We were together at a youth leadership training camp at Mussoorie in the early sixties. She was sober and soft-spoken, giving the impression of being reserved, unlike some of the other participants. Our interaction was only at formal group discussion meetings.
After the conclusion of the three-day camp, some of the participants travelled in shared taxis up to Dehra Dun, the railhead for Mussoorie. I happened to be in the taxi which she was sharing and found on the way that we had a few things in common, the most important being our love for Sanskrit. While I was still a student, she had done her post-graduate and taken up a teaching job in a school in a (present) Jharkhand town.
We exchanged addresses promising to write to each other; the age of internet was still far, far away. We did exchange lengthy letters, written in Sanskrit, regularly for a year or so. As always happens in such cases, our correspondence gradually became shorter and infrequent. Then it completely stopped. We lost touch with each other.
After some time I got a job and shifted to Delhi. Several years later, I found one of her letters in an old book. I became nostalgic and decided to write to her, telling her all that had been happening to me during these years and asking her how she was, if she was married and what she had been doing after we had parted at Mussoorie. Somehow, I kept it postponing for over two months. Then one day I sat down and wrote to her at her old address with the hope that it would reach her wherever she was.
Sometime later, I received a post card. It said: “I am Jyoti’s husband. She died ten days ago after a brief illness. How happy she would have been had your letter arrived before”.
Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh is without a parallel in the crime history of India. Now the politicians, bureaucrats, police officers and judges are trying hard to cover it up.
Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) or Professional Examinations Board (PEB) was entrusted with the task of organizing preliminary exams for admission to medical and engineering colleges. At some stage some smart brains manning the Vyapam started replacing in the computers the names of successful meritorious candidates with those who paid hefty sums of money or were recommended by the high-ups. The result: those who never appeared in preliminary exams became ‘qualified’ and got jobs in government hospitals and those who had merit and worked hard did not know what went wrong with their tests.
Careers of lakhs of young boys and girls were destroyed by these greedy people. There is no record of how many of them must have committed suicide in sheer desperation.
This has gone for no one knows how long. As it turned out to be quite lucrative, MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan entrusted recruitment to several departments — which was till then the responsibility of the State Public Service Commission — also to Vyapam. Illegal earnings started multiplying.
As some complaints of irregularities were made to the police in several cities, the police at some places started taking interest. Fearing exposure, Chouhan constituted a Special Task Force (STF) consisting of hand-picked, pliable police officers and the police inquiries at other places were halted.
Several petitions were moved in MP High Court seeking CBI inquiry into the scam. Refusing that, Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar announced his decision to monitor himself the progress made by STF in its investigation. This monitoring has been done in secrecy without anything on public record about the progress or the court’s orders.
As demand for CBI inquiry persisted, Judge Khanwilkar constituted a
Special Investigation Team (SIT) with retired High Court judge Chandresh Bhushan as its chairman.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh submitted to SIT an affidavit claiming that the Vyapam Excel Sheets were tampered with to save CM Chouhan. Digvijaya’s source was Prashant Pande, an IT expert who was previously hired by STF but is now on the hit list of STF. Prashant Pande appears to have satisfied Delhi High Court that he has the original and doctored Excel Sheets and that the MP police is out to finish him off. Delhi High Court has passed appropriate orders for his protection.
SIT chairman Chandresh Bhushan told media that he would get the evidence submitted by Digvijaya Singh examined by a third, competent agency. As if in panic, NP High Court Chief Justice Khanwilkar directed SIT not to do any investigation on its own but only watch the investigation being done by the STF.
STF conveyed to Judge Khanwilkar that the evidence submitted by Digvijaya Singh was fake and Judge Khanwilkar declared it fake, simply on the word of accused police officers and without getting the evidence examined by an outside, expert agency.
That means Prashant Pande and Digvijaya Singh have indulged in forgery — and Delhi High Court is providing protection to a forger!!!
In my email I received a message through Facebook saying that Helen Arianti (from somewhere in England) wanted to be friends with me on Facebook. I checked her Facebook account and found that some of my friends and acquaintances were already on her Facebook friends list. I confirmed.
There was a ‘hello’ from her to which I also responded. Then I received the following message: ‘please contact me on my Email email@example.com i have important matter to discuss with you’. I wrote using my email: ‘Waiting’.
After silence for some time, I received an email from Vina Robbins. As the message was sent using the same email id (firstname.lastname@example.org), I knew it was from Helen Arianti. Her email reads (without any editing):
‘How are you today? I like to be open, i am a woman that have seen life, i have been in the social circle for many years, It really does not matter one’s age or color or achievement, what matters in our life is nothing but Care and expression, expression of the heart
‘This is the most important thing in life, to me the most beautiful thing created by God, is never seen, only felt in the heart, I have been hardworking all my life now, i must think of something better, to enjoy my life and probably have a family ,maybe relocate and start investing in other things Anyway, i like to tell you little about me, My name is Vina Robbins, Am British i lost my only daughter at child birth, Am working as an Senior Audit / banker in Al Rayan Bank formerly Islamic Bank of Britain United Kingdom
‘i was married but my Ex Husband got married to another woman, which caused our divorce, but is ok, since he accused me of been so busy with my work and the bank and its accounting/auditing, that i was not having time for him, but he refused to understand that i was pursing a goal, i told him that soon i would resign and we have enough time for each other but he was impatient, But is over between us, I am happy alone because I have everything i need, This is why I think of relocating to your country to get into investment and maybe own a small company which i can be able to manage Enough of myself, would you tell me more about yourself too???? I like to know you better, what you really do and your position in your work, your marital status and where you reside now
‘I love to hear from you soon’.
Before entering into further communication, I decided to have a good look at her Facebook profile. And lo and behold, the Facebook account of Helen Arianti had vanished. Her two messages in my Facebook message box were marked as ‘spam’.