Showing posts from August, 2012

When media ignored brutal repression

Television news almost censored the heroic action of 4,000 students from 18 States whose agenda too was anti-corruption. ARUNODAY MAJUMDER questions the rationale for this indifference towards “Young India”. Posted/Updated Tuesday, Aug 28 16:11:41, 2012, The Hoot Dronacharya (Editor): What do you see through the view-finder of your camera? Arjuna (Reporter) : I see students. Dronacharya : Do you see all of them? Arjuna : No, I see some of them. Dronacharya : Do you see students fighting for the rights of tribal people and workers? Arjuna : No, I do not see them. Dronacharya : Do you see students fighting against land-grab and corporations? Arjuna : No, I do not see them. Dronacharya : Do you see students marching to Parliament to raise these issues? Arjuna : No, I do not see them. Dronacharya : Do you see blood-soaked stude

Editorial/Advertorial champions undemocratic practice for citizens profiling

Press Note Advocacy of Judicial Fascism for Biometric data collection for UID/Aadhaar Condemned Editorial/Advertorial champions undemocratic practice for citizens profiling New Delhi, 23 Aug: Arindam Chaudhury, Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Indian (TSI) in an editorial piece titled ‘Why the UID card should be made every citizen's constitutional right’ states, “ its current form, the project is more of a political initiative of the UPA government, like their other developmental projects – which simply means that in the near future, it can be abandoned or can be stopped by any other political party in power.” This has already happened in UK. Democratic mandate is against projects like UID and related initiatives like National Population Register (NPR), National Intelligence Grid, Human DNA Profiling, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Land Titling Bill, 2011 and Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance (which h

Jinnah "the Quaid"

Excessively snobbish and completely cut off from grass roots politics, while immensely westernized and totally inaccessible to the man in the street were some of the characteristics of the great leader He was an Ismaili and Ismailis are generally not considered a part of mainstream Islam .And while being an Ismaili, it was not easy to win over the Muslim constituency of India, he converted to Shiaism (Asna ashri). However he cherished ham sandwiches and high quality liquor, nevertheless he made sure that the vast Muslim community remained unaware of it. To the wrath of his close friend, he enticed his daughter into a relationship, twenty four years his junior and after several years of a strained married life, let her die in seclusion. He himself married a Parsi but when his own daughter wanted to marry another Parsi, he disowned her. At one point in time he would propagate a state structure guided by religious tenets, while at another he would strongly oppose a theocratic state. He

67 years old mystery remains unsolved, 255 year old one gets solved

On the eve of the Independence Day, President recalled in his maiden speech the observations of “Netaji, as Rashtrapati of the 51st Session of Indian National Congress in Haripura, on the banks of the river Tapti” 74 years ago in Bardoli district of Gujarat. What he did not dwell on is the fate of Netaji which remains shrouded in mystery and deafening silence. His disappearance 67 years ago, on August 18 continues to occupy the minds of Indians all over the world. He was in the forefront of the battle against the holocaust engineered by British government in India. How is it that British and US Intelligence keep facts about him under wraps even in the age of Wikileaks. What all do the inheritor of its India operations know and do not divulge. One can understand the agency of a living person and the possible threats that can emerge but to be afraid of the ghost of an ideal freedom fighter Netaji is a phenomenon that merits rigorous scrutiny. This appears to have no parallel in world h

Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India related issues

Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India related issues Composition Prime Minister. Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Food Processing Industries. Shri P. Chidambaram, Minister of Finance. Shri S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs. Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister of Home Affairs. Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour and Employment. Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource Development and Minister of Communications and Information Technology. Kumari Selja, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of Culture. Shri Salman Khursheed, Minister of Law and Justice and Minister of Minority Affairs. Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development and Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Special Invitees. Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission. Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI.

Mankind’s biggest database of biometric data and unfolding surveillance regime

To Hon’ble President of India Government of India President's Secretariat Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi-4 August 15, 2012 Subject-Mankind’s biggest database of biometric data and unfolding surveillance regime Sir, I salute you for recalling in your speech on the eve of Independence Day that India had 24.5% of World Manufacturing Output before our independence was snatched away by British East India Company[1], an entity created by Queen Elizabeth I through a royal charter on December 31, 1600. Our current share in manufacturing output is 2.2%, as per UN National Accounts Main Aggregates Database, 2010. As a fellow citizen, I hope that you will consider preparing a blue print for gaining pre-1750 position for our country in world trade. I wish to draw your attention towards advertisements dated August 14, 2012 in the newspapers regarding Home Ministry’s National Population Register (NPR) and World Bank’s eTransform Initiative. The advertisement is attached. I submit that t

Rajya sabha TV to Discuss UID/Aadhaar Bill on August 1 at 4.30

04.30-05.00 pm - Law of the Land: Adhaar Bill 1st august 2012 Show timing in Rajya sabha TV)