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11 and 12 02 2012 LESSONS 521 and 522 Dhammapada Verse 66 Suppabuddhakutthi VatthuA Sinner Is
One’s Own Foe Verses 67 Kassaka Vatthu Do What
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LESSONS 521 and 522
Practice a Sutta a Day Keeps Dukkha Away
High turnoutof Voters of UP is the reflection of good governance,law and order.Earlier people were not allowed to vote. No unpleasantt incidence in UP reported
Ambedkar wanted SC/STs grow like banian tree,with a tremendous capacity to
regenerate,giving cool shade to needy, but never wanted SC/STs to become
ornamental shrubs (planted in Gamlas left at the mercy of owner for water and
sun light) with out roots in the fore courts of congress. It never can think of
an accidental banian seed sprouting in the heart lands of Indian polity.
Fortunately Ambedkar’s relentless fights, efforts and dreams has seen thelight
of the day in UP. Let’s sing and rejoice glory of our fore fathers. Jai Bheem!
-Message by BSP Dr Rahul
The untouchables along with Sarvajan Samaj including SC/ST/OBC/Minorities
and the poor Upper Castes will gift Multi Billion Budget amount after giving
the master key as Chief Minister for the fifth time on 06-02-2012 and as Prime
Minister in 2014 for equal distribution of wealth for Sarvajan Hithay Sarvajan Sukhay
i.e., for the welfare and happiness of the entire people as she has made
politics sacred by her highly promising best and meritorious governance
completing full 5 years term unlike the other CM of Congress, BJP and SP.
Verse 66. A Sinner Is
One’s Own Foe
of feeble wisdom fare
enemies to themselves,
making evil kamma
which is of bitter fruit.
Those unwise foolish people behave in a manner that is harmful
Dhammapada Verse 66
karonta papakam kammam
yam hoti katukapphalam.
66: With themselves as their own enemies, fools lacking in intelligence, move
about doing evil deeds, which bear bitter fruits.
Story of Suppabuddha, the Leper
residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (66) of this book,
with reference to Suppabuddha, a leper.
the leper, while sitting at the back of the crowd and listening attentively to
the discourse given by the Buddha, attained Sotapatti Fruition. When the crowd
had dispersed, he followed the Buddha to the monastery as he wished to tell the
Buddha about his attainment of Sotapatti Fruition. Sakka, king of the devas,
wishing to test the leper’s faith in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha, appeared
to him and said, “You are only a poor man, living on what you get by
begging, with no one to fall back on. I can give you immense wealth if you deny
the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha and say that you have no use for
them.” To this, Suppabuddha replied. “I am certainly not a poor man,
with no one to rely on. I am a rich man; I possess the seven attributes which
the ariyas possess; I have faith (saddha), morality (sila), sense of shame to
do evil (hiri), sense of fear to do evil (ottappa), learning (sula), generosity
(caga) and knowledge (panna).
Sakka went to the Buddha ahead of Suppabuddha and related the conversation
between himself and Suppabuddha. To him the Buddha replied that it would not be
easy even for a hundred or a thousand Sakkas to coax Suppabuddha away from the
Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha. Soon after this, Suppabuddha arrived at the
monastery and reported to the Buddha about his attainment of Sotapatti
Fruition. On his way back from the Jetavana monastery, Suppabuddha was gored to
death by an infuriated cow, who, in fact, was an ogress assuming the form of a
cow. This ogress was none other than the prostitute who was killed by
Suppabuddha in one of his previous existences and who had vowed to have her
revenge on him.
the news of Suppabuddha’s death reached the Jetavana monastery, the bhikkhus
asked the Buddha where Suppabuddha was reborn and the Buddha replied to them
that Suppabuddha was reborn in Tavatimsa deva realm. The Buddha also explained
to them that Suppabuddha was born a leper because, in one of his previous
existences, he had spat upon a paccekabuddha.
the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
66: With themselves as their own enemies, fools lacking in intelligence, move
about doing evil deeds, which bear bitter fruits.
High turnout of voters in UP is the reflection
of good governance, Law and order. Earlier people were not allowed to vote. No
unpleasant incidences in UP reported.
Verse 67. Do What Brings Happiness
That kamma’s not
from which there is remorse,
of which one senses the result
with weeping and a tear-stained face.
Explanation: It is good
if one were to avoid committing such actions which would later lead to regret.
When one regrets one weeps.
Dhammapada Verse 67
Na tam kammam katam sadhu
yam katva anutappati
yassa assumukho rodam
Verse 67: That deed is
not well done, if one has to repent for having done it, and if, with a tearful
face, one has to weep as a result of that deed.
The Story of a Farmer
While residing at the
Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (67) of this book, with reference
to a farmer who handled poison.
One day, some thieves
having stolen some valuables and cash from the house of a rich man came to a
field. There, they divided the stolen property among themselves and dispersed;
but a packet containing one thousand in cash, having dropped from one of the
thieves, was left behind unnoticed.
Early in the morning on
that day, the Buddha, on surveying the world with his supernormal power,
perceived that a farmer, cultivating near that field, would attain Sotapatti
Fruition on that very day. So, the Buddha went there, accompinied by the
Venerable Ananda. The farmer on seeing the Buddha paid obeisance to him and
continued to plough the field. The Buddha seeing the packet of money said to
the Venerable Ananda, “Ananda, look at that very poisonous snake,”
and Ananda replied, “Venerable Sir, yes, it is, indeed, a very poisonous
snake!” Then, both the Buddha and the Venerable Ananda continued their
The farmer, hearing them,
went to find out if there really was a snake and found the packet of money. He
took the picket and hid it in a place. The owners of the property coming after
the thieves came to the field, and tracing the footprints of the farmer, found
the packet of money. They beat the farmer and took him to the king, who ordered
his men to kill the farmer. On being taken to the cemetery, where he was to be
killed, the farmer kept on repeating, “Ananda, look at that very poisonous
snake. Venerable Sir, I see the snake; it is, indeed, a very poisonous
snake!” When the king’s men heard the above dialogue between the Buddha
and the Venerable Ananda being repeated all the way, they were puzzled and took
him to the king. The king surmised that the farmer was calling upon the Buddha
as a witness; he was therefore taken to the presence of the Buddha. After
hearing from the Buddha everything that had happened in the morning, the king
remarked, “If he had not been able to call upon the Buddha as a witness of
his innocence, this man would have been killed.” To him, the Buddha
replied, “A wise man should not do anything that he would repent after
Then the Buddha spoke in
verse as follows:
Verse 67: That deed is not well done, if one
has to repent for having done it, and if, with a tearful face, one has to
weep as a result of that deed.
At the end of the
discourse, the farmer attained Sotapatti Fruition.
Manimekalai - Buddhist
influence on Tamil literature
Buddhism entered Tamil-Nadu in the third century BC Flourished
in the sixth century AD declined in the eight, but lingered till the end of the
Buddhist statues in South India
It might have been introduced first into the Tamil Kingdom by
Asoka’s Missionaries on their way to Ceylon. Talaing chronicles, the source
book of Burmese Buddhism, reveals that Asoka built a vihara in Kanchi, in which
Acharya Dharmapala stayed and wrote 14 commentaries on Pali texts.
Buddhism had an almost incalculable effect on art, thought
literature and way of life of the Tamils.
The Annapurani shrine found within the famous Kamakshi Temple at
Kanchi first housed Manimekala and that Kamakshi is considered a Buddhist
According to historians, the rural administration in Tamil Nadu,
under the later Pallavas and Cholas must have received a fillip from Buddhism
since the pattern of the local government with its characteristic committee
system based on the Sangha administration, the influence of Buddhism may be traced.
The importance of the wide range of Buddhist art in any study of
the philosophy and art of Asia cannot be overemphasized.
The impact of Buddhist architecture is to be seen in the various
styles now found in South India.
The apsidal - ended temple, the pyramidal-storied temple, the
wagon-headed roof and the circular shrine chamber found in some temples on the
west coast are so obviously Buddhist in origin.
The external designs of the temples of Mahablipuram, popularly
known as the seven pagodas, bears ample testimony to the Buddhist influence.
The contribution of Buddhism to Tamil literature is more
valuable than the other benefits it might have conferred on the Tamil society,
though unfortunately many great Buddhist works in Tamil have been irrecoverably
At least one of the lyrics in Puranancerie in the incomparable
Sangam Anthology is claimed to be a faithful rendering of a passage from
Dhammapada which contains the gist of the essential principle of the Buddha’s
There are scholars who over that Valluvar, the author of
Tirukkural, the crown Jewel of Tami classic must have known Buddhism.
The unmistakable influence of Buddhist thought on Valluvar is
discernible in his work. The arrangement of chapters is closely modelled upon
Most of the terms used to refer to God in the first chapter,
which is a glorification of the Supreme being, are applicable to the Buddha and
they are the appellations, used in some Buddhist works.
Two of the five great epics in Tamil, Kuntalakesi and
Manimekalai are authored by men with pronounced Buddhist learnings while the
rest are attributed to Jains.
Viracoliyam, a grammatical work of the eleventh century written
by Buddhamitra in honour of Vira Rajendra Chola, cites as illustrative examples
passages from great Buddhist works.
These citations are witness to the vast variety of Buddhist
works that might have been written in Tamil.
Although many great works were lost Manimekalai has survived
such uncertain times is a reflection upon its greatness.
The title of the book which may be translated as the ‘Jewel
Belt’, is the name of the heroine and of one of the great Buddhist goddesses
mentioned in the Jatakas, who also appears in the poem. The epic consists of
4,861 lines (a kind of blank verse) in 30 cantos.
Manimekalai was written by a Buddhist merchant Seethalai Cattan
in the post Sangam period (at least two to three centuries after the Sangam
classics) in the 4th century AD.
The epics Manimekalai and Cilappathi Karam are considered by
many as twin epics as they are very much related to each other. Both of them
belong to the same age and deal with the story of the same family.
The story of Manimekalai is supposed to be a continuation of
what has already been superbly treated by Illanko in his Cilapatikaram.
Towards the end of the earlier epic Kannaki takes revenge upon
the Pandya king for having killed her husband unjustly by burning the city of
Madurai. Realising his folly, the king dies of shock; Kannaki is taken to
heaven by some divine beings, Matavi the danseuse, joins the Buddhist order
along with her daughter Manimekalai.
The later epic takes up the story from here beginning with the
renunciation of the heroine at a very early age. Manimekalai, is the story of a
women of not only of great chastity but also a woman who is very much concerned
with the poor and hungry.
Manimekalai’s inner struggles between her passionate love for
the prince who was her husband in the previous birth and her ardent desire for
spiritual service eloquently described, by the poet, finally her desire for
serving mankind triumphs.
In Manimekalai, the public that has admired the mother and the
daughter as beautiful dancers does not relish their joining the nunnery and
wants the younger one to follow the hereditary profession of a courtesan. But
the strong-willed maiden is firm even though she finds herself drawn to the
Chola prince. Utayakamaran, who is in love with her. Later she learns that the
real reason for this magnetic charm is that she has been his wife in a series
of former births.
But her own indomitable will and the encouragement of her mother
and the help rendered by the divine beings enables her to free herself from
human ties. The prince relentlessly pursues her but she is miraculously removed
by the goddess Manimekalai to, the island of Manipallawam, (present day
Jaffna). Where she sees the miraculous Buddha seat and learns all about her
Finally she goes to Kanchi, meets Aravana Adigal, the embodiment
of Buddhist scholarship and sitting at his feet learns Buddhist ethics, logic
and philosophy. After attaining wisdom, she settles there permanently to do
penance to attain Nirvana.
The poem does not have a well-knit plot unlike its predecessor
Cilapatikaram, which testifies to the architectonic skill of Illango to Cattan
himself, the story seems to be of lessor importance than the propagation of
It is more as repository of Buddhist logic, ethics and
philosophy than artistic success that Manimekalai is remembered today.
And the author would have certainly felt rewarded by this kind
of recognition accorded to his work.
Cattan the poet has envisioned Manimekalai as human like
ourselves but divine in her soulful compassion.
The very bliss one earth is the result of a life of love and
Cattan’s Manimekalai true to the Tamil literary tradition which
swears by the essential oneness of mankind, universal love and viewing God as
the very embodiment of love achieves his purpose.
VOICE OF SARVAJAN
Dr. Milind Jiwane
Civil Rights Protection Cell
H.Q. Jeewak Welfare Society Premises,
Naya Nakasha, Opposite Swastik school,
Dated - 11/02/2012
1. Hon. President of India, New Delhi.
2. Hon. Prime Minister of India, New Delhi
3. Hon. Sonia Gandhi, Ruling Party Leader, New Delhi
Subject : Ancient Buddhists Monuments of Hanathi Tah. Chitapur Dist. Gulbarga
(Karnataka State, India) destroyed by State Govt. machinery.
Today, I got a message from Ven. Bodhidhama
(Who is now arrested in police station in Karnataka)
by mobile on his arrest with 100 followers on the issue of agitation in concern
with saving of ancient
Buddhist monuments, who are destroying by Divisional Assistant Commissioner Mr.
D P Ravi, who is additional charge of Sannati Development Corporation. An
ancient Buddhist monuments are seem to be 2200 years King Asoka regime. Asst
Commissioner Mr Raju, who installed their Durga Devi idol, So Buddhist people ,
who made agitation on this anti-social movement.The said monuments has been
evacuated between the period of 1994 to 2001 by the Government. But no care has
been taken by them. Due to making strong agitation by Buddhist people, the
police has been arrested to Ven. Bodhidhamma and his 100 followers under pressure
of asst. commissioner Mr. Raju and by Hindu orthodox.
On behalf of Civil Rights Protection Cell, I am requesting you to take action
immediately. There should be need of suspension of Asst. Commissioner Mr Raju
and Concerned Police Officer. There should be need of care of this ancient
Buddhist Monuments. And should be made free from all the police cases
Dr. Milind Jiwane
Civil Rights Protection Cell
Nagpur (MS. India)
Pradesh polls: Over 59 per cent turnout in second phase
caste pie still stands in favour of the BSP that bagged the majority of the
seats in the region in 2007. The BSP will be hoping that more than 27 per cent
committed SC/ST voters will show no signs of shifting loyalties. 80
billion rupees that was sanctioned was equally distributed among all sections
of the sarvajan samaj as per the Constitutiion
division of UP and the creation of a separate state of Poorvanchal will also
resonate in the minds of voters when they make a beeline to cast their vote.
second phase would seal the fate of many senior leaders, including speaker
Sukhdeo Rajbhar, Revenue Minister Phagu Chauhan, state president of BSP are in
fray as BSP candidate from newly-created Deedarganj seat in Azamgarh district.
There were complaints
related to problems with electronic voting machines (EVM).
will also test the potency of the 4.5 per cent backward minorities sub quota
decision - another poll sop that for now has been stayed by Election Commission
Congress has also resurrected the possibility of a judicial probe in the Batla
House encounter in Delhi that claimed the lives of boys from Azamgarh.
Mulayam”, an identity he lost in the run up to the 2009 Lok Sabha
elections when he forged an alliance with Kalyan Singh - a man who many Muslims
consider as the face of the Babri Masjid demolition. Samajwadi Party experienced
a massive erosion of its traditional Muslim vote.
SP had obliterated the state when the it was in
power, there was an atmosphere of fear all around. There was a goon to be found
in every nook and cranny, the women were not safe at all, there was corruption
Con(g)tradictions: Party leaders give conflicting statements in
battlefield Uttar Pradesh
Did Sonia Gandhi cry over the Batla House
encounter or not? Will Rahul Gandhi remote control the chief minister in Uttar
Pradesh if the Congress emerges victorious? And an official spokesperson
blabbering at daily briefings.
All these issues are what the Congress could
least afford in the face of crucial make-or-break elections in Uttar Pradesh.
But the fact of the matter is that too many
party leaders are shooting from the hip and in the process shooting themselves
in the foot.
Striking a rather desperate note as he addressed
public meetings in the Lalganj and Sagri assembly constituencies of Azamgarh,
Khurshid tried to fire from Sonia’s shoulder on Thursday. He said Sonia’s eyes
had welled up on seeing the killed youths in the photographs of the shootout.
‘I was not a minister at the time. As a lawyer
and a Congress worker, I had shown the photographs to Sonia. She requested us
to not to show her the images and started crying bitterly. She then asked me to
tell all this to the Prime Minister,’ Khurshid told the gatherings which
largely comprised members of the Muslim community.
But even before any Opposition leader could have
responded to Khurshid’s assertion, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh
astonishingly told the media in Varanasi that what the law minister had said
was far from the reality and reflected his personal feelings.
‘He was talking about his own expressions,’
Then Jaiswal’s remote control comment left party
managers red-faced. Since Rahul is in the heat of the UP poll battle, the
comment is expected to devalue Jaiswal’s currency in the party - precisely the
opposite effect of what the coal minister must have intended.
Congress’ new OBC face in UP, Beni Prasad Verma,
also had a slip of tongue at a strategic moment. Addressing a poll rally, he
described the party MP from Barabanki as ‘an outsider’.
But if this was not headache enough for party
managers, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury had nothing to offer to the
scribes attending the briefing on Friday.
When she was asked about Digvijaya contradicting
Khurshid, all that she could say was ‘leave it’, evoking peels of laughter from
To another question over the 2G spectrum scam,
Chowdhury said: ‘Aaji, Noji’ to which the journo responded with ‘whyji’.
The Congress core committee, including Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee met on
Friday but sources said the Batla House issue did not come up for discussion.
Mayawati at a Brahmin sammelan at Ramabai rally sthal in Lucknow.
Mayawati came to power in 2007, she built the 76-acre Ramabai Rally
Sthal in Lucknow to accommodate a crowd of five lakh. She has held six
rallies here for her party cadre, three of them in the last two months.
She is the only leader to have done so in such a sprawling space. Each
of her three recent rallies has focused on Sarvajan Hithay Sarvajan
Sukhay i.e., for the welfare and happiness of entire people. On
November 13, she held a Brahmin Sammelan where Satish Chandra Misra, the
BSP’s Brahmin face, described Mayawati as “kanoon ki devi”. A fortnight
later, she addressed a rally for the party’s Scheduled Castes and
backward class workers. BSP state President Swami Prasad Maurya shared
the dais with her. On December 18, it was the turn of the Muslim
votebank, for whom she paraded BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
Mayawati always arrives on time. She then arrives at the venue in an
Ambassador, usually accompanied by a fleet of 10 cars. At the venue, she
is at her combative best, hitting out at both Samajwadi Party and the
Congress. Taunting Rahul Gandhi’s attacks on her, she says, “The
elephant has started haunting Congress leaders even in their dreams.”
The applause is deafening.
BSP works not only for SC/STs but for all sections: Mayawati
to shake off BSP’s image as a party which cares only for SC/STs,
Mayawati today said it was not against any caste or religion and
wanted to build a society based on the principles of equality.
“BSP is not against any caste or religion. It wants to remove
inequality and establish a society based on equality,” the Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister said while seeking votes for party candidates in
Uttarakhand Assembly elections.
To support her claim, Mayawati
said she has given tickets to candidates belonging to all sections of
society during the current assembly elections.
that the BSP had formed government in UP four times because of its “good
and pro-people policies”, she exuded confidence that her party will
repeat its performance once again this time.
“People would bring
BSP back to power for the fifth time in the state as it always works for
the welfare of all sections of soceity,” she claimed.
that non-BSP governments are formed with the help of rich people and so
they make policies which favour them, she described BSP as the only
party which makes policies for the welfare of all sections.
the works done by her government in Uttar Pradesh for welfare of
various sections of the society, Mayawati said her government did not
tolerate atrocities against women, SC/STs and other weaker sections and
the culprits are immediately sent behind the bars.
Uttar Pradesh’s Sarvajan living hugely improved lives in the last
five years of rule by Mayawati, a CM from the community . Hence she
remains their icon and BSP the party they identify with-because it draws
legitimacy, inspiration and ideology from Babasaheb Ambedkar.
BSP rule has made much difference even to Ambedkar villages which
were conceived in 1991 to bring their residents, particularly SC/STs,
into the mainstream . When implemented in 1995, the scheme became a
source of heartburn exposing Mayawati to the charge that she was
excessively focused on SC/STs which is not true.
Authorities insist wetland sale is ‘perfectly legal’
NOIDA: Stepping up its act following reports of alleged “irregularities
in the sale of the wetland in Dadri to a private developer”, the Uttar
Pradesh government sent a team of officials led by the inspector general
of forests, Uttar Pradesh, DC Khanduri to visit the disputed area on
Friday. This was done to “ensure the legality of the sale of land around
the Bil Akbarpur Lake in Dadri, Greater Noida, to a private developer.”
Dismissing all allegations of irregularities, the officials maintain
that the sale of approximately one lakh square metre area around the
wetland to the Ansals for developing a residential township is
VOICE OF SARVAJAN
Friday, 20 January 2012 11:58 PM
Elections are due in UP from 8th Feb.
2012. As you know the media / centre govt / election commission will
always present only incorrect negative news repeatedly about UP govt and
Mayawati to defame her.
Now in this technology world let’s
present to whole world correct and positive news about UP govt and
Mayawati which may assist BSP to win more seats.
As a part of your responsibility,
please try to do two below things by spending about 10min daily from
today till the elections are over.
1) Open various news items about Mayawati & BSP from Google news search and put your comparative positive comment on the news.
2) Vote to Mayawati in various news papers online survey.
If you notice now days there are many
people writing comments on news articles, which mean many people read
these news and they do write comments as well. So let’s have comments
from our side as well.
If all well wisher of BSP writes
their positive comparative comments, then it will surely put real storey
about UP and Mayawati to the world.
Please send this email to maximum people without losing any time as 6th Feb. 2012 is very near.
Few comparative points about BSP govt;
1) UP is now one of the fast
developing states in all aspects like education / infrastructure / water
/ roads etc. Congress could not do this in last 40 years of their rule.
BJP demolished Babari. SP promoted goondaraj.
2) Controlled crime and created safe environment.
3) Created various new districts which helped developing the local area.
4) Proposed divisions of state into smaller states for better development
5) Given full respect to great national social leaders by creating their parks and institutes.
6) Sacked ministers who are indicated by Lokayukta in corruption.
7) Rejected FDI in retails to protect small shop owners.
8) Mayawati is the only CM who is going to serve full 5 years with stable govt.
are many more developments which media will never tell, so local UP
people will need to play vital role for spreading correct news.
Let’s keep our land in our hands.
randhir gill (mirzapur)
57 mins ago (02:31 PM)
Mam i am really happy because you are my state CM.I live in
mirzapur,near by allahabad.Youare such great CM.I pray only CM in my
6 hrs ago (08:48 AM)
EC is covering our statues and symbols across UP. Next time we should
make EC to do the same across India. Jai Bhim…Jai Kanshiram…Jai
Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan (Bangalore)
7 hrs ago (07:57 AM)
Ms Mayawati of BSP will win 303 seats, since BSP is a movement for social transformation and Economic Emancipation.
By Broad minded Entire Uttar Pradesh People will give her seats Three Hundred and Three!
sandeep sharma (Mohali)
18 Jan, 2012 01:47 PM
better than Mulayam.Done development in Noida,Lko.
18 Jan, 2012 07:59 AM
is the only strong Sarvajan leader to protect minorities against the caste
/ feudal system in UP.She has learned her lessons and shall give
17 Jan, 2012 04:04 PM
15 Jan, 2012 06:25 PM
am 100% with u that u have done enough for SC, OBC and all other castes
that everyone in India should be proud to have your statue in every
state of India.
I honestly salute you and want to meet you once personally in my life.
May God give u long life and after you will be remembered as GOD itself.
14 Jan, 2012 02:54 PM
ITS FOURTH SHE HAS COMPLETED. AGAIN THIS TIME SHE COULD TAKE OATH FOR
CM POST INDEPENDENTLY LIKE 2007. COZ TODAY NO FACE IS TRUSTABLE IN UP,
THAT’S WHY PUBLIC HAD NO FEEL & HESITATION TO BRING HER AGAIN.
Nitesh Thakur (Delhi)
12 Jan, 2012 02:27 PM
neeraj upadhyay (noida)
12 Jan, 2012 02:18 PM
Haathi mere sathi..
12 Jan, 2012 11:05 AM
I wish you come to power again.
UP chief minister Mayawati, accused the Centre
of focusing on NRHM bunglings on assembly polls eve with a
“malicious” design. At a rally in Roorkee on Monday, she said:
“The Congress-headed UPA is misusing the CBI in the name of the NRHM scam
probe. The raids just before the assembly elections are politically motivated
to malign my image and take mileage in the polls.”
Uttar Pradesh Election 2012: Fourth phase nomination begins . . .
Uttar Pradesh Election 2012: Fourth phase nomination
begins . . .
Lucknow: The filing of
nominations for the fourth phase of assembly elections 2012 in Uttar Pradesh
began on Wednesday.
The fourth phase, which would cover 56 of the state’s 403 assembly
constituencies, spread across Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Unnao,
Prataprarh, Kannauj, Banda, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur districts, would determine
the fate of 32 sitting legislators, three ministers and a dozen former
More than 1.72 crore voters are expected to cast their votes at 18,209 polling
booths at 12,821 polling stations where 19,029 electronic voting machines would
be used Feb 19.
Several important leaders of different political parties are expected to file
The fate of Louis Khurshid, wife of union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, would
also be determined during this phase in Farrukhabad.
Among the Uttar Pradesh ministers in the fray are Nakul Dubey (urban
development) and Anbul Manan (science and technology).
The authentic Gandhites (not those whose names have a Gandhi suffix)
would not have expected their progeny to resort to bare faced efforts to
protect the corrupt and perpetuate a naked ‘dynastic rule’ intent on power in
Delhi; usurping the powers from the office of the PM and exercising those
powers without any checks and balances to evade accountability for major policy
failures. This reduced Singh to a lame duck PM; unable to act against the
corrupt or errant top politicians once Sonia and her family had effectively
usurped the PM Office’s powers to act claiming that dealing with errant Congressmen
whether ministers or others fell within the purview of the party (Congress)
President. PM Singh mourned over this and his inability to act gave vague
explanations merely to stay in office and accumulating all the negative
points for ‘weak’ and, ‘indecisive’ leadership in preparation for his departure
from the political scene once the Sonia call comes. How effectively could Singh
perform his PM role in these conditions being an unelected holding the PM
office? He thus is carrying the blame for Delhi’s failures on behalf the
UPA2/Congress allowing the Sonia leadership to keep their record unblemished
though exercising part of the PM’s powers and hence could afford to ‘stay aloof
from grassroots’ (Mark Tully).
Sonia inducted Priyanka Vadra
into the UP election campaign ignoring Priyanka’s conspicuous absence (‘stayed
aloof from grassroots’ – Mark Tully) from Rae Bareli since 2009 expecting the
apathetic Rae Bareli/UP voter to forget fast the background for her absence
from Rae Bareli. The Sonia family avoided embarrassment over the speed
with which Vadra, Priyanka’s husband amassed wealth to become a billionaire
(net worth $2.1 billion) after his marriage to Priyanka. Vadra who originally
owned Artex a small company exporting artificial jewellery is now involved in
numerous business ventures including Unitec that is in the centre of the
high profile 2g spectrum scam. (Is this the Sonia family’s connection to
the 2g affair?). NDTV on 16 January 2012. referred to the conspicuous absence
of Priyanka from UP (After a long break , Congress chief Sonia
Gandhi ‘s daughter Priyanka Vadra was back in Amethi on Monday to supplement
brother Rahul’s efforts in mobilizing votes for the Congress ahead of elections
in politically crucial UP..” This is dynastic succession in action.
To throw in Priyanka an
absentee Congress politicians to be in the vanguard of the campaign in UP
highlights Rahul’s inability to make an impact in UP electorally and the Sonia
family’s strong belief that dynastic loyalties have ‘too much influence’
(Tully) or appeal electorally to counter any mass discontent be it mass
corruption or any other major policy failure. In fact
the UP assembly election is evolving into referendum on the Sonia UPA2/Congress
rule that carries the hallmarks of deep-set corruption, power craze,
confrontational style of politics, unfair use of state instrumentalities to
disadvantage the opposition and dissent, craving for dynastic succession and
even creating dissension amongst the top Congress leadership to kill off any
alternative PM candidate to Rahul from emerging- a classic Sonia dynastic
succession rule in action. All these issues though crucial do not surface
much in public debate thanks to a meek media and the capacity of those
campaigning for the Sonia UPA2/Congress to create enough trivial
diversionary issues to take attention away from the massive corruption
against which the Lokpal tide is creating waves in UP.
Will the Indian voters in
UP as patriotic Indians like the Biharis and TN Tamilians also vote to rid
Delhi/India of the evil corrupt cult of the UPA2/Congress?
Readers’ attention is drawn to a piece “The choice for Indians – the
phony mafia UPA2/Congress verses the historic glory of the Mahatma
Congress..’ (Groundreport 02, December 2011). This piece examines the attitude
of the UPA2/Congress in the face of a national calamity, the spreading
corruption epidemic threatening the whole of India. Morally Sonia UPA2/Congress
has forfeited all rights to claim a Gandhian lineage that demands rulers
to be pre-eminently clean, also morally the Sonia UPA2/Congress with a
stranglehold on the Mahatma Congress as an organization acts and speaks the
language of a phony not the authentic Mahatma Congress. Once voters see
through this distinction it will be doomsday for UPA2 /Congress.
The UPA2/Congress also went to
the TN and Bihar electorates carrying its massive corrupt/deals baggage
accumulated from Rajiv’s Bofors scam and grown robustly under the
UPA2/Congress rule to produce a series of scams, amongst others the 2G,
CWG and whole list of other scams that earned for it notoriety for plundering
public assets. UP voters are bound to vote with anger over the UPA2/Congress
top leadership’s attempts to camouflage such a notorious corruption record
with fads and not seriously acting to remedy its failures/misdeeds.
The TN electors acted wisely enough with the UPA2/Congress failing miserably to
cheat the TN electors. Indians, India-wide are looking up to the voters
of UP, the biggest state and politically the most powerful with
the power to alter the course of events acting as real patriots to
end this corruption menace by rejecting the UPA2/Congress in the forthcoming
UP assembly elections.
corruption/deals cult has wider ramifications. It nurtured in the UPA2/Congress
a haughty confrontational approach
to political debate especially
against those struggling against the corruption malice. An authentic Mahatma
Congress regime would scrupulously have avoided such hurtful conduct. Yet
the UPA2/Congress posters have a Mahatma in the background with Sonia in the
middle flanked by Rahul and Priyanka. This is a cynical abuse of the
Mahatma’s lineage for cheap political advantage by non- practitioners.
UPA2/Congress inaction against
the corrupt is accompanied by inaction against those who have illicit funds
stashed in banks overseas. Without the corrupt culture those funds would have
flowed in normal course to fund ‘development’ benefitting all Indians.
Rahul’s development call sounds hollow and insincere; with UPA2/Congress’
inaction. Accountability requires Sonia UPA2/Congress to publish and or take
action against those in the list holding funds overseas, but it has
scrupulously avoided taking any such action and the reasons that its
official spokesmen trot out sound totally incredible. Only Lokpal
extending the scope of its campaign to cover these illicit funds issue would be
the answer. When massive amounts in overseas banks, the where withal for
‘development’ are locked up and away? it is cynical that Rahul vociferously
claims that only the Sonia UPA2/Congress agenda unlike that of the opposition
is serious about ‘development’. How much more dubious could the UPA2/Congress
‘development’ promise be? Development is a must to alleviate the grinding
poverty of majority of Indian especially those in UP. Analysts point to
the inaction and the stilled silence of Sonia UPA2/Congress on these issues as anti-development’;
acts to protect the corrupt.
The corruption culture that
began with Bofors.
The confrontational politics of
the UPA2/Congress is also destructive to its coalition partners. It drove its
coalition ally the DMK (not much more corrupt than the Congress) into exile by
poaching on DMK’s regional vote winning base. In DMK’s case the South Block
used Delhi’s inaction to demonstrate DMK’s incapacity to serve as champions of
Tamils in Eelam or elsewhere. The astute Mamata Banerjee sensed from DMK’s
experience, the risks inherent in partnering the Congress early enough that she
pre-empted any UPA2/Congress move to usurp her party’s regional base to
advantage the Congress. This is a warning to all parties seeking ties with
the UPA2/Congress anywhere in India or UP.
On the misuse of state
instrumentalities by Sonia/Narayanan junta; CBI was used domestically against
the opposition where necessary domestically.http://in.news.yahoo.com/sex-lies-videotape-hit-bjp-050931328.html
Sex, lies and videotape hit BJP
By Amulya Ganguli
Karnataka was supposed to be a stepping stone for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s successful political foray in the south. But it is turning out to be a millstone around the party’s neck.
The scandal involving three Karnataka ministers,
two of whom were caught allegedly watching a pornographic clip on a
mobile, is the latest to hit the party. This is not the first time that
party members in the state have shown a keen interest in subjects
outside politics. M.P. Renukacharya’s name featured in a sex scandal
before he became a minister and another minister, H. Halappa, had to quit when he faced rape charges.
It is not easy to decide which of
the two acts of misdemeanour - seeing sexually explicit videos inside
the state legislature or defrauding the exchequer - is more condemnable.
But BJP members have been found crossing the line in both cases.
While B.S. Yeddyurappa
had to be dragged kicking and screaming from the chief minister’s chair
following allegations of corruption against him, three ministers - K.
Subramanya Naidu, Janardhana Reddy and Krishnaiah Setty - had to resign
earlier because of the charges of venality against them. And this in a
state where the moral police associated with the party has been
criticising women for going to bars and threatening couples on
In fact, one of the ministers who
was caught watching the blue film had linked rape to the ‘provocative’
dresses worn by women. In addition to their voyeurism, the ministers
were also economical with the truth when they claimed they were only
educating themselves about life in the decadent West.
Although the three have resigned,
the BJP’s former chief minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, has come to
their defence by saying they were only watching a film and not ‘doing
it’. Considering that Parrikar’s name was on the list of the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a possible successor to Rajnath Singh as the
BJP president (the RSS finally chose Nitin Gadkari), the paterfamilias
of the Sangh parivar will not be amused.
It may not be out of context to
note at this point that Sanjay Joshi, an RSS apparatchik whose
re-induction into the BJP has angered Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi so much that he has virtually opted out of the party’s election
campaign, had spent a longish period in the wilderness because of a
video clip showing him in what is known as a ‘compromising position’.
The latest revelations will be
especially damaging to the BJP not only because it will puncture,
perhaps permanently, its sanctimonious air but also because it will
expose the fact that virtually all of its politics is based on false
pretences. For instance, the movement for ‘liberating’ Ramjanmabhoomi by
destroying Babri masjid and building the Ram temple was not so much an
expression of deep religious sentiments as a cynical ploy to whip up
anti-Muslim feelings to serve its political purpose.
As much was clear when the party
had no hesitation in putting the temple agenda, along with the scrapping
of Article 370 and introduction of the uniform civil code, in cold
storage to woo secular parties to form a government at the centre.
However, the pseudo-religious affectation still made the BJP insist that
it was ‘a party with a difference’, which meant differentiating itself
from the ‘corrupt’ Congress.
But, even on this count, the BJP’s
pretences have been wearing thin. Strangely, it is Karnataka that has
rocked it the most in this respect because of the antics of Yeddyurappa
and the infamous Bellary brothers. It is not impossible that as a
latecomer in the quest for power - Yeddyurappa became chief minister a
decade after the BJP’s rise to power at the centre - the party members
in the state were in a hurry to make up for lost time.
However, the latest scandal also
shows that the party has acquired dubious elements as it expanded rather
too rapidly because of its ascent to power. The mental level of the new
entrants can also be gauged from the BJP’s preoccupation with
Muslim-baiting as is evident from the Karnataka education minister’s
comment that those who do not respect the Bhagvad Gita should leave the
Another aspect of the Karnataka
scene is that the mismatch between the saffron camp’s intrinsic
medievalism and the state’s modernism because of its position as India’s
Silicon Valley has had two contrasting effects.
One is the spawning of
Taliban-type outfits like the Sri Ram Sene which target women in pubs,
and the other is the expression of rustic pubescent wonderment at the
scenes of rave parties in the West being made available on a cellphone
Even before the latest incident,
the BJP shied away from calling its chief ministers to its anti-sleaze
campaigns against the Congress only to keep Yeddyurappa out. Now, it
will find it even more difficult to climb the moral high ground and
claim to be a votary of Hindutva or ‘cultural nationalism’.
(11.02.2012 - Amulya Ganguli is a political analyst. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)