Saturday, October 3, 2015 Let Me Speak Human!My Heart Pierced but I may not sing like a nightingale! Diwali Dhamaka: Strategic Sale of PSUs may Kickstart Soon Palash Biswas

Let Me Speak Human!My Heart Pierced but I may not sing like a nightingale!

Diwali Dhamaka: Strategic Sale of PSUs may Kickstart Soon

Palash Biswas

Let Me Speak Human!My Heart Pierced but I may not sing like a nightingale!

बंद करें बेगुनाहों के कत्ल का सिलसिला,बदले में हमारी जान ले लें!

We live in a global village.We are technically empowered and connected people worldwide!

But we are restricted to speak! We are restricted to write.Our friendship is restricted!

Is it globalization?

Universal humanity is skipped.Man is skipped and excluded and it is class rule.Caste war all over.Unprecedented violence worldwide. Continuous holocaust endless! Continuous refugee influx as civic and human rights remain suspended!

Is it globalization?

Tagore called for universal fraternity!

It is all about the agenda of Hindutva!

We may have not a friend in Pakistan because Pakistan is an enemy nation.

We dare not to seek friendship is China as China remains an enemy nation.

We liberated Bangladesh,we boast but we should not have friend sin Bangladesh lest we might be branded as terrorist.

I am afraid that I have to delete the names of Ex PM Bhattarai and Ex Pm Prachanda from my friend list because Nepal becomes the latest enemy nation!

Not enough we should have not Muslim friends as they are treated as the enemies of the Nation!

We may not connect Kashmir as Kashmir Valley is a prohibited geography and every Kashmiri is treated as the enemy of the nation!

We dare not have any friend in either Salwa Judum or AFSPA region.We may not have friends in central India,Adivasi geography or North East as we might be banded as anti national,enemies of the nation!

Children no more wants to live in with parents!

Parents despise the children in return!

We have no relationship!

No Love left.

It is hatred all over!

Amusing logic! Quite funny as they claim that Saudi Arabia has banned PORK! Why should we not ban Beef?I do not know whether Saudi Arabia banned Pork at all.But I know that Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled Islamic nation while we are People`s democracy.

We have a democratic and secular constitution irrelevant to the governance of fascism in business friendly desguise. Irrelevant to the agenda of making Hindu Nation within 2030 and Hindu Globe within 2030.

we have been reduced to a Hindu Nation!

Humanity is reduced to Hindutva only.

It is the valley of death.It is gas Chamber!

It is all about Gujarat Killings.It is not mere the reaction of Godhra,an accident or planned.It is ethnic cleansing!

It is not event the aftermath of Babri demolition.

Is is ethnic cleansing .

We wanted it and we justify it as we justify the Beef Ban and th killing of humanity for meat!

मुकम्मल फासीवाद है

और चिड़ियों को चहचहाने की आजादी नहीं है।

In Bihar,it is not an election but it is a Mahabharat of  caste war,caste alliances as Lalu explains very well!

In Bengal,it is unprecedented violence for the power to hold on class rule and caste Hegemony!

শাসকের সব চাই!

Is it globalisation?

Please see the video as my heart is pierced and I may not sing like a nightingale!

Oct 03 2015 : The Economic Times (Kolkata)

Diwali Dhamaka: Strategic Sale of PSUs may Kickstart Soon

Dheeraj Tiwari

New Delhi:

Modi Sarkar begins work on formal policy on sale of stakes

The government is drawing up a formal policy regarding the sale of stakes, including transfer of control, in state-run companies as it revives the idea of privatising non-strategic public sector enterprises (PSUs).

The initial emphasis of the policy though is likely to be on loss-making companies. Officials of the finance ministry and the department of public enterprises, a nodal agency for all state-run companies, met last week to discuss details such as rules for identifying companies and processes involved.

This is in line with PM Narendra Modi's statement at the Facebook town hall last week in the US that the government shouldn't be in the "business of doing business", referring especially to state-owned hotels.

The government especially aims to exit all loss-making firms except for those that have strategic importance, a senior official told ET. There were 71 loss-making state-run companies in 2013-14 with aggregate losses of more than Rs 20,000 crore. "Preliminary discussions were held on how to approach strategic sales" at last week's meeting, said the official, requesting anonymity ."As of now, we have only a policy for diluting minority stakes in profitmaking companies and to meet the 25% public holding norms."

The government has set itself an ambitious disinvestment target for this fiscal year of Rs 69,500 crore, of which Rs 28,500 crore is expected to come from strategic stake sales. The capital market regulator's listing norms stipulate that there should be a public holding of at least 25% in state-owned companies.

"Any proposal for strategic sale has to come from the ministry concerned. At present, we are looking to set up some parameters which will define whether the government should support such firms or exit," said another official.


The Modi regime hasn't been able to make much progress on strategic sales despite reiterations by senior Cabinet ministers that the government may be open to the idea.

Strategic sales, including in profitmaking public-sector undertakings, were common during the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance administration, a period that saw the government hand control of a string of blue-chip firms such as VSNL, IPCL, Balco and Hindustan Zinc to private companies. n May, Finance Minister Arun aitley had said the government Jaitley had said the government will proceed with strategic sales in some state-run enterprises.

"There are some companies in which there is no difficulty (in strategic sales). Ministry of tourism is already moving ahead," he had said.

Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma had later ruled out any disinvestment in India Tourism Development Corp but said the government was exploring exits in eight lossmaking hotels through public-private partnerships or leases.

The heavy industries ministry has already floated Cabinet notes on the closure of four entities, including units of Hindustan Machine Tools and Tungabhadra Steel Products.Discussions are also on with the de fence ministry on Hindustan Cables. As part of the new framework, "we are moving ahead with winding up of Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises (BRPSE)", said one of the officials cited above. "The new policy will take cognisance of these parameters for any revival proposal."

BRPSE was set up in 2004 to prepare plans to revive sick state-owned companies.

The Vajpayee government had sold four loss-making entities, including two hotels. It sold Modern Food Industries to Hindustan Unilever while Paradeep Phosphates was acquired by Zuari Industries.Modern was recently sold to Nimman Foods, which is backed by private equity fund Everstone Capital.

Indian poet Rabindra Nath Tagore preached global peace and universal fraternity. In his writings he vehemently criticized narrow parochialism, and urged his fellow human-beings to unite for the progress of humanity. Tagore has often been highly critical of fundamentalists, whom he dubbed as worshipping the "devil". In one of his poems he wrote :

"Who is obsessed by religion

He is blind

He only kills and gets killed.

Even an atheist is blessed

Because he doesn't have the vanity of any faith.

Humbly he lights up his reason

Defies the authority of scriptures

And seeks only the good of men."

[ Dharmamoha – from the collection Parishesh by Rabindranath Tagore.]

Tagore opined that universal fraternity could be achieved only through proper education of the people. He felt that India lacked western progressive thought, and was bogged down by the shackles of centuries-old traditions. There was a need to break free from these bondage of ideas. He said "Freedom of mind is needed for the reception of truth". In his drama "Chandalika" (about the Untouchable's daughter), Tagore condemned the caste system and wrote :

"By preventing the touch of Man

You have hated the God of man's heart

For anguished rage of the Creator, on the door of famine

You shall have to take food and drink sharing with others


Whom you have pushed downward, will bind you down

Whom you have left behind, will draw you back."

As a panacea for all the ills of disharmony, Tagore prescribed cultivating the spirit of progressive thought. He advised, unlike Mahatma Gandhi, that India should not boycott the west, but rather learn from it. To achieve a cultural-intellectual revitalization ; India should open up to the western liberal philosophies and not become mired in narrow nationalism. "We of the Orient should learn from the Occident . . . to say that it is wrong to cooperate with the West is to encourage the worst form of provincialism and can produce nothing but intellectual indigence"

[ Kripalani, Krishna. Rabindranath Tagore: A Biography. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1962. page 294].

In fact Tagore favored a grand inter-civilisational alliance; a majestic symbiosis of the Orient and the Occident. By doing so, he was walking along a long line of ancient Indian intellectuals who came before him. Buddha, Mahavira, Emperor Ashoka, Emperor Akbar, Chaitanya and Kabir all spoke of fostering universal harmony. However, what sets Tagor apart from others is his logic of taking the ideology of global harmony to its logical end by denouncing all forms of extremist nationalism and decrying fundamentalism.

One of the most famous poems of Tagore is his song of inclusiveness — entitled "Bharat Tirtha" (the Pilgrimage of India), wherein he exhorts all compatriots to come together in their quest for universal fraternity.

"Where men of all races have come together,

Awake, O my mind!

Standing here with outstretched arms,

I send my salutations to the God of Humanity,….

Come, O Aryan and Non-Aryan, Hindu and Muslim,

Come, O English and Christian,

Come, O Brahmin,

Purify your mind and clasp the hands of all;

Come, O Downtrodden, let the burden

Of every insult be forever dispelled."

This is one of the main themes of Tagore: on a superficial level, the different religions seem all different. But to a liberal mind, they reveal themselves to be the same. True Spiritualism is intimately connected with finding the "magic of life". As they say, all roads lead to Rome. The Roads of Spirituality however, according to Tagore, always leads to love, and not to any other destination. Tagore often cited Sufi saints and Vaishnava Gurus to emphasize his message of universal love. In his "Bhanu Singher Padavali", Tagor adopted the Vaishnava ideal of "transcendental love" by allegorically expressing it through the earthly love of Radha and Krishna. Truly it was a rather great spiritual revolution on the part of Tagore to say that all religions in essense speaks of love. Not understanding this profound realization leads to erroneous conclusions. This is the inclusive-philosophy which people need to promote peace, and not the jingoistic parochial policy of fundamentalists of excluding all, which some people talk about. Tagore indicates that any person who thinks exclusiveness needs to 'purify' his own mind and 'clasp the hands of all'.

Oct 03 2015 : The Economic Times (Kolkata)

ET EXCLUSIVE - Caste is the Biggest Star in Bihar: Lalu

BhavnaVij Aurora


KEEPING THE POT BOILING Determined to keep focus on caste divide in Bihar, RJD boss claims BJP-led Centre not concerned about poor

Lalu Prasad is determined to keep the focus on caste divide in election-bound Bihar, throwing a spanner in the works of Bharatiya Janata Party, which is seeking to dissociate itself from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat's recent suggestion of a review of the reservation policy and betting primarily on PM Narendra Modi's promise of development.

Caste is central to Bihar politics, the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former chief minister told ETin an exclusive interview, projecting the upcoming assembly elections as a battle between the upper castes represented by the BJP-led alliance and the backward castes under the Grand Alliance, which includes his party. "You cannot ignore caste. It is a reality in India," Prasad said, seemingly undeterred by an Election Commission inquiry that he faces or raking up caste in an election rally. "There are castes in animal world too. Elephants have castes. It is not a dirty word," Prasad said on Friday morning, sitting under a makeshift shed in the garden of his Circular Road house in Patna, before heading out on a day packed with eight election rallies.

Prasad, who was quick to latch on to Bhagwat's suggestion and slam BJP for its alleged attempt to deny backward caste communities the fruits of the reservation policy , has sharpened his attack even as RSS has said its chief was misunderstood and BJP was quick to clarify that it would not tinker with reservation. His tirade has put BJP so much on the defensive that the party has had to declare that if it wins its chief minister will be from a backward caste.

"The match is over for BJP. Both guru and chela (Modi and BJP president Amit Shah) will have to pack their bags after their defeat in Bihar," he said.

Prasad denied any differences with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Janata Dal (United) leader and his ong-time foe-turned-partner, who is leading the Grand Alliance. He said he simply walked next door to his neighbour Kumar's house if there was an issue to be discussed.


Linking caste to economic backwardness and reservation, Prasad quoted from the Constitution, Par iament debates and statistics culled from the centre's Socio-Eco nomic Caste Census.

Armed with statistics from the caste census, he reeled off the figures -manual casual labourers, 51%; families living in one-room kuchcha house, 14%; landless households, 30%.

"Go and ask people living in these conditions their caste and you will know. The government does not give even a second glance at the poor," he said.

Equating caste with economic status, Prasad repeated his demand that the BJP government at the Centre make the caste data public. "The government is behaving like Soordas. How can they plan properly without taking the caste figures into account? The Constitution says that reservation has to be as per population," he said. "Bhagwat blurted out the mann ki baat (real view) of RSS and BJP."

Prasad said BJP has already started the process of scrapping reservation in Rajasthan. "In Haryana, only a class-X pass person can contest panchayat elections.We all know, who all will be excluded in the process," he said.

Pointing out that attempts were made earlier to introduce graduation as a criterion for contesting Lok Sabha elections, he said, "Thankfully that did not happen.Atal Behari Vajpayee lost elections to a less-educated candidate."

He further said, referring to his wife, "When Rabri won elections and became chief minister, they ridiculed her. First, you keep all backwards and weaker sections on the back bench, and then say they don't require reservations. A total revolution is needed to bring them into the mainstream."

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