Why RSS is indispensable at this hour? (Part I) – Siddharth Acharya

Why RSS is indispensable at this hour? (Part I) – Siddharth Acharya

Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Indira Gandhi, Mani Shankar Iyer and lot of politicians in past seven decades of Independence has shown a lot of political and personal will in disrupting and banning the Sangh activities. I wish if this ‘will’ had been exercised to combat the terrorism, corruption, weak foreign policies and many other front-running problems. The hideous motive of ruling government has always been to hide the true facts and putting down this noble social organization. RSS doesn’t believe in conquering power but it is an organization which rather believes in conquering hearts and minds of the people. Somebody who cannot understand the ideas and basic principles of Sangh is way distant from the concept of “Mother-land” and “nation”.  The generosity in the ideology and notion of “Ekatma Manav-vad” is something which today’s youth needs to cherish and imbibe in their thought process. The process of reviving glorification of Indian Culture over the years has been slow since this country was always engaged in the communal tensions inflicted by the ruling political class but finally the time has come where a voter of this country needs to realize in which direction this country is going and vote out the ruling. Sangh’s constant endeavor of bridging the gap between “Bharat” and “India” is really praiseworthy. There was a time when Indian Industries began following the model of “Trusteeship” and it was Gandhiji’s peculiar contribution to the technique of social change. He called it “the technique of change of heart.” Even JRD Tata adopted the model of trusteeship in this business. The model however was practical or not is a different issue but “Brand Gandhi”  which popularized India after  Independence actually under-estimated a lot of indigenous and exotic core principles and theories. Resultantly, these principles remained underpublicized and never ever got the due credit and respect which they should have received. Few good things which I really appreciate is that we still go gaga over “Chanakya Neeti”  , our writers write about Chanakya’s contribution in planning and management and novels like “Corporate Chanakya” trying to trace the intricacies in arthashastra as in how to implement his rules in today’s corporate world. What...

Of Armed Forces and the Fourth Generation War (4GW) In Kashmir (part II) – Adfar Shah

Of Armed Forces and the Fourth Generation War (4GW) In Kashmir (part II) – Adfar Shah

(Read Part I here) “Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint. I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I’ve been violent, Because the world is awfully rough”.                                                                     (Anonymous) Adfar Shah This write up is in continuation, to my earlier article titled, ‘Are Armed Forces Really Winning the 4GW (Fourth Generation War) In Kashmir’, because the article evoked a quick response from readers that further motivated me to highlight some hidden themes further especially of the soldier’s side to balance the argument. Pertaining to the recent mishandling of the Ramban crisis by BSF, local Police and the civil administration that received a widespread condemnation of security forces from all corners, still reality seems in black and white. In spite of the furore, apart from routine procedures of shielding the culprits, the efforts to actually analyse the issue leading to unfortunate loss of civilian lives was missing. To solve the riddle, we need to understand the perspectives of both Awaam (public) and Fouj (security forces); but avoiding a bias and corruption of thoughts is a big challenge. Specific to the case of Ramban killings, the case appears to be more of ‘security forces bashing’ rather than against the failed system that actually is responsible for the continuing crisis mishandlings. Notwithstanding, investigation and identification of ‘what went wrong’ and ‘why it did go wrong’, needs to be done and errors highlighted. There is a serious need to assess the impact of such actions on the overall security scenario, Awaam’s psyche, impact on alienation of the Awaam, and finally on the operational efficacy of security forces in the State, especially in the Valley. This would require that, we begin by appreciating the cerebral capability of each soldier in the field and evaluating the circumstances prevalent around a soldier, including his processes and systems to manage his duty in a highly vulnerable combination of demography and geography? We need to examine whether the ‘soldier bashing’ by the Centre, the State, Politicians of all hue, the Separatist camp, Awaam, intellectuals and above all by their own organisation, is actually resulting in isolating or alienating the soldier further...

Antony is PM material – Ravi Shanker Kapoor

Antony is PM material – Ravi Shanker Kapoor

Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s flip-flop in Parliament over the killing of five Indian Army soldiers is yet another instance of the Congress-led government’s callous approach to national security. The killing was the result of an intrusion into our territory by the Pakistan Army. The Antony affair underlines three disturbing facts about our nation. First, Antony had no shame in behaving like the defence minister of enemy country. On August 6, he informed Parliament, “The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily-armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms.” Of course, he went through the ritual of “strongly” condemning the intrusion, but the statement was an exercise in disingenuousness. In fact, he actually contradicted the press release issued by the Indian Army. The shamelessness was so evident that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) angry reaction found resonance among the people at large. This was the reason that he had to revise his statement in Parliament two days later and say, “We all know that nothing happens from Pakistan side of the Pakistan Line of Control without support, assistance, facilitation and often, direct involvement of the Pakistan army. It is now clear that the specialist troops of Pakistan army were involved in the attack.” The August 8 statement may have fooled Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj who is always keen to be part of the liberal consensus, but the damage has been done. Now, Islamabad has a valid ground to assert that the New Delhi is confused. Its case can have at least the semblance of cogency: The Indian Defence Minister says something in Parliament and, within 48 hours, retracts from the statement under the pressure of demagogues and jingoists; ergo, the Indian case is invalid. If there are people in the world who believe that Pakistan is what Sushant Sareen calls a jihad factory, it is not because of the efficacy of our government in proving this fact; fact is that the vileness of Pakistani state and society has become self-evident. This brings us to the second fact: if the Congress-led government is so timid that it is unable to even identify the enemy—and this despite the...

Indian Railways need fresh air of LPG – Pankaj Bhatiya

Indian Railways need fresh air of LPG – Pankaj Bhatiya

Why fast speed bullet trains like China, Japan & France is still a dream for us? Why Indian Railways doesn’t adopt the advanced technology for safety? Why we never find a clean toilet in our trains? Why cockroaches in luxury trains like Rajdhani, Duranto & Shatabdi are a common sight? Why our trains are generally late? Why we don’t get good food in our trains? Why our trains and tracks are not secure? Why all the trains on select busy routes are always packed throughout the year? Why the black marketing of train tickets is still a common phenomenon? Why we still struggle to book tickets online during peak hours? Why we don’t have multiple options to choose from when it comes to train journey in India and finally why the hell our Railway Ministry is the only one having a separate full-fledged annual budget and is the most sought after cabinet birth in new era of coalition government? If you travel in Indian Rail more often than not, you would have come across all these questions many times. Let me try and give answer to as many as possible if not all. The crux of all these problems is the monopoly of government in railways. We have seen the innumerable and enormous benefits of Liberalisation, Privatisation & Globalisation (LPG) in many sectors like banking, insurance, aviation etc which were earlier controlled by the public sector. Competition in these sectors has resulted in drastic improvement in customer services, wide range of products, multiple choice of service providers, attractive pricing & overall increase in market size. But the “Lifeline to the Nation” is running way behind the global rail services in terms of modernisation of facilities, services and advanced technology. High speed rail lines and bullet trains are still a dream for us and we are way behind countries like Belgium, Turkey, Taiwan & South Korea with China leading the pack with 3937 miles high speed lines in operation and another 2712 miles under construction. Just imagine the 1400 KM train journey between Delhi to Mumbai reduced to 5 hours with high speed bullet train zooming at a speed of 300 KMPH! Also imagine if...

A Dialogue with Ram Naik

A Dialogue with Ram Naik

Mr. Ram Naik is a candid politician and true nationalist who believes that leadership is not all about verbal dynamism but also an intention and enthusiasm of doing constructive work for the people. The Analyst World Team had a very deep and insightful discussion with him on current political volatility in nation. AKSHAY MEHTA: Being a prominent leader of BJP and a former Cabinet Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, would you like to share with us the ‘ups and downs’ you faced throughout your political career? RAM NAIK: As far as the ups and downs are concerned, I would like to tell you in brief about my transition from a middle class person to being a minister. I came to Bombay in 1954 to work in an account general’s office, after completing B.com from Pune. In Bombay, I joined K.C. Law College. After completing law, I joined Khira’s steel company. I, then got my first political breakthrough when I joined Bhartiya Jan Sangh(BJS) as a full time member. From 1969-1974, I worked as a head organizational department of BJS in Mumbai. However, during the emergency period (1975-1977), BJS suffered a setback as many of its leaders were arrested. After emergency, BhatiyaJanata Party (BJP) was formed by merging BJS, Socialist Party and Congress Organization(CO). So, this is how I became a part of BJP. Earlier there was a rule in BJP that organizational head could not contest election, however due to lack of leaders I was asked to contest. In 1978 I contested for assembly from Borivalli, Mumbai. I was MLA for three terms (1978, 1980 and 1985). I became the president of Mumbai Unit of BJP in 1980 and during the first Party session or Maha-Adhiveshan I presided as the Swagat-Adhyaksh. Then 1989, I won the LokSabha election with a record vote difference of 89,000 in Mumbai. I was a member of parliament for 5 terms (1989,1991,1996,1998,1999) For the first three terms, I was in the opposition. But, then in 1998 I was in charge of 5 ministries –       Planning And Programme Implemention, –       Home Ministry, –       Minister Of Railways and Chief Accountant, From 1999-2004, I was the Petroleum Minister. I brought in...

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