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Blog of Vincent Augustine D'Souza

Month – January 2010

Indian Awards

Every year in India at the time of Republic Day, Padma and other awards are announced. Sometimes there are controversies. Many times undeserving people get them.  There is lobbying for these awards. Though these are awards some people use them as titles and add them before names.  To avoid such controversies I suggest more awards.
Dushshasana Award to those who molest women and girls.
Drishtadyumna Award to those who kill in fake encounters.
Yudhishtira Award to those who give misleading statements.
Bheeshma Award to those who abduct women.
Menaka Award to women who trap politicians having sex with prostitutes in a sting operation.
Indian Hand Award to members of Congress.
Indian Lotus Award to members of BJP.
Indian Cycle Award to members of SP and TDP.
Indian Elephant Award to members of BSP.
Similar awards to members of other political parties.
Some awards may be kept for sale. Indian Sun for Rs.100 crores, Indian Moon for Rs.75 crores, Indian Star for Rs.50 crores, Indian Comet for Rs.25 crores and so on.
Apart from these awards some awards may be kept for auction. The highest bidder gets the award. There can be Indian Diamond, Indian Ruby, Indian Topaz, Indian Emerald, Indian Pearl, Indian Coral, Indian Porphyry, Indian Amethyst and so on. The bid will start from Rs.1 crore.
Next in auction are Indian Gold, Indian Silver, Indian Copper, Indian Nickel, Indian Aluminium and so on. The bid will start from Rs.10 lacs.
With such options, those who desire awards will be happy, government will have money and controversies will disappear.
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Political Parties in India

Most of the political parties in India are family or personal properties. Congress is the property of Nehru-Gandhi family, National Conference of Abdullah family, AIADMK of Jayalalitha, BSP of Mayawati, TMC of Mamata Banerjee, DMK of Karunanidhi, JD (S) of Deve Gowda and so on. BJP and Left Front parties are exceptions.
Constituencies have also handed over to family members. When an MP or MLA dies a member of his /her family is the inheritor.
A person who is unhappy in a party has to quit the party. He may join some other party or form his own party. Many parties have come into existence that way. Most of them disappear after sometime. Rarely someone topples the leader of the party and assumes control. Chandrababu Naidu toppled NTR and took control of TDP though technically it was split with NTR heading a faction.
At one time Election Commission of India insisted that every party should have internal elections as per its constitution. Any party that did not have internal elections as per its constitution was required to hold elections once every five years. Otherwise Election Commission could derecognise the party. At that time all parties complied. After that not much has been heard of party elections.
When YSR Reddy died there was a clamour for making his son Jaganmohan Reddy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Congress High Command resisted the pressure. It is said that Jaganmohan Reddy and his followers were disappointed and that led to opposition to the formation of Telangana to weaken K. Rosaiah.
Democracy has not been a hallmark of India’s political leaders. When in the election for the President of Congress Pattabhi Sitamaraiah lost and Subhash Chandra Bose won Mohandas Gandhi said Pattabhi Sitamaraiah’s defeat is my defeat. Subhash Chandra Bose had to resign after some months.
MLAs are supposed to elect the leader of the legislative party. Many times they pass resolutions authorising the party high command to appoint the leader. Leaders who have support of most MLAs are forced to resign or not to stake claim and someone else becomes chief minister. Many times someone who is not an MLA becomes chief minister. Sometimes he is unable to become MLA within six months and there is vacancy again.
Most of the parties are regional even though some of them have marginal presence outside their states. National Conference is of J&K, INLD of Haryana, BSP of UP, SP of UP, RJD of Bihar, TMC of West Bengal, AIADMK of Tamil Nadu etc.
Unless parties have internal democracy they can not grow. Some leaders may be charismatic and get votes and lead the party to victory sometimes but when he fails the party crumbles. In India there is no possibility of any party having internal democracy in the near future. Elections to Lok Sabha, Legislative Assembly and local bodies are the occasions for the people of India to express their choice and that decides the survival of parties.
Link to e-book: King – a novel: http://go4quiz.com/vincent/king

IPL and Pakistan

On 19 January 2010 during the IPL auction none of the 11 Pakistan players was picked up by any of the eight franchisee teams. This set off reactions in Pakistan.
Lalit Modi, IPL Commissioner, said teams did not select any Pakistan player and only one player from Australia was selected. Team owners said they were not convinced of the availability of Pakistani players for the entire season or they had some other players in mind and such things. It was clear it was decided beforehand not to bid for Pakistani players. Pakistani players had faced visa problems in December 2009. That was the foretaste of things to come. If Pakistani players were not to be selected they should not have been included in the list. Pakistani players were angry. Many Pakistanis were angry and considered it insult of Pakistan. Pakistan had won 2020 championship in 2009. Pakistan cancelled the visit of its parliamentary delegation to India. Pakistani sports minister spoke to India’s sports minister Mohinder Singh Gill who said IPL is a commercial enterprise and the government has nothing to do with it. Lalit Modi’s effigy was burnt in Pakistan.
The repercussions of not bidding for Pakistani players seem to affect many things other than cricket. There was talk of Pakistan boycotting Hockey World Cup in India but the idea was given up as it is a World Federation event. IPL telecast will not be allowed in Pakistan. There is demand to ban Indian films. Pakistan Kabaddi Federation cancelled India tour. Pakistan team was to play five matches in Inida.
Not many believe that the Government of India had nothing to do with the non-selection of Pakistani players. In 2009 Pakistan did not allow its players to play in IPL due to security reasons. If it had been announced before hand that Pakistani players will not be part of the auction due to security reasons it would not have been a problem. It could have been done in December by refusing visas. They were given visas after due date and were hopeful that they will be selected for IPL.
The controversy was avoidable. Care should be taken that such things do not happen in the future.
Link to e-book King – a novel: http://go4quiz.com/vincent/king

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