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MetroMan Sreedharan


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Born at Thirthala on 12-06-1932, Sreedharan studied at Palakkad and finished engineering at Kakinada.Former CEC T N Sheshan was his classmate till intermediate. For a short period, Sreedharan worked as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Government Polytechnic, Calicut and a year at the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice. He joined Bharatiya Railways after clearing UPSC Exams in 1953.
Bharat and Srilanka had a train service between them. Severe cyclone destroyed the services damaging infrastructure at Dhanushkodi and Pamban, while the Train to Srilanka never resumed, Pamban was made ready in a record time.
The IR gave 6 months, Sreedharan’s boss gave 3 months and Sreedharan completed in
46 Days and received Railway Minister’s Award.

In 1970, as the deputy chief engineer, he was put in charge of the implementation, planning and design of the Calcutta metro, the first ever metro in Bharat.
In 1975 Communists removed him as he didn’t approve their Disruption. He next joined Cochin Ship Yard in 1979 as CMD and in 1981 under his leadership MV Rani Padmini which was on paper for years saw its launch. He had promotions in IR and retired in 1990 as Member Engineering, Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Govt of India.

Sreedharan couldn’t enjoy his retirement as Railway Minister George Fernandes appointed Sreedharan as CMD for Konkan Railway. Under Sreedharan,the company executed its mandate in 7 Yrs. It was the first major project in Bharat to be undertaken on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) basis, the organisation structure was different from that of a typical Indian Railway set-up, the project had 93 tunnels along a length of 82 KM and involved tunnelling through soft soil. The total project covered 760 km and had over 150 bridges. That a public sector project could be completed without significant cost and time overruns was considered an achievement by many.
(The result when 2 Honest Men Work Together)
Konkan Railway has been covered in the Extreme Railways program by Chris Tarrant as 1 of the most difficult railway project to have been constructed in the world.
His Next project was Delhi.Thanks to Ex CM Sahib Singh Verma. Sreedharan was particularly known for isolating his projects from political pressures and influences and for fast execution of projects. He had announced that he would retire by the end of 2005, but his tenure was further extended to oversee the completion of the second phase of Delhi Metro. After 16 years of service with the Delhi Metro. Sreedharan retired on 31 December 2011.

After his retirement from DMRC, Sreedharan joined as Principal Advisor of the Kochi Metro Rail Project.Initially, V S Achuthanandan led Communist govt tried to swallow money by calling Global Tenders, when Sridharan refused & subsequent opposition from all, he reversed his stand.
Kochi metro was finally unveiled on 17 June 2017, it was considered a landmark event in India in terms of completion time, control systems used & initiatives such as employing transgender people, vertical gardening, respecting migrant labourers, and use of solar power.

Metroman is married to Radha and has 4 children.

How Shall We Vote ? – M.S.Golwalkar

Courtesy – Organiser Archives

Vol. X, No. 24   Delhi,  Margshirsh Shukla 8, 2013; February 18, 1957

By  Shri MS Golwalkar (Sarsanghchalak RSS)

Guruji GolwalkarShortly the people will go to the polls to elect their representative s to the Lok Sabha and the various Vidhan Sabhas and entrust the governance of the country to them
for the coming five year period. Five years is quite a long period in which much good or harm can be done to the people depending upon the nature of  the representatives. There is no provision in the Constitution for recalling representative who might fail to answer to the electorate or who might go back upon the promises lavished upon  the People at the time of the elections. Heavy is the responsibility of the voter, therefore. For it is in his hand now to seal the fate of the country for five long years. So the voter has  now to bring all his strong commonsense to bear upon this problem of extreme moment and make the correct choice.

Nehru View Vs. CR View

Leading persons are busy advising the voter. Two main theories have been forthcoming. One has come –so the newspaper reports say—from no less a person than Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru calling upon the people  to ignore the personal character and qualities of the individual candidates and pay attention only to the party—in his case the Congress—and cast their votes for the party. The other view – advocated recently by Shri C Rajagopalachari—is to ignore the party and examine the individual candidate and study his character, for the rightly says it is the  character of the representative of the people which in the last analysis is of utmost importance in the conduct of State business within and without  legislatures. Both these views are partially correct. Both these views, therefore, have to be taken together and a good party with candidates of character and devotion to the national cause, free from all self-seeking, of ability, capable of co-ordinated action, and imbued with coherent national views, has to be chosen by the electorate.
I belong to no political party and no political party has any special claims upon me. I do not, therefore, advocate the cause of any particular person or party. But as a Hindu, devoted to the best of my limited and humble abilities to the cause of Hindu People, I make bold to express my personal views and to make a few suggestions. The people are of course free to accept or reject them. Socialism Leads to Fascism.

Of the major parties in the field, the Congress, the PSP and the new Socialists have kept the ideal of socialism before them. Their socialism is not inter-national like that of the communists, but is direct towards the building up of a socialistic state or a co-operative commonwealth-bombastic words carrying no sense to the average citizen. Socialism of this type has resulted in Nazism in Germany and Fascism in Italy and the history of their rise and fall with all that the world has had to suffer from their totalitarian dictatorship is too well known. There is no guarantee that the same sad tale will not be repeated in our country.

The Communists

The communists are wedded to the Russian group and dream of establishing the Russian system in our country. What that system is can  will be imagined from the recent event in Hungary. The last forty years of their existence have witnessed such blood-baths, such mass massacres as we have no parallel even in the darkest and least civilised periods of history.

Anti-Hindu Parties

In addition all these parties pride themselves on being non-Hindu. Take the example of the various laws interfering with the Hindu way of life.
The Hindu People, their Dharma, Sanskriti and all they cherish and hold in reverence stand in danger of being wholly obliterated if the reins of power are entrusted in the hands of such elements

Vote Fearlessly, Boldly, Rightly

I address myself to the great Hindu People, to strive for whom has become my Dharma, the hoary immortal Hindu People whom I worship as the veritable manifestation of the Eternal Divine. I pray to them to rouse themselves to their self-consciousness and freely and boldly exercise their right of vote without being misled, without being distracted or frightened into upholding any individual or party.

Nation First: Security Policy

– Dr.Rahul Shastri

The Unacceptable Pacifist Approach….

Over the last few years, Indian Armed Forces have literally been at the receiving end of sheer indifference and disdain of the Indian Government. The issues range from complete inability of the Ministry of Defence and the Government at large to buy critical equipment on time, to remaining silent on the issues of Pakistani soldiers frequently crossing the Line of Control and ambushing Indian soldiers to a series of intrusion by the Chinese forces in Ladakh region. On each of the latter mentioned counts the Indian Government’s pacifist approach towards China and Pakistan has miffed many including the armed forces.

Does the Government have a Policy to Counter Maoist Violence?

naxal affected area

The same is the case with the Government’s approach to fighting the Maoists. UPA seems to be completely clueless as to how to deal with the Maoist menace. Even though the Prime Minister of India had stated in the past that the Maoists pose the single biggest internal security threat to India and even though the Maoists have been involved in some of the most brutal massacres of police personnel including the killing of 76 jawans of CRPF in Dantewada in 2010, the approach of UPA seems to be see-sawing between a hard and a soft approach.

The Government continues to deal with Maoist problem as a law & order issue even though Maoists are militarily preparing themselves to literally strike major Indian cities and industrial infrastructures. With reports of them having a fund base of nothing less than Rs 1500-2000 crore, the presumption of Maoists being a rag tag army of peasants does no longer hold good. They are more so sophisticated and ruthless than New Delhi presumes them to be.

The Plight of the Central Police Forces

Further, the Government has failed completely to keep the morale of the Central Police personnel up and over the last few years more than 65,000 Central Police personnel in total quit the jobs with 16,000 jawans and officers quitting CRPF alone in the last four years. Devoid of even the basic promotions, amenities, timely sanction of leaves and lack of peacetime posting has led to massive frustration among the paramilitary forces. Issues of fratricide and suicides have been to major rise too.

Politics of Appeasement over War on Terror


Likewise India’s war against terror continues to be a blind man’s quest for water in a desert. Probably there is no other country which has been so soft in terms of dealing with terror as India has been. The more shocking saga is that of the manner in which terrorism has been politicised and efforts have been made to give a communal angle to all of it. Be it the attempt of the Uttar Pradesh Government to get Muslim terror accused released or be it the attempt of the Home Ministry to send advisory to the states that innocent Minority youth should not be arrested, each of these attempts are a sheer blot on the war on terror.

The question is why should the police be told to be careful about minority youth only? Does that mean that youth of the majority community can be detained and kept without trial for years and then it is not a crime? No innocent should ideally be arrested or punished be it from any community but at the same time a situation should not be made that police personnel become scared of arresting anyone for fear of persecution in case of an error in judgement.

Yet even as these debates continue, Indian Mujahideen continues to trigger explosions at will, be it at Bodh Gaya, the Patna Rally or at several other cities. Moreover, the criminal prosecution as well as investigation architecture continues to be so flawed and so much inter organisation turf war continues that on several occasions terrorists were acquitted by courts because the prosecution failed to provide a fool proof case.

The Plight of the Indian Borders

The situation in the borders is none better either. To keep the Bangladeshi Government in good humor, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a directive a couple of years back in which it had put severe restrictions on the power of BSF to fire at illegal infiltrators.

Taking advantage of the situation and knowing well that BSF has been barred from firing on Bangladeshis, on several occasions Bangladeshi smugglers and cattle traffickers have brutally beaten and killed BSF personnel. The hapless BSF personnel have no option but to get beaten up because if they fire in retaliation and if Bangladeshis are killed in the process then the very Government of India on whose behalf they are guarding the borders, would prosecute and persecute them for killing Bangladeshis even though that Bangladeshi may be a terror agent, a supplier of fake currency notes or explosives or a human trafficker.

BSF has been literally made to do duty with hands tied even as massive infiltration of Bangladeshis continues to create major demographic problems for many of India’s states.

The Appalling state of India Defence Equipment Procurement Programme

 And last but not the least is the appalling condition of the Indian Armed Forces so far as its equipments are concerned. In the recent past the Indian Chief Air Staff Air Marshall has made it clear that in case there is a joint attack by China and Pakistan, it would be difficult for Indian Air Force to counter that.

This revelation does not mean that Indian Air Force lacks courage or conviction. In the past, the Indian Air Force had often routed Pakistan Air Force with elan. The revelation of the IAF chief is a reflection of the sheer indifference and appalling level of delay in taking critical decisions on acquisition of key equipment that the fighting capability of the armed forces is severely getting compromised.

There is no denial of the fact that Indian Armed Forces have often compensated the lack of quality equipment with their own personal valour which even the enemies of India would accept. But there is a limit to how much raw courage can compensate for critical equipment whose procurement keep getting delayed thanks to bureaucracy which takes pride in delaying and a political leadership whose concerns about India’s security is becoming a matter of debate.

With exposure of scams leading to stalling of more defence projects one can gauge what would happen if another Kargil were to happen now. All this has been happening because India has failed to bring institutional reforms in the critical weapons acquisition programs.

The Agonising Delays that May Cost India Dear….

The squadron strength of the Indian Air Force is coming down at a rapid pace due to the retirement of the ageing Mig-21s. While it would take few more years for India to have a sizeable fleet of the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft, which is yet to get a Final Operational Clearance, after selecting Dassualt Rafale for the deal for 126 Multi Role Combat Aircrafts, the Ministry of Defence has failed to complete negotiations even in two full years knowing well that such delay severely jeopardise the operational readiness of IAF.

It takes four years after the signing of the final deal for the first lot of aircrafts to arrive, meaning that even if the deal with Dassualt is signed in 2014, the first aircraft would not arrive before 2018. In between India would continue to have its combat squadrons further depleted due to more retirement of the MiGs.

During the recently concluded Defexpo organised by FICCI in Delhi, the Defence Minister stated that the Government has no money left to buy weapons. Already, over the last two years, Government has been systematically cutting down on funds meant for capital acquisition for the armed forces. The excuse of the government about paucity of funds stand hollow against the recent hike in the Dearness Allowance of the Central Government Employees from 90% to 100% which would cost the exchequer an additional Rs 7500 crore expenditure.

The mismanagement of the economy keeps on raising the inflation and the Central Government keeps on pouring largesse on its 50 lakh central government employees by spending thousands of crores in additional allowances even while the rest of the country and India’s defence forces keep suffering.

All these have been happening at a time when China and Pakistan have been modernising and augmenting their arsenal on a war footing. It is not the case of merely the deal of 126 combat jets alone which is hanging in balance. The same goes for the acquisition of much needed M-777 Ultra Light Howitzers that India needs to secure its Himalayan borders against the Chinese intransigence.

On several occasions tenders for purchase of helicopters, howitzers, critical missiles and ammunitions have been cancelled for frivolous reasons and on some stray allegations, leaving the armed forces high and dry. Take the case of the recent fire in the Indian Navy Ship INS Sindhuratna where it is alleged that the accident and the subsequent death of sailors were caused by the leakages in batteries which were past their shelf lives and were not replaced because the Ministry of Defence could not take a solid stand to buy batteries on time and instead was mired in litigations filed by one battery company for not being given a chance to sell batteries.

It has happened on several occasions that whoever did not get a contract for selling equipment would file case and then the Ministry of Defence would put the whole contract in perpetual hold to investigate allegations even while India’s defence preparedness continue to suffer. While issues of propriety is fine, can there be any space for mischief by those companies who do not win contracts and thus cry foul and make efforts to delay projects or scuttle them altogether at the expense of national security? Does it at all make sense to stall projects midway if such defence projects are critical to national security?

 The Critical Need to Change the Culture and Bringing in a Sense of Urgency

India’s defence procurement procedures need massive overhauling and there is a need to bring in a no-nonsense approach to acquisition of critical equipment in a time bound manner. Even while being stringent on issues of malpractice and corruption, it has to be made sure that ongoing projects are not stalled suddenly because they severely jeopardise India’s military preparedness. And last but not the least, India needs professional specialists and not arm chair bureaucrats to run critical departments like Defence and Home Ministry.

Most bureaucrats running Defence and Home Ministry have extremely rudimentary understanding of strategic and military affairs, more often than not failing to realise the implications of issues, even though exceptions are always there. The officials sitting in the air conditioned offices of Delhi needs to understand the plight of the men on ground be it in the Maoist bastions or in the borders. It is this extreme lack of empathy of the civilian bureaucrats and their failure to understand the problems of the men on ground that has led to the disgruntlement in the forces. Eventually it would not be the babus but the uniformed men who would fight for India. Keeping them content and understanding their problems are extremely critical for the ‘powers that be’ as well as for the nation. It is sad that national security has never been part of the national discourse in this country and perhaps that is the reason ruling establishment can take issues of national security and eternal delays in defence acquisition deals for granted. Unless this changes and unless there is public pressure on government to expedite acquisition of critical defence equipment in national interest, men in uniform would continue to suffer and so would be national security.

One has to remember that India’s enemies are preparing for the next war with alacrity. India might eventually have to pay a heavy price for its casual approach towards defence. It is perhaps for all the above mentioned predicaments that there is a considerable amount of expectation that men in uniform have from Modi that he would possibly apply his same efficient and a no-nonsense approach towards bringing the much needed reforms in India’s defence administration and truly secure India from all kinds of external and internal threats