Feb 31st In A 446-Day Year



Marks card of a boy born on Feb.31, who attended school for 370 out of 446 days a year

WHEN THE INDUSIND BANK (reportedly) came out this year with a calendar that had 31 days in February, instead of the normal 28 days, it made news. My efforts to get a copy failed as the calender  must have become a collector’s item and the copies  hoarded by whoever could lay hands on them.

Someone wanted to do better than that.  Where else cold that have happened except in the scandal-ridden field of education?

No wonder that in this country of thousands of uneducated graduates and fake marks sheets, someone has   outclassed the Indusind Bank by producing the marks card of a boy born on February 31, who attended classes on 376 days in a school that was open on 446 days in a year.

The marks card  which went viral on social media may have been a joke inspired by Indusind Bank’s calender, but the prevalence of so many irregularities in the field of education makes people believe it could be real.

It is significant that it went around social media on a day when the University Grants Commission released a list of 24 fake universities in the country, eight of them in the national capital itself. The UGC said they were not only unrecognised but also started in violation of the Universities Act.

The list included United Nations University, Adhyatmik Vishvavidyalaya and  Raja Arabic University. All big cities in the country have  autonomous colleges which are “deemed universities”,  besides  private universities, some  of which,  like Amity,   are considered better than the state-run universities. They are all legal.

We live in a country where education had always attracted racketeers because degrees, more than learning, has always been given greater importance. Question-paper leakages are common. Parents join large crowds to  help unfair means in exams.  Dummies write examinations while the actual candidates enjoy elsewhere.  College lecture rooms  are empty  with all the students busy in tuition classes or coaching institutes while they all (perhaps for some consideration)  get marked present for the mandatory 75 per cent attendance.  In some States mass copying is arranged  by the school administration itself.

Semi-literate ‘leaders’ with political clout start technical institutions and mint money by collecting ‘capitation fees’.Fake degree manufacture is a cottage industry. We  proudly boast of Nalanda being the world’s oldest university and are a country which, besides the Greeks, has a goddess of Education – Saraswati.

In a central Indian city, in 1999, a  University which was once considered one of the best and attracted thousands of students from the South, was “hit by  a tsunami called  fake mark-sheet and revaluation scam“. The kingpin was   a former Vice Chancellor’s driver who rose to be an Assistant Registrar.  Even today it is remembered by the name of its perpetrator, as  ‘Yadav Kohchade scandal’.

The fall of Indian universities began with government interference in their policies and administration,  “leaders” trying to “capture” the administrative bodies like the executive council, senate  or university court through elections, and their becoming the refuge of failed politicians. Some had ‘acting’ vice-chancellors, often IPS officers, who had nothing to do with education.

Most of the official, statutory, universities  – not just the fake ones – have outdated syllabi and are ill-equipped.  Fake teachers appear only when inspection or accreditation committees come.  Many have few teachers and  are hotbeds of politics.

Almost all of them have journalism or mass communication courses, but there is no regulatory body (like AICTE for engineering colleges) overseeing the infrastructure and syllabi. There were no takers for my proposal to use the centenary of a great journalist, Sheobullah Khan in 2020, to set things right.

Where education has reached such great ‘heights‘. can journalism be far behind in the era of fake news?

Degrees are valued in India, not education.

Why Write Blogs?

MY LAST BLOG  WAS  ‘Hearing A Pin Drop’   And hearing the big sound when a pin drops seems so common that no one was curious enough to read it. No one except a friend from Hyderabad who emailed me within a few minutes of              its going on the net
He wrote :–    ‘ 

Pattabhi stamp


 The “Pin drop silence” trilogy is wholesome and                         heartening. It makes us feel proud  of  personalities like           Cariappa, Manekshaw and Pattabhi Sitaramayya.
Please continue to bring to light such inspiring                            anecdotes. This definitely will  ensure   that you will be unstoppable even after 80.
I knew he was just being kind and no one else shared that opinion. I replied, though late at night

                    “My Dear ….

MF Hussain
Maqbul Fida Hussain 
                    Thanks (for reading the blog)
                    Pattabhi’s  Sanskrit speech was around 1954 in                       Nagpur. Only very few like you find it worth                           knowing; most think it is useless junk                                       information. Many say they get can  get                                     ‘everything’ from Google.

                    Firstly why would  one Google for ‘Sanskrit                              speeches”?

GV Iyer
Film maker G.V. Iyer
  That reminds me of an   M.Sc. Botany  with a   Ph.D. in economics, Dr CD Deshmukh,  speaking fully in   Sanskrit at a meeting.
  In 1983 I had interviewed  G. V. Iyer, who made India;s   first Sanskrit film, on Adi  Shankaracharya.  Iyer, like   M.F. Husain, was famous for walking barefoot, as he     did  into my room in  a  daily newspaper office. (Of   course many would ask who are Iyer and Husain. They   can ask Google Guru).
The script the film, Iyer told me, was revised and edited                        by the first original Indian aircraft designer at Hindustan Aeronautics                                    Limited (was it Kiran jet trainer?) who spoke “Sanskrit like his mother                                    tongue”. I later.interviewed the engineer at the  Golf Club. That  was was 25                          years ago and I forget the name.
                        Enough useless junk information for today?       
Bharat Bhushan
Anyone heard of Bharat Bhushan?

Even after spending hours on Google and going through hundreds of links on  Kiran, HAL, famous aeronautical engineers from all over the world (not one Indian) and many other subjects, I COULD NOT GET THE NAME.

Who would want to know the name? Who would remember Iyer, Husain or Shankara, or that the role of Shankara’s guru in the film was played by Bharat Bhushan, at one time a famous actor, who died in poverty and is forgotten – perhaps his last role?
What use is all this information, except to those nearing 80 years of age. And for them too it only helps walk down the memory lane.
No wonder no one reads blogs. But I cannot switch over to writing ‘host stuff’ they want.

Hearing A Pin Drop

Gen. Cariappa
Gen. Cariappa, India’s first Army chief

‘PIN DROP SILENCE’  is  a popular expression in India and I was surprised when  I was told by an American professor 60 years ago at a journalism school I was studying in, that it was an “Indianism” and did not exist in English language.

The expression, however, is so common that anyone who knows (Indian) English can understand it. It means a crestfallen audience could
Nehru, the International statesman
hear even the noise of dropping of a                                                                     pin …. though they may all doubt if a pin when dropped  made any noise. at all.
Reproduced herewith is an article by Lt. Gen. Niranjan Malik PVSM (Retd), forwarded by someone who got it from someone else  on WhatsApp. It is in three takes – or at least the WA post says it is. It does not say who published it or whether it was copyrighted.
Take 1
Field Marshal Sam  Manekshaw once started addressing a public meeting at Ahmedabad in English. 
The crowd started chanting, “Speak in Gujarati.   We will hear you only if you speak in Gujarati.” Famous as ‘ Sam Bahadur of Gurkha Regiment, Field Marshal  Manekshaw stopped. He swept the audience with a hard stare and replied, 
“Friends, I have fought many a battle in my long career.  I have learned Punjabi from men of the Sikh Regiment;  Marathi from the Maratha Regiment;  `Tamil from the men of the Madras Sappers; Bengali from the men of the Bengal Sappers,  Hindi from the Bihar Regiment; and  Even Nepali from the Gurkha Regiment.   Unfortunately there was no soldier from Gujarat from whom I could have learned Gujarati.
You could have heard a pin drop
Take 2
Robert Whiting, an elderly US gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
“You have been to France before, Monsieur ?”, the Customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”  The American said, 
“The last time I was here,  I didn’t have to show it.” “Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !”, the Customs officer sneered.
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long, hard look.  And he quietly explained 
“Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach,  at 4:40am, on D-Day in 1944, to help liberate your country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to…. ” 
You could have heard a pin drop
Take 3:
 Soon after getting freedom from British rule in 1947, the de-facto prime minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru called a meeting of senior Army Officers to select the first Chief or General of the Indian army.
Nehru proposed, “I think we should appoint a British officer as a General of the Indian Army, as we don’t have enough experience to lead the Army.”  Having learned under the British, only to serve and rarely to lead, all the civilians and men in uniform present nodded their heads in agreement. 
However one senior officer, Nathu Singh Rathore, asked for permission to speak. 
Nehru was a bit taken aback by the independent streak of the officer, though, he asked him to speak freely.
Rathore said, “You see, sir, we don’t have enough experience to lead a nation too, so shouldn’t we appoint a British person as the first Prime Minister of India?”
You could hear a pin drop.
After a pregnant pause, Nehru asked Rathore,  “Are you ready to be the first General of the Indian Army?”
Rathore declined the offer saying, “Sir, we have a very talented Army officer, my senior, General Cariappa, who is the most deserving among us.” This is how the brilliant Gen. Cariappa became the first General and Rathore the first ever Lt. Gen. of the Indian Army. 
My Own Take
Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa has been a legend India is proud of.
Many thanks to  the friend who forwarded  this article and also mentioning the writer. Most forwards, some of them masterpieces, are of anonymous origin, often ‘forwarded as received’ sometimes without even being read  (like this blog – – who has the time?).
The intention of Sam Bahadur was not to insult Gujaratis as non-fighters or to say he did not know their language, As a Parsi, hie own language was Gujarati, though like the Telugu of  Telangana , with some variations. Gujaratis are not fighters, but excel in business and commerce. 
In the early days of Independence, speaking in an Indian language was a matter of pride and not regional politics, as it is now. I remember Dr Pattabhi Sitaramayya, Governor of C.P. & Berar state, being similarly interrupted in the 50s when he started in English. He, a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP)  by profession before joining freedom struggle, then spoke for almost an hour —  in Sanskrit!
Neither could Robert Whiting have intended to insult the French for surrender to Hitler’s forces. They excel in art and battle is “not their cup of tea” (or whatever they drink) .
Similarly, Gen. Rathore could not have tried to insult Nehru as politically inexperienced. Had he stuck to his plan to appoint a Britisher, Nehru could not have ignored a British General if he had pleaded, as Gen. Cariappa did, for 24 hours to push Pakistan back to a position it could not have fought from in the Kashmir war. But for Nehru international image was more important and the Indian Army plea was ignored to announce ceasefire and accept UN suggestion for a plebiscite.  
The rest is history.
You can hear a pin drop  when this is said.

Purohit’s Patronising Pat – A Non-Issue Blown Up

Purohit and 'Prof. Nirmala

Tamil Nadu Governor Purohit who owns ‘The Hitavada’ daily and ‘Prof.’ Nirmala Devi

IS  A STRANGE EXPERIENCE to see someone you know personally being trolled and an incident involving him/her being blown out of proportion.

The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit, finds himself (to put it in the words      of  a newspaper) in “yet another” controversy (as if he has been the perpetrator of many scams) when he patted the cheek of a woman reporter after she asked a question  as his

The apology
The letter of apology  (courtesy Dainik Bhaskar

press conference ended and he was leaving.  The  “controversy” about which many reporters “sought clarification” was a remark by  Nirmala Devi, the assistant professor of a college whose voice clipping asking college girls to please university officials sexually to get better marks went viral. She had said she was once present on a dais from which the Governor, Banwarilal Purohit, spoke. Many questions were asked implying, suggesting, or questioning,  the governor’s involvement  in some  racket with the professor. Nirmala  has been  arrested  on charges of luring four  girl students to extend sexual favours to university officials. 

Having worked for 15 years as a news agency head in a city where Purohit brought out an English daily and ran Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan   schools with several branches (where a majority of  teachers are  women) and knowing several journalists, including women, who worked in his newspaper, I had never heard of his behaving inappropriately with women or having any ‘affairs’.

Such matters, even when not published or exposed, cannot be hidden. There are always whispers about them – and there were none about Purohit.   A businessman, he had taken over the newspaper from a politician who was notorious not only as a “hero” of the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi but also for making advances  to a film actress, among other things.

Patronising pat
 The InShorts item

The Press, which had no guts to oppose the Congress minister then, was trying to make out as if  Purohit had some link to the woman professor simply because, as the Chancellor of all universities in his State, he happened to address a meeting from a stage on which she was also seated. As soon as the clip about her “advice” to the college girls went viral he had, as Chancellor of the university, he ordered a probe.

Touching someone “without permission” is, of course, not at all proper. The Chennai Press Club found his action an “outrageous” and “unbecoming conduct,” which was “neither exemplary nor condonable”.

An apology was demanded and  it was sent, signed by Purohit himself, by the Raj Bhavan immediately to the woman journalist who made a big issue of it on the social media, narrating how  she felt violated and washed her face many many times after the incident. She also sent a protest mail, though she too felt his action was ‘grandfatherly’.

He mailed back, “I considered that question to be a good one. Therefore, as an act of appreciation for the question…I gave a pat on your cheek considering you to be like my granddaughter.”  In his letter of apology, the Governor said he was in the print media for 40 years and that the “pat on cheek” was done with affection  to express his appreciation for her question, which came too late to be answered.

“I do understand from your mail that you feel hurt about the incident. I wish to express my regret and my apologies to assuage your sentiments that have been hurt,” Purohit added.

It is true that women in India do not like to be touched – even handshakes are normally replaced by the joining of hands in ‘Namaste’. Purhohit’s  act was patronizing and many do not like it.  I recall a former Chief Minister and an ex-Minister (incidentally both died in accidents) talking to me with  hands on my shoulders as if they were my friends,  –though I disagreed with both.  And they did not even know me well. Pats on the back were too many to be remembered.

But  then it was not considered inappropriate. Neither was a former President’s reply  (to a query by reporters why he always spoke exclusively to a particular woman reporter): “You wear saaris and come, I will tell you.” It was meant to be a joke and taken so.

Being patronizing is disliked. It may probably be an issue of cultural gap; Banwarilal Purohit  comes from Maharashtra  where the segregation of the sexes is not as severe as in the South. His association with a saffron party may be another (and perhaps the main) reason.  It could also be a hangover from the days when very few women were in the media, while they perhaps outnumber men now.

Whatever it is, his intentions cannot be doubted to blow a non-issue blown out of proportions by a Press with priorities mixed up.

The Crime Of Getting Caught

Anti-BJP poster
Kerala poster equates BJP campaigners with rapists

WHENEVER A CRIME report appears in a newspaper or is shown on news channel, the most common reaction of almost everyone is, “So one got caught. How many more may have committed big crimes without getting caught?”

Given the present state of policing and justice delivery in the country, the punishment is for getting caught andnot for committing a crime. The police may deliberately

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Remembering Babasaheb

Shekhar Soni book
Cover of book ‘Jai Bhim, Jai Bharat’ by Shekhar Soni, released at Nagpur

THERE IS NOTHING sacred or serious which the Indian politicians do not debase with their penchant for politicization and using falsehoods for amassing votes.

Mahatma Gandhi was used for decades by the Congress for vote-catching without any relevance to his ideology or principles. Nathuram Godse killed Gandhi’s body but he was assassinated ideologically by the Congress again and again. Even his name is being used by its dynasty, adopting it as the family name, making thousands if uneducated innocent people believe that it is the descendents of the Father of the Nation who head the party.

The party believes that the voters of the country are idiots to believe that the grandson of Feroze, pretending to be a descendent of a Vasihya (bania – which M.K. Gandhi was), “is a janaudhari Brahmin”, as proudly declared by a Congress leader. No denial was issued by the ‘secular’ party. The sacred thread or janau is worn after Upanayanam or  ‘thread ceremony’ and the leader does not say when and where the ceremony was performed.

And all this just to get votes as the party feared that with its appeasement of minorities it was losing Hindu votes. So he would hop around temples before elections  and declare himself a Brahmin.

Just as Gandhi was the leader of the freedom struggle, the struggle of the downtrodden communities oppressed for centuries as ‘untouchables’ and ‘low caste’ dalits was led by  Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao R. Ambedkar, son of an Jawan of the army who rose to be a Barrister who headed the committee that gave India one of the world’s best Constitutions.

And so the unholy rush to claim his legacy as their own by several political parties has reached a crescendo. The so-called ‘Dalit leaders’ enjoying reservations and becoming millionaires (even as the real Dalits remain as poor and as socially ostracized as before) are so transparently fake that even Dalits who remained illiterate and poor after 70 years of  freedom could see through the falsehood. A new Brahminical class of Rams and Paswans emerged, as far removed from the downtrodden as the Branhmins.

The race for claiming the legacy of Dr Ambedkar saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi claim that his party had done much more for Babasaheb than any other.  And yet fringe groups on whom he depends  for mandate to rule the country desecrate the statues of

Saffron Amedkar‘Saffronized’ Ambedkar statue repainted  original blue in UP

 the Dalit leader, sometimes paint it saffron or breaking it.


The latest farce in this field is the act of  Yogi’s      Uttar Pradesh government in spelling out his name in official documents as ‘Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’      (Dr Ambedkar, born in Mhow near Indore, MP, was a Maharashtrian and wrote his father’s name Ramji, as second name as all Maharashtrians do).

There is nothing wrong in doing so, except the motive, which was to show that his father was named after Lord Ram, though he and a lakh of his followers converted themselves to Buddhism on 14 October 1956, at Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur, over 20 years after declaring  his intent to convert and a few weeks before his death.

It is therefore appropriate that ‘Jai Bhim Jai Bharat’. a beautifully produced coffee table photo-book by my friend Shekhar Soni was released today (April 14) at Nagpur by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. It has 125 excellent photographs depicting the journey from Mhow to Mumbai and the people, places and monuments connected with Babasaheb.

Both Soni and Fadnavis are NOT Dalits. Both do not face elections now.

The BJP’s act including ‘Ramji’ was immediately made an issue by the Congress-led Opposition, though the Barrister signed the Constitution as ‘Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’ as a member of the Constituent Assembly and a postageBabasaheb stamp stamp issued during Congress rule also has the same full name.

Another millionaire Dalit leader made him posthumously her party’s member and erected his statues all over her state at huge cost to the tax payer.

The Congress, which put up candidates against him and got him defeated twice in Lok Sabha elections, also swears by his name and the Constitution of India he helped frame, though the party amended it most. The haste with which ‘Bharat Ratna’ was conferred on members of the dynastic heads of the party was not shown in the case of Dr. Ambedkar.It was the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government of BJP which conferred it posthumously in 1990, just before his centenary in 1991.

There is no doubt that the Dalits were subjected to atrocities for centuries and laws had to be made for their uplift. But a violent agitation was launched against the government for ‘diluting’ the SC/ST Atrocities Act when the Supreme Court – not the BJP-led  NDA government — ruled that arrests under the Act should be based on verification that such  atrocity was committed and not be done automatically.

The agitation, declared as a ‘big success’  by  BSP leader Mayawati as it resulted in destruction of property worth 1000 crores and death of 10 people (including an RSS man to oppose caste violence), was launched despite the government declaring that it was opposing the ruling, had no intention to dilute the Act and did not propose to abolish reservations.

Perhaps the Congress-led Opposition front was sought to be wrought on the funeral pyres of those killed and the flames burning public property.


Playing Politics On Rape

jammu lawyers protesting against police action on Kathua rape

LEADING A ‘CANDLE LIGHT procession’ against the gang rape and murder of an eight year old girl at Kathua and alleged rape of a women by an MLA of the ruling BJP, Congress president Rahul Gandhi opposed playing politics on rape.

And that was exactly what he was doing, unless I am losing memory (possible after 70) and forgot how many times he had marched similarly when Congress-led UPA was in power. Perhaps he wants to aver that there were no rapes at all during his party’s rule.

BJP MLA Kuldeep Sddngar
MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of BJP

Indian politicians are capable of such double speak. The Congress accuses Prime Minister Modi of “remaining silent” on every incident that happened in the country, after a 10-year rule of its own PM who became famous as ‘Mauni Baba’ and dared not speak a word (unless ordered to do so by ‘madam’). While Modi is asked why a motorcycle collided with an auto on Hazratganj road in Lucknow (or some such event), Mauni Baba could keep mum on coal block allotment scam even when he and was handling coal ministry.

Finally Modi did speak and condemn the rapes which had put the entire nation to shame. Criticism of his statement are bound to follow. What the recently crowned Congress boss said as Crown Prince about an office-bearer of his party killing his live-in partner and trying to burn her in a hotel tandoor is not

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Will US Walk Out On Gun Culture?

Hanna Yale                         Hannah Yale  — leader of the  schools Walkout against gun culture                                          

THE GUN LOBBY rules the United States of America. Whether Tweedle Dum is in power  or Tweedle Dee makes no difference. The real government is of  the gun lobby.

The country’s  God is the Gun, because it earns billions by making guns (and other instruments of death) and selling them to poor ignorant idiots all over the world — walkout  Foothill  Technology  High  School’s  initiative against  US  gun shooting “epidemic”

ranging from dictators and  ‘Defense’ ministers to terrorists.

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Why Impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra?

The Chief Justice              CJI Deepak Mishra – impeachment to suit  vote-bank politics
THE CONGRESS PARTY  led by Rahul Gandhi, is spearheading a movement to impeach the Chief Justice of India, Justice Deepak Mishra.
The first judge to face impeachment proceedings in 2011 in the Rajya Sabha was Justice Soumitra Sen of Calcutta HC for al alleged misappropriation of about Rs.32 lakhs in his earlier role as a lawyer and not as a judge. He resigned to avoid the impeachment.
Also in 2011, Justice Paul Danial Dinakaran faced a Rajya Sabha panel before facing impeachment on charges of corruption, land grab etc., but was allowed to resign to escape action.
Justice J. B. Pardiwala was sought to be removed in 2015 by the Congress and the Left parties as he blamed reservations and corruption as the twin evils responsible for the country’s ills. He too resigned
The Congress, whose leader Kapil Sibal in 1993  defended in court Supreme Court judge V.Ramaswami, suspected to be corrupt due to his ostentatious living and lavish spending  on building his house, abstained from voting in the Rajya Sabha just to save him from impeachment. It wants Deepak Mishra out because it thinks he is pro-Narendra Modi.
EVEN  if (not admitting) he is, Congress seems to have forgotten that the originator of the  theory of  “committed judiciary”  is Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who  as Prime Minister ignored the seniority of three judges to appoint a CJI of her liking.
The Congress move will be the first to impeach judges or political reasons, thus trying to politicise the judiciary just as it has been the military. The main reason for survival of democracy in India  is the neutrality of the judiciary and the defence forces.
Perhaps the party  believes democracy is the main hurdle on perpetrating rule by the dynasty and every Congressman believes ONLY the Indira dynasty can rule India.
Why does the party want Deepak Mishra to be impeached? It wants to kill many birds with one stone as this post which went viral on social networks.
 1.  He wants to quickly decide on Ram Mandir at Ayodhya whereas Congress is putting all obstacles; Kapil Sibal even pleaded to postpone hearing to July 2019, after elections, to which he didn’t agree. Most politicians want the issue to hang on eternally, to intimidate  Muslims into voting against BJP and not on issues.
 2.  He’s ordered reopening of  Sikhs’ genocide case of 1984 led by Congressmen following Indira Gandhi’s assassination by a Sikh.  The case was closed by Congress.
 3.  He wants to expeditiously start hearings, by a Special Court, to decide whether a person convicted of punishment (over 2 yrs) can contest elections; or can hold position as MP/Minister (likes of Lalu, and many more)?
 4.  He wants expeditious hearing (on day-to-day basis) in many high profile corruption cases, kept in cold storage for decades (most involving Congress leaders  (including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in National Herald  case where the case hasn’t moved an inch in four years)  by agreeing to set up 12 Special Courts.
 5.  Only two days back, he did the unthinkable, by referring the issue of Polygamy (four wives by muslims) and Halala (a kind of camouflaged rape), a practice under Muslim (Sharia) law, to a Constitution Bench of the SC to be set up by him.
 6.  A corrupt HC Judge was suspended by the CJI because he permitted a medical college to restart admissions despite SC, and Indian Medical Council, banning it. The Congress Advocates wanted his case, and some other cases, to be allocated to specific judges of their choice, but Dipak Misra didn’t oblige;  it’s his prerogative to allocate, being master of roster.
As is public knowledge four  SC judges  distributed pamphlets to the media against the Chief Justice outside the court .   The CJI on the other hand has now written to the President to remove him.
 7.  There’re many more such issues — the main point being the Allocation of cases (to preferred judges) and appointment of Special Courts.
Anyone aware of how Indian judicial system works, knows that the key in getting a favourable judgement (wrongly though) lies in getting the case allocated to a favourable Judge. That’s how bigwigs manage to win, delay, when they’ve committed crimes; and this was going on for decades. This CJI Dipak Misra is apparently not part of their eco-system; hence all hell breaks out.
So, seeing no option, what Congress (with the help of Opposition)  is doing now is to introduce a notice of motion in either House of Parliament for his removal from the post.  They know they don’t have the numbers (need a majority plus 2/3rd members voting). Yet, their objective is to demoralise him, malign him, and pressurise him to fall in line. And still, if he doesn’t, then they will label his judgments as biased and wrong,
murder of democracy,  to fool public.
The Supreme Court judgement that a simple FIR by a dalit, without any proof,  that someone used a bad word against his/her caste (abusing in the name of caste) should not result in  compulsory arrest under SC/ST (Atrocities) Act led to ‘bandh’  and  nationwide violence  “against amending the Act” on April 2. This shows the Opposition is desperately trying to fan violence to corner votes – even after the government itself appealed against the judgement and said no amendment was planned. Impeaching the CJI would mean getting dalit votes now.
The learned jurist  Soli Sorabjee has rightly called this Congress step a “blackmail”.  And only a devout dynasty devotee Congressman can belittle the  eminence  of  Sorabjee.
Now you see how Congress has been ruling this country.  They have in their pocket a loyal media, and bureaucracy.  Now they want  judiciary too… all the three pillars needed to govern (and now even our personal details – through Cambridge Analytica –  to manipulate perceptions, to win).
 Congress and its allies can set the country on fire – just to get votes.