Ten differences between Jan Lokpal Bill and Govt Bill

The streets are witnessing a demand that the government's Lok Pal Bill be replaced by the Jan Lok Pal Bill (JLP) as drafted by the team led by Anna Hazare. There are several significant differences between the two bills. In this note, we describe the some of these differences.

Awareness on International Right to Know Day – Wednesday-28 September-2011

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Dear All RTI Activist,
as we are aware that International Right to Know Day – is on Wednesday-28 September-2011.

International Right to Know Day was established by access to information advocates from around the globe. It was first celebrated on 28 September 2003, and 2011 will see the 9th International Right to Know Day.

For women, where there's a bill, there's a way

Perhaps one shouldn't expect too much too soon from the women's reservation bill - but besides changing the face of politics, it is bound to alter the gender dynamics of Indian society gradually, say experts.

Counsellor Sameer Parikh says quotas are sometimes required to initiate change. The women's reservation bill will surely have an impact on the mindset of Indian society although it will be a gradual process.

Its time to revisit reservation policy and find better alternatives

Time to rethink, if reservation policy has worked as was intended to? We need to understand, why reservation is still ineffective even after more than 50 years. It’s time to come up with better ideas.

Few ideas:
1. Govt should open education institutes dedicated for minorities to provide better education so minorities can be competitive enough to be outstanding.
2. Govt provides monitory support for education. Like free or discounted school.

Please add your views and ideas..

A Vote for Stability

A lot of things has happened since my last blog. Election results are already announced. Congress led coalition has got majority. I had a sigh of relief not that I died hard Congress support. It’s because we would have a very stable government and with very honest Prime minister for next 5 years.

 

During these hard times it was absolutely needed and people showed what they want. They want stable and good governance. Congress has got this opportunity and let’s hope it does not disappoint us.

 

Who wants to serve the nation?

On Tuesday Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) LK Advani targeted Congress saying that the party has no culture of sharing power. Advani said it was the BJP that shared power with other parties at the centre, while addressing a rally in favor of the BJP candidate I.D. Swami in Haryana district.

Political reform needed

one of the most serious thing in contemporary india is that the common people has lost its confidece in the politicians because most of the politicians are either corrupt or having criminal background. They have no political vision for the country and no solid programme for the overall development of the country.Most of the politicians are ignorent of the rich heritage of India.

Choose right candidate for your vote

Voters want change but who is the right candidate, how can one decide because most political parties have fielded candidates with criminal background.

What happened to Indian Media ?

Indian media again did what it should not. It has created a new leader for the BJP and for the Hinduithava factions , with out any help from the BJP.  They have managed single handily made a big issue of a small speech give in a remote place to a national importance, and all the "News" channels and websites has been covering "drama" almost on priority.

The great game of rice

The great game of rice has been begun. First Congress promised 25kg of rice or wheat at Rs 3 a month for every family below the poverty line. Now BJP looks to respond with a similar scheme with food grain for the poor at even cheaper rates.

It may eat up to Rs 5000 crore of tax payers money and if BJP comes with a lower price then even harder hit. Well its not there money so they don’t have hesitation to spend any money.  How many of them spend even a penny of their legitimate earnings for similar good cause.

How do Indians vote ?

In a few days from now Indians will be Voting to elect a new national government.The Indian general elections are considered as the biggest exercise in democracy in the world.

So it is a good time to look at the question that is the domain of psephologists ie How do Indians vote ? On what basis we decide our national government ?

Let us look at some of the factors.

The Third Front an Affront?

The election euphoria is heating up. Almost all ordinary news becomes sensational during these days and the people of India are treated with more masala than the news per se. The buzz word for the past one week is the “Third Front”. This front has nothing to do with ideologies but with opportunities. This is a cluster of small regional parties who over estimate their value and has no national image. However, they are pretty good at their regional levels.

General Elections 2009

It looks like tha Election Commission has taken additional precautionary measures this time to ensure free and fair elections. This is evident from the fact that it is a five phase poll this time for the 15th General Elections. Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir will have five phases of polls. It was a four phase poll in 2004.

Speak Out

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

- Rev. Martin Niemoller (1937)

Need to act

Every Indian always wants to do something for his/her country. We think but sometimes really could not do any good, but we could not sit idle. We possibly need to go beyond our needs and hesitation and really start contributing to nation no matter how small it is. If we analyze our democratic structure then we can really figure out some solution.  Although there are many thing which needs to be fixed and may take another 100 years to fix them but in my view we can start with one that is by choosing a right leader which we do not have obviously.

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