Friday, February 28, 2014


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What Critics say
Develop new and better roads, highways, ports, airports, and revive shuttered power plants.
Not a new idea. Fewer projects are in the works not because of poor planning but because of environmental hurdles.
Highly capital intensive. The government estimates that India needs to spend $1 trillion till 2017 to improve infrastructure.
Bullet trains to all four corners of the country.
Taking up comprehensive rail reforms is more urgent.
Running a bullet train on the 550-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch will cost Rs. 63,000 crore, as these trains, which travel at 300-350 kmph, need laying of new elevated tracks.
100 modern, smart and witeless cities free of slums and sensitive to the environment.
Raising finances will be hard as tax collection in India is one of the lowest.
An 80 sq km hi-techcity in Korea, for instance, is planned at $264 billion. 
Boost Brand India by levelaging 5 Ts-tradition, talent, tourism, technology, trade.
Brand India intact, but external factors-a global downturn –have been a drag.
International Energy Agency says India will need about $2.1 trillion investment in energy by 2035.
Tame inflation, now at 9.87%, by controlling the supply side, punishing hoarders.
Inflation high due to food inflation, which has benefited growers of food.
Steps to curb inflation can hit growth and stifle investment.
Promote higher education and make it accessible to more aspirants.
Improving quality of higher education more important than quantity, 41% faculty seats vacant in existing IITS.
Higher drain on the exchequer. During the 12th Five Year Plan (2007-12), the planned expenditure on higher education was over Rs 1 lakh crore.
Interlinking of rivers along the Gujarat model, where the Narmada has been linked to 20 other rivers.
Tough to execute due to massive environmental impact and issues of rehabilitation of those affected.
The project will cost $120 billion. Besides issues of rehabilitating the displaced. Massive environmental damage.
Namo has spelt out the plan as he is going to head a “Developed Nation”. He appears to be totally devoid of real India. We have many major Priority areas for for immediate concern. 1.25 billion months to be fed, quality of education, quality of basic health to masses. Corruption galore, unemploymwnt, crime against women communel dusturbances.

Lawessness is increasing violence is on the rise, youth is getting impatient. The biggest problem is not only rising but exploding population. India to exceed China’s Population by 2025, likely to reach 1.6 billion (160 crore by 2050 and 2 billion (200 crore) by the end of the century. Does NaMo’s has any plan? IRAN realised the rising population as major problem. IRAN brought down their TFR from above 7,  to below 3.0 in a matter of 30 years.

He has worn all types, of caps and dresess to cover up his rallies. But he refused to wear a skull cap (MuslimCap) rather threw it back in the hands of the cleric in one of the funtions in Gujarat. This selective judgment on his part displays NaMo’s distaste of a partiuclar community. He is fully governed by the philosphy of RSS. He served for 27 years as a Pracharak (çpkjd) of RSS. This aspect he never mentions.

NaMo’s wide accpatance as a “National Leader” is highly doubtful and questionable.

Adopted from IT 24 Feb 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Political Gimmicks

Political Gimmicks


Modi needs to come up with concrete proposals on how he can restore high growth. No mention of his turnaround plan. He is misguiding and his propaganda is normally a bundle of lies. One example of his reported lies is- “he states Nehru Gandhi Parivar has dominated for last 60 years give me 6 years.”

The PM’s of India

Aug 47 to May 1952- Jawahar Lal Nehru as head of the Constituent Assembly.
May 1952-May 1964- 12 years Jawahar Lal Nehru (elected Govts).
June-1964-Jan 1966 0- 18months Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Jan 1966-May 1977 - 11 years  Indira Gandhi
1977-1980 – 2 years+ Morar ji Desai
1980-1984 -  4 years Indira Gandhi
1984-1989 –5 years Rajeev Gandhi
1989-1991 – 2 years V.P. Singh, CharanSingh & Chandra Shekhar
1991-1996 – 5 years Narsimha Rao
1996-2004 – 13 Days +13 Month+ 5 years (total 6 years)Atal Behari Vajpayee
2004-2014- Dr. Manmohan Singh
To conclude: Total 62 years of elected Govt’s. Congress- Nehru, Gandhi Family remained at the helm of affairs for 34 years. Congress was in power for 50 years and non congress govts for 12 years. Out of 50 years of congress ruled elected Govt, total 6 PM’s and 3 PM’s (16/2 years were not from Nehru Gandhi family). During 12 years of Non congress govts 7 PM’s

NaMo speaks loud, louder and repeatedly tells lies and the innocent people tend to believe him.


‘AAP more confusionist than anarchist-but people tired with others’ Says Tariq Ali
Kejriwal may become Abhimanyu of Mahabharat, where he learns how to enter the chakravyuh and doesn’t know how to exit. –KN Govindacharya

Racism, Our Dirty Secret

As a nation, we are hardwired to see racial prejudice only where Indians are victims and where ‘while people’ are perpetrators. But racism against Indians by Indians thrives. And neither is it confined to the attitudinal behavior of ‘mainland Indians’ towards ‘northeasterners’, the latter also capable of their very own brand of xenophobia. For the ‘social mindset’ to change, the law must first treat, and be seen treating, crimes against northeast Indians seriously. It is how law enforcers deal with cases in which ethnic or racial minorities are victims and complainants that will determine whether India confines itself to benign discrimination. Until then, constitutional exceptions will continue to prove a shameful rule. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

When politics becomes an art

When politics becomes an art                                                                     12 Feb 2014

Pranab Mukerjee’s R-Day address is the most honest public expression that we have had of any president’s personal view on an election’s outcome

President Mukerjee introspects no less than these great predecessors of his. And he knows the impact that a President’s ‘open introspections’ can exercise over the country’s mind. And so, in his Republic Day address this year, when he spoke about corruption, about elections, about the dangers of anarchy, he did what he knew was expected of him.

He gave us this proposition: “Corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy”. Who would disagree with that? No one, but anyone and everyone would wonder: Surely corruption does more than that, does worse than that. When it infiltrates the ranks of our bureaucracy, our magistracy, our media, our corporate, our educational system and even the impeccable cloisters of our armed forces with audacity, corruption is gross. It corrodes the core of civilized nationhood-trust. It undermines faith in all our institutions, those that create governments as well as those that sustain the limbs of society. Corruption mutilates confidence in the fairness of our swaraj. It reduces the accessing of entitlements to a scramble, faith in our Republic to a gamble.

The President’s corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy’ observation did not quite serve to show us this multiple malevolence. But the made sure to tell the corrupt politician and his type that unless they altered their ways, they would get replaced. That was artistry, that was finesse! And then, lest he be seen as inadvertently giving AAP his blessing he sounded three notes of a very contrary caution:

“Elections do not give any person license to flirt with illusions”

“Those who seek voters’ trust must promise only what is possible”

Counter-archery, in which you shoot an arrow to hit the arrow you have just shot, is about finesse too.

Precisely because our President is who he is, I believe, he is going to use his political artistry in the coming months very differently from how he has done it, in the past. This is my gut feeling.

Extract on an Article HT 8 Feb
by Gopal Krishna Gandhi

Fact File-State of the Nation - Postgraduates among 16,000 seek peon’s jobs

Postgraduates among 16,000 seek peon’s jobs                                    11 Feb 2014

Holding an MBA degree in his hands, Satish of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh lined up for an interview for the post of peon at the district court in Sector 43 on Thursday. Beside him stood Vijay, a resident of Sector 33, who holds a BCom degree.

Term it craze for government jobs owing to job security or the sorry state of growing unemployment among educated youth, as many as 16,000 people turned up for an interview for 21 posts of peon.
Trying their luck for the job, about 40 postgraduates in various streams and turned up for the post, who would be earning a salary of Rs. 6,200 per month.

The candidates who turned up were holding MBA degrees, post-graduate diploma in computer application and Bed, BCA and BCom as well.

“It is a government job which offers you more security, apart from an assured regular income. It is better than sitting idle.” Said a resident of Dedumajra, who has cleared BSc (IT).

Many candidates were also asked strange questions about their culinary, driving skills, apart from having knowledge of doing household chores.

“The question like whether I know how to cook was a bit out of place, as this does not fit in my job profile,” said an applicant hailing from Ferozepur.


Vacant posts: 21-14 for general category, five for OBC and Two for SC candidates.

Job seekers: About 16,000 applicants turned up.

Salary: Rs 6,200 per month initially.

Minimum qualification: The applicant should be at least Class- 8 pass. They should also be able to converse, read and write in Hindi and Punjabi.

Strange questions: Intervie-wers questioned the applicants about their culinary & driving skills. 

Childhood lost

About 15 per cent of commercial sex workers in India are below 15 and 25 per cent are between 15 and 18.

  • Dalit freedom groups claim most of those trafficked for sex are Dalits.
  • About 10 per cent of the trafficked children come from neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
  • Nepalese insurgents are reportedly trafficking girls to Indian brothels.
  •  A recent study by California-based NGO Not For Sale says that up to 95 per cent of female victims in rehabilitation programmes in New Delhi are not given education, life skills or job training, forcing many into their original state of vulnerability.
  • About 15 per cent of commercial sex workers in India are below 15 and 25 per cent are between 15 and 18.
  •  Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini says that every year thousands of girls in north India are sold for involuntary marriage.
  •  Anti-poverty agency Action Aid says victims of the Uttarakhand floods last year are especially vulnerable to trafficking because of mass displacement and loss of livelihood.
  • About $19 billion is generated worldwide through child trafficking annually.