Congress second most corrupt political party in the world – BBC News Hub

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Indian National Congress

Indian National Congress is the powerful political party in India that was recognised in 1885 and had the principal role in Independence from the Britishers. This party is the second major party in India. Every general election is led by Indian National Congress due to its majority in most regions. It is however not able to win the government because of it’s numerous corruption cases that were opened before the people of India. This party has given a total of seven prime ministers but now leadership of party includes corrupt politicians like Rahul Gandhi. – BBC News Hub, 5 July 2018

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Indiregandi: Turkish slang for cheating and corruption – Zeyad Masroor Khan

A political poster of Indira Gandhi Memorial Week, to mark anti-corruption week in Turkey.

Zeyad Masroor KhanThe name of India’s former Prime Minister isn’t only used in the context of petty theft. It’s also been used as a symbol of alleged corrupt practices by the government of Turkish president Recep Tayyib Erdogan. – Zeyad Masroor Khan

Most Indians remember Indira Gandhi as a controversial but firm political figure, associated with political ruthlessness and suspending civil liberties in India during the Emergency. But in Turkey, India’s third prime minister has become synonymous with cheating, or corruption.

A Turkish learning portal translates “İndiregandi” as the act of misusing public money, stealing from someone else’s pocket, or trying to get something for nothing. The term is used in a song about cunning love. Gaming enthusiasts use it as an exclamation when using cheat codes in Grand Theft Auto V. And what would Turkish political mudslinging be without our former leader?

“I think it means pocketing the money of others”, Bulent Turan, 32, a literature research scholar based in Kocaeli, Turkey told VICE over email. “We often hear this in the street, or in a conversation among friends. It is very street-level language.”

Turan thought the term originated out of the similarity between “Indira” and “indir”, a conjugation of the Turkish verb indirmek—lowering, or downloading something—which is also used as slang for stealing or pocketing money.

Didar Akar, a professor of linguistics at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, agreed. “The only explanation I can think of is based on sound resemblance to indir (take down, pull down) and kandı (deceived, fooled)”, he said in an email. He added that such slang terms often have a short lifespan.

Onder Sahan, 35, a Turk who has been living in New Delhi for 14 years, first remembers hearing the term in a 2001 comedy show ‘Ekmek Teknesi’. Sahan, who runs an educational consultancy and the Dilli Cafe, told us “It really picked up when famous Turkish comedian Sahan Gokbakar used it in his movie Recep Ivedik. The movie was a blockbuster and the term became a rage especially among young boys, who used it in jest with close friends. Using it with a stranger would have led to a fight, as it’s sort of an abuse,” said Sahan.

In Recep Ivedik, Gokbakar uses the term with the manager of a hotel, telling him “Indiregandi yapacan değil mi çakal”—don’t try to Indira Gandhi me, you jackal—a phrase which attained cult status among Turkish youngsters in 2008. A number of fan videos and dubsmash videos of Gokbakar’s dialogue can be found on YouTube.

“I first came to know about it when a dormitory mate in Konya asked me whether I knew what it meant in Turkish,” said Behzad Fatmi, secretary-general of the Indialogue Foundation, an Indo-Turkish peace organisation. Fatmi, an Indian who had lived in Turkey for a couple of years, told us “I later realised it wasn’t her style of politics or personality which was the reason behind the Turks using her name for theft, but because her name sounds similar to the Turkish expression indirmek.

Akif Yıldız, a 12th Standard student in Hyderabad, said he heard the term in the Beyaz Show, one of Turkey’s most popular talk shows. “I was very curious what Indira Gandhi means, as a lot of my friends were using it,” he told us.

“If someone steals my pen at school, I would say, ‘Hey you are doing Indira Gandhi with me, please return my pen’,” he explained. “If I use it in front of my family, they would beat the shit out of me.” He also said that he, like most Turks, believed that Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Mahatma Gandhi. “Some even believe they are one and the same person,” he added.

The name of India’s former Prime Minister isn’t only used in the context of petty theft. It’s also been used as a symbol of alleged corrupt practices by the government of Turkish president Recep Tayyib Erdogan.

In 2014, the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) observed “Indira Gandhi Memorial Week” from December 17-25. The event was a satirical comment on the corruption scandal that was uncovered during the same week the previous year, when a number of ministers in Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party resigned following an investigation into one of the biggest corruption cases in the country’s history.

To commemorate the scandal, in which Erdogan and his son were allegedly involved, LDP workers raised a huge banner with the photo of Indira Gandhi outside their office building. The banner was subsequently taken down by the police. Opposition leader Aykan Erdemir said to a Turkish newspaper, “What do you attribute to this intolerance that the police showed to the poster of Indira Gandhi, the only female prime minister of the friendly and brotherly country of India?”

It’s not as if Indira Gandhi is the only Indian political figure that has been in appropriated by Turkish popular culture. The main opposition leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has often been referred as the Turkish Gandhi, with his supporters comparing his looks and style of politics with the leader of the Indian freedom struggle. “His fans call him ‘modern Gandhi’, while detractors call him ‘Chakma Gandhi’fake Gandhi,” said Sahan.

Sahan said that Turks now know India more for its Bollywood films, especially Aamir Khan, who has a crazy fan-following in the country after 3 Idiots became a superhit there. “There is a whole section of people who eagerly wait for Turkish subtitles for Indian movies,” Sahan said. “Indian weddings are also getting popular with groom wearing a sherwani and bride dressing up in a lehenga. Your culture is making its mark in our country.” – Vice, 18 May 2018

» Zeyad Masroor Khan is a staff writer for ViceIndia in New Delhi. 



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What Hindus really want is justice – R. Sriram

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R. SriramThe Hindus awakening seen in … an increasing sense of pride in the country’s rich cultural and religious heritage bodes ill for the Liberal Left which has always believed in denigrating Hinduism beliefs while praising or elevating those of other religions. – R. Sriram

An ideology’s durability and strength is often misunderstood by many. Its fiercest believers will always find little to complain but neutral observers can also be sometimes lulled into what is called “the willing suspension of disbelief” when it comes to the receding impact of a political or religious system on people. It is easy to miss the rumblings on the ground while focusing on an artificial sense of stability created by apparatchiks of an imploding ideology.

Liberalism is going through such a phase, both in India and overseas. In India, the shock of the Narendra Modi victory in 2014 has been worsened by the PM’s continuing popularity, the BJP’s electoral surge and the crippling inability of the opposition to even play token defence. This sense of anger, outrage and helplessness at the Right ecosystem’s inexorable march would have been more palatable if it had not been accompanied by a nationalistic and religious awakening among the country’s majority Hindu population. This awakening seen in outward displays of aggression, the increased passion and fervour with which festivals are being celebrated and an increasing sense of pride in the country’s rich cultural and religious heritage bodes ill for the liberal Left which has always believed in denigrating Hinduism beliefs while praising or elevating those of other religions.

Some arguments being made against this trend show the real fear among the Liberal Left brigade. According to these arguments, India’s biggest problem is a growing sense of Islamophobia, not terrorism, terrifying demographic change, joblessness or sneak attempts to divide the country. The Hindus, they feel are out to get their Muslim neighbours and their alleged hatred has been fed by rantings by fringe extremist groups.

This is so silly that one doesn’t know where to start. The Hindu does not feel victimised. He does not hate his Muslim or Christian brethren. He would willingly live and work with them and there are many instances where the people from two or three religions live in harmony. What he hates is a crass and corrupt political system that, aided and abetted by a section of power-hungry journalists, unelected bureaucrats and venal academics, try to denigrate the ordinary Hindu’s pride in his ancient culture religion and civilisation.

The Hindu is upset that a corrupt political system in a desperate search for votes will try and bring about cataclysmic demographic change with little regard for language, culture and religious feelings of citizens.

The Hindu is angry that a weak, impotent state will allow an implacable neighbouring foe to dictate terms while committing aggression in one part of the country in the garb of fighting for freedom. The Hindu is angry that Marxist and liberal historians have spent years whitewashing the crimes of Mughal imperialists and marauding Islamic invaders who looted, pillaged and destroyed Hindu temples while enslaving thousands of its people.

The Hindu is upset that nothing is being done to stop and roll back the creeping conversion movement that seeks to destroy Hindu identity in the northeast and southern parts of the [country].

This is the real issue. Not Islamophobia. The average Hindu is angry at the political system, its masters, whose slavish devotion to a foreign concept of secularism, is being seen as an attempt to deny the Hindu’s true sense of identity.

Take the recent attempts to revive the much-maligned theory of Aryan migration. People bent on reviving this discredited concept make an error common among liberal and left thinkers. A nation’s identity is not dependent on which migrant group was the first to cross the border centuries ago. It is dependent upon the dominant culture and religion practised by people of that country and region. In India’s case, it is Hinduism whether one likes it or not.

Egypt is an Islamic state. The fact Pharaohs ruled the country centuries ago and developed a vibrant, robust culture cannot take away the fact that Egypt’s identity is Islamic and its people practise an Islamic culture brought to the country by Arab armies in the eighth century. It is also wrong to link alleged victim-hood to economic security. For the Hindu, it is not economic insecurity that makes him angry and resentful, but a realisation that justice does not prevail under a corrupt political system.

It is not about whether he is poorer than the Muslim or the Christian. The belief that politicians have perverted the principles of natural justice for petty political ends has created a sense of anger and outrage. That anger is now manifesting itself in various ways and eroding the false ramparts built by pseudo-secularists and their entourage in media, academia and politics. This alone should give the Liberal Left warriors enough cause for worry. – The Economic Times, 24 July 2017

» R. Sriram is the Resident Editor, Economic Times, Mumbai.

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Sonia Gandhi and the toxicity of the Congress party – Minhaz Merchant


Sonia Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi

Minhaz MerchantIn 1998, when Sonia Gandhi took over the presidency of the Congress, the full toxicity of the party became evident. – Minhaz Merchant

Without quite realising it, the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi has become a toxic force in Indian politics.

The 1975-77 Emergency, during which more than one lakh journalists, Opposition leaders and civil society activists were jailed (including L. K. Advani and Arun Jaitley), exposed the first autocratic gene in the Congress. Indians’ fundamental rights were suspended for nearly two years. The Constitution was subverted.

The attempt by the Congress to censor Madhur Bhandarkar’s new film on the Emergency, Indu Sarkar, underscores how keenly aware the Congress is of the human rights violations it committed during the Emergency.

In 1986, Rajiv Gandhi—an essentially decent man whose career was impaled by bad advisors—planted the seed of communalism in mainstream politics by overturning through parliamentary legislation a 1985 Supreme Court order that had granted maintenance to an elderly divorced Muslim woman Shah Bano.

But it wasn’t till 1998, when Sonia Gandhi took over the presidency of the Congress, that the full toxicity of the party would become evident. The crude, thoughtless overnight eviction of then Congress president Sitaram Kesri was an early sign.

When the Congress took power at the Centre in 2004 after a hiatus of six years, it showed its true colours. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the gentle, erudite face of the Congress-led UPA government for ten years, Sonia called the shots behind the scenes.

The party had four organisational layers. The first comprised senior lawyer-ministers P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid and Veerappa Moily. The second was made up of senior loyalists Jairam Ramesh, Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma.

The third layer was led by ground-level operators Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad. The fouth layer comprised Rahul’s young turks – Jyotiraditya Scinda, Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora, Deepender Hooda and Jitin Prasada—all dynasts.

Working seamlessly, monitored closely by a stentorian Sonia, the four-tiered Congress team presided over the UPA’s two terms from 2004-14, widely regarded as India’s decade of scams and sectarian politics.

The communal seed planted after the Shah Bano case in 1985-86 had by now grown into a forest of trees with “saffron terror” carved on the bark of each tree trunk by the Congress’ slick four-layered operation.

The greatest disservice the Congress did was to set back by decades the cause of bona fide secularism. As I wrote in the article, “The Ayatollahs of Secularism”, in The Times of India: “The two real enemies of the Muslim—communal politicians masquerading as secular politicians to win votes and mullahs deliberately misinterpreting the holy book to retain power over their flock—form a natural alliance. Together they have enriched themselves but impoverished India’s Muslims, materially and intellectually, in the name of secularism. Influential sections of especially the electronic media, suffused with hearts bleeding from the wrong ventricle, are part of this great fraud played on India’s poor Muslims: communalism dressed up as secularism. The token Muslim is lionised—from business to literature—but the common Muslim languishes in his ghetto.”

Scams meanwhile profilerated. Three years after the Congress plunged from 206 MPs to 44 in May 2014, most though inexplicably remain unresolved—to the NDA government’s and the judicial system’s discredit. But each one—AgustaWestland, 2G, Scorpene, CWG, Coalgate—is a reminder of how corruption became the new normal in 2004-14.

Cut to the present. The Congress clearly hasn’t learnt its lesson. K. C. Tyagi, a Rajya Sabha MP from the JD(U), the party on whom rests the Opposition’s hope of stitching together a credible mahagathbandhan in 2019, had this to say of the Congress: “We are very upset at the behaviour of the Congress. The character assassination of our leader, Nitish Kumar, has also happened. The Congress today is not the Congress party of 1952, 1962 or 1984. It is not even a legitimate Congress party.”

When even a chronic Modi-baiter like Tyagi berates the Congress as not “legitimate”, Indian politics has clearly reached a point of inflection.

Borewell of toxicity

The Congress today is in real danger of immersing itself in a self-made borewell of toxicity. Its decision to boycott the special session of Parliament on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is only the latest in a series of self-destructive moves.

Note the other parties which joined the Congress’ GST boycott: RJD, DMK, TMC and the Left. What do they have in common? Serious charges of corruption.

1. The RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav is looking at fresh jail time in the fodder scam. He is meanwhile battling charges of undeclared assets against his two sons, daughter and wife.

2. The DMK’s A. Raja, in and out of jail since the 2G scam broke, has implicated senior Congress ministers in the telecom license corruption case.

3. The TMC’s top leadership faces charges in the Saradha, Rose Valley and Narada scams which have singed Mamata Banerjee’s reputation for probity, quite apart from her inaction over communal riots in West Bengal.

4. The Left has been implicated in a slew of brutal communal killings in Kerala where its government is accused of complicity.

Virtually every other Opposition party, including the SP, BSP, JD(U), NCP and the JD(S), was represented at the special midnight GST parliamentary session. The four holdouts—RJD, DMK, TMC and the Left—who joined the Congress boycott spoke volumes for the party’s diminished reputation.

Sonia has over the 19 years of her presidency converted the Congress into a family business ruled with an iron fist. Rahul has been inheritor-in-waiting for three years. It is an indictment of Indian democracy that India’s second largest political party continues to operate like a feudal family firm.

India deserves better. – Daily-O, 7 July 2017

» Minhaz Merchant is an author and journalist in Mumbai.

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Aircel-Maxis Scam: A classic case of corruption – Team PGurus

Aircel-MaxisP. Chidambaram

Team PGurusED has unearthed $200,000 money trail between Karti’s Chess Management Consulting Pvt Ltd and Maxis Group companies after father Chidambaram approved this dubious deal. This is a classic case of corruption. – Team PGurus

After CBI declared its probe in Aircel-Maxis, the panicky former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has come out with a pack of lies. A day after the CBI declared its detailed probe details to be furnished in Supreme Court by May 2 and Enforcement Directorate reported to the Apex court about Chidambaram’s violations and son Karti’s two lakh dollar kick back from Maxis, the former Finance Minister has come out with a vague statement.

In his statement uploaded by son Karti’s Twitter account, Chidambaram cleverly tries to put the blame on senior government officials, pretending innocence. In a nut shell, Chidambaram claimed that he just signed on the papers vetted by government officers. Here Chidambaram is telling a blatant lie.

Being a Tamilian, he should be aware of his home town company Aircel’s take over by Malaysian company Maxis. Fact of the matter is that Aircel promoter Sivasankaran is known to Chidambaram as well as the then Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and no officer would dare to question the deal.

On December 31, 2005, all media reported that Malaysian company Maxis is going to invest Rs4700 core or 1.08 billion dollars in Aircel. The news report appeared on the same day because both companies conducted joint press conference in Mumbai to announce this big deal.

In the first week of January 2006, Maxis submitted application to Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). In the application they said in many areas that they are going to invest 800 million dollars (Rs3600 crore) in Aircel. How come value of investment reduced from announced Rs4700 crore to Rs. 3600 crore? After eight years in 2014, the CAG found that the actual value invested was Rs4700 crore, though dubious approval given by Chidambaram was for Rs3600 crore. So more than Rs1000 crore came illegally and where has it gone?

Those days in 2006, any foreign investment above Rs600 crore, the Finance Minister has to send the FIPB papers to Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA). But Chidambaram did not. He was CCEA Chairman also those days. Then why did he not send these papers to the CCEA?

The answer is simple. In CCEA, Home Ministry would have objected to Maxis because Saudi Telecom is a partner in the Malaysian company. The Saudi Telecom is also a partner in Pakistan Telecom Company known as PTCL. To avoid objections of the Home Ministry, Chidambaram might have avoided the mandatory sending of files to CCEA.

Worse, the FIPB Order on Aircel-Maxis deal never specified the value of the deal to avoid public scrutiny. How come officers ignored this basic violation? It is certain that without Chidambaram’s directions this glaring violation would not have happened.

Enforcement Directorate has unearthed $200,000 money trail between Karti’s Chess Management Consulting Pvt Ltd and Maxis Group companies after father Chidambaram approved this dubious deal. This is a classic case of corruption.

For the past 30 months, many unscrupulous elements in Delhi have been trying to save their buddy Chidambaram from the Aircel-Maxis scam. They have been trying their best to scuttle BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s case. Hope the CBI under new Director Alok Kumar Verma has awakened from its slumber and Prime Minister’s office would give strong directions on this regard on this open and shut case. – PGurus, 6 April 2017

» Team PGurus are a group of focused individuals with expertise in at least one of the following fields viz. Journalism, Technology, Economics, Politics, Sports & Business. We are factual, accurate and unbiased.

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India’s honest majority look to Modi to cleanse bureaucracy – M.D. Nalapat

Corruption in the Indian bureaucracy

Prof M.D. NalapatOnly an accelerated drive against high-level official corruption may motivate citizens into enduring for months more the pain caused by the incompetence of much of the bureaucracy tasked with implementing the epochal policy unveiled by PM Modi on 8 November 2016. – Prof M. D. Nalapat

The most meaningful “majority, minority” dichotomy in India is between those citizens who are honest and those others who are dishonest, i.e. those who correctly pay the numerous taxes due and those who do not. Despite the reality that continuous additions to the colonial governance codes in India have arbitrarily criminalised swathes of activity that are legal in practically all other democracies, it would be safe to say that the “majority community” in India (i.e. those who are honest) comprise 90% of the population, leaving 10% in the “minority”. Even within that sometimes under-appreciated group, government servants, about 75% are honest and less than a quarter crooked, judging by the many this columnist has come across. Among officials, around 10% occupy posts which have the potential to make a significant difference to the situation facing the public.

It is on this 2.5% of the total of government employees that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to most concentrate on. Corrupt officials have an outsize influence on policy. They have the ability to move up the promotion ladder much faster than the honest, who need to spend most of their time trying to make both ends meet till the next payday, rather than wooing their superiors and political heavyweights in the manifold ways that the crooked have access to. Indeed, the uninterrupted flood of repressive laws and regulations that each government unleashes on the population demonstrates the choke-hold of the upper echelons of the 2.5% of officials who are dishonest. 

Almost all such regulations are broad and vague enough to be subject to misuse, thereby becoming manna for the dishonest rather than (as pious declarations accompanying such measures invariably aver) balm for the honest. The historically outsize influence of the dishonest in the actual working of the governance system ensures that many honest citizens get penalised under such laws and regulations, usually for technical violations, even while relatively few of the big fish get caught. These latter have the means to reach out to the dishonest minority within the governance system, thereby ensuring their safety. For public consumption, there may be a prime time hullaballoo raised by the very officials who are shielding them. However, proof of official intent vests in practical outcomes. If depredators either escape or get away with a mere wrist slap (such as a small fine), it is reasonable to assume that much more than conversation was exchanged between officials and the wrongdoer. When the political executive is being served a menu of policy options, and the judiciary the chance to review them, these two pillars of the governance system need to factor in the reality of corruption within the system in weighing and discounting recommendations made by officials which may focus not on the public interest but on their own and that of other corrupt individuals.

RBI ATMThe Reserve Bank of India has believed since the time of Governor Yaga Reddy that the 1.26 billion people of India should be made to adopt the cashless ways of Sweden, despite the difference in conditions between the life of the median Swede and the median citizen of this country. It is clear from 8 November that RBI Governor Urjit Patel looks askance at those citizens with zero untaxed income who have nevertheless withdrawn substantial amounts of cash from their accounts to use towards patronising the (much-derided by Central bankers ) “informal” economy. The most trumpeted e-gateway in India for making payments is controlled by Jack Ma, who when last sighted was not an Indian citizen. Indeed, foreign rather than domestic interests have a lock on most major internet and mobile telephony entities in India. And “Indian” banks have been silently taken over by foreign entities. US shareholders dominate the big credit card gateways used in India, with Chinese shareholders in the same companies coming a close second and those with Indian citizenship nowhere on the equity horizon. Unless PM Modi manages to endow digital keys to over 600 million citizens within his term, for a considerable time to come it is more socially advantageous to put (taxed) rupees in the hands of the poor and the lower middle classes such as small shopkeepers and crafts-persons, rather than entirely through plastic controlled by multinational interests that are gaining in advantage over their domestic competitors with every passing day because of the rupee falling while interest rates and crippling regulations rise, with some rules making the word “draconian” an extreme understatement. An individual may have kept apart substantial cash (drawn from his or her bank account and shown in tax returns ) not to pay the “black” component of a future real estate purchase, but to make repairs to a temple entering the stage of dilapidation. The grim 1970s-style warnings issued by officials to taxpayers who prefer holding on to and paying with cash are making honest taxpayers, rather than the big crooks, nervous about depositing their clean “old” cash in banks despite the fact that such holdings will become waste paper after 30 December. Prime Minister Modi must protect the honest majority of citizens from crooked officials expert at using technical or imagined violations into darts designed to squeeze payments from honest taxpayers. Modi needs to ensure that the regulations being unveiled day after day on television be designed so as to protect the honest and get used on “bulk carriers” and not only small “fishing boaters” of black cash. A sniper rifle should be used in enforcement that aims at big fish rather than allow bureaucrats to wield blunderbusses spraying multiple innocents even as they incentivise the guilty to increase the bribe offer. 

India’s honest overwhelmingly cast their 2014 votes for Narendra Modi. The target of his next high-octane “surgical strike” should be the crooked among the higher rungs of the bureaucracy. Those who have defiled the noble calling of government through graft and misfeasance should be made to encounter justice rather than peacefully catch a flight together with family to London or Miami for—in more than a few cases—a very long stay. Only an accelerated drive against high-level official corruption may motivate citizens into enduring for months more the pain caused by the incompetence of much of the bureaucracy tasked with implementing the epochal policy unveiled by PM Modi on 8 November 2016. – Sunday Guardian, 26 November 2016 

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