Will Kejriwal face criminal charges based on Shunglu panel report?

April 6, 2017

Shunglu panel points out ‘gross abuse of power’ by Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP govt

DELHI Updated: Apr 06, 2017 07:33 IST

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The Shunglu Committee flagged decisions, including the allotment of land to the AAP for its party office, appointment of minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter as “mission director” of the Delhi State Health Mission and a number of purported AAP functionaries as “advisors”.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

The three-member Shunglu Committee, formed by the then lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, has pointed out “gross abuse of power” by the Arvind Kejriwal government in its report.

The report was submitted by the committee to L-G Jung last year, but it surfaced on Wednesday even as the Congress announced to make it public on Thursday noon. The party accessed a copy through RTI.

While Jung had recommended a few inquiries based on the committee report, he had refused to put it in public domain.

The committee was formed by Jung soon after the Delhi High Court on August 4 last year stamped the L-G as the city’s administrator.

In the report, the committee flagged decisions, including the allotment of land to the AAP for its party office, appointment of minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter as “mission director” of the Delhi State Health Mission and a number of purported AAP functionaries as “advisors”.

While AAP government functionaries refused to comment on the development immediately, both the Arvind Kejriwal government and AAP leaders had in the past questioned the ‘legality’ of the committee.

The report observes that the genesis of the conflict lay in an April 2015 order issued by Kejriwal to all the departments.

It directed officers to take decisions without consulting the Lt Governor on all subjects that have been transferred to the Delhi Assembly under Article 239AA(3)a of the Indian Constitution.

The panel said the decision to allot land to the AAP to build a party office should be considered “null and void” and also questioned the allotment of residence to DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal.

The report that runs into over 101 pages deals with decisions, including appointment of certain individuals as advisors to the government, taken by Kejriwal and his Cabinet where it had no authority do so and without the LG’s concurrence.

“In pursuance of the directions of the CM in April 2015, it became the practice among ministers not to obtain the approval of the LG and to provide approval at their level,” it said.

Among other issues, the report raised questions on the government posting officers to the Anti-Corruption Branch, its decisions on transfer and appointments of officers, foreign travel undertaken by ministers without the LG’s sanction and appointment of lawyers.

In an interview to a news channel after he quit as Delhi L-G, Jung had said that Kejriwal may face “criminal charges” over irregularities found by the panel.

With PTI inputs http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/shunglu-panel-points-out-gross-abuse-of-power-by-aap-govt/story-cKEz8joGhHLIjKbMfDTiPO.html

Jai Shri Ram in Bengal. Bamboo Mamata fumes.

April 6, 2017


Roar in the name of Ram

– Sword-wielding marchers power saffron shows of strength, Mamata issues warning

Supporters of the Ram Navami Udjapon Samiti take out a procession carrying weapons in Birbhum. (Dwijodas Ghosh)

April 5: Bengal today gaped at the unfamiliar sight of sword-brandishing, saffron-clad men, women and children marching down the streets to celebrate Ram Navami, prompting chief minister Mamata Banerjee to warn against the appropriation of religious festivals and symbols.

The RSS claimed “peaceful” participation of at least six lakh people in 200 processions – a display of might without saffron precedent in the state.

From processions with swords, spears and bows and arrows to bike rallies festooned with saffron flags, the shows of strength ruled the roads in numerous pockets of Birbhum, Burdwan, Nadia, East and West Midnapore, Darjeeling and Malda.


In Calcutta, the Sangh parivar outfits took out 22 rallies. Slogans of Jai Shri Ram and Har Har Mahadev rent the air as the processions wound their way through Bhowanipore, Dunlop, Garia, Kidderpore and New Town.

The RSS, which deployed pracharaks to power almost all rallies organised by outfits such as the Hindu Jagran Manch and the Ram Navami Udjapon Samiti, expressed “overwhelming happiness” at the “spontaneity” with which people stepped forward to celebrate the occasion.

“Despite stiff resistance from police and the authorities, the people made it happen. Over this Ram Navami, a popular awakening has taken place in Bengal,” said Bidyut Mukherjee, RSS prant pracharak (regional in-charge) for south Bengal and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Asked why the awakening had not taken place till last year, Mukherjee attributed the change to growing “frustration” among sections of the people because of the Trinamul regime’s alleged politics of appeasement.

Although the RSS denied it, sources in the BJP state committee said the show was also the logical fallout of the electoral sweep in Uttar Pradesh, which has revitalised efforts to widen the presence of the Sangh in Bengal ahead of the panchayat polls next year.

Mamata did take note.

The chief minister, who began her day by extending Ram Navami greetings on social media, started her address at a public meeting in Bankura with best wishes for the occasion but went on to attack the BJP for trying to take ownership of the occasion.

“India is a land of 33 crore gods. Someone worships Ram, someone else worships Rahim. Basanti Puja was always celebrated in Bengal. The BJP must not try to appropriate festivals,” she said.

Mamata said Bengal had been for centuries celebrating festivals of all religions with equal enthusiasm and spoke about the 40-year-old Kali Puja at her home. “Ram Navami is not your exclusive possession. For thousands of years, countless religious organisations have been conducting Ram Navami rallies,” she said.

Today, in several places such as Birbhum, Burdwan and Nadia, the local Trinamul leadership conducted Hanuman puja.

At the Bankura meeting, Mamata said the festival had “no connection” with the BJP and it had no right to plant flags with the “Om” symbol.

“Om belongs to everybody. Is Om your zamindari? Is it your party’s symbol? Who has given you the right to insult Om? Go to the Election Commission and apply for the symbol then…. This is unforgivable, using God’s name in party rallies,” she said.

The Trinamul chief accused the BJP of promoting divisive politics in Bengal.

“They want to divide the Hindus and the Muslims, the Sikhs and the Christians…. One day if the Banerjees say that they will have no relations with the Chatterjees…. If tribals say ‘we will not live with Hindus’…. What will happen? The country will be shattered to pieces,” she said.

“Comrades (the CPM) by day are BJP activists by night nowadays. Everyone is hand in glove,” she added.

CPM leader Surjya Kanta Mishra posted two photographs of children carrying weapons in the processions, and tweeted: “Mothers and daughters never carried arms in Bengal publicly in the name of religious processions. No religion must promote it. Impermissible.”

Dilip Ghosh, current BJP state president and a former pracharak who was seen among those holding swords in Kharagpur today, said: “In two days, we have heard their supreme leader take the name of Lord Ram more than we have in six years. It is a sign.”


Falling on the ninth day of the bright (waxing) half of the lunar month of Chaitra (March-April), Ram Navami is celebrated as the birthday of Ram, the seventh avatar of Vishnu. This festival also ends the spring Navaratri festival of Goddess Durga.

The oldest extant celebration of Ram Navami in Bengal is possibly the Ramraja mela in Ramrajatala, 7km from Howrah station. It lasts four months from Ram Navami in Chaitra till the last Sunday of Sravana (July-August.

According to the book Paschimbanger Puja-Parbon O Mela, which quotes a 1961 article in the Anandabazar Patrika newspaper, the biggest attraction of the fair was a 23-foot idol of Ram and Sita, lording over 24 other figures from the Ramayan. The fair is supposed to have started two centuries earlier at the initiative of the local zamindar, Ayodhyaram Chowdhury. The fair was known for religio-cultural forms of entertainment like theatre, jatra and kirtan on weekends.

Since the Santragachhi area was earlier known for a grand Saraswati puja celebration, which this festival brought to a stop, the article describes how, as a placatory move, it was decided that the Ramraja iconography would include Saraswati and the making of the idol would start on the day of Saraswati Puja.

Shriram Tiwary, the librarian of Calcutta’s only Ram Temple on Central Avenue for 46 years now, said on Wednesday:

“Traditionally Ram Navami is known for the reading of Ramcharitmanas over nine days, starting on the first day of shukla Chaitra (the bright half of the lunar month) and ending on this day. There will be a purnaahuti or havan on Thursday at the temple.

“While we had 11 scholars reading at the temple, devotees did the same or read Durgasaptasati at home for these nine days. The poor are fed. This year, about 150 people came for the meal at the temple. In some places, fairs are held and bhajan-kirtan sung. Processions are taken out, like we do every year, with the idol of Ram Lalla (infant Ram) in a chariot fanned with a chamor (yak tail whisk), singing of bhajans and laddu prasad being distributed among devotees along the way.

“This is the first time in Calcutta I am seeing a procession with people in red and gerua (saffron), wielding swords, shouting and on motorbikes. The feeling of bhakti was missing…. It was so different…. It was not something we are used to.”


PC role in Aircel-Maxis scam: CBI & ED to SC

April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

The CBI on Monday informed the Supreme Court that they are probing the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) violations in the Aircel-Maxis scam during former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s tenure. The agency also said it will submit a detailed report on the next sitting on May 2. Meanwhile The Enforcement Directorate (ED) also submitted their findings in the scam in a sealed cover. The petitioner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy handed over the letter from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the apex court about the agency’s communication on the probe of FIPB violations in the Aircel-Maxis scam

CBI has already interrogated Chidambaram in December 2014. However the agency did not go further due to the influence of the unholy club in Lutyens’ Delhi.

The ED’s report is believed to have detailed the violations committed by Chidambaram in providing the clearance of the FIPB in allowing Malaysian company Maxis to take over Aircel. The ED also provided the details of money trail of two lakh dollars ($200,000) from three subsidiaries of Maxis to Chidambaram’s son Karti’s company Chess Management Consultants Private Limited. This is a damning evidence of quid-pro-quo in the corrupt deal, where the son’s company gets money after the father Minster approves a dubious deal.

Swamy accused CBI of delaying the probe for more than five years and requested the SC Bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud to direct the agencies to finish the probe within the specified time limit. The BJP leader had approached SC detailing the violations in FIPB approval given by Chidambaram and Rs.26 lakh money trail to Karti linked company from the telecom company in 2006.

Maxis invested more than Rs.3600 crores and the proposal had to get mandatory clearance from Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The illegality was done by Chidambaram as Finance Minister who could approve only loans of Rs.600 crores or less. Higher amounts required the approval of the Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA). Another violation was, those days in 2006, the maximum foreign investment allowed in telecom sector was only 74 percent. But Maxis acquired 99.93 percent. Though declared in Indian records as owning only 73.5 percent in Aircel, Maxis declared to the Malaysian Stock Exchange that they have acquired 99.93 percent shares of Aircel. Later in 2012, CAG found that Rs.4700 crores was the actual value Maxis invested in Aircel, while the FIPB clearance “illegally” given by Chidambaram was only up to invest Rs.3600 crores.

CBI has already interrogated Chidambaram in December 2014. However the agency did not go further due to the influence of the unholy club in Lutyens’ Delhi. ED and Income Tax has conducted joint raids in December 2015 and unearthed Chidambaram family’s huge properties and investments in 14 countries. The agencies also found 21 secret foreign bank accounts of Karti in several countries.


The unintellectual moron — Ravinar

April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

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Intellectual is not a “self-bestowed” title. Real intellectuals don’t even describe themselves as such. It is usually others who recognise their body of work and contribution to society and call them intellectuals. In India, for long, you couldn’t be called an intellectual unless you were a Commie and part of the Nehruvian Tabela of Delhi. You can even lobby to be called an intellectual, just as many lobby for Padma awards. Of course, grovelling will be involved. Then, you will have to become the member of India International Centre (IIC) or frequent it often enough to become part of the gossip circuit. I can tell you this though, I was once invited to IIC for lunch by some folks. I swear, the whole place reeks of intellectuals. As an added bonus, I guarantee you will find the sweetest smelling people on earth at IIC. Even those in kurta-pyjama and beards will smell sweet.

I don’t know the brands but maybe from Revlon to Kaajal you will find all kinds of lipstick, face-powder, mascara and what not. By the way, getting a membership to IIC is not easy. It is tougher than getting into IIMA or Harvard. It is harder than conquering the 36 chambers of Shaolin. I’m not kidding, just read this in BS India, even the Lutyens elite have to stand in Q. So you can imagine the delight of Ramachandra Guha when he finally got a membership at IIC. He must have been thrilled like a little kid and earned a right to be called an intellectual. I think this was around 2013 but that doesn’t matter. I had only known RG as a cricket statistician who also wrote some cricket stuff. But now he had become an intellectual at par with Sagarika Ghose, Robert Vadra, Barkha Dutt, Saba Naqvi and others in the Lutyens circuit.

The first time I read something RG wrote was when he visited Ahmedabad for a day. All that I found was garbage from the first para to the last. RG sees one sign-board in Ahmedabad and goes on a rant against Narendra Modi – calling him delusional, megalomaniac and what not. That’s when I coined the term “Distortian” for him. RG is no historian. He is a prejudiced writer of original, unadulterated bullcrap:

That was six years ago! The only thing that has changed since then is that Modi is triumphed all these fools and become PM and Guha is still desperate to be recognised as an intellectual. Grovelling through Lutyens with friends like Rajdeep, Sagarika and many others, Guha learned a trick. He would go around calling everyone he knew an intellectual with the hope of reciprocity. I’m serious, the number of times RG uses the word “intellectual” in a day would simply stun you. Not a day passes when he can write a sentence or tweet without the word. I can list hundreds of tweets but just sample this:

The tweets may not be clearly legible but that’s not my objective. Just observe the number of times RG mentions “intellectual” in red-underlines. Morning, noon, night, sunrise – RG simply chants “intellectual, intellectual, intellectual, intellectual” as if his bladder is constantly under pressure. Guha calls all of his friends “intellectual”. It’s not even scratching backs anymore – I call you intellectual, you call me intellectual back. Commie Pigs like Guha have abused and trashed Modi for over a dozen years and have still failed to dent his success or popularity. Guha is such a moron that he doesn’t know what he blabbers half the time. Let’s look at some intellectual moronery:

So, in 2011, Modi was delusional and a megalomaniac according to Guha. Now, Modi becomes “CM of action” during his tenure in Gujarat once he is PM. As PM Modi is now in an image makeover mode for self-promotion. I don’t know what more promotion Modi needs when the entire media and country hears his every utterance and speech. The media dissects every syllable he utters. Even international leaders have his attention. As gently as a snake, Guha now shifts to finding new subtle ways of saying Modi as PM is not the action guy he was in Gujarat. But back then Modi was just delusional. Okay? Such is the foolish desperation of Guha, that he attributes the Kashmir problems to the “Gaurakshak” issue:

I wonder if Guha has brains in his head or fruit-salad. This is why the book “Intellectual Morons” had to be written by someone (check the links that follow). In the past, I have identifiedAmartya Sen as “India’s biggest intellectual moron” and the late Dileep Padgaonkar as “The second biggest”. These IMs buy and sell the dumbest of ideas that ordinary “Drivers, Panwallas & Sabjiwallas” would laugh at. Their only claim to being an “intellectual” is through political connections and a lot of grovelling. Common sense is alien to these pretenders and glorified idiots. So, what does pretender Ram Guha come up with next? Here you go:

So, Modi govt is the most “anti-intellectual”. Now, who could come up with such crap except a Guha? What he means is that unless the same slimy Commie Pigs are appointed to various boards, institutions and positions of influence any govt would be anti-intellectual. Only these Lutyens Crawlers and IIC Lipstick guys can decide who’s an intellectual and who is fit for what post or responsibility. And limitlessly, Guha has also claimed that ModiSarkar has suppressed FoE. These guys rant, rave and abuse Modi almost by the hour and yet whine like a bunch of chickens stuck in a cage. Reality is as far removed for Commies as the Russian language is from the Tamil language. But Guha finally gives in and knows he cannot escape the inevitable. That Modi has not only surpassed various tests but has slaughtered the Sickulars electorally. What do we do? Let’s protect our Commie Prima Donnas! And thusly comes the latest, subtle stupidity by Guha:

Guha throws in the towel and declares “Modi is set to be the 3rd most successful PM after Nehru and Indira”. Clever, eh? So, when you can’t beat Modi anymore, especially after the electoral results in March 2017, Guha protects his darling Nehru as No.1, Indira as No.2 and generously allows Modi a 3rd place in history. Laughable CLOWN! There is just one flaw here – Modi is not history yet. Modi’s legacy cannot be judged or written yet. The cunning Commie that Guha is, he also forgets another thing. Nehru was PM some 17 years straight. Indira was PM some 15 years in two stints. In contrast, Modi hasn’t been PM for three years yet. So this nonsense is only to pre-empt Modi from being recognised as the most daring and successful PM yet. Nehru was the most unimaginative failure as PM and I don’t intend to write more on him. As for Indira, she had her strengths but was a despot and the stain of Emergency disqualifies her from any recognition in a democracy. Indira also justified corruption as a universal phenomenon. Even anti-Congress people recognise as PV Narasimha Rao as a more successful PM than Nehru or Indira.

I wanted to rate Ramachandra Guha as “India’s 3rd biggest intellectual moron”. But I realise that he doesn’t qualify. He’s a mere pen-pusher and a Lutyens Crawler with the intellect that matches that of Sagarika. Modi has yet this term to finish and may get another term. I believe by the time he finishes as PM he might end up being rated as the most daring and successful PM of India so far. Guha and his Commie Pigs cannot defend their darling Nehrus and Indiras anymore. Guha is no intellectual. He’s just low down trickster that the media gladly peddles as “celebrated historian”. To me, Guha is nothing but an unintellectual moron.

Posted by Ravinar at 4/04/2017 04:14:00 AM

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  1. Bipan VasudevaApril 04, 2017 7:03 AMReply
  2. I wonder sometimes can any one match your abilities
    Take a bow Sir
    I really greatful to you that by reading your blogs I am recognised as a pundit in my circles
    I will not use word intellectual
  3. sachingkApril 04, 2017 7:04 AMReply
  4. Guha is a near perfect example of a lying scheming and crawling IYI (Intellectual yet idiot).
  5. Tulip SuriApril 04, 2017 7:43 AMReply
  6. If only you can write modiji’s speech! What a team you guys would make.



Balochistan: History revisited म्लिष्ट ‘mleccha’, mispronounced speech > baloch

April 4, 2017

Sandhya Jain has provided an insightful political profile of the nation of Balochistan. The ongoing atrocities in the region have to be stopped, India’s sovereignty over the region restored in recognition of the millennial traditions of Sarasvati-Sindhu script now deciphered as mlecchita vikalpa (Meluhha cipher). Ancient Balochistan referred to as Meluhha, was the active contact region with Ancient Neat East. म्लिष्ट [p= 837,3] ‘mleccha’, mispronounced speech > baloch.


S. Kalyanaraman

Sarasvati Research Centre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VscqfidPJYU Seminar 23 Feb, 2017 – “History of Balochistan Revisited”
Published on Feb 28, 2017

A seminar titled “History of Balochistan Revisited”, was held in the British House of Lords, London, on February 23, 2017. Hosted by The Democracy Forum, the deliberations centred around Britain’s historical links with the confederacy of Balochistan in the 19th century, and the legality of the subsequent accession of Balochistan to Pakistan in 1948. Dr William Crawley of the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, chaired the seminar.

The Rise of Religious Extremism in Balochistan


baloch.gifTuesday, 04 April 2017 | Sandhya Jain
Pakistan, via the CPEC, has embedded itself in an emerging Chinese Bloc and changed the geo-political chessboard dramatically. Now, the West has decided to sit up and speak up. We live in interesting times

In a move that would have stunned imperial hegemons such as Winston Churchill and Olaf Caroe, Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman, on March 23, 2017, tabled an Early day motion 1107 condemning Pakistan’s annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier. On March 25, 2017, the British Parliament passed a motion condemning Islamabad’s action, insisting that the region is a legal and constitutional part of India’s Jammu & Kashmir that Pakistan has illegally occupied since 1947.

The motion reads, “That this House condemns the arbitrary announcement by Pakistan declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier, implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area; notes that Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression; further notes the attempts to change the demography of the region in violation of State Subject Ordinance and forcibly and illegally to build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which further aggravates and interferes with the disputed territory.”

Beijing’s hand is discernible in Islamabad’s sudden move to integrate Gilgit-Baltistan (the northern-most region of Maharaja Hari Singh’s erstwhile kingdom) into its territory, to facilitate construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through territory that belongs to India, and through Balochistan which Pakistan annexed on March 27, 1948. The CPEC is deeply resented by citizens of Gilgit-Baltistan and violently resisted by the Baloch.

The move by Britain’s ruling party hints at a Western resurrection of the Great Game, which in the 20th century sought to checkmate Russian influence in the Persian Gulf-Middle East region, and in the 21st century aims to curtail Chinese dominance in this strategic region.

Russia, it is pertinent to note, has under President Vladimir Putin, firmed up ties with Iran and Turkey and strengthened its presence in the Mediterranean with its support to President Basher al-Assad of Syria. Now, a second Asiatic power (the West always regarded Russia as an Asiatic power) dominating the land and sea routes to Europe, the Middle East, up to Africa, is too much to swallow. Prime Minister Theresa May possibly discussed these concerns with President Donald Trump during her recent visit to the United States.

With Islamabad a willing tool in the now $54 billion CPEC that will overhaul its decrepit infrastructure, London hopes to exploit the illegality of Pakistan’s occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan, and eventually, of Balochistan, both of which took place under its own auspices in 1947-48. During the Pakistani invasion of Jammu & Kashmir in October 1947, the Gilgit Scouts that was responsible for the security of the northern areas, betrayed and arrested the forces of the Maharaja on November 1, 1947. The British officer in charge, Major William Brown, raised the Pakistan flag in Gilgit the next day, and declared its accession to Pakistan. He received a hero’s welcome when he returned home to Great Britain.

With much water under the bridge now, in February 2017, the Khan of Kalat (core of Balochistan), Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai, addressed a seminar at the House of Lords, where he said Pakistan was allowed to occupy Balochistan, and urged the international community, especially the British crown, to help the Baloch regain independence. Referring to the 1876 treaty signed by the Khan of Kalat and Viceroy of India, Lord Lytton, Ahmedzai said his grandfather signed the accession to Pakistan in March 1948 under the “barrel of the gun”.

The West also supported the Baloch Republican Party representative when he raised the issue of genocide and state atrocities in Balochistan at the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (March 6-23) at Geneva. When China and Pakistan attempted to silence him and demanded expunction of his remarks against the destruction caused by the CPEC, the US, the UK, Norway, Netherland and Canada ensured that Abdul Nawaz Bugti completed his statement.

The question remains whether Britain was sincere about the 1876 treaty which recognised the Khan as an independent ruler. On this basis, the Khan never joined the Chamber of Princes in Delhi and insisted that Balochistan would revert to full independence when the British left.

The evidence suggests not. In his richly documented, The Shadow of the Great Game. The Untold Story of India’s Partition, Narendra Singh Sarila, ADC to Louis Mountbatten in 1948 and Indian diplomat in the 1960s, reveals that the partition of India was linked to British concerns that the Great Game between them and the Soviet Union for influence in the region between Turkey and India would acquire momentum after the Second World War’ end.

The victory over Germany in 1945 boosted Stalin’s ambitions to extend Russian influence into territories on its periphery, beginning with Eastern Europe. The Persian Gulf oilfields, of vital importance to the West, lay at Russia’s southern border. The British needed military bases from which forces could be deployed within the Indian Ocean area and in the Middle East and Far East; a base in the northwest would enable British air power to threaten Soviet military installations. The possibility of detaching Balochistan from the Indian empire — its coast lies to the north of the Gulf of Oman that leads to the Persian Gulf — was first considered in 1945, under Winston Churchill.

Viceroy Wavell realised that the Congress would not cooperate with Britain on military matters and foreign policy, whereas Mohammad Ali Jinnah, cultivated by his predecessor, Lord Linlithgow, would be willing to do so. A separate Muslim state carved out of British Indian provinces in which Muslims were in a majority would include the North West Frontier Province, the Punjab, Sind, Balochistan and Bengal.

The Cripps Mission offer for representative Government in 1942 included the ‘provincial option’, whereby if sufficient Provinces wanted to get together and form a Dominion, they should be free to stand out and either come in after a period, or become a new Dominion at the end of it. This option opened the constitutional path for the creation of Pakistan. The Cabinet Mission plan of 1946 and Attlee’s announcement of British withdrawal on February 20, 1947, included the right of British Provinces to walk out. And Balochistan was consistently designated as a province of Pakistan.

Pakistan, via the CPEC, has embedded itself in an emerging Chinese Bloc and changed the geo-political chessboard dramatically. After almost three years of silence, the West has decided to sit up and speak up. We live in interesting times.

(The writer is a political analyst and an independent researcher)


Operation Red Spider. Kaalaadhan dhobi’s

April 3, 2017

Money laundering charges against ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank

In a press release, Cobrapost said the money laundering racket has been captured on videotape running into hundreds of hours. “The evidence is graphic, crystal clear and clinching,” the release said.

New Delhi, March 14, 2013 | UPDATED 15:17 IST

Aniruddha Bahal’s Cobrapost has made stunning allegations against three private sector banks : HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank. The investigative news portal has alleged that the banks are “running a huge nationwide money laundering racket”.

In a press release, Cobrapost said the money laundering racket has been captured on videotape running into hundreds of hours. “The evidence is graphic, crystal clear and clinching. The investigation finds the banks and their managements systematically and deliberately violating several provisions of the Income Tax Act, FEMA, RBI regulations, KYC (know your client) norms, the Banking Act and Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA) with utter disregard to consequences, driven by their desire to boost cheap deposits and thereby increasing their profits,” the release said.

ICICI Bank was quick to respond to the allegations. Read the bank’s response and the full story at www.businesstoday.in .


ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank to probe Cobrapost allegations

Anand Adhikari        Last Updated: March 14, 2013  | 22:54 IST

Aniruddha Bahal’s Cobrapost has made stunning allegations against three private sector banks: HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank. The investigative news portal has alleged that the banks are “running a huge nationwide money laundering racket”.

In a press release, Cobrapost said the money laundering racket has been captured on videotape running into hundreds of hours. “The evidence is graphic, crystal clear and clinching. The investigation finds the banks and their managements systematically and deliberately violating several provisions of the Income Tax Act, FEMA, RBI regulations, KYC (know your customer) norms, the Banking Act and Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA) with utter disregard to consequences, driven by their desire to boost cheap deposits and thereby increasing their profits,” the release said.

ICICI Bank was quick to respond to the allegations. It has constituted a high-level inquiry committee to investigate the matter and submit its findings within two weeks. “ICICI Group conducts its business with the highest level of compliance to legal and regulatory requirements,” says a release from the bank.

It further says that all group employees are trained and required to adhere strictly to the Group Code of Conduct, including AML (anti-money laundering) and KYC norms. “We have demonstrated our commitment to this by following a zero tolerance policy towards any violation. We want to assure our customers and all stakeholders that we are committed towards adherence to the high standards of business conduct, which is expected of us,” says the release.

A little later, Axis Bank, too, issued a release. It stated that the bank had robust systems and processes in place that were fully compliant with regulations. “We will examine whatever information is brought to our notice and investigate thoroughly,” it promised.

HDFC Bank has also ordered a probe. In a release, the bank stated: “We are concerned at the allegations that have appeared in the media. The matter is being investigated on top priority. The bank has a well-defined Know Your Customer and Anti Money Laundering policy which contains procedures and controls to identify and prevent the types of transactions mentioned in the Cobrapost press release.”

The release added: “Segregation of frontline sales activities and back office operations and post transaction monitoring processes are in place to ensure independent checks and balances and adherence to all the laid down policies and procedures of the bank. Any deviation is viewed very seriously and stringent action is taken both at an organizational and employee level.”

Cobrapost’s allegations are very serious. The sting operation claims to have captured many bank officials on camera. Judging from some of the footage, it appears some over-aggressive branch managers and relationship managers in the private banks offered to put away money through dubious means, avoiding the scrutiny of regulators. These practices are often resorted to by managers to garner more business and move higher up in the hierarchy.

However, blaming the top management of these banks would be an exaggeration. These are listed entities running a business in a highly regulated field, with the regulator, the RBI, also conducting inspections regularly.

While the banks are certain to take action against employees featured in the video, there is also a need for them to take a fresh look at their internal control systems to ascertain how a branch manager or any other official accommodates customers without a proper KYC (know your customer) check. It is not clear from the Cobrapost expose whether the reporters involved actually invested money or converted black money into white.

Operation Red Spider

Working class in the Amarakośa – Kosambi (1955)

April 3, 2017

https://ia601903.us.archive.org/30/items/in.ernet.dli.2015.283303/2015.283303.The-Journal.pdf Journal of Oriental Research, Vol. XXIV, Kuppuswami Sastry Research Institute, Mylapore, Madras, 1955 includes:

Kosambi, DD, 1955, Working class in the Amarakośa, pp. 57-69.