Sunday, July 31, 2011
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who is `Bhaiyaji' for Raebareli and Amethi has time and again proved that she is the Big brother. Defending the Congress party, campaigning for mother and brother, bringing in Mahila Yojana Raebareli Amethi(MYRA) and maintaining an equal warmth in her relationship with a foot soldier of congress and a senior leader.
Rajiv Gandhi loved photography. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too has this passion.
`Ranthambhore' is a personal journey of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the land of Tigers. Standing behind the lens, she has spoken.
And when 'Bhaiyaji' speaks whether for women self help groups or the tiger, it's bound to have an impact.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The decision to award the highest state honour was taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh
Bestowal of the highest state award on the former Indian Prime Minister is in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the country's war of liberation in 1971. Indira Gandhi had thrown the full weight of the Indian government behind the Bangladesh war.
It is recognized by that country that East Pakistan, as Bangladesh was then known, would have never secured freedom from Pakistan had the then Prime Minister of India not lent full support - by way of men and material - on humanitarian grounds. It was a bold step executed with perfect precision for which Indira Gandhi was well known.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
My view and my government's view is that if one doesn't include the poor in the process of growth, that is injustice with the poor.
We will try to bring in a legislation which will benefit the farmers and the labourers.
For development and growth acquisition of land is necessary, where and in which manner the land is being acquired is most important.
Today what is happening in Uttar Pradesh is that land is being acquired in the name of development and growth and farmers are not getting proper compensation and that land is being transfered to the builders. If the land goes to the builders there is no development. India needs roads and if that road is built on your land a lot of people uses it and benefits. But if that land is given to a builder only one person gets benefited and this is the real issue of concern.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
What is fascinating the folk in the villages is that Rahul Gandhi is patient listener. He gives complete attention to what is addressed to him. The Congress General Secretary is very inquisitive person too. He asks lot of questions to know every aspect of the problem posed to him by the village folks. He shares his views on the subject and suggests possible solutions.
His unhesitating manner to mingle in the crowd to talk with one and all instantly encourages even the shy housewives and girls to come forward to explain their problems. While landowners are complaining to Rahul Gandhi about loss of their fertile agricultural lands and consequential loss of livelihood, the farm labourers are whining about loss of agricultural engagements. The young men are complaining to the young Congress leader about their unemployment. The housewives are worried about their safety in the wake of spate of crimes being taking place against women and deteriorating law and order problem in the state.
Addressing a gathering of farmers at the Jahangarh village, he said, “We will present Land Acquisition Bill in the Lok Sabha and you will see that it will be passed in your favour.”
Assuring the farmers that “Your fight is our fight” he said, “The Uttar Pradesh government is working to benefit the builders and not farmers.”
He said,” Thefts are committed in the dead of night. But here thefts were being committed in broad daylight. The state government is helping in theft on farmers.”
The Congress leader is intrigued as to why farmers are agitated in UP while the acquisition of lands in Haryana is so smooth and peaceful. He is concerned in particular how come farmers in UP are poor in spite of compensation received by them for selling their lands to the state government.
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to hold Kisan Maha Panchayat on July 9 in Aligarh to focus on all such problems. He wants to ensure that all issues concerning the farmers are brought forth and discussed in Kisan Maha Panchayat (Farmers’ Meet). So he has set out on three days programme to walk through villages of UP.
Today early morning he reached Bhatta village which was epicenter of violent clash on May 7 in which four persons were killed. He interacted with the villagers who explained their problems.
From Bhatta village he walked to Parsaul village which too had been scene of farmers’ agitation over non-payment of fair compensation for the forcible taking over of their lands by the Mayawati government.
Walking through villages of Usmanpur and Achepur, he reached Rustumpur village around 6.30 AM. Some villagers said while for other leaders bands and media precede, in the case of Rahul Gandhi, though he has studied in foreign country, he reached their villages alone and bare-foot; this would make villages rally around him for strong support.
He asked State Congress president Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser to bring the injured boy Md. Rashid Ansari to New Delhi for treatment.
The gruesome incident took place as the locals were protesting construction of a starch factory in the area on the government acquired land. The upcoming factory had raised a wall which blocked only approach road of the village Bhajanpur to outside world. To register their protest the locals on Jun3 assembled at the place where the wall was being raised. During the demonstration police without warning opened the fire on the villagers. As a result 4 members of a minority community were killed and 30 others injured including a 6-month-old infant and a pregnant woman.
The state authorities claimed that the villagers were forcibly demolishing the wall. BJP politician Sushil Kumar Modi had earlier visited the area to lend support colleague BJP leader connected with upcoming factory.
A video showed a police man jumping over the head a protestor. The policeman was later arrested and charged with murder. In other case when a dead body was received for post mortem, it was found that the man was still alive.
Rahul Gandhi remained with the grieved parents for sometime and offered his condolence to the parents of the murdered minor girl. The mother of the dead girl also met the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. He also inspected the place of the crime. Rahul Gandhi said, “It is shameful that innocent child was killed in the police station; in these circumstances there is no hope for justice from the Mayawati government.”
The girl had walked into the police station as the cattle she was grazing had strayed into the police station compound. A number of policemen committed heinous crime of rape on the minor girl and hanged her body from a tree to give an appearance that she had committed suicide.
When the girl did not return home, her mother searched for her daughter and found her body hanging from a tree in the compound of the Nighasan Police Station. To screen their crime, police manipulated the post mortem report which mentioned the cause of death as suicide. When the political parties and media raised hue and cry the body was exhumed and second post mortem was conducted which confirmed that rape was committed. The concerned policemen including SP of the area were suspended.
The Congress party has been demanding CBI probe into the heinous crime in which state police is involved. However, Mayawati the Chief Minister and BSP Chief has no agreed for CBI probe on the strange excuse that CBI might mess it up as it happened in Arushi Talwar’s case in Noida.
The victim is a Dalit girl just 14 years old. She is a resident of Gursahaiganj village in Kannauj district, about 180 km from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
The two boys, both high school students, stalked her near a field on June 19. They attempted to rape her. When she resisted the desperados attacked her with knives and blinded her by piercing both of her eyes. Her cries brought the villagers to the scene and she was taken to hospital.
The doctors at the district hospital declared that she might never get her eyesight back. As a result she was shifted to AIIMS, New Delhi for specialist treatment.
Congress workers invoking the Gods at the party headquarters. Their single point agenda is to make Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister of India. This is a sentiment
That perhaps echoes through the hearts of every Congressmen. Even as the Congress’ poster boy turns 41 today, comparisons between a young Rajiv Gandhi becoming PM and Rahul doing the same just don’t seem to stop.
The other burning issue for the aam Congress worker is as complex as the first. And that of course is when will Rahul Gandhi bite the other bullet. That of tying the knot and settling down into a married life. Little wonder that senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh says “I pray to the Lord that everyone may be able to see Rahul Gandhi as a groom this year.”
But so far Rahul has looked reluctant towards both the issues. His main focus still remains revamping the party’s frontal organizations the NSUI and the IYC. And the 41 year old Amethi MP doesn’t get tired of repeating what he feels from the heart.
After the assassination of Indira Gandhi his mother in 1984 it came upon him to lead the country. He was the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office at the age of 40.
Economic policy: He increased government support for science and technology and associated industries, and reduced import quotas, taxes and tariffs on technology-based industries, especially computers, airlines, defence and telecommunications. He introduced measures significantly reducing the Licence Raj, allowing businesses and individuals to purchase capital, consumer goods and import without bureaucratic restrictions. In 1986, he announced a National Policy of Education to modernize and expand higher education programs across India. He founded the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System in 1986 which is a Central government based institution that concentrates on the upliftment of the rural section of the society providing them free residential education from 6th till 12 grade. His efforts created MTNL in 1986, and his public call offices, better known as PCOs, helped spread telephones in rural areas.
Foreign Policy: Rajiv Gandhi adopted pragmatic foreign policy. While still sticking for settled foreign policy he began looking in a direction significantly different from his mother's socialism. He improved bilateral relations with the United States — long strained owing to Indira's socialism and close friendship with the USSR— and expanded economic and scientific cooperation.
It was most unfortunate that while campaigning at a public meeting Lok Sabha Congress candidate at Sriperumbudur on 21 May 1991 a village 30miles from Chennai he was assassinated. The assassination was carried out by the LTTE. India lost a promising and prominent public figure. Gloom over took the country. It looked as if the country was disintegrating. However, the wisdom and good sense did not let the situation deteriorate and recovery to normalcy followed in due course.
Truly, the vision that late Rajiv Gandhi had for his country has fructified in many a ways; making India the leader in the world in software development and export as well. His vision was to narrow the ever widening gap between city and village, to strengthen the village community by making them aware of the required technology and equipment and to reinforce the lower rung but the most essential form of governance so that people can directly relate with the governance.