Lok Sabha Elections 2014

Lok Sabha Elections 2014

“I say, vote for the Wolf, he will protect us, take care of us and feed on us…oops… meant to say feed us.” Nigol Abrahamian

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April 16, 2014 · 4:07 am

Man is known by the company he keeps

Modi NaMoThe PR machinery of Narendra Modi will like us to believe that he is different from leaders of other political parties like Congress, SP, BSP, Shiv Sena or even BJP but is he?

Share these facts with your friends and family and tell them to vote for an honest candidate/party this time.

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate has an amazing ability of being able to hide the truth in plain sight. But if one looks a little closer, one finds the cracks in Modi’s Development Model. Does one really needs convicted minsters, and outlawed friends to be a “development” man?

Here are past records of some people who are still closely associated with Shri Narendra Modi:

1. Amit Shah (Former Home Minister of Gujrat, present day BJP poll manager for Uttar Pradesh) – Shah has been charged with murder, and with being the head of an extortion syndicate. After having several bail applications rejected, Shah was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court in October 2010.

Following this, the CBI has approached the Supreme Court to cancel bail granted by the High Court on the charge that he could tamper with the evidences, on which Amit Shah was asked to stay out of Gujarat while his bail petition challenge was in court.

2. Vitthalbhai Radadiya – In October 2012, he has been caught on camera pulling out a rifle, brandishing it and threatening employees at a toll plaza near Vadorara.

He was a congress MP back then, but BJP ignored this fact for vote bank politics, and Modi personally welcomed him in BJP with garlands.

NDTV Video – http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/as-mp-i-deserve-respect-congress-mp-vitthalbhai-radadiya-who-pulled-gun-at-toll-attendant-278927

NDTV article about him joining BJP – http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/vitthal-radadiya-the-mp-who-brandished-gun-at-toll-booth-joins-narendra-modi-s-bjp-339998

3. Babubhai Bokharia sentenced to three years imprisonment for his involvement in the Rs 54 crore illegal limestone mining scam in Porbandar.

Source – http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?286165

While everyone knows that UPA has lost all credibility and become irrelevant, do we want it to replace it with someone who is no better and needs 1000s of crores worth PR/Advertising machinery to brand him as the change agent. Now that we have a real option, do we still need to compromise.

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News which media doesn’t bring you: FACT SHEET ON GUJARAT
• In 10 years 60,000 small scale industries have been closed down. (Source : Director, Department of Economics and Statistics, Government of Gujarat.2011-12)
• Gujarat ranks 5TH in F.D.I. (Source : Director, Department of Economics and Statistics, Government of Gujarat. & Report by reserve bank of India.2011-12)
• The state’s total debt was less than Rs 10,000 crore when the BJP first came to power in Gujarat in 1995. Gujarat’s actual debt has mounted from Rs 45,301 crore in 2001-02 when Modi took over to Rs 1,38,978 crore on December 30, 2012. The debt would mount to Rs 2,07,695 crore as per the state government’s budget estimates by 2015-16. (Source : Director, Department of Economics and Statistics, Government of
• Gujarat. & Gujarat assembly question hours2011-12 )
• Gujarat is at 8th position in agricultural growth. Gujarat is never achieved 10% growth in Agriculture sector. As per Government of Gujarat’s own statistics from year 2005-2006 to 2010-2011, growth in GSDP in Agriculture and Allied sector is 3.44% only-not double digit or 10%. (Source : Gujarat economics and statistics department, govt.of Gujarat And Times Of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Gujarat ranked-8th-in-agricultural-growth Centre/articleshow/20040305.cms?intenttarget=novia @Archive Digger)
• In Gujarat VAT on fertilizer is 5% it is highest in India (Source : Ministry of agriculture, Gujarat,2010-11)
• In Gujarat 26 districts have 225 blocks in which 57 are dark zone blocks. (Source : Ministry of Agriculture, Gujarat and Annual Report Narmada Nigam, 2011-12)
• 455885 Applications are pending for agricultural power connection as on March, 2011 (Source : Ministry of Agriculture, Gujarat,2011-12 )
• Close to half of the states children under the age of 5 (44.6 %) are known to be suffering from malnutrition. 70 per cent are said to be anemic while 40 per cent are underweight. (Source : Planning Commission Report-2012-13)
• In 8 districts and 3 Talukas of Gujarat, 2494 teachers posts are vacant. In 4 dist of Gujarat, approximately 978 schools are running with only 1 or 2 teachers. (Source : RTI filed by Vinod Pandya GOG reply to RTI, 2011-12)
• Health expenditure by Gujarat fallen down from 4.25% in 1990-95 to 0.77% in 2005-2010. Gujarat occupied second position from bottom in terms of allocation of health in state budget. (Source : Planning Commission Report-2012-13 and National Health Profile- Central Bureau of Health Intelligence)
• Gujarat ranks 20th (the bottom) among the 20 major states in the percentage of women with severe anaemia. (Source : human Development report of the year 2011-12)
• Gujarat ranks 15th in malnourishment in children (Source : Human Development report of the year 2011-12)
• Gujarat ranks 16th in children’s anaemia (Source : Human Development report of the year 2011-12)
• Gujarat ranks 14th in rural IMR and 10th in urban IMR. (Source : SRS Estimates, 2012)
• According to report on Global Hunger (2009), Among the major 17 states in India, Gujarat ranks 13th with a Hunger Index of 23.3. The state has been declared as an “alarming state” along with MP, Jharkhand and Bihar (Source : UNDP report on global hunger 2009-10)
• The data show that 67 per cent of rural households in the State ranks 10th in the use of latrines. (Source :National Sample Survey 2011-12)
• Data collected during the National Census 2011 reveals that around 29 per cent of the total number of households in Gujarat is receiving untreated drinking water.
• Approximately 1.75 crore people are not getting clean drinking water. (Source: National Sample Survey)
• Gujarat has 32% poverty in 2001 and it reached 39.5% in 2011. Every 100 person there is 40 persons poor. Statistics of the NSSO show that the percentage of reduction of poverty between 2004 and 2010 was the lowest in Gujarat, at 8.6 per cent. (Source : Report by NASSO on poverty 2012-13)
• 52,260 number of scholarships minority students should have got in Gujarat, through the Centre started a scholarship scheme for minorities; to be shared in 75:25 ratio between the Centre and state to encourage students from poor families to complete schooling. Since the scheme started, Gujarat has let the funds lapse by not sending any proposal to the Centre for giving these scholarships. (Source : A report by Ministry of Minority Affair,MMA,GOI,2011-12)
• 12% Muslims’ share of total bank accounts in Gujarat, but their loan amount outstanding is only 2.6 percent. This proves they don’t get loans. (Source : A report by Ministry of Minority Affair,MMA,GOI,2011-12)
• UNDP United Nations has observed that poverty head count ratio for Muslims is highest in the states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat. (Source : UNDP human development report to UN-2011-12)
• Of 1,958 riot cases reopened after the Supreme Court order, the Gujarat Police made arrests in only 117 cases— 5 percent of the total.
• Gujarat stands 11th in implementing Forest Rights Enactment, 2006. (Source : An article on Gujarat is not tribal friendly? DNA Ahmedabad, Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012,)
• One rape takes place every three days in Gujarat. (Source : A report by NGO Ahmadabad Women Association Gujarat-AWAG-(TIMES NEWS NETWORK, 25th Jan 2013)
• On the women’s health indicators Gujarat Is behind 19 states , malnourishment of children it is worse than 15 states, on the scale of infant death it lags behind 12 states, in constructing dry latrine it lags behind 9 states and a state where 40 out of every 100 are below poverty line, can it be called developed? Crime against women increased by 39 percent. Every three days a girl child is raped in Gujarat, about 60% women of Gujarat are abused by their husbands and 35% daughters are abused by their fathers.
• The Deputy Speaker’s post is left vacant by the Gujarat Government for a decade. (As per article 178 of Indian constitution, it is compulsory)
• Assembly runs on an average for 30-32 days a year. No Lokayukta appointed since last 10 years.
• Gujarat has organized 3716 Employment festival” as per Government of Gujarat own record 10 lacks educated youth are unemployed and a total of 30 lakh people are unemployed. (Source : NASSO Report, GOI, 2011-12)
• NSSO data show that in Gujarat , growth in employment has dropped to almost zero in the past 12 years A recent CAG review on accounts of the States is an eye-opener when it comes to Gujarat, the latter’s high claims notwithstanding. Allegedly there are Rs 16,706.99 crore worth of financial and land allotment irregularities with resultant negative impact on delivery on economic and development fronts (Source : CAG Report 2011-12)
• Spreading lies and rumours using control over media are special tools of the fascist. They use all democratic means to grab the power and once in power they first destroy all democratic structures including the constitution. First they destroy traces of democracy within their party and then they annihilate other political formations. For the past Safeguard Indian Democracy and Constitution one year the fascists are busy silencing voices of descent among their own rank and file.
• If it is as wealthy then why expenditure on health in the state has reduced from 4.25% to only 0.77%?
• If a miraculous development has taken place in Gujarat then why have 60 thousand factories closed down during the last ten years? In ten years state’s debt has increased from Rs 10 thousand crore to Rs One lakh and 38 thousand crore. If development has taken place why are 4 lakh and 55 thousand application for electricity connections are still pending? More than 50% of children and women malnourished?
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March 29, 2014 · 3:00 pm


KANPUR, ( # chhotebhai) — Poll surveys are the flavour of the season. By feeling the pulse of the people they are able to reasonably project or predict the outcome of an election. Before the advent of CT Scans and ultrasound, a GP would feel the patient’s pulse or touch his neck with the back of his hand, and arrive at a fairly accurate diagnosis, and prescribe treatment accordingly.

In public life there is no substitute for feeling the pulse of the people. There is the old Latin saying – Vox populii vox dei (the voice of the people is the voice of God). In ecclesiastical circles it is referred to as sensus fidei (the sense of the faithful).

In 2010 I had written an article “If I were the Pope”, in which I had stated that the pope would conduct a worldwide survey, from the bottom up, to gauge the thinking of the people. In 2013, shortly after his unexpected election, Pope Francis did order such a survey on family issues, sexuality and morality. Several countries have already conducted the survey, and their findings have been made public. The worldwide trend (it was no secret anyway) was that the laity’s understanding of sexual ethics was at great variance from the Catholic Church’s professed stand. The results so far are an outright rejection of the Church’s teachings. On the other hand, the bishops of India have shown neither the guts nor the gumption to conduct such a survey. Are they burying their ostrich heads in the sand?

In contrast, in 2011 I did conduct a survey on behalf of the All India Catholic Union (AICU). Perhaps the AICU, like the CBCI, has also lacked the guts and gumption to analyse the findings of the National Survey, and make its findings public. Though it was my brainchild, it was a thoroughly planned and executed survey, preceded by several rounds of discussions. At my insistence the data was made available to me, and the raw data is given at the bottom of this analysis.

Before one goes to the data it is critical to explain the methodology of the Survey, and also to give a profile of the respondents. If the methodology is correct, the responses free and fair, and the respondents varied and widespread, then there is good reason to believe that the final analysis is a fair reflection of the reality.

First the methodology. It was felt that the common “Yes/ No/ Don’t know” format was incorrect; as there was little that was black and white. Most things were various shades of grey. Hence the Questionnaire followed a grading system on a scale of 1 – 10, with an X mark for a “don’t know”. The responses reflect the awareness or agreement level of the respondents to specific questions, which were objective in nature. Since the Survey sought to know the pulse of the laity (church citizens) in India, it was only addressed to them, on issues that affected them.

The Survey itself was conducted with utmost transparency through publication in various journals, dissemination through the Catholic Associations, and a dedicated website. Even the website was programmed in such a manner as not to accept more than one response from the same email ID, to avoid manipulation of the responses. It may therefore be safely presumed that the Survey was free, fair and widespread.

The sample base of the respondents is over 1000, which is a reasonable figure, considering that poll pundits operate on a sample size of less than 10,000. Though attempts were made to translate the Questionnaire into other languages, it may be presumed that the respondents were basically English speaking or knowing. My home unit, the Kanpur Catholic Association (KCA) gathered all the respondents together (over 50), and explained the Questionnaire in Hindi. In the responses we see two sets of figures, e.g. 3.49/ 1.84. The first index is the All India grading, and the second one is the KCA grading. Since both sets were available with me I felt that publishing both would have its own relevance. In the respondents profile we find that the KCA respondents are somewhat lesser educated and from a lower income group than the All India average. This disparity is reflected in the responses that directly affect the poor and disadvantaged.

The Questionnaire itself had three distinct parts: A was Ecclesiological (pertaining to the internal functioning of the church); B was on Moral and Ethical issues; and C was on Sociological issues or Temporal Affairs.

On Ecclesiological issues we find a below par response, almost across the board. The only area where the church shows signs of healthy improvement is in inculturation and liturgical renewal. When it comes to rights and expectations, they are above par for the “Right to Information”, autonomy, transparency, accountability, dispute redressal and ecclesiastical appointments. The time has come for radical attitudinal transformation, and not just for cosmetic changes as in the liturgy.

On Moral and Ethical issues the Survey reflects the trend in other countries; that there is a yawning gap between what the Church professes and what church citizens are actually practicing. The lowest grade of 0.58 is given by the KCA regarding the laity being consulted on their specific issues of marriage, divorce, annulment, family planning and sexual ethics. The KCA gain gives a very low grading of 1.34 for the automatic excommunication (latae sententiae) of a woman undergoing an abortion, regardless of the circumstances!

In the area of Temporal Affairs/ Sociological issues too, there are only a few areas where the Church gets an above par grade, as in the treatment meted out to dalit and tribal Christians. The highest expectation, with a grade of 8.05, is for the demand for Dalit Christians to be treated on par with other dalits for Govt reservations etc. In this sector too, the KCA differs from the rest on some critical parameters. It gives a very low grade of 1.13 for the Church’s social welfare benefits going to our own people. Apparently the Catholic Church in India does not subscribe to the dictum that “charity begins at home”!

One must leave the readers to study the responses in detail, and arrive at their own conclusions. For now, one may safely state that, to date, this is the most reliable Survey on the life of the Catholic Church in India vis-à-vis it laity. Let us hope that it contributes towards a radical rethink in the Church, followed by concrete action. May the Holy Spirit lead us where it wills, provided, of course, that we are open to its promptings.


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Salesians elect new Mission Councillor

Fr Guillermo Basañes

Fr Guillermo Basañes

GUWAHATI — Fr Guillermo Basañes, former Regional Councillor for Africa – Madagascar, is elected Councillor for the Missions . “With this team and this coach, you can not say no. I accept,” said Fr Basañes accepting the mandate of GC27.

Born October 19, 1965 in Washington, United States, Fr Basañes made his novitiate in La Plata, Argentina, his first vows January 31, 1986 and perpetual vows November 24, 1991 in Buenos Aires, and was ordained priest on 12 August 1995.

A member of Preparatory Commission for GC26, he was elected Councillor for the Africa-Madagascar Region in 2008.

In 2009 he was appointed Member of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Church in Africa in service to reconciliation, justice and peace.”

Fr Basañes succeeds Fr Václav Klement erstwhile Mission Councillor.

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Salesians Elect Rector Major

Fr Angelo Artime

Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, SDB

GUWAHATI — The 27th General Chapter elected as new Rector Major and tenth Successor of Don Bosco Don Ángel Fernández Artime, provincial of Argentina South.
The election took place at 10:20 am today (25 March 2014), on the first ballot.
A long and warm applause greeted the official proclamation.

Don Ángel Fernández Artime, 53, was born August 21, 1960 in Luanco-Gozon, Asturias, Spain; made his first profession on September 3, 1978, perpetual vows June 17, 1984 in Santiago de Compostela and was ordained priest on July 4, 1987 in León.

Standing ovation for new Rector Major

Standing ovation for new Rector Major in the Aula Magna, 25 March 2014.

A native of the Province of León, was Director of Youth Ministry, a member of the Council and the Provincial and Vicar, 2000-2006, and Provincial. He was a member of the technical committee which prepared the 26th General Chapter.

In 2009 he was appointed provincial of Argentina, a position he held until now, by virtue of its role has also had the opportunity to meet and collaborate personally with the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal.Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today Pope Francis.
He holds a degree in Pastoral Theology and a Licentiate in Philosophy and Pedagogy.


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