Congress/NCP candidate wants to bring back Aurangzeb's rule and make Hindus extinct!!

By Sanchit on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Yahan koi Rahul gandhi nahi rehta!!

By Sanchit on Friday, October 09, 2009

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rahul exposed Bothadbodan is a drought hit village in Yawatmal district in Maharashtra. Troubled villagers have not got any relief from Govt. People are depressed and some have already committed suicide.

Rahul Gandhi visited this undeveloped Bothadbodan villege last year in July. Margaret Alva was with him.A local person named Suresh Chhattani showed him the villege. He was with Rahul Gandhi for almost 2 and half hours.

Rahul Gandhi promised to give land, cattle etc. to troubled villagers and gave his mobile number to Chhattani on piece of paper in his own handwriting. "If u have any problem, call me on this number. This is mobile number of my personal assistant Ravi Kapoor" He said.When asked what happened next, Chhattani told that he was promised 3 buffaloes but has not got anything.

When asked why didn't he call on the mobile, Chhattani replied " Saheb, I called so many times. See I even called today morning. Some Ravi Kapoor takes the call and tells me angrily..... yaha koi Rahul Gandhi nahi rahata, ab bar bar phone mat lagana. ( Nobody named Rahul Gandhi live here. And stop calling me again and again. ) When the reporter asked if he explained Ravi Kapoor who he was and what Rahul had promised, Chhattani replied in hopeless tone " Saheb, this Ravi Kapoor was also here that day....... with Rahul Gandhi. "

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Politics with life of people

By Sanchit on Thursday, October 08, 2009

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Karnataka flood BANGALORE: The BJP-led Karnataka government is annoyed that though the state bore the brunt of the rain fury, it got only a paltry sum of Rs 52.26 crore as central aid on Wednesday. This is in stark contrast to the Rs 156.84 crore released for Andhra Pradesh, a state ruled by the Congress.

A vexed chief minister B S Yeddyurappa called up President Pratibha Patil and sought her intervention in impressing upon the Centre to immediately release adequate funds. A week after the state submitted a memorandum seeking Rs 10,000 crore financial assistance for rehabilitation work in flood-hit districts of North Karnataka, the Centre released this measly sum from the National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF).

Floods in Karnataka affected about 15 lakh people involving 15 districts and about 5 lakh people in five districts of Andhra Pradesh. While the toll in Karnataka has already crossed the 200 mark, it’s less than 60 in Andhra. The total loss due to floods is pegged at Rs 16,500 crore while Andhra’s estimates are Rs 12,500 crore. The Centre is yet to depute a team to assess the damage.

All eyes are now on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he is expected to visit the flood-ravaged areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on Friday and make some big announcements.

It’s not the first time the central relief is perceived as step-motherly. Just about two months ago Karnataka sought Rs 2,000 crore for drought relief, but got only Rs 150 crore. The opposition and ruling BJP promptly started a blame game. While the BJP accused the UPA government at the Centre of giving step-motherly treatment to BJP-ruled Karnataka, opposition members alleged that the state government had failed to spend funds available under the CRF.

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Karnataka Cm's Padayatra mops up Rs 500 crore for flood relief

By Sanchit on Thursday, October 08, 2009

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Shocked by the nature's fury in Karnataka and the apathy shown by Central govt which gave just Rs 50 crore for flood relief Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa took it upon himself to collect money to provide relief to those affected. He was able to collect Rs 500 crore in just 48 hours for flood relief by taking a Padayatra.

The ironic thing is that Andhra pradesh was given around 150 crores while Karnataka is given just a meagre Rs 50 crore by the central govt just because Karnataka has the BJP govt. Manmohan singh has already said in Haryana that people should vote for congress if they want benefits from Central govt.

Its strange that the same media who goes mad over a night spent by Rahul gandhi in a village hut does not care to report about this incident!!

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Rescue Aditya!!

By Sanchit on Sunday, October 04, 2009

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I came across this website through Google ads. I have no relation to the case or the persons mentioned but I thought it wouldnt cost me anything to make a blog post about it and it may help someone. So please have a look at the website- and see if you know the child or the mother!!

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The politician who made no money

By Sanchit on Sunday, October 04, 2009

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Lal bahadur Shastri India PM Part 1- Why has history forgotten this giant?

Kuldip Nayar was Lal Bahadur Shastri's press advisor from 1960 to 1964 and travelled with him extensively. He provides an insight into the former prime minister's life.

Shastri and the Congress-
Shastri has been forgotten by the nation. He has been pushed into the background. I have no doubt that there was a Congress conspiracy to underplay Shastri after his death.

The Congress is the party that should have put him to the fore but I remember visiting a Congress meeting where Shastri's portrait was not even displayed with respect.

He simply didn't fit in. Mrs Gandhi was strongly against the Congress old guard. When he died there was a strong resistance against his cremation in the area where Gandhi and Nehru had been laid to rest. Most Congressmen wanted his body taken to Allahabad. When Mrs Lalita Shastri said she would go public only then did the Congressmen relent.

They even protested against inscribing the slogan -- Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan on his samadhi. Then again, only when Mrs Shastri threatened to go on a hunger strike was it was allowed.

After leaving the Press Information Bureau I became a reporter. Wherever I went to meet Congress leaders, I was labelled as 'Shastri ka aadmi' [Shastri's man].

Now, a committee has been set up by the Congress-led government to celebrate his birth centenary but it seems like an afterthought. I think after the death of Shastri, the Congress did not know where to fit him. When Mrs Gandhi succeeded him, the Congress didn't know where to put his legacy in the scheme of things then.

Shastri stands for austerity.

Shastri stands for simplicity and consensus.

Shastri represents an ideology that was right of Centre but not left of Centre. After all, he is the man who said we need the five-year plan but let us have a one year holiday from plan.

I remember vividly a small incident that brought out the stark difference between the two (Shastri and Indira Gandhi
) leaders.

During Shastri's tenure his home in Janpath was upgraded quite a bit to suit the status of a PM.

After his death, while searching for a suitable home Mrs Gandhi went to see Shastri's home. She entered the home, had a round inside and said, "middle class!"

The making of Shastri-
Shastri was selected by veteran Congress leaders K Kamaraj, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy
and S Nijalingappa to lead the nation. Moments after Nehru's death I asked him who should become PM, he said it should be the unanimous decision of the Congress.

He gave two names in order. First, Jayaprakash Narayan and second, Indira Gandhi. He told me he wanted a unanimous decision over the selection. "But if there is a contest (which Morarji Desai contemplated) then I can defeat Morarji Desai but not Indira Gandhi," he told me.

Probably he was right. However, the question didn't arise because Kamaraj was asked to talk to members informally. Shastri was made PM but Morarjibhai never accepted the decision.

After Shastri became PM he had to face the war with Pakistan. When the Chamb border was attacked Shastri was asked to take a tough decision whether to cross the international border. The army chief said it would be difficult to hold on for long at Chamb. Shastri gave the order saying -- before they can capture Chamb you should capture Lahore

After the war was over, I asked Indira Gandhi if Nehru would have allowed the crossing of the international border. Mrs Gandhi said, 'Whatever the generals would have advised him he would have followed."
But I wonder.

A slight man made of steel-
After the war, Shastri's name was all over. Before the war many people laughed at him for his softness but not after the war. He came out as a tough hero.

His toughness was evident at Tashkent. When Russian Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin wanted Shastri to sign the agreement for peace with General Ayub Khan of Pakistan after the 1965 war, Shastri insisted on adding the assurance, "never again will weapons be used to sort out problems between India and Pakistan."

Ayub was maintaining a vague stance by quoting UN resolutions. "Then you will have to find another PM," said Shastri during the arguments. In the final agreement General Ayub Khan had not mentioned those words but Shastri continued to press for it.

Ayub finally wrote it at the very last moment. General Ayub's handwritten assurance is still preserved in the Indian archives. Shastri was a slight person but with a strong mind.

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Kuldip Nayar on the Tashkent summit

Shastri can't be revived-
If the Congress wants to celebrate Shastri, it will have to re-emphasis the honesty of Shastri. He stood for the small men of India.

But the Congress has changed completely. Since Mrs Gandhi said that corruption is a world phenomenon, Congressmen are not losing sleep over it. Neither can I imagine Shastri imposing the Emergency.

All those Congressmen seen active during the Emergency are part of this government. Ambika Soni is a confidante of Sonia Gandhi
, Pranab Mukherjee, Arjun Singh, Kamal Nath all were part of the establishment then.

How can these leaders bring in the values of Shastri?

The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty culture has also played a role in minimising Shastri's legacy. When Shastri was made a minister without portfolio in the Nehru's Cabinet, he was uncomfortable. Once in a huff he told me, "I shall quit and retire to Allahabad."

While cajoling him not to entertain an such idea I said, "Nehru has you in his mind."

Shastri said, "Unke dimag main to unki putri hai. (He has his daughter in his mind as successor.)"

As soon as Shastri died the dynasty culture returned to the Congress. Shastri's message of life was that if he could become PM anybody could because he was a common man. As the Bible says the meekest shall inherit the earth, he proved it.

In 1942 (during the Quit India Movement), when he was in a jail, his daughter was ill and he was released on parole. But he could not save her life because doctors had recommended costly drugs.

Shastri never made money. In 1963, on the day when he was dropped under the Kamaraj plan I went to meet him. He was sitting in his home without a light.

"Why are you sitting in the dark?" I asked. He said, "From today all expenses will be borne by me." He told me as a MP and minister he didn't earn enough to save for his rainy day.

On that evening, I told him to turn a columnist to earn some money. So he wrote a column on Lala Lajpat Rai. That was the first syndicated column in India.

I syndicated it to four newspapers and collected Rs 500 from each. Quite a hefty sum!

The second column was on Nehru but before he could write more he was recalled to the Cabinet.
I don't see the revival of the values Shastri stood for.

A day before his first press conference after becoming PM I asked him what will be your message tomorrow?

He said: "I'll tell them that during my tenure there will not be any increase in food price and as PM of India I would ask members of the Planning Commission to have one more column in their charts to show me how many jobs will be created after spending thousands of crores of rupees."

He was a man concerned about the common man of India. Can these values return to this country?
I don't think so.

As told to Senior Editor Sheela Bhatt


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Why has history forgotten this giant?

By Sanchit on Sunday, October 04, 2009

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Lal bahadur Shastri

2 days ago India celebrated the birthday of Mahatama Gandhi on 2nd october which is observed as national holiday. Its sad and depressing that more than half of India's population dont know that 2nd october is also the birthday of Lal Bahadur Shastri- 2nd and arguably the best PM of India! So why has history forgotten this giant? Some people know the reason and hope many will soon know it. I had planned to write this post on 2nd October but could not do that because of some work. Anyways here is a great article as tribute from my side on Lal Bahadur Shastri from Rediff. Do read it once and you surely would not regret!


Seven miles from Kashi in Uttar Pradesh is Mughalsarai. A hundred years ago, Lal Bahadur, India's second prime minister, was born there on October 2, 1904, the same day as India's greatest statesman Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, born 35 years before Shastriji.

Though his parents Sharada Prasad and Ramdulari Devi were Srivastavas, Shastri dropped his caste identity in his early years. In 1921, inspired by Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gandhi, he cut short his studies to join India's freedom movement.

Later he joined the Kashi Vidyapeeth and earned the epithet 'Shastri' by obtaining a degree on philosophy.

He won the hearts of Indians when he showed exemplary courage in taking quick decisions as prime minister June 1964 to January 1966) during the India-Pakistan war in 1965. His leadership in war was an answer to that most often asked question at that time: 'After Nehru, who?'

But his untimely death on January 10, 1966 in Tashkent, in suspicious circumstances, deprived him the chance for history to sit in judgement.

In a haphazardly taken decision, the central government has formed a committee to celebrate Shastri's life and work in the year of his centenary.

In an ongoing series salutes the 'gentle giant' who led India through the critical years after succeeding Nehru.

Has the nation forgotten Shastri? Is Shastri, who epitomised honesty and sincerity in public life, relevant today?

Anil Shastri, one of the late prime minister's six children and member of the Congress party, recounts memories of his father in a conversation with Senior Editor Sheela Bhatt.

On the Congress treatment of Shastri-
I don't think India has forgotten Lal Bahadur Shastri. Whatever he did is remembered even today. I must say since Sonia Gandhi has taken charge Shastriji's portraits are displayed in all the annual sessions of the party.

Many people have observed that there was a conspiracy to underplay Shastri's legacy within the Congress. This serious charge is untrue for the simple reason that due to his untimely death his contribution to the nation was confined to those 18 to 19 months when he was PM.

Nehru ruled the country for 17 years, Indira Gandhi for 16 years and Rajiv Gandhi for 5 years. Obviously the Nehru-Gandhi contribution is unparalleled because nobody got this opportunity. And remember Shastriji considered him as a protégé of Pandit Nehru. He was never outside the sphere of the Nehru ideology which is the Congress ideology.

Our nation is going to celebrate his birth centenary throughout the year. The committee is formed under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Even in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, celebrations have been organised on a big scale. E Ahmed, minister of state for external affairs, was in Tashkent to participate in the celebrations.

Shastriji who represented a certain value system is more relevant today than before because a majority of us today have no value systems. I feel difficult to contest elections. I feel a little out of place but for my lineage I have survived in politics.

His father-
I still miss him although I was just 16 years old when he died. If he would have lived 10 more years he would have done much more for the country.

He was down to earth. A real son of the soil. His grounding was from the grassroots level. He was a practical man too. He strongly believed the laws of the land should be changed because the British formed them to rule over India.

He did make an attempt by constituting the administrative reforms commission and made Morarji Desai its chairman. But after he died the idea was shelved.

The most cherished memory I have is the verses of Guru Nanak, which were displayed on his table. As Nehru kept Robert Frost's lines -- 'Miles to go before I sleep', on his desk, my father kept Nanak's quotes in Gurmukhi.

When translated into English they mean -- 'O Nanak! Be tiny like the grass, for other plants will whither away, but grass will remain ever green.'

When under the PL 480 programme, America was going to send inferior quality of wheat to India, he opposed it. He asked the nation to go hungry once a day than accept poor quality food from US.

Before making this announcement he asked my mother not to cook evening meals. He himself followed what he recommended.

The 1965 war with Pakistan-
He appeared very modest but was a man of steel. He had the ability to take quick decisions. It was demonstrated on August 31, 1965. On that day he came home for an early dinner. One of his secretaries told him that the three chiefs of the defence services had come to see him. He immediately left for his office next door at 10, Janpath.

The three chiefs visited him to inform him that the Pakistan army had crossed the international border with 100 battle tanks in the Chamb sector of Jammu. They told him that in a short span of time the Pakistan army would cut off Kashmir from the rest of India.

Without losing time he asked for the opening of a new front including Lahore. Retaliate with full force, he said. What I remember is that the historic meeting lasted less than five minutes. Arjan Singh, the then chief of the air force was present. He is the only surviving member from that meeting.

He told them, "Be prepared for war." He called Defence Minister Y B Chavan and informed him of the decision. He responded positively and expressed his support. He didn't wait for international reactions. The next day, newspapers reported that the Indian army was marching towards Lahore. It was a big morale booster for the country.

During those tense days, in his address to the nation from Red Fort on Independence day, he said: "Hathiyaron ka jawab hathiyaron se denge. (Force will be met with force.) Hamara desh rahega to hamara tiranga rahega. (Our flag will survive only if our country does)"

On Shastri and the Nehru-Gandhi family-
Pandit Nehru was very found of him. Shastriji was around 15 years younger but he trusted him fully.

In 1956, when a train accident killed 144 passengers near Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu, Shastriji resigned. Panditji refused to accept the resignation but he prevailed upon Panditji to accept it.

On the following day in Parliament, Nehru said no one could wish for a better comrade than Lal Bahadur. A man of the highest integrity and devoted to ideas is called Lal Bahadur, said Nehru.

Once he was sent to Kashmir by Nehru to help resolve the theft in the Hazaratbal shrine. Nehru asked him whether he had enough woollens for the trip.

"Are you aware Kashmir must be having snowfall at this time?" asked Nehru.

Shastri showed him the jacket he was wearing and Nehru immediately gave his own mink overcoat.

My father was short in stature so he told Nehru the coat was quite long. But Nehru said woollen overcoats were always longer. That no one would know it was a borrowed one.

On his return from Kashmir when father went to him to return the overcoat, Nehru asked him to keep it. The next day newspapers reported: Nehru's Mantle Falls on Shastri.

Shastriji and Indiraji also enjoyed a close relationship. She had the highest personal regard for him. After Nehru's death in 1964, the Congress chose him as a consensus candidate. He did make an attempt to persuade Indira Gandhi to take over as prime minister. He went to see her and asked her to become prime minister.

She put her foot down and said no. "You become PM and I'll totally support you," she said. When he was PM he would drop by at 1, Safdarjung Road (Indira Gandhi's home) without intimation just to chat with her.

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Austerity? Hundred relatives part of Prez’s tour

By Sanchit on Saturday, October 03, 2009

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shame patil At a time when the government is practicing austerity, eyebrows have been raised on the composition of President Pratibha Patil’s ongoing entourage during her visit to Saurashtra. According to media reports, more than 100 persons are part of the entourage and this has started exerting strain on the Gujarat government.

The State Government is in a bind and does not know who will foot the bill for avalanche of relatives from Maharashtra who have come in and will stay on till Sunday.

Almost all the Government guest houses and all other suitable accommodation are full and overflowing with the VVIPs, including many from the Patil clan. The five day visit -- the longest that any President has stayed in Gujarat -- includes visits to Somnath, Porbandar, Gir and Dwarka.The President's itinerary includes visits to temples, enjoying wildlife and paying obeisance at places linked to Mahatma Gandhi.

Media reports said that the Rashtrapati Bhavan had informed the Gujarat government that, 47 persons were to land in Ahmedabad on September 30. This apart, 45 persons were to join her from Jalgaon and another 25 persons from Bhusaval. Most of them travelled by train to join the President. Air-conditioned buses and cars were booked locally for them to be taken to different places.

The media quoted an official as saying: "There is lack of clarity who will pay for their arrangement. The state protocol department was told to make arrangements, which it did promptly. So far, everything is running on credit. The President's officials are not telling us whether they will be paying for private individuals."

But the Gujarat government has refrained from any comments keeping the high office of the President in mind. Chief Minister Narendra Modi accompanied the President for most of the visit. An official release said it was Gujarat's honour that the President was spending five days in the state.


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