Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Surat District Human Development Report - Inside reflexions on Government's uselessness

A couple of months ago I was an obliged member of a team preparing the Surat district human development report for the Gujarat State, and the Central Planning Commission, India. Following are my anecdotal observations about my encounters with the government bureaucrats and politicians during this work. Although those who know the nature of the government won't feel at all surprised to read my observations, and it will all sound very obvious to them, but others might find it very useful to understand how the government really works. This will also prove the worthlessness of preparing such reports.

To begin with, when GoG's human development directorate assigned this work to my department, the first instruction from them was not to write anything against the present government; to highlight the success [sic] stories of their various welfare plans even when no such successes were seen on the ground level, and to falsely praise the local and state government. Basically, avoiding the sour ground realities and preparing a report like a fantasy story. The idea is pretty simple: if someone picks up the SDHDR then he must get an impression of everything hunky-dory in Surat district, and Surat must look like a garden of Eden under the present government.

Despite these instructions my team prepared a report which contained lot of material depicting the sad ground realities. It was impossible to be blind to the plights of a common man living in Surat district. This is because team members were actually having a field visits to check the situation, in contrast to those politicians who never visit their constituencies once the election is over, who are busy in their ivory towers propagandizing about phony growth and development of their State. I knew, that because of such material in the report the team is going to get some strong rebuking from the government top officials like the principle secretary of human development directorate! And exactly that is what happened later on during the meetings with government bureaucrats. I share minutes of my meetings with various government officials.

The director of human development directorate, Gandhinagar told the team not to prepare such exposing reports because he can lose his job! He never understand that, just to save his useless unproductive job he is going to make millions of productive people unemployed through his insane developmental policies, which he and his government will formulate by using the botched report that they are asking us to prepare. On any given day I will be more than happy to make the human development director unemployed (actually I will help the society by getting rid of such parasite bureaucrats!) instead of millions of productive people.

The collector of Surat district told us in a final meeting with all the district administrative officers that, we should remove all the sad ground realities information from the report, and instead prepare a report which only focuses on some fake success stories [sic] of their public programs. A simple counterfactual analysis will show us the real harm of such policies in terms of the fantastic productive opportunities lost because of those programs' implementation. What we need to think is not what society has achieved through such public programs, but what it has not achieved (or lost) due to such programs which has diverted society's scarce resources in its direction. For example, what is the use of constructing a giant indoor stadium, endless unnecessary fly overs, suspension bridges etc., in Surat city without even asking how the taxpayers want government to use their hard earned money which is been robbed from them by the State.

The brouhaha of the Surat district education officer was another feather in the cap of rogue government officials. He was very annoyed when he show some pictures of dilapidated school buildings in unusable conditions in many of the rural (and urban) areas of Surat district. His plight was: We are only showing such pictures that exposes his negligence, and not those which show his so-called impressive work! The fact of the matter is that, if Mr. Education minister had come with the field team to see the areas of Surat district then he would have find no such places where his administration's good work is on exhibition. Wherever the team went with their cameras they found unhygienic, pathetic, useless school buildings with barely any facilities which is a precondition for starting a primary school. His obnoxious ingenious solution was for us to lie in the report about this whole matter!

District collector was uncomfortable at my reporting of the Ukai Dam on Tapi river as a potential threat for the existence of Surat city and many villages of the district. I called it a sleeping monster (with Kakrapar atomic power station just 100 kms away from Surat city as another sleeping monster about which I discuss in next para) His horrid claim was: Ukai dam pauses no threat to Surat city and villages because it is absolutely accident proof!!! I don't have to say a word about the hollowness of this claim to the people of the city which sees a major flood in Tapi river because of human mismanagement of Dam about every four years since last couple of decades. The administration which is not even ready to accept the fact that such dams can cause havoc to the people of the city at any time in future will never be prepared for such major catastrophic events. They are only interested in seeing through their terms as collector without any difficulties and so they have found a cunning way of simply assuming away the difficulties!

Same thing happened during a UNDP organized workshop of our team and district administrators. First of all, as a researcher I don't have to go and ask any government officials in such workshops about what to write in my report. The moment academicians are told by the government officials about what to write and what not to, the report becomes a political junk in stead of a sound scientific report addressed to solve the specific issues of human development. Notwithstanding such underlying principles, we were told to work in tandem with the bureaucrats. During the workshop the mayor of a remote Mandavi taluka approached me for expressing his discomfort about my nomenclature of the Kakrapar nuclear power station as a sleeping monster waiting to explode at any time. Just like the dupe district collector who believed that Ukai dam is not a threat for Surat city, this Mr. Mayor was convinced that Kakrapar nuclear power station is absolutely well guarded and accident free! He fretted over about this issue with me for long hours in which I was just amazed by his naïveté as a mayor whose city is lying in the surroundings of that nuclear power station. Just after couple of months of this episode, a nuclear leak accident happened in Karnataka power plant! I wish that mayor was with me when that accident happened.

Encounter with Tapi district D.D.O. (District Development Officer, an I.A.S. officer):

Recently I attended a conference with the Tapi district development officer. She was a young lady, surely a fresh batch of I.A.S. officers. Her sheer arrogance and inhumane insensitive attitude towards the local poor people was ubiquitous, and it didn't astonish me a bit because the arrogance and hypocrisy of the official class is well known to me.

A basic demand for proper roads (and other transportation facilities) by the poor people was quite boring for her, and she dismissed those demands by saying that, they will always ask for roads which approach till their doors! That means, poor people must feel content under her administrator with roads which are million miles away from their homes!!! Her hypocrisy was to such an extent that she herself was unashamed when she was parking her (tax funded) luxury car right next to her (tax funded) office door! I guess, with such attitude, the D.D.O. should be quite happy if the road leading to her home is not reaching up to her home's front door, right ms. D.D.O.?

She was also administering an environmental ban on the use of rat killing chemicals in her area. This chemical was used to kill those rats which are spreading a deadly disease of Leptospirosis amongst the local people. They banned the chemical to save the Rats (and kill people)!!! When we asked about why the ban on such chemical, she jokingly said, well the wild life activists also need to do something!!?? She is again happy to see that her administration is killing innocent people to save few useless rats, and to please those loggerhead lefty environmentalist/wildlife activists.

Another evidence of boondoggles of the Gujarat government I witnessed when we visited a small boarding school near Songadh. The videos of this green environment boondoggle you can see here.

More on this in future blogs......

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kashmir Solution

Kashmir is burning again! Civil uprising is on going since past couple of months, and tension is running extremely high. More than 100 Kashmiri have already lost their lives totaling more than 80,000 deaths since the beginning of Kashmir dispute some 62 years ago. The beautiful Kashmir valley is in dispute since the time of Indian independence. Everything apparently seems convoluted, but it's not. The solution of Kashmir problem is straight forward, but because the solution is politically incorrect no body will implement it. Moreover, politician gangs, who are uncontested rulers of the valley, will surely won't wish their empire to end very abruptly, which it will if they adopt the solution I am going to outline in the following paragraphs.

Kashmir is yet another legacy of British Raj in India. The smart-ass Brits gave Israel - Palestine conflict to the middle east when they left from there, and gave Kashmir to India and Pakistan who separated at the time of their independence from the Britishers more than 60 years ago. During the partition many princely Indian states decided to remain with India and others parted with Pakistan. The king of Kashmir was Hindu with a predominantly Muslim populace. The king wanted to join India, but his population wanted to go with Pakistan. Not seeing the real solution in his sight then prime minister of India, emotional Nehru took this matter in United Nations, which ordered a plebiscite. India determined not to let go the so-called crown of his head - Kashmir, decided to ignore the plebiscite and installed the Army and a special constitutional rule. This friction resulted into this long endless bloody conflict, which still awaits its final solution.

The solution
Kashmir dispute is a straight forward case of violation of the property rights of the Kashmiri people by the Indian government. The land of Kashmir is a private property of the people of Kashmir who have homesteaded it since centuries. Kashmiri or Indian government has no legal rights to violate these private property rights of Kashmiri people.

I feel it absolutely insane when many Indians living outside Kashmir heedlessly keep on saying that Kashmir is an integral part of India. They need to understand, that it is none of their business to interfere in the private matters of the Kashmiri people. I just ask: how they will feel if the Kashmiri people say, that the land of Gujarat or Maharashtra don't belong to Gujarati or Maharashtrian people, but to the Kashmiri government!!!

So, the simple solution of Kashmir problem is to give back the original private property titles to the Kashmiri people, and let them decide their own future. If they want to go with Pakistan after given their rightful ownership then that's fine, and if they want to remain independent then that is also absolutely fine. Once they will be the owner of their land, they will protect it at any cost against any invaders, if that is going to be their fate.

In any case stealing the land of Kashmir from their legal owners (Kashmiris) is wrong, and Indian government must immediately correct this mistake by giving back the property titles to Kashmiris while simultaneously removing the Indian army from their land. Without this the blood spill in Kashmir will never stop.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Global Warming/Climate Change Fraud Reading

Dear friends,

Here I list some of the important resources which you all require to uncover the hoax, lies, frauds of Anthropogenic (man-made) Global Warming (AGW)/Climate Change:

Books:

1. The Deniers, Fully Revised: The World-Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution and Fraud
2. Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor

3. The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists

4. Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam

5. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)

6. Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed

7.
The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About--Because They Helped Cause Them

8.
Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them

9. A LAYMAN'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL WARMING HOAX

10. Climate Change Reconsidered: The Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)

11. Watermelons: How the Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future


Websites:

1. The website of The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)

2. Climate Realist: The Realists Take on Climate Change

3. Climate Change Fraud (Also see links to other websites on their links page)

4. A True Inquiry Into Climate & Weather (1/2): A Hot Potato (Great 2 hrs podcast which covers most of the man-made climate change hoax related issues). Part 2 is here. And the discussion continues here, and here.

5. Ice Age Now (It's not warming, but natural cooling that is looming danger on humans)

6. Climate Change: The Skeptics Handbook (Rise above the mud-slinging in the Global Warming debate. Here are the strategies and tools you need to cut through the red-herrings and avoid the traps.) You all should surely download this gem of a handbook, which will enable you to ask critical questions in global warming debate, and help understand the underlying realities.

7. CO2 science (CO2 is not BAD for us and our planet. Quite the contrary. It is in fact GOOD for plant and animal growth. Take a look at this website for a true understanding of CO2)

8. Climate Depot

9. Piers Corbyn's WeatherAction.com (If you want to know about the real scientific true accurate weather forecast then Piers Corbyn is your man. He is a real weather man. WeatherAction long-range forecasts are produced using Piers Corbyn's Solar Weather Technique which is the most advanced and reliable long-range forecasting system in the world. Although you have to purchase his forecasts if you want to use it, but he gives this forecasts for FREE to all the major governments/politicians beforehand so that they can use it for making their policies. So far governments and politicians have IGNORED him totally because he uses Sun and not CO2 to predict weather!)

Documentaries:

1. The Great Global Warming Swindle (You must watch this documentary to uncover the lies of man-made global warming. If you have seen Al Gore's, The Inconvenient Truth (lies!) then you must watch this documentary, which will totally debunk Al Gore by using science, and not propaganda like Gore).

2. Global Warming or Global Governance?

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Greenies/lefties/commies want to kill people (especially in poor countries) so that only they can have control over the resources of this planet, and for that they are using this man-made global warming/climate change hoax on a global scale. The recent environmental terrorist, who attacked Discovery channel headquarters is a prime example of this Green environmental madness.

The earth is actually naturally cooling, and possibly slipping into a 30 year cycle of Ice Age. This is nothing new because climate has always changed naturally. ‎"Over the past one million years, we have experienced eight ice ages. Eighty percent of the last million years was ice age. We are lucky to live in this short inter-glacial period."

So, what we now need to do is to prepare ourselves for the coming cooling (and not warming), and for that first of all we all need to understand the hoax/lies/frauds of man-made climate change, which is been told to us by our ugly politicians and those evil environmentalists. I have given enough reading reference to you in my above post. I wish you all study the real science of climate change and educate yourselves as well as your friends/family member/community members while passing on the messages to others.