POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 18, 2009 AT 04:00 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 18, 2009 05:43 IST

Journalist A. Surya Prakash petitioned the Chief Election Commissioner in March 2009 pointing out that Congress Party's obsession  with three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family has meant that even the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi has been virtually forgotten:

Over the last 18 years, on a rough estimate about 450 Central and State Government programmes, projects and national and state level institutions involving public expenditure of hundreds of thousands of crores of rupees have been named after these three individuals-- Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru...

Among the big ticket programmes that have been cleverly named after members of this family by the Union Government to extract unjust electoral mileage is the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (rural electrification programme)... The drinking water mission ... is also named after him and is called the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission. Other schemes, touching millions of people, which bear his name are the Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme for Children of Working Mothers; the Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana ( to promote small enterprises); the Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana and the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana ( both insurance schemes).

This trend is even more apparent in the states, which have vied with each other to name programmes and schemes after these three members of the Nehru-Gandhi Family whenever the Congress Party was in power. Here is a sample: Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme, Pondicherry; Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojana, Delhi; Rajiv Arogyasri Health Insurance scheme, Andhra Pradesh; Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Mission, Assam; Rajiv Gandhi Bridges and Roads Infrastructure Development Programme, Haryana; Rajiv Gandhi Vidyarthi Suraksha Yojana, Maharastra; Rajiv Gandhi Tourism Development Mission, Rajasthan

...The most glaring example, which raises a question is regard to free and fair election is the blatant advertisement of the Congress Party on the ambulances that provide emergency medical help all over Andhra Pradesh. These ambulances, which reach every village in the state in quick time, provide efficient integrated emergency services that cover medical emergencies, police and fire. The capital expenditure on each ambulance is Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakhs and the running cost per ambulance is Rs 1.25 lakh per month. All this expenditure is borne out of public funds drawn from the Union and State accounts. Yet, it is made out as if these ambulances are a gift from the Congress Party to the people of the State because every ambulance carries a portrait of Rajiv Gandhi on both sides of the vehicle with the legend “Rajiv Arogyasri”.

More here

HT: TJS George via churumuri

The Mayawati government in UP seems to have used this very complaint to counter the EC notice on statues of elephants and Mayawati.

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 18, 2009 AT 04:00 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 18, 2009 05:43 IST
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Daily Mail
Aug 20, 2009
06:46 PM
Indiar did liberation fo bangaldesh.. I am sure Indira Gandhi had nothgin to do with the army deployment startegy. Just like her father she took decion that too hasty to attack but army cheif told her in no uncertain terms that look we hae made one decison fo jumping inot war without groundwork in 62 and I do nto want to tmake another decision. SO liberation will happen but when and hwo that army will decide and that's hwo date of actual attack got shifted.. My point being politicians do not fight wars it's army which does.

Politicians work comes in negotiation room after the war and am sorry to say anyone who has had even a cursory glance at Shimla accord would tell you Indira Gandhi screwed up big time victor in that agreement was Pakistan.. So we won in battle field surrended on table of diplomacy.. I wonder why Indira GAndhi should be patted for this kind fo fiasco.. Army certainly deserves a pat not Indira for sure
Toronto, Canada
Aug 20, 2009
03:09 PM

the only good thing indira did was the liberation of bangladesh, but failed to send back all the westpakis back to karachi, before ceasefire. she froze india in permit-license raj, restrained electronics, communications. colour tv permitted, only after bwtv became obsolete over the rest of the world. in 69-71, when I told boys in WG that one needs a govt license to keep a radio in india! they were just assembling them for themselves. foreign exchange was a luxury, smuggling a thriving profession. a respected news editor jailed to death, for flimsy foreign exchange violation.

the only good thing that rajiv did was the removal of the permit-licence-control raj, opening up the economy to the talents of emerging youth. chidambaram working under him also removed the low upper limits on salaries and on the pensions for salaried classes, removing the corruption-inducement element among officials reaching retirement ages.

time has come for indians, as a whole, to stop 'worshipping' heroes or wily politicians. every kid has the right to grow up as hero and achieve the maximum in one's life.
chennai, india
Aug 19, 2009
08:21 PM
Rajiv is being re-branded as 'beloved leader' similar to Kim Jong il. This will help son Rahul to get an absolute majority and enjoy life like father with innumerable foreign visits and Bofors like deals.
delhi, India
Aug 19, 2009
04:04 PM
It was Rajiv Gandhi who started this so called "software revolution" by insisting that we should not miss this , the way we missed industrial revolution.

IAS babus have no vision they are not the policy makers but many in Congress did not agree with him , let alone parties in opposition like BJP, Communists etc.,

It may look silly now but in those days, to think about computer software revolution and imagining India as hub of activity for software products, and outsourcing services (call centers) based on software products was indeed a bold new world dream and it needed vision.

At the start of this revolution on world stage, IBM thought that there would be a need for
Two (2) P.C’s in a year!!!!

When Reliance Dhirubai Ambani wanted to import computers there was licensing system and some 300% tax.
Rajiv Gandhi also started cell phones; phones to every village(PCO), and merit based national level resident schools.

Importing some 1200 howitzer guns (Bofors guns) put him in big problems though later on during Kargil war these guns saved the day.

He ruled only for 5 years but faced lot of criticism from Communists and BJP for his 21st century dream.
Railway reservation system, and PF offices were computerized bringing a great relief to public by reducing corruption in both and increasing efficiency and transparency.

He brought in or helped our scientists assemble two super computers,NIC was concieved and established.
He was surrounded by his Doon school mates who put him out of reality and very soon
real politics of wily politicians put him in the seat of leader of opposition in parliament.

Wether or not for Congress, India definitely needs a PM like Rajiv Gandhi.
bowenpalle venuraja gopal rao.
warangal, india
Aug 19, 2009
02:51 AM
Boy-Oh-boy !! The common public would know about such slow 'brainwashing' tectic on voters only when a good journalist brings it up. Unfortunately, there is a Congress's mole (Navin Chawla) at the helm of EC. Let us see what happens.
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