Where do our nation’s interests lie? Does nationalism rest on just shouting, "Bharat Mata Ki Jai"?

There is a new-found warmth (in spite of Indian summer heat) and conviviality between our current national leadership and US IT bigwigs.

Some ministers have even bought the Apple CEO’s argument that the 30 % local component sourcing be waived for ‘Make in India’. The argument is that Apple systems use high-tech parts not available in India! Is it to be completely waived or can we ask what can be made here?

Why not start with CKD and assembly with non-tech parts locally procured. For example, the body could easily be made here.

BEL could make the most high-tech parts. If we could make missiles and satellites why not laptop parts.

The argument is fallacious.

More important is the question of where our Nation’s interests lie.

Here we may examine the documents which Snowden leaked.

This is one.

Oh Yeah ….

  • Put Money, National Interest and Ego together, and now you’re talking about shaping the world writ large.

What country doesn’t want to make the world a better place … for itself?

 It is from page 167 of the book, “No Place to Hide’ with sub-title, “Edward Snowden, The NSA & The Surveillance State”.

Here’s another from the same page of the book.

SECRET/REL TO USA FYEY

What’s the threat?

  • Let’s be blunt – the Western World (especially the US) gained influence and made a lot of money via the drafting of earlier standards.
    • The US was a major player in shaping today’s Internet. This resulted in pervasive exportation of American culture as well as technology. It also resulted in a lot of money being made by US entities.

Please note the acronym, “FYEY “. This stands for “Five Eyes”. It refers to the five nations of the English speaking world – The UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The aim is clear. They make no bones about it. The objective of surveillance is to make money for their “entities”.

The first text box has the “Teen Murthies” or if you prefer an anglicized version, the “Unholy Trinity” – “Money, National interest and Ego”

Note again that “Money” takes precedence over even “National interest”.

How do we deal with such diabolical aspirations and protect our national interests?

File No: MoPNG/IOC/HPCL/BPCL – Auth. at Delivery - 1

Date: 04 Apr 2016

 

APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 6(1)

OF THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

 

Subject: LPG Subsidy – Authentication at Delivery

 

  1. Please quote subject and our file reference number in all your replies
  2. Please permit me to inspect files held by you relevant to the subject matter of this RTI application

 

1. Full name of the applicant

 

Mathew Thomas

2.  Address

 

 

 

18 A, Adarsh Vista, Basavanagar, Marathahalli P O, Bangalore 560037

3.  Details of the information/ documents required:

 

  1. Please inform whether the point of delivery authentication of LPG customers using scanners and UID / Aadhaar

biometrics has been given up or not.

  1. If point of delivery authentication of LPG customers is not being done, please inform reasons thereof under Section 4 (1) (c) and (d) of the RTI Act
  2. Please inform districts where above authentication is being done

4. Year to which the document pertains

1 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2016

5. Designation and address of the Public Information Officer

 

 

 

PIOs of MoPNG, IOC, HPCL & BPCL

Particulars of initial fee of ₹ 10 paid

Indian Postal Order Number:

 

 

 

 

 

 

BANGALORE

DATE: 04 Apr 2016                                                                             SIGNATURE OF THE APPLICANT

 

The ‘Times of India’ Bengaluru Edition today, 29 Apr 2016 carried a news report of our beloved MPs voicing “concerns” about misuse of RTI.

The headline said, “Resentment of political class towards RTI is now out open”.

It would be better to replace the word, “Class’ with the option in my title.

The link to the article is here.

NCP leader, Praful Patel, is reported to have said, “Anyone can pay ₹ 10, some ‘paanwadi’ (betel leaf seller) or ‘Chaiwala’ (tea vendor’ – our present PM, excepted!) can also ask who made a missile or anything about international affairs”.

“Patel Sir, please attend “Chai pe cherhcha”. “PM Sir, Don’t allow these fellows to fool you into diluting RTI as your predecessor tried. He is where he is because of that among other reasons.”

The arrogance of these gentlemen and ladies who adorn the hallowed halls of our legislatures is as sickening as it is unbelievable.

They come to us with folded hands begging for votes as their camp followers throw garlands at them to be thrown back and grabbed by fools to be preserved as talisman.

They pontificate that they are ‘servants of the people’, but their real color comes out when the shoe of hypocrisy they wear pinches as the nauseating facts of their misdeeds become public. So, RTI is the villain of the piece.

They do not realise that they are mere representatives of these ‘paanwadis’ and ‘cahiwalas’, and other such lesser, mortals. Oh, that we may have a ‘Desi’ version of an Oliver Cromwell, if nothing else for a short while.

“Government officials are scared of taking decisions because they wonder what will come out of RTI --- Objectivity is finished”, he (Shriman Patel) is reported to have said.

Let me tell him, “Sir, What will come out of RTI is the TRUTH, and NOTHING but THE TRUTH.

Transparency facilitates objectivity.

Officials need not be scared unless they have something to hide.

I too was a ‘government servant’ not too long ago. I had no hesitation in taking decisions and putting down my reasons in file notes (noting).

And, Sir, I was making missiles, so I knew who made missiles. If someone asks you, you are welcome to redirect them to me!”

Let us not allow

Refer Link

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Politicos-resentment-against-RTI-out-in-the-open/articleshow/52033589.cms

Politicos' resentment against RTI out in the open - Times of India


 

A Call to Campaign

The bain of all democracies is that few people are aware and still less care about governance, until they are directly affected; then it is often too late. That's how dictators seize power.

Even in "functioning" democracies, those entrusted BY the PEOPLE with governance roles instead of doing the job as representatives of people, arrogate to themselves perks and privileges of office as if they are entitled to these. 

Why do the people's representatives need to live in palaces, while millions of the people who elect them are homeless? 

Why do people's representatives need to have security guards paid for by people? Why would people harm their representatives? 

What is the solution? How may people reclaim their legitimate position in relation to their representatives chosen to carry out the tasks of governance entrusted to them?

The first step is for people to understand that their representatives are NOT their rulers. 

People should hence, assert themselves and launch campaigns in various areas where there is poor governance. 

Some areas readily come to mind. 

We may ask our representatives to implement various laws that have been enacted. For example, why is Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 still not implemented? Under the Act, representatives entrusted with governance are to give reasons for their decisions. 

Why is justice delayed? What are our representatives doing about delayed justice?

Why are many people starving? Many homeless? How long will it take to ensure that everyone has a home and none go hungry to bed? 

What is the point in talking about 8 or 10 % growth and patting economic performance when people are jobless, starving and without hope of a future?

Let's act BEFORE it's too late.

I invite the people of this great Nation of ours to join me in campaigning for our rights.

 

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