with love to indore

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A civil war in Bastar

AFTER HIS DETAILED seven-part interview with Daily Chhattisgarh, I was glad to see Chhattisgarh DGP, Vishwaranjan’s article that appeared in this newspaper on September 15. I am highly impressed by his deep knowledge of naxalism, police and the history of this country in general as is evident from that interview. Although I don’t agree with him on most of the points of the article “ardh satya, tadarth chintan and rumaniyat se pare naxalwaad ka satya”, it is rare in this country that one sees a top ranking government official responding to public questions and criticisms. I have heard from a lot of people that Vishwaranjan is one of the most brilliant police officers in the country and the fact that the DGP took time to present his views publicly, proves that assertion once again. A person is judged by not what he/she believes in, but how he/she reacts to the people with opposing views.

I have pointed out that I don’t agree with him. Let me specify why and how. Firstly, I am surprised to see Vishwaranjan say that, “ordinary Indians are used to static thinking and can be easily misled.” I am responding as a very ordinary Indian citizen. The entire Chhattisgarh police’s salary, as well as the money for campaigns like Salwa Judum, comes from the taxes paid by this ‘ordinary Indian citizen.’ Hence to term them as static and non-serious is not only an affront to democracy; it is actually questioning one’s own infallibility. As an ordinary Indian, I would not mind my taxes to fund any genuine anti-insurgent operations, I would encourage higher salaries and better facilities for the police who are working for my safety, and would be glad if more money is pumped into improving infrastructure, health and education of all Indians, especially in naxal affected areas. But this is not what I see from the ground. What I do mind, is if my money is being used to fund arson, rapes and murders of innocent villagers in the name of Salwa Judum.

There has been several serious allegations against this movement, which I found convincing enough to distress me a lot. If even one per cent of those are true, then my culpability in the crime increases if I don’t speak up against the wrongs. Forget about Salwa Judum for a moment, there are rape allegations against one of the top district police officers of Chhattisgarh, and I as an ordinary citizen, haven’t seen any action taken against that particular “alleged rapist police officer”. Assuming that most of the policemen/women in Chhattisgarh are honest, upright and hardworking, what can be more demoralizing for them that such serious charges not being acted upon against one of their senior officers? How can morale be kept up in any department if an “alleged rapist” is promoted and preserved?

I have also seen the video of Chhattisgarh police hitting old men and women using their shoes in Ambikapur a couple of months back. Being a student of psychology, I know about the famous Milgram’s obedience experiment conducted during 1961-1964. The results of the experiment was that “Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work becomes patently clear and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.” In other words, given an explicit order from an authority, normal people will rather follow the order, than ponder about the moral and legal obligations of it. That explains much of the behaviour of the police in Ambikapur. Most of the times whenever such injustice happens, it happens because “orders came from the top”. So, if people at the top are not being acted against, then nothing can be more damaging in sinking the morale of an ordinary policeman/woman. This disgruntlement can then be used by forces like naxalites to further their agenda. Like NGOs, the police become equally vulnerable to infiltration by the naxalites. How equipped is our police in handling such scenarios?

It is also puzzling to see Vishwaranjan define strategic hamletting as segregating the part of the population that supports the army, and use them to enclose the rebels from all four sides to cut their supply lines. He is wrong!!! Being an ordinary citizen, who unlike his claim, does not look for easy ways out, and who is also not scared of technical terms, let me clarify the true meaning of this term. Internationally, strategic hamlets as a military strategy have only one meaning, as defined and implemented by British military strategist RKG Thompson in Malaya.

In the years during 1948 to 1960, he "took villages and fortified them, and then controlled the flow of rice and food and ammunition and so on and so forth". Since then this tactic has been used across the world, most notably by the United States during the Vietnam War. Initially, like in Malaya, the villages were fortified with barbed wire fences erected around them and heavy security was deployed around these fortified villages. When this was not found to be working because of the sheer volume of the villages, the people were forcefully shifted to many designated camps in Vietnam-Cambodia border. The basic aim of strategic hamletting was/is "isolating the rural population from the (Viet Cong) communist guerrillas". These camps were notorious for keeping their inmates in forced detention inside and that was the reason the whole program failed miserably and the eventual defeat of the United States in that war.

How different is Salwa Judum? Why is it that all public amenities on the other side of the Indravati river have been suspended since the start of Salwa Judum? I have seen sworn affidavits from the people living there. Why is it that the people living in villages are not allowed to come to the haats? Why do they need to go to as far as Narayanpur to get a packet of salt? I am not sure if somewhere in some police or home ministry office, someone actually sat down and said, "Aha!! Look, this thing called Strategic Hamlets is a nice little thing that the Americans had tried in Vietnam against the communist guerrillas. Let’s do the same thing here in Dantewada." Such a meeting might not have ever happened. What I do know is that there is a remarkable similarity between the acts and execution of Salwa Judum with what we read/hear about Strategic Hamlet programme. People are forced to shift into designated camps. The camps are fortified. Those who don’t come to camps are attacked. The people who choose to live in villages have their houses burnt down, their crops destroyed, hitting them economically. All connections between those living in the villages and the outer world are systematically broken down. All allegations are summarily dismissed as naxal propaganda. (For more details please read JFK’s biography ’To Move a Nation: The Politics of Foreign Policy in the Administration of John F. Kennedy’ by Kennedy’s pointsman in Vietnam and one time advocate of strategic hamlet programme Roger Hilsman. The pentagon papers describe what went wrong in Vietnam in detail. Also see "The Vietnamese ’Strategic Hamlets’: A preliminary report" by Donnell and Gerald and ’The Journal of Strategic Studies 1947-1972’ by Sylvia Potter).

The DGP also points out that there is little similarity between Darfur crisis and Salwa Judum. David Loyn of BBC, who visited both Dantewada and Darfur was the first person to point out the similarities between the two. It might be too simplistic to claim that Darfur crisis is nothing but sectoral violence between two ethnic groups of Arab and Black Muslims, as does the Sudanese government. I am sad to see our DGP’s summary dismissal of this most reprehensible genocide in Darfur. Like Dantewada, the roots of the problem lie in the years of neglect that the Darfur province faced in the hands of Sudanese government.

Darfur had a massive famine in 1983-84 killing thousands of people, and that laid the seeds of rebellion (Bastar also had a famine in 1966-67 during which popular Raja Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo was killed in a police firing). Water, a precious resource in Sahara lies at the root of the conflict. After two rebel groups started an armed uprising in 2003, the Janjaweed, that is a ragtag bunch of private goons with sophisticated arms, attacked the entire population. Janjaweed would burn the entire villages. They would rape the women, and kill at random. The rebels of Darfur also suppressed the people, but their atrocities appear tame when compared to that done by Janjaweed. Janjaweed would, after burning the villages and looting them, take possession of the limited number of water points. On Monday, September 17, UN Secretary General said, "This region’s future also depends on supplies of water." The kind of stories that came from Darfur are not very dissimilar to what the people of Dantewada are saying in sworn affidavits. Why did the Darfur crisis aggravate so much that around 200,000 people were killed and 2.5 million people are living in refugee camps of Chad. Of course, the scale of casualties in Dantewada in last two and a half years is nowhere close to what has happened in Darfur. But the politics and philosophy behind the crisis is the same.

The philosophy is that of "arming local resistance groups". In May 2005, the top Janjaweed leader, Musa Hilal, admitted that his militia was funded and supported by the Sudanese national government. He said that in many regions, it was the government that backed and directed the militia activities. This has been proven as fact in numerous international fact finding missions. It is this philosophy of forming, arming and supporting private armies to do the state’s bidding, which sets the parallels between Salwa Judum and the events across the globe.

Another place where such things were successfully tried is in Peru, in the 90s, where its ex-president, Alberto Fujimori armed private gangs to suppress a maoist kind of uprising in that country. Last month, Fujimori was proclaimed a human rights offender in his country, and is now an absconder from Peru.

Why would the state ever arm and support private militia? Are the police not smart, capable and equipped enough to fight insurgency? In almost all cases, these untrained and unaccountable private militias are recruited to do the dirty job. The jobs that the state armed forces cannot do because of international obligations and the limits imposed by the constitution of India. Who are these private armies accountable to?

Let me remind the DGP that such tactics, although might seem to give results in short term, they have always had disastrous consequences in the end. The private militia always had proven to be a larger headache than the original rebellion. Like, in Sierra Leone, the private militia turned into a private army doing the bidding for diamond giant De Beers. They solved by force the conflicts that the international diamond company had with the local population.

What is the future of Salwa Judum? What will the SPO (Special Police Officers) do after, let’s suppose, the naxalites are driven out of Bastar. Will they be regularised into the police force? Or will they end up doing the bidding for Tata and Essar, two organisations that have already become notorious in Bastar for cheating the public.

Six years ago, George W Bush asked the world to choose between liberty, freedom and democracy on one side and mass murder, slaughter of innocents and terrorism on the other. But using his excuse of protecting liberty, promoting freedom and preserving democracy, Mr. Bush soon turned his attention towards the oil-rich Iraq even before the attack on Al-Qaeda could reach a logical conclusion. Some American companies considered close to the republicans, like Halliburton (the oil company), Blackwater (the private security group), DynCorp and CACI, to name a few, benefited immensely from this war. But Al Qaeda has gotten stronger, America is more hated now, and more than one million Iraqis lost their lives in the ensuing years.

However genuine might be his intentions, we don’t want to be led down that path ever again. Vishwaranjan asked us to take our pick between ‘constitution and democracy’ vs ‘people who want to destroy it using violence’.

A very prominent civil war is going on in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh in the name of Naxalism and Salwa Judum. All of us have a right to know who the real beneficiaries are in this civil war. The stories of Essar and Tata steel plants, Essar funds for Salwa Judum camps, their mining leases, the MoUs being kept under wraps, the forced, undemocratic and unconstitutional acquisition of land for these plants, the arrests, the murders, the rapes, and the brazenness of the whole affair might give us some clues.

Being an unabashed constitutionalist and democrat myself like our DGP, I wish Chhattisgarh police all the success in their war against the naxalites. I would also offer all my technical expertise, and share my knowledge in computers, in helping the police in their fight. But, just like you cannot have sex to preserve virginity, you cannot destroy or mess with the constitution to preserve it. If there are serious questions regarding police’s conduct, it is the moral responsibility of the DGP to own them, and to find out ways to correct the institutional maladies. I know that if there is anyone who is courageous enough to admit mistakes and punish the wrongdoers, it is the current DGP of Chhattisgarh, Vishwaranjan. Doing so will be the biggest morale booster for Chhattisgarh police.

Ashoknagar Bus Mishap

Roadways has gone and no regulation of private buses means passengers are left to luck to reach safely to their destination in Madhya Pradesh

Will Ashok Nagar mishap alarm us?

A cycle kept on the roof of the ill-fated bus resulted in the tragic death of ten persons who were travelling from Ashok Nagar to Aron.

The cycle got entangled in the electricity line and the current spread in the bus. Panicky passengers tried to come out of the bus and some of them got stuck in. As the bus caught fire, ten persons including four women and two children were killed.

Gas cylinders were also kept in the bus. Sadly, after the tragedy just Rs 50,000 compensation was announced to the relatives of the dead passengers. There was no such reaction among either the public or media circles leave aside flutter in official circles that a tragedy of such magnitude had occured in Madhya Pradesh.

Far from Bhopal and other major cities, this accident in rural part of the state also became just another in a series of such mishaps that keep happening and that never force the society and the government to take strong measures to prevent recurrence of such tragedies.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

First job of governmenr : Punish honest SP shami of Indore

भोपाल। पुलिस अधीक्षकों की कार्यप्रणाली से पुलिस मुख्यालय के आला-अफसर खासे नाराज हैं। अफसरों ने पांच पुलिस अधीक्षकों को तलब कर तीन को जमकर खरी-खोटी सुनाई और वरिष्ठ अफसरों को विश्वास में लेकर नियम-प्रक्रिया का पालन करने की हिदायत दी है।

पुलिस मुख्यालय ने भोपाल एसपी जयदीप प्रसाद, इंदौर एसपी संजीव शमी, रीवा एसपी मोहम्मद शाहिद अबसार, नरसिंहपुर एसपी ए सांई मनोहर व टीकमगढ़ एसपी आशीष को तलब किया था। पुलिस महानिदेशक एसके राउत की अनुपस्थिति में एडीजी प्रशासन ने अफसरों की बारी-बारी से क्लास ली। सबसे ज्यादा नाराजगी इंदौर एसपी के प्रति थी। श्री शमी ने इंदौर एसपी का कार्यभार संभालने के बाद सीधे चुनाव आयोग को पत्र लिखा था। पत्र में इंदौर में तीन सीएसपी को मुख्यमंत्री का रिश्तेदार बताते हुए तत्काल हटाने की सिफारिश की थी। नहीं हटाने की स्थिति में चुनाव कार्य प्रभावित होने की बात कही थी। इंदौर में हुई लूट के एक मामले में श्री शमी ने मुख्यमंत्री को भी गलत जानकारी दी थी। श्री दुबे ने इस पर नाराजगी व्यक्त की है।

रीवा एसपी ने भी एक अफसर को हटाने के लिए सीधे आयोग को पत्र लिखा था। उन्होंने भी उक्त अफसर के नेताओं के संपर्क में रहने की बात कही थी। टीकमगढ़ एसपी को कानून व्यवस्था ठीक नहीं रख पाने के कारण फटकार सुनना पड़ी। टीकमगढ़ में चुनाव के दौरान भाजपा प्रत्याशी सुनील नायक की गोली मारकर हत्या कर दी गई थी। एडीजी श्री दुबे ने तीनों अफसरों की कार्यप्रणाली सुधारने और नियम प्रक्रिया का पालन करने की हिदायत दी। उन्होंने कहा कि सीधे पत्राचार करने की बजाय नियमानुसार कार्रवाई करें। कोई भी निर्णय लेने में वरिष्ठ अफसरों को भी विश्वास में लेने की आदत डालें। भोपाल और नरसिंहपुर एसपी को फटकार नहीं सुनना पड़ी। दोनों अफसरों मात्र एक-एक अफसरों को लाइन अटैच किया था। उन्होंने उसके कारण भी बताए। श्री दुबे उनके जवाब से संतुष्ट नजर आए।

पुलिस मुख्यालय में अफसरों की क्लास के साथ मंत्रालय में भी आला-अफसरों की बैठक चल रही थी। अपर मुख्य सचिव गृह विनोद चौधरी ने पुलिस महानिदेशक एसके राउत के साथ इंटेलीजेंस, एजेके व योजना प्रबंध शाखा के अफसरों से सौ दिन की कार्ययोजना की जानकारी मांगी। अफसरों ने बल और संसाधन नहीं होने की दुखड़ा रोया।

Friday, December 19, 2008

A company which makes Indore proud

I have always been intrigued by how Soybean industry started in otherwise indolent environment of MP and how did government or private enterprise catalyzed it.

Now when we have even IIM at Indore this can be a good case of 'cluster study' like IT in Bangalore or automobile in pune and Chennai though ours is obviously smaller but I guess it impacts more lives and in a much powerful way.

MUMBAI: CARE has assigned ‘CARE A-’ rating to the long-term bank loans and ‘PR2+’ to the short-term bank loans of Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. for
an aggregate amount of Rs 3,582.59 crore, including term loans.

The ratings take into account the leadership position of Ruchi Soya in the domestic edible oil market, its processing capacity which is the largest in India with a good mix of inland crushing/refining and port-based refining units, experienced management, increasing share of sales from branded products and consistent growth in profit over the last five years despite volatility associated with commodity prices. The ratings are constrained due to low profit margin inherent to the agro-commodity sector, seasonality associated with availability of raw materials, working-capital intensive nature of the industry, low liquidity indicators and successive debt-funded capital expenditure plans. Improvement in financial profile through control over debt in a working-capital intensive industry and efficient commodity/forex risk management are the key rating sensitivities.

Ruchi Soya is engaged in extraction of oil from soya and other oil seeds, edible oil refining, manufacture of vanaspati, textured soya protein and related byproducts. Share of revenue from trading activity has consistently declined over the years as Ruchi Soya has shifted its focus to value-adding manufacturing activities and further to branded retail segment. Ruchi Soya markets its products under the brand names like Nutrela, Sunrich, Proflo, Bakefat, Soyumm, Ruchi Gold etc. Branded sales contributed to 29% of Ruchi Soya’s total sales in FY08, up from 26% in FY07 and the same grew by nearly 45% over the previous period. Ruchi Soya has manufacturing facilities at 16 locations across India having a good mix of inland-crushing/refining units and port-based refining units providing Ruchi Soya with the flexibility of processing various types of oilseeds and edible oils. Ruchi Soya’s seed crushing and edible oil refining capacities are the largest in India. Edible oils contributed 67% to FY08 revenue followed by seed extractions (23%), vanaspati (8%) and others (2%). Exports constituted 17% of Ruchi Soya’s total revenue for FY08.

Ruchi Soya posted a total income of Rs.11,135 crore for FY08 which grew by 28% compared to FY07. PBIDLT and PAT margins were 4.37% and 1.43% in FY08 respectively. Overall gearing as on Mar.31, 2008 was 1.28. For Q1FY09 ended Jun.30, 2008, total income grew by 20% compared to corresponding period of previous year. Both PBILDT margin and PAT margins have improved during Q1FY09 compared to the corresponding period of previous year.

Bihar of madhya pradesh

Vindhya pradesh and bundelkhand has been volatile since ages. This was the area where pindaris thrived, then thugs and now politicians like UP and Bihar. A look at stats and violence in election takes place in these areas only, criminals contest and win here. Population is exploding that is why apart from indore and Bhopal this area has seen increase in number of seats. No industry and obviously laggard on all social indicators.

Pioneer News Service | Chhatarpur

Members of a lower caste were beaten up in Chhatarpur district for taking out a marriage procession with bridegroom on horseback like upper caste people of the region. The police have registered a criminal case against the offenders, but none of them has been arrested so far.

According to the police, the incident took place on Tuesday in which the bridegroom and his relatives accompanying him were abused and roughed up when they were taking a round of the village in the form of a procession as a marriage ritual. The village is stated to be an upper caste-dominated.

According to the bridegroom, the police said, the miscreants threatened them stating that the participating relatives cannot take out the wedding procession around the village due to their belonging to the lower caste. Bridegroom in the complaint to the police said, “The wedding procession was going on smoothly like any other marriage and I was riding on a horseback. But suddenly some individuals arrived and pulled me down and dragged. I fell down on the ground. They abused us and threatened by saying that only they could take out a procession through the area.”

The police, however, said that a complaint had been filed and affected people were given protection to carry out the marriage in the traditional manner.

District Collector of Chhatarpur Umakant Umrao accepted that there was a complaint in this regard, and said that the situation is under control. The police are searching for the offenders, he added.

Taking around a wedding procession with the bridegroom riding a horse is a part of age-old tradition. While the procession was going through the village, some miscreants indulged in violence against the people in the procession. It is a case of caste row, as the bridegroom and his family belong to lower caste. They have lodged a complaint and police would take necessary action, SDOP JR Lokare said.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our 20 year MP Sumitra Mahajan says economy needs political philosophy

Ever heard a foolish friend is worse than a cunning enenmy

Our 6 time MP is living example. Below is what she had to say about economic crisis in parliament

Today we have been discussing the economic conditions of our country and the economic package to be given by the Government. But we have to deliberate upon our priorities and action plan in the right perspective. Being an economist is not enough. Sometimes we need a political philosophy also. Generally the packages doled out by the Government do not succeed in their objectives. This failure is the most exemplified by the implementation of the large economic package given to the farmers of Vidarbha. As regards this package, we came to know previously that the Government will give Rs.75,000 crore package but soon, it trickled down to Rs.20,000 crore and the lion’s share has gone to the real estate. The Government has said that the interest rates will be brought down on the home loans ranging from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.20 lakh but in these days one cannot purchase a house in Rs.5 lakh. Lot of black money has been invested in the real sector and there has been a lot of speculative investment in this sector which has pushed the prices further. Unfortunately, people think that, we, the politicians, are hand-in-gloves with real estate developers. We have to put an end to this speculative investment Though IT sector will also get benefit by this package, but we will have to implement it in a right way. For the past few years the salary packages have become fatter. There were loan packages in the market. Our youths grabbed the both. But now, salary cut and unemployment are looming large over their heads. This can create a huge crisis in our economy, society and politics. So, there should be a political philosophy in guiding the implementation of this package.

Most interesting is her comment about real estate and politician. Madam just have a look at asses declarations by your party candidates in Indore. All of them are crorepatis. Your own crony Gopi Nema's name cropped up in a probe by Lokayukta but IMC did not give the approval for prosecution.

Indore Election watch

I got a copy of Madhya Pradesh election watch report courtesy our professor Trilochan Shastri today.
It is sad that neither naidunia nor bhaskar gave enough coverage to this worse what should have appeared as stories in newspaper appeared as paid advertisements by candidates on the eve of election. Clearly money changed hands.

Interesting observations are :

1.The average asset of winners is 1.45 Cr. The average asset of a congress MLA is 2.39 Cr
while that of BJP is 1.07 Cr.

2.There are only 6 MLAs with less than 5 lakhs worth of asset.

3.97 MLAs have not declared their PAN no. It includes 12 MLAs who have declared assets
of more than a crore

4.Depalpur MLA Satyanarayan Patel has two criminal cases pending and charges include rioting, voluntarily causing hurt,mischief etc.

5.Humble BJP worker from Rau has assets of more than two crore and does not have a PAN card number and has two criminal cases. In his case accusation is different from others it is abetting in crime to a soldier,airman. That means he did some rioting or hooliganism with soldiers from Mhow. All the best Rau public.

6.Our Bhajan singer has 6 criminal cases pending ranging from rioting, wrongful restraint,rioting armed with deadly weapon, criminal intimidation (dhamkana basically)

7.Ashwin joshi of indore 3 is charge with assaulting a public servant, playing obscene songs apart from usual rioting, criminal intimidation and wrongful restraint.

8. Crony of Bhajan singer i.e. ramesh mandola is not behind his guru and is charged with almost all sections as his guru.

If we move from crime to assets then also our MLAs do not disappoint

Satyanaryan patel from depalpur lead the table with 30 crore worth assets.
Sudarshan gupta follows with 2 crore
Humble worker Jeetu Jirati also has 2.4 crore worth assets. Being humble he never applied for PAN card also
Tulsi silawat from sanwer has 1.63 crore
Malini Gaur from Indore 4 has 1.2 crore and no PAN number

So 5 out of 9 are criminal
5 out of 9 are crorepati also.

My beloved city !!!

even declarations are incomplete. If one digs further many assets have been declared without price tag.

Malini Gaur does not have a PAN number and has not bothered to declare price of maruti van, indigo car, fiat car & 3 hero Honda motor cycles. Seems got everything in gift :)

another contestant Shobha Ojha from indore 5 has not declared price of fiat palio and Scorpio

If one looks at list of candidates having high assets then from indore 1 - 3, Indore 4 -1, Indore 5 - 1, Sanwer - 3, Depalpur -2, Rau - 1 are crorepatis.
It seems rural areas have got more money :)

Manoj Patel from BJP in deplapur was charged for attempt to murder under IPC 307

Jeetu patwari from Rau was charged with robbery IPC 394 and for gambling also

Rajesh Nangle of BSP from Mhow was charged with 420 and cheating.

Satyanarayan Patel, sanjay shukla, Jeetu patwari and ashwin shukla all are charged with criminal intimidation.

sanjay shukla also owns almost 2 crore to public bodies ,banks etc.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Affidavits of candidates - part 2 - antarsingh darbar

His is pretty clean case.
Not much increase in assets except purchase of a bolero jeep whose price is not disclosed and usual increase in gold,silver and cash

As he has agricultural land so he can always say that income was from that source and one can not dispute that.

he also got a case of corruption while going from 2003 to 2008

one thing is amply clear almost none of our MLAs need government subsidized land which they are being given in Bhopal and are frequently offered by various civic bodies.condition of not owning a house is also spurious becuase for example Mr Darbar does not own a house but has extensive agricultural land , gold and good bank balance but still eligible for subsidised plot of land

anyone in media listening???

Monday, December 15, 2008

Discrpancies in affidavits of candiadates part 1 - ashwin joshi

I had mentioned earlier that I would try to touch issues which are not touched by main stream media.

i will attempt to write about discrepancy in affidavits of candidates who fought in 2003 and 2008 as well. so this will mean kailash vijayvargiya, mahendra hardiya, manoj patel and malini gaur and nisha sonkar ( as their husbands contested earlier) from BJP

and ashwin joshi,antersingh darbar & shobha ojha from congress

let us begin with Ashwin joshi. We are going with assumption that he has mentioned everything correct

then somethings are interesting ( change over 2003)

1. He seems to have purchased a tata ciera model 1994 - rs 64000
2.the house he lives is shown to have getting increased valuation from 10 lakh to 25 lakh but price of his land alloted by IDA remains same ??

Now he does not pay any income tax or wealth tax

forget appreciation in his land holding and gold prices and house prices.

just add increase in his cash balance, fd and post office saving account and money he spend for remianing installment of his plot and also accoutn for depreciation for cost of vehicle and UTI units one gets an increase of 28.5 lakh over 5 years.

Now he has not liquidated any property as they remain same in both years and gold holdings infact increase.

so this works out to be on an average 5.5 lakh per annum. Now if one also account for his living expenditure then this income further by at least 1 lakh annum ( assuming very basic level of living)

So clearly his income is taxable. but he paid no taxes.

case of tax evasion???

reference: http://archive.eci.gov.in/website_2/S12/182/Ashwin_Joshi/Ashwin_Joshi_SC1.html


Gopikrishna Nema's daughter involved in lease misuse

सात साल बाद जागेगी एमआईसी
विनोद शर्मा
Sunday, December 14, 2008 10:14 [IST]

इंदौर. मामला निगम की एक जमीन का है। जमीन भी ऐसी-वैसी नहीं, जंजीरवाला चौराहे के समीप करोड़ों रुपए की कीमत रखती है। जमीन शैक्षणिक उपयोग के लिए एक संस्था को मिली थी। उसने वहां स्कूल से मतलब निकलता नहीं देख दुकानें-ऑफिस बनाकर बेच दिए।

बात निगम से छुप नहीं पाई। इस वजह से लीज निरस्त कर दी गई। संस्था कोर्ट में गई लेकिन वहां उसे मुंह की खाना पड़ी। कोर्ट ने कहा इस मामले में निगम ही कोई निर्णय ले सकेगा। ये बात 2001 की है। उसके बाद से दो निगम परिषद बन चुकी हैं लेकिन अब तक निर्णय नहीं हो पाया। लोकायुक्त के दबाव के बाद निगम को निराकरण के लिए सोमवार को ताबड़तोड़ एमआईसी की बैठक बुलाना पड़ी।

जंजीरवाला चौराहा स्थित होटल अपना ऐवन्यू से लगी ९क्क् वर्गफीट जमीन १९८८ में तीस साल के लिए भूमिका एज्युकेशनल सोसायटी को शैक्षणिक उपयोग के लिए लीज पर दी थी। सोसायटी ने स्कूल-कॉलेज बनाने के बजाय जी+२ व्यावसायिक और रहवासी कॉम्पलेक्स बनाकर बेच दिया। शर्तो के उल्लंघन की शिकायत मिलते ही नगर निगम ने पहले अक्टूबर १९९८ में सोसायटी को दी लीज निरस्त कर दी। बाद में रिमूवल कार्रवाई शुरू कर दी। ऊपरी मंजिल पर तोड़फोड़ हुई भी लेकिन बाकी कब्जाधारियों के कोर्ट में जाने के कारण मामला अटक गया। लंबे समय तक हुई सुनवाई के बाद फैसला निगम के पक्ष में हुआ। कोर्ट ने सुनवाई करके निर्णय लेने का अधिकार नगर निगम को सौंप दिया।

कोर्ट के आदेशानुसार निर्णय के लिए २क्क्१ में तत्कालीन आयुक्त ने मामला एमआईसी में रखा था। सात सालों तक एमआईसी सोती रही और निर्णय नहीं हो पाया। दूसरी ओर शिकायत के आधार पर लोकायुक्त ने प्रकरण दर्ज करके जांच भी शुरू कर दी। इस संबंध में पूछताछ और निर्णय लेने के लिए महापौर डॉ. उमाशशि शर्मा को अक्टूबर में भोपाल भी तलब किया जा चुका है। दो महीने बाद सोमवार को एमआईसी की बैठक फिर होना है। इसमें सदस्यों की सहमति से निर्माण पर क्या कार्रवाई करना है इसका निर्णय लिया जाना है। मुद्दे पर २क्क्१ में पुनर्वास समिति प्रभारी और जनकार्य समिति प्रभारी की राय ली जा चुकी है।

क्या होगा फैसला?
>> 1998 में एमआईसी द्वारा लिए गए उस निर्णय को मान्य रखकर कब्जाधारियों को बेदखल करते हुए निर्माण तोड़ा जा सकता है जिसमें लीज निरस्त करके रिमूवल के आदेश जारी कर दिए गए थे।
>> गलती सोसायटी की है जिसने गलत निर्माण करके लोगों को बेच दिया। वर्षो से निर्माण पर छह लोगों का कब्जा है। मानवीय पहलू और इन तथ्यों के आधार पर दस्तावेजों में जमीन का उपयोग बदलते हुए कब्जाधारियों से दंडसहित 1998 से अब तक लीज राशि भरवाई जा सकती है।

यह अंदर की बात है!
>> जिस भूमिका एजुकेशनल सोसायटी के नाम से लीज जारी हुई थी उसकी सर्वेसर्वा भूमिका नेमा हैं जो हालिया विधानसभा चुनाव में इंदौर क्षेत्र-3 से भाजपा के उम्मीदवार रहे गोपीकृष्ण नेमा की बेटी हैं।
>> 1998 में कांग्रेस के बहुमत वाली निगम परिषद थी। महापौर थे मधुकर वर्मा। श्री नेमा के भाजपाई होने के कारण तत्कालीन एमआईसी सदस्यों को लीज निरस्त करके रिमूवल आदेश जारी करने के लिए सोचना नहीं पड़ा।
>> 1999 में निगम में भाजपा की बहुमत वाली परिषद बनी। कोर्ट के आदेशानुसार 2001 में जिन एमआईसी सदस्यों के सामने प्रकरण रखा गया वह श्री नेमा के पार्टी में महत्व को देखते हुए निर्णय नहीं ले पाए।
>> लोकायुक्त और शिकायतों के दबाव में सात साल बाद दोबारा एमआईसी में प्रकरण रखा गया लेकिन नगर निगम में परिषद भाजपा के बहुमत वाली है। ऐसे में निर्णय होगा यह कह पाना बहरहाल मुश्किल है।
>> प्रकरण के संबंध में जब श्री नेमा से बात की तो उन्होंने कहा मेरा और मेरी बेटी का निर्माण से कोई लेना-देना नहीं है। एमआईसी निर्णय लेने के लिए स्वतंत्र है।

निगम प्रशासन

फैसला एमआईसी में रखा है और सदस्यों को ही उस पर निर्णय लेने का अधिकार है।
-नीरज मंडलोई, नगर निगम आयुक्त

18 दिसंबर से पहले निर्णय लेना है
लोकायुक्त ने मुझे भी इस संबंध में भोपाल बुलया था। हमने उन्हें आश्वस्त कर दिया था कि 18 दिसंबर से पहले हर हाल में बिल्डिंग के संबंध में निर्णय लेकर उसकी जानकारी उन्हें दे देंगे। निर्णय एमआईसी के निर्णयानुसार होगा।
- डॉ. उमाशशि शर्मा, महापौर

Sunday, December 14, 2008

a vidhansabha of Crorepatis

Just a footnote. MP government is giving ( from last assembly) land at highly concesisonary rates in the heart of Bhopal to these 'rich' MLAs

It seems the 'Vidhan Sabha' seats are not for the poor.

A study has revealed that only 18 candidates with less than Rs five lakh assets managed to enter the five state assemblies, where elections were held last month, while a total of 248 millionaires won their electoral battles.

Out of the 629 constituencies in five states -- Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram – which went to polls, 248 of them have been bagged by 'crorepatis', a study by the National Election Watch (NEW) said.

A total of 121 'crorepatis' from the Congress won in the five assemblies with the BJP coming to a close second with 110 of its crorepati candidates entering the assemblies, a party-wise break-up of the study revealed.

While the average assets possessed by winning candidates is highest in Delhi at Rs 2.8 crore, it is Rs 2.69 crore in Chhattisgarh, it said.

In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the average assets of elected candidates were Rs 1.45 crore and Rs 1.99 crore respectively, while in Mizoram it stood at Rs 0.74 crore.

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Besides, the report also revealed that candidates with low assets -- in between Rs 0 to Rs 5 lakh -- have very slim chances of getting elected to the assembly.

While in Delhi and Mizoram, no MLA with assets less than five lakhs was elected, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan together saw a total of only 18 such candidates managing to win the elections.

The analysis of elected candidates by the NGO also claimed that the chances of winning elections are directly proportional to the amount of assets one has.

While the probability of winning an assembly seat for people with high assets (above Rs 5 crore) stood at 50 per cent in Chhattisgarh, in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan it was found to be 48 per cent and 34 per cent respectively.

People with low assets (less than Rs 5 lakh) had a meager 2 per cent chance of winning in Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, while in Rajasthan it stood at one per cent.

In the national capital, the probability of making it to the state Assembly for people with high assets was 31 per cent as against zero per cent for those with low levels of assets.

"NEW looked at the contesting candidates and their chances of success and have found that the more you have, the better are your chances of being elected," the study said.

Friday, December 5, 2008

IIM B Case on Indore City Bus

This is the case I developed on Indore City Bus.

Some experiences:

As one goes down in government hierarchy cooperation decreases and arrogance increases. From PS to commerce minister down to a clerk level I had this feeling

Secondly, politicians of Indore have not been able to serve junta of Indore in this case. They could not do a constructive criticism of whole scheme of things and simply got Vivek Agrawal shunted out.

Result Indore is saddled with ill conceived BRTS project and get ready for your tax money to be wasted because of negligence and incompetence of planners.

Here is the link


Kindly acknowledge original author (i.e. me :-) if using it anywhere)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Indore Municipal Corporation refuses to improve

So despite garnering accolades on national level rudimentary computerization ( even with mistakes) will not be possible in Indore.


1. A faulty PPP model with private party. Even highly trained government employees can not do data entry job how did bureaucrats in IMC think that their employees mostly who come via muster route ,are unskilled at anything except political machinations and laziness will be able to do the job?

2. A huge rot in recruitment and training of employees at IMC. there is so much money to be made in various departments of IMC giving permission, collecting bills and levying fines that no political leader worth of its salt wants to squander the opportunity to please his cronies at the cost of hapless public. result we are plagues with highly incompetent and corrupt staff which even refuses to learn what private operator is trying to teach them.

Another PPP ( Public private partnership) in city i.e. City Bus which was actually a brilliantly conceived model has gone horribly wrong. Private operators are doing whatever they want, and government officers are keeping mum after being bribed suitably. Vivek Agrawal is shunted and so is his project. I actually did a study on this project in one of my courses and despite all good things I always feared that model was highly personality driven and when Vivek will not be around it will collapse.I am sad that I proved correct.

Open Corruption in Open university

This piece of news is really strange. Since when is government giving accommodation to contract employees?

And what a mis management, smae people who oversaw cosntruction of a residential complex worth crores are now refusing to move in???

The erratic Bhoj Open University administration is one again under the scanner for it’s the long practice of renting out a government rest house to its three employees, who are serving the university on contract basis. The total amount incurred by the university on the guesthouse is more than the collective monthly salary of these three employees.

Despite having built residential complex for the faculties and employees, the Bhoj University is still accommodating three of its employees in a rented guesthouse owned by the Irrigation department. Though these three employees are working on contract basis but they are being aided by their high profile connections with the state bureaucracy officials.

The university is incurring around Rs 30 thousand per month, however it's worth mention that the monthly salary of all the three occupants of the guesthouse amount to less than Rs 15 thousand.

Going one-step further, the university has gone for renovation work worth Rs 50 thousand in the guesthouse, even without the permission of the irrigation department. The latter has also expressed its displeasure over the recent move of the university. In the past, the university registrar and the finance officer have presented their objections, but to no avail.

The university has already got its complex constructed by spending few crores of rupees and the complex also has 45 residential blocks for the faculties and employees but till date only 10 employees have moved in. Several university staff members, including the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar, are still residing in rented houses.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hypcracy over Bangladeshi immigrants

Evertime there is blast in any part of India leaders of BJP make noises about Bangladeshi immigrants in Indore but no one points a finger at Sarafa merchants who employ a whole lot of them why because these merchants are big donors to BJP and 'religious' causes.

No one bother to put a tab on narcotics trade and its accomplices in Indore which orginates in Ratlam and Mandasore becuse everyoen benefits from it. It is a different matter that consignment of arms from mumbai blasts in 1992 was found in a well in mahidpur near ujjain also.

Hypocrates at best and traitors at worst

Hail SP Shami of Indore

I am fully convinced now that if BJP government comes in power and Bhajan Singer aka Don of Indore gets a prominent post in ministry then Indore is sure to go to Bihar/UP way. I mentioned in one of my earlier posts as to how he got police to beat up peacefully protesting RSS workers and let his goondas free in Indore 2 area. Yesterday same thing was tried and it was same police but SP was different and their efforts were foiled which clearly demonstrates leader makes a difference. In forefront of this were various councilors led by one chandu shinde who was absconding initially when new SP released list of all permanent warrantees. There were others like suraj kairo and mangilal redwaal and the known unsocial element lal bahadur verma & other cronies. Their argument was against repressive measures by Sp during election?? Give me a break just because he did not let you do corruption or threaten other party workers you will say whatever you want.

And taking shield of being common pedestrian is most bullshit logic. I think big leaders of BJP should speak against this tactic of dominating honest administration but they are equally complicit in it.

I sincerely wish the local public teaches a lesson to these goons. But I guess out of that huge pension scam some bones have been thrown to workers in this area also and that is why they are always there raising slogans. Interestingly congress did not make corruption by Bhajan Singer and his cronies an election issue at all. Specially pension scam, land grabbing and huge money siphoned off during sinhastha in kumbh. One just need to see and compare the affidavits filed by Bhajan Singer in 2003 and 2008 election and obviously it is carefully worded and made to hide more than reveal but still it spills bean

In fact affidavits of all repeat candidates make an interesting reading.

Further there is no real democracy happening in Indore. Out of 16 candidates (Rau is a new seat), though on paper 5 were new candidates i.e. first time contestants but in reality three of them ( sanjay Shukla, malini gaud and nisha sonkar got tickets due to their lineage so no real face in fact). This leaves only Sudarshan Gupta and Ramesh Mandola as 2/18 new candidates. This when population of indore due to migrants and youth both has been increasing rapidly and has almost doubled in past 10 years.

So it has become crony democracy. If one looks at MPs and MLAs who died in office in last 5 yrs then across the spectrum parties have given tickets to their sons & wives. These were the parties in forefront against princes and kings. At least those guys had some religious or moral responsibilities but this new crop of Prince and princess is above all such norms. So you have Rahul Gandhi partying when nation was burning in Mumbai and Mandar Mahajan demanding ticket as his birthright. I wonder if he thinks his mom has done so much good for Indore and if he is so desirous of serving people then why does not he contest election as an independent.

During election this Bhajan Singer from nationalist party did not leave a stone unturned to soil reputation of army in Mhow blaming it for underdevelopment of region. Talking about 500 crore plans is not enough one has to fix finances also. He wants to build a stadium in Mhow, in last 5 yrs BJP government did not build a single stadium in whole state. Being a cantonment large scale commercial development will be inimical to national security but if this bhajan singer would have cared for it would not have picked up a stake in hotel financed with underworld money.

Our concept of democracy has gone horribly wrong. MLAs are supposed to be legislative branch and their job to make laws and keeping an oversight on public officials who will be executive branch. Take for example USA where President chooses his team with best available talent (executive) and congress and senate acts as watchdog but here vidhansabha members are acting more as executives. Giving instructions to officers on development work, on government schemes & transfer trade. As if this was not enough now they have another bribing tool in form of MLA and MP local area development fund.
We saw result of this incompetent people directing development when Crores were wasted on Rajbara and then whole decorative park demolished. Once against city is being forced to pay through noose for BRTS which is bound to be a disaster as it has been planned ignoring local conditions.