|Shri Tarun Vijay meeting the President of Nepal Shri Ram Baran Yadav at Nepal Embassy reception. They discussed briefly India Nepal relations|
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Posted by Tarun Vijay at 8:30 PM
India at Raisina: The People were the Heroes
December 26, 2012 12:18 IST
'The youth atop the poles on Raisina Hill need respect and an accommodating attitude. Not lathis and water cannons,' says Tarun Vijay.
Even if the government, scared of the People, has shut down India Gate and shown a kneejerk reaction, so evident in every failed ruler's life and times, India registered an unprecedented 'no' to this bad governance.
With homage to the policeman who died unfortunately while on duty, we witnessed a stormy silence on the Hill which rules India.
Turning every politician speechless, India had invaded Raisina Hill, its power centre.
Parliament on the right and North Block, South Block and Rashtrapati Bhavan in their sights, the People surged and climbed atop poles to announce the residual remnants of the British colonial legacy completely meaningless and pale.
Standing there, I felt as if I was amidst the Purabia troops marching from Meerut to Delhi [ Images ] in 1857 after the Mangal Pandey [ Images ] incident.
I have not seen how 1947 was achieved and what mass revolt means. Even the struggle against the Emergency was different, on another level, where the politicians were the heroes.
Raisina Hill's heroes were the People.
Leader-less, without any agenda or manifesto, and without the banner of any organisation.
That exactly was the People's strength that shook State power.
If it was a demonstration by any political organisation, a youth brigade or any reformist movement, the government would have attributed political motives to it and got busy with its business-as-usual charade.
But the People wore the colours of India. They were young, angry and indisciplined.
I was there for two days and saw the hatred for politicians in their eyes.
My son mingled with the crowd, but he went separately.
My wife, in her usual jeans and shirt, turned a student and said if she could have found a stone, she too would have hurled it at North Block.
You may argue that the young have to be calm, reasonable, not take the law into their hands, be sensible, speak logically and talk to the leaders. After all, politicians are the democratically elected representatives of the people and the Constitution empowers them to run the country, and Parliament is supreme.
Whatever the youth demand, death to the rogues and the rule of law, justice and equality can only be achieved by a system, which is US.
Continue arguing and vomiting your intellectually high-sounding phrased sentences -- using difficult, unusual words to weave in a magic of another award-winning essay that may become the cover story of a magazine.
But who cares?
Those who care a damn for their identity and photo ops write India's cover story.
They want justice right there. On the roads.
The roads, Kingsway turned Rajpath, which carried swanky million dollar cars swaying into the citadels of power, were trampled by the muddy chappals and canvas shoes of tri-coloured youngsters challenging the power which had given them the hypocrisies of high- decibel debates, scandals, stinking rich leaders sermonising on the importance of simple living and an India where nothing works on the ground.
Babus in ministries don't reply or even acknowledge your complaints, general hospitals are so heavily crowded and scantiness reigns that no leader, corporate, media heavyweight and bureaucrat would ever go there, leaving the space for the 'other people'.
Buses are unsafe. Trains are dirty, never run on time and rail reservation is one hell of a job.
The worst roads and public transport system are provided to the localities of the poor and low-income group people. The best buses run to Shanti Niketan and South Ex.
For every government job, the unwritten rule is to grease the palms of the presiding officer.
Less than 50 vacancies in the Northeast attract 70,000 applications.
A journalist doing his job in Manipur is shot dead; his final film shot and secure in the cassette goes missing in police custody.
For every First Information Report something special needs to done to 'justify' the 'auctions' of the 'richly rewarding thanas'.
Officers commit suicide for fear of political vendetta, the police is used for personal cosmetics and reforms refused, farmers are ruined and drink pesticides, education is becoming costlier and inaccessible for the poor, stone images gobble up thousands of crores of rupees, society is divided into Hindu-Muslim-Christian extremities to gain votes, and criminals are shielded for political reasons.
What more do you need to have the marble edifice of State power crumble under the shoes of those who do not care for their career, but want a truly democratic and just India?
If it is a family party, five of the kitchen members run it; if it is a non-family party, five of the core committee members run it.
Do we really believe there is inner-party democracy in 'democratic' India?
'Law of nominations' by a few drives Indian democracy.
Can this sham-ism deliver?
We need a dialogue with the People who are not collected in hired buses. The lost connectivity with the masses has to be rejuvenated through the sheer example of sincerity and honesty.
Non-governmental mass organisations, having no political ambitions, have a greater role to play.
Ironically, the so-called non-political mass leaders too have exhibited their ugly political dreams, making the People more disillusioned and angry.
It is the failure of the non-political leaders who have shown a brazen political cleverness at every moment when the aam-aadmi began trusting them, at every level that has further deepened the vacuum of space in the People's faith.
Let a new politician rise, someone who is sincere and fearless, who can walk into the crowds and shake hands with them and initiate a dialogue.
The stone-throwing crowd and the youth atop the poles on Raisina Hill need respect and an accommodating attitude.
Not lathis and water cannons.
Posted by Tarun Vijay at 8:30 AM
Monday, December 24, 2012
India elections: BJP's Narendra Modi secures Gujarat win--http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20778816
India speculation over 'national role' for Narendra Modi--http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20807444
Is Narendra Modi a Step Closer to Being India’s Next Prime Minister?--http://world.time.com/2012/12/20/is-narendra-modi-a-step-closer-to-being-indias-next-prime-minister/
(1)India’s Narendra Modi wins 3rd term as state leader, setting stage for prime ministerial bid--http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/state-election-victory-boosts-narendra-modis-national-ambitions/2012/12/20/55ad2108-4aa5-11e2-8758-b64a2997a921_story.html
(2)Hindu nationalist BJP wins elections in western state of Gujarat--http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/hindu-nationalist-bjp-wins-elections-in-western-state-of-gujarat/2012/12/20/d220de0e-4a88-11e2-8758-b64a2997a921_story.html
ABC News (USA)
Hindu Nationalists Win in Western Indian State--http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hindu-nationalists-win-western-indian-state-18023132#.UNQ34qwS7E4
China Daily (China)
Modi's Gujarat election win stokes PM talk--http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-12/21/content_16038980.htm, http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-12/21/content_16038834.htm
India's main opposition BJP wins western state of Gujarat--http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-12/21/c_132055093.htm
India’s Modi heads for landslide win, bolsters PM prospects--http://dawn.com/2012/12/20/indias-modi-heads-for-landslide-win-bolsters-pm-prospects/The Nation (Pakistan)
Landslide bolsters Modi’s chances of Indian premiership--http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/21-Dec-2012/landslide-bolsters-modi-s-chances-of-indian-premiershipReuters--
The rise of Narendra Modi, a double-edged sword for BJP--http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/12/10/india-election-modi-idINDEE8B901720121210
The Guardian (UK)
Gujarat's divisive leader poised to win third term in crucial election---http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/16/gujarat-leader-third-term-election
The Telegraph (UK)
Narendra Modi tipped as India's next prime minister--http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9758527/Narendra-Modi-tipped-as-Indias-next-prime-minister.html
Arab News (Saudi Arabia)
India’s Modi heads for landslide, bolsters PM prospects--http://www.arabnews.com/india%E2%80%99s-modi-heads-landslide-bolsters-pm-prospects
The Financial Express (Bangladesh)
Hindu nationalists win western Indian state elections--http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/index.php?ref=MjBfMTJfMjFfMTJfMV8xN18xNTM4NDU=
India's Modi looks set to win state poll-http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=296679Singapore
India's Modi looks set to win state poll, may boost PM ambitions--http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/asia/story/indias-modi-looks-set-win-state-poll-may-boost-pm-ambitions-20121220
Massive mandate for BJP in Gujarat
It grabs 122 seats; rival Congress party likely to win just 56-
Posted by Tarun Vijay at 7:57 PM
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Tarun Vijay returns security cover to Home Ministry in support of people at India Gate-full text of letter
Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde ji
The Home Minister
Govt of India
North Block, New Delhi
22 December 2012
At a time when the entire nation, led by brave Delhi people are protesting at India Gate demanding more security for the citizens and praying for the recovery of the unfortunate girl who fell victim to the animals in human form, it will be unbecoming of me if I continue to have the security cover provided by you in the wake of the death threats I had received from the terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen.
I hereby request you to kindly take back the security cover and provide more security and protection to the common citizens who need it more than us. Today instead of using water cannon and lathi charge on the protesting people, it would have been more appropriate if leaders like you too had sat with them and added government’s voice with the peoples’ anguish committing to end the criminal assaults on the citizens. That would have added to the glory and the integrity of the State power. But your government has used violence against the honest and unprotected people.
I am thankful to those dedicated police jawans who had provided me protection all these years.
Even if I die at the hands of the terrorist in the absence of a security cover, I shall still be without any regrets, as the people on the street, who are our real masters, need this protection more than any politician.
With thanks and regards
Posted by Tarun Vijay at 12:37 AM
Friday, December 21, 2012
Picture caption-Shri A.K.Antony with Shri Tarun Vijay listening to the woes of the family members of the captured Indian sailors
|17 Indian sailors face death -Antony assures action to free 17 Indians from Somalian Pirates. Tarun Vijay led the delegation of Family members to seek urgent action from Defence Minister.|
19thDecember, New Delhi. Fearing death at the hands of Somalian Pirates for their wards who were captured in March, 2012 in their ship Royal Grace the nervous family members met Defence Minister A.K. Antony today seeking urgent action by the Government.They were taken to share their anguish and hopelessness with Shri Antony by BJP MP and National Spokes person Shri Tarun Vijay.
Shri Vijay told that the Government should not further delay actionto save precious 17 young Indians who belong to the poorest of the poor sectionOne third of them are from Kerala and the rest belong to Bihar, UP, MP, Himachal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Punjab. The Government has wasted precious 10 months and except from announcing committees and giving assurances nothing has been done to facilitate freedom for the young sailors. Shri Rajesh Gogna, sr advocate Supreme Court and President Human Rights Defence Organisation was also present in the delegation. ( seen in pic second from left)
Shri A. K. Antony was too moved to listen to the grief stricken family members and with moist eyes, he assured them everything possible to be done to save Indians in the captivity of the Somalian Pirates.
Posted by Tarun Vijay at 9:36 PM