It’s a Big Game!!!

High hype around PRP and Chiru becoming the CM in 2009

It was 2008 that Chiranjeevi started Praja Rajyam Party(PRP) with hopes of being the CM of Andhra Pradesh. He’s not to blame. It was the way Film Culture is in Andhra Pradesh as well as neighboring Tamil Nadu. People believe and adore the Film Citizens, they easily surrender the power of ruling to them. Everything was fine till he screwed it up badly by being over-delusional. But thats past. Anyway, so in 2009 elections, he successfully helped Congress win the election by bypassing the votes to be won by Telugu Desam Party(TDP). And since then, it seemed a lot of hype and a little of gain phenomenon. His co-actors like Jayaprada and Jayasudha were already MLA’s without any hype that surrounded him, not to mention his dreams of becoming the CM. So, unable to cope up with the small candy, he continued hoping for a bigger one. But this time, instead of keeping hopes on his relatives and fans, he believed time would heal everything. By the beginning of 2011, he started giving minute clues of his merger into a major party. It was by 2011 Feb 6th announced his plans of merger into Indian National Congress. It was an utter disappointment to his fans, because he along with his brothers publicly humiliated Congress Party and its Principles during election Campaign(trust me, 2009 election campaigns were the lowest grade of all in the State. It was disgusting :/ ).

I guess he took time till August 26th as he wanted his fans to get along with his move. If he merged in Feb or successive months, humiliation fans would face is a lot (infront of fans and followers of other actors). So, the media too played light on the issue with no much speculations or mockery on the Leader. But it was like Chess. Arrange all the players on board individually and then…..BOOM!! blast it out. Ultimate aim….Win…single Agenda.

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Now what one has to notice is that, After 2009 Elections in Andhra Pradesh and after Y.S.R’s tragedy, the state had not much of real politicians running the state, Moreover the issue of Telangana too started igniting the Govt. more and more. Whatsoever the Government does, there was always something missing in the policies and the action committees mentioned. Everybody was upset with some or the other problems, moreover the central situation was also polluted with 2G and other Corruption Scandals. So, the INC in Centre needed to assure its success in 2014 elections. It was a tough task. Taken that the Big Names in State politics have been divided into people who supported YCongress(party started by Y.S. Jagan, son of YSR), people who stated publicly supporting Telangana. A leader is never expected to stay biased. Morover, if Telangana is declared, he would be kept for Telangana itself. Then what about the Andhra Region. And on the contrary, what if Telangana isn’t announced? This makes him/her last option for a combined CM. This made INC think of an alternative. It needed someone with charisma. Someone who people believed. And someone to whose rallies and speeches people would come regardless their political interests. And Bingo!!! our Big guy right here has got his shoes tied up for being a CM. And if he hadn’t been included, its for sure that he would be  campaigning individually or with other parties (say TDP) so, he’s again gonna play his part in wasting the valuable votes. And if fate may have it, this time Congress could suffer his presence like TDP in 2009. So its a combo pack. You are sure to win, you’ve got the charisma and your trouble of having a potential opponent is sorted out!!!

there was a treat to congress had chiranjeevi chosen to join TDP, but this guy turned wise 😉

Think about it. After just joining into the INC in Andra Pradesh, Chiranjeevi briefed out the future working of Congress to all the state leaders of Congress!!! Seriously! If you’ve a new sailor on board he is explained the way things work. But not given the Mic to say how to work….unless……He’s gonna keep doing that for the coming years!!! a.k.a. Next CM. Lets face it, Kiran Kumar Reddy is nowhere the candidate Congress had in its plan. It was an emergency, with Rosaih retiring and speculations rising on state without able CM. Even movies were made on the state political leaders (Leader). So someone who could work with presence of mind yet listen to the central Govt. was needed. And now that another able candidate is found, Kiran Kumar is kept aside. I mean, when the Central Govt. has been taking decision on the Telangana Issue, Chiranjeevi was in Delhi where as the Governor and CM of Andhra Pradesh were in the state. They were called upon 2 days later. It was as if, Big guys spoke of everything and only censored version is presented to kids!

Chiranjeevi was a hit in Film Industry. But he disappointed his fans so hard that now his plans for a 150th cinema are too unreliable to stay realistic..Moreover, when he already presented his brother (Pawan Kalyan), son(Ram Charan) and nephew(Allu Arjun) to the industry, the old guy isn’t much bothered of. All his fans migrated to is other family members. He let them down. But for politics. C’mon when an unknown name Kiran Kumar Reddy could be made CM, the known Big, or rather Better Guy could easily be selected. That too, when he’s ready to venture into anything that allows him to become CM. He stayed low since he was given ministry in Tirupati after 2009 elections. It was as if he was invincible. He only appeared in Film News and short comments on govt. that too one in a blue moon. My dad initially laughed at my observation, but seriously, Am i the only one noticing this!!!

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tracking electrical power of india…….

Power Sector at a Glance “ALL INDIA”

As on 30-06-2011
Source:CEA
1.Total Installed Capacity:

Power for All by 2012

Sector

MW

%age

State Sector

82,596.58

46.66

Central Sector

55,572.63

31.39

Private Sector

38,821.19

21.93

Total

1,76,990.40

 

Fuel

MW

%age

Total Thermal

115649.48

65.34

                                             Coal

96,743.38

54.66

                                             Gas

17,706.35

10.00

                                             Oil

1,199.75

0.67

Hydro (Renewable)

38,106.40

21.53

Nuclear

4,780.00

2.70

RES** (MNRE)

18,454.52

10.42

Total

1,76,990.40

100.00

Renewable Energy Sources(RES) include SHP, BG, BP, U&I and Wind Energy

SHP= Small Hydro Project ,BG= Biomass Gasifier ,BP= Biomass Power,

U & I=Urban & Industrial Waste Power, RES=Renewable Energy Sources

Note:-

  • The generation stations with installed capacity less than or equal to 25 MW are indicated under RES.
  • The Shares of Sipat TPS(NTPC) are proposed shares.
  • The proportionate distribution of shares in respect of Bhilai TPP (J V of Bhilai Steel and NTPC) has been done as per tentative allocation communicated by IRP Div viz 220 MW for NTPC out of 500 MW of Unit I & II the remaining 280 MW to SAIL-Chattisgarh (State Sector)
  • The installed capacity figures in respect of RES is based on MNRE email of dated 22.02.2011 from Ministry of Renewable Energy where cumulative Grid interactive power installed capacity has been indicated as 18842.14 MW as on 31.01.2011.(Reconciliation of installed capacity of Hydro capacity resulted in transfer of 135 MW from conventional to SHP-RES and retrieval of installed capacity of 67.20 from SHP-RES to conventional Hydro has resulted in net addition of 67.8 MW to SHP under RES. Also 30 MW of capacity in the nature of Waste Heat Recovery Power Plant at Goa Energy Private Limited under U&I category of RES. Out of this installed capacity due to wind – (374.636 MW) and small hydro (110.79 MW) appearing in captive capacity has been deducted to arrive at installed capacity of utilities in respect of RES.(18842.14-485.43+67.8+30=18454.52)).
  • Units No 5 & 6 of 110 MW each of Dhuwaran TPS have since been retired & the IC(220 MW) has been deleted.
  • As accertained from I R P Division, the shares of Indra Gandhi Supper Thermal Power Station (Jhajjar) allocated by M O P are 231 MW each to the States of Delhi & Haryana & 38 MW as Unallocated. Accordingly the Installed Capacity owing to Indira Gandhi S T P S is shown in the Central Sector.
  • The Capacity of The Barge mounted Tanir Bavi Power Station earlier installed and shown in Karnataka is now been shown in Andhara Pradesh(Kakinada) under Pvt. Sector Gas(Prime Mover) as the same has been shifted to Kakinada (A.P.).
  • 10% of the Installed capacity of Pragati CCGT which is indicated to be Merchant Power by IRP Div has been included in I/C of Delhi State Sector.
  • The Unit No 1 (50 MW), Unit No 2 (55 MW) and Unit Nos 1 & 2 (20 MW each) of Bhusawal, Parli and Paras T P S respectively of MAHAGENCO have been deleted during the month.
  • Figures at second place of decimal may not tally due to rounding off.

Where are we heading!!

3 serial blasts…again and again the same way…..a sure culprit……everyone in the government knows their where abouts…LeT, AlQuaida, and on and on and on…..still….other than mournin we are left with nothin….i’m not sayin that i’m atop of others by writin this, but its a movement and it needs to be done as currents in an ocean. So, just gear up and show your support. Your support shows what we could actually do to change the situation, change the way things are going around……Spread it like a necessity.

 

Timeline of Terror Attacks (Only MUMBAI):

1993 March 12: Different bombs were blasted in 13 places. First RDX bombing in India. 250 Dead and 700 Injured.

Suspects: Dawood Ibrahim+Pak Terrorists(Al Qaida/LeT)

2003 August 25: Twin car bombings. RDX placed in taxi. Gateway of India, Jawery Bazaar areas under terror. 54 Dead 244 Injured.

Suspects: LeT

2006 July 11: Within 11 minutes, 7 blasts in a local train. 209 Dead 850 Injured.

Suspects: LeT, SIMI

2008 November 26: Terror bombings in 10 different places. Places like Oberoi Hotel, Taj, Nariman House bacame prime victims. 166 Dead, 308 Injured. The incident remained in terror history as ’26/11′ attacks.

Suspects: Pak terrorists

2011 July 13: 3 bombings, 21 Dead 141 Injured and Counting.

Suspects: Indian Mujahideen

We spread some new store openin, sales figures, silly old jokes, ‘Press 1 for pink, 2 for blue surveys’ etc., lets share something like never before. If you’re someone wanting a change share this status and let people feel the need.

 

Jai Hind

BlueMotion technology – an insight

Volkswagen India have launched their 2011 Volkswagen Passat in India with BlueMotion technology. Now the name sounds eerily similar to Mercedes’ BlueEfficiency and BMW’s EfficientDynamics. Well it is precisely the same albeit at a lower cost but with almost the same benefits befitting the other Germans. Like we had earlier reported that Volkswagen India are going to start a Think Blue initiative with the launch of the 2011 Passat, now we would be taking you through the BlueMotion technology world. BlueMotion essentially means providing the vehicle with exemplary power, fuel efficiency and at the same time leaving less of a carbon foot print. Now all these terms cannot be taken in the same vein or can they be? As they say, “With great power comes great responsibility”, this has been taken to the next level by Volkswagen with the BlueMotion technology.

To save fuel (in all the terms) we have options of cycling to work, car pooling with colleagues, taking the stair case instead of the elevators or even shutting off the car’s engine in traffic signals. However the new 2011 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion does all of this without leaving out the convenience factor in them. To start with, under the hood, the Passat boasts of a high tech TDI engine which has the latest direct injection technology and a turbocharger. With this, one gets lower emissions, more power and higher fuel economy. The surge of torque that this car carries with it ensures that one doesn’t have to change gears too often, thus maximizing efficiency. The optimized gear ratios of this car with both the manual and Dual Clutch transmission have longer ratios, delayed downshifts and early upshifts in the interest of better fuel economy and proper combustion of the fuel. This car gets the Auto start-stop as standard and this ensures that the engine is turned off automatically at red lights or in a traffic jam. This happens only when the vehicle is stationary for more than 15 seconds. Once the traffic jam clears up or the lights turn green, just press the accelerator and the motor comes to life. Mind you, during this time, the other electrical appliances inside the car are still running, ensuring no discomfort to the occupants. There is also a gear shift indicator inside the car which encourages the driver to select the right gear, given the right condition, to maximize the fuel efficiency. Last but not the least, the car boasts of brake energy recuperation. The kinetic energy which is usually wasted during braking is now converted into electricity and recharges the car’s battery.

There are ultra low rolling resistance tyres and also friction saving materials inside the engine compartment to ensure a smooth sailing for the car and in the process aid in better fuel efficiency as also good driveability. Engine management software has also been highly modified so that the car runs in its peak efficiency all the time.

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Could the sex-trafficking be reduced?

ORIGINAL POST:

Its really depressing the other day to read this article about sex-trafficking in the Indo-Bangladesh Borders. Dont know whether we should be happy that trafficking is reduced in Indo-Nepal Borders or feel intrigued that now the problem drifted.. What is happening in these areas is beyond a forceful movement. In many of the cases its desire, thats drawing even girls. Easy money and worse.., no one’s there to explain them. They get amused by the !000rs they’re gonna earn but not aware of the long-term consequences these activities have on their life. This may seem cynical but take it this way,
The girls who are led into this get their income and due to ignorance and trying to have comforts of life, they’re virtually happy. They can say “Its our choice”. I’m not speaking about all, nor am I being judgmental, all i’m speaking about is the few spoiled kids, innocent inside. The sex broker gets his/her share by just doing this sex-trade. The people are interested in spending on all this shit. Sounds simple right? For a moment everyone seems like “Its ma choice! what do you have to do with it!!”. But thats where the NGO’s step in. Basically, having the ability to distinguish right and wrong, and helping out others understand the same difference is what puts the organizations at par from others.

There’s a need to help this people get enlightened by the darkness they dont even know they’re living in. The above example I said hardly portrays 5-10% of all the sex-workers, and as far as kids trafficking is concerned, this falls to 0.01%.

First time I came to know that kids, those who just entered puberty and below, being involved in sex trade, made me somewhat unstable. The very thought is totally disturbing. Perverts are there all around us, But their pervertedness depends on our loop holes.

Personally I could think of the following things, that influence the issue.
1. Media, especially movies(i’m not being biased,  i’m a movie-maniac) showing the aspects of the crime in a heroic way, leaving people puzzled regarding its existence.
2. The more the issues are portrayed, the more the trade increases. Some minister of that province, for instance came to know about sex-trafficking, he hunts them down and asks for a commission for rest of the trade period. I’m not saying news shouldn’t be brought out. That eliminates press freedom, which enabled me to write for you now. But I’m saying open up, once you could close them. Else, too many cooks spoil the food. Thats what happens
3. Lack of proper guidance in these areas. No counsellings sessions at a required rate. The participation isn’t the main point. The expertise in participation matters.
4. Any many more factors, i’m seriously unaware, or things that didn’t struck my mind right now, effect directly or indirectly in short term or long term, but are surely affecting lives of millions in coming years, including those who already became prey.

Here’s my take for it.
We would take two ex-defense officials, for expertise in border area dealings, couple of councilors, psychologists, who seriously have some experience, and the maximum number of volunteers, collaborating with a reliable NGO that already deals with the rehabilitation of these people.

Wish me luck and show your support for this mission.

US Kills Osama, Blows Pak Cover

After World’s Biggest Manhunt, Navy Seals Get Qaida Boss & Eldest Son At Night, Bury Him At Sea
Was In Military Town 60km From Islamabad & 100km From India

Washington: The United States hunted down and killed the world’s most wanted terrorist and 9/11 perpetrator Osama bin Laden in the early hours of Monday(2ND MAY ,2011,IST). American Navy Seals stormed a compound in suburban Abbottabad in Pakistan, about 60km
north of capital Islamabad, and gunned down bin Laden after a firefight in an operation that took 40 minutes to execute but four years to fructify.
After identifying bin Laden through photos and videos, and collecting DNA and other evidence, they spirited the body of the al-Qaida leader out of Pakistan, and later dumped him in the North Arabian Sea. US officials later said they were conforming to Islamic tenets to bury the dead within 24 hours, but the real purpose was evidently to deny any possible shrine being established for the al-Qaida leader. Bin Laden was a Saudi national, but the Saudi monarchy reportedly refused to accept his body. The location of the dumping was not identified.
The Obama administration kept Pakistan out of the loop, informing the government in
Islamabad only after the operation was over. President Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton acknowledged broad intelligence cooperation from Pakistan but did not attribute any operational help from their so-called ally and did not even thank Pakistan.
Suspicion is deep in Washington that Pakistan’s military intelligence establishment was sheltering bin Laden, because of his location in a massive compound in a cantonment close to the prominent Kakul Military Academy. Questions are being asked whether the compound was an ISI safehouse.
President Obama and US officials described a small all-American team, involving Navy Seals in two helicopters, taking part in the swift operation in the dead of the night. Remarkably, there were no American casualties.
Bin Laden reportedly put up a fight, but he was shot in the head. Two couriers, through whom he was traced, his eldest son, and an unidentified woman, were killed too. A US helicopter was forced to land. But the American team regrouped and fled without any casualties.
10 YEARS AFTER 9/11, OBAMA TAKES OUT OSAMA
THE HUNT
2005 | US extracts info on couriers (Osama’s links to world) from Guantanamo prisoners. One, an aide of ex-Qaida No. 3 Abu Faraj al-Libbi, said to be trusted by Osama
‘07 | US learns courier’s real name
‘09 | Pak areas where courier and brother operate identified, home located in Abbottabad Feb 2011 | US agencies conclude Osama hiding in house with eldest son & youngest wife
Mar 14-Apr 28 | Prez holds 5 Natl Security Council meets
Apr 29 | Obama orders attack
HOMING IN
Plot of land in Abbottabad roughly 8 times larger than homes in the area
High security | 12-18ft walls, two security gates, residents burned trash, unlike neighbours
No windows facing road. Part of compound has 7ft privacy wall
No phone or internet service
Conclusion | House built to ‘hide someone of significance’
THE RAID ‘Surgical raid’ by team of Navy Seals, flying in modified MH-60 choppers that took off from Ghazi Air Base in Pak itself (hence, Pak in dark)
Osama killed in firefight by double burst of bullets to left side of face. His son and the 2 couriers also killed. In all, 22 killed or captured
One woman, used as shield, killed. Unclear if it’s Osama’s wife
SUNDAY IN WASHINGTON
1pm:President’s top advisers gathered at White House
2pm: Obama huddled with team to review final preparations. Later watched ‘live feed’ of raid
3.50pm: Told Osama ‘tentatively identified’ among those killed
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR…
INDIA | Reaffirms its claims that Pakistan is Terror Central. But will not reduce threat from Qaida affiliates like LeT. Efforts at thaw with Pak will continue, but detractors will get boost
PAKISTAN | Embarrassed despite frantic efforts to claim role in raid. But can’t say this out too loud as it might attract adverse reaction from the Muslim world and at home
US | Big high. Obama can now justify withdrawal from Afghanistan. Chances of reelection in 2012 rise sharply. Will silence rumour-mongers who question his affiliations
QAIDA | Will now be led by al-Zawahiri. Osama no longer played operational role in the increasingly decentralized group, but his death means it has lost its inspirational figure
INTRIGUING QUESTIONS
Was Pak involved in operation?
ISI chief Shuja Pasha quoted claiming Pak role in operation. But Obama said Americans carried it out. US counterterrorism chief John Brennan said Pak had no idea about raid till US troops left Pak airspace. Claims Pak actually scrambled jets
Did Pak know where Osama was? Past remarks by US officials, including Hillary Clinton, indicate some Pak officials knew where Osama was. Speculation that hideout was an ISI safehouse. Brennan said it was “inconceivable Osama did not have a support system” in Pak
Where’s proof of Osama’s death? There’s no photo of the body (picture circulated on Net was a fake). Buried in North Arabian Sea to avoid his burial place becoming a shrine. But lack of proof bound to foster conspiracy theories
Why was Osama’s hideout poorly guarded? So few guards for world’s most wanted man? Perhaps because heavy security would have attracted attention. The more people who knew his hiding place, the greater the risk
How did US chopper go down?
US says it had mechanical problem, destroyed to protect intel information. Eyewitnesses claim it was shot down
COST OF WAR ON TERROR $1.3 trillion
PAK OF LIES: Despite denials, Osama was finally found in this Pakistan hideout

Children on the Border-India- Bangladesh border in Murshidabad district


Along the 151 kms long India- Bangladesh border in Murshidabad district, children are used extensively for smuggling and sex work. Their rehabilitation remains a challenge, as they find sex work and smuggling more lucrative than beedi- rolling or gamchha weaving.
Children on the Border

Monika Deb (name changed) is a sex worker in the red light area of Kalabagen, Shamsherganj block of Murshidabad, close to the Bangladesh border. Her clients include cross border smugglers, medical representatives, senior school students and those guarding India’s frontiers. Over the years she has learnt to live and cope with the sleaze and filth of commercial sex work. However, a month ago even she was rattled when sexual overtures were made to her 10-year-old daughter.

At two well kept rooms in a hut on the Jalangi roadside leading to Farrakka, Amona Bibi, just 35, runs a thriving flesh trade business. Her clients include the lower ranks of those guarding the borders as well as the truck drivers ferrying goods to Bangladesh. She makes anything from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 a day. A mother of three, she supplies young girls to her clients. Girls, on their way to school or, on their way back, come with a set of clothes which they change into and provide service, for which she pays them Rs 1000. If a school going girl gets pregnant, abortion services are provided by Amona Bibi and its back to business as usual.

No condom, no sex please!
There is a glimmer of hope at Bangladesh border. There is high awareness about HIV and AIDS and most of sex workers refuse to entertain clients who do not use a condom. “Condom promotion has been highly successful,” says Ameena Mariam, peer educator at NACO’s ( National Aids Control Organisation) drop in centre on the road leading to Farrakka. This is an extremely busy stretch of the highway for sex work. Some 50 to 60 trucks are parked on the roadside day and night and on either of the road are shacks where clients are entertained. Some 200 sex workers operate on this stretch of the road. The women have received the female condom and use it, though they are not comfortable with it. Regular supply of condoms is ensured by NACO and other agencies. Despite various precautions, 12 of the 200 have tested positive for HIV. Four women have died of AIDS. Women are taken for regular blood tests and ensured medication when needed. When a HIV positive case surfaces, even the Babus (pimps) who live with the women are tested.

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence

n The Central Law Commission report on the Foreigners Amendment Bill- 2000 estimated the clandestine cross border trade between India and Bangladesh is at $ 5 billion.
n A bottle of phensedyl that costs Rs 75 in India, sells for Rs 700 in Bangladesh.
n A profit of Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 is made on each cattle smuggled.
n 500 girls are rescued every year from Mumbai and Delhi brothels.
n The number of girls trafficked from Nepal has reduced now.
nA sex worker makes anything from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 a day at the border, and involves less risk.


All the 300 odd women working in red- light area of Shamshergunj depend on babus ( pimps) for sheer survival and emotional needs. They too are a threat for girls reaching puberty.

These were just two of the many horrendous stories on the insecurity of adolescents living on the border villages, shared with a group of NGOs, researchers and journalists who travelled the 151 kms Indian border to Bangladesh in Murshidabad District.

There is extensive use of children for smuggling and sex work on the India/Bangladesh border. Young Bangladeshi girls are also trafficked into India with promise of jobs. Men posing as businessmen, entrepreneurs from India live in the villages of Bangladesh and after winning the confidence of the villagers ‘marry’ girls and bring them to India –then sell them in Mumbai, Delhi and other places.

Bangladeshi girls replace their Nepali counterparts

NGOs like the Kolkata-based Sanjog working on cross border as well as intra country sex trafficking have seen a decline in the number of girls from Nepal in the brothels of Mumbai. However, there is an increase in Bangladeshi women in sex work. Roop Sen, secretary of Sanjog, says, there are no accurate estimates of the number of adolescents/ women being trafficked into India or from different parts of India to the brothels of Mumbai. However, he says 500 girls are rescued every year from Mumbai and Delhi and sent to shelter homes or reunited with their families. But rehabilitating these youngsters remains a challenge. They may be engaged in rolling bidis, making gamchhas (hand woven light towels) or in agricultural work, but the returns are not good enough for young people who have seen more money in the destinations to which they were trafficked. An estimated 20 percent are re-trafficked or migrate again for work.

India’s border with Bangladesh is well populated and largely porous despite the large tracks of thickly fenced areas guarded by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on either side. It’s an active border with smuggling by children and trafficking of women and children in disturbing proportions. The Central Law Commission report on the Foreigners Amendment Bill 2000 estimated the clandestine cross border trade between the two countries at $ 5 billion. Sanjog’s research looks at issues of the rural adolescent in poverty, affected by the rapid political and economic changes in South Asia.

Rehabilitation blues

Adolescents and older children of sex workers in Murshidabad have approached the CWC (child welfare committee) as well as SPMUS (Suprava Panchashila Mahila Uddyog Samity), an NGO which has been working for protection, prevention and empowerment of women and children in red light areas in Murshidabad district since 1993, to run a separate home for them so that they don’t have to struggle with the stigma of being children of prostitutes.

A high, seasonal drop out of children attending the school is observed so that they can be engaged in smuggling. In fact SPMUS did a study in 2007 showing 300 children of 8 to 14 years smuggling from six spots of the border—Jalangi, Sheikhpara, Sagarpara, Bhagwan Gola, Lal Gola and Shamsherganj.

Children, who have traditionally herded cattle, used to take the animals through one of the illegal ghats or border crossings in the hope that the security forces would be kinder to them. But as the fences came up and the vigilance on the border increased, the number of cattle being smuggle dropped substantially.

At Farrakka, Sheikh (26) from Bangladesh said till two years ago he was smuggling cattle. Purchasing four to 10 cows from the haat in India he would take them through Dhuliyan into Bangladesh. After bribing various people for his illegal operation he made a profit of Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 on each cow. Now he is in the sex trade which is more lucrative and rouses less suspicion.

Juveniles used as smugglers

What is more disturbing is the use of children to smuggle phensedyl, a cough syrup used as a narcotic drug and banned in Bangladesh. Quite clearly it is with the tacit support of parents for some of it is put in their school bags. Women smuggle it across in pockets stitched into their petticoats and undergarments. A bottle of phensedyl that costs Rs 75 in India, sells for Rs 700 in Bangladesh. At Fulbari, where there is a 12.5 kms barbed wire fencing and the BSF jawans work in six hour shifts- patrolling on cycles, village women are asked to search suspected female carriers. A woman had 10 bottles of phensedyl on her. At night families living on the Indian side of the fence use mobiles to alert relatives on the other side of the fence and literally chuck bottles of the banned drug to them when the jawan on patrol is some distance from them. Some 200 metres further is the actual border with a BDR outpost. Till women constables are inducted into the BSF, search of adolescent girls and women carriers is a problem.

The smuggling of rice, which costs Rs 17 a kg in India and is sold across the border at Rs 40, is rampant. Old women and children can be seen lugging huge bundles of rice across the sandy river beds, past ferry ghat to Bangladesh. Before walking or swimming (depending on the season) with their bags, the rice is weighed in shacks that have come up close to the ghats. SPMUS study shows that smuggling is at its peak in the four months of the monsoon. This is also the time when school dropout rate is maximum.

Children caught smuggling are produced by the BSF before the Juvenile Justice Board in Murshidabad.

Day-care centres for children

While many of the sex workers have been able to segregate their children—leave them with parents or send them to residential schools, there are umpteen others living with their mothers, exposed to sexual innuendos. Since 2007 SPMUS has been running two day- care cum night shelters for children of sex workers at Shamsherganj and Behrampore. These efforts have paid dividends. SPMUS tries to wean the children from the trauma of living in a red light area and counsels them but many mothers want to be with their children when not with clients.

At Shamsherganj red light area, where there is a strong committee of sex workers, no girl below 19 is allowed to practice.

The inevitable pimp

Babus- glorified pimps who live with the sex workers and get clients for them could also be potential threats to children of sex workers. The women depend on them for their emotional and economic needs and trust them completely. Some of them cook, look after their children and get medical aid when the women fall sick.

All the 300 odd women working in the red light area of Shamsherganj have babus who live on their earnings, though they may do sundry other jobs. The sex worker has to pay the babu as well as the owner of the hut on the roadside that she brings her clients to, so she has to earn enough for her upkeep, food, education of children and the babu.

Courtesy: The Tribune May 3, 2011