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Against fraud? Or Against freedom, Mr Roy?

Against fraud

The government has finally acted against Mr and Mrs Prannoy Roy and NDTV Ltd for fraud and deceit, which has been the subject matter of litigation in courts. Before the high financial rise of NDTV began, one must remember that when the UPA assumed office in 2004, NDTV had a huge cash loss of Rs 248 crore. It had no funds even to pay salaries, and its shares were trading at less than par. Its fortunes soared after the UPA came to power, and it received funds through a host of shell companies floated by it after 2004.

Tax evasion, suspected money-laundering

Between 2006 and 2010, NDTV India floated some 20 wholly-owned subsidiaries in different parts of the world - seven in Mauritius, eight in India, two in the Netherlands, one in London, one in UAE, and one in Sweden. All of them were letter-box companies, resting only on the valuation of NDTV Ltd. These subsidiary companies raised $417 million. Of this, $310 million was raised through a wholly-owned subsidiary, NDTV Network PLC UK, and $117 million through the sale of the channel NDTV Imagine to GE Corporation controlled by Universal Studios - all through private negotiation and private placement. Out of the $417 million, $267 million was invested by GE Corporation directly or indirectly. Just a reference to the emails obtained by the Income Tax authorities shows how the Roys and the other directors of NDTV were struggling to camouflage the huge monies received, not knowing how to camouflage the funds before the tax authorities. All this happened in 2008.

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रवीश! निष्पक्ष बहस करने की NDTV की हैसियत नहीं और बात करते हो आमने-सामने कैमरा लाइव की? बहस करोगे, है हिम्मत?

रवश नषपकष बहस करन क NDTV क हसयत नह

एनडीटीवी पर सीबीआई छापे के विरोध में उसके बकैत एंकर रवीश कुमार ने अपने फेसबुक पोस्ट के जरिए फिर से लफ्फाजी कर शहीद बनने की कोशिश की है! वह NDTV पर सवाल उठाने वाले सोशल मीडिया के लोगों को चंपू कह रहा है! जो मीडिया एनडीटीवी के मालिक प्रणव राय/ राधिका राय व चैनल के शेयर होल्डर्स पर छापे की खबर दिखा रही है, उसे ‘गोदी मीडिया’ कह रहा है! कार्रवाई करने वाली सरकार को आमने-सामने लाइव बहस की चुनौती दे रहा है! लाइव बहस कर तो रहे थे भाजपा प्रवक्ता संबित पात्रा, फिर इस बकैत के एनडीटीवी को बर्दाश्त क्यों नहीं हुआ? इसे सोशल मीडिया द्वारा सवाल पूछना मंजूर नहीं, क्योंकि 10 साल से NDTV के भ्रष्टाचार पर कोई सवाल नहीं पूछता था! इसे वो मीडिया हाउस पसंद नहीं जो इसके खिलाफ खबर दिखाते हैं, क्योंकि इससे पहले मीडिया के नाम पर पावर ब्रोकिंग का पूरा नेक्सस चल रहा था! इसके फेसबुक पोस्ट का Point-To-Point मैंने जवाब दिया है! यदि वास्तव में यह पत्रकार है तो लाइव कर ले और केवल लफ्फाज है तो ‘फ्री स्पीच’ के पेटिकोट घुस जाए! वामपंथी पत्रकारों और अवार्ड वापसी बुद्धिजीवी गिरोह का दोगलापन अब जनता बर्दाश्त नहीं करेगी!

1) रब्बिश-तो आप डराइये, धमकाइये, आयकर विभाग से लेकर सबको लगा दीजिये। ये लीजिये हम डर से थर थर काँप रहे हैं!

जवाबः क्या तुम्हें देश की अदालत पर भरोसा नहीं है जो डरने का नाटक कर रहे हो? अभी तक कार्रवाई नहीं हो रही थी तो कहते थे सरकार तुम्हारी है कार्रवाई क्यों नहीं करते? आज सीबीआई ने छापा मारा है तो कह रहे हो कि एजेंसियों को पीछे लगाकर डरा रहे हैं! अरे जब इस देश की सरकार से तुम अफलज, याकूब, कन्हैया, उमर खालिद जैसे भारत के टुकड़े करने वालों के लिए लड़ लेते हो तो इतनी भी कूबत नहीं है कि अपने लिए अदालत में लड़ सको? इसलिए यह दोगलापंथी छोड़ो और कानून का सम्मान करो।

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केरल में सरेआम काटी गई गाय, हाय-हाय, हाय-हाय

करल म सरआम

केरल में गाय काटी गई, रिपोर्ट में आया कि भैंस कटी है, फिर आया कि बैल काटा गया है और अंततः कल-परसों तक इस पर चर्चा होगी कि केरल में जो पब्लिक में मुर्ग़ा कटा है उसकी इजाज़त संविधान देता है कि नहीं। गाय क्यों काटी गई? ये दिखाने के लिए केन्द्र सरकार ने जो मवेशियों के व्यापार पर रोक लगाया है वो गलत है। इसके बाद बीफ़ ईटिंग फ़ेस्टिवल का आयोजन हो रहा है।

आपको बार-बार एक बात बताई जाती है कि गोमाँस तो देश के दलितों और ग़रीबों का मुख्य भोजन है, तो इस पर रोक क्यों लगाई जा रही है। ये बात और है कि लाउडस्पीकर के शोर पर आप लिखिए तो भावनाओं का बलात्कार हो जाता है। एनएसएसओ के आँकड़े कहते हैं कि जिन दलितों और आदिवासियों के नाम गोमाँस खाने का ठीकरा फोड़ा जाता है, उनकी कुल आबादी (लगभग ३० करोड़) का मात्र तीन प्रतिशत हिस्सा ही गोमाँस खाता है। कुल खाने वालों का 97% मुसलमान हैं। और इससे किसी को दिक़्क़त नहीं होनी चाहिए। जिसको जो खाना है खाए, बस हमारी चुरा कर ना काट ले। या हमारे घर के सामने आकर हमें चिढ़ाने के लिए फ़ेस्टिवल ना करे।

केरल में गाय का गला रेत दिया गया। रेतने वाले राहुल गाँधी के उतने ही क़रीबी हैं जितने अंबानी हैं मोदी के। क्योंकि अगर फोटो ही आधार है क़रीबी होने का तो केरल यूथ कॉन्ग्रेस नेता राहुल गाँधी के साथ कई आयोजन में दिखते हैं। हलाँकि राहुल गाँधी ने इसकी भर्त्सना की है, और शशि थरूर ने हाँ में हाँ मिलाते हुए उसे कॉन्ग्रेस की विचारधारा से दूर कर दिया है, लेकिन बात ये है कि गौरक्षक सेनाओं को भाजपा से किस आधार पर जोड़ा जाता है? इसीलिए ना कि इनको शह मिलती है सरकारों से। फिर कॉन्ग्रेस के यूथ विंग को ये करने की शह कहाँ से मिली है। आपके ही तर्क से चलेंगे।

ये रेतना सिर्फ गाय का नहीं है। ये छटपटाहट है और एक संदेश भी है हिन्दुओं को कि तुम हिन्दू प्रतीकों को गरिया कर सेकुलर बनने की कोशिश करते रहो, और वो ख़तना को साइंटिफ़िक बताते रहेंगे। ये कन्वर्ट लोगों की छटपटाहट है जो ख़ुद को बेहतर विचारक, बेहतर ईसाई, बेहतर मुसलमान, बेहतर हिन्दू बताने के लिए अपनी जड़ों को (जो कि अंततः हिन्दू होने में ही है भले ही वो अपने दादा को सऊदी से आया बताएँ या इंग्लैंड से) काटते हुए, किसी भी हद तक हिन्दू प्रतीकों के अपमान करने हेतु गिर सकते हैं। 

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Who is Arundhati Roy, why is she speaking against India ?

Suzanna Arundhati Roy is a name quiet familiar among book readers. She has written many books, some of which become popular.

She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya. Her father was Rajib Roy and mother was Mary Roy, a Malayali Syrian Christian women’s rights activist from Kerala. But due to extreme rebellion attitude of her mother, her parents divorced and she moved with her mother and brother to Kerala. Her education was completed in Corpus Christi, Kottayam, Lawrence School, Lovedale and finally finished the course in Architecture in Delhi. She had fallen in love with a man called Gerard da Cunha who was also an architect. They lived together for few months in Goa and Delhi before they broke up. The man is a big shot in architecture world.

Roy who is the cousin of NDTV owner Prannoy Roy obtained position with the National Institute of Urban Affairs. Later she married a film maker called Pradip Krishen and acted in one of his films also. But few years later she broke up with him as well.

But later her book God of Small Things won her the Man Booker award of 1997. But since then she completely changed her course of interest. The lady who described herself an author, became a human rights activist full time. She became the spokesperson of many global organization which focused on halting developmental works in India and other developing countries.

She herself declared that she was against India’s policies towards nuclear weapons, industrialization and economic growth (which she describes as “encrypted with genocidal potential” in Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy).

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Meet the Innocent Man tied to the Indian Army Jeep – A closer look at Farooq Ahmed Dar

When I saw the video of a Kashmir man tied to the bonnet of an army jeep in Kashmir, as a measure to safeguard an army convoy from stone pelters, I had mixed feelings.  For one, I did not know the full facts of the situation: who was this man, why did the army resort to this highly unconventional tactic, did the ends justify the means in this case, was there an immediate threat to our armymen, and so on.

Like many others in Bharat, I was unsure what to make of this.

The next day, newspapers reported extensively on the man in the video.  His name is Farooq Ahmed Dar, a tailor by profession.  He was supposed to have voted that day, the 13th of April (among the very few 2% of Kashmiris who voted in that particular poll), and then gone to attend a funeral in a nearby village on his bike when he was stopped (apparently without reason) by an army patrol.  He then claims that he was beaten severely, and tied to the bonnet of the army jeep, in spite of his vehement appeals that he was just an innocent man, not a stone pelter.  The claim that he actually voted makes a big difference, since voter turnout being very low was seen as a “rejection of Bharat’s democracy”; in contrast, this man had actually embraced Bharatiya democracy by voting.  It seemed particularly unfair and cruel to have picked this man up, at random, beaten him, and then tied him to an army jeep.

The above narrative—of a totally innocent, pro-Bharat Kashmiri man being ruthlessly treated by Bharat’s army—is both (a) completely in line with the Pakistani narrative on Kashmir and (b) bread and butter for Bharat’s ‘human rights’ brigade. As expected, both these parties made a lot of noise about this incident on various forums, including international ones.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav - ICJ verdict: Real battle will have to be fought in Pak Courts 

Kulbhushan Jadhav - ICJ verdict

The theory of ‘Positivism’ is one of the bases of International Law which says that the law is what exists as contrast to the law that ought to be. It relies on the actual practice of the States and declares that the will of State is the main source of International law, the validity of which lies on the fact that the States have consented to them. The concept of the will of nation was first propounded by the German philosopher Hegel. It was developed by the Italian Jurist Anzilotti according to whom the pacta sunt servanda (agreements must be kept) is the supreme principle of International Law. This principle is enshrined in Article 26 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 1969. It provides, “Every Treaty in force is binding upon the parties to it and must be performed by them in good faith”. The basis to the international adjudication is the consent of the parties to the dispute. This consent gives rise to certain obligations of a legal character to comply with the judgments and refusal to the same is ipso facto a breach of international legal obligations.

The first universal affirmation of these propositions in modem history was in Article 2 (2) of the UN Charter. It reads, “All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter”. One of these fundamental obligations is the obligation to carry out the judgments of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) under Article 94 (1) of the UN Charter, which stipulates that “Each Member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decisions of the ICJ in any case to which it is a party”. The phraseology of this provision contains a treaty stipulation underpinning the obligations already placed upon the States concerned by a more general application of the principle of pacta sunt servanda. 

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Army Gives Clean Chit To Officer Who Tied An Alleged Stone-Pelter To Jeep, Says His Move Saved Lives

Army Gives Clean Chit To Officer Who Tied

A court of inquiry (CoI) convened by the Army has given a clean chit to Major Nitin Gogoi, the officer who tied an alleged stone-pelter to an army jeep in order to discourage a group of mobsters from harming a convoy of election officers,India Today has reported. The CoI has not recommended any action against Gogoi.

Earlier, the Centre had decided to back the officer, noting that he took the decision as the last resort to protect polling officers and jawans accompanying the convoy.

Gogoi, who was leading the convoy, had volunteered to serve in Kashmir. He took the call in order to prevent direct confrontation between the mob and the army, a scenario that would have ended in bloodshed.

According toNDTV’s report, a Quick Reaction Team of the army was called in prevent escalation of hostilities, but the numerical superiority of the stone-pelting mob made it almost impossible for the convoy to move. “They would have been lynched by 400 people,” the report quoted a source as saying.

According to sources quoted byIndia Today, the army believes that Gogoi’s timely decision saved many lives and prevented confrontation.

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