Archive for May 2007

A Visa for Dr. Amte

May 17, 2007

I am no noble human reformer but when the papers reported that Dr. Prakash Amte, the fairly well known son of the legendary Baba Amte who works with his wife in the tribal communities of rural Gadricholi continuing the work of Baba Amte had been denied a visa to go to the USA, I felt deeply saddened for in that gesture, I felt that the entire charity sector of which I am a part was shamed. The message conveyed in that decision was that living and working for money is the only valid reason and way to live. The reason for denying a visa to Dr. Amte was that he belonged to the “socially weak” segment of society meaning that he was poor and the United States government suspected that both Dr Amte and his wife were going to the USA to butter their bread and stay on in the USA if they were allowed to land. A large mass of people who are part of this game are simply rich people wanting to be richer.
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UP Polls have a message for India

May 17, 2007

It’s now a time to think beyond caste-based and vote bank-based politics, especially, at this time when people have voted for security, and law and order, which had completely deteriorated during the Samajwadi Party regime.
A section of Muslims concerned about their security and with an intent to keep the BJP away from power, voted for Mayawati. The 2007 UP elections have clearly shown that hardcore Hindutva even with covert media support is not going to help the BJP to win a majority. Abraham Lincoln’s definition of democracy that the government is of the people, for the people and by the people has to be referred to. Sadly now it has become a case of government off the people, far (from) the people and (to) buy the people.
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Criminalization of politics in UP

May 10, 2007

Criminalization of UP PoliticsIn spite of repeated recommendations of the Election Commission to keep people with criminal records away from politics, the political parties still continue to resort to such means. For them the only motive is victory’.
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