Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Saturday, 30 November 2013

" Anna Way " or " Arvind Way " ?



To bring Jan Lokpal Bill :


>   ANNA  WAY



     Anna has sent a letter ( must be his 20th ! ) , to PM Man Mohan Singh ,
     asking him to pass Jan Lokpal Bill in the winter session of Lok Sabha ,
     starting on 5th Dec


     If he fails to pass , Anna will go on an indefinite fast from 10th Dec


>   ARVIND  WAY



     Arvind is requesting Delhi-ites to elect , at least , 50 AAP candidates on
     4th Dec elections


     If they do , he has promised to pass Jan Lokpal Bill ( for Delhi ) on 29th



Which way will succeed  ?


People of Delhi have not forgotten what happened in Ramlila Ground in 2011
Anna was placed behind bars and " People's  Aandolan " was broken


Lok Sabha went thru a sham exercise of passing  a vastly diluted bill - knowing fully well that it will get stalled in BJP controlled Rajya Sabha !


Were Congressmen ( and their allies ) happy that BJP introduced 300 amendments in Rajya Sabha ?


They were ecstatic  !


Had Anna continued his " fast unto death " , he would have surely died


And our corrupt politicians ( - barring a few ) would have gone ahead and further insulted Anna's greatness by erecting a statue of Anna in the grounds of Lok Sabha  !


In the meantime , Bapu's statue continues to cry  !


For Anna-Way , it will be no different this time  !



PEOPLE  OF  DELHI  ,



If you want to ,


>   Save our democracy


>   Save Anna's life ,


you must go out and vote AAP to power on 4th Dec


Remember , what Kapil Sibal / Salman Khurshid said in 2011  ?


"  You cannot make laws in the streets of Delhi.
   Contest and win elections . Then change the laws from within -
   democratically  "


 
Prove them right  !  Change the Law-makers  !


Throw out law-breakers  !




*    hemen   parekh   (   01   Dec   2013   )



Friday, 29 November 2013

Face - to - Face or Facebook ?



According to Aniruddha Bahal  ( Editor - Cobrapost ) , both BJP and Congress seem to have hired " Cyber Mercenaries " to wage a " Cyber war " on their behalf


These Cyber - Stalkers repeatedly visit Facebook  /  Twitter etc social media web sites and


>    Comment  about " Virtues " of their political clients


>    Post " White Lies " about those opposing their clients


This is great news for Aam Aadmi Party (  AAP  )  !


Because only 12.6 % of India's population has access to Internet


That translates into following number of persons :



>    All India  .................. 150 million  ( out of 1200 million )


>    All India Voters  .........  91 million   ( out of 725 million eligible voters )


>    Delhi Voters  ..............  1.5 million  ( out of 11.5 million voters )



Balance 10 million Delhi voters have NO access to internet


No visit to Facebook  /  Twitter


No getting influenced by " Comments  /  Lies  /  Likes "


So , whenever " flesh - and - blood " ( not virtual ! ) AAP leaders are seen in their localities , these " Digitally Divided Delhi-ites " go out in the streets by thousands , to see them / greet them / hear them / ask them questions


10 million voters of Delhi don't give a damn about Facebook


They care about "  Face - to - Face "


On 4th Dec , these 10 million will troop out to polling booths to sweep away the " Feared Faceless " with a Jhadoo  !



*   hemen   parekh   (   30   Nov   2013   )

   

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Licensed to Rob ?



On 4th Dec.,  810 candidates will contest Delhi State Assembly elections


Delhi-ites will mostly vote for either Congress or BJP or AAP candidates


In case of many  of these  candidates , a vote  will amount to granting those candidates , a " legal authorization "  to rob  /  plunder  /  rape  /  murder , the voters themselves for the next 5 years  !


Here are figures published by ADR (  Association for Democratic Reforms  ) :



>     Total no of candidates contesting 
...............................................810


>     Candidates with Criminal Cases  .............................................. . 129


>     Candidates with SERIOUS Criminal Cases  ..................................  93


       #    Congress   ........................................... 15


       #    BJP  ...................................................   31


       #    BSP  ..................................................   14


       #     AAP  ..................................................   5




>     Candidates with SERIOUS Criminal charges
 

       #    Congress  .............................................  8


       #    BJP  .....................................................  22


       #    BSP  .....................................................  12


       #    AAP   ...................................................... 5




>      Crorepati  Candidates  .....................................  265


>      Average Assets  (  All Candidates  )...................Rs   3.43   Cr


                            (  Congress Candidates )...........    Rs  14.25   Cr

  
                            (  BJP Candidates  )..................    Rs   8.16   Cr


                             (   AAP  Candidates  ) ..............    Rs   2.51   Cr



>     Highest  Assets



      *   M S Sirsa  ( SAD )......................................Rs    235.51   Cr


      *   S Gupta     (  Congress  ).............................Rs   164.44   Cr


      *   A K Jain     (  Congress  )  ...........................Rs    143.69   Cr




>     Assets of 66 " RE-CONTESTING "  candidates ( current MLAs ),


       *  In  2008  ................................................... Rs   2.90    Cr


       *  In  2013  ...................................................  Rs  10.43  Cr 

  

People of Delhi ,


On 4th Dec . , your choice of candidate , will decide your own fate


And your choices are  :



>    Vote for Congress / BJP and then suffer in silence for the next 5 years,
      to get robbed / raped / plundered / murdered


>   Vote for AAP and get, delivery of services ( Roads / Sewers / Clean
     Water / Healthcare / Power / Education etc ) , without having to bribe !


Vote wisely  !




*    hemen   parekh   (   29   Nov   2013   )

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Misleading will Misfire !



As the D-day ( Doomsday  for BJP / Congress ? ) approaches ,  both Congress and BJP are getting panicky


They are desperately trying to mislead Delhi-ites , by spreading canards about Aam Aadmi Party (  AAP  )


Eg :


>   CANARD  :

     Anna Hazare is against Arvind Kejriwal

     TRUTH  :

     Anna may not support Arvind's " Political Means " but he fully supports
     his " Anti - Corruption Ends "



>   CANARD  :

     AAP is a B Team of Congress / BJP ( depending upon who is misleading )

     TRUTH  :

     AAP is the only A Team of Delhi-ites



>   CANARD  :

     AAP is collecting election funds thru illegal methods

     TRUTH  :

     AAP is the only party with courage to publish full details of every rupee
     collected ( and from whom and how ) , on its web site



>   CANARD  :

     Arvind Kejriwal holds 4 voter cards

     TRUTH  :

     Election Commission has accepted its own lapse, for failing to cancel
     old voter cards , as requested by Arvind



>   CANARD  :

      " Media Sarkar " sting operation has exposed corruption of AAP leaders

     TRUTH  :

      Even Election Commission has found no proof , after going thru 14 hours
      of raw footage of sting tape



>    CANARD  :

       AAP leaders are arrogant and have used foul language against their
       opponents during election rallies

       TRUTH  :

       They have owned-up their mistakes and apologized within hours ,
       whereas Narendra Modi has tried to justify his " Khooni Panja " remark
       and Sonia Gandhi has yet to regret her " Maut Ka Sodaagar " remark.
       Leave alone Congress / BJP leaders , publicly calling each other ,"Rats"
       and " Monkeys " , since they know each other better !




>    CANARD  :

       AAP candidates are not " Aam " ; they are Crore-patis

       TRUTH  :

       During past 5 years , Congress / BJP MLAs have tripled their assets
       from Rs 2 Crores to Rs 6 Crores ( on an average ) , with one having
       gone from Rs 6 Crores to Rs 111 Crores  !



>    CANARD  :

      Arvind Kejriwal has 5 FIRs filed against him ( eg: Illegal processions ! )

      TRUTH  :

      Congress / BJP have given tickets to persons having Rape / Fraud etc

      " Charge-Sheets " framed by Courts





What Congress / BJP fail to realize is  :



>     Manifesto promises notwithstanding , people of Delhi are not going to
       forget - or forgive - the torture inflicted upon them by Congress / BJP
       over the years


>     Delhi-ites don't give a damn for minor mistakes of AAP


>     This is not an election contest between political parties . It is a battle of
        Kurukshetra - the battle between the " Corrupt Masters " and the "
        Oppressed People " , where " Good " will triumph over the " Evil "  !


>      Misleading is bound to Misfire


>     People have  run-out of patience


>     Writing is on the Wall


>     Tsunami is about to sweep them into the dustbin of history  !




*       hemen  parekh   (  28   Nov   2013   )        

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Congress cannot Compete !



As far as Delhi-ites are concerned , Congress cannot compete when it comes to promising cheaper power ( - if voted to power on 4th Dec elections )


As far as reducing electricity charges are concerned , leading political parties have promised to Delhi-ites , in their manifestos :



>     0 % reduction      (  Congress  )


>     30 % reduction    (  BJP  )


>     50  % reduction   (  AAP  )




Reason  ?


It would be a " political suicide " if Congress promises to bring down power charges  !


For past one year , Sheila Dikshit has been bending backward to justify the existing power tariff , as being the cheapest in the country


Promising a reduction would amount to admitting that there is a scope for reduction  !


If Congress were to promise a reduction , two things were certain :


>     Delhi-ites will ask for massive " refunds " for over-charging / looting
        (  approx. Rs  6,000 Crores ?  ) over the past 5 years


>     Such a " Self - Exposure " of scam , would mean , a certain defeat
       at the hands of  Aam Aadmi Party  (  AAP  ) , on 4th Dec


>      And having been voted to absolute majority , AAP will ask newly
        appointed Lokpal to investigate who pocketed this Rs 6,000 crores
        and put them behind bars !



What Sheila Dikshit - and her bosses - do not realize is :


>    " Non-promise "  notwithstanding , Congress will be reduced to a
       minority when Delhi-ites vote on 4th Dec in favor of AAP


Congress sharing opposition benches with BJP  ?


Oh  !  What a dreadful thought  !


Oh   !  What a fall was there my Countrymen  !




*    hemen   parekh   (   27   Nov   2013   )


Monday, 25 November 2013

Greatest Show on Earth ?



Elections in 5 states will get over soon

National Elections will be over in 7/8 months

Here is a partial list of what Anchors and Experts will debate on TV channels for the next few months :



>    SEATS



      *   No of seats in Lok Sabha / State Legislative Assemblies

      *   No of seats contributed by each state

      *   Current share of seats /  political party-wise

      *   Projected share of seats ( who will win how many )

      *   " Combinations & Permutations " possible to form UPA 3 / NDA 2



>    CONTESTANTS



      *   No of contestants for each seat

      *   Dynasty to which each belongs

      *   Religion / Caste / Sub-caste , to which each belongs

      *   Declaration of Assets / Wealth - and growth % since 2009

      *   Criminal records

      *   Who will win , from where and why



>     VOTERS


 
      *   No of eligible voters ( State-wise / Religion-wise / Caste-wise )

      *   No of first-time voters



>     VOTES POLLED



       *   Total

       *   Constituency-wise

       *   Vote-Share %

       *   Vote % Swing

       *   Margins



>       POLITICAL  PARTIES



         *   National Vs Regional

         *   War Chest accumulated

         *   Money spent ( - of course , cash without account only ! )

         *   Gain / Loss of vote-share

         *   No of rallies

         *   Average attendance at rallies

         *   No of high profile campaigners

         *   No of helicopters / trucks / buses hired

         *   Kilometers covered

         *   Freebies included in respective Manifestos

         *   Pre-poll / Post-poll alliances

         *   Seat-sharing formulas

         *   No of violations of Code of Conduct

         *   Mastery in abuses hurled ( or , received  ? )



>      ELECTION COMMISSION



        *   No of polling booths / sensitive booths

        *   No of Returning Officers / Poll Observers

        *   No of policemen / security forces deployed

        *   No of EVMs

        *   No of complaints received



There is no doubt , I have missed out many items

Alas !

Our " Democracy " has been reduced to its " Lowest Common Denominator " , of  a  process called " Voting " !

Karl Marx may have said,

"  Religion is the opium of the masses "

I would like to paraphrase , by saying,

"  Elections are the opium of Indian Voters "



*    hemen   parekh   (  26  Nov  2013  )

    

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Justice Delayed - but not Denied



There are 300 + lakh cases pending before India's judiciary system , comprising ,


>    16,000  Trial  Courts


>     21   High  Courts


>     Supreme Court


 If you go by the average rate of disposal during the past decade , it would take more than 100 years to clear this backlog  !


Of course , by then , 400 lakh new cases would have been filed  !


So , it came as a pleasant - and welcome - surprise that , on last Saturday , Lok Adalats managed to clear , 35 lakh cases in 8 hours ! More than 10 % of the outstanding !


In Delhi alone , 300 Lok Adalat benches cleared 366,000 cases , with each bench clearing ( on an average ) , 3 cases per minute  !


In Mumbai , the record was clearance of 37,975 cases  !


Many were pending for more than 10 years  !


What kind of cases ?


>   Bounced cheques


>   Bank Recovery


>   Civil Suits


>   Motor Accident Cases


>   Service Matters


>   Family  Matters


>   Traffic Challans


>   Loan Disputes


>   Restoration of Water Connection ..... etc



How did Lok Adalats manage such fantastic rate of disposal  ?


May be because ,


>  No lawyer was present to accuse or defend  ! Litigants argued their own
    cases .  No vested interest to keep the cases going for  ever  !


>  Lok Adalats were televised live through web-casting. World was watching


>  No court staff


>  Rather than shuttle between courts for another 20 years , weary  litigants

   were happy with any " compromise "


It is said ,


"   Justice delayed is Justice denied  "


Our Lok Adalats proved that justice need not be delayed  !


Sam Pitroda ( Chairman , National Innovation Commission ) would agree that this is innovation par excellence  !


How about decorating the person who thought of Lok Adalats in the first place , with a "  Bharat Ratna  "  ?



*   hemen  parekh   (   25  Nov  2013  )