Wants peaceful and democratic poll in India
(specially in Punjab
Toronto, Feb. 21, 2009
S Singh/Toronto/ Gary Singh/LA
The 15th Lok Sabha Election of India is scheduled to be held by
the month of May 2009.
- Total members of Lok Sabha or the lower house of the Indian
Parliament is 552, comprising 530 members who represent the States
- 20 members who stand for the Union Territories
- 2 members from the Anglo-Indian Community who are nominated
by the President.
Now there are three main contenders:
- UPA (present government include parties like Congress, RJD,
- NDA (main opposition party include BJP, JD(U), BJD, Shiv Sena
- Tthird front (which include parties like Communist parties,
The main fight between UPA and NDA.
The NRI and PIO population across
the world is estimated at over 30 million. Most
of the NRIs ( specially from Punjab and Gujrat) have become highly
successful in business and professions. It has been estimated that,
NRIs has a combined yearly economic output of $180 to $225 billion,
about one third of the GDP of India.
Looking at the history of NRIs involvement in USA, Gadar movement
initiated in 1913 in San Francisco and the India League in the 1940s.
PLAYED BIG ROLE for India’s independence
NRI/PIOs have worked behind the scene to create interest among
companies to take interest in India. NRI is also contributing to
make India a powerful country.
In Gujrat, Modi, attired in a dapper suit,
made a strong pitch for attracting investment from NRIs. Gujarat
is the growth engine of India.
The Planning Commission set a target for Gujarat to achieve 10.2
percent rate of growth. We have achieved 10.6 percent growth,"
he said at the Vigyan Bhavan convention centre that was the two-day
venue of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
"This time again, the Planning Commission has set a target
of 11.2 percent growth rate for Gujarat - the highest for not only
any state in the country for any Asian state. Gujarat will fulfil
the expectations of the country," he said to more applause
from the audience.
The Gujarat government is to create two Special Investment Regions
(SIRs) with a view to provide a major thrust to the Delhi-Mumbai
Industrial corridor project, chief minister of Gujarat Narendra
Gujarat, which is a capital for special economic zones in the country
by housing about 60 SEZs, has identified two SIR regions. Ahmedabad-Dholera
is estimated to attract investments to the tune of about Rs 50,000
crore, generating job opportunities for over two lakh people. Baruch-Dahej
region is expected to attract investments of about Rs 28,000 crore.
Modi pointed out that the state was ahead of other state governments
in facilitating industrial investments as also improving the quality
of citizens' life.
Modi’s sales pitch for Gujarat is that it the state has
attracted investments to the tune of Rs 56,000 crore in 2004 and
that his government has identified 300 projects in which NRIs can
put their money in. "We welcome NRI brothers and sisters to
• Investor friendliness and bureaucratic efficiency are key
to Gujarat’s growth. Read More
Is Punjab States lobbying hard for the NRI
According to Punjab press report, Punjab is rapidly moving up
in production of engineering goods, pharmaceuticals, leather goods,
food products, textiles, electronic goods, sugar, machine tools,
hand tools, agricultural implements, sports goods, paper and paper
According to Express India, Aug. 23, 2008, All the hype and fanfare
notwithstanding, the NRI Sammelan held in January this year has
been able to generate just a single project, an agro-based industry
for manufacturing juices and carbonated drinks by Oasis Beverages,
near Ludhiana. The project has received the nod of the Empowered
Committee on Mega Projects and a letter of intent (LoI) has been
issued. The only other NRI investment in agro industry so far is
the Food Park at Sirhind, a joint venture. Punjab hopes the new
industrial policy and major infrastructure projects it plans to
roll out from this year will be able to make a difference.
Notably, as much as 25 to 40 per cent of bookings in projects such
as Emaar-MGF’s Mohali Hills, Parsvnath’s Pride Asia,
Pearls City Mohali, to name a few, have come from NRIs.
From New York, Sohan Singh Randhawa said:
- Major problems faced by Punjabis who have settled abroad are
that of property disputes, matrimonial cases and long pending
- Righr now, NRIs are not investing in projects but they are
giving money in development of their native villages or communities
through donations and purchasing land. They have done some commendable
philanthropic and development work in their villages in the Doaba
belt, home to the largest number of NRIs from the state.
Most of the NRIs says all about red-tapism, corruption, bureaucratic
and political system. The political leaders are so busy in elections
and cultural programs.
NRIs still hope that there will be big change in coming months,
specially in law and order because in Badal Govt., most of the
ministers are professional even some of them have MBA degree
from US and UK
If they did not bring any change, very soon, you will
see NRI Chief Minister in Indian States
NRI dreams, next Chief Minister of Punjab or Gujrat
will be NRI
When Obama won, world smiles.
- South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela, said
in a letter of congratulations to Obama, "Your victory has
demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare
to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place,".
- Rama Yade, France's black junior minister for human rights,
told French radio, "This is the fall of the Berlin Wall times
ten AND America is re becoming a New World.”
- In Britain, The Sun newspaper borrowed from Neil Armstrong's
1969 moon landing in describing Obama's election as "one
giant leap for mankind."
- Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski spoke of "a new
America with a new credit of trust in the world."
Jassi Khangura, MLA from Qilaraipur, sent some shocking pictures
This week, NRI Jassi Khangura, MLA from Qilaraipur, Ludhiana sent
some photos that what is happening in Punjab including last year’s
Panchayat election, We believe that he might sent thes photos 1000s
I have come to believe that we should see these photos. Seeing
the bodies makes the crime more real, rather than something of a
campfire horror story. It is easy in our own safe little worlds
to see violent crime as something distant, something that happens
to 'other' people. We cannot, myself included, always wrap our minds
around the gravity of these crimes. The fact of the matter is that
murder does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone. These killers
are hidden from us until they choose to make themselves visible.
I hope that when you view the photos below, you come away with
a better sense of what actually occurred. These are not nightly
news sound bites over footage filmed half a world away. If fairy
tales were once used to frighten and forewarn us, then these are
the new fairy tales. We must listen closely to the tales the bodies
an NRI news media, we conclude that:
- When the workers try to cast fake votes or police help one
or other party- Tension prevailed and fight start.
- There was also a “dry day” in polling day but drunken
people hovering around the polling booths
- During elections, candidates start sending their vehicles to
pick old people. After the vote cast, there is no arrangement
to drop them. They become mad but forget in the next election
- About 30-40% NRIs are attached with one or another Indian party
and some percentage also go to India to help their candidates
- 60-70% NRIs don’t care who win, but they care about the
image of the country and who is doing better job
Now, some young educate leaders are coming in politics. They understand
all kind of the problems. In coming years, media and technology
is becoming so powerful that it will help voters who is doing great
job. Few examples are: