Monthly Archives: April 2011

Wishing Happy Birthday to “GOD of CRICKET”: Sachin Tendulkar

Andy Flower once said, “There are two types of batsman in the Cricket- One is Sachin Tendulkar and Two all others.”

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, a name which has made the country proud, promoted the game and brand INDIA worldwide. The aggressive right hander is better known as the “Little Master-Blaster” and is the demon for the world’s best bowlers. Even the great Sir Don Bradman once said, “Sachin is one of the greatest players in the history of cricket.”

03sld3Sachin Tendulkar turns 38 today. (24th April)

The talent and greatness of this maestro is unmatched and his humility makes him more adorable. He is the one player who has faced more criticism than anyone else in the game. The ‘good part’ is that the most of his critics are not even near him in his stature, and their knowledge about the game can also be disputed. He has been subjected to criticism every now and then few years back (2007) all hells broke loose where the self proclaimed critics were clamouring for his retirement. The good thing about Sachin is that he never speaks but lets his bat do all the talking. He has scored maximum runs in recently concluded World Cup and his form in last year or two has been superb. He has scored runs in every format including T-20.

The basic problem is that people want him to score a century every match. The fact is that the cricket crazy mass of India have been so spoilt by the Masters’ exploits and thus they expect so much from him. The more he has succeeded, the more has been expected. This is the reason they are not ever satisfied by him. I doubt if there has been any player in the world, in any sport, who has been subjected to such intense and back breaking pressure. Sachin has taken all those things in his stride. This was the reason Shane Warne regarded Sachin as the mentally toughest batsman he ever bowled to.

With the 2011 World Cup, it is said that there is nothing left for genius to achieve. But his hunger for runs is amazing and he still has plenty to offer to Indian cricket. Only he can best decide what he wants to do in the future. But I can tell you this, age is no bar to his success in either Tests or one-day internationals. His mere presence in the dressing room motivates the team to do well. There is no denying that Sachin is approaching the twilight of his career, but he is not over yet. His selfless approach and devotion to the game coupled with no ego or attitude problems make him the most respectable person in the arena. We are the luckiest people to see Sachin playing in front of us because you get this offer once in a lifetime. We must cheer for whatever he has in store for us.

Wish him lot of success in years to come and I wish him to see playing in 2015 World Cup!

Salient features of proposed Jan Lokpal Bill

1.An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up.

 2.Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

3.Cases against corrupt people thus will not linger on for years. Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

4.The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

5.Help to common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.

 6.One could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

7.Government appointing corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

8.The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

9.The existing anti-corruption agencies CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

10.It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.

Jan Lokpal Bill. What is it?

The present system to fight corruption in India can be described in some points as below –

1.The Anti Corruption Branch and CBI comes under the government. Despite having evidence, it is very difficult to convict people as they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.
2.No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.
3.No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges
4.The functioning of CBI and vigilance departments is secret and hence it promotes corruption.
5.Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of these institutions by the government.
6.Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.
7.Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.
8.Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years.

As you can see, in the present system, there is no deterrent for any public official to engage in an act of corruption. Some of the salient features of the Jan Lokpal Bill are –

1.An institution called LOKPAL in the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up. These institutions will completely independent of the governments, just like the Supreme Court and the Election Commission. No minister can influence their investigations.
2.Investigation in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt officer, or politician goes to jail in two years max.
3.The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.
4.If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time.
5.Election of Lokpal officials – What if government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.
6.What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.
7.What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.
8.The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

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Corruption: The Bane of India and Anna Hazare

The support for Anna Hazare is growing with every passing day. The people have simmering anger and they are letting it out this time. The common sentiment is “Aakhiri Ladai hai, Chodhenge Nahin“.

It is time to wake up from deep slumber and demand corruption free India. As always I will harp on the role of youth as we form the backbone of this nation. We are going to be there in the decades to come and is our onus to decide as what type of India do we want.

This is a poem on which I stumbled from WAKE UP INDIA.

Corruption is spreading its roots,
Indiscipline is what it includes.
Usually it takes the form of bribe,
The word is enough in itself for the happening to describe.
It fills one’s mind with greed,
Thus makes the person a broken reed.
It fights against and kills the truth,
Changing the real meaning of forsooth.
It never does the work for humanity,
And leads a man to the path of profanity.
It makes a person blind,
He forgets the true path to find.
One wants his life to be luxurious,
For this, he chose the way of corruption instead of being tedious.
It makes one impatient so soon,
It is totally a bane not a boon.
So, lets take a pledge and raise a voice against corruption,
As it is one of the biggest threats to the nation!

Come On India…. Chak De!!!!!!!!!!!!