Behind MP’s Amazing Irrigation Growth

DB Post 25 Aug 2018

NK SINGH

Disasters can become a learning experience. Think of irrigation department in Madhya Pradesh, and one is forced to think of Arvind Joshi, an IAS officer sacked after an income tax raid on his house yielded Rs three crore in cash. Joshi was heading the water resources department in MP at the time of the raid eight years ago.

“That was the turning point,” says Radheshyam Julaniya, additional chief secretary of water resources department. The senior IAS officer, known to be brutally frank, ads: “If Arvind Joshi had not happened, things might not have changed so fast.”

When Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hand-picked an unwilling Julaniya to head the tainted department in the aftermath of the scandal, the situation was not exactly rosy.

Julaniya turned the challenge into an opportunity. Apart from government canals, MP has managed to establish an impressive network of tube wells, dug wells and ponds by incentivising private endeavours like Kapildhara. Continue reading “Behind MP’s Amazing Irrigation Growth”

Atal Bihari Vajpayee as shadow PM

N.K. SINGH

Was going somewhere when I saw a pit.

I asked, ‘Where’s the road?.’

‘In the pit,’ they said.

I asked, ‘Where’s the pit?’.

‘In the road,’ they said.

Then I saw a man riding a scooter in that pit… sorry, the road.

His wife was riding pillion. Every two minutes he would reach behind and touch her.

I asked him why he was doing that.

He replied: ‘I want to make sure she has not fallen off.”

This is Atal Behari Vajpayee, the BJP’s star campaigner and sheet anchor, on the campaign trail poking fun at the Government’s record on civic amenities. Continue reading “Atal Bihari Vajpayee as shadow PM”

अटल जी की जादू जगाने की कला

Charisma of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

NK SINGH

भाजपा के प्रमुख प्रचारक और प्रधानमंत्री पद के उसके प्रत्याशी अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी अपनी चुनाव सभाओं में नागरिक सुविधाओं के नाम पर सरकारी कामकाज की खिल्ली कुछ इस तरह उड़ाते हैं:

मैं कहीं जा रहा था कि मैंने एक गड्ढा देखा।

मैंने पूछा,‘सड़क कहां है?‘

लोगों ने कहा,‘गड्ढे में

मैंने पूछा,‘गड्ढा कहां है?‘

उन्होंने कहा,‘सड़क में।

फिर मैंने एक व्यक्ति को उस गड्ढे में…. माफ कीजिएगा, सड़क पर स्कूटर चलाते देखा।

उसकी बीवी पिछली सीट पर बैठी थी। हर दो मिनट बाद वह पीछे मुड़कर उसे छूता था।

मैंने पूछा कि वह ऐसा क्यों कर रहा है।

उसका जवाब था,”मैं  आश्वस्त होना चाहता था  कि वह कहीं गिर तो नहीं गई।“

गोरखपुर, बिजनौर, मुरादाबाद में हर जनसभा में उनका यह चुटकुला लोगों को बहुत पसंद आया। Continue reading “अटल जी की जादू जगाने की कला”

Spoilsports of 2018 election

DB Post 18 August 2018

NK SINGH

The emergence of a radical maverick organisation as a political force in western Madhya Pradesh has worried both the BJP and the Congress, the main contenders for the throne in the upcoming MP assembly election. Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti (JAYS), an organisation of tribal youths, has thrown its hat in the ring.

Jays has announced that its members will contest not only all the 47 Vidhan Sabha seats reserved for scheduled tribes but also fight from 30 other constituencies with sizeable number of Adivasi voters.

Jays has been active in the tribal areas, particularly western region, for some time now. The success of its recent rallies in small tribal towns and the outpouring of support from youth have caught the media’s imagination. Continue reading “Spoilsports of 2018 election”