Saturday, April 17, 2010
Deportation of mother of LTTE Prabhakaran to malaysia
APRIL 22, VAIKO AND P NEDUMARAN TO SHOW SOLIDARITY TO GO ON FAST
By Delhi correspondent
Vaiko leader of MDMK shall undertake one day token fast
on april 22, in chennai to demonstrate against the highhanded attitude of
UPA and DMK governments to deport 83 year old PARVATI
mother of LTTE leader Prabhakaran./
Parvati, who arrived late Friday night from Malaysia was deported
immediately as the Central government did not give permission for her stay in India
police said in Chennai.
Parvati, who was supposed to get admitted to a hospital in Chennai,
arrived from Kuala Lumpur but policemen did not permit her to alight from
the aircraft, officials said.
Elaborate security arrangements were made and suburban police commissioner,
Jahangir, was himself present to oversee matters as there was a crowd of
over 150 persons including MDMK general secretary Vaiko and
Tamil nationalist movement leader P Neduraman, both vocal
supporters of the proscribed LTTE, at the airport.
On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan government announced
Prabhakaran had been killed while trying to escape
advancing army troops in the north of the country
and said his parents were found inside a camp for displaced people.
His father Tiruvekkdam Velupilli died this January.
Friday, April 16, 2010
New Delhi, April 16
Following is the text of Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor's statement, clarifying his position on the Kochi franchise of the Indian Premier League, in the Lok Sabha Friday:
I am grateful to you for the opportunity to set the record straight on my role in the recent issues relating to the IPL Kochi cricket team, which have raised by Honourable Members of the Opposition.
The Indian Premier League, or IPL, recently auctioned two additional city franchises under the auspices of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI. As a passionate cricket fan since my childhood in Mumbai, and as an MP from Kerala, I have nurtured a desire to see the sport flourish in my home state.
A consortium led by Rendezvous Sports World was set up to bid for an IPL team. They approached me for help and guidance and steered them towards Kerala. My role was as an informal mentor to the group. I had no role whatsoever in setting up the consortium itself or in any of its business decisions, including its decision to bid for the franchise.
The consortium won its bid successfully, in an auction process conducted by the BCCI. Its victory has been widely hailed in Kerala as a triumph for the state and an unrivalled opportunity for young players and cricket-lovers to enjoy the benefits of direct participation in a world-class tournament through a Kerala team.
However, the unexpected success of the Kerala consortium was apparently not acceptable to some interested parties. This has led to a number of public insinuations about the composition and ownership of the consortium, and of my role in it. Two serious allegations have been made against me: that my involvement in mentoring the group was inappropriate, that I misused my public office to help the consortium win the bid, and that I received benefits for so doing, in the form of "sweat equity" given by Rendezvous to its associates. I should like to address these allegations in turn.
First, my role in mentoring the Kerala consortium was throughout within the bounds of appropriate conduct for a Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram and a member of the Union Council of Ministers. No misuse of my official position was involved. The issue has nothing to do with my Ministry. As a Minister, I was in no position to influence the bid process, let alone its outcome. I did not grant any favours or benefits within the purview of my Ministry to the members of the consortium. No one could have any idea what the various participants in the auction process would bid, and my official position gave me no advantage in this regard that could have been used to benefit the Kerala bid. Indeed my ministerial position was altogether irrelevant to the bid and so could not have been used or misused to ensure its success.
Second, it has been suggested that I have indirectly received personal benefits from this enterprise because the Rendezvous management team, who hold stakes in the venture, includes a close friend of mine. This allegation is particularly wounding because I have had a three-decade career in international public service that has never been sullied by the slightest taint of financial wrongdoing. Those who know me are aware that money has never been a motivating factor for me in any of my actions or decisions.
Rendezvous has clarified that it issued "sweat equity" to its associates in lieu of a salary, which is a common practice around the world for start-up ventures. No money has changed hands and associates are expected to earn equity by promoting Rendezvous’ activities over the next ten years.
In other words, whatever benefits might accrue to the "sweat equity" associates in the future depends on their work for Rendezvous and has nothing to do with me. It is an arrangement internal to the consortium and between the investors and Rendezvous. The notion that somebody is some sort of "proxy" for me is frankly insulting to me and to the professionalism and business ethics of the investors and their associates, particularly since I could not have any role in influencing the final outcome of a sealed bidding process. Madam Speaker, it is unworthy of any member of this august House to imply that a reputed business professional and entrepreneur with a long track record of business success can, because of her gender, only be seen as a front for someone else.
Madam Speaker, I am proud to have helped the consortium come to Kerala, a state which has long been excluded from participation in India’s cricketing resurgence. I have neither invested nor received a rupee for my mentorship of the team. Irrespective of my personal relationships with any of the consortium members, I have not benefited, and do not intend to benefit, in any way financially from my association with the team now or at a later stage.
Madam Speaker, it is essential in our democracy that institutions of interest to the general public are run openly, rather than restricting their opportunities to a favoured few. For India to change and prosper, it must be an India for all Indians, not one where a few rich and powerful individuals can dominate all activities of interest to them. Cricket is now our most popular national pastime, attracting a following of crores. The game and the benefits accruing from it should not be retained only by an influential coterie with interests in a few privileged centres.
A Kerala IPL team is a dream of many young people and cricket lovers of all ages in and from the state. It has the potential to bring great material and psychological benefits to Kerala's economy and society. The unethical efforts that have been made to thwart the Kerala franchise are disgraceful. They are also dangerous to the health and credibility of a sport that has captured the passions and the loyalty of a majority of Indians. Indeed, such behaviour brings the IPL itself into disrepute.
It has been clear for some time that the real motive behind the public controversy that has been created around me is to make the Kochi team unviable and to assign this IPL franchise elsewhere than Kerala. I believe all fair-minded Indians would hope that such tactics will not be allowed to prevail. The allegations against me which have been seized upon by honourable members of the Opposition are baseless, ill-founded and ill-motivated."
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
(Our comments on the following letter
The problem with this particular letter is that it promises nothing--so there is nothing in it that anyone can be held accountable to. The implicit drift of the letter is -- "I (Digvijay Singh) have spoken to Chidamabaram-and Chidamabaram is a nice and reasonable man." And then it continues on to say how even he, Digvijay Singh, himself was such a nice and reasonable man as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. And it parrots the same old administration line about Naxalites being the main reason why there is no "development", which is why action against them is unavoidable.The only thing of value in the letter is that fact that it confirms that Chidambaram has been made aware of, or rather he cannot get away with being blind to, the atrocities committed by the security forces and has promised to look into them.)
Dear Shri Himanshu Kumar,
After our meeting I met Mr. P. Chidambaram our Home Minister. I explained your views in detail to him. I also gave him my own views on this subject. He was extremely positive and was open to talks for peace with anyone any time. His only pre condition was to stop violence. He also made clear that laying down of arms was not a pre condition for talks.
I also conveyed to him about the implementation of Forest Right Act amending the Mining Regulation Act , Land Acquisition Act and implementation of PESA in Schedule areas. I also conveyed to him about the atrocities committed by the Police and Para Military Forces which you had mentioned.
He has assured me that he would look into these issues. As a Chief Minister of MP I had appealed to the Naxalites to stop violence. If they did I would withdraw police out posts and also reduce force from these areas which I did when there was no incident for three months.
The development process in these Naxalite affected areas has completely come to a stop and the tribals and the other forest dwellers are the biggest losers. It is also the responsibility of the Civil Society activists to convince the Naxalite leadership to shun violence and come for talks.
I am sure you all would also use your influence to convince the Naxalites to shun violence.
Shri Himanshu Kumar
Vanwasi Chetna Ashram
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
MANI SHANKAR AIYER IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE?
MAY LOSE RAJYA SABHA ON FFICE OF PROFIT ISSUE?
Was Mani Shankar Aiyar holding an office of profit
when he was chosen as Presidential nominee for the
Rajya Sabha? Saroj Nagi of Hindustan Times
writes that Mani Shankar AIyer
who is expected to take oath
as a member of the Upper House on April 15,
resigned as honorary advisor of the Bureau of
Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST) after
his nomination was announced on March 19 and
notified on March 22.
Two factions of Tamil Nadu Congress are happy
that Mani Shankar is in trouble. As a matter of
fact, one section of TNCC, is encouraging
a legal expert to write to President of India
to disqualify Mani shanker.
Since she has nominated him, there are also possibility
of an excuse, that Mani may be pardoned, and asked to
Aiyar could face trouble if his nomination is
challenged, as any resignation is considered
effective only from the date it is sent/received
by the presiding officer. In Aiyar’s case, the
letter, in which he said he is resigning his seat
with effect from March 19, is dated March 27.
Holding an office of profit at the time of being
chosen a member of the House can invite
Article 102 of the Constitution says that a person
shall be disqualified for “being chosen as and for being
a member” of either House of Parliament if he holds any
office of profit under the Gover
nment of India or the
Government of any state.
As an honorary advisor of BPST, Aiyar got an honararium
and government accommodation and, therefore, held an
office of profit. The position is not among the posts
exempted as an office of profit under Parliament
(Prevention of Disqualification) Act.
“I know of no infirmity in my nomination nor have
I any information of any objection having been made.
If any objections are raised, they shall of course be
answered,” Aiyer told media.
In not fool-proofing Aiyar’s nomination, the Congress
may also have put the office of the President in an
The Congress leader was abroad when his name was
announced for the Upper House. But on his way through
Delhi on March 26, he sent his resignation letter.
In 2006, the party had put its president, Sonia Gandhi,
in an embarrassing position when it failed to ensure that
the chairmanship of the National Advisory Council was exempted
as office of profit. Gandhi quit the NAC, resigned her Lok
Sabha seat and sought re-election.
Monday, April 12, 2010
PRIME MINISTER DR MANMOHAN SINGH
SUPPORTS P CHIDAMBARAM
PM tells Ministers sensitive issues
handle them carefully
By R Rajagopalan
Not only did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reject P Chidambaram Union Home Minister letter of resignation
but PM also stood solidly behind him, by directing Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar to write to all the
Union Ministers not to criticise handling of Maoists issue by Home Ministry and not to ventilate feelings
on Left Wing extremism in open.
Dr Manmohan Singh just before he left for USA, asked Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar to address
a letter to the Council of Ministers directing them to speak in one voice and desist from commenting
on issue not directly related to their ministries.
Dr SIngh made it clear that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is the only one authorised to deal with issues related to internal security.
Many Congress Working Committee members have presented their views in writing and in person to Prime Minister
Dig VIjay Singh has also conveyed his version to Dr Manmohan Singh.
Once many criticisms were focused on P Chidambaram and the subsequent day Dr Singh was to take off for USA
which Dr Singh was keen to get briefed more on Nuke than the internal security concerns. Dr SIngh took the opportunity
which Dr Singh was keen to get briefed more on Nuke than the internal security concerns. Dr SIngh took the opportunity
to silence P Chidambaram critics like Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee and Union minister for food
processing Subodh Kant Sahay commented on the Dantewada massacre.
Maoists had killed 76 security personnel in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on April 6.
Cabinet Secretary Letter is reproduced below
April 10 2010
I am writing in continuation of my DO letter dated January 28, 2009 conveying the decision of the
Prime Minister that in respect of issues considered to be sensitive by him one Ministry/Department
will be designated as a nodal Ministry as a singhle point for interaction with media and accurate articulation
of the action taken being contemplated by Government as well as stance adopted by Government.
It is recalled for ready reference that this nodal Ministry will also make suitable arrangement for regular interaction
with media in coordination with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, to brief them on important developments.
Ministers and secretaries senior officials belonging to other departments may advise the media to seek information
clarification from the nodal Ministry whenever questions are asked on such issues.
Prime Minister has now desired that regarding all matters related to Left WIng Extremism including the recent
incident Dandewada the Ministry of Home Affairs will be the nodal Ministry for interaction with media
and articulation of Government position.
K M CHANDRASEKHAR
Sunday, April 4, 2010
NEW DELHI POLITICAL GRAPEVINE SNIPPETS
for Sunday April 4, 2010 publication.
P Chidambaram home minister deputed top spy seluths
to Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and also to Mulayam Singh Yadav
to brief them about the Maoists menace. Specific question
was put to the security personnel about the names of Maoist,
In confidence the names were shared to these leaders,
One of the names were so familiar that a senior leader of Opposition
got surprised that the spouse of the Maoists is a regular
invitee to the President banquet and PM lunches to the foreign
dignatories. At once the top seluth said that this matter would be
brought to the notice of political leadership.
How a fake notification was issued on over time
allowance for Govt employees? Who did faking?
Inernal enquiry has been ordered. In the union ministry
of finance. Based on this circular OT was to be released.
Today Govt clarified with a circular that the OT order is fake
Departments should not take any note on this.
(scanned and attached to this file is the copy of the circular)
Will Govt order a CBI inquiry into the faking of the circular
who did it at the lower level.?
Hameed Ansari Chairman, Rajya Sabha
always liked well dressed and well behaved
MP. For the past one year he was observing many
MPs. He found 25-30 come in their attire.
Ansari has in his capacity as Chairman has
been nominating best dressed MPs to the NIFT board.
This year he has chosen
N.K. Singh, Member, Rajya Sabha
as a member of the Board of Governors
of the National Institute of Fashion
PM is more keen on knowing the balance sheet
profit and loss account.
It was evident when Union Minister for Shipping,
Shri G.K. Vasan
pinned the first Merchant Navy Flag on the
wearing apparel of the Prime Minister,
Dr. Manmohan Singh,asked the Minister
and officials about the berthing facilities.
PM wanted to know more about the
Secretary Shipping K Mohandass explained to
PM about the this sector.
When the turn of Chairman SCI to get introduced
PM asked him about the profitability.
Liberalisation-profit and loss with taxation structure
are the three the PM would invariably ask the chairmen
of many PSUs.
It was a treat to discuss with PM was the spantaneous
reaction of senior bureaucrats who were present at
the of the inauguration of the
47th National Maritime Week, in
New Delhi on March 29, 2010.
Pranab da and Ajit Singh hush-hush?
AJIT SINGH NEW ALLY OF UPA2
DEMANDS COMMERCE MINISTERY
By R Rajagopalan
Pranab Mukherjee Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha last week
spent two hours convincing Ajit Singh son of Choudhary Charan Singh
to accept the UPA2 offer to join as a Cabinet Minister
with a "weighty and milky" Ministry,.Ajit Singh demands
Commerce, but Congress is ready to adjust him with
Non Conventional Energy. Ajit Singh is now engaged
in a tough negotiation.
Ajit Singh has 5 MPs in Lok Sabha, and this alliance would help
Congress in the next year Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
Ajit Singh joining Cabinet will also send a signal to other allies
like NCP to keep a low profile.
Hectic political activities have begun as the second half of the
Budget session is to begin on April 15
In February when the Opposition unity was too visible on price
rise and on nuke bill, Core Committee of the Congress authorised
Pranab Mukherjee to work out a formula with Ajit Singh.
Congress wooing Ajit Singh will benefit Congress in the longer run.
WIth Ajit SIngh support of MLAs in UP, Congress might field
Captain Satish Sharma as Rajya Sabha canidate. Hence it is a
greater ploy to woo Ajit Singh. To break Mayawati domain in
certain pockets with the help of Ajit Singh.is also one of the prposition.