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Lucknow : 21 January 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati has expressed profound grief over the death of Mr. Brijendra, a senior I.A.S. officer of 1971 batch. He passed away at the Apollo Hospital in Delhi today after prolonged illness. At present he was posted as the Chairman of Administrative Tribunal and Vigilance Commission. The Chief Minister has conveyed deep sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family members of the deceased
Outsourcing by government and semi-government bodies to have provision of reservation
Lucknow : January18, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati has said that the State Cabinet while approving the New Economic Policy at its meeting held on 24th December, 2007 had taken a decision that Public-Private partnership would be an important component of this Economic Policy. She said that a decision was also taken that in the schemes, projects or industries of the private sector, being run with the partnership of State Government in any area, the partnership of State Government will be a minimum of 11 per cent and a maximum of 49 per cent. This partnership would ensure the best possible utilisation and maximum benefit in the interest of ‘Sarva Samaj’ in sectors where a large capital investment has already been made. Addressing the media representatives at her official residence 5, Kalidas Marg here today, Km. Mayawati said that with the efforts of Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar provision for reservation was made in view of removing the social and economic disparities, so that socially backward and downtrodden could equally participate in the development activities. She said that, so far in the dis-investment or privatisation done by all the Governments or the participation sought by them from the private sector, there was no provision of reservation. As a result, the scope of reservation in government jobs is narrowing and representation of poor and downtrodden is decreasing. Thus, the shape of development is not all inclusive. Consequently, social inequality is increasing The Chief Minister said that she had also taken a historic decision that in Uttar Pradesh, in the industries and enterprises developed with the partnership of private sector, on the basis of public private partnership, in these the provision of reservation would continue on the pattern of reservation in government jobs. This arrangement has been made for the first time in Uttar Pradesh only and this would yield positive and far reaching results. She informed that there were many areas in which many concessions were being provided by the Government. This sector is huge with no provision of reservation. For this, the State Cabinet at its meeting on 10th August, 2007 had decided that where the government would provide special concessions to the private sector, voluntary provision of reservation would be made. Km. Mayawati said that her Government has made the provision of voluntary reservation to the tune of 10 per cent for the schedule caste, 10 per cent for other backward classes and backward religious minority class and 10 per cent for the poors of the upper caste in the Private Sector, so that all sections of the Sarva Samaj get included in the economic mainstream. She said that an important decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the State Cabinet held yesterday. It has been decided that now onwards, in the outsourcing in Government departments and semi-government bodies like corporations and councils provision of reservation would be enforced similar to government jobs. This provision has been made for the first time. This decision has been taken so that the important provision of reservation is not adversely effected with the expansion of economic activities and all sections get an opportunity to join the mainstream of development.
W.I.L.D. Woman to Watch: Mayawati Kumari
I am always interested in learning about how other female lawyers have used their law degrees or legal education outside of litigation since litigation is basically all I know. Politicians often have a legal background. This Reuters article features someone to watch: Mayawati Kumari, the leader of India’s low-caste Bahujan Samaj party in Uttar Pradesh state. Mayawati is the first Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e.The Great Prabuddha Bharath woman to become the Chief Minister of any of India’s states.
She studied law at the University of Delhi. I’m sure that her law degree prepared her for many things in life, but administering to a group of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e.The Great Prabuddha Bharath numbering 170 million people is not something anyone can truly be prepared for through classroom education. No matter how law schools teach the laws and legal theories on equality, discrimination, justice, and the rights of the poor, one can’t really “learn” how to identify with the poor. Either you do or you don’t, in my opinion. Clearly, she knows how to give voice to these people although she is not ‘poor’ by any means now.
The Deafening Silence of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath in Punjab
January 23, 2008 — readerswords
One of the striking aspects of Punjab politics is the near absence of caste
as a major factor during elections. It is not that the factor is wholly absent, but in contrast to even its neighboring states like Haryana and Rajasthan, it is much less in evidence, to say nothing about states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra or Tamil Nadu, where caste is most visibly present, politically and otherwise.
It would seem that this apparent non- chalance about caste in the state is because of the influence of a ‘casteless’ Sikh religion. Sikhism was certainly a most strident attack on casteism in the medieval period. The Guru Granth Sahib, for example, contains the writings by many saints including Guru Ravidas, a chamar. Guru Nanak also initiated the practice of langar- collective feasts where people from various dined together and thus helped blunt caste antagonism.
The last guru, Gobind Singh initiated baptism and gave the new adherents the common suffix of Singh/ Kaur, further dealing a blow to identification by caste name. Guru Nanak, like most Sufi/ Bhakti saints, makes no reference to the Gita, that many consider upholds the caste system. So different is the treatment of caste from mainstream Hinduism that Dr. BR Ambedkar seriously contemplated conversion to Sikhism much before he decided in favour of Buddhism. It is not certain why he changed his decision, but one of the conjectures is that the (upper caste) Sikh theologians were appalled at the thought of millions of converted Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath Sikhs taking over their religious institutions and thus changing the power equations.
Like any other conjecture, this may or may not be true. But the main idea certainly deserves a discussion. After Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s consolidation of the twelve warring misls in early 19th century, it is a fact that the jats more or less controlled both the political and in the last half century also the religious institutions (via the SGPC).
But the roots of the caste consolidation within Sikhism go further back- to the time of the gurus. This needs to be understood well so that one does not make the same mistake as three Sikh organisations recently did, when they termed the vision of the Sikh gurus as the creation of a casteless society:
Three organizations also want to make use services the sants and dera heads to ensure assimilation of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath in rural areas in the mainstream. At many places, Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath are denied entry into gurdwaras and also denied access to Guru Granth Sahib for religious ceremonies, including marriage and antim ardas. This problem has been creating rift among rural Sikh masses and need to be stopped as the Sikh Gurus were for a caste less and classless society. (news report
) (Link via Surinder S. Jodhka’s article in Seminar January 2008
: Of Babas and Deras)
The claim of Sikhism as a ‘caste less’ religion needs to be critically examined. Historian JS Grewal has pointed out, for example, that “Guru Nanak does not conceive of equality in social and economic terms.” (quoted in Scheduled Castes in the Sikh Community by Harish K. Puri). Guru Nanak’s rejection of caste was in this mainly in religious terms.
The Sikh gurus’ attack on caste ism, though admirable by medieval standards, did not go far enough, and was a far cry from modern sensitivities towards caste.
For example, till the SGPC was formed, the Sikh religious institutions were by and large controlled by the Khatri castes (the mahants). Much before that, the Sikh gurus, including Nanak had ensured that the guru- ship remained within the hands of the Khatris. No doubt it was a great achievement for the first four gurus to pass on the gaddi outside their family- something that is difficult to even conceive today with politicians and film actors passing on the baton to the next generation within their family. The trend changed significantly after the fifth guru who switched to the practice of retaining the guru- ship within the family.
However, even the first four gurus including the greatest of them all- Nanak, ensured that the guru ship remained within their own caste. All marriages in the guru families were within the Khatri sub- castes. A major, if not the determining aspect of the caste system- endogamy, therefore was retained in Sikh practice.
Even contemporary Sikhs have not taken any major reforms for eliminating the caste system. There have been probably more marriages between Hindus and Sikhs within the same caste than within Sikhs across the castes- this is likely to be true about the Khatris and the Dalit Sikhs/ Hindus, two castes that overlap between the two major religious communities in the state.
Caste distinctions are relatively stronger in rural Punjab. With the economic rise of some sections of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath, there has been a spate of separate Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath gurudwaras in the state. In urban areas probably the distinction is less antagonistic, though not absent. In some places like Jalandhar, for example, the leather trade and production of leather related sports goods for a long time ensured that it was possible for at least some sections of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath to wade themselves out of extreme poverty and concentrate on economic development.
However, it is a different story in the rural areas where majority of the landless and agricultural workers are Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath . The only Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath leader in the state Communist Party of India in the past many decades was the one heading the agricultural workers front. Indeed, most Communist leaders in the state have and continue to come from among the Jats and Khatris with perhaps the sole exception of Mangat Ram Pasla who was shunted out of the CPI(M) few years ago (he is not a Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath , but a nai, a backward caste). Most of the key Akalis are Jat Sikhs. Relatively the Congress party has offerred slightly more space to backward caste and dalit Sikhs- like Giani Zail Singh (a tarkhan, a relatively backward caste) and Buta Singh, a Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath Sikh. A majority of the SGPC members are Jats.
Given the continuing presence of caste antagonism, it is indeed quite spectacular that caste remains not only relatively subdued during election time, but is also not very powerfully expressed in other areas. For example, though there was a strong literary movement in Punjabi between the 1950s- 70s, there has been an absence of an identifiable Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath literary stream in Punjabi. There have been, indeed, poets from a Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath background- Lal Singh Dil and Sant Ram Udasi come immediately to mind, but both identified themselves with the jujharu or the naxalite influenced movement rather than as Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath (though they are contemporary with the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath Panthers movement in Marathi literature.)
The Bahujan Samaj Party, whose founder Kanshi Ram, incidentally was a Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath Sikh, has made little headway in the state. One tactical mistake that the BSP made was to ally with the Jat dominated Akali party, the party of their immediate oppressor, during the late 1990s. Its electoral debacle and the subsequent disillusionment among its cadres has ensured that it remains a marginal political force in the state, though of late it has gained ground in terms of percentage of votes polled.
Many Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath from various parties including the communist and the Congress parties who joined the BSP have returned to their original ones or have at least left the BSP- disillusioned with its culture and factionalism though, happily, some have come back with renewed assertion as Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath .
The Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath question has recently come into limelight in context of the controversy around the burgeoning deras and baba cults in the state. As Surinder Jodhka cautions in the article quoted above, though these deras are certainly manifestation of a pluralistic culture in the state and attract many Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath , it is too optimistic to see them as places of dalit assertion. One of the footnotes in his article highlighting the contradiction between the interest of the deras and the dalits is quite illuminating:
The following statement of my taxi driver who took me to visit some deras in the Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts of Punjab is instructive. ‘I am a Scheduled Caste fellow. I do not own any land. Most of our people own no land. Everyone should have some land. If not more, at least two acres for each family. It would give people a sense of security and dignity. Look at these deras. They own so much land; some even more than a thousand acres. There should be some law to limit the amount of land that a baba keeps and the rest should be distributed among people like us.’
My driver Buta Singh did not mean any disrespect to the babas. He not only paid obeisance to all the deras we visited, but was upset that I did not show sufficient reverence for the babas we visited. He firmly believed in their supernatural powers and ability to do good.
Whether because of super natural reasons or otherwise, there is certainly no identifiable dalit assertion in the state, politically or otherwise. Most of the attention to their identity has been highlighted by academicians and journalists. There seems to be neither a political, literary or any other manifestation of their assertion in the state despite having the highest proportion of scheduled castes in the country (almost 30% of the state’s total population.)
There is a deafening silence on part of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath in Punjab. One wonders why, and for how long.
(1) It needs to be remembered that Brahmins in the state are not the dominant caste, a role usurped by the jats in rural areas and the khatris in urban areas. In this, the state does not adhere to the pattern in many other regions in the country.
(2) Sikhs in Punjab constitute aout 63% of the population. About 30% of the population is classified as Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath (mainly scheduled castes, there are no scheduled tribes in Punjab.) About 80% of the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath live in rural areas. The share of Sikhs in rural areas is 73%, implying that Punjab villages are predominantly Sikh and Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath . (All statistics from Harish Puri’s article linked in “Related Articles”.) The Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath also have one of the lowest percentage of land holdings,a measly 2.34% (Quoted in Ronki Ram, article linked in “Related Articles”.)
Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath and the Left: A Troubled Relationship
Wadali Brothers: Sufism and Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath Emancipation
Imagining Punjab in the Age of Globalization
Dr. Ambedkar and Sikhism
Significance of being Kanshi Ram: An Obituary
Related articles (.pdf files):
Scheduled Castes in Sikh Community by Harish K Puri
Punjab Census- Scheduled Caste Data by Surinder S. Jodhka
Of Deras and Babas by Surinder S. Jodhka (available online after 1st Feb 08)
Myth of Casteless Sikh Society by Ronki Ram
Caste and Religion in Punjab by Meeta and Rajiv Lochan
Dera Sacha Sauda by Lionel Baxas
Split Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The great Prabuddha Bharath Votes- Punjab Elections 2004 by (unsigned in EPW)
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INDIA: Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e.The Great Prrabuddha Bharath minister reveals PM dream - 22/01/2008
In India, the first member of a Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e.The Great Prrabuddha Bharath minister group to win office as a chief minister says she hopes one day to take office as Prime Minister. During lavish birthday celebrations Mayawati Kumari revealed she’d be moving to New Delhi, to transform the Bahujan Samaj party of India’s Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e.The Great Prrabuddha Bharath minister into a national force.
Presenter - Girish Sawlani Speaker - Chandrabhan Prasad, columnist, The Pioneer newspaper; Professor Kamal Chenoy, professor of comparative and Indian politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ashraf Engineer, assistant editor, Hindustan Times.
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INDIA: Army chief hints at conscription - 23/01/2008
India’s military, the fourth largest force in the world, is facing a shortage of officers in the wake of India’s booming private sector which is competing for the nation’s best talent. Military analysts fear that the problem could seriously degrade the armed forces’ effectiveness in the event of armed conflicts. And to address the shortage crisis, India’s Army Chief, General Deepak Kapoor, has hinted at possible conscription.
Presenter - Girish Sawlani. Speaker - Dr. Ajai Sahni, executive director, Institute for Conflict Management; Lt. General (ret’d) Satish Nambiar, director, United Service Institution of India
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SAWLANI: Of the thousands of Indian stduents who graduate from high school and university, fewer are choosing the long hard road of the military. In the wake of attractive salaries offered by an ever increasing number of vocal and multi-national corporations. The number of cadets entering the various military academies are decreasing sharply.
Last year, only 190 students signed up with the prestigious National Defence Academy, which allocated a total of 300 places. Moreover, official figures state the army is facing a shortage of more than 11,000 officers, a shortfall of about 25 per cent.
But what are the consequences for one of the world’s largest military forces. Dr Ajai Sahni is the executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management.
SAHNI: It is a very severe crisis. It impacts directly on the operational capabilities of the force, because it is leadership which defines the force. You can’t just have large numbers of troops without a well trained, well qualified leadership. It is at the leadership levels that there is both on the one hand an absolute shortage of officers and also a consistent decline in the quality of available officers.
SAWLANI: But not everyone agrees that the shortage of officers will affect the operational capabilities of the Indian armed forces.
Satish Nambiar, is a retired returning general from the Indian infantry and is director of the United Service Institution of India.
NAMBIAR: There is some impact in terms of the capabilities, but it is not so serious as to have an impact on the capacity of the military capability of the force, because we have a certain resilience provided by the system in terms of its capacity to absorb these shortages, because we have warrant officer levels or something called junior commissioned officers at all levels, in all battalions and regiments, who are able to carry out the functions that are required.
So in so far as the military capability is concerned, it’s not something which is worrisome at the moment.
SAWLANI: He says there are solutions to the shortage, but blames the government for refusing to take initiative.
NAMBIAR: There are any number of ways. It’s just that so far the political establishment, the people who run the country haven’t had the guts to take the decisions that are required to set this right. Because the basic problem that needs addressing is in terms of encouraging the entry of youngsters when they are just getting through university or into the armed forces into a short service commission. We can’t have an armed forces completely of regular cadres who carry till they afford to fall on their death bed or something like that. We have to have officers coming in and then leaving at a certain period of time, so that the pyramidic structure of the armed forces can be effectively maintained.
SAWLANI: While many blame the shortage of officers on lucrative employment opportunities in the private sector, Dr Ajai Sahni cites increased stress levels associated with military occupations as another factor.
SAHNI: It’s becoming more and more a stress kind of occupation. because earlier on you were looking at may be one or two significant wars in your entire career.
Now you have significant deployment of the army and internal security operations, particularly in India’s north east and in Jammu and Kashmir, which keep men and officers in situations of extreme stress and in conflict zones over extended periods of their career. That stress is also in some measure driving out and you have a full factor due to the perks available in the private sector.
SAWLANI: As a possible measure to curb the officer shortage crisis, India’s army chief General Deepak Kapoor suggested conscription. But retired Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar does not consider compulsory national service as a solution.
NAMBIAR: No, I don’t think military conscription is the answer for the problems that we face. There’s no dearth of material to join in the rank and file, so conscription has no meaning there. When you’ve got enough volunteers. In fact our problem is to be selective enough there. For every 100 vacancies, there are about 100,000 guys who come and volunteer in the rank and file, for their entry there. The problem is at officer level and then therefore you can’t have the sort of selective military corp.
SAWLANI: Dr Ajai Sahni adds the very idea of conscription will not go down well with the Indian public.
SAHNI: There will be tremendous resistance in the Indian public, because we don’t have a culture where you can force people to do anything.
Moreover, conscripted armies, unless there is a very strong tradition within the country for such armies, tend to be inferior in terms of discipline and
INDIA: Welfare scheme failing to provide jobs - 21/01/2008
In India a multi-billion-dollar welfare drive is promising 100 days of work to every rural family that signs up with the scheme. But just per cent of households who signed up are getting a jobs.
Presenter - Murali Krishnan Speaker - Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Rural Development Minister; Rajeev Baruah, head of organic farming cooperative in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
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Monday, January 21, 2008 02:16 IST
With eye on polls, Uttar Pradesh chief minister promises three acres to each farmer
BHUBANESHWAR: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, whose search for new political pastures outside her home of Uttar Pradesh took her to Himachal Pradesh in the north and Andhra Pradesh in the south in the recent past, finally landed in Orissa on Sunday.
If anyone had doubts about her agenda at her latest port of call, the UP chief minister set at rest all possible speculation when she declared, while addressing a mammoth public meeting: “I am launching the campaign (for the next Lok Sabha elections) from here today.”
“Only a few months are left for the elections and so move in that direction and work for the next polls from today,” she told her party workers. She said she expected elections to be held to the Orissa assembly (an year ahead of schedule) along with the Lok Sabha polls. The reasons for her choice of Orissa as the latest destination are not hard to guess.
Less than a month ago, her bitter foe and Samajwadi party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav addressed a huge public meeting at Puri.
“Go to the villages,” Mayawati urged her supporters, explaining that there was no way BSP could gain power at the Centre unless it accorded “equal importance” to all sections of the society.
She took some time off from her mandatory hard-sell of herself as an icon and protector of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath. “The party is never against the upper class people. It wants reservations for the poor people among the upper castes too.”
She cited the instance of Satish Chandra Mishra, an upper caste man, whom she had “promoted.”
“If the party comes to power both at the Centre as well as in Orissa, it would make provision for reservations for the upper caste poor,” she promised, adding that something needed to be urgently done to introduce reservations even in the private sector.
She said she had “never” broken a promise that she had made to people.
The crowd cheered her when she blamed the governments at the centre and the state for growing naxalite influence. “People looked to naxalites only because they had not been given land. If my party comes to power in Orissa, three acres of land will be given to farmers for farming,” she announced.
India’s “Untouchables Queen” gains power, enemies
By Alistair Scrutton
LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - For a leader dubbed the “Untouchables the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath Queen” who runs one of India’s poorest states, it was indeed a birthday bash fit for royalty.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati stood as her mostly higher-caste party aides and the state police chief each scooped up slops of her 52nd birthday cake in their hands and finger-fed their boss.
“This is her revolution,” said Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, one of her closest aides who participated in the birthday ceremony.
Since culminating an astonishing rise from “untouchable” or Scheduled caste the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath school teacher to head of India’s most populous state by winning last year’s election outright, Mayawati has stamped her presence in Uttar Pradesh with eyes on being the next prime minister.
For supporters she is reaching out nationally to millions of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath who feel left out from an economic boom, a new caste politics that will eat into the support of India’s traditional parties like the ruling Congress.
On her birthday, loyal party workers decked out Lucknow, the state capital, with hundreds of thousands of lights and donated thousands of dollars in a birthday “financial support” scheme that she said would be channeled to the poor.
Elected representatives were asked to donate about $7,500 to birthday coffers. Tax authorities made life easier for her by declaring her birthday gifts could be a tax write-off.
“My birthday is celebrated in a way that no other leader’s is. People donate money in my name,” Mayawati told India Today magazine this month. “
Musical CDs praising her blared out across the city.
“You’ll live for thousands of years and each year should have 50,000 days,” proclaimed one billboard.
Since her election win, she has inaugurated one of India’s biggest highway projects, spent millions on parks and statues celebrating her party, published a volume of her autobiography .
Some analysts believe she now has the political momentum to win enough seats in a likely 2009 general election to hold the balance of power in any hung parliament.
Mayawati already has an advantage. Uttar Pradesh, known as “UP”, provides the biggest single bloc of seats in India’s parliament. Most of India’s prime ministers have originated from the state, which has a population of about 170 million.
“If you are chief minister you must be the biggest fool on earth if you have no prime ministerial ambitions,” Singh said.
So far, graft accusations and charges she misspent millions of dollars have done little to dent her popularity in what is widely seen as one of India’s most corrupt and lawless states and where the average inhabitant earns half the national average.
She has already faced probes over her personal wealth as well as over a plan to build a shopping mall next to the Taj Mahal.
Now Mayawati is building a $100 million park in Lucknow in honor of her party’s founder Dada Saheb Manyawar Kanshi Ram Ji. Other statues of her abound.
India’s Business Standard, quoting finance ministry officials, said her income last year was around $15 million, based on paid taxes, putting her on par with top Bollywood stars.
Her political momentum contrasts with a lackluster Sonia Gandhi, whose Congress party has suffered in state elections and who has only managed to draw smallish and unenthusiastic crowds.
Mayawati’s relative youth — at 52 she is much younger than many top Indian politicians — has added to her freshness. In a sign of her influence, even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rang her up while on a trip to China to wish her happy birthday.
Her state win was the first time in nearly two decades a party has won an outright majority. That means she can stay in office for a full five-year term, giving her time and funds to propel her party onto the national stage.
One of nine children, Mayawati managed to study law and become a teacher through a government quota scheme for Scheduled castes the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath before being mentored by the BSP’s founder.
Even her critics say she is a good administrator who has appointed technocrats to powerful posts and helped reduce crime.
“To understand her you have to understand she came from absolutely nothing. She really was a nobody,” said Chandra.
Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath still face huge discrimination. Often living in shacks, many are still not allowed to collect water or pray at the same temple as other higher castes.
Mayawati won the election with an unlikely alliance of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath and the high priestly Brahmin caste. The first politician to finger-feed her on her birthday was a senior Brahmin politician — a symbol for supporters of that caste revolution.
The symbolism can have a huge impact only a few miles away, where many landless Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath live with no power or running water.
“I’m hopeful about Mayawati but let’s see,” said Mithilesh, a villager leader outside Lucknow. Villagers, who make just about $2 a day as laborers to make ends meet, stood around her.
With a population of about 170 million, Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath number about Brazil’s population and they can be a huge political force — if united.
But in Uttar Pradesh, most rulers end their rule embroiled in sleaze and scandal.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, the former chief minister who is himself now being probed for corruption.
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RomneyHuckabeeObamaClinton! Oh no, oh my! News coverage of elections become literal sports commentary: big, bold flashing graphics, easy numbers, little interpretation. Who’s ahead? What do the polls say? We want facts, not discussion. With everyone fluttering around numbers, it’s easy to get lost in the plot. But what about the electoral college system itself?
With over 2,000 political parties in the world, it’s a shame the United States champions only two of them. Travel to Germany and you’ll see five major parties listed on the ballot with more than 20 smaller ones. Travel to India and you’ll find people voting for the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Nationalist Congress, the Bharatiya Janata.
A glaring difference between how the government works in the United States in comparison to nearly all those democracies abroad is its heavy reliance on an uncomplicated two-party political system. With one side naturally pitted against another like a team sport, much of American philosophy and thought has become polarized into diametric frames of thinking as a result.
This divided system has inadvertently perpetuated a left vs. right, Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. conservative, “us vs. them” political mentality. Think about it - are you a proponent of national health care? You’re labeled a liberal, a Democrat, a blue-stater. Against abortion? You’re automatically considered a conservative, a Republican, red as a stop sign. The labels are easy, they’re quick, they’re convenient.
They’re also incorrect.
It is not human nature to think in pure terms of black and white and it’s not natural to polarize people’s belief systems in completely opposing blocs that are so large its members cannot agree on the same issue.
Without a proportional voting method, however, minority parties will never be counted as whole votes unless they win an entire constituency. The system must be reformed if we ever want a country that is more than two simple, stale and staid political parties whose standpoints often bleed into one another, and more often than not, cannot be distinguished from one another.
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that it’s much simpler to throw people into two opposing sides. It takes less thought and less brainpower. But the truth is humans are meant to think without concrete party labels obstructing their view. They shouldn’t have to deal with flashing words and absolute ideas. At least they should have more options. They cannot think, “I really don’t believe in this, but I think I’m supposed to since apparently I’m liberal/conservative/red/blue/bleeding heart.”
Indeed, most people, myself included, find themselves frequently thinking outside party lines on certain issues, stuck in the gray area between the two extremes. This is why the centrist members of a particular party can so easily gain control. Because in a form of government that is neatly divided along the middle, the moderates always win since parties’ leaders are too afraid of delving into either extreme. Yet, as a result, the raw political flame of change has blown out and the end product is compromise, concession, moderation, flip-flops, apathy and disregard.
An old senator once said, “Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts.”
I like that. And perhaps poor Dennis Kucinich does too. Read about his exclusion from the Las Vegas debates here.
Cong, NCP, BSP oppose hike in water tariff
Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Republican Party of India are against the proposal of increasing water tariff in Orange city. All these parties will come together to oppose the resolution of increasing water tariff, moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the general body meeting slated on January 22
Water Works Department (WWD) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed a substantial increase in water tariff across the board. The proposal for increasing the tariff and amendment in the modalities would be discussed in the NMC general body meeting. NMC is revising water tariff after seven years. The earlier revision had taken place in year 2000. It is mandatory for the civic body to revise the present water tariff under Central Government sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Central government has sanctioned many water supply projects under the scheme to improve supply and water quality. It has given Rs 31 crore as first installment to the civic body. However, the Centre requires that the civic body supply water on ‘No Profit- No Loss’ basis. The revision is thus necessary to fill up the huge deficit incurred in water supply. Vikas Thakre, former Mayor said that BJP has miserably failed to provide water in the city and now they were increasing the water tariff. This will be injustice to the citizens as they were not getting safe drinking water. Congress corporators will oppose any move of increasing tariff in the house, he said. Ved Prakash Arya, Party Leader of NCP, said that inspite of regularisation of illegal water connection, NMC is going to put burden on those customers, who are paying water charges honestly. Around 40 per cent water is lost due to leakages, Water Audit had exposed the WWD. Civic body is collecting only 40 per cent water bills from the water users and 60 per cent are using water illegally, he said. Instead of improving its collection efficiency, the NMC is putting additional burden on honest citizens, he claimed. Harshala Jaiswal, Corporator of BSP, said that NMC is not supplying water even for two hours regularly in North, Central and East Nagpur area and now, in the name of JNNURM, they were increasing the Water tariff. In North Nagpur, people have to agitate every time for the regular supply of water. Satish Hole, Congress Corporator, said that NMC had failed to supply safe drinking water to the citizens. The water bound diseases were increasing in the city. Maharashtra Human Right Commission (MHRC) had slammed NMC and had summoned the Municipal Commissioner to justify the inability of the civic body to provide potable water. First let them supply safe and potable drinking water to the citizens, then implement 24 X 7 scheme in the city, he opined. Nana Shamkule Chairman of Standing Committee, said that under JNNURM it is necessary to increase the water tariff to reduce the huge revenue loss. JNNURM is the brain child of Union Government, which is led by Congress and other small parties. If Congress, NCP wants to oppose the proposal, BJP is ready to pass the resolution against central government. Under new proposal, the water users will have to pay a security deposit. In a slum area, it would be Rs 150/- for semi-pucca structure and Rs 250/- for others. The deposit in areas other then slums is also proposed to be increased manifold. For the regularisation of unauthorised connection, residential users will have to pay Rs 5000/- and non-residential have to pay Rs 15,000/- per connection. NMC will not regularise the unauthorised connection of apartments and recover Rs 6000/- from them for disconnection and illegal use of water. After this resolution, if any unauthorised connection is found in any residence, apartment or commercial establishment, the civic body will levy a hefty fine on them.
BSP to go it alone in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal:Claiming that several leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress were eager to join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Minister Ranganath Mishra here Sunday asserted that his party would contest on its own all the 230 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh.
Mishra, who was here to participate in a convention of Brahmins organized by his party, told reporters: “No alliance will be forged and we will enter the fray with full confidence as has been the case with Uttar Pradesh where our social engineering concept paid dividends.”
“The lack of development in the state will also help us gain power. The people are fed up with both the Congress and the BJP,” he claimed.
Addressing the convention, BSP state president Bhujbal Singh Ahirwar said that a group of committed workers was working hard at the ground level for taking the party to power in Madhya Pradesh.
“More than 1,000 brahmins have come to the party fold during the convention. Over 60 such conventions have been held across the state in the recent past and many more would be organised in the days to come,” said BSP leader Komal Pande.
The Year That Was 2007
By Joseph Gathia
Regular readers of newspapers need no reminder that 2007 was another terrible year for the cause of religious freedom.
In 2004, Indians voted for a change in direction, and got a change in parties by bringing the Congress led UPA to power. But by the end of 2007 this changed.
Nearly three out of four Indians feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction. It’s not hard to see why: looming large are job loss for millions of people, rising prices of eatable items , more people than ever without access to health coverage, persistent threat to farmers and continued federal inaction in cases of violence against innocent minorities and privatization which threatened livelihood sources of ordinary citizens. These calamities detonated in 2007 but were years in the making.
The year was not entirely bereft of hope. The nation’s sensex continuously rose .The UPA Govt. announced special economic package for the minorities and grant in aid for low income students. Private companies made their operations more environmentally sustainable as well. Many Multi National Corporations pledged to social responsibility policy.
Yet several important policy announcements grounded to a halt in 2007, short of finding solutions that would actually benefit Indians. The push for investment in retail business collapsed amidst fear and hateful rhetoric. An overwhelmingly popular effort to enter into nuclear pact with USA failed to overcome a bitterly ideological veto. Rather than seeking a new direction on trade consistent with our new vision and the Man Mohan Singh Government yielded to the pressure of the Left.
Meanwhile, we had the first Scheduled Caste the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath, K. G. Balakrishnan, elected Chief Justice of India. Middle of January was the Ardh Kumbh; almost one million devotees washed their sins in the Sangam at Allahabad.
The beginning of the year was plagued by the Nithari case of Moninder Singh Pandher which made headlines as skeletons of girls and children whom he and his servant allegedly raped and murdered emerged from his house in Noida adjacent to the capital of India.
With nationalist parties re-asserting themselves a new phenomenon emerged. Shiv Sena with Bal Thackeray’s son Udhav, instead of the recalcitrant nephew Raj, won the Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections. More significant was the Akali-BJP alliance defeating the Congress-led government by Captain Amarinder Singh and forming government in Punjab under Prakash Singh Badal. In Uttranchal the BJP-led by General Khanduri ousted the Congress from power. Of the three states that went to the polls only Mizoram stayed with the Congress.
March saw resurgence of Naxalite and Maoist in Central India. Violence also erupted in Nandigram (West Bengal) 11 farmers protesting against acquisition of their lands were shot by the police.
On April 1, Laurie Baker (90) who designed homes for the poor and had made India his home died at Thiruvananthapuram. Three days later Jagjit Singh Chauhan (80) founder of the Khalistan Movement died in his village Tanda. Anyone who thought BJP was a spent force was proved wrong; it swept the Delhi Municipal polls.
May was eventful. India’s biggest state was won by Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party ousting Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi, with BJP in the third position and Congress in the last. Scheduled Caste the Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati forged a rainbow electoral coalition that embraced upper and Scheduled Caste the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e. The Great Prabuddha Bharath and Muslims in one magic formula that brought her to power in India’s most populous state.
In Punjab, Sikhs were up in arms against the head of Dera Sacha Sauda for having imitated Guru Gobind Singh in dress and ritual. More sinister was an explosion in Hyderabad Makka Masjid, killing 12 worshippers. Police remained clueless about the culprits.
Large-scale protests by the Gujjars of Rajasthan demanding scheduled tribe status privileges as granted to Meenas and Jats. They started their agitation at the end of May in Rajasthan when six people lost their lives, and spread to Haryana ending in Delhi bandh.
In all those turmoil environment India got first woman President Pratibha Patil.
In July, the monsoons flood revealed chinks in the armour. The financial capital Mumbai was water logged.
August started with cheerful news for Congress party. Renowned scholar Dr. Hamid Ansari of the Congress defeated Najma Heptullah of the BJP to become Vice President of India.
In September the country witnessed two bombing episodes: one in the Chisti dargah in Ajmer and the other in a Ludhiana cinema. The biggest sensation of October was a sting operation carried out by Tehelka on perpetrators of atrocities on Muslims in Gujarat following the arson in Sabarmati Express at Godhra. Chief Minister Narendra Modi, was explicitly named as giving them permission to do what they liked.
Mumbai Christians got some good news in Oct 2007. The Archbishop of Mumbai Oswald Gracias, head of the almost 600,000-strong Catholic community in the city -became a cardinal , the only Asian in the latest list announced in Rome.
In November significant development was the erosion of power and integrity of the CPI (M) government in West Bengal. It started in Nandigram, predominantly a Muslim area. They resisted taking over their farmlands for industrialization. It led to clashes between the police and peasants in which some lives were lost. The CM apologized for the excesses by his police.
On 21 November, 2007, a political pressure group, dominated by religious Muslims, demonstrated against Ms Nasreen’s books in Kolkata (where she had been based for some months) and the protest turned violent. Soon afterwards, Ms Nasreen left Kolkata (Calcutta), the capital of the left-run state, Bengal, for Rajasthan, a northern state near Delhi, dominated by the rightist-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
December was marked by electoral battles in Himachal and Gujarat, Congress versus the BJP. The Bharatiya Janata Party registered spectacular victory in both the states.
The Gujarat election results have sent tremors across the political spectrum, thrilling the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and unnerving its opponents. Modi’s success showed, his developmental efforts, which made Gujarat attain a 10.6 percent growth in the Tenth Plan period, played a considerable part in boosting his prospects along with the combative pro-Hindu subtext of his campaign. Whether one likes it or not the Modi brand of middle class Hindu youth power is like to stay. During the Gujarat election several analysts made mountain out of mole by stating that the BJP suddenly brought Shri L.K. Advani fearing that Modi’s stature was growing. This was no where near to the truth. Those of us who were in Gujarat hearing the echoes with out ears to the ground could feel that the masses to know who the strong man at the center leadership level is ?
The year 2007 threw two possibilities before India: one, which of Sushri Bahan Mayawati who is defining aspects of affirmative actions in deeply caste divided Indian society and second Shri Narendra bhai Modi. Whatever the critics say, it’s likely that this is not the last time that the BJP will attempt to mix politics and the past.
The third alternative of Congress - Rahul baba - would have to await the results of ten assembly elections scheduled in 2008. But Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are crucial for the congress. The signs of the Congress’s weakening hold on the ruling coalition at the centre can already be seen in the meeting which took place between two erstwhile inveterate adversaries in Maharashtra - the Shiv Sena’s Bal Thackeray and union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
If the Congress has hit a low patch in its fortunes, the Left remains embroiled in its own troubles. There has been a rupture in the Left unity in its stronghold of West Bengal following political and administrative miscalculations during Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee’s industrialisation drive.
The Christmas was overshadowed by the violence against Christians in Orissa.
After every instance of turmoil and trauma, “dialogue” offers itself up as a panacea. The word is everywhere, especially now. The desire to transcend differences through discussion and peaceful communication is a powerful one, but by itself, dialogue means nothing. The tenor of the conversation—its richness, its nuance, its integration of the personal and the factual—is as important as the effort toward dialogue itself; perhaps more important. Though this review is not a direct response to events in Orissa and Gujarat, it is an attempt to take ourselves—and our thoughts—seriously. I hope that you’ll agree that our leaders need to enter into dialogue, and that they pay attention to what they say and how they say it. But whether you agree or not, I urge you to start dialogue with the people of other faiths.
With that, dear reader, I must leave you, so that 2008 can take its course. Happy New Year to you all. Who among us can predict the future? (END)
Joseph Gathia is senior media and human rights analyst and can be reached via e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile 09810270489
BSP to go it alone in Madhya Pradesh
From correspondents in Madhya Pradesh, India, 10:00 PM IST
Claiming that several leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress were eager to join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Minister Ranganath Mishra here Sunday asserted that his party would contest on its own all the 230 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh.
Mishra, who was here to participate in a convention of Brahmins organized by his party, told reporters: ‘No alliance will be forged and we will enter the fray with full confidence as has been the case with Uttar Pradesh where our social engineering concept paid dividends.’
‘The lack of development in the state will also help us gain power. The people are fed up with both the Congress and the BJP,’ he claimed.
Addressing the convention, BSP state president Bhujbal Singh Ahirwar said that a group of committed workers was working hard at the ground level for taking the party to power in Madhya Pradesh.
‘More than 1,000 brahmins have come to the party fold during the convention. Over 60 such conventions have been held across the state in the recent past and many more would be organised in the days to come,’ said BSP leader Komal Pande.
Mayawati offers three-acre plots to poor in Chhattisgarh
From correspondents in Chhattisgarh, India, 09:31 PM IST
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Saturday said her party would allot three-acre plots to every poor person if voted to power in Chhattisgarh which goes to the polls later this year.
Addressing a public meeting at the Science College ground here, Mayawati said: ‘Congress and the BJP have ruled the country since the independence but conditions of the scheduled caste (SC) and the scheduled tribe (ST) people has hardly improved.’
‘A large number of SC and ST community people are living in extreme poverty, the BSP will arrange jobs and allot three-acre government plots to each of them for their all round development,’ the BSP chief said amid cheering from nearly 20,000 people present.
With the Saturday’s rally, Mayawati formally launched her party’s election campaign for the assembly elections scheduled in November this year.
The BSP has just one seat in the 90-member state assembly.
Mayawati held the Congress-led central government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government responsible for the rise in the Maoist violence in the state. She said the both the government follow anti-development policies, which are pushing the youth to join the rebels.
Mayawati returned to Lucknow by a special plane late Saturday evening but her two-day visit has charged up the political atmosphere in the state.
Delhi on high alert ahead of Republic Day
On high alert ahead of Republic Day, Delhi Police have asked all citizens including shopkeepers, security guards, auto rickshaw drivers, bus drivers/conductors and parking lot attendants to keep a strict vigil on suspicious people and objects.
“We have requested members of residential welfare associations, second-hand car dealers, shopkeepers, street vendors, property agents, guesthouse owners and other alert citizens to become the eyes and ears of police,” said Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.
“We have requested them to be alert as they are present everywhere in the city and come across scores of people everyday. Every citizen is a useful source of information to police and can help by dialling 1090 about any suspicious persons or activities particularly unidentified objects, individuals leaving behind bags/luggage or any unattended articles,” Bhagat told IANS.
Delhi Police are also keeping a close watch on small hotels in the city, seeking details of tenants from landlords and of Internet users from cyber café owners - especially in the wake of terror blasts in three Uttar Pradesh courts that claimed at least 13 lives in November.
The terrorists had used an east Delhi cyber café to send out a threat email minutes before carrying out the Uttar Pradesh blasts.
Police have sounded a high alert in all 10 districts of the city and held many people in the past few days, mainly cyber café owners and house owners who have not furnished details of the Internet users and their tenants.
The Delhi Police Special Cell, a wing dedicated to combat terrorism, has made elaborate arrangements and deployed personnel in all major areas.
“We have deployed special commandos, both in uniform and in mufti, at all major places. Special checks are also on at all roads,” said Alok Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (Special Cell).
Several roads in and around India Gate, which the Republic Day parade will pass Jan 26, have been blocked for security reasons.
“We are carrying out regular checks of passing vehicles and have installed special closed-circuit TV cameras on certain roads, buildings, busy market places, interstate bus terminals, railway stations and some colonies,” a senior police official said.
“Nearly as many anti-aircraft guns, installed at undisclosed locations, would scan the horizon around India Gate and Rajpath to engage any airborne target. Other hi-tech security measures are also in place,” the official said.
Deployment of paramilitary forces at the airport and Delhi Metro stations has been beefed up.
“We have increased the number of personnel both at Delhi Metro and the Indira Gandhi International Airport. As the airport is an important transit point, we are checking every person at the airport and have instructed airlines not to allow liquid material on board,” said Vertul Singh, spokesman of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that is responsible for securing the airport and the metro system.
“The airport is being monitored and suspects are being questioned by our personnel. The aim is not to create inconvenience but to be alert and safe,” he said.
Rajiv Saxena, spokesman of the northern railways, said: “We have deployed more troopers of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) at all railway stations in the city. Additional dog squads and CCTV cameras are keeping a close watch.”
Uttar Pradesh grabs first place
Chandigarh, January 21 The UT Taekwondo Association Chandigarh organised the 3rd inter state Taekwondo championship on January 19 and January 20 at the Martial Arts Hall Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh.
As many as 200 sub junior/junior/senior colour belt Taekwondo players of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarpardesh, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh and Gujarat states took part in the event.
President UT Taekwondo Association Chandigarh S. Gurinder Singh Bhandari Deputy Advocate General Panjab and Haryana High Court Chandigarh was chief guest of opening ceremony.
Sandeep Kurya, President Indian Taekwondo Board, distributed prizes. Uttar Pardesh team bagged the first place, Punjab team got second and Haryana finished at the third spot.
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