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جمعہ، 26 نومبر، 2010

The myth of “India shining”


 By Sultan M Hali

India is rapidly moving towards an uncertain future stemming from the growing public pessimism out of its conservatism, because Congress and its clone BJP’s role is adding conceit and smugness to the hollow slogans of ‘Shining India’. Indian Congress’s rediscovery of poverty as the root cause of its problems and sloganeering to end this menace have made little or no headway. India is sitting on the heap of public discontent that can erupt like a volcano at any moment as its Prime Minister has turned down the proposal to provide free grain to the poor, as impractical proposal.

The despondency and despair of the common man in India can be gauged from the number of suicides by its impoverished masses. India’s illusions of grandeur and its propaganda machinery, which duped President Obama to declare that “India is not rising but has risen”, are based on self deception. It appears that in the Indian government, everyman-for-himself is prevalent.

The recent scandal in which Dr. Manmohan Singh faces huge criticism because of the corruption scandal involving the botched sale of 2G telecom licenses in 2008 at a small fraction of their value had cost the country up to 40 billion dollars depicts not only that his government lacks firm leadership quality but the Indian masses now believe that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is surely “in office but not in power”.

The stark disparity between poverty stricken down-castes vis-à-vis affluent Brahman class, is being denied all opportunities. Their excitable passions are like a fuel that can catch fire to enflame ‘Shining India’. The Banias and Upper caste exploiters have crippled India but maliciously blame the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and others through relentless propaganda. Indian economy has been exploited for many years. Ambanis, Mittals, Agarwals and Birlas in general have swindled India since 90% of the market share in Telecom is with them, but their agents ask new entrants to pay Rs. 170,000 crores. Here too there is caste system at play because they do not object to dual licenses taken by Banias at a low price. Two thirds of entire Oil & Gas reserves along with other minerals have been sold to Ambanis. The Hindu Banias have ruined India’s economy through the following malpractices. They introduced Take Over code that limited NRI investments in companies, but allowed unqualified families to illegally raise equity in companies from under 12% to 50% to 90%; they dismantled FERA, sabotaged or delayed “Patents” to millions of Indian Engineers SMEs.

They sold or leased National Wealth in Oil & Gas, Mines & Minerals to select corporate almost free, have reduced direct credit to farmers promoted high cost Micro Finance. They have promoted or allowed “Subcontracting of Major Works” and promoted Crooks, Astrologers, Communal Elements to sabotage development. One after another, many big corruption scandals are continuing to tumble out of the UPA Government’s cabinet. The Comptroller & Auditor General has now exposed the biggest scandal relating to the 2G Spectrum allocation, mentioned earlier, which involves a massive loss of about Rs.176,000 crore to the Indian exchequer. Union Minister for Communications and IT, A Raja, has already been forced out. There is even a possibility of Manmohan Singh’s Government being brought down on this issue.

The corruption scandal of Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi, also reportedly involves massive misappropriations from a huge expenditure of Rs.70,000 crore to Rs. 90,000 crore, but only a small fry like the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, has been removed from some posts though an amount of only Rs.1600 crore was given to him. Even many of the athletes have made crores of rupees in a couple of weeks.

The mentality behind the great wealth and progress made by the extremely corrupt leaders, bureaucrats, builders, industrialists, businessmen, middlemen and traders who are boasting about India having the capability of spending a massive amount of Rs.70,000 crore to Rs.90,000 crore on the Commonwealth Games indicates the massive progress made by India in being able to spend such huge funds that have been generated by the country, even if the Dalits, the poor and middle class people continue to be deprived of many essential goods and services at affordable prices? After the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games, the UPA Government has been gloating that India is emerging as a superpower in sports. How can India become a superpower in sports when the majority of the poor and middle class people continue to be deprived of many essential goods and services? The supply of insufficient food grains, which are also of extremely bad quality, makes it impossible for the majority of poor Indians to improve their health.

Many of them remain sick all their lives and die young. The majority of Indians cannot get even clean water that is fit to be used for drinking and cooking. Massive quantities of food grains are deliberately allowed to rot in Government godowns and to be eaten by rats, weevils and cockroaches, if they cannot be smuggled out and sold in the black market to hotels, bakeries, flour-mills and also distilleries for the manufacture of alcohol. The Supreme Court direction to the Government of India to distribute surplus food grains to the poor and lower middle class was deliberately ignored by the incompetent Indian government. In Mumbai, several generals and admirals were lured to become members of the illegally sanctioned building of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society, which was built on an illegally acquired plot of land. The building has been declared illegal, as it has been constructed in violation of the environmental laws and FSI regulations. Former Chief of Army Gen N C Vij, former Chief of Army Gen Deepak Kapoor, former Chief of Navy Admiral Madhavendra Singh own flats in the Adarsh Society. Three close female relatives of ex-Chief Minister Ashok Chavan also own flats in Adarsh Society, which was originally meant for orphans and widows of Indian Armed Forces officers. Each flat has a market price of Rs.8 crore. That is the true picture behind the myth of “India Shining”.
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