Wednesday, January 23, 2019

[IAC#RG] RIGGING of JEE Mains 2019 exams to cheat students

To:
Shri  R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary
Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Human Resources Development
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi

BY EMAIL

Sir,

I had hoped to meet you today during the Wednesday morning open house / meetingless day for Central Govt offices. However, the Republic Day rehersals prevented it and the MHRD was shut till lunch when I visited.

Nevertheless, I bring to your kind notice the shocking admission just now by the NTA on the official website of JEE Mains that at least 10 out of 90 questions posed in the first shift of the JEE Main exams on 10.01.2019 were incorrect and thereby all candidates of the shift have been awarded marks for these questions.

You will surely recall all the various warnings and cautions I have been sending you which are seemingly being ignored in your department.

Since it is quite obvious that this catastrophe has come about because of deep and pervasive corruption of CBSE and JAB whose corrupting virus has been embedded now into the NTA, I am once again fervently calling upon you as the CHAIRMAN of NTA's Governing body to cancel / recall the results of the January exams and not persist with this folly of Mr. Joshi in attempting to "normalise" the marks by percentiles or other such pseudo-scientific psychometric or statistical methods.

There is no way for such massive discrepancies between the papers to be equalised now so as to do justice to the examinees. The entire admission process for the NITs based on these tainted results must also be stopped and I hope that you shall not continue to cover up this SCANDAL but will ensure that all information about NTA and its exam is provided to the citizens immediately so that such corruption is not repeated.

Furthermore, I have noted carefully from Mr. Vineet Joshi's, IAS Supremo ER sheet that he never seems to have practiced much as an engineer after obtaining his Mechanical Engineering degree from IIT. So if he is actually an engineer from IIT I am sure he would be able to explain to you, or to his peers, how the NTA is generating percentile scores to 7 decimal places for tie-breaking when the underlying discrete integral scores (-90 to +360) of these exams only have 3 significant figures or 1 decimal place. Even a class 10 school boy would not make such an error. Or is the performance of a candidate in these NTA conducted CBT's to be contaminated by the allocation of other students to his shift or to other shifts by some secret procedure ? I hope not, for this is exactly what transpired in the SSC CGL online exam scam of 2017 whose results were cancelled !

Hoping that you will see sense to stop this corruption in NTA and shall act very swiftly. I look forward to receiving a reply from you as soon as possible.

sincerely



Er. Sarbajit Roy
National Convenor
INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION
B-59 Defence Colony
New Delhi 110024
Tel : 8010205897

[IAC#RG] Priyanka Gandhi

People are shocked. No one expected Priyanka Gandhi to pick up the gauntelet and enter politics from UP, the home turf of her esteemed ancestors, and the State that creates, makes or breaks national Governments, grand ambitions, political grandeur and International balance of forces. 

Inadvertently, Modi rise, but particularly, his totalitarianism, his bid to rule India through a fascist Zeitgest, contributed to this development. Modi represents a kind of messainic evil, a golem in heat, who cannot and will not brook any opposition. Despite their strengths, regional forces would have been able to fight such a wily, Pied Piper of Hamilion. 

Just prior to 2014, Modi was built as a 'Mahanayak' by the Corporate-reactionary International-national media, a number of vested interests ranging from agents of global finance capital to crony capitalists to Intelligence moles out to make money by demonising Muslims, and sundry, anti-national forces. 

In all this, Modi, and forces behind him, forgot, and underestimated, the UP Brahmin. 

Only a 'Mahanayika' could have defeated a 'Mahanayak'. This is the iron law of history. Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh understood this. 

Making Rahul Gandhi go the Sanatani way was the first move. Fielding Karuna Shukla, Atalji's niece, from Chattisgarh, was the second. Defeating BJP in three Hindi Belt States was the third. 

The right atmosphere for Priyanka's entry had to be created. Analysts should not make the mistake of downplaying UP's mood, and the mysterious, 'Durga-iconic' hold of Indira Gandhi and female power or Shakti, on its psyche. People of UP see Priyanka as an embodiment of Indira Gandhi. She will be seen and built as the new-age Shakti. You can imagine the electoral consequences. 

I make a conscious prophecy that Priyanka Gandhi will change the dynamics of Uttar Pradesh and India. In 2019, Congress will sweep UP. This will lead to tectonic changes in Indian politics. New forces will be unleashed. New narratives will be build. Out of darkness, a new dawn shall arise...



Monday, January 21, 2019

[IAC#RG] RTI ACT: A VERY POTENT WEAPON TO BATTLE CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM

After decades of hectic lobbying, the efforts of civil society for getting the Right to Information law in place bore fruit on 15 June 2005 when the President of India gave assent to the Right to Information Act 2005. Over the years however the greater challenge has been the actual implementation of the Act. Unless the RTI Act is further strengthened Good Governance, Transparency in the Administration and Zero Tolerance to Corruption will never be a reality.

The Right to Information Act has been hailed as the hallmark of our democracy. The Act aims at making the government transparent and more accountable. The effective use of it would, in the long run, curb corruption. Right to Information Act has become a powerful tool in exposing corruption at top places in the government.

The Right to Information is derived from our fundamental right of expression under Article 19. If we do not have information on how our Government and public institutions function, we cannot express any informed opinion on it. This has been reiterated by various Supreme Court judgments since 1977.

Bureaucrats have been conditioned to conceal and not to reveal information. They are not accustomed to providing information freely. This has all changed with the RTI Act. The 'good' bureaucrats, who have nothing to hide, and thus, nothing to fear, have welcomed this change. These are the good officials who are genuinely interested in the betterment of Goa. However the 'bad' bureaucrats, who are either corrupt, or simply have a non-cooperative attitude, are now compelled to fall in line with the RTI Act. After having been exposed by the RTI act, politicians are attempting modifying the act to escape its ambit. Any attempt to dilute the RTI Act should not be allowed and must be vehemently opposed. There is need infact to reinforce this Transparency law and bring the political parties too within its ambit.

We are all part of society and if there is something wrong we must all take responsibility. A lot of information was earlier suppressed by the Government, allowing room for corruption. The RTI Act is a tool that can be used by every individual to make an impact and bring about change. A properly worded RTI application with a 10 rupee stamp on it is all it takes. We have finally woken up to realize that Right to information is a key component in the attainment of economic, social and political rights of an individual as well as the community at large.

The RTI should give the common man a feeling of participation.  A few thousand RTI applications across Goa by concerned citizens on issues concerning the public can usher in a major change in Goa. There should be a determined move towards our true liberation. There is a need to spread across every village the usage of this Act so that transparency and good governance triumphs. We now have the power; we only need to use it. The RTI Act is very simple and user friendly. It is not enough to be only a desh premi, we all need to be RTI premi too.

We all have to be ardent followers of the RTI Act. It needs to be a people's movement for transparency, so that even if RTI activists are gunned down, the spirit of RTI and the crusade   never dies.

The 37th President of the United States of America Mr. Richard Nixon had in 1972 very rightly said "When information which properly belongs to the public is systematically withheld by those in power, the people soon become ignorant of their own affairs, distrustful of those who manage them, and - eventually - incapable of determining their own destinies."

 


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Friday, January 18, 2019

Re: [IAC#RG] JUDGES SHOULD NEVER LEAVE ROOM FOR THEM TO BE JUDGED

Friends,

Greetings. 

This is in response to Rodrigues email qua Sikri J - praising him because he has declined the post for which he had been nominated.

But to mind he had no option left. In fact, I'm my view, by declining the post now he is making virtue of a legal and moral wrong. Don't you think so?

He had been nominated to the post and his nomination wasn't in the public domain or known to anyone other than he, PM, the CJI and perhaps some select people in the Govt. Public perception would go that he sided with the PM lest the nomination should be cancelled if he did not. In fact I would go a step further. It is possible that PM may even have hinted that his nomination would be cancelled if he did not side with the PM. The post-haste manner he went about, siding with the PM, would make such perception even stronger. 

The larger question is, "should he not have recused himself"? In my view he ought to have. 

Alternatively, he should have told the fact of his nomination to Verma, the person who was going to be visited with civil consequences, and asked Verma if he had any objection to his being on the panel. 

For the reason that he was on offer for a plum posting (plum does not necessarily go with the remuneration), he becomes an "Interested Party" and in view of the Constitutional Bench Judgment in AK Karaipak vs UOI, he was not fit to be on the panel. 

Regards,

MG Kapoor 
Advocate 

On Fri, 18 Jan 2019 at 9:13 AM, Aires Rodrigues <indiaresists@lists.riseup.net> wrote:

Supreme Court Justice A.K Sikri who is due to retire on the 6th of March took the very right move by withdrawing his consent for the post retirement position as member of the London headquartered Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

The Constitution of India is very clear on the distinct roles of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. It envisages a free, fair and independent Judiciary. The highest standards of judicial independence must be ensured by warding off even the faintest trace of governmental influence on the judiciary.

As a desperate BJP wants to overpower the Judiciary too, there is a very disturbing disquiet over the slippery slope on which judicial values are slithering. Narendra Modi is all out to corrode and corrupt even the Independence of the Judiciary. It was very dismaying that a then Chief Justice of P. Sathasivam within weeks of his retirement accepted on 31st August 2014 Narendra Modi's offer to be Governor of Kerala. But another former Chief Justice R M Lodha led by example in his belief that judges should not take up any constitutional or other position at least two years after demitting office. 

The demand to keep Supreme Court and High Court Judges away from immediately taking such post retirement benefits becomes the need of the hour and will thus ensure that those about to retire, do not run behind those in the establishment thus casting a death knell to the independence of the judiciary. There is a need of concerted efforts towards propping up highest standards of judicial accountability.

As judicial independence of Judges rests entirely on maintaining an incorruptible detachment from the politicians of the day, it cannot be allowed to be morally compromised by lobbying for cushy post-retirement sinecure postings. We have witnessed instances where Judges have fixed their retirement nests much prior to even demitting office.

In times when the Indian Judiciary is passing through a very turbulent phase, this "jobs-for-the-judges" syndrome could place judges potentially open to governmental influence leaving scope for "pre-retirement judgments" being predisposed by the craving of a "post-retirement job".

The Judiciary should never be manned by persons who are tilted or aligned to any political party. Judges should have the spine to crack on illegalities done by all politicians, regardless of how high positions they hold or which party they belong to. It has to be ensured that judicial accountability is maintained at all times with every Judge conforming to the highest standards of uprightness and integrity. If Judges cannot independently balance the scales of Justice, the Temples of Justice become pointless ending up as dens of chicanery and jugglery. 

 


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[IAC#RG] GOA GOVERNOR MRIDULA SINHA IS A VERY WHITE ELEPHANT

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha's move to now get an over four crore worth plush Darbar hall and Dining palace at the Raj Bhavan is highly objectionable. It is a flagrant case of misplaced priorities by this government and a blatant criminal waste of public funds.

It is outrageous that this government which is financially bankrupt and has been recurringly borrowing to meet the state's expenditure has dared to embark on such an extravagant and needless venture.

The ensuing session of the Goa Legislative Assembly amongst other issues has to debate such wasteful expenditure which is impermissible when this debt ridden government has not been able to even pay the salaries of some teachers for months together.

No wonder Goa's utter rubber stamp and lackluster Governor Mridula Sinha is very strongly resisting coming within the ambit of the RTI Act. This veil of secrecy on the affairs at the Raj Bhavan cannot continue as transparency and accountability in the functioning of the government cannot be subdued.

Goa's irony today is that we have a very ailing and physically incapacitated Chief Minister and to put it bluntly - a good for nothing very uninspiring Governor who is on a long state sponsored picnic merrily bleeding the state exchequer. 


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Re: [IAC#RG] JUDGES SHOULD NEVER LEAVE ROOM FOR THEM TO BE JUDGED

Blaming Narendra Modi for the ills plaguing the judiciary or the judges amounts to demonising him.

In my humble opinion, there are two issues here :-

One pertains to Justice Sikri. He must have given his consent for the post retirement job at least a month in advance. No problem in that. At that time, he did not know that he will be in the panel of removing CBI chief because that is CJI's job. CJI himself did not attend the panel but sent Justice Sikri instead. What the panel did is open to judicial review, but instead of blaming the CJI, going for review, some Journalists tarnish his reputation built over a period of 40 yrs or so in minutes. He is victimised & withdraws his consent.

Second issue is of post retirement jobs for judges. By law there are some posts like Human Rights Commission, Consumer Court, certain tribunals, various commissions which are to be held by judges. The govt of the day is the appointing authority. Hectic lobbying by the judges is done for it. These posts were not created by Narendra Modi. He inherited the power as will any other govt. 

Now the question before us is : Should we doubt the integrity of the judge based on our politically coloured views or not? Granting that judges are also human beings, not infallible, may make mistake & they keep on doing it; should we not repose our faith in judiciary, the last bastion of the common man's hope?

I know you will not agree. Agreeing to a different viewpoint other than yours is not your forte. So, I leave it to the house  to ponder.



On Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 09:07 Aires Rodrigues <indiaresists@lists.riseup.net wrote:

Supreme Court Justice A.K Sikri who is due to retire on the 6th of March took the very right move by withdrawing his consent for the post retirement position as member of the London headquartered Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

The Constitution of India is very clear on the distinct roles of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. It envisages a free, fair and independent Judiciary. The highest standards of judicial independence must be ensured by warding off even the faintest trace of governmental influence on the judiciary.

As a desperate BJP wants to overpower the Judiciary too, there is a very disturbing disquiet over the slippery slope on which judicial values are slithering. Narendra Modi is all out to corrode and corrupt even the Independence of the Judiciary. It was very dismaying that a then Chief Justice of P. Sathasivam within weeks of his retirement accepted on 31st August 2014 Narendra Modi's offer to be Governor of Kerala. But another former Chief Justice R M Lodha led by example in his belief that judges should not take up any constitutional or other position at least two years after demitting office. 

The demand to keep Supreme Court and High Court Judges away from immediately taking such post retirement benefits becomes the need of the hour and will thus ensure that those about to retire, do not run behind those in the establishment thus casting a death knell to the independence of the judiciary. There is a need of concerted efforts towards propping up highest standards of judicial accountability.

As judicial independence of Judges rests entirely on maintaining an incorruptible detachment from the politicians of the day, it cannot be allowed to be morally compromised by lobbying for cushy post-retirement sinecure postings. We have witnessed instances where Judges have fixed their retirement nests much prior to even demitting office.

In times when the Indian Judiciary is passing through a very turbulent phase, this "jobs-for-the-judges" syndrome could place judges potentially open to governmental influence leaving scope for "pre-retirement judgments" being predisposed by the craving of a "post-retirement job".

The Judiciary should never be manned by persons who are tilted or aligned to any political party. Judges should have the spine to crack on illegalities done by all politicians, regardless of how high positions they hold or which party they belong to. It has to be ensured that judicial accountability is maintained at all times with every Judge conforming to the highest standards of uprightness and integrity. If Judges cannot independently balance the scales of Justice, the Temples of Justice become pointless ending up as dens of chicanery and jugglery. 

 


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Monday, January 14, 2019

[IAC#RG] JUDGES SHOULD NEVER LEAVE ROOM FOR THEM TO BE JUDGED

Supreme Court Justice A.K Sikri who is due to retire on the 6th of March took the very right move by withdrawing his consent for the post retirement position as member of the London headquartered Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

The Constitution of India is very clear on the distinct roles of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. It envisages a free, fair and independent Judiciary. The highest standards of judicial independence must be ensured by warding off even the faintest trace of governmental influence on the judiciary.

As a desperate BJP wants to overpower the Judiciary too, there is a very disturbing disquiet over the slippery slope on which judicial values are slithering. Narendra Modi is all out to corrode and corrupt even the Independence of the Judiciary. It was very dismaying that a then Chief Justice of P. Sathasivam within weeks of his retirement accepted on 31st August 2014 Narendra Modi's offer to be Governor of Kerala. But another former Chief Justice R M Lodha led by example in his belief that judges should not take up any constitutional or other position at least two years after demitting office. 

The demand to keep Supreme Court and High Court Judges away from immediately taking such post retirement benefits becomes the need of the hour and will thus ensure that those about to retire, do not run behind those in the establishment thus casting a death knell to the independence of the judiciary. There is a need of concerted efforts towards propping up highest standards of judicial accountability.

As judicial independence of Judges rests entirely on maintaining an incorruptible detachment from the politicians of the day, it cannot be allowed to be morally compromised by lobbying for cushy post-retirement sinecure postings. We have witnessed instances where Judges have fixed their retirement nests much prior to even demitting office.

In times when the Indian Judiciary is passing through a very turbulent phase, this "jobs-for-the-judges" syndrome could place judges potentially open to governmental influence leaving scope for "pre-retirement judgments" being predisposed by the craving of a "post-retirement job".

The Judiciary should never be manned by persons who are tilted or aligned to any political party. Judges should have the spine to crack on illegalities done by all politicians, regardless of how high positions they hold or which party they belong to. It has to be ensured that judicial accountability is maintained at all times with every Judge conforming to the highest standards of uprightness and integrity. If Judges cannot independently balance the scales of Justice, the Temples of Justice become pointless ending up as dens of chicanery and jugglery. 

 


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