‘Hamara Bimaru Madhya Pradesh’

DB Post 28 July 2018


The BJP Government, ruling MP for the past 15 years, is justifiably proud of its many achievements. The state’s GDP had nosedived by the time it came to power in 2003. Since then GDP has grown at an astounding rate of 10.2 percent.

Agriculture growth rate has gone up from 3 percent to 18 percent, with foodgrain production increasing by whooping 179 percent. So has irrigation. Per capita income has grown from Rs 14,011 to Rs 55,442. Madhya Pradesh has become a revenue surplus state from a revenue deficit state. It has also become a power surplus state.

But has MP really come out of the Bimaru status and joined ranks of the developed states, as BJP’s spin doctors want us to believe? Sadly, facts do not support this claim. Continue reading “‘Hamara Bimaru Madhya Pradesh’”

‘Main Hoon Na’ Moment of MP Politics


With BJP chief Amit Shah predicting that Shivraj Singh Chouhan will return to power for a fourth term in MP, the CM jumped into the poll arena with a renewed vigour last week. He is going around the state in his Rs 2.5 crore-chariot seeking votes playing to the gallery and thumping his chest.

Chouhan has been in power for 13 years now. His position within the ruling party has become unassailable, especially over the past five years, with almost all his detractors either vanquished or banished from MP.

That kind of unchallenged power is enough to transform any person. His characteristic humility has given way to chest thumping on public platforms: “Despite a drought, crops are bountiful in Shivraj Singh’s raj.” Continue reading “‘Main Hoon Na’ Moment of MP Politics”

MP Government’s amnesty for thieves

DB POST 14 July 2018


The Madhya Pradesh government has announced waiver of outstanding electricity bills for workers and economically deprived sections. The Rs 5,200-crore scheme includes a no-questions-asked amnesty for electricity thieves those facing prosecution for theft, or those whose power supply was disconnected for stealing.

A benevolent government will withdraw all court cases against them and waive their outstanding charges, fines, interests and so forth. Even habitual and serial offenders those who had availed of similar amnesty in the past can apply for the bill waiver scheme, says a government order. Continue reading “MP Government’s amnesty for thieves”

Bureaucrats with a conscience


Two bureaucrats are discussing Cabinet minutes in Yes Prime Minister

Bernard: So you want me to falsify the minutes? 
Humphrey: I want nothing of the sort! It’s up to you Bernard; what do you want? 
Bernard: I want to have a clear conscience. 
Humphrey: A clear conscience? 
Bernard: Yes. Humphrey: When did you acquire this taste for luxuries?

Senior IAS officer Dipali Rastogi has surprised many by publicly coming out against civil servants who let their spine rot and said only what their masters wanted to hear for the sake of “salary, perks, club membership, car, driver, domestic help, spruced-up homes, dinner parties, discounted vacations, foreign trips and the silly, mean-minded ‘power’ to dole out small favours to friends and relatives.” Continue reading “Bureaucrats with a conscience”

Is extension to MP Chief Secretary a poll exercise?

DB Post 30 June 2018


The opposition Congress party has objected to the extension in service given to Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary BP Singh. MPCC chief Kamal Nath complained to Election Commission this week that the BJP government was trying to “influence the process of free and fair elections” by extending Singh’s tenure by six months.

Singh was supposed to retire on June 30, but last week the government decided to delay his superannuation till the end of the year.

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Cowsheds In University (Hindi)

शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में मध्य प्रदेश नवाचार के नए झंडे गाड़ रहा है. इनमें सबसे ताजा है, भोपाल स्थित पत्रकारिता विश्वविद्यालय में गौशाला खोलने का निर्णय. इस अनूठी योजना के जनक हैं यूनिवर्सिटी के वाईस चांसलर बृज किशोर कुठियाला, जो एक अतिशय उर्वरक मष्तिष्क के मालिक प्रतीत होते हैं. उनकी अगुयाई में पिछले कुछ सालों में इस पत्रकारिता विश्वविद्यालय में नवाचार के कई कीर्तिमान स्थापित हुए हैं. उनके मुरीद अब उम्मीद करते हैं कि यूनिवर्सिटी में गौशाला खोलने की योजना इस संस्थान को नयी उंचाईयों पर ले जाएगी.

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Cowsheds in University

Madhya Pradesh is blazing new trails in academic innovations. The latest is the plan to open a cowshed in journalism university. It is a novel concept, the idea of one of the most fertile brains of our times. It’s protagonist, Brij Kishore Kuthiala certainly deserves a Bharat Ratna for that. It perfectly synchronises with his world view of an ideal education system – the Gurukul of Krishna where pupils take cows to graze in surrounding forests, milk the animals, collect firewood, beg for food in villages and then settle down to their studies.

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Shivraj Singh Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai


DB Post 30 July 2017

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is, normally, polite to the core. Social grace, or small talk, may not be his strong point. But friends and foe agree, alike, that he is courteous. “I try not to hurt even a worm, I sidestep it,” he said in the just-concluded monsoon session of MP assembly recently.

Hence, affable Shivraj took everyone by surprise recently when he publicly threatened to “hang upside down” District Collectors if they failed to clear pending land dispute cases.

Warning officers of strict action on pending patta (land ownership right) and demarcation cases, he said: “If they don’t resolve the issue within a month, I would make sure that they are removed. “Collectori karne ke layak nahi chhodunga”, was the colourful phrase used in colloquial Hindi. Continue reading “Shivraj Singh Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai”

CM Secretariat

As chief minister, Digvijay Singh did not keep a single department with him while distributing portfolios among his ministerial colleagues. “I am a chief minister without a portfolio,” he would proclaim proudly, claiming that his role was limited to “supervision and co-ordination”. He flaunted the “ultimate” sacrifice of power for the sake of decentralisation.

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