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Criminality in Indian Political System

For the first time, I had seen a ray of hope when in July 10, 2013 the Supreme Court of India upheld the 2004 Patna High Court ruling, which held that when a person in custody was disqualified to vote, he was also disqualified from contesting the elections.

This ticked the political parties in Parliament and they joined hands to amend the Representation of the People Act 1951 to negate the impact of the apex court verdict directing immediate disqualification of MPs and MLAs on being sentenced for more than two years in a criminal case.

Learned lawyers in Parliament like Kapil Sibal and Arun Jaitley introduced a provision to Section 62(5) which says “by reasons of the prohibition to vote under this sub-section, a person whose name has been entered in the electoral roll shall not cease to be an elector.” In effect treating a person in lawful custody in a criminal case as a voter and hence qualified to contest elections.

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The political parties of all hues backed the UPA Government on the move to amend the Act. To understand why this unity you need to understand the criminal antecedents of our elected representatives. According to an analysis done by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch (NEW), the Lok Sabha has 30% ie., 162 members have criminal cases against them. 14% have serious criminal cases. Our State Assemblies put together has 31% ie. 1258 members have criminal cases against them. 18% have serious criminal cases. In a break-up of political parties, 75% of Shiv Sena MPs and MLAs since 2004 have declared criminal cases against them, followed by Rashtriya Janata Dal with 46% such candidates and Janata Dal (United) with 44%. The BJP and Congress were at 31% and 22%, respectively.

Now you should understand the urgency. The apex court passed the judgement on July 10, 2013 and the amendments to RPA was rushed through in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on August 27, 2013 and September 7, 2013 respectively.  The amendments to the bill were passed within about 15 minutes in both houses, after a brief discussion. Some members of course wanted an elaborate debate on the amendments but the overwhelming majority of the House, including Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal, Leader of Opposition in LS and RS – Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, pushed for its passage even without discussion.

Now the final nail on the coffin of this attempt to cleanse our Parliament of dirty politicians have been done by Justices A.K. Patnaik and S.J. Mukhopadhaya.  Through their judgement they have effectively killed the collective hope of the people of India. It must be recalled here that in 2002 and 2003, two vital orders from the same Supreme Court had made it compulsory to candidates to file information regarding any or all criminal cases pending against them, their educational qualification as well as details of the combined wealth of the candidate and their spouses.

But I still have indomitable faith. My faith is in Aam Aadmi Party, for I find them as a few good men and women, who have taken a stand to clean the dirt in politics and I am willing to give them a chance.

My request to all my friends in Delhi is to go out and cast your vote for the Aam Aadmi Party and then we can build the movement to a credible alternative to these Criminal Politicians, across the country.

God Bless India.

PS : I am not a member of Aam Aadmi Party but just a Indian citizen tired of seeing the desperation of both Congress and the BJP. Both wants to make it a Presidential election showing a Pappu and a Feku. We know them, we have seen them in action. They have brought down the standard of debates in Parliament and election rallies to pits. We have also seen them both in action together in Parliament to scuttle the best opportunity to decriminalize the Indian political system.

Cartoon : Courtesy The Hindu & Copy Right Keshav

Con Artist Arindam Chaudhuri

The Caravan Dec 2010 Coverstory IIPMWas watching CNN IBN debate yesterday and was flabbergasted to see the pony-tailed crusader of quality education, Arindam Chaudhuri at his animated best. The obnoxious creep who has made a fortune off the aspirations and insecurities of India’s middle classes and who believes that all his students should pay a fortune to ‘study’ at IIPM, has filed lawsuits against publishers Penguin; magazines The Caravan, Just Another Magazine and Careers360 Magazine; authors Siddhartha Deb, Maheshwar Pai, Rashmi Bansal and even Google India on charges of “publishing, distributing, giving coverage, circulating, blogging the defamatory, libelous and slanderous articles.”

IIPM had earlier filed a lawsuit against The Caravan seeking damages to the tune of Rs. 500 million, in Silchar, Assam. Not in Delhi, where both the IIPM and the magazine’s publisher, Delhi Press, are based, but 2,200 km away from Delhi, 300 km from Dispur, Assam’s capital. The IIPM filed the case at the Court of Civil Judge in Silchar district, through one Kishorendu Gupta, who operates Gupta Electrical Engineers in a Silchar suburb, and is the first plaintiff. IIPM is the second plaintiff.

On Feb 14th, 2013 IIPM managed to have a directive issued by a Court in Gwalior. In pursuance of the court directive, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued an order directing Internet Service Licensees to block access to 78 URLs from India, 73 of which contained such criticism directed towards IIPM, ex-parte, without any pre-hearing notice. As a writer I am shocked how IIPM was able to play and cobble together a bureaucratic system of dealing with the Internet much worse than the censorship in place in Peoples Republic of China and thought that it will be appropriate that I too should contribute to my views.

I seriously wonder how a fraud like Arindam Chaudhuri is able to bend the system like this. Am sure in the coming days questions ranging from whether the court has the legal authority to give such an order to purge websites, especially of official organizations like University Grants Commission (UGC) to whether the order is flawed from lack of fair hearing opportunities given to parties affected, will be answered.

The most important point that was missed in the boisterous debate was that one of the URLs mentioned in the DoT order was a public notice given by UGC, dated July, 2012 confirming the unrecognized status of IIPM.

Mr. Arindam Chaudhuri accept it, you can make glossy brochures but the fact remains that IIPM is not recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which is the competent authority regulating Indian institutes of higher education. You better not count your chicken before they hatch!!!

Picture Courtesy : The Caravan (Dec 2010 Cover Story “Sweet Smell Of Success”)

Capital Punishment For Rapists

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It is a really pity that the interminable discussions in electronic media about the bizarre episode of a 23 year old girl raped in a bus in Delhi could come of with only a tiresome theatrical of Young Indians marching in Gantar Mantar demanding capital punishment for rapists and a confused Government and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde coming out with some meek and incoherent statements in response to the  histrionics. This has also caught the attention of some elitist, sitting in the comforts of their office or home to share the gory picture on social networking sights and seeking support for the causes and signing petitions demanding death penalty for rapist.

But people who is demanding capital punishment for rapists should understand the criminal justice system in India before demanding harsher rape law. While death penalty is legal in India, it is rarely carried out. Since 1995 it has been used only three times, on Auto Shankar(1995), Dhananjoy Chatterjee(2004) and Ajmal Kasab(2012). Even imposition of the penalty is not always followed by execution (even when it is upheld on appeal), because of the possibility of commutation to life imprisonment. There have been at least four cases in the recent past where rapists who murdered their victims as well who were awarded death penalty by the Courts managed to escape the noose after the President of India commuted their sentence to life imprisonment.

It is good that the Delhi protestors to remember that, in 2004, we saw hundreds of people gathered outside the prison holding all-night vigil similar to what we see in Delhi today, to protest against the execution of Dhananjoy Chatterjee who was executed in Kolkata for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl Hetal Parekh.

While I agree that rape is the most heinous of crimes on a human being and my heart goes out to all rape victims, but strongly feel that if the government heeds to the rising chorus to make rape an offense punishable by capital punishment and amends the law, the only thing we will see is that the conviction of rape cases coming down drastically. In my opinion what we need is stricter implementation of the existing laws but certainly NOT capital punishment.

If the Government is looking at stricter rape law, I am for castration and rigorous imprisonment of 10 years for rapists. Or 10 year rigorous imprisonment with weekly or monthly application of a paste of chilli on the rapists ‘weapon of mass destruction’ during his prison term.

Any suggestions?

Hast Mudra… Knowledge of Ancient India

Hast Mudra or Hand Posture is the yogic posturing of the fingers of the hands in various ways. In yoga, apart from yog asanas, that is , yogic exercises, and pranayama, that is, yogic breathing exercises, Hast Mudras or Hand Postures have an important role to play.

In Fact, Hast Mudra is a complete science by Itself.  The whole universe is made up of 5 elements, that is, fire, air, space, earth and water and likewise a human body is composed of these 5 elements. The fingers of the hand represent these 5 elements individually.

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The 10 Hast Mudra or hand posture are explained individually below. Please note that while doing Mudras the free fingers have to be kept straight.

1. Gyan Mudra or the Mudra of Knowledge

Method: Touch the tip of the thumb and the tip of the index or 1st finger together.The other 3 fingers have to be kept straight as shown in the picture.

Benefits:

A. It helps in meditation and concentration and reduces negativity of the mind.

B. It improves memory and with regular practice students can improve grades and intelligence.

C. It aids in alleviating headache, insomnia and hypertension and reduces anger.

Note: For better results do Prana Mudra after this Mudra.

2. Vayu Mudra or Mudra of Air

Method: In this Mudra, the tip of the index or 1st finger is touched to the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger with a slight pressure of the thumb being exerted. Rest of the fingers remain straight as in the picture.

Benefits:

A. By the practice of this mudra, all vayu ,that is, air related affections, like Arthritis, Gout, Sciatica, Knee pain and Gas are relieved. It especially benefits in neck pain and spinal pain.

3. Shoonya Mudra or The Mudra of Emptiness

Method: The tip of the middle finger is put at the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger with slight pressure of the thumb being exerted on the finger as shown in the picture. The other 3 fingers are kept straight.

Benefits:

A. Regular practice of this Mudra helps in reducing ear pain and watering from the ears. B. If this Mudra is done for 1 hour daily it can benefit in hardness of hearing.

C.The bones become strong and is beneficial in heart disease.

D. It strengthens gums and is helpful in throat problems and thyroid disease.

Precautions: This hand posture should never be done while eating or walking.

4. Prithvi Mudra or the Mudra of Earth

Method: In this Mudra the tips of the thumb and the ring finger are touched together as in the picture. Rest of the fingers are kept straight.

Benefits:

A. Regular practice of this Mudra, is helpful in body weakness, thinness and also obesity

B. It improves the functioning of the digestive system and reduces the deficiency of vitamins.

C. It gives energy and lustre to the body.

5. Prana Mudra or the Mudra of Life

Method: In this Mudra the tips of the thumb, ring finger and the little finger are touched together while keeping the other 2 fingers straight.

Benefits:

A. It awakens the dormant power of prana gives energy, health . It is beneficial in diseases of the eye and improves eyesight, raises body resistance to disease, reduces deficiency of vitamins, removes tiredness.

B. During fasting it reduces hunger pangs and thirst.

C. In insomnia, doing this hand posture, along with Gyan Mudra, helps in bringing on sleep.

6. Apan Mudra or the Mudra of Digestion

Method: This mudra is made by joining the tips of the thumb, the middle finger and the ring finger keeping the other fingers straight.

Benefits:

A. Toxins are removed from the body and the body becomes pure. It also relieves constipation, piles, diseases caused by vayu or air, is helpful in diabetes, stoppage of urine, kidney defects and dental problems.

B. It is beneficial in stomach and heart diseases and brings out perspiration. Please Note: It increases the flow of urine.

7. Apan Vayu Mudra or the Mudra of Heart

Method: This Mudra is a combination of Vayu Mudra and Apan Mudra. The tips of the thumbs,the middle finger and the ring finger touch each other while the index finger touches the base of the thumb with a slight pressure. The little finger remains straight.

Benefits:

IT gives the benefit of Apan Mudra and Vayu Mudra as explained earlier.

A. It is helpful in Heart and Vayu diseases and gives health. People with a weak heart should do it daily. It is very beneficial to people who have just had a heart attack.

B. It removes gas from the stomach,aids in asthma,headache and high blood pressure.

C. If it is done 5 to 7 minutes before climbing stairs,it aids in easy climbing.

8. Surya Mudra or Mudra of the Sun

Method: This Mudra is done by touching the tip of the ring finger to the base of the thumb and exerting pressure on the finger with the thumb as in the picture.

Benefits:

A. It balances the body, reduces body weight and obesity. It increases body heat and helps in digestion.

B. It reduces hypertension and cholesterol and builds strength.

C. It is beneficial in diabetes and liver defects.

Precautions: Weak persons should not do this hand posture and DO NOT do this hand posture for a long time in hot weather.

9. Varun Mudra or Mudra of Water

Method: This Mudra is made by touching the tips of the thumb and the little finger.

Benefits

A. It reduces dryness of the skin and improves skin lustre and softness.

B. It is useful in Skin diseases, acne and blood defects . It improves facial beauty.

Precautions: Persons suffering from Asthma and respiratory problems should do this Mudra for a short duration only.

10. Ling Mudra or the Mudra of Heat

Method: Close the fist as in the picture. Keep the left hand thumb straight and the rest of the fingers clasped as shown in the picture.

Benefits

A. This mudra increases heat in the body and can cause sweating even in winter if done for a long time.

B. It helps in cold, coryza, asthma, cough, sinus problems and low blood pressure.

C. It dries phlegm.

Precautions : When doing this Mudra please increase intake of water, fruit, fruit juices, clarified butter(Ghee) and milk. DO NOT do this hand posture for a long duration.

Concluding Remarks : These are the 10 Hast Mudras which if done regularly, for the prescribed duration and following the outlined precautions will be extremely beneficial to one’s health.

Source : http://www.ayurvedahimachal.com/

Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Do you know what does the term friggatriskaidekaphobia means?

If you are tech savvy, your first reaction would certainly to google it.  Spend no energy, it is the title of my article and I owe you an explanation. It stands for “the fear of Friday the 13th”.

The year 2012 is one of the rare occurrences, where the date 13 coincides with Friday, thrice in the year.  This year we had a triple-treat of Friday the 13th: January 13, April 13 and July 13. And yesterday was the third and final Friday the 13th for the year.

Friday the 13th is dreaded by people across the world and so the reason psychologists coined a tongue twister of a name for the phobia of Friday the 13th – Friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse Goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen).

Interestingly if these psychologists are to be believed there are over 60 million people across the globe who suffers from this phobia. Symptoms usually range from retreating into their shell and avoiding human contact on this day. These are the people who do more research and say that the freaky thing about 2012 triple treat, is that the dates fall exactly 13 weeks apart. And that hasn’t happened since 1984.

In many cultures Friday is an inauspicious day and 13 an inauspicious number. This makes Friday the 13th a double whammy combination for the doomsayers. So superstition rules the roost when Friday the 13th, comes calling.

There were times when computer systems across the globe were on high alert from virus attack and hackers. Virus attacks and malwares were unleashed by hackers on the Friday the 13th.  These fears are still alive with System Administrators across the globe. Even countries in Europe see reduced vehicular traffic on this day as most people take the day off from work and stay indoors paralised by the fear of doom. Browses world over including Wall Street has brisk business with stock brokers and investors shying away from doing business on this day.

Even as some chose to believe in the legend others laugh it off. And while I fancy the word “friggatriskaidekaphobia”, for me strangely, the day Friday the 13th is like any other day. Maybe a very lucky day 😉

Photo Courtesy: GoogleImages

WHY THIS KOLAVERI DIdi

We Indian are known for our sense of humour and are comfortable to tickle our funny bone at another’s expense, but some folks, especially the political class, seem to be fairly thin-skinned when the joke’s on them.

When Ambikesh Mahapatra, a professor in the chemistry department of the Jadavpur University, forwarded what he may have regarded as a harmless cartoon to his neighbour Subrata Sengupta, the West Bengal authorities, didn’t dissolve into a fit of giggles.

The cartoon (above), shows the Chief Minister and the Union Railway Minister exchanging dialogues from a popular Bengali film by Satyajit Ray which alluded to the replacement of Dinesh Trivedi by Mukul Roy as Railway Minister.

The militant Trinammol Congress workers, who at one time used to lecture the Marxists about the space for dissent in a democratic set up, visited the the offending emailer and conveyed their vigorous opinion about his humour. Then, the state’s machinary chose to visit again with full might and arrested both the professor and his neighbour.

According to the TC workers who attacked the professor it’s all part of a Maoist-Marxist conspiracy to besmirch the reputation of the new revolutionary CM Ms Mamata Banerjee. Watching all these drama unfold I have only one thing to say “Apni Boro Roshik Lok Toh” (Akka Bengali for “Have Some Sense Of Humour”)

And in order not to offend anybody’s sentiment giving the English translation of the Title “Why This Kolaveri Di(di)” – Why This Murderous Rage, Sister 😉

‘Preferred Word Among People – Marriage!!!’

World-over there are different people and different customs and creeds…but one thing most common amongst these people is the concept of marriage between a man and woman.

Ridiculous comments, funny comments, logical comments, illogical comments, comments against the verdict or for the verdict, whatever state of it…it is still the most commonest habit of mankind be it the desserts of Africa, the lagoons of Burma, the dormant volcanoes of Maldives, the versatile country India, the Hep Cultured country America, the Vagabonds of Australia – be it anywhere on the Planet Earth…It still exists and it makes an ever lasting make on the Human Kind and on the face value of it – It still Rocks…!

No matter, how much ever you dread or enjoy it…you seem to be a merciless victim of it.

I casually, strike a conversation with a friend, who is victimized or rather in it for almost a decade now, wondering just about the fact called ‘Marriage’.

Believe me it is a FACT not an Concept….coz, there is no absolute theory to it neither can we make one…it is just there.

Why we ended up discussing about it…well, that had a different flavor to it.

He said, “To have such a wife is luck…”

I said, “Yeah, the wife also has to be lucky in that case”

We looked at each other and laughed, but then it was a valid statement.

Two people, with acquired dreams and desires of a partner who will fit within the said requirements and demands, has to be met with a certain amount of ‘Factors of Luck’ or if you simply want to call it – ‘Similar Likes and Dislikes’.

Now, the critics jump and say, “Opposites attract”. Yeah, definitely they do…but do they sustain?! No one knows, we all go by saying it.

Imagining two people under the same room liking things that the other person does not seem to be inclined is like living as strangers and still being together…it is even worst than friends who understand and do the things they like in common…?!

Certain things of commonness is required…?! Don’t we?!

Having said that, does it become all that glorifying if the partners have things to do in common and the partners strike in accordance every time…it kind of becomes cliched and there is nothing that is great than what they want to do?!

Is there an ideal situation, then?

An ideal situation, kills all the enthusiasm and overtly wacky situation puts you to extremes that you don’t want to venture into.

Yeah, taking the Y-Generation into consideration there is a lot of different happenings and different aspects to the same thing. They are a generation who are not satisfied with the usual norms and are the people who ask questions for all that they see, feel and touch, literally!!! ;)

Now, for them the ‘Ordinary is Boring’ and the ‘Out-of-box is Interesting’. Is there as such thing?!

The marriage is not interesting so, Live-Ins are interesting, but with the same partner not interested?! So it goes on….the things of likes, tastes, perception, feel, and the right effect with the sensory organs decides – What we want, rather than the norm.

The X-generation, was more abiding and undergoing types. They accepted the norms as walks of life and did what was required.

They knew, opposites do attract, lived with it, though it was the boring part of their life. Some denied it, some stormed it, some scarified it, some reeled it, some real-ed it…so it sustained in all weather conditions!!

The generation that went by before them had no ‘BIGGER’ opportunities or stands as ‘Take Every Advantage’….so they lived with what was offered to them.

They did not think about tastes, likes, desires, dreams, ‘Life at Large’, make it ‘King Size’, or ‘Have I made it Large’ slogans to help them decide, what they want to do in life.

They just did what their parents did and their forefathers and mothers did or even if they deviated, they could only relate to something that their neighbor did, that they did not.

Loving thy neighbor was not literally taken in those days, but now yes!  :)

Have they been successful?!

Let me think about this statement….deviating a little, I guess for certain parts of their life yeah they have been successful.

How can I say that? How could I? Have I grown old and started talking like most mothers do – “I did not do anything like that. I did not have choices like that in my life. Am I not happy with your father?”

Now, jokes apart…that generation has been happy. You like it or not they have been successful to quite an extend.

There are people in that generation, who have tried to bridge the differences, bring in romance in their lives, kindle the joy of being together, wrap everyone around with warmth and love, there has been exceptional togetherness, there is a mutual respect and a mutual give and take.

It went on for generations and generations like this…no different from yesterday!!!

Is being mutual is the thing that is missing now?!

I am not sure, but there is certain amount of thing that is missing and in spite of it being missing there is so much of it day in and day out.What could that be? Is that my search….I am thinking, listening….Amway! ;)

There are several months of it – when you know people of the prescribed ‘Eligible Age’ excluding the ‘Life of IT’ians’ being married left,right and center in and around where you live.

What is that of the IT’ians you ask, even though you don’t will tell you –  their eligibility comes in a different package….!

In the yester years – it was an era of ‘Government Bridegrooms’, now it is the era of ‘IT Bridegrooms’, so the context.

The IT’ians eligibility is – Join a reputed IT company, be in till about 3 years, go to Onsite for about six months to a year exactly, be it South Africa or Iceland onsite is onsite – Mind you, Rascals …!

Come back, look for the perfect IT Bride and then do a whole load of Gtalk and Video Chat and then fix-up the D_Day and get married….!

So you see, the generation has changed, the people’s lives have changed, pattern, design, architect, the integration has changed but the FACT of marriage remains the same….!?

Am I against marriage….’A BIG NO’….?!

You need someone to “KILL” all along or at least consider him/her as “USELESS….” or to just to prove yourself as “USEFUL” as you can be….!

I am just wondering, what it is that gets to the word ‘Marriage’ and why with so much of complexities it is still the most ‘Preferred Word Among People’!

Thinking, Listening, Being in it….Will come with more….!! :)