मजबूरी के नाथ

यह बात कम लोगों को ही मालूम है कि नितिन गडकरी को पहली दफा भाजपा अध्यक्ष बनवाने में पार्टी के वरिष्ठ नेता लालकृष्ण आडवाणी की अहम भूमिका रही थी. 2009 में संघ ने दिल्ली के डी-4 यानी सुषमा स्वराज, अरुण जेटली, वैंकैया नायडू और अनंत कुमार को पार्टी की कमान सौंपने से साफ तौर पर मना कर दिया था. उस वक्त जो नाम अंतिम तौर पर चले उनमें से गडकरी पर मुहर लगाने का काम आडवाणी ने ही किया था. जब गडकरी पार्टी में आए तो उन्हें शुरुआत में ही इस डी-4 से कई मोर्चों पर मात खानी पड़ी थी. नितिन गडकरी के जाने के पीछे की कहानी और राजनाथ सिंह के भूतकाल से उभरने वाली भाजपा के भविष्य की तस्वीर.

मनमोहन सिंह की जानकारी में मची लूट

अब तक आपने यह जाना और सुना होगा कि कोई भी कंपनी अपना मुनाफा बढ़ाने के लिए लागत घटाती है. पर रिलायंस इंडस्ट्रीज लिमिटेड ने इस धारणा को उलट दिया है. इस कंपनी ने यह साबित कर दिखाया है कि लागत जितनी बढ़ेगी मुनाफा भी उतना ही बढ़ेगा. कंपनी ने केजी बेसिन परियोजना में गैस निकालने के लिए खर्चे बढ़ाए और जमकर मुनाफा कमाने का रास्ता साफ किया. कंपनी ने यह भी सुनिश्‍चित किया कि उसके इस कदम से सरकार को राजस्व का भारी नुकसान हो. चिंता की बात यह है कि सरकार को आर्थिक नुकसान पहुंचाने का पूरा खेल आरआईएल ने मौजूदा सरकार के मुखिया डॉ. मनमोहन सिंह की जानकारी में खेला.

Pranayam to Politics

Few believe that Baba will earn electoral gains but many of them are apprehensive about Baba’s electoral performance. It’s evident that bollywood stars are masters in attracting masses but when it comes to converting them into votes, their impact disappears. However, Baba rejects this argument saying, please don’t compare me with them.

Budget betrayed on Black Money

Despite public pressure over the issue of black money, Pranab Mukherjee, Union Finance Minister, took a safe path over the issue without giving any concrete assurance. Some firm steps were expected in the union budget of coming fiscal but he did nothing except some time buying announcements. Although, he expressed concern over the issue but instead of taking any quick steps, he preferred to take a long way with no assurance over the expected result of getting stashed money back.

Myth of national media

Delhi based media houses love to claim that they belong to the national media. However, it does not reflect in there News selection and content. Amongst these media houses, News channels are at the core of this issue. A couple of weeks ago Yamuna was flowing above danger mark and almost all News channels kept themselves busy in projecting it as a huge natural calamity.

Struggling for survival

Despite tall claims about positive impact of globalization, India is still considered as a nation of farmers and about 70 percent of its population still relies on agriculture for livelihood. A section of economists says repeatedly that the contribution of this sector in GDP is coming down day by day. However, Congress led UPA government pretends to be concerned about the condition of farmers and agriculture but in terms of policy the government appears to be anti farmer.

Misery of missing children

Children are considered to be the future of nation but system is not appearing sensitive about them. That’s why the number of missing children is going up. However, policymakers love to claim that they will do the needful to check this problem. Minors are not secure even in the national capital but despite of that Delhi police seems to be reluctant to curb this. However, Delhi police claimed that they have redoubled their efforts in this regard after the High Court maintained that the disappearance of “children below 16 years of age should be taken seriously”.

Need to strengthen Global Partnership

The eighth and last Millennium Development Goal (MDG-8) is to develop a global partnership for development. Under this goal, it was decided in 2000 to address the special needs of the least developed countries, landlocked countries and small island developing states. A lot has been done in this direction since 2000 but a lot needs to be done to achieve this target by 2015. Even, UNDP’s MDG report, 2010 is not showing very encouraging picture of progress at this front. The main problem is most of the developed countries are unable to fulfill their commitments of providing financial assistance to less developed and under developed nations.

Crisis of HIV and Malaria

The sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases by 2015. But, UNDP’s MDG report, 2010 is showing very slow pace of progress on the front of combating HIV/AIDS. The report cites, “new infections have peaked, the number of people living with the virus is still rising, largely due to the life-sustaining impact of antiretroviral therapy. An estimated 33.4 million people were living with HIV in 2008.”

Maternal health: Crucial yet ignored

In 2000, UNDP and a number of countries were ready to improve maternal health and reduce maternal mortality ratio by three quarters by 2015. This became Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number five. After ten year, even UNDP, the agency which launched MDG and which keeps track on it globally, has no clear data on the progress at this front. Its recent MDG report, 2010 cites, “Preliminary data show signs of progress, with some countries achieving significant declines in maternal mortality ratios. However, the rate of reduction is still well short of the 5.5 percent annual decline needed to meet the MDG target.”