Showing posts with label India Political. Show all posts
Showing posts with label India Political. Show all posts

A Quick Look At Mathura Violence


More than three dozen people, including an SP and an SHO, have lost their lives in the recent deadly clash between police and encroachers that broke out Jawaharbagh Park in Mathura on Thursday this week.

Police went there to evacuate Jawaharbagh Park after being directed by the Allahabad High Court to do so. When police were trying to evict encroachers or illegal occupants, said to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from the public park on the directions of the high court, some armed encroachers attacked the law enforcement officers. Others set deadly fires there.

Uttar Pradesh DGP Javed Ahmed told reporters that dozens of people died in the Mathura violence. Around a dozen of protestors died in ire which they had reportedly caused themselves.
Surprisingly, police recovered at least 47 locally made pistols called ‘katta’, six rifles and hundreds of live cartridges. The protestors had even hand grenades, which they used to attack police. What a shame for the local law and order system that failed to detect accumulation of such a huge amount of ammunition in a public park, straight under their nose.

More than a hundred people have already been arrested in connection with the incident, but the main accused, Ramvriksh Yadav, who would be charged under the National Security Act, is still at large.

Meanwhile, Rejecting state government’s compensation of Rs. 20 lakhs, martyr SP Mukul Dwivedi’s teary mother said she didn’t want money; she just wanted her son back.
With eyes full of tears, the grieving mother said, “I don’t want money. The Chief Minister should bring back my son. The Chief Minister can take Rs. 20 lakh from us, but please bring back my son. They sent my son to Mathura so that he gets killed. What will I do now?” 

Let me say she is right in rejecting the compensation. Can money or any other incentive be an effective substitute to justice?

As usual, Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ordered an inquiry into the incident, and Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh took stock of the situation. That’s it. Is it enough to regain the public’s lost trust in law & order? Obviously, my answer is a big NO.

Let me ask some blunt questions -- Why Akhilesh Yadav government didn’t take action against the encroachers unless it was forced by the state high court to do so? Are governments always worried only about their vote banks? Will this incident and the killings be used by certain politicians to take political mileage in upcoming elections?
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A Quick Look At French Tourist Katia's Abuduction And Rape Case


Former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh died of a gunshot wound on Sunday, May 29. Police said that while the incident was still under investigation, preliminary investigations indicated that Harkirat Singh committed suicide by shooting himself. However, the victim’s wife argued that it was an “accidental fire,” which happened when her husband was cleaning his pistol. 

While high profile leaders are busy in expressing grief over the suicide of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson, my conscience immediately dragged me back to the 1994, when the 'Sher-e-Punjab' earned another title -- 'Dhritrashtra' for not paying heed to the misdeeds of his own kin.
When high profile leaders like Prakash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Bikram Singh Majithiya, state congress chairman Captain Amrinder Singh and others have expressed their profound grief over the shooting death of Harkirat Singh; let me remind our so-called leaders as well as the common man, who has become habitual to forget brutalities inflicted by the kin of politically-powerful and corruptly-influential people on the society. 

One of the grandsons of Beant Singh was found involved in the abduction/kidnapping and rape/molestation of a French tourist named Katia. The alleged heinous crime was committed in Mohali near Chandigarh on the night of August 31, 1994.

The then 24-year-old French woman Katia told police that she was out in a hotel along with two Kenyan friends, who were students at a Chandigarh college, when a youth accompanied by 4 others approached them and offered drinks, but they refused.
Offended by Katia’s rejection, the youth some gunmen chased them in an official Gypsy right up to the students’ residence in Mohali. On the pretext of searching the house for drugs, they beat them up and abducted Katia at gun point.

Katia was taken to a factory building in Mohali, where she was raped. In the morning, the cuprits brought her to a hotel from where she managed to escape.

She reported the matter to police. Following investigations by journalists pointed the needle of suspicion towards Beant Singh’s grandson, Gurkirat Singh. Katia also identified him in a photograph.
The heinous crime boxed Beant Singh and his Congress government by a united Opposition, which demanded nothing less than a CBI investigation, booking of his guilty grandson and the chief minister's resignation.

But, the police continued to dilly-dally, and failed to produce Gurkirat Singh before Katia for identification. Before leaving Chandigarh in disgust on Sept. 6th, Katia said, “No serious effort has been made to book the real culprits. For me, it was a horrifying experience.”

Finally, with pressure mounting from the Union Home Ministry, the chief minister was left with no option but to make his grandson to turn himself in.

Beant Singh and the then state police chief K.P.S. Gill gave assurances that the culprits would be punished. Investigations conclusively established the involvement Gurkirat Singh in the rape case. Finally, Gurkirat Sing surrendered to police on Sept. 8th.

As if the crimes of Gurkirat Singh weren’t enough to blot the Sher-e-Punjab’s regime, his second grandson, named Amandeep Singh, become embroiled in a separate sexual harassment scandal. Such incidents are not rare, Moga girl molestation case in another cruel example of inhumanity. 
While we can’t change the past, let me say we can surely prevent such incidents in the future by giving law a free hand to deal with offenders and culprits with an iron hand. A common man wants nothing more than a peaceful life with dignity.
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Politics of Reservations

a poster depicting politics of reservations
Ancient Indian society was based on caste system and some castes were given a status higher than others. Namely, there were four main castes or Varna – Brahmin, Kashtriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Members of each of these castes were assigned a specific function. However, the social status of a person in the Vedic period was not determined by birth. But, gradually caste became an inherited status – it means the son of Brahmin would be a Brahmin and the son of a Shudra would be a Shudra. Thus, the society gradually came to be a caste-based society.

The so-called lower castes started facing unprecedented exploitation at the hands of so-called higher castes. Members of lower castes developed a kind of socio-economic under-development, which dragged them into backwardness.

However following India’s independence in August 1947, members of the Constituent Assembly adopted social equality as one of the main objectives to ensure justice for all. They took many steps to secure social equality for all. One of those steps was listing so-called lower castes as Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) or Backward Castes (BCs); and providing them with certain special benefits in the form of reservations in jobs, legislatures etc.

The provision of reservations was originally set for a period of 10 years. But, considering it a vote-gaining popularity-winning system, almost all parties supported its extension again and again, and it is in force even today, more than six decades after it was implemented.

The system of reservations for people belonging to particular castes is regarded as a helpful system to ensure the welfare and development of the downtrodden or exploited people. However, the repeated extension of the provision of reservation of jobs for SC, ST and OBC people has started gaining opposition and criticism by many. The issue of reservations vs. anti-reservations has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the highly-controversial Mandal Commission Report was accepted by the National Front Government of Prime Minister V.P. Singh in 1990, which had triggered violent protests in the National capital and many other places across India.  
 
Let’s have a look at arguments against the provision of reservations in Indian Constitution: 

1. Politics of castes or casteism is unhealthy and harmful for a Democratic country like India, but the provision of reservations in Indian Constitution has indirectly helped boost the politics of casteism.

2. Originally, the provision of reservations in Indian Constitution was adopted for a period of 10 years. But it is still in effect, for more than six decades.

3. The controversial provision of reservations is obviously against the principle of equality because it gives undue value to a people of certain castes. A person belonging to SC, ST or OBC manages to get a job even as he/she secures lower percentage of marks in a competitive examination than a person of a general category.

4. Providing SC, ST or OBC people (who also commonly called “Dalits”) with special privileges, protections and rights is also against the spirit of democracy.

5. Reservations have failed to protect the social-economic interests of so-called SC, ST or OBC people. Instead, this policy has made them dependent on the crutches of reservation. Many of them don’t work had just because they have special privileges at their disposal.  Moreover, it has given rise to a new type of inequality. Some members of SC, ST or OBC categories or Dalits have been able to received repeated benefits from reservations, while many others failed to get any benefit.

6. Reservations in jobs discourage talent, which is essential for any country to progress.  It violates merit system, and compromises on quality and discourages talent.


Let’s also have a look at arguments in favor of reservations in jobs: 

1. People belonging to SC, ST or OBC categories or so-called Dalits are still backward. Hence, the provision of reservations should continue.

I disagree - When the policy of reservations has failed to ensure social-economic equality for so-called Dalits, how can one say it will be able to benefit them in the next few decades?

2. The Preamble of the Indian Constitution describes Social, economic and political justice as the foremost objective to be secured. Thus, special privileges or protections should be given to SC, ST or OBC people or Dalits.

I disagree – How reservations in jobs can help SC, ST or OBC people when they are not equally educated or trained or they lack required talent or skills. The policy of reservations is not only hurt the nation’s progress by way of discarding real talent, but also hurting SC, ST or OBC people or Dalits by making them unduly dependent on undue government support. Moreover, it is unduly supporting a slim creamy layer within Dalits.

3. According to the Constitution, India should be characterized by political, social and economic democracy. Thus, government should make efforts to attain this objective with any means, including reservations in jobs for the backward.

I disagree – reserving jobs is not the only way to ensure political-socio-economic equality for SC, ST or OBC people or Dalits. People without talent or with lower-than-expected talent will only retard the nation’s growth, which will eventually make the nation’s citizen, particularly Dalits, poorer and worse. If federal and state governments really want to give Dalits equality, they should provide them with equal opportunities in the fields of health and education. They can provide Dalit children free food and free books. Laws like “compulsory education for all children” should be implemented strictly, and talented kids can be granted scholarships. But, I would insist that there is no substitute to talent.

It is but natural that those who are enjoying the benefits of the controversial reservation system are in support of it. Political parties, including Congress and BJP, have been supporting it because they regard it as a means for keeping their vote-banks intact.
       

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Is It Fake or Genuine Rs. 5 Coin?

Fake currency is certainly one of the biggest problems that Indian economy has been suffering for decades. Despite implementation of some firm rules and serious steps to tackle the issue by the Indian Government and the Reserve Bank of India, the problem continues to persist.

As I know, the RBI has the exclusive right to issue bank notes in India. RBI, like other central banks the world over, changes the design of banknotes from time to time to prevent faking of notes. Since 1996, the central bank has introduced banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series, issuing notes in the denominations of Rs5 to Rs.1000 in this series. These notes contain distinct easily recognizable security features to facilitate the detection of genuine notes vis-à-vis forgeries.

Most people pay attention only when a currency note is Rs 500 or Rs 1000 in denomination. What about coins? –- Nobody cares.

As I know, the distribution of coins in India is undertaken by RBI as an agent of the union government, (coins are minted by the government and not by central bank).


Thus, when I got a coin of denomination Rs. 5, I was surprised because of the wording engraved on – “SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI SHRINE BOARD.” The accompanying images with red marks show the two sides of the same (apparently) fake Rs. 5 coin.

I may be wrong, but I think it is fake coin. Please help be determine if it is a genuine coin issues by government/RBI or a fake coin. It is commonly circulating at least in Punjab state.

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Communalism in India - A Harsh Reality

After witnessing the disheartening deadly communal riots during the process of creation of Pakistan by dividing India in 1947, Indian leader adopted secularism to prevent the menace from occurring again. Secularism has been a fundamental feature of the Indian Constitution since then.  This feature of secularism of the Indian Constitution played a great role in ensuring an emotional integration of the people of India, allowing the nation to ensure unity in diversity.

But, it is a harsh reality that communalism could not be totally eradicated from India. Communalism is present in India in various forms; chiefly as Hindu-Muslim communalism. Since India’s Independence in 1947, the nation suffered communal riots in various parts – from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari and from Gujarat to Assam. No part of India has been free from communalism.  Aligarh, Meerut, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Patna and Malda all have emerged as epicenters of communalism at sometime.
 Communalism is generally associated with a selfish, narrow as well as aggressive attitude on the part of a religious group.

Apart from the Hindu-Muslim conflicts, India has suffered sectarian riots/violence, regional violence, tribal riots. What is more shocking is that there have been conflicts within different sects or factions of the same religion. For instance, Shia-Sunni conflict in Utter Pradesh, Sikh-Nirankari conflict in Punjab and Lepchas-Bhutias conflict in Sikkim.

Let me say, religious orthodoxy might be seen as the biggest cause of Indian communalism or communalism in India, but it is not the only cause. Politics and economic inequality also often play a hidden role in triggering communal riots in India and anywhere else in the world.

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Can Kanhaiya Say all JNU male students are rapists?


JNU students' union presidentJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union Kanhaiya Kumar was taken into custody on February 12, 2016, on sedition charge for making ‘anti-national’ remarks and lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi. The honorable High Court of Delhi granted him interim bail for six months.

I respect the High Court’s decision, but can’t support a situation in which a court orders the release of a ‘suspect’ and the suspect restarts creating the same nuisance that had triggered the whole issue.  
Kanhaiya was arrested for making anti-national remarks and supporting some extremists. After being released he stated that he was not against India. Now he re-triggered the issue by alleging that India Army rapes women in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). He made the controversial statement while addressing a group of JNU students on the occasion of International Women's Day.

There might be a few cases of alleged rapes of women in J&K by military men; after-all no house is with a toilet. But, Kanhaiya was definitely wrong to blame the whole Indian Army.  He crossed his limits. He must apolozise.

There might be some cases of sexual assaults by some male students of JNU. Can he say that JNU male students are rapists? An increasing number of rapes and sexual assaults are occurring in Delhi. The December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case shook the whole world. Can Kanhaiya say Delhi males rape women.
Moreover, Kanhaiya and his supporters, who argue that the Indian Constitution has provided them with the “right to free expression,” must keep it in mind that the Indian Constitution also prescribes some limits on the use of such fundamental rights. 
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Releasing Kanhaiya From Jail Helps Him Gain More 'Popularity'

JNU students' union presidentKanhaiya Kumar, the president of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union, was not known outside the premises of the university until recently. He instantly gained attention last month, thanks to his controversial remarks as well as to media that helped his remarks spread like a jungle fire.

Government machinery helped Kanhaiya Kumar gain more fame/notoriety by putting him jail. Putting a person who crosses the limits of right to free expression is not wrong; but failing to ensure that such a garrulous person with anti-national feelings remains behind the bars is certainly wrong. After coming out of prison, Kanhaiya Kumar got more support from opponents of the union government and thus gained more courage to speak against the nation.

Kanhaiya was taken into custody on 12th of February on sedition charge and lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail. On 2nd of March, Delhi High Court granted him interim bail for six months.
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Govt. Shouldn't Bow To Anti-Social Elements As It Did During 'Jat' Unrest


More than two dozen people were killed and property worth crores of rupees were destroyed and burnt to ashes by protestors during the recent Jat reservation stir. In lieu of taking a tough stand against the state government of Haryana, the Union Govt. yesterday told the Supreme Court (SC) that the extensive damage caused to public and private property in the state during the agitation was a man-made disaster, and thus it required relief and rehabilitation under the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) and NDM Authority.

Let me say, the Center Govt. is unduly trying to support its state govt. It should ask the Haryana govt. to foot the bill on its own because it was its responsibiliy to maintain law and order in the state. Haryana govt. failed to fulfill its duty. Thus, it must pay the price itself.

Can money be an effective substitute to justice?

Let me suggest some solutions:

  1. Haryana govt. shouldn't pay any compensation to any person who participated in the violent reservation agitation or supported the agitation indirectly.
  2. The state govt. should impose an 'anti-violence' tax, particularly targeting the community that was responsible for the damages, to offset the damages caused during the stir. It will set an example for future protestors as well as governments to follow.
  3. The last but not the least, the govt. should never bow before anti-social elements.
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Murthal (Haryana) Gang Rapes Of Women During Jat Stir Shocked Whole World

A depressed victim's imaginary photo

The Indian state of Haryana is already notorious for girl foeticide (destruction or abortion of a female/girl fetus). Now, the Haryana will be known as a rapist state, thanks to the recent tremendously outrageous and shocking gang rapes of more than 10 women in Murthal during Jat reservation stir.

While Haryana police repeatedly denied any occurrence of gang rapes in Murthal, several people, including at least three truck drivers, told media persons that they had witnessed a mob of protestors dragging women into fields. They said the protestors torn women’s clothes in front of them and some women were running nude on the highway to avoid being sexually assaulted. At least one of them said some protestors were yelling that they would gang rape the women and they raped then in deed.
Many new channels showed pieces of torn clothes of women. 

Following the media reports of gang rapes of several women and the resultant severe criticism, Haryana police has filed an FIR in which a woman from Delhi has alleged that seven men raped her on the night of February 22-23.

The woman alleged that the rapists included her own brother-in-law. However, she added that her 15-year-old daughter, who was with her at the time, was not sexually assaulted. But, the hooligans had torn her daughter’s clothes too.

Shame on Haryana for tolerating such a heinous crime!

Let me say it is now the responsibility of the state government to punish the rapists without being influenced by any kind of political or financial and take all necessary measures to prevent such a shocking incident from occurring again in the future.

I would also like to ask her – why the khap panchayats and their leaders, who boast to be the savior of the society, are silent now. They should come forward and condemn the sexual attacks on the fair sex. 
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Equality of Opportunity in Indian Constitution



violent demonstrators set fire to vehicles

People of ‘jat’ community in Haryana state of India shook the whole nation by resorting to violent means to get their demand for reservation accepted by the government. The violence resulted in the killings of at least a dozen people, while many more suffered injuries.
The issue of reservation in jobs has long been troubling the government as well as the pubic as strikes or demonstrations often turn violent, causing significant damage to life and property. Whenever I listen about such incidents, I helplessly start brooding over, “Who is responsible for the problem?”
Makers of the India Constitution made special provisions to help and support weaker and depressed sections of the society. For instance, Article 16 in Part III of the constitution declares “equality of opportunity”. It means all people, irrespective of religion, race, sex, descent, place of birth or resident, have equal opportunity to employment or appointment to any office.
But, the government made special provision in Article 16 (4) to reserve a fraction of jobs for members of scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST).  Originally, these special provisions were meant to remain in force for just ten years. But “vote back politics” prevented the government from taking the bold step of putting an end to these controversial provisions.  
As the controversial provisions of reservations continue even today, decades after the nation’s independence, the Jat community, which has never remained low and dejected or weaker than other communities, is trying to take advantage of the situation to bend the government to its benefit.         
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God Appears to be Opposing the humble And Giving Grace To The Proud

Salman Khan outside a courtGod opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. But the adjacent picture appears to be stating the opposite - God opposes the humble, but gives grace to the proud.

Salman Khan is a popular Bollywood star, but it is also a well known truth that he is a convicted man. Look at the adjacent picture. Salman Khan appears to be very confident, bearing an air of pride.  Police officers are defending him, while other people are curious to meet him. He has money so he can commit a crime, like hit and run or illegally hunt an animal, and easily defy a punishment with the help of people like the one seen in the picture in black coat – lawyers.

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Owaisi Has the Right to Question Why Balwant Sing Rajoana & Rajiv Gandhi’s Killers Are Still Alive


AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi is known for making controversial comments, particularly when it comes to religious matters. On Thursday, Owaisi triggered a hot controversy over death sentense/capital punishment awarded to Yakub Memon by the Supreme Court of India for his role in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Addressing a gathering in Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi questioned why mercy was shown in cases of the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.
He alleged that the killers of Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh have support of respective political parties in Tamil Nadu and Punjab, respectively.

Making the allegation, Owaisi said, "Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh killers have backing of respective political parties that is why they have not been given capital punishment."

Many high profile political leaders and journalists criticized Owaisi for his alleged attempt to give the issue a political hue, but I want to emphasize here that like any other Indian, Owaisi also has the right to raise question wherever he witness hypocrisy.

Federal as well as concerned state governments must answer why the killers of Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh are still alive, several years after they committed the heinous crimes.

Like most of Indian, I want Yakub Memon to be hanged so that he could get ‘reward’ for what he did in 1993 in Mumbai. But at the same time I also want to see Balwant Sing Rajoana, who was convicted for killing Beant Singh, as well as Rajiv Gandhi’s killers to be hanged.

Yakub Memon’s supporters are citing the examples of mercy being shown to Balwant Sing Rajoana and Rajiv Gandhi’s killers in a desperate attempt to save the convicted criminal; and if he is let to survive, lawyers of future criminals will cite his example to save their clients.

Let me say the ongoing hypocrisy is definitely very helpful and protective for criminals; with the only loser in the whole political game continues to be the same common man
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Why Yakub Memon should be hanged/put to death?


Symbol of justiceWhile the whole of India, particularly families and friends of the victims of 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, are eagerly waiting for July 30, 2015, the date slated to hang Yakub  Memon. Some individuals and groups are busy in making their last attempt to prevent Memon's hanging.

But, there are some really vital reasons why Yakub Memon should be hanged till death. Let's have a quick look at some of them:

Yakub Memon, who is also called Yakub Abdul RazzakMemon, has been sentenced to death for his role in the series of March 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, which caused more than 350 deaths and left nearly 1200 people injured. he must get 'reward' for his henious crimes.

If Memon is sparedIf Memon is spared by turning his death sentence into life imprisonment, it would send another signal that India is very lenient toward militants and other criminals. 

If Memon is not hanged, it would definitely be an insulting jolt to the families and friends of the victims of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

If Memon is not hanged, it would be wastage of crores of rupees that the government spent in investigating the case and bringing the guilty to justice.

It would encourage more crime as criminals would have not fear of losing their lives.

It would break common man's trust in Indian constitution and law.

The last but not the least, it would tarnish the ruling BJP government’s image as the BJP leaders have long been boasting that they would never tolerate anti-national elements.









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I Can't Understand Why Some Politicians Want To Save Yakub Memon

Pakistan hanged numerous of convicted militants during the last 7 months, in wake of school massacre.  Taliban militants broke into a school on December 16, 2014, and opened fire, killing more than 140 students and staff members. Pakistani government realized the reality that militants must be given their ‘reward’ by executing them. There were no announcements or confirmations about who was going to be hanged prior to the hangings. America is also known fro its tough stance against militancy and crime.
I always welcomed capital punishments for convictions criminals because criminals are criminals -- people devoid of shame and mercy.   

But I have been struggling to understand Indian system of law, despite being an Indian myself. Alas! I could have understood why Indians, who have the power to influence judicial ruling, don’t want militants and other criminals to be hanged.

 Indian Judiciary did its job by awarding death sentence to Yakub Memon, but it is still uncertain whether Memon will really get ‘reward’ for what he did in 1993 in Mumbai because Maharastra Government has just sent a new mercy plea to the governor to save the life of a criminal who is responsible for the killings of dozens of people in Mumbai more than two decades ago.

CPI (M) has also demanded Yakub Memon’s mercy petition to be accepted.

Why Yakub Memon should be hanged/put to death?
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PM Modi Will No Longer Be Able To Boast About Providing Scandal-Free Government

Three BJP leaders facing corruption charges
Congress is busy in celebrating the first series of scandals by high profile political leaders of the ruling BJP, viz. Susma Swaraj, Vasundhra Raje, Smriti Irani and Pankja Munde. It is but natural for an opposition party to celebrate or make an attempt to take an advantage of such a situation.

But it is definitely a big, disturbing jolt for Indian voters who voted enthusiastically to bring Narendra Modi to power. They invested their trust in Mr. Modi and BJP because Mr. Modi had ensured them that the BJP government under his leadership would be different – free from scam and scandals, and there that would be no corrupt leaders in his government.

Now, when the time has come to transform his words into action, Prime Minister Modi is tight-lipped. He is silent, when the whole country is eagerly waiting to listen to his ‘maan ki baat’ – his views about the Lalit Modi scandal and the alleged involvement of Susma Swaraj and Vasundhra Raje in the scandal. Let me remind Mr. Modi that he will no longer be able to boast about his promise to provide a corruption-free and scandal-free government, if he doesn’t take action now.
       
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Orbit Bus Conductor Reportedly Throws Elderly Man Out Of Bus

It will be very hard for any sensitive resident of Punjab to forget the Moga girl molestation case occurred in an Orbit bus belong to the state’s ruling Badal family. But, it seems that neither the Badal family nor the employees of the notorious Orbit Bus Company have learnt any lesson from that appalling incident.

According to a report published in the June 26th edition of Punjab Kesari newspaper, a 70-year-old man was thrown out of an Orbit bus by its conductor on June 25. The incident occurred at around 11 A.M. in Kotkapura, Punjab.

The victim was identified as Ashoka Kumar Malhotra, a retired school principal. He reported suffered a deep injury in the head. 

 May I dare to ask Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal how mush they are now planning to pay to settle this dispute. Money can't be effective substitute to justice.

If Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal really want to console the victim and regain the lost trust of the public, they should insure tough punishment for the guilty and ensure that such incidents not occur in the future.
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Punjab Govt.’s Compensation for Families of Those Who Commit Suicide Could Boost the Trend

A farmer commits suicidePunjab government yesterday announced its decision to hike compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who put an end to their lives by committing suicide. An official spokesperson of the agriculture department stated that the government would compensate a victim’s family with a financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh.

Previously, the compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who commit suicide was Rs 2 lakh.
The spokesperson also announced that Punjab government also announced decision to give compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of farmers or labourers who died of snake-bite. An assistance of Rs 20,000 will be provided for severe injuries and Rs 5,000 for treatment of wounds caused by snake-bites.

While I have no problem with the government’s decision to provide financial assistance to the families of those who get wounded or died in an accident. But I will staunchly oppose the government’s decision to provide money to the families of those who committed suicide; not because I am against helping the victims’ families but because it will encourage many more people to commit suicide.  It will further aggravate the problem.

Let me say if the Punjab government really wants to help debt-ridden farmers, they should help them when they are alive. Politicians must known that their policies are slowly strangulating marginal farmers.
 


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Punjab & Haryana High Court issues notices to Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Badal

The Punjab and Haryana high court recently issued notices to Punjab state’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal among some other people in connection with a demand for a CBI investigation into last month’s Moga girl molestation in running bus case. The girl, who was molested by the bus conductor and his accomplice, later died in a hospital.

The ruling Badal family tried to put the case into cold bag through a monetary/money deal with the victim’s family. 

It may be noted here the bus in which the appalling girl molestation incident occurred belonged to private sector transport company Orbit Aviation, which is owned by Punjab State deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife.

The petitioner asked in the application that the deputy CM and his wife should also be made accused in the case as was done in the brutal Delhi rape case in December 2012.

Let me say, just issuing the notices is not sufficient. The court should make sure that the ongoing investigation in the Moga bus case must be impartial and free from any political pressure. Like anybody, else the court should also keep it in mind that the case could be influenced as Orbit Aviation stake owners have political powers, and the suspects are directly linked to them. 
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Can Money Be An Effective Substitute To Justice?

Can Money Be An Effective Substitute To Justice?Can money or any other incentive be an effective substitute to justice? My reply to this question is a big “No”. But, politicians apparently think so, as evident from some criminal cases occurred in the Punjab state of India over the past few years.

In the most recent case, the family of a Moga teenage girl, who died after being thrown along with her mother off a running bus after they opposed the conductor’s indecent gestures and lewd comments, was reportedly offered Rs. 30 lakh in addition to a government job for a member of the family.

After being thrown off the running bus, the 13-year-old girl died on the spot, while her mother is continues to struggle for life in a hospital. It is worth mentioning here that the bus involved in the inhuman, brutal incident was operated by Orbit Aviation, a transportation company owned by Sukhbir Singh Badal - the deputy chief minister of Punjab and the son of state CM Parkash Singh Badal. 

I am not against supporting a victim or his/her family with financial aid, but I am dead sure that it can’t be called justice. Initially, the poor father of the girl insisted that he didn’t want anything other than justice for her dead girl and punishment for the culprits. Surprisingly, he agreed to accept the grant within a couple of days.  I don’t find fault with the poor father’s decision because how a common man can fight with a ruling government. It’s not impossible but it’s bitterly hard.  

Previously in December 2012, a local Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader shot and killed a Punjab State police officer in Amritsar after the officer protested against his daughter being harassed by Rana and his associates. In that case, the victim’s daughter was given a government job along with some other incentives.

Politicians must learn such incidents not only affect the victim and his/her family but also the whole society, all men, women and children. Giving some incentives to the victim’s family can’t revive the public’s broken trust. Moreover, such settlements will encourage more prospective criminals, particularly those who belong to rich families and have links with politicians. 

Let me say that the only way to ensure justice for any victim and the whole society in any such case is to set an example by ensuring harsh punishment for the culprits.

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Badal Family Must Ensure Justice in Moga Girl Molestation Case

Dead body of young girl who was thrown off a running vehicle after molestation
Nothing bothers me more than the so-called humanity because humanity relates to humans and I haven't seen any animal more cruel and selfish than humans, which are also animals, albeit social. Human acts often disturb, and the most recent human act that not only disturbed me but also shook me to the core of my heart, took place in Moga district of Punjab, India.

A teenager boarded a bus with her mother and brother from Moga at 4pm last Wednesday. When only a few passengers were left in the bus, the conductor and one of his accomplices started making indecent gestures and lewd comments on the 13-year-old girl. When her nearly 35-year-old mother intervened, the culprits did the same to her.  The woman complained the matter to the bus’ driver, who sided with the suspects.

When the mother resisted, the culprits shoved the girl and her mother off the running bus. The young girl died at the scene, while the mother is still struggling for life in a hospital. The above photo shows the dead body of a young girl who was thrown off a running vehicle after she refused to be molested. I received this photo through social-media network Whatsapp, but i couldn't confrim if the girl in the photos is the same Moga girl. Nevertheless, it is enough to suggest what the hell girls are suffering in today's society.  

The bus involved in the brutal incident belongs to Orbit Bus Company, which is owned by the state’s ruling family – the Badal Family.  The head of the family, Parkash Singh Badal is the chief minister (CM) of Punjab, while his son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, is the deputy chief minister of the state. Sukhbir Singh Badal’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in Narendra Modi-led Government of India. Her brother, Bikram Singh Majithia, also holds revenue and rehabilitation ministry in Parkash Singh Badal-led Punjab government. Thus, it was but natural for the incident to take a political hue.

As the bus and suspects have relations with the ruling Badal family, many common people believe that the suspects will be able to go free without paying for their brutal act, and that the poor family of the victim will not get justice. As the incident has direct links to the ruling Badal family, ensuring impartiality and justice in the case is not essential for the victim’s family but also for the ruling Badal family, if the Badals really want to regain public’s trust that they have lost in wake of the incident. 
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6/04/2016
A Quick Look At Mathura Violence

More than three dozen people, including an SP and an SHO, have lost their lives in the recent deadly clash between police and encroachers that broke out Jawaharbagh Park in Mathura on Thursday this week.

Police went there to evacuate Jawaharbagh Park after being directed by the Allahabad High Court to do so. When police were trying to evict encroachers or illegal occupants, said to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from the public park on the directions of the high court, some armed encroachers attacked the law enforcement officers. Others set deadly fires there.

Uttar Pradesh DGP Javed Ahmed told reporters that dozens of people died in the Mathura violence. Around a dozen of protestors died in ire which they had reportedly caused themselves.
Surprisingly, police recovered at least 47 locally made pistols called ‘katta’, six rifles and hundreds of live cartridges. The protestors had even hand grenades, which they used to attack police. What a shame for the local law and order system that failed to detect accumulation of such a huge amount of ammunition in a public park, straight under their nose.

More than a hundred people have already been arrested in connection with the incident, but the main accused, Ramvriksh Yadav, who would be charged under the National Security Act, is still at large.

Meanwhile, Rejecting state government’s compensation of Rs. 20 lakhs, martyr SP Mukul Dwivedi’s teary mother said she didn’t want money; she just wanted her son back.
With eyes full of tears, the grieving mother said, “I don’t want money. The Chief Minister should bring back my son. The Chief Minister can take Rs. 20 lakh from us, but please bring back my son. They sent my son to Mathura so that he gets killed. What will I do now?” 

Let me say she is right in rejecting the compensation. Can money or any other incentive be an effective substitute to justice?

As usual, Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ordered an inquiry into the incident, and Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh took stock of the situation. That’s it. Is it enough to regain the public’s lost trust in law & order? Obviously, my answer is a big NO.

Let me ask some blunt questions -- Why Akhilesh Yadav government didn’t take action against the encroachers unless it was forced by the state high court to do so? Are governments always worried only about their vote banks? Will this incident and the killings be used by certain politicians to take political mileage in upcoming elections?
5/30/2016
A Quick Look At French Tourist Katia's Abuduction And Rape Case

Former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh died of a gunshot wound on Sunday, May 29. Police said that while the incident was still under investigation, preliminary investigations indicated that Harkirat Singh committed suicide by shooting himself. However, the victim’s wife argued that it was an “accidental fire,” which happened when her husband was cleaning his pistol. 

While high profile leaders are busy in expressing grief over the suicide of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson, my conscience immediately dragged me back to the 1994, when the 'Sher-e-Punjab' earned another title -- 'Dhritrashtra' for not paying heed to the misdeeds of his own kin.
When high profile leaders like Prakash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Bikram Singh Majithiya, state congress chairman Captain Amrinder Singh and others have expressed their profound grief over the shooting death of Harkirat Singh; let me remind our so-called leaders as well as the common man, who has become habitual to forget brutalities inflicted by the kin of politically-powerful and corruptly-influential people on the society. 

One of the grandsons of Beant Singh was found involved in the abduction/kidnapping and rape/molestation of a French tourist named Katia. The alleged heinous crime was committed in Mohali near Chandigarh on the night of August 31, 1994.

The then 24-year-old French woman Katia told police that she was out in a hotel along with two Kenyan friends, who were students at a Chandigarh college, when a youth accompanied by 4 others approached them and offered drinks, but they refused.
Offended by Katia’s rejection, the youth some gunmen chased them in an official Gypsy right up to the students’ residence in Mohali. On the pretext of searching the house for drugs, they beat them up and abducted Katia at gun point.

Katia was taken to a factory building in Mohali, where she was raped. In the morning, the cuprits brought her to a hotel from where she managed to escape.

She reported the matter to police. Following investigations by journalists pointed the needle of suspicion towards Beant Singh’s grandson, Gurkirat Singh. Katia also identified him in a photograph.
The heinous crime boxed Beant Singh and his Congress government by a united Opposition, which demanded nothing less than a CBI investigation, booking of his guilty grandson and the chief minister's resignation.

But, the police continued to dilly-dally, and failed to produce Gurkirat Singh before Katia for identification. Before leaving Chandigarh in disgust on Sept. 6th, Katia said, “No serious effort has been made to book the real culprits. For me, it was a horrifying experience.”

Finally, with pressure mounting from the Union Home Ministry, the chief minister was left with no option but to make his grandson to turn himself in.

Beant Singh and the then state police chief K.P.S. Gill gave assurances that the culprits would be punished. Investigations conclusively established the involvement Gurkirat Singh in the rape case. Finally, Gurkirat Sing surrendered to police on Sept. 8th.

As if the crimes of Gurkirat Singh weren’t enough to blot the Sher-e-Punjab’s regime, his second grandson, named Amandeep Singh, become embroiled in a separate sexual harassment scandal. Such incidents are not rare, Moga girl molestation case in another cruel example of inhumanity. 
While we can’t change the past, let me say we can surely prevent such incidents in the future by giving law a free hand to deal with offenders and culprits with an iron hand. A common man wants nothing more than a peaceful life with dignity.
3/25/2016
Politics of Reservations
a poster depicting politics of reservations
Ancient Indian society was based on caste system and some castes were given a status higher than others. Namely, there were four main castes or Varna – Brahmin, Kashtriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Members of each of these castes were assigned a specific function. However, the social status of a person in the Vedic period was not determined by birth. But, gradually caste became an inherited status – it means the son of Brahmin would be a Brahmin and the son of a Shudra would be a Shudra. Thus, the society gradually came to be a caste-based society.

The so-called lower castes started facing unprecedented exploitation at the hands of so-called higher castes. Members of lower castes developed a kind of socio-economic under-development, which dragged them into backwardness.

However following India’s independence in August 1947, members of the Constituent Assembly adopted social equality as one of the main objectives to ensure justice for all. They took many steps to secure social equality for all. One of those steps was listing so-called lower castes as Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) or Backward Castes (BCs); and providing them with certain special benefits in the form of reservations in jobs, legislatures etc.

The provision of reservations was originally set for a period of 10 years. But, considering it a vote-gaining popularity-winning system, almost all parties supported its extension again and again, and it is in force even today, more than six decades after it was implemented.

The system of reservations for people belonging to particular castes is regarded as a helpful system to ensure the welfare and development of the downtrodden or exploited people. However, the repeated extension of the provision of reservation of jobs for SC, ST and OBC people has started gaining opposition and criticism by many. The issue of reservations vs. anti-reservations has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the highly-controversial Mandal Commission Report was accepted by the National Front Government of Prime Minister V.P. Singh in 1990, which had triggered violent protests in the National capital and many other places across India.  
 
Let’s have a look at arguments against the provision of reservations in Indian Constitution: 

1. Politics of castes or casteism is unhealthy and harmful for a Democratic country like India, but the provision of reservations in Indian Constitution has indirectly helped boost the politics of casteism.

2. Originally, the provision of reservations in Indian Constitution was adopted for a period of 10 years. But it is still in effect, for more than six decades.

3. The controversial provision of reservations is obviously against the principle of equality because it gives undue value to a people of certain castes. A person belonging to SC, ST or OBC manages to get a job even as he/she secures lower percentage of marks in a competitive examination than a person of a general category.

4. Providing SC, ST or OBC people (who also commonly called “Dalits”) with special privileges, protections and rights is also against the spirit of democracy.

5. Reservations have failed to protect the social-economic interests of so-called SC, ST or OBC people. Instead, this policy has made them dependent on the crutches of reservation. Many of them don’t work had just because they have special privileges at their disposal.  Moreover, it has given rise to a new type of inequality. Some members of SC, ST or OBC categories or Dalits have been able to received repeated benefits from reservations, while many others failed to get any benefit.

6. Reservations in jobs discourage talent, which is essential for any country to progress.  It violates merit system, and compromises on quality and discourages talent.


Let’s also have a look at arguments in favor of reservations in jobs: 

1. People belonging to SC, ST or OBC categories or so-called Dalits are still backward. Hence, the provision of reservations should continue.

I disagree - When the policy of reservations has failed to ensure social-economic equality for so-called Dalits, how can one say it will be able to benefit them in the next few decades?

2. The Preamble of the Indian Constitution describes Social, economic and political justice as the foremost objective to be secured. Thus, special privileges or protections should be given to SC, ST or OBC people or Dalits.

I disagree – How reservations in jobs can help SC, ST or OBC people when they are not equally educated or trained or they lack required talent or skills. The policy of reservations is not only hurt the nation’s progress by way of discarding real talent, but also hurting SC, ST or OBC people or Dalits by making them unduly dependent on undue government support. Moreover, it is unduly supporting a slim creamy layer within Dalits.

3. According to the Constitution, India should be characterized by political, social and economic democracy. Thus, government should make efforts to attain this objective with any means, including reservations in jobs for the backward.

I disagree – reserving jobs is not the only way to ensure political-socio-economic equality for SC, ST or OBC people or Dalits. People without talent or with lower-than-expected talent will only retard the nation’s growth, which will eventually make the nation’s citizen, particularly Dalits, poorer and worse. If federal and state governments really want to give Dalits equality, they should provide them with equal opportunities in the fields of health and education. They can provide Dalit children free food and free books. Laws like “compulsory education for all children” should be implemented strictly, and talented kids can be granted scholarships. But, I would insist that there is no substitute to talent.

It is but natural that those who are enjoying the benefits of the controversial reservation system are in support of it. Political parties, including Congress and BJP, have been supporting it because they regard it as a means for keeping their vote-banks intact.
       

3/21/2016
Is It Fake or Genuine Rs. 5 Coin?
Fake currency is certainly one of the biggest problems that Indian economy has been suffering for decades. Despite implementation of some firm rules and serious steps to tackle the issue by the Indian Government and the Reserve Bank of India, the problem continues to persist.

As I know, the RBI has the exclusive right to issue bank notes in India. RBI, like other central banks the world over, changes the design of banknotes from time to time to prevent faking of notes. Since 1996, the central bank has introduced banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series, issuing notes in the denominations of Rs5 to Rs.1000 in this series. These notes contain distinct easily recognizable security features to facilitate the detection of genuine notes vis-à-vis forgeries.

Most people pay attention only when a currency note is Rs 500 or Rs 1000 in denomination. What about coins? –- Nobody cares.

As I know, the distribution of coins in India is undertaken by RBI as an agent of the union government, (coins are minted by the government and not by central bank).


Thus, when I got a coin of denomination Rs. 5, I was surprised because of the wording engraved on – “SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI SHRINE BOARD.” The accompanying images with red marks show the two sides of the same (apparently) fake Rs. 5 coin.

I may be wrong, but I think it is fake coin. Please help be determine if it is a genuine coin issues by government/RBI or a fake coin. It is commonly circulating at least in Punjab state.

3/17/2016
Communalism in India - A Harsh Reality
After witnessing the disheartening deadly communal riots during the process of creation of Pakistan by dividing India in 1947, Indian leader adopted secularism to prevent the menace from occurring again. Secularism has been a fundamental feature of the Indian Constitution since then.  This feature of secularism of the Indian Constitution played a great role in ensuring an emotional integration of the people of India, allowing the nation to ensure unity in diversity.

But, it is a harsh reality that communalism could not be totally eradicated from India. Communalism is present in India in various forms; chiefly as Hindu-Muslim communalism. Since India’s Independence in 1947, the nation suffered communal riots in various parts – from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari and from Gujarat to Assam. No part of India has been free from communalism.  Aligarh, Meerut, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Patna and Malda all have emerged as epicenters of communalism at sometime.
 Communalism is generally associated with a selfish, narrow as well as aggressive attitude on the part of a religious group.

Apart from the Hindu-Muslim conflicts, India has suffered sectarian riots/violence, regional violence, tribal riots. What is more shocking is that there have been conflicts within different sects or factions of the same religion. For instance, Shia-Sunni conflict in Utter Pradesh, Sikh-Nirankari conflict in Punjab and Lepchas-Bhutias conflict in Sikkim.

Let me say, religious orthodoxy might be seen as the biggest cause of Indian communalism or communalism in India, but it is not the only cause. Politics and economic inequality also often play a hidden role in triggering communal riots in India and anywhere else in the world.

3/10/2016
Can Kanhaiya Say all JNU male students are rapists?

JNU students' union presidentJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union Kanhaiya Kumar was taken into custody on February 12, 2016, on sedition charge for making ‘anti-national’ remarks and lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi. The honorable High Court of Delhi granted him interim bail for six months.

I respect the High Court’s decision, but can’t support a situation in which a court orders the release of a ‘suspect’ and the suspect restarts creating the same nuisance that had triggered the whole issue.  
Kanhaiya was arrested for making anti-national remarks and supporting some extremists. After being released he stated that he was not against India. Now he re-triggered the issue by alleging that India Army rapes women in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). He made the controversial statement while addressing a group of JNU students on the occasion of International Women's Day.

There might be a few cases of alleged rapes of women in J&K by military men; after-all no house is with a toilet. But, Kanhaiya was definitely wrong to blame the whole Indian Army.  He crossed his limits. He must apolozise.

There might be some cases of sexual assaults by some male students of JNU. Can he say that JNU male students are rapists? An increasing number of rapes and sexual assaults are occurring in Delhi. The December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case shook the whole world. Can Kanhaiya say Delhi males rape women.
Moreover, Kanhaiya and his supporters, who argue that the Indian Constitution has provided them with the “right to free expression,” must keep it in mind that the Indian Constitution also prescribes some limits on the use of such fundamental rights. 
Releasing Kanhaiya From Jail Helps Him Gain More 'Popularity'
JNU students' union presidentKanhaiya Kumar, the president of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union, was not known outside the premises of the university until recently. He instantly gained attention last month, thanks to his controversial remarks as well as to media that helped his remarks spread like a jungle fire.

Government machinery helped Kanhaiya Kumar gain more fame/notoriety by putting him jail. Putting a person who crosses the limits of right to free expression is not wrong; but failing to ensure that such a garrulous person with anti-national feelings remains behind the bars is certainly wrong. After coming out of prison, Kanhaiya Kumar got more support from opponents of the union government and thus gained more courage to speak against the nation.

Kanhaiya was taken into custody on 12th of February on sedition charge and lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail. On 2nd of March, Delhi High Court granted him interim bail for six months.
2/29/2016
Govt. Shouldn't Bow To Anti-Social Elements As It Did During 'Jat' Unrest

More than two dozen people were killed and property worth crores of rupees were destroyed and burnt to ashes by protestors during the recent Jat reservation stir. In lieu of taking a tough stand against the state government of Haryana, the Union Govt. yesterday told the Supreme Court (SC) that the extensive damage caused to public and private property in the state during the agitation was a man-made disaster, and thus it required relief and rehabilitation under the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) and NDM Authority.

Let me say, the Center Govt. is unduly trying to support its state govt. It should ask the Haryana govt. to foot the bill on its own because it was its responsibiliy to maintain law and order in the state. Haryana govt. failed to fulfill its duty. Thus, it must pay the price itself.

Can money be an effective substitute to justice?

Let me suggest some solutions:

  1. Haryana govt. shouldn't pay any compensation to any person who participated in the violent reservation agitation or supported the agitation indirectly.
  2. The state govt. should impose an 'anti-violence' tax, particularly targeting the community that was responsible for the damages, to offset the damages caused during the stir. It will set an example for future protestors as well as governments to follow.
  3. The last but not the least, the govt. should never bow before anti-social elements.
Murthal (Haryana) Gang Rapes Of Women During Jat Stir Shocked Whole World
A depressed victim's imaginary photo

The Indian state of Haryana is already notorious for girl foeticide (destruction or abortion of a female/girl fetus). Now, the Haryana will be known as a rapist state, thanks to the recent tremendously outrageous and shocking gang rapes of more than 10 women in Murthal during Jat reservation stir.

While Haryana police repeatedly denied any occurrence of gang rapes in Murthal, several people, including at least three truck drivers, told media persons that they had witnessed a mob of protestors dragging women into fields. They said the protestors torn women’s clothes in front of them and some women were running nude on the highway to avoid being sexually assaulted. At least one of them said some protestors were yelling that they would gang rape the women and they raped then in deed.
Many new channels showed pieces of torn clothes of women. 

Following the media reports of gang rapes of several women and the resultant severe criticism, Haryana police has filed an FIR in which a woman from Delhi has alleged that seven men raped her on the night of February 22-23.

The woman alleged that the rapists included her own brother-in-law. However, she added that her 15-year-old daughter, who was with her at the time, was not sexually assaulted. But, the hooligans had torn her daughter’s clothes too.

Shame on Haryana for tolerating such a heinous crime!

Let me say it is now the responsibility of the state government to punish the rapists without being influenced by any kind of political or financial and take all necessary measures to prevent such a shocking incident from occurring again in the future.

I would also like to ask her – why the khap panchayats and their leaders, who boast to be the savior of the society, are silent now. They should come forward and condemn the sexual attacks on the fair sex. 
2/22/2016
Equality of Opportunity in Indian Constitution


violent demonstrators set fire to vehicles

People of ‘jat’ community in Haryana state of India shook the whole nation by resorting to violent means to get their demand for reservation accepted by the government. The violence resulted in the killings of at least a dozen people, while many more suffered injuries.
The issue of reservation in jobs has long been troubling the government as well as the pubic as strikes or demonstrations often turn violent, causing significant damage to life and property. Whenever I listen about such incidents, I helplessly start brooding over, “Who is responsible for the problem?”
Makers of the India Constitution made special provisions to help and support weaker and depressed sections of the society. For instance, Article 16 in Part III of the constitution declares “equality of opportunity”. It means all people, irrespective of religion, race, sex, descent, place of birth or resident, have equal opportunity to employment or appointment to any office.
But, the government made special provision in Article 16 (4) to reserve a fraction of jobs for members of scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST).  Originally, these special provisions were meant to remain in force for just ten years. But “vote back politics” prevented the government from taking the bold step of putting an end to these controversial provisions.  
As the controversial provisions of reservations continue even today, decades after the nation’s independence, the Jat community, which has never remained low and dejected or weaker than other communities, is trying to take advantage of the situation to bend the government to its benefit.         
7/29/2015
God Appears to be Opposing the humble And Giving Grace To The Proud
Salman Khan outside a courtGod opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. But the adjacent picture appears to be stating the opposite - God opposes the humble, but gives grace to the proud.

Salman Khan is a popular Bollywood star, but it is also a well known truth that he is a convicted man. Look at the adjacent picture. Salman Khan appears to be very confident, bearing an air of pride.  Police officers are defending him, while other people are curious to meet him. He has money so he can commit a crime, like hit and run or illegally hunt an animal, and easily defy a punishment with the help of people like the one seen in the picture in black coat – lawyers.

7/25/2015
Owaisi Has the Right to Question Why Balwant Sing Rajoana & Rajiv Gandhi’s Killers Are Still Alive

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi is known for making controversial comments, particularly when it comes to religious matters. On Thursday, Owaisi triggered a hot controversy over death sentense/capital punishment awarded to Yakub Memon by the Supreme Court of India for his role in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Addressing a gathering in Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi questioned why mercy was shown in cases of the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.
He alleged that the killers of Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh have support of respective political parties in Tamil Nadu and Punjab, respectively.

Making the allegation, Owaisi said, "Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh killers have backing of respective political parties that is why they have not been given capital punishment."

Many high profile political leaders and journalists criticized Owaisi for his alleged attempt to give the issue a political hue, but I want to emphasize here that like any other Indian, Owaisi also has the right to raise question wherever he witness hypocrisy.

Federal as well as concerned state governments must answer why the killers of Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh are still alive, several years after they committed the heinous crimes.

Like most of Indian, I want Yakub Memon to be hanged so that he could get ‘reward’ for what he did in 1993 in Mumbai. But at the same time I also want to see Balwant Sing Rajoana, who was convicted for killing Beant Singh, as well as Rajiv Gandhi’s killers to be hanged.

Yakub Memon’s supporters are citing the examples of mercy being shown to Balwant Sing Rajoana and Rajiv Gandhi’s killers in a desperate attempt to save the convicted criminal; and if he is let to survive, lawyers of future criminals will cite his example to save their clients.

Let me say the ongoing hypocrisy is definitely very helpful and protective for criminals; with the only loser in the whole political game continues to be the same common man
7/24/2015
Why Yakub Memon should be hanged/put to death?

Symbol of justiceWhile the whole of India, particularly families and friends of the victims of 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, are eagerly waiting for July 30, 2015, the date slated to hang Yakub  Memon. Some individuals and groups are busy in making their last attempt to prevent Memon's hanging.

But, there are some really vital reasons why Yakub Memon should be hanged till death. Let's have a quick look at some of them:

Yakub Memon, who is also called Yakub Abdul RazzakMemon, has been sentenced to death for his role in the series of March 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, which caused more than 350 deaths and left nearly 1200 people injured. he must get 'reward' for his henious crimes.

If Memon is sparedIf Memon is spared by turning his death sentence into life imprisonment, it would send another signal that India is very lenient toward militants and other criminals. 

If Memon is not hanged, it would definitely be an insulting jolt to the families and friends of the victims of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

If Memon is not hanged, it would be wastage of crores of rupees that the government spent in investigating the case and bringing the guilty to justice.

It would encourage more crime as criminals would have not fear of losing their lives.

It would break common man's trust in Indian constitution and law.

The last but not the least, it would tarnish the ruling BJP government’s image as the BJP leaders have long been boasting that they would never tolerate anti-national elements.









7/23/2015
I Can't Understand Why Some Politicians Want To Save Yakub Memon
Pakistan hanged numerous of convicted militants during the last 7 months, in wake of school massacre.  Taliban militants broke into a school on December 16, 2014, and opened fire, killing more than 140 students and staff members. Pakistani government realized the reality that militants must be given their ‘reward’ by executing them. There were no announcements or confirmations about who was going to be hanged prior to the hangings. America is also known fro its tough stance against militancy and crime.
I always welcomed capital punishments for convictions criminals because criminals are criminals -- people devoid of shame and mercy.   

But I have been struggling to understand Indian system of law, despite being an Indian myself. Alas! I could have understood why Indians, who have the power to influence judicial ruling, don’t want militants and other criminals to be hanged.

 Indian Judiciary did its job by awarding death sentence to Yakub Memon, but it is still uncertain whether Memon will really get ‘reward’ for what he did in 1993 in Mumbai because Maharastra Government has just sent a new mercy plea to the governor to save the life of a criminal who is responsible for the killings of dozens of people in Mumbai more than two decades ago.

CPI (M) has also demanded Yakub Memon’s mercy petition to be accepted.

Why Yakub Memon should be hanged/put to death?
6/27/2015
PM Modi Will No Longer Be Able To Boast About Providing Scandal-Free Government
Three BJP leaders facing corruption charges
Congress is busy in celebrating the first series of scandals by high profile political leaders of the ruling BJP, viz. Susma Swaraj, Vasundhra Raje, Smriti Irani and Pankja Munde. It is but natural for an opposition party to celebrate or make an attempt to take an advantage of such a situation.

But it is definitely a big, disturbing jolt for Indian voters who voted enthusiastically to bring Narendra Modi to power. They invested their trust in Mr. Modi and BJP because Mr. Modi had ensured them that the BJP government under his leadership would be different – free from scam and scandals, and there that would be no corrupt leaders in his government.

Now, when the time has come to transform his words into action, Prime Minister Modi is tight-lipped. He is silent, when the whole country is eagerly waiting to listen to his ‘maan ki baat’ – his views about the Lalit Modi scandal and the alleged involvement of Susma Swaraj and Vasundhra Raje in the scandal. Let me remind Mr. Modi that he will no longer be able to boast about his promise to provide a corruption-free and scandal-free government, if he doesn’t take action now.
       
6/26/2015
Orbit Bus Conductor Reportedly Throws Elderly Man Out Of Bus
It will be very hard for any sensitive resident of Punjab to forget the Moga girl molestation case occurred in an Orbit bus belong to the state’s ruling Badal family. But, it seems that neither the Badal family nor the employees of the notorious Orbit Bus Company have learnt any lesson from that appalling incident.

According to a report published in the June 26th edition of Punjab Kesari newspaper, a 70-year-old man was thrown out of an Orbit bus by its conductor on June 25. The incident occurred at around 11 A.M. in Kotkapura, Punjab.

The victim was identified as Ashoka Kumar Malhotra, a retired school principal. He reported suffered a deep injury in the head. 

 May I dare to ask Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal how mush they are now planning to pay to settle this dispute. Money can't be effective substitute to justice.

If Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal really want to console the victim and regain the lost trust of the public, they should insure tough punishment for the guilty and ensure that such incidents not occur in the future.
Punjab Govt.’s Compensation for Families of Those Who Commit Suicide Could Boost the Trend
A farmer commits suicidePunjab government yesterday announced its decision to hike compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who put an end to their lives by committing suicide. An official spokesperson of the agriculture department stated that the government would compensate a victim’s family with a financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh.

Previously, the compensation for families of debt-ridden farmers who commit suicide was Rs 2 lakh.
The spokesperson also announced that Punjab government also announced decision to give compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of farmers or labourers who died of snake-bite. An assistance of Rs 20,000 will be provided for severe injuries and Rs 5,000 for treatment of wounds caused by snake-bites.

While I have no problem with the government’s decision to provide financial assistance to the families of those who get wounded or died in an accident. But I will staunchly oppose the government’s decision to provide money to the families of those who committed suicide; not because I am against helping the victims’ families but because it will encourage many more people to commit suicide.  It will further aggravate the problem.

Let me say if the Punjab government really wants to help debt-ridden farmers, they should help them when they are alive. Politicians must known that their policies are slowly strangulating marginal farmers.
 


5/20/2015
Punjab & Haryana High Court issues notices to Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Badal
The Punjab and Haryana high court recently issued notices to Punjab state’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal among some other people in connection with a demand for a CBI investigation into last month’s Moga girl molestation in running bus case. The girl, who was molested by the bus conductor and his accomplice, later died in a hospital.

The ruling Badal family tried to put the case into cold bag through a monetary/money deal with the victim’s family. 

It may be noted here the bus in which the appalling girl molestation incident occurred belonged to private sector transport company Orbit Aviation, which is owned by Punjab State deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife.

The petitioner asked in the application that the deputy CM and his wife should also be made accused in the case as was done in the brutal Delhi rape case in December 2012.

Let me say, just issuing the notices is not sufficient. The court should make sure that the ongoing investigation in the Moga bus case must be impartial and free from any political pressure. Like anybody, else the court should also keep it in mind that the case could be influenced as Orbit Aviation stake owners have political powers, and the suspects are directly linked to them. 
5/05/2015
Can Money Be An Effective Substitute To Justice?
Can Money Be An Effective Substitute To Justice?Can money or any other incentive be an effective substitute to justice? My reply to this question is a big “No”. But, politicians apparently think so, as evident from some criminal cases occurred in the Punjab state of India over the past few years.

In the most recent case, the family of a Moga teenage girl, who died after being thrown along with her mother off a running bus after they opposed the conductor’s indecent gestures and lewd comments, was reportedly offered Rs. 30 lakh in addition to a government job for a member of the family.

After being thrown off the running bus, the 13-year-old girl died on the spot, while her mother is continues to struggle for life in a hospital. It is worth mentioning here that the bus involved in the inhuman, brutal incident was operated by Orbit Aviation, a transportation company owned by Sukhbir Singh Badal - the deputy chief minister of Punjab and the son of state CM Parkash Singh Badal. 

I am not against supporting a victim or his/her family with financial aid, but I am dead sure that it can’t be called justice. Initially, the poor father of the girl insisted that he didn’t want anything other than justice for her dead girl and punishment for the culprits. Surprisingly, he agreed to accept the grant within a couple of days.  I don’t find fault with the poor father’s decision because how a common man can fight with a ruling government. It’s not impossible but it’s bitterly hard.  

Previously in December 2012, a local Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader shot and killed a Punjab State police officer in Amritsar after the officer protested against his daughter being harassed by Rana and his associates. In that case, the victim’s daughter was given a government job along with some other incentives.

Politicians must learn such incidents not only affect the victim and his/her family but also the whole society, all men, women and children. Giving some incentives to the victim’s family can’t revive the public’s broken trust. Moreover, such settlements will encourage more prospective criminals, particularly those who belong to rich families and have links with politicians. 

Let me say that the only way to ensure justice for any victim and the whole society in any such case is to set an example by ensuring harsh punishment for the culprits.

5/04/2015
Badal Family Must Ensure Justice in Moga Girl Molestation Case
Dead body of young girl who was thrown off a running vehicle after molestation
Nothing bothers me more than the so-called humanity because humanity relates to humans and I haven't seen any animal more cruel and selfish than humans, which are also animals, albeit social. Human acts often disturb, and the most recent human act that not only disturbed me but also shook me to the core of my heart, took place in Moga district of Punjab, India.

A teenager boarded a bus with her mother and brother from Moga at 4pm last Wednesday. When only a few passengers were left in the bus, the conductor and one of his accomplices started making indecent gestures and lewd comments on the 13-year-old girl. When her nearly 35-year-old mother intervened, the culprits did the same to her.  The woman complained the matter to the bus’ driver, who sided with the suspects.

When the mother resisted, the culprits shoved the girl and her mother off the running bus. The young girl died at the scene, while the mother is still struggling for life in a hospital. The above photo shows the dead body of a young girl who was thrown off a running vehicle after she refused to be molested. I received this photo through social-media network Whatsapp, but i couldn't confrim if the girl in the photos is the same Moga girl. Nevertheless, it is enough to suggest what the hell girls are suffering in today's society.  

The bus involved in the brutal incident belongs to Orbit Bus Company, which is owned by the state’s ruling family – the Badal Family.  The head of the family, Parkash Singh Badal is the chief minister (CM) of Punjab, while his son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, is the deputy chief minister of the state. Sukhbir Singh Badal’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in Narendra Modi-led Government of India. Her brother, Bikram Singh Majithia, also holds revenue and rehabilitation ministry in Parkash Singh Badal-led Punjab government. Thus, it was but natural for the incident to take a political hue.

As the bus and suspects have relations with the ruling Badal family, many common people believe that the suspects will be able to go free without paying for their brutal act, and that the poor family of the victim will not get justice. As the incident has direct links to the ruling Badal family, ensuring impartiality and justice in the case is not essential for the victim’s family but also for the ruling Badal family, if the Badals really want to regain public’s trust that they have lost in wake of the incident.