Raminder Singh | 6 Aug 13:07 2013
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[HumJanenge] Re: Poll compulsions make Congress Party agree for RTI

Shailesh

The information was verified at 3 levels in the Congress HQ/Party Office including a call with Mr Moti Lal Vora himself.

The report does not say that Congress will be appointing CPIO etc. It says that Congress has told the reporter that applicants wishing to make pay orders for RTI can do so in name of Chief Accounts Officer cum Admin Manager - SM Moin and their request shall be accepted. Nothing should be read into the story beyond this.

The story also clearly states that Congress Party is not averse to amending the RTI Act to protect its information.

Raminder.

On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 7:47 AM, shailesh gandhi <shaileshgan-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Credible reporters are saying that this information is not correct


On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM, Vivek Velankar <pranku-k5i2WbfBKyB0amLxoC4uqA@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Great !!
Let us hope others will fall in line.
 
regards
 
vivek velankar
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Poll compulsions make Congress Party agree for RTI

Rajeev Shukla  | India News Political Bureau, Lucknow, Tuesday July 30, 2013, 20:54 pm (IST)

In a bold development triggered by electoral compulsions to clean up its battered image as the party of scamsters, the Indian National Congress Party has agreed to abide by a Central Information Commission decision and accept RTI applications from the public.

The office of Moti Lal Vora (Treasurer AICC), had informed this reporter that Demand Drafts for RTI requests and other fees could be made out in name of "Chief Accountant-cum-Administrative Officer, All India Congress Committee" payable at New Delhi and sent to "Shri S.M. Moin, Chief Accountant, All India Congress Committee, 24 Akbar Road, New Delhi" along with details of the information sought not exceeding 500 words.

It was further clarified to this reporter that Smt Sonia Gandhi President AICC, and originator of India's landmark RTI Act - a key component of Congress Party's "war on corruption", has specifically instructed for maximum dislcosure by Congress Party to RTI applicants, but mode and sources of finance and also selection of party candidates, would not be disclosed as these are the commercial confidences and trade secrets of the party, and are already exempted from disclosure under the RTI Act. The Congress President has directed that if required the RTI Act would be amended to ensure better protection for intellectual property and trade secrets of corporate bodies like the Congress party.

It may be recalled that activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal of the Aam Aadmi Party has brought 6 national political parties in RTI scope and sought the details of their funding and mode of selection of candidates.





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Raminder Singh | 6 Aug 12:42 2013
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[rti_india] Our Experiments With Truth

 

Dear Vishwas

RTI movement which I track regularly is in deep coma. CIC/SIC Orders are worth less than toilet paper, and courts and parties are openly hostile to RTI and activists.

Outside of Maharashtra many RTI Activists are keeping up the struggle against the twin evils of political parties and their paid NGOs like NCPRI on a NATIONAL level.

It is good that veteran activists of Maharashtra like General Jatar sahab and Shahid Burney Sahab are today acknowledging what other RTI veterans outside Maharashtra have been saying for a very long time - that NCPRI and its owners like Aruna Roy are openly corrupt persons working for Congress government.

It is a tragedy that the 2 forks of Humjanenge are not pulling together to pull the broken RTI cart out of the rut it has fallen into.

Here are the 2 latest RTI stories. They are very substantially true. If you love RTI and the country please recognise your common enemy and put up a joint front against them.

Was CIC fixed to keep sinking UPA-II afloat ?

NCPRI activist demands RTI fee be hiked to Rs. 50


"Raminder" RS Pabbi


On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM, Vinita Vishwas Deshmukh <vinitapune-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
It's totally wrong to say that RTI movement has suffered after Mr Kardaley. Gen Jatar, Vijay Kumbhar, Vivek Velankar, Vihar Durve, Sanjay Shirodkar, Mumbai activists like Shaileshji, Bhaskarji, Krishnaraj are all working so hard on it. Most of them got their inspiration from Mr Kardaley. And, many, many more across the country.  Burneyji, From his grave, he must have rebuked for making him the whole and sole of RTI,
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    Mr. Hemant Kshirsagar | 30 Jul 08:11 2013
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    [HumJanenge] Info commissioner wants to go 4 days early

    Weeks before he is scheduled to leave office, Information Commissioner M L Sharma is learnt to have resigned from his post, apparently because he does not want to serve under a Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) who would likely be an officer junior to him.

    CIC Satyananda Mishra, head of the Central Information Commission, retires on September 4, and Sharma on September 8. If Sharma were to stay till the end, he would have to serve for four days under Mishra's successor.

    A panel comprising the Prime Minister, law minister and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha will pick the new CIC, and has the option of elevating a serving information commissioner.

    Deepak Sandhu and Sushma Singh are contenders — and Sandhu, who is currently after Mishra and Sharma in order of precedence at the commission, is believed to be the frontrunner for the post.

    Sandhu is a retired officer of the 1971 batch. Sharma belongs to the 1972 batch, but he was in the IPS, while Sandhu was in the Indian Information Service. At the commission, Sharma — who was appointed in September 2008 — is senior to Sandhu.

    Sources said that even if the next CIC were to be an outsider, he or she would certainly be junior to Sharma. CIC officials confirmed the developments, but declined to speak on record. Sharma is learnt to have sent his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee about 10 days ago, citing "personal reasons". But he continued to attend office, and sent an email to CIC Mishra asking to be relieved the day Mishra himself retires.

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    Sarbajit Roy | 9 Mar 16:42 2013
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    [HumJanenge] RTI online facility seems operational

    Dopt's
    http://www.rtionline.gov.in/
    http://www.rtionline.gov.in/FAQ-RTI-Online.pdf

    Need an SBI (or SBI associate) debit card
    First Appeals are free.
    Time is not known because application goes to the "nodal officer".


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    Sarbajit Roy | 2 Feb 07:00 2013
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    [HumJanenge] URGENT: Intimation to take action against Shri Basant Seth's order

    To:
    Shri Satyananada Misra ji
    Hon'ble Chief Information Commissioner of India,
    Central Information Commission at New Delhi,
    August Kranti Bhawan,
    New Delhi

    02-Jan-2013

    BY Email

    Respected Sir

    The RTI activists and all forces opposed to corruption in India are still greatly agitated that no action has been taken by your good self on our separate emails to you concerning the non-feasance by Shri Basant Seth in his order dated 15.0.2013 in case no.
    CIC/SM/A/2012/900133/BS/1683 dated 15.Jan.2013 titled as "Shri Ishan Chunder versus CPIO/EPFO"

    We are all collectively concerned and resolved that we have given sufficient time to the Hon'ble Commission to sort out any  inadvertent oversight by Mr. Basant Seth concerning this atrocious order.  However, the same has not been done and the decision still stands on the website of this Hon'ble Commission as an open invitation to be used/cited by every corrupt Department in India which shall simply instruct its First Appellate Authorities  (orally)  not to pass decisions in difficult matters without fear of penalty on them or the CPIO.

    Sir, we are giving you clear notice of our intention that should the Central Information Commission not withdraw this now seemingly corrupt order, we shall all combine to make an example of Mr. Basant Seth so that no RTI First Appellate Authority in India dares to follow in his footsteps by such blatant non-feasance and dereliction of statutory duty.

    I may mention in passing that Mr. Basant Seth has had a long innings in the public sector financial institutions  immediately proper to joining the Commission where the bulk of the EPFO's funds are invested.

    With warm regards

    yours faithfully

    Sarbajit Roy
    National Convenor
    India Against Corruption, jan andolan
    B-59 Defence Colony
    New Delhi - 110024
    Tel : 011-24334262


    On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM, Sarbajit Roy <sroy.mb-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
    To:
    Shri Satyananada Misra ji
    Hon'ble Chief Information Commissioner of India
    Central Information Commission at New Delhi
    August Kranti Bhawan

    21-Jan-2013

    Respected Sir

    URGENT / BY EMAIL

    Sub: Order of Mr. Basant Seth in CIC/SM/A/2012/900133/BS/1683 dated 15.Jan.2013 titled as "Shri Ishan Chunder versus CPIO/EPFO"

    I am constrained to inform you that the RTI activists all over the country are greatly agitated by the order/decision of Ld. Information Commissioner Mr.Basant Seth in the above cited matter, which is viewed as a blatant attempt to dilute the statutory powers of the Commission with a view to have the CIC closed down or out-sourced to the retired Judiciary.

    The activists who were present at the recent CIC Convention clearly recall your opening speech, alluding to the Namit Sharma judgment, where you had mentioned that the Information Commissioners had always possessed the judicial mind, and we therefore view such orders/decisions as occasional aberrations, unless they are allowed to stand.

    Accordingly, I would request you to kindly list/discuss this order (and its attendant issues) tomorrow afternoon at the weekly Tuesday meeting, or to refer this matter to a larger Bench and allow all interested persons to intervene.

    We are also given to understand that Ld. Information Commissioner Ms. Sushma Singh is also passing similar orders, and there are apparently oral instructions issued to clear the CIC's humungous backlog pending till April 2012 by such despicable anti-citizen methods so as to befool the Parliament when the CIC's Annual Report is drawn up.

    I may also mention that the new CIC Rules cannot be applied retrospectively.

    With best wishes for the New Year 2013

    yours faithfully

    Sarbajit Roy
    National Convenor - India Against Corruption
    B-59 Defence Colony
    New Delhi - 110024
    Tel : 011-24334262


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    Sarbajit Roy | 15 Jan 05:50 2013
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    [HumJanenge] Prime Minister caught red handed in corruption by alert IAC brigades.

    Dear HJ+IAC members

    Please find attached PDF of RTI reply filed by our Mr.Ambareesh

    This is a clear example of how Manmohan Singh (as Finance Minister) bent the rules to repeatedly favour his own community person to illegally acquire arms in blatant violation of rules and procedures at throw-away prices. It is pertinent that Manmohan Singh repeatedly acknowledged that the person concerned could not avail the scheme.

    IAC therefore reiterates its demand that the archaic, colonial and repressive ARMS ACT be repealed so that all citizens may defend themselves privately.

    PS : Secretary(R) in Cab Sec is a Secy of RAW


    Sarbajit
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    India Against Corruption/Humjanenge

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    Pradip Pradhan | 6 Jan 18:19 2013
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    [HumJanenge] Disclosure of the RDC enquiry Report on alleged Idol Theft in Biraja Temple of Jajpur district, Odisha cannot be disclosed , says OIC

     

    Disclosure  of  the RDC enquiry Report on   alleged  Idol Theft  in Biraja Temple of Jajpur district  cannot  be disclosed , says  Chief  Information Commissioner.

     Dear  friends

     On dated 5.6.2010 ,  I had   submitted RTI Application to the PIO, Department of Law, Govt. of Odisha   seeking copy  of  the RDC enquiry Report on   alleged  Idol Theft  in Biraja Temple of Jajpur district. In response to RTI Application, the PIO intimated on 29.6.10 that   disclosure of the requested information would be violative  of section 8(1)(c ) and (h)  of the RTI Act.   Against the decision of the PIO, I made first appeal  to the  First Appellate Authority  who rejected  it and upheld the decision of the PIO.  I challenged the decision  in the Information Commission through complaint petition on dt. 13.8.10 which was registered as CC No. 2952/10.

     After around 2 years, State Chief Information Commissioner started hearing and heard  6 times .  During hearing the PIO submitted that there was demand to place the enquiry report  in Odisha Legislative assembly. Such request of the  Hon’ble Members  of the assembly  could not be conceded  to since  the scrutiny  of the report  is not yet  over.  It is apprehended that  if the  contents of the report  are disclosed, it may obstruct  effective  deal of the report and  in fact, it may  impede  the process of further probe  and prosecution of offenders  which will violate section 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act.  The Commission agreed  with  this  argument   and said that  sharing the information with complainant  would  also cause  a breach of privilege  of the State Legislature { section 8(1)(c)}.  

     

     It needs to be mentioned here that  the incident occurred  in 2004  and    in view  large protest  and demand to take  action  against Mr. Prafulla Ghadei, then then Minister  who was allegedly involved in this  case , Chief Minister  directed  RDC,  Central Division to make an enquiry  into the matter. RDC enquired into the matter and produced the  report  to State Govt. in the same year.   Though 8 years have passed, the Govt. has neither disclosed the report not taken any action against the culprit on the basis of the report.   I think  the State Govt. with  malafide intention    is not  willing  to  disclose the report  to  save the  culprits.  When the enquiry  is over and report  produced, why the Govt. is sitting idle on the report  without taking any action even after  8 years.  The ground cited by the Commission for not disclosing the report is vague and useless.   As It was administrative order for enquiry, breach of   privilege  of the assembly  does not arise here . I will  challenge  the decision of the  Commission in Odisha High Court.

     

     Pradip Pradhan

    M-99378-43482

    Date- 6.1.13


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    Venkatraman Ns | 5 Jan 13:17 2013
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    [HumJanenge] What Indian college women college students think on assault on women ?

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    What Indian college women college students think on assault on women ?



    20 women students from cross section of Chennai city colleges participated in a debate on Assault on Women on 5th January, 2013 at Chennai. The debate was organised by Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a Chennai based NGO. The views expressed by women students are given below.


    1.       Dress code

    Dress code is not an issue and it is evident from the fact that even minor girls are being abused. It has been seen that a number of women subjected to abuse are well dressed and lead conservative lives.

    2.       Mindset of rapists

    The rapists and those who assault women are often mentally imbalanced men due to bad upbringing, as well a sadistic mindset. Such people can be controlled only by punishing them severely and putting the fear of law in the mind and not by a process of counselling  

    3.       Alcoholism

    The recent increase in alcohol consumption amongst men all over India has significantly contributed to incidents of assault on women. Government has to take some steps to curb alcohol consumption in the country severely. Consumption of alcohol degrades the man and brings out the baser elements in him which affects the security of helpless women around

    4.       Law

    There are several bills in parliament such as to prevent harassment of women in workplace, which are pending for several years.

    There has to be care in framing extreme laws such as hanging of rapists, since the system can be subverted to punish the innocent. Such extreme laws would give extreme power to those who may abuse the judicial process, as there are several examples of miscarriage of justice in which innocent get punished and discovered much later.

    5.       Implementation of law

    Even the implementation of existing laws is not done strictly, largely due to corruption in police administration as well as interference of the politicians and bureaucracy in the functions of law enforcing machinery.

    Obviously, this indicates that there is lack of adequate governance and Prime Minister and Chief Ministers should be held responsible for this scenario.

    Security of women cannot be enhanced by mere laws alone but it should be accompanied by quality governance.

    6.       Teasing of women in public places

    Teasing of women in public places disturb the mental peace of women but this issue is largely ignored by public and police as if it’s a minor issue. However, this is the beginning point of harassment of women and teasing of women anywhere whether in bus stops or office premises should be put down with heavy hand. This can be done by the police but they often ignore this problem. Small crimes against women should not be ignored.

    7.       Influence of cinema and television

    There is a need for more strict censorship of the cinemas, television media and advertising  which often use the image and body of women in suggestive ways to attract viewership and in the process demeaning the image of women in the society.

    The mindset of the average country men is not yet ready to receive such images without being influenced negatively. The guidelines for censor board appear to be discretionary and the appointment for members of censor board is often based on political considerations.

    8.       Shame should be with the men and not with the momen

    While womens abuse have been taking place, hardly 30% of the cases are reported and women generally put up with the problem  feeling helpless and fearing social humiliation. This gives confidence to the men who abuse the women. When such things happen, women should come out boldly and report the matter so that the men feel ashamed. The silence of the women is a chief source of strength for the abusing men.

    9.       Categorise the crimes for juvenile offenders

    If someone would be caught as a rapist, he has to be punished severely irrespective of his age. Certain crimes should not be given lenient punishment on the basis of age and rape and assault on women should fall in this category.

    10.   Need for special campaign to spread awareness amongst women

    A strong campaign, particularly in rural areas, should be carried out in a sustained manner amongst women folks about their rights, prevailing laws and regulations that would give confidence to them to protect their dignity and fight against those who assault women

    11.   Insensitivity of politicians

    The presence of those facing charges of rape and assault of women in legislatures and parliament is disturbing. The unsavoury comments of several politicians about women in recent times are disappointing. Those facing charges of rape against women should be debarred from contesting elections, if the cases would be admitted in court of law.

    N.S.Venkataraman
    Trustee
    Nandini Voice for the Deprived
    Email : nsvenkatchennai <at> gmail.com




    M.K. Gupta | 3 Jan 13:23 2013
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    [HumJanenge] RTI - PENALTY AND ON-LINE PAYMENT FACILITY FOR NRI's

    Andhra Pradesh - RTI: Rs.1.22 lakh penalty imposed on PIOs
    Information Commissioner C. Madhukar Raj imposed a penalty of Rs.1,22,500 on Public Information Officers in 19 cases in the month of December.
    Show cause notices
    The Information Commissioner who heard and disposed of 79 show cause notices cases, imposed fine on the PIOs for failing to act and deal diligently with the applications received from the citizens for information under the Right To Information Act.
    A release from the State Information Commission said that Mr.Madhukar Raj heard a total of 253 appeal and complaint cases and disposed of 251 cases in December. In the last six months, he heard 1,429 appeal and complaint cases and disposed of 1,427 cases and imposed penalties against PIOs in 128 cases.
    Application fee
    Meanwhile, the State Information Commission clarified that a request for obtaining information should be accompanied by an application fee either by affixing court fee stamps or by way of cash or post order or Demand Draft.
    While no application will be charged in respect of public authorities at village level, Rs.5 will be collected per application at Mandal level public authorities.
    In other areas, the application fee would be Rs.10 per application.

     
     
    2013 wakes up to online payment of RTI applications for Indians abroad
    The final trigger for the launch of e-IPO (electronic Indian Postal Order) that would facilitate Indian citizens living abroad to pay the Rs10 fee for filing a RTI application came when on 12 December 2012, Sujata Chaudhury, general manager of Business Development & Marketing Directorate of Department of Posts set a deadline of 15 January 2013 and asked the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to treat this “as most urgent” and to complete the work on a “war footing.”
     
    Ms Chaudhury’s letter states: “Now it has been decided at the highest level that the facility of accepting RTI fee by generating e-IPO through the e-post office portal is to be launched by 15 January 2013. Therefore, it is requested to take accelerated steps to complete the task much before the targeted time fixed earlier. This may be treated as most urgent and work be done on a war footing.”
     
    Delhi-based activist Commodore (retd) Lokesh Batra, who steered the campaign for Indians living abroad in several countries, is ecstatic at this citizen victory and congratulates the Department of Posts for completing the project in record time. He had filed more than 150 RTI applications in various relevant departments since 2008 and consistently pressurized the government to provide online payment facilities for RTI fees.
     
    States Commodore Batra: “If all goes well as per the plans of the ‘Department of Posts’ (DOP) for launching of e-IPO for RTI fee, Indian citizens abroad  will be able to use their ‘Right to Know’ before this Republic Day.” On 31 December 2012, Commodore Batra went through the complete process of the functioning of e-IPO at the Department of Posts and says that if not 15th January, then by 25th January it is sure to be launched. When the scheme becomes a reality, it will be a huge achievement for Indian citizens abroad who have been pressing the government for the last five years to facilitate them in nation building by exercising their right to know.
     
     The final step of this issue has been languishing since March 2012 when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave its “no objection” to the government to start an online payment facility for RTI fees for NRIs but the Department of Posts was waiting for orders to put a system in order.
     
    Now that it has happened, soon the RTI applicant abroad would be able to use a credit or debit card to pay the Rs10 fee. Axis Bank is the payment gateway provider. The RTI applicant living abroad would be required to log on to the Department of Posts’ website and then register (if it is his or her first time) and click on the “RTI counter”. He/she would have to upload a copy of his/her passport after filling the RTI application. Then he/she would be required to pay the fees through the electronic postal order. Thereafter, the RTI application would be sent to the relevant public information officer of the department that the applicant is seeking information from. The CPIO (Chief Public Information Officer) can verify the IPO number by logging on to the ePO portal.
     
    Commodore Batra had been continuously filing RTI applications since 2008 to relevant government departments which handle this issue like the ministry of finance, the Department of Personnel and Training (which implements the RTI Act), the Department of Posts (which can make e- payment possible), the National Advisory Council (NAC) and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). While initially the DoP had taken initiative to hasten the process, the RBI was sitting over it. Thereafter the DoP was waiting for a green signal from the ministry.
    M.K. Gupta | 1 Jan 05:22 2013
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    [HumJanenge] ‘Upload files sought by RTI applicants’

    ‘Upload files sought by RTI applicants’
    Aloke Tikku, Hindustan Times
    New Delhi, January 01, 2013

    First Published: 00:12 IST(1/1/2013)
    Last Updated: 00:16 IST(1/1/2013)

    The Central Information Commission has asked the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) to upload files that are frequently sought by RTI applicants on its website, such as those relating to appointment of information commissioners and amendments to the information law and
    rules.

    The information panel also rejected DoPT's contention that they could not provide the information since the files concerned were under submission to higher authorities. The commission held the public information officer had to make an assessment if the file would come back within the 30-day period.

    If this did not look likely, the officer should inform the “higher authorities” about the RTI request, and let them take a call if they will provide the information directly or send the file back to enable the information to be provided.

    The information panel directive with a 30-day deadline came after DoPT’s public information officer sought a waiver of the penalty for delayed information on grounds that he did not have the required infrastructure to deal with information requests.

    CIC Satyananda Mishra accepted the plea but urged the department to provide the necessary infrastructure facilities.

    Simultaneously, Mishra also asked the department to take a decision on putting out complete files on topics on which RTI applications were received frequently as part of proactive disclosures.

    The department had taken more than eight months to provide access to files relating to amendments to the RTI Act and RTI Rules on an RTI request filed on behalf of HT.

    “For example, the files relating to the appointment of the CIC/ Information Commissioners, amendment to the RTI Act and Rules, staff strength and infrastructure facilities for the CIC are most often demanded by the citizens,” Mishra said in his decision.

    Mishra — who retired as the DoPT secretary — said there could be very little in these files which would come under any of the exemption provisions.
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    [HumJanenge] Fw: [navy50] The Rape -- of the Nation!



    --- On Thu, 1/3/13, Capt Arun Kumar <arungeeti-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:

    From: Capt Arun Kumar <arungeeti-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
    Subject: [navy50] The Rape -- of the Nation!
    To: "Capt Arun Kumar" <arungeeti-Re5JQEeQqe8@public.gmane.orgm>
    Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013, 8:02 AM

     

     

     

     

     

    A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves

    Atanu Dey

    28 December 2012

     

    Act 1: Let me tell you a story about an old man who lived in a small village somewhere that does not matter. It all began when the man’s sons came to him and told him that some people from the neighboring village had stolen a chicken from their farm. The old man told his sons to go after the thieves and recover the chicken.

     

    The sons said, “Father, it’s only one chicken. We have hundreds of chicken. One won’t make a difference.” The old man said, “Do what you please.”

     

    A few days later, the thieves stole a goat. Once again the old man told his sons to not let them get away with it. The sons said that they have dozens of goats and it’s not worth the trouble. The next week it was a horse. Once again the sons rationalized it away saying that they still had six horses that the farm needs.

     

    Finally, the next week the sons came back to report to the old man and said, “Father, our sister has been abducted. What shall we do?” The old man said, “It’s too late. You should have recovered the chicken. Now there’s nothing you can do.”

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    Act 2:

     

    I heard this story from an expat from New Zealand who runs a very successful school in Singapore. David told me that in the early years of Lee Kuan Yew’s government, a minister was suspected of having taken a bribe. People said that since the minister was a close associate of LKY, in all likelihood the man would get away with it.

     

    But as it happened, LKY had a brief chat with the minister one afternoon. The next day the minister went out with a bang — he put a bullet in his head.

     

    Singapore is one of the least corrupt nations in the world. LKY’s policy is simple: zero tolerance for corruption. That’s so because he himself is incorruptible and therefore does not tolerate corruption. The wages of public corruption is death. People know it and act accordingly.

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    Act 3:

     

    India’s appointed prime minister is Dr Manmohan Singh. Under his watch, the most egregiously blatant instances of public corruption have taken place. His ministers and other office holders have been involved in acts of public malfeasance that are stunningly incredible — but for at least a significant segment of Indian voters, it is quite alright. They appear to take it as if it’s nothing out of the ordinary. The rulers are going about the rape of the land and the people just lay back and supinely accept it.

     

    We are talking figuratively about rape but Dr Singh’s misgovernance has descended into literal rape. Not just rape, gang rape. Not just gang rape, it has finally hit (one hopes) the rock bottom into murderous gang rape.

     

    The 23-year old woman who was gang raped in a New Delhi bus died in a hospital in Singapore.

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    Act 4:

     

    They first stole a chicken.

     

    The Congress government under Jawaharlal Nehru was involved in corruption. The news papers reported it. Nehru responded saying that the reporters were being silly since corruption is a global phenomenon and there’s nothing to get all excited about.

     

    Then they stole a goat.

     

    Nehru’s daughter nationalized many sectors of the economy, thus making public office attractive to the most criminally corrupt. The people of India did not disapprove.

     

    They in fact voter her back to power.

     

    The stage was set for horse thieves.

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    Act 5:

     

    Some people started waking up to the reality. They realized that somehow the system was not working. They heard the call from a chosen few and gathered to register their protest. The government followed the time-worn strategy of attack being the best form of defense. They sent in their baton-wielding cops and the crowds — leaders too — beat a hasty retreat.

     

    The lesson the appointed prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s government learned was that it does not take a whole lot to put the people in their place — the place of course being that the people in the government are the rulers and the people are serfs.

     

    For around a century, a few hundred million Indians were the serfs of a few thousand British. Now it is different. India is under self-rule.

     

    An Italian, Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi, and her bunch of sycophants led by Digvijaya Singh are ruling about a thousand million Indians.

     

    Well, perhaps it is not all that different. Though Maino’s father was a fascist. That could make the British Raj 2.0 a little more vicious than the British Raj of pre-1947.

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    Act 6:

     

    It tickles me no end when I hear talk about India being a free country and a democracy with universal adult franchise. Every adult has the vote and therefore is in some sense responsible for the kind of government. In my opinion, India is a kakistocracy — government by the most corrupt and the least principled. Indians freely elect these people. And among the elected are criminals who have been charged (and many convicted) of rape and murder.

     

    The guys who gang raped the unfortunate woman on the bus in New Delhi a few days ago share at least some of the characteristics of the law makers of India: their criminality. A significant numbers of Indians vote for these kinds of criminals.

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    Act 7:

     

    I hear that the despicably dishonest appointed prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s government moved to shut down protests in New Delhi by closing down a few metro train stations. Perhaps the people will back down and go home.

     

    If they don’t back down, I suppose the unfathomably dishonest cretin, the appointed prime minister Dr Singh will probably escalate the situation till we see tanks on the streets of New Delhi.

     

    The sister has been abducted.

     

    And if I were a betting man, I would place the bet that the people are not going to do anything about it. Come next elections they will vote for Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi and her henchmen.

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    Act 8:

     

    Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi and her gang of vile henchmen are unprincipled criminals. But they are not stupid. Their moves are calculated to push the boundaries and they know precisely what they can get away with. They know precisely how much they can steal and yet be elected. They know precisely how many backs they can break with their police lathi-charge and still the people will not lynch them.

     

    Indians have an amazing capacity for tolerating injustice.

     

    It was an American, born a slave but who understood the dynamics of slavery, who put it best over a century ago. Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895), the renowned American abolitionist wrote, “Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them . . . The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

     

    The rulers are not unintelligent. They would not be where they are if they were not the most accomplished criminals. They make the laws, don’t you know. They dictate the terms.

     

    They control the press. The press provides the cover for them and they in turn protect those in the press that do their bidding. The Ghoses, the Sardesais, the Dutts — these are not unimportant players in this sordid play. They are complicit in the figurative rape of India and are handsomely rewarded for their prostitution.

    * * *

    The Final Act

     

    No doubt for a few days the twitterati will be screaming bloody murder. A few thousand will go on candlelight vigils. In a few weeks, another distraction will occupy the talking heads on TV. Cricket will take over the collective psyche. And of course the sordid stories of Bollywood shakers will move the public to other concerns.

     

    Talking of journalists, I am reminded of what the legendary American radio broadcaster Edward R Murrow (1908 – 1965) said:

     

    “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

     

    Yes, India does have a government of wolves because India is a nation of sheep. The tyrants like Dr Singh know well precisely how much oppression the Indian public is willing to endure.

     

    The rape of the land and the people — literally and figuratively — will continue.

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