Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lok Pal or Lok Mar?

The draft Lokpal Bill, in its current form can only be be termed as draconian

The Lokpal in the Bill enjoys the authority of Police and Judiciary. That is not justifiable. Are we trying to create parallel government?

The Lokpal shall have the authority to confiscate property, cancel government tenders and contracts, remove government officials from the job. It is accepted that the politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus is the root cause of most corruption in the country. However unlimited power to Lokpal is a dangerous proposal. What is the guarantee that the Lokpal does not misuse his authority?

The current bill requires discussion on much wide scale. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It should not be forgotten.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Singer from the heavens

                                Narayan Shripad Rajhans alias Narayanrao, one of the greatest Marathi singers and the stage actors was called Balgandharva  by Lokmanya Tilak. The Marathi movie portraying the life story of the great maestro has just been released. Producer and art director Nitin Desai, his team and Sibodh Bhave playing the lead role make a tremendous impact. I do not want to add another movie review. Watching the great personality on the screen, I noticed two things.

                               Years back, I read a critique stating there are two categories of artists, first those who live for art and second those who use art for living. Balgandharva is a perfect example of the first and the rare category.

                               I felt, there is divinity attached to his life story. Narayanrao was an example of a sthita pradnya (steady wisdom) purusha (Sanskrit), as described in Bhagvad Gita; one who treats happiness and sorrow in the same spirit or sukh-dukhe same kritva (sanskrit).

He was a singer from heaven, truly.  


Monday, May 2, 2011

India! Rethink on nuclear installations!!

There are reasons to believe the Indian government's declaration that the country's nuclear installations are safe is "hasty and technologically superficial". There is a need to appoint an independent agency to investigate the process as well as safety aspects of the existing and future, i.e. Jaitapur, nuclear installations.

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