonu. First she was sent off to work at a tender age. Second she was cruelly raped and killed. Many more such Sonu's go unreported in India. Many of them merely become an entry in a dusty government file. It is the protesting voice of hundreds of domestic workers that made the police act. Now if the law were to take its course it will take years to arrest the accused who by now would have fled India. The courts will then take their own sweet time. And Sonu will be another forgotten victim of India's great legal system.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Rains, soaring prices and global warming

Prices of vegetables, fruits and essential pulses have been rising like a phoenix in Indian cities. Reason : poor rainfall, new crop dieases, low output etc etc. Tomatoes have become prized. What used to be sold for say Rs.10 - 12 a kilo now goes around Rs. 35 - 50 per kilo. Moong dal sells at a price higher than petrol. At around Rs.65 a kilo, it is no longer affordable for most Indian families.

On the other hand, glaciers in the Himalayas have been melting at a very fast rate. Temperatures have been soaring in India like never before. This is nature's alarm system at work. These melting glaciers will flood the rivers that they feed and a time will come when there will be no glaciers left. With corruption at its highest levels and with nature no longer on man's side, it is time for what the Holy Gita quotes:

Yadha yadha hi dharmsya, glanir bavathi baratha
abyudhanaamadarmasya, thatath manam srujamyaham

Which means:

Whenever there is decay of Dharma and an ascendancy of Adharma then God manifests Himself!