Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wasn't there terrorist act by some demons in the past that wear saffron, yet are a blot on such symbol. And such people are still present in our nation who are potential terrorists; who manipulates people’s emotion and instigates one community against another. Such saffron terrorists are to be taken into tasks. Mr. Chidambaram should not disturb his mind with the worthless criticism of Modi. Neither the Prime Minister becomes ‘weak’ if he is told so.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

My religion is to consider each person of this great nation as one, whether he is rich or poor, Adivasi or Dalit . And wherever that persons voice is curbed, wherever his rights are snatched, that's against my religion.

My religion is to consider each person of this great nation as one, whether he is rich or poor, Adivasi or Dalit
And wherever that persons voice is curbed, wherever his rights are snatched, that's against my religion.

Some says this is against development, but here Adivasis voice were suppressed, but it reached everywhere, so its not against development, its development.

"Development does not mean curbing the poor, the tribals and the backward. We are for development, but we will never curb the voice of the people," he said.

Wearing a beard and dressed in trademark white, Gandhi said amid loud cheers, "We promised you in 2004 that there'll be a government for the aam aadmi (common man) and we gave you that." (See Pics: Rahul in Orissa)

He recalled his words from a visit two years ago when he had said that, "For the tribals of Kalahandi, there is a soldier in Delhi named Rahul Gandhi." And added, "My work is not finished, it's begun. Whenever you need me, wherever, I am ready to stand with you.

On his last visit in 2008, Rahul said, some tribal youth had told him that they worshiped the Niyamgiri Hills and that their God was being snatched from them. That he said, was their "dharma." His dharma, Rahul said, was that "every voice, including that of the poor and adivasis should be heard.'

The rejection of the Vedanta project, he said, was not anti-development. "Development means that every citizen of India develops...Our government in Delhi, our PM, Sonia ji will fight for development and to give you a voice.

My advice to you is that we must remain ever vigilant and continue to build at the central and state levels, our capacity in counter-terrorism

“There is the recently uncovered phenomenon of saffron terrorism that has been implicated in many bomb blasts of the past,” Mr Chidambaram said while addressing a conference of police chiefs. 

“My advice to you is that we must remain ever vigilant and continue to build at the central and state levels, our capacity in counter-terrorism,” he said in his inaugural address to the 45th meet of the chiefs of state police and central paramilitary forces here. 

Sounding upbeat about the falling levels of violence in the north-eastern states, Mr Chidambaram said the region accounted for the government’s best record of achievement. “...In 2010, we have seen a dramatic decline in the number of incidents and in the number of casualties. 

Land acquisition amendment bill in next Parliament session, assures PM

Singh said that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati's government in Uttar Pradesh was misusing the emergency provisions of the land acquisition act.

He said the delegation also demanded that Haryana government's rehabilitation policy, which has provisions for acquisition of land at market rates and an annuity for 33 years, should be sent to all states as a model legislation.

Earlier, interacting with reporters before the meeting with Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi said land acquisition was "a big and important issue".
"What happened in Aligarh is very unfair," Gandhi said.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mr. Modi should stop providing misleading information to the people of India, when he said that there hasn't been any legal reform in the recent past. Each country has its own way of development and growth. It will be sheer foolishness if we adopt western ways and reforms in our country straight away. If America has been successful in gaining control over terrorism, so do we in some aspect, but comparing ourselves with America and thrashing the efforts of government is not a healthy practice. American politicians don't wear Dhoti -Kurta, then why does Mr. Modi wear those stuffs. They speak English, but why doesn't Mr. Modi speak so always.

Our Government will fully discharge its responsibility to protect each and every citizen of our country

Despite our many strengths, we face some serious challenges. We should resolve today that we will meet these challenges as one people. Our society often gets divided in the name of religion, State, caste or language. We should resolve that we will not allow divisions in our society under any circumstance. Tolerance and generosity have been a part of our traditions. We should strengthen these traditions. As we progress economically our society should also become more sensitive. We should be modern and progressive in our outlook.

Our Government wants a food safety net in which no citizen of ours would go hungry. This requires enhanced agricultural production which is possible only by increasing productivity. Our country has not witnessed any big technological breakthrough in agriculture after the Green Revolution. We need technology which would address the needs of dry land agriculture. In addition, our agriculture should also be able to deal with new challenges like climate change, falling levels of ground water and deteriorating quality of soil. In the history of Indian agriculture, Norman Borlaug commands a special place. About 40 to 50 years back he developed new and more productive seeds of wheat. Under the leadership of Smt. Indira Gandhiji, India achieved the Green Revolution by adopting these seeds. I am happy to announce that the Borlaug Institute of South Asia is being established in India. This institute would facilitate availability of new and improved seeds and new technology to the farmers of India and other countries of South Asia.

In the 63 years after independence, India has covered a long distance on the path of development. But our destination is still far away. A large part of our population still suffers from persistent poverty, hunger and disease. When our Government came to power in 2004, we resolved to build a new India under a progressive social agenda. We wanted the fruits of development to reach the common man. We initiated programmes especially targeted to the welfare of the socially and economically backward sections of our society. We still stand committed to the welfare of the poor, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, minorities, women and other backward sections of our society. But today we do not need many new programmes to achieve our goals. However, we do need to implement the schemes we have already started more effectively, minimizing the chances of corruption and misuse of public money. We want to achieve this in partnership with the State Governments, Panchayat Raj Institutions and civil society groups.

Secularism is one of the pillars of our democracy. It has been the tradition of our country and society to treat all religions with equal respect. For centuries India has welcomed new religions and all have flourished here. Secularism is also our constitutional obligation. Our Government is committed to maintain communal peace and harmony. We also consider it our duty to protect the minorities and provide for their special needs. This is why we have started many new programmes in the last four years for the welfare of our brothers and sisters belonging to the minority communities. These include scholarships for minority students and special programmes for the development of districts which have a high concentration of minorities. These schemes have shown good results. We will vigorously take this work forward.

We have been giving special attention to education and health in the last six years. Improvement in these two areas is an important component of our strategy for inclusive growth. It is also necessary for higher economic growth in the years to come. After independence, these two areas could not get the importance they deserved. We tried to change this state of affairs in the 11th Plan. Today, almost every child in our country has access to primary education. Now, we need to pay more attention to secondary and higher education. We also need to improve the quality of education at all levels. It is our endeavour that every child, irrespective of whether he is rich or poor and which section of the society he belongs to, should be given an education that enables him to realize his potential and makes him a responsible citizen of our country. We will continue to implement the new schemes that we have started in the last six years in the areas of education and health with sincerity and hard work and in partnership with the State Governments. We will soon bring a Bill to Parliament for constitution of two separate councils in higher education and health respectively so that reforms in these two areas can be accelerated.

Nutritious food and good health services are necessary but not enough for ensuring good health of our citizens. We also need cleanliness and good sanitation in our villages, towns and cities. There are many diseases which would be difficult to prevent otherwise. The truth is that our country lags behind in this area. I consider it a primary responsibility of all our citizens to maintain cleanliness and hygiene around them. I would like our children to be taught the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in schools from the very beginning under a campaign for a Clean India. I appeal to the State Governments, Panchayat Raj Institutions, civil society groups and common citizens to make this campaign successful.

There has been much discussion recently on the issue of internal security. If law and order in any part of India deteriorates or peace and harmony gets disturbed, the common man is adversely affected. Therefore, it is one of the primary responsibilities of any government to maintain law and order so that the citizens can live and earn their livelihood in an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Naxalism is a serious challenge to our internal security. I pay tribute to the men and officers of our security forces who have became martyrs in the attacks by naxalites in the last few months. I have stated this before and I say it again - our Government will fully discharge its responsibility to protect each and every citizen of our country. We will deal firmly with those who resort to violence. We will provide all possible help to State Governments to maintain the rule of law in areas affected by naxalism. I once again appeal to naxalites to abjure violence, come for talks with the Government and join hands with us to accelerate social and economic development. A few days back I took a meeting with the Chief Ministers of States affected by naxalism. We will fully implement the consensus that emerged in that meeting. I would like to repeat here a point that I made in that meeting. It is imperative that Centre and States work together to meet the challenge of naxalism. It would be very difficult for any State to tackle this problem without cooperation from the Centre and coordination between States. We all need to rise above our personal and political interests to meet this challenge.

In Jammu and Kashmir, we are ready to talk to every person or group which abjures violence. Kashmir is an integral part of India. Within this framework, we are ready to move forward in any talks which would increase the partnership of the common man in governance and also enhance their welfare. Recently, some young men have lost their lives in violence in Jammu and Kashmir. We deeply regret this. The years of violence should now end. Such violence would not benefit anyone. I believe that India's democracy has the generosity and flexibility to be able to address the concerns of any area or group in the country. I recently participated in a meeting with political parties from Jammu and Kashmir. We will endeavour to take this process forward. I would like to convey to our countrymen, especially our citizens in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North East, that they should adopt democratic means to join hands with us for their and country's welfare.

I would also like to say something which is related to our glorious cultural traditions. The use of harsh and unpleasant words in our political discourse has increased in recent days. This is against our traditions of generosity, humility and tolerance. Criticism has a place of its own in a democracy and in a progressive society. However, criticism should not be undignified. We should have the capacity to reconcile opposite points of view on important issues through debate and discussion. I would request all political parties to consider this issue.


My duty is to ensure that laws adopted by Parliament are obeyed and enforced.

“Whoever is the cause of the crime, an individual or a collective, must be punished. My duty is to ensure that laws adopted by Parliament are obeyed and enforced. Once the law is made, it must be enforced. Those involved must be punished,” 

Without directly naming the Khap panchayat’s (village councils) that generally approve honour killings, the Union minister said the proposed law would define honour killings and take within its sweep cases of forcing women to strip in public and expelling people from villages.

“Acts which are humiliating will be punished with severity.”

He added that such cases bring ‘dishonour to the families, the community and the country’.

Mostly village councils in rural India, particularly in northern states, award death sentence to couples or even their entire families in they go for same caste or clan marriages.

A Group of Ministers (GoM0 has already been set up by the Cabinet to consider a draft bill.

“I am confident that the GoM will give its report shortly and my intention is to introduce the bill in this session itself,” Chidambaram said.

Whether the new law would be a stand-alone one or would the Indian Penal Code or the Criminal Procedure Code be amended would be debated by the Union Cabinet, he added.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, expressing concern at the growing menace of honour killings, said, “It is a dehumanising process and we have to take it very seriously.”

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Centre to spend Rs 15,000 cr for infrastructure in courts

"The Cabinet note on the issue is ready. The programme upon approval would be implemented over a period of four years," Moily said at a conference of advocates and human rights delegates on the theme "Law as an instrument of Economic and Social Change" here

Government was contemplating setting up five regional consultative centres to prepare faculty and improve curriculum in legal education in Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Goa, he said, adding, it was also working on a plan with the Chief Justice of India to ensure that the delay in disposal of cases does not exceed beyond three years. 

Fourteen National Law School of Universities would be added to as many existing in the country in the coming years, he said. 

In the wake of increase in the number of honour killings in parts of the country, Moily said a bill to prevent such crimes was in the offing and being drafted.