Monday, August 8, 2011



a)Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's reply to speech of the Leader of BJP Yashwant Sinha in the Lok Sabha on the recent debate on the issue of inflation and price rise:
Yashwant Sinha said ' Go, for God's sake go' using the words of Oliver Cromwell in 1653 to the then British Prime Minister. What happened afterwards ? Pranab Mukherjee said reminding the BJP leader Cromwelss's skelton was dug out from the grave and hanged by the parliament for destroying democracy. There is no point in making such statements.

b) Jan Lokpal Bill goes elitist - Dipankar Gupta in The Times of India:They took their eyes off citizens and concentrated almost exclusively on big people in important positions. What tempted them to take this stance ? Is it because enemies in high places are better ego boosters than humble friends.

c) Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in the Constituent Assembly on the Comptroller and Audit General, as said by a legal expert in one of the speeches:
During the 30 May 1949 Constituent Assembly debates, Dr BR Ambedkar described the Comptroller and Auditor General as “probably the most important officer in the Constitution of India” with duties “far more important than the duties even of the judiciary”, one who should have “far greater independence than the judiciary itself.” That is a remarkably strong statement and underscores the unique position of the CAG. It is a constitutional post, and the holder of that office can only be removed in the same manner and for the same reasons as a Judge of the Supreme Court.