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Mon, 27th March 2017

Anirudh Sethi Report

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Rahul Gandhi’s name proposed in Guinness Book of World Records for loosing 27 elections

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is facing a tough time in his political career due to the back to back defeats across the country, is once again making the headlines. This time Rahul has been into the limelight for a completely unique reason. Vishal Diwan, who is an engineering student from Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh has approached to the Guinness Book of World Records and requested to enlist Rahul Gandhi’s name for losing as many as 27 elections in the country.

Diwan believes that the fact that Congress party has lost 27 elections in the span of 5 years is somewhere a result of Rahul Gandhi’s active participation in election campaigning and media interactions. As a matter of fact, this number consistent losses are more than enough to get qualified for the record book. In order to fulfill his wish, Diwan has written a letter to the administration of Guinness Books and have also paid the enrollment fees for the same. Diwan has received the confirmation of acceptance of his application, but the US-based record book have not confirmed whether it will approve such request or not.

India: Do You Want Housing To Fail?

Honourable Members of Parliament,

Allow me to start with the necessary disclaimer. I am a real estate developer—one of those who flout laws, try to make unfair and egregious profits and are constantly plotting and scheming to harm customers. I am glad to note that the new government plans to support laws that were conceived by its predecessor.

The real estate sector in India is hugely under-regulated. Every building, before construction, requires 15 approvals and 15 NOCs (incidentally, the expression “No Objection Certificate” is peculiar to India. I have done business in 15 countries. No other country has this wondrous and beautiful requirement). Every building, after construction, requires 5 approvals and 5 NOCs. But the industry is under-regulated and you are all honourable men and women. It is a universally understood fact in modern India that the principal reason a new law is passed is in order to provide more jobs for serving and retired bureaucrats. It is a brilliant idea to set up 27 (one at the Centre and one in each state) real estate regulators. The person at the helm of each of these regulatory offices should be a civil servant of the rank of a secretary at least. Additionally, each office needs at least two additional secretaries, four joint secretaries, eight deputy secretaries and sixteen under-secretaries, making for 837 important jobs, or posts as our great government prefers to call them.