Remembering Rajiv Gandhi 20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991

As Indians should we be sorry about insulting the memory of Rajiv Gandhi on yet another of his murder anniversaries?

The answers could shock every patriotic Indian.

Readers are requested to go through every inbuilt link to get the full perspective.

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Should the Congress Party that ruled India that is Bharat for over 70 years apologise to former India PM Rajiv Gandhi for posthumously stabbing him in the back?

Was Rajiv ‘sacrificed’ to help the Congress win the 1991 parliamentary elections that clearly triggered his widow morphing into exalted status of the ‘uncrowned empress of India’ from 1992 to 1999 and ‘unconstitutional authority’ between 2004 to 2014? Is that why Sonia had a ‘cosy’ relationship with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – a party whose rule in TN was sacked in 1975 at the behest of the Congress [1] and was the raison d’être for pulling down the Gujral coalition at the centre? [2]

Should the Indian National Congress look over its shoulder to discern the suspicious nature of the meeting between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rajiv assassin Nalini Sri Haran a.k.a. Murugan in 2008?

Should the current National Democratic Alliance regime take a close look at the role of Rajiv’s Widow Sonia Gandhi a.k.a. born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino in the ex-PM’s murder?

Is someone covering up her suspected double agent roles through her links to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and former Soviet Union’s infamous KGB and its later-day incarnations?

Is there much more to Karti Chidambaram’s flight to London to escape imminent arrest and questioning in the matter pertaining to multiple shady deals of amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income?

Are such secrets linked to Harvard don and senior advocate P Chidambaram? 

On this day – May 21 2017, around 8.a.m., in the morning, this website: http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2014/02/chidambara-rahasyam-tsv-hari.html could be clearly seen. It then disappeared and this line appeared in its place: “This website/URL has been blocked as per instructions from Department of Telecommunications of India.”  If this can happen on a Sunday, on Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary, obviously, someone close to P Chidambaram can pull strings within the ministry of telecommunications. Who could that be?

Meanwhile, this writer has picked up the gauntlet and is exposing the nice lawyer even more! https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/the-toxic-chidambaram-smokescreen Let us see if he can block that too!

At this point in time, the plausible answers to all these questions are in the affirmative.

[1]

Operative portions from a Times of India report dated June 26 2014:

“The Emergency in Tamil Nadu can be classified into two phases — before and after the dismissal of the DMK government on January 31, 1976,” said former Madras high court judge K Chandru.

“The President’s rule in the state was draconian. DMK leaders were thrashed in prison,” said Chandru, who was a member of the Justice Ismail Commission, which probed alleged prison excesses during the Emergency.

Senior DMK leaders Murasoli Maran, then MP Chitti Babu, M K Stalin, Arcot Veerasamy and several party volunteers were imprisoned and allegedly beaten up. DMK leaders say while Veerasamy lost his hearing, Maran never recovered from a back injury and Chitti Babu, who bore the brunt of the attack, died in Chennai prison in 1976.

[2]

Operative portions from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

On 30 January 1991, the DMK government which had come to power after winning the 1989 was dismissed by the Indian Prime minister Chandrasekhar using Article 356 of the Indian Constitution. President’s rule was imposed on Tamil Nadu from 31 January. The reason cited for the dismissal was the deterioration of law and order in the state and the DMK’s alleged closeness to the LTTE. The union law minister Subramanian Swamy, cited (among others) the assassination of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) office bearers in Chennai on 19 June 1990 by the LTTE as the proof of collusion between the DMK government and the LTTE. The Samajwadi Janata Party government of Chandrasekhar at the centre was dependent on the outside support of Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress, which in turn was an ally of the ADMK in Tamil Nadu. The dismissal followed pressure on the Chandrasekhar government by the Congress and ADMK to dismiss the DMK government. The Chandrasekhar government fell on March 1991 after the Congress withdrew its outside support. Fresh elections for both the Indian parliament and Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly were scheduled for June 1991.

Divine Intervention – 3 [part II]

The story so far:

Nungambakkam, part of Chennai’s central region witnessed the brutal murder of a young techie – Swathi – in June 2016.

As her killer Ram Kumar too died under mysterious circumstances, the reasons for her killing remain a diabolic mystery.

The short story below is an endeavour to investigate the possibilities that could have led to the killing of Swathi.

Part one of this longish short story was published earlier.

It can be accessed here.

Young Veerabahu was set to arrive in the Nungambakkam railway station platform some 10 minutes later.

I surveyed the scene.

The evening crowd was milling around close to the point where the foot over-bridge touched the ground.

A sizeable number of the passengers were students from the nearby Loyola College – believed to be the best in India – where freedom of thought was/is as important as breathing. Some of them had participated in an ongoing survey to discern the mood of the people – as fresh elections to the assembly were round the corner. Political instability post December 5 2016 – the day Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was declared dead – had led to it.

I listened to the chatter.

A few months ago, reports alleged that the Tamil Nadu Government was functioning as per the diktat of Sasikala Natarajan, currently ensconced in Parapana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore’s outskirts as a convict. Politicians love to say that always law is allowed to take its course. India’s Supreme Court is of a clear mind in such a situation. “Corruption is not only a punishable offence but also undermines human rights, indirectly violating them, and systematic corruption, is a human rights’ violation in itself, as it leads to systematic economic crimes,” it said. Sasikala was punished for offences under sections 13[1][e] and 13[2] of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 read with 120B [conspiracy] and 109 [abetment] of the Indian Penal Code. Rather strangely, none from any political party in Tamil Nadu had approached the courts to sack the regime that took orders from a convicted prisoner then and there on the principle of breakdown of the constitution. Any person in custody would be disqualified from holding any government job. A convict’s fate was even clearer. By publicly admitting that a female jail bird was flinging yolk from her steel nest in another state, a senior member of the cabinet had violated tenets of the constitution,” a girl with a sharp nose and bold voice said.

“There was worse. By itself, the ‘election’ of Sasikala as the general secretary of the ‘ruling’ All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is ultra vires of its own constitution. The so-called election was patently illegal if one goes by the constitution of that party. AIADMK by-laws available in the Election Commission’s website state that the party general secretary can only be declared elected by the political unit’s representatives from all the states – including those from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh plus the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during a specially convened General Council to ‘elect’ a ‘proper’ candidate who ought to have been an uninterrupted member for 5 years. Such an event never happened. It was this so-called election that caused Sasikala’s ‘empowerment’ to be ‘elected’ as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party. So, that was an illegal act in itself. It was the cause for the then CM O Panneerselvam to resign and make way for Sasikala – which also is legally non est. To ram all these unsavoury events down the throats of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Sasikala group had cocooned a majority of the MLAs in a beach resort, allegedly wined, dined and ‘entertained otherwise’ with dancing women. Reports said that all of them were recipients of several million rupees in cash, gold and a lot more. This captive legislators’ crowd had ensured that Chief Minister E Palanisamy survived the trust vote on the floors of the assembly vide violent harangue in February 2017. Since Sasikala’s original sin – in itself was unpardonable – the shameful aftermath could not have the luxury of hiding behind a legal fig leaf of having passed muster in the assembly. Every so called political event after the December 5 2016 demise of Jayalalithaa could be termed illegal,” a Kurta clad young man chimed in.

“The inner contradictions were too much to bear. Now, the AIADMK has ceased to exist as a party. The ‘twin-leaf’ symbol and the name AIADMK were frozen initially on account of the RK Nagar by elections. After the various groups of the AIADMK ended up shaming themselves through the results, the party has little chances of reviving itself. On the flip side, the DMK’s existence is on the basis of hate AIADMK slogan – that keeps its voters interested. Sooner or later the DMK would suffer the same chagrin as the AIADMK. The reasons are simple. There are one too many claimants for the ill-gotten wealth of the party’s leadership mainstays – comprising the members of its leader Karunanidhi’s family. Surveys conducted in the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu revealed that the people want a change … a change for the better from the self-centred politicians for whom only grabbing cash was the only vocational and ‘vacational’ theme. And that would inevitably end in the decimation of regionalism that began in southern India through the separatist Dravidar Kazhagam [DK] and its so-called political offshoot – the DMK,” a somewhat senior student added.

I smiled. The young ladies and gentlemen were on the right track.

At that moment an express train whizzed past on track three moving at 85 km ph northward.

The duty station master or his assistant was supposed to stand on platform 2 holding a green flag or light – to be spotted and acknowledged by the motorman driving the train.

After the passage of the train, the SM ought to inform master signal control that the clickety-clack sounds of the wheels on the tracks were normal and betrayed no derailment danger to the train. The acknowledgement by the motorman or driver was the proverbial feel-good-factor to help the safety of several thousand passengers’ lives in the clasps of his/her hands.

Instead of doing his duty, the person manning the railway platform’s office cubicle was chatting with someone on his mobile phone.

Seated in that console was a person whose demeanour depicted that he was someone in authority. He was flanked by 2 constables from the Railway Protection Force.

“I am conducting surprise checks for ticketless travellers. Obviously some will pay a fine or a bribe to escape. All of us can expect some ‘cash relief’ for the month end,” the ticket examiner in civvies said.

Interrupting his chat on the mobile, the person in charge of the station in white uniform quipped: “Don’t forget my share!”

The RPF men looked a bit nonplussed.

“In these busy hours, the state railway police personnel conduct their own raids … and collect sizeable booty. None of us get any share from that. Worse, they do not cooperate in nabbing those trying to run away,” one constable complained.

“Well, we are not parting with any part of our collection on that count…so one minus one is zero. Accounts are squared. All of us need to supplement our incomes thus in these difficult times. Our salaries are inadequate to maintain our families. We need the cooperation of the local cops when something like that Swathi murder blows. In the melee for audience eyeballs, television channels ignored the simple fact that on that fateful morning of June last year, none of us was performing our duties. And then, none noticed when the RPF and Railway Police beat ran round the mulberry bush on the non-existent issue of jurisdiction… simply to buy time,” the TE announced with a grim finality.

These were signs of systems’ societal decay.

The duty station master coming out every 10 minutes or so while fast trains went past was also meant to keep a wary eye on the passengers in the station and report any suspicious activity. He didn’t care a tuppence about it. Instead of according protection to passengers by incessantly patrolling the platforms as per their job mandates, RPF and state railway police personnel were actively harvesting funds for month-end pecuniary problems. Senior officials were actively collaborating.

I shook my head in disapproval.

Spotting Veerabahu alighting from the foot over bridge, I moved northward.

The slim, slender looking teenager was on the mobile phone – talking to his sister.

“Where have you reached?”

“Crossing Saidapet station,” the girl’s voice said. The kid had switched the hands free button on the instrument.

“I have homework to do. And then I have to prepare for the first semester tests,” Veerabahu protested.

“Is the rowdy waiting outside the station?”

“I actually wasn’t looking. But, what can I do if he turns violent? We need to ask pa to move home… to somewhere close to where I work,” the lass grumbled.

“What about pa’s job at the EB? What about my school? My whole life will be spoiled!”

“Would it be alright then if someone spoils and soils your sister? What kind of a brother are you?”

Veerabahu looked uneasy.

“You better come fast. I am waiting!” He cut the connection and rolled his eyes skywards in sheer exasperation.

“Why is God not around when we need him? Rowdies, crowded cities, rising prices, police apathy, scolding school teachers, difficult syllabus…”

As is the wont of youngsters, Veerabahu grumbled.

Aren’t you Damarla Veerabahu, little Swati’s younger brother?”

My question startled the boy.

“How do you know me?”

Every Friday, your sister Swathi is in the forefront of the palanquin bearers – carrying the idol of Shukaravaara Amman in the Aghastheeswarar temple nearby. I remember you because you once wanted to help your sister…but the priests forbade you from touching the palanquin, as it violates the temple rules. I see you offering prayers in that temple regularly.”

The boy looked closely at me and espied an old man with a kind face, dressed in a white Indian shirt and trousers. The salt and pepper facial and pate hair disarmed him.

“What is your name?”

Most persons in this vicinity refer to me as Agathi!”

“A very strange name, I would say,” the boy said thoughtfully.

It is the shortened form of a very famous sage – Agasthya. Some persons translate the name from Sanskrit as ‘mountain thrower’. The Tamil meaning denotes a person who has realised his inner self. In Tamil, Agam stands for a home. ‘Thiyan’ refers to a householder … who ensures the well-being of the home’s inhabitants. In a nutshell, if one goes by the Tamil meaning, every male is an Agathi … or Agathiyan. The sage Agasthya was a diminutive man. By the Sanskrit definition he could throw a mountain. It only implies that determination can cause any person to complete any superhuman feat. There is an entire city block in Kanyakumari district – called Agastheeswaram. Some 400 km off Kochi – in the Arabian Sea – there is an island called Agatti – the virtual capital of Lakshadweep archipelago. Finally, the temple you visit every Friday with your sister – is a shrine for Agastheeswarar. Hence, it is not such a strange name.”

The boy giggled.

“So what do you want from me?”

The boy pertly asked the question abruptly.

“Oh, I have no needs to be fulfilled by anyone. I only grant favours, more often than not, without anyone asking for it … completely free of charge. You and your sister have a problem in the form of a young unruly male tormentor. He follows your sister somewhat threateningly. Probably, you are here to accompany young Swathi home… because she feels safer with you around. But, you are not at all comfortable with the idea of facing the rowdy. Suppose… I give you a little formula to defeat this rowdy and thus prove that you indeed are really Veerabahu … the brave-heart with strong protecting arms. That is without any risk and no sweat. Will you be interested?”

The boy was puzzled. His confusion showed on his countenance.

“I am no Jackie Chan … and cannot hope to fight and win a grown up man who pumps iron in gyms.”

“Jackie Chan does those choreographed fights only in the films. There is a scene in a movie featuring a one minute shot where Jackie is shown as getting killed by Lee in Enter the Dragon. Bruce was his idol and Chan tells anyone willing to listen to him that he loved losing to his idol and did a lot of play acting to retain the sympathetic attention of the then more famous man. More seriously, the movie Enter the Dragon has a scene featuring Bruce Lee – teaching a little boy how to win a fight with a grown up man – without actually fighting. You could actually do it. It is very simple. I could help you win,” I informed the child.

“But, why would you do that?”

“Because… I love helping people. It is that simple. Come closer, I will teach you the trick. You can try it out tomorrow itself! And don’t worry. If something goes wrong, I will be around… to help you.”

The boy came closer.

“Is this absolutely free? No hidden tricks or charges?”

“None at all, my young friend, you can be sure.”

I then began telling him a simple trick. I took leave as the EMU steamed into the terminal.

I knew that the girl Swathi would frown at Veerabahu talking to strangers. But, that was par for the course.

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Indian Police Service [IPS] officer Nar Bahadur Thapa was posted to the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Chennai Unit in its northwest outskirts as southern India’s regional head. It was a ‘punishment’ posting. A set of corrupt men who controlled the vigilance and anti-corruption wings of the Central Bureau of Investigation had wanted Thapa out of the way.

Of Nepalese extraction, Thapa had the tenacity of bloodhounds that never let go a sniffed criminal at wrong end of an invisible but ‘smellable’ trail.

That evening, his table had 2 bulky files of criminals – linked to drug trade from across the Palk Straits – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north and northeast, whose tentacles snaked into the innards of India’s various cities, and also into the innards of around 50 national capitals spread all over the globe.

The profits were enormous.

At its little known, obscure procurement points, prices of drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana was as low as Rs.50 per base unit. But, when sold in the retail ‘open air markets’, their prices ballooned 50,000 times. The methods of the underworld were becoming more sophisticated than those of the cops – and this was a worldwide malady. The resultant ill gotten wealth was round-tripped and pumped into legal economies – to push real estate prices skyward. India was no exception.

Real estate was the safest venue to park black funds – as very few could every actually measure the profit margins.

Thapa had done the hard work.

An acre of land with a legal floor space index [FSI] of 3.5 in the outskirts of Chennai or for that matter any city in India ranged between Rs. 2 and 4 crores. Each acre has 43,500 square feet on the ground level as its ‘carpet’ area. When multiplied by 3.5 – the allowed amount of FSI – the price of undivided share of the proposed built up area ranged between Rs. 133 to Rs.263 per square foot. Costs of building huge blocks of flats ranged around Rs.1000 per square foot. In a nutshell, builders spent around Rs.5 lakhs for a 500 sq ft flat and sold it for Rs.25 lakhs. Burdened by other factors of the global meltdown, big time mainstream media outlets winked at this racket. There was a method to this madness. Builders’ networks splurged money on full page colour advertisements – often occupying the first three pages of newspapers besides sponsoring hours and hours of television time.

The operators of this huge sinister machine also bankrolled political parties. In some states, political parties’ sections actually owned and ran the racket. The sinister game drew sustenance by cannibalising its own assets. Some of the real estate defaulters’ flats were used as dens to peddle drugs and then discarded whenever some “untoward” event happened. Often such “events” were “rave” parties catering to the spoilt rich brats and also to draw more potential victims into the concentric vortex of drug addiction and peddling. The victim owner of such a den – soon declared as an erstwhile owner – would be flung to the wolves as a drug trafficker. The whole racket suited only wrongdoers and rendered them richer after every deal – botched or otherwise..

A ‘foolproof’ system had been hammered into place to run this evil empire. It was done vide the creation of a network of agents employed by private and foreign banks that had begun lending money in India at usurious interest rates since the turn of the millennium.

The grey market of ‘collection agents’ was a good source of information to identify future victims to be fleeced and/or raped and/or prostituted.

‘Minor’ funding began with credit cards and ‘personal loans’. The dues amounted to a few thousands of rupees. Usurious interest rates ensured indebtedness. Before long, a vast section of the middle-class was in the thrall of these sophisticated moneylenders. Those who deferred paying on time were catchment areas of potential victims. Rowdies from the dregs of society worked as ‘collection agents’ and provided vital info. Those amongst these gangs that were smarter than the rest slowly levitated towards the drug distribution. Thus began a database of persons who be preyed upon to buy ‘dream homes’ engineered to default to turn such residences into nightmares – only to be repossessed and sold to other similar victims.

The operation was a large scale one.

While in the CBI, Thapa had been assigned the task of identifying the shady methods of foreign banks, their lending patterns and recovery methodology. At the start of his probe, he had stumbled on to the world of pricey auditing firms which violated every known law in every nation possible and yet retained the veneer of respectability. One such firm is Pricewaterhouse Coopers [PwC].

A minor cog of this giant machine, Sengodan had committed the cardinal sin of ‘leaning on’ Pachaiappan – nicknamed ‘patch-boy’ amongst a small group of friends for recovering credit card dues. Pachaiappan was the son of Duraisingham, a head constable who worked for CBI. The young man had apparently used the rectangular piece of plastic during a new year’s party in a 3-star hotel. The bill had come to Rs.26K. Patch-boy’s pals promised to pool in the money to square the loan off. But, the sharing of the financial load actually never took place.

Without knowing the antecedents of his victim’s father, Sengodan began sending threatening messages to Pachaiappan. Usually, credit card and finance companies avoid 3 categories of individuals viz. Journalists, lawyers and police officials. The avoidance is explained away with a two-word term: “negative profile”. Secretly the movers and shakers in this rat race admit that discovery of the workings of their racket is their big fear. The bigger fear is journalists, lawyers and cops using the instrument of blackmail to clean the wrongdoers out, aver the men and women at tertiary levels of this game. The bitter truth is stranger. Those who never deserve a single rupee manage to net billions of rupees and are allowed to not only default but also helped to escape the laws of India under everyone’s noses. 

Before long, seeing his son listless most of the day, the cop accessed the SMS from his son’s mobile.

Duraisingham sought the advice of his superior officer.

Holding the rank of Inspector General, Thapa merited a landlubber bosun. Duraisingham performed that task admirably in Chennai.

So, when the hapless minion approached his boss for saving his son, the IG – then looking after various high profile cases from Delhi for the CBI’s southern operations, Thapa realised the potential and pulled the young man’s chestnuts out of the fire and began watching the gang of ‘recovery agents.’ That endeavour had landed the strange fish – Sengodan.

By keeping tabs on Sengodan, Thapa had traced most of the racketeers and identified their modus operandi. That was when he suspected something else – the presence of a vigilante group of IT professionals functioning beyond their work-station borders to identify ill-gotten funds parked abroad. As he had begun taking an interest in the activities of several young men and women, one of them – a Brahmin girl aged 24 – Swathi – had been brutally killed in mid 2016.

When others above him found out Thapa’s focus, they got him transferred – virtually on punishment. But, being pushed to the wall, Thapa had decided to fight. And that fight had led to his unearthing the huge racket whose minor loose end was Sengodan. The big time players were builders and architects working from flashy offices.

Thapa looked at the clock in his office.

It was close to 7 p.m.

Pressing his buzzer, he summoned Duraisingham – who had levitated to the NCB along with his boss.

“We may have a major job to do, tomorrow, to end rackets of youngsters’ tormentors – like the man who had harassed your son,” Thapa said.

“Sure sir,” the orderly said.

“I have been tracking the mobile of this person called Sengodan. He lives in Choolaimedu area but does his trade in OMR. It seems he is also stalking a girl Swathi – like someone else had chased her namesake last year. What makes the whole thing interesting is the qualification of this girl and her core competence area. She is a code breaking ethical hacker. I suspect that last year’s dead Swathi was one as well.”

“Did the other girl – the dead Swathi do the same thing and was she killed on that count sir?”

Duraisingham asked the question at the spur of the moment in total innocence.

“I have a strong suspicion that she was,” Thapa enigmatically said.

-to be continued

Divine Intervention – 2

India’s legal system has almost reached a point of no return – describable as perversion of the worst kind.

Power attained through corrupt means ensures that ill gotten wealth is retained by the obviously guilty individuals and institutions.

Frustration and anguish are the only words that spring to mind when justice is delayed and denied.

The Kargil war of 1999 has come back to haunt India’s conscience – through a video statement released by a 20-year-old college student Gurmeher Kaur.

The video has become the rallying point for slanging matches between the right and left wing political types – hailing and/or vilifying young Gurmeher.

In this verbal melee, the supreme sacrifice of brave soldiers like Captain Mandeep Singh, Gurmeher’s father, who laid down his life in 1999 somewhere in India’s northwest tip, is getting tossed about needlessly. It has now turned out that Captain Mandeep was killed by terrorists in Kupwara, 170 km from Kargil!

The 7 years’ old  Adarsh Society scandal, with its macabre connections to Kargil immediately springs to mind. The scam had surfaced in 2010. India’s mainstream media [MSM] had cried itself hoarse over it. The stinking stigma has stuck to the names of some of the nation’s top politicians, bureaucrats and many more of the richest individuals of India that is Bharat. All these ‘worthies’ had shamelessly robbed Kargil martyrs’ widows [1] [2]. Petitions and counter-petitions in this imbroglio have led to a web of legal deceit. The cases are still in limbo. The chances of the cases’ attaining a proper closure are remote.

In 2004, a fire tragedy in a school in the southern state of Tamil Nadu had devoured the lives of 94 innocent children studying in a primary school.[3]

The real relief for the anguished parents who lost their loved ones can never come. The piddly “compensation” helped the perpetrators take rest cures in prisons. Many of them have moved higher courts seeking relief and release.

There are no connections between the events listed above in real life. So, a poignant fictional link was artificially created to wake up patriotic Indians’ slumbering consciences.

Given below is an updated version of a short story penned in 2011.

Justice Advait Aher of India’s Supreme Court summoned his trusted stenographer Kaatyaayani Khandelwal to dictate his ruling in a school fire tragedy matter that had killed 94 school children in Tamil Nadu – a southern state some 11 years ago.

Exactly 94 children – most them little girls had perished in a devastating conflagration that had spread due to illegal thatched roofs in a building unfit to be a school, locked collapsible gates meant to prevent children from cutting classes which ensured their painful death and a rather callous teaching staff who had no pity or any feelings for the children. 

The criminally culpable school management had managed to hire the best legal brains money could buy in India’s capital New Delhi. An appeal against the ruling of the Madras  High Court that had sent them to prison had been filed in the Apex Court.

The judge knew that the appellants were guilty as sin for mass murder. But, numerous holes in the police investigation and the shoddy conduct of the case in the lower courts had been thoroughly exposed by Chatturbhuj Daryanaani – one of India’s senior most and smartest criminal lawyers. 

The portly stenographer walked in carrying her shorthand notebook and her mobile phone – something she used to record the dictation of her boss as a kind of back up.

Ever efficient, she did not believe in getting her boss to correct her mistakes by hand on a typed draft.

Recording the audio of what you dictate will aid its verbatim transcription without typos Sir,” she had said the first time when she had brought the gadget into his room.

“Morning, Kaatyaayani!”

“Sir…er…er…”

Aher was surprised.

His stenographer had never hesitated to say anything before.

“Go ahead, Kaatyaayani. You want take an off today? I can always dictate the judgement tomorrow.”

“No sir, it is not that. I will switch on my mobile phone that contains a recorded conversation given to me by a friend who is researching into things termed supernatural. Please hear it before pronouncing the verdict. It will take some 7 minutes. The narration is totally offbeat in nature. I know you never believe in such things. But, do listen. It is a sincere request. Thanks.”

Without a word, she flicked on the play button and began walking away.

The way a young voice began surprised Aher.

Ouch…ooh! It’s paining Amma!

Better learn to bear pain, Jambu! You are born as a girl, you know!

I had hurt myself on the knee while playing.

My mother always called me Jambu – the shortened version of Jambukeshwaran – that ought to have been my name had I been born a male.

I had been named Jambakalakshmi.

My parents always had wanted a son.

I keep hearing my mother telling all our relatives that that sons get money into the family when new brides come home with a lot of dowry – whatever that means – and daughters are only expenses.

We have to be dressed beautifully, married off with a lot of presents and cash for our future even if we have a job and all, my mom adds to the end of each conversation.

Somehow, I feel unwanted at home.

The doctor auntie told me the other day that Amma will soon be giving birth to my sibling.

I hope it will be a brother.

But, the pain is unbearable. I feel my leg is on fire, Amma!

Don’t worry, darling! A little coconut oil and turmeric powder on your wound will make it go away in a day. But, you should be more careful. Supposing you get scars from wounds, it will be very difficult to find a good husband for you. Now, now! Don’t cry, please! It is just a small wound on your knee.

Sometimes, I do not understand whether you are comforting the child or mouthing misogynistic statements!

My father, an officer in the Indian army, loves me more than my mother. He sometimes scolded her because my mother said something which my father thought wasn’t right.

His words comforted me more than mom’s turmeric mix.

Dad spends most of the time guarding our country in a place called Siachen – somewhere in north India.

He came home yesterday afternoon after six long months.

Just before I was tucked into bed yesterday, he said it was very cold out there.

The temperature, most of the time, hovers around minus 25 degrees Celsius, Jambu. The mountainous surroundings are beautifully white in a cloak of fresh snow, but the cold leaves an unpleasant feeling. One of my friends recently died while urinating in the open. Apparently, the salty liquid waste froze in an upwardly direction when he relieved himself without protection. Somehow, the cold always gets into our feet despite our wearing the correct dress, shoes, woollen socks and a lot more.

So how do you manage the cold, Appaa? How do you sleep at night?

The human mind is all powerful because it is given by God. It can do anything. The blankets, smokeless fire, sleeping bags and a lot of other equipment, for some strange reason other, allow the cold to enter our bunkers all the time. High altitude fighting involves psychological warfare. My commanding officer lieutenant colonel Simranjeet Singh Chibber taught me a trick which always helps me relax.

How?

Whenever the cold is so unbearable, I imagine that I am at home – here – where most of the year, it is unbearably hot. The imagination takes over and the mind, with some concentration, makes my physical body forget where I am. Slowly, I feel comfortable. The discomfort returns only upon being jolted when gunfire erupts.

Can one forget one’s cold by just imagining the heat?

Yes. And the opposite is also true. You can forget the heat by imagining the cold.

But I have never been to Siachen…because you have never taken me there.

Not a place for young ladies, darling! But, you have been to the nearby hill station Kodaikanaal many times! Supposing it is very hot somewhere, just imagine you are there without a blanket. Sometimes, you may feel cold enough to ask for one!

You are joking!

I am dead serious!

I tried it out. 

The green Kodai hills swam into view revealing the hat lifting and suicide points besides – the snapping, whistling wind.

Suddenly I felt cold.

The wound no longer hurt.

It was miraculous!

Amma broke my reverie.

Come on Jambu! You are getting late for school.

At school, as usual the teacher was scolding some of us, including me.

I put the trick to use again.

By thinking that my grandmother was narrating a funny story, I even began to smile.

The nice feeling was cut short rudely when I began smelling hot smoke.

A moment later, I saw it coming from the first floor of our school.

The teachers sternly ordered us to stay put.

I began teaching my trick to as many of my friends as possible.

Many began giggling.

Suddenly, as the fire burst through the roof. All of us were scared. The trick stopped working.

The stair-case was very small and narrow.

But, we could not use it because the collapsible gate outside our classroom on the corridor that led to the exit downstairs was locked as always.

The princi does not want as to escape from school and play truant.

So the exit is locked and can only be opened by the watchman uncle.

Perhaps he has gone for his cup of tea and Beedi smoke.

Some of my friends passed out.

The actions of the fire brigade breaking open the ventilator – the only one in the room caught my attention.

I called out to the firemen and helped them locate us through the thick smoke that was blinding them and us.

I think I managed to help many of my classmates.

The firemen uncles scolded me.

Charity begins at home, young woman!  Save yourself first!

The sari of my class-teacher who had asked us gruffly to stay put was on fire and she was screaming.

Even as she was being rescued, I fainted.

When I surfaced, I felt a burning sensation all over my body.

I used the trick again and began feeling comfortable.

So far 91 children have perished. I am afraid you daughter will add to this tally, major!

Is it paining too much, Jambu?

My father’s kind voice felt like a cool balm.

No Appaa! Your trick is working fine. Where am I?

You are in a government hospital, getting treated for burns.

Oh!

I lost consciousness again.

My father’s kind touch patting me on the head woke me up.

I found him crying.

Major Krishnan, your daughter has only a few more minutes to live. Nevertheless, please don’t tell your wife who is here in the neighbouring maternity ward as I do not want her to go into a shock and worse.

I did not understand why doctor uncle looked so worried.

Suddenly I felt a very pleasant breeze and very light.

I could see a girl’s burnt body in a completely singed dress…upon close examination, I recognised myself from the red ribbon that held my pigtails.

Your presence is required in the maternity ward. Please, hurry up!

The voice was gentle.

How can I come? I am here!

That was just your body. Your mother has developed labour pains. It is time for you to become your own younger brother Jambukeshwaran.

I do not understand this. And more importantly, can you find someone else to be my brother please? I really wish to stay back here with my friends now and later, play with my younger brother!

Your existence on earth was not supposed to end now. Further, you have an important task of informing the truth of what actually happened in your school today to some important person in your next birth because your current physical condition now does not allow you to continue as the currently known Jambu. Soon, you will be a Jambu again…this time…a male. Come on, child! Let us go.

I had a final look at my friends. Sadly I will never see them again here…or in the place called heaven.

The judge slowly wiped his tears.

He knew what to dictate for the two cases for which he had reserved the judgements earlier.

The first was of course, that of those seeking to end their incarceration for killing 94 innocent children.

The second one involved what Aher perceived as an insult to the memory of the martyrs of Siachen over the years.

Faulty equipment meant to prevent seepage of the effects of chilling snow and betrayals in the Indian defence ministry had killed several army personnel without anyone being the wiser.

Worse, a massive building with 31 floors meant for their widows and children that had come up in New Delhi’s fashionable Defence Colony was being misused and abused by self-seeking, well-connected, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

With a grim expression, he pressed the buzzer to summon Kaatyaayani Khandelwal to dictate two landmark judgements.

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Operative excerpts from a report published in The Hindustan Times:

Close to a thousand soldiers have died guarding Siachen since the army took control of the inhospitable glacier in April 1984, almost twice the number of lives lost in the Kargil war.

In 1999, Pakistani aggressors occupied strategic peaks in the Kargil. The operation to push them back cost India 527 lives.

Almost a fifth of the casualties were linked to enemy fire before the November 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan.

The remaining deaths were because of nature’s fury, accidents and medical reasons.

Figures show 997 soldiers, including the 10 men from Madras Regiment, have died on the glacier over the past 32 years. The military casualties include 220 men killed in firing from the Pakistani side..

On the glacier, soldiers deal with altitude sickness, high winds, frostbite and temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

[2]

Operative excerpts from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

The Adarsh Housing Society is a posh, 31-storey building constructed on prime real estate in Colaba, Mumbai, for the welfare of war widows and personnel of India’s Ministry of Defence. Over a period of several years, politicians, bureaucrats and military officers allegedly conspired to bend several rules concerning land ownership, zoning, floor space index and membership get themselves flats allotted in this cooperative society at below-market rates.

Unearthed in November 2010, the scam led to the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, to resign.

In 2011, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said, “The episode of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society reveals how a group of select officials, placed in key posts, could subvert rules and regulations in order to grab prime government land – a public property – for personal benefit.”

In January 2011, the Maharashtra government set up a two-member judicial commission to inquire into the matter.

The commission was headed by retired High Court judge Justice JA Patil, with NN Kumbhar acting as member secretary. After deposing 182 witnesses over 2 years, the commission submitted its final report in April 2013 that highlighted 25 illegal allotments, including 22 purchases made by proxy.

The report indicted four former chief ministers of Maharashtra viz. Ashok Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil. Other accused include 2 former urban development ministers Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare, 12 top bureaucrats and controversial diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

The Khobragade tale’s visa fraud side has a sinister flipside if viewed from the latest context of President Trump threatening to deport illegal immigrants in the US of A.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are currently investigating allegations that three former chief ministers of Maharashtra – Sushilkumar ShindeVilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan – were involved in the scam.

Sadly, justice will never be done in the Adarsh matter, reveals a report by Shalini Nair in The Indian Express, dated January 2011.reveals a report by Shalini Nair in The Indian Express, dated January 2011. Operative excerpt:.

From the time land was allotted to Mumbai’s first IAS officials’ housing society — Lalit in Cuffe Parade [in the vicinity of Adarsh] in 1965 — all plum government plots have always been given to societies whose members were officials with crucial postings

Here is a complete list:

Lalit Society: Includes ex-chief secys P D Kasbekar, L D Lulla, R D Pradhan and ex-law secy Bobby Dalal [located in south Mumbai, within a 1 km radius of the secretariat].

Buena Vista Society: Members are Union cabinet secretary (retd) S Rajagopal, retired chief secretaries K B Srinivasan, S Ramamoorthy and D K Afzalpurkar, senior IPS official K Padmanabhan

Samata: Justices C S Dharmadhikari and Y V Chandrachud

Shalaka Society: Meant for government buildings but transferred to society whose members include former chief secretaries Arun Bongirwar and Ajit Nimbalkar, former BMC commissioners Sharad Kale and J D Jadhav

Dilwara Society: Members include late CBI director M G Katre, retired DGP P S Pasricha, former Anti-Corruption Bureau chief S K Iyengar and retired Mumbai police commissioner Ronnie Mendonca

Charleville Society: Members include former municipal commissioner K Nalinakshan, ex-urban development secretary L Rajwade, retired IAS officer Yashwant Bhave, IAS official Ramesh Kanade

The above residential societies are located in south Mumbai’s Nariman Point – which virtually abuts the secretariat and the legislative assembly.

Priya Society Former chief secretaries D M Sukhthankar and N Raghunathan

Sagar Tarang Society: Former police commissioners Satish Sahane, M N Singh, Julio Ribeiro, R S Sharma, S K Bapat, Hassan Gafoor and A N Roy.

Praneet Society: Land meant for government buildings given to society, with former chief secretary R M Premkumar, former additional chief secretaries Ajit Warty, Navin Kumar, Ashok Khot and Awadesh Sinha as members

Aseem Society: Built on government land in Worli, its members include State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan

The above residential clusters are located in Worli – where some of the richest persons in India’s financial capital live. Till recently, Peter Mukherjea and Indrani Mukherjea lived as husband and wife in this very area. They have been accused of killing Indrani’s daughter through an earlier marriage – Sheena Bora.

Amaltas Society: This land meant for government buildings houses about 150 senior officials, including retired additional chief secretaries Jagdish Joshi, Manmohan Singh and Ravi Bhargav, former information commissioner Suresh Joshi, former principal secretary V K Jairath, former CIDCO managing director G S Gill

This building is located in Juhu, northwest Mumbai – also sometimes called the Beverly Hills of Bollywood. It has residences of the Bachchan clan, Jeetendra, [father of young female movie mogul Ekta Kapoor] and some of the real estate belonging to the late Yash Chopra, the legendary filmmaker.

Pataliputra Society: Former chief secretaries Johny Joseph, V Ranganathan and J P Dange, Urban Development (II) secretary Manukumar Shrivastav, former MMRDA commissioner T Chandrashekhar

This building is located in Lokhandwala, currently the space from where most of Bollywood operates. It encompasses the production house that belongs to Shah Rukh Khan.

Nyay Sagar and Renuka societies: This residential complex is home to many sitting judges of the Bombay High Court and politicians. The list includes the son of former Union home minister Shivraj Patil, his secretary Sudhir Khanapure, former chief secretary P Subramanyam, former Urban Development secretaries D T Joseph and Ramanand Tiwari and Nitin Kareer.

[3]

Operative portions from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

On 16 July 2004, the fire tragedy occurred on thatched roof structure of the school. The school started at 9:15 a.m. and during one of the breaks at 10:30 a.m., one of the girls noticed the fire and alerted the teacher and the news spread to other classes. The fire sparked from the midday meal kitchen thatch and spread to the upper level, which also had thatched roofs and spread rapidly. The narrow staircase had sundry materials that prevented exit of children. The staircase was also located close to the kitchen. The kitchen did not have gas stoves and fire logs were used for cooking. The school was overcrowded, having 900 children in its rolls. The thatches and the supporting bamboo poles caught fire and fell on the children and also blocked the exit.

The total toll read: 94 children dead.

The state government deputed a committee under Justice K. Sampath to inquire into the circumstances and causes leading to the fire accident on 20 July 2004. The committee assumed office on 1 August 2004 and was constituted with expert members Dr. Rani Kandhaswami (Former Principal, Lady Willington Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Chennai), S.K. Saxena (Fire Officer, Madras Atomic Power Station, Kalpakkam), K. Vijayan (Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai) and P.A. Annamalai (retired Head Master).

The committee was given a timeline of four months, but extended for four times and it was able to finally complete the investigation on 30 June 2005. The investigations found out that the school was not inspected by the educational official for three years. The fire officials reported that the building laws were not followed as the school had a thatched kitchen and classroom roof, had no emergency exits and it was a “death trap”.

The committee found out that the major reason for the heavy casualty was the false tactics of the management to bring the other two school students to the aided primary school to mislead the inspecting authorities about the student-teacher ratio. The management was held responsible for the whole accident. The report pointed out that the teachers were not trained in disaster management and the prohibited thatch structure was close to the classrooms. It also stated that the schools had inadequate exit facilities and had no firefighting capabilities. Pulavar Palanichamy, the owner of the schools, was reported to have used his political clout and coalesced with the municipal and the revenue department officials getting the permits for the schools. Vijayalakshmi, the noon meal organizer and also the teacher of the English Medium school, was held accountable for not performing her duties of taking safety precautions. Vasanthi, the head cook lighted the oven in the absence of her assistant, Sivasankari, who usually lights it. There was contrasting reports on whether Sivasankari was present in the school during the event. The Tahsildar of Kumbakonam Taluk, Paramasivam, was reported “dishonest” for granting licence under the Tamil Nadu Public Buildings (Licensing) Act, 1965 to the school. The chartered engineer Jayachandran was also held dishonest of giving stability certificate to the building without visiting the school once. The additional assistant educational officer, Madhavan for allowing the school to run without recognition for 6 years. Sivaprakasam, the assistant elementary education officer, was held accountable for allowing Madhavan, who was not competent to allow permit to the school. Balaji, the deputy education elementary officer was accused of carelessly passing the papers signed by Madhavan. The local health officer r Dr. Sivapunyam was accused of giving false sanitary certificate to the school. Annadurai, a friend of Pulavar Palanichamy was accounted for advising circumvention of rules. Pingapani, the deputy educational officer, who inspected the high school, did not show interest in learning that the same campus had a primary school acting beyond rules. The other officers who were earlier responsible for permitting the nursery school against the rules during 1999, namely, Shanmughavelu, Sethuramachandran, Chandrasekharan and Dr.Palanivelu. The Deputy elementary educational officer, Durairaj and assistant elementary educational officer, Balakrishnan, were held less culpable for knowing about the thatched structure and the exaggerated attendance, but not initiating any action.

The accident was the one of the four major fire accident in the state following the Brihadeeswarar Temple fire on 7 June 1997, when 60 people were killed, Erwadi fire incident on 6 August 2001 that killed 30 mentally challenged people and fire at a marriage hall on 23 January 2005 at Srirangam where 30 people including the bridegroom were killed. A private school building collapse in a private school in Madurai during the 1950s killed 35 girls and injured 137 others.

The trial of the case started after a long delay on 24 September 2012 in the Thanjavur district sessions court. The case had 21 accused and had 488 witnesses that included 18 children affected in the accident. The headmaster, Prabharan and three others turned approvers.

A total of 17 people were chargesheeted in the case and were set to face trial. The seventeen included Pulavar Palanichamy [the school’s owner], his wife and correspondent of school Saraswati, three teachers, six officers in the education department (elementary), the Kumbakonam municipal commissioner, town planning officer and four assistants in the education department. The education department officials were accused of negligence of their duties and the lower level officers for conspiring with the officials for obtaining and renewing the licenses. The three teachers were accused of showing negligence shown towards rescuing the children.

The trial was concluded on July 17, 2014. On July 30, 2014, Thanjavur district sessions court sentenced school founder Pulavar Palanichamy to life imprisonment and fined Rs 51,65,700. Palanichamy’s wife and school correspondent P Saraswathi, headmistress J Santhalakshmi, noon meal organizer R Vijayalakshmi, cook R Vasanthi were sentenced five years imprisonment. Officials in district elementary education office, officer R Balaji, his assistant S Sivaprakasam, superintendent T Thandavan and assistant G Durairaj were also sentenced five years jail. Total fine of Rs 52,57,000 was imposed and ordered the compensation of Rs 50,000 to parents of each victim.

A higher court cleared charges of 12 accused, including three teachers, six education department officials and two municipality officers.

An October 2016 report in The Times of India adds:

The Madras high court ordered to provide Rs 5 lakh each as compensation to the relatives of 94 children who were charred to death in an inferno at Krishna English Medium School in Kumbakonam The court had appointed judge Venkataraman to look into claims of the victims’ parents.

Is India’s Supreme Court Being Manipulated by Sinister, Criminal Bankers?

Is India’s Supreme Court being manipulated to suit evil designs of criminal wrongdoers – with special emphasis on the nation’s banking woes?

“The Judiciary is at loggerheads with the political establishment in a one upmanship game. But we need transparency and accountability in both institutions, not just Parliament,” is a comment published in the Times of India in September 2016 – some two months prior to the demonetisation move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Supreme Court asked the central government to reduce the inconvenience of the people of India, saying “you cannot have surgical strike” against the common public. “You (Centre) can have a surgical strike against black money but you cannot have surgical strike against the people of the country,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, pointing to the long queues at banks and ATMs within days of the demonetisation move by the Modi regime, a report in the website jantakareporter.com quoted the judges as saying on November 15 2016.

But, is the Apex Court doing its duty to curb the relentless acts of India’s worst criminal banker TM Bhasin – that seek to destroy India’s financial sector? The man has been left untouched since May 2016, despite a matter having been filed in July 2015.

The case of Vigilance Commissioner and India’s only criminal banker TM Bhasin is curious to say the least.

Operative excerpts from a report published in The Times of India in May 2016:

The Supreme Court issued notice to the centre over a petition challenging the appointment of former banker TM Bhasin as Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

Bhasin , who is a former chairman and managing director of Indian Bank, was appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in June last year by the Selection Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.

According to reports, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a letter sent on in June,2015, to render Bhasin’s appointment null and void on the grounds of “moral turpitude”. Swamy had cited correspondence which revealed a previous CVC had recommended departmental action against Bhasin.

Swamy was referring to a 2011 complaint against Bhasin for allegedly “deliberately tampering” with the appraisal of a subordinate.

The earlier CVC had recommended that Regular Departmental Action should be initiated against TM Bhasin.

Since July 2015, the Supreme Court is seized of a serious matter against Bhasin.

Excerpts from averments in the public interest litigation [PIL] being heard in the Apex Court against Bhasin:

Bhasin was indicted in a detailed inquiry by the Central Vigilance Commission in 2013 for forging and tampering with appraisal report of Malay Mukherjee– a former General Manager of the Indian Bank.

The Central Vigilance Commission recommended action against current CMD of Indian Bank – TM Bhasin as early as August 2013 asking the Union Finance Ministry to comply.

Operative excerpts:

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought action against Indian Bank CMD TM Bhasin and former ED V Ramgopal for “high-handedness, arbitrariness and manipulation” of appraisal reports of Malay Mukherjee, a general manager in the bank, with a view to deny him a promotion.

The CVC also sought action against Shreya Guha [currently Secretary to Kalyan Singh, Governor, Rajasthan], a director in the ministry, for lapses in conducting enquiry against Bhasin and Ramgopal.

Seeking regular departmental action (RDA) against the two top-raking Indian Bank executives, CVC had told the finance ministry that Mukherjee’s performance for 2009 had been reviewed by the then ED A S Bhattacharya and M S Sundarrajan, who was then the CMD of the Chennai-headquartered bank. Bhasin and Ramgopal were not required to appraise Mukherjee for 2009-10 as he had not worked with the two executives, the report adds.

Despite this, Bhasin had “managed to get elected” as the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association in 2014!

The missive from former Union Minister and currently senior member of the ruling party Dr Subramanian Swamy was strongly worded. It had been sent to the Prime Minister on 11.06.2015. It stated that charges against Bhasin were “very serious” and that the recommendation of the selection committee to appoint Bhasin as VC must be withdrawn on two grounds:

The first: “The finding of moral turpitude by CVC of Bhasin makes him unfit to keep the position of Vigilance Commissioner.

The second: Bhasin had allegedly collaborated with the nation’s enemy Dawood Ibrahim to ruin Bank of Baroda and thus destroy the Indian financial system.

Bhasin’s target in late 2014 had been reputed banker SS Mundra, who retired as one of the deputy governors in the Reserve Bank of India [RBI] recently. Bhasin had wanted the post Mundhra was scheduled to get as Bank of Baroda was larger and the position was more prestigious.  Bhasin had reportedly managed to keep Mundra waiting for several months.

Mundra’s elevation to RBI became possible after Dr Kamalesh Chandra Chakrabarty – another ex-Indian Bank head quit his RBI post 3 months ahead of schedule. Having spent most of his years in BoB, Chakrabarty has an impeccable record as a banker.

Bhasin took charge as the VC on June 11 2015.

In recent times, the Supreme Court has slammed the financial sector – with special emphasis on RBI.

“RBI is supposed to uphold public interest and not the interest of individual banks. We have surmised that many financial institutions have resorted to such acts which are neither clean nor transparent. The RBI in association with them has been trying to cover up their acts from public scrutiny,” said a bench comprising Justices M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan.

According to official RBI communiqués, the total write-offs in the 133 scheduled banks in India include a huge chunk of technically written-off accounts. The trotted out reason is: “After technical write-offs, there is no incentive for banks to pursue recovery.”

Rs. 1,14,000 crores worth ‘bad loans’ have been technically written off during the last 3 financial years (2012-13 to 2014-15). The write-offs exceed the previous nine years’ dubiously written off debts.

Of the total bad loan stock of Rs 4,43,691 crores in the banking industry, between 65-70 percent is linked to the corporate sector.

According to official RBI communiqués, the total write-offs in the 133 scheduled banks in India include a huge chunk of technically written-off accounts. The trotted out reason is: “After technical write-offs, there is no incentive for banks to pursue recovery.”

“We have to go after corrupt bank managements as well as corrupt promoters. There is no doubt that we need to do it. We do not have enough teeth. There are these promoters who have diverted funds. “Diverted fund” is a euphemism. I would say plainly that they have stolen the funds, and we cannot go after them. It takes too long,” so said Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of RBI, who is ill-disposed towards the demonetization process and is the blue-eyed boy of ace criminal lawyer P Chidambaram.

Even as all this was happening private sector foreign banks have ‘sold’ their bad debts of small borrowers to private banks in India. The buyer of such debts is a private bank – Kotak Mahindra. It has begun hounding those hurt by the financial downturn, despite its acts being in-congruent with India’s debt recovery laws.

If one takes a close look at how Satyam Computers morphed into Mahindra Satyam, one’s hackles would be raised!

Bhasin’s current protector-in-chief is Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley!

Removing Bhasin ought to be child’s play for the President of India on the basis of the above. Operative excerpts from the relevant rule book:

Subject to the provisions of sub-section (3), the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner shall be removed from his office only by order of the President on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity after the Supreme Court, on a reference made to it by the President, has, on inquiry, reported that the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner, as the case may be, ought on such ground be removed. The President may suspend from office, and if deem necessary prohibit also from attending the office during inquiry, the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner in respect of whom a reference has been made to the Supreme Court under sub-section (1) until the President has passed orders on receipt of the report of the Supreme Court on such reference. (3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the President may by order remove from office the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner if the said Central Vigilance Commissioner or such Vigilance Commissioners is and/or are involved in offences of moral turpitude.

[Emphasis added]

Excerpts from CJI TS Thakur’s thoughts on the functioning of the Apex Court:

The Constitution tells us that what would be the works to be done by the government. It has fixed the duties and responsibilities for judiciary, executive and legislature. “The judiciary has been given the duty to keep a watch that nobody crosses that limit. Any order which is against the Constitution, judiciary can set it aside to maintain the rule of law.

The obvious scofflaw Bhasin is being simply overlooked by the judiciary – and surprisingly even by the President – Pranab Mukherjee. Both have the powers to initiate action suo motu.

Yet, it hasn’t been done. Both Bhasin and his saviour Shreya Guha have been left untouched.

It is a matter of public knowledge that Bhasin is a favourite of FM Jaitley.

Jaitley also happens to be a senior lawyer whose spheres of influence encompass many rooms in India’s Supreme Court.

Jaitley’s utterances have embarrassed the PM on the demonetisation endeavour.

Banking sector is yet to rise up to the challenge of making life of the suffering common laity simpler. The likes of Vijay Mallya, of course make merry beyond the borders of India.

So, should India’s Apex Court judges look at themselves in the mirror and ask: “are we being manipulated to suit evil designs of criminal wrongdoers – with special emphasis on the nation’s banking woes?”

The real reasons for Modi’s absence from Parliament

Will the Government of India admit the real reasons which forced Modi’s hand to demonetise high value currency notes on November 8 2016?

Answer: Perhaps not.

Why?

Answer: Because the involvement of top officials of the Reserve Bank of India would expose India’s smelly financial underbelly.

Was the sinister connection between Pakistan’s inductions of counterfeit notes into India capable of destroying India?

Answer: Yes.

Did Islamabad and its shady links with criminal firms have a bearing on Modi’s November 8 2016 sudden demonetisation announcement?

Answer: YES!

Why is the opposition forcing Modi to reveal the truth?

Answer: The real answers could destroy the financial fabric of the nation – which is what Pakistan and other enemies of India want. The opposition seems to be acting at their behest by going hammer and tongs at the short-comings of the demonetisation move that flushed out the fake currency in one swift move!

India’s National Security Advisor [NSA] – Ajit Doval is said to be in possession of details of perfidious activities within India that could have [notice the past perfect tense] ruined Bharat’s economy.

Must read: https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/are-indian-oppositions-honourable-men-and-women-out-to-kill-bharats-neo-caesar-modi/ 

Due to the sudden demonetisation, presses run and maintained by the Karnataka based Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India, are working overtime to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

According to the company’s own website, the presses are the latest in ‘state of the art’ technology in bank note printing. One of the companies that supplied machinery at its Mysore site is De La Rue Giori, now renamed KBA Giori, Switzerland.

That is where the sinister portion begins.And that is also why Modi cannot expose his own central bank’s smelly crannies.

In January 2016, the Indian Express reported that the Indian Home Ministry had barred a German company, Louisenthal, from selling bank note paper to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after it discovered that the firm was also selling raw notes to Pakistan, according to a senior official. Operative excerpts:

“We have proof that high-quality fake Indian currency notes are being produced in Pakistan and pushed into India through Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The availability of a common supplier could be one of the reasons behind such high-quality fake notes,” the official said.

Representatives of Louisenthal refused to comment when asked about its links with the UK-based De La Rue, which had been banned by the RBI after having come under the scanner following admissions of supplying paper that had “failed to meet certain quality specifications”.

India had sought help from the US, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last September, in tracking countries where bank note paper used to print fake Indian currency is manufactured.

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At least five cases were reported last year of Pakistani nationals being arrested in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and UAE with consignments of fake Indian currency notes.

The unholy links of these firms was known all along to the Government of India, says another website. Operative excerpts:

In 2009-10, the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] raided some 70-odd branches of various banks on the India-Nepal border and unearthed a counterfeit currency racket. Bank officials blurted to CBI sleuths that the notes had come from RBI. As a result, CBI raided RBI vaults and found a massive cache of Rs 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination notes that had been smuggled by the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI into India.

In 2010 the Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU), was shocked to find out that the Government had outsourced the printing of Rs 1 lakh crore of currency notes to US, UK and Germany putting the “entire economic sovereignty (of the country) at stake”.

The 3 companies to whom the Indian currency printing was outsourced are American Banknote Company (USA), Thomas De La Rue (UK) and Giesecke and Devrient Consortium (Germany).

Following the scandal, Reserve Bank sent a senior official on a fact-finding mission to De La Rue‘s printing plant in Hampshire, UK.

A third of De la Rue’s profits did not include profits earned through new contracts – that encompassed sale of 95% of its security paper sold to many nations among whom India and Pakistan are important ones, was the prima facie finding.

As a result, De La Rue was blacklisted by the government with 2000 metric tonnes of its paper lying unused at printing presses and warehouses.

De la Rue’s CEO James Hussey who is the godson of the Queen of England quit the company mysteriously. De la Rue’s shares tanked and it almost went bankrupt losing one of its most valuable customers – RBI. Its French rival Oberthur approached De la Rue with a bid to take over the company which was fought back.

The complaints sent to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) by ‘unnamed officers of the Ministry of Finance’ mentioned other companies too. These include French firm Arjo Wiggins, Crane AB of USA and Louisenthal, Germany.

The scandal had just surfaced under the United Progressive Alliance government. Rather ironically, the potty ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh proverbially termed the NDA kettle black!

Part of De La Rue was acquired by Privet Capital that prints and processes bank notes of 106 nations in May 2016.

Operative excerpts from a relevant press statement: Privet Capital, a private equity investor focused on creating value through operational improvement, acquired Cash Processing Solutions Limited [CPS] and its subsidiaries from De La Rue.

CPS specialises in providing cash processing hardware, software and related services to central banks, commercial banks, state print-works and commercial cash processing companies. Its sorting solutions process 125 billion banknotes per annum from operations in 106 countries, supported by a team of over 500 people.

De La Rue announced a windfall on November 22 2016.

De La Rue announced that it will continue to print currency at its factory in Malta. The company has been working in Malta for over 40 years and last year announced that it was creating a Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta, as part of a global investment of €33 million in equipment, factory upgrades and skills.

The facility at Malta is the World’s largest commercial printer of both banknotes and passports. The announcement came on the back of a solid business performance by the firm. Martin Sutherland, the firm’s CEO confirmed that the move was designed to provide the flexibility to meet current and future customer requirements.

‘We have refined the implementation plan for our Global footprint to give us a better blend of outsourcing with a more flexible in house production capacity, and as a result will be keeping the remaining banknote print line open in Malta,’ a company press release revealed.

Contrary to previous intentions, De La Rue will not be reducing its workforce and will not be offering further voluntary retirement schemes, the statement added.

Malta is one of the global centres of diabolically sinister financial activity.

In his report, journalist MK Venu [1] in 2015 – wrote the chilling words: Tax havens like Mauritius, Malta, Bahamas and the Cayman islands still operate in non-transparent ways”.

The nature of the scofflaw nature of Malta can be guessed with one simple yardstick. One of its new citizens is Lalit Kumar Modi – the man against whom India’s official ministry claims to have issued Interpol’s red-corner-notice.

The UN is aware of such developments – with a savage twist – terrorism – since 2004!

Excerpts from the relevant UN report:

The United Nations Questionnaire on the Nature of Links between Terrorism and other Forms of Crime” was sent to Member States pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 58/136, adopted upon the recommendation of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and ECOSOC, on “the need to strengthen international cooperation and technical assistance in promoting the implementation of the universal conventions and protocols related to terrorism within the framework of the activities of the UNODC”.

The resolution invited Member States to provide the Secretary-General with information on the nature of links between terrorism and other forms of crime  and to comment on whether terrorist groups’ modus operandi.

India reported that terrorist groups are involved in organized criminal activities of various kinds, including arms trafficking, money laundering, corruption, trafficking in persons, and drug trafficking.

In India, specific instances have come to the attention of the authorities regarding the financing of terrorist acts and the use of informal money transfer systems such as the hawala system. India reported that such underground banking systems have substantial links with the underworld and money laundering channels which, in turn are linked to terrorist activities.

Important links between terrorist financing and economic crime were funded by counterfeiting of currencies. Fake Indian currency notes have been systematically used by terrorists to finance their activities in India. Organized crime groups have also contributed to the circulation of the forged currency in India and abroad. India reported that there had been cooperation between organized crime groups and terrorists for a long time, but that a significant new development on this front was the fact that organized crime gangs and terrorists outfits had begun to work “in consonance”. There are numerous instances of the involvement of organized crime 27 gangs in terrorism. The attack on the U.S. Information Centre, Kolkata (January 2002) is an example of such collaborations.

[All emphasised portions are by the author]

[1]

M.K. Venu is a Founding Editor of The Wire. As an active economic and political writer, he has held leadership roles in reputed newspapers such as The Economic TimesThe Financial Express and The Hindu. He has written extensively on economic policy matters for over a quarter century after India opened up its economy in 1991. He also wrote regular political economy columns on the edit pages of The Economic TimesFinancial Express and Indian Express over the past two decades. He hosts a regular political-economy discussion called ‘State of the Economy’ on the national public broadcast channel RSTV. He has also been invited by Parliamentary Committees to give his views on public policy matters. He is on Twitter @mkvenu1.

Are Indian Opposition’s Honourable Men and Women Out To Kill Bharat’s Neo Caesar – Modi?

Aren’t the opposition parties and paid media knaves’ knives attempting to maim India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi finding tacit support from within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party?

Does the single fulcrum uniting the anti Modi movement led by marginal leaders of the otherwise fractured opposition to protest his trashing high denomination currency notes have no sinful and/or ulterior motive other than helping the suffering middle-class?

Are all the opposition parties saying in unison that they too are for against black money, mouthing the truth?

Have peoples’ seemingly incessant hardships reached the threshold of an uncontrollable nationwide chaos as being stated by the opposition?

The answers to all the above queries are – anyone can discern – could only be in the form of the two letter word NO. Yet, PM Modi is going overboard to ‘convince’ the masses through Whatsapp interactions.

Why should Modi do this when a clear disconnect between the people and the parliament has been established by the combined acts of the discredited opposition? Anyone in India can see and hear that no worthwhile business has been transacted during the ongoing winter session of parliament! 

Yet, spokespersons of the BJP are – mixing fact, facetiousness, sarcasm, innuendo and irony pointing out the following ‘acts’ of the opposition to alleviate the sufferings of the masses in support of their star-vote-catcher:

  • Besides stymieing parliament’s functioning, the opposition has proposed a roll back of the demonetisation, extension of the time frame to exchange old notes and augmented supply of currency notes in distribution points.
  • To achieve these honourable ends, the opposition pursued the following ‘proactive’ steps:
  1. Parliament’s functioning was stymied with demands that have so far changed some 6 times. This includes Modi’s replying to questions by being present in the house, despite its not being incumbent upon the PM.
  2. The likes of Rahul Gandhi mingled with the public queues outside ATMs, apparently, to understand the masses’ angst.
  3. Chief Ministers of Delhi and West Bengal –Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Bannerjee respectively demanded to know details of the new currency notes’ distribution from the national capital region [NCR] offices of the Reserve Bank. In this endeavour, they blocked the traffic within a 1 km radius of Parliament.
  4. The left parties raised questions in Parliament – and have even announced intentions to be on the same page as their political foe – the ruling Trinamool Congress [TMC] in the major north-east state of Bharat. They narrated a count of those who dropped dead while standing in queues outside ATMs.
  5. The combined opposition even disturbed the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who read out a statement regarding a mishap that had claimed over 150 lives. That was a loud and insensitive insult of the innocent dead souls.
  6. Those aggrieved by the money cleansing move of Modi filed petitions in various High Courts and a special petition was filed in the Supreme Court. In its wisdom, the Apex Court asked the government to speed up measures before riots happened. That sentence was enough for the opposition to point to the ‘impending riot situation on a nationwide scale.’
  7. “Cash delivery trucks were looted in Kashmir and in Pune,” was the only news item sign of the ‘riot like’ situation. But then, such heists happen all the time.

In a word – the threat of a countrywide unrest has proved to be an empty one.

Anyone with basic knowledge of governance could dismiss these above deeds producing zilch to lessen the sufferings with less than the proverbial guffaw.

Various aspects of the demonetisation step were exposed in my earlier blogs. Their links:

The ruling BJP is repeating ad nauseam that the opposition is likely to lose its heavy cash stash due to the demonetisation move.

If that is the only reason, the matter can be handled easily by the second rung leadership of the BJP.

Yet, Modi is pitch-forking himself into the fray.

Possible reasons:

Conservative estimates place normalisation some 3 months later.

Modi is fighting with his back to the wall against fire from his own flanks. And it isn’t the Shiv Sena of Maharashtra. The snipers are from within the BJP itself.

Shakespeare said thus in Julius Caesar:

The evil that men do lives after them

The good is oft interred with their bones.

Modi had been warned long ago – even before he took oath of office – to be precise – on May 16 and 17 2014 to be wary of those around him:

The links:

http://bharata-bharati.tumblr.com/post/85873597731/narendra-bhai-beware-of-enemies-around-you

http://tsvhari.com/template_article.asp?id=1016

With criminal intent, Google killed all my blogs by cancelling my Gmail account. Therefore, some of the links within the above blogs will narrate the legend ‘blog not found’.

Operative excerpts:

Frustrated ambitious men and women will do anything to gain political power.

Who and why would someone want to eliminate Modi?

There are many within the Bharatiya Janata Party itself who would not stop at anything to get Modi out of the way. Such men and women could be instigated by one woman – Edvige Antonia Albina Maino – also known as Sonia Gandhi.

My above blog was published on December 18, 2010.

Within 3 weeks, Sonia’s controller in Pakistan – Salman Taseer– the very man who could physically blurt out the truth– who was then in a gubernatorial post – was murdered in cold blood – by his own bodyguard Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. Murders of Taseer and Indira Gandhi in 2010 and in 1984 respectively had one common denominator – Sonia Gandhi.

Taseer had introduced the Au Pair girl Sonia to Rajiv in the sixties – in a restaurant in the United Kingdom. Then Sonia was trying to learn to speak English to get employed as a waitress.

All those who could have exposed Sonia about her role in the Bofors payoffs have ended up dead.

The first to be killed on February 28 1986 was Swedish Prime Minister Sven Olof Joachim Palme. He is bound to have known the Bofors secrets. The Palme murder is still an unsolved mystery. His so-called killer was charged with murder, but released. The assassin – Carl Gustaf Christer Pettersson – died under mysterious circumstances recently when he was ready to spill all the beans.

The second Swede to lose his life was Palme’s political disciple Bernt Wilmar Carlsson, who perished in the Pan Am jet bombing in Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21 1988. Carlsson was scheduled to succeed Palme in the party. The Swede was doing important jobs for the United Nations to stop war mongers in their tracks in Africa.

The men who were accused of the guilt for over a decade by the West – two alleged Libyan terrorists – believed to be close to Tripoli villain Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi–were freed. The dictator was later trampled to death.

Bofors’ MD Martin Ardbo, and the middlemen Win Chadha and Ottavio Quattrocchi – who ought to have known who paid what and to whom – died of natural causes.

Rajiv Gandhi himself– who probably knew who benefited or had been the beneficiary himself– was murdered in 1991.

The Congress is still in denial about the details of not only Rajiv’s murder but also the elimination of the terrorist who ordered the cold blooded murder – V Prabhakaran.

Further details can be found in these blogs:

There are simple explanations to these.

The elections since 2014 have proved that the successors of the Nehru Gandhi clan – Sonia and Rahul Gandhi – are no longer the vote-catchers they once were. Hence, Congress party’s clown prince is putting up a brave front, with feeble one-liners against Modi. However, reports indicating that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra could lead the campaign in UP betray the sorry state of the mother-son duo’s waning clout.

In a few months, the state of Uttar Pradesh will go to polls.

Till the other day, it did seem that former CM Mayawati had the opportunity of coming to power in UP.

The party with chances better than the rest of the pack – post the demonetisation – in UP – is the BJP. The dead giveaway of this possibility is Mayawati’s relentless attack on Modi’s regime post November 8 2016. The ongoing fratricidal feud within UP’s ruling Samajwadi Party could ensure its defeat at the hustings.

The demonetisation sob stories are off the national media’s radars now.

If the thinning of the queues outside banks and ATMs have succeeded in turning the opposition parties’ party into a damp squib, the border incident wherein Pakistan soldiers left Indian brave-heart’s body mutilated on November 22 2016 have poured water on the proposed anti-demonetisation stir of the opposition – that could prove to be colder than Kashmir valley’s bitter winter’s ice on the Dal Lake.

Modi’s popularity began climbing after the first ‘surgical strike’ leaving 4 Pak army camps across the borders in tatters.

Then came the second one – called the ‘surgical strike’ against shady wealth. It turned the opposition’s paper treasury caches into sheaves of worthless paper.

Finally short-sighted Pakistan has left itself open to the sucker punch by its misadventure across the border which could lead to the third surgical strike that could inflict heavy casualties on the enemy.

Yet, Modi cannot afford to remain complacent.

Modi doesn’t need enemies from beyond the BJP. He has a well-endowed one in the form of Arun Jaitley.

Undoubtedly, the PM is India’s neo Julius Caesar.

Modi had been warned long ago – even before he took oath of office – to be precise – on May 16 and 17 2014 to be wary of those around him.

India has a fairly long list of potential Caesars.

The first two: Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose.

Lal Bahadur Shastri would rank the next. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi – though not exactly in the Caesar mould – are certainly the nation’s martyrs..

The current Nehru-Gandhi clan is trying to profit from each of these murders.

Shakespeare said thus in Julius Caesar:

The evil that men do lives after them

The good is oft interred with their bones.

Will India Inc Forget Demonetisation Woes Thru Jaitley’s Raids On Zakir Naik’s IRF & An Arms’ Dealer Sponsored Concert?

India’s media savvy Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has perhaps succeeded in creating a sideshow by pretending to lynch Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Since July, the Finance and Home Ministries have twiddled their thumbs over the issue.

The Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and other departments that report to India’s Jaitley have begun conducting raids on Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation [IRF].

As it did in July this year, the sudden interest on Naik may yet prove to be nothing more than a storm in a beer tankard sold in south Mumbai’s watering hole – Metro House!

Is the proposed ‘impending action’ against Islamic hate-monger Zakir Naik – a diversionary tactic to drag attention away from the current anger of the public against the demonetisation?

The answer: Probably, yes.

What purpose would the diversion serve?

Answer: It would succeed in attracting people’s attention towards an inbuilt hatred against a faith called Islam. Its basic tenets have nothing in common with terrorism. But, persons like Zakir Naik [better suggestion for a name – Shaatir Naalaayak – meaning clever scoundrel] besmirch the reputation of Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Unto Him].

Of course, the exercise would drag the angst and anger of the people of India that is Bharat away from the demonetisation travails.

How sure can one be about this tactic working?

India’s financial capital Mumbai is witnessing theGlobal Citizen Concert.”

The concert’s syndication is handled by one Shiv Khemka, a notorious arms dealer with a shady past with all sorts of connections with Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Shiv Khemka is more Russian than Indian, one would be led to believe by reading a short profile on the group in Business Today:

The disinvestment process is what drew us more to India,” says Shiv Vikram Khemka, Executive Director. “’We have a 20-30 year perspective for India.”

The Khemkas fancy their chances because of the success they’ve met with in the disinvestment process in Russia: Out of 35 bids, they succeeded in 27. The Khemkas aren’t revealing the PSUs they’re targeting, preferring to only identify the sector they’ve identified: oil and energy.

Shiv Khemka is an open supporter of Arun Jaitley.

His tweet in September 2016 [reproduced verbatim below] clearly shows where his loyalties lie: Swamy’s statement against FM @arunjaitley and about tax laws is totally irresponsible.

Economic Times stated that while Russian Helicopters (RH) is in talks with a handful of possible Indian partners, the lead contender happens to be the Gurgaon-based Sun Group, reported a website in May 2015. Operative excerpt:

As per insiders, the group may get a significant share of the deal, which might cross a whooping amount of $700 million. RH is likely to produce at least 200 choppers in India. Vice-Chairman and founder of Sun Group Shiv Vikram Khemka has been a non-executive director on the board of RH since 2011 and has already set up a helicopter division. He is likely to be involved in the ‘Make in India’ project.

While the Sun Group did not respond to a detailed questionnaire sent by ET, company officials said things were at a preliminary stage and it was too early to comment.

But according to sources, Sun Group was also an offset partner for RH in a previous competition to supply light choppers to the army, a process which was cancelled by the government last year.

The financial capital will also soon forget another little thing it ought not to – the dreaded date called 26/11.

An excerpt from the relevant report in The Indian Express dated November 19 2016 told the bitter truth:

The concert Global Citizen is taking place just before the eighth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and speaks volumes about the spirit of Mumbai — the show must go on.

The 26/11 show’s villains are still in Mumbai, enjoying life, cocking a snook at the law and left untouched by the cops – despite their being up to their ears in black money and involved in anti-national activities of the worst kind!

Here are links exposing shady sides of the ongoing show:

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/did-indias-gossip-column-journo-sinh-commit-suicide/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/maharashtras-bjp-slur-khadse-in-a-vain-shadow/

The irony is best expressed in the song penned by the immortal Hindi lyricist Shailendra for the 1962 Devanand starrer Asli Naqli [True-Fake].

Yesterday’s wealth, today’s joy,

The courts of the rich

And my impoverished alleys

You should be asking me

As to which one is true

And which is the fake!

Breaking relationships

Traditions

I have arrived amidst those with kind hearts

I can tell you there is no strength in the rich

The world of pelf didn’t care for me

The globe’s poor showered love on me

I sat on my imaginary palace’s throne

Sighting an Utopian global peace

Yet

Yesterday’s wealth, today’s joy

The courts of the rich

And my impoverished alleys

You should be asking me

As to which one is true

And which is the fake!

Indians are being fooled again – by the clever Jaitley – who is running with the bad-dogs and also running alongside the hound – Modi!

India’s paid press will surely make merry.

The evidence from the recent past is too fresh in the memory!