Month: February 2009

Candidate for Prime Minister

Lok Sabha elections are coming near. There are many candidates for Prime Minister. Manmohan Singh is the Congress candidate. Lal Krishna Advani is the BJP candidate. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat wants to be Prime Minister. Sharad Pawar has the support of Shiv Sena and Samajwadi Party. Ram Vilas Paswan, Mayawati, Laloo Prasad Yadav and others hope to be Prime Minister.

I wish to be the Prime Minister of India. It is unlikely that I will contest Lok Sabha election but it is not necessary to be MP to become PM. One can become MP within six months of becoming PM. Narasimha Rao and Deve Gowda did that.

If I become PM I wish to do the following:

1) Abolition of taxes.

I will set in motion a process that will reduce taxes by 1% per year and within 30 years all taxes will be abolished. Expenses needed for running the country will be met from licenses and rents from government properties. Imagine a time when you don’t have to pay Income Tax, Sales Tax, VAT, Customs Duties, Excise Duties, Octroi etc.

2) Equality

There will be equality and no discrimination on basis of class, caste, tribe, sex etc. Reservations in government jobs and institutions will be abolished.

3) Rule of Law

There will be rule of law. There will be death penalty for murder, attempted murder, abduction, kidnapping, hijacking, acid throwing and such high crimes. Life sentence will mean the person will be in prison till death. For other crimes there will be suitable punishments. Sentences will run consecutively. At present they are mostly concurrent.

4) TV

Free to air channels will be allowed to show adult films between 11.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Pay channels any time.

5) Midnight masses

Midnight masses will be allowed for Christmas, New Year and Easter.

There are many other things I want to do. They will be revealed in due course.

What if cameras were not rolling?

Many times crimes take place in India which are captured by cameras and reported on national television. Some of them would have gone unpunished if cameras had not captured them.

However it is true that many crimes take place because cameras are there to capture them. People who commit those crimes inform TV channels in advance and after the arrival of cameras commit the crimes. They want publicity. They are sure they will not be punished.

Many acts of Vandalism in Bombay took place after cameras arrived. Molestation at Amnesia took place after cameras arrived. What happened to the criminals who targetted migrants in Bombay? What happened to the molesters in Mangalore? What happened to many other criminals who committed their crimes in front of cameras? They are free. They are not behind bars. People commit crimes because they know the long arm of the law will fall short in catching them. TV channels should not send reporters and cameramen when they are told in advance that a crime will be committed.

Catholic Church and Holocaust

At the end of January 2009 Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication on four bishops belonging to Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) consecrated by Marcel Lefebvre. This followed Unity Octave on 18-25 January during which many Christians pray for Christian Unity. Soon afterwards Richard Williamson, one of the four bishops of SSPX, was embroiled in a controversy regarding his view about Holocaust. His view was that the Jews killed during Holocaust were 300,000 and not 6,000,000 and nobody died in gas chambers. This caused outrage. Vatican contradicted Richard Williamson. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of SSPX, said it was Richard Williamson’s personal view and not of SSPX. Richard Williamson apologized for his “imprudent” statement.

Some people have criticized Richard Williamson and asked for his expulsion. While the excommunication on four bishops is lifted they are not received in the Catholic Church. So there is no question of expulsion or excommunication.

Six million is a round figure and the exact number of Jews killed could be more or less than that. Holocaust has nothing to do with any dogma, doctrine, belief or practice of the Catholic Church. Canon Law prescribes excommunication as punishment for certain crimes and the contradicting the belief that 6,000,000 Jews died during Holocaust is not one of them.

Western countries talk about freedom of speech and expression but when it is the question of Holocaust they turn dogmatic. Whenever someone questions Holocaust he/she should be given exact figures with dates and places. Saying millions and millions died will not help.

Abortion is punishable with excommunication. How many have been excommunicated for abortion? What have the Bishops of USA done about it?

The Jews have killed various peoples over the centuries. From the time of Joshua to David they destroyed many tribes. The Old Testament mentions them. Since the founding of Israel many Palestinians were dispossessed. Israel has killed many innocent people over the years. Recently someone compared Gaza to Nazi concentration camp. Israel does not care about any criticism of its actions. Israel has a right to defend itself but no right to kill people randomly.

Richard Williamson is British. His country fought against Germany in World War II. His nationality cannot be the reason for his view. Mel Gibson’s father’s view was similar to that of Richard Williamson: many people died in World War II, some of them were Jews.

During World War II many crimes were committed by UK, USA and USSR. They are not mentioned and condemned like Holocaust. The British dropped incendiary bombs on Dresden which killed many women and children. USA dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Russian soldiers raped two million women in Germany. Nobody belonging to UK, USA and USSR was punished for war crimes.

It is the British who began concentration camps against Boers in South Africa. There is no condemnation of the British for their atrocities against Boers.

It is necessary for Catholics, especially bishops, to have proper perspective regarding Holocaust and other crimes. Acceptance or denial of Holocaust should not be a criterion for entry or membership of Roman Catholic Church.