Politics

Governments and politics have always been in the biased clutches of nepotism all around the world. Nepotism can be defined as the practice of using power and influence to favour relatives and friends over others, especially while giving jobs and making promotions. Manu Joseph has quoted in his New York Times article that, “The Indian elite is a system where there is a 100 percent reservation for its own genetic material”.

India is not untouched from Nepotism:

The State cabinet ministers in Kerala have decided to pass a legislation which would curb nepotism in government appointments. The decision has been provoked by frequent controversies that were made after the appointment of some relatives of CPM leaders to high-ranking posts in few public sector undertakings (PSUs). All the top posts like the Managing Director in PSUs will now be allotted only after scrutinisation by the vigilance committee.

The Samajwadi Party is repeatedly accused by opposition leaders as well as media houses of promoting nepotism in politics. BSP leader Mayawati states that they support nepotism rather than socialism. Similarly, Congress has been pelted with accusatory comments from a long time in Indian politics as the Gandhi-Nehru family continued to appoint prime leaders from their family. Rahul Gandhi, is often criticised of being a hereditary successor to his family’s political background without being worthy of the role.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged political leaders and portfolio-holders not to ask for tickets for their kindred or friends as there are other hard-working and deserving candidates who might miss upon the opportunity. It has been reported that several party leaders have cited their family members’ achievements and merits on their own letter-heads to create a good picture about how they have worked tirelessly for the parties and the community.

World’s powerful nation also follows Nepotism: 

The US President Donald Trump has been attacked for practicing nepotism in appointing his son-in-law as a senior advisor in the White House a little while back. The legal fraternity holds two different views on this issue. One is that since the anti-nepotism law enacted in 1978 allows the President to appoint his own White House staff without interference of any other provision of law dealing with employment, Trump has made no mistake. The other viewpoint states that the decision by Trump violates a 50 year old federal law and will set up a bad example for the future Presidents of the US.

Pakistan is no far too:

Nepotism can be observed in the politics of Pakistan as well. Bilawal Zardari, whose mother and grandfather are both former Prime Ministers of Pakistan, is the Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party. He went abroad to study and returned to take up a hereditary political role.

Neither UK is untouched, be it in politics or in private agencies! 

The United Kingdom does not have specific anti-nepotism laws but nepotism policies are adopted by several private companies. It has been stated that more than 200 MPs used their parliamentary allowances and liberties to employ their relatives and friends to different official posts in the U.K. It has often been suggested that nepotism should be banned in the United Kingdom but no conclusive law has been made till now.

Though some countries do not have anti-nepotism laws but private companies can put in place employee policies regarding nepotism at workplace.

So it can be summarised that nepotism has infiltrated world politics.

History was created when Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi, took oath as the Prime minister of India on 26 May 2014 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. A person who is an engine of growth, a person who is dedicated, determined and passionate towards his work, a person who is the “Dabbang” of India. That’s him–That’s Narendra Modi.

He believes in “Antyodaya” which means to uplift the weakest section of the society. His work gives a ray of hope and aspiration to billions of Indians.

Modi’s rise in politics started from Gujarat state government. In Gujarat, majority of middle class people were businessmen and Modi made their lives easy by simplifying the business processes. People were influenced by his work. Gujarat was the fastest state to develop in India. This was possible only because of Modi’s governance and the people of Gujarat.

After Modi was elected as the Prime Minister of India, people had same hope and expectation as they had for Gujarat because Gujarat was the shining example of development under Modi government. Modi made new promises with the slogan of bringing Ache Din. Well, all these promises and policies were fulfilled to some extent. After all, Modi is a MAN OF WORDS AND ACTION.

Modi has completed 3 years of governance. In his past three years of governance, our Prime Minister has lead the country to major growth, development, and upliftment through implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Make In India, Digital India, Black Money Act, Jan Dhan Yojana, Income Declaration Scheme and so on. He is highly influenced by Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi.

The thought of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was started, to accomplish Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of clean and hygienic India. His team went to celebrities to spread awareness on SBA. Why did he do that? Because he knows that for people in India, three things are most impactful, Bollywood, Sports and Politics, and he just knew that people will follow them. Clever enough!

 

Most of the policies introduced by the government had a positive influence on the economy. Although, during the demonetisation period there was lot of mismanagement but it developed the government’s image as the government which is serious about fighting corruption.

Modi made many international trips to attain strong Geo-political stand. And yes, India did receive positive response from the major countries like China, Bhutan, USA, and Japan.

“I can promise you. If you work 12 hours, I will work for 13. If you work 14 hours, I will work for 15 hours. Why? Because I am not a pradhan mantri, but a pradhan sevak”. 

In the past three years, the overall report has been positive to some extent. Although, there were criticisms​ by the opposition as being a secular party.  This action can prove a big win in the next Lok sabha election.

Modi is a man of action. At the age of 66, he is energetic, and workaholic. He has a clear vision for India. He knows the problems​ of India and feels it. India needs more leaders​ like him who will have both power and passion. Passion to work for both, PEOPLE and COUNTRY.

  • Foreign tourist Arrivals has increased from April 2016 to April 2017. During this year FTA rate was hiked to 23.5%.
  • From April 2016 to April 2017 Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e-Tourist visa has enlarged. It was raised to 63.4%.
  • On the basis of Nationality – wise, Port-wise data, received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI), Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals and Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e-Tourist Visa.

On the month of April 2017, the important highlights regarding FTAs and also FTAs on e-Tourist Visa from tourism are the following:

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA):

  • On April 2015, the number of FTAs is 5.42 lakh and it was higher in April 2016 as 5.99 lakhs and on April 2017 it was increased to 7.40 lakh.
  • The Growth rate of FTA in April 2017 over April 2016 is 23.7% compared to 10.7% in April 2016 over April 2015.
  • During the period of January – April 2017 the growth of FTAs is increased to 15.4% with a profit of 35.85 lakh compared to the growth of FTAs in January – April 2016 over January – April 2015 is 10.1% with a profit of 31.08 lakh.
  • Among the top 15 source countries the percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during April 2017, Bangladesh was first (23.07%) the second position was followed by USA (10.65%) and third was the UK with (10.51%) and the least was by Singapore (1.69%) and Nepal by (1.61%).
  • During April 2017 the percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India among the top 15 ports Delhi Airport was at first (29.20%) followed the second by Mumbai Airport (15.48%) and the third by Haridaspur Land Check post (12.88%) and the last was by Amritsar Airport (1.23%).

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on e-Tourist Visa:

  • On April 2017,  total number of tourists arrived on the e-Tourist visa is 1.14 lakh compared to the total number in April 2016 which is 0.7 lakh, registering growth of 63.4%.
  • A total of 5.82 lakh tourists arrived on the e-Tourist visa in January – April 2017. This is an increase compared to 3.91 lakh tourists during January – April 2016 with the growth of 48.8%.
  • During April 2017, the percentage shares of top 15 source countries availing e-Tourist visa facilities are as follows:

The UK was highest with ( 21.6%), the second highest the USA (10.2%) and the third by China         (6.1%), fourth and fifth by Russian Fed (6.1%) and France (5.1%) and the last by Singapore (1.6%).

  • The percentage shares of top 15 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during April 2017 were as follows:First by New Delhi Airport(48.6%) and the second Mumbai airport and the third Dabolim (Goa) Airport (7.2%), fourth and fifth by Bengaluru Airport (5.4%), Chennai Airport (5.1%), and the last by Pune Airport (0.1%).

Standard Operating Procedures for tracing missing children was developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, as per the direction of honorable Supreme Court dated on Jan 13, 2015. WCD Ministry has developed it in the matter of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), Indian Based Movement campaigning for the rights of children vs. The Union of India (Writs Petition, (Civil)). Ministry of WCD have complied a model of SOP utilized by all states and Union Territories to deal with the cases of missing children and to follow a uniform procedure throughout the country.

In rule of 92 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Model Rules, 2016, has laid down a procedure of inquiry regarding a missing child. Model Rules 2016 defines a missing child as – ‘a child whose whereabouts are not kenned to the parents, legal guardian or any other person or institution legally entrusted with the custody of the child, whatever may be the circumstances or causes of disappearance, and shall be considered missing and in desideratum of care and protection until located or his safety and salubrity established’.

The main objective of this Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) anticipates availing police, Child Welfare Committee and Juvenile Justice Board dealing with the cases of missing and found are recuperated children. Also, to ensure that appropriate and timely care, protection, attention is provided to victims and witnesses. It is generally stated that missing children are usually who are separated from their parents/guardians/stakeholders. SOP also includes its concerns in setting out the cognation to those children who are found/traced by the police, Child line, CWC or any other organization till their parents/guardian/family is traced and the child is restored.

The primary responsibility of the police is to track the missing children. It also defines the responsibility of Investigating Officer. The SOP has been shared with all the Director Generals of Police and Principal Secretaries of States and Union Territories for further use.
The systems of SOP is to obviate further victimization of missing children and ensure appropriate and timely protection, and attention provided to victims and witnesses.

First time in the history, BJP-led NDA government won the Lok sabha election with 282 seats and a single majority in 2014. Mr. Narendra Modi’s contribution was largely counted in this victory. Everybody was surprised with the result but this surprise was just a trailer, the picture was yet to be screened.

Here I am going to present before you some of the unpredictable moves of BJP government:

Losing 67 seats out of 70 in Delhi election

When BJP government under the Narendra Modi leadership was continuously winning elections in different constituencies, the tremendous loss in Delhi Lok Sabha election was hard to believe. BJP government led by ‘Kiran Bedi’ lost 67 seats out of 100.

GST bill passed

GST bill touted as the biggest tax reform, which could not be passed for the past two years was passed in August 2016. This step was taken to end tax terrorism by paving the way for a uniform indirect tax regime in the country.

Ban of beef

This year we saw a great rise in the empowerment of cow vigilante, they came to the streets to stop the slaughter of cow and gave their full support in banning beef. Laws and rules were not a concern for them. We can not claim the influence of ruling government in this but still, it happened in their governance.

Stopping of triple talaq

On 8th December 2016, Allahabad high court declared ‘triple talaq’ as unconstitutional and a violation of women rights. It claimed that “no personal law is above constitutional law”.

Satellite launch

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched a record breaking 104 satellites on a single rocket. With that India became the first nation to launch more than 100 satellites in one go.

Demonetization

Demonetization of ₹500 and ₹1000 notes in India from 9th November onwards was the biggest surprise of the decade. Indian citizens faced a lot of troubles throughout the process. But the good cause behind this was the ability to examine and control their patience. Coming of all ,free ‘jio’ sim is also reasoned as one of the impacts of demonetization.

Pakistani actor go back

Returning Pakistani artists back to their country was such a harsh step. But, was this a right or wrong step , it is hard to calculate?

Election of UP

The latest election in Uttar Pradesh and the surprising win of BJP is my last point in this article. BJP won 312 seats and is ready to come back to power after 14 years. This is the biggest victory of BJP in UP till now. The decision of making ‘Yogi Adityanath’ as UP CM was also a very unpredictable move.

 

There was a time when getting a taxi was the most irritating thing. The drivers attitudes were never on the land but always flying high in the sky. Their nakhre was more annoying than that of a girlfriend, chota distance nahi jayenge, meter kharabh hai (a number of them did not even have a meter), 200 se kam nahi hoga, saman hai to 50 extra lagega, gali me nahi jayenge, u-turn nahi lenge. It was very difficult for anyone to hire a taxi. A young person can manage but think about the condition of older men and women. There were very few drivers who had concern for them.

Then like a ray of hope, Ola came into existence in 2010. This company which was started with few people in Mumbai, to answer these auto drivers, expanded to the whole of India within a very short time period. Now this company has thousands of employees working under it. Then, Uber came, and both Ola and Uber are dominating the market.

A number of times, charges dropped to get more customers. And the situation came to the extent where we could pay just ₹6 per kilometer. They even started giving a lot more offers, like a first free ride and other coupon code offers. A number of drivers thought it as a good option and merged with it. But this amalgamation didn’t survive longer.
Soon, drivers started having this feeling that now they can’t take unnecessary charges and ultimately their earnings were affected and they have to go by rules. The latest strike by Uber drivers in Bangalore is one of the sample and proof of it.

Even the clashes between the local drivers and online operated taxis in Kerala is reasoned somewhere between this. Everyone is waiting for the decision. But before the decision comes, a lot of questions have to be answered. What if the auto drivers resume their past custom? What solution our Government will come up with? What will happen if things go worse?

Wait and watch, and hope for a better future.

  • Trust that Delhites have on Arvind Kejriwal, CM of Delhi and on his team seems to be at stake, when an unparliamentrive video of Women & Child Social Welfare Language SC/ST Minister, Mr. Sandeep Kumar and was the member of Sixth Legislative Assembly of Delhi was out yesterday which shows his “real” face to the country.
  • Well, the kind of video it was, it purely contrasts from his duty as Women Welfare Minister….
  • But just after the disclosure of the news by CM Arvind Kejriwal, he was fired from the Cabinet of Delhi and now, every media house has become a shooter on Delhi government. But his effort of disclosing the truth should be appreciated.
  • Arvind Kejriwal usually blames PM Modi for every minor thing happen with him, but will he blame PM for this video too?
  • The war does not seem to have an end here, because it is just the beginning….

 

  • The decision for the position of CM of Gujarat after the resign of Anandiben Patel (over 75 years age) comes for the favor to Vijay Rupani. However, the position was most expected to be given to Nitin Patel.
  • Vijay Rupani was the President of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) of Gujarat and it is the first time that Vijay has been elected from Rajkot West Constituency and he is also the state water resources minister.
  • Interestingly, the battle for the “chair” of CM of Gujarat was between Nitin Patel and Vijay Rupani and was (expected) to be won by Nitin Patel but at the last moment, the decision has been given in the favor of Vijay.
  • The decision (most expectedly) changed by BJP in view of future election that are going to happen in 2017 in Gujarat.

  • Anandiben Patel, the Gujarat CM has voluntarily resigned as the CM of the state a week after the protest across the state following the assault of 4 dalits.

     

  • Patel has sent her resignation to BJP cabinet seeking relief from the State’s top post.

     

  • In a letter posted in the FB page, said that she had sought to resign two months ago from the party so that the new candidate gets enough time to prepare for big events like “Vibrant Gujarat Submit”.

     

  • The post further raed that “For the last some time there has been a tradition in the party that those who attain the age of 75, voluntarily retires from the post. I will attain the age of 75 in November,”
  • Anandiben Patel who was the first women CM of the state faced a lot of criticism for Patel community quota agitation, one of the factors which contributed to BJP losing in rural local bodies polls.

  • Elections are due in the later part of 2017 in Gujarat. 

  • In June 2103, there was a political exchange among Egyptian politicians in live television on  “secret” plans to wage war on another nation.
  • The meeting was arranged at the Presidential Palace in Cairo to discuss Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam project, which created a huge fuss at that time as it threatened Egypt’s rights to Nile River water.
  • During that meet several politicans gave different suggestion to tackle the problem and decided that they would take oath to not to disclose these suggestions to the media.
  • The hilarious part of this political exachange was that none of them was aware of the fact that they were on live media.

  • The person responsible for organizing the meeting failed to notify the attendees that they were being broadcast on live television as it was a “last-minute decision.”
  •  Later the President Muhammad Morsi was removed from the office by the militry and all the politicans present there were either on trial or were in prision.

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