The Durga Nagpal Case.Is Honesty A Deal Breaker?

“Beta yeh India hai.Yahan tum system ko nahin, system tumhe badalta hai”. To my sad shock and surprise, my pessimistic uncle’s words ring true today, in light of the absolute nonsensical suspension of 2010 IAS Officer from the UP Cadre, Dugra Shakti Nagpal. This post is an attempt to file my, and by extension, a wide standing view of displeasure against the decision. However before I enter into my opinion, I would like to present the facts of the situation.
WHO?
Durga Shakti Nagpal, a 2010 IAS Officer from the UP Cadre who was a Sub District Magistrate(SDM) in Ghaziabad
WHAT?
She was suspended for allegedly demolishing an illegal mosque wall as she “lacked foresight and disturbed communal harmony” and suspending her was because of “administrative compulsion to ease communal tension”(As expressed by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav)
WHAT?
This suspension is a clear act of revenge based tit-for-tat. Durga, in accordance to the UP government’s orders, was trying to stop the illegal sand mafia in her district. Fed up by her meddling in a near 500 Crore business/scam, certain mafia members with political connections are rumoured to have engineered this entire suspension
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In a modern day India, where the dream to change the country for the better is finding nearly no takers, the sad incident of Durga Nagpal’s suspension acts as a disastrous deterrent.
All reports indicate that Durga Nagpal only stuck to the law and the rule book. She in actuality, never issued any demolition orders. After her inquiry found the wall to be illegal, it was the locals themselves who pulled down the wall. However, somehow the spark lit the haystack, and the corrupt politicians have found a shoulder to fire their gun from.
However, it’s time that we don’t let this die. In such dire times, the nation needs to stand up for what’s right and by a direct relation, for Durga. Let’s stand up and show the country that the youth supports and backs honesty, integrity, service to the nation and above all, we shall always choose loyalty and love for the country over nonsensical corrupt political manoeuvres.

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The Bankster By Ravi Subramanian-A Review

Intricate detailing is what makes a thriller what it is. The Bankster is beyond the usual suspense thriller. Veering with multiple scenarios playing at our simultaneously, it makes for a fabulous read, especially in India’s emerging culture which is exponentially rising into the corporate lifestyle. The subtle, yet commonly gossiped about fact that powerful corporate houses run the nation is well weaved into the plot as Mr. Subramanian takes you on a simple, yet enthralling ride

This 358 paged novel is Ravi’s fifth novel with the banking world as its set (however, I confess to not having read the other four before). But, with all honesty, I regret not having read them as this book was simply wonderful. Dealing with three different parallels at the same time, Subramanian slowly unravels a web of mystery linking a covert CIA agent, an anti-nuclear power plant protest in India and a series of death of a certain bank’s employees. Most authors writing thrillers fail to clearly link these sets in a convincing manner, often disappointing readers. However, The Bankster pretty much clearly exhibits the links and demonstrates their entanglement.

The nucleus of this book is its radical, coherent yet brutally simple analogy to different current situations. Ravi brilliantly has drawn some of the world’s most familiar happenings into an elaborate piece of fiction to expound some thoughts which gets you thinking. The familiarity between the Kundankulam nuclear power plant protests and the fictitious protests in the book is point blank and obvious but does explore a delicate side of the world of International relations by sly hints. Also, by dumbing down complex banking strategies and terms, Ravi has eased the burden on a common reader. This is a problem rarely addressed by authors and often becomes a stigma. I quote one of my friends who supposedly read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code with one eye on the book and the other on the Google search results of the various terms thrown at her. At face value, The Bankster is both easy on your mind as well as Internet bills.

Moving on to the book’s Achilles’ heel, we arrive at something which is debatable Although the book slowly lays out the detailed plot and the mystery breaks free perfectly with logical arguments, the method, to me was a bit unrealistic. To me, a media personnel deciphering extravagant clues and connecting the dots, that too within a fixed time period of 48 hours is a bit tough to accept. Although Ravi seeks to augment this fact by detailing Karan (the media guy)’s character with investigative training and a natural flair for deciphering cases, it still remains tough to accept. Another counter to this can be Karan’s support team consisting of some trusted colleagues and his girlfriend, I would like to iterate that their contribution pales in comparison to Karan’s as he clearly steals the limelight.

Overall, this book is a masterpiece and simply un-putdown-able. Ravi draws you into the world of GB2 and controls your emotions like a puppet master. When I picked up the book, the first thing that leaped out was a line out of the Wall Street Journal saying “Meet the John Grisham of banking”. Suffice to say, I second it.

The Standing Coin Rating: 7.5/10

Like: Easy to read, Draws the reader’s attention into a detailed world, Radical new theories

Dislike: Single character essaying the role of a super intelligent hero comes across as unrealistic

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Mere Baap Ka Hai-Dynasty Politics in India

Yet another scam exposed. Some new allegations rose. Welcome to India, a nation which is now so accustomed to the emerging of allegations that gossip session topics have shifted from “Mr. Walia” to “Mr.Vadra” now. In light of Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan’s accusations, Congress leaders like Salman Khurshid have come forward to defend Mr. Robert Vadra using terms like “accusations are being raised against private citizens”. If some day Mr.Kejriwal or Mr. Bhushan alleges me of corrupt activities, will the Law Minister come forward to defend me? Am I not a “private citizen” too? Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the great political dynasty democracy of India. Although many may be quick to assume that dynasty politics is a forte strongly held only in the Congress, many other parties are guilty of the same.
India in its quest for freedom had fought the Royal Family of the Great Britain, which ironically was and is a dynastic monarchy. Our political leaders (I won’t demean the spirits of our freedom fighters by accusing all of them) slyly wove a dream for us. A utopia was projected to us where our leaders were not the oppressive mahjarajasof yore. Nor were the British oppressors to be our future leaders. We were to be a Democracy, a land where power lay with the common man.  Our Constitution also went on to give us that right. But for the sake of convenience, let us imagine that a general observer is asked to judge the style and form of our politics without any pre-hand knowledge of our so called “Democracy”. Even a stupid man would shout “Dynastic pseudo political rule” in response.
Let’s look at the facts. In 65 years of our Independence, we have had a Gandhi-Nehru family member as the Prime Minister for a whooping 37 years (Jawaharlal Nehru-17; Indira Gandhi-11+4; Rajiv Gandhi-5). This number goes up to 45 years if we include the reign of our incumbent Prime Minister. Ignoring this, let’s consider other perpetrators of the same crime. Meira Kumar, the current Speaker of the Lok Sabha, is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, one of the old house freedom fighters of India. Her current constituency (the one she won in 2004 after losing from a different constituency in the previous elections) is Sasaram, the same constituency her father won 8 consecutive (nearly 32 years) terms from. Some may argue that it may be the political party’s influence. Well, Jagjivan Ram won these elections from 3 different parties. Sasaram is a clear case of sympathy electoral and the brewing of a political family. 
Moving on to someone who has remote ties with the Indian National Congress.  Jayant Chaudhary, the introducer of the key yet controversial Land Acquisition Bill, is the son of Chaudhary Ajit Singh, the current Civil Aviation Minister of India and Party President of the Rashtriya Lok Dal(RLD). But *wait for it* he is the son of Charan Singh, a former Prime minister of India. Between them, this father-son duo has held the constituency for 10 general elections out of the 15 Lok Sabhas yet. 3 generations of the same family, involved in super important political decisions of the nation, they are a clear case of “passing the knowledge on, but only to my son”. Another three generation long political family is that of the Abdullahs in Jammu and Kashmir. The family has between all three generations held the Chief Minister’s post for 27 years!
Another case is of the Patnaiks in Orrisa. Although the link is not crystal clear yet this lack of clarity is justifiable due to the turmoil in the state. Biju Patnaik, the name sake of the BJD( currently in power under Naveen Patnaik) and his son have shared Chief Ministerial post in Orrisa for a considerable time with the junior Patnaik holding on to the post for nearly 12 years(but it would be stupid to claim that it is only family ties at work here. Clearly, his policies had a positive impact in the state).

Showcasing the BJP, it is easy to say that there is virtually no case of dynasty politics there because the old farts up at the RSS and the Top Brass of BJP has never let future generations come up. L.K Advani is one person who is as old as the Sansad Bhavan! The idiosyncrasy stands for itself!  It would be important to note that many political leaders have openly began training and inducting their offsprings into politics. Mulayam Singh nurturing Akhilesh or Parkarsh Singh Badal deputing his tasks to his son are prominent instances. Cases of nepotism are prevalent too, with the Pawar duo at the helm of it. A not so good example would be the Thackrey outfits in Maharashtra.

I merely quote these facts to point out the irony in India today. We fought for years to through over tyrants. But before the rule of the foreigners, India was always under an empire controlled by a dynasty. The Guptas, the Mauryas, the Mughals, the Rajputs etc. Looking at the current scenario of polity in India, it is safe to conclude that India is returning to its traditional pre-British roots. Specific families controlling specific regions and holding power was something that was and in all probability, shall be a continued tradition. People argue by saying “Arrey doesn’t a politician’s kid have the option of joining politics?” Of course they have complete rights to. However, when you lose seats from all constituencies which your family is not related to, no offspring has the birthright of fighting an election from their parents’ constituency.
Personally, the oddity I experience is when I ask myself the question “Is this really what Indians gave their lives for? Is this the perfect world envisaged by our founding fathers? Are we really a democracy or are we a pseudo democracy hiding behind the veil of political handing down of power?” The answer to all these questions is simple disgust. Disgust at our political leaders for adhering to this. Disgust at our current generations members (including myself) for dismissing politics. Finally, disgust at our voters, for foolishly trusting families blindly.
Today, I grieve for the future of politics of India. I hope we change. Soon, Fast and Now

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Politics Or LOLitics ; Time For A Change

NOTE: This Article Was Posted On Legally India(http://www.legallyindia.com/Blogs/Entry/politics-or-lolitics-time-for-a-change)

For the past few months, the Twitter-verse has blown up with numerous trends such as #Election2012, #Rs35Lakh etc. Corruption and elections related scams are the most frequent ones. However, to my eye, these elections by far played a subsidised role when it boils down to actual administration. Correct me if I’m wrong when I say that these elected legislators shall only be responsible for passing bills for any current or future endeavour. However, the basic executors shall remain the same obnoxious, plenteous, corrupt individuals.

Does the road sweeper belong to a political party? Should he clean the roads only if Mayawati’s government is in place and should not if Congress had won? Due to over hyped media drives; we have come to believe that a particular political party may/may not do well. Let me explain with an example. Let’s consider the crime of murder. May it be the BJP or the Congress or the Maoists or the NCP or whatever, NO political party shall pass a bill saying “Okay, Murder Is Allowed”. Every entity shall endorse criminalisation to the extremist means. But, even if certain laws are constituted, they are just a meaningless and useless bunch of papers unless they are properly enforced! In Mumbai, it’s a criminal offence to travel in a local train without a valid ticket punishable with a fine of maximum Rs.500 or a year in jail or both. To an outsider, this may resemble perfection but only an insider knows how much the railway loses every year due to criminalist hounds just due to lax enforcement by the railway officials. Simply put, having the perfect laws is not the epitome of justice even though contemporary Indian society treats it to be so.

For example, let’s consider the CSA (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill passed recently. Hailed by activists, citizens and politicians alike, I admit it is a massive step forward keeping in mind the protection of the innocent victims. But on the flip side of the coin, a pessimist questions that what if this bill is enforced but not followed?  There are numerous cases where in even the police is completely unaware of the modernistic and so called “sacrilegious” and “culture-shaming” laws. Believe it or not such cases exist. Gay couples jailed because cops are unaware or somewhat more mainstream, a couple belonging to different religions not getting police protection despite orders from the High Court( detailed in an episode of Amir Khan’s Satyamave Jayte). Now it doesn’t matter whether the Lotus is in power or the Hand, the shitty implementation remains the same. So whatever the case may be, unless we fix the administration, even a supposedly perfect constitution won’t work.

Also, noting our despairing need of intelligent law officers, whether they may be judges or lawyers or anyone else. I’m not accusing anyone but all I wish to point out that there are many examples where in our law mechanism has churned results which border on the bizarre( A Boy cannot marry until the age of 21 and can’t have sex at 18. A girl can’t have sex till 18 and can’t marry till 18. Oh! But wait! If she is Islamic, she can be married at 15. Absurd right? Can’t vote, Can’t Drink, Can’t Have Sex but Can Marry)

Coming to the issue of the inefficient administration, many note it to be a vicious circle. Corruption, low salaries etc. are some of the numerous reasons brought in. But what we forget is that the bureaucracy functions as a group i.e. it’s impossible for a single civil servant to carry out any task alone. Even if a bureaucrat tries a radical breakthrough, lack of mutual support destroys him. Earlier, films carrying story of revolution were ultra-inspiring. But slowly, everyone realised that a film is after all a film, not reality. Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai too showcases the same issue highlighted which is failure of an honest civil officer due to mean powerful crooks and co-workers. So what’s the solution?

Tough to say. Should we go with the idealistic “I Change, You Change, Everyone Changes!” or stick to what has been happening in our nation from the past 65 years; “Iss Desh Ka Kuch Nahi Ho Sakta”. Should we blindly trust a political party and hate its rivals or join Anna Hazare in his undemocratic but democratic revolution? Personally, I would go with the idealistic change. It may sound optimistic or farfetched, but it makes far more sense to me when compared to the other possible solutions. Also, I did have a personal experience which fuelled my belief in this theory, the irony being, I inspired myself. Once a pair of old uncles from my community had come over and coincidently it was when Anna Hazare ji was fasting for the Jan Lokpal Bill. Just before departing, the topic of discussion was corruption (inevitably).At the door one of them said, “Corruption ka kuch bhi bolo sikhate toh hum hi hain na ghar pe (call corruption whatever you want, but at the end of the day, it’s we who teach it at home!)”.I said nothing but just before I shut the door, I proudly said, “Uncle jo bhi ho, mere mummy-papa ne toh kabhi nahin sikhaya (Uncle, whatever it may be, my parents never taught me that)” and slammed the door.

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What A Fucking Joke=India+Politics

 NOTE: This Article Was Published On Legally India (http://www.legallyindia.com/Blogs/Entry/what-a-fucking-joke-indiapolitics)  and Rajneeti.org(http://raajneeti.org/ispark/what-a-freaking-joke-indian-politics) too

“What a fucking joke!” Immortalized by Arvind Adiga’s The White Tiger, this phrase holds true for the state of Indian politics today. Ministers fight over personal instead of patriotic differences while they fill personal instead of public coffers. Scams have become a common foothold for a politician and the “Honest, Hardworking politician” has become an evergreen character in Indian cinema which has to date, never been immortalized in flesh. Despair filled my heart, as during one of my numerous musings, I pondered the answer to the question “Who will I vote for when I turn 18?” In a search for the answer, I quantified the scenario today.
No political party is clean. A fact agreed upon by all. If Congress was responsible for the Emergency, BJP had an equally guilty hand in the Hindu-Muslim Riots over the years. If MNS campaigned against the North Indian populace in Mumbai, SP or BSP too has not done something overtly special for Maharashtrians either. Tamilnadu wants Sri Lanka to be tried for Human Rights violations while Their Own police officers feel that “Women invite rapists by warring indecent clothes”. So you get the gist, political parties that claims to be clean are rather the unclean one.
Next moving on to the media sensationalism of “Youth Leaders” or “The Emerging Young Leaders” or “Future Leaders”. Again I say, “What a fucking joke!” Congress’s so called youth leader, a certain Rahul Gandhi is at the ripe young age of 41. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, in a nation where nearly 58% of the population is under 30 and can be legally elected with a minimum age of 25, 41 is classified as “YOUNG”. I still remember the indignant feeling I felt when I woke up one day to the news that “Rahul Gandhi Travels via Mumbai Local Trains to Understand the Urban Transportation Problem”. Yes, the common man’s problems can easily be seen in a non-peak hour time empty train’s first class compartment with a plethora of bodyguards.
Even the Bhartiya Janta Party is not the doodh ke dhule political party they claim to be. Two porngate incidents, numerous Hindu-Muslim riots instigation and an emerging pro-Hindu Gujarati Prime Ministerial candidate who was denied a visa to USA (Chuck USA, he is not allowed in Bihar itself) are just some of the stains they have and believe you me, Yeh daag kisi ko acchhe nahin lagte.
I have not even given full credit to scams, regional parties (the main culprits behind the veiled caste system of India) and individual MPs. Also, I would be a raving idiot if I say that our country has done nothing since Independence. On the contrary we have done numerous things including some amazing growth (one of the few countries to possess nuclear weaponry, top in grain production etc to name a few). But my point is that we could have done much much more just if our politicians would have thought of patriotism instead of party-ism, and OUR money instead of MY money. Also, the extravagance of our political bureaucracy (Ask any Indian citizen what comes to mind when he imagines a political honchos office. Nearly everyone will describe a scenario of a rich, plush office with poor people pacing about for days and weeks together while Babus drive their files from here to there) has played an extremely detrimental role in demoralising our nation.
So, to answer my question, I conclude that as of now, it’s my personal gamble to vote in the best of the worst or the lesser evil, while we bide our time, learn from our mistakes and clean up our nation. To quote the movie Rang De Basanti, “Desh kaise theek hoga? Yeh Desh ka kuch nahin hoga!” ” Hoga.Hum badlenge Desh ko. IAS join karenge, politics mein entry karenge, police aur army mein bharti honge. Koi Desh perfect nahin hota. Usse perfect banana padta hai.”
I think it’s time ki hum Desh ko perfect banaye.
India's National Emblem- Satyamave Jayte

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Censoring of the Internet, Right or Wrong?

For the past few days, India has been in an uproar over an outrageously bold idea by Mr.Kapil Sibal according to which the Internet should be censored. All of the NETizens have struck back tagging it from a vicious attack to the blabbering of a stupid bafoon. However I am somewhat in favour of this (Hold your guns people, let me explain). Although I am totally against the censoring of posts which affect a cause or a movement or something which is impersonal to the extent of us expressing our right to free speech, I wish to point out that the same rights protect all of us and them.Censoring of the internet to ban child pornography, virus-infested pages and sexual harrasement (fake or real naked pictures that are circulated faster than the speed of light) is viable, wanted and if implemented, is definitely appreciated. However when the government wishes to stop us from fighting for what we really believe in and has no ramifications to the morality of a proper society, outrage is expected and applauded for.Let me back up with an example.A few days ago, when I opened Youtube, the featured videos list included “School Girl Raped In the Toilet” and “Bollywood Actress Nude!”.This shocked me to no extent because that was the day when Mr.Sibal announced his censoring idea.It shames me to say that politicians are more worried about a teenager’s status update regarding his corrupt nature than a the outrageously bold manouver of destroying the image of an already victimised teenaged girl whose pain and anguish is not describable in words.

So, I just wish to sum up with an advice to all of us (not you but us because I am as much a part of the internet as you all are). Instead of fighting the idea of internet censoring,let’s fight for the censoring of things that need to be censored;and while we are at it, let’s start using the “Report as Spam” button which we are given.Now to the NETizen named Kapil Sibal, I will just say one thing.”Chill Dude! Post all your ideas on forums,discussion boards or as your own status on social networks,check the response and then start off with media interactions because you know what?WE choose you;You don’t get to choose us!”

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