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SOPAthetic SOPA vs The Internet

This was merely a proposal, which possessed harmful potential. Too good it was brought to notice on time. Too bad it was slaughtered badly!
“What else can you expect from the same bunch of idiots who officially recognized pizza as a vegetable?” a glimpse of many hilarious quotes by the internet-surfers that were directed against SOPA.

Before I discuss the topic, let me first give you all a brief description on what really the fuss was all about.

SOPA or, Stop Online Piracy Act, which was put before the US House of Representatives. by the Republicans, asked for putting tabs on internet sharing and proposed a strong oppression for those who violated copyright laws. Needless to say, the world witnessed an absolute virtual revolution and consequently, it could not be passed. Perhaps, the biggest reason would be that the Congressman Lamar Smith who authored SOPA, pulled it off after a humiliating development of events proved that the Father himself violated the terms of his brainchild!(Jamie Lee Curtis Taete of Vice.com did some digging to find out if Lamar Smith has been honest when it comes to copyrights.According to Taete, Smith violated a copyright by using a photograph on his website without crediting the photographer. This is the background photo Smith had on his website.)
So Pathetic was SOPA (one of the gazillion phrases coined for the bill) that, the Internet Giants saw the threat coming, and stood against it, in unison. For the first time, all of them-Google, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Cragslist,and countless others. took a stand, opposing the bill openly.
Phrases like: “Stop Piracy, Not Liberty”, “The problem for the content industry is they just don’t know how to mobilize people”,”SOPA and PIPA Would Create a Consumption-Only Internet” spread the internet like Greek fire, and info-graphic sites like mashable, techcrunch posted quite a many interesting statistics which proved why SOPA won’t end piracy. Here are a few points I would like to share:
-the language and implications of SOPA has the potential to hurt the very industries and content creators the bills purport to protect.
-The backers of SOPA and PIPA believe that forcing ISPs, search engines, web hosts and users to take responsibility for infringing behavior will put a stop to the infringement. This is short-sighted and misguided-— there is a large underground business that profits off of copyright infringement and digital piracy. For the most part, however, that business is not online. In parts of Asia, such as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, it’s a chore to find content for sale that is not pirated. Perfect digital copies of movies, television shows, music and software are for sale in packaging that looks and feels as if it were authentic.
-That industry will not disappear because of SOPA. The groups that source and distribute content will not be affected because they are technically savvy enough to get around restrictions. Finding a web host in another country and using a VPN service to tunnel to a different server is a trivial task.
-the countries where the bulk of the actual profit from piracy takes place will have little incentive to enforce a U.S. law. Just look at the situation involving the now-defunct AllofMP3.com — a site that sold DRM-free music to users in the U.S. and other parts of the world for $0.10 a track under a Russian copyright loophole.The site was eventually shut down, thanks to pressure from the Bush administration and payment companies. But Russian courts ruled the site was not guilty of infringement in that country.

Wikipedia and Craigslist supported the protests by staging blackouts for 24 hrs.- and this actually resulted in an array of internet memes making fun of students, and professors etc. , who are involved with the usage of the biggest available encyclopedia on earth. Many web-surfers did not know the full form of SOPA, some even confused it with SOAP, some made fun out of it by linking it to the Spanish word sopa, meaning soup.

But all these actually proved one thing- internet users can be very active-whether they are well-informed or not-but they can ensure that what needs to be done, gets done.
Talking about the internet unity, I would state:

We users, don’t know each other well, we fight with each other most of the time, we crib about our lives-our relationships, our work-schedules etc. We drool together whenever we are reminded of our childhood-through cartoons, books etc. We end up being sarcastic with our comments, but we also end up caring for each other. That thin string, which connects us, is very strong- ask for a solution to your problem, you will get multiple of them.  Ask for any recommendation-you will get the best ones possible. Ask for some ideas-you will not be spared before you are loaded with thousands of them.
So this is what internet is all about. And when we talk about freedom, we are not only implying that we be allowed to use the internet the way we want. We want that the walls between us, which are so brittle by now, don’t get reinforced. This connectivity between people around the globe, is only adding to the social development of an individual-people are more comfortable now, when they interact with strangers, in the real world.

So as we successfully convey our message to those who wanted to end this freedom, I would like to conclude, with these lines  by an anonymous user:

“You can mess with our social interactions,steal our money,make our health care and educational systems ridiculously lame, we will do nothing..but don’t you dare…mess with the internet.”

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Everybody who blows a whistle ain’t a whistle blower!

The Distorted World of “Modi-phobe”

The word Narendra Modi has a certain ominous ring to it. Depending upon your political ideology, you either ‘prepare yourself to launch a verbal barrage of Gujarat riots, communalism, Muslim killer blah, blah, blah and close your ears to all development-under-Modi talk’ or ’you go on to defend his case passionately, quoting the Gujarat growth model under his leadership and refuse to accept the 2002 communal riots story.’

The word Narendra Modi does that. It makes you take sides without even giving a thought to issue at hand. It forces you to choose either black or white. No greys allowed. And the most interesting part of the story is, almost everybody seems to know a thing or two about him, or at least about his alleged complicity in the riots that blazed Gujarat 9 years back (which has been investigated by a SIT of the Supreme Court and now referred back to a lower court in Gujarat, on 12th September 2011) . Ask them where they came to know about it from, and they say “oh, it’s all over the media”. So it turns out that when the media itself is biased about some issue, say for e.g. if 100 voices drown a single upstream sailing voice and if those 100 voices are all that is visible, then what those 100 voices say automatically becomes the truth.

We are not going to discuss Mr. Modi’s alleged complicity in the 2002 communal riot or the development the state has made under his leadership. Probably you have already read too much on that lately. What we are going to do is talk about Sanjeev Bhatt instead. A name that immediately brings to mind the name of Narendra Modi. Here’s a brief prologue to the story we will be analyzing…

Sanjeev Bhatt, the man who was arrested on 30th September and released on bail a month ago, on 17th October, an SP hailed as ‘whistle blower’ of the Gujarat riot, is an IPS officer of the 1988 batch of Gujarat cadre.

It is likely that you have heard about him also since his arrest made the media launch a fresh wave of vilification campaign against the easy-to-hate Modi.  So, basically it is two reasons why he was in news recently: his arrest and his junior Mr. Pant’s complaint against him. Now the arrest of an IPS officer- or any civil servant for that matter happens under relatively extraordinary circumstances.

Before we get into those extraordinary circumstances, let’s have a look at his chequered career record :

  1. Tried in court for: Planting drugs in an innocent Rajasthan lawyer’s hotel room during his tenure as SP of Banaskantha, Gujarat (The National Human Rights Commission had passed strictures against Bhatt for “falsely involving a person in a criminal case”, a lawyer Mr. Sumer Singh Rajput, WELL BEFORE MODI APPEARED ON THE SCENE).
  2.  Rigging police recruitment and hence misusing authority (He was at the center of a recruitment scam that hit Gujarat during his tenure as SP of Banaskantha, Gujarat, in May 1996, again WELL BEFORE MODI APPEARED ON THE SCENE).
  3.  Committing atrocities by misusing the TADA(accused in one person’s custodial death on 18th November 1990 due to draconian application of TADA, during the “Bharat Bandh’ call in Jamnagar on 30/10/1990, again, needless to say, WELL BEFORE MODI APPEARED ON THE SCENE).
  4. Facilitating land grab(lodged false criminal case against the opponent of the person he helped under Prohibition Act WELL BEFORE NARENDRA MODI APPEARED ON THE SCENE)

Apart from these gross acts of shameful misconduct, he has also been charge sheeted for  Keeping more orderlies than the sanctioned number (charge sheeted on 30/09/1999, one funny incident-he kept 22 constables at his residence when posted as DCP in Rajkot!)

Latest episode of his violation filled career- the allegation that Bhatt bullied his junior, police constable K.D Panth into signing a false affidavit regarding Mr. Modi’s complicity in the riots.

Now about Mr. Panth’s complaint against Mr. Bhatt. The complaint states that he was in Mumbai, on leave, from 25th February to 28th February, 2002 for some work. It essentially pertains to Mr. Bhatt having bullied him  to state that he went with him to the meeting Mr. Modi had with senior bureaucrats on 27th February, 2002, having assured Mr. Pant that he would be safe, by taking him to Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia and having bullied him again to say that his disposition before the SIT of the SC was taken under duress.

Here, it is noteworthy to say that he was also asked to paintthe SIT as a team of arm twisters.  That meeting on 27th February, 2002, is the crux around which all the allegations have flown, thick and fast, with this disgruntled IPS officer Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt claiming that he was there in the meeting when Mr. Modi remarked that “let the Hindus vent their anger”.

 Here is the inside story of that meeting: The group of senior bureaucrats present at the meeting deny that the CM said any such thing. None of the said bureaucrats could recall his presence there. The chief of police of Gujarat at that time has emphasized that Bhatt was too junior to be invited to that meeting. Mr. R.B Shreekrishna-no friend of Modi-former Gujrat DGP hasn’t mentioned in his affidavit before the SIT the name of Bhatt among the ones who had attended that meeting. The SIT’s questions about specific people and whether they were present in the room that day, were met with confused, unclear answers.

Before we move on to inspect another less known facet of this story, let’s look at some more info (no, not about Mr. Bhatt’s shady record anymore) that might prove to be just the tipping point to tilt your views, understandably hardened by the feeds from the Modi-phobe media: Mr. Bhatt keeps claiming that he has massive amount of documents to implicate Mr. Modi and other ‘powerful’ people in Gujrat administration but till date has not produced a single shred of evidence.   The self proclaimed and now media designated principled man refused the court’s offer of bail on the condition that he allows the police to access his bank lockers. Known to have approached the ‘malicious’ Modi baiters Teesta Setalvad and Shabnam Hashmi who had their few years of fame by resorting to every trick in their hats, including filing false affidavits and tutoring witnesses and internationalizing the issue to defame Mr. Modi(for the less politically inclined  readers who may have missed the Teesta Setalvad expose, by her own partner-in-crime, Rais Khan. Bhatt’s affidavit was notarized by the same advocate who notarized all those false and/or tutored witnesses produced by Miss Setalvad. Bhatt’s email exchanges with Gujrat Congress opposition leader S.S Gohil (wherein Bhatt asks him for a new Blackberry phone as promised!) point to a complex dynamics of desperation, political opportunism and trying to nail that one possible trick against Modi that will work.  The English language media has always been left liberal, admitted. So Modi has hardly found as much favor as any other CM in spite of his efforts, due to his hardline Hindutva image, understandable. The Modi-phobes live in a distorted world of their own, refusing to look at the umpteen positives that have come up during his tenure, no denying. But the stooping down of the Congress to strangulate Mr Modi points to vendetta and sheer political opportunism- keeping this man continuing with his baseless allegations by openly supporting him as a ‘whistle blower’ by Chidambaram, the Congress poking its nose in the disciplinary committee’s charges against him and now the UPA making a mockery of our federal structure by appointing the Lokyukta of the state w/o consulting the CM, going against the rules laid down in the constitution, by the Governor- the office of which is now conveniently being used to keep opposition CMs in check.  The Congress’ hypocrisy could not be clearer on this Sanjeev Bhatt issue.

In the case of the cash-for-votes case involving the bribing of BJP MPs before the confidence vote of July 2008, the Delhi police, an agency under the Union Home Ministry, has opposed the bail of Mr. Sudheendra Kulkarni and two former BJP MPs. Just note what the public prosecutor Mr. Rajan Mohan has to say on the issue. “Every accused in the case terms himself a whistle blower as if they have saved the country. If they are taking the plea of being whistle blowers in the scam, they have to establish it by way of evidence. Not even a single aspect shows that they were actually whistle blowers.”

Should not this apply to Sanjiv Bhatt as well?  But who cares? You and I just look at the surface and jump to the conclusion that if an ordinary IPS officer is taking on a CM, he must be telling the truth. We don’t scratch the surface mainly because we, the youth, don’t really have the inclination to go do our bit of research and then form our opinion. We are too busy in our own little world and just  happy to sail in the same boat as most of the world does. In fact the attitude gets hardened to such an extent at times on certain issues that we are not ready to give some thought to dis confirmatory information.

I know not everybody who reads this article will agree with my case that Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt has undeservedly been hailed as a whistle blower. There will be people who will ask me my political ideology (No, I don’t belong to the right wing ideology. In fact, I don’t have a political ideology or affiliation to any political party. I base my judgments on sheer individual merit of the case). There will be people who will ask if I am a fan of Narendra Modi (That doesn’t change anything. I am one, but that doesn’t make me forget that I have a strong head of my own on my shoulders that needs to be used). There will be people who will question my inferences (Being a psychology student, I have taken extreme care to avoid errors in my social cognition, that is, if such a thing is possible…haha). But I am not afraid of such cynics. You may not agree with me. But if  I could make you read the entire article, my job is done. Cynicism is absolutely necessary in politics.

I remember the MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda once addressing a group of college students in North Campus, saying that “not everybody needs to participate in politics in a direct manner, as in contesting elections. If people just keep up their cynicism, making sure they debate government’s policies, find out flaws, ask questions, demand answers and never let the government lose its accountability, then they can rest assured that they have done their job.” Meaningful lines!!

Girls…respect them, they deserve it!

“The emotional, sexual and psychological stereotyping of females begin when the doctor says, “It’s a girl!”
– Shirley Chisholm

At first glance, the statement might not sound powerful enough to astound you, but even if it succeeds in touching the tiniest percentage of your conscience, well, it will recede in a while!

The glaring fact that girls are killed prematurely and women are bought and sold is a harsh reality of the society with which everyone is acquaintedBut the big questions is how many of us ponder over such issues or feel even inclined, forget about being bold enough, to work for a change.

At a time when the media is promoting several Bollywood flicks, the stock markets are booming, new technologically superior gadgets are making their way into our so called ‘Jet Life’, and Indians are ecstatic about having the richest man of the world in their midst, there are millions of impoverished and vulnerable women who are waiting with anguish their doomsday

Our past lies in the future. The society gradually seems to be moving from polygamy to polyandry!
Yes! The patriarchal society will soon move towards the marriages of one woman to five men, just as it was in the Mahabharata!

The high dowry demands during the marriage of a girl child are one of the most important reasons of female feoticide. With the alarming rate at which our society is exterminating small girls, it often makes me wonder whether this practice would actually enhance the value of women and small girls.

In India, preference of male child appears to be undiminished by socio-economic development: a ‘son’ is a support in old age. Also customs, in which the last rites of the parents are performed by the son, only go on to show how desirable a male-child is.

this discussion can go on and on. Therefore, it is time we took up this cause as  a social emergency and tackled it on all fronts.

The scenario is likely to improve with the upcoming development cells and bodies which work for women empowerment and education.

The whole new concept of feminism seems to bring a ray of hope. Education and employment of women is extremely essential. We have to do much for the womankind. They are, after all, women- our mothers, our creators! 

A Death Unsung (A girl story) : Child Marriage

The thing which comes to our mind on hearing the word- “Womanis epitome of sacrifice and selfless love. This is because they are portrayed that way by our ‘mass media’.

See ‘Balika Vadhu’ or the ‘Bidaai Sisters’ who must have shed tons of tears by now, but, still they bear it all. After all, they are the Bhaartiya Naaris and have to go through the Agni Pariksha time and again.

Most importantly, the mass media has once again raised the ever debatable and one of the most sensitive issues prevalent in the country- ‘Child Marriage’

In the early 1800’s, the birth of a female baby was looked down upon as an ill-omen. ‘Burden’ was the word used for the girl child. The insecure parents never realized that by marrying her off at the tender age of seven-eight years, they did not relieve themselves of any burden; instead, they jeopardized the innocent life.

A child, so young and naive, who had just about opened her eyes to the world, was handed over huge responsibilities, and before she could understand anything, the world completely changed for her. Little did she know that utensils would replace her dolls.

Woman often finds herself succumbing to the will of the society, for the sake of acceptance.

‘Her’ identity is often reduced to that of a commodity;
‘Her’ life, to an existence revolving around the whims of men.

The question is not about her merely listing the hardships of a woman’s life or crimes against her, nor is the solution as simple as a constitutional law; the situation demands an ‘ideological resolution’, as there is no other form of abuse that is more painful and more shameful than this. 

Pocket filling politics

Calling on Corruption! Calling on Revolution! Calling on Fast!

The three different glimpse of an empty Indian political jug that has nothing more left in it. Some have went ahead to refill the jug while others have gone on a strike which includes the fancy hunger-cum Anna/Bapu way.
Recently the Union Cabinet Minister who are often designated with ‘honorable’ have disclosed their portfolio of assets. It strictly depicts the progress and a shinning India campaign. The Civil-Aviation Minister Praful Patel has recently shown in public, on an average wealth of half-a-million to his assets in just 28 months the time he held that minister. Contrary to it, Air India has been crying over some split milk! They are struggling to even pay their workers with a basic salary.


During the 2009, Praful Patel had an asset worth of 79 crores while Rs122 crores in 2011. It happens to be some basic mathematics. Nearly,5 lakh a day. It strictly cut seals the argument made by Aruna Roy against the Planning Commission. While some have debated Rs32 or Rs25 for a daily wage laborers the minister are widely filling up their pockets.

Who says Corruption?
No, this is not corruption in my dictionary. Corruption is basically the art of illegal activities that happen unnoticed. Praful Patel and several others have made sure we expose that remains unexposed.
He didn’t do any wrong. We knew it long since 2009 asset deceleration to the present one. Simultaneously we all read, shared and debated on the labor unrest at Air India. The Patel story was left unnoticed just nothing more than a blind eye.
Fancy Anshans
From the Green to the Telecom and the Fast revolution that revolutionizes another mystery of what it being all about. Certainly, the food and telecom had provided enough development and growth while the revolution of hunger just gives a deadly weapon in the hands of the public.
The pilots have just added some more strikes while calmly Patel have filled his pocket all high. Being Blind is all we could do for now.
New Fabrics
The story doesn’t end here. The young leaders who are a master of management or rather some MBA tag-holders have already joined the party. Milind Deora who holds the Ministry For Communication and Technology has almost doubled his portfolio of assets within two years. From Rs.17 crores to Rs.33 crores in 2011. The Young Indian intellects have told us all about our future. A future where everything is dim under a 100watt blub.

Let’s Think

Neither more or less, are we deceiving ourselves. India happens to be ruled by some Anna and Baba who provoke and dictate the countrymen with some false stories. Stories where at times Democracy dies while at others good men elected bad people. Among all this, ministers keep filling up their pockets.

Petrol hike KILLING ME..!!

PRICE HIKE, LONG QUES, FUEL SHORTAGE, JAMSPETROl PRESSURE!

Nearly 15 mins from now rushing traffic on fuel pumps for gasoline humps mite receive a big blot on their faces and empty tanks. How sad

Ever wondered the grandparents stories or talks..? “In our times in 1rupee we would manage to do so many activities almost run a house with 7-8 members at least for a week..!”

Farmers do commit suicide for low rains and “mehngai”.. Will it force our fellow literates even..?

The days are so steady and rushing towards monetary rise that if I’m not mistaken we all have seen the petrol prices lasting to Rs35-38. At least I remember my golden days. Its not even a decade since we see a HIKE in fuel. THE FUEL WHICH MOVES MORE THAN 75% OF COUNTRY’S POPULATION IS ON A MARATHON!

This sturdy growth rate can be glorified by the much successful CONGRESS or the ruling parties! YES ITS A ” Common man voice” you have to have have to listen it whether praising or criticizing the government directly.After all they are the ones responsible and answerable! Always claiming in their BEGGING CAMPAIGNS FOR VOTES AND SUPPORT.. that it has always been the most successful ruling party from independence.The thing is that ALL THE WHITE CLOTHING SPORTY PEOPLE WHO RUSH EVERYDAY FOR SESSIONS IN VARIOUS HOUSES IN OUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY DON’T REALLY PAY FOR A PRICE OF A LITRE

Certainly its a revolutionary country with  revolutionary mind sets of people.
Should one suggest MR.ANNA to come and take his seat again at RAMLILA GROUND.. this time for fuel?
IS the government so adamant about its decision or so so so stubborn about its mistakes? The constant devaluation of rupee ..! Mr. Pranab dada~  “only formulating overall budgets don’t run the nation. YOU should apply some logic ” the ones mentioned in the Prescribed NCERT ECONOMICS 12th STD TEXT BOOKS. Strategic STERILIZATION POLICIES WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY RBI within 2-3 days resulting increase in rates! Is this the solution? The burden will always be on consumers or the country owners head. THE PUBLIC SERVANTS OR REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD FIND SOME WAYS TO CURB THIS BEFORE A MOB MOVEMENT  with a nation of crazy heads and angry too.


ALL THE BEST CONGRESS!
 TIME FOR PACK UP IS JusT NEAR
2014 WILL WITNESS A CHANGE !

GOOD LUCKMrs. GANDHI  AND GOOD LUCK TEAM FOLLOWERS.”

P.S.- INSTEAD OF PETROL WE PROBABLY SHOULD SHIFT TO 3G TECHNOLOGY, MEETING AND ATTENDING LECTURES WILL PROVE MORE FRUITFUL” – what and idea Sir…!

Wikileaks vs Mayawati!!

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday slammed, infact crossed swords, with “Anti-secrecy website” Wikileaks,

Whose founder Julian Assange portrayed her as a person with a “penchant for personal corruption” and “a strong authoritarian streak” . The cable released by Wikileaks is hinting at the corruption brewing inside our political system. It shows how our great political leaders are misusing their powers and even government funds .

The diplomatic cable which has led to a war between Mayawati and Assange shows the exploited self of the UP Chief minister . It portrays all the negative things about the leader. It refers to Mayawati’s “eccentric paranoia” and her obsession of becoming Prime Minister.

The cables says that “When she needed new sandals, her private jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand.” According to Lucknow journalists, “she employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters.” The recently released cable also stated that “She fears assassination and demanded from the central government the highest level of protection available. In addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination.”

These are sweeping allegations that are being made against Mayawati, the Dalit leader.

The angry and highly upset Chief Minister requested the government of his country to send Assange to a mental asylum. She even acussed him of being linked with the opposition parties. She defended herself by saying that this is a “malicious campaign” which is being carried out against her honest government. She also said in an interview that she won’t be deterred by these false claims and will not allow anybody to defame the honest UP government.

Blast: who is Responsible?

Blast After Blast In India: Who Is Responsible?

7 September, 2011.

A Bomb Blast outside High Court, with no tangible inputs left 13 people dead, more that 70 injured  :’-(  

Who is responsible??

No one.

Is it so? 

Looking at current scenario, the answer seems to be yes, our politicians want to justify that it happened on its own, No one is responsible.

Bjp leaders  blaming Congress policies for this and Congress want to hold the neck of security. 

It a become a privilege now  for terrorist to attack Indian capital.“The excuse of ‘not being able to prevent every attack’ by our government wearing perilously thin,”

While investigators tried to find a breakthrough in the Delhi high court case of the explosion, another terror e-mail warning of imminent attack on  Ahmedabad reportedly surfaced. Ahmedabad is now put on high alert, Gujarat, in particular.

Our loving and caring government has appealed to people to stay alert,they are doing their best, to build  their capacity to fight terror!

Which of these statements best describes government commitment towards people of this country!

There exist no CCTV’s as PWD dragged feetBy the government, departments did not took decisions that time regarding CCTV”s and now building capacity takes time for this, appeal all to alert and its state responsibility also.

Again the Question arises “who is responsible?”

The reason for failure are in the system:–

1. Lack of strong governance,will power.

2. Lacking of decision making quality and leadership is an issue.
3. Attitute of passing buck on others.
4. Lacking of self intiated on the part of governtal agencies.
5. Unable to pre-empt the situation.
Government needs to be vigilant and should involve the community people  to fight against the upcoming or future terrorism like Ahmedabad, It should act as leader rather being sympathetic!

COVER STORY OF JAN LOKPAL

Indiatoday is facing a widespread disease in its administrative government functioning known as CORRUPTION. The very prevalence of the disease is due to its nature and strength to influence the human mind. It poses a challenge to the moral, ethical and behavioural conduct of humans.
It has a fascination towards the human social needs and an ability to penetrate through the system quickly which lacks a strong mechanism to fight and curb it. This can threat a country’s dignity and reputation. In spite of all the efforts towards making the government administrative functions free from its spread, it has been receiving overwhelming figures in scams every year. The very question stands, that where is the loophole or if an appropriate antidote has been devised till date to fight the menace? The answer is “yes”, the antidote has been devised long back and it is the Lok Pal Bill. To understand the very functioning and nature of the Lok Pal, one definitely has to go through its base in the Constitution of India and its very nature. Let us have a look at the present and proposed Lok Pal bill of the Civil Society and its difference, also eventual effect upon the system.
EXISTING SYSTEM-
• -No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because  Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government.
• –Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.
• -No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.
• -No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges. Nowhere to go – People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.
• -There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies.
• -Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies. •-Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.
• –Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.
• -Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years
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SYSTEM PROPOSED BY CIVIL SOCIETY-

• –Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone’s permission
• –Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.
• –Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.
• –Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone’s permission.
• –Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to inquire into and hear every complaint.
• -All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public. Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be inquired and punishment announced within two months.

• –Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.
• –Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.
• -Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.
• –Enhanced punishment – The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

THE VERDICT-


Now if we make an evaluation of the proposals of the civil society , a very effective bill has been proposed taking into consideration the very nature and aspects of the corruption in the Government administration , the point that has to be noted here are very clearly mentioned in the draft itself , that the bodies like CBI and ACB will be made independent of the government administrative control , hence making them more liberal and free in carrying out the investigation proceedings against the government officials and politicians. Moreover, Lok Pal has been made much more powerful in terms of taking any immediate action after the establishment of the facts against the officer concerned. He has been conferred the powers of their dismissal which is not present in the existing system .Lok Pal can initiate inquiry against judges accused of misconduct/misbehaviour without the consent of the Chief Justice. The investigative proceedings have been kept extremely transparent in nature. It is clearly stated that after the investigations transparency will be maintained and all the records will be made public (also through the website). The selection of the Lok Pal at the centre and the Lok Ayukt at the state level will be transparent and with public participation. With the whole process being transparent and in the public domain, there will be no room for any confidentiality of the matter under investigation and henceforth leaving no room for corruption to take place. Under the new draft proposed by the civil society , specific provisions have been kept for recovery of misappropriated money . The Punishment has also been increased to a minimum of 5 years and max life imprisonment. Therefore, it is pertinent that a strong draft has been prepared and the intentions of the draft makers have been very serious towards curbing corruption in all the areas, i.e. procedure, process and punishment.

I leave it for the readers now to pose questions and queries regarding this and initiate a room for discussion as to which system would be better or rather to say that which antidote will work much effectively.

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AUTHOR : Ankur Mudgal
E-mail Address: uniquegy007@gmail.com

Capturing from the Cattle side

If I had been a reporter covering the rural affairs in an economy, it would certainly have begun with the cattle farming and ended on them.                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                   

The most decisive form of journalism making a story fetch fair price and interest, even when cattle is confined only with an image in the text. Cattle side is the best replica of an agrarian culture where a man pulls a bull. The story is lamenting high in the journals when looked beyond the Sports and Stocks update. Farmer suicides that account for much more than the farmers in place, still all mingled up for the nation to decide a proposal of having an industrial base or stinking with the old.

There lie farmers in thousands who have committed suicide over the past decade with the changes in India’s agricultural policy set a widened spiral of debt and despair. The farmers who were poor in nature as tractor beyond their purchase, hence they plough the fields with a cattle. These cattle are left to despair for their master who can’t be found in at the sunset club bringing fodder for them nor are the green harvest visible any more.

It staggers for the census man as the number of farmers who have committed suicide in India between 1997 and 2007 are 1,82,963. While 8 million farmers have opted for a substitute in regard with the farming activities, when compared the census of 1991-2001 the remaining are left to depreciate for every year that proceeds. Further, the women farmers are generally not recorded in the books no wonder they do a large junk of farming work. They account for a normal suicide but not as “farmer” suicides.
Even as the media celebrate the Mercedes Benz deal in the Marathwada region as a sign of “rural resurgence,” the latest data show that 17,368 farmers killed themselves in the year of the “resurgence.”
P.Sainath
It’s no secret, Capitalization that dominates the Socialism. Those communist allies in the north-eastern part of the county use it for a better brand name attached to it. “Branding” which lies as an integral part of capitalization. There is none that understands the communism behind the farmers who could make them survive and rear cattle’s with joy.
While the Sensex had crossed 11,000 points in 2006, Vidarbha had more than 400 suicides within a week. To endure more Lakme Fashion Week issued over 500 media passes to journalists while none besides the rare Sainath visited Vidarbha. Ironically, cotton weavers that committed suicide in Vidarbha and cotton garments displayed at Lakme Fashion Week.

Those product that make a market for global trade are milk, grains etc. It’s the cattle that make a difference as per the production. As their master commit suicides, it adds more bulk of deficits, lesser contribution towards Gross-Domestic Product. They are certainly not a part of India’s Developmental Story but certainly India can’t develop without them. Farmer’s that commit suicides are as important as the fight for corruption and black money. It’s the lack of fame that makes a difference that the person from a renowned civil society don’t consider it an issue worth.
While the Civil Society prefers to be hungry, it’s the civilians that die of hunger.

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