RATS ARE NO MORE the irresponsible creatures they were believed to be.
They are now held responsible for the collapse of flyovers in Congress-ruled Punjab and eating away currency notes worth ₹ 12 lakhs from an ATM in another state.
Old-time auditors narrate how entries in inventory registers used to show “eaten away by whiteants” against missing items of furniture or files, especially in remote frontier areas.
One such entry was for a road roller which an unscrupulous official sold to a road contractor. White ants, did not, however, eat away the brains of the auditors who unveiled the scam.
A missing road roller is a mere mouse compared to the elephantine scams that marked the 10 years of the UPA regime led by the Congress.
Now collapse of a multi-crore rupee bridge, building or flyover need not scare the engineers and contractors who used cheaper material to save enouh to pay the usual 10 per cent of ‘mamool’ to the Minister or a babu who passes the bills.
Or the official loading the ATM with less money and pocketing thr rest.
With the new responsible roles of the rodents, rats can now be blamed.
Cong-rats rats. You are responsible creatures now.
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.
CORRUPTION IS in the news again. Or rather, it has never been out of it in India, giving rise to the question, “Are we a corrupt country?” The latest scandal involving Punjab National Bank and other public sector banks has only brought that question into focus.
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime was known for the largest number of scams and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Bharatiya JanataParty came to power mainly on the plank of ridding the country of corruption. The AIDMK campaigned against DMK on the issue of corruption, won only to became equally known for corruption.
Though the NDA government boasts to be free from corruption at ministers’ level it cannot claim the administration is completely honest and that no government official takes bribes any more.
In pre-Independence India Mahatma Gandhi removed an aide suspecting that he misappropriated money, Incidentally (or is it ironically?) the secretary was named Advani. A former Janata Party governor who was in the freedom movement told me this and wanted in-depth research to bring out the facts.
Then Gandhiji himself removed a Chief Minister of C.P. and Berar at Nagpur, Dr. N. B. Khare (who later joined Hindu Mahasabha), suspecting some financial irregularities and brought in an outsider from Allahabad, Kailas Nath Katju as CM in Nagpur. That Katju did not know the names of some of his own ministers was the joke in those days.
One of the earliest scandals to figure in Parliament was the Jeep Scandal during Jawaharlal Nehru’s second term. Though corruption was not as rampant as it is today, it was known that many government officers’ “other income” was more than their salary and it was accepted as normal.
The main reason for corruption is that there is no social stigma attached to it. No one was socially boycotted or looked down upon because of taking bribes, as long as he was rich. On the other had if one was an MLA or MP or Minister for a considerable period and still did not make millions, he is looked down upon as inefficient or incompetent.
The most honest Chief Ministers also had the shortest terms – Comrade Ram Kishan of Punjab, S. R.Kanthi of Karnataka, T. Prakasam of Andhra and Kailas Joshi of MP are examples.
Winning elections needed crores of rupees and money was collected though corruption. If a fraction of it went into politicians’ pockets it is nothing unusual. Or wrong. Es. We are a corrupt people. We even try to bribe god with offerings in return for favours.
A widely circulated post following the Rs.2 billion scam in Punjab National Bank says:
DIARY OF A BANK FRAUD
(1) A Minister has a talk with a bank’s Executive Director
(2) The ED calls the Chief General Manager
(3) The CGM has a briefing with the DGM
(4) The DGM talks to the Branch Manager
(5) A blank loan application is put up. It contains only the beneficiary’s name, and loan amount. No other details are available.
(6) No credit appraisal is done. No unit visit is made.
(7) Loan is sanctioned by a Special Committee or through the Credit Hub – so that no individual officer can be held responsible if the loan goes bad.
(8) A Manager or Asst Manager signs the loan papers.
(9) The loan goes bad almost immediately after issue.
(10) Additional loans are sanctioned to help the “business” become profitable. (Although there is no actual business).
(11) Auditors point it out. Audit report is put up to the Board, but not discussed.
(12) Next year there is another Audit observation. But auditors are assured that “everything” will be “taken care of”.
(13) Next year the Auditors’ contract is renewed. The Audit observation is re-phrased as “loan renewed due to system error”.
(14) In the fourth year, the Inspection Team points it out after the loan has become a Loss Asset.
(15) Other related bad loans are re-structured as per the advice of the Inspection Team.
(16) In the fifth year, the Inspection Team finds that the loan beneficiary has vanished, and the company is untraceable.
(17) Head of Inspection Department edits and re-phrases the Inspection Report. He feels that inspectors should focus on the overall profitability of the Bank and not on the individual fraud cases.
(18) In the sixth year, Inspection Report mentions that adequate Provisions have been made, and there was no threat to the Bank.
(19) In the seventh year, another Inspection Team finds out that the same loan beneficiary has taken another sixteen such loans, all of which have gone bad.
(20) Head Office tells the Inspection Team that their findings are inconsistent with earlier findings, and advises them to re-draft the Report.
(21) When Inspection Team writes the same findings again, they are told that unless they “improve” their quality of work, they may get transferred to Guwahati and they may find it difficult to even get a promotion.
(22) Inspection Reports are then finalised at the Head Office.
(23) The next year Government changes. The new Minister wants an enquiry.
(24) The Assistant Manager, who had signed the loan papers, gets suspended. (He is assured that he would be suitably reinstated after the initial storm dies down.)
(25) The DGM gets promoted as GM. The CGM gets promoted as ED. And the Executive Director
The Rs.2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud by Nirav Modi and Vijaya Mallya cheating banks of hundreds of crores are only the tip of the iceberg. Scores of other scams will come out soon,
They have occurred mostly during the UPA rule.And yet Congress uses them as sticks to beat Narendra Modi with as they came to light during NDA rule.
Modi’s fault, perhaps, was that he exposed them. He should have remained silent like his predecessor, ‘Maun’ Mohan Singh.
A FORMER PEON IN THE VETERINARY DEPARTMENT IN BIHAR BECOMES THE CHIEF Minister and makes his semi-literate wife a poxy CM to rule the state from j:ail when caught for fodder scandal.
A minister becomes the defacto chief minister of the state through amassed wealth and muscle power to amass more wealth. An Income Tax probe initiated against him when his own party was in power gets mysteriously dropped , obviously with his own party’s top bosses backing him. Equally strangely it is revived when the rivals come to power.
Rags to riches stories come from all over the world and are always interesting. Stories of those who, with their innovative ideas, inventive brains or hard work rise from humble beginnings to great heights can be inspiriting, and trend-setting. A peon, Laloo in 32 years as and a school teacher, Mayawati in an even shorter time becoming multi-millionaires is as commendable as an Ambani, once going around on a cycle to sell things, growing into a billionaire.
In India, however, almost all rags-to-riches stories are of politicians who used power to become rich overnight or businessmen backed by politicians who rose to the top through manipulation of stock markets, marketing of fake goods or ‘ponzi schemes’ of finance rackets. Or in both cases, through simple, plain corruption.
As wealth alone seems to matter more than the means used to earn it, there is no social stigma against taking wrong path or shortcuts to become rich. Still Narayana Murthys and Aziz Premjis are respected far more than politicos who turned rich overnight .
The effort by a politician to portray Murthy as a land-grabber simply because of his caste or Premji being opposed by some other just because of his religion have cut no ince with aythe people, who still have higher regard for both than for politicians.
And yet they elect these verty leaders because of theircaste, cash or coercionthe three pillar of Indian politics.
Congress leaders who cried themselves hoarse condemning BJP, were deafeningly silent on both CBI raids on Bihar Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav or the Rs. 300 crores unearthed in Income Tax raid on D.K.Shivakumar . Rahul Gandhi did not say a word on Tejashvi or DKS, the de facto chief minister when S.M. Krishna was heading the state (perhaps with the tacit approval of the party bosses, which later madeKrishna leave the party itself).
And joining hands with Congress wiped out all the sins of Tejaswi’s father, Bihar ex-CM Laloo Yadav whose daughter could buy property worth millions and son could have land deals of 90 million rupees “even before a moustache” sprouted on his face.
The BJP has its own share of such black sheep, though the top leaders have so fat kept off blatant corruption. It talks of values while backing Nitish Kumar or admitting defectors who had no ideological affinity, like N.D.Tiwari or S.M.Krishna. Or when raiding people selectively. Tomorrow DKS having engaged a private tutor to teach him Sanskrit some years ago may endear him to BJP and facilitate his admission to that party. When it is in power, all his sins would be forgiven. That’s politics. – Indian style.
The normal reaction of those who commented online or spoke about raids on more than 30 premises all over the country connected with Shivkumar was “What? Only 300 million rupees?”. And no one is surprised that he was raided just when he ‘hosted’ 44 Gujarat Congress MLA at a luxury resort of Bangalore for a week
We, as a nation, are corrupt. We admire honest people but support the corrupt.
THE POST URGING PRIME Minister Narendra Modi to abolish lifetime pension to politicians keeps doing the rounds on WhatsApp and other media, coming again and again.
It had prompted my posts supporting the appeal. The second was when Telangana government of decided to build big bungalows for MLAs, mostly big landlords, in their constituencies. Another post Continue reading And More Sops for Legislators
The argument mentioned in the post yesterday, that MPs and MLAs should be give higher emoluments to prevent poverty driving them to corruption, suffers from one weekness: Crime or corruption arise not from poverty but from the values and mentality of those involved and not from their need.
Eduction is expected to teach us the difference between want and need. It has been seen that those who have much want some more. Those who steal out of need are much fewer than those who do so out of greed – wanting more things.
In childhood I was told of a writing competition in a college:”What will you do if you have a lakh of rupees?”(Those days that was a huge sum). Most students wrote of things they would buy for those they love or fufilling their dreams. The prize winner wrote that he would tighten his belt, eat and spend less so that he could turn that one lakh into two. Having a big amount makes you realise what you can do with it –and with much more.
Ministers who collect 10 per cent as bribe from contractors don’t do it due to hunger. If need was the cause those raided and found having disproportionate weath would not have been in possession of several hundred crores of rupees.Had they taken just to meet needs, they would not have been suspected in the first place.
If some MPs ‘cashed’ their positions and grew rich, it was not because of poverty. Similarly if some MPs just sign the register and never participate, it is only because the party leaders want such members – only to given them the numerical majority which is all that matters in a ’51-is-right-49-is-wrong’ democracy. Such ‘dumb’ members do not threaten their leadership by developing ambitions.
In the pre-Emergency Parliament there was a debate on the ‘Pondicherry Licence Scandal’ where a minster, L.N.Mishra from Bihar, was charged with issuing a licence to one Tulsian for import of stainless steel. A CBI investigation showed the licence was issued on the basis of letters by some MPs recommending it. Their signatures were allegedly forged.
The MPs had to state in the house that CBI officers visited them and showed the letters. Their signaturesnot genuine and were forged. The MPs, including a woman, were hardly ever seenin the House before. They had never spoken. They were given the statement, in Hindi, to read out.
The problem in Hindi is that a verb has a gender. A male would say ‘tha’ and a female ‘thi’ for ‘was’. A male MP took the statement from a woman MP and read it out, saying ‘thi’ n plce of ‘tha’, resulting in laughter in the house. The members were not only inactive but also barely literate and could not understand the difference. Their only duty was to say ‘Aye’ in voting whenever their leader wanted, or table the questions given by him.
This is not to disrespecr illiterate members. A Jana Sangh (now BJP) member in 1970s was a ralway coolie earlier and learnt to fread and write from a journalist friend of mine. But he was one of the most active MPs. And highly ‘educated’ members blindly supporta barely educated and dumb ‘leaders’ just because they belong to a dynasty.
Not all the members are illiterate. An actor, playback singer or crciketer is chosen by the ruling party not for their valuable contribution to debates or ideas but as a reward for using their glamour to attract crowds in election campaigns and for the value added to the party by nominating them. As they earn much more than the Rs 2000-a-day sitting allowance they attend only the minimum number of days to retain their membership.
And attendance here means going to parliament house to sign the register – and perhaps sit in the allotted seat for a minute or two. This practice is not limited to the Congress, though it did so more often than others. ‘Maharani’ Gayatri Devi of Rajasthan, said to be one of the most beautiful womenof her times. was a Swatantra Party MP. I saw her sit the Lok Sabha for some minutes before leaving. And that ‘attendance’ too was rare.
Some MPs are seen mostly in the Central Hall, which is just a huge coffee house where all the lobbying and political bargaining takes place. Their views, experience or advice do not matter. They have to only sign where they were asked to and contribute to the numbers.
The Temple of Indian Democracy where:Godis forgotten but priests prosper INDIAN POLITICAL CULTURE HAS fallen so low that both the Opposition and the ruling party resort to vilification, abuse and personal attacks. The opposition stalls pro-people, good, bills. And yet all parties are unanimous on one topic: Their MPs and MLAs should get higher salaries and more perks.
In September 2015, The Hindu daily, quoting official sources, wrote: “India paid Rs.176 crore to its 543 Lok Sabha members in salaries and expenses over the last year, or just over Rs. 2.7 lakh a month per Member of Parliament.” It must be more now. Some perks cannot be quantified.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs get Rs.50,000 as salary, Rs.45,000 as constituency allowance, Rs.15,000 as office expenses and Rs.30,000 for secretarial assistance every month. When Parliament is in session, they get a daily allowance of Rs.2,000 a day just for signing the register even if they do not sit in the House for even a few minutes and their contribution to debates or questions is nil (more onkthis later).
They are reimbursed for 34 flight trips and get unlimited rail and road travel per year, along with a companion, on “official business.” When a High Court Chief Justice wanted to go abroad at taxpayers’ expence to a place where his son was studying, for ‘treatment in a hospital there’, why can’t MPs visit relatives for ‘official work’?
Under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) each member could recommend to the concerned District Authority developmental works to the tune of Rs 2 Crores a year. Guess who gets the contracts?
Travel reimbursements and daily allowances account for the biggest chunk of public spending on Indian MPs, or nearly half of all expenses, at Rs 83 crore for the year, the data shows (Numbers rounded off). Besides their salaries, several crores on spent on Parliament sessikons which transact no business at all. Dharnas and pandemonium are the new normal.
Ever wondered what is socialism? Samajwadi (Socialist Party) leader Ramgopal Yadav says: “Increase our salary and make it more than Cabinet Secretary’s.” After all, they have to fight for the poor who, after a day’s hard labour cannot get two meals or a proper house, and farmers driven by debts to suicide. That is socialism in India!
Rajya Sabha members on August 12 last once again raised the demand for increasing their salaries and questioned the government’s silence on the recommendations of a Parliamentary committee to hike the MPs’ salaries. It had suggested that the monthly salary be raised from Rs. 50,000 to a lakh and constituency allowance from Rs. 45,000 to 90,000, raising the total compensation from Rs.1,40,000 to 2,80,000.
The committee is headed by the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath (a ‘sanyaasi’ in saffron robe, who has renounced all worldly things) It has also recommended a 75 per cent rise in pensions, and an automatic revision in salaries periodically. MPs’ salaries were last hiked six years ago. Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said: “Inflation affects everyone; MPs are also hit.”
And all this is official, legitimate. No one can prove that MPs indulge in corruption. Those who took money for asking questions or for supporting P.V.Narasimha Rao’s minority government are a minority, Others should not be equated with them. Still you wonder how their wealth multiplies many-fold after getting elected or how thay spend several crores to get elected.
A Socialist Party leader was below povery level (BPL) but in a decade declared wealth in crores. No, they don’t have undeclared wealth. One party boss is known to have taken crores for allotting the party ticket. They paid only for a chance to serve the poor, not make illegal money.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat releases information on the amount claimed by and paid to each MP every month. Even newspapers in the MP’s constituency don’t antagonise them by publishing it.
And this is not all. These politicians get lifetime pension even for one tenure of while government servants have to serve a minimum of 20 years. No one can explain why young men and women who serve in the military for 20 years or more, risking their lives to protect us, get only 50% of their pay on retirement. Short Service Commissioned Officers who take same risks for five to 14 years get ZERO retirement benefits after their assignment.
“Politicians who hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these very same men and women, receive full-pay for life on retirement after just one term of five years. Does it make any sense ?” asks a petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which went viral soon after he assumed office.
“PM SIR, CHANGE THIS RULE AND THE NATION SHALL BE GRATEFUL TO YOU FOREVER…” the petition, which must have come to you again and again, said. “Abolish, politicians’ pension for life,” it urged, adding: “Just like you motivated common people to give up cooking gas subsidy, motivate MPs to give up numerous undeserving exorbitant perks and subsidies” including pension, which they granted themselves unanimously.
The demand for higher salaries for MPs is justified on the grounds that being poor should not tempt them to be corrupt. I remember the great MP Hari Vishnu Kamath of Hoshangabad (MP) coming to me in a cycle-rickshaw or meeting me in a relative’s house (not five star hotel) every time he came to my town and humble Vavilala Gopalakrishnayya, MLA, walking to offices in hot Guntur (AP) with a bagful of people’s petitions hanging from his shoulder.
In pre-Emergency Palriament I watched Bhupen Gupta, Hiren Mukherjee, Nath Pai, former coolike Hukumchand Karchawi, many more…They never were rich. And yet even their worst critics could not say they were corrupt.
Has a single MP voluntarily given up any of these subsidies, perks and pay? Or at least the millionaire super-rich ones who declared property of several crores?
We are an independent, democratic, nation because we choose – between our caste and the rival caste, between fair and black faces, between the known devil and the unknown.
We choose between prostrating, grovelling and cringing before a fair lady and a black man who was doing the same along with us just a few weeks ago. All because she danced around trees with a ‘star’ whom we adored. Continue reading Slaves By ‘Democratic’ Choice
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court last Tuesday January 3, by an eminent journalist, Hari Jaisingh, asking for the
constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for a court-monitored probe against some journalists who wrote in favour of the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal of the earlier Congress government,
Jaisingh alleged that journalists were paid Rs. 50 crores to support the scandalous deal in connection with which the former Indian Air Force chief, S. P. Tyagi and some others were arrested. The scandal was unearthed by foreign newspapers.
Aircraft purchase and journalists looks like an unlikely connection. Hari Jaisingh is not one of those so-called journalists editing sensational rags. He was editor of mainstream dailies including those of The Tribune group and author of several books Continue reading When Scribes Turn Dalals
A delightful novel by humorist Henry Cecil* is titled ‘No Bail for The Judge‘ and another ‘Alibi For A Judge‘. Contents apart, the titles envisage judges being put in the dock, which is almost unthinkable in India today.
Judiciary seems to be the only ray of hope for the country with the other two ‘estates’, legislature and the executive, bogged down in controversies. The fourth estate, the Press (including electronic audio-visual media), has lost its credibility thanks to the mad race for supremacy in TRPs and circulation.
And yet, judges have begun to court controversy and are making news for the wrong reasons.
A Judge of the Gujarat High Court faces impeachment by Parliament (the only way a judge can be removed). The distinguished Parsi judge, Justice J B Pardiwala, in a recent judgement in Hardik Patel case on reservations remarked: “If I am asked by any one to name two things which has destroyed this country or rather has not allowed the country to progress in the right direction, then they are reservation and corruption.”
The judgement added, “It is very shameful for any citizen of this country to ask for reservation after 65 years of independence. When our Constitution was framed, it was Continue reading Judging the Judges