Thursday, 29 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines/VIKRANT JOSHI (www.vikrantjoshi.com)

1.Top film producer's body bans Pak artists 'until ties improve'-The Times of India
Haha...Zee claims that all the 9 Pakistan artists working in India will not condemn Uri. Have you not seen the Bollywood movie Gadar-_Ek Prem Katha...Subhashji Goyal? In that movie, the Pak guys ask Sunny Deol to shout "Hindustan Muradabad" when he is on Pak soil. In the movie also, he does not do so. Who on earth will go against their own country? Best way is, throw them out. Rest all are OK to be going, but last heard Karan Johar is tripping on Fawad Khan for his looks. For his upcoming coffee show he has for the first time, ignored Shahrukh Khan and given preference to Fawad!! Also Subhashji, what great work have you done for this country? I stand by CINTAA.

2. Pak crossed The Line, India crosses LoC-The Times of India
What a bloody proud moment!! But as per what Bhau Torsekar posted on his timeline yesterday, every country should look out for Wall Street Journal everyday where the biggest country of the world lays down its strategy, what's going to happen and how will it happen, which Pak failed miserably. But the best forward received yesterday was "Indian Army neutralised some Pakistani Terrorist across LOc, and the rest will be neutralised by Arnab @9pm on TimesNow"  which he actually did!! Kudos Modi. Hope that silences some !!

3. MLA demands Rs. 5L payout of SoBo mishap victim.--The Times of India
The MLA who has demanded the same is congress's Amin Patel for the boy who died due to a pothole. Why the MLA is not spending from his MLA fund ? Amin Patel and 5 lakhs? It is like a drop from the ocean for the rich politician. The boy who has died, is from his constituency & caste! Amin bhai, only raising illegal buildings and friendship with Baba Siddique should not be your only mojo in life. Kabhi toh logon ke kaam main aao...

4.  Eye on Civic Polls, BJP woos Sai Baba devotees-Hindustan Times
This is a new concept any politician has attempted. Well done Ashish Shelar. Grab votes/eyeballs in the name of deities! If Shivsena has control over mandals of Ganpati Bappa, Bhaiyyu Maharaj being a favourite with Congress, NCP & Shivsena also, why BJP should be left behind? But in my eyes great move by Shelar. Now time for  Shelar to capture people believing in Radhe Maa!! 

5. Senior BJP neta paid protection money to Pujari? The Times of India
I don't know who it will be, but my guess is around the biggest builder of the island city. Mr. Lodha. The reason is also simple, none of the city's BJP leader except Lodha are that monied to be threatened for protection. None. You have Shaina NC, but hey, she is the one only asking right? 

6. Death-Threat letters land up at MLA Tara Singh office-Mumbai Mirror 
I can guess the reason. Since last six months Sardar Tara Singh is hell bent on exposing corruption in the purchase of ration and other things under the Public Health Department. I have copies of the letter and the proof's he has attached. That is the only reason, which has rubbed someone the wrong way. Apart from that, Mr. Tarasingh is a very popular MLA in his constituency as the people have voted for him so many years. A very humble and a nice guy, against whom I haven't heard anything.

7. मुख्यमंत्र्यानी पालिकेत हस्तक्षेप करू नये --लोकसत्ता 
MNS saying so along with the Shivsena. Friends, why do you think the Road/Pothole Scam was out, the contractors were arrested? was it not backed by someone powerful? Of course the CM. BY the way, MNS & SS, is there is any drop in "hafta" after CM has come and interfered in the BMC? 

8.  ४२० कोटींच्या रस्ते विकासकामांना शासनाची स्थगिती --सामना 
Till the time that Gharat is occupying the post in the KDMC and his anti chamber is occupied with an RTI activist till that time, it is no point, to do any work in the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation. E Ravindran , the Commissioner, is 100% much better than the previous one's and has not fallen pray to this wicked Gharat (who is the Additional Municipal Commissioner) and this Brahmin, bogus, blackmailer RTI activist. Also another partner of these two is sitting in CM Devendra Fadnavi's lap by swearing himself as a Minister. Ravindran is in a  fix. Same like Tukaram Mundhe in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. 

9. शिवसेनेला अपमानाची किंमत मोजावी लागेल-अजित पवार  --सकाळ 
Dear Ajit Pawar, your uncle shares an excellent rapport, or if I could say, more better equation that you, with Sanjay Pawar..oops sorry Sanjay Raut. So instead of threatening, just call up uncle (as he is only your saviour) and talk to Sanjay Raut who is incharge of Samna. I'm sure, something or the other will be compensated, and yes, by the way, our dam's are filled this time, so save your piss!!

10. नवी मुंबईचे महापौर राजकारणाला कंटाळले--सकाळ 
There is a common link between the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation. Both of them are predominantly ruled by political groups or the person. Navi Mumbai by Ganesh Naik and KDMC by Ravindra Chavhan and his allies. Now the problem is these people have created such a big ruckus and mess in their cities, that even if someone tries to correct the problems, it will hurt them. These both leaders have earned a fortune by mismanaging the Municipalities. So who is one Devendra Fadnavis to come and try and uproot them? Then these people go to any extend to protect their wrong doings and frustrate able and honest officers who are trying to give it's citizens something.

11. डॉ. पवार यांचे निलंबन मागे--लोकमत 
Wow, now that's a news by Yadu Joshi. But Yaduji, your senior was the one who was responsible for a tirade against Dr. Pawar. Anyways, abb majaa ayega, when this Dr Pawar decides to open his mouth against this Lokmat Journalist and Dr Mali (ex-PS to Minister Deepak Sawant)

12. "If she had told us that she felt insulted by our comments, we would have edited it"--Kruhsna Abhishek-- Bombay Times
Hey, by the way, Krushna you had tried to do so with your mama Govinda right? trying to cash in popularity using his name!! My friend, believe me in one thing, Kapil Sharma is way way ahead of you. You are getting old, you are in a confused relationship with Kashmeera and your own mama hates what you do ! So chill my friend!! To get into racism and expecting claps, that too with an award winning actress, is not appreciated. 

13. Vidyut Jammwal becomes social--Ht Cafe 
Paid Story!! No actor announces that I have come on social media via an article in the paper. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines/Vikrant Joshi (www.vikrantjoshi.com)

1. Young biker on ice-cream errand dies in pothole mishap near JJ-The Time of India
The name of the boy is Rizwan Khan and it is unbelievable that the biker was not speeding!! No one dies if you accidentally cross a pothole on a bike @20kmps or even @40kmps; death happens in cases only when your luck is not in your favour. Everyone staying near Dadar, Parel or Byculla stretch exactly know what the bikers do. Forget 21, these boys start biking, that includes stunts by the way, as early as when they are 16. In Byculla if there is a Khan riding, in Dadar it has to be a Joshi or Shinde. Those who don't believe me, take a walk at Carter Road, Bandra or at 5 Gardens in the evening. One Addl CP traffic was narrating incidents how these bikers treat the cops, when stopped or chased. Media who has put this accidental death as a "death due to a pothole" is not appropriate; it rather looks like a cooked up story against administration. Saw Rizwan's family's pic in papers, he does not seem to be from a well-to-do family. Had anything been fishy, i'm sure the parent's wouldn't have left the opportunity to encash!! But by not registering a complain, rest is better unsaid. Oh main issue, he was as usual without a helmet. 

2. Uran's schoolgirl's spotting of 'terrorists' was a prank--The Times of India
This was an eyewash I had written a week ago. Someone tried to divert our attention right ahead of some important happenings in the city or the state. This time the issue is Maratha rally coming to the city. But the master of attention diversion is none other than NCP's supremo--Sharadchandra Pawar.

3. Builder serves Rs. 100 cr notice on AAP leader- The Times of India
Avinash Bhosale and has sued someone? It is like Pakistan coming and telling we Indian's have orchestrated the Uri killings. Bullshit. In Maharashtra two DALAAL's have made the most by selling our state-One is Avinash Bhosale and the other one is Vivek Jadhav. Take any politician. Take any bureaucrat. If anyone denies this, he is lying through his teeth. These are the only two people who are friends with everyone and it does not matter which party governs us. They are on excellent terms with the Sena, they have super relations with the BJP and they enjoy excellent rapport with the Congress & the NCP. On top of that, many of the bureaucrats be it IAS or Class 1 are "known" to be on friendly terms with them. If I'm wrong, just one example for you, remove CCTV footages as to what Avinash Bhosale is doing at the BMC headquarters every now and then. And what role does a GAY IAS officer from the Urban Development Department plays? Anyone heard about the Pune-Mumbai DP discussion? And yes before I close this chapter on Dalaal's of Mantralaya, Ujjwal Pagariya and Satish Munde are their vice captains respectively.

4. राज ठाकरे यांच्यापुढे 'सलमान' पेच--लोकसत्ता 
They are friends, but Mr. Raj Thackrey is known to close many chapter's when the agitations are at its peak. This has angered many party men who have left him. Karan Johar must have asked for this against some "special" favour in return. Did I hear someone shout Sonali Bendre's name? May Khopkar, bad luck mate!

5.   मोकळ्या जागा दाखवा, शिसवेना तेथे उद्याने बांधेल-आदित्य ठाकरे-- सामना 
First the playgrounds are decided to take back from politicians, then BMC will maintain it & now finally private individuals/firms will maintain it. What's all this confusion about Adi? I guess you couldn't see the pain Vaikar, Subhash Desai had gone through? And now you want us to tell you more such open spaces? hmm...why don't we try mangroves? Already your party partner MP Kapil Patil is on role to build buildings and schemes on Mangroves. Check Kahseli and Kallher in Bhiwandi area... 

6. Sonu excited about response to his rap in Tutak Tutak Tutiya--Bombay Times 
The movie hasn't released. I am surprised from where does the review come from? You tube is the only source. But not so great that it gets the producer excited. Talk about paid news, BT...

7. Ranbir brings in birthday with friends -Bombay Times 
No one does with enemies Bombay Times. Not at all a news material. 90% of the pictures you post are from the social blogging sites of celebrities. Where and what are your journalist's and photographers doing? HT Cafe is ahead in the race in terms of covering news and stories. 

8. Star kids handle success better- Anurag Kashyap- HT Cafe 
Yes the same way they handle messy marriages, divorces, drug abuse, drinking and all the other characteristics they see their parents do right from the age of 3. 

9. Won't leave TV for films--TV actor Arjun Bijlani--Ht Cafe 
Did anyone ever offer you a film Arjun? What a smart way of begging movies through paid news...all the best!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines / Vikrant Joshi (www.vikrantjoshi.com)

1.  Racism is propagated through such shows--Mumbai Mirror
Actress Tanishtha Mukherjee walked out of the comedy show "Comedy Nights Bachan Tazaa" for being called as "kaali kaluti" repeatedly. MNS this is where you should take your morcha at! Fight for a real cause, once! Also, please if possible beat up the script writers, as the content of the show is BAKWAAS. Racism and that too in our county, A NO NO!! Time has come for Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh and Sudesh Lahiri, start writing your owns scripts, as they are more spontaneous and will do a better job, I feel.

2. शिवसेनेत राजीनामास्त्र ? --मटा
All the MP's, MLA's and office bearer's of Shivsena who are hurt and have resigned or in process to do so, again remember, once a post is gone in Shivsena, it is gone for good! We have examples like Rahul Narvekar. Be patient and give a deep thought about your actions again. NCP, Congress or as a matter of fact, even the BJP will never allow you to become a part of their camps. Remember what's happening with Dr. Vijaykumar Gavit and Babanrao Pachpute to name a few. Also, I won't be a wrong if I say, Shivsena will be a dominating force in the decade to come. You people are resigning, but my friends,people in the world of a particular sect are already planning & executing the process of covering religions. Don't get played by politics. Play it, or leave it!

3. "वातावरण पेटवण्याचा प्रयन्त ", "सामना वर हल्ले", "उद्धव ठाकरेंच्या माफीची विरोधकांची मागणी", "सामनाने माफी मागावी" --मटा  पान ७
Maharashtra Times or the Times Group has dedicated Page 7  of this Marathi newspaper to news only pertaining against Sena. In fact all newspapers have today ! But Times be again careful with your wordings, as the incident remains fresh in our memory of the Adsul family creating a ruckus at your office! Some over enthusiast political journalist had claimed senior Adsul joining NCP. The reporter was said to be close to Ajit Pawar, whom he blamed later for making him a scapegoat at the press room.

4. व्यंगचित्रकार प्रभुदेसाईंकडून दिलगिरी--सामना 
Yesterday, my bad, I quoted the wrong name of the cartoonist. Apology. Anyways, I feel Shivsena has just dug its own grave. The only party who was beneficiary of this Marartha rallies was in fact SHIVSENA. Why do they this always?  Time & again I have said, please get rid of that Sanjay Pawar...oops...Sanjay Raut.

5. I don't believe in Biopics: Lata Mangeshkar--HT Cafe
But madam, please believe in humanity!! You are closing on to 90 today. People at this age let go off their ego and want to help the society or people as much as they want. Please, give it writing to construct a flyover passing your house. A request from a motorist and a common Mumbaikar. By the way, Happy Birthday!

6. CM gives civic agencies 15 days to fill all potholes on city roads.--The Times of India
Sir, I'm taking it very seriously, what if I find minimum 10 potholes again? As for BMC, potholes exists only on the main roads or the highways of the city. They don't know how the lanes & the bylanes of the suburbs/ central suburbs look like? Ok, whom do we blame in the agencies later? PWD will put it on MMRDA and MMRDA will put it on the BMC. By the time you get the factual report as to who was responsible, time to welcome next year's monsoon!

7. Tutak Tutak Tutiya Team begives moviegoers should get value for their money-Bombay Times
I know small budgeted movies are the flavour of the season. Sonu Sood prove your mettle by coming solo this time. Hope Vashu Bhagnani proves your lucky charm as a co-producer as his latest movies which he co-produced are Humshakals (ended Sajid Khan's career as Director), Rangrez (Jacky Bhagnani should just count the money his dad makes) and Yongistaan. Only film that has earned accolades is Sarabjit. So Sonu all the best mate!

8. I'm open to constructive criticism but not at the cost of my sanity--Sonakshi Sinha--Bombay Times
Only your parent's can do that for you Sonakshi. Rest, you are a public figure, and as Aamir Khan said in Rangeela, "aapun public hai, kuch bhi bol saktaa hai"!!

9. Saiyami Kher admits ti being in love --Bombay Times
Yes, he is handsome, son of an  Political Party head of our state ! But as per sources, you guys were a thing for only sometime, and in your interview with this newspaper you have admitted of being in love for 6 years now. The Bollywood bug has stuck you quite soon, Sayami!

10. Government names members of Thackrey Memorial Trust--The Time of India
Cut-Copy-Paste with improvisation --Read it yesterday.

11.  मुंबईच्या विकासाची जबाबदारी पालिकेकडेच हवी --लोकसत्ता
Two veteran journalists doing the same today. The Times of India and Loksatta now. Sir cut copy paste &improvised story of yesterday. What are Editor's doing?

12. Women evolve, men don't: Ajay Devgn - HT Cafe
Yes, Ajay ji, last heard Esha Deol has also evolved now, but you were not in a condition to get evolved even after she left you some years ago. Men are dawwgs!!


Monday, 26 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines/Vikrant Joshi (www.vikrantjoshi.com)

(MAHARASHTRA POLITICS & BOLLYWOOD)

1. "I was very bad at Cricket"--Sushant Singh Rajput-- HT Cafe
Thank God, Neeraj Pandey came to your rescue & offered MS DHONI to you, else you would have said that about movies as well! Do you remember  Shuddh Desi Romance, PK & Detective Byomkesh Bakshy? Again thank Neeraj Pandey...please!!

2. "Acting happened by chance"--Prabhudeva --HT Cafe
Sir, with all due respect, thank God you took a wise decision to get into Direction, else even I was dreaming of becoming an actor. 

3. "I'm not a celebrity" --TV actor Rajat Tokas--HT Cafe
Who is Rajat Tokas? haha...never heard of him from TV friends also...

4.  Dhoni wasn't involved with the script of his biopic- Neeraj Pandey--Bombay Times
Then either you will lie to us in form of depicting a biography or else you are lying to this reporter who interviewed you.

5. Your bumpy ride (in Mumbai) not juts BMC's fault--Hindustan Times
Couple of days ago, when BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said this, no one understood the gravity of this solution offered by Mehta. But in actual, one single window or centralisation of Mumbai's infrastructure is the answer to our city's problems. But again, the whole of BMC's staff along with the party ruling it should be changed every 5 years compulsorily.

6. OBC's, Muslims look to counter Maratha push for reservation--Hindustan Times
I guess now every caste in Maharastra is in the race of begging reservation. Yesterday a FB friend had posted, How can a nation call itself " a developed nation" when the people itself are holding rallies to demand reservation for their caste's and hell bent on calling themselves mibority? Also I guess now only Brahmin's are remaining to hold rallies. But don't worry friends, they are scared, get intimidated, and are very orthodox & religious to do so, but at the same time they are brainy and will find some or the other way to sustain.   

7. इस्टेट एजन्ट गृहनिर्माण कायद्याच्या कचाट्यात ! लोकसत्ता 
Knight Frank, Cushman & Weigfield and plus the 1000's of small time estate agents, time for you to pay the taxes! Enough of earning commission's in black. 

8. विरार ते दहिसर सर्वाधिक प्रवासी -- मटा 
Yes, of course, please shift all the offices out of Nariman Point & BKCs to Navi Mumbai. We will help to reduce the burden on the railways. We will leave Mumbai!!!! Create alternative infrastructure please!!!!

9. व्यंगचित्राचा वाद पेटवण्यामागे समाजकंटकांचा हात--सामना 
Haha..The best part is the cartoon is made by a "Deshpande" and the editor of that page is a "Joshi"

Sunday, 25 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines/ Vikrant Joshi

1. Aaditya Thackrey bats for city nightlife--Hindustan Times 
The concept is very good. Most important statement in the article was " I would not like bars and pubs to be added in the list" . But Aaditya, who goes to eat Misal pav, tandoori chicken or a Gujrati Thaali after 1 am? What's the use of hotels and restaurants who will remain empty and contribute towards unnecessary expenses? 

2. State's most popular prisoner: Chhagan Bhujbal draws VIPs.
What information I have is whenever any visitor is coming to meet Bhujbal, all Medical students & staff's are asked to be shifted in General Ward. Why so? Also I heard when Supriya Sule visited Bhujbal, lot of relatives were facing hardships  because of her security team. Dean, why don't you make arrangement's of Bhujbal in St George? Same to same as what was provided to Ramesh Kadam. Dr. Bhavani will help & assist you. 

3. "Don't care how long I remain CM..." Mumbai Mirror 
Maharashtra cannot see a Chief Minister apart from Maratha community, a step ahead...only from Western Maharashtra...Period!!

4. "पटेल यांचे घूमजाव"--लोकसत्ता 
Haha...how typical...Didn't I mention how he or his opinions aren't important? Media should avoid taking these kind of people's statements. He has a limited stand in the party. A mere mediator to speak to Sharad Pawar for Gujrati/Jain Community.  Read how Pratap (NCP) Asbe praised him for getting Munde & senior Pawar close. It was written when the door bell rang, Prafulbhai opened the door. Exactly, That's his job...just to open the door, hold the bag and make money. 

५. माथाडी कामगार संघटना फुतीच्या अम्बरठयावर ?-- लोकसत्ता 
Narendra Patil denied any such news (of he entering BJP) when I last met him at Minister Subhash Deshmukh's cabin. He said it was a rumour. But the son of a veteran leader is indeed on BJP's way! 

६. राज ठाकरे प्रत्येक शाखेला भेट देणार!-लोकसत्ता 
Please....save the Corporator's....and keep patience!! 

 ७. मातंग समाजाचा मंत्रालयावर-- सकाळ 
For my common Mumbaikar, please make a list of people or caste's (ONLY IN MARATHI'S ) who are capable of holding Morcha...Once and for all, let it get listed so that people like me also understand why people gather in town every now & then. Faces are same, demand almost the same.

८. भुजबळांच्या समर्थनार्थ मोर्चा-- लोकमत 
Why? to prove everything was done by Sandeep Bedse and arrogant Sameer? where is Sandeep Bedse these days? 

९. पाक कलाकार मायदेशी - मटा 
Please someone send these MNS people on our border now. If by mere giving slogans and threatening, PAK (people) are moving back, I will convince janta of Kashmir to vote MNS in power there. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some newspaper headline's- Vikrant Joshi

OFF THE RECORD review on some of the newspaper headline's- Vikrant Joshi 


1. Uran scare: Navy calls off ops, but city still on Alert: Hindustan Times
   I seriously feel this was an eyewash. I mean, common, in Mumbai thousands of things are reported       by so many people. Why were two school boys trusted? Maratha Morcha subject diversion?? After Diwali, Mumbai will see a new record of Maratha's on street. Hence the move BJP? But on the subject of diverting attention on important matters, veteran Sharad Pawar is the master. So many examples to cite. 

2. BMC chief sanctions interim policy for maintenance of open spaces in city: The Times of India
 More private people entering, more chances of corruption. Only these open spaces were left for takeovers, BMC has just killed our Mumbaikar's last hope. Nayana Khatpalia's book "Save Open Spaces" is a bible on this subject. Try & get a copy. 

3. Revoke order by Khadse in favour of realtor: AAP to CM -TOI & HT
Dear AAP, the only thing that has left with Khadse are his "non-performing" body parts; I meant heart & brain. What's your take on that? Please let me inform, Mr. Bhoi has resumed his job at Vidhan Bhavan. 

4. Quit India in 48 hrs. MNS to Pak actors-The Times of India
Don't worry readers. "Empty vessels make a lot of noise" MNS is actually empty and this is the last attempt to at least save the Corporators to jump in another parties before BMC 2017. My views: You are not forced to watch or listen  Pak artists. Art has no religion and boundaries right? 

5. Sole contractor arrested in the 352 cr road repair scam granted bail by HC
This is nice. All he (Dipan Shah of M/s Relcon Infraprojects) paid was Rs. 90,000/- as that's what was the fine imposed on him by the BMC. Six contractor's are charged with Rs.15.4 crores as fine for pulling in Rs. 352 crore and bad roads. This happens only in India. 


6. Raj Thackeray set to lose lone legislator- Mumbai Mirror
Cut-copy-paste with improvisation..Read it in Samna yesterday.

७. दर्डांकडून भूखंडाचा गैरवापर-लोकसत्ता 
How can Darda's be lagging behind when it comes to corruption? The said plot in Bitubori MIDC Nagpur was meant for school for the handicapped people. Darda made arrangements with CEO-MIDC in 2010 (we need to find who this CEO was initiate inquiry against him) and constructed a commercial complex earning lakhs for himself in form of rentals. Now I'm after Vijaybabu's works whilst he held the position of chariman at ABC. "Teri Meherbaniyaan" is what Abhijeet Group from Nagpur is singing for Vijaybabu!!

८.  आर्थिक मंदीतही सिडकोला धनलाभ -सकाळ
Cut-copy-paste with improvisation from day before's Loksatta


Thursday, 22 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines


1. Health Minister caught in traffic jam for 3 hours-The Times of India, Loksatta & Samna
For your information, this is not at all news item to be covered by 3 national dailies. Also, the mInister lives in Santacruz & travels to town for work, so to get stuck in jam is not a new concept for him. We can have traffic jams even if one dumper or truck breaks down. Such is the condition of our infrastructure of the city. Mind you, we are a smart city!

2. Make SoBo streets friendly for pedestrians-Aditya Thackrey--The Times of India & Mata & Hindustan Times.
Apart from opening dog parks & going for usual rounds (parties) in the South Mumbai, Aditya ji, need your kindest attention on footpaths of REST OF MUMBAI & Thane! We also exists!!

3. Man arrested for suicide bid at Mantralay-The Times of India
I travel to Mantralay after 2pm almost everyday. Bloody the securities at the door ask me to remove anything and everything from the pocket whilst frisking. It is next to impossible to carry a kerosene bottle in Mantralaya. If such thing has happened, suspicion is on the rise.

4. बांधकाम खात्यात हेवेदावे-लोकमत 
Day 2 of news from Atul Kulkarni. Series has started. My prediction in yesterday's write up will not go wrong. Watch this space. Series matlab Cocacola!!

५. मनसेचा एकमेव आमदारही गळाला- सामना 
Party chief who only knows about INCOMING's and does not believe in OUTGOING, this day had to come. Before Corporation election all Raj Thackrey has to do, is to Get out of Krishnakunj everyday, remove one and all whosoever advices him & take shelter below Sena or BJP. There is no further future otherwise. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines

1. Kurla Mall blatantly flouting DP norms-Mumbai Mirror
The violations are in regard to the restaurants operating in the ventilation area. Also the parking charges of the same are collected which were found to be illegal by the BMC. Now, along with this Pheonix Kurla Mall, Phenix Palladium mall that is located at Parel is also known to flout norms in terms of BMC guidelines in the construction & operations. Illegal parking Charges are taken at his Mall as well.  SMASH, another play zone at Pandurang Budhwar Marg, Worli takes as much as Rs. 150/- on weekends as parking charges. Now do you know who collects this parking charges from these 3 places? Goons/ex-military/ex-policemen working as security lads for Krystal Securities, company which is owned by NCP sorry BJP heavyweight politico Prasad Lad. I have heard a lot of politicians including Walse Patil, Jayant Patil, Bhujbal, Jitendra Ahvad,Pravin Darekar are silently partners in this group. Talk about menace & illegal businesses politicos own.

2. मंत्रलायची इमारत असुरक्षित-अतुल कुलकर्णी 
This is a classic example of yellow journalism.  Last week itself, I read in some newspaper that Chandrakantdada Patil, Minister for PWD, needed funds of Rs. 100 crores for Mantralaya makeover again or a part of it. Now everyone knows that the State is debt ridden and money will be provided only to departments or schemes which are of utmost urgency. The said journalist who has reported this story today, is known to know too much and take advantage of such things. Right from transfers in Home Department during RR Patil regime (god bless his soul, he was a good man but his PERSONAL staff...hmm), to FDA, to Kharmate RTO re-recruitment to Public Health Department menace, whenever there is a SERIES appearing in Lokmat, I for sure know, it's christmas time. Accordingly CM & FM Mungantiwar or the cabinet wouldn't have sanctioned the funds.  Today when I read, it was reported that when the new Mantralaya building was made, the authorities had granted the building a Structural Stability Certificate; but the entire building or project was carried out without a Project Management Consultant. Now journalist sir, where is the comment of Unity Constructions, who had actually constructed the new building in the whole article? The building becomes "unsafe" just because it didn't have a PMC? Who was Raja Adery then? Who was M/s Raje Structural Company then? If  Tongaokar (EE-Kurla) had said that M/s Raje Structural Company cannot be appointed as the PMC, why was he silent till Jan 2016? Hard to digest. Now accordingly this journalist, out of no where, has HIMSELF asked for an ACB inquiry. Friends, this is how pressure is built by Journalist's on any department. It is later easy to take news & other things in exchange of rude attitude for which, this journalist is famous for. Now the said journalist will catch hold of some MLA/MLC and this question will be put forth in the upcoming winter session at Nagpur. Inquiry will be set on. And booing to the pressure,  if an inquiry by the department is set, for next 3 years all the engineers of the raped PWD department will be scared of this journalist. Hafta's will begin. This is how mafiosi also works right? And god forbid, if the Minister gets the funds sanctioned, it's Christmas again!!

3. बाजोरिया कन्सट्रक्शनवर घोटाळ्याचा आरोप--लोकमत 
Who had triggered the infamous Yavatmal Sex Scandal in Vidhan parishad on the 28th July 2016? It was MLC Sandip Bajoria. Before he entered the upper house, I met him at the entrance. With a twinkle in his eye, he had asked me to attend the house from the Press Box saying I'm raising this issue in the house. Even in that fraction of second what I got, I had told him to be careful, as Darda's are known to be vicious. It is simple, you scratch mine, I will scratch your's!

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines

1. Kurla Mall blatantly flouting DP norms-Mumbai Mirror
The violations are in regard to the restaurants operating in the ventilation area. Also the parking charges of the same are collected which were found to be illegal by the BMC. Now, along with this Pheonix Kurla Mall, Phenix Palladium mall that is located at Parel is also known to flout norms in terms of BMC guidelines in the construction & operations. Illegal parking Charges are taken at his Mall as well.  SMASH, another play zone at Pandurang Budhwar Marg, Worli takes as much as Rs. 150/- on weekends as parking charges. Now do you know who collects this parking charges from these 3 places? Goons/ex-military/ex-policemen working as security lads for Krystal Securities, company which is owned by NCP sorry BJP heavyweight politico Prasad Lad. I have heard a lot of politicians including Walse Patil, Jayant Patil, Bhujbal, Jitendra Ahvad,Pravin Darekar are silently partners in this group. Talk about menace & illegal businesses politicos own.

2. मंत्रलायची इमारत असुरक्षित-अतुल कुलकर्णी 
This is a classic example of yellow journalism.  Last week itself, I read in some newspaper that Chandrakantdada Patil, Minister for PWD, needed funds of Rs. 100 crores for Mantralaya makeover again or a part of it. Now everyone knows that the State is debt ridden and money will be provided only to departments or schemes which are of utmost urgency. The said journalist who has reported this story today, is known to know too much and take advantage of such things. Right from transfers in Home Department during RR Patil regime (god bless his soul, he was a good man but his PERSONAL staff...hmm), to FDA, to Kharmate RTO re-recruitment to Public Health Department menace, whenever there is a SERIES appearing in Lokmat, I for sure know, it's christmas time. Accordingly CM & FM Mungantiwar or the cabinet wouldn't have sanctioned the funds.  Today when I read, it was reported that when the new Mantralaya building was made, the authorities had granted the building a Structural Stability Certificate; but the entire building or project was carried out without a Project Management Consultant. Now journalist sir, where is the comment of Unity Constructions, who had actually constructed the new building in the whole article? The building becomes "unsafe" just because it didn't have a PMC? Who was Raja Adery then? Who was M/s Raje Structural Company then? If  Tongaokar (EE-Kurla) had said that M/s Raje Structural Company cannot be appointed as the PMC, why was he silent till Jan 2016? Hard to digest. Now accordingly this journalist, out of no where, has HIMSELF asked for an ACB inquiry. Friends, this is how pressure is built by Journalist's on any department. It is later easy to take news & other things in exchange of rude attitude for which, this journalist is famous for. Now the said journalist will catch hold of some MLA/MLC and this question will be put forth in the upcoming winter session at Nagpur. Inquiry will be set on. And booing to the pressure,  if an inquiry by the department is set, for next 3 years all the engineers of the raped PWD department will be scared of this journalist. Hafta's will begin. This is how mafiosi also works right? And god forbid, if the Minister gets the funds sanctioned, it's Christmas again!!

3. बाजोरिया कन्सट्रक्शनवर घोटाळ्याचा आरोप--लोकमत 
Who had triggered the infamous Yavatmal Sex Scandal in Vidhan parishad on the 28th July 2016? It was MLC Sandip Bajoria. Before he entered the upper house, I met him at the entrance. With a twinkle in his eye, he had asked me to attend the house from the Press Box saying I'm raising this issue in the house. Even in that fraction of second what I got, I had told him to be careful, as Darda's are known to be vicious. It is simple, you scratch mine, I will scratch your's!

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines

1. Kurla Mall blatantly flouting DP norms-Mumbai Mirror
The violations are in regard to the restaurants operating in the ventilation area. Also the parking charges of the same are collected which were found to be illegal by the BMC. Now, along with this Pheonix Kurla Mall, Phenix Palladium mall that is located at Parel is also known to flout norms in terms of BMC guidelines in the construction & operations. Illegal parking Charges are taken at his Mall as well.  SMASH, another play zone at Pandurang Budhwar Marg, Worli takes as much as Rs. 150/- on weekends as parking charges. Now do you know who collects this parking charges from these 3 places? Goons/ex-military/ex-policemen working as security lads for Krystal Securities, company which is owned by NCP sorry BJP heavyweight politico Prasad Lad. I have heard a lot of politicians including Walse Patil, Jayant Patil, Bhujbal, Jitendra Ahvad,Pravin Darekar are silently partners in this group. Talk about menace & illegal businesses politicos own.

2. मंत्रलायची इमारत असुरक्षित-अतुल कुलकर्णी 
This is a classic example of yellow journalism.  Last week itself, I read in some newspaper that Chandrakantdada Patil, Minister for PWD, needed funds of Rs. 100 crores for Mantralaya makeover again or a part of it. Now everyone knows that the State is debt ridden and money will be provided only to departments or schemes which are of utmost urgency. The said journalist who has reported this story today, is known to know too much and take advantage of such things. Right from transfers in Home Department during RR Patil regime (god bless his soul, he was a good man but his PERSONAL staff...hmm), to FDA, to Kharmate RTO re-recruitment to Public Health Department menace, whenever there is a SERIES appearing in Lokmat, I for sure know, it's christmas time. Accordingly CM & FM Mungantiwar or the cabinet wouldn't have sanctioned the funds.  Today when I read, it was reported that when the new Mantralaya building was made, the authorities had granted the building a Structural Stability Certificate; but the entire building or project was carried out without a Project Management Consultant. Now journalist sir, where is the comment of Unity Constructions, who had actually constructed the new building in the whole article? The building becomes "unsafe" just because it didn't have a PMC? Who was Raja Adery then? Who was M/s Raje Structural Company then? If  Tongaokar (EE-Kurla) had said that M/s Raje Structural Company cannot be appointed as the PMC, why was he silent till Jan 2016? Hard to digest. Now accordingly this journalist, out of no where, has HIMSELF asked for an ACB inquiry. Friends, this is how pressure is built by Journalist's on any department. It is later easy to take news & other things in exchange of rude attitude for which, this journalist is famous for. Now the said journalist will catch hold of some MLA/MLC and this question will be put forth in the upcoming winter session at Nagpur. Inquiry will be set on. And booing to the pressure,  if an inquiry by the department is set, for next 3 years all the engineers of the raped PWD department will be scared of this journalist. Hafta's will begin. This is how mafiosi also works right? And god forbid, if the Minister gets the funds sanctioned, it's Christmas again!!

3. बाजोरिया कन्सट्रक्शनवर घोटाळ्याचा आरोप--लोकमत 
Who had triggered the infamous Yavatmal Sex Scandal in Vidhan parishad on the 28th July 2016? It was MLC Sandip Bajoria. Before he entered the upper house, I met him at the entrance. With a twinkle in his eye, he had asked me to attend the house from the Press Box saying I'm raising this issue in the house. Even in that fraction of second what I got, I had told him to be careful, as Darda's are known to be vicious. It is simple, you scratch mine, I will scratch your's!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines

1. Minister's visiting you today, stay a km away! Times of India
हिलाच घाबरले असतील बिचारे आदिवासी! बाईमाणूस कुठली!! But as per latest update, the imposed rule has been uplifted. But seriously if such is the condition of the state, that the Minister's are scared to visit constituency, it is a moral loss for the Government. This will further bridge the gap between the masses and the government and create hatred amongst the people. Out of this hatred for the Government, a negative feeling starts developing, which in turn will be violent in nature. Now, there will be a community who will come from other states or from border's of Maharashtra to help and cajole the people of Palghar. When & how is Naxalism born? This is the way !! 

2. Mehta to state: Make BMC sole planning agency for city: Times of India
A perfect sensible way to at least make the city breathe again! Firstly, a very Happy Birthday to the BMC chief! Hats off to the man who dared to bare the corrupt nexus that existed in the BMC. Not only exposing but going all the way to punish the culprits. But sir, this is OK when CM and BJP is in power. There is no option for Shivsena at least in Mumbai. All these blacklisted road contractors existed in the system only because they had the blessings of Matoshree, and you have just rubbed them the wrong way, which we all Mumbaikar's knew & appreciate. But make sure you fix this problem for good, as the stay of any bureaucrat or party in BMC is temporary, exception Shivsena!In regard to your statement in the TOI today, fully agree as who knows the city, its water connections, it's illegal sanctions of the buildings, it's slum's better than BMC? 

3. शासकीय नोकरयांमध्ये ३० टक्के कपात ! लोकसता 
Cut-copy-paste...Read this yesterday in Lokmat. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on today's newspaper headlines

1. Maratha stir now at city's gates, Open guns for govt- The Times of India
This means around 5 lakh people are aiming to be on the streets tomorrow at Navi Mumbai. Good news is parents won't send their children to schools, shopkeepers will keep shops closed and Navi Mumbai will come to a standstill. City will be ruined with the filth 5 lakh people will cause and "poor" policeman's pride and patience will be at stake till the last man at the "silent march" decides to go home. I am thinking of dropping my surname "Joshi" now...ना रहेगा बास, ना बजेगी बासुरी!

2. Ajit Pawar kicks up storm after throwing barb at community-The Times of India
For the very first time, don't feel like criticising Ajit Pawar. The Maratha community is demanding reservation in Job & education when they comprise 32% of our Maharashtra's population.  But what Ajit Pawar said, when it comes to marriage within the community, they want to prove they are higher in strata than the poor Maratha's. But Ajitdada, if you don't know, this is a common practice in us, Indians I call them... 

3. Anti-dengue drive finds babus are at fault too--Mumbai Mirror 
This statement didn't make sense. Did the officers actually invite mosquitos carrying the virus personally home? I mean, who does that...How come officers are fault? Had they mentioned about failing to maintain cleanliness it would have sounded better. No one on purpose invites trouble, but yes IF you observe quickly what are the officers names? Navin Sona, AK Jain, Aashishkumar Singh & Shyamlal Goyal. Even for once, I want to be castist. There is no marathi manoos in the list. We are proud Marathi people who keep our house & surroundings clean & hygienic. 


4. "सरकारी  नोकऱ्यामध्ये ३०% टक्के कपात--पान १
    " एसटी महामंडळात होणार जम्बो भरती--पान  २ ----लोकमत  
Just for the sake to think, wasn't it funny to see both the headlines which are pointedly foolish in the same paper? Thank God for the Editor who didn't put both the news in the same frame. But before the Government thinks of adopting "automation" and ending man dependance, how about filling the posts  in departments which are vacant since years in the most crucial Home Department.  No automation will fight naxalism. 

५ म्हसे भिवंडी, तर राजेंद्र निंबाळकर उल्हासनगरचे पालिका आयुक्त-- सामना
8th August 2016 i.e. exactly a month and 10 days ago Yogesh Mhase, Rajendra Nimbalkar, Ashok Shingare were handed over portfolios which were different then now. Happens. Governments change, style of functioning does not!

६. मंत्रीपदी असताना 'असे' व्यवहार करणे अयोग्यच--लोकसत्ता 
Who will convince the Judge, Media, & whosoever that Khadse's love for his daughter & son-in-law went against him & costed him his career?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on today's headlines-Vikrant Joshi

OFF THE RECORD review on today's newspaper headlines:


1) Image conscious CM asks officials to buck up, bolster govt reputation-The Times of India 
CMO's public relations officer's reaction please? There are approximately 6 people in the CMO (with a very fat salary)  in Media relations department apart from 4 from the DGIPR department. If such is the condition of the image of CM, I feel now the control has to be taken back by the DGIPR. But DGIPR's top bosses are engrossed in their own internal battles and politics at Mantralaya. There is a desperate need to do some positive publicity for the Government now. I know there aren't any Ministers living upto the mark, but don't we have Devendra Fadnavis, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Chandrakant Patil & Diwakar Raote? I don't know what exactly are the roles of DLO's, but apart from sending press-notes, DLO's should also promote his/her minister.  Co-ordinaton with the department has to be his/her mantra whilst promoting Minister's work. Common, how Corporates have presentations, why can't Minister's have reviews mailed to Media people on a monthly basis? Time has come, for DGIPR & PRO's (CMO) to buck up. Mere completion of a job should not be the mantra of newly appointed Secretary & DG Brijesh Singh. If I have not mistaken there is a shortage of staff also at the DGIPR. Plus the old case of 4 officers of unethical appointment is still lingering in the department. One DLO is appointed with more than one minister. CM asking for an image buck up is a tight slap on the face of the media coordinators of CM. The Kapil Sharma goof-up or the person from Kokan who ended up doing aarti at Varsha Bungalow are classic examples of CM image taking a beating. BTW,  DG Brijesh Singh is also overloaded with 4 additional charges. Apart from being Inspector General at Cyber Cell & Civil rights protection act, Secretary & DG are two other posts he is handling. How can he concentrate on one particular department? Sir, on 15th August some 40+ cyber labs were inaugurated. I hope all of them have resumed operations. Also sir, please look into the case of Journalist Sunil Dhepe from Osmanabad. We believe he is framed. You are an IPS officer. For you getting the right information is comparatively easy. If he is wrong, he should be punished, but what if sir, he is proved innocent? What will be the payback? If an IPS cannot help our cause, apart from being DG at DGIPR, who will sir ? 

2) 2 Months after calling for latest pothole-repair materials, BMC claims they are "too expensive"-Mumbai Mirror.
Fully agree. The bitumen (daambar) used for filling up potholes is the main concern for this problem. As per Central Government rules & regulations, Bitumen has to be purchased at any cost only from IOCL (Indian Oil) or HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum). This is a common condition laid down in tenders for all contractors. But if a PWD engineer from Santacruz is to be believed, he has found one company which answers to our pothole & road problems for good now. He said the entire Western Express Highway stretch from Santacruz to Malad had potholes. They were eventually filled with this company's material, as a part of test run. The potholes were filled with this material and only after 10 minutes cars could go over it! Such fantastic is this company's technology. Mumbai saw heavy rainfall for an entire week. Out of 80 potholes (approx) filled in by this company only 2 were reported to be broken that too only 20% of the two were broken...But again one hitch now this company cannot supply, even if they are fully equipped, as they are not listed in the Government norms. Hats off to Santacruz PWD circle for putting faith in this company and saving lives!! Please, if I could request this Sectional Engineer to consider resurfacing of the Sion-Trombay Highway using this company's technology.

3)  Hindustan Times always gives 10 best schools in the city
Every 6 months/yearly HT starts this campaign of rating schools across Mumbai. First the city, then western suburbs, then Navi Mumbai and so on. But I don't know how much HT is following up to investigate as to how many schools of them have the required permissions from the Government to conduct International Baccalaureate (IB) Board? Education Minister Vinod Tawde's department puts in on Central Government, when I claimed information under the RTI. The problem is, these IB schools, which don't have permission to run the course, are charging ridiculous fees of Rs. 10 lakhs per year per student. The lowest is that of Oberoi school at Goregaon Rs. 6 lakhs per student per year. Also one needs to find out, if all these private schools are actually maintaining the quota for admitting certain percentage of children belonging to the poorer sections in their schools.       

4.)निलंबित केलेले आरोग्य संचालक निर्दोष---सकाळ 
This was the case of excessive purchases for the public health department wherein the Director Dr. Satish Pawar was suspended by CM Devendra Fadnavis. Later he was linked to Dr. Mali, Private Secretary to Public Health Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant. But now since Pawar has been taken back by the department after proven clean, there is a huge tension mounting on a senior Journalist who reports in this department of a "shethji" owned newspaper. Apparently Dr. pawar has all the proof's as to how he was framed. The actual culprits are this PS to Minister Mali and this Journalist. Pawar has all the clippings and videos of where these two met, struck deals with suppliers and which drink they ordered at this one particular bar in South Mumbai. 

5) " व्यावसायिकतेला पत्रकारांनी वेळीच विरोध केला केला पाहिजे" विजय दर्डा-- लोकमत 
NO COMMENTS....I don't know why I was laughing continuously for 15 minutes after reading this...Those who started the trend are opposing it. Wah Shethji!!

Vikrant Joshi 
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Saturday, 17 September 2016

मराठ्यांच्या व्यथा आणि सत्य कथा : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी


मराठ्यांच्या मोर्चावर मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांनी अलीकडे सकाळ दैनिकाचे बुजुर्ग आणि पत्रकार श्रीराम पवार यांना दिलेली मुलाखत अतिशय गाजली, अत्यंत सावध राहून दिलेली ती मुलाखत होती. मधुचंद्राच्या राती लग्नाआधी विविध प्रेमप्रकरणात कसलेले तरुण व तरुणी कसे अत्यंत सावध राहून हा कसा पहिलाच अनुभव मोठ्या खुबीने एकमेकांना पटवून देण्याचा प्रयत्न करतात ते तसे मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी जनतेला म्हटल्यापेक्षा मराठ्यांना पटवून देण्याचा तो त्यांचा प्रयत्न होता असे म्हटल्यास त्यात वावगे ठरणार नाही पण या अशा मुलाखतीची अद्याप अजिबात गरज नव्हती असेही वाटते. मराठयांचा मोर्चा नेमका कोणाविरुद्ध हे जरी त्यांच्या नेमके लक्षात आले असते किंवा आणून दिल्या गेले असते तरी त्यांनी सदर मुलाखत देण्याची घाई केली नसती. अहो जे मराठे सारे मोर्चे भगवा झेंडा खांद्यावर घेऊन काढताहेत ते का म्हणून सत्तेवर असलेल्या भगव्या मुख्यमंत्र्याला विरोध करतील. माझे तर स्पष्ट मत आहे कि मराठ्यांचा हा मोर्चा त्यांच्याच समाजातल्या स्वतःला पुरोगामी समजणाऱ्या केवळ मतांसाठी मराठयांना कायम वापरून घेणाऱ्या नेत्यांविरुद्ध अधिक आहे. मराठे, फडणवीस आणि त्यांच्या भगव्याला अजिबात कंटाळलेले नसून, खबरदार यापुढे आम्हाला केवळ मतांसाठी वापरून घ्याल तर, हा इशारा तमाम स्वार्थी आणि पुरोगामी मराठा नेत्यांनाच देण्यासाठी हे लाखांचे मोर्चे जागोजाग उत्स्फूर्त स्वयंस्फूर्त काढण्यात येत आहेत आणि तीच वस्तुस्थिती आहे...
जेव्हा आमच्यातल्या एखाद्या पत्रकाराला अमुक एखाद्या बातमीची कुणकुण देखील लागलेली नसते तेव्हा ती बातमी माझ्याजवळ तयार असते, केवळ वर्षानुवर्षे वैक्तिक संबंध, त्यातून हे घडते. पुढे जाऊन सांगतो, या राज्यातल्या कोणत्याही जिल्ह्यातले प्रत्येक क्षेत्रातले विशेषतः शासन प्रशासन किंवा राजकारणातले जे दिग्गज आहेत, त्यातल्या कोणाचेही नाव मला सांगा, पुढल्या दोन दिवसात माझ्याकडे नाव सांगितलेल्या माणसाची तंतोतंत माहिती आली नाही तर मला हेमंत जोशी म्हणू नका वाटल्यास शक्ती कपूर म्हणा, रावण म्हणा, संजय घरत म्हणा, दुष्ट म्हणा, अविनाश भोसले म्हणा, प्रकाश मेहता म्हणा वाट्टेल ते म्हणा. या अशा हाती आलेल्या माहितीतुन मी तब्बल सहा महिन्यांपूर्वी भाजपा नेत्यांना वारंवार कधी प्रत्यक्ष तर कधी लिखाणातून सांगत होतो कि तुमच्याकडे सारे आहे पण सक्षम लोकप्रिय धुरंधर मान्यवर लोकमान्य समाजप्रिय मराठा नेतृत्वाची वानवा आहे. कोकणात आणि मुंबईत विनोद तावडे, मुंबईत आशिष शेलार आणि विदर्भात भाऊसाहेब फुंडकर इत्यादी चार दोन नावे सोडल्यास अद्याप मराठा समाज ज्याच्या नेतृत्वाला सलाम ठोकेल असे नेते नक्कीच भाजपाकडे नाहीत.अत्यंत महत्वाचे म्हणजे कोणत्याही पक्षात त्या त्या नेत्यांना त्या त्या जातीचे नेते म्हणून ओळखल्या जाते म्हणजे अबू आझमी असोत बाबा सिद्दीकी इत्यादींना मुसलमानांचे नेते म्हणून, रामदास आठवले प्रकाश आंबेडकर नवबौद्धांचे किंवा जयदत्त क्षीरसागर, चंद्रशेखर बावनकुळे तेली समाजाचे छगन भुजबळ माळ्यांचे किंवा मुंडे कुटुंब वंजारी समाजाचे पुसदचे नाईक घराणे बंजाऱ्यांचे जळगावचे सुरेशदादा किंवा नागपूर मलकापूरचे संचेती मारवाड्यांचे इत्यादी अनेक नेते त्या त्या जातीचे नेते म्हणून ओळखले जातात पण ' होय मी मराठ्यांचा नेता आहे ' असा आवाज आजतागायत ते शरद पवार असोत कि पृथ्वीराज चव्हाण, अशोक चव्हाण असोत कि दिवंगत विलासराव देशमुख, अनिल देशमुख असोत कि दत्ता मेघे, रावसाहेब दानवे असोत कि राजेश टोपे, विखे पाटील घराणे असो कि बबनराव पाचपुते, कोकणातले भास्कर जाधव असो कि खासदार अनंत गीते,आजतागायत ज्या वाक्याची वाट तमाम मराठा समाज आजपर्यँत पाहत होता, त्यांचे कान ज्या वाक्यासाठी आसुसलेले होते, सत्ता पदे आणि भरभक्कम पैसे केवळ सामान्य मराठ्यांच्या भरवशावर मिळविणाऱ्या एकही मराठ्याने आजपर्यंत जाहीर सांगितले नाही कि होय मी मराठ्यांचा नेता आहे. एकदा केव्हातरी प्रमोद हिंदुराव तेही खाजगीत म्हणाले होते कि मी मराठ्यांचा नेता आहे पण प्रमोद हिंदुराव यांना तुम्ही नेता म्हणत असाल तर अलोकनाथ यास सिनेमातला गाजलेला सोलो हिरो म्हणून मोकळे व्हा किंवा दीपक पराशर यास उत्कृष्ट अभिनयाचा पुरस्कार देऊन मोकळे व्हा. भगवा हाती घेऊन होय मी मराठ्यांचाच नेता असे जेव्हा या राज्यातला शरद पवार यांच्यासारखा कोणताही मान्यवर नेता सांगून मोकळा होईल, पुन्हा असे मोर्चे काढण्याचा प्रश्न मराठयांना येणार नाही. यानिमीत्ते नारायण राणे यांचा उल्लेख येथे आवश्यक वाटतो, अगदी उघड, मराठ्यांची अलीकडे बाजू घेणारे ते एक नेते पण केवळ स्थान टिकविण्यासाठी हि धडपड, अशी टीका त्यांच्यावर होते, त्यांनी किमान एकदा तरी जाहीर सांगून मोकळे व्हावे, होय, मी फक्त आणि फक्त मराठ्यांचा नेता, त्यांना अशा उघड भूमिकेचा नक्कीच राजकीय फायदा होईल, गर्दी त्यांच्या सभोवताली पुन्हा एकवार जमा होईल, हे निश्चित. एक बरे झाले एकदाचे कि भय्यू महाराज यांनी सांगून टाकले कि होय मी मराठ्यांचा बुवा बाबा महाराज आहे. परमेश्वर आणि सामान्य मराठा यांच्यात दुवा साधणारा असा एखादा बुवा देखील या समाजाची गरज होती थोड्या अल्प प्रमाणात का होईना भय्यू महाराज यांनी ती पूर्ण केली आहे. 
अधिक चांगले वर्तन ठेवून जर भय्यू महाराज यांनी आपले तमाम आयुष्य या समाजाच्या भल्यासाठी अगदी उघड खर्च केले तर नक्कीच अगदी त्यांच्या हयातीत देखील मराठा समाज त्यांची मंदिरे बांधून मोकळा होईल जसे अमिताभचे मंदिर कलकत्याला आहे. आणखी एक नाव येथे घ्यायचे झाल्यास बांधकाम आणि महसूल मंत्री चंद्रकांत पाटील यांचे घेता येईल. महत्वाचे गुपित येथे फोडतो, या राज्यातल्या दिल्लीशी संबंधित नसलेल्या फक्त दोन तीन नेत्यांना पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी यांचा थेट फोन येतो, आणि फोन आल्यानंतर वेळेचे भान विसरून नरेंद्र मोदी ज्यांच्याशी बोलतात गप्पा मारतात त्यात अर्थात एक आहेत, त्यांचे अतिशय लाडके आणि राज्याचे मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस आणि श्रीमान चंद्रकांत पाटील. अगदी परवा परवा देखील मराठ्यांच्या मोर्चाची इत्यंभूत माहिती पंतप्रधानांनी फक्त या दोन नेत्यांशी बोलून घेतली, अर्थात त्यांचे अधून मधून आशिष शेलार यांच्याशी देखील बोलणे होते पण ते बोलणे मुंबई अध्यक्ष म्हणून असते, अजिबात वैयक्तिक नसते. कार्यालयातल्या कानडे कुलकर्णींच्या भरवशावर मंत्रिपद पुढे न हाकता चंद्रकांत पाटील यांनी अद्याप न टाकलेला नेमका प्रभाव मंत्री म्हणून टाकला तर नेतृत्वात झटपट भरारी घेण्याचा विश्व विक्रम नक्कीच त्यांच्या नावाने गिनीज बुक मध्ये नोंदल्या जाईल पण त्यासाठी त्यांनी बावळट नव्हे तर साधे सरळ मंत्री म्हणून आपली प्रतिमा निर्माण करण्याची त्वरेने गरज आहे. 25 वर्षानंतर जरी एखादा माणूस शरद पवार किंवा भय्यू महाराज यांना गर्दीत दिसला तरी ते त्या माणसाला नावानिशी जवळ बोलावून त्याची आस्थेने चौकशी करतात, आणि चंद्रकांत पाटील जर भाजपा मधल्या भेटायला आलेल्या एखाद्या मान्यवर नेत्याला किंवा आमदाराला विचारात असतील कि आपण कोण, अशावेळी ह्या अशा मान्यवरांना चंद्रकांत पाटलांसमोरच धाय मोकलून हंबरडा फोडावा वाटतो म्हणून पोटतिडकीने सांगतो, भेटायला आलेले किंवा येणारे नेमके कोण आणि किती महत्वाचे हे जोपर्यन्त चंद्रकांत पाटलांना त्या देवेंद्र फडणवीस विनोद तावडे यांच्यासारखे तोंडपाठ होत नाही किंवा मी बावळट नाही साधा आहे हे ते जोपर्यंत प्रूव्ह करीत नाहीत, भेटणार्यांचे त्यांना भेटल्यानंतर पॉट धरून धरून हसणे थांबणार नाही. चंद्रकांत व्यक्ती म्हणून उत्कृष्ट प्रतिमेचे नेते म्हणून मान्यताप्राप्त आहेत पण जवळ नेमकी कोणती चांगली माणसे बाळगायची कि स्वतःचा ' एकनाथ खडसे ' करून मोकळे व्हायचे हे तातडीने त्यांनी ठरवून त्यादिवशेने पावले टाकल्यास चंद्रकांत कुठल्या कुठे निघून जातील. अमुक एखाद्या स्मृती गेलेल्या माणसाचे कसे अगदी घरातल्यांना ओळखतांना देखील होते ते तसे चंद्रकांत पाटलांचे होते तरीही त्यांना त्यांच्या घरातले बदाम किंवा बदामाचा साजूक तुपातला शिरा खाऊ घालायला तयार नाहीत आणि हे असेच त्यांच्याबाबतीत घडत राहिले तर हेच चंद्रकांत नेमके भाऊबीजेला बायकोसमोर पाट घेऊन ओवाळून घेण्यासाठी बसतील. एकेकाळी विद्यार्थी नेता म्हणून चंद्रकांत पाटील जळगावला माझ्या मित्राकडे मुक्कामाला असायचे मी पण एका राजकीय पक्षाच्या विद्यार्थी संघटनेचा जिल्हाध्यक्ष असल्याने त्यांच्याशी कित्येक तास गप्पा मारत असे, आज जेव्हा केव्हा पाटलांना भेटतो त्यांच्या कानाला जणू कडकडून चावा घेऊन सांगावे लागते, मी पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी, जुनी ओळख सांगून नक्कीच उपयोग नाही म्हणून पत्रकार आहे असे सांगतो....
यातला गमतीचा भाग सोडा पण फडणवीस यांच्यानंतर चंद्रकांत पाटील यांना भाजपमध्ये फार वरचे आणि मानाचे स्थान आहे त्यांनी आपल्या लोकप्रिय प्रतिमेचा संधी मिळतेय तोपर्यंत उपयोग करून घ्यायला हवा अन्यथा अत्यंत सावध निर्णय घेत शिक्षण मंत्री विनोद तावडे त्यांच्या पक्षात फडणवीसनंतरचे स्थान मिळविण्यात व्यस्त आहेत आणि त्यांच्यासाठी तो दिवस फार दूर नाही. मराठा असण्याचा अधिक फायदा त्यातून विनोद तावडे यांना मिळेल असे आज तरी नव्याने चित्र निर्माण होते आहे....

Thursday, 1 September 2016

वादग्रस्त खात्याचे मंत्री बावनकुळे 4 : Hemant Joshi

नागपूरकर ना डर ना भय मंत्रीमहोदय बावनकुळे तुमच्याकडे आता राज्य उत्पादन खात्याची जबाबदारी आली आहे म्हणून आमच्या अपेक्षा वाढल्या आहेत, मनातली या खात्याविषयी असलेली खदखद आम्ही येथे व्यक्त करीत राहू, केवळ खदखद नव्हे तर पुरावे देखील मांडू, तुम्ही कारवाई करा, या खात्यातील अंदाधुंद कारभार मोडीत काढा, पिणाऱ्या लोकांची फसवणूक होणार नाही असे काहीतरी करा. उभ्या महाराष्ट्रात गोआ, दीव दमण चंदीगड हरियाणा मध्यप्रदेश तसेच कर्नाटकातून राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क विभागातील अधिकारी, कर्मचारी व पोलिसांच्या सहकार्याने मदतीने कृपा होत असल्याने दर दिवशी प्रचंड प्रमाणात मद्य साठा येतो आणि कमी भावाने परराज्यातून आणलेले हे मद्य फक्त आणि फक्त उत्पादन शुल्क विभागातील कर्मचारी निरीक्षक आणि अधिकारी तसेच पोलिसांच्या सहकार्यातून चढ्या भावाने या
राज्यातल्या पिणाऱ्या जनतेला सर्हास विकल्या जाते. पूर्वी परप्रांतातून आलेले आणि या राज्यात तयार होणारे मद्य ओळखल्या जायचे पण अलीकडे देशातील प्रत्येक राज्यात जे ओरिजनल ब्लेंड वापरल्या जाते त्यामुळे सगळीकडले मद्य सारखेच असते, चवीला सेम टू सेम असते, तरीही या राज्यात मद्याचा हा काळाबाजार का तर इतर राज्यात मद्यावर कर आकारणी कमी आहे आणि महाराष्ट्रात हि तफावत मोठी असल्याने तिकडे आपसूकच कमी भावाने मिळणारे मद्य इकडे वाममार्गाने आणल्या जाते आणि चढ्या भावाने विकल्या जाते. आधीच्या मंत्र्यांना किंवा सचिवांना हे माहित नसायचे असे अजिबात नाही पण मोठा हप्ता मिळाला कि काही नेते आणि अधिकारी रांडांची देखील स्मगलिंग रोखणार नाहीत, हे तर मद्य आहे, दारू आहे. परराज्यात मिळणारी दारू आणि महाराष्ट्रात विकल्या जाणाऱ्या दारूच्या किमतीत फार मोठी तफावत असल्याने तस्करी
करणाऱ्या मंडळींना हप्ते मोजूनही मिळणारा नफा फायदा डोळे दिपवून टाकणारा आहे....
कमी भावातले मद्य नित्यनियमाने या राज्यात दरदिवशी विकल्या जात असल्याने आपल्या राज्याचा महसूल अतिशय मोठ्या प्रमाणावर बुडविण्याचे पाप राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क विभाग आणि पोलीस खाते करीत असते, या दोन्ही खात्यातील विशेषतः राज्य उत्पादन विभागातील झारीतले शुक्राचार्य म्हणजे ब्लॅक मनी दरदिवशी खोऱ्याने ओढणाऱ्या पोलिसांना मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी आणि उत्पादन शुल्क विभागातील कर्मचारी अधिकाऱ्यांना बावनकुळे यांनी जरब बसविण्याचे काम तातडीने करणे अत्यंत आवश्यक आहे....
कायद्याची कोणतीही भीती नाही वरून पोलीस व उत्पादन शुल्क विभाग हाताळणाऱ्या प्रत्येकाचे सहकार्य, अतिशय कुचकामी कायदा म्हणजे दहा ट्रक्स आत येऊ द्यायचे, एखादा दुसरा पकडायचा, त्यामुळे अशी अवैध दारू आणणाऱ्या तस्करांना रान मोकळे आहे, बिनबोभाट दरदिवशी हजारो लिटर मद्य कमी भावाने या राज्यात विकायला येते आणि मूठभर लोकांचा त्यात मोठ्या
प्रमाणावर फायदा होतो, राज्याचा महसूल मात्र मोठ्या प्रमाणावर बुडविण्यात येतो, वर्षानुवर्षे हे असे काळे धंदे बिनबोभाट सुरु आहेत....
अत्यंत महत्वाचे म्हणजे जे मद्य या राज्यात मोठ्या प्रमाणावर विकल्या जाते थोडक्यात जी दारू प्यायला बेवड्या जनतेला खूप मोठ्या प्रमाणावर आवडते नेमके तेच ब्रँड आपल्या महाराष्ट्रात स्मगल्ड करण्यात येतात, परराज्यातून सर्हास
महाराष्टार्त आणून विकल्या जातात, कोणालाही ना भीती ना खंत. थोडक्यात परराज्यात उत्पादन शुल्क कमी असल्याने तेथली स्वस्त दारू येथे आणून विकायची आणि अगदी उघड आपल्या राज्यातला महसूल मोठ्या प्रमाणावर बुडवायचा, हे सारे घडते आहे या खात्यातील कर्मचारी आणि अधिकाऱ्यांमुळे व पोलीस खात्यातील
खाबुगिरिची सवय जडलेल्या झारीतील शुक्राचार्यांमुळे...अत्यंत अत्यंत अत्यंत महत्वाचे म्हणजे आपल्या राज्यातील जे सीमा तपासणी नाके आहेत ते अतिशय सुसज्ज व आधुनिक तंत्रज्ञानाच्या साहाय्याने जोडणे त्वरित आवश्यक आहेत. परराज्यातून येणारी अवैध दारू आली कि तो प्रकार येथे मुंबईत मंत्रालयात राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क विभागाशी संबंधित बड्या अधिकाऱ्यांना, या
खात्याच्या मंत्र्यांना थोडक्यात जे तातडीने हा काळाबाजार रोखू शकतात त्यांना होणारी अवैध दारू वाहतूक दिसायला हवी, आजपर्यंत राज्याचा हा मोलाचा महसूल मूठभर लोकांनी खाऊन टाकला, निदान यापुढे तरी हे घडायला नको,
धाडसी मुख्यमंत्री आणि धडाकेबाज बावनकुळे यांनी हि चोरटी वाहतूक पुढल्या काही दिवसात तत्परतेने थांबवायला हवी. सदरहू सर्व तपासणी नाक्यांवर अत्यंत
कडक शिस्तीचे राज्य उत्पादन खात्यातील निरीक्षक कर्मचारी अधिकारी (असतील तर ) त्यांची नेमणूक करणे आवश्यक आहे आणि पोलीस खात्यात एखादा ' प्रवीण दीक्षित ' सापडणे कठीण नाही, करा अशा खादाड नसलेल्या पोलीस अधिकाऱ्यांची नेमणूक तपासणी नाक्यांवर, जर मुर्हभर लोकांना हप्ता देण्याऐवजी राज्याचा महसूल वाढवायचा असेल तर. तपासणी नाक्यांवर वर्षानुवर्षे या दोन्ही खात्यातील खाबू मंडळी बसवून ठेवणे योग्य नाही, नेमके तेच घडते आहे, मी तर म्हणतो चक्राकार पद्धतीने शिस्तीचे अधिकारी या तपासणी नाक्यांवर नेमल्यास, परिणाम चांगले
दिसतील, राज्याच्या महसुलात होणारी वाढ तदनंतर डोळे दिपवून टाकणारी ठरेल..
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