Showing posts with label Narendra Modi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Narendra Modi. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ignorance can't be bliss for Arvind & Nitish

Ignorance can't be bliss for Arvind & Nitish

The way the self-confessed "anarchist" Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is behaving and blurring, it provides justification for denial of Statehood to Delhi, not at least under a maverick politician like him. Instances of his words and actions which do not behove a chief minister are unending. Sufficient to question his latest soundbite. Mahesh Giri MP "should be arrested n interrogated by Modi Police" for NDMC official MM Khan's "murder", Kejriwal tweeted, charging that "Modi Police was shielding him".
On the other hand, the beleaguered and bereaved family of Khan has pleaded with politicians not to play politics with their family loss but help get them justice.
Granting statehood to Delhi, in these circumstances, shall be like handing over a loaded gun to a child. The Delhi chief minister seems to be ignorant that under the law a chief minister — or, for that matter, even a prime minister — have no constitutional authority to order the arrest of an individual however heinous the crime of an accused may be.  It is for the police to register a case on receiving a complaint and investigate it. Going by his conduct, had Kejriwal been the chief minister of a full-fledged State of Delhi, he would certainly have ordered "Kejriwal" police to "arrest and interrogate" Giri for the alleged murder.
Similarly, we have another chief minister, Nitish Kumar of Bihar, displaying ignorance of law and the reality. While the world was celebrating the second Yoga International Day on June 21, it goes to the credit of Nitish Kumar to decide not to observe it, apparently taking offence at the BJP-led central government cold shouldering his call for countrywide prohibition.
Ignorance of law and the constitution may be bliss for the ignorant but not for a chief minister like Nitish or Kejriwal who share a common wish, at one time or the other, to be the country's prime minister. The home truth is that in his own State Nitish Kumar's Grand 'Secular' Alliance may have won 178 seats in a 243-member house but only with 41.9 percent votes against NDA's 34.1 percent votes with just 58 seats.
Further, he needs to understand that prohibition is a State specific policy and the Modi government has no authority to impose Nitish's will on the rest of the country. If NDA did, it would be the likes of Nitish and Kejriwal who will be the first to shout from the housetops that Modi government was transgressing on the rights of the States and arbitrarily imposing its will on the unwilling States for which it has no authority. They will then further allege that the States were not consulted and no effort was made to find a consensus.
Or is Nitish Kumar trying to build a ground to put the blame on the Centre if he fails to effectively enforce prohibition policy in the State?

Sunday, November 15, 2015


A news in today's (November 16, 2015) THE STATESMAN  headlined "Hindu outfit announces bounty to get writer's tongue for PM barb" has left me puzzled as to who is tolerant and who not?
An Indian-origin British writer Aneesh Kapoor has called PM Narendra Modi a Talibani and used objectionable words against Lord Vishnu.
On the other hand, Rashtriya Hindu Kranti Dal has announced a reward of Rs. 21 lakh to the one who would slit the writer's tongue for these barbs.
We may dismiss the words of the writer as his right to freedom of thought and expression. But the Hindu outfit too may claim its anger as its own right to freedom of retort as freedom of opinion and thought. The other part of the outfit announcing a reward does make an offence.
Similar is the case with the celebration of Nathuram Gods's birth. He was hanged for the heinous crime of unfortunate killing of Mahatma Gandhi more than 50 years back. He got the punishment he deserved. But has his family not the right to celebrate his birthday?
On the other hand, Congress has taken offence at celebration of Godse's birthday.

Can somebody guide an ignoramus person like me as to which of the two persons/organizations is displaying their "sense of tolerance"? Does the writer has a right to use the words he used to offend the sentiments of Hindus?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


TIMES NOW Debate: KiranVsKejriwal

By Amba Charan Vashishth

The yesterday (20 January, 2015) Newshour Debate on Times Now was interesting and lively. But many important points seem to have drowned in the din of the debaters speaking to each other.
A point was made that Kiran Bedi should have taken on Kejriwal from New Delhi constituency against Kejriwal. Although Ajay Maken is contesting against Kejriwal, yet he has not been projected as Congress chief ministerial candidate. Why? Is it her opponents or the media to decide it? It is for her and the Party to decide from where she should fight the election.
If one were to go by the arguments of the anchor and the participants, they wish to throw a new tradition in our democracy where the chief (or prime) ministerial candidates should be made to fight each other in one constituency. This has never happened in a parliamentary democracy, neither in UK nor in USA. The only difference in USA is that there is a direct contest between the contestants, there being only two parties in the fray. But in India we have a few hundred parties and each will declare its own chief ministerial candidate.
Then who will decide the name of the constituency from where all the chief ministerial candidates should fight each other?
In the past no chief (or prime) ministerial candidate has chosen to challenge his rival from the same constituency. The only exception is Kejriwal who contested from Varanasi against Modi. But he was a self-propelled (and to an extent Media) prime ministerial candidate. The results have shown how laughable was his claim. Further, Modi was fighting from Vadodra in Gujarat also. Why did Kejriwal not contest from there?
In the past neither Indira Gandhi, nor Manmohan Singh contested against their prime ministerial probables in the opposition. In 2009 elections Dr. Manmohan Singh did not challenge to contest against L. K. Advani. This time too though Congress and media made it as Modi Vs Rahul contest, Rahul or his mother did not fight elections against Modi in either of the two seats. Then, why this so much hulla-bulla in the case of Kiran Bedi?

It was alleged that Kiran Bedi had been made to contest from a safe seat for BJP. Does that mean that even before the nominations have been filed, both AAP and Congress have accepted their defeat from Krishnanagar?


Sunday, June 15, 2014


Modi Government's stress

By Amba Charan Vashishth

Governance is the key to a good administration. The malady of our governments in the past has been that we had a bloated government but a weak apparatus for governance. The then Finance Minister in the Manmohan Singh government, Mr. P. Chidambaram, had himself once admitted that the malady of the UPA government lay in “governance deficit”. The government allowed the administration to drift. It seemed to believe that it need not have to act. It allowed the problems and issues to drift in the hope that in the course of time these will find their own solution.

But it is not so with the new BJP-led NDA government of Mr. Narendra Modi who has decided to take head on the problems and the issues confronting the nation. He doesn’t wish to take chances. He wishes to himself work and make his colleagues to lend him their helping hand to work out solutions.

Shri Modi convened a second meeting of his cabinet in just three days of his being sworn in. He exhorted his ministers to chalk out a 100-day agenda with focus on efficient governance, delivery and implementation of programmes. He wants to make the decision making process fast and an inclusive affair by giving priority to the issues highlighted by the States and the MPs crucial to the country’s development. As against the previous government where Ministers of State complained of having no work to perform, Shri Modi has asked cabinet ministers to assign work to their junior ministers  All these steps were in line with the PM’s 10-point vision which primarily involved increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in a time-bound manner and exploiting the natural resources for the country’s benefit with the issues like the price rise, agriculture and women safety  remaining in the priority zone.

Shri Modi does not believe, like his predecessors, in sweeping away to the dust bin the programmes of the previous government he inherited. He has decided to take forward these rotting for want of action and decision.
From his experience Shri Modi is aware that implementing a decision is much more vital than framing a policy however beneficial to the people it may be.
Similarly, a programme or policy needs to be implemented with no less intensity of the spirit with which it is formulated. A faulty and corrupt implementation may take out the very life and spirit of a welfare programme.
That is why Shri Modi wishes to take along not only the political class but also the bureaucracy.

To inject a sense of belonging to the bureaucracy in the formation and implementation of a policy, Shri Modi made a new beginning by meeting and speaking to administrative secretaries of more than 75 ministries on June 4. He was displaying his zeal to generate a “positive environment” in administration.  He has given a lie to the general perception among the political class that babudom is a hindrance to the realisation of dreams of the government in power. He sent out a positive signal to the bureaucray that in his scheme of things its role is central to implement his agenda of “minimum government and maximum governance”. This gesture has infused such a positive signal that a senior secretary is reported to have commented: “”It was a different experience. For four years, we had gotten used to the idea of even someone like the Cabinet Secretary not having the time to spare for secretaries, forget about the Prime Minister”.  Added another secretary: "Ït was a pleasant change. One came away with the feeling that he (Modi) means business and has the ability to take important decisions".

The Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Amitabh Kant was so impressed that he tweeted: First time in my career frank and fearless interaction with the Prime Minister of the country. Highly motivating, great flow of ideas.

But some people  are trying to read something wrong in this positive gesture of the PM. Some have interpreted it as undermining the position of the ministers when secretaries meet the PM directly. It makes no difference as long as the bridges of communication between the three organs — the secretary, the minister and the Prime Minister — are kept alive. The problem will arise only when egos clash. And a conflict of egos never augurs well for anybody, high or low, in any situation.

Even if an idea directly propounded by a secretary clicks with the PM, it can ultimately come to fruition only in consultation with the minister concerned.  Moreover, it is a normal practice that in the event of a difference of opinion between a secretary and a minister on any issue, the matter goes to the prime minister (chief minister in a State) for final decision and if necessary, it can land in the council of ministers' court even.   

The doubts being aired that the bureaucracy will rule the roost overriding the ruling class are misplaced. unfounded and far-fetched. If under Shri Modi this could not happen in Gujarat, it can never occur in Delhi too.                        *** 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi: No Indian by heart?

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi: No Indian by heart?

Media reports have it that both Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and her son Vice-President Rahul Gandhi have, so far, not congratulated BJP and Mr. Narendra Modi for their victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections. This is the least elementary courtesy expected of a vanquished leader and party in a democracy. All political leaders and parties have been following this practice in the past. Even Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh spoke to Mr. Modi and congratulated him. All what Mrs. Sonia Gandhi stated in her first Press meet on May 16 acknowledging defeat of Congress was that she wished well for the new government. Her son had kept silent.

What does all this indicate? Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's conduct is not in keeping with the Indian traditions and ethos. Mrs. Gandhi took a long period of about 12 years to seek and get Indian citizenship after her marriage to late Rajiv Gandhi. This only shows that even if Mrs. Gandhi has become a citizen of this great country, she has not so far become an Indian in her heart. She has not become one with the Indian way of life and culture. It looks only the label has changed and the person remains the same as before.

As far as our knowledge goes, this elementary courtesy is followed all over the world, at least in the democratic world and even in the country of her birth. The defeated leaders hail their opponent's victory and congratulate them.

It is pertinent to recall that when former President of India Giani Zail Singh died, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi had failed to pay her respects to the departed soul. She had refrained from visiting his residence and expressing her condolences. She seems to have not forgotten the bitter relations her husband late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had with President Zail Singh. But that behavior is un-Indian. We in India pay our tributes even to our enemy on his death and visit his/her home uninvited. What should the people of India construe from this behavior of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and her son?

Note: The results were declared on Friday, the 16th May. According to Press reports Mrs. Gandhi sent a congratulatory letter to Mr. Modi on Tuesday, the 20th May which was made public actually on Thursday, the May 22 after it was a talk of the town and the media of Mrs. Gandhi's courtesy lapse. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Sentiment MODI HAS ARRIVED

Sunday Sentiment

As the last two phases of polling on May 7 and 12 slowly inch towards a grand finale, the final picture, for sure, shall be know only on the afternoon of May 16. But the trends of reporting in the media have started trickling in of the mood of the electorate indicating that the BJP-led NDA is marching forward to dethrone the much disgraced Congress—led UPA government of Dr. Manmohan Singh where nothing moved without a nod from the Congress supremo Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and her son Vice-President Rahul Gandhi catapulted to the forefront for the last over one year with a definite plan to project him as the prime ministerial candidate.

There was, no doubt, something which has remained so far undisclosed what made Mrs. Sonia Gandhi surprise every Congressman by hurling the bombshell of ‘sacrifice’ after she returned from meeting the then President of India, Dr. APJ Kalam, where she had gone to seek an invitation to form a government with a claim for majority support to give a stable government. Whatever perceptible or not, the fact remains that the game was well-played. If she had not made the supreme “sacrifice” she would have then just remained a Prime Minister, but the ‘sacrifice’ gave her laddoos  in her hands. She virtually became a super Prime Minister. While her protégée Dr. Manmohan Singh had the post of Prime Minister, he had not the power; Mrs. Gandhi held no office but had full power and control. As a result she grabbed all the bouquets for anything and everything done by Manmohan government, she pushed every brickbat for failure towards Manmohan Singh. As Chairman of the extra-constitutional authority of National Advisory Council (NAC) she was the fountainhead of most of the policy decisions of the government and drafted enactments just to be presented to Parliament for approval. The Council of Ministers had just been reduced to the position of an implementing authority which owed an explanation to her for daring to delay implementation or defy her. Later, the Prime Minister had to look for a yes not just Mrs. Gandhi but from Rahul Gandhi too. He was instrumental in making UPA government to stage a smart about-turn on a policy on which it and Congress felt proud of.  In sum, it derailed the authority of the Prime Minister.

From all indications  an NDA government under Mr. Narendra Modi as Prime Minister is more than certain. Media reports suggest that BJP may make its presence felt even in States, like West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra ,where in the past its score had been zero. Media has started asking Mr. Modi what will he do on different matters and issues, as if he has already arrived on the scene. This has rattled the confidence of the Congress leaders. That explains their irrational, immature and irresponsible diatribes against Mr. Modi and BJP. Same is true of the other UPA partners and supporters from within or outside. Frustration is writ large on their faces and tongue. According to media reports, the satta bazaar has stopped betting and trading on the possibility of Mr. Rahul emerging as prime minister.

In a way the Congress leadership too has started seeing the writing on the wall. Important Congress ministers and functionaries, like Mr. Salman Khurshid and Ahmed Patel, have started dwelling on the post-result political scenario. One has claimed that Congress will form a government with the support of the ‘secular’ front, the other has spoken of helping it form a government to keep Mr. Modi out.  But that may be, on the one hand, a ruse not to let the morale of workers and leaders down for the remaining phases of polling and, one the other, can just be called as the last straw for a drowning party.

By all counts, the media, the opinion polls and the general perception among the masses is that BJP is sure to emerge as the single largest party and NDA the single largest pre-poll alliance. Its tally is likely to be near about the magic figure of 272 if not a clear majority and further support will swell voluntarily as the results start trickling down. If Congress is banking on any helping hand from its former “trouble-shooter” and now President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, it is hoping against hope. The President is not likely to do anything that goes against the precedents and the spirit of the Constitution.
Another indication is the fact that Congress wanted to nominate a judge for the so-called Snoopgate investigation before May 16, the day when results were to be out. That it wanted to haste appointing a judge in implementation of cabinet decision taken in December last shows that it had no hope of returning to power. All it wanted was to embarrass the new government. If it had the slightest hope, it would not have decided to go ahead with appointing a judge. The Congress could very well do this after being returned to power again. But it had read the writing on the wall. It is good that, in the end, good sense prevailed. But the likes of Kapil Sibal and Sushil Kumar Shinde once again left the Congress red-faced. It once again proved that Congress never consulted its allies and was taking such important decisions unilaterally in a fascist manner. 

Therefore, by all means there is nothing to stop Mr. Narendra Modii enter 7 Race Course Road and form an NDA government after a decade.  It will be a new era of hope and happiness for the nation.                                           ***

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Modi marriage controversy

"Tu kaun (Who are you)?" so goes a Punjab saying, ”Main Khaamkhah"  (I am an unnecessary, unwanted intruder). Same is true about the unnecessary controversy that has been raked up by Congress leaders about Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Shri Narendra Modi declaring  Mrs. Jashodaben as his spouse. The Congress whose supremo Mrs. Sonia Gandhi refuses to disclose her religion to an RTI query claiming it to be a "personal" matter, appears to think otherwise of an individual's marriage about 50 years back when he was nobody in public. To Congress it is not a matter "personal" between Shri Modi and his spouse but a matter of the great party's grave concern. They are shedding crocodile electoral tears at Mrs. Jashodaben's plight’’ and are fighting for her rights as a spouse — the rights she has never sought.

The Congress also forgets the old saying that jab miaan beewi raazi, to kya karega kaazi?(When both the husband and wife are in agreement, what can kaazi – an official who interprets what is wrong or right according to religious addicts — do?) But the Congress as an organization drowning in the violent anti-current in the ocean of current Lok Sabha elections is desperately trying to catch every straw to save itself. It is usurping the role of akaazi whose help has not been sought by anyone.
The woman is undergoing fasts to pray to God to make her husband the prime minister of the country. She has never spoken a word in remorse. But Congress has assumed the role of a pleader for whom the plaintiff or defendant has not signed its vakalatnama in the party's favour. They are ignorant of the elementary requirement of our law that nobody can plead anybody's case unless he/she has an authorization signed and presented in a court of law.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) seems too eager to prove itself to be an arm of the Congress. It too has suo moto jumped in to take the stand which Congress has, forgetting that there is no petition before it for consideration from any of the parties. In the past NCW has taken a very strict legal and procedural stand in many cases saying that the aggrieved party has not approached it. But it is too kind and condescending in Mrs. Jashodaben's case.

Dr. Deepika Sharma while participating in a discussion on a media channel raised a very pertinent point. She said that Congress and certain sections of media were ignorng the great sacrifice both Shri Modi and Mrs. Jashodaben had made during the last fifty years of their life for the cause of the society and the nation.

This chest beating by a section of political parties and the media raises one more point. If one of the two brothers acquires all the property of their father giving nothing to the other and the latter makes no issue or grievance of it, does anybody have a right to make a brouhaha?

Another point. A number of cases can be quoted of Congress leaders having left their spouses in lurch for other friends or having extra-marital affairs. Can Congress party publicly affirm that it supports the conduct of Congress leaders and that the latter have been very kind and judicious towards their aggrieved spouses? Why have they not created a hullabaloo for their cases? Only because doing so would not fetch them any political dividend? Why does NCW keep its eyes blind to all such happenings of denial of justice to women within the Congress four walls?

How does the Congress Party forget the treatment their leader, the late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi meted out to her daughter-in-law Mrs. Maneka Gandhu, widow of late Sanjay Gandhi and threw her out of her house with an infant child in her lap? Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was then a great backroom player in the whole drama. Do Mrs. Maneka and her son Varun not have an equal share and legal rights to the property and legacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family as do Mrs. Sonia and Mr. Rahul Gandhi have? Was the treatment given to Mrs. Maneka Gandhi family right? They owe an explanation to the general public.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SUNDAY SENTIMENT Patna Hunkar Rally Modi braved terror & opponents' threat Saved Bihar and nation of a catastrophe

Patna Hunkar Rally
Modi braved terror & opponents' threat Saved Bihar and nation of a catastrophe

By Amba Charan Vashishth

Most counties, like USA and UK, have succeeded in eliminating terror from their soil. India with enormous resources of men and material at her command has failed to do so. Terror is a national problem eating into the vitals of this country. It is crying for a national resolution. But our politicians motivated not by considerations of national interest, but lured by narrow political and electoral considerations, do not wish to take a united stand against terror. They do not wish to commit political harakari because if they stop indulging in retailing in politics of opportunism, of 'secularism-communalism' they will, then, have to down their shutters.

Political parties in India, particularly those claiming to be ‘secular’, play the minority card to bloat their vote banks. Congress stands amply exposed on this score. Spurred by communal considerations of vote bank politics JD (U) too did not lag behind. This was amply demonstrated when Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) government in Bihar refused to take custody of the dreaded terrorist and Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal. That was the reason, according to press reports, why the National Inquiry Agency (NIA) had to be called in.


There is no gainsaying the fact that only two main political parties, JD (U) and Congress, were feeling nervous of the BJP’s 27 September Hunkar Rally in Gandhii Maidan, Patna to be addressed by BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Nitish government tried its best to put every obstacle to see that the rally did not materialize. First, it cancelled the permission for the Rally in the historic Gandhi Maidan taking the plea that the President of India would be in town on that day for a two-day visit and it would be difficult to provide adequate security because  Bihar police hands would be tied up with President’s security.  Refusing to be a pawn in this political controversy, President Pranab Mukherjee curtailed his visit to one day. Nitish government was then left with no other alternative but to acquiesce into granting permission for the rally.
It is the moral and legal duty of any government to provide security to both the political leaders addressing the rally and people joining it. The Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is on record having claimed that his ministry had sent advance inputs about the threat to the rally. In spite of that, the terrorists could strike at the Patna railway station and in and around the Gandhi Maidan itself. There are reports that although the Bihar government claimed to have sanitized the area five times, yet bombs exploded inside the venue of the rally and a few feet from the dais from where the national BJP leaders addressed the meeting.
Eulogizing the BJP leaders of ""for their remarkable presence of mind, equanimity and far-sightedness in underplaying the bomb blasts, in his signed editorial in November 2013 issue of the SOUTH ASIA POLITICS  the Editor Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap lamented that "from media reports it is obvious that ….basic security drill was not followed, intelligence inputs were ignored, necessary security measures were not taken, there were no metal detectors or CCTVs installed, anti-bomb squads were missing, and on the whole, the approach seemed to be casual, callous and negligent." Bombs exploded while the rally was on.
Bihar government, for unexplained reasons, failed to discharge its constitutional obligation to provide security to those attending the rally. It was surprising that although 8 innocent people had died and more than 100 persons had been injured, some seriously, yet the Bihar government had no regret and on the contrary, was found finding fault with Mr. Narendra Modi and organizers for the tragedy.
JD (U) government claimed that Mr. Modi was informed of the blasts when he alighted at Patna airport and advised not to proceed to the rally site. Brushing aside the advice and the threat Mr. Modi forged ahead for the rally. So did the other leaders — BJP national President Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and other national and State BJP leaders.
Mr. Modi rose to the occasion and displayed a rare sense of courage and foresightedness in not abandoning the rally. He knew that his doing so would trigger instant panic and stampede resulting in possible death of not less than a few thousand from the crowd of more than five lakhs. That would also have painted Mr. Modi as a coward too keen for his own safety while  exposing lakhs of his supporters who had come from far and wide to an unfortunate orgy of death and destitution. The NIA charge-sheet against the persons accused, according to Press reports, states that their intention was to trigger a stampede killing thousands. Had the BJP leaders not been that prudent, they would have fallen in the trap laid by the terrorists and had only been instrument in terrorists realising their goal.
The speakers at the rally too did not give the slightest hint of anything being  amiss. They addressed the people as if nothing had happened. They trivialised bomb explosions as sound of cracker and tyre bursts which needed just to be ignored. In the process, they exposed their own life to great risk.
Five low intensity bombs exploded in the Gandhi maidan during the Hoonkar rally of Narendra Modi on October 27, four live bombs were recovered from the same venue later after end of the rally. In subsequent days, five more live bombs were found inside the maidan during search operation by Patna police and CRPF.
Everything else is self-evident, nothing more to elaborate.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: UPA has failed the country: Jaitley

Special interview

UPA has failed the country: Jaitley

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Shri Arun Jaitley, has behind him an illustrious career both as a leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and as a leading national figure of BJP.  He was also President of the Delhi University Students' Union. He distinguished himself as the Law Minister in Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee's NDA government. He has also served the BJP as its general secretary and party spokesperson. His sharp and apt comments and intellectual prowess leaves his political opponents dumbfounded.  Amba Charan Vashishth interviewed him in the first week of August at his residence in New Delhi. The recent Pak intrusion into Indian side of Line of Control killing five of our brave soldiers has given Shri Jaitley's comment that "the UPA government has failed the country"  more substance and credence. Shri Jaitley freely answered wide-range of questions on various issues. Excerpts:

How does the political scenario in the country look to you at the moment?
There is an atmosphere of cynicism, anger, disgust in the country. People are extremely upset and angry. Their anguish is on account of deteriorating economic scenario in the country. The state of governance is extremely poor. Investment has almost stopped. Rupee has been devalued. Indian economy is becoming non-competitive. The whole era of showcasing the Indian economy to rest of the world is over. There is indecisiveness in the leadership. People are feeling vacuum of leadership. The UPA has failed the country. The outgoing leadership of UPA is non-inspirational. Those whom they are projecting as incoming leadership has not been able to establish his credentials. Corruption has further disillusioned people. Linking national security issues to vote bank politics rather than security has further caused concern in the country. The result of all these factors is that people are looking for change. People are looking for a hope.  In this situation people look towards BJP. They look at us with a huge sense of hope. They have one grievance with the BJP. The people of this country are willing to bring about a change. They want BJP to be ready to lead the change. And I only hope we are able to qualify for that aspiration of the people.
How far has the UPA decision to carve out Telangana changed the political and electoral scene in Andhra Pradesh?
See, the two political parties genuinely committed to Telangana are TRS and BJP. The UPA never wanted to create Telangana. In fact the Justice Shrikrishna report was a half-hearted effort merely intended to delay the process of Telangana.  Today their allies are marginalized in both coastal Andhra ,Rayalaseema and also in Telangana. The UPA has created Telangana not out of ideological conviction but merely because of political convenience. I only hope that they are able to walk the talk. But at the end of the day I don`t see UPA will be benefitted out of creation of Telangana because people in Telangana  know that UPA commitment to Telangana was not real. They will face a wrath in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema without much of gain in Telangana. It is a lose-lose situation for the UPA.
Congress seems determined to push through its political and electoral agenda during the monsoon session of Parliament this month. What is your assessment?
 Monsoon session of parliament is for only sixteen days. Out of these sixteen days four or five days are Fridays when private member's business is transacted. How much business they will be able to transact in all 12 days? I think Congress has consciously shortened the session because it is uncomfortable during parliament session. Therefore, there is external and internal barbados.
What do you think about the Food Security Ordinance recently promulgated?
I personally am in support of the idea of right to food. The right to livelihood can`t be in the abstract. It must inherently feed every stomach. I am one of those who genuinely feel committed to the fact of state subsidising food at least to the weaker sections. Now this extent of reach of the food, the quantum and quantity of the food to be given must be nutritious. It must reach the largest number of the people and the distribution network government is able to create must be effective. The earlier PDS has shown a lot of leakages and food going back into the system through the black market. And I only hope that does not happen because of the infrastructure for distribution has not been effectively created.
Do you think that Ordinance is going to have any impact in the coming State assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha elections?
I think it is for political purposes. But how much political advantage they will get, they will try and do that best. But I have my serious doubts. Ultimately it is the state governments which already have effective food programmes.  Some BJP ruled States already have effective PDS programme which is much better than Food Security Ordinance.
Elections to State assemblies in four important States of Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are going to be held in the last quarter of this year. What are your expectations for BJP?
The main political advantage is that the political environment in this country is in our favour. In battle for leadership, we are way ahead of them. The electoral agenda of issues is loaded against them. I, therefore, think we have a good chance for winning all the four States. If we miss out any one State, it will not be their politics, probably will be our internal problems.
It is BJP's prerogative to announce its prime ministerial candidate at what time. But media and certain opposition groups have raised a controversy on some probable names. But the same media is silent on demanding Congress to announce its prime ministerial candidate. How do you see the situation?
See I tell you, we have so far appointed Shri Narinder Modi as Chairman of Election Campaign Committee. Obviously, Narendra Bhai’s name creates a lot of buzz and news as far as media is concerned and, therefore, there is a lot of excitement. There are groups and opinion against him. There is a very large and overwhelming opinion in his favour. In fact, he has, to a great extent, captured the imagination and support of the BJP cadres and of the political constituency that supports the BJP. It is, however, upto the national party through its Parliamentary Board to announce the name and finallise it at the appropriate time. But I am convinced that in the battle for leadership we are way ahead. The Congress has nobody to match the personality of some of our leaders. That is why they are trying to duck the leadership fight. Hence, you have statements coming from Congress leaders saying they may not even declare their leader.
UPA government and PMO recently refused to divulge information under RTI about Robert Vadra on the excuse of confidentiality. Earlier, it refused information about Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's treatment abroad at public expense. Now PMO has refused to share with people the information about the utilization of funds collected from people in the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. On the one hand, Congress claims credit for having given people the RTI and on the other, it is denying information to people. What does it mean?
You see, they want to claim the credit for bringing the Right to Information Act but they also want to effectively deprive by using the exception. On matter of corruption and on matters of use and misuse of public funds, there cannot be ground of confidentiality.
How satisfied are you with the pace of investigation into the 2G spectrum, Coalgate, Railgate and other scams?
I am not satisfied as far as 2G case is concerned. The matter is pending in the court but the JPC which was to come out with its findings is being prevented by UPA members from coming to an effective findings. In Coalgate, UPA government was caught red-handed when its minister was trying to interfere with the preparation of CBI status report which was to be submitted to the Supreme Court. They tried to doctor that report. The Railgate comes to me as the bolt from the blue where minister and his family members are involved in the matter of auctioning important positions in the Railways and, at the same time, you find those who took the decision instead of being an accused have been made prime witnesses.
In the Isharat Jahan case, Congress government has put CBI and IB at daggers against each other. How do you see the situation?
Well, the Ishrat Jahan case was an IB operation. Now the facts are in public domain. It is clear now. You can’t uncover the functioning of the security agencies of India. Security agencies always function under a cover. Now when you uncover them and ask police investigation to investigate their functioning, you are hurting national security. That is what the UPA government is doing.
Recently, a group of MPs petitioned the US President not to grant visa to Shri Narendra Modi. How do you see the development?
It is highly improper that MPs decided to petition the US President. My personal advice to Shri Narinder Modi would be that he should not apply for US visa. Since 2005 he has actually not applied for it. The refusal of US to give him a visa is not the failure of the BJP or of Narinder Modi; it is failure of India’s foreign policy where this UPA government is mute spectator to the fact that the top elected leader in Indian democracy can be denied a visa and Government of India becomes a mute spectator.
How strong and united is BJP to face the challenge of ensuing State assembly and Lok Sabha elections next year?
We are united and determined. We lost two elections. We can’t afford to lose a third and I am sure there is great enthusiasm in our cadres also.               ***

Monday, April 8, 2013

कांग्रेस ने बनाया नरेन्‍द्र मोदी को धर्मराज

कांग्रेस ने बनाया नरेन्‍द्र मोदी को धर्मराज

राजनीति वस्‍तुत: एक अखाड़ा ही बन गई है जहां राजनीति के पहलवान बुद्धि से नहीं दाव-पेच से जीतते हैं। पर कई बार यह दावपेच उल्‍टे भी पड़ जाते हैं। इसका नवीनतम् उदाहरण है कांग्रेस पार्टी की वह प्रतिक्रिया जो उसने तब दी जब गुजरात के  मुख्‍य मन्‍त्री नरेन्‍द्र मोदी ने कहा कि गुजरात के बाद अब उनको देश की सेवा कर राष्‍ट्र का ऋण चुकाना है।

इस कथन पर कांग्रेस प्रतिक्रिया की तो कोई आवश्‍यकता नहीं थी, खास कर इतनी तीब्र व कटु कि कांग्रेस प्रवक्‍ता राशिद अलवी ने तो नरेन्‍द्र मोदी की तुलना यमराज से ही कर डाली। पर जो यमराज की अवधारणा को जानते हैं वह तो समझते हैं कि ऐसा कह कर तो अलवी ने मोदी की आलोचना नहीं उल्‍टे स्‍तुति ही कर डाली है। कांग्रेस के यह नेता शायद नहीं जानते कि यमराज को तो धर्मराज माना जाता है क्‍योंकि वह किसी से अन्‍याय नहीं करते। मृत्‍यु के बाद जो प्राणी उनके पास लाया जाता है वह उसके भले और बुरे कर्मों के आधार पर उसे स्‍वर्ग या नर्क भेज देते हैं। हमारी सरकार के पास तो यह अधिकार है कि वह अपने विवेक के आधार पर किसी घोर अपराधी को भी बक्ष्‍श दे पर यमराज ऐसा कुछ नहीं करते क्‍योंकि वह तो धर्मराज हैं और उन्‍हें तो बस व्‍यक्ति के कर्म के अनुसार अपना धर्म ही निभाना है। वह न पक्षपात करते हैं और न द्वेश ही। न पापी को स्‍वर्ग भेजते हैं और न पवित्र आत्‍मा को नर्क।

दूसरे, यमराज मृत्‍यु देते नहीं हैं। वह तो व्‍यक्ति को उसके भाग्‍य व कर्मों के अनुसार अपनी जीवनलीला पूरी कर लेने पर अपने पास बुला लेते हैं। प्राणी को अपने कर्मों के अनुसार दण्‍ड भोगना पड़ता है। इस प्रकार यमराज तो हमारे राजनीतिक शासकों से तो कहीं अच्‍छे हैं जो दुष्‍ट व अपराधी को राजनीतिक कारणों से संरक्षण देते हैं और सज़ा से बचाते हैं और निर्दोष की रक्षा करने में विफल साबित होते हैं।

कांग्रेस ने तो यह कह कर कि उन्‍हें आशा है कि मोदी देश के बाकी हिस्‍सों में वह कुछ नहीं करेंगे जो उन्‍होंने गुजरात में किया है, यह आभास दे दिया कि कांग्रेस अब यह मानकर चल रही है कि मोदी का तो प्रधान मन्‍त्री बनना तय ही है। कांग्रेस भूल जाती है कि सांप्रदायिक दंगों के मामले में कांग्रेस के हाथ मोदी से भी ज्‍़यादा रंगे पड़े हैं। जनता ने 2002 के दंगों के बाद गुजरात विधान सभा चुनाव में मोदी को लगातार तीसरी बार विजय दी है। जो और जितनी विजय उन्‍होंने भाजपा को दिलाई है वह अल्‍पसंख्‍यक समर्थन के बिना सम्‍भव नहीं हो सकती।

उधर यह भी एक सत्‍य है कि 2002 के दंगों के बाद मोदी के राज में गुजरात में सांप्रदायिक सौहार्द है और कोई दंगा नहीं हुआ जब कि कांग्रेस शासित प्रदेशों, विशेषकर राजस्‍थान, आंध्र प्रदेश, महाराष्‍ट्र व असम में तो पिछले दो-तीन साल में कई बार हो चुके हैं और आजकल भी हो रहे हैं।

जिस दंगों की कालिख की बात कांग्रेस गुजरात में करती है, उससे तो अधिक कालिख पुती थी 1984 में सिख विरोधी दंगों में। गुजरात में हिन्‍दुओं समेत मरने वालों की संख्‍या तीन हज़ार से भी कम है जबकि 1984 में केवल दिल्‍ली में ही 3000 हज़ार से अधिक सिख मारे गये थे। तब सिख विराधी दंगे केवल कांग्रेस शासित प्रदेशों में ही घटे थे, अन्‍यत्र कहीं नहीं। सांप्रदायिक हिंसा की बलि चढ़ने वाले सिखों की संख्‍या तो सारे देश में पांच हज़ार से भी अधिक है। ऊपर से तत्‍कालीन प्रधान मन्‍त्री राजीव गांधी ने तो यह कह दिया था कि जब कोई बड़ा वृक्ष गिरता है तो नीचे की ज़मीन ज़ोर से हिलती ही है। मोदी ने तो ऐसा कुछ नहीं कहा था। गुजरात दंगों में संल्लिप्‍त कई बड़े-बड़े राजनीतिक नेता सज़ा भी भुगत रहे हैं और अनेक के विरूद्ध अदालतों में मुकद्दमें चल रहे हैं। पर सिख विरोधी दंगों के मामले में ऐसा कहना सम्‍भव नहीं है। 28 साल से अधिक समय बीत जाने के बाद भी पीडि़त सिख परिवार न्‍याय के लिये दर-दर की ठोकरें खा रहे हैं। ऐसी स्थिति में उंगली भाजपा व मोदी पर ही क्‍यों उठती है और कांग्रेस व राजीव गांधी पर क्‍यों नहीं।                             ***