Friday, December 12, 2008

Law to curb terrorism In India

Negligence and callousness of politicians and administrators is the root cause of terrorism flourishing in India. The dirty vote bank politics forced administration to soft-pedal on terrorism. The heavy security given to political leaders made them ignore the security of the people and nation. Lack of any law and the prosecution procedures going for years together made the things worse.
What we need now is:
1.Prevention and Restraining Of Terrorism and Anti-national Activities in India Act. (PROTACT –Act.)

A comprehensive and strong legislation to eliminate terrorism.

Terrorism has not been defined properly anywhere and there is no law to stop it. Terrorist activities are dealt as offences under IPC, Cr.PC etc. A strong law exclusively to deal with terrorism is to be enacted. The activities of smuggling of arms, ammunition, foreign currency, fake and counterfeit currency and its distribution, carrying, hawala, benami land deals etc. are crimes complimenting terrorism and a pre-requisite in most cases but dealt with by different agencies under different laws. All such anti-national activities which have a bearing on terrorism directly or indirectly and also abetting, financing, conniving, helping and even speaking in support of terrorism should be brought under this law. Obstructing, stalling, influencing or interfering in any manner in any action, investigation or prosecution by any person, even the ministers of State or Union and refusal in any manner by any one in implementing the law will also be punishable under this law. There shall be preventive detention for minimum of three months. Under the law a federal security force having jurisdiction all over India and in other countries in a limited manner for collection of intelligence and for investigation should be formed. The head of the Force is directly reporting to Union Home Minister. In case of any dissent by the Home Minister on the proposal of the head of the Force that should be recorded in writing which is open to scrutiny under this Act and can be considered as offence in case malafide intention is proved.
2. Federal Security Force.

A central Force well equipped to combat terrorism should be formed. Head quarters at New Delhi with Commands at each State capital. Headed by Director General, a Lt. General on deputation from Army. It should have 3 branches viz:

i) Intelligence – Anti Terrorism Intelligence Service (ATIS)
ii) Action Group - Anti-Terror Action Corps (ATAC)
iii) Investigation Cell - I-Cell

Intelligence Wing headed by a Joint Director, Major General on deputation from Army, collecting perfect intelligence on terrorism and anti-national activities and reporting to the Director General.
Action Group well equipped with all the most modern weapons and other gadgets, vehicles etc. shall be directly under the Director General. There shall be a small group of Action Force permanently stationed at State Capital attached to the Command. DG analyzing the information provided by the Chief of ATIS shall direct ATAC to act fast.

Investigation Cell under a joint Director (Major General) having team of sleuths also equipped with all most modern gadgets investigate the cases, complete within 3 months and file the case in the court with the aid of legal experts permanently available in the pay roll of the force .The I-Cell should collect all the relevant information and present the case properly in the Court, so that there will not any delay. The Federal Security Force should have close coordination with Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Customs, RAW and State Police.

3. Fast Track Courts for Terrorists’ Trial.

Fast track court exclusive for trial of cases under the above Act should be established in each State. Trial of the terrorists should be finished in a time bound manner. The Courts proceedings also need to be finished fast. It should be done in such speed that the final verdict of the Supreme Court will be available in less than 6 months.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Industry deserts Kerala

It is an irony that while our ministers are on the foreign jaunt to woo investors, the existing industry in Kerala are moving out to neighbouring states for their new ventures. One foreign participated joint venture company manufacturing blood bags and such equipments working here for last many years has decided to establish their new factory worth 300 crore rupees outside Kerala. Non-availability of land, just 25 acres, and shortage of power and water is said to be forcing the4m to desert Kerala.

How efficient our administration?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Terrorism in India

How much efforts we have put to grab the controversial nuclear deal? Diplomatic maneuvering, appeals with NSG members, with US senators and with anybody who can influence anybody to make things in our favor. A battery of high profile officials with everything in their armory were moving around the world to see that the deal is clinched. Had we taken one hundredth of the enthusiasm shown there in tracking down the traitors the Bangalores and Ahmedabads would not have happened and the innoscents would not have been ruthlessly killed in Delhi.

After every bomb blast in the country we shed crocodile tears and talk eloquently about the security of or our country and forget it conveniently in short time. No follow-up action is taken to stop this danger probably because of the wrong perception that it will create bad feelings in the minds of the minority community. This is totally unfounded as majority of the minority community is not at all involved but only some are involved in these dastardly acts. And any action against the culprits will in no way castigate all of them as anti-nationals or traitors. What we should have is the guts to act boldly and exterminate these terrorists. The fear of faring badly in the future election should not be our point, as of now which is evident from still dilly-dallying with hanging of the traitor who is condemned to death for attacking our Parliament. Our priority should be the security of our nation and people.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

FLUSH OUT TERRORISTS

It was Bangalore yesterday and today it is Ahmedabad.It can be any place tomorrow; Kozhikkode, Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram. Blood stained dead bodies and torn away body parts strewn all over, the scenes of the dastardly acts of the cowards refuse to fade away from mind, a numbness creeping in. Immediately after every such attacks or bomb blasts the authorities emerge with the usual worn-out phrase of "we have already warned". What happened to these warnings? Why these wrnings were not heeded to?
Each and every intelligence agencies, central or state have been filing reports of massive arms piling in many parts of the country and about possible terrorists attack. And these intelligence always turns out to be accurate, which is confirmed produly after losing lives of many people. Once the impact of the incidents goes from memory the intelligence reports are thrown to trash. Many reports point towards terrorists presence in Kerala especially in its northern parts. Sadly, no serious action has so far been initiated to contain it or to find out the anti-nationals. Caste-based politics is acting as the detterent in taking any action against the terrorists. Caste is the vote bank and appeasing them is the prime concern rather than fighting the anti-nationals. It seems that everybody is scared to act agasinst the anarchists and traitors.Let us not wait for another tragedy to happen but act right now sternly to flush out terrorists and traitors from our country for ever.

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival is here again. Organizers claim that it is brought again because of its success last year. What was the success? A sensible person is at pains to understand how the festival benefited either the State or the people.
Kerala is a consumer state and starting from rice people have to depend other states for all their needs. Is the shopping festival for increasing sale of these products? What our state gain by officially promoting products of others? It will only benefit the traders who can use the official patronage to raise their sale and profit and not the people who even otherwise buy them through out the year. For sponsoring the festival we are spending Rupees 20 crores from the exchequer! Grand Kerala Shopping Festival is a foolish idea. It is rather Grand Kerala Traders' Festival. Neither tourism nor the Kerala industry will get any advantage out of it. Is it sane to expect a tourist to land Kerala shopping for products much cheaper every where else in India? We should be realistic. Kerala is not Dubai. Being the consumer state Kerala is most affected by the spiraling prices and people are struggling for survival. What we have to do is to put up shopping centres at district headquarters seling consumer durables and electronic goods. The shopping centres should have special arrangement to showcase traditional Kerala products and products from Kerala Industry. The 20 crore largesse can be used for setting up such centres, each at 1 crore. The festival season is coming, beginning with Onam and if the initiative is taken now it will a great relief for the people.

Friday, August 1, 2008

POWER CRISIS IN KERALA

Kerala has been pushed in to darkness. Power cut to the industry and load shedding to the public. Authorities have been forewarned months back about this eventuality. But none have bothered to listen and instead tried to fool people with tall claims. Total inaction on their part reached us where we are now.We do not have a comprehensive energy policy. All we talk about are the electricity board and their hydro-electrical projects. Kerala’s total dependence for its power need is on hydel projects and we do not think about any other sources of energy. Big hydel projects are not practical here considering the peculiar nature of Kerala. The irony is that while the authorities strongly advocate for new hydel projects they fail to get the optimum utilization of the existing hydel projects. Faulty generators, leaky penstocks silt-filled reservoirs and mis-management contribute to less than capacity generation of power.
Other sources of energy
Tapping non-conventional energy seems to be alien to the authorities. Solar and wind power are renewable sources of energy which is abundant in Kerala. The gross potential of wind energy in Kerala is around 9000MW and our production from it is zero. We should start exploiting these never ending sources. It should be made mandatory for big shopping complexes, star hotels, apartment complexes, villas etc. to generate themselves at least 25% of their consumption from solar power. Similarly industries and large scale energy consumers should be made to have own wind mills to generate part of their consumption.
Action
What we need now is a team of professionals with vision to chalk out a long term energy policy. This power cut is a big blow to the industries in Kerala which is already ailing. This will adversely affect the deteriorating economic conditions of our state. How funny that while industrial units are closed due to power cut, hotels, textile shops, jewellery shops and similar establishments stands fully illuminated for hours together in the night burning lakhs of units of precious electricity. This happens because of adoption of wrong priorities. What we have to do is to make all shops close at 7 PM. This will in no way affect their sale as people will make the purchase next day. But it will definitely save a lot of power which can be utilized for the industry.

Nuclear deal -Why hurry ?

It is quite intriguing that why both India and US are in such a hurry to fianlise the neclear deal. India says the deal is to be clinched before Bush leaves as the present offer is tremendously in its favor. Bush is also very keen to do it fast for reasons undisclosed. US is putting immense pressure on India. Why US is so particular that India should get all its energy needs from nuclear reactors? Why they are so concerned about India? Why they are particular about India's economic development? Is it to be believed that US is doing all this out of love for India? This is not Bush's personal gift to India. This deal can be done even after Bush. Bush will not get any personal mileage out of it as he is no more in the race for next president. So there exists some hidden agenda.
Why not a public discussion?
Many of our nuclear scientists like former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Dr. P.K. Iyengar, former chairman of Atomic Energy Board Dr. A Gopalakrishnan and former director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Dr. A.N. Prasad are against this agreement and demand a public discussion before entering in to the agreement. The deal will weaken India's nuclear deterrent and restrict indigenous R & D in nuclear technology. No uninturrupted fule supply is guaranteed in the agreement for reacotrs which India will place under US supervision. Article 5 of the 123 agreement simply states that US will join India in seeking to negotiate with the IAEA an "India- specific" fuel supply agreement. But this 'India specific' has not been defined so far and IAEA is not a fuel supplier. The agreement talks about " corrective measures that India may take to ensure uninturrupted operation of its civilian nuclear reators". These 'corrective' measures also have not been difined or made known to anybody in India. But the US has made sure in the agreement that "India will place all its civilian nuclear facilities under India-specific safeguards in perpetuity". Reprocessing the spent fueld has also many restrictions. Article 6 state that new national reprocessing facilities to be made for it. But it will take many many years to materialise. So the agreement is more beneficial to US.
Gains of US
Let us see what Washington gains out of it. India-Iran-Pak Gas pipeline project in which India is benefitted much is detrimental to US interests. Stopping it is one aim. US has a lot of nuclear bombs with them which they want to decommission as the cold war is over. Bomb grade plutonium so got can be sold to India as fuel. Further big American companies like Westington, General Electricals etc. are now out of business and India will be a good market for them once the deal is made. India has started eyeing oil exploration in Caspian sea and other parts, which is an eyesore to US. Sweet talk of this "tonnes of clean energy" can turn India away from such expeditions. India has lot of uranium to be mined. Once the deal is done India will not be able to explore that. So the benefit to US will be many fold; clearing their dead stock, making money out of it, turning away India from oil explorations, preventing them from developing own uranaium and finally the most important, getting control over all of India's nuclear programmes and thereby gagging India and preventing their development for ever.
US nuclear front
It is said that US has not made any nuclear reactors for the last many years and they are depending on other sources, not on nuclear energy, for their increasing needs.
Ecological disaster
We have seen Chernobil and the fate of many nuclear ships and submarines. Even the spent fuel generated in US is still kept not knowing what to do with it. The radiation will hunt humanity for millions of years to come.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

DREAMS OF A BETTER KERALA


Why Kerala Lagging behind?
Kerala is blessed with everything. But its development is moving backward. Why so?
The guys who rule us are without a vision. Pursuing wrong priorities. Moving without any planning. Without any policy. And the people are passive, reluctant to react and hesitant to respond. Why can't we shed down our lethargy and chalk out some programme and move in the path of development, without sacrificing the values we hold close to our heart?

Agriculture

Agriculture is the prime factor contributing to the progress and development of any nation. In Kerala paddy fields are filled-up and skyscrapers built. Rice is our staple food but we desist from cultivating it on the excuse of it being loss making. Group farming is the alternative. Government should take on lease all the vacant paddy fields for certain short period and lease it further to groups of farmers for cultivating. There are a lot of unemployed people willing to do the job. National Rural Employment Generation Act of the Central Government ensures work of 100 days a year for all jobless and luckily all the villages in Kerala are included in this scheme. This can very well be tagged with our group farming project. Experts Committees,consisting of experienced farmers, agriculturists and scientists of that locality , are to be constituted for providing guidance to the farmers.This type of farming can be extended to vegetable and similar crops also. Fortunately we are gifted with ideal climate;good rainfall and sunshine and fertile land.
Industry
Medium,small and traditional industries alone are suitable for the densely populated Kerala. Not any big industries. Public sector industry plays an important role. But all our PSUs are either sick or closed due to mis-management. In Kerala, where maximum toilet soaps, detergents and medicines are sold, Public Sector Units, Kerala Soaps, Kerala Detergents and Kerala Drgs&Pharmaceuticals had to pull down shutters, shows the sorry state of affairs in our State. We have to revive and revamp all the PSUs, with able efficient and honest administrators with profession calibre, answerable and accountable, at the top.
Infrastructure
Infrastructure development needs much attention. We need high speed transit ways. Not any disastrous express highways or equally dangerous concept of airports at each district. All the railway lines should be doubled and electrified with EMUs running like in Mumbai. All the existing highways should be widened with bye-passes at busy inter junctions. The much delayed Kovalam-Kasargod water-way which is comparatively cheaper should be developed for traffic.
Energy
Energy must be pumped in to the power sector. Here we dont have any energy policy. Hydel and thermal power are not eco-friendly and as such dependance on them is to be reduced in future. Importance is to be given to non-conventional energy. Wind energy has immense scope and Kerala has a gross potential of 9000 MW. With the participation of private sector it has to be tapped which will fill-up a major share of our requirement.
Rape of land
Kerala is slipping into the clutches of realtors and land mafia. They are grabbing all the land and encroaching forests. The basic concept of house for dwelling has undergone a change and it now is to show-off spending crores. There need to put a brake to the indscriminate construction of sprawling villas and huge townships. Most construction centres on cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi in the name of IT development. Does IT needs that much space? Instead of roping in private real-estate agents, the IT companies who want to come here should be alloed to construct own buildings and thereby saving the space swallowed by the agents.
Change of mindset
Now the most important of them all. Changing of our mindset. Party politics and trade unionism have done much damage to our State. Over politicisation in every field pose as a stumbling block in our stride forward. We should change our attitude and think positive. People with vision and commitment only should be allowed to come the helm of affairs.