About Hinduism and India

Due to the misrule of Congress, Indian public is eager to pick up any honest person to crown him as Prime Minister. Without any qualification and experience Rajiv Gandhi, the so-called Mr Clean, was sworn as Prime Minister over the head of Parnab Mukherji and others of his seniority.  ‘Mr Clean’ proved himself otherwise and was replaced by VP Singh who claimed to be cleaner than ‘Mr Clean’ held in his pocket the list of bribe takers in Bofors Gun deal. However VP Singh never disclosed the list and simply ‘Mandalized’ the politics to keep himself in PMO. After him Narasimha Rao, an able and experienced PM was blackened as scammer by Congressmen themselves who were interested to push Sonia on the top.

Fortunately for India, Sonia had to decline PMO due to her Italian links. She tried to fool the public by calling her rejection to be her supreme ‘sacrifice’. She picked up another ‘honest’ person from political graveyard as PM. Dr Manmohan Singh, though said to be an economist, has ruined the Indian economy from its roots. He has sold out India’s sovereignty to US and has stayed in the office by misusing CBI. Under him India is having the most corrupt Government that every Indian wants to be defeated. The PMO has been reduced to a clerical support to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to rule India by proxy.

Frustrated Indians are now ready to crown even a donkey if they could be assured of his honesty. In consequence, Aam Aadmi Party is a contemporary emergence due to the mood of the public against corruption. But in reality this Aath (8) Aadmi Party (AAP) – consisting of Kejariwal, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia, Shazia Ilmi, Vikas Bhartiya, and Hunger Strike Mentor Anna Hazare is a herd of opportunists sponsored by Congress to distract ‘anti congress voters’. Behind the stage, these eight names on the front desk are supported by the members of Civil Liberty Movement that recommends Independent status to Kashmir, pleads for Naxalites, and Anti Narmada activists. Most of the time, in the name of poor and so called down trodden, they oppose Development movements in India. Interestingly, many of them are Raman – Magasasy awardees, which is a mysterious ‘coincidence’.

AAP are anti Hinduism and support ‘Minoritiyism’ under the guise of secularism. For example, to them Imam Bukhari is a nationalist while Narendra Modi a Hindu Chauvinist. They support reservation even in the appointment of Jana Lokpals  higher Judiciary,  and even in top investigating agencies like CBI, thus relegating honesty, experience and efficiency for the sake of vote bank.

The basic aim of AAP will be to scatter anti incumbency votes and help Congress to win even by thin margin, or engineer defeat of BJP even by thin margin. Had they been serious to check corruption, they should have sided with main opposition party BJP. When corrupt regime of Congress is replaced they could have functioned as a pressure group within BJP to check corruption.

But at the moment kicking up dust all around to confuse the voters is the aim of AAP.

Chand K Sharma 

For ordinary citizens, coalition governance has lead to non-governance in the country.  Most of the time Central Government remains busy in keeping its flock together through appeasement in the form of ministerial berths, revoking professed policies or deferring justifiable harsh action. Even the smallest group in the coalition can threaten the stability of the government. Many times Government had to waste public money on special aircrafts to ferry one MP to avoid collapse of the government on crucial issues.

The situation remains to be dim. Nobody wants to work.  Every institution appears to be infested with corruption and inefficiency.  They exist without performing their primary service. Examples are endless.  There are schools and colleges without teaching and hospitals without treatment. Police protection is not available to ordinary citizens since it remains preoccupied with protecting politicians or remains continuously engaged in ‘bandobast’ to face agitational activities of politicians. Even ordinary civic amenities like supply of water and electricity are becoming scarce or polluted in cities although citizens pay for such services. Condition of villages is worse.

Selfish Politicians

While politics has emerged as a lucrative profession, democracy is turning out to be a costly luxury for the taxpayers. In sharp contrast to government employees who earn a pension after putting in a long service, membership of a legislative house even for incomplete term entitles a life-long handsome pension with bag-full of other benefits. Over and above they have an unlimited authority to decide and enhance their own pay and perks.  The citizens have a right to demand that political parties must include proposed pay hikes in election manifesto to seek public mandate before enjoying the same. As a Constitutional safeguard, Supreme Court must review the self-bestowed benefits of legislatures.

Politics has become the past time of certain families and vested groups who frequently regroup under various pretexts to grab political power. Many of our so-called leaders are the creations of media and are sponsored by Mafias.  Most of them are dissidents on some personal grudges and lead factions based upon caste and region.  Switching parties is their survival. Regionalism is overshadowing the National priorities and unity of the Country.

Performance Audit

Candidates are elected to legislative forums to represent the voters during proceedings but the empty benches and thin attendance during sessions reflect their indifference to duty.  Their effort is spent to disrupt the business of the house. There is no one to question as to why elected members are absent during the proceedings of the house and do not discuss the issues in a democratic manner to justify the expenses the voters have to bear upon them? Equally pertinent is to ask why do chairpersons and speakers remain helpless towards unruly behavior of members.

Instable Non-performing Governments

Due to coalition politics issue of stability of the governments at the center is of highest priority. Some time ago, it was being suggested that the life of parliament and legislatures be fixed for five years to avoid mid-term polls. In case the Government is defeated the existing members may elect a new leader in the house. But if such a suggestion is accepted it will lead to more corruption. Members will be free to swap their alliance partners as frequently as beneficial to their person without any fear of facing the electorate. Effective method is that a defector should not be allowed to re-contest whatever be his justification for switching party.

Alliances must be pre-poll

For ensuring stability, alliances should be pre-poll and for full term of the house.  Assurance to this effect should be given to the President and the Governor, as the case may be, before any Government is formed. Changing of sides thereafter, singly or collectively should require the swappers to resign. The fear of re- election and rejection by public shall deter the defectors and provide stability.

Democracy without discipline, responsibility and awareness will lead to chaos. People want good governance and not an opportunity to vote every five years in the name of democracy.

Chand K Sharma

Media Mafia

Media was said to be the fourth pillar of state in democracy, but in India it has emerged as a mafia. It is no longer serving the public, ideals, democratic norms but own survival with profits. The objectivity in reporting has converged with corporate objectives of the owners. Most of the media in India is owned and controlled by foreigners. It is therefore more tuned to project India as global village to appear like a ‘no man’s land’ – a waste land, where might of numbers is the deciding factor of its ownership!

Confining oneself to narrow geographical limits is now a thing of the past. Advancement in information technology is the prime reason that has converted entire world into a global village. Today happenings in one corner of the globe affect the other corner also. The effect could be felt over several fields ranging from political, economic, cultural and emotional relationships. As we have, members of one family may be spread out in different continents of Earth in pursuit of studies, business, employment, entertainment and even matrimonial connections. They want to know about their dear ones scattered all over the globe. In the words of Wordsworth “the world is too much around us!” But we cannot overlook the reality that the world is still politically divided into countries, nationalities, currencies and many other factors. The implementation of the concept of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbkam’ is a mirage. Thus we need a media that has National outlook.

Another significant development directly affecting this scenario is the commercialization of media. In gone days media was an instrument of change in the society wedded to the value system of its operative environment. Today, media brings out that news, which can sell in its content and form. Time in electronic media and space in print media are costly. Therefore, time and space are being utilized to its optimum to recover the costs and earn profits for the owners. We are getting more of advertisements as compared to news items that can sell in public. News has to be gathered from all corners, since local coverage may not suffice to arouse and satisfy inquisitiveness of news edicts.

Electronic coverage has further shortened the freshness of news items. While life span of news in print media spreads between two publications, the same on electronic media is only between two telecasts. As news channels are telecasting round the clock, it is resulting in repetition every half an hour or even less.  To maintain interest and salability in competitive environment, channels are artificially generating and puffing the news by speculation, as well as, by way of adding views to the news. In the bargain, we get opinions and panel discussions interspersed between advertisements. The stage has come to take small ‘breaks’ to announce just one news item between commercials to meet the costs and profits. To cater for all this, a larger geographical territory has to be scanned.

In consequence, nothing new is available on home front than stories of some bomb blasts causing a dozen causalities, gang rapes, capsizing of overloaded boats, scams, indictment of politicians, reversal of government policies announced on the day before, bandhs calls and some comments from stale politicians on matters deserving expert opinion. That is perhaps one of the reasons that we getting paranoid about the world scenario in search for a change.

Our choice is restricted. We have to select out of the items projected by the media or whatever is available on the Internet to the select few, who can afford it. It is the media who has been exercising selectivity between world news and home coverage. The readers and viewers perforce pick out from that only, depending upon its presentation and credibility. They cannot do anything otherwise. We remember the event and person as long as media is covering them, and delete them from memory once media stops feeding inputs.

Our politicians today are the creations of media. Small and insignificant personalities have been projected as super natural heroes and thrust on the public as options for choice to rule in our democratic setup. Media can tarnish an innocent and honest person by painting him a satanic villain and vice versa. It is acting like a mafia.

The time has come when utility and privileges of media are reassessed. Media should be under the control of society through judiciary and accountable for false, sensational, and anti national reporting.  Publications and telecasts that are basically contrary to the objectives of the society and morality must be subjected to censorship.

Chand K Sharma

Politicians have reduced senior bureaucrats to non entities by reshuffling them with every change in government, be it at the center or in states. The recent example is that in UP, where an honest lady IAS officer was victimized due to pressure from sand mafia. Brashly and remorselessly a Samajwadi party politician has come out in the open to claim ‘credit’ for harassment caused to the lady SDM. Besides hatching of conspiracy to remove an honest IAS officer the biased mindset of Samajwadi Party politicians is now fully exposed when they brag to run the state without IAS officers. The incident is not only a shame on our political system but also throws a challenge to the professional class of committed bureaucrats. The politicians need to remember that the administration can be run better without having any politician.

Unholy Political and Executive Nexus

The brand of leadership upholding morality in public life has disappeared. The impeccable impartial and ‘work to rule’ style of bureaucrats has also faded into history. Today, we have a combine of self-centered politicians and spine-less officials to run the Government. Most of the public misfortunes are the result of their selfish alliance. Reduction of political interference in executive machinery and restoration of confidence of honest executives in organizational institutions is the need of the hour.

Transfers following Change of Government

Every change of Government is normally followed by mass transfers. Besides being burden on the exchequer, such premature transfers breed favoritism, anxiety and apprehensions amongst government employees. The government machinery turns dysfunctional. Arbitrary mass transfers are not restricted to top officials alone but also trickle down to the level of lower ranks such as police inspectors. Such transfers are not objectively planned.  Most often these are aimed to suit the personal likes and dislikes of the political bosses of the party in power, and thus result in formation of politician – executive cliques. Mulayam Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and Mayawati of Bahujan Samaj Party are in lead on this issue.

Transgression of Administrative Authority

When public service commissions have been provided in the constitution to regulate the service conditions of public servants, the interference from politicians in transfers is unwarranted and against the spirit of division of power amongst the organs of state.

Further when a procedure for ensuring compliance with ministerial instructions exists, its substitution by ‘mere transfer’ should be viewed with suspicion.  It implies that a person not compromising against principles is often eased out to avoid public embarrassment to the political boss.

The public perceives the functioning of the government with bureaucrats as the visible representatives. If they are changed like door mats, the faith of public in consistency of the government gets eroded.

Breeding Favoritism and Prejudices

The civil services are becoming increasingly helpless and proving unequal to the challenges posed by criminalization of politics. The bureaucratic set up has been contaminated by the virus of castes, regionalism, and favoritism and above all selfishness. Civil servants have been regionalized in their outlook and colored by castes and communal prejudices.

Unchecked Powers of Politicians

We have given upper hand to the politicians with unchecked powers and least accountability as compared to executives, who come up the ladder through careful selection based on prescribed qualifications and experience. In sharp contrast, barring few exceptions, most of our ministers are included in the cabinet due to other considerations than merit and competency.

While the members of Legislature and Judiciary enjoy certain degree of immunity in the performance and utterances, Bureaucrats have to bear the brunt individually. If nothing else, they even can be harassed through petty gimmicks like premature transfers and adverse reports, to keep them at the mercy of political bosses.

Bureaucrats to be blamed

To a great extent, the bureaucrats themselves are also to be blamed for this situation as rarely do we come across an upright honest officer to resist political nonsense. Bureaucrats and their professional bodies should get seriously get concerned about deteriorating performance and assert themselves within the frame work of rules and procedures.

Only upright, experienced and honest bureaucrats can keep the politicians under check by restricting their action to the rules. If the government servants on the other hand do not limit their area of operation the country cannot be kept safe for democracy.

When Governments formed by selfish politicians crumble and States go under Presidential rule, then it is the IAS cadres (Executives) who continue to run the administrative machinery because they are well-educated, trained, honest and motivated by rule of law. The other organs of the state, Legislature and Judiciary cannot run the country except performing their ‘limited role’. Only Executives have the capability to manage the country alone. It is only when executives fail, then only Army takes over because they are better equipped and disciplined. If Executives unite no politician can dare to ill-treat them – and certainly not those politicians who are characterless, corrupt, timid and uneducated.

Remedial

Under the prevailing circumstances, the public servants have to function under instable coalition governments which become directionless due to their heterogeneous mix of political allies. There is need for judicial protection against premature and arbitrary transfers of executives if we want to insulate administrative machinery from political contamination.

One of the remedy could be to give a fixed tenure to each official where he is posted. No doubt this will come in the way of effective control and other administrative requirements to move the employee for getting better performance. Whenever a posting is to be prematurely executed, reasons for the same should be reduced to writing and also communicated to the employee concerned. If the employee has any representation to make against the premature transfer, the same should be judiciously reviewed as early as the circumstances permit. If the stand of the employee is subsequently vindicated by the court action must be taken against the person ordering malafide transfer.

Chand K Sharma

PS -Of late  it is a welcome development that now Supreme Court has asked the Government to fix tenure for Bureaucrats.  It is further desired that all arbitrary and premature transfers must be supported by reasons in writing failing which the authority ordering transfer should be liable for disciplinary action as well as damages and fine.

It is equally commendable step that Supreme Court has advised the Bureaucrats to obtain orders from Politicians in writing. In the absence of written orders the concerned official can record the noting by himself on the file. Both the above steps will go long way to prevent undue political interference in the Executive Function of the state.

 

Surprisingly, even after six decades of independence, the resignation letter from BJP Stalwart LK Advani was written in English. What inference can be drawn that the senior most BJP leader opted to communicate with Party President hailing from Hindi dominant state in English? It speaks volumes against Advani that his he has no faith in the National language to convey his thoughts adequately to another Indian Colleague although he continues swearing revival of Bhartiya Sanskriti to reach Prime Minister’s Office.

Most of the Indian political parties today, including Congress, are being controlled as Family fiefdoms where ‘Party Boss’ has absolute power to reverse decisions arrived at to the family. In contrast to this, BJP is the only cadre based political party functioning according to its constitutional provisions. The mutual relationships in BJP are governed by the party constitution and not according to considerations of age or personal equations. Why should Advani be allowed to question the elevation of Narendra Modi done by the constitutional body? Airing his grudge in public against a party decision was a clear violation of constitutional norms by Advani. He ought to have demonstrated respect towards party discipline.

Recently in his blog LK Advani referred to the agony of Bhisham Pitamah to draw a parallel to him. Mahabharata depicts various situations of human society wrapped in all the shades of passion. The entire conflict in the epic is about victory of Dharma over Adharma. Their statements are more relevant today in respect of ongoing rift in BJP leaders. Advani’s obvious grudge stemmed out from indifferent attitude of Sangh Parivar and some of the party office bearers to his advice about running party affairs. That inspired him to conclude publicly that most of the party leaders were selfish and did not have any concern for the wellbeing of motherland. By thoughtless sweeping statement without naming anyone, Advani damaged the party image when elections are near.

Advani ought to have remembered that It is the prerogative of the Party President to assign duties to various members of his team depending upon their capabilities. Why there should be a pre-condition to seek approval from Advani on every matter acted upon by the Party President? Going by Mahabharta Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi did not violate any ethics by performing their assigned duties even if that went contrary to the aspirations of LK Advani. Arjuna had to fight against his near relations such as Bhisham Pitamaha and his Guru Dronacaharya. It is obligatory for every individual committed to Dharma (the order in the Society) to discharge his duties objectively.

Although Advani has now consented to continue in the party, he has caused irreparable damage to himself and party. By washing his dirty linen in front of press, he embarrassed everyone. The allegations made by him will continue to haunt him and he will be chased to substantiate by his opponents. The party functionaries have done well by showing respect to bring him back, but hence forth Advani is not likely to draw the same respect from rank and file that he was used to. He will live as an unwanted guest. In all fitness of situation he has now no other option but to lie low, stay aloof and at appropriate time when the dust raised by him gets settled, make an exit not only from Politics but public life. His innings are over.

Chand K Sharma

Whereas Pakistan army is playing a significant role in country’s politics, Indian Army has unfortunately accepted to lie low in front of politicians who have neither knowledge nor interest in Defense matters. The long term planning of a politician spans from one general election to next general election. This equation is very unfortunate.

The army ought to have demanded a constitutional say to veto political decisions when they trespassed expert advice. Only once we are told that Field Marshal Manekshaw dared to overrule Indira Gandhi. The result was grand success in 1971 war.

One option is to have Defense Services Chiefs as ex-officio members of Rajya Sabha where they can express the expert advice on Defense matters, otherwise many often their professional views get eclipsed from public gaze due to partisan interests of the ruling party. This happened frequently during pre 1962 period and we lamented later.  Many times the issues raised by Service Chiefs regarding shortage of manpower, materials, critical equipment get diluted as the government turns defensive to avoid criticism from opposition. By making entry as ex-officio members to Parliament, the service Chiefs need not face elections nor be under obligation of the ruling party. This will eliminate the political apprehensions of the politicians.

Also this will raise the morale of Defense personnel in general that their view point will be adequately projected before the august forums.

Chand K Sharma

Several Freedom Fighters like Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru languished in Andaman Cellular jail and elsewhere, but the generation today may not be aware about what they ate or how badly they were treated. How wonderful it is that we are now briefed in detail the case of a convicted criminal Sanjay Dutt by our National media!

Live TV coverage of send off given to Sanjay Dutt by National media channels leave us to wonder our National Priorities since other news items were totally absent or blurred. None from the roll of Freedom Fighters of pre partition era ever received such prominence as Sanjay Dutt.

The loud drum beating in favor of Sanjay forces us to introspect if TADA Court and Supreme Court have erred and have done injustice to this innocent criminal. The arguments advanced are that convict has already obliged us by spending some time in Jail. He has small children to look after. He is known for his Gandhigiri in films. Several Crores of rupees have been invested on him by Bollywood producers.

There could be many under trials in Jails whose children are without any earning member. But through the din of sympathy noise created by Media for Sanjay Dutt’s children we tend to forget that he earned more money than required bringing up hundreds of orphans in the country. While Sanjay Dutt was on bail pursuing his appeal against TADA Court Conviction, he was working in films as well as trying his luck in politics.

Several Bollywood Friends and producers also made a beeline to escort the impressive cavalcade of this convicted criminal from Home to TADA Court. Some of them have already reaped fortunes from his films while there may be some whose films are in the production line. Some of them seem to be contemplating relief from Court once again. The straight question is, weren’t those producers aware of his pending Jail Term and the reasons behind?

Many legal experts are now busy pondering over alternative to rescue this convicted criminal. Discussions are going on the TV Channels. One of the alternatives being suggested are to file review petition to seek pardon, or remission of sentence. The other alternative is to seek early release through political pressure subsequently on account of good behavior. Sister Priya Dutt has already been mustering support from concerned sources.

This sordid environment raises many mind boggling questions for law abiding citizens:

  • Has our Judicial System from trial court to Apex court has blundered while punishing Sanjay?
  • Do we have any duty towards the law abiding citizens who lost their lives, families and livelihood due to the acts omission and commission of Sanjay Dutt?
  • Isn’t drumming up in favor of a convicted criminal by Media a contempt of Court?
  • To what extent powers should be available to politicians and executives to grant pardons and remissions when such powers can be misused by influential criminals?   

Surely we have not behaved like a mature nation and are making a mockery of our system.

Chand K Sharma

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