Big B & Narendra Modi : Scapegoats

Last week two eminent personalities of our country hogged all the limelight in Media. The first person was Big B i.e. Shri Amitabh Bachchhan & next one Gujarat’s CM Shri Narendra Modi (Someone may disagree with me but he is definitely eminent personality of India). Both were made the scapegoat of immoral conduct of media and pseudo secularism observed by the Congress party. It was once again proved that Media in a race to to get the news bytes & TRP can stoop to any lows and Pseudo secularist Congress just know how to play around with the feelings of common man.

First let’s talk about Big B. All the drama started with the presence of Big B for the inauguration of new four lanes of Sea link bridge in Mumbai. It is known thing that Big B is not enjoying good terms with Gandhi family. So all the religious slaves of Gandhi family have to distant themselves from Big B. Also, recently Big B associated himself with the Brand Gujarat. Since then whole media is working overtime to portray him political and cook up some stories about it. Media dissect every minute thing which Big B writes on his blog and cook up some exciting story out of it. Congress is thinking that his CM shaking hand with Big B or sharing dais with Big B will put their secular party image in danger coz now Big B has agreed to promote tourism of Gujarat ruled by Mr. Narendra Modi. How immature? At the same time isn’t it an attempt to neglect/insult/isolate Gujarat? Is congress party trying to convey message that whoever will associate themselves with Gujarat will be isolated and neglected? Why such an insult for Gujarat? If Congress has problem with Narendra Modi or BJP is fine but why to hate the progress initiative of Gujarat? Big B has hit back on this attitude of congress party very well on his blog. Read Big B’s defence on his blog : http://bigb.bigadda.com/?p=4890 After reading this can anyone say he is wrong in anyways? He has also put up the invitation letters and appreciation letters he has received from state government (http://bigb.bigadda.com/?p=4894). This clearly shows that Big B was good till he didn’t associate himself with brand Gujarat. Congress party in compulsion to object BJP is doing injustice with Gujarat. Hate Mr. Modi but why any of the progress related initiative of Gujarat? While I’m writing this, news has come that Maharashtra CM has visited event in Pune a day earlier so that he doesn’t have to share the dais with Big B. Big B has written on his blog that Abhishek’s posters and video were also removed from the WWF earth hour event (for which he is brand ambassador) because the event was to be attended by the Delhi CM Sheila Dixit.  Isn’t it ridiculous? Big B is decorated personality nationally and internationally and he definitely doesn’t deserve cold shoulders in his home nation, home state and home city. Congress party is fine to associate themselves with goddesses of corruption like Jaylalithas & Mayawatis but not fine with person who is trying to help out Gujarat in it’s progress initiative. Is it justified? Also, as Big B mentioned why Congress is targeting him only. Why not congress is boycotting likes of Ratan Tata or Mukesh Ambani who has their big business interests in Gujarat. Why congress is adopting double standard? Congress has definitely need to explain it’s stand.

Now let’s talk about another person who is beloved child of media & soft target of the pseudo secular politics observed in our country. Narendra Modi yesterday appeared in front of the SIT (Special Investigation Team) appointed by Apex court. I’m happy that Mr. Modi appeared against SIT and set and example. In India rich and influential people know the way to evade the judicial system and if Mr. Modi had wished he could have done so easily. But in a spirit of common man, he appeared against SIT when he was called. I think he set the right example in political system to respect the law and order. He proved that he is not like Madhu Koda or Shibu Soren who is constantly evading the investigations or arrests by hook or crook. I would like to remind people about absconding Shibu Soren (to avoid the arrest) when he was cabinet minister in UPA government. Likes of Sajjan kumar and Jagadeesh tytler still evading the warrants and inquiries in 84 sikh riots in Delhi.  Those who says Mr. Modi forgot his राज धर्म at the time of Godhra riots then why they are only questioning Mr. Modi? Why not Mayawati is being questioned or isolated for wasting public’s money on statues and getting herself garlanded with currency notes? Is Mayawati untouchable for pseudo secular political parties? I want to ask our political parties that secularism is the only ethos people of our nation wants? People of nation doesn’t deserve good infrastructure, better job prospects, quality life, etc. Modi is elected representative of Gujarat through democratic process but still not respected by Central Government. If that is not the case then why Central government is not pressing for his case when US is not granting him visa for USA on humanitarian ground? This is definitely not the kind of treatment elected head of state deserves.  English media is always busy in painting villainous picture of Modi and showing Gujarat & Mr. Modi in bad light. Why English media is giving so much of importance to interrogation of Mr. Modi and Gujarat? English media only remembers Godhra but can’t see anything good about Mr. Modi or Gujarat while ignoring the wrong doings in rest of the political system.

Such things are totally disgusting. Hope the better sense prevail for our Media and political fulcrum. Amen!!

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Policies of Singapore Govt.

આ પોસ્ટમાં સિંગાપોર સરકારની અમુક પોલિસીઓ વિશે વાત કરવી છે.

Forced Conversion

મને ઘણાં બધાં લોકો દ્વારા સાંભળવા મળ્યું કે સિંગાપોરની સરકાર હવે PR (Permanenet Recidency) ની reneweal માટે આવતી અરજીઓને મંજૂર નથી કરી રહ્યી પણ PR renew કરવાના બદલે અરજી કરવાવાળાઓને સિટીઝનશીપ લેવાનું કહે છે. લાગે છે સિંગાપોર સરકારનો વસ્તી વધારવાનો નવો નૂસ્ખો છે આ :).  મને નથી લાગતું કે આ કારગત નીવડે. વફાદારી અને દેશદાઝ એવી વસ્તુ છે કે એ દબાણથી કે લાલચથી ના લાવી શકાય. દરેક દેશ પોતાના હિતને ધ્યાનમાં રાખીને નીતિઓ ઘડે એ બરાબર છે પણ સિંગાપોર સરકારની આ નીતિ મને યોગ્ય નથી લાગતી. અહીં તો સરકાર ઓલોમ્પિકમાં મેડલો જીતવા માટે પણ ખેલાડીઓ આયાત કરે છે.

P for Productivity

આ વખતના સિંગાપોર બજેટમાં સરકારે Productivity એટલે કે કાર્યદક્ષતા પર ભાર મૂકીને ડોલરની લ્હાણી કરી છે. સરકારી આંકડાઓ મુજબ અહીંના સ્થાનિક કામદારો બહુ કાર્યદક્ષ નથી. વચ્ચે અહીંની સરકારના એક મંત્રીએ ઉદાહરણ આપ્યું કે તેઓ જ્યારે જર્મની ગયા હતા ત્યારે ત્યાંની કોફી શોપમાં જે મહિલા કામ કરતી હતી એ બધું એકલા હાથે કામ  કરી રહી હતી એટલે કે ઓર્ડર લેવાનું કામ, ગ્રાહકોને કોફી આપવાનું, બિલ બનાવવાનું, વગેરે વગેરે. આ મંત્રી સાહેબ સિંગાપોરના લોકોને આવું ઉદ્દાત ઉદાહરણ આપીને સમજાવતા હતા કે તમારે પણ કાર્યદક્ષ બનવું જોઇએ એ મહિલાની જેમ. બહુ સરસ વાત કરી મંત્રી સાહેબે. ખાલી મારે એમને એક સવાલ પૂછવો હતો કે એ કોફી શોપમાં કામ કરતી મહિલાને કલાકના કેટલા યુરો મળે છે અને અહીં કોફી શોપમાં કામ કરનારને કલાકના કેટલા મળે છે? અહીં કેશિયર જેવી જવાબદારીવાળા કામ માટે પણ કલાકના 5-6 ડોલરથી વધૂ કોઇ આપતું નથી. જો તમે મહેનતાણું આપવા તૈયાર ના હો તો પછી કામની આશા કંઇ રીતે રાખી શકો? પણ આવા આવા ઉદાહરણો આપીને સરકાર લોકોને ઉંઠા ભણાવે. હવે બજેટમાં સરકાર બિલીયન ડોલર્સની લ્હાણી કરશે અને બતાવશે કે તેઓ કામદારોને કાર્યદક્ષ બનાવશે અને એમ કરવાથી કામદારોને સારુ મહેનતાણું મળશે અને સિંગાપોરમાં આયાતી કામદારો નહીં લાવવા પડે. મહેનતાણા અને કાર્યદક્ષતા વચ્ચેનો સીધો સંબંધ સરકારને કેમ નથી સમજવો એ અઘરી વસ્તુ છે સમજવી મારા માટે? મારા મત મુજબ સરકારે Minimum Wage program શરૂ કરવો જોઇએ.

PRs feeling left out

નજીકના ભવિષ્યમાં સિંગાપોરમાં ચૂંટણીઓ યોજાવાની છે. એટલે હવે સરકાર દ્વારા નાગરિકોને ખુશ કરવાની કવાયત શરૂ થઇ ગઇ છે. જો કે આ બાબતમાં સિંગાપોર સરકારનો અભિગમ એવો  છે કે PRને નાના બતાવીને સિંગાપોરના નાગરિકોને મોટા બતાવવાના. PRને અપાતી બધી સવલતો હવે સરકાર કાપી રહી છે. સરકાર એ ભૂલી રહી છે કે ટેક્ષ લેવામાં સરકાર PR અને Citizen વચ્ચે ફરક નથી રાખતી. અમુક હદ સુધી PR અને Citizen વચ્ચેનો ફરક યોગ્ય છે પણ હવે આ ફરક અન્યાયનું સ્વરૂપ લઇ રહ્યો હોય એવું લાગે છે. જો આમ જ રહેશે તો લોકો સિંગાપોર આવવાનું કદાચ પસંદ નહીં પણ કરે અને એ સમયે કદાચ સરકારને પોતાની ભૂલ સમજાશે.

Absence of credible opposition

કહેવાય છે કે તંદુરસ્ત લોકશાહીની નિશાની છે વિરોધપક્ષ કેટલો સક્ષમ છે. આ બાબતમાં સિંગાપોરની લોકશાહી મરવા પડી છે. 1965થી એટલે કે જ્યારથી સિંગાપોર અસ્તિત્ત્વમાં આવ્યું છે ત્યારથી એક જ પક્ષ અને લગભગ એક જ ખાનદાન સિંગાપોર પર રાજ કરી રહ્યું છે. આજ દિન સુધી સરકારે  સિંગાપોરમાં વિરોધના સૂરને મિડીયા કે લોકો સમક્ષ નથી આવવા દીધો. જો કોઇ વિરોધનો સૂર ઉઠે તો તરત એના પર એટલા law suit ચારે તરફથી નાંખી દેવામાં આવે કે બિચારો જીવતા જીવ ઉકલી જાય. સંસદ હોય કે કામદાર સંગઠનો હોય બધે એક જ પક્ષનું એકચક્રી શાસન ચાલે. બજેટ આવે એટલે કામદાર સંગઠનો સરકારના બજેટની પ્રશંસા કરે (દલા તરવાડીની વાર્તાની જેમ). જો હું ખોટો ના હોઉ તો સિંગાપોરની હાલની સંસદમાં માત્ર 1-2 વિરોધ પક્ષના સભ્યો છે. સિંગાપોરના વિરોધપક્ષની વેબસાઇટ અહીં છે. આ વેબસાઇટ સરકાર ચાલવા દે છે એની મને નવાઇ લાગે છે.

હાલ પૂરતું અહીં વિરમું છું. ફરી ક્યારેક આ વિષય પર વધૂ લખીશ.

ये दिल्ली है मेरे यार….

Now a days, I listen to following song from “Dilli 6” almost every day (thanks to Big FM 96.3 FM the only bollywood FM station of Singapore). The music of this song is quiet catchy and like this song. So listening this song almost everyday inspired me to write this post.

 

There are many songs on Mumbai in our bollywood movies but I think not many on so called “Dilwalo ki nagri Delhi”. As of now I can recall only this song on Delhi from bolly movies. Perhaps bollywood doesn’t have much fascination for the political capital of nation.

If one asks me, my love for Delhi is not as strong as Mumbai. (According to me Mumbai is a place to be in, if your pocket is flooding with money. I have seen the life of Mumbai from quite near and can write a book on different facet of life in Mumbai. But this post is about Delhi so will give rest to Mumbai for a while). 

I have been to Delhi four times till date. But barring few things, Delhi didn’t impressed me much. First time when I went there I was around 21. Well, the Welcome I received in Delhi was not pleasant for me. After getting down @ railway station, I used the toilet adjacent to rest room. The moment I came out of toilet one old lady asked me to give 10 Rupee for using rest room. I replied her that I used the toilet only and not the rest room. The lady replied in very firm voice "बेटे 10 रूपये में निपटा ले वरना बहुत महगा पड जायेगा". It was just like cold blooded dhamki from that old lady. I literally gave away 10 rupee to that old lady. I realised, I’m in Delhi the so called “ठगो का शहर".  During my first visit to Delhi itself, I made my way through the political lanes of “North block” n “South block”. I went inside the “South block” n none of the security guard at that time cared to stop me. It’s fact whether someone believe it or not. At that time, I had stayed in a MP quarter of Dilip Sanghani (He was member of parliament at that time from Amreli) in New Delhi. Narendra Modi now chief minister of Gujarat was also sharing a house with Dilip Sanghani. Mr. Modi at that time was only involved with organisational activities of BJP. But at that time even, I had silently observed Mr. Modi’s influence on party workers. At that time the parliament was in session so Delhi was buzzing with political activities. I also met then Member of Parliament from Kutch Mr. Pushpdan Gadhvi. I missed out seeing L. K. Advani (due to his busy schedule) who was MP from Gandhinagar even at that time. All n all, I spent around 3 days in parlays of hard core central politics. First time I realised that government babus don’t care about recommendations from MPs. I also realized that going to politicians without solid jack is futile. I had to come back from Delhi without success. But I saw few places in New Delhi like Parliament house, Rashtrapati bhavan, Raj path, India gate, etc. During my return journey, throughout I kept cursing the cunning politicians. But whatever happened at that time with me, ultimately proved good for me though. 

My second visit to Delhi was official one. For some company’s work, I had to go to Ghaziabad (so called crime capital). So first I went to Delhi and from there I reached Ghaziabad by train. I find Ghaziabad very small city but people here were not so gracious. Fellow at the hotel reception warned me of not venturing out after 9 pm as it was unsafe. On my way back, I spent some real good time in New Delhi. I have been to Connaught place in a company of one wonderful person. I spent some quality time with that person over there venting out all the frustrations I had in my mind after visiting Ghaziabad. I was impressed seeing Connaught place. I felt like I was moving somewhere out of India. With lots of good memories, I boarded the Rajdhani to return to Ahmedabad.

My third visit was also some work related only but nothing worthy to mention about it.

My fourth visit to Delhi was immediately after marriage. We went for our honeymoon to Shimla through Delhi. In return, we went together to CP (as Connaught place is called among delhites) and did some shopping and had a good time. Though after coming back from Shimla to Delhi, I had some problem in getting hotel room. Again, all people were eager to make hole in my pocket but this time I was well prepared. But all n all, it was good trip. But train journey was quiet good both way. We had lots of rabdi @Abu road station.

There were few experiences during my trips to Delhi but most of them are forgettable or can not put them here in public forum.

But Delhi has given me two very special people to whom I admire and they hold special places deep in my heart.

The first one is my friend Ritesh. I met him for the first time after coming to Singapore. He was also working for Yokogawa but through some other company as consultant. I was new in Singapore and my immediate supervisor introduced me to him. At that time, I was looking for home in Singapore (those were very tense days for me) and was not getting any. Ritesh had also came to Singapore just 2 months before me but he had already rented the house in Singapore. So he knew more of Singapore than me then. I started interacting with him and found him very helpful. During my initial struggling period in Singapore, he helped me in every possible way. He was very different guy a kind of perfect balance of everything in him. I learned lot many homely things from him. After I rented a house in Singapore, he also helped me on how to make a structure of four walls a home. I also stayed at his place for around 10 days (as he was also bachelor then) so everyday he was used to cook some food for us. Thanks Ritesh for all the dinners and chapattis you cooked for us. When wify came to Singapore, she was also amazed to see how well I had kept the house and how  everything was in Order (perhaps she was expecting everything to be in mess knowing my abilities to manage home affairs :)).  This guy also helped me a lot when wify was in hospital for Ruhi’s delivery. At that time, he took my mom to his place and took very good care of my mom. Together our families have been to Malaysia and many different places in Singapore also. But all good things comes to an end one day and so as our association. Today we are separated by distance (as he has moved to US now) but still deep in my heart I still thank him a lot for what he has done to me.

It is not possible for me to write about the other person from Delhi who had  a long lasting influence on my life. I’m still can’t decide whether the influence that fellow had on my life was good or bad but still those memories are intact in my heart.

Delhi is divided in New Delhi n Old Delhi. New Delhi is good as roads are wider, cleaner and less crowded. While I avoid visiting Old Delhi. However, I advice visiting Chandni chowk once. The places I liked in Delhi are CP, Rajpath, Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, Chandni chowk (just for some food n shopping), etc.

So I can write only this much about Delhi. If any Delhite read this pls don’t get offended by anything written here.

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