Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Arrest of the alleged IM suspects : The police should act responsibly during the election times.

26 March 2014

Press Release

The Socialist Party expresses its deep concern about the manner in which the police authorities are creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust among the citizens of a certain community regarding the arrests of the alleged operatives of Indian Mujahideen in Jaipur on 23 March 2014. In this connection, two young men were arrested by the police in Okhla, Delhi, leading to a spontaneous protest by the residents of that area. The arrested youth were released later following the protest but the action of the police has spread a deep sense of insecurity and anguish among the residents.
The police, in its press conference and statements, has presented the arrested persons as if they have been proved guilty already simply because they had been arrested.  It seems that the police, by declaring the names of the alleged suspects in the press conference and narrating stories about their unlawful activities, have not kept in mind that it is also the time for the Lok Sabha elections. The Delhi Police Special Cell should not have mentioned in public that the suspected terrorists were reportedly planning to attack BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi. The police should have dealt with this alleged threat in a discreet manner.
Such acts of the police could create communal feelings. The Election Commission of India should direct the police authorities, including the National Investigating Agency (NIA) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), not to make ‘revelations’ which could flare up communal passions during the election times. The provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 applied to the political parties, leaders and candidates must be applicable to the governmental authorities/agencies as well.
The Socialist Party further appeals to the present government to ensure a free and fair atmosphere among the public so that more than 80 crore voters all over India can cast their vote with dignity and responsibility.

Dr. Prem Singh
General Secretary/Spokesperson

Mob. : 9873276726      

Friday, 21 March 2014

Socialist Party candidate Dr. Prem Singh files nomination from East Delhi

21 March 2014
Press Release

Socialist Party candidate Dr. Prem Singh files nomination from East Delhi 
The Socialist Party’s candidate Dr. Prem Singh filed his nomination papers today from the East Delhi parliamentary constituency. He was accompanied by Justice Rajindar Sachar and advocate Dr. Gajendra Singh Chauhan while filing the nomination. Several activists of the party, including senior journalist Arun Kumar Tripathi, teachers and students of Delhi University, were present out side the DC office at Shashtri Nagar. Justice Sachar, while addressing the media there, said that the Socialist Party which carries a great legacy of the freedom struggle and the socialist movement is committed to the basic tenets of the Constitution. The party believes that politics, parliamentary democracy and governance are a serious business. However, this has been threatened by the corporate-communal nexus and ‘mobocracy’ prevailed these days. He further stated that Dr. Prem Singh, a professor of Hindi in Delhi University, is not new to this constituency. He has contested the Lok Sabha election from East Delhi as an independent socialist candidate in 2009 and made a good impact by his speeches, pro-Constitution manifesto and austere election campaign. He has a good and committed team of youngsters to work hard against the vulgar display of money and muscle power by the Congress, BJP and even Aam Admi Party.   
Media persons posed questions to Dr. Prem Singh that how he would be able to fight the Modi wave without adequate resources. Dr. Singh replied to them that there is no such wave in the East Delhi and fight would be confined between the Congress and the Socialist Party. He expressed confidence that this time the voters of East Delhi would give him an opportunity to serve them. 

 Renu Gambhir  
Mob. : 9810503939 

डॉ. प्रेम सिंह ने पूर्वी दिल्ली से परचा भरा

21 मार्च 2014
प्रैस रिलीज
डॉ. प्रेम सिंह ने पूर्वी दिल्ली से परचा भरा  

सोशलिस्ट पार्टी के महासचिव डॉ. प्रेम सिंह ने आज पूर्वी दिल्ली संसदीय क्षेत्र से अपना परचा दाखिल किया। उनके साथ जस्टिस राजेंद्र सच्‍चर और एडवोकेट डॉ. गजेंद्र सिंह परचा भरवाने गएा सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी के कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ वरिष्‍ठ पत्रकार अरूण त्रिपाठी और दिल्‍ली विश्‍वविद्यालय के कई शिक्षक व छात्र इस मौके पर शास्‍त्री नगर स्थित डीसी ऑफिस के बाहर मौजूद थेा  वहां मौजूद मीडिया के लोगों से जस्टिस सच्‍चर ने कहा कि सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी आजादी के संघर्ष और समाजवादी आंदोलन की विरासत को मान कर चलती है और भारत के संविधान के मूल सिदधांतों में आस्‍था रखती हैा पार्टी का विश्‍वास है कि राजनीति, संसदीय लोकतंत्र और सरकार चलाना एक गंभीर और उत्‍त्‍रदायित्‍वपूर्ण काम हैा यह चिंता की बात है कि पूंजीवादी और सांप्रदायिक ताकतों के गठजोड् और भीड्तंत्र ने यह सब खतरे में डाल दिया हैा उन्‍होंने आगे कहा कि डॉ प्रेम सिंह, जों दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय में हिंदी के प्रोफेसर हैं, पूर्वी दिल्ली क्षेत्र के लिए नए नहीं हैं। उन्होंने 2009 का लोकसभा चुनाव स्वतंत्र समाजवादी उम्मीदवार के तौर पर लड़ा था और अपने भाषणों, संविधान समर्थक मेनीफेस्टो और सादा चुनाव प्रचार के जरिए अच्छा प्रभाव पैदा किया था। उनके पास प्रतिबदघ्‍ युवाओं की मजबूत टीम है जो कांग्रेस, भाजपा और आम आदमी पार्टी के धन और बाहुबल के भोंडे प्रदर्शन का डट कर मुकाबला करेगीा  
मीडिया के लोगों ने डॉ. प्रेम सिंह से पूछा कि मोदी की हवा में वे सीमित साधनों के साथ कैसे चुनाव के मैदान में टिकेंगे तो डॉ सिंह ने कहा कि पूर्वी दिल्‍ली में ऐसा कुछ नहीं हैा यहां फाइट कांग्रेस और सोशलिस्‍ट पार्टी के बीच हैा उन्‍होंने विश्‍वास जताया कि इस बार पूर्वी दिल्‍ली के मतदाता उन्‍हें सेवा का मौका देंगेा

रेणु गंभीर   
अध्‍यक्ष, सोशलिस्ट पार्टी दिल्‍ली प्रदेश

मोबाइल : 9810503939 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Socialist Party candidate Dr. Prem Singh will contest from East Delhi

The Socialist Party has decided to field Dr. Prem Singh as its candidate from East Delhi parliamentary constituency in the coming Lok Sabha election. Dr. Prem Singh, general secretary of the party, is not new to this constituency. He has contested the Lok Sabha election from East Delhi as an independent socialist candidate in 2009 and made a good impact by his speeches, pro-Constitution manifesto and austere election campaign. Dr. Singh, a professor of Hindi in Delhi University and a former fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, has been active in the socialist movement for over the 4 decades after joining Delhi University as a student. He has been fighting for the cause of the deprived sections - Dalits, Adivasis, OBCs, women, minorities, farmers, labourers, artisans, small traders etc. - earlier as a member of the Samajwadi Jan Parishad and presently as the general secretary of the Socialist Party. He works hard in Delhi and other parts of the country to pursue this struggle.
He has written several books and articles on contemporary political, social, cultural, educational issues from Gandhian and Lohian perspective. Simultaneously he is a staunch adherent of socialist, secular and democratic values enshrined in the Constitution. His consistent struggle against capitalist-communal nexus is well known. He has been on the forefront in the struggles made for the civil liberties and human rights. He has a great deal of influence, by his writings and activism, on the youth inspiring them truly towards egalitarian and secular doctrines.
I have issued this statement to seek the support for Dr. Prem Singh from political parties, social organizations and individuals committed to socialism and secularism. I particularly appeal to the senior guards in the civil society, intellectuals, writers, journalists, professionals and activists, who believe that politics, parliamentary democracy and governance are a serious business, to garner support for him. I am hopeful that the media will give him attention. The Socialist Party has no funds to put hoardings, banners, flags, posters and to hold big public meetings/rallies to make the election of its candidates visible in the spectacle created by huge spending. I am also hopeful that the youth, particularly students of DU, JNU, Jamia and IP will work hard to make him win.
I am of the firm opinion that Dr. Prem Singh, having vast experience and commitment, would be able to deliver good services to the nation as a member of the Parliament.

Justice Rajindar Sachar
Senior member and special invitee to the national executive, Socialist Party (India)

डॉ. प्रेम सिंह पूर्वी दिल्ली से सोशलिस्ट पार्टी के उम्मीदवार होंगे।

सोशलिस्ट पार्टी ने आगामी लोकसभा चुनाव में पूर्वी दिल्ली संसदीय क्षेत्र से पार्टी के महासचिव डॉ. प्रेम सिंह को प्रत्याशी बनाया है। डॉ. प्रेम सिंह पूर्वी दिल्ली क्षेत्र के लिए नए उम्मीदवार नहीं हैं। उन्होंने 2009 का लोकसभा चुनाव स्वतंत्र समाजवादी उम्मीदवार के तौर पर लड़ा था और अपने भाषणों, संविधान समर्थक मेनीफेस्टो और सादा चुनाव प्रचार के जरिए अच्छा प्रभाव पैदा किया था। दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय में हिंदी के प्रोफेसर और उच्च अध्ययन संस्थान, शिमला, के पूर्व फेलो डॉ. प्रेम सिंह पिछले चार दशकों से समाजवादी आंदोलन में सक्रिय हैं। वे दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के छात्र जीवन में समाजवादी आंदोलन से जुड़ गए थे। वे पहले समाजवादी जन परिषद (सजप) में काम करते हुए और अब सोशलिस्ट पार्टी के महासचिव के नाते समाज के वंचित तबकों दलित, आदिवासी, पिछड़े, महिला, अल्पसंख्यक, किसान, मजदूर, कारीगर, छोटे व्यापारी आदि के हितों और हकों की लड़ाई लड़ते रहे हैं। इस संघर्ष में वे दिल्ली और देश के अन्य भागों में लगातार सक्रिय रहते हैं।
डॉ. प्रेम सिंह ने समकालीन राजनीतिक, सामाजिक, सांस्कृतिक, शौक्षिक विषयों पर गांधीवादी एवं लोहियावादी नजरिए से कई पुस्तकें और अनेक लेख लिखे हैं। साथ ही वे संविधान में निहित समाजवाद, धर्मनिरपेक्षता और लोकतंत्र के मूल्यों में दृ़ढ आस्था रखते हैं। नवउदारवादी और सांप्रदायिक ताकतों के गठजोड़ के खिलाफ उनका संघर्ष सर्वविदित है। नागरिक स्वतंत्रता व मानवाधिकार के लिए होने वाले संघर्ष में वे अग्रणी भूमिका में रहते हैं। उनके लेखन और एक्टिविज्म का युवाओं पर व्यापक प्रभाव है जिसके चलते युवा सच्चाई में समता और धर्मनिरपेक्षता के सिद्घांतों की ओर प्रेरित होते हैं।
मैंने यह वक्तव्य समाजवाद और धर्मनिरपेक्षता के लिए प्रतिबद्ध राजनीतिक पार्टियों, सामाजिक संगठनों, और व्यक्तियों से डॉ. प्रेम सिंह का समर्थन करने के लिए जारी किया है। राजनीति, संसदीय लोकतंत्र और गवर्नेंस को एक गंभीर कार्य मानने वाले नागरिक समाज के वरिष्ठ नुमांइदों, बुद्धिजीवियों, लेखकों, प्रोफेशनलों और एक्टिविस्‍टों से मेरी खास तौर पर अपील है कि वे डॉ. प्रेम सिंह के लिए समर्थन जुटाने का काम करें। मुझे आशा है मीडिया उनकी उम्मीदवारी पर ध्यान देगा। सोशलिस्ट पार्टी के पास होडिर्ंग, बैनर, पोस्टर, झंडे आदि लगाने और बड़ी जनसभाएं/रैलियां करने के लिए फंड नहीं है। लिहाजा, चुनावों में भारी रकम खर्च करके जो नजारा खड़ा किया जाता है उसमें सोशलिस्ट पार्टी के उम्मीदवारों की मौजूदगी दर्ज नहीं हो पाती है। मुझे यह भी विश्वास है कि दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय, जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय, जामिया विश्वविद्यालय, इंद्रप्रस्थ विश्वविद्यालय के छात्रछात्राएं डॉ. प्रेम सिंह को जिताने के लिए कड़ी मेहनत करेंगे।
मेरा पक्का भरोसा है कि अपने व्यापक अनुभव और प्रतिबद्धता के चलते डॉ. प्रेम सिंह संसद सदस्य के रूप में राष्ट्र को अच्छी सेवा दे पाएंगे।

जस्टिस राजेंद्र सच्चर
सोशलिस्ट पार्टी के वरिष्ठ सदस्य एवं राष्ट्रीय कार्यकारिणी के विशोष आमंत्रित सदस्य

Saturday, 8 February 2014

AAP needs to clear policy confusion

AAP needs to clear policy confusion
Running a government is a sober and serious business 

Rajindar Sachar

It is hoped that the Delhi Law Minister has understood Article 227 of the Constitution of India providing for the separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary. He along with Chief Minister Kejriwal had an audience with the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court the other day so as to remove any impression of even indirect interference in the domain of the judiciary. It does not behove an AAM minister to reach late by one hour and disrupt the screening of a film at a public centre to deliver a lecture. Is this not more act of a feudal lord than that of an elected minister? The AAP government also needs to clarify its announced policy of 95 per cent of the Delhiites only being eligible for the Delhi colleges — a policy opposed by DUTA and student associations.
It is self-evident that any political party must present a defined socially relevant policy. That the country should have a corruption-free government is unexceptional and no party can possibly say to the contrary. People naturally will judge it by actual experience. But then people want to know whether the objectives laid down by our founders of the Constitution are the ones on which any government, state or Central is functioning. Some of the basic unalterable objectives of our Constitution postulate the government's active role in developing an inclusive society with special consideration for the minorities like the Muslims and the Christians and to minimise inequalities in society. In short, any political party must spell out clearly its position vis-à-vis the big corporate sector, foreign as well as Indian, and its commitment to socialism and the public sector, emphasised by Dr. Ambedkar as being the objective of the Constitution. Unfortunately, on all these policy matters there is a resounding silence by AAP.
It is not enough to say that a party is committed to the poor - that bald declaration is made by even neo-fascist groups all over the world, including India. A party has to spell out the instruments it will apply to achieve the growth of the economy. In India public sector undertakings like Oil India and NTPC are a strong bulwark of growth as against the failure of some of the biggest private sector corporations, the hands of some of them being sullied by the Coalgate and telecom scandals. With that experience for a party to cast a doubt on the public sector existence is to betray the constitutional mandate. Also a party going national must also indicate its position on the ongoing policy of the Central government in selling off the family silver (PSUs) to private predators. The AAP policy against FDI in retail is, of course, on the right direction.
The right to food is an absolute right of every citizen in the country. The PUCL has been fighting for the acceptance of the right in the Supreme Court for years - it is because of this that the governments have been obligated to pass the Right to Food Act for supplying the food at subsidised prices. But if a party has doubts about the subsidy, then it must enlighten the public how the poor are to get even the minimum food required for keeping alive.
The AAP government is obligated to clear its policy on the demand of the Socialist Party and the Pension Parishad to raise the pension for Delhi's elderly people who get a monthly minimum pension of Rs. 5,000.
An immediate response from the AAP government is called for to the danger of displacement of lakhs of people, pointed out by Medha Patkar, the NAPAM leader, due to the decision on the Delhi-Mumbai and Amritsar-Kolkata corridors being activated soon.
The self-praise by AAP that it has solved the water problem in Delhi is cynical. The supply of 700 liters free water a day means nothing to about 40 per cent of the people simply because there are no water pipes in their areas and the government is not supplying water at all. They depend on water mafia tankers available at exorbitant rates. Areas like Zakir Nagar and Sangam Vihar have the D.J.B. water pipes passing them by at a little distance but the D.J.B. refuses to connect these areas, thus leaving them at the mercy of the mafia. In fact, the experiment of privatisation of water must be discontinued. This facility must remain in the public sector as the right to water is a human right.
No doubt, corruption is an evil eating into the vitals of our society. But you do not fight it by spreading suspicion about every one's honesty excepting those belonging to the ruling party. To what dangerous proportion this is sought to be practised is clear when AAP unabashedly announces that its government is creating a service which will teach public callers how to conduct a sting operation. The government feels this will create a fear psychosis in each civil servant. This is frightening. This method reminds me of the system devised during the decadent period of the USSR regime when Russian children were indoctrinated to spy on their parents and report to the secret service and then were publicly honoured. Corruption is not eased out by such hare-brained sting operations but rather by the top of the administration being above reproach.
It is a pity that Chief Minister Kejriwal has announced with a boastful flourish that the defaulters of the electricity bills from March 2013 onwards belonging to his party will not be required to pay the arrears and instead these will be paid by the Delhi government. The justification given is that it has to be assumed that all these defaulters were part of the "andolan" launched in March by AAP. This is a dangerous view apart from being legally impermissible. The state government cannot distinguish between people who vote for or against it. As it is, a question may well be asked at this partiality by lakhs of voters who had paid their electricity bills and also voted for AAP: Are some people more equal than others? It needs to be continuously remembered that running a government is a sober business and not a public bluster or empty rhetoric.
January 18, 2014

AAP has tied itself in knots The Congress too is playing a devious game

Rajindar Sachar 
A political debate can be, and should be, sharp, divisive and even personal. But none should deliberately try to vilify the personal character of the opponent unless the facts are unimpeachable. Most of the newspapers, including some of the reputedly sober ones, recently flashed the news about a list circulated by Arvind Kejriwal describing Central ministers and other leaders of the Congress and the BJP as “corrupt”.
No, I am not against publicising acts of corruption. But I would have expected some small factual details of the corruption charges just as those made public about the coal and telecom scams. AAP’s naming of certain leaders as corrupt and criminal who are playing dynastic politics is an act of provocation. Notwithstanding the slander, the Congress has continued to give outside support to the AAP government.
Kejriwal took the rash step in the hope that, stung by this, the Congress would withdraw its support. As a result, the AAP government would resign and go to the people as a wronged party, conveniently trying to cover up AAP members' misbehaviour with African and other women which had led certain women's organisations and others to criticise AAP for its insensitivity in these delicate matters.
On top of this came the “enlightened” Kejriwal’s statement that Khap Panchayats are only cultural organizations. At the same time he said, rather with tongue in cheek, that if they did something illegal, action would be taken. What a convoluted explanation by the Chief Minister of Delhi! Surely, he is aware that Khap Panchayats in Haryana and Rajasthan have been responsible for harassing young couples by questioning their marriage. Khap Panchayats have exiled such couples from villages — and even ordered their killings. The Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Supreme Court have in many cases directed the prosecution of members of Khap Panchayats and many of them have even been convicted.
One of the founding members of AAP, Madhu Bhaduri, has resigned, saying publicly that “she has nothing to do with a party which humiliates women……and that she wanted to distance herself from AAP”. Maybe the compulsion of Kejriwal is that his next target of election is Haryana. If AAP, which calls itself a different kind of political party, courts organizations like Khap Panchayats which violate every human right, how can youth, especially young women, trust it with their vote?
Such being the compulsions of Kejriwal, he is looking for an excuse to quit the government and give a make-believe impression to the public that the dishonest Congress was afraid of his steps against corruption and, therefore, has withdrawn the support. When the Congress did not swallow the bait of withdrawing support even after its leaders were called corrupt, AAP in order to further provoke the Congress publicly included the name of Sonia Gandhi in the list of corrupt leaders. The Congress seems to have seen through his strategy and has not reacted. AAP is now cornered into fulfilling its commitment to supply water and electricity as promised in better ways than the previous government did. Thus the reality is that AAP has tied itself in knots of its own making. So we have a game of chess being played between the Congress and AAP. People of Delhi are suffering, in the meanwhile. The public wants concrete action and not an exchange of allegations between politicians.
AAP should also realise that running a government is a serious business. It had announced before elections that it would pass the Lokayukta Bill at the Ramlila Ground. But the venue is being abandoned because of the cost of over Rs 2 crore estimated by the police, apart from security reasons. A switchover to Indira Gandhi Stadium looks easy because being a Delhi Government property, it will only require certain book entries and no cash payment. A more serious question has to be answered. Legislation in a democracy is not passed at rallies. There has to be a serious deliberation on each part of the legislation. If the AAP members' plea of involvement of the public is so genuine, what stops them from holding even corner meetings or bigger public meetings where Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues can easily mingle with people and have a discussion on each aspect of the Lokpal Bill? And thereafter the mater can be taken up in the legislative assembly hall, debated and finally passed. That would be both democratic and people-friendly. As for watching debates, TV channels can cover each angle of the debate. AAP can even install big TV screens throughout Delhi during the debate and passing of the legislation and thus satisfy the test of involving people in legislation. But if AAP is interested only in cheap gimmicks, then this latest action of holding a public meeting in I.G. Stadium is on a par with that of the Roman Empire, which used to hold gladiators' fights and killings in public. But that is not how democracies function.
Of course, the Congress is also playing its devious game. I am referring to NTPC, a Central undertaking, putting pressure on the Delhi electric supply companies to pay up their arrears or the supply would be stopped. NTPC is under the Central government and it is hard to believe that the threat could have been given without having cleared it first with the Central government, more so when a CAG audit is going to be held to look into the allegation made by Kejriwal that there is a big tax evasion by the local power companies.
Unfortunately, this devious game between AAP and the Congress can only bring misery to the average person in Delhi. The political scene is not encouraging. I feel that the movements by people who wish to bring about social change and fight gross inequalities in our country should combine and play an effective role in parliamentary elections.