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7 03 2014

Surrendered of 123 prime properties to Wakf raises many questions
-Vinod Bansal
On last Sunday(March 3, 2014), Government of India declared that “The Cabinet has approved the de-notification of 123 properties in Delhi under the control of the land and development office and DDA and allowing the title to revert to the Delhi Wakf Board!”The matter got notified vide Gazette of India extra oridinary No. 566 & S.O. No. 661(E)immediately after declaration of the General election for the 16th Lok Sabha but, on the very same day.Most of these properties are situated at Prime Locations, many of them having strategic importance and in high-end areas.
The matter has a history. It was in 1970 that the Delhi Wakf Board (DWB) notified these properties as Wakf unilaterally. The Union of India (UOI), in each case, served a notice upon DWB challenging the notification.
The UOI thereafter, filed suits in all 123 cases, challenging the notification. After completion of pleadings, issues were framed and dates for trial were set up. The case of UOI was that all these properties were acquired by it. The process of acquisition was completed in the year 1911 – 1915. The properties had vested in the government. Later on, some properties were transferred to DDA. But, they never belong to DWB.
At present, about sixty of these 123 properties are owned by the Land and Development Office (L&DO) under the urban development ministry while the rest lies with Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Most properties are in and around Connaught Place, Mathura Road, Lodhi Road, Man Singh Road, Pandara Road, Ashoka Road, Janpath, Parliament House, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazaar, Darya Ganj and Jangpura. Anybody can easily evaluate their importance, with reference to the prime location they are situated at.
In 1974, the UOI appointed a high-powered Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri SMH Burney to consider the issue of these properties and recommend about them. Shri Burney was also the Chairman of DWB at that time.
It is very easy to understand that what could have been delivered by the committee. Thus, it produced a dishonest report obviously in favor of the Wakf. There were at least two properties, one in the lawns of Vice-President of India and the second was inside the wireless station where the said high-powered Committee was not allowed to enter as per its report. Yet, for both of them, as for 121 others, the Committee found that they were functional Wakfs.
To appease the Muslim vote bank, the UOI accepted the recommendations of the Burney Committee and decided to transfer all these properties to the DWB on lease at Re. 1.00 per annum per acre. This was done vide office order dated 27.03.1984 vide no. J.20011/4/74.1-II, Govt. of India, Ministry of Works and Housing.
 This matter was challenged in the High Court of Delhi by way of Writ Petition (C) 1512 of 1984 by Indraprastha Vishwa Hindu Parishad & Others. A stay was granted. Rule was issued. The High Court repeatedly asked if the UOI had a policy to give back lands to religious committees on lease from whom it was acquired. There was no policy.
Finally on 26.08.2010, Shri Prag P. Tripathi, then an Addl. Solicitor General had to concede and say that the UOI was likely to take a policy decision in the matter in four weeks. But, No decision could be taken till 12.01.2011. 
After a long battle of 27 years by the Hindu community to protect the public property, the writ petition was disposed on 12.01.2011 with the following observations:
 “Let the Union of India re-look in the matter and take a decision within six months from today, till then, the interim order passed by this Court on 01.06.1984 shall remain in force. Need less to say, when we have directed that the Union of India shall have a fresh look in to the matter, it shall keep in view the law in praesenti and the factual position.” All other issues and contentions were left open.
 The UOI could not take decision within 6 months from the order. It sought and was granted further 6 months for the purpose.
 Instead of protecting its own property, on last Sunday just two days before declaring general election for the 16th Lok Sabha, The Cabinet approved the denotification of 123 properties in Delhi under the control of the land and development office and DDA and allowing the title to revert to the Delhi Wakf Board!
On Tuesday, Shri Ashok Singhal, petron Vishwa Hindu Parishad wrote a letter to the president of Bharat praying for intervene and restrain the outgoing Government on the eve of the general elections from indulging in such acts of vote-bank appeasement and discrimination against the Hindu society! saying that:
“The GOI cannot arbitrarily denotify and transfer high-end prime properties, many of it at locations of strategic importance, to the Delhi Waqf Board without giving to the Hindu society the Sri Rama Janma Bhumi at Ayodhya, Sri Krishna Janmasthan at Mathura, Sri Kashi Vishwanath Prakatsthal at Varanasi, Indraprastha Durg (5,000+ year old Capital Fort of the Pandavas of Mahabharat fame/Old Fort) near Delhi Zoo, the Vishnu Dhwaj (Qutub Minar) complex comprising of the Lal Kot Fort & Qila-Rai-Pithora of the Rajput kings that housed a complex of twenty-seven ancient Hindu and Jain temples which were destroyed by Jihadists and their material used in the construction of the Quwwat-ul-Islam (Might of Islam?) mosque which pattern of terrorist statement they made everywhere else including at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, the holiest site in Judaism, superimposing on it the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They have made similar land-grabbing political statements on over 30,000 places of worship of the Himalayan Tradition all over Bharat-varsh. The GOI has also flouted all legal processes in the matter. It is totally unlawful and unconstitutional”
The last minute decision of the union cabinet, specially called on Sunday and notifying it on the date of declaring General elections, raises many questions i.e.:
1.                  Isn’t it an act, which is unlawful and unconstitutional?
2.                  Whether the Govt. can de-notify and transfer properties to one religious committee, ignoring the other.
3.                  Why does Hindus are being deprived of their right to get a glorious temples at the birth/spiritual place of lord Ram, Krishna, Shiva Etc.
4.                  Isn’t it a violation of model code of conduct as the decision, on the eve of declaring general election by the election commission, is purely intends to woo Muslim vote bank?
In the absence of a national policy in the matter serving the cause of national and cultural interest of the country, the so called pseudo-secular politicians may frequently play with the sentiments of the peoples and safety & security of the hard earned property of public importance. Our judiciary and the Election commission should also impose curbs on these appeasement policies & political malpractices. Lastly, in no way, anybody could be allowed to take such decisions, contrary to the public interest, to meet their hasty intentions.
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Vinod Bansal


7 03 2014

                                            By SRI K C AGRAWAL
       Book released on 7th March, 2014 at Press Club of India, New Delhi
On this occasion Sri Agrawal said that the post-independence era has seen us toil unremittingly through these 66 long years. Sorrows, sufferings, and uncertainties of life have become the order of the day for the common man. All our hopes are belied and we stand cheated. There seems to be no difference between slavery then and freedom now. If we look back, the present is only an agony and frustration of our shattered dreams and broken promises.
While our guardians enjoy the riches of their self-rule, the people are left in the lurch to live or die with their own miseries. The approximately 5.85 lac odd villages where about 73 percent of our people languish continue to toil under almost the same conditions of poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, and backwardness as they did before independence. It grossly flouts the pledge taken by our founding fathers when struggling for freedom.
People from all walks of lives are disgruntled and frustrated. A state of anarchy can be felt in all walks of life and a rebellion in the making. Protests and agitations are now a regular feature of our country. Forty percent of our country is infected with Maoism, Naxalism, Terrorism and Seditious activism. Demands for divisions and freedom of States are echoing from many quarters of the country and can be heard aloud. 
 Consistent failures of our Legislature and Executive are no more acceptable. The   basic objectives of our Constitution viz., ‘economic freedom’, ‘dignity’, ‘equal status and opportunity’ and ‘fraternity’ must now be fulfilled.
Mere freedom is meaningless unless the people are also free from their perennial wants and uncertainties of life in terms of livelihood, shelter, education and basic necessaries of lives.
Part II of the book narrates how can we still place our country amongst the most prosperous and powerful nations in the world through a responsible and accountable system of governance by making optimum use of our resources involving all the people of the land. Presently only a few working for the rest makes little sense. 

According to Mr Agrawal good governance is like a good mother who works hard for her living and rearing her children. The children also cling to her in affection because they know their mother was doing her best to take care of them.  The book attempts to find out that mother for the people of India with the help of learned judiciary. Establishing the government is a matter of the Constitution and the Constitution is above the Parliament and Judiciary is the Custodian of the Constitution. The Judiciary is empowered to oversee that the Constitution is practised in its true letter and spirit by the Legislature and the Executive.   
According to Mr Agrawal the consistent failures of the governments has happened due to some inconsistent and contradicting provisions in our Constitution. One of these contradicting provisions is Article 37 of Chapter IV, Directive Principles of State Policy. It   stipulates that Article 38 on socio-economic requirements (same as the basic objectives of the Constitution) will be fundamental in the     governance of the country and Legislature shall endeavor their utmost to accomplish these objectives in as short a period as possible. But if the Legislature fails to accomplish this, the same shall not be justiciable in the court of law. This contradicting provision has germinated into large scale laxity and impunity amongst the Legislature and the Executive culminating into no accountability and no responsibility. This work culture has also permeated through the entire work force of the government down the line.
  Judiciary in context with Article 37 has, however, interpreted in Kesavananda Bharati case that what is fundamental in the governance of the country cannot be less important than the Fundamental Rights of the people. This interpretation is a great hope and is like a silver lining in the dark clouds.  This makes Article 38 also equally justiciable like the Fundamental Rights of the Constitution are. For fulfilling Article 38 on socio-economic requirements vis –a-vis basic objectives Mr agrawal has suggested three reforms in the electoral process viz;
Elections every 5 years are a sacred process to elect worthy guardians   and establish a responsible and accountable system of governance. Our present process of elections is highly abusive and obnoxious due to luring the voters. Luring the voters masks the performance of the Legislators and shifts their focus from constructive work to reliefs, handouts, dole-outs and freebees etc. and allurements of quotas and reservations. Similarly accusing and nagging the rival parties and candidates also mask their own worthiness. All such acts germinate into no responsibility and no accountability of our guardians and encourage incapable and dubious characters enter the politics.  
 Just and fair elections must take account of the actual developmental work carried out by the parties and candidates in the past and their future plans to accomplish the Basic Objectives of the Constitution. This is their basic incumbency. Without this specific promise the elections shall remain obnoxious and a self inflicted curse for the people of India.
Mr Agrawal also insists for majority of votes. The present lure of Politics (due to no accountability and no responsibility) attracts many contestants from a constituency. As a result number of contestants is large and one may get elected by securing just 10-20% votes of their Constituency.  This surely is not a mandate of the people and therefore not legal. The Statutes and Laws made by them in the Parliament or State Assemblies in true sense are not legal. He therefore proposes for a two round system as adopted by some countries. It shall also help in weeding out the dubious characters.
 Mr Agrawal also talks to stop criminalization of politics. For this to happen he proposes to debar a tainted candidate from contesting elections. Similarly must be debarred a sitting Member of Parliament or State Assembly until he is acquitted by law. Presently the Parliament and Assemblies have large numbers of such dubious characters.  It is not only a blemish on our Parliamentary system of democracy; it also acts as a horrendous retardant in the proper governance of the country. It gives rise to callousness and malevolence. According to him the Law of humanity stands above all and demands the care of deprived and long suffering   people of our country first rather than a tainted person or Legislator enjoying full liberty, dignity and authority while they themselves are largely responsible for the persistent poor plight of our people. 
Talking of inconsistencies, one of them is lack of qualification of our Legislators, Articles 84 and 173. It permits any Tom, Dick or Harry to be our guardian and destroy the nation to his whimsical overtures. For this anomaly to redress the Judiciary may direct the Parliament to define ‘qualification’.
The other is our Civil services, Article 311. These services are required to create means and avenues for self determination of the people and to develop the rural sector, create infrastructure, municipal and civic services and all that makes the facet of the nation. This Article extends them laxity and no responsibility and no accountability while they are bestowed with enormous powers and authority. Mr Agrawal suggests redressing this Article to make it effective and accountable.
Mr Agrawal has also suggested to upgrade CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) on the lines of a third eye system similar to that of USA, to have a   surveillance of Legislators and Executives on a real time basis to monitoring their activities and performance   and nipping the rising occurrences of scams and corruption in the system right in the bud and save precious time of CBI and Vigilance Commission in investigations and that of learned Judiciary in their adjudications. This may also establish a fiduciary relationship of the government with the people of India. Presently also CAG   does this but their findings become public only after the crime is already committed, serving little purpose of their findings and creating more  controversies.

K C Agrawal
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19th European Union Film Festival

7 03 2014


19th European Union Film Festival


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Dear Friends,
Please note that the 19th European Union Film Festival is currently going on in New Delhi .
Please refer toBrochure with Film Synopsis for details of the festival.
The Italian feature film ‘Easy’ (Scialla) is scheduled for screening  
on Sunday, 9th March 2014 at 6.00 p.m.
atBritish Council, Auditorium 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi
Entry is free. Seating on a first come first served basis.
Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50-E, Chandragupta Marg,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021

7 03 2014
HP Unveils Fastest 60-inch Dye-ink Production Printer
The new HP Designjet D5800 Printer provides easy integration into existing low-cost printing environments

New Delhi, India, 6 March 2014 HP today announced the new HP Designjet D5800 Production Printer, the fastest 60-inch dye-ink production printer(1) in its class, available with improved reliability and robust media handling features.

The new printer will integrate seamlessly into existing low cost print environments and allow copy shops and print service providers to continue using the inks they rely on for their existing HP Designjet 5500 printers.

Featuring speeds of up to 128 sqm/hr in fast mode and 24 sm/hr in production mode for polypropylene, (1)  the HP Designjet D5800 printer will enable around-the-clock printing of high-quality prints such as backlit graphics, point-of-sale displays, roll-up banners and indoor signage in vivid color. The HP Designjet D5800 Production Printer, which replaces the HP Designjet 5100 Printer, will be available in Asia this third quarter.

The printer is easy to maintain in-house with a single print head that can be used for each color and replaced in a snap. It also offers automatic print head cleaning as well as access to convenient service and support should challenges arise.

“The new HP Designjet D5800 Production Printer will be an easy fit into environments where print service providers are looking for a robust solution to help them dramatically boost productivity while supporting a wide array of local media,” said Javier Larraz, director and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business — Large Format Printing Design, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “The device presents a very compelling value proposition particularly to users operating in low-cost environments.”

7 03 2014
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Conference

at 9.00 a.m. on Friday-Saturday, 7-8 March 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building

Vernaculars Underground:
  Histories, politics, aesthetics’

in association with
Brinda Bose
 Prasanta Chakravarty,
Marg Humanities and University of Delhi, Delhi

Concept Note:

Is it possible to create something of a larger platform for humanities studies by stepping outside of academia to think about it more rigorously, clearly, reflexively? Can we think about arts and literature through ways and means that are calm and raw, capricious and angry, and yet deeply analytical and sensual? Can we ponder and underline afresh the visceral and expansive political core that the humanities bequeath us along with an edgy sense of aesthetics, in these times of grandstanding, networking and spinning fashions? Is it at all possible to talk about literary movements in times of globalization, or are people who are passionate about the humanities destined to remain independent, sectarian and fractious? There are remainders and reminders around us. We just choose not to see them. Or we may be unaware of them, but certain people do exist in our part of the world—those who have been able to keep out of circuits of power and influence and be invested in local causes and commitments, and given their lives to full blooded love of literature. Not naively, but sometimes with a detached zeal, and sometimes with a sense
of immediacy and urgency. They have paid a price for their convictions. Our academia and our festivals have been successfully able to keep them out of important venues and podiums. Political parties have been mostly wary of their ways and methods. They have sometimes been persecuted and ostracised. Often they have lived strange lives—suspended. But indomitable souls that they are, they have been able to channel their endless energy into creative pursuits, in ventures hitherto un-thought of. Their silent commitment to the humanities is easily revealed when they wield pens to create poems touched by magic, when they talk and walk, when they come together to write a collective manifesto. They still believe in humour and tragedy. They meet personal and social conflict and antagonism headlong. They detest civility. They affirm life, above all. Therefore we shall shun all forms of goodness. And eschew the podium and arc-light culture on March 7th and 8th at the NMML. We shall expend our energies instead on thrashing out some difficult questions about the world of little magazines, blogs and other minimal literary practices in contemporary South Asia. And drawing upon those debates, try and find entry points into larger questions of and about the humanities. We will have two days of literary and political adda —on the very nature and idea of underground literature in India and its prospects.
We hope to provide a platform where we can exchange notes and tactics for future directions in the humanities, where we can have a serious give and take about our craft and job, but by looking outside of institutionalized academia for our concerns. We shall de-academize academia as we know it and as most of us practice it. We shall have editors, writers and bloggers from Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Assam, Kerala, Delhi and Bangladesh at ‘Vernaculars Underground: Histories, Politics, Aesthetics’  on March 7 and 8, 2014.

Programme Schedule:                              Friday, 7 March 2014

9.00 a.m. – 9.05 a.m.

Handover of the ‘PAHAL’ Archive to NMML sent by Mr. Gyanranjan, Editor of Pahal, to NMML, facilitated by MargHumanities’

9.05 a.m.- 9.15 a.m.
Opening Remarks:
Prasanta Chakravarty
Brinda Bose,
MargHumanities, University of Delhi, Delhi

9.15 a.m.- 11.00 a.m.

Session I:

Chair and Discussant:

Himanshu Pandya,
Academic, Writer (Hindi),

Anil Yadav,
Journalist, Writer,  
Sinews of the Political in the Hindi Underground’

Ashok Pande,
 Editor, Writer, Kabadkhana blog (Hindi),
Haldwani, Uttaranchal
‘The Simple Joys of Rag-Picking’

11.00 a.m.-11.15 a.m.
Tea and Coffee

11.15 a.m.–1.00 p.m.

                                          Session II:

Chair and Discussant:

Jitendra Kumar,
Freelance Journalist (Hindi),
New Delhi


Amit Sengupta,
 Journalist, Academic, IIMC,
New Delhi
‘Parallel Cinema of the Media Industry:
The difficult and stimulating narrative of small is beautiful’

Shawon Akand
Artist, Activist  (Bengali and English),
‘Beyond the Colonial Hangover:
Alternative art and politics in Bangladesh’

1.00 p.m.– 2.00 pm.


2.00 pm.- 4.00 p.m.
Session III:

Chair and Discussant:

Rajarshi Dasgupta,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi

Anil Acharya
Editor, Writer, Anustup (Bengali),
‘The Dynamics of Change in Bengali Periodicals’

Devabrata Sharma
Editor, Academic (Assamese),
‘Vernaculars versus Vernaculars:
Assamese, Bengali and tribal languages

Avik  Banerjee
Editor, Proprietor, Dhyanbindu (Bengali),
‘Like a Spider’s Web’

Saturday, March 8, 2014

9.00 a.m. -10.40 a.m.
Session IV

Chair and Discussant:
Anil Yadav,
Journalist, Writer,  

Probodh Parikh,
Writer  (Gujarati and English), and Faculty,
Whistling Woods, Mumbai
Literature as Politics:
Little magazines in post-Gandhi Gujarat

Satish Kalsekar,
Poet and Editor (Marathi),
Raigad, Maharashtra
Marathi Little Magazines and the Dalit Question’
10.40 a.m. -11.00 a.m.
Tea and Coffee

11.00 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.
Session V

Chair and Discussant:                       
Mihir Pandya,
Writer, Editor, Blogger (Hindi),
New Delhi

Editor, Writer (Malayalam),
‘Calls from Posterity:
Voices of little magazines addressing the future

Moushumi Bhowmik,
Singer, Song writer, Music Researcher,
‘Lessons in Listening:
The story of The Travelling Archive’

12.45 p.m.– 1.45 p.m.

1.45p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Session VI

Chair and Discussant:     

New Delhi

Giriraj Kiradoo
Writer, Editor, Academic (Hindi/English/Rajasthani), Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan
‘The Art of Self-deception in the Real Estate of Colonizing Angels’

Varun Grover,
Lyricist, Lead Writer, Jay Hind (Hindi),
‘Undo Your Buckles (‘Andubaksai’ in Kanpur)’
3.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.
Tea and Coffee

3.45 p.m.- 4.30 p.m.
Closing Discussion

Pallav, Reyazul Haque, Himanshu Pandya, Rajarshi Dasgupta, Avik Banerjee

Vote of Thanks

PAHAL (meaning ‘a beginning’ in Hindi) is one of the most influential literary magazines in Hindi that has seen uninterrupted publication since the early 1970s. Published from Jabalpur by Mr. Gyanranjan, noted Hindi novelist and short-story writer, the magazine publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, critique and essays concentrating on issues of contemporary interest. Although the publication does not have a declared periodicity, three to four issues are normally brought out every year. Over nearly 35 years of publication, 85 issues have been published.
PAHAL has never been archived as a complete collection in its 35 years of existence. MargHumanities is delighted to facilitate the handover of the PAHAL collection by Mr. Gyanranjan, its editor, to the Director of the NMML for a home in its library.

7 03 2014
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The CEO Series:
Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai
Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company and Co-Chair US-Japan-India Trilateral Track 2 Strategic Dialogue

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

11:00 AM  - 12:00 PM (Registration: 10:30 am)

WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003


Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company and Co-Chair US-Japan- India Trilateral Track 2 Strategic Dialogue
Tarun Das, Co-Chair US-Japan-India Trilateral Track 2 Strategic Dialogue
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Ananta Aspen Centre in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), invites you to the next session on “The CEO Series” with Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company and Co-Chair, US-Japan-India Trilateral Track 2 Strategic Dialogue.
Please join us for an interaction with an extraordinary thought leader on Asia and the World, Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, who will be in conversation with Mr. Tarun Das.


Yoshiyuki Kasai 05-03-14
Yoshiyuki Kasai is the Chairman and Representative Director of Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system linking Japan’s principal metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. JRC is also the developer of the maximum speed 581 km/h Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) System.
Mr. Kasai joined Japan National Railway (JNR) in 1963 and played a major role in JNR’s reform. After the break-up and privatization of JNR, he was appointed President of JRC in 1995, and then Chairman in 2004.
He succeeded in dramatically improving the Tokaido Shinkansen transport service by opening the new Shinagawa Station and achieving the speed-up of all Shinkansen trains to 270 km/h in 2003. JRC has now launched a project to develop the Chuo Shinkansen as the bypass of Tokaido Shinkansen, by the SCMAGLEV technology.
Among his public services, Mr. Kasai is the Chairman of the “Committee on National Space Policy”, Extraordinary Commissioner of the “Fiscal System Council”, and member of the “Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security”.
Mr. Kasai published four books including “Japanese National Railways, its Break-up and Privatization (2003)”. He earned his B.L. from the University of Tokyo in 1962 and his M.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969.


Tarun Das 05-03-14 Mr. Tarun Das was the Director General of CII and, later, Chief Mentor. He is a member of various Government of India Committees. He is on the Board of Trustees of various not- for- profit Institutions in India and overseas. He is the Founding Trustee, Aspen Institute India and is engaged in Track 2 Dialogues with USA, Japan, China, Turkey, Israel and Singapore.
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