Yes, sir. No, sir. Three bagsful, sir!



When Maharashtra’s Home Minister R R Patil first mooted the transfer of Bombay’s police commissioner Arup Patnaik a day after some Muslim groups ran riot at the Azad Maidan on August 11, 2012, I am told, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told him, “If Patnaik goes, so do you”.

Patnaik was initially picked for the top job by the NCP component of the government in Maharashtra. But having a mind of his own, he soon worked out where the balance of power lay: with the chief minister and his deputy Ajit Pawar; most certainly not with the state’s home minister.

But since Ajit could not interfere in matters relating to the home department, Patnaik began to take his orders directly from the CM. This also meant that he persuaded Chavan that police transfers should not be left in political hands for extraneous considerations but should be done at the behest of senior police officers who know precisely the requirements of the posts and which personnel might be suited to which position – or not.

I am told, convinced by that point of view, Chavan then cancelled a slew of transfers that Patil had ordered, thus further reducing the Home Minister’s place in the scheme of things — and this has been getting the NCP’s goat for a long time now. So while Patil might be insulting our intelligence when he says that redesignating Patnaik as a director general of police is actually a promotion for the man in the eye of the storm ever since August 11, he is dead right when he claims that the move to transfer Patnaik was planned long before. I quite believe that. Patil seems simply to have taken advantage of the confusion over Patnaik’s action on August 11 and effected the transfer with the help of his own boss, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, who used his influence with Chavan’s bosses in New Delhi to accomplish the task.

Chavan has been speaking out against this divisive arrangement in the Maharashtra government ever since the July 13, 2011 blasts in Bombay and, given the complete incompetence of the Home Minister, he has gone ahead and effected his own decisions over the past year. Earlier, even former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had made a similar case for vesting the authority over law and order in just one office – Patil had proved similarly ineffective in dealing with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray’s shenanigans against North Indians some years ago. When the violence seemed unstoppable, Deshmukh had called in Patil and overruled his decisions on direction from his party high command in New Delhi who were themselves forced to act under pressure from allies like Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav. Raj was ordered arrested; he has since been embroiled in a slew of cases and the MNS has backed off ever since.

I have also been told by several police officers that this unnatural arrangement only succeeds in dividing their loyalties and does not allow them a free hand to deal with situations as they deem fit. They might find it possible to go entirely by what the home minister says – but they clearly recognise that the present incumbent is unfit for the job, does not have a mind of his own and does not even earn the respect of the people he lords over.

However, there are other political compulsions and these arise from the divided loyalties within the NCP itself. Patil is a complete `yes man’ of Sharad Pawar’s while most other ministers in the government are today rooting for his nephew Ajit, who now seems to have his own problems with his own uncle. Under the circumstances, having someone who can honestly deliver the goods to him is very important to Pawar and he cannot afford to have Patil ignored or humiliated by the officers he is supposed to lead.

But while this move does not in any way bring any credit to Patil – there is a growing clamour for his resignation as well — it only ends up demoralising the police force even more. Henceforward it might be correct to presume that no cop can use his own mind to deal with tense situations on the ground. He might have to anticipate the minds of all his bosses (in this case three) and even so might end up annoying one or more. Under the circumstances, he might not be able to act professionally and a lot of errors of omission, if not commission, might creep in.

Pawar has been the chief minister of Maharashtra more than once and he should well know how this arrangement – arrived at in 1995 when the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance came to power and Gopinath Munde wished to feel equal to then chief minister Manohar Joshi – might work against the state’s interests. However, I believe, it is unlikely he will add Patil’s scalp to his belt because he is himself in need of a yes man in that position. Moreover, even if the NCP is still allowed to hold the post, he would not want to risk anyone with an independent mind in that job.

The Congress and the NCP had blindly continued with the Sena-BJP arrangements when they hastily forged their own alliance in 1999 after a split three months before coming to power that year. The Sena-BJP’s division of portfolios, though, was tuned to the fact that the BJP was Big Brother at the Centre while the Shiv Sena was clearly the major partner in Maharashtra. That, however, is just not so so far as the Congress and the NCP are concerned – it is a clearly stated fact now that the NCP can win no election without the Congress and the latter is Big Brother both in the state and at the Centre. Hence, there should be an intelligent division of departments between the two. But I do not believe that Pawar would want to change the arrangement for the best (and most paying in electoral terms) departments are with the NCP — his party might be reduced to nothing if he cedes even one such portfolio to the Congress.

So personal agendas, individual egos and electoral needs will continue to come in the way of competence and good governance while the search for yes men in every position continues.

Meanwhile, peace, harmony and the social fabric of both the state and the nation might continue to be in peril.

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  • Guest

    The goods that need to be delivered are the safety of citizens and the development of the state, and three bags don’t need to be filled for that purpose.

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  • anil

    Promotion in the name of punishment. Message is being sent, if you implement our agenda we will not hesitate to hoodwink the public in order to safeguard you!

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  • Anonymous

    India’s population is a mountain of S-H-I-T. Kejriwal and India’s media people are particles of S-H-I-T in this mountain of S-H-I-T.According to a Washington Post story, more than 40 television cameras reported on Arvind Kejriwal waving a plain piece of paper — no other documentation — with a list of people with accounts in HSBC bank in Geneva. Documentation of K. Subrahmanyam coming on line, along with the CIA Director Michael Hayden, on August 9, 2008 and offering to transfer one crore rupees into my bank account within 48 hours if I agreed to work for the CIA — which shows Indian governments, in the present and in the past, to be proxies for the CIA — can be seen via HaydenSubrahmanyamDOTblogspotDOTcom and there is not a single television camera facing me to cover this biggest expose since India’s so-called ‘Independence’. IndiasTraitorGovtAndMediaDOTblogspotDOTcom .Why did Kejriwal, a mechanical engineer, become an income tax officer — are the salaries of Indian government income tax officers more than those of mechanical engineers? No, he did that to collect crores and crores in bribes which he keeps in Swiss bank accounts and his wife, still an income tax officer, now collects hundreds and hundreds of crores in bribes paid by corporates and individuals to avoid being targeted by Kejriwal. His associate, Prashant Bhushan, admits to having ‘managed’ many high court and supreme court judges by bribing them and they now threaten to expose some of the judges sitting on high profile cases for years in exchange for bribes from parties to the cases who will lose if the cases moved, so Bhushan and company can collect huge bribes from parties to other cases by threatening to similarly expose judges presiding over them.An item on the Indian defence web site, bharat-rakshakDOTcom, a few days ago referred to a web site in the United States inviting all those who obtained information via the Right-to-Information act in India to send the information they obtained to the American website to be included in a centralized data base. This web site is CIA-sponsored and the information is used by the CIA for blackmail and other purposes. Kejriwal’s involvement in the Right-to-Information movement which led to the passing of the Right-to-Information Act was part of this CIA-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation and he was rewarded with the CIA-controlled Magsaysay award as a result.The Washington Post story dated November 9 ‘12 regarding Kejriwal that I saved on my computer has been replaced on its web site by a different story that makes no mention of the more than 40 television cameras and the original story I saved on my computer disappears from my computer screen as soon as I load it — part of CIA-RAW’s ‘managing’ of Kejriwal, as were the cameras.Because of what I have written — IndianAirForcePilotsMurderDOTblogspotDOTcom — about the sabotage of India’s weapon platforms via joint exercises with the United States and about the U.S. Secretary of State then welcoming joint India-Australia exercises in the future to get it done through Australia, the U.S. has moved for joint bases with India to get around that and make the Indian military serve the United States as it served the British. As I have said, Indians in the army, air force, navy as well as police in their millions served and fought for the British and not a single one of them fought the British on behalf of India — and they were maintained with revenues extracted from India’s population and that continues today. The same is the case with Central and state legislatures — there were elections under the British, Indians formed Central and state legislatures and executives and the present day legislatures, police, etc. work in the same buildings, under the same laws and rules with cosmetic changes of Indians controlled by CIA-RAW as the rulers. The media are thoroughly CIA-RAW controlled. Sending IAS officers for “training” to the United States is part of ensuring the loyalty and subservience of the civilian administration as of the military to the Americans who have replaced the British as India’s rulers. And now members of parliament are sent for training to U.S. universities. Sending over a hundred thousand students a year for post-graduate studies in the United States, Britain, etc. ensures Indians outside government remaining under control of and loyal to U.S. – Britain. I have described elsewhere — JoinIndiaWarOfIndependenceDOTblogspotDOTcom — M. K. Gandhi’s and Jawaharlal Nehru’s fake ‘Independence’ struggle managed by the Intelligence Bureau. WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom .I wrote: “Just as RAW-induced cricket fever sweeps India and does no good and a lot of harm to India, replacing real victory and supremacy over white countries, for example, with fake ‘victories’ and ’supremacy’ over enemies, Hazare’s fake fast was entertainment — the arrests and conflicts with government are meant to generate support and make/keep him a hero — sponsored by CIA-RAW to keep India ‘Gandhian’ — and so poor, weak and enslaved — due to the recent disclosure that M. K. Gandhi, a lifelong British agent, was a homosexual who wrote to the white man “How completely you have taken possession of my body. It is slavery with a vengeance”. Nehru admitted to U.S. ambassador Galbraith that he was a lifelong British agent.” India’s population is a mountain of S-H-I-T. M. K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were particles of S-H-I-T in this mountain of S-H-I-T.Are India’s present day rulers and public figures — Manmohan Singh, Advani, the rest of the members of parliament, etc., better than M. K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru? No, they are particles of S-H-I-T in the mountain of S-H-I-T that is India’s population. Members of India’s parliament are particles of S-H-I-T in the mountain of S-H-I-T that is India’s population.The institution of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) was formed under the British and Indians are allowed to fight about bribes and corruption; what they are NOT allowed to fight is the continuation of white rule over India whose economic consequences also are incomparably greater. JoinIndiaWarOfIndependenceDOTblogspotDOTcom and ‘How India’s Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More’ : HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogspotDOTcom .It needs to be clarified that nearly three million Indians from India now in the United States with very high levels of education and a median household income over eighty thousand dollars per year — more than any other ethnic group — remain particles of S-H-I-T from the mountain of S-H-I-T that is India’s population. NuclearSupremacyForIndiaOverUSDOTblogspotDOTcom .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    after reading your first 2 lines I felt as if you are writing sitting inside shit so couldn’t read further.

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    Syed Reply:

    If you have to say something, keep it brief, otherwise, the reader looses the interest. You lost me after the 4th line. I don’y know how the others fared. O yes, I read some words containing S-H-I-T.

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    Pir Reply:

    What the fcuk did you eat before writing this one. i guess it must be

    slimy S_H_I_T.

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    MANISH TEWARI THINKS HIMSELF A GREAT ORATOR.BUT UNFORTUNATELY HIS ARROGANCE REFLECTS IN EVERY STATEMENT HE MAKES.HE MUSTNOT FORGET EVEN CONGRESS IS ALSO ONE OF THE 1301 ODD PARTIES IN THE COUNTRY.TOMORROW THEY CAN BE ANOTHER RJD.
    NO TOP CONGRESS LEADER DARES TO GO TO GUJRAT FOR COMPAIGNING.THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING BJP OR EX RSS MEN LIKE KESHU BHAI ONLY.SO WHERE IS CONGRESS IN GUJRAT?
    RAUL WINCI IS NON STARTER.HE HAS NO GUTS TO VISIT GUJRAT AFTER BEATING HE GOT IN UP.

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  • Syed

    In English, writing in HT, we would call it “Mango Man Party”, or MMP.

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  • Pir

    In my Bharat Mahaan, media has been bought by the Corrupt Congress otherwise don’t you think that it is the duty of the media to inform the common people about the wrongdoings of the ruling party, but alas it is NOT happening.

    Junior Badal is the most corrupt politician. He is the most richest politician in the world. Have you guys (MEDIA) ever paused for a second to figure it out how?

    The only hope India has is Kejriwal. Wake up India from your slumbers and strengthen Kejriwal. Vote for AAP.

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  • Anonymous

    ” the flags that were waived when Anna roared against corruption inviting the common man to denounce the corrupt politicians — will be needed in the electoral arena to keep AAP alive in years to come. ”
    I agree with the anxiety of Sunita Behn here. Let us not forget that we defeated Gen B C Khanduri but elected Pokhriyal. But the good development is that Corruption has been put on the National Agenda by the non political activists .. Baba Ramdev , Anna and Kejriwal …. Would like to see how he fares in politics

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  • Parvana

    Kushal, more than welcome to come take books! Thanks for WSD number, gave them 7 cartons of books!

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