Tag: India

New constitution for India

India is in need of a new constitution. The problems faced by India are plenty and they cannot be solved by amendments.

1) India should be a federation. The boundaries of states must be fixed after considering all demands for new states and border disputes. At present there are demands for Telangana, Gorkhaland, Harit Pradesh, Bundelkhand, Rohilkhand, Mithilanchal, Poorvanchal, Coorg, Kutch, Meru Pradesh and Bodoland. There are disputes about Belgaum and Kasargod. Every state should have its own capital. One city cannot be capital of two or more states.

2) India should have presidential system of democracy. President must be elected by MPs and Governors must be elected by MLAs. Parliamentary system is good when there is two party system. India has many parties and coalition governments at centre and states do not function effectively. Even price rise is blamed on coalition.

3) Parliament must be single house. States should have only Legislative Assemblies, not Legislative Councils.

4) States should have more powers. All powers except civil and penal codes, currency, communications, defence and external affairs may be given to states.

5) Right to property shall be a fundamental right. Farmers and others who do not want to sell their land or property to SEZs or companies should be able to hold on to their land and property and there shall be no acquisition by state.

6) There shall be no reservation on the basis of class, caste, tribe or gender in government jobs, government educational institutions, Parliament, Legislative Assemblies, urban, rural and other local bodies.

7) Supreme Court judges shall be appointed by President after approval by Parliament and High Court judges shall be shall be appointed by Governor after approval by Legislative Assemblies. Removal of Supreme Court judges shall be by Parliament and High Court judges shall be by Legislative Assemblies.

8) Constitutional amendments must be approved by three fourths of Legislative Assemblies.

India will soon complete 61 years as a republic. What was good in 1950 is not good in 2011 in spite of repeated amendments, many of which were unnecessary.

Border with China

China is in illegal occupation of Indian territory. Its maps do not show Jammu & Kashmir as Indian territory. Part of Jammu & Kashmir is occupied by China.

India should show Tibet and Sinkiang as separate countries and say it has no border with China. That will make China understand India. Many countries do not recognise Tibet as part of China. CNN map is an example. There was trouble in Sinkiang some time back.

India can change its policy. Declaring Tibet and Sinkiang as separate countries will mean India will not negotiate with China about border but ask it to vacate the territory it illegally occupies. This time during Wen Jiabao’s visit the declaration did not mention One China. India can recognise Taiwan. India can issue stapled visas to people from Tibet and Sinkiang.

If China breaks up relations with India, China will be the net loser. Chinese exports to India are more than India’s exports to China. China does not want India to be a permanent member of UN Security Council. It did not want any ambassador to attend Nobel Peace Prize ceremony where a Chinese dissident was to be given the prize. India did well to defy the boycott call.

Tapes, spy and lobbyist

Now we know Home Secretary of India authorised tapping of Nira Radia’s telephones as she was said to be a spy for a foreign intelligence agency who built a business empire of 300 crore rupees in nine years.

Nira Radia tapes have revealed interesting conversations. Kamal Nath gets 15% of contracts. Praful Patel destroyed the aviation sector. First he worked as minister for Naresh Goyal, then for Vijay Mallya. Murli Deora works for Mukesh Ambani.

Which foreign intelligence agency had employed Nira Radia? Was it CIA, MI6, FSB, Mossad, ISI, SDECE or some other agency? Why was she not arrested?

If Nira Radia built a business empire of 300 crore rupees why did she continue lobbying for others? She could have expanded her business empire.

Did Tarun Das and Nira Radia “educate” Anand Sharma?

Did the tapping reveal anything about tax evasion?

This is the season of leaks. After Wikileaks there is Openleaks. Some call Radia tape leaks Chikileaks meaning Chidambaram is behind the leaks.

There are other lobbyists. Are their phones tapped?

It seems nothing significant was discovered about Nira Radia and if something was found out the officials took bribes and kept quiet.

What about phones of industrialists like Mukesh Ambani, L. N. Mittal, Anil Ambani, Azim Premji, Anil Agarwal, Sunil Mittal, Shashi Ruia, Vijay Mallya and Subrata Roy? Did the Income Tax Department suspect them of tax evasion and tap their phones?

Government has the power to phone taps legally but illegal phone tapping by government officials can take place. Private detective agencies can do illegal phone tapping.

Home Ministry must clarify whether Nira Radia spied or not and whether anything regarding tax evasion was found.

On 15/12/2010 there were CBI raids on residences and offices of Nira Radia and many others. Headlines Today reported that an ex-employee complained to finance ministry Nira Radia being a spy and doing something anti-national. Chidambaram passed on the letter to Director General of Investigations, Income Tax Department, and tapping began. Why was RAW not informed?

There is speculation about what DMK will do. Some say it is unhappy about raids. Others say they knew about raids. Some talk about DMK withdrawing support to Congress and mid-term elections. If DMK offers support to BJP they will jump at the opportunity and A. Raja can be deputy prime minister.

Many CBI raids take place. Convictions are rare. At one time CBI raided Madhu Koda’s properties. The amount of scam was said to be 4,000 crore rupees. After some months it came down to 400 crore rupees. Then it was forgotten. Ramalinga Raju’s case is a fiasco.