veeresh bellur | 27 Nov 01:03 2012
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[rti_india] MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO GOVERNOR

 


FEDERATION OF RTI ACTIVISTS – KARNATAKA

BANGALORE  - E MAIL : rtikarnataka-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org

 

To

     Shri. H R Bharadwaj

     Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka

     Rajbhavan, Bangalore 560 001                 26.11.2012

 

Respected Sir,

 

Prominent Citizens, RTI Activists and Members of various RTI Activist Organisations condemn the brutal killing of Whistle Blower and Journalist LINGARAJU on the early hours of 20th November 2012.

 

We congratulate Bangalore Police for arresting Govindaraja husband of Azad Nagar Corporator Gowramma and 8 others involved in the crime as Supari Killers.

 

We demand the following Action from the Governmnent and from the appropriate authorities.

 

1.       Denial of bail for all the arrested persons till completion of the trial.

2.      Establishment of a Special Court for Speedy Trial of the case.

3.      Appointment of a Senior Advocate as a Special Prosecutor.

4.      Immediate attachment of property of Govindaraju and Azad Nagar Corporator Gowramma.

5.      Protect all Prosecution Witnesses.

6.      Protection of family members of Lingaraju.

7.      Proper Investigation of the case by a Senior Police Officer not below the rank of a Superintendent of Police.

8.      Proper Investigation of all cases pending before the Karnataka Lokayukta including disproportionate Assets Case.

 

 

PROTECT RTI USERS – SAVE RTI.

B.H.VEERESHA 
MAHITHI HAKKUADHYAYANA KENDRA 
54, 17THCROSS, MCLAYOUT 
VIJAYANAGAR, BANGALORE-560040

Karnataka

India


 THE RIGHT TO KNOW

           KEEP GOVT ACCOUNTABLE

R T I

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    veeresh bellur | 27 Nov 01:02 2012
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    [rti_india] SUBMISSION OF MEMORANDUM TO GOVERNOR

     



    B.H.VEERESHA 
    MAHITHI HAKKUADHYAYANA KENDRA 
    54, 17THCROSS, MCLAYOUT 
    VIJAYANAGAR, BANGALORE-560040

    Karnataka

    India


     THE RIGHT TO KNOW

               KEEP GOVT ACCOUNTABLE

    R T I

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      Syed Tanveeruddin | 24 Nov 13:16 2012
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      [rti_india] karnataka preservation of trees act - views as on friday, october 12, 2012 [1 Attachment]

       
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      -----Original Message-----
      Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 7:21 am
      Subject: karnataka preservation of trees act - views as on friday, october 12, 2012

      I've been unable to give my inputs / suggestions in detail due to the unavailability of time. 
       
      The preservation of trees can/could perhaps be genuinely achieved upto a certain extent if no official from the Municipality and Urban Development Authority or politician is made a member of the tree authority. 
       
      About a year ago the husband of a lady corporator (of some locality/area near Kuvempunagar in Mysore City) allegedly razed the trees inside the park in the name of development by claiming that the then Mayor (Mr. Sandesh Swamy) had allegedly given permission for their razing in his official capacity as the Chairman / Chairperson / Supremo of the Tree Authority. 
       
      Only the Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) should be given the right for the surgical / scientific trimming / pruning of the tree branches by providing adequate manpower, equipment and vehicles. The trimming / pruning of tree branches by the linemen of Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMs) and/or Electricity Supply Corporations (ESCs) should be made illegal and should be permitted only under/in the rarest of the rare cases/circumstances or during emergencies. 
       
      There should be an exemplary punishment for the policemen who claim that the protection of trees is not one of their duties and brazenly ask the citizens not to inform the police about illegal tree fellings / razings either telephonically (to the control rooms) or by/through SMS/SMSes or by email. 
       
      People attending public hearing should not have any covert / overt / direct / indirect affiliation to any political party. Anti-social elements (claiming their political affiliation to RWAs) had tried to hijack an open air public hearing conducted near the Lalitha Mahal Road in June 2009 regarding/on the proposal to indiscriminately and unnecessarily / needlessly fell 200 plus trees to widen the Lalitha Mahal Road in Mysore City in order to convert it into a expressway for VVIP and VIP Traffic. So one of the Green NGOs had allegedly claimed to have the brought the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists to counter them. Fortunately the then DCF did not give permission to fell the trees after the public hearing as most members of the general public (from the entire city) objected against/to the tree felling. It was only because the then Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Ms. Sashwati Mishra was a lady forest officer of an unimpeachable honesty and integrity. 
       
      A couple of weeks after the public hearing she was cornered by the elected (MLAs / Corporators) and unelected politicians (Ex-MLAs and Ex-Corporators) and officials of various departments [Public Works Department (PWD),  Mysore City Police (MCP), Mysore City Corporation (MCC), Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA),] ..etc. but the lady forest officer fortunately stood her ground (like Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai of post-Independent India). 
       
      The Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) of all the Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) officials should be written only by the Karnataka Forest Department officials (IFS officers) and not by the IAS/KAS officers as there have been alleged instances of honest DCFs yielding to relentless pressure and alleged threats from some alleged Deputy Commissioners of Mysore to give permission to tree fellings in the name of development ever since the JNNURM funds were sanctioned for Mysore City. 
       
      One of the former ACFs of Mysore had claimed in June 2011 that since the raintree is not a native species the large hearted / dariya dilwaala / dodda manassina / hrudayada forest department cannot or could not deny permission to fell it. So, any usage of the phrase "suitable native species" anywhere / somewhere in the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act or Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976 (KPT Act, 1976) may/might (God forbid) have disastrous / dangerous consequences / repercussions for preservation of trees in the entire state of Karnataka. There are hundreds of raintrees in Mysore City which includes the Mysore Zoo. If the flawed logic of the Ex-ACF of Mysore is accepted then the Mysore City will/would soon become a Mini Thar Desert. 
       
      One of the DCFs whom I'd met in person in June 2011 had claimed that the moment someone files a/an formal/informal application that the tree is obstructing vehicular traffic the forest department had no other option but to give permission to fell the tree by default as a thumb rule. I could see the tension on his face as the then Deputy Commissioner was allegedly pressuring him to give permission to fell at least two out of four raintrees  opposite to the Mysore Zoo Entrance/Gate. 
       
      The Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) was almost ready to give permission to fell / raze / axe / cut 300 plus trees (most of them raintrees) to oblige the desperate requests of the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) to construct an ill conceived treeless Raja Marga / Royal Path along the yearly / annual Jumboo Savari / Dasara Procession route as the Mysore district administration desperately wanted the proposed treeless Raja Marga to resemble the Rajpath in New Delhi. This Raja Marga is being constructed/laid just for the sake of one day (Vijayadashami) and just for the sake of Dasara Procession. Several 100s/hundreds of trees, tree roots/branches/trunks have been mutilated in 2011 because the MCC and the forest department believe that permission will/should be formally/informally granted to any work that is being carried out in the name of development. 
       
      Applications are being filed for tree felling claiming that the tree leaves and flowers fall on the buildings / roofs / cars / two-wheelers and the trees or tree branches are obstructing the visibility of wine stores / pubs / liquor shops. The Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976 or KPT Act, 1976 which has withstood the test of time perhaps till/until 1989/1990 needs to be fine tuned so that the tree is not demonised / demonized / perceived / imagined as an omnipresent obstructionist for the free flow of vehicular traffic and so that none of its clauses / sub-clauses / sections / subsections are maliciously / intentionally / deliberately misinterpreted / misconstrued / misused. 
       
      Most/Some of the Executive Members or Directors of a local RWA (Residents' Welfare Association) may/might nurse/have political ambitions (either for themselves or for their relatives or family members) and are usually directly / indirectly / covertly / overtly affiliated to some political party or the other. For instance the lady corporator of the right wing party of the locality/area (Siddharthanagar, Mysore City) in which I reside is also one of the 15 directors of the RWA. The RWA unfortunately tries to appease her in whichever way it can/could. So, it becomes conflict of vested/self interests unless and until each and every member of the (proposed) tree committee (if any) at the ward level is non-political/apolitical and is not remote controlled by vested/self interests. 
       
      Tanveer (Syed Tanveeruddin, Siddharthanagar, Ward Number 63, Mysore)
       
       
       
      Due to some technical fault with the petitionsite the number of target signatures have been unfortunately and embarrassingly increased to 1000 (without manual/my intervention) and I the petition creator have been unable to reset / restore it back to 100 as none of the petitions on the above website can/could be edited / updated for the past one year or so (since 2011).
       
      http://www.petitiononline.com/treesact/   (Fully in English) 
       
      http://www.petitiononline.com/kpttrees/ (Tree types trilingually in English, Hindi and Kannada) 
       
      Tanveer / तन्वीर / ತನ್ವೀರ್
      Syed Tanveeruddin / सैयद तन्वीरुद्दीन / ಸೈಯದ್ ತನ್ವೀರುದ್ದೀನ್
      Mysore, Karnataka / मैसूर, कर्नाटक / ಮೈಸೂರು, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ


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        growth | 22 Nov 04:30 2012
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        [rti_india] Wrong Interpretation of Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 information as personal infor

         

        Wrong Interpretation of Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 information as personal information and exempted under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005.
        Girish Ramchandra Deshpande Versus Cen. Information Commr. & Ors.
        Supreme Court of India Logic to deny information
        if some document is exempted for its certain part, then similar information to non exempted part is also exempted under RTI act.
        Fault in the logic given in the Supreme Court order.
        1. All the information contain in the exempted document became exempt. (it make Section 10 of RTI Act redundant).As per Section 10 of RTI Act, information , which is not covered/ exemption under Section 8/9 of the RTI Act, 2005 should be given from exempted document .
        2. Information denied are Section 4 information. There is a strong Public interest displayed as per the fact given by the Supreme Court of India ( Government is giving similar information proactively . Information/ detail of Politician / Government servant is on different footing than the private individual. Supreme Court of India
        Complete summarised note is on web.
        https://docs.google.com/document/d/19RZEvjSINuR9cEcxFM56U12UGKEWrXkq9Rzd_R_ywew/edit

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          M.K. Gupta | 19 Nov 06:14 2012
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          CIC to issue notices to ED in oil-for-food scam

          KUDOS TO CIC - ANOTHER AGENCY WORKING FOR CLEAN ADMN.

                                                           Source: Indian Express, 18.11.2012.

          CIC to issue notices to ED in oil-for-food scam

          The Central Information Commission (CIC) is all set to issue notices to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to produce files related to the oil-for-food scam which led to the ouster of former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh from the Cabinet.

          The CIC's step comes two years after the Supreme Court had rejected the plea of ED challenging the order of the then Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah directing it to produce files for perusal before deciding on its disclosure.

          The case could not proceed because of the changes in the post of Chief Information Commissioners, CIC sources said.

          After the matter was brought to the notice of Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra, he immediately ordered his staff to issue notices in this regard which may be sent in the coming week, they said.

          The CIC had directed the Enforcement Directorate, an exempted organisation under the RTI Act, to produce the file of the probe into the scam for its perusal to decide on its disclosure under the Act.
          "In our view, the impugned order does not suffer from any patent legal infirmity requiring interference under Article 136 of the Constitution," the Supreme Court had said on the CIC directions and asked the ED to produce all relevant material before the transparency panel.

          The case relates to application filed by RTI applicant Arun Agrawal who had sought the entire file containing note sheets relating to the report of Virendra Dayal, appointed by the government as special envoy to coordinate with UN officials on the Paul Volcker Committee report.
          The Paul Volcker Committee was set up by the United Nations in April, 2004 to probe corruption and fraud in its oil-for-food Programme in Iraq, in which name of former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh also allegedly figured as a beneficiary.

          Venkatraman Ns | 17 Nov 15:58 2012
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          USE RTI TO EFFECTIVELY UNDO CORRUPTION IN INDIA




          N.S .Venkataraman
          Trustee
          Nandini Voice For The Deprived
          Chennai
          Email:- nsvenkatchennai-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org

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                          USE  RTI  TO EFFECTIVELY  UNDO  CORRUPTION  IN INDIA

           Right to Information  Act (RTI)  is a potent weapon that should be effectively used to to undo the corruption in India.  In today's circumstances, this is the best tool that is available for the citizens and should  be effectively utilised.  Several people seem to think that Lokpal Bill when passed in Parliament would root out the corruption.  While the Lokpal Bill is nowhere in sight, it remains to be seen how effective it would be if and when enacted.

          Citizens who want to fight corruption should raise questions to the government departments under RTI Act regularly and frequently, that would enable them to ascertain facts and bring out the truth to public domain and knowledge of the country men.  this would certainly promote transparency in government dealings and put fear in the minds of the corrupt elements. There have been many instances of questions raised under the RTI act not being answered in time or adequately by the government departments. The Information Commissioners are also not doing the work to the satisfaction but these are all issues that can be sorted out by committed and determined RTI activists.

          Today, there are many facts that have been revealed by the use of RTI Act but there is no way that such information would be conveyed to the public, as the media seldom publicise them. Nandini Voice For The Deprived, a Chennai based NGO has been repeatedly appealing to the visual and print media to allot some space atleast once in a week to publicise the relevant and significant information obtained by using RTI Act.  But, the media is not responding.

          Nandini Voice For The Deprived, a monthly journal published from Chennai would be pleased to publish the highlights of the information gained through the use of RTI Act in every issue and also publicise the same in its blog. Those interested can send the details to Editor, Nandini Voice For The Deprived email:- nsvenkatchennai-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org

          Thanks

          N.S.Venkataraman
          Trustee
          Nandini Voice For The Deprived


          Syed Tanveeruddin | 16 Nov 05:18 2012
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          [rti_india] meeting to discuss inadequacies of karnataka preservation of trees act, 1976 [1 Attachment]

           
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          Subject: meeting to discuss inadequacies of karnataka preservation of trees act, 1976

          The original message has been forwarded to the Mysore Mailing List which consists of about 67 email addresses (most of them from the Mysore Grahakara Parhishat MGP and some from the Mysore Youth Forum MYF).
           
          The Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) has about 700 plus members but unfortunately less than 10 per cent of them are believed / considered to be active.
           
          -----Forwarded Message-----
          From: Syed Tanveeruddin <indian.tanveer indian.tanveer-/E1597aS9LQ@public.gmane.org.in
          To: Mysore Mailing List consisting of about 67 email addresses
          Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 5:29 am
          Subject: meeting to discuss inadequacies of karnataka preservation of trees act, 1976
          [HasiruUsiru] Important meeting to discuss Tree Act inadequacies: Ashirwad, 16 Nov 2012, 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm
          Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2012 8:49 am
           
          Dear All, 
           
          As you are aware, the High Court of Karnataka has raised a very pertinent question on the gross inadequacy of the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act, 1976 in attending to decisions relating to protection, conservation and removal of trees, and also of wider concerns relating to urban forestry.  The interim direction issued in Environment Support Group's / ESG's PIL (7107/2008) is enclosed. 
           
          To put it down in simple language, the Court has asked the Government how massive felling of trees due to widening of roads can be allowed, when the Act actually provides for applications only from individuals.  And, importantly, the Court has asked how the person permitting the felling of trees (the Tree Officer now in BBMP) sits in judgment over this very decision (violating the fundamental principle that "no one can/should be a judge in their own cause". 
           
          Of course, this is also an opportunity to comprehensively critique the inefficacy of the Tree Act, and other relevant laws, rules and procedures, in tackling the ongoing mayhem being done to greenery and biodiversity in urban areas in particular. 
           
          Keeping all this in view, some of us felt the need for a detailed discussion on the many interconnected aspects of this law and its implications. We had originally thought of calling for a meeting two weeks ago, but unfortunately we lost Deepak Arya then, who was so keen to be part of this process. 
           
          This is last minute no doubt, but there is now a need for us to meet.  Shaheen and Vinay have managed to get Ashirwad (behind Kabab Corner on St. Mark's Road) for a meeting tomorrow (16th November 2012) between 2.30 pm and 6.00 pm.  I hope most of you will manage to make time to contribute to this important discussion. All the ideas generated will become important feedback for us to present our collective views when the matter comes up again for Hearing on 20th November 2012 (Tuesday). 
           
          I must also share that Mr. Devare of Bangalore Environment Trust has already done an extensive analysis of this Act, and I hope he can make it (despite this very short notice) and share it with all. 
           
          Needless to state, it is also an occasion to remember Deepak and all that he did with us... 
           
          Looking forward. 
           
          Leo 
           
          PS:  You can access the Tree Act and Rules here:
          Daily Orders of the Case Number : WP  7107/2008 for the date of order 03/10/2012 
           
          Honble Justice Chief Justice and B.V.Nagarathna
          03/10/2012 
           
          Order in WP  7107/2008 
           
          Present: IN W.P.NO.7107/2008:
          Sri. S.Sunil Dutt Yadav, Adv. for petitioners
          Sri. Subramanya R. for M/s. Ashok Harnahalli
          Assts. Adv. for R-6 & R-7
          Sri. B.Palakshaiah, CBC for R13-R15
          Sri. Suman Baliga.M., Adv. R9
          Sri. R.G.Kolle, AGA, for R1-R4, 8, 10 & 11 
           
          IN W.P.NO.7288/2011:
          Sri. K.N.Phanindra, Adv. for
          Ms. Vyshali Hegde, Adv. for petitioners
          Sri. R.G.Kolle, AGA for R1-R3 & R5-R7
          Sri. Subramanya R. for M/s. Ashok Harnahalli
          Assts. Adv. for R-4 
           
          Learned counsel appearing for BBMP prays for an adjournment to enable him to place the material on record to indicate that careful thought goes into any decision for felling a tree. 
           
          Adjournment granted. 
           
          We have had a cursory glance of the Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976, especially so far as the availability of an appeal is concerned. In the first place, it appears to us that Section 8 postulates cases where an individual is desirous of removal of a tree and not wide scale felling of trees that are necessitated when roads are sought to be widened or highways are sought to be created. Prima facie, we feel that the public must be made aware of a proposal for removal of trees by issuance of public notice so that the objections can be invited. The Act does not provide any machinery in this regard. 
           
          Secondly, so far as the availability of an appeal is concerned, it seems to us that it may be futile and infructuous in those instances where the Tree Officer grants permission to fell a tree. Public perception is that such orders are executed almost instantly and at night. The Act does not seem to cater for such eventuality. Furthermore, so far as the constitution of the appellate body is concerned, it comprises of three members such as a Mayor or President of the Municipal Corporation, the Municipal Commissioner or Chief Executive etc., who are in effect the persons proposing the felling of a particular tree. This may amount to a person being a judge in his own cause, which is an anathema in law. However, since the matter is being adjourned, we shall take up these considerations on the next date of hearing. 
           
          Re-notify on 12.10.2012. 
           
          Interim orders to continue till further orders to the contrary.
          Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives Environment Support Group - Trust 1572, 36th Cross, Ring Road Banashankari II Stage Bangalore 560070. INDIA Tel: 91-80-26713559~61
          Tanveer / तन्वीर / ತನ್ವೀರ್
          Syed Tanveeruddin / सैयद तन्वीरुद्दीन / ಸೈಯದ್ ತನ್ವೀರುದ್ದೀನ್
          Mysore, Karnataka / मैसूर, कर्नाटक / ಮೈಸೂರು, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ


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            Prem Gaba | 15 Nov 05:30 2012
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            "We The Shameless" -- by Chetan Bhagat


            We The Shameless

            It’s time to stop blaming just our politicians for corruption and look within

            Chetan Bhagat

             

             


            Last week, the BJP not only spared, but also backed Nitin Gadkari as its party president. Gadkari, who ran a sugar business, used a hydra-like ownership structure for his corporation, with a web of dozens of shell companies, bogus addresses and dubious directorships. He also allegedly took loans from the same infrastructure companies he awarded contracts to as PWD minister.
                The first standard excuse was “nothing malafide is proven yet”, implying Gadkari could have made these fake companies just for fun, perhaps because he enjoys solving brainteasers. The second classic excuse was “look at what the Congress did”. Therefore, a murderer can be spared, as long as he can find another murderer.
                Saving Gadkari shocked some, especially those who thought the BJP was different. Even politically, it may be a decision they could regret over time.

                The BJP stalls entire Parliament sessions over corruption. Its leaders share the dais with anti-corruption crusaders like Baba Ramdev (Gadkari did too). And yet, the protect-Gadkari huddle showed the BJP cares about propriety, but only if the accused is from the Congress.
                Gadkari also found support in the RSS, BJP’s backbone and selfstyled protector of Hindu dharma. The RSS’s website claims its vision is “working towards Bharat’s
            national glory, based on the noblest values.” One wonders which Hindu dharma text allows tax evasion structures and loans to politicians from businessmen with clear conflict of interest. One wonders if Gadkari’s actions represent the noblest values. In Hindu mythology, dharma protectors sacrifice family members for virtue. Here, the RSS didn’t take action against Gadkari because, well, he is their alumnus and one of their own.
                But more important than venting about the two-faced nature of some organisations or blaming Gadkari and a few other politicians is understanding why all political parties back their corrupt members despite massive allegations and enough circumstantial evidence.

            The answer lies in the way Indians think. While it is easy to blame politicians, the fact remains that our politicians are not ethical because we aren’t ethical.
                The simple, bitter truth is that the electorate just doesn’t care much about financial impropriety. Sure, we bicker, moan and fuss about politicians looting us. However, it is not that high up in the hierarchy of wrongs a politician could
            commit. A moderate amount of corruption is almost expected and accepted. It is only when graft is done in an obvious, large-scale and arrogant manner that Indians get somewhat upset – and that too for a short period of time. “Do it, but don’t be so blatant and rub it in our faces,” is what we seem to be telling them.
                Tax evasion, dubious accounting and shady friendships are almost seen as natural behaviour for an Indian businessman. We don’t even see it as a crime. We treat it at par with, say, eating four plates of dessert – a bit greedy, but understandable.
                Until we, as a society, really feel graft, unethical behaviour and nepotism are huge problems and start to truly care about all of it, politicians will not change.
                Take for instance a hypothetical situation. Say, a prominent
            politician went into a temple with his shoes on, with a bottle of alcohol and kicked the idols.
                What would happen? Of course, there would be huge societal outrage. In our value system, we hold our religious shrines extremely dear. Such a person would never be allowed to remain party president. In all probability, the person’s political career would end overnight.
                But such a value system does not apply when we see shady business, state coffers being looted or politicians placing self-interest over the country. Even power abuse is something we only talk about in public. Deep down, we are complicit. We want political leaders to not abuse power, but do so ourselves. Just take one example, the status of domestic help in India. How do Indians treat their domestic help?
            Why don’t we ever talk about a minimum wage for them? Or perhaps a compulsory day off every week? When we ourselves have no qualms abusing our power, it is difficult to attack others doing so.
                We, the Indian society, need to reflect on who we have become. Organisations like the RSS, who claim they care for India’s glory, should be fixing this by propagating good values in society. And organisations like the IAC should also send out the message that it is a lack of values within us, and not just a few bad guys at the top, that has turned India corrupt.
                More than anything, we ourselves must change, and see the sense in doing so. A society without values cannot even survive or function, let alone progress. When this realisation comes to a far larger number of Indians than today, the politicians will change. The BJP would fire Gadkari and Congressmen would create an uproar to take action against Robert Vadra.

                Right now, they don’t because they feel you the voter won’t care. That you will see Gadkari’s punishment as a slight to the RSS, or to the community or caste he belongs to. Similarly, no Congressman will stand up for what is right in Vadra’s case, as the Congress voter cares for the Gandhi family more than right or wrong.
                We live in shameless times. When the long overdue self-reflection and shame strike us, India will be ready for change. We have seen many exposes on corrupt leaders lately; it is time we did an expose on ourselves.
            The writer is a best-selling novelist.

             
            Ramesh Chheda | 14 Nov 07:46 2012
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            Venkatraman Ns | 11 Nov 12:34 2012
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            INDIAN ANTI CORRUPTION MOVEMENT NOW DERAILED


            N.S.Venkataraman,
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                     INDIAN  ANTI CORRUPTION MOVEMENT NOW DERAILED

             

             

            With the image of being a Gandhian and using the Gandhian tool of fasting ,when Anna Hazare launched a nationwide anti corruption movement  ,there was genuine support and appreciation from all quarters However, when Anna Hazare   said that Lokpal Bill would be the ultimate tool to root out corruption in India ,many people disagreed  with him  while still having faith in Anna Hazare’s  commitment.to the cause. It is a tragedy that the Anna Hazare’s movement got diluted with all and sundry getting into the bandwagon and thus the  sense of direction was lost.

             

            When Anna Hazare’s movement inevitably collapsed  due to  the use of vituperative language and sort of coercive tactics ( with people like Ramdev facing tax evasion charges  also  being associated  in some way), Anna Hazare has to withdraw the movement for all practical purposes.

             

            Now, Anna Hazare has announced that he would revive the anti corruption movement and has formed a new team. It remains to be seen as to whether Anna Hazare’s move to provide second birth to anti corruption movement would take off.  Of course, his movement and pronouncement would be covered in the sensation  hungry media.  But, what is important is not the media coverage but creating faith amongst the people that the revived anti corruption movement would do good to the country. Considering the fact that Anna Hazare would continue to adopt the same strategies of whipping up mass hysteria, it is more than likely that his movement would remain only as the movement of sensation.

             

            Today, in India, corruption exists at all levels and in every field of activity.  One cannot even cremate a human body in India today without paying bribe money.  Therefore, the battle against corruption should be fought in the minds and  hearts of people if it were to provide the intended results,where individuals in large number would  be  willing to sacrifice the personal benefits and comforts for the sake of anti corruption cause. Whether the new team formed by Anna Hazare would aim at such level of micro level campaign against corruption without politicalising it remains to be seen and in all probability , it is unlikely. 

             

            While the large section of country men  feeling sad about the petering of  Anna Hazare’s movement , Kejriwal and his friends tried to fill the vacuum, giving an entirely new colour to the anti corruption movement. The dignity associated with Anna Hazare movement is not evident in the antics of Kejriwal and he has virtually brought the movement into ridicule  by   leveling allegations from public platforms and through media and without adopting the due process of law to expose the corrupt people.  His method  is one of provoking hatred about people whom he selects for targeting at his whims and fancies.

             

            Further, Kejriwal’s source of funding are being openly questioned by several well meaning people and  lack of transparency is obvious.  Kejriwal and his associates do not have the wisdom and maturity to understand  that   violent accusations  and use of abusive language will have only short term gains and will not sustain any movement.

             

            The average Indian can see through the game  of the politicians and activists ,as has been repeatedly revealed by the defeat of several political parties being removed from power during the elections.  Certainly, people do not approve such antics and do not trust the media beyond a level.

             

            Kejriwal has derailed the anti corruption movement by trying to step into the shoes of Anna Hazare  by playing to the gallery.  The anti corruption movement in the country is back to square one now. 

             

            While Kejriwal and his associates will go into oblivion after the next parliament elections with people rejecting their methods and outlook, the forces of corruption will remain undefeated. The country will continue to search for new messiah.With       the  damage done now by Kejriwal   and the anti corruption movement now becoming a matter f of stage shows , it appears that  the country has to look beyond people like Anna Hazare  and Kejriwal.







            Sarbajit Roy | 12 Nov 16:05 2012
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            Kerala Info Commissioner suspended

            http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/kerala-information-commissioner-suspended/article4090203.ece

            Governor H. R. Bhardwaj on Monday suspended Kerala State Information Commissioner K. Natarajan.

            The suspension is pending formal enquiry by a Judge of the Supreme Court into the allegation that Mr Natarajan had tried to interfere with the vigilance investigation into gifting of government land by Opposition Leader V. S. Achuthanandan to his relative when Mr. Achuthandnan was Chief Minister.

            An enquiry ordered by the State government had found that Mr. Natarajan had tried to influence Deputy Superintendent of Police V. G. Kunhan who was investigating the case against Mr. Achuthanandan.Additional Director General of Police (Vigilance) R. Sreelekha, who conducted the enquiry, reported that the State Information Commissioner had misused his office and recommended his suspension. He had repeatedly telephoned Mr. Kunhan and his request to Mr. Kunhan to save Mr. Achuthanandan was recorded by the latter.

            (Mr. Achuthanandan is accused of having allotted 2.33 acres in Kasaragod district to his relative and ex-service man T. K. Soman in an irregular manner. The Commissioner allegedly sought manipulation of findings of the enquiry to favour Mr. Achuthanandan.)

            The Governor will now refer the matter to the Supreme Court seeking a statutory enquiry by a Supreme Court judge against the suspended Commissioner. If misconduct is proved in the enquiry, the Governor can remove Mr. Natarajan from his office.

            Mr. Natarajan was a Deputy Inspector General of Police before the Achuthanandan government appointed him as State Information Commissioner. His appointment had attracted criticism on the grounds that he was not qualified for appointment as Information Commissioner. (The Right to Information Act specifies that Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.)

            Meanwhile, the Human Right Defence Forum and Kerala RTI Federation have urged the President Pranab Mukherjee that Mr. Natarajan be stripped of the President’s Police Medal which was awarded to him when he was serving as a police officer. Forum President P. K. Ibrahim and Federation General Secretary D.B. Binu said that Mr. Natarajan had “let down the honour of the medal” by meddling with the Rule of Law.

            This article has been corrected for a factual error


            Gmane