India needs a political coalition against calamity



Politicos refuse to recognize the fact that India has changed, that people aren’t easily impressed by their pretensions of concern and care. A case in point is that of VIP visits to Uttarakhand in the guise of helping victims.

A day after Narendra Modi was outlandishly credited with rescuing 15000 Gujarati in a single day in the Hill State, one witnessed the spectacle of Congress president Sonia Gandhi flagging off a fleet of trucks packed with essentials for the victims of the natural catastrophe in the area that’s home to the Chaar Dhaams: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri.

One thought that help for the needy was best reached anonymously or without ado. But not so for our politicians given to appropriating legacies and fighting over mortal remains of iconic leaders. Remember the sorry tussles among family members and party men after the demise of Sheikh Abdullah, N T Ramarao, Devi Lal, M G Ramachandran and Jagjivan Ram?

In situations of grave emergency, the Republic should stand as one; provinces force-multiplying the efforts of the affected State rather than engaging in brownie point scoring or showing down the government in charge. The wrath of nature is best faced through camaraderie, not one-upmanship.

I’m not arguing that governments who do not deliver shouldn’t be put on the mat. The short point I’m making is that motivated, ill-timed criticism demoralizes the people on the ground when they need to be encouraged to act beyond the call of duty.

India knows that the Opposition always perceived Manmohan Singh a “weak” Prime Minister. But it didn’t help one bit when Modi took on the PM in the middle of a commando operation during Mumbai’s 26/11.

Having overseen the State’s reconstruction after the January 2001 earthquake, the Gujarat CM is no stranger to disasters. It’s for that reason that one expected from him a degree of empathy for Vijay Bahuguna’s Herculean challenge in Uttarakhand.

As for the Congress, besides quietly dispatching relief material, the party should have sent volunteers from its youth organizations to run errands, if nothing else, for the sick and hungry people evacuated from the disaster zone. If roads can be built in the name of Nehru, Indira and Rajiv, then why not water kiosks and community kitchens for the hundreds and thousands of trapped yatris?

About time therefore that our politicos learnt to be understated, doing some gupt daan of money and manpower in the service of the people.

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinodji;
    After many years, I am reading such a good article from you. You are about 99% neutral here.
    Yes, need of the hour is bipartison support for disater victims. Attempt on the part of Modi supporters to earn brownie points is not correct, to say the least. But, you can not blame Modi for this. He generally keeps aloof from such attempts. His work, speak for itself. Anyway, I appreciate your writing this time, whole heartedly.
    I also noticed that you have eased the censor and I hope, all old regulars will come back, sans their profanity.

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    Laat Maar Reply:

    It’s not Modi Supporters.
    It’s Modi, your future PM aspirant who does it.

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  • Anonymous

    Politicians will not miss a chance where they think will get them votes. Disaster of such magnitude is a god send opportunity for them to show
    to the pubic how much they care. In such cases all politicians are same.

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  • Anonymous

    Ironic that while army Jawans are saving lives by the thousands in Uttarakhand, they are being killed by the dozens in Kashmir.

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    Laat Maar Reply:

    Dumbness personified ! Rushing to replace Vinoo ?

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  • Anonymous

    Since when has the flood relief become a Formula 1 race that needs to be
    flagged off.

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    Laat Maar Reply:

    From the time Modi used his 8 storeyed DREAMLINER to rescue 15000 people in a day.

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  • Nation Builder

    Congress wants the nation to beleive that anything it does is miracle and anything any other party does is non sense. In its arrogance Congress has unfortunately lost the national spirit. Out of its insecurity it now analyses every action through political prism. It is behaving much like the insecure Indira Gandhi days of 1975.

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  • Nation Builder

    Congress wants the nation to beleive that anything it does is miracle and anything any other party does is non sense. In its arrogance Congress has unfortunately lost the national spirit. Out of its insecurity it now analyses every action through political prism. It is behaving much like the insecure Indira Gandhi days of 1975.

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  • Nation Builder

    Congress wants the nation to beleive that anything it does is miracle and anything any other party does is non sense. In its arrogance Congress has unfortunately lost the national spirit. Out of its insecurity it now analyses every action through political prism. It is behaving much like the insecure Indira Gandhi days of 1975.

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  • K.K. Desai

    Very true observation calling a spade, a spade. It will be up to Young India, squeezed middle class and many who are sitting on fence to decide between good devils and bad devils to govern them in years to come.

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  • (Dr.) B.N. Anand

    Dear Sharma Saheb
    All along I had ceased to respond to your blogs as I always felt that you were simply moving on a single track of politics and the royal family. Though I had never agreed mostly with what you wrote, I had never ignored your writings. So today it was very refreshing experience when in the end you were also forced to write something which we were always urging you to speak the reality. Yes, some gentleman has rightly said here itself that after all sending trucks of help to the needy is not a formula F1 race which has to be flagged by the owner of the team. Suddenly the crown prince appeared with him mom in flagging off the help. It is indeed a pity that the media has created a hype around such an intellectually bankrupt non performer.as the future PM of the country

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    Ravi Reply:

    Dr Anand

    If along with reading Vinod’s writings, you had taken the time to read your own outpourings, then you would have found them to be predictable because they too move along a single track. However, as it is innate human nature to see other people as biased and single track minded, whilst considering oneself as being objective, open minded and multi-subjectorial.

    Your language here does not fail to convey your irrational disdain for Rahul Gandhi, whom you have called; crown prince, in a pejorative way (forgetting that he is an elected MP), and a non-performer (by what criteria). Judging from your verbiage, it would not require a triple jumper to leap to the conclusion that you are a supporter of RSS anointed and riot tainted Modi, and that to you Hitleresque oratory is synonymous with achievement. Rahul Gandhi, is General Secretary of a National Political Party (which is not challenging his appointment, unlike Modi who has even divided his own party)as well as an elected member of the National Parliament. He is amply qualified to flag off relief convoy even if that amounted to little more than a media event. Such gestures are essential to reassure a nation that the Government is doing its bit to rescue its citizens. Of course you may feel that government’s efforts are not enough or are cynical exploitation, cha, cha, cha…that is politics. But let us not forget that Vinod’s politics may not be the same as yours.

    Have you ever considered that the essence of your long-standing disagreement with Vinod is that the two of you have imbibed within yourselves two very different and often opposing value system? Vinod is a liberal and believes in an inclusive society, and you come across as a conservative, religion focused, acute nationalist, with very conservative values. I wonder why then you even bother to read Vinod’s writings.

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    Modibhakt Reply:

    Dr.Anand,
    the trucks laden with relief items were parked in front of 24Ashoka Road office of the party, waiting for the princeling to arrive and make a grand though obscene show of flagging off the trip.

    And the wait was for a full three days!

    If in the midst, a few hundred thousand people went starving and lived in sheer freeze, so what?HOW CAN THE BABY BE DISTURBED IN HIS HOLIDAY IN EUROPE?

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  • S. Kumar

    The army has been just superb.They deserve our heartfelt gratitude. The story about the 15000 was cynically peddled by Modi baiters to discredit his mission. Modi, as usual, has maintained a dignified silence and just got on with the job as best as he can. He offered 24 helicopters but they were refused. The RSS’s and Baba Ramdev’s army of volunteers have also been helping. Rahul Gandhi, a PM aspirant for a very poor country like India, was celebrating his birthday in faraway glitzy London. Hope you publish my comment.

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    If this was done by any right wing group the video would have played 100 times a day on all BSM channels http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/401885/delhi-2000-bikeborne-men-create-nuisance-2-policemen-injured.html

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  • Anonymous

    Dehradun: Despicable politics in a national tragedy were Instagrammed for India today from Dehradun, where members of the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pushed each other to grab a batch of people who were brought to the airport after being rescued from the flood-ravaged state. (Post your comments here)

    In a bizarre gesture of staking claim, both parties wanted to fly home the survivors, who are from Andhra Pradesh.

    In the 12 days since Uttarakhand was pounded by torrential rain, the military has led a heroic and expansive effort to locate and help thousands of people who were stranded in the hilly state, many of them pilgrims who were visiting the region’s four famous shrines which include Badrinath and Kedranth.

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Looks like my posts are still banned…Nice work.

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  • Anonymous

    Visiting Woes

    ITBP officials involved in rescue operation in flood-hit Uttarakhand were informed of Rahul Gandhi’s visit only an hour before his departure from Delhi. Since he had to make a stopover at Gauchar, the official mess of the 8th battalion where officers involved in relief measures for the past one week are housed, were asked to vacate the premises and arrangements were made for Rahul’s stay there. Since Gandhi is an SPG protectee, arrangements had to be made for his security personnel as well. Meanwhile, the Congress, which had accused Narendra Modi of politicising the tragedy in Uttarakhand, was at pains on Tuesday to explain how his visit was very different from that of Modi. Party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury argued that Rahul was travelling in personal vehicles driven by his friends, and his visit neither diverted the resources of the state government nor did it hamper the rescue work.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    As I can see Ravi, Rajiiv and Laatmar(?) here, I hope, Shenoy sahab will also join us quickly. Without him blog is not, what it stands for.

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  • Anonymous

    army, ramdevs volunteers, rss volunteers, other volunteers all did a great job.
    but the damage could have been minimized, if the government was interested in forest/land preservation and not giving development and mining contracts willy nellyx

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Goons running amok or budding Islamists flexing muscle?
    it is reported that during celebrating Shab-e-Raat, thousands of motorcycle riders, Muslim youths, created havoc on streets of South Delhi??
    No, MSM has reported on this. Why?? The whole article in Niticentral is really frightening.
    Now, why rest of the civil society not Vote for Modi and throw out this incompetent , communal Congress??

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Whatever happened on the night of Shab-e-Raat is a routine affair. It happens every year. The police turns a blind eye to it.

    However, on different occasions I have noticed that the Kanwarias returning back from pilgrimages on hired lorries/small trucks are stopped and cautioned for playing loud music etc.

    Mainstream media is reluctant to report it for obvious reasons.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ishwar;
    law is supreme and should equally applied to kanwarias and Shab-e- Raat hooligans. That is the only way out forsurvival of this republic.

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  • pankaj#1

    From Niticentral:
    Uttarakhand’s leadership is to blame for tragedy, not Narendra Modi
    To begin with, well after news of unprecedented floods reached the capital, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, far from rustling up rescue and relief measures on a war footing, continued to believe that it would be business as usual after a few days, and did not cancel his scheduled visit to Switzerland. This led a bemused Ministry of External Affairs, as per protocol, to issue the routine information regarding the Chief Minister’s proposed trip, along with his wife and some officials. The purpose of the visit remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that it took public outrage and a belated understanding of the dimensions of the unfolding tragedy for Vijay Bahuguna to finally call off his summer holiday

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  • pankaj#1

    …Cut to June 22, when the Gujarat Chief Minister, despite being told he was ‘most unwanted’, nevertheless visited a relief camp at Haridwar. He reportedly brought along a medical team and some relief supplies to help the victims as they reached the plains district.
    The very next day, however, a major national daily carried a ‘detailed report’ of his visit, explaining how Modi had managed in just two days in the devastated State to rile the regime by simultaneously conducting rescue operations at Kedarnath, Badrinath and Uttarkashi, and bring 15,000 stranded Gujarati pilgrims back home. The report dubbed this a Rambo-style operation. It is pertinent that nowhere in the Gujarat Government’s or Chief Minister’s official website was such a claim made. No BJP leader was cited as the source. It is true that the party was lethargic in rebutting the story and possibly failed to realise that it was not a ‘free’ build-up of the Gujarat strongman, but a prelude to a serious ambush
    Three days later, the same newspaper hosted a lead opinion piece lambasting this claim as “a barefaced, cynical lie”. To his credit, the writer had learnt his mathematics lessons in school, and did elaborate sums to prove that even with a fleet of 80 Innovas (figure in the original story / plant), Narendra Modi could not have managed to reach Kedarnath and other places to rescue 15,000 persons in one day, and then pack them off to Gujarat.
    To protect himself against a possible defamation charge, the writer attributed the ‘rescue’ story to an American public relations company, and launched into a vituperative drive against the Chief Minister. It is an advance warning about the kind of tirades to expect in coming weeks and months, and that is a true value of the article.
    So it was Congress, who planted that story and not NaMO. What was so vigrously being touted here.

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  • monika sharma

    Two new political parties have been registered in MP by the Election Commission. The registered parties are Jai Manavta Party of Bhogal , and Jan –Sangarsh

    Virat Party of Sagar. Registration given will not be entitle these parties to any other election symbol. Support and follow Sh. Narendra Modi with @narendramodi.

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  • vijay !

    ———————————————————————————————
    ~~~ UTTRAKHAND… A STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING ANALYSIS ~~
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    Well I am still not comfortable with the new blog settings. But since some of my good friends are here, I am tempted to post.

    First we need to accept that the height of Kedarnath and Rudrapyag at 3500 mtr is pretty high for any corner of the world. At that height Clouds merge with mountains and cloud bursts and the violent rain WILL happen. We cannot run away from it.

    Second– The catchment area of mountains is huge and any rain falling on the mountain side always flows down at huge velocity (kinetic energy) into a narrow riverine. So if Delhi gets 65 cm of rain yearly it will remain
    distributed over ALL of Delhi, But in Uttarakhand …the entire water will flow into a single river, making it swell and create floods! In fact make the level rise by 10- 20 mtrs. So all buildings next to the rverine were ABSOLUTE STUPIDITY. It had to happen… and it happened.

    Having driven extensively in Uttarakhand and HImachal, I can say for sure that indiscriminate blasting done by authoriites and builders have loosened the soil. Ten days back I was driving from Kufri in Shimla to a place called Naldhera. Minor rain… I mean boonda baandi, as we say in Delhi, occurred… and rocks stared rolling down the hills. Not the biggest ones… but of sizes up to 1 ft and a little more.

    This had to be freshly cut rock as rock from last years’ blasting would have anyway rolled down earlier when heavier rains would have occurred.

    Well we have cut the trees, broken the rocks, and constructed in the area where water would flow. THE DISASTER had to happen…

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  • Praveen Saxena

    Whereas a blow by blow account and daily leaks on the Ishrat Jahan investigations and the Malegaon bomb blasts are an every day feature in newspapers and all Stories attributed to some mysterious “sources ” there is complete silence on the NIA investigation in the Chattisgarh Maoist attack..where some congress men are the key suspects…and surprisingly media is also not showing any interest.. and Tehelka ..it never goes anywhere near ..where Congressmen are key suspects.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Saxena Sahab;
    I simply can not understand, why this case is termed as Ishrat jahan case. I think, it uses the photo of a young, pretty face to arouse sympathy of masses and demonize Modi government.
    The case was of death of 4 people in Police encounter. Where atre rest of three?? Why we do not see their photographs. Reams have been blackened in printing about Ishrat’s background/ Family etc. What about the backgrounds of rest of three. Why that is not highlighted so that people can understand, what Police was dealing with.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Absolutely correct Pankajji ….knowing well that they cannot defeat Namo politically ..they have now conspired to stage his fake encounter. I also believe that MSM has been paid a considerable amount to make every leak and plant .. top headline of the day.
    Unable to create a swing in favour of a hopeless Pappu.. ..they are now resorting to a negative campaign against NAMO to somehow derail him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    suspected involvement of congressmen.

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  • pankaj#1

    Just finished a Novel, based on Dante’s Divine comedy, depicting hell, addressed as Inferno.
    I can see, India going that way.

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  • pankaj#1

    As the open season of Islamo-fascism against India continues, it is time to remember one of the greatest thinkers of the last century
    Don’t rejoice in his defeat, you men!
    Although the world stood up and stopped the *******
    The ***** that bore him
    is in heat again.
    (Bertolt Brecht : The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Let truth be known about Modi

    http://www.sunday-guardian.com/analysis/let-truth-be-known-about-modi

    The UPA government, on coming to power in 2004, put in place its most accomplished experts to meticulously draw up its corruption road map, which it succeeded in implementing with precision until the scams exploded in public space. Post-mortem reports of the 2G scam, the ISRO Devas deal, the Commonwealth Games fraud, to name a few, clearly establish this. I have no doubt that future historians will place the UPA in the same league as other plunderers of India, like Ghazni and the Pindaris.
    —-
    Please read this if this is allowed to be posted by the HT censors.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    Thanks for sending me to this link.
    I have few observations. Now it is well established that Teesta, Sanjiv bhatt and even present Gujrat high cout judges, who have Congress connections( probing Ishrat jahan(?) case, all have conspired to besmirch name of this son of soil. A true patriot and uncorruptible person.
    I wanted to deal with every paragraph, but that will take too long a time, so I want to dwell upon, what punishment should be meted out to people, who conspired. Not only Teesta, Sanjiv bhat, but a legion of people, employed in this industry. Including media.

    Perjury is a very serious offence. That is for lawful, punishment. what punishment they deserve, not so lawful, like social bycott, etc.

    Sounding Fascist, so be it.

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  • Anonymous

    Shipping corporation of India names a ship after Rajeev Gandhi.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Was travelling in wild west with Immortal Begum Akhtar.
    Few lines, I heard repeatedly..
    Hum ne dekha hai jamane ka badlna lekin,
    Unke badle huye tewar nahin dekhe jaate.
    This reminds me of present Congress.
    Mast kar ke hanian, auron ko laga moonh saaki,
    Ye karam hosh main, rah kar nahin dekhe jaate.
    Again for present state of India.
    There are many lines, which I heard repeatedly in context with sorrowful condition of present India.

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  • pankaj#1

    Mohan;
    That is great.
    You are keeping uptodate, as this is the latest novel, avialable here, only in hard cover, not in paper back version.
    I will write about it, just may be, as next whole month is terribly busy.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    I am visiting Wikipedia, after reading Inferno by Dan Brown.
    These novels I read as a passtime during travel and waiting at Airports etc.
    BTW, Michaelangelo, yes, the famous sculptor, painter and leading figure of European awakening, said about Dante: No greater man has walked over earth, reminding me of Albert Einstein, saying about Gandhi: No greater man has walked on earth.
    So, some excerpts for free souls, who are not members of : Bharat nirman charity fund. here it goes:
    Dante passes through the gate of Hell, which bears an inscription, the ninth (and final) line of which is the famous phrase “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”, or “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”[4]
    Before entering Hell completely, Dante and his guide see the Uncommitted, souls of people who in life did nothing, neither for good nor evil; among these Dante recognizes either Pope Celestine V or Pontius Pilate (the text is ambiguous). Mixed with them are outcasts who took no side in the Rebellion of Angels. These souls are neither in Hell nor out of it, but reside on the shores of the Acheron, their punishment to eternally pursue a banner (i.e. self interest) while pursued by wasps and hornets that continually sting them as maggots and other such insects drink their blood and tears.
    THIS SYMBOLIZES THE STING OF THEIR CONCIENCE AND THE REPUNGANCE OF SIN. This can also be seen as a reflection of the spiritual stagnation they lived in. As with the Purgatorio and Paradiso, the Inferno has a structure of 9+1=10, with this “vestibule” different in nature from the nine circles of Hell, and separated from them by the Acheron.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    It is for reflection by individuals:
    No, I am not a Christian but a born Hindu. But I believe in eternal values of humankind, as enunciated by Vedas.
    Virgil then guides Dante through the nine circles of Hell. The circles are concentric, representing a gradual increase in wickedness, and culminating at the centre of the earth, where Satan is held in bondage. Each circle’s sinners are punished in a fashion fitting their crimes: each sinner is afflicted for all of eternity by the chief sin he committed. People who sinned but prayed for forgiveness before their deaths are found not in Hell but in Purgatory, where they labour to be free of their sins. Those in Hell are people who tried to justify their sins and are unrepentant.
    Allegorically, the Inferno represents the Christian soul seeing sin for what it really is. What the three beasts may represent has been the subject of much controversy over the centuries, but one suggestion is that they represent three types of sin: the self-indulgent, the violent, and the malicious.[5] These three types of sin also provide the three main divisions of Dante’s Hell: Upper Hell (the first 5 Circles) for the self-indulgent sins, Circles 6 and 7 for the violent sins, and Circles 8 and 9 for the malicious sins

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  • Anonymous

    Sharmaji,

    Namaskaar !!!

    This post reminds me a lot about certain scenes from “Titanic”.

    Remember that scene from Titanic when the ship has started sinking and yet Rose’s fiance finds all the time and energy to hunt Rose and Jack ?

    Strange as it may sound, but our own political class appears to be on a similar endeavour. More about them later. Let us tackle the iceberg before anything else.

    First Uttarakhand. A simple cursory look at the photographs published so far gives the anatomy of tragedy. Thickly populated on the banks of those roaring rivers. Thickly populated to accommodate all those tourists from all over the India. Much more than the capacity this fragile land could ever bear.

    Vijay Kumar made a landmark post about the whole geography. Equally complemented by a response post from somebody anonymous who posed about the soil strength. Together, both the posts inadvertently touched upon a point mostly overlooked by the MSM, which is sustainability of the entire bout of tourism that this region is experiencing. Another equally ominous evidence came forth from the anals of recent history. Both BJP and Congress governments from the region vociferously opposed environmentalist recommendations , magnifying the perils of basing region’s development and growth on the shaky foundations of intricately balanced nature. Now what ? Well , Kedarnath may not be open for next three years or so. Full magnitude of Devastation experienced by local population is not yet fully out of cusp vis-a-vis the tourists situation. In all, it has already started looking terrible from the perspective of local economy. This is not to side step the terrible tragedy people – both locals and tourists alike (including those who risked and paid for their lives while flying rescue helicopter sorties in a weather where micro-bursts are much more often) – experienced . It is just that the economic focus of tragedy will continue to haunt the region.

    Now, look again. Doesn’t the Uttarakhand tragedy represent us ? Us as a country. A country that is betting on un-realistic and un-sustainable growth in the face of natural un-certainty. A country sleepwalking through the un-folding climate change events. This is where the Titanic metaphor slips in . Slips in – if one is paying scant attention. Stark – if one is being really attentive. We may not see the kind of growth we say about five years back. And yet, we have poverty , income disparity. The iceberg of climate change has struck us. In recent past somebody from Melbourne university, if I remember correctly, hypothesised a rather terrible climate outlook for India. With estimates of forty percent variations in rainfall. (You gotta give give those Australians some credit – they have been fairly accurate with our climate in recent history).

    The real story is being struck by iceberg and not Jack, Rose and her fiance. Mr. Modi may make all noises that he wishes about his rescuing those Gujaratis – but it still sounds pathetic for a wannabe Indian PM. Pathetic and discriminatory. Somewhat matched in measure by Congress when it chose to maintain a rather conspiratorial silence about the bigger tragedy that is on us.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is one more dimension to this. Our population has trebled from the time the British left. No new tourist (pilgrimage is a subset) destinations for the domestic travellers have come up. The level of economy well being of the people is increasing, unless you believe the BJP/Modi trolls, who insist that the country and its people are in the dumps since May 2004, between 1998 and 2004, it was all time high.

    Whenever someone has proposed to build a new destination, the whole venture has been sought to be pushed into controversies and allegations of massive corruption by taking recourse to theoretical interpretation of the environmental laws, derailing the whole initiative. Lavasa in Maharashtra is a classic example.

    One has to got to see the state of the existing destinations (built during the British Raj) during the peak seasons – the chaos worse than cities/towns, which the people wanted to get away from in the first place.

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    Thinker Reply:

    Jack, the hero–Rahul Gandhi
    Rose,the heroine–Indian media, and
    Fiance,the villain (the party spoiler of our hero and heroine)-Mr.Modi.
    Happy?

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    vijay ! Reply:

    hi Mahesh welcome back!

    Those are lovely areas blessed with the most genteel and pristine scenery. We need to be careful on how much we can actually construct there and at what places.

    We also need to tell the tourists that the Yatra will be a short affair as so many lakhs need to go there and only a few thousands will be allowed to stay there for a certain period of time.

    All construction needs to be away from the path of the river. And should be limited. Temporary structures for the tourist season can be put up (as on goan beaches) and dismantled when the season is over. Like insulated porta cabins for example

    Blasting needs to be HEAVILY CONTROLLED. We dont need to dam everything. We have one big Tehri dam. The rest… can be minimilised.

    Maybe innovative flexible material– like steel (instead of rigid and heavy in weight because of volume — concrete) can be used more.

    I hope the government is listening!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Trust Mahesh to spoil a good post by unnecessarily bringing up Modi. Either you don’t know the facts or you just feigning ignorance.

    Modi never claimed that he or his team rescued 15000 Gujaratis. The person who had written this article on TOI has already retracted and has given the almost correct version of the events in his blog. He blamed his subordinate for the clerical mistake. If you take some effort to find what Modi and his team did actually in Utthrtankhand, I am sure you will get to the truth. Of course only if you take an effort.

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    Laat Maar Reply:

    We missed that part.

    Please help us with the details.

    Note : Gujarat Desh bla bla sites still carry that 15000 claims.

    For 3-4 days Modi didn’t have access to twitter to deny the report.

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    (Dr.) B.N. Anand Reply:

    You are right sir. Just few days back the Times Of India has published a correction in this regard on its front page.. So all this poison against Mr. Modi is being spread by the haired media. So instead of Modi, it is. The media which is the real Rambo. The Rambo media must be ashamed of cheating the readers by wrong reporting and later correcting them. The irreversible damage is already done,

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  • Anonymous

    NDA regime constructed 50% of national highways laid in last 30 years: Centre

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/NDA-regime-constructed-50-of-national-highways-laid-in-last-30-years-Centre/articleshow/20869113.cms
    NEW DELHI: The UPA government on Monday admitted before the Supreme Court that the NDA regime, in five years, constructed nearly half the total length of national highways laid during the last 32 years.

    In an interesting affidavit filed before the apex court, the Centre said the length of national highways in the country was 29,023 km in 1980, which expanded to 76,818 km by the end of 2012. This means 47,795 km of national highways was added by successive governments in 32 years.

    However, the affidavit revealed that during 1997-2002 (ninth five-year plan), when the NDA was in power, 23,814 km of national highways was added to the existing NH network, or nearly 50% of the total length of national highways constructed in three decades. This remains the largest construction of national highways during any five-year period since independence.

    In fact, during the nearly 10-year rule of the UPA government, the total length of national highways laid was much less – nearly 16,000 km, the affidavit said.

    During 2012-2017, nearly 3,000 km of additional national highways was proposed to be built but the government decided to de-notify 530 km of national highways in Madhya Pradesh and 627 km in Gujarat.

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  • monika sharma

    According to Narendra Modi, connection with the minorities ahead of the 2104 parliament and assembly elections is very important,

    which he requested the MAHA BJP to do. Still many communities within muslims are not against BJP ,and they consider developmental politics.

    Support and follow Sh. Narendra Modi with @narendramodi..

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  • Anonymous

    Mumbai: The Income Tax Department and National Investigation Agency personnel on Monday night seized cash worth Rs 2,500 crore, and gold and diamond jewellery from four trucks here and detained 47 people.

    It is being billed as the biggest operation of its kind.

    The trucks were apprehended from outside Mumbai Central railway station, stumping the investigators who suspect a terror angle, a top IT official, requesting anonymity said on Tuesday.

    According to sources, each truck with around 15 people on board, was carrying around 35 bags, allegedly stuffed with cash and valuables.

    At least 47 people, including personal couriers, locally known as ‘angadiyas’, were detained and 20 were let off after initial questioning by the two agencies early Tuesday morning.

    Income Tax director general Swatantra Kumar told mediapersons on Tuesday morning that the consignment, intercepted near the busy Mumbai Central terminus around 9.30 pm on Monday, was bound from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and other destinations by the Gujarat Mail train.

    I-T officials said that so far, 50 bags containing cash have been scrutinised and they are looking into the contents of the remaining.

    Prima facie the cash appears to be part of hawala transaction, to be carried to Gujarat from Mumbai, they said.

    In an interesting twist in the case, it has been revealed that an Inspector stationed at South Mumbai’s VP Road and his colleagues had escorted the trucks to station.

    The joint operation by more than 100 officers was carried out when the four trucks reached outside the Mumbai Central station to unload the suitcases.

    Those detained with around 150 suitcases of cash are still being grilled.

    The operation was carried out following a tip-off received by the NIA at least a week ago.

    It roped in the I-T Department for help as a huge amount of cash was involved.

    Not ruling out a terror funding angle, at least a dozen of those detained are being questioned separately by the NIA.

    The IT officials are still counting the cash at their head office in Scindia House in Ballard Estate in south Mumbai, which houses many other central government offices.

    The true value of the consignment is expected to be known only within another day or so, an official said.

    Mumbai’s famous and trusted tribe of ‘angadiyas’, functioning since centuries, are known to transport huge amounts of cash and valuables like diamond or gold items, daily by trains from Mumbai to Gujarat and to parts of the country.

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    Laat Maar Reply:

    and modi thinks there is no black money in gujarat !

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    NEW DELHI: The UPA government on Monday admitted before the Supreme Court that the NDA regime, in five years, constructed nearly half the total length of national highways laid during the last 32 years.

    In an interesting affidavit filed before the apex court, the Centre said the length of national highways in the country was 29,023 km in 1980, which expanded to 76,818 km by the end of 2012. This means 47,795 km of national highways was added by successive governments in 32 years.

    However, the affidavit revealed that during 1997-2002 (ninth five-year plan), when the NDA was in power, 23,814 km of national highways was added to the existing NH network, or nearly 50% of the total length of national highways constructed in three decades. This remains the largest construction of national highways during any five-year period since independence.

    In fact, during the nearly 10-year rule of the UPA government, the total length of national highways laid was much less – nearly 16,000 km, the affidavit said.

    http://sp.m.economictimes.com/articleshow/20871619.cms

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  • Anonymous

    Minhaz Merchant ‏@minhazmerchant4m
    And again, as in 2G, PM withdraws objections to Jet-Etihad deal. No prizes for guessing from where the orders came

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  • Anonymous

    5m
    Jet-Etihad deal, gas price hike to benefit Reliance, point to potential windfall funds flow to parties in election year.

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  • Anonymous

    MediaCrooks ‏@mediacrooks4m
    The PMO should be renamed to CCO… Central Corruption Office… Intolerable is the level of scams…

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  • vijay !

    Vinod Sharma ji

    Since we all loved this blog so much, I am making a heartfelt appeal to you to ease of the controls so that it becomes free flowing again.

    Here is a song which reflects the minds of so many of us

    Iske Siva Jana Kahan
    Jeena Yahan ……
    Kal Khel Mein Hum Ho Na Ho
    Gardish Mein Taare Rahenge Sada
    Bhoolenge Hum Bhoologe Tum
    Par Hum Tumhare Rahenge Sada
    Rahenge Yahin Apne Nishan
    Iske Siva Jana Kahan
    Jeena Yahan …

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    CALAMITY REPORTERS & SOONDAS

    http://www.newslaundry.com/2013/07/calamity-reporters-soondas/

    Mahesh,

    Please read if you are interested in knowing the truth and of course If this post pass through the censors of HT.

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  • Anonymous

    anothr disaster and another haphazard rescue efforts… It is time we have a world calss disaster management programme …it is a question f will and not money as in many other cases…. How long can we close our eyes to this constant raping of the land — illegal mining, sand removal, deforestation and unauthorised buildings… Caligulas and pompeiis do not survive…

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