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Midnight Crackdown on Ramdev- Its Repercussions

Between 50 to 100 men women and children who were brutally lathi charged by men and women police was undemocratic and uncalled for. When Ramdev, Anna Hazare and other condemned it out right blaming not so much the government by Sonia Gandhi. PM and central government, not only Ramdev, Advani and Anna Hazare but virtually the entire opposition and even the whole country. The worst example of atrocities was that of 50 years old Rapela who lost both her arms and legs and was struggling for life in ICU of a hospital. Government of UPA Chief Sonia Gandhi and its PM Manmohan Singh has to explain. But virtually both have maintained silence and have not uttered a word, as if they did not know about it.

Only a few days back when Swami Ramdev arrived, as welcomed at the airport by a no of ministers who had prolonged talks with Ramdev. As the talks concluded there was absolutely no indication that a storm was going to blow at midnight of 4th – Earlier it was thought that PM and Sonia Gandhi had no role to play in the horrible attraction at midnight. But how could the police or civil servants take such horrible step at midnight? Now the PM has spoken his mind that the unprecedented most undemocratic and most horrible attack at midnight was unfortunate but unavoidable. Rightly the Supreme Court has issued notice to central government to explain, within two weeks, the eviction of Yoga guru and his thousands of followers at midnight notice by SC has been issued to Union Home Secretary. Chief Secretary of Delhi and the Delhi Public Commissioners. Indian is proud of the independence of the Supreme Court which has taken earlier a number of steps to Convict 2G Raja, Balwa and many others who were protested by UPA II for more than six months tells the Supreme Court intervened and got them punished and sent a dozen of such criminals to jail. Though the reply of the central government is going to justify its stand but SC is not going to be silenced and would take democratic action.
Anna Hazare, Close associate of Swami Ramdev would go on fast on 8th June11, as planned because in Anna’s own words
“At midnight beating of women, children and elderly is a blow to democracy. Let there be a nation wide movement to teach the government a lesson”.

Malayan Singh Yadav had also came openly against Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh because of the way it (the government) brutally dealt with Ramdev, his supporters and women”

BJP leader Advani as was expected, spoken for hours on TV and addressed Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi government “the most corrupt government since Independence” Advani even compared it with Jallianwala bagh massacre which united whole of India against British imperialism and atrocities since 1857. Advani has also demanded special session of Parliament to discuss the atrocities of midnight of 4th June and take the UPA II to task.

Baba Ramdev has singled out Sonia Gandhi an Italian but Sonia Gandhi kept quiet and did not utter a word against Swami Ramdev. Replying to so called secret agreement, swami alleged “I was forced to sign it” If I had refused “I was threatened with dire Consequences if the agreement was not signed” Swami Ramdev further explained that he would not be cowed down”
Conduct of Baba did not befit a yogi. He dressed like a woman in salwar kameez and concerned his beard with dupata to escape the police. He should have allowed the police to arrest him, even beat him, if they wanted. This is what befitted a true Yogi Baba’s behavior shows that he was as much a politician as a Yogi.

Acharya Balkrishna, known as right hand man of Swami Ramdev has committed suicide in Raipur Chhattisgarh, as he was too upset because of crack down at midnight of 4th June, by consuming poison in drug.

Baba Ramdev is no longer a Yogi, but a politician. He remained of fast for eight days and his health had deteriorated. Luckily for Ramdev and government of India that on 9th day of his fast he accepted the advice of Sri Sri and broke his fast. It was a big relief to his followers, particularly BJP. It is hoped that he will follow the advice of Sri Sri and Anna Hazare and will not indulge in anti-state and anti-nation activities.

Kiran Bedi, first woman IPS officer who retired from the top position in police should disassociate with Baba Ramdev and may continue to fight against corruption in democratic way.

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Corruption in India

A person has been held for sale of tainted blood. This is one of the worst crimes. He was supplying HIV affected blood to local nursing homes. He was owner of a medical laboratory in a small town about 500 km north west of Jaipur. Accused Hetram Goyal was also charged with collecting blood from donors and supplying to nursing homes without verifying whether these bloods of donors were infected or not. This has happened in Congress ruled Rajasthan.

In Rajasthan also, two days after a Congress MLA has been charged for getting blood from donors who were school children and most of them minors. Congress MLA against whom FIR has been registered on orders of the court is Bhagwan Saini from Chomu town about 35 km from Jaipur. It was Blood Donation camp on Rajiv Gandhi Birth anniversary. Out of 27 school children 20 were minor. MLA allegedly forged documents to show that the children were not minor. Getting blood donated by minor children by tricking them. Among the accused is the Principal of the school.

The above two instances of corruption are unique. Such incidents do not seem to have happened before or have gone unreported or have been silenced because of corruption which is prevalent in India in every department everywhere in every state. Bit this seems to be first time that a Congress MLA has been caught red handed and FIR has been registered against him, though sale of HIV tainted blood is more serious and demands exemplary punishment. It is hoped that both the above cases will not be closed because of pressure of politicians or Ministers in Rajasthan or from central Government.

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Corruption, India | , , , , | 2 Comments

Income Tax Arrears

In Maharashtra alone income tax arrears to be recovered till date amount to Rs 203 lakh crores from top 100 tax payers. Worst state is that Hasan Ali Khan’s dues make up 35% of the total IT areas i.e Rs 50,345 crores. How could Income Tax authorities sleep over such a large amount of IT arrears without taking strict action against defaulters. Enforcement Directorate came into the picture to investigate the case under Foreign Exchange Management Act. It is stated by a senior IT official that Hassan Ali Khan and his Kolkata based associates whose names figure in the list of those who have parked or deposited large amounts to evade income tax in Swiss Banks which together account for Rs 71,465 crores which is over 33% of the total tax arrears in the country. So for the IT authorities have not gone ahead to recover from Swiss Bank as there has been no official confirmation or communication from Swiss authorities. Thus IT authorities could only attach properties of Hassan and his wife that, too, provisionally.

If the Maharashtra State Govt. had recovered even 1/3rd of IT arrears to date the amount would have become Rs 50,000 crores. Some ofwhich could be easily utilized for relief to farmers in vidharba area who are daily committing suicides which have crossed 650 suicides during the current year. This could have saved many farmers from committing suicide, in desperation, and many thousand others who are in distress, not getting adequate food for their families and some on the verge of dying either through starvation or through diseases or eventually through suicide. This is a sad commentary on Income Tax Deptt of Maharashtra. It could be to an extent the same or similar failures in other metropolitan towns and even in many states.

This means failure of Central Government to make strict laws for income tax recoveries and also punish the defaulters as well as Income Tax Deptt officials for their failure in recovering such huge dues from defaulters. Ultimately the Govt of India is responsible through its Income Tax Deptt. whose inaction or lethargy had cost the country so much. To prevent such failures on part of Income Tax authorities, Central Govt most pass Strict laws holding concerned IT officials responsible for not recovering hundreds of crores of IT arrears.

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Corruption, India, Political Commentary | , , , , , | Leave a comment