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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:13 pm

Over in the Chinese Political Scene thread, mention was made of how a gallery of people alleged to having benefited from corruption in China.

Back in India, cases involving corruption continue to make the newspaper headlines. Today's item relates to money for rural health programs that never reached the people that were to benefit from programs and services to keep their health.
According to the cover story published in a prominent Indian magazine Tehelka on August 20 by Ashish Khetan, the opposition parties alleged that Sachan, the deputy CMO and the alleged mastermind of the double murder, was eliminated by someone higher in the government as he/she feared that Sachan could have revealed the involvement of senior politicians and bureaucrats in the embezzlement of National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) funds.

Apparently, the state of Uttar Pradesh, whose capital is Lucknow, had acquired a staggering 86 billion rupees (US$1.7 billion) from Delhi since 2005-2006 for the ill-fated NHRM program.

While millions of people in one of India's most highly populated and impoverished states with annual incomes as little as few thousand rupees just kept suffering from easily curable ailments, the funds to help them had been diverted to the pockets of people from high up in the ministries down to the health workers in the barely functioning rural health facilities.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MI29Df02.html
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:54 pm

The Gandhi name is being mentioned as a potential political party leader candidate. It involves the son of the late Rajiv Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv's widow, as been the leader of the Congress political party since 1998.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-rahul-gandhi-could-be-elevated-as-congress-president-2064207

Asked whether there are differences between him and his mother Sonia Gandhi, who is the Congress President, Singh said, "there is no question of differences. There is a strong bonding between them as family members."
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:37 pm

Indian society needs to clean house, as it were. One of the men involved in the minibus beatings and rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 claims it was the victim's fault for being out late that she was attacked.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5456534-the-chilling-reason-the-delhi-bus-gang-rapist-blames-his-victim/
The answer, according to a filmmaker who spent two years on the case, is in fact more chilling than what she expected. The men, she said, weren't monsters. They were ordinary, unrepentant and illustrative of a misogynistic culture that entraps some young Indian men.

"It would be easier to process the heinous crime if the perpetrators were monsters, and just the rotten apples in the barrel, aberrant in nature," Leslee Udwin wrote for the BBC, which will air her documentary on Sunday. "… For me the truth couldn't be further from this — and perhaps their hanging will even mask the real problem, which is that these men are not the disease, they are the symptoms."

And among the most symptomatic was the driver of the bus, Mukesh Singh, who granted a lengthy interview to Udwin from prison. He denies that he took part in the rape, but nonetheless recalled it in granular detail. In the 16-hour interview, he maintained the rape wasn't his or the other rapists' fault — but the victim's. She was out too late and was asking for trouble.

"A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night," he told Udwin. "A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good."


Who's teaching males about who can be out at night and at what hours? Or who has the right to be doing certain activities and who does not?
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:44 pm

The documentary filmmaker who made India's Daughter about the 2012 rape story has received notice that the Delhi police have a court injunction against the filmmakers. Also, there is a legal restraining order against broadcasting the interview with one of the rapists on television.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/interview-the-shame-isn-t-mine-it-is-that-of-my-rapist-an-interview-with-india-s-daughter-filmmaker-leslee-udwin-2066070
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:53 am

A lynching of a Bangaledeshi man accused of rape occurred after a large crowd removed him from an Indian jail and beat him to death.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-assam-cm-tarun-gogoi-blames-centre-for-failing-to-stop-lynching-of-rape-accused-2066727

The security in the jail was under central security forces who failed to stop the lynching. It is the Centre who is responsible for ensuring the security of the inmates," the Chief Minister said in Guwahati.

Gogoi said he has written to his Nagaland counterpart T R Zeliang to ensure the safety and security of Assamese people in the neighbouring state.

The accused Syed Farid Khan hailed from Bosla village in Badarpur of Karimganj district of Assam. Zeliang has assured that all measures would be taken to provide security to their lives and property, the Assam CM said.


Another article mentions that there were a large number of young women at the front of the crowd that lynched the suspect. Force was not used as a method to stop the crowd. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-couldn-t-use-force-as-school-college-girls-led-mob-dimapur-sp-2066691
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby fishandchips on Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:03 am

A published book in India about the murder of a girl from a wealthy family and the cook is something of a sensation in India because one key revelation is that the case's judge and his son worked on the case judgement before the defense team even began its arguments.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-aarushi-talwar-murder-the-lesser-known-story-about-the-court-judgement-2102496
"Ashutosh continued: 'The difficulty was finding a typist. Because, you know, in Ghaziabad all typists are for Hindi only. Only one or two stenos are there who can type the judgements in English. We had to make special arrangements. In fact I was the one who typed the beginning personally. First ten pages'," it says.

The judgement was 210 pages and it took more than a month to write.

"I took this information in, and did my best to appear deadpan. Because the facts were these: Judge Shyam Lal pronounced his judgement on November 25, 2013. Tanveer Ahmed Mir, counsel for the defence, began his final arguments on October 24. Over the next two weeks he would argue on a total of 24 circumstances that he felt should lead to acquittal. Seven of these were major points. As Judge Shyam Lal and his son sat down to write the judgement, Mir (the Talwars' lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir) had not even begun. The Talwars and Mir had their own stenographer-related problems and would submit the arguments in writing only around 10 November. (Their typist was also a kabab seller who had got busy with his food business in the festive season.)," the book, published by Penguin, says.


The book also recounts stories of witnesses being pressured about their version of events.
http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-aarushi-gripping-account-of-the-crooked-arm-of-the-law-2105577
n his book, Avirook Sen pits the innocence of the Talwars against the zealously obsessive AGL Kaul, the CBI investigating officer, who had taken it upon himself to get the couple convicted. In Sen’s story Talwars are the victims and Kaul is the villain. According to Sen, AGL Kaul, who died in October last year, was not an officer with a high level of integrity and had the reputation of a ‘fixer’ within the organisation. It was Kaul who, as the head of the second CBI team to investigate the case, resurrected the UP Police’s sexually charged theory that the Talwars were the guilty party.

According to Sen, Kaul tried extremely manipulative methods to get witnesses to either deny or modify their earlier stated positions in the matter. When that failed, he tried plain forgery and was successful in more than one instance in confusing the court. Sen contends that the prosecution’s theory that Rajesh Talwar found Hemraj and Aarushi in Aarushi’s bedroom was absolutely wrong and was based on evidence that was simply not there. The court, which was in a rush to settle the matter, did not pay attention and accepted the prosecution’s point.
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:23 pm

Lingering smog in India remains a heated topic in the country.
The smog is an annual feature in Delhi, which registers one of the worst AQIs in the world throughout the year. This is due to a combination of factors, from generating particulate matter due to ongoing construction and diesel engine emissions, which turns the air into toxic gas. But the governments and their agencies at various levels failed to come together to combat this on a war footing.

http://www.atimes.com/article/governments-squabbled-poisonous-smog-gripped-north-india/

The Weather Network has aired footage showing how reduced visibility is during daytime in India-it's like obscuring fog at different levels above the ground.
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