- In the land acquisition act a compensation of four times the existing market value of the land is recommended. It would be the responsibility of the government of the day to ensure such disbursal is made in an honest and time efficient manner.
- Since the price of land appreciates manifold once it is developed, it will be advisable if farmer is made a stakeholder in the future prosperity in and around the acquired land. In short, government and society must make an offer to the affected family that may be difficult to refuse.
- It is important to appreciate that emotions and attachment of land cannot be equated in terms of money. However, sons / daughters of families often move away to distant lands like US / Canada / Europe / Australia in search of better livelihood and opportunities. Family elders bid them goodbye with tearful eyes with the hope of better future and prosperity.
Tags: Anna Hazare, Bahujan Samaj Party, Bengaluru, Chennai, Compensation, Delhi, Development, DMK, Farmer, Growth, Janata Dal United, Kolkata, Land Acquistion Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Left Parties, NDA, Pavan Verma, Samajwadi Party, Sonia Gandhi, Trinamool Congress, UPA, West Bengal,
Seat share of CPM in parliament has declined from 43 in 2004 to 9 in 2014. Moreover, CPM has been displaced from its seat of power in West Bengal. Yet, nominated members of CPM disrupt parliament and block passage of bills. At the state level, CPM has ruled West Bengal, Tripura and Kerala. Of the three states, West Bengal had uninterrupted CPM rule for thirty years, with virtually little opposition. Yet, West Bengal remains one of the backward states from all indices of economic and social development. Prevailing indices suggest that economic ideas of left do not work and people also are losing their faith on the political philosophy of left.
Yet, left has assumed the role of national conscience keeper. I was reading an article in a Hindustan Times of March 10th, 2015, where a prominent leader of CPM, Mr. Sitaram Yechury wrote in an op-ed piece titled “Weighing in for private profits”. Mr. Yechury proclaimed “The government will seek to use its tyranny of majority in the Lok Sabha to have laws such as the land acquisition law, passed even without permitting the scope for meaningful discussions and deliberations.” Strange that member of a party that has been rejected by people of India, a party that cobbles up a majority in Rajya Sabha by using nominated members of other parities, take such a moral high ground on majoritarism. Infact, role of left is even more unprincipled because by cobbling up an opportunistic opposition, it is preventing elected members from discharging their duties and their promises.
I was reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Rand is a believer of capitalism and individual excellence over community effort. In her novel Rand described how production of high quality steel and its use in building rail road is stopped by a think tank built by tax revenue. Think tank, instead of pursing excellence, is worried of social consequence if good steel reaches the market. Poor quality material manufactured by state will not sell and many workers will become jobless. I see uncanny similarity of Any Rand’s novel with current Indian political scenario. Ruling party, with majority in parliament, wanting to create infrastructure and help people pull themselves out of poverty are being prevented by nominated members that subscribe to left leaning ideology. This second group wants to tax rich, forgetting that it is the rich that creates job and employs people. For the past 60 years, our politicians have been trying to eliminate poverty by taxing rich and giving poor a dole. Now people have rejected the ideas, at least for next five years. I think, people who have been elected promising to deliver certain things to nation, must be allowed to deliver. Those who do not fight election, should have lesser say in the matter decided by elected members.
Tags: Ayn Rand, Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress, CPM, Kerala, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party, Sitaram Yechury, Trina Mool Congress, Tripura, West Bengal,
Tags: Criminal, India’s Daughter, Nirbhaya, Nun, Politician, Rape, West Bengal, Woman
Even before the honeymoon had started, chinks started to appear in the marriage. First, chief minister of J&K praised Pakistan, hardliners and separatists for peaceful election in the state. I personally felt, there was nothing wrong in the statement. May be chief minister was trying to sound conciliatory on a big day. His daughter, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti also stood by her father on the reconciliation theory, reiterating her party’s position on making peace with Pakistan. She even stressed how people from other side of the border are enamoured by Indian democracy.
One cannot, however, discount the fact that chief minister did not praise good work of election commission of India. He did not talk about Pakistan sponsored attempt at disruption of election. A security force officer and a police person lost their lives. Above all, people of J&K who had come out in large numbers to vote. Alliance partner of chief minister, BJP had to state this position in Indian parliament amid opposition charges.
The demand to handover the mortal remains of Mr. Afzal Guru, a self proclaimed terrorist, who has sentenced to death in jail, and release of Mr. Masarat Alam, a known hardliner from jail further complicated lives in Delhi. Although it is emerging that BJP was also to blame for release of Mr. Alam, because the state was under government rule. It can be argued that PDP could have warned her alliance partner of the impending fiasco. A silver lining in the matter remains BJP government at centre respected sovreignty of the state in the matter of law of order and did not interfere beyond noise and fury.
Rest of India should let BJP and PDP to peacefully live their married lives for the betterment of state of J&K and India. I think, BJP – PDP government has to tread the coalition path very cautiously following the narrow path of common minimum program. There are a lot of people disgruntled with the alliance, read congress, national conference, shiv sena etc, ready to pounce on the collaboration and would be more than happy if it breaks.
BJP – PDP alliance in J&K depicts the beauty of Indian democracy, when two parties from opposite ends of the political divide join hands for greater common good. What a moment when separatist leader Sajjad Lone joining government after getting elected. Right wing BJP and soft separatist PDP compromised their sharp edges to form government in greater common good for the people. This is beauty of India democracy and I am so proud. God bless my India.
Tag : Afzal Guru, BJP, Congress, Jammu and Kashmir, Masarat Alam, Mehbooba Mufti, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, National Conference, Pakistan, PDP, Sajjad Lone, Shiva Sena
• Was BBC morally and legally correct in telecasting the documentary?
• Would BBC have done a similar documentary on British citizens in prison?
• Why did BBC give out Nirbhaya’s name and photograph?
• If we, as Indians, have so much objection to the documentary being shown, why a permission was given to film the documentary in the first place?
• The documentary film was done with permission from parents of Nirbhaya. After Nirbhaya, her parents are the most affected people by the incidence.
@chetan_bhagat: Documentary #IndiasDaughter is extraordinary. Moving, thought provoking. Makers have Nirbhaya’s parents consent
@sagarikaghose: India’s Daughter is neither vulgar, nor offensive
We should consider two points in favor of postponing the telecast:
- The case of Mukesh Singh and others is subjudice. Telecasting the show may prejudice their case.
- I also, feel name and photograph of Nirbhaya should not have been revealed in the documentary. In a recent article I read that Nirbhaya’s parents do not want to hide her name any longer. So BBC actually had revealed Nirbhaya’s name with permission of her parents.
Tags: Arnab Goswami, BBC, British Government, Chetan Bhagat, Documentary, India’s Daughter, India Today, Indian Government, Mukesh Singh, NDTV, Nirbhaya, Rape, Sagarika Ghosh, Times Now
A concerted effort at changing male mindset may be the only way forward. I think government should come out of the mold of moral policing and get involved in actual governance.