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By Ishan Kukreti

Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and its Lt. Governor, Najeeb Jung are at daggers drawn over the issue of statehood for Delhi. The issue is as dear to Kejriwal as center’s reluctance over the same.

The two sides stand firm on their stand and there is reason enough, both overt and covert, for them to be so. The need to address the question of statehood for Delhi, given its size, population and governance, is inevitable. However, the ramifications of the same are mind-boggling.

According to the Constitution

Article 239 of the Constitution of India states –

“The President may appoint the Governor of a State as the administrator of an adjoining Union territory, and where a Governor is so appointed, he shall exercise his functions as such administrator independently of his Council of Ministers.”

Delhi being a Union Territory comes under the same Article. The Lt. Governor is the main administrator of Delhi. However, the 1991 Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCT) Act by the Parliament gave Delhi a quasi-state status with a Legislative Assembly.

Lt. Governor remains the main authority nonetheless, with the CM with the council of minister acting as an advisory body.

Delhi's Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. Being a special UT, Delhi has a Lt. Governor rather than a Governor.
Delhi’s Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. Being a special UT, Delhi has a Lt. Governor rather than a Governor.

Legislative Assembly of Delhi has the power to legislate over 26 state and 47 concurrent list subjects, barring issues relating to

1. Public Order
2. Police
3. Land

Arvind Kejriwal’s demand

The demand for Delhi’s recognition as a full-fledged state by Aam Aadmi Party holds water as the present status of National Capital makes it neither center’s nor state’s.

As law and order are not under the state government, maintaining public order becomes a nuisance. In fact, during 1984 riots the Delhi government was unable to control the violence as the headless central machinery had fallen to disarray.

At the end of the day, Delhi has to be run by the state government which without an accountable police force lacks a prominent tenet of a modern state and the means to execute its will. When push comes to shove, the government can only resort to a dharna. However the practicality of that move too is doubtful. Kejriwal’s Northern Block dharna as Delhi’s CM demanding the suspension of four police officers, on charges of non performance of duty, being the case in point.

Apart from Law and Order, land is another important issue. Development work in Delhi is carried out by Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which, again, is under the center. This means, to fulfill his promise to slum dwellers of permanent houses, Arvind Kejriwal will have to go through DDA and the central government, increasing red tape and even chances of corruption.

DDA comes under central government.
DDA comes under central government.

Similar fate will await AAP as and when it tries to build towers for free WiFi.

Center’s contention

Central government’s reluctance to make Delhi a state, like any other, is mainly because Delhi is the national capital of India. The city-state houses the national Parliament, Supreme Court, central government offices among others. Making Delhi a state would bring the center under the state government, which is an absurd situation, to say the least.

The capital houses many national structures, which is a big concern in the statehood issue.
The capital houses many national structures, which is a big concern in the statehood issue.

Delhi is not just the seat of the national government, but also the center of international diplomacy which houses embassies and is frequented by international envoys. This puts the proposition of granting statehood to Delhi in the soup.

Moreover, Delhi with an annual budget allotment of 40,000 crores, out of which only two thirds is raised by it, survives on the finances of nation as a whole. This makes all states have an equal claim over it.

Delhite’s stake

A simple fact that is missed amidst the deafening political clamor and passion for a state specific sort of patriotism for ‘Statehood for Delhi’ is the practicality and profitability of the move for the people of Delhi.

Being the national capital, Delhi gets major financial inputs from the center right now apart from subsidies. Absence of this financial support would increase the burden on the state government and subsequently on the people. Delhi Metro, many stadiums and public places are being run by the central government right now. Bearing the complete burden of theses will prove difficult for the state government.

Bearing the complete burden of DMRC will prove difficult for the state government.
Bearing the complete burden of DMRC will prove difficult for the state government.

Chintan Raghuvanshi, Assistant Commissioner, IRS says, “One of the benefits to the people once Delhi becomes a state will be through Delhi’s ability to ask for better deals from the center and a larger share of centrally collected taxes. However with Delhi being a major economic center, the new state government will also be in a position to levy new taxes on top of the already existent ones.”

Postscript

A full-fledged statehood for Delhi would mean bifurcating the state in two; Delhi, the national capital and Delhi, the state. It would entail division of the total governmental apparatus, including the police, government offices etc. Plus, Delhi as a state, would lose its special status that it enjoys as the national capital right now.

Considering the pros and cons of the issue, readjusting Delhi’s status should include a smaller national capital region and a state region of Delhi, somewhat along the lines of Vatican City or City of London.

Police should be under the state government to facilitate its functioning, while a centralized force can serve the national capitol. Similar changes should be made to the functioning of DDA.

Given the current situation, statehood for Delhi, for all practical and political reasons, is a distant dream. However, recent developments have unleashed forces that can turn this dream into a waking reality requiring an objective and practicality driven discourse on the issue unspoiled petty politics.

Vatican City. Readjusting Delhi's status should include a smaller national capital region and a state region of Delhi.
Vatican City. Readjusting Delhi’s status should include a smaller national capital region and a state region of Delhi.

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Article 30 Has Harmed the Constitutional Equality of Citizens: Vijayvargiya

Vijayvargiya believes that Article 30 has harmed the spirit of equality guaranteed in the Constitution

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Vijayvargiya said that Article 30 has harmed the spirit of equality guaranteed in the Constitution. Wikimedia Commons

Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has raised questions over Article 30 of the Indian Constitution which provides the minority community the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

Vijayvargiya said this Article has harmed the spirit of equality guaranteed in the Constitution.

Kailash vijayvargiya online
“When our country is a secular one, what is the need of Article 30.”, Vijayvargiya tweeted. Pixabay

Vijayvargiya tweeted: “Article 30 has harmed the constitutional equality of citizens. This Article allows the minorities to propagate their religion and education based on religion, which is not allowed to other religions. When our country is a secular one, what is the need of Article 30.”

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Article 30 says all minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

“The State shall not, in granting aid to educational institutions, discriminate against any educational institution on the ground that it is under the management of a minority, whether based on religion or language,” Article 30 says.

Vijayvargiya’s statement can spark a new debate on the issue. (IANS)

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Why You Should Watch Political Documentary Series Transparency: Pardarshita?

Transparency is not an experiment, rather it is a tale of the experience and anguish of a common man, who is in search of accountability

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Transparency
Transparency doesn't only take you to this corporeal world of Indian Politics, but it tells you to raise your voice against the corrupt practices along with believing in what exists as the "Truth". Twitter

– By Kashish Rai

In reality, documentaries are not merely the projection of a story, it is more a story of a life, it’s a story of survival, it’s a story of a time in which people live, it’s a story of success and failure.

In India, the entertainment industry has lagged in providing realistic content which defines the actual aesthetic of a documentary, exclusively in political thrillers. It is a big deal in itself to inculcate real-life accounts and actual scenarios pertaining to an event that has brought a revolution, and undoubtedly, you can see that in Transparency: Pardarshita.

Transparency Webseries is a waypost in the world of political Thrillers in India which exclusively highlights the off-stage candours associated with the famous India Against Corruption Movement (popularly known as the Anna Andolan) and the evolution of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) whose genesis pertains to the famous movement.

You can Watch The Documentary Series Here: https://transparencywebseries.com/

Transparency is not an experiment, rather it is a tale of the experience and anguish of a common man, who is in search of accountability. This 6-episode documentary unravels how the AAP demolished its fundamental principles based on financial transparency, decentralisation of power and internal vigilance upon which it laid its foundation just for the sake of getting in power.

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After coming to power, AAP not only dismantled its core principles but abandoned its idealism and slaughtered the trust of thousands of people who dreamt of a corruption-free India. AAP also collected public funds to contest elections but gradually when it uprooted~ it removed its donors’ list from the website. Thus, Pardarshita at the same time yearns for clean political funding and the failure of the new system.

It may be easy for you to connect your life with an ordinary film but here it is much easier for you to connect with Transparency as you may better understand the sentiments of a “common man” who inevitably dreams to eradicate corruption from the system.

Transparency
Transparency is not an experiment, rather it is a tale of the experience and anguish of a common man, who is in search of accountability. Twitter

Transparency doesn’t only take you to this corporeal world of Indian Politics, but it tells you to raise your voice against the corrupt practices along with believing in what exists as the “Truth”.

Documentary films are the only place where people can speak for themselves, and Transparency is one such pedestal.

It urges people to look at themselves, to look at what has been done wrong and through that really count for the future to come.. and precisely, this is what is the vision of the director, Dr. Munish Raizada, who has himself been part of this mass movement and the Aam Aadmi Party.

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For this very reason, you should watch Transparency, not to become subjective but to be objective of what is the subsisting need of the hour.

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This is What The Song “Bol Re Dilli Bol” Reverberates

The song Bol Re Dilli Bol is a fraction of the nearing Documentary series~ "Transparency: Pardarshita"

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"Bol Re Dilli Bol" is a manful song sung by famous bollywood singer Kailash Kher and is Produced by Dr. Munish Raizada who has himself been a part of AAP. The beguiling lyrics of the song has been written by Mr. Annu Rizvi and composed by Pravesh Mallick. Twitter

By Kashish Rai

 Before starting this article on the Song, let us start with a brief story~ Nearly 8 Years ago, a new political party called the “AAM AADMI PARTY” (AAP) traced its genesis out of India Against Corruption Movement (Popularly known as Anna Andolan) in the National Capital of Delhi with a promise of bringing change in the political system and proving an auxiliary politics based on Financial Transparency, Internal Vigilance and Decentralisation of Power.

 Then, because of these delectable promises, the citizens of Delhi Trusted the Party~ but gradually when this party (AAP) came into power, it demolished their fundamentals which eventually  lead to the carnage of the trust of Thousands of people who inevitably dreamt of a Corruption free India.

Still, the AAP has lead no stone unturned to bamboozle the citizens of Delhi by every means. Now at this very time, the song “Bol Re Dilli Bol” has made a headway as a fervour that has called attention to Political Corruption and all the counterfeits of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.

You can listen the song Here~

  • What is The idea Behind “Bol Re Dilli Bol”

 The song Bol Re Dilli Bol is a fraction of the nearing Documentary series~ “Transparency: Pardarshita”. It is a manful song sung by famous bollywood singer Kailash Kher and is Produced by Dr. Munish Raizada who has himself been a part of AAP. The beguiling lyrics of the song has been written by Mr. Annu Rizvi and composed by Pravesh Mallick.

This song has not been composed due to propaganda purpose but it reflects the sole contemplation of the discomposure of the Party’s Core Volunteers altogether who gave their everything to make India Corruption Free.

Dr. Munish Raizada through his documentary and this song has tried to call attention of all the people of Delhi to see the actuality and ascertain the counterfeits of Aam Aadmi Party~ Be it Political Funding, Fiddle Promises, Lack of Civic System and Amenities etc.

  • Why You Should See “Bol Re Dilli Bol” As The Song Of Every “Common Man”

 The Aam Aadmi Party has always deluded people with its “Common Man” propaganda but trenchantly, it has itself been a cause for putting many traps for the common man in every way. The song “Bol Re Dilli Bol” delineates the sentiment of every common man who stands hoodwinked by the fallacious principles of Aam Aadmi Party.

Song
The song Bol Re Dilli Bol is a fraction of the nearing Documentary series~ “Transparency: Pardarshita”. Twitter

Just as the title of the Documentary, the song highlights all the plaintive issues engendered by AAP with utmost “Transparency”.

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This song is not just a piece of Music based on a peculiar theme, but it is the celebration of truth, candour and certitude that comes straight from the heart of every upright citizen. It calls on all the citizens of the capital to raise their voice against the deliberate injustice and subversions of Aam Aadmi Party.