VIP culture simply mocks at democracy

VIP culture- roads being blocked etc. etc.

Wonder if the Police know about these rulings- if not they have to be given a copy of this to educate them.

Please pass this to your contacts and let us fight this harassment.

This is a must read article by each & every Indian….The inside stories…


VIP culture is built on no rules and dubious practices

According to a reply procured under RTI, traffic can be stopped only for the President, the Vice President, the PM and visiting foreign dignitaries who are given President and PM level security cover

Most cases of traffic being stopped or diverted for VIPs to pass, making our life difficult, are illegal. Jammu-based RTI activist, Deepak Sharma was surprised to find out that the police have no right to stop traffic for most VIPs that pass by. Fed up of being inconvenienced due to all grades of ministers enjoying VIP treatment on roads, he filed an RTI application, seeking information on who is eligible for special privileges on roads.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) replied that, traffic on roads can be stopped only in the case of movement by the President of India, the Vice President, the Prime Minister and visiting foreign dignitaries, who are given President and PM level security cover.

This is what the reply stated, “…it may be stated that as per guidelines issued by MHA in consultation with Central Security Agencies, traffic is to be stopped only in the case of President of India, the Vice President of India, the Prime Minister of India and visiting foreign dignitaries who are given President and PM level security cover so as to give them safe passageduring movement by road.”

Stopping the normal flow of traffic is just one way VIPs misuse their illegal privileges.

Here are many other examples of, how VIPs flout rules unabashedly to pamper their cronies. An RTI application filed with the MHA regarding nominations for the 2013 Padma awards shockingly revealed that several VIPs nominated their family members and friends for the prestigious awards.

As per the RTI reply, there were 25 nominees, recommended by VIPs. Lata Mangeshkar had nominated her sister Usha; Ustad Amjad Ali Khan had recommended both his sons, Amaan and Ayaan; Congress MPs Motilal Vora and T Subbarami had recommended over 10 names and Amar Singh had nominated Jaya Prada. This was in gross violation of the rules for application for Padma awards.

Another example is of former aviation minister, Praful Patel, who is fighting hard to defend himself regarding the purchase of the aircraft fleet. He would have no voice when it comes to his daughters’ misdeeds during his tenure as minister. Noted RTI activist, Subhash Chandra Agrawal, had filed an RTI application in this regard.

The replies were shocking. In April 2010, Patel’s daughter Avni Deshpande decided to have a bigger Air India aircraft from Bangalore to Male in Maldives, as seven of her family members from her in-laws side, could not be accommodated in the business class, as it was full.

The RTI documents show that directions were given by email from Mumbai office of Air India to change the ‘equipment’ of Bangalore-Male flight on 25th April and Male-Bangalore on 28 April 2010 from a smaller Airbus A319 to the larger A320.

Accordingly, Air India provided a bigger plane so that the following members could travel in business class: R V Deshpande, Radha Deshpande, Prasad Deshpande, Meghna Deshpande and Master Dhruv, in addition to Avni and her husband Prashant Deshpande. What is worse is that the reply states that the return flight went half-empty, thus frittering away public money.

Similarly, his other daughter, Poorna Patel: a Delhi-Coimbatore Air India flight was cancelled 12 hours before departure as she turned it into a chartered flight so that she could fly from Chandigarh to Chennai with some cricket players for an Indian Premier League (IPL) match!

Pune-based RTI activist, Vihar Durve, after the horrific incident of sexual assault on a lady journalist in Mumbai, filed an RTI application, to procure information on police security for VIPs in Maharashtra. His reply revealed that 64 VIPs have 812 policemen around them. Out of these, Sushilkumar Shinde, his wife and daughter were surrounded by 66 security personnel. His wife alone had 14 policemen to guard her. Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan enjoys the cover of 46 security guards while 31 security personnel protect Ajit Pawar, the deputy CM. The reply shockingly revealed that out of 48,969 policemen on duty in Mumbai, more than 55% or 27,740 are deployed for security of VIPs, while the remaining over 21,000 cops attend to around two crore odd population of the metro city.

Several RTI applications have been filed regarding former President of India Pratibha Patil, who spent Rs225 crore on foreign tours wherein she visited 45 countries during her tenure as President. RTI applications filed by Subhash Chandra Agrawal and others reveal that in most cases she took along with her, a large contingent of her family members and friends. Several RTI applications had also revealed how she tried to usurp a 2.60 lakh sq ft of prime Defence land in Pune to build her home but a tenacious campaign through a series of articles in Moneylife thwarted her dreams. She had to surrender the land and is now residing in a smaller residence.

As for the railways, the VIP quota is an accepted norm. Veeresh Malik, Delhi-based RTI activist and Moneylife’s Consulting Editor, has filed a series of applications with the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the MHA, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Surface Transport and Ministry of Railways, and a few other government bodies, which use or used the term ‘VIPs’.

However, he says he has “never got anything close to a cogent definition of the term (VIP).” The Railways, he says, has been more than helpful with the information provided. Picking up from the reply, Malik summarized that, “There is no definition for the term VIP, and apart from the usual lot, pretty much anybody who holds a requisition from a ‘High Official’ (yet another undefined term) qualifies to be one as far as out-of-turn allotmentof reservations is concerned. That letterheads of these VIPs are regularly misused for reservations under emergency quota is a known practice, and is also reported on in the media from time to time.”

Refreshingly, the Balaji Temple in Tirupati – wherein the VIP culture had reached insufferable proportions – has clamped down on VIP privileges. Earlier, with 5,000 VIPs visiting the temple every day, thousands of common people had to wait for long hours. Now, only 800-1000 VIPs are permitted per day, resulting in 10,000 more common people being able to take the darshan.

VIP culture simply mocks at democracy. It is up to us to become more assertive and put our foot down against it. Like the Pak passengers who prevented XXX from boarding the flight because he was two hours late, let us do it in our own way; click photographs and take videos with your mobiles and post them on YouTube!

Some links of stories pertaining to VIP culture:

(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet – The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart – Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)



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14 of India’s most interesting railway stations

From the highest railway station Ghum, to the southern most Kanyakumari: 14 of India’s most interesting railway stations

The Indian Railways is known to the world as the largest railway network in the world. The grand Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus which happens to be the busiest station in India has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are over 7000 railway stations in India and the Indian railway carries over 2.8 million people every day! Some railway stations really make your travel beautiful with their grandeur and scenic locations.

The Indian railway aims to maintain and upgrade railway stations with the latest technology every year. However, a few railway stations are so beautiful that they make your journey better even before it starts! The Dudhsagar railway stations lies just to the left of the glorious Dudhsagar falls and the Cuttack railway station has recently been renovated in the shape of the 14th century Barabati fort that lies in the Kalinga region. Have you seen these picturesque Indian railway stations?


Ghum: India’s highest railway station, and world’s 14th highest, Ghum is a rather small railway station. Close to Darjeeling, it lies on one of the most beautiful railway tracks in the world.


Chhatrapari Shivaji Terminus: A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is architecturally one of the most remarkable railway stations in the world.


Vashi: The Vashi railway station boasts of a built-in commercial complex. Vashi railway station was built into and under the International Infotech Park, to ISO 9002 quality standards.


Dudhsagar: The Dudhsagar railway station lies just to the left of the majestic Dudh sagarfalls. This railway stations is a treat for the with a grey track running through the greenery.


Char Bagh: The Char Bagh railway station in Lucknow is among the most beautifully built stations in India. The ‘char bagh’ refers to the four gardens which existed here earlier. The railway station actually looks like a palace with the towers and clusters of circular Awadhi domes.


Cuttack: The Cuttack railway station is truly one of a kind. It was recently renovated in the shape of the historic Barabati fort, a 14th century fort built during the rule of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the Kalinga region.


Kanpur Central: This is one of the four Central Railway Stations in India. The present station was built in 1928, though the imposing building was completed in 1930. The building’s construction is inspired by Lucknow’s magnificent Lucknow Charbagh railway station building which was built by the British in 1914 but could not be constructed similar to Charbagh because it would be enormously expensive.


Vijayawada: The Vijayawada railway station was constructed in 1888 when the Southern Maharatta Railway’s main eastward route was connected with other lines going through Vijayawada. Vijayawada Junction has been given A-1 status in 2008 as the revenues crossed 100 crore ($17 mn in 2013 terms) in that financial year.


Howrah: Howrah railway station is the oldest station and largest railway complex in India. It is one of the four intercity railway stations serving the city of Kolkata, the others being Sealdah Station, Shalimar Station and Kolkata railway station.


Thiruvananthapuram Central: Trivandrum Central is the main railway station in the city of Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) in the Indian state of Kerala. The building of the railway station is one of the landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram. This station is also noted for a whole range of amenities available within the premises. The station has book-shops, restaurants, accommodation, Internet browsing centers and even an essential commodities shopping mall.


Dwarka: It may look like one of the temples in the holy city of Dwarka, but it is really a railway station!


Kanyakumari: The southernmost station in India, it marks the end of the Indian railways. The railway route from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari is currently considered to be the longest railway route.


Barog: Named after an engineer Barog who was unable to complete building the Barog tunnel, this tunnel was constructed under Chief Engineer H.S. Harrington’s supervison guided by a local sage from July 1900 to September 1903 at a cost 8.40 Lakh rupees (Rupees 840,000). This tunnel is the longest of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway, which is 1143.61m long. Barog station is located immediately after the tunnel. Barog tunnel is the straightest tunnel in the world.


Velankanni: The pristine white structure designed loosely on the style of a Cathedral characterising the Velankanni Railway Station is only a couple of years old. The complex bordered by twin-towers on its northern and southern point and mediated by a central dome has been conceived as a pivotal aspect of the 10-km Velankanni rail line project at Rs.48 crore.




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Conversation between a Husband (H) and a Psychologist (P):

P : What do you do for a living Mr. Bandy?
H : I work as an Accountant in a Bank.

P : Your Wife ?
H : She doesn’t work. She’s a Housewife only.

P : Who makes breakfast for your family in the morning?
H : My Wife, because she doesn’t work.

P : At what time does your wife wake up for making breakfast?
H : She wakes up at around 5 am because she cleans the house first before making breakfast.

P : How do your kids go to school?
H : My wife takes them to school, because she doesn’t work.

P : After taking your kids to school, what does she do?
H : She goes to the market, then goes back home for cooking and laundry. You know, she doesn’t work.

P : In the evening, after you go back home from office, what do you do?
H : Take rest, because i’m tired due to all day works.

P : What does your wife do then?
H : She prepares meals, serving our kids, preparing meals for me and cleaning the dishes, cleaning the house then taking kids to bed.

💯✔Whom do you think works more, from the story above???

The daily routines of your wives commence from early morning to late night. That is called ‘DOESN’T WORK’??!!

🎋Yes, Being Housewives do not need Certificate of Study, even High Position, but their ROLE/PART is very important!

Appreciate your wives. Because their sacrifices are uncountable. This should be a reminder and reflection for all of us to understand and appreciate each others roles.

All about a WOMAN ….
When she is quiet, millions of things are running in her mind.

When she stares at you, she is wondering why she loves you so much in spite of being taken for granted.

When she says I will stand by you, she will stand by you like a rock.

Never hurt her or take her wrong or for granted…

↪Forward to every woman to make her smile and to every man to make him realize a woman’s worth…!!!

परोपकाराय फलन्ति वृक्षा: परोपकाराय वहन्ति नद्यः।

परोपकाराय दुहन्ति गावः परोपकाराय इदं शरीरम्।।


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” When people hurt you Over and Over think of them as Sand paper.
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Inner development source:Deccan Herald


Inner development source:Deccan Herald

Mirle Karthik, Oct 19, 2014:
The Aparokshanubhuti is an important work of Adi Shankaracharya where he expounds on the necessity of acquiring emotional and spiritual maturity through a focused and disciplined way of life.

There are many practical tips for ordinary people to develop themselves. The opening words are like a clarion call when he says that men should first perform their duties according to their social order and stage in life.

When this is done, it helps man in acquiring the four basic qualifications for the attainment of knowledge. The first is developing control over material desires, a healthy disregard for excessive material pleasures, which, Shankara says need to be looked at with as much contempt as that for the excreta of a crow.

The second qualification is that man becomes able to differentiate between things that really give him peace and happiness and those that are transitory in nature.

This is called discrimination. The third is acquiring control over the senses, which enables him to keep negative emotions like anger, greed, hatred and arrogance at bay. The fourth is the ability to endure the dualities of life like sorrow and happiness.

When these four prerequisites are achieved, man’s mind is ripe for receiving instructions in higher matters. Here, the supportive instructions of a guru are indispensable, faith in which is a must for any progress.

At this stage, with the aforementioned combination of inner conviction and the tea-cher’s guidance, man needs to embark on a process of enquiry. Without curiosity, there can be no acquisition of knowledge, just as an object in darkness can be perceived only if it is illumined by the light from a lamp.

Shankara here talks the language of metaphysics. He says ignorance is all pervasive, which is true in our everyday experience, too. Ignorance dissolves in the wake of knowledge. The various thoughts that float about in the mind as well light that pervades on the dawn of clarity or knowledge are due to the same underlying cause, the divine power.

This, he says, is akin to the ea-rth which is the underlying cause behind the existence of the mud pot. Man’s enquiry must be along these lines. If he constantly strives in this direction, he finally arrives at the conclusion that he is none other than the unchanging, undecaying, eternal, blemishless and pure divinity or Brahman as called in Vedantic language.

The only thing that prevents man from understanding his true nature is the inborn ignorance, his ego that misleads him into thinking that he is se-parate and his self or soul is separate. True wisdom lies in realising this intrinsic non-difference. Shankara give various examples here.

A rope is mistaken for a snake, an ear-ring that is basically gold, a pot that is basically earth, a sword that is fundamentally iron, etc. “Contemplate, enquire, maintain silence, firmness of vision and thrive’ says Shankara.


“காஞ்சி மகானைப் பார்க்க வேண்டும்”

அம்பத்தூரில் வசித்த கம்பெனி தொழிலாளி ஒருவர். அவர் மனைவி ஒரு நோயாளி.அவருக்குப் பிறந்த பிள்ளைகளோ பொறுப்பு இல்லாமல் தறுதலையாக அலைந்தார்கள். இப்படி சிரமங்களையே சந்தித்துக் கொண்டிருந்த அவருக்கு நண்பர் ஒருவர். மகானின் பக்தர்.

"கருணைக் கடலாக இருக்கும் காஞ்சி மகானிடம் ஒரு தடவை சென்று தரிசித்தபின் அவரது ஆசியைப் பெற்றுக்கொண்டு வா… உன் சிரமங்கள் எல்லாம் காற்றோடு போய்விடும்"- என்று யோசனை சொன்னார்.

அப்போதிலிருந்து அவரது மனதில் "காஞ்சி மகானைப் பார்க்க வேண்டும்" என்கிற எண்ணம் வேர் விட ஆரம்பித்தது.

தொழில் சம்பந்தமாக அவர் வெளியூர் செல்லும்போது காஞ்சி வழியாகப் போகும் சந்தர்ப்பம் வரவே,காஞ்சியில் இறங்கி யாரிடமோ வழிகேட்டு வரும்போதுதான் அவரது
மனதில் அந்த எண்ணம் தோன்றியது.

"உலகோர் போற்றிப் புகழும் நிலையில் பக்தர்கள் கூட்டம் தரிசனத்துக்காக நிற்க, பரிவாரங்களுடன் அமர்ந்திருக்கும் இந்த சாமியாரைத் தான் எப்படிப் பார்ப்பது" என்கிற
எண்ணத்துடன் இவர் அந்த குறிப்பிட்ட இடத்தை நோக்கிச் சென்று கொண்டு இருந்தார். இவர் எதிர்பார்த்த மாதிரி ஆடம்பரங்களோ..ஆரவாரமோ ஏதும் தென்படவில்லை.

"அந்த சாமியார் வேறு எங்கோ போய்விட்டார் போலிருக்கிறது" என்று இவர் நினைத்துக் கொண்டார். தனக்கு விடிவுகாலம் பிறக்க அவரிடம் ஆசி பெறலாம் என்று வந்த அவரது
கடுகளவு ஆசையும் மறையத் தொடங்கியது.

யாரிடம் போய்க்கேட்பது? ஆள் அரவமே இல்லையே என்று அவரது கண்கள் தேடியபோது,ஒரு பெரியவர் மட்டும் அவரது கண்களில் தென்பட்டார்.

வந்தவர் அவரிடம் கேட்டார்.

"இங்கே ஒரு சன்யாசி இருக்காராமே…அவர் எங்கே போயிருக்கார்?"

"அவரையா பார்க்க வந்தேள்? யார் சொல்லி அனுப்பினா?"

இந்தக் கேள்வியும் அவரது அமைதியான முகபாவமும் வந்தவரின் உள்ளத்தில் நம்பிக்கையை ஏற்படுத்தின. அதனால் வந்தவர் தனது குடும்ப சூழ்நிலையையும் தற்போது
ஏற்பட்டுள்ள வறுமையான சூழ்நிலையையும் சொல்லி, தன் நண்பர் ஒருவர் இங்கே இருக்கும் சாமியாரைப் பார்த்து ஆசிகள் வாங்கச் சொன்னார் என்றார்.

"அவர் கிட்டே சிரமங்களைச் சொன்னா தீர்வு கிடைக்குமா என்ன?" கேள்வி பிறந்தது.அவருக்கு

வந்தவரோ, ‘இந்த வயதான கிழவர் தன்னிடம் ஏன் இப்படி ஒரு கேள்வியைக் கேட்கிறார்’ என்று நினைத்தார்.

வயதான பெரியவர் தொடர்ந்தார். "சிரமம்..சிரமம்னு சொல்றியே..அதை ஏன் நீ படறதா நினைக்கிறே..அந்தப் பாரம் உன்னோடது இல்லையின்னு நீ நினைச்சிட்டா மனம் லேசாயிடுமே…"

இது எப்படி சாத்தியம் என்று வந்தவருக்கு மனதில் சந்தேகம்.

"அது எப்படி சுவாமி? நான்தானே அத்தனை கஷ்டங்களையும் தாங்கிக்க வேண்டிருக்கு..என் கஷ்டங்களை வேறு யார் சுமப்பா?"

வயதான பெரியவர் சிரித்தபடியே சொன்னார். "இப்போ ஊருக்குப் போறோம்னு வையுங்க..உங்களோட பெட்டி,மூட்டை முடிச்சு எல்லா பாரத்தையும் சுமந்துண்டு
போய்த்தானே ஆகணும்? அப்ப என்ன பண்றோம்? யாராவது கூலியாள் கிட்டே குடுத்து சுமக்கச் சொல்றோம் இல்லையா? அது போலத்தான் நாம படற சிரமங்களை
நம்மது இல்லே,பகவான் பார்த்துப்பான்னு பூரண சரணாகதி அடைஞ்சுட்டா நமக்கு எந்த பாதிப்பும் வராது.."

இதைக் கேட்ட அம்பத்தூர்காரருக்கு கொஞ்சம் மனத்தெளிவு ஏற்பட்டது போல் இருந்தது.

அவர் வயதான பெரியவரைப் பார்த்து, "பெரியவரே இப்ப எனக்கு கொஞ்சம் மனசு லேசானது போல இருக்கு.என்பாரம் உன்னோடதுன்னு பகவான்கிட்டே சொல்லிடறது நல்லதுதான்..நீங்கள் சொல்ற மாதிரி இந்த சாமியார் கிட்ட வந்து என் பாரங்களை இறக்கி வெச்சுட்டுப் போகலாமுன்னு வந்தா, இங்கே அவரைப் பார்க்க முடியல்லே..
எனக்கு உடனே மெட்ராஸ் போயாகணும்…காத்திருந்து அவரைப் பார்க்க முடியாது.எனக்கு இன்னமும் நல்ல காலம் வரலே போலத் தோணுது. ஆனா உங்களாண்டை பேசினதுனாலே மனசுக்குக் கொஞ்சம் இதமாக இருக்கு…ஆமா நீங்க யாரு? இதே ஊரா?"என்று கேட்டார்.

வயதான பெரியவர் முகத்தில் சிரிப்பு. "என்னை இங்கே சங்கராச்சார்யார்னு சொல்லுவா" என்று சொன்னதும் அம்பத்தூர்காரருக்கு இன்ப அதிர்ச்சி.

வியப்போடு அந்த எளிமையின் உருவத்தைப் பார்த்தவண்ணம் ஒன்றுமே தோன்றாமல்…மலைத்து நின்றார்.

அதுவரை அந்த மனித தெய்வத்திடம் அஞ்ஞானமாகப் பேசிக் கொண்டிருந்தவர் சற்றே திரும்பிப் பார்க்க, அந்தத் தவமுனிவரைத் தரிசிக்க ஒரு பெருங்கூட்டமே காத்திருந்தது.

இத்தனை நேரம் ஒரு மாபெரும் மகானிடம் சர்வ சாதாரணமாகப் பேசி, அவரிடம் யோசனைகள் பெற்றதை எண்ணி அந்தப் பக்தர் வியந்தார்.

"நமஸ்காரம் பண்ணிக்கிறேன்" என்ற பக்தரை சட்டையை கழற்றும்படி சொன்னார் மகான். தான் பூணூல் அணியாததால் சட்டையைக் கழற்ற அந்தப்பக்தர் யோசிக்க, மடத்து
சிப்பந்தி ஒருவரிடம் சொல்லி அவரை உள்ளே அழைத்துக் கொண்டுபோய் பூணூல் அணிவிக்கச் செய்து ஆசிர்வதித்தார் மகான்.

யாருக்குமே கிட்டாத மாபெரும் பாக்கியம் அவருக்குக் கிடைத்தது. தொடர்ந்து அவரது இன்னல்கள் யாவும் பனிபோல் விலகின…..

எளிமைக்கு இது ஓர் எடுத்துக்காட்டு.


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