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by Dhiman
23 Aug 2011 13:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172125

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

I know Adhothi's views were posted earlier, but I don't know if this particular article is http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article2379704.ece She predicts a civil war This awful crisis has been forged out of the utter failure of India's representative democracy, in which the legislatures are m...
by Dhiman
23 Aug 2011 00:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172125

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Seems like MLA's are gradually defecting across political lines to JanLokpal bill. Varun Gandhi, Chandrashekar, and now Priya Dutt (all relatively young). This should be encouraged. The top leadership of political parties will become more and more isolated as their MLA's independently voice their su...
by Dhiman
22 Aug 2011 09:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

^ that slowness, lethargy etc is what technology is supposed to eliminate. The vigilant population will have to oversee that system. Don't put the cart before the horse. Sounds good on paper like everything else :-), but, before bringing this futuristic computerized governance with vigilant citizen...
by Dhiman
22 Aug 2011 09:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Complete Business Process Outsourcing to IBM/Infy to make it wholly computerized and all interaction with the system is through public kiosks and web portals. It is the future. And along with that will come a single computerized switch to fudge the data and skew the results across all these compute...
by Dhiman
22 Aug 2011 08:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

http://www.tsr.net.co/profiles/blogs/can-the-hungry-go-on-a-hunger-strike WTH is she trying to say. I can't get it. The problem with these intellectual terrorists is that they never apply accountability and critical thinking to their own opinions, something which they habitually do to everything el...
by Dhiman
20 Aug 2011 08:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

What is the other solution? Wait for a Lee Kwuan to emerge in India? That's a throw of the dice. The future of the country is too important to be left to a random event happening. In a democracy (even a mild one at that), whenever a political vacuum exists people will create a new leader. Commonwea...
by Dhiman
20 Aug 2011 07:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

I mean, if Anna really has so much popular support why does he and his core team members stand for elections ? Or do they have so much contempt for public opinion that they think they do not endorsement from the people. SMS polls are not a valid democratic instrument you know :mrgreen: Because the ...
by Dhiman
19 Aug 2011 12:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

BJP president Nitin Gadkari and parliamentary leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley have also questioned the idea of Bills being made on the streets by any group, however well-meaning they are. Ms. Swaraj said as much on the floor of the Lok Sabha. The party also said that while it had problems wi...
by Dhiman
19 Aug 2011 12:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

So is AH the Indian Tea Party. Currently, more like a Political Action Committee as he is trying to push forward his agenda (anti-corruption) without getting into electoral fray. But certainly, he can support and endorse candidates in existing political parties who he feels would help him to push h...
by Dhiman
18 Aug 2011 09:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

I see the following points to pursue and take away from this fiasco: 1. Each city in the country must have a large central preassigned place where people can exercise their fundamental right to protest [b] without seeking any permission from ANYONE in any way . Right of protest should be unrestrict...
by Dhiman
17 Aug 2011 21:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Lok pal and all Keeping the history of bad governance as a living example, in all likelihood LokPal is going to be an ineffective organization. But what matters here is to show the corrupt that they are LOOSING. Pick a fight with these corrupt ministers, any fight and make them loose, challenge the...
by Dhiman
17 Aug 2011 21:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

I see the following points to pursue and take away from this fiasco: 1. Each city in the country must have a large central preassigned place where people can exercise their fundamental right to protest [b] without seeking any permission from ANYONE in any way . Right of protest should be unrestricte...
by Dhiman
17 Aug 2011 10:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

LOL, Ramdev getting ready to deliver the second punch:

http://www.inewsone.com/2011/08/17/ramd ... dent/69380

Ramdev will meet the president at 11.45 a.m., said a statement from the guru. He will then go to Tihar Jail to meet Hazare, it added.
by Dhiman
17 Aug 2011 09:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Note the addition of not civil society. What Jaitley said just after that was, the right to pass any bill rests with the parliament as Anna himself has said. But he also added that the civil society has all the rights to present their views and their opinion. This was not seen in the article. It wa...
by Dhiman
10 Aug 2011 09:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Lokpal-row-Team-Anna-to-appear-before-Parliament-panel-today/articleshow/9547263.cms [b]The decision to engage the civil society activists when they are in the campaign mode against the government is seen as reflecting Congress's desire to blunt their campai...
by Dhiman
03 Aug 2011 10:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228590

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

wig wrote:times seem to be changing => India to give $2bn to fund bailouts in Europe


What a massive waste of $2b.
by Dhiman
01 Aug 2011 10:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009
Replies: 3245
Views: 360095

Re: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009

GoI declares that stapled visa is illegal for entry/exit to/into India. So if you travel out, you can never come back. Advertise this, distribute this flyer outside PRC embassy and decalre a jail term for anyone getting this visa and trying to fly out or sail out. If you do slip out, then no entry....
by Dhiman
30 Jul 2011 09:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Protest-for-only-one-day-with-2000-supporters-Delhi-police-tell-Anna-Hazare/articleshow/9413146.cms .... and now this! Wary of attracting the charge of being "authoritarian", Delhi Police has stopped short of banning Hazare's protest outright. Inst...
by Dhiman
29 Jul 2011 08:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West
Replies: 951
Views: 56059

Re: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West

message to muslims is indirect. the real message is to European Christians. will you shape up and fight or roll over and die? that is the only question posed. now, Europe will try to figure out the answer. :rotfl: Any reading of European history and one common theme that will be quite clear is that...
by Dhiman
29 Jul 2011 08:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2428
Views: 315334

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

Hina Rabbani seems like a major show off. Working extra hard to show that she is rich. Personally its insulting and offensive not just to her own people, but to the country (India) she is visiting without any disregard for the millions and millions who have barely enough to eat. Next time she visit'...
by Dhiman
27 Jul 2011 12:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West
Replies: 951
Views: 56059

Re: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West

that said, i do believe that multi-culturalism in europe has gone too far and needs to be scaled back. European multi-culturalism doesn't exist in vacuum. Europe has a clear and well demonstrated history of historically abusing various cultures of the world both through colonialism and through self...
by Dhiman
27 Jul 2011 11:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West
Replies: 951
Views: 56059

Re: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West

It is the pattern of distribution of the Muslim population in Norway. Oslo West has practically been taken over by the Muslims. There is also a lot of intimidation by Muslim gangs and several cases of rape of Norwegian girls at the hands of these gangs. This gives the Muslim population a far bigger...
by Dhiman
27 Jul 2011 10:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West
Replies: 951
Views: 56059

Re: "Christian" Fundamentalism in West

Thanks to A_Gupta for the relevant sections quoted above. While Brevik was clearly a psycopath and his actions need to be condemned in the strongest terms, the limited question of whether he is a racist / supremacist is quite interesting. Based on the sections quoted, my conclusion would be that Br...
by Dhiman
11 Jul 2011 09:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

^ This is a classic Paki-style threat from the Congress...effectively putting a gun to its own head. I am just waiting for someone to spew a whole lot of irreverent gibberish and bla bla which offcourse will make it sound like they are the "expert" and then throw some complicated phraseol...
by Dhiman
08 Jul 2011 12:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Which should also make it clear that - the power of governance is cleverly being shifted into institutions which are unelected, and which therefore actually go even further out of potential control by the people. The goal of a democracy is to have representative government and an "elected gove...
by Dhiman
07 Jul 2011 09:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

as the common man is concerned low level corruption is at least as pernicious as high level corruption. As a people who lose 95% of government funds to corruption, we need a whole anti-corruption infrastructure , with at least as many staff and resources as the Income Tax department. Sir, An anti-c...
by Dhiman
05 Jul 2011 08:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

National Conference chief Farooq [b]Abdullah sought to drive home the point that money is needed to contest elections. “Everybody needs money. Why didn’t political parties tell Ramdev and Hazare to go to hell?” he was reported to have said. Can somebody explain the point that Abdullah was making ? ...
by Dhiman
04 Jul 2011 09:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

UID - Universal Implication Device. Makes it so much more easier to construct electronic trails and create cases against undesirable political or business opponents. Of course MMSji would vouch for it! The problem is not such technologies, procedures, and policies as these can be a boon in the righ...
by Dhiman
03 Jul 2011 09:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-06-21/news/29683624_1_polling-stations-voter-electronic-voting-machine There are two designs under consideration - one in which receipts get dropped in a box without manual intervention, and another design in which the voter manually takes the recei...
by Dhiman
29 Jun 2011 11:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

I certainly think India is quite far from any situation calling for violent revolution I think so too and ALL objective observations point to the fact that Anna Hazare, Ramdev, et. al. are doing their best to stay within the constitution and the law by mounting peaceful protests in the best politic...
by Dhiman
29 Jun 2011 08:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

A revolution could mean a drastic change, which I believe is what all of us want and could mean a violent overthrow and everything in between. If we discard the other extreme then most of us will quickly agree. Damn the English language :) True, a revolution could be violent as well. To be more spe...
by Dhiman
28 Jun 2011 13:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

1. If the wealth tax is 95% (say above an income of 10 LPA), would you try and evade taxes? A majority would. They'd become corrupt overnight. Irrational tax laws thus force people to become corrupt. Sir, its not as simple as you make it out to be. The only time India had such high level of taxes w...
by Dhiman
27 Jun 2011 10:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Those that are corrupt because the system forces them no other alternative - there are many. Sounds like a lame excuse to hide one's misdeed, a classic example of blaming personal faults on the "system". No body is forcing people to take bribes. In fact there are honest people in each and...
by Dhiman
24 Jun 2011 20:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

My point is simple. Any talk of 'maturity of electorate' based on election outcomes reflects classic Indian media dorkishness, the same non-rational dorkishness that results in their pseudo-liberal blather. The same people who sing songs of "voter maturity" forget about the criminalizatio...
by Dhiman
23 Jun 2011 11:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

So please refrain from addressing me in that manner, if you don't want to read my posts. In case you do have a doubt or query do so without throwing slants on INC links and then denials..if you want to look into solutions learn not to be presumptive. Saying that "it reads like a government rep...
by Dhiman
23 Jun 2011 10:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Harbansji, No offense intended, but it seems like you are reading a government report to me :-) or perhaps I didn't ask the question properly. My question is very simple: who or what is going to or has the ability to motivate the government to reform itself? Dhiman JI, first get it out of your head...
by Dhiman
23 Jun 2011 09:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Few weeks old article from http://www.indianexpress.com/news/A-transparency-revolution-is-on--but-India-not-ready--says-Antony/801275/: A transparency revolution is on, but India not ready, says Antony, Thu Jun 09 2011 In a fresh take on the corruption debate, Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesda...
by Dhiman
22 Jun 2011 11:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

where is the motivation for pushing for "needed policy change across the ministries" to actually reduce corruption going to come from? :D ... Harbansji, No offense intended, but it seems like you are reading a government report to me :-) or perhaps I didn't ask the question properly. My q...
by Dhiman
22 Jun 2011 11:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

That the LPB is being positioned as a watch dog organization. Not one that will push for needed policy change across ministries that will actually reduce corruption. Couple of articles posted too have been saying that of late. But Sir, where is the motivation for pushing for "needed policy cha...
by Dhiman
22 Jun 2011 10:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev
Replies: 3955
Views: 268850

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev

Sir 'sedition' is a serious charge and not to be imposed lightly. If one is advocating insurrection against the govt - even Ramdev can theoretically be charged with sedition. And IMO from what I have read, Barkha was a conduit for exchanges between DMK and INC. So I'm not sure she was guilty of a '...

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