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Clarifying the credit card charges against Teesta Setalvad, for my record. It’s all good.

Re: the recent case about Teesta Setalvad, I had concerns about the way accounts were being portrayed in the press. I'm now clear that this is not an issue.

Source: http://www.sabrang.com/news/2015/amended%20synopsis_TS_.pdf – see this report.

My comment: 

he question I had asked Teesta Setalvad has been satisfactorily resolved. See: http://www.sabrang.com/news/2015/amended%20synopsis_TS_.pdf

The way it happened was this. If Rs.X out of a total credit card bill of Rs.10000 was for official purposes, then Sabrang Trust paid Rs.X directly to the credit card company. Teesta paid the balance Rs.10000-X. 

This is QUITE OK. 

I was earlier under the impression that the entire Rs.10000 was paid by Sabrang Trust and various adjustments made later. That would have been messy. That, in any event, is not the case. The case is much simple and neater. I see no issues with this particular method of payment.

As far as other charges are concerned, I have no doubt these are baseless. I will not waste time studying/pursuing them.

Teesta, with this, you are now in the clear as far as I'm concerned.

Thanks for publishing the detailed report. 

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Hats off to the woman who dared take on Pachauri, the predator

The details of the Pachauri case are now available (click for PDF). [click for large image]

The case is open and shut. Pachauri took advantage of his official position to harass the woman. 

One can only commend the woman who has dared take on this predator. 

The consequences to the woman of such public reporting are now potentially less than they were some time ago. Mores are rapidly changing in the age of social media, particularly for highly educated women. It is almost as if a tsunami of change is occurring, particularly with the Kiss of Love movement, this year's Valentine's Day protests by modern Indian women, etc. I also suspect that cases such as the rape of a 25 year old in a Uber car in Delhi (with a civil case against Uber lodged in a San Francisco court, apart from criminal proceedings in Delhi) could have contributed to emboldening this woman to lodge the complaint. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31052849)

Nevertheless, it remains a brave decision for the woman to go public and I commend her commitment to hold people in high places to account. It is time for Indian women to stand up for themselves and fight the (chronic) sexual harassment they face at work. Many Indian men in powerful places – for whom this kind of behaviour, or worse, is nothing unusual – need to brought to heel and made to realise that they can't bamboozle women with "the risk of social consequences" to get away with outraging their modesty. Particularly in this day and age of electronic devices, their time of philandering outside their marriage is now over. I'm glad this change is starting.

I suspect Pachauri's is a serial case (although I have no proof). He may have gotten away with may such cases in the past. I hope that other women (if any) he has sexually harassed will now find courage to speak up. 

It is time for change in India. Women's freedom, dignity and rights matter. They are individuals and can't any longer be treated as chattel by men in powerful places. I hope other Indian women will come out in support for this women – who has dared to take on one of India's most powerful men.

Given the published data, the case against Pachauri is open-and-shut. In any other part of the world, he would locked up.

NO WOMAN SHOULD HAVE TO GO TO WORK TO BE HARASSED. 

THE MAN SHOULD STEP DOWN IMMEDIATELY. WHY IS HE STILL HOLDING CHARGE OF TERI?

ADDENDUM

Minutes after I published this, I notice that other women have started speaking out against this predator. [Also in The Telegraph]

ADDENDUM

The man is a BIG LIAR. My comment on FB: THE MAN IS A LIAR. AS I HAD ANTICIPATED, HE IS A SERIAL PREDATOR. ANOTHER WOMAN HAS ALREADY COME OUT AGAINST HIM. AND THERE IS NO WAY HIS PHONE COULD HAVE BEEN HACKED FOR SO MANY MONTHS. ABSURD LIES. JUST LIKE HIS LIES IN IPCC – MERELY TO PAD HIS POCKETS WITH PILES OF MONEY.

ADDENDUM

No means no: Pachauri sexual harassment case reveals what Indian men haven't learnt

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From speculation about corruption to 99 per cent proof of corruption: Modi’s suit was a gift.

The crony capitalist has finally emerged.

"now the suspense over the much hyped suit has ended as a diamond merchant Ramesh Virani has revealed that he gifted the suit to Modi. Virani gifted the suit to Modi during his son’s marriage. Virani shares cordial relationship with Modi and his family. Mr Virani also denied the estimated worth of the suit, saying that it is being over-hyped." [Source]

The businessman is refusing to divulge the cost. I stick to the 5-10 lakh estimate. 

1) when was the marriage? 

2) did Modi declare the gift immediately? He broke the code of conduct for ministers. 

3) why did he wear the personal garment? 

4) how many favours has he given to this merchant? Or his government given favours?

This is rock solid proof of corruption.

There MAY be 1 per cent chance that this is not proof of corruption. But the circumstantial evidence is now extremely conclusive.

IF MODI DECLARED THIS SUIT AFTER THE REPUBLIC DAY INCIDENT (I.E THE MARRIAGE WAS WELL BEFORE THE REPUBLIC DAY) THIS IS 100 PER CENT PROOF OF CORRUPTION.

ADDENDUM
5) How many other such 'suits' or gifts has Modi accepted from other businessmen?

6) How many gifts has Modi not declared? 

7) How many favours to BJP that have not been declared?

ADDENDUM

A more detailed report.

The marriage date was 26 January, but that doesn't matter. The date the suit was gifted was 11-13 January 2015.

ALL other issues raised remain valid. I see no reason to change my mind that this is a clear case of corruption.

ADDENDUM

TV interview: http://www.abplive.in/video/2015/02/18/article505412.ece/Suit-Auction-Modis-pinstripe-suit-claimed-to-be-gifted-by-Ramesh-Bhai#.VOfjbfmUewU

ADDENDUM

The suit got auctioned for Rs.4.31 crores. My comment on FB:

The corrupt shame of accepting this from a businessman, and actually wearing it, will not wash away. This auction is another way to come closer to Modi, and only crony capitalists will benefit from this. NO ONE GIVES THIS KIND OF MONEY FOR NOTHING.

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AAP’s commitment to install 15 lakh CCTV cameras is a JUMLA. (And to remove corruption, of course.)

AAP has reportedly backed out from Arvind's STRONGLY WORDED commitment to install 15 lakh CCTV cameras in Delhi.

Hindustan Times reported this commitment on 1 February 2015, here.

AAP said women's safety would be a main focus area. "When they can install 15,000 CCTV cameras for the US President, why can't we do it for our sisters and mothers? Over 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across Delhi," Kejriwal said. 

And there is video evidence of his commitment.

But now the AAP is backing out. 

JUMLA.

AAP is JUMLA PARTY NO. 2.

15 lakh is the common number used by Jumla parties.

And, of course, Arvind doesnt' have the GUTS to take a bet of Rs.1 lakh with me on his JUMLA of removing corruption in 5 years.

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Arvind Kejriwal: I will take a bet with you that you CAN’T make Delhi corruption-free in 5 years. Or EVER.

Arvind Kejriwal has made a measurable commitment, that he will make Delhi corruption-free in 5 years.

I have explained 100s of times that the kinds of policies he is implementing will NOT eliminate but could well increase corruption.

I am willing to bet 1 lakh rupees with AK on this issue.

I will be happy to have this bet widely publicised and if AK fails to take it he clearly KNOWS that he will fail.

The ONLY way to clean out India's administration is provided in SKC agenda. And that, AK neither understands (nor can), nor can implement.

ADDENDUM

Someone wrote to me that this bet reflects "arrogance". My response, below:

Arrogance?  

There is HUGE difference between speaking the truth and arrogance.

Arrogance is AK personified. In 2012 not only I met AK and explained things to him but offered to explain even further. He is the MOST ARROGANT man in India and his response (after 15 reminders) was enough to convince me that this man must be opposed tooth and nail. He is an enemy of India, determined to ruin India.

And remember this is about accountability. Democracy requires accountability. I'm holding AK to account for his own claims. He has 5 years. Plenty of time. He has set his own target. I’m simply asking him to take a bet on his own target.
 
I don’t think he will dare take this bet, being 100 per cent scared of his useless idea not working. Not only this, he will wiggle out after 5 years from his commitment and cheat the country in other ways – by pointing fingers at others.

On the other hand, not only have I offered the alternative agenda (SKC agenda) to everyone in India (all parties) but founded a liberal political party that will take it forward. And now I'm putting my money on the line. Money where my mouth is. 

This is not about me. This is about India. Do YOU want change? 

If you wish to get there are many opportunities: FTI, SKCF, SBP.

Let me do what I must. Let others do what they should. I will keep speaking out the truth about the causes of India's colossal failures. Let the country do what it likes. 

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