Saturday, January 21, 2012

A cartoonist’s perspective of UP elections 2012

Elections is a celebration of democracy, no doubt the campaign does see a lot of feisty exchanges between the protagonists.  Print medium carries detailed stories, electronic medium gives us a minute by minute coverage of the events as they unfold, never forgetting to add their own spin and perspective.

In midst of all this is the cartoonist, who silently captures the mood, and presents it to the public with a healthy dose of humor! Satire is any day more incisive than anger. Have put together all these published in the last few days. Hope all of you will enjoy going through them.  




I welcome a debate and discussion on this…As always, please keep your tone civil, your language polite…no sweeping generalisations please and no personal abuse.  Thank you.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Does faith move mountains??

What I am sharing on my site is not my creation. I am not aware who created this, received this in e-mail found it interesting and decided to share with you all.

The conversation is as below. Hope you all will enjoy it and share your views.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student :Yes

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smell your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theatre became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

P.S.  I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends /colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you? Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.
By the way, that student was EINSTEIN

I welcome a debate and discussion on this…As always, please keep your tone civil, your language polite…no sweeping generalisations please and no personal abuse.  Thank you.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Did we punish the wrong man and party in 2004?????

2011 was undoubtedly the year when we spoke and agitated most about a single issue that is ‘corruption’. The finale to this debate was the speech by Shri Shivanand Tiwari of Janta Dal (united) followed by the unacceptable conduct of Congress in Rajya Sabha. 
The larger issue at stake is the future of this country. India has been adrift politically and economically right through this year, government neither displayed the will nor the ability to tackle and rectify the situation.

We are extremely unfortunate we do not have a Prime Minister who could rise to the occasion, take hold and say he is in charge, comparisons between the incumbent and his predecessors is a natural corollary under such circumstance.
“Seven years of talking down the economy, bullying and pressurising private enterprise, discounting India’s innate entrepreneurship and replacing it with a culture of profligate, top-down populism, and refusing to deregulate and liberalise sectors crying out for change have left the country feeling miserable. The set of factors that caused the 2002-2009 boom is exhausted. The NDA sowed, the UPA reaped. What has the UPA sowed?”  Link

“After the Lok Pal Bill fiasco in the Rajya Sabha, the cynicism about the Congress will grow. Frankly, the party broke all norms of propriety by not allowing the vote. You cannot govern when your credibility is low. I think the Congress has convinced itself that in the electoral arithmetic, all it needs to do is to show that it is marginally better than the BJP, but that is still not good enough for the country.”  Link

Between 1998 - 2002, NDA added 27,00,000 jobs in Small scale industry alone. That's more than what Sonia & MMS added across ALL industries in 7 yrs!

Few know that 2002 was the worst drought in India in 21st century. The way Vajpayee & Advani handled it made it seem like a regular year!

Vajpayee's BJP govt started the world's largest food security program Antyodaya Anna Yojana. Rice Rs2/kg & wheat Rs.3/kg for 10 cr people!

It was the BJP govt of Vajpayee, that setup Rs.1Crore award for DRDO scientists and technicians. Congress neglected them for 50 years.

During the 6 years of NDA rule in India, 161 ISI modules in various parts of the country were busted. That was impressive. #Security

Congress & rest sanctioned 2.3cr phone lines over the first 50 years. BJP govt sanctioned 4.75 cr lines in just ONE term. #TelecomRevolution.

When Vajpayee took over as PM, Phone STD rates were Rs.24 per minute. When he stepped down, it was Rs.5 per min. Incredible work done.

During 5 decades of mostly Congress rule, 6 lakh villages in India had a measly 36 lakh phones in total. BJP govt tripled it in just 1 term.

The length of optical fibre, key for IT revolution, was only 0.65 lakh km in 1999. BJP govt increased the length by a whopping 650% in 4 yrs!

Few people know that India's hardware exports registered a whopping 192% increase during just 1 term of Vajpayee govt. Employment generator.

ITES (enabled services) was almost non-existent in India in 1998.By 2004 it had Rs.15,750 cr turnover and employed 2,20,000 youngsters! #BJP

Sher Shah Suri died in 1545. It took an Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 454 years later, to start India's next big road construction project. 2-Jan-99

During 50yrs of Congress rule, India built 556 KM of 4/6 lane highways, at 11 KM per YEAR. Vajpayee/Advani built 25,000 KM at 11 KM per DAY!

Just the Golden Quadrilateral that Vajpayee govt built would save Rs.8000 crore of fuel consumption in India, EACH year. Massive oil saving.

he 60,000cr Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna that BJP govt launched in 2000,was the largest rural infrastructure program in India's history!

Congress guys might not tell you.. 1,86,000 villages in India had NO road connectivity after 50+yrs of dynasty rule. Vajpayee changed it.

Vajpayee's plans to link major rivers to solve drought & flood problem & Rs.1 lakh cr 'Sagar Mala' to set new ports were scrapped by UPA :(

It was Vajpayee govt that approved new airports in Bengaluru & Hyderabad (yes, RG). They also approved Mumbai & Delhi airport modernization.

When Vajpayee took power, the wait time for a new LPG connection was 4-5 years. By the time he quit, it was less than 4 DAYS of wait!

India had 3.37 crore gas connections during the first 40 YEARS of LPG system. BJP govt issued 3.92crore new gas connections in just 4 years!

It was Vajpayee and Advani govt that installed the world's largest solar cooking system at Tirupati temple, serving 15,000 meals at a time!

During Vajpayee's rule, every major public sector unit made profit. SAIL, NMDC, BRL, MOIL, Visakhapatnam Steel kind. Most made losses earlier

Turnover of all PSUs of India, increased by a superlative 48% during the first two years of Vajpayee's PMship. Speaks volume about ability!

Turnover of all PSUs of India, increased by a superlative 48% during the first two years of Vajpayee's PMship. Speaks volume about ability!

Vajpayee government planned the revival of all places visited by the great Adi Shankara, Vivekananda and Gandhi. UPA threw it to dustbin :(

Vajpayee and Advani government cared for India's heritage. They introduced India's first ever manuscripts mission to save precious history.

BJP started India's first ever urban slum housing project, Valmiki Ambedkar Aawas Yojna. 2.25 lakh houses & 30000 community toilets planned.

HUDCO loans sanctioned during 1970-1998 (28yrs) was Rs.4,040 cr for urban infrastructure. During BJP rule,Rs.26,000 crores sanctioned in just 6yrs!

It was Vajpayee's BJP government that enacted the mother of all constitutional amendments. Free and Compulsory education to 6-14 age group.

Housing and Urban Dev Corp Limited sanctioned 65 lakh units between 1970 and 1998. BJP govt sanctioned 73 lakh units in just 6 years. #House

The number of Engineering seats in India increased from 1,34,298 to 3,56,268 during Vajpayee's one term. A phenomenal 165% increase!

Most 'secular' media would never highlight. BJP government under Vajpayee & Advani increased Urdu promotional activities by 10 Times!

Vajpayee extended Integrated Child Dev Services (ICDS) to all 5652 blocks of India. Employed 1million Anganwadi workers World's largest in size!

Rahul Gandhi might do stunts, but it was Vajpayee who seriously worked towards Tribal welfare. Setup India's first Tribal Affairs ministry.

For 50 years Gandhi dynasty gave lip service to India's poorer North East. It was Vajpayee's BJP govt that setup a NEW dept for development of NE

Twenty to twenty-five years ago, even 10 years ago, few of us had heard of Information Technology. Today, exports from this industry are worth $10 billion — that is, over Rs 45,000 crore a year. That figure is 20 per cent of our total exports.  { Link }

Mananiya Atal Bihari Vajpayee's historical speech during confidence motion in parliament on 27th May 1996 after his 13 days government.

Political energy and expansion made BJP the single-largest political party in the Lok Sabha elected in 1996. Asked to form the government, Shri Vajpayee was sworn in as Prime Minister, but the unfortunately BJP failed to gather enough support from other parties to form a majority. Then Shri Vajpayee resigned after 13 days, when it became clear that it was impossible to gather support of majority.
What does Congress lead UPA government have to offer as a comparative to the above stated achievements of previous BJP lead NDA government? All those who would like to challenge the stated facts are welcome to place on record facts and figures please do refrain from rhetorical statements and futuristic claims.
 “Somehow, this idea makes our policy makers uncomfortable. People in government are much happier when they appear to be “doing things themselves” rather than “letting things happen”. After all, they argue, what is the government for if not to look after the poor? However, the question is what role the government chooses in “looking after” people. A direct-subsidy-oriented approach that seeks to feed “those hungry mouths” is a form of neo-colonialism, which will only seek to cripple our poor and ensure that they remain poor for generations. An intensive rural infrastructure-building approach through their participation can achieve, in some measure, what the food security bill never can to remove poverty.”  Link 

“Since the total subsidy paid by the finance ministry on food was Rs 59,621 crore in 2009-10, and nearly half of it went to the wrong persons, the loss due to corruption is really Rs 28,774 crore – calculated proportionately from the amount of subsidised grain supplied to the PDS system, and the amount that actually went to the intended beneficiaries, according to the National Sample Survey.”  Link

Updated on 02nd Jul 2013
The UPA government on Monday admitted before the Supreme Court that the NDA regime, in five years, constructed nearly half the total length of national highways laid during the last 32 years. However, the affidavit revealed that during 1997-2002 (ninth five-year plan), when the NDA was in power, 23,814 km of national highways was added to the existing NH network, or nearly 50% of the total length of national highways constructed in three decades. This remains the largest construction of national highways during any five-year period since independence. 

Updated on 10th Jan 2012

“Language has exhausted itself in describing the year gone by. Every bleak and hopeless analogy has been used: annus horribilis, the year of the scam, the year of the corrupt, the year of nemesis, etc. The ancient Maya civilisation has left for us a blood curdling prophesy, the world will come to an end in December 2012. This may not be true, but the Congress government, submerged in filth, without anyone with inclination, much less courage, to redeem or purify the party is certainly going to end. Anna Hazare may be exhausted or ambivalent, but the people have grasped the truth that their destitution is the direct result of the dacoities perpetrated over the years on their sparse assets.” Link

“UPA-1 will be remembered for two things: the nuke deal, and social sector spending — including the farm loan waiver and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). UPA-2 will be remembered for scams, and possibly the Food Security Bill — the NREGA equivalent which is seen as a vote-winner. But, as always, what looks like an achievement seldom remains one when seen from a long-term perspective. The nuke deal has not brought India any closer to energy security. It has only brought us more protests and public angst: at Kudankulam and Jaitapur.” Link

I welcome a debate and discussion on this…As always, please keep your tone civil, your language polite…no sweeping generalisations please and no personal abuse.  Thank you.