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 34, 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

Monday, 11 June 2018

Kejriwal has no time for Delhi assembly

According to a PTI news, the Delhi High Court has allowed Delhi MLA Kapil Mishra to file a PIL against Arvind Kejriwal who according to Mishra has less than 10% attendance in Delhi assembly. He has requested the High Court to direct Kejriwal to attend assembly, to make 75% attendance mandatory for all MLAs and “No Work – No Pay” for all MLAs, Ministers and Chief Minister with less than 50% attendance.

Mishra has tweeted (@KapilMishra_IND)

“Kejriwal Record in Assembly

- पूर्ण राज्य के सत्र में एक दिन भी नहीं आएं

- सीलिंग पर सत्र में चार में से एक दिन

- बजट सत्र में 16 में से तीन दिन

- प्रश्नकाल में साढ़े तीन साल में एक दिन भी नहीं

- आज तक सदन में एक भी सवाल का जवाब नहीं दिया

- कल हाइकोर्ट में होगा केस दर्ज
How Kejriwal works

Delhi Water Crisis - Zero Tweet

Jal Board ₹800 crore loss - Zero Tweet

CBI checking Jal Board - 12 tweets

द्वारा फ़ाइल उठाने पर ही ये हाल
फ़ाइल खोलने पर क्या होगा

घुंघरू सेठ की हवा कल से टाइट हैं

कहीं सदमे में अपने साढू के पास न पहुंच जाना”

My Comments

Everybody knows why Arvind Kejriwal has no time for going to the Assembly or even for managing the affairs of Delhi.

He is busy doing something which thinks is more important. First thing first. Kejriwal has his eyes on the post of Prime Minister in 2019.

Ever since he saw Modi on the national political scene, Kejriwal’s main work has been to attack Modi. It is his full-time job. When he’s not attacking Modi, he is planning how to attack more aggressively.

Devendra Narain
June 11, 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Indian citizens need multiple personal identification numbers

Aadhaar No. not sufficient

Ye bank mange more (this bank wants more)

The world is moving towards single personal identification number (ID No.) for multiple uses. Inspired by Aadhaar Card introduced by India, a few years back Indonesia replaced 18 ID Nos. by one. However, in our own country, single ID number for multiple uses remains a distant dream.

Recently, when I wanted to have a credit card of a PSU bank, I had to fill up a form in which I had to disclose not just bank account number but also:

(1)        Permanent Account Number (already with the bank as a mandatory condition for opening the bank account).

(2)        Driving license number (every bank account holder is expected to have a car and driving license number).

(3)        Car registration number (if account holder owns a car, it must have registration number).

(4)        Voter ID No.

(5)        Passport number (every bank account holder is expected to have a passport).

(6)        House registration number (mercifully, only when the account holder owns the house).

(7)        The period since when I am having the bank account (despite the fact that the date of opening the account is on the bank record).

Orally, I was asked to furnish self-attested photocopies of all the documents and also a self-attested copy of the Aadhaar card.

 It is immaterial that the bank had updated KYC (“Know Your Customer”) information about me, though not with all the details mentioned above.

Mercifully, the bank did not require me to show my face everyday to an authorised bank official!

I wonder, when so many precautions are taken for issue of a credit card to a 77 year old pensioner having account with the bank for more than 30 years, how many details would be required to sanction loan of hundreds and thousands of crores of rupees to businessmen and how the crooked fellows default and run away from the country or go untraceable.

I wonder, when we would have unified multipurpose ID number and no defaulter would be able to run away from the country or go in hiding.

Link for an earlier article, Unified Multipurpose ID Number (UMID), A Challenge)\:

Devendra Narain
June 6, 2018


Sunday, 27 May 2018

What is wrong with we Indians?

     A semi-educated girl came from Italy and became supreme leader of India's oldest political party. Her only qualification is her marriage to Rajeev Gandhi whose only qualification was that he was son of Indira Gandhi who entered politics only because she was daughter of Jawharlal Nehru who became first Prime Minister of India because Mahatma Gandhi whom people called Bapu preferred him over Sardar Patel who was the choice of 15 out of 18 Provincial Congress Committees in 1946. For 10 years she controlled the Government of India through her loyal nominee Dr. manmohan Singh and we proudly call ourselves the world's largest democracy!

        In December 2017, she handed over the post of Congress President to her incompetent son and almost all party members enthusiastically accepted her decision.

       She is so arrogant that she thinks only she and her son can save India from 'bad' people! She behaves as if only she and her son have right to rule over India. She and her coterie have made her son also arrogant.

      Now her sole aim  is to make her son Prime Minister of India! The son who has made himself a laughing stock, has proudly declared that he is available for the post of  Prime Minister in 2019!

       Still, millions of us vote for the Congress Party!

      Our problem is very old. Alexander attacked us and subjugated several Indian kings but many historians describe him as "Alexander the Great"!

                                                                                              Devendra Narain

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Rahul Gandhi scarred of RSS

Rahul Gandhi i.e #RaGa  is now so scared of  RSS (Rashtriya Swamsevak Sanngh) that  even the first letter “R” makes him paranoid. He has ordered his lawyers, Kapil Sibal and P. Chidambaram, to get “R” removed from his first name. He does not mind being called “Ahul Gandhi” or even “Hul Gandhi”.  Then media can call him “AhGa” or “HuGa”.

#RSS #RahulGandhi 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

‘Prisoners of War’ in 21st-century in India

‘Prisoners of War’ in 21st-century in India

In India, political parties are perennially engaged in political wars to get control of political, caste and religious groups. In these wars, the main fear is disloyalty of own soldiers who may defect to the other side for better prospects. Here ‘killing’ means ‘poaching’. When a political party apprehends that its opponent will poach its elected representatives ahead of a crucial voting – e.g. for floor test to ascertain which party or coalition has majority or when members of the upper house are to be elected – it makes its own elected representatives ‘Prisoners of War’.

The ‘Prisoners of War’ are transported to a secret sanctuary

                    By plane                                or                                     by buses


The sanctuary may be a luxurious resort or hotel where they enjoy


Fresh air                                 and                                           delicious food



Not allowed to escape

They are released only

After a decisive victory or defeat

                                                                                                                             Devendra Narain

Monday, 14 May 2018

As you please, Ma'am

Poor Mnamohan Singh, 81, is not allowed to lead a peaceful retired life because Rahul Baba is still a child.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Prime Minister Modi should hold regular press conference

I consider Narendra Modi the best Prime Minister India ever had. He has taken several initiatives which no Prime Minister had thought earlier. He sincerely wants to transform India. Today, he is the best political leader, statesman, and orator in the country. He is admired in every country he has visited. No other Prime Minister of India received so much respect in foreign countries.

However, everyone has some weakness. One of the biggest weaknesses of Prime Minister Modi is that he does not hold regular press conference in the country. Through his radio programme ‘Man ki Baat’ he has been sharing his views with the people but he speaks on the issues of his preference. Moreover, it is losing its sheen.

Recently, in London Prime Minister Modi answered several questions with supreme confidence before thousands of persons. The people of India want such question-answer sessions here in our own country. The people of India want his direct response to their problems which is possible only through regular press conference.

It would be in the interest of the Prime Minister, the BJP and the country if the Prime Minister holds fortnightly press conference. Some questions during any press conference may be uncomfortable but in a democracy it is always better to know the pulse of the people and convince them that the government they have elected is working in the interest and their Prime Minister is very much aware of their problems and dissatisfactions and is doing his best to improve their lot.

Prime Mister Modi's  fortnightly press conference will be most eagerly awaited event of the fortnight and will get wide publicity throughout country.

Readers’ comments are invited.

Devendra Narain
April 30, 2018

#narendramodi #primeministerofindia 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Legislators vs judges will destroy democracy

Brief ground of rejection of Notice of Motion for impeachment was needed

The Hon’ble Vice President of India and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha

Respected Sir,

You have rejected the Notice of Motion for the impeachment of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India after consulting half a dozen constitutional experts and senior officials of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. You have given all possible constitutional and legal grounds for rejection.

Sir, with due respect to and your advisers, there was no need to write such a lengthy letter which has given an opportunity to the opposition parties and their legal advisers to make noise and keep the issue alive.

Had I been your advisor, I would have suggested a short and simple order:

“After carefully going through the contents of the Notice of Motion, I do not find that it has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of Article 124 (4) of the Constitution which clearly says that a judge of the Supreme Court can be removed only “on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.

About the very first charge which is about corruption corruption, the Notice says that it  requires a thorough investigation.” About the second charge, again about corruption, the Notice says that the Chief Justice “was likely to fall within the scope of investigation.” In the third charge, the Notice does not mention any specific allegation against the Chief Justice. The fourth charge does not relate to the period the Mr Justice Deepak Mishra has been Chief Justice. The fifth and last charge is the apprehension that the as Master of the Roster, the Chief Justice may misuse “his authority as Master of Roster with likely intent to influence the outcome.”

Since  Notice of Motion does not fulfill the constitutional requirement, it is invalid and inadmissible. If  the Hon’ble  Members of the Rajya Sabha  wish, they may resubmit the Notice of Motion prepared in accordance with the provisions Article 124 (4) of the Constitution i.e on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.”

Such a brief order putting the ball in the court of the opposition parties would have been a better strategy.

Yours faithfully

Devendra Narain
April 23, 2018

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Good Riddance

Good Riddance

Yashwant goes                              Shatrughan Sinha                                           Lalu's dear friend about to go

  Hopefully Arun Shourie will follow them soon

(Common Cause: How can one serve the country without position of power, bungalow and armed security?)

Devendra Narain
April 21, 2018

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Impeachment of Chief Justice of Supreme Court

Congress party of India cannot tolerate independent judiciary. When the party was all-powerful during the dark days of Emergency, it could not tolerate judges who would not bow to the party leader’s diktats. Mrs Gandhi appointed her favourites as the Chief Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court. Today, when the Congress is withering away and cannot appoint Judges of its choice, it has joined hands with other unscrupulous political parties to impeach the Chief Justice of India without any valid reason but only to weaken the judiciary.
Devendra Narain
April 21, 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018

An open letter to the group of 49 retired civil servants

(It is a reply to those who are politicising a serious social problem. It is no coincidence that the 49 ex-civil servants include members of the extra-constitutional body, National Advisory Council, set up by Sonia Gandhi under her own chairmanship.)

There are 4 policemen among 8 accused  in Kathua rape case  

                   Is MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar more powerful than UP DGP?

Dear retired civil servants,

It is a reply to those who are politicising rape, a serious social problem. It is no coincidence that the 49 ex-civil servants include members of the extra-constitutional body, National Advisory Council, set up by Sonia Gandhi under her own chairmanship.

Dear retired civil servants,

Like thousands of Indians, I too read your open letter to the Prime Minister. Not just you, all Indians, barring criminals and their supporters, feel ashamed of being Indians and are burning with rage.

Everyone will also agree with you that your “younger colleagues who are still in service, especially those working in the districts and are required by law to care for and protect the weak and the vulnerable, also seem to have failed in their duty.”

There cannot be any difference of opinion about the need “to offer special protection to Muslims, to Dalits, to members of other minority communities, to women and children so that they need not fear for their life and liberty and any threat to these will be extinguished with the full force of State authority.”

I agree that the Prime Minister was late in condemning the recent heinous crimes of rape.

On the basis of your rich experience, you have given some more suggestions for the consideration of the Prime Minister.

However, before raising some more questions and giving my views and suggestions, I would like to share with you and with all the readers some facts which are already in public domain but need to be repeated here.

Some disturbing facts about the incidents of Kathua and Unnao

Of the eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, four are policemen. Two of the policemen are believed to be involved in the crime while two others have been apprehended for destroying the evidence of the crime.

According to a write-up in the Times of India (“Katthua, Unnao and Elsewhere”, April 18, 2018), “cops first refused to take cognizance of what had happened when the Bakarwalas petitioned them for action. Later, one went so far as to allegedly wash the clothes and the private parts  to erase all traces of what could have been crucial forensic evidence.” The writer of the article adds that “most Indians will not go to the police if what has befallen them is not something that has affected them gravely. There are instances where cops have demanded bribe from the parents of rape victims to lodge an FIR.”

In the Unnao case, instead of taking action against the criminals, the local police arrested the victim’s father who died in police custody. The deep injuries on his body proved that he had been tortured to death.

Not just the local police bosses, even the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state, could not show guts to order his men to arrest the main culprit, Kuldeep Singh. The CBI did what the state police should have done.

Let me ask some questions.

1.    Should the Prime Minister ‘reach out to the families of the victims of rape in Unnao and Kathua and seek their forgiveness’ also on behalf of the DGPs of Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh?

2.    Should the Prime Minister also apologise to all those victims and/or their families whose FIRs are not lodged by the police?

3.    Should the Prime Minister reach out and apologise only to the victims and/or their families of Kathua and Unnao or to all the rape victims and/or their families?

4.    Large number of rapes are committed by family members and family friends. In such cases, whom should the Prime Minister reach out to offer his apologies?

5.    You have expressed anguish at the behaviour of “younger colleagues who are still in service.” But please ask yourself, had the people faith in police and local administration for justice during your days? Has this lack of faith not been a part of our system? I am 77 plus. I do not remember that, by and large, the people of India had ever faith in police and local administration for justice.

6.    Like all others, you have every right to condemn the heinous crimes of rape but how have you come to the conclusion that “In post-independence India, this is our darkest hour”? Have you forgotten how thousands of Kashmiri pundits were killed, their houses burned and those surviving were forced to run away from Kashmir overnight? Have you forgotten murders of thousands of Sikhs in 1984 right in the capital of India when the central government of the day did not bother to call the Army for three days and ultimately called not from the nearest Delhi cantonments but from Meerut? Who was responsible for this  “culture of majoritarian, belligerence and aggression”?

7.    How have you come to the conclusion that the Sangh Parivar is responsible for ‘our darkest hour’? Have you got any proof which you would like to share publicly? Incidentally, Kuldeep Singh, the main criminal in the Unnao case, was a member of the Samajwadi Party before joining the BJP in 2014.

8.    Yes, the minorities must be protected but what about protection to those who are considered ‘majority’ in the country but are actually ‘minority’ in several pockets of India and live in the midst of fear for life?

9.    I should not be accused of diluting the seriousness of the heinous crimes when I ask you, is the present state of affairs because of the BJP rule? Quoting the UN Crime Trends Survey 2010, the Union Minister of State for Home informed the Rajya Sabha on July 23, 2014, that  India (with 22,172 rape cases) figured third among the top 10 countries where the highest number of rapes were committed in 2010. He further said that the country ranked second in 2012. 

My views which people like you may not like.

1.    Dear retired civil servants, you have given political colour to rape,  a human problem. The way you have blamed the ‘Sangh Parivar’ for ‘our darkest hour’ reminds me of the blame on the RSS for Mahatma Gandhi’ assassination in 1948. The Nehru government banned the RSS on the suspicion that Nathuram Godse was associated with the RSS. If a few persons associated with the RSS plotted Gandhi’s assassination, was it fair to ban the entire organisation? If the RSS was responsible for the crime because Nathuram Godse had links with RSS, all the Maharashtrians were responsible because Godse was a Maharashtrian and all Indians were responsible because Godse was an Indian. Subsequent judicial inquiries established that the RSS had no role in the assassination but even now Rahul Gandhi, the latest crown prince of the Nehru-Gandhi, misses no opportunity to blame the ‘RSS thinking’ for Gandhi’s assassination.

2.    Many people may say that Rahul Gandhi says so out of ignorance or stupidity but I believe that he does it deliberately. Probably, he has read what Hitler’s propaganda Minister Goebbels used to say.   “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”      “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”      “If you tell the same lie enough times, people will believe it; and the bigger the lie, the better.”

3.    It was Nehru’s blunder that initiated the policy of ‘divide and rule’ for which he and other politicians, as well as historians, blame the British rulers. The initial years of post-Independence India were the years to lay the foundation of a modern India in which the abolition of untouchability existed not just in the Constitution but in the minds of people, in which the Dalits did not require reservation in government jobs after the initial period of transition. Unfortunately, the government did nothing to educate Dalits and Muslims to empower them to compete on merit and come in the main stream. Instead, they were fed on false promises and used as vote banks. Today, candidates are selected on the basis of casts, sub-castes, and communities to attract votes. It is not the BJP which is responsible for this sorry state of affairs.

4.    The harsh reality of is that the so-called ‘intellectuals’ and ‘secularists’ feel uncomfortable whenever the supremacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family appeared in danger. During her 2007 Gujarat assembly election campaign, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had ‘infamously’ branded Modi as ‘merchant of death’ because of Gujarat riots in 2002. In April 2014, the Supreme Court expressed satisfaction that all allegations against Modi were baseless. However, his detractors could not digest it. In April 2004 dozens of intellectuals publicly warned the people not to elect Modi. There are numerous examples of the anti-Modi campaign during the 2014 general election and before as well as during state assembly elections. The voters are reminded again and again that Modi is anti-Muslim and a fascist. Remember  the campaign of ‘growing intolerance’ because of stray incidents of violence in 2015.

5.    However, these ‘secularists’ and ‘intellectuals’ had no problem when separatists of Kashmir organised an event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University to shout anti-army and anti-India slogans like ‘God willing, India will disintegrate’  and ‘Afzal Guru, ham sharminda hain. Tere katil zinda hain’. (‘Afzal Guru, we are ashamed. Your killers are still alive’).

6.    You are not the first to condemn the present NDA rule as “our darkest hour”. When the investigating authorities started action against owners of a TV channel, nine imminent ‘intellectuals’ gathered together to express solidarity with them. 94-year-old Kuldip Nayar, a highly respected journalist who was himself sent to jail during the last phase of the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in June 1975, stated that the situation was more or less the same as that during the Emergency, ‘though not to the same extent’.

7.    Dear retired civil servants, please remember India remains a secular country because it is a Hindu majority country. Despite the fact that the Hindus are most tolerant people, the Congress and other self-styled secularists have been trying to blame the entire community because of misdeeds of some individual Hindus or even without any basis. Without any basis, Hindus were blamed for the riots following the burning of the coaches of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002. Subsequent investigations proved that the allegations were baseless. At least since 2010, several Congressmen have been using the term “Hindu terrorism” “Saffron Terror”. The BJP leadership has never used the term ‘Muslim terrorism’. It always maintains that terrorism has no religion. These secularists raise suspicions about police action against terrorists and try their level best to keep those suspicions alive for political gains.

8.    It is unfair to blame the ‘Sangh Parivar’ for the heinous crimes of rapes. Is the ‘Sangh Parivar’ responsible for police help to the criminals in Kathua or Unnao? A criminal is a criminal and has to be treated so, whatever his religion, whatever his political affiliation. Unfortunately, our police and civilian administration do not think so. The single most important reason for the mushroom growth of gangs of criminals, whether led/used by politicians or independent of them, is the unholy alliance of the police and criminals. We have seen this in Uttar Pradesh after Yogi became Chief Minister. Suddenly, the police started action against criminals. What had prevented the state police headed by a DGP to take action when the criminals had political patronage? More recently, we saw the helplessness of the state police before a criminal politician involved in the Unnao rape case. The police developed cold feet and shamelessly said that the unpleasant task of arresting the criminal should be done by the CBI. Is the DGP less powerful than a local criminal? There are two reasons behind such ‘helplessness’. One is money. The corrupt policeman share the loot with the criminals. The second reason is personal ambition. Not just the police officers but most of the government servants try to keep the politicians on the right side for the favour of ‘good’ posting and post-retirement jobs. The administrative machinery has become self-serving. Even honest senior officers are unable to break the nexus. During 37 long years of service in Government of India, I saw several examples of senior bureaucrats (including economists and scientists occupying secretary level positions) stooping low to gain favour of the political masters.

1.    Yes, there should be fast-track courts to try rape cases but there is also need of a law to award nothing less than capital punishment for raping minor girls. Many people say that more than a new law, ‘rule of law’ is needed. I say, there has to be a powerful law for effective ‘rule of law’.

2.    The fast track court should be really fast and for that judicial process has also to be suitably changed. In the USA, sexual crimes are decided and the guilty punished within 2-3 months.

3.    There should be a total ban on any association between police and politicians and between police and criminals. As judges are expected not to mix freely with lawyers (the ground reality may be different) and as the use of political influence by serving officers is an offence, any police officer found hobnobbing with politicians and/or criminals should be suspended and prosecuted.

4.    Refusal to register a case reported by any victim or on behalf of a victim should be declared an offence. Every police station should have a CCTV camera and the activities recorded on these cameras should be monitored by a senior officer. If an officer in charge of a police station refuses to register a complaint, immediate action should be taken against him. If the complainant is a rape victim or relatives of a rape victim, refusal to register the complaint should automatically lead to suspension and arrest of the officer in charge of the police station. If five such cases are reported in a month, the SSP of the area should be suspended and arrested for failure of duty. If 30 cases are reported in a month, the same treatment should be given to the DGP of state police. Only fear of law will make the police officers responsible to the society.

Devendra Narain
April 19, 2018