Sunday, 30 April 2017

भय्यू महाराजांचे लग्न ३ : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी


भय्यू महाराजांचे लग्न ३ : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 

एका छान आणि प्रत्यक्षात घडलेल्या चुटक्याने या लेखाची सुरुवात करतो,
 
फार पूर्वी पत्रकार गुरुदत्त वांद्र्याच्या 
चाळीमध्ये रहात होता...
त्याच्या शेजारची बबली हॉस्पिटल 
मध्ये ऍडमिट होती...
बबलीच्या बाबांचे मित्र नाना तिला 
भेटायला गेले...
काय झाले अचानक ? त्यांनी विचारले.
अरे सकाळी अंघोळ करतांना अचानक 
चक्कर येऊन ती बाथरूममध्ये पडली...
नशीब आमचे, 
शेजारचा गुरुदत्त बारीकशा भोकातून 
आमच्या घरातले बघत होता..
गुंड्याभाऊ इनोसंटली बोलून गेले.

एक चावट सत्य : 
वेगवेगळ्या कालखंडात ' सनी ' शब्दाची 
ओळख ही अशी होती, 
१९८० मध्ये गावस्कर, 
१९९० मध्ये देओल,
२०१० मध्ये लियॉन...
तिघांचेही काम एकच होते, 
फक्त ' ठोकाठोकीची ' पद्धत 
वेगळी वेगळी होती...!! 
आता भय्यू महाराजांच्या लेटेस्ट लग्नाकडे वळूया..अकोल्याचे विजय देशमुख उगवेकर म्हणतात, १९९० च्या दशकात बहुजन समाजात एका पारदर्शी, सेवाभावी, समाजपयोगी, मार्गदर्शी नेतृत्वाची फार मोठी उणीव भासत होती, मार्गदर्शकाच्या भूमिकेत कोणताही योग्य असा चेहरा बहुजनांना दिसत नव्हता. अशावेळी भय्यू महाराज आपणास उभ्या महाराष्ट्रातील बहुजन समाजाने मार्गदर्शक म्हणून स्वीकारले. सुरुवातीला आपल्या हातून घडणारे सामुदायिक विवाह, जलसंधारण किंवा कृषी विषयात आपण सुरु केलेले काम, आपल्या बद्दलच्या अपेक्षा वाढल्या होत्या. पण जसजशी सत्ता बदलत होती आणि सत्ताधीशांच्या तुम्हीही जवळ जात होता, तुमच्यातला तो बदल मग सामान्य बहुजनांना दूर नेत होता, अरे, हेही तसलेच, आमच्या ते लक्षात येत होते....

आपली वारंवार भांगणारी एकाग्रता आणि चुकीचे निर्णय, चंचल वागणे, आमची खात्री झाली, आपणही त्या तसल्याच मार्गावरले, काहीच फरक नाही, ते सत्ताधारी, अधिकारी आणि तुम्ही बुवा, एवढाच काय तो पेशा म्हणून फरक होता. मृत्यू हे सत्य आहे पण तुम्ही पत्नी आणि वडिलांच्या मृत्यूचेही आणि स्वतःवरील हल्ल्याचे देखील भांडवल केले. असे ऐकले होते कि कि सिद्ध पुरुष हे झालेला वार किंवा ओढवलेल्या संकटावर, दुःख्खावर आंतरिक ऊर्जेने मात करतात, पण जखम दाखवून आपण त्यावर कायम सिम्पथी मिळविण्याचा दर्जाहीन प्रयत्न केला. आणि आता तर तुम्ही कळस केला. अहो, तुम्ही समाजाचे पालक होता, मग तुमची आई, बहिणी, मुलगी पोरक्या कशा, मला वाटते नको त्या वयात तुम्ही लग्न केले, पण समाजाला पोरके केले, बहुजन पुन्हा एकदा पोरके झाले आणि तुमची निरागस मुलगीही....

ज्या सामुदायिक विवाहाची संकल्पना तुम्ही प्रत्यक्ष अनेकदा या महाराष्ट्रात राबविली, सतत २५ वर्षे तुम्ही हे सामुदायिक विवाहाचे कठीण असे व्रत अमलात आणले तेच तुम्ही आज जेव्हा नको त्या वयात दणदणीत विवाह करून मोकळे होताहेत, हा प्रकार मनाला आणि बहुजनांना अस्वस्थ करून सोडणारा. तुमचे कार्य आम्हाला आवडत होते म्हणून आम्ही तुम्हाला देवाच्या रूपात बघितले होते, पण भलतेच घडत गेले...

अत्यंत बुद्धिमान आणि भाषाप्रभू असलेल्या विजय देशमुख यांनी येथे नेमके बहुजनांच्या मनातले रेखाटले आहे असे वाटते. कसला तो पारिवारिक माहोल, ज्या संतांच्या भूमिकेत तुम्ही वावरत आहेत, तेथे या वयात असले वाजत गाजत लग्नाचे थेर भक्तांना विमनस्क अवस्थेत नेऊन सोडतात, नैराश्य आणतात, आपण समजलो होतो तसा आपला देव नाही किंवा नव्हता, एकदम चालू आणि सामान्य माणूस आपल्या उल्लू बनवून गेला, हे सत्य जेव्हा हळूहळू त्यांच्यासमोर उलगडतेय, उलगडेल, या धक्क्यातून त्यांना स्वतःला सावरणे मोठे कठीण होऊन बसणार आहे. वास्तविक तारुण्य निघून गेल्यानंतर म्हणजे तुमच्या वयाच्या या पन्नाशीला संयम पाळावा, शांतता पाळावी असे म्हटल्या जाते 
पण तुमच्या बाबतीत हे असे घडतांना दूर दूर पर्यंत दिसत नाही. हा लेख समाप्त करतांना एक महत्वाचे सांगतो. जेव्हा माधवी वाहिनी कुठल्याशा धक्क्याने अचानक गेल्या, श्रीमान भय्यू त्यादिवशी ढसाढसा रडत बसले असतांना त्यांच्याजवळ येऊन कुहू म्हणाली, बाबा आता आज का रडताहात,अहो जेव्हा कालपर्यंत माझी आई एकटी रडत बसलेली असायची, तुम्ही कधी तिचे अश्रू पुसतांना दिसले नाही....!! 
समाप्त.

Friday, 28 April 2017

भय्यू महाराजांचे लग्न २ : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी


भय्यू महाराजांचे लग्न २ : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 


आपल्याच भ्रष्ट नेत्यांना आणि अधिकाऱ्यांना कंटाळलेल्या सामान्य बहुजन समाजाला अध्यात्मातून शांती मिळेल, भडकलेली तरुण डोकी शांत करता येतील या उद्देशाने बहुजन समाजाने बुवा बाबा महाराज संत अध्यात्मिक गुरु सद्गुरू इत्यादी विविध रूपातून १९९० च्या दशकात अचानक उदयाला आलेल्या उदय उर्फ भय्यूजी देशमुख यांस सद्गुरूस्थानी स्वीकारले, भय्यू महाराजांना, या देखण्या तरुणाला बहुजन समाजाने त्याकाळी देव म्हणून डोक्यावर घेतले पण आज त्याच देवाने डोक्यावर मुतून ठेवले, भ्रमनिरास केला असे जो तो म्हणू लागला आहे. सर्वसामान्य बहुजन समाज भय्यू महाराजांच्या अतिनिकट आहे, ते महाराष्ट्राच्या कोणत्याही, कुठल्याही गावात असोत त्यांच्या सभोवताली बहुजन स्त्री पुरुषांचा विशेषतः तरुण वर्गाचा गराडा पडलेला असतो हे जेव्हा बहुजन समाजातल्या चतुर नेत्यांच्या लक्षात आले, पुढे सामान्य बहुजन दूर कुठेतरी उभे राहू लागले आणि चाणाक्ष नेत्यांनी भय्यू महाराजांना आता मस्त वापरून घेऊ केवळ या स्वार्थी हेतूने आधी हेरले मग घेरले, जेथे तेथे फक्त आणि फक्त पुढारी कंत्राटदार भ्रष्ट अधिकारी व्यापारी इत्यादी सामान्य बहुजनांना नकोसे झालेलेच नेमके त्यांच्या सभोवताली दिसायला लागले पण या बदमाशांचे बाप भय्यू महाराज आहेत, होते हे समजलेच नाही, त्यातून महाराजांना वापरून घ्यावयाच्या ऐवजी पुढे महाराजांनीच मीडियासहित साऱ्यांना वापरून घेतले. भय्यू महाराजांचे एक वैशीष्ट्य असे कि ज्या त्या प्रत्येक बड्या धेंडाला वाटते भय्यू महाराजांना त्याच्या एवढा जवळचा कोणीही नाही त्या जाळ्यात आमचे मीडियावाले देखील फसले आणि अडकले पण सांगणार कोणाला, शेवटी हळूहळू आम्ही मीडियावाले त्यांच्यापासून हाक ना बोंब, पद्धतीने दूर गेले, हात चोळत बसले. विश्वंभर चौधरी म्हणजे पोटतिडकीने सामाजिक व्रत घेतलेला या राज्यातला एक आदर्श पुरुष, ते देखील इतरांना जसे भय्यूमहाराज दत्त जयंतीला इंदोरला बोलावून आपले शक्ती प्रदर्शन दाखवतात, त्यांनाही तेथे बोलावून घेतले, पण रात्री जेव्हा कव्वालीच्या कार्यक्रमात लेडीज बार मध्ये जसे पैसे अंगावर उधळतात, भय्यू महाराजांसहित तेथे जमलेल्या मस्तवाल लोकांनी पैसे उधळायला सुरुवात केली, चौधरी यांनी कपाळावर हात मारून घेतला, आणि ज्याच्या त्याच्या बाबतीत नेमके हेच घडते, सुरुवातीला ज्याला त्याला काही काळ या भय्यू महाराजांची भुरळ पडते, मोठमोठ्या लोकोपयोगी योजना ऐकल्यात कि हे असे दिग्गज त्यांच्या काही काळ आणखी प्रेमात पडतात, नंतर जेव्हा भय्यू महाराज म्हणजे केवळ लिम्लेटची गोळी आहे, तोंडात असेपर्यंत छान वाटते नंतर काहीच नाही, त्यांच्या लक्षात येते, कोणतीही दैवी शक्ती त्यांच्यात नाही हे जेव्हा त्यांच्या लक्षात येते, वाईटपणा न घेता जो तो दिग्गज त्यानंतर महाराजांना फक्त हसून दाद देतो आणि दुरून गम्मत बघतो... 

तुम्हाला बहुजनांमधला सामान्य माणूस मनापासून कंटाळला आहे, हे जर महाराजांनी इतर रिकामे उद्योग सोडून बहुजनांच्या भ्रष्ट नेत्यांना, व्यापाऱ्यांना, कंत्राटदारांना, अधिकाऱ्यांना छान समजावून सांगितले असते आणि त्यातून अण्णा हजारेंच्या पावलावर पाऊल पद्धतीने त्यांनी निस्वार्थ समाजसेवा बहुजनांची केली असती तर भय्यू महाराज हे आधुनिक संत तुकडोजी किंवा गाडगे बाबा ठरले असते. स्वतःच स्वतःला राष्ट्रसंत बिरुदावली चिटकवून अमुक एखादा ' युवराष्ट्रसंत '  ठरला असता तर मी देखील माझे नाव बदलवून ' शरद पवार ' असे करवून घेतले असते. भय्यू महाराजांच्या लोकप्रियतेचा ग्राफ ज्या वेगाने खाली घसरला, या लग्नानंतर तरुण स्त्रिया मग त्या बहुजन असोत कि अन्य, भय्यू यांना देव मानायचे किंवा नाही यावर अतिशय गांभीर्याने विचार करतील त्यानंतर फारतर चवीपुरते बहुजनांचे दिग्गज भय्यूमहाराजांशी तेवढ्यापुरते भलेही मधुर संबंध ठेवतील पण पूर्वीचे ते किचन मध्ये थेट प्रवेश, असलेले स्थान यापुढे नक्कीच भय्यू महाराज गमावून बसतील, इतर बोलत नाहीत, मी स्पष्ट मत मांडून मोकळा होतो कारण माझा हा मित्र जेव्हा असा आपल्या चंचल स्वभावातून मिळालेले संतपद गमावून बसतोय, बघून वाईट वाटते, मिळालेले प्रचंड यश नको ते उद्योग करून भय्यू महाराज गमावून बसले आहेत अशावेळी मोहन भगवंतांसारख्या दिग्गजांनी नेमकी माहित घेऊन त्यांच्याकडे उठबैस करावी असे माझे मनापासून सांगणे आहे...

याबाबतीत अगदी मनापासून दाद द्यावी, मनापासून कौतुक करावे, मनातून शतश: आभार मानावेत, धन्यवाद द्यावेत ते त्या शरद पवार आणि अजित पवार यांचे, या दोघांच्या जवळ जाण्याचा भय्यू महाराज यांनी आटोकाट प्रयत्न केला त्यासाठी त्यांनी कधी सुनील तटकरे तर कधी पवारांच्याच घरातल्या आपासाहेब पवारांच्या पुढल्या पिढीला वारंवार सांगण्यात आले कि शरदराव, अजितदादा यांनी देखील या बुवाला बहुजनांचा संत म्हणून डोक्यावर घ्यावे आणि गावभर आपल्या सांगे मिरवून आणावे, पण या राज्यात कोण किती पाण्यात हे ज्या पवारांना तंतोतंत ठाऊक असते, त्यांना भय्यू नेमके कसे इत्यंभूत लक्षात आले होते त्यामुळेच शरदराव त्यांच्यापासून चार हात कायम दूर होते आणि अजितदादा किंवा सुप्रिया या दोघांनीही तेच केले, भय्यू महाराज सोडून बोला, हे दोघेही सांगून मोकळे झाले.....

भय्यू महाराजांना काय वाटते आम्ही सारे च्यू आहोत कि ते सांगतील आणि आम्ही त्यावर विश्वास ठेवून मोकळे होऊ. हे काय जाहीर लग्न समारंभ करण्याचे त्यांचे वय आहे, पन्नाशीला आलेल्या संत, सद्गुरू, युवराष्ट्रसंताने हे या पद्धतीने लग्न करायचे असते तेही तरणी सुस्वरूप पोटची पोरगी घरात असतांना वरून रोमँटिक फोटो टाकून, आम्ही वाट्टेल ते करू पण तुम्ही खपवून घ्या, त्यातून श्रीमान भय्यू कोणताही चांगला मेसेज या समाजात जात नाही उलट भय्यू म्हणजे तथाकथित संत आसाराम यांची कार्बन कॉपी आहे कि काय, लोक हि अशी चर्चा करून मोकळे होतात....
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

भय्यू महाराजांचे लग्न : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी


भय्यू महाराजांचे लग्न : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 

बरेच दिवसानंतर मी काल पोट धरधरून हसलो, मीच काय जे त्याला जवळून बघत आले आहेत हे वाचल्यानंतर त्यांनाही खूप खूप हसायला 
आले असेल कारण कि, काल सामना दैनिकातून अभिनेता रमेश भाटकरला विचारले, तुमचे आवडते पेय कोणते, त्यावर या पठ्याने चक्क उत्तर दिले, माझे आवडते पेय लिंबू सरबत आणि लस्सी आहे...

हे म्हणजे असे झाले कि पतंगरावांनी सांगावे, मला विद्यार्थ्यांची सेवा करायला आवडते किंवा तटकरेंनी म्हणावे मला पैसे नाही आंबे खायला आवडतात, ज्याला जे वाटते तो तसा बरळतो नाही का, आणि सामान्य माणसाला ते खरेही वाटते....ज्याला जे मनात येईल तो ते करतो, बरळतो, बोलतो, कृती करून मोकळा होतो, जसा भाटकर बरळला तेच इंदोरस्थित भय्यू महाराजांचेही झाले, दीड दोन महिन्यांपूर्वीच ते डॉ. आयुषी यांच्याशी ते लग्न करून मोकळे झाले आणि आता त्यांचेच लोक सांगताहेत कि महाराज ३० एप्रिल रोजी लग्न करताहेत म्हणून....

या लग्नाच्या निमित्ताने मनाला वाटले कि या बुवाच्या व्यापाला आणि तापाला कंटाळून त्या माधवी वहिनी तर गेल्या आता त्या कुहूचे कसे व्हायचे, वयात येणाऱ्या या गोड मुलीला सांभाळायला माधवीवहिनी नाहीत म्हटल्यावर भय्यू महाराजांच्या घरातल्या अन्य स्त्रियांनी कुहूची काळजी घ्यायचे सोडून त्यांची आई आणि बहिणी, वृद्धत्वाकडे झुकलेल्या बुवाच्या लग्नाची काळजी करताहेत, हसावे कि रडावे, एवढे करून डॉ. आयुषी किमान या बुवासंगे सुखी झाल्यात तरी देव पावला असे म्हणता येईल कारण विविध चवी चाखण्याची आवड असलेल्या बुवाच्या या नव्या सहचारिणीचा किमान माधवी वहिनी होऊ नये असे मनापासून जे जे भय्यू महाराजांना जवळून ओळखतात, त्या सर्वांना हेच मनातल्या मनात वाटते आहे, मी फक्त उघड बोललो, एवढाच काय तो फरक. अलीकडे या देशमुखांना काय झाले काही कळत नाही, काही दिवसांपूर्वी उस्मानाबाद नाट्य संमेलन पार पडले, सोलापुरातले सत्तेतले देशमुख शेतकऱ्यांची, दुष्काळाची काळजी सोडून दोन दिवस धडकले कि उस्मानाबादेत आणि तेथे त्यांनी एका यारीदोस्ती निभावणाऱ्या अभिनेत्रींचे शब्द ज्या पद्धतीने झेलले, ते बघून या वृद्ध देशमुखांबद्दल हसावे कि रडावे असे तेथे जमलेल्या तमाम मराठी तारे आणि तारकांना झाले होते. बिना सहकार नाही उद्धार पद्धतीने या नेत्याची तरुण स्त्रियांच्या बाबतीत वागण्याची पद्धत असावी, आणि हे तपासून बघण्याची नक्कीच आमच्यावर वेळ आली आहे....भेटणाऱ्या सामान्य माणसांशी खडूस थोबाड करून बोलायचे, उध्दट बोलायचे आणि गावजेवण देणारी एखादी सिनेमावाले जरी पुढ्यात आली तरी तिला पायघड्या टाकायच्या, छान संस्कार देताहेत हे सोलापुरी भाजपावाले....

भय्यू महाराजांचे हे लीगल लग्न, त्यांच्या उरल्यासुरल्या भक्तांनाही डिस्टरब करून गेले, मनातून अस्वस्थ झालेत ते सारे हे बघून आणि ऐकून. आपला देव सतत हे असे थेरं करतोय बघून आता उरलेसुरलेही भय्यूमहाराजांपासून दूर जातील असे वाटू लागलेले आहे, पुराणातल्या कृष्णाच्या लीला ऐकायला बऱ्या वाटतात पण घरात चुलीपर्यंत ज्यांना प्रवेश दिल्या जातो किंवा जायचा, त्या भय्यू महाराजांकडे यापुढे आपल्या घरातल्या तरण्या स्त्रियांना पाठवतांना नक्कीच त्याचे खेड्यापाड्यातले जुन्या वळणाचे आणि संस्काराचे भक्त किमान शंभरवेळा बिचार करतील.....भय्यूमहाराजांचा विदर्भातल्या अकोल्याचा एक भक्त विजय देशमुख उगवेकर पाठवलेल्या, प्रसिद्ध केलेल्या पत्रकात म्हणतो, लिहितो, आणखी एक लग्न करून तुम्ही कळसच गाठला आहे. तुम्ही समाजाचे पालक आहात, मग तुमची आई आणि बहिणी पोरक्या का आणि कशाला होतील, पोरकी झाली ती तुमची मुलगी, तुमची कुहू, जिचे तुम्ही बसता उठता तोंड भरून कौतुक करीत होता. आमचा तुमच्यावर विश्वास होता पण तुम्ही आम्हालाच पोरके केले. देशमुख म्हणतात तेच सत्य आहे, भक्तांना दिसायचे, भय्यू महाराजांचे नेमके चंचल वागणे पण त्यांना समाजाने देव मानल्याने सारे सहन केल्या जायचे, उरली सुरली प्रतिष्ठा जर यापुढे महाराजांना टिकवायची असेल, निदान यापुढे तरी त्यांनी डॉ आयुषी यांचा दिवंगत माधवी वहिनी होऊ देता कामा नये, अर्थात डॉ. आयुषी यांनी गाफील राहून संसार करता कामा नये अस त्यांना या लिखाणातून सुचवावेसे वाटते....
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

IAS-- ZP CEO Nidhi Choudhari intimidated and threatened at Palghar by Vivek Pandit!

IAS-- ZP CEO Nidhi Choudhari intimidated and threatened at Palghar by Vivek Pandit!

Just for a thought lets compare Baba Amte and his work for the weaker sections to that of Vivek Pandit's. You people will shoo me away even if I try and put up some points for "businessman" Vivek Pandit known to do some social work for the tribals in the Thane & Palghar districts. Well, his NGO-Shramjivi Kamgar Rayat Sanghtna's and other NGO's he represents, the donations he receives is surely a thought to ponder upon, not by us, but by the Income Tax Department surely.  

Just yesterday when I was not having any interesting story to file, one of the media groups on Whatsapp flashed a small message.  A little skirmish between IAS and ZP CEO Nidhi Choudhari & Vivek Pandit has resulted in stoppage of work of all ZP employees till further action is initiated on the NGO Pandit represents.  I was chilling in the heat with my Americano at my store of Coffee by Dibella at Bandra.  Decided immediately to rush to Palghar (110 kms away from where I drove) to get first hand information and try and meet the ZP CEO & the Collector as the story seemed interesting. Dr. Prashant Nanavare newly appointed collector at Palghar who will be taking the charge from the outgoing---- "only good looking"  & thrown in the interiors of Maharashtra now by the CM for reasons unknown---Abhijit Bangar. But Dr Nanavare refused to answer to any SMS's or return my calls. Later it was found that Mr. Nanavre is rejoicing his posting and will resume only on the 7th of May. Hence the journey started without anyone to rely on. 

End of the day got my story. It so happened that Vivek Pandit along with his 400 to 500 people had stormed the office of the ZP CEO with various demands that remain unfulfilled for the tribals and majority of the women working at the anganwadi's of the Palghar district. The demands, against the behaviour and the incident that took place was truly uncalled for, it went to an extent that an FIR had to be registered against the mob leaders. It wouldn't be wrong if I say, Nidhi Choudhari was LUCKY  day before that she was surrounded by the cops-- otherwise a major untoward incident would have happened. By the way, the office of ZP CEO Nidhi Choudhari also has office of the SP of Palghar. The morcha was on the gate. Some 200 people stormed the cabin of Choudhari and began banging the door and began demanding money for various schemes that had not reached their accounts. How could the ZP CEO help in this matter? They surrounded her, threatened her, bad mouthed her, and continued sloganeering their demands and when this was happening, in one corner stood with a smile on his face Mr. Vivek Pandit! This all is happening right inside Nidhi Choudhari's office corridor tat is  about 500 sq. feet. The lone body guard, peon and the driver have tales to tell as to how the crowd tried to be vicious and aggressive with the LADY officer. BEST PART is the demands they were sloganeering were not to do anything with the ZP CEO's office but with the FAILED governments WOMEN & CHILD DEVELOPMENT & RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. Because of Corruption and high hardness of these two departments, the music is to be faced by the officers on the ground..THIS IS THE FACT--PERIOD!

Choudhari tried to calm down the crowd but all in vain. At the end Vivek Pandit himself went to the PA cabin and typed a letter by himself, forcibly asked Choudhari (with tremendous pressure of manpower) to sign it and had the audacity to threaten the government with a message forced to write on the letter." IF NOT TAKEN ACTION ON DEMANDS, THEN ANGANWADI"S WILL GET CLOSED BEFORE MAY 1". Isn't this heinous for a mere NGO runner who cannot walk 10 minutes because of his sugar levels and blood pressure problems? All this while the JAT officer stood like a rock looked into everyone's eyes and said that the only point that relates to her department is the vacant posts to be filled. She has been doing that also and praised to followup with remaining demands. She shouted her lungs out but for no one to listen. To make matters worse, she was getting late to attend a program wherein the Legislature's women empowerment committee comprising of 7 women MLAs were waiting for her. She couldn't reach there on time. On stone throw distance, there was the Guardian, Bogus & Corrupt Minister Vishnu Savra chilling in the air-conditioned room with Collector Abhijit Bangar pretending to take some meetings. Don't tell me, none of the action happening just 200 meters away involving 500 people on the streets reached their ears. I don't believe it! But Savra has a habit of running away from problems and people back door! 

Now comes the real story. Vivek Pandit did not do this to fulfil the demands of the Anganwadi's. It was VENDETTA. Somewhere in April this year, there was a program organised by Panchayat Samiti  (only on paper) where Pandit was the Speaker in Mokhada for felicitating the teachers there. Program was mastermind of Sabhapati .Best part is till now there was no one who challenged Pandit for his absurd & hooligan behaviour that went against Government norms. Well the invites were sent for everyone to attend. Now as per protocol, to conduct any felicitations of government teachers at any levels the Block Education Officer (BEO) and the Block Development Officer (BDO) need to be informed and permission is granted accordingly by the RDC. But all three of them were unaware. ZP CEO and, women with a spine, Nidhi Choudhari took the call to cancel the felicitation. Messages for non cancellation of the event were exchanged between Pandit & Choudhari. The IAS took her stand of following protocol and cancelled the event. But if you all don't know , Vivek Pandit has a certain charm that I think works for women.  Allegedly one of his fan club member is working as OSD in CMO today. Here also the Sabhapati Sarika Nikam went one step head, broke all the shackles without caring for any outrage and went ahead with the program. How can a program wherein I'm the Speaker be cancelled,  must be the thought that crossed Pandit's mind. He had to get back to her and hence the morcha and all the ruckus day before. It was a BADLA!

Vivek Pandit slept on the road ahead of her car when she began to go out of office, she was trapped  in her PA's cabin for more than 30 minutes, she was pushed and manhandled by the ladies of the morcha (who were drunk as per one of the eyewitness) but nothing of this hooliganism could stop Choudhari to file an FIR. The staff's working at Zilla Parishad office and departments have gone on a strike. They will resume work only after action is taken on the NGO and the office bearers, section 353 is imposed on them and  the registration of the NGO is canceled. Till then no work will happen. In the meantime Nidhi Choudhari came to her office at regular time and was seen studying her files as she does diligently along with recording statement to the cops. She has asked the emergency services such as the doctors and medical staffs to continue the work, to which they have obliged but not before they tie a black ribbon to the sleeve as a form of protest. 

Beating up journalists was common, now the MLA's and social workers (blackmailers) have raised the bar to IAS bureaucrats. I salute Nidhi Choudhari for a brave front she put against these mobs. None of the mainstream media will cover this, but one Whatsapp from somewhere surely changed my attitude towards Vivek Pandit! 


Monday, 24 April 2017

OFF THE RECORD review on IAS Transfers--Part 2

OFF THE RECORD review on IAS Transfers--Part 2


Yesterday tired to solve the math that was underlying in the IAS transfers. Those who missed on to read, here is the link--OFF THE RECORD review on IAS transfers!  http://www.vikrantjoshi.com/2017/04/off-record-review-on-ias-tranfers.html

By the way, read Public eye in todays Times of India and the retired editor's newly found love for Minister Chandrakshekhar Bawankule--new ways of "earning" brownie points & goodies, I guess! And then read our beloved Yadu (Kaka) Joshi's Lokmat article wherein he is clear cut saving Minister Rajkumar Badole's a** which can get fired any minute in the reshuffle--The information was surely passed to Yadukaka by the Minister himself as that Agrawal who is the agent in the department  is not paying any heed to the Minister--hence the article against how the Social Justice department is suffering!

Anyway, subject is not that---my  yesterdays blog was an eye opener as to how the bureaucracy works in terms of relationship and how the same people get cream postings without even blinking an eyelid. I feel everything is planned in advance as to who will replace whom. Only the person changes. The procedure does not! It is a big money game. Just check the CCTV's of Mantralaya's main gate for the last 2 months and out of 60 people posted day before yesterday,  you will see how many of them came to Mantralay for lobbying for the posts they wanted. 

You will be surprised to know that there are so many officers who are direct recruit from the IAS cadre but they fail to make it to any of the governmental respectful positions because--One, they are relatively inexperienced and Two they dont have the right connect or the financial capacity to earn a posting. Very rarely a direct IAS recruit will find a suitable post for himself. Else they are often given the post of Project Mangers or SDO's in the remotest areas of Maharashtra. 

When CM Devendra Fadnavis took charge and took some bold decisions int regard to bureaucracy I was convinced that come what may, we will see the change. But that did not happen. Those who have worked with earlier governments will not be able to take any posting with any Minister was the basic underlined rule. Tell me in all honesty, don't you see the similar faces once who worked with the Cong-NCP government in all Ministerial staff today? Employees taken on Loan basis or as advisors is the biggest hurdle even CM Fadnavis couldn't pass. Every Minister has one or two familiar faces. Then why the farce of bringing in such rule? People who couldn't get adjusted anywhere in the Ministerial staff list have caught hold of Leader of Opposition (both houses) or the Chairman or the Speaker. No one wants to leave the pie to a newcomer! Now the problem with a new staff of any cadre joining the Minister does not know (still) who is who. They will treat an MLA with same attitude the way the treat any Journalist waiting for the Minister to clear his file. 

The idea is to invest in new faces/officers who will be the future of Bureaucracy tomorrow of our Maharashtra. I don't have any reservations against promotee's getting IAS stamp. Some of them will surely do a good job. Yesterday Avinash Dhakne on Facebook has promised to use all his 23 years of administrative experience and make Solapur a smart city. But then--he should refrain himself from people like Journalist Kulkarni form Lokmat who are opportunists. My basic question to GAD & CM is when we have direct IAS officers at hand why the promotee's are given important assignment such as Collectorship or Commissioner of any Corporation? See these promotee's are in the system for ages. They know the functions how the system works. They will definitely want to take a small share in the pie if given a chance, if they resist, the senior babu sitting in Mantralaya will show him the door. Instead why not give these young, dynamic new age youngsters a chance to lead any city or corporation? They are not in-experienced by the way. Now I have a list of 8 people out of whom only 1 was able to get ZP CEO position at Buldhana. These people are of the 2013 IAS batch. Since 2 to 3 years they are working in the capacity of Project Managers and SDO's in the most vulnerable i.e. Tribal areas. They are in Thane, Nandurbar & Gadchiroli. These young boys have minimum 32 years of working life ahead of them. They are fresh they know the ground realities and they are itching to prove themselves; against the ones who only have 5 to 10 years. These young boys are our future CS, Principal Secretaries & ACS...Why not invest in them Mr. CM? By the way, these young people are working without any hesitation with more than 2 to 3 additional responsibilities and for 14 to 15 hours everyday. 

The list is 

1. Shanmugarajan-appointed as ZP CEO Buldhana 
2. S. Ramamurthy 
3. Abhijit Raut
4. Rajendra Bharud 
5. Deepak Meena 
6. Gangadharan Devarajan 
7. Kaustubh Diwegaonkar
8. Majulaxmi K. 

My point is if our CM Fadnavis has taken decision to root out old people in Mantralaya who have worked within the 10 years frame as PS, OSD or PA, then why is this injustice happening with IAS that too direct recruits? At the end, it so happens that we write to the Centre for filling up the posts meant for the IAS and here we waste their curial time of their careers by asking them to Project Managers & SDO's. Then someone after serving in Delhi for 10 years comes and then he will just look at everything with suspicion--he does not trust any of our bureaucrats and the Minister of the portfolio also. He only works in tune with the CM. Don't we have had this experience with one of the  current Finance Principal Secretary? 






Sunday, 23 April 2017

OFF THE RECORD review on IAS tranfers!

Wow, CM Devendra Fadnavis does it again! Last year when he transferred 80 odd IAS officers in the biggest reshuffle of bureaucratic world of Maharashtra, we all thought this will be the benchmark which no one would break! But yesterday, CM Fadnavis has done it again himself. 60 odd IAS officers got transferred yet again. Just day before, when I think every IAS bureaucrat got some or the other award at a function held at Sahyadri guest house, yesterday all hell broke loose for some them.  Lets do some math here to understand how some of them have had their way in getting themselves posted, while the others still in the hope of getting one shot at a plum posting, remains a distant dream now for at least a year . 

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Felt bad for Tukaram Mundhe who had got marching orders from is post as the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation just two months ago. CM Fadnavis could have waited for this moment to transfer him in routine course than doing it out of turn, inspite of having major public support and backing of all the good work he did. I thought Greater Mumbai Collector Ashwini Joshi would face similar embarrassment when she took on WTC, elite clubs in Mumbai head on without caring for anyone. But finally she fell to (allegedly) the power clutches pulled in by Manukumar Shrivastav to get her out of the Collector office & she got selected as Excise Commissioner. Thank God that rumour  (April fool Joke) of her been transferred as Collector Washim died its natural death, else CM couldn't have handled one more embarrassment after Mundhe. Now the fun begins. Her Principal Secretary will be Valsa Nair Singh. Finally after "travelling business & first class" through MTDC on work, Valsa Singh will surely be in the radar of non-corrupt & BJP lover Ashwini Joshi.  Valsa ji, just for a recall, please take some advice how to handle Joshi--from Deepak Kapoor as he was the secretary in Food & Civil Supplies when Joshi was Controller of Rationing. The war between them had resulted in downfall of then Excise Minister Anil Deshmukh. Bawankule ji--Don't worry I remember you had asked for Tukaram Mundhe for that post, CM has just fulfilled your wish by sending someone same. 

Shocker was SVR Sriniwas been given the job as OSD Dharavi Redevelopment Project. In Mumbai when the Road Scam of Rs. 350 crore was exposed, Sriniwas was abruptly transferred alleging his role in the scam. Now the same officer will be in this important Dharavi Project. I have no clue what was the performance of Sriniwas at SICOM. But one journalist working for Mumbai Mirror use to tell me about how Sriniwas was framed in this whole road scam. But I don't go on the hearsay--next I know that the journalist is close to all AMC's (even today) because of the newspaper ID he carries & the father who is known to be friends (as per his whimsical ways) with all. I have seen their autographs in the books at the residence of these father-son journalist when they came for Ganpati Darshan at their house. Now I know, how Mirror gets all their breaking news from the BMC.  

CM Fadnavis has again played a master stroke. When he used Girish Mahajan (& his close IAS officer friend) to finish off Khadse, Mahajan is now getting too big for his boots for the CM, informs an insider. Hence to keep a check on his activities in Nashik, Fadnavis has appointed Mahesh Zagade as Divisional Commissioner. Another PS of then CM Ashok Chavan Milind Shambharkar is Ceo ZP there. I shall come to Ashok Chavan & his associates team a bit later below. But yes, finally when Zagade asked for getting himself transferred out as Trasnport Commissioner--to even his surprise he was given a new task of developing PMRDA. Zagade took it with a pinch of salt (just as Tukaram Munde did) and started working on something new. Mind you, he did not even have a office when he resumed at Pune. Kirankumar Gitte will now take charge of that side posting now. So Zagade is back and how. Mind you all Collectors & ZP CEO's, this man means business!

One of my favourite, though he is an old friend of my father, Chandrakant Dalvi has been given the reigns of Pune Divisional Commissioner. That post which was rotted & misused by the likes of one of the richest bureaucrat I think Maharashtra has seen, Prabhakar Deshmukh, has fallen in the lap of non-corrupt and extremely straight forward Chandrakant Dalvi. Though Chandrakant Dalvi's replacement as Cooperation Commissioner is surely not Jagdish Patil (a Brahmin by the way). Jagdish Patil--- was GM BEST till now--was with MTDC and he along with his friends from Co-operative Department, were not one bit impressive even there. Now also, where Patil will leave his charge BEST--- it is all doldrums. Hence the important Co-op Department falling in Jagdish Patil's lap is someone's blessings for sure. Mysteriously Satish Soni whom I have known since 1987 has got himself transferred to the Marketing Federation from the MTDC. His boss is Shivaji Pahinkar who helped a masala king to evade duty worth crores. The whole Co-op department including the officers are best friends and their leader is none other than our Thane Collector, Dr. Mahendra Kalyankar--I hope Kalyankar saheb-- you have paid your thanks to Prakash mehta & Mungantiwar for this plum post--I think either its the wish of Minister Subhash Deshmukh to get people like Shivaji Pahinkar, Satish Soni & Jagdish Patil under one roof of Coperative Department or friends I'm promising you--Subhash Deshmukh is surely the next one in line to get his a** fired. All my eyes, nose and ears are on you, friends!!

Another PS to ex CM Ashok Chavan. Since both ex PS (Shambarkar & Kalyankar) to CM Ashok Chavan have managed to plum postings all this while, one of them whom actually I'm fond off--Dr. Chandrakant Pulkundwar still is in some or the other ghats of Vidharbha. From Gondia where he served as ZP CEO he has been made Collector of Buldhana now. Mr. Pulkundwar, your own brother (Shrikant Pulkundwar) is PS to Prakash Mehta--Minister who had managed/brokered the deal for your then colleague Mr Kalyankar, why have you stayed behind then? I think its the old thing called "principles" you still carry with you even today-- when you were PS to Suresh Shetty! Good old days Doctor!

An absolute Bollwyood hero type looking Abhijit Bangar's friendship with then Kokan Div Commissioner (Now MSRDC boss) Mopalwar & "I know everything" attitude just went against him. From being closer to Thane now the stud man will be in soldering heat of Amravati. Again Fadnavis sends one of the best he has, to his opponent  (Ashok Chavan's) hometown. G. Shreekant known for his unique way of administration is appointed as Nanded Collector. I'm sure like Akola--Nanded will see his mayhem! All the best boss! By the way Arun Vidhale, welcome back to Mantralaya-known for his antics when he was PS to Bunty Patil (ex state Home Minister) a Departmental Inquiry  is long pending on Vidhale. Welcome--I shall pursue it via RTIs.

People like Astik Pandey, Rubal Aggrwal who were impressive in Jalgaon are been thrown here & there. Just day before Astik Pandey was felicitated  for his contribution as  ZP CEO -Jalgaon along with then Collector Rubal Agrawal ...Astik Pandey has been sent to Akola as Collector and Rubal Agrawal has been side posted at Shirdi. 

Im sure the 12 newly promoted IAS officers including Nivatkar, Ajay Gulhane, Kailash Jadhav & Avinash Dhakne just a week ago, give your best shot friends!! This is where you will impress the CM who has (OFF THE RECORD) devised a new plan & strategy to monitor your performance. If the CM has made some strategy the Anti Corruption is not behind. In a fortnight two IAS officers have been caught by the ACB recently. So be careful and do the hunting!

Have lots to write about these bureaucrats but space & time are constraints. In my OFF THE RECORD blogs will continue exposing some deeds of these. Till then CM one honest & sincere request--AVOID TRANSFERRING any bureaucrat before they complete their term. It breaks their momentum & creates void in decision making for the government. 


Thursday, 20 April 2017

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

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

1. Sena MP Gaikwad booked for abusing Latur Cops on finding ATM empty 
Though the reason for MP Gaikwad to get angry is valid this time, but the constant media glare on this person (Times of India wrote on him everyday when he was denied ticket every time by AI) and the thought of being invincible (party chief also refrains from disciplining him ) has coaxed Gaikwad to adhere to hooliganism to get his work done now. He knows this is the last term of his being an MP. So gather publicity in every possible way. They say best form of keeping in news is to create one, even at the cost of it giving a negative impact. I certainly have my reservations against him being a professor. A noble profession with such mindset is nothing but being psychotic. But I feel the Home Department, otherwise quick to negate anyone coming on & against the force, are also taking it lying. Need your attention once again, CM!

2. Rape in MLA Hostel in nagpur 
I'm not surprised! Forget Nagpur MLA Hostel, you will be surprised if I relay you some facts of MLA hostel right in front of Mantralaya. With each MLA being granted 2 rooms in Mumbai MLA hostels (Aakashwani & Manora) one room is always reserved for the MLA himself, if he is not there, than only his nearest PA will occupy the room--and the other allotted room in the old & shady Aakashwani is strictly for people coming to Mumbai for various Governmental works from their constituencies. Hence drinking alcohol, chewing pan masala and dirtying the place is the foremost criteria at Akashwani. There the security is bit alright. But in Manora since only 'prestigious' people stay (MLA or his PA ) hobnobbing of prostiutes & call girls is no surprise during late evenings. The canteen at Manora is open to all. Pay Rs. 100 everyday & anyone can sit in the designated area for VIPs and MLAs and eat your meals. Parking of other vehicles is common by bribing the security. Now the mother of all scams these MLA do--Allegedly Every room is admeasuring 200-300 sq.ft. These people (MLA) with hand-in-glove with PWD officials & estate agents straight away give rooms for yearly rentals of cool Rs 5-6 lakhs p.a. I challenge any PWD official to deny any of the facts mentioned above. PWD officials pay a bomb to get them as incharge of any MLA hostel. The "tip" is very high here. Anyways, coming back to Nagpur--where this heinous crime took place, local police should first arrest the PWD incharge along with the security head & the MLA to be booked whose room was used. Those goldsmith who raped the salesgirl of the store must surely be having an "arrangement" of rentals with the MLA. Time for CM to tighten the noose on these errant officials. 

3. माझी भूमिका लोकांपर्यंत नेण्यात नेते अपयशी --राज ठाकरे
Raj Thackrey says my vision & message were not carried to the last person and hence blamed the debacle happening to the MNS--to the party-men attending the meeting held at Krishnakunj yesterday. But as per reports-the party men in fact were the ones to voice their opinions,  & concern on inability of Raj Thackrey to tackle any issue that were summoned to him time-to-time. Wrong set of advisors, journalists around him-- his own behavioural aspects & his own "I'm the boss" attitude has brought down the MNS-- Period! A person, once whom PM Modi considered an option to BJP when ShivSena were playing mind games, is solely responsible for limiting himself to mere a party leader whose turnaround looks difficult now. A brilliant man who had the same guts as late Balasaheb Thackrey  & people attracting quality is confined to the walls of KrishnaKung. 

4. Sada Kadam brother of Minister Ramdas Kadam, involved in assaulting dyslexic boy
Sada Kadam & his fighting with "Christian Community" is not new. Might ring in some bells in the cable industry when I mention the name Ganesh Naidu & Xavier. Anyway Sada Kadam is not a small cable operator as mentioned by Mumbai Mirror. He is a prominent MSO of Hathway and the company in fact is dependant on him in a lot of ways. Another mistake the paper did was to drag Minister and brother of Sada, Ramdas Kadam's name. Ramdas Kadam & Sada Kadam even though are real brothers don't see eye to eye even for a minute. One is in business & the other is a Minister in the Fadnavis government. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines

1. Mumbai Mayor wants civic chief 's bunglow as his residence
A hardcore Marathi manus who has eaten vadapav all his life cannot digest Italian Pasta everyday--and he will fume if he has to replace the same pasta with his staple vada pav in his everyday diet-- but at the same time, his ultimate dream is to always to eat rich "continental food" everyday, the day he earns enough money. For Marathi Manus (90% ambitious ones) they want to eat at the Taj Mahal but will ask for "rassa" even in a Panner Dish--By the way we are the only ones who can wear Sports Shoes on Formal Shirt & Pants. This is what a Marathi Manus is-simple at heart, since all our lives we have just struggled to earn those big bucks since generations! Our Mayor is no different. Lived all his life in Santacruz, this hardcore Shivsainik got shock of his life when he was denied the prestigious   Mayoral Bungalow at Shivaji Park (due to memorial). Then he was told he will have to still say in "Marathi area" at the Byculla Zoo. Now he wants to shift to BMC Commissioner's official residence at the plush Carmichael Road. Have last heard Mahadeshwar saheb has now hired a leading salon person to dye that french beard he has. Tell me isn't the Mayor one of us only? He is a Mayor now people! Why will he not express his desires? But Mayor saab, apart from these artificial and superficial demands of yours, please work in the capacity as what is expected from you. Uddhavji has a big heart. One day if convinced he will surely send you anywhere you desire. Reach on time for your meetings, meet the last corporator who might not be important to you, but even he represents some lakh of people, make these small changes and then see the result...But please--never ever get photographed in a Formal shirt & pair of BOXERS anytime in your life again (Mid-Day cover page a month ago)!!

2. Vijay Mallya arrested & set free
Mallaya saab, I was so curious to know so many things, but by the time we ate our BHEL you got bailed! Anyways, hope someone mails you my questionnaire
1. Who all travelled free of cost in your Kingfisher airlines ?

2. Which celebrities got drunk and did the jumla ?
3. Which cricketers enjoyed "firangis" and what all happened in After Hours parties?
4. Who travelled with a gangster in your private jet?
5. In fact what all happens in your Private Jet? Could you please tell the world that how much does 1 Wine Glass costs in your private jet ?
6. And then you tell me how did you manage to loot our banks and who all supported you?


3. Cases pile up as 3 FDA labs hit by staff crunch 
If you all recollect there was a Zagade Committee Report made in January 2013 to inquire about the SERIES Lokmat newspaper (Atul Kulkarni) had reported on the various loopholes of FDA department. How & why Lokmat stopped the series & how immediately Uday Bobshetty was appointed at a very important post by then Minister Manohar Naik still remains a mystery to me.  The committee submitted its report to then "Bogus, lazy & Corrupt" Manohar Naik in April 2014 who sat on it as if there was no tomorrow. FYI, chapter 3 & 4 of that report has recommended the Minister to initiate inquiry on all bogus officers including the one (Sindhi follow & legally is not fit to sit on the chair as Jt Comm) who is a puppet of Comm Harshdeep Kamble today--- and most important recommendation was  demanding CBI inquiry against cartel of Drug Association & Drug officers. It was found that the Minister Girish Bapat, also known (allegedly) to "manage & make merry in lot of hearings" in the department even today, has just took two meetings over such crucial report. Comm Harshdeep Kamble is ignoring meeting for obvious reasons. In fact in one of the minutes of the meeting, it was found that instead of actions & discussion on the burning issues of FDA, there was an eyewash and various demands like funds requirements, promotions, vehicle requirements & other such silly things were raised...I so wish had Mahesh Zagade been in Mumbai today, what would have been his stance against this MOST corrupt department & its Minister? So the news of staff crunch & all his just silly which appeared today!!

4. Purchase of equipments & implants scam 
Times of India a week ago reported on how JJ has been on money making spree. A message sent by RPY Rao a genuine RTI activist---It follows--This Bharati Kobdvilkar retired  prof Anesthesia continues to coordinate key aspects of Purchase of equipments in the JJ group hospital despite having exposed her dubious role in an activity she should not and can not exercise any conduct or coordinate any activity in a honorary post. Now another nautanki minister preparing to set up a committee of external persons with a retired Chief justice of Bombay High court with a retired Bureaucrat who did not stay in the department as ACS for more than a year and a doctor infamous for writing for doctors benefits in stents loot issue  and a run away Dean of BMC run hospitals, where he is alleged to have  virtually destroyed many doctors careers is coming to fore as per grapevine  All actions taken by a servant in a dabbawalla who minister trusts him more than Secretary. Allegedly signing on dotted lines or parroting what is fed by a coterie of few doctors working in tandem with two Deans of medical colleges  to look on to administrative lapses in DMER !!. Why do you require a committee of one more instituted persons and route your own imaginative ideas ?? Questions arise in setting up too many committee as like in implants one with Dr Tayade heading removing him and constituting another and now another with Dean BJ Medical college ?? So a fad of forming committee and fooling the most educated doctors in state goes on by a coterie. Let's continue our attempt to open every can of worms in DMER backyard and JJ and BJ in particular till everything is cleaned. Now will some one will wake up the sleeping minister and tell him to stop Dr Bharati operating as though serving as full tube prof and let her be divested of  prof and HOD chamber she occupies illegally and impunity,  we have nothing personal except rules and regulations are firmly respected by defiant persons in fools paradise.   


Monday, 17 April 2017

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

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines 

1. Broke State Congress plans to ask MLAs to donate a months salary 
Oh Common! Why this situation on State Congress? Where are the commitments of life long Congressi politicians like Patangrao Kadam, Balasaheb Thorat, Vikhe Patil, Ashok Chavhan, Bhai Jagtap & STILL in Congress Narayan Rane? These people are not only rich but anyone of them can take care of Congress for the next 20 years even without blinking an eyelid. Why the eyewash then?  Why people like Anant Gadgil, Sanjay Dutt or Ranpise should bear the brunt? See the people whom I have mentioned here in the rich category, all have political heirs who would be ENTERTAINED only in Congress. So not for yourselves, but at least for your son's please let go your 10% of wealth accumulated, leaders! By the way an interesting theory came upto me. Those who thought Ashok Chavan has made a fortune of some thousand crores, please understand the nitigrities. From what I have heard, had it not been his best friend 'Shah' in the anti-chamber whilst his tenure as CM, Chavan would have been left with only few crores instead of some 100's today. Whatever Ashok Chavan did & collected  as CM was directly directed to Delhi. That is why Ashok Chavan never left his friend even when he was targeted by the media in those days. By the way friends, Latur will & can be gone to the Nilengekar's owing to some poor show by Amit Deshmukh in every aspect. 

2. 791 buildings in Mumbai are unsafe: BMC survey 
I'm sure notices are served to these unsafe buildings. But is it of any use? One natural calamity say an earthquake with a magnitude of a richer scale than usual will kill everyone living in these buildings for sure. Most of these buildings would be located in Muslim-dominated areas such as Kurla, Govandi, Nagpada & so on. The formula is simple. In a one floor building or a row-house, raise floors illegally (built the same in some 6 months) and fill in as much as "jaatbhai" as possible. BMC and the Government once declaring the names & areas of the buildings should DISOWN these buildings. The residents IF & IF are residents of Maharashtra since last 25 years, should be rehabilitated elsewhere. Rest should be sent back to their native state or COUNTRY. BMC & the Government should openly notify them and stop the basic necessities such as water supply & electricity. Only then these people will learn. This will be less of a burden to carry off then to see some thousands of people who will die if "the D-Day" arrives. 

3. Maha CIC thrashed over demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan 
Not done! Two of the IAS officers getting caught in the last week for accepting bribe by the ACB is a trend setter, but beating them is a strict NO-NO. We are not in Pakistan or Uttar Pradesh or Bihar where anyone stands up & takes up violence to fight against Government. If the Ambedkarism thought processors think alone CIC Ratnakar Gaikwad is the brain behind the demolition of the Ambedkar Bhavan, they are wrong! They should first understand the politics behind it and the 'leaders' & other 'bureaucrats' who have initiated the idea. Hint-Those who gave statements pro Ratnakar Gaikwad are the ones who have his back covered. 

4. Diwakar Raote: Move to denotify highways wrong 
Who says I'm against Shiv-Sena. See didn't I tell you there are still some tigers left in the Sena? Raote is surely one of them. This is what Shivsena is and this is what they should do!! Oppose every move of the BJP that harms the public on a large. The move to de-notify highways just to rack in revenue from sale of alcohol was not a welcome move. Raote had the guts to at least oppose to the policy. (I'm a Devils Advocate) --But Roate Saheb, in a cosmopolitan city like that of Mumbai which is on the world map as one of the best, can curbing anything be good to its image. Point to Ponder on !

5.  मगरीचे अश्रू : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 

दैनंदिन जीवनात प्रत्येक कामाचे आपण मोल मोजतो, घरी येऊन मुलांची शिकवणी घेणारीला तिची फी मोजतो, मोलकरणीला तिचा महिन्याचा ठराविक पगार देतो, उत्तम सेवा दिली कि हॉटेल मध्ये वेटरच्या हातावर भरगोस टीप ठेवतो, केस कापणे झाल्यावर न्हाव्याला पैसे मोजतो थोडक्यात मिळणाऱ्या प्रत्येक सेवेचे आपण सारेच दरक्षणी पैसे मोजतो, आणि तेच आपण शासनकर्त्यांच्या बाबतीतही करतो. जो उठतो तो म्हणतो आम्ही हे केले आम्ही ते करून दाखविले, पण कोणीही काहीही फुकट केलेले नाही, या राज्यात जे म्हणतात, आम्ही हे करवून दाखविले त्यांच्यातल्या एकानेही काहीही फुकट केलेले नाही म्हणजे एखादा शिवाजीराव मोघे किंवा अशोक चव्हाणांचा किंवा अन्य कुठल्याही नेत्याचा किंवा शासकीय प्रशासकीय अधिकाऱ्याचा समर्थक जर म्हणत असेल कि ह्यांनी अमुक केले तमुक केले अश्विनी जोशी, तुकाराम मुंडे, अण्णा हजारे, पोपटराव पवार, चंद्रकांत दळवी, श्रीखर परदेशी, दीपेंद्रसिंह कुशवाह, दिवंगत आर आर पाटील यांच्यासारखे अगदी बोटावर मोजण्याएवढे ज्यांनी समाजासाठी, राज्यासाठी जे केले किंवा जे करताहेत ते सारे अपेक्षाविरहित, बाकीच्या साऱ्यांनी आपल्याकडून केलेल्या आमच्या मोबदल्यात लाच म्हणून खूप मोठ्या प्रमाणावर रक्कम स्वीकारलेली आहे, घरी नेलेली आहे, कधी काळी भिकारीसाले, आज हे हरामखोर अतिशय श्रीमंत आहेत, त्यांच्या पुढल्या कित्येक पिढ्या मजा मारणार आहेत. हे सारेच अशोक चव्हाण किंवा रमेश कदम किंवा अंकुश चव्हाण आहेत ज्यांनी नेते किंवा अधिकारी म्हणून आपल्याकडून कोट्यवधी रुपये उकळले आहेत त्यामुळे आम्ही अमुक एक केले असे जेव्हा एखाद्या बड्या नेत्याच्या समर्थनार्थ कोणी म्हणतो तेव्हा वाटते हेच सांगावे कि बाबारे तुझ्या आवडत्या नेत्याने, मंत्र्याने, मुख्यमंत्र्याने, अधिकाऱ्याने फुकट काहीही केलेले नाही, आम्ही मराठींनी त्याची जबरी किंमत आजतागायत मोजलेली आहे, बघा मग असे समर्थक कसे ढुंगणाला पाय लावून तुमच्यासमोरून पळ काढतात..To continue to read click the link below
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मगरीचे अश्रू : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी

मगरीचे अश्रू : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 
दैनंदिन जीवनात प्रत्येक कामाचे आपण मोल मोजतो, घरी येऊन मुलांची शिकवणी घेणारीला तिची फी मोजतो, मोलकरणीला तिचा महिन्याचा ठराविक पगार देतो, उत्तम सेवा दिली कि हॉटेल मध्ये वेटरच्या हातावर भरगोस टीप ठेवतो, केस कापणे झाल्यावर न्हाव्याला पैसे मोजतो थोडक्यात मिळणाऱ्या प्रत्येक सेवेचे आपण सारेच दरक्षणी पैसे मोजतो, आणि तेच आपण शासनकर्त्यांच्या बाबतीतही करतो. जो उठतो तो म्हणतो आम्ही हे केले आम्ही ते करून दाखविले, पण कोणीही काहीही फुकट केलेले नाही, या राज्यात जे म्हणतात, आम्ही हे करवून दाखविले त्यांच्यातल्या एकानेही काहीही फुकट केलेले नाही म्हणजे एखादा शिवाजीराव मोघे किंवा अशोक चव्हाणांचा किंवा अन्य कुठल्याही नेत्याचा किंवा शासकीय प्रशासकीय अधिकाऱ्याचा समर्थक जर म्हणत असेल कि ह्यांनी अमुक केले तमुक केले अश्विनी जोशी, तुकाराम मुंडे, अण्णा हजारे, पोपटराव पवार, चंद्रकांत दळवी, श्रीखर परदेशी, दीपेंद्रसिंह कुशवाह, दिवंगत आर आर पाटील यांच्यासारखे अगदी बोटावर मोजण्याएवढे ज्यांनी समाजासाठी, राज्यासाठी जे केले किंवा जे करताहेत ते सारे अपेक्षाविरहित, बाकीच्या साऱ्यांनी आपल्याकडून केलेल्या आमच्या मोबदल्यात लाच म्हणून खूप मोठ्या प्रमाणावर रक्कम स्वीकारलेली आहे, घरी नेलेली आहे, कधी काळी भिकारीसाले, आज हे हरामखोर अतिशय श्रीमंत आहेत, त्यांच्या पुढल्या कित्येक पिढ्या मजा मारणार आहेत. हे सारेच अशोक चव्हाण किंवा रमेश कदम किंवा अंकुश चव्हाण आहेत ज्यांनी नेते किंवा अधिकारी म्हणून आपल्याकडून कोट्यवधी रुपये उकळले आहेत त्यामुळे आम्ही अमुक एक केले असे जेव्हा एखाद्या बड्या नेत्याच्या समर्थनार्थ कोणी म्हणतो तेव्हा वाटते हेच सांगावे कि बाबारे तुझ्या आवडत्या नेत्याने, मंत्र्याने, मुख्यमंत्र्याने, अधिकाऱ्याने फुकट काहीही केलेले नाही, आम्ही मराठींनी त्याची जबरी किंमत आजतागायत मोजलेली आहे, बघा मग असे समर्थक कसे ढुंगणाला पाय लावून तुमच्यासमोरून पळ काढतात. दुसरा एक अत्यंत महत्वाचा मुद्दा मी मुंबई महापालिका निवडणुकीच्या निमित्ताने शिवसेनेच्या बाबतीत टीका करतांना लिहिला होता, ज्याचा धागा पकडून सेनेच्या विरोधक उमेदवारांनी त्यादरम्यान तो मुद्दा प्रचार करतांना भाषणातून हमखास वापरला होता. मुद्दा असा कि जो तो बडा नेता उठतो कि आम्ही अमुक करून दाखविले तमुक करून दाखविले. 

एकदम मान्य कि जे सत्तेत असतात ते विविध विकासाची कामे करून नक्की मोकळे होतात पण जी कामे ते करतात त्याचा दर्जा तपासल्यास असे लक्षात येईल कि विकासकामांचा दर्जा शत प्रतिशत अतिशय हीन असतो, अजिबात दर्जेदार नसतो. समजा उद्या राष्ट्र्वादीतला एखादा उठून म्हणाला कि बघा आम्ही किती अवाढव्य असे महाराष्ट्र सदन दिल्लीत उभे केले आहे त्यावर आपण अगदी सहज म्हणू कि उभे केलेल्या महाराष्ट्र सदनाचा दर्जां काय किंवा अमुक एखादी चार आण्याची वस्तू तेथे वापरली असेल तर कागदोपत्री त्याची किंमत मात्र एक रुपया लावून सदन उभारणारे मोकळे झाले असतील, उरलेले ७५ पैसे ते खिशात टाकून मोकळे झाले असतील....

या लिखाणाच्या निमित्ताने मला फडणवीस आणि त्यांच्या मंत्र्यांना अत्यंत महत्वाच्या मुद्द्यावर लिहितांना हे सांगायचे आहे कि ज्या शासकीय आणि प्रशासकीय अधिकाऱ्यांनी आघाडीचा काळात सतत १५ वर्षे म्हणजे २००० ते २०१५ फक्त आणि फक्त पैसे खाण्याचे काम केले आहे असे वाटले होते अशा अधिकाऱ्यांना विशेषतः मंत्रालयात महत्वाची पदे अडवून बसलेल्या शासकीय प्रशासकीय अधिकाऱ्यांना फडणवीस सरकार हुसकावून लावेल, त्यांच्या चौकशा सुरु होतील पण आघाडी सरकारला जसा अधिकाऱ्यांमधल्या रांडा आवडायच्या तेच युतीचेही झाले आहे म्हणजे माधव काळे सारख्या वादग्रस्त अधिकाऱ्याला भलेही मंत्रालयातून हुसकावून लावल्या गेले असेल पण बघतो तर काय त्याला अलीकडे राज्याच्या एसटी परिवहन महामंडळाचे सरव्यवस्थापक हे अत्यंत खादाड पद बहाल करून राज्यकर्ते मोकळे झाले आहेत. मला कोणीतरी म्हणाले कि ज्यांनी मुंबई कृषी उत्पन्न बाजार समितीला बऱ्यापैकी वठणीवर आणले होते त्या भ्रष्ट नसलेल्या प्रशासकीय अधिकारी सौनिक यांना हटवून त्याठिकाणी कोणत्याही क्षणी मी ज्याचे डिसमिस करण्याचे सारे पुरावे शासनाला देऊ शकतो अशा एका वादग्रस्त अधिकाऱ्याला म्हणे संबंधितांनी एक कोटी रुपये घेऊन पोस्टिंग दिले आहे. ज्या अधिकाऱ्याकडे केवळ विविध कंपनीचे शेअर्स १०० कोटी रुपयांचे असतील त्याला कृषी उत्पन्न बाजार समितीचे कमाईचे पद मिळविण्यासाठी एक कोटी रुपये मोजणे म्हणजे वेटरला टीप देण्यासारखे, अर्थात माझी सहकार मंत्री सुभाष देशमुख यांच्याशी भेट अद्याप झाली नाही, ते पूर्वी भ्रष्टाचाराच्या विरोधात लढायचे, आजही तसेच असतील, अशी मनाशी आशा धरून नक्की मी त्यांच्याकडून या एक कोटींच्या संदर्भात वस्तुस्थिती जाणून घेणार आहे, त्या अधिकाऱ्याला एक कोटीचे पन्नास शंभर कोटी करायला फारसा वेळ लागणार नाही, बघूया नेमकी वस्तुस्थिती काय आहे ती....

खरोखरी माननीय मुख्यमंत्री आणि त्यांच्या मंत्री मंडळाला आघाडीचे पाप धुवून काढायचे असेल तर त्यांनी निदान उरलेल्या या अडीच वर्षात क्रीम पोस्टवर ठाण मांडून बसलेल्या भ्रष्ट शासकीय प्रशासकीय अधिकाऱ्यांना हुसकावून लावण्याचे महत्वाचे काम करावे आणि सुरुवात आपल्या कार्यालयापासून करावी म्हणजे पूर्वीच्या मंत्र्यांकडे ज्यांची वृत्ती नागपुरातल्या गंगा जमाना मधल्या वेश्यांसारखी होती त्या स्टाफला आधी साऱ्याच मंत्र्यांनी कार्यालयाबाहेर काढावे, अन्यथा आधीचे तर दरोडेखोर होतेच, अपवाद पृथ्वीराज पाटलांसारखे चार दोन सज्जन सोडून, पण युतीच्या मंत्र्यांमध्येही तीच दरोडेखोर वृत्ती फोफावली, मी आरोप करून मोकळा होईल. वेश्यांच्या गल्लीत सतत फेरफटके मरणाऱ्याला असे कोणीही विचारणार नाही कि अरे महादेवाचे मंदिर शोधतोय का, तद्वत युतीच्या मंत्र्यांचेही, जर त्यांच्याच कार्यालयात पूर्वीचे ठाण मांडून बसलेले असतील तर बघणारे हेच म्हणतील, तुमचेही आघाडीच्या पावलावर पाऊल...

Sunday, 16 April 2017

OFF THE RECORD review on some of todays headlines

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


1. IS CM winding up DGIPR? Times of India 
Where does this news come from? Just on 3rd of April, the CM had inaugurated a studio built by the DGIPR, the concept being the brainchild of the DG, IPS Brijesh Singh. The DG was lauded for his efforts. So i'm a bit confused here. Today in The Times of India's "public eye" column read about (In marathi newspapers read 2 days ago) how CM has asked GAD to hunt for a PR team which would make sure all the news/information is passed to the last person of the state, which the DGIPR is failing with time & again, again as reported. Readers, just rattle your brains for a minute. Since the new Government has assumed office in 2014, the newly sworn in Ministers had always & always left DGIPR in a lurch. As per norms, every Minister has to be appointed with a DLO by the department which was done then. But the Ministers of the BJP-SS snubbed every one of these "hardworking" government babus to hire crisp & EXPENSIVE PR agencies from outside. So the DLO's and the DGIPR were already in a way insulted, and on the second hand the new agencies did not know how things function at Mantralaya. Plus the fees these new agencies got was at least 3 times the average payout of these DLO's.  The appointment of new agencies led to confusion even for timings of press conferences for more than a year. Secondly, Mantralaya is home ground for many journalists who have monthly or bi-monthly publications. These agencies treat only dailies & that too only English media & some channel walas with respect. Rest don't even exists for them... If you all recollect a lot of journalists of Mantralaya were upset for quite long time with otherwise media friendly CM Fadnavis. PRO cum OSD Ravikiran Deshmukh also faced the ire. What I feel, DGIPR is a link to the last journalist of this state. They know them all. Winding off this department will surely wipe out a lot of journalists, who are actually small but effective. The gap between the government & media will widen with new people coming on board. But I will play a devils advocate here...At the same time, CM is not to be blamed for everything. DGIPR officials (DLO's) MUST MUST & MUST come off age and accept new media and ways of handling them. They need to upgrade themselves first, technologically. It is a true fact that since 2.5 years the department is not its best. But what to do CM? You have a appointed a Nagpurian person as the DG who is already in middle of handling 3 other additional responsibilities. How will he perform?

2. Narayan Rane in or out of BJP--perfect analysis by Dharmendra Jore. Click the link below--Also just to add--Narayan Rane's entry in BJP is only barred by one & only one for obvious reasons--CM Devendra Fadnavis. The link of Mid-day article is below
Mumbai English ePaper: Mumbai E-paper, English News ePaper - Midday http://epaper2.mid-day.com/epaper/17-apr-2017-252-edition-Mumbai-Page-1.html#.WPRQHQ0WWf8.twitter

3. Eknath Khadse hosts Oppn in Muktainagar 
What's wrong with The Time of India? I never knew for space-filing two stories with similar context will be used in a span of 3 days. Anyways, on the 16th of April the political editor did a story on How Khadse hosted opposition a Muktainagar during Sangharsh Yatra. Apparently today also Public Eye saw the same news.  My take-Can't leaders of the other patties be "friendly" with their opposition? Why to blow the matter out of proportion? Eknath Khadse is a King-man in Jalgaon. He is big, we cannot take away that fact from him, even today. If state level leaders, ex-cm visit his constituency; it is manners & a kind of ritual to host them. Where was this political editor when Nitin Gadkari attended Narayan Rane's birthday celebrations? FYI, this political editor was a regular at Eknath khadse's bunglow for breaking news every day when Khadse was leader of opposition. Changing times!

Vikrant Joshi
www.vikrantjoshi.com

Monday, 10 April 2017

भारत भूषण पवारसाहेब : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी

भारत भूषण पवारसाहेब : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 

धन यश प्रकृतिस्वास्थ्य राखता यायला हवे अन्यथा बर्फ जसा वितळतो तेच मनुष्याचे होते. सारे काही नजरेसमोर नष्ट होते. जुन्या जमान्यातला फिल्मी हिरो भारत भूषणला अल्पावधीत इतके मोठे यश मिळाले होते कि त्याकाळी इतर कोणाचीही औकात नसतांना हा पठया स्वतःच्या इंपाला मधून स्टुडिओमध्ये यायचा पण त्यालाही यश आणि पैसे राखता आले नाहीत, पुढे याच भारत भूषण यांना लहानसहान कामे करतांना मी आपल्या डोळ्यांनी गोरेगावच्या चित्रनगरीतल्या हिरवळीवर वाट पाहतांना बघितले आहे, अनेकदा भारत भूषण आमच्या पूर्वीच्या घराजवळ वर्सोव्याला त्याच्या मुलीकडे राहत असे आणि रिक्षेने ये जा करीत असे, अर्थात असे कित्येक भारत भूषण तुम्ही आम्ही सारेच पावलो पावली बघतो, बघत आलोय....


तिकडे दिल्लीत नरेंद्र मोदी यांना टक्कर देणारा तोडीस तोड नेता, शरद पवार असावेत, असा अंदाज अनेकांनी बांधला होता पण हळू हळू त्यांचे सततचे फक्त मुंबईतले अधिक वास्तव्य बघता, नजीकच्या काळात शरद पवार यांचा त्या अभिनेत्याप्रमाणे नेत्यां मधला ' भारत भूषण ' होतो कि काय वाटू लागले आहे कारण असा त्यांच्याकडे एकही नेता नाही ज्याला राष्ट्रवादी मधून कोलांटीउडी घ्यायची नाही, विशेषतः भाजपामध्ये जायचे आहे, मग ते बीडचे जयदत्त क्षीरसागर असोत कि प्रकाश सोळंकी, भायंदरचे कैदी गिल्बर्ट मेंडोन्सा असोत कि नव्या मुंबईतले गणेश नाईक, गुहागरचे भास्कर जाधव असोत कि विट्याचे जयंत पाटील, एकदा का जयंत पाटलांचा या वयातला हनिमून संपला कि ते लगेचच भाजपा किंवा काँग्रेस मध्ये जातील असे दिसते. जयंत पाटील सत्तेच्या जवळपास आलेत कि सांगेल जयंत पाटलांचा किंवा जालन्याच्या राजेश टोपे यांचा हनिमून, हि नेमकी काय भानगड आहे.....

धृतराष्ट्राने १०० नालायक मुलांना पैदा करण्याऐवजी १० लायक मुले जन्माला घातली असती तर धृतराष्ट्राला हयात असतानाच मुलांचा हा यातना देणारा संहार बघण्याचे दुर्भाग्य लाभले नसते. ज्याने पुढली पिढी नेमकी घडवली नाही त्याला हयात असेपर्यंतच नेमके सारे वाईट बघावे लागते, काँग्रेसला टक्कर देण्यासाठी शरद पवार यांनी चार प्रफुल्ल पटेल मोठे करण्याऐवजी दोन आर आर पाटील, गिरीश गांधी, घडविले आणि वाढविले असते तर पवार दिल्लीत मोदींच्या तोडीचे आणि येथे राज्यात राष्ट्रवादीचे भवितव्य नेहमी उज्वल ठरले राहिले असते, ज्या नेत्याकडे या राज्याला चालणारी जात आणि लागणारा मुबलक पैसा आहे त्याचा नेता म्हणून भारत भूषण होतो कारण पक्षबांधणी करतांना पवारांना देवेंद्र फडणवीसांच्या तोडीचे नव्हेत तर सुनील तटकरेंच्या संस्कार नसलेल्या पुढल्या पिढितलॆ नेते वाढविणे १२-१३ वर्षांपूर्वी अधिक सोयीस्कर वाटले. आदित्य योगिनाथ ज्यांच्यासमोर मच्छर ठरावा एवढी प्रचंड ताकद, अभ्यास, बुद्धिमत्ता शरद पवार यांच्याकडे सुरुवातीपासून 
आहे पण त्यांच्यातल्या नेतृत्वाला राक्षसी महत्वकांक्षेने घेरले, त्या नादात शरद पवार या देशाचे नरेंद्र मोदी, यशवंतराव चव्हाण, अटलबिहारी 
वाजपेयी इत्यादी होता होता राहिले....

हसायला येते जेव्हा या राज्याचे चार वेळा मुख्यमंत्रीपद किंवा देशाचे १५ वर्षे मंत्रिपद भोगुनही शरद पवार यांना त्यांच्या पंचतारांकित म्हणजे लॅव्हिश लाईफ जगणाऱ्या पक्षातल्या अजितदादांसारख्या सामान्य विचारांच्या नेत्यांबरोबर फुसकी पदयात्रा काढावी लागते. सतत ५५ वर्षे राजकारणात राहिलेले मुरलेले शरद पवार वास्तवात मोदी यांच्यासारख्या अनेक मातब्बरांना पिछाडीवर ठेवून जगप्रख्यात व्हावेत, आम्हा मराठींना मनापासून वाटत होते पण पवारांच्या येड्या भक्तांना फक्त हेच वाटत राहिले कि ते एक दिवस नक्की एकहाती सत्ता मिळवून मोकळे होतील. ज्यांनी हे राज्य लुटले त्या आघाडीच्या या राज्यातील माजी मंत्र्यांसंगे अपवाद पृथ्वीराज पाटील, पवार जेव्हा पंचतारांकित पदयात्रा पंचतारांकित सवयी लागलेल्या या नेत्यांबरोबर काढतात, सामान्य मराठी शेतकऱ्यांची हसून हसून पुरेवाट होते. पवारसाहेब, का म्हणून या अशा लुटारू नेत्यांसंगे पदयात्रेत सामील होता त्यापेक्षा नाना असो कि मकरंद किंवा अमीर खान, या लेकरांना छातीशी घ्या अन सांगा, मी आहे कि भरभक्कम तुमच्या पाठीशी, व्हा पुढे, मग बघा, मर्द मराठी पुन्हा एकवार तुम्हाला कसे डोक्यावर घेऊन नाचतात ते....
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