The junior doctor accused for raping hearing-impaired girl in Bankura Medical College has been arrested. Victim’s mother explained she had taken the daughter to the hospital after complains of chest plain and the doctor took her inside a room while asking mother to wait. After 2 hours when she could not wait anymore , she barged into the room where she found her daughter in naked state. The daughter then explained the incident in sign-language to her mother following which the FIR was lodged!
Previously two incidents of rape had shocked the nation , questioning the safety of women in Bengal. A 30-year-old woman was reported to have been raped by gang of robbers and prior to this incident , a 37-year-old mother of two was raped in a moving car. Initially, commenting this incident as got-up case, chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, faced criticisms,once the rape was proved. Gang rape by robbers too was stated as conspiracy against the government , by the CM.
Her apology on strikes promoted by her in the past, as opposition and request to people of Bengal not to entertain such strikes has also been contradictory and has been termed as hypocrisy.Mamata Banerjee has been under fire from opposition in the past for repeated child deaths in various hospitals of Bengal. Well, incidents of such kind are surely raising concerns however, Chief Minister’s blunt statement has been more concerning where she has been accusing incidents as conspiracy! It is time that will decide if these incidents are truly conspired but with the present change in the administration of state and the promising leadership of Mamata, Bengal hopes for a change for good. Since TMC won in Bengal and ‘Didi’ held the CM’s post she has also been noticed contradicting the UPA on number of issues.
What is considered to be the voice of trade unions affiliated to most of the mainstream political parties protesting against price rise, violation of labour rights and the Government’s free market policies like disinvestment in public sector companies and privatisation of services is a matter of concern for the ruling UPA, in the centre and a fight of political superiority, in Bengal. The contest is between TMC and CPM,directly in the state.
Is the core issue of strike ‘Power Test’ between TMC & CPM in Bengal ?
CITU called Bandh-Industrial Strike , supported by parent CPI(M) on 28th February 2012 in Bengal today forced the CM Mamata Banerjee admit that strikes do not help any State and Nation. She also ended up apologizing to the people of Bengal for using Bandhs as strongest weapon against the ruling CPM government, in the past. She requested Bengal not to participate in the Industrial Strike and assured necessary arrangements of smooth running of government-run transports like the trains,trams,metro and government buses and warned government officials of actions against the absentees!
Well, it is only after 12 hours from now will we get to know if these appeals and apologies worked for TMC as it was the same party which would frequent the state with regular Bandhs on every possible matter, mostly to show the then ruling Government, the strength and support it was generating, with every passing day.Not to forget, it has rarely been the call or support of issues and political parties, that was behind the success of all the Bandhs but it was the habit of getting used to with the unofficial holidays and spending leisure time, which had been forcing the state to accept any strikes, be it from any party.One cannot deny the chances of violence between supporters of strikes and the ones who wish to attend offices, however, it mostly became reason of a holiday, unquestioned!
Today, it is the opposition which is exploding the same bomb of Strikes on the ruling TMC , mostly to show the strength, it is regaining or to check the strength, after the loss of governance. Topics are too petty to call for a strike yet no big deal if the habituated citizens of Bengal would prefer to spend a leisure time at home while the opposition would claim success of the strike and give TMC a reality-check. On the other side, it is a testing time for Mamata Banerjee , who will have to make sure the Strike has minimum impact. Although, sensing the urgency she already apologized a day before for all the strikes she promoted as opposition party and by appealing Bengal not to support the Bandh! Mamata Banerjee has indicated crackdown measures to ensure the strike doe not effect the state.
Telecom Minister , Kapil Sibal who has been in news for backing content filtration issue on the net has made yet another statement on social media. He believes like the print and electronic media even social media should be governed under regulations. Well, he still believes his views are not against the rights of Freedom Of Speech.
Aditya Thackeray, the Yuva Sena chief is reported to have faced Temporary Account Block on social networking site , Facebook , considering he might not be the real man! Facebook asked him to mail a copy of his identity-proof to get the account activated which he did and got his account resumed.He has been using the account since last 6 years and never faced a problem ever before.The email sent to him had the subject ” Disabled Fake Name ” and wanted him to send identity-proof to avoid permanent block!
“The enactment of the RTI is the first significant achievement of the UPA government. This is the first single piece of legislation to ensure transparency and delivery by the government,” Sonia Gandhi had declared in a public rally in New Delhi , in March 2010.
And now the same Right To Information Act seems to have created trouble for her where a Chennai-based RTI activist V Gopalakrishnan had asked for details of Sonia Gandhi’s Income-Tax returns from 2000 to 2011. Revealing the same has been denied, as per sources. The Party is backing her by saying that these information are already with the Income Tax and other concerned departments and revealing such information in public may end up being misused.
Well, it is the Congress which has always held its head high when it comes to taking the credit of RTI and that is worth praising but what is the point of such Act if it does not apply on all the Indians ? What does the party mean by using the word misused ? What is there in the return which if made public would be misused ? Is there any point of such Act which is partial ? Is it not moulding the Act as per convenience ? Why is Mrs Gandhi the special one in this regards ? If this be the case, all the political leaders may shy away from revealing facts in public by giving the same excuse of information may be misused !
Known more for his extremist path, in the early 90s, Yasin Malik , the JKLF chairman is writing his autobiography. Once a prominent face against Kashmiri Pandits in the valley, has declared, he would write everything about himself and his journey in life, so far!
Yasin Malik entered politics in 1984 as a student leader and after failing in his peaceful efforts of a separate Kashmir he grabbed arms and turned an extremist by 1989. In 1994 he decided to give up weapons and adhere to peaceful methods to seek his goal. He played a crucial role in driving away Kashmiri pandits out of the valley.
Mamata Banerjee meets Manmohan Singh on 22nd February 2012
West Bengal Chief Minister , Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to meet Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh today 22nd february The topic of discussion range from NCTC which she has been opposing and has managed few more chief-ministers to raise their voice against. The National Counter Terrorism Centre which would be a centrally controlled body in various cities to counter terrorist activities would give rights to the body to arrest anyone it finds doubtful , on grounds of terrorist activities. Some states however feel this is against the Federal Structure of the Constitution where the Central Government would intervene into State Affairs and administration. Mamata tops the list of opposers of NCTC. Also issues to be discuss are Farakka Barrage and Gorkhaland.Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Central Government did not reveal that the Farakka Barrage has tow damaged sluice gates which allow Bangladesh extra water during dry seasons. Gorkhaland Territorial Administration issue is also to be discussed under which the implementation of same is yet to happen while the tripartite agreement has already been signed.
Reasons of Conflicts Between Mamata Banerjee and Congress led UPA government in the recent past :
Mamata Banerjee has raised her voice against the ruling UPA in the past on issues relating to the FDI, Pension Bill,Lokpal and Fuel-Price Hike. And it is also noteworthy that relations between Congress and Trinamool Congress have remained tensed in the state of West Bengal after TMC won the elections. In the recent past,Mamata Government has also been denied extra aid from the Government which she felt was mandatory for the smooth running of the state. UPA has so far managed to retain its ally TMC, intact with it but TMC’s tussle with the Central Government and its policies have also been prominent.
NCTC : Mamata strongly believes that this would be against the Federal Structure of the Constitution where the role of Central Government would be beyond guidelines and would hamper State administration procedures.
Lokpal Issue : Mamata Banerjee was upfront on opposing Congress framed Lokpal Bill as she is of the view it would surpass the powers of State Government and would be conflicting.
Fuel-Price Hike: Mamata Banerjee has never entertained fuel-price hike imposed by the Centre.
Change of name of Indira Bhavan to Nazrul Bhavan : Issues related to changing names of Indira Bhavan which was Late Jyoti Basu’s residence and was known as Jyoti Bhavan to Nazrul Bhavan after the name of Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul tensed relations between both party workers . The Congress workers held rallies and protest marches against the change of name.
Mamata since then claimed CPM and Congress jointly act against TMC in the state.
With the total of 106 seats the Sena -BJP alliance stood out of all speculations of being thrown out this time in the country’s richest civic body election – BMC.
The NCP – Congress Alliance got 66 seats while 28 seats went to MNS. 27 went others including independent candidates out of the total 227 seats. Joining hands with some independent candidates the Sena-BJP would be back in power of BMC.
While much was anticipated about MNS nothing seemed impressive enough to shake the ruling Sena-BJP alliance out from the throne of BMC.
Raj Thackeray analysed low-turnouts of voters as the major reason of Sena’s win and also the alliance of BJP. Well, reasons may be whatever, results clearly state that Raj Thackeray and his MNS has a long way to go unearth the Shiv Sena and divert Sena supporters.
Karnataka BJP Chief K.S. Eswarappa has informed the party intends to organize lessons on morality and discipline to the party members in the state. Chintan-Manthan is what the session is named and is due to be held on Feb24th and Feb25th. The initiative has been taken by the state party after repeated allegations on its ministers starting from cases of porn viewing in assembly,to land scandals , rape and other corruption charges!
Political Leaders of the past were considered respectable and had mass – following because of their disciplined life and firm principles and ideologies and now is the situation when mass-leaders become political leaders and hold important offices and then thanks to their deeds are required to attend morality and discipline lessons to be respectable individuals.
In a recent interview , Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray had made an open offer to rebel nephew , Raj Thackeray also the Supremo of MNS (another Sena, split out of Shiv Sena) to take a first step ahead and he is open to accept Raj back in Shiv Sena. The doors of Shiv Sena are always open for Raj provided he initiates.
Answering this Raj opened his heart out saying he could walk 100 steps for his uncle Bal Thackeray whom he claimed still respects very much and also declared his grudge against the functioning of Uddhav Thackeray , the son of the Shiv Sena Supremo and other Sena leaders! He explained about his services in Shiv Sena were only limited to addressing rallies prior to elections while key jobs were handled by others.
Well, this is not a hidden fact that Uddhav and Raj never got along with each other and hence it was Raj who had to take a call, either to be in the Shiv Sena and keep doing as being told or leave politics . However, he had other things in mind and hence floated his own party. The Unique Selling Point of the new party remained the same as the Sena’s where love for state of Maharashtra and Marathis were highlighted. The only difference was Shiv Sena with the advent of time since birth had become a little diplomatic as they had tied – up with national level parties while the new Sena , being a new – born baby and desperate to make its presence felt , has been aggressive towards portraying as a party just for Marathis.
Raj Thackeray has been following the footsteps of his uncle exactly , so far hence more than other opponent political parties , it’s the MNS which is becoming a bigger challenge for Shiv Sena as both share the common vote-bank of Marathi Manus.