with love to indore

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."

End of road - Indore City Bus

So finally city bus is being entrusted to "care" of Indian Municipal Corporation which can not do its regular duties properly like keeping city clean or maintaining roads and water supply is being given more than it can chew.


Though original mind behind it Vivek Agrawal is still alive , his soul must be turning in grave (i.e. the posting which he is currently holding )

Refer to my earlier posts on this




Dr Khan murder case in Indore - Eyewash attempt

well police appears to have caught some people from Pardi community


but this whole thing seems suspect.

anyways treatment of denotified tribes by our society leaves a lot to be desired.

a society which worships women and children, cares about animals and birds but is insensitive towards fellow human beings.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Naked dance of Nepotism

So Mr Balram Jakhar has done it again.

appointed someone ( some Mr Sehrawat )who is an outsider, not from education field and worse alleged to have bought in his position as vice chancellor of Devi Ahilya university.

state BJP government is busy transferring officials who are honest or creating reports to hide face why results were poor in school exams or doing this , so obviously they can not pay attention as to how they can interfere with Governor to impress upon him need to appoint capable people on this post and not treat it as his personal fiefdom.

There is some interesting old news about him

It seems he is no stranger to asking favor and hobnobbing with businessmen.

What happened to those who financed SIMI

ever heard that a dishonest friend is worse than an honest enemy.

BJP is a dishonest friend of Hindus. and this is true not only on macro level but even on micro level.

When terrorists were caught there were posters and banners in Indore by BJP people implicating prominent Muslim business houses of city.

But no one ever heard of any action taken. Now there are two scenarios

1. Allegations were true and money was exchanged to silence the issue. ( a likely possibility given track record of BJP when in power). then this is a clear case of selling nation for money and that too by those who proclaim to be only patriot on earth.

2. Allegations were false and were made just to harass businessperson and fleece money from them. By such foolish action they are driving common muslim away from mainstream and more into the laps of terrorists.

this article of those days

Zakat (donation) by devotees and the money collected from the sale of goatskin offered at mosques during the celebration of Bakr-Eid are major sources of terror funding for the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India.

The confessional statements of SIMI chief Safdar Nagori and a senior commander of the outfit, Aamil Parvaz, have revealed that the outfit responsible for several terror blasts across the country also received significant contributions from its former members based in the Gulf.

The money received from the Gulf has particularly been used by former ansars (full-time members) of SIMI, mainly for meeting litigation expenses, top SIMI commander Aamil Parwaz told interrogators while providing details about the finances of the outfit.

Parwaz also told the officials that the funds were also used by the Shaheen Force, a front of SIMI, to attract children into its fold with a view to catching them young for terror activities. The children and relatives of SIMI members were “activated” for the Shaheen Force which, in turn, would bring their friends into the fold of the front. Religious books and sweets were distributed among the members of the front. “Besides, Quranic teachings were also recited on occasions,” Parwaz told the interrogators and claimed that the front was inactivated after the ban on SIMI.

The revelation came during the interrogation of Parwaz by the Madhya Pradesh police earlier this year. Parwaz is currently under the custody of Gujarat police for interrogation into the Ahmedabad serial blasts.

During his interrogation by the MP police and intelligence sleuths, Nagori revealed that collection of funds prior to the ban on the outfit was done in a “normal” manner. After the ban, however, the outfit members collected donations from other members and sympathisers at the local level. After deducting the expenses for local activities, the remaining amount was sent to the treasurer of the outfit.

Parwaz, 34, also told the interrogators that SIMI finances were also strengthened by donations from well-off members of the community, including from Manzoor of Pakeeza Collections of Indore, owners of Mayur Hospital and Balwas Hotel of Bhopal. Other influential community members who knowingly contributed to SIMI included Hazi Israr, Abdul Rais and the owners of Madhumilan Talkies of Indore.

In his confessional statement, Parwaz also told the investigators that these community members contributed despite the knowledge that SIMI was a banned outfit under the law.

The interrogation report of Parwaz, classified as top secret, also reveals the mobile telephone numbers used by the top SIMI commanders. While Parwaz largely operated from his cellular phone (number 9755121736), Safdar Nagori used number 9907788584 and Kamruddin operated through his connection (number 9907788564). The input is expected to be analysed by the Gujarat police to further unravel the perpetrators behind the Ahmedabad serial blasts, which had killed over 50 persons and left more than 100 injured.