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The Ore Movie...
by Ayush Prasad

Jul 8, 2010

India has changed and so have Indian values. There was a time when the Indians melodramatically picked up a little earth and said, “This land is my mother.” The Hero in the War movie gave his life for Dharti-Mata and many a more Hero lost life on the battle field for the same cause. The Indian Judiciary was considered blind and could only give dates. But now India is in a situation when 250Crs worth of Dharti-Mata is illegally shipped off overseas while being under the watch of the Blind Judiciary. All of this accounts to selling off of his country in greed for money, an act so stereotypically deride in several movies.

The newspapers in the recent times read like typical movie scripts. The greedy Miners become the typical villain, a government which dances to their tunes, the corrupt officials, entire system gone awry and a lone old crusader against all of this has just given up. Any movie buff would know that it is just the interval now, as a hero would come and destroy all evil and set right the entire world. Where is that Hero?

Well the casting for various roles is still on and each one is trying to do his bit, to be the main hero and not the supporting one. The contenders include the Opposition MLC who filed the case with the Election Commission and was brave enough to stand up against the Villain. His Excellency the Governor, who having been forced into retirement manages to gain some TV Coverage, a small consolation as his successor at the Law Ministry makes it to Prime Time television every night, making one announcement after the other, almost giving a complex to the Announcers at Railway Stations. The Governor asserts himself and stands up to the might of the Miners. Then there is a Chief Minister, who would rather play the role of the sissy mother, crying away in her white sari, while everything in the world goes wrong. Most Ministers in the Government play the side-kick to the villain so would be the main hero- The Inspector Vijay who would save the day. The Superman of Karnataka!

CID took a break from legally watching the CDs of a Swami, spiritually enjoying the materialistic pleasures of life and jumped in to investigate the curious case of the Missing Ore while there already was the Toothless Tiger Department of Ombudsman.

The Announcer at the Railway station said, “Indian Railways announces the arrival of Train No. 1234”, not to be left behind, the Law Minister announced, “New to give more power to Lok Ayukta” and in one up man ship with Announcer at the station he further added, “ and the Communal Violence Bill is already.” The battle has been won by the Law Minister, two new laws to one train! The Governor is jealous and thinks of getting some attention from the media. He thinks and without any option, falls back on his cushioned and well polished Raj Bhavan Chair, thanking the hard working tax payers for his wonderful retirement and feels there could have been more Cushions on the chair had miners paid their taxes. The miners indeed are villains. 

Well since there is some confusion over the hero, let us move on the other characters. The comedy in this epic tragedy is provided by the Port Officials who would jump into the sea if their chapels worth INR 250 got washed away, but when the sea ate away 250cr of their Dharti-Mata they did not even blink an eye-lid. The Director of the saga is the Chinese Dragon Economy and its hunger for our Dharti-Mata. With the fire in its belly, it would covert the Mata to steel and make Bird’s Nest.

The producer of the Epic Saga is the common man, the taxpayer. He is the person who would pay taxes from everything he buys from the chocolate for his little child to Jewellary for his beautiful wife. He feels pinched every time the Government announces a hike in Fuel Prices, forcing him to cut down on the little luxuries of his life mostly spent in deprivation. A homemaker, who had to cook a special dish with an expensive ingredient missing. This producer of the saga pays from his nose and sometimes from his happiness to erect the seven check posts, which looked the other way when his Dharti-Mata was being mined and transported to the port. A little child sits underneath a dripping wall in his village school and fears that the roof would collapse in a heavy downpour. His school would have been built, if the Government did not see more priority in spending money on an all expenses paid trip of the CID and the Lok Ayukta to the port. The producer wonders, why I should sacrifice my little happiness when the Villain would not pay his taxes for the school or the tattered road. The producer sits helpless, watching as the Ore Laden Trucks paints his town red and then see the drama unfold on television every night.
More the things change, more that they remain the same. India seems to love to export raw material and services. Even today our economy remain predominantly Primary and Service based, while manufacturing is galloping with 46% growth, but is still a pony. During the days of the Raj, India exported primary commodities like Cotton & Tea. We never thought of processing the Cotton into cloth. Even today, we shamelessly mine Iron Ore and Coal and load it into ships. We talk about banning private ownership of mines or legality of mining forest land, but we would never consider passing a law which bans the export of raw material.

Today, when ore is mined, there are total of 3 jobs which are created- Miner, Transporter and the Seaman. But if the ore is to be converted to steel in India before being exported, it would create 3 more jobs in the Steel Plant and the specialized products out of it. The process of conversion to steel would increase the value of the export several times and add more revenue to the state coffers, allowing better school and roads. This law would cause problems in the short-run, but has long term benefits. One more announcement Mr. Law Minister?

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MOHSIN AHAMAD, DUBAI/MOODBIDRISunday, August 08, 2010
Good article by Ayush,keep writing
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Ayush Prasad, BangaloreSunday, July 11, 2010
Thanks Daijiworld for publishing the article.

The aim of the article is not to blame anyone, but to show the world in another perspective. Many a times we notice the world around us more with our eyes closed than when it is open. We disucss about how Taxes are not being paid, but never talk about how the taxes paid are being wasted? Why should we erect 7 Checkposts, when none of them do their job? And other questions.

We all have the power to bell the CAT, but none of us choose to do so. About me becoming Lok Ayukta, well I believe it is better to do something, which encourages people not to steal, instead of catching the theif, as the damage is already done.

For those interested in becoming Lok Ayukta, you could wait for President/ Vice President election in 2012, the post would be vacant again!!!
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charles, Mangalore/DubaiSaturday, July 10, 2010
Mr. Nagesh Nayak, Is BJP top brass indicated you on any next available top post in the BJP/RSS cadre?
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Vera Alvares, MumbaiSaturday, July 10, 2010
You have the courage to call a spade, a SPADE, Mr. Prasad? Well, hats off to you, the Karantaka government should see the clarity of your vision and appoint you the next Lokyakta......seriously speaking, Prasadji, Aayushmaan ho Bhava!May your pen speak more and more.......
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Anurag, Mangalore/DubaiThursday, July 08, 2010
Good article. But who will bell the cat?

Mangalorean community is very selfish community. People will talk, preach, watch, comment, but when it comes to coming on to the roads for good causes, they will never turn up.

The ore and road problem will not stop unless people agitate by coming on to the roads!! Unfortunately, people act only when it comes to religion!
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ansar, mangaloreThursday, July 08, 2010
nice article by Ayush.eaven pass this massage to the state govt or to the CM there is no benifite instead they keep sucking the blood of indian people. (mera bharat mahan) in corruption which is very unfortunate.
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Cyril Dsouza, Mumbai / QatarThursday, July 08, 2010
Hi Ayush
You have written the truth and its bitter so the politician will not mind because they are hard skinned and they know our people are idiots and it will become a opposition propaganda but on the whole you have covered all the aspects and its a good article and we hope this article opens a few eyes,ears and mouth.Well done Ayush
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Vinod Lewis, Bahrain/KallianpurThursday, July 08, 2010
Very well written .
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Francis Lobo, Bejai,MangaloreThursday, July 08, 2010
Ayush,I agree with your view that using the ore to value add into steel ,creates more jobs.But the concept that it will give rise to development of the area is hypothetical. I have seen the richest Iron ore mining places like Sandur in Karnataka, Bailadilla in Chattisgarh,Keonjar in orissa.Rather than creating benefits to the local people the activity has become a curse.Rank outsiders have occupied the areas and the locals have become poorer.I believe development which is not sustainable in the long run will not give any benefits to the local mass. It will create more Mafias and problem of Naxlism.
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Bulsam, MangaloreThursday, July 08, 2010
Invite Mittal & Co to convert our mines into metals. Also attract MNC to convert these metals into goods for local consumsion as well as for exports.
The Japanese & Chinese Govt are doing the same with our mineral wealth and our Govt is doing nothing about it. Moreover a few prevelaged cartels are openly looted them illegally without paying the required Taxes & Duties. This can happen only in India.
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nagesh nayak, bangaloreThursday, July 08, 2010
HI, AYUSH PRASAD, The Ore Movie ...is really a flop .

You just want to become a hero by overnite by naming CD'S of Swami.

why You hesitate to mention AROKYA DAS.

Psuedos, print media & electronic media will honour you for your article.


India was rich & prosperous country during the days of the raj.

All valuables minerals were theft from our dharti mata by your foriegners.

I hope you knew about KGF. 95% of the gold shipped by britishers before independnce. We Indians enjoyed with left over 5%.

India was & is ruined by psuedos .

You just wanted to blame bjp, hinduism as others do for the name.


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N Batrekere, BajpeThursday, July 08, 2010
Well done Ayush Prasad ! Keep it up.
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Clair Lewis, Kemmannu/DubaiThursday, July 08, 2010
Well written artical, covered all the ongoing political issues in Karnataka, while reading many times brought smile on my face. In between all the bad news, this artical is good reading to remain happy, reality writen like story, good going, write more such articals, God bless you, don't watse your talent, very nice.
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Harris Madani, Bajpe M'loreThursday, July 08, 2010
Yess.. Ayush, nice you  wrote..good one.





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