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Lot and lot is being written about the plight of the inhabitants of Uttarakhand villages thronging the cities and towns including the metropolises of the country,numbering massively, about 32 lakh people of the 17 year old Himalayan state defeating the very concept of economic self reliant and giving its people due justice in terms of decentralised all round development.

The state witnessing the fiscal deficit of staggering 40 thousand crores depending on merely 7 thousand crores of productive income from its own sources, with a begging bowl, seeking international aid and paying myriad amount of interest during the last more than one and a half decade after achieving statehood was never ever expected .

Today, while hundreds of Uttarakhand villages have become ghost villages after its inhabitants had to, under compelling circumstances migrate to plains devoid of basic job, educational and health facilities, what make things and situation even more shocking and worrisome is the fact that even prisoners freed from the clutches of tortuous jail sentence after several years of confinement behind four walls of the prisons prefer to feel safe and comfortable by being behind bars again, than to stay in their village to enjoy the freedom, the reason being that their villages have also become ghost villages due to the above reasons and natural calamities with the successive governments literally doing nothing to ensure the well being and welfare of the local inhabitants ruined due to these ecological disasters and holocausts resulting in their familes to go to unknown destinations for want of sustenance and enable their survival.

This story is about a prisoner Uma Dutt Bhatt of Bastadi village of Pithoragarh in Kumaon division of Uttarakhand where natural calamity due to cloud burst incidents resulted in several deaths and near total devastation of the village finally making it a ghost village due to the negligent and insensitive attitude of the state government and local administration for not reconstructing the village and rehabilitating its inhabitants in disarray due to the calamity of great magnitude.

A story published in the TOI explains such a sorry state of affairs of a prisoner who was imprisoned for life for the murder of his wife and child but when he reaches his village after the completion of his sentence, he shockingly finds it to be completely devastated and empty with nobody living there with completely ruined houses.

Feeling dejected and finding himself in utterly hapless position with his abondoned family, he had no option but to approach the prison authorities again to allow him to stay in the jail he passed the protracted sentence under the most difficult and unforeseen circumstances. Here is the sorry tale of one such prisoner published in TOI:

The Sitarganj jail in Uddham Singh Nagar received an unusual request when Pushkar Dutt Bhatt, who was released from the jail after serving 20 years, wrote that he wanted to go back to the jail.

Bhatt, who hails from Bastadi, a village in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district, completed a life sentence in jail for the murder of his wife and daughter 20 years ago in a fit of rage.

According to a report in The Times of India, on his return in August last year to his native village, Bhatt was taken aback to see broken houses and an empty village. While he was in prison, the Uttarakhand flash floods in July 2016 that claimed the lives of 21 people, had driven out every resident of the village. There was no one left behind.

Bhatt, 52, reportedly said, “It was a ghost village. I was the only human being living there.” In an unusual request to the district administration, he has now requested that he should be sent back to the jail in Sitarganj, where he had spent 20 years of his life. “At least there are people there. Here there are only ghosts, sad memories,” he added.
Bhatt sent out the petition after having lived in Bastadi all alone for six months following his release from jail, reports TOI. Bhatt said he couldn’t take the “despair and loneliness” any longer. “I tried living all by myself alone among the ruins. But I can’t go on,” he added. The report also added that Bhatt told the district administration if the government has no plans to rehabilitate the village, he should be allowed to go back to prison where his life was better.

“There is neither water nor electricity in the village. Dozens of houses including mine are in ruins. Wild animals from the nearby jungle roam around freely. Almost two years have passed since the devastation happened but nobody has paid heed to the village. I have stayed there for the past year but I cannot bear to do so anymore. That is why I told district authorities to send me to jail again which is better for me,” Bhatt told TOI.
“I submitted a complaint in September last year but no action was taken. Then I went to the janta darbar held in the district on October 16 and gave my application again. Finally, I told the district magistrate that if the government was doing nothing about the village, then I have nowhere else but the jail to go to,” he added.


I was just going through the highly thought provoking detailed article of Sanjay Bhartiya in facebook and was greatly impressed and influenced by his writing on the lifestyle and the simplistic way of living of the chief minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar and his wife who just retired as secretary of the social welfare board. Manik Sarkar who is the chief minister of Tripura since 1998 draws a meagre salary of merely Rs 9200 every month which is deposited in the CPM party fund and the party allocates him Rs. 500 for the entire month.

He washes his own clothes and so his former Secretary wife. Manik Sarkar has now crossed 65 and after tremendous reluctance as the age does not permit him to wash his own clothes his wife has bought a washing machine out of her own pension. The total expenses of the chief ministers house that includes washing of clothes to curtains etc are borne by his wife from her pension. Manik Rao and his wife travel by rickshaw and lead the life of a commoner with the bank balance of just 10 to 15 thousand Rupees at the most.

The total assest declared by this left CM of Tripura since 1998 is merely 2.5 lakh that includes a dilapidated tin shed accomodation of his late mother. Both the husband and wife have no house, no personal or government vehicle, no air conditioner, no cooler and nothing luxurious which may give an impression of a comfort living. While the chief minister is engaged for most of the hours with piles of files on his table, his wife works and stays with Asha workers for the upliftment of the poor and the economically deprived women and children.

Just imagine on the one hand you have chief ministers like Manik Sarkar believing and practising the notion of KHALI HAATH AAYE THE, KHAALI HAATH JAYENGE and working tirelessly for the overall welfare, well being and development of a backward state like Tripura and its inhabitants including tribals for the last 19 years winning every election with majority hands down and gaining peoples’ faith and confidence incessantly, on the other hand you have politicians and Yogis amassing myriad wealth and properties worth thousand and thousand of crores wearing saffron robes and appearing on television channels given hollow sermons to countrymen.

Just imagine on the one hand you have a CM with just 10 thousand Rupees as bank balance despite at the helm of the state for the last 20 years while on the other hand you have politicians and Yogi’s in saffron robes minting the assest worth more than a lakh crore in just 4 years of a little time. What a tragedy of an open democracy?
Manik Rao’s example is indeed the rarest of the rare one not only in India but globally as well.


The political party formed after exploiting the advantage gained from the nationwide movement against the then corruption of Congress party at the centre led by the nationally known crusader Anna Hazaare who was instrumental in the political death of certain ministers in Maharashtra government for their involvement in acute corruption, known as AAM ADMI PARTY with Kejrival on the driver’s seat is again in for more trouble rather a small division as one of its remaining pillars and a renowned speaker, poet and the man responsible for Kejrival’s party’s victory in the Delhi election Kumar Vishwas ready to wage an open war against the Delhi CM indirectly but sounding direct, accusing him of not giving him Rajya Sabha seat from Delhi and instead obliging one Delhi businessman and a chartered accountant namely Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta.

The third being RS nominee being Sanjay Singh the AAP’s leader and Kejrival’s close confident. Both the Gupta’s are from Vaishya business community to which chief minister Arvind Kejrival also belongs.

The list for the three Delhi Rajya Sabha seats have been declared today as AAP having 66 lawmakets has the full say for all the three RS seats. Last time the Congress had all the three seats as it was in majority during the tenure of chief minister Shiela Dikshit.
Badly annoyed and furious Kumar Vishwas expressed his gratitude towards Arvind Kejrival for making him a martyr than to finish him for ever politically. He said that anyone who dares to question the Delhi CM is finished in the party or outside party by expelling him or her. What Kumar Vishwas meant by his statement is that there is complete lack of inner party democracy in AAP and whosoever tends to question the leadership or asks for rightful share in the party is either expelled or finished to the full but in Kumar’s case he has been martyred not killed politically says the latter. I was punished for speaking the truth. I accept my martydom, this is what the poet turned politician furiously responded anxious reporters.

It may be recalled that after the AAP government and its CM Arvind Kejrival assumed office the AAP’s most significant leaders and those instrumental of bringing the party to power were expelled namely senior advocate and think tank of AAP Prashant Bhushan and the renowned psephologist , a perfect organiser and the party’s most acceptable think tank and national spokesperson Dr. Yogendra Yadav and several too signed in protest as well. They thereafter formed a separate political outfit called Swarajya Party which also contested the Delhi municipal elections but couln’t make a mark. Prashant Bhushan, his father former Union Law minister in Janata Party government and a renowned legal luminiary Bharat Bhuhan were highly contributive in the victory of AAP at the hustings but were shown the door as they questioned Kejrival on selection of certain party candidates with dubious and corrupt backgrounds and also asked for transparancy in party funding. Kejrival could’nt bear this and expelled these leaders forthwith. Political analysts say the Kejrival did this because he acknowledged more than absolute majority fearing no risk of his governments’ instability.

Today he is having 66 lamakers and no political threat. He is the undisputed leader of his party. If sources are to be believed the Delhi CM is allegedly systematically axing his intelligent and eloquent over ambitious leaders phase wise so that he finally becomes invincible in AAP with nobody daring to question his leadership. What do you say friends?



While the campaigning in Gujarat elections due in December 9th and 14th has reached its peak with both Congress and BJP throwing myriad accusations against each other the battle on twitter handles of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and prime minister Narendra Modi has also become too hectic and no less than a fierce fighting of words and allegations against each other through the followers of respective parties active on twitter.

Though the following of Nehru Gandhi family scion and vociferous leader Rahul Gandhi having 40 lakh followers on twitter is no match to prime minister Narendra Modi’s 36 million ardent fans and followers but during the Gujrat election’s hectic campaigning the way former’s twitter activity has increased manifold with encouraging response from his followers including ressitence from his political opponents, Rahul Gandhi was compelled to post a recorded picture of his voice playing tricks with his intelligent pet Pidi exhibiting that its he only who handles his twitter handle and nobody else.

Actually , according to sources the way their is a dramitic rise in the following of Rahul Gandhi after his hard hitting writings on his twitter handle on various issues challenging BJP and its leaders politically, particularly in the context of Gujarat elections, some of his opponents and critics have been constantly asking and saying that its not Rahul Gandhi but somebody else, i.e. hired professionals who tweet intelligently on his twitter handle, meaning that its not in Rahul Gandhi’s capacity and ability to tweet so intelligently n intellectually.

Feeling worried and challenged, Rahul wasted no time and put a recorded visual on his twitter account in response which shows Rahul playing tricks with his intelligent pet dog Pidi n talking to him. On the top of the recorded pic he tweeted, ,” PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING WHO TWEETS FOR THIS GUY.. I am coming clean..IT’S ME..PIDI. I AM WAY .. then him. Look what can I do with a tweet.. oops..treat.

It’s in a way a huge satire for those or ridule of them who are questioning and challenging his capacity and capability to handle his twitter handle intelligently as he’s been doing since long. Rahul’s planting of this pic has become sort of viral with leaders of both BJP and Congress busy accusing each other in TV debates as well as telivision bites. Sounds interesting. The office of the RG twitter handle acknowledged 16000 likes, nearly 7000 retweets and 3000 comments by now, with more responses following.