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Indian Parliament House Canteen Food Rates (Unbelievable)

Indian lawmakers walked out of parliament on Wednesday protesting against inflation, as the opposition piled up pressure on the government to curb rising prices and threatened to carry out street protests.The speaker adjourned proceedings for the day after lawmakers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition, as well as from other parties walked out of parliament with many shouting: “The government needs to be changed.”

Let us take a look at what these so called law makers pay for at the parliament food canteen.

Parliament House Canteen Food Rates  (TOI)

Tea Re. 1

Soup Rs.5.50

Dal, considered to be the poor man’s food in India and which is now getting too expensive to even fit his bowl, costs just Rs.1.50 for a katori. For the common man , the price has shot up by 64% since march of this year.

Veg thali (dal, subzi,4 chapatis, rice/pulao, curd and salad) Rs.12.50

Non-veg thali Rs.22

Curd rice Rs.11

Veg pulao Rs.8

Chicken biryani Rs.34

Fish curry and rice Rs.13

Rajma rice Rs.7

Tomato rice Rs.7

Fish fry Rs.17

Chicken curry Rs.20.50

Chicken masala Rs.24.50

Butter chicken Rs.27

Chapati Re.1 a piece

One plate rice Rs.2

Dosa Rs.4

Kheer – one katori Rs.5.50

Fruit cake Rs.9.50

Fruit salad Rs.7

All I can say is “Mera Bharat Mahaan”.

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Locals hold 90% jobs in Maharashtra

According to the Maharashtra government’s own records, there are about 1.6 lakh units across micro, small and medium industries which together employ 10.86 lakh people. Of these, 91% of the non-supervisory jobs and 97% of the supervisory posts are held by locals.

Atleast this data should be enough for Raj Thackeray and his “Gang” members to drop their bogus claims that north indians are taking jobs away from Marathi Manoos.

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A Nation Divided by Politics

“What’s the difference between north Indians and Indians. All of us are Indians,”  Justice B N Agrawal and Justice G S Singhvi

I have been writing about Raj Thackeray and MNS for a while now. His admirers call him a savior who has brought out what common Maharashtrian is feeling. Some also want him to become the next CM of Maharashtra. On the other hand his critics call him a murderer, a politician who wants to divide India based on “regionalism”. 

Lets first look at what our constitution states:

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, have solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST, SECULAR, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

Two things really caught my attention 

1. Socialist – Which means everyone has equal right and opportunity. And

2. FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

Here is what our directive principals states: 

The State shall, within the limits of its economic capacity and development, make effective provision for securing the right to work, to education and to public assistance in cases of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement, and in other cases of undeserved want.

Why is it wrong for someone from Bihar, UP to come to a better city for a better opportunity? Why would someone beat him just because he is trying to create a future for himself? 

Is Maharashtra the only state facing mass migration of Bihari workers, and middle class professionals? People from Bihar have also migrated to Punjab, Delhi . Why is a Bihari In his own country being treated with the kind of  disdain with which the British treated Indians when we went to England to find employment in the 1950s.

As for the language issue , As per CHAPTER I.—LANGUAGE OF THE UNION

343. (1) The official language of the Union shall be Hindi.

 Get me a law that states

1. “Beating people is OK when a job was not advertised in local newspaper” .  or

2. “It is OK to terrorize prominent people (Read Bachchan Family) based on the language they speak”.

3. “Start beating up people just because they are migrating from one state to another “in their own country”.

M.A. Jinnah had also raised a similar issue back, when he demanded a separate state due to inadequate representation of Muslims in India. India made a mistake back then by giving in to his demands. Though till now MNS has not demanded a separate state but it is working on similar lines.

I always thought that the term “Indian” was a single race, but now we are hearing other races like, north Indian, South Indians. Where did this come from?

We should accept the fact that it is not possible to have full employment. Most economists believe 3-4 % unemployment is about the best an economy can achieve . We as Indians should consider:

1.      Creating more cooperative financial institutions which provide credit at reasonable rates to the unemployed youths and promote self employment

2.      Creating institutions which provide high level skills to the unemployed that would make them competitive.

3.      Creating a state funded unemployment welfare assistance program. Unemployed youth should be encouraged to take up community work in order to receive benefits from the state.  Trust me if our government can come up with money to write off farmers loans, then it can very well come up with money to fund such a program.

4.      Joining the Army. Fight terrorist rather than fighting your own countrymen.

“At times we find that people say that we speak a particular kind of language, we are born in a particular state and so we should be given preference over others. That approach is really a narrow minded approach,”- Shivraj Patil


 

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Looking for Solutions

I have been receiving a lot of comments these days from people who support Raj Thackeray and his way of handling the migrant issue.

Let be clear on one thing that unemployment is just not limited to Maharashtra . 

 Since 1995 the proportion of people below poverty line stands at 25% (As per Mr. V. Ranganathan, Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra). As of 2007 unemployment rate stands at 7.2% in India.

Unemployment across  major States, 1999/00

       

State Rural Urban
Andhra Pradesh 12.81 11.88
Bihar 9.09 8.58
Maharashtra 10.27 11.46
Uttar Pradesh 08.58 07.91
Kerela 26.30 25.74

Given that Maharastrian youth is facing unemployment , but Is MNS handling this issue in the correct fashion? 

Rather than pointing fingers at North Indians and Maharashtrians , I would rather like to hear possible solutions.

All possible and plausible solutions are welcome

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Response to What Should I Have Done

This post is in response to What should have I done

–         Do you want to talk about Shiv Sena leaders who were named by the by the Srikrishna commission accused in the Mumbai riots of 93?

–         Bal Thackeray who was accused of inciting communal violence with his writings?

–         Or should we talk about the Telgi case which originated in Maharashtra (with the help of a few ministers from maharashtra) which cost the Indian economy 32000 Cr

–         Why would a person so passionate about his home state make a statement  “If Raj is arrested, entire Maharashtra be set on fire”

–         Should we talk about the brutal rape and murder of a Dalit family in Maharashtra?

–         Your so called “Hindi Based Bollywood” is the sole reason why non Hindi speaking Maharastrain’s are getting jobs which they wont get in “Marathi Speaking Film Industry”

 

This can go on and on without ever stopping. The point is MNS actions cannot be justified. If you believe killing of people in Maharashtra is the right solution then I have nothing to say to you

Put Country First

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What Can I Do

“What can I do? I have sent a strong letter to the Chief Minister.”

This is what our honorable prime minister said when allies and party leaders cornered him on MNS issue.

Sir , What should we do when

1. MNS workers kill a shopkeeper when he simply refused to down shutters.

2. When a UP youth was killed just a fight over window seat.

3. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena  attacks north Indian candidates appearing for a railway recruitment examination citing inadequate representation to locals in the exam.

4. When a citizens fundamental right is challenged by MNS.

5. A senior journalist from Uttar Pradesh is brutally beaten by supporters of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena just because he wanted to report on MNS workers abusing and attacking a settlement of people from north India.

Should we also send strong letters to the Chief Minister?

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Maharashtra – A Banana Republic ?

Killing of a 25 year old laborer is infact is a matter of shame for all Maharashtrians . A state which has produced such great leaders has also produced goonda’s like the Thackerays. A society that cannot gaurantee security to its citizens in my view has failed.

Maharastrian civil society is scared of speaking against Raj Thackeray. How can educated Maharastrians not stand up against this goondaraaj? 

A friend of mine asks on his blog 

What does the term citizenship refer to?

What does the term Nation mean?

Will I have to specify the State Nativity whenever I introduce myself?

Will I need a visa to travel from one state to another, in my own nation?

I am going through an identity crisis. Who am I?

Not only has the local government failed , even the central government has failed . They cannot even guarantee  safety of north indians in this state. 

And for Raj Thackeray who is “supposedly” fighting for marathi honor must remember that honour does not have to be defended.

And to Congress for being a spineless government , you just lost my vote.

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