Using the State Machinery for Unjust Ends: UP Govt Order

The case against 13 accused, and the now Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, under section 188 of the IPC, has been ‘ordered’ to be withdrawn. The law is blind and is the same for all.

As a matter of procedure, and having due regard for the process of law, the Yogi government has taken a move that is not one that calls for the public applause.

The case was registered against Yogi and his several confidants who hold key positions in the new government. Yogi ji and his co-accused also did not appear before the court when the summons were issued. The matter is one of disobedience to the orders of the DM of Gorakhpur, for preventing the accused from conducting a rally in the Pipiganj sub-urb. The accused, despite the orders defied the law, and held a rally, against which the officers then, registered a case against Yogi ji and his co-accused, the most important being Shiv Pratap Shukla (now Minister of State for Finance at the Centre), Sheetal Pandey (BJP MLA from Sahajanwa), being booked under the prohibitory orders.

Yet, they chose to not appear before the magistrate. Back in time with their defiant attitude, they tried to pose as being above the law, and today, this assumes a different meaning which is not one expected from the people holding such important constitutional offices.

Our PM Narendra Modi, never tried to meddle in any of the cases filed against him relating to the Godhra riots. There have been several other leaders who have not abused the process of the law to serve their personal motives, like Mulayam Singh ji, and Ms J Jayalalitha, and others.

The move is not one that calls for a public applause, the offence being petty, the accused should have appeared and instead of calling the proceedings a sham, and disrespecting the law, the must have appeared before the Court, while they must have been given a token punishment, and the case must have concluded.

Yogi must understand the foreseeable consequences of using the legislative process to bypass the judiciary. This makes a mockery of the entire process of the law enforcement, while making a select few above the law.

The move is strictly not in line with the general public sentiment who wishes to see their leaders in the positive lights, and not in negative shadows.


Dealing With The Abuse of Dowry Laws: An Initiative for the SC

The Supreme Court has culled from various sources and has decided to do away with or implement with some changes a procedure given out by Justice(s) UU Lalit and Ashok Bhushan, whereby they clipped the police of their powers to immediately arrest the accused in a case of 498A- IPC.

In the aforesaid judgement, the Court also laid down the foundations of a fact-finding committee which had three members, and all of them males, to inquire whether the allegations of torture are corrector not.

The Amicus Curiae, Ms Indu Malhotra appointed by the Court has said that there is no need of such a committee which defies the purpose of such a law, as the dowry laws grant immediate relief to the victim in cases of dowry related violence.

Thus there is a wide issue that here demands attention of the Court as well as our law makers. The sudden change that the Dowry Protection laws did bring in the society has led to a reduction in dowry related violence, yet there is the human nature that assumes more significance and changes things for people.

The Dowry laws were put in place at a time when the incidents of death and dowry related violence were on the rise and had caught considerable attention. The menace had been so rampant that even the cinema took to the cause.

Now over the years there is more awareness and the literacy rate among women have considerably gone up, in the wake of such commendable situations, the Dowry laws have also assumed the role of a purely legal weapon to extort money from the husband and his family. There have been incidents where many husbands have been held in detention only to discharged later due to lack of evidence. There are occasions recorded across India where the woman and her family use the legal machinery to their advantage and threaten the family of the husband to meet their demands when the marriage is at the point of no recovery.

The abuse of the law that was meant to protect the rights of the women, has thus assumed the role of a tool for harassment, and while not acknowledging this amicus curiae said that a fact-finding committee does a disservice to the aim of the law.

It must be borne in mind that law may not confer special privileges to one gender while not providing for a mechanism to resist the abuse of the privilege by the members of the same gender against the other.

The Court may not completely do away with the policy being laid down in the judgement. If the CJI, Dipak Misra feels that it is a transgression of the judicial mandate, then they may move a request with a detailed report, as to why the in the opinion of the Judiciary there needs to be a change in the dowry related laws while in motion.

This is a matter that needs attention as the stigma of dissolution of marriage and the stigma of spending sometime in a jail produces unhealthy experiences for citizens. The law must only come to the aid of those aggrieved and must protect the innocent. It is therefore the task of the judiciary to take up hurdles faced by the law in motion, and a mechanism to ascertain the veracity of every complaint pertaining to dowry related cases may be a good move in the same direction.


The Nehru Nemesis

Today while we celebrate the Children’s Day, on the 14th of November, 2017, we would like to talk about the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru has been the centre of the socio-political and economic narrative since the NDA assumed power at the centre in 2014.

The BJP and the RSS have had a long story of indifference with Nehru. Nehru was regarded as a real elite. He was educated at the Trinity College, London. In his autobiography he wrote about his tastes and his knowledge that he acquired from literature. His entire journey transcends from Shakespeare to Jerome K. Jerome.

Nehru’s mind was influenced by the knowledge and the social intercourse he acquired amongst the British. His views against the orthodox religious shackles of Hinduism drew flak from large corners in the society. The RSS was the most vociferous critic of Nehru.

Nehru was respected as an ideologue because he was in true essence an idealist. He believed in making a country with a very strong humanist tendency and secular credentials, but he faulted on his assessment of communalism.

Nehru’s biggest flaw was his exaggeration on the fact that he never wanted that the mohammedans in India must feel deprived, while at the same time he never felt too attached to the Hindu civilisation. Nehru further gave the state machinery all the teeth needed to curb Hindu majoritarianism, while the minority communalism was never checked. Nehru piloted bold reforms for the Hindus while he never considered the same for the minorities.

Nehru and Vallabbhai Patel had a stark contrast while they dealt with the RSS. Sardar Patel sahab acknowledged the efforts of RSS and condemned them when needed, this was also the stand of Ambedkar saheb, but Nehru believed it to be a radical and a terrorist outfit. The extent was grave when he got the RSS banned after the death of Gandhi ji.

Nehruvian socialism also had many defects which proved to be fatal to the economy while his inability to usher in a democratic culture in the INC corroded much of his prestige. Amongst his notable blunders was the Indo-China war of 1962. The Non-Alignment movement was a good step yet it did not bear rich dividends for the immediate goals of the economic development.

The Nehruvian thought and era has its cons yet it has its own pros! Nehru led the revolt against his own mercurial daughter because it was his dream to build a diverse and assimilating India whcih ensured freedom of speech and the press.

Atal Baba and Advani ji christened the Nehruvian thought to a great extent. Atal Ji when became the Home Minister in the Janta government, he got Nehru’s portrait put up in his office again which was removed because of respect for him.

In today’s political scenario Nehru deserves a special mention and reverence for the transparency, democratisation of institutions, and freedoms that we all enjoy as Indians.

The RSS has trained its disciples to go against the Nehruvian legacy, which is now desecrating his image. Moreover his successors have been unable to meet the standards of political acumen which the times call for.

After a certain amount of time, people will fondly remember him for the good that he did while his flaws will remain as they were.

We wish one and all a very happy children’s day.


Digvijay Singh Tweets With Abusive Words to Criticize PM Narendra Modi

On Friday Digvijay Singh posted an abusive meme taking a dig at the PM Narendra Modi and his “Bhakts ” (followers) on Twitter to criticise the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Digvijay Singh is a member of Rajya Sabha Parliament and General Secretary of the Congress Party.

Digvijay Singh wrote “Not mine but couldn’t help posting it. My apologies to the person concerned. He is the best in the “Art of Fooling!” along with a meme. The meme has a picture of PM Modi with two abusive sentences which are:

1. Bhakton ko Ch** banaya
2. Ch*** ko Bhakt banaya

Singh’s tweet drew a severe flak on the micro blogging site. Some people tweeted back with nasty replies because they couldn’t,t fathom that how a former CM could post such an abusive post on social media.This tweet has sparked a violation on Twitter as many find it abusive, offensive and not in good taste. Yogesh Mandhani @yogeshmandhani tweeted back that He was the chief Minister of a state and this is the cheap level of a General Secretary of a National Party.

Vaibhav.Deshpande‏ @VaibhavDeshpa tweeted that  Kitna giroge? he put a question on Digvijay He tweeted that a responsible Neta u r called. At least try to know what you are posting? Shame on you. This shows your and yours party narrow-minded thoughts.

Miss Aarya @whsitleblower tweeted that When an elected representative tweets something like with word ‘ch****’ in it, this cheap tweet tells a lot about his character, leadership, and vision.

The Congress politician is legendary for foot-in-mouth disease. In August, last year while speaking to reporters, he referred to Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir as India-Occupied-Kashmir. He referred to terrorist Osama bin Laden as “Osamaji” and Hafiz Saeed as “Saheb” in the past. Digvijay Singh described party colleague Meenakshi Natarajan as “sau tunch maal” which loosely translates to “desirable object” or “sexy” in 2013. Later, he said that his remark meant “pure gold” and threatened legal action against TV channels for wrongly reporting it.

Dera Chief Baba Ram Rahim Sentenced to 10 Years Jail term for Rape Case

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Ram Rahim is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a special CBI court today. For the precautionary measure, the sentencing was held in Sunaria jail of Rohtak. A set-up (special court) like the court was prepared in the jail premises to avoid a repeat of the deadly violence that erupted following the announcement of the conviction of the Dera head on Friday in a rape case.

The Judge Jagdeep Singh along with the court staff came to the Rohtak from Chandigarh by helicopter in the morning. Prior to the hearing, Rohtak was put on a high alert. The deputy commissioner of Rohtak, Atul Kumar, cleared earlier that the shoot at sight orders has been issued. He also said that three-tier security ring has been arranged at around Sunaria district jail. “We will not allow anyone to create any sort of trouble in Rohtak. Anyone breaking law or indulging in acts of violence or arson will himself be responsible for his fate. Anyone creating trouble will be given a warning first and if he still pays no heed, then he will have to face the bullet,” he added.

According to the reports flashing on the TV news channels, Singh broke down in court and begged for fewer sentence before the judge announced his sentence. The ANI reported that the followers of Dera head set ablaze two cars in Phoolka area of Haryana’s Sirsa while the sentence verdict session was ongoing. The CBI asked for the lifetime prison for the Dera head, while his lawyer requested for leniency because of his social work record. The Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two female followers on August 25 by the special CBI trial court. A case was filed in 2002 against the Dera head when an anonymous letter written by the complainant reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court and later to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The letter by the complainant said, “One night, at about 10 pm, I was called by Guru Maharaj to his gufa (den). I found him … with a revolver lying next to his pillow. He told me that as I, a sadhvi, had dedicated my mind and body to the ‘seva‘of the guru, he, the guru, wanted to claim his due. When I protested, he told me that I should have no doubt he indeed was God. ‘Didn’t Lord Krishna make love to his gopis every night? Yet people regard him as a god,’ he told me. When I was still not convinced, he told me he could shoot me here and now and no one would raise a finger, not even my parents. ‘The chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana and many central ministers come and touch my feet. I can get your family members removed from their jobs and get them killed if you protest,’ he told me.”

“There are about 40 unmarried women between 35-40 years of age in the ashram regarded as devis. We are not allowed to even look at another man, have to keep our heads covered with a white dupatta … But our life here is worse than that of prostitutes. Even if our parents call we are not allowed to talk to them without the guru’s permission. If any sadhvi goes back home and tells her family members about what has happened to her, goondas from the deras threaten the family members with death threats, forcing them to keep quiet. If you get the sadhvis of the dera medically examined you will learn that they are not sadhvis..,” the letter added.

On the other hand, the Dera head is also accused of the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who published bluntly about the rape accusations against Singh in his newspaper Poora Sachh. That murder case is being heard in the CBI court in Panchkula, the same court that found Singh guilty of rape.

Loss in Punjab due to Baba Ram Rahim Verdict: Some Questions to the Administration

As the CBI special trial court in Panchkula convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a raping case of two female followers, the violence erupted quickly after the verdict was announced. One petrol pump and part of a train station purportedly been set on fire in Malaout in Punjab. The Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, appealed again to the public to maintain the peace in the state. But the real scenario is that the violence is spreading rapidly and it may make the situation worse in the coming days.

More than one lakh followers of Dera chief Ram Rahim entered Panchkula in the last two days. The army is also on standby in Haryana at the request of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. As of now, 5 already dead in clashes in Panchkula and Ram Rahim’s supporters are making the situation worse. The media people were attacked and their live broadcast vans were also smashed. As many as 350 trains from Punjab have been canceled. Delhi is on high alert. Hundred of public vehicles were set up to fire. The violence is just increasing like anything.

Here are some of the questions we want to ask our Indian government and intelligence agencies:

  1. Why did the government fail to plan the law and order situations in the Haryana when the court warned them?

The law and order situation have failed badly again in our country. Isn’t this a shame for all of us? Why Haryana government failed again to plan properly? When did they know that the violence situation could arise, then what was the Haryana government was doing? This is a complete failure of the Haryana government and they have done once again, especially after the Jat agitation. It looks like that the Haryana government is really not capable of taking care of the law and order situation in the state. This time it is a complete failure.

  1. Is Indian Government still sleeping?

We were expecting rigid actions from the Indian government. Such losses are not easy to bear for anyone. It has become so easy in our country to create a riot-like situation. Our government knew a week before that 25th August is the date when things could out of hand, but they failed miserably. This was the time when the Indian government had to take strict actions to take care of the general public, but are they doing that? I don’t think that the government had planned properly anything on this issue. If they can’t take care of the security of the public, then what really are they capable of?

3. Can we expect strict actions on Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s goons?

It is the time for the government to take any step to stop those goons from destroying the public property and take care of the general public. We are expecting our government to go anyway to stop self-made God Rahim’s goons. This matter is very serious, but looks like that the government took it in a very casual way. From Haryana to Punjab, the reports of violence are just increasing and it is the time for the government to make every single effort to maintain the law and order situation. Our army, police and all the security agencies have to use weapons to stop those goons otherwise they will lead the situation to its worst.

4. The administration really ordered enough force to tackle the situation or not?

Earlier this week, more than 200,000 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim entered Panchkula. Are there any steps that administration took on this or was they took the situation carelessly? How will the administration tackle the situation when they’ll not have the enough force to handle it? It was very important at least in Haryana to have more than enough force to handle the situation in any case. The Indian government was sleeping and same goes for the state government as well. The state government must have asked for the forces as per the chances of conditions that could arise in the state. The Indian government could not handle these kinds of law and order situations lightly.

5. Is the government prepared following the day sentence of Gurmeet Ram Rahim will be announced?

The court will announce the quantum of a sentence of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in rape case on Monday (28th August). The big question is, now that is the government ready to tackle the situation after this weekend. The so-called followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim are going to create a riot-like situation again following the court’s announcement on the quantum of sentence. Is the Indian government ready to tackle the situation or they’ll fail miserably just like they failed today? Is Haryana Chief Minister is going to plan something to control the law and order situation or not? It is the time for the Indian government to take every rigid action to stop this violence, which has increased many states already.

Ravi Shastri Appriciating Kohli's Men for their Achievement

Ravi Shastri India’s chief coach believes that the new captain of Team India Virat Kohli has achieved far more than a number of the groups played previously, the increasing sufficiency had illustrious names in their ranks.

“This Indian team has been together for 2 years and that they square measure way currently, they had already done things that lots of alternative Indian groups and lots of huge names have not done in their times or in their careers, as like winning a series in Ceylon (in 2015),” was an recommendable job Shastri said.When Kohli’s men won the check series in Ceylon back in 2015, they’d won when a niche of twenty-two years with prophet Azharuddin’s team winning a series back in 1993.

Not precisely legendary to carry back his views, Shastri made an statement concerning groups of the past that had players with expertise of twenty years not winning a series within the island nation.

As he said that “A heap of huge (Indian) names have contend for twenty years and that they have come back to Ceylon again and again however they need ne’er won a series. This team has done that. This team is employed to doing things that lots of alternative (Indian) groups haven’t done which too overseas.

Shastri’s observation provided that the Indian team below Rahul Dravid beat a undiluted England 1-0 in an exceedingly 2007 away check series. Prior to that Sourav Ganguly’s team Drew 1-1 in Australia back in 2004 and conjointly Drew (1-1) the rubber against Nasser Hussain’s England in 2002.

In 2009 Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men won a series (1-0) against New Zealand  and Drew (1-1) against African nation in 2011.

He conjointly praised Kohli’s growing stature as a front runner, examination his gift standing because the Indian captain to the time he is the 1st junction rectifier in state capital over 2 years gone.

“I think he’s still young, and now I can see the difference in him from when he captained in his first Test to what he is now. I was there in Adelaide, when he captained in his first match and he is 27 Tests old now as captain. You can see a big difference in him, the body language that he has become much matured, and he will continue to mature and learn. For his age, he has done a lot (already) and there are signs that he can be right up there with the very best,” Shastri said.

it’s a fresh start for him according to Shastri and he is not carrying the baggage of his earlier stint. “I don’t carry any baggage. For me, it was like walking into the dressing room as I had left it. Nothing has changed and there were no special buttons I had to press, its simply just one ‘play’ button and off you went.”

Under the new Indian Captain, India will be doing four tours of South Africa, England and Australia, next year. “When you say overseas tours like South Africa, England, etc, the toughness will increase in the up coming cricket opportunity. I am very sure and very positive that this team can do things that probably no other Indian team has done,” the coach insisted.

He even refused to look much far by saying “I should not go that far ahead as South Africa tour, Its good to live in the present Indian Team have 1-0 up (against Sri Lanka). Its good to keep record intact and treat every game as a new game where the rules are the same. You go out to play your brand of cricket and you go out to win. As simple as that!” he added.

For the past 10 months, The former India all-rounder did not want to get into how the dressing room, “I don’t know what (the dressing room) was like 10 months ago. He further added that As far as I am concerned the only thing I had to do is just to walk in and that was enough.

He talks about his role as “My role is to be in charge of the entire support staff, to make sure that we get the boys in some great mental space to go out and express themselves with nothing else on their minds but to go out and play a brand of cricket which you have seen India play over the last three years. That is positive and fearless,” he added

For him the designation has been changed but his role has remained the same, “When you have been around the game for 37 years you probably learnt a little bit. So that experience is very handy for me in knowing exactly how to deal with the players. I have been manager, director, now I am head coach — it’s the same role, absolutely the same role.”

Being hooked up to the game while not a break as the commentator has helped him keep a track of what is up to date, “So you recognize what is up to date and what is happening at the instant and you relate with individuals there in fashion, I do not suppose at this level coaching job is required. At this level, it’s all concerning fine-tuning and removing the blokes in sensible mental area to travel out and play the sport. They apprehend they need reached here as a result of they’re sensible.”