Delhi: The Capital of “Senseless Crime” Zero Implementation of Laws in Delhi : Open Sale of Acid “Good Laws, Bad Implementation”

Delhi: The Capital of “Senseless Crime”

Zero Implementation of Laws in Delhi : Open Sale of Acid

“Good Laws, Bad Implementation”

By : Himadrish Suwan

Columnist and Citizen Journalist

Youngest Recipient of  the I.A.E.W.P(Affiliated to United Nations ECOSOC ,UNICEF, DPI) Global Award for Media & Information Activism 2014

Delhi bears the legacy of Mughal as well as British reign is blatantly termed as the undisputed leader in crime. Certainly there are adequate reasons why the city is looked up as the most unsafe place for women. Delhi has the highest incidence of crimes in India, as recorded by the National Crime Record Bureau’s recently released report studying crime patterns in the country in 2013. With the growing development of the capital, even crime seems to have increased at a similar rate. The national capital occupies the top slot for almost all violent crimes, including murder, rape, dowry death, acid attack molestation, kidnapping and abduction.

Acid attack, especially on women, have seen an alarming growth in India over the last decade. Acid attacks are a form of violence against women, where the perpetrator splashes a person or object with acid in order to deface or kill them. It is  a senseless crime that has no place in this country . Every few days, there are reports of acids being thrown at some girl in some part of this vast country especially in so called capital of crime : Delhi. Recently in Delhi a doctor was injured in an acid attack in Rajouri Garden where two biker’s miscreants hurled acid at a 30 year old woman doctor and robbed her in  daylight. The doctor was on her way to the ESI Hospital on her Scooty when two bikers threw a chemical substance at her. Her crime was that she was beautiful and he resented the admiring glances she got.

In India the problem and paralysis is that we have “enough laws” but “zero implementation”. Law without implementation is useless and which certainly leads to adverse effects. Our country is the one where women are given utmost respect. We name India as ‘Bharat Mata’. But the reality is quite harsh to accept. In the last two years the highest courts in the country have responded to a mass call for more protection for women. The state may make many laws that protect women. However, none of this apex court landmark judgements means unless law is actually implemented.

The Apex Court ruling dated 16 of July 2013 orders to Curb the problem of Acid Attack in the society. The court said anyone will not able to purchase acids like hydrochloric, sulfuric and nitric. These acids, which can burn through flesh, are easily available in general stores for as less as 15-20 rupees per litre. Shops will have to keep details like the quantity sold and the addresses of buyers, who will need to present photo identification to purchase acids. But as usual India is known for “Good laws but Zero Implementation”.

But still the Apex Court order is far away from implementation. It is a fact that, if you go to a general store and ask for a bottle of acid the shopkeeper will provide the customer with a  bottle of acid. This  bottle of acid is responsible for many losses. Keeping the matter of loss aside acid’s despite apex court ruling they are being sold in general markets and stores like any ordinary fruit or vegetable.

The problem is more worse in  South Delhi where in every single general store the bottle of acid is available. Moreover ,the acid  bottle are sold to minors as well as adults without any ID proof or any identity of the person. The problem here is very evoking and really disturbs me when an apex court order is being violated at such evident level. I respect the law of the land  and any violation of the above hurts me being a citizen of India.

I was quite surprised when for a sting operation I asked for a bottle of acid from different shopkeepers in my locality. They provided me with a bottle of acid without any fear of law. I wrote a letter to Mr.Bhimsen Bassi, Commissioner of Police, Delhi and Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Delhi on 5th of October 2013. But I am still waiting for their reply on the issue of sale of acids in south Delhi. 

Our country is developing at a fast pace, but basic issues are still not taken care of. The irony is that in India women have been President and Prime Minister’s but in the other sphere women are being target of constant senseless crimes. I hope the state government takes a lead in waking up to this increasingly prevalent crime against women and take urgent measures to ensure not only the curbing of such crimes but also provide the necessary investigative aid by entrusting the CBI with the responsibility to intervene effectively and on time. It is important to note that the sale of acid in any form has not been brought under regulation despite the Supreme Court’s order asking state governments to take concrete action in this regard. In fact, the state government or the corporation should start a weekly “anti acid” drive in every  constituency of Delhi and check out the ground reality.

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Arvind Kejriwal : “THE MAN DELHI NEEDS” The Real Gamechanger By : Himadrish Suwan Himadrish Suwan is University of Delhi Student and the youngest recipient of the International Association of Educators for World Peace Global Award for Media & Information Activism 2014 (affiliated to United Nations ECOSOC,UNICEF, DPI).

Arvind Kejriwal : “THE MAN DELHI NEEDS”

The Real Gamechanger

By : Himadrish Suwan

Himadrish Suwan is University of Delhi Student and the youngest recipient of the International Association of Educators for World Peace Global Award for Media & Information Activism 2014 (affiliated to United Nations ECOSOC,UNICEF, DPI).

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

All my life I have heard the uber-famous line “Iss desh ka kuch nhi ho sakta.” and after all I have seen one man just like you and me, in the way that he realizes the turmoil this country is in and knows what needs to be done no talking, no debates, only action.  There’s no denying that Arvind Kejriwal has generated immense excitement in India and abroad. Here, finally, is an Indian leader who says the things Indians have been yearning to hear. He talks about faster growth, creating jobs, corruption free India , Inflation free India and more transparent government.  Here is a party that has garnered some support cutting across traditional vote banks of caste religion and class, purely on the basis of policy and what common sense says is correct. I believe in  Kejriwal because I can see the same anger in his eyes as I have against the bad governance that was provided by all other parties over the past decades.

Kejriwal’s party symbol i.e. a broom itself is powerful and speaks volumes of his capabilities. Well, we must find answer to questions like ,(a)When was the last time we saw a political party declaring its list of donors? (b)When was the last time a party declared that people from the same family will not be given election tickets?(c) When did any party publicly hold internal elections for candidate selection? (d)Do political parties have the courage to refuse corporate donations? (e)70 manifestos for 70 constituencies are being prepared. When did this happen ever?. Undoubtedly Arvind Kejriwal exhibits what some describe as ‘servant leadership style‘.

A common man has risen from among us in form of Arvind Kejriwal. Unlike his predecessors, Kejriwal has rejected the VIP culture and stated clearly that he and his ministers will not take the sprawling bungalows surrounded by lush lawns in Delhi. He plans to live modestly, in a Government flat, if allotted one. He has also declined personal police protection. A wise man once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. His past can give you a clue to the kind of person he is and the kind of India he envisions  “swaraj” and a “corruption free” India.

Delhi needs Arvind Kejriwal more than Arvind Kejriwal needing Delhi. He is a hope, he is an aspiration, he has committed himself, he has strong convictions, he is resilient, he has  the right intent. If any body can transform the society we live in, kejriwal can. However personally, on the basis of political intention alone, it is extremely liberating to finally have a selfless, educated and credible face enter the field of politics. Arvind Kejriwal, we hope you’re here to stay. Arvind Kejriwal is the “ Man Delhi Needs” and the “real game changer”!!

Jharkhand & Jammu Kashmir Verdict::Modi’s Popularity Dips “There’s a Modi effect, but not a Modi wave”

Jharkhand & Jammu Kashmir Verdict::Modi’s Popularity Dips

“There’s a Modi effect, but not a Modi wave”

By : Himadrish Suwan

The echo of the voters’ voice of May 2014 is receding as proven by the assembly elections in Jharkhand & Jammu and Kashmir. Pro-BJP result which was below expectations, has put a question mark on whether there’s a “Modi effect” or “Modi wave”. When asked what the main issues were in the state elections, people in small towns and rural areas mentioned inflation, corruption, unemployment, neglect of roads and water, and other local issues. They did not list Modi as a major issue. But when asked whether Modi’s emergence as the BJP spearhead had made a difference, almost everyone replied “yes.” After falling from Mission 44 to Mission 22 in J&K, BJP has decided to set realistically achievable targets for upcoming elections to save Modi’s image.  BJP falling way short of majority in Jammu & Kashmir and its below expectation performance in Jharkhand is indicative of the fact that Modi Wave is no longer wave but just an effect. What’s common in results of both J&K and Jharkhand, is that Modi Wave didn’t perform as expected and wave’s performance is directly proportional to the local temperature. Lower the temperature, worse the performance.

The fact is still evident that the Muslims are not with BJP despite BJP’s hard push to transform itself from its decade old Hindutva agenda to Development agenda. The proverb is quite apt  “After eating 100 rats, the cat goes on a pilgrimage”. For example, you could always cheat on quizzes in class, then when its time for the final exam, condemn the act of cheating altogether. The same is the case with BJP.BJP is trying its best to convert its image from a Hindutva based ideology political party to a development based ideology political party but this transformation is hard to set in the minds of the voters . The Kashmir verdict is quite clear that in muslim belt BJP is still “uncommon” , despite Narendra Modi’s efficient campaign and rallies BJP could not even manage to get a single seat. BJP’s mission 44 was a failure despite Modi’s effective campaign and rallies. Hence, calling Modi wave transforming into an effect will not be wrong. The rejection of the BJP including that of Hina Bhat in the Valley shows that the BJP’s polarizing influence is not just perceived, it is there. Had the BJP won a single seat in the Valley it would have been a point of rejoice for BJP.

In the case of Jharkhand despite Narendra Modi’s efficient and loaded election campaign the success rate of BJP was nothing less than a failure and its evident that Modi’s popularity has decreased  .The Jharkhand verdict is quite clear that instead of so called “Modi Wave” BJP finds hard to get a clear majority. Despite so called “Modi wave” a regional party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha(JMM)  managed 20 seats whom Narendra Modi criticised  calling to throw off “Baap Bete Ki Sarkar” . The regional force JMM has beaten anti-incumbency and shown that if the party was a part of  alliance with congress, the BJP would have found it difficult to form the government also. Infact, it would have been called a wave “if in Jharkhand & Jammu and Kashmir the other political forces would have reduced to a single digit ”,but this was not the case. Hence, it would be wrong to call it as a “Modi wave” but yes a “Modi effect” . When you compare the Lok Sabha results to today’s, the BJP has little to rejoice. In Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won 60 Assembly segments of Jharkhand. It is now struggling to reach the half-way mark.

Today’s Chanakya group, who had been setting up targets through there exit poll planting BJP’s 65 seats in Jharkhand was actually a myth . The process of government formation will throw up many interesting formulations and compromises. The result throws up a unique possibility of non-BJP parties coming together to find a common ground and common agenda for J&K. The in-stint of common platform sharing can be seen with Janata party coming together at one platform but still not sure whether Janata is with Janata parivar or not. Now, If the PDP decides to partner with the BJP to form the government, what would be the stand on contentious issues like Article 370, Self-Rule, dual currency and AFSPA? If the BJP compromise on these issues as they compromised during Atal Bihari Vajpayee government the constituency of J&K that voted for the BJP for its stand on these issues will suffer .Bhartiya Janata Party talks about 370 whereas the PDP talks about self rule. The difference is quite clear.

Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah campaigned hard in these Assembly elections. The top leadership should be depressed of not succeeding in getting an overwhelming majority in Jharkhand or getting a reason to smile in Kashmir. Modi government should  take pro-people initiatives to regain its overwhelming popularity or so called “Modi Wave”.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan-EK KADAM SWACHTA KI AUR By: Himadrish Suwan

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan-EK KADAM SWACHTA KI AUR

By: Himadrish Suwan

Mahatma Gandhi had rightly said, Sanitation is more important than Independence”. He was aware of the pathetic situation of Indian rural people at that time and he dreamt of a clean India where he emphasised on cleanliness and sanitation as an integral part of living. Unfortunately, we have completed 68 years of independence and we have only about 30% of the rural households with access to toilets. The People’s Movement the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” recently launched under the passionate leadership of Narendra Modi is a milestone and a step which will make India -”Clean India” which is nothing but a need of hour. Cleanliness is no doubt connected to the tourism and global interests of the country as a whole. India is already a known hub in the world tourist map. It is high time now that India’s top 50 tourist destinations display high class levels of hygiene and cleanliness so as to change the nation’s global perception.

There is no doubt about the fact that change begins at home. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should be a combined effort of both the Government as well as the people. Being an active member out of the 1.25 crore Indians I have some  out-of-the-box  ideas and suggestions which can contribute to the success of People’s Movement the “Swachh Bharat”.

The Ideas & Suggestions for the People’s Movement the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are:-

  1. Due to High Population India faces High Unemployment. I want you to take a step for the Unemployed Poor People to join this People’s Movement the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and give them jobs of cleaning places and in return give them decent Wages. In this way India will become Clean and also the Unemployed will get jobs ,As a result the per capita income of India will also increase .Thus it will also reduce Poverty, a challenge India still faces.
  1. Having started this people’s project by yourself on October 2nd one would have expected a similar response from the CMs of different States. Sadly that was not forthcoming. I wonder if these people could be energized by providing an ANNUAL INTERSTATE COMPETITION’s of becoming the ‘CLEAN STATE’ of the Year. Similar COMPETITION’s can be extended to village PANCHAYATS as well. The winner will get a Trophy and a substantial cash award to their public fund! Getting, celebrities and entrepreneurs with philanthropy in them, may make it a major event of the country and we can gain the title of “Sone Ki Chidiya”
  1. I strongly believe in the Mantra of “Soch Badlo , Desh Badlo”. But it is very difficult to change people’s thinking in one go instead we should take small- small steps to make people habitual. One such step is that the Law should be amended or a new set of rules enforceable by law must be in place. There should be separate fines for littering, urinating and spitting in public. The fines should be kept low ranging from Rs.100 to Rs.200 only. People from the underprivileged section should be given job where Men on the streets can be deployed to catch the defaulters. Anyone found littering or urinating in public should be fined and given a receipt and the money should be deposited in  a separate account in the name of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan”. The deputy commissioners(DC) of the zones should carry out regular field inspections in different areas to monitor the impact of the drive so that immediate action can be taken if any irregularity is noticed.
  1. For cleanliness drive firstly we need to put Dustbins on each and every street of  If possible at every 100-150 metre sothat people know where they have to throw the waste. Less waste or No waste on road can only make our India clean. At high sensitive areas like India Gate people usually go for picnics and have home cooked lunch there in order the place get dirty with paper plates, glasses etc. It’s okay if one has gone for a picnic but at such sensitive areas a separate control room should be made where few men can monitor through CCTV cameras the movements and if for Example : A family reaches for a picnic at India Gate and have there lunch there & Instead of throwing the garbage in dustbin they litter it elsewhere. So, being India Gate a site of attraction the men can catch the people who have litter elsewhere and fine them on the spot. Hence, Such Initiative’s can add to a great success of “Swachh Bharat”.
  1. No doubt, India has progressed to a level to compete other developed nations in industrialization, agriculture, science, technology, and modernization. On the contrary majority of them are poverty striken, illiterates, ill health and powerless. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan being a People’s Movement we need support of all 1.25 cr. Indians to achieve the dream of Clean India. In India Rural belt people are not aware of the fact that what is “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan” so how can they contribute there part in this people’s movement. It is suggested that a Monthly Awareness Programme(MAP) spreading awareness about the need for “Swachh Bharat & Its advantages” must be carried out at Panchayat level , school level This can add to success of this mission to a large. For spreading awareness no cost should be incurred but STUDENT’s from different COLLEGES can be RECRUITED free of cost being a People’s movement and they should educate in their Slums in their cities, zones & district’s. This initiative can add to a huge success and we can make India-“Swachh”, a dream of Mahatma Gandhi.

A “collective action” is been taken by many social organizations  to clean up and green up the locality and subsequently India – a way forward. Unfortunately, we have completed 68 years of independence and we have only about 30% of the rural households with access to toilets. Its a need of hour to change the statistics & make india clean.

The Four Year Undergraduate Programme in Delhi University Set to Go Why it must be Rolled Back By : Himadrish Suwan

The Four Year Undergraduate Programme in Delhi University Set to Go

Why it must be Rolled Back

By : Himadrish Suwan

 

The University Grants Commission (UGC) ordered Delhi University (DU) and its colleges to abandon the controversial four-year undergraduate programme with immediate effect and make all new admissions in consonance with the three year UG programme. 

The higher education regulator has threatened action under the UGC Act if Delhi University (DU) and its 64 constituent colleges defy its order. FYUP was clearly a dream project of the United Progressive Alliance. It has been formulated in such a way that it will be in sync with the American system of education so that American universities can come and set shops in India.

The former minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal had made annoucements about improving the Indian higher education system jointly with the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the first ever Indo-US Education Summit held at Washington DC in October 2011. The current Vice Chancellor of the Delhi University Dinesh Singh is UPA’s blue-eyed boy and Kapil Sibal’s protege.

 Here are some very relevant criticisms of the FYUP program:-

  • Many believe that the new Foundation Courses are problematic. They opine that Students taking these courses will learn a set of facts that will be outdated nearly as soon as they leave the classroom. But more importantly, they will lack that deepest promise of a liberal education: the ability to seek and assess knowledge independently because they have been given the conceptual tools to do so. Also the foundation courses are very basic and will offer no relevant jobs in the Indian Market.
  • Many also see it as an introduction of caste system in education, essentially because a student who drops out after two years can never compete with the one with an honors degree which puts the students from oppressed sections with a disadvantage, coz almost 30% of students in DU drop out every year. And out of the 30% majority belong to socially and economically vulnerable sections.
  • Some also see that doing a year extra to attain an honors degree in DU will put the students on backfoot as other university students will get it within 3 years.
  • All with four years education, the education becomes more expensive, thereby pushing it further away from the underprivileged sections.
  • The FYUP just offers exit points but does not actually take note of the reasons to students drop out. Rather than offering exit points, DU should have made education more accessible to the vulnerable sections. For instance by offering more scholarships and subsidized education.
  • The FYUP will also lead to erosion of learning and teaching. Under the previous three year programme, all students had to write three assignments and one project per paper, allowing them to develop greater analytical and research skills. In the new FYUP, students will not be required to submit even one written assignment; instead, they will have one group class presentation per course. In such a situation, how is any student going to be able to develop abilities in analysis or research. Also the total number of teaching weeks has been reduced from 16 to 14. Where in the old system, per unit there would be 2 classes a week as well as tutorials, in the new scheme there will be only 1 class per unit per week.

The dropout rate of DU is almost thirty per cent, which is an alarming figure and hence steps need to be taken to address it. However, the option of dropping out after the second and the third year is not very beneficial. It is but obvious that an Honors degree holder would get preferred over a dropout; hence the actual advantage that this system affords is highly debatable.

There can be no doubt about the urgency of reforms that DU needs, and in a country where delay is inherent and ubiquitous, the speed with which this new system has been developed appears to be a novelty. However, the consequences of any such changes are so far-reaching and influential that a thorough and informed inquiry becomes the most important step towards this much needed change. The need for equipping DU with international standards is absolute, both to increase the employ-ability of its students and to attract international students; and to achieve these immediate reforms are essential but this new system is just the substitution of one incomplete system with another. Nonetheless, it is a brave attempt to make education more relevant and effective and one hopes that though the chances are slim, the system achieves all that it promises.

 

UGC has also issued a public notice reaching out particularly to students and parents stating that DU and its colleges will not be admitting students for a four year programme and that all admissions will be to the three-year undergraduate programmes. I welcome this decision, Thanks to UGC .

 

From Baghdad to Bolangir – Labour Laws in India: Saba Sharma

KAFILA - 10 years of a common journey

Guest post by SABA SHARMA

From the crisis in Iraq, a story is emerging of 40 construction workers in Mosul who have gone missing, some reports claim because they were trying to escape from the city and were captured by militants in the process. Many of these workers, feared kidnapped by ISIS, refused both their employers’ and the Indian government’s help to evacuate, as many have not been paid up to five months’ wages. Another report reveals that a group of 46 nurses from Kerala, working in a hospital in Tikrit, have refused to leave despite an offer from Delhi to help them evacuate. They need the money, as do their families back at home, so they would rather move to a safe zone in Iraq than return. Two nurses in the same hospital, who are on holiday in India, told the BBC that they would return despite the travel…

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