UNDERMINING INSTITUTIONS

There is a famous Latin phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” which means “Who will guard the guards themselves?”

The last few days are nothing but playing out of this above phrase in the premium investigation agency of India i.e. The CBI. As the CBI files FIR against its own and the head of the Bureau asked to go on leave. All this is as some leaders like to say ‘happening for the first time in 70 years’.

The moot question that needs to be asked is it just this one off case or there is a pattern in all of this. Is there a pattern to undermine Institutions, to scuttle divergent idea or for that matter to push an agenda through their own man??

Some examples over the tenure of the current dispensation of the BJP led Central Government happen to reinforce the above view:

  • 330px-Raghuram_Rajan,_IMF_69MS040421048l.jpgRBI – The post of RBI Governor is usually overboard and beyond politicking however in the case of Raghuram Rajan with an increase personal attack by the maverick BJP MP Subramanium Swamy, he choose to vacate the post rather than face the usual Mr. Swamy’s unsubstantiated charges. The Central Government didn’t come out in support of him or reign in their MP to undermine the office of the Governor of Reserve Bank India.
  • Niti Aayog – One of the most vociferous supporter of Shri Narendra Modi ji before he became the PM in 2014 download.jpgwas Mr. Arvind Pangaria – Economist and Professor at University of Colombia. He was well rewarded and aptly appointed as the Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog in 2015. A tenure that is usually concurrent with the Central Government. However in just two years he chooses to resign from this post to go back to teaching. A person of his stature and knowledge could have been put to better use to drive the engine of Indian Economic Growth but the nation lost out on that due to as some reports are to be believed due to differences with the Finance Minister.
  • Supreme Court – Never before in the history of Independent India have the sitting senior most Judges of the download (1)Supreme Court of India has held a press conference to air their dissatisfaction with the functioning and interference in the working of the courts. To quote Justice Chelameswar “The administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. Many things that are less than desirable have happened in the last few months. Unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country.”
  • FTII – download (2)The premier institute in India for film and Television was saddled with a Chairman whose minor claim to fame was being part of the Epic Mahabharat TV Serial and major claim was that he is card carrying member of BJP. The students went on strike, film fraternity objected to his appointment but again who can protest against a brute majoritanism?

These are just few examples for I am sure there are more that quietly die down never surfacing on the forefront. Are these the promised ‘अच्छे दिन’ that the people of India voted for in 2014 ?

Speak Up

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I concede that it is a little late in the day to vent my anger and disgust against the recent rape incidents that has rocked our nation, but the recent polarization and crazy messages floating across the social media questioning this very angst and that also from the so called educated mass is surprising.

These people are questioning this angst and asking where were we when some previous incident happened?? Why such hue and cry now?? Just to answer them, we were there showing our angst then also!! It is just that you are so blinded by the communal hatred and in love with your so called emancipator, to not notice this and yes even if we didn’t protest earlier that doesn’t take away our right to protest now, does it??

It took months and the media scrutiny before The Supreme Leader, the state governments (incidentally both are governed by the party that is in Centre) for some action to happen. They were supposed to be a proactive / decisive and the deliverer from injustice weren’t they??

Action speaks louder than words and it takes a statement full of platitudes by The Supreme Leader for these state governments to take action. Words that should have been spoken much earlier like the birthday greetings that he is so prompt in making to the world leaders on Twitter. Yes he has been elected to power and we expect him to make a statement on such a heinous crime, that’s his job. He does us no favour !!

And yes this issue is about religion and how the nations treats its minorities, be it religious or otherwise and how a party that claims to be the voice of majority has failed them by inaction and delayed response. As a father of eight year olds, my heart bleeds making me want to throw up each time I hear the gruesome and chilling facts that are in the charge sheet. Despite this some of them have the audacity to take my Lord’s name and shout to protect the accused or defend themselves.

Yes I am a member of Congress and yes I will demand action from the Prime Minster as he is answerable to all Indians whether we voted for him or not, despite the name calling by his disciples. What pains is the fanaticism of the educated and the hatred for the minorities that was heard in private conversations which can be seen in not so subtle ways in the social media.

What have we become?? Is this the kind of hatred that we want to pass on to the next generation ??

It is time for all of us to ponder, make informed choices and question what we is being fed to our brains day in and day out.

ये दाग़ दाग़ उजाला, ये शब-गज़ीदा सहर,

(This stained tainted light, this night bitten dawn)

वो इन्तज़ार था जिस का, ये वो सहर तो नहीं

(That we were waiting for, this is not that morning)

 

RAID

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With kids away for a night-out, me and my wife made a plan late in the afternoon to go watch the Ajay Devgan starer RAID.  Around 5 pm when I booked the seats the hall was nearly empty with hardly 10-15 seats booked by then. We were so looking forward for a quite movie night.

So wrong we were!! As we entered the theater it was nearly full with family, children, groups and transvestite for company. Not that it made any difference but it only reflected that the it’s a hit movie and also the immense fan following of Ajay Devgan.

The movie is set in the eighties in the badlands of Uttar Pradesh where an recently posted honest Income Tax Commissioner gets a tip off on the undeclared and hidden wealth of Tauji aka Saurabh Shukla: A Member of Parliament, strongman and Mr. Money Bags contributing to the coffers of his party and how the hero does the necessary background checks and gets the permission of the Finance Ministry to raid Tauji.

The movie is all about the search of the hidden stash, the family dynamics, insider tip off, the honesty of the public servant. Besides all this it is about the heightened self image of the politician and the power he imagines he can yield and this self image is what takes him from Finance Secretary to Finance Minister to even Prime Minister Indira Gandhi amidst his threat to topple the UP Government and none coming in the way of the honest IT officials.

The movie belongs to three persons:

  • First and foremost is Ajay Devgan who plays the broopushpa759ding, honest officials who stands his grounds in front of immense pressure.
  • Second it’s the Tauji played brilliantly by Saurabh Shukl. You can feel his terrorising effect that he is so used to deliver to anyone coming in his way be it an outsider or even his family members and eventually realising that he is being betrayed by his family and also the fleeting nature of power.
  • Third is the Amma ji, the toothless mother of Tauji with an acid laced tongue.

The persons sitting next to me was so engrossed in the movie so he was literally jumping in his seats when the gold coins images (2)starts falling from the roof or when there is a confrontation scene between the main protagonists and also he completely ignored the call of his child to go the restroom.

Ohh yes !! there is a heroine too Ileana D’cruz who plays the dutiful supporting wife who by the way we are told doesn’t wear a mangalsutra (So!!) and is wasted in this minuscule role but I guess she does get to be a part of a hit A list Film.

With the running time just around 2 hours its fast paced, enjoyable and completely worth a watch.

Letter to PM

सोमवार, 28 अगस्त 2017

आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री महोदय,

सबसे पहले मेवाड़ की इस धरा पर प्रधानमंत्री बनने के पश्चात् पहली बार कल पधारने पर आपका स्वागत है. पूरा प्रशासन, आपकी पार्टी के मंत्री/नेतागण सब इस यात्रा को ऐतिहासिक बनाने में जुटे हुए हैं, साथ ही जनता भी अपने प्रधानमंत्री को सुनने के लिए तत्पर लगती है.

मैं जो की प्रमुख विपक्षी दल- अखिल भारतीय कांग्रेस से ताल्लुक रखता हूँ आपका भाषण ज़रोर सुनूँगा लेकिन सभा स्थल से नहीं बल्कि टीवी पर, क्योंकि आप से उम्मीद है की आप मेरे शहर के लिए बहुत कुछ तोफे और सौगातें अपने पिटारे से निकाल कर जायेंगे और मेरे शहर के अच्छे दिन आ जायेंगे.

आपकी टीम और राजस्थान सरकार ने आपको कुछ सुझाव अवश्य से दिए होंगे, इस क्रम में मैं भी कुछ सुझाव देना चाहूँगा :

  • निर्माण निषेधषेत्र – झीलों के शहर से नाम से जाने वाला मेरा शहर जहाँ सदियों पहले महाराणा उदयसिंह जी ने झील किनारे बसाया और तभी से उदयपुर वासी पिछोला, स्वरूपसागर अवं फतहसागर के आस पास रहने लगे. लेकिन आज यह स्तिथि हो गयी है के आम आदमी अपने पुराने घर को बढती ज़रोरतों के अनुरूप विस्तार नहीं करा सकता, और वहीँ दूसरी तरफ पाँच सितारा होटल अवं रसूखदार को रोकने वाला कोई नहीं. कृपया करके झील के पास रहने वालों को खुद के रहने के लिए निर्माण करने दिया जाये ऐसी छुट दे के जाएँ.
  • उदयपुर – अहमदाबाद ब्रॉडगेज – सालों से धीमी गति से चले रहे काम को अधिक से अधिक बजट अवं दिशा-निर्देश देवें ताकि मेवाड़ का गुजरात के हुते हुए दक्षिण भारत से सीधे जुडाव हो सके.
  • मार्बल पर जीएसटी – हमारा यहाँ मार्बल की बहुत खदाने अवं भण्डार है और लाखों लोगों की इस से रोजी-रोटी चलती है. हाल ही में करी गयी २८% की रेट इस इंडस्ट्री की कमर तोड़ देगी. माना की यहाँ टैक्स कलेक्शन बहुत कम होता है, लेकिन २८% की रेट से स्तिथि और भी चिंताजनक हो सकती है. इस लिए आपसे गुजारिश है की इस के बारे में अवश्य कुछ घोषणा कर के जावें.
  • फिल्म सिटी – मेरे एक मित्र द्वारा उदयपुर में फिल्म सिटी खोलने के लिए मुहीम छेड़ी हुई है क्योंकि उदयपुर न केवल प्राकृतिक बल्कि इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर की वजह से भी फिल्म इंडस्ट्री के लिए उपयोक्त है. यहाँ सालाना अनेक भारतीय एवं विदेशी फिल्मों की शूटिंग होती है. इस लिए आप से गुज़ारिश है की सुचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्री जी को इसके लिए एक कमेटी गठित करने के किये आप घोषणा कर के जावें.
  • महाराणा प्रताप : आप का कल प्रताप गौरव केंद्र पर जाने का कार्यक्रम प्रस्तावित है, इसी मौके पर चाहूँगा की आप महाराणा प्रताप से जुड़े सभी स्थल जैसे की चावंड, हल्दी घाटी, मोती मगरी को राष्ट्रीय धरोहर घोषित कर के योजना बढ विकास कराएँ.
  • उच्च न्यायालय बेंच – उदयपुर और उससे जुड़ा शेत्र आदिवासी बहुल है और न्यायिक प्रक्रिया हेतु यहाँ की जनता को जोधपुर जाना पड़ता है. दशकों से जनता की यह मांग रही है की यहाँ पर उच्च न्यायलय की बेंच स्थापित करी जाए, जिससे मेवाड़ – वागड़ के लोगों को शीघ्र एवं सस्ता न्याय मिल सके. आप से उम्मीद है की यह सौगात आप हमें दे के जायेंगे.

यह मेरी तरफ से एक छोटा सा मांगपत्र है. कृपया करके इस पर गौर फरमाने का कष्ट करें.

आपका देशवासी,

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