Monday, April 17, 2006

AAMIR KHAN'S RECENTLY FOUND CONSCIENCE

I was till a few days before an aamir fan because of his acting skills and the versatility he potrays in his characters and the theme of his films. But his new found conscience has forced me take some tough decisions. I will not watch any Aamir khan starrer till such time i am convinced with his "what my conscience says". It may look silly and non sensical. My ticket money may not make any difference to his revenues, but in just 2 days i could find abt 20 odd ppl echoing my views. Why did i take this decision?What prompted me take this decision?

It was in a filmy style that Aamir was driving through Jantar Mantar and he saw a few ppl protesting. He got down and asked what was going on. then he decided to support them. How funny? Any educated urban indian who was watching any kind of news for the last 15 days would be definitely aware that NBA is protesting there. And Aamir knew that only when he interacted with NBA activists.
One more important thing to be noted is , barely 10 meters from that place, few other ppl were protesting. these were the victims of the BHOPAL gas tragedy. These were also common ppl,poor ppl suffering for the last 20 years. But Sadly enough, Aamir's Conscience did not notice these ppl. May be his one eye was blinded that he was only able to see the NBA activists. If we was sincere in his activist avtar, he would also have shown solidarity to the Bhopal ppl. He surely has personal motives against gujarat and MOdi. Why is he being "CHOOSY" in protesting against injustice?Why can't he be sensitive enough to other issues as well if he is so much worried abt the suffering of the poor?

I am not protesting Aamir khan's support to NBA. I am protesting his hypocrisy,his double standards. He never visited any place that was struck by any natural disaster.He did not even take part in any ground work.

1. Why did aamir's so called conscience wake up only now?
2. Why did aamir never voice his concerns abt muslim youth joining terrorist organizations?Being a celebrity from that very community, his voice wil surely find some takers.
3. Why did aamir never spoke on any issue of national importance?
4. why is that aamir is realizing only now the devil side of coke (coke usurping ground water in plachimada)
5. why is that aamir's conscience woke up only now?Is it because the issue involves Narendra Modi and gujarat on the opposite side?
6. Why is that he only suggests MODI to love people more but not the terrorists from his own community who are killing innocent people?


And let me make it clear. I am not against Medha patkar or NBA. I support them and also want all the displaced to be properly rehabilitated.I am not even supporting BJP or congress workers who vandalised MEdha patkar's office. But my only concern is the hypocricy of AAmir khan. let him protest , but not publicize it. Protest on other also issues that are of concern. Let him work on the ground. Build schools in kutch or in places where the displaced are living(he sure has enough money). Dont just show it off on TV infront the of the self proclaimed watch dogs(the elite media). Dont go and inspect after 3 months. work there and monitor the rehabilitation activities.Take part in the rehabilitation work. Inspire others with your actions rather than by your "ACTING" . Support financially if you are truly willing. Look also at the woes of kashmiri pandits who are leading miserable lives on the streets and footapths of DELHI. May be one day your car will pass through those streets as well. I am also not protesting because he is a muslim. I will protest against any celebrity who is trying to get some cheap publicity in this way.


I am not a chauvinist. I am only warning ppl against ppl like aamir whose real intentions are something different.,who is trying to get some cheap publicity.(as i see it). I will be a happier person when aamir speaks up on issues on minorityism, pseudo secularism, terrorism etc. I will watch his movie that very day when he does that................................

Sunday, April 09, 2006

EMOTIONS AND TEARS

May be emotions and tears go hand in hand. Some times tears flow out of my eyes spontaneously when i am emotional. few examples are "whenever i watch a story on the villages of india, whenever i watch a story of our centuries old traditions and culture still being alive (recent one being the story on SAMMAKKA & SARAKKA JATHARA) ,whenever i watch stories of poverty, whenever i watch stories of indian jawans,whenever i watch Sachin batting well etc........."

The MEDARAM Jathara that i earlier spoke of is the biggest tribal festival in the whole world. More than 60 lakhs attended the jathara this time.

Why do tears come out only in those situations?not sure, but in my case emotions and tears go hand in hand. But the exception may be the death one of my close friends when i couldn't stop crying.............

BEING HINDU

After almost 1 and a half months, i could watch a film. I just watched SRI RAMADAS. It wasn't gr8 but good. It told a story that we knew little of. Once again this film proved the greatness of HINDUISM. The pluralism which can be seen only in HINDUISM. Why would kabir das and tanisha worship lord RAMA if not for the solace they found in singing praises of Lord RAMA. I am proud that i am born a HINDU in HINDUSTAN.

yee murthy.......song was my favourite besides the usual sri seetharamula kalyanam chuthamu rarandi, paluke bangaramayena.............

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

TEMPLE PROPERTIES ARE THE NEW TARGET

The other day, Endowments minister JC Diwakar Reddy of the congress was announcing that the temple properties such as lands etc will be sold and the money will be spent for the mainatanance of temples.
Sounds gr8, isn't it? But if you have a look at the Govt's history in supporting temples, you will come to know why this statement was not that encouraging. Out of an estimated 32000 temples in AP, over 29000 are today in complete shambles and no daily rituals take place there. The govt has done nothing over the years to better this situation. But now their eyes are on the rosy temple properties which could easily bring in the much needed money the officials and the politicians are looking for to fill their pockets. We will have to strongly protest this move. People who have generously donated to temples did so to help poor people in and around the temples. To carry out "Annadanam" etc.

But now the wicked ppl are out and focusing on these rich temple properties.Why dont these ppl look at the rich church which is flodded with dollars for carrying out forced conversions?
Pseudo secularists are out again to prove their credentials.

lets protest this and not allow this to happen.............................

Atleast i will by filing a RTI request to know the actual figures...........

SOME DISTRESSING PICTURES



Tuesday, April 04, 2006

WHY AM I LOSING RESPECT FOR Dr. MANMOHAN SINGH?

The day Dr. Man Mohan singh was chosen to be the next PM, I was happy that atleast a man with some clean image and conviction is going to lead this nation.(this was the only bright spot in an otherwise dark image of the congress ruling the nation) He never won an election (lok sabha), he lost one in delhi. He is now a rajyasabha member from Assam. He is not a mass leader, but was competent enough to lead this nation.

But as time told, he is trapped in the ever so common congress's kind of politics. It seems that he is sold his soul before deciding to lead the UPA govt. There was never a moment where he asserted his full authority as the PM in political matters and matters which could easily snowboil into big controversies. The only occasion i could recollect is the Jharkand fiasco, where after the intervention of the supreme court, the central govt woke up and Mr. singh put his act together.

every big decision will be taken at "10 janpath". every central minister will decide on policies only after consulting the super PM(not mr.singh). i once funnily told my friends that on every file that Mr.singh has to sign, there will be a check box named "approved by sonia". Only then Mr.singh will sign it without even caring to know what it is.

Even in the congress plenary, no one was worried abt Dr.singh, it was all abt sonia and rahul.In a party where the heights of psycophency can only be imagined, Dr singh is soon becoming one of those psychopents. There is no mark that typifies him in the functioning of the govt. everything will be decided in "10 janpath" where the cotary of sonia gandhi sits and decides on policies.

In a latest case, Dr. Singh was speaking to journalists in assam as part of his election campaign. he was asked as to how his govt would ensure that illegal migrants are identified and strict action would be taken and also how his govt would respect the supreme court verdict of scrapping the IMDT act. Scrapping of IMDT act was like a body blow to teh congress. They thrived on muslim votes who were not even legal citizens of this country. Dr. Singh's reply was the one which made me think on the lines of counting him on yet another "typical pseudo secular congressman.". He said "we will respect the supreme court verdict,but no muslim of assam would be hararsed in that name. " What dichotomy? Congress is not protecting the country, but rather destroying it just to consolidate its vote bank. Dr.singh is soon falling prey to that ideology.

It would be better if Dr.singh resigns. atleast ppl like me will not lose their respect for such a human.......................Hope he reads this...........................

Saturday, April 01, 2006

THE BIASED MEDIA AND THE REALITY

This is a wonderful article in today's hindu highlighting the media's obsession with glitz,glamour,fashion and stock market and its continued neglect of the real INDIA "the farmers".Read it and judge for urself. we need to change and make them change(the media)



"In the village, we demolish their lives, in the city their homes. The smug indifference of the elite is matched by the governments they do not vote in, but control."



FARM SUICIDES in Vidharbha crossed 400 this week. The Sensex crossed the 11,000 mark. And Lakme Fashion Week issued over 500 media passes to journalists. All three are firsts. All happened the same week. And each captures in a brilliant if bizarre way a sense of where India's Brave New World is headed. A powerful measure of a massive disconnect. Of the gap between the haves and the have-mores on the one hand, and the dispossessed and desperate, on the other.

Of the three events, the suicide toll in Vidharbha found no mention in many newspapers and television channels. Even though these have occurred since just June 2 last year. Even though the most conservative figure (of Sakaal newspaper) places the deaths at above 372. (The count since 2000-01 would run to thousands.) Sure, there were rare exceptions in the media. But they were just that — rare. It is hard to describe what those fighting this incredible human tragedy on the ground feel about it. More so when faced with the silence of a national media given to moralising on almost everything else.

In the 13 days during which the suicide index hit 400, 40 farmers took their own lives. The Vidharbha Jan Andolan Samiti points out that the suicides are now more than three a day — and mounting. These deaths are not the result of natural disaster, but of policies rammed through with heartless cynicism. They are driven by several factors that include debt linked to a credit crunch, soaring input costs, crashing prices, and a complete loss of hope. That loss of faith and the rise in the numbers of deaths has been sharpest since last October. That's when a government that came to power promising a cotton price of Rs.2,700 a quintal ensured it fell to Rs.1,700. A thousand rupees less.

When 322 of 413 suicides have occurred since just November 1, you'd think that is newsworthy. When the highest number, 77, take place in March alone, you'd believe the same. You'd be wrong, though. The Great Depression of the Indian countryside does not make news.

But the Sensex and Fashion Week do. "There is nothing wrong," an irate reader wrote to me, "in covering the Sensex or the Fashion Week." True. But there is something horribly wrong with our sense of proportion while doing so. Every pulse beat and flutter on the Sensex merits front-page treatment. Even if less than two per cent of Indian households have any kind of investments in the stock exchange here. This week's rise does not just mark the highest ever. It makes the lead story on the front page. That's because the "Sensex beats Dow in numbers game." The strap below that headline in a leading daily reads: "Dalal Street's 11,183 eclipses Wall Street." It's moved to 11,300 since then.

On television, even non-business channels carry that ticker at the right hand corner. Keeping viewers alert to the main chance even as they draw in the number of deaths in the latest bomb blasts. At one point, the mourning for President K.R. Narayanan was juxtaposed to the joys of the Nifty and the Sensex. The irony does get noticed but it persists.

The great news for Fashion Week lovers is that this year will see two of them. There's a split in the ranks of the Beautiful People. Which means we will now have 500 or more journalists covering two such events separately. This in a nation where the industry's own study put the Indian designer market at 0.2 per cent of the total apparel market. Where journalists at such shows each year outnumber buyers — often by three to one.

Contrast that with the negligible number of reporters sent out to cover Vidharbha in the depths of its great misery. At the LFW, journalists jostle for `exclusives' while TV crews shove one another around for the best `camera space.' In Vidharbha itself, the best reporters there push only the limits of their own sanity. Faced with dailies that kill most of their stories, or with channels that scorn such reports, they still persist. Trying desperately to draw the nation's attention to what is happening. To touch its collective conscience. So intense has been their tryst with misery, they drag themselves to cover the next household against the instinct to switch off. Every one of them knows the farm suicides are just the tip of the iceberg. A symptom of a much wider distress.

The papers that dislike such stories do find space for the poor, though. As in this advertisement, which strikes a new low in contempt for them. Two very poor women, probably landless workers, are chatting: "That's one helluva designer tan," says the first to the other. "Yeah," replies the other. "My skin just takes to the Monte Carlo sun." The copy that follows then mocks them. "You'll agree," it says, "chances that the ladies above rub shoulders with the glitterati of the French Riviera are, well, a little remote." It throws in a disclaimer, of course. "We don't mean to be disrespectful ... " But "this is a mere reminder to marketers that a focus on customers with stronger potential does help." That is an ad for the `Brand Equity,' supplement of a leading newspaper group.

Nearly 5,000 shanties were torn down in Mumbai in the same eventful week. But it drew little attention. Their dwellers won't make it to the French Riviera either. Those in media focus, though, might. Mumbai's planned Peddar Road flyover, seen by some of the metro's mega rich as hurting their interests, grabbed yards of newsprint and endless broadcast time. There was barely a word seen or heard from those whose homes were razed to the ground. Meanwhile, more and more people flee the countryside for urban India. Candidates for future demolitions. In the village, we demolish their lives, in the city their homes.

The smug indifference of the elite is matched by the governments they do not vote in, but control. When the National Commission for Farmers went to Vidharbha last October, it brought out a serious report and vital recommendations. Many of these have become demands of the farmers and their organisations. At its Nashik meeting in January, the All-India Kisan Sabha (a body with 20 million members) called for immediate implementation of the NCF report.

Instead, both the Centre and the State Government have sent more and more `commissions' to the region. To `study' what was well known and already documented. It's a kind of distress tourism now. It just adds the sins of `commissions' to those of omission.

Favouring corporates


The damage is not only in Vidharbha but across the land. Why is the Indian state doing this to its farmers? Isn't farming, after all, the biggest private sector in India? Because being private isn't enough. Ruthlessly, each policy, every budget moves us further towards a corporate takeover of agriculture. Large companies were amongst the top gainers from distress sales of cotton in Vidharbha this season. The small private owners called farmers must be sacrificed at the altar of big corporate profit. The clearest admission of this came in the McKinsey-authored Vision 2020 of Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh. It set out the removal of millions of people from the land as one of its objectives. Successive governments at the Centre and in many States seem to have latched on to that vision with much zeal. In some ways, the present United Progressive Alliance takes up where Mr. Naidu left off.

Where are those being thrown off the land to go? To the cities and towns with their shutdown mills. With closed factories and very little employment. The great Indian miracle is based on near jobless growth. We are witnessing the biggest human displacement in our history and not even acknowledging it. The desperation for any work at all is clear in the rush for it at just the start of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. Within a week of its launch, it saw 2.7 million applicants in just 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. And close to a million in 12 districts of Maharashtra. Note that the Rs.60 wage is below the minimum of several States. Know, too, that many in the lines of applicants are landed farmers. Some of them with six acres or more. In the Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh, a farmer who owned eight acres of paddy fields was a person of some status 10 years ago. Today, he or she, with a family of five, would be below the poverty line. (If that's the case with landowners, imagine the state of landless labourers.)

If the State Government's role in Vidharbha is sick, that of the Centre is appalling. Making sad noises is about as far as it will go. As the NCF report shows, much can be done to save hundreds of more lives that will surely otherwise be lost. But it avoids that path.

Its vision of farming serves corporates, not communities. And the media elite? Why not a Vidharbha week? To report the lives and deaths of those whose cotton creates the textiles and fabrics that they do cover. If just a fourth of the journalists sent to the Fashion Week were assigned to cover Vidharbha, they'd all have many more stories to tell.

THE PLIGHT OF FARMERS AND STEPS REQUIRED

It is 2050 AD. It is a history class. A student is asking his teacher,"Sir, where did these people called farmers live?what natural disaster made them extinct?"

This will be the situation in future if the govt continues to neglect farmers.Every govt comes to power announcing grand plans to help farmers. What is the ground reality though? Farmer suicides are growing by the day. Vidharba is soon becoming the cousin of andhra pradesh in farmer suicides.The Farmer suicides have touched an all time high of 400 this year in Vidharba.

Let us take the case of andhra pradesh where farmer and weaver suicides have become so normal that the govt is no more taking these suicides seriously.i was watching the story of a farmer suicide recently. The wife of this farmer says that, "even though we all decided to die, my husband stopped us and drank he pesticide himself. he was dying because atleast me and my children can have a better life with the compensation". What a touching story?he was dying to let his family live.
YSR's congress govt came to power on the plank of being a farmer friendly govt.In fact farmer suicides were at an all time high of 2321 in 2004-05(the first year of congress govt).Of these 1294 deaths were termed as suicides not related to farm losses. Even without those 1294, 1027 farmer suicides in one year is a staggering number. Very much so, during a regime that calls itself farmer friendly.In the ninth five year plan, the growth rate of this sector in AP was 4.35%. But according to the midterm review of the 10th plan, it is an appalling -0.4 %. During 1980-90, the growth rate of govt investments in farm sector was 8.5%. We would generally expect an increase in this figure during 1990-00, but that again decreased to 1.4%. These are all official figures of the RAMCHENNA REDDY commission setup by the YSR govt to find out the reason for farmer suicides and prepare a plan on how to decrease them.
A major concern is the disbursement of farm loans.YSR grandly anounced a 6 month maritorium on all farm loans immediately after he came to power. Infact this did not help, but rather was counter productive.Farmers did not get new loans to support the new crops.If we take a look at the curent financial year, the DCCB's (district central co-operative banks) have a target of disbursing more than 2000 crore rupees of short term loans for the kharif season.BUt the actual figures of short term loan disbursement are very disturbing. Only 213.5 crore rupees were disbursed according the Economic survey (2005-06). So not even 15% of the acctually planned amount. The situation of long trem loans is also the same. against a target of 460.5 crores, only 57.29 crores were disbursed.
A look at interest rates will reveal the true colour of these so called farmer friendly govts. An interest rate of 15% being collected from commercial banks and co-operative societies on farm loans. This in contrast to 4% interest rate on loans to buy cars like the mercedes. the small and the marginal farmers are the hardest hit. Only the large farmers are able to get loans from the govt and commercial banks at around an interest rate of 8% or so. The finance minister Chidambaram grandly announced that hence forth farmers will be charged only 7% on farm loans in the recent budget(2006-07).This is doubtful in the sense that actual ground level implementation of this is questionable. Even if we take the word of the finance minister, this wll benefit only 20% of the farmers who have access to bank loans. What about the rest 80% of small and marginal farmers? They will have to invariably go to the local money lenders who charge from anywhere between 24 and 48 % of interest.
In the name of recovering dues, the govts are using the revenue recovery acts which is unpardonable. The govts have to immediately do away with this act.

One more crucial factor is the market linkages.fake pesticides, low quality seeds are making the farmer's life miserable. Even though he gets a good yield, there is no guarantee of getting a good price. The govt has to build a strong market link structures eliminating all the middlemen. Only this will ensure fair play to the farmer.
Now to the all important question of seeds patents. The global players have arrived and started looting the farmers in the name of royalty. Monsanto for example charges rs 1250/- on BT cotton seeds which includes Rs 800 of royalty. Earlier farmers used to get these very seeds for Rs 450/-. The Govt at last has filed a case against monsanto MRTPS(Monopolies and Restrictive trade policies commission).
These global players are illegally taking away the diverse genetic property of this land which helps in preparin ghigh quality seeds. They take the away in the name of research which the foolish govts readily accept to.

The Govt has to soon revise its policies. If not, the so called rich and elite will have to survive by eating currency notes as there will be no food to eat.
The following steps are immedialtely required.

1. Strong market linkage mechanisms which will ensure decent price to the yield.
2. providing good quality seeds and pesticides in time.
3. disbursement of loans to all the farmers at 7% inerest rates(dis bursement should exceed targets)
4. To provide water and quality power.

Unless these are addressed, the specicies called farmer will soon become extict and we'll only come to know of their importance only after that hapens.........................................


JAI JAWAN JAI KISAN