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The truth behind Electronic Voting Machines

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Politicians in India are the greatest psychologists. Even after defeats in elections and after complete loss of  trust of the people, they resort to play  at psychological level and attempt to  manipulate public perception to stay afloat in public life. The loud cry about  electronic voting machines and its manipulation  is one such glaring example. Presently AAP , BSP, Congress and Samajwadi Party and many others who faced crushing defeats in recent past are leading a campaign against use of EVMs. In fact BJP has the discredit to be the first party to cry out against EVMs . It was none other than L.K. Advani who accused EVMs are manipulated by congress , after BJP was defeated in 2004 general elections.
The present foul cry had unprecedented coverage in media .India is the greatest hub of arm chair experts , who often help build false perceptions through media. These defeatist elements in politics and media were successful in creating doubts about veracity of EVMs ,and suspicion in the minds of people.
Probably that is what must have driven all powerful Election Commission of India to allow public tests of EVMs between 1 st to 10th  May 2017. The Election Commission shall allow the EVMs to be handled by any one who accepts the challenge and technically prove that it can be manipulated.
I have the rare and unique experience of conducting elections as Returning Officer both with ballot papers as well as EVMs. I can say with authority and responsibility that EVMs in India are wonder machines which can never be tampered or manipulated.
The design and manufacturing of EVMs was a collective effort of Election Commission of India and two public sector giants, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. ( BHEL), Bangalore,and Electronic Corporation of India Ltd. Hyderabad. The design of the EVM and its programme is highly innovative and completely secure so much so that no hacker can reach to decipher the programme forget hacking and manipulations. And that is precisely why I call it a wonder machine.
Not many (including armchair experts) in India know That the EVMs were designed and programmed by professors AG Rao and Ravi Poovaiah, Both hailing from IIT Bombay. They remained unknown, despite such a great contribution to the nation because our mainstream media is more obsessed with Bangalore tech startups and capital they raise, than the scientists from public sector who have been silently performing and competing with the best in the world.
Today many countries import EVMs from India. When the lesser mortals in India baselessly question the authenticity they are also harming business prospects of public sector companies who manufacture these wonder machines.
Secondly these cunning  politicians are trading on the ignorance of the masses about  the transparent and full proof election process in India. The fact that machines are sealed before the representative of every contesting candidates has no mention  at all in any media reports so far. Their signatures are obtained on every seal and  and only then EVMs are dispatched to polling stations where the representatives are asked to verify  the seals. If any tampering is noticed the said machine is replaced with reserved EVM .These seals are finally opened at the counting centres, that too after full satisfaction of candidates counting agents.
The election commission must ask the challenging persons to try and breach entire process under which the machines are deployed and not stand alone tests of hardware and software..
The use of EVMs have made the conduct of elections less cumbersome . More than 10,000 tons of paper is saved in one general election. One ton of paper requires 15 average size trees. Every general election EVMs save 150,000 trees. In last three general elections EVMs have saved 450,000 trees. Would this be regarded as an achievement ?
We live in a country where Sita had to  perform “Agni Pariksha “(fire test),on insistence of lesser mortals. As long as we cherish and allow such things; the righteous in India shall always be put to test .

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Rafale Deal Case: Supreme Court rules out probe in the deal

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The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking court-monitored probe in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

 

New Delhi| The Supreme Court Friday said there is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said there has been the necessity of fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without fighter jets.

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) is reading out the judgment for the three-judge bench.

The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking court-monitored probe in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

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Make sure private banks stay in Indian hands: RSS affiliate to new RBI governor

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New Delhi | Days after new RBI governor Shaktikanta Das assumed charge, an RSS-affiliated outfit on Thursday said he should “rethink” about the regulatory framework for private bank ownership in the country so that it remains in Indian hands.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) Thursday organized a discussion on ‘Future of Banks in India’, which was moderated by its co-convener Ashwani Mahajan.

After the discussion a paper was released, in which the SJM said, “There is a need for the new RBI Governor to rethink the regulatory framework for private bank ownership. None of us want India homegrown banks to be allowed in the hands of foreign players.”

These remarks come just two days after Das was appointed as the Central bank governor and a day ahead of RBI’s central board meet in Mumbai.

The Sangh affiliate further suggested that the promoters cap should also be reexamined, adding “present guidelines for compulsory dilution of the equity appear unnatural” as it is helping more foreign funds to make way into the Indian markets.

“SJM is worried that the foreign funds are increasing their penetration among the public sector banks as well as taking control of various private banks. In absence of any agreements on this at multilaterals, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO). SJM believes that the ownership of banks in India should stay among Indians,” the paper said.

It is worrisome, as India doesn’t have mature funds with deeper pockets to take up equities in the banks, the forced equity dilution pushes the banks to go abroad, SJM said while underlining that the motive of bringing in private sector banks in 2001 was to bring in more competition in this space and improving the access to credit to more Indians.

Asserting that the country needs strong and healthy banks for inclusiveness in the society, the SJM said there are two main disruptors for banks, the implementation of International Financial Reporting System (IFRS) based accounting standards and BASEL-III norms.

Basel III capital regulations are a global capital to risk norms. As per the norms, banks have to maintain a minimum common equity ratio of 8 percent and a total capital ratio of 11.5 percent.

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Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on pleas for probe into Rafale fighter jet deal

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New Delhi | The Supreme Court is scheduled on Friday to pronounce the verdict on pleas seeking court-monitored probe into India’s multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas on November 14.

Advocate M L Sharma was the first petitioner in the case. Later, another lawyer Vineet Dhanda had moved the apex court with the plea for court-monitored probe into the deal. AAP leader Sanjay Singh has also filed a petition against the fighter jet deal.

After the three petitions were filed, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with activist advocate Prashant Bhushan had moved the apex court with a plea for a direction to the CBI to register FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.

The Centre has defended the multi-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and opposed public disclosure of the pricing details.

India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. The estimated cost of the deal is Rs 58,000 crore.

The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.

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