Category: Politics

│2018: A WARNING│


Tell the Nation What It Ought To Know

India has been witness to some of the most game- changing transformations, as well as some horrific aberrations in the past few years. Their dissemination has been fueled mainly through technology.

The outlook, vision and expectation of it’s 1.3 billion citizens has also changed. From being happy to get road access to their town, Indians now want super highways, dotted with amenities and wificonnectivity.

It’s internet thirsty population wants to guzzle data which would put the mighty Kumbhakarna to shame.

This insatiable desire for connectivity has led to awareness, about both the good and the bad things happening in India and it’s a telling sign how Indians have reacted to this awareness.

1)    India is fed up with tolerance. No longer is India ready for appeasement of minorities, appeasement of the enemy, appeasement ofNetas and Babus. This is a new and impatient society, which wonders W.T.F. was going on for the past 75 years after independence. International exposure has created a feeling of resentment in the minds of the youth, as to why their country refuses to wake up and smell the coffee.

2)    Indians are now fed up of pretending to be humble for the sake of decency.

3)    They are ready for challenges and to test the waters of uncertainty and technology.

4)    They are not afraid to ask questions from their Governments and not lazy to stay at home and watch TV on election-day.

5)    They are fed up with “respecting” the politicians by virtue of their title and dynastic inheritance and want to know what efforts are they putting in, 24/7 at the click of a button.

The Government at the Centre rode this wave of India’s new expectations. In fact any Government in power in India, even those in the States, are aware of these realities and expectations. They are now compelled to appear to either deliver, or chose to ignore these realities at their own peril, at the expense of being voted out.

Amongst all this, the role of the media has become all powerful and almost all pervasive.

In this era of Alt News, Fake News, Post Truth, and Big Data, powered by the social media, it’s all the more important for the media to not get lured by the temptations of click-bait, TRPs and viral viewership. It’s extremely important to ensure that accurate reporting and Principles of Journalism are not compromised. They must ensure that any news is given its due importance but not sensationalized at the altar of reporting all the facts.

This is particularly important on account of the fact that India will be holding its National General elections sometime next year which creates the real danger of the media becoming mere tools to vested interests. Hence it is all the more important for the media to maintain its vigil both on others and on itself. The institution of the media now faces the toughest challenge – of not only maintaining the focus on facts and objectivity, but also appearing to do so.

With this background it should be worthwhile to note with dismay that the media has already made an impetuous leap into the nadirs of opprobrium within the first 2 weeks of the New Year, aptly justifying the trolls from whom they have earned the titles of “prestitutes” and “baazaaru” :

  •  The first incident was related to the publishing of story in The Quint on 5th January 2018, which claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a RAW agent, who was caught red handed on account of his being incompetent. It detailed out accounts of senior officials of RAW regarding Jadhav. While the story was subsequently retracted, it was readily picked up by thePakistani MediaRaghav Bahl’s The Quint published this story under the title, ‘Two Former Raw Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As A Spy.’ After retraction, the story currently states,’ The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story.’

The story socially engaged more than 50000 users on the internet. Besides the shameful aspect of irresponsible reporting, the brazenness of the media continues through the following:

  • Quint refuses to apologise and accept that it made a mistake. It still continues to maintain that it is “rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.”

Chandan Nandy@NandyGram

Calling a spade a spade!
Two Ex-RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As Spy …

8:22 PM – Jan 5, 2018

The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story

The Quint is rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.

  • The author of the story Mr. Chandan Nandy,(@NandyGram) continues to maintain that he did the right thing by using vague terms such as “unnamed sources” to  support his claim instead of hard evidence.

Sandip, the world, especially of journalists, survives on trusted sources.

— Chandan Nandy (@NandyGram) January 5, 2018


  • Instead he chose to go into hiding after causing so much damage and spreading falsehoods.

Dr Mohammad Faisal@DrMFaisal

Update as reported: Journalist Chandan Nandy who filed the story is “missing/gone in hiding”, was last spotted at Khan Market Delhi and since then has been untraceable for Family and friends. Freedom of press ?

11:58 AM – Jan 6, 2018

  • The impudence continued as apart from a few websites, the  mainstream media chose to either glance over or ignore the issue altogether
  1. The effrontery conduct of the Indian media was again there for the world to witness when a group of senior journalists (including  Senior Journalist Dipankar Nandi of Aajkal News,Deobash Bhattacharya of Anand Bajar Patrika –ABP NEWS) accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an official tour to London, attempted to steel silverware at an official dinner in a luxury hotel in London.
  • They did so by stuffing the cutlery into their bags or pockets.




।Film Padmavat(i) : The Censor Board Perspective।


Padmavati censor rottenmangoman blog

The resolution of the controversy surrounding the film Padmavati has[i], for the time being been put, the Censor Board Chairman, Prasoon Joshi in the spotlight. What probably makes it perplexing for Prasoon is the feeling both from the Bhansali camp and those opposing the movie, is that he is on their side. What must be going on in the minds of those deciding the fate of the movie and consequently India’s law and order scenario? Before we try to delve into the minds of the Censor Board, here is a brief look at water which has already flown under the bridge:


It’s not for us to pass judgement,but worthwhile to examine the rules and try to understand their extent of compliance. The Censor Board should ideally rely on 2 documents – The Cinematograph Act of 1952 and the Cinematograph Certification Rules of 1983.

The clauses of these acts which the Director/ Producer of Padamvati film has already apparently violated are :

  1. Advertisement of the movie without CBFC certificate:

According to Rule 38[ii] (CBFC) of Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983 any person advertising a film by means of insertion in newspapers, hoarding, posters, handbills ortrailers shall indicate the category of certification. Non- compliance of this rule will be a cognizable and non-bail able offence under section 7 of Cinematograph Act 1952

We see so many YouTube trailers of Padmavati which are in violation of this rule, i.e. advertising without indicating the category of certification. Although to be fair, such promotional trailers have been released for several(almost all?) movies. But the Government could do well to either amend the rule or penalize the producers/ directors in accordance with the law.

Exhibition of Films without CBFC Certificate:


Rule (relevant extract):

The following are the major violations that agitate the minds of the public:

  1. exhibition of a film in a form other than the one in which it was certified. Such violations are known as interpolations.

Interpolations can be described as follows.. of films without CBFC certificate.

Bhansali and company appear to be in violation of exhibiting the film to certain sections of the media without CBFC certificate. The penalty of such violations are mentioned hereunder :

Violations of Cinematograph act and penalties:

1.Offences with regard to violations of certification provisions are cognizable. Furthermore, they are non-bailable.

…3.A person guilty of violation while exhibiting celluloid films is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to Three years, or with fine which may extend to Rs.1/-lakh, or with both, and with a further fine up to Rs.20,000 for each day for a continuing offence.

Furthermore, the trial court can direct that the offending film be forfeited to the Government.

  1. The place where the movie is exhibited also needs to be licenced

The Cinematograph Act of 1952, Part III, mentions that the Cinematograph exhibitions to be licenced. Elaborating this in clause 10 it is clearly mentioned that no person shall give an exhibition by means of a cinematograph[iii] elsewhere than in a place licenced under this Part or otherwise than in compliance with any conditions and restrictions imposed by such licence.

So one wonders where Arnab Goswami, Zaka Jacob and Rajat Sharma went to watch the movie.

To answer the question as to why Bhansali hasn’t been arrested already, the Censor board relies on the State Government and Union Territory Administrations for theenforcement[iv] of such rules, since exhibition of films is a State subject.

Why have the State Governments not initiated action against those responsible for screening an uncertified movie?



The recent controversy ove


r Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie has raised an important question of how India’s past is being defined. The heroic event of a proud queen chosing to sacrifice her life instead of being captured by the enemy has been inspiring awe amongst millions of people worldwide. But what is unfortunate is that in order to avoid any responsibility the makers of the movie sometimes seek to portray(through media and “experts”) Queen Padmavati as a fictional character, while at the same time imparting impeccable authenticity to the movie withpainfully realistic and authentic costumes[i] and sets. What is also intriguing is that while applying to the Censor Board of Film Certification approval, Bhansali and his team chose to conveniently leave out the mandatory declaration of whether the movie was a work offiction or historical[ii], thereby making their documentation incomplete.

I have found records from most media[iii], with the notable exception of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where it is claimed that the movie is based on the poem Padmavat,[iv](1540), by Malik Muhammad Jayassi[v] – written almost 200 years after the event of the siege of Chittor byAllauddin Khalji[vi] in 1303.

Ali Gurshasp, a.k.a. Allauddin Khalji, the second ruler from the Delhi Sultanate of the Khalji Dynasty, of Turko-Afghan origin known for itsfaithlessness and ferocity[vii] came to power after eliminating his uncle and father-in-law Jalal-ud-din Khalji. Several renowned Hindu dynasties were wiped out during his reign, including the Paramaras, the Vaghelas and the Chahamanas, leaving their wealth and history completely plundered. This included the seizure of the world famous Kohinoor diamond from the Kakatiya Dynasty in Warangal.[viii]Interestingly the brutal campaigns in South India were led by his trusted general Malik Kafur – apparently, a converted African and a eunuch slave[ix] from Gujarat. Some historians like Ruth Vanita and Salim Kidwai, also claim that Malik Kafur and Alauddin Khilji were in a homosexual relationship.(Same Sex Love in India- Reading In Indian Literature- Page 132)The notable historians quote the writings of chronicler Barani of that period(1285-1357),”the Sultan was loosing his memory and his senses, he had fallen deeply in love with the Malik Naib.”

Why has Alauddin Khilji’s proven homosexual affinity to Malik Kafur been omitted from Bhansali’s movie

While historians appear fairly confident about the chronicles of Allaudin Khilji, many appear to be equally confident that Padmini was nothing more than a figment of the imagination. They argue that her name is never mentioned by any historian or poet during her time (13-14thCentury) and that Jayassi’s poem, where historians find her earliest mention involves too many elements of fantasy. As per Padmavat, Rani Padmini hailed from Sri Lanka(Ceylon, Singhal Kingdom). Stories of her legendary beauty were conveyed to King Rattan Sen of Chittor by a parrot named Hiraman.

[i]│Padmavati:200 Craftsmen.. ││

[ii] NDTV│Makers Knew Paperwork Was Incomplete│IANS││


Business Today│Padmavati Trailer│BT Online│ │

[iv]  Wikipedia│Padmavat││

[v]   Wikipedia│Malik Muhammad Jayasi││

[vi]  Wikipedia│Alauddin Khalji││

[vii]  Encyclopaedia Britannica│Khalji Dynasty││

[viii]    A History of India-Page160│Hermann Kulke, Dietmar Rothermund││ 

[ix]   The Hindus:An alternative History-Page 420│Wendy Doniger││


 Thereafter, in 1589,,,,READ THE REST OF THE BLOG HERE

Delhi’s Pollutants

Delhi’s Pollutants


Delhi has been grappling with pollution for the longest time ever it seems. In 1998, after the Supreme Court verdict[i] ordering all buses, 3-wheelers and cabs to convert to CNG, Delhi-ites thought the worst was over.In the years to come, what was once considered sporadic fog or smog, slowly turned into an annual suffocating ritual.

This year the problem of poor air quality is being experienced in a large part of Northern India and not just confined to the National Capital Region. Schools in Delhi and Gurugram were also shut for a week-10 days during November.

But how is possible that all the custodians of our policy makers and enforcers are helpless in tackling this menace despite so much public, media and social media pressure and despite the fact that a drop in air quality has been regularly occurring each winter ? In order for the PM 2.5 and PM 10 pollution be tackled, there appears to be other types of pollution peculiar only to India which must be first cleared.


Unfortunately Delhi also suffers from a polluted political atmosphere as well, as murky as the suffocating smog that has engulfed it. After the Aam Aadmi Party came to power, the Bhartiya Janata Party as well as the Indian National Congress are still nursing the wounds of a humiliating defeat [ii] during the Delhi elections in 2015. The AAP carries a similar feeling of resentment at the loss of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi [iii] [iv]elections.With Multiple authorities and political parties governing various departments within Delhi as well as different parties ruling the adjacent states of Haryana and Punjab surrounding Delhi, there appears to be a vindictiveness amongst the various Chief Ministers and Central Ministers where the administrators appear to choose to allow the condition in Delhi to deteriorate. The worse the conditions, the more political fodder it provides to the parties in opposition.

Coupled with this is the dilemma and reluctance of all political parties to stop farmers from crop burning-currently being blamed as the main causative factor[v] (also read Lancet Journal..[vi]) for the situation in Delhi. Farmers are an important vote-bank. Crop burning [vii] is a cheaper alternative for the farmers to dispose off the harvested paddy to allow for the next plantation of wheat. While technological solutions exist, cost factor as well as knowledge transfer of using machines to tackle this problem would take time. There has been some progress reported from Punjab, where the instances of crop burning are reportedly lesser as compared to last year, but still a long way to go. Till the time the solutions are successfully implemented on the scale required, political parties continue to play the blame game. The dilemma is most apparent with the AAP which is ruling in Delhi but is the major opposition party in neighbouring state of Punjab. So while it supports crop burning in Punjab, the Delhi Government opposes the move.


While it’s not surprising, that the Courts have to often take matters into their own hands, the poor implementation ensures that there is no change in the status quo. The Supreme Court verdict to ban the sale of fire crackers during Diwali, the main Hindu festival everyone looks forward to, was another such example. No Government in India would be willing to implement or enforce


[i] Interview with Anumita Roychaudhary, CES ^

[ii] AAP storms to power in Delhi BS Reporter│^

[iii] BJP sweeps MCD polls..Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar^

[iv] Why MCD election results.. │ RottenMangoMan^

[v] Top 8 Main Causes for pollution in DelhiTNN^

[vi] Lancet Journal-Pollution the Global Burden of Guilt RottenMangoMan^

[vii] Delhi Air Pollution:A Crop (Burning) Issue.. │ Harish Damodaran^



The last couple of years, “surgical penance” seems to be the buzzword which has captured the psyche of India. The term I have coined vaguely refers to a sudden, unexpected, shocking, swift brutal action, which may have severe, even painful repercussions, but which needs to be done so as “correct” the “malaise”, while brazening out the harsh side effects.

I have tried to compile a list of a few of such “surgeries” so that the reader may get an idea of the numerous such operations India has undergone.


Date        : June 10th 2015

Surgeon :

Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence


On 4 June 2015, the Indian Army convoy of the 6th Dogra Regiment was ambushed by the insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) faction, in Chandel district of Manipur. 18 soldiers of Indian Army were martyred. The Government wanted to drive home the message that there was a new sheriff in town.


As per reports [2] 70 Commandos from the 21 Para of the Indian Army carried out the attack from DhruvHelicopters.Mi-17 Helicopters from the Indian Army were on standby. They are said to have inflicted heavy casualties.


Myanmar denied [3] that the militants were killed inside it’s territory and the Indian Army preferred to call it “Hot Pursuit” instead of cross border surgical strike[4]


Date      : 29th September 2016

Surgeon :

Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence

Reason :

On 18th September 2016, 4 heavily armed terrorists had attacked an Indian Army [6] Brigade Headquarters in Uri, near the line of control martyring approximately 17 Indian soldiers. The Indian Government wanted to convey a “message” to the terrorists based in Pakistan[7] India blamed terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad [8] for the attacks.

Surgery :

According to Indian media [9], Indian forces provided cover fire across the LOC [10] (Line of Control)  for three to four teams of 70–80 commandos from the 4th and 9th battalions of the Parachute Regiment [11] (part of Para (Special Forces)[12] to cross the LoC at several separate points, travelled 1–3 km on foot, destroyed terrorist bases with hand-held grenade and 84 mm rocket launchers before returning back. It claimed only one soldier was injured due to a land mine.


Pakistan downplayed the incident and denied the occurrence [13] of any surgical strikes or cross border infiltration, but acknowledged some cross border firing by Indian forces and claimed to have captured [14] one Indian soldier.

The United Nations mission monitoring the ceasefire said it  “has not directly observed” [15] any firing along the Line of Control (LoC), which the Indian side snubbed.

Members of India’s opposition party the Indian National Congress, stated there was nothing new in the surgical strikes and demanded proof [16].


Date      : 8th November 2016

Surgeon :

Ministry of Finance

Reason :

This surgical strike was primarily to combat corruption, black money, fake currency and terrorism[18]Subsequently it was announced that it was also to promote digital transactions. It was estimated that approximately Rs. 2-3 lakh crore [19] [20] was being circulated as black money (undeclared or forged) in India. To recover that amount the Government of India had launched the Income Declaration Scheme [21] 2016 from 1st June to 30thSeptember, but it yielded only approximately Rs. 30000 Crore [22] in taxes to the Government.

Surgery :

On November 8th at 8:00 pm, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narender Modi announced [23] that currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations (86% of the currency in circulation) will not be legal tender from midnight of November 8th. New notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 denominations would be made available soon.
The people were allowed to deposit the old notes at post offices and banks without any charge till December 30 and/or exchange them for new notes. Cashless fund transfers were unaffected.

Controversy :

The move received both praise and criticism.

The Supreme Court of India commented[24] “Discontinuing of higher denomination notes appears to be carpet bombing and not surgical strike,” while at the same time refusing to impose a stay on the decision of the Government.

While many people appreciated the step they were also inconvenienced greatly on account of the poor planning and implementation[25]especially, since it was reported that almost 100 people died standing in lines to deposit the old notes or to withdraw cash.

Many critics also pointed out…. Read the full blog here

Lancet Journal – Pollution the Global Burden of Guilt

Lancet Journal – Pollution the Global Burden of Guilt

Who has to bear the Global Burden Of Disease ?

This year the annual festival of Diwali in India is influencing the country’s social and geological climate long after it’s actual date of 19th  October 2017. After the Supreme Court of India had banned the sale of Diwali Crackers[1] [2] in the National Capital Region of Delhi, the topic was the subject of a lot of debate in India coupled with curiosity regarding the impact of the ban on the ambient air quality.

TV grab of Indian Media highlighting the pollution levels on the day after sale of Diwali Crackers were banned in New Delhi and National Capital Region, part of the blog of
TV Grab of Media Highlighting the Pollution Levels in Delhi after Diwali

Shortly after Diwali, the media started reporting some reduction in levels as compared to 2016, but cautioned that the levels were still high. The fact that the high pollutions levels were also attributable to the still weather, was not adequately highlighted [3]. In fact when the region started experiencing favorable weather conditions, the air quality improved. At the same time the Center for Science and Environment[4] argued that the situation could have been worse without the Diwali crackers ban.

“There was a definite decline in burning of firecrackers because of the ban. But the high moisture content and calm winds on Friday (the day after Diwali) trapped pollutants, making some parts of Delhi more polluted than others,” – Central Pollution Control Board member-secretary A Sudhakar.

As if to reprimand the people in Delhi (NCR) of their obstinate behavior, news of a “study published in the Lancet Journal” was reported by most media houses [5][6]. By clubbing it in context of the rise in pollution levels after Diwali, it was indirectly implied that bursting Diwali Crackers may cause the death of millions of people in India.

This prompted me to actually read the Lancet Report so as to understand what the study was really all about.

The report of the Lancet Commission on pollution and health comments on data in 2015. It is a two-year project .More than 40 international health and environmental authors led by environmental scientist Philip Landrigan [7] were involved. Prominent authors from India include:

  •    Member of Parliament, Economist and politician (Indian National Congress), former Minister of State for Environment, Mr. Jairam Ramesh [8]
  •  Prof. Mukesh Khare [9], IIT Delhi, Chairman of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.

Interestingly, Prof.Khare was also part of the following study  [10] regarding the influence of odd–even car trial on fine and coarse particles in Delhi, which concluded:

Any further trial will need to be planned very carefully if an effect due to traffic alone is to be differentiated from the larger effect caused by changes in meteorology and especially wind direction.”














Why MCD election results may effectively be Delhi’s Obituary

Why MCD election results may effectively be Delhi’s obituary

New Delhi, capital of India and a union territory has long remained an administrative conundrum. A complex web of authorities and constitutional posts have been created to run the city’s various departments each with responsibilities which often intertwine in a manner that the citizen can never really hold anyone truly and solely accountable for anything, be it essential civic services, law and order, traffic, medical facilities, education etc.

Such an administrative nightmare of multiple power centers not only creates apathy and confusion but also corruption, the hallmark of this great city’s work culture. Money is the only fuel and grease which runs the governmental machinery, something which Delhi’s elite have ready access to and which Delhi’s poor and neglected aspire to.

This reality is flawlessly reflected in the fact that only some areas like Lutyen’s Delhi being ultra modern with the best of amenities, while others remain loathsome with shoddy infrastructure and living conditions.But no one really cares. Ministers, Councillors and Government officials (Babus), who have access to plush air conditioned offices, lush greenery, clean roads, good schools, medical facilities, bribes and expensive gifts  and good life in general on a silver platter sponsored by the tax payer’s money find little incentive to change things.

The only time the tables are reversed to some extent are during elections when the politicians need Delhi’s large migrant and underprivileged populations to maintain the status quo. The standard operating procedure for the politicians and elite is to lure the common man with incentives, castles in the air and perhaps some goodies to get back to their normal manner of functioning.

However, the recent elections for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, also known locally as the Most Corrupt Department was potentially a turning point to change the state of affairs.The reason for this was the enormous stakes so many political parties had invested in it.A correct verdict by the people was crucial to stall the decay of Delhi.

The BJP wanted to show that the “Modi Wave” was alive and kicking, that even after having done a pathetic and shameless job of heading the MCD for the past 10 years, that people would still be hypnotized by the person of the Prime Minister and vote them to power again. To be fair to the Prime Minister, he had all the old existing MCD  candidates removed and introduced fresh faces. Further, the integrity and dedication of the Prime Minister and his team cannot be doubted. So the BJP had made out a case that since Prime Minister Narender Modi had just recently  come to the helm of affairs in the BJP, that things would be different. They sought the people’s vote under the pretext that while the BJP had done a shameful and pathetic job in running the MCD in the past 10 years, that they were now ready to improve their performance, especially in the light of Prime Minister Narender Modi’s vision. While people brought into this message and have indeed voted the BJP to majority, it is already evident that many in the BJP have already starting misinterpreting the people’s mandate.

Some in the BJP started saying that the victory meant that the people of Delhi actually endorsed the corrupt dysfunctional MCD of the past decade, while others attributed the victory to the campaigning by singer actor Manoj Tiwari, brought in the BJP to capture the purvanchali voters. Still others attributed this to the misgovernance by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

If the above reasons for BJP’s victory are accepted, then the results are truly abysmal for Delhi’s future. For it would show that Delhi’s voters are so gullible that they failed to understand that the Chief Minister had no active role to play in the MCD’s functioning, or that they are easily swayed by a personality that can sing and dance or that they have accepted corruption and apathy as a way of life.

The Indian National Congress wanted to show that they were on their way to re-establish themselves. With 10 years of anti incumbency going against the BJP, their job at winning should have been fairly easy. However, the fact that they could not win shows their failure to put up a credible opposition and offer the voter a better alternative.

The Aam Aadmi Party,..Read the rest of the article here