India must choose to defend free speech
18 Jan 2012

 As religious leaders call to ban Salman Rushdie from the Jaipur festival in India, Salil Tripathi reports on the country’s “sepulchral silence”


** Update 20 January 2012 ** – Salman Rushdie tweeted this morning:

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India used to be the land of “gup”, which meant talk, arguments, conversations, and debates. Babble and noise, that’s what “gup” is. But it is fast becoming the land of “chup”, of sepulchral silence, where people must think twice before they say what they feel. The hushed silence that “chup” demands is not the respectful silence of a library, but the silence of acquiescence; the people demanding the silence are the sort to burn or ban books.

The moment the organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival announced the lineup of authors attending the prestigious cultural event from 20 January — which included Salman Rushdie, along with Tom Stoppard, David Remnick, Michael Ondaatje, Oprah Winfrey, and Hari Kunzru — it was clear that there would be some drama. The rector of the influential Islamic seminary in Deoband did not disappoint.

Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani asked the Indian government to cancel Rushdie’s visa because he had hurt the feelings of Muslims. The Indian Government said that as a person of Indian origin (and born in India), Rushdie had the papers that allowed him to enter, and the government could not stop him. That’s when other groups demanded firm action. One group threatened to attack him and political parties joined the fray. India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, goes to elections next month, and some 18 per cent of the electorate is Muslim. No party wants to offend the Muslim vote.

The controversy goes back to 1988, when Rushdie wrote the novel, The Satanic Verses. The Indian government found the book so explosive it was banned. Announcing the ban, Indian officials said their decision had nothing to do with the literary merit of the novel, but as it contained passages that could be misinterpreted, leading to violence, India thought it safer to ban the book. Rushdie’s  earlier novel, Midnight’s Children, had put India on the world’s literary map.

Protests against The Satanic Verses followed worldwide, including the book being burned in Bradford in the United Kingdom. Vocal British Muslims marched in London demanding action against Rushdie (a British citizen). Britain stood firm in defending Rushdie’s freedom. In February 1989 the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini declared a fatwa, calling for Rushdie’s death. Rushdie had to live in hiding for nearly a decade; he was able to return to some semblance of normalcy after Iran revoked the fatwa.

In the years since, Rushdie has returned to the country of his birth several times, including at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2007. The novel remains banned.

By demanding that Rushdie should not be allowed to enter India, fundamentalists are seeking to set the terms under which dialogue can occur in India. Muslims have been vocal in protesting against material they find offensive, with the Bangladesh-born novelist Tasleema Nasreen a frequent target.

But in the past quarter century, other groups have also joined in, increasing the clamor against free thought, and narrowing public discourse. Hindus drove India’s most famous painter, MF Husain, into exile, and the nonagenarian painter died in London in exile last year. Other artists have been attacked for depicting images that some groups have found offensive – last week, the painter Balbir Krishan was assaulted because his art dealt with gay themes. Delhi University withdrew an essay about the Sanskrit epic Ramayana and its variations by the late poet, AK Ramanujan, because Hindu nationalists found the essay offensive.

Mumbai University withdrew Booker Prize nominee Rohinton Mistry’s novel, “Such A Long Journey,” after the grandson of a chauvinist politician protested that his community (Marathi-speakers) was portrayed badly in the novel.

Other groups, including barbers, police officers, cobblers, and lawyers, have protested against films at different times, getting titles changed, scenes edited, or songs dropped, because they find something in that work offensive.

The inevitable result is deadened polity. While the People’s Union of Civil Liberties has admirably spoken out in defence of Rushdie, other Indian civil society groups have been reticent, unwilling to take on the intolerant, who respond not with argument, but with violence. A few columnists and Bollywood personalities have also criticised the fundamentalists. But no politician of consequence has done so.

India wasn’t supposed to be like that — as Amartya Sen famously characterised his compatriots, Indians were supposed to be argumentative.

Stressing the importance of Rushdie’s voice in Jaipur, the Indian critic Nilanjana Roy pointed out: “It would be a great loss if the manufactured controversy around (Rushdie’s) visit silenced his voice yet again. It would make India the land of ‘chup’.”

In Rushdie’s novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the Prince of Silence and the Foe of Speech is called Khattam-Shud, and he rules a land called Chup (silence), which has a cult that promotes muteness. It is a land at peace, in harmony. But that outward stability conceals inner fragility. Such societies force their citizens to live a lie: that their contrived cheer and forced harmony are superior. Open societies appear brittle and frail because outwardly they are cacophonous, where everyone can contradict everyone else, and where nothing is sacred. But there is inner strength. As Rushdie wrote: “All those arguments and debates, all that openness, had created powerful bonds of fellowship between them… The Chupwalas (those from the silent land) turned out to be a disunited rabble, suspicious and distrustful of one another. The land of Gup (talk) is bathed in endless sunshine, while over in Chup, it is always the middle of the night.”

We watch as India hovers over that precipice; it must decide what kind of society it wishes to be — where, as India’s greatest poet wrote, where the mind is without fear, or where words are swallowed, lest they offend somebody.

Salil Tripathi is a journalist and author and the chair of English PEN’s Writers in Prison Committe

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  6. […] India must choose to defend free speech | Index on Censorship By demanding that Rushdie should not be allowed to enter India, fundamentalists are seeking to set the terms under which dialogue can occur in India. Muslims have been vocal in protesting against material they find offensive, with the Bangladesh-born novelist Tasleema Nasreen a frequent target. But in the past quarter century, other groups have also joined in, increasing the clamor against free thought, and narrowing public discourse… The inevitable result is deadened polity. While the People’s Union of Civil Liberties has admirably spoken out in defence of Rushdie, other Indian civil society groups have been reticent, unwilling to take on the intolerant, who respond not with argument, but with violence. A few columnists and Bollywood personalities have also criticised the fundamentalists. But no politician of consequence has done so. We watch as India hovers over that precipice; it must decide what kind of society it wishes to be — where, as India’s greatest poet wrote, where the mind is without fear, or where words are swallowed, lest they offend somebody. […]

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  9. 18 01 2012 LESSON 498 Dhammapada Verse 39. The Wide-Awake Is Unfrightened









    OF BSP!

    By Broad minded Entire Uttar Pradesh People giving her seats Three Hundred and Three!


    LESSON 498

    Practice a Sutta a Day Keeps Dukkha Away

    Verse 39. The Wide-Awake Is Unfrightened

    One of unflooded mind,
    a mind that is not battered,
    abandoning evil, merit too,
    no fear for One Awake.

    Explanation: For the person who’s mind is not dampened by passion, unaffected by ill-will and who has risen above both good and evil, there is no fear because he is wide-awake.

    Choosing skillfully
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    Just as from a heap of flowers
    Many garlands can be made,
    So, you, with your mortal life,
    Should do many skillful things.
    Dhammapada v. 53, translated by Gil Fronsdal

    Here’s a whole new idea from the flower imagery: we create our lives through our choices. What will we make with the pile of flowers (our skills and imagination) we have before us?

    There is an element of immediacy to this image; flowers once picked have a relatively short shelf life. They go brown and must be replaced if we want to have fresh, fragrant flowers on hand. Similarly, we are creating karma with our actions all the time; one action is finished and another begins. The wholesomeness of one action predisposes us to make the next one wholesome too. If we start down an unwholesome path, that also creates momentum.

    The “mortal life” referred to in this verse is a reminder that we don’t have forever; it’s a limited-time opportunity to make or do something.

    A wise person once said to me: the most important question we ever face is “what should I do NOW?” In a stripped down fashion, this describes mindfulness. Maybe the thing to do NOW is nothing. Maybe it’s listening or maybe it’s saying something. Maybe it’s getting started on what needs to be done today or this week or this year. Maybe it’s continuing with something that is no longer as exciting as it was when we started it. Maybe it’s planning ahead or reflecting on something in the past. What should we do with our mind when walking or doing physical tasks (like hanging out the laundry)? Where does our mind go when we disengage from what’s happening in front of us? What sensations are registering in the body? What is occupying the mind right now?

    Just asking ourselves these questions refreshes our actions and reflections. Through this inquiry we come (slowly) to know our deepest inclinations and motivations, and through knowing them, can nudge them out of the dark corners and towards the wholesome and bright.

    Most Respected Chief Election Commissioner of India,

    Could not find his email ID, may he doesn’t like to be in front and cant lead by example.

    Following email ids of some of his senapati’s, could be found. We may send our mails to them.

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    The Times of India The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    In Uttar Pradesh the fight is between Bahujan Samaj Party with its Sacred Politics, led by Highly Performing best and meritorious governance of kanoon ki Devi Ms Maha Mayawati VS a handful greedy politicians such as Nehruvian and Mulayam dynasty yurajs & the media which should be

    “I can face two battalions but not two scribes. – Napoleon Bonaparte

    Once the media loses credibility, it can forget about being the watchdog of society.
    It will lose all moral authority to call others to account.”

    But not like negative media those do not publish comments in favour of BSP. Media making adverse reports on BSP and not publishing corrective comments, some of them in the name of moderation.

    Mayawati alleged that the poll panel’s order was “one-sided” and “anti-Scheduled Castes”. “The Election Commission made a one-sided decision to cover statues of elephants and those of mine installed to honour the will of Kanshiram, without hearing my party.”

    “Centre and Opposition are insulting Kanshiram; SC/STs will not forgive them”, she said.

    She also cited the example of a park in Chandigarh erected by the Congress that carries a 45-feet-high hand – the party’s symbol. Calling upon the poll panel to cover such structures of the Congress in other states, she said, “If the CEC is not just, BSP will call it anti-SC/ST, under Congress pressure.”

    Putting up a brave face, she also said that the statue-screening incident had saved the party crores by giving it huge publicity. “CEC, other parties have publicised BSP for free, I thank them.”

    Mayawati will truly win in the upcoming elections next month. A wish she has already expressed to the electorate, something she reiterated again today- UP as her birthday gift. Victory in the polls would truly be a sweet surprise, a fitting belated birthday gift.

    The BSP will encash the Election Commission’s directives on draping the statues of Ms. Mayawati and party symbol elephant. Party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra fired a missive to Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi on Thursday, protesting against the “one-sided order.” Describing Ms. Mayawati as Scheduled Caste ki beti (daughter of a SC), Mr. Mishra wrote that the EC’s diktats had demoralised the SC/STs and downtrodden sections.BSP general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Satish Chandra Mishra criticised the order. Mr. Mishra had written to the Commission saying its order was in violation of the law, and that it be reconsidered. Mr. Mishra had even said the Commission had demoralised the party and left SC/STs and backwards “cheated.” The BSP also appeared to raise questions on the Commission’s intentions to hold free and fair polls in the State.

    Mr. Mishra had written: “The decision is [in] violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides right of equality. Similar decisions should be taken against other parties also.”

    All the 170 million pairs of hands, bicycles, lotuses and all the photos of Lakshmi standing on lotuses, lanterns, hand pumps, sickles with hammers and stars must be draped in clothes or plastics.

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    By draping the statue of an untouchable, the EC has made provision for the people of UP to practice Unseeabilty.

    With the issuance on Thursday of the notification for the first phase of Assembly polls on February 8, there is and apprehension in the minds of the people of this country in general and the broad minded people of Uttar Pradesh in particular, that the comedy action of the Commission may even postpone the UP election out of fear that the BSP may cross 300 seats.You have ordered for draping of elephants in Uttar Pradesh which are not the symbol of BSP.

    Elephant symbols of empowerment are too powerful for India’s Election Commission
    These giant stone elephants sitting on their pedestals in a huge park outside Delhi are a symbol of India’s political development. Built here and in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city of Lucknow, along with other massive stone and bronze monuments, stupas, and domes at a reported cost of Rs600, they are designed to glorify SC/ST/OBC icons such as Lord Buddha, Mahatma Jothiba Phule, Sahu Maharaj, Narayan Guru, Dr.BR Ambedkar, Manyawar Kanshiram Kumari who are symbol of empowerment for aboriginal inhabitants of PraBuddha Bharath.

    India’s Election Commission ordered last week that all the elephants, and statues of Mayawati, should be covered for the duration of the state’s current assembly elections – polling takes place next month. The chief election commissioner, S.Y.Qureshi, said this was done to stop Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) gaining “political mileage” from the displays.

    This was excessive and unnecessary because the statues were permanent fixtures, not photographs or banners hung on walls or highways. The expensive drama involved in covering them also drew attention to Mayawati, and has led to sympathy from her supporters – she told them the authorities were discriminating against SC/STs.

    So the elephants are important, covered or uncovered, and they are also significant as a symbol of Mayawati’s success. She is a Scheduled Caste– the “untouchables” (Aboriginal Inhabitant of PraBUddha Bharath) in the Indian caste system – and relies on this caste for mass support in elections.

    Her main aim has been to impress her fellow SC/STs/OBCs/Minorities/Poor Upper Castes by building up her own extravagant exclusive image and life-style, and by building the monuments that bring back memories of powerful Mogul rulers’ palaces and forts and widespread highway projects, including a race track for a very successful grand prix motor race last October.
    Many people throng to the parks on holidays and admire the elephants, enjoying the well maintained open spaces. Statue of elephant covered up in Ambedkar Park in Noida (10/01/12)

    But this is the BSP election symbol

    Yet you have ordered it to be draped saying elephant is an elephant whether its trunk raised above or low. In that case will you order the following standing sitting dancing, milk drinking elephants found all over UP to be draped. Will it not be a comedy?
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    Ganesh Ganesh Ganesh

    She has done a lot during her four terms as chief minister to develop the state, especially in rural areas.

    Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh

    Ms. Mayawati Ji

    Led Government’s four-year term

    Has been very promising

    And the best in the
    sphere of

    “Law & Order and
    Crime Control”


    “Development and Public Welfare”

    Important and Historic Steps pertaining to Development and Public Welfare·

    Hon’ble Ms. Mayawati Ji-led government formed on 13 May, 2007 in Uttar Pradesh, after its four-year term, has kindled a new ray of “bright” future among the general public in the State, especially the SC/STs, backwards, religious minorities and upper-caste poor in respect of law and order and crime control together with development and public welfare activities.
    This very government, by pursuing the path shown by great saints, gurus and seers born in backward classes, especially Mahtma Jotiba Phule, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Shri Narayana Guru, Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar and Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji in development and public welfare activities with government following the policy of “Sarvajan Hitay – Sarvajan Sukhay”.

    Besides, to honour these backward-born great “Saints, Gurus and Seers”, various magnificent spots, memorials, museums, parks, etc have been constructed in the state, on which the total budgeted government amount spent is even less than 1%; the remaining funds having spent on law and order, crime control, development and public welfare activities.

    In the last four years, the central government did not release on time its share payable to the state totalling Rs. 21,385 crore. If this amount had been paid by the centre in time, achievements of the state government could have been far far better.

    Not only this, the “special economic package’ of Rs. 80,000 crore sought from the central government for the total development of the state, especially Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal in view of the poor and pitiable economic conditions inherited from the previous governments, no money was received from the central government at all.

    Thereafter, under government’s new development strategy several major projects /schemes on the PPP-model, like the Ganga Express-way, Yamuna Express-way and Upper Ganga canal were prepared to spur development in the state in which no central investments were involved except a departmental ‘no objection ‘ from them; the centre, however, did not cooperate even in this matter.

    And yet, with “ correct mobilization of resources and improved financial management” the state government generated an atmosphere

    Development, notable achievements of which are enumerated below:

    NOTE-1-Since the formation, in 1995 of the first government of Hon’ble Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati Ji in Uttar Pradesh, its priority has been the total development of the poor and the backward SC/ST, other backward classes,Religious minorities and disables persons-who had remained neglected for centuries and during earlier governments. By separately creating Uttar Pradesh Welfare Department and other ministries, there has been considerable improvements in their condition at every level and\ every sphere.

    1. This government in the last four years has undertaken several activities at a total cost of Rs. 37,000 crore (Rs. 36,795 crore), outlay of 21.21 and 100% expenditure on the development of “SC/ST” under special component plan which are chiefly – increase in the rate of post matric for (Scheduled Castes), eligibility level of income increased from 1lakh to Rs.2 lakh,, scholarships fora all students (girls and boys) from class 1 to 8, establishment of ‘bhagidari bhavan’ at Lucknow and Agra, including Training institutes at Aligarh and Rae Bareli to coach SC/ST youth for recruitment to high-level services like I.A.S and P.C.S; recruitment in Government posts through a drive to clear the backlog; for the first time Reservation in contracts upto Rs.25 lakh for SC/ST, so far, contracts worth Rs.1,623 crore allotted; about 4 lakh S/C families allotted more Than 3,500 hectares of land.; 16 Mahamaya Polytechnics for Information Technology set up for these categories of students; regularisation of Landless SC/ST people in possession of gram sabah land upto13May, 2007; formal right of possession letters (pattas) awarded to 9,431 persons; about 3000 genuine lease-holders benefited by removing illegal usurpers from their land; creation of employment totalling 5,945 lakh man- days for men and 2,089 lakh for women belonging to SC/ST classes created in rural areas; about 8 lakh S/C families benefited by writing-off debts amounting to Rs.120.28 crore of Uttar Pradesh SC/ST Development Corporation; electrification on large-scale of SC/ST bustees /majras and appointment of 23% from these classes only of SOs in police stations; provision of reservation also in state government-aided private enterprises; allotment of more than 4,000 fair price shops; together with the establishment of a Rs.100 crore “leather park and shoe mandi”: in Agra, exemption from VAT of Agra Footwear Industry.

    2. “Other Backward Classes” – in the last four years 2 lakh landless people allotted lease of about 50,000 hectares of agricultural land; effective implementation of 27% reservation for OBSc in the allotment of fair price shops in the urban and rural areas under the public distribution system; computerisation of the entire procedure of scholarship under the backward classes Welfare department; more than 50 lakh students (girls and boys) benefites by scholarships under the scheme of aid to the poor families of backward classes on account of marriage and illness about Rs.50 crore spent every year; apart from increasing the “creamy layer” annual income limit of these classes from Rs.3 lakh Rs.5lakh, about Rs.250 crore spent to reimburse the admission fees of students studying in post matric classes

    3. In the matter of Religious Minorities especially the Muslim community, mention may be made of the establishment of Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji Urdu, Arabic-Persian University; inclusion of 10 new Arabic-Persian Madrasas in the grant-in-aid list; as much as 486.73 crore approx, on account of scholarships to 1,28,35,824 minority students (girls and boys); elegibilty income limit for scholarships increased to Rs.1 lakh in respect of, minority students; grant of Rs. 3,745 lakh for the marriage of 37,445 daughters from minority BPL families; reimbursement of fees amounting to Rs.2,049 lakh of 49,166 post matric students; construction of well-equipped “Haj Houses” at
    Ghaziabad and Lucknow for the convenience of the Hajis; “direct Haj flight” from Varanasi to Jeddah; abolition of the pre-condition of police verification in the appointment of “Mutawallis”; arrangement of advance coaching to prepare for competitive recruitment examinations; the amount of grant for Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy more than doubled to Rs.3 crore; establishment of 58 government secondary schools in minority-dominated areas of 22 selected districts as well as mformation of a commission to provide the atatus of minority institution to ‘taleemi idaar’ (educational institutions) besides, the distribution of Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji Handloom Weavers awards.

    4. “Disabled” – establishment of ‘Uttar Pradeesh Dr. Shakuntala Misra Rehabilation University’ at a cost of Rs.400 crore to provide quality education to the differently-abled students; with 1% reservation for the visually impaired and 2% other disabled, so far, 677 and 1320fair shops allotted, respectively; disabled pension rate increased to Rs.300 per month from Rs.150- the total number of disabled pensioner during 2009-10 increased to 708077.

    5. Several welfare schemes implemented for Sarv-Samaj “women” also, notable being amendment of the zamindari kanoon to ensure equitable share of women in patriarchal landed property; the amount of dole for destitute women increased to Rs.300 per month from Rs.150 apart from construction of shelter homes etc for them in Mathurs and Vrindavan; “alertness and sensitivity” on the part of government has resulted in considerable “decline” of criminal cases against “women”.

    NOTE-II- In addition, many significant and historic steps wre taken for the uplift of the poor and the helpless belonging to sarv-samaj besides, Farmers, labourers, lawyers, employees, traders and people engaged in other professions, with all government departments also contributing to the development of the people of the state viz.:

    1. Uttar Pradesh Mukhyamantri Mahamaya Gharib Arthik Madad Yojna benefits about 31 lakh families in Uttar Pradeshwhich have not been able to avail of the benefits of the BPL list or antyodaya, by providing an assistance of Rs.400 per month.

    2. Savitribai Phule Shiksha Madad Yojna benefitted a total of 6,86,953 girl students, so far, with Rs.15,000 and a bicycle given to class 10 students and an additional assistance of Rs.10,000 on promotion to class 12.

    3. Mahamaya Gharib Balika Ashirwad Yojna provides for Rs.1lakh to be given to the girl child immediately on birth, which has benefitted about 3,25,000 girl children.

    4. Dr. Ambedkar Gram Sabha Samagra Vikas Yojna benefitted abount 5,598 gram sabhas.

    5. Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji Sheri Gharib Awas Yojna provides for free housing facilities, benefiting about 1lakh families.

    6. Sarvjan Hitay Gharib Awas (Slum Area) Maliqana Haq Yojna benefited about 7,232 families.

    7. BPL card-holders of Sarv-samaj and beneficiaries of Mahamaya Gharib Arthik Madad Yojna being provided free of charge legal aid by government lawyers to plead their cases in courts.

    8. Under Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji Sheri SC/ST Bssti Samagra Vikas Yojna, 250 bustees selected for development.

    9. Lease-hold of 55,000 hectares of agricultural land for about 2.5 lakh poor and unemployed landless people.

    10. About “3.5 lakh families” allotted residential plots measuring 3,500 hectares.

    11. Allotment of 30,000 hectares of land to about 36,000 agriculturists.

    12. 16,000 sites allotted to 19,000 people engaged in the pottery craft.

    13. Allotment of 12,000 hectares of land for free plantation to 42,000 farmers.

    14. Insurance provided to 18,67,835 heads of families under the General Public Insurance Scheme.

    15. Under the enforced Uttar Oradesh Janhit Guarantee Quanoon 13 essential services relating to revenue, urban development, medical and food and supply guaranteed within a specified time limit.

    16. Brilliant BPL students (girls and boys) of the newly established Gautam Buddha University belonging to sarv-samaj sent to Europe for higher studies on state expenses.

    17. The maximum sickness allowance increased from Rs.2,000 to 5,000 in the case of S/S and those eligible from the general category.

    18. The amount of grant-in-aid doubled in the event of marriage/sickness in Bundelkhand.

    19. As many as 897 child development projects under operation.

    20. Daily wages of “labourers/wage earners” of unorganised sector increased to Rs.100 from Rs.58.

    21. More than 18 lakh government employees in the state provided benefit of the sixth pay commission, causing an additional financial burden of Rs.21,000 crore.

    22. As many as 35,000 daily wage employees, appointed till 29 June, 1991 regularised.

    23. Generation of 10,586 lakh man days in the rural areas at a cost of Rs. 16,995 crore.

    24. Self-employment made available to 13.58 lakh families with a grant of Rs.800 crore.

    25. Recruitment of 1.9 lakh ‘safai-workers (Aroghya Rakshaks)” in the state in one go besides, 88,000 primary school teachers, 5,000 Urdu teachers and massive recruitment in other departments together with employment opportunities provided to “lakhs” of people in non-governmental sectors as well.

    26. Infrastructural Development: construction of 165 Km long, 6-lane Yamuna express-way at a cost of Rs. 9,935 crore between Noida and Agra.

    27. Rs.30,000 crore –construction project of 1,047 Km long, 8-lane entry controlled express-way from Greater Noida to Ballia.

    28. Costing Rs. 8,911 crore, 148-km long Sanauta-Purkazi Express-way project along the upper Ganga canal bank.

    29. In the Taj city, Agra, construction of a 20.5 km long 6-lane ring road at a cost of Rs.1,100 crore.

    30. Delhi-Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail Link, first phase, from Delhi to Noida completed.

    31. PPP process activated to establish ab international airport at Kushinagar for the development of Buddhist circuit.

    32. Energy development; with an amount of Rs. 28,796 crore incurred by the government led by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati Ji, a “new trust” born among the general public to meet its electricity needs, during its four-year term,; the government seriously engaged at the ground level about its promise to offer 24-hourelectricity by 2014, Begining of about 30,000 MW new projects. Investment of Rs. 1,20,000 crore. In the field of transmission, thye largest ever investment of Rs.10,000 crore through PPP in the country.

    33. Road construction – construction/reconstruction of more than 50,000 km long roads with an expenditure of about Rs.9000 crore.

    34. About 13,000 km long CC roads and KC drains constructed in 5,480 gram sabhas/villages at a cost of Rs. 3,569 crore.

    35. Construction of 319 bridges at a cost of Rs.1,369 crore as well as 16 over-bridges, entailinf an expenditure of Rs.363

    36. Irrigation – Strengthening of irrigation works/activities at a cost of Rs.22,097 crore.

    37. Additional irrigation capacity of about 1.5 lakh hectares generated with the construction of 2,975 tube wells.

    38. Tail-feeding of more than 9,000 canals ensured.

    39. Irrigation arrangement of 32 lakh hectares of land.

    40. Agriculture and Allied services – about Rs. 19,50 crore spent in the last four years.

    41. Drive to bouble the income of the farmers.

    42. Weather-based crop insurance scheme started.

    43. Rain water storage project in Bundelkhand.

    44. Unprecedented increase in sugarcane price (SAP).

    45. Uttar Pradesh tops the country in milk production.

    46. Dr.Ambedkar Agricultural Improvement Scheme of feeder separation for uninterrupted power supply to farmers.

    47. Establishment of new agricultural university in Banda.

    48. Education and Sports Development – about 65,000 crore (Rs.64,997 Crore) were spent on account of education in the last four years.

    49. As many as 12,160 new senior primary schools and 4,654 new primary schools established

    50. 13 private universities established.

    51. Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji Research Chair established in 6 universities.

    52. As many as 41 new government polytechnics set up.

    53. In Gautambuddha Nagar, a second technical university established under the name of Mahamaya Technical University.

    54. Commencement of ‘Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji Kala Samman Puraskar’ and Sant Ravidas Kala Samman Puraskar’.

    55. Medical and Health services – About 22,000 crore (Rs 22,190 crore) spent in the last four years.

    56. Decision to operate medical colleges in Kannauj, Jalaun and Saharanpur districts as wellas a para-medical college in

    57. Decision to open state of the art super specialty 500-bed hospital with participation of private sector, costing around
    140-150 crore each in Lucknow, Agra, Jalaun, Bijnur, Azamgarh, Ambedkar Nagar. And Saharanpur.

    58. For the first time in the country a separate unani directorate established by Uttar Pradesh.

    59. Urban Development – About Rs.13,156 crore spent on account of housing and urban development as wellas Rs. 4,090 crore spent on hygene and cleanliness schemes.

    60. Projects worth about Rs.8,000 crore completed in Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, Meerut, Allahabad and Mathura on development of urban infrastructural facilities and providing housing to the poor besides, fulfilling their basic needs.

    61. Provision of about Rs.1,000 crore for drinking water projects in 7 metropolitan towns. Completion of projects of
    Rs.400 crore in other 37 towns and plying of 1,310 modern buses started.

    62. Implementation of solid waste management schemes in 26 cities.

    In additionto the above, the government has, through other departments , taken several important and notable decisions, a detailed account of which is given in a government published listing its achievements of four years.

    In order to see for herself the ground reality of the activities stated in the booklet, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati Ji, from 1st February, 2011 to 2nd March 2011 i.e., for full one month, made surprise inspections to take stock of law and order situation and creime control in all the 72 districts, together with development and public welfare activities, with strict action taken against authorities, if anything wanting was detected. Necessary directions and guidance for improvement were also given.

    In a nutshell, the four years of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Hon’ble Ms Mayawati Ji led government has been “ highly promising and the best” in the area of “development and public welfare”.

    Every policy of Uttar Pradesh Govt. is based on ‘Sarvajan Hitay – Sarvajan Sukhay’

    Important and Historic Initiative for Law & Order and Crime Control

    1. Since the formation of the present government in Uttar Pradesh, on 13 May, 2007 till date, an Unprecedented
    environment of “peace and order and communal harmony, free from injustice, crime and fear” has been created by giving “top priority” to “law-order and crime control” for which several important decisions had to be taken with iron resolve at the different levels e.g:

    2. Rigorous and effective action taken against more than 1 lakh known notorious criminals/Mafiosi.

    3. 1.707 notorious criminals detained under the most stringent “National Security Act (NSA)”.

    4. Strict action taken under the “Gangster Act” against about 40,000 professional offenders.

    5. A total of 8.013 notorious delequents, carrying reward on their heads, were arrested, including those “carrying on the head a reward” upto Rs.5 lakh.

    6. Another 374 notorious criminals carrying reward, between Rs.50,000 – Rs. 5,00,000 were “killed” by the police in self defense.

    7. Also, thousands of anti-social elements/goondas and white-collar criminals were sent to their right place i.e. behind the bars in the “jail”.

    8. For the first in the state, action was also taken against “ influencial people and those occupying high positions”
    found guilty of breaching the law, establishing the motto “all wequal before the law” under which several ministers, ex-ministers, MPs and legislators were proceeded against leagally with due strictness.

    9. “Historic action” continues, without let or hinderance, against arrant criminals and Mafiosi to “confisticat their
    ill-gotten wealth” in order to break the economic backbone. Property worth more than Rs. 443 crore forfeited so far.

    10. Elimination of fierce dacoits – synonymous of terror, Rs. 5 lakh rewardee bandit chief Shivakumar alias Dadua, Ambika Patel i.e. Thokia, Mussafir Yadav, carrying a reward of Rs.2lakh from Bihar State and Santosh alias Kittu Gupta with a reward of Rs. 1.5 lakh besides, several other offenders carrying rewards between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 were killed by police in encounters inself-defence.

    11. In the terrorist attack on CRPF group centre at Rampur by 4 terrorists of HUJI – Harqat UI Jehad Al Islami as well as an active member of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) together with ISI agents were also apprehended.

    12. Noor Baksh, a shooter belonging to the gang of international criminal, Dawood Ibrahim was shot daed while trying to escape from police custody.

    13. To secure justice to prosecuted people under the previous government, 10,000 cases filed through a “special campaign” and action taken against 31,136 persons. “Legal” action also initiated against those trying to register “fake” reports.

    14. The area of ‘jungle raj’, goonda tax, ‘mafia rule’ and ‘anarchy’ inherited in legacy, ends, entirely due to the “missionary and struggling” efforts of Hon’ble Chief Ninister Ms. Mayawati JI. People, coming out of the suffocating “jungle raj”, breathing in, today, the wiff of fresh air of the “rule of law by law”.

    15. The result of such strict action was that an environment of “ communal harmony” continued to exist and no untoward incident occurred in the whole of the state, in light of the court decision on the very sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi/Babri Masjid “case”. The peaceful conditions prevailed in Uttar Pradesh, there was calm and quiet in other states of the country as well.

    16. So also Common Wealth Games 2010, three-tier panchayat elections, Mahakumbh fair, Haridwar-2010, Allahabad Magh Mela-2011 passed off peacefully. Lok Sabha-2009 general elections were also conducted without violence, with peace and impartiality.

    17. In order to ensure “justice” to the general public and create “trust” towards the law and order system in them,
    strict instructions issued to record the First Information Report (FIR) in the thanas from victimized persons without the slightest difficulties.

    18. Instructions to all district, division and tehsil level authorities to be available to the people, as a must in their
    offices from 10 to 12 in thye morning.

    19. Observance of “thana divwas” on every 1st and 3rd Saturdsy of the month with the object of taking effective
    action against victimization of poor people of the sarv-samaj.

    20. As a result of these special efforts made by the government, remarkable “decline“ in the rate of all kinds of crime
    against “SC/ST” in the state. Eqally notable has been the percentage of disposal of crime enquiries which stands at 92.

    21. Appointment of a special public prosecutor” for prosecution of cases under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities

    22. “Considerable reduction” in incidence of all crimes against “women” in the state.

    23. The percentage of action was 94.1, last year against those accused of crime against “women” and 91.9 of cases disposed of, which is a “record” in itself. Consequently, the rate of crime against women in Uttar Pradesh is much less than even the national average.

    24. The effort to secure “justice” in every matter and at every level to every segment of the society and the sarv-samaj, the poor people, farmers, labourers, businessmen, lawyers, service-class and non-service-class people as also students in accordance with the policy of “Sarvajan Hitay Sarvajan Sukhay”.

    25. Together with the arrest of more than two dozen hard core naxalites, a strategy of “tatal development (samagra vikas)” in identified areas adopted in order to deal with the “naxal” problem so that a feeling of trust towards the administration in kindled in the public psyche in the affected areas and they do not go astray. Efforts to provide the various basic amenities under Dr. Ambedkar gram sabha yojns to the 423 naxal affected villages.

    26. Many important and historic decisions taken to establish “rule of the law by law” in the state in order to “modernize and strengthen to make the police administration alert and vigilant”.

    27. More than double the increase in police budget with about Rs. 7,740 crore sanctioned. For the first time in Uttar
    Pradesh a service manual for different sections of the police force promulgated.

    28. Formation of “Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment Board” for transparency in view of complaints of corruption in
    police recruitment.

    29. In a “historic” decision about 2.04 lakh new posts for policemen created, in one stroke. Already 35,000 constables
    selected in a transparent procedure – a step which has been praised at the national also.

    30. Constitution of two new zones Viz. “Poorvanchal and western Uttar Pradesh” to further strengthen the “Special Task Force (STF)”.

    31. “National Capital Police Zone” formed for effective control over law and order and crime control in western Uttar

    32. Establishment of “women police stations (mahila Thana)” in all districts together with “mahila helpline”, “family planning Centre” and “mahila sahayta prakoshtha” at the state level.

    33. “Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS)” set up in November, 2007 itself.

    34. “SIT” constituted to investigate serious economic offences.

    35. For proper security and up keep of the newly constructed sites/memorials etc
    formation of “Uttar Pradesh Police Special Zone Security Battalian” under which 1,233 new posts created.

    36. “state level committee constituted” inder the chairmanship of Director General, police to prevent circulation of
    “counterfeit / fake currency notes”.

    37. Sevearl proposals for necessary cooperation pending with the centre about inclusion of naxal-affected districts
    into “focus” districts under the “integrated development plan” for development of the local surroundings and modernization of the police.

    Apart from these, many more important steps were taken, a detailed account of which is given in a booklet published by the government, highlighting its achievements during the last four years.

    In brief, to get the correct feel of ground realities, the Hon’ble Chief minisre Ms. Mayawati Ji herself made surprise inspections of “Law-order and crime control:, for one full month i.e. from 1 February – 2 March, 2011, visiting police stations in all the 72 districts in the state,taking strong action against authorities found wanting in performance and issuing guidelines for improvement.

    Every policy of Uttar Pradesh Govt. is based on ‘Sarvajan Hitay – Sarvajan Sukhay’