Friday, 28 October 2016

राजकीय दिवाळी कि दिवाळे 3 : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी

जे मी तुम्हाला अलीकडे अनेकदा सांगितले तेच भाजपातले ज्येष्ठ श्रेष्ठ नेते जेव्हा केव्हा मला भेटतात किंवा भेटायचे त्यांनी देखील माझे तेच सांगणे असायचे कीं शिवसेना राष्ट्रवादी आणि काँग्रेस सारखी शक्तिमान,मॉब खेचू शकेल, गर्दी जमा करू शकेल अशी मराठा लीडरशिप तुमच्याकडे नाही, अन्यथा मराठ्यांच्या मोर्चाचे नेमके तुम्ही सत्तेत आल्यानंतर एवढे लोण पसरले नसते. विनोद तावडेंसारखे एक दोन अपवाद अपवाद सोडल्यास शक्तिमान मराठा नेता निर्माण करावा असे ना कधी राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघाच्या ध्यानात आले ना कधी भाजपच्या, त्याचा मोठा फटका यावेळी भाजपाला बसला कारण तावडे भाजपातले तसे एकमेव शक्तिमान बुद्धिमान ताकदवान नेते पण मंत्री झाल्या झाल्या केलेल्या काही चुका त्यांना बऱ्यापैकी भोवल्या, त्यामुळे दोन तीन वर्षे ते काहीसे बॅक फूटवर आले किंवा आल्यासारखे वाटले, आता आणखी काही काळ त्यांना नेतृत्वाच्या बाबतीत पूर्वपदावर यायला लागणार आहे, आणि ते पुढे येतीलही पण मोठी राजकीय किंमत त्यांना मोजावी लागली आहे, एवढेच सांगतो...


प्रदेशाध्यक्ष रावसाहेब दानवे म्हणजे असून अडचण नसून खोळंबा म्हणजे त्यांचा तसा काही फारसा उपयोग नाही, ते जालना जिल्ह्यातून निवडून येतात एवढीच काय ती त्यांची जमेची बाजू. तिकडे मराठवाड्यातले भाजपमधले इतर मंत्री बबन लोणीकर यांच्यासारखे ताकदवान नेते आणि दानवे इत्यांदींमध्ये फारसे जमत नाही किंबहुना विस्तव देखील जात नाही आणि तसेही दानवे म्हणजे मुंडे महाजन गडकरी फडणवीस नव्हेत कि त्यांच्या सोलो सभांना गर्दी झाली आणि त्यांनी मते खेचून आणली, थोडक्यात भीड खेचू शकेल, मते खेचून आणू शकेल, वातावरण निर्मिती करू शकेल असा शरद पवार, विलासराव देशमुख यांच्या निदान खालोखाल तोडीस तोड ठरू शकेल असा सोलो मराठा हिरो भाजपाची गरज होती आणि त्यांनी असे चेहरे आधी शोधायला सुरुवात केली नंतर लगेच भाजप मध्ये त्यांना आणून रीतसर पदे देऊन त्यांचा मानसन्मान करायला सुरुवात केली, त्यांनी सुरुवात केली, कोल्हापूरचे गायकवाड त्यांच्या नजरेस पडले, थोडक्यात थेट या राज्यातले मराठ्यांमधले जानमान्य लोकमान्य कोल्हापूरचे राजघराणे त्यांनी पक्षात आणले गायकवाडांना पद देऊन त्यांचा उत्साह द्विगुणित केला, मराठा समाजाला नक्कीच त्यातून गुदगुदल्या झाल्या, फील गुड म्हणतात ते तसे त्यांना वाटले. गायकवाडांना लगेच पुढे केले आता थेट भाजपातल्या मान्यवर नेत्यांनी शिवाजी महाराजांचे वंशज श्रीमान उदयसिंह महाराज भोसले यांना योग्य तो मानसन्मान देऊन भाजपमध्ये आणण्याचे निश्चित केले आहे, राजे भाजपमध्ये मनाने आले आहेत, शरीराने येणे तेवढे बाकी आहे, रीतसर जाहीर करणे तेवढे बाकी आहे....



या राज्यातल्या अत्यंत महत्वाच्या राजकीय इतिहासाचा विचार करायचा झाल्यास, श्रीमान उदयनराजे यांचा पिंड तसाही काँग्रेस किंवा राष्ट्रवादी पक्षात रमण्याचा नाही, आधीही ते भाजप मध्ये होते आणि गोपीनाथ मुंडे यांचे अत्यंत लाडके होते. अलीकडे दिवंगत अभयसिंह राजे भोसले आणि उदयनराजे भोसले कुटुंबात पुन्हा एकदा बरे संबंध जुळलेले असले तरी त्या दोघात खूप वर्षे विस्तव देखील जात नव्हता, महत्वाचे म्हणजे अगदी सुरुवातीपासून अभयसिंहराजे यांचे कुटुंब शरद पवार यांना अधिक जवळचे त्यामुळे पवारांना एका म्यानात या दोन तलवारी ठेवणे अजिबात शक्य नव्हते, अलीकडे काही वर्षे या दोन तलवारी एका म्यानात राहिल्या कारण शरद पवार यांना हे असे करणे सहज जमते म्हणून, इतर कुठल्याही राजकीय पक्षातील प्रमुख नेत्यांना ते ना जमले असते ना जमेल. अत्यंत अत्यंत महत्वाचे म्हणजे उदयनराजे यांच्या मातोश्री सुमित्राराजे आणि दिवंगत अभयसिंह राजे यांच्यात अक्षरश: विळ्या भोपळ्याचे सूत होते पण या दोघांच्या पश्चात हि किमया केवळ शरद पवार यांनीच मध्यस्थीने घडवून आणली, दोन्ही कडल्या राजपुत्रांना पवारांनीच सारे विसरायला लावून एकत्र आणले. महाराज उदयनराजे भोसले हे नेता म्हणून स्वतःच एक अनभिषिक्त सम्राट आहेत त्यामुळे सातारा सांगली भागात राजकीय परिघात वावरतांना त्यांच्या दृष्टीने अगदीच लल्लूपंजू असलेले अजित पवार, पतंगराव कदम, जयंत पाटील इत्यादी नेत्यांना त्यांनी सलाम ठोकणे ना त्यांना कधी जमले असते ना कधी जमेल, म्हणून भाजपा आणि उदयनराजे हे समीकरण छान आहे आणि पुन्हा हे समीकरण एकदा जुळून आले आहे, जमवून आणल्या गेले आहे....



भाजपा मध्ये वाजवीपेक्षा अधिक संघ मुख्यालयाचे तोंड घालणे, संघ नेत्यांची ढवळाढवळ हि बाब तशीही आता फारशी लपून राहिलेली नाही, एक नरेंद्र मोदी सोडले इतर साऱ्याच नेत्यांची हि धारणा आहे कि संघाला सलाम ठोकल्याशिवाय आपले काही खरे नाही, आणि संघ परिवाराला अगदी सुरुवातीपासून म्हणजे थेट गोळवलकर गुरुजींपासून राज घराण्यांचे मोठे आकर्षण आहे, संघ आणि भाजपा मध्ये इतर कोणत्याही राजकीय पक्षाच्या तुलनेत देशातल्या राज घराण्यांना नेहमीच मोठे मनाचे स्थान दिल्या गेले आहे त्यामुळे उदयनराजे 
हे भाजपा मध्ये येताहेत, कानी घातल्यानंतर भागवतांनी अजिबात नाक न मुरडता या प्रवेशाला आनंदाने परवानगी दिली....
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राजकीय दिवाळी कि दिवाळे 2 : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी

ऐन दिवाळीच्या मोसमात राजकीय फटाके भाजपावाले जोरात फोडण्याच्या मूड मध्ये आहेत असे दिसते. सुरुवातीला असे चित्र निर्माण झाल्यासारखे वाटत होते कि मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस आणि केंद्रीय मंत्री नितीन गडकरी यांचे आपापसात अजिबात जमणार नाही, त्यादोघात विस्तवही जाणार नाही किंवा दोघे एकमेकांकडे दात ओठ खात बघतील, प्रसंगी एकमेकांच्या छातीवर बसतील, एकमेकांची डोकी फोडतील, समोरासमोर भेटले कि एकमेकांवर धावून येतील असे वाटले होते पण ते अजिबात घडले नाही आणि आता ते मैदानावर क्रिकेट खेळणारे दोन खेळाडू जसे एकदा सेट झाले कि धावांचा पाऊस पाडून मोकळे होतात तसे आता दोघांचे झाले आहे, त्यांनी एकमेकांना व्यवस्थित समजावून घेतले, मोहन भगवंतांनी त्या दोघात राजकीय नाते घट्ट टिकावे म्हणून जी आजोबाची भूमिका घेऊन एकमेकांना आपापसातल्या वादापासून दूर ठेवले, छान झाले, ते दोघेही सत्तेत आल्यानंतर शनिवारी रविवारी नागपुरात असतांना बहुतेक कार्यक्रमांना एकत्र जातात, एकत्र असतात, एकमेकांच्या हातात हात घट्ट पकडून कायम तुझ्या गळा माझ्या गळा, गाणे नेहमी गुणगुणतात, नागपूरकर खुश आहेत आणि तसेही जेथे गडकरी आणि फडणवीस, नागपूरकर त्या दोघांच्या प्रेमात आहेत, पक्षभेद विसरून सारे नागपूरकर फडणवीस आणि गडकरींचा जयजयकार करतात, कारण हे दोघे त्यांना मनापासून आवडतात, नागपूरकरांना हे दोघे नेते कमी मित्र म्हणून अधिक जवळचे वाटतात....


सुरुवातीला हे दोघे एकमेकांना राजकारणातून उध्वस्त करण्याचा प्रयत्न यासाठी करतील वाटले होते कारण दोघांची प्रेयसी कॉमन होती, जशी साताऱ्यात उदयसिंह महाराज भोसले आणि अजित पवार या दोघांची प्रेयसी कॉमन होती, जसे कॉमन प्रेयसीमुळे महाराज आणि दादा या दोघांचे अक्षरश: विळ्याभोपळ्याचे सूत होते तेच वातावरण नागपुरातही निर्माण झाल्यासारखे वाटले होते पण सुदैवाने ते घडले नाही, गडकरींनी प्रेयसी मलाच हवी हा हट्ट सोडला आणि स्वतःहुन प्रेयसीचा हात देवेंद्र यांच्या हाती दिल्याने थोडक्यात मोठे मन ठेवून गडकरी यांनी घेतलेली भूमिका देवेंद्र यांना मनापासून गहिवरून गेली आणि वादाचा प्रश्न मिटला. अर्थात हि सत्तेची प्रेयसी होती या राज्याचे मुख्यमंत्रीपद ज्यावर दोघांचा नक्कीच डोळा होता आणि त्यावर गडकरी यांचा अधिक हक्क होता, वास्तवातली प्रेयसी हा विषय तसाही फडणवीस यांच्यापासून कोसो दूर, जो मुख्यमंत्री पत्नी अमृताकडे देखील क्षणाची पत्नी आणि अनंतकाळाची माता म्हणून बघतो, त्याचा आयुष्यत तसाही सुशीलकुमार किंवा अशोककुमार होणे अशक्य....



तिकडे साताऱ्याचा प्रेयसीचा विषय मी येथे वर काढल्यानंतर तुम्हा सर्वांच्या भुवया नक्कीच उंचावल्या आहेत, तुम्हालाही गुदगुदल्या झाल्या आहेत मला ठाऊक आहे पण उगाच माझ्या लिखाणाचा तिरकस विचार डोक्यात आणू नका , पश्चिम महाराष्ट्रात उदयसिंह महाराज जरी राष्ट्रवादीतर्फे खासदार म्हणून निवडून आलेले असले तरी त्यांना सत्तेच्या प्रेयसीपासून गेल्या अनेक वर्षात अजितदादा यांनी कायम सवतीची वागणूक दिली पण शरद पवार आणि उदयसिंह महाराज भोसले यादोघांत  मैत्रीचे नाते बऱ्यापैकी समजूतदारीचे असल्याने म्हणावा तसा राजकीय भडका या पक्षात आजपर्यंत उडाला नव्हता पण ऐन दिवाळीच्या मोसमात फटाके फुटणार, मुख्यमंत्री दिवाळी संपल्यानंतर आणि हिवाळी अधिवेशन सुरु होण्याआधी राष्ट्रवादीला सुरुंग लावणार हे आता जवळपास नक्की झाले आहे, साताऱ्याचे  महाराज खासदार उदयसिंह महाराज भोसले आणि रत्नागिरी जिल्ह्यातील मुलुख मैदानी तोफ राष्ट्रवादीचे माजी प्रदेशाध्यक्ष आणि माजी राज्यमंत्री भास्कर जाधव भाजप मध्ये प्रवेश करतील ही आता काळ्या दगडावरची रेघ आहे, कोई मायका लाल आता हे 
दिग्ग्ज नेत्यांचे पक्षांतर रोखू शकणार नाही, थोडक्यात साखरपुडा केव्हाच आटोपला आहे, अंगावर अक्षता तेवढ्या पडायच्या बाकी आहेत....
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Thursday, 27 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines/Vikrant Joshi/ WISHING YOU & YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY DIWALI...

1. China warns India over gods boycott, says ties on the line
 I was at the airport last night, 1 Chinese and 1 Indian girl were sitting there. I looked only at the Indian Girl...

Boycott means Boycott!! haha..

We are China's biggest trading partner in the entire South East Asia. If we do this, it will finish a lot of mid level businessmen who survive only on China, and thus giving rise to unemployment & inducing crime & poverty. There are huge numbers of business people who actually get their materials from China & sell it here locally. They will be completely eliminated from the system. As it is the taxes & duties are sky high. After all the fancy procedures & greasing many palms, once the container leaves the dockyard, then only the wholesalers are assured of their stocks with meagre margins left. But in a way, if we ban Chinese goods, the biggest retailers such as ALFA at Irla will take a beating. If you don't know what this shop is all about, ask your neighbour. 8 out of 10 people in Mumbai know about these 8 shops in one crowded lane of Parle at Irla. They will run out of business as since years their "crores of profits" depend only on Chinese goods. Please note they don't pay taxes & duties on all containers they Import. It happens the Manish Market or Chor Bazaar way. All containers they import only 50% of them clear the docks legally, and rest of them are left without any duties or either UNDER invoicing. For e.g if the container has 50 lakhs worth of stocks, only 5 lakhs is declared on the form and duty is paid. Thats how these shops like Alfa & Manish market are able to sell you same branded goods at a cheaper price than that prevailing in the original market. By the way, none of the shops take cards. ONLY CASH. 

2. Fanavis: BJP, Sena for BMC polls alliance 
This had to happen. But Yadu (kaka) Joshi of Lokmat has predicted something else today. He has called this announcement of BJP & Sena coming together a farce! His argument says, that even if they have announced of combining powers, none of the parties have clarified as to which Nagaprpalika which party will fight & how the ratio is going to be that has led to a lot of confusion in the party-men. For your information, both Sena & BJP especially Danve had openly come in the front and announced their liking to fight 212 nagarpalika elections on their own. Tricky situation. Time will tell. In Mumbai 100% both parties will go solo.

3. CBI questions Maria, Deven Bharti in Sheena Bora murder case
Ok one clue for everyone interested in the Sheena Bora Murder. As per what information OFF THE RECORD i possess, if you recollect who had taken the onus of interrogating Indrayani as soon as she was arrested? Then Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria! Have you heard any commissioner coming personally to interrogate a suspect? No, never!! But Maria came...why? Because a certain business magnet who eventually will control our economy one day. had called up Maria & asked him to take care of his best friend's (Peter Mukherjee) wife Indramani personally. Guess who is this business magnet? Mr. Mukeshbhai. Actually the cops, who have conveniently forgotten this,again, some Rs.1000 crore were invested in an off shore account in the UK. Later they say, it was distributed to many account holders account in various countries. Why are the cops silent on this one? Why don't they investigate where is that money of Peter Mukherjee which he had collected from selling his stake at a leading channel?  

4. Coming soon, jail tourism in state 
If this happens, I'm sure all our criminals will atlas find someone to voice their opinion. In a barrack where only 50 inmates can stay, it is filled with minimum 100 people. Overcrowding is one, and the lack of basic hygiene & facility is another headache for the inmates of any jail of our state. By organising jail tourism at least on the face of it, jail authorities will be forced to keep everything clean & tidy and there will be less spread of diseases, which is one of the main reasons for custodial deaths. 

5. Thane Collector clicked driving the wrong way amid traffic jam 
Dr. Mahendra Kalyankar, in all honesty were you actually beating the traffic or actually you were out to check heavy vehicles that were prevented to enter that area? I know Collectors don't go alone to raid any particular spot or check highway inflow of banned vehicles without intimation or taking proper precautions. If you have done so, which is so unlike you, since I know you very well, Bravo!!

6. तुकाराम मुंढे आयुक्तपदी कायम
CM Fadnavis, great move, but where was your support to many other ZP CEO's or Collectors who were transferred when a local "sadakchaap" like the case of ex Minister of state Dr. Sunil Deshmukh of Amravati complained against able officers? Bloody cheap and corrupt of the first order Dr. Deshmukh had the audacity to stand up in Vidhan Bhavan and demand action for not showing respect to him against the MC of that time. Such MLA's should be crucified. If you dig the matter in detail, why respect was not shown, because this MLA had asked the commissioner to do unjust favours. So if the CM can back Mundhe, what was wrong if you had guarded other much more able and more daredevil officers than Mundhe. 

7. Bhujbal gets court nod for 3 more tests 
A week ago Bhujbal was left from the hospital when Jail authorities had written to JJ Dean Dr. lahane  inquiring about the exact status of his health. JJ had said that since they didn't have equipments & machineries to take extra tests on Bhujbal, he will be needed to be sent to private hospital. But again today, Bhujbal has been asked by a special court to get admitted to JJ AGAIN. Boss, this Dr. Hemant Gupta, is surely managing right from peon to the court for the Bhujbals. 


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines...

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines/Vikrant Joshi/www.vikrantjoshi.com

1. Salman's guard Shera booked for assault
Salman Khan's bodyguard Shera is a Manish Nagar (Andheri West) resident. Shera is Salman Khan of Manish nagar or Andheri. You should see the way he conducts himself on the Ganpati Visarjan day. Half of time he is drunk. Thinks no end of himself. Points gun to anyone even if there is a small fight. He himself roams around with bodyguards. Just because he has the shelter of Salman Khan and he knows that "bhai" gets free from anything wrong he does, Shera things even he can get away from things. But Mr. Shera, he is Salman Khan. The money & the contacts he has, it will only enough for the Khandaan.

2. Thackrey scion gets state nod to net rare crabs.
Whats up with the Thackrey family? Father loves photography, elder son loves partying, visiting countries, being on page 3 and the younger one is totally into rare species of animals. None of them are politically inclined as their "first love" unlike Balasaheb or Raj. Should we believe in rumours that the party is indeed controlled by the Wife & Mr. Narvekar jointly?

3. State govt's gift to mayor: Red beacon for official car
Should we call it a gift or "bhik" ? Ambekar never sat in any vehicle which didn't have a beacon. If you see, how a person behaves when he gets money all of a sudden, same is the case of Ambekar. Madam out of all odds was selected for the Mayor post. So with less education and typical "bhai"type attitude, madam came to the chair and demanded things. Beacon was one of them. Even when there are orders from the High Court and clear mention with the RTO as to whom the beacon on the cars are allowed, mayor was not in that list, Ambekar still roam in Mumbai with one. Arrogance is her middle name. It is ok if you are brilliant and arrogant, people will accept you, e.g. Raj Thackrey & Ajit Pawar, but if you have ONLY arrogance with no intellect, just to respect you in the party, "bhik" such as these will be given.

4. Hang lemon and chillies at penguin quarantine: MNS
Start with Krishna Kunj, Sandeep as there seems to be no luck going MNS's way. Also it is quite surprising to see your quote almost everyday in Mumbai Mirror.

5. Was a part of NCP in 1999, claims builder
Nawab Malik, Riyaz Bhati was a part of your Bandra cosnitutency team. Santosh Dhuwali will second that. Yes, not for 4 months as per your claims but for good 4 years. So the Dawood connection starts from your party. Anyways, Nawabbahi, do you remember who had made phone calls to Dubai from mantralaya landline in the early 90s. It was alleged that the calls were made by Madan Bafna who is again NCP man, close aide of your party chief. So instead of blaming Shelar and trying to be in the news, how about doing some research?

6. Evaded Tax? Eunuchs will name & shame you: Midday
Rajendra Nimbalkar, another Tukaram Mundhe in working style, has started this concept in Ulhasnanagr Municipal Corporation. So if the government can do it, various moneylenders, banks, common people duped by builders, can use this "facility" now that too without getting booked.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines...

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines/Vikrant Joshi/www.vikrantjoshi.com

1. Islamic State claims attack on Pak Police Academy, 59 dead, over 100 hurt 
I don't know about you people, but somewhere somehow I had a smile on my face and a sense of satisfaction when I read this! Jai Hind!! 

2. BMC urged to reign in illegal pathology labs
Do you know the pathologies for example Suburban, PH Medicals, LifeCare, NM Medical etc...wherever you do your blood testing for various reasons ARE NOT UNDER ANY OBSERVATION by any governing agency. No one checks if the tests are done by trained staffs, no one knows if they use the right equipment for testings and also no one has checked how old the machines or labs are? Whatever the results are printed on the paper and given to you, your doctors advice your further. No one cares to do a double check. See the results for the same test at some other pathology. You will see the difference. Anyways,  for the first time an NGO by the name Society for Awareness of Civil Rights headed by its President RPY Rao has initiated a dialogue with the FDA department in regards to keep a check on these labs. Present in the meeting were Minister Girish Bapat, RPY Rao, & FDA Commissioner Harshdeep Kamble. Bapat himself was shocked and said in the meeting that in Pune itself, where he hails from, has about 200 odd labs to conduct blood tests. No one has ever bothered to cross verify the findings and we go on paying thousands of rupees for the same. There is a desperate need to bring in control on these laboratories. Off the Record, Harshdeep Kamble was least interested in promoting the same. Reason: Unknown OR it looked as he dearly missed his ex boss Min Vidya Thakur. Don't worry, Mr. Kamble, your name has cropped up in another scam. His name is there in the list of 87 ias officers who have illegally constructed a building at Santacruz East.  

3. Cash strapped state approves Rs. 3600 cr Shivaji statue at sea.
Alright, so I can officially let the cat out of the bag. There were two firms which had participated in the consultation of this project. One was a French company (that has got the contract, Egis) and the other was a US based company. The US based company had quoted consultation amount of Rs. 100 cr and this French company had quoted approx Rs. 47 crore. Newly sworn in CM Fadnavis wanted to give this contract to the US company as against the French one, even it would have costed the ex-chequer Rs. 50 cr more. But  end of the day the French company got the contract. You know why & how? Apparently the Indian partner of Egis is a company wherein a top Indian actor is a partner and is very close to PM Narendra Modi. 

4. Mining racket busted, Rs. 3 cr sand seized 
Everyone in Thane knows the names of KINGS AND SAMRAT'S of illegal mining in the Thane District. On one side is Shivsena's Dasrath Patil and on the other side is BJP MP Kapil Patil. Sand mining is one small business of both of these mafia's. The biggest is collecting "Varai" from each every godown in Bhiwandi. Varai is a local term coined for hafta. Collector Ashwini Joshi had the guts to go against them and she didn't budge a bit to initiate any action on both of them. Result: Every meet of MP Kapil Patil with CM Devendra Fadnavis resulted only in "BEGGING" of transfer of Ashwini Joshi, which the former was obliged with. Now the Collector is Mahendra Kalyankar. haha...do i need to say more why Kapil Patil is extremely happy? By the way, if someone needs to be thanked for Kalyankar's PROMOTION as collector in Thane is our dear "panchaap" Minister Prakash Mehta. 

5. CM interview for Diwali 
Out of all newspapers that covered CM's ritual diwali Interview, only Mid-day's Dharmendra Jore's interview looked crisp, and worth reading. Rest other's including Loksatta were boring and Lokmat's Atul's rather looked a paid interview as always.

Monday, 24 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines...

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines.../Vikrant Joshi/www.vikrantjoshi.com

1. Cyrus Mistry removed as Tata Sons chairman
Topics such as these are mere space fillers. Tell me are subjects such as BREXIT and Cyrus Mistry important for a common man in Mumbai or Maharashtra today ? I might agree only 10% would be interested in such subjects!! For a common man, he has to fight his struggle everyday, earn his daily bread by working for 12 hours and still he is left with nothing. Diwali is approaching, many people will be busy in trying to  get their bonuses early so that they can pay off their creditors and with the remaining money buy goodies for families,  plan trips nearby and someone today in Dombivali will be fighting with the Corporation for not cleaning the  drainage or getting a water connection...Where does this topic is of interest to a common man? We all have our own struggles. News such as this are meant for newspapers, as for the rest of the years these same Corporates give them advertisements worth crores. So chill!! I knew people who were giving their opinions on BREXIT on FB when their chawls were not having water supply of 24 hours or their houses dint have food to eat. We need to utilise our time effectively, if we have to succeed. Both The Tata group & Cyrus have minted crores from our country, AND BOTH OF THEM ARE RICH, so let them fight internally and how does it matter to us as a society?  We can't waste our energy over petty issues. Do we discuss at length why a certain "kaamwaali" was removed by our wife ? We have grave issues in front of Maharashtra and our motherland, that needs our attention, time & energy!

2. My father Hemant Joshi's article on some journalist Kulkarni and his antics.. Click the link below to read in MARATHI
राजकीय दिवाळे कि राजकीय दिवाळी 1 :पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी  http://www.vikrantjoshi.com/2016/10/1_24.html

3.   BMC seeks replacement for dead penguin, activists fume.
Finally the skeletons are out of the closet. Now seems some tainted contractor was playing foul in this whole Penguin controversy. He acted as a mediator or a project coordinator for getting these Penguins. Yesterday, some channel interviewed the official of Byculla Zoo and he said that the Penguin died of liver disfunction and some other illness, and not because of change of weather. But an expert today, has cited Transportation and change in habitat as the main reason for the Penguins death. Don't understand, if the Penguin has died because of some illness, WHOSE onus is it to do a complete check up before even planning to move them to Mumbai? Also, TV channels are showing flashes of the rest of penguins kept in a tub. How ugly it is to see such a beautiful bird in an ugly surrounding. Tomorrow if Aditya visits Australia, don't be surprised he will insists on getting kangaroos all over Mumbai.  

4.  Congress threatens legal action against film deal
Congress City chief Sanjay Nirupam is generous these days. Those journalists who work for "packets" its golden time for them to reach out to Nirupam to take your Diwali gifts. Last heard, a leading journalist of a mainstream newspaper covering the BMC has received gifts in form of cash only as insisted by him. That's why I see wide coverage of Nirupam in that paper.  Last heard Nirupam will avoid calls from any senior Congress Leader, but will answer this reporter's call in flash of a second.

5. राज्य सरकारच "कोल्ड प्ले" चे सहआयोजक!
MP Poonam Mahajan is leaving no stone unturned to make "Coldplay" concert a huge success. She has even pressurised the government to be a joint partner in organising the same. Now as last reported by Loksatta, she is also of the opinion to waive off the entertainment tax that will be imposed on the organisers of the show. What? Why? Poonam ji I know your love for music, artists from the day you and your brother use to hang around in Enigma (a popular pub in Mumbai JW MAriott, now shut) and the activities that happened there. So kindly don't take our government for a ride, just to keep your few "stoned" friends happy. Im not against this concert. In fact it is welcomed with open arms. But please let the government earn some revenue. 

6. दुतोंडी भूमिका नको, युती करायची तर संपूर्ण महाराष्ट्रात करा! उद्धव ठाकरे
Uddhavji, who acts as a nagging wife? Today you speak one language of supporting the BJP and next day all we read is criticism of BJP either in your mouthpiece Samna or some Sena Leader will badmouth the current BJP government. Why will the BJP won't be conscious before making any ties with you? 


राजकीय दिवाळे कि राजकीय दिवाळी 1 :पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी


आजही आहे आणि लहानपणीही मी अत्यंत खोडकर होतो, आणि आमचा यदु म्हणजे पत्रकार यदु जोशी आज जसा आहे तेव्हाही अगदी तसाच म्हणजे कायम स्तब्ध पुतळा, तो अलगद चिमटी काढायचा आणि आमची आरडाओरड झाली कि बाप छातीवर बसून आम्हाला ठोकून काढायचा, हा गालातल्या गालात हसायचा, आजही तो तसाच, चिमटी काढून गालातल्या गालात हसतो, इतर बसतात विव्हळत....
काही माणसांचे वागणे समजत नाही, अनेकांना ते नेमके कसे आहेत सुरुवातीला कळत नाहीत फार उशीरा कळतात पण तोपर्यंत वेळ निघून गेलेली असते जसे कुलकर्णी आडनावाचा एक बिलंदर पत्रकार आहे त्याचा ज्यांच्याकडे डेरा पडलेला असतो असा माणूस आयुष्यात कितीही उच्च स्थानी असला तरी या लबाड पैसेखाऊ कुलकर्णीच्या सहवासात राहून पूर्णतः उध्वस्त होतो, कदाचित मी हे यदूच्या प्रेमापोटी एकांगी लिहिले असावे असे तुम्हाला वाटेल आणि वाटणेही स्वाभाविक आहे कारण यदु आमच्याशी कसा वागतो हे त्याला अगदी जवळून ओळखणाऱ्यांना वेगळे सांगण्याची गरज नाही म्हणजे उद्या मी किंवा माझे कुटुंब एखाद्या अडचणीत संकटात सापडले तर टाळ्या वाजविणाऱ्यात तो पहिला असेल पण यदुवर जर एखादे संकट चुकून आलेच तर सर्वात आधी आम्हा हेमंत कुटुंबीयांची तलवार बाहेर निघालेली असेल आणि हो, श्रीमान देवेंद्र यांचीही, आम्ही यदूला त्याच्या गुणावगुणांसहित, दोषांसहित जरी तो दूर किंवा जवळ असला तरी त्याला आम्ही कायम आपले मानले आहे...तर हा कुलकर्णी यदूचा कट्टर विरोधक आहे म्हणून मी या कुल्कर्ण्यावर बरसतोयअसे अजिबात नाही तर कुलकर्णी याचा मुक्काम जेथे त्या माणसाचा सत्यानाश झालाच म्हणून समजा, मी खोटे लिहितोय असे तुम्हाला वाटत असेल तर या राज्याच्या एका लोकप्रिय लोकमान्य जगप्रसिद्ध पत्रकाराला म्हणजे श्रीयुत प्रवीण बर्दापूरकर यांना या कुलकर्णी विषयी विचारा, त्याच्याविषयी ते शिवी हासडून सुरुवात करतील आणि कुलकर्णी नीच नालायक कसा, खूप काही सांगून मोकळे होतील. हा कुलकर्णी मागच्या काही वर्षात म्हणजे दिवंगत आर आर आबा सत्तेत असतांना त्यांच्याकडे पडीक असायचा, आर आर पाटील यांच्याकडे कायम मुक्काम ठोकून असायचा, याने आणि आबांच्या त्यावेळेच्या एका स्टाफने काय काय काळे धंदे केले त्यावर मी कधीतरी नक्की लिहिणार आहेच पण घडले काय आबांचे आणि त्यांच्या कुटुंबाचे राजकीय वाट्टोळे झाले आणि आबा अचानक हे जग सोडून गेले नंतर हा कुलकर्णी एकनाथ खडसे यांना बिलगला, त्याचा सतत वावर खडसे यांच्या सभोवताली असायचा, तुम्हाला वेगळे सांगण्याची गरज नाही कि मंत्री म्हणून खडसे कितीतरी महत्वाची खाती त्यांच्याकडे होती. काय घडले हे तुम्हाला वेगळे सांगायची गरज नाही, श्रीमान एकनाथ खडसे नशीब बलवत्तर म्हणून कसेतरी बचावले, अतिशय जीवघेण्या आजारातून मरता मरता वाचले पण आज ते जिवंत असले तरी त्यांचे आजचे राजकीय आयुष्य मेल्याहून मेल्यासारखे आहे. किंवा आज हा ज्या वृत्तपत्रात काम करतो त्या वृत्तपत्र मालकांचा देखील राजकीय दृष्ट्या ' खडसेच ' झालेला आहे, हा मोठा वाटतो आणि त्याच्या वृत्तपत्राचे मालक त्याच्यासमोर खुजे वाटतात. आर आर आबा गेले नंतर खडसे संपले, आता त्याचा मुक्काम पोस्ट आहे धनंजय मुंडे यांचे कार्यालय, मुंडे यांना छोटीशी एखादी राजकीय पुडि सोडून इतरांना जसा तो खुश ठेवायचा, आता नेमक्या त्याच पद्धतीने नवख्या धनंजय मुंडे यांना तो खुश करून मोकळा होतो नंतर तो आणि त्याचा मुंडे यांच्या कार्यालयात पेरून ठेवलेला एक जिवलग मित्र मुंडे यांच्या राजकीय दराऱ्याचाकसा खुबीने उपयोग करून घेतात, धनंजय यांना सांगितले तर त्यांच्या पायाखालची वाळू सरकेल आणि शरद पवार तसेच अजित पवार त्याच्या बखोटीला धरून त्याला मुंडेंच्या कार्यालयाबाहेर काढतील. अत्यंत महत्वाचे म्हणजे एकीकडे पंकजा मुंडे यांचे राजकारणातले किंवा मंत्री म्हणून पोरकट वागणे सुरु असतांना तिकडे धनंजय मुंडे मात्र कमालीचा संयम राखून ते विरोधात असून म्हणजे सत्तेत नसूनही या राज्यातले उद्याचे मोठे नेते म्हणून घडत असतांना त्यांनी आपल्या आसपास, आपल्या जवळपास त्यांना खुबीने युक्तीने संपवू शकतील असा माणसांना तातडीने दूर ठेवणे गरजेचे असतांना त्यांच्या हातून नकळत हि मोठी चूक होते आहे, त्यांनी वेळीच सावध व्हायला हवे....
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines...

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines/Vikrant Joshi/www.vikrantjoshi.com

1. CM worried as cabinet Ministers play truant-Public Eye -The Times of India
The said story published today is about Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar not reaching to a meeting at Sahyadri Guest House on 18th October 2016. The news is as as old as 8 days and was already reported by Marathi Daily Sakal. Forget the news, I had also written a detailed review in my column. Is there any agenda against Mungantiwar, that the news is coming in THE Times OF INDIA after 8 days? Surprisingly, Lokmat's editorial today by Atul Kulkarni and this piece today in the Times is so similar. Was the news decided in advance at Minister Girish Bapat's Private Secretary, Chintamani Joshi's cabin 4 days ago in a CLOSED DOOR meeting wherein business & partner in crime of Atul Kulkarni ( RR Patil's ex OSD) Dr. Anil Mahajan was also present? What these 4 people were discussing "secretly"? Heard they (Atul & Dr Mahajan) are planning a hotel or a channel venture together in Pune. 

 2. Uddhav's dig at Ae Dil deal:'Yeh too honaa hi tha'
What is my objective to write OFF THE RECORD reviews? It is to give you all insight of what is presented to you in papers. I try to unearth the agenda of how media manipulates Janta. Anyways, the current Karan Johar Ae Dil movie "settlement" is the ongoing issue where everyone has without thinking twice labelled Raj Thackrey as a 'blackmailer' or a  "settler'. But yesterday, one of our state's popular & one of the biggest names in printing business happen to call me and present his argument. He says in fact, Raj Thackrey is the winner in the whole situation!! He explains "  It's a win win for Raj. He couldn't have handled defying the order of Central home minister, else his cadre would have been handled ruthlessly by cops! He stopped the future dumping (anti dumping import) of good but cheap Pakistani talent .He proved his might without sacrificing anything ; absolutely . All his imprisoned MNS "workers"are out of jail ,for the next election work. He posed his image as a patriot! He strengthened his film Artist's union;And much more benefits. A strategic decision for his party and himself ! I have not seen him playing strategy so well in the recent past. (Remember what happened to late Balasahebs fatwa ,not to screen Shaharukh Khan starer My name is Khan,and how it was rejected by the filmgoers? That was probably one of the the worst days in his life,his Fatva being not obeyed in Mumbai; Raj avoided that kind of a situation skilfully, one must say)" 

3. एका पेंग्विनची ' हत्या '
This has happened only to prove what arrogance & power can do. Aditya Thackrey just to keep yourself happy & satisfy your childish ego, a penguin has lost it's life along with Rs. 45 crore of PUBLIC money that was spent for these Penguins to live. There are 7 Penguins left now. Instead of taking the blame of their deaths in the future, please have courtesy & humanity & allow them to be shifted from the country they were bought from. Howsoever artificial surroundings you prepare, the Penguins are not meant for this country. It was pure Aditya's agenda of Penguins and nowhere Uddhav Thackrey is involved, as reported by this paper (Loksatta)

4. ...तर भ्रष्ट अधिकाऱ्याना ठोकून काढू-Nitin Gadkari @ Nagpur.
I guess Nitin Gadkari gets some sheer power or inspiration whenever he is in Nagpur to make daredevil statements. He say's in Nagpur, if the officers demand for bribe, we will beat them up. Last week also he did something of that sort. But Gadkari is a balanced person, I guess he forgot what MLA Bacchu Kadu had gone through after slapping an official in mantralaya. But in a way, bureaucrats had you all taken a strict action against MLA KADU at that time, Gadkari wouldn't have dared to utter any of these words. Also, Gadkari enjoys a good reputation in the bureaucracy, with this statement, has he given a jolt to his own image?

5. ६०० किमीचे पदपथ कोणी हडपले? 
Aditya Thackrey, instead of Penguins, you can gain mileage only if you free Mumbai's 2200 kms of footpath from all illegal activities. This will establish you as true Mumbaikar's leader. As it is Shisvsean's name after the road scam has taken a beating. I know nothing of this will hamper your party's  win at the MCGM. But again a small help to clear the footpaths, will save lot of lives. 
Sakal Mumbai has done an excellent story as to whom our footpaths belong to? A must read!!


Thursday, 20 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines..

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines/Vikrant Joshi/www.vikrantjoshi.com

1.  High, Mighty (and Illegal)--Mid-Day exclusive 
The said story is about a building which had permissions to built ground + 2 floors and was meant for IAS & IPS officers at Kalina, Santacruz (east). Now there are 12 storey towers constructed. As per what information I possess, Corporator Brian Miranda who has exposed this scam had written to CM & MC,  & on regular basis followed up with the DE of the Building Proposal Department of the ward to forward complains to his superiors. But since powerful names of  IAS & IPS officers were involved, the engineer chose to keep mum. Then in day before's standing committee, when the discussions were happening about demolition of shanties followed by the fire at Behrampada, Miranda got up & exposed this scam. In fact, The Times group also refused to do the story even when they had names of all 57 officers along with all the papers since last 10 days. Fishy! By the way M/s B.G. Shirke constructions Company, Pune, is the builder of the said project. India Today, in 1989, and exposed this company's biggest scam with then Minister of Housing, Ranjit Deshmukh. Very soon will give a list of all 57 names of IAS & IPS officers. Just feel like, don't know why, perfect present to Birthday Boy today, Naseem Khan today. 

2. No Bhau Daji Lad expansion at byculla, says civic chief
Under which Additional Municipal Commissioner does maintenance & expansion plans of Bhau Daji Lad museum falls? IRS, AMC Dr. Pallavi Darade. How will the permission  be granted?  

3. HC notice to Ajit, Yavatmal MLC in irrigation scam 
MLC is NCP's Sandeep Bajoria. I was surprised when Ajit Pawar was claiming innocence in the irrigation scam. But the bargain "kaka" pawar has done for him is saving him. Bargain was Chagan Bhujbal. Tatkare is sitting on the edge, and now Bajoria. Bajoria's faith was decided in the last monsoon session when he put the Darda in a fix over the school's sex scandal. 

4. 3 KDMC officials suspended for drinking, partying 
Someone please catch the big fish. Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Gharat. He enjoys supreme power, collects money as if he is the next Zende in the IAS lobby and is "dalaal" of Minister Ravindra Chavhan. 

5. Diwali cleaning: BMC flushes out illegal hawkers from SoBO streets
Great Job, Dr. Pallavi Darade. She actually went on the roads and made calls to the ward officers. Automatically she saw the hawkers got "informed" just before the van of the BMC came to seize the goods. She actually blasted the officers there and ordered that all the goods that are seized had to be auctioned compulsorily. And yes, she has warned the officers to conduct surprise raids on the Godowns as well!!

6. राष्ट्रवादीच्या प्रदेश उपाध्यक्षपदी धर्मरावबाबा आत्राम
His nephew Amberishrao is a Minister in the Maharashtra Government, after defeating his own uncle in 2014. Now NCP has given the plum post to the veteran Dharambaba Atram to save people from jumping camps. But earlier NCP had done similar things to Prasad Lad and many more...but what  is to happen will happen...everyone wants to save their ill doings.

7. नवी मुम्बई पालिकेट गैरव्यवहाराचा भूकंप--सकाळ exclusive
Must read...As per CM's long vision plan all mafias in our state will be seen behind the bars. After Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare, Chagan Bhujbal, Ramesh Kadam, next in tow is Navi Mumbai's Ganesh Naik and family...


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines....

OFF THE RECORD review on some of today's headlines...

1. CP's diet tip: No vada pav & samosa for Mumbai cops
Commissioner of Mumbai Police has asked the cops to avoid junk. But sir, those who work for nearly 15 hours everyday and without taking off's for weeks together, who will take the pain to deliver fish foods on to the streets or at police station? Not practical and also expensive. 80% of the cops hail from Sangli district, so majority of their families stay at villages, and even if they located to Mumbai the costs to live in Mumbai makes them impossible to eat the "right" and "correct" food. Also, something or the other keeps happening in Mumbai every now & then. Now the craze of rallies is the flavour of the season. So will they control the crowd or hunt for food joints or eat the correct foods. Also the junk is pocket friendly & can be eaten whilst they are on the move. 

2. My father Journalist Hemant Joshi's blog on the following subject. Please click the link below.
 डॉ. "लहाने" त्यांचे "मोठे" कारनामे !!--पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी http://www.vikrantjoshi.com/2016/10/blog-post.html

3. Sate okays revised cost of Rs. 700 cr for irrigation project. 
Does a paper like TOI needs to be updated about the relations between Girish Mahajan & CM Fadnavis? Mahajan is CM's blue-eyed boy from the day Khadse was dethroned from his cabinet post.  Also, a paper like Times needs to understand whom to approach for quotes. In this story yet again, spokesperson Nawab Malik of the NCP  has been quoted. He has zero impression on the CM or any of the Ministers in the government. Spokesperson should be such that his intelligence & views should shake the daylights out of the government. For e.g. Madhav Bhandari from the BJP or just see how MLC Anant Gadgil from Congress speak. Government has to pay attention on what they say; they are always to the point and have references as old as their parties when they talk. It creates an impression.Time for NCP to also bring in more aggressive spokesperson, as NAwabbhai is getting old & does not command any respect in political circle. How about the responsibility given to either firebrand Mahesh Tapase or MLC Hemant Takle? 

4 "We don't know who is Sanjay Manjrekar"? Sandeep Deshpande MNS
Haha..with millions of followers on Twitter, an able commentator, & a former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar is a well known figure in the world.  I don't understand this strategy of MNS. Is no one allowed to comment/tweet against MNS or what? On one side you protect Marathi manus and on the other, you give non-sensible comments like the above. Manjrekar tweeted the fact yesterday. His subject was a bit sensitive, which he could have avoided to speak I feel, but  what's wrong in giving opinion ? Tomorrow you will ask, who is Bala Nandgaonkar? By the way, where is Bala? 

5. Shivsena opposes demolition in Behrampada 
Didn't I write couple of days ago as to how Sena is also involved in protecting slum dwellers & in a way promoting illegal constructions? Road Scam is one, the day Shelar puts his hands in exposing Sena's illegal construction mafia, it will be a sight to see. Again i'm stressing the fact, instead of doing stories on playgrounds & RG's, Mumbai Mirror should concentrate on illegalities in and around Collector office at Bandra East & subsequently Government Colony for a day. The impact will be much higher. 
6. "मुख्यमंत्रीच पक्षामध्ये गुंडांचे स्वागत करतात" अजित पवार 
"आमच्या महापालिकांमध्ये भ्रष्टाचार नाही" अजित पवार 
Ajit dada,  I shall name NCP's few people whom are actually elected representatives of our state & then you make the judgement.  I am not siding BJP but please if you could do a cross check on the backgrounds of Pappu Kalani, Gilbert Mendonsa, Bhaskar Jadhav, Sandeep Bajoria to Ganesh Naik, you will have to swallow your words back. Who promotes mafia is a well known fact amongst everyone. 
In regard to your other statement about Municipalities , why you forget Shikhar Pardeshi, now in the PMO, is a very dear friend of many journalists and often he tells us stories when he was the Commissioner at Pimpri Chinchwad...lets keep it OFF THE RECORD. 

7. काही करंटे महापालिकेच्या कामावर टीका करतात हा त्यांचा आंधळेपणा -उद्धव ठाकरे 
"करंटे" व "अंधळेपणा" is not we are used to hear from a Sainik,  Uddhavji...Where is the fire? Where are the cuss words used by Balasaheb for Narayan rane or Bhujbal in his speeches?  Uddhavji, for us commoners, Shivsena means fire, aggression & no mincing of words party. We all know that you are the sophisticated leader of SS, but sir than "mute" Subhash Desai and Manohar Joshi are there, right? Let these guys be nice, but in my views, you should be as suave as Balasaheb & aggressive at the same time.  Raj Thackrey is an excellent orator and most of the time his speeches leave a mark on supporters, as he is known to be fiery. We see more of Balasaheb's shadow in him, even if you are more capable & a winner all the way!

8. मुंढेंविरुद्ध अविश्वासासाठी राजकीय हालचालींना वेग 
Tukaram Munde, don't worry! Some days ago, people here in the BMC also sought to this tactic against Commissioner Ajoy Mehta...How it died "natural " death here, it will be the same there as well. Keep some connections & money at hand.


डॉ. "लहाने" त्यांचे "मोठे" कारनामे !!--पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी

डॉ. तात्याराव लहाने सर जे जे इस्पितळाचे अधिष्ठाता आहेत राज्यातल्या मराठी माणसाला सांगण्याची तशी अजिबात आवश्यकता नाही एवढे डॉ. लहाने त्यांनी हाती घेतलेल्या विविध सामाजिक उपक्रमातून प्रसिद्ध पावलेले आहेत म्हणुनच त्यांना पद्म्श्री देऊन सरकारने देखील गौरविले आहे. डॉ. तात्याराव लहाने यांचा गट विरुद्ध डॉ. लहाने यांच्या विरोधकांचा एक गट असे वातावरणजे जे इस्पितळात आहे, राज्याच्या आरोग्य विभागात आहे, खासकरून संपूर्ण महाराष्ट्रात आरोग्य विभागाशी संबंधित सारे म्हणजे दोन्ही गटातले डॉक्टर्स किंवा या खात्याशी संबंधित कंत्राटदार पत्रकार अधिकारी कर्मचारी एकमेकांवर कायम चिखलफेक करतात, बदनाम करत असतात, विविध पत्रकारांच्या खांद्यावर बंदूक ठेवून हे दोन्हीही गट एकमेकांची लफडी कायम बाहेर काढतात, उकरून काढतात. एक पत्रकार मला म्हणाला, डॉ. लहाने यांनी डोळ्यांवर शस्त्रक्रिया केल्यानंतर ज्या लाखो लोकांना गॉगल चष्मे किंवा लेन्स साहित्य लागते ते सारे साहित्य डॉ. लहाने ज्यांच्याकडून विकत घेण्यास भाग पडतात त्या साहित्याचे दुकान डॉ. लहाने यांची मैत्रीण का सखी का कलीग डॉ. रागिणी यांच्या भावाच्या दुकानातून ते घ्यायला भाग पडतात. आधी मी त्या पत्रकाराचे सांगणे शांतपणे ऐकून घेतले आणि ऐकून झाल्यावर डॉ. लहाने यांना थेट फोनवर हा प्रकार खरा आहे का, विचारले त्यावर त्यांनी जे विस्तृत सफाईदार उत्तर दिले अर्थ हाच निघाला कि डॉ. रागिणी यांच्या भावाचे किंवा कुठल्याही नातेवाईकाचे असले कोणतेही दुकान नाही किंवा व्यवसाय नाही. हे सारे मी मुद्दाम डॉ लहाने यांच्याशी त्या पत्रकारांसमोर भ्रमणध्वनीच्या स्पीकरवरून बोलत होतो, त्यांचे बोलणे संपल्यानंतर मी त्या पत्रकाराला एवढेच म्हणालो, आत तू बाप दाखव नाहीतर श्राद्ध कर, मला नाही वाटत तो पत्रकार पुरावे मला पाठवू शकेल...

अनेकदा नेमके हेच घडते आम्हा पत्रकारांच्या बाबतीत कि अमुक एखाद्याचा बदला घेण्यासाठी आमच्यातल्या आक्रमक पत्रकारांचा  शिडीसारखा असा उपयोग करून घेतला जातो आणि आमचा असा दुरुपयोग करून घेतल्या जातोय हे ठाऊक असतांना देखील आमच्यातले अनेक पाप करून मोकळे होतात कारण त्यांना सुपारीचे त्यांच्या ऐपतीपेक्षा अधिक पैसे मिळालेले असतात, नेमके हे घडता कामा नये....राज्यातल्या बिशेषत: राजकीय परिघात काम करणाऱ्या वार्ताहरांचें, पत्रकारांचे असेच काही गट आहेत, संघटना आहेत, एकमेकात त्यांचे प्रचंड हेवेदावे आहेत. एकमेकांना बदनाम करण्यासाठी किंवा माहिती आणि जनसंपर्क खात्यातील कुरापती बाहेर काढण्यासाठी ह्या अशा संघटनांचे पदाधिकारी आमच्यातल्या आमच्यासारख्या आक्रमक बेधडक पत्रकारांना त्यातून भरपूर खाद्य पुरवीत असतात. माझा मुलगा विक्रांत देखील या राज्यातला नामवंत पत्रकार आहे, पैसे न खाणारा तो एक देशभक्त पत्रकार आहे, साहजिकच त्याच्या खांद्यावर देखील अनेकदा बंदूक ठेवून चाप ओढण्याचा प्रयत्न केला जातो, अलीकडे मी त्याला म्हणालो, जेव्हा केव्हा तुझ्यावर एखादे संकट येईल तेव्हा या संघटनेतला एस एम देशमुख असो किंवा यदु जोशी असो किंवा अन्य कुठलाही वा कोणताही पत्रकार वार्ताहर असो, मला नाही वाटत त्यांच्यातला कोणी तुझ्या मदतीला येईल म्हणून कायम सावधगिरी तू बाळगायला हवी, अमुक एखादा सांगतो कि तमुक वाईट, त्यावर कुणावरही वैयक्तिक लिहून मोकळा होऊ नको, एखाद्या पत्रकाराची भूमिका चुकीची असेल, लिखाण दिशाभूल करणारे असेल किंवा त्याने अमुक एखादी सुपारी घेतली असेल, दलाली करतांना तो आपल्याकडे असलेल्या अस्त्राचा दुरुपयोग करीत असेल तरच मग समोरचा कोणीही कितीही स्वतःला मोठा समजणारा किंवा प्रभावी समजणारा असो, प्रसंगी कुठलेहि प्रभावी वृत्तपत्र तो स्वतःच्या बोटावर नाचविणारा असेल थोडक्यात तो पत्रकारितेतील मोठा पैलवान जरी असला तरी त्याला भर चौकात लोळवून मोकळा हो, आणि तुझ्या वयाच्या मित्रांना देखील तेच सांग....

आपली पत्रकारिता चुकीच्या वागणाऱ्या लोकांवर तुटून पडणारी असावी, सुपारी घेऊन समोरच्याला बदनाम करणारी नसावी, हेच मी त्याला सांगतो, विशेष म्हणजे तो माझे ऐकतो. इतर सरकारी खात्याच्या प्रमाणात राज्याचे माहिती आणि जनसंपर्क खात्यात काही अधिकारी जे पैसे खातात ती अगदीच चिरीमिरी असते, किरकोळ आर्थिक फायदा फार तर त्यांना त्यातून होतही असेल, त्यांच्यात मानकरसाहेब किती खातात आणि भुजबळसाहेब काय करतात, किंवा अजय आंबेकर यांची बेहिशेबी मालमत्ता किती, त्यावर कधीही लक्ष देऊ नये असे मला वाटते. मात्र अति होत असतांना तुमच्याकडे एखाद्या माहिती खात्यातल्या अधिकाऱयांचेही पुरावे हाती आले तर प्रसंगी कोणालाही सोडू नये, या भूमिकेवर मी ठाम असतो. एक मात्र नक्की, जनसंपर्क खात्यातले सारेच आपल्या जपलेल्या वैक्तीतक संबंधांवर शासनाची अनेकदा चांगली प्रसिद्धी घडवून आणतात...


सांगण्याचा उद्देश हाच कि पत्रकारांनी आपल्या खांद्यावर लेखणीरूपी बंदूक ठेवण्यासाठी कधीही कोणालाही परवानगी देऊ नये जर पत्रकारांना आपली पत्रकारिता मान ताठ ठेवून पत्रकारिता करायची असेल. नेमके पुरावे हाती आले कि समोरचा मग कोणीही असो, माझे अनुकरण करा, अशा राज्यबुडव्या माणसाला नक्की लेखणीतून आडवे तिडवे घ्या.हे लिखाण संपवितांना एक गम्मत सांगतो, अलीकडे मी माझ्या मालकीच्या BMW कार सहित माझा एक फोटो फेस बुक वर अपलोड केला, अनेकांच्या त्यातून भुवया उंचावल्या म्हणून सांगतो, या राज्यातला मी पहिला पत्रकार कि मी माझ्या मालकीची महागडी कार 
80 च्या दशकात मंत्रालयात घेऊन येत असे, आम्ही दोघे पत्रकार त्यावेळी मंत्रालयात आमच्या कार्स एकमेकांच्या बाजूला पार्क करीत असू, दुसरे पत्रकार महाशय होते, श्रीमान अनिल थत्ते, विशेष म्हणजे 80 च्या दशकात मंत्रालयात आम्हा पत्रकारांना देखील कार पार्किंग साठी दोन जागा राखीव होत्या, ज्या पुढे शासनाने काढून घेतल्या. त्यानंतर पत्रकारांची कार मंत्रालय गेटच्या आत घेतल्या गेलेली नाही, आम्हाला आमच्या गाड्या आता दूर कुठेतरी उभ्या कराव्या लागतात त्याचवेळी दलालांच्या कार्स मात्र थेट आत सोडल्या जातात. नंतर 90 च्या दशकात मात्र तुटपुंज्या पगारावर नवशक्ती दैनिकात नोकरी करणाऱ्या अरविंद भानुशाली यांची जीप देखील माझ्या गाडी शेजारी पार्क व्हायला लागली....

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines...

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines /Vikrant Joshi /www.vikrantjoshi.com

1. HC notice to public health minister in Rs. 297 crore scam
Couldn't believe the person who has filed the PIL in this scam is journalist "Atulya" from the marathi daily Lokmat. By the way these days, if you don't seem to locate the Lokmat scribe in Mantralaya or at office, please visit Vidhan Bhavan on the 1st floor and knock on to the anti chamber of LOP Dhananjay Munde. Earlier (late) R R Patil, then Eknath Khadse and now Munde, the journey of anti-chambers & friendship of "Atulya" with their private secretaries is unbreakable. So desperately want to name a few, but !! Anyways, where do you think he gets his "breaking stories" from? Mind you Dhananjay Munde, whenever this scribe has got close to any leader, look at the fate those people have had. RR Patil passed away, Khadse had a humiliating end to his career hence the concern! Coming back to the scam, Dr Pawar is back as Director, first  step against the scribe's wishes. Secondly please make me understand, who is the Cabinet Minister for this portfolio? Dr. Deepak Sawant right? He belongs to Shiv Sena right? Now the whole world knows that the PRO of Shiv Sena and "Atulya" are the thickest friends our industry has seen just like Dharmendra & Amitabh from Sholay. Couldn't the PRO "control or manage" this easily & normally gullible "Atulya"? or was it a message from the top against Dr. Deepak Sawant? 

2. Dil in mushkil, Karan Johar says alvida to PAk actors
Look how The Times plays dirty. This is a paid story or might be a "return gift" from the Page 3, party & femme lover,owner of the paper, Jain, to Karan Johar, his very old & good friend. Have you read anywhere in any paper today about this apology or explanation from Karan Johar as the first news? Regional Marathi papers have carried the stories on internal pages. Forget the other ones. Who gives this as your leading story? and that too the premier national daily like Times? Too late for Karan any which ways, I guess!

3. पन्नास लाखांत आमदार फुटायचे-अजित पवार 
As Maharashtra gets ready for it's Corporation & Council's elections, this statement has definitely hurt the BJP & Sena most. Crooked as Ajit is, he surely knows only NCP as of today is cash rich! Even though the BJP & Sena are in the power, he knows, that including the MLA's even the government is facing money crunch. So poaching will be extremely difficult for these parties. On the other hand, Congress has never had the culture to poach candidates,  with very few cases here & there, so those who are blaming Ajit Pawar for his slippery tongue, in my views, he has sent a strong signal to the aspiring candidates. 

4.  मुख्यमंत्र्यांच्या विरोधात हक्कभंग आणणार! नारायण राणे 
Narayan Rane never leaves any opportunity to take a Press Conference whenever other party leaders are outside Mumbai. This is called "timing". Yesterday LOP Radhakrishna Vikhe along with party president Ashok Chavan and others were at Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi to discuss the upcoming strategy for the elections. This opportunity was seized by "neglected in the party" Rane. But sir, to move a breach of privilege notice against the CM, please guide, how many of them have been actually presented since years in the house, and how many have been accepted by the Committee & acted upon? So, I doubt, if this statement of yours will disturb the CM, apart from making some headlines the next day. 

5. State to buy 2 fancy VIP cars in Palghar 
Yesterday CM Fadnavis signed a notification to provide Rs. 20 lakh cars each for the guardian Minister of Palghar, Vishnu Savra & the other one for the VIPs of the district. First thought, that crossed my mind was that, now whenever there will be any rally at Palghar against the Minister, it will be now easier to escape, as that is what he is known to do. Also, mind you, Savra's own designated Innova having the " M " emblem & red beacon was used by the "dismissed" Private Secretary everyday. Savra was forced to use the age old Ambassador.

6. मी 'माझे ' काम करत राहणार-मनपा आयुक्त तुकाराम मुंढे 
When "non corrupt" attitude goes in the head, then it is a problem for the society & it's development overall. You are non-corrupt, efficient & have a sense as to how a society should be; but today, whosoever goes to meet you even for any positive work, that person is looked suspiciously by you. How do you expect development will take place? How will you built in confidence in your colleagues, Mundheji?  Hence the statement of the NMMC Commissioner, that no one turns up to meet him, is justified. But, then, as per what information I possess, Tukaram Mundhe is known to be best friends and often visit their residences for elongated dinners, of many allegedly corrupt bureaucrats of our state. So why the farce, Tukaramji? 


OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines...

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines /Vikrant Joshi /www.vikrantjoshi.com

1. HC notice to public health minister in Rs. 297 crore scam
Couldn't believe the person who has filed the PIL in this scam is journalist "Atulya" from the marathi daily Lokmat. By the way these days, if you don't seem to locate the Lokmat scribe in Mantralaya or at office, please visit Vidhan Bhavan on the 1st floor and knock on to the anti chamber of LOP Dhananjay Munde. Earlier (late) R R Patil, then Eknath Khadse and now Munde, the journey of anti-chambers & friendship of "Atulya" with their private secretaries is unbreakable. So desperately want to name a few, but !! Anyways, where do you think he gets his "breaking stories" from? Mind you Dhananjay Munde, whenever this scribe has got close to any leader, look at the fate those people have had. RR Patil passed away, Khadse had a humiliating end to his career hence the concern! Coming back to the scam, Dr Pawar is back as Director, first  step against the scribe's wishes. Secondly please make me understand, who is the Cabinet Minister for this portfolio? Dr. Deepak Sawant right? He belongs to Shiv Sena right? Now the whole world knows that the PRO of Shiv Sena and "Atulya" are the thickest friends our industry has seen just like Dharmendra & Amitabh from Sholay. Couldn't the PRO "control or manage" this easily & normally gullible "Atulya"? or was it a message from the top against Dr. Deepak Sawant? 

2. Dil in mushkil, Karan Johar says alvida to PAk actors
Look how The Times plays dirty. This is a paid story or might be a "return gift" from the Page 3, party & femme lover,owner of the paper, Jain, to Karan Johar, his very old & good friend. Have you read anywhere in any paper today about this apology or explanation from Karan Johar as the first news? Regional Marathi papers have carried the stories on internal pages. Forget the other ones. Who gives this as your leading story? and that too the premier national daily like Times? Too late for Karan any which ways, I guess!

3. पन्नास लाखांत आमदार फुटायचे-अजित पवार 
As Maharashtra gets ready for it's Corporation & Council's elections, this statement has definitely hurt the BJP & Sena most. Crooked as Ajit is, he surely knows only NCP as of today is cash rich! Even though the BJP & Sena are in the power, he knows, that including the MLA's even the government is facing money crunch. So poaching will be extremely difficult for these parties. On the other hand, Congress has never had the culture to poach candidates,  with very few cases here & there, so those who are blaming Ajit Pawar for his slippery tongue, in my views, he has sent a strong signal to the aspiring candidates. 

4.  मुख्यमंत्र्यांच्या विरोधात हक्कभंग आणणार! नारायण राणे 
Narayan Rane never leaves any opportunity to take a Press Conference whenever other party leaders are outside Mumbai. This is called "timing". Yesterday LOP Radhakrishna Vikhe along with party president Ashok Chavan and others were at Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi to discuss the upcoming strategy for the elections. This opportunity was seized by "neglected in the party" Rane. But sir, to move a breach of privilege notice against the CM, please guide, how many of them have been actually presented since years in the house, and how many have been accepted by the Committee & acted upon? So, I doubt, if this statement of yours will disturb the CM, apart from making some headlines the next day. 

5. State to buy 2 fancy VIP cars in Palghar 
Yesterday CM Fadnavis signed a notification to provide Rs. 20 lakh cars each for the guardian Minister of Palghar, Vishnu Savra & the other one for the VIPs of the district. First thought, that crossed my mind was that, now whenever there will be any rally at Palghar against the Minister, it will be now easier to escape, as that is what he is known to do. Also, mind you, Savra's own designated Innova having the " M " emblem & red beacon was used by the "dismissed" Private Secretary everyday. Savra was forced to use the age old Ambassador.

6. मी 'माझे ' काम करत राहणार-मनपा आयुक्त तुकाराम मुंढे 
When "non corrupt" attitude goes in the head, then it is a problem for the society & it's development overall. You are non-corrupt, efficient & have a sense as to how a society should be; but today, whosoever goes to meet you even for any positive work, that person is looked suspiciously by you. How do you expect development will take place? How will you built in confidence in your colleagues, Mundheji?  Hence the statement of the NMMC Commissioner, that no one turns up to meet him, is justified. But, then, as per what information I possess, Tukaram Mundhe is known to be best friends and often visit their residences for elongated dinners, of many allegedly corrupt bureaucrats of our state. So why the farce, Tukaramji? 


Monday, 17 October 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. Ashwin praise 'great motivation' for Yasir
Look at this ! Now who will ban cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin or tag him "Anti-Indian" for praising a Pakistani player? Yesterday Indian bowler R. Ashwin praised Pakistan's Yasir Shah for becoming joint fastest bowler to take 100 scalps in test matches. Now anyone daring to take on this India's ace bowler? Where is Arnab? Where is MNS? Where is our Facebook page stating our hatred towards Ashwin? Will Priyanka Chopra be correct, if she says that only cinema artists are targeted for supporting Pak actors? Alright, I hope R.Ashwin is aware of Uri attacks, as most of the time our cricketers are unaware of what is happening in the outside world.

2. HC relief for Kapil: notice for racing flat extensions stayed
Tell me in all honesty, who live in India, was this outcome not expected? The tweet against the errant babus of the BMC and the whole strategy behind the tweet actually backfired very badly for comedian. Didn't I mention that all will end well for Kapil, question was & is, how much did he spent as "kharchapaani"?  

3. Pay MRP for bottled water at malls and multiplexes in city.
OK. Weights & Measurement Department have come up with this. Now tell me, are the Mall guys or the Multiplexes selling you the bottled waters or are they selling the service to you? Boss, if you want a bottled water at the fixed MRP please visit the panwaalah's or the grocery shops. Multiplexes, restaurants, coffee-shops & Malls are providing you with services (that includes ambiance as well) & looking at the capital cost & the operational cost they incur, in fact no one should sell bottled waters or  cold-drinks at MRP. Now everyone has stayed at a 5 star hotel once, I presume..Tell me how many of you argue at the reception for the mini-bar you use? Isn't alcohol more expensive there than the local wine-shop? Definitely yes right? But why you pay at the star hotel? Because it is for the service you are provided. 

4. Ministers to have PIO, thanks to Journo Govind Tupe 
Good one, Govind Tupe. Great follow-up. But somewhat don't agree to the statement you made "We can keep a track of files with Ministers, how fast they come & go or why they are stuck for months for approval?" For this did you ask for a PIO? 2 things to this: You can get this info by paying Rs. 200 to the peon OR for free, if you have good relations with the Minister's PA/PS. Secondly, those who pass information about the file to us (journo's)generally keep a copy of the file ready with them. My views: WITH PIO in Minister's office, it will be great to keep a tab on PS's & PA's as the Minister changes them as per his wishes & whims & also any dalaal of his, occupies the chair of a PA. 

5. BMC polls countdown: Raj, Uddhav hit ground running 
Uddhav Thackrey has started to fulfil his promise made at the Dusshera rally by visiting Shakha's. Last heard, MNS corporators on the other hand are more scared than filled with enthusiasm as they are scared of all of their ill-gotten wealth as they know, the minute RT knows about it (on his visits), there will be a demand for the share in the pie. 

6. Khadse taunts CM over photo with goon 
How CM is at fault? The person to be questioned is builder Suresh Hawre of Navi Mumbai where CM visited to be apart of a private function where the goon was also present. Is builder- Goons friendship-something new you are reading? They are like Ram & Sita or like Romeo & Juliet. Both cannot survive without each other.  Those who don't understand the relationship, please read Mumbai's mafia dossiers. When CM attends any private function, such as in this case with Hawre, how will CM know that a wanted goon is also invited? 100's of them crowd to take a selfie or a picture with the CM. This goon also took. Tomorrow Hawre gets call-girls to the function and just by chance they get clicked with the CM, will you question CM's character? I would not in case of Fadnavis but had it been any of the Ex-CMs , I wouldn't had. So totally uncalled for. Also mind you, when CM is at a private function sitting in that 500 sq feet room of the guest, there are no staff's with him except one PA. 

7. "अर्थ" बैठकीला मंत्र्यांचीच दांडी ! 
So, apparently FM Mungantiwar didn't reach the meeting which he was suppose to convene wherein everyone from the department including the Secretary was present at the state guest house-Sahyadri. As per the news, they all waited from 3pm to 11pm. Now those who know Mungantiwar, please tell me when have you called him on his mobile & he hasn't answered? As per what I know, 99% all calls, only if he is in a very important meeting, are answered by the Minister himself, or else he arranges a call back. This meeting was attended by Class 1 officers including the Secretary who is an IAS. Now tell me, is it possible to keep these levels of bureaucrats waiting and that too none of the officers who waited had the guts to call him to even text him. Impossible to believe. Surely a case of miscommunication. 

8.  मायबाप रसिकांना धोका देणे शक्य तरी आहे काय? 
Yes Ajay_Atul. Apparently when these singer-musician were playing the electricity went off and it was apparent these guys were not singing in actual, and the CD was playing. Ajay-Atul were just lip-syncing, as soon as the current was off they were exposed. But they are denying the same. In actuals, in any of the LiVE performances, the artists actually NEVER sings. It's all technology. PERIOD!

9. लोकमतचा "दीपोत्सव" सिद्धिविनायकचरणी!
Vijay Babu was present at Siddhivinayak with Dinkar Raikar at Siddhivinayak to present their annual magazine to the lord. If rumours are to be believed, along with Deepostsav, another magazine named "Spandhan" was also offered to the lord, but slyly. Guess who the editor of this magazine is? Mrs. Kulkarni, and yes the 3 monthly magazine has all the advertisements which even Vijaybabu is unaware off! Great going Atulya ji!! 

10. आयुक्त रस्त्यावर, अधिकारी मैदानात 
The BMC office bearers are one of a kind! They don't have any emotions or feeling for the common Mumbaikar. It just doesn't bother them, what a deadline means, what the MC is going through, what the government goes through, how is the financial capital of the country projected? Nothing means absolutely nothing. These bureaucrats don't have any remorse for their actions. Now this is heights. Playing cricket & that too when people are dying of potholes...inhumane!!


Sunday, 16 October 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.  Actors row: Filmmaker says PM must apologise for Lahore trip; Anurag Kashyap.
Karan Johar is playing all his cards to make sure he has his film released as planned. Apart from the film, if this movie goes on to become a success, it will also salvage Ranbir Kapoor's career and put an end to his list of failed movies. Hence the support started with SaifALiKhan to Salman to Anurag & now by Priyanka. They all belong to the KjO camp. I'm rather curious as to why SRK hasn't jumped into the support, as his movie Raees, which also stars a Paki artist, will be banned from release? Also the people who are against the Kjo camp, like Ajay Devgn, has come out openly & supporting the country & our soldiers. Time of MNS not to bow down to any pressure. Let's see how this matter is resolved. 

2. Big Fan of India & Hindu, says Trump
Trump had lost the battle when he had passed racists remarks against Asians & how if he was to be elected, will deport every illegal immigrant from Asian countries. Just for understanding, from which countries do illegal immigrants come from?Which caste do they belong to ?ANSWER-- 90% of them are Muslims coming from Asia & Pakistan in particular. Hence the clarification made by Trump. 

3. 51% of illegal constructions plaints await BMC action
If this is the case, I'm sure everyone of us want to know what & how did BMC of the rest of 49% which they assume to have initiated action. Who were involved & how were the illegal matters resolved? In such cases for the rest 49%, the minute a notice is issued, the local corporator or MLA take money from the person against whom action is initiated by the BMC, and he is advised to go to the Court and take a stay order. In many cases, many corporators & MLA's have a battery of lawyers always available with their services. If you observe closely, where have the illegal complaints come from? They are slums of Govandi & Kurla & Bandra East. Instead of attacking BMC, activists & the police should attack the elected representatives of these areas, who bring in heaps of people & issue them all the necessary documents required to be a Mumbai citizen and create vote banks.

4. मुंडे यांना अपघात घडवणाऱ्या चालकाविरुद्ध खटला चालणार
Allegedly a noted journalist, now an RTI activist, had found out the actual reason of Gopinath Munde's death. He had claimed, the accident & all the related occurrences by Media was a lie, which he could prove with evidences. Again allegedly, his mouth was shut with Rs. 10 crore as the settlement amount. 

5. राजकारणात या, पण आधी पोस्टर चिकटवा-नितिन गडकरी 
Nitin Gadkari made this statement at Nagpur. He meant, a politician can be a true fighter only if he comes from the ground level. I agree with him 100%, as those who have had a "royal opening"
have failed to make a mark for themselves. That includes Nitesh Rane, Nilesh Rane, Aditya Thackrey, Parth Ajit Pawar, Pankaj Bhujbal, Sandip Naik, Salil Deshmukh, Akash Phundkar, Amit Deshmukh, Aniket Tatkare, late Nikhil Khadse, and so on...BUT those who have made mark are the ones who have started from the  ground level; they are Dhananjay Munde, Pankaja Munde, Supriya Sule  and so on...

6. गणपतराव देशमुख यांना धमकीचे पत्रे
After Sardar Tarasingh, next in line is veteran and MLA since 50 years, Ganpatrao Deshmukh from Sangola. I'm a bit amused, as again in this letter the threatening person has demanded Rs. 10 crore? How and why has he said this is questionable, as both these MLA's, though not very active, are known to be carry a clean image. 


7. युवासेनेचा मुंबईमधे मोर्चा-
Dear Aditya Thackrey, you are in the government and you only carry out rallies. It's become a joke on the social media. How immature is this step? You have a partner in the government whom you have good ties since last so many years. In stead of discussion & finding apt solutions to the problem, you are trying to woo the voters, and secondly showcase of strength, is what I get out this. On top of that, the whole of South Mumbai was held at ransom cause of your rally. Traffic was dislodged for hours and I don't know about you, but it is the poor policeman who has to bear the brunt for such rallies. At times, they are there to even take  blows from the public, if situation slips of out hands. My advice, please take rallies on Sunday's with good amount of notice period. 

8.  Beyhadh is like a breath of fresh air 
Yes, it is. Jennifer Winget is awesome as Maya & after long time any series has appealed to the "class" audience. Now over to scriptwriters, not to mess the subject & be crisp. 

9. Family & friends attend Shilpa's father's prayer meet 
It's been almost a week now Shilpa Shetty's father has passed away. Since last 3 to 4 days, all filmy papers have either quoted the shetty's or Kundra's or printed their pictures in some or the other occasion. It is painful, we understand, but what is the reason to cover them everyday? Was it a **** event?

10. Hollywood unforgiving-Irrfan Khan 
As in Hollywood, no hero is made to be GOD even thought they are more good looking, they have their head on the shoulders and they are way richer than you guys at Bollywood. Also the public in the west are matured. The public in the west rates the actors as per their performance rather than their richness. So Irrfan, you are right! either you perform, or perish!!

Thursday, 13 October 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. 6 kids die in Bandra bldg collapse-Hindustan Times
Uddhavji, right in your backyard where you stay (BANDRA), the area is a hub for illegal constructions & encroachments since years. If such things are looked upon with closed eyes, how can a common man believe that SS has no part in promoting illegal constructions of Mumbai? What different is the Behrampada collapse than the collapses in Mazgaon, Mumbra, and Bhiwandi? We blamed a blue eyed NCP leader from Thane then for being partner to half of Mumbra's constructions, who is to be blamed now? The building proposal department of the BMC, that is controlled by the Shivsena, is the main culprit. How are these slum dwellers allowed to raise floors & floors on a house which is meant for ground+1? Are the BMC guys sleeping? BMC has made a list of structurally dangerous buildings of Mumbai. If you say notices have been issued to vacate the buildings,  and if the occupants of the same are migrants (wherein 90% are) then why aren't they just thrown out of Mumbai? Who supports them & goes to courts & gets a stay? Corporators & MLA's.... whose vote banks are these illegal migrants. No value for any human life. Uddhavji, when have you last passed Government Colony building? These buildings are at stone throw distance from where you stay. Have you noticed the encroachments inside these building premises? Or near the Collector Building? Who advocated these? Your late MLA Bala Sawant. Gyms, beauty parlours, eateries are flourishing. Goons have made this as their "addas". It is embarrassing for so many top class or Class 1 officers to see this happening everyday, where they reside. They are the ones who control Maharashtra, but can't do jack shit about these encroachments. 


2. Cong to move no-confidence motion against BMC chief 
Hindustan Times & Times Of India have reported two different things. One says Congress is bringing the no confidence motion & the other paper is blaming Shivsena. In actual it is Congress which is bringing in the no confidence motion against BMC -MC Ajoy Mehta supported by all parties except BJP. The reason, Ajoy Mehta is backed by CM Devendra Fadnavis & the BJP. His mistake is only that he exposed the BMC's wrong doings and disturbed the "Marwadi" contractor lobby. He called spade a spade! All these contractors since years have been Shivsena loyal (don't have to be a scientist to understand this). Tell me, was Ajoy Mehta responsible for potholes in Mumbai? No. In fact he was the one who asked the government to prosecute two additional Municipal  Commissioner's who were behind this racket. What have ex-Municipal Commissioner's done? Roads are not built in a day. The technology which goes in was finalised by ex MC & AMC. In fact, everything right from the tendering process to the payments made, everything is controlled by the Marwadi BMC contractors. AND yes only 6 of them control the whole BMC. Ajoy Mehta went against the tide. How will anyone tolerate if their cash cows are disturbed?

4. Sena picks Shahs & Mehtas as office bearers-Mumbai Mirror  
This was apparent two months ago when PRO Harshal Pradhan launched a book on 50 years of SS. The publisher of the book was a "Shah". Today it is open, but the Gujrati's, Marwadi's & the Kutchi's formed a close circle of Uddhav Thackrey & family since years. Which caste do the contractor lobby of the BMC & the TMC belong to? Nitesh Rane had started a stir against them, but it died the next day. 

5. On rocky ground? Mumbai Mirror 
Actress Shraddha Kapoor is not happy with a song she has sung and wants it edited or deleted from the upcoming Rock-ON 2. Apparently the Director who agrees with Shraddha is agreeing but the GHOST director & boyfriend of Shradha Kapoor (because of this relationship marriage of Adhuna & Farhan Akhtar was broken) Farhan Akhtar is in no mood to delete this song. Reason. " LOU " they say when you are in LOU,  even if the girlfriend farts, it showers fragrance to the boyfriend! For your information, Farhan himself is such a big stammer, that he can't even sing a line in one tune. Technology is what makes Farhan a great singer!

6.When you find the right girl, love is inevitable-Neil Nitin Mukesh-Bombay Times
Yes NNM. Something is better than nothing. It is common practice in Bollywood that if acting is not happening & you aren't getting any roles, get engaged. Next you will be in news when you get married, & next when you will have your first baby. Till then make some appearances or do some ribbon cutting like Imran Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana and many more. Vivek Oberoi was the smart one. He got into property business & is very close to the PM & CM. 

7. We want to coexists-HT CAFE
Kay Kay Menon, Manoj Bajpayee made this statement. They meant their kind of parallel cinema should be getting recognition & monies. But friends out of 10 movies you guys make, only 2 make sense to me. Rest either are so intellectual that it goes beyond Indian audiences heads, and the others don't get a release. Your kind of  cinema should have a big production house backing the scripts. Try UTV. 

8. सकल मोर्चांवर सवलतींचा उतारा- लोकसत्ता
There you go. Didn't I say earlier, that CM Devendra Fadnavis is extending an olive branch to Uddhav Thackrey. Both of them want to go together in BMC. But starting from Pro's to the city chief's everyone is against this happening. What better than UT made a demand at the Dusshera rally 3 days ago & it gets approved in state cabinet yesterday. 
  
9. संयमाची भूमिका घ्या- मटा 
This is said by Ajit Pawar. Anyone in media will agree, what language & attitude did AJIT Pawar follow when he was the DCM? Senior journalists also feared his temper & arrogance. Yesterday Nawab Malik made a derogatory statement. Also how can anyone forget, when Maharashtra was facing severe draught, Ajit Pawar had threatened to urinate in dams to get it filled. Such people are asking to take it easy against Jankar who has sworn by all 33 crore Hindu gods & goddesses that he hasn't spoke anything unparliamentary. I feel it was the aura of Pankaja Munde that day, in which the Minister went overboard.    


Wednesday, 12 October 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. BMC recovers Rs. 2cr, seizes goods worth Rs. 30cr from illegal hawkers. 
Every normal person living in Mumbai knows that if any sales tax/income tax/BMC/weights & measurement/or any other agency conducts raids & seizes goods,  the declared amount or the quantity  is not the actual amount that is seized. It is always two fold the amount that is declared.  The undeclared amount is distributed amongst the raiding team and a very small portion is allowed to be retained by the party. This is the reason if you observe many people want to get transferred in the "Enforcement Department" of their respective teams. Also, being a Mumbaikar my job is to travel by roads. Will cite the example of Bandra-linking road. This road even today, is full of illegal hawkers. Iron lady Dr. Pallavi Darade was the only IRS officer who cleaned the "baba siddique" supported hawkers a year ago, until then even I didn't know after staying so long, it had two lanes. None of the hawkers were to be seen for days, but again after 2 months, they again clogged the road. What happened at the top & how was it regularised still remains a mystery even to the dashing AMC. Whenever the municipality van is approaching all of them hide their stuff either in neighbouring buildings or nearby nullah's..So my point is, it is nothing great the BMC has done.

2. Bhujbal back in Jail, needs tests
As soon as personal attacks on Dr. Hemant Gupta and questioning in regard to the working style of JJ rose, Bhujbal is sent back to the jail. Now tell me, one of the best hospitals of the country where daily lakhs & lakhs of people flock every year for treatments, that hospitals does not have 3 important machines to test a patient? Dean, where you waiting for media's intervention to give a clean chit to Bhujbal? How about instead of getting CM, puppet Mahajan & Amitabh Bachchan to clean JJ & spending monies to create an event out of it, just order these machines? 

3. Babu's neta's societies pocket state's rent share, put on notice...
Dr. Ashwini Joshi , Collector of Greater Mumbai, who has slapped notices on buildings where the IAS & IPS reside in South Mumbai, is also one of the resident of the same building. Reason for slapping notice is that some of the shops or ground floor properties of these buildings are rented to banks/gyms/beauty parlours (don't ask reasons for dodgy parlours, not everyone can afford a Bangkok trip) and the societies haven't shared their incomes from these sublet properties with the government. But Madam, I will provide some extended information to you. There are bureaucrats who have flats allotted to themselves, but never stay there as they have already claimed other bungalows or flats in other societies closer to Mantralaya. Then this empty property is given on rent to struggling actors/actresses/models. Remember Dr. Satyapal Singh (ex-CP Mumbai) & porn CD racket episode in one of his flat at Juhu? Then at Bandra, another building exactly opposite the FDA, is a classic example. That plot was managed and a building only for IAS & IPS is standing tall there. Again, a 5000 sq.ft bank is fully operational which gives them rent & the entire society is "maintenance free". Guess who were the usual suspects? By the way, One Collector, One flat was the funda of this scheme. Sangitrao & Chahande are having flats in this building. 

4. After Sena's surgical strike, BJP ask's if their chief has 56-inch chest
Now this is sheer out of animosity between Ashish Shelar & the Shivsena. On one hand, we read how CM Devendra Fadnavis is trying to cope with the Sainiks and extending an olive branch to maintain relationship with SS, and on the other we hear such stories. Now Somayya has also jumped in to side Shelar. Is it a faction against Devendra Fadnavis? On one hand, he has to tackle Sena, on the other side he has to face troubles like Maratha rallies, draught,  manage NCP/Congress, fight internal fights within the party, tackle leaders like Khadse, Tawde, Pankaja Munde & last but not the least develop Maharashtra. Some Karmic intervention needed for the CM desperately. 

5. Khadse, Bhujbal supporters bet on Pankaja to lead OBCs
Are Khadse, or Mahadev Jankar or Bhujbal the only representatives of the OBC's? If Khadse says, he looks at Pankaja is OBC's leader, your attention should be drawn on December 2014. He had given full support to Devendra Fadnavis as CM of our state, but later through his relied media sources, kept on criticising CM & addressing him as "bachha" and exposing his inadequateness frequently. So Pankaja, beware, today Khadse is not in his best days, the minute he walks out of his trouble, he will claim the leadership of the OBC's.

6. Will take at least 8 years to change face of Bhendi Bazaar-Project's architect
Only if "Bhai from Pakistan" gives a go ahead!! Otherwise the project won't be kickstarted, for sure. In Bhendi-bazaar, the BMC guys struggle to put a pipeline, let alone be the redevelopment. 

7. Pawar meets Modi, pitches for Maratha quota
Those making a big thing out of this, mind you if my sources in Delhi are to be believed, Pawar & Modi meet regularly. The meeting happens once or twice in a month. This is because, Pawar who is a veteran in Agriculture and been in this ministry for long, is often asked to give his advice when anything important in this sector is discussed at the Ministry level. Such is the charm & experience of senior Pawar which is also respected by Modi.  

8.' खड्डेमुक्त महाराष्ट्रा ' साठी सरकारच्या डोक्यावर बसा-उद्धव ठाकरे 
UT, being a novice here, aren't roads of entire Maharashtra (leave bridges on one side) responsibility of local Municipal Corporations & Councils & ZP's?  In our state, all the corporations & the council's & the ZP's are controlled by various parties. But again, if you see roads in the Western Maharashtra or even Konkan or the in North Maharashtra upto Dhule are in very good conditions. Wherever there was concentration of "overall" power roads & infrastructure of that region have developed. Like in western Maharashtra the Pawar's, Shinde's, Deshmukh's have made excellent roads, in North Maharashtra people like Bhujbal & Khadse have made tolerant roads. Only exception is our Vidharbha! There was never an able or strong leaderships there even if we had couple of Chief Ministers there. But what about Thane & Mumbai sir? After all the whole world has eyes on these two twin cities rather than Akola or a Ahmednagar. Also, MEP & IRB the main road contractors of our state are victims of politicians, they want to do the good work but local people or the political scenario is such that it often tranquillises them.