The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Friday, 22 July 2016

ALL IN THE NAME OF IDENTITY POLITICS!

While writing this, German city Munich is under siege. A deadly shootout has seen multiple deaths and it is not over yet. 

And it has come within 10 days of the truck attack in Nice in France that claimed 84 lives and injured over 300. No bullet was fired yet a self-radicalized ISIS sympathizer killed so many - because he was blinded by an idea. 

And it has come within three weeks of the July 1 Dhaka terror strike that left 22 dead. 

And it has come almost within three weeks of the Istanbul terror attack on June 28 that killed 45. 

And it has come within two weeks of the bloodiest Ramadan ever - the month of peace that terrorists chose to shatter the world piece. 

And these are just the few from the latest round of the terror onslaught. Since the advent of the ISIS, the world has seen a renewed form of terrorism that is breaking every mould to chose its methods and is inflicting its damage - in countries as far as Brazil. Yesterday only a news report came that Brazil busted a terror module that was working to target the Rio Olympics that is beginning on August 5. 

There have been multiple terror attacks in Asia, Europe, Africa (and America). 

On average, some 30000 people are killed every year in terror strikes. 

And what lies in base of this madness - is the sheer misuse of a term that has conceptualized and defined (and refined) every breed of politics the world over - ever since we started organizing in different units - and ever since we started realizing that we has an identity - that kept us apart from others. 

Identity Politics! 

Yes, terrorism is nothing but another political tool that draw its existence from the Identity Politics. 

To continue.. 

©SantoshChaubey

Thursday, 21 July 2016

WHY EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD FLOOD AS WELL..

The Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly house was scene to some chaotic developments yesterday. The political opposition led by the Congress was taking on the Madhya Pradesh government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan and an all around ruckus was in the air. 

And in the centre of it was the poor common man – this time afflicted by the flood fury!

And by essential by-product of it - the designs of bureaucratic corruption!

The issue in point was distribution of adulterated and rotten wheat sacks to the flood victims. Reports said some wheat sacks contained as much as 20 kg soil in a pack of 50 kg.

The news had come from a state which has a popular chief minister who has been consistently elected by his constituency and who is now in his third consecutive term. 

Well, it's a flourishing business – the relief and rescue work in the aftermath of annual spells of droughts followed by Monsoon floods – the annual pilgrimage for bureaucrats and politicians who see them as the opportune channels to siphon off money.

We should be thankful journalists like  P. Sainath who devoted their whole life to rural reporting, especially on farm suicides, droughts and agrarian crisis. The book written by Sainath, 'Everybody Loves A Good Drought', makes for a pithy and informed reading. It shows how droughts have become big money spinners for the governing machinery and the appendages dependent on it.

He writes, “A great deal of drought ‘relief’ goes into contracts handed over to private parties. These are to lay roads, dig wells, send out water tankers, build bridges, repair tanks –– the works. Think that can’t total up to much? Think again. The money that goes into this industry in a single year can make the withdrawals from Bihar’s animal husbandry department look like so many minor fiddles. And the Bihar scam lasted a decade and a half. The charm of this scam is that it is largely ‘legal’. And it has soul. It’s all in a good cause. The tragedy, of course, is that it rarely addresses the real problems of drought and water scarcity.”

The above paragraph from his book is enough to sum up the malaise of corruption that has deeply corroded the drought management system in our country. His book says the drought victims call the drought relief bounty “teesra fasl (the third crop), a harvest that never reaches them.

Floods are in the same category – the annual ritual of harvesting illicit wealth.

It's not that P. Sainath was the first person to write on such issue. And as long as the human apathy goes, there will always be the concerned souls exploring our hinterlands to tell their stories who are left on the margins to die. Yes, but P. Sainath gave us a seminal book, an event to talk about, a reference to go back, again and again. 

We are yet to see such a consolidated work on floods - because floods, at times, prove a better milking cow than droughts for corrupt officials. 

The 2013 Uttarakhand floods disaster killed thousands. The rehabilitation process is still not over. But see the crass apathy of the bureaucratic machinery. Those tasked with relief and rescue efforts were busy in minting money – submitting forged bills and manipulating relief figures. While thousands had died and many more thousands were displaced and were in imminent danger, the Uttarakhand rescue officials were busy in ordering lavish foods in hotel accommodations that they claimed cost them Rs. 7000 a night. This and many more shocking details have emerged in many RTI replies. The information obtained clearly shows how the data were manipulated for personal gains – Rs. 200 for half a litre milk, diesel bills for two-wheelers, relief materials to the same lot of victims again and again and so on.

In the season of annual Monsoon floods, first it is about manipulating resources in the name of checking immediate human crisis elements like arranging shelter and food for the victims. In the immediate aftermath, it comes to controlling a looming epidemic because of the stagnant water that carries dead carcass and other pollutants. The rapidly going up floodwater presents a golden opportunity to push for anything and everything - no tenders, no negotiations. The rush to keep supply lines sustained sees cheaper relief materials and medicines being pushed at higher cost. Floods, in that sense, provide a better opportunity to money vultures than droughts. 

Post this comes the phase of rebuilding infrastructure – roads, bridges, railway tracks, embankments – and here the big money lies. Contracts are given to the parties and we all know how it is done.

We all, every year, think about this basic question – that why can't the administration lay out a stronger layer of concrete that would last for at least four-five years? We all know the answer – corruption. Every year, new tender is floated and fund is released to the contractor carrying the work. And it is a good deal for everyone – from government officials to contractors. Money changes hands. The process is repeated year after year, sometimes season after season.

And the practice goes long back. In fact, a 2007 report by the Financial Times, quoting commentators and media reports wrote, “Even flood prevention mechanisms, such as river embankments and sluice gates, are deliberately left unmaintained. Every time they are washed away, it means more money for the contractors, technocrats and politicians.”

The 2007 Financial Times report was based on reports of corruption that was siphoning off money that should have ideally gone to the victims of the 2007 floods that had affected India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Stories of manipulation and corruption in the 2008 Kosi floods of Bihar are yet another eye opener.

Floods present a similar opportunity, like drought – or in fact any natural calamity of big scale - but what makes floods and droughts big opportunities for money minded vultures - are their geographical spread and regular frequency. Their earning potential far outweighs other catastrophic happenings like earthquake, cloud burst or cyclone. These are localized in nature and thus are limited in scope. And even then we find our Google searches inundated with the news reports of corruption and manipulation in their aftermath - replete with stories of human misery. 

Big projects, big money. Small projects, small money. Simple! 

If everybody loves a good drought .. 'that' everybody loves a good flood as well!

©SantoshChaubey

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD FLOOD AS WELL..

The news came from Madhya Pradesh which has a popular chief minister who has been consistently elected by his constituency and who is now in his third consecutive term.  

The Madhya Pradesh assembly had some chaotic scenes today where one political class was taking on the other - the opposition over the ruling class - and the issue in point was distribution of adulterated and rotten wheat sacks to the flood victims. Reports said some wheat sacks contained as much as 20 kg soil in a pack of 50 kg.

Well, it's a flourishing business. We should be thankful to P. Sainath, a sincere career journalist, who devoted his whole life to rural reporting, especially on farm suicides, droughts and agrarian crisis. The book 'Everybody Loves A Good Drought' makes for a pithy and informed reading. It shows how droughts have become big money spinners for the governing machinery and the appendages dependent on it.

Floods present a similar opportunity, in fact any natural calamity of big scale - but what makes floods and droughts big opportunities for money minded vultures - are their geographical spread and regular frequency. Their earning potential far outweighs other catastrophic happenings like earthquake, cloud burst or cyclone. These are localized in nature and thus limited in scope for making money.

Big projects, big money. Small projects, small money. Simple!

So, it everybody loves a good drought..'that' everybody loves a good flood as well! 

©SantoshChaubey

UPA APPOINTED GOVERNORS WHO ARE STILL IN OFFICE (AND WHY)..

Nine states still have Governors appointed by the UPA.

Some of them are completing their terms this year and some the next year. And none of these states have a BJP government. Yes, the party in alliance in two states - in Andhra Pradesh (TDP) and in J&K (PDP) - but the Governors of both of these states are retired bureaucrats and working with bureaucrats is always easy than with politicians. They are always amenable to be co-opted.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, who has the additional charge of Telangana, is completing his term next year. He is a former IPS officer and IB Director. N.N. Vohra, who is J&K's Governor since June 2008, is a former Union Home and Defence Secretary.

Tamil Nadu and Odisha have strong non-BJP state governments with strong chief ministers and the BJP would not like to have adventures here. K Rosaiah, a Congress man and the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, was appointed Tamil Nadu's Governor in August 2011 while S.C. Jamir,  a former Congress chief minister of Nagaland is Odisha's Governor since March 2013.

Ram Naresh Yadav, the controversial Madhya Pradesh Governor, is an old Janata Party name though he contested his last election on a Congress ticket. As a Janata Party MLA, he was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1979.

K. K. Paul who was shifted from Mizoram to Uttarakhand in January 2015, is again a UPA appointee. He was appointed by the UPA Government as the Meghalaya Governor in July 2013. He is a retired IPS officer and the former Delhi Police Commissioner.

Governors of Mizoram and Sikkim, electorally unimportant states, have former Indian government officials as their Governors. Mizoram's Nirbhay Sharma, who has been transferred from Arunachal Pradesh, is a retired Indian Army official while Sikkim's Shriniwas Patil, though an NCP MP, is a retired bureaucrat. Also, either BJP or any of its ally is not in the office in these two peaceful north-east states don't have governments.

They are either the BJP men or have been efficiently co-opted by the BJP - as is the case with non-political Governors appointed by the NDA - or even with the Governors appointed by the UPA. They hold the office directly under the control of the Union Government - willingly or unwillingly.

©SantoshChaubey

NDA APPOINTED GOVERNORS: WHERE THEY COME FROM..

So far, the BJP has appointed 17 governors in 20 states. Three governors have been given the additional charge of three states for the time being – in Assam, Manipur and Punjab. Of these 17, 14 are former BJP politicians – Keshri Nath Tripathi (West Bengal), Ram Naik (Uttar Pradesh), Kalyan Singh (Rajasthan), Kaptan Singh Solanki (Punjab and Haryana), PB Acharya (Nagaland and Assam), V Shanmuganthan (Meghalaya and Manipur), C. Vidyasagar Rao (Maharashtra), Vajubhai Vala (Karnataka), Droupadi Murmu (Jharkhand), OP Kohli (Gujarat), Mridula Sinha (Goa), Balramji Dass Tandon (Chhattisgarh) and Ram Nath Kovind (Bihar) and Tathagata Roy (Tripura).

The other three are known to have pro-BJP tilt – ex-CJI P Sathasivam (Kerala) – former bureaucrat JP Rajkhowa (Arunachal Pradesh) and Ramdev confidante Acharya Dev Vrat (Himachal Pradesh). Similar is the case with the lieutenant-governors of Delhi and Puducherry.

The lieutenant-governor of Delhi, though a UPA appointee, is now seen as a BJP man while Kiran Bedi, the Puducherry L-G, was the BJP’s CM candidate in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls.

Najeeb Jung, a Muslim face, is a logical choice to handle the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi that is always in a combative mood and acts like it is some sworn BJP enemy.

©SantoshChaubey

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

PUTINISM TO ERDOGANISM!

Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan going to be the next dictator of Europe - in fact the only one after Vladimir Putin in Russia (and in some post Soviet countries)?

As 'Putinism' is used to describe the dictatorial run of Vladimir Putin, are we staring at yet another dictatorial style to emerge - 'Erdoganism' - with his designs for an all power presidency in Turkey?

There are both lines of thoughts open right now - that it was a stage-managed coup by Erdogan to cement his position further - or that it was the last remnant of the secular thought process - the hallmark of the Turkish military once - that saw its disoriented expression on July 15. Which way would you want to go?

Over 9300 have been arrested. Though Turkey said today that all those involved in the coup had been arrested, the purge that began on Saturday, is to expected to last till every voice against Erdogan is effectively silenced. Erdogan has been doing it for long but the coup (or the failed coup) is expected to exacerbate it. Let's see what sort of democratic garb Erdoganism gives it.

If the coup was real - as images of protesting Turkish people suggest - would they (the Turkish people) raise their voice against Erdoganism - if it comes to dictate the Turkish way of life - a clear and present danger now?

Would the European community act? Would the European nations take note of it.

Or will they still admit Turkey in the European Union - after this failed coup - if Erdoganism delivers on the financial front - even if democracy is effectively crushed?

Will Turkey become the next Russia for Europe - or energy politics make them different case studies to handle? Many European nations need Russia's energy exports - an advantage that Turkey cannot boast. 

©SantoshChaubey

Monday, 18 July 2016

ABOLISHING THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE: WHY NOT!

At the Inter State Council meeting, headed by prime minister Narendra Modi, three chief ministers – Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banarjee – raised the demand of the scrapping the Governor’s office.

And when we see how political has become the institution of the Governor, the demand has a valid point. Besides vitiating the relation between state governments and the Centre, the Governor offices are a heavy cost burden on taxpayers’ money. They all have palatial residences, offices and an elaborate entourage but their Constitutional duty has become an opportunity of political freeship – a retirement posting – or a gift of political patronage. 

Today’s Governors are far removed from the high pedestal Mahatma Gandhi put them on. He envisioned an institution of the Governor that would be neutral and would work as the Constitutional custodian to help the elected representatives of the states. He envisioned for a constructive outsider’s perspective from the Governors in managing the affairs of the states.

But what started with Indira Gandhi has become a nightmare today. Indira Gandhi started polluting the institution of the Governors by installing people loyal to her irrespective of their credentials. The Governors, in fact, transformed into meek and complacent ‘yes men’ during her tenure. During her 15 years in the prime minister’s office, President’s Rule was imposed 50 times in different states – a record. 

Today’s Governors are followers of that thought process. Though they are appointed in the name of the President of India, their lifeline begins and ends at the prime minister’s office. If Governor’s are in news today, it is only because of this or that controversy - with allegations of them working on behest of the Union Government to destabilize democratically elected state governments.

And they are again in line of fire with the Supreme Court invalidating the Governor's action, first in Uttarakhand, then in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Supreme Court, in a first, dismissed a government in Arunachal Pradesh that was formed by the Congress rebels and had already proved its majority in the assembly floor test - and reinstated the Nabam Tuki government of the Congress party, the leading political outfit of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the predecessor of the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Delhi. Nabam Tuki asked for 10 days to prove majority but the Governor was not ready to go beyond two days – even after the top court’s scathing remarks in the case. Congress could somehow save the day by replacing Nabam Tuki with Pema Khandu, son of former Arunachal chief minister Dorjee Khandu, and a compromise candidate acceptable to both, Congress rebels as well as Nabam Tuki factions.

And the Arunachal Pradesh experience came just after the Uttarakhand embarrassment. Here also, the Governor’s machinations led to imposition of the President’s Rule in the state that was later overturned by the Supreme Court. The Congress government led by Harish Rawat won the floor test under the SC supervision and was reinstated in May 2016, much to dismay and loss of face of the Governor and the BJP led Union Government.

There is a norm that when the Union Governments change, they install their own people as the state Governors to keep a tab on many things - to keep a check - and to act when it matters - when there is a chance (like in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh) – irrespective of the Supreme Court’s 2010 judgement that ruled that “the Governors cannot be changed with change in the guard at the Centre” – a landmark decision that the top court revisited in 2014 while hearing former Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi who had alleged that the Narendra Modi Government was putting pressure on him to leave the office. Though the Modi government sacked Qureshi in March 2015, the case is still in the Supreme Court – on easing Governors out of the office or asking them to resign arbitrarily.

The NDA government, led by Narendra Modi, had its inaugural in May 2014. And in the first two years, it has already changed Governors in 20 states. So far, the BJP has appointed 17 Governors in 20 states. Three Governors have been given the additional charge of three states for the time being - in Assam, Manipur and Punjab.

Of these 17, 14 are former BJP politicians - Keshri Nath Tripathi (West Bengal), Ram Naik (Uttar Pradesh), Kalyan Singh (Rajasthan), Kaptan Singh Solanki (Punjab and Haryana), P.B. Acharya (Nagaland and Assam), V. Shanmuganthan (Meghalaya and Manipur), C. Vidyasagar Rao (Maharashtra), Vajubhai Vala (Karnataka), Droupadi Murmu (Jharkhand), O.P. Kohli (Gujarat), Mridula Sinha (Goa), Balramji Dass Tandon (Chhattisgarh) and Ram Nath Kovind (Bihar) and Tathagata Roy (Tripura).

The other three are known to have pro-BJP tilt - ex-CJI P. Sathasivam (Kerala) - former bureaucrat J.P. Rajkhowa (Arunachal Pradesh) and Ramdev confidante Acharya Dev Vrat (Himachal Pradesh).

Similar is the case with the Lieutenant-Governors of Delhi and Puducherry. The Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, though a UPA appointee, is now seen as a BJP man while Kiran Bedi, the Puducherry L-G, was the BJP's CM candidate in the 2015 Delhi assembly polls. Najeeb Jung, a Muslim face, is a logical choice to handle the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi that is always in a combative mood and acts like it is some sworn BJP enemy.

Nine states still have Governors appointed by the UPA.

Some of them are completing their terms this year and some the next year. And none of these states have a BJP government. Yes, the party in alliance in two states - in Andhra Pradesh (TDP) and in J&K (PDP) - but the Governors of both of these states are retired bureaucrats and working with bureaucrats is always easy than with politicians. They are always amenable to be co-opted.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, who has the additional charge of Telangana, is completing his term next year. He is a former IPS officer and IB Director. N.N. Vohra, who is J&K's Governor since June 2008, is a former Union Home and Defence Secretary.

Tamil Nadu and Odisha have strong non-BJP state governments with strong chief ministers and the BJP would not like to have adventures here. K Rosaiah, a Congress man and the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, was appointed Tamil Nadu's Governor in August 2011 while S.C. Jamir,  a former Congress chief minister of Nagaland is Odisha's Governor since March 2013.

Ram Naresh Yadav, the controversial Madhya Pradesh Governor, is an old Janata Party name though he contested his last election on a Congress ticket. As a Janata Party MLA, he was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1979.

K. K. Paul who was shifted from Mizoram to Uttarakhand in January 2015, is again a UPA appointee. He was appointed by the UPA Government as the Meghalaya Governor in July 2013. He is a retired IPS officer and the former Delhi Police Commissioner.

Governors of Mizoram and Sikkim, electorally unimportant states, have former Indian government officials as their Governors. Mizoram's Nirbhay Sharma, who has been transferred from Arunachal Pradesh, is a retired Indian Army official while Sikkim's Shriniwas Patil, though an NCP MP, is a retired bureaucrat. Also, either BJP or any of its ally is not in the office in these two peaceful north-east states don't have governments.

They are either the BJP men or have been efficiently co-opted by the BJP - as is the case with non-political Governors appointed by the NDA - or even with the Governors appointed by the UPA. They hold the office directly under the control of the Union Government - willingly or unwillingly.

So, in totality, the game is set. What the Narendra Modi government wanted to do the Governors in states, is now more or less done. The government has its men in the offices spread across Indian states.

And the designs are similar - to what we have seen in the past. If the President's Rule has been imposed 125 times so far, there have very few instances when it was a real Constitutional crisis. Mostly, it was the hegemony of the Centre over the states - be it the dismissal of the NTR government in 1984 - or of the Kalyan Singh's UP government in 1997 or - or dismissals of the elected governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in 2016 - and all similar instances in between. We have had even a Governor who was caught getting intimate with three girls in his official residence and he was over 80 then!

Governors have been the figurehead political pawns here. In fact, if we see in the history, we don't have anything to talk about on the contribution of Governors in nation-building. If they are not engaged in the machinations of the Central government to keep a tab on the state governments of rival parties, they are mostly reserved for decorative practices like attending events, inaugurating seminars and regular visits to Delhi. In normal times, we hear about a Governor only when he administers the oath of office to the elected representatives.

Why should we bear the cost of them - with their non-existent presence and thrifty practices when each state has a High Court and its chief justice can administer the oath of office as well as can keep a tab more efficiently to see if the Constitutional machinery is intact? There must be a proper audit to estimate the financial burden that goes into lubricating the institution of the Governor. I am sure it would be huge - especially when we see it in a historical perspective - the five decades of cost overruns - post Jawaharlal Nehru - when big names of our independence struggle like C. Rajagopalacari or Sarojini Naidu were appointed as Governors.

Why shouldn't we uproot an institution that has failed our Father of the nation - our Constitution - and our federal structure - where we envision that the Centre and states would share powers equally?

The courts agree that the Article 356 have been widely abused and have passed orders against it. Political parties consistently talk about it. When Narendra Modi was chief minister, he was a vehement supporter of strengthening India's federal structure. But the irony has been - every political party that comes to the Centre - starts interpreting the institution of the Governor and the Article 356 for its vested interests - including Narendra Modi's BJP.

©SantoshChaubey

Sunday, 17 July 2016

HOW POLITCISED HAS BECOME THE INSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNOR?

The Indian Constitution says:

"There shall be council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his functions except in so far as he is by or under the Constitution required to exercise his functions or any of them in his discretion."

It is this word - discretion - that has been used and abused so many times - that the Article 356 has become a notorious term in India's socio-political annals.

And it has been done mainly by killing the institution of the Governor. A Constitutional position, something that our forefathers had envisioned, has been rendered so toothless that it is seen now either as a retirement job or an office to follow whatever dictum the Union Government issues.

A mere look at the present state Governors would be more than self-explanatory.

20 Indian states and two Union Territories with legislatures have NDA Governors now. Three Governors are holding additional charges of once state each. That makes overall 17 NDA appointed Governors.

Of these 17, 14 are former BJP politicians. The other three are known to have pro-BJP tilt - ex-CJI P. Sathasivam (Kerala) - J.P. Rajkhowa (Arunachal Pradesh) and Acharya Dev Vrat (Himachal Pradesh). Similarly is the case with the Lieutenant-Governors of Delhi and Puducherry.

They are either the BJP men and have been efficiently co-opted by the BJP - as is the case with non-political Governors appointed by the NDA - or even with the Governors appointed by the UPA.

Nine states still have Governors appointed by the UPA.

Some of them are completing their terms this year and some the next year. And none of these states have a BJP government. Yes, the party in alliance in two states - in Andhra Pradesh (TDP) and in J&K (PDP) - but the Governors of both of these states are retired bureaucrats and working with bureaucrats is always easy than with politicians. They are always amenable to be co-opted.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, who has the additional charge of Telangana, is completing his term next year. He is a former IPS officer and IB Director. N.N. Vohra, who is J&K's Governor since June 2008, is a former Union Home and Defence Secretary.

Tamil Nadu and Odisha have strong non-BJP state governments with strong chief ministers and the BJP would not like to have adventures here. K Rosaiah, a Congress man and the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, was appointed Tamil Nadu's Governor in August 2011 while S.C. Jamir,  a former Congress chief minister of Nagaland is Odisha's Governor since March 2013.

Ram Naresh Yadav, the controversial Madhya Pradesh Governor, is an old Janata Party name though he contested his last election on a Congress ticket. As a Janata Party MLA, he was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1979.

K. K. Paul who was shifted from Mizoram to Uttarakhand in January 2015, is again a UPA appointee. He was appointed by the UPA Government as the Meghalaya Governor in July 2013. He is a retired IPS officer and the former Delhi Police Commissioner.

Governors of Mizoram and Sikkim, electorally unimportant states, have former Indian government officials as their Governors. Mizoram's Nirbhay Sharma, who has been transferred from Arunachal Pradesh, is a retired Indian Army official while Sikkim's Shriniwas Patil, though an NCP MP, is a retired bureaucrat. Also, these two peaceful north-east states don't have governments, either of the BJP or any of its ally.

All these are either retired bureaucrats or politicians having connection with the rightwing ideologies at some point in their life. Those who have not been amenable are in the exit zone with their terms coming to end in coming some months.

So, those who hold the office are directly under the control of the Union Government - willingly or unwillingly.

And every government does so - politicising and ruining the institution of the Governor - be it the BJP or the Congress or Janata Party or Janata coalition!

©SantoshChaubey

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

GOVERNORS: NDA/UPA APPOINTED

RESOURCES
NDA (BJP) GOVERNMENT IN OFFICE: SINCE MAY 2014
UPA (CONGRESS) GOVERNMENT: MAY 2004 - MAY 2014 

NDA APPOINTED GOVERNORS 



UPA APPOINTED GOVERNORS


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