Friday, September 2, 2016

Ban Culture !

Ban hijab,
Ban naqab,
Ban the scull cap,
Ban the beard,
Ban the turban,
Ban the cross
Ban the gowns,
Ban the holy towns,
Ban all the symbols,
Criticize the naked,
Criticize the covered ones,
Criticize the half covered ones,
Ban green,
Ban white,
Ban black,
Ban saffron,
Shout on whites because they are white,
Shout on blacks because they are black,
You shout on me,
I shout on you,
Converstations are long dead,
Relations are long dead,
Decency whatever is left is dying,
Symbols are rising,
Smbols are dying too.
Kill the identity,
Complain why all are the same.
Create new identity to differentiate,
Find what is common among all.
Start courses on comparative differences.
Start fighting on the differences.
Strive for equality.
Those not ready to become equal, push them hard.
Start complaining about the equality.
Find elites amongst the equals.
Question why someone is more equal than you.
Get confused.
Confuse others.
Strive for simplicity.
It is getting complex.
Take a deep breath.
Sigh ! Alas ! Oh God !

Friday, August 26, 2016

IFSC Code

Indian Financial System Code (IFSC) is an alpha numeric code designed to uniquely identify the bank-branches in India. 

This is 11 digit code with first 4 characters representing the banks code, the next character reserved as control character (Presently 0 appears in the fifth position) and remaining 6 characters to identify the branch. 

The MICR code has 9 digits to identify the bank-branch.  

IFSC is used by the NEFT system to identify the originating / destination banks / branches and also to route the messages appropriately to the concerned banks / branches.

Source: rbi.org.in 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Killings!

Everyone is killing everyone,
because everyone thinks that everyone is guilty.
No one thinks that the other one is right!
People have a vision for their righteousness,
People enforce their righteousness on other people!
Those who do nothing are blamed,
Those who do something are also blamed,
Those who do everything are not blamed.
The world is watching a football match,
they throw humans in one goal,
they throw humans in the other goal,
they count goal made by humans.
Who won?
God knows, I answer.
Whose God? They ask.
Which One? Yours or mine.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Religion & Terror: An alternative narrative

Islam teaches peace to its followers, nobody believes in this narrative. 

Reason: Terrorist attacks happening throughout the world in the name of religion or by the people who use the name of the religion and the holy book for justifying their attacks. 

So, on prime time news the discussion will be religious terrorism (which means Islamic Terror). Some Muslim intellectuals will be questioned in the debate as to why Muslims in this country are not denouncing the act of terror somewhere else in the world.  

Why despite of their best of efforts some one two instances of youth has gone to a path which is not preached by the religion. 

Now, I have a problem with this narrative in my country which is India. Why should there be a prime time debate on religious terrorism and only Muslims have to sit their and justify that Islam does not preaches violence and only some misguided youth are doing what they are doing?

Then i read this article in a website. http://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/is-buddhist-militancy-the-next-wave-of-global-terrorism-76334/  

The article says "Buddhist militancy appears to be the next wave of terrorism in Asia—and it could go global. It’s been happening recurrently in Sri Lanka since the end of the ethnic civil war in 2009, with Buddhist monks attacking minority Muslims (as well as Christians). Similarly, in Myanmar since 2012, Buddhist monks have been openly attacking minority Muslim groups, including the Rohingya.
But now, extremist monks in both countries have formally linked up to form a global anti-Islamist pact.
In September 2014, Buddhist monks in Myanmar, including Ashin Wirathu who once referred to himself as the “Burmese bin Laden,” flew over to Sri Lanka to officially launch the global Buddhist alliance against Islamist militants. We haven’t seen any follow-up on what this alliance means exactly. But at the time, they said the goal was to get more Buddhist groups to join their cause against Islamist militants—partly as they felt their governments would fail to tackle this perceived threat."

The title of the article is "Is Buddhist Militancy the next wave of global terrorism ?". Now, I want the Buddhist scholars to come to a debate in the prime time news in India and face the question as to what is wrong with Buddhism because of which the terrorist activities are being performed by those who are Buddhists.  

But that will not happen because the narrative is set by the west. The question is why terrorism in the world has only one bad guys (Muslims) because they are the ones who have troubled North America and Europe the most. 

The moment one of these Buddhist Terrorist organizations attacks a place in North America or Europe the media all over the world will go crazy and fact finding on what is wrong with Buddhism and what is Buddhist Terror will start. But not before that because the value of life in second and third world is less than what it is in the first world. 

Now, I read this second article. http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/08/20/the-new-face-of-jewish-terror-hilltop-settlers-price-tag-attacks-israel/

The title of the article is "The new face of Jewish Terror...." and it says “Jewish terror” is not new to Israel. In one of the most infamous incidents, the Irgun, a militant Zionist group, set off a bomb in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in July 1946, killing 91 people. But, says Shlomo Fischer, a sociology professor and expert on Jewish extremism, the modern incarnation is younger and more religious, uniting an eclectic group of fringe outcasts around an identity of “romantic religious nationalism.”

Now, I want the Jewish scholars to come to a debate in the prime time news in India and face the question as to what is wrong with Judaism because of which the terrorist activities are being performed by those who are Jews.  Do you think that is going to happen?

The answer is a Big NO. Reason is the same. Those who are getting hurt by the Jewish terror are not in the first world but in the second or third world. So, for North America and Europe the only terror problem in the world is Islamic terror. 

They control the world media and they set the narrative of discussion of the whole world. 

These are only two examples to show that how flawed the narrative is when it comes to act against terrorism.  Terror has no religion but terrorists can be from any religion . This should be the starting point when any discussion on terror starts. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Who audits the Auditor?

As per the consultation paper Efficacy of Public Audit System in India: C & AG – Reforming the Institution, "In India there is no external audit of C&AG's outfit. In practice C&AG nominates one of the Accountant General under him as an auditor for C&AG's office. This is not a very satisfactory arrangement. Commonwealth countries such as U.K and Australia have made legal provision not only for audit of National Audit Office by independent auditors but scrutiny of budget estimates by a parliamentary committee which oversees its functioning. It is for consideration whether an external audit arrangement be made C&AG's set-up in line with the practice in UK."

In United Kingdom, Public Accounts Commission, a commission of MPs approves the budget of the National Audit Office(NAO), Appoints the non executive board members, scrutinizes costs and performance, appoints external auditor of NAO, commissions value for money studies of NAO operations. 

The role of the Public Accounts Commission is defined by the National Audit Act 1983 and the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011. 

There is a need for external audit of the supreme audit institution of the country that is C&AG in India. This will not only improve the transparency within the organization but it will also be comparable with the practice worldwide. 















Source: 
https://www.nao.org.uk/about-us/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2013/02/Introduction-National-Audit-Office.pdf
http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/other-committees/public-accounts-commission/role/

Case for a multi member C&AG

In most advanced democratic countries Audit Reports which are placed in Parliament are finalized through an Audit Board or Audit Commission system in which all the senior officers of the state audit department are represented. 
In Germany the Federal Court of Audit Act sets out the constitutional status of Bundesrechnungshof. All its members enjoy judicial independence and a constitutional status similar to that of judges. The Large Senate which is the main decision making body consists of 16 members and includes President, Vice President and the Directors of Audit. 
In France the Cour des Comptes  is presided by Premier President and  has seven chambers with 15 members. The Cour always acts as a collegiate body, whether in a judicial or non-judicial capacity.  The draft annual reports on the accounts of the state and the management of the state services, agencies and companies are brought before the complete bench presided over by the President of the Cour. 
In Japan there is an Audit Commission consisting of three Commissioners. All major decisions pertaining to audit are taken by the Audit Commission including finalisation of the Audit report. 
In Korea the Board of Audit is composed of seven Commissioners including the chairman. Decisions on policy issues, such as audit and inspection, are taken with the approval of the Council of Commissioners.

In our country there is no system of finalization of audit reports through a formal committee system in which the Dy CAG/ Accountant General / Principal Directors of Audit participate. The audit reports both of the Central and State governments are processed on files by the Dy CAG and Addl Dy CAG and approval of C&AG taken. The expenditure and revenue transactions of the government have increased hundred folds with tremendous growth in government’s activities after independence. 

It is simply not possible for one individual viz. C&AG to be responsible for all audit work of Central as well as State government. There is need for wider sharing of responsibility

The existing  system results in neglect of audit and poor quality of Audit Reports. There is also no system of discussion with Secretaries to government / heads of department before the Audit report is finalized. This leaves yawning gap in the Report, facts and conclusions are often challenged with the result that the main purpose of audit viz. improvement of the administrative set-up and the systems and procedure takes a back seat.

The existing system needs an overhaul. Audit Reports should be finalized through collegiate decision making of an Audit Commission in which all the Dy CAG’s and Addl Dy CAG’s should be represented besides C&AG. The position of C&AG should be that of primes inter pares. For proposed Audit Commission to be effective its members should be given a status similar to that of a High Court Judge with age of retirement as 62.

source: http://lawmin.nic.in/ncrwc/finalreport/v2b1-11.htm

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Review: Who was Shivaji ? written by Govind Pansare

Book Name: Who was Shivaji?
Author's Name: Govind Pansare
English Translation by: Uday Narkar

Published by: LeftWord Books, 2254/2A Shadi Khampur, New Delhi-110008

About the Author:- 

Govind Pansare was one of Maharshtra's leading communist leaders and public intellectuals. He was born on 26th November, 1933 and he was shot at his home in Kolhapur on 16th February, 2015 by some assailants and he died on 20th February, 2015 in Mumbai. 

He was an active trade unionist and a labour lawyer. He also took part in many reform movements in Maharshtra, including movements against superstition and for inter caste marriage. He was a prolific writer and speaker, and authored at least ten books, inculding the best selling Shivaji Kon Hota? 

About the Book:-

The book was originally published in Marathi as Shivaji Kon Hota ? in 1988. The first English translation of the book came in 2005. The revised edition came in 2015 with an introduction by Anirudh Deshpande and an afterword by Prabhat Patnaik. 

The book is originally based on a lecture given by Comrade Govind Pansare in Kolhapur. Pansare has tried to put forward a rational understanding of both the facts and myths around Shivaji's persona and regime from a contemporary, secular and progressive standpoint. 

Pansare tries to show that Shivaji was made a hero by the people of Maharashtra because of his humane policies for the people. The books rejects the idea of Shivaji being a Hindu warrior ruler by citing examples of various generals employed in his army who were muslims. He has tried to show that Shivaji was a secular ruler who treated everyone equally.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Gandhi and his martyrdom

I wanted to write something on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January 2015, but I had nothing new to write. Today when I contemplated why there is a rise in the admirers of Nathuram Godse, I got some answers.
We are basically turning into a nation of angry people. We are looking for a garbage bin, a dump yard, a punching bag to unravel the filth inside ourselves. We are angry because we have not done anything significant for our family, our friends, and our society and least of all to our nation. Now to correct that mistake, we start bashing and who could have been a better punching bag than Mahatma Gandhi himself.
His satyagrah was based on “Love Force”; that one should hate the sin and not the sinner. But why would in the 21st century you would not hate the sinner?
So we have now both the camps of haters: 1. who hate Mahatma Gandhi 2. Who hate Godse.
Unfortunately the second camp people feel that they are the ones who love Gandhi and try to dig out anger from within to shower that on Godse, completely forgetting the fact that Gandhi asked to forgive his murderer precisely for this fact as he did not wanted people to be angry at someone who killed him because he did not know the right path.
All these angry people are sick from inside. They need healing and only then they can heal the reason of their anger, if any.





Saturday, December 13, 2014

-Quotes from Tagore

When we believe in soul the very inconstancy of life finds its eternal meaning and we feel that we can afford to lose.

Man in his anxiety to prolong his pleasure and power tries to make additions, and we are afraid to stop, because we fear that they must some day come to an end.

Buddha preached Maitri--the relationship of harmony--not only with human beings but with all creation.

But in life's growth every stage has its perfection, the flower as well as the fruit.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

नज़्म लिखना-
मन के वनों में जाकर
एक सघन झाड़ी की ओट में
बदन की केंचुली उतार देना है।

- अमृता प्रीतम

(ये लाइन पढ़कर लगता है कि  वाक़ई
सच्ची नज़्म लिखना कितना आसान भी है और कितना मुश्किल भी )