Email Exchanges between Indian National Congress and Myself – Part 2

Dear Anup,
Media reports have indicated that Shri Narendra Modi is spending Rs 5,000 crore to advertise his Prime Ministerial ambitions. The total expenditure in the campaign is estimated at Rs 10,000 crore.
 
This is more what US President Barack Obama spent in his Election campaign.
Have you ever wondered where all this money is coming from?
Everyone knows how the Adani’s empire has grown under Mr Modi’s benevolence.
He claims that he would banish corruption from India but he needs to answer these three simple questions before any Indian can even believe a single word of his sermons.
 1. Why was land given to Adanis at the rate of Rs. 2.5 to 25 per sq. m. when market rate is 1000 to 1500 per sq. m.?
2. Why did he agree to pay 63 paise per unit more than market rate for power to the Adanis, leading to a loss of Rs 23,625 crore to Gujarat.?
3. Why did he give 9,558 acres of land in and around Kutch, without competitive bidding, at less than Rs. 1.29 lakh per acre, to the Adanis. The Adanis resold it to the Indian Oil Corporation at Rs. 29 lakh per acre?
We would be grateful if you could please ask these three simple questions to your nearest Modi supporter. Please let us know if they have any answers.
 
Read more about this here
Sincerely,
Digital Team,

Indian National Congress

 

My Reply:

To start with, I am not a supporter of any party. But I only want to see our country, India to progress.

Realistically speaking no political person is clean in our country. And sometimes it makes me wonder, whether democracy is something we should strive for. Anyways lets keep that for another discussion.

There are two types of marketing, positive and negative. Positive marketing is where you keep telling about all the good things that your product does, the benefits of using your product and etc etc. Negative marketing is where you do not say anything about your product but keeps talking about the limitation and problems with your competitor. And this is exactly what what you are doing.

Lets talk what have you achieved.

  1. Food Security Bill and some JawaharLal Nehru Rural Bill (sorry I do not remember the exact name)
    • These bills are the worst of its kind. This may make people to vote for you but this works against country. Due to these bills, there is shortage of labor force in India. Companies are struggling to find unskilled workers. Food security bill gives them almost free food while the other bill gives them money for absolutely doing nothing. Explain me, how will a country progress. History has proved many times that giving things free just proves against the development. But anyways, you do not care about the country as long as your deep pockets are filled.
  2. You talk about secularism.
    • India is the only country in the world that gives subsidiary for Haj pilgrimage. If you are really secular, then please provide subsidiary for Vatican visits. Also provide subsidiary for people who goes to “Char Dham”. Personally, I do not care which religion gets what subsidiary but Indians are religious. This strategy is creating conflicts between people. This is divisive politics.
  3. Lets talk about Robert Vadra.
    • How can a person make so much money in so less time? He might be smart and intelligent and knows how to make money. I request Mr. Vadra to let India know, how to quickly make money. Our country will be super rich very soon and there won’t be any problems left in the country. Please ask him.
    • And why does he get special benefits in all Indian airports? He is not a public servant but still India keeps showering special benefits on him. Why he is not allowed for security check and all the other formalities? I have a picture of the notice that was displayed in Mumbai airport, I can send it to you.

Now lets answer some of your questions.

If Modi is giving some subsidiary to an industrialist, it is better for India. How? Industrialist build up industries which in turn generates employment and helps build the economy and raise paying capability of very individual. On the contrary, you guys just cheat and loot and put up your money in Swiss banks or other tax havens. Your government couldn’t even increase the road infrastructure in the last 10 years, forget about setting industries and creating employment.

Finally lets analyze and you will get your answer, choose Modi, who in turn will give benefits to big Industrialist which will setup industries and create employment and boost our economy or choose Gandhi, who will give benefits to Vadra and Varda does nothing.

Thanks
Anup

Email Exchanges between Indian National Congress and Myself – Part 1

प्रिय मित्र,
आजकल कुछ राजनीतिक दल भ्रष्टाचार मिटाने के नाम पर आपका समर्थन मांग रहें हैं। भ्रष्टाचार के मामलों में सच जानना आपका अधिकार भी है और कर्तव्य भी। हमारा आग्रह इतना ही है कि राजनीतिक दलों के दावों और आरोपों की जांच अवश्य करें और सही फैसला लें।
कृप्या इन बिन्दुओं पर ध्यान दें और पूरी जांच करनें के बाद ही अपना वोट डालें।
  • जहां कांग्रेस 2005 में RTI कानून लाई, गुजरात में अमित जेठवा जैसे RTI कार्यकर्ताओं की हत्या कर दी जाती है, जिसमें भाजपा के     नेताओं के नाम स्पष्ट रुप से शामिल हैं। Source
  • कांग्रेस लोकपाल बिल लाई जबकी गुजरात में 10 साल तक लोकायुक्त की नियुक्ति नहीं की गई। जब राज्यपाल ने लोकायुक्त को नियुक्ति किया तो राज्य सरकार ने इसको किसी भी तरह से रोकने के लिए मुक्द्दमें में 45 करोड़ खर्च किए। Source
  • Supreme Court ने गुजरात सरकार की मंत्री आनंदी बेन पटेल को एक जमीन आवंटन के मामले में दोषी पाया पर वो आज भी गुजरात सरकार में मंत्री बनी हुई हैं। Source
  • 400 करोंड़ के मछली पालन घोटाले में कोर्ट द्वारा दोषी पाए गए पुरुषोत्तम सोलंकी गुजरात मंत्रीमंडल को आज भी सुशोभित कर रहे हैं। Source
  • जहां कांग्रेस ने दोषियों के खिलाफ कार्यवाही की, भ्रष्टाचार के मामले में जेल यात्रा कर चुके यदुरप्पा को भाजपा पार्टी में फिर शामिल किया। Source
  • कोयला आंवटन के मामले में हमेशा के लिए एक पारदर्शी नीति बनाने की नीयत से UPA सरकार नें Coal Blocks  के निलामी (auction) का फैसला लिया था। CAG ने कहा है कि auction की नीति देर से लागू की गई, जिसके कारण ‘private parties’ को 1.86 lakh crore का फायदा हुआ था। ऐसा इसलिए हुआ क्योंकि राज्य सरकारों के दबाव के कारण भारत सरकार को 1993 की ही नीति को जबरन अपनाना पड़ा। ध्यान रहे कि इस नीति में भाजपा ने अपने 6.5 साल के शासनकाल में कोई बदलाव नहीं किया।
  • जब नीति पुरानी थी और एक भी खान में खनन नहीं हुआ तो देश को नुक्सान कैसे हुआ। Source
  • CBI उन मामलों की जांच कर रही है, जिसमें सरकारी विभाग के अधिकारियों ने procedures का पालन नहीं किया और कानून दोषियों को सजा देगा।
  • 2G आवंटन मामलें में भी कहानी कुछ ऐसी ही है। इस मामलें के दो पहलू हैं, पहला सरकार की नीति क्या थी और दूसरा ए राजा ने किस तरह से इस नीति को लागू किया।
  • राजा के खिलाफ मामला कोर्ट में है और अगर कोई अपराध हुआ है तो उन्हे कड़ी से कड़ी सजा मिलेगी।
  • जहां तक नीति का सवाल है, यह वही नीति है जो NDA के समय से लागू है और इसका लक्ष्य यह है कि देश के लोग सस्ते दामों पर Mobile phone की सुविधा का लाभ उठा सकें।
  • CAG का आरोप है कि auction न करके हमने देश का नुक्सान किया है पर सरकार की नीति का मक्सद लोगों तक सस्ती मोबाइल सुविधा उपलब्ध करना था, न कि auction कर के राजस्व इक्ठ्ठा करना। UPA सरकार ने 3G सेवाओं को auction करके देश के लिए संसाधन जुटाए जबकि 2G सेवाओं का इस्तेमाल देश का गरीब से गरीब आदमी कर सकता है। जहां तक नीति का सवाल है, उससे देश के करोड़ों लोगों को आगे बढ़ने के अवसर मिलें हैं। Source
  • Common Wealth Games के आरोपी सुरेश कलमाड़ी को हमारी सरकार ने भारतीय ऑलंपिक संध के अध्यक्ष पद से हटाया और अब उनपर कोर्ट में मुक्द्दमा चल रहा है। वहीं जेल की यात्रा कर चुके श्री येदुरप्पा को भाजपा ने अपने मंच से सम्मानित किया, जबकि कांग्रेस ने सुरेश कलमाड़ी का टिकट काट दिया।
चुनाव के शोर में सच कई बार सुनाई नहीं देता खासकर जब शोर करने वाला झूठ बोलने में माहिर हो। हम आपको सच बतानें की कोशिश तो कर ही रहें हैं पर आपका भी फर्ज हैं कि आप अपने स्तर पर सच की जांच करें और सोच समझकर फैसला लें।
अगर आप इन तथ्यों से सहमत हैं तो कृप्या इसे अपने मित्रों से शेयर जरुर करें।
जय हिंद,

भारतीय राष्ट्रीय कांग्रेस

 

 

My Reply…..

Good email but too little too late.
Some arguments from my end:
  1. RTI was never your pet project. It was because of the members of civil society, you were forced to pass that law.
  2. Lokpal, you should be ashamed of yourself to tell that Congress passed the bill. We all know what happened to Shri Anna Hazare and co. while they forced you to pass it.
  3. Ajit Pawar is still your partner even after irrigation scam.
  4. Lalu is still your partner after he was indicted with scam.
  5. Ashok Chavan still have a ticket for Lok Sabha election.
  6. You still have candidates that are disgrace to India. One of your candidate even said that inflation is because poor people have started eating more.
  7. People like Digvijay Singh and Kapil Sibal makes me realize that a rickshaw puller is better as a minister. At most, the rickshaw puller will not say and do anything.
  8. The best is Rahul Gandhi. I have no words to describe his talents (sarcasm).

I hope to never see you in power in my life time.

 

We are INDIANS…!!!!

As the title suggests, this blog is about Indians. To be honest, I might not be able to set the tone of the blog but just wanted to share some observations.

We, Indians, are very interesting, complex and weird people. May be these observations might be true for other races too, but I cannot confirm or deny it. I can talk about Indians because I am an Indian and I can observe my fellow countrymen with some more details as compared to others.

This blog is dedicated to those Indians who are not residing in India and specifically residing in USA. Why USA? Because I am in USA. Hence my observations about only USA residing Indians. My observations does not mean that I am not a part of it. So, don’t think that I am any different than the rest. Folks I, myself behave the same way.

Observations:

  1. We think that we are the only capable person who has the privilege to live in USA. The moment, an Indian sees another Indian, he thinks that how the other person managed to come and live in USA.
  2. We don’t like what we are and we all strive to be someone else. For e.g. – We want to have an American ascent and we strive hard to achieve it. We want to achieve it so that we can communicate with locals. I might be wrong, but I feel we are the only race doing that. I see other Asians (with really difficult English ascent) not trying hard to change it.
  3. We really dislike each other. We will not go to a particular restaurant just because it is famous among Indians. We will not sign an apartment lease because many Indians stays there. We will not go to a particular vacation spot due to its popularity among Indians.
  4. We are really pretentious and have double standards for what is done in India and what is done in USA. Let me give you some examples.
  • We like and appreciate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies where he alone destroys an entire battalion but we criticize when Dharmendra or Sunny Deol does the same thing.
  • We enjoy Harry Potter movies where between two wizards shoot electricity from their wands but we laugh and make jokes when similar things are shown in Mahabharata or Ramayana.
  • We are enthralled to see James Bond do all the crazy actions without getting any wrinkles on his blazer but we want to talk physics when Rajnikant or Mithun kills two people with one single bullet.
  • We talk about cleanliness in USA and we just go shooting crap all over the street the moment we land in India.
  • We will never visit any orphanage in India but we put up a live show in USA.
  • We will be preaching anti-corruption all the way in USA but the moment we land on any Indian airport, we will try to bribe the custom officer.

      The list is too long but I hope you get the gist. I know many readers will be offended by this but folks this is just for fun. As I said, I do subset of all the things above.

Just read it, laugh on it and forget..

My solution for Rapes….

Recently, it seems like rapes are commonplace in India. Irrespective of age, sex, time and place, we hear about rapes everywhere. I am not an emotional guy but when I read or hear any atrocity against women, my heart cries. If I see any video where a woman is being sexually, physically or mentally abused, I get restless and rage takes over my sane mind. I always think of how to stop these rapes and punish the culprit in such a way that the severe punishment sets an example for others.

During the last couple of months, there is an argument about the punishment for rapist. There are many recommendations:

  1. Death sentence
  2. Castration
  3. Rigorous imprisonment
  4. Public hanging etc.

I, personally think that all these punishment is not too harsh for a rapist. To understand my point of view, lets talk about the victim for a second. For the sake of it, consider I am a woman and I have been. Let us now discuss about me and my situation after the incident.

  • I cannot trust any male around me.
  • Society will never accept me. (This is the worst thing a society does)
  • Most will think that I enjoyed being raped and I am the person to blame. I will have to fight with all of them and protect me from not being insane and start accusing myself.
  • I want the victims be punished and I have to fight with the law so the culprits be punished. (I expect that law will fight with me but it is opposite)
  • I will never have a normal life with family and kids.
  • Even if I become a part of the work force and get a job, pretty sure that I will not get the same treatment as others.

All those could be handled but the most important one, being a victim, I am traumatized for life. I will live in constant fear about re-occurrence of the event. I might lose my self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence and it is difficult to recover from this situation.

Now, do you really think that death sentence or any other punishment is enough for the culprits? For me, it seems like death sentence is easy way out for the culprits. I don’t think any of the punishment is comparable to the situation faced by the victim.

Solution:-

To be honest, my solution is not in adherence to non-violence ideology or human rights code. I don’t think that rapist be treated as human. I think a murderer is far better than a rapist. A murderer kills the victim for once but a rapist kills the victims for the rest of the life. The victims dies every day till the wounds are healed.

I think that women be more powerful. It seems that today, law of jungle is applicable everywhere. If you are powerful, others respect you.
Lets go back to my example, I am a rape victim and now I have two choices.

  1. Believe in the law and hope that law will take it course and punish the culprits, which might take forever.
  2. Take matters in my hand.

I would take path number 2. Anyways, the culprits messed up my life. The culprits have made my life miserable. Why not, I take matters in my hand and teach them a lesson, so that no one will ever dare to rape anyone. If 10-15 victims followed my path and made sure that the culprits and inhumanely punished, I really think that all the possible rapist around will get the lesson and will not mess up with any woman again. I know that an eye for an eye will make this world blind but that does not mean that we should not retaliate when a wild dog attacks your. For me all the rapists are wild dogs and should be shot on point-blank in front of everyone.

My dear woman, law might punish the culprit but it will not make the trauma go away. The culprits will get some punishment but then they will be back in the world looking for another prey. All I really care is that you, the victim, should be at peace and there should not be any victim of this inhuman action.

Women, I am really sorry (from all the sane men in the world).

Really, Grow up….

So, the other day, I was having this discussion with my friend.

Me – Have you seen this movie?

Friend – Ohh yeah. It was an amazing movie.

Me – Yeah it was, but I kind a was bored.

Friend – Really hurt (don’t know why?)..!!! (some moments later), You have to grow to like such movies….

I was dumbfounded and thought why would my friend say such a thing? I mean, I thought I did not offend my friend by speaking about my friend’s personality or habits or any personal thing, then why is my friend trying to offend me? I was offended but still I forgave my friend, but I couldn’t forget it. I was like, it is just a stupid movie, why would anyone take it so personally.

It is just matter of likes and dislikes. Give me a person/thing/place that everyone likes. It is not possible to have something that everyone likes. Even some thing as bad as guns, not everyone is on board to ban it. And something as good as peace, not everyone likes it either, else there would be no war in this world. If some one does not share your likings then it does not mean that you should be condescending.

Don’t try to characterize anyone based on penchant towards movies/brands/songs/food or any materialistic things. Please try to have a different perspective. Don’t get offended on such silly things and try to strike back.

I hope with time, I develop an attitude of ignorance towards such comments and people around me. I may not be able to change people around me but I can definitely change myself.

People, who share my feelings, hang in their and don’t get offended. Try to be ignorant so that you will be at peace….!!! All the best…!!!!

Money…!!!

I always try to be really serious with money. I like to keep all the transactions in order with everyone. I keep a tab of who spend where and how much I owe anyone and how much some one owes me. I think for me it is more important to keep a track of how much I owe someone rather that how much some one owes me.

My attitude is not because I am stingy or spendthrift or because its “MY MONEY”.

I have seen relations getting bitter over time due to money. I just want to avoid that situation. I have amazing family and friends, but still I try to keep all my finances clean.

Let us say, I spent more on my best friend as compared to what he spent on me. I think that won’t bother me as long as I have enough. But the day when my pockets aren’t deep enough, I will detest for my actions during good times. That will infact turn my amazing relation into a jungle of bitterness.

But if I try to keep my finances and my relationships separate, at least I am eliminating one possible reason for ruining my relationships. I know that is crazy of me but I cannot predict the future. Things can and will change, money will come and go but relationships will helps us in holding things together and I do not want to ruin it just because of small petty amounts.

I don’t think keeping finances separate means I don’t like or trust my relationships. It just means, I hold my relationships more important than money…!!!

30th Birthday…

I celebrated my 30th birthday last week. I was tricked by my wife to go to Las Vegas for her school event. I detest the trip to Vegas because of very painful driving experience from LA to Vegas and return.

So, I left early around 3PM from LA and reach Vegas by 9PM. I did not know that my friends were going to surprise me in Vegas. After seeing them, a rush of energy started pumping in my body. All of a sudden, I was energetic and wanted to do a lot of things with them in Vegas.

Pretty much all of us were exhausted from the journey to Vegas and no one actually had the zeal to go out on Friday night.

Hence, we ended up having dinner in food  court and then checked-in in  a lounge. The lounge was okay. We had some crazy shots with some weird named cocktails. We spent around 2 hours and later checked-in in a restaurant and had food around 3AM. After the late night meal, we went to our hotel and dozed off in the room. And from here the agony begins…

The next day, everyone was in a bad shape. Lot of drinks, not enough sleep, dehydration, exhaustion from the journey just multiplied and we ended up with 7 really messed up individuals. That day we did not do anything, had food from one place to another till it was 6PM. Went back to hotel for a quick nap and then off to a show in semi-sleepy state. Back from show, had dinner and then back to room for a night sleep.

The next day was fresh for most of us and the day was the same as previous one. Had food from one place to another till it was evening. And then played some board games (yeah right, board games in Vegas) in the room till the food was delivered to our hotel.

I never imagined that my first Vegas trip with my friends will be so lame. I understand some of us were not feeling well, but the most important realization is, We all are OLD now. We cannot spend a day in a good mood if we did not sleep enough. We lack energy the next day if we pushed our body for some extra work the previous day. I believed as compared to my friends, I am more energetic and my belief was shattered by reality.

The trip was fun, I mean, it is always fun to be around friends but the trip was disaster in Vegas standard.

Thank you guys for the surprise, it was really fun to see you all but to be honest, our Vegas trip sucked big time. I mean to do all that, we did not have to be in Vegas. We could be better of being in a hotel in the middle of a national park.

I think, we all need to find ways to revitalize our body and mind. And then we should all visit Vegas for some awesome fun….