Monday, 30 September 2013

Minority Report ?



Yesterday , in his letter to the Chief Ministers of States , Union Home Minister , Shushil Kumar Shinde wrote ,


“  I request you that no innocent person of the Minority community is unduly detained… Government has to ensure that no innocent person is subjected to undue harassment “


Did he mean  ,


“  You may continue to unduly detain an innocent person , if he belongs to the Majority community “  ?

Or that ,


“ It is alright to ‘duly‘ harass , a guilty person – whatever his community “ ?


Of course , not !


And please , do not confuse “ Minority “ with “ Muslims “ !


That would offend , Christians , Sikhs , Buddhists and Jains . Even they don’t  like to be detained “ unduly “ , if innocent .

 (  But go ahead and detain them duly – even if innocent !  )


Now remember , Shindeji has no problem with States unduly detaining “ Guilty “ persons – whether belonging to Minority or to the Majority !


But the States are saying ,


“ Shindeji , when we detain a person , we don’t know whether he is guilty or innocent . We only suspect and collect evidence . Then it is the court which decides whether a person is guilty or innocent . Now , what can we do if courts take 20 / 30 years to decide ? “


Considering that it will take 300 years for the Indian Courts to dispose off all the pending cases , it would have been better if Shindeji has announced setting-up of 10 ,000 new , fast-track courts. Of course , before 2014 elections !


Then , Chief Ministers would not write back , demanding definitions of


Ø  Majority or Minority ( can CM decide ? )

Ø  Duly or Unduly harassed ( Can Police Chief decide ? )

Ø  Guilty or Innocent ( Can arresting officer decide ? )


·          hemen  parekh  (  01, Oct  2013  )
  



Sunday, 29 September 2013

Murder is a Many Splendored Thing !




In pre-historic times , man hunted only animals – and to satisfy hunger.


Now , even as “ Civilized “ man continues to kill animals for hunger, he has also mastered the art / science of killing other man for ,


Ø  Anger / Jealousy / Greed / Sex or even Love


Ø  Property / Money / Pride / Possession / Power , or even Religion



And succeeded in giving this act , different “ Names “ ( depending upon one-at-a-time or many simultaneously ) , such as ,



Ø  War

Ø  Genocide

Ø  Ethnic Cleansing

Ø  Communal Riots

Ø  Murder

Ø  Homicide

Ø  Slaughter

Ø  Honor-Killing …………………. etc



Then he also “ Murders “ many people through negligence / dereliction of duty when he becomes “ Directly but Unintentionally “ responsible for ,


Ø  Sinking of leaky boats

Ø  Rickety buses falling into ravines

Ø  Fire engulfing theatres and malls

Ø  Poorly maintained buildings crashing

Ø  Trains de-railing

Ø  Driving while drunk  ………  etc


And now , we pride ourselves on being “ Civilized “ !


While animals / birds / insects continue to kill , only if they are hungry !



·          Hemen  parekh  (  30  Sept  2013  )


Saturday, 28 September 2013

A 100 years Stand-off ?



Only yesterday , our PM Man Mohan Singh declared in the UN General Assembly ,


Ø  State of “ Jammu and Kashmir “ is an integral part of India

Ø  There will be no compromise with the territorial integrity of India

Ø  The only basis for negotiations is Simla Agreement

Ø  India does not recognize earlier UN resolutions as a basis


On earlier day , Pak PM Nawaz Sharif had raised the Kashmir issue in the General Assembly during his speech ( I presume repeating earlier UN resolution re conducting a plebiscite ! )


Over the past 65 years , following opinions have been expressed ,


Ø  Various Indian Prime Ministers :
Ditto as Man Mohan Singh


Ø  Various Pak Prime Ministers :
Ditto as Nawaz Sharif


Ø  Right Wing political parties on both sides :
Let us invade the enemy country ( ala Israel ? ) and re-occupy our lost territory


Ø  Separatists on both the sides :
We want an independent country of Kashmir


Ø  Farooq Abdullah :
We must resolve Kashmir issue thru dialogue with Pakistan


Ø  Omar Abdullah :
Kashmir only “ Acceded “ to India. It has never “Merged” with India


Ø  Vasant Sathe :
The only workable solution is to convert existing LoC to an International Border between India and Pakistan


Ø  Sundry ordinary citizens :
Make both parts of Kashmir , a UN governed territory , where people of both India and Pakistan can travel freely ( without passports ) as “ Tourists “ – and get a warm welcome by people of Kashmir 


Rhetoric ( meant for public consumption ) apart , one thing ought to be clear to people – and politicians - of both the countries that any attempt to re-occupy the territory “ lost “ to the enemy ( ? ) country thru an armed invasion , would result in an all-out Nuclear War , which will,


Ø  Kill millions of innocent citizens

Ø  Get halted by American / Russian / Chinese intervention


I hope this realization looms large when Sharif / Singh meet today in New York


Vasant Sathe’s suggestion may prove to be the only practical – and peaceful , solution

It appears to me that only other Indian with a moral courage to translate this suggestion into pragmatic action , is Rahul Gandhi !


Or else , prepare for a 100 years stand-off !




·          hemen  parekh  (  29  Sept  2013  ) 

Friday, 27 September 2013

Glad Day ?



Yesterday , I wrote about “ Sad Day / Bad Day / Mad Day “ , not knowing that by evening , it will turn into a “ Glad  Day “ !

“ Glad  Day “ for 2 reasons :


Ø  Late in the afternoon , in a press-meet , Rahul Gandhi said,


“ My opinion on the ordinance is that it is completely nonsense and it should be torn up and thrown out. I personally feel , that what our Government has done as far as this ordinance is concerned, is wrong “


Ø  Supreme Court said,


“ The voter has the right to negative voting by rejecting all the candidates in the fray by exercising the option of ‘ none of the above ‘ in the EVMs and ballot papers “


Now only if the politicians ( whether clean or tainted )

Ø  dare to meet the people of their constituencies


Ø  care to ask them what are their further “ Expectations “


voters will tell them , ( Citizen's Charter of Demand ? ) ,


Ø  Scrap the ordinance / bill pending in the Standing Committee. Based on Supreme Court verdict , prevent convicted MPs / MLAs from attending Lok Sabha / State Legislatures


Ø  Scrap amendment to RTI Act , which keeps the political parties outside its purview


Ø  Accept all donations / contributions to a political party by cheque only ( irrespective of the amount ) and display these on your web sites , along with quarterly statement of all expenditures


Ø  Display on your web site complete declaration ( financial as well as criminal ) of each candidate / elected MP / MLA , filed with Election Commission – and every year , if elected


Ø  Pass the Jan-LokPal bill ( Anna Hazare version ) before the 2014 elections



By owning-up the “ mistake “ committed by UPA Government ( as far as the Ordinance is concerned ) , not only Rahul Gandhi showed unprecedented courage ( could be political hara-kiri ? ) , he has silenced / disarmed his critics and won over millions of young admirers



If only he continues to display similar “ Courage “ in respect of what I have listed above , I have no doubt , on its own , Congress will win 300+ seats in the 2014 National Elections

Rahul,

Remember , your " Pre-poll Actions " on the ground , will send a very powerful " Message of Hope " to the disillusioned / frustrated youth of India 


Neither Narendra Modi , nor Arvind Kejriwal will be able to match such a challenge !



·          hemen  parekh  ( 28  Sept  2013 )


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Sad Day / Bad Day / Mad Day



Sad  Day


Ø    If – and when – President Pranab Mukherjee succumbs to “ His Master’s Voice “ and signs the Ordinance , nullifying Supreme Court verdict on “ convicted “ MPs / MLA s


Bad  Day


Ø    Despite protests / walkouts by BJP and Left parties , if and when , Lok Sabha converts that ordinance into a law in next 2 months


Mad  Day


Ø    If , we the voters , decide to vote back to power  once again , Congress & Co , in 2014 national elections ( and in the State Elections , later this year ) and choose to suffer in silence , the rape of our Motherland for the next 5 years , at the hands of the criminals

Die Democracy , die slowly but surely !

 We the people , deserve the Brown Sahibs we elect to rule our destiny !


·          hemen  parekh  (  27  Sept  2013  )

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A Tale of Two Countries

  

China


Ø  Bo Xilai was a member of Central Politburo of the Chinese Government ( equal to a Central Cabinet Minister in India )

Ø He was arrested a year back and tried for corruption / taking bribes / misusing official position. Not granted bail ( unheard of in China )

Ø Trial lasted 5 days – at the end of which , he was convicted , and punished for 20 years of con-current prison terms

Ø He can appeal but in China , there is no precedence of a higher court setting aside , an order of a lower court !


India  

Ø Of our 4500 MPs / MLAs , approx 1500 ( 30 % ) , have criminal cases pending against them

Ø Of these , some 600 have , “ Serious Criminal Cases “ ( murder / rape etc ) pending against them

Ø A few hundred are already “ Convicted “ and have appealed in higher courts

Ø All are out on bail and attending Lok Sabha / State Legislatures

Ø Our Supreme Court considered this ( freedom ) as “ Unconstitutional / Illegal “ and passed an order that MPs / MLAs , who have received punishments of 2 years or more , cannot be granted bail ( even if they have appealed ) and must stay in jail. Neither can they vote , nor contest an election

Ø Central Government filed a “ Review Petition “ in Supreme Court , which refused to change its earlier ruling

Ø So , as expected , Central Government decided to bring out an Ordinance to nullify Supreme Court verdict !


What  Next  ?

Ø Within 2 months , Ordinance must be converted into a proper law , by passing it in Lok Sabha

Ø Since ALL parties have  “ Criminal “  MPs / MLAs , you bet , the law will be passed unanimously !


Voters  of  India

The only political party which is not a party to this heinous conspiracy against Democracy and therefore against the People of India , is the Aam Admi Party ( not having a single MP / MLA so far ? )


Let us vote it to power . That is the only way to test their promise of a corruption-free government


May be we can still stop this rape of our Motherland !



·          hemen  parekh  ( 25  Sept  2013  )

Monday, 23 September 2013

Why can’t they say ?



When our politicians – and other sundry celebrities – get questioned about their opinion on everything happening in the remotest corner of our country , why can’t they say ,

“  I have no opinion , no views , no comments about that event or that statement by my opponent , because ,

·         I don’t have enough genuine , firsthand , true information about “ what “ was said or happened , nor about the “ Why “ and “ Who “ of it


  OR


·         I am not an expert on that subject (eg: What causes foreign exchange fluctuations or creation of Higgs-Boson particle )

 
 All that I can say is that if someone , anyone has broken the law of the land , then he must be booked , proved guilty and punished – even if he is my son or my party man . Period .

In today’s India of 1200 million people , do not expect me  to know who is doing what , when, why and where

Unlike God , I am neither Omnipresent , nor Omnipotent , nor Omniscient

And with ever-changing moral standards , what I might have considered “ Wrong “ just 10 years back , may have come to be accepted as “ Right “ today by the society !

So , please allow me to remain silent “


Dear Politician,

You don’t have to have an opinion about everything !
Try this . You will earn people’s respect for being honest


·          hemen  parekh ( 24  Sept  2013 )


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Silence the Critics / Disarm Them !



Why does any mention of Gujarat Model of development , immediately invites a lot of critics ?

Why does it create an allergic reaction , even amongst other BJP-ruled states ? And certainly amongst BJP leaders from other states ?

Such allergy and criticism from Congress and its allies is quite understandable , but nothing to worry about

What Narendra Modi – and his staunch supporters , must ask themselves is :


“ By making too much noise about Gujarat Model , are we rubbing it in too hard ?

Are we projecting ourselves as “ holier – than – thou “ ?

By endless repetition of Gujarat story are we alienating , even our ardent admirers ? “


An emphatic answer is , “ YES “ !


And this attitude spells bad – very bad – omen for NaMo and his campaign , over the weeks and months to come

It is high time NaMo and his team start declaring publicly :


“  Gujarat Model is NOT perfect 

Like any other state , we , in Gujarat too, have corruption / scams / murders / dowry-deaths / suicides of farmers and the jobless / land mafias / illegal mining / malnourished children / school drop-outs / communal tensions , etc

All that we are saying is that , we have less of these now than what we had 10 years ago – and , in many cases , less than in other states

We even know that we may never succeed in eliminating these problems completely

All that we are saying is that , we are acutely conscious of our limitations / shortcomings .

We are ashamed of what we do have , and are working very hard to reduce these problems still further

We are open to any constructive criticism , while admitting that we are bound to have slipped-up , here and there

We welcome – from friends and foes – sharply-worded specific suggestions as to what we need to do going forward

We are eager to learn from experiences of other states in tackling the problems of governance – even from currently UPA-ruled states !      “


I believe , only such candidness on part of NaMo team can win friends and silence the critics

You need to win over millions of fence-sitters who are suspicious of your tall claims – even fed up of your trumpeting it endlessly !

Only way you can do so is by giving up your “ High Moral Ground “ ! 

By placing NaMo on a very tall pedestal , you will make it almost impossible for him to live up to the expectations that you are raising !

What is so terrible to admit that even Gods have feet of clay ?

A generous dash of humility will earn you , people’s respect – and their votes


·      *    hemen  parekh  ( 22 Sept. 2013 )






Friday, 20 September 2013

Reach - Out Time ?



Narendra Modi claims that the Muslims of Gujarat have buried the ghost of Godhra and a great majority of them voted for BJP in the recent State election

There have been many communal ( anti-minority or anti-majority ) riots in most of the States of India since independence

It does not serve any purpose to keep doing post-mortem , again and again

It is obvious that the new generation ( including the descendents of the victims ) want to close the chapter and move on to a better / peaceful life

If , development of Muslims brought about a harmonious communal relations in Gujarat , surely it could be replicated on a national scale , all over the country

Narendra Modi has a fantastic opportunity to drive across this message by incorporating the following ACTIONS in BJP’s 2014 Election Manifesto :


Ø  Resettling of riot victims ( belonging to any community and residing in any state ) , in Government-built houses , within one year of coming to power

Ø  Simultaneous dismantling of , so-called “ Minority Ghettos “ , thru dispersal of minorities throughout the cities , for better integration within a city’s majority population

Ø  Granting Cabinet Minister status to the Chiefs of Minority Commission / Women’s Commission / Human Rights Commission

Ø  Providing for greater representation in the Central Cabinet to the people of the North-Eastern States and the Naxal affected areas
Ø   
Ø  Up gradation of the educational institutions belonging to the minorities

Ø  Greater representation to Minority Youth in “ Skills Development Program “ under NSDC

Ø  At the disputed Ayodhya site , creation of a “ World Peace Complex “ comprising of :

·         Ram Temple    ( for Hindus )

·         Mosque          ( for Muslims )

·         Church          ( for Christians )

·         Temple          ( for Buddhists )

·         Synagogue     ( for Jews  )

·         Akshar-Dham  ( for Jains )

*         Gurudwara     (  for  Shikhs  )

·         University for Comparative Studies of World Religions

·         Hospitals ( like Netralaya / Hridayalaya )

·         India Heritage / History Museum

·         Business Convention-cum-Industry Exhibition Centre

·       *        Tourist Complex
      


·              And right in the center of the complex , a giant statue of the “ Father of the Nation

I invite readers to add to this list

Even if for all the wrong reasons [ viz; 2014 Elections ], let BJP not miss this opportunity to initiate steps for integration of the minorities into the mainstream of political / economical / social development of our country

It is about time to exhibit , BJP’s  truly “ Secular “ nature ( non-UPA  variety ? )

It is time to stop mere Congress-bashing ( with which , people are fed-up ) and promise some genuine positive actions to the minorities

And of all the leaders of BJP , who is better placed for such “ Pro-Activism “ than Narendrabhai ?

Carpe Diem ( Seize the Day ! )



·         hemen  parekh ( 21  Sept  2013 )