Friday, December 20, 2013

Review Bilateral relations with U.S.A

The recent developments involving the American handling of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khabarogode smacks of highly arrogant and intolerable attitude towards rest of the world. American establishment has assumed the role of a Don and is throwing to winds all cannons of propriety, international diplomatic rules and the judicial process of friendly countries. 2. The issue involved does not relate to safety and security of USA nor to any terrorist activity but to an insignificant dispute between the Diplomat and the domestic help which had been pending in the Indian High Court. The US authorities has not only ignored the Indian judiciary, bilateral relations, International obligations under Vienna convention but preferred a maid over the biggest democracy. It needs to be condemned in the strongest possible language and retaliatory measures. 3. It should become clear to the rest of the world that USA has exceeded all limits of decency and needs to be contained and snubbed from its power display. They had displayed the same in Pakistan when two of its Contractors with Diplomatic status killed two innocent civilians, they are playing the same belligerence in Afghanistan and they acted similarly with us when they refused our security agencies access to David Headley accused of 26/11 Bombay blasts. We need to re-assess the whole gamut of bilateral relations with the present U.S. Administration at a realistic level.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Corruption VS. Lokpal

This is with reference to the question being raised whether Lokpal is the final solution to corruption in India". The inevitable answer to the question is obviously in the negative. The corruption in India is in the form of blood cancer which has afflicted all sections of the society and all wings of administration whether executive,legislature and even judiciary. Its unbearable level of pain has aroused the conscience of he nation to seek remedial measures. The setting up of the institution is one step in this direction. 2. It is evident that even the most deterrent punishments provided in legal framework have not been successful in eliminating the crime. If it were so, there won't be murders, robberies or rapes. No doubt these measures do help in reduction of such cases to some extent. What is more effective to curb these anti social depravity is through education at home, educational institutions and of course religious congregations to change the Mindset. Let us hope and pray that there is a wide spread awareness in the country about this institution where people can knock its door without fear or fret about cases of corrupt practices to inculcate the fear of law.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Cost and Consequences of a Hung Assembly

The elections in four states viz. Madhya Prades, Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi have given a clear and unambiguous mandate against Congress party notwithstanding the fact that BJP has emerged as the biggest gainer. It will perhaps be premature to conclude that people have been attracted by the programmes and policies of the BJP. One of the factor in this regard is the absence of viable alternative political set up in these states. Delhi offered a choice of debutante AAP which promised clean corruption free establishment and people placed their bets on it. Since no party has been able to seize clear majority and none has the option to seek support of any group, it has created a piquant situation. We are faced with the unpleasant and costly situation Of President Rule and re-elections which is a costly affair. Since the Indian voter has now matured enough as is evident from impressive participations in many elections , it needs to educate and make them aware about the costs and consequences of hung election results. There is a huge drain on the public and people finances which ultimately people pay. The voter should, therefore, weigh the pros and cons of his choice before exercising his right to vote