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Monday, December 30, 2013

Has BJP made a mistake by not forming govt in Delhi?

Although it being a largest party, BJP refused to form government. After a long dilemma, AAP decided to form government. In fact,  it took this dilemma oppertunity into blessing by taking referendum. It formed government.
Kejriwal won hearts step by step with first day. He took oath in very simple manner at Ramlila ground. People attended in large number. He also administered people oath not to give bribe. He came in metro train to reach Ramlila. He also choose 26 year old Rakhi Birla as minister. Not only that, today, he delivered his promise to give 700 liter water free to Delhi residents.
Now from this situation, BJP may be regretting about its decision not to form government. Had it choose to form government without taking any support and delivered good governence it could be a new feather in its cap and it could be beneficial in 2014 elections. But now Kejriwal is gradually emerging as challenge to Narendra Modi, PM candidate of BJP.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Make post election alliance crime!

This also should be included in election reforms of which Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal advocating. No post election alliance should be allowed. It should be crime. Party leaders should be jailed. If you fight against each other in election, you can not forge alliance with opposite parties after election.We have witnessed so far that Parties like Samajwadi party, NCP, RJD, Communists, DMK, AIADMk, LJP, NC fight against Congress's corruption, but after elections they come together to form government on various excuses like 'To save Bharat from communal forces'. This is not only moral cheating, but criminal cheating too.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Devyani case: Why UPA govenment cat against Pakistan and lion against US?

Appreciate the way UPA government has taken firm, bold and fighting staps against US in Devyani Khobragade humiliation case. There is no doubt that US has acted injusticely. But some points need to be considered while going ga-ga with agony against US:
(1) Why UPA government did not show this much courage when dignitaries such as Kalam, Shahrukh Khan were frisked at US airports?

(2) Why UPA government specially MEA minister Mr Salman Khushid did not become angry when Pakistan army soldiers entered in Kashmir and beheaded two Bhartiya soldiers?

(3) Is it because votebank politics? As Mayawati pointed out Devyani is dalit. So acting tough against US can please Dalits and Muslims as many muslims are anti US specially after year 2001. While taking bold steps against Pakistan would make its vote bank unhappy.

(4) Major point is that Devyani's father Uttam Khorgade is former IAS officer and was involved with Adarsh housing society. So doubt raises that as its three chief ministers are accused in case there may be fear to come out truth from Uttam.
As per First Post report,
Devyani Khobragade owns a flat in the infamous Adarsh. Her father Uttam Khobragade was one of the bureaucrats who allegedly misused their positions to help Adarsh. It was during his tenure as general manager of BEST, the civic-owned bus and electricity utility in Mumbai, that the Adarsh Society got additional building rights from an adjacent BEST bus depot. This allowed the society promoters to increase the original plan of six floors to a massive 31 floors. While the Khobragades may want us to believe this is mere coincidence, only other bureaucrats and politicians caught with their hands in the Adarsh till may take such a claim at face value.

That's not all when it comes to Devyani's real estate holdings in Mumbai. When she got the Adarsh flat, she already owned a flat in another government housing society in Oshiwara, which too was allotted under the state government's 10 per cent quota where recipients get flats at extremely cheap rates as compared to Mumbai's stratospheric market prices, and which is another fount of corruption in Mumbai, with most flats cornered by politicians and their relatives, and of course bureaucrats and their relatives, and those connected to their powers that be, making a mockery of the 10 percent quota supposedly for helping citizens who need it most. As the Economic Times reports, a massive 42 percent of such flats allocated in the past 10 years were resold by allottees at much higher prices, making a killing in the bargain at the expense of the taxpayer and the common Indian. Things have become so bad with the 10 percent quota that the Bombay High Court recently warned the Maharashtra government of contempt if it continued to stonewall requests to name double and multiple allottees of such flats.

In Devyani's case, what makes the issue even murkier is the guideline which states that no one can get flats in two housing societies which get land on....

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kejriwal is not Nitish and Delhi is not Bihar

Congress and AAP nexus is clear from the very fact that although Lt. Gov. recommended for President's rule, president has sought home ministry's advise which in turn has sought legal opinion, so that there can be enough time for power sharing negotiations.

In 2005 same UPA govt acted hastily on governor Buta Singh's report to impose president's rule in Bihar. Not only that, Buta Singh dissolved assembly when indications were clear that NDA in leadership of Nitish Kumar would be able to get majic figure. Supreme Court indicted Buta Singh for this and it was a very shameful episode for UPA government.

Salute you Anna! Without you Lokpal would be only dream

Whatever you say, Anna Hazare changing his stand now and then, changing team...but we must accept the fact that at age of more than 70 he started Lokpal movement and led successfully.
It is true that Arvind Kejriwal and his team which is now part of AAP played importent role in it but without Anna it could not be successful. Anna's simple language made point of lokpal simple to understand. His fakir type lifestyle attracted youth and other citizens. And top of it, he observed fast for so many days which is not easy. Without Anna, Lokpal would not be possible as it was not being passed since 44 years! Anna created moral pressure.
Whenever history will be written, Anna's name will be there! Who says Gandhi's idelogy is not relevant in present age? Salute you, Anna!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mere Baap Pahele AAP

'Aam Aadmi Party' is known by its short name AAP. In Hindi AAP is word of respect used for 'you'. In Delhi AAP has won on 28 seats and its leader Arvind Kejriwal has defeated Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Before four states election results, there was only talk about Narendra Modi. Now every where discussion is about AAP as it has decided to fight lok sabha election. So keeping mind this situation, here is light take on AAP, BJP and congress with 10 Hindi film songs/film titles. Here you go:

(1) AAP Ki Topi, AAP ka chasma
AAP's main face is Arvind Kejriwal and he has continued to wear 'Topi' (Cap) even after parting ways with Anna Hazare and started political party. It was very funny that on last Saturday (14th December, 2013) when he wrote letters to Congress and BJP describing his 18 conditions to take support from them to form government in Delhi, he wore 'Topi' on Muffler. Kejriwal also wears glasses. So, people sing this song from 'Tehelka' film for him:
AAP ki Topi, Aap ka Chasma
Allah hi allah, maula hi maula

(2) Mere Baap Pahele AAP
This applies to BJP as AAP proved to be 'Baap' (father) of all parties, at least in Delhi election. Nobody thought AAP would be second largest party. Afer results, eventhough it emerged as single largest party, BJP is not ready to form government and says,
Mere Baap, Pahele AAP!

(3) AAP mujhe achchhe lagne lage
 Congress leaders were behaving arrogantly and refused to even recognize AAP. But now they are praising it and even ready to support AAP to form govrnment in Delhi saying
AAP mujhe achchhe lagne lage, sapne sachche lagne lage!

(4) AAP ki kasam
BJP leaders specially Narendra Modi may be getting sleepless nights because of AAP's performance and its declaration that it will fight on all 26 seats in Gujarat. BJP leaders may sing this song:
Karvaten badalte rahe sari raat hum
AAP ki kasam!

(5) AAP yahan aaye kis liye
There was one cartoon published in a daily newspaper after Congress debacle in four state elections in which Sonia Gandhi asks who had challenged Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues to jump in politics. So now Congress and BJP ask Kejriwal with singing this song:
AAP yahan (politics) aaye kis liye?
Kejriwal replies:
Aap ne bulaya is liye
Congress-BJP leader:
Aaye hai to kaam bhi bataiye
Na na pahele zara aap muskuraiye

(6) Aap yun humko mil jayenge, socha na tha
Film 'Yes Boss'. Song 'Ek din AAP yun hamko mil jaayenge, socha na tha' applies to Congress leaders as they never imagined in their wildest dreams that Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues would form AAP and crush and throw Congress to third position.

(7) AAP ka kya hoga janab e ali
Leaders like Sheila Dikshit has ruled for good 15 years. So now they may ask AAP leaders that we have ruled for so many years, can AAP rule for even five years? So they sing:
Apni to jaise taise, thodi aise ya waise kat jaayegi
AAP ka kya hoga janabeali

(8) AAP ne yaad dilaya to mujhe yaad aaya
Since many years, all parties more or less forgot common men. They would talk poverty, price rise but ultimately did nothing to control it. Congress lead UPA government removed subsidy on cooking gas, increased petrol and diesel prices. Not only that, Congress leaders including shehzade Rahul Gandhi have made fun of poor by new defintion of BPL (Below poverty line)  and by saying that poverty is state of mind, one can get food in just Rs. 5... But with Delhi election results, now it is thinking to give more gas cylinders on subsidized price. It may sing this song:
AAP ne yaad dilaya to mujhe yaad aaya.

(9) Hum AAP ke deewane hai
Delhi and probably other state public may be singing:
Hum AAP ke deewane hai

(10) AAP ko pahele bhi kahin dekha hai
Actually BJP was formed by some RSS swayamsewaks for purpose of politics with principles and it liked to call itself party with difference. It continues to call itself with this tag. But it was untill it came in power. So Kejriwal and other leaders who talk of politics of honesty are not new. AAP may look like BJP of past. So we can say:
AAP ko pahele bhi kahin dekha hai

(11) AAP ki nazaron ne samjha
But now onwards many, good and bad people will turn to AAP and beg for Arvind Kejriwal's kripa (favour). If Kejriwal selects them, they will sing:
AAP ki nazaron ne samjha pyar (ticket) ke kaabil mujhe
Dil ki ai dhadkan thaher ja mil gayee mazil mujhe

Saturday, December 14, 2013

NDTv's 25 years : Achievements And Controversies

Prannoy Roy used to present The World This Week

NDTv turned 25 years. Prannoy Roy introduced us with high tech production and live coverage of election. 'The world this week' (aired on every Friday) was one of my favourite programmes on Door Darshan. He also introduced us to soft spoken
Sonali Verma, Tv repoter-Anchor-Actress
but expert psephologist and now #AAP leader Yogendra Yadav. NDTv production's 'Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai' will be remembered forever for Farooq Sheikh's anchoring, tv reporter and anchor Sonali Verma's (who is also famous for her role in Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's Gayatri) co hosting and introducing us to family, friends and colleagues of celebrities.
It started as 24 hours news channel with Star Tv with name Star News in 1998's election. After ending collaboration with Star Tv, it started its own channel. Although its news presentation specially on Hindi channel- NDTv India is remembrance of Door Darshan era, but its talk show programmes remembered almost biased and anti BJP. It also made Barkha Dutt celebrity reporter and its anchor Abhigyan Prakash was himself in news for reportedly dating with Actress Poonam Dhillon! Vinod Dua's Zayka India Ka programme was also remembered for Bharat's different receipies.
Barkha Dutt
Prannoy Roy is often criticised for his relation with communist politician Brinda Karat. Prannoy Roy's wife Radhika is sister of Brinda Karat. Barkha Dutt was in controversy due to Radia tape controversy. But unlike Prabhu Chawla had to quit India Today Group, Barkha Dutt is still with NDTv and she and channel has defend for it. Barkha Dutt is also often criticised for her proximity to Pakistan rulers. When Pakistan present prime minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly told that Manmohan Singh was acting like village woman, there was only Barkha Dutt present from Bhartiya side. Another one was Pakistani journalist. BJP prime minister candidate Narendra Modi openly criticised Barkha Dutt for not boycotting breakfast meeting without naming her. And how can we forget Rajdeep Sardesai? He got fame on NDTv and later became editor in chief of IBN 18 network news channels such as IBN7, CNN-IBN.
NDTv group has various channels in its bouquet, but entertainment channel NDTv imagine was very flop. It gave controversial programmes like Rakhi Ka Swayamvar, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Rakhi Ka Insaaf.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Satpal Singh Chhabda: Yaar hamara tha woh, kahan gaya use dhundho

Tussi kithe chale gaye, Satpal?

 Really bad and shocking morning, in fact day. I was getting ready to go to hospital where my mother in law is admitted for pacemaker operation of heart in Shelby Hospital (Ahmedabad) and got messages that our beloved friend, cartoonist and artist Satpal singh Chhabda is no more!
Can't believe. So young, energetic, enthusiastic, charming and full of great sense of humour. He was Punjabi but if you talk with him you will believe he is pure Gujarati. I was lucky to work with him for four and half years. He could capture moods very well. Suppose he has to draw Ramdev Baba he will draw his teeth, left eye ... He had drawn Gujarati column artists (such as Chandrakant Baxi, Vinod Bhatt, Taarak Mehta, Suresh Dalal , Jagdish Trivedi) caricatures.
Kahani mein twist column, Kalash Purti, Divya Bhaskar
Apne pe hans ke jag ko hasaya. He drew his own cartoon with Vinay Dave's.
Great columnist and writers of Gujarati print media- Chandrakant Baxi and Taarak Mehta (Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chasmah fame writer)
One of the great illustration. No other can imagine and draw like this.

Shock is also deeper  as he was very young and practicing yog.  We used to discuss on yog, pranayam...for hours and hours. We also used to talk on reality shows, television programmes, our common interest, specially about singing reality shows, Saregama, Indian Idol. His Kahani Mein Twist (published in Kalash Supplement of Divya Bhaskar) with writer and lyricist Vinay Dave was very much popular in which he had also showed his and Vinaybhai's cartoon images. I personally liked his creation/illustrations for cover pages of 'Bal Bhaskar' supplement of Divya Bhaskar very much. He could imagine animals, children, forest things so well. We had also partied at his home for farewell of one of our colleagues. If he was working with national/international media, he might have gotten many awards. Really a great loss to media industry.
Pray vahe guru to bless him peace and give courage to his family to pass through this difficult time.
We will miss you, Satpaljee!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Reasons why AAP perfromed dramatically in Delhi Elections 2013?

(1) It was born out of anti corruption movement. Arvind Kejriwal was arrested during movement. He exposed so much scams. He dared to expose Robert Vadra, son in law of Sonia Gandhi. He dared to expose scam of Nitin Gadkari. That's why he became hero.
(2) Use of social media extensively. Infact, they used social media as tool from day one and response to Jan Lokpal movement was big due to socia media.
(3) Connected youth. Its founders are all youth, be it Arvind Kejriwal or Manish Sisodia or charming Shazia Ilmi. They appealed to youth. They attracted new age bollywood people like Vishal Dadlani and MTv host Rajeev Laxman.
(4) Founder is with mission. Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia left lucrative jobs like IRS and journalist to fight against corruption. They became ideals. While in other parties, no persons are there who can become ideals. In Congress and BJP, there were such leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri and Kushabhau Thakre, but at present there is no one.
(5) They raised those issues which no other parties cared about. Congress and BJP both had match fixing like situation in Delhi and at center. Price rise, high power bill, water scarcity were the main issues, but Congress didn't care to solve it. BJP didn't oppose effectivley. Had it not declared Dr. Harshwardhan as CM candidate, BJP could not have become single largest party.
(6) Selection of candidates. They choose candidate having common man background. Like Jarneil Singh who threw shoe at P. Chidambaram. Journalistd Jarnail Singh asked Chidambaram how Jagdish Tytler got clean chit from CBI in 1984 anti sikh riots, after Chidambaram didn't give satisfactory answer, he threw shoe at him. Voters elected him. This shows how much anger is there in public. AAP also selected commando who got injured in 26 November attack on Mumbai.