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Aspirants rely on black magic for party ticket

Ragini Dwivedi Reveals Her Crush

Cracks in faction-ridden Cong come out in open
election, have come out in the open over ticket distribution. gion was called recently to take stock of


BHOPAL racks in the faction-ridden state Congress, which is desperately trying to put up a united face ahead of assembly

et distribution exercise in MP and holding the responsible for it. They also sought time with Sonia Gandhi on

party in charge in the state Mohan Prakash Friday and four of them were in Delhi. How-

ever, they could not meet her. "I have not gone

A meeting of Congress MPs from Malwa re-

to Delhi. I don't know the MPs who want to meet Sonia Gandhi regarding the screening dia. Party sources said Digvijaya Singh committee meetings," Sajjan Singh told methrough this move was targeting Mohan Prakash rather than Scindia or Kamalnath. gress in the state in place of V K Hari Prasad. For it was he who cut him to size after taking over as in charge general secretary of the Con-

preparations for Rahul Gandhi's proposed meeting, MPs spent more time on preparing a

meeting in Indore on October 24. During the strategy to stop Jyotiraditya Scindia- Kamal Nath combine from walking away with most sources said. Party MPs Meenakshi Natrajan, of tickets in the state assembly elections, Arun Yadav, Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi and ing. The four reportedly took the line that bers of the screening committee how could Premchand Guddu were present at the meetwhen Scindia and Kamal Nath are not memthey participate in its meeting. Obviously, fearing that the two would try to influence the decision of the committee on tickets distribuport for the campaign against screening comof development. Their action reportedly had day and later came to Bhopal. tion, the four reportedly talked to Sajjan Singh mittee functioning, said a leader in the know the backing AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who was at Hoshangabad on Wednesthat those who are not members of the screening committee should not attend its meeting. Before leaving Bhopal, Digvijaya told media The group of MPs shot off a letter to Con-

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gress president, Sonia Gandhi apprising her

of Scindia and Kamalnath "high-jacking" tick-

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BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



Aspirants rely on black magic for party ticket
BHOPAL Ahead of the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, leaders are engaged in practicing hypnosis. Some of the leaders are taking shelter of black magic and sorcery for getting tickets from their respective parties while those who are sure of ticket are trying the unnatural practices for winning the elections. The period between Dussehra and Dipawali is considered as the best time for these practices.Leaders of major political parties are engaged in practicing hypnosis soon after the election examination date was declared. Some of the leaders are even practicing the unnatural means for weakening their opponents. Experts of the field are of the view that the ongoing period as the golden period for these unnatural practices. That is why leaders are engaged to perform rituals from Mass hypnosis to Rajyog pujan for getting power beside other unnatural practices. A youth legislator from the State capital is doing Tantra Sadhna in his constituency . He reaches the temple daily after it doors are closed at midnight and performs Tantra Sadhna with complete rituals. A Minister of the State Cabinet has oraganised Paath (recitation) in Datia while another senior Minister of the State Cabinet has organised Jap (chant) in the Mahakal temple at Ujjain while a senior leader from the State went to Salkanpur last days with his wife and perform special pujan of Goddess. A national office bearer of the BJP routed special prayers at the famous Pitambara Peeth of Datia just three days back. A Minister from Indore is routing special prayers at the famous Chamunda Goddess temple of Dewas and another legislator from Indore is routing special prayers at the Bijasan temple of Indore for getting party ticket. From Congress side a senior leader

said to be in the run for chief minister’s race has routed special prayers at a temple in Gwalior. According to sources most of the min-

isters, legislators and those seeking tickets are engaged in prayers of Goddess and hypnosis to get things done as per their wish.

BJP workers to have greater Rahul’s healing touch for say in candidate selection Ratangarh stampede survivors


mid the flood of support for chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, there is a strong under-current of rebellion within the ruling BJP. With approaching assembly elections, anti -incumbency and fear of workers' unrest is staring the BJP in the face. As a way-out, the state unit of the party has hammered out a three-tier scrutiny procedure from grassroots to the topbrass to involve party workers in the selection of "winnable" candidates for who they are willing to campaign. Situation is such that no leader or sitting MLA can take his candidature for granted. Even sitting ministers will have to undergo the process to be able to get a ticket from the constituency of their choice. Reason: workers from Sheoni-Malwa in Hoshangabad and Pathariya in Damoh, constituencies of forest minister Sartaj Singh and minister for agriculture development Ramkrishna Kusmariya, have protested for a change of candidates in the BJP office. Ministers of the government are also aware that a huge alteration in tickets distribution is essential for the party to make its hat-trick in Madhya Pradesh. Nine times legislator and veteran minister for urban development Babulal Gaur has opined on record that the party needs to change candidates in at least 60 of the 230 seats to ensure its return. Minister for industries and commerce Kailash Vijayavargiya too maintained change of face in 50 to 60 seats. BJP national vice-president Prabhat Jha explained: "A drastic change of candidates is in the process. However, in 2008 too, the party had changed as many

as 53 candidates though more as a fallout of the delimitation of constituencies rather than agitation within the organisation." The selection of candidates is being primarily worked on by chief minister Chauhan, party president Narendra Singh Tomar and organisational general secretary Arvind Menon. Without mentioning the names of probable candidates, the BJP is approaching workers at the levels of district office-bearers, divisional heads and coordinators, grassroots and even former BJP state office-bearers with some questions like: "How many BJP persons can win the polls from your constituency? And who is the best candidate amongst them?" "Candidates will be sieved like tea leaves on a strainer," said a top BJP leader. "Only the finest will get through this selection method. The candidate finally selected will be the choice of grassroots workers, district level functionaries and divisional committees. Once the names have been finalized, everyone will have to come forward and help in campaigning because the candidate has been selected by popular choice. This will beat the sudden insurgency through the ranks before the polls." It will take one more week for the primary selection of candidates. Most seats are likely to have two names through one-third seats will have single candidates when the list is sent before the state election campaign committee. The committee will then use its powers and approve the final list of candidates from the names chosen by party workers. The last step would be to send this list to the BJP national campaign committee which will put its stamp of authorization.

BHOPAL ongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was stunned during his recent visit to Madhya Pradesh after a victim of the October 13 Ratangarh temple stampede in Datia narrated her ordeal and alleged how police threw her into the river during the stampede. Some of the victims claimed that doctors and officers of district administration were trying to discharge them forcefully . A visibly agitated Gandhi expressed his unhappiness over the complaints and asked the doctors to take steps for better treatment. Rahul reached Datia district hospital and met five victims and their relatives, who were injured in the stampede. During his nearly 10-minute visit to district hospital, Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and other Congress leaders, inquired about the condition of those undergoing treatment in the general and emergency wards from their families and doctors. He promised the victims and their families all possible help. A few victims told him that they haven't received the promised treatment yet. Gandhi was originally scheduled to reach here at 9.30


am. It was re-scheduled to 2.45 pm, but due to a last minute change in his plans, he reached Datia district hospital at around 5.30 am from Gwalior. After spending around a few minutes in the general ward there, he went to the emergency room where he spoke to patients and their relatives. "I was pushed into the river by the police, and I suffered injuries in my back and shoulders," Sirku Bai, 60, resident of Datia told Rahul, who then asked doctors to refer her to Gwalior for further treatment. Another survivor Bhagwan Singh complained of inadequate medical facilities at the hospital. Gandhi directed doctors to ensure that none of the victims faced any problems during medical treatment. Total of 46 of those injured in the tragedy have been admitted in the hospital at Datia while others are undergoing treatment in Gwalior. There were also a few who got them re-admitted a few hours before Gandhi's scheduled visit. He also met medicos and inquired about the facilities besides status of the victims. The state government recently constituted a judicial commission to probe the stampede at Ratangarh in Datia district, which claimed the lives of 120 people from the state and neighbouring UP.


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



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Congress finally wakes up to Modi’s appeal
t was after a series of very successful Modi rallies in Hyderabad, Jaipur, Rewari and Delhi that the Congress has deemed it necessary to even acknowledge his appeal. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s assertion at a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh that the next regime will be a government of the youth and the poor is reassuring to Congress workers in a modest way. Caught in the throes of mounting anti-incumbency caused by political and economic mismanagement, supporters of the UPA have been grappling with uncertainty over what the incumbent administration’s 2014 poll plank will be. Rahul hasn’t provided all the answers, but at least he has clearly indicated that a Bharat versus India theme, garnished with the 1970s’ Indira Gandhi-style populism will be a key feature of the Congress’ poll plank. Clearly, the foot soldiers of the Congress are in dire need of some direction in the face of a concerted Narendra Modi offensive that seems to be gathering more and more momentum and even threatening to sweep away everything in its path. For many months, the Congress has been in a state of strategic confusion and even a measure of clarification has been welcomed by all those who feel threatened by a Modi victory . The reasons why the Congress has been tardy in responding to a formidable challenge are worth exploring. For a start, the Congress always felt that the status of Modi in the BJP and the NDA would always be ambiguous. It relied on assessments by experts and insiders that Modi wouldn’t ever be acceptable to the Sangh fraternity . There was also a section of the Congress that genuinely believed that Modi’s appeal was limited to a fringe in the BJP and that his mere entry into the national arena would lead to an automatic swelling of the anti-Modi ranks.

Whatever the reasons, the Congress was caught unawares by the rapidity of political developments. The Congress persisted in viewing Modi as a mere regional player with limited or no appeal outside Gujarat. This may explain why a disproportionate number of Congress leaders from Gujarat were wheeled out for TV appearances to counter Modi supporters. Modi, it was felt, didn’t deserve the big guns blazing against him. It was after a series of very successful rallies in Hyderabad, Jaipur, Rewari and Delhi that the Congress deemed it necessary to even acknowledge that they were being confronted by a force with a rock star appeal. No wonder Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been propelled into launching a frontal attack on a man who was earlier deemed too insignificant to even merit acknowledgment by the top leadership. This strategic miscalculation by the Congress has induced a sense of panic in the party. This dread of Modi has forced the Congress to devote a major chunk of its campaign into a high-cost publicity campaign aimed at ‘exposing’ the Gujarat chief minister as a poor administrator, a man who devours Mus-

lims and who may lead us into a nuclear war. Projecting Modi as the devil incarnate will form a big part of the Congress’ campaign plank for 2014. Whether such an approach works or not, such an approach will inevitably make Modi the main figure of the election. This may unite the anti-Modi forces into forging a grand alliance, but there is an associated risk of popularising Modi to an audience that had either never heard of him or not known too much about him till a month ago. That the Congress may be willing to take that risk is indicative. It suggests that the party is loath to focus too much attention on its 10-year record of governance, and even unwilling to showcase its own leadership too much. This is understandable. For all his other charms, Rahul has shown himself to be notoriously erratic and temperamental. In the course of a fortnight, he has undermined the prime minister to the point of mockery, been unmindful of the Congress allies and rubbed potential allies such as Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav up the wrong way. And there is still another six months of intense campaigning left.

PM can’t assert himself in family-owned party
in office despite the humiliation, many would have seen this as a basic flaw in his character because by clinging to his chair he had compromised the dignity of the office of Prime Minister. Those who demand such lofty standards from Singh and others in his Cabinet seem to forget the basic premise on which the NehruGandhis, who have a proprietorial hold over the Congress, conduct their politics and run the party. Since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, there is a simple rule at work. Whenever a policy or an idea is well implemented by a Congress Government, whether at the Centre or in a State, all credit must be laid at the door of the party’s first family . Axiomatically, when things go wrong, someone in the Government or the party must take the blame. This principle is at work all the time. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the core group that oversees political matters cleared the amendments to the election law. The Prime Minister and members of the Union Cabinet were merely to execute the decision. This exercise went on from August 22 until the end of September when the ordinance was sent to the President for his signature. After remaining a silent spectator for five weeks, Rahul Gandhi suddenly surfaced to say that the ordinance was ”complete nonsense” and must be thrown away . This late realisation came in the wake of public anger over the Government’s desperate attempts to protect criminal-politicians and President Pranab Mukherjee’s reluctance to mechanically sign on the dotted line. Following Gandhi’s outburst, the Prime Minister timidly announced withdrawal of the ordinance, allowed his name to be sullied and ensured that Gandhi and the party’s first family came out looking good. By doing so, Singh was reiterating his commitment to the first principle of governance as far as the Nehru-Gandhis are concerned. Only those who understand this principle and completely adhere to it can secure key positions in the party and the Government. This started during Jawaharlal Nehru’s time when sycophants in the Congress always insulated him from criticism and blamed others for bad policies or decisions.(share your views at

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he people of India were unreasonable in expecting the Prime Minister to suddenly assert himself and resign after Rahul Gandhi's scathing statements. It is not possible to acquire a backbone overnight. Millions of fellow citizens must have wondered why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh swallowed the insult heaped on him by the Congress’s crown prince and meekly withdrew the ordinance to protect criminal politicians. As Singh announced his continuance


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013 4 Kailash deliberately courting controversy?
ot many gave Arvind Kejriwal a fighting chance when he began a career in electoral politics virtually from scratch. The circumstances surrounding the founding of the Aam Aadmi Party were less than propitious; the party came into being as an act of desperation that followed the collapse of the Anna Hazare led Janlokpal movement. Much to the unconcealed glee of the political establishment, Kejriwal entered their arena and was considered by most to have written his obituary from public life. Things have not gone exactly to script. While the AAP might not quite be the frontrunner in terms of electoral victory, it is certainly a significant force, with both the Congress and the BJP having no choice but to take it seriously. For Sheila Dikshit, the AAP plays the role of crystallising and sharpening the unease that voters feel with a three-time government that seems to have lost its way in its most recent term while for the BJP, riven by internal dissent and diminished by the lack of stature of its leaders, it is the AAP that that seems to be coming between an outright victory and a hung assembly . Arvind Kejriwal and his team have managed to shift gears quite dramatically. The Janlokpal movement was essentially a media driven enterprise. Cameras preyed on every word uttered by Team Anna, something that arguably magnified the power of the movement as well as ensured its eventual demise. The media induced hangover continued in the early days of the AAP, with Kejriwal’s attempt to unearth a scam a week. This method



Both BJP & Cong can’t ignore AAP in Delhi
several volunteers, who are part of the team not as professional political workers but amateurs fired by the idea of a new kind of governance. The process of selecting candidates too shows a desire to go beyond the usual considerations that govern the choices made by traditional political parties. On the other hand, not everything about the AAP is necessarily new or easily defensible. The advertising campaign is crude and borders on the vicious. Importantly, it is less than scrupulously honest, making sweeping generalisations about opponents. The campaign is increasingly centred around Kejriwal, and the AAP sometimes seems to be less a mass movement than a cult around an individual. Also, while it is exceedingly clear as to what the AAP stands against, it is far from clear as to what it supports. A single point agenda is fine for a protest movement, but for a political party, particularly new one, it can become limiting. Overall, the AAP is what it appears to be- a brave new force with its heart in the right place that is trying out an experiment in participative democracy. As with the Janlokpal movement, the real issue is not whether Arvind Kejriwal has all the right answers or whether the AAP is in fact the party that will bring about change. It is best seen as an experiment in democracy, flawed in some ways, but alive and real in its intent.

BHOPAL: State Industry Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya who has the knack of courting controversy for his off-the-cuff remarks, appeared to have gone deliberately on a collision course with the Election Commission of India. Sources in the BJP said that fearing defeat in the Assembly elections Vijayvargiya did not wish to contest the Assembly elections but was eyeing for the Indore Lok Sabha seat. The recent behaviour of the Minister has also given air to the speculations that fearing defeat from the Mhow Assembly constituency he wanted that something like that happen that Election Commission disqualify him from contesting this assembly election. So that his reputation also remained maintained and as per the strategy he would become contender for the Indore Lok Sabha seat. Political circles in the state are agog with this strategy of Vijayvargiya. As per his strategy first he openly distributed money among a section of people in a religious function at Mhow and subsequent complaint of that was done with the Election Commission (EC) by the Congress party . Vijayvargiya does not stop after this and struck again in a function and said that he did not believe in the Election Commission and its election code of conduct. Taking serious note of Vijayvargiya’s remarks against the EC, the State Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja brought Vijayvargiya’s statements into the notice of EC, seeking a disciplinary action against him. EC also called for the report of his behaviour from the Indore collector. Meanwhile the EC has served notice to Kailash Vijayvargiya for alleged violation of model code of conduct. However, after receiving notice from Election Commission of India for violating election code of conduct and passing contemptuous remarks against the Commission, Vijayvargiya sulked and said he shouldn't have passed such a remark against EC. "I will reply to the notice but I shouldn't have said what I said about the Election Commission," he said.

had two problems- it was exceedingly difficult to dig up meaningful new dirt all the time and secondly, scams generated ratings but not ground level electoral support. The promise of the AAP is to offer a new way of practising politics and giving fresh meaning to the idea of democracy . The AAP is certainly delivering on some fronts. Its method of funding is unique, depending as it does on supporters quite literally putting their money. The low-cost form of campaigning restores to democratic practice the idea of treating each voter as an individual. The idea that members of the legislature are representatives of people more than their rulers is one that finds expression in the methods used by the party . The campaign consists of

Cong rattled by Madani’s warning to ‘secular’ parties I
t's not difficult to understand why Congress leaders are rattled by Maulana Mahmood Madani's warning that socalled secular parties can no longer get Muslim votes by invoking the fear of an individual. The Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind chief has said in direct language what many others have been hinting at for some time now: Stop scaring the Muslims by projecting Narendra Modi as a demon who is out to devour them, and tell the minority community what you have done for their welfare. The Congress has been milking the Muslim community by creating and then playing on fears that the BJP's prime ministerial candidate spells doom for the Muslims of the country and must, therefore, be shut out. That strategy has worked to an extent but it's past the shelf-life now. Although Madani did not endorse the Gujarat Chief Minister, his statement has led to predictable reactions from Congress leaders, who have questioned the Jamiat chief's “sudden love” for Modi. Instead of condemning the Maulana, the Congress must introspect on his observations, which are rooted in reality. The party has done precious little for the minorities in its decades of rule since independence. Had it been otherwise, the Muslims would not be nurturing the grievance of being left out of the mainstream or not being empowered enough. The social indicators of the minority community are far from robust in most of the States that the Congress rules — or for that matter other so-called secular parties do. Various Government panels have suggested a plethora of measures to uplift the community. Why would have all these been necessary if the ‘secular' parties had truly addressed the needs of the Muslims? The fact is that such parties have used the Muslims as vote-banks by raising the bogey of communalism. But the community has begun to see through their game and is no longer willing to be taken for granted. An indication of this is Gujarat where, despite vile propaganda that the Congress has indulged in, a large number of Muslims have in recent months voted for the BJP led by Modi. The Congress fears that Madani’s blunt call could upset its applecart in the coming Lok Sabha election where it hopes to secure the minority votes in crucial States such as Uttar Pradesh, though it also believes that the Maulana has limited appeal among the Muslim voters. Caught on the wrong foot, the Congress is now seeking to discredit the Maulana by slyly pointing out (without wanting to go on record) that the cleric and others of his ilk are trying to remain politically relevant in an election season. They have also indicated that Madani’s remarks are part of his displeasure with the Congress because the party seems to have nudged close to his rival, the Barelvi sect. The first accusation is amusing, since parties like the Congress (and the Samajwadi Party) have never hesitated to use Muslim clerics to achieve politi-

cal goals. Instead of drawing inferences from alleged internal tussles within Muslim religious organisations, the Congress must look back at how it has exploited such differences to suit its goals. Besides, Madani has made an extremely relevant observation that must not be seen merely from the prism of religion: Political parties must refrain from seeking negative votes and instead talk of deliverables. This is as valid for any other political party — Left, Right or Centre — as it is to the Congress.


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



Smile, for your problems are smaller!
SWECHCHHA OJHA E-mail: f you are worried about small things, be happy because you do not have bigger things to worry about! Imagine if you had a lot of big problems in your personal life, at your workplace or in your family, would you even care about how the dress you wear at the party tonight matches with two other girls at the same party, or how your living room curtains do not match with the sofa, how your spouse doesn’t have time on weekends and keeps forgetting birthdays and anniversaries or how there is less salt in dinner tonight? I don’t think so. Isn’t it a reason to be happy that you have the option to be upset at or particular about smaller things in life because you don’t have to worry about bigger ones? Isn’t it a big reason to smile that you have less reasons to frown about? As soon as big things happen and bigger worries arrive in your life, you will get to know how small things cease to matter all at once and are replaced by worries that do not leave your mind free enough to think about small things at all. Now the curtains, the school homework, the dress, the looks, the broken nails, the old car, the laptop that is not working since last evening, the rain that wouldn’t stop and keep you from reaching office in time or the friend who always keeps you waiting for an hour before turning up for the movie, all these do not matter as soon as a very loved one of


yours has a disease to fight, you have a low salary to fit up with the increasing expenses, the failure in career that you have to handle, the new flat that you have to look for when you are asked to leave your home, the job interviews that constantly keep telling you that you do not fit their eligibility criteria, the failure to understand how to deal with people and relationships, all those big things, all those extreme situations that do not leave us the stamina to fight for very small things are the ones that keep explaining to us that the smaller problems that we used to think were too big weren’t actually real problems at all! And the small things give us the chance to understand that we are lucky to have smaller things to worry about rather than the bigger ones. When we go around the world and see how many people are lying around without any

good clothes, food or anything that is too common for us that we don’t even notice their existence or even understand how important they are for the life we are living. If we think of the problems the people on the road face, we can easily compare our own problems with them and understand how small they are in comparison with other people’s problems. And one is not even required to see other people’s problems, just think about the bigger problems you have had to face in your past yourself ! Aren’t the little things you’re thinking as problems now are way too smaller than those earlier ones to be even called problems? Isn’t it easier to resolve things if we think of them as smaller issues than we actually make them appear to ourselves? We always worry about small things and that worry gives the smallest of things bigger shadows and scare us

just like a nightmare on a dark night! Why do we need to torture ourselves by worrying about things that do not need that much of our attention? Why do we make small things look like beg issues and make our life harder than it actually is? Why do we not save all the energy, stamina, thoughts and ideas for bigger things that may come up from nowhere when we are least expecting them and all entangled in our pretty little problems! It’s all in our own control, how bigger we make a problem and how harder or easier we make our life is all our own decision. We have a pretty short life and it is our own decision whether we make it full of problems grudges and frowns or fill it with lights, flowers, smiles and prosperity by letting small things be small and leaving the bigger ones on their own in order to come on their own time and let them teach you how to deal with them as they are and make you a better and strong person. So leave things on their own to grow in their own time, at their own pace, and do not let smaller things grow a shadow bigger than their reality! Face thing just as they are and stop making things look bigger than they are. And be happy that you are able to worry for smaller things and do not still know what actual problems are. Be thankful to god and pray for these smaller problems to always stay with you so that there is no place for the bigger ones. Keep smiling, keep loving! Bonne journée!

Shamed and scarred: Stories of ‘legal’ abortions in India
newly-constructed three–storied building stood behind the mesh of electric wires hanging from a halfbent pole in Nangloi. The exterior was tinted silver glass fitted into copper panels. A yellow board declared the name of the doctor, boasting several international degrees and medals in gynaecology . The receptionist asked her to sit in the waiting room. “There were three other women there, all in their twenties,” she recalls. She saw the doctor after half an hour. “He saw my mangalsutra and asked me ‘Are you really married?’, to which I had to confidently reply in the affirmative. I made up a story about how my husband is travelling and that’s why he couldn’t accompany me.” An ultrasound and a pelvic examination later, the doctor confirmed that she had an incomplete abortion because of pills she had taken before, and that infection had set in. He recommended surgical evacuation. “He said the only option to get rid of it was through some vacuum aspiration method which would cost Rs. 10,000.” She got Rs. 3,500 per month as pocket money, which included travel to college. Her friend Gayatri lent her Rs. 2,000, and another friend from college contributed Rs. 2,000. “I was still short by Rs. 2,500. I lied to my father. I told him my friend urgently needed money to pay the security (deposit) at her paying guest accommodation.” Her name is Mitra. She was 20 years old, in her second year of college. Two weeks earlier, she had found out that she was pregnant. Mitra’s boyfriend had stopped taking her calls after she told him the pregnancy test was positive. Mitra had heard of acquaintances and friends undergoing aborwith the National Rural Health Mission to reduce maternal deaths due to unsafe abortions. In August, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said data on the number of unsafe abortions in India was unavailable in the Central Health Management and Information System of the National Rural Health Mission. According to government data for 2008-09, however, a total of 11.06 million abortions were recorded that year. Abortion was made legal in India by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, which was passed by Parliament in 1971 and came into effect in 1972. The Act permits abortion if the doctor believes “in good faith” that “…the continuance of the pregnancy would involve a risk to the life of the pregnant woman or of grave injury to her physical or mental health; or there is a substantial risk that if the child were born, it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”. As a result of this focus on maternal health, the onus still lies on the woman to explain or prove how it will harm her physically or mentally. It is almost implied that married women must state contraceptive failure and single women must state coercion or rape as a reason for pregnancy . Merely stating that it is an unwanted pregnancy is not enough. Then, in 2004, the government endorsed guidelines on the appropriate use of Mifepristone and Misoprostol for self-induced abortion. However, the government has not yet introduced drugs for abortion in public clinics and hospitals. On the face of it, abortion is legal in India—unlike in a number of Western countries—but women have hardly any control over their reproductive future.

tions and had researched abortion pills online. Armed with that knowledge, Mitra went to a pharmacy and bought Cytotec, an abortion-inducing drug sold for Rs. 32. Misoprostol—the generic name of Cytotec—cannot be legally sold without a doctor’s prescription, but it can be easily bought over the counter, as was done by Mitra. She dutifully followed the instructions to keep the tablets under her tongue for 30 minutes. Mitra started bleeding within two hours. Over the next two days, she missed college due to heavy bleeding and nausea, and later experienced morning sickness. She thought that it was an after-effect. She couldn’t sleep on her right side as it hurt. A week had now passed. Her friend spoke to some girls in her PG accommodation and suggested the clinic in Nangloi. “I was let off after half an hour in the operation theatre. For the next two hours, I was hallucinating,” she says. A month later, she got a call from a courier company to confirm her address.

Within an hour, a police officer with two women constables landed up at her house in Noida. The Nangloi doctor had been arrested a week earlier under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act for conducting sex-selective abortions. Mitra’s number was found on the doctor’s phone. Mitra was not allowed to go back to college. Her father didn’t speak to her for a month, till she started experiencing heavy abdominal pain and excessive vaginal bleeding. A proper diagnosis revealed an infection in her fallopian tubes: damage caused by the irresponsible surgical procedure performed by the Nangloi doctor. Mitra will never be able to conceive. She was forced to switch to the school of correspondence courses in Delhi University. She and her younger sister are hardly let out alone. …….. In India, a woman dies every two hours because she’s had an unsafe abortion, according to estimates by Ipas, an international organisation that works


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



BJP MLAs face workers’ ire in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR he ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh is facing a rough weather in deciding its candidates for the first phase of polling due to massive resentment among partymen against sitting legislators. This even as the scramble for tribal votes intensify . Polling for the first phase would be held in 12 assembly constituencies of the Bastar region. Initially the BJP maintained that it was not seeking any applications from prospective aspirants for the 90 assembly constituencies but later the party deputed a team of observers to sense the mood of party workers in every assembly segment. It opened a Pandora's box with BJP workers, led by a large number of ticket seekers, coming out in open against sitting legislators. BJP in tribal Bastar region- where it had won majority of the 12 seats in the last two polls in 2003 and 2008-is facing a piquant sit-


uation this time, ruling party circles said. For the BJP, politics in tribal Bastar had always revolved around veteran leader Baliram Kashyap - a former minister during undivided Madhya Pradesh and a four-time member of the Lok Sabha. After his death two years ago, his kin who are also involved in active politics in the region finds themselves struggling to fit in into the political space vacated by the senior Kashyap. In August this year, the 'prince' of the erstwhile royal family of Bastar Kamal Chandra Bhanjdeo joined BJP. Being the initial days

of new high-profile entrant into the party, the already established party leaders, including legislators, are still facing adjustment problems, worrying how politics of Bastar would shape up in the coming years. It's learnt that BJP is also treading with caution as far as distribution of tickets in Bastar region is concerned. In announcing the list of candidates for the first phase of polls on November 11, Congress has taken the lead over the ruling party . "Our list of candidates is totally balanced and overall it was welcomed. There is no resentment at any level", said state Congress spokesman Shailesh Nitin Trivedi. The state BJP, however, sought to downplay the Congress decision to field Alka Mudaliyar, wife of slain Congress legislator Uday Mudaliyar who was killed in May 25 Maoist ambush in Bastar, against chief minister Raman Singh in Rajnandgaon saying "Singh had nursed the constituency well and have a direct connect with voters. I don't think that emotional card will work against him". Dur-

ing the last few days, BJP workers from various constituencies including some ministers and other senior legislators were mounting pressure on the party for replacing their sitting legislators. In the state capital, a group of party men demanded fielding a new face from Dharsiva, being represented by senior legislator Devji Bhai Patel. Patel's supporters too went to party office to show their strength. Besides, there has been a strong opposition against nearly two dozen out of the 50 sitting BJP legislators-indicating towards the strong anti-incumbency factor prevailing in the state. Chief minister Raman Singh said "Winning prospects is the only criteria for tickets". He indicated that the party might replace about 10 to 15 candidates to introduce new faces. Meanwhile, party sources indicated that some of the legislators could be denied ticket and would be fielded in the Lok Sabha polls as part of a strategy while few sitting MPs could get tickets to contest the assembly .

Tech-savvy tribal youths take to Akhilesh’s claims of a clean govt prove hollow social media to trigger a change C
every day they receive 30 to 40 requests on social networking site. Hiralal, who hails from tribal district of Barwani, said after holding discussion with educated tribal youths and analysing the ground situation, they have realized that tickets for assembly and parliamentary election were given to illiterate tribals or candidates, who were ignorant of real problems confronting them. "Despite having so many tribal MLAs and MPs, genuine issues were never raised. If you see the number of question asked by these tribal leaders in assembly and Parliament, the number is almost nil," Hiralal said, adding educated tribal youth should be given political representation in the election so that they can raise issues related to them at the highest level. Hiralal said internet and social networking sites, in particular, have changed the scenario. Today, most of educated tribal youths are using mobile and internet and it has provided us an opportunity to come together by using social networking site, he said. Laxman Maravi, 35, who is working after doing ITI and a resident of Mandla district, said candidates for assembly election should be local, aware of local problems and should be educated. "Even six decades after the independence, tribal areas have not seen light of development. My village is 97km from district headquarters and we have to travel 20km to reach road," Maravi said. Like Hiralal, he strongly feels tribals' problem could be solved by educated representatives. Anil Gond, 29-year-old, said since the independence tribals have been losers and have gained nothing. They have to struggle for small things. "Our anger is against the system and not directed at any particular party . Now, we want to change all that. Education is important for uplift so we want that our candidate should be educated who understands the importance of quality education," Gond, a science graduate from the Anuppur, said, adding a large number of tribals are still deprived of quality education. ommunal riots, jailbreaks, kidnapping, gun battles in courts and the crippling power shortage are all taking their toll of UP’s economy The re-induction of controversial Uttar Pradesh politician Raghuraj Pratap Singh — better known as Raja Bhaiya —as a cabinet minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government symbolises the rot that has set into the country’s most populous state under a young chief minister, who raised public expectations sky high when he stormed to power 19 months ago, only to dash them. The foreign-educated engineerturned-politician Akhilesh was welcomed as a breath of fresh air by the people of the state when the Samajwadi Party rode to power, rejecting the authoritarian rule of Mayawati. People at large believed that he would break new ground and mark a clear break from the inglorious path that Mayawati and her predecessor Mulayam Singh Yadav treaded. The Samajwadi Party has always been known to play vote-bank politics by appeasing Muslims. Now, it has gone a step further by seeking out Thakur votes, by re-inducting Raja Bhaiya into the cabinet. Considering that Raja Bhaiya has as many as 45 criminal cases against him, there could not have been a better example of cynical disregard for public yearning to see better law and order under the Akhilesh regime. All the claims of the Samajwadi Party at the time of the last elections of a clean government and an assault on crime have been proved utterly hollow. Indeed, law and order has become hostage to political bosses, as had happened during Mulayam Singh’s rule and with developmental works in doldrums, the tide is turning against Akhilesh and could jeopardise the Samajwadi Party’s performance in the gen-

INDORE: Cut off for years of neglect, a group of educated and tech-savvy tribal youths have taken to social media in a big way to trigger a change at the hustings. Unshackled by considerations of winnability, they are trying hard to set an agenda for the larger good of their lot. Disgusted with the present crop of politicians for their failure to highlight issues related to tribals, educated youths have put social networking sites to good use - campaigning for educated candidates from tribal areas. And yes, the social sites are proving a potent tool. Incidentally, it is the same group, which had organized "Facebook Adivasi Yuva Sakti Millan Samaroh" at Barwani in May this year. Then, thousands of tribals from across the country gathered there to discuss pressing issues and chalk out an action plan. Five months later, taking it to the next level, they have started a campaign on social networking sites to demand fielding of deserving educated candidates in the state going to assembly polls next month. They realize the importance of numerical strength in a state where tribals constitute 22 per cent of population and 47 out of 230 assembly constituencies are reserved for them. They know well, political parties give ticket to tribal not as a favour but of sheer compulsion Dr Hiralal Alawa, senior resident doctor at neurology department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), is the man who conceptualized and kick-started the drive. Till now, they have managed to get response from nearly 8,000 educated tribal youth and

eral elections due in the middle of next year. Young Akhilesh is aware of the extent to which the support for his party is eroding, but does not have the gumption to tell his father Mulayam and his henchmen that they are harming the party grievously by playing the politics of strong-arm tactics. The state of deteriorating law and order is manifest in how a senior minister has been accused of kidnapping a chief medical officer; six gun battles have taken place inside courts; there have been more than 12 attacks on police stations and policemen; three jailbreaks have been attempted; and seven communal riots have left more than 12 dead across the state. The situation is getting worse instead of getting better. Adding to the government’s woes is the serious power situation and its crippling effect on the state’s economy . A new dimension was added to the Akhilesh government’s use of minority Muslims as a vote-bank and his patronage to land mafias, when IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who was crusading against illegal mining of sand in the Gautam Buddha Nagar, was suspended on the pretext that she had got the boundary wall of an unauthorised mosque in Greater Noida demolished, causing tension that jeopardised communal peace in the area. The serious mishandling of the Muzaffarnagar riots by the Akhilesh Yadav government , in which at least 43 people were killed and nearly 100 injured, has distanced the Samajwadi Party from the very Muslims who it sought to polarise in its favour. The purported role of senior leader Azam Khan in pressurising the policemen to prevent them from controlling the rioters has brought disrepute to the party as a whole. The Congress Party, which is allied with the Samajwadi Party at the Centre, did everything to puncture Akhilesh’s credibility for its own ends. Fearing that the mis-governance would prove a liability for the party in the Lok Sabha elections due next year, father Mulayam is now making it a point to pass on the blame on to his son, to nurture the fiction that the party would be different in the Lok Sabha. But such gimmickry fools few.


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



Ragini Dwivedi Reveals Her Crush
andalwood actress Ragini Dwivedi, who created a huge buzz, by saying that she will be doing an item number in Bollywood movie, is making a news again. The actress has revealed her crush's name in the micro blogging site. After hearing the news, Ragini's fans thought it would be Kannada actor Loose Madha aka Yogesh. But later, they were shocked by seeing the photo of a guy, who does not belong to any of Indian film industry . It is reported that Ragini Dwivedi has posted the photo of the Hollywood star Gerard Butler on her social networking and said that she is having a crush on him. She had also asked her followers, do they know him. Ragini has also said that she fell in love with the actor at first sight. This has left Ragini's fans with the broken heart and they gave a mere response for the post by asking her, why she is going behind a foreign guy, when she can find many handsome hunks in India. Meanwhile, Ragini will be flying to Mumbai to shoot an item number for the Bollywood movie Rambo Rajkumar, which stars Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha.

umbai, Oct 18 (PTI) Actress Priyanka Chopra insists she is the heroine of 'Krrish 3', which also stars Kangana Ranaut. Kangana had initially turned down the film as she was concerned about sharing screen space with Priyanka. Earlier, Jacqueline Fernandez, Chitrangada Singh, had similar concerns and they rejected the film. "A lot of girls rejected that role. It is really stupid to do it as it is an amazing role," Priyanka said.

I am the heroine of 'Krrish 3': Priyanka Chopra


Hrithik Roshan Uses Shahrukh Khan's Strategy To Woo Tamil Audience B
ollywood in the recent years is trying hard to increase its base all across the world. Mainly, filmmakers have set their eyes on expanding a strong market within the country . The first among them, seems to be, is none other than Tamil Nadu, a place where Hindi films hardly worked at Box Office. It was superstar Shahrukh Khan, who took initiative to reach the Kollywood audience through his Ra.One. Soon a few other stars followed him. The latest person to use the this strategy is none other than Hrithik Roshan. Hrithik Roshan, who is gearing up for his next release Krrish 3, seems to be following the footsteps of Shahrukh Khan. He is leaving no stone unturned to publicise the Hindi movie. The Hindi actor recently confessed that he has highest respect for namma Rajinikanth. Hrithik went on to say that the superstar is like his mentor. It has to be noted that the junior

Roshan had worked with the Endhiran actor in Hindi movie Bhagwaan Dada way back in 1986. "There are so many . But I do want to work with Rajini sir. I've worked in a film with him years ago as a child artist. It would be an honour if I could work with him now," Hrithik said recently .

When Amitabh Bachchan was slapped by a monkey
Man vs monkey. Monkey wins. Sounds like a film plot? This isn't Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. It's much closer home Haridwar, in fact, was the setting for a superstar-simian faceoff and the superstar in question was no less a person than Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan's latest Facebook memoir dates back to the late '70s when Big B was shootingGangi Ki Saugandh, costarring Rekha, Pran and Amjad Khan, in Haridwar. The shoot involved skin-of-teeth horseback heroics and an unscripted close encounter with a gang of hardcase langoors. This is Mr Bachchan's retelling: A picture that takes me back to the days of shooting for Ganga ki Saugandh. This is on the road as we drive to Laxman Jhula, near Haridwar, over the sacred Ganges, where we were shooting a sequence. For the first time and perhaps the last, I was asked to gallop on horseback on the bridge itself. It is a very delicately built construction at a height of approx a 100 feet above the river, of thin ropes and some iron and just about enough width to take single filed devotees on foot. Sultan Ahmed, the director wanted reality, and when the local army group that was with us assisting in the shoot, declined to allow any from their group to ride on, considering it to be too dangerous, he asked me to do it live .. which ... yes I did ..! They were wild days then and such heroics were the order of the day ! But back to the picture. This a moment

while driving back to our rest house in Haridwar. On the road are these monkeys called 'langoors' ... they have almost white faces and grey skin texture, very long tails which possess the strength of an elephant, loitering about in search of food. When a car stops, they actually come alongside and virtually beg for food to be given to them. I got off the car and fed several of them with gram and bananas, as can be seen by one of them reaching out. An almost domestic like script followed soon after this photograph. The other two or three 'langoors' by the side, noticing that my attention was dedicated to this one fellow, angered, jumped up and slapped me on my face .. human like .. demanding that attention be paid to him also ... I cannot remember if it was a female ... !!! ha ha ah .. That person by my side is my make up man Deepak Sawant .. he has served me for over 35 years ! And is still with me !!


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013

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Why Prince Charming Rahul Gandhi can’t win votes for Congress
rinceling Anointed’, said a Economic and Political Weekly headline alluding to Rahul Gandhi‘s promotion in the Congress as the party’s Vice President. In the headline itself, the editorial published in February this year summarizes what ails Rahul’s political career and with it the Congress’ poll prospects in 2014. The notion that Rahul Gandhi has inherited his position in the political hierarchy of India as a family heirloom and hence does not rightly deserve to call the shots in the party which aspires to run the Indian government for one more term, constantly shadows all his efforts to lead the Congress from the front in poll campaigns. An Economic Times survey, conducted in association with Nielsen, goes on to strengthen the belief that Rahul is hardly an answer to Congress’ woes in the upcoming state and general elections. The survey which covered more than 8,000 rural and urban respondents in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar reveals that a greater percentage of people seem to find Narendra Modi a more fitting Prime Ministerial candidate than Rahul Gandhi. The results show that in Bihar alone, Narendra Modi gets a whopping 58 percent votes for becoming the PM and Rahul Gandhi is stuck at 40 percent. An Economic Times article, putting the Rahul-Modi battle in yet another (of many) perspectives, says: “While only 9 per cent respondents in Uttar Pradesh found Gandhi a suitable candidate for the prime minister’s post compared with Modi’s 50 per cent, his rating was marginally better in Bihar where 19 per cent backed the Congress scion’s suitability. But Gandhi trails Modi in every category of voters — gender, age groups and rural-urban. Modi, 62, also has more traction among the young and first-time voters, despite being 19 years older than Gandhi.” One would wonder, what then, except UPA’s miserable track record in the past four years, that has eclipsed Gandhi. Rahul’s political career might have been lacklustre, but it is not exactly blotted with allegations of corruption, misbehaviour or violence. Unlike say a Salman Khurshid, the young Gandhi doesn’t come across as having a huge chip of elitism on his shoulder – you wouldn’t hear him dropping names of universities he attended abroad. Unlike a Shashi Tharoor from his own party, his personal life is as controversy-free and insipid as his poll competition, 62-year-old Narendra Modi. Also, on a good day, he does try making the right noises about governance and the political system in the country . However, despite what seems like a perfectinitial reluctance to get involved in active politics, and Rahul comes across as a politician by accident, not choice. To add to his woes are his party colleagues, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s constant reference of him as the Congress’ PM candidate in the upcoming polls. Though neither of the Gandhis have come forward and made any such claims, the rumours to that effect have made Rahul seem like a politician with zero administrative acumen or experience aspiring to run the country at one go. Does he seem like a convincing alternative to Narendra Modi who has been voted into power as a state’s CM for three terms in a row, despite the riots in 2002? No. A administrator with no experience versus an administrator who has floundered once is hardly much of a stiff contest. The EPW article succinctly sums up the sentiments against Rahul and the Congress: Rahul Gandhi’s mediocre political career seems to have been no stumbling block to becoming the Congress’ leader-in-waiting. This says a lot about the state of India’s grand old party. The average Congress activist is expected to spread the glory of the first family; the second-rung of leaders is expected to implement what the first family and its lieutenants decide, and the lieutenants are chosen to serve the first family on the basis of their loyalty to the Nehru-Gandhis. And as the twin speeches in Madhya Pradesh, parts of them almost identical, showed, Rahul at times might come across as an enthusiastic youth leader but he is far from becoming an astute politician. One has to refer to the difference in the BJP and Rahul’s response to mishaps in BJP-ruled and Congress-ruled states. From the communal riots in Assam to the flash floods in Uttarakhand, the BJP hammered the Congress government on lack of preparedness, shoddy administration and weak relief system relentlessly. Rahul, on the other hand decided to bring up a fairly philosophical concern over respecting the dead while admonishing the MP government for two stampedes in five years. He made no mention of administrative failures, no mention of security lapses – he said that the MP government doesn’t know how to ‘respect the dead’. What does a voter understand of him from such a declaration – that he is more concerned about secondary realities in his country . If he has failed to point out the administrative failures, he must himself have little knowledge or understanding of the same. And that doesn’t a great national leader make.

ly acceptable resume for a successful politician in India – right to the white kurta pajamas – Rahul’s potential is undercut by a gamut of factors. And it starts with his severe drought of charisma – no, not of the dimpled youth type, but of the abrasive, adrenaline-charged, decidedly masculine variant that seems to strike a chord with the masses at large. Aggression, which mirrors the ferocity of dissent and frustration simmering in people, seems to be the key to successful poll campaigning this year – something that Narendra Modi has cashed in abundantly. From taking down the Prime Minister to deriding the Gandhis’ dynastic approach to politics, Modi has made just the sounds that the crowd loves to hear. Rahul on his part has tried to replicate the same let’sclean-the-system chorus, but his claims have been rendered hollow by the fact that he belongs to the first family of the party that runs the government. While Rahul might drip humility in public rallies, his speeches point at a sharp departure from the realities of contemporary politics. For example in Thursday’s speech, while addressing a largely rural audience in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh, Rahul said, “There are more people who go hungry in Madhya Pradesh than in Africa.” He made the rather questionable claim before an audience who is supposed to benefit from the Food Security Scheme without much realising that Africa’s long history of malnutrition might be something that his audience is neither aware of, nor cares for. What such declarations effectively does is firstly alienate the rural voter by talking to them in a rhetoric that doesn’t interest them. Then, he turns away the voter with interest

in such trivia with such misleading, pointlessly hyperbolic information that only underlines the immaturity of Rahul’s political idiom. At its best, Rahul’s speeches sound like a spirited drawing room debate over a cup of coffee – high on idealism, low of practicality . Then again, his overzealous attempts to connect with the masses always runs the risk of coming across as phony. To rid the baggage of dynasty, Rahul’s bends twice over to assure his voters that he is one of them. In the Gwalior speech on Thursday and in several other previous speeches, Rahul constantly tries creating a ‘them-and-us’ binary . When he speaks, he tries to speak in the voice of the ‘other’ – the ones left out in the mallshighways development scramble. “What is the development they are talking about? They want you to look at shiny cars and AC rooms on a hungry stomach. We want you to live a dignified life on the other hand,” Rahul said. He almost makes the ‘shiny cars’ sound like some evil of a world he and his audience doesn’t belong to. However, even a poor farm labourer will be sharply aware of the fact that after the speech Rahul too will go back to the same AC-luxury car life. Therefore, while the leader-voter breach is a reality in all political narratives in India, in Rahul’s case it becomes doubly obvious. The accusations of incompetence against Rahul again is solely based on the Congress’ performance in the government over the past nine years. While Modi has a fairly successful state administration to flaunt, even though that is no clear evidence of his talent to run multicultural, multi-ethnic country like India, Rahul hasn’t even held a mildly important portfolio in the government. Add to that the memory of his

Modi targets UPA over R Unnao digging, rakes up blackmoney issue


aking up the issue of blackmoney, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today targeted the government for being unable to bring back the money stashed by Indian “thieves and looters” in foreign banks. He raised the issue while mocking at the excavation being conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh after a saint said he had dreamt about 1000 tonnes of gold being underneath at a place there. “The whole world is laughing at us over this bizarre exercise. Somebody dreamt and the government has

launched an excavation…The money hidden by thieves and looters of India in foreign banks is much more than 1000 tonnes of gold. If you (government) bring back that money, you won’t

have to do digging for gold (in Unnao),” Modi said here while attacking the government. Addressing a gathering here, the BJP leader said a “cyclone of change” has gripped the nation. He referred to the cyclone ‘Phailin‘ which recently hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and said it did not make much impact as the “cyclone for change” is already underway in the country . He said “people are dreaming of Congress-free India” and Tamil Nadu, where BJP has little presence, is also part of this wave. “In north India, nobody believes that even in Tamil Nadu there is a wave of change,” he said and referred to his big rally in Trichy a few weeks back to buttress his point.


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



Entry of Foreign Airlines Will Benefit Travelers
(India) Ltd. Singapore Airlines is making its third attempt to start an airline in India with Tata Sons. The current rush of airlines entering India follows the lifting of investment restrictions by the government in September last year. Foreign airlines previously were barred from investing in Indian carriers, because the government feared that local companies would be taken over by foreigners. The investments come as the domestic industry is picking up. More Indians are flying and airlines are able to charge higher fares. The rise in fares is mostly driven by reduced capacity . The grounding since last October of Kingfisher Airlines Ltd., due to a cash crunch, led to a sudden shortage in plane seats. While the entry of more competitors will be good for consumers, it may be bad for the overall health of the domestic industry . Most airlines struggle to remain profitable, plagued by high operating costs. Prices of jet fuel account for around 40% of an Indian carrier’s operating costs, and are more than a third higher than in Dubai or Singapore. Airports fees at most of the major airports are higher than their foreign counterparts. The sector is also highly capital intensive, with plane orders typically costing billions of dollars. To keep costs low, AirAsia India will have its base in the southern metropolis of Chennai, with additional hubs in Kochi and Bangalore. The airline plans to avoid popular (and profitable), but expensive routes to Delhi and Mumbai. Keeping costs down will be an essential component of staying profitable in India. “The (aviation) companies are prone to becoming distressed assets due to their cost structure related inefficiencies driven by taxation and regulatory issues, high financial leverage and chronic cash flow generation issues,” India Ratings & Research Pvt., formerly known as Fitch Ratings India, said in a recent report. High taxes on jet fuel in India erode operating margins by around 12%-18%. The entry of new competitors could spark a price war, which will be good for travelers in the short term, but worrisome for the long term health of the domestic industry, the report said.

he entry of foreign airlines into India will be a boon for passengers, but it creates potential problems for the health of the domestic industry . Three foreign carriers have announced plans to begin operations in India. The increased competition will help drive down fares, analysts say . “It will give more traveling choices, dense network, competitive fares and improved service standards,” said Kapil Kaul, chief executive for South


Asia at CAPA-Centre for Aviation, an aviation consultancy . Singapore Airlines Ltd.C6L.SG +0.58%, AirAsia BhD5099.KU +3.97% and Etihad Airways plan to start operations in India, in partnership with local companies. AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s largest carrier by fleet size, plans to launch a budget airlinein India. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad received approval from the Indian cabinet for its plan to buy a 24% stake in Jet Airways

Tough Times? Not for India’s Millionaires
espite slowing economic growth and a plunging rupee, Mother India gave birth to more than 20,000 new dollar millionaires in the last year, outpacing most countries in the number of new people who now need seven figures to count their wealth. While the country recorded its slowest growth in a decade last year, it still expanded 5%. That helped lift stock and property prices and push 24,000 more people into the coveted millionaire category, according to figures released in Credit Suisse Group report this week. India continues to remain one of the fastest-growing major economies in the world. Over the last year the country’s main stock market index has risen close to 10% whileproperty prices remained high – helping swell the ranks of the wealthy . India had a total of 182,000 millionaires in 2013. Last year’s Credit Suisse report pegged the number at 158,000. Over the next five years India could add another 120,000 millionaires, Credit Suisse predicted. As of the middle of 2013 the report said India was also home to 1,760 individuals with wealth of more than $50 million and 770 individuals worth than $100 million. India added more millionaires than most Asian countries, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. While it trailed China, which added a whopping 159,000 millionaires in the last year, India did better than the other BRIC countries—Russia and Brazil, both of which saw declines. The rising number of new rich in India is good news for high-end luxury product makers who are increasingly betting on emerging markets to further

their fortunes. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, Prada SpA., Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA and other are all expanding their operations to tap this growth. Rolls-Royce is adding two new dealerships in India in this year alone. “As the world’s largest democracy with

a strong federal structure and vibrant markets, India wealth has seen rapid growth since the year 2000,” said Toral Munshi, head of India equity research for wealth management at Credit Suisse. “Wealth per adult has risen by 135% from $2,000 in 2000 to $4,700 in 2013, at an average rate of 8%.” This isn’t to say India is bursting with

billionaires. Credit Suisse said a meager 0.4% of India’s population has a net worth — the value of homes, stocks and other investments minus debts and other liabilities–of more than $100,000. With the country’s huge population, that translates into 2.8 million people. Still, 94% of India’s population of 1.26 billion people still has less than $10,000.


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



Pakistan: Suicide bomber kills 8, including Khyber province minister
A suicide bomber shot his way into the residence of a provincial government minister in northwestern Pakistan, killing the official and seven others in an explosion, police said. The blast on Wednesday near the town of Dera Ismail Khan also wounded more than 30 people, senior police officer Mohammad Jan said. The minister of law for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Israullah Gandapur, was meeting with people at his house to celebrate the Muslim Eid holiday when the bomber struck, Jan said. The attacker first shot dead the guard at the house before blowing himself up inside the guest room of the minister’s residence, the officer said. The minister died on the way to the hospital. The suicide bomber got very close to the minister before the blast and carried about 8 kilograms (17 pounds) of explosives on his body, Jan said. Hameedullah Khan, an aide to the slain minister, said about 50 people were in the room at the time of the explosion. “Some were enjoying tea and sweets, others were meeting and greeting,” Khan said. “I was meeting with the minister’s brother Ikramullah when suddenly there was a big bang followed by smoke, (the) explosive’s smell and noise of crying people.” Khan said the blast knocked him senseless until he saw the minister lying in a pool of blood with others. Khan suffered minor injuries. The minister’s brother, also wounded in

the blast, was in stable condition, Khan said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion likely will fall on the Pakistani Taliban and their allies. The Taliban repeatedly have targeted government officials and security

personnel, as well as civilians. Gandapur was elected to the provincial assembly in May as an independent. He later joined the ruling provincial party led by former cricket star Imran Khan and became law minister.

He oversaw the office tasked with drafting provincial laws. Khan has been a strong proponent of peace talks with the Taliban, but several officials from his party have been killed in attacks since the May election.

US Senate votes 81-18 to avert debt default, end shutdown
WASHINGTON he Senate passed legislation Wednesday night to avert a US debt default and end a government shutdown, a bipartisan deal set along President Barack Obama’s strict terms that left Republican little to show for the epic political drama that threatened to rattle the world economy . The 81-18 vote sent the measure to the House of Representatives, which was expected to pass it late in the evening. Obama pledged to sign it “immediately” after the House vote. The bill would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or perhaps a month longer. It includes nothing for Republicans demanding to eradicate or scale back Obama’s signature health care overhaul. Congress faces a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to raise the government’s borrowing authority or risk a default on its obligations. “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” conceded House Speaker John Boehner as lawmakers lined up to vote on the bill. At the White House, Obama hailed the Senate’s vote, saying that once the measure reaches his desk, “I will sign it immediately . We’ll begin reopening our government immediately and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty from our busi-


nesses and the American people.” The stock market surged earlier Wednesday at the prospect of an end to the crisis that had threatened to shake confidence in the US economy overseas. More than two million federal workers — those who had remained on the job and those who had been furloughed — would be paid under the agreement. Boehner and the rest of the top Republican leadership told their rank and file they would vote for the measure. But he vowed Republicans were not giving up on the fight to bring down U.S. debt and cripple “Obamacare,” as the president’s signature health care overhaul is known. “Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president’s health care law will continue,” Boehner said in a statement. Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, thanked Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, for working with him to end what had become one of the nastiest partisan battles in recent Washington history . “This is a time for reconciliation,” Reid said. A long line of polls charted a steep decline in public approval for Republicans in the course of what Republican Sen. John McCain pronounced a “shameful episode” in US history . The deal would end the bitter standoff for now, giving both parties time to cool off and come up with a broader budget

plan or risk repeating the damaging cycle again in the new year. The crisis began on Oct. 1 with a partial shutdown of the federal government after House Republicans refused to accept a temporary funding measure unless Obama agreed to defund or delay his health care law, known as “Obamacare.” It escalated when House Republicans also refused to move on needed approval for raising the amount of money the Treasury can borrow to pay U.S. bills, raising the specter of a catastrophic default. Obama vowed repeatedly not to pay a “ransom” in order to get Congress to pass normally routine legislation. The hard-right tea party faction of House Republicans, urged on by conservative Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, had seen both deadlines as weapons that could be used to gut Obama’s Affordable Care Act, designed to provide tens of millions of uninsured Americans with coverage. The Democrats remained united against any Republican threat to Obama’s signature program, and Republicans in the House could not muster enough votes to pass their own plan to end the impasse. McConnell said the time had come to back away for now from Republican efforts to undermine “Obamacare.” But the feisty minority boss said Republicans had not given up on erasing it from the leg-

islative books. Passage in the House will depend heavily on minority Democrats to support it. The risky move was seen as imperiling the House leadership, but Boehner was apparently ready to do it and end the crisis that has badly damaged Republican approval among voters. Looking forward, lawmakers were also concerned voters would punish them in next year’s congressional elections. Polls show the public more inclined to blame Republicans. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said the party had hurt its cause through the long and dangerous standoff. “This package is just a joke compared to what we could have gotten if we had a more reasonable approach,” he said. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama thanked the Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate for passing the deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default. Obama says now it’s time to win back the trust of Americans that’s been lost during the crisis. Obama spoke at the White House minutes after the Senate passed the measure. The bill calls for opening the government through Jan. 15 and extending the nation’s borrowing authority through February 7. Obama says once these issues are resolved, he wants to move forward this year on immigration, farm legislation and a larger budget deal.


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



Pele launches book, breaks down

Record-breaking Kohli shows why India’s future is in good hands
irat Kohli’s innings against Australia last night was anything but manic. It was a record-breaking knock – faster than Virender Sehwag’s 60-ball blitz by the proverbial mile – but he was never rash. Yes, he hit 8 fours and 7 sixes in the innings but at no point was he desperate; at no point was he just throwing his bat at the ball in the hope of getting the desired result. It didn’t even seen forced… rather the innings had an eerie calm about it, a clarity of thought that can only come from having done something like this over and over again. Of India’s top ten chases – five have come since Kohli made his debut and he has played a key role in four of them. That isn’t a coincidence. It shows that he has a template – different from Dhoni and it works. Dhoni is still king when it comes to chasing down a big total and averages 73.80 in Indian wins but Kohli’s average of 67.79 (in Indian victories) is pretty great too. Dhoni’s manner of working is to take it to the end, get the opposition bowlers



ao Paulo, Oct 17: Brazilian football legend Pele broke down as he recalled his celebrated career during the launch of a new book. The 500-page limited edition book of the player widely regarded as the greatest ever weighs 15 kg and has a recommended retail price of $1,700, reports Xinhua. "This really makes me well up. It is a legacy I left for Brazil," Pele said here Wednesday. Titled "1283", the number of goals Pele scored, the book comprises 1283 texts. "It makes me think of all the people who loved and helped me during my career, my family, friends, the fans," the 72-year-old three-time World Cup winner added. A special edition of the book featuring a signed image of Pele has also gone on sale for $2,600.

nervous and then attack… he knows his nerves will stand the test. Kohli, on the other hand, breaks them down much earlier – he doesn’t wait for the situation to change, he changes it himself. “Yesterday, I didn’t go into the nets. I was hitting the ball well and feeling good about my game. I just wanted to rest and come into the game fresh,” said Kohli after the match yesterday. “Then I hit a four and a six in the Faulkner over. It felt good and I just took it from there.” Kohli’s greatest strength is his consistency – without that an average of 50.92 (after 155 ODIs) is impossible to achieve. Most batsmen have specific areas that they like to hit the ball in – that’s what they mean when they say ‘it was right in the slot’ but in Kohli’s case there is no specific area. He isn’t troubled by a particular ball, he has no apparent weakness, he is fit and can play shots all around the ground. So when he gets going, everything is in the slot. A look at his wagon wheel from yesterday reveals that only 7 runs came behind the wicket – a sign that he was looking to play almost everything with a straight bat – none of those dabs and nibbles for him. He also scored a total of 46 runs on the on-side and 54 runs on the off-side. The numbers basically show that it didn’t matter where the bowlers bowled… it was disappearing all the same with effortless ease.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni breaks an Indian jinx at Mohali, but in vain
Dhoni strained his ankle while running a quick single with Virat Kohli in the 14th over and needed medical attention. But the strong man that Dhoni is, the captain ignored pain and in his typical fashion mixed caution with aggression to keep the scoreboard ticking. He became the first Indian to score a century at Punjab Cricket Association in Mohali. (Highlights) Dhoni came in to bat when India were down to 76 for four after Suresh Raina (17) and Yuvraj Singh (0) got out on successive deliveries. He then added 72 runs with Virat Kohli (68) to lend some solidity . After Kohli's departure, Dhoni was then joined by R Ashwin (28 off 35 balls), who played a key role as the duo put on 76 runs for the seventh wicket. Dhoni's ninth century was laced with nine fours and two sixes. He reached his hundred with a glorious boundary . This is his second century against Australia. He scored 121 off 124 balls in his first one on October 28, 2009 at Nagpur that India won by 99 runs. (Scorecard) Dhoni started relatively slowly but launched into a massive counter-attack in the death overs. He finally finished with 139 not out off 121 balls. The innings comprised of 12 fours and 5 sixes. Dhoni's bold hitting towards the end upset the line and length of the Aussie bowlers and India finished at 303/9 in 50 overs. Australia, who had bowled with discipline till Dhoni's onslaught, simply had no answer to his rampaging strokeplay . It was vintage Dhoni all the way as he displayed his favourite helicopter shot to dispatch the ball into the stands. (Match Report) Dhoni's 139 not out is the third highest at No. 6 in ODIs behind former India captain Kapil Dev and ex-Australia all-rounder Andrew Strauss. Kapil hit 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells in 1983 while Symonds scored 143 not out against Pakistan at Johannesburg in 2003, both knocks coming in World Cups. Kapil had walked into bat when his side was nine for four, whereas Symonds was in at 86 for four. The 32-year-old right-hander scored his last century against Pakistan in December last year at Chennai - his second home. He hit 113 not out off 125 balls with seven fours and three sixes, coming in a losing cause. This is not the first time Dhoni has scored a hundred under pressure for his team. His most brutal innings came against Sri Lanka in 2005 when he smashed 183 not out. He continues to be India's man in crunch periods and is one of the best finishers in the game. Clearly a skipper who leads by example by deeds more than words. However, his innings would go in vain as James Faulkner and Adam Voges took Australia to a 4-wicket victory with 3 balls to spare.


ndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his ninth century in ODIs when he reached his hundred off 107 balls in

the third of seven-match series against Australia in Mohali on Saturday. Captain Cool conquered pain and a hostile piece of pace bowling to steady a rocking Indian ship.


BHOPAL October 21 to October 27, 2013



hen over 50 world leaders arrive in Sri Lanka mid-November for the Commonwealth summit, one prominent premier may be absent. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is facing intense pressure from politicians representing his country’s Tamil community to boycott the meeting in protest at the Sri Lankan administration’s alleged failures to address human rights abuses committed against its own Tamil minority . Much of the criticism relates to Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war that ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and was accompanied, particularly in its final months, by the deaths and displacement of thousands of Tamils. A U.N. panel in 2011 said that over 40,000 people, mainly civilians from the island nation’s ethnic Tamils, died in the military’s final offensive which, according to the United Nations, included shelling in no-fire zones where Tamils had been encouraged to take refuge and the bombing of hospitals on the frontlines. “What happened was nothing short of genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils,” said T.R. Baalu, a senior leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party from Tamil Nadu state. “If the world can come together to take Syria to task, why is Sri Lanka being given special treatment?” Critics of Sri Lanka’s human rights record also cite a growing list of continuing alleged atrocities, including accusations of the persecution of activists and journalists and the marginalization of Tamils. The U.N. Human


India PM Urged to Boycott Sri Lanka Meeting
al humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable,” Mr. Harper said. A U.K. parliamentary committee also criticized the country’s policy toward Sri Lanka, saying it should have taken a more “principled” stand in light of the “continuing serious human rights abuses.” The report said the UK should have made its participation in the summit conditional on improvements in human rights. Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said the decision to hold the meeting in Sri Lanka sent a signal to its leadership that the country’s “human rights record will be ignored.” “Whether the prime minister goes or does not go, it is important for Sri Lanka to hear that there is continuing concern over its human rights violations,” Ms. Ganguly said. India’s Tamil parties have long pressured the Indian government to take bolder steps to protect Sri Lanka’s Tamil population. The DMK has demanded an independent inquiry into alleged abuses in the final months of the war rather than relying on a government-sponsored commission “headed by the same people who want to protect the perpetrators of the crimes,” Mr. Baalu said. He blamed the Indian government for being weak in its response on behalf of the Tamil community . “The government has not done anything to rescue Sri Lankan Tamils,” Mr. Baalu said. “There are always diplomatic considerations, but sometimes human rights considerations must take precedence.” India has voted in favor of

Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay recently said Sri Lanka “is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction.” Mr. Baalu said he had, during a meeting earlier this week, “strongly urged” Mr. Singh to boycott the summit. Mr. Singh said he would decide after “considering all relevant factors,” including the sentiments of the party and the Tamil people, an Indian news agency Press Trust of India reported. On Thursday, Mr. Singh’s office and India’s Foreign Ministry said the prime minister had not yet decided whether he would attend the three-day summit that takes place once every two years and begins on Nov. 15 this year. Tamil leaders are not alone in their protest. Last week, , Canadian Prime MinisterStephen Harper said he would not attend the meeting, although Canada would be represented. “The absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and internation-

two U.N. resolutions that criticized Sri Lanka’s inaction on bringing to justice those responsible for the human rights violations during the war. In doing do, New Delhi broke from its long-held position against interfering in another country’s domestic affairs. But the Tamil parties say the resolutions didn’t go far enough. In March, the DMK, which was part of the Congress-led government, withdrew its support from the ruling coalition. It demanded that the government introduce stronger language in a U.N. resolution condemning Sri Lanka, specifically calling for the inclusion of the word “genocide.” The summit will carry on whether or not Mr. Singh attends, but rights organizations have now turned their attention to the issue of the two-year chairmanship of the Commonwealth, which is set to go to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the meeting. Amnesty International’s India office has urged Mr. Singh to demand that Mr. Rajapaksa be denied the Commonwealth chair, usually granted to the country that hosts the meeting. Other organizations too are pushing leaders to reconsider. “It’s bad enough that the Commonwealth has allowed a government accused of massive rights abuses and war crimes to host its summit,” said Brad Adams executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division. “But to effectively put the Commonwealth in the hands of an unrepentant government that doesn’t meet the Commonwealth’s official values on democracy or human rights would be the height of hypocrisy .”

Asaram Bapu admits
'touching' Surat-based woman
he self-styled godman Asaram Bapu on Wednesday confessed to have 'touched' the woman who has complained of being sexually assaulted by him. According to reports, fearing the lie-detector test, Asaram Bapu told the interrogating team of Ahmedabad police that he had 'touched' the girl in his personal room at the ashram but he was giving her mantra deeksha. Asaram also said that he used to call the woman frequently to his cottage, but denied sexually assaulting her. He admitted that he knew the woman very well as she was staying in his Ahmedabad ashram. As the complainant refused to face Asaram, they both had to sit with back towards each other, within the hearing range, at the Gujarat ATS headquarters. It has been reported that police asked 40 questions to both of them related to sexual assault complaint. The cross- interrogation, which has been "videographed", started at 11.30am on Wednesday and continued till 8 pm. The 33-year-old victim, who is married stays in Surat and was brought to Ahmedabad on Wednesday . Police sources said that Asaram's face turned pale with fear, the moment he saw the victim, approaching towards him. During interrogation, the woman revealed at least 17 new names, who will be now questioned by the police. She also disclosed names of two female attendantsNirmala alias Dhel and Meera alias Bagl, who used to 'trap' or 'arrange' women for Asaram. She also alleged that Asaram's daughter Bharti and his wife Laxmi, used to send girls to him at his room. However, Asaram maintained that his daughter and wife were "innocent". Some reports said that Asaram even screamed and cried during interrogation and told police, "I am fed up with your questions". On Wednesday, another potency test was also conducted on septuagenarian Asaram. The victim's younger sister has accused Asaram's 41-year-old son Narayan Sai, who is still missing, of raping her in Surat.

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