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DDA looks to corner CWG Village flats for babus
Rumu Banerjee, TNN, Oct 30, 2010, 03.39am IST
Tags:games village|delhi police|delhi development authority|dda|commonwealth games|central vigilance commission DDA wants to ‘gift’ Games Village flats to babus
NEW DELHI: Even as the outrage over the Commonwealth Games loot and the clamour for heads to roll reaches a crescendo, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is about to open another shameful chapter. It is setting the stage for appropriating Games Village flats for the very babus who let India down.
The DDA has sent a proposal to the ministry of urban development to allow Games Village flats to be allotted to state entities like Delhi police and PSUs, besides MPs and MLAs. The Central Vigilance Commission and the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office are included in the proposal.
These are the two agencies, besides others, which are investigating various Games-related cases.
The proposal, which was approved at an authority meeting earlier this week, will be implemented through a relaxation of the DDA’s housing policy. “A proposal for relaxation has been sent since at present, allotment or auction of flats by the DDA can be done for the general public only. To allow allotment or auction of flats for government agencies or PSUs, the housing policy needs to be relaxed,” said a senior DDA official.
The proposal, which has been approved by the Lt Governor’s office, will enable the DDA to put up over 600 flats from its share of 723 in the Village for sale to the government sector, much like the Asiad Village after the 1982 Games. The land agency is proposing to auction 100 flats to the public, with the rest earmarked for babus. A senior official explained that “the auction of the 100 flats will basically be held to determine what can be the base price for the flats. This would then be the benchmark for the tenders for auction or allotment to the institutions.” DDA officials admitted that the agency had received several requests from various government quarters for allotment of flats in the Village.
For the public auction, the DDA has decided to add the price it paid to Emaar-MGF—as the bailout amount—as well as the cost of interest and any additional expenditure that the DDA has borne, like cost of furniture and other amenities inside the flats. Said a senior DDA official, “The price being calculated is around Rs 16,000 per sq ft, which will be the tender amount for the bidding process for these 100 flats.”
The DDA’s share in the Village had originally been one-third of the total flats, i.e. around 390. But after the financial bailout to Emaar-MGF, the number of flats in the land agency’s kitty went up by 333 flats to 723.
Sources said that while no suggestions have been made for subsidizing the flats for government agencies, once the proposal is approved by the MoUD, such issues could be discussed.
Both proposals—relaxing the housing policy and auctioning 100 flats to the public—were sent earlier this week. Since the Village is under litigation with Emaar-MGF challenging DDA’s decision to revoke the bank guarantee, sources say there’s plenty of time for the ministry to give its approval.
DDA’s proposal to allot the lion’s share of its flats in the CWG Village to public servants rather than the general public is incredibly brazen. Even as the CVC and CAG probe various charges of CWG-related malfeasance, including the Village, DDA has the gall to suggest that, departing from its mandate to allot flats only to the public, 623 of its 723 flats be given to public servants, including some from the watchdog bodies. The attempt to create a conflict of interest is designed to scuttle the probe and dispense patronage to other public servants cited in the DDA proposal. The Centre would do well to reject the proposal outright and ensure that all DDA flats in the Village are auctioned to the public in a transparent, non-discriminatory manner.
DDA looks to corner CWG Village flats for babus
10 mins ago (01:45 PM)
Why should we gift them or sell them. We may have in 10 year Asian Games or Olympics games then they will build the new village. Why the present village can be maintained and reused. Otherwise you will new kalmadis to eat public money………..
1 hr ago (12:16 PM)
Dear Rahul Gandhi, are u still in train or in dalit home……..hahaha. What a shame !!! Oh I forgot MR Manmohan Singh. What he is doing………. reading economic books (Title – How to eradicate poverty). Are how can I forget our great Indian Voters…… what they will do????!!!!!! Muslims will vote for congress again (because all they care about is religion only, what is country. Don’t believe me, just look at old articles of TOI. Any article which will sth related to ISLAM all muslims will start commenting but hardly one or two will write for any other issue.),,,,.. Poor will vote again to congress (why because they think mrs Indira Gandhi had given nara GARIBI HATAO, may be congress still remember that slogan or may be Rahul gandhi will remove GARIBI because he travels in local trains)…………..Great Indian Voters, I am proud of You. Keep going.Keep voting in the name of NARA not work.Agree (9)
1 hr ago (12:15 PM)
They should sell them at market prices so that money can be recovered by the Government. The value of these flats should be determined by qualified and reliable real estate agents and then sold accordingly. None should be given away to any Babus. They should pay for them like any other person.Agree (3)
Saurabh Priya Singh (New Delhi)
1 hr ago (12:10 PM)
It is at times like these that one is ashamed to be an Indian. Except of filth, scams, malafide actions, bending and twisting laws etc…what else are we today proud of? The laws of the land are lax enough for the corrupt and the guilty to go either go scot free or pay a small penalty (which is peanuts) as redemption. Why can’t the laws of the land be stringent enough so as to act as a credible deterrent to anyone even contemplating to break one? Now, DDA has the gall to suggest amending housing policy and reappropriate the falts to Babus…bloody shame on you DDA and on all us to tolerate this sham in our country. Agree (5)
1 hr ago (11:59 AM)
Whoever gets these flats is doomed for the simple reason that Eemar MGF used the most sub-standard material in their construction. The life of the flats in no more than two years before they crumble into a heap of sand. I suggest the flats be returned to Eemar MGF and their chairman should be asked to give up the palatial house he occupies in Amrita Shergill Marg, New Delhi (at a price tag of GBP 10 million should instead be given to the nation in exchange. Let him sleep with the stray dogs of Delhi instead.Agree (1)
subhash (abu dhabi)
2 hrs ago (11:54 AM)
No way these flats should be put on rent only and to be reused whenever any next asiad /r commonwealth / olympics games to be held in delhi. Even the ASIAD village flats to be taken back from babus and netas. will the country waste money on another scandal during next games event. wake-up dont give away the flats.Agree (4)
2 hrs ago (11:50 AM)
This village is created from tax payers money, how they even think of gifting to people. Better sell them to people in open market and get some good money back for government. Agree (3)
2 hrs ago (11:47 AM)
Great!!!! It is realy Great!!! dnt encourage sports… Encourage corrupted people.. Well done keep it india.
2 hrs ago (11:30 AM)
The flats build by DDA over last 50 years are shame to any Civil Engineer by profession. They are ugly,dirty pigon holes. Delhiltes have no other choice but to buy from them. It is high time scrap this currupt agency and privatise urban development then only people will get value for money.Agree (4)
vir koul (MUMABI)
2 hrs ago (11:30 AM)
Early 20th Century the US was besieged by Mafia. It was called the Italian/Sicilian Mafia. What else can you expect from the Congress??Agree (4)
faisal (dhahran) replies to vir koul
1 hr ago (12:18 PM)
This has nothing to do with Congress. It is a problem with the people. Also, by the way the mafia’s were also Irish, and other nationalities such as Chinese, etc.
2 hrs ago (11:12 AM)
Did they bury the looted money in these flats??!! Only this can justify why they need these flats for themselves. Divine powers, right time to interfere (‘dharmasya glanirbhavati’ case) and set things right. Nothing seems to be working in this country otherwise.Agree (3)
2 hrs ago (11:09 AM)
Gift the flats to CWG Winners and the people(Labours) who worked for the CWG village. Gosh, when will a natural calamity take away all these corrupt babus %26 Politicians.
2 hrs ago (11:12 AM)
Did they bury the looted money in these flats??!! Only this can justify why they need these flats for themselves. Divine powers, right time to interfere (‘dharmasya glanirbhavati’ case) and set things right. Nothing seems to be working in this country otherwise.Agree (3)
2 hrs ago (11:09 AM)
Gift the flats to CWG Winners and the people(Labours) who worked for the CWG village. Gosh, when will a natural calamity take away all these corrupt babus %26 Politicians.Agree (7)
Dr. Swati Shah (Mumbai) replies to Saba
2 hrs ago (11:18 AM)
Another Adarsh Society scam!!!! what is this happening in India? Don’t gift to anyone, sell it by open auction to any Indian. The amount gained should be used for building schools in the remote villages across the India without scam. Agree (6)
Shankar Rao Kalla (Visakhapatnam)
2 hrs ago (11:08 AM)
I hate to live in India. Its the place where people elected politicians take people for granted and treat them like sheep. Indians must take law into hands and manhandle politicians in public.Agree (6)
2 hrs ago (11:05 AM)
TIMES OF INDIA BE READY TO EXPOSE THIS WILL BE MOTHER OF ADARSH SOCIETY AS HEAD OFFICE OF CORRUPTION IS IN DELHI AND SO MANY FLATSAgree (4)
Indian National (Afghanistan)
2 hrs ago (11:05 AM)
Who is paying for the flats? you the tax payers. Delhiwalas halt this scam of giving free flats to babus who have already pocketed lakhs of rupees in CWG scam and over and above these people are been rewarded. Shame on Delhi Government – the politicians may also be bagging a few in name of others too Agree (4)
2 hrs ago (11:04 AM)
Shame on u criminals and theif of my hard earned taxed money………Agree (2)
2 hrs ago (11:01 AM)
i thnk its a gud idea.. they al wil come at one place i.e. games village n nxt day it wld be display of each n evry babu’s body hanging in air servd a breakfast n dinner to CWG’s very own stray dogs… go ahead DDA..
2 hrs ago (10:56 AM)
DDA Official Should be Hanged in CWG Stadium itself.. I think we are heading towards second revolution after Azadi..Agree (1)
3 hrs ago (10:50 AM)
The heading of the news appears to be misleading.If DDA is offering flats to the instituitions at market price and not individuals for official use or to be used as their housing colonies,I feel it is better than the scams of cornering these flats by property dealers or middle men as was done in the last DDA allottment.We are still not aware of the outcome of those investigations.Are these flats being offered to Babu’s as individuals as their personal flats.I hope TOI will clarify.Agree (1)
3 hrs ago (10:42 AM)What else can u expect from an administration which is neck deep in corruption.Agree (5)
3 hrs ago (10:40 AM)
thi is outrageous!! this can happen only in India. its like forget punishing those babus you are rewarding them!! congress has bcom a dictator govt. taking things for granted!! this is only bcoz indians dont revolt.. wake up indiansAgree (3)
3 hrs ago (10:40 AM)
why not gift these flats to those labourers who built them, Indian babus are anyway filthy rich!Agree (1)
Ganesh Rao (Mumbai)
3 hrs ago (10:39 AM)
These apartments must be converted to a sports hostel where sportsmen and women from every corner of the country can come and reside during their training.Moreover when our netas bid for future olympics to loot more public money,they can atleast use this village again for housing the international atheletes.Agree (2)
3 hrs ago (10:37 AM)
noting that the CWG could not make any profit, at the games village falts should be sold for the highest price… to get back the maoney spent. again the government themselevs are so corrupt… i guess the court will have to come and do this!Agree (1)
S N IYER (Secunderabad)
3 hrs ago (10:37 AM)
Corruption has become so endemic for politicians and bureaucrats in this country, that DDA has no qualms about making such proposals.
3 hrs ago (10:36 AM)
if somebody wants to give the example of shamelessness this the one he can give. absolute shameless. what are the reasons that dda think behind this proposal? what kind of contribution all such babus gave in cwg? buying overpriced amenities for cwg is the contribution and for that dda is awarding them flats in games village. this is just that taking advantage of post, power and paisa.Agree (1)
well wisher (mumbai)
3 hrs ago (10:33 AM)
yes why not…. allot the flats to anybody. The selling price should be cost of accusition 20 %. I hope no babu will take the flat. Then it should be given to homeless ppl below poverty line free of cost. I hope that we will see all babus standing in queue of below poverty line to get the flats free of cost .
3 hrs ago (10:29 AM)
These flats are made from the tax money of Indians and should be returned back to the people of India through fair Lucky draw under supervision of Supreme Court
3 hrs ago (10:28 AM)
they to get the share for the supportive decision, no worries , they are no less. they are part of the corrupt system.
3 hrs ago (10:27 AM)
Games Village flats should be given to the athletes who made our country proud and other aspiring sports persons, but not the Babu’s who put the country down.
3 hrs ago (10:26 AM)
It was expected … the entire game village would go to MPs, MLAs, ministers and politically powerful people. This is our country – the people from grass root level pay tax compromising even with their daily basic needs, and the other section enjoy with that money!!! TOI should keep publishing all these news about heinous corruptions.
3 hrs ago (10:26 AM)
shameless is a milder term. Every action of the government justifies naxalism . Manmohan only has a papu bechara face …. but he is rotten to the core.
3 hrs ago (10:25 AM)
its time for civil war.Agree (5)
Blue Eagles (Delhi)
3 hrs ago (10:23 AM)
Originally ,was this meant for the research scholars of Delhi University ?Agree (3)
VastavJat (India) replies to Blue Eagles
3 hrs ago (10:46 AM)
Yes, are you kidding me. The research scholars who do no research and don’t contribute to society. Have you ever seen those research scholars. These flats should be sold to the general public by auction.
3 hrs ago (10:22 AM)A grand loot of tax payer’s hard earned money. This is how government of India functions. People of India was exploited by British Raj. Now, six decades after independence people of India is exploited by Netas. We require another movement, Quit Neta, but there is no Bapuji now. Almost all netas are greedy, shameless, corrupt and mean creatures in human form.
3 hrs ago (10:14 AM)this is height of shamelessness. I think media should heighlight this issue as much as they can so that atleast there should be some fear among babus before alloting these flats to themsemves. Government wake up!!!!!!!high time.
Amitabh (New Delhi)
3 hrs ago (10:12 AM)
Earmark some flats for members of media. This controversy or news item will never reappear.Agree (9)
Kaushal Mhatre (Mumbai)
3 hrs ago (10:10 AM)
This is an extremely disgusting proposal highlighting how totally insensitive and immoral our country’s administration is. This is not just a specific case but it is a glaring example of what generally happens in the country. Why do MPs and MLAs need to be given flats at such a place? Why cannot the players who made India proud by winning medals at the CWG not be gifted these flats? Atleast they can have access to good facilities to enhance their sporting talents….Agree (6)
S S Sahu (Vishakhapatnam)
3 hrs ago (10:09 AM)
It is very disgusting to read such news about the politicians,bureaucrats and all influential people.. when will India change towards transperancy and things happen genuinely !!! Revolutions arises only when people are suppressed or oppressed and thats how we see all unrest in our country, in our state, in our city, in our homes, offices and every where we live..Agree (3)
3 hrs ago (10:00 AM)
There are only scams in our country, be it Education, Organising Games, Draw of lots for flats and many more. Only some have surfaced due to Media and may be any umber of scams at different levels are brushed under carpet and thus we are seeing all moral principles and social and human values have deteriorated at a very fast pace more in last 15-20 years.. Now Games Flats may be allotted–gifted- to top bureaucrats and may be to politicians also. Politicians promise to do good for the society and when they come to power their only interest it appears is to amass wealth and land or flats which are originally meant for someone else like poor people or in this present scam for Kargil war heroes. There is an excellent nexus between politicians and bureaucrats who conveniently alter rules, change documents or mend rules to suit their interests and this has nothing to do with giving benefit to public who voted them to power. The loot goes on whether in the name of games or to do service to public or to honour war heroes.
3 hrs ago (09:57 AM)
Better things to do with 70,000 crores Indian rupees: For politicians who are weak in mathematics: Cost for meals per day = 100 rupees Cost for meals per year = 35,000 rupees Cost of meals per year per 1 crore human beings = 35,000 crores Now see what you can do with 70,000 crore rupees?
3 hrs ago (09:57 AM)
This is public bribing to the Central Vigilance Commission and the Comptroller and Auditor General’s officials
Matri Das (India)
3 hrs ago (09:56 AM)
High court should take notice of this and stop this looting of public money. I suffered for the games, paid extra taxes and revenue to the government to find that they are making merry.
3 hrs ago (09:56 AM)How many of the people who are commenting here go and actually vote on election dayAgree (2)
4 hrs ago (09:52 AM)
Yes,the Bausch deserve the best of loot. After tiring day at work they deserve great stay,otherwise how will they be harassing public and extorting money from them for their leaders.
4 hrs ago (09:49 AM)
And the price is Rs 16000 per sq. ft.?Agree (2)
4 hrs ago (09:45 AM)
This is probably the most brazen attempt at corruption and favoritism. I mean what is the logic for favoring babus over public?? For humiliating us internationally and putting us through shame. The faceless babus need to be given a face. The media needs to start taking names – who in the DDA came up with this brilliant idea?? Reveal the name to the public. The govt. should tear this proposal into two pieces and return it to the DDA. Not a day goes by without a scam happening in the UPA government.
4 hrs ago (09:41 AM)
There is no humanity or fairness within DDA or in ANY other Indian Agency in Delhi. The CG was the people’s games and the flats should be sold to the people of India. This is what would happen in my country but India lags well behind in fair play–typical of a third world country. The future of India is in the hands of its people.
4 hrs ago (09:39 AM)
What are the Supreme monitoring bodies doing. All the flats should be alloted under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court and to homeless ONLY. Any personnel involved in th escam should be hanged until death. Atleast some dirt will be cleared from India.Agree (4)
Harish Kumar (New Delhi)
4 hrs ago (09:38 AM)
Many people are writing about selling and transparency but they are not realizing that the cost at which DDA has built, it cannot recover even half of that, hence my suggestion for Government accommodation carries a big wieght.Agree (1)
4 hrs ago (09:37 AM)
it is only news, at the end of the day ,flats will be alloted to only those babus who wiil be the relatives of netas or having a good backup……………..Agree (5)
4 hrs ago (09:35 AM)And you wonder why people support Maoist. Agree (6)
4 hrs ago (09:34 AM)
DDA’s decision is a slap in the face for our known-to-be-upright Prime Minister Mr, Manmohan Singh. After having set the ball rolling in investigating the CWG mess, It is time for him to step in to get this scam called off. Agree (2)
4 hrs ago (09:34 AM)
This is the Gift for those who kept mum and looted the country with both hands!! Let India go down and share the loot!!Agree (2)
BG Subhash (Bangalore)
4 hrs ago (09:30 AM)
Shame on DDA %26 the political class. Our IAS/IPS babus have not only let the country in CWG case and they are letting the country down every second. Does the govt want to hand over these flats on a silver platter to these ungrateful bureaucracy of India whose performance can at best be described as Sub optimal. DDA should gift these flats at lower rates to Sports persons, Social scientists, NGO`s, Scientists & Engineers, Judges, Men of extrodinary achievements and not to Bureaucracy!Agree (3)
4 hrs ago (09:29 AM)in childhood i read”andher nagari, choupat raaja,,take ser bhaji take ser khaja…” its sheila or mrs. italy.. oho.. its upa… i request everyone not to get angry as upa is preparing for next elections.. initial “bohani” for govt was good with 70,000 crore from common wealth for our bureaucrats.. now next near about 35 is ready, as this proposal will get passed easily.. ram chandra keh gaye siyaa se aisa kalyug ayega, hans chugega daana noon ka; kauwa moti khayega…. Agree (3)
4 hrs ago (09:27 AM)Others have had enough of their share of the CWG loot, now it is the turn for those who could not make it earlier. The point is how shameless our leaders and bureaucrats are. The corruption rot has settled deep into the system, now a total system overhaul is needed. But who will do this,
4 hrs ago (09:27 AM)TAX PAYERS MONEY IS BEING LOOTED REPEATEDLY. STOP THIS! STOP THIS DIRTY GAME!!Agree (4)
4 hrs ago (09:25 AM)
This is height of corrupted Indian politics. I’m very shameful that even after the corrupted CWG, the post corruption continuous. Why the hell they gift to MPs? Its all public money, MPs have nothing to do with games. Atleast thank TOI to bring these kind of things in to light for public awareness.Agree (1)
4 hrs ago (09:23 AM)
70,000 crore Indian rupees could have worked miracles in poverty stricken India. How could these politicans and bureaucrats misappropirate this money and waste it? How could Indian people allow this to happen? Gross injustice to the poor people of India already pushed below poverty by social caste system supported by Hinduism.Agree (7)
4 hrs ago (09:23 AM)
Let the governemnt auction all the flats openly to the public and no special privilege to anyone. It is a shame that the public spent the money from the tax it paid and the babus are trying to milk the system. It is time the public in India raise up in revolt and start a march of protest in Delhi and everywhere else. This cannot go one like this if India is to survive the onslaught of these babus who have infinite appetite in acquiring these and making immense profit while the public at large subsidizes them. Shame on these babus and I hope TOI must continue reporting these and mobilize the public for the good of the nation.
4 hrs ago (09:20 AM)Mera Bharat mahaan. English mein bole tho Incredible India. It appears that we are want to tell the world, ” COME AND SEE HOW IN SPITE OF ALL THIS ROT IN OUR SYSTEM WE ARE PROGRESSING.”
S. Anand Mishra (USA)
4 hrs ago (09:15 AM)
Can some patriotic Indians bring a class action law suite against the robber barrens occupying the government offices. This is outright looting the treasury funded by taxing the hardworking honest Indians.
4 hrs ago (09:07 AM)
Shame on DDA and Sheila Dixit for its political gimmick. These flats should go to sports authority or to sportsperson where it could be utilized to house atheletes visiting Delhi for training or games. This scam should be investigated and Sheila Dixit must be brought to book along with Kalmadi for corruption and malpractices. The role of Congress party and particularly its President should be investigated too, as they usually like to eat the cake as bystanders and are irresponsible politicians.
Intellectual Singh (New Delhi)
4 hrs ago (09:03 AM)Every day new scam of billions of rupees is surfing up in India in congress led UPA government. Who is to be blamed ? Politicians and Babus ? No. It is you “Indian voters” who elected and authorized them to do. So don’t shout now. Wait till 2014. You will again repeat this mistake as long as you don’t (i) stop electing regional party candidate like Raja for parliament, (ii) must vote on election day rather than staying home and not voting, (iii) change of guard is better for governance. Agree (9)
suryakantsinha86 (raipur) replies to Intellectual Singh
4 hrs ago (09:40 AM)
Mr. intellectual.. i used my right to not vote.. tell me on one hand u have serpent and other KCN.. which u will like to play wid.. there is not a single person who isnt corrupt.. and even he is not corrupt, he will be after becoming even if he becomes parshad of mohalla, he will seek commission in road construction.. i dun want to tell u about Sansad or Vidhyak.. we dont need any comment about right to vote.. as per your power start it from you… i have started.. fighting against teasing for girls, against people abusing in public place, and giving seat to aged people..startit at your levelfreind.. believe me u will succed… otherwise this portal is always open to COMMENT…Agree (1)
iloovatar (Abad) replies to Intellectual Singh
4 hrs ago (09:38 AM)
I agree with you that the Indian voters are to blame. But who are the majority of the Indian voters? Who are the voters who are easily influenced and targeted by the politicians? (HINT: The poor people who are more than the rich and the middle class). Even if I do vote who must I choose? I choose the one who I believe is a lesser evil- but all are highly productive thieves, not much of a choice. My one vote would hardly cause a dent in the “grand counting” so I am slowly moving to the side who enjoy the 1 day they get extra, to relax after working hard, on the voting day.
4 hrs ago (09:03 AM)
wat else u expect in our great corrupt nation?Any good government should publicly auction them.
4 hrs ago (08:59 AM)
we already know the stories, how our corrupted babus worked behind the game. check the total tax collected from middle class government should realize about middle class , its all our tax money. then how this corrupted babus will get. Babus having enough money, so, plz allot the right ones. we got democracy from Britishers, but shameful till now we are unable to get the democracy from the corrupted babus.Agree (1)
Pratap Raval (Pune, Maharashtra)
5 hrs ago (08:52 AM)
Lots of domestic and international tourist of economic class visit New Delhi every year. Why not those apartments converted in economic category hotels. Let private or public agency manage it. After all it is public money and if we use such facilities for public it will be justice to expenditure.Can decision makers listen?Agree (1)
5 hrs ago (08:51 AM)
This is really DISGUSTING and SHAMEFUL this indicates that the Indian Government will allow Scoundrels who committed such a big crime will get way freely.It looks like the Congress government is hand in glove by allowing these thing even when the investigation is going on.But if the common man who by mistake does not pay Rs5000 as tax is penalized with interest .
5 hrs ago (08:47 AM)
These should be given to the sports persons who have won medals for india and those who are going to in asian games. After all they have performed. This will be real motivation for those going to participate in Asian Games. Sports should be promoted and flats should be given to the sports persons only and not to undeserving candidates.Agree (10)
5 hrs ago (08:46 AM)
Why can’t DDA sell off the flats to public. At least, they would recover the correct price of the property. Why to gift it govt officials. If they want, they can also buy the flats.Agree (7)
5 hrs ago (08:44 AM)
y gift the flats to babus when they can given as a reward to the athletes who had participated in cwg after undertaking somuch of hardwork and pain! red tapism zindabad hi rahengaAgree (5)
5 hrs ago (08:42 AM)
While it is the aam aadmis like us who rub their skins out to earn and pay taxes…the govt. so easily is “gifting” the apartments to the babus who spent our money to bulid them !! Truly said: Mera Bharat Mahaan !!Agree (3)
5 hrs ago (08:38 AM)
It seems corruption and shamelessness has grown to its heights during so called Mr. Clean Man Mohan Singh and Bharat Mata Sonia Gandhi’s regime. Prince Beta is busy portraying as aam admi.Agree (4)
5 hrs ago (08:36 AM)
Sell the flats the present market rates instead of gifting them. Not even an iota of logic is required for the simple solution. There is already scarcity of residential property in Delhi and it will surely sell like hotcakes even at above market rate prices at such prime locations and good environment and facilities. Rehne ke liye ghar nahin, Delhi sarkar karz me doob gaya hai CWG ke baad aur bhi aadat nahin badalte. According to project developer Emaar-MGF, the market value of the flats in Rs 18,000 per sq ft. To panga kahan hai. Just sell them. There are thousands of flats and at least they can recover a few hundred crores of tax payers money if not more.
5 hrs ago (08:33 AM)
why they can’t give some of the flats to the cwg medal winnersAgree (1)
5 hrs ago (08:32 AM)
“Babus”, really? Is that the best word we can use for India’s civil service? We are referring to some of the brightest and most competent people of the country, let’s use a better monicker. Frankly, I think there’s nothing wrong in allotting these houses to Indian officials, which would have otherwise all been hoarded by the politicians. Let’s give back something to these folks for their service. Or is accusing them of corruption and inefficiency all the time the most we can do? I mean the politicians need to be blamed for that more than the civil service. Oh, but how can that be? The politicians actually yield more power and clout over the media. And TOI, Im disappointed to read the “Times Views”, if you cannot even bring a balanced and pragmatic perspective to the debate. Why am I writing all this? It’s not like we will engage in deliberative democracy here.Agree (3)
corrupt babu (Sonia Vihar) replies to a
4 hrs ago (09:09 AM)
I would not elevate these low life servants to the high rank of abus. They are corrupt and eager to serve their political masters in the process they give up their dignity and self with the selfish cause to grab money and power for themselves. Lets give something to these folks for their service?? Haha joke…they are amassing crores already, you dumb ahole
arvind (washington, d.c.) replies to corrupt babu
2 hrs ago (11:06 AM)
Abusing on a public forum clearly shows who’s the dumb ah*le. “Low life servants” really? It will be interesting to know who is not a “low life servant” in India today then. Who is not corrupt and eager to serve the master? The famed “common man” is no longer innocuous and is privy to as much wrong as these “babus”. So since they are amassing crores already, lets let the politicians keep the houses? As if the public will ever get anything. Open your eyes, and see. Its time to stop blaming these “babus” for corruption, and start doing something by yourself and being righteous. Following road rules, having civic sense and a sense of duty towards the nation are nice beginnings. Oh no, but what the hell, let’s just blame these “babus” – its so much easier.
5 hrs ago (08:29 AM)
This is the height of shamelessness and audacity. The very agency responsible for insult and humilation of country is proposing shameless idea and that too at a time when it should be feeling a sense of guilt for letting millions of indians down. We as ordinary citizes feel humilated the way DDA has handled and executed the the project and about the working culture, apathy and accountability of the agency. Bureaucracy in any society is always a lewd parasite. A few days back there was a news that urban developement minister Jaipal reddy was contemplating to suspend the engineers, managers and bureaucrats who were supervising the project. Government lost no time in penalising the builder but I am sure these government employees will escape any penalty. And that is why they are weaving this web. We always rue the politicians but the real bugs are these government servants.Agree (6)
Faiz (Mumbai) replies to Gurdev
4 hrs ago (08:59 AM)Let’s not jump the bandwagon of spitting on Babus…. there are babus who have brought laurels to this country…. if there is corruption why do people sit and crib they can participate in political process…. bro whats lacking is will to standup against these blood sucking politicians…. you cannot change unless and until you participate in the political process and start that beginning….Agree (1)
Arvind (Washington, D.C.) replies to Faiz
2 hrs ago (11:08 AM)
Very well said, Faiz.
richard dias (Chembur, Bombay)
5 hrs ago (08:24 AM)
Why should one Babu let down another Babu just because the papers are behind their tails?Agree (1)
5 hrs ago (08:19 AM)
Why we Indians are so weak..we cannot stop corrupt babus and these so called DDA getting married.i felt the our prime minister will do something to stop corruption,but he has showed that he is weak in taking major decisions.We need somebody same like Indiraji and Lal Bahadhur Shastri.They were our Real Heroes.They have given the life for our country.Can our current prime minister make a match to them..?..No..Never…Agree (1)
5 hrs ago (08:18 AM)
This is what we get after paying lacs of rupees as taxes honestly.Agree (2)
MS (riyadh saudi arab)
5 hrs ago (08:09 AM)
it is very shameful act by DDA and even moreshameful if flats are alloted to babus who brought shame and those who are investigating the cuuption. Its a clear indication of deep rooted loot.Authority dont want to spare any thing from grabbing by hook or crook.Those who thought and proposed for babus allotment should be removed from duty with immediate effect other wise they will hamper the investigation by another way.Agree (2)
5 hrs ago (08:09 AM)
damn,,, India has millions of people still waiting for basic needs of life. Anyways govt has made enaugh money (white and black) on this, give these flats to poor homeless Indians. Useless UPA govt.Agree (1)
5 hrs ago (08:08 AM)
This is a blatant attempt to bribe and corrupt the investigators of corruption in the CWG. The government is telling the watchdogs and investigators that if they behave themselves, meaning if they avoid too much probing and investigation and if they can cover up any proof of criminal acts, they will be rewarded with highly subsidised property. Can any so-called democratic government get more shameless than this? We are turning into something worse than African dictatorships. What is the solution?Agree (3)
5 hrs ago (08:04 AM)
So once again the politicians of India win! What happened to the idea of ‘Aam aadmi’ ? Is that just a gimmick confined to second class trips on trains by Rahul Gandhi? This whole thing gets worse by the second.Agree (6)
Sankara Narayanan (Bhubaneswar) replies to Cynic
5 hrs ago (08:31 AM)
Only politicians are to be blamed! What about the abettors and shareholders of this public loot? Kingpins are politicians.O K. But does the educated society has any conscience. Adarsh Housing Society or this DDA proposal is not exception. But the rule.
5 hrs ago (07:59 AM)
It shows the state of Games %26 Sports in India. Cant these guys maintain the village for Sports persons? I mean the village & its facilities can be developed as a sports epicentre in India. Where we can host our sports persons & allow them to train for Olympics Gold medal quest. What a pity a nation never thinks beyond Babus & bureaucracy?
5 hrs ago (07:58 AM)
i am satisfies with DDA , but here big problem is also concern they will never satisfies , Delhi government thought public is stupid and every step taking only for self advantage , we are not crowd 30% people are also living in slum think about ………………….. it is very Shameful
5 hrs ago (07:57 AM)
It is a matter of shame on the part of UPA government, the worst government we ever have.Agree (3)
ramesh rajpal (Gurgaon)
6 hrs ago (07:55 AM)
First the DDA approves this absurd proposal. Then even the Lt. Governor has no qualms in giving his assent. I bet that some of these flats, if the proposal is finally approved by the Ministry also, will be earmarked for the kith and kin of all the babus, including the Lt. Governor. Can this all-inclusive corruption ever stop? I wonder. The Hindi proverb – chor chor mausere bhai – most aptly describes the state of corruption in our country, be it CWG scam, Adarsh Housing Society, this DDA scam in the making and hundreds of others, including the ‘chara ghotala’ of Lalu Yadav, now long forgotten. Since the law-makers and law-enforcers are themselves so steeped in corruption, who will bell the cat? Oh, God, where are you.
6 hrs ago (07:50 AM)
This shows how people can be such shameless ……….Agree (1)
Ahmad (New Delhi)
6 hrs ago (07:47 AM)
……..and this will be the nail in the coffin for the common man. DDA, we really love you for all the corruption you have shown over the past, your proposal showing the utter disrespect and your attitude that “I can never come out of it”Agree (5)
6 hrs ago (07:47 AM)
Very soon these filthy people will be slaves again . It is just matter of time and they deserve itAgree (1)
6 hrs ago (07:35 AM)
it is very shameful to DDA for its act during the wake of corruption charges against them to distract the investigating bodies. it is better to keep olympic village under lock and key to sell it under subsidized rate to those officers who will do better in pulling out the corrupt officials and contractors of CWG.i know its very hard for DDA to go along my suggestion as its matter of their skin……………Agree (3)
Murli V (Delhi)
6 hrs ago (07:29 AM)
DDA is a central government body %26 such blatant misuse of should not be allowed at any cost. Why are the babus doing such big crimes when there salaries are the best in the industry now ??? There should be proper rules & regulations for disposal of flats in the public interest. DDA is a public body & the press & public should put pressure on this illegal act immediatelyAgree (2)
Harish Kumar (New Delhi)
6 hrs ago (07:24 AM)
I feel that the flats should be handed over to Directorate of Estates at the cost spent by DDA which can be used as Government accommodation or pool accommodation as they call it if it is particular to the Government Departments.Agree (2)
Vachaspati (Bhutan) replies to Harish Kumar
5 hrs ago (08:01 AM)
I agree fully. There should also be a clause that this may not be sold to any MP or MLA or for that matter any body except those employees who donot have any house in their name in Delhi including NCR. Otherwise such moves to acquire prime property is bound to come in such a corrupt system. even by public auctiong it is bound to go to the people with huge black money.
Raj (New Delhi)
6 hrs ago (07:08 AM)
*********** ITS VERY SHAMEFUL ************ As the DDA is in scam already I think the authority of CWG village should be taken away from them and them PMO should auction these flats at the best price to the general public.Agree (2)
Narinder Sharma (New Delhi)
6 hrs ago (07:05 AM)
Sab Mil baant ke khaane ka plan hai….Jaisa abhi tak kiya..Agree (5)
6 hrs ago (07:02 AM)
Sheilaji, kitna khaooge aur kitna khilaoge. Dil ki bimari ho jayegi, kurci phisaljayegi, aur seedhe narak me jaaoge. Public property aur desh congress aur netalog ke baap ki jaagir nahi. Jo karoge woh bharoge.Agree (3)
Sunny (shanghai )
6 hrs ago (07:02 AM)
Bailout was given out of taxpayers money ! Why should the Babus get freebees ? auction all the flats and recover the money bak to the Govt Kitty. Not run any kind of barter system for flat occupancyAgree (6)
MPR Panicker (Cochin)
6 hrs ago (06:57 AM)
There cannot be any reservation for any category- it should be to the whole public. The sale has to be done with due care and based on a set of rules clearly laid down. There should not be any block allotments and it should be to individuals only after verifying their genuineness. No binami should be allowed. Before the Government decided the madalities it would also be worthwhile to know what the other countries have done in the past. The whole issue should be handled by a core committee consisting of persons with proven integrity; lest it would end up in another scam !!Agree (2)
6 hrs ago (06:56 AM)
These are the people who definitely deserve an appartment in the games village. They have served the people of this country (like the Aadarsh Society members in Mumbai). They have not made enough money in the CWG scam for which the government has ordered a sham inquiry. I request the government and the political netas not to increase the CORRUPTION AND THE CORRUPT list in this country any more. People are already fed up. It will end up in a CIVIL WAR VERY SOON.Agree (1)
6 hrs ago (06:56 AM)
It seems the Delhi Govt is hell bent on perpetuating the corruption in CWG. Much before the completion of the Village there was a clamour and demand by MLS of Delhi that they should be given flats. Even such a proposal to eminate is disastorous. How come the LG has approved it? The simple logic is to put all these flats for Public Auction with a base price. Let even the PSU’s and other government agencies who want the flats for their BABUS bid for the same. This would help in recovering some of the loot of the Tax payers money. The MOUD should outright reject the proposal.Agree (1)
Suhas (Bangkok, Thailand)
7 hrs ago (06:55 AM)
Make a new university campus and allow the students to stay there. Many example around the world. Just make campus for students.Agree (1)
7 hrs ago (06:51 AM)
This CWG village was constructed from Indian Taxpayer blood and these flats should not be given to Babus , MPs and MLAs. Govt should form a separate commitee for this allotment.This allotment should follow fair and crystal clear process. Politics and other interference would not be allowed. See our shameful of indian policitian and babus activities in this CWG corruption.They have made our country into dark and we are one amongs the most corrupted country in the world.Only young generation would save our country from these corrupted peoplesAgree (2)
7 hrs ago (06:50 AM)
It is hard to change mindset of a corrupt society. ShamefulAgree (1)
7 hrs ago (06:49 AM)
There is no other nation where gullible tax payers are so impotent as they are India.Agree (3)
7 hrs ago (06:49 AM)
Shabash Delhi Government, DDA and indian judiaciary.This country is getting what it deserves .Not only are the corrupt are getting more corrupt, they are getting more and more blatant in their corrupt activities. Earlier they used to steal, now they have started robbing, that too in daylight. They know that nothing happened when they ransacked the country and its taxpayers in CWG, they know now tht there is gonna be some noises here and there, and finally everyone will fall silent . And that is then that they can go for the kill. Felicitations.Agree (2)
7 hrs ago (06:49 AM)
first of all, the flats be allotted to the medal winners and other notable sports persons free of cost with due consideration to their achievement. a few of them be converted into hostels for trainees sports persons left overs only be allotted to public and sports bodies. a big no to any allotment to press people or babus. let us all agitate for achieving this aim before it is too late.Agree (2)
Major AD (Australai)
7 hrs ago (06:37 AM)
I can see ‘Mutiny ‘in the country very soon if things do not improve. Public should come out in the open and drag the DDA officials out i the street and punish them as deem fit. PERIOD.Agree (3)
7 hrs ago (06:31 AM)
DDA’s proposal should be totally rejected. It is utterly shameful even to think of alloting the flats to MP’s, MLA’s and Bureaucrats. It should be open to public and the whole allotment should be done in a totally transparent and non discreminatory manner. There should be clear laid down rules which should be published. Will the courts intervene to stop this blatant non-sense.Agree (5)
7 hrs ago (06:27 AM)
If this is true, then this would be the most ridiculous act on part of DDA. How can DDA make anyone in vigilance agencies a beneficiary when these agencies are holding inquiry on serious corruption charges against DDA itself? That apart, does DDA has any right to favour those in government ? Let us take a pledge dear responsible citizens to drag DDA to court for abetting corruption. Our hard earned money going as taxes in government coffers is not up for loot. First INR 70,000 Crore expenditure itself was excess, then news on corruption was even more painful and now finally news on more corruption in disguise of public service is too much.Agree (4)
nirajanuj7779 (NAYANPURA,DESAI COLONY,SURAT,INDIA)
7 hrs ago (06:11 AM)
CWG VILLAGE FLATS AND ENTIRE FACILITIES WERE BUILT FROM INDIAN TAXPAYERS’ MONEY-BLOOD,SWEAT,TEARS AND TOIL..THESE FLATS WILL BE SOLD TO HIGHEST BIDDERS WITH LOT OF PRECONDITIONS TAXPAYERS WILL SUGGEST.THESE FLATS WILL NOT BECOME RUN DOWN PROPERTIES AND TURNED INTO EYESORE.SCUMBAGS WITH POWER IN GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN SALIVATING AT THESE PROPERTIES LIKE CHINESE AT ARUNACHAL AND PAKIS AT KASHMIR.MONEY WILL BE RETURNED TO OLYMPIC ATHLETES TRAINING PROGRAM. SHOOT THE CORRUPTS AT MAHATMA GANDHI’S SAMADHI AND COLLECT THE COST OF 3 BULLETS FROM THEIR FAMILY.ONE BULLET IN CORRUPT BRAIN,SECOND IN INSENSITIVE HEART AND THIRD AS PER PEOPLE’S SUGGESTION.Agree (11)
nirajanuj7779 (nayanpura,desai colony,surat,india) replies to nirajanuj7779
6 hrs ago (07:07 AM)
THIRD BULLET AT….ALPHABET LETTER NO.19 AND MORE SPECIFICALLY…19…..15.LOL.Agree (1)
7 hrs ago (06:03 AM)
auction is the best way…a certificate be issued as resale is valid after fifty years otherwise it may be sold to the greasy. And the entire amount be utilisied for sports sports only. And its development.
7 hrs ago (06:00 AM)
SHAMEFUL!!!!!!!!! WHAT R THE COURTS DOING IN THIS COUNTRY.Agree (10)
Narinder (Delhi) replies to JAMES
6 hrs ago (07:09 AM)
My friend, courts are only savior s far but they can’t act on their own. Someone needs to approach them.Agree (2)
Rajesh (USA) replies to JAMES
7 hrs ago (06:19 AM)
Who is honest in this county, Tell me. Do yo think Courts are. Court judges are just for show case. The decision is taken by all politicians and anyway our courts are also not honest anymore. We will need revolution or leaders like Narendra Modi or Nitish kumar. This country has gone deep in corruptions and beimaani. I wish if British were still ruling us. It would have been much better than today.Agree (1)
8 hrs ago (05:55 AM)
I have a better idea. How about we pay 1000 different auditors, each one independent, and pick names of poor people from the voter-list and give them the flats. Now would that not be in spirit of ‘Socialist constitution of India’?
8 hrs ago (05:45 AM)
WHY NOT SALE IT TO NRIs WHO WILL PAY IN FORIGN CURRENCY? MIND YOU, IT IS HARD EARNED AND FAIRLY AND NOT BLACK MONEY. INDIAN TAXPAYERS HAVE CONTRIBUTED FOR THIS VILLAGE. GIVING IT FREE TO BABUS IS QUITE SHAMBOLIC AND DISGRACE.
8 hrs ago (05:38 AM)
Very nice decision.. 50% of the money before construction is looted by this so called “Babus” and now after construction remaining is also taken by these “Babus”. Spending public money in the name of games is just a method of looting public money and keeping in “Babus” pocket. Shame on you all bad politicians… do you really thing you are doing your duty… Shame on this government who is tolerating them..
8 hrs ago (05:31 AM)
100 me se 99 beimaan, Fir bhi mera Bharat mahan. good on you CM Dixit.Agree (9)
8 hrs ago (05:20 AM)
Luxury Flats, paid by tax payers money, some of the tax payers money looted by DDA officials during construction, NOW DDA WANT TO SHARE THE BOOTY with Politicians, just an obligation.Agree (1)
S. Vatsya (Bareilly)
8 hrs ago (05:06 AM)
It appears DDA is the real thief. Who are the persons who proposed to bribe powerful officials and politicians by giving them CWG residential flats. These persons should be prosecuted for trying to bribe. These flats should be auctioned to the highest bidder to recover loss of fund from the games.
9 hrs ago (04:40 AM)
gift the house to those poor in need. not to the bloody people who can already afford to live such luxury. Bloody hypocrites, they go around crying poverty and they flaunt their rich by making the rich more richer. Where’s the fair go?Agree (13)
9 hrs ago (04:21 AM)
Here we go again….govt working for the govt and not for the people….these flats should be given to India’s athletes who worked really hard for the CWG games..
Surya (ca, usa)
9 hrs ago (04:18 AM)
I had seen this coming. Glad that this time media is strong – and just because of this reason – this plan may not not go through.
9 hrs ago (04:15 AM)
What to say about this…earlier this use to happen behind closed doors, now corruption and plundering of tax payers money happens openly in public…..and theres no law/rule to stop this…Anyway keep it up INDIA……..Looks like we Indians are becoming thick skinned and dont even bother whats going around us….this chalta hai attitude will cause our downhall one day
R J Pant (Delhi)
9 hrs ago (04:03 AM)
STOP CALLING THESE F****G, REACTIONARY BUREAUCRATS ‘BABUS’. IT EVOKES REVULSION.Agree (20)
Farhad (USA) replies to R J Pant
9 hrs ago (04:32 AM)
You are right, and that exactly why we should call them just that.Agree (12)
Growing Nexus Between ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Criminal’
by Subhash Gatade
Kiritbhai, a famous religious preacher, recently found himself embroiled in a controversy of his own making.
Forget the long speeches laced with religious songs with devotees finding themselves exhilarated, this time it was the turn of Kiritbhai himself to listen to music albeit of a different kind.
It was surprising to see him rushing to the Bombay police complaining about the fraud committed on him by a couple calling themselves Jhunjhunwalas. In his complaint to the police the religious preacher is reported to have told the police that this fraudster couple won his confidence and then took a loan from him and just vanished.
The senior police officers rather found themselves out of their wits when they discovered that Kiritbhai, who preached a life of simplicity and a turn away from the ‘material world’ had loaned 35 million Rs. to the fraudster couple. Definitely this was no small amount and it seems they duly alerted the Income Tax people to know for themselves the source of this income
As things stand today while the Bombay police is trying to locate the fraudster couple, the income tax people have also become active. For the Income Tax sleuths the query is simple : how a religious preacher who has no recognisable source of income and who preaches virtues of Spartan life could amass wealth to the tune of crores which could be loaned at interest. ? And if one were to believe a section of the media Kiritbhai seems to have become incommunicado. When ‘Newstoday’ a hindi eveninger from Indore ( March 30 2008) tried to contact Kiritbhai to know his version of the chain of events, he refused to talk over this issue and claimed that he was ‘right now in Bengal’.
It is for everyone to see that if Kiritbhai had not rushed to the police and maintained silence about this ‘fraud committed on him’, nobody could have ever known the role monies play in the spiritual world of jetriding sadhus and globetrotting Bapus.
Of course, looking at the manner in which cases against the high and the mighty are hushed up it is not difficult to predict what would happen next in this particular case. One fine morning one can hear that Kiritbhai himself has ‘decided’ (or one should say ‘advised’) to withdraw the case to save himself from further embarrassment claiming that it was a pure case of miscommunication.
Our recent past is witness to a similar case of coverup when CNN-IBN and Cobrapost had aired an expose which showed godmen laundering money, in the name of God, all for a commission (CNN-IBN Posted Monday , May 07, 2007 at 08:11). The government had then even promised ‘swift and strict’ action in this case which had shocked the entire country. Ramvilas Vedanti, Chairman of the Ramjamabhoomi trust in Ayodhya, who is famous for making inflammatory speeches against Muslims and the secular fraternity, had appeared as a pastmaster of money laundering and tax evasion in the sting operation. He even shares a secret with the interviewer that he has formed a separate trust to facilitate his work of converting black money to white money for a commission.
Looking at the fact that it was time of UP elections and few of the godmen -who were caught on the camera – had never tried to hide their proximity to the Hindutva brigade, the expose had then assumed political overtones. To offset the damage to its image vis-a-vis the expose, the BJP had questioned the authenticity of the sting operation while the VHP had as usual tried to raise the pitch over the fact that why hindus were being victimised.
Titled ‘Godmen turn Conmen, Taxman red’ a writeup on the group website had provided details of the sting operation. (CNN-IBN Posted Sunday , May 06, 2007 at 20:30 Updated Monday , May 07, 2007 at 02)
New Delhi: Spiritual gurus, babas, Godmen – they are known by many names and are often the repository of a collective religious faith in India.
But the faith has been maligned and many who claim to be Godmen, promising to rid lives of evil are nothing short of evil themselves.
After a CNN-IBN-Cobra Post investigation revealed the ugly side of some the most popular Godmen, sharp reactions have been pouring in.
The investigation caught these gurus – Pilot Baba, a former Indian Air Force officer, Vedanti Maharaj, former BJP MP and Guruvayur Surya Namboodiri, who claims to be an astrologer – on camera and showed how they used their positions to launder money by bargaining like an experienced conmen.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad – to which Vedanti owes his affiliation – seemed eager to distance itself from the baba. VHP Vice President Giriraj Kishore said Vedanti was not a part of the VHP and also blamed the media.
“People like Vedanti are not worthy of being a part of VHP. Also, I think a section of the media is out to malign us. Otherwise what was the need of Shankaracharya being arrested? All this is being done to bring bad name to Hindus. This has nothing to do with religion. Vedanti is not part of any organisation,” Kishore said.
As far as bringing these Godmen under law, it was clear that criminal proceedings could have been initiated against them. In a tete with the CNN-IBN correspondent Shiv Pujan Jha spoke with the former income tax commissioner Vishwabandhu Gupta. Mr Gupta had strongly emphasised on bringing these Godmen under the law. According to him it was a “..[f]it case for criminal proceedings. Two of the biggest religion mafias are the Ram Janmanbhoomi Nyas and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad amongst the Hindus. They have 10 bogus trusts floated from the same address. The names are there (in our record) and so are the addresses. They are getting money from 50 countries abroad and are also getting tax exemptions. There are no accounts as well. You see, this is a big menace. We have calculated and found that religious leaders annually earn $3 bn which is about Rs 10,000 crore -Rs 15,000 crore worth of money. What they do is they get land at throwaway prices. During the last government, 11 including that Sadhvi Ritambhara – whatever her qualifications are – got a fantastic (sic) piece of land at a throwaway price for the services that she heads today. There have fraudulent names, addresses, existences and expenditures. They use it for spreading communal hatred. Money has been used by Bajrang Dal cadres in Gujarat to purchase Motorola, we have got receipts for that.” ( See : CNN-IBN Posted Sunday , May 06, 2007 at 20:30 Updated Monday , May 07, 2007 at 02)
Looking at the dilly-dallying by the state over this expose Brinda Karat, leader of CPI(M) had demanded action against the seven godmen who had ‘admitted involvement in halwa operations on a television programme’ (The Hindu, 26 May 2007). In a letter sent to home minister Shivraj Patil she had categorically said : “These gentlemen run Trusts and charitable foundations which are used as cover for their nefarious and illegal activities. They have cynically misused and made a mockery of the faith of those who have become their devotees. They have made crores through a racket of helping tax evaders. But equally important, the routes they have provided for conversion of black money into white caneasily be used [by] terrorist organisations and anti-national elements to fund their activities,”.
History bears witness to the fact that no action was taken against the erring ‘Godmen’ despite strong prima facie evidence against them.
Perhaps friends of Kiritbhai may ask the government to emulate the approach adopted last year.
Spritual As Criminal ?
Time to Ban ‘Hindu Janjagruti Samiti’ and ‘Sanatan Sanstha’
by Subhash Gatade
( It is really difficult to believe how an organisation which supposedly ‘aims to present religious mysticism in a scientific language for the curious and to guide seekers’ and which ‘conducts weekly spiritual meetings, discourses, child guidance classes, workshops on spirituality, training in self-defense and campaigns to create awareness of righteousness’ to further these aims can double up as an organisation which can invite prosecution under ‘laws meant for unlawful and terrorist organisations’.
But any impartial observer of the activities of ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ and ‘Hindu Janjagruti Samiti’ would concur with the view that these organisations need not be allowed to spread their venomous agenda among innocent people any further. The recent bomb blasts in Maharashtra where members of these organisations have been found to be involved is another reminder about the danger which these organisations present before the communal harmony situation in our country.)
It is definitely no Kafkasquean scenario where one fine morning someone experiences metamorphosis of a different kind.
It is a real world, world which talks of ‘spiritual salvation’ and ‘awareness of righteousness’, a world which supposedly ‘aims to present religious mysticism in a scientific language for the curious and to guide seekers’, which ‘conducts weekly spiritual meetings, discourses, child guidance classes, workshops on spirituality etc.’ but this is just one part of the whole story.
The other part of the story is that here ‘destruction of evildoers’ is an integral part of ‘spiritual practice’. And this ‘destruction’ is to be done at ‘physical and psychological level’. Interestingly to facilitate this ‘Dharm Kranti’ (religious revolution) the seekers are also provided with training in arms – rifles, trishuls, lathis and other weapons.
Enter the world of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, which recently reached national headlines for completely non-spiritual reasons, when its activists/members were arrested by Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra state for recent bomb blasts in Maharashtra. It was sheer coincidence that these terrorists belonging to these organisations could be nabbed and for the first time a possibility emerged about tracing the real culprits behind many unexplained bomb blasts in this part of Western India.
In fact the bomb blasts at theatres in Vashi ( Visnudas Bhave Auditorium, 31 st May) and Thane ( Gadkari Rangayatan Auditorium, 4 th June) which fortunately did not kill anyone, would have similarly joined many such blasts where real culprits could never be identified, if the ATS had followed the oftbeaten track of stigmatising particular community and thus restricting the scope of investigation. One crucial link which the police already had was that the play which was to be staged in these two auditoriums named “Amhi Pachpute” had evoked a strong reaction from the members of the Hindu Jangagruti Samiti (HJS) and Sanatan Sanstha (SS) earlier. The HJS and SS members had even held joint protest to register their protest about the manner in which ‘hindu mythological figures had been shown in poor light’ in the drama. Interestingly HJS members had similarly held violent protests earlier when another play by the same author ‘Yada Kadachit’ was staged.
The arrested terrorists namely Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari ( 50), Mangesh Dinkar Nikam ( 34), Vikram Bhave (26), Santosh Sitaram Angre (26)and Dr Hemant Chalke provided many crucial details to the ATS team. It was the same group which was involved in bomb explosion at Panvel Cinema Hall in February when Jodhaa Akbar was screened. They had also planted a bomb outside a mosque/dargah on the Pen Highway last Diwali. It was worth noting that these terrorists who owed their allegiance with HJS and Sanatan Sanstha did not regret their act. They reportedly told the investigators that ” We are proud of what we did to deter those who were trying to show our gods and goddesses in poor light.”
The aggressive statements by the culprits emphasised the arrival of Hindutva terrorism in India – a charge which was already in air but never conceded by anyone. Not to be left behind, Bal Thackeray, the Supremo of Shiv Sena praised these ‘brave Hindus’ but chided them for using improvised techniques and exhorted Hindus to form ‘suicide squads’ to tackle the ‘menace of Islamic terrorism’.
( Mumbai, June 20 Detonators, gelatin sticks, circuits, remote controls recovered from 3 locations; one detained, says ATS
The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday recovered a sizeable cache of gelatin sticks, detonators, circuits, remote controls and batteries from three locations — two in Pen and another in Satara. The recoveries were made on information provide by the two people arrested earlier this week in connection with the recent blasts and planting of explosives in auditoriums in Thane, Vashi and Panvel.
Blast accused guide police to hidden explosives, Express News Service, Posted online: Saturday , June 21, 2008 at 01:05:56, Updated: Saturday , June 21, 2008 at 01:05:56)
The arrest of these five Hindu terrorists belonging to Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha and the blowing of lid over the operations of these organisations was followed by demand from different quarters of society to ban these fanatic hindu organisations.Apart from Nationalist Congress Party, (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP) or Jamiat Ulema e Hindi many other organisations/individuals raised their voice in unison.
Recently a Dharana was held at Azad Maidan, Bombay on 20 th June under the aegis of Maharashtra unit of Movement for Peace and Justice (MPJ) to condemn the involvement of activists of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Jan Jagruti Samiti in recent bombings in Thane and Vashi. Organisations .like Mumbai Catholic sabha, India Center, Maharashtra manav Adhikar Sanrakshak Samiti, Yuva Sarkar, Indian Republic Party, Bahujan Mahasangh, Muslim Front, catholic Secular Front, Senior Citizen of Royal College, Awami Bharat, Vidyarthi Bharati, Hindu Vikasini etc.have supported MPJO.A massive dharana of various social-cultural and political organisations held under the aegis of Maharashtra unit of Movement for Peace and Justice (MPJ) on Azad Maidan (20 th June).
Looking at the fact that it is for the first time that organised involvement of Hindutva terrorist groups in bomb blasts in India is being clearly seen, secular organisations have underlined the need to have a fresh look at terror attacks in India and toning up central and state agencies to look for real culprits. It is also being pointed out that barring the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts which have been investigated, investigations in most of the other bomb blasts in the country have reached dead end. Security agencies following a preconceived path and focussing on one possibility has led to a situation whose end product has been demonization of Muslim community and the rise of Islamophobia in India.In fact it has become a usual pattern which has been well imbibed by the police and security agencies, where blast anywhere in the country would be claimed as the handiwork of ‘Islamic terrorist organisations’ , sketches would be prepared and innocent people would be arrested without any proper proof and would be put to endless torture. The recent Jaipur bomb blasts saw police releasing skethches of suspects at least twice without any valid explanation about the withdrawal of the earlier sketches of drawings. If there is intervention at the level of human rights activists or at any other higher level all such ‘culprits’ would be released with a warning that they do not disclose anything to anyone. And if the near and dear ones of the innocent people are not able to gather enough support from any quarter, they would be booked under various trumped up charges and sent to jail.(Politicization of terror, Tarique Anwar on 19 June 2008 – 8:06pm. www.twocircles.net)
Although the chief minister of Maharashtra has pointed out that these investigations have exposed the myth that only particular community is involved in terror attacks, and has advised to maintain balance in investigations, activists have pointed out the double standard adopted by the same police in arresting the culprits. It is being said that police has said that these accused can’t be arrested under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) because these acts of terror were not done by “an organised terrorist group.” It is true that any democracy loving person would never support such a law which itself is a grave attack on human rights, but the moot question arises is that how can police adopt ‘double standard” that the secular organisations are completely against. They have rightly raised the question, if the arrested terrorists would have been Muslim, whether police would have given similar explanation.“How can one differentiate between the Hindutva terrorism and the so called Islamic terrorism? And more importantly, does terrorism has any religion?”
A writeup in Indian Express (June 23, 2008) titled ‘Quietly, hardline Hindu Outfits build a network across Maharashtra, Goa’ explains the working of these organisations which ‘work like wheels within wheels’ and mobilise Hindus on ‘a cocktail of Ramrajya, Hindu Dharma, and “dharamkranti ‘ religious revolution”. A notable feature of HJS and SS is while there is no formal membership and funding is through donations, satsangs/religious gatherings are an important feature of mobilisation of people. Apart from many centres in different parts of India, they have centres in New Jersey, Brisbane, Melbourne, Dubai and many other places. It also provides details of the newly launched outfit “Dharamshakti Sena” pictures of whose inaugural rally show young men dressed in military fatigues. The “Sena” was established in 16 districts of Maharashtra towns and cities on Gudi :Padwa day this April.
Dharamshakti Sena chief Vinay Panvalkar has travelled extensively across Maharashtra after establishment of the outfit and is reported to have delivered inflammatory speeches. In a meeting held in Pune he is quoted as saying “Hindus are cornered from all sides, but there is no retaliation from them.” In another meeting in Thane he says “The war in future will be a Dharamyudh and Dharamshakti Sena will be the guiding force”.
As has been already reported the arrested Hindu terrorists have claimed that they were working on their own initiative, and the leadership of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti has also categorically denied any role in there acts. Interestingly, in one of their own publications they have also condemned the act albeit sympathised with their grievances.But any close watcher of the whole situation knows that it would not be possible for the leadership of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti to hide behind formal explanations for long.
Apart from the trysts of the terrorists with bombs and violence police is rather baffled with the recovery of explosives from different parts of Maharashtra at the behest of the arrested activists :
“According to ATS officials, while 19 gelatin sticks, two circuits with remote controls, a circuit without a remote and 20 detonators were found buried in the ground at a spot in Varsai village near Pen, three circuits with remote controls, a circuit without a remote, 12 batteries, a timer and a voltmeter were recovered from the bed of a stream in Pen. Another recovery of similar objects was made from a location in Satara.
“The recoveries in Pen were made on details obtained during the interrogation of Vikram Bhave (26), while that in Satara was based on information provided by Mangesh Nikam (34),” said Additional Commissioner of Police, ATS, Parambeer Singh.
- Express News Service, Posted online: Saturday , June 21, 2008
A senior officer of the Anti Terrorism Squad has told the media that the meticulous planning which has gone into organising the bomb blasts shows that it cannot be initiative of few persons only and they have all the options yet open before them. According to him various members of these organisations are being questioned. If there role is found in the planning or the execution of these incidents, ATS would write to the central government and seek that they be banned.
Apart from interrogation of different associates of these Hindu terrorists the ATS also needs to take a close look at the plethora of literature published by Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and different issues of their regular newspaper and magazines and other material. A close look at the functioning of the organisations and the methods of their indoctrination which place the “Guru” (teacher) at a supreme level, makes it clear that it would not be difficult for the ATS to nab the people who ‘remote control’ the activities of their gullible followers.
It need be told that apart from the ‘magnum opus’ of the founder of SS and HJS, Jayant Athavale which is called “Science of Spirituality’ – which is book of 21 volumes – and other texts about ‘Divine Kingdom’, ‘Arts for God Realisation’ and ‘Spiritual Experiences of Seekers’ etc. a very important text in the training of the seekers is Texts on Defence where seekers of divine kingdom are also imparted training with air rifles ( Vol 3 H – Self Defence Training, Chapter 6, Page 108-109)
It would be opportune to discuss a portion from this text which trains the seeker in ‘Firing’ . In 7 a. it trains the seeker in standing stance (kada pavitra) [shooting in the standing posture] in section 7
b. it discusses Sitting Stance (baitha pavitra) [shooting in the sitting stance]. It also shows the photograph of Vinay Panvalkar wearing a hat showing the different positions.
7 B. Sitting Stance (baitha pavitra) [shooting in the sitting stance]
1. Load the rifle according to steps ‘A to F’ of point 6. Loading the rifle.’ Then proceed as given below.
2. Ready to fire – one ( fire ke liye sajja -ek) :
Once this command is given touch the right knee to the ground. Bending the toes of the right foot support the foot on its ball. At that time the left knee should be bent and kept in front of the right one. ….
Another writeup in ‘Goan Observer’ also displays seven photographs of Vinay Panvalkar which have appeared in another of Sanatan Sanstha’s publication ['Swasaunrakshan Prashikshan' (Self Defence Training)] While four photographs show training by rifle, two photographs show how to attack someone with a long Trishul and the last one is the usual fight with hands. The same writeup makes an interesting point vis-a-vis HJS/SS and RSS/VHP/Bajrang Dal.
According to the writeup
..It would appear that these hardline organisations have come up because of the disillusion meant amongst hardcore fanatic Hindus that the BJP and the RSS have compromised their core values for political gains. In fact though the Sansthan boasted of over two lakh members when it started in 1999, many members were expelled because they were proved to be ‘corrupt’. Unlike the RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists the activists of the Sanstha maintain a very low profile which makes it difficult to combat their mischief .
The same page carries a photograph of Jayant Athavale, founder of HJS, and SS, in military fatigue exhorting people to ‘Become Hindu Naxalites to combat the Naxalites who are the biggest enemies of Dharamrajya’.
Jayant Athavale’s magnum opus ‘Science of Spirituality’ in its chapter ‘Spiritual Practice of Protecting Seekers and Destroying Evildoers’ ( Vol I, E, Page 64-65) underlines the importance of Guru to undertake spiritual practice’. It clearly absolves the seeker from any act of destroying evildoers.
B 2. One chanting continuously : The action of destroying evildoers becomes a non-action only if done along with chanting the Lord’s name, as then it becomes a mere act (Kriya). Then the Law of Karma (Action) does not apply.
B 3. One who is permitted by saints or Gurus to undertake this spiritual practice: Destroy evildoers if you have been advised by saints or Gurus to do so. Then these acts are not registered in your name.
According to the book
Timetable of the spiritual practice
a. Year 1997-1999 A.D. ( 3 Years) : Impressing upon the mind that ‘destruction of evildoers’ is a part of the spiritual nature.
b. Year 2000-2006 A.D. ( 7 years) : Actual destruction of evildoers at physical, psychological and spiritual levels.
c. Year 2007-2022 A.D. ( 16 Years ) : Generating the potential to run the kingdom of the Absolute truth
d. Year 2023 – 2025 A.D. ( 3 Years) : Commencement of the regime of Absolute Truth ( divine kingdom)
In Vol 4 of the book ‘Texts about the Divine Kingdom’ which focusses itself on Social Upliftment, National Security it measures someone’s ‘spiritual progress’ when he is compelled to ‘kill someone.’ (Page 48-49)
6 C 4. Test of Spiritual Progress : One will perceive how much spiritual progress one has made only when he is compelled to kill someon. It is easy to make statements like ‘everything is Brahman’ (God)’ When actually performing the act of killing, if the mind remains steady and does not waver at all like Arjun’s did, only then can one say that one has realised Brahman.
It also presents its ideas about who would ‘bring about a revolution’
6 D. Only warrior seekers (Kshatravir) can bring about a revolution.
6 D 1. Warrior seekers who have an unparalleled combination of a selfless attitude, unity, intense motivation to undertake the mission and faith in it The Lord. It is not an easy task to oust evil politicians. To achieve this, one will have to combat their ruffian party workers, the police force and the army under their command. Therefore, this is certainly not the work of selfish politicians. The people have experienced in the last 54 years after independence that despite granting opportunity to various parties to assume power, replacement of one politician by another does not bring about any change in society.
Apart from valorising violence through its literature and actions, the organisations have achieved notoriety for abusing other religions and their prophets. e.g In one of its issues of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ ( 9 th Dec 2005) – a newspaper brought out by it from many districts in Maharashtra and Goa, it ‘exposes the real nature of Bible’ by calling it a ‘manual for teaching immorality’ which discusses in detail ‘ the rape of a sister by a brother’. It is part of its usual practice to show a Pastor with horns whose sole agenda is proselytisation. Its humiliation of Islam and Prophet Muhammad nearly created a riot like situationi in Miraj ( First week of November 2005)
It is for everyone to see that organisations like Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, Sanatan Sanstha and Dharamkranti Sena and their open espousal of violence against ‘evildoers’ under the garb of ‘spiritual practice’ cannot be allowed to continue any further.
Whatever might be the claims of the likes of Gadkari, Nikam, Angre and others – the accused in the bomb blasts – that the whole operation was their own initiative, it is clear to any layperson that their organisations can never escape the blame for preparing the conditions so that ‘seekers’ unleash violence against religious minorities for the espousal of spirituality. A cursory glance at the writings and speeches of the leaders of SS, HJS makes it clear that in a democratic setup they need to pay for their hatefilled speeches and for promoting division of society on communal lines. For all its talk of spirituality it is becoming extremely clear that the likes of Jayant Athavale are essentially zealots for the formation of Hindu Rashtra in secular India. In one of his exhortations (Sanatan Prabhat, 16 th August 2005) talks of ‘ Inevitability of the building of Hindu Rashtra to avoid braking of India at the hands of the irreligious’. It was only last year that HJS had organised a photo exhibition in different parts of Goa and Maharashtra to present their version of the ‘attaks on Hindus in Kashmir and Bangladesh’ This particular exhibition evoked a strong reaction from wide cross-section of people with its one-sided pictorisation of events. The said exhibition had been prepared by Frank Gautier, a saffron sympathiser from Europe
It is high tmie that measures are taken at the polity level so that the likes of Jayant Athavaale and Vinay Panwalkar and all their comrades are restrained from taking up any cause which could ‘provide fresh impetus to forces of exclusion and hope.’
It is possible that the government dithers over taking up any action against leaders of HJS , then one will have to get ready for a protracted struggle against these forces. People conversant with law or its different statues can tell you what sort of clauses from Indian Penal Code would apply in case of the hatefilled propaganda by them. If convicted they will have to spend at least three years in any Indian jail.
Question remains who will gather enough courage to ‘bell the cat’?
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‘Karmayogi’ Golwalkar Guruji
Coming Soon to a theatre near you
by Subhah Gatade
True or false !
- RSS had participated in freedom struggle ?
- Congress had demanded help from RSS for Gandhi’s protection ?
- Godse had never been a member of RSS ?
Well, for laypersons like you and me who have the ‘misfortune’ of attending any normal school, the answers to these queries would be in the negative. But if you happen to see the yet to be released film/docu-feature titled ‘Karmayogi’ you would be enlightened with a different set of answers.
You would be told that it is a myth to say that RSS kept itself away from freedom struggle and in fact it had decided in its high level meeting to participate wholeheartedly in the struggle. (It is a different matter that till date one has not yet discovered a single freedom fighter who owed allegiance to RSS brand of Hindutva). If one goes by this bollywoodian version of Sangh trajectory, you would know that Congress government led by Nehru had made frantic calls to the Sangh bosses for Gandhi’s safety and a team of Swayamsevaks in fact happened to be brave enough to volunteer for his security.
Ofcourse there could be many more surprises in store for you. And I would not like to deprive you from 100 % pure entertainment when this film which has been directed by Nitish Bhardwaj, ( of ‘Mahabharat’ fame) arrives in a cinema hall near your home.
Ofcourse it need be told that this presentation of ‘filmy’ version of Sangh history is formally a part of the grand birthday centenary celebrations of the second Supremo of RSS, Madhav Sadhashiv Golwalkar. Fondly called ‘Guruji’ by his followers for his brief stint in Banaras Hindu University as a teacher of zoology, Golwalkar led the RSS for a period of 33 years, after the demise of its first Supremo Dr. Hedgewar (1940). Within the Sangh circles, he is credited with providing a theoretical basis and a practical organisational framework for this formation.
It has been more than five months that the anniversary celebrations of Golwalkar are on starting with a big gathering of his followers at Nagpur (24th February 2006). It has also been resolved that the celebrations would culminate in a rally to be held on 18 th February 2007 in Delhi. The focus of the yearlong celebrations is ‘social harmony’ wherein meetings, seminars, rallies are being held all over India with special focus on the deprived sections namely the dalits and the tribals.
Definitely nobody can question the prerogative of his followers to concentrate on ‘social harmony’ during the yearlong celebrations, but it is clear to any impartial observer that the kind of politics which Golwalkar practiced all his life stood miles away from the actual essence of the term.
VIRTUES OF MANUSMRITI ?
- (He was known as ‘guruji’ (revered teacher). I find that at least in some vernacular papers he is being referred to as ‘shreeguruji’. The addition of shree to his title guruji makes him nearly sacred, an avatar of sorts. Within the Maharashtrian context this has an additional meaning or signification. Mystic gurus are often referred to as ‘shreeguruji’. You can see thus that there has been rather subtle glorification of Golwalkar, the new appellation making him stand a little above the human level.)
(March 25, 2006, EPW GPD, An Occasion for RSS)
Ofcourse neither the film nor any of those twenty short booklets which are being prepared and distributed, explaining his worldview to the common people tell us about the facets of his life which the Sangh itself finds uncomfortable. And one of the most underreported aspect of his life is the way he espoused the cause of Manusmriti all his life.
It was late ’60s when Maharashtra witnessed a massive mobilisation of people, cutting across party lines, which was precipitated by a controversial interview given by Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, the then Supremo (Sarsanghchalak) of RSS, to a Marathi daily Navakal
Golwalkar in this interview had extolled the virtues of Chaturvarnya (the division of the Hindus in four Varnas) and had also glorified Manusmriti, the ancient edicts of the Hindus.
Ofcourse, it was not for the first time that the Supremo’s love and admiration for Manusmriti, which sanctifies and legitimises, the structured hierarchy based on caste and gender, had become public. In fact, at the time of framing the constitution also, he did not forget to show his disapproval towards the gigantic effort, claiming that the said ancient edict could serve the purpose. ‘Organiser’ ( November 30, 1949, p.3) the organ of RSS gave vent to his ideas :
But in our constitution there is no mention of the unique constitutional developments in ancient Bharat. Manu’s laws were written long before Lycurgus of Sparta or Solon of Persia. To this day laws as enunciated in the Manusmriti excite the admiration of the world and elicit spontaneous obedience and conformity. But to our constitutional pundits that means nothing.
It was the same period when attempts were made to give limited rights to Hindu women in property and inheritance through the passage of the Hindu Code Bill., which were opposed by Golwalkar and his followers, with the contention that this step was inimical to Hindu traditions and culture.
HATE AS HARMONY
A journey down the memory lane makes it clear that the period during which he led the organisation (1940) was one of the most tumultuous periods in world history. It was a period, which was signified by three broad currents: The ascendance of the forces of Nazism and Fascism, the surge in the anti colonial struggles in the present day third world and emergence of militant socialist movements in many countries with due help and support from Soviet Russia. Coming to India, the anti-colonial struggles and the rising communist movement were mediating its path through the socio-cultural movements challenging caste and gender hierarchy, led by the likes of Periyar, Ambedkar. It was also for the first time in this part of the world that new bonds of solidarities cutting across caste, community and regional loyalties were being forged in opposition to the British colonialists.
Retrospectively, it can be said that Golwalkar, whose project of Hindu unity which took inspiration from the experiments in social engineering undertaken by the likes of Hitler-Mussolini, miserably failed to see this historic march of history. He celebrated the way Germans were purging the country of Jews. In his controversial book ‘We Or Our Nationhood Defined’ which he had penned down when he was appointed SarKaryavah by Hedgewar, (1938) he had clearly stated :
To keep up the purity of Race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her (sic) purging the country of the Semitic races – the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan to learn and profit by.
On the domestic front, his project of ‘Nation Building’ not only hinged around opposition to the Muslims, Christians but also the challenges posed by the anti-Brahminical struggles. In fact, with this characteristic worldview, he had no qualms in keeping himself and the organisation which he led, aloof from the anti-colonial movement and oppose the assertion of the dalits and the tribals. He derided the heroic anti-imperialist struggle of the masses as a struggle for ‘territorial nationalism’ as opposed to his fight for ‘cultural nationalism’.
The partition of the country and the consequent bloody riots suddenly saw him catapulted to the centrestage of Indian polity. The world saw him and his organisation surging ahead with the twin objective of providing help to the hindu refugees and also take advantage of the communalised ambience to strengthen itself. There are enough documentary proofs to show its ignoble role during that period. It would be opportune to look at the memoirs of a senior civil servant who was posted as Chief Secretary of UP in those tumultous times to get to know one such instance.
Rajeshwar Dayal, the then Chief Secretary reveals in his memoirs, A Life Of Our Times ( 1998, Orient Longmann) notes that soon after the partition the deputy IGP of the western range, BBL Jaitely produced before him two steel trunks. They “revealed incontrovertible evidence of a dastardly conspiracy to create a communal holocaust throughout the western districts.”There were accurate maps “marking out the Muslim localities and habitations…Timely raid conducted on the premises of the RSS had brought the massive conspiracy to light.The whole plot had been concerted under the direction and supervision of the Supremo of the Organisation himself – both Jaitley and I pressed for the immediate arrest of the prime accused M.S. Golwalkar ” Incidentally the then Chief Minister of UP, Mr G.B.Pant refused to order the arrest. He was arrested only after Gandhi’s assasination.
The assasination of Gandhi at the hands of a fanatic not only saw the RSS getting banned but was also witness to arrests of many leading workers of the same. Vallabhbhai Patel, then Home minister, in a letter to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, his Hindu Mahasabha colleague in the cabinet, wrote :
Our reports do confirm that, as a result of the activities of these two bodies particularly the former ( the RSS), an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy ( Gandhi’s assasination) became possible…The activities of the RSS constituted a clear threat to the existence of the government and the state. Our reports show that those activities, despite the ban, have not died down. Indeed, as time has marched on, the RSS circles are becoming more defiant and are indulging in their subversive activities in an increasing measure.
( P. 28, The RSS and The BJP, A.G.Noorani, Leftword, 2000)
The subsiding of the communal riots and the way the leadership of the independent India went ahead in meeting the challenges faced by the nascent nation found himself and his organisation in a typical quandary. The stigmatisation of the forces of Hindutva for their ignoble participation in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, coupled with their non-participation in the anti colonial struggle, had led to their further marginalisation in the Indian polity. It was a time when Golwalkar as a leader of his organisation, was forced to revisit the ways and means of sustaining the project of building a Hindu Rashtra.
SANITISING THE SUPREMO
It is worth noting that the anniversary celebrations of Golwalkar, have brought into short focus the discomfort experienced by his followers over his controversial legacy. Ofcourse it need be underlined that as far as basic understanding of the project of Hindutva is concerned there does not seem to be any divergence of views. The ‘successful social experiment’ which witnessed genocide of innocents in Gujarat in the year 2002 bears testimony to his followers unabiding allegiance to the Golwalkarian project of ‘nation building.’ To be very frank, their unease has arisen over the packaging or presentation of the project.
The feverish attempts by his followers to tell the outside world that he was not the author rather translator of the controversial book ‘We or Our Nationhood Defined’ despite facts to the contrary, or their daily new ‘discoveries’ of participation in the independence movement or their claims from rooftops about ‘untouchability’ having no place in hindu ethos, just go to show that the celebrations are also an occasion for them to present before the gullible public a more acceptable and more humane looking Golwalkar. It need be emphasisde that in his Preface to We or Our Nationhood Defined dated March 22, 1939, Golwalkar himself claims authorship of the book. The American scholar Jean A. Curran who did a full length study on RSS in early fifties, Militant Hinduism in Indian Politics: A Study of the RSS (1951) confirms that Golwalkar’s 77-page book was written in 1938 when he was appointed RSS General Secretary by Hedgewar and he calls it as RSS’s ‘Bible’.
Looking at their foolish attempts to ‘sanitise’ their own Supremo, one is rather reminded of George Orwell’s novel 1984 where the Rulers of Oceania, by their language of newthink and process of doublethink, convinced the masses that statements formerly considered irrational were rational. In other words, virtual reality became actual reality and the Party’s slogans, accepted by the ruled, were “War is Peace”, “Freedom is Slavery”, and “Ignorance is Strength”.
Perhaps the Sangh thinkers assume that India has already metamorphosed itself into their very own Oceania, the Hindu Rasthra of the Supremo’s dreams.
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