Why petrol hike should be rolled back fully?

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Why petrol hike should be rolled back fully?

 

Don’t U think; Indian oil co; NP up by 224%; 12,670 cores; beats estimates? Read: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/earnings/earnings-news/indian-oil-net-profit-up-224-at-rs-12670-crore-beats-estimates/articleshow/13597767.cms

 

And so does other oil companies? Oil companies should roll back; full increase of petrol price hike? They should ask the government to publish white paper about financial affairs of all oil companies before announcing any further price hike; in future? It is highly advisable?

 

People are suffering due to high inflation (due to wrong economic policies of the Govt.)  Read White Vs Black Economy & Ills of black economy? https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/white-vs-black-economy-ills-of-black-economy/ ); babus sitting in AC-rooms can’t exploit the people for their benefits; recklessly?

 

The issue should be settled in parliament by proper debate?

 

The decision was taken by oil companies and government had no role; is not a fact? Govt. can’t treat allies and opposition as 3rd rate people and drive them to streets to settle issues?

 

We can fool some for all the time; all for some time & not all for al the time & full roll back is advisable?

 

ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS MAKES A NATION PROSPEROUS & SAFE? 

 

Media should take the responsibility to save democracy?

 

Greed & Corruption; LIKE DRUGS; GIVES A KINK IN THE BEGINNING; an addiction & forces one to steel/loot to keep the habit going?

 

All should pray GOD to give common sense to corrupt; to see the damage they are causing to self; posterity & nation?

 

 

 

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Don’t U think; petrol price hike is not justified? Why?

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Don’t U think; petrol price hike is not justified?

Don’t you think; Cong is hiding; real facts; about the reasons for increasing the prices of Petrol, diesel, kerosene & LPG?

petrolium products are all milking cows for centre & states govts in the form of huge tax revenues; between 25-40% of consumer price?

Taxes; are impressive returns on a sale of 14 million tones of petrol & 63 million tones of diesel & other petroleum products? We should note that taxes are earned on all products; weather they are subsidized or not?

IOC alone contributed Rs. 77,622 crore to the state and central exchequer? By adding the contribution by other companies; it will be few impressive lakh crores?

The answer to why we are paying so much more & to WHOm; is; taxes?

The opposition & allies should not accept; 3rd rate citizen treatment to them? Get the hike in prices rolled back; & work for people; whole heartedly; to improve the chances of more % votes; and let congress learn a lesson “corruption doesn’t pay in long run”?

All parties should support the people; but not a lame duck government accused of endless scams and corruption?

Looking at some basic facts; you get a feeling that there has been some deliberate; attempt to shape public opinion?

In fact, fuel prices need not be as high as they are now?

The statement of Government saying that; they have no control on pricing is not true (Oil companies; Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HindustanPetroleum said “we are keen to increase the prices of these products but they cannot go ahead unless the government allows them to do so”)? http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/oil-firms-may-hike-petrol-diesel-prices-assembly-polls/1/175611.html )?

 Chairman’s Address at Indian Oil’s 52nd AGM;( 2011-2012) Financial Performance says ”During the year, your Corporation’s sales turnover (inclusive of excise duty) touched an all time high of Rs. 3,28,744 crore while profit after tax touched Rs. 7,445 crore. The Earning Per Share for the year is Rs. 30.67. As you are aware, your Corporation has been consistently declaring dividend for the past 44 years and this year too, the Board of Directors have recommended a dividend of Rs. 9.50 per equity share of Rs. 10 each. So far, your Corporation has paid a cumulative dividend of Rs. 18,575 crore. This is excluding a dividend of Rs. 2,307 crore, payable for the year 2010-11, subject to approval by the shareholders. Your Corporation makes large contribution to the Exchequer in the form of duties and taxes and during the year, Rs. 77,622 crore was our contribution to the state and central exchequer” http://www.iocl.com/InvestorCenter/ChairmanSpeech.aspx ?

Roll back is justified as Indian oil marketing companies (OMC) import around 112 million tones of crude annually via bilateral crude contracts with many countries? The average price of the Indian basket was USD 118 per barrel in April this year; lower than the USD 123.61 per barrel of March and almost equivalent to the USD 117.67 averages for the month of February? Incidentally, the April 2012 price was the same as that in April 2011? Crude oil prices are falling? http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/petrol-price-hike-ispartial-rollback-justified_709421.html

It only means rising fuel prices; is only to add; more to the government’s kitty? All we hear about the huge subsidies and the bleeding OMCs is not true; and; is only to justify; forced price hike on the people?

In view of the facts; all parties who are interested in the welfare of the people should; oppose price hike; together united; & Get the hike in price rolled back?

The agitations; should not be; to pacify the people and to continue with vote bank politics?

Congress wants to stroke the inflation to unbearable limits before 2014 elections to defend its logic of; food security bill to cover 60% of Indians? Showing relief from inflation just before elections improves its’ chances of; cong forming UPAIII government; & protect all; under investigation from corruption charges?

United we win & divided we lose?

You can fool all for some time; some for all the time; but not all for all the time?

ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS MAKES A NATION PROSPEROUS & SAFE?

Greed & Corruption; LIKE DRUGS; GIVES A KINK IN THE BEGINNING; an addiction & forces one to steel/loot to keep the habit going?


White Vs Black Economy & Ills of black economy

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White Vs Black Economy & Ills of black economy:

Bring; black money; into white economy; strong laws to eradicate corruption & black-money-economy.

The list may be long; don’t get scared; an attempt is made to explain all aspects in lay man’s language in less than 1400 words.

Jul 10, 2012 Swiss HSBC account holders offered India amnesty, says official.

‘Black Economy’
India loses Rs 14 lakh crore ($250 billion) from tax evasion every year, depriving it of funds for investment in roads, ports and power, Arun Kumar, author of “The Black Economy in India,” said in Based on those estimates, a successful crackdown could more than double the nation’s tax revenue, which collected about Rs 9.3 lakh crore for the year ended March 31, according to the most recent budget proposal.

India has offered amnesty to more than 100 wealthy citizens who evaded taxes by hiding funds in accounts at HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA)’s Swiss unit, according to a government official with knowledge of the matter.

The amnesty offer inIndiais being made to some people who were on a list of 700 citizens with HSBC accounts in Geneva that was given to the South Asian nation’s government by French authorities last year. http://business-standard.com/india/news/swiss-hsbc-account-holders-offered-india-amnesty-says-official/479977/

A basic knowledge is necessary for a vibrant democracy; to participate; build prosperous; safe India by winning; war against corruption and black-money (Encourage your friends to have an understanding of Democracy & corruption free economy)

Don’t you think; that black economy has grown more than 16 times stronger than white economy during UPA period (8 years)? War against corruption; black-money; uncontrollable inflation; depreciation of Rupee against dollar; etc.., are the effects; in a scenario of increasing GDP growth?

Our political leaders need; introspection to save democracy; economy and make our nation safe for us & them?

ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS MAKES A NATION SAFE AND PROSPEROUS?

Democracies evolved as people started understanding these aspects; & started; using them to build prosperous & peaceful; families; communities; villages; towns; cities; states, nations; continents & world.

We should make an attempt to understand; what:

1)   Economics are?

2)   Why do we need them?

3)     What money is?

4)     Why do we need it?

5)     Influence of money on individuals; their social life & ethics (legal/moral)

6)     Impact of economics on socioeconomic life of individuals & societies?

7)     What is white money-economy; its effects on states & welfare of people?

8)     What are organized sectors; & individual entities?

9)     What is black-money-economy & its ill effects?

10) How black-money-economy  tries to exploit white-money-economy resulting in:

a) Disparity between rich and poor?

b) Creation of mid rank (middleclass) to enrich the rich; for exploiting the poor? And many more aspects before we have can understand; the difference between white & black economies (money); safe nations?

11) How black economy grows & why governments fail to regulate; by known economies by known economic principles?

We should understand them in order of their importance & implications?

(1) Economics are transactions of goods/services; for a consideration of goods/money? Determination of exchange value; depends on demand & supply; environment?

(2) We all need different goods & skills (services) for survival/comfortable living? It is convenient to have money to exchange goods/services you have with goods/services of others or to have a mix of goods & services you need?

(3) Money (currency printed paper/coins) is a promise of a state to return back the face value on demand?  & it will be valid only when the sates issuing them are capable of doing so? The exchange value of currencies between countries depends on the perception of abilities of the countries to fulfill their promises? As an example we can say depreciating rupee value means; eroding confidence in Indian government to fulfill its promises?

(4) Money is a convenient medium to save exchange value for differed/future use? Gives us freedom of exchange from place & time? It enables us to save perishable (time dependent) value of services for future use with the help of money (non perishable medium)?

(5) Dependence of exchange value on supply & demand position; non perishable nature of money; makes greedy; to manipulate the conditions to value their good/services disproportionately to enrich them selves/acquire social status (may be legal but unethical; as it involves exploitation/corruption & erodes moral fabric as; it encourages other to exploit you when they get an opportunity)

(6) Fair play of economics; improves employment opportunities; free exchange of goods/services; will contribute to welfare & prosperity of the nation?

Manipulation of economics by greedy/corrupt; will result in UNBALANCED growth of individuals/organizations resulting in inflation; erosion of money value; disparities in living conditions; some (very rich) having all the comforts at their command & others (poor) struggle for daily existence? This translates to unsafe societies where in we have to spend; huge (disproportionate) amounts on security measures (security guards; military) for very rich; or who came to power through democratic process or coups?

Greed & Corruption; LIKE DRUGS; GIVES A KINK IN THE BEGINNING; an addiction & forces one to steel/loot to keep the habit going?
Read :  Salable Skills: Skills that can’t be sold are having no money value. http://righteducation.org/id30.htm

ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS MAKES A NATION PROSPEROUS & SAFE?

1st Moral of the story is “fair play of economics results in prosperous; safe societies/nations & manipulated economic result in unsafe societies/nations irrespective of their prosperity? Prosperity + safety alone can be an indicator of healthy & contended societies?

(7) It makes no-sense when the economy is strong & growing against other economies; yet your currency value depreciates? It only means that government (white economy is weak) & is loosing control over economy due to strong black-economy; controlled by individuals or group of individuals?

(8) Organized sectors are group of individuals working for common benefit; with in the frame work of agreed rules & regulations? When the set rules & regulations; have legal sanctions they become corporate bodies?

Individual entities or the activities controlled by an individual; individually or with the help of a group of people for personal benefit?

Their activities; can be beneficial or harmful to the society depending on their commercial activities; fair/unfair; irrespective of the wealth they generate?

(9) We should know; what is black-money-economy & its ill effects?

Black money is the money a) earned by using public amenities & infrastructure; with out contributing to them (avoiding payment of taxes duties & levies fall into this category)? b) Looting money; from public; public exchequer (corruption/scams); steeling natural resources (robbery) fall in this category?

Black-money-economy; are the transactions carried out with black-money; for personal gains/profits & these gains/profits add (compounded) to the black-economy and grow geometrically (2, 4, 8, 16, 32 etc; on year by year basis); and make them very rich; in a relatively short span of time? That is how the saying “behind excessive wealth there will be a story of crime” came into existence?

White-economy; surplus funds (funds generated – expenses like salaries; transportation etc. spent on public servants) are used for development of infrastructure & amenities for public use? This results in a very slow arithmetical progress (GDP + a small % of GDP growth; well below 10% of GDP, on year by year basis)?

How black economy is growing & why governments fail to regulate; by known economic principles?

(10) Don’t you think; the white paper on black money; (by Govt ofIndia) talks about a figure of 30% – 35% (on an average during last 8 years) of GDP getting into black-money-economy?

Considering; cascading (year by year amounts getting added up) & compounding (earnings on reinvestments getting ploughed back) effects; black-money-economy getting; doubled; every 2 years? It amounts to an astonishing; 16 times & with in next two years; going to be 32 times of white economy GDP with in next two years?

All developed economies; are thought to be sound; because of their GDP growth; before they collapsed? India taking shelter under their; poor economic health; under the misnomer of globalization; for all its economical ills is not justified & will plunge us into economic doom like developed countries sooner or later? The indications are already on the horizon in the form of our failing economy?

3rd Moral of the story “If you fail to control corrupt practices/black economy with a firm; iron hand; doom is inevitable & recovery painful?

With; white economy of such a small percentage of GDP (in single digit); will make economy non-responsive to traditional monitory controls by RBI/govt ; when black-economy becomes very strong?

We are having a reasonable explanation why Government is helpless; not able to control inflation & falling rupee; value; against dollar continuously?

Falling rupee is a clear indication of flow of black-money; out of India (governments un-willingness to track the people who are buying these dollars & why); is the cause of current economic mess?

Conventional methods are not; sufficient; any longer; to control inflation; black-economy & falling rupee? It is like trying to control a rouge elephant with a hand stick?

Moral of the story “In case you lack; a strong will to control & eventually (to a negligible % of white economy) with an Iron hand; unrest in the nation & economic doom are inevitable”?

Strong laws (lokpal & associated laws; with the sprit of Jan lokpal) and fast implementation (deterrent punishments; say with in 6 months) of them to punish the guilty are the need of the hour?

Yes we can build corruption free societies. Read: https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/corruption-free-world-village-that-puts-metros-to-shame/

M A Y    2 0 1 2 – WHITE PAPER- BLACK MONEY http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2012/may/d2012052101.pdf

Also read:  Law enforcement agencies- boon or bane? https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/law-enforcement-agencies-boon-or-bane/

And;  Expected achievements by implementing 73rd & 74th amendments. Panchayati Raj Institutions; can compete with metros! https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/expected-achievements-by-implementing-73rd-74th-amendments/


Expected achievements by implementing 73rd & 74th amendments

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Expected achievements by implementing 73rd & 74th amendments

 

Panchayati Raj Institutions; can compete with metros!

 

THE Purpose of THE CONSTITUTION 73rd ACT, 1992 in a nut-shell

 

Give the  status and dignity of  viable  and   responsive people’s  bodies;  with sufficient representation  of  weaker sections; like Scheduled  Castes;  Scheduled Tribes  and  women;  by devolution  of  powers   and  adequate financial resources; to ensure; Panchayati  Raj Institutions perform effectively as vibrant democratic units of self-government by imparting certainty, continuity and strength to them. Provide; among other things, Gram Sabha in a village or group of villages.

 

  The purpose of, THE CONSTITUTION 74 th amendment in a nut-shell:

 

Is to ensure; Urban Local Bodies to perform effectively as vibrant democratic units of self-government; by ensuring firmer footing relationship between the State Government and the Urban Local Bodies with respect to-

 

(a) The functions and taxation powers; and (b) Arrangements for revenue sharing;

(ii) Ensuring regular conduct of elections;

 

(iii) Ensuring timely elections in the case of suppression; and

 

(iv) Providing adequate representation for the weaker sections like
Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women.

 

Two other points need to be mentioned. The first is that while, for the most part, the 74th Amendment act deals with urban local bodies, a key article contained in that amendment applies to rural local bodies as well.

 

Article 243ZD, mandates the constitution of District Planning Committees to consolidate the plans prepared by both rural and urban local bodies.

 

In order to facilitate a well-planned husbanding of available resources, Panchayats and municipalities should be informed as early as possible of what they might be expected to receive by way of tied and untied funds under various budgetary heads for implementing various schemes.

 

This is an essential pre-requisite for each tier of the Panchayati Raj system to prepare plans for its areas of responsibility, as defined through Activity Mapping, and then for all these plans, along with plans of municipalities, to be “consolidated” by the District Planning Committees (DPC) as mandated by Article 243 ZD of the Constitution.

 

It needs to be underlined that the Constitution does not provide for DPCs to prepare district plans on their own, but to “consolidate” local area plans drawn up at lower tiers in both rural and urban areas of each district (A different provision of the Constitution covers district planning for Metropolitan areas).

 

Corruption free world; village that puts metros to shame! Sprit of Jan lokpal Read: https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/corruption-free-world-village-that-puts-metros-to-shame/

 

 THE CONSTITUTION (SEVENTY-THIRD AMENDMENT) ACT, 1992 http://indiacode.nic.in/coiweb/amend/amend73.htm

 

THE CONSTITUTION (SEVENTY-FOURTH AMENDMENT) ACT, 1992 http://indiacode.nic.in/coiweb/amend/amend74.htm

 

16th August Campaign with Anna Hazare(A Must Watch Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neNDT4ZpARc


Corruption free world; VILLAGE THAT PUTS METROS TO SHAME!

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Corruption free world; village that puts metros to shame!

Media 4th pillar of democracy can play a big role; in transforming the Nation by carrying this message to one & all.

Don’t U think; when funds meant for development; used properly;Indiacan transform itself? THEY SHOULD BE USED HONESTLY WITH OUT CORRUPTION; PLAYING; SPOIL-SPORT?

 All we need is eradicate corruption (nearing 15% GDP; few lakhs of thousands of crores; every year); bring back black money slashed away in black-money economy; foreign banks and put it to; planned development works?

 If you think; Punsari; a motley village; in Himmatnagar; is drenched in NRI funds, think again. Not a single rupee has come from across the seven seas, instead the village managed its funds over the last five years that it received from central and state sponsored developmental schemes. 

Read: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/A-village-that-puts-metros-to-shame/articleshow/13309567.cms

First step to achieve; dream development (a dream that can be realized as demonstrated by Punsari, a motley village in Himmatnagar); is a strong lokpal & other associated bills; with the sprit of Janlokpal?

UPAII; reeling; under corruption charges; wants to avoid it; with its dramas of consensus meetings? All it has to do is place it before Raja sabha; debate and vote (a necessity; arisen due to messing up the draft bill by Sjnghivi; resulting in many decent notes and amendments)? Joint session of both houses; agreed in principal & sense of both houses conveyed to Anna Hazare by PM; which resulted in breaking anticorruption fast by Anna?

Not voting in support of sense of both houses; will amount to breach of trust and our learned; honest MPs will avoid it; prove their commitment to fulfill their promises to Nation?

Accountability at all levels makes a nation prosperous & safe?

Ability to accept won faults & sincere efforts to over come; them; needs real courage?

50% of politicians lack this courage; & hope that people will forget; their misdeeds soon & they can; carry on with their business as usual?

50% of media; is bold enough; to highlight these misdeeds & follow them to logical conclusions?

You should take the help of friends and spread the message:

Greed & Corruption; LIKE DRUGS; GIVES A KINK IN THE BEGINNING; an addiction & forces one to steel/loot to keep the habit going?

All should pray GOD to give common sense to corrupt; to see the damage they are causing to self; posterity & nation?

Media will take the responsibility of taking the message to one and all?


Social Media awakening; CBI & Courts

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Social Media awakening; CBI and Courts and democracy

How Net-works played their role; when media was looking other way and helped democracy: Read: What is Democracy? https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/democracy-judiciary-natural-justice-people-and-media/

Social Media awakening; Media (freedom of speech) is diagnostic tools.

Don’t you think; we people who are interested in democracy and justice played our role (Prathibha patel and Singhvi) while media turned its face other side; lest they may loose government support? Read: http://www.kashmirdispatch.com/others/03058104-social-media-awakening-and-media.htm

We should Keep-up; pressure-on; to make courts deliver justice with in 3 to 6 months by following proven methods? Read: How to fast track courts?  https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/fast-track-courts-compress-10-yrs-to-7-days/

CBI courts should complete 10 thousand; cases pending (GoM); by following; proven fast-track methods? They should stop behaving as 3rd rate citizens; who take orders from vested interest and delay cases for decades? Read: 1000nds of crores spent; Law enforcement agencies- boon or bane? https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/law-enforcement-agencies-boon-or-bane/

To restore their credibility; they should get; guilty punished fast?

ARRESTING AND LETTING THEM FREE ON BAIL FOR DECADES WILL NOT DO?

DEPRECIATING RUPEE & INFLATION are the cause of near 30% GDP corruption; stronger black-money economy? Read: read: White Vs Black Economy & Ills of black economy https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/white-vs-black-economy-ills-of-black-economy/

To save democracy we need ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS AND GUILTY AWARDED EXEMPLARY PUNISHMENTS?  Read: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/3yr-jail-rs-50k-fine-for-corrupt-babu-for-rs-1-000-bribe/950640/1  Congrats:  http://www.123greetings.com/congratulations/for_everyone/everyone1.html

Also read: 7 simple steps to make social media work; participate and STRENGTHEN democracy: https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/how-social-media-twitter-works/

You should take the help of friends and spread the message:

Greed & Corruption; LIKE DRUGS; GIVES A KINK IN THE BEGINNING; an addiction & forces one to steel/loot to keep the habit going?

ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS MAKES A NATION PROSPEROUS & SAFE?

All should pray GOD to give common sense to corrupt; to see the damage they are causing to self; posterity & nation?

7 simple steps to make social media work; participate and  STRENGTHEN democracy: https://sofjustice.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/how-social-media-twitter-works/


Parliament turns 60 – MPs urged to introspect

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Parliament turns 60 – MPs urged to introspect!

Don’t you think; willingly or unwillingly majority is of the opinion; that our parliamentarians are not fulfilling; aims; of the founding fathers of the Constitution; urged members to live up to the ideals of the makers of Constitution? Their conduct must be according to the standards of founding fathers?

We can expect a change for better from now on & hope they will learn to practice what they preach?

In the 1950s the Lok Sabha met for an average of 127 days every year and the Rajya Sabha for 93 days; this decreased to 73 days for both houses in 2011?

MPs are reduced to bonded labour of their parties; if anyone dares to speak against his party, he could lose his membership?

Parties are influenced; either through money power or some other influences, by various lobbies?

Parliamentary democracy, as it exists today, has become a very well-oiled system to systematically loot the country & public interest is incidental?

They debated the Lokpal Bill for 42 years, yet don’t pass it? It is an irony they passed the Bill; to increase their own salaries; within a few minutes?

People are supreme; in simple terms all that they (country) are asking for is honest individuals with sincerity of purpose; to be their voices in Parliament? It is wrong; or too much to ask?

It would be useful to examine how many; of Gandhiji’s observations about the British parliament apply to the Indian Parliament today?

Gandhiji wrote this; about the British parliament in Hind Swaraj in 1908:

“That which you consider to be the Mother of Parliaments is like a sterile woman and a prostitute. Both these are harsh terms, but exactly fit the case. That parliament has not yet, of its own accord, done a single good thing. Hence I have compared it to a sterile woman… It is like a prostitute because it is under the control of ministers who change from time to time…’

‘As a matter of fact, it is generally acknowledged that the members are hypocritical and selfish. Each thinks of his own little interest. It is fear that is the guiding motive… When the greatest questions are debated, its members have been seen to stretch themselves and to doze. Sometimes the members talk away until the listeners are disgusted. Carlyle has called it the “talking shop of the world”.’

Members vote for their party without a thought. Their so-called discipline binds them to it. If any member, by way of exception, gives an independent vote, he is considered a renegade… Parliament is simply a costly toy of the nation. These views are by no means peculiar to me. Some great English thinkers have expressed them”?

By following the procedures laid down by British Raj; our parliament is slowly degrading; to the parliament envisaged by British raj & it is not desirable?

We can hope for Introspection and trudging the path of virtue by our elected representatives soon?

Extracts from various news papers:

President Pratibha Patil:Parliament was the repository of the people’s will. Therefore, their growing aspirations and expectations needed to be translated here into policy decisions and necessary legislation. Discussions could be difficult and divergent, yet solutions had to be found through discussions in Parliament (consensus meetings; of small selected groups; yielded no results; in case of women’s reservation bill even when there was majority to support it; why waste an effort for consensus at such meetings).

Sonia Gandhi: “Members should live up to the ideals of the founding fathers of the Constitution & conduct must be according to the standards of founding fathers”.

Meira Kumar: “People participated in elections despite the hardship of their existence.  Simple and neglected people who work every day for survival also take part in elections with great fervor; democracy and caste system could not go hand in hand”.

Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari “Assess the working of Parliament in two critical areas of its functioning: ensuring accountability and oversight of the executive, and deliberations and law-making. Both tended to exhibit declining efficacy. The institutional mechanisms and procedural norms for ensuring accountability were being progressively underused. “There is a perceptible drop in the working days of Parliament. Deliberation is less frequent; legislation is at times hasty.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “Our Parliament has not just voiced the concerns and aspirations of the Indian people alone, but those of all humankind, of every freedom-loving person who seeks a life of dignity and peace.

How the MPs conducted themselves was a way of showing respect to the values of the institution and to the memory of those who created and built this (Parliament) symbol of freedom and dignity.

Each one of us owes it to those who sent us here to not only represent their views and their interests, but to do so with dignity, compassion and decorum. Revival of the tradition of reasoned and constructive debate is; the only way to earn the people’s respect”.

Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP): “House should take a pledge to fulfill the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi”

Sharad Yadav (JD-U)Democracy has reached Parliament. It should reach the doorsteps of the poor. (Don’t you think he is hinting at; efforts to replace the word ‘people’ with ‘elected representatives’ in the definition on democracy & decrying it)”?

Arun Jaitley “Cynicism with regard to Parliament and Parliamentary functions will be brought to an end; once our norms of accountability improve”

Oldest parliamentarians: Aakar Patel “ Parliament’s role in making India a great nation is over”.

Subhash Kashyap “People feel that for our MPs the nation comes last

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/quraishi-writes-to-pm-on-expediting-poll-reforms-275772.html