Discussion in 'Politics & Society' started by parijataka, Sep 18, 2012.
PIL questions Soniaâ€™s photo in Union govt ads
Gandhi family needs to be put in its place... They do not deserve power as they are hardly qualified. They have zero charisma and can hardly be called visionaries. After Indira and Rajiv, this family is not fit for politics.
First of all, Govt ads, with a variety of Ministers mugs, on the same occupying half the area of the ad, is in itself useless.
In fact, yesterday there was a quarter page Govt ad in the newspaper by the Petroleum Ministry (without any photos) explaining the Govt' compulsion to hike the fuel rates. One felt like reading it since it appeared that as there was no photos eulogising some Minister or the other, it was worth a look.
It is time to get down to the business of running a country and not run expensive campaigns to build personality cults.
And the face of Sonia Gandhi on an ad?
She is not in the Government, even if one accept the odious manner of mugshots as par for the course for Govt ads.
In any government ad the first photo on left hand side of the advertisement is of Madam Sonia
And the next one on the right hand side is of the PM
Clearly showing that Madam is the boss and the PM is just her .....
What about the hundreds of thousands of Sonia photos on the NHAI?
This Congress culture about naming everything after the Nehru Gandhi family is really too much.
What would they name the Fuel Hike Scheme, the FDI in Retail Scheme and other reforms on the anvil that Chidambaram has said is coming up?
Why should schemes for the People of India be named after chaps who have nothing to do with the Schemes? And even if they have, why have names of people?
Silly concept of hero worship and dependence on 'father figures' as the sole saviours.
As if the current state is all due to their munificence and benevolence!
Sir, it is a very serious business of branding the various welfare schemes after the Gandhi Nehru family.
This is electoral advertising with the tax payers money. The poor will remember that it is the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme which gives him free breakfast everyday. This obviously has tremendous benefits.
Nehru-Gandhi dynasty more equal than others
In addition to violating basic democratic norms and electoral law, the Congressâ€™s tendency to name everything after the big three of the Nehru-Gandhi family seems to be pushing the limits of basic decency as well. Every major sports tournament has been named after the Nehru-Gandhis, as if nobody else matters, not even the greats in Indian sports. Among tournaments named after Rajiv Gandhi are national and international tournaments in football, basketball, judo, roller skating, beachball, kabaddi, rural cricket, gymnastics, boxing, the Delhi Marathon and the Kerala Boat Race. Anything left has been named after Indira Gandhi and Nehru.
The same pattern is repeated in major national parks, universities, fellowships and scholarships. Such is the obsession of Congress Governments with this family that they name Indiaâ€™s biggest open university after Indira Gandhi and name fellowships granted there after Rajiv Gandhi. Similarly, the centre for advanced scientific research in Bangalore is named after Nehru and the science talent fellowships awarded there are named after Rajiv Gandhi. For long years we have all been familiar with the Fullbright Scholarships. The Manmohan Singh Government has ensured that it is now known as the Fullbright-Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship! It is unlikely to see anything so gross even in dictatorships like in North Korea.
This blatant attempt to package and market Government programmes run on public money as munificent offerings from a single family to the people has made a mockery of the Model Code of Conduct drawn up by the Election Commission for observance by all political parties.
I therefore petitioned the Chief Election Commissioner on March 13, 2009 and requested him to immediately issue directions to the Union Government and to all the governments in the states and direct them to remove the names of individuals, who are seen by the people as icons of specific political parties, from all Government programmes and schemes funded by the exchequer and to immediately give these programmes politically neutral names. Such a direction from the Election Commission will ensure the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct in letter and spirit and will also be in consonance with the various directions and instructions issued by the Commission from time to time. The Election Commission rejected my petition and directed me to approach the Government â€“ the very Government controlled by the Nehru-Gandhis! â€“ if I had a grievance.
Where is the Mahatma?
Such is the obsession of the Congress with three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family that even the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi has been virtually forgotten. The Congressâ€™s contempt for Mahatma Gandhi is best explained by the fact that just one central scheme â€“ the Mahatma Gandhi Backward Region Development Fund â€” had been named after him. Even this tokenism has come as an afterthought only in 2007, almost 60 years after the Mahatmaâ€™s assassination. On the other hand, schemes to promote rural electrification, drinking water, crÃ¨che for children and micro and small industries in rural areas (each of which was close to the Mahatmaâ€™s heart) are all named after Rajiv Gandhi. Again, the scheme to build houses for the rural poor (something that would have made the Mahatma proud) is named after Indira Gandhi, as also the national old age pension scheme.
In my complaint to the Election Commission in March 2009, I had drawn the attention of the Commission to the fact that even the Mahatma had been completely ignored. I said that apart from programmes like drinking water and rural electrification, one programme which ought to have been named after the Mahatma â€” the greatest Indian of the 20th Century â€” is the Rozgar Yojana which guarantees 100 days of work for the rural unemployed all over the country. Even this programme was initially named after Jawaharlal Nehru along with the Urban Renewal Mission (annual budgetary allocation of over Rs 10,000 Crores).
Since the omission of the Mahatma was too glaring, the Manmohan Singh Government took some belated remedial action late in 2009 and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act which came into force in February 2006 was renamed as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on December 31, 2009.
Equally glaring is the omission of many other eminent Indians including Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Indiaâ€™s first Deputy Prime Minister who undertook the arduous task of integrating 563 princely states into a single nation and B R Ambedkar, who presided over the committee that drafted our Constitution and embedded basic values of democracy and social justice into it. No central programmes have been named after them. Such is the Congressâ€™s determination to name every scheme after the members of the Nehru-Gandhi family that even the National Fellowship Scheme for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students is named after Rajiv Gandhi and not Ambedkar, the man who waged a relentless battle to better the lot of the Dalits in India.
There are hundreds of other leaders belonging to various political shades who have made an invaluable contribution to the building of India, but not a single central Government programme is named after any of them. The list of those ignored is a pretty long one. They include Rabindranath Tagore, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Bal Gandadhar Tilak, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Sarojini Naidu, Jayaprakash Narayan, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, C Rajagopalachari, Rajendra Prasad and every other stalwart of the freedom movement. Also ignored are great saints like Shri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda, social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Mahatma Phule, great scientists like C V Raman, Homi Bhabha, Vikram Sarabhai and Jayant V Narlikar and great patriots like Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad.
While there are many examples of this kind in the states as well, the most glaring example, which raises a question with regard to free and fair elections is the blatant advertisement of the Congress on the ambulances that provide emergency medical help all over Andhra Pradesh. These ambulances, which reach every village in the state quickly, provide efficient integrated emergency services that cover medical emergencies, police and fire. The capital expenditure on each ambulance is Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakhs and the running cost per ambulance is Rs 1.25 lakh per month. All this expenditure is borne out of public funds drawn from the Union and State accounts. Yet, it is made out as if these ambulances are a gift from the Congress to the people of the State because every ambulance carries a portrait of Rajiv Gandhi on both sides of the vehicle with the legend â€˜Rajiv Arogyasriâ€™. The Congress is drawing undue electoral advantage out of this programme, which is being made to look like a programme of a political party or a private donor. Gujarat too has ensured full coverage of all its 18,080 villages by these ambulances. But it does not advertise these ambulances as some kind of largesse from the ruling party.
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Indian Politics is all about Region Religion and Linguistic play ... no body cares about India... India gaya chulhe bhaad maitn ( en: let India go to hell)
Any uneducated person can not be blamed if they think that Nehru and his descendants made great sacrifices for this country while all other great leaders such as Patel, Maulana Azad, Lal Bahadur and a whole galaxy of greats were dummies. The fact is that JL Nehru, his daughter Indira, son Rajiv and now Rajiv's widow and children are enjoying the tax payers largesse.
How many Indian voters think S. Gandhi and her family have a connection to M.K. Gandhi?
Many of the rural folk and semi literate definitely.
Most of the INC constituency, the remaining who vote for them do so for the TINA factor....
The daughter Priyanka maintaining her maiden name Gandhi even after marriage gives you the answer.
Priyanka Vadra would never get the attention that Priyanka Gandhi gets.
Why every scheme/ road/ projects has to have the name of the people in politics or who affect the politics. If there has be some name then it should we on the name of our scholars / scientists or our martyrs.
These guys launch schemes make money out of it & also reap votes by political branding.
Election Commissioner should take action on this, like no political figure's name should be used for the welfare schemes or for monuments/buildings/ road/ dams etc etc. which can influence voters.
PIL should have questioned the wastage of taxpayer's money for such idiotic show-offs and also the current state of the economy, law & order of the country. Millions are looted, millions then are spent to showcause bloody erratic and scamful developments. What a shame!
???? One PIL to do all this... .
Less wastage of the court's time too.
If, I have the power to control the central Government operation all the names from buildings and schemes named after the politicians will be removed and made illegal under our constitution. There will be no public or parliamentary discussion on this issue at all.
It would be worth polling for.
Separate names with a comma.