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Is this a joke? Rahul Gandhi honest?!


I was surprised beyond my WILDEST imagination when I came across this comment by Times of India (reported in The Age).

"An editorial about the Games crisis on the front page of Thursday's Times of India said: "The job on hand – enormous and important for the country's prestige – needs someone whose integrity is not questioned. It must also be a person with the authority to mobilise the best people for this Project Salvage. Someone like Rahul Gandhi.''"

Has Times of India also been bought?? BIG TIME!! Even the remotest semblance of integrity in the press in India lost?? What is this, a free press or a joke??? 

Mr Rahul Gandhi, as well all know, is heir to India's most corrupt dynasty. Some people – and I have plenty of material on this but won't go into details here – argue that the degeneration started in Nehru's time itself, but I'm inclined to lay the biggest share of blame on Indira Gandhi who was the GodMother of corruption in India. (see my image of her below painted when I was 16 ). But Nehru as the Godfather of socialism in India laid down the socialist policies that created corruption. The Congress specialises in  deliberately eliminating anyone with integrity. I recall how quickly I was kicked out as Director of Rural Development in Assam in 1991 by the TOTALLY CORRUPT Congress Chief Minster the moment I stood firm on not meeting his demands – and of my corrupt Rural Development Minister. 

Rahul Gandhi, as the real head of India's most organisation, is FULLY REPONSIBLE for the corruption in India. How can he save the Commonwealth Games???

He could have, had he wanted, followed the prescriptions in BFN, and work towards eliminating corruption. But he is FULLY COMPLICIT. How many crores of rupees of black money did he use during his elections in Amethi? And how much did he declare? How many (thousands of?) millions of dollars in black money is stashed way in his and his mother's Swiss accounts? Why does he NOT put in place policies that will destroy corruption – because he BENEFITS from them. Why does he not resign from Congress and start a new party if he is so honest? Why does he not renounce socialism? All too convenient for him to latch on to the monstrously corrupt Congress. 

My comments on Facebook: (a much more detailed comment on the same lines in Towards A Great India, March 2010)

I wrote the following on Facebook some time ago. Worth reproducing:

I don't know much about him [Rahul] except that he has chosen to represent the MOST CORRUPT organisation in independent India, an organisation that has destroyed the lives of millions, STOLEN thousands of crores of public money, and in generally, been one of the most anti-India outfits one can think of (along with other major political parties).

Rahul might have been born pure and innocent (as a baby) but through his actions he has lost the right to represent me or people like me. He is the head of a criminal outfit today, hence if at all I'm interested in him it would be to bring him and people like him to book. 

In general I'm not interested in a particular cockroach out of thousands of cockroaches in Congress (I). I'm interested in destroying the entire cockroach nest. 

To destroy this cockroach nest, I am interested in finding citizen-who respect themselves and are willing to fight corrupt organisations like the Congress. If you are true leader, I'm more interested in you and would like you to join FTI to fight the criminals who rule India. Please rise and become a genuine citizen. That is a great challenge for Indian educated middle classes.


Please note that corruption STARTS AT THE TOP. That has always been the case. It starts by people spending CRORES OF BLACK MONEY DURING ELECTIONS. Where did this money come from? From LOOTING INDIA. Who loots India? People like Rahul Gandhi? From where? From the exchequer, from giving illegal favours to industrialists, from defence 'deals', etc. etc. etc. 

Who has led this loot since independence? 

– The Congress, but also most other parties in India.

In general, I'm not interested in discussing specific politicians. We need to find GENUINELY GOOD CITIZENS IN INDIA (if such people exist) and motivate them to contest elections under a common banner to fight the criminals who rule India.


Please try to understand our corrupt electoral system (there is a chapter on that in my book). It is time for people to get involved in their own country and find out how it functions. 

Only then they can rise and oppose bad leadership.


My painting of Indira Gandhi when I was 16 (1975)

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My batchmate killed by corruption. You could be next.

As if the shock of of hearing about the mass killings by terrorists on 26/11/08 was not bad enough, my batchmate Hemanta Karkare (1982, IPS), the chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad, was shot dead by the terrorists that day. It was extremely disheartening to read some idle commentary in the media, suggesting that Hemanta's bravery was misplaced and that he risked his life unnecessarily. The 1982 batch of Indian civil services was not convinced by these useless comments and saluted his bravery. [Apologies to those who saw an earlier version of this blog post; I had accidentally called Hemanta, "Harsh" in a couple of places.]

Now the truth has been exposed. See this article: Lies, betrayal and denial in Bombay by Vir Sanghvi (Hindustan Times) 3 July 2010. It is clear that Harsh was KILLED BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION IN HIGH PLACES AND BETRAYAL BY THE POLICE. Harsh is now  redeemed as the brave warrior he was. And India must hang its head in shame for having let louts and gangsters govern it.


It has now been established "that the [bullet proof] jacket [that he wore] was clearly sub-standard and had been rejected by the police after tests showed that it offered no protection against AK-47s or 9 mm carbines. Despite this test, top cops okayed the purchase anyway. Obviously, somebody took a kickback — and killed Hemant Karkare.

"Further, Headlines Today has also accessed Karkare’s autopsy report. This shows that he was shot in the shoulder and chest — precisely those areas that the jacket was supposed to cover. So, a good quality jacket could have saved his life."



And nothing condones the behaviour of the police in not sending the reinforcements he asked for. "Karkare asked for reinforcements to be sent to Cama Hospital where Kasab and his partner Ismail were operating. Though the control room is at the police headquarters, around two minutes from the hospital, no forces were despatched for half an hour. As a consequence, Kasab and Ismail simply strolled out of the hospital unchallenged and headed for Rang Bhavan Lane. They were spotted there by policemen but the control room neglected to inform Karkare.

"Karkare believed that Kasab and Ismail were being tackled by policemen at Cama Hospital when his car drove into Rang Bhavan Lane. He had no idea that he was driving into an ambush."


Don't be deluded that corruption doesn't matter, or that you are safe. India's well heeled elites who mingle SHAMELESSLY with Congress and BJP parties (among other corrupt outfits) have totally lost their moral sense. They, and those Indian citizens who ignore corruption will be next in line. Corruption and misgovernance doesn't spare anyone.

India's security is riddled with holes. India has not only become a very weak state, it is completely hollowed from within, like a wooden building hollowed out by termites. When major security challenges arise (if, God forbid, when a major confrontation occurs with China) this structure could well collapse into smithereens. 

But forget the rest of the Indians. The buck stops with you, with each of us. If you are serious about living in a safe and free India, with integrity in public life, then join the Freedom Team. Become a Freedom Partner. Join the fight of the white force against the black. 

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Corruption in Indian politics

I've written extensively about the corruption that is deeply rooted in Indian politics in my book, BFN. However, to keep myself up to date, I'm creating this blog post where I'll periodically make note of articles/issues that confirm its overwhelming nature and extent.This blog post will be on the lines of these other two:
a) Corruption in the Indian media
b) Corruption in the Indian judiciary

These posts are works in progress, not intended to be complete, systematic posts, but a compendium of research, like many of my other 'posts': placeholders to which I return when I find time to study further/polish.

The solution to corruption in Indian politics involving the steps needed to eliminate such corruption, has already been outlined in BFN (Chapters 4 and 6), and also in this article I wrote for Freedom First in June 2009. (Also see this). Clearly no one is going to implement this solution. Hence the Freeedom Team of India. If you are an Indian and want to eliminate corruption from India, either join the Freedom Team or become a Freedom Partner.


Shantanu Bhagwat has excellent coverage of political corruption in India. Read and related posts, including

Operation West End (Tehelka)
Soft CBI as Mayawati’s Reward

Published Navhind Times, on: May 17, 2010, BY INDRANIL BANERJEA

IF there is one thing the average Hindu would want to feel proud of, it is that he is not intolerant. Think of this: The ruling party is today headed by an Italian-born Roman Catholic who runs the country.

The Prime Minister is a Sikh. The Vice-President is a Muslim and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, not to speak of the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are dalits. The Speaker besides, is a woman.
Which other country, pray, can show such liberalism? Not a single country in the world.

Illegal Assets
The so-called upper caste Hindu, besides, suffers from an enormous guilt complex vis-àvis dalits, for treating them for centuries as untouchables, no matter what various social reformers like Basaveshwara in Karnataka have done to change the mind-set of people. That is why, one suspects, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in her fourth term can get away with anything.

Ms Mayawati is a dalit and she has been exploiting the guilt complex effectively. She must be one of the most corrupt Chief Ministers India ever had, yet she gets away scot-free. But it is time the truth about her assets is revealed even if, presently, she has got a reprieve.

The CBI has already told the Supreme Court that it has ample evidence of her illegal wealth.
Much of it is available in a remarkable biography of the lady, entitled Behnji, authored by Mr Ajoy Bose and published by no less a firm than Penguin/Viking.

It must be remembered that Mr Bose’s findings have never been challenged. But what are they?
The CBI listed the immoveable assets of Ms Mayawati and her family as follows: 41 agricultural plots, 16 residential plots, 7 shops, three orchards, two shops-cum-residences located in and around Delhi; a mansion in her ancestral village of Badalpur, described by NDTV as a mini-Taj Mahal, built on a sprawling 30,000 square yards estate.

According to a CBI list filed in 2003, Ms Mayawati then had assets worth Rs 36.5 million in one bank account and Rs 2.345 million in another. In 2004 she had Rs 1.5 million in cash and Rs 97.8 million in bank accounts and jewellery worth Rs 3.09 million.

In 2007 her moveable assets included Rs 5.02 million in cash, Rs 128.8 million in bank deposits and jewellery worth Rs 5.08 million. Giving further details of her jewellery, Ms Mayawati listed 1034.260 grammes of gold 76.040 grammes of diamonds and 18,500 kgs of silver. She also admitted owning murals worth Rs 1.5 million.

According to Mayawati’s own self-evaluation from two affidavits her financial worth including both moveable and immoveable assets jumped from Rs 160.7 million in 2004 to Rs 520 million in 2007.

Missing Moral Code

Mr Bose says that in the late ‘90s, the BSP ran a year-long collection drive so that they could give birthday gifts of Rs 650, 000 to Kanshi Ram her mentor to celebrate his 65th birthday and Rs 420, 000 to her to celebrate her 42nd birthday. How nice. Comments Mr Bose: “There is no credible explanation why these large donations, even if contributed by party workers, have been used for mansions, farm houses, commercial plots, jewellery and bank deposits in the name of Ms Mayawati and her close relatives”.

Mr Bose adds: “Condemnation of Ms Mayawati’s vast wealth and lavish spending must be tempered with the recognition of the general absence of any kind of moral code in Indian politics, when it comes to money… most of them, if investigated as rigorously as the BSP leader, would also stand exposed of accumulated properties, money and jewellery beyond their obvious means.

It is a malaise that affects the country’s political system as a whole.…” And, by way of proving it, Bose credits the Tamil Nadu leader, Ms Jayalalitha with assets worth Rs 240 million, followed by Mr M Karunanidhi with Rs 220 million and Andhra Pradesh’s, Mr Chandrababu Naidu with Rs 210 million though Mr Bose admits that none of them have even half the wealth that Ms Mayawati who was born in a lower middle class dalit home of a government clerk with many dependents, has.

How did she manage to accumulate that much wealth? Will the CBI kindly elaborate? What is even more sickening is Mayawati’s attempts to spend Rs 3.8 crore of public money on eight statues of hers and Rs 3.37 crore for seven statues of her mentor Kanshi Ram to be installed in Uttar Pradesh and worse still, to spend Rs 52.20 crore to set up 60 statues of elephants the election symbol of the BSP in the state.

It is total misuse of public money in an obvious case of self-aggrandizement. But who cares?

Fancy the Chief Minister spending Rs 1.55 crore a piece on a 24ft high bronze statue of herself and another similar of Kanshi Ram! The issue may have been taken to the Supreme Court but by and large the people of Uttar Pradesh have taken the matter lightly. After all Mayawati is a dalit, isn’t she? And dalits in the past have been ill-treated, haven’t they? So what is wrong with Mayawati taking her revenge?

Role of Media
What is wrong, indeed? Our attitude is one of chalta hai. Anything goes.

Till recently the CBI was breathing down her neck in the disproport
ionate assets and Taj corridor cases but she has received a breather now because she has rushed to the UPA government’s support on the cut motion issue. If she had gone against the government the CBI would probably have got at her throat; she has now temporarily saved herself and never mind what the public thinks of the UPA.

The same thing happened in the case of Shibu Soren who ditched the BJP to keep the UPA government going. There has been a criminal case against Soren, but these can wait. After all, he is a tribal, isn’t he? Like Mayawati being a dalit, isn’t she? How can anyone blame them?

But then we learn from an RTI filed by ‘The Times of India’ that governments headed by leaders of various parties have withdrawn criminal cases against 51 political leaders of various parties in the past 10- years, the beneficiaries including ministers, MLAs, former ministers and former MLAs.

In most cases the state government withdrew cases using its power under Section 321 of the Criminal Procedure Code. We live in a sick society which provides political parties to forgive crimes if thereby they can continue to stay in power. It is as plain as that. Do the media have a role to play in this connection? Yes, it has. Does it play it? No, it doesn’t. Why should it when be playing it when it invites retribution?

Mayawati saved the UPA government in time, she has been amply rewarded. So what’s there to talk about? –INAV

a) Flea-dom at midnight:
b) An Honest PM?

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