Petrol is Costly … Is it?

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Many of us curse high price of petrol – gasoline! Some of us even ‘vow’ to ‘teach’ a lesson to Modi on that account in the up coming parliamentary general election of 2019. Is petrol really costly? Please feel cool, calculate a bit and check the reality.

Over the weekend, I filled up my car’s fuel tank, and I thought fuel has really become expensive after the recent price hike.

But then I compared it with other common liquids and did some quick calculations, and I felt a little better.

To know why, see the results below – you’ll be surprised at how outrageous some other prices are !

Petrol Rs.80 per litre.

Coca Cola 330 ml can : Rs.27 = Rs.81 per litre.

Dettol antiseptic 100 ml Rs.20 = Rs.200 per litre.

Radiator coolant 500 ml Rs.160 = Rs.320 per litre.

Pantene conditioner 400 ml Rs.165 = Rs.413 per litre.

Medicinal mouthwash like Listerine 100 ml Rs.45 = Rs. 450 per litre.

Red Bull 150 ml can : Rs.75 = Rs.500 per litre.

Corex cough syrup 100 ml Rs.57 = Rs. 570 per litre.

Evian water 500 ml Rs. 330 = Rs. 660 per litre.

Rs. 500 for a litre of WATER !!!

And the buyers don’t even know the source.

By the way, ‘Evian’ spelled backwards comes to ‘Naive’ – are we not naive for paying Rs. 500 for one litre of water and cursing for paying Rs. 80 for one litre of petrol?

Kores whiteout 15 ml Rs. 15 = Rs. 1000 per litre.

Cup of coffee at any decent business hotel 150 ml Rs. 175 = Rs. 1167 per litre.

Old Spice after shave lotion 100 ml Rs. 175 = Rs. 1750 per litre.

Pure almond oil 25 ml Rs. 68 = Rs. 2720 per litre.

And this is the REAL KICKER:

HP deskjet colour ink cartridge 21 ml Rs.1900 = Rs. 90476 per litre!!!

Now you know why computer printers are so cheap? They have hooked you for the ink !

So, the next time you’re at the pump, don’t curse – just be glad that your car doesn’t run on cough syrup, after shave, coffee, or God forbid, printer ink !

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By: K.I.P.

Assume you commute to office in you car.

Assume drive 30 km one way. Hence 60 km per day for 25 days=1500 km. Assume a mileage of 15. That makes it 100 litres of petrol per month.

Only additional cost imposed is excise duty increased by Rs.10 per litre. If we consider consequential VAT on excise duty, it works to Rs.12 to Rs.14 per litre. Rest, all components of price build-up is due to international oil prices would remain same irrespective of Govt in power.

So, effectively you are end shelling out Rs.1200 to Rs.1400 per month on petrol more.

Salaried class got decent tax cuts in 5 Budget. These work out to Rs.57500 pa for those in 20% tax bracket and Rs.77500 pa for those in 30% tax bracket.

This works out to Rs.4500 pm to Rs.6500 pm. Add to this savings in home loan interest and EMIs.

If excise duty on fuel had not been raised, you would be shelling out more income-tax now ie at 2013 levels.

That would not have helped bridge fiscal deficit. Inflation would have continued unabated and you would be having home loan rates of 13% instead of sub-9% rates now.

So do you still want to complain about price of petrol and lose everything else you have gained?

Democracy was NOT in danger then: NOW democracy is in danger!

Vinesh Nair

  1. Democracy wasn’t in Danger, when just a mere MP Rahul Gandhi tore in front of Indian people the ordinance passed by their own Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh.
  2. Democracy wasn’t in Danger when Kashmiri Pandits were tortured & killed, their women were raped & thrown out of Kashmir.

  3. Democracy was not in Danger when Congress leader Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer on Pakistani TV asked for the removal of Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister and when the Pakistani anchor asked him whether he ( Mani Shankar ) was requesting the ISI to help assassinate the Indian prime minister.

  4. Democracy wasn’t in Danger, when Congress aligned with Lalu Prasad Yadav, a convict of millions of loot in Bihar.

  5. Democracy wasn’t in Danger when innocent Sikhs were massacred in 1984 by Congress cadres and leaders.

  6. Democracy wasn’t in danger when 50 MPs of Congress openly wrote to US President with their signatures requesting him not to allow a US Visa to Chief Minister of Gujrat.

  7. Democracy wasn’t in Danger, when innocents like Col Purohit and Pragya were locked in prison and tortured to give a narrative of Hindu terror.

  8. Democracy wasn’t in Danger, when banks granted loans in 2012 (and thereafter till 2014) to kingfisher, Nirav Modi and hundreds of others like them without any security due to the pressure of political bosses of Congress.

  9. Democracy wasn’t in Danger, when Gov’t forced SC for a late night hearing of mercy petition to save Yakub, a terrorist who killed and destroyed families in Mumbai, simply to garner Muslim votes.

  10. Democracy wasn’t in Danger, when in one day finance minister made crores at the expense of poor investors with his P Note drama.

  11. Democracy was not in Danger when Rahul Gandhi secretly met the Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui and two Chinese intelligence Agents in New Delhi in July 2017 – when the Doklam standoff was at its height – without  even informing the Indian Govt.

  12. But Democracy suddenly came under Danger, when the Governor of Karnataka invited the Single Largest party to form the Government there.

  13. Democracy wasn’t in danger when Rahul Gandhi met “thukde gang” in JNU.

  14. Democracy wasn’t in danger when Deva Gouda was removed from Prime Minister post to save Qatrochi, an absconding criminal (# see the note below).

  15. Democracy was not in danger when Congress sacked 88 duly elected state governments since 1952:

Nehru – 8
Shastri – 1
Rajiv Gandhi – 6
Indira Gandhi – 50
Narasimha Rao – 11
ManMohan Singh -12

And see the audacity of Congress!
It is crying hoarse that now Democracy is in danger !!

(# Note: Sonia had withdrawn her support to Deva Gowda and brought down his Govt. What was the reason? Deva Gowda as Prime Minister had sent CBI to arrest Quattorochi in Malaysia.

When CBI went to arrest Quattorochi in Malaysia, the Italian, smilingly sent back CBI saying that there is no extradition treaty between India and Malaysia. Quotrocchi fingered at CBI saying, ” By the time you reach Delhi your PM who sent you here would be gone.”

As stated by Quotrocchi, Sitaram Kesari as President of Congress Party was forced by Sonia to withdraw support to the Deva Gowda Government. An Italian Quotrocchi had the power to sack the Prime Minister of our Great Country !!

Under the brute money and muscle power of the Italian Signora Sonia our Constitutional posts like Prime Ministers were mere puppets.)

रतन टाटा: एक (पारसी) भारत मां का सपूत – आनंद शर्मा: एक (हिंदू) भारत मां का द्रोही !!

यहां दो नाम हैं: रतन टाटा और आनंद शर्मा। रतन टाटा भारत के प्रसिद्ध उद्योगपति  हैं और आनंद शर्मा कांग्रेस पार्टी के बडे नेता और संसद के सदस्य हैं।

हम भारतवासियों की दो बुरी आदतें हैं: एक तो यह जानने की कोशिश न करना कि हमारे आसपास और दुनिया में सचमुच मे क्या कुछ घटित हो रहा है – क्या कुछ पक रहा है जो कल हमारे सामने आयेगा; दूसरी बात यह कि हम याद नहीं रखते कि कल हमारे साथ क्या हुआ था – हम यह भूल जाते हैं कि थोड़े समय पहले ही क्या हुआ था; इतिहास को याद रखने की बात तो छोड ही दीजिये। यही दो बातें हमारे भारत को शताब्दियों से पिछड़ा बनाये हुए हैं।

आओ, हम कुछ बदलने की कोशिश करें – कुछ याद करने की कोशिश करें।

सन 2008 की बात है। देश के आर्थिक राजधानी मुम्बई पर पाकिस्तान के आतंकवादियों ने हमला किया। उसमें खास कर होटल ताज को निशाना बनाया गया। आतंकवादियो का एक ग्रुप उसके अन्दर घुस गया और चुन चुन कर लोगों को मारा और पूरे होटल को बर्बाद कर दिया।

2 दिन चले कमांडो ऑपेरशन के बाद सारे आतंकवादियो को मार दिया गया और एक को ज़िन्दा गिरफ्तार किया गया।

यहाँ तक का सारा किस्सा आप लोग जानते ही हैं, क्योंकि घटना बहुत भयानक थी और कुछ वर्ष पूर्व ही घटी थी।

उस आतंकवादी घटना के बाद ताज होटल के मालिक श्री रतन टाटा ने होटल ताज की मरम्मत के लिये ग्लोबल टेंडर निकाला। (ज़िसमे पूरे विश्व के देश हिस्सा ले सकते थे)

अब उस टेंडर को पाकिस्तान की कम्पनी ने भी भरने की कोशिश की, पर श्री रतन टाटा ने उस पाकिस्तानी कम्पनी को इसकी अनुमति नहीं दी और उनसे मिलने आये कम्पनी के मालिक पाकिस्तानियों से मिले बिना ही उनको अपने दफ्तर से भगा दिया था।

बात यहीं खत्म हो गयी होती लेकिन दो दिन के बाद टाटा द्वारा रिजेक्ट हुए कम्पनी के पाकिस्तानी मालिक दिल्ली पहुंच गए। कोंग्रेस की सरकार थी, अतः सीधे काँग्रेस के एक बहुत बड़े नेता के पास गए और उसे सारी बात बताई।

उस बड़े नेता ने तुरंत श्री रतन टाटा को फोन लगाया और बोला की यह पाकिस्तान के अच्छे बिजनेसमैंन हैं, आप अपना काम इन्ही को दीजिये।

इतना बोलना था कि श्री रतन टाटा जो बिना गुस्साये हुए बोलते हैं उन्होंने उस कांग्रेसी नेता से कहा कि…

(आप बेशरम और बेगैरत हो सकते हो, मैं नहीं ) और फोन काट दिया।

जानना चाहेंगे वह कांग्रेसी मंत्री कौन था ?

तो जानिए कि वो कांग्रेसी मंत्री वही आनन्द शर्मा था जो आजकल संसद में देशभक्ति की बड़ी बड़ी बातें कर के राज्यसभा में कांग्रेसियों से भयंकर हंगामा करवाता है। राज्यसभा चलने नहीं देता है और दावा करता रहता है कि उसको देश की बड़ी चिन्ता है। इसी आनन्द शर्मा ने श्री रतन टाटा को फोन कर के ताज होटल की मरम्मत का ठेका पाकिस्तानियों को देने की सिफारिश की थी।

यह एक हिंदुस्तानी का – जो अपने को शर्मा और हिन्दू लिखता है – हमारे देश भारत के साथ द्रोह है, गद्दारी है। यह द्रोह एक अकेले व्यक्ति का – आनंद शर्मा का – नहीं है; यह द्रोह एक विचारधारा का – एक राजनैतिक पार्टी की विचारधारा का – है , जिसका सदस्य यह आनंद शर्मा है।  यह घटना यह दर्शाती है कि यदि यह पार्टी और शर्मा जैसे सदस्य इस देश की सत्ता पर कब्ज़ा कर लें तो इस देश के साथ कुछ भी अनहोनी – बुरी से बुरी बात – हो सकती है।

और दूसरी तरफ कमाल देखिये ! रतन टाटा – जिनके पुरखे कभी ईरान से आये थे – कितने महान भारतीय हैं !! उन्होंने भारत को अपनाया है, वे भारत माता के सपूत हैं।  भारत को उन पर गर्व है।

आज जब उपरोक्त मैसेज वाट्सएप पर मिला तो सहज ही विश्वास नहीं हुआ। अतः पहले इसकी सत्यता की पुष्टि की। यह सत्य है। आप भी इस लिंक पर इस सत्य की पुष्टि कर लें।

An Open Letter to Archbishop Couto of Delhi by Savio Rodrigues of Goa

An open Letter has been addressed to Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto by Savio Rodrigues, the Editor-in-Chief of Goa Chronicle. This letter reads thus:

The Holy Bible in the Chapter 11:11 of Gospel of Luke, “Jesus asks, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead.”

It is with extreme disappointment that I have to once again write on a topic that disturbs me because the values of peace, love and hope that I have imbibed in me comes from my unflinching beliefs in the teachings of Jesus.

Unfortunately its the Catholic Church who acts as custodian of Jesus’s teachings that appears to be walking the path that is completely opposite to the lessons in humanity that Jesus expressed through his teachings. Instead of offering a fish are we attempting to offer the child a snake.

With due respect to your office and your vocation as Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi, I am shocked, disappointed and downright angry reading the contents of your pastoral letter.

Here is an extract of that letter that has disturbed me the most:

“We are witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our Constitution and the secular fabric of our nation.”

This country has witnessed immense communalism, terrorism and rampant corruption in every corner of democracy from Emergency to communal riots under the watch of different political parties in power and every Indian knows this to be true. But are you categorically stating India is currently witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere that is different from any other political year in the past?

Please tell the people of India what is your view on the Emergency that took the very principle on which the country was formed on and threw it in the dustbin because one particular political leader thought it was her birthright to do what she felt was right for her political party in the guise of doing it for the country. I was not even born when it happened, I would like to know what was official stand that the Catholic Church took at that time.

Please tell the people of India when innocent Kashmiri Pandits were raped and killed by Kashmiri Muslims driven out of their home and left to fend for themselves, what was the stand of the Catholic Church and did it official condemn the rape and murder of innocent Indians. Was there not a political turmoil at that point of time?

Please tell the people of India more recently what is stand taken by the Catholic Church in the numerous killings of Hindus on the grounds of religion and politics in different parts of India. Do I, as a Christian turn a blind-eye to this truth or does the Church see only Christians and Muslims as victims of atrocities?

Please tell the people of India the stand of the Catholic Church of the media reports and cases filed against Priests abusing minors in different parts in India and the world; is that not turmoil in the innocent minds that have been brutally violated by a representative of God?

The game that the Catholic Church is playing of division is devious and demonic in nature. The democratic principles of this country is not only for us minority but for the majority as well.

Look at the India around you and don’t go by media reports, its a Hindu at St Michael’s Church in Mahim, a Christian at the Ajmer Dargah and a Muslim at the Shantidurga Temple in Goa. This exists because they understand the true meaning of secularism.

Secularism is not acceptance of all religion in governance, it is the acceptance of no religion in matters of governance.

I agree with you that we should fast and pray but this must be done to eradicate all those who on the basis of religion divide us Indians.

I am proud of my Hindu lineage, it has helped me understand the message of Jesus and the purpose to my life.

It is my belief in the teachings of Jesus that I have the courage to stand up and tell you that as Christians we must unite all, even those that we think are the sinners; but repentance must come from us first before we go to change others.

The Bible says, “I have carved you on the palm of my hands”. I was taught by my parents that, that line in the Bible was for every single human creation of God and not only those who follow the Catholic Church.

India is a nation of unity in diversity, I believe we are more spiritual a nation than religious.

How India is Fast Changing under the Leadership of Modi!

Why India Needs Modi in 2019 Again!


By: Dr Ashok Anand, President – Yorks College, Birmingham, U.K

There had been, and there would be many great leaders in India. But in the current scenario, India needs Modi. Why?

Reasons are many and I list a few of them hereunder:

  1. He is not corrupt like almost all the politicians of all the political parties are/were. This fact can be established only by looking at the condition of his brothers and other family members, while seeing the fortunes other Indian politicians and their families have accumulated. For example, compare it with Vadra, Lalus, Akhilesh’s 22 family members, billionaire Dalit queen Mayawati and scores of others.
  2. He is bold enough to take even unpopular decisions for the sake of the future of this nation; yes, only time will tell whether his decisions were right or wrong.

  3. I live abroad and know what the reputation of India four years ago used to be. It was at the bottom. But today Modi’s PR has got some of our reputation back. We feel that clearly while living in international community.

  4. I don’t think any of his ministers have looted the country in the last almost four years, the way Congress had been doing it for 67 years. This itself is a ‘First Thing’ in  the history of ‘India-since-1947”. This single achievement of Modi is enough to make him entitled to be PM of India again in 2019.

  5. His strong image before China, Pakistan and other nations would certainly be getting India a better treatment at the international platform. This will benefit India on many national and international fronts.

  6. Ask the poor people of this country who have seen the banks first time in their life!  Today their accumulative savings have touched over Rupees 40,000 crores. This figure speaks for itself and how these people feel today.

  7. About 1500, 18th century laws have been removed from the statute books in India. These antiquated laws were being used selectively and in discriminate manner by the officialdom to harass the poor and illiterate people in India.

  8. Subsidies are reaching direct to the bank accounts of the poor while in Congress raj, all the money used to be pocketed by the middlemen – that is, by local netas and Panchayati heads.

  9. 30 million women are enjoying cooking gas and now not burning their own bones to cook for the family.

  10. Forget Demonetization and GST at the moment, next generation will understand what good Modi has done for India by his tough and unpopular decisions.

I can cite several such examples and small things which this government has done and is doing continuously. But keep in mind, seventy years of slush cannot be cleared in mere three years.

However, never forget, that this country, with a history of corruption, religious bigotry, enmity, greed, jealousy, intolerance and full of traitors, would not be easy to control even by a Dictator.

And finally, this is not the question whether BJP or Modi is doing good or bad, the million dollar question is, if Congress was tolerated for 6 decades, why not Modi for at least One?

I think if he wins 2019 elections, India – and you – would have many more plesant surprises in store to encounter.

“Britain Imitated Education Model of India,” Said East India Company!

By: Shreepal Singh

Today the Western world has a self-sustaining education system, which attracts best of the brains as scholars from around the world. After getting this education, most of these scholars are absorbed in the host country as a matter of well calculated policy. It is a brain-drain for the country sending these scholars. These highly educated and talented emigre contribute to the wealth of technology and economy of their adopted homeland and take their erstwhile host to ever newer height in our competitive world. This has been one of the chief reasons of their supremacy and empire.

But how did the western countries come to invent such a self-sustaining superb education system? The truth is they did not invent it; they simply copied it from India! Is it not a jingoistic nationalist claim on the part of India? No, it is stated so by the East India Company in 1823.

Just consider these facts. Before the end of World War II, the British empire had the leadership of the Western world. This empire led the path in many fields, including education, and the rest of the Western world followed in its footprints.

It was the British empire – following in the the footsteps of its precursor East India Company – that imitated its education system from the natives of India; and from the British empire it spread to other western countries, because of the utility of this Indian education model.

Here we are reproducing an extract from the report of one A. D. Campbell. Esq., The Collector of Bellary, Dated Bellary August 17, 1823, upon the Education of Natives. It reads thus:

“16. The economy with which children are taught to write in the native schools and the system by which the more advanced scholars are caused to teach the less advanced, and at the same time to confirm their own knowledge, is certainly admirable, and well deserved the imitation it has received in England. The chief defects in the native schools are the nature of the books and learning taught, and the want of competent masters.

“17. Imperfect, however, as the present education of the natives is, there are few who possess the means to command it for their children. Even were books of a proper kind plentiful, and the master every way adequate to the task imposed upon him, he would make no advance from one class to another, except as he might be paid for his labour. While learning the first rudiments, it is common for the scholar to pay to the teacher a quarter of a rupee, and when arrived as far as to write on paper, or at the higher branches of arithmetic, half a rupee per mensem. But in proceeding further, such as explaining books which are all written in verse, giving the meaning of Sanskrit words, and illustrating the principles of Vernacular languages, such demands are made as exceed the means of most parents. There is, therefore, no alternative but that of leaving their children only partially instructed, and consequently ignorant of the most essential and useful parts of a liberal education: but there are multitudes who cannot even avail themselves of the advantages of the system, defective as it is.

“18. I am sorry to state, that this is ascribable to the gradual but general impoverishment of the country. The means of the manufacturing classes have been of late years greatly diminished by the introduction of our own English manufactures in lieu of the Indian cotton fabrics. The removal of many of our troops from our own territories to the distant frontiers of our newly subsidized allies has also, of late years, affected the demand for grain; the transfer of the capital of the country from the native government and their officers, who liberally expended it in India, to Europeans, restricted by law from employing it even temporarily in India, and daily draining it from the land, has likewise tended to this effect, which has not been alleviated by a less rigid enforcement of the revenue due to the State. The greater part of the middling and lower classes of the people are now unable to defray the expenses incident upon the education of their offspring, while their necessities require the assistance of their children as soon as their tender limbs are capable of the smallest labour.

“19. It cannot have escaped the government that of nearly a million of souls in this District, not 7,000 are now at school, a proportion which exhibits but too strongly the result above stated. In many villages where formerly there were schools, there are now none and in many others where there were large schools, now only a few children of the most opulent are taught, others being unable from poverty to attend, or to pay what is demanded.

“20. Such is the state in this District of the various schools in which reading writing and arithmetic are taught in the vernacular dialects of the country, as has been always usual in India, by teachers who are paid by their scholars. But learning, though it may proudly decline to sell its stores, has never flourished in any country except under the encouragement of the ruling power, and the countenance and support once given to science in this part of India has long been withheld.

“21. Of the 533 institutions for education now existing in this District, I am ashamed to say not one now derives any support from the State.

“22. There is no doubt, that in former times, especially under the Hindoo Governments, very large grants, both in money and in land, were issued for the support of learning.

“23. Considerable alienations of revenue, which formerly did honour to the State, by upholding and encouraging learning, have deteriorated under our rule into the means of supporting ignorance; whilst science, deserted by the powerful aid she formerly received from Government, has often been reduced to beg her scanty and uncertain meal from the chance benevolence of charitable individuals; and it would be difficult to point out any period in the history of India when she stood more in need of the proffered aid of Government to raise her from the degraded state into which she has fallen, and dispel the prevailing ignorance which so unhappily pervades the land.” (Extracts from the report of A. D. Campbell, Esq., the Collector of Bellary, dated Bellary, August 17, 1823, upon the Education of Natives: pp. 503-504 of Report from Select Committee on the affairs of the East India Company, Vol. I., published 1832).

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