TOTAKASHTAKAM – for Stress Relief #Spritituality #Hinduism


VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE

MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE

HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1||

 

O THOU, THE KNOWER OF ALL THE MILK-OCEAN OF SCRIPTURES! THE EXPOUNDER OF THE TOPICS OF GREAT UPANISADIC TREASURE-TROVE! ON THY FAULTLESS FEET I MEDITATE IN MY HEART. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

KARUNA VARUNALAYA PALAYA MAM

BHVASAGARA DUKHA VIDUNAHRDAM

RACAYAKHILA DARSHANA THATVANIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||2||

 

O THE OCEAN OF CAMPASSION! SAVE ME WHOSE HEART IS TORMENTED BY THE MISERY OF THE SEA OF BIRTH! MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE TRUTHS OF ALL THE SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVATA JANATA SUHITA BHAVITA

NIJABODHA VICARANA CHARUMATE

KALAYESHVARA JIVA VIVEKAVIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||3||

 

BY THEE, THE MASSES HAVE BEEN MADE HAPPY. O THOU WHO HAST A NOBLE INTELLECT SKILLED IN THE INQUIRY INTO SELF-KNOWLEDGE! ENABLE ME TO UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM RELATING TO GOD AND THE SOUL. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVA EVA BHAVANITI ME NITARAM

SAMAJAYATA CHETASI KAUTUKITA

MAMAVARAYA MOHA MAHAJALADHIM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||4||

 

KNOWING THAT THOU ART VERILY THE SUPREME LORD, THERE ARISES OVERWHELMING BLISS IN MY HEART. PROTECT ME FROM THE VAST OCEAN OF DELUSION. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

SUKRTE DHIKRETE BAHIDHA BHAVATO

BHAVITA SAMA DARSHANA LALASATA

ATIHINAMIMAM PARIPALAYA MAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||5||

 

DESIRE FOR THE INSIGHT INTO UNITY THROUGH THEE WILL SPRING ONLY WHEN VIRTUOUS DEEDS ARE PERFORMED IN ABUNDANCE AND IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. PROTECT THIS EXTREMELY HELPLESS PERSON. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

JAGATIMAVITUM KALITAKRITAYO

VICHARANTI MAHAMANA SASCHALATAH

AHIMAM STURIVATRA VIBHASI GURO

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||6||

 

OH TEACHER! FOR SAVING THE WORLD, THE GREAT ASSUME VARIOUS FORMS AND WANDER IN DISGUISE. OF THEM, THOU SHINEST LIKE THE SUN. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

GURUPUNGAVA PUNGAVA KETANA TE

SAMATAM AYATAM NAHI KO’PI SUDHIH

SARANAGATAVATSALA TATTVINIDHE

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||7||

 

O THE BEST OF THE TEACHERS! THE SUPREME LORD HAVING THE BULL AS BANNER! NONE OF THE WISE IS EQUAL TO THEE! THOU WHO ART COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN REFUGE! THE TREASURE TROVE OF TRUTH! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

VIDITA NA MAYA VISHATAIKAKALA

NACHA KINCANA KANCANAMASTI GURO

DRUTAMEVA VIDEHI KRUPAM SAHAJAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||8||

 

NOT EVEN A SINGLE BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD BY ME CORRECTLY. NOT EVEN THE LEAST WEALTH DO I POSSESS, O TEACHER. BESTOW ON ME QUICKLY THY NATURAL GRACE. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

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There is Nobody to Blame for Anything


Let’s start by stating a bold claim that you’ve probably never heard before. Upon first hearing this claim, you’ll most likely think it to be ridiculous and absurd, but by the end of this article, you’ll see the utterly obvious truth of it, and you’ll never look at the world the same way again. Are you ready for it? Here it is…

 There is no cause of anything.

 That’s right. Nothing “causes” anything else to happen… ever. Now let me explain why.

 As an example, let’s say that a man needs milk, and he walks several blocks to the corner store to buy it. After purchasing the milk he begins his walk home, but while crossing the street there’s a drunk driver that doesn’t notice the stop sign at the intersection where the man is crossing. At the very last second the drunk driver slams on his breaks, but it’s too late, and he hits the man crossing the street.

 Now, with our current mindset, the vast majority of people would automatically say that the drunk driver “caused” this to happen. Or did he?

 If we just take a step back in the way we perceive things, we could just as easily say that the man was hit by that drunk driver because cars were invented. Or because the wheel was invented. Or because of the development of technology. Or because somebody figured out how to make pavement for driving on.

 Maybe the man was hit because of his neediness for milk. Or because his wife sent him to the store. Or because of his wife’s enjoyment of breakfast cereal. Maybe it’s because people drink milk. Or perhaps it happened because cows exist.

 Maybe it happened because the man chose to live in the exact location that he does. Or maybe it was because that was the only house on the market that he could afford, and he could only afford that house because of the job he has, and he has that job because he dropped out of high school.

 Maybe he was hit by the drunk driver because of the precise speed in which the man walks, and the exact time he got there. Or because he had to stop to re-tie his shoe lace that had come undone. Or because he didn’t tie them properly when he first left his house. Or because he chose to wear that specific pair of shoes to walk to the store. Or because he chose to buy those exact shoes. Or because he could only afford those shoes.

 Maybe it’s because the city chose to install a stop sign instead of traffic lights. Or because stop signs aren’t twice as big. Or because they’re not fluorescent yellow.

 What if the whole incident happened because the man decided to walk to the store instead of driving? Or what if it was because the store was built at that location? Or because the owner of the store decided that was a good place to set up shop?

 Perhaps it was because the drunk driver was born. Or because the man buying milk was born. Or because either of the men’s parents had sex. Or because his parent’s parents had sex. Or because any of these people ever met each other in the first place.

 What if it was because the human species evolved in the manner that it did? Or because life came to be on the planet? Or maybe it was because of the “big bang” (if that’s how it happened). Maybe it’s because the physical universe exists.

 It might have been because of the location of the bar that the drunk driver was drinking at. Or because the drunk driver had to be home at a certain time. Or because the drunk driver had to work in the morning. Or because his taste buds like the taste of alcohol. Or because he’s not able to overcome his addiction despite all of his efforts. Or because nobody has taken him to an AA meeting.

 The drunk driver may certainly be irresponsible, and maybe he lacks proper judgment, but that certainly isn’t “the cause”. It’s only one tiny minute reason out of a literally infinite and unending number of factors within all of existence. There is no end to the amount of circumstances that come into play, and not a single one of them is the cause of anything else.

 So let us repeat the lesson learned… There is no cause of anything… ever. There are only automatic effects and consequences. Everything is happening of its own, as a spontaneous result.

 Most importantly of all, if there is no cause of anything, there is nothing and nobody to blame for anything, and if there is nothing to blame, then there is absolutely nothing to be angry about. Everything just is what it is, and we have no choice but to accept it. No matter what’s happing in the universe, it’s perfect, and it can’t possibly be anything but. This understanding literally forces us to fully accept absolutely everything as it is. There is nothing to complain about and we have no choice but to forgive everybody for everything they have ever done, no matter what that might have been.

 What a person does, and chooses, is determined by what a person is, and what they are is determined by what they are aware of. Everybody is exactly what they are currently aware of, and what they are currently aware of is based upon an infinite number of factors.

 We might all be learning from “mistakes”, but at least we can all be at peace (of mind) with each other as life unfolds. The whole concept of causation is an entirely false ingrained perception that is in everybody’s best interest to let go of. If everybody had this understanding, we would have total world peace because nobody would be acting out of anger, blame, resentment, hate, or fear. Everybody would fully accept, forgive, respect, and love all of life for what it is. And we would no longer need lawyers.

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Reason why TamilNadu suffers from dire Electricity shortage


The major reasons for the power crisis in Tamil Nadu are the following

1. Absence of a long term vision to increase availability of power by capacity addition and encouraging private investment in power generation compared to other states, over the last 10 years.

2. Overdependence on outside sources.

3. Considerable dependence on wind energy which is highly seasonal in nature and therefore not completely reliable.

4. Failure to reduce power transmission losses in the last 10 years.

1.Lack of long term vision

The following stats demonstrates how the gap between  requirement and availability of power in Tamil Nadu has altered significantly in comparison with other industrialized states between 2003-04 and 2010-11.

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Comparing this with the situation in 2003-04, it can be seen that the status of deficits in most of the states was the same, except in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu, in particular, only had a deficit of around 1% in 2003-04. This deficit has been increasing rapidly, especially in the last five years as can be seen from the graph below:

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Anticipating a huge increase in demand, driven by economic growth, states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh put in added efforts to increase the availability of power. This was done both by increasing own capacity and by encouraging private investment in power generation. On the contrary, such a long term vision to increase availability of power was absent in Tamil Nadu.

Further, installed capacity in Tamil Nadu increased from around 13,000 MW at the end of the 10th plan to around 14,700 MW in 2010-11, representing an increase of around 12%. This represents the least capacity addition among all the states in this period.  States such as Maharashtra and Gujarat have capacity additions of 53% and 21% respectively. States such as Rajasthan and West Bengal increased capacity by as much as 43% and 47% respectively. This is explained in the table below:

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The graph below will help you visualize better

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2. Overdependence on external sources

There are five main sources of power in a state  – own generation, central allocation, power purchased from IPPs, short term power from the exchange and other sources (including wind mills). The sources of power for the various states considered here are shown below

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As can be seen from the above graph, among all the states, Tamil Nadu is the most dependent on outside sources.

3. Over dependence on wind energy

All the capacity additions in Tamil Nadu were in private wind generation (R.E.S), which, as mentioned before, is highly seasonal. This can be seen from
the graph below, which shows sector wise capacity additions over the last three years:

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Thus as mentioned before, the reason for the low generation by the state sector is the absence of investments by the state in stable internal sources.

4. Failure to reduce Transmission and Distribution losses

Tamil Nadu also has relatively low T&D and AT&C losses of 18% and 19.5% respectively. Even though these values are relatively low, they have remained at these levels for the past ten years. Tamil Nadu is the only state which has not reduced its T&D losses and improved the system over the years. This is evident from the following graph which shows the movement of T&D losses in the different states since 2002-03.

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The main problem faced by Tamil Nadu in transmission is with respect to  congestion in the Southern grid. The following table shows the capacity of the Indian electricity grid.  Further, the southern grid is currently running at full capacity. This is a major problem for a state like Tamil Nadu which is dependent on outside sources of power. As can be seen from the graph below, the amount that can be transferred to the Southern Region is not high. (I am guessing the Kudankulam plant will solve this problem).

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Future Projections

1. Projected Demand for Power

The graph below shows projected power demand in Tamil Nadu till 2015-16.

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The following shows the break up of the demand sector wise:

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2. Supply of Power

Total capacity that will be added in the state from 2011-12 to 2015-16 is 7310 MW, out of which 1860 MW will come from the state sector, 4250 MW from the central sector and 1200 MW from the private sector. The plants coming up in the state in the next five years are shown in the graph below.

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The total power made available through capacity additions in the year 2011-12 is expected to be 11,536 MU out of which 6384 MU is generated from TNEB’s own capacity additions, while 4059 MU is allocated from capacity additions of Central Generating Stations (CGSs) within the state. Further, a capacity of 1093 MU will be allocated from CGSs outside the state (namely, NTPC’s Simhadri power plant in Andhra Pradesh and Kaiga APS in Karnataka). In 2012-13, an additional 2770 MU of power is expected to be made available due to further capacity additions by NTPC in the state. The graph also shows an increase in existing capacity from 65420 MU to 88478 MU. This increase is mainly due to higher generation through increased utilization of the plants commissioned in the previous year. In 2013-14, only one plant is likely to be commissioned. This is the 1200 MW thermal power plant, Coastal Energen, Tuticourin.

Strategies to be adopted by the state government: (Taken from the Draft of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) of Tamil Nadu)


(i) Capacity Addition

♦Taking up new projects-North Chennai Stage III and IV, Udangudi project and its expansion, Ennore Annex, Kundah Pumped Storage, Uppur thermal power project, ETPS replacement, Tuticorin stage IV,
Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project etc.

♦Speeding up and expediting the completion of on going projects-North Chennai Stage II, Mettur State III, TNEB-NTPC JV Vallur, TNEB-NLC Tuticorin JV, Kudankulam, PFBR Kalpakkam, Neyveli TS-II Expansion
etc.

♦Exploring the possibility of adding 10000 MW wind  energy through various promoters; Setting up offshore wind power plants;

♦Setting up of Solar Parks;

♦Attract private investments on a commensurate scale;

(ii) Transmission and Distribution


♦Enhancing transformer capacities in the existing sub stations;

♦Bifurcation of high tension overloaded feeders and installation of capacitor banks at distribution transformers for injection of reactive power;

♦Conversion of low voltage lines to high voltage lines along with feeder separation to reduce the distribution line losses;

♦Segregation of agricultural loads from industrial, commercial, and domestic loads;

♦Adequate transmission network to evacuate the power generated from new plants and to distribute the customers;


(iii) Energy Conservation


♦Implementing Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) scheme to increase energy efficiency in domestic sector;

♦Improve the efficiency of the agricultural pump sets using appropriate incentive scheme;

♦Solar powered home lighting in 3 lakh Green houses; 1 lakh street lights through solar power;

♦  Energy conservation building code; Energy Star Labeling in Equipments


(iv) Fiscal Health of Power Sector


♦ Make the distribution system financially viable during the Twelfth Plan by rational pricing, bringing modern systems of management, use of IT, enforcement of accountability and privatization or franchising.

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Few Longest Train Routes of India


Which is your preferred mode of transport for long distance travel- flight or train? Flight saves time, but there’s the inconvenience of cramped space and security checks. Besides a flight journey falls short of emanating that romantic charm despite the presence of those charming flight attendants. This is where a train journey fits in. Imagine yourself inside a train rushing past the towns and villages of India- giving you glimpses of fascinating landscapes, the weather changing every few hours and the food presenting distinctive changes in aroma in each of your meal. Then, there’s the exciting prospect of meeting perfect strangers, getting into conversation with them and discovering ways of life so different from your own. So, hurry up! Dust off that travel bag and choose one route from the below mentioned list of 1o longest routes.

Kerala Sampark Kranti Express
Train Number: 12218
Starting Point: Chandigarh (Punjab)
Ending Point: Thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

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Running at an average speed of 57killo meters per hour, it covers a distance of 3415kms in 57 hours and 35 minutes. It takes 21 halts. It traverses through Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. This train runs once in a week.

Guwahati- Ernakulam Express
Train Number: 12508
Starting Point: Guwahati (Assam)
Ending Point: Ernakulam (Kerala)

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It runs at an average speed of 55killo meters per hour. It travels 3337kms in 59 hours and 45 minutes. It takes halts in 43 places. It’s a weekly train service. It passes through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and finally reaches Kerala.

Dehradun- Kochuveli Weekly Superfast Express
Train Number: 12288
Starting Point: Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
End Point: thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

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It covers a distance of 3459kms in 61hours and 10 minutes. It traverses through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka and Kerala. It halts at 25 places. It runs once a week.

Raptisagar Express
Train Number: 12522
Starting Point: Ernakulam (Kerala)
Ending Point: Barauni (Bihar)

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Raptisagar is a super fast express running at an average speed of 55km per hour. It covers a distance of 3441kms in 62 hours. It takes 61 halts. It’s a weekly train service. The train passes through Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Dehradun- Kochuveli Weekly Superfast Express
Train Number: 12288
Starting Point: Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
End Point: thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

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It covers a distance of 3459kms in 61hours and 10 minutes. It traverses through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka and Kerala. It halts at 25 places. It runs once a week.

Ten Jammu Express
Train Number: 16787
Starting Point: Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu)
Ending Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)

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It passes through Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. It covers a total distance of 3561kms in 70 hours. It halts at 70 stops and crosses 518 intermediate stations. This is a biweekly train service.

Guwahati Express
Train Number: 12515
Starting Point: Thiruvanathapuram (Kerala)
Ending Point: Guwahati (Assam)

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This is a super fast train running at an average speed of 54km per hour. It traverses through Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. It covers 3552kms in 65 hours. It takes a total 50 halts. It runs once in a week.

Navyug Express
Train number: 166
Starting point: Mangalore (Karnataka)
End Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)

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NavYug Express runs through 12 Indian states: Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. It covers a distance of 3609kms in 67 hours. It takes 61 halts. It runs once a week.

Dibrugarh Express
Train Number: 15901
Starting Point: Bangalore (Karnataka)
Ending Point: Dibrugarh (Assam)

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Dibrugarh Express started running from 4th January 2010. It’s an express train running at the speed of 51km per hour. It covers a total distance of 3547kms in 68 hours. It takes 33 halts and runs through Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. It’™s a weekly train.

Vivek Express (Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari)
Train Number: 15905/15906
Starting Point: Dibrugarh (Assam)
Ending Point: Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

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It owes its name to Swami Vivekananda as it started running to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swamiji. It is an express train, covering a total 4272kms in 82 hours. It travels through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It takes 54 halts. This is the longest train route in India and the 9th longest in the world.

Himsagar Express
Train Number: 16317/16318
Starting Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)
Ending Point: Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

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This express train runs at the speed of 53km per hour and traverses a total distance of 3714kms in 70 hours. It passes through 9 Indian states: Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It halts at 71 stations. It runs once a week. It starts at 11.45PM on Monday from Jammu and reaches Kanyakumari at 10.45 PM on Thursday.

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India’s Top 10 Politicos Who Hogged Major Limelight in 2013


When it comes to politics, politicians are always equipped with some major unexpected twist and turns. They are often the source of inspiration who can lift the economic condition of a country, or can be the source of chaos. Here are the names of such 10 politicians who hogged major limelight in 2013 as listed by India TV

Narendra Modi

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After emerging as NDA’s prime ministerial nominee, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi—fondly called NaMo, embarked on a spirited campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha elections creating political enthusiasm in business-oriented state. On September this year, the BJP’s parliamentary board declared Modi as a prime ministerial candidate of NDA. Modi’s elevation has aroused much enthusiasm about politics among the business-oriented Gujarati communities. He is among Time magazine’s shortlisted candidates for its ‘Person of the Year’ title and has emerged as an early favorite among the readers in an online poll; however, Modi is the only Indian shortlisted in the list.

Arvind Kejriwal

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Arvind Kejriwal, a well known social activist, now emerged as an active politician who formally launched Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi on 26 November. He has contested elections for the first time in the Delhi Legislative Assembly and are all set to form a government. Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit, a three-time Chief Minister of Delhi, with a huge margin of 25, 864 votes.  He is now one among the five most mentioned Indian politicians on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan was recently sworn in as Madhya Pradesh chief minister for third consecutive term after he led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a spectacular hat-trick in assembly elections. 54-year-old Chouhan was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav at a ceremony held at Jamboree ground in Bhopal. Known for maintaining a low-profile, Chouhan led the BJP to win an impressive 165 seats in 230-member legislative assembly reducing Congress tally to just 58 from 71 in 2008.Presently, he represents Budhni constituency, a tehsil place in Sehore district, in the Madhya Pradesh assembly.

Raman Singh

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Chhattisgarh’s Chief Minister, Raman Singh has joined the influential club of BJP chief ministers who have scored hat-tricks in their respective states, leading his party to a historic victory. This has been done despite several challenges like criticism from Opposition Congress after the killing of its senior leaders and anti-incumbency factor. But the Chhattisgarh Food Security Act, which he is credited of bringing in much before the National Food Security Act, is being dubbed as a game changer for 61-year-old Singh. Distribution of rice at subsidized price to poor families seems to have done the trick for the ‘Chaur wale baba’ (rice man) who proved wrong all political analysis and opinion polls to emerge victorious.

Vasundhara Raje Scindia

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Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia, who failed five years ago on account of infighting in BJP, reinvented herself and galvanized the cadre to spearhead her party’s spectacular comeback to power in Rajasthan. 60-year-old Raje, who belongs to the royal Scindia family of Gwalior and married in Rajasthan, managed to get the BJP high command fully behind her in her bid to oust the Congress government headed by Ashok Gehlot. It was the full-throated backing from Narendra Modi who extensively toured Rajasthan during the election campaign that led to her victory. Vasundhara’s rise from a National Executive member of BJP to one of its most powerful leaders in Rajasthan can be attributed to her charismatic personality and strong will, which have helped her tide over political crises from within and outside in her 30-year-long political career.

Pu Lalthanhawla

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Pu Lalthanhawla who recently sworn in as the Mizoram Chief Minister in Aizawl was the icing on the Congress’s failure on other states in the recent polls. Lalthanhawla has become Chief Minister for a consecutive term for the second time and a record fifth term in his political career. He led the Congress party to a landslide victory with the ruling party winning 34 seats in the 40-member Mizoram Assembly, two seats more than the 2008 Assembly polls.

K Siddaramaiah

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K Siddaramaiah, the 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka rose to great heights within a short span of his political career. The congress in Karnataka had successfully defeated the BJP government under his leadership. He had contested from Varuna Constituency and won 2013 election from same constituency on 8 May 2013. He was elected as the leader of the Congress legislative party in the Karnataka assembly on 10 May 2013. He had previously announced that 2013 assembly election would be his last election.

Nitish Kumar

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Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar since 2005 is one of the most sincere and competent leader.  He has been hinted as a best Prime Ministerial candidate.  Most recently, Nitish Kumar is the talk of the social media platforms after breaking 17 years long ties with BJP with the elevation of Narendra Modi as the Chairman of the BJP Campaign Committee for the upcoming 2014 General Election. Nitish gained positive discussions for Development and Economy.

Manmohan Singh

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Manmohan Singh is in his second term as India’s Prime Minister and the stability of the UPA government has been questioned frequently, whether it will make it till the next general elections. He was tagged as an ‘Underachiever’ last year by TIME magazine; however, his leadership has fetched the Indian economy the $1 Trillion milestone. On the other hand, he is frequently in the news by for spending a whopping amount of 642 crore in the previous nine years while going for a foreign trip.

Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi is one of the politicians in the country from whom a lot is expected. After being appointed as the Vice President of the Indian National Congress, he is second in position in the party, following his mother Sonia Gandhi, the party President. The moving speech at the Chintan Shivir has rested many speculations about Rahul’s seriousness as a leader and has made ‘Rahul vs Modi’ in the 2014 general election official sight to watch.

India’s 10 Most Talked About Events in 2013


India in 2013 has witnessed many sorts of events that are scandalous, disastrous or heart wrenching, which made people awestruck. Here are names of 10 such events that made headlines in this year, reports IndiaTV.

1. Indian Diplomat case: Devyani Khobragade

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The controversy surrounding the arrest and detention of Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York raised a major question whether this incident would affect the Indo-U.S. relations. Khobragade was charged on 11 December 2013, of committing visa fraud and providing false statements for an Indian woman who was brought as a domestic help for Khobragade in New York. She was arrested the following day by U.S. Department of State Police and the United States Marshal Service, leading to a major diplomatic standoff between India and the United States.

2. Uttarakhand floods 2013

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The flood in Uttarakhand was the one of the most unfortunate events that saddened the families of many. The flood struck the temple town earlier this year. The hill town was flooded at all sides because of the cloudburst, recording death toll of over 10000 people. The after effect of the disaster was worst as many lives were lost. The so called ‘Himalayan tsunami’ not only took away the lives of many people in and around the area but has also left people with no basics like food, clothing and shelter. Such devastating floods and landslides are regarded as the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

3. Sexaul Assault Case-Asaram Bapu

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Asharam Bapu who is endearingly called Bapu is one of the most controversial spiritual gurus. He is accused of land grabbing in Gujarat and various other cities. This Spiritual leader has been booked for sexual assault case involving minor daughter of one of his devotees following a complaint from a minor girl at Kamala Market police station in central Delhi. One of the victims has accused Asaram of repeated sexual assault between 1997 and 2006 when she had been living in his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city.

4. Tehelka Case:Tarun Tejpal

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Tehelka founder, Tarun Tejpal too made headlines for  a sexual assault case. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague during the ‘Think fest’ that took place in Goa. Tejpal who was in charge of the magazine since it’s launched in March 2000 stepped down for six months after the recent incident. He has worked with many news publications such as, editor at India Today, Indian Express Group and as the managing editor of Outlook. Police in the state of Goa, where the incident took place, have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Tejpal. This got public attention because of his reputation, which he earned as a founder of Tehelka. The victim was a chief correspondent in his magazine, and she resigned out of disgust over the mishandling by the organization.

5. Sexual Assault Case: Narayan Sai

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Narayan Sai, also known as Narayan Prem Sai and called Sai Ji by his followers, is a spiritual leader, singer, lyricist and a poet. He is the son of Hindu preacher Asaram Bapu. As there is a saying, “Like Father like Son”, he too is accused of sexual abuse and rape case. On September this year, Sai was charged with molestation. Several women have accused Sai of exploiting them physically and raping them. Most recently, a local court of Surat declared Sai an absconder (fugitive). As per some media reports, there is a claim that Sai had shaved off his head to hide his identity. A local court in Surat declared Narayan Sai, son of controversial self-styled godman Asaram, evading arrest for over a month in connection with the sexual assault case lodged against him by one of the two city-based sisters, as a proclaimed absconder.

6. Gay Sex Verdict in India

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The Supreme Court recently held that consensual sex between adults of the same gender as a criminal offence. This leaves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community dejected. As scores from the community came out on the streets to protest the verdict, the government indicated they will take the legislative route on decriminalization of same gender sexual relations.
Setting aside a Delhi High Court verdict of 2009 that decriminalized sexual relations between people of the same sex, Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhayay said: “We hold that Section 377 IPC does not suffer from the vice of unconstitutionality and the declaration made by the division bench of the high court is legally unsustainable,” reports IANS.
The section holds that same-gender sexual relationship is against the order of nature and an offence entailing imprisonment up to life sentence.

7. India’s Mars Mission

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India’s ambitious and first space mission to explore Mars was successfully launched on November 5 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This, completing the first stage of an 11-month journey that could see New Delhi’s low-cost space programme win Asia’s race to the Red Planet. Primary objectives of the mission are to demonstrate India’s technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around Mars and conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, take pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment.

8. Cyclone Phailin

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Cyclone Phailin, one of the largest cyclone that striked the Bay of Bengal, left a trail of destruction by knocking down lakhs of homes affecting nearly 90 lakh people and destroying paddy crops worth about 2,400 crore. As the largest evacuation efforts in the country’s recent history helped keep casualties to the minimum, reports from the afected state like Odisha confirmed the death of 23 people. Most of the casualties were caused by wall collapse, uprooted trees and in floods.

9. Aarushi Hemraj double murder case

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The CBI court has found the dentist couple Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar guilty in the double murder case of Arushi Talwar and Hemraj. The court pronounced its judgment in the sensational double murder, one of India’s most sensational criminal cases. It has sentenced the dentist couple Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar to life imprisonment in the Aarushi, Hemraj double murder case. The crimes that took place on May 15, 2008 were investigated by Uttar Pradesh Police. During the probe, police suspected the involvement of Aarushi’s parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. Prosecutor R.K. Saini told the court, “All the circumstantial evidence” is against the Talwars and they “misled the investigators and destroyed evidence”, reports PTI.

10. Bodh Gaya Blast

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Terror struck in one of the India’s holiest Buddhist shrines and other places in Bihar’s pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya with simultaneous triggering of nine low intensity bombs. While four blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi temple complex, three occurred inside the Karmapa monastery, one each near the famous 80-ft Buddha statue and at the bus stand near bypass. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, did not suffer any damage in the blasts. Around Five people, including two Buddhist monks, were injured by the blasts.

Four Faces of Arvind Kejriwal #AAP


AAP has publicly accepted Congress’s offer of marriage.


Delhi  citizens and indeed Indians all over the world following the going-ons  in India have mixed feelings. Most do not know what to make of it, what  would have been the right approach, both AAP supporters and BJP  supporters are groping in the darkness of political morality and  strategy. So let’s try to make head and tail of this marriage from  various perspectives.

A. Hazrat Kejriwal faithfools 

According to this group Arvind Kejriwal cannot do any wrong, either  ethically nor strategically. If he has entered into an alliance with  Congress, it still hasn’t changed his convictions. He is out to change  the face of Indian politics and root out all corruption. This is the  Jholawala, the city Marxist, the NGO activist view. Then there is the  idealist first time student activist who finds the energy of student  activism addictive, allows him to expand his social network even as it  makes him feel as making a contribution to the betterment of India and  society, especially as the student activist movement is led by a  coalition of yuppies and jholawallahs, willing to inject the spice of  cool modern (read West-inspired) cultural ambiance. Most importantly  this view is shared by the “Aam Aadmi” (read middle-class) who has grown  up in Delhi on a cultural diet of secularism and an ubiquitous and  perennially dysfunctional and corrupt system, who has been taken in by  the images broadcast by the mainstream media, and is thus more than  willing to project all his hopes onto this simple looking former IT  inspector.

They are willing to believe that Kejriwal did not long  for power but was forced to accept CMship due to the pressure from  others and their supporters who wanted to see him in power and fighting  corruption.

This coalition is taking Kejriwal at his word that  despite this alliance with the corruption devil, he would continue to  expose corruption in high places even if it is of the devil.

B. Cautious AAP Supporters

Many Delhi citizens supported Aam Aadmi Party believing that it was the  political heir to the Indians Against Corruption Movement led by Anna  Hazare.

They too share the concerns of the most of the  faithfools, but their support is not to the individual Arvind Kejriwal  but more to the movement in general.

This group is shocked to see  Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party agreeing to forming a government in  Delhi together. If not shocked, at least this group is quite worried  whether he may have made a mistake in trusting the party and its  leadership. The support this group provided was qualified support and  the question is whether the group was betrayed.

C. AAP is Congress’s B Team

Most of the BJP leadership as well as the BJP voters feel this way.  They can see how the Indian mainstream media doted on Arvind Kejriwal.  For them Arvind Kejriwal is a crook not to be trusted. He is part of  Congress’s strategy to wean away urban youth away from Modi’s magnetism,  and thus to stop Modi’s march to power.

According to this view,  Congress and its support system in the media helped to project Arvind  Kejriwal as the anti-corruption messiah. Arvind Kejriwal and indeed Aam  Aadmi Party was built up to cut into BJP votes, and to channelize all  the anti-corruption and thus anti-Congress votes to AAP, rather than  allow these to fall into BJP’s basket.

During the elections, BJP  was focused on taking down Congress, and almost completely ignored Aam  Aadmi Party not expecting them to put up such an impressive showing.

This  marriage of AAP and Congress only confirms their strong suspicions that  AAP is Congress’s B Team, and helped Congress to steal an election  which should have brought BJP to power. According to this view, Kejriwal  fooled the people and basically did a Chiranjeevi on Delhi citizens.

Many  were however expecting that Kejriwal would not take the bait and refuse  to join Congress, as that would destroy his credibility, especially as  he wishes to fight Lok Sabha elections too, and may have dreamed of  winning the re-election, especially in the aftermath of such a very good  electoral performance. In the re-election more of Congress vote-banks  may have gone over to AAP thus enabling AAP to get a majority. BJP  supporters were feeling that Arvind Kejriwal may feel over-confident,  also thinking on similar lines and opt for new elections.

However  now that the marriage has been solemnized, BJP supporters feel that  Kejriwal has bowed to the wishes of his MLAs to taste power. BJP feels  that he has taken the bait and gone into the trap set by them. Now it  makes Kejriwal vulnerable to the charge of duplicity.

BJP had  opted to not stake their claim on government formation and acted  honorably. BJP feels that they are on a strong wicket and sooner than  later either Arvind Kejriwal would make a fool of himself in power or  the Congress would withdraw support to AAP sooner or later, especially  if Arvind Kejriwal tries to live up to his stated agenda of  anti-corruption. If he doesn’t follow up on his promises, then Kejriwal  becomes a dead duck, and stops being a serious ideological challenger to  BJP.

The interests of Congress seem apparent to these BJP  supporters. Congress wants to avoid a re-election right away, as well as  stop BJP from coming to power and thus is willing to extend support to  AAP.

To some extent the fact that AAP received more votes and  seats than Congress, and in fact AAP hurt Congress more than they hurt  BJP, does cause some cognitive dissonance as to why would Congress allow  itself to be decimated by AAP. It weakens the theory that AAP is  Congress’s B Team. This weakness makes it difficult for those holding  this view to convince others of AAP’s duplicity. With this marriage BJP  feels that it would be easier to make this case.

I believe this view is restricted and does not think everything through.

D. Kejriwal can have his cake and eat it too

This is the view I hold.

The  main danger to the Dynasty comes from Narendra Modi. Stopping Narendra  Modi is all his detractors think of. Kejriwal and his image as a  corruption fighter is in fact the only ace the dynasty has up its sleeve  to stop Modi. Mainstream media does not tire from projecting Arvind  Kejriwal as if he was himself a PM candidate running against Narendra  Modi.

If Arvind Kejriwal can entice the urban youth away from  Modi, there is a chance that Modi would then not get a good majority and  thus would have to either have to make way for a more amenable BJP  leader or accept the poisoned chalice of support of “secular party”  agents thus hindering him in translating his agenda.

So Arvind Kejriwal has to be bolstered at all costs.

So  the question was how best to bolster Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi  Party? The Congress could have chosen to not extend outside support to  AAP.

  1. This would have  kept Arvind Kejriwal squeaky clean, but it would also shown to the voter  that a vote for AAP is a wasted vote, as the citizens do not get a  government in the end. So all those looking for stability would have  chosen to vote BJP next time.

  2. In fact people would  have cast aspersions on Arvind Kejriwal that he is afraid of embracing  responsibility and AAP is nothing more than a protest party unsuited for  doing the hard work of governing.

  3. Thirdly if Arvind  Kejriwal had opted not to form a government, his own MLAs would have  left him and joined up with BJP. This would have given a jolt to the  idealist charm of AAP.

  4. If Arvind Kejriwal has to stand up to Narendra Modi someday, he has to be able to show some executive experience.

  5. The most important consideration was however that a hung assembly would  have led to President’s rule and re-elections which would probably have  coincided with the general elections. That would have put Congress and  AAP at a serious disadvantage. For one thing AAP would have been chained  to Delhi elections, as they would have had to pledge all their meager  resources to Delhi, and Kejriwal would have been thus unavailable for  campaigning across the country in Lok Sabha elections supporting AAP  candidates. Also with assembly elections coinciding with Lok Sabha  elections, Modimania would have been at its highest and BJP would have  swept away both AAP and Congress from the field, even in Delhi.


So  due to all these considerations it was felt by both Congress and AAP  that Arvind Kejriwal’s loss of political virginity and idealistic appeal  to Congress can be otherwise offset and in fact be bolstered even more.

Most  detractors of Arvind Kejriwal, especially those in BJP, take it for  granted that Arvind Kejriwal would not go after Congress corruption once  in office, as otherwise Congress would withdraw support. Actually they  revel in this certainty.

There is no such certainty. By taking over power in Delhi, Kejriwal has eaten his cake, his reputation.

But  the understanding with Congress is that he is still going to have his  reputation in the end, in fact it would be multiplied even more.

What  we assume is that Sonia’s and Congress’s interests are identical. They  are not. In order to let Arvind Kejriwal win, Sonia started shifting her  vote-banks through the local Congress controllers towards AAP, even as  it decimated Congress MLA candidates. Sonia Gandhi got the mainstream  media to do carpet bombing of Delhi citizens with news and interviews of  Arvind Kejriwal and his movement and tried to project the animosity  between AAP and Congress as real.

So the AAP-Congress plan is to  have Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal discover some big corruption scandal  against some prominent Congress leader, possibly against Sheila Dixit  herself. Even a scam pointing culpability directly at the dynasty itself  is not unthinkable. Such a scam and the following attack by CM Arvind  Kejriwal would give him even more credibility. The thing is all these  scams are going to be discovered anyway if Modi comes to power, so  better let one’s own man uncover one or two of them and use these to  bolster his image.

So to keep the pretense of genuine opposition  by Arvind Kejriwal to Congress corruption, most probably Congress would  pull the rug sometime in March or early April, a few weeks before the  Lok Sabha elections. This would allow Arvind Kejriwal to hog the  limelight with his attack on Congress corruption or even Dynasty-based  corruption. Impressed by his selfless pursuit of anti-corruption  struggle where Arvind Kejriwal even endangers his CMship, many voters in  cities around the country would vote for AAP candidates. Instead of  NaMo being at the spearhead of anti-corruption drive against Congress  and Dynasty, Arvind Kejriwal would be able to don this mantle, or at  least the mainstream media would try their level best to put it on his  head. Arvind Kejriwal would be projected as somewhat who sacrificed his  position as CM for his principles.

This approach would then  confirm the faith of the faithfools of Hazrat Kejriwal. It would also  allay the fears of those who thought Arvind Kejriwal was compromised by  Congress. And in fact this theater may even attract more votes who did  not believe in Arvind Kejriwal or AAP earlier, as they would see  themselves proven wrong about him. In this case it would be difficult to  not see the rakshasa as a devta.

So what happens then? Does  Arvind Kejriwal have to pay anything? Of course not! Congress would  withdraw support and Lt. Governor of Delhi would declare President’s  Rule in Delhi. The fun part of it would be that if done in March, it  would be too late to hold elections for Delhi assembly together with Lok  Sabha elections. So Kejriwal would be free, even from CMship, to  campaign across the country on his “anti-corruption” agenda. Also there  would be no danger of AAP MLAs rebelling against Kejriwal as he would  again be upheld as a new prophet of anti-corruption, unlike now where  Kejriwal is being seen with suspicion holding hands with Congress.

Once  the Lok Sabha elections are over, and before the Lt. Governor is  changed by the next government at the Center, the Congress legislators  would again pledge their support to AAP. If that looks too suspicious,  in the aftermath of the Congress rout in 2014, the Delhi Congress could  simply rename itself and superficially cut its ties to parent Congress,  and thus give Arvind Kejriwal their support, under a new name!

So  before the new government takes over at the Center, Delhi would again  have a stable Arvind Kejriwal led government, perhaps this time  including the “erstwhile” Delhi Congress MLAs formally into the  government.

So Kejriwal gets to stay as Delhi CM for a full 5  year term, i.e. unless he is made PM by some third front, AND at the  same time Kejriwal receives both a boost from exposing some scam just  before elections and can keep his image as anti-corruption crusader  intact.

Arvind Kejriwal can have his cake and eat it too!

BJP’s  only chance is to break away MLAs of Congress or of AAP right now. Make  them resign on principle and force a reelection. Congress MLAs can  resign by exposing Sonia’s hand in the defeat of many Congress MLAs  through her support to AAP. AAP MLAs can resign citing Arvind Kejriwal’s  duplicitous move to form a government with the support of Congress.

If  the Delhi BJP does not do this now, then there is a real possibility of  them sitting in opposition benches for at least the next 5 years even  though they came so close to power. Much worse would be that Arvind  Kejriwal would be ballooned by Sonia Gandhi to a size of NaMo just  before elections through the media and thus stop the Modi juggernaut  just enough to deny him a free hand at Center even if he does become the  PM.

Delhi Plagued By Serious Water Shortage


Delhi voted out for a change in politics by bringing in the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that had pledged in the party’s agenda to give 700 liters of uncharged water along with a reduction in electricity by 50 percent to the general public, reports The Economic Times
According to the National Survey Organization (NSSO), Delhi’s 15.6 percent of urban households and 29.7 percent of rural households had insufficient water supply throughout the year. This issue also drew support for Arvind kejriwal’s campaign.

Among the worst affected, in comparison with 27 states and 6 union territories was Delhi’s rural households. The other neighboring states like Haryana had sufficient drinking water with 91.3 percent for urban households and 95.8 percent for rural households. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 96.6 percent of urban households and 97.1 of rural households getting sufficient drinking water throughout the year.

According to the survey conducted in 2012 by NSSO the key indicators of drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and housing condition of India, the all-India average deteriorated from 91.1 percent in urban area in 2008-2009 to 89.6 percent in 2012 and in rural area from 86.2 percent to 85.8 percent. The on premise supply of drinking water was only 46.1 percent in rural households with comparison to 76.8 percent of urban households.

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About 94.2 percent of the rural households and 90 percent of the urban households got “promising quality of drinking water”, than the all-India average of 87.7 percent and 88.1 percent respectively.  The survey also revealed that west Bengal’s urban household got 49 percent and the rural household got 30 percent with better services of on premises water supply. The survey boosted Gujarat which was ahead of Maharashtra with their rural households having 96 percent electricity in the state with comparison to 93 percent from the neighboring state.
However On an average it took 15 minutes by a normal household, to fetch drinking water from out of the premises, at the all-India level. If one has to take only rural areas into consideration, Jharkhand was the state which took the longest of (40 minutes) and Assam with shortest of (10 minutes). Among the urban states with bigger landscape. It was again Jharkhand with (40 minutes) and Delhi with the shortest of (6 minutes).

U.S. Officials Made A Mistake In Khobragade’s Arrest : Lawyer


Devyani Khobragade’s lawyer said U.S. authorities goofed up in the investigation and arrest of the Indian diplomat on visa fraud charges as a federal agent made a “serious” mistake in reading the paperwork submitted regarding her maid’s salary.

Daniel Arshack, Khobragade’s lawyer, said Mark Smith, the Diplomatic Security Services agent handled the investigation and arrest of Khobragade and drew up and swore to the accuracy of the formal complaint in the case.

Smith “simply made an error in reading the DS-160 form which supported the visa application for the domestic worker, Sangeeta Richard,” Arshack told PTI.

“He erroneously and disastrously believed that the $4,500 per month salary entry on the form was Richard’s expected salary when, in fact, it was clearly a reporting of the base salary to be earned by the employer, Khobragade, in the U.S.,” he said.

The lawyer said Khobagrade’s base salary figure of $4,500 per month was required and appropriately reported on the DS-160 form, which is the online non-immigrant visa application required to be submitted by those seeking US visas.

It was submitted so that U.S. Embassy officials in New Delhi could determine that Khobragade would be earning enough money to afford to pay Richard the $1,560 per month (9.75/hour for 40 hours a week) which had been agreed to according to the contract between Richard and Khobragade.

“Somebody who messes up on the paperwork and causes a terrible thing to occur is very serious,” he said.Meanwhile, UN spokeswoman Morana Song confirmed Khobragade’s accreditation to the UN headquarters here, saying, “The United Nations has received notification to register Ms Khobragade as a member of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.”

“We can confirm that the United Nations has processed this request per its standard procedures,” she said.Subsequent revelations that she was strip searched and held with criminals triggered a row between the two sides.

Indian Dignitaries Who Once Tasted Humiliation in the US


The most recent spat of a deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate in New York, Devyani Khobragade over a visa fraud has once again highlighted how Indians are battered in the foreign country in spite of holding a high official post. Here are the noted personalities who were detained or underwent a pat-down search while passing through or during their stay in United States, reports Yahoo India.

APJ Abdul Kalam

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APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India and the first scientist to hold the post was also once targeted during his visit to the U.S. There, he was twice frisked at New York’s JFK Airport with U.S. security officials even taking his jacket and shoes to check for explosives and also by staff of Continental Airlines at New Delhi airport. This was one such incident that left India fuming. Later, a written apology to Kalam and the Indian government was sent by the U.S. stating, “Appropriate procedure for expedited screening of dignitaries had not been followed”.

George Fernandes

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George Fernandes, former Defence Minister has claimed that he was strip searched twice at Dulles Airport in the U.S. Capital area, during an official visit as a defense minister to Washington in early 2002 and again while en route to Brazil in mid-2003. Later, the then United States Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, personally apologized to Fernandes over the incident.
“Just as we were saying good-bye to Fernandes, a member of our delegation innocently asked him when he would next be coming to Washington. His demeanor abruptly changed. It was as though he was glad to have an excuse to tell us how he really felt about our country,” recalls Richard.

Meera Shankar


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Meera Shankar, the Indian ambassador to the U.S. between 2009 and 2011, was subjected to a pat-down search in December 2010 by security personnel at Mississippi, Jackson-Evers International airport though she was travelling on a diplomatic passport. The reason behind the security search was nothing but wearing traditional attire—sari. The hands-on search also embarrassed the university officials who invited Meera Shankar to give a speech for an international studies program at Mississippi State University.

Shah Rukh Khan

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The king Khan of Bollywood, who arrived in the U.S. to visit the Yale University, was detained for over two hours at a New York airport in 2009 and 2012. Shah Rukh Khan was accompanied by Nita Ambani when they arrived in a private plane at the New York’s White Plain airport. Media sources stated that while everybody else was cleared by the immigration immediately, Khan was stopped for over two hours before being cleared by the immigration officials. On another incident, he was detained at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey when he had gone to promote his movie ‘My Name is Khan’, which ironically was about racial profiling of Muslims in the U.S. “Nothing seemed to convince the immigration officer, even when other officers (who recognized me) vouched for me. I feel angry and humiliated,” Shahrukh said afterwards.

Praful Patel

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Former union minister Praful Patel, who was in Chicago for attending an official engagement was detained at the O’Hare airport in Chicago in September 2010. He was held for questioning as his name and date of birth matched with those of a man on America’s watch list. Despite telling the immigration authorities that he was a minister in the Indian government, they kept asking him why he was visiting the U.S. and whether he had stayed in the country earlier.

Azam Khan

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Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has alleged that he was insulted at the Boston airport in April 2013. Khan, who was accompanying state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for a Harvard University event in the U.S., was detained briefly for questioning. Khan also alleged that officials at the Boston Airport not just frisked him but also misbehaved with him.

Hardeep Puri

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Hardeep Puri, India’s former UN envoy was detained for more than 30 minutes in a holding room at Houston Airport after refusing to remove his turban in December 2010. Puri refused to do the same as Sikh men are expected to keep their heads covered in public at all times. It is even forbidden to touch the head dress in public as it symbolizes self-respect, honour and piety.

Irfan Khan

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Irrfan Khan, a noted Indian actor who worked in Oscar-winning films like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Spider-Man’, was also detained twice at the U.S. airports at Los Angeles airport in 2008 and at New York airport in 2009. Irrfan said,  “It’s humiliating. They don’t even disclose the reason,” reports PTI. “The policemen with big guns just take you to a room and ask you to sit. They don’t allow you to speak to anybody, nor use cellphones. And after long waits, they come and simply say ‘Go, please go’, he added.

Neil Nitin Mukesh

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Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh was detained at an airport in the U.S. for over an hour because the immigration officials refused to believe that he is an Indian. Neil said that the incident happened when he arrived in New York to shoot for Kabir Khan’s film ‘New York’ which has a backdrop of 9/11 terror attacks, reports PTI.