with love to indore

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh

Ending year on a sad note

A kid in Shivpuri district

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Andhra Bank Scam in Indore

so they sanction loan of 19 cr or so for a business which needs only 2-3 crores and later settle for 25% of it...

should not we privatise all public sector banks?


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Multai firing and land grab from farmers

it is really strange that 28 farmers are killed in police firing but no policemen is punished but one of the leaders of farmers is punished for injury to policemen

land has been acquired for dam and all preparations made to release water for power project of a favoured industrial group

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A tale of two cities

Piece by Sunita Narain on her recent visit to Indore

Relevant parts for Indore,

ndore, because of its location, had a rich tradition of lakes. Rain water was harvested and stored in structures, which recharged groundwater. Then, in 1977, the city brought Narmada water from some 110 km to the city. Indore should have had enough to drink and to swim. But 35 years later, the water has still not reached all distribution pipelines. Over 50 per cent of the 172 million litres per day of water it sources is lost in distribution, which means there is far more costs but far less water to supply. The city water utility has no money to repair and extend its water system. It spends all it has and more in just electricity costs of bringing the water. Politicians are vying with each other to bring the water from the Maheshwar dam. The recent jal samadhi by the Maheshwar dam-displaced has met with enormous anger from Indore’s power elite. They say they need the dam’s water at all costs. They do not care if the people, whose land has been submerged by the dam, have not received compensation or been resettled.

The same power elite never demand systems to deal with the sewage they flush out of their homes. In Indore, the sewage system was constructed in 1936 at the time of the Holkars. Independent Indore has added to it insignificantly. The bulk of the sewage pours into its rivers, Khan and Saraswati, and Piliyakhal Nullah, untreated. It forgets that the Khan pollutes the Kshipra; the main water source of the neighbour, Ujjain.

For instance, they should not repeat the mistake of allowing fleets of cars to take over their roads. Indore was an enlightened city to plan for a bus-based future. Some years ago it invested in new buses, rationalised routes, created systems for efficient operation and put GPS in place to track and inform customers. Now cost of bus fuel is up, fares have not been revised and buses are losers. Still the majority of the city population rides or walks, even though the city’s footpaths are long gone. Indore is now building a bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor. It has a many foreign and Indian consultants to design the system but the people of Indore have no idea what is being proposed and why BRT is important. So they already hate it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

gutak ban in MP

Madhya Pradesh stands out as the best model of implementing gutka ban. This is the result of administrative will coupled with political and public action

The implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) notification 2011 that effectively prohibits the production, sale, and consumption of gutka products containing tobacco and nicotine is one of the landmark public health interventions in Madhya Pradesh in recent years. In a country where 90% oral cancers are directly related to use of smokeless tobacco, the State-level intervention that Madhya Pradesh has initiated is of high importance for two apparent reasons. First, this has undone the previous history (also the myth, of an impractical ban!) of 2001 that failed to sustain the ban due to various pressures including that of judiciary and industrial lobbies. Secondly, the current move has provided momentum to the action against gutka and pan masala all over the country. , After Madhya Pradesh imposed gutka ban, Kerala, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Haryana followed suit.

The health challenges of the gutka products have long been a concern for public health activists and people. In India, the consumption of gutka is widespread and this outnumbers any other form of tobacco use. As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey India 2010, 75% of the current 275 million tobacco users consume gutka. Because of easy availability, low prices and the attractive marketing, gutka products have gained popularity among schoolgoing children and adolescents over the years. As per the Global Youth Tobacco Survey India Report, 2006 the use of gutka is 10% among the boys and 5.5% among girls of schoolgoing age. The National Institute of Health & Family Welfare in its fact-finding report mentions of 3,028 chemical ingredients in gutka products. Of these, 28 chemical ingredients are proven carcinogens! As per the study of Indian Council of Medical Research, 70,261 people were detected with cancer of the mouth, tongue and hypo pharynx in 2010 because of “smokeless tobacco products.” The numbers of those affected have been steadily rising from 2008.

Madhya Pradesh stands out as the best model of implementing gutka ban and this is importantly, the result of administrative will coupled with political and public action. The need for enforcement primarily originated from the high levels of gutka consumption in the State. The State developed an initial plan of action under the leadership of the then Food Commissioner, and implemented the plan rigorously by ensuring the support of district administrations, the general public and the media. As of July 2012, approximately 50 raids were conducted and four million pouches confiscated.

The implementation has evidently succeeded to curtail both the supply and the demand for gutka in the State. The enforcement of ban is widely discussed and appreciated en masse. Now, rampant use is reduced. Access is considerably reduced for casual users, children and women. Retailers had a loss of 50% turnover in the last four months after the ban and most importantly all the 16 registered factories were sealed to close. Certainly, blackmarketing exists through cross-border smuggling but the wide reach of the supply chain is shattered by the ban and subsequent administrative actions.

However, one of the major drawbacks is the lack of adequate cessation facilities in the State. In the absence of such facilities, gutka users may switch to other products that are cheap but equally harmful.

However, what is important now is to sustain the fight through continuous monitoring of implementation systems with coordinated inter-State/district activities. Further to this, the experience of Madhya Pradesh and other States should inform the National Tobacco Control Programme of India in order to extend the best practices across the country. This would surely provide a great leap forward to the tobacco control initiatives.

(Liju Ramachandran (alohiram@gmail.com) is a Public Health Researcher with Voluntary Health Association of India,

New Delhi.)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bid to spread communal tension in Madhya Pradesh

Hope our police and intelligence is doing something about this


they seem to be based on falsehood, intended to incite passion and violence

Friday, September 7, 2012

coalgate and media of Indore

so muck falls on Indore as well thanks to Bhaskar-Patrika


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Narmada Fossils

From Indian Express

When geologist Arun Sonakia accidentally discovered South Asia’s first ancient human remains at a place called Hathnora in the Narmada Valley one winter 30 years ago, the region came under the trowels and maps of archaeologists and paleo-anthropologists worldwide.

Three decades on, Indian and international scientists have turned up treasures that are slowly adding pieces to the puzzle—how and when did early humans come here, what were they like, and what other creatures did they share these lands with?

No other ancient fossil has been dug up yet, at least not one that can be definitively identified as a specific early human species, but scores of what appear to be stone tools used by these missing people have certainly begun to tell us more about them, as have the animal fossils, which range from bones of an almost complete Stegodon, the modern elephants’ extinct cousin, to ancient wild-dogs and wild-boars, cousins of the modern horse, hippopotamuses and ostrich eggshells.

The stone tools are as old as 800,000 years and as young as 10,000 years, spanning a large swathe of the stone-age. While some believe modern homo sapiens entered the Indian sub-continent from Africa through West Asia between 70,000 to 50,000 years ago, the archaeological site at Attirampakkam, near Chennai, is believed to be between 1.07 and 1.5 million years old and was possibly home to the pre-modern species, homo erectus.

So what happened in the hundreds of thousands of years that fall between these time-lines—who lived in the landmass between these regions, and was the Deccan region a passage from north to south?

As of now, archaeologists agree they need to dig deeper and wider in the Narmada Valley, and a team has been formed to do that, involving experts from the Stone Age Institute in the US, M S University in Vadodara, and Panjab University in Chandigarh and the Deccan College in Pune.

“In India, we do not know when modern human groups first arrived, how many dispersals there were and if they inter-bred with the pre-existing hominin groups in the region. We don’t even know if there were any other hominin species in India when modern humans arrived there. But it is also possible that within the last two million years, India was home to one or more unknown hominin species, fossils of which we have not yet discovered,” said Parth Chauhan, a researcher with the Stone Age Institute and Department of Anthropology (Indiana University) in Indiana, USA, who presented some recent findings at the IIT-Gandhinagar this week.

Chauhan was one of eight scientists to co-author a 2009 paper in the Journal of Human Evolution that listed a wide array of discoveries such as stone blades, flakes, choppers, hand-axes, picks, cleavers, micro-fossils and other fossil teeth and bones. Over two years of combing the Narmada Valley, the team found stone tools in ten places. Considering the mixed nature of archaeological and fossil material dated from the deposits, the team’s preliminary analysis suggests the “Narmada man” may be much younger than 250,000 years as earlier believed, maybe between 160,000 years and 50,000 years old.

Meanwhile, findings at another site called Dhansi, about three kilometres south of Hathnora and separated by the Narmada River, have been significant. No Acheulian elements have been found there so far, and whatever stone artifacts have been found there are simple flakes, cores and a chopper. These resemble those of Oldowan, the earliest of all stone tool technologies—existence of which has never been “properly proven” in South Asia. Based on the previously-dated age of the sediments here, the artifacts are at least 780,000 years old but require further scientific verification, the researchers say.

Until younger implements are found, the present lot seems to suggest non-modern humans indeed lived there as long as two million years back. Tentative archaeological evidence from northern Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s also suggests this.

Monday, July 30, 2012

People who make Indore proud -Shankar Lakshman

this is olympic season and indian hockey team well in its first match against netherlands

shivendra singh of gwalior is part of indian team and scored a oal today so i thought to make a post about Shankar Lakshman who captained Indian team in 1964 tokyo olympic old

Ask any Indian hockey lover to name the greatest Indian to grace the hockey field, and I am sure, their answers would be confined to the Dhyan Chands and the Dhanraj Pillays. Shankar Laxman is a name hardly talked about when people sit and disc

y in the late 50s and early 60s might say that Shankar Laxman was arguably the greatest goalkeeper to have ever played for India.

Born in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, Shankar Laxman started his sports career as a footballer, and it was only after he joined the army, that he switched over to hockey. Playing for Services, he immediately earned admirers due to his fearless and assured goalkeeping.

Shankar Laxman was part of India’s three successful Olympics campaigns where he won two golds – 1956 (Melbourne) and ’64 (Tokyo) to go along with a silver in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where India lost out to Pakistan in the final.

His biggest moment of glory came in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where India met Pakistan in the third consecutive Olympics final. The match was called a thriller even before it began and it did not disappoint. After India took the lead early in the second half, Pakistan, wanting to prove that their win in Rome four years ago wasn’t a fluke, went all-out with their attack. But that day, Laxman had a match of his life. Despite the lack of protective gear, he blunted Pakistan’s attacks with valiant goalkeeping and helped India regain the gold medal.

After the final, the manager of the silver medal winning Pakistani hockey team called Laxman “The Rock of Gibraltar”, as he was the sole obstacle between the Pakistani team and the gold medal. Hockey Circle, an Australian Hockey Magazine, referring to Laxman’s performance in the final quoted,

“…for Laxman, the ball was the size of a football. It was his afternoon of glory and fame.”

He also represented India in three Asian games starting in 1958 when hockey was first introduced in the Asiad in Tokyo, where India won the gold. The 1962 games in Jakarta was a disappointing tournament for him as India lost to Pakistan in the final and he was made the scapegoat for the loss. But he came back to captain India to a gold medal at the Bangkok games.

You just have to take a look at his stunning record to know how brilliant a goalkeeper he was. In three Olympic finals against Pakistan, he conceded just one goal and in three Asian Games finals, he conceded two.

But despite a superb effort of conceding just 3 goals in 6 finals, Laxman was given a raw deal by the Indian Hockey Federation when he was dropped from the squad for 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Dhyan Chand, in his autobiography, termed courage as the most important of all the attributes of a successful goalkeeper. In those days of unprotected goalies, Laxman was indeed courage personified. Playing with just pads as a protective gear, Laxman had nerves of steel and his gallantry was next to none. Charles Cornelius, former Indian hockey player, once quoted about Laxman:

‘Laxman was among the game’s greatest. He was an epitome of courage and a role-model for others of his ilk. Unfazed by any situation, he had the ability to defuse any crisis. His team-mates were at a loss to know how his pads grew broader and broader as the contest wore on.’

In a country where ex-sportsmen, apart from probably cricketers, are hardly looked after by their respective federations, Shankar Laxman lived the final years of his life in penury, and died at the age of 73 after suffering from gangrene in one leg in his native town Mhow.

he former Indian hockey player Charles Cornelius had once said of him " Lakshman was among the game`s greatest. He was an epitome of courage and a role model for others of his ilk. Unfazed by any situation, Shankar Lakshman had the ability to defuse any crisis. His team-mates were at a loss to know how his pads grew broader and broader as the contest wore on." Shankar Lakshman, an Indian hockey player was born on 7th July in the year 1933.

The Indian National team which had played in the Olympics in the year 1956, 1960 and 1964, Shankar Lakshman has served as the goalkeeper for the Indian team. In the Olympics, the Indian National Team won two gold medals and one silver medal. Under his captaincy, the Indian team also won the gold in the 1966 Asian Games.

He played hockey at a time when as a protective gear, the goalkeeper were provided only the pads. The Rock of Gibraltar, as his opponents called him, the manager of the silver medal winning Pakistani hockey team of the `64 Tokyo Olympics quoted that `Shankar Lakshman was the sole obstacle between the Pakistani team and the gold medal`. He was the first goalkeeper captain in the world. In the 1964 Hockey finals against Pakistan while referring to his performance in Tokyo the Australian Hockey magazine Hockey Circle had said, "...for Lakshman, the ball was the size of a football. It was his afternoon of glory and fame. "

Sports career of Shankar Lakshman had begun as a footballer. This former captain of the football team of Kodaria village in Mhow, switched over to hockey only after he joined the Army. To disseminate hockey, Heroes Club had been founded by him in Mhow. Mhow`s best football club, Young Brothers also benefited from his expertise. Under his guidance as coach Indian National Hockey team participated to the Barcelona Olympics of 1992. Manohar Singh, son of Shankar Lakshman was also a hockey player and had played for Indore Christian College and the University of Indore (as Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya was known earlier). But his grandsons have taken another famous sport of Mhow that is wrestling.

At the tender age of 14, as a bandsman, Lakshman had joined the Indian Army in the year 1947. He also served in the 5th Battalion of Maratha Light Infantry. In the year1978, he had adjourned from the Army. At that time he was serving the post of a Subedar Major. He was awarded the rank of honorary captain during his tenure as army man.. This battalion, with full military honours conducted his funeral. By the Infantry School, Garrison Ground Mhow has been commuted into a mini stadium and has been named after Lakshman. The Infantry School Mhow has also established the Shankar Lakshman Hockey Championship Trophy that can be considered as an apt honour for a son of Mhow. The 26th Maratha Light Infantry won this trophy for the first time.

He belonged to Mhow, a small cantonment town in the Indore District of the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh state, India. He pertained the Shekhawat community of Rajasthan. This eminent Indian field hockey player, Shankar Lakshman spent all his retired life there until his death in 2006. He died on the 29th April, 2006. The people of Mhow were aghast to learn a month before his death that he was suffering from gangrene in one leg. Doctors suggested surgical removal of the portion being affected. But the Lakshman family refused and preferred for alternative therapy. They went to the former cricketer and a healer who uses traditional herbal remedies, he was going to Ramesh Parmar. The people of this small town who were very proud of him also loved Shankar Lakshman so dearly. He was and will always remain, for them, one of the few genuine heroes that their small town has produced. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1965 and the Padmashri in 1967.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Dainik Bhaskar refuses to publish column on paid news

from new book by Kuldip Nayaar

Much earlier the Rajasthan Patrika had stopped publishing my column. The owner, R.C. Kulish, was a personal friend but could not tolerate my criticism of the BJP position. ‘I am not against Muslims and I have one servant from the community but they have to be kept in their place,’ he told me once. Never did I suspect that he would go so far as to stop the publication of the column. I vainly tried to meet him in Jaipur. Once when in the city, I learnt he was critically ill, so I went to his house and waited to see him but he refused to meet me.

In the case of Dainik Bhaskar, I stopped my columns because it refused to publish my piece on ‘paid news’. Although I did not name anyone the newspaper still refused to publish the column. I wrote a letter of protest to the owner and received no response.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Malabar Hill murder trial : Indore Maharaja and crime of passion

Recently outlook ran this story detailing famous murder cases of yesteryears and alongside usual suspect of post freedom nanawati case there were few pre independence and one amongst them was this murder trial involving maharajah of Indore , a natch girl and it finally led to his ouster....

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

People who make MP proud - Anil Joshi

By Kavita Kanan Chandra

Y! Editor’s note: Anil Joshi, an Ayurveda doctor in Fatehgarh village in Madhya Pradesh- collected one rupee each from one lakh people and constructed a check dam across a local seasonal river called Somli. Going on to repeat it across eleven locations, he is now a full-time water conservationist. With a dream to build 100 such check dams in nearby villages, constantly experiencing drought conditions.One premise of the green economy (World Environment Day 2012 theme) is social inclusion and here is an economically inventive version of that possibility, where the initiative remains human.

The story of Re 1 and a dam ‘doctor’

In Fatehgarh, a check dam, constructed in 2010, permanently altered the face of this village – from a drought stricken - a well-irrigated one. And in that little dash sits this unsung story.

Anil Joshi, (39) with wife and two daughters. He went on to sell his wife’s jewellery? Why? Read on.Anil Joshi had a clinic here since 1994 and knew most of the gaonwallahs. “Some of my patients were farmers who obtained 100-200 quintals of food grain during harvesting season but after eight years of meager rains, they were in a very bad situation and had to buy food grain to feed their family,” says 39-year-old Joshi. The situation was so bad that patients couldn’t pay his fee either.

As a resident of Mandsaur, (the district HQ) Joshi has seen better days when rains were sufficient and farmers harvested enough to sustain their families. Things had taken a turn for the worse after 1999 as rainfall began to decrease.In 2008, the village faced its worst drought and water scarcity.
Joshi felt building a check dam across the river Somli would help the villagers, as it would raise the ground water table in the area. However, when he shared the idea with his farmer friends they just laughed it off. But Joshi borrowed about a thousand empty cement sacks from a friend and filled them with sand. He himself stood in the middle of the Somli river with a rope tied around his waist and his friends held the rope on either ends. “Though the river was dry, there was always a stretch where water flowed with a strong current. As I stood in the running water, I could gauge its force and realized what a challenging task I had in my hand. The barrier that we planned to put up across the river had to withstand the force of the water,” he recalls. With the help of a few friends, Joshi put all the sand filled sacks across the river in a row. Within fifteen days, it rained and there was water in the check dam. Meanwhile the hand pumps sputtered a memorable gurgle.

“There was a good crop that year after years of drought,” remembers Joshi.

Joshi's check dams effort and evidence of a raised water table.Recharged at many levels, what does Joshi do next? Remember the earlier photo. He sells his wife’s jewels and borrows some money to construct another check dam on the Somli river. “Even today when I get involved in the house we are constructing, she motivates me to go and build check dams instead and not worry about our house,” Joshi’s voice beaming with pride.

In 2010 Joshi hits upon the idea of taking one rupee from each villager for constructing a permanent check dam across the Somli river. He felt such a dam would permanently end the drought situation of the village. Joshi was able to collect Rs 36 in just three hours on day 1. The next day’s collection was Rs 120. However, some people began to question him on his motive - collecting money, why? But positive press coverage played a role here. “After the media wrote about the check dams I had built, more people started to support me,” says Joshi. Two teachers, Sundarlal Prajapat and Omprakash Mehta, extended their support in a big way.

Joshi and his dedicated team collected 1 lakh in three months flat and a permanent check dam was built at a cost of Rs 92000. The villagers voluntarily provided their labor.Following the success at Fatehgarh, Joshi has helped to build eleven more check dams on rivers and ‘nullahs’ (smaller channels of water) in eleven villages within a 10 km radius of Fatehgarh.He now aims to plant trees along the 120 km road to Sawaliya Dham to provide shade for the barefoot pilgrims visiting the Krishna temple there.
And build 100 check dams within a few years. “Constructing check dams by collecting one rupee from each person in a drought stricken village has now become my mission and I will make this effort a continuous process,” says Joshi, who is now becoming known more as a water conservationist and less as a medical practitioner.

This story was in partnership with www.theweekendleader.com

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Should MP lokayukta resign?

After accused of Shielding key ministers in BJP government now this is over the top

This gentleman wanted a foreign jaunt sponsored by a Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Judge's body. Despite being a judge does he not understand that participating in such forum is indirect approval of Pakistan's control on PoK?

Being a nominee of "nationalist party" BJP this is very strange behaviour....

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Farmer in MP

खून से सींचा है मैंने
अनाज का दाना दाना
बेचने में आ रहा है पसीना
क्योंकि भरने के लिए
सरकार के पास नहीं है बारदाना


राज्य केन्द्र को, केन्द्र राज्य को
बता रहा है गैर जिम्मेदाराना
बारदाने के इस खेल में
खुले आसमान के नीचे
मेरी आँखों के सामने
बारिश में भीग रहा है
अनाज का दाना दाना |

कहने को तो मैं हूँ अन्न दाता
मगर ये नाम अब मुझे रास नहीं आता
यो तो पेट देश का भरने के लिए
धरती पर हल चलाता हूँ
खून पसीने से फसल भी बहुत उगाता हूँ
राज की अति के आगे
अपना ही पेट नहीं भर पता हूँ
इसलिए मज़बूरी में फंदे पर झूल जाता हूँ |

हल्ला तो हर कोई करता है
मेरे दुःख में दुखी हो कर
आँखों में घडियाली आंसू भी है भरता
मेरे दुःख में दुखी हो कर
हालत मगर ऐसे है यहाँ
की कोई भी, मेरी लाश पर
राजनैतिक रोटियाँ सकने से
परहेज नहीं करता है यहाँ |

यह सब देखकर
मैंने भी अब ठाना है
बहुत बहा दिया खून-पसीना
अब हल नहीं चलाना है
धरती को बेचकर अब
जिंदगी ऐश से बिताना है |

शंकर लाल , इंदौर , मध्यप्रदेश

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

M&B swithcgear - company which makes Indore proud

They recently got first solar REC..kudos

Given solar insolation and relatively dust free environ of Malwa solar power plant should be promoted by govt specially in areas of Mandsour and Jhabua where agriculture suffers

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

SK Jain of NPCIL : People who make MP Proud

From Hindu

Mr S.K. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), will lay down office on Thursday, May 31, after serving the atomic energy sector for 42 years. Mr Jain took over as CMD of NPCIL on January 3, 2004.

Mr Jain’s tryst with nuclear science began in 1969 when, soon after completing graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, he acquired a post-graduation qualification in Nuclear Engineering from BARC Training School.

Immediately after, he joined Atomic Energy Canada Ltd, the joint venture that was putting up the country’s first heavy water reactors. Since then, he served India’s atomic energy field “resisting several tempting offers” from elsewhere.

During Mr Jain’s tenure as the CMD, six nuclear reactors were commissioned, eight more modernised. He was involved in the negotiations with the Russians for the Kudankulam project and the Americans for the “1 2 3 Agreement”, which effectively ended India being treated as a nuclear untouchable.

Negotiations apart, Mr Jain had to face several challenges during his tenure. These included taking the country out of the fuel shortage situation that occurred a few years back, precipitated by several new plants coming up, existing plants operating at a higher capacity and the inability of the nuclear establishment to open new uranium mines (due to protests).

Mr Jain also names countering the Kudankulam protests among the major challenges he faced during his Chairmanship of NPCIL

Smocking : Embroidiary from Mhow

Hindu has covered it
This unusual form of embroidery is part of the cottage industry near Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

What comes to your mind when you see the photographs of the 19th Century European carnivals and balls? For one it is the fitted gowns with frills, flares and gathers, with matching drops for ears and ballet shoes. Gathers in colourful threads on cuffs, bodices and necklines popularly called smocking, spread across the world as a chic fashion statement.

Smocking became popular in India during the early 19th century in MHOW (short for Military Headquarters of War), near Indore, Madhya Pradesh and is one of the popular hub in the country that nurtures this craft.

It forms a cottage industry in this sleepy town offering livelihood to several women. The shops in the city market frocks, night suits and robes with smocking.


Made with a crewel embroidery needle, using cotton or silk thread, smocking has sophisticated patterns and stitches. Traditional hand smocking is done by marking dots in a grid pattern. The cloth is then gathered into pleats with a temporary running stitch, which is removed after the embroidery is completed. A row of cable stitches along the top and the bottom, stabilises the work. But unfortunately, with few takers for this intricate work, few people opt to take it as a profession.

“Smocking is a dying craft these days. There are a few people working on it with the women, who are normally associated with the work,have opted to go for higher studies and other professions like teaching, medicine and so on. Very soon, smocking will be a part of the history of this little town,” says Mr Deepak Solanki, who sells smocking garments in the MHOW market.

But, no visit to MHOW is complete without a purchase or two of garments with smocking work. So, the next time you buy one with smocking work, do have a word of praise for the expert behind the rare handwork.

Smocking is a kind of embroidery. It gathers the fabric so that it can stretch.

Smocking was commonly used in cuffs, bodices, and necklines in garments where buttons were not used.

It is mainly seen used in England especially during the Middle Ages when the farmer and peasants wore it.

It is much later that it became a fashion.

The name comes from the farmers shirt, called a smock.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Madhuri Ben

From all the news items it appears she is a committed worker and has been working for tribals

my best wishes




Friday, May 18, 2012

Mafia in Madhya Pradesh

One could not put this in much better words than this article


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

indore zoo

recently visited indore zoo after a long time (some 20 years ) and was kind of taken aback at its condition...

instead of a zoo it looks like a concrete jungle

enclosures instead of being made of wood and being given a natural look are made of cement and iron and walking path instead of being a walk amidst nature are stroll on a paved road and that too , far too wide in many areas instead of being just the little path it should be

clearly keeping Indore zoo under IMC has not been a great success.
It has been turned into a private safari of IMC Councillors

staff brings vehicles right inside zoo and parks them at will
dogs eat away animals and doctors are unable to detect diseases in animals till they turn blind

there are encroachments outside zoo while for parking there is a proper mafia...

it would be much better if this is run by zoo authority of india or by a board of directors of animal lovers and past administrators

Monday, May 7, 2012

Nakhrali loses its charm

Went to Nakhrali Dhani on sunday
place is no longer what it used to be

people running it do not meaning of "quality assurance"

if capacity of place is x people they should stop giving tickets after that number is reached but they do not

food served was less in quantity , quality and famed service was also not there

secondly no risk management , when it rained no one was there to guide people or make sure it was orderly

very poor

a good place now gone to dogs

Friday, April 27, 2012

Meenakshi Natarajan becomes a conress lackey

Lady whom I had praised before in this blog profusely finally has to pay price for her MPship to Congress.
Despite being a debator in her college life who always argued for freedom of expression, she is being made to table a bill to restrict freedom of speech

selling one's soul to Satan?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

People who make Indore Proud - Anand Rai

This gentleman exposed drug trials happening in Indore. sadly not much action has been taken but at least fear of bad publicity has meant that doctors would think twice before conducting trials without taking informed consent of patients

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Right to Education Act and Indore

Indore has curious distinction of being a semi developed city in largely undeveloped MP.
How can we make DAVV like DU or Indore schools both government private comparable to their counterparts in other part of India..
Here are my twon cents after having spent years in some of the best educational institutes of nation

1. Schools which are started in central areas of city ( define by land guideline) should be exempted from 1-2 acre land requirement or sports ground or independent building thing. Because of this all new schools have to go to outside city with large commuting time for children.
There are very fine govt and few private schools (like Marwadi girls) which are operating inside city without much sports space successfully. All such schools can make use of nearby public parks or government school grounds for sports In turn such schools may be asked to take 50% kids from their neighborhood (3 km radius) only.
This will promote neighborhood school concept Today all new schools belong to land sharks or industry groups, a retired teacher or young IT professional who wants to start a school can't do so due to huge capital requirement in land and building. This kind of initiative will let schools function from rented floors in high rise commercial apartments thus

1. improving utilization of space in heart of city
2. driving down fees charged by private schools
3. giving option of putting their kids in neighborhood schools to lot of working parents

2. Since most of government schools in city are now under IMC, they should focus on improving their quality by resource generation. Schools like on MG road ( in front of Shrikrishna), Bal Vinay Mandir ( in front of GSITS ) and Vivekanda school on Palasia should be developed on PPP model. Keeping the school ground intact , build multi story commercial apartment whose upper floors will be for school and lower can be rented. Just like toll road private developer who foots the cost shares revenue with school for 10 or 20 years, after which school management committee gets full control.
School management committee to consist of local Councillor, and all retired principals of govt school and colleges living in the same ward to which school belongs. Aim to develop at least one school in each ward on this line

3. Allow evening colleges and courses by DAVV which can be run in schools whose premises lie idle in evening

4. Just like Indo German tool room, identify foreign nations with expertise in textile , leather, gems and jewellery and other such locally relevant industries and encourage them to open industrial training centers

5. Encourage companies in Pithappur to run an internship scheme where they take students after their class 10 for 3 year volitional training with stipend . Ask board of secondary education to recongnise such programmes

6. Encourage NGOS and industry bodies to take full benefit of national skill development mission and conduct as many training courses ( with emphasis on certifications) for tribal youth from colleges in cities and town surrounding Indore

7. Encourage private company employees and college youth to contribute some hours teaching in slums and government schools to improve quality there. For traffic violations - institute system of community service - where offender (if he or she is a student ) has to go and help teachers and staff in govt schools

8. Ask students in GSITS to make and maintain a portal where teachers of govt schools can post their requirements in terms of educational aids ( books, reference material, lab equipments, sports and music goods ) and people can look at them and donate online

9. Open hostels for tribal girls at least one each in each corner of city for them to avail benefit of school and college education in Indore city and ask philanthropic organizations to sponsor them

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

drug trails in Inodre

Now Hindu is also reporting on it

Hopefully central government, consumer courts, health ministry will wake up from thsie slumber and act before it is too late

I have been writing on it but seems doctors in Indore know too many secrets of MP govt as it is mortally afraid of touching them even with a barged pole

Number of shops in Indore - 4117

does that sound ridiculously low?

not to Indore municipal corporation

look at this list

the same site list number of houses as more than 3 lakhs and number of water connections as more than a lakh but number of shops as only 4000.

There are some prominent markets of city which have shops in single digit


gopal mandir - huge hosiery market near rajbada - 20 shops only
jawahar marg - there are 8-10 entries of markets total shops are close to 25
malhar ganj market - 14 shops
old palasi - there are 3-4 market total 40 odd shops
siaganj - 2 shops
56 dukan - 1
martand chowk - 1

there are many multiple entries due to entry being in hindi and english or differnet spellings...

this is the status of IMC, how can they be expected to collect money when database itself is wrong

it means all officials in revenue department are making huge money which is nothing but a tax loss to city

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Business and service ideas for Indore

Delhi is having MCD elections and people are coming with all sorts of fantastic proposals. I thought why not jot down my thoughts on what can be done in Indore (realistically) to change things economically, socially and culturally...

1. Reserve half posts of driver, conductors in buses, auto rickshaw drivers, mall attendants, security guards and petrol pump attendants for women
Benefit : Better , efficient, courteous labor force with less absenteeism, low cost. Crimes will reduce and general law and order will improve apart from empowerment of women.
Inducement : Municipality could give exemption in property tax to such places

2. a portal "indore roads" - it should have
- maps with 1 mtr resolution of all of indore
- should have database on raod coordinates, width, start, end, construction history, address and name of contractor and approving enginer
- a citizen forum where they can submit info about cracks/ potholes in roads on real time basis which are to be acted upon
- another forum where citizens can give advice on which area needs new roads etc
- a forum for retired officials and contractors to give suggestions and voice their grievances
- all bills of contractors and drawings by engineers to be uploaded ( to make portal light these would be e mailed on getting a request from a user)
- citizen can upload pics of roads to buttress their points
- authorities need to share their plans for road construction for at least next 3 years so that issues such as one department coming and digging road after other has made it does not happen
- a call center for logging citizen complains regarding roads
-Involve students of engineering and management for maintaining database. Tie up with universities and schools to count hours worked towards this for their internal assessment

3. Instead of trucks of single agency going all the way to trenching ground. Create four trenching grounds in different parts of city and four collection centers. Give contracts ward wise ( to create an element of comparison and competition) to different vendors for picking up solid waste.
All ward committees ( comprising of Councillor, ex Councillor, ex MLA MP living in area, govt college principals living in area ) can award contract as per their need under constraints set by municipal council and can decide on rates, segregation ad frequency
Zonal offices which do not do any work otherwise will provide support for this to wards under them
All vehicles to be fitted with GPS and IMC not to procure any vehicles but their rental to be built up in cost of contract.
Evaluation by people of the ward at year end to decide to continue with the same vendor or change

4. for street lights - compliance in paying property tax and electricity bill to be guiding parameter.
A portal and call center for same to resolve all complainants within 24 hours
USE of CFL to earn carbon credits
Market associations can be asked to sponsor extra lights if they want in their area
engineering students and professionals of city and companies like this can be asked to develop intelligent solutions for need based stree lights

5. traffic police to be brought under city government from state and vehicle license renewal fee collection and use to be assigned to it to maintain traffic police.
All roadside "fine levying" to be stopped. Only vehicle numbers to be noted /pic taken with hand held device and vehicle owner to come to traffic station later or pay up online.
a helpline for same where people can choose slot as per their convenience but before a due date
cameras at all thoroughfares (with the help of local traders) and their feeds (traffic related) fed into a portal on realtime basis and accessible ot FM radio channels
Schools to act stridently against underage driving
for minor driving violations community service ranging from 10 to 100 hours - work in govt office, school, library, orphanage etc.
As this is more a community initiative all students of humanities, BA , BCom to be made part of this and paid a honorarium out of fines collected

Friday, April 6, 2012

half the tigers lost in MP and only two people conviceted

So now studies show that after losing 300-400 tigers in last year MP govt has achieved 3yrs conviction for two people

I have been writing about loss of tiger in MP

and how money meant for wildlife preservation is wasted or siphoned away

even tiger who live in zoo are killed by modern day kings and princes (MPs & MLAs)

result of all this has been that MP is no longer the tiger state

If poaching and encroachment was not enough now illegal mining has emerged as a new danger

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Poor Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly

his affidavit is full of contradictions and very close to be unbelievable

लगभग तीन दशक से राजनीति में सक्रिय रोहाणी ने विधानसभा चुनाव के लिए अपना जो अंतिम संपत्ति के ब्यौरे का शपथपत्र दिया है उस पर विश्वास किया जाए तो रोहाणी प्रदेश के अति गरीब राजनेताओं में सुमार किये जा सकते हैं।

आइये चुनाव आयोग की वेबसाइट खोलते हैं और रोहाणी के 3 नवंबर 2008 को दिये शपथपत्र पर नजर डालते हैं। शपथपत्र में रोहाणी का कहना है कि तीस साल की राजनीति में उन्होंने इतना भी नहीं कमाया कि वे अपना घर बना सकें। घर बनाने के लिए उन्होंने अपने बेटे अशोक रोहाणी से 6 लाख 46 हजार 607 रुपए उधार लिए हैं। यह बात दूसरी है कि इसी शपथपत्र में उन्होंने बताया कि उन्होंने अपनी कमाई में से 1.44 लाख रुपए परिजनों को ऋण दिया है। यह ऋण किस परिजन को दिया है इसका उल्लेख नहीं है। उनकी पत्नी ने भी अपने बेटे अशोक रोहाणी को 2.41 लाख रुपए का कर्जा दे रखा है।

हम रोहाणी को यूं ही गरीब राजनेता नहीं कह रहे। ऐसे समय में जबकि राजनेताओं के पास करोड़ों वैध अवैध संपत्ति है तब रोहाणी के शपथपत्र को देखकर लगता है कि उनसे ज्यादा सम्पत्ति तो मध्यप्रदेश के किसी क्लर्क की नौकरी करने वाले के पास होगी। रोहाणी ने ब्योरे में लिखा है कि उनके और उनकी पत्नी के पास मात्र 5-5 हजार रुपए नगद हैं। बैंक के सभी खातों को मिलाकर रोहाणी के पास 29 हजार 449 और पत्नी के पास मात्र 1279 रुपए हैं। गहनों के बात की जाए तो रोहाणी के पास मात्र 27 हजार रुपए का 22 ग्राम सोना और पत्नी के पास 3 लाख 20 हजार रुपए का 226 ग्राम सोना है। रोहाणी दंपत्ति पर कोई वाहन नहीं है लेकिन वे 60 हजार रुपए की रिवाल्वर रखते हैं। रोहाणी दंपत्ति के पास कृषि अथवा गैरकृषि के नाम पर एक इंच जमीन नहीं है। अपने मकान और ऋण के बारे में उन्होंने अलग से ब्योरा दिया है जो वेबसाइट पर नहीं है।

रोहाणी मध्यप्रदेश की सम्मानित विधानसभा के अतिसम्मानित अध्यक्ष हैं और उनके शपथपत्र पर किसी प्रकार का शक नहीं किया जाना चाहिए। मीडिया के जो लोग उनके खिलाफ मुहिम चला रहे हैं उन्हें प्रमाणित करना चाहिए कि शपथपत्र से हटकर रोहाणी के पास क्या है? यह बात दूसरी है कि अपने शपथपत्र में रोहाणी ने स्वीकार किया है कि उनके ऊपर धोखाधड़ी और जालसाजी जैसी धाराओं के तहत मुकद्दमे दर्ज किये गए हैं और दोनों मुकद्दमों में हाईकोर्ट से उन्हें स्थगन मिला हुआ है।

Sunday, April 1, 2012

People who make indore proud - Neeraj Monga

a tenuous connection at best , he is a Delhi boy who did his MBA from Inhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifdore

but certainly sending shock waves to India Inc..

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Size of Indore real estate market

by news reports registrar offices closed year with 750 crore collection.
This would be a mix of rates even if assume higher rate of 10% - it comes to 7500 crore

Assuming white and black to be 1:1 - 15000 crore

and there is at least 30% on power of attorney, and other means where registry is avoided , then easily 20,000 crore annual market

and here we are excluding ares falling in jurisdiction of Mhow registrar or further dewas and dhar

Also key price indicators like iit, infosys, tcs , first integrated townships, railway station in rau etc are yet to materialize....

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Distirbuted generation and distribution solar light in MP

A very good experiment in one of the hinterland villages in Guna (meerwada)

can become a model for many inaccessible villages and a good place of philanthropy for rich NRIs and companies who want to do something in MP

SunEdison has announced the launch of a 15KW plant in Meerwada, a remote village in Guna district, Madhya Pradesh. Meerwada is the first village to be selected by SunEdison as part of the company’s Rural Electrification Programme, SunEdison Eradicating Darkness (SEED), a programme that aims to electrify many remote villages across India, Africa and South East Asia through solar powered mini-grids.
The plant was inaugurated by Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry in a ceremony marked by inspiring speeches from Shri Scindia and Pashupathy Gopalan, managing director, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Operations, SunEdison.
At the inauguration ceremony, Gopalan, said, “We are proud to introduce the SunEdison Eradicating Darkness programme, and we are excited by the prospect of providing electricity to remote villages in India, Africa and South East Asia that do not have access to sustainable, reliable sources of electricity. This project has become a reality thanks to the continued support, commitment and vision of Shri Scindia, Honourable Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. We look forward to continued deployment of solar power in India as a means to accelerate the electrification of villages while preserving natural resources and protecting the environment.”
SunEdison, leveraging its extensive experience in developing and operating successful solar plants across geographies, is responsible for building, financing, operating and maintaining the Meerwada plant. Trained and educated by SunEdison on the usage and benefits of electricity, the villagers have already started reaping the benefits of electricity. They can now make use of basic electric appliances like lights, fans and TVs, their children can study for longer hours, and chores can be performed more efficiently. In addition, with the installation of street lights, the village has become a safer place.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

bank robberies in MP to finance terror attacks

Ability of police in Indore and elsewhere in MP to enforce law and http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifordehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifr is very poor. Be it riots, robberies, rape cases, political cases (e.g. Shahla Masood), freak murders or stopping illegal mining or bootlegging, worse often police has been caught harassing citizenry

MP has become a training ground not only for so called Hindu terrorists but also splinter jihadi elements

not to mentions huge influx of Bangladeshis and Biharis

How this general lack of preparedness endangers national security is best exemplified by this news, where taking advantage of nearly useless MP police terrorists committed robberies and were planning to use this money to finance their attacks.

This was in news even before and what s worse part is that it is always Maharashtra or delhi police which discovers such conspiracies and not our indore police

So thanks to MP police , Pakistan need not even finance subversive activities in India

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Only 4 from MP in RBI's young scholar

Last heard we had this vivekanada career guidance scheme

now RBI has this interesting young scholar programme and out of 143 selected for this year there are only 4 from MP...

Drama School in MP

So MP has its own drama school now and it is inviting applications for inaugural batch

MP has always promoted cultural activities.
Arjun Singh government established awards in almost all fields of performing arts and literature but it all had an elitist mindset ignoring indigenous culture of MP

Purpose of this school as claimed is to revive and re interpret folk thatre and arts of Malwa, Nimar, Bundelkhand and Baghelkhand and let us see how much they succeed

for now best wishes

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Deers in Indore zoo

four have died
rest have not drunk water since two days and nearly blind
doctors have no clue
labs have not yet sent test reports from Mhow and Jabalpur ( will administration act promptly?)

Pray for these hapless souls

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Public bicycling in Indore

Some good news

I learnt cycle on one of these rented bicycles

Why can't MP govt act against Ramky

If Maharashtra can take action against a firm for burning toxic waste without seeking permission what stops MP government or Pithampur Municipal corporation from doing same?

All this is being done when dust is not settled on legal battle

Interestingly this is the assembly area of Bhajan Singer

and this is the situation on ground

Water treatment Israel and Indore

Israel has proves desalination technology with costs as low as 50 cents per cubic meter of water. Rather than going for costly water of Narmada and depriving farmers of it ,Indore should collaborate with Israel

A BJP government with peaceful climate will also help to attract Israeli tourists

Hyderabad March 19:

An Indo-Israel Free Trade Agreement is expected to be concluded this year, paving the way for further expansion in bilateral trade between the two countries. Mr Muneer Akbaria, Consul-General, Consulate General of Israel, said discussions between the two countries on the FTA were at an advanced level.

“At present bilateral trade between India and Israel is $5 billion. We expect to increase it by 60 per cent in the next two years,” he told media-persons here on Monday.

The new areas identified for engagement included water technology, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.
Desalination tech

He said Israel, which had developed new desalination technologies, could help India in increasing water supply through desalination. “We have five desalination plants in Israel, supplying drinking water to the extent of 50-60 per cent of our requirement. The target is to cover 100 per cent of our drinking water requirement through desalination by 2020,” Mr Akbaria said.

A new desalination technology developed by Israel involves a cost of 50 cents per cubic metre of desalinated water. Also, the country uses 80 per cent of its sewage water for agriculture after elaborating treatment.

Stating that Andhra Pradesh had been a focus area for Israel, he said Israel and the State Government were working towards concluding an agreement for joint research and development on the industrial front.

Israel is also keen on having joint training programmes for the security personnel of the two countries, which faced almost similar security concerns.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pardee : Criminal tribe in Betul

Forget tribals
these people are oppressed even more
and when state is ruled by a party with nationalist leanings...

These are some old news items on how they are being ignored by system

and blamed for forged notes, hunting, and how they are forced into prostitution and denied their right to education

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Whom to call for solid waste disposal

THis is the number of toll free number of A2Z company which is responsible for managing solid waste disposal in Indore city


Please see if it works and what is the response
Users can post their experience in comments section

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rail budget 2012 and Indore

This rail budget has proved that an impartial man can deliver goods.
Not only on macro level but even in starting new trains/projects Mr Dinesh Trivedi has kept a balance

For Indore this is better than 2010 and 2011 budgets

Luckily no train to Bihar from Indore...
First a death nail to private bus operators and taxis who fleece passengers is the daily AC train between Indore Bhopal
A weekly train between Indore Yeshwantput - hopefully its frequency is increased soon

Other news of interest to Indore and MP are
Manmad Indore via Malegaon and Dhule to be sent to Planning commission
Khandwa-Dhar via Khargone,Badwani to be sent to planning commission

• Godhra Dahod Indore Devas survey
• Indoe betul survey
• Indore Jabalpur survey

New trains
• Jabalpur-Singrauli Intercity Express (Daily) via New Katni Jn.
•Indore-Rewa Express ( Tri-weekly) via Bina

• Chota Udaipur – alirajpur line to be completed this year
• Ratlam fatehabad gauge conversion to be completed next year
• Itarsi budhni and barkhera habibganj 3rd line sanctioned
• Survey for Gwalior guna maksi doubling
• Maksi Vijaypur and Guna Gwalior electrification next year

A note on double speak of Shivraj Government -

Out of 31 projects with state cooperation – MP government is not cooperating in single project

Burhanpur, Damoh, Khandwa and Ujjain to be made Adarsh station

Trains passing through MP
Bina-Bhopal MEMU service in lieu of conventional services.

Running of independent Passenger trains between Rewa-Bilaspur & Rewa-Chirmiri by delinking from 51751/51752 Rewa-Bilaspur Passenger &51753/51754 Rewa-Chirmiri Passenger

Jhansi-Tikamgarh Passenger via Lalitpur

Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi

Bikaner-Puri Express (Weekly) via Jaipur,Kota,Katni Murwara, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur

Jaipur-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Nagda, Bhopal, Narkher, Amravati, Akola

Jhansi-Mumbai Express (Weekly) via Gwalior, Maksi, Nagda

Running of independent train between Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin by delinking from 12405/12406 Bhusawal- Hazrat Nizamuddin and 12409/12410 Raigarh-Nizamuddin Gondwana Express

Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (Weekly)via Manmad, Itarsi, Ratlam

Shalimar-Bhuj Express (Weekly) via Bilaspur, Katni, Bhopal

Santragachi-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Kharagpur, Chandil, Barkakana, Katni, Kota

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Betma rape and Umaria journalist killing

All the things for which people of MP and Indore used to be proud despite not being as affluent as other parts of nation are disappearing one by one

Corruption is on peak, we have officials who kowtow to political masters, police inspectors are running crime rackets, female infanticide is prevalent, girls are not safe, alcoholism is on rise

There was a time when we had Dr Mukherjee kind of medical luminaries and now unethical medical trials are going on

Journalist Shehla Masood's murder is fresh in memory and now this brutal killing of complete family of journalist in Umaria.If ruling dis-pensions is actually serious about providing a good administration they should make it a point to solve this case.
Even in urban areas incidents of chain snatching or bank robberies are so common that now they hardly raise any eyebrow

but to me most shocking was this gang rape which happened in Betma. By all accounts it appears to be planned. and look at criminals, son of local BJP politician, congress politician, a Muslim youth, two tribal men - almost all shades of our male dominated society.
MMS is made and circulated , there is a strong case for action against all those on whose mobiles this was seen and transferred because actions like this promote voyeurism in society

all political leaders have done rounds of poor family but no one has bothered to give them psychological counseling or rehabilitate them

It is interesting to see silence of ABVP and NSUI on matter who are never behind in raisin rubble at DAVV

and why we are known as rape capital would be clear from these posts..it would be instructive to find out in how many of these cases conviction was secured finally

There is a state wide commission for child Right protection and I will urge readers to flood them with mails and requests for stringent and prompt action in these case

Madhya Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MPSCPCR)
59, Narmada Bhavan, Jail Road, Arera Hills, Bhopal-462002,
Madhya Pradesh mpcpcr@gmail.com
Fax: 0755-2559900 Hon'ble Justice (Rtd.) Sheela Khanna, Chairperson
Mob: 09425407786
Tel: 0755-2559900
Ms. Shikha Dubey, Secretary, MSCPCR
(Mob: 09425600766)
Tel: 0755-2559903 Ms. Mamta Pathak
Under Secretary (MPCPCR)
Mob: 09425605108, 0755-2559904(O)

Mr. Deepak Sankat, Administrative Officer
Mob: 09425004777, 0755-2559905 (O)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Now a good step of government to e procure the wheat from farmers has brought in open what was known for long

That areas alike Alirajpur are dirt poor and administration has failed to do anything for them

Out of 9.5 lakh farmers in state only 34 are from Alirajpur - this means

1. less penetration of mobile
2. failure of mp on line in Jhabua district
3. farmers in alirajpur still row forest crops and not remunerative crops like wheat or rice

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mid day meal in Indore

As we all know Nandi foundation running mid day meal scheme in Indore,Bhopal and Jabalpur school and doing a reasonably good job than govt agencies but at this page on their site while no of children in Bhopal and Jabalpur are approximately 56 k and 53 k respectively it is only 6k in Indore?

In fact if one looks at this page one will be amazed to find that in dozen odd cities they serve across India numbers are at least 20 k at each place and per school number of kids is also large but only Indore has so less children...


Naandi foundation in Sheopur

By all indicators Sheopur is Kalahandi of MP

area repeatedly reports hunger deaths in dry season and is almost absent from radar of planner in state

Nandi foundation is doing some very ood work here in the filed of education

Saraswati of Hoshangabad

Story of a disabled and poor but brave woman


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

People who make Indore proud - Ms Anuradha Shankar

Most corrupt part of our administration is police

In Indore I have mentioned about two inspectors being caught while actually acting like criminals

Now at least a beginning is being made to set thins in order

Recruitment of lowest label of police i.e. constables is being done and this is the place where political parties try to fill slot with their people

Hopefully this new captain of Indore police will ensure thins are done as per rule book

Wishing you all the success

She has done many other things to improve working

Almost 7 TIs have been punished

years old warrants are being executed even against people of Nigeria and Nepal - something about which old police brass never cared

she is insisting on fitness level of police officials

only blot on otherwise unblemished record was bowing to political pressure and suspending a police inspector from Annapurna becuae ego of Mr Jitu Jirati was hurt

Friday, January 13, 2012


thank god Youth congress and BJP have not hit upon this idea in Indore yet


1.The circumstances under which accurate perception is most difficult are exactly the circumstances under which (policy) analysis is generally conducted–dealing with highly ambiguous situations on the basis of information that is processed incrementally under pressure for early judgment. This is a recipe for inaccurate perception.

2. There is a risk that we identify the problem inaccurately because of various pressures: for instance, there is scarcely a policy area where political, ideological, media, personal and time pressures do not affect the policy analyst and/or decision-maker.

problem of administration at DAVV?

3. Similarly, “memory” poses risks. What, why and how much one remembers are questions. Also, as shown masterfully in Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon”, different persons can remember different things even when it is about the same objective event.

Our approach to solve water issue is just to get more water (narmada stage 3) without worrying about costs and sustainability just because there was a struggle to get it in first place years back which succeeded

4. Memory and perception are linked to “job experience”. Given what we know about the difficulties in perception and memory, what can we say about the value of experience?

Experience with BRTS will kill all innovations in transport for near future

5. There is an inherent tension between experience as a “been there done that”/”it won’t work”, and experience as a “shoulders of giants”.
trying to copy Delhi metro or IT park of Bangalore

7. Causation vs Correlation. Just because the sun rises after the rooster crows, it doesn’t mean that the sun rises because the rooster crows. I call this the Oldest Mistake in Public Policy (OMIPP). See why correlation does not imply causation.
Economic growth and eminent position in MP has led to people from small town coming here for education. Mistaking it for Indore becoming an education hub

8. Anecdotal vs Empirical. One common fallacy is to presume what you see/observe is the general problem. For instance, a person who observes that in a particular village, poverty is linked to exploitation by absentee landlords, might conclude that poverty in all villages is due to this cause. The person might then decide to pursue an anti-poverty policy across the whole country that targets absentee landlords. This can have dangerous and disastrous consequences if rural poverty elsewhere due to other causes.

There could be places where crime is related to late night pubs (e. .) Bombay or Bangalore..Police closing shops in Indore at 10 does not make sense

9. Fallacies: ideological blinders. Often the problem is defined (as are the solutions) before the problem is perceived. A ‘villain’ is assigned and all problems assigned to him. Policy then is about attacking the villain and being engaged in a war to defeat the villain. The actual problems are incidental to this.
All ills of colleges on faulty evaluation or semester system

10. Fallacies: bureaucratic blinders. “This is the way the department has always tackled the problem. This is the right way, if only XYZ were taken care of.” This leads us to fail to question why XYZ is the cause of policy failure? If XYZ can’t be changed in reality, then does this approach make sense?

the way cooperative department is working in indore

11. Fallacies: Hope & despair. The former causes one to repeat mistakes. The latter causes one not to try new approaches.
Hopelessness with MY hospital and hope with IDA which keeps on making mistake after mistake in terms of schemes

12. Fallacies: “It’s my baby”. First, policymakers might be wedded to certain proposals or projects and want to implement them at all costs. (Corollary to this is the “not invented here” syndrome). Second, policymakers might get personally attached to the programme and prevent more competent/skilled people from managing it. Often, the skills & aptitude required for breakthrough thinking are different from those required for implementation.

BRTS, IT Park , Rajbada modernization, multi level parking , MR10

ideas for indore - opportunity for textile sector

read this news with its depreciated currency and English lingua franc a Zimbabwe is right place for textile magnates from Indore

Monday, January 9, 2012

A2Z waste disposal in Indore

One can rest assured that waste disposal in city is going to be screwed up even in coming year as the company with the contract is not exactly in pink of its health


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ruchi Soya underpaying labour

Look at the salaries they are giving to labour

AHMEDABAD: A labour dispute at India's largest cooking oil company Ruchi Soya's Patalganga unit in Maharashtra has disrupted palmolein oil and sunflower oil supply across Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of Madhya Pradesh.

Sarvesh Shahra, who heads Ruchi Soya's FMCG division, acknowledged that the strike has disrupted supplies. "Since the third week of December, production at our Patalganga unit (processing 0.33 million tonnes annually) has been disrupted. The union at the plant has certain demands which we are negotiating so as to resume operations. Our units in Kandla, Nagpur, Indore and Mangalore have stepped up their supplies focusing on consumer packs from half litre to five litre to ensure regular supply and keep prices on check," he said.

The company has a refining capacity of 3.2 million tonnes annually and crushing capacity of 4.1million tonnes annually.

A union leader said delayed increase in salaries of employees has led to the disruption. "Over 600 technical workers of Ruchi Soya are demanding salaries to be increased by 6,000 a month since the past one year. With the company not relenting to our demand we have taken certain steps since the first week of December which might disrupt their operations," said Kamgar Congress Union president Babu Thomas.

Currently technical staff is getting a salary of 4,300 a month and a person with a work experience of more than 20 years is getting maximum 6,000 salary a month, he said.

"In the unit, there are only two boiler operators whereas there should be four. These workers were doing a 12-hour shift with no holiday for the past six months. We are ensuring that people work for only 8 hours, get their weekly off and don't work on holidays," he added. Thomas is also the vice president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.

According to people close to the development, Ruchi Soya has offered to increase salary by 4,500 a month but the offer has not been accepted by the union.

Edible oil industry sources say supplies have been irregular for past one month and no deliveries have been made since January 2. National players such as Adani and Cargill and regional brands like Liberty are learnt to have stepped up supplies to fill the breach.

"The company was earlier quoting soyabean oil and sunflower oil prices but not any more. Edible oil prices are currently under check with edible oil supplies being increased by Adani, Cargill, Liberty Oil, Mewah Oil, Allana Oil, Gokul and others. We are worried that if demand for edible oil improves in the market then prices will further increase," said an edible oil manufacturer.

Brokers and traders, who had done forward contracts with the company, are worried about receiving delivery. "We enjoy good relations with our business partners and didn't anticipate the strike. As soon as the operations resume we will be honoring the contracts," said Shahra, who added that unions were a big challenge for industrial units in Maharashtra.

Both the union and the company have decided to mutually sort the issue and have not approached the police. "The issue was brought to our notice but no case has been filed and we consider it to be an internal labour problem. The issue has not led to any law and order problem in the area," said Khalapur Police Station (Raigad district), police inspector, I S Patil.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

holy cow

Sicular media is upset that people in MP will not eat beef now ( they normally also do not eat it is besides point)
but Shivraj has handled this badly no doubt

Rural immersion of IIM Indore

Among all the IIMs IIM Indore has this unique programme where they send MBA participants to district visit for one week during their course.
Needless to say cooperation by MP govt has also been important

This year they covered all 45 districts of M.P>, and I browsed through reports on tribal districts.
All reports are written in a very macro way,we met this , we observed that.
From an MBA student much can be expected, some sort of data, cost benefit analysis, SWOT.

1. there is no standard template for reports different groups have used different formats
2. In many cases it seems work was divided between different members and so change in font and spacing as one moves from one section to other is apparent
3. in many cases most of report is devoted to what a particular scheme is about or statistics about the district. these can be found anywhere , they should ive insights not platitudes
4. Jan sunwai was shown around as model but except one or two group which asked for its auditing and time bound resolution no one asked that what was need of this "darbar" like institutions in democratic polity. How are the normal channels working?
5. even for MNERA and Indira Awas yojna ( one roup calls it "awaj" yojna and report is uploaded un corrected on website) no data is presented
6. taking arguments given by officials like people here are lazy,do not want to work or working in cities is fashionable so they do not work here, on face value is not something expected from inquisitive minds
7. It would have been better to make these visits a research study (which could be funded by government of India or MP). You could easily take 2-3 schemes ( which in fact happened Jan sunwai, MNREGS, Indira Awas and self help group) and compare cross district data. It would have given valuable insights into implementation into tribal/non tribal, urban/non urban, lower caste/on lower caste districts or villages as sampling would have been random and there would be little observer bias as researchers are from out of state, neither govt official, nor NGO hired by govt.
8. simple time motion studies to see whether a particular work being done is being done in best way, or for example HR case study on a rural administration or supply chain case on transfer of PDS or organization behavior case on self help group would have been wonderful

here are some links for my readers

all said and done they are interesting observations and we should congratulate iim indore and students for this stupendous effort














Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Medical college admission scam in MP


BHOPAL: A Munnabhai MBBS scenario unfolded in Madhya Pradesh as six government medical colleges were found to be training at least 114 potential doctors who gained admission by fraud. The fear is there may be several doctors from these institutions who would have got in the same way and graduated and may be currently practicing.
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A government probe found that the students, mostly from rich families, had been joining MBBS courses since 2009 by paying crores between them to hire practicing doctors and talented medical students from UP, Bihar and elsewhere to write the pre-medical test on their behalf, forging photographs and signatures.

Medical education department sources said the middlemen had charged Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh from each student.
The fraudulent admissions into MBBS courses in Madhya Pradesh were part of an elaborate scam in which photos of imposters, instead of the actual aspirants, were pasted on the PMT application forms and admit cards, a government probe has revealed. This has now led to suspicions that some government officials linked to PMT tests may have been involved.

State minister for medical education Mahendra Hardia confirmed that 114 people had gained admission to MBBS courses through fraudulent means. "Imposters wrote the PMT for these people. The committee found that signatures and photographs submitted were clearly forged," he added.

The probe, headed by the state's joint director of medical education, submitted its report last month but the findings were revealed only on Wednesday. The investigation was ordered on complaints lodged in 2009.

The probe found that 26 of these fraudulent admissions happened in Bhopal, 36 in Gwalior, eight in Indore, 21 in Sagar, 15 in Jabalpur and eight in Rewa district.

The medical education department had filed a police complaint and FIRs have been registered against 56 students. Some 50 others have been suspended from their colleges. The Rewa Medical College has on its own filed a complaint with the district SP to book the eight identified students there.

But even before the committee submitted its final findings, the state medical education department had attempted a damage limitation exercise, rushing to introduce biometric identification system for PMT applicants. Admission seekers for MBBS courses in all government medical colleges have to henceforth provide their biometric thumb impressions twice - first before writing the exam and then during counselling.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Manifesto for municipal services


Can someone do such thing for Indore?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Medical trials in Indore

I desisted from writing on this for full year hoping government will take some strong action but just like lawyers and CAs doctors are also a strong lobby in MP.

The eyewash and the way our clueless minister has justifies it speaks volumes about it and media is anyways sold so no troubling questions are being asked

These are the same doctors who refuse treating HIV infected patients and are known to bunk hospital and college duties...
what happened to oath?

a far more prudent would be IIT model where professors share revenue in 50 50 with institute for facilities but our health minister MR Hardis comes in news for distributing 1000 rs each to his party workers is obviously inapt to think this much

and to get enormity of this scandal loot at this page


and finally token action by medical council


and by government also

now our two ministers who have most probably received their cut are saying there is nothing wrong in it

For their foreign junkets doctors violated FEMA rules as well