ATTENTION NEW GOVERNMENT: FIVE WAYS TO AVOID DARK DAYS

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

We have in these pages often discussed the dismal position of power generation and distribution in Orissa and have stressed on how to bring in improvements. An eminent power engineer and management expert of Orissa has sent us a five-point proposal that he expects, if adopted by Orissa, can change the scenario. Originally meant for national purpose, the proposals look equally relevant to our state of Orissa. In view of this and in seeking opinion of experts on the proposal, we prefer to place the same verbatim.

1.The new Govt. should put a thrust on Nuclear Energy Generation Programme so that the existing 17 nos. reactors pan India Operating at a PLF of 45% at present should operate at a PLF of above 90% with imported uranium and the nuclear Power generation of the country is scaled up to 22,000 MW by 2022, 63,000 MW by 2032 and 4,12,000 MW by 2050 to meet the Power demand and to contain global warming.

2. In order to attain 20/20 & 50/50 ( 20% and 50% of the energy requirement from Renewable sources by 2020 & 2050 respectively) the Govt. should establish a separate PSU/ Corporation under MNRE for generating Power from Renewable sources in the pattern of NTPC and NHPC so that India should lead the comity of nations as a true global leader in producing green energy to combat global warming even retaining its growth in GDP @ 9%.

3. The Govt. should immediately take a decision on the proposal of the Planning Commission for setting of up a National Electricity Fund (NEF) with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh – Rs. 1.50 lakh crore to finance the development of the T&D Network for installing new transmission lines and transformers using state-of-the art technology so as to reduce the T&D loss to 15% by 2012.

4. India has never attained the target set for capacity addition in the past plan periods and faced a slippage due to poor delivery / supply of main plant equipments and balance of plants by BHEL which ultimately leads to the present dismal power shortage scenario both in energy and demand. Govt. of India should therefore enhance the manufacturing capacity of BHEL to 20,000 MW by 2012 and should encourage leading Power Equipment Manufacturers’ joint ventures like L&T – Mitsubishi, Toshiba – JSW, Alstom – Bharat Forge, Ansaldo – GB Engineering , Reliance Infra – Shanghai Electric Co. etc. to have their power equipment manufacturing base of above 40,000 MW by 2015 to meet the demand targeted in XII &XIII plan periods.

5. It is pity that India at 62 ( as on 28.02.2009) has only electrified 4,88,926 (82.3 %) villages. Govt. of India should prioritize to have 100% electrification of all 6,25,000 villages when India is 63 in 2010 and stick to its mission “POWER ON DEMAND” in 2012 when India turns 65.

NAVIN RAJ CONTINUES: MEMBERS OF THE MINISTRY TAKE OATH WITH THE CM

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Reelected BJD leader Navin Patnaik took oath of office and secrecy today heading a 21 member ministry even as BJP allegation that manipulation of Electronic Voting Machines has helped him bag unexpected majority in election 2009 continues generating suspicion in public mind.

We will discuss the EVM matter later.

But now it is the time to congratulate the members of the new Cabinet on their taking over the reign of Orissa with the hope that they will, if the votes are genuine, try to understand how profound is the faith of our innocent citizens in the assurances of pro-people administration that the Chief Minister had given during electioneering and will individually and collectively do everything to fulfill the pledge.

The cabinet comprising M/s Prafulla Ghadei, Damodar Raut, A.U.Singhdeo, S.N.Patra, Raghunath Mohanty, Pramila Mallik, Debiprasad Mishra, Prasanna Kumar Achaya, Prafulla Kuma Samal, B.R.SinghBariha and Bikram keshari Arukh has M/s Sanjib Sahu, Badri Narayan Patra, Sarada Pr. Nayak, Puspendra Singhdeo, Ramsh Majhi, Patap Jea, Anjli Behera Atanu savyasachi Nayak and Pravin Bhanjdeo as ministers of state.

Who of them would get which portfolio is not declared as yet.

PLUTOCRACY TAKES OVER INDIA

By Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Election results are now known. We had earlier noted that it would be a Hobson’s choice. Whomsoever the peoples could have elected were to be agents of plutocracy as there was not any party of the proletariats in the fray. And that has happened.

Congress has oppressed freethinking patriots of this country so overwhelmingly that the media had been addressing Rahul Gandhi as “Prince” when not a single man or woman of that party was able to dare to differ! Obviously Congress has supported Rahul’s emergence as prince!

And Rahul’s mother, who by designation is its President; but by practice is its autocrat, runs the Congress. And to this party, peoples of our country have given the majority!

What next!

A couple of days ahead of the final phase of the polls, the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector has reported that 836 million people, comprising 75 percent of India, live on less than Rs. 20 a day! This is the condition to which India has been dragged into ever since Manmohan Singh’s economic policy has derailed India’s constitutional pledge. But, Singh can now say that the peoples of India have endorsed his policy!

One aspect of how the agents of the rich have bagged the votes can be easily read if we read Orissa.

To the helpless, starving peoples, just before the elections, Navin Patnaik in Orissa had bribed with official supply of rice at Rs. 2 a Kg. And the advertisement flow that the Congress flooded the media with, went on to claim that Manmohn Singh government’s contribution to cheap rice for poor peoples was Rs.11 per Kg! Poll results show that cheap rice has helped these two fellows grab the poor peoples’ vote.

Had the peoples been educated on why are they so poor, neither Navin nor Manmhan could have dared to seek votes. But there was no political education.

Media has been taken over by the rich and luxury addicts. Peoples did not get and will never get political education from media.

With media in the pockets of the rich, the poor peoples have no escape from being misguided into the traps of the rich. This election testifies that.

It is the Communists who could have stood with the toiling millions, who could have saved our peoples. But they conveniently forgot Marxism and went on confusing the common man in the name of secularism.
Resultantly, there was no issue in the election.

Communalism or the so-called secularism cannot be electoral issues. They are social phenomena. If they revolve around religions, no religion has any political economy. There cannot be an electoral issue if unless political economy constitutes its base. The recently determined quantity of 75 percent of India living on only Rs.20 a day is not caused by communalism or secularism. It is caused by capitalism that Manmohan Singh and the likes like Navin Patnaik have promulgated in the country. Communists, who profess the opposite creed, i.e. socialism, could have made it the electoral issue. Manmohan Singh and the Congress party sabotaged India and subjugated her to American hegemony by signing the nuke deal. The Communists had made a historic attempt to obstruct that. Manmohan Singh had survived through horse-trading Whether or not the nuke deal was anti-Indian could have been made an electoral issue. Communists could have done it. But they failed. They remained so obsessed with communalism that they failed to act as Communists in the entire election.

What has happened? Peoples, sans political education, bereft of issues to stand with or refuse, have acted on bribes.

Plutocracy has taken over India.

SUPREME COURT SHOULD STOP ADHOCISM AND COVER ORISSA MINING UNDER ARAVALI RULING

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Supreme Court of India in its ruling on May 8 has suspended all mining activities in the 448 sq. km. area of the Aravalli Hill range falling in Haryana’s districts of Faridabad and Gurgaon including Mewat. The basic reason is: The Aravallis, the most distinctive and ancient mountain chain of Peninsular India, mark the site of one of the oldest geological formations in the world. Due to its geological location, desertification is stopped and it prevents expansion of the desert into Delhi.

The essence of this observation fits in its entirety to Niyamagiri, Khandadhara and other hills of Orissa. But the Supreme Court has not looked at it.

In matters of national importance, the Supreme Court is many a times seen to have clubbed scattered but similar cases of various States, extending the impact thereof to whole of India. So, mining exploitation of natural heritages of Orissa like the Niyamagiri or Khandadhara should be given the benefit of mining ban in the Aravali hills.

When we were campaigning for declaration of Similipal as a Biosphere Reserve, in my article published in East Point on February 1, 1990, carried also by the Hindustan Times, I had shown how Orissa, standing face to face with Sahara on latitude 20 in the northern hemisphere of the glove, has been saved from desertification because of her forests. This argument was a mega factor of Similipal bagging required attention to become a Biosphere Reserve. As the Supreme Court has been pleased to observe that the Aravali hill range “prevents expansion of the desert into Delhi”, it should be pleased to note that its observation is more aptly applicable to Orissa as the State stands face to face with the Sahara, which could have engulfed the entire province by now had the hills like the Niyamagiri, Khandadhar and Similipal not prevented its advancement.

The Supreme court has banned mining in Aravallis as it was reported that the mining going on there was illegal. The illegalities located in Haryana are minor in comparison to Orissa. Hence the Supreme Court should rise to the occasion and cover Orissa mining under the Aravali rulings.

In issuing the rulings, the SC has noted, “Mining sector is regulated by a large number of environment and forest statutes. The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974; Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 were enacted to implement the decisions taken in United Nations Conference on Human Environment in 1972 at Stockholm. These environment and forests statutes interact with mining regulations under Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957; Mineral Concession Rules, 1960; Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988. On account of depletion of the forest cover, we have the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, which was enacted to regulate the diversion of forest area for non-forest purposes. Similarly, under the EP Act, 1986 we have several notifications, including Environment Impact Assessment Notification 1994. At the same time, mining comes under the purview of large number of mining statutes, which are required to be implemented inter alia by State Forest Departments, State Pollution Control Boards, Forest Advisory Committee(s), MoEF etc. The grant of mining leases (major and minor minerals both, including quarry leases, quarry permits, short term permits etc.) inside forest areas coming under the purview of Section 2(ii) of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. It applies to mining leases. It is important to note that in order to operate mining inside the forest area, the lessee is required to possess clearances under Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (“1957 Act”); under Section 2(ii) of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980; and to Environment Clearance under EIA Notification which applies to mining of major minerals and to the areas exceeding 5 hectares. In case of mining projects, a Site Clearance is also required which is issued either by the Central Government or the State Government depending upon the area of land let out on lease. Further, Section 2(ii) of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 prohibits grant or renewal of mining lease without prior approval of Central Government”.

With the authenticity I command by virtue of the facilities available to me to look deeply into affairs of administration, I state that none of the above laws are honored in Orissa. But this State is having no social audit provision. Hence, when discrimination is not legal, the Supreme Court should test Orissa on the matrix of its own observation in Aravalli case and find out the facts through its own agency as it has done in the matter of mining in Aravalis. Till then, a temporary ban on all mining activities in Orissa should be imposed with riders that the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary as well as the Collector of the concerned District would be personally prosecuted against if any violation of the ban is found, because no mining is possible without direct or tacit support of these three functionaries to such illegality.

KILL THE MAN-EATER FIRST; ACCEPT BJP, OUST THE CONGESS

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A man-eater wrecks havoc. A hunter marks it. His social responsibility commands him to proceed immediately after the tiger and get the area rid of the danger. But he is not in possession of enough ammunition. He has a single barrel gun and a single bullet. He knows, he can unfailingly use that single bullet against the man-eater. So he proceeds. But he finds another tiger with the man-eater in the forest at the same time at the same place and acquainted as he is with the animals of the jungle, instantly recognizes which one of them is the man-eater.

Which of the tigers must he shoot at first? Obviously the man-eater. Because, he knows, the man-eater is the immediate danger to the society and to him as well. He knows, he cannot kill both the tigers at a time with a single bullet. If he kills the tiger other than the man-eater, the man-eater will kill him. If he kills the man-eater, the other tiger may not dare to attack him and in course of time, he may get the area rid of it.

So, to a hunter with a single bullet to use to get his area rid of the greatest danger, using the bullet against the man-eater should be an unavoidable must if the hunter is having his intelligence is integrated with his purpose.

Whosoever loves India and wants to get its political jungle rid of the man-eater, must act against the Congress that has not only sabotaged our national pledge for socialism, but also has been sabotaging our democracy by promoting dynastic hierarchy. Sonia’s two children are being projected as “prince” and “princess” by her factotums as well as by the media in India. What a shame!

This is the party that had given birth to Khalistani terrorism and this is the party that also had allowed Pakistani terrorism spread its tentacles in India by allowing BCCI conduct its business here in blatant disregard to warnings issued by our intelligence agency, RAW. In these pages, there are discussions on how its governments from Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Narasingh Rao had promoted and protected the Pakistani dirty bank of terror, BCCI.

According to Lucy Komisar, “ BCCI was the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, a dirty offshore bank that then-president Ronald Reagan’s Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) used to run guns to Saddam Hussein, finance Osama bin Laden, move money in the illegal Iran-Contra operation and carry out other “agency” black ops. President George W. Bush had tried to justify his act to extinguish Hussein by stating that he had links with Bin Laden. Komisar reported that critics had dismissed that statement as an invention. But “they were wrong. There was a link, but not the one Bush was selling. The link between Hussein and Bin Laden was their banker, BCCI.

“But the link went beyond the dictator and the jihadist — it passed through Saudi Arabia and stretched all the way to George W. Bush and his father. The Bushes also benefited privately; one of the Bank’s largest Saudi investors helped bail out George W. Bush’s troubled oil investments” (Inter Pres Service, April 5, 2007).

When against this report of Komisar we recollect the 10th Lok Sabha debate on the Motion on collapse of BCCI (discussed in the preceding posting) that showed how Sri Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister was protecting the dirty Paki bank and the outgoing Loka Sabha debates that showed how as the Prime Minister he subjected us to a nuke deal that was coined by the BCCI beneficiary George W. Bush to provide American traders with a “bonanza”, we feel it justified to diagnose the Congress as the man-eater in India’s political jungle, specifically as it wants the same Manmohan Singh to continue as the PM.

But this man-eater cannot be killed by bullet. It must be killed by ballot.

In a democracy killing of a political party means removing it from power. But in a democracy like India. a party like the Congress cannot be removed from power through mere wishful thinking. Support must be given to a party that is as strong as the Congress. Otherwise, that would be squandering way the ballots and an indirect support to the Congress. In view of this, support to BJP should be the priority preference.

If BJP is supported, Congress could be removed. Patriotism requires Congress to be removed.

Communists have a historical responsibility in making it feasible.

They should come out of the misconceived cocoon of secularism.

All political parties including the communists are communal.

Whosoever does not accept Indian Constitution as his / her only religion and does not work for elimination of all other platforms of theism that are known as religions and prescribes or promulgates codes of conduct parallel to or in contrast with the spirit of Indian constitution, whatever be their names, are communal in their respective environment.

Whosoever displays any religious symbol as his own in the public that comprises members or followers of other religions does so only in order to exhibit the greatness of his or her religious practice; hence is communal.

Whosoever worships any god or recites any religious code in public when the entire public does not belong to his / her own path, is communal.

Political parties of India including the Communists cannot show that they are parties of peoples who are not communal.

So, opposing the BJP under the assumption that it is the only communal party is a misconception from which the Communists should extricate themselves.

By opposing the BJP as communal and by supporting the Congress as secular, the Communists have neither strengthened Communism in India nor have served the common man’s interest in India.

Manmohan Singh’s regime has forced more people to perish under poverty. The National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector, appointed by the central government in 2004 to assess the real condition of the unorganized workforce and recommend a better deal, has handed over the final report to the PM. According to it’s finding, 836 million people, comprising 75 percent of India, live on less than Rs. 20 a day!

On the other hand, sample audits conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has umpteen times unveiled misappropriation of welfare project funds under Singh’s tenure. The CAG even has said, a sum of Rs.5000 crores from the exchequer has simply vanished! And the looters have enjoyed so much immunity in Manmohan Singh’s regime that not a single instance of any of them having been punished for the loot has come to our knowledge.

Singh’s regime has encouraged plutocracy take over India. This is clear from 1285 men of many crores contesting as candidates against 548 Lok Sabha constituencies this election. The Congress has planted candidates from this category in majority of Lok Sabha constituencies where it is in fray. According to scrutiny of property list submitted by contesting candidates, this is the party that tops the list of crorepati candidates fielded by all the parties. The property list of candidate in election for 15th Lok Sabha clearly shows that money grabbers and black money hoarders in more numbers and in organized manners are eager to hijack our democracy and are in actual advantage. Power has gone to their hand ever since Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister dragged us into GATT and day-by-day they are grabbing power more organizedly. 1285 multimillionaires/ billionaires in fray in 543 Lok Sabha constituencies to represent our peoples of whom about 75 per cent numbering 836 millions perish in slow starvation being bound to live on Rs.20 per day as per report of the latest official commission, is perhaps the worst quagmire our democracy has fallen into. Manmohan Singh’s economic policy has dragged our motherland to this sorry state. And this has been possible because of Communists’ support to Singh despite knowing his role as Finance Minister.

Congress must be isolated to save our country from agents of imperialism. Besides, the dynastic hierarchy that the Congress has promoted must be defeated to save our democracy. The treachery Congress has played against our country in the nuke deal must be avenged. Those who prefer personal political interest to India’s are bragging about forming non-Congress-non-BJP fronts under attire of secularism. Any such front will not serve India. If India is to be saved, it is to be saved from Manmohan Singh, it is to be saved from the collaborators of Manmohan Singh it is t be saved from agents of American imperialism, from the facilitators of plutocracy, from the hijackers of our democracy, from the factors of dynastic hierarchy. Support to any other party than the BJP by the smaller parties would be disastrous to our democracy at the moment.

Majority of Indians has even in the present elections rejected the Congress and the party knows it. So it is trying to net in smaller parties to reorganize a coalition. Its further occupation of power in India will lead to total collapse of Indian democracy. In the guise of secularism this collapse must not be encouraged. The communists ought to understand this. They ought to understand that their role in supporting the Congress has already affected their credibility. It would never be a surprise if they decline in strength in the Lok Sabha after results are declared. It they support Congress again they may never gain back peoples’ faith. Then the scenario would be total disastrous for whatever semblance of democracy we still believe to be having.

In the circumstances, for the Communists – because they are the last hope for our peoples perishing in slow starvation under plutocracy whose wretchedness, as admitted by the latest official commission referred to supra, is compelling their families to live on Rs. 20 per day – priority program should be removal of Congress from power.

And, in order to do it, BJP should be used; because at the moment it is the ablest weapon that one can use against Congress, the man-eater in the political jungle of India.

PAKI TERRORISM AND THE BANK OF TERROR-FUNDING: DR. SINGH EVEN TODAY SHOULD TELL THE TRUTH

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The tenth Lok Sabha in its first session was in debate over a motion moved by BJP’s Jaswant Singh on collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), which was a Pakistani Bank of terror-funding and drug trafficking. The motion was discussed in our Lok Sabha, because, under the cover created by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this dirty Paki Bank besides having shattered the depositors including various institutions and nationalized Banks of India that had obviously under Finance Ministry pressure invested massive money in it, had ushered in danger to our security. Hints to this were given in our posting on 4th.

The then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was exposed to have tried blackmailing tricks on George Fernandes to silent him on the question of who helped this dirty Paki Bank operate in India.
Starting his speech, Fernandes told the House that in order to “understand the ramifications of the issue”, which was “being debated upon in the House”, it should be the first thing to know, “why and how did this Bank made entry into the country and who gave permission for opening its branches”. Therefore, he said, he had written a letter to the Minister of Finance detailing why it was pertinent to know the facilitators of this Bank in India.

“In response to my letter”, Fernandes told the House, “The hon. Minister of Finance verbally unofficially communicated to me five minutes before the start of sitting of Lok Sabha, that if he gives reply to all the points raised in the letter then the previous Government, in which I was a Minister will come under clouds”.

Fernandes narrated in the House whatever he had told Dr. Singh. “I told him that I have always admitted that all Governments make mistakes. Some Governments make more and some make less. All Governments are bad. But some are worse than others”. In such circumstances, Fernandes told the House, he had requested the Minister of Finance “to bring all the facts to light”.

But Dr. Singh did not bring all the facts to light. Therefore, even after 26 / 11, we are groping in dark about how could the Paki terrorists organized the Mumbai attack.

The Lok Sabha debate shows us that Dr. Singh and his colleagues in Congress had tried to obstruct Fernandes from dwelling on facts germane to establishment of Pakistani terror network in Mumbai through BCCI and the role of Reserve Bank of India when Dr. Singh was its guiding spirit.

Attempts were made by senior Congress members like Digvijay Singh and Ministers like R. Kumarmangalam, Jagdish Tytler, Santosh Mohan Dev etc to obstruct Mr. Fernandes. As he protested and sought protections from the Chair, the Chairman said, “George Sahib, I know your trend of thought is broken a number of times”. But he could not control the Congress members who were determined not to allow Fernandes to proceed with his speech.

The attempt to stifle the discussion was so sharp and sinister that a member, Srikant Jena asked the Chairman, “Is this the way to conduct the House?” and riding over “interruptions”, the Chairman had to say, “Honorable gentlemen, I have been trying to regulate the debate with all the fairness at my command. I agree that Mr. Fernandes was frequently interrupted”.

Why was Mr. Fernandes “frequently interrupted”? It was because, facts quite uncomfortable to Congress were getting revealed.

Let us go to the debate.

Dr. Singh had told the House, “the intelligence agency had reported in 1988 that BCCI has made overtures for acquisition of property and is trying to enter the hotel and real estate business in Lucknow and Bombay in partnership with Amar Rizvi”. Fernandes wanted to know “the role of Shri Amar Rizvi in facilitating entry of this Bank into the country”. Dr. Singh agreed that there was such reports from the intelligence agency, but “nothing was found”. According to him, “The Reserve Bank of India scrutiny of BCCI, Bombay branch did not reveal financing/acquisition of real estate business/property.”

“Before the Reserve Bank of India came in, Mr. Finance Minister, the intelligence agency had come into the picture” and “the intelligence agency viewed this as a fraught on the security risk”, Fernandes reminded Dr. Singh citing from the Minister’s own statement.

But Singh’s version was very funny. The intelligence agency had wanted the matter “to be looked into” and hence “the Reserve Bank of India looked into this. And, they said that there was no truth in it”.
Slowly but steadily it was manifesting that the RBI was used to blur the intelligence report.

RBI was also used to bestow credibility upon BCCI.

The BCCI Bombay Branch Depositors Forum, C/o Bombay Cricket Association, in a document signed by four prominent persons such as Madman Mantri, President Bombay Cricket Association, M. R. Pai, President, All India Depositors’ Association, A. N. Parikh and A. Lobo, after holding a meeting of the forum, had noted that the RBI had been keeping a watch on the activities of the BCCI, as they do in the case of nationalized Banks and they have been issuing certificates. “Since the RBI has a reputation for adequately safeguarding through maintenance of substantial statutory reserves and through tight controls, the interest of the depositors of all Banks operating in India, none of us had an idea that we would be devastated by double blockage of our moneys” they had noted in the document.

Stressing on this document Fernandes had told the House, “In fact, it was the Reserve bank of India, which granted BCCI the license to operate in India and which audited its accounts”.

When the BCCI cheated innumerable Indian depositors by sudden closure of its operations, the employees earning wrath of the public, in a way to seek protection, had raised a case in the Bombay High Court vide Ordinary Original Civil Jurisdiction, Company petition No. 389 of 1991, wherein they had wanted to say that they cannot be held responsible for collapse of the Bank as that was functioning under strict scrutiny of the RBI, which was continuing to certify in its favor.
“We will rely upon the statement made by the Finance Minister of India on 7.8.91 that nothing illegal or irregular is found in the working of the Bombay Branch of the BCCI”. This is what they had told the Court.
Fernandes had told the House that the employees were the “poor Indians who had been employed by the Bank. They are no way at fault; they were merely working in the Bank for their livelihood. Today, they are jobless; yet they are not worried for their future. Rather, they have expressed their concern over the fate of the depositors, those who have taken loans from the Bank, those who wanted to take loans and those people, whose business has come to a grinding halt, as a result of the collapse of the Bank”.

Fernandes had further mentioned about the BCCI’s “advertisement blitzkrieg” offering huge interests. “Many innocent people and institutions got lured by these advertisements and deposited their money in the bank, in the belief that their money was in safe custody as the R.B.I. was issuing them certificates”, he pointed out.

To the embarrassment of the ruling Congress, Fernandes had hinted on a letter from the British Organization of Peoples of Indian Origin signed by a member of the Government of India’s Consultative Committee for N. R.I.’s investments, Sri Prafulla Patel, wherein it was also mentioned that Indian Citizens “had deposited about Rs. 10,000 crores in India and the U. K.” in this Bank making it clear thereby that Dr. Manmohan Singh’s assertion that the “Reserve Bank of India scrutiny of BCCI, Bombay branch did not reveal financing / acquisition of real estate business / property” was contrary to actual and was absolutely misleading.

The massiveness of misleading ingredients in Singh’s statement got exposed when it transpired that the State Bank of India in UK had given loan of 50 million dollars to BCCI. Fernandes wanted to know as to why this loan was given to the bank that was ill-famed as Pakistan’s terror-funding bank. He further alleged that the Syndicate Bank, once most successful amongst Indian Banks, had to suffer “a loss of about 200 million dollars due to the BCCI.”

In 1986 it had come to notice that some Indian companies operating from Isle of Man purchased shares of Reliance Company of the BCCI. worth Rupees two crores on the basis of share capital of 200 Pounds. The BCCI-Reliance company link was earlier revealed by Fernandes when he had told the House that in response to a letter he had addressed to Minister of Finance, “the reply was given by an official of the company and in response to that letter, M/s. Reliance Industries also wrote a letter”.

Let us take a break and look at how apolitical eyes had looked at BCCI.

SUNDAY magazine (25-31 August, 1991 issue) had noted that according to sources, “the Research and Analyses Wing (RAW) had at least from 1975 onwards consistently opposed the idea of allowing the BCCI to operate in India. Time and again, the Agency had advised the Cabinet Secretary and high-ranking politicians not to let the bank in. The intelligence agency’s advice was based on evidence that the then Pakistani owned BCCI was engaged in secretly funding the country’s nuclear programme”.

TIME magazine of April 1, 1991 had noted, “Nothing in the history of modern financial scandals rivals the unfolding saga of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. The twenty billion dollar rogue empire, the regulators in 62 countries shut down early this month in a stunning global sweep. Never has a single scandal involved so much money, so many nations or so many prominent people.”

According to journalist Lucy Komisar , it was “a dirty offshore bank that the then President Ronald Reagan’s Central Intelligence Agency used to run guns to Hussein, finance Osama bin Laden, move money in the illegal Iran-Contra operation and carry out other “agency” black ups. ……. Its corporate strategy was money laundering. It became the banker for drug and arms traffickers; corrupt officials, financial fraudsters, dictators and terrorists…..The money BCCI stole before it was shut down in 1991 — somewhere between 9.5 billion and 15 billion dollars — made its 20-year heist the biggest bank fraud in history.

Most of it was never recovered. International Banks’ complicity in the offshore secrecy system effectively covered up the money trail”.
Now let us go back to the debate.

Fernandes had quoted from the report of Enforcement Branch (EB) of the Ministry under Manmohan Singh that had said, “Another point that needs to be carefully examined in details is the source of funds provided by BCCI, London and EAB Hamburg, through the Colombo branch for purchase of shares of Reliance, on behalf of overseas firms. ….If detailed enquiries are made with the BCCI, London it may throw light as to how funds were received by BCCI, London for remittance to India for the above purpose and whom the interest/dividend and sale proceeds of debentures received from India on account of the overseas companies were actually disbursed. Such an enquiry may indicate the real persons, behind the transactions”.

That necessary inquiry was not done.

However, the EB had suspected some persons involved in India and abroad in purchase of Reliance share by NRI companies in Isle of Man and had insisted that they should be immediately interrogated and subjected to action under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act. Fernandes had brought to Lok Sabha records their names as the government had failed to act upon the EB report. They were (1) Dhirubhai Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (2) Vinod Ambani, Company Secretary of Reliance Industries Ltd. (3) C.H. Chowksi, one of the Directors of Prabhat Fabrics Private Ltd. Stallion Private Ltd. (4) Pankaj Ishwarlal Kapadia, Share Broker (5) D. Chaturvedi, Chartered Accountant and Share holders of Companies of Isle of Man, namely (I) Krishnakant Shah and his family members of UK (II) U.C. Khamani of Djbouti (III) Praful Shah of USA and Mr. P.S.W. Henwood, Constituted Attorney of Overseas Companies of Isle of Man.

Ambani and the pack thus exposed in the Lok Sabha, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s ministry was also exposed.

Fernandes dived into the background of EB report. “The money was taken out of the country by Reliance and brought by Padiyar through BCCI into the country”. Stumbling upon this nefarious network of black banking, convinced of stupendous illegality involved, the EB has suggested for immediate interrogation and inquiry under the FER Act.
“Has the inquiry been conducted? If so, the facts thereof? What action has taken or proposed to be taken by the Government in this regard?” Fernandes had asked. But Dr. Singh had preferred not to answer.

Fernandes had raised the issue of corporate take-over to show how BCCI was “acting as a conduit for shell companies to bring into the country unaccounted money for investment in selected Indian companies, and indulging in various sub rosa activities including financing the smuggling of arms and other contraband material”. He had questioned the taking-over of Larson and Turbo by Ambani Company. The credibility of this company was so low that, he said, “The financial Institutions run by the Government of India, Life Insurance Corporation, rusticated the elected member of Ambani family by convening the very first and special meeting of the company”.

L & T was working for the defense department of India and in other fields particularly in the field of atomic power. Its former chairman under an affidavit filed in Bombay High Court had complained that his and his family members’ signatures were being forged to take over the company. Disclosing this, Fernandes had asked, “Would you like to hand over this company in the hands of the Reliance, and to its owner, Shri Padiyar, who was directly linked with smuggling out the money from foreign countries and who was transacting the business of B.C.C.I. from London?”

Dr. Singh did not react to this.

But the Congress members did not desist from stifling the discussion.

Sri Somnath Chatterjee of CPI(M), who as Speaker would be ill-remembered by history as the man that betrayed his party in the matter of Manmohan Singh’s nuke deal with USA, had at that time contributed a well-documented discussion on the motion. “The main charges against BCCI includes defrauding depositors, giving out dubious loans to select customers, acting as conduit for terrorist activities and CIA operations and having played convenient bank for corrupt rulers of Third world to salt away their illegal wealth. There is a long list of accusations of bribery of the central banks of different countries, political authorities in various countries and acting as brokers in various shady deals” he had thundered, citing various documents including the News week that said, “The CIA had intimate knowledge of BCCI’s alleged dealings with terrorists, drug dealers and corrupt Government officials all over the world.”

Dwelling on BCCI’s connection with CIA and other networks of terror worldwide, Somanath had cited a Time magazine report that divulged, “The soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the resulting strategic importance of neighboring Pakistan accelerated the growth of BCCI’s geopolitical power and its unbridled use of the black network. Because the U.S. wanted to supply the mujahedin rebels in Afghanistan with Stinger missiles and other military hardware; it needed the full cooperation of Pakistan. By the mid-1980s, the CIA’s Islamabad operation was one of the largest U.S. intelligence stations in the world.” But the inquiry instituted in U.S. against such backdrop was limping. The Times magazine, attributing the information to a U.S. intelligence officer, had reported, “If BCCI is such an embarrassment to the U.S. that forthright investigations are not being pursued, it has a lot to do with the blind eye the U.S. turned to the heroin trafficking in Pakistan”. Similarly, in England also, because of the involvement of secret Service the investigations were being delayed by the Bank of England, Somanath had shown. It has been described as a ‘Cocaine Bank’ because of its large scale dealing in drugs and one of the biggest criminal enterprises in the world, Somanath had told the House quoting the Times magazine.

“BCCI has a definite role vis a vis funding the terrorist who have been smuggling arms into Pakistan which are being used in Punjab, Kashmir and other places”, he had stated.

“We are fighting with so much concern rightly in this country about terrorism; the whole country is now concerned about terrorism. Secessionism and terrorism, they are eating into the vitals of our country. Innocent people are being murdered. Innocent people are being kidnapped. What is happening in the country? I need not remind the hon. Members here. Everyone is highly concerned. I have no doubt about it. In such activities BCCI’s hands are seen. Therefore, should we not be extremely cautious, extremely careful and should we not revamp cur intelligence activities, particularly our economic intelligence activities, to find out what has really been happening?” He had asked.
“In that context”, Somanath had cried, “when we find that a new Branch was permitted to come up in 1983, certainly certain questions arise which I request the hon. Finance Minister to answer, because, the files are not with us. What prompted the Government to do it?” Had Dr. Singh honestly answered, the country might have been saved from terror attacks.

But he had stated, “As regards the points raised in this House in respect of reports alleging payments to Indian politicians and bureaucrats and financing of terrorist organizations by the BCCI (Overseas) Ltd., Bombay Branch, from the information available from the intelligence agencies and the Reserve Bank of India, there is no indication of specific instances or any definite information of that nature.”

What a cover up!

“Who has done this investigation, MR. Finance Minister? Has this investigation been done by your officers in the Reserve Bank? Will it be to their interest to disclose the facts?” Asked Somanath. “At what level the inquiry has been made by the Intelligence agencies? I would like to know who has made this inquiry. Where are the reports? Will you share them with the House if they are in favor of the BCCI?”

Manmohan did not answer.

“If nothing against the country’s interest has been found out, then share it with us and let us see those things”, Somnath demanded.

It was never shared.

On the other hand, the Congress had coined a secret pact with BJP to save its skin as in course of the debate the role of its leaders from Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi in helping this dirty Bank entering into India and spreading its nefarious activities had been exposed over and above unveiling of the patronization it was getting from the Ministry of Finance of the day.

To the greatest relief of Dr. Singh, the mover of the motion, Jaswant Singh had withdrawn the motion.

“In the chamber of the Speaker, …… the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and others and indeed the hon. Speaker said: why do you not concede to the fact that you would withdraw your motion at the end of the debate? So, I am bound by my word, and I seek the leave of the House to withdraw my motion” was the withdrawal statement of Jaswant.

Safe, being aware of the fate of the motion, Manmohan had told the House that he would look into the matter afresh.

“Whatever has been said on the floor of this House I would transmit to the Reserve Bank, to our intelligence agencies. I may also inform the House that I have appointed, rather the Reserve Bank have appointed M/s. Billimoria and Company to do a comprehensive audit of the activities of the Bombay branch (of BCCI) right from the date of its inception.

What had happened to that comprehensive audit? Who were the men behind the spread of the loot and terror network of that dirty Bank of Pakistan-CIA-Taliban combine in India?

When the Finance Minister of those days became the Prime Minister of these days, did he ever look at the report, if any, of audit that he had pronounced then in the Parliament?

Had the BCCI not acted as facilitator of Pakistani terrorism in India?

Should Dr. Singh not come up with the truth even today to save India from the pernicious grip of cross-border terrorism? Should our peoples not know who of the politicians and officials have betrayed them?

MAN MOHAN SINGH FROM QUATTROCCHI TO KASAB: INDIA GOES ON GETTING EMBARRASSED

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh has stated that his government is embarrassed over unnecessary prosecution kept alive by Indian judiciary against an innocent man like the Italian Ottavio Quattrocchi. In reality, India is embarrassed over the role her Prime Minister is playing in patronizing anti-Indians. Let us look at that.

Dr. Singh claims credit for having defeated the 26 / 11 terror attack on Mumbai and for having subjected the lone survivor Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab to prosecution in a Special Court. This is an instance that shows the difference between Congress and BJP in handling Pak-propelled terrorism in India, he asserts.

A man, who despite being the PM of India, has not hesitated to castigate Indian judicial system for having not ended the case against the Italian broker Ottavio Quattrocchi, is claiming credit for prosecution commenced against the Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab under the same judicial system! The farce is curious.

Let us first look at Quattrocchi and then at Kasab.

Quattrocchi and the PM

Quarttrochhi is an absconder in whose context Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is looked at askance. It is for him, Sonia’s husband Rajiv Gandhi – once believed to be “Mr. Clean Prime Minister” – had come to be viewed as “Mr. Corrupt Prime Minister” and punished by the peoples of India under Bofors bribe charges.

Before Sonia’s Quattrocchi connection played the tricks, Rajiv had become Prme Minister in 1984 with 400 MPs posted by Indian voters to support him; but after the tricks were exposed, the same voters dethroned him with contempt by rejecting his party in 1989.

Even as the Indian Judicial system proceeded to determine Quattrocchi’s role in the corruption scandal and he was required to appear before the Supreme Court, the Congress leadership helped him flee India in 1993. And the Italian soon declared that he would not respond to any Indian court, as he had “no faith in India’s justice system”.

Now, in support of this arrogant and unscrupulous Italian user of corrupt practices, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the Indian justice system in the most disparaging terms! He has said, “The Quattrocchi case is an embarrassment for the Government of India…. It is not a good reflection on the Indian legal system that we harass people while the world says we have no case”.

The words of accused Italian Quattrocchi, who is absconding from Indian Courts and the words of Dr.Man Mohan Singh, who works under leadership of Sonia Gandhi, are so strikingly similar in condemning Indian judicial system over prosecution of the charge-sheeted Bofors bribe kingpin that any proud Indian may feel ashamed of his Prime Minister, as he looks like echoing only “his master’s voice”.

Extra-Constitutional Boss of the PM

After Raiv’s death, Sonia in 1999 had resolutely supported Quattrocchi with condemning the CBI for fictitious charges leveled against an innocent man like him. “The CBI has said he is a suspect. But we have never seen the papers naming him in the deal. They should show the papers naming him in the deal”, she had said oblivious of the fact that by then three of the courts in India and one in Switzerland had already found him involved in the Bofors scandal.

Her support to Quattrochhi continues. After she became the extra-constitutional boss of the government that seemingly controls Prime Minister Dr. Singh, CBI has experienced toughest possible obstacles in proceeding against him. He is an accused against whom the Country is fighting legal battles. It is the Country that had blocked his accounts in a London Bank. But behind back of the country, the Singh government defreezed it in 2006. When he was arrested in Argentina in 2007 where upon his extradition to India was possible, Man Mohan Singh’s government asked the Indian Ambassador there not to pursue the case and the field was made congenial for him to escape. With this arranged victory, he moved the Interpol for removal of his name from the Red-Corner Notice board and Law minister H.R.Bharadwaj terming the case as “an embarrassment”, blamed the CBI for having created an unnecessary tempest on a teacup and through Attorney General Milon Banergi advised the CBI to agree to the absconder’s plea which the later has done.

But despite this, as there still stands a case against him in a Court in India that does not fit into the design of Quattrocchi, Prime Minister Singh has aggressively attacked the legal system echoing both the words of the absconder as well as the Sonia loyal Law Minister.

Is it not time to evaluate the role of Dr. Singh in embarrassing India in her fight against the foreigner who stands at the center of post-independence India’s most stupendous corruption scandal?

Kasab and the PM

Let us now look at the other issue that involves the Pakistan terrorist Kasab. He belongs to a group of Pakistani terrorists who on 26 Nov.2008 had taken over two most reputed hotels of Mumbai.

Though termed as terror attack, theirs was obviously a suicidal attack.

They knew that their number was too marginal to keep up the attack beyond a few hours. So their attack was not for victory, but certainly for something else.

What for then their attack was meant?

It was obviously for creating a condition where exchange of fire could have totally razed down the two hotels.

But why that could have been their motive?

Manmohan Singh’s yet unstudied role

The answer probably lies in the unfulfilled motive of Pakistani terror-industry to occupy real estate and hotel trade in India.

And with this motive, there comes such scenarios that the role played by Dr. Singh in his previous avatar as India’s Finance Minister comes to mind.

It was the first session of the tenth Lok Sabha.

There was a debate on Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).

Pakistan terrorism had got its free passage to India through this Bank.

Founded in 1972 by a Pakistani called Agha Hasan Abedi, it was, according to Journalist Lucy Komisar’s well documented contribution captioned “The BCCI Game: Banking on America, Banking on Jihad” a cover to funnel CIA funds for Osama Bin Laden’s Mujahadeen to help fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and was the banker for drug and arms traffickers, corrupt officials, financial fraudsters, dictators and terrorists.

Dhirubhai and the gang of India’s neo rich were arch collaborators of this Bank, which was their launching pad to sudden richness.

Discussing the nepharious and notorious role played by this Bank and reminding Dr. Singh of his earlier statement in the House wherein he had stated, “reports in 1988, from intelligence agency that BCCI has made overtures for acquisition of property and is trying to enter the hotel and real estate business in Lucknow and Bombay in partnership with Amar Rizvi”, Mr.George Fernandiz had wanted to know about what happened to Rizvi and what step were taken by the Government to stop acquisition of real estates and hotels by the Pakistani Bank of terror and drug trafficking.

Dr. Singh had reacted by saying, “But I also said that nothing was found “.

Singh’s modus operandi seems to be the same in both Quattrochhi and BCCI matter.

Despite reports of intelligence agencies exposing their criminal activities, Singh’s reaction remained the same: “nothing was found”.

Why Singh was eager to protect BCCI? Because this was the cover under which American activities against spread of communism was getting funded in India like elsewhere.

We will hereafter look at what happened then in the Lok Sabha.