I wish all Indians a very happy 65th Republic Day.

In the last couple of years, we been amending the constitution, protesting for news laws , revising the existing regulations and trying to impose new constraints to ourselves. Why all of a sudden, do we need these new regulations?? To what extent can these new laws safeguard the individuals, society and the country? 

Let me illustrate an incident that happened recently. My mother purchased a fancy mobile number. She paid a lump some amount which she thought was including the monthly rental with call flat rate for the first six months. So she didn't pay her dues. After three months, her number got disconnected. When I called the customer care, I was told that the number will be activated once the dues are cleared.

I started thinking how to resolve the issue. The first idea that struck me was to ignore the fancy number without paying the phone bill and make a new contract with another provider. I do know that the network operator will not chase or punish me for not paying the bills. I informed this clever idea to my mother. Her first reaction was to clear the dues. I couldn't resist from laughing for her ignorance. I realized that she didn't understand my smart idea. So I explained her again that there will not be any issues for not paying the bills. But her reaction was still the same. she told me that since she has used the network, it is her duty to pay the bill. She explained to me that irrespective of the due amount and the punishment, it is her moral duty to pay for what she has used.

It took me some time to come to terms with the situation. I was shocked and embarrassed by my behavior. I was ashamed of myself. I couldn't find a trace of the values that my mother taught me all her life. Where am I heading to?

We do sacrifice our values and character for petty things such as time and money. In the past, we were scared of jumping the rules. But these days we don't care. We can buy anything and everything with money. In this process, we are losing our identity, values and submitting before the evil.  Lets not look for new laws but instead regain our lost values.

Lets revitalize our basics. Lets not forget the human values honesty, truth, loyalty etc, the things that we Indians are best known for. Lets not lose our identity.  Revisit the Indiaism. 

Amma cheppina matalalu maravadhu(telugu)....Amma choopina darini vadhaladhu(telugu)...

Happy Republic Day.


I wish all Indians a very happy republic day.

I take this opportunity to thank the Indian army, air force and navy for safeguarding our country from foreign intrusions. Let’s pay homage to Hemraj Singh and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh who had sacrificed their lives safeguarding our border in Mendhar. Who ever has done this barbaric inhuman act of beheading and mutilating these Jawans should be punished.

The army had strongly condemned the killings. I am still unable to understand our foreign minister statement that this incident should not be escalated for long term benefits. Honorable minister sir, please honor the sacrifices of these jawans who have died on duty. What is the point in having peace talks in Delhi and Islamabad while our soldiers are being beheaded across the border? Let’s forget the political aspect of this incident.

Even more disturbing about these killings is the Hunger strike by martyr's mother and wife. These holy women were on indefinite fast demanding the return of the head of the slain soldier. A mother who has lost her son fighting for the nation cause, in great grief has to be on the streets asking for government help. They had to fast for four days to get a response from the government. Is this the respect we give to our jawans and their families? If you can not honor, at least acknowledge the sacrifice and service of these great personals.  I am proud to salute these heroes of our armed forces and their families.

Respect one and all. Honor the great men and never forget to salute the heroes.

Jai Hind

Best regards
Swaroop
 





Happy Independence Day

I wish all Indians a very happy Independence Day. Pin the tricolor flag close to your heart, sing the national anthem and salute the national flag. I do it on every Independence Day to show everyone how proud I am, to be a citizen of this fabulous country. This independence day, I wish to do something more. Come what may, I will not hate anyone. I will spread love and peace.

Dalai Lama, the Buddhist spiritual leader considers India as a heaven on earth. The world sees India as a peace loving nation. We achieved our independence through Ahimsa, the first non violent revolution across the globe. With such a strong affinity for peace, what is the cause of bloodshed across India. I am greatly devastated by the ethnic cleaning in Assam, MNS efforts to drive non-Maharashtrians out of Mumbai, TRS shutting down businesses associated to Andhra people and many more. Why is the Parliament and state assemblies tolerating such violence and segregation? These esteemed institutions are sending a wrong signal by not controlling the brutal forces prevailing in the society. Hatred is being spread among the sections of the people. Hatred is a live bomb which can explode at any time. Assam violence is one such example. I will not blame the corrupt political system for all this. We, the individuals are responsible for all this violence. I believe that no evil (hatred, violence) can enter us as long as we don’t submit to it. Be an Indian. Practice the human values that we are best known for. There’s a saying never hate even your enemy. Hatred is an epidemic. It corrupts your brain. It starts with your enemy, later spreads to your friends and slowly enters your family. Spread the message of love and peace.

Lets make our home a better place to live. Come what may, I will not hate anyone.       

Happy Independence day.

Best regards
Swaroop

I wish all Indians a very happy republic day. It was on this day in 1950 that our constitution came into effect and free India has transformed to Republic of India. Our constitution enforced 61 years ago is still able to safeguard the largest democracy in the world. It is this constitution that brought diversified provinces in independent India under one parliamentary system. My sincere thanks to Dr. Rajendra Prasad and his team in the constituent assembly for giving us this wonderful constitution.

The year 2011 was a litmus test to this powerful constitution. An old honest man launched an anti-corruption agitation and demanded for a strong lokpal bill. People actively participated in this peaceful protest and sent a strong message to the parliament that the people of India need a strong anti-corruption legislation. By doing so, we have demonstrated that the true power in a democratic country lies in the people. The parliament had to acknowledge the voice of the people and introduce the bill for debate in Loksabha and Rajya Sabha. Though the anti-corruption mission was initiated by the people, it is the parliament that makes the legislation. To people like me, it seemed at some point that parliament would crush the agitation or Anna Hazare force would bypass the parliament in making legislation. The people of India and parliament had complete faith in the constitution and availed a democratic process in enforcing a lokpal bill. It is a true victory for Indian democracy. The constitution has prevailed. Through this exercise, India has proved to the world that it is the brand ambassador for democratic governance. I am proud to be a citizen of this fabulous country.

Happy republic day.

For complete information about Lokpal bill and updates on Anna Hazare's revolution against corruption, please follow the link http://www.indiaagainstcorruption.org/

Issue

The Jan Lokpal Bill

Government's Lokpal Bill

Prime Minister

Can be investigated with permission of seven member Lokpal bench.

PM can be investigated by Lokpal after she/he vacates office.

Judiciary

Can be investigated, though high level members may be investigated only with permission of a seven member Lokpal bench.

Judiciary is exempt and will be covered by a separate "judicial accountability bill".

Conduct of MPs

Can be investigated with permission of seven member Lokpal bench.

Can be investigated, but their conduct within Parliament, such as voting, cannot be investigated.

Lower bureaucracy

All public servants would be included.

Only senior officers (Group A) will be covered.

Anti-corruption wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

The Anti-corruption wing of the CBI will be merged into the Lokpal.

The Anti-corruption wing of the CBI not be merged into the Lokpal.

Removal of Lokpal members and Chair

Any person can bring a complaint to the Supreme Court, who can then recommend removal of any member to the President.

Any "aggrieved party" can raise a complaint to the President, who will refer the matter to the CJI.

Removal of Lokpal staff and officers

Complaints against Lokpal staff will be handled by independent boards set-up in each state, composed of retired bureaucrats, judges, and civil society members.

Lokpal will conduct inquiries into its own behavior.

Lokayukta

Lokakyukta and other local/state anti-corruption agency would remain in place.

All state anti-corruption agencies would be closed and responsibilities taken over by centralized Lokpal.

Whistleblower protection

Whistleblowers are protected by Lokpal.

No protection granted to whistleblowers by Lokpal.

Punishment for corruption

Lokpal can either directly impose penalties, or refer the matter to the courts. Penalties can include removal from office, imprisonment, and recovery of assets from those who benefited from the corruption.

Lokpal can only refer matters to the courts, not take any direct punitive actions. Penalties remain equivalent to those in current law.

Investigatory powers

Lokpal can obtain wiretaps ( to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly), issue rogatory letters, and recruit investigating officers. Cannot issue contempt orders.

Lokpal can issue contempt orders, and has the ability to punish those in contempt. No authority to obtain wiretaps, issue rogatory letters, or recruit investigating officers.

False, frivolous and vexatious complaints

Lokpal can issue fines for frivolous complaints (including frivolous complaints against Lokpal itself), with a maximum penalty of 1 lakh.

Court system will handle matters of frivolous complaints. Courts can issue fines of Rs25,000 to 2 lakh.

NGOs

NGOs not within the scope due to their role in exposing corruption.

NGOs are within the scope and can be investigated.

Difference between Jan Lokpal Bill and Draft Lokpal Bill 2010

Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's Ombudsman Bill)

Draft Lokpal Bill (2010)

Lokpal will have powers to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public.

Lokpal will have no power to initiate suo motu action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public. It can only probe complaints forwarded by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha or the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Lokpal will have the power to initiate prosecution of anyone found guilty.

Lokpal will only be an Advisory Body with a role limited to forwarding reports to a "Competent Authority".

Lokpal will have police powers as well as the ability to register FIRs.

Lokpal will have no police powers and no ability to register an FIR or proceed with criminal investigations.

Lokpal and the anti corruption wing of the CBI will be one independent body.

The CBI and Lokpal will be unconnected.

Punishments will be a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of up to life imprisonment.

Punishment for corruption will be a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of up to 7 years.