CHARUMMOOD JOSE 2013-12-01 07:01:42 News
cheemuttayum,karinkkodiyum mathram oru pariharam.
be bold like moideen
few alkorangamar everkku ponnada edumpol thakarunnathu pravasiyude abhimanam
P. Antony 2013-12-01 06:53:59 News
BLS International website doesn't give us the whole story.  the details are scattered.They do not accept visa or mastercard. They accept only money order or cashier's cheque. After a 'walk in,  it was learned that they would accept cash also as a courtesy. It it time to revamp the whole process including the website.   If you calculate, the expenses are way up just to visit.  Ten  year visa fee and renunciation fee come to about $ 400 per member in a family.( if a family member became american citizen after 2010).OCI process is too cumbersome and frightening
PT Kurian 2013-12-01 04:45:42 News
Here the writer very well portrayed the pravasi minister and the malayali organization and it's leaders. But bear in mind that India is a country who wants to be in line with other super powers, and are not concerned on the pravasi problems related to OCI card or visa matters, nor the pravasi minister can change the culture of Indian bureaucracy. pinnae paranchinjittu enthu karyam. Just wait and suffer till our new generation ACTS,
Moncy kodumon 2013-11-30 22:48:29 News
Vidyadaran is not your servant  to obey  whatever you say
You want respect him otherwise you get trouble .he response 
Only sense 
Moncy kodumon 2013-11-30 22:44:09 News
Lot of people why scare vidyadharan, he is telling only the truth
If you  are writing  something wrong , you scare vidyadharan
I like vidyadharan and his comment. Where is oci
Our ministers are cheating us . Somebody want to stick with
Ministers all time don,t believe them. We are American citizen
We don't need  them .vidyadaran .. Expect ur opinion
Alex Vilanilam 2013-11-30 19:46:07 News
Minister Vayalar Ravi informed that despite his sincere attempts to set right issues of OCI, Passport surrender etc, because of the non-cooperation of External affairs ministry and Home ministry things are not moving as expected. Alex Vilanilam and others attended the Interactive luncheon at the consulate requested the minister to use his influence with the PM and Sonia Gandhi to give serious consideratipn of the Appeal the Pravasis have made to Indian President and PM. Copy of the appeal is attached

RESOLUTION OF APPEAL TO PRESIDENT and PM OF INDIA                                                                                                                                                                                             


Shri.Pranab Mukherji                                  Dr. Manmohan Singh

President of India Office                          Prime Minister of India    

Rashtrapati Bhavan,                                               South Block, Raisina Hill

New Delhi, India – 110 004.                                    New Delhi. India-110 004



 Hon President and Hon Prime Minister of India:

"We the people of Indian origin who are now foreign citizens and holders of OCI cards [Lifelong multiple Visa as per the amended Indian Citizenship Act of 1955] appeal to the President of India and the Prime Minister of India to intervene and resolve the hardships encountered by us due to the improper implementation of the amended Citizenship Act [section 7 A]. Coordination of four ministries [Home affairs, External Affairs, Finance and Overseas India Affairs] is required for the proper execution of the Act to achieve the following:

1. Make the OCI card an independent lifelong multiple entry visa card [just like PIO card] having digitalized information of our Indian and Foreign addresses, photo, date and place of birth, profession, Pan card number[if any], etc.

2. Eliminate the renunciation rule of old Indian passport while issuing OCI card or while applying for Indian visa.

3. Enforce OCI Card as an Identification Card for all government/legal/financial transactions/documentation and promulgate this information through ‘The Gazette of India”.

As an interim step, stop all procedures/rules recently introduced for the renewal of OCI cards.

We also appeal to the President and Prime minister of India to introduce appropriate legal and administrative steps to address the following issues

1. Provide legal protection for our investments assets in India and introduce a tribunal with judiciary powers to settle all civil litigations, expeditiously for Pravasis.

2. Address the matters involving Indian nationals as well as people of Indian origin, in foreign prisons as a result of miss-trials and denying natural justice, through foreign missions of India and extend to them appropriate support.

വിദ്യാധരൻ 2013-11-30 12:23:56 News
(ഈ വല്ലിയിൽ നിന്ന് എന്ന രീതി)

ആന വരുന്നത് കണ്ടോ അമ്മെ 
എന്തൊരു ചന്തമാ കാണാൻ 
ആന അല്ലടമോനെ അത് 
ല-ആന യാ സൂക്ഷിച്ചു നോക്ക് 
എത്ര പാപ്പാന്മാര് വേണം ല-ആനക്ക് 
നീ ഒന്ന് ചൊല്ലെന്റെ അമ്മെ 
പാപ്പാന്മാരല്ലട മോനെ അത് 
സാഹിത്യ കാരന്മാരാ
എന്തൊരു കുന്തമാ അമ്മെ അത് 
ചൊല്ലി തരുമോ നീ ഒന്ന് 
നാം ഇങ്ങറിയുവത് അല്പ്പം 
എല്ലാം അവരോടു ചോതിച്ചാൽ ചൊല്ലും  

Joseph Ponnoly 2013-11-30 09:54:49 News
There are two main categories of problems that Pravasi (Non Resident) Indians face:
1. The problems faced by Pravasi Indians who have taken citizenship of other countries, but continue to have connections with India - movable and immovable property, families and friends in India and need to visit India for obligatory purposes. Many of them would like to get their children educated in schools or colleges in India so that the next generation would not get detached from their traditions and culture. Many of them look for matrimonial alliances from India for their children.  They currently face problems concerning OCI cards, PIO cards and all other problems relating to property transactions, visits to India, remittances to India and so on.
2. The second category consists of Indian citizens who have permanent or temporary residence permits to work in other countries.  They are Indians who find it difficult even to open bank accounts in India with all the formalities like PAN card, Adhar card, proof of address and residence in India and so on. They have problems in buying or selling properties in India, in maintaining bank accounts, in transacting in stocks and shares, in filing tax returns and so on. They cannot exercise their right to vote in elections.
The Pravasi Ministry both at the Centre and the States do not seem to have addressed any of these problems being faced by the Non Resident Indians, who promote to the economic advancement of India through foreign remittances and through property transactions.
The main problem in property transactions is the prevalence of black money in India. No one in India is ready to register property for the purchased value when purchasing property. In selling property no one comes forward to register for the sale amount.
The general problem of corruption,  unfriendly and bureaucratic attitudes of bureaucrats towards customers, and the prevalence of black money are some of the major issues that turn away Non Resident Indians and their children from their motherland. 
What will the Pravasi Minister and his Ministry do to address these issues? 
When can we see promises turn into actions?
-Joseph Ponnoly

CHARUMMOOD JOSE 2013-11-30 06:44:46 News
Sudhir Panikkaveetil 2013-11-30 05:40:11 News
ഇവിടെ പ്രതിദിനം സംഘടനകൾ പെരുകുമ്പോഴും
പിരിയുമ്പോഴും ഏറ്റവും സന്തോഷിക്കുന്നത് പ്രവാസി കാര്യാലയം ആയിരിക്കും. മുടന്താൻ ന്യായങ്ങൾ പറഞ്ഞു അവരിൽ നിന്നും പണം
ഈടാക്കാൻ അതവരെ സഹായിക്കുന്നു. 2068 കോടി
രൂപ ചുരുങ്ങിയ നാളുകൊണ്ട് ഓ.സി.ഐ., പാസ്പോർട്ട്‌ എന്നൊക്കെ പരഞ്ഞ് തട്ടിക്കാൻ
കഴിഞ്ഞെങ്കിൽ ഇനിയും കാശുണ്ടാക്കാൻ അവര്ക്കരിയം. പ്രവാസികൾ വെറും കുരക്കുന്ന പട്ടികൾ എന്നവർ മനസ്സിലാക്കി കഴിഞ്ഞു. എന്ത് ചെയ്യാം? ഒരുമിച്ച് നിന്നാൽ
വളരെ കാര്യങ്ങൾ നേടാൻ കഴിയും.
Mohan Mathai 2013-11-30 04:38:15 News
Beautiful poem, postmodern postmortem of Malayalee Turkey, Vidyadharan please comment, Nambimadham, Vasudev Pulickal, Peter Neendoor why you keep silence?
A.C.George 2013-11-30 02:22:51 News

Hallo, Dear Honorable Minister Vaylar Ravijee Sir, 

 What is that you are talking about Sir? Did you resolve the simple problems raised by first generation Pravasis ranging about Passport, Passport Renunciation, OCI issues, inefficiencies of Indian Consulates, irresponsibility, putting blame on other departments, pointing fingers to bureaucrats? You are the Pravasi Minister. You were there for long time. Many Pravasi Associations, representatives gave many memorandums to you and to your various departments. Where did all that go? Please do not get angry. How much longer time you need to resolve these issues?.

 Please resolve those issues first, and then talk about the second generation pravasis up here. When we get harassments and ill treatments from our favorite land’s bureaucrats and institutions, how we Pravasis, whether first or second generation take interest there. We are wounded and wounded from the Prasvasi Ministry’s inaction.

 So, our honorable Minister we do not need such statements from you. We need some positive actions from you. By that the nation and you and we all will be benefitted. We do not need any crocodile tears from you. You are the Pravasi Minister. You are in charge. You have to please coordinate, direct your bureaucrats to do the job. These photos, videos, unnecessary speeches are waste of time and foreign exchange money. We want to see actions, means some real actions, please. Always take our request in positive sense. Happy Thanks giving Vayalarji, Sir,


Anthappan 2013-11-29 21:30:57 News
Vidyadharan has  brought out some typical characteristics of our Malayalee writers in USA through his comment.  Writers in USA have their own net work to promote Sahithya Agenda and in order to expand their horizon, they keep on recognizing people or gave award to them and make them join in their organization or network.   As the writers mentioned here in his article, they are good in conducting meeting all over USA nothing else and nothing else.  I don't blame them alone for this because day by day the number of people reading books are dwindling. And, another reason the writers are not writing anything substantive to attract readers.  Kudos to the writer of the article for opening up a debate on this topic. And, also to the critic Mr. vidyadharan. 
O.C. Mathai 2013-11-29 21:14:42 News
ആദ്യം എന്റെ ഓ സി ഐ കാർഡു ശരിയാക്കി താ  പിന്നെയാകട്ടെ രണ്ടാം തലമുറ 
ഒറ്റു വാസു 2013-11-29 17:27:03 News
വിദ്യാധരൻ എന്ന കട്ടുറുമ്പിനെ സൂക്ഷിക്കുക. അവൻ തുമ്പികയ്യിലൂടെ മസ്തിഷ്ക്കത്തിൽവരെ കേറി ശല്യംച്ചെയും. സാക്ഷാൽ വിഷം ആണ് 
കൂടെ വേറെ നീറുകളും കൂടിതുടങ്ങിയിട്ടുണ്ട്