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बडोला जी..

बहुत ही अच्छी फोटो आपने भेजी है सर. एसे फोटो बहुत ही मुश्किल से मिलते है !

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JAN SEWA SAMITI – that helps in the last rites of Unclaimed dead bodies in Ranikhet.

By: D.N.Barola

Death is an eternal truth. Anybody who takes birth in this Mrityulok has to die. The fact is death means change. The flowers blossom and one day they fell down. It is nothing but Death or change of form. The dead body has to vanish away and gets merged in the Panch Tatwa. The sacred mantra reads – Kshiti Jal Pawak, Gagan sameera; Panch tatwa yah bana sareera.  The body is made of "the five great elements of nature". The whole universe is made up of these five basic elements namely: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Our body is also made up of these five elements. These five elements are related to our five senses of smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Cremation is popular due to the Hindu concept of detachment of soul from the body at the time of death, and the transmigration of the soul from one body to another. Hindus believe in reincarnation and view death as the soul moving from one body to the next on its path to reach Nirvana, Heaven. Death is a sad occasion, but Hindu priests emphasize the route ahead for the departed soul and a funeral is as much a celebration as a remembrance service.
Hindus cremate their dead, believing that the burning of a dead body signifies the release of the spirit and that the flames represent Brahma, the creator.

49 Year old Satish Chandra Pandey, a lean and thin person, a graduate, who runs a small Fair Price Shop and a Furniture shop in Sadar Bazar, Ranikhet, Uttarakhand (Mob.9456164514) could understand the meaning of Death or Change of form. He had to embrace an extremely poor childhood. Her sister died due to lack of treatment, as his parents could not afford proper treatment of his sister. This incident had great impact on him. When he grew up he started helping people in their difficult times. He could serve the patients in the hospital and would help in the last rites of heirless and unclaimed dead bodies. There was a person, popularly known as Fakkar Baba Bachi Ram, aged 72. He would take unclaimed dead bodies to the Mukti Dham, Ranikhet (Burning place) alone in a Gunny Bag and would perform the last rites. He helped in the last rites of the 14 dead bodies in the ominous Kafalta Kand. In 2006, the Fakkar Baba died and since then Satish took on him this social responsibility. He also took inspiration from a Sadhu, who used to give Kandha to the dead bodies and would say that if you give Kandha to a dead body, this gives you a Punya (virtue) of 7 Tirths (piligrimiage). Satish is present to offer his Kandha to almost every dead body and would go to the local Mukti Dham (Samshan Ghat). While going in a procession to Mukti Dham along with the dead body, Satish would be vocal in chanting Om Nam Satya Hai…till the body reaches the Shamshan Ghat. He would prepare the pier for burning the dead body. Constructing the pier is also an expert job. One has to take care of the space for oxygen, so that the pier gets fire instantly and continuously. He would be present in the ceremonies till the dead body is consumed by fire absolutely.


Satish felt that he alone cannot take this social responsibility as he roughly earns 15,000 rupees or less per month, which is not even sufficient to give a comfortable living to his family. He has to look after his family which consists of his wife, a son aged 17 years and a daughter aged 16 years. It was necessary to take the help of the people who may be willing to take this social responsibility. He therefore formed a Committee – Jan Sewa Samiti. He started enrolling volunteers with a monthly contribution of Rs. 25/-. The contribution was absolutely voluntary and there is no compulsion for people to contribute every month. He started getting economic cooperation from Tribhuwan Verma, Sunil Verma, J.C.Tripathi, Khim Singh, Anand Agarwal, Vivek Pande, Manohar Chaudhary, Harish Lal Sah, Deepak Pant Pradeep and Shanker Lal who hails from Almora. His main associates in this social responsibility are Ganesh Ram and Suneel.


Every month, the Samiti works vigilantly and the unclaimed bodies get respectable and    proper last rites. The Committee serves 15 to 20 unclaimed bodies per year. The Committee prepares Bamboo Pier for the dead body and gives proper treatment to the bodies as per their religion. Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the Samshan Ghat, whereas Christian dead bodies go to the Cemetery. The dead body expenditure on the last rites comes to a minimum of Rs. 5000. This includes 5 Qntl. of wood for Rs.1300 which includes, cutting the woods, Samigri worth 1,200, transport 600, Cleaning 500, Bamboo worth 400 and Misc.1,000. The Samiti spends roughly 80,000 per annum to cremate the unclaimed dead bodies.

 Satish gives Bamboo, free to all from his personal resources, irrespective of whether the same is required for any rich or poor. I enquired of him, why free Bamboos for the rich, who can very well afford it. He said that he gets great satisfaction by offering Bamboos to all. After all when there is a death in a family, the family is in deep trauma. I, however, feel that those who can afford should insist on payment and Satish should accept it, so that the money may be utilized elsewhere for this cause. The rich, particularly, invariably should insist on payment or may ask him to issue a receipt of donation to the Samiti. Where from do you get the Bamboos, I enquired. He tells that Bamboos have to be brought from Silor Valley, which is some 18 Kms away from Ranikhet. Hence the same costs about 400 rupees per dead body. This includes the cost of cutting and preparing the Bier for taking the dead body to the Samshan Ghat. He thus spends roughly 3,000 per month from his personal income on this account.


The Samiti arranged and contributed its help, when Mohini Didi, expired on 5 Feb.,2009. This lady used to live in Khari Bazar, Ranikhet on the verandah of a shop. In fact very few persons in the hills live in verandahs or foot-paths. In view of great qualities, she used to get the affection of the residents of Khari Bazar, who used to look after her food, clothing and shelter. When she expired, people helped her in her cremation and the Samiti extended all out help in her cremation. She had left an amount of Rupees 30,673 in her belongings, which amount was donated to the Shiv Mandir Dharmshala to be spent in her memory.


In recognition of his devotion to the cause of cremation of unclaimed and heirless dead bodies, many institutions, mainly The Akhil Bharatiya Uttarakhand Mahasabha (Regd.) presented him with an APPRECIATION LETTER for his self-less contribution to this cause.


The Samiti also extends its hand in Blood donation. His associates in this noble cause mostly hail from the nearby Indira Basti. Sunil, Nand Kishore, Amit Kumar, Umesh, Pramod are always ready to help save a life, when so ever a call comes from the Hospital or the Samiti.

Samiti also helps people who come to Ranikhet and their Pocked is picked or have no money to go back to their home. The Samiti, after due enquiry, gives money to such persons, so that they reach their destination.
   
 I wanted to know about the most pathetic story, which touched his heart. He narrated the story of a Nepali from Chaukhutia Ganai. The Nepali had three children. He brought his wife to Ranikhet is a serious condition. The Samiti helped him, but his wife died in the night. The Nepali was bitterly weeping and was saying, after all, what will he say to his three children, when they would enquire about their mother? This incident touched his heart severally.

The Samiti gets no aid from any source including the Government. The Samiti has no cash or bank balance as on date. Let the people of Ranikhet help the Samiti to carry on this noble cause and enhance the scope of the Samiti to a larger level to benefit more and more people. In fact the cremation of the unclaimed dead bodies is the responsibility of the Police, though we cannot get away with our social responsibility.  In the absence of a proper Fund in the Police Station, the Police have to face avoidable problems. The Government should create an emergency fund to cater to this problem, so that the unclaimed souls get suitable and proper religious treatment after their death.

His wife Smt. Leela Pandey has been her inspiration. She is always ready to give a helping hand to him on this noble cause.

I feel various organizations and individuals should come to share this social responsibility and help the Samiti voluntarily in expanding its activities to the rural poor also, by liberally contributing their share to this noble cause, so that the unclaimed dead bodies get a proper cremation.(D.N.Barola)




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Large Nath worn by women in Uttarakhand
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In the culture of Uttarakhand, Nath (large ring worn on left nostril) plays a dominant role. Nath is an import part of the Kumaoni woman’s traditional attire.  There is an interesting story of a woman whose Father had demanded a large Nath to solemnize her marriage.

The story goes like this. Once upon a time there was a rich person who wanted to marry his son. He approached a girl’s father, who was a rich Contractor. During the discussions, the father of the girl posed a question, whether he has the status and standard to offer a 4 Tola (46.5 gram) Nath to his daughter. If yes the relationship can be established. The boys’ father immediately accepted the challenge and said yes, he would provide a 4 Tola Nath to his daughter-in-law. As per tradition the boys’ father offers gold Jewelry to the girl at the time of marriage. Bubbling with pride the boy’s father offered Jewelry including a 4 Tola Nath to the bride at the time of marriage. The father of the girl accepted the gesture and the marriage got solemnized with great fanfare.

The boys’ father could not relish the demand of the girls’ father and he decided to increase the weight of the Nath just to show off his prosperity and riches. At the first opportunity when he got good profit in the business, he increased the weight of the Nath to 5 Tola (58.3 Gram).  He continued doing this year to year. In the hills the women wear the Nath every day and throughout the day. The daughter-in-law was also required to wear the Nath every day. She was feeling great difficulty in wearing the weighty Nath, with the result the hole on the nostril became very large. Once again the Boys’ father got very good profit in business. He ordered to increase the weight of the Nath by another Tola. The new Nath was given to the bride for wearing the same.  The bride did wear it. But in the process the nostril could not bear the weight of the Nath and the nostril tattered and nose started bleeding. The moral of the story is one should not believe in show off and should not boast unnecessarily.(D.N.Barola)
 

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Large Nath worn by women in Uttarakhand
hello namaste sir bahut achcha laga aap k lekh pad kar


In the culture of Uttarakhand, Nath (large ring worn on left nostril) plays a dominant role. Nath is an import part of the Kumaoni woman’s traditional attire.  There is an interesting story of a woman whose Father had demanded a large Nath to solemnize her marriage.

The story goes like this. Once upon a time there was a rich person who wanted to marry his son. He approached a girl’s father, who was a rich Contractor. During the discussions, the father of the girl posed a question, whether he has the status and standard to offer a 4 Tola (46.5 gram) Nath to his daughter. If yes the relationship can be established. The boys’ father immediately accepted the challenge and said yes, he would provide a 4 Tola Nath to his daughter-in-law. As per tradition the boys’ father offers gold Jewelry to the girl at the time of marriage. Bubbling with pride the boy’s father offered Jewelry including a 4 Tola Nath to the bride at the time of marriage. The father of the girl accepted the gesture and the marriage got solemnized with great fanfare.

The boys’ father could not relish the demand of the girls’ father and he decided to increase the weight of the Nath just to show off his prosperity and riches. At the first opportunity when he got good profit in the business, he increased the weight of the Nath to 5 Tola (58.3 Gram).  He continued doing this year to year. In the hills the women wear the Nath every day and throughout the day. The daughter-in-law was also required to wear the Nath every day. She was feeling great difficulty in wearing the weighty Nath, with the result the hole on the nostril became very large. Once again the Boys’ father got very good profit in business. He ordered to increase the weight of the Nath by another Tola. The new Nath was given to the bride for wearing the same.  The bride did wear it. But in the process the nostril could not bear the weight of the Nath and the nostril tattered and nose started bleeding. The moral of the story is one should not believe in show off and should not boast unnecessarily.(D.N.Barola)
 

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Sir, Welcome back.. Happy new year to you and your family.

Long back, i had also listened about this story.. I hope people like it.. Thax u sir once again.

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SIF (Save Indian Family) movement should participate in Media Debates

We are in an era of Media Trial. Media have been highlighting the Women’s point of view in a big way and Men are shouted down when they try to put their point of view in any TV debate. The Anchor in such cases is mostly a Lady, who poses to be a votary to the cause of women. Damini gang rape, no doubt, was a horrific and barbarous act and every one - men and women alike- voiced their feeling to demand Capital punishment for the culprits. Men supported women in every way. India is a democratic country. In a democracy the other person’s point of view is equally important. This is the reason the Court gave a patient hearing to the Lawyers of the accused and after granting full opportunity to both the sides to put up their case without fear the Court pronounced Capital punishment to the all the accused. Thus justice was done to Damini. The juvenile accused however got 3 years in ‘Bal Sundhar Grih’ (Reform facility), which was the maximum punishment for a juvenile as per the law of the land, which everybody felt was a small punishment for such a dastardly act by the juvenile.
The Men’s voice was echoed by the son of the President of India’s Abhijit Mukherjee, M.P. who spoke to the Media echoing Men’s sentiments, which were harshly condemned by the Women’s Organisations and he was made to eat his own words. His unconditional apologies only could console the Women’s organisations. But by this time he had spoken what he wanted to speak. The message had been flashed through the Media to every corner of the country and the people, men and women alike were saying that he had spoken the truth, but nobody dared to speak against the Women’s Organisations in the Media. Certain things men cannot digest, for example Women’s Organisations want Legal and social acceptance of pre-marital rape. They also demand liberty to women to walk down the streets of the cities in late night as well, as is allowed to the males. They demanded that it is the duty of Sheila Dixit Government to provide security to the women walking in the streets of Delhi at the dead of night.  They tacitly advocate acceptance of western culture, but they forget that in Western Countries when the boys and girls attain majority, they are expected to lead their lives independently without any thing to do with the parents. But in India, even today, it is the solemn religious and moral duty of the parents, in view of massive attachment with the children, to arrange and fully finance the marriage of their son and daughters and prior to that fully finance and arrange for their higher education even when they have become adult and also to try for their proper employment. In return children are not ready to accept the responsibility of looking after their old and ailing parents. They prefer being nearer to their in-laws, because wives’ want greater association with their parents. Thus instead of looking after the husband’s parents, they prefer to look after their parents. If Women Organisations want social acceptance of pre-marital *, they should also ask the children to leave their parent’s home, after attaining the age of majority, so that the money which the parents spend in their marriage and higher studies becomes a good source of their livelihood in their old age.
Sometimes back I was watching a TV debate about Damini gang rape, in which a male Panelist said that in Delhi rape cases are increasing. The reason is mostly liquor. Hence something should be done to prohibit selling of liquor in the evening as the rape cases normally take place after intoxication. Two Women Panelists resented vociferously and made the Men Penalist to shut their mouths. The Lady Anchor hastily ignored this all and switched over to other Panelists.  Awindra Pandey, friend of Damini who tried to save her from the culprits was also ignored by the Women’s Organisations. Is it that because he was a man?
In Damini case, the then Chief Justice of India Justice Altamas Kabir said that if he had his say he would have gone to raise his voice in the then ongoing agitation against Damini rape. Woman Organisations would have taken a note of it. It is therefore crystal clear that Men are equally worried about what is happening with the women in our society. Everybody including Women Organisations feel that it is the parents who can give moral education and ‘sanskar’ to their children. But they forget that today the children are not under the control of their parents. The boys demand a Mobile at the age 3 to 5 years and a Bike at the age of 10 years. Girls say that their parents are doing partiality with them and now they also demand a Mobile and Scooty at a tender age. The parents are helpless. In case their demand is not met, they would boycott food and threaten to commit suicide. So parents somehow arrange for the money and give them what they want. In some cases the children become a prey to the Bike accidents and leave their parents to weep and repent throughout their life.
Now Rajya Sabha has passed a Bill in which provision has been made to grant inheritance right in the parental property of the husbands. Now the girls will get property from three sources i.e. their father, husband and father-in-law. But they forget normally husband’s purchase property in the name of their wives. They also hand over their full salary or income to their wives and beg money from their wives, from time to time, for their personal needs.  Now they will be scared and would think hundred times before handing over their full salary to them or purchasing property in the name of their wives. Women Organisations feel that pre-marital *, divorce, Maintenance allowance etc. should be allowed to the women as a matter of right for which Laws have already been framed. But they forget that boys are badly being harassed, simply because they are males. Hence the latest alternative which boys are brooding over is Live-in-relationship, which is already in vogue in metros. Marrying a girl means you are bringing a ‘live time-bomb’ which may explode any time, because now a Lady can lodge an FIR from her husband’s house through internet or mobile phones as well. They are not required even to go to a Police Station. Their simple information through internet etc. would authorise the Police to arrest the husband pending investigation. Women’s Organisations also want Marital Rape as an offence. This all is hitting at the very root of family system. They want a still more strict Section 498-A and Dowry Act. They lament in such cases the conviction rate is only 2%. The fact is most of the cases lodged against husbands are false. Naturally the conviction rate has to be 2% or so. The Supreme Court took a notice of it and termed this as ‘legal terrorism’. The woman organisations are not ready to accept the men’s view point. As a result of FIR by his wife a husband who had to go to Jail and consequently gets bail prefers to lead a lonely life, instead of accepting the lady to lead a marital life afresh. Not only that he prefers to go to Jail even if found guilty instead of bringing the lady, who is once again gets armed with all sort of anti-men laws, if she is back to her husband’s home. Thus the family system gets shattered. The girl also repents because normally she finds no prospects of re-marriage in the present Indian society. But it is already too late. By this time her age also grows, hence the chances of re-marriage diminish further. The Women Organisations should think seriously as to how to save the Indian Families. They should call SIF activists and hear their point of view. We all agree that in rape cases, particularly in children rape cases and gang rape cases capital punishment is a must, but in all other cases we must think in terms of how the Indian Family System can be saved and in case Women’s Organisations do not agree to this, divorce should become easier, Section 498-A and Dowry Act like anti-men provisions should be out of the Statute or should be diluted. These organisations should not be allowed to cook the cake and eat it too. It is pertinent to mention that all Men are not rapists. It is the Men who look after the women and do all sort of sacrifices for them. They have great regard and affection for the woman. The women, being kind hearted, respond to the Men in every way. The fact is there is no existence of men without women and there is no existence of women without men. Women Organisation should not make this matter ‘Men versus Women’. They should not shout down or overpower men while speaking in a debate as a Panelist. Women organisations should talk about all the rape cases which are brought to them by the people or Media. A Police Lady Constable was raped in Jharkhand in August last, while she was bringing the dead body of his relative from Ranchi to Latehar about which there was not a single word from the Women Organisations, why? The topic of the day is how to save Indian families? SIF (Save Indian Family) a man’s organisation is doing good work in this direction. The Government and the woman organisations should also take them into confidence.  The Government should also consider whether time is ripe when a ‘Purush Ayog’ should also be established to look after the grievances of men who suffer at the hands of woman? This will go a long way in saving Indian Families. D.N.Barola, President, Press Club, Ranikhet. e-mail dnbarola@yahoo.co.in    Mobile No.9412909980,05966220259

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 NGOs planning a silent coup at the Centre
 BY: DN BAROLA
RANIKHET: Encouraged by the ‘great experience’ of Delhi, the NGO group of India is planning a silent coup at the Centre. AAP has clearly said that now they will go ahead with another ‘Great experience’ at the Centre.  Arvind Kejriwal could climb the ladders of power as CM of Delhi with the shrewd political backing of the Congress which for the present seems to be a politically right decision.  But now Kejriwal and company have realised the power of NGOs and they are uniting the NGOs spread over India to get united and fight Lok Sabha elections. Prominent NGOs led by Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and others have their blessings to this effort.
After all where-from the NGOs could get such support at Delhi is a question for discussion. It is pertinent to mention that today NGOs have Money Power, Man Power and above all the Contact- Power. They get Government recognition and get awards for social service, like Magsaysay Award, Padmshree and other awards. Many of them have direct access at Secretary Level. They can oblige people due to their massive contacts. I had an occasion to see the Man Power and Money Power of a NGO. Some years back there was furore in public about a book published by some NGO about the definite possibility of Aids in the hill areas. There argument was that people in the village remain out for long durations in service, particular in the Army and during this period the women get the appetite of * fulfilled from other villagers. Aids is a *ually transmitted disease, hence there is great apprehension that Aids may spread in the village as an epidemic.  This apprehension has proved wrong even after years because women in hills are devoted to their husbands but the NGO had done its job. He could get a big chunk of money from the World Bank. The local activists staged a rally against the NGO, which had a participation of some 15-20 people. In retaliation the NGO also staged a rally, which had a massive participation of more than 500 persons. This was the Man Power the NGO could easily display.
Some 30 years back, I had an occasion to work in Net-working of NGOs called Samanwaya. Keeping in view my organisational skills, I was elected as President of Samanwaya, Uttarakhand. I soon realised that the NGO sector is a hub of corruption.  I came to know that just like in engineering departments, you have to pay a certain percentage of the money to the department concerned to get aid. Naturally in order to justify this expense you would be required to prepare fake vouchers for this money. In spite of this corruption when the Lokpal Bill was in the Lok Sabha NGO lobby vehemently opposed inclusion of NGOs in Lokpal Act.
NGOs have the mastery in wooing the people. They cater to the small needs of people. Even Kejriwal says that he is concerned about the small needs of the people, like preparation of Ration Card, bijli Pani. I had an example of this. In my neighbourhood there was scarcity of water. The problem was small but for the people who were suffering the problem was great. A NGO activist offered to repair the existing spring (called Dhara or Naula). He prepared an estimate, sent it to the proper forum and got the required money. He said that a Tank would be constructed, so that there is enough storage of water every time. People were happy. He further proposed that the place can be developed further, so that people could sit there for a while and chat. He proposed that on the day of completion of construction of the tank, a Bhandara (Community Lunch) would be held and a small Temple would also be constructed. Now this being a religious matter funds started pouring in. The people were happy and felt obliged. After few months he fought Panchayat election and he won with good margin. This way the NGOs are doing social service at the cost of Government or World Bank money and leading a decent lifestyle, some lead luxurious life style as is the case with Anna Hazare, Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and others. Now the NGOs of India are uniting and wish to lead a silent coup at the Centre, if not this Lok Sabha elections, it may be next elections.
The task before the political parties is great. Their organisations work in a haphazard way, whereas NGOs work systematically and in a planned way. Today the Bureaucrats, Senior Officers, high ranking Retired Officers have opted to become NGO. Even Ministers and other Political Leaders are running their NGOs. Under these circumstances, it is a matter for debate, whether NGOs participation in a big way and capturing the highest post of India, should be encouraged or discouraged. NGOs capturing power means inexperienced novice being elected as CM or PM and governing the State or the Country in Kejriwal’s anarchist fashion. This also means that India would be under big influence of USA. The policies would have to be framed the way US wants, because all the NGOs get massive funding  from World Bank as is the case with Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and others.
Political Parties would have to be vigilant. Traditional Politics would not do. Sheila Dixit drastically changed the picture in Delhi with massive development, but she did not address small issues like Bijli, Pani etc., which would have needed very small investment. So Political Parties would have to plan afresh and be vigilant on these matters. There was a time when I as a political worker used to visit every house frequently and would find about their problems and a solution was being found out, but today political activists give only speeches in their Mohalla, which do not solve the people’s problems. This is an era of paid-workers and Paid-Media. Hence the Party is not able to create a stable volunteer force.  Yet another big problem is corruption. The fact is the small people indulge in small corruption, whereas big people indulge in big and massive corruption. Hence corruption free society is only a dream. Still we have to work for a society that has corruption to the level which people may be able to afford. We have also to educate the people to work for a 2-3 Party system, so that a stable Government may work for the full term.(D.N.Barola)







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UTTARAKHAND MODEL OF DEVELOPMENT

RANIKHET: India is a welfare State, this is the reason the development of the Country is measured not by the number of people who are billionaires or trillionaires, but by the overall development of the people, poor and rich alike. The basic necessities of life like food, water, clothing, house, electricity, medical facilities, education etc. have to be catered to by the Government or by those who have riches and they can easily afford and are willing to part with money or resources for the welfare of the people voluntarily. This is election time and everybody is confused by the propaganda of various political parties as also print and electronic media particularly because any negative event becomes news for the media. There are debates, street gossips and speeches which would continue till elections are over. I was also lured by some people in fierce debate in the social media, particularly Facebook. At the moment people are discussing which political party or person would be able to cater to the needs of the people. Bharatiya Janta Party has been talking of Gujarat Model of development. The Congress talks of its achievements during UPA I and UPA II, but practically all political parties have their guns deployed towards the Congress, as it is the ruling party and everybody questions the Congress about the development during these 10 years. Sometimes back Am Admi Party (AAP) emerged in the scene and to the utter surprise of all achieved brilliant success in Delhi Vidhan Sabha Elections. Encouraged by this, the Party has thrown its lot in Parliamentary Elections also. Other State Level Parties have their own agendas and would be fighting the elections not only to achieve their State Level aspirations, but also to fulfil their dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India or to have their say in the selection of Prime Minister, so that they have a good bargaining capacity in the Centre after the elections. Gujarat Model of development has been highlighted in a big way. Most of the people felt that Gujarat Model of development is the best bet for the Country. Influenced by the publicity I also felt that this Model would be beneficial for the country. But I had a dig in the internet, I was startled to know that Uttarakhand can not only be compared on many parameters with Gujarat, but has performed better than Gujarat in many parameters. The details are attached. The statistics revealed that Uttarakhand and Gujarat stand as under:
                                                  Uttarakhand at No.    Gujarat at No.
Per capita income........................... 8 (92,607)...........10 (89,668)
Infant Mortality rate....................... 18 (42)..................26 (54)
House-hold electricity.................... 17 (87)................. 16 (90.4)
Life Expectancy at Birth................. 10 (69.8).............. 11 (69.4)
Poverty percentage .......................12 (11.3)............... 15 (16.6)
Literacy rate.................................... 2 (82.5)................. 13 (81.2)                                                                                                                                                               Alcohol Consumption......................  4 (23.0%).............. NA
Worst Malnutrition States                  NA .........................2 (16.3)
Electricity per Unit                  Min.2.30, Max.3.35     Min.3.15 Max.5.20
State of Goa (2004.77 kWh) & Pondicherry (1864.5 kWh) account for maximum per capita consumption of electricity. While states of Bihar (117.48 kWh), Manipur (207.15 kWh) &. Assam (209.20 kWh). Gujarat has a debt of Rs.1,38,978 Lac Crores on 31.3.2012, which is expected to touch Rs.1,76,000 Lac Crores as in 2013-14. Lacs. 10 Years back the debt was Rs. 45,301 Crores, which multiplied 4 times. Gujarat per Capita debt is 23,163 rupees. Statistics for Uttarakhand was instantly not available. Would you believe Gujarat is the worst the worst malnutrition state of India? The following Chart tells the story. Orissa 13.4%, GUJARAT 16.3%, Chhatisgarth 16.4% , Meghalaya 27.7%, Bihar 24.1%,
These statistics are quite revealing. Except in House-hold Electricity, where Gujarat stands at No. 16 Uttarakhand is one step down at No. 17. I tried to know the reason behind it. We in Uttarakhand discuss and re-discuss matters of political importance at our leisure. The major political parties have continuously been lambasting time and again against each other and people start feeling that Uttarakhand is definitely a back-ward State. But this is not so. The fact is people in Uttarakhand are better off than those in other parts of India. Here you won’t find any Jhuggi, Jhopri. You will also not find people who take birth on the roadside, spend their life time and die there itself. Here everybody has a house, some agriculture land, some gold and some income which may be sufficient or insufficient for their livelihood, but starvation deaths have never been reported from the hills. The incidence of liquor has an adverse bearing on the economic condition of the poor. Otherwise life is comparatively easy going and peaceful. Crime rate is negligible in comparison to the plains. No doubt improvements are required in every field and we all have to try for this as adverse publicity gives rise to tourists getting discourage to visit the hills. Politics apart it would be a wise step if the Government and the people talk of Uttarakhand Model of development with facts and figures and attract people to visit Uttarakhand. This will go a long way to improve further the economic condition of the people of the hills.
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                       Some Statistics on
UTTARAKHAND MODEL OF DEVELOPMENT
STATE-WISE INFANT MORTALITY RATE 2005
GUJARAT – 54%o; UTTARAKHAND – 42%O
1. Manipur……………………………… 13 LOWEST MORTALITY
18. UTTARAKHAND……………….......42 UTTARAKHAND
26. GUJARAT……………………………..54 GUJARAT
35. Madhya Pradesh………………..76 HIGHEST MORTALITY
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All India**………………………………….58
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Source: Office of the Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.
******************************************************* Per Capita Income Of Various Indian States [2013 Update]
UTTARAKHAND NO.8; GUJARAT NO.10
1) 2,01,083…..Delhi
8) 92,607…...Uttarakhand
10) 89,668…...Gujarat
32) 28,317…… Bihar
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Comparison of Electricity rates per Unit in Uttarakhand and Gujarat
Uttarakhand - Minimum rates Rs. 2.30 Per Unit
Maximum rates Rs. 3.35 Per Unit.
Gujarat-------- -Minimum rates Rs. 3.15 Per Unit
Maximum rates Rs. 5.20 Per Unit
Indian states ranking by households having electricity 2011
1)...Lakshdweep…..99.7
2)...Delhi………….99.1
16).GUJARAT …...90.4
17).Uttarakhand…..87.0
35). Bihar………....16.4
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LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH (2011)
Gujarat stands at No.11 & Uttarakhand at No.10!!
1)…….Kerala………………..76.8
10)……Uttarakhand……..69.8
11)…..GUJARAT…………..69.4
28).Madhya Pradesh…..65.0
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State-wise Poverty percentage basis 2011-12
Uttarakhand at No.12; Gujarat at No.15
1)…Goa…………………….5.1
12)..Uttarakhand…….11.3
15)..GUJARAT………….16.6
30)..Chhatisgarh………39.9
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State-wise Rate of Literacy % in India
GUJARAT NO.13; UTTARAKHAND. NO.12
1)..Kerala……………….95.5
2)..Uttarakhand……..82.5
13).GUJARAT…………..81.2
28).Bihar……………..67.2 Five states with highest number of men consuming alcohol 1) Chhattisgarh….... 31.6% 2) Jharkhand……… 24.6% 3) Assam…………… 23.8% 4)Uttarakhand....23.0% 5) Odisha…………… 21.0% ***********************************************************************************************************************
WOULD YOU BELIEVE GUJARAT IS THE WORST MALNUTIRITION STATE OF INDIA? 1)Orissa……….. 13.4%,
2)GUJARAT. …..16.3%,
3)Chhatisgarth..16.4% ,
4)Meghalaya….. 27.7%,
5)Bihar …………..24.1%,
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