Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Baba Siddique booked by ED

Baba Siddique booked by ED

I'm so happy with this. Allegedly a goon, blackmailer, settler, bogus politician who only thrived because of (Late)Sunil & former MP Priya Dutt has come under the lens. All thanks to the BJP city President. Baba Siddique belongs to Bandra, and all these years enjoyed supreme power in the area due to a large number of Muslims, and yes active Muslims in the area, backing him for 15 odd years. But walks in Ashish Shelar and comes the Modi wave! Beaten by just 1400 votes in 2009, Shelar vowed to finish off Siddique, which he did in 2014 by a margin of 30000 votes. All those powerful Muslims lobbies today are strongly behind Shelar; even they understood in the name of caste and politics, it was only Baba who got richer...neither the constituency had any development , nor anyones work happened. The alternative in 2014 was Shelar, whom they stood behind firmly and gave him thumping victory. Priya Dutt's (Baba mentor nowadays) career also apparently was over in the Loksabha elections of 2014 when she lost against a newcomer on the block Poonam Mahajan. Even Mahajan is no less, but on her, some other time...

Baba's parents had migrated from Bihar and Baba himself started making money by sending people to Singapore and other countries as carriers of to bring in electronic goods to India by means of smuggling, claims one of a social media posts. Baba is allegedly said to be addicted to substance and was a heavy drinker. His son Zeeshan is no less. Zeeshan who entered youth Congress had to be rushed suddenly to London to study--reasons unknown; but he is back here now to do what he does best, showcase of power with his fathers ill gotten wealth. Bandra's night clubs CCTV footages will testify what does the JR Siddique do when the champagne gets over. The white thing on his thumb can be tested. 

 I don't recollect the exact month & year, but somewhere in 2012, Baba had left an ongoing assembly session and dashed off to Dubai on urgent basis. Apparently he was summoned by the D Gang in Pakistan, where Baba travelled via Dubai. This all is hearsay. It was a news item those days on why had Baba received threatening calls from the gang, when he enjoyed both Salman's & Dutt's company? Anyway, when Baba left the ongoing session, it is alleged a huge amount was coughed up as "compromise"...To tell you in all honesty, Baba owns a lot of properties in and around Bandra and does not own flats mind you, he has a share in MALLS & Buildings....hence the call from the underworld must be for the share in the pie. Known for his iftaar parties, Baba hobnobs with the best in political circle---an ex municipal commissioner was often spotted at such parties regularly--who are either starstruck or go with an intention for some "jugaad" with models accompanying the stars to satisfy their fantasies, but at the end, get nothing.  Neither the actors respect them for being a Commissioner nor any models fall for their looks. In these circles, only cops make an impression, friends!! 

But now the time has come. Ashish Shelar, or even our CM won't and in fact should not spare such crooks. The builders of Bandra will be relieved, as whosoever wants to do anything  in Bandra has to have Baba as partner. Oh, by the way, read somewhere he is close & partner to another goon, the Dewans!! Linking roads mess (illegal stalls & shops) which the daredevil lady AMC Dr. Pallavi Darade had cleared is thriving & existing only because of Baba. The zhopdapatti near reclamation on the Nargis Dutt road is thanks to the former MP & Baba for vote bank. All the illegal businesses be it construction, open selling of drugs & rise of "calls girl business" can be attributed somewhere to the mess created by Baba Siddique. Bandra is the hub for fashion and one of the best areas to reside, but am sorry to say, it has become a station of all illegal activities & dominated by "tapori" youth who are attracted to monies & fancies this man showed. 



  

OFF THE RECORD review on Staff Promotions Scam in the FDA!

Fraud in the appointments at Drug Control Labs both at Aurangabad and Mumbai.

Friends, am back after a good vacation!! With renewed zest & more OFF THE RECORD information!! Todays blog is on FDA. I'm not much of a fan of the work and attitude of IAS  officer heading FDA as Commissioner--Harshdeep Kamble. Though he is a disciplinarian, not much has been credited to his achievements. I have various examples to cite on his shortcomings of his working style, but I have saved this for my series of blogs that will cover FDA for at least couple of more days. Mumbai is an international city. I will give you two examples on how attitude & working styles of FDA affects WE commoner's. I have two sons. One of them Anmol (aged 5), use to frequently complain about stomach aches when he was about 3. We visited at least 10 doctors to get their views on the same. Various scans & medicines were 'digested' by Anmol. Mind you, at home we don't even trust any RO machines...we prepare everything in Bisleri water. So no question of water contamination... One fine day my friend visited my house and his son asked for milk. Sampada, my better half, poured it into a mug, warmed it and gave it to him. Next day even that boy complained of stomach ache. We found the reason. It was the milk which we were sourcing from a "bhaiyya" delivering it plastic bags at our doorstep for years together. For a week, we stopped giving Anmol this milk and opted for the tetra packs of Amul...Till today my son has never complained. The problem was milk adulteration!!! & yes it is the moral responsibility of FDA to ensure us safe food which they have failed. Today I can afford tetra packs, but what about the person who stays in chawls & zhopdis...Do we care about them? No!!! Next example ---Buy a small bottle of Oil (used as hair oil) in any of your departmental store at Mumbai and pour it in your palm and smell it--do the same with another bottle of the same brand but this time buy it anywhere at  say, Lonavala or Nashik...the smell will tell you mixtures & adulteration..Similar with our medicines, alcohol and our food items. I remember once I had written a blog on Milk Adulteration and complained to then Commissioner Mahesh Zagade. He had conducted a raid on the octroi nakas and nearly millions of litres were returned to the manufacturer with notices of action. That was Mahesh Zagade for you. If you want to see how Milk adulteration happens, visit the Zhopadis near Mithibai College or the infamous Dharavi!! Tell me why shouldn't  I blame FDA, its Minister & officials? 

Anyway, the scam of recruitment, postings and promotion begins...One retired Joint Commissioner & an Assistant Director of the  Drug Testing Lab had failed to promote the internal staff  for almost 10 years leaving a huge gap between the Asst Dir Drug Controller of Lab (ADDCL) and next incumbent in line. This created a situation wherein today there is not a single eligible person within the Testing facility wing of the FDA. The charge at Mumbai is held by a Drug Officer  (Dr RN Tirpude) while Justice Lentin Commission Report following JJ tragedy report submitted, clearly prohibits creation of conflict of interest between those engaged in drug administration & testing lab. Allegedly, this is a created conflict of interest by the current commissioner in complete disregard to the norms established and adopted by the government and it continuous even today. The post of ADDCL at Aurnagabad is held by a rank of Scientific Officer by the name Mr. Aushankh ever since the retirement of the last ADDCL, Mr. Pol. The situation was so created that EX FDA Commissioner Mr. Zagade had to step in a fire fighting mode and he pushed for promotions (internal) of several Scientific Officers to the next cadre i.e. Senior Scientific Officers. I'm talking about 2013-14 and finally the  promotions under DPC were completed in February 2016. The proposal to officially notify after various scrutinises at Mantralay level is kept pending/in hang by a section officer Shri Shinde only to facilitate the continuity the current in-chagre of ADDCL Aurangabad because the recommended promotee would have replaced the occupant immediately had the promotion would have been notified. For the last 1 year since Feb 2016, this game of shuttling files between GAD & MED/FDA is going on. There is an allegation of a “class” ic  situation been created  by a click of officers only to promote and further the cause of one particular person.

The Commissioner has recently transferred the most senior person who would have occupied the chair of SSO "under deputation” to drug control lab at Mumbai.  It is alleged, that the sinister design of FDA –Mantralaya nexus includes & clears the current SO holding charge of ADDCL Aurangabad. This is on the face of very serious allegations of irregularities carried out by the current ADDCL exposed fully in the local media at Aurangabad recently. The inquiry officer (who holds charge in complete conflict of interest) Dr Tirpude who was sent to investigate has allegedly not even submitted his report and has causally/orally adviced the incharge to file police complaint on unfield colums in entry register of purchase of glasswares since 2015. This is again a "class" ic act of advising a person to file a complaint on work not done by himself and asking the police to carry the inquiry, we understand from sources. If such a sham inquiry is carried out and commissioner heeds to such advise of such officers, FDA will soon be in doldrums. What purpose does it serve to transfer two officers from Auranagabad lab to Mumbai when this lab is “almost on verge of closure” with skeleton staff working in food & drug testing labs.

The Govt in the winter session approved about 150 crores booster plan by recruiting 173 additonal staffs to the F&D testing Labs at 5 to 6 different places in the state with 35 crores investment in facilities; and with such an approach of protecting of interest of one person how will FDA function efficiently and serve the 12 crore population of Maharashtra, one wonders!


Parting Shot---recent exposure by the ex Joint Commissioner (Vigilance) IPS Harish Baijal's inquiry revealed that this foolish FDA administration paid around 32 lacs on a rented premises at Pune for the almost 2 years for storing confiscated goods & gutka in the name and under the head of testing facility of food lab. Is it too much to blink or think? I leave to the avid readers.

संघ शिक्षा वर्ग आणि तुमची आमची मुले : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी


संघ शिक्षा वर्ग आणि तुमची आमची मुले : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 

पोलीस अधिकारी गणोरे यांच्या घरात हत्याकांड घडले आणि काळे धन मिळविणाऱ्यांच्या घरात ते घडले नाही एवढाच काय तो फरक पण बहुतेक ठिकाणी वातावरण तेच असते जे गणोरेच्या घरात होते, आईचा खून करून अगदी सहज त्यांचा मुलगा दोन लाख रुपये रोख घेऊन पळाला. जेमतेम वेतन असणारे गणोरे महागड्या भाड्याच्या सदनिकेत राहत होते, पत्नी लंडनहून अमाप पैसे खर्च करून शिकून आली होती आणि त्यांच्या घरात दोन लाख रुपये असे काही पडले होते जसे एखाद्या शेतकऱ्याच्या घरात धान्याचे पोते पडलेले असते. जे गणोरेच्या घरातले वातावरण होते, काळे पैसे मिळविणाऱ्या प्रत्येक कुटुंबाच्या घरातले वातावरणही हुबेहूब असते,वेळ निघून गेलेली असते आणि पश्चातापाशिवाय काहीही मागे उरलेले नसते. गणोरेचें तुमचे आमचे सेम असते, प्रत्येक घरातले वातावरण प्रमोद महाजनांच्या घरासारखेच असते आणि हे घडू नये असे तुम्हाला वाटत असेल तर जात पात धर्म पक्ष सारे काही विसरून आधी माझ्या उद्या प्रसिद्ध होणाऱ्या अंकात ' राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ आणि संघ शिक्षा वर्ग ' हा लेख आधी वाचा नंतर तो पाठ करून इतरांना सांगा आणि तुमच्या घरातल्या पुढल्या पिढीला किमान बारावीपर्यंत संघ शाखेत आणि संघ शिक्षा वर्गात अवश्य पाठवा, तुमची पुढली पिढी तुम्ही मिळविलेल्या काळ्या पैशांमुळे देखील बिघडणार नाही याची खात्री देतो...
 
मी पत्रकार आहे, देशभक्त पत्रकार आहे, ना माझी कोणती जात आहे ना माझा कुठला राजकीय पक्ष आहे, त्यामुळे मी ब्राम्हण आहे, माझा इतिहास संघाचा आहे असा कोणताही संदर्भ जोडून हे लिखाण डोक्यात घालू नका. पण मी हाडाचा पत्रकार असल्याने, राजकीय क्षेत्रात पत्रकारिता मी करीत असल्याने अगदी २४ तास माझा या क्षेत्रातील काळे धन कामविणाऱ्या मंडळींशी अगदी जवळून संबंध येतो आणि हे आवाहनही मी त्याच लोकांना केले आहे ज्यांच्या घरी सतत काळे धन जमा होते....

आजच कुठेतरी वाचण्यात आले कि प्रणव रॉय आणि अरुंधती रॉय हे दोघेही चुलत बहीण भाऊ हिंदुविरोधी भूमिका यासाठी घेतात कि त्या दोघांच्या आया ख्रश्चन होत्या आणि तेच संस्कार त्या दोघांवर झाल्याने ते सतत हे असे हिंदुविरोधी बरळत सुटतात. अशा बदमाशांकडे दुर्लक्ष करून नेमके उत्तम हिंदू संस्कार आपल्या पुढल्या पिढीसाठी कोठून चांगले मिळतील आणि पुढली पिढी बरबाद होण्यापासून कशी वाचेल त्यावर ध्यान द्यावे, अजिबात वाईट नाही जर श्री श्री रविशंकर किंवा रामदेव बाबा किंवा संघ शिक्षा वर्ग इत्यांदीच्या सान्निध्यात येऊन तुमची पुढली पिढी संस्कारक्षम होऊन तुम्हाला समाधान देणार असेल....

उद्याचा अंक अवश्य वाचा आणि सर्वांना वाचायला सांगा..(अंकासाठी वेबसाईटची लिंक: www.offtherecordonline.com)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

OFF THE RECORD review of todays headlines...

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

1. Sex Racket busted in Mumbai.
Every now and then one keeps hearing about these busts wherein a call girl (nowadays prostitute is a passe) is invited by a group of 'happening' people and there is free flow of drugs & alcohol at such parties, and it gets busted by cops. Northing unusual for a reader right? This happens everyday in Mumbai, in fact why alone Mumbai? Our Marathi Men in Pune or Nagpur are not any less.  Such busts happens only at tip-offs, mind you! But let me tell you, any illegal activity in your city without the support from our state machinery, is next to impossible, which is suppose to control all of this. But greed is more than everything my friends for most of the people in Khaki. Boss, there are call girls in Mumbai who do business right in front of police stations( Juhu Chowpathy). Any cop claiming that he is unaware of this businesses of these "ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS" are lying...Calling girls home for rich Mumbaikars is one, now the latest fad is SPA visits across Mumbai ...Pune is slowly but surely getting there. Most of the SPA's in Mumbai have chains; and major of them are financed and owned and backed by politicians and goons together. Here the rate you pay for a massage through which you get entry is different at the counter and inside the room, girl will give you a list of services she has to offer with different rates for everything. (Remember 3 floored ABSOLUTE SPA in Juhu raid 2 years back, exposed by Mid-Day?, by the way hafta was decided and the spa is still in business) It is typical Bangkok style. The term used for such  dirty things inside the room is SERVICE. Many girls who have migrated out of UP or East and even from Delhi & Haryana who came with a dream to live the lifestyle, are into this business. Mira Road & Malwani are filled with such people. Raiding of such places is a mere eyewash. A complain is lodged, the girls are released on bail and again she gets ready for her next customer.  

2. How contractor Raj prevails in Mumbai by Smruti Koppikar in HT
Excellent read of today at Hindustan Times. But as journalists we are continuously on the trail of Brahmin CM Fadnavis for every decision he makes...There are discussions on every media group in regard to his decisions and they are straight related to his caste/camp he belongs too... I wonder sometimes, were these same journalists sleeping formal these years when Marathas were ruling and backstabbing us? Anyway, why not a single journalist is behind these tainted contractors. Yesterday MMRDA suspended two of its engineers for backing a firm to bag contracts (Read Mumbai Mirror) but journo's how about actually following up and making sure that these contractors who get blacklisted go to jail? Mere blacklisting firms is not enough. Blacklist the person, and at first, freeze all his accounts & assets...Make this public...Humiliate him...This will surely put a check on the contractor raj. Ask them to cough up names of babus who support them, take bribe from them...Do the same with them too..Don't let their families reside in peace.... Let the fear be installed in them, then only these shameless people (including our babus) will think twice before giving kickbacks. Last heard, the 5 contractors who were caught in the 350 cr road scam, Delhi's TOP MOST politicians made sure that they are given a clean chit and out of this mess. A leading contractor who was named in the FIR recently held a bhumipujan and look at his arrogance; he made sure clean image CM Fadnavis was present at the occasion. This is how egos are polished and the same person instead of JK, opens a new firm by the name KJ, and starts bidding again. 

3. Raj Thackeray meets Ramdev baba 
All I will say is, in a photo wherein Ramdev baba is seen with family of Raj, I was devastated when I saw Amit in that photo...I rest my case here!!


Sunday, 14 May 2017

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

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

1. Thane Civic Chief in action.
Wah, finally Thane sees some action...Now understand the politics behind it. Why all of a sudden this happens? The reason is simple. To cut powers of Eknath Shinde & guess what! Who is the brain behind this? Of course our beloved CM Devendra Fadnavis. Everyone knows how unceremoniously Eknath Shinde was climbing the ladder with the power of illegally got money and ego. He needed to be cut-sized. What better way then to create a havoc in all the minds of local Shivsainiks who own all the illegal businesses there in Thane? Sanjeev Jaiswal who is CM's man, and yes even Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, are leaving no stone unturned to put an axe to the illegal activities that Shinde or his prodigies owned or headed. Tell me which Municipal Commissioner's house has been visited by the CM thrice? Such are relations of Jaiswal and CM. Eknath Shinde wanted to come in BJP along with 14 other MLAs long ago and his demand was simple. He needed to head the Home department, which in any case was unacceptable to Fadnavis. So the blackmail began. Then CM who does not even think twice to finish his enemies in his now party, would he have paid any heed to Shinde's demands? No never....It just took one phone call to cut wings of Shinde. Action has begun at ground level. Wait and watch for illegal constructions and land deals going kaput or exposed in Thane. OK, the police are also on Jaiswal's side. Thane Police Chief wants to come to Mumbai at any cost. So even if in the past he is known to be close to every corrupt politician, Paramour Singh is leaving no chance to side Jaiswal. After all it will be Jaiswal who will put in a word for the Page 3 party lover, allegedly connoisseur of beauties and drinks, Paramour Singh!! And dont be surprised if he gets plump Mumbai posting. By the way, MP Shrikant Shinde has joined the list of unsuccessful sons of leading politicians of Maharashtra. 

2. Praful Patels biography maps his political journe
--Very few connect with farmers the way he does -Uddhav Thackrey.
Wah! finally Uddhav Thackrey yesterday at the book launch (biography) of Praful Patel admitted that he knows a man who has the connect with farmers. It is Praful Patel. Kya Uddhav saheb? Will the farmers of Maharashtra accept this statement of yours? Don't you know what has this opportunist Praful Patel done with Air-India? Allegedly he has put Air India in doldrums. I prefer a prostitute from Grant road doing business for survival than this Patel. And to make matters worse, CM Fadnavis whom we know as epitome of self image goes for the inauguration? Shame!! 

3.  MNS's Sandip Deshpande's threat to city engineer 
Empty vessels are the noisiest. Apparently MNS's Despande has taken his wife's defeat at Mumbai Corporation to another level. He is so hurt that he wants to make his presence felt by making such claims. He has claimed that he will dump the Chief Engineer if Mumbai floods. And if you have observed, only Mumbai Mirror and that too the son of a journalist, writes his stories in the name of being 'exclusive'. No other newspaper entertains this Deshpande..Have you read anything of this story anywhere today? Then why does this reporter goes out of the way? Hope you all got the "friendship" deal here. Anyway, Mr. Deshpande, Shivsena and the BJP are already at loggerheads for the nullah cleansing. They both at the end of the day will find a solution to the city. By the way, does this attribute to threatening? What is the BMC waiting for to lodge to a FIR? 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

अतुलनीय लोकमत १ : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी


अतुलनीय लोकमत १ : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 

आता कायद्याने बंदी आहे म्हणून सरदारजींवर विनोद करणे थांबले आहे, कुठेतरी यापुढे पुण्यातल्या ब्राम्हणांवर देखील विनोद करणे थांबले पाहिजे. जेव्हा सरदारजींवर विनोद केल्या जायचे तेव्हा एक जोक अनेकदा सांगितल्या जात असे, एकदा दिल्लीत मेंदूचे प्रदर्शन भरविण्यात येते. विविध भारतीयांचे मेंदू त्याठिकाणी ठेवण्यात येतात आणि दर देखील वेगवेगळे असतात. सर्वाधिक स्वस्त ब्राम्हणांचे मेंदू आणि सर्वाधिक महाग सरदारजींचे मेंदू असतात. असे का, बघणारे गृहस्थ आयोजकांचा विचारतात, म्हणजे ब्राम्हणांचे मेंदू सर्वाधिक स्वस्त आणि सरदारजींचे मेंदू सर्वाधिक महाग, असे का, त्यावर आयोजक म्हणतो, ब्राह्मणांचे मेंदू अगदी सहज उपलब्ध असतात, ज्या त्या ब्राम्हणाला मेंदू असतो, सरदारजींच्याबाबतीत मात्र तसे होत नाही, आम्हाला खूप शोधाशोध करावी लागते, मग कुठेतरी एखादा मिळतो...अर्थात येथे दोन बाबी या चुटक्या निमित्ताने, एक तर मी समस्त सरदारजींची माफी मागतो त्यांच्यावर विनोद केलाय म्हणून आणि ब्राह्मणांनाही मेंदू असतोच असे नाही, त्यासाठी माझे स्वतःचे उदाहरण पुरेसे आहे, ब्राम्हणांना मेंदू असतोच असे नाही....

येथे हा चुटका, विषय देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांचा आहे म्हणून घेतलाय, म्हणजे चुटक्यातल्या सरदारजींचे जसे असते तेच या राज्यातल्या राजकारणात ब्राम्हणांचेही आहे, लाखो ब्राम्हण जन्माला आल्यानंतर त्यातून एखादाच देवेंद्र फडणवीस असतो, जो राजकारणात उतरतो आणि यशस्वीही होतो, विदर्भात तर हे उदाहरण फारच विरळ, म्हणजे एखादा दुसराच फडणवीस किंवा गडकरी, बहुतेक सारे, सकाळी वरणावर फोडणी, संध्यकाळी फोडणीला वरण, या वृत्तीचे किंवा या महिन्यात तू साडी घे पुढल्या महिन्यात मी शर्ट घेतो, एवढे अयशस्वी..मोठ्या मुश्किलीने उत्तम संस्कारातून राजकीय वाटचाल करणाऱ्या आमच्या विदर्भातल्या देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांच्यावर काही चुकीचे टाकल्या गेले कि माझ्या तळपायाची आग मस्तकात पोहोचते, हे मात्र तेवढेच खरे आहे कि एखादी भयंकर चूक जर का उद्या त्यांच्याही हातून घडली तर विविध भावना गेल्या खड्ड्यात, मी देखील मग माझ्या लेखणीतून त्यांच्यावर तुटून पडायला कमी करणार नाही, चुकलेल्या गडकरींना मी किती छळलंय, हे एकदा त्यांना किंवा नागपूरकर गिरीश गांधींना विचारा, तेच तुम्हाला सांगतील, चुकलेला माणूस कोणत्या जातीचा, त्यावर मग भीक घालणे आम्हालाही शक्य नसते....

मला वाटते, अलिकडल्या काळातील म्हणजे शरद पवार यांच्यानंतर देवेंद्र फडणवीस हे असे मुख्यमंत्री आहेत कि ते नेमके कसे हे या राज्यातील बहुतेक मंडळींनी अगदी जवळून बघितले आहे, थोडक्यात सर्वसामान्य माणसाचा देखील प्रेमाने त्यांनी हातात हात घेतलेला आहे, एवढे ते लोकांत मिसळणे पसंत करतात, त्यामुळे देवेंद्र नेमके कसे, हे मला याठिकाणी विस्तृत सांगण्याची तशी आवश्यकता नाही, हा प्रश्न 
मला किंवा इतरही पत्रकारांना नेहमी त्या पृथ्वीराज चव्हाणांच्या बाबतीत ते मुख्यमंत्री असतांना नेहमीच पडायचा कारण ते एखाद्या कर्मठ ब्राम्हणांच्या घरातल्या विटाळशीला म्हणजे पिरियड्स सुरु असलेल्या बाईसारखे होते, सारखे लागू लागू नका पद्धतीने, वागायचे, बोलायचे. मला तर नेहमी त्यांच्याकडे बघून आमच्या लहानपणी, आमच्या शेजारी राहणाऱ्या संध्याची आठवण यायची, म्हणजे ती आणि मी वयात येईपर्यँत अनेकदा एकत्र खेळत असू, कधी लगोऱ्या, कधी अंगत पंगत तर कधी कधी आई बाबा आई बाबा इत्यादी इत्यादी पण पुढे आम्ही वयात आल्यानंतर जेव्हा केव्हा मी समोर आलो कि ती लाजून आत पाळायची, पृथ्वीराज यांचेही ते मुख्यमंत्री असतांना हे असे त्या लाजणाऱ्या संध्यासारखे होते, म्हणजे कार्यकर्ता किंवा काम घेऊन येणारा माणूस दिसला रे दिसला कि ते आत पाळायचे, आता नेमके उलटे झाले आहे म्हणजे पृथ्वीराज चव्हाण समोर दिसले रे दिसले कि माणसे पळ काढतात, चालायचेच, काही दिवस सासूचे काही दिवस सुनेचे...

१९९० नंतर झाले काय, जो तो सत्तेत आला त्यातल्या बहुतेकांनी पुढल्या दहा पिढ्यांचे भले करण्यासाठी अमाप समाप कमाई करून ठेवली किंवा ठेवताहेत म्हणजे बहुतेक सारेच राजकारणी कदम कदम पर भ्रष्टाचारी रामदासी पण देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांचे तसे नाही पोटच्या एकुलत्या एक पोरीसाठी खूप काही कमावून ठेवायचे असे ते नीच वृत्तीचे राजकारणी, नेते नाहीत. असेही नाही कि ते राजकारणातले पतंगराव कदम, डी. वाय. पाटील किंवा दत्ता मेघे आहेत कि घरात एक असतांना बाहेरही चार चार बायका करून तेथेही खंडीभर मुले जन्माला घालून अमाप संपत्ती मिळविण्याकडे ओढा ठेवायचा, हा मुख्यमंत्री कमी गरजा ठेवणारा, निर्व्यसनी आणि २४ तास स्वतःला समाजकारणात गुंतवून ठेवणारा म्हणजे या राज्यातला विवाहित असलेला जणू स्वामी आदित्यनाथ, या राज्याचे हातून भले व्हावे मगच प्राण त्यागावे या बापाकडून मिळालेल्या सुविचारी वृत्तीचा आणि रक्ताचा. त्यांच्या बापाला म्हणजे गंगाधरराव फडणवीस यांनाही मी बऱ्यापैकी जवळून बघितले आहे, घरासाठी काही करून ठेवायचे, त्यांना जणू हे माहित नव्हतेच, असे ते विधान परिषद सदस्य होते, ते गेल्यानंतर देवेंद्रच्या मातोश्रींनी पोटच्या मुलांना कसे मोठे केले असावे, हा प्रश्न मला अनेकदा पडतो. ते अलिकडल्या काळातले तोडपाणी करणारे जे अनेक विधान परिषद सदस्य आहेत, तसे अजिबात नव्हते, उत्तम संसकारातून पुढे आलेले गंगाधरपंत फडणवीस खरे, वास्तवातले कट्टर असे संघ स्वयंसेवक होते, तोच स्वभाव तीच वृत्ती मी देवेंद्र यांच्यातही बघतो किंवा कोणतीही लाज किंवा तमा न बाळगता जेव्हा केव्हा देवेंद्र मला रा. स्व. संघाच्या पोशाखात दिसतात, आश्चर्य वाटत नाही, गंगाधरपंतांची आठवण होते, मनात म्हणतो, बापाच्या कित्येक पाऊल पुढे हे महाशय, बापसे बेटा सवाई, उत्तम असे संघ स्वयंसेवक....
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेना : पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी

महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेना :  पत्रकार हेमंत जोशी 

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सभोवताली जमलेल्या खुशमस्कऱ्यांनी तुम्ही डिट्टो बाळासाहेब आहेत, असे वारंवार चढवल्यामुळे राज ठाकरे त्या स्वप्नात दंग होऊन संपले कि आम्ही मराठी त्यांच्यात उद्याचे बाळासाहेब राजमध्ये बघितले आणि ते परीक्षेत न उतरल्यामुळे मराठींच्यामनातून उतरले, हे नेमके आधी समजावून घेणे आवश्यक वाटते. एक लहान मुलगी समुद्रात बुडतेय बघून काठावर लोकांची गर्दी जमली, आणि गर्दीने आपल्यातल्या एका हट्ट्याकट्ट्या तरुणाला शोधून त्याला चढवायला सुरुवात केली, तुम्ही उत्तम पोहणारे दिसता, तुमची शरीरयष्टी एखाद्या पैलवानाला लाजवेल अशी आहे, चेहऱ्यावरून तुम्ही मोठे परोपकारी आहेत असे वाटते, एक ना अनेक वाक्ये कानावर पडत असतांना त्या तरुणाने समुद्रात बुडणाऱ्या मुलीला मोठ्या हिम्मतीने समुद्राबाहेर काढले, लगेच लोकांनी त्याच्यासभोवताली घोळका करून त्याला असंख्य प्रश्नांनी भंडावून सोडले, तुम्ही कोण, तुम्ही कुठले, आधीही तुम्ही हे असे एखाद्याचे प्राण वाचवले आहेत का, तुम्ही नावाजलेले स्विमर आहेत का, असे एक ना अनेक प्रश्न, शेवटी तो तरुण अतिशय वैतागला आणि चिडून जमलेल्या गर्दीला तो म्हणाला, मी तुमच्या साऱ्या प्रश्नांची उत्तरे देतो, पण आधी हे सांगा, मला त्या पाण्यात ढकलले कोणी ? त्याने हा प्रश्न विचारताच, एका क्षणात जमलेली गर्दी पांगली, कारण त्या पैलवानाला पाण्यात ढकलणे एकट्या दुकट्याचे काम नव्हते, प्रत्येकाने गुपचूप गुपचूप जोर लावला होता....

राज ठाकरे यांचे नेमके हे असे त्या पैलवानासारखे झाले, मातोश्रीवरल्या गर्दीतले जे जे उद्धव यांच्या कार्यपद्धतीवर नाराज होते त्या सर्वांनी राज यांना मातोश्रीबाहेर ढकलत ढकलत आणले, आणि आपणच डिट्टो बाळासाहेब, असा पूर्णतः अपसमज जेव्हा राज यांचा झाला त्यांनी मग बाहेर उंच उडी घेतली पण नेम चुकला,त्यांच्याबरोबर उडी घेणारे त्यांचे बहुतेक सारेच सवंगडी जखमी झाले पण राज तर राजकारणातून आता कायमचे जायबंदी होतील, असे निदान आज तरी चित्र आहे....

आपण त्याला निमित्त झाले असे म्हणणे थोडेसे आगाऊपणाचे ठरेल, पण पोटच्या अतिशय लाडक्या मुलाच्या प्रकृती अस्वास्थ्यामुळे यापुढे किमान काही वर्षे राज सक्रिय राजकारणात भाग घेतील असे वाटत नाही, तुमच्या ते लक्षात आले असेल, कोणी काहीही म्हणो पण हा अतिशय संवेदनशील नेता महापालिकेत मिळालेल्या मोठ्या अपयशाने नव्हे तर अमितच्या नाजूक प्रकृती अस्वास्थ्यामुळे मनातून खचलेला आहे आणि यापुढे अमित खणखणीत बरा होईपर्यंत राज पुन्हा एकदा राजकारणातले फिनिक्स होऊन महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेना भरारी घेईल निदान आजतरी असे कुठलेलंही चित्र स्पष्ट होत नाही. ऑफ द रेकॉर्ड सांगायचे झाल्यास, असाही एक सूर अलीकडे निघू लागलाय कि मनसेचे भाजपा किंवा शिवसेनेमध्ये विलीनीकरण करणे शक्य आहे का, जसे आमच्या लहानपणी रामसे आडनावाचे बंधू बी आणि सी ग्रेड चे हॉरर सिनेमे निर्माण करायचे, आज तेच म्हणजे मनसेचा रामसे झाला आहे, अगदीच बी आणि सी ग्रेडचे आणि तेही संख्यने अतिशय बोटावर मोजण्याएवढे नेते मनसेकडे शिल्लक आहेत, बाळा नांदगावकर यांना ए ग्रेडचा नेता म्हणून त्यांच्याकडे बोट दाखवणे म्हणजे एखाद्या सिनेमात अमिताभऐवजी वैभव मांगले यांची वर्णी लागण्यासारखे किंवा एखाद्या रशियन राजकुमारीने जिल्हाधिकारी महेंद्र कल्याणकर यांच्या प्रेमात पडण्यासारखे. अविनाश अभ्यंकर, बाळा नांदगावकर, संदीप देशपांडे, नितीन सरदेसाई इत्यादी राज यांच्यासोबत यारी दोस्ती निभावणाऱ्या दुसऱ्या रांगेतल्या नेत्यांच्या भरवशावर पुन्हा एकदा मनसेला आघाडीवर नेणे शक्य नाही त्यापेक्षा शिवसेना किंवा भाजपा मध्ये मनसेचे विलीनीकरण, हा प्रयोग तसा वाईट नाही पण दोन्हीकडे मनसेला सामावून घेण्याची निदान आजतरी मानसिकता नाही, जुलै महिन्यात राष्ट्रपतीपदासाठी निवडणूक असल्याने शिवसेनेशी उघड पंगा, भाजपाला शक्य नसल्याने, मनसेतून हा सूर निघाल्यानंतर, भाजपने तात्काळ नकार दिल्याची माझी माहिती आहे आणि मनसैनिक सेनेत घेऊन फायदा होण्या पेक्षा डोकेदुखीच अधिक वाढ याची मोठी शक्यता असल्याने जरी उद्धव यांच्या मनात आजच्या राज विषयी सहानुभूती असली तरी ते मनसेला पोटात घेतील असे निदान आज तरी चित्र नाही आणि तिसरा कोणताही पर्याय मूड गमावून बसलेल्या राज ठाकरे यांच्या डोक्यात असेल असे आज तरी दिसत नाही. तुम्ही आता तुमचे बघा, असे उरलेल्या ज्याला त्याला सांगण्याची नामुष्की मनसे नेत्यावर येऊ नये हे त्यांच्यावर प्रेम करणाऱ्या प्रत्येक मराठी माणसाला वाटते. एखादा दैवी किंवा राजकीय चमत्कार घडला आणि राज यांचा फिनिक्स पक्षी झाला तर एक लक्षात ठेवा , मराठी आजही राज यांच्यात उद्याचा बाळासाहेब बघतात, पण केवळ दिसणे आणि बोलणे यावर कायमस्वरूपी विसंबून राहून उद्याचे बाळासाहेब होणे सहज शक्य नाही हे राज यांनी लक्षात घेऊन पुढे बाळासाहेबांचे सारे गुण जसेच्या तसे आत्मसात केले आणि ते लोकात उतरले तर ते साऱ्यांना मागे सोडून राज्यात नेत्यांमधले नंबर वन ठरणे नक्कीच त्यांना अवघड नाही पण आज हे असे म्हणणे म्हणजे भय्यू महाराजांनी विटाळ गेलेल्या बाईला, पुढल्या वर्षी तुला जुळे होईल सांगण्यासारखे. येथे राज ठाकरे हा विषय संपलेला आहे....

थोडेसे विषयांतर करतो, अचानक मिळालेल्या यशाने आणि नवश्रीमंतीने आज ज्या त्या भ्रष्टाचारी घरातले मानसिक संतुलन बिघडलेले आहे, अति महत्वाकांक्षेपोटी घराघरातील मराठी प्रमुख मनशांती गमावून बसला आहे, नेमके जे घडायला नको होते ते घडले आहे, आपण जे करतो ते पोटच्या मुलांना समजत नाही आणि आपण बाप मंडळी अचानक आलेल्या नवश्रीमंतीतून अक्षरश: पैसे उडवून मजा मारतो पण हे जवळून बघणारे पोटाची मुले पुढे वयात आल्या नंतर आपल्याही पुढे जातात, पेज थ्री होतात, व्यसनी होतात, म्हणून मुलगा कमी शिकला तरी चालेल, मुलगी कमी शिकली तरी चालेल पण ते व्यसनी होऊ नयेत असे तुम्हाला वाटत असेल तुम्हीही आधी विठ्ठलराव गाडगीळ व्हायला हवे म्हणजे पुढली पिढी आपोआप अनंत गाडगीळ म्हणून नाव काढेल. तुमच्या आमच्या घरात राहुल महाजन घडू नये असे तुम्हाला वाटत असेल तर तुम्ही आम्ही सारेच देवेंद्र फडणवीस व्हायला हवे, वाईट सवयीपासून चार हात दूर असणे अत्यंत गरजेचे असते. एका शासकीय अधिकाऱ्याचे उध्वस्त झालेले घर, त्यावर पुढल्या भागात वाचा....

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

My take on Private School's !!

My take on Private School's !!

Well, the issue since two days is POPSOM (Parents of Private School of Maharashtra) coming together against private schools who raising fees unnecessarily year after year. This association wants State Government, especially the Ministry under Vinod Tawde, to regulate this absurd fee hike. But since these Pvt schools are affiliated with the Centre, State Govt has indeed very little role to play. Now readers, believe me when I say this, the education system (schooling) now a days in our progressive state of Maharashtra is nothing but a big money churning racket now. The facilities these people provide to the children vis-a-vis the fees these private schools collect are absolute rubbish., pressurising & should be regulated by the Government at any cost!

By the way, for your information, ISCE & CBSC boards are a thing in the past now! The new trend in school education is International Baccalaureate (IBboard. In Mumbai there are some prestigious private schools who have opened a separate wing for IB course, whereas a school in Goregaon is whole heartedly dedicated to the IB Board. IB Board is nothing but pure sense of amalgamation between practical knowledge & understanding of concepts in a more practical way for the children. It has nothing to do with what & how we studied in state boards during our times. We use to mug up everything & vomit everything in exams & score marks. Nothing we studied at schools has at least been of any use to me till now! But these IB Boards are making children as young as 6 year olds very practical, they are questioning/arguing various concepts and widening their thought processes. They have no exams. This board in fact believes in overall development of a personality of a child. There are assessments and the child is evaluated in IB accordingly. The main stress is on overall development of a child. They have equal facilities as compared to any International Schools abroad--like swimming, horse riding & N number of other physical & mental activities. Now this is the positive side of this IB Board. Perfect for father who is a Pilot drawing six digit salary p.m & mother who has her own boutique! 

Now the Negative side is that the child once reaches the secondary standards have assignments & presentations every single day and the other facilities & all the good things of life take a back seat. They are more busy & occupied than the state board children. Plus they are puppets in the hands of technology. If you ask an IB student to calculate , he will use calculator against the SSC/ICSE board child who will use his brains.  IB school in its primary days does not believe in giving stress. But it surely forgets that if the child is not under stress, than surely the parent undergoes a lot of stress to prepare charts, presentations & so on for these young children everyday. Now especially in our suburbs, there are shops and aunties who make a living by doing "homework" of others as the mothers don't get time from coffee shops meet, lunches & kitties. Biggest negative part of this school are the fees. Now not many know that THESE SCHOOLS NEED TO OBTAIN IB status & clearances of every standard they teach from the IB Board which is centrally controlled. The Board only gives permission after the school has met requisite standards of other IB schools of the world in regards to infrastructure. But yet some manage their way out to get this permissions through the back door. The FEES these schools collect will blow your mind. A third grade IB school with no infrastructure charges per child per year RS. 6 LACS. (yes you read it right). The second best school somewhere in the remotest part of Mumbai charges Rs. 7-8 LACS per year with escalation promised every year by 5% to 10%. The best one of this board is in my neighbour hood Juhu. They charge an exhorbidant fees of Rs. 13 lacs per child per year. But this school, your immediate best friend will be Sanjay Dutt or an Ajay Devgn whose children study here. Mind you their birthday parties are also something similar. Their return gifts are IPADS and their parties are at some or the other 5 Star's Banquets. 

I'm not against this, but I have 2 children. For me to pay 25 lACS per year for my two sons I will actually have to blackmail like other journalists to sustain my lifestyle. Vinod Tawde is right! He has no control on these schools. Those who get their ass whipped are the parents because in order to KEEP UP TO THE STANDARDS of their peers, the parent is forced to sacrifice the quality of good life and make the earning for his newly rich WIFE & his child whom he is spoiling surely by giving such luxuries. Some parents argued with me that this board is good for children going abroad surely. But friends, those who spent this kind of money on fees, have huge businesses at home; which ultimately these kids will take care. In fact I was just observing--I'm a SSC student from not so well known school of Mumbai, but at 34, MOST of the big people of our STATE know me by my first name and have my contact number saved in their phone book, I feel I have achieved more than what a pansy but the good looking, surrounded by girls all the time, who got permission to party all the time and studied at the best co-ed school during our time, has achieved. Not being an ass here, but success can come only with humble backgrounds & upbringing.