Category: FOREIGN MINISTER
I am not sure why we are after the 2G scam when we are now hooked on to 4G and beyond. The outcome had been predicted many moons back. 250 witnesses were “grilled”, 10 odd people went to jail including politicians, over a lakh pages were printed for a 67 page judgement and what comes out of it, a dead rat. How many draft pages would have gone down the shredder, the person handling the incinerator will tell us. One party took advantage and won elections just highlighting this rat. The investigating agencies kept investigating playing their “pied pipes” but could not find any rat. The courts found no evidence worthwhile to nail any rat. Someone had the last laugh. Any guesses?
Be that as it may, parliament has been stalled for the umpteenth time. It is business as usual for the politicians as they feel at home disrupting proceedings, sloganeering and with dharna culture. Poor Sachin spent 365 days preparing for his maiden speech which got beeped out due to the din. When it came to increasing their salaries the pandemonium came to a halt. When it comes to OROP, they don’t have funds. The tamasha continues. I just don’t understand this new kind of “democracy” and where is it heading. Is anyone really bothered about the nation or should we keep dancing to tune being played by our “elected representatives”?
Someone shared with me certain things about the custodians of our democracy. When Bofors scam happened, who suffered the consequences, it was the armed forces. After Bofors, we got new guns this year after a gap of 30 years. Why? The Armed forces went to war during Kargil. We almost went to war again after the attack on parliament without a God damn good artillery gun. Bofors was low on spares, their prime movers were off road and ammunition was grossly short thus imported overnight at exorbitant prices. No one questioned the whole issue as it was for the defence of the country. The politicians knew if something drastic happens, this country will not spare them. The ammo was bought at “onay-paunay daam” to save their skins. When Service Chief’s highlight such issues no one pays heed but when politician’s skin is stuck in the zipper then anything can happen.
The shortage of Bofors ammunition was taken up to the MoD level during Kargil war. No country was willing to give ammunition at such short notice. One country agreed but charged an exorbitant price. War had already broken out on those icy heights and ammunition was running out. Causalities were pouring in. Ammo had to be shipped to Bombay & thereafter moved up north by train and then by road to Kargil. Ship would take two days to load, 4-5 days to travel & two days to unload.
Bombay refused to handle ammunition as all other cargo operations would have to be stopped for safety reasons. Ship came and waited for two days outside Bombay. Unloading was not on the national priority so the destination was changed to Vizag adding another 6-7 days for movement. Mind you war was on. Railways had to re-position their rakes. Due to ammunition movement and safety reasons, speed of trains had to be restricted. A 48 hours became 96 hours plus journey, then time for unloading and reloading at Jammu. Finally, movement to Kargil by trucks which would have taken another three to four days till it reached gun positions. Kargil was over by then. Shocking! Thanks to the Armed forces they still evicted the Pakis as our nations integrity was at stake.
Did anyone smell a rat, bat or cat then? The only thing which was later highlighted was the coffin scam. My foot! We kept waiting for orders to go across in the winter of 2001 but rotted in our operational locations till end of 2002, away from our families because of whose indecision, any guesses?
We the people of India including the Forces have now become puppets with strings controlled by politicians. The armed forces especially are on the wrong side of the receiving end. What planning these “puppeteers” do is not visible to the common man. The whole show is choreographed so nicely that we miss out on the larger picture. Our judicial process, our investigating agencies everyone seems to make a mockery of things. I call it wastage of paper, time, effort, resources and money of the tax payers hard earned money.
I am disillusioned, I don’t know whom to believe and trust as I have become a mere moot spectator and allow myself to be used for narrow political gains. Tomorrow, another charge sheet will bite the dust, another Kargil might happen, another political party will cry foul for scams and win elections and the cycle will continue. The soldier on the other hand will keep his vigil and never let down his guard. He remains oblivious to the real motive of the political game plan. Can someone stop this bloody tamasha? I wonder!!!!!!!!!
© Noel Ellis
I have a basic doubt, what is the difference between elections and democracy? I fully understand that the elections are a means to elect candidates to run the democratic process. However, I have now got confused, why we are mixing up the two. The electoral process has its own importance and democracy is a way of governance adopted by the people of India. Then why have state elections become more important today that the PM and his cabinet congregate in Gujarat lock, stock and barrel for days on end leaving their primary jobs.
Parliament, our temple of democracy, was abandoned in a way. If I put it across crudely, to hell with parliament! We shall get hold of its agenda in the coming sessions. What goes of India if sessions have to be cut short, postponed or even cancelled? Parliamentary proceedings will be stalled by someone as usual, so what is the use of wasting time sitting on those green or red cushions and walk on the same colour carpets depending on the house you are a member of. India is resilient, Indians can wait, India per say is not a priority during any state elections. Is this the whole idea of democracy or is this a kind of making a mockery of it?
The pradhan sewak, becomes the pradan bhashanwala. The same old rhetoric, the same old jumlas, the same old brain washing technique is applied to influence the public. Results show the effect. I still don’t know who are the actual contestants is Gujarat. The only one I saw was the PM. He is fluent with the local language, terrain, intricacies, feelings, sensitivities of the public no doubt. Does that mean he should neglect his basic responsibility and only pay heed to states undergoing polls so that by hook or crook his party wins? I am in total disagreement on this.
My argument can be shot down saying all official papers and documents were signed during election time. However, the impression I get as a common man is that every minister is on temporary duty to Gujarat, on the government’s expense. The dak from Delhi must be transiting through air, land or sea along with connected personnel. Tickets of Rajdhani’s and last minute air tickets must be costing the exchequer some amount. All the DRM (Divisional Railway Manager) quota seats of the railways must be blocked for travel conveniences’ of such staff. Imagine when the heads of important ministries like Defence, Finance, Law, Textile and many others have pitched their tents in Gujarat?
Be that as it may, it hardly matters to mantri ji as things in India can wait till cows come home. India won’t run away anywhere. Even when Pakistan slaps us daily, elections are priority one and democracy will decide how to act against Pakistan in due course of time. Today, BJP netas would be in their party offices in party mood, enjoying one more holiday. Crackers will be burst. Supreme Court will not object to the pollution they shall create today, that’s another irony.
I consider it the failure of the states politicians to allow the central govt getting involved in their elections. Definitely they can go and cast their vote if they belong to a state but it should be on proper leave of absence and on their own money. No one has the right to fritter away the tax payer’s hard earned money. So what he is the PM of India? If he is doing it for the nation, I have no objections to it. If he is doing it for his party then he might as well use party funds only. I consider it a narrow minded vision of interfering in state politics from where he rose to such an esteemed office. For me the nation comes first always and every time; state will automatically be looked after if national interest is supreme.
In the army, if I belong to a battalion then that affiliation will stay for life. After I command my unit (like you became the CM of your state) I get promoted to higher ranks and responsibilities, I cannot get involved in the units day to day functioning. I can go and motivate the unit alright but I have no right to meddle into their day to day functioning. PM saab you now are a “General” of India, please remain at that pedestal. Let the people of the state decide whom they want to be governed by and not by whom you as PM recommend. Mota bhai, tamne samjan padi? (Have you understood elder brother?)
Can we have a new legislation through a “democratic process” of non involvement of PM and his cabinet in state elections? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!
© Noel Ellis
Wow what a speech our Foreign Minister gave at the UNGA. Mesmerising to say the least! Standing ovations, desk thumping, leaving Paki’s puppy faced in front of the world audience. Madam I congratulate you on your oratory skills. I heard you many times over on as many channels where you were featuring. I heard almost every debate that rallied around your speech. I shall not get into the Indian politics of it and the comments made by various politicians. I want to get to the crux of it, that what you achieved at the end of it. I could not get hold of the Paki PMs speech but suffice to say except the usual rant there would be nothing much worth mentioning. I just want to understand that would your speech make any difference in Pakistan’s attitude towards India. Let’s begin here.
Lie and repeat the same lie again is the basic formula being followed by Pakistan. Deny and deny till cows come home about anything and everything is now in their blood for all allegations. So Madam how hard you try to win the hearts and minds of the world actually makes no difference to them. You were telling the world that what we do and how they reciprocate was only to gain some sympathy of the representatives. I can assure you Pakistan “ke kaan par juun tak nahi rengi” (it has had zero effect on Pakistan). I also fail to understand that whichever language you speak, it is the way the Paki’s want to assimilate and interpret it that matters. For the Pakistanis, you may tell them in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu or Pashto; it makes no Goddamn difference to them. A terrorist for India will remain a jehadi for Pakistan. These incorrigible people are not willing to understand it or should I say, it is like “Bhains ke age been bajana” (playing a flute in front of a buffalo).
I heard you saying that we are fighting “Gareebi” in India and Pakistan is fighting with us. My question is that are we really fighting gareebi? Today the common Indian doesn’t know how to run his household and enjoy two square meals. If Pakistan is fighting with us then why are we not fighting back and giving them back in the same coin. What are we waiting for? In this process we the citizens of India are getting more gareeb and Pakistan is getting more head strong. They have decided to bleed India with 10,000 cuts instead of 1000 now.
You talked about IIMs and IITs, yes madam we are producing the best of the products from these institutions. Do you think it makes any impact on Pakistan? Where are the jobs for products of such institutions? We should be bothered about our own economic system, banking system, industries and defence. Why is our growth rate slowing? Why are we continuously draining our economy to keep Pak at bay? Let us study and decide that are we to keep bleeding every day or get healed once for all. Now that the demonetising exercise is over and all money is accounted for why are we still delaying our decisions? Pakistan will not let us live in peace should be clearly understood.
Madam, I suggest that firstly let’s sort out our western borders. In the bargain the army shall relax, Kashmir will return to peace, the jehadi factories will shut down and then only can we concentrate on Indian economy. Internally we have a lot to do. Everyday issues are compounding, from Rohingya’s, to Babas, to university students creating mayhem. List is too long to discuss.
Today I saw on a news channel the way people destroyed all facilities of a civil hospital in UP, from ambulances, to wards, to beds, to pharmacy, to anything and everything because the doctors demanded 1000 bucks for treatment of a child who unfortunately died. Do we realise that we do not need a Pakistan to destroy us. We ourselves are on a path of self destruction. One Baba can let lose his disciples who can create havoc as if a tsunami or a hurricane has passed by. Pakistan enjoys each live telecast and knows now how to rekindle such chaos whenever needed in India.
This is the state of a country which has the second largest population of the world. We are 125 crores, Pakistan is just 20 crores. We have world class educational institutions, they have international jehadi institutions, we have poverty, they don’t care about poverty, we care about world opinion, they care two hoots about world opinion and we react when they act rather than the other way around. We give moving speeches; they listen from one ear and let it pass through the other. We want peace, they have never heard of peace. Why do we have to keep gathering world opinion to isolate them still?
Well, Madam let me not steal your thunder. Talks and speeches are given to those who listen and care for humanity. If India is serious to tackle Pakistan then let us stop having debates on TV as those Paki clowns mock our Indian fabric. We now have to split that country to open four fronts that is Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Iran and India. Madam, we have world class institutions like NDA, IMA and OTAs also. All of us will definitely prove our mettle. Time has come to let the armed forces do some different kind talking with Pakistan to stop its nefarious designs to destabilise us. He scratches our face, he rubs salt in our wounds and we go around the world lecturing, doesn’t gel with me. Will someone explain this to the FM and PM? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!
© Noel Ellis