This is just not acceptable. Period. Everyone has a right to voice his/her opinion in a functioning democracy. There should be zero tolerance for any kind of violence. How can anyone slap someone just because this person is expressing his personal views on a subject? This is ridiculous - Stupid jerk and Prashant Bhushan . What is making me restless is how come I am not angry enough on this incident? We have become so immune to such behavior, injustice, corruption that I wonder if we can ever get rid of such ridiculous things from our country. I am out of ideas. Let me know if you have ideas on how I can show my rejection to such stupid doctrine.
I applaud Prashant Bhushan to keep his composure and sticking to his opinions and beliefs. I wonder what we can do to end this mis-guided, mis-placed patriotism. This false sense of jingoism should be eradicated. Enough is enough.
R K Misra wrote another great article on Times Of India. I have been thinking of writing a similar article when I heard Nandan Nilekani highlighting that 2009 elections are different since these elections are based on 2001 census. The 2001 census shows that a larger chunk of Indians now stay in urban areas. Hence there are more urban seats in this election. People like you and me, who always thought that Indian government is elected by the uneducated village voters is no more true. We have a bigger say now! There are 120+ seats from urban areas out of 543 seats in these elections. So please vote and make a difference.
Urban middle class can impact Lok Sabha polls - excellent article by R K Misra
I just received this post from ChangeIndia founder R K Misra. Looks like a great initiative. I always wondered why Amul is not getting replicated across India. Looks like someone is taking the initiative! What do you think? Leave comments.
“A DREAM TAKES SHAPE !
R K Misra returns to his roots with his ‘Agri PLUS’ project to ransform the lives in his village of Sonari with a plan to spread it across ‘Rural India’.
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Sonari (UP): In the midst of bright yellow mustard fields, Sonari is he sort of anonymous, sleepy village in central UP where a boy alling off a tree can become a talking point. But on Sunday, as cars with flashing red lights poured in, everyone seemed to know this could be a turning point in the hamlet’s story.
They were right. Sonari, the ancestral village of Lead India winner R K Misra, became the launch pad of a cooperative dairy that could improve thousands of lives. The project is being funded by the Rs 50 lakh that Misra received for winning Lead India along with his contribution of land and funds.
Last February, asked during the Lead India finals to outline a dream project, the Bangalore-based Misra spoke of his desire to improve the quality of life in his impoverished village. His plan to set up a dairy cooperative was initially derided by the judges as ‘thinking small’, but he won them over by pointing out that focused spending of the prize money would significantly improve lives.
Since then, the 43-year-old used the experience of setting up companies like Tenet Holdings and traveljini to plan the project. Even while attending a leadership course at Harvard University, part of the prize for winning Lead India — a nationwide talent hunt by TOI to give India better political leaders — the thought dominated his mindscape.
“The course had 58 top politicians and bureaucrats from 34 countries like the Serbian sports minister and Nigeria’s Speaker. I was the only one who was neither politician nor bureaucrat. The experience was extremely enriching because it gave me a great bird’s eye view of developmental challenges around the globe,” he says.
Now, Misra is back, and bustling with enthusiasm about his scheme, named Agriculture Plus. According to him, the average rural income is about Rs 1,500-1,800 per month whereas an unskilled migrant labourer in the city can earn around Rs 3,000. “But he just gets a harder life and loses his dignity,” he says.
The initiative seeks to increase the income of unskilled rural villagers, alongside their agricultural occupation. This, he believes, will not only ensure a better life but also arrest migration.
The scheme’s inspiration goes back to a similar project in northern China in the 1950s and 60s. The dairy cattle will be owned individually but managed collectively. The cross-breed cows will be kept in a state-of-the-art farm with the best feed management, immunisation and health practices. At least 30 villagers have already signed up.
Misra, who has helped execute major road projects across Bangalore, wants the project to be replicable and become a shining model of public private partnership. “I want the scheme to have private sector efficiencies and spirit of enterprise. But the real test will be its scalability. However, I am confident it can be achieved with PPP,” he says. The Rs 50 lakh prize will be spent on fixed asset infrastructure and livestock, and for working expenses as well.
Misra has already linked with UP’s Saghan Mini Dairy Project, active in 40 districts. Mohan Swaroop, the project’s GM, says he’s willing to provide technical assistance like installing a bulk milk chilling plant, worth Rs 13 lakh, that can store 2,000 litres. “We want Sonari to become a centre of excellence for dairy development,” he says.
The project will start off with 40 cows, expected to double by end-2009. “We hope to grow further every two years,” says Misra, who earlier worked on a project that helped carpet weavers in Rajasthan’s Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts double their income. He adds, “The dairy will employ another 10-15 people who will each earn Rs
2,500 per month.”
M K Narayan, Sitapur’s district magistrate, said that a cluster of nine villages around Sonari could become part of an integrated development plan.
Sonari’s villagers, primarily Brahmins and Dalits, are enthusiastic. Of the 300-odd families here, most are marginal farmers or farm labourers. “Our village didn’t even have a pucca approach road. But the dairy project could herald the beginning of change,” said villager Ram Kumar Tiwary. Fellow villager Siyaram, a Dalit who has also queued
up to join the cooperative, said, “Several other Dalits too want to join.”
The mood is infectious. During the foundation ceremony, attended by around 500-odd villagers, many from nearby villages also strayed in. Some wanted their village to host a similar project. Telling them it will happen soon was little consolation. Chhote Lal of nearby Jagannathpur said, “I want to join today.”
Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section “49-O” that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn’t want to vote anyone!
Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called “49-O”.
Why should you go and say “I VOTE NOBODY”… because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received “49-O” votes more than 123, then that polling will be canceled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them. This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way of our whole political system… it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a law to the public….
Please spread this news to as many as you know… Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India … show your power, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than voting… so don’t miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this info on…
Friday morning saw India losing one of its most gallant police officers in a terrorist encounter. It all began when the Delhi police was tipped off about terrorists in Jamia Nagar. Mohan Chand Sharma, Special Cell Inspector led the encounter at 11 am. Over 30 rounds were fired in the encounter. The terrorists were prime suspects for Ahmedabad, Delhi and Jaipur blasts. Two terrorists, Atif alias Bashir and Sajjad were killed.
Unfortunately, Inspector Sharma suffered three bullet injuries. The wound to his abdomen proved fatal. Eight hours after the encounter started, the nation lost this valiant officer. leading the encounter. He fought for his life as doctors of the Holy Family Hospital performed an operation to save him. But, eihght hours after the encounter began, he breathed his last.
Mohan Chand Sharma was a decorated police officer. He had been awarded 4 president medals and three other police officers. He had killed over 40 terrorists in different encounters. “We have lost our best man,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh mourned.Â Earlier, Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal described Mohan Chand as “one of our most brave officers”.
Let us all join hands in paying tribute to Inspector Sharma and convey condolences to his bereaved family.
a) National Carriers (Airlines and private bus operators) can not just cancel flights/buses and put passengers in misery. If they do, they have to provide them a place to stay until they find an alternative arrangement for the travel or reimburse them with the going fare to travel to the destination. I have experienced this twice with SpiceJet and it was a terrible experience. I do not want to hear the reasons for the delay. You are in the business and you need to add those delay risks in your schedule and tell me the actual ‘expected’ time.
b) Autos can not ask for more money for carrying passengers to a place within municipal limits. Autos can not deny to go to any place with in municipal limits.
c) Police can ONLY manhandle if :
- There are two independent witness
- The person has more than one criminal/corruption cases file against him
- There is a proper warrant against the person
Police CANNOT abuse or manhandle a person otherwise. If a cop does this, the person can file the complaint and the action will be taken within one week!
d) All the results of PILs must be published in ALL national dailies on the last page covering 1/4th of the page for at least two days in succession.
e) Public roads CANNOT be used for political rallies or private functions (Religious festivals, marriage processions etc).
f) No more than 5 cars can be used to give security to politicians.
- The procession cannot be carried in peak hours (morning 8pm-11pm and evening 4pm-8pm). No road can be blocked for more than 10 minutes.
g) Increase the traffic violation fees by more than 5 times. Make every cop accountable to some minimum amount they need to recover from every month in penalties. Give them 25% of the excess penalty as bonus. Do the same thing for raiways, traffic inspectors and all similar services.
h) Reduce the airline, train and phone quota for politicians, government employees. The service can not be extended for more than 3 family members (Spouse and 2 children). All facilities to have a cap of 10% of the salary as upper cap.
i) I should be allowed to do whatever I want, where ever I want. Freedom of expression. No more moral policing!
New India, lots of jobs… like US, lots of money… like US, Busy schedules… like US, lots of TV Channels… just like America, Pizzas, burgers, multiplexes, pubs, discotheques, fancy clothes, designer wears, lots of booze, wines, amusement parks, .. all like US.. few more things that come as part of this “inclusive growth” are children shootouts in school.
What is wrong with us? Are we so fast in catching up in all the wrong things with US? Do we really need that screwed up western education methods for primary schools? Add to this that we have developed these fancy schools where the buildings are air conditioned, earthquake proof, holidays in Europe, prom nights and what not. We see kids spending hundreads of rupees and time on cafe coffee days talking about sex, booze and smoking. Is this what we are giving our future generation?
I want to write much more on this topic but I am just too depressed by this news. I think we need to copy one more thing from America. We need to copy the phrase “God bless India”!