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Modi-Ji, Uniting The Opposition

Modi-Ji, Uniting The Opposition- By Rajkumar Meena

Narendra Modi has done the unthinkable: he has helped unite opposition parties. Last night, the latest reflection of this unity was seen when four Chief Ministers visited Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to show their solidarity with his nearly week-long sit-in. They had also requested a meeting with the LG of Delhi, Anil Baijal, but he refused to entertain them. Arvind Kejriwal is on dharna in the ante-room of the LG’s office with three of his cabinet colleagues, two of whom are on hunger strike. Common sense demands that these Chief Ministers, who are senior leaders of the country, should be allowed to meet Arvind Kejriwal, but Mr Modi is made of a different mettle.
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Four Chief Ministers visited Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to show solidarity with his week-long sit-in

One can easily ask why Modi should be blamed for this. Delhi is the national capital and the LG is the man in charge; in his own right, he is sovereign. Mr Baijal is a career bureaucrat. He knows how to further his career. He had retired as the Home Secretary and credit should be given to him that he was considered to be a good bureaucrat. But to derive the conclusion that he had the audacity to deny a meeting with four senior Chief Ministers of his own accord is to not only misunderstand the mindset of a career bureaucrat but also the mindset the prime minister of the country. Neither is Mr Baijal so naive that he would decide on such a move without seeking the guidance from the top, nor is Mr Modi the sort to allow Mr Baijal the room to decide this on his own. Mr Modi is a control freak. In any case, such a political decision is always taken by Governors or Lieutenant Governors with the full blessing of the centre.

But this has proved to be a blessing in disguise. It has underlined the fact that India has come to such a pass under Mr Modi that minimum democratic courtesies are not allowed to be exchanged. These are democratically-elected Chief Ministers and were going to meet another democratically-elected Chief Minister. Not allowing them to meet him is an insult to the will of the people whom they represent in their respective states. This, in no uncertain way, sends a message to the people in the states that could harm the BJP.

This event has also proved the argument of opposition leaders that they are not accorded the respect that an opposition deserves in a democracy. For a democracy to work successfully, the opposition has to function freely without any inhibition in criticising the policies and politics of the government. It is in the fitness of democracy that governments should provide that space.

But in the last four years, there has been an attempt to suppress the voice of the opposition. In the most brazen fashion, investigating agencies have been unleashed upon rivals of the ruling party, opposition leaders are regularly arrested on fictitious and frivolous charges. The income tax department, the Enforcement directorate, the CBI and the state police have been used in the most oppressive manner. In Delhi, more than 15 AAP MLAs had been arrested; most of them have been given a clean chit by the courts as government agencies have failed to prove charges. In West Bengal, more than ten senior party members of the Trinamool Congress are either in jail or facing criminal cases. Many of them are members of parliament and ministers. Lalu Yadav and his entire family are facing the same situation. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh’s official residence was raided the day his daughter was getting married. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, his son and wife are also facing the music

The 24-year-old Patel leader, Hardik, was jailed for more than 11 months by the BJP government under sedition charges only because he dared to raise the anguished voices of Patels. In western UP, Dalit leader Chandrashekhar Azad has been languishing in jail for more than a year. His only crime is that he fought against Dalit atrocities. His case was even more curious. He got bail from court and thereafter the UP police slapped the National Security Act to keep him jail. It is beyond comprehension why he should be behind bars, but the BJP government finds him dangerous to national security.

It is a matter of common knowledge how DK Shivakumar, the senior Congress leader in Karnataka, was treated when he provided sanctuary to Gujarat Congress MLAs during the Rajya Sabha elections. His resort was raided. But BJP leaders are not touched at all.

Under the Modi regime, the AAP government is not the only opposition government against whom there have been continuous attempts to destabilize it. The governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh were sacked only to be reinstated by the Supreme Court. The BJP used every immoral trick to not let the opposition form a government in Karnataka. In Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya, the BJP manipulated the people’s mandate to form their governments. The governors and Lieutenant Governors are behaving like parallel power centers in states.

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The LG of Delhi is not the only one who is obstructing every effort of the elected government of Delhi. Kiran Bedi in Puducherry is equally hell bent on not letting the Congress CM function. The media is not spared either. Almost every media house has been pressured to toe the government’s line and deride the opposition except a few and those who have refused to be cowed down have either been raided by the CBI or are facing several notices from the income tax department or defamation cases are slapped on them. The TV media has practically become a captive of the government.

It is this scenario that has made the opposition leaders realise that India in the last four years has slipped into a kind of a dictatorial system where only one party and one leader is allowed to flourish . Since Indira Gandhi’s emergency days, the country has not experienced such an abnormal situation. This is a do-or-die situation for those who believe in democracy. The opposition has realised that if it doesn’t come together, it will be difficult for them to survive. The Karnataka election was the first proof that united they stand and divided they will all perish. In Karnataka, the Congress offering the CM seat to JD(S) despite having almost double the number of MLAs is not an ordinary development. The Karnataka experiment has emboldened the opposition for the bigger fight.

It is no ordinary development that four CMs decided to visit the Delhi CM and extended their support for his fight against the dictatorial behaviour of the Delhi LG and his efforts to paralyse the elected government. Be it Akhilesh Yadav, or Tejashwi Yadav, powerful leaders in their own states have also openly supported the cause. The DMK and Shiv Sena have also attacked the Modi Government on this issue.

This is a clear signal that all opposition leaders have realised that Arvind Kejriwal is not fighting only his battle, but that all of them are in the same boat, and all of them have to fight together. It is in this context that the LG’s stubbornness has proved to be a boon. And his step of not meeting the legitimate demands of the AAP leaders and declining to oblige the four CMs will prove to be detrimental to his master whom he is trying to serve to further his career. He has forgotten that he is only an appointed person. The CMs are the elected ones and they are the leaders of the masses.

Rajkumar Meena

 

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आप राष्ट्रवादी हैं या देशप्रेमी? अंतर समझने की करें कोशिश

जेएनयू में जो भी घटनाक्रम चल रहा है, धीरे- धीरे उसकी असलियत सामने आ जाएगी, अखलाक के बारे में क्या अफवाह फैलाई गई लेकिन रिपोर्ट में सब कुछ अलग ही निकला । लेकिन जेएनयू की घटना के बाद आम लोग इस तरह भड़के हुए हैं कि खुले आम गोली मार देने की बात करने लगे हैं। राष्ट्रवाद और देशप्रेम के अंतर को समझने की कोशिश कीजियेगा।

कुछ साल पहले एक फिल्म देखने के दौरान राष्ट्रगान बजा तो रोहतक के थिएटर हॉल में सिर्फ तीन लड़कियां खड़ी हुईं । सभी को ये बात इतनी छू गयी कि उसके बाद से गणतंत्र दिवस की परेड के बाद बजने वाले राष्ट्रगान पर घर में भी खड़े हो जाते थे। 3 लड़कियों ने सिर्फ अपना फ़र्ज़ निभाकर दूसरों को फर्ज़ निभाने के लिए प्रेरित कर दिया। प्रेम कोई भी हो, महसूस होने की चीज़ है। मार-पीट कर महसूस नहीं करवाया जा सकता, आप ऐसा करते हैं तो आप किसी कुंठा के शिकार हैं जिसके बारे में शायद आप ही पता लगा पाएं।
भारत के संविधान की प्रस्तावना में साफ़-साफ़ कुछ शब्द लिखे हैं। जिस किसी ने दसवीं तक भी पढ़ाई की है, वो इससे वाकिफ़ होगा। प्रस्तावना में लिखा है कि हम समाजवादी हैं, हम धर्मनिरपेक्ष हैं, हम लोकतांत्रिक हैं। तो समझिए कि इनमें से किसी भी बात को गाली देने वाला राष्ट्र का अपमान कर रहा है ।
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After Arvind Kejriwal lead Delhi Govt The latest global metropolis to introduce car rationing

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India’s Capital Delhi launch #OddEvenPlan sucessful. odd days odd number vehicle’s,  Even day Even number vehicles are allowed. In first time so large scale Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launch OddEven formula for reduced the Pollution in capital.  see the air pollution reduce in Delhi by OddEven plan https://rajkumarmeena.wordpress.com/2016/01/

TOKYO – A number of global capitals have tried a car rationing system over the years to try to reduce congestion . Beijing , Paris, New Delhi, Mexico City: All have at some stage introduced rules to keep cars with odd – or even – numbered license plates off the road on set days.

Now another city can be added to that list:

Pyongyang.
The North Korean capital is hardly known for its gridlock. After all, it’s only in the past couple of

years that the city has gotten its first traffic light – its famous female traffic police are still the norm – and there are still no privately owned cars in

North Korea .
But the number of cars on the roads has increased markedly in recent years, the result of a sharp increase in the number of taxis and government vehicles , as well as a steady uptick in tourist numbers.

Just take a look at this video of a North Korean- style traffic jam from Jaka Parker , who lives in Pyongyang (and runs an excellent Instragram account here ): https://www.instagram.com/jakaparker/?hl=en
https://www.instagram.com/p/8DnDpBACdJ/

A video posted by jakaparker.blogspot.com watch the traffic video in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un ’s regime has instituted a system this year to keep cars off the road. From Jan . 1 , cars with even- or odd – numbered license plates have been allowed on the roads only on alternate days , according to people who either live in Pyongyang or have visited this year. There are exceptions to the rule : government and other “high- ranking ” cars , military vehicles , foreigners’ cars and minibuses with more than 24 seats .

Locals report being told that the system is modeled on the restrictions in various Chinese cities and , like those , is intended to reduce congestion and emissions.

But many speculate that the real reason is linked to a shortage of gasoline for vehicles .

Although residents and visitors alike say they ’ve seen no signs yet of gas shortages – unlike electricity , which is clearly in short supply, with frequent and lengthy power cuts – they wonder if it is looming. (All the people contacted for this post spoke on the condition of anonymity , concerned about jeopardizing their relations with North
Korea. )

Some say the government appears to anticipating a shortage and want to ration gasoline as their foreign exchange reserves are depleted – in no small part because of the economic slowdown in China.

Others suggest that move may be preparation for China, angry about the recent nuclear and missile tests, turning off the oil tap to North Korea .

As the international community considers how to punish Kim ’s regime for its recent provocations , and becomes increasingly frustrated with the priority that Beijing places on stability, such a
move would show that China does have an influence on North Korea and will use it – even if not to the degree that Washington wants .

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The odd-even pilot reduced hourly particulate air pollution in India’s Capital Delhi

Yes, Delhi, it worked written by Rajkumar Meena

The odd-even pilot reduced hourly particulate air pollution concentrations by 10-13 per cent. But for the longer run, a congestion-pricing programme may be better

In WHO report India’s Capital Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, now newly formed Government in Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal decided to fight from Pollution, he started most important ODD-EVEN policy in the city, and Unite the peoples for support it.

Delhi’s ambitious odd-even pilot experiment to reduce the number of cars on the road, and pollution in the air, has come to an end — at least for now. But the question remains: Was it successful?Answering this question is challenging. Air pollution data is limited and it comes from many different sources. Pollution also varies with time and weather conditions for reasons that have nothing to do with the odd-even pilot. Thus, simply looking at trends in pollution monitors cannottell us what we need to know. Reflecting these challenges, different assessments so far have been contradictory, ranging from “complete failure” to “massive success”. In a rigorous new study, however, we conclude that the odd-even pilot did have some impact — reducing hourly particulate air pollution concentrations by 10-13 per cent.
                      To judge the scheme’s true impact, we compared Delhi’s pollution with the rest of the NCR, which has similar weather but didn’t fall under the ambit of the scheme. We did this between January 1-15, when the scheme was in effect, and in November and December, when it was not in effect.The first step was to analyse the effect of the odd-even policy on traffic. Anecdotally, there is a general consensus that there were fewer vehicles on the road during the scheme. We attempted to back this up with some hard data. Analysing real-time vehicle speed data from Uber Delhi revealed that during the odd-even programme, average speeds went up by a statistically significant 5.4 per cent (2.8 standard deviation from normal). This is an especially significant change given that radio taxi drivers are meant to stay within speed limits. If shorter trip times reflect fewer cars on Delhi’s roads, and if vehicle emissions significantly impact Delhi’s air pollution, then we may expect the odd-even pilot to translate into lower pollution. We should keep in mind that lower congestion itself reduces pollution as all vehicles (not just cars) spendless time on the road idling and in slow-moving traffic.Having said this, the key question is to statistically quantify the level of impact. To do this, we first put together a dataset of hourly air pollution numbers from 23 monitors in Delhi, and three monitors from Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida, where the odd-even policy was not implemented. This included both government and India Spend monitoring stations. Our results remain similar using only government data.In December 2015, before the odd-even programme began, daily pollution trends in Delhi and the neighbouringregions were very similar.

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                   This is not surprising considering that they have similar temperatures and weather patterns, and are affected in anequivalent way by crop burning and holiday periods. Starting January 1, while absolute pollution levels increased both inside and outside Delhi (for atmospheric reasons, as noted by other commentators), the increase in fine particle levels in Delhi was significantly less than in the surrounding region. Overall, there was a 10-13 per centrelative decline in Delhi.It is possible to go one step further in our analysis by tracking pollution changes hour by hour, since the odd-even policy was only in effect from 8 am to 8 pm. The results are striking (see figure). Around 8 am, the gap between Delhi’s pollution and that in neighbouring regionsbegins to form and steadily increases until mid afternoon. As temperatures begin to fall, and pollution is less likely to disperse, this gap starts to close. We see another small gap emerge between 9-11 pm, which probably reflects thenew limits on truck traffic in Delhi, which also came into force on January 1. Soon after midnight, the gap closes, and Delhi and neighbouring areas show similar pollution patterns until 8 am comes around again. When focusing just on the hours that the odd-even policy was in effect, our estimates suggest that particulates pollution declined by 18 per cent due to the pilot. For more details see http://j.mp/odd-even-QA

While the odd-even policy reduced pollution during its firsttwo weeks in effect, there are reasons to wonder about its ability to reduce pollution over the longer run. A natural concern is that the odd-even policy could easily be gamed or otherwise undermined. Further, Mexico City’s experience with the implementation of a similar policy suggests, it could even make pollution worse by encouraging households to purchase second cars that are old and very polluting.A more durable effect on pollution might come from a congestion-pricing programme, in which drivers are charged for using the roads at certain places and times. This approach, which has been successful in places like London and Singapore, allows cities to effectively reduce car use at periods of peak congestion and pollution. The Delhi government should pilot the use of congestion charging, and invest any income from the charge in high-quality, high-capacity public transport with zero local emissions — which would again help to reduce demand for driving, congestion, and pollution.Air pollution is shortening lives in Delhi and too many other places in India and elsewhere. The odd-even scheme has delivered over these two weeks, but may not over the long term. Furthermore, vehicles are only one source of pollution.There is no shortage of creative ideas and potential pilots, but what is all too often lacking is evidence on which ones work as intended. In one effort to improve matters, the University of Chicago has launched a competition with theDelhi Dialogue Commission to crowdsource ideas for reducing air and water pollution (the Delhi Urban Labs Innovation Challenge). More generally speaking, governments need to accept that we don’t have all the answers to policy problems and adopt a culture of trying out new ideas, testing them carefully, and then deciding which ones to adopt at scale.

Analysis Greenstone, Harish and Sudarshan are at the Energy Policy Institute  at the University of Chicago, and Rohini Pande is at the Evidence for Policy Design group at Harvard University

Discoms inflated dues by Rs 8,000 crore, says CAG

The three private power distribution companies (discoms) in the capital inflated their dues to be recovered from consumers by almost Rs 8,000 crore, the comptroller and auditor general has said in its report on the discoms and claimed that there is scope for reducing tariffs in the city.

The 212-page confidential report, accessed by TOI, has indicted the three power distribution companies — BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) controlled by Anil Ambani’s Reliance group, and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) — on several counts.

The companies have, however, denied the report and claimed that it is both incomplete and subjudice.

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It says the companies manipulated consumer figures and scrap sale details, and took a series of actions detrimental to consumer interests. These include buying costly power, inflating costs, suppressing revenue, dealing with other private companies without tenders and giving undue favours to group companies.
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सौ दिन, एक साल, दो सरकारें!

#100DaysOfMufflerMan Vs #ModiAtOne

दिल्ली दिलचस्प संयोग देख रही है. एक सरकार के सौ दिन, दूसरी के एक साल! दिलचस्प यह कि दोनों ही सरकारें अलग-अलग राजनीतिक सुनामियाँ लेकर आयीं. बदलाव की सुनामी! जनता ने दो बिलकुल अनोखे प्रयोग किये, दो बिलकुल अलग-अलग दाँव खेले. केन्द्र में मोदी, दिल्ली में केजरीवाल! मोदी परम्परागत राजनीति के नये माडल की बात करनेवाले, तो केजरीवाल उस परम्परागत राजनीति को ध्वस्त कर नयी वैकल्पिक राजनीति के माडल की बात करने वाले. दोनों नयी उम्मीदों के प्रतीक, दोनों नये सपनों के सौदागर. जनता ने एक साथ दोनों को मौक़ा दिया. कर के दिखाओ! जनता देखना चाहती है कि राजनीति का कौन-सा माडल बेहतर है, सफल है, मोदी माडल या केजरीवाल माडल? या फिर दोनों ही फ़्लाप हैं? या दोनों ही नये रंग-रोग़न में वही पुरानी खटारा हैं, जिसे जनता अब तक मजबूरी में खींच रही थी!

मोदी और केजरीवाल : कितनी उम्मीदें पूरी हुईं?

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केजरीवाल सरकार 24 मई को अपने सौ दिन पूरे कर रही है, तो मोदी सरकार 26 मई को एक साल! इन दोनों सरकारों से वाक़ई लोगों को बहुत बड़ी-बड़ी उम्मीदें थीं? क्या वे उम्मीदें पूरी हुईं? हुईं, तो कहाँ तक?
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अरविंद केजरीवाल ने “आप” नेताओं को योगेन्द्र यादव और प्रशान्त भूषण के मुद्दे को सुलझाने को कहा-

   इलाज कराकर लौटे दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल के लिए पार्टी के अंदरूनी घमासान से निपटना बड़ी चुनौती है। सोमवार रात जब मनीष सिसोदिया, कुमार विश्वास, आशुतोष, आशीष खेतान और संजय सिंह उनसे मिलने गए तो उन्होंने अपनी गैरहाजिरी में हुए घटनाक्रम पर नाराजगी जताई। केजरीवाल आप नेताओं द्वारा मीडिया को बयान जारी कर प्रशांत भूषण और योगेंद्र यादव को पीएसी (राजनीतिक मामलों की समिति) से निकालने की वजह बताए जाने पर खास तौर से नाराज दिखे। बैठक में केजरीवाल और उनके नेताओं के बीच कुछ इस तरह बातचीत हुई-

केजरीवाल – अंदरूनी विवाद को पार्टी की ओर से बयान जारी कर सार्वजनिक करने की जरूरत क्यों पड़ी। हम सभी का तो एक ही सूत्र है कि जनता के लिए बेहतर कामकाज
करना, ऐसा क्या हो गया जो इस तरह का कदम उठाया गया।

संजय सिंह – विवाद लगातार बढ़ रहा था और पार्टी की छवि खराब हो रही थी। इसलिए मीडिया को पार्टी की ओर से बयान जारी किया गया।

केजरीवाल – इस बयान के बाद क्या विवाद थम गया। सबकुछ ठीक हो गया।

आशीष खेतान – नहीं, सबकुछ ठीक तो नहीं हुआ। लेकिन बयानबाजी में जरूर कमी आ गई।
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