Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Ruchika molestation case - Chronology of events

Chronology of selective events given below:

* Aug 12, 1990: Haryana Inspector General of Police (IGP) S.P.S. Rathore, also the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association president, molests 14-year-old budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra in his office room.
* Aug 16, 1990- Complaint made to chief minister Hukam Singh and home secretary.
* Sep 3, 1990 - DGP R.R. Singh finds Rathore prima facie guilty, submits report. Recommends FIR in the matter. Later, new DGP R.K. Hooda and Home Secretary J.K. Duggal recommend departmental action and chargesheet against Rathore.
* April 6, 1992 - FIR against Ashu, Ruchika's brother, for car theft registered wide FIR No. 39.
* June 30, 1992 - Matter for registering FIR against Rathore taken up and Haryana legal remembracer R.K. Nehru recommended immediate registration of FIR against Rathore.
* Oct 23, 1993 - Ashu is illegally picked by the Haryana police and kept in illegal detention for almost two months. Eleven car theft cases were registered against him.
* Dec 28, 1993 - Unable to cope with harassment imposed on her and her family, Ruchika commits suicide by consuming poison.
* Dec 29, 1993 - Ashu is released one day after Ruchika's suicide.
* April 1994 - The charges framed against Rathore dropped during Bhajan Lal's tenure, months after Ruchika died.
* Nov 4, 1994 - Rathore promoted as Additional DGP by Bhajan Lal government.
* May 11, 1996 - Bansi Lal becomes Haryana chief minister. Remains chief minister till 23 July, 1999 during which period Rathore was promoted as DGP.
* Aug 21, 1998 - CBI probe is ordered in Ruchika molestation case by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
* July 23, 1999 - Om Parkash Chautala becomes chief minister.
* Sep 30, 1999 - Departmental enquiry exonerates Rathore in molestation case, he is promoted as DGP with effect from May 20, 1999.
* Oct 10, 1999 - Rathore made Haryana's DGP (state police chief) by the Chautala government.
* Nov 16, 2000 - CBI files chargesheet against Rathore in Ruchika molestation case.
* Dec 5, 2000 - Rathore removed as Haryana DGP. Sent on leave.
* March, 2002 - Rathore retires from service.
* Dec 21, 2009 - CBI special court convicts Rathore in the Ruchika molestation case. Sentenced to six months imprisonment and fine of Rs.1,000.

Ruchika molestation case.

I was very disturbed by the event that unfolded last week, the Ruchika molestation case.

Fourteen-year-old Ruchika was molested by the then IG of Police and Haryana Lawn Tennis Association president, S.P.S.Rathore in 1990. Ruchika was a budding tennis player. When a case was registered against Rathore, he misused the power of his position to force the family to withdraw the complaint by expelling the girl from the school, filing false cases against the girl's brother & torturing him and threatening the family members. The little heart broke down and committed suicide three years later, in 1993, due to the psychological trauma she had to suffer.

It's really sad that a little girl's life came to an end in such a manner due to the arrogance of one man. What is more depressing is that it took 19 years for passing the judgement of this case; that too in the trial court (now, the case will be heard again in high court & supreme court for some more years). I really don't  understand as to how it takes so long for completing the arguments of a case. Who will have the patience to wait for such a long period? 19 years is just too long....and the punishment...just six months..for having ruined a little girl's life. What this guy has done is far worse than a murder. And what is more irritating is to see that man coming out of the court with a smile on his face as if he has achieved something. He seems to be a cruel hearted & shameless creature.

Our legal system requires a complete overhaul so that appropriate justice is rendered in a reasonable time frame.

With so much public & media pressure, hope justice is rendered in this case by punishing Rathore more severely for having forced the girl to commit suicide.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Strange Media Guys !!!

The media guys are really strange. If there is no breaking news, they "create" breaking news. The headline read "Aamir dares Modi". I thought, has Aamir done it again? He has just visited a school in Gujarat, as part of his peculiar promotion campaign for 3 idiots. It seems, the media people, by writing such headlines, are just pushing the politicians to "do something" or to "say something" so that they will get some stuff to broadcast.

Recently, Sachin's "Mumbai for all" remark was blown out of proportion by the media with prefixes & suffixes, leading to a lot of hulla bulla.

Hope this Aamir Khan episode doesn't take any ugly turns as happened in Sachin's case.

Best cricket sledges.

I happened to read an article about best cricket sledges. List below the gud ones !!

McGrath, the sledging superstar comes first.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies): Sarwan, then the West Indies vice-captain, and McGrath went toe-to-toe in Antigua in May 2003, The incident was sparked after Sarwan, on his way to a match-winning second-innings century, reportedly reacted to lurid taunts from McGrath.

McGrath: So what does Brian Lara's d--- taste like?
Sarwan: I don't know. Ask your wife.
McGrath [losing it]: If you ever f--- mention my wife again, I'll f--- rip your f--- throat out.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) and Eddo Brandes (Zimbabwe): The Aussie paceman was bowling to the Zimbabwe number 11 who was just missing each ball. McGrath, frustrated, went to him and inquired: Why are you so fat?

Brandes replied: Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.

Even the Aussie slip fielders were in hysterics.

Venkatesh Prasad (India) and Aamir Sohail (Pakistan): Chasing India's score of 287-8, Pakistan got off to a flyer. Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar went about tearing the Indian bowling attack apart. Pakistan looked all set to win as they reached 110-odd for the loss of just one wicket within the first 15 overs.

Sohail was bent upon smashing the Indian bowling to bits, charging down the track to the faster bowlers. He came down the pitch to a delivery from Venkatesh Prasad and slashed the ball over the vacant offside area. The ball disappeared over the fence in a flash. What followed has been etched in the memory of every cricket fan in the subcontinent.

Sohail, after hitting the shot, pointed his bat in the direction in which the ball disappeared and then towards Prasad, suggesting where he would send the next one.

It's not every day that you see a batsman sledge the bowler, and Sohail was about to learn why. Attempting to repeat the shot, he made room, exposed his stumps, and his weakness, and in turn lost his wicket and his face.

As the stump lay uprooted, Prasad returned the favour to Sohail, pointing to the pavilion this time.

Daryll Cullinan (South Africa) and Shane Warne (Australia): As Cullinan, Shane Warne's bunny, was on his way to the wicket, the Australian leg-spinner told him he had been waiting two years for another chance to humiliate him.

Looks like you spent it eating, Cullinan retorted.

Ravi Shastri (India) and Mike Whitney (Australia): Ravi Shastri hit the ball towards Mike Whitney (the 12th man in the game) and looked for a single. Whitney said, "If you leave the crease I'll break your f--- head".

Without battling an eyelid, Shastri retorted, "If you could bat as well as you can talk, you wouldn't be the f--- 12th man."

Viv Richards (West Indies) and Sunil Gavaskar (India): Gavaskar had decided to relinquish his opening position and come in at no 4 for that Test. But Malcolm Marshall fired out Anshuman Gaekwad and Dilip Vengsarkar for ducks, setting the stage for Gavaskar to walk in at 0/2.

Viv Richards remarked: "Maan, it don't matter where you come in to bat, the score is still zero."

Sachin Tendulkar (India) and Abdul Qadir (Pakistan): The year was 1989 and Sachin Tendulkar, who had just made his debut in Pakistan, was sending young leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed running for cover in a tour game, having hit two sixes in one over. Ahmed's frustrated mentor, the legendary Abdul Qadir, challenged Tendulkar, saying, "Bachchon ko kyon mar rahe ho? Hamein bhi maar dikhao ('Why are you hitting kids? Try and hit me').

Tendulkar didn't respond, and since then we have all learnt that he lets his bat do the talking. Qadir had made a simple request and Sachin obliged. He hit four sixes in an over, making the spinner look like the kid in the contest. The over: 6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6.

Sachin's bat has 'talked' a lot like this. I remember the World Cup 2003 encounter with Pakistan, when he pierced Shoaib Akhtar's bowling to pieces.

Steve Waugh (Australia) and Curtly Ambrose (West Indies): Two legends of cricket came face to face, literally, engrossed in a verbal duel, in a Test match in Trinidad. The full details remained unknown until the former Australia captain revealed them in his autobiography.

Ambrose repeatedly stared Waugh down during a searing spell, and Waugh, who sized up the towering fast bowler, said: "What the f--- are you looking at?"

Ambrose was stunned, because, as Waugh says in his autobiography, "No one had ever been stupid enough" to speak to him like that.

Ambrose glowered, "Don't cuss me, man."

Waugh's response was tame: "Unfortunately, nothing inventive or witty came to mind, rather another piece of personal abuse: 'Why don't you go and get f---'?"

West Indian skipper Richie Richardson had a hard time keeping the giant Ambrose from hurting the Aussie.

Rodney Marsh (Australia) and Ian Botham (England): Rodney Marsh to Ian Botham in an Ashes Test: "So how's your wife and my kids?"

Botham's reply: "The wife's fine. The kids are retarded!"

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Corruption index - followup

This is in continuation of my earlier blog on the corruption perception index released by Transparency International for 2009.

I had posted comments in the  Transperancy International Blog   about the ratings assigned to Switzerland and the need to give negative ratings for such countries, which promote secret investments. While acknowledging my remark, one Mr.Neumann referred me to the Financial Secrecy Index  developed by Tax Justice Network.

Initially, I was under the impression that in the entire world, only Switzerland entertains such secret investments. But, I was surprised to know a lot many countries entertain such investments. USA (Delaware) & Luxembourg are rated even ahead of Switzerland in the financial secrecy index ranking, though Switzerland scores 100/100 on opacity. The avenues available for parking the illicit wealth are just too much.

Ghajini shayari

I was just listening to aamir khan's ghajini song "thu meri adhuri pyas pyas ...". The song begins with a shayari. Aamir's movies mostly have shayaries. The wordings of the shayari was wonderful & I reproduce it below:

"bas ab ek haan ke intezaar me raat yunhi guzar jaayegi,
ab toh bas uljhan hi saath mere neend kahan aayegi,
Subah ki kiran na jaane kounsa sandesh laayegi,
rimjhim si gungunayegi ... ya pyaas adhuri reh jaayegi" 

The shayari clears reveals the tensed & anxious mind of a man, who has just proposed & waiting for the next day morning to know the girl's response.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Corruption Perceptions Index

The Transparency International(TI) has released the 2009 corruption perception index. Countries are given score on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 for the most corrupt & 10 for the least corrupt. Then, the countries are being ranked according to the score. 180 countries have been ranked by TI in the index.

With a score of just 3.4, India has been ranked 84th on the list. New Zealand is least corrupt nation and Somalia is the most corrupt nation.

Ratings of certain other countries:

It's really strange that Switzerland, which "enables" the politicians & business tycoons of a lot of countries to safely keep their corruptly earned money & wealth amassed by tax evasion, is ranked 5.

I am not sure if the constitution of a country has anything to do with corruption. For example, Oman is a monarchy & Nepal was also a monarchy, till recently. But, see the difference between these two countries' ratings.

India is a democracy. The people have the power to throw away corrupt politicians from the Government. But, unfortunately, when all are corrupt, this "concept of democracy" does not hold any value. When Telecom Minister Raja is being charged with a multi-crore corruption, he doesn't bother to refuse the charges; he simply talks about the corruption happened during NDA rule. When Koda is charged with a multi-crore corruption, he simply says that he will reveal the names of the Congress leaders involved in the scam. These corruption cases will go on & on ...

Monday, November 16, 2009

One Queen & 11 presidents

No one can break this world record, The same Queen-Elizabeth of England , with 11 presidents of USA ..!!

Queen Elizabeth with Barack Obama

Queen Elizabeth with George W. Bush

Queen Elizabeth with Bill Clinton

Queen Elizabeth with George Bush

Queen Elizabeth with Ronald Reagan

Queen Elizabeth with Jimmy Carter

Queen Elizabeth with Gerald Ford

Queen Elizabeth with Richard Nixon


Queen Elizabeth with John F. Kennedy

Queen Elizabeth with Dwight D. Eisenhower

Queen Elizabeth with Harry S. Truman

Saturday, November 14, 2009

China's gift to Pakistan

It's now official!!! China gifted uranium and a do-it-yourself kit for Pakistan. This fact was long known. The toolkit has been casually passed to Iran, Libya & to many other countries by the A Q Khan network.

The Chinese intentions are crystal clear and very much worrying. Our politicians are busy fighting with each other and China is busy building up bases around us in Pak, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Nepal & Burma. It would be very difficult for India if China & Pakistan open a two front war, which seems to be a likely scenario. The probability of such an event is increasing day by day.

If the Indian politicians believe that the US will intervene, then they are definitely wrong. The recent action of Obama in refusing to meet Dalai Lama during his US visit, clearly underscores the US dilemma over angering China. Obama's action is obvious. When you are deeply indebted to a person, obviously, you have to dance to his tunes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Get gr8 @ life....

I like Robin Sharma's (author of The Greatness Guide) writings. I happened to read an article on getting great in life & reproduce it below:

Life is a skill and like any other skill, once you know the ground rules and make the time to practice, you can get better. A lot better. If you really devote yourself to life, you could even reach a place of mastery. Some have.

I suggest that there are three simple things you can do to get great at life.Pay attention to life. Make the time to reflect on what you want your life to stand for, what you have learned from your years and what your legacy will be. Time slips through your fingers -- like grains of sand -- never to return again. Use your days to realise your talents. Makes me think of that line by Erma Bombeck: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'

Try to write in a journal each morning before you walk out into your world. Think about what goals you need to accomplish for you to feel the day has been a success -- and write them down. Think about your most closely held values. Think about what lessons you've learned from the previous day. What good is making a mistake if you don't learn from it?

Engage in life. Angelina Jolie spoke truth when she said: "The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy." I've learned something as I've grown older: Life returns what you give it. Donate your best. Over dinner last night with some friends, we began to speak of goal-setting. "But why set goals when life can be so uncertain?" one friend asked. My reply: "Just because life is so unpredictable doesn't mean you shouldn't exercise your power to be great. Set your goals. Make your plans. Take action and chase your dreams. That's what personal responsibility is all about. But once you've done your best -- let go. And let life do the rest."

Enjoy life. We take life so seriously. But at the end, the billionaire gets buried next to the street sweeper. We all end up as dust. So let's have some fun. "Few of us write great novels," observed Mignon McLaughlin. "But all of us can live them."
True...generally, we get struck up in our 10-5 (7 or 8 wud be appropriate) job and live life like a robot. We should have some hobbies, we should venture out & see the world & try out doing something different. We should have some aims, academically & professionally, & make efforts to achieve them. These things will help us to "live" our life.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Interest Rates

SBI has reduced interest rates on deposits... Really strange !!! I thought the interest rates would start rising due to the inflationary pressure that is building up slowly. Whatever...I am damn sure that this would be the last reduction in interest rates.

If this move of SBI leads to reduction of the bond yields a bit, I wud be glad !! Let's see...

My blog

Monday, November 9, 2009

A memorable day for me !! My wife will say that it's a tough job for me as I am weak in memorising dates. Still, would like try to memorise this memorable day...

This day is memorable because I have created my own blog today. The credit for creating my blog should undoubtedly go to my friend Haricharan, who enthused me to this concept of blogs. My first question to him about blogs...."Don't you think writing blogs is a waste of time?". But, my opinion slowly changed & now, even I have started to blog.

To start with, I intend to cover a range of topics in my blog like current affairs, life, banking & markets. Going forward, I may add a few more topics.

Though I am eager to blog a lot, I am not sure how long this will go on...