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VHP warns stir against Muslim quota

Another Supreme Court slap on UPA government over  4.5 per cent  Muslim quota

$img_titleWelcoming the Supreme Court directive on minority quota for Muslims and refusal to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court order, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) demanded unconditional and immediate apology from the UPA government and also from all the state Governments which have extended reservations or special favours to Muslims.
The VHP also demanded that the Government should immediately withdraw the reports of Sachar Committee and Rangnath Misra Commission, as the Supreme Court has already rejected them and the Delhi HC also termed them unconstitutional.
In a statement issued on June 13, VHP working president Dr Pravin Togadia warned, “Rather than giving up the unlawful, unconstitutional and discriminatory efforts of giving special reservations and other favours to Muslims now, if the Government goes ahead with the vicious anti-national plan to amend the Constitution to yet give such reservations and favours to Muslims, the Hindus of all castes will protest as one democratically on the streets. All responsibility of any ensuing situation thereafter
will be the sole liability of
the Union Government.”
In a landmark rendition on June 13 the Supreme Court warned the Union Government that it could even reject admitting its appeal challenging Andhra High Court decision to reject 4.5 per cent Muslim quota from OBC’s 27 per cent. The Union Government had filed the reports of Sachar Committee and Rangnath Misra Commission and other sundry reports as the basis for 4.5 per cent Muslim quota. The Supreme Court refused to accept these reports. The Supreme Court also refused to stay the Andhra HC decision to cancel 4.5 per cent Muslim quota.
 “The Government’s decision to implement 4.5 per cent sub-quota from January this year did not prima facie appear to be supported by Constitutional provisions… The December 22, 2011 office memorandum on the issue of sub-quota did not have the legislative support. Unlike the 27 per cent to OBCs in central educational institutions, the carving of 4.5 per cent sub-quota is not supported by even a law. It also appears that the carving of 4.5 per cent sub-quota was purely based on religious considerations. We are not inclined to grant stay,” the Supreme Court said. The Court also specifically asked the Government, ”You are giving them from 50 per cent, you are giving them already from 27 per cent OBC and now you want to give them specially 4.5 per cent exclusive. Why this religion based discrimination?” Government had no reply to such a direct question on triple reservation to Muslims.
“This vindicates our stand strongly that any type of Muslim quota is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court terming Government move of 4.5 per cent to Muslims from poor OBC’s 27 per cent as ‘Unconstitutional’, ‘Not Supported by Law’ and ‘Purely Religious Consideration’ exposes Government ulterior motive to discriminate against Hindus for Muslims through the dubious studies like Sachar Committee and Rangnath Misra Commission, etc,.” Dr Togadia said.
He appealed to all the countrymen to challenge in the respective courts all such special reservations and favours showered on Muslims in any form anywhere in Bharat in all states including special salary of Rs 2500 to Imams in Bengal; quota to Muslims in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal etc; fees paid by Government of 72,09,000 Muslim students; monthly Rs 12,000 scholarship to 32,145 Muslim students (total Rs 700 crore); educational loans to Muslims at 3 per cent and many other favours given through NMDC (National Minority Development Corporation); Rs 1, 43, 396 crore loan to Muslims for businesses at the rate of 6 per cent interest in priority sector lending as per RBI circular while 13 per cent interest levied on Hindus etc. Dr Togadia also appealed all to write letters/emails to the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court and the United Nations Human Rights against all such unconstitutional, anti-law and discriminatory favours and reservations given to Muslims.
Recently, the Government sent a letter to all state Governments asking them to appoint Muslim Police Inspectors in Muslim areas. This also is an unconstitutional decision and must be challenged as this is a prelude to the Targeted Violence Bill that the Government has been proposing for pushing Hindus to jail while protecting Muslim violence against all others.
Dr Togadia also demanded that the Election Commission now must cancel registration of all political parties that fought or won the elections promising any type of Muslim quota/reservations/special favours. The Election Commission should also bar such candidates from further elections.    (FOC)

Advaniji favoured and promoted clean politics—Nitin Gadkari

Those were the days and Then: Life and times
of Lal Krishna Advani released

Pramod Kumar

$img_titleAdvaniji has dedicated his entire life to strengthening nationalism. He always favoured and promoted the clean politics where nation is first, party is second and only then comes the individual. Following his ideals we have to further change the politics into a tool for social transformation, said BJP national president Shri Nitin Gadkari. He was releasing a book, Those were the days and Then: The life and times of Lal Kishna Advani, in New Delhi on June 12. The book has been written by Smt Mira Govind Advani (Sindhu), mother of former Chairperson of National Commission for Women, Dr Poornima Advani.
The book is based on interview with Shri Advani and the personal experience of the author. The 178 pages book has been published by Indira Ghansham Mirchandani Service Centre, Mumbai. Though Shri Advani was himself not present at the function, many senior party leaders including Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Smt Sushma Swaraj, former party president Shri Rajnath Singh, former Union Minister Shri Jashwant Singh, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra and national secretary of BJP Shri Shyam Jaju were also present on the occasion. Senior advocate Monica Arora conducted the proceedings.
Releasing the book, Shri Gadkari further said had it not been the sacrifices by leaders such as Shri LK Advani and Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an ordinary person like him would not have risen to the top post of the party. “Good days are when the party is in power. But Shri Advani was there when people were not willing to contest on a Jan Sangh ticket; he rode against the wave with leaders like Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It helped people like me to reach the top (in the party hierarchy)...had they not worked so hard, we would not have witnessed this day (when BJP is a major political force),” Shri Gadkari said.
He further said most period in the life of Shri Advani passed fighting against the waves but he never lost the moral values. “His personality, work and leadership are ideals before all the party workers. He gave us slogans like ‘Party with a Difference’, ‘Justice to all, Appeasement of none’, etc,” Shri Gadkari added.
Smt Sushma Swaraj described Advaniji like a banyan tree under whom many people have found shelter. “This is his personality, he has helped juniors grow. He is unlike those who feel insecure. Advaniji has not been like the leaders who cut the ‘roots’ of upcoming leaders and rather nurtured many to reach the top. In my 30 years of association with him, I could never find a fault with him,” she said adding that the book provides many yet undiscovered aspects of Shri Advani’s life.
She said the book has been written by the lady who has seen and understood Advaniji very closely. Apart from explaining the sufferings and pain of the Partition, the book is also an emotional reading of present problems like corruption and terrorism. “We were not aware so far that Advaniji was also a school teacher for some time. There are many such yet undiscovered incidents which have been mentioned in the book,” she said.
Shri Jashwant Singh said Advaniji lived his life based on morals and principles and his values can be emulated by all politicians. This will also provide inspiration to the young generation.
Shri Rajnath Singh said no one has been able to accuse Advaniji of corruption or nepotism in these so many decades.  “Once he was accused in the hawala deal. While people knew he was being framed, he vowed not to return to Parliament till the charges against him were dropped. Do we see such politicians today,” he asked. He credited Shri Advani and other veterans for turning BJP into a stronger force than the Congress. He said Advaniji has always stood for principles.
Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra described Shri Advani as a representative of nationalism. He said the book highlights many untouched aspects of Shri Advani’s life. “It is a good document that also provides vital information about Emergency and the growth of the BJP,” he added.
Smt Poornima Advani clarified that Shri Advaniji stayed away from the function as he felt that it would be “embarrassing” to attend the launch of a book on him. Introducing the book Smt Mira Govind Advani said the book contains Shri Advanji’s journey from pre-Partition days to the present. Prior to this books she has written a book on Dada JP Vasvani and is working on a book on noted lawyer Shri Ram Jethmalani. She is former member of Maharashtra Tax Tribunal.

Arrests of murderers put CPM in the dock

Reprobe on into bjym leader Jayakrishnan’s murder

S Chandrasekhar

With the arrests of TK Rajeesh from a village in Maharashtra-Goa border and MC Anoop from Bengaluru, probe into the TP Chandrasekharan murder has reached a penultimate stage. With the earlier arrest of Shijith, three of the hit-squad of seven, who butchered TPC, have been arrested.
Rajeesh’s arrest has put the CPM on the chopping block, as he has disclosed during interrogation that apart from rebel Marxist TPC’s murder, he was involved in the brutal murder of four RSS/BJP brave hearts—KT Jayakrishnan (December 1, 1999), Sooraj (2005), Suresh Babu (2008) and V Vinayan (2009).
BJYM stalwart KT Jayakrishnan was brutally butchered in front of the tiny-tots he was teaching in Mokeri School in Kannur, with blood and brain splashing on the school board and on the children.
As is usual in CPM’s Kannur strategy, some persons were presented as accused by the party and police charged murder on them. But due to the alertness of a small child, who identified CPM activist Pradeepan, who was actually involved in the murder, he was arrested and given life-imprisonment by court.
Now in the light of Rajeesh’s disclosures, that he was involved in the murder of Jayakrishnan and three other RSS activists, the CPM strategy of supplying scapegoats to protect its killer squads has been exposed. CPM has been protecting its killer squads like Andhery Sura, Kodi Suni, Kirmani Manoj, Shijith, Rajeesh, Anoop etc. all along, for mounting attacks on mainly RSS and more recently RMP leaders, who left CPM.
Rajeesh has also disclosed that he never did murders for money and that he considered CPM leaders like Pinarayi Vijayan, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and three Jayarajans as gods and that he was prepared to sacrifice his life for them. Anoop, the car driver of the hit vehicle, has disclosed that he was involved in the murder of RSS activist Rajesh. As usual CPM-supplied scapegoats are in jail for the murder of Rajesh.
Pinarayi and CPM leaders have denied any connection with Rajeesh and Anoop and as usual VS Atchudanandan has asked for probe into their disclosures.
A desperate CPM gave a comic interlude by asking its cadres to sprinkle ‘Chilli Powder Water’ on Policemen coming to arrest CPM activists in murder cases.
The BJP led by leading lawyer and ex-state President PS Sreedharan Pillai and Jayakrishnan’s mother Kausalya have demanded Central probe into Jayakrishnan murder. The Home Minister Radhakrishnan has ordered re-probe and said he is not averse to CBI probe.
The CPM’s noose has further tightened with the SIT questioning Kannur strongman P Jayarajan and MLA TV Rajesh in the Shukoor murder case. Shukoor, a Muslim League activist was murdered after a ‘CPM Court’ awarded him death sentence for blocking the car of Jayarajan and Rajesh.
In a bid to clip VS’s wings, the state CPM has initiated action against his personal staff for leaking party secrets to media. Pinarayi’s effort against VS received a setback when PB refused to take action against him. The CPM (PB) has  issued a ban on Kerala CPM for airing views publically in TPC murder. TPC murder has awakened the society of Kerala to the threat of murder politics and hit-gangs, posed by CPM.

 


Communal agenda of Muslim League continues

The Hindus of Kerala are agitated over League Ministers’ refusal to light lamps at official functions, despite temple like lamps being lit at Cheraman Mosque in Kodumgallur, the first mosque in India. The Muslim League political strategy in getting fifth ministerial berth and attempts to grab 43 acres of land of Calicut University to benami and League’s trusts, has earned the ire of Hindus. The land grab with the active connivance of the Muslim VC and Muslim League Education Minister Abdu Rabb was abandoned due to BJP and CPM protests. Almost all top posts in Education, Industry, Local Administration and PWD are now in the hands of Muslim officials.
Now in a blatant attack on the living and flowing symbol of Indian culture River Ganga, Education Minister Abdu Rabb changed the name of his official residence from ‘GANGA’ to ‘GRACE’. The RSS and VHP have voiced strong protests. Young Congress MLA from Thithala, Malabar, VT Balram, on facebook reminded Abdu Rabb of Nehru’s quote “Ganga is the liquid history of India” and posted that there is nothing more ‘disgraceful’ than changing his house’s name to ‘GRACE’. Kudos to Balram. At least there is one Hindu with spine in Sonia Congress!
Bharateeya Vichara Kendram, Director, Padmasri P Parameswaran has asked the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to restore the name ‘Ganga’, on the official residence, as it belongs to Kerala, and not to the Muslim League.
P Parameswaran has also asked the state to desist from the move to start the proposed Malayalam University at Malappuram District, since already two Universities are functioning in Malappuram, The Calicut University and the up-coming Aligarh Muslim University campus. He has called for establishing this University in any other district. Shri Parameswaran also asked the state to prevent the upcoming English University from coming in Malappuram.
Meanwhile, the ABVP held demonstrations throughout Kerala, demanding withdrawal of the 10th standard history text-book which shows parts of Jammu & Kashmir as that of Pakistan.         —SC

 

BJP wins 6 out of 11 seats

Major setback for Congress in Karnataka

R Guru Prasad

The Congress suffered a major setback  as its first candidate, the former MP from Gulbarga, Iqbal Ahmed Saradagi, lost the biennial elections to the Legislative Council on June 11 due to cross voting. While Iqbal Ahmed Saradagi received only 15 votes in the first preferential votes, which is lowest among all contesting candidates, independent candidate Byrathi Suresh, a businessman and realtor, received the highest number of 23  votes. Interestingly, State Congress Chief G Parameshwara himself was among the 19 member Congress team, which was supposed to cast their vote to Saradagi.
Upset over the sudden development and unnecessarily losing a seat,  Congress High Command is considering initiating stern action against many Congress leaders, who  have given a jolt by indirectly  and masterminded  the failure of its own party candidate. The Congress has  71 members in the Lower House and  missed the chance of getting all its candidates elected by garnering additional 5 votes either by seeking the support of independent MLA’s or additional votes of other parties.
Out of 12 candidates in the race for 11 Council seats,  all the six candidates from BJP, three candidates from Congress, one candidate from Janata Dal (Secular) and one independent candidate backed by Janata Dal (Secular) won the elections.
Violating the whip issued by the respective parties, 12 BJP MLA’s, 6 Congress MLA’s and  1 JD(S) MlA involved in cross-voting and luckily all the BJP  candidates managed to win.
Speaking to reporters soon after the results were declared,  Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said he is too worried about the cross voting taking place in the state like Karnataka and urged  all the three major political parties to introspect the role of money  and caste in the elections. “All six candidates from BJP won the election. I am happy. But we all have to take results seriously and discuss within the party what went wrong,” Shri Gowda said.

The truth about ‘Satyamev Jayate’

The hidden agenda

Nagaraja Rao

$img_titleSince last few days we have seen the viral effect across the nation for a television show hosted by Bollywood Star Aamir Khan named ‘Satyamev Jayate’ and these days ... I’ve come across a large number of people discussing and praising the show and also some of them were considering making donations and sending SMSs to the show in public interest. My purpose of writing this is to let those people know that how and where their donations and revenue generated by SMSs will be used.
The Foundation where your donations and income via SMSs will go is called ‘Humanity Trust’ and this is the website of this trust: www.humanitytrust.com
The Executive Committee of this Foundation includes: Mr Jagabar Ali; Mr R Hakkim Ali and Mr Fazulutheen. The members of the Board of Advisors are Mr ML Raja Mohamed; Mr MS Nasick; Mr A Ahmed Irzath and Mr S Abdul Basith.
This website says that some of the objectives of their Foundation are: Masjid Construction assistance. (Bore/construction helps), placement assistance for Islamic youngsters (notifications about jobs across various geographies).
Now look at the irony here: People from all over the country belonging to different religions and communities are sending SMSs and making donations, and you can see clearly that money is spent on people of just one particular community and religion – the Muslims!!
Isn’t it unfair that first you attract people from different religions on emotional grounds, and when they fall prey to it and give donations, you use that money for communal purpose without even informing the people where their money is going to be used?
How will building mosques and madrasas help our nation? And if it doesn’t then why are people of this country being fooled like this and no one is raising questions? Are only Muslims unemployed in this country? If not then why this step-motherly treatment to people of other religions? It is the Hindus who should be taking initiatives in Hindusthan and keep the enemy guessing. The others come in only when they see the vacuum. Sonia Maino, too filled into this. There are not too many bad people in India, but the problem is that there are too many good people in India, who do not speak up about bad deeds of bad people.

What's in a name? Much feels ML activist

S Chandrasekhar

The Hindus of Kerala are agitated over League Ministers, refusal to light lamps at official functions, despite temple like, lamps being lit at Cheraman Mosque in Kodumgallur, the first mosque in India. The Muslim League political strategy in getting fifth ministership and attempts to grab 43 acres of land of Calicut University to, benami, League trusts has earned the ire of Hindus. The land grab with the active connivance of the Muslim VC and Muslim League Education Minister Abdu Rabb was abandoned due to the BJP and the CPM protests. Almost all top posts in Education, Industry, Local Administration and PWD are in hands of Muslim officials. Now in a blatant attack on the living and flowing symbol of Indian culture, River Ganga, Education Minister Abdu Rabb has changed the name of his official residence from ‘GANGA’ to ‘GRACE’. The RSS and VHP have voiced strong protests. Young Congress MLA from Thithala, Malabar, V.T. Balram, in facebook reminded Abdu Rabb of Nehru’s quote “Ganga is the liquid history of India” and posted there is nothing ‘disgraceful’ about it to change his house’s name to ‘GRACE’. Kudos to Balram. At least there is one Hindu with spine in Sonia Congress!

Indian on international jury of UN film festival

Shri KG Suresh, director of Global Foundation for Civilizational Harmony (India), has been named as an international jury for the upcoming fourth Plural+ International Youth Video Festival, organised by United Nations’ Organisa-tions. Shri Suresh is the first Indian to be nominated as a jury since the inception of the Festival in 2009.
The Festival is organised annually by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organisation for Migration. The award ceremony for the 2012 Festival would be held in New York on December 6, 2012.

Water Management and Policy in India: A review

Atul Sehgal

$img_titleGovernment of India has recently brought out a Draft National Policy (2012) Document. The Document is ostensibly aimed at formulating a water policy for enhancing the efficiency of utilisation and disposal of water in the country. But it addresses certain issues in a manner inconsistent with best water management practices.
Water is a basic resource endowed by mother Nature. To meet the needs of living beings including humans scattered all over the globe, the Nature has provided rivers, rivulets, ponds and lakes at various places. Nature has built a system of recycling of water for repeated use by living organisms. For ages, man has been using water in a manner consonant with the natural water recycling mechanism.
With the rise in urbanisation and the resultant paradigm shifts in habitation and living, disposal methods of water have led to heavy pollution of rivers and lakes and depletion of underground water. This has resulted in shortage of potable and even non-potable water in many pockets of human habitation on the earth. Naturally, its unfortunate consequence has been commoditisation and commercialisation of water.
India is home to 17 per cent of global population which is endowed with only 4 per cent of the global fresh water. Through long history, we have managed water resources very sensibly and in tune with water cycles of Nature. The fallout of the industrial revolution resulting in rapid industrialisation of the world has thrown up new problems because most of these industries were environment unfriendly. The pollution of water was a natural concomitant of this industrialisation. This has led to water being viewed and treated as a commodity like any other tradable commodity on profit basis. Today, water scarcity is staring in the face of present generation and water crisis looms large over the future generations. This is clear from the results of a study on global water scenario by international consultancy group, McKinsey, in collaboration with the World Bank affiliate International Finance Corporation. The study reveals that water demand in India will grow annually by 2.8 per cent to reach a whopping 1500 bcm (billion cubic metres) while supply is projected at only about 744 bcm.
Right now, drought like situation prevails in several pockets of Maharashtra with many irrigation projects remaining incomplete. With the summer on, water reservoirs in several states too are fast depleting. It is sad to note that our planners and policymakers appear to be in slumber on this most important issue which has a bearing on our agriculture, industry and in a sweeping sense—basic survival.
The recent Draft National Water Policy, 2012 released by the Government of India does not adequately address the issue of augmentation of water resources. It does not focus on the dire need of usage of water in tune with Nature’s water recycling mechanism. The policy paper talks of water as a community resource but flippantly points at an economically viable cost of water supply based on realistic tariffs.
Water is proposed to be made available on cost plus basis thus covering the entire cost of operating and maintaining the drawl, storage and supply systems. Corporatisation of water supply is going to further reduce the availability of water for the ordinary folks of India.
It is of paramount importance that national water policy be blueprinted on the basis of our age-old, traditional approach and practice which is environment friendly and time tested.  Construction of ponds and natural reservoirs and their proper maintenance could form one component of this policy. We may also consider harnessing the ocean for the needs of our teeming millions as India has a huge sea coastline. Our water policy should be pragmatic, environment-friendly and in tune with the grass roots needs of the consumers. It should contain strong deterrents against water pollution.
In accordance with the fundamental premise of natural resources being available rightfully to all human beings according to their basic physical needs, we need to make new laws and regulations to ensure provision of clean drinking water and need based non potable water for all our citizens directly by the state. This should have no room for traders, hoarders or profiteers.
In the context of proposed privatisation of potable water production and distribution, we should understand that the very core and crux of private industry is profiteering. Water is not a luxury item---it is a basic necessity and every human being ushered into this world is at once entitled by Nature to his quota of water. It is the state’s responsibility to make it available in the best possible manner. Water is neither an item which should be taxed nor a commodity which should be traded. Taxing or trading this item amounts to denigrating mother Nature and this goes against Indian ethos.

Look beyond the mono sectors for growth

Sudhansu R Das

Indian economy continues to shine amid global slowdown. Its GDP growth clocks at 7.4 per cent in 2009-10 which makes Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee optimistic to say that India would hit two digit growth in 2012. India has witnessed 9 per cent growth consecutively for four years from 2004-05 to 2007-08.  Thanks to the stoicism of the majority of Indians who cut their food intake due to inflation, breath contaminated air, drink polluted water, eat tonnes of spurious food and medicines, pay exorbitant price for basic amenities like health, housing and education. All for the sake of GDP growth! The economic paradox in the country is due to the majority of Indian politicians and planners’ inability to look beyond a few economic sectors. India’s vast potential in its multiple sectors is not yet explored.
Take for example the handicraft sector. In spite of global slow down, the demand for Indian handicraft is growing due to its high value addition. The Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) estimates that India’s export of gift items has increased by 20 per cent.
Transparency in handicraft trade will benefit 47.61 lakh Indian craft makers and many more people involved in this profession.
Twenty years back nobody had imagined Indian yoga could become a vibrant economic sector in many developed nations across the world. Today, more than 30 million people practice yoga in US. NAMASTA, the US based organisation for mind-body professionals estimates there are about 70000 yoga teachers in North America. According to a Yoga Journal, Yoga in America, yoga market is worth $3 billion per annum. India can become the outsourcing hub for yoga products.
Similarly, the pilgrim tourism potential of India has not been tapped fully. Nearly 20 crore people visit pilgrim places every year which triggers a gamut of economic activities like transport services, sale of handicraft, hotel and restaurant chains and above all communal harmony. It is the Muslim artisans who make a large number of religious artifacts for Hindu temples and vice versa. Way back in the 12th century AD, the Gajapati King of Puri allotted one village named Pipli to Muslim appliqué craftmen who used to make appliqué umbrellas for Lord Jagganath temple. Today the appliqué work is very popular in international craft bazars. In a recent development, Sri Lanka had sought India’s assistance to develop sites like Warangatota, Sitakotuwa, Sita Eliya, Yudhaganapitiya, Dunuwila, Chilaw, Ramassala and Ramboda which are associated with the epic Ramayana. Integration of Ramayana sites will immensely benefit both India and the island nation.
Forests in India are the biggest livelihood providers. The forest dwellers worship Nature, make all utility and decorative items from bio-degradable material. With the passage of time those hand crafted items have taken the shape of art forms for value addition. The iron and wood craft of Bastar, dhokra craft of Orissa and Chhattisgarh, the bidri craft of Karnataka, Warli paintings of Maharashtra and ragged dolls of Jhabua, etc have good demand in international craft bazars.
The export of natural honey products has increased from Rs 60.92 crore to Rs 93.30 crore in 2007-08.  There are hundreds of minor forest products which can improve the living condition of Vanvasis.
Foreign tourists happily pay a wild life package of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for sighting tiger in a forest. Madhya Pradesh government makes arrangement for a trip to the tiger kingdom.
Agriculture has tremendous unseen potential. For example, Seabuckthorn is a kind of shrub which grows abundantly in Ladakh region.  Its bark, leaves and fruits have multiple byproducts like medicine, fuel, cosmetic for skin care, soft drinks and jams etc.
Unfortunately, 5 per cent of its potential is harvested every year. There are hundred of medicinal herbs, plants and animals, which have disappeared due to the entry of hybrid varieties. The Nomadic Gujjar and Bakriwala communities in Kashmir have lost at least a dozen rare indigenous species of sheep, goats, horses and almost seven species are on the brink of extinction due to the introduction of cross breed species. A few years back, in Bhadrak district of Orissa, cross breed jersey cows were given to villagers against bank loans. The villagers were not knowing how to maintain those delicate breed. The cows gave less milk due to lack of care and the villagers blamed the bankers for cheating them. Today the indigenous cows return to dry Vidarbha region for their adaptability and less maintenance cost. Planners must take extra steps to discover economic potential, which are lying unnoticed.

Highly Successful ‘Global Investors Meet 2012’ in Karnataka

R Guru Prasad

$img_titleBy attracting investment of rupees 7.6 lakh crore  and a potential to generate 15 lakh jobs, the prestigious event of the Karnataka Government, Global Investors Meet 2012 (GIM 2012) concluded on June 8 in Bengaluru with a  grand success.  Huge investment generated in the two day event of the GIM 2012 brought pleasant surprise to the Government which  had expected to garner six lakh crore maximum. The hard work of the Karnataka Government in motivating industrialists around the globe through road shows in US, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Mumbai, Delhi,  Coimbature etc., has paid dividends in the form of excess investment. Generating big investment  when the whole world is experiencing economic slowdown has added a feather to the BJP Government.
$img_titleAutomobile and Aerospace, Agro and Food Processing, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Education, Energy, Industrial Infrastructure, Information Technology, Mines and Minerals, Textiles, Tourism, Transport Infrastructure, Skill Development, Urban Infrastructure, were some of the sectors for which investors from around the globe has committed to invest and signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) / Expression of Interests (EoI) with the Karnataka Government at the GIM 2012  held at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre on June 7 and 8.
Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister for Tourism, Government of India, in his speech mentioned that tourism is the only sector which generate more jobs to all sections of the society. He said, “I want more and more investors to choose the thriving tourism sector which is risk free and fetch good returns. There is a demand for 2 lakh hotel rooms.”  He congratulated the Government of Karnataka for organising a wonderful event and said that Karnataka followed the Gujarat model to execute GIM.
It is remarkable to note that in addition to rupees 7.6 lakh crore investment, 1.68 lakh crore of investment was received as Registration of Interest (RoI) for the infrastructure sector. Going against the conventional way, MoUs/EOIs signed at GIM 2012 for the projects to be implemented all over the  State rather than Bengaluru centered.
$img_titleLeading business men of the country were seated on the dais of  GIM 2012 during inaugural ceremony on June 7. Among them were Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of GVK Group GVK Reddy, Vice Chairman of Tata  Steel B Muthuraman, President and CEO of GE John Flannery, MD and CEO of Larsen and Toubro K Venkataramanan, Chairman of Welspun Group BK Goenka,  CMD of Bharat Forge BN Kalyani, MD of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Hiroshi Nakagawa, Chairman of JSW group Sajjan Jindal, CMD of ONGC Sudhir Vasudeva, CMD of Suzlon Energy Limited Tulsi R Tanti, Chairman of  Future Group Kishore Biyani, CMD of Jindal Alluminium Dr SR Jindal, Head of Karnataka ICT Group 2020 TV Mohandas Pai, President and MD of General Motors India Lowell Paddock.
To enhance inclusive growth and employment generation within the State, the Government of Karnataka has formed a Karnataka ICT Group 2020 under the leadership of TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman-Manipal Global Education Services. The mission of the group is to increase ICT exports to Rs 4 lakh crore and create additional 12 lakh jobs by 2020. It should be further noted that there will a Financial City on 50 acres of land near Bengaluru airport, first State in the country to promote nano park on 100 acres, famed Indian Institute of Sciences  will locate  its second campus at the proposed  Science City in Challakere, are some of the initiatives of the Karnataka Government. Conducive atmosphere  attracted investors to participate actively in GIM 2012.
Government assured the investors that it is committed to help investors to set-up their project through a high level weekly review meeting by a committee led by Chief Secretary SV Ranganath and  a  monthly meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda to sort out any problems arising due to inefficiency of officers in various departments to grant required infrastructure to start the project. “You can call me on my mobile if you face any problem” the CM told  investors. To make the things easier, CM  declared appointing a relationship executive from the Government   for each MoUs signed. “Our relationship executive will take necessary steps to clear any  hurdles and you are assured to get all the co-operation from our Government,” the CM  reassured the investors.
Soon after the concluding session, the beaming Chief Minister  said “The Global Investors Meet has been organised as a focused endeavour to realise Karnataka’s vision of achieving sustainable economic development, increase in employment levels, better livelihood, balanced regional development and environmentally sustainable long-term development, as outlined in our Vision 2020. I am happy to say that through the success of GIM 2012, we are on the right track. We look forward to strengthen partnerships with our investors in our mutual quest to achieve enhanced and wide ranging interactions and initiatives in the future.”
As part of demonstrating specialty of Karnataka an exhibition GIM Expo 2012 was inaugurated on June 6, 600 exhibitors displayed  their products and services in ‘14 Focus Pavilions’ which focused on manufacturing, technology, lifestyle and services.
The State Government had organised the First Global Investors Meet in 2010 to showcase Karnataka as a leader among Indian states, had received investment commitments worth Rupees 3.92 lakh crore.  While 39 projects of GIM 2010 have been implemented, 277 projects are under implementation. However GIM 2012 has clearly managed to double the investment of GIM 2010.

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