Sunday, 24 June 2018

C Sasikumar, remembering the late murdered Hindu Munnani spokesperson

Kill An Activist, Silence A Movement: The Gruesome Murder Of Coimbatore Sasikumar And Its Aftermath
- Jun 24, 2018, 11:27 am
This article published in  - reproduced here only to popularise and make people more aware of crimes against Hinduism, which no state government is keen to deal with properly.

C Sasikumar, the late Hindu Munnani spokesperson

C Sasikumar was the charismatic spokesman of Hindu Munnani in Coimbatore who broke the silence of a ‘muted’ organisation, but his work was cut short when he fell victim to terror almost two years ago.

It’s a little less than two years since Hindu Munnani spokesperson C Sasikumar was hacked to death by a gang of four in Coimbatore, leaving a void that the organisation is struggling to fill.

A chain of events that Sasikumar led from the forefront to reinvigorate the organisation’s stifled activities helped him make friends and enemies, alike. The revelations of a special investigation team probing his killing shows that he had been pitted against treacherous fundamentalist forces against which he had no defence, but join the list of Hindu Munnani leaders (the third in Coimbatore) who were felled for believing in an ideology and working to further its cause.

Sasikumar who left behind his wife, an aging mother, four brothers and a sister, is now remembered on his death anniversary with floral tributes, by party leaders. It took a Twitter campaign by a friend to raise Rs 2 lakh that was offered as immediate support to his family reeling under the shock of his brutal death. Hindu Munnani sources, however, said, party workers are extended family, and the organisation gave a hand whenever they were in need, or assisted their families in their absence.

Months before his death, Sasikumar sensed that he was being watched and followed. He sought police protection and was provided, but which was withdrawn weeks before his killing. And his life, like many on the ground party workers was snuffed out – but no one seems to care.

Worse, there were attempts to trivialise the gravity of this incident with theories like “personal enmity” and “mistaken identity”. Sasikumar’s was an inter-caste marriage that his wife’s parents were not happy about, said his relatives, and soon after his death there were attempts to hush it up by shifting the blame on the girl’s family. “Shockingly, fears of a communal flare-up overshadowed any intention of getting to the bottom of the crime, and there was a deliberate effort to lead the case astray,” they said.

An outrageous Facebook post against a community by a namesake resulted in the ‘mistaken identity’ conjecture. “While there could have been some initial confusion with the names, Sasi anna was killed for doing what he was doing,” the relatives said.

Sasikumar, right, at a Ganesh Chaturthi celebration he organised in 2016.

The 1998 serial bomb blasts plunged Coimbatore in a pall of fear, scuttling cultural initiatives of Hindu organisations, stripping them of a purpose, and silencing their functionaries, said the current Hindu Munnani spokesperson C Dhanapal, also the slain leader’s brother. However, the organisation started showing signs of life when in 2001 a young Sasikumar began initiating a number of activities that restored temple rituals and cultural practices. One of the much reported achievements was resuming the defunct Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Sasikumar helped organise across the city 25 processions in 2015 and 36 in 2016, a few weeks before he was killed.

From organising vilakku (lamp) puja at temples to cultural events, Sasikumar was the “soft-spoken ideologue” whose “charisma” cut across party lines.

In his early days with the organisation, Sasikumar travelled the length and breadth of the city on his bicycle, co-ordinating activities and bringing like-minded organisations and their workers together to keep alive the purpose of Hindu Munnani, a Tamil Nadu-based religious and cultural setup, formed to defend Hinduism and protect Hindu religious monuments, and which comes under the umbrella of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The re-emergence of the organisation and Sasikumar’s much spoken of rapport with the media worried some. “He had an amazing way with the Press, and did his job as a spokesperson with alacrity,” said S R Sekhar, BJP’s state treasurer, who knew him closely.

This discreet Hindu Munnani strategist was not aggressive, not loud and not the regular chest-thumping leader, who pulled crowds. “This was his strength,” said Sekhar. He said Sasikumar was instrumental in promoting the organisation through the media far and wide, which helped in generating support for its work and cadre.

“When Sasikumar was killed, the organisation lost a thinking functionary who had an extraordinary foresight,” said Sekhar, adding, “it rudely shook its operations that were steaming ahead”.

While fighting to regain the space for Hindu Munnani, Sasikumar questioned the despotic acts of other religious organisations. With the help of authorities, he successfully brought down the flagpoles bearing religious insignia that were displayed at “sensitive” public areas. Another brother of the Sasikumar and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Yuva Morcha district president, C Sudhakaran, said the areas running from Sai Baba Colony to K K Nagar, and from Town Hall to Podanur had pockets, where trouble brewed, so there was a clamp on an overt display of religious symbols in order to restrain any communal flare-ups.

Sasikumar at a cow shelter.

In 2016, he brought the attention of the media and authorities to illegal cow slaughter. Under Sasikumar’s initiative, vehicles transporting cows without the ‘fit-for-slaughter’ certificate were seized by authorities and the animals were handed over to shelters. “The certificate is issued based on the age and health of the cattle, so those transporting the animals without it, were stopped,” said Sudhakaran, adding, “the vehicles that disregarded rules that required the cattle to be transported humanely in prescribed spaces, were also confiscated”.

Located at the Coimbatore Railway Junction between the Town Hall and Ukkadam is a mosque – another bone of contention. Sudhakaran said the mosque on Kottaimedu area was built on government land set aside for religious purposes, but traders misused this privilege by setting up shops – at least 50 of them, he said. Sasikumar petitioned against this non-chalance for the law, demanding compliance with government orders. “The government offered alternative sites, not one but four, but they never vacated, instead, occupied all the land provided as alternatives as well.”

Sasikumar was 36 years old when he was killed in cold blood in the late hours of 22 September 2016 near the Chakra Vinayakar Temple in Subramaniyampalayam near Thudiyalur. He was found in a pool of blood by his family, and later died in hospital. His death sparked communal clashes and a spate of violent incidents that had the city on edge for days. His death was condoled and condemned by all party leaders, another instance of the standing Sasikumar enjoyed across party lines.

A week after the Crime Branch-CID Special Investigation Division took over the case, four suspects were arrested, with two out on bail now.

A year and half after the incident, on the central government’s orders, the Sasikumar murder case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in January.

“The NIA chargesheet on the case runs to 5,000 pages,” said Dhanapal, adding, “two bail applications filed by the accused – one in April and one this month – were rejected by the NIA special court in Poonamallee, Chennai.

Last Thursday, the NIA filed a supplementary chargesheet before the Supreme Court against Syed Abuthagir and Abdul Rasaq, disclosing a likely Popular Front of India-Zakir Naik link.

A close friend, who raised funds for Sasikumar’s family on Twitter, and vice-president of BJP’s youth wing, S G Suryah, said when Sasi anna’s ashes were immersed in the Noyyal river in Perur, yet another Hindu party worker’s life had ended so abruptly leaving many questions unanswered.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The whole world celebrates World Yoga Day and Commies & Dumeels are enraged.

The whole world celebrates World Yoga Day and Commies & Dumeels are enraged.

Commie rat appearing on Tamil sickular channel is enraged that PM Modi is doing yoga when according to them, there are thousands of problems in the country. Commie gutter rats are always full of problems cos they cant see good in anything. The reality is - only commie rats and their companions are full of problems. The rest of India is spirited and looking forward to a dynamic future.

Commies are the ones who wont do anything themselves but are always enraged about everybody else not doing things for them, that too exactly the way they want. In their minds most Indians other than a few corporates are suffering. The reality is amongst 1.3billion Indians, even the proportion of beggars is negligible nowadays and every new generation is doing better than the previous. 

Commies hate it when people get rich and are happy. They simply can not digest both these aspects. They can not accept any life beyond their drab existence. Hence the concept of Sanatana Dharma that urges the individual to be free and aspire for the highest possibility of humankind itself is their anti-thesis. 

With sheer dedication, their all consuming passion in life is to influence as many people as possible to remain agitated, poor and oppose Hinduism. Combining with their natural allies the Dumeels they have succeeded in brainwashing some 20% of the people in Tamilnadu and succeeded in keeping them at the lowest financial strata. 

Together, in the absence of a strong leader in Tamilnadu after the passing away of Jayalalitha, the gutter rats are active in strength now and infesting the Holy Land and causing a plague. Pea brained half baked activists have appeared and are attempting to destroy what ever is left of all that was created and to prevent further progress and creation in the land that hosts one of the oldest Vedic civilization of Sanatana Dharma. 

On World Yoga day, unmindful of the fact that some of the greatest exponents of Yogasanas are Tamil and the Yoga Sutras are written by Tamil Saint Patanjali and the Tamil Chola dynasty is a direct decendent of the Surya Vamsam and Tamils can trace their direct lineage to Sage Agasthya, Lord Muruga and hence Lord Shiva; the gutter rats are enraged now that a new man has appeared on the horizon to inspire and resurect the Hindus of the Land to aspire for a better stronger nation. All their energies are now focussed on bringing down the government of PM Modi. To achieve this, they will align with anyone.

All temple going Hindus shold be aware of this unholy evil nexus of the commies with chrislamists and all the negative forces in the country. They must join together to vote and defeat this evil nexus. 

The truth is this nexus is running their last lap. By joining together, they hope to stay alive. If they stay alive, it will be at the expense of several tens of thousands of years of Hindu Tradition. It is everybody else against PM Modi now. Its every body else vs Hinduism. Hindus should stand together and vote for PM Modi in 2019 to ensure the complete destruction of this evil nexus. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Death by a Thousand Cuts and Narendra Modi

Death by a Thousand Cuts and Narendra Modi

An exceptional article describing the horrific alliance that is happening in India now and its real purpose and the possible catatrophic effect it can have on our country.
 Source- AM, Jun 10, 2018 Rajat Mitra

Death by a thousand cuts to bleed your enemy till he is finished is a time honored tactic of guerillas from all over the world against an enemy whom they don’t want to face and can’t defeat in a straight fight. The same seems to have been adopted as the strategy against Narendra Modi by the present opposition, intellectuals and a section of the media. 

As shared by Barkha Dutt in her article that lets fight him locally, sets the stage for a battle that to me reeks of plain hypocrisy. Perhaps the only difference is that here the opposition is fighting as a guerilla force. Their enemy is not an outsider but someone within, rooted in our soil, in our motherland.

Throughout history, when an ill-trained, ill-disciplined and sometimes morally bankrupt group of motley fighters have faced an enemy whom they couldn’t face directly, they fell back on giving the enemy a thousand cuts so that he bleeds to death. They attack violating all ethical rules in order to win. Mostly they fail but not always. When they do succeed and win, it is after a saga of deceit, betrayal and help from a common enemy. In the present scenario is it difficult to see if all this is true?

The death by thousand cuts seems to be coming from every direction for Narendra Modi, from every quarter, everyone who is opposed to him. The goal is to tire him out and exhaust him so he gives in. 

Today everywhere there are articles denouncing him, intellectuals write narratives denigrating him in a language as vile as possible. He is blamed, abused for everything going wrong in the country even if those wrongs existed before their birth. 

He is called virulent, vitriolic names not so far used for any prime minister of our country or any other I know in the world. Some of his opposition seems to have joined forces with Pakistan and China to call for his ouster, a reminder of the early days of Islamic and British invasion. Is history repeating itself?

I am not a supporter of any person. As a psychologist I believe idolizing any leader has many pitfalls and as a nation we need to limit ourselves to issues, not personalities. If at all, my outrage is from the hypocrisy that is being passed on in the name of “secularism is in danger” theory in present day India and asking us to oust him in that name. 

Isn’t there an inherent secularism that has been rooted in the soul of India since time immemorial and present in every Hindu that has led to shelter, acceptance of the others? Isn’t the present so called secularism of India alien and imported? Why is it paraded by those who never talk about the inherent secularism of India?

The hypocrisy around being secular and treating the other as more than equal is what I believe has divided my motherland into pieces after pieces down the centuries. I wonder if it is not being repeated again and feel one shouldn’t be silent and speak up against this hypocrisy.

Will Barkha Dutt or any congress leader mention the secularism of Hindus down the centuries ever as India the land of shelter and absorption of others that Hindus have built up?

Meanwhile the strategy to bleed Narendra Modi seems to have started full swing in coming national elections of 2019. Will the opposition of Narendra Modi succeed this time? The opposition is not my enemy but the method they have adopted to bleed him through a thousand cuts is what I oppose.

Why are they trying to bleed him to death like a group of wolves in the name of secularism? I believe if they don’t, they will face annihilation. But if they do succeed in the name of their so called secularism, I also see them like a herd, a pack of animals who after a kill will fight over every morsel. 

The nation is being damned, all in the name of removing Narendra Modi. The mantra seems to be ‘just remove him at any price’, even if one has to shake hands with the enemy. It is said things will automatically take care of themselves and come back to normal once we do it. They didn’t five years ago and that is why he is here. 

The loser will be us, the ordinary Indians. Our motherland will witness perhaps another vivisection. What will it do to the soul of our nation? Will it even leave us as a nation anymore?

I wonder why is it that all of them who are expert politicians, who have fought many elections at a national level and won with massive margins can’t stand up to him individually? Why is it he grew into a larger than life figure while they didn’t? Why do they have to fall back into joining hands with each other when just the other day they hated each other? Why did they not grow into goliaths to face him with courage? Why do they act like a pack of rats peeking out of a hole to see if the coast is clear? Does the answer lie in the death of conscience they brought about in the nation after they gained power? Why is it that they have lost the moral courage needed to face him and do so now collectively? Is it their corruption, their greed and looting their motherland that has made it impossible for them to stand alone and face a single man?

As a psychologist I realize that giving death by a thousand cuts is what describes the relationship between the opposition and Narendra Modi in present day India. I wonder why is there no opposition leader who is not so morally bankrupt that he or she can face him alone with courage and fortitude. Why do they have to create an alliance whose only aim is to see him ousted, sorry destroyed? Has their hatred for each other being taken over by their fear of annihilation? Is a vacuous rambling of a forty nine year old man or a narcissistic hysterical antiques of a woman going to lead us from now on?

As an ordinary Indian I am both saddened and pained today. I haven’t ever been the supporter of any political party in the past. But I feel anguished when I see a chosen prime minister of my country being abused in a cheap and mindless language without decency. 

Four years ago, like millions of others I was surprised and shocked when Narendra Modi had come to power. My friends had predicted a doomsday for the country within a year. The doomsday has passed. When I remind them, they point out the harm he will do now if he is voted back to power. It will be nothing less than an apocalypse this time in their opinion. I guess it will be announced soon by all the intellectuals together. Any takers this time?

Meanwhile the man himself seems to be facing it with calmness and equanimity. He faces abuses but neither hits back nor abuses back.

Many years ago, I had lost my favorite school teacher because of an infighting. He was popular amongst students and it was said that it had created immense jealousy amongst the rest of the teachers by wanting to bring changes in the school. The Principal had succumbed to their demands to oust him. He had to answer many false charges that the school leveled against him and had to leave. We were bewildered at first with the intensity of hatred shown against him. Had he paid for his outspokenness? For wanting a reform? When he had said goodbye to us, we had asked him why so many people were against him for wanting changes and reforms and if he felt wronged by them. I remember he had smiled ruefully and looking at us said, “I am in the majority of one.”

Many a times when I faced conflict and crisis later in life I remembered that last encounter with him. I learnt to repeat to myself that issues like reform, truth always speaks in the majority of one.

The other teachers had behaved as if it was a coup to remove him and had tried to tell us that he was unfit to be a teacher. But we knew in our heart of hearts the truth and I believed some of them knew it too. I remembered and saw the contrast, the calmness, the equanimity on his face and the marauding mob of teachers who bayed for his blood. Who do we students respect and remember today? A man standing alone and facing a group baying for his blood.

My father had told me on hearing this, “When you see a single man against a system wanting to reform, know that the man will face the vilest criticism.” He had told me the story of Socrates who stood alone and wanted to speak the truth.

Moral courage, I also learnt, resides in the human heart alone. It is in the majority of one, not as a collective.

Many decades later now as I have studied many conflicts across the globe, to decide who is on the side of truth is a challenge I face often? When people speak in different voices, when some people become a group and denounce one of them, how do you know whom to stand for?

Now one memory of mine emerges, crystalizes in my mind and shows me the answer. It is always where many scream aloud blaming an individual for all their ills.

The article by Barkha Dutt that all fight him locally to defeat him nationally is the final straw that points towards that age old dictum of guerillas. It seems the opposition is determined to see him finished and end his journey. Her statement alone, I believe, represents the collective voice of the crowd. Is their mentality any different from that of a herd who come together for a kill and fight amongst themselves afterwards. 

But one thing I wonder, if they are able to do that, having done so, will they not then turn to the country and do the same to it?

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Aryan Invasion Theory Demolished again

Aryan Invasion Theory Demolished again: Harappan site of Rakhigarhi: DNA study finds no Central Asian trace, junks Aryan invasion theory

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The Aryan invasion theory holds forth that a set of migrants came from Central Asia armed with superior knowledge and arms and invaded the existing settlements to establish a more sophisticated civilisation in India and pushed the original inhabitants down south.

The much-awaited DNA study of the skeletal remains found at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi, Haryana, shows no Central Asian trace, indicating the Aryan invasion theory was flawed and Vedic evolution was through indigenous people.

The lead researchers of this soon-tobe published study — Vasant Shinde and Neeraj Rai — told ET that this establishes the knowledge ecosystem in the Vedic era was guided by “fully indigenous” people with limited “external contact”.

“The Rakhigarhi human DNA clearly shows a predominant local element — the mitochondrial DNA is very strong in it. There is some minor foreign element which shows some mixing up with a foreign population, but the DNA is clearly local,” Shinde told ET. He went on to add: “This indicates quite clearly, through archeological data, that the Vedic era that followed was a fully indigenous period with some external contact.”

According to Shinde’s findings, the manner of burial is quite similar to the early Vedic period, also known as the Rigvedic Era. The pottery, the brick type used for construction and the general ‘good health’ of the people ascertained through the skeletal remains in Rakhigarhi, he said, pointed to a well-developed knowledge system that evolved further into the Vedic era. The study has, in fact, noted that some burial rituals observed in the Rakhigarhi necropolis prevail even now in some communities, showing a remarkable continuity over thousands of years.

Shinde, who is the vice-chancellor of the Deccan College, Pune, was the lead archaeologist in the study while Rai, who is the head of the ancient DNA laboratory at Lucknow’s Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, did the DNA study.

According to Rai, the evidence points to a predominantly indigenous culture that voluntarily spread across other areas, not displaced or overrun by an Aryan invasion. “The condition of the human skeletons, the burial...all show absence of palaeo-pathology symptoms which could indicate ailments due to lack of medical care. The persons here were healthy; denture morphology showed teeth free of any infection; bones are healthy, as is the cranium,” Rai told ET.

He also discounted the notion of any violent conflict. “There are no cuts and marks which would be associated with a population subjected to warfare. All this indicates that the people were receiving well-developed healthcare and had full-fledged knowledge systems.” The excavations in Rigvedic phase, he said, corroborate this. “This points to greater continuity rather than to a new Aryan race descending and bringing superior knowledge systems to the region,” Rai said.

The Rakhigarhi study, he said, while showing absence of any Central Asian/Steppe element in the genetic make-up of the Harappan people, does indicate minor traces of Iranian strains which may point to contact, not invasion.

The Aryan invasion theory holds forth that a set of migrants came from Central Asia armed with superior knowledge and arms and invaded the existing settlements to establish a more sophisticated civilisation in India and pushed the original inhabitants down south. Rakhigarhi is one of the biggest Harappan civilisation sites spread across 300 hectares in Hisar, Haryana. It’s estimated to be 6,000 years old and was part of the mature phase of the Harappan period.

Rai disclosed that 148 independent skeletal elements from Rakhigarhi were screened for the presence of DNA molecules at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad. Of the 148 skeletal remains, only two samples yielded any relevant DNA material.

Meanwhile, hectic last-minute efforts are on to get additional genetic details of the DNA material. One of the DNA samples recently faced contamination in a Seoul laboratory and efforts are on to segregate it. Samples were sent to laboratories in Seoul and Harvard for establishing accuracy. The contamination, Rai said, is unlikely to have any major bearing on the study’s primary findings.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Modi Govt. doing its best to break the girdlock in the bureaucratic chain

As Narendra Modi govt completes 4 years, internal memo describes how bureaucracy derailed major projects

The past 48 months were marked by some historical decisions including demonetisation, the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's medicare scheme, and the implementation of Goods and Service Tax — India's biggest tax reform since Independence. But there is uneasiness in the top echelons of the government over paralysis in the implementation of big-ticket infrastructure projects, which has much to do with the gridlock in the bureaucratic chain.

Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated a system of regular stocktaking of the schemes, lengthy inter-ministerial consultations as well as resolving clearance issues with the stakeholders seem to have contributed in slowing down the pace on the ground. During his address at Civil Services Day on 21 April, Modi indicated that the system needs to evolve as files even after traveling 32 times failed to get 'moksha'.

According to the latest government report, projects costing over Rs 150 crore in atomic energy, railways, and heavy industry are facing delays. In the atomic sector, all four projects were plagued by UPA's policy paralysis. 

In fact, a project for fast breeder reactor at Bhavini was approved by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in September 2003 with an expenditure of Rs 3,492 crore and it was expected to become operational by September 2010. The project not only missed the deadline, the cost overrun is colossal and after spending Rs 5,566 crore, the government is expecting to complete the project by June this year and its cost to the national exchequer is supposed to go up to Rs 6,100 crore.

Two other atomic power projects — Kakrapar and Rajasthan — approved in October 2009 missed the original deadline of December 2015 and December 2016, respectively, and could become operational only in late 2019 and 2020. Also, the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project that was approved by the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in March 2013 will not be able to meet the November 2020 deadline; the Modi government expects to make it operational towards the end of 2023.

The government report said that the delay in these four nuclear projects alone would have a cost overrun of Rs 2,608 crores. According to government figures, about 264 projects were delayed while only 14 could manage to move ahead of schedule. Though 308 projects are on the right track of completion as mentioned at the time of clearance, the report in February 2018 stated that there are as many as 603 projects that do not have a time frame for completion.

So far a power project in Chhattisgarh, an Urban Development Ministry project in Madhya Pradesh and three railway projects — Suratpura-Hanumangarh-SriGanganagar Gauge conversion, Ratnagarh-Bikaner Gauge conversion and Rohtak-Bhiwani doubling — has been completed, the report said.

A 50 MW wind power project first cleared in November 2011 with a cost of Rs 310 crore has been running behind the schedule. Though the Urban Development Ministry is implementing 38 mega projects, some of which were sanctioned during the UPA-I regime, the government report said that in certain projects, it could be delayed by 72 months.

In November 2017, the government had reviewed 1,283 projects that were being monitored. Of these, 302 projects were running behind their schedule and the cost overrun of these delayed projects was Rs 1.45 lakh crores. The telecommunication sector could bring a bit of fresh air for the government, as seven out of nine major projects would be completed in the year 2018.

Though, according to the government, a standing committee in each ministry has been set up for fixation of responsibility for time and cost overruns, it has been observed that due to environmental clearances, statutory clearances, land acquisition and security clearances, it is difficult to fix the responsibility on babus for delay in implementation on the ground.

The government in December 2017 had said that they were monitoring 380 mega projects each costing Rs 1,000 crores and above. The original cost of implementation of these 380 projects was Rs 11.96 Lakh crore and their anticipated completion cost was likely to be Rs 13.62 lakh crore, reflecting overall cost overruns of Rs 1.66 lakh crores.

Time, cost overruns vary with projects, claims minister

In January 2018, programme implementation minister Vijay Goel had told the Lok Sabha narrating various other reasons for the delay. Goel had told the Lower House of the Parliament that the time and cost overruns are project-specific and depend on a variety of technical, financial and administrative factors, and differ from project to project. The main reasons, he argued, for the increase in the cost of the project are under-estimation of the original cost, changes in rates of foreign exchange, the high cost of environmental safeguards and rehabilitation measures, spiraling land acquisition, shortage of skilled manpower, and changes in project scope.

The government in 2016 had constituted eight group of secretaries on eight sectors — transport and communications, energy and environment, health and sanitation, education and social development, commerce and industry, science and technology, governance and crisis management with a mandate to prepare a time-bound action plan and to monitor the implementation of ministries and departments.

As far as the main action plan for timely completion of mega projects is concerned, the government feels that it needs to apply rigorous project appraisal, setting up of revised cost committees in the ministries for fixation of responsibility for time and cost overruns; regular review of infrastructure projects by the concerned administrative ministries; and setting up of central sector projects coordination committees (CSPCCs) in the states under the concerned chief secretaries for removal of bottlenecks and for facilitating the speedy implementation of major projects.

The government also has a project monitoring group (PMG), which primarily focuses on resolving a variety of issues for large public projects through inter-ministerial meetings to remove implementation bottlenecks. The group ensured that at least 197 of the 273 mega power projects were cleared after its intervention and meetings with various departments to address a variety of issues.

A report in January 2018 said that 210 projects having 515 clearance issues with anticipated investment of Rs 9.34 lakh crores were under consideration. The government has also made technological intervention to fast-track projects. Since 75 key approvals from the Centre are required to set up new projects, it has made at least 67 services integrated through an online platform to track the delay in sanctions and ensure that they are taken up by an appropriate authority.

The government, it appears, should focus on what a group of secretaries had observed: "Scheme approval should be limited to objectives, total outlay, broad guidelines, measurable outcomes with timelines, expenditure phasing, and evaluation. Within these parameters, states to have the freedom to formulate projects in consultation with the Ministries.”

In order to streamline the budgetary process, challenges and priorities for reforms, the International Monetary Fund's South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) had recently held meetings with key ministries in the social sector to identify and implement good international practices.

The documents accessed by Firstpost shows SARTTAC officials had held three meetings with the Department of Economic Affairs on 21 and 22 February, and 1 March 2018 to discuss the reform challenges. The SARTTAC team documents also reveal that it had held meetings with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Rural Development and Ministry of Health.

Citizen-centric governance gets thumbs up

The Central ministries in the last four years were able to overcome problems in handling public grievances and as per latest report finalised after a meeting on 9 February 2018, a majority of grievances followed the service delivery time frame. The rate of disposal of grievances for the Ministry of Water Resources is 98.55 percent. There are 200 pending grievances out of which four grievances are pending for more than one year and seven grievances are pending for 6-12 months.

The rate of disposal of grievances in the Ministry of Minority Affairs is 93.47 percent. There are 341 pending grievances out of which 21 grievances are pending for more than one year and 49 grievances are pending for 6-12 months. During the meeting, the ministry reported that most of the grievances were related to scholarship issues, however, it was observed that the pendency of more than one-year-old grievances was quite high. For the Ministry of Housing, the rate of disposal of grievances is 98.18 percent. There are 764 pending grievances out of which 13 grievances are pending for more than one year and 39 grievances are pending for 6-12 months.

The meeting held at Sardar Patel Bhawan made it clear that all the ministries should conduct a review of grievances regularly at higher levels and a grievance must be addressed within a period of maximum two months. There was also a directive issued to the ministries that a grievance should not be closed by merely transferring it to the attached subordinate or field office and the concerned government officers should give a reasoned reply for the closure of a grievance to the citizen.

Modi had repeatedly flagged ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ and that has been the most attention-grabbing government reform process eliminating several obsolete laws and using technology in public service delivery to bring transparency. The government was able to address all the 18 issues taken up for reforms. The latest was the plan for the government's exit from the air service sector by proposing to sell up to 76 percent stake in Air India.

In the social sector, reports reviewed by Firstpost shows that implementation has been encouraging for the government. For Pradhanmantri Awas Yojna-Gramin, states and Union territories had sanctioned over 74.48 lakh houses and completed more than 33 lakh by 31 March 2018. The government plans to construct 2.95 Crore houses by 2022. As far as the second phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is concerned, of the total target of 50,000 kilometres, the government has cleared over 32,000 kilometres road length and out of 1.63 lakh unconnected habitations taken up for the work, more than 1.30 lakh habitations were connected till February this year. Under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana with an aim to empower the rural poor, a total 6.81 lakh self-help groups were financed in 2017-18, a considerable improvement from 2016-17 when 5.7 lakh such groups were promoted across the country.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Wealthy Naxal Extortionists

Wealthy Naxal Extortionists

The Naxal hypocrisy: Top LWE leaders amass personal wealth while cadres are told to shun life of comfort

New Delhi: As Mao Zedong said, the guerrilla must take to people like fish to water. Most Naxals in India haven't even seen a photograph of Chairman Mao. His ideology too is no more important. Naxal leaders aren't dreaming of a successful red revolution anymore, but are focusing on making money and indoctrinating gullible people in order to continue with their dubious activities.

Top Maoist leaders are aware that Naxalism is just a clarion call, just a brand name — they are extorting large amounts by taxing iron and coal mining contractors in order to increase personal wealth.

The Ministry of Home Affairs — in order to choke the financial lifeline of the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) movement, to eliminate red terror, and to ensure the confiscation of properties amassed by Naxal leaders — has constituted multi-disciplinary groups comprising the Enforcement Directorate (ED), National Investigation Agency (NIA), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Central Board of Direct Taxes, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and state police. The process has also been initiated for the creation of a separate vertical within the NIA for investigating important cases pertaining LWE.

The Naxal movement is reportedly being financed through a network of dubious activities undertaken by its leaders. These activities include levy from private contractors, including those involved in execution of government schemes, mining contractors, transporters and owners of small and medium industries. Similarly, funds are also generated through collections from illegal activities, such as mining in non-specified areas, illegal stone crushing and collection of "tendu pasta".

Interestingly, a large part of the money collected is also channeled towards the personal wealth of its leaders, whose children get the best of education, and whose families lead a life of comfort. This while the misled cadre toil away in the jungles in the cause of a twisted ideology. A top MHA official said the central agencies have been coordinating and holding regular meetings, and actionable intelligence gathered so far reveals the true face of red terror.

Naxal leaders' finances

Pradyuman Sharma, member of the Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC), paid Rs 22 lakh in fees for getting his niece admitted to a private medical college, investigation has revealed. Another BJSAC member Sandeep Yadav exchanged Rs 15 lakh during the demonetisation drive by the government. This was disclosed by the trader who exchanged the demonetised currency notes.

"Several stories of this kind reveal the real face of the LWE leadership. Sandeep Yadav's daughter studied at a reputed private institute and his son is studying in a private engineering college. Similarly, another senior Naxal leader Arvind Yadav paid Rs 12 lakh in fees for his brother to study in a private engineering college," investigation has unearthed.

"It may not out of place to say that the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is known to force young children to join their squads, and strongly resist all kinds of development activities — be it road construction, mobile tower erection, etc. However, their double standards are exposed by the kind of education and other facilities they provide to their own children and families," an MHA official said.

Since the multi-agencies' crackdown, the ED has registered four cases under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Sandeep Yadav, Pradyuman Sharma, Vinay Yadav and Musafir Sahni of CPI(Maoist), who are all members of BJSAC. The ED attached properties of Sandeep Yadav and Pradyuman Sharma valued at approximately Rs 1.5 crore. The central agencies have also seized Rs 1.45 crore in cash and properties including approximately 32 acres land, several buildings, two buses, 11 cars/jeeps, two tractors and one JCB in Bihar and Jharkhand under Section 25 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

It has also been revealed that the central agencies also seized Rs 1 crore in cash during demonetisation from the Naxal leadership. A senior officer in the security establishment said the Naxals are also extorting money from small businessmen running rice and flour mills, grocery stores, clinics and liquor shops, calling it "protection money". "They are also involved in looting in certain areas they are operating. They must be raising more than Rs 150 crore annually," the MHA official said.

According to a research paper by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), the Maoists have been collecting not less than Rs 140 crore annually from a variety of sources. It said the Maoists have conceived ingenious ways of storing money to ensure its safety, have issued guidelines for the collection of funds, and have also circulated guidelines on expenditure and fiscal discipline.

"It has been learnt that money is also being given to real estate agents. Perhaps these are trustworthy former radicals or cadres, who would invest it in their business and return the money to the leadership as and when demanded. Also, in some cases, the Maoists are said to have purchased vehicles and given them to their supporters. These can be used for ferrying logistics, cadres and leaders as and when required. Besides, those allotted vehicles would also also pay a fixed amount to the outfit every month from their earnings. In some cases, the money has also been converted into gold biscuits. Large amounts are also being packed neatly in multiple layers of polythene, kept inside a metal box and then dropped into syntax tanks. Thereafter, these tanks are stacked away in dumps in forests," said a research paper authored by IDSA's PV Ramana.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Congress’s Karnataka Manifesto Is So Anti-Hindu That It Will Shock You!

Congress’s Karnataka Manifesto Is So Anti-Hindu That It Will Shock You!

Muslims To Get Soft Loans @ 4% Interest In Congress Manifesto; Hindus To Get Nothing.

Congress National President Rahul Gandhi released its Karnataka State manifesto today and its clearly a trailer of the Anti Hindu stance that Siddaramaiah has so blatantly displayed in the past 5 years. Our team found 7 major promises and announcements in the Congress Manifesto that would be making even Tipu Sultan blush!

4% reservation to minority Muslims in Government appointments. Lingayats can Rest in Peace, because after all the theatrics created by the Congress government around declaring Lingayats as a minority religion, they have ended up announcing a startling 4% reservation to the Muslims in Government appointments. Yes, this is not an economic reservation but a desperate attempt on behalf of the Congress to give a green hue to the elections.

The State government has introduced various developmental schemes to promote and uplift minority communities to bring them on par with other communities. Try searching for the word Hindu or Temples in the Congress Manifesto and well the search results are staggering! ZERO.

Yes a big zero is what you get. All religions but “Hinduism” is what the “Janeudhaari” Shri Shri Rahul Gandhi has promised to uplift. What is even more shocking is the fact that Congress is going around thumping its chest claiming that they are a Muslim organization. Asaduddin Owaisi would be facing a serious identity crisis looking at the polarisation that the self proclaimed Brahmin of the nation.

To reduce the dropouts among 60,000 minority students, we propose construction of 1000 Maulana Azad schools. Yes, because only children from the Minorities deserve to go to schools, correct? Not schools, but “Maulana Azad” schools for minorities!

With 75% literacy rate, the state should be striving to give quality education to all, but Mr. Siddaramaiah and the Shehzaada are willing to give a communal colour even to education and categorically call out 60,000 minority students in a state with over 1 crore children. Don’t be surprised if the holy Quran is made compulsory in all schools.

We will setup Maulana schools in every taluk. And it only gets better. Not even in Taluks with high Muslim population, the Maulana schools for minority students will be set up in every Taluk. One might wonder why could it not be just a school, and had to be a Maulana school for minorities, but alas that’s what one can expect from Janeudhaari Muslims.

Madrasa board will be established to manage affairs of Madrasas regarding employment, self-employment and skilling. Different surveys have shown that Unemployment is one of the biggest menace being faced by the youth of Karnataka.

Mr. Siddaramaiah could have done so much better had a board been set up for administratively solving the issue. But no, employment is only meant for the religions that can be wooed by the “Secular” party.

Support WAQF by developing their 300 commercially potential properties in the next five years and Constitution of Wakf Properties Development Corporation. 

If giving triple the funds to Maulvis as compared to Hindu priests was not sufficient, WAQF support is the next weapon the Congress wants to polarise the peaceful citizens of the state. Under Congress rule, Roti Kapda aur makaan, all of it can be yours as long as you are anyone but a Hindu! Bravo!!

Soft loans will be provided to minorities to set up quality education institutions through KMDC upto Rs. 5 Crores for those institutions who provide collateral security at 4% interest. Soft Loans to minorities to setup educational institutions. Dear Siddaramaiah, why don’t you just declare Urdu as the official language for imparting education in the state!

Insurance Scheme to cover the health and children’s education of minority Auto and Taxi drivers. Forget education, land, government jobs but Congress has shamelessly gone to the extent of dividing even the united and hardworking auto and taxi drivers, by being partial in giving health insurance and education cover to the children of only Minority Auto and Taxi drivers.

What’s next Mr. Rahul Gandhi? So, the next time we take an auto do we need to pay extra basis the religion of the driver?
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Simple calculation - they are after 13% of Muslims and 2% of Xtians...+ their own loyals 10%...few of SC/ST..Lingayats and Dalits will see them upto 34% and thats it...they dont need Hindu votes.
They dont need Hindu Votes also because they know Hindus can be brainwashed by 'Secular' nonsense.

Minority only schemes.
1)Pre/Post metric scholarships to 1.25 crore minority students 2)250 hostels, 150 schools for 50000 students. 3)1000 maulana Azad schools. 4)Christian development board

As per Congress Manifesto there are 1.25 crore minority students in Karnataka! Total minority population of Karnataka is about 90 lakhs out of 6.5 crore population of Karnataka, how can there be 1.25 crore minority students? Are they planning to bring in Rohingyas and settle here? And, it there are 1.25crore population belonging to 2 distinct communities, then, is it justified to have Minority status for them?