From Dhulagarh to #TehattaTerror : West Bengal easily slipping into Jihadi instigation with Mamata patronage

West Bengal over possessed by the Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators is turning into a mini Pakistan. The Mamata Banerjee government and her Party TMC is in power with the help of Jihadi elements in the state. This is more than a vote bank politics and Muslim appeasement which definitely not used for the betterment of the innocent Muslim community but the Mamata government seems involved in unholy and anti-national nexus with the extremist radical Muslim elements who don’t recognise nation’s borders.

Both Dhulagarh and current Tehetta school cases have quite evident that CM Mamata Banerjee firmly stands behind the tempestuous Muslim elements in the state and the Hindus in WB have no patron, politically or in administration. This scenario creates a situation that the West Bengal, like one time East Bengal is easily slipping in the hands of Jihadists who are overpowering local Hindus. This could result in a demand by Muslim elements for an another separate nation. Hope this is not the ultimate aim of Mamata Didi.

The Tehetta school story

In West Bengal, a Government -aided school named Tehatta Public school in Howrah has been closed indefinitely as Islamic fundamentalist goons provoked Muslim kids to celebrate “Milad un Nabi” (the birthday of Muslim Prophet Muhammad) and stop traditional Saraswati Puja. The school authorities first denied, and then consented for “Nabi Diwas” celebrations. Radicals pressurised the School principal, hoisted the Islamic flag on school. Assured with CM Mamata Banerjee’s Muslim appeasement policy, their aim is to stop traditional Saraswati Puja and pressurise the administration and the Government to curb Hindu sentiments.

Entire electronic media which was zealous and oversensitive about the slap on Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his History distortion while making film on Rani Padmini- incidentally Bhansali wanted to shoot intimate love sequence between the Hindu Rajput Rani and attacker Muslim invader Allauddin Khilji- is equally unenthused about the suppression of Hindu students who were beaten heavily with full cruelty by the state Police, when the Hindu students of the Tehatta School and from other schools and the Hindu locals blocked the NH-6 near the school for hours on February 1, the Saraswati Puja Day.

The WB police lathi charged, used tear gas ann rubber bullets to vandalise the Tehatta school students agitation demanding Saraswati puja.

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It is well known that the Jihadi elements are under the protection of none other than ruling party All India Trinamool Congress and its Chief Mamata Banerjee.

The Saraswati puja on Basant Panchami started in Tehatta High School in 1952 and was ongoing uninterrupted since then. And now, the Jihadi elements are forcing local Muslims to pressurise authorities to act against Hindu beliefs and impose Islamic rituals.

Background

On 16th December, Utpal Mallik, the Teacher-in-charge of Tehatta High School in Howrah district of West Bengal wrote a letter to the Uluberia police station with an endorsement to concerned authorities apprising them of a tense situation building up there. The letter revealed that some students of the 9th and 10th standard of the school aided by outsiders, who were influenced by some local Islamic fundamentalists, had entered the school campus and forcibly celebrated Nabi Diwas (Birthday of Prophet Mohammed) on 13th December without taking permission from the school authorities.

According to reports, those who entered the school premises forcibly roughed up students and teachers, and also hoisted green Islamic flags atop the building. This forcible outside intervention in the functioning of the school led to school staff feeling insecure and communal tensions in the locality, thereby resulting in the school needing to be kept shut. This hampered the form fill-up of 10th standard students, who have to appear for board exams.

This report by Eenadu dated 20th December sheds more light on the incident. The report suggests that after staying closed for 7 days, the school was allowed to reopen only after the assurance that Nabi Diwas would be celebrated. A meeting took place between the administration, school authorities and representatives of Islamic groups. They agreed to a 15-min celebration of the religious event and removal of religious flags hoisted on the school building.

The latest incident pertains to the Tehatta High School in Uluberia in Howrah district. A letter dated January 27 from Headmaster Utpal Mallik — who has since resigned from the post — reportedly said some “students and Islamic Fundamentalists” vandalised the school’s property and were preparing to celebrate Milad-un-Nabi the next day without seeking permission from the concerned authorities and hoisted an Islamic flag in the school.

After he sent the letter, the District Inspector, Secondary Education, Howrah on behalf of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education ordered (vide no 38 D dt 29.01.2017) an indefinite closure of the institute due to tension in the area. Mallik, meanwhile, quit as the headmaster citing the mental pressure he was being subjected to. “The normal relationship between a student and a teacher does not exist here,” he told Bengali newspaper. (With inputs From Hindu existence)

The Tehatta area is not far away from Dhulagarh which recently faced a gruesome attack on Hindu areas. It is believed that TMC MP of Uluberia Sultan Ahmed and the Haider Aziz Safwi, MLA of Uluberia Purba are behind the attacks on Hindus and Jihadi instigation.

Congratulating PM Modi on SurgicalStrikeonBlackMoney

Congratulating PM Modi on #SurgicalStrikeonBlackMoney  

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Common Indians stunned, a little bit shocked – cautious – and then after understanding the whole issue of the #CurrencyNotes , rejoiced knowing that what it aimed at. They knew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrow has aimed at many targets.

Politicians and people’s representative from all political parties, builder lobby, government babus and all corrupt elements in the society cannot open their mouth now. Even the Congress Party, which dared PM Modi yesterday night, has today meowed in the next morning on the #SurgicalStrikeonBlackMoney  by PM Modi. The decision of demonetization of the currency notes of Rs500 and Rs1000 is not a mere political or typical economy related decision. The vigour shown by Modi to implement and execute this decision has a greater value of national security and national financial ethics attached with that. It has the power to streamline black market, corruption, loony financial habits of Indians, deeply rooted “Chalta Hai” (who cares) approach and more than that the breaking of Pakistan’s fake note disaster harming the Indian Economy.

The government says that the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) are being used for subversive activities such as espionage, smuggling of arms, drugs and other contrabands into India. This fake currency has always a link of financing of terrorism and drug trafficking. Use of high denomination notes for storage of unaccounted wealth has been evident from cash recoveries made by law enforcement agencies from time to time.

For a common person, it becomes an issue of discomfort and humiliation when someone stares at him and the Rs500 note with a suspicion. The fake notes look similar to genuine notes. High denomination notes are known to facilitate generation of black money.

The demonetization of the Currency notes of Rs500 and Rs1000 has also a background of this observation.

While the total number of bank notes in circulation rose by 40% between 2011 and 2016, the increase in the number of notes of Rs.500/- denomination was 76% and for Rs.1,000/- denomination was 109% during this period. New Series bank notes of Rs.500/- and Rs.2,000/- denominations will be introduced for circulation from 10th November 2016. Infusion of Rs.2,000/- bank notes will be monitored and regulated by RBI. The introduction of new series of banknotes which will be distinctly different from the current ones in terms of look, design, size and colour has been planned.

The World Bank in July 2010 estimated the size of the shadow economy for India at 20.7% of the GDP in 1999 and rising to 23.2% in 2007. There are similar estimates made by other Indian and international agencies. A parallel shadow economy corrodes and eats into the vitals of the country’s economy. It generates inflation which adversely affects the poor and the middle classes more than others. It deprives Government of its legitimate revenues which could have been otherwise used for welfare and development activities.

The #SurgicalStrikeonBlackMoney will eliminate Black Money which casts a long shadow of the parallel economy on our real economy.

In the last two years, the Government has taken a number of steps to curb the menace of black money in the economy. The first decision that the Modi government took after gaining power was to set up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money.

The Government enacted a law regarding undisclosed foreign income and assets. The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between India and Mauritius and India and Cyprus was amended.

Government improvised an understanding with Switzerland for getting information on Bank accounts held by Indians with HSBC; encouraging the use of non-cash and digital payments. Recently the Benami Transactions Act and implemented the Income Declaration Scheme 2016.

 

It’s a Challenge: Rahul, face trial and tell us why you blame RSS

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rebuked the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his untrue and fallacious barbs against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) implicating it in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi. But a bandwagon of Indian journos, who are ‘more political than politicians,’ found a new opportunity in this to hammer the RSS.

To those who are seeing a last hope in Rahul Gandhi (whose party is having the last laugh…) to portray his as a ‘gladiator’ against the ‘mighty’ Modi this came as a handy chance.

For some, whose journalism does not allow writing the fact- “SC rebukes Rahul” and said to apologize or face trial for dragging RSS into Mahatma’s murder, are bolstering Rahul’s fallacy.

For many media houses, it’s a non-story as the Congress scion has been slammed by the SC, while some are twisting the tale.

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The Congress party also jumped to pump up its scion trapped in judicial claw. The Congress Party initiated twitter trend #RSSKilledGandhi with some age-old absurd rhetoric which was used to defame, diminish and damn the world’s most revered social movement – the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its path-breaking following.

The Gandhi assassination by a “Hindu Brahmin” from Pune, one time entrant of the RSS and an active member of the Hindu Mahasabha, who hailed “Hindu Beliefs and Culture” with the strong Nationalist concept, inspired by nationalist thoughts, was the readymade batter mix to drag the unholy conclusion – “RSS killed Gandhi”.

This conclusion based on the hypothesis having the best ever potentiality  to terminate the RSS which was becoming a thorn in the neck of the Congress party and its new boss- Jawaharlal Nehru. To remain in power and to maintain peoples’ trust and loyalty, the Congress Party has been harping on some conserved issues.

Congress party’s best kept lies

From the first day of independence,  the Congress has maintained three best-kept rhetorics. Firstly, it inherits Mahatma Gandhi, his thoughts and his political legacy; secondly, that the Congress Party time and again, maintained its image as a political organization of 125 years and the party that has solely responsible for the freedom from the British rulers in 1947; and, thirdly,  the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (which was hated by Nehru most) killed the “Father of the Nation”.

It was wrong to credit the Congress and the Mahatma for independence of India. There were many revolutionaries, brave and young, who sacrificed their lives at the altar of the freedom struggle. The Azad Hind Fouz of Netaji Subhash Bose, the rebellion by Indian Navy and most importantly the inability of England to rule over its vast empire as it was weakend by the World War II culminated into Indian independence. But the Congress forced upon the country using the governmental machinery that it is the only political party that should be credited for Indian independence. The truth is, Mahatma Gandhi wanted to dissolve the Congress saying that it was only a unification of the Indians to fight against the British rule. And with its mission fulfilled, this congregation of Indians with diverse political hues should be disbanded.

Had Mahatma Gandhi been alive today, he would have joined hands with Baba Ramdev and toured India in protest against rampant corruption and mismanagement of the affairs of the country,” says Venkat Ram Kalyanam, the one and only living witness to the assassination of the Father of the Nation on  January 30, 1948, (02 October 2013)

Gandhi was heart-broken within months of the freedom because of the  complaints pouring in from all over the country about wide-spread corruption in the Congress-ruled States as well as at the Centre. Kalyanam quotes from his notes dictated to him by the Mahatma himself. Bapu wanted a new entity called “Lok Sevak Sangh” which the Mahatma conceived as a one of its kind organisation in the world. Quoting from notes dictated to him by Gandhi

Kalyanam quotes from his notes dictated to him by the Mahatma himself. Quoting from notes dictated to him by Gandhi Kalyaman says, “Bapu wanted a new entity called “Lok Sevak Sangh” which the Mahatma conceived as a one of its kind organisation in the world.”

It is still a surprise how Gandhi was assassinated while he was pushing a transformation of Congress into a non-political entity fighting against all odd posed by Nehru.

History doesn’t answer why Nehru, in particular, was against this idea of his Guru and why he was assassinated when he was, in fact, writing the code of conduct for the new political entity.

The another lie that is now exposed to all and the Congress has getting punished for the fact that, it never was a political inheritance of Mahatma Gandhi but the politically shrewd Nehru and his equally clever descendants baptised as “Gandhi” and ‘cash’ on its charisma tried to influence the average Indian psyche.

After Gandhi’s assassination, the concept of transforming Indian National Congress, into a non-profit social outfit was ceased, with the assassination of Mahatma, the Nehru clan got freedom to pose as ‘Gandhi’ to use all kind of ‘sainthood’ ascribed to that name and in that veiled identity the Congress party nurtured a most corrupt political system in the Nation.

After all, who gained? It’s only the Nehru-Gandhi family

Is RSS really a killer of Mahatma?

Now its turn to understand Nehru’s another best-orchastrated lie that the Congress of Sonia is blabbering till date. And that is the assassination of the Mahatma, the Father of Nation, the great Bapu, was executed by the RSS through Naturam Godse.

Mahatma Gandhi visited RSS camp at Wardha in 1934 and being a true secular by heart, he was amazed to see equality, discipline amongst the swayamsevaks and the programmes conducted in the shibir.

In 1934, when Gandhiji visited a 1500-strong Swayamsevaks camp at Wardha, he was pleasantly surprised to find that the Swayamsevaks were not even aware of the castes of one another, not to speak of any ideas of untouchability. The visit had left such a deep impression on Gandhiji’s mind that he referred to it full thirteen years later. In his address to the workers of Sangh in Bhangi Colony at Delhi on 16th September 1947, he said, “I visited the RSS camp years ago when the founder Shri Hedgewar was alive. I was very much impressed by your discipline, the complete absence of untouchability and the rigorous simplicity. Since then the Sangh has grown. I am convinced that any organization which is inspired by the high ideal of service and self-sacrifice is bound to grow in strength.” (The Hindu: 17th September 1947)

Every day, on the Shakha swayamsevaks, recite “Ekatmata Stotram”

दादाभाई गोपबंधुः टिळको गांधी रादृताः
रमणो मालवीयश्च श्री सुब्रमण्य भारती ॥२९॥

This is the line of Ekatmata Stotram, in which Mahatma Gandhi gets remembered by a common RSS swayamsevak.

RSS founder Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar was in fact, a prominent Congress leader of Vidarbha region. In spite of his fears and apprehensions about the path which the Congress had taken under the leadership of Gandhiji, Dr Hedgewar, as a disciplined soldier in the nationalist movement, did participate in the non-cooperation movement launched by Gandhiji. Dr Hedgewar was sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment. In the year 1930, Dr Hedgewar received a call from Lokanayak Bapuji Ane to participate in the Jangal Satyagraha launched by him in protest against the forest laws of Central Province. When Bapuji Ane led the agitation in Pusad, Dr Hedgewar led the Satyagraha at Yavatmal.

But a keen and determined patriot Hedgewar realised that the absence of a political and national awakening among the common masses was needed. He also came to understand that mere acts of bravery and self-sacrifice on the part of a few daring and patriotic individuals will not bring independence to the country. With this clear realisation, Dr Hedgewar diverted his attention to the national movement launched by the Indian National Congress and launched the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

When in 1947, India got freedom from the British Rule; a sense of national awakening was prominent among the masses. The RSS was gaining full support and ground because of its patriotic and cultural teachings. A Swayamsevak of the RSS was being identified as a social activist with the nationalist ethos and an individual with a noble character. The fame, charisma and teachings of the second Sarsanghchalak ‘Shri Guruji’ was equally received by the Indians as that of the Congress bigwigs.

Nehru, the only person with a narrow mind

The only person with a narrow mind and the insecure feeling was Prime Minister Nehru. Congressmen spread lies that Jawaharlal Nehru was a popular leader and great politician but the fact is otherwise.

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So-called ChaCha!

 

It was Nehru who forced Gandhi to agree to the partition of the nation so that he could become PM. But he wasn’t a democratically elected PM of India. In 1946 a meeting of Congress Working Committee was held in Delhi to elect the president of Indian National Congress who could be the first PM of India and it was Sardar Patel who won the poll getting 13 votes in his favor 2 votes in favor of Jivatram Kriplani and just 1 vote in favor of Nehru.

But the power-hungry Nehru threatened Gandhii, his Guru, that if he were not made the PM then he would split the Congress. And in that condition, British will never leave India. Gandhi asked Sardar Patel to step down for Nehru and withdraw his nomination, and Patel did so because of his respect towards Gandhi. So this is totally undemocratic and shameful way and because of nepotism Nehru became the first PM of independent India.

How RSS was dragged into Gandhi assassination…

A similar thing happened with the RSS which neither posed as a political rival to Nehru or the Congress party, but the public support for the RSS was on a constant rise due to its active role of saving Hindu families from Pakistan and bringing them safe in India. Shri Guruji was seen as a living legend and a national hero. It was obvious that person like Nehru must get offended by this.

Nehru got a perfect combination to obliterate the RSS when Nathuram, a Brahmin from Pune, a staunch patriotic person shot Bapu, the Father of the Nation. This background was enough for the Congress and big boss Nehru to spread an incorrect information: “RSS killed Gandhi

This politically criminal pervasion was enough for Congress goons to attack Hindu brahmin families and burn their houses. It was enough for them to manhandle the innocent women and kids.

It was enough for the British and their buddy Nehru to not only ban the RSS but destroy its glorious public image by making it a group of ‘murderers’. The spread venom caused severe to the lakhs of patriotic and cultured families for whom the RSS was an inspiration of life.

The Indians must ask the Congress leaders and its scion Rahul Gandhi who has been again and again being slammed by the Courts to spread his great-grand father’s rhetoric about the sickest allegation on the RSS.

If the RSS had a hand in the Gandhi assassination plot, there must have a reference, slightest though, about its role. But if one takes pain to read the full verdict on Mahatma Gandhi Murder Trial, surprisingly, the term “RSS” or “Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” or “Sangh” nowhere detected in this important legal document.

Read: The Mahatma Gandhi Murder Trial

If Congress and Rahul Gandhi are so much assured about RSS killed Gandhi, then how the three-judge-bench missed this crucial link?

Justice G. D. Khosla, former Chief Justice of Punjab, who heard the appeal of Nathuram Godse & others and gave his most historic verdict in the case of the assassination, has written a wonderful book on his personal memoirs on the Mahatma Gandhi Murder Trial. The book is “The Murder of the Mahatma”.

In this book, Justice Khosla recounts every single minute mentionable detail aligned to the Gandhi assassination. But he never mentions the name of RSS as a conspirator of Mahatma Gandhi’s murder.

Besides the ban on RSS in 1948 and 1975, by Pt Nehru and later his daughter Indira, the issue of Gandhi’s murder was the main plank of anti-RSS stance. But various commissions, judicial inquiries appointed by the Congress government itself have absolved the RSS of the charge. Still, it has become the habit of the Congmen to blame the RSS for the crime it did not commit.

Sitaram Kesri, the former President of the Congress party during Narasimha Rao’s tenure, was a classic example of this attitude. He as usual accused the RSS of murdering the Mahatma. But when a case was filed against him and when it was certain that he would face trial, he simple offered unconditional apology to the RSS and saved him.

But this arrogant Rahul and his advisors in the Congress seem to be lacking the wisdom of Sitaram Kesri otherwise he would have agreed to Supreme Court’s advice and tendered unconditional apology to the RSS. He would only be pleasing the Mahatma by this act. But he won’t, for sure.   

A reply to Dr. Zakir Naik — MARIA WIRTH

Hindus generally don’t criticise other religions in spite of the fact that Christianity and Islam not only criticise, but demean Hinduism badly. Zakir Naik is only one example. Do Hindus know what is preached in the innumerable churches and mosques across India? I know for sure that Hindu gods are called devils by Christian missionaries. […]

via A reply to Dr. Zakir Naik — MARIA WIRTH

Reason why Amartya Sen hurriedly exiting from Nalanda Univarsity: Its his own Karma; not Modi

Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen, who in 2014 said that “as an Indian, he does not want Narendra Modi to be the PM”, has tried to create furore by withdrawing his candidature as chancellor of Nalanda University saying that the Modi government wanted to oust and cease him from the University.

The six month old and outdated story of resignation of Amartya Sen is now being served in a new avatar of “Modi’s control of academic bodies”. Unfortunate thing is that the Nobel laureate Economist who is called “Poverty Philosopher” is consistently speaking a cheap political language which neither suits him nor presents a fair picture of a philosopher, as he is acknowledged by some.

In May 2007, Dr. Amartya Sen was appointed as chairman of Nalanda Mentor Group to examine the framework of international cooperation, and proposed structure of partnership, which would govern the establishment of Nalanda International University Project as an international centre of education seeking to revive the ancient centre of higher learning which was present in India from the 5th century to 1197. On 19 July 2012, Sen was named the first chancellor of the proposed Nalanda University (NU). Amartya Sen withdrew his candidature for a second term citing the government trying to ‘control’ academic bodies. On 8th July, Amartya Sen emitted a second barb. Sen says, “Threat to secularism stronger than in the past.” What anyone can expect from a known Communist (Marxists), who happens to be a self-proclaimed Atheist with a scornful attitude towards Indian culture, Hindutva and philosophy and who sees each Indian thing from the western perspective. The “Bharat Ratna” in 2006 in an interview to Daily Telegraph says “Christian schools “are perfectly acceptable” but other faith schools “are big mistakes and should be scrapped if the Government wants to encourage a unifying British identity.”

The clear line of Sen’s jibes is politically motivated and with an agenda of Congress and leftists who are just finding it difficult to swallow the fact that the person from the RSS-BJP background they hounded for years has became the Prime Minister with a huge public mandate. And now, the new government is performing far better and smarter than they expected and the global trends suggest that Modi is going to stay and channelize the system that works under the government. With his all political and anti-Modi slant, the current line of Dr. Sen is an offended move to cover up failures of his regime as first a mentor of Nalanda advisory group and then being a Chancellor of NU. The roots of controversial tenure of Amartya Sen’s in Nalanda University can be easily seen in its formative period.

Nalanda University, a brainchild of visionary Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
The concept of reviving ancient glory of Nalanda University is a brainchild of former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and not of Dr. Sen who is lashing out on government which has not actually ousted him. In March 2006, eight hundred years after the destruction of Nalanda, while addressing the Bihar State Legislative Assembly great visionary Dr. Kalam mooted the idea of reviving the university. In his speech he envisaged it as a university that would revive the glory of the ancient seat of learning.

The State Government of Bihar quickly adopted the visionary idea and consulted the Government of India on the way ahead. It also began its search for a suitable location for the new Nalanda University.  It identified and acquired 450 acres of land for the University in Rajgir¸ Bihar. The then government of India constituted a “Nalanda Mentor Group” which later baptized as the “Governing Board of Nalanda University”. Dr. Amartya Sen was the first choice of the UPA government as a mentor of the revived version of the ancient glorious university. But soon after the initial charming days of appointing of Dr. Sen, the very first voice raised against his style of functioning was of the conceiver himself.

Why APJ Abdul Kalam was upset?

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was upset the way Nalanda project was being handled. Dr. Kalam’s letter sent to the External Affairs Minister on July 4, 2011. Kalam’s letter (exclusively published by Bihar Times) to the then MEA S.M. Krishna reveals the reasons that upset Dr. Kalam who was made a silent spectator of ruining of his idea into the spiritless individuals like Chancellor Sen and Vice Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal.

In its third Para, Dr. Kalam says- “Having involved in various academic and administrative proceedings of Nalanda University since August 2007, I believe that the candidates to be selected/appointed to the post of Chancellor and Vice Chancellor should be of extraordinary intellect with academic and management expertise. Both the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor have to personally involve themselves full-time in Bihar, so that a robust and strong international institution is built”. 

Kalam expresses his concerns and worries saying that the apex dignitaries should personally involve themselves in Bihar and which is pointed towards the apathy of Sen and Sabharwal duo. But no one took cognizance of that letter.

Amartya Sen was never motivated

Sen was never motivated by the idea to revive the ancient glory of the globally admired Indian university. He saw the reviving process from the spectacles of his well groomed western thought process. He was never eager to spend time in Patna or in the Nalanda university premises. After its regular functioning started in September 2014, the last visitor of the NU was its NRI Chancellor Dr. Amartya Sen, who paid a flying visit to the varsity after 44 days of its inauguration. He was neither present during the official inauguration of the University by the new External Affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, on September 19 nor on the first day. Interestingly He and Sabharwal had a meeting with former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, but the duo skipped meeting MEA Sushma Swaraj.

Amartya Sen and his picked and chosen deputy’s political appointments cursed the formative years of Nalanda University. It was never essential for him that the Rector should have a background of ‘intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies’ as envisaged in the Act. The Mentor group was connected with modern or contemporary history or sociology and more than that the Nalanda University, its ancient Vedic and Buddhist roots was a “fallacy” for many of them.

The apathy of Dr. Sen and his deputy with the spiritless members of the Governing body has caused a severe damage to the expected and envisaged growth of Nalanda University. The wonderful dream of many; a magnificent concept imagined through the vision of Dr. Kalam who with thousands of proud Indians celebrated that the Nalanda University finally started functioning eight centuries after it was looted and plundered by Mughal attacker Bakhtiyar Khalji around 1193 CE.

Why Amartya Sen leaving Nalanda University making a big noise?

The Nobel laureate, who was most comfortable in Sonia led UPA govt and was much active in anti-Modi campaigns during the Loksabha polls last year, is suddenly feeling uncomfortable in the NDA rule. In February 2015, in a letter published in the Indian Express newspaper, Sen wrote that he believes the Modi government wanted him to “cease” being the chancellor of the prestigious Nalanda University.

In the letter to the board written with a “heavy heart,” Sen said that it was “hard for him not to conclude that the government” wanted him to “cease” being Chancellor. In the letter, Sen says that academics in the country remains “deeply vulnerable to the opinions of the ruling Government.”

In his latest interview to Sagarika Ghose, Sen said that the board of the university unanimously recommended that he be given a second term after July. But the government did not, he said, which is a clear sign they do not want him to continue. This all brouhaha is not only political but it is to hide the buried side of NU functioning so far. Another unpleasant side of the administration of an economist is serious violation of norms, which got exposed in the UPA tenure itself.

But there are another angle to Sen’s hastening exit.

Questionable severe irregularities: Twist to Sen’s hastening exit

CAG highlighted severe irregularities in the decision making processes

Despite two critical inspection reports of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) indicted university and government for irregularities in the decision making processes, the UPA government bypassed its own rules on financial and administrative autonomy. I addition to this, in March 2014, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon expressed serious reservation over the financial dealings in Sen’s tenure. The Sunday Standard accessed minutes of Prime Minister office (PMO) meeting on Nalanda and two audit inspection reports exposing the serious violation of laid down norms.

NSA Menon raised several concerns regarding undue privileges to the university

The minutes of the PMO meeting on February 14, 2013 reveals that National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon had raised several concerns regarding undue privileges to the university arguing that if the government is paying the money, it has to enforce the rules. NSA began the discussion by asking how diplomatic status could be given to the university. He noted that South Asian University is an international organisation but Nalanda University was the result of an act of Parliament. “The issue of tax free benefits is difficult. Nalanda University is an Indian body under the Act. How can Indian nationals be exempt from Indian laws?” Menon asked. “NSA said the government cannot fund the university and break its own rules. We have tied our own hands as reported by New Indian Express.

Menon reportedly said that the government had only two choices—Give a `1,500 crore corpus and let the university spend it as it deems fit or enforce rules. “While we could work around diplomatic status and modify the Act, we don’t have a way out on salaries,” Menon added.

The serious violations of norms were made in (i) Salaries, (ii) Application of UGC norms, (iii) Audit by CAG and (iv) Reservations in admission.

Amartya Sen wanted full financial autonomy

Amartya Sen wanted full financial autonomy and to make the university, a centre of excellence, he sought full freedom to set salaries. In February 2014, the department of expenditure questioned full monetary autonomy, arguing that government rules and oversight should be maintained since huge sums are being paid by the nation’s treasury.

Bending before Amartya Sen, the UPA government amended the Nalanda University Act cleared by the Union Cabinet on February 28, 2014 to extend special privileges and academic freedom. Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure had told the PMO meeting that under the United Nations (Privilege & Immunities) Act, 1947, the Ministry of Finance has never given any Indian institutions the privileges and immunities envisaged in Headquarters Agreement.

No norms followed in appointments

A senior journalist in Bihar termed the Nalanda University as “Saheli [Girl-Friends]” University. He says, “The four sahelis from same campus viz. Gopa Sabharwal, Anjana Sharma, Upinder Singh and Nayanjot Lahiri are the only scholars and administrators of repute that a billion- strong population of India has produced to steer the signifier of Asian renaissance, Nalanda University.”

In fact, Gopa Sabharwal’s inclusion in the Mentor group of NI was also seen as ‘Smuggled” and voices raised and suppressed against Amartya Sen’s for his “unauthorized fashion” to recommend the name of Dr. Gopa Sabharwal for Rector’s post. Gopa Sabharwal was a reader in the department of sociology in the Lady Sri Ram College, New Delhi.  With limited knowledge about Nalanda, she doesn’t qualify the mandatory qualification set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the vice-chancellors of the central and state universities—that is, to be distinguished academicians with a minimum ten years of experience as a professor in a university system. Topping this peculiarity was Gopa Sabharwal’s monthly salary of Rs 5 lakhs which was more than double the salary of the Delhi University vice-chancellor.

In June 2012, two documents were revealed by the local media which are evident to show how Amartya Sen as Chairman of the Nalanda Mentor Group, adamantly advanced his favourite candidate Dr. Gopa Sabharwal for the post of Rector (Vice Chancellor) in NU. Sen was so obdurate that without being authorized to appoint, the documents reveal that while recruiting the Vice Chancellor, no selection was followed.

Amartya Sen, in his letter – written on his Harvard University letterhead as a single page communication – to the then External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee on February 6, 2009 writes- ‘it has been a difficult choice’ (selecting a Rector). The NMG had to balance academic qualification of the candidates with their ‘willingness to spend time in Patna and the surroundings of the university as it takes shape’. He recommends three names in that order – 1. Dr. Gopa Sabharwal (Sociologist, Delhi University and Lady Shri Ram College- sic.) 2. Dr. Ramchandra Guha (Historian, biographer and writer) and 3. Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Political scientist, President, Centre for Policy Studies).

It is visible that, the single page letter or more than that an instruction to the then MEA carries nothing but insistence. The letter shows that while appointing the VC of NU, no selection process was followed. Candidates have not submitted any document. There is no information about the total number of candidates considered for the said post. Selectively no ‘wide publicity’ was given for this top job nor any rational and transparent procedure followed. There is nothing on record to prove that the mentor group had considered any academician from Bihar for the post. It could have taken care of at least half the difficulty- spending time in Patna and surroundings of the proposed University.

Like her mentor…

Like her mentor, ignoring the government’s recruitment rules that require public notice, Dr Sabharwal created plump post like Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) to pick up Dr Anjana Sharma, (supposed to be her comrade) an associate professor in Delhi University. Anjana Sharma was OSD on deputation with a gross monthly salary of Rs 3.30 lakhs, which is more than the salary of a Vice-Chancellor of any national university.

The then UPA government provided unprecedented rights to Dr. Sen and neither Government nor the media, except state level newspapers gave publicity to such irregularities and favouritism continued by the secular economist. No one questioned the unreasonable hurry in choosing the rector.

Sources say that, in its very first meeting, the mentor group nominated Upinder Singh, daughter of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and her colleague Nayanjot Lahiri as advisers representing India in international platforms. Both nominees were not experts on any aspect of the Nalanda tradition or history.

Non Transparent administration

Inspection reports of 2012 and 2013 conducted by the office of Director General of Audit said that appointment of VC and officers of the university was non-transparent. “Leave the international standard, even standards of selection of VC suggested by UGC were not followed in the selection of VC (designate)….selection of officers was made on the basis of pick and choose and not by giving wide publicity,” the report stated.

CAG questioned international standards claiming there is nothing on record to suggest global publicity was given to meet the international standards in appointments. The audit said pay and allowances were fixed on the basis of the demand of the individuals instead of following rules or terms and conditions of the deputation. It also pointed out that Nalanda University cannot be compared with the South Asia University as the whole expenditure is being met from consolidated fund of India.

No logic for excess salary being paid to senior varsity officials

A media report also highlighted that the CAG has held that the excess salary being paid to senior varsity officials “needs to be recovered under intimation to audit”. The report highlighted that later on VC Sabharwal took a “voluntary” cut of Rs 1 lakh from her “international” pay packet in October 2012; she took home a monthly tax-free pay package of around `3.5 lakh. Dr Anjana Sharma, officer on special duty (academic affairs) and Dr Padmakar Mishra, OSD (finance) were getting between `2 to `3 lakh each per month.

The inspection report of CAG also pointed out “irregularities” in the appointments, the audit says, “Leave international standards, even the standards of selection of a VC suggested by the UGC were not followed in the selection of VC (designate).”

A media report say that, On 25 August 2011, officials of the Ministry of External Affairs claimed that no vice-chancellor had been appointed to the Nalanda University, according to an RTI reply, vice chancellor Gopa Sabharwal and seven of her associates were drawing salaries since October 2010. Gopa as Vice-chancellor draws a salary of Rs 5, 06,513 per month.

Foreign travels and meeting at five star hotels

The audit report observed that the expenditure on foreign travels by the VC Sabharwal and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Anjana, was allowed without sanction from Ministry of External Affairs. As per reports, the Audit Report of 2012 which examined the books of account of 2011 said VC and OSD made six trips to Singapore, Honolulu, Japan, China and US but neither administrative nor financial sanction from the Ministry of External Affairs was obtained.

“Meetings with the members of the governing board were held in five star hotels ignoring the provisions of the instructions of the Ministry of Finance,” the report stated.

“All major financial decisions taken during 2010-13 including creation of posts in the university, their emoluments and other benefits to the tune of `3.07 crore were without the approval of Finance Committee,” the audit noted.

Standing Committee on External Affairs (2011-2012) questions MEA

The Standing Committee on External Affairs 2011 2012 has expressed its displeasure about the overall function and desicion making processes regarding Nalanda University. It says – “Committee are dismayed to observe the lack of progress regarding Nalanda University Project. The Committee note that during the Eleventh Five Year Plan, the allocation sought by Ministry for the project was grossly inappropriate as compared to the actual ground reality. The proposed outlay for the year 2012-13 was ` 598.95 crores while the actual allocation of ` 15 crores has been made under the Plan Head. The Committee are not at all convinced by the Ministry’s justification in making such huge projections for the year 2012-13 when in all practicality; the University is yet to embark on the Global Designs Competition.”

The Committee asks about the reason for such timeframe for the project and the reason for having project office at Delhi, rather than at the actual location of the University; but gets a reply which shows a reluctant and bureaucratic mindset of the “Nalanda Mentor Group” which feels – “While the location of the University would be in the state of Bihar, a School of International Relations could be set up in New Delhi. It was also pointed out in the Patna meeting of the Governing Board in July, 2011 that the University would continue to have a presence in Delhi even after the campus is built in Rajgir”.

The Parliamentary Committee report is full of languid answers which try to defend Governments favouritism and showering of money on Amartya Sen and his bunch of comrades who were supposed to be “Mentors” of the varsity.

Committee expresses concerns about the contents of the curriculum and the standards and quality of the academic courses to be introduced in the Nalanda University. It suggested that the University should emerge as a valuable resource for promotion of studies and research in oriental cultures, literary tradition and languages and civilization based on the native knowledge systems and it should act as a living repository of cultural and literary traditions of the region. But in 2012, there was no one to listen and act honouring the Parliamentary committee’s suggestions.

Amartya Sen and MEA should justify expenditure and work quality

Neither the MEA nor the Amartya Sen are ready to give explanation on an expenditure projected at Rs. 3,553 crores over ten years, and approximately Rs. 600 crores during 2012-13 which got established without any appraisal or sanction from the Finance Ministry. Since, the NU is not regulated by the University Grants Commission; there was no regulatory authority to monitor progress and quality of the NU and appraisal of its apex office bearers.

On 20 January 2014, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a proposal to provide financial support of Rs. 2727.10 crore to Nalanda University over a period of 12 years from 2010-11 to 2021-22. From this support, the amount of Rs. 1749.65 crore was expected to be spent as capital cost of the project and Rs. 977.45 crore has been provided to meet the University’s recurring expenditure for eight years from 2014-15 to 2021-22. Moreover, the University has already received US$ 11.55 lakh as voluntary contribution from China, Thailand and Laos. Singapore has offered to build a library at a cost of US$ 5 million. Australia has committed Australian $ 1 million for a Chair in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies. Japan has pledged assistance for the renovation of highways leading to the University. Other participating countries will contribute as the University progresses.

An Endowments Committee has been constituted to raise funds through public-private partnerships and it was decided that the University will also start generating its own revenues to meet a part of its recurring expenditure when teaching commences in phases.

The finance ministry’s Department of Expenditure has asked the Ministry of External Affairs, the nodal ministry for the project, the reasons why government rules should not apply to the project.

The main building of the international university is being compared with primary schools and Sulabh complex in India.

Sen exiting without answering many questions

While leaving the Nalanda University in February 2015, the internationally acclaimed economist has put the obligation of his departure on the newly formed government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. In only six months of its rule, the Bharat Ratna recipient has realised that the Modi Government is having “substantive role in academic institutions”. Interestingly his appointment in 2012 was not seen as an “intervention”.

Notably for a coincidence, a staunch Modi critic has been interviewed by another famous anti-Modi brigade journo Sagarika Ghose. But the thorough understanding of the events, decisions and consequences exhibits a different picture of the story of Amartya Sen retiring hurt and his tenure at Nalanda University which can be easily called “controversial”.

Amartya Sen’s February 2015 letter and his recent interviews give no specific explanations to justify his lack of administration, apathy towards progress of varsity, reluctance, desire for financial autonomy (well catered by the UPA) and his political jibes. Irresponsible tenure of Amartya Sen and UPA government’s cuddling him at the cost of an outstanding concept to revitalize a global university looted and plundered 822 years ago by Islamic intruder Bakhtiyar Khalji around 1193 CE.

Amartya Sen’s clamorous exit with his political barbs is evident that he is just running away to his homeland to avoid uncomfortable questions about his tenure, whimsical decisions with favouritism, use of money and unprecedented power when it comes to the current pathetic status of the Nalanda University.

NITI AAYOG: From a mimic of Soviet command economy to “Bharatiya approach” of development

Modi government’s announcement of a new body to replace an irrelevant and outdated Planning Commission caused a huge fuss amongst Congress party and its ideological patron Communists. These political outcries gain no support from the populace of India, who is looking forward towards a new era of proud and bright Indian nationhood. India now wants to craft an India which is self reliant and sovereign with hundred percent Indian-ness in it.

The concept and structure of new NITI Aayog aims towards the dreams each Indian saw before the independence from Britishers.

The story of transforming from a mimic of Soviet command economy to true “Bharatiya approach” for development began on 15 August 2014, when on India’s 68th Independence Day, the new energised and passionate Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his vision of development of modern India. Narendra Modi, who became Prime Minister with a thumping mandate, spoke about many issues no one thought or sought about.

From Red fort, in his first speech Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about dignity for work, issue of killing of female foetus, he asked parents to ask their sons where they have been going, who they have been meeting. Prime Minister spoke about Indian manufacturing with zero defects. He called people of the world to come and make in India. He spoke about skills and talent in Indians and he also told the globe about India, a nation of youths. Modi told the nation that he is not a “Pradhan Mantri”, but will act as “Pradhan Sevak”. Modi also launched salvo about hygienic habits of Indians and vowed to build toilets for girls. The Prime Minister urged each Parliamentarian to adopt a village.

Main announcement which raised many eyebrows was about scrapping of Planning Commission. Modi said, “Times have changed since the Planning Commission was created, a new institution would be set up “in a short span of time”.

“Modi announced plans to replace the Planning Commission, a lingering vestige of India’s early attempt to mimic the Soviet command economy, with a modern institution to reflect a shift to a market-based economy where the states were the main drivers of growth rather than a central body”, Reuters commented phrasing it as an idea to replace Soviet-style planning.

Planning Commission: One time relevant, currently stagnated

Underlining a certain role of Planning Commission in India’s development in initial days after 1947, Modi said that when Planning Commission was constituted, it was done on the basis of the circumstances and the needs of those times. He said, Planning Commission has contributed to the growth of the country in its own way.

One time a Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi said that prevalent situation in the country is different and the global scenario has also changed. In this varied situation, governments are no longer the centre of economic activities and the scope of such activities has broadened. Being a Prime Minister, Modi said that the State governments have been at the centre of development and he considers it as a good indication. “If we have to take India forward, it can happen only by taking the states forward, said Modi.

Modi took India’s federal structure on a new high
In the true spirit of de-centralization and devolution of power, Modi proposed a team of Chief Ministers and Prime minister which will jointly think and act for the progress of any state keeping aside partisan biases aside.

Following up on his Independence Day announcement from Red Fort, the Prime minister invited all Chief Minister to have a brainstorming session to replace the Planning Commission in New Delhi on 8 December. The concept was more power and planning initiative should be devolved to states. Predictably, the Congress strongly opposed disassembling of the existing body established by Jawaharlal Nehru.

Modi pushed for an effective structure, which strengthens “co-operative federalism” and the concept of ‘Team India’, citing former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying he too had said on April 30 this year that the current structure has “no futuristic vision in the post-reform period”.

Former Planning Commission member Bimal Jalan welcomed Modi’s decision saying that planning has become outdated concept now and there is a need to modernise it. We have to see the blueprint of the new concept. But change was very much required.

Industry chamber CII too welcomed the decision and said, “We would be happy to work closely with Government to offer ideas on the outline of a new development and implementation institution.”

Describing the Commission a “hangover from the Soviet era” former Cabinet Minister Subramaniam Swamy tweeted, “in 1972, I wrote that Planning Commission needs to be restructured as a Finance Commission.”

Except West Bengal, Mizoram and poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, chief ministers from all other states attended the meeting. At the meeting, Congress-ruled states supported the idea of revamping the Planning Commission set up by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1950, but didn’t want its scrapping as they felt it can be “evolved”. NDA states and those ruled by parties like AIADMK and TRS wanted immediate disbanding of the Planning Commission.

What was Planning Commission?

The Planning commission was constituted by a Resolution of the Government of India in March 1950 in pursuance of declared objectives of the Government to promote a rapid rise in the standard of living of the people by efficient exploitation of the resources of the country, increasing production and offering opportunities to all for employment in the service of the community.

Planning Commission was the brainchild of India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru who was greatly influenced and obsessed with the progress of Soviet Union. It was an Indian manifestation of communist ruled nations’ policy to curb decentralisation and keep entire powers of planning and executing in central hands.

The Planning Commission was charged with the responsibility of making assessment of all resources of the country, augmenting deficient resources, formulating plans for the most effective and balanced utilisation of resources and determining priorities. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Chairman of the Planning Commission.

Article in Daily Digest on Planning Commission website says: Like in the Soviet Union, it would draw up a Five-year plan to execute and implement grandiose projects in the country. It was the apex body of central planning in a country as large as India. It was also part of the larger socialistic controls on the economy that was best explained by the late Rajaji’s description of it: Licence-Permit-Quota Raj.

Another Daily Digest article comments that the Commission which was always considered as a relic of the Soviet-style planning process was essentially a top-down exercise that did not adequately take into account regional aspirations and requirements.

In this centralise planning “circus”, the States often had to approach the Commission, “hat in hand”, for grants as well as Plan and non-Plan fund allocations. As a former Chief Minister, Modi must have found this very humiliating.
Modi with Montek

It adds, “The Commission has also come in for some flak for its flip-flop on poverty estimates, setting up one committee after another, never quite coming to grips with a proper methodology. In addition, as an institution, it no longer provided the intellectual heft of its initial years, such as the rigorous theoretical frameworks that guided its initial Five Year Plans. Consequently, it became easy picking for the political class.”What the NITI Aayog is all about

After extensive consultation across the spectrum of stakeholders including inter alia state governments, domain experts and relevant institutions the new body National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog is primarily based on an formula to evolve a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in the light of national objectives. The vision of the NITI Aayog will then provide a framework ‘national agenda’ for the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers to provide impetus to.

The NITI Aayog will work to foster cooperative federalism through structured support initiatives and mechanisms with the States on a continuous basis, recognizing that strong States make a strong nation. Similarly mechanisms will be developed to formulate credible plans at the village level and aggregate these progressively at higher levels of government.

NITI will ensure the interests of national security are incorporated in economic strategy and policy.
It will pay special attention to the sections of our society that may be at risk of not benefitting adequately from economic progress.

Other objectives of NITI Aayog are:
• To design strategic and long term policy and programme frameworks and initiatives, and monitor their progress and their efficacy.
• The lessons learnt through monitoring and feedback will be used for making innovative improvements, including necessary mid-course corrections.
• To provide advice and encourage partnerships between key stakeholders and national and international like-minded Think Tanks, as well as educational and policy research institutions.
• To create a knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurial support system through a collaborative community of national and international experts, practitioners and other partners.
• To offer a platform for resolution of inter-sectoral and inter-departmental issues in order to accelerate the implementation of the development agenda.
• To maintain a state-of-the-art Resource Centre, be a repository of research on good governance and best practices in sustainable and equitable development as well as help their dissemination to stake-holders.
• To actively monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and initiatives, including the identification of the needed resources so as to strengthen the probability of success and scope of delivery.
• To focus on technology up gradation and capacity building for implementation of programmes and initiatives.
• To undertake other activities as may be necessary in order to further the execution of the national development agenda, and the objectives mentioned above.

What is “Bharatiya approach” to development?
The NITI entrusts in concept of responsible development which implies environmentally sound development. It considers small businesses, which are a major source of employment creation. NITI envisages that villages (Gram) should continue to be the bedrock of our ethos, culture and sustenance.

They need to be fully integrated institutionally into the development process
It is believed that every individual is the right to enjoy the fruits of development and poverty elimination should be measured as one of the success criteria of the nation.

It considers India’s traditional strength in agriculture and the marching towards the concept of global village. NITI Aayog sees transparency as an essential condition for good governance, which is a fundament of its practicality.

NITI Aayog thinks that India’s demographic dividend has to be leveraged fruitfully over the next few decades. It also focuses the potential of our youth, men and women which should be realized through education, skill development, elimination of gender bias, and employment.

A “Bharatiya approach to development” integrated in the cabinet resolution envisages the institution which must adhere to the principle that while incorporating positive influences from the world, no single model can be transplanted from outside into the Indian scenario. We need to find our own strategy for growth.

The new institution has to zero in on what will work in and for India.

In short, the NITI Aayog carries the spirit of integrated development approach and sheds the phony practices of encroaching the space of decision making and planning according to the demographic needs and issues. It will be interesting to see who wins… the Soviet imported and imposed ideas or the genuine “Indian that is Bharatiya concept of Inclusive Development” model.