Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Sonia Gandhi and India

Is Sonia Gandhi genuinely interested in Indians’ welfare?

Please give your candid assessment as comment.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Magnitude of corruption India

What percentage of Indians (I am not referring only to those in service or business) are corrupt or do not mind corruption?

General perception is that around 90% are corrupt or do not mind corruption.

Please give your opinion. Invite your friends also to give their opinions.

Devendra Narain

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Kejriwal's challenge to Prime Minister Modi

(political satire)

Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers on dharana in the house of the LG of Delhi. 
Kejriwal has created a world record.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at work

 After detoxification of his body in a Bengaluru institute of naturopathy (detoxification of his mind is beyond anyone’s capacity), Arvind Kejriwal is bubbling with energy to challenge the whole world to achieve his mission. In his enthusiasm, he has thrown a few challenges to his self-declared ‘arch rival’ Narendra Modi. I am reproducing the letter he has written to the Prime Minister.

Dear Modiji,

Hope, this finds you in a mood to go bear with me for a few minutes.

You have worked as Chief Minister of Gujarat for little less than 13 years and have been Prime Minister of India for a little over four years. People are still wondering what you have achieved during these 17 years.

Yet you are touring the whole of India and go on frequent foreign jaunts at taxpayers’ cost for self-propaganda. Everywhere, you pat your own back and your blind followers cheer you.

I have been working as Chief Minister of Delhi, capital of the largest democracy of the world, for over three years. (I do not count my first stint as Chief Minister 49 days, a period of experiment.) During this short period, I have done so much work for the people of Delhi that they cannot even count. The whole world knows that I am the best and most popular Chief Minister the country has ever seen but unlike you, I never pat my own back.  The whole world knows that I am a very modest person. Unlike you, I never indulge in self-praise. People shower praises on me for my achievements.

 Despite all the compliments your blind followers pay to you, I do not consider you a leader. You have not yet proved yourself so that I can consider you a leader.

To gain cheap popularity, you are throwing challenges of fitness to all sorts of people who out of modesty do not retaliate.

Modiji, if you want to prove that you are a true leader who has the qualities to be even Chief Minister of Delhi, what to talk of the Primeministership of a country like India, I invite you to meet at least one of the challenges.

Challenge No. 1

Sit on dharana for at least 24 hours in the house of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi or in Rashtrapati Bhawan. I don’t expect you to break the world record I have created.

Challenge No. 2

Invite the Cabinet Secretary for a late-night meeting with your MPs and Ministers and have him thrashed. Separately, I am advising the Cabinet Secretary to take care of his security.

Challenge No. 3

Give at least one public speech in which you describe the ‘qualities’ in me which I have discovered in you such as ‘corrupt’, ‘liar’.

Challenge No. 4

Spend at least one day without doing any work. For your information, I spend several days without doing any work.

Challenge No. 5

See one movie in a cinema hall. For your information, I often go with my family and friends to watch movies. It is so refreshing. It gives me fresh energy to serve the people.

If you are able to meet at least one challenge, I will consider challenging you in the next general election.

I would be eagerly waiting for your response.

With best wishes

Yours truly

Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister of Delhi

Shri narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India


Alvind Kejriwal has a personal grudge against Cabinet Secretary because the latter is above him in the Warrant of Precedence. In the Warrant of Precedence, Delhi Chief Minister is  bracketed with Union Deputy Minister.

Devendra Narain

Sunday, 1 July 2018

सिहों के लेहँड़ नहीं

ऐसे ही लोगों के लिए संत कबीर ने कहा था

'सिहों के लेहँड़ नहीं, हंसों की नहीं पाँत ।
लालों की नहि बोरियाँ, साध न चलैं जमात |'

Friday, 29 June 2018

The rise of India's Hitler

Why and how Indira Gandhi became a dictator  in June 1975 

Hitler of Germany             

'Hitler' of India

         In a hard-hitting blog published on June 25, 2018, to mark the 43rd anniversary of the assumption of dictatorial powers by Indira Gandhi, Union Minister Arun Jaitley rightly compared her with Adolf Hitler. Both Hitler and Indira Gandhi used the constitutional provisions to get the presidential sanction of the declaration of emergency on the false pretext of a threat to the country. Jaitley also rightly wrote that Indira Gandhi was worse than Hitler because she turned the country into a “dynastic democracy” and unlike Hitler, she prohibited the publication of parliamentary proceedings in the media.  

What Jaitley has written 43 years after the declaration of Emergency (June 25, 1975) about the misuse of constitutional provisions, some members of the Constituent Assembly had warned against such a possibility more than 25 years before that (June 25, 1975). Some of the memorable warnings on the possibility of the misuse of the Emergency Provisions (in Part XVIII of the Constitution) were as follows.

K. T. Shah: ‘looking at all the provisions of this Chapter particularly and scrutinising the powers that have been given in almost every article, it seems to me, the name of liberty or democracy will remain only under the Constitution.’

H.V. Kamath: ‘I fear that by this single Chapter we are seeking to lay the foundation of a totalitarian State, a police State, a State, completely opposed to all the ideals and principles that we have held aloft during the last few decades, a State where the rights and liberties of millions of innocent men and women will be in continuous jeopardy, a State where if there be peace, it will be the peace of the grave and the void of the desert. I only pray God that He may grant us wisdom, wisdom to avert any such catastrophe, grant us fortitude and courage.”
B. Das: ‘these provisions would make the President ‘a new Frankenstein, something like the South American Presidents who could usurp all powers…’

Shibban Lal Saksena: ‘when we were in jail in 1942, even though it was during the war, the foreign government did not think it fit to deprive us of the right of habeas corpus. So if the power is given to the President to abrogate this right, it will be a slur on our Constitution and it should not be allowed to be included in it.’

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Chairman of the Drafting Committee, tried to dispel the apprehensions. He stated that ‘these overriding powers are not the normal features of the Constitution. Their use and operation are expressly confined to emergencies only….. Could we avoid giving overriding powers to the Centre when an emergency has arisen? Those who do not admit the justification for such overriding powers to the Centre even in the emergency, do not seem to have a clear idea of the problem which lies at the root of the matter.’

He further stated, ‘I do not altogether deny that there is a possibility of these Articles being abused or employed for personal purposes. But that objection applies to every part of the Constitution which gives power to the Centre to override the Provinces.... (The) proper thing to expect is that such Articles will never be called into operation and that they would remain a dead letter.’

The question whether the emergency powers were really vested in the President or the Council of Ministers was also debated in the Constituent Assembly. Explaining the system of government envisaged in the Constitution, T. T. Krishnamachari said that ‘it has been mentioned that one of the chief defects of this Constitution is we have not anywhere mentioned that the President is a constitutional head and the future of the President’s powers is, therefore, doubtful… This is a matter which has been examined by the Drafting Committee to some extent. The position of the President (under the Indian Constitution) is not the same as the position of American President.’

Rajendra Prasad, President of the Constituent Assembly who letter became the first President of the Indian republic, stated that ‘we have adopted more or less, the position of the British monarch for the President … His position is that of a constitutional President.’

As a student of Political Science, I read a book “Constitutional Government in India” (published in 1960) by Dr. M. V. Pylee, a noted expert on the Constitution. I have reproduced the above observations of the members of the Constituent Assembly from that book. Dr. Pylee writes that ‘all these criticisms are serious and reflected the fears of many members of the Constituent Assembly as well as large sections of the public. Nevertheless, looking back after the lapse of about a decade, one feels that much of it was the result of imaginary fears, extreme sense of idealism, lack of appreciation of the general nature of the Constitution….. The fierce attacks made against these provisions and the fears expressed about them in the Assembly and outside during the time of framing of the Constitution seem to have lost their sharpness in the light of the experience of the last few years.’ He further writes that ‘10 years is too short a period to pass judgement based on the working of the Constitution. Nevertheless,…… the apprehension that the President may act as a dictator is not one of the acute discomforts of our political thinking.’ Referring to the provisions of President’s rule in a state in the event of a breakdown of the constitutional machinery, he writes that ‘the wisdom of the emergency provisions has been demonstrated within the last few years. Instead of destroying democracy, they have in fact helped its recovery in States, where it was seriously threatened.’

The most prophetic statement was made by Rajendra Prasad in his last speech in the Constituent Assembly on November 29, 1949, just before the Constitution was formally adopted. He said: ‘Our Constitution has provisions in it which appear to some to be objectionable from one point or another. We must admit that the defects are inherent in the situation in the country and the people (sic) at large. If the people who are elected are capable and men of character and integrity, they would be able to make the best even of a defective Constitution. If they are lacking in these, the Constitution cannot help the country. After all, a Constitution like a machine is a lifeless thing. It acquires life because of the men who control it and operate it, and India needs today nothing more (sic) than a set of honest men who will have the interest of the country before them.’

The moral of the story is, whatever the provisions of the Constitution, ultimately its future depends on the ‘quality of persons who controll and operate it.’

In a parliamentary democracy, the greatest responsibility is on the Prime Minister, people’s elected leader. The people expect their leader to work in the interest of the country, not in his/her personal interest. This was also the expectation when Indira Gandhi succeeded Lal Bahadur Shastri (whose death in the Soviet Union remains a mystery till date) as Prime Minister in January 1966. At that time I was a probationer at the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur. When the All India Radio announced that she had defeated Morarji Desai by a big margin in a direct contest for leadership, almost all the probationers clapped enthusiastically. I did not. Not because I was a supporter of Morarji Desai but because I  had some idea of Indira Gandhi’s mindset. By and large, the people of India were also happy to have Nehru ’s daughter as Prime Minister.

During the major part of Nehru’s rule, Indira had lived in Prime Minister’s house as her father’s unofficial assistant and was learning the art of politics. In hindsight, Nehru was grooming her. In 1959 she became Congress President which was not possible without Nehru’s blessing. As Congress President, she forced Nehru to dismiss the first democratically elected Communist government of Kerala without adequate constitutional reasons.

After Nehru’s death, she was inducted in the Rajya Sabha and given a Cabinet berth solely because she was Nehru’s daughter. In 1965 I used to make frequent visits to Delhi where my eldest brother was a senior journalist. During those visits, I came to know that as a minister she was showing utter disregard for the parliamentary system of government. She never attended Cabinet meetings called by Prime Minister Shastri. A mild-mannered Shastri ignored her rudeness. During the Indo-Pak 1965, she was found making irresponsible statements in public. I remember that during an informal meeting with a Union Minister where I was also present, my brother told the Minister that someone should advise her to maintain restraint during the war. The Minister, known to outsiders as  Indira Gandhi loyalist, turned his revolving chair towards the wall on which a portrait of Nehru was hanging, folded his hands before the portrait and said, बाप ने तो देश को डुबाया ही; बचा-खुचा बेटी डूबा देगी। (‘The father has ruined the country; whatever is left, the daughter will ruin.’) (Later, Indira Gandhi discovered that he was not loyal to her. He was seriously injured in a bomb explosion on January 2, 1975 at Samastipur in Bihar. He died next day in hospital.)

During the last days of Jawaharlal Nehru, a powerful group of six or seven senior Congress politicians led by Tamil leader K. Kamaraj had formed an informal group of power brokers, known as the Syndicate, to play the role of kingmaker and control the next Prime Minister. After Nehru’s death, they successfully sidelined strong-headed Morarji Desai and got Lal Bahadur Shastri elected as Prime Minister in the hope that they would be able to control a lightweight Shastri.  Unfortunately, Shastri belied their expectations.  The Syndicate expected that they would be able to control Indira Gandhi who lacked experience and appeared to them shaky and weak. The firebrand socialist leader Ram Manohar infamously called her ‘Goongi Gudia’ (the dumb doll), an adjective lapped by her detractors in her party. The 1967 general election was a big disappointment to her. The strength of the Congress in the Lok Sabha was reduced by 78 seats.

However, that did not demoralise her. The syndicate too had underestimated her. While waiting for the opportune moment to strike at the Syndicate, she started strengthening her position. To assert authority, she launched an ideological struggle. In May 1967, she got the Congress Working Committee adopt a “Ten Point Programme” that included social control of banks, nationalisation of General Insurance, ceiling on urban property and income. Quietly, she was sending signals to the corrupt officers in civil services and armed forces that she was with them. I have personal knowledge of her protecting a highly placed officer of the armed forces who had amassed wealth through corrupt means. (Link: https://www.devendranarain.biz/2016/08/when-high-level-corruption-in-india-had.html )

The opportune moment came in the second half of 1969 when the Syndicate selected Neelam Sanjiva Reddy as the Presidential candidate, disregarding Indira’s opposition. She retaliated by prompting Vice President V. V. Giri to resign and contest as an independent. She called upon MPs and MLAs for a ‘conscience vote’ (Antaratama ki Awaaz) in defiance of the whip issued by the then Congress President. Giri was elected and took over as President on August 24. On November 12, 1969, the Congress expelled her from the party. Now there were two Congress parties: Congress (Organisation) and Congress (Requisitionists) led by Indira Gandhi. Most of the MPs (only 31 deserted her) and the rank and file of the party joined her faction. The Election Commission recognised Congress (R) as the real Congress. Indira Gandhi proved that the Syndicate had overestimated itself and grossly underestimated her.

Now, she was in full command. She cut short the life of the Lok Sabha four. During the high-pitched election campaign her slogan was: वे कहते हैं इंदिरा हटाओ, मैं कहती हूँ गरीबी हटाओ(They say remove Indira, I say remove poverty).

Her thumping victory in the fifth general election held in March 1971 – the strength of the Congress increased by 93 in the Lok Sabha – and victory in the Bangladesh war in December 1971 that split Pakistan into two parts filled her with supreme confidence to become a strong ruler. She had already started the process of getting her trusted and pliable persons in the government and the party. In 1967 she had brought P. N. Haksar, an IFS officer and old family friend from the Allahabad days, as her Principal Secretary. Haksar believed in ‘committed bureaucracy’ that suited Indira Gandhi. She patronised corrupt bureaucrats. I have personal knowledge of how she did it in the early 1970s. I will write the inside story after some time. Gradually, her regime was becoming quite corrupt. Instead of making given a show of curbing corruption, she argued that ‘corruption was a global phenomenon’. Her main political advisers were her son Sanjay Gandhi whom she was grooming to succeed her and her childhood friend Siddharta Shankar Ray, Chief Minister of West Bengal. Like Indira Gandhi, they had too no respect for the Constitution and believed in dictatorial powers.

To put it bluntly, the deadly combination of Haksar’s theory of ‘committed bureaucracy’ and Indira Gandhi’s patronage to corrupt officials in a ‘licence – quota’ raj of the socialist economy made corruption synonymous with the Congress raj. The deadly combination of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, and Siddharta Shankar Ray, all believers in dictatorial powers, charted the future course of Indian politics. Economic development of the country was not on their agenda. Only a lip service was paid to the Garibi Hatao (banish poverty) programme.

In 1974 Indira made sycophant D. K. Baruah Congress President who gave the infamous slogan that ‘India is Indira. Indira is India.’ The same year, after the end of President Giri’s tenure, Ray suggested the name of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed as the next President. In a letter to Indira Gandhi, he gave reasons which she could not ignore. He wrote:

"Dear Indira,… I think Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed is our best bet. Apart from being a Muslim, he is also from the Eastern region, and we have never had a president from that region. He will be completely loyal and Mrs. Ahmed is eminently presentable…. I think the CPI will fall in line in the end…".

He could not be more correct in the choice.

Her position in the party was unchallenged but she was facing several challenges from outside. What she and her cohorts were doing in the party and the government was bound to have repercussions outside.  The economy was deteriorating, unemployment was growing, food items had become scarce and inflation was rampant. As a result, there were widespread protests in several parts of the country.

Since 1973, things appeared to be going out of Indira’s control. The Navnirman movement’ (movement for regeneration) started by college students of Ahmedabad was joined by factory workers and common people against the corrupt government of the Chief Minister Chimanbhai Patel who was popularly referred to as chiman chor (thief). In February 1974 the central government had to intervene. It suspended the assembly and imposed President‘s rule. In March 1975 when Morarji Desai went on fast unto death, Indira had to dissolve the assembly and announce fresh election.

The Navnirman movement’ inspired Jaiprakash Narayan, who had been raising voice against rampant corruption under Indira Gandhi, to launch a similar movement in Bihar which came to be known as ‘JP movement’. His movement to raise what he called ‘the collective consciousness of the society’ lead to a large number of clashes between common people including students and police. In June 1974, he organised a large protest march through the streets of Patna in support of ‘total revolution’.

To add to Indira’s woes, socialist leader George Fernandes’ railways strike call in May 1974  led to violent demonstrations in several towns and paralysed movement of goods and people for three weeks. She crushed the strike with an iron hand.  Thousands of employees were arrested and their families driven out of their quarters.

Indira and her advisers felt that the situation might go out of control. On January 8, 1975, S. S Ray had suggested strong action. He sent a draft ordinance to Indira with a letter in which he suggested a plan of action to direct the state chief ministers to arrest prominent RSS and Anand Marg members. He had mentioned in the letter that ‘I hope the President will be readily available to sign the ordinance.’ Indira did not on the advice.

The immediate trigger for the assumption of dictatorial powers came on June 12, 1975, when Justice Jagmohanlal Sinha of the Allahabad High Court found in the Gandhi guilty of corrupt practice under section 123 (7) of the Representation of the People Act by having obtained the assistance of gazetted officers of the UP government, declared her election from the Rae Bareilly constituency "null and void" come and barred her from holding elected office for six years. On appeal, on June 24, 1975, the Supreme Court granted a conditional stay of execution of the High Court order.

Meanwhile, Siddharth Shankar Ray had rushed to New Delhi to save his friend. On June 25, 1975, he drafted the resolution to declare Emergency, carried Indira Gandhi's letter and the draft resolution to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, woke up the sleeping President and got his signature on the dotted lines on the “Proclamation of Emergency”
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (1) of article 352 of the Constitution, I Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, President of India, declared that a grave emergency exists whereby the secretary of India is threatened by internal disturbance.”

Indira had sent the proposal to the President even without consulting her Cabinet colleagues.She informed them only on the morning of June 26. The world and the people of India came to know of it when the BBC broke the news in the morning of 26. In the night of June 25-26, using her dictatorial powers, Indira Gandhi had suspended fundamental rights, sent all the prominent critics behind the bar and muzzled the press.
This is how Indira Gandhi became India’s 'Hitler'. Like Hitler, she did not abrogate the Constitution but used the constitutional provisions to transform democracy into a dictatorship.

She proved all those who had dismissed the apprehensions of misuse of the Emergency provisions as ‘imaginary’  wrong. She proved that not a President but a Prime Minister could misuse the provisions and become a Frankenstein Monster, especially when the President has no personality of his own. She proved that she was one of those against whom the Constituent Assembly President Rajendra Prasad had warned the people in his last address to the Assembly on November 29, 1949.

The provisions regarding the indirect election of the President are such that a political party enjoying the majority of the electoral college can elect a puppet President. Fakruddin Ali Ahmed and Giani Zail Singh were such puppet Presidents. Their being totally pliable was the only criterion for which Indira chose them.

Indira was a selfish person with an evil mind. She considered self and family much above the country. She had no capacity to tackle problems in a legal and constitutional manner. Justice Sinha’s order declaring her election “null and void” was not a big deal. The ‘corrupt practice’ she had indulged in was not a serious problem. She was not found guilty of spending unaccounted money or using unfair means to influence voters. Moreover, Justice Sinha had granted absolute stay on the execution of the order to give opportunity to her to go to the Supreme Court in appeal, a rare concession in election cases. Had Indira been a democratic leader she would have resigned and re-contested election. But she was not a democratic leader.

Had she been a patriotic person with a democratic mind, she could have changed the shape of India for better. She had the personality to take tough decisions and for years she had massive popular support. Had she done so, she would have got an honourable position in the history. Unfortunately for the Congress and for the country, she used her personality and capabilities for personal gains at the cost of the country.

Devendra Narain

My website: https://www.devendranarain.com

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Indian politicians do not to retire

Murli Manohar Joshi, L.K.Adwani and Yashwant Sinha   

A ministerial bungalow in New Delhi

Mulayam Singh Yadav says he has worked very hard to attain this status.

Perhaps, Mayawati thinks she has more enemies than friends

     There are at least four reasons why our politicians do not take ‘sannyas’ from politics. 

     The first reason is that the work of an MP/MLA has gradually become less and less demanding. As against 677 sittings of the first Lok Sabha, the fifteenth had only 345 (69/ annum). On most of the occasions these sittings too were adjourned after an hour or so. Even on those few days, there is no need to trouble one’s mind or throat. 

     Secondly, an MP is member of the most elite club with lots of tax-free perquisites such as endless number of train journeys in AC first class (with one companion in a AC 2-tier), 34 air journeys per annum, free flat or a big bungalow with spacious lawn on nominal license fee in Lutyens’ Delhi.  Several senior MPs have lived in such bungalows for decades and it may be heartbreaking to be deprived of such a luxury. No other democratic country gives so much perquisites to its elected representatives. In the UK, an MP who does not have his own house in London is given just fixed accommodation allowance. 

     Thirdly, as members of the elite club they are entitled to VIP treatment everywhere.

    Lastly, most of them are incapable of doing anything else. Most of our politicians claim to be social workers. In the 15th Lok Sabha more than 100 MPs had declared social and/or political work as their profession; another about 145 had mentioned social work as one of their professions; in addition more than 100 claimed social work as one of their main interests. In other words, more than 350 MPs were full-time or part-time social workers. Can there be any place other than Indian Parliament for ‘social workers’?

    In the western democratic countries, it is very uncommon to claim social work as profession. Only about half a dozen members of the House of Commons and only two members of the US House of Representatives (HOR) claim social work as their profession. Most of the members of the Commons and the HOR are professionals in different fields.

    To be an MP in India is a very profitable social work. The average assets of 304 MPs in the 14th Lok Sabha who fought election in 2009 had increased by 300 percent. An Indian MP can continue to do his normal business/professional activities in addition to parliamentary work. Conflict of interest is not an issue. On the other hand, the members of the US Congress cannot earn more than 15% from outside of their Congressional salary.

   Withdrawal of excessive perquisites, especially big bungalows, and restrictions on income from any source other than salary and allowances as legislator may end incentives to seek re-election after re-election. Unfortunately, it will remain a pipe dream.
    Was written originally under an assumed name   and published by news portal newsmobile.in on April 08, 2014.

  I have been prompted to republish it as  ex-Finance Minister and External Affairs Minister Yeshwant Sinha, 80, who is feeling frustrated because Prime Minister Modi has not given him any political post or importance he thinks is his right. Sinha misses no opportunity to criticise  Modi and BJP-led government. While our Prime Minister is trying hard to get a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council, is earning laurels and making us proud in USA, a frustrated Sinha is busy finding fault with him for remaining part of the G-24. Can Modi fight for India’s permanent membership without support of other legible candidates?

Devendra Narain

September 27, 2015

Tags #Indianpoliticins #Indianpoliticiansdonotwanttoretire 


My website: https://www.devendranarain.com

Monday, 25 June 2018

P for Paplu, J for Joker

Paplu is a very popular game of cards in our country. You can see people playing the game at homes, in clubs, in buses, in trains, in parks and on the streets. For addicts, any place is good enough.         

The rules of the game are very flexible. The minimum conditions are to have a set of two players, a pack of 52 cards and a place to play. If there are more players, they can play in group of four and even six (the maximum number of one group of players). Naturally, the number of packs of cards will also increase. When six persons are playing together, they need three packs. The game can be played just as time pass, without any stakes, or for stakes, small or big, depending on how deep the players’ pockets are.   

Each pack of cards has two joker cards also. They do not belong to the category of ‘hearts’, ‘diamonds’, ‘clubs’ or 'spades’. On their own they have no value but have the advantage of going with any combination in the game to fill the gap. Usually, jokers are not needed when there are only two players. When there are more than four or six persons playing together, jokers become important.

If you like, you can call these jokers clowns. In circus, clowns also entertain people, often more than the regular artists.

These days, non-NDA political parties are also preparing to play the game of paplu. The preparation was announced on March 13, 2018 at a grand dinner hosted by Madam Sonia who and whose loyal devotees believe that she has come to India all the way from Italy and sacrificed everything to save this country from the ‘merchant of death’. She and her devotees ignore the bitter truth that she has always enjoyed power without responsibility. Even now when she has no official position, she is occupying a house bigger than Prime Minister's house at tax payers' cost.

      She is so determined to achieve her goal that she has not allowed her only son to get married until he gets the job of Prime Minister of India. If he really gets that job, he will be the most sought-after marriageable ladaka (boy) in the matrimonial market in the entire world.

As a part of the preparation, the prospective players are busy discussing formation of groups. Since the stakes are very high – the ultimate winners will take on Narendra Modi and the final reward will be 7, Lok Kalyan Marg (official residence of Indian Prime Minister) – each party wants to select a partner or partners with the highest chance of victory. As the date of the grand finale – general election in 2019 – is drawing closer, their nervousness to finalise the formation of groups is also increasing.

When the game is going to be so exciting and full of high stakes, can the jokers remain quiet? Like jokers of cards, they have no value on their own. They have been completely ignored by the present winners but they think that in the new power game their time has come. As is the rule of the game, jokers would go with any combination. 

Look at the picture at the top. You may identify some jokers in the crowd of guests at the dinner party at 10, Janpath who think that they are going to be main players but do not ignore those who did not have the honour to be invited to the royal dinner. They are meeting the prospective players and lobbying for their role in the game.

Please, do not take ‘P for Paplu, J for Jokers’ as PJ (poor joke). The future of our country is at stake.

Quite a few members of the NDA are also watching with interest the formation of groups and their prospects. They’re already flexing their muscles to join the rank of jokers, if not the main groups of players. 

If you want to guess the outcome of the grand finale, please keep an eye on weathercocks in the NDA.

Devendra Narain

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Arvind Kejriwal's next dharana in Rashtrapati Bhawan

God forbid, If Arvind Kejriwal becomes Prime Minister, he will hold dharana in Rashtrapati Bhawan. https://www.devendranarain.biz/2018/06/arvind-kejriwal-has-become-nuisance_18.html
    Vote for him and be ready for the show.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Arvind Kejriwal has become a nuisance

Arvind Kejriwal has become a nuisance. The Delhi High Court has rightly asked him , ‘who authorised you to hold dharana at LG House?’

The rise and imminent fall of Arvind Kejriwal (the process of fall has started) reminds me of the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte though there is little in common between the two who belong to two entirely different periods in history.

If Napoleon was responsible for killing millions of people, Kejriwal will go down in history as one who worked hard to to destroy the Constitution of India.

Born on 15 August 1769, at the age of 35, Napoleon became Emperor of France. In his own words, ‘I found the ground of France lying in the dust. I picked it up with my sword and put it on my head.’

Born on16 August 1968, at the age of 45, Arvind Kejriwal became the second youngest Chief Minister of Delhi. The ‘crown’ was virtually offered to him on a silver platter in the 2013 Delhi assembly election. The people of Delhi were fed up with the Congress rule and hankering for a change. In the absence of a strong local leader, the BJP declared a rank outsider as its chief ministerial candidate that alienated the RSS workers. Having got the unprecedented victory, though not a clear majority, Kejriwal believed that he would get similar support at the national level. After 49 days of chief ministership, he resigned and challenged Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha election, perhaps hoping to become a national leader, if not the Prime Minister. He lost the security deposit but that did not discourage him. He returned to Delhi politics and in the next assembly election, his party got 67 of 70 seats. That made him believe that notwithstanding the defeat in the Parliament election in 2014, he was destined to become a national hero. Before becoming chief minister in December 2013, he used to attack smaller political leaders. After establishing himself in Delhi, Narendra Modi became the main target of attack. If any politician has national ambition, Narendra Modi is the main hurdle. The Lt Governor of Delhi became the second target.

Napoleon was an accomplished general with rich experience of success in several wars before he became Emperor. Yet committed several blunders when, as emperor, he raised the largest army in the history to conquer major part of the world. His ambition remained unfulfilled and he spent last six years of life in prison where he reflected on why he failed. His famous words of wisdom are ‘Pen is mightier than sword’ and ‘The Continental System, the Spanish ulcer, and the Russian campaign ruined me.’

Kejriwal, basically an agitator who specialises in negative politics, became Chief Minister without any knowledge of how to govern. He announced many ambitious programmes but did not do how to implement. The Mohalla Sabhas (local councils) remained non-starter (https://www.devendranarain.biz/2016/08/aaps-utopian-concept-of-swaraj.html). Large number of Mohalla clinics started with so much fanfare – the concept got international appreciation – but without adequate medical and paramedical personnel are in tatters. The Delhi High Court has frowned upon the supply of 20 KL of free water, another flagship programme of the Kejriwal government. Kejriwal had promised to end the tanker mafia but the people of several localities still depend on same tanker mafia.

Unlike Napoleon, Kejriwal does not admit his mistakes.  To cover up his own failures, he keeps on blaming the Indian Constitution (for not giving Delhi status of full-fledged state) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Lt. Governor ((for not letting him function). He also blames the Delhi IAS officers for not cooperating because of the pressure of Prime Minister and LG.

His blaming the Indian Constitution is like an examinee blaming the question paper for failure to pass though, in reality, he (the examinee) had not studied the subject. Did Kejriwal not know before contesting the Delhi assembly elections that Delhi was only a union territory that derived powers from the Constitution read with National Capital Territory of Delhi Act (NCTDA) and the Transaction of Business Rules, framed under Section 44 of the NCTDA? In a landmark judgement August 8, 2016, on the interpretation of these constitutional and legal provisions, the Delhi High Court made it clear that Delhi being only a UT, the real executive power was vested in the administrator, the LG. The Delhi government’s appeal is pending in the Supreme Court that did not stay the High Court order. (https://www.devendranarain.biz/2016/09/a-chief-minister-who-thinks-he-is-above.html)

    Under the Indian Constitution, all units of the federation to not have identical provisions. There are special provisions for the States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir (which has its own Constitution and flag), Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Telangana.

 If Kejriwal is feeling handicapped, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) should spare the people of Delhi and some other party govern the union territory. He cannot blow hot and cold. He cannot contest the election to become chief minister of union territory and then demand upgradation.

It is the height of stupidity on the part of Kejriwal to blame Prime Minister Modi and LG. Both of them are functioning within the provisions of the Constitution of which Kejriwal has absolutely no knowledge. There is a saying in Hindi नाच ना जाने आँगन टेढ़ा (Nach Na Jane Angan Tedha ) meaning one who does not admit his own mistakes and blames others for his failures or one who quarrels with his own tools. If such a person becomes Chief Minister of a full-fledged state.

If a person of Kejriwal’s mindset becomes Chief Minister of a state or even Prime Minister of India, he will blame the Constitution for not giving him free hand to rule. He will say that he has to get the approval of the Cabinet even for the best programs for the people, he has to get bills passed by the assembly or by the two houses of the legislature (8 States have bicameral legislature).

The politicians or Chief Ministers of some states supporting Kejriwal and blaming the central government for violating the provisions of the Constitution are firing at Narendra Modi from the Kejriwal’s shoulder. They have the least interest in Kejriwal’s political ambition. In fact, they would be happy if Kejriwal is politically finished. They are serving their own narrow political interests.

Kejriwal’s contention that the IAS officers are not cooperating is also a foolish attempt to mislead the people. He very well knows that the IAS officers of the union territory of Delhi are under the administrative jurisdiction of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Had he been a wise man, he would have won their cooperation. Instead, he and his party workers alienated them by insulting and accusing them. The climax was the midnight ugly incident involving the Chief Secretary at the residence of the Chief Minister. After this, the Kejriwal government has no moral right to expect the IAS officers’ respect. As the IAS officers have said time and again, they are not on a strike. But Kejriwal government keeps on insisting that they are.

Now he and his three colleagues, on hunger strike – apparently in support of their senseless demands but in reality to win public sympathy – have parked themselves in an air-conditioned room in the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor, perhaps hoping that if not the Prime Minister, sooner letter the union home Minister or the LG will come to save his face. Outside the LG’s residence, the AAP workers have been mobilised to hold demonstrations. The AAP leaders, not on hunger strike, have given a golden opportunity to the unemployed workers of the otherwise irrelevant CPM led by unemployed and irrelevant Seetaram Yechury to play a small part on the political stage of Delhi.

I think Kejriwal has placed himself in the same position in which Napoleon had placed himself during the Russian campaign. When he led about 6,80,000 soldiers to capture Russia, after initial bloody battles the Russian generals adopted the policy of strategic retreat. By the time the French soldiers – more than 4 lakhs had been killed in battles – reached Moscow, the harsh Russian winter had set in. Now they had no option but to retreat. During the Russian winter with which the French soldiers were not familiar, they killed their horses for meals and killed their own fellow soldiers. More than 80,000 deserted and vanished. In the end, only about 1 lakh soldiers could return to France.

I suggest the Union Government should just ignore Kejriwal and let him and his stupid friends stay put in the Raj Nivas or moved to a hospital. When they will see that there are totally ignored, they will retreat to their own government bungalows, maybe to prepare another round of strategy to win public sympathy.

There are a few important lessons we have learned.

One, Delhi should never be made full-fledged State of the Union. Delhi is capital of the country. We cannot afford a state government that is always at war with the central government.

Two, to show him/her his/her proper place, the post of Delhi Chief Minister should be designated as Lieutenant Chief Minister. If the union territory has got a Lieutenant Governor, it is more appropriate to call the Chief Minister Lt. Chief Minister. (https://www.devendranarain.biz/2016/09/a-lt-chief-minister-for-lt-governor.html Right)

Three, it is not enough that candidates contesting elections and MLAs and MPs taking oath declare their allegiance to the Constitution. It should be mandatory to declare that they have read and understood the Constitution.

Four, the people of Delhi should teach a lesson to politicians like Kejriwal so that they retire from political life. Such negative politicians are very dangerous for democracy. They will never allow the country to be governed in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

Let us hope and pray after the next Delhi assembly election Arvind Kejriwal becomes history. That will be end of a bad dream.

God forbid, If he becomes Prime Minister, he will hold dharana in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Devendra Narain
June 18, 2018