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Freedom Struggle

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 24th August 2010

This is a land of world class mathematicians, scientists, astrologers, warriors, dharma.
But does that hold any value today? Why have Bharat and Bharatis have lost all sense of right and wrong?

Are we going to allow following to happen?
Tremendous poverty, worst education, bad infrastructure, water mismanagement, pollution, population, terrorism.

Amidst all this we are still living with a hope for better Bharat. But believe it or not. Either you fight it out today or next generation will curse you for your inaction. And they will have to fight from first breath for freedom and equality, even for free air. What problem on earth is not there in Bharat? Bharatiy culture wasn’t like this.

Worries (Our Law keeping machinery and its Law abiding attitude):
1. Madani was not arrested even after HC arrest warrant for 8 days that too on the charges of alleged hand in Banglore bomb blast</b>, of course a thief is more dangerous than a bomb blast accused
2. Suresh kalmadi is openly charged for CWG scam and is still holding tight to the chair?
3. A. Raja, accused of 60000 crore telecom scam and still a union minister of Telecom
4. Praful patel Aviation scam of more than 5000 crore and still a union minister of Aviation
5. Supriya Sule charged with dual citizenship still MP. The Govt of Maharashtra has been asked to act on. but no action.
6. Krupa shankar singh has 2 PAN cards (publicly known) no action. Looted Konkani people of their land but no action.
7. Ashok Chavan govt is charged with 50000 crore land scam by opposition (He replied to opposition’s allegations that “Jis ke ghar shishe ke hote hai woh dusaro ke gharo pe patthar nahi phenkate”)
8. Multi crore scam in PCMC area no arrests.
9. Sharad Pawar is alleged in price manipulation, by unconstitutional means, of sugar. Must be charged with deliberate attempt to rot the food grains. But still is union agri minister.
10. 200000 farmers committed suicide in 15 years no arrests, no one is responsible. Maharashtra govt leading the chart.
11. 1000000+ Kashmiri Hindu Pandits driven out of their house and still no action against radical Islamists in valley. 4 Lakhs+ left to rot in refugee camps.
12. Union minister of Railways shares stage with maoists but no explainations or press note. Govt is trying to prove it right.
13. Satish Shetty murder case, no one is arrested. Neither any press note nor inquiry.
14. German Bakery bomb blast no arrests? (Unnecessarily involved some local names to divert the attention)
15. Kasab eating on our money in hospital no execution of the penalty for his heinous crime.
16. Afzal guru’s file is held back by Union Home Ministry. Why not passed to president?
17. Kerala is hot terror bed but no action or media coverage (Shashi Tharoor’s 3rd Marriage gets 1st page)
18. Charges on Sajjan kumar are being removed by CBI
19. Bullet proof jacket quality issue is suppressed in Maharashtra.
20. Krishna khore land scam where thousands of acres of land handed at peanuts prize to relatives by Ajit Pawar. No investigation.
21. Inapropriate assets cases were withdrew by ruling UPA to get support of Lalu, Mulayam and Mayawati.

Endless issues………………..

Our only hope is a renewed freedom struggle.

“Awake, Arise and Prepare for Fight”
Jai Bharat!


Please read this too. Very disturbing and frustrating.
EVM, ECI and a deadly Nexus

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EVM, ECI and a deadly Nexus

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 24th August 2010

It was yesterday when I came across the news that Shri Hari Prasad is arrested by Mumbai Police for exposing EVM Vulnerability. Who is trying to suppress the news? ECI? or Ruling party UPA?
“The “Ugly face” of the ECI: Arrest of Hari Prasad for “sting demonstration”” .

———————-Reproducing the complete post (Thanks to N Rao)——————

Today, at wee hours Maharashtra police landed up at the residence of Hari Prasad in Hyderabad, a technologist and Technical coordinator of VeTA to arrest him. The arrest was made on the flimsy charge of ‘theft of EVM’ used for vulnerability demonstration by Hari Prasad and a team of security researchers that included Alex Halderman, professor of computer science, University of Michigan and Rop Gonggrijp, a security researcher from Netherlands along with a team of their colleagues.

Earlier, police came to Hyderabad in the first week of August and recorded a statement on the EVM they had used for exposing the vulnerability of EVMs. They summoned him to Mumbai for further questioning. Hari Prasad could not go as he was busy with his professional work. Then, the sudden arrest happened this morning.

Over the past one year, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been lying blatantly and willfully to ensure continued use of EVMs at all costs. It attributed all kinds of qualities to its EVMs: “totally tamper proof, perfect, fail safe and requiring no improvement” etc. etc. When Hari Prasad agreed to meet the ECI’s challenge to demonstrate tamperability of EVMs, the ECI backed out imposing silly, unscientific restrictions.

To call the ECI’s bluff, Hari Prasad and team have demonstrated the tamperability of EVMs on an EVM made available to them. This is like a sting operation carried out by media organizations. If the stings done by media are a legitimate method of information gathering, so is this sting demonstration. There cannot be separate standards for separate groups. In both cases, public interest is paramount. Moreover, the world over this is the practice followed by security researchers to expose vulnerabilities of absurd claims of “perfect” and “tamper proof” electronic voting systems. The details of this sting demonstration are available at www.indiaEVM.org

For the ECI, the following developments threatening EVM exit seem to have caused unbearable stress.

– 13 political parties had written to the ECI in April expressing concerns about the reliability of EVMs and urging the ECI to organize an All-party meeting. The ECI has not responded to this request so far.
– In Telangana bypoll held last month to 12 assembly constituencies, the TRS had fielded a large number of dummy candidates to avoid use of EVMs. The ECI was thus forced to use ballot papers in 5 of the 12 constituencies where byolls were held.
– Last week, international experts in computer security have concluded in a workshop held in Washington D.C on August 9 and 10 that the Indian EVMs do not provide the security, verifiability, or transparency adequate for confidence in election results, the Election Commission of India.
(Read the letter here:

This workshop was attended by ECI’s expert committee chairman P.V. Indiresan and election commissioner Dr. Alok Shukla. Along with these ECI’s representatives, I had also participated in a panel discussion with these ECI representatives. ECI’s arguments were completely trashed by an independent team of security researchers. The audio of the panel discussion can be heard at this link:

All the above developments have clearly unnerved the Election Commission.

On August 10, the ECI had invited V.V.Rao, National Coordinator of VeTA along with Hari Prasad to discuss about the vulnerabilities of Indian EVMs. The chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi and commissioner V.S. Sampath have sought suggestions from Hari Prasad on how the EVMs could be strengthened. They said that they were willing to make improvements and are keen to understand what all improvements were needed.

Reliable sources tell us that the Election Commission of India had pressurized the Maharashtra police to press for Hari Prasad’s arrest on charges of stealing the EVM used for exposing the vulnerability of EVMs. The ECI’s intent becomes evident from the fact that they had instructed the police not to share a copy of the FIR with Hari Prasad to deny him an opportunity to move an anticipatory bail application. Hari Prasad did mange to get a copy of the FIR later but decided to court arrest if necessary rather than seek anticipatory bail.

What is the Election Commission of India trying to do? Does it think that it can intimidate critics of EVMs? What interests is the ECI trying to protect by resorting to such repressive actions? Has the Election Commission of India got skeletons in its cupboards that it is seeking to protect any damaging disclosures?

Worldwide, vulnerabilities of electronic voting systems are exposed in exactly the same manner as was done by researchers in India. Nowhere have the election bodies used such repressive steps to intimidate critics.

With its desperate actions, the ECI stands totally exposed and is betraying signs of losing the “EVM battle”. While earlier the ECI seemed only guilty of being ignorant about the vulnerabilities of EVMs, the latest actions raise question marks about the integrity and intent of the ECI.

In the ongoing battle for reforming the ballot (voting) system, fast paced developments are expected in the coming weeks. In the face of this adversity, as we double our efforts on all fronts, there is unstinted support forthcoming from all quarters.

Finally, the stage is now set for a renewed legal battle in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. With all the evidence now available and the statements from experts in computer security, defending the EVMs is becoming as difficult for the ECI as the unbridled bungling in Common Wealth Games (CWG).

Jai Bharat!

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