I was on my routine cycling trip this evening. I passed through a chicken shop. I have passed through it a 1000 times without observing much. Today, I saw its rate board. It said LIVE chicken Rs 115/kg and dressed chicken Rs 130/kg.  I was thinking, defeathering the bird is an exercise involving real human labor and considering time and effort, it should at least Rs 10/= . This brings me the important figure of life of that bird . It is

Rs 130 ( LIVE)- Rs  115( defeathered and killed bird )- Rs 10 ( Cost of defeathering ) = Rs 5 ( Cost of life of that bird)

I was thinking that if after all this improvement in science , genetics, bio technolnogy even with 5 billion dollars we can’t inject life in a dead body but Rs 5 is enough to take it out of the body ?

I am not being overtly sentimental or sissy about it.  I know  it wont make an iota of difference to people who have grown up eating birds. Let alone convert even 0.0001 % of them, it even wont get a microscopic % of them into some sort of a thinking.

Its easy but its blood !!

 

The 3 questions I have are :

  1. Is the life so cheap?
  2. When we cant give life ,how do we take it ?
  3. Is it worth taking life for when 1000 other ways to fulfill hunger exist ?

 

PS: An article which says that we cant stop global warming unless we stop eating too much meat.  http://www.salon.com/2014/03/31/we_cant_stop_global_warming_unless_we_start_eating_a_lot_less_meat/

There appears to be a ground swell of support  Narendra Modi to be the next PM.  A lot of people literate, illiterate bought or brainwashed, have switched sides started singing chorus of BJP or Namo. While NaMo may be an able, popular leader , and a decent orator ( Sometimes he talks amazing , sometimes plain crap ), the surrender of rational wisdom in favor of party has me repulsed. I had written an essay 2 yrs ago on 4th dimension. It dealt with why we need to look for good alternatives  :

Today its important to see why BJP is not a right alternative for people who can think . A majority of my friends and family are BJP zealots today but I have never voted for this party  (BJP) and probably never will. Here are my top 5 reasons :

Ugly BJP

Ugly BJP

  1.  RSS ideology :  The spirit of  this party is anchored in RSS.  While RSS may publicly proclaim itself as a cultural organization, any one worth 5th grade of school education can easily understand that RSS is to BJP what Gandhis are to Congress as far decisions are concerned. I was introduced to RSS by my maternal uncle and even when I was pretty young then ( 14 yrs old ) and just in class 8th, I could instantly conclude that Golwalkar ‘s thoughts were sucky and in conflict with any reasonable mind. The reasons were.
    • Ugly Propaganda : Hindu Khatre mein hai ( Borrowed and adopted from another stupid rhetoric – Islam Khatre mein hai ) didnt corroborate with reality around me . Today VHP  demagogue Ashok Singhal  says – Hindu sankhya ghat rahi hai, har Hindu 5 bachche paida karo ( Who will pay for the schooling and upbringing of 5 kids you shit holes ? ) . I am struggling to pay for upbringing of just 2 kids.
    • Khaki nickers : Those ugly Khaki nickers which refuse to evolve with time. Thats the ugliest piece of bottom wear no sensible human would like to even die in
    • Mythologization : Your belief of Bharat mata, Bharati devta or personification of country as goddess is ok for stupids but not for any progressive human being who knows that India is pluralistic and one line of thought cannot be thrust on others.
    • Anti pluralistic: I do not see in RSS any trace of flexibility where it can adopt the best thoughts of any other faith or religion. Its Hindu way or highway thinking which totally puts me off.
  2. As corrupt and ugly as any other conventional party  : While the sympathizers of BJP say that Congress is corrupt, if we look objectively BJP is more corrupt than any other . Lets look at it : Equally Corrupt and ugly
    • Bangaru Laxman : President of party caught on camera taking bribe. No other party has this distinction
    • Pramod Mahajan : The most corrupt man ever in India, colluded with Reliance to give them free roaming under a caveat SDCA ( Short distance charging area )  for 1000s of crores of bribe . During my road journey from Jodhpur to Delhi in 2002 my reliance number changed 20 times to ensure that  Reliance doesnt pay roaming duties. He was right hand man and most trusted lieutenant of Bajpayee
    • Ranjan Bhattacharya : Many in India do not know this son in law of Bajpayee who was more ugly than Robber Vadra, taking a cut on every thing which would go to PM. 58,000 Crore National highway scam,20,000 Crore Hirma scam ( Reliance) when exposed by outlook led to immediate raids on editor’s office by  BJP’s faithful dogs. Bajpayee called him “Pure as snow ”  : Read more about that wolf here   and here
    • Yedurappa : The mining Chor who has been welcomed back with full joy to win Lingayat votes. NaMo openly praises this criminal
    • Kargil Screwup : When intelligence bureau clearly said that there has been incursion from Pakistanis, idiot Fernandes went on TV to loudly claim that there is no Pakistani hand in it.  Bajpayee though his indecisiveness allowed the incursion to grow too big before acting.
    • Cofffin Scam : A lot of bribe was taken in coffins for soldiers. Its the most shameful thing any Govt could allow to happen.
    • Silent on Vadra : When asked why they were silent on Vadra scams, their official line from Arun jaitley was : In politics we have a shared understanding that we do not attack children of politicians no matter what they do. They didnt attack Ranjan and we pay back by not attacking Vadra. Holy shit
  3. Unprincipled party :  You are not known for what you say, you are judged by what you do.  The demagogues in party make tall claims of principles, lets look at what they do
    • MP Pay : When there was an issue of doubling the pays and perks of MPs, the BJP was immediately in harmony with Congress and supported it without even an iota of question about looting public money. They have woken up to ills of Lal batti when  kiddo Kejriwal teaches them  . Vasundhara last week said no lal batti. I know all Sanghis will scream Parrikar but he is an exception in this sicko party.
    • Telangana : Congis wanted Telengana to be formed 2 months before election and inspite of AP assembly rejecting it with majority, the BJP quickly got into right position to give Congress a blow job in both houses and ensured its passage without debate. Only god knows how much they charged fro this unconditional service.
    • Jinnah : Suddenly, the party president discovers admiration and love for a person who was responsible for partitions and is father of a nation of the most hostile and rogue nation on earth.
    • Releasing and escorting terrorists : Israel has a no negotiation statute with terrorist but Advani, not only released har core terrorists but also sent Jaswant Singh as a VIP escort to deliver the terrorists to Kandahar
    • Musharraf invite :  The guy who led to deaths of 1000s of soldiers in Kargil was invited by Bajpayee as a state guest. He insulted the Defense chiefs by asking them to line up and salute him.  Air Chief Tipnis refused to salute him.
    • Prevented Sonia questioning on Bofors :  When Swedish authorities came to interrogate Sonia for bribery which Rajiv possibly took, it was Bajpayee who refused permission and sent them back. The truth about Bofors may now never be known but we will also never know what Bajpayee took back home from Congress for this favor.
    • Sleeps with Ambanis :  The BJP is dumb silent on gas prices and also on the favors it gives to big business houses. Telecom and Coal all have evidences of sinister things done by this ugly party
    • Legalizes unauthorized construction : Often called as Baniya Jain party, BJP fights taking sides of all the ugly traders who do ugly unauthorized construction in Delhi and then takes to streets demanding that they be legalized. This is same as what Congis do for various Bastis to garner cheap votes. What does this lead to ? Encroach , do illegal things and get rewarded ? You are a fool if you do legal things ?

4. Ghetto thinking : Horrible thinking process persists in this party which puts off any rational thinker .

  • Anti Valentine : Beat the people who are doing what they believe in
  • Anti gay rights : Infringing on individual liberty
  • Caste based reservations :  It stands on the same side as ugly Congress when continuing on reservation based on caste because it brings in votes. Projecting #Namo as dalit is one of that ploy.
  • Overtly religious : Really ugly partners : Shiv Sena, Akalis and what not are more
    • Sena : Beating poor people from other states in Maharashtra
    • Akalis : Again an organization based on just one premise religion
  • No national appeal beyond cow belt : If we leave the limited accident of Karnataka, no state beyond the cow belt finds this party acceptable. Kerala, Tamilnadu, Orissa, North East, Punjab, Bengal , North East . There is not even a miniscule populace which can identify with them beyond Hindi heartland.

5, Causing deaths :  The huge genocide which it deliberately caused by its Rath yatras is totally unforgivable. If Congis caused 84 Sikh Riots, its Kodnanis and other Sena ( Sri Ram Sena, Bajrang Dal, hindu Sena) members who caused pogroms in Gujarat and Malegaon.  These guys burnt alive a Christian missionary along with his kids. Can we ever consider a party  worth ruling whose top leadership in their full senses initiate and cause large scale deaths and violence across the country.

Conclusion :  While we all know Congress is the biggest evil of this country, its utterly foolish to believe that BJP is any better. Given power, they are atleast as ugly or harmful to nation as Congress.  We cant keep alternating between bad choices one after another and hope for good solutions to emerge.  We have to make right choices and if they do not exist , we have to create them.  Bringing BJP to power is no solution.

“Indians do not understand conflict of interest (CoI)  and what should ethically be done in such circumstances ” said Greg Chappel . He was referring to Dhoni ( National Cricket captain) being part of team selection committee and holding significant stakes in Rhiti sports which manages 5 current cricketers. Read the story here  http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/640707.html

For those unaware, the earnings of cricketers explodes the moment they make it to  National playing eleven. This takes to roof the  earnings of  sports management company. The earnings of company translates in huge wealth of its shareholders players . If Dhoni  can influence selection in team why wont he push selection of players managed by his firm ?

What did he do ?

He though knowing the CoI  still didnt make disclosures.

What other places do we see this ? 

B Srinivasan was president of BCCI and the board allotted Chennai super kings to India cements

Why is this so relevant today ?

Arvind Kejriwal raised a lot of hopes about honesty, ethics and morals when he entered the movement. The urban and literate took fancy of a person who appeared learned, with lot of integrity and propriety. He has bedded Congress to get his few moments of glory.

Where is the conflict of interest ?

He gained votes on plank of vanquishing the corrupt Congressis. Now that he has taken Congress support, if he acts against corrupt Congressis, they will pull down his pants. He will lose his power, this having tasted blood is too difficult to give up.  If he wants to keep those 8 Congressis happy, he will have to overlook all those things which are uncomfortable to Congressis viz Vadra Corruption, CWG scam, Sheila’s crimes.

What is he doing ?

Compromising on his own integrity and values he is going slow and will continue to go slow on Congressis. He will look aside when issues against Congress corruption is raised. While he was claiming 380 page documentary proof against Sheila, now he wants state BJP chief to provide proofs so that he can act.. He will however continue to do SHAM actions against corruption to appear that he is doing what he says example transferring some DJB officials, opening a simple helpline..

What does this mean ?

Politics is a game of chameleons. Expect people to change colors the moment they wrest power. Lets see some changes :

Before elections : Main Aam aadami hoon

After elections : If I do not get two adjacent houses each having 5 bed rooms I will become inefficient.

Before becoming CM:  Travelled in Wagon R

After becoming CM : Travels in Innova with a Neeli batti.

A cartoon sums up his character: Image

Vijay lakshmi Pandit once said – “It costs the nation crores of rupees to let Gandhi  live in poverty like a common man”  and now ministry of home affairs says it takes 3x more policemen to ensure that Kejriwal saab is able to flaunt that he has no security. Image

This is really fast ” said Mr Pandit ( name changed ) one of the resident owners. He was commenting on my impatience with the speed of prosecution. I have currently taken up a big battle to unmask massive corruption in my residential society. Distt Deputy Registrar ( DDR) and Deputy Registrar of society Pune City for societies are exchanging letters to bring the corrupt to the book. He further elaborated – ”   The first step here should be to totally insulate them; take away their right to spend our hard earned money.  “.   I had been following up with Registrar of societies ( RoS )  for last 3 months and now the formal investigation on grounds of financial crime is about to begin. The office bearers in  our  society office had illegally done spending of  our maintenance fund without General body approval. Read the original story here

Why should  this  concern all of us ?

We all probably live in or will be living in residential societies where corruption /misappropriation/ can occur. A typical residential society of 400 apartments can have a fund of 1 crore+. The so called volunteers to selflessly serve the society can have their morals taking long vacation when they smell so much money. This may lead to huge leakage of your cash and dilapidated state of your residential society.  Either you can accept that corruption  citing various reasons ( from lack of time, awareness, intent or chalta hai etc) or will have an urge to fight this disease. Its when you decide to fight, will need to know how to proceed. The path to justice is long and torturous. The officers who tried to prosecute Laloo Yadav spent 17 yrs to send the scoundrel to jail.  You may need to be mentally prepared to fight for months, if not years.  I am already in my 4th month :)

How often is this kind of fight done ?

Very rarely.  99.9% of such cases of corruption either go unnoticed or people forget about it. Often they are too lazy to even confront the corrupt. The govt procedures of addressing these crimes is too slow and tests your patience and tenacity to extremes.

Why people do not raise voices ?

Its excruciating to fight against corrupt both at lower and higher levels.    For example, if some scoundrel makes a backdoor entry into society office position, its very tedious to throw the him out. They have society funds to hire legal advisors, crook accountants and 5 to 6 partners in crime. You may have to initially hack it all relentlessly

Why is it difficult to throw scoundrels out ?

Most of the people in societies either are not aware about implications of corruption or take it as a part of their ordinary lives. They seldom rise against the corrupt. most believe, its somebody else’s job to fight corruption. Those who rise against corruption have to fight a machinery ( Administration, Sympathisers of corrupt, security employed and inertia of people ).  The cases of illegal committees ( Folks who get into office without getting elected ) of society offices are not dislodged by Registrars any more. One has to go to Co Operative court to challenge that. Going to court means hiring a co operative lawyer and paying his fee. This is enough to give an ordinary citizen jitters. While the crusader has to pay legal charges from her own pocket, the scoundrels have war chest of maintenance fund at their disposal which they utilize to engage legal advisor, bribe civic officials, forge documents with help of corrupt chartered accountants and circulate false justification using society resources.

Alternate method of throwing  illicit and corrupt committee out is by calling an Extra ordinary general meeting ( EOGM)expressing no confidence against the dishonest and corrupt.

Why  EOGM method  is a difficult thing ?

Calling an EOGM for no confidence requires written signature of 33 % of members  (  As a norm only  less than 25% of resident owners attend society meetings ). This means if you have 100 members in society and you want to throw the corrupt out , while you need 33 signatures, you can only reach out only 25 people. Often out of the 25 active members 10 to 12 may already  be huddled in crime. Further, to boot the corrupt out, you need 2/3rd people voting them out.  This means in a society of 100 apartments, you need 67 people voting out . Or if its permissible 2/3rd of attending members. This means if 25 attend the meeting you need 17 people to vote the corrupt out. If the committee comprises 10 members,  mathematically , it may never happen. Its a scenario like no matter how much you hate Congress and its crimes you cant throw it out for 5 yrs because they manage the floor using Mayas, Mulayams, Karunanidhis and Sharad Pawars.

What is the way out ?

Society is like a cell of democracy and none of the provisions work unless there is large participation from all the owners. With 25% or less voting and participation, crooks invariably win . We, thus have the state of society like that of the nation where the ugliest crooks float to the top. Its important that there is large voting turn out ( >75% ) to select people . Also it must be ensured that only the members who are elected through voting become the office bearers. There needs to be an internal lokpal in all societies with power to suspend Chairmen/President/ Secretary/ Treasurer if there are sufficient grounds for dishonesty , corruption or procedural impropriety.

This is what I have done in my society till date in my fight against corruption :

Its been 3.5 months now since I first started it all.  This is how the pieces on chessboard look like

  1. The accused  still disgrace the office . Few  or many steps away from check mate ( I do not know)
  2. The District Deputy Registrar has requested an  eight point response ( In hard core Marathi even difficult for Marathi professor to understand ) for detailed inquiry to  proceed. This  moved some of my pieces into central square
  3.  The evidences which justify detailed inquiry are ready with me.
  4. The thick skinned refuse to vacate the office. In professional chess, no player waits for the check mate. They resign when they have some irrecoverable disadvantage like a major piece loss or a vulnerability.  However in real life, the shameless till they are driven out with force cling on. Fools die hard, crooks die harder
  5. A lot of paper crimes, dishonesty has been perpetrated example : showing an audit report on a date it didn’t exist.  Falsifying the minutes of meeting of AGM, misusing office staff for personal service, etc. When people who are cheats get caught and are incriminated, they try to be even bigger cheats.
  6. As per Maharashtra Co op act, 15 clear days before AGM, the committee needs to circulate audited books of accounts to the members. The crooks in my society sent unaudited balance sheet and asked for approval for audited report which no one had seen. In layman’s term its like taking an approval of financial crimes without even you knowing that crime has happened
  7.  The counter move from those seeking justice has been to submit a written  request from over 30 residents to Dy Registrar that AGM held was illegal.
  8. Momentum often works against the weak.  Approx 70% of people voting in AGM have given in writing that they  want the corrupt to be dismissed.
  9. The partners in crime have gone into a huddle trying to delay the incrimination. Some stooges croak in between on trivial issues to  divert attention from the main issue of corruption
  10. The society and its residents suffer as the apartments get the least resale and rental values in its area.
  11.  The wheel of justice though slow,  is moving in a right direction to ensure that guilty gets exemplary punishment.

If however you persist with right process there is always hope for justice : Watch Shawshank Redemption  to understand it :)

Ray of hope

Keep soldiering

The girl is suffering from a chronic mental state which draws her close to the men ” farted out the great Ram Jethmalani trying to defend his client Asaram. Read the defense

Asaram, the revered Guru fell from grace and is in jail now for raping a girl. It has come out that he raped not only one complainant but myriad of others too.

Lets look at this perspective from Asaram’s angle and analyze this incident with respect to other crimes people in certain honorable positions do . ( Previous posts on fraud accounting by splitting expenses)

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  1.  Enjoying faith and respect out of sainthood :  Asaram  enjoys a faith and following because of his beard, long hair, sanskrit mantra he chants.  Masses can hear those mantras but can barely understand them . There are some  souls around us who grow long hair, repeat how great and holi company they work in. They chant Baaai laaaa..j which you have never read or will never have time to read.  Beware of these wolves around. In India, we are conditioned to respect those who look like sadhus but respect should be given on behaviour. Read this
  2.  Stooges and chants on Acts of good faith : Asaram has greed, lust and arrogance because of his large following. There are and were his stooges who treat/ treated him like god’s incarnation. They feel its their Dharma to defend all his Kaam + Karma. The group around Asaram believed, the charges against him were false, baseless, of malafide intent. The charges were driven by a hidden agenda of the girl because the girl wanted to do something illegal and unauthorized or become famous. At one point Asaram claimed he cant rape because he cant have erections ( The potency test got the snake out of the hole ).  Some real wise men told the girl that going open with charges against Asaram will have ” HUGE REPERCUSSIONS “, the girl will be destroyed. You will have similar people in your society who are equivalent. These when talked about the misconduct of criminals will say , “We trust him “,  “Reporting this will have repercussions” and finally without getting the facts declare that – “X has done an act of good faith, he is a jolly good fellow “. One person said, its irregularity but not criminality.

This Act of good faith is what amuses me most and I want to discuss this deeper in this article.  Advocate Jethmalani is trying to build a theory that the girl was in a great need to get Bapu’s proximity.  Bapu was always benevolent , he figured out this particular girl and many others who needed his bodily blessings. He wanted to do Uddhar for the girl. Bapu also believed that he didnt need the consent of general body of the girl( Or even her general mind) to go ahead with the act.  Bapu was convinced that once he is done with his act, he will be able to justify the little cost and benefits of rape to the girl for approval . She will keep quiet. In fact many girls have kept a total quiet.  The gratuitous act done by Bapu in his opinion and opinion of his stooges has cured the hapless girls of all the biggest problem they were having in their lives.

We now know where the great Bapu has landed up with his great assumptions, convictions and where the stooges defending will end up.

Now I show you the excerpt of justification given in  writing to the Deputy Registrar of societies , Pune , by the Chairman of my society. This was in response to the complaint I submitted for spending 2.75 lakhs on CCTV where we gave an approval of 75K only.

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Now, put the General body of my society in place of that girl. The girl probably gave consent to let the Bapu put his fingers on her head. What Bapu with his fingers did, is now a matter of criminal investigation. What  consent girl gave and what Bapu  does have a difference of 4x and above.  There is little to guess whether it was benign to girl or gratuitous to his great HOLI libido.  The well wishers of Bapu are screaming hell on the girl who was raped.  The dharmadhikaris are  shouting, this will damage the fabric of sainthood. Somebody just said that its hidden agenda of Congress to malign the great Swamis. There are some monkeys who are jumping up and down not on the lecherous act of Bapu but on unsubstantiated  nymphomania of the girl . There are stooges who are attacking the police officers who are fighting to prosecute the rapist Bapu.

I have expereinced this kind of babagiri in very close proximity.  Just like Bapu’s sympathizers some sympathizers are asking me why I am raising these issues of corruption in my society now?

There is a time for everything.  Its important for people to understand facts, take sides  and understand the wolverines

Last year around August I decided to take a 3 days break from work. Anousha and Rajeshwari had never seen dolphins jump, so I thought i will take them to Dapoli.  This trip through the difficult ghats necessitated that our Swift is in top shape. I took it to MyCar, Wakad ( Maruti authorized service center). As usual , the service adviser after inspection suggested that I get anti corrosion treatment on underside and polymer treatment done. I said, ” Just do the annual service and push back the car to me, I donot want anything more than Rs 8000/= annual service “. in fact running a startup , I just didnt have aukat to spend beyond 9K    He was disappointed.  I was in  a conference the whole day and  told Rajeshwari to correspond. Do not yield to technician beyond agreed service, I had clearly said.

Late in the afternoon, Rajeshwari told me, this guy from my Car had called up and said , “Madam , clutch plate gayi, badalni padegi 12 hazaar aur lagenge ( We have to change the clutch plate, it would cost Rs 12K more “. She was confused and worried. This was more than 2x of what was agreed and instructed. She asked me if we should allow him to go ahead. I guess she didnt want the small vacation to get jeopardized by car breakdown.  I had handled automotive section in IAF for 5 yrs and knew how technicians make an ASS of you by quoting clutch plate failures.  I told her that tell the guy to just bugger off and do what is approved and instructed by me.

Late at 9 pm , I went to collect my car. The service adviser was summoned. I asked if he has touched the clutch plate. He said NO. I said  get in the car and drive it around.  It did move up and down the inclines and the flyover without much effort. I told him , now do you know why I didnt allow clutch plate to be changed, the clutch plate was changed just  5000 km earlier and a year back. It has a life of 30, 000 Km and I have been driving it.  The guy was flummoxed but tried to freak me off. “Sir! family ko le kar ghaaton mein jaa rahe ho… Clutch plate ki life nahi hoti 1 km mein be ghas jaati hai… Crane break down service ka number le kar jaana ( YOu are taking your family into a hilly terrain, please take the breakdown service number along) “. It did generate some doubts in my mind but I had already realized that the man was not trust-able.

We went to Dapoli, through Tamhini ghat ( One of the most dangerous hills ) where the roads were really putrid.  In 6 hours we were at Dapoli and had one of the best beach holidays.  On return we lost our way near Mahabaleshwar and took a mighty wrong turn. It was hills and steep winding hills all over.

Mighty Tamhini

Mighty Tamhini

We were going so high up on the Western ghats that at times we were praying for our own safety. Swift however never disappointed.  It was like a beast up on the cliffs giving me all the control I wanted. So we came back from one of the toughest drives ever.

1 year and 2 months have passed since that vacation, the car just drives perfect.

What do you now think of the myCar service adviser ?
Did I do any thing wrong in not giving approval for changing clutch plate ?
Why is this story relevant today ?

Replace this service adviser with your Society management committee.  You give them approval of Rs x in AGM.  You trust them just as you trust the service adviser of your reputed car brand.  You give them  privilege to run your society and a decent mandate to spend.

How would you treat this service adviser if he didnt ask you at all and changed the clutch plate ( Spending without approval ) .  How would you treat him if he not only tells you that you pay for clutch plate ( 12,000 extra) but also tells you that  he has changed all brake shoes ( Pay 10,000 extra) . What if he in his great wisdom decided to change gear box and said he will recover it 20,000 from you with tax. When you expected to pay only 8,000/=  he is billing you  8+12+10+20 = 50K. All this without you being informed.   Worst is , if you do not understand your  car, you wont even know whether clutch plate, brake shoes and gearbox  have been replaced at all.

Cleverly he can put any other car’s faulty clutch plates and brake shoes in your bootspace. If you are gullible , you will believe all these lies and pay through your nose but believe me, you have been robbed in broad day light.

Now i tell you what my society guys did in intercom ( Spent 5.65 lakhs as against approval of 3.0 lakhs)  on CCTV system ( spent Rs 2.75 lakhs against approval of 75K ).

I have nothing to hide

Atleast the service adviser had honesty to call Rajeshwari to seek approval but these guys didnt. They were arrogant and said we will justify our overspending by splitting expenses. Splitting the prices can fool some people but how do you fool your own conscience.  How do you fool the people who know these dirty tricks . See split of expenses blog

I have written this post because many members in society have been totally confused and misguided by the craftiness with which crimes have been creatively accounted with help of a CA ( Using our money again ) . Please observe the wickedness with which the split has been done in 3 parts where each part of over spending is sexily kissing the 1 lakh limit ( Approval limit of MC).   Only Mr Kapil Sibal knows it better how to make 2G SCAM from 1.76 lakh crore to ZERO loss

Aside  —  Posted: September 26, 2013 in Leadership, Truth
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2 weeks ago, I wrote a post on how people with questionable values lead  to collapse of propriety in a housing society. How it affects the citizen mindset in the whole country.

I had 2 options to deal with this ugly situation :

1. Crib at the errant and ugly behavior of office holders. // Easy and practiced by many.

2. Do some concrete action to restore propriety and my own faith in the system. // Its was as difficult or as instinctive to me as confronting a drunk molester in a running bus. The  story of confronting molester is here

The majority in my society exercised option 1.

The option 2, I exercised put me up fighting against a group of people ensconced and fortified on a hill ( Just like Kargil intruders ). They have a war chest of society resources (  Maintenance money worth lakhs, legal advisors, security, accountants etc)  to harass me.

As always, its unnerving for most individual crusaders to fight the alligators in pond.  A rational man is advised by friends to give up under provocations.

Look at one suggestion from a well wisher on facebook :

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I accepted the suggestion to be an Aam aadmi , An aam aadami , today is frustrated with the corruption and willing to take to streets.  Many of the aam aadamis may fail, bleed during the trsyst  but their is light at the end of tunnel.  There are some glorious instances where a single guy brought down an entire army of crooks by following the right path of truth example  J . B Patel of Panchwati society,  Andheri Bombay :http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-10-15/news/34473028_1_society-office-bearers-jayant-patel

Even without knowing his inspiring story, I  had gone ahead on the confrontational path.  The following is what I did.

  1.  Filed a complaint with Dy Registrar of society, Pune. Explained how there is a possibility of serious SCAM and immediate inquiry should begin . The inquiry should begin with sacking of office holders.
  2.  Sent a copy to Joint Registrar of Society. He manages Dy Registrar.
  3. Sent an email to CM office of Maharashtra . He forwarded the case to Secretary of state ( Co operatives)
  4. Demanded from office holders full life cycle documents of questionable transactions and a detailed list of bank transactions.
  5. Engaged a top ranking CA to investigate all documents.

Why I did this ?

Sometimes, its easy for accused to bribe/influence/threaten a small officer. Its however, beyond their capacity to buy 3 levels of high officials in the system. I tightened accountability at three levels to prevent this. Further, demanding and getting full lifecycle documents upto the current date leaves very little to accused to manipulate the documents at later stage.

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What were the results ?

The Ad Hoc committee went vengeful. It complained not against me but against my little startup.

  • Electricity Deptt : Inspectors came, searched my startup, searched my entire home and said, I just need to readjust the tarriff to commercial rate.
  • Corporation license Deptt : Inspector came and told me to get a license to operate business in municipal area. He asked me the intent of why society secretary did a written complaint. I showed him the cases they are embroiled and how even the CM office has acknowledged the complaint. He understood and said, we wont harass you at all.  Apply for a license, it just costs Rs 1000/= he said and we will fully co-operate with you. I smiled and said, I will do it.
  • Police Deptt : Local chowki summoned me to police station. I went with my wife to the police station. I was asked about illegality of my startup in residential area. I showed them Maharashtra IT act of 2010 which allows IT companies to work from residential areas. They didnt ask me any further. Read the blog on how IT companies can legally operate from residential complexes : http://www.wicfy.com/blog/working-from-apartment-is-legal-for-it-companies-startups/
  • Society Security    The Secretary  told the security to harass the employees of startup by. Not letting them park their bikes in authorized parking area.Sometimes they even prevented their bikes from entering the society. They made them to sign register everytime they came in an out of society. 

Thus, the accused were exhausted of their arsenal. The amount of harassment was coming to an end. My business just emerged stronger from all these harassment. The employees rallied around me in these tough situation because I kept everything transparent.  The values I hold, the fight I take and the possible consequences.

Now comes the funniest part.  When, the accused had little to defend themselves, they resorted to dirtiest tricks which crooks in  Govt or Corporate world resort to i.e Splitting of expenses.

Please see the image of response given to me by the Society secretary.

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Also, the accused, thinking the residents to be Dumb and weird, appointed their sympathizers to do an investigation and award them a clean chit. Recall how Gadkari had got himself a clean chit by  a person he appointed to investigate his own crimes ?

This also reminded me of my days in central govt.  Procurement in such large organization happens either centrally or locally. There is huge amount of money made by some people at central level but its more interesting at local level

At local levels for any transaction above Rs 5000/= needs a CLPC approval ( Central logistics purchase committee ). This CLPC comprises 3 independent officers and give approvals for any purchase above limit. Also they examine all the quotations.

Now if everything  goes through CLPC How do people at local levels misappropriate public money ?

Ans: Splitting of expenses. Any thing which is to be bought for 9900/= is split in two purchases of 4950/= each and can be bought with or without quotations.  At one stage I saw that there were 350 transactions, all between 4900 and 4999/=. This is how  people with corrupt intent try to loot public money.

I realized that people do not bring in good things of their experience in large systems to the society but ugly , dirty and corrupt practices are rapidly brought in . Even  in such small theater as housing society, this disease of splitting of expenses is brought in. Though the annual budget is as low as 40 lakhs.

Whats the way to rein in such ugly practice?

I consulted the Registrar and he suggested requesting a govt audit of all books of accounts and processes under section 89 of Mah CHS act. This independent inquiry by a govt auditor may reveal a lot more irregularity and doesnt cost much.  For a society its Rs 37/member/year of audit requested.  So for my society of 200 members, it would cost me Rs 7400/= approx.

We had seen creative accounting done by Ramalingam Raju ( Satyam Fame ) and how the reputed CA Pricewater house Coopers was party to crime of splitting salary expenses of ghost employees .  Well that was a 1000 crore + scam and this is worth a few lakhs.  The efforts to expose and prove the crime is more challenging till the accused are thrown out of office.

What will you do if you see such financial misconduct in your society ?

Are you aware that corruption is not just in govt, its a cancer which eats housing societies as well ?

How can you establish a clean system in your society ?

Please do share your experiences of taking the accused head on.