with love to indore

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TOI on Indore's transformation

Reminiscent of a researcher....

Indore: The sleepy town that woke up to New India

Rodney W Jones13 December 2009, 12:54am ISTText Size:|Topics:New India

For cosmopolitans in India's big cities, Indore is a backwater. But the fact is Indore city has grown four or five-fold since 1968 and become quite

dynamic as a centre of educational entrepreneurship, medicine, engineering, machine industry, and commerce. It has also developed a vibrant civil society and women's movement. Indore illustrates the way modernization is taking hold not only in the burgeoning information technology centres of Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, but in more remote parts.

I had a flavour of this transformation from a return visit to Indore after 40 years. In 1968, my doctoral research was based on Indore's history and contemporary political life. It was clear that there were two main reasons Indore was a flourishing commercial and administrative centre, connected by railway to Delhi and Mumbai, attracting merchant migrants and capital from Gujarat and Rajasthan and policemen and labourers from northern India. The first was the Marathi-speaking patronage offered by the Holkar dynasty, which built Indore as its capital in the 18th century. The second was British protection in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Cotton and cloth-weaving mills came up and Indore became an important textile centre. Key educational institutions were established for the affluent, including Holkar Science College in 1891 and Indore Christian College in 1887. Both were the early components of what would become Indore University. The British established Daly College in 1882 as a prep school "for princes" in the colonial annexe of the city known as the Residency.

The city i surveyed in 1968 after a long rail journey from Delhi was indeed a bit of a backwater. Its population was about half-a-million. Horse-drawn tongas vastly outnumbered auto taxis at the railway station. The Holkar patrons had migrated with their residual wealth to Bombay, or immmigrated to New York, and the Holkar palaces and parks were falling into disrepair. The Jain-and-Agarwal-run textile mills were still functioning but beginning to go down hill because they were only marginally profitable. The municipal corporation seemed lethargic, barely aware of Patrick Geddes town plan of 1918. Only the cloth and grain markets and the bazaars hummed, two Hindi newspapers were vigorous exponents of rival political factions, and suburban housing colonies and light industry development were beginning to sprout along the trunk roads. At the time, public resources were being diverted to building a modern state capital in Bhopal.

Forty years on, I arrived at Indore's quaint pink and ochre stucco airport. It was refurbished some 10 years ago but is already obsolete for the surging volume of passenger traffic on private airlines. One cannot help but be struck by the mushrooming of large office buildings, modern hotels, neon-lit shopping centres, and institutional campuses along the now-widened main roads. One cannot help but notice the enormous volume of traffic. Indore has a whole new energy, with a population of at least two million. There are many signs of a new affluence, including the chaos of vehicles on the road. The abandoned hulks of textile mills still dominate some localities but new forms of agro-processing, machine-working and metal industry have appeared. A major factory producing diesel engines has been set up in Indore. A 15-mile drive away in Pithampur, government subsidies have enabled automotive manufacturing industries to concentrate. "Dry port" container shipment mechanisms for overseas export have been set up there as well, drawing new constellations of white-collar managers, engineers, and blue-collar workers.

But the most impressive transformation is the mushrooming of educational institutions and emergence of an active women's movement. In 2009, Indore's literacy rates were reportedly 95% for males and 84% for females, well above the national averages and an extraordinary jump from the past. These are signs of fundamental change in a city where the main social forces of innovation have shifted from the traditional elites to a very strong and politically active middle class.

Indore is India's only city to have both an IIM and a recently started IIT. Indore is now an engine of education and exporter of technical and management skills that already vibrate in India. In all likelihood, it will soon have a discernible impact abroad, perhaps initially in business education.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CPI is defending State bank of indore and not BJP or congress

Shameful day for Indore's politicians.

CPI MP is fighting for saving state bank of indore in parliament and not BJP or Congress MPs from Madhya Pradesh.

The Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, on Monday said that although mergers and acquisitions are needed in the interest of the economy, the Government was not forcing public sector banks (PSBs) to go in for consolidation.

He made it clear that the Government would endorse consolidation proposals of PSBs if the parameters were in conformity with the Securities and Exchange Board of India and Reserve Bank of India guidelines.

Supportive role

Responding to a calling attention motion moved by the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, Mr Gurudas Dasgupta, in Lok Sabha, Mr Mukherjee said that the initiatives for consolidation has to come from the management of the banks themselves with the Government playing a supportive role as the common shareholder.

“No, the Government is not taking any initiative for mergers (among PSBs). We do not force anybody to merger. No directive on consolidation is being issued by the Government and the RBI. Let us leave it to the entities themselves,” Mr Mukherjee said.

Mr Mukherjee said that the Government has no intention of interfering in the normal and functional activities of PSBs.

Interests of stakeholders

While examining any merger proposal, the Government will keep in view the interests of the stakeholders, including the employees of the merging banks, Mr Mukherjee added.

Broadly, the employees, the owners/shareholders and the customers constitute stakeholders of the banks. Mr Mukherjee highlighted that suitable clauses are incorporated in the scheme of amalgamation/acquisition so that the pay and allowance or the compensation to the employees of merging entities are not altered to their disadvantage.

Earlier, Mr Dasgupta wanted the Finance Minister to “come clean” on whether the Government had overtly or covertly taken initiatives to bring about mergers within PSBs.

Economic rationale

He also sought to know the economic rationale behind State Bank of India (SBI) move to acquire State Bank of Indore when the latter was much better in all parameters when compared with its parent bank.

In each of the parameters such as business per employee, deposits per employee, advances per employee and priority sector coverage, the State Bank of Indore's performance was better than SBI's, Mr Dasgupta said.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bhopal gas tragedy : medical angle

we could have mutation happening in bhopal affected people but no one cares.

A very good article from indian express

another very good article from business standard by Sunil Jain on how government (both central and state) failed people.

one more piece on same by times of india .

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Indore RTO

Something which I had reported at least 6 months back

Naidunia carried similar news today


means indore RTO is still a den of open corruption.
It is season of municipal election. Can our mayor candidate promise to end this nightmare??

Thursday, November 19, 2009

this is how naxals are created

स्वयं सहायता समूहों ने छीना बच्चों का निवाला
Nov 19, 12:00 am

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झाबुआ/भोपाल। आदिवासी अंचल झाबुआ जिले की अधिकांश स्कूलों से बच्चे भूखे लौट रहे हैं। उन्हें स्वयं सहायता समूहों की गड़बड़ियों के चलते भूखा लौटना पड़ रहा है। गांव के स्वयं सहायता समूहों पर दबंगों का कब्जा है और मध्याह्नं भोजन योजना दबंगों के मकड़जाल में उलझ कर रह गई है।

मध्याह्नं भोजन में विसंगति में नया तथ्य यह है कि जो शिक्षक मध्याह्नं भोजन न मिलने का या अमानक भोजन देने का विरोध कर रहे हैं उन्हें स्वयं सहायता समूहों की दादागिरी का सामना करना पड़ रहा है। विगत एक सप्ताह के भीतर ही दो शिक्षकों को स्वयं सहायता समूहों से जुड़े लोगों ने पीट दिया। मामला थानों तक जा पहुंचा है लेकिन जिला प्रशासन के पास एक भी शिकायत मौजूद नहीं है।

थांदला-पेटलावद ब्लॉक में पीटे शिक्षक : थांदला विकासखंड के लाटपुरा गांव में पदस्थ शिक्षक महेश डामर को स्वयं सहायता समूह समर्थकों ने विगत 14 नवंबर को उस समय पीट दिया वह मध्याह्नं भोजन चार माह से विद्यार्थियों न मिलने संबंधित दस्तावेज लेकर जनपद के सीईओ के पास जा रहे थे। काकनवानी पुलिस में इसकी शिकायत भी दर्ज करवाई गई है। अब आलम यह है कि महेश डामर नामक यह शिक्षक स्कूल ही नहींजा रहा है क्योंकि उसे अपनी जान का खतरा है। उसने बीईओ को इस आशय की जानकारी भी दे दी है। दूसरा मामला पेटलावद विकासखंड के रायपुरिया गांव का है, जहां हरिओम स्वयं सहायता समूह की अध्यक्ष मीरा पाटीदार ने मंगलवार को शिक्षक सुनील पटवा को सिर्फ इस बात से नाराज होकर अपनी दो सहयोगियों के साथ मिलकर पीट दिया क्योंकि वे सब्जी में कीड़े होने एवं कच्ची रोटी दिए जाने का विरोध कर रहे थे। यह मामला भी रायपुरिया थाने पर पहुंचा है। यहां के प्राचार्य मंजुला कौशल ने भी स्वयं सहायता समूह पर दादागिरी करने का आरोप लगाया है। यह दो उदाहरण पूरे झाबुआ जिले की मध्याह्नं भोजन योजना में चल रही स्वयं सहायता समूहों की दादागिरी एवं फर्जीवाड़े को दर्शाते हैं।

अधिकांश समूहों पर सरपंच-तड़वियों का कब्जा

झाबुआ जिले में 312 स्वयं सहायता समूह संचालित है जो जिले के झाबुआ, राणापुर, मेघनगर, थांदला, पेटलावद एवं रामा विकासखंड में मध्याह्नं भोजन योजना को संचालित कर रहे हैं। कहने को तो शासन की मंशा यह थी कि गांव की महिलाओं को सामूहिकता की भावना सीखाकर उन्हें आर्थिक रूप से समूहों के माध्यम से सुदृढ़ बनाया जाएगा। लेकिन हकीकत में इससे उलट हो रहा है। समूहों पर सरपंच-तड़वियों का कब्जा हो गया है। समूह उनके रिश्तेदारों या शुभचिंतकों द्वारा संचालित किए जा रहे हैं और झाबुआ जिले के गांव में अभी तक शिक्षकों या कर्मचारियों की हिम्मत गांव के इन दबंगों का विरोध करने की नहींहै।

.. लेकिन जिले में एक भी शिकायत दर्ज नहीं

यह विडंबना है या कागजी खेल कि जिला मुख्यालय झाबुआ पर मध्याह्नं भोजन योजना में स्वयं सहायता समूहों की गड़बड़ी की एक भी शिकायत दर्ज नहींहै। यह कहना है जिला पंचायत के परियोजना अधिकारी (मध्याह्नं भोजन) आरएस चौहान का। चौहान ने बताया कि जिले में अभी तक कोई भी शिकायत नहींपुहुंची है। अगर शिकायत जनपदों में पहुंची होगी तो उन्होंने अपने स्तर पर निपटारा कर लिया होगा। यहां जिला प्रशासन की गंभीरता समझने की जरूरत है। अति महत्वपूर्ण मध्याह्नं भोजन योजना की शिकायत संबंधी जानकारी तक अगर जिले में उपलब्ध नहींहै तो जिले की रुचि इसे संचालित करने में कैसी है इसे आसानी से समझा जा सकता है।

भूखे लौटते है स्कूली बच्चे

स्वयं सहायता समूह दादागिरी कर शिक्षकों से पूरी उपस्थिति दर्शाने और मध्याह्नं भोजन दिए जाने संबंधी कागजी सहमति लेने की कोशिश करते हैं। अधिकांश में वे सफल भी हो जाते हैं लेकिन इसका परिणाम यह हो रहा है कि ग्रामीण इलाकों से स्कूली बच्चे भूखे लौट रहे हैं और जहां कहीं भी मध्याह्नं भोजन मिल भी रहा है वहां गिनती की एक रोटी और पतली दाल की उपस्थिति ही मध्याह्नं भोजन के नाम पर है।

इस संदर्भ में अमरसिंह बघेल, जिला पंचायत सीईओ कहते हैं, मुझे इस संबंध में ज्यादा जानकारी नहीं है, अखबारों में जरूर पड़ा है। एसडीएम जांच कर रहे हैं। मध्याह्नं भोजन योजना में अगर कहीं विसंगति है तो उसे दुरुस्त किया जाएगा।

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kamal Patel Shamim Modi and tribals of Harda

This is a news completely suppressed by local media

see this article in frontline

he attack in Mumbai on the social activist Shamim Modi raises disturbing questions.


Shamim Modi. Her decision to contest the Assembly elections had brought her into confrontation with political bigwigs.

THE day started out as usual for the social activist Shamim Modi at her Vasai residence in Mumbai on July 23. It was hardly a month since she moved in there from Harda in Madhya Pradesh to join the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) as an assistant professor. It turned out to be a day of terror when the watchman of her apartment barged into her house in an alleged attempt to kill her. Her throat was slit, her hands were broken and her head was smashed. Her husband, Anurag Modi, says it is only “her will power and courage to fight” that enabled her to survive. Shamim had to have 118 stitches all over her body.

The police initially tried to pass off the incident as a case of robbery. But Shamim’s political background indicates that there is much more to it than meets the eye. Her decision to move base from Harda and Betul in the tribal hinterland of Madhya Pradesh itself was a deliberate one, to ward off the “unwarranted” attention she was getting in her efforts to organise the Korkus and Gonds (the two majority tribes in the region) under the banner of the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan (SAS). For the past 13 years, the SAS has been enabling the tribal people to fight for their land rights and to protest against their exploitation by Forest Department officials.

The SAS entered urban space last year by helping sawmill workers and hammals (porters) unionise against the exploitative industrial nexus in Harda, which has the largest number of sawmills in India. The timber industry thrives in the area because of its dense forest cover. With more than 50 per cent of the population in the region being tribal, it was easy for the rich, who belong to the upper castes, and the settler Gujarati business community to employ dirt-cheap labour. The SAS made it possible for sawmill workers to organise and protest against the denial of basic rights such as minimum wages and mishap costs.

The Modi couple, who were also among the leaders of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, faced stiff resistance from forest contractors and industrialists and also the district administration and the Forest Department. That Shamim contested the elections (twice to the Assembly and once to the Lok Sabha) on the Samajwadi Jan Parishad ticket from Harda made the resistance worse.

The administration slapped several charges on Shamim and Anurag, including that of preparing the ground for naxalite activity. Recently, stating lack of evidence, the Madhya Pradesh High Court stayed a report of the District Judge that accused them of breeding naxalism in the region.

Like the Modis and other dedicated SAS activists, the tribal people who showed any kind of sympathy to the SAS, too, could not escape the wrath of the administration. “Shamim had to move to Mumbai in order to proceed with the movement more tactfully,” Anurag said.

Shamim’s decision to contest the Assembly elections had brought her into direct confrontation with Kamal Patel, the local legislator belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Kamal Patel, a former Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leader, is known to be a powerful Jat leader. He later became a four-time MLA from Harda and was once the Revenue Minister in the State. He is known to secure the interests of Jats and Gujjars, who form the bulk of the landlords.

Anil Bansal, a resident of Harda, recently filed a public interest petition against Kamal Patel, accusing him of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. To this Kamal Patel replied that he owned only 200 acres of land (one acre is 0.4 hectares). Bansal then filed another case under public interest litigation (PIL), accusing him of violating the Land Ceiling Act. “This is only one of the highlighted cases against him,” said Hemant Tale of the Congress, who contested against Kamal Patel.

SUPPORTERS OF THE Samajwadi Jan Parishad, on whose ticket Shamim contested the elections, holding a rally in the jungles of Harda.

The SAS movement, Anurag said, apparently jolted Kamal Patel as it not only disturbed the balance of the exploitative status quo but also encouraged the tribal people not to exchange votes for cash. Anurag said Shamim had lodged a complaint with the local police after receiving death threats.

Matters worsened between Kamal Patel and the SAS during the November-December elections in 2008 when Natwar Patel, a close aide of his and president of the sawmill owners’ association, was detained by an order of the Election Commission for threatening Shamim and preventing her supporters in the sawmills from campaigning for her. A few months later, when the mill workers, under the SAS, called a strike for their basic rights, the mill owners’ association told the District Collector that the mills would be closed down unless Shamim was arrested in 48 hours. The very next day Shamim was arrested and was detained for more than a month on charges as old as two years – instigating the tribal people and organising a dharna at the collectorate. She was shifted to the Hoshangabad jail, in the neighbouring district, and was allegedly tortured mentally and physically.

Kamal Patel could not be reached despite several efforts by Frontline.

“She was attacked earlier twice in 2007. We explained this at the Manikpur police station in Mumbai. Yet they tried to pass this off as a robbery case. I came to know of this when I visited the police station on July 27.

The senior police sub-inspector wanted me to sign on a paper which read, ‘My wife informed me over phone that the watchman attacked her for money.’ This prompted me to check my wife’s statement, and I got to know that it had been doctored. With pressure from the activist Medha Patkar, Chandra Iyengar, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) of the Maharashtra government, and a delegation from TISS, her actual statement was recorded on August 3. And only recently was Section 307 [attempt to murder] invoked, because of the interference of the Mumbai High Court,” said Anurag. The watchman is still absconding.

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), TISS, and the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), which sent their own fact-finding teams to the region, came across the exploitative nexus between the industry and political powers. According to them, the district administrations at Betul and Harda were using exclusive and specific repressive measures against the SAS, other social action groups working for human rights, political and social activists, and the tribal people, who were denied their rights to land, water and forest.

So much so that the provisions of the Madhya Pradesh Rajya Surakshya Adhiniyam 1990 (generally described as a black law) were invoked against political and social activists, including harsh measures such as externment from six to nine districts for a period of one year.

The political platform that the SAS had set up in the region must have provided enough reasons for the attack on Shamim. The investigation until now has lacked direction.

IN WHAT THE police say is a case of robbery, Shamim Modi was attacked brutally and suffered serious injuries.

The rising number of incidents of exploitation in Harda and Betul over the past decade has been drawing public attention, thanks to the SAS. Thus, it has been found that the age-old systemic exploitation of the tribal people in the forests is slowly getting converted into incidents of torture and false criminal charges.

This correspondent travelled to two such forest villages, Dhega and Ucchabarari. Destruction of agricultural fields and torture have allegedly been repeated by the Forest Department despite the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, which grants the tribal communities the right to forest land. Both villages are situated in difficult hilly terrain. For the villagers, the authorities simply mean an exploitative combination of nakedaar, hawaldaar and patwari (forest guard, police guard and the lowest-level revenue inspector). The residents have been strongly opposing the arbitrary practices of the forest administration.

In some cases, tribal people charged under bailable sections or booked for compoundable offences have been denied bail. In some instances, the Indian Penal Code section regarding destruction of public property, which the Forest Department is not permitted to invoke, has been added to make the charge non-bailable. The nature of offences varies from “encroachments of forest land” to the “use of forest resources”.

This is despite the fact that the Forest Rights Act has given them the right to use their land and forest resources if they have been staying in a forest village since December 13, 2005. To establish that right, the gram sabhas have to put their claims with the district administration, which, after due verification, has to grant the land rights to the forest-dwelling people.

On July 13, Sunita, a 15-year-old, was allegedly beaten badly and dragged into a vehicle by forest guards while she was working in the field. “When my uncle Subedar objected, he was arrested and he is still in jail,” she said. Later, the guards came to know that she was the only tribal girl to have passed the Board examination with first division in Class X. They did not arrest her because her name had been publicised in the local media. However, she is still traumatised and too weak to return to school.

In a similar incident on July 20, in Ucchabarari, an activist of the SAS was surrounded by forest guards when he was going for a meeting, and beaten and arrested. He is in jail.

In both these cases, the family members are unaware of the charges made against them. Such denial of basic information makes it impossible for any accused to defend himself or herself.

SHAMIM MODI ADDRESSING a rally in one of the villages in Betul district.

Some villagers complained that the seeds of jatropha and babool shrubs were thrown into their fields so that the Forest Department could establish that these lands were not cultivated by the villagers. The Department has apparently put a band of “watchers” in the village community on its payroll to prevent cultivation on “encroached” lands.

The administration’s apathy towards the tribal cause seems evident despite the State Cabinet’s decision in 2007 to dismiss around 4.5 lakh petty cases against the tribal people. Section 4 (5) of the Forest Rights Act also strictly instructs that no tribal village be dispossessed until the process of verification is complete. From what can be seen in Harda and Betul, it is apparent that the Forest Department is violating the Act by evicting villagers from their own land.

Under such circumstances, the politicisation of the tribal people by the SAS posed a threat to many. In a strange turn of events, the District Collector, the Superintendent of Police and the District Forest Officer in Harda were transferred within 15 days of the attack on Shamim. So, though Harda District Collector Renu Pant said she would look into the matter, she pleaded innocence of all the happenings in the past.

Sub-Divisional Officer of Police Jitendra Singh Pawar, however, told Frontline: “There is no need to see this incident in a sociological context. The villages are run in a certain tradition and they cannot function in a new way. The SAS has been instigating people to encroach on forest lands, which we cannot allow.”

The attitude of Forest Department officials in the State capital, Bhopal, was also one of denial. “There is no exploitation of people in the villages. The forest guard system is one of the best in forest management. It is our job to prevent the girdling of trees, which the tribal people often do. Encroachments will not be tolerated. Rights have been an excuse for the villagers to encroach on lands. We have a grievance redress forum meeting every Tuesday. Why don’t these people come there and complain?” said R.N. Saxena, the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

Asked about frequent resettlement of these villages by the government being cited as one of the reasons for such encroachment, he said the department would address the problem in due course.

Major resettlements in 1977 and 1980 and smaller ones later have left the forest-dwellers with no choice but to cultivate new lands. In 1977, the government recognised the forest dwellers’ right to land and decided to grant them pattas, or title deeds. While the intention was to settle the villagers in their original places, the process of giving pattas was fraught with discrepancies. So, many villages had to change their location. This happened again in 1980.

Now the Forest Rights Act recognises the right of traditional forest-dwellers to claim forest land held before December 13, 2005, but the fear of being left out in the verification process and faulty issuance of land rights lurks again. The “historical injustice” that the Forest Rights Act intended to remove has been cropping up in various forms.•

finally a greenfield thermal plant in MP

See this news item from Business standard

If I remember correctly in last years of his rule Diggi Raja also floated this idea but nothing happened.
In current economic scenario how financial closure will be achieved is a question and further coal linkages are still unclear...
Let's wait and watch

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Madhya Pradesh discriminated in JNUURM bus purchase

See this news item from Dainik jagarn. Number of buses in all other states is very high while MP is getting same number of buses as small states like uttarakahnad or chhattisgarh.

Despite the fact that we are a large state and our state roadways has been closed.

this can mean only two things:
1. incompetence of our bureaucrat and politicians to make proper plans and get funding
2. discrimination by central government

इंदौर। केंद्र सरकार की आर्थिक मदद से मध्यप्रदेश समेत देश के अलग-अलग सूबों ने अपनी शहरी लोक परिवहन व्यवस्था की बेहतरी के लिए 11185 बसें खरीदने के ऑर्डर दिए हैं।

सरकारी सूत्रों ने बताया कि ये ऑर्डर जवाहरलाल नेहरू राष्ट्रीय शहरी नवीकरण मिशन के तहत दिए गए हैं। इनके जरिए एसी (वातानुकूलित) लो-फ्लोर, नॉन एसी लो-फ्लोर, सेमी लो-फ्लोर और मिनी बसें खरीदी जाएंगी।

उन्होंने कहा कि जेएनएनयूआरएम के तहत महाराष्ट्र 2230 आंध्रप्रदेश 1540, उत्तरप्रदेश 1350, पश्चिम बंगाल 1300, राजस्थान 400, केरल 320, झारखंड 240, मध्यप्रदेश 175, उत्तराखंड 145, छत्तीसगढ़ 100 और मणिपुर 25 बसें खरीदेगा। तमिलनाडु और दिल्ली ने 1600-1600 बसें खरीदने के ऑर्डर दिए हैं।

सूत्रों के मुताबिक, बसें खरीदने की योजना शहरी विकास मंत्रालय की राज्यों को एकमुश्त आर्थिक सहायता के जरिए संचालित की जा रही है। इस योजना के तहत जेएनएनयूआरएम से जुड़े शहरों के लिए कुल 15260 बसों की खरीदी को मंजूरी दी गई है।

Harisingh Gaur

Sagar university is named after this gentleman and is soon going to be a central university but ever wondered as to who he was?

this article from frontilne gives the answer . He can be easily termed as one of the best legal minds of India.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall in standards of Media in Indore

Dying man never lies.

Even Prabhash Joshi said that newspapers in Indore are selling space to political parties to run down opposition.

one more obituary from abhivyakti

another one from a hindi blog with some video as well
Are e paper the new way??

It is with great sadness that I write in memory of Prabhash Joshi, a steadfast friend and valued colleague of many years. I had been trying to reach him for some days but he was away. And then just yesterday he called to say he was back from his wanderings and that we must meet soon as there was much to discuss. For the past many months, indeed years, he had been travelling incessantly, lecturing, speaking, and participating in a variety of media and other activities even while keeping up his heavy writing schedule. He remarked that he was tired after all this hectic journeying and needed a few days rest after which he would be in touch and we should meet.

That day was not to come. He has departed and left the country’s journalistic fraternity the poorer. He reported from the field, mixing with high and low, and wrote a regular column in Jansatta and occasionally elsewhere, telling it as it is, focussing on values, principles and the lives and wellbeing of ordinary people.

Over the past many months he had been greatly exercised over the grievous fall in ethical standards, even among some of the best known brands in the Indian media. He was particularly concerned about the graded “packages” being sold by media houses for electoral coverage with different price tags to favour a candidate or damn his or her opponent. He took me with him to Indore, his home town, some time back to attend and address a seminar and public meeting called to discuss this matter by the Madhya Pradesh Union of Journalists. He had done his homework and was armed with clippings and other hard evidence of such malpractice. Returning to Delhi, he got me to join him in filing a complaint with the Press Council of India, which is currently seized of the matter. One of his last public assignments in Delhi was a seminar to discuss and denounce this most undemocratic practice.

I first met Prabhash in Delhi at the time of the JP movement. He was with the Gandhi Peace Foundation and edited the Hindi version of Everyman’s, a journal devoted to advocating Jayaprakash’s views and sponsored by Ramnath Goenka. This journal campaigned for JP’s movement for purity in public life. RNG, a man of strong likes and dislikes, took to Prabhash and brought him to The Indian Express, charging him with the task of conceptualising and launching Jansatta, the Hindi paper he had long wished to establish in Delhi. Jansatta gained a devoted readership and considerable prestige under Joshi’s editorship.

Prior to that we had been colleagues in The Express and Prabhash served in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad as also in Delhi and remained a confidante of RNG. He was passionate about cricket and wrote about it with panache. Sadly, He was taken ill at home after watching the India-Australia match last night and was rushed to hospital.

Though he gave up editorship of Jansatta after some years, he continued to write for it and was something of a guru, not merely among his devoted colleagues but for the larger media fraternity. Immaculately dressed in a starched dhoti and kurta, he had a wide and varied circle of friends and professional contacts with whom he kept in touch, often inviting them home for a splendid vegetarian meal cooked by his wife, Usha, with his children around. It was a happy and close knit family.

Prabhash Joshi will be missed — and remembered — for his friendship, his values and his perseverance in ploughing a furrow that not too many have followed.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Indore Film Festival

When you are away from home and miss the event which could actually make your home town an attractive destination then it is not very easy to imagine how one feels.

None of Indore media could give the glimpse of Indore film festival or its background in a better way than one given by one of the jury members.

Indore intelligentsia should also wake up as MP government is cheating Indore of its legitimate right of becoming film capital of MP by promoting bhopal instead.

here is the article


Global glimpses


The improvement in the quality of cinema, especially Indian films, over the past four decades is stunning.


From "In the Name of Art", a short film from New Zealand, which got a certificate of merit.

WHEN I received an invitation from the Film Federation of India (the apex body of the film industry) to be the chairman of the jury for a “Global Cinema Festival” it was to hold, I was initially intrigued by the choice of Indore as the festival venue. Then I found a clue to the riddle. Soon after the advent of “talkies” in the 1930s, film production centres took shape, but only in three metros – Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. One has always felt that the somewhat rootless character of the Hindi film may be at least partially attributed to the fact that there is no film production centre in the heart of the Hindi belt. Possibly motivated by this fact, the Film Federation of India decided to encourage film production in Madhya Pradesh, and as a first step organised its first “Global Cinema Festival” in Indore, for one week in October 2009.

The State government extended financial assistance although there is an unresolved difference in perception between the Federation and the State – the Federation, under Jitendra Jain's leadership, insists on developing a film industry in Indore and the government backs the proposal for the State capital, Bhopal. This article is limited in scope to the festival per se.

The Global Cinema Festival was non-competitive for feature films, which were invited from across the world, and “competitive” for documentaries and short fiction films, which attracted a surprising number of entries from over 50 countries. As the chairman of the jury, I enjoyed the opportunity not only to view a cross section of excellent contemporary short films and documentaries but also to compare the scene today with what it was like over the last four decades, during which time I have served in the jury of different festivals on a dozen occasions as a member, secretary or chairman. I was stunned by the remarkable progress in the quality of the Indian entries in particular.

'Bilal', an Indian entry in the documentary section, got a special mention.

The documentaries and short films screened for us had been pre-selected by the festival authorities from a large number of entries. We were asked to choose only one documentary and one short film for the awards in the two categories. But the visual excellence, the variety of styles adopted, and the varied subjects selected by the film-makers of the 56 entries were so exciting that we felt some more films deserved formal recognition. The organisers accepted our recommendation to give two certificates of merit in each category, in addition to an award in each.

While award-winning feature films manage to get some distribution, if not in the cinemas, at least as DVDs, equally deserving short films and documentaries get very little exposure; even those interested in them are unable to access them. However, short films and documentaries are emerging as future vehicles of exceptional sensitivity, exploring new vistas, competing with print in investigative journalism and science reporting. Let me describe briefly some of the entries to awaken your interest.

The award for the Best Documentary Film was given to Paradiso, an entry from the United Kingdom, directed by Alessandro Neglini. It is a lyrical recreation of how a group of friends in a small town in Ireland manage to foster harmony between two estranged groups of Catholics and Protestants – literally through music. Although the brick wall, built 40 years ago, dividing the village, remains intact, the emotional wall breaks down as old friends of a ‘Boys Music Group’ begin performing again, now re-assembled as senior citizens.

'Bebadelse', a Swedish entry, received the Best Short Film award.

We gave the award for the Best Short Film to Bebadelse, an entry from Sweden, directed by Jonas Moberg. Poetic, profound and provocative, the film challenges conventional wisdom in hardly 27 minutes. It has an ethereal if not mystic dimension with strong feminist undertones. Mariam, a pregnant Muslim girl, believes she is carrying the child of Allah. She meets a priest in a church and declares this to him, stating that she has never had a sexual experience. The priest does not believe her, and he says so. She considers him a hypocrite, since he preaches every day that Jesus was born to Virgin Mary.

Mariam's deeply disturbed sister takes her to a clinic and discovers to her amazement that the doctors confirm both virginity and pregnancy. Although the family wants her to abort, Mariam decides otherwise. Three years later, we find her and her daughter in a park, where she meets another Christian priest, who is initially sympathetic to her. He wonders whether the child is normal. Even as Mariam confirms that there is nothing paranormal, we find the little girl, who is playing around out of their sight, caressing a dead pigeon which comes alive and flies. The jury was unanimous in applauding this film.

In the documentary category, we gave the two certificates of merit to House of Numbers (Canadian) and Children of the Pyre (Indian). House of Numbers, directed by Brent Leung, challenges the common understanding of HIV-AIDS, with a combination of perceptive research, investigative journalism and a sharp eye for detail, compelling you to change your perspective. One learns that the AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) threat is highly exaggerated. Through interviews with patients, doctors and scientists, the film establishes that the mortality rate among those who receive treatment after testing positive for HIV, or the human immunodefiency virus, is far higher than in people who ignored the diagnosis more than 15 years ago and refused to take the prescribed medicines. Interviews with Nobel laureates and senior scientists reveal that HIV has never been recognised in any laboratory and that all treatment is based on vague hypotheses. The film indirectly suggests that pharmaceutical lobbies have created the threat in the minds of possibly well-meaning but ignorant politicians.

'Paradiso' from the U.K. was chosen as the Best Documentary Film.

Children of the Pyre, directed by Rajesh Jala, is a visually brilliant and an emotionally disturbing statement about children who are compelled by poverty to work in the cremation ghats of Varanasi, helping to burn corpses. In the short films category, we gave the two certificates of merit to In the Name of Art (New Zealand) and Midnight Lost and Found (India).

Midnight Lost and Found, directed by Atul Sabharwal, is a sensitive film with brilliant performances. The story is about the blossoming love between a call girl and a pharmacist from whom she buys condoms every night. The relationship between a regular buyer and a retailer takes a turn when the pharmacist shows interest to give her a complimentary set of medicines which she may need in her avocation. The film combines stark realism with artistic finesse and never falls prey to the temptation to be titillating. In the Name of Art, directed by Mardo El Noor, combines aesthetically fabricated visuals of live action and animation.

'Grandpa', a Taiwanese short film, got a special mention.

In addition to the two main awards and the four certificates of merit, the jury considered it important to record our high appreciation of three more entries, which narrowly missed the certificates. We made a special mention of Bilal, an Indian entry in the documentary section, which delicately portrays how a blind man and his blind wife bring up their little son, who has normal vision, in a poverty-stricken slum; Grandpa, a Taiwanese entry in the short films section, a tender and poetic portrait of a little girl who searches for her loving grandfather even as the family is performing his last rites; and Sincity Sincerely, an American entry in the short films section, which dramatically narrates the mental trauma of a soldier just returned from the war in Iraq.

Let me conclude with a behind-the-scenes real story which unfolded just before the festival started. The Film Federation of India had nominated two members of the jury, besides me as the chairman. One member, Professor Nilotpal Majumdar of the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, waited with me for the other member to arrive, but he did not turn up because of ill health. The festival authorities approached a delegate to the festival who had travelled with me from Chennai – Mohana, an award-winning short-film producer in her own right – to co-opt her as a jury member. When both Mohana and I were embarrassed by this suggestion and were unable to decide, Ramesh Tekwani, on behalf of the organisers, asked, “How can you think of it as nepotism? Who can be more fiercely independent in judging than a spouse?” We conceded the point. There were lengthy arguments after most films.

S. Krishnaswamy has won many national and international awards for his documentaries and TV serials. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the U.S. International Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Economic Indicators : How backward MP is

I don't trust in oft quoted figures of so much tax collection increase mouthed by state government ( even those are falling) but even if one argues that these are temporary drops there are deep structural weaknesses in our economy and sadly except soyabean nothing has been done to project MP as export source, or manufacturing hub or even software hub. Big three of Indian IT TCS, Infosys & Wipro employ some 3,00,000 people all over India and on an all India basis except NE and J&K perhaps MP is the only state where none of them have any office.

At most we have a thriving trading economy which improts stuff from outside state to satisfy consumption needs in state without much value addition.

this report from business standard on top Indian cities which made use of export entitlements mentions this in no uncertain terms.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

comaprison of delhi ahmedabad and Indore brts

well title is bit misnomer as this article compares only the first two.
Despite being first to get conceived it would be at least one-two more years before Indore BRTS sees light of the day.

People blissfully have no view on it. Whether it will hep traffic or not. A classic case of top down planning but also perils of decentralization.Local municipality and IDA are too corrupt and too inefficient to understand magnitude of problems in this kind of project and execute them without fear and favor.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

concern of Madhya Pradesh government about health care of tribals

झाबुआ/भोपाल। पश्चिमी मध्यप्रदेश के तीन आदिवासी जिले झाबुआ, आलीराजपुर एवं धार की कुल 30 लाख से अधिक की आबादी के लिए सरकार ने सिर्फ एक ड्रग इंस्पेक्टर यानी औषधी निरीक्षक की तैनाती की है। इस निरीक्षक के पास झाबुआ-आलीराजपुर जिले की लगभग 70 वैध मेडिकल की दुकानों व धार जिले की लगभग 90 मेडिकल दुकानों में यह देखने का अधिकार है कि उन दुकानों में नकली या घटिया या कथित रूप से एक्पायरी दवाइयां तो नहींबिक रही है। साथ ही इसी निरीक्षक के पास दोनों जिलों के लगभग 1500 से अधिक अवैध चिकित्सकों द्वारा क्लीनिक में कथित रूप से संचालित मेडिकल स्टोर को देखने का भी दायित्व है। व्यवहारिक रूप में एक अधिकारी क्या यह सब कुछ सहज रूप से कर सकता है? यह सरकार सोचने को तैयार नहींहै।

रस्मअदायगी के लिए की गई तैनाती: निश्चित रूप इस तरह के आश्चर्य इस देश में ही देखने को मिल सकते हैं। आदिवासी बहुल झाबुआ एंवं आलीराजपुर जिलों में स्वास्थ्य के क्षेत्र में फैली बदहाली से सभी वाकिफ है। लेकिन इसे दुरुस्त करने की सरकारी मंशा क्या है? सरकार किस तरह से आदिवासियों के स्वास्थ्य की चिंता करती है? यह ड्रग इंस्पेक्टर की झाबुआ -आलीराजपुर जिले में महज रस्मअदायगी के लिए तैनाती से ही समझ में आता है। झाबुआ-आलीराजपुर जिले की 14 लाख की आबादी के लिए धार में ड्रग इंस्पेक्टर के दायित्व तय किए गए हैं। साथ ही सप्ताह में एक बार झाबुआ जिले में एवं एक बार आलीराजपुर जिले में आकर दवाइयां मानक स्तर की बिक रही है यह सुनिश्चित करने का दायित्व भी ड्रग इंस्पेक्टर को सौंपा गया है। दूसरे शब्दों में सप्ताह में महज दो दिन आकर ड्रग निरीक्षक दोनों जिलों में सही दवाइयां बिक रही है यह सुनिश्चित करेगा। निश्चित रूप से व्यवहारिक रूप में देखा जाए तो यह संभव नहींहै

जेनरिक/एक्पायरी दवाइयों का बोलबाला : यह दवाइयां काफी सस्ती पड़ती है। खासकर ग्रामीण अंचल में अवैध चिकित्सकों को जेनरिक दवाइयों से इलाज करने में बेहद फायदा होता है। सरकार तक जेनरिक दवाइयों के इस्तेमाल की कथित छूट देती है। ग्रामीण अंचल में ऐसी दवाइयों की भी भरमार है जो एक्सपायरी हो चुकी हैं लेकिन उन्हें सील बदलकर इस्तेमाल किया जा रहा है। कहने को तो मेडिकल काउंसिल के प्रावधान यह है कि थोक दवाई विक्रय व चिकित्सा व्यवसाय एक ही स्थान पर नहींहोगा। लेकिन ऐसा हो रहा है। स्थान फिर चाहे राणापुर हो या फिर जोबट कभी भी इन स्थानों पर डीआई मेडिकल काउंसिल के निर्देशानुसार चेक करने नहींजाते।

लेकिन दवाई विक्रेता संतुष्ट

झाबुआ-आलीराजपुर जिले के लिए एकमात्र औषधी निरीक्षक न होने से दवाई विक्रेता खासे खुश हैं। यहींकारण है कि अभी तक दवाई विक्रेताओं की ओर से प्रशासन व सरकार से कभी मांग नहींकी गई कि जिले में स्थाई रूप से एक ड्रग निरीक्षक की तैनाती की जाए जो गलत दवाइयों का विक्रय रोक सके।

Monday, October 19, 2009

Delhi Mumbai industrial corridor : Opportunity for Indore

They say that trains pass through MP because it lies in middle of country.
We never benefited from rail expansion in last 50 years.
Hajira Jagdishpur pipeline has not led to setting up of gas based fertilizer
or power plants in state

and now we have this opportunity in form of DMIC
1. an industrial corridor from pithampur to airport
2. knowledge city in Ujjain

read more about this here

Sunday, October 18, 2009

School education in Indore

This is shocking how crores of public money is being wasted


all the buildings are in Nandanagar ( area of bhajan singer) and no responsibility has been fixed as to how to use these buildings.

shocking indeed

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Farce called narmada water tribunal

After 20-30 years when whole of India including MP will be facing an acute water crisis future generations of MP will wonder how our elders squandered maginificent heritage called Narmada.

Some excerpts from a report of commission for review of Indian constitution formed by NDA government.

5.22 Narmada Dispute-Allocation Made

(a) The Narmada Tribunal did apportion the waters among Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Madhya Pradesh with 97.59% of the drainage area and contributing 98.75% of the flow, was awarded 18.25 MAF (67%), while Gujarat with 0.56% of the drainage area contributing 0.26% of the flow, got 9 MAF (33%). It was also decided that excess as well as distress should be shared by the two States in the same proportion as their shares. Rajasthan’s claim for a share in the excess flow was turned dwon. However, between Rajasthan and Maharasthra, excess or scarcity was decided to be distributed in the proportion of 1/56:1/12.

(b) In deference to the wishes of the parties, the Tribunal agreed that allocations be made subject to review and modicication after the lapse of a reasonable period of time. It was decided, accordingly, that the allocations should be subject to review after a period of 45 years from the date of order of the Tribunal.

(c) The Tribunal had also to elaborately deal with intricate technical questions, such as fixing the full supply level of Navagam Canal, its bed gradient, determination of the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam, the quantum of the re-generated flow and return flow etc. it also presented an exhustive scheme to set up a machinery for implementing its decisions.


5.24 Narmada Tribunal Report: Significant Features

The Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Report contained some significant features:

(a) It was held that Rajasthan, a non-riparian State, was not entitled for a share in the Narmada waters. The State was, nevertheless, favoured with an allocation, based on an agreement of Chief Ministers.

(b) The Tribunal observed that diversion of water of an inter-State river outside the river basin is legal; and the need for diversion of water to another watershed may therefore be a relevant factor on the question of equitable apportionment in the circumstances of a particular case.

(d) The Narmada Tribunal not only adjudicated the inter-State water dispute between the party States, but also directed the establishment of a machinery for operating and implementing its award, with the object of accomplishing the optimum utilization of Narmada waters. This machinery (the Narmada Control Authority), was constituted subsequently, and was authorised to frame detailed rules and regulations and to carry out water accounting.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Law takes its course against Tukoji

His lineage is so impressive when peshwa and shinde had turned against Jaswant holkar he was given support by Dewas ruler who gave him his small army to win back his throne.

but now the so called 'shrimant' shouts at at a lady officer doing her duty, feigns illness when asked to go to Jail, and got well the day he got bail.

Thank god we got rid of such monarchs...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Indore zoo : to hide incomeptence use of religion

Many animals have died in Indore zoo recently. Obviously if everyone in IMC is busy in making money in construction boom who cares for animals.

I wrote before as how white tiger cubs were made playthings for BJP leader krishnamurari moghe's family.

those three unfortunate cubs are dead now.

and instead of trying to find reason of infection or disease in animals, our Mayor and zoo in charge Anil bindal have come up with solution of holding a yagya in zoo premises.

I don't know whether such things are even permitted by animal welfare laws!!

seriously as they say in northern England queer as folk

Malwa Utsav

I could not stop myself from writing this post as I was witness to this naked propaganda event in its worst form.

time was 6-6 30 pm and an open truck (normally used for marketing ,that also after permission from authorities) was stopping at various places starting from Gandhi Hall to shastri bridge to all the way on MG road greatly inconveniencing normal public, holding traffic, and not to mention noise pollution. some pertinent points :

1.Does Indore need a so called 'Utsav' at this point of time? City is looking at another year of drought and prices are sky rocketing. Are people in a mood to celebrate?

2. Even if IMC i.e. Indore Municipal Corporation gives a logic that we need occasions to forget our worries , just now Navratri has ended , Dussehra is over just yet and Diwali is around the corner. Who cares for this so called Malwa utsav?

3. IMC does not have moeny for dengue control but is spending lakhs on this? How can elected representatives of people allow such kind of expenses in budget?

4. All said and done , if festival is to be organized why this show on road? Who gives permission for this? How can you allow someone hold full city at ransom? Traffic was held like anything. Kind of money wasted in fuel, sound pollution and time wasted can not be compensated by this so called 'jansevaks' ?

5.Many VIP vehicles were honking their horns and passed through the road without botheirng to find out what is hapening. they anywyas had their red lights and first right of passage.

6. While returning I could see traffic jawans busy in stopping two Wheeler and making challans (and pocketing money) near Mahatma Gandhi statue, surprisingly none of them could be seen controlling traffic minutes before

7. If people tried to take alternative routes, all road sign and boards were covere with smiling pictures of BJP and congress leaders (mainly Kailashji and Kripashankar shukla) greeting people for Diwali and Dussehra with their innumerable minions. Such brazen encroachment of public property in heart of indore.

In fact office of SP is on the same square in front of this statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

So in front of Gandhi, SP and top leaders someone can hold city traffic because municipal elections are near and he wants to make publicity statement with the money of IMC

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Women welfare

We have a woman as MP for last 20 years, had a lady CM and at every point of time at least one MLA has been woman in last 10 years, a woman mayor but still our state and particularly Indore lags behind even places like Orisa and UP in terms of how we utilize funds of central government schemes. Just some examples

working women hostel :
my doubt is most of these are only on papers.

at least in Indore it lists following
All India Women's Conference, Indore 1981-82 Indore 30 30 completed
Pragathi Mahila Kendra, Indore 1983-84 Indore 92 0 completed
Bhartiya Grameen Mahila Sangh, Jawahar Marg, Indore 1986-87 Indore 28 0 completed
Indian Red Cross Society, Indore, 1988-89 Pradesipura Indore 51 0 completed

My guess is most of these are on paper.

In a scheme called STEP whereas other states have got huge funds we have zero allocation

same holds true for a scheme called ujjawalla

swadhar scheme does have listing but almost all of them are parivar paramarsh kendra of MP police so no NGO activity of worth name.

one can go on and on if one tries to look in detail in to different schemes and their allocation.

So what is our MP Sumitra Mahajan doing?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

drought year, Navratri & Indore

Since last one week headlines of newspapers and new channels are screaming about expenses of our ministers but those pointing fingers at public personalities never bother to have look at what we are doing.

When there was huge water crisis in city, despite appeal by administration every tom dick and harry who thinks he is a politician or social leader in Indore too out 'GER' (a unique indore tradition of processions on holi - festival of color) and wasted gallons and gallons of water.

Now Navratri is around the corner and so is municipal elections so how can our 'bhaiya' let go off opportunity to organize garaba nights at every roundabout and waste money but just take one litre petrol and go 100 kms from indore in an direction dhar, jhabua or khargone and one would see people , mostly tribal villagers , who can be really helped by this money.

but as I said in my earlier post as people we are touched by tokenism and politicians exploit this to hilt.

Our own Holy cow : Shivraj Singh Chouhan

If three idiots ruling or nation are doing something how can three musketeers ruling MP be left behind.
So now our CM is going by economy class but I will just put one news which appeared in papers a few days back along with this news item

he had done antic of going by cycle also for few days just before election were due in MP.

his idea of promoting sports in state are also miserably wrong. Arjun award winner from mp in many years was sent by special plane to Delhi to get the prize. Now this fellow went to army and that is how he became a sportsman , no contribution of state government. If government would have given him the cash reward equivalent to cost of special plane (8-10 lakhs I presume) , it wold have been more helpful to player.
but our nation thrives on tokenism.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Indore MLA in Madhya Pradesh Assembly

Though RTI is in place, IT revolution is blowing with its full force ( our IT minister Kaiashji will testify this) but website of MP assembly ( ) is poor. On its daily proceedings it only lists who spoke and on what topic. What did he or she speak is not there i.e. transcript of speeches is not there so there is now way of knowing for a voter to know whether his MLA is raising questions pertaining to welfare of his/her assembly constituency in Bhopal or not and if yes then what exactly is he / she speaking.

One very sad part about all this is that MLAs from ruling party think that even raising issue of public importance or pointing to deficiency of government is some kind of anti party activity, so even after being low in membership almost 2/3 rd time in assembly is taken by congress MLAs some of their MLA speak almost on a daily basis on issues in their areas.

Most unfortunate is Indore, due to factionalism in BJP and vested interest of almost all our MLAs they almost never speak in assembly. A casual perusal of assembly proceedings made it abundantly clear and obviously this is never news in papers in Indore:
1. July 28 – sudarshan gupta spoke on death of people in flood and tulsi silawat on power cut .some 7 committee members were nominated by speker amounting to 88 members. But only 2 MLAs from indore i.e. Malini aur and Sudarshan Gupta found space in them
2. July 27 – act related to VAT amendment and entertainement tax were presented but no one spoke
3. July 24 – Sudarshan gupta spoke about hygiene in various parts of Indore and one member outside Indore i.e. Ajay singh spoke about atrocity on a Dalit famly in indore. Discussions were held on various bills including Boj open university but once again participation was lacking from Indore MLAs
4. July 23 – Kalpana Parulekar did raise issue of pension scam in Indore but she was silenced by impartial speaker saying inquiry is on (since last 3 years) and as matter is sub judice no question can be asked. Long live speaker. No one from indore spoke or took part in various discussions
5. July 22 – discussion on demands of sports, revenue, food and public distibutio, education and women welfare & forest. Malini Gaur took part in forest and women welfare debates. President of MP Olympic association Mahesh Joshi and president of various sports bodies in state are Ramesh mandola and Kailashji but they did not deem it fit to speak on demand of the ministry
6. July 21 – sudarshan gupta spoke on western ring road ( a huge real estate mess)
Discussion on demand of grants of higher education, tribal welfare, agriculture, co operatives minsiteries. Malini gaur took part in higher education
7. July 20 - demand of grants for home, culture, PWD. Surprisingly none of our esteemed MLAs spoke. All of them head one or other cultural organizations in city but it appears they do not want to share their expertise with other people in state. Law and order is a big concern for indore city but none of our MLAs showed any interest. Similarly roads , how to make where to make is a topic of daily debate in Indore but once again no one showed interest.
8. July 17 – congress MLAs of Indore raised issue of crime in Indore. Demand of grants for panchayati raj ministry, water resource and power. No one from Indore spoke. Kailashji did speak on one nongovernmental resolution of teachers to be employed only in teaching no other work. As one can surmise this was a rhetorical discussion with no substance or result.
9. July 16 – demand of housing, commercial tx, IT, industry, food processing, village industry but no one took part except Kailashji who is minister for many of them
10. July 15 – administration, local bodies and finance ministry and surprisingly none of our esteemd MLAs spoke while local bodies seems to be a favorite area of their concern if one goes by their daily interference in Indore IMC
11. July 14 – general discussion on budget. Malini gaur spoke. Members were elected for various house committees. Some 51 members and only two i.e. tulsiram silawat and Jitu jirati became members of two committee
12. July 13 – no one spoke
13. July 10 – Nil
14. July 9 – Sudarshan Gupta spoke about electric connection to slums. discussion on water crisis in state and none of MLAs from Indore spoke.
15. July 8 – ashwin joshi took part in adjournment motion on law and order
16. July 7 – no one spoke
17. July 6 – Nil

All this indicated that some of our MLAs like Mr Mahendra Hardia, Ramesh Mandola and Jitu Jirati are so shy of speaking in assembly that they did not even bother to represent interest of their voters or government. Ashwin Joshi and Tuli Silawat did speak on couple of occasions and so did Malini Gaur and Sudarshan Gupta but except Sudarshan Gupta no one actually raised issues pertaining to indore. Another absence was Satyanarayan Patel who had almost become our MP. I wonder what he would have done in Parliament if does not bother to speak in assembly.


This is the only scheme from Madhya Pradesh which won prices outside and was discussed much and formed part of many books and papers in academic, management and administrative institutes.

Even at that time I wondered about it as I ahd never heard of them, local media was never talking about it and worse i wondered how such thing could work in Dhar - a tribal district whose first needs are employment, power and water and not ICT interventions.

The hero of this saga i.e. Dr Rajesh Rajora had an inceremonious exit one year back when he was caught in income tax raid for a scam in health department. But I used to think may this fellow started good but later succumbed to allure of money.

Based on detailed investigations I have discovered that I was wrong, even this scheme was a quick fix to win rewards.

We punsih those army and police officers who do fake encounter killings for winning awards, but what about those administrative officers who waste away precious resources on such schemes to win awards?

"GYANDOOT - Gyandoot is an Intranet based Government to Citizen (G2C) service delivery portal commissioned in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh (a state in central India) in January 2000.
The Gyandoot society comprises of the District collector, the CEO of the Zilla Parishad and members of the participating departments. The society also comprises of an operations team, who are responsible for the functioning of the “Soochnalaya”, which are the physical citizen centre “avtar” of Gyandoot . Unlike other states, where the model is based on Public-Private Partnership, the Zilla Parishad provides and manages the “Soochnalayas” with the help of “Soochaks”, who work on a part time basis. Most of the services are available on a chargeable basis and range from Rs. 5 to Rs. 25.
The processing of services is severely restricted, as the back-end government departments do not have a technology enablement of their processes. Therefore most of the backend processes are manual and the Gyandoot application is only a way to input queries and extract information. There is no significant saving of time or costs.
On the front end, Gyandoot is facing the problem of identifying and deploying appropriate power and communication technologies that offer satisfactory service levels while keeping the infrastructure costs low. Increasing the number of “Soochnalayas” and including more revenue generating services can only offset the infrastructure costs. Post-implementation, Gyandoot not only faced issues with respect to non-availability of sustained power and network connectivity, but also had to also grapple with the low awareness of the “Soochnalayas”. Word of mouth played an important way to communicate the role of the “Soochnalayas” and the create awareness of the services offered by them.
The service offered were a mix of information related and transaction based services. A nominal service charge was levied for some of the services offered. The services that were most in demand related to the following:
• Mandi prices
• Khasra Nakal Avedan
• Certificates relating to caste, domicile and income
• Grievance redressal
The Gyandoot initiative had to also contend with issues related to higher transaction costs in some cases. This was primarily due to increase in travel costs due to the location of the “ Soochnalayas”.

Challenges faced by the Gyandoot initiative:
 Poor power and communications backbone
 Information available through Gyandoot not updated on regular basis
 Low awareness of the services offered by the “Soochnalayas”
 Location disadvantage of the “Soochnalayas”, resulting in increase in transaction costs

Friday, August 28, 2009

Maharshtra minsiter punished what about Krishnamurari Moghe family and Anil bindal

first see this news item and this one

and compare and contrast this with what happened in indore a few months back. when zoo incharge of IMC Anil Bindal took family of another BJP leader of city Mr Moghe inside cages of white tiger cubs. Many crimes were committed that day

1. it was day of holiday for normal public. animals were disturbed
2. Four wheelers were taken inside zoo flouting all rules
3. tiger cubs were from white tiger and no mere rabbit or deer, were newly born (1 day old)
4. they were taken out of cage, separated from mother and photographed with netaji's family without supervision of any animal expert. what if they died ? or got infected?

but this news does not even come on googling.

this is the failure of local media, animal conservationist (if any) and civil society (once again if any).

when someone who is a minister of a sate is pulled up for such things why no action against a councillor in indore

Mystery of treasure island

Truth is stranger than fiction

this applies so aptly to treasure island.
Today it is a must visit place for anyone coming to Indore. It has provided Indore with something which can give competition to best malls in country (considering size of Indore) and has provided with a socialising platform.

But as it has come out now, it was made by flouting many norms. Apparently the ares was a residential area in earleir master plan. Now it is a different issue that Master Plans are made by people seating in Bhopal with little or no expertise in town planning or urban landscape is a different matter. Today the whole road is lined with commercial establishments and it won't be wrong to call it CBD i.e. commercial business district of Indore but I still remember times when it was site of palatial house of owner family (i.e. Kalanis). After emerging from Kanchanbag lane, till reagal talkies this side of road was a pleasant break for us cycle trotting students as traffic was less, road wide and lined with trees.

That fun is gone for sure , but still I do not think this mall has created any traffic bottlenecks. Rather various such obscenities coming on AB road have certainly created traffic bottlenecks but once again this is not the point.

Point is during congress rule a convenient JV was formed with a government corporation to make mall ( ever heard of government making mall ??? , it can happen only in Indore) and so land use was converted from residential to commercial and once change was effected JV was conveniently thrown out of window .

later IMC chose a very convenient place for the mall owners to make first foot over bridge of Indore but once again i.e. not he point.

point is

1. Why government departments should be given leeway in rules?
2. why residents of an area are not considered while making such decision. e.g. city mall at RNT road has made lives of people miserable there.
3. Why government was sleeping for so many years?
4. Can it be regularsied by imposing a hefty penalty?
5. Even if this technical point is sorted out, security wise building seems unsafe on first look. I do not know if Fire brigade will be able to handle any large scale fire on upper floors of this building.
6. Things for which this fellow is bieng punished , are they being followed in case of other people? if not then it is a case of political vendetta.
7. worse of all , this all could be an eye wash attempt to extract money from industrialist and score brownie points over congress in some deal of you scratch my back , I scratch your back (remember bhumika educational society or land mafia ?)
because no responsible person has come in open about details of what investigations are gong against the mall and what has been result of raids till date, what is tax evasion and who has been held accountable or same.

only down line is this mall was made by someone who was educated at good school (stanford MBA) , a rare thing for Indore gentry and used all his parental wealth and education in a work which surely would have make them proud but rigidity of laws or incompetence of our officers, even such path breaking projects are treated like any run of mill project.

a city of sheeps in time gets a government of wolves !!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Scam in power purchase : downside of privatisation

This is big now a days , not only in MP but in many states. Problem stems from various factors :

1. competitive electoral politics of giving 24 hour electricity at election time even if power plants are not proucing enough forcing boards to make open market purchases at exorbitant rates.

2. A complete apathy by public representatives to working of electricity regulatory commmission and fixing of tarriff. In Indore none of MLA or MP even bothers to attend public hearing.

3. No new power projects in private or government sector except indira sagar in last 20 years.

4. Huge scale pilfrege and non recovery of bills and politicians who are responsible for under investment in generation and transmission support all such elements here thus harming electricity board twice.

5. Absence of well deeloped power tradng mechanism in country.

6. Our fetish for IAS officers. They man regulatory body, they run electricty board ( why not people having experience of running utilities, they do the trading on power exchange also , why not MBAs from IIM ? ) result an inefficient, incapable, unresponsive and costly utility.

Economic survey of this yea shows that MP has second highest tarriff in India and whic in part xplains why big industries are so shy of our state.

भोपाल। बिजली खरीदी में अनियमितताओं की शिकायत पर लोकायुक्त ने तीन विद्युत वितरण कंपनियों को नोटिस जारी कर उनसे जवाब मांगा है।

लोकायुक्त जस्टिस पीपी नावलेकर ने नागरिक उपभोक्ता मंच द्वारा इस संबंध में की गई शिकायत की सुनवाई करते हुए मंगलवार को यह नोटिस जारी किया। मामले की अगली सुनवाई आगामी सात सितंबर को भोपाल में निर्धारित की गई है। मंच द्वारा लोकायुक्त के समक्ष की गई शिकायत में कहा गया था कि वर्ष 2005 से वर्ष 2008 के बीच इन वितरण कंपनियों द्वारा 1770 करोड़ रुपए की अल्पकालीन बिजली खरीद में न केवल नियमों की अनदेखी की गई, बल्कि भारी भ्रष्टाचार भी किया गया। शिकायत में कहा गया कि खरीदी गई बिजली में पारदर्शिता का पालन नहीं किया गया, खरीदी के लिए नियामक आयोग से अनुमति नहीं ली गई तथा बिना निविदा के महंगी दर पर बिजली खरीदी गई। लोकायुक्त ने नोटिस जारी कर तीनों कंपनियों से जवाब मांगा है।

मामले की अगली सुनवाई सात सितंबर को भोपाल में होगी। उल्लेखनीय है कि विद्युत दरों से संबंधित टैरिफ की घोषणा के समय पत्रकारों ने नियामक आयोग के अध्यक्ष से भी बिजली खरीदी को लेकर सवाल किया था। उन्होंने बताया था कि 2006-07 में खरीदी गई बिजली में अनियमितता पाए जाने पर आयोग ने 1100 करोड़ से अधिक की स्वीकृति नहीं दी थी।

उनका कहना था कि चालू साल में खरीदी का ब्योरा अभी नियामक आयोग के सामने नहीं आया, यह मामला जब उनके सामने आएगा तो देखेंगे। दरअसल बिजली खरीदी को लेकर सरकार पर विधानसभा चुनावों के बाद से ही आरोप लग रहे हैं। शिकायत है कि चुनावों के मद्देनजर मतदाता नाराज न हों, इसलिए उस समय तो महंगी बिजली खरीदी गई, लेकिन उसके बाद नहीं। इसकी वजह से बिजली संकट बरकरार है। सामान्य तौर पर भी बिजली खरीदी को लेकर अनियमितताओं की शिकायत है।

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

why quota for MLA /MPs by IDA

Today I read in Naidunia one announcement by IDA for some flats for sale in Samvad nagar.
Most of MLAs in MP have assets of at least a crore and in Indore all of them are way beyond the mark.

What is the point of reserving flats or plots for such people when this a scarce resources and lot of eligible people are not able to purchase them.

only some tribal MLAs have reported assets of few lakhs (which is also above state average) and they can anyway get such seats in tribal quota.

Is our CM listening??

Represnetative of Public in Indore

Sometimes it seems people in Indore have no option but to choose a lesser evil only.

First mention must go to our MP for 20 years Sumitra Mahajan. I doubt if in this long duration she was able to raise any problem of Indore effectively in parliament be it rail connectivity, roads (in 90's) and water crisis ( recently). Her role has been limited to writing letters to inconsequential rail officers for some concessions while route is changed at one protest of Sushama Sawaraj.

Our MLAs never attend jan sunwai of Electricity board neither we hear or see them monitoring SSA or NREGS or even BRTS which is very much visible. But yes, one of them did reach to change alignment of BRTS to save some shops or another made sure that an unauthorized construction at patnipura was holding traffic of full area on ransom and municipal corporation was made to compensate him while he was a clear case of encroachment.

None had a constructive solution for water crisis and all they could do was start tankers in their name or dig bore wells mindlessly.

rotaries are made at all major junctions an then shifted when a road is to be made and public bears all this expenditure.

None of them seems to worried that no B Ed college is recognized in city and medical college may also soon loose its recognition.

cities like bhubaneshwar and jaipur are attracting IT companies while we have a vacant crystal IT park and no one gives a damn about it.

Land sharks are roaring to engulf mill land and our representatives are doing nothing. This whole claim of 6000 people having dues of 300 crore seems doubtful. Most of these people are labor (unskilled) and if it was private enterprise they would have been no more than contract labor. Moreover this closure happened 20 years back and compensation rate should be determined on those rates not today's.

this whole talk of interest of mill labor is a smoke screen for depriving city of last chance of greenery.

It has been proved time and again that fetish of IMC and IDA for cement road is possible for almost half of our problems but no one seems to care.

Now when someone like Vivek Agrawal was running city bus successfully or Shami was making police empowered against local hoodlums with political support our so called public representatives get hyper active to get such people transferred
but same eagerness is not shown to ask government to make inquiries against contractors of roads , BRTS, sewerage who are delaying projects despite taking advanced money.

similarly there is an interesting conspiracy of silence between both congress and BJP leaders on issue of liquor shops and huge scale land mafia. Becuase people from both sides are involved in this.

There is hardly a leader whom you can trust for giving him reins of the city's future.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Can we do with only one Satyapal Anand

We have many people whining about conditions in Indore but this is the only gentleman who appears to be doing something concrete.

At the height of water crisis in summer when councillors aka parshad were busy scoring political points and municipal officials minting money, he was the man who went to high court for proper plan of tackling crisis.

be it traffic issues, sanitation, stray cattle, tree cutting by IMC, strike by doctors he is effectively using the tool of PIL to at least highlight issues and wake officials from their slumber.

why do not we have more such people may be retired public servants and out of favor politicians who know the sysem better can serve people at least now if they did not when they were in positions which mattered.

This is called an active MLA

भोपाल। पढ़ने में अटपटा जरूर लगेगा लेकिन हकीकत में मध्य प्रदेश विधानसभा में पूछे गए चार सवालों के जवाब भोपाल तक भेजने के लिए बैतूल जिला प्रशासन को शायद ट्रक का बंदोबस्त करना पड़ सकता है।

ऐसा कागजों की भरमार के कारण होगा। प्रश्नों की संख्या है सिर्फ चार और जवाब देने के लिए भिड़ा है पूरा का पूरा अमला। अमूमन, विधानसभा में पूछे जाने वाले सवालों के जवाब या तो कूरियर से भेजे जाते हैं या संबंधित विभाग का कोई कर्मचारी खुद लेकर जाता है। निश्चित ही जवाब में सरकारी दस्तावेजों की भारी-भरकम तादाद देखते हुए बैतूल के ग्रामीण विकास विभाग को उन्हें एकत्र कर भोपाल तक भिजवाने के नाम पर पसीना आ रहा होगा।

सवाल पूछने वाले विधायक हैं, सुखदेव पांसे। वह बैतूल जिले के मुलताई विधानसभा क्षेत्र से कांग्रेस के टिकट पर चुनाव जीते हैं। दूसरी दफा विधायक बने पांसे ने राष्ट्रीय ग्रामीण रोजगार गारंटी योजना से जुड़े चार सवाल दाग कर विभाग की नाक में दम कर दिया है। पांसे ने पहला सवाल किया है कपिलधारा योजना के तहत बनने वाले कुओं को लेकर। इस योजना में बैतूल जिला पूरे देश में अव्वल आया है। पांसे ने बैतूल के उन सभी लाभार्थियों की सूची के साथ कुएं निर्माण के सत्यापन की छायाप्रति मांगी है, जिनके यहां कुआं बनाने का दावा कर पहला नंबर पाया गया। इसके साथ उन्होंने क्रय सामग्री माप के दिन की जानकारी भी प्रति लाभार्थी अलग-अलग मांगी है। इस प्रश्न में उन्होंने बैतूल के साथ ही छिंदवाड़ा जिले की जानकारी भी चाही है। बैतूल जिले की दस जनपद पंचायतों की 558 ग्राम पंचायतें और छिंदवाड़ा जिले की ग्यारह जनपद पंचायतों की 808 ग्राम पंचायतों से इस सवाल का जवाब खंगालने में पूरा का पूरा अमला लगा है।

उन्होंने दूसरा सवाल पूछा है, राष्ट्रीय रोजगार गारंटी योजना की अब तक की प्रगति पर। यानी फरवरी 2006 से अब तक बैतूल जिले में रोजगार गारंटी योजना के तहत क्या-क्या काम हुए। कितना पैसा खर्च हुआ और कितने लोग लाभांवित हुए? तीसरा सवाल पंचायत वार उस रकम के बारे में पूछा गया तो काम का बगैर सत्यापन किए वितरित कर दी गई।

विधायक सुखदेव पांसे ने 'दैनिक जागरण' से बातचीत में कहा कि यदि काम हुआ होगा तो सामने आएगा और नहीं हुआ होगा तो इस जांच के बाद जरूर तेजी से होगा।

Monday, July 27, 2009

Indore RTO : A den of corruption

We often hear people lamenting on corruption and how people do not try to get their work done without bribing and so this time when I was at Indore I tried to see if a normal citizen can get his work done without paying bribes.

I failed miserably.

I applied for a learning license to our infamous RTO office at Vijay Nagar.

It took almost a month for application to move as I went without an agent. When finally I reached for test things started unfloding one by one.

person collecting forms at window will give you an arbitrary serial and batch number which would have no correlation with when you came or at what position in queue you are. Clearly agents were paying for their clients and they were getting preference.

It was a hot may afternoon and there is no place for people to seat in shade ( there is a tin roof with 8 chairs kept whie daily crowd is at least 500-600).
there is no facility for water ( an old pyaaoo was disfunctional)

now my batch number came and passed but my name was never called , on enquiring it transpired that agents had paid money and got name of their clients who were there or not there advanced. One agent got name of his client shifted to next batch when he could not come in time for his pre assigned batch.

and finally link failed. All this time one could see agents openly going and staying inside the exam hall and it does not require extraordinary intelligence to guess what they were doing there. Person incharge there claimed he was a mere clerk and there was no officer there at campus to lodge a complaint.

when i went inside , it seemed work had been outsourced to some it firm and forms were lying in two heaps , one for which agents had paid and serial numbers were being given promptly and other smaller heap of people like me.

so even after one gets a nubmer on window you need "vajan" to get your name finally registered for test in system.

Scene 2:

after 3-4 days I approached smae office through an agent. I got chance in first batch. Well I could answer questions but an agent was inside prompting another candidate for right naswer and an officer who was present initially convenieintly disappeared that time.

taste was made by some company in maharashtra and there was very poor dubbing in Hindi is a different matter indicating that our government does not give work to local firms but outside ones and our officers in their infinite wisdom accept whatever is given to them and do not insist on localisation of content or customisation.

some thoughts.

1. no transpareny in how test sequence is decided. person in charge has huge discretionary power.
2. open corruption not scene in any other government deparmtnet. Agents can be seen roaming the palce as if they work there.
3. Computer testing defeats the basic purpose of licensing. By mugging soem sign and instructions one cn clear test. How does this transform into a driving sense is beyond me.

4. Even if one agrees on concept of test, test is ill suited for local culture and it would be difficult to folwo instruction for someone who is less educated.

5. very cunningly no officer is stationed at vijay nagar ,though most of public interacts with department there onyl. But I guess more moany is made in trucks, buses and other four wheelers which is done at Kesarbag so once again issue of motivation.

.... Last heard they have placed an online system of scheduling which sounds like a welcome step but lets see hwo this works.

moreover this once again outlines that we are dept at taking easy route out, what about people who do not have access to net or are not tech savy .they wil have to deal with agents and corrupt offcials. no one is will ing to take bull y horns and ensure that this agent-babu nexus is broken at RTO.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Indore needs a Kalpana Parulekar

I had first heard about the lady when Diggi Raja was unisputed king of MP. This gusty lady had a fight with him and was denied ticket also but is now back.

Among all the MLA of MP very few (hardl10-20 out of 230) have assets less than a crore and she is among them. This becomes more interesting as she is not tribal (most of poor MLAs are tribal) or a first timer .

It becomes more interesting when one knows she is most qualified MLA in our assembly. She is an MBBS. Dr Vijaylakshmi Sudho is also MBBS but she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her dad was a big politician.

and on the one hand when "Dr" Sadho always uses this prefix Kalpana Parulekar uses it seldomly.

Bhajan singer is uncrowned king of Indore and no congress leader in Indore had guts or moral authority to challenge liquor shops so they had to import this lady from Ujjain to lead the protests.

Once again the pension scam about which I have mentioned before also ,congress in Indore is not raising the issue due to some understanding with BJP but this lady is still fighting it out.

Hail to the gusty lady.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

telecommunication consultants making roads???

सड़कों केनिर्माण कार्यो की जांच होगी : भार्गवJul 21, 01:52 am

भोपाल। मध्यप्रदेश विधानसभा में आज पंचायत मंत्री गोपाल भार्गव ने कहा कि भारत सरकार के उपक्रम टेली कम्युनिकेशन कंसलटेंट्स इंडिया लि. द्वारा प्रदेश में अनेक स्थानों पर सड़क निर्माण कार्यो की गुणवत्ता और देरी के मामलों की जांच कराई जाएगी और इसमें खामी पाए जाने पर कंपनी के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की जाएगी।

भार्गव ने प्रश्नकाल के दौरान स्वीकार किया कि उक्त कंपनी द्वारा 17 जिलों में ठेके लिए गए हैं, लेकिन जहां उनके कार्याे की गुणवत्ता एवं काम की प्रगति में देरी पाई गई है वहीं अनेक स्थानों पर दो साल में केवल 28 से तीस प्रतिशत ही काम हुए हैं।

पंचायत मंत्री ने भाजपा के प्रेमनारायण ठाकुर के जवाब में कहा कि वे स्वंय अधिकारियों के साथ ठाकुर के विधान सभा क्षेत्र अमरवाडा जाएंगे और सड़कों का निरीक्षण कर दोषी लोगों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई करवाएंगे।

ठाकुर का आरोप था कि उक्त कंपनी द्वारा छिंदवाड़ा जिले में 24 करोड़ रुपए की लागत से 75 किलोमीटर सड़क निर्माण के काम हाथ में लिए गए हैं, लेकिन दो साल में मात्र 12 किलोमीटर सड़क का निर्माण ही हो पाया है और जो निर्माण हुआ भी है उसकी गुणवत्ता भी ठीक नहीं है।

ठाकुर का कहना था कि उक्त कंपनी के पास न तो उपकरण हैं और न ही आवश्यक संसाधन, लेकिन इसके बाद भी न केवल उक्त कंपनी को काम दिया गया बल्कि काम नहीं होने के बावजूद कंपनी के भुगतान को नहीं रोका गया।

एक अन्य प्रश्न में कांग्रेस के ही निशीथ पटेल का भी आरोप था कि उक्त कंपनी द्वारा ठेका लेकर काम निजी ठेकेदारों को दे दिया जाता है।

पंचायत मंत्री ने कहा कि वे पटेल के विधान सभा क्षेत्र बहोरीबंद में भी अधिकारियों को भेजेंगे और जांच कराकर एक सप्ताह में रिपोर्ट मंगा लेंगे और दोषी पाए जाने पर कामों का रिटेंडर करने के निर्देश देंगे।

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bihari influx in Indore

It is no secret that Indore has a serious problem of Bihari influx now.

1. First of all almost all administrative officers in Indore are from outside MP. Not many locals clear UPSC exam and even in PSC outsiders are allowed to eat into pie which is meant for local people.

2. Construction ,transport workers, people doing petty job in offices, large body of students in colleges - Bihar is giving varying kinds of people to us. I remember some 15 years back in my school first one of the conductors came from Bihar and then within a year all conductors were Bihari as they were ready to work for less.

Patna Indore weekly trains has contributed in no little measure towards it.

and what Bihari railway policemen could do and did when terrorists attacked at VT station can be seen in documentary made by channel four on Taj attack.

Now a malicious disease quite common in Bihar - i.e. cheating in exams, impersonating is taking roots in MP and first point is medical as it is even today most sought after.

Only time IIT JEE paper were out and exam was held twice was in 1997 - it happened in Bihar though paper were sold in Lucknow.

Same happened with CAT in 2003. Once again A biahri was a culprit.

It is not uncommon to see Bihar slogging for 3-4 years to get admission in professional colleges thus distorting the field and they were a major reason why IIT boards restricted number of attempts to 2.

Now they are spreading this disease to our beloved Indore as well. Earlier it would be isolated case of some paper setter leaking question in gwalior or bhind morena area but now name of Indore also stands to be spoiled.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Andher nagari chouapat Raja

Should not he concentrate more on rain harvesting or completing all pending water resources projects in state??


भोपाल। भगवान इंद्र प्रदेश पर मेहरबान हों, इसके लिए मध्य प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री शिवराज सिंह चौहान बाबा महाकाल को मनाने में जुटे हुए हैं। फरवरी से शुरू हुआ सिलसिला 5 जुलाई को महाकाल की नगरी उज्जैन के निवासियों को भर पेट भोजन कराने के साथ समाप्त होगा। भोज की मेजबानी का जिम्मा और खर्च शिवराज खुद उठा रहे हैं। भोज में लगभग पचास हजार लोगों के भोजन का इंतजाम होगा।

मध्य प्रदेश में पिछले दो साल से कम वर्षा हो रही है। बुंदेलखंड, बघेलखंड और ग्वालियर अंचल में दो साल पहले सूखा पड़ गया था। इस साल ठीकठाक पानी नहीं बरसा तो पीने के पानी के साथ-साथ बिजली के लिए भी मारामारी मच जायेगी। सो, इस बार प्रदेश भर में वर्षा के लिए तमाम टोटके आजमाये जा रहे हैं। मुख्यमंत्री ने भी भगवान को मनाने का बीड़ा उठा लिया है। फरवरी माह में उन्होंने गणेश पूजन के साथ कम बारिश वाले इलाकों में सोमयज्ञ कराने का संकल्प लिया। संकल्प दिलाया शोलापुर महाराष्ट्र के श्री योगीराज वेद विज्ञान आश्रम के सोमाजी नाना काले ने। कहा जा रहा है कि पिछले साल इस आश्रम ने मध्य प्रदेश विज्ञान और प्रौद्योगिकी परिषद की मदद से जिन-जिन स्थानों पर सोमयज्ञ कराये थे, वहां इसके परिणाम काफी सकारात्मक रहे। इसीलिए इस साल भी इसी आश्रम की सेवा ली गई और लोगों की उम्मीद भी कुछ ज्यादा ही जुड़ गई है। उज्जैन में गत 13 मार्च को सोमयज्ञ की पूर्णाहुति हुई थी, जिसमें मुख्यमंत्री ने भी शिकरत की थी। इसके बाद उज्जैन में ही अतिरुद्राभिषेक शुरू हुआ। उस दिन चौहान सपत्‍‌नीक उज्जैन में भजन-कीर्तन करते घूमते रहे। ग्यारह दिवसीय इस महाभिषेक की पूर्णाहुति 5 जुलाई को हो रही है। इसी अवसर पर नगर भोज का आयोजन रखा गया है।

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

dumb Sushma Swaraj

When she has thrust herself on politics of MP by first becoming Rajya Sabha MP from state and now becoming MP from Vidisha by bribing out the opposition candidate, I can't resist myself from commenting on her dumb utterance describing situations as volcanic


Sushma sweetheart, don't mix your metaphors. Volcanos are not set off by small sparks. They erupt when gas pressure inside the earth crust increases beyond a point. Stick to something you know.

Friday, June 19, 2009

What the merchants want

Though Indore is financial capital of MP , our FM or other responsible people tend to come here not more than once in 6 months or a year - contrast this with frequent interactions FM has with industry captains in Mumbai.

But this time in a run up to budget our FM chose to visit Indore. He has been widely acclaimed for improved financial position of MP government (perhaps rightly so) but now with widening fiscal deficit, lowering growth and failure to attract any big industry to MP when going was good in last 5 years means that now it is his litmus test.

As is usual with top down approach of planning in state , there was no one to represent workers, peasants or other stakeholders and BJP lives to its reputation of party of traders and agents.

Another interesting fixture was out very own Bhajan Singer whose remarks during the meeting show not only his tactlessness or lack of economic literacy but also one can find him gleefully mocking Raghavji that recession or no recession , my business goes on as usual.

Now some pertinent points from this whole discussion :

1.One Mr Sharad Jain from BJP's economic cell says bring metro to Indore we will give margin money of 875 crore. My salutations to him.
How can one think along such foolish lines and than have courage to sprout these words of wisdom in pre budget meeting as well. Our own CM is cheating Indore on Indore Manmad rail line issue and this fool wants metro
2. Another demand of this gentleman was Narmada shipra link to ameliorate water situation . Now how do you transfer water from plains to plateau on large scale is beyond understanding of normal persons.
3.One fellow made a sensible suggestion , that if you can not provide electricity in state at least reduce duty on gen sets and diesel etc.
4.usual demands of paperless working and reduction in powers of inspectors were made which are justified to large extent but are nver going to be fulfilled
5. GST not t obe rejected outright as this will scare away outside investors. This makes sense but my gut feeling is MP will join states like UP to first deny GST and then adopt it after everyone has done it but will lose crucial time and confidence of investors in process
6.there is no fire brigade in Sanwer road industrial area and this area suffers from most of the fire incidents in city if one goes by news reports

Let us see how many of these are fulfilled in budget and how creative the budget is . I have little hopes with the government which wasted 5 years of economic boom doing nothing to come up with something brilliant when going is tough


Monday, June 15, 2009

even friendship of BJP leaders can be fateful : ask Dugresh Jat

इंदौर। विशेष सीबीआई मजिस्ट्रेट ने पूर्व मंत्री कमल पटेल के पुत्र समेत चार लोगों के खिलाफ गैर जमानती वारंट जारी किए हैं। मामला दो साल पुराना है। पटेल के पुत्र सुदीप साथियों सहित हरदा से कार से रवाना हुए थे। रास्ते में ग्र्राम देव तालाब के पास उनका रंजिश के चलते राजेंद्र पटेल से विवाद हो गया। इस दौरान चली गोली में सुदीप का साथी दुर्गेश घायल हो गया था। इसमें सुदीप और साथियों के खिलाफ हत्या व साक्ष्य छिपाने का मामला दर्ज हुआ था।

इस बीच दुर्गेश के पिता ने जबलपुर हाईकोर्ट में एक आवेदन दिया जिसमें कहा गया कि घायल दुर्गेश को उसके साथी ले गए थे लेकिन उसके बाद उसका पता नहीं चला। इसके बाद हाईकोर्ट ने मामला सीबीआई को सौंप दिया। फिलहाल मामला सीबीआई कोर्ट में विचाराधीन है। सोमवार को कोर्ट ने सुदीप सहित चार के खिलाफ गैरजमानती वारंट जारी कर दिए।




Sunday, June 14, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

A tale of two sports

Strange things keep on happening in Indore.

First almost moribund Indore cricket association is rejuvenated after bhajan singer takes over and he has the bright idea of organizing a 20-20 tournament on lines of IPL and by all account it has been successful. Government machinery was pressed into service and all private contacts were tapped to sponsor the event . To cap it almost daily one or other minister of state government or some cricket celebrity is brought Indore to grace the event.

One has to give the man credit where it is due .
He is an efficient organizer.
He being at helm of affairs may do some good to cricket in Indore.

Other scene, which would have ideally attracted more eyeballs was a marathon on 7th june. When whole city is reeling under water crisis, our mayor gets this brilliant idea of organizing 'neem mahotsav'. and a marathon in summer!!! it happens in no other part of world.

now height of mismanagement. No water or medical facilities for runners en route or at the end of run. Interestingly no one was there to take care of runners at the end of race and en route one was hit by tractor and had to be evacuated to hospital and others just collapsed.
All this when ads for the event has huge smiling photos of our mayor.

so this clearly demonstrates who calls shots in Indore and how money is still important in success of any such event and how much thickheaded out mayor is.

Some new updates http://epaper.naidunia.com/Details.aspx?id=67831&boxid=27922844

Friday, June 5, 2009

Pension Scam : it goes on

There was some hearing of commission for the purpose but I doubt if anything will come out.

Our newspapers which tear SP or Vice chancellor of university apart for any mistake or negligence maintain a silence on this issue.

Interestingly there was this photo in one of the newspapers of pensioners protesting.

Now not many of them appear to be older than 65 years , imagine the kind of fraud which is being perpetuated in day light.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bhil women , liquor and our ignorance of them

This is very goof article from Boloji.com

Despite being surrounded by Bhil areas from west (jhabua), south (khargone) and north (Dhar) Bhils do not find even cursory mention in local media or social discourse

they find mention only when
1. as dance troupe in various joloos
2. as construction worker , it there is a violence against a woman
3. they come to MY with some strange disease and doctor succeed in treating them

They are ones most affected by liquor policy of government but do not have a voice in any scheme of things.

Bhil Women Fight the Liquor Demons
by Rahul Banerjee

There is a general perception that Adivasi women enjoy greater equality because tribal society is less patriarchal. The reality, however, is very different. Take the situation of Bhil tribal, Ramanbai, of Chandupura village in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone district. She says, "I am suffering from piles and the doctor at Sanawad has told me that I will have to get myself operated. Yet, my husband is refusing to part with the money."

Kesarbai of the neighboring Okhla village also has problems. "I already have three daughters and don't not want any more children, but my husband is insistent on a son. When he gets drunk he does not listen to any reason. If I resist him, he accuses me of being involved with another man."

But spousal abuse is not Kesarbai's problem alone. In Kundia village there was a woman who was beaten up by her husband and forced to spend the night outside the house because her brothers had not looked after him well enough when he went to their village for a visit.

Most tribal women in this belt complain that they neither have the power to take decisions within the home nor do they have control over their bodies. Matters are aggravated by social customs. Bhils have traditionally regarded alcohol as "holy spirit". In fact, even babes in arms are given alcohol. As for the gods, they too have to be propitiated every now and then with drink. This gives the men - and sometimes even women - the license to drink freely. Not surprisingly, alcoholism is rife in these parts with the men going on drinking sprees and doing no work for days on end. This only increases the burden of the women, who have to work themselves to the bone in order to feed their families.

The Bhils, having once been a martial race, have a clear gender division of labor, which is not easily transgressed. The men, even if they want to help out at home, find it difficult to do domestic labor. They also invariably object to their women taking part in organizational activities out of the house that could improve their status and employment opportunities.

Subhadra Khaperde, an activist, who had been working with the Adivasi Shakti Sangathan to mobilize the Bhils in Khargone to fight the oppression of the forest department staff and the 'sahukars' (money-lenders), was moved by the plight of these women and felt that something had to be done.

Initially, she organized a few reproductive health camps with gynecologists coming in from Indore and providing advice and medical care. The analysis of the data collected through such efforts told its own story: Not only were the women here severely anemic, they suffered from reproductive health problems of various kinds. Khaperde, who is currently pursuing higher studies in the field of gender and health so that she is formally trained to help bring about the emancipation of Bhil women, decided to help the women to organize themselves and seek solutions to these problems.

What followed was interesting. Hundreds of Adivasi women in their colorful saris, ghagras, lugras (long colored pieces of cloth that the women wear over their bodies) and doglis (blouses) seated themselves under the shade of the two big mahua trees in Akya village in Khargone one sunny afternoon. It was the first week of May 2006 and in the midst of the marriage season and an Adivasi coming from outside may have wondered why only women were congregated and why there was no drums beating to signify a marriage ceremony. But this was not a marriage. It was the meeting called to discuss the results that had emerged from the health camps.

Here, Khaperde painstakingly explained with the help of colored charts, what the data collected had revealed, and she did this in terms that the women could understand. Then she went on to explain that all the reproductive health problems that they were suffering from were because of patriarchal pressures and that medication alone would not prove to be a lasting solution.

After that, it was as if a dam had burst. Woman after woman got up and said that they could do nothing, as the men would not listen to reason and would impose themselves on them. They then gave their own analysis: Unless the men were made to see reason, things would remain the same. The biggest problem everybody agreed was that the men drank too much and became unmanageable. In an earlier era, they had had to brew their own liquor from the flowers of the mahua tree, which was a laborious and time-consuming task and could be undertaken only occasionally. But now things were changed with the easy availability of illicit liquor from the two distilleries in the area.

The conclusion drawn was that without the men being involved, no change was possible. Male activists of the Adivasi Shakti Sangathan began conducting workshops exclusively with the men on the issues that the women had raised. The group discussions ended with the conclusion that the alcoholism of the men was the biggest problem that the women faced. The men also admitted that it was proving to be a financial drain on them and that something needed to be done.

That was when Rajaan, an activist from the community and one of the rare teetotalers, put forward the suggestion that the illegal liquor shop in Okhla village should be closed down. The bootlegger who ran this shop was a notorious goon, as is usually the case. He was part of a liquor mafia that ensured that the whole area was literally flowing with alcohol with an illegal liquor godown in Pandutalav village providing the supplies.

A mass meeting was then held in Okhla and the bootlegger's shop was raided. Not only did the tribals confiscate his liquor, they sealed his shop. After the success of this action, people of Bagli tehsil just across the border in Dewas district, began demanding similar action in their area.

The liquor mafia had appointed a local contractor to oversee the operations in the area. He was known to be ruthless and had on one occasion caught a man selling the liquor of another contractor and had him arrested and beaten up a false charge. With this case in mind, a mass meeting was also scheduled in Pandutalav.

When the contractor got word of this and he came down on the appointed day with a jeep load of his henchmen. However, on seeing the thousands of men and women congregated, he fled the area. The liquor store, with stocks worth some Rs 200,000 was sealed and the keys handed over to the police.

It is indeed ironical that despite a provision in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution that the state should proactively clamp down on the sale of liquor in tribal areas, officials look the other way while liquor contractors blatantly flout the law.

However, when women become organized, they can force the state to act.

In June 2007, Bhil women from the region took out a rally in Indore to press for their demands. However, when the Commissioner in Indore turned a deaf ear to their demands, Karotibai of Katkut village told him, "If you are incapable of providing good government to us then we will form our own government."