The Great Indian Netas


“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished
by Being governed by those who are dumber.”
– Plato quotes

It been long time i wanted to write abt the great indian politics .I always had my inclination towards indian politics whether good or bad it fascinated me from my younger days.My father always had political stand for everything and we used to discuss anything under the sun which is political ;now we dont talk politics so often but i love to talk about it and take a stand.although in this post i will try not to take any stand for any political party……

Let me tell you in bold that i dont support congress.

As elections are hardly away and the race to race cource getting uglier then shahnaz hussain ;i am wrinting this post and there are n no of ppl coming to my mind..from chidambaram to amar singh …from jairnal to meera sanyal….its getting diffiult for me to put down my thght in structured manner here..i dont no what to write, should i write how much useless and pathetic our netas are or should i write about the choice of national parties we have …..i dont no how i will complete this post but have to make a move….

It the time for 15th general election folks and everybody has tighten there seat belts for the TOP POST whether its Advani, Manmohan, Sharad Pawar,Mayawati and not to forget Mulayam singh .After observing wats going around even my watchmen is thinking of contesting an election.

The election campaigns are on full flow ,parties accusing each other for any wrong thing they did in the past from sikh massacre to godhra riot every issue is out of the closet.The hot topic is offcource the verbal clash between LK advani and manmohan singh ; I was surprised by manmohans singh’s comment; never thought even he can be provoked to show the mirror to so called iron men of BJP…now after accusing manmohan singh as the weakest PM Mr advani is feeling hurt about PM’s reply on his incompetence to act when kandhar happend;Its called getting dose of your on medicine Mr.Advani.

Another hot topic is Mr varun gandhi…he was always out of place like his father sanjay gandhi…and i think he will find his peace behind the bars.We dont need such young politician who make remark like this against any community.Alog with many things he also said how weired names this ppl have; i wonder how he will get away with his grand fathers name ‘Feroze’ even that name sound similar.

*******Mumbai boy*********************************
Now there are some fresh faces also in the race of election …likes of ABN AMRO head(Meera Sanyal)…mallika sarabhai…shishir tharoor….i am glad that such educated people are coming out to clean the dirty pool of politics.I havent checked differnt site these individuals must be having but i have visited meera sanyal’s site after i saw her in an interview ;But i felt cheated after bit of surfing on her site she has promised things which she practically cant do as a south mumbai MP and rather then giving emphasis on local grass rooot development she is promising as if she is going to be CM of Maharashtra.

Even if she is claiming to have a master plan for everything and when i digged into those plans it turned out to be a crap…just statement like we should do that..we should do this….there is even not a single line which says how she do it or go about it.I mean if i make such presentation for my business plan and ask ABN-AMRO for loan even there secuirity guard will kick me out…..and considering that we have young politician like milind deora ; i think south mumbai should vote for him!!!!

just to give u glimpse wat i mean check out the ms. sanyals “master plan” here :
http://www.meerahsanyal.in/?page_id=227
and to no wat mr deora has done in last five years :
http://milinddeora.com/initiatives_details.php

*******Mumbai boy*********************************

Coming back to election campaigns I think the worst is yet to come and BJP and Congress will touch there 52 week lows(this sensex doesnt get out my mind :P) ,i mean 52 years low .I could have written a bigger piece on this topic but my boss is calling me and with amount of work pending i should say goodbye to you…..

happy voting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… :)

JaaGo Ree….

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve”
-George Bernard Shaw

You no wat i have been doing this liitle research on human body since last 20 minutes and see wat i have found ….

…human body is most productive wen u haven’t bathed for 6 hrs after ur outta bed…so i have decided that i will remain unbathed atleast on week-ends….i no my mommy wont buy this…but u no wat nobody believed einstein wen he discovered gravity(or was it newton???…watever)…

Well this blog isn’t funny!!!

I know most of you are sleeping …n sleeping with open eyes…you like to curse every time you see pot-holes on roads…wen you see long queue for boarding passes on airport…you curse wen there are no dust-bin on roads…you curse wen there is huge traffic…you curse wen there is mumbai attack…..you curse wen you don’t find bisleri bottle at MRP in multiplex…you curse wen you have to watch PHOONK in theatres ….basically wat i want to say is we all indians like to curse …we no how to abuse but how to produce we seldom care…..we want our system to change but we dont vote for it….we are lazy enough to give that election phase a miss…its so convenient also na??….and its so uncool to go to those muncipality schools to vote…..y cant they take SMS pool just like my fav show indian idol..huh???

…but the same hipocracy goes away wen its time to discuss obama..we all love him..we want to discuss wat change his talking abt..its so “in ” thing and classy to talk abt Mr. obama…..howz he loved by billions around the globe….and compare our politicians…but it always happen ..grass is greener on other side….we dont like our politicians..i agree…but have u done anything to change it???…ans is big NO….specially our young generation..they would rather prefer to catch a movie which will cost them 250 bucks (add 50 for coke also….and 300 more if u have gf)..or will spend a 500 for that silly bowling game..and 5 hours are wasted in nothing….but wen u tell them to vote they make faces as if ishant awasthi has been asked wat is 2+2….khuch nahi badlega…vote karne se khuch nahi hota..waste of time hai…this are the std responses u get from those so called ‘youth ‘ of india……just wanna say atleast vote…vote for the person you think may not be the best but better then others….

Half the generation of my age doesnt no that advani belongs to BJP and is not some antique piece in mallyas personal collection …for all those loosers who doesnt no wat its all abt and there GK says that paris hilton is name of some 5 star hotel in france but still wanna change things around then i would just advice you to vote for BJP or Congress or there allies dont vote for parties ..BSP..CPM..AIDMK..MNS…dont make them kingmakers…vote wisely!!!!!!!!!

BTW have voted for 3 elections(2 assembly and 1 general)….and its so happened that jisko bhi vote diya wo har gaya….so dis time i have decided that will vote against my fav. candidate …so that he/she will win..nice na???…but i will vote….

so guys n gals jago re…..and go and register yourself at this site….
http://www.jaagore.com/
do check out this site too…http://www.nocriminals.org/
and get ur left hand finger tainted with that blue ink this april or u will get wat u deserve as the quote on start of the page says…..

…till den… :)

My Take : Raj Thakre

 

                        “Too much sanity may be madness.”

                                                   – Miguel de Cervantes

 

Yours truly  has no work for the day n he feels scared about it….let me tell you its not so great feeling as its used to be….considering the turbulance IT industry is going through in India.

Well that gave me a chance to write this post on Mr. Raj thakre ….its been long  time i wanted to write about the men ….

 

Well i dont remember exactly when i first saw him but wenever it was i knew he got the potential to make it BIG and he is  the really successor of Mr. Bal  Keshav thakre…and in some way or other i am proved right.He made it big but  by easiest way possible or should i say the cheapest one….

 

Cut to :
Two years back  Mr.Raj launched his party called Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) …by name it self it was obvious that they dont want to move beyond maharashtra..so there agenda was to focus on mahrashtras navnirman(progress) … i remember him giving atmost prefence to progress ,he talked about development and there was nothing called marathi manoos in his speech …he wanted  development..and i was delighted bcoz i knew he had it in him and was on right track but destiny had something different in store for him or say for all of us….his party won very few seats in next Municipal Corporations inspite of great expectations…and development idea straight went to the dust-bin.

 

Back to : 

March 2008, Well i saw  Mr in some diffrent mood he was talking about how poorely marathi manoos are treated in there own state they dont have job because alleged bhaiyas(migrrants from UP and Bihari) took away there job ..but he didnt say a word about the miggrants like : gujjus nad marawaris (mind you i belong to the same community) who also have prominent presence in Mumbai and Maharashtra; I am not sure why he didnt pick us..may be bcoz  marwaris and gujju are supposedly on wealthier side..

 

Violance…in the name of public outcry….and it changed lods of thing…….

 

MNS became a front page party overnight,And our wonderful media supported the good cause by fuelling the fire,by running N number of stories with lowest level of information.

Wat make me SAD : 

Well its sad that a good guy went a wrong path.I  known many marathi people and they dont see anything wrong in people coming from north indian states or any other part of india …There have been people in past who talked about dividing people on cast, religion,race and wat not….but who cares they dont bother me…wat really hurts me is  i see a change in perception of people they have forced themselves to  feel the pinch….there is huge under current running ….and that two among educated people …you go to orkut or on net there are people who are supporting MNS stand just for the sack of it and they dont no about the party and i wonder if they care..it just they suddenly found a icon to look upto.I know atleats 3 people in my company who are MNS supporter but they dont no other much about it.

 

Whats his stand : 

1. Give jobs to marathi people in public sector ,reservation in private sector jobs,latest is : give mhada flats only for marathi people .

-Well Mr. thackrey we are citizen of india and every indian has the right to move from one place to any other place india…y ur afraid of the compitition???..let it be whoever is the best will get selected…If you ask for the transperncy in the system then its fair.

And wat about the marathi people who are residing out of maharashtra wil you give them job security and house at you kohinoor mill property…that would be gesture men…seriously.

2.People should respect and learn the local language.

- People should respect the local language….it sound perfect …for that matter we should respect every language…..but LEARN it..u gotta be kidding…if my company transfer me for 2 years to karnataka do you think i will be able to learn kannada…not possible….u can learn bits or pieces but learning the language sounds like CRAP to mee…..

 

3.Change All shop sign board to marathi…change ‘BOMBAY’ to ‘MUMBAI’

-Nagres character in SR says…“hum hi badal gaye to pata kaise chalega ki khuch badala hai”(If we also change then how young gen will know that something has changed)….wat you want??… Bombay Exhibition Center to be called Mumbai Exhibition Center..infact they have already done that…but i wonder Bombay Scottish still has the same TAG …his son studies there…. ;)

 

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-Bcoz no one knows wat is the next agenda that MNS have….i wonder even raj know abt it…

I am not giving refences to Mumbai attack or this post will go on n on….I wonder if my opinion count but i feel bad for MUMBAI …i have been here for past 24 years and i know its dying ….its dying bcoz thousands of new people  coming from  other parts of country and also from rest of maharashtra with a dream to make it BIG.Its a dream city …dont spoil it…I just wish in next election raj gets his answer from people of india….VOTE WISELY!!

till den… : )

 

PS : I want to know which “bhaiya” is still  supplying milk to raj’s house…. :P

Standard Pakistani Response Template

One of the mail fwd :

Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh/Atal Bihari Vajpayee/Narasimha Rao /Rajiv Gandhi,

Pakistan strongly condemns / is shocked by / is pleasantly surprised with the success of our “freedom fighters” in the loss of dozens / hundreds / thousands / millions of innocent lives in the bomb blasts / sniper attack / hijacking / religious riots / other disaster that occurred in a busy marketplace / train / housing colony / Indian parliament building / an upper-class hotel / temple in Mumbai / Delhi / Kashmir / Assam / Punjab / Gujarat / Other.

The Pakistani citizens / soldiers / “freedom fighters” / “friendship agents” / students who were caught red-handed / found dead at the scene of the crime / convicted of the crime are actually undercover Indian / American / Israeli agents. Any Pakistanis proven to be guilty of terrorism will be rewarded handsomely / dealt with severely / promoted to Lt. Colonel / given a new Indian passport and sent back to India / handed over to the Americans as proof of our commitment in the war on terror.

There are no Pakistani army-funded training camps / terrorist camps / madrasaas in Azad Kashmir / Afghanistan / Nepal / Bangladesh . The satellite images / photographs / eyewitness accounts / videotaped confessions obtained by the Indians is fraudulent / fake / inconclusive / are actually from Indian terrorist camps and part of a larger RAW / CIA conspiracy to destabilize the Pakistani government by stalling democracy / encouraging sectarian violence / undermining Pakistani institutions / causing the next military coup in Pakistan. A destabilized Pakistani government / mafia could cause Pakistan to become a dangerous nuclear WalMart / Target / Seven-Eleven and a terrorist breeding ground / university / research lab that would be worse for the world.

We hope this will not derail the peace process started with the recent India-Pakistan cricket series / Lahore bus yatra / Muzafarabad- Srinagar road opening / Bollywood peace concert / open borders initiative / other confidence-building measures. We look forward to justifying further attacks against innocent civilians / resolving the core issue of Kashmir / developing best-of-breed plausible deniability defenses.

We stand by / are plotting against our Indian brethren in their hour / days / years / decades of pain.

Signed,

Asif Ali Zardari
President, Pakistan / Chief Operating Officer, Taliban Inc. / General, Pakistani Army

till den … :)

India in Making

As we walk into our 62nd year of free india lods many things get into my mind…from our freedom of struggle to bindra winning the gold..how far we have reached and how much we can achieve in coming years.

Blast from Past:

When you think of freedom struggle the first name comes is ..ofcourse…MK Gandhi…his been der from early days of his youth till death…..his a mahatma and i really respect him for all the obvious reasons…he gave the freedom movement the right direction…he had that long term vision for india and he made sure that indians achieve that…in crucial time he took the morally high stand to stop quite india movement when chori-chora happend…and made it clear dat violance is not the way wer we should find our aazadi..thats one of the reson why i put gandhi b4 bhagatsingh or chandrashekhar azad…its not that i count there sacrifice any less den gandhi…infact i respect each and every single indian who ever dreamt of making india free and had contributed to it any which way….but the path they took was easier den the path wat gandhi took….he choose to live and battle it out…..he was der till the end and thats wat make the person legend of all time…..

Done and awaited :

In past 61 year have we done justice to all the efforts dat went through….all the pain mothers took to let there child go and sacrifice there life for indian freedom….to all the children who lost there father…wat we hope we had and wat we have achieved till date……is der any sense of achievement..well ans can be “yes and no”..exactly nobody can say that we lost the vision we had or its on right track and its in making…….

Wen i think of future today it looks very good if u have the same vision wat Mr. abdul kalam have(india a super power by 2020_…i also respect this gentlement bcoz he had been instrumental in making india a nuclear power….and have been very inspirational to all the indian of my age….but recently one thing which real made me feel sad about this enthu ex. president is that he didnt contest for presidential election for the reason that he wanted majority in his favour..he wanted most of the parties to support him….y??bcoz he didnt wanted to loose…and thats make me feel sad…. he didnt
participated bcoz he was affraid of lossing thats not wat we have learnt from this men…he didnt show that sportsmen spirit for which we always look upto him… :(

back to..
the possibilities are endless;we can be on moon….we can be a SUPER POWER and wat not….
i wish all the best to india for its future and hope i will also contribute in its success…..

till dennnn….. :)

Omar Abdullah Speech on trust vote

That J&K National Conference leader Omar Abdullah would not oppose the nuclear deal — despite being in opposition to the UPA in the state — was well-known but in his speech in the Lok Sabha today in support of the confidence motion, he was at his impassioned best.

“I am a Muslim and I am an Indian,” he began. “And I see no distinction between the two. I don’t know why should I fear the nuclear deal. It is a deal between two countries which, I hope, will become two equals in the future,” said Abdullah. “The enemies of Indian Muslims are not America or deals like these. The enemies are the same as the enemies of all those who are poor — poverty, hunger, lack of development and the absence of a voice.”

This was a pointed reference to the Opposition benches who tried to drown UPA speakers with the chorus of protests against the alleged bribe offer that rocked Parliament hours earlier.

Slamming the Left for acting like judges on the secular credentials of political parties, Abdullah said, “Today, the Left is telling me that all secular parties should stand with the BJP to bring down this government. The same Left treated me like a political untouchable when I was with the NDA.”

“I am not a member of the UPA and don’t aspire to be one. I made a mistake to be with the NDA, especially after Gujarat riots happened. My conscience had asked me to quit NDA but I didn’t. My conscience has still not forgiven me,” he said.

On the Amarnath issue that Leader of Opposition L K Advani had highlighted in his speech yesterday, Abdullah said he had fought for the cause since it involved the land of his people. He dared the BJP to name a single leader from Jammu and Kashmir who had opposed the Amarnath yatra. “Until the day there is even a single Muslim in Kashmir, from Srinagar to Amarnath, the Amarnath yatra will not be allowed to stop,” he said.

Hours after his speech, speaking to The Indian Express, Abdullah said: “It was what I felt. I spoke straight from the heart.”

“There has been a concerted effort to create this perception that first the Muslims are against the nuclear deal with America and also that the nuclear deal with America is anti-Muslim. This is all rubbish and this perception is being created by those political parties who always want to brand Muslims to be against the interests of the country,” he said. “That’s why I did emphasise that I am a Muslim and I am an Indian and that the two are not mutually exclusive”.

He said he was worried whether he will get a chance or not to speak during the debate. “All through the day, it was about cash, bribery and what not. There was a lot of chaos and I really thought I will not get a chance to speak,” he said.

Abdullah’s speech was one of the three that the UPA unveiled towards the end of the debate in its attempt to nail what it called the “canard” that Muslims were against the nuclear deal — both Mayawati and CPM’s M K Pandhe had made that claim. AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, too, attacking the opposition BJP and criticizing the Left for its new alignment.

“I would like to counter the canard that is being spread that the Muslims of this country are against the nuclear deal. I just want to ask why don’t the rulers of UP and West Bengal CMs single out and tell whether the Dalits or the Hindus of their state support the deal or not,” asked Owaisi. “I am supporting the government because I do not want at any cost the leader of Opposition LK Advani as the Prime Minister.”

Owaisi also took swipe at the Left parties for playing the ball along with the opposition BJP in this situation.

“I am very well aware of the Left’s hatred against the minorities. While there are about 28 percent Muslims in the West Bengal, why is it that their representation is merely 2 per cent? This is not the way to claim supporting the minorities. If you want to support the BJP, then go ahead. But I am very clear, if Advani becomes the Prime Minister who will suffer? I will suffer a loss. I have already suffered the loss of the Babri masjid,” said Owaisi.

Without attacking the Left, the PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti took potshots at the opposition BJP saying that while they are not against nuclear deal with the US they want to re-negotiate is as they want to take credit for such a historical decision.

“Let me accept that many people in this august house does not understand the nuclear deal in detail. But it is surprising that the BJP, which has been the pioneer of the nuclear deal, is now opposing the deal simply because they would like to take credit for such a deal. But now they are opposing,” said Mufti.

Manmohan Singh’s Speech on Trust vote

(Manmohan Singh did not read out his statement, as he was not allowed to do so by the opposition parties. Instead he gave a copy to the Speaker to file. The below is his address to the Nation on the Nuclear Deal and also the 4 years of UPA rule.)

The Leader of Opposition, Shri L.K. Advani has chosen to use all manner of abusive objectives to describe my performance. He has described me as the weakest Prime Minister, a nikamma PM, and of having devalued the office of PM. To fulfill his ambitions, he has made at least three attempts to topple our government. But on each occasion his astrologers have misled him. This pattern, I am sure, will be repeated today. At his ripe old age, I do not expect Shri Advani to change his thinking. But for his sake and India’s sake, I urge him at least to change his astrologers so that he gets more accurate predictions of things to come.

“As for Shri Advani’s various charges, I do not wish to waste the time of the House in rebutting them. All I can say is that before leveling charges of incompetence on others, Shri Advani should do some introspection. Can our nation forgive a Home Minister who slept when the terrorists were knocking at the doors of our Parliament? Can our nation forgive a person who single handedly provided the inspiration for the destruction of the Babri Masjid with all the terrible consequences that followed? To atone for his sins, he suddenly decided to visit Pakistan and there he discovered new virtues in Mr. Jinnah. Alas, his own party and his mentors in the RSS disowned him on this issue. Can our nation approve the conduct of a Home Minister who was sleeping while Gujarat was burning leading to the loss of thousands of innocent lives? Our friends in the Left Front should ponder over the company they are forced to keep because of miscalculations by their General Secretary.

As for my conduct, it is for this august House and the people of India to judge. All I can say is that in all these years that I have been in office, whether as Finance Minister or Prime Minister, I have felt it as a sacred obligation to use the levers of power as a societal trust to be used for transforming our economy and polity, so that we can get rid of poverty, ignorance and disease which still afflict millions of our people. This is a long and arduous journey. But every step taken in this direction can make a difference. And that is what we have sought to do in the last four years. How far we have succeeded is something I leave to the judgement of the people of India.

When I look at the composition of the opportunistic group opposed to us, it is clear to me that the clash today is between two alternative visions of India’s future. The one vision represented by the UPA and our allies seeks to project India as a self confident and united nation moving forward to gain its rightful place in the comity of nations, making full use of the opportunities offered by a globalised world, operating on the frontiers of modern science and technology and using modern science and technology as important instruments of national economic and social development. The opposite vision is of a motley crowd opposed to us who have come together to share the spoils of office to promote their sectional, sectarian and parochial interests. Our Left colleagues should tell us whether Shri L.K. Advani is acceptable to them as a Prime Ministerial candidate. Shri L.K. Advani should enlighten us if he will step aside as Prime Ministerial candidate of the opposition in favour of the choice of UNPA. They should take the country into confidence on this important issue.

I have already stated in my opening remarks that the House has been dragged into this debate unnecessarily. I wish our attention had not been diverted from some priority areas of national concern. These priorities are :

(i) Tackling the imported inflation caused by steep increase in oil prices. Our effort is to control inflation without hurting the rate of growth and employment.

(ii) To revitalize agriculture. We have decisively reversed the declining trend of investment and resource flow in agriculture. The Finance Minister has dealt with the measures we have taken in this regard. We have achieved a record foodgrain production of 231 million tones. But we need to redouble our efforts to improve agricultural productivity.

(iii) To improve the effectiveness of our flagship pro poor programmes such as National Rural Employment Programme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Nation-wide Mid day meal programme, Bharat Nirman to improve the quality of rural infrastructure of roads, electricity, safe drinking water, sanitation, irrigation, National Rural Health Mission and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. These programmes are yielding solid results. But a great deal more needs to be done to improve the quality of implementation.

(iv) We have initiated a major thrust in expanding higher education. The objective is to expand the gross enrolment ratio in higher education from 11.6 per cent to 15 per cent by the end of the 11th Plan and to 21per cent by the end of 12th Plan. To meet these goals, we have an ambitious programme which seeks to create 30 new universities, of which 14 will be world class, 8 new IITs, 7 new IIMs, 20 new IIITs, 5 new IISERs, 2 Schools of planning and Architecture, 10 NITs, 373 new degree colleges and 1000 new polytechnics. And these are not just plans. Three new IISERs are already operational and the remaining two will become operational from the 2008-09 academic session. Two SPAs will be starting this year. Six of the new IITs start their classes this year. The establishment of the new universities is at an advanced stage of planning.

(v) A nation wide Skill Development Programme and the enactment of the Right to Education Act,

(vi) Approval by Parliament of the new Rehabilitation and Resettlement policy and enactment of legislation to provide social security benefits to workers in the unorganized sector.

(vii) The new 15 Point Programme for Minorities, the effective implementation of empowerment programmes for the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, paying particular emphasis on implementation of Land Rights for the tribals.

(viii) Equally important is the effective implementation of the Right to Information Act to impart utmost transparency to processes of governance. The Administrative Reforms Commission has made valuable suggestions to streamline the functioning of our public administration.

(ix) To deal firmly with terrorist elements, left wing extremism and communal elements that are attempting to undermine the security and stability of the country. We have been and will continue to vigorously pursue investigations in the major terrorist incidents that have taken place. Charge-sheets have been filed in almost all the cases. Our intelligence agencies and security forces are doing an excellent job in very difficult circumstances. They need our full support. We will take all possible steps to streamline their functioning and strengthen their effectiveness.

Considerable work has been done in all these areas but debates like the one we are having detract our attention from attending to these essential programmes and remaining items on our agenda. All the same, we will redouble our efforts to attend to these areas of priority concerns.

I say in all sincerity that this session and debate was unnecessary because I have said on several occasions that our nuclear agreement after being endorsed by the IAEA and the Nuclear Suppliers Group would be submitted to this august House for expressing its view. All I had asked our Left colleagues was : please allow us to go through the negotiating process and I will come to Parliament before operationalising the nuclear agreement. This simple courtesy which is essential for orderly functioning of any Government worth the name, particularly with regard to the conduct of foreign policy, they were not willing to grant me. They wanted a veto over every single step of negotiations which is not acceptable. They wanted me to behave as their bonded slave. The nuclear agreement may not have been mentioned in the Common Minimum Programme. However, there was an explicit mention of the need to develop closer relations with the USA but without sacrificing our independent foreign policy. The Congress Election Manifesto had explicitly referred to the need for strategic engagement with the USA and other great powers such as Russia.

In 1991, while presenting the Budget for 1991-92, as Finance Minister, I had stated : No power on earth can stop an idea whose time has come. I had then suggested to this august House that the emergence of India as a major global power was an idea whose time had come.

Carrying forward the process started by Shri Rajiv Gandhi of preparing India for the 21st century, I outlined a far reaching programme of economic reform whose fruits are now visible to every objective person. Both the Left and the BJP had then opposed the reform. Both had said we had mortgaged the economy to America and that we would bring back the East India Company. Subsequently both these parties have had a hand at running the Government. None of these parties have reversed the direction of economic policy laid down by the Congress Party in 1991. The moral of the story is that political parties should be judged not by what they say while in opposition but by what they do when entrusted with the responsibilities of power.

I am convinced that despite their opportunistic opposition to the nuclear agreement, history will compliment the UPA Government for having taken another giant step forward to lead India to become a major power centre of the evolving global economy. Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of using atomic energy as a major instrument of development will become a living reality.

What is the nuclear agreement about? It is all about widening our development options, promoting energy security in a manner which will not hurt our precious environment and which will not contribute to pollution and global warming.

India needs to grow at the rate of at least ten per cent per annum to get rid of chronic poverty, ignorance and disease which still afflict millions of our people. A basic requirement for achieving this order of growth is the availability of energy, particularly electricity. We need increasing quantities of electricity to support our agriculture, industry and to give comfort to our householders. The generation of electricity has to grow at an annual rate of 8 to 10 per cent.

Now, hydro-carbons are one source of generating power and for meeting our energy requirements. But our production of hydro-carbons both of oil and gas is far short of our growing requirements. We are heavily dependent on imports. We all know the uncertainty of supplies and of prices of imported hydro-carbons.

We have to diversify our sources of energy supply.

We have large reserves of coal but even these are inadequate to meet all our needs by 2050. But more use of coal will have an adverse impact on pollution and climate. We can develop hydro-power and we must. But many of these projects hurt the environment and displace large number of people. We must develop renewable sources of energy particularly solar energy. But we must also make full use of atomic energy which is a clean environment friendly source of energy. All over the world, there is growing realization of the importance of atomic energy to meet the challenge of energy security and climate change.

India’s atomic scientists and technologists are world class. They have developed nuclear energy capacities despite heavy odds. But there are handicaps which have adversely affected our atomic energy programme. First of all, we have inadequate production of uranium. Second, the quality of our uranium resources is not comparable to those of other producers.Third, after the Pokharan nuclear test of 1974 and 1998 the outside world has imposed embargo on trade with India in nuclear materials, nuclear equipment and nuclear technology. As a result, our nuclear energy programme has suffered. Some twenty years ago, the Atomic Energy Commission had laid down a target of 10000 MW of electricity generation by the end of the twentieth century. Today, in 2008 our capacity is about 4000 MW and due to shortage of uranium many of these plants are operating at much below their capacity.

The nuclear agreement that we wish to negotiate will end India’s nuclear isolation, nuclear apartheid and enable us to take advantage of international trade in nuclear materials, technologies and equipment. It will open up new opportunities for trade in dual use high technologies opening up new pathways to accelerate industrialization of our country. Given the excellent quality of our nuclear scientists and technologists, I have reasons to believe that in a reasonably short period of time, India would emerge as an important exporter of nuclear technologies, and equipment for civilian purposes.

When I say this I am reminded of the visionary leadership of Shri Rajiv Gandhi who was a strong champion of computerization and use of information technologies for nation building. At that time, many people laughed at this idea. Today, information technology and software is a sun-rise industry with an annual turnover soon approaching 50 billion US dollars. I venture to think that our atomic energy industry will play a similar role in the transformation of India’s economy.

The essence of the matter is that the agreements that we negotiate with USA, Russia, France and other nuclear countries will enable us to enter into international trade for civilian use without any interference with our strategic nuclear programme. The strategic programme will continue to be developed at an autonomous pace determined solely by our own security perceptions. We have not and we will not accept any outside interference or monitoring or supervision of our strategic programme. Our strategic autonomy will never be compromised. We are willing to look at possible amendments to our Atomic Energy Act to reinforce our solemn commitment that our strategic autonomy will never be compromised.

I confirm that there is nothing in these agreements which prevents us from further nuclear tests if warranted by our national security concerns. All that we are committed to is a voluntary moratorium on further testing. Thus the nuclear agreements will not in any way affect our strategic autonomy. The cooperation that the international community is now willing to extend to us for trade in nuclear materials, technologies and equipment for civilian use will be available to us without signing the NPT or the CTBT.

This I believe is a measure of the respect that the world at large has for India, its people and their capabilities and our prospects to emerge as a major engine of growth for the world economy. I have often said that today there are no international constraints on India’s development. The world marvels at our ability to seek our social and economic salvation in the framework of a functioning democracy committed to the rule of law and respect for fundamental human freedoms. The world wants India to succeed. The obstacles we face are at home, particularly in our processes of domestic governance.

I wish to remind the House that in 1998 when the Pokharan II tests were undertaken, the Group of Eight leading developed countries had passed a harsh resolution condemning India and called upon India to sign the NPT and CTBT. Today, at the Hokkaido meeting of the G-8 held recently in Japan, the Chairman’s summary has welcomed cooperation in civilian nuclear energy between India and the international community.

This is a measure of the sea change in the perceptions of the international community our trading with India for civilian nuclear energy purposes that has come about in less than ten years.

Our critics falsely accuse us, that in signing these agreements, we have surrendered the independence of foreign policy and made it subservient to US interests. In this context, I wish to point out that the cooperation in civil nuclear matters that we seek is not confined to the USA. Change in the NSG guidelines would be a passport to trade with 45 members of the Nuclear Supplier Group which includes Russia, France, and many other countries.

We appreciate the fact that the US has taken the lead in promoting cooperation with India for nuclear energy for civilian use. Without US initiative, India’s case for approval by the IAEA or the Nuclear Suppliers Group would not have moved forward.

But this does not mean that there is any explicit or implicit constraint on India to pursue an independent foreign policy determined by our own perceptions of our enlightened national interest. Some people are spreading the rumours that there are some secret or hidden agreements over and above the documents made public. I wish to state categorically that there are no secret or hidden documents other than the 123 agreement, the Separation Plan and the draft of the safeguard agreement with the IAEA. It has also been alleged that the Hyde Act will affect India’s ability to pursue an independent foreign policy. The Hyde Act does exist and it provides the US administration the authorization to enter into civil nuclear cooperation with India without insistence on full scope safeguards and without signing of the NPT. There are some prescriptive clauses but they cannot and they will not be allowed to affect in any way the conduct of our foreign policy. Our commitment is to what has been agreed in the 123 Agreement. There is nothing in this Agreement which will affect our strategic autonomy or our ability to pursue an independent foreign policy. I state categorically that our foreign policy, will at all times be determined by our own assessment of our national interest. This has been true in the past and will be true in future regarding our relations with big powers as well as with our neighbours in West Asia, notably Iran, Iraq, Palestine and the Gulf countries.

We have differed with the USA on their intervention in Iraq. I had explicitly stated at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC in July 2005 that intervention in Iraq was a big mistake. With regard to Iran, our advice has been in favour of moderation and we would like that the issues relating to Iran’s nuclear programme which have emerged should be resolved through dialogue and discussions in the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

I should also inform the House that our relations with the Arab world are very good. Two years ago, His Majesty, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was the Chief Guest at our Republic Day. More recently, we have played host to the President of Iran, President of Syria, the King of Jordan, the Emir of Qatar and the Emir of Kuwait. With all these countries we have historic civilisational and cultural links which we are keen to further develop to our mutual benefit. Today, we have strategic relationship with all major powers including USA, Russia, France, UK, Germany, Japan, China, Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa. We are Forging new partnerships with countries of East Asia, South East Asia and Africa.

CONCLUSION

The Management and governance of the world’s largest, most diverse and most vibrant democracy is the greatest challenge any person can be entrusted with, in this world. It has been my good fortune that I was entrusted with this challenge over four years ago. I thank with all sincerity the Chairperson of the UPA, the leaders of the Constituent Parties of the UPA and every member of my Party for the faith and trust they reposed in me. I once again recall with gratitude the guidance and support I have received from Shri Jyoti Basu and Sardar Harkishen Singh Surjeet.

I have often said that I am a politician by accident. I have held many diverse responsibilities. I have been a teacher, I have been an official of the Government of India, I have been a member of this greatest of Parliaments, but I have never forgotten my life as a young boy in a distant village.

Every day that I have been Prime Minister of India I have tried to remember that the first ten years of my life were spent in a village with no drinking water supply, no electricity, no hospital, no roads and nothing that we today associate with modern living. I had to walk miles to school, I had to study in the dim light of a kerosene oil lamp. This nation gave me the opportunity to ensure that such would not be the life of our children in the foreseeable future.

Sir, my conscience is clear that on every day that I have occupied this high office, I have tried to fulfill the dream of that young boy from that distant village.

The greatness of democracy is that we are all birds of passage! We are here today, gone tomorrow! But in the brief time that the people of India entrust us with this responsibility, it is our duty to be honest and sincere in the discharge of these responsibilities. As it is said in our sacred texts, we are responsible for our actions and we must act without coveting the rewards of such action. Whatever I have done in this high office I have done so with a clear conscience and the best interests of my country and our people at heart. I have no other claims to make”.

Source : The PM’s website