Motorists Harassed Again by Delhi Police at Nehru Place

Motorists Harassed Again at Nehru Place

      In spite of our telephone call to the OSD’s office in the LG’s secretariat and the email to stop the harassment of poor motorists the Delhi traffic police were at it again.

      Yesterday afternoon was ‘raid time’ at the Nehru place. Scores of vehicles were towed away.  Sign Boards are there indicating the parking lots, parking attendants are there as in any other place. Cars are parked and parking slips are handed over the attendants, who collect the parcha and the charges when you leave. 

     What is the fault of the vehicle owner who parks at what appears to be a genuine and authorized parking place in Nehru Place?In case the traffic police knew it was not an authorized place why did they not put up sign boards?

     Why did they at all allow any one to organize parking lots? It is a TURF WAR between the Delhi Police and the MCD.  Why are innocent motorists being punished for no fault of theirs? 

     This is a clear case of high handedness of Delhi Police. This bullying of private motor vehicle owners must stop immediately. 

     Another interesting aspect.

      Why are the newspapers not highlighting this issue? What has been done to shut them up?

Malaysians of Indian Origin

Malaysians of Indian Origin 

     Better sense appears have prevailed on the Government of Malaysia. They have withdrawn the serious allegation of attempt to murder against 25 protesters who had been arrested and detained. The Prime minister has met a group of Indians and promised to look into their problems. 

     Clearly, the Malaysian Government has over reacted to the protest march by ethnic Indians who were only hoping to highlight their mounting anxiety and feelings of being reduced to second-class citizens in their own country.For Indians they may be of origin, they are Malaysians now having been born there even as their ancestors, extending to five generations.

     The extreme reactions of the Malaysian Government indicate a closed mind, and an inability to face any criticism of their biased behaviour towards citizens of Indian origin.

Malaysia has had a long period of peace, and homogeneity in its approach towards all its citizens.  

     The ‘Bhumiputra policy’ favouring Malays introduced subsequently has been carried to extremes resulting in the virtual exclusion of Indians and Chinese from access to education, jobs and business opportunities.  Added to this has been the identification of Malaysians of Indian ancestry as Hindus, destruction of temples and frowning up on their cultural and religious s activities.

     Such open discrimination which is the result of introduction of Wahabism among the Malays who are predominantly Muslim  was bound to generate a feeling of helplessness and desperation among Malays of Indian origin.  

     Unlike China, America or the European countries, Government of India has always been niggardly in supporting Indians abroad. Government of India has in the past and is at present  chary of even exhibiting any interest in the well being of Indians abroad. The rare exception was the flying out of Indians in Iraq before the Gulf war. Inder Gujral never got due credit for it.  

This must change now.

The Government of India must be proactive where  interests of Indians are concerned.


A small joke from Mr Watwani  

John was feeling a bit depressed the other day, so he called the Help Hotline.He was put through to a ‘call center’ in Pakistan. 

He explained that He was feeling suicidal.

They were very excited at this news and wanted to know if He could drive a truck or fly an airplane….

Bangalore: Bengaluru: down side

M any Indians and foreigners believe that Bangalore is the knowledge capital of modern India.

Given the robust presence of technology companies, the feeling is partially valid. But if you hear of the day to day experiences of residents of the city, the sheen wears off rather quickly. Among friends, we keep exchanging notes about the abysmal levels of service that we experience on a daily basis. Almost all service providers are equally remiss in this respect.

We had a courier from a telecom company standing in front of our house which has our names splashed on it prominently at three places along with our address and yet he was calling his superior and me to seek directions! We don’t exactly live in the boondocks, living that we do very close to a readily identifiable shopping landmark of new India, Big Bazaar.

Our neighbour has been receiving repeated calls from a consumer durable company’s service centre seeking directions to his place for the last five days even as his refrigerator continues to malfunction.

Another close friend who does not speak any of the South Indian languages complains of receiving serial calls from his bank in Kannadiga about the fate of a cheque he had deposited without still being able to figure out what the matter is. Service centres of brown good companies don’t seem to be recording customer details (despite the easy availability of “off the shelf” customer relationship management software) and expect complainants to provide all transaction details each time a complaint is registered. If you scratch the surface, you would find that English has been eliminated from state funded schools in the state for the last 30 years in a perverse expression of parochialism.

 The harsh fact is that “locals” struggle to communicate with migrants who have thronged Bangalore from the mid-nineties. Sadly, there seems to be no effort on the part of the government to correct this blemish. An associate who recently returned from Beijing was speaking effusively about the painstak ing efforts that Chinese are making to communicate in English as the country prepares to receive tourists for the upcoming Olympics.

Mr Gowda and Mr Kumaraswamy were too consumed by counting their ‘wealth’ to think of governance issues. Party “fine” L ast week we were attending a friend’s birthday party in an isolated bungalow in South Bangalore when the cops came calling at midnight. Mind you music was not part of the fare and the invitees were not quite the teeny bopper variety who are known for their noise levels. Out of curiosity, I eavesdropped on the exchanges between the over zealous cops and our host. It transpired that none of his neighbours had complained to the local police station which is usually the trigger for such interventions by the police. Rather, the problem was that our host had not “informed” the police about the party. It was obvious that a “fine” has to be paid to the law enforcement machinery to host a private party.

Go governor go T he only hope for Bangalore is the ongoing governor’s rule. Noises coming out of the secretariat suggest that the governor is taking an active interest in the infrastructure issues of the city. Some high calibre officials have also been drafted in as his advisors.

It is ironic that in the 60th year of our democracy, we should be rooting for non-political leadership! But political leaders have left us with no choice.

exerpts from Asian Age



     CAPRG has sent an email to LG’s Secretariat highlighting the problems faced by  private vehicleowners by the short sighted drive by the Delhi Traffic Police during the last four days,  

   There is an  ongoing turf war between the Delhi MCD and the Delhi Police poor citizens are being harassed to no endApparently the MCD has earmarked some areas for parking lots without consulting the Delhi Traffic Police. Delhi Police has embarked on a sieze, tow , fine, and harass drive against poor motorists who are not aware of the intricacies of warfare between  Delhi Police and babus of MCD.

     There is a shortage of parking areas all over Delhi. As all private vehicle owners in Delhi are aware, there are parking lots in all market areas and official complexes. These are run by contractors, authorised officially or unofficially by the MCD.

     The traffic police have been so far towing away vehicles not in these parking lots(legal or illegal), or owned by the contractors.Suddenly the Police has taken upon itself to question the validity of these parking lots. They have been towing away private vehicles parked in various parking lots alleging that they are illegal. 

      How does the poor car owner know if a parking lot is legal or not? He goes by the sign boards placed in front of these parking lots. He has no wherewithal to run to the MCD office or the Traffic Police Head quarters every time he has to park his vehicle. In case the traffic police have a problem with the MCD they should sort the matter out with them.

      Unilaterally towing away vehicles of innocent motorists smacks of high handedness and callousness.

    This meaningless harassment of private car owners must stop immediately.

       We hope the Lt Governor will look in this personally and stop this high handed behaviour of the Delhi traffic Police.  

Malaysian Indians

There appears to be a delibérate attempt to vilify persons of Indian origin in Malayasia.

There is no doubt that the Malaysian government has over the last nearly three decades has been isolating the Malaysians  of Chinese and Indian origin. This has worsened after the islamisation drive by the government and the influx of fanatical wahabists in to a Malasia which was earlier an area of racial harmony.

Hindraf denies terror links, lodges complaint against PM

Kuala Lumpur: The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), a Malaysian rights outfit, has lodged a police complaint against Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after allegations linking the group with Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eeelam (LTTE).

Hindraf’s senior leader and legal advisor P. Uthayakumar asserted that the outfit had “zero links” with the LTTE or any other terrorist group.

“We do not support violence. We are a non-violent group,” Uthayakumar was quoted as saying in The Star newspaper Sunday.

Uthayakumar, who lodged the report at the Jalan Travers police station Saturday, also named Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, minister in the prime minister’s office Mohamed Nazri Aziz, and Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan in the complaint.

The Hindraf’s response came amidst reports that the government could invoke the stringent International Security Act (ISA) against top Hindraf leaders who organized a protest rally on Nov 25 to voice their grievances, claming to speak for the two million-plus, predominantly Tamil Hindu population of immigrants from India.

The rally was declared illegal and forcibly dispersed. Thirty-one people associated with the rally have been denied bail and are being persecuted on charges ranging from disturbing peace to attacking a policeman on duty with intent to murder.

The Badawi government has reacted strongly to the Hindraf’s reported charge of religious discrimination and “ethnic cleansing” of the Indians, who account for eight percent of the country’s 27 million population.

The government has said Hindraf was an “extremist” group, but has so far stopped short of calling it “terrorist”, something that would invite invoking of draconian laws. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak asked Hindraf leaders to “be prepared for the consequences”, saying there was “no room for extremists and fanatics”.

Mumbai Trains :Boycott

Mumbai commuters to ‘boycott’ trains on Monday

Mumbai: Over three million Western Railway commuters will mark World Human Rights Day Monday (Dec 10) with an unprecedented mass protest – a voluntary “boycott” of the local train services for the day to demand increased frequency of trains.The move has been openly supported by all national, regional and local political parties, social and commuters’ organisations, and more than 1,000 co-operative housing societies.

The 25 km-long target is between Dahisar (the last suburban station on Mumbai side) and Virar (the last station in adjoining Thane district), the northernmost sector in Western Railway (WR)’s 60 km-long suburban section.

The suburban sections, comprising WR, Central Railway and harbour lines are the lifeline of Mumbai and carry nearly eight million commuters to and from homes and offices daily.

IANS Sunday.