New Delhi,10/10/18:It refers to MeToo list of charges of sexual harassment against some prominent personalities even including a present Union Minister in earlier past growing after Tanushree Dutta levelled charges of sexual harassment against film-actor Nana Patekar.
It cannot be denied that working-women usually face sexual harassment by their bosses. There can be some women of dubious character which may be used for levelling such charges by opponents of those against whom charges of sexual harassment are levelled.
It is also a bitter reality that women generally do not have courage to file complaints also because of fear of loss of their own reputation, MeToo campaign has given courage to open mouth though too late. There is a glorious example of an US President who openly confessed his mistake of sexual-charges levelled by a woman-employee.
There have also been two known cases of such charges levelled by legal-interns against judges of Supreme Court, where enquiry-report never came in public even though such charges were levelled not too late. One of the highly influential judge even managed ban on media-reporting of the case by presenting dozens of lawyers to defend him at the court. Chief Justice of India should take initiative for making open enquiry against the judges, since retired.
Considering sensitivity and seriousness of the matter, Supreme Court and central government should fix some date whereby women may file complaints of past. Thereafter such charges may be considered only in time-bound period of alleged sexual harassment.
SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL
(Guinness Record Holder & RTI Consultant)
New Delhi,08/10/18:Subsidy for LPG is for families having combined income of rupees ten lakhs per annum with central government appealing those above the stipulated income-limit to voluntarily surrender subsidy. But instead of expecting voluntary surrender, Union Petroleum Ministry should ask to submit affidavits regarding total family-income to avail subsidy. This will drastically reduce LPG subsidy-burden on the exchequer because those not having voluntarily surrendered subsidy will then avoid filing wrong affidavits to get subsidy.
Net payable price including of all central and local taxes should be rounded in multiples of rupees ten or fifty, because delivery-persons never return balance-money. System will further reduce financial-burden on the exchequer because of LPG subsidy. At least LPG, if not petrol and diesel, can be brought under GST network for uniformity of prices throughout the country.
New-look translucent LPG cylinders made of fibre-glass ensuring tamperproof full-load supply of LPG gas per cylinders should replace old iron-cylinders with iron-cylinders discontinued to be manufactured in future.
Platinum Jubilee of Azad Hind Govt (21 Oct `2018) : Netaji followers plan ‘Chalo Dilli’ to hoist the tricolour at Red FortSunday, 07 October 2018 03:53 Written by odishabarta
Bhubaneswar,07/10/18:Survivors of the Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army (INA), Indian armed force veterans and followers of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose plan to raise the Indian flag at the Red Fort on 21st of October to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Azad Hind government.
Netaji’s grand-nephew and BJP Bengal vice-president Shri. Chandra Kumar Bose has written to the PM four times since May, requesting him to inaugurate the Azad Hind museum at Red Fort on October 21 and hoist the Tricolor at the fort to commemorate the occasion but is yet to get a reply.
“We have requested for permission to hoist the tricolour at the Red Fort in Delhi on 21st October 2018 to commemorate the 75 anniversary (Platinum Jubilee) of the establishment of the Azad Hind Government -the first Free Govt of United India. However, till date we have not received the permission. Never the less a large number of us, shall still be there to mark this historic occasion. The record of India needs to be set correct, our first Government came into being on 21 Oct 1943 and not 15 Aug 1947” said noted socio-political leader and the Chairman of SNSMT Shri. Suparno Satpathy who is also a lead member with the Netaji movement.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on October 21, 1943, established the provincial Azad Hind government in Singapore. On August 14 the next year, the Bahadur brigade of INA, led by Col Saukat Ali Malik, captured Moirang, a town in Manipur on the Indo-Myanmar border. Moirang remained under the control of the Azad Hind government for nearly four months during which its currency and stamps too were used. The Azad Hind Government had then been recognised by 11 countries and it had its embassies in other countries too.
“Congress leaders of those times had then opposed the Azad Hind Government. Had they thrown their weight behind Netaji, possibly the INA would have proceeded to Delhi (as they had planned the “Chalo Dilli” to snatch freedom for India ) and a united India would have been free long before August 15, 1947. On that said day, Nehru became the head of the state of the divided dominion of India... . Netaji was the first head of state of United India. As Indians, we should be proud to celebrate the day and I think the PM or President of India ought to participate in marking the historic ocassion,” said Shri. Chandra Kumar Bose
Reportedly INA members who are still alive, including Lalti Ram, Jagir Singh, Pramanand, Jag Ram and Ram Gopal, will be among the many other participants. Veterans of Indian armed forces will be led by the highly decorated Maj Gen (Retd.) G D Bakshi.
An Open Platform for Netaji member felt if Opposition leaders attended the event but the PM or a senior representative from the Centre did not, it would be embarrassing for the NDA government.
“This is not a political event. Everyone must commemorate this historic day. If someone does not participate due to whatever reasons, the same shall be unfortunate” said Shri. Suparno Satpathy.
New Delhi,02/10/18:Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan deserves all compliments for her bold comments against indefinite continuance of policy of Reservation which in fact is also against the basic principle of none other than renowned constitution-maker Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Policy of Reservation was incorporated in the Constitution for a limited period of just ten years to create a homogeneous castles society. But unfortunately vote-bank politics has made politicians cutting across party-lines racing in advocacy for continuing Reservation for an indefinite period. Practically policy of Reservation is responsible for making people of reserved categories separated from those of general unreserved category. A policy which could not fulfil its basic purpose in stipulated 10-years period, is in itself an established failed policy. Otherwise also, main beneficiaries of the policy are ultra-rich politicians who are not excluded as creamy layer of the reserved categories.
Brahmin-priests in temples are in fact needier for Reservation when people in small temples search for coins of smallest denomination to offer to the deities in temples, making priests leading a life Below-Poverty-Line. Cast-based reservation can be gradually abolished by not allowing benefits of Reservation to persons and families above some limit, and having more than two children in the family.
News Delhi,30/09/18:Like Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, Information delayed is also Information Denied. There are many cases challenging CIC-verdicts pending before Supreme Court and High Courts. Many of such cases have even become in fructuous like seeking information on appointment of a High Court judge who has since retired not only from Delhi High Court, but even from some State Human Rights Commissions where he was in an unprecedented manner appointed Chief simultaneously for three states. It is learnt that the concerned judge could not be elevated to Supreme Court because of complaints against him.
Even at Supreme Court, WPC 32855 and 32856 of the year 2009 are yet to be finally decided where Supreme Court registry has challenged CIC-verdicts at Supreme Court after losing in one of these two cases at both stages of Delhi High Court. Interestingly aspects covered in these petitions are now already in public-domain like sue-motto disclosure of wealth of Supreme Court judges, Collegium-proceedings. Even correspondences with Chief Justice of India are now openly taken up by media.
New Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi known for advocacy towards transparency with unprecedentedly participating with three colleagues in a media-conference, should make all sincere efforts for making administrative side of judicial system transparent by sue-motto taking steps for final disposal of all cases where Supreme Court challenged CIC-verdicts without requiring formality of requests made for early disposal of such cases including WPC 32855 and 32856 of the year 2009.
New Delhi,28/09/18:Attitudinal-change with change in generation was evident from Supreme Court verdict dated 27.09.2018 quashing section 497 of Indian Penal Code IPC considering adultery not a criminal offence by a five-member bench also comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud who differed on the issue with his father former Chief Justice of India YV Chandrachud. However it is good that women were treated similarly with men in the recent judgement in our male-dominated society. Courts should also consider practical outcome of their judgements in Indian society which in no way should treated at par with western culture of foreign countries in cultural aspect. Judgement on adultery is exactly on lines with recent other Supreme Court verdict dated 07.09.2018 on article 377 of the Constitution on gay-sex.
Now it is for BJP-led and RSS-supported central government that remedial action be taken if required through legislation to prevent ancient Indian culture being polluted through aspects like gay-sex and adultery, which may soon become fashion as outcome of Supreme Court verdicts. It is significant that many top politicians including prominent political rulers and legislators of both ruling and opposition have already enjoyed adultery in their lives with no action taken against them even under IPC 497 even though it was relevant before Supreme Court verdict, only because spouses of those involved in adultery never filed any complaints.
# Subash Agarwal
New Delhi,27/09/18:Well-balanced Supreme Court verdict with 4-1 majority on 26.09.2018 having detailed discussion in 1448 pages has drawn distinct lines for use of Aadhar cards making all political parties and others concerned claim as their victory. Apex Court has rightly made Aadhar mandatory for essential aspects exclusively under government-control including PAN-card, Income-Tax returns and all types of government-facilities including subsidies etc, while disallowing it for private service-providers like mobile-operators, school-admissions, entrance-tests etc. But not linking of Aadhar with bank-accounts is contradictory because bank-accounts are already to be linked with Aadhar.
Bill had to be passed as money-bill because of usual tendency of opposition to stall every useful step by misusing neck-to-neck position in Rajya Sabha. Otherwise also since subsidies were involved, therefore there was some logic in getting it passed as money-bill. Objectionable sections of the Bill have been struck down by the Apex Court. Supreme Court verdict has opened a new chapter whereby rulings of Chairpersons of two Houses of Parliament can now be open to judicial review. It is sorry that precious court-timings are involved because of ruling and opposition not acting fairly on passage of bills. System should be that senior Parliamentarians expert in the subject may sit together with outside experts to prepare a consensus draft to be passed in Parliament smoothly.
Central government should constitute an expert-committee on Aadhar to give its report in a time-bound period because many unwanted elements got Aadhar when private agencies were authorised to enrol for Aadhar-cards. Present data reveals that at least 30-percent extra Aadhar cards are issued without proper verification, which needs to be cancelled. Since terrorists and criminals change SIM-cards of mobiles frequently, some other mode should be established for SIM-cards being issued only to genuine persons. Government-issued Identity Cards like Passports and Driving license should have permanent numbers which may remain same even on renewal, and then these should also be linked with Aadhar-cards.
Even though Supreme Court has directed for deletion of Aadhar-data held with private-companies in a time-bound period, but it is not practically possible because holders of such data can retain copy of the destroyed data.
New Delhi,27/09/18:It refers to welcome Supreme Court verdict on 26.09.2018 wherein a five-member Constitution Bench ordered for exclusion of creamy layer from reserved categories under scheduled casts and scheduled tribes. Root cause of problem is policy of Reservation which is in itself a big failure when it could not homogeneously mix people of reserved-categories in the society in stipulated 15 years initially fixed by constitution-makers and now for about seven decades after independence. In present era, policy of reservation is itself responsible for alienating persons of reserved categories from normal society by making them identified separately.
If reservation is to be continued indefinitely, all reserved categories like SC, ST or OBC should be merged into one single category with an annual review of progress or benefits made by different casts and tribes by virtue of Reservation. Communities with maximum postings and admissions may be deleted from reserved categories by taking these as creamy layers, leaving opportunities for reservation for really deserving backward categories. Also since backwardness in reserved categories is due to their generally having large families, benefits of reservations may be reserved for persons and families with upto two children only. Present system makes professional politicians (and their family-members) from reserved categories enjoy fruits of reservation-policy despite their being ultra rich and influential in politics and society.