Apr 20, 2014

Pune Loksabha Polls : What the Fuss?

The supremely advertised Pune Loksabha Polls concluded on 17th April, the evening kicked off with 2011 like drama, Dharna's and andolans and all of a sudden found worry about FUNDAMENTAL rights been denied. BJP led agitations on how Pune Polls are flawed is just another way of trying to justify the loss they have to suffer after 4 visits of their WAVE master Narendra Modi and all the buzz that BJP is winning everywhere. The fiss started with people not been able to vote inspite of having voter cards, then it changed to illegal removal of voters from list and then finally blaming it on the District Administration about the issues with the voter list. But then If I as a citizen see this from outside, I absolutely find not much in this whole buzz.

The Administration over last 2 years have been struggling to get voters registered, days announced, public awareness ads made, days of voter registration extended and so much of it. The deletion list was made available way back in January and for those including some celebrities who have claimed that there names did not appear in the list can actually be found out in the deleted list made available. SO what were these people really doing from January until now? (I name January only because that was the last biggest drive).

Blaming on the administration is the easiest thing that the Anti Graft and other agitations have taught us. The Political angle to this particular agitation is much different. On the day of election I happened to visit atleast 8 different polling booths, each in BJP , Congress, MNS, AAP and BSP stronghold booths. The environment made it clear that BJP was not in race and so was AAP. BJP just could not make much of it as it appeared as the candidate who has last contested the elections and lost was not even closely supported. It is clear that Bapat, Misal and other corporators not campaigning for the BJP candidate made it clear that the reach was limited. As opposed to that MNS and Congress candidates made their reach deep inroads.

The whole drama of missing electorals, is nothing but a political drama. The names that were deleted from the list were deleted for a reason and the reason and list was published way before time. People who are not vigilant have missed to find out names and last minute checking for the names is no big deal. Next time one has to make sure that the updated list is checked / verified before time.

Aug 23, 2012

Shair - Bedard Sanam

ऐ सनम इतना तू मुझको यारा दे दे
फिर चाहे गम बहुत सारा दे दे

बदनुमा चोटों से कुछ दोस्ताना है मेरा
देना है तो ज़ख्म एक प्यारा दे दे

सुनते है चाँद खुद घर रौशन तेरा करता है
उस से कहके मुझे छोटा एक सितारा दे दे

गुलों से आबाद मेरी ज़िन्दगी करने का वादा जो तेरा
देना है तो पूरा चमन दे दे , या तो सेहरा दे दे

बिछड़ा जो तुझसे से तो डूब जाऊं, उभर न पाऊँ
जाते जाते एक ज़ख्म इतना गहरा दे दे

यारा - Strength
बदनुमा - Ugly looking
गुल - Flowers
चमन - Garden
सेहरा - Desert

Aug 22, 2012

Tu meri rooh - Shair

कितनी मसाई करके तुम्हे पाया है ,
तू मेरी रूह है , तू ही तो मेरा साया है !

की इक झलक मिली तेरी, की कुछ और हुआ?
समझ नहीं की चेहरा तेरा या चाँद नज़र आया है

फिर छिड़ा ज़िक्र खूबसूरती का और फिर तेरा
छूप गया चाँद की इतना वो शरमाया है

है उस ज़िक्र के हर हर्फ़ पैर असर तेरा
मिलके हसीं ग़ज़ल का मतला बन आया है

अब इतना भी न शर्मा की हम समझ जाए
खुदा ने तुझको किसके लिए बनाया है

मसाई - Effort
रूह - Soul
ज़िक्र - Discussion
मतला - First stanza of the ghazal/ poem

अपने जैसा मुझको भी पत्थर का इक दिल दे दे ,
राह चलूँ न , पहुँच भी जाऊं ऐसी मंजिल दे दे

घूमता फिरूं हवाओं में, वादियों में टहलू
पास समंदर के रहूँ ऐसा एक साहिल दे दे

Dec 21, 2011

Ameer Minai - Unki Hasrat

उस की हसरत है की दिल से मिटा भी न सकू
ढूँढने उस को चला हूँ जिसे पा भी न सकू

दाल के ख़ाक मेरे खून पे कातिल ने कहा
कुछ यह मेहँदी नहीं मेरी के मिटा भी न सकू

ज़ब्त कमबख्त ने और आ के गला घोटा है
के उसे हाल सुनाऊ तों सूना भी न सकू

उस के पहलू में जो लेजा के सुला दूँ दिल को
नींद ऐसी आये के उसे जगा भी न सकू

बेवफा लिखते है वों अपनी कलम से मुझ को
ये वो किस्मत का लिखा है जो मिटा भी न सकू

Oct 17, 2011

Voter Registration - Pune Municipal Elections 2012

In case you have not had your name in the voters list, please make sure that you take the opportunity to register yourself... details below:

To register yourself Download and Fill up the following form -> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

For correction/change Download and fill up the following form : CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Forms can be submitted at the polling stations below :
205-Chinchwad : Click to see the list http://pune.gov.in/puneCollectorate/election/205chinchwad/205-ps.pdf

206-Pimpari : Click Here

207-Bhosari : Click Here

208-Vadgaon sheri : Click Here

209- Shivajinagar : Click Here

210-Kothrud : Click Here

211-khadakwasla : Click Here

212- Parvati : Click Here

213- Hadapsar : Click Here

214-Cantonment: Click Here

215- Kasba : Click Here

More details can be found at ceo.maharashtra.gov.in

Sep 21, 2011

Pune Municipal Elections 2012

Well if you are a Puniete, you must be aware that the Municipal elections for Pune are right on door.. Looking at the status of a lot of wards I along with a few contributors decided to put a know your ward thread that will describe some stats , names, issues and potentially the "would be" candidates from those wards...

The effort will be split in 76-90 days considering 76 wards in the city... please do share / contribute... if you are willing to join this effort, leave a comment and I will respond.

Sep 11, 2011

The Common man in Politics, Sameer Shaikh for Pune Youth Congress -

2 Years ago, I had openly expressed my wish to be a part of Politics. I wrote about it here. The objective in my mind then was to be a part of the system not just to try and change it, but also to convince more professionals, educated and passionate folks to be a part of this system and finally work towards the reason why we achieved Independence.... "Removing Inequalities", "Taking India to a new era of Development" many more but the one and only.." Have Happy Indians"....

Rahul Gandhi who has been for years persuading Youth to come join hands, Youth for him referred to Young people from NGO and non political background, educated and passionate people who want to eliminate corruption, work towards development of a great nation.

Then earlier this year I took my first step... I joined Youth Congress Pune.... [Wrote about it here ]. Today I write to tell you all that I am now getting integrated into politics and am contesting the first level of elections for getting elected on the working committee of Youth Congress Pune...

Though this is the first and small step... I am sure I would keep those values of Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity and hard work that I got from my family and friends. Now I come to you and ask for your help in whatever way you can to help me to succeed in my attempts to bring a change in Politics?

For now to let you know, I contest for the General Secretary position of the Pune Youth Congress the elections are on 17th and 18th September, an I am hopeful that the voters for this elections would definitely work towards giving a chance to the commoner.

Jai Hind. Jai Maharashtra.


Jul 13, 2011

Mumbai Burning

This is not it, the anger valid the rage acceptable. Just when we came out of march 1993 and 7/11 and 26/11 we are forced into a 13/11. With the spirit alive, with the city showing the best levels of humanity... our sufferings are unmatched, our patience beyond tests.

For those of you who have no shame in doing this inhuman act, beware. Our condolences to the families who lost their near and dear ones, for those who are injured our wishes you get well soon and for rest of us let's show how we stand together against any form of terrorism. The blasts today in Mumbai at Zaveri bazaar, Dadar and Opera House are severely condemned.

Jul 4, 2011

Creating (c)Evil Gods

Pardon me for the offensive way of putting this, specially to those Internet world aggressive supporters of the (Not so) but still a Civil society who try to harass and fight with you with words, tweets and protests the moment you put any argument against the concept of Janlokpal, Ignore the fact that many have no clue what the Jan Lokpal bill is about. So to begin I beg to differ that the movement Anna Hazare started is a mass movement, secondly I always thought that dictatorship or lawless society was all about black mailing, hi jacking and kidnapping with ransom demands. In my 32 yrs of life this was the first time I saw that Democracy can be effectively used to blackmail anything and anyone.

Now a lot of these people who took part in this mass blackmailing of Government and of course call themselves the civil society/supporters of it are not known to me (Hence I will defer from making any personal comment) but knowingly or unknowingly they have given birth to the Evil God and they are striving to give birth to a group of Evil Gods. When I first read the Janlokpal Bill with the limited knowledge of policy making I have I thought it was a child's art work who want his toys in time before he starts crying. The JanLokpal bill that is going to introduce the Lokpal is one Evil god that I see getting created... for various reasons which we can discuss only if you keep your prejudice and ego away.

Years ago we created an Evil God.. a God that would help let a lot of us Indians live in communal harmony. Some call it secularism. I am unsure if I understand it correctly. Secularism was never supposed to be about majority and minority, it was instead about communities leaving in peace and harmony. However the Evil God created never let it happen and bench warmers used this God to their benefit in the way they wanted. Even today a lot of political parties use this GOD to get into Power.

Then came a time we created another Evil God, A god who would distinguish us based on casts so we get different benefits. Some call it Reservation. Again when I read parts of our constitution I felt that it was supposed to be a priest that would leave its way once things get back on track. Till date I don't understand why one's caste should define what he should get and not his merit. I may be forced to remove this part of the blog, but I just don't understand why my 73% are not good enough to get me sit beside a guy who secured 43%.

Then came a time to structure the way we do business.. We created a license and Permit Raj. Believe me until 12 years ago, this GOD really did things to us. So on we kept one creating Evil Gods one after the other that did too much harm than good for the development of nations.. I am sure we can talk about several Evil god and talk endless. I never named POTA and others here.

Now we are forced to swallow another Evil God right through our throats, JanLokpal. First the Evil Society that is trying to bring the Evil God in picture thinks that Lokpal is the answer to corruption. I don't know how. So for the better facts I thought I will pull this..

Ombudsman Success:
I always heard about Sweden and Denmark as an argument by the Evil Society, But why doesn't the Evil society educate its supporters about the other countries? These are the figures of the most corrupt countries from 2009 and a Corruption Index provided by Transparency International. Compare this with the list of countries that already have the office of Ombudsman Aka Lokpal here . Now if these countries who are since long [As early as 90's] not able to get the Ombudsman control corruption, why does the JanLokpal think it will?

Politicians = Corrupt?
Talk to any Evil Society supporter. He would begin talking with a pure assumption that every Politician is Corrupt. In fact on records the Evil Society members went ahead and said Ministers and Politicians are liars. I believe the Evil society has a great PR team, they have touched a serious point, Corruption and got a lot of Politically illiterate people stand blindly for them. I have to say that this assumption should not be the base for creating an Evil GOD. Moreover the best part is that they leave no argument talking about 2G, CWG and other scams. What about the corruption in general? Why does the Evil Society doesn't talk about corruption in Private sector. Anyways. It all goes with assumption so the Evil Society doesn't listen talk about this.

Democracy to Hell :
"Well I will fast to death if this demand is not fulfilled"
"Junta (Public support) is with us and we will show you your destiny"
Name one, I have heard one and many dialogues that monologued like a bollywood film to me. I don't say I am disappointed, but I have to say that do these people think that democracy means freedom to talk and freedom to do anything they want? Well keeping democracy at a fray the constitutional anarchy is about to hit us with the Lokpal. One of several reasons is what I read in the following places :

Harini Calamur : My issues with Janlokpal

Marya Shakeel : It undermines democracy

(Col) Anil Athale : Why I oppose Janlokpal

Atanu Dey : Janlokpal

@Offstumped : A Robinhood Lokpal

Cure or Fix? Cure what? :
The latest war as on July first week was about getting PM in the ambit of Lokpal and so on that the Lokpal will monitor the behaviours (Voting and talks) by MP in the parliament. For the first point I really am confused.. I always thought that the MP elected by people is accountable to the people, Cabinet Ministers and PM accountable to the parliament (Elected MP's). Are the Evil society members wanting to say that everyone in parliament is not doing there jobs? Well why would Lokpal do then?

2. The monitoring of Voting and Speeches of MP.. On this topic I go back to the Anti Defection law.. This law should be worked on instead of another law created. Let the MP's make there decision of voting on Bills. If they can decide what is right and what is wrong instead of party whips, the issue of monitoring them would loose. Lokpal's idea of monitoring doesn't seem to work.. You cant put camera's on parliament, MP, his office, his people, his toilets to ensure he doesn't do wrong. Give him freedom under which he can effectively work.

Accountability :
When I put a debate with a supporter of Evil Society, I heard an argument that Lokpal will not be corrupt, he will be accountable to the people. I see no difference in what a MP and what a Lokpal has in terms of accountability, yet with 1 difference that 1 is people's own democratic choice and another unconstitutional, unnecessary. Any one can lodge a complaint with Lokpal and recall him? Why not reform for MP's too? Why make another system to manage them?

Reforms :
Evil Society doesn't want to talk about reforms:
Electoral reforms :
1. State funded elections / campaigns
2. Effective recall of MP's, parliament members.
3. Transparency of offices that deal with finances
4. Transparency of links of public servants with businesses and their assets
5. Economic freedom
6. Improvisation of POCA
7. So many more things to discuss and debate about.

Over and over I can tell you that the more I think about Lokpal the more I believe that we are trying to find an ocean looking at an oasis without being in the desert. Step in learn the pro and cons, debate, decide and then take an approach. 16th August as a deadline sounds like a laughing material and can be as un-realistic as the Evil society being accountable to the people of this country.

May 16, 2011

The Royal Bengal Affair

With the Trinamool Congress sweeping the polls in the 2011 assembly elections pouring the 34 years old communist rule in West Bengal... The Royal Bengal Tigress also known as Didi has proven that only hard work gets you there in Politics.

Showing a very effective mode of leadership Mamta Banerjee invited the Congress and SUFC to join the government inspite of having a clear majority in the house...

Way to go....

May 11, 2011

May the 13th

The assembly election results are going to be out... the Exit polls that are already giving an upper hand to the Congress and alliances.. shows which side people stand. It was never about a party it was about a political party that takes actions that are required and that talks development...

Taking serious steps on people who are charged with corruption no matter if they are from own party or a powerful ally... only one thing is shown.. There is something called GUTS to take action.. Anyways.. while the results are waiting to be announced I am very sure Congress and its allies will form government in TN, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Pondicherry.... errrr all states?

May 9, 2011

May 6, 2011

Good Times are ahead

When some astrologer told my wife last year that the period until June is disastrous, I jokingly told her that it always was ;) but as time closes by I know what he meant.... Well good times are ahead. I am enjoying my last few weeks [I call it transition] with so much of development happening...and I am sure this will continue as long as the positivity leads it through....

First I met some real Sr. people in the Pune Political arena and they blessed me with some guidance on how to move further in life... with their regards I am preparing a vision and a roadmap for myself ;) this time I will have it short-termed.

Then I am inspired by a set of folks on twitter.. all of them entrepreneurs and really doing well in their lives. When I shared my view and some Ideas with them they appreciated it and think that I am maybe thinking in the right direction... Execution may have to fall in place.

I feel inspired from within as some of the folks at work are shaping up very well, for some time I was displeased but now I see good stuff getting along and falling in place. I am sure if they continue doing that they would lead to a good future.

I started writing more again... if you have noticed this blog was dead for the last year and the PM blog was suffering from hit and miss options.. I am writing more dedicatedly now and hoping I will improve.

Next.. from this week until next I have some time to spend on my blog... I am hoping this will help me grab a nice template.

I intend to swim, jog and run.. and it already helps me feeling fresh...

Last but not the least... I am enjoying my short lived bachelorhood since the wife is gone to in-laws for until the weekend...