INDIAN LIBERALS ARE horrified. A Governor of the Reserve Bank of India has resigned. It is the biggest blow ever for Indian economy. It will collapse. India will go begging in the international community. The country will be ruined.
But was India not begging the World Bank and IMF before?
Liberals: Oh, that was different. It was before Indira Gandhi ‘hataoed’ all ‘Garibi’ (removed all poverty) in the country. One press of the button and her son Rajiv Gandhi swept India into the 21st Century and prepared for the conversion of the entire country into more progressive faiths than the reactionary and backward Hinduism.
Liberals: But RBI governors had resigned before.
it does not belong to any of its numerous caste-factions which consider defeating each other more important than being democratic as against dynastic.
Sanjay (Anpadh, gawar) Nirupam
There are many people inside the Congress party working hard for the victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sanjay (Anpadh, gawar) Nirupam has now joined their ranks.
The most prominent among them is Mani (Neech Admi) Sankar (chaiwala) Iyer who contributed most to Modi’s victory by calling him a lowly tea seller and asking him to serve tea at the next Congress session.
Renuka (hahaha) Choudhary opens her mouth against Modi only to add to the votes he would win in the next election.
Both the defectors (Renuka from Telugu Desam and Nirupam from Shiv Sena) had used foul language against Congress earlier – and made it win. Now they joined Congress and are using foul language to help Modi win.
Shashi (Hindu Pakistani) Tharoor absuses Modi for advocating Hinduism and then circulates a video on why he is a Hindu. Congress has coalition with Muslim League and has helped Razakars (those who wanted Nizam’s state – now Telangana – to join Pakistan) start a party – Majlis Ittehadul-Muslumeen (MIM) and calls itself secular by slaughtering a cow in public and holding a beef party in Kerala.
A Congress leader who promised the post of a judge to a woman lawyer in return for sexual favours talks of the importance of judiciary!
Congress lawyers argue court cases favouring triple talaak and nikah halala and play vote bank politics of giving IDs and ration cards overnight to migrants (to show them as citizens).
And they call for advancement of minorities! They declare Rahul is a ‘janaudhaari’ Brahmin though the grandson of Feroze never had an Upanayanam (thread ceremony).
Decades of Congress rule in India resulted in a political culture of treating political rivals as enemies.
Obviously Rahul’s only qualification is that he is son of Rajiv, who they swear by.
After all the symbol of Bharatiya Janata Party is Rajiv (lotus) and the mother of Indira ‘Gandhi’ was Kamala (also lotus).
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 Janata Party 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.
RAM NATH KOVIND HAS BEEN ELECTED THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA WITH A HUGE majority. The ‘communal’ upper-caste BJP had made another ‘Dalit’ the President.
Meira Kumar, put up by the ‘united’-(only over 130 cross votes)-Opposition for her caste (belonging to a ‘Dalit’ or oppressed caste) and her dynasty (daughter of Jagjivan Ram, for long THE face of the Dalits in Congress party and a minister for decades) has proved, by getting over 34 per cent votes, that caste still counts, but is not the determining factor.
The political culture the Congress party nurtured has made it a dominant feature of Indian politics. So it was no surprise that a photograph that went viral over social of media (see above) mentions the caste of senior BJP leader Advani (expected by many to be next President), the President-elect and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It did not matter that 1,581 voters with a criminal record voted in the election. Out of them 3,640 are “crorepati MPs” (millionaires). The Association for Democratic Reforms has revealed that out of the 4.852 MPs/MLAs eligible to participate in the election 1581 (33%) members have declared criminal cases against themselves in self-sworn affidavits.
The role of big money in “democratic” elections everywhere need not be stressed. Add to this the coercive power of those with musclemen working for them and the three ‘C’s of Indian politics – Caste, Cash and Coercion – become evident.
In earlier posts I called writing on politics “scavenging with pen”. As a journalist I hated to be known to Ministers and those in power, though contacts matter in the profession. And yet many of my posts are about politics – mostly Indian. Politics pervade every aspect of life in this developing country.
Reason, ideology and welfare of the majority have no role in it. According to Congress Modi is the Prime Minister of the BJP-led coalition and not India. Opposition it thinks, has to support China or even the terrorists. Electoral politics have fallen to this level.
Will Kovind be a “People’s President” in these tragic circumstances?
YOU ARE THE TOP SUPPORTER OF ANY IDEOLOGY OR POLITICAL PARTY (though parties have nothing to do with ideology today) if you have contributed most to their victory and help groups on whose support the party comes to power.
Who is responsible for Modi to come to power? Mani Shankar Iyer, without any doubt, Continue reading Top RSS/Modi Supporters in Congress
JUST WHEN YOU ARE RESIGNED TO THE FACT THAT ALMOST NO ONE reads your blog posts, someone surprises you with a comment.
Five days ago I wrote about the bonanza of development Nagpur, “the heart of India” as the country’s central point, is about to get due, not to the long overdue industrialisation but to the enforcement of GST from July 1.
Not one Nagpurian seems to have read it, as none reacted, though links to the blog were sent to many. Suddenly I learnt it was the 100th. I felt ‘UnstoppaleAfterSeventy’ was ‘stoppable’ after 100. So I stopped writing.
A VIDEO OF CANARY WHARF, THE BANKING HUB OF LONDON, showing the electronic marquee with flashing letters that said ‘Modi wins landslide victory in India’s biggest state‘ was posted to many by a friend.
It did make me proud …and also set me thinking.
If Modi’s win in UP is flashed in London bank street it is only because UK banks get big money from India. In USA most people think we ‘Injuns’ live on trees and are beggars. Perhaps 90 pc of people in US and Europe would not know who Modi is. His coming to power was a small item on inside pages there.
Their ignorance is as much, if not more, than that in remote rural India. Western channels including Nat Geo show ONLY the negative side of India. Switching on NG recently, I found a documentary on India showing cows lazily chewing the cud sitting on crowded roads.
True India became more noticed after Modi’s whirlwind tour of the world and the recent launching of 104 satellites into space on a single launch vehicle by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). It ‘shocked’ the CIA chief in the US and made others take note.
At that time there was news of the ISRO chief had saying ISRO had sought Government clearance to launch a space station. The Congress must have got two reactions to it ready – one against and the other for the space station idea.
If the clearance is given, Diggy Raja (Digvijay Singh) would say that poverty and starvation still exist in India with Modi doing nothing but sleep over the people’s problems, which were more important than the space station.
If the permission was denied, someone like Abhishek Sanghvi would immediately allege the Modi Government was against science and modernity and was taking the country back into the stone age.
They found fault with attempts to eradicate black money. The surgical strike on Pakistan was criticised. Opening of crores of bank accounts for the poor was assailed.The diplomatic offensive against Pakistan was derided. They patronise Vijay Mallyas, but blame Modi for it
Even the movements for cleanliness, rural toilets and girls’ education were ridiculed. Dozens of such examples can be given.
In sharp contrast, Vajypayee praised Indira Gandhi as Durga when she helped liberate Bangladesh. Within weeks of Modi coming to power he was asked why money stashed abroad was not brought back. The DDs (dynasty devotees) do not say why ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan went on for years, with only the dynasty’s poverty removed.
True cows on streets, filth all around, offices and buildings inaccessible to handicapped people, lakhs living in slums, caste system and many such problems still exist in India. (Don’t add “despite 67 years of Congress rule”. The dynasty did prosper.)
The new government, only half-way though its first term, cannot set everything right overnight. That it has started is obvious, except to the blind. The Opposition thinks it is its duty to put hurdles in its way, to ensure that it fails.
We have to set our house in order for the world to admire India. That day will come.
(Headline: Those who called Gujaratis ‘donkeys’ get the kick)
The Gujarat twins were called donkeys – and so they administered the kick
INDIAN TEST CRICKETER IRFAN PATEL, it is said, was once asked by a Pakistani girl how he was playing for India though he was a Muslim. A Muslim player of another country once scored well in a match and, after a prayer to ‘Khuda’ on the ground, said all Muslims of the world would be proud of his achievement.
This failure to see that religion and the game have no link could be attributed to the politics of hatred and fanaticism promoted by Pakistan for its own survival, as it was born out of such hatred. But it is shocking to see Indian politicians using the same logic.
Bahujana Samaj Party supremo Mayawati insulted all the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh and India on March 11 when she said the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were all rigged Continue reading Parties Insult Voters