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Why Leela Samson has been shrouded with controversies wherever she went?

December 16, 2019

 

Why Leela Samson has been shrouded with controversies wherever she went?

Leela Samson booked by CBI

Secularism versus communalism: In India, because of the “secularism” cult, misnomer and handling of the issues with deceit, many times the real secular issues are communalized and the secular ones also slowly communalized. The Mohammedan Khilafat, Muslim appeasement, Jihadi manipulations and ultimately ISIS holy war, and today’s burning of trains and railway stations by the Mohammedans prove the disease. Certain groups under the guise of secularism, have always been creating problems in India running riots. Leela Samson, in spite of her talents in Bharata Natyam, unfortunately, indulged in certain unprofessional activities in Kalaskhetra proving her inbuilt communal bias.  Being minorities, it is intriguing and shocking to know why and how the Mohammedans and Christians intrude and infiltrate government organizations and institutions to harass, affect and exploit majority Hindus by all means. Here, though Leela Samson is considered as an individual, the issues around her expose serious issues with ramifications.

Leela Samson, Priyanka Vadra

Leela Samson has been close to Sonia family: Samson is known for her proximity to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty of the Indian National Congress, as she was the dance tutor of Priyanka Vadra. Samson held six key positions in the 10 years of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime. Many papers including the Indian Express alleged favouritism regarding her appointment as the chairperson of the censor board by UPA govt in 2011: Leela Samson’s appointment as chairperson of the Censor Board has raised the question as to whether the well-known Bharatanatyam dancer will have time to devote to her new assignment. In 2010, Samson was appointed chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, another prestigious position. The academy is the apex body for the performing arts. Samson is also ex-officio head of the south zone cultural centre. Apart from these commitments, she has a full-time job as director of Kalakshetra in Chennai. Samson, who was once Priyanka Gandhi’s dance teacher, has no particular connection with the world of cinema. After her appointment, Samson candidly admitted that she seldom watches films.

Leela Samson with MSG censor board

Censor Board controversy questioned her credibility: Samson’s tenures at Kalakshetra, Sangeet Natak Akademi and the censor board were mired with many controversies amid allegations of corruption, illegal appointments and arbitrary awarding of contracts, financial irregularities, Samson was criticised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad when she passed the 2014 Aamir Khan-starrer movie PK without any cuts, even after two board members resigned after it was granted certification, due to content allegedly designed to ridicule Hindu religious philosophy and hurt Hindu sentiments. Veteran Bollywood actor and a former chairperson of the censor board Anupam Kher criticised Samson for playing politics by making partisan allegations while tendering her resignation. This criticism was made highlighting the history of CBFC under her leadership which agreed to make cuts in Entertainment after protests by Muslim groups[30] and also agreed to make cuts in Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal after protests by Christian groups, personally assuring them that “necessary action had been taken”.

Leela Samson at Kalakhetra

Leela Samson involved in controversy from the beginning – 2005[1]: Leela Samson’s sudden exit as director of  Kalakshetra Foundation came despite the fact that she had the backing of the government to continue in the post. While Samson stated in her resignation that the Union government and the foundation’s governing board did not want her to continue in the post after the age of 60, the Union government had, in fact, defended her in court over the past year, even disregarding advice from the additional solicitor-general in the matter and filing a counter-affidavit to protect her post. In June 2011, C S Thomas, a retired teacher at Kalakshetra, had filed a writ petition in the Madras high court challenging the legality of Samson remaining director of the foundation after the age of 60, the statutory retirement age for Central government employees. After she resigned on April 12, 2012, Samson said the issue had come up in a board meeting on April 10 and she saw no reason to stay on in the post if she did not have the support of the ministry, the chairman and the board[2].

Leela Samson with Ambika Soni, christian nexus

UPA supported her legally: Following a counter affidavit by the Union ministry of culture, the high court instructed the additional solicitor-general of India to seek instruction in the matter and inform the court whether the retirement age of 60 applied to the post of the director of Kalakshetra Foundation. In response, the undersecretary to the government of India had informed him that “Leela Samson, director, Kalakshetra Foundation should have retired at the age of 60 years even though the age of retirement is not mentioned in the Kalakshetra Foundation Act, or in the recruitment rules for the post of director nor in the order of appointment (notification) dated February 28, 2005”. However, in a show of support to Samson, the Centre disregarded this instruction and filed a counter affidavit in the high court in August 2011 stating that the post of director of Kalakshetra had to be treated differently from that of a government employee. “Leela Samson was appointed to the post of the director through a search committee after the government took over the institute and her appointment was different from that of the other employees. So the Central government rules did not apply to her,” said a source in the culture ministry. Samson filed a counter in the HC in July 2011, stating that she had been “appointed to the post of the director of Kalakshetra Foundation on the basis that she was a former student of the school and had been taught by Rukmini Devi, the founder”. According to the Kalakshetra Act, appointments to the post of a director are governed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Department of Culture, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, (Director) Recruitment Rules, 2002. Although the rules specify 55 as the upper age limit for a person to assume the post of director, they do not mention a retirement age.

Leela Samson secular censor board

In 2019, CBI booked case: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case of corruption and criminal breach of trust against Padma Shree awardee Leela Samson, former director of Kalakshetra Foundation, and four others for financial irregularities in the renovation of Koothambalam Auditorium on its wooded Chennai campus[3]. The CBI FIR, based on a complaint from secretary and the chief vigilance officer of the union ministry of culture, names four suspects and says they spent Rs 62.20 lakh more than the estimated amount of Rs 7.01 crore on the project[4].

The accused persons are –

  1. Leela Samson,
  2. TS Murthi, the then chief accounts officer at Kalakshetra Foundation,
  3. S Ramachandran, accounts officer and
  4. V Srinivasan, an engineer at the Foundation, besides and
  5. Ravi Neelakantan, proprietor of M/s CARD and
  6. M/s Chennai Engineers[5].

CBI received the complaint dated May 31, 2017, about ‘unfruitful expenditure’ of Rs 7.01 crore made on the renovation of Koothambalam Auditorium at Kalakshetra Foundation. It alleged that work order for the renovation was awarded by the Foundation officials at a higher rate through the architect-consultant ‘Centre for Architectural Research and Design’ (CARD) without following the General Financial Rules (GRF)[6].

Leela Samson at Kalakhetra, questioned 3 crore fraud

From CAG finding, the fraud got exposed: The Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) audited the expenditure of the Foundation and brought out various lapses in executing the renovation works. It was also pointed out that the renovation works were undertaken without formal sanction of the governing board and finance committee of the Foundation. This led to a huge controversy after which Samson resigned from the post of director and member of the civil works panel in 2012. Thereafter, the matter was referred to the CVC of the Ministry. The Central Public Works Department team in Chennai inspected the work in 2016 and assessed that the Foundation had spent approximately Rs 62.20 lakh more than the estimated amount. The team also found that the contracts were awarded at a higher rate and payments made to the contractors. In 2017, the vigilance department of the ministry forwarded the complaint to the CBI after which a preliminary enquiry was carried out.

Leela Samson at Kalakhetra, questioned

The auditorium controversy: Samson was the Director of the Foundation between May06, 2005, and April 30, 2012. It was felt in 2006 that the auditorium built by the Foundation in 1985 needed renovation, they said. The project aimed to upgrade the sound system of the Koothambalam auditorium, built-in 1985, followed by civil engineering works, electrical works, air conditioning and architectural features, the CBI FIR said. The 33rd Governing Body meeting held in 2009 decided to form a civil works advisory committee and PT Krishnan, Leela Samson and Madhavi Mudgal were to prepare necessary estimation based on the recommendations of the Governing Board, it said[7]. The civil works committee appointed CARD as consultant architect in 2010 which gave contracts for 28 renovation works to five contractors while the committee also selected some contractors, it said[8]. The ministry alleged in the complaint that the open tender process was not followed in awarding the contracts. It also alleged that Samson failed to apprise the non-official members of the Works Committee about the GFR norms and inform the Works Committee about the CAG Inspection Report received in August 2011[9]. “Instead, approval of the Works Committee was obtained for two major expenditures in September and December 2011. She failed to place the CAG Inspection Report in the meeting of Finance Committee and General Body meeting held on January 23, 2012, and January 24, 2012, respectively and kept these bodies under dark,” the agency has alleged[10]. The FIR, citing reports, alleged even if there were only limited sources of supply of sophisticated equipment for sound, stage lighting, these were not justified in the file notings for resorting to limited tender, and hence there was no justification in not resorting to open bidding. She was allegedly responsible for the losses incurred by the Foundation on account of not opting for open tendering as also mandated by the General Body, it said.

Leela Samson PIL questioned 2012 India Today

Has propaganda war started?: Now again, secular categories could question the actions and proceedings as communal, as the Hindutwa government has been at the centre. Even, they could go to the extent of criticizing that the right-wing nazist and fascist forces have been trying to trample the human rights of the minorities. The rule of second term of NDA has started just now, but, the issues have been multiplied and problems created have been running riots. Instead of concentrating on the economic and other progressive issues, parliamentary debates have been becoming political platform speeches and emotions are whipped up based on race and linguistic fanaticism. How then, rulers could concentrate on the welfare of people as a whole?

© Vedaprakash

16-12-2019

Leela Samson with Congress Digvijay singh

[1] Times of India, Samson had Centre’s backing to continue, Sharanya Gautam | TNN | Updated: May 1, 2012, 5:42 IST

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Samson-had-Centres-backing-to-continue/articleshow/12945323.cms

[2] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Samson-had-Centres-backing-to-continue/articleshow/12945323.cms

[3] Times of India, CBI registers corruption case against Leela Samson, 3 other Kalakshetra officials, Selvaraj A | TNN | Updated: Dec 14, 2019, 17:09 IST.

[4] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/cbi-books-ex-sangeet-natak-akademi-chairperson-leela-samson-over-irregularities/articleshow/72591891.cms

[5] Indian Express, CBI books ex-Sangeet Natak Akademi chairperson Leela Samson over irregularities, Dec 14, 2019, 17:09 IST.

[6] https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/cbi-books-ex-sangeet-natak-akademi-chairperson-leela-samson-over-irregularities-6166593/

[7] News.18, CBI Books Ace Bharatnatyam Dancer Leela Samson Over Irregularities in Spending on Chennai Auditorium, PTI, Updated:December 14, 2019, 3:27 PM IST

[8]  https://www.news18.com/news/india/cbi-books-ace-bharatnatyam-dancer-leela-samson-over-irregularities-in-spending-on-chennai-auditorium-2424007.html

[9] FirstPost, CBI books dancer and Padma Shri awardee Leela Samson, three others for ‘unfruitful expenditure’ on Chennai auditorium, India Press Trust of India Dec 14, 2019 18:43:52 IST.</p>

[10] https://www.firstpost.com/india/cbi-books-dancer-and-padma-shri-awardee-leela-samson-three-others-for-unfruitful-expenditure-on-chennai-auditorium-7782751.html

Online sexual grooming, luring girls with modus operandi, cyber sexual crimes: Should be taken serious and monitored!

May 18, 2017

Online sexual grooming, luring girls with modus operandi, cyber sexual crimes: Should be taken serious and monitored!

Internet grooming

Ibrahim posing as “Siva” developed Fracebook friendship with a 13-year school girl: Accepting what seemed like an innocuous Facebook friend request ended up in a nightmare for a a 13-year-old girl from Tirupur, as the friendly stranger turned out to be a sexual predator, facebook friend for just few months, who ensnared the young teen and raped her. A 22-year-old man and a lodge manager were arrested on 01-05-2017 Monday on charges of raping a 13-year-old 8th standard schoolgirl. The man, who befriended the girl from Tirupur on Facebook, took her to Puducherry, raped her and abandoned her in a lodge. Later, the lodge manager also raped her. The arrested persons were identified as S Ibrahim, 22, of Pichampalayampudur in Tirupur and E Prabhakaran, 29, of Puducherry[1]. Police said Ibrahim was working in a textile unit in Tirupur and Prabhakaran had taken a lodge on lease more than six months ago[2].

Internet sexual grooming

The girl eloped with Ibrahim as he talked so sweetly: Lured by the 21-year-old youth’s sweet-talk, the teenager ran away with him to Chennai and then to Puducherry, where she was sexually abused for two days[3]. It is ridiculous that that the 13-year girl could be so bold enough to elope with a stranger from Tirupr to Chennai to Puducherry and accepted to stay in lodge. The girl’s harrowing tale came to light on April 29, 2017 when she reached Tirupur two days after she went missing and narrated her ordeal to her parents[4]. On April 27, the girl’s parents lodged a complaint with the Tirupur North police claiming their 13-year-old daughter had gone missing. But, what the parents were doing about her activities with phone, facebook friendship, strange behaviour and other activities. They must have watched her. Even as the sleuths were trying to trace her whereabouts, she returned on her own two days later. What the girl had to tell about the two days away from home swung the city police into action, leading to the arrest of a 21-year-old youth from Chennai and a 27-year-old man from Puducherry. Police said the girl became friends with Siva (21) on Facebook recently. Over time, Siva talked her into eloping with him and on April 27, he reached Tirupur. The girl gave her family members the slip and eloped with Siva to Chennai. After a brief stay there, Siva took her to a lodge in neighbouring Puducherry, where he allegedly raped her for two days. Ironically, though TOI mentions his name as Ibrahim, Indian Express does not, perhaps on the principles of “Secular journalism”!

Internet sexual grooming- love jihad too.jpg

The lover sold her gold chain and vanished: Later, Siva sold her gold chain weighing one sovereign, gave her the return fare to Tirupur and vanished. Really, it is interesting and intriguing to note as to how the girl could giv her chain also to the crook after all these happenings. Ibrahm should be interrogated thoroughly and his modus operandi should be ex;posed, so that the girls could be safe. Finding the girl all alone, lodge owner Prabakaran (27) befriended the girl under the guise of helping her reach Tirupur. After realising what had happened, Prabakaran too allegedly sexually abused her[5]. The girl managed to escape from the lodge and reach Tirupur with the money Siva had left her. After hearing her tale, a team of sleuths traced Siva to Chennai and arrested him on 01-05-2017 (Monday) on charges of kidnapping and raping a minor girl[6]. Another team nabbed Prabakaran from his lodge in Puducherry. Both the accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). After all these happenings, the media started disciurse on “online sexual grooming” and so on!

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Online sexual grooming – definition and so on![7]: Child grooming is generally understood as the practice of befriending and forming an emotional bond with a child by a person with the objective of sexual abuse. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word ‘grooming’ was first used in connection with a paedophile in a 1985 story by Chicago Tribune which stated, “These ‘friendly molesters’ become acquainted with their targeted victim, gaining their trust while secretly grooming the child as a sexual partner.” Child grooming incidents have increased with the advent of the internet, where such incidents are increasingly taking place online, through public chatrooms and social media. In India too, such instances have been reported in the past[8].

  1. Last year, two teenagers were arrested in Kolkata for kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old girl whom they had befriended on Facebook.
  2. Another instance of online grooming was reported in December 2016 where a teenage girl was raped by a Facebook friend in Mumbai.
  3. More recently, in January 2017, a minor girl in Cuttack alleged rape by a boy whom she had met through a social networking site.

With the proliferation of smartphone users in India, child grooming incidents can only be expected to rise in future.

Be smart in internet-2

Tulir’s discourse on Online sexual grooming[9]: As usual after some days, the analysis comes  in this way: “This is a classic case of sexual grooming,” says Vidya Reddy, of Tulir, Centre for Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse. “Abusers study a situation carefully to understand what a child’s Achilles heel is and then exploit the situation. Now, with almost every child having accesses to technology and internet in the form of a laptop or phone, these criminals have found new platforms to target children,” she adds. What Vidya explains is called online sexual grooming, a worldwide phenomenon, that has spread along with the speed and easy access to the internet. According to UNICEF, it can be defined as preparing a child or adult for sexual abuse, exploitation or ideological manipulation. A report released by the organisation in 2014 states that the surge in mobile and internet usage in India had brought 400 million people online. Of this, seven percent of internet users in the country are reportedly children. “Phones are now an extension of our hands and it has completely changed the way crime is committed and presented,” Vidya notes. Even a report of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology in 2014 recognized the threat posed to children by predatory paedophiles online. It emphasises how these predators “conceal their true identity whilst using the internet to ‘groom’ potential victims for sexual purposes.”

From home to horror[10]: The girl, Meena [name changed] too was unaware about the identity of the person she was chatting with. In fact, an officer told The News Minute, that it was only when Ibrahim called her on the phone that she even realised she had compromised all her data to an unknown man. But Ibrahim, as the police put it, was too smart for the girl. “He spoke to her very nicely and formed an emotional connect before she even realised the dangers of the situation,” a police officer told The News Minute. “He was just somebody who did odd jobs for a living but his real life was on Facebook. He has close to 5000 friends and they are all young girls,” she admits.

What parents and others should do?: As the issue has bee n so simple and as well as complicated in modern times, the following are suggested,  though, the modern ones might object on the grounds of “moral-policing” and so on:

  1. In schoools, moral education classes should be introduced naking them understand, realize and appreciate the moral values of family, parents, relations, respect to elders and connected issues.
  2. Of course, parents and elders should set example to their children, boys and girls and others.
  3. The studying teenage boys and girls should concentrate in studies and not in love, love-making, sex related topics.
  4. The cinema, TV, print and electronic media and connected persons should have some sort of “Social respinsibility” in their presentation of ads, news, serials etc.
  5. They should avoid negative suggestion, instread, present wth positive asppects giving good examples.
  6. Definitely, parents should watch the activities of their children, boys and girls carefully.
  7. Their extra-cautious activities should be monitored with the time-spending, money-requirement and spening, goingout on various pretexts etc.
  8. That teens from slums could kidnap and enjoy life with rich girls, autowalas, coolies and others also could join sucg fray to get girls just by wearing jeans, riding a bike, and such other iditic myths should not be promoted.
  9. The cine songs, depiction etc, should have some decency and decorum, instead of portraying the dancing actresses as whores, or they would go with anybody and indulge in sex immediately.
  10. The law enforcing auhtorities can monitor all these activities.

© Vedaprakash

18-05-2017

[1] Times of India, Girl raped by Facebook ‘friend’, lodge manager in Puducherry, TNN | Updated: May 3, 2017, 06.50 AM IST

[2] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/girl-raped-by-facebook-friend-lodge-manager-in-puducherry/articleshow/58487399.cms

[3] Onmanorama, Minor girl elopes with FB friend, only to be abused by him, Wednesday 03 May 2017 08:54 PM IST, byOur Correspondent.

http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2017/05/03/chennai-girl-elopes-with-fb-friend-abused.html

[4] http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2017/05/03/chennai-girl-elopes-with-fb-friend-abused.html

[5] Indian Express, Facebook friend rapes 13-year-old after luring her from Tirupur to Chennai,

By Vignesh A, Express News Service, Published: 02nd May 2017 09:58 PM, Last Updated: 02nd May 2017 09:58 PM.

[6] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2017/may/02/facebook-friend-rapes-13-year-old-after-luring-her-from-tirupur-to-chennai-1600249.html

[7] Firstpost, Child grooming: India must take measures to protect children from online sexual abuses, Devika Agarwal, May, 11 2017 21:59:53 IST

[8] http://www.firstpost.com/india/child-grooming-india-must-take-measures-to-protect-children-from-online-sexual-abuse-3438528.html

[9] TheNewsMinute, A 13-year-old’s rape in TN highlights the major threat online sexual groomih poses to children, Priyanka Thirumurthy, Saturday, May 06, 2017 – 11:45

[10] http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/13-year-old-s-rape-tn-highlights-major-threat-online-sexual-grooming-poses-children-61591