The French aircrafts and the Italian connection

May 7, 2011 at 4:40 am 14 comments

The Italian connection in India has deep and a vast range of earth shaking tremors as far as the Indian polity is concerned. For the ordinary Indian ‘the Italian’ denotes power without responsibility. In political circles there is awe and scare when ‘the Italian’ is mentioned. For some it denotes scams and hence a sell out of the country.

Now there is more news on this: The GOI is mulling over  buying French aircrafts Where is the Italian connection. Very much there-Carla Bruni is the Italian wife of the French President and it is alleged that Mrs Sonia’s sisters stand to get a hefty bribe on this transaction if affected. So the Italian connection which started with Mrs Sonia Gandhi placing herself well entrenched in the Prime minister’s household after her marriage has grown deeper and vicious. It was not just that Quatrocchi was able to go scot free because he as an Italian was well connected with the Italian connection in the PM’s household but that the whole world was laughing at the GOI’s agencies for chasing a wild goose. It looked not only ridiculous but shameful to make our central agencies fools. The last reason for requesting the case against ‘Q’ to be dropped was that much money was spent and the central agencies were running in circles. That they were made to run in circles is another matter.

In the process the Prime Minister who was handpicked for his subservience to ‘the Italian’ did not hesitate to tell the country that he was out of the loop. We have the PM washing his hands of the responsibility-this when a special courier was sent by the GOI to the UK to defreeze the accounts of the ‘Q’ and allowed him to take the loot and go. That too when there was a red alert for ‘Q’ is no credit to the GOI. Margaret Alva has been rewarded for this because she was in charge of Personnel  administration when ‘Q’ was quietly allowed to slip from the country.-she was given the post retirement benefit and is a Governor. Hans Raj Bardhwaj has been rewarded with governorship because as the Law minister he took orders from ‘the Italian’ and kept the PM out of the loop. All this is the past. Has the Italian connection become a matter of the past? It seems to me that ‘the Italian connection’ is not past history but very much a continuity of the history of this country.

One would think so and now the alleged news of the French aircrafts for India with the Italian connections as brokers has erupted. In France as well as in India the Italian connection is strong and thus Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s sisters are cited as alleged recipients of kickbacks for the French aircrafts which India is supposed to purchase. Poor A.K.Antony he was cited by Achuthananda as ‘Kumbakaranan’. A good man honest  himself he fits into a similar mound of the PM who may be personally honest but abets dishonesty and even promotes it. I am not sure if such a person can be termed as personally honest. See ‘no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil’ aptly fits in the role model of our PM. Can a PM be so inactive and pretend that he is not aware? Can a PM state in Parliament that it was an error of judgment in the 2G Spectrum scam and get away without facing the consequences of such an error. Can the nation afford to have a PM who is most of the time out of the loop and when he is within the loop then he pretends that it was an error of judgment? Tell me which country will tolerate such a PM? But such a role of the PM suits ‘the Italian’ connection. Who is running the GOI?A dual power centre with responsibility in one and powers in the other and the whole political nexus revolving round the power centre sans responsibility- makes things difficult and different. This is not democracy. It is a system of governance-or no governance in which every area-every project, every department of the GOI is meshed in scams

What kind of a system is it that  allows the rich to grow richer by the day and the poor poorer. It is a system by which on one side there is such vulgar display of wealth and assets while on the other side abject poverty. It is a system which has on one side people with diamond studded slippers and shoes-while we have the masses barefooted. It is a system in which Mukesh Ambani pays 75 lakhs for his monthly electricity bill while vast rural areas have no electricity and are immersed in darkness. It is a system which allows private jets to ferry the rich for the IPLs and for personal business while the common people have flights cancelled because the public sector AI is in the red and cannot afford a decent salary for its pilots. It is a system which has a public distribute system for the BPL people but throws tons of food away after each lavish marriage. One can see humans scavenge in the garbage heaps for scraps of food to fill their empty bellies. Yes the money belongs to the private persons but the resources to the people. No body in this country has the right to waste resources. Nobody has the right to maul down pavement sleepers because they have no where to sleep except the pavement. This is system in which justice is the only light at the end of the tunnel but even that light is being dulled and at times hazy because of the powerful political class. This is a system which is called democracy but is in reality an oligarchy-a banana republic.

The hush hush voices have  now given way to open allegations that most of the scams if properly probed will have ‘the Italian connection’. Some of the information and articles on the web have openly stated that these if probed properly they will lead to the doorsteps   of No 10 Janpath. It will be revealing to find out the assets and the financial position of the Mainos today. In the affidavit Mrs Sonia Gandhi claimed that she had hardly a few thousand rupees-in fact she borrowed from her daughter-she has no cars, no house etc. But this system allows her to live in a house estimated at 400 crores .She has no cars but has any number of bullet proof cars available at the flicker of her fingers and jets to foreign countries. She has no money so her power and water charges are paid by the aam admis for whom she is struggling to get the food security bill passed. She flies across the country, jets to foreign countries in private jets-this is the ‘Italian connection’ that keeps the political and the social systems in such a mess. Manmohan Singh cannot even stand alone in an advertisement-Mrs Sonia Gandhi has to be there. Is the PM incapacitated that he needs the ‘Italian connection’ to walk, wave, stand and sit and of course keep silent most of the time?

We have Rahul Gandhi wanting to change the system-does he know what this system is? If he does then he has to change himself, his mother and the connections they both hold. Change must first come from within-within his family. First the umbilical cord of the Italian connections must be severed. The people of India had opted for a democracy and they know how to run it without the ‘Italian connection’. A parliamentary democracy has no dual power centers and no National Advisory Council as a super Parliament presided by Mrs Sonia Gandhi. These undermine democracy. There is no scope for selection but only election. There is no first family and no divine right for any one to rule this country. This basis must be reinforced

Structural changes must be set in so that the poor need not and should not be patronized. The right for food, water basic prerequisites must be available and reachable. It is not growth that must be targeted-it is equitable growth that must be aimed at. Lavishness and vulgar display of wealth must be heavily taxed. One cannot go on acquiring houses and mansions both within India and abroad unless and until the teeming millions of ours have shelter and a decent one over their heads. The present is a sinful structure because it is based on sin, on fraud on greed and on avarice. It must go and in its place a more compassionate economy one with a human face must be reflected. Let the rich oil companies pay heavily and let their profits be scaled down but let not the prices of fuel and diesel be hiked because it will immediately have a cascading effect on common commodities and will push inflation to a higher level.

Above all we need along with the annual budget a white paper presented on non plan expenditure-on the government’s spending to run a no governance GOI. Firm austerity measures-streamlining the expenditure of the various departments and of course rolling back the 5 crores per MP for the MPSLADS  are some of the reform measures to bring in food security-without patronizing. The biggest reform area lies in the electoral area. Money for votes must be stopped by all means. Populist measures to buy votes cannot to be allowed at the cost of development of the people.

Accountability and transparent governance must be put in place. This is democracy and not a one woman rule from No 10 Janpath. There is no place for ‘Italian connection’. There is no High command in a democracy. The MPs if need to be true representatives of the people then they must represent them and not represent a class of rich pampered lot-a misnomer to be people’s representatives. If some of these are initiated the rest will fall in place. People have become cynical and are fed up with the scams filled UPA. One cannot be taking the people for a ride all the time. If timely interventions are not made then the country will regret for we are becoming the most corrupt country in the world and with a population touching 1.6 billion it is going to be disastrous. We are not looking for cosmetic changes but are for overhauling the system with structural changes.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

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Our poor MPs below the Poverty Line Rahul Gandhi ashamed to be an Indian

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  • 1. senthil  |  May 7, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Only our traditional maharajas have the divine right to rule our country.. NOT the italian stooges ..

    I believe, Democracy itself is a misnomer.. its a democracy of slaves.. where people were enslaved by the constitution and the beurocracy, and they have only the right to choose who will loot them and that too only one time in five years..

    I will indeed choose our indian kings to rule india..

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    • 2. hilda raja  |  May 7, 2011 at 6:21 am

      I am with you senthil.The maharajas were benevolent and they did not stash money in tax havens.They put back what they took as taxes.There was justice and above all it was a closed economy and hence artisans,dancers,builders,scupltors and a whole lot of courtiers flourished.So the people got back what they gave.Here it is selfishness and avarice/greed and vested interest.The Maharajas did not allow this kind of poverty.At least they were ours…as you say they were not Italian stooges.I am wondering if I would ever live to see my beloved country free…Thank you.
      HR

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  • 3. vikram  |  May 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Ur message is very clear. Its appreciable & needs to be spread to a mass GLOBALLY. . . . . It wud be really fruitful if U try reaching ur voice to as many as U can… I personnally think people like U r d real change agents & a role model for many Indians… My best wishes is always with you.
    Vikram.

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    • 4. hilda raja  |  May 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you Vikram-that was a warm appreciative and encouraging response.Yes I am trying to do what ever I can and feel that it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.Pl join me and spread the news-circulate it to as many people as possible.Like a stone thrown in a pond making ripples let it spread.I have been constantly asked to go into the Face Book.I am a bit wary because there will be too many coming on the FB and I will not be able to handle the responses and reactions
      For your personally information I try to live accoding to certain principles and hence do all my work-including cooking and attending to the needs of my husband.It is not that I cannot afford a cook-but I don’t want to.I can’t preach what I do not practise.Labour is dignity.So with all the household work and my age etc I try my best to structure my time and spread what I think and feel.I hope that a day will come when it will fruitify and my beloved country will be rid of the leeches which are sucking its blood.Even if I do not live to see it others will.
      All the best to you Vikram

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      • 5. Vikram  |  May 10, 2011 at 10:04 am

        How is the best way to talk/ meet you????
        Coz that is the 1 thing I want to do very eagerly.
        I cant come to Baroda; May be nxt time in case if U come to B’lore, I really want to meet you???
        Is it anyway I can give you my email id????
        Awaiting for your reply

      • 6. hilda raja  |  May 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        I was in B’lore just a month ago.Pity that I did not know you were in BLore.May benext time.Shall give youadvance notice and direction on how to get my phone number etc.Regards.
        HR

  • 7. sivaraman  |  May 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    When I discussed with a friend of mine your article,he just remarked that we have another stick to beat Sonia with. Before I could react,he added we have a political party ,claiming to have top economists,Harvard products,Legal luminaries etc,etc.,prostrating before a lady from foreign land,with a high school qualification-that too not clear,and take instructions as to how to govern the country ,not written but oral,not directly but thro unauthorised coterie, treating her as the avatar of Chanakya.It is not as if these great servants of the public donot know their implications.They have become so accustomed to the subservience,they have lost all sense of shame and any other good habits they might have had before undergoing the taming period under her.They have become immune to any criticism and nothing can affect them.One might say they are only after power.But where is the power,it is in the hands of the Supremo and the Prince.I think none of the enormous problems the country governed by them is facing, have any impact on them.I used to think these people must be having lot of sleepless nights brooding over how to meet these the next day and it must be severe stress and strain they should be undergoing.An ordinary indvidual would become a heart patient.But not our politicians.Have you come across any serious politician ,other than Jawaharlal Nehru,ever died of heart attack .?I donot know whether we can do anything other than wailing oved our coutry’s fate.Sorry for my pessimism .

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    • 8. hilda raja  |  May 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      The politicians do not get heart attack because they do not have hearts!Jokes apart I think they are not a happy lot with so much of fraud and corruption.Do you think they sleep peacefully?The country will realise soon -because now people are talking about the Italian scams.Formely nobody would dare.Most of the scams the web infomation gives are associated directly or indirectly with Mrs Sonia Gandhi.She is no GANDHI.It is a curse that she got that name.She does not love the country and the people.One cannot say the same of Indira Gandhi-no matter of her dictatorial ways she loved India but she loved herself too!
      Look at MKaruna-he is an atheist and is much alive and kicking-of course with all the support systems that money can buy.One then begins to question the existence of God-is there one who simply watches such atrocities inflicted on the poor and sleeps?
      Thank you for your comment.Please try and circulate the information.Had I your email ID I would have directly send this to you and you can circulate it.It has already come in other web sites.Hindu Voice and National Spirit two -the first a monthly and the other a fortnightly paper publishes all my articles.May be some awareness will be created-thats my hope.
      HR

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  • 9. Ram  |  May 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Ma’m An excellent analysis. Hats off to you. I am giving below a link that may be of interest You are doing a very great service to the country. May GOD bless you.
    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/analysis_why-is-sonia-gandhi-so-scared-of-narendra-modi_1539917
    Regards,
    Ram

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    • 10. hilda raja  |  May 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      thank you Ram-yes I had already seen the article in the link.People like you should contiribute your mite -it is not for us to look for results it is for us to give what we have and can.All the best to you.
      HR

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  • 11. Sita  |  May 12, 2011 at 4:40 am

    A very good article ma’am,Today as I write this people are hearing of RahulG’s arrest by Mayavati.They’re also hearing of Binayak Sen being appointed to the Planning Commission & NAC passing ordinances.The more the people discuss the better it is for the country.It is very heartening to read the comments that tells us people are aware of what’s happening around them.Letrs hope that the elections reflect these thoughts.

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  • 12. Vinita  |  May 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you for bringing this ‘deal’ to my notice, ma’am. It has made me do some homework on Indo-French trade pacts.

    One, when Sarkozy visited India in Dec 2010, the media reported that the major talks between the leaders (?!) of the two countries was about Areva nuclear reactors and Scorpene submarines. Nothing much was mentioned about the top executives of Dassault Aviation (manufacturers of Mirage and Rafale aircraft) who were also part of the French team that visited India. That the Areva reactors in question have not been tested is another point of concern (see http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article933910.ece)

    Two, the deal about the Rafale aircraft have hit the headlines only because the US Ambassador Timothy Roemer resigned after having failed to push the US fighter aircraft deal through.
    Whether India buys aircraft from the US or France or Russia should not matter as long as the aircraft serve the purpose, even if one ignores the kickbacks received by several people. This is what was the saving grace of the Bofors guns which were used in the Kargil war. However, if one reads this report (even if it is written by a US strategic analyst) http://shadow.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/04/29/why_isn_t_india_buying_american_fighter_jets? one wonders if the kickbacks have become the more prominent purpose for all these military deals and the country’s security has been compromised.

    The people of India have a right to know what is being used to safeguard the country. The media- both print and electronic– should create awareness on these issues instead of protecting their own selfish interests and spouting deliberate half-truths. Now we know why the internet is going to win hands down as the top tool for mass communication!!

    Rgds
    Vinita

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  • 13. Vinita  |  May 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you for bringing this ‘deal’ to my notice, ma’am. It has made me do some homework on Indo-French trade pacts.

    One, when Sarkozy visited India in Dec 2010, the media reported that the major talks between the leaders (?!) of the two countries was about Areva nuclear reactors and Scorpene submarines. Nothing much was mentioned about the top executives of Dassault Aviation (manufacturers of Mirage and Rafale aircraft) who were also part of the French team that visited India. That the Areva reactors in question have not been tested is another point of concern (see http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article933910.ece)

    Two, the deal about the Rafale aircraft have hit the headlines only because the US Ambassador Timothy Roemer resigned after having failed to push the US fighter aircraft deal through.
    Whether India buys aircraft from the US or France or Russia should not matter as long as the aircraft serve the purpose, even if one ignores the kickbacks received by several people. This is what was the saving grace of the Bofors guns which were used in the Kargil war. However, if one reads this report (even if it is written by a US strategic analyst) http://shadow.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/04/29/why_isn_t_india_buying_american_fighter_jets? one wonders if the kickbacks have become the more prominent purpose for all these military deals and the country’s security has been compromised.

    The people of India have a right to know what is being used to safeguard the country. The media- both print and electronic– should create awareness on these issues instead of protecting their own selfish interests and spouting deliberate half-truths. Now we know why the internet is going to win hands down as the top tool for mass communication!!

    Rgds
    Vinita

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  • 14. sg  |  June 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

    we have to choose the best, and if rafeal is the one then go for it. but also put a fool proof system that will negate the corruption angle from the buying. f-16’s are 40 year old technology thats a fact, and the pakis have it so they know the strength and weakness. its better we stay off it. we have to look at the sukoi 35 too. and the upa is not the right government to take up national security matters as its too complicated with the relationships of the first family to europe

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