Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 --- The year of Expose

rajkjha.blogspot.com2010 will be remembered as the year of exposures --- the Adarsha , the CWG , the 2G , the Wikileaks , the Radia Tapes . The year has shown the true colour of politicians , bureaucrats , the journos , the defence personnel , the judges , including the ex - CJI . The nation is shamed , but the scamsters are shameless .

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Congress on Collision Course

Politics TodayThe Indian National Congress , which is holding its83rd plenary session in its 125th year of existence in New Delhi ,  is plagued by the problem of lack of vision and and unimaginative leadership . When leaders like Digvijay Singh rule the roost in the party , the fate of the party is not going to be any brighter . Instead of looking at sudden spurt of corruption cases and causes of the dismal performance of the party in Bihar Assembly elections and Gujrat local body elections , the party is preparing itself  for collision with the RSS and the BJP . How can a rational man say that mistrust between the Hindus and the Muslims is the result of L K Advani's Rath Yatra in 1990 ? Digvijay Singh is bent upon creating a situation in which the two largest political parties find themselves at each other's throat . This will not only be bad for our polity but for the country and society as a whole . Sonia Gandhi's five steps to eradicate corruption would have carried conviction had she not allowed herself and her cronies to defend the corruption of the Congress govt. by juxtaposing it with the corruption of the BJP .

Monday, December 13, 2010

Who Cares for Parliamentary Democracy ?

Politics Today Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh informed the journalists who were accompanying him in his journey to Europe that due to the opposition parties' acts in Parliament there was danger to parliamentary democracy in India . The PM is right in suggesting that a stalled Parliament is not congenial to the working of  democracy , be it parliamentary or presidential . It is reassuring to know that our PM is worried about the working of our parliamentary system . But which model of parliamentary democracy are we following ? Surely it is not the Westminster model . In that model the Prime Minister is leader of the majority party which Dr Singh is not . In that model the PM generally is the leader of the Lower House , which Dr Singh is not .In a parliamentary democracy there is the principle of collective responsibility , which is conspicuous  by its absence in Dr.Singh's Govt.  Any democracy , particularly parliamentary democracy , is run through consensual , not conflictual , politics . In India Dr Singh's party is the chief protagonist of confrontationist /conflictual politics . In a parliamentary democracy the PM is central to the formation of the cabinet ,central to its life and central to its death . The Radia tapes have revealed the real position of the PM . It is true that democracy is a govt by the majority , but majority tyranny is no democracy . The Govt's disdain for the opposition's concern , particularly in matters of appointment of CEC ,CVC and the like , stonewalling the constitution of a JPC ,etc is not the sign of a healthy democracy .Politics Today ---

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Pierre Leroux , born in 1797, was the inventor of the word 'socialism'.(1) Early socialists had three aspirations : "the first is to combat ignorance, the second,to combat poverty, and the third to help one another ." ( 2 ) Was not Raghubeer Sahai's socialism much closer to the vision of the early socialists?
1. Regis Debray,"Socialism:A Life-Cycle", New Left Review 46,July- August 2007
2. cited in ibid

Definition of Socialism
The Socialism Website


Marxism is both the theory and the political practice (that is, the praxis) derived from the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Any political practice or theory that is based on an interpretation of the works of Marx and Engels may be called Marxism; this includes different forms of politics and thought such as those of Communist Parties and Communist states, as well as academic research across many fields.

Definition of Marxism
Marxism Internet Archive


Gandhism (or Gandhianism) is a collection of inspirations, principles, beliefs and philosophy of Mohandas K. Gandhi (known as Mahatma Gandhi), who was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian Independence Movement.
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Gandhi Quotes

Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh (Punjabi: ਭਗਤ ਸਿੰਘ بھگت سنگھہ) (September 28,[1] 1907–March 23, 1931) was an Indian freedom fighter, considered to be one of the most famous revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. For this reason, he is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh (the word shaheed means "martyr"). He is also believed by many to be one of the earliest Marxists in India.[2] He was one of the leaders and founders of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA).
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About Bhagat Singh
Shaheed Bhagat Singh


Politics is simultaneously an activity, a process and a profession. As an activity politics is inherent in the human nature and therefore it is called a fundamental human activity. It is as fundamental to the human-being as hunger, sleep, thirst and sex  As a process politics emphasizes dialogue, give and take and reconciliation . It is based on the adage live and let live. As a profession it requires commitment and special knowledge of the needs of society and community. Politics is both a science and an art. As a science politics studies the way people govern themselves, control others and authoritative allocations are made for a society. As an art politics is the practice of governing, controlling, influencing and making authoritative allocation of values .

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Nero Prime Minister

Our Prime Minister is no less a nonchalant person than Nero of Rome or Videha of Mithila . Even the Supreme Court has expressed its dismay at the attitude of the Prime Minister .His silence on the Supreme Court observation is disquieting . Instead of  clearing the mist , the PM is more interested in singing paeans to Sonia Gandhi .

Thursday, November 4, 2010

C6 --- The Scourge of India

The Congress, communalism , casteism , corruption , criminalisation of politics and conflictual / confrontationist politics are the scourge of contemporary India . Let us see how all these are related and why are they the scourge of Indian politics . The recent tasteless remarks of K S Sudarshan about Sonia Gandhi and the disclosure by Shekhar Gupta about Sudarshan's views on Mahatma Gandhi's assassination and Nehru's alleged role in this is the obvious consequence of confrontationist politics as it exists in India .The Congress which came existence as a platform for various hues of Indian opinion has now turned into a confrontationist organization .Politics Today

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Misuse of Investigating Agencies

The recent raids of income tax authorities on the BJP ministers and MLAs in Karnataka , the arraigning of Indresh Kumar in Rajasthan and the acts of CBI in Gujarat raise some very serious questions about the misuse of Central agencies against the political opponents of the govt at Centre. It is no body's case that persons or institutions indulging in corruption , violence and anti-national activities should be spared the rod of investigating agencies . But the rod should not be used in a selective and partisan way . The govt that sits over the hanging of Afzal Guru , that allows the seditious rants of Arundhati Roy and Gilani , that has a history of misusing the investigating agencies as in the case of Lalu Yadav and Mayavati ( asking the CBI to go slow ) and the govt which is hell-bent on humiliating its principal adversary will have to work hard to convince the people that its actions are not mala fide . The chiding of the CBI by the Supreme Court in the 2G scam case only shows the misuse of these agencies .The Apex Court's candid observation about the appointment of P J Thomas as the CVC exposes the gameplan of the UPA Govt led by the Congress .

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Our National Character

In his blog Agent Provocateur Kanchan Gupta( has described the horrors the Hindus face even in their own country , the great secular India . In order to hide our faults and pusillanimous attitude , we talk about the idea of India and include in that all that have made our national character so weak-kneed .

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shamelessly Partisan Governor

Karnataka's governor , H R Bharadwaj is making the institution of governor , already controversial , even more controversial . Without holding any brief for the corruption-ridden Yedurappa govt. , one is inclined to think that Mr Bharadwaj is acting not as the constitutional head of the state, but as the leader of opposition . Mr Bharadwaj as the Law Minister received flak for his defence of the acts of governors like Buta Singh and Syed Sibte Razi . Now he has joined the company of Ramlal , Romesh Bhandari , Buta Singh and S S Razi . He has even surpassed his not so illustrious colleagues by asking Yedurappa to seek a confidence vote twice within a week , ignoring parliamentary practice . The Karnataka High Court's decision on 29 October upholding the decision of the Speaker to disqualify 11 members of BJP shows what type of Law Minister Mr Bharadwaj has been and what type of a constitutional head he is . After much criticism , Bharadwaj kept his mouth shut for about seven weeks . But the recklessness in him got the better of him . On December4 he again opened his mouth only to degrade the office of the governor . He questioned the authority of the govt to institute an inquiry commission on the land scandal . The Lokayukta has also took exception to the govt.'s move which is understandable . But the Governor's diatribe against his own govt. is a mockery of the constitutional scheme .

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Ayodhya Verdict

The verdict of the three judge bench of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court marks an important date in the history of India . The nation heaved a sigh of relief as the people maintained their calm . But will the politicians allow the people to maintain their sobriety ? Mulayam Singh Yadav's outburst against the verdict is an inkling of the designs of the politicians to vitiate the atmosphere in order to make and consolidate vote-banks . But what is more astonishing is the response of "secularists" and the "progressives" . Mr Prashant Bhushan sees the verdict as a manifestation of the communalisation of judiciary . TV anchors and panelists who were pontificating about the need to accept the verdict gracefully changed their colours after the contents of the verdict came out . Won't they learn anything ?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Failure of Nehruvian Legacy

One of the constants of Jawaharlal's foreign policy during the early period of our Republic was to support the People's Republic of China in the UNO and outside it . And how did China pay back Nehru's efforts ? It not only attacked India , grabbed a vast stretch of land in Arunachal Pradesh and Laddakh , but aligned with Pakistan to humiliate India and tried to end Indian influence in South Asia by dangling carrots before India's neighbours .

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Future of Politics

"In our time the destiny of man presents its meaning in political terms "asserted Thomas Mann . Kautilya believed that it is only through politics that the four purusharthas could be realized .But today politics is itself facing an existential dilemma . The practitioners of politics have degraded it to a level from where it is difficult to restore it to its original high pedestal . The theoreticians of politics have shut their eyes to the dangers posed by the practitioners of politics, both as an activity and a process . The practitioners have turned it into a profession without understanding the ethics of a profession . Every profession has its own clientele whose service is and should be the primary concern of it. The clientele of politics as a profession is the general public . If the politician , instead of serving the common people , indulges in self-aggrandisement , he acts against the basic tenet of a profession . What distinguishes human-beings from other animals is the consideration of morality. Other animals don't bother about morality , human-beings take morality under consideration in their thought and actions . Today the self-serving politicians are giving politics a bad name . As an example , I want to share a personal experience . Some years back , there was meeting of the syllabus committee to frame the syllabus for a course in Human Rights .When I suggested that there should be a topic on the Politics of Human Rights , other members of the committee objected , saying that politics should not be intertwined with a sacred concept like human rights . Please note that all members were the teachers of political science , heading the departments of various colleges . I have narrated this incident to show that even the teachers of political science find politics abhorring .No wonder The American has declared Political Science irrelevant . Wonder of wonders , even Amar Singh finds politics disgusting .