Sunday, April 27, 2008

चिअरगर्ल्सवर बंदीच हवी!

चिअरगर्ल्स तोकडे कपडे घालून नृत्य करतात, हे भारतीय संस्कृतीला शोभत नाही, असे सांगत राज्यातील काही नेत्यांनी चिअरगर्ल्सवर बंदी घालण्याची मागणी केली. चिअरगर्ल्सवर बंदी घालण्याचा कायदा अजून तरी आपल्याकडे नाही, असे राज्याचे गृहमंत्री आर. आर. पाटील यांनी म्हटले आहे. त्यांचे नृत्य अश्‍लिल वाटले, तर मात्र पोलिस कारवाई करू शकतात, असेही त्यांनी स्पष्ट केल्यामुळे नवी मुंबईत होणाऱ्या सामन्यांमध्ये चिअरगर्ल्सच्या नृत्याकडे पोलिसांचे विशेष लक्ष असेल, हे तर स्पष्ट आहे.

महाराष्ट्रात चिअरगर्ल्सवर बंदी घालावी का, या "ई-सकाळ'ने विचारलेल्या प्रश्‍नाला वाचकांनी भरभरून प्रतिसाद दिला. "ई-सकाळ'कडे आलेल्या "मेल'च्या निरिक्षणातून बहुसंख्य जण चिअरगर्ल्सवर बंदी घालावी, याच विचारांचे असल्याचे जाणवते.

देशाबाहेर राहणारे भारतीय स्वतःच्या संस्कृतीचा विसर पडू न देता, वेगवेगळ्या देशांच्या संस्कृती आत्मसात करण्याचा प्रयत्न करतात. देशाबाहेर राहणारे भारतीयही स्वतःचे विविध सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम साजरे करतात आणि त्या देशाच्या कार्यक्रमांमध्येही सहभागी होतात.तोकडे कपडे घालून नृत्य करणाऱ्या चिअरगर्ल्स सांस्कृतिक मूल्यांवर जगणाऱ्या बहुसंख्य भारतीयांच्या मानसिकतेला मानवणाऱ्या नाहीत.

"आयपीएल'चे सामने मनोरंजन करणारे असले तरी खेळाडूंना चिअर करण्यासाठी त्यांचे पाठिराखे मैदानावर उपस्थित असतात. त्यासाठी चिअरगर्ल्स कशाल हव्यात. उलट चिअरगर्ल्समुळे खेळाडूंची एकाग्रता कमी होत असल्याने ही संकल्पनाच योग्य वाटत नाही.


Anonymous said...

Whatever wstern cluture is there we should not accept it. Indian culture is having identity (different) we should protect it. That’s how we will be identifying from the rest of world. I will give here one example, our all fingers are not same in height and do not try to make it so. It will be useless. Better keep away this type of culture.

Suresh waghmode

sam francies said...

i think ther is nothing to object these girls, cauz the cameras goes on these girls only for 5 to 10 secs, and all the people who are talking abt out culture and asked to banned it , there must be some valgarity in their thoughts only, these girls never shows there private parts but its all the thinking of this vulger minds

Anonymous said...

There are so many things that we do these days which are not part of our culture. Leave every thing or let the Cheer Girls dance.
We are immtured society and are in a very confused state. 99% of us want to be modest and be as good as westerns, at the same time we insist on our culture. What is our culture?
Start wearing Dhoti, Zabba, 9 waari lugada.

Anonymous said...

We have already accepted lot of things from western culture nad cricket is one of them. Right from shirts and pants to cricket and football, movies games, business strategies and almost everything. Dance by cheergirls is preety common in any bigshot game in the world and there shouldnot be any surprise to see that in cricket as well. Its a shame that people have issues with cheer-dance!

Anonymous said...

To: sam francies
Sunday,April 27,2008 8:07:00 PM

Please arrange to send your sister and wife for chearleading. People like you should be packed to vatican or the west.

Anonymous said...

Globlization should not be taken for granted that we need English as a language. No. Its a tool to loot money, impose foreign rule, make India a slave country, Make people dumm by not knowing their mother-tongue language and spread foreign cultures. Cheerleading is the lowest and most skin showing profession in west.

Perhaps these imported, vatican funded schools are opposing their teaching and spread of these languages. They are slaves of west for the west send them money through NGO's. All big doners and NGO from west want INDIA to be made a slave of west. Language is the only barrier in their way, as to they know, that is the soul of India and it cant be made a slave!

So we should support what is good:

Marathi for Maharashtra, Kannada for Katnataka, Tamil for Tamil Nadu, and Gujarati for Gujarat, etc. LOOK thought these excellent languages, learn them and adore them. They are just beautiful as INDIA. 720 active languages in INDIA is a wonder of nature and humans who speak and write them.

Anonymous said...

Well said anonymous of Monday, April 28, 2008 8:35:00 PM

I totally agree with your views.
Why not completely ban western stuff and stick to our values?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous of Monday, April 28, 2008 8:21:00 PM

I am writing this from the WEST.
You abused Sam's thoughts in the previous posting, this is your frustration. Actually, there is no difference between the western culture and Indian culture as there are humanbeing live at both the ends. Things are equal and just same at intellactual level, then it doesn't matter if you are an Indian or American, you both are on the same page.
I believe, we have more malpractices and flesh trade in India than in the west, also look at our population, it's always growing, so who is more crazy? Us or them?

Anonymous said...

Come on folks, we don't need government to tell us if cheer leaders are allowed!

If you think they are immoral, organize a boycott of the advertiser's products. Money will do the rest! If you are not successful, the "Indian Culture" actually loves these cheer leaders and there is nothing wrong with them.

Anonymous said...

'Corruption is now official for Congress party'
Arvind Lavakare may be 71, but the fire in his belly burns stronger than in many people half his age. The economics post-graduate worked with the Reserve Bank of India and several private and public sector companies before retiring in 1997. His first love, however, remains sports. An accredited cricket umpire in Mumbai, he has reported and commented on cricket matches for newspapers, Doordarshan and AIR. Lavakare has also been regularly writing on politics since 1997, and published a monograph, The Truth About Article 370, in 2005.

The Congress has now made corruption official, over the counter.

Its seven-point programme to entice voters in the Karnataka State Assembly elections in May includes:

1. Free colour TV sets to those below the poverty line holding what are known as “green cards”
2. 25 kg of rice at Rs 2 per kg to green card holders
3. An incentive of Rs 1200 per month for all unemployed youth who have passed SSLC (Secondary school leaving certificate)
4. Waiver of Ashraya housing loans for the green card holders
5. Maximum interest of three per cent per annum on loans taken by farmers, women self-help groups, potters, handloom weavers, fishermen and shepherds
6. Health insurance coverage for green card holders, and
7. Construction of 15 lakh houses for the homeless poor

The above package is a bribe because simply voting for the Congress will not enable the voters concerned to avail any of its constituent items. For giving the promised lollipops, the electorate will have to bring the Congress back to power in Karnataka. That’s a perfect QPQ — quid pro quo, which is what a bribe really is.

Just what does the above bribe packet add up to? A press report indicates that expenditure on items 1 to 6 above would mean an outlay of Rs10,000 crore. The value of item 7 would depend on the cost of construction per sq ft and the area of the house. Assuming the low of Rs 500 per sq ft of a mere brick and cement dwelling (non-RCC) and a minimum livable area of 250 sq ft, the cost of a house in 2008 would be at least Rs1,25,000. Fifteen lakh houses of this kind would mean Rs18, 750 crore.

That expenditure on housing alone would mean 39 per cent of the estimated expenditure (Rs 47,950 crore) of Karnataka that was announced in the State’s annual Budget for 2007-08. Add the recurring expenditure on items 2 and 3 above, the burden of government salaries under the Sixth Pay Commission, and it doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to conclude that resources available to the State for agriculture, education, power generation and distribution, urban development, police, and the many other items of a State government’s expenditure will be niggardly.

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But having lost the elections in Gujarat, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in recent months, the Congress apparently doesn’t think beyond power at any cost, literally. A State’s fiscal health doesn’t matter for it any more. Hence, its Karnataka venture to buy (bribe) the poor to buy power in Bengaluru.

But corruption by the Congress is not a new phenomenon. It was first noticed by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who saw it as the reason for his suggestion that Congress, after Independence, should be dissolved as a political party. He didn’t live long enough to see that dream shattered. Later, Nehru too saw it, experienced it himself in Punjab and elsewhere, but decided to turn a blind eye to it. But he did almost nothing about it except to demand a couple of VIP resignations.

The Congress attitude has always been to gloss over corruption as just one of facts of life. Apart from Nehru choosing to ignore Krishna Menon’s indulgence of having army factories making coffee machines instead of jeeps, his daughter, Indira Gandhi, is often suspected as being the first one who resorted to earn funds for the party through commissions on commercial government deals with foreign parties. And her casual, contemptuous one-liner that “Corruption is an international phenomenon” is often invoked today by critics and some of her party people.

Rajiv Gandhi’s indictment in his first torch-bearing speech that only 15 paise of every rupee spent by the state trickled down to the intended beneficiary became a cruel joke when he himself was suspected by investigative journalists to have had a hand in the till of the Bofors scam.

Sonia Gandhi’s hand is similarly highly suspicious in her government letting off Ottavio Quattrochhi from being brought to Indian courts for that same scam. And Rahul Gandhi is known to have been damned for having tainted hands in a book written by an ex-KGB man.

A conspicuous example of the Congress keenness to protect corruption is seen in the text of “The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988” introduced, ironically, during Rajiv Gandhi’s reign. Applicable only to public servants, Section 19 of that Act makes previous sanction by government necessary for prosecution of the public servant suspected of corruption. The reason cited for this peculiar legal requirement is that it prevents concocted charges of corruption being levied and needlessly casts suspicion and pressure on the public servant concerned with all its consequences.

An elementary remedy to prevent this was to introduce a Section whereby any charge of corruption proved as baseless or flippant would be punished with a heavy fine as well as a long term in prison. Recently, for example, PIL litigants who had filed a case against cricketer Dhoni for building a swimming pool in his home at Ranchi had their case dismissed by the Jharkand High Court which also fined the petitioners with Rs 1 lakh.

The provision of making sanction necessary for prosecution in the Prevention of Corruption Act has cost the nation dear in many cases needs precisely that kind of antidote. But the Congress will never do it for reasons we all know.

The other day, the Prime Minister did admit that corruption was a major problem facing the country — though he spoilt it by tagging courts along with the country.

That admission, however, may well have been merely public consumption. This opinion, unfair as it may well be, is grounded on the total silence of our Prime Minister on the little known offer of Germany to offer the key to India of a big treasure of ill-gotten wealth (public and private) held by Indians in the earth’s unheard corner called Leichtenstein, a small principality, ruled by a crown prince whose family owns and runs the LTG Bank which is a convenient letter-box for moneyed people all over the world and where unknown billions have been hidden away. Germany’s intelligence agency recently exposed it all and obtained secret data about more than 700 clients of the LTG Bank with a view to prosecuting hundreds of its own suspected tax evaders.

What’s more important for us, the German government has announced that it would share information on accounts held in the tax haven with any government that wanted it. The spokesman for the German finance ministry indicated that they would respond to such requests without charging any fees for the information. Finland, Sweden, and Norway have expressed interest in the data obtained by the Berlin intelligent agency

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But there’s no indication at all that the Manmohan Singh government has approached the German government for looking at that data. Is he not aware or has he forgotten about the wealth hoarded by Indians in the areas of commerce, politics, arts, entertainment, even the military, in foreign banks for the last five to six decades? How can he, as a former RBI Governor and India’s Finance Minister, be unaware when it is common knowledge that trillions of dollars of Indian money are lying in various tax havens, such as Antigua, Switzerland, Bahamas, Liechtenstein, Isle of Man, St Kitts, and so on?

R Vaidyanathan, Professor of Finance and Control, IIM, Bangalore, believes the amount involved, according to back-of-the-envelope calculations, can be at least ten to twelve times our current GDP. This will run to several trillion dollars, which can be used to write off the loans of all marginal farmers of the entire world.

Tragically, our PM only very recently asked the finance ministry to inquire into the operations of sovereign wealth funds in India after the RBI Governor suggested that India should consider setting up its SWF. He and the RBI Governor seem strangely acting oblivious to the fact that in places like Leichtenstein lie the real sovereign wealth of our country belonging to billions of our poor. That is our Sovereign Wealth Fund, already existing and waiting to be tapped only if the UPA top brass is willing and the Opposition is not sleeping.

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