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A Very Powerful Indictment of Congress and Manmohan Singh- a must read for all
In Hindu tradition and culture the concept of renunciation has always been valued more than the idea of acquisition, and even though you may not accept this for fear of offending your party’s minority vote bank, let me allay your fears by reminding you that this is something preached by the Abrahamic religions also.
I would, therefore, urge you to seriously consider this option in your own interest as well as in the larger interest of this unfortunate country.
The government headed by you has already taken the country back to 1990 in sheer economic terms, and in terms of other social and public values we have reached the nadir of the Dark Ages.
The country had great hopes from you when it voted you to power in 2004, and even higher expectations when it renewed your mandate in 2009 after your sterling display of vision and courage in the nuclear deal. But you only flattered to deceive, and for reasons which are now becoming obvious, relinquished any pretense of leadership or governance.
A big ship needs a strong hand at the rudder-your hand- but you have handed it over to a motley crew of rank opportunists and faceless lascars who can only run it aground.
You were never a politician- a positive for most of the voters – and the two qualities that made us repose our trust in you were your honesty and your acknowledged status as an eminent economist. Today, both lie in tatters- you have betrayed our trust, not substantially but wholly, and therefore you must go.
Time to go Mr Prime Minister
Honesty is not divisible, and for those who exercise power there can be no nuances between personal honesty and public honesty. A person who allows others to loot cannot be honest. A Manager who does not raise his voice when illegalities are being committed by his subordinates cannot be honest.
A law maker who protects criminals cannot be honest. And a Prime Minister who does all this simply to remain in power cannot be honest. Your honesty has already cost the country dearly, Mr. Prime Minister, and we cannot sustain this cost any longer.
Your reputation as an economist may still follow you to Harvard or to the LSE after your retirement, but in this country its devaluation is proportionate to the devaluation of the Indian rupee. Where did you lose the plot?
You had everything going for you when you took over in 2004– an economy growing at 8-9%, a Current Account SURPLUS of US$ 10.56 billion, Foreign Exchange reserves in excess of US$ 400 billion, a comfortable net INFLOW of Foreign Direct Investment.
After nine years of your being at the helm, the growth rate is down to between 5% and 6% and falling, the Current Account has gone into a DEFICIT of US$ 20 billion and increasing, Foreign Exchange reserves are down to seven months’ import and depleting, the Fiscal Deficit is going to hit 6%, Foreign Exchange reserves are down to US $ 200 billions (with repayments of US$ 150 due before March 2014), there is a net OUTFLOW of FDI funds to the tune of almost US$ 7-10 billions every month.
The Rupee has reached an exchange rate of 65 to the dollar. Nobody believes Mr. Chidambaram anymore, the RBI Governor can only hyper-ventilate, and you, of course, continue to maintain your sphinx-like silence.
In the meantime inflation continues unabated, jobs are being lost by the millions ( unemployment actually rose by 2% between July 2011 and June 2012), Indian industry prefers to take its money abroad, infrastructure projects languish somewhere between Messers Jaiswal, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and a litre of cooking oil now costs more than two litres of beer! (Can you imagine, Mr. Prime Minister, what a field day Marie Antoinette would have had with this?!).
And this is at the precise time when the rest of the world is coming out of its downturn! No, sir, you and your band of forty thieves have been so busy with your petty politicking, with ensuring the survival of a particular dynasty, securing the financial well being of future generations of your party colleagues and allies, dividing communities and classes, that you have had no time for planning and taking decisions.
The only decisions you HAVE taken boggle the mind. We are already spending 75000 crores every year on our Public Distribution System: every single survey indicates that at least 40% of this, or 30000 crores is siphoned off by politicians, bureaucrats and middle-men. And now your govt. is determined to pour another 50000 crores into this bottomless pit through the Food Security Act! What for?
The BPL( Below Poverty Line) families and the Antyodaya (poorest of the poor) families are already covered under the existing PDS-the FSA will make no difference to them. Govt.’s own figures state that only 27% of our population is now below the poverty line; why then do you want to bring 67% of the population under the FSA, and spend a whopping 50000 crore on people who do not deserve this largesse?
And that too at a time when you have no money for infrastructure development or health and education( in both of which we now lag behind even Sri Lanka and Bangladesh!). Is it worth destroying a country just so your motley crew can win another election? Is this honesty, Mr. Prime Minister?
Had it been only the economic downturn we could perhaps have been more generous. For economics, as we all know, is not only a dismal science, it is also an uncertain one: as they say, even if one were to lay down all economists end to end, we still wouldn’t reach a conclusion!
After all, if Mr. Amartya Sen and Mr. Bhagwati cannot agree on what is good for India we can hardly expect you to have the answer. No sir, the economics is only a part of the mess: let me recount what the others are.
You have systematically sought to destroy every fibre of the democratic fabric of this nation. Constitutional authorities have been attacked publicly by your minions and sought to be humiliated at every turn: remember the diatribes against Vinod Rai and the Central Information Commissioner?
Statutory authorities like the CBI and the office of the Attorney General have been subverted and made to fall in line, your party’s line. Your oath of office demanded that you protect them, but you remained mute, as is your wont.
You have even done the unthinkable: set the Intelligence Bureau against the CBI, ensuring for ever that our premier intelligence agency will never cooperate with our premier criminal investigating agency- every terrorist, insurgent and crooks of all assorted types must be lining up outside Teksons to buy ” thank you” cards for you!
Such is your hubris that you have shown contempt for the orders of the Supreme Court even. The Court’s judgments, instead of being respected and seen as a matter for serious contemplation, are publicly criticised and sought to be by-passed by the collation of a consensus of those affected by the judgments (!) and a brute legislative majority.
So criminals can continue in Parliament. Merit will find no place in the selection of Doctors (at the senior most, Professor, level) even in Super specialty disciplines; minorities will get reservations in government jobs even though the Constitution forbids it.
This lack of respect for the final arbiter of the Constitution and the law is not only breeding a competitive defiance of the Court among other political parties but is also setting the stage for a show down with the judiciary a-la Pakistan and other banana republics.
You behave as if the Opposition is not part of the democratic process, that it is a nuisance that is best ignored; consequently, all communication between the two has now snapped, and the nation is a helpless witness to a Parliament that resembles a rugby locker room in both language and action and is in a permanent state of adjournment.
All parties are to blame for this, of course, but it is your party which laid down the rules of engagement. By refusing to walk the extra mile to accommodate even the legitimate demands of the Opposition, and by sabotaging time and again the Committees of Parliament, you have eviscerated this vital organ of democracy which under you has become as vestigious and irrelevant as your appendix.
Practically no legislative work has been done in the last two years: there are 116 bills pending in both Houses, of which 19 and 21 relate to financial and educational reforms, respectively, two of the areas that need immediate attention.
But your lack of concern is matched only by your shocking sense of priorities: instead of trying to push these bills, you have instead chosen to concentrate your fading energies on two other amendments that can only make politics murkier and more criminalised: removing the disqualification of convicted legislators, and exempting political parties from the RTI Act!
Perhaps the biggest price for your incompetence and your colleagues’ venality is being paid by our defense forces: all three are many years behind in terms of armaments and weaponry ( because another ” honest” Minister, Mr. Antony, will neither effect purchases from abroad nor allow FDI in defense production) and their very capacity to defend the country has been seriously eroded.
Who will defend our borders in such a scenario, Mr. Prime Minister- the lethal barbs of Mr. Manish Tewari, or the boomerangs of Mr. Digvijay Singh or the IEDs of Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer? Even worse, you have demoralized our armed forces by the constant interference of your Ministry and completely taken away their operational and tactical independence.
A succession of retired Army commanders have said so in recent times and the pusillanimous approach of our troops in response to violations of the LOC testify to this. (Of course, these same Army Commanders who have suddenly found their conscience and their voice also need to explain why they didn’t defend their operational independence more vigorously when they were enjoying the perks of their office!).
Under you we have become a whining nation- we whine when Pakistani troops shoot our soldiers, we whine when Chinese troops camp on our territory for weeks on end, we whine when Italian marines shoot our sailors, we whine when the Sri Lanka navy arrests our fishermen, we whine when our ex-President is frisked at an American airport.
Under you a once-proud nation is being kicked around by even a Maldives or a Bhutan. What in God’s name have you done to our image?
In communal terms we have always been a fractured society. But true leaders have in the past tried to bridge these fissures. To you, however, will go the dubious credit of widening and deepening these cracks between communities and castes.
In order to survive, your party has countenanced the retrograde decisions of allies that can only raise the confrontational pitch: earmarking of state budgets for a religious minority, reservations in jobs for the same community (which goes against the express provisions of our Constitution), reservations in promotions (which has been struck down by the courts), setting up of a central Commission to review the (criminal) cases of suspects of one community only.
It is your party which has put communalism at the center of the campaign for next year’s election, not the BJP or Mr. Modi. The former has consciously downplayed the Ram Mandir issue, and Modi had made it clear that development was going to be his plank. But this did not suit you since your party couldn’t possibly debate him on this plank, what with your miserable record of the last five years.
So you deliberately inserted the communal element, as did your allies, by harping only on the 2002 Gujarat riots. To his credit, Mr. Modi has so far not agreed to stoop so low, and I do not think your strategy will work.
But you have in the process vitiated the atmosphere for a long time to come, reopened old wounds that were beginning to heal, and provided a legitimate space for hot heads on both sides of the divide.
How much damage to the country is one Parliamentary seat worth, Mr. Prime Minister? How many more Partitions will you recreate to satisfy your party’s lust for power?
Your opportunistic creation of Telangana has sown the seeds of disputes and blood-letting in all parts of the country that will sorely test the federal integrity of our country for many years to come. There are twenty one more statehood specters waiting in the wings and by the time they are exorcised we may have ceased to exist as one nation.
Do I need to refer to the endemic corruption that your government has been indulging in these last ten years? And to your pathetic attempts to distance yourself from them, even though it is gradually becoming clearer with each passing day that you were aware of what was happening and did nothing to stop it? Why?
The quality of honesty, like that of mercy, cannot be strained: one cannot be honest and yet knowingly allow dishonesty on one’s watch.
Even worse, your increasing brazenness in the face of evidence against you boggles the mind: the Minister who doctored the Coalgate report has been made Special Envoy to Japan, a Minister whose nephew sold posts in The Railways for crores has not even been named in the charge sheet, the Minister on whose watch files relating to YOUR period of the coal scam have gone missing continues to bestride Shastri Bhavan like a colossus.
Who is this Faustian devil you have sold your soul to, Mr. Prime Minister?
Your deafening silence on all these matters-you have spoken in both houses of Parliament only fifty times in ten years-defies logic and conventional wisdom. And that leads me to speculate whether we are underestimating you.
Is there, after all, a method in your madness? Could it be that you are reconciled to losing the next elections and are therefore deliberately implementing a scorched earth policy?
That you will leave behind as a legacy for the next government an India that is bankrupt, ungovernable, riven by caste and communal conflicts, all its institutions destroyed?
An India that will soon be on its knees, begging for your party- the lone horseman riding in from the sunset, in Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s words, don’t forget-to take over the reins again, and save the country from perdition? But I forget, you never speak- so we’ll never know till the horseman is upon us.
Mr. Prime Minister, your party has stripped this country like a cloud of locusts. You have sown every type of poisonous seed known to your ilk and we shall be reaping the bitter harvest for many years hence. You have engendered an atmosphere of uncertainty,venality, indecision, communalism, opportunism, criminalisation and defiance of constitutional and statutory institutions which cannot be allowed to continue, for that way lies certain disaster.
Elections are nine months’ hence but we cannot allow this conception to come to full term: the seed sown by you can only destroy this country and must be aborted. The time has come for you to go, Mr. Prime Minister, and to go immediately.
Call for elections now, end the uncertainty, let us get on with our lives, give this country a chance to redeem itself. Do one last service to this nation, sir- stand not upon the order of your going, but go!
With best wishes,
A VOTING STATISTIC
The author retired from the Indian Administrative Service in December 2010. He is a keen environmentalist and loves the mountains- he has made them his home.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta : Thu Jul 11 2013, 04:26 hrs
A story of destructive governance and citizens who did not speak out
First, the UPA came for the roads sector. They destroyed contracting. They slowed down road construction. They left highways half built. We did not speak out. After all, the only reason the NDA could have started the golden quadrilateral is because they wanted to spread Hindutva.
Next, they came for the airline sector. They let Air India suck more money from taxpayers. They let bad regulation destroy the private sector. They let crony banking sustain bad bets. They ensured India would never be an aviation hub. We did not speak out. After all, flying is what birds do, not humans. Besides, aviation is bad for climate change.
Then they came for the power sector. They confused creation of mega capacities with actual generation. They had no rational pricing plans. They were arbitrary in the awarding of licences. They could not make up their mind whether they wanted to protect the environment or destroy it. We did not speak out. After all, the only power that matters is political. Electricity be damned.
Then they came for education. They promulgated the RTE after 100 per cent enrolment. They expanded capacity, but cut-offs still rose. They regulated in such a way that there was a glut in some subjects and a shortage in others. They confused university buildings with building universities. We did not speak out. After all our, our low quality education left us incapable of speaking out.
Then they came for industry. They turned the clock back in every way and waged open war. Ensure that regulations become more complex and uncertain. Ensure that input costs rise. Ensure crummy infrastructure. Promulgate a land scam policy known as SEZ and sell it as industrial policy. They encouraged FDI. But they forgot which one they wanted: outbound or inbound. But we did not speak out. After all, India is a rural country.
Then they came for employment. There was some growth. But they decided that the only good employment is that which has the hand of the state. So the NREGA’s expansion was seen as a sign of success, not failure. By its own logic, if more people need the NREGA, the economy has failed. But we did not speak out. After all, the more people we have dependent on government, the more we think it is a good government.
Then they came for agriculture. First, they create artificial shortages through irrigation scams. Then they have a myopic policy for technology adoption. Then they decide India shall remain largely a wheat and rice economy; we will have shortages for everything else. Then they price everything to produce perverse incentives. But we did not speak out. After all, why worry about food production when the government is giving you a legal right? Is there anything more reassuring than social policy designed by and for lawyers?
Then they came for institutions. They always had. This has been Congress DNA for four decades. They drew up a list of institutions that remained unscathed: Parliament, the IB, bureaucracy and you name it. They then went after those. They used institutions as instruments of their political design. They demoralised every single branch of government. But we did not speak out. After all, this was reform by stealth. Destroy government from within.
Then they came for inflation. They confused a GDP target of 10 per cent with an inflation target. Inflation will come down next quarter, we were told. Then they tried to buy us out. Inflation: no problem. Simply get the government to spend even more. Then they pretended inflation is a problem for the rich. Then they simply stopped talking about it. We did not speak out. After all, for some, inflation is just a number
Then they came for the telecom sector. They got greedy and milked it. They got arbitrary and retrospectively taxed it. But we did not speak out. After all, new communication can be a threat to government. Besides, we can always revert to fixed lines. More digging is good.
Then they came for financial stability. They produced a large deficit. They brought the current account deficit close to an unsustainable point. They nearly wrecked the banking sector. They created every macro-economic instability you can imagine, which makes investment difficult. But we did not speak out. After all, what would you rather have: macro economic stability or a free lunch?
Then they came for regulation. It was back to the 1970s. More arbitrary regulation is good. More rules are good. Uncertainty makes business more adept. The answer to every administrative problem is enacting a new law. Multiple regulators are good because they represent the diversity of India. We did not speak out. After all, just like the religious confuse piety with mere ritual, the virtuous confuse regulation with outcomes.
Then they came after freedom. They promulgated more restrictive rules for everything: freedom of expression, right to assembly and protest, foreign scholars. They used sedition laws. They kept the architecture of colonial laws intact. They said they stood against communal forces. But then they let Digvijaya Singh keep the communal pot boiling. They matched BJP’s communal politicisation of terrorism at every step and then some. We did not speak out. After all, if they are not Hindutva forces, they cannot be a threat to peace and liberty.
Then they came for virtue itself. They preached, from the very summit of power: avoid responsibility. It will always be someone else’s fault. They legitimised being corrupt: you are entitled to it if you are the party of the poor. They encouraged subterfuge to the point that members of the cabinet were subverting each other. They pretended that integrity is a word that does not mean anything. To independent thinkers, they said: why think when there is 10 Janpath? We did not speak out. After all, virtue and thinking can both be outsourced.
Then they came for the poor. They visited their houses and slept in their homes. They liked the experience so much they decided to become growth sceptics. Enact policies that keep India in poverty a little longer. But we did not speak out. After all, once the poor have been used as an argument, all else is immobilised.
Then they came for the citizens. They used the secularism blackmail to reduce our choices. If you are not with us you are evil they said. Then they infantilised us. You are not capable of exercising choices so we will make them for you. They acted as if we were so stupid that the three topmost leaders felt no need to justify themselves to us. But we did not speak out. After all we do have the vote.
The writer is president, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, and a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’
Some additions to the above:
Then they came for states. They looked at all states in the country and found out that they have pockets where they got their maximum vote share. They liked retaining them so much that they decided to break them down just on the eve of elections to maximize their gain and minimize the gain of opposition. But we are not speaking out. After all, what was India but a loose amalgamation of over 600 princely states unified into one.
Then they came for national security. They looked at all borders and neighbors of the country and told themselves that non-alignment is just another name for inaction and chose to take no decisions at all. But we did not speak out. After all, who cares about national security when personal future is not secure without any dependence on government.
Vasanth Ramadurai •
On another side, perhaps I would add…
Then they came for those who decided to speak out. Lathis & water cannons were used on students who protested the brutal rape of a young girl. People who requested a LokPal Bill were hounded into silence. One corrupt minister replaced another in the cabinet – with utmost disregard for people’s faith in democracy. They mistook our patience as powerlessness. After all, they know a lot of us have a very short-term memory & they will prevail come 2014.
last but not least – Congress ruined India, But we did not speak out. After all we are Indians.
Just one point… WE DID SPEAK OUT but the FIREWALL called MEDIA, BLOCKED it out, and let their own PAID/TWISTED logic spread…
On Reading Advani;s blog:
By Praven Patil, May 18, 2013
Sir, I have had the good fortune of attending more than a dozen of your public rallies across many cities and States over the last two decades; the latest being the one you addressed in the national college grounds of Bangalore in 2011 as part of your nationwide rath yatra against corruption. If you remember sir, in late 2011, when you addressed a mammoth rally of some 30 thousand odd people in Bangalore, it had started to rain heavily just as you began to speak. Organisers and BJP functionaries were worried that the people would rush out of the national college grounds to protect themselves from the wrath of the rain gods. But nothing of that sort happened on that day. People simply stood up and picked up the plastic chairs to raise them above their heads to shield themselves. They braved that incessant Bangalore rain to listen to you. That is how much the people of Bangalore and India loved you and respected you.
Exactly two decades ago, in 1991, you and Vajpayee ji addressed a huge rally in Mumbai where I was once again fortunate enough to be present. If you remember sir, the moment you faced the mike to speak out, there was an uproarious cry of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ from the gathered masses. Even though Vajpayee ji was known for his oratorical skills, a vast majority of the people in that gathering had come to listen to you, that is how much the people of Mumbai and India loved you and respected you.
Alas! Love and respect of the ordinary masses come with a sell-by date. Retirement at the peak is an art that Indians have rarely understood, thus we have a 40 something Sachin Tendulkar still wanting to play a game which has long moved past him. Advani ji, every day that you spend involved in active politics is costing you the love of a million of your fans / followers. Please ask yourself tonight after dinner, is the opium of active politics more important than the love and respect of ordinary Indians?
History is an unkindest of judges that human civilisation has bestowed upon us. History has no time for subtleties for it is devoid of human emotions and lacks the leisure of deciphering intentions. If history can be cruel enough to degrade the architect of Indian economic reforms into a modern day Nero who presided over the most corrupt regime India had ever seen, then history can be equally scathing to judge the father of modern India’s right-wing movement as just a faction leader of the BJP. This is how much time and tide have turned against you, sir.
Karnataka is the latest symptom of the disease
The BJP of Karnataka is not a disease sir, it is just the symptom of the underlying illness that the party is suffering from. Losing Karnataka is not the antidote for that disease as you have wrongly prescribed, in fact, the very opposite is true.
One of the last decisions that you, as the patriarch and guide, should take before quitting active politics is to assert that BJP is a political party and not a voluntary organisation. Sir, in a democracy, a political party exists to win elections and not to win TV studio debates or hash tag wars on Twitter. BJP is not RSS.
By choosing electoral defeat as a way forward to cure the perceived moral decline, you are committing a crime sir. It is a criminal act against the vast number of ordinary karyakartas of Karnataka who, by their sweat and blood, brought your party to power in south India. Pray, what are you telling these ordinary karyakartas? You are telling them that their sweat and blood was in vain, because you have decided to surrender the State to win a hollow moral victory over Congress/UPA in television studios!
Sir, you have always been politically correct in your utterances and actions over the decades. You have always addressed even your worst enemies with utmost respect. In fact, despite all her misdeeds and corruption, you have always addressed Sonia Gandhi as ‘Sonia ji’. Thus, to see you use a pejorative term of ‘Yeddi’ to address the former CM of Karnataka, was heart-breaking to say the least. Ask yourself sir, is this the way you would treat someone who has toiled hard for more than 4 decades to build your party in a south-Indian State, notwithstanding whatever differences you have developed lately? If the most vile and most corrupt ‘Sonia ji’ has acquired more respect in your political lexicon than the unwashed Yeddyurappa, then am afraid Indian Right has hit a new nadir.
The abolition of Jagirdari system and the Jan Sangh/BJP’s growth in Rajasthan is an inspiring tale indeed. But, sir, that is totally out of context to the Karnataka conundrum. What is more relevant to Karnataka is what happened in UP just a decade or so ago. The caste-matrix of Karnataka has its parallels in the muddy politics of UP and not in the royally majestic Rajasthan.
In Uttar Pradesh too, a section of upper caste BJP leaders decided to lose an election just to wrest the control of the party from Kalyan Singh. One election loss proved to be one too many, until today, when the BJP has been reduced to a bit player in the largest State.
If UP-isation of Karnataka is the solitary goal that BJP can aim at, then bringing back Yeddyurappa after a decade in wilderness, when he would be a spent force, is the ideal path to follow. Is this what you want to achieve Advani ji? Or do you believe that Anant Kumar ji will wake up one day and suddenly find himself the darling of Kannadigas by sheer magic? Let me remind you sir, that the possibility of the Kalraj Mishras and Lalji Tandons ever becoming mass leaders shrinks from 10 per cent to 3 per cent by the time it reaches the Anant Kumars and Prahlad Joshis, while traversing from UP to Karnataka.
Can the lies of the media beguile the patriarch?
For someone with such a legendary political acumen, it is surprising to note this new-found belief in unverified news reports churned by the usual suspects of Indian mainstream media. Sir, do you sincerely believe that Sonia Gandhi is acting against the corrupt Ministers of the UPA Government against the wishes of the PM? At the same time, you seem to believe that Yeddyurappa indulged in “unabashed corruption” as the CM of Karnataka!
Such callous statements by one of the founding fathers of the BJP leave not only the loyal karyakartas but us ordinary followers in complete disarray. When and how did you decide that Sonia-led Congress is fighting corruption, while BSY was the epitome of immorality?
Sir, you must pay a private visit to Bangalore, while you are at it, just take along any businessman well-versed with Bangalore’s realty scenario for a guided tour of the city and its surroundings. If you ever venture out to do so, you will get the real picture. You will find out that vast tracts of land belong to various politicians of many political parties. “SM Krishna’s son in law”, “Dharam Singh’s son”, “Deve Gowda’s relatives”, “Kumaraswamy” and even “Muttappa Rai” would be some of the names you will hear in this connection. The missing name will be that of “Yeddiyurappa and his sons or relatives”. That is the story that you have totally missed in your blind love for a certain Bangalore MP. The media and the intellectual brigade have either beguiled you with partial facts or you have deliberately chosen to remain blind.
Karnataka is not an exception sir, India is at stake here. Do we Indians deserve another UPA term, just so that you can play your moral one-upmanship? India is fed up with Congress and its non-governance, but please spare the country a moral lecture from Dilli and instead offer a winning alternative. If there is one thing and the only thing that you can do as your last act of nirvana, please liberate BJP from the clutches of Dilli. That should be the only lesson that BJP should learn from Karnataka, rest is all gloss.
A disheartened BJP supporter
In Gujarati: Narendra Modi is the only Gujarati Lion after Morarjibhai Desai to raise his head against Delhi Sultanate
This is a very powerful analysis of how and why the anti-Modi media and Congress leaders behave. This is in Gujarati and I plan to translate it into English at a later date. It is posted on a Gujarati web site <www.http://gujarati.ning.com/> by Shirish Dave.
Title of the blog is: Narendra Modi is the only Gujarati Lion after Morarjibhai Desai to raise his head against Delhi S sultanate
નરેન્દ્ર મોદી એટલે મોરારજી પછી દિલ્લીની સલ્તનત સામે થનાર એક માત્ર ગુજરાતી સિંહ
નરેન્દ્ર મોદી એટલે મોરારજી પછી દિલ્લીની સલ્તનત સામે થનાર એક માત્ર ગુજરાતી સિંહ
૨૦૦૧ સુધી નરેન્દ્ર મોદી ગુજરાતની જનતામાં ખાસ જાણીતા ન હતા
નરેન્દ્ર મોદી અમુક દશકાઓ પહેલાં જનતામાં તો શૂન્યની બરાબર જ હતા.
સંજય જોષી, તેમના સીડી પ્રકરણ થકી અને નરેન્દ્ર મોદીને વગોવવાના એક હથીયાર તરીકે અખબારો થકી પ્રસિદ્ધિ પામ્યા.
ગુજરાતના પૂણ્ય તપતાં હશે તેથી બીજેપીના મોવડી મંડળે નરેન્દ્ર મોદીની મુખ્ય મંત્રી તરીકે પસંદગી કરી હશે. નરેન્દ્ર મોદી આયોજનમાં અને વ્યુહરચનામાં નિષ્ણાત હોય તેમ લાગે છે. મુંગા રહેવાનું હોય ત્યાં મુંગા રહે છે અને બોલવાનું હોય ત્યાં બોલે છે.
નરેન્દ્ર મોદી સાવ નીચલા સ્તરના માણસની માનસિકતા પણ જાણે છે અને સર્વોચ્ચસ્થાને બેઠેલા માણસની માનસિકતા પણ જાણે છે. સરકારી નોકરોના કારભારને પણ જાણે છે અને તેમની શૈલીને પણ જાણે છે. નરેન્દ્ર મોદી અનુભવસિદ્ધ પુરુષ છે. તેમની ધારણાઓ ઘડતર વાળી અને સ્પષ્ટ છે.
નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસના નેતાઓનું વલણઃ
નહેરુવિયન સરકારના નેતાઓ એવા હતા કે જ્યારે આગ છેલ્લે મજલે પહોંચે અને આગમાં ફસાયેલા લોકો બુમબરાડા પાડે ત્યારે જ તેમને ખબર પડે કે આગ લાગી છે. તેમને લાગે કે હવે મુંગા રહીશું તો આપણને જ તકલીફ થશે ત્યારે તેઓ કબુલ કરે કે મકાનમાં આગ લાગી છે. મકાન ભસ્મ થઈ જાય પછી તેને ઓલવવાના પ્રયત્નો ચાલુ કરે અને પછી નવી ઇમારત બાંધવાની વાતો કરે. અને આમ કરવામાં પેઢીઓ પસાર થઈ જાય. આના સંખ્યાબંધ ઉદાહરણો છે.
કાશ્મિરના હિન્દુ વિસ્થાપિતોની સમસ્યા આનો શ્રેષ્ઠ દાખલો છે. આવા તો ઘણાજ દાખલાઓ છે. પણ તેની વાતો પછી કરીશું.
નરેન્દ્ર મોદીની વાત જુદી છે.
નરેન્દ્ર મોદી આર્ષ દૃષ્ટા છે. તે આવતી કાલનું નહીં પણ આવતા પરમ દિવસનું પણ જોઇ શકે છે અને તે પ્રમાણે વિચારે છે, તે પ્રમાણે આયોજન કરે છે. કોંગીએ લગાવેલી જુની આગોને ઓલવે પણ છે અને વિકાસ પણ કરે છે.
આ વિકાસ વિષે શંકાઓ કરાય છે અને નકારાય પણ છે. વિકાસ એ એવી વસ્તુ છે જે માટે આંકડાઓની જરુર પડતી નથી. વિકાસના આંકડાઓથી વિકાસ સિદ્ધ પણ થાય અને તેના આંકડાઓને જુદી અને આડીઅવળી રીતે ગોઠવીને નકારાય પણ ખરો.
દાખલા તરીકે જી.ડી.પી. (સામાન્ય ઘરેલુ વપરાશની વસ્તુઓનું ઉત્પાદન)
જો તમે ઉત્પાદક કરતાં ધંધાદારી વધુ હો તો તમે કમાવ ઘણું. તમારો જીડીપી નીચો હોય. તમે ઘર વપરાશની ચીજો ઓછી ઉત્પાદન કરતા હો તો અથવા તો ખેતીમાં ઉત્પાદન ઓછું હોય તો પણ જીડીપી નીચો હોય. મોંઘવારી વધી હોય તો પણ જીડીપી ના આંકડાઓ છે તરે છે. જીડીપીના વધઘટના દરની વાતો તો વધુ છેતરામણી હોય છે. જીડીપી કરતાં જીડીસી (ઘરેલુ ઉત્પાદનની વપરાશ) ના આંકડા કોઈ એક વિસ્તારનું વધુ સાચું પ્રતિબિંબ આપી શકે છે.
કોંગી ભાઈઓ અને તેમના સહાયક બંધુઓમાં, આઈડેન્ટીફીકેશન ક્રાઈસીસ કોમ્પ્લેક્સ હોય છે. એટલે કે આ લોકો સ્વ ઓળખની ઘેલછાના રોગવાળા છે. આ મહાનુભાવો આંકડાઓની ગોઠવણીઓની રમત કરીને નરેન્દ્ર મોદીએ કરેલા ગુજરાતના વિકાસને નકારી પણ દે છે.
આદિ શંકરાચાર્યનો તર્ક ઉપયોગમાં લોઃ
શંકરાચાર્યની એક વાત યાદ કરવા જેવી છે. તે છે પ્રત્યક્ષ પ્રમાણ. જો કે પ્રત્યક્ષ પ્રમાણ વિષે પણ વિતંડાવાદ ઉભો કરી શકાય. પણ પહેલાં સમજી લઈએ કે પ્રત્યક્ષ પ્રમાણ એટલે શું?
અનુભવ એટલે પ્રત્યક્ષ પ્રમાણ.
ગીતા અને વેદ કહે તે સાચું.
પણ ધારો કે વેદ અને ગીતામાં ભેદ હોય તો શું?
તો વેદ કહે તે સાચું. પણ ધારોકે વેદ એમ કહે કે અગ્નિ શિતળ છે તો?
જો એમ હોય તો અનુભવ કહે તે સાચું.
અનુભવ પ્રત્યક્ષ પ્રમાણ છે.
યાદ કરો એક લાંબો સમય એવો હતો કે ઓછા વોલ્ટેજને કારણે ભાવનગર અમદાવાદ સિવાયના ગામોમાં ટ્યુબ લાઈટો સળગતી ન હતી. દિલ્લી કે જેને નહેરુ આપણા દેશનું મોઢું કહેતા હતા અને તેની પાછળ અઢળક પૈસા ખર્ચાતા હતા અને ખર્ચાય છે અને ખવાય છે જેને લીધે આજની તારીખમાં પણ ત્યાં ઈન્વર્ટરોનો ધંધો પુસ્કળ ફુલ્યો ફાલ્યો છે. ઈન્વર્ટરોનો ધંધો ત્યાં જ ફુલે ફાલે જ્યાં વિજળી અનિયમિત હોય. એટલે કે વારંવાર બંધ થઈ જતી હોય. આવી દિલ્લી કે જે દેશનું મુખારવિન્દ છે તેના કરતાં પણ આપણું ગુજરાત વિજળી શક્તિની બાબતમાં આગળ છે એટલું જ નહીં ગુજરાત પોતાની વધારાની વિજળી બીજા રાજ્યોને આપે છે.
રસ્તા અને નહેરો
રસ્તા અને નહેરોનોની પણ સારી જોગવાઈ છે. આ વાત તમે પડાણામાં જાઓ અને ત્યાં પૂછો.
અક્ષર જ્ઞાન વધ્યું છે અને ડ્રૉપ આઉટ સાવ જ ઘટી ગયો છે તે તમે રાજપીપળાના દૂર સુદૂરના અંતરિયાળ પ્રદેશમાં જાઓ એટલે ખબર પડે.
નરેન્દ્ર મોદીએ કહ્યુ કે દેશની ૧૦૦ રોજગારીમાં ગુજરાતે ૭૨ રોજગારી આપી છે. આ આંકડાને કોઈએ નકાર્યો નથી.
આ તો આંકડાની વાત થઈ. પણ જો તમે બીજા રાજ્યોમાંથી આવતા માણસોના જથ્થાને લક્ષમાં લો તો ખબર પડે કે તેઓ શા માટે આવે છે?
કાં તો તેઓ ચોરી લુંટફાટ કરવા આવે છે કાં તો નોકરી કરવા આવે છે.
શહેરોમાં જે ડુંગરપુરીયા ઘરકામ માટે મળતા હતા તેમાંના ઘણા હવે ફેક્ટરીઓમાં કે બીજી નોકરીઓમાં લાગી ગયા છે.
રબારીભાઈઓ ડ્રાઈવર થઈ ગયા છે એટલે ચોકીદારો મળતા નથી.
વૉચમેનો પણ મળતા નથી.
હવે રબારણો ઘરકામમાં મોં માગ્યા ભાવ લે છે અને સરકારી નોકરો કરતાં વધુ રજાઓ પાળે છે.
દેશી કારીગરોની તંગી છે અને ભૈયાજીઓ તમારાં કલર પૉલીસના કામો બગાડીને અનુભવ મેળવી તૈયાર થઈ જાય છે.
જો કે ગુજરાતના શહેરોમાં પહેલેથી જ પરરાજ્યના લોકો નોકરી કરવા આવતા હતા.
પણ છેલ્લા દશ વર્ષમાં આ પ્રમાણ એટલું વધી ગયું છે કે જો પરરાજ્યો પોતાનો પૂરતો વિકાસ નહીં કરે તો ગુજરતના શહેરોમાં ગુજરાતીઓ લઘુમતીમાં આવી જશે. હાલ ગામડાઓમાં પણ રાજસ્થાની મજુરોનું પ્રમાણ વધી ગયું છે. ગામડાઓમાં દેશી મજુરો મળતા પણ નથી.
કેટલાક વિદ્વાનો ગુજરાતમાં સ્ત્રી-પુરુષના ઘટતા પ્રમાણની વાત કરે છે. યુપી, બિહાર, રાજસ્થાન, કર્નાટક, કેરાલાથી જેઓ ગુજરાતમાં નોકરી કરવા આવે છે તેઓ શરુઆતમાં છડે છડા એટલે કે પોતાની પત્નીને પ્રોષિત ભર્તૃકા બનાવીને આવે છે.
રાજસ્થાન, યુપી, બિહાર અને ઓરીસ્સાથી વધુ લોકો ગુજરાતમાં આવે છે
એટલે તમે યુપી, બિહાર રાજસ્થાન જતી ટ્રેનોમાં વધારો થતો જોતા હશો, હવે આ લોકો પણ ગણત્રીમાં લેવાય તો ખબર પડે કે ગુજરાતમાં સ્ત્રી-પુરુષ વચ્ચેનું વાસ્તવિક પ્રમાણ શું છે.
નરેન્દ્ર મોદીના વિરોધીઓને પણ વિકાસ તો દેખાય જ છે. પણ જે ગુજરાતમાં ૧૯૭૧થી નહેરુવંશીય કોંગ્રેસની બોલબાલા હતી તેને નરેન્દ્ર મોદી શાસને એવો ઝાટકો માર્યો છે કે તેઓ શુદ્ધબુદ્ધિ ખોઈ બેઠા છે. તેમણે જીભને મુક્ત કરી દીધી છે. તેમણે પોતાની જીભનો મગજ સાથેનો સંબંધ તોડી નાખ્યો છે.
તેઓ રેકર્ડ ચલાવ્યા કરેછે કેઃ
મોદી પૈસાદારોને લહાણી કરે છે,
મોદી પ્રજાના પૈસે ઉત્સવો કરે છે,
મોદી પૈસાનો બગાડ કરેછે,
મોદીના રાજમાં મોદી સિવાય કોઈ સુરક્ષિત નથી,
મોદી વાંદરો છે,
મોદી ઉંદર છે,
મોદી રાક્ષસ છે,
મોદી લોહી પીનારો છે,
મોદી ઢોગી છે,
મોદી જુઠ્ઠો છે,
મોદી હિટલર છે,
મોદી ચંગીઝખાન છે,
મોદી દ્રોહી છે,
મોદી કિન્નખોર છે,
મોદી આપખુદ છે,
મોદીથી બધા ભયભીત છે,
મોદી લબાડ છે વિગેરે વિગેરે.
કોઈ પણ નિમ્ન કક્ષાનો કે ઉચ્ચ કક્ષાનો આદમી મોદી વિરુદ્ધ વિવાદાસ્પદ ઉચ્ચારણ કરે એટલે તેને પ્રસિદ્ધિ મળી જ સમજો. પછી ભલે તે કોઇ પણ એક કક્ષાનો અમલદાર હોય, કોઈ પીડિત સ્ત્રી કે પુરુષ હોય તેને અખબારો પ્રસિદ્ધિ આપવા આતુર રહેવાના જ.
મોદીએ કેન્દ્રની ગુજરાત પ્રત્યેની ગેસની નીતિની ટીકા કરી. નરેન્દ્ર મોદીએ સાથે સાથે નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસી સભ્યે પાર્લામેન્ટમાં કરેલા શશિ થરુરની પ્રેમિકા/પત્ની ની સંપત્તિને લગતા ઉચ્ચારણનું પુનઃઉચ્ચારણ કર્યું. તો બધા આજની તારીખ સુધી મૂળ કોંગ્રેસીના ઉચ્ચારણને અળગું રાખી, મોદીને ગાળો આપે છે. કેન્દ્રની ગુજરાત પ્રત્યેની દ્વેષવૃત્તિની બાબતમાં કશું સ્પષ્ટિકરણ આપતા જ નથી. નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસમાં સેન્સ ઓફ હ્યુમર ન હોય તે સમજી શકાય તેમ છે. પણ પ્રમાણભાન વગરની સત્વહીન બદબોઈ એ કોઈ સારી નીતિ તો ન જ કહેવાય.
મોદી વિષે કપોળ કલ્પિત અફવાઓ પણ ફેલાવાય છે
મોદી વિરુદ્ધ અડવાણી, મોદી વિરુદ્ધ અમિત શાહ, મોદી વિરુદ્ધ સંજય, મોદી વિરુદ્ધ જશવંત, મોદી વિરુદ્ધ સુષ્મા. હાલની લેટેસ્ટ અફવા મોદી વિરુદ્ધ નીતિન ગડકરીની છે. એક ટીવી ચેનલે આ વિષે કહ્યુ કે “હવે અમે તમને આ બાબત વિષે મોદીનો ચહેરો ખુલ્લો પાડીશું. … મોદીએ આ કારસ્તાન રામ જેઠમલાણી મારફત કર્યું છે.”
હવે કારણમાં આ ચેનલ રામ જેઠમલાણી કોણ છે તેના સંતાનો કોણ છે અને શું કરે છે, તેની વિગતો આપે છે. આ વિગતો સાથે મોદીને કશી લેવા દેવા નથી. તે જ પ્રમાણે નીતિન ગડકરી ના સંતાનો અને તેઓ શું કરે છે તેની વિગતો આપે છે. આની સાથે પણ મોદીને કશો સંબંધ છે. તે વિગતોનું કશું બંધબેસતું નથી. પછી ચેનલ કહે છે કે સંજય જોષી આરએસએસ ના છે. વૈદ્ય પણ આરએસએસ ના છે. સંજય અને નરેન્દ્ર મોદીને બનતું નથી. નરેન્દ્ર મોદીએ જોષીની કરકીર્દી ને ખતમ કરવા માટે સીડી બનાવેલી (એક અફવા). આમાં કશો મેળ બેસતો નથી. નરેન્દ્ર મોદી અને ગડકરીને ન બનતું હોય તેવું કોઈ તથ્ય બહાર પડ્યું નથી. પણ વૈદ્ય આર એસએસ ના છે. સંજય જોષી આરએસએસના છે. જેઠમલાણી મોદીના વખાણ કરે છે. વૈદ્ય ની વાતને ચગાવવા મોદીને લપેટમાં લીધા. વૈદ્યને મોદી ગમે કે ન ગમે તે વૈદ્યની મુનસફ્ફીની વાત છે. પણ ચેનલે જે વિગતો આપી તેને તો કહેવાતી મોદી-ક્રીડાની ધડ માથા વગરની જ લાગે.
અગાઉ એક ચેનલે લગાતાર વીડીયો ક્લીપ અને ટૉપ અને બોટમ ન્યુઝ લાઈનો નીચે પ્રમાણે કમસે કમ ૪૫ મીનીટ સુધી આપેલી.
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મોદી ક્યોં રો પડે?
મોદી બિહારમેં ક્યોં ગયે?
મોદીકો બિહારમેં ક્યું રોના પડા?
નીતીશકે બિહારમેં મોદીકો ક્યોં રોના પડા?
મોદી કે આંખમેં ક્યોં આંસુ આ ગયે?
દેખીયે આજ રાત ૯=૩૦.
આની આજ ન્યુઝ લાઈનો બોટમમાં તો લગાતાર ૪૫ મીનીટ સુધી બતાવ્યા કરી તો ખરી જ, પણ વીડીયો ક્લીપ બતાવે ત્યારે ટૉપમાં પણ આજ લાઈનો બતાવે. વીડીયો ક્લીપમાં મોદી કાં તો ચશ્માની નીચે આંખો સાફ કરતા હોય અથવા ભીની આંખે જોતા હોય છે. મોદી ગાડીમાંથી ઉતરતા હોય, મોદી ચાલતા હોય .. વિગેરે વિગેરે.
પછી ૯=૩૦ વાગે ઉપરની બધી ક્લીપો વીડીયો ક્લીપ સાથે રીપીટ થયા કરી. (મોદીનો ફક્ત એક કે એક મીનીટનો પરિચય આપ્યો. આ પરિચય જોકે પ્રત્યક્ષ રીતે બહુ નકારાત્મક ન હતો પણ મોદી આત્મશ્લાઘા કરે છે તેમ તારણ કાઢી શકાય. જોકે આપણે મોદીને એ વાતોનો ઉલ્લેખ કરતા સાંભળ્યા નથી.) અને ટીવી ચેનલે સમય પૂરો કર્યો. એક મીનીટના પરિચયને મોદીના આંસુ સાથે કોઈ સંબંધ ન હતો અને મેળ પણ બેસતો નહતો. ૪૫ મીનીટકે હોજસે બીગડી, એક બુંદ સે ધો નહીં સકતે.
ગુજરાતના શક્તિશાળી નેતાઓ અને ગુજ્જુ વિદ્વાનો
ગુજરાતના શક્તિશાળી નેતાઓ પ્રત્યે નહેરુવંશીય ચાહકોનું વળગણ વિશિષ્ઠ પ્રકારનું અને કદીક નિર્લજ પ્રકારનું વર્તન રહ્યું છે. તેમને ખબર છે કે જો ગુજરાતી નેતા એક વખત ચીટકી જશે તો આપણી દુકાનો બંધ થઈ જશે.
ગુજ્જુ વિદ્વાનો ખુદ, ગુજ્જુનેતાઓની બુરાઈ કરવામાં પાછા પડ્યા નથી. દુઃખ આ વાતનું છે.
દુઃખદ વાત એ છે કે સરદાર પટેલને બાદ કરતાં ગાંધીજીથી શરુ કરી નરેન્દ્ર મોદી સુધીના બધા જ શક્તિશાળી નેતાઓની બુરાઈ કરવામાં ગુજ્જુઓ ખુદ પાછા પડ્યા નથી.
સામાન્ય આરએસએસનો નેતા “અવાચન” અને ગેરસમજણને હિસાબે ગાંધીજીનો વિરોધ કરે છે. તેમજ પ્રમાણભાન ની પ્રજ્ઞાના અભાવના કારણસર તે મોરારજી દેસાઈનો અને નરેન્દ્ર મોદીનો વિરોધ કરે છે. જેઓ પોતાને પ્રજ્ઞાવાન અને વિશ્લેષક માને છે તેવા મુર્ધન્યોએ છેલ્લા બે નેતાઓની બુરાઈ અને મજાક કરવામાં કચાશ રાખી નથી. ગુજ્જુ અખબારી મૂર્ધન્યો તો આદુ ખાઈને મોદીની પાછળ પડ્યા છે.
આપણે જોઇએ કે કયા કયા ગુજ્જુએ ગુજરાતના સક્ષમ નેતાના ટાંટીયા ખેંચીને હેઠા પાડવાની પ્રયત્નો કરેલ.
જીવરાજ મહેતાનું ગ્રુપઃ
મોરારજી દેસાઈના ટાંટીયા ખેંચવામાં ગુજરાતમાંના નહેરુના ટેકેદારોએ મોટો ભાગ ભજવેલ. જેમાં જીવરાજ મહેતાનું ગ્રુપ આગળ પડતું હતું.
૧૯૬૯માં જ્યારે કોંગ્રેસનું વિભાજન થયું ત્યારે આજ ગ્રુપના નેતાઓ ઈન્દીરાઈ કોંગ્રેસમાં કુદ્યા હતા.
૧૯૬૯માં પ્રજા સમાજવાદી પાર્ટી (પીએસપી)
પીએસપી ગ્રુપમાંથી છબીલદાસ મહેતા અને અમુક નેતાઓએ પાટલી બદલી અને ઇંદીરા કોંગ્રેસમાં કુદ્યા.
૧૯૭૦માં ઈંદીરા ગાંધીના જ્વલંત વિજય પછી પીએસપી ગ્રુપના બાકીના બધા જ નેતાઓ ઇંદીરા કોંગ્રેસમાં કુદી પડ્યા હતા.
હિતેન્દ્ર દેસાઈએ હજુ મોરારજીનો એટલે કે કોંગ્રેસ (સંસ્થા)નો સાથ છોડ્યો ન હતો.
૧૯૬૯માં કોંગ્રેસના વિભાજન પછી થોડા સમયમાં અમદાવાદમાં હિન્દુ-મુસ્લિમ હુલ્લડ થયેલ. તે હુલ્લડ કેવી રીતે થયું એ એક સંશોધનનો વિષય છે. સ્વતંત્રપક્ષ, હિતેન્દ્ર દેસાઈની સરકાર બચાવવા તત્પર હતો. જોકે ભાઈકાકા ગુજરી ગયા હતા એટલે સ્વતંત્ર પાર્ટીમાં પણ ભંગાણ પડી ગયું હતું.
મોટાભાગના નેતાઓ ખાઉધરા ઉંદર
૧૯૭૦માં ઈન્દીરાને લોકસભામાં બહુમતિ મળી એટલે મોટાભાગના નેતાઓ ખાઉધરા ઉંદરની જેમ ઈન્દીરાઈ કોંગ્રેસમાં દોડી ગયા હતા. ૧૯૭૨ની ગુજરાત વિધાનસભાની ચૂંટણીમાં ઈન્દીરાઈ કોંગ્રેસે ૧૬૨ માંથી ૧૪૦ સીટો નો ભવ્ય વિજય મેળવ્યો અને ગુજરાતની પડતી શરુ થઈ.
કોમી રખમાણો થયા. નયી ઈન્દીરાની રોશનીમાં દેશના અને ગુજરાતના ઘણા જ મુર્ધન્યોએ પોતાના મોઢાં કાળા કરેલા.
સૌનો ભ્રમ ભાંગ્યો. નવનિર્માણ થયું. પણ તે દરમ્યાન ઈન્દીરા ગાંધીએ સવર્ણ અને અસવર્ણ વચ્ચે રાજકીય દ્વેષ ઉભો કરી દીધેલો. એટલે ઘણા હકારાત્મક ગુણો જનતા મોરચામાં હોવા છતાં તે ઈન્દીરાઇ કોંગ્રેસને ૧૯૭૫માં કારમી હાર ન આપી શક્યો. ફક્ત પાતળી હાર આપી.
૧૯૭૫ માં ઈન્દીરા ગાંધીએ કટોકટી લાદી. ૧૯૭૬માં જનતા મોરચાની બાબુભાઈ જશભાઈ પટેલની સરકારને ઈન્દીરા ગાંધીએ પક્ષપલ્ટુઓ દ્વારા ઉથલાવી.
૧૯૭૭માં વળી જનતા મોરચાની સરકાર પાછી આવી જે ૧૯૮૦માં ફરીથી તૂટી પડી.
ગુજરાતમાં જ ગુજરાતીઓની કિમત ન રહીઃ
આ સીલસીલો ૧૯૯૫ સુધી તો ચાલ્યો જ ચાલ્યો. કેશુભાઈના પગ ખેંચનારા ગુજરાતીઓ પણ જન્મ્યા જ હતા. શંકરસિંહે તેમને પછાડ્યા અને તેઓ પણ પછડાયા. કેશુભાઈને જનતાએ ફરીથી જીતાડ્યા હતા.
કેશુભાઈ વહીવટમાં નિસ્ફળ
કેશુભાઈ વહીવટીમાં નિસ્ફળ ગયેલ હતા ખાસ કરીને ભૂકંપના રાહત કાર્યોમાં અરાજકતા અને ખાઉકડગીરી હદબહારની વધી ગઈ હતી. ભૂકંપ પીડીતોને મળેલી વસ્તુઓ ખૂલ્લેઆમ વેચાતી હતી. ભૂકંપ પહેલાં પણ ચૂંટણીમાં બીજેપીનો પરાજય થવા માંડ્યો હતો.
અમદાવાદ જેવું અમદાવાદ પણ બીજેપીએ ગુમાવ્યું હતું.
કેશુભાઈ ને અખબાર તંત્રે મજાકનું પાત્ર બનાવી દીધા હતા. ૨૦૦૨ની વિધાનસભાની ચૂટાણીમાં બીજેપીનો પરાજય નિશ્ચિત હતો.
જો કે ગુજરાતમાં જે આફતો આવી અને જે થયું એવું બીજા રાજ્યોમાં થાય એ તો સામાન્ય વાત જ ગણાય છે. પણ આ તો ગુજરાતમાં થયું અને વળી બીજેપીના રાજમાં થયું એટલે તેની ટીકા તો પેટ ભરાઈ જાય એટલી નહીં પણ પેટ ફાટી જાય એટલી બધી ટીકાઓ થવી જ જોઇ એવું નહેરુવંશી પાર્ટીના નેતાઓ અને અ-ગુજ્જુ સમાચાર માધ્યમો માને છે.
આ લોલં લોલમાં ગુજ્જુ મૂર્ધન્યો પણ લાબું વિચાર્યા વગર કૂદી પડે છે.
ઈશ્વરની બુદ્ધિને સુઝ્યું અને તેમણે બીજેપી મોવડી મંડળને સદ્બુદ્ધિ આપી કે જેથી મુખ્ય મંત્રી બદલાયા અને નરેન્દ્ર મોદી રખાયા. નરેન્દ્ર મોદીએ ખાઉકડ અમલદારોને સસ્પેન્ડ કર્યા અને સારો વહીવટ ચલાવ્યો.
યોગાનુયોગ એક વાર નરેન્દ્ર મોદીથી બોલાઇ ગયું કે બીજેપીના રાજકાળમાં ગુજરાતમાં કોમી દંગાઓ બંધ થઈ ગયા છે.
આ વાતથી નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસના નેતાઓના પેટમાં તેલ રેડાયું હશે. અને ૨૦૦૨માં ગોધરા સ્ટેશને ડબ્બો સળગ્યો. આ કાવતરામાં સામેલ સ્થાનિક કોંગી નેતા પાકિસ્તાન ભાગી ગયા છે. વળી એક કોંગી નેતાથી બોલી પણ જવાયું કે મોદીએ “બીજેપીના રાજકાળ માં ગુજરાતમાં કોમી દંગાઓ બંધ થઈ ગયા છે” એવું કહીને કેમ મુસ્લિમોને ઉશ્કેર્યા?
ટૂંકમાં ગુજરાતી નેતાઓને કોઈપણ રીતે વાંકમાં લેવા એ ગુજ્જુ કોંગ્રેસીઓના સંસ્કાર છે.
અખબારી મૂર્ધન્યો પણ ક્યાં પાછળ રહી ગયા છે?
જ્ઞાતિવાદી સમીકરણો બનાવીને, તેને ઉછાળીને તેને લગાતાર પ્રસિદ્ધિઓ આપીને વાગોળીને આ અખબારી મૂર્ધન્યોએ ગુજરાતમાં બીજા રાજ્યો જેવો જ્ઞાતિવાદ ઉભો કરવાની અથાગ કોશિસ કરી છે. જાણે કે ગુજરાતનો નબળો જ્ઞાતિવાદ તેમને કણાની જેમ ખૂંચતો ન હોય?
“પટેલોએ ઘણું સહન કર્યું… હવે સહન કરી શકાય તેમ નથી. હવે અમે પાછા પડીશું નહીં….”
“નરેન્દ્ર મોદીના રાજમાં હવે બ્રાહ્મણ વાણીયા કેબીનેટ પ્રધાન બનશે નહીં..”,
“સરકારી નોકરો હવે મોદીશાહી થી તંગ આવી ગયા છે.. તેઓ મોદીને પોતાનું બળ બતાવી દેશે..”,
“માલધારીઓ હવે અન્યાય સહન કરશે નહીં..”
“નરેન્દ્ર મોદીએ બ્રહ્મતેજ જોયું નથી..”
હા જી … આ બધી જ્ઞાતિઓ જ છે. જ્ઞાતિવાદને ઉત્તેજન આપવું એટલે દેશને વધુને વધુને ખાડે નાખવો એ જ અર્થ થાય. અખબારોએ તો ખાસ સમજવું જોઇએ. સૌએ એક માણસ તરીકે કાયદાનું પાલન કરવાનું છે. જો કાયદો અન્યાય કારી હોય તો તે કેવો હોવો જોઇએ તેની વાત કરો. પણ એક જ્ઞાતિ તરીકે ભેદભાવ ઉભો ન કરો.
રાજસ્થાનમાંના જ્ઞાતિવાદી દંગાઓ
રાજસ્થાન માં ગઈ ચૂંટણીમાં જ્ઞાતિવાદી દંગાઓ અને પ્રદર્શનો થયા હતા. આ ગુજ્જર, નીનામા, બકેરવાલ વિગેરેના જાતિવાદી આંદોલનો ચલાવીને નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસે રાજસ્થાન કબજે કરેલ.
તેવીજ રીતે ગઈ લોકસભાની ચૂંટણીમાં કેશુભાઈએ જ્ઞાતિવાદી સુર ચલાવી બીજેપીને સૌરાષ્ટ્ર અને કચ્છમાં મોટો ઘાટો કરેલ.
નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસ અને તેના જેવી સંસ્કૃતિવાળા સમજે છે કે નરેન્દ્ર મોદીની આગેકૂચ રોકવી હોય અને તેના મતોને વિખેરી નાખીને પોતે લાભ લેવો હોય તો જ્ઞાતિ, ધર્મ અને પ્રદેશવાદ ઉભો કરવો જ પડશે.
એક બાજુ મોદીના વિકાસને નકારો અને બીજીબાજુ જ્ઞાતિ, ધર્મ અને પ્રદેશવાદના આધાર ઉપર જનતાને બહેકાવો.
તમે તાજેતરના અખબારો ઉપર નજર કરશો તો એક વાત ઉડીને આંખે વળગશે કે એક અગ્રગણ્ય અખબાર દિવ્યભાસ્કર જ્ઞાતિવાદ ના આધારે મત પડવાના હોય તે રીતે ઉમેદવારોના ભાવીનું વિશ્લેષણ રોજ રોજ આપ્યા કરે છે.
આમ તો અખબારો દાવો કરે છે કે અમે પેઈડ સમાચારો છાપતા નથી.
પેઈડ સમાચારો એટલે કે પૈસા લઈને સમાચારો છાપવા. અને તે માટે એક જાહેરાત પણ લખે છે કે જો કોઈ પૈસા લઈને સમાચાર છાપી આપવાની વાત કરતો હોય તો ફલાણા ફલાણા નંબર ઉપર ફોન કરવો. પણ આતો કહેતા ભી દિવાના અને સુનતા ભી દિવાના જેવી વાત છે. તમે સમાચારની હેડલાઈન જુઓ. તમને સમાચારની હેડલાઈન ઉપરથી અને તેમાં ગોઠવેલા વાક્ય પ્રયોગ ઉપરથી જ ખ્યાલ આવી જશે કે પૈસા કોણે આપ્યા હશે, કોણે લીધા હશે અને કયા લેવલ ઉપર પૈસાની લેવડ દેવડ થઈ હશે.
થોડી અખબારી હેડ લાઈનોઃ
“આ વખતની ગુજરાતની ચૂંટણી લાયકાત અને લોકપ્રિયતાની વચ્ચેની છે.”
શું જે લાયકાત વાળો છે તે લોકપ્રિય નથી?
શું જે લોકપ્રિય છે તે લાયકાત વાળો નથી?
સમાચાર પત્રમાં આ વિષે કશો ફોડ પાડવામાં આવશે નહીં. મોદીને જો લાયકાત વાળો સમજો તો તે લોકપ્રિય નથી એમ સમજવું પડશે તેવો સંદેશ છે. અથવા જો તે લોકપ્રિય છે તો તે લાયકાત વગરનો છે તેવો સંદેશ છે.
“સોણીયા ગાંધીએ બીજેપીને સાણસે ભીડાવ્યું”
“સાણસે ભીડાવ્યું” એ શબ્દ પ્રયોગ સોનીયા ગાંધીની ચાપલુસી જેવો જ લાગે છે. કારણ કે સાણસે ભીડાવવું એટલે “છટકી ન શકાય તેવો મોતનો સકંજો” એવો જ થાય છે. પણ તમે જો સોનીયા ગાંધીના ઉચ્ચારણોની વિગતમાં જશો તો સોનીયા ગાંધીએ પોતાનું “મોઢું ખાલી કરવા” સિવાય કશું નથી”.
તેનાથી ઉલ્ટુ નરેન્દ્ર મોદી જે જવાબ આપે છે તે માહિતિપ્રદ છે.
કેન્દ્ર સરકાર ગુજરાતમાંથી ટોલ ટેક્ષ ઉઘરાવે છે પણ ગુજરાતના રસ્તાઓના વિકાસ માટે કશું પણ આપતી નથી. કેન્દ્ર કહે છે કે ગુજરાતમાં રસ્તાઓ વિકસિત છે. જ્યારે હેલીકોપ્ટરમાં બેસીને રસ્તા જોનારી સોનીયા ગાંધી કહે છે કે ગુજરાતના રસ્તાઓ ની હાલત સારી નથી. નરેન્દ્ર મોદી આવો જવાબ આપે છે. આ જવાબ એવો છે કે સોનીયા ગાંધી જ સાણસામાં આવે છે. પણ જે સમાચાર પત્ર પોતાને “અન પેઈડ” સમાચારો છાપનારું જણાવે છે તે નરેન્દ્ર મોદીનો આ સોનીયા ગાંધીને સાણસામાં લેતો જવાબ છાપતું જ નથી. એટલે કાંતો આ સમાચાર પત્ર બેવકુફ છે અથવા તો ઠગ છે. આ સિવાય ત્રીજો કોઈ વિકલ્પ નથી.
સમાચાર પત્રો, સોનીયા ગાંધીના ઉચ્ચારણોને એટલેકે નહેરુવીયન કોંગી નેતાઓના ઉચ્ચારણોને ગ્લોરીફાય કરે છે. “અહો રુપં અહો ધ્વનિ” ના શિયાળની જેમ સમાચાર પત્રો, મુખ્ય પાનાઓ ઉપર મુખ્ય જગ્યાઓ ઉપર મોટા અક્ષરો સાથે સોનીયાને ચમકાવવાની પ્રણાલી પાડે છે.
સોનીયા ગાંધી ભલે કોઈ જવાબદારી વાળો પ્રજાકીય હોદ્દો ન ધરાવતા હોય, અને નરેન્દ્ર મોદી ભલે ગુજરાતના મુખ્ય પ્રધાન હોય, પણ તે બીજેપીના છે, ગુજરાતી છે અને વળી નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસની સામે પડેલા છે એટલે તેમણે આપેલા જવાબો ન છાપો તો પણ ચાલે. જો કદાચ આત્મા નો ડંખ વધુ જોર કરતો હોય તો નરેન્દ્ર મોદીની વાતને ક્યાંક નાની કટારમાં અર્ધી પડધી નાના અક્ષરોમાં છાપો.
આમ તો આ સમચાર પત્રો, નરેન્દ્ર મોદીના વિજયને સાવ નકારી કાઢતા નથી. તો એનો અર્થ એવો થયો કે તેઓ એટલું તો સમજે જ છે કે બીજેપીને ઠીક ઠીક બેઠકો મળવાની તો છે જ. તો પછી તેઓ જનતાની વાસ્તવિક લાગણીઓને પ્રતિબિંબિત કરવામાં કેમ ઉણા ઉતરે છે?
અરે ભાઈ, આ ગુજરાતી ભાઈ, નરેન્દ્ર ભાઈ ને તો ઉગતો જ ડામી દો. તે આપણી દુકાન બંધ કરી દેશે. આપણે તો નહેરુવીયન કોંગ્રેસ જ સારી. લુંટો અને લુંટવા દો. ગુજ્જુ નેતાઓને તો ઉગતા જ દાબી દો. દિલ્લીકી સરકારકે સામને સર ઉઠાકે, ઉંચી આવાજસે બોલતા હૈ? તો ઉસકો હર હાલતમેં ખતમ કરો.
કોંગી નીતિઃ અભિમન્યુ રુપી આ ગુજરાતીને (નરેન્દ્ર ને) એકલો પાડી દો અને ખતમ કરો.
આપણે સૌ ગુજરાતીઓ (ગુજરાતીઓ એટલે સૌ કોઈ જેઓ ગુજરાતને અને દેશને ચાહે છે) એક થઈ નવા અભિમન્યુ, નવા દયાનંદ, નવા વિવેકાનંદ, નવા સરદાર અને નવા મહાત્મા ગાંધીરુપ આપણા સ્વપ્નના ગુજરાતના મુખ્ય મંત્રીને રાક્ષસોથી બચાવીએ.
૧૯૪૭ અને પછી વિદેશમાં;- ઓહ તમે ગાંધીના ઈન્ડીયામાંથી આવો છો?
૧૯૪૭ અને પછી દેશમાં;- ઓહ તમે ગાંધીના ગુજરાતમાં થી આવો છો?
૧૯૭૩ અને પછી દેશમાં;- ઓહ તમે મોરારજી દેસાઈના ગુજરાતમાંથી આવો છો?
૨૦૦૫ અને પછી દેશ અને વિદેશમાં;- ઓહ તમે નરેન્દ્ર મોદીના ગુજરાતમાં થી આવો છો? આવો આવો… કેમ છો?
શિરીષ મોહનલાલ દવે
Courtesy: Rediff News September 06. 2012
By Seema Mustafa
The Washington Post in its story ‘India’s ‘silent’ prime minister becomes a tragic figure’ with the headline saying it all, is really a repetition of what has been appearing in sections of the Indian media for years now. There is little new in the report that has sent ripples of consternation down the government and the Congress party hierarchy, except for the fact that the American media has finally decided to end the honeymoon with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] in recognition of the fact that his honeymoon with the Indian middle class ended a long time ago.
Dr Singh does cut a sorry figure as he sits motionless, and expressionless, through the Parliament sessions and has more and more started appearing as a leader who has given up, or one should say given in. Nothing seems to move him, and the post of the prime minister has, in the process, been reduced to levels never seen before.
He does not meet people any more, he barely travels within India [ Images ], and seems unaware that he is sitting on top of one of the most corrupt governments this country has ever seen. Scam after scam rolls by without the weak doctor blinking an eyelid, as the government remains unaccountable and the institutions of democracy shake under the pressure.
The government’s response to the newspaper report is again a case of over-reaction, as surely it cannot be anyone’s case here that the media cannot write freely and independently. Particularly the world media that follows its own laws, and clearly perceives the prime minister to be far from functioning. The fuss, and the strong reactions seeking an apology from the Washington Post, arises from several factors, and unfortunately, none of them complimentary to the UPA government.
One, the report that is really a repetition of all the Indian media has said several times before hurts only because it is from theWashington Post. And this government cares more about the opinion there, than the opinion here as has been demonstrated over and over again by Dr Singh and his cabinet cronies before, and since, the India US civilian nuclear energy agreement. In short, it hurts and the government is finding it difficult to ignore it as it does the Indian media.
Two, the Post report also reflects the inability of this government and the ruling party to introspect. Instead of taking the criticism on board, and taking measures to revive the sagging image of the prime minister, the government and the Congress party have emerged fists flying in the belief that this will work in silencing the ‘opposition.’
It is not as the Washington Post, unlike the big media here, might not be as easily retract what it has reported as it has little to lose. And for every one report there will be several such reports as these cats, when out of the bag, have a tendency to multiply with increasing rapidity.
“ but as the image of the scrupulously honourable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government,” read the Washington Post report, brutal and frank in its assessment.
What it does not add is that the bureaucrat seems to have given up, as Dr Singh gives a pretty good demonstration of the civil servant who, pulled in all directions, is resigned to being a dummy. He does not have the politician’s courage to strike out for whatever he believes in, and seems to have resigned himself to servility on the one front, and abject inertia on the other.
In the process he has become the Washington Post headline, silent and tragic, more so perhaps for those who had expected great things from him at one point in time.
Those who have worked closely with Dr Singh when he was just a bureaucrat decades ago seem to have a better judgment of his personality and character. And see him as a bureaucrat who has managed to work the system to his advantage. His apparent humility has made him a favourite of the politician who are not threatened by his presence, and impressed by his knowledge. Unfortunately these qualities do not work for a prime minister who is required, and expected, to lead from the front and steer the complicated ship to some level of governance.
It is true that his cabinet colleagues are more loyal and responsive to their respective party presidents than to him. But surely it was for Dr Singh to crack the whip. He failed to do so, and now cannot really sit back and cry about the fact that no one listens to him. If that is true, as it appears to be, the prime minister should resign with the admission that he is not fit for the job assigned to him. He and his party must realise that there cannot be a government of any merit, without a prime minister to guide it. And a leader who believes in sitting it out, under a party that feels less threatened if he does exactly that, is not going to be able to manage this complex country, in or outside Parliament.
Governance is not about clever tricks, and the Manish Tiwari kind of rhetoric. These cannot replace decisions and action, but unfortunately this is all that seems to be happening. The flurry of activity over the Washington Post report is precisely this, a great deal of noise from empty vessels who are scared of introspection, and hence a recognition of the hollowness within. Thus, it is always better to beat the messenger in the hope that his news dies with him. It does not work, but then the Congress party and its government is too self absorbed to realise this.
Happy Teacher’s Day
Truth is out. Manmohan Singh, i.e., MMS is a spineless politician, covering up for his corrupt ministers and serving as a hand-maiden of Madam Supremo. Bharatiya media in the pay of Congress would not dare to write this, so here is an American journalist who tells it all. Do not forget to read PMO’s whining letter to Washington Post and a rejoinder by the newspaper.
India’s ‘silent’ prime minister becomes a tragic figure
Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s second term in office has been damaged by corruption scandals and policy paralysis.
By Simon Denyer, Published: September 4
NEW DELHI — India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh helped set his country on the path to modernity, prosperity and power, but critics say the shy, soft-spoken 79-year-old is in danger of going down in history as a failure.
The architect of India’s economic reforms, Singh was a major force behind his country’s rapprochement with the United States and is a respected figure on the world stage. President Obama’s aides used to boast of his tremendous rapport and friendship with Singh.
But the image of the scrupulously honorable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government.
Every day for the past two weeks, India’s Parliament has been adjourned as the opposition bays for Singh’s resignation over allegations of waste and corruption in the allocation of coal-mining concessions.
The story of Singh’s dramatic fall from grace in his second term in office and the slow but steady tarnishing of his reputation has played out in parallel with his country’s decline on his watch. As India’s economy has slowed and as itsreputation for rampant corruption has reasserted itself, the idea that the country was on an inexorable road to becoming a global power has increasingly come into question.
“More and more, he has become a tragic figure in our history,” said political historian Ramachandra Guha, describing a man fatally handicapped by his “timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.”
The irony is that Singh’s greatest selling points — his incorruptibility and economic experience — are the mirror image of his government’s greatest failings.
Under Singh, economic reforms have stalled, growth has slowed sharply and therupee has collapsed. But just as damaging to his reputation is the accusation that he looked the other way and remained silent as his cabinet colleagues filled their own pockets.
In the process, he transformed himself from an object of respect to one of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life, said Sanjaya Baru, Singh’s media adviser during his first term.
Attendees at meetings and conferences were jokingly urged to put their phones into “Manmohan Singh mode,” while one joke cited a dentist urging the seated prime minister, “At least in my clinic, please open your mouth.”
Singh finally did open his mouth last week, to rebut criticism from the government auditor that the national treasury had been cheated of billions of dollars after coal-mining concessions were granted to private companies for a pittance — including during a five-year period when Singh doubled as coal minister.
Singh denied that there was “any impropriety,” but he was drowned out by catcalls when he attempted to address Parliament on the issue. His brief statement to the media afterward appeared to do little to change the impression of a man whose aloofness from the rough-and-tumble of Indian politics has been transformed from an asset into a liability.
“It has been my general practice not to respond to motivated criticism directed personally at me,” he said. “My general attitude has been, ‘My silence is better than a thousand answers; it keeps intact the honor of innumerable questions.’ ”
Singh probably will survive calls for his resignation, but the scandal represents a new low in a reputation that has been sinking for more than a year.
‘I have to do my duty’
Singh was born in 1932 into a small-time trader’s family in a village in what is now Pakistan, walking miles to school every day and studying by the light of a kerosene lamp. The family moved to India shortly before partition of the subcontinent in 1947, and Singh pleaded with his father to be allowed to continue with his studies rather than join the dry-fruit trade.
A series of scholarships allowed Singh to continue those studies first at Cambridge and then at Oxford, where he completed a PhD. Marriage was arranged with Gursharan Kaur in 1958; they have three daughters.
A successful career in the bureaucracy followed, but it was in 1991 that Singh was thrust into the spotlight as finance minister amid a financial crisis.
With little choice, Singh introduced a series of policies that freed the Indian economy from suffocating state control and unleashed the dynamism of its private sector.
More than a decade later, in 2004, Singh again found himself on center stage, becoming in his own words an “accidental prime minister.”
The Congress party led by Italian-born Sonia Gandhi had surprised many people by winning national elections that year, but she sprang an even bigger surprise by renouncing the top job and handing it to Singh.
In him she saw not only the perfect figurehead for her government but also a man of unquestioning loyalty, party insiders say, someone she could both trust and control.
“I’m a small person put in this big chair,” Singh told broadcaster Charlie Rose in 2006. “I have to do my duty, whatever task is allotted of me.”
From the start, it was clear that Sonia Gandhi held the real reins of power. The Gandhi family has ruled India for most of its post-
independence history and enjoys an almost cultlike status within the Congress party. Sonia’s word was destined to remain law.
But Singh made his mark during his first term in office, standing up to opposition from his coalition partners and from within his own party to push through a civil nuclear cooperation deal with the United States in 2008, a landmark agreement that ended India’s nuclear isolation after its weapons tests in 1974 and 1998.
It was a moment that almost brought his government down, an issue over which he offered to resign. While no electricity has yet flowed from that pact, it marked a major step forward in India’s relations with the United States.
The Congress-led coalition went on to win a second term in 2009, in what many people saw as a mandate for Singh.
The 2009 election “was a victory for him, but he did not step up to claim it — maybe because he is too academic, maybe because he is too old,” said Tushar Poddar, managing director at Goldman Sachs in Mumbai. “That lack of leadership, that lack of boldness, lack of will — that really shocked us. That really shocked foreign investors.”
‘He suffers from doubts’
In a series of largely off-the-
record conversations, friends and colleagues painted a picture of a man who felt undermined by his own party and who sank into depression and self-pity.
His one attempt in 1999 to run for a parliamentary seat from a supposedly safe district in the capital, New Delhi, had ended in ignominious defeat. His failure to contest a parliamentary seat in 2009, making him the only Indian prime minister not to have done so, further undermined both his confidence, his friends and colleagues say, and his standing in the eyes of the party.
Congress, insiders say, never accepted that the 2009 election was a mandate for Singh and jealously resented the idea that he could be seen to be anywhere near as important as a Gandhi. Rahul, Sonia’s son, was being groomed to take over from Singh, and the prime minister needed to be cut down to size.
He soon was openly criticized by his own party over attempts to continue a peace process with Pakistan despite the 2008 attack on Mumbai by Pakistani militants.
Singh became even more quiet at his own cabinet meetings, to the point of not speaking up for the sort of economic changes many thought he ought to be championing.
“His gut instincts are very good, but sometimes he suffers from doubts about the political feasibility, about getting things done,” said Jagdish N. Bhagwati, a Columbia University professor who has been friends with Singh since their Cambridge days.
Singh will go down in history as India’s first Sikh prime minister and the country’s third-longest-serving premier, but also as someone who did not know when to retire, Guha said.
“He is obviously tired, listless, without energy,” he said. “At his time of life, it is not as though he is going to get a new burst of energy. Things are horribly out of control and can only get worse for him, for his party and for his government.”
Now See PMO’s whining and apt reply by Washington Post’s Journalist:
Indian prime minister’s office responds to Washington Post’s profile on Manmohan Singh
The office of India’s prime minister objected to The Washington Post’s front-page article, published Sept. 5, 2012, on Manmohan Singh’s evolution as a leader.
The following is a letter from the Prime Minister’s office:
We do not complain about criticism of the government which is a journalist’s right. But I am writing this letter for pointing out unethical and unprofessional conduct at your part.
I would like to put on record my complaint about your article which was published today on many counts:
— Despite all lines of conversations open, you never got in touch with us for our side of the story though you regularly talk to me about information from the PMO. This story thus becomes totally one sided.
— You have been telling the media here in India that your request for an interview was declined though the mail below says clearly that the interview was declined “till the Monsoon Session” of the Parliament which gets over in two days.
— When I rang you up to point this out, you said sorry twice though you tell the media here that you never apologised.
— Your website where we could have posted a reply is still not working, 11 hours after you said sorry the third time for its inaccessibility.
— The former Media Adviser to the PM Dr Sanjaya Baru has complained that you “rehashed and used” an 8 month old quote from an Indian Magazine.
We expected better from the correspondent of the Washington Post for fair and unbiased reporting.
Without going into your one sided assessment of the Prime Minister’s performance, as comment is free in journalism, I hope you will carry this communication in full in your paper and your website so your readers can judge for themselves what is the truth.
Communications Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office
New Delhi – India
Below is a response to the letter from Simon Denyer, author of the article and our India bureau chief:
— I requested an interview with the PM on three occasions, and also with T.K.A Nair, Advisor to the Prime Minister, and with Pulok Chatterji, Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. Those requests were either ignored or declined.
— When I made my final request for an interview with the PM in July, I was told on July 30 “The PM has declined all interview requests till the Monsoon session is over.” At that stage the current session of parliament (known as the Monsoon session) of parliament had not even begun. There was no mention of the possibility of an interview afterwards. In any case my story touches on the fact that parliament has been adjourned every day throughout the current session by opposition calls for the PM to resign, which is a story I felt should be told, interview or not.
Indeed, we remain extremely interested in speaking to the prime minister.
— My apology was for the fact that the website was down and the PM’s office could not post a reply directly. As soon as the problem was fixed, I informed them. I stand by the story.
— I spoke to Dr Baru personally on the telephone during the reporting for the story. He confirmed that these sentiments were accurate.
- NRI Hindus rally against Jihad in India at Indian Consulate in New York. “SAVE INDIA FROM ISLAM”.
(VIDEO) HINDUS PROTEST INDIAN CONGRESS & SHARIA LAW NYC- 5TH AVE & 64TH ST
Sept. 2, 2012. From their flyer, the reason for this rally is to protest the Indian Congress that is Anti-Hindu and Pro- Islam. “Save the Tribal Indians. Save the Hindus. Kick out Congress.” Not all of the chants were in English, but did manage to catch “Say NO to Sharia Law” There was also a “Charge Sheet against the Congress Govt. of India” that was handed out to the passersby. The organizers were The Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America; Hindu Human Rights Watch and Indian Heritage Foundation of Lansing, Michigan. There was very small rally in opposition to this rally that was supporting the Indian Congress.
Pictures and flyers posted here:vigilantsquirrelbrigade
HINDUS PROTEST INDIAN CONGRESS & SHARIA LAW NYC 5 AVE & 64TH ST
- Sept. 2, 2012. A protest against the Indian Congress that is Anti-Hindu and Pro-Islam.
A “Charge Sheet against the Congress Govt. of India”
“Save the Tribal Indians. Save the Hindus”. Kick out Congress.”
The organizers were The Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America; Hindu Human Rights Watch and Indian Heritage Foundation of Lansing, Michigan.
A very small rally in opposition was supporting the Indian Congress. An anti-Hindu counter-protest preaching ‘peace’ by forming an alliance with the “Religion of Peace”… aka Islam… and ignoring the victims cries for help.
But, the Hindu victims are NOT being ignored as these signs made very clear.
“HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL! NO TO SHARIA LAW in US OR INDIA!”
Link to slideshow HERE
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Indian Hindu Rally against Jihad at the Indian Consulate, NY: “Save India from Islam”–AtlasShrugs
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date: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM
subject: REPORT ON PROTEST IN NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 2ND NEAR INDIAN CONSULATE AGAINST ISL
A boisterous Protest by 100 strong Indian American Hindus was organized by Indian American Intellectuals Forum in New York September 2nd near Indian Consulate to express their repugnance and revulsion against burning of Hindu villages by Bangladeshi Muslims in collusion with Muslims from Assam and West Bengal and making thousands of Hindus (Bodos) refugees in their own country.
The Protesters said that India is in danger. After Kashmir Radical Islam is taking over Assam in the North East. Jihad is spreading far and wide.
The Protesters also expressed their abhorrence at the inaction and apathy on the part of Government of India in handling the riots in Mumbai by 50,000 Muslims, who, armed with petrol cans and plastic bottles, hockey sticks, iron rods, damaged the police vans, stole their guns and ammunition, injured more than 50 policemen, molested the policewomen, burnt the City’s transport system, smashed journalists’ TV cameras, vandalized War Memorial and held the entire Mumbai City to ransom, in the broad day light.
The Protesters held responsible the ruling Congress Government of India for not taking stern action against Kashmiri Muslim militants who fought pitched battles with India’s security forces in the month of Ramadan, chopped of one Hindu teacher’s hand in Rajasthan, killed one Hindu boy in Kerala, attacked TV journalists in Lucknow, did not allow Hindus to celebrate the Birth Day of Lord Krishana (Janamashthami) in Ranchi, and in cooperation with Pakistani Muslims sent thousands of SMS messages to North East residents in Bengaluru, Pune, and Hyderabad and threatened them to leave these cities otherwise they would be killed.
Instead of punishing the perpetrators of the above mentioned crimes, Congress Government banned Hindu websites, facebook and twitter.
The Protesters also blamed the Congress Party of Sonia Gandhi for taking income from Hindu temples and giving it to Muslims to build mosques, run Madrassas and go to Mecca for Haj.
Every month 20-25 Hindu girls are abducted by Muslims, forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men. The Congress Government is doing nothing to ameliorate the miserable plight of these unfortunate girls.
Half a million Kashmiri Hindus have been ethnically cleansed from the Kashmir Valley, but the Government of India is taking no action to resettle them back in the Valley.
Infiltration by Bangladeshi Muslims tantamount to an invasion of India by foreigners sponsored by Congress Party, Communist Party and supported by Jihadists in Assam and West Bengal. The aim of this insidious design is to keep Congress in power and help Muslims to Islamize India.
Mr. Tathagata Roy, an erudite scholar and former Prof. of Engineering and former President of BJP, West Bengal who was on a visit to New York was surprised to see so many Hindus protesting against Islamization of Assam and appreciated their vigor and vitality.
The Protest was supported by Mr. Gaurang Vaishanav of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Mr. Satya Dosapati of Hindu Human Rights Watch, Dr. Kumar Arun of India Heritage Foundation, Lansing, Michigan and Panun Kashmir International. The unique feature of this Protest was that it was supported by non-Hindu American groups such as “Stop Islamization of America” of Pamela Geller, “Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam” of Dr. Marvin Belsky, “The United West” of Mr. Stuard Kaufman,LogansWarning@hotmail.com and several other groups.
A copy of the Memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh was sent by email to the Consul General of India. It will be formally sent to him by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested today.
– Peace and prosperity after bloodshed in Gujarat
(The Telegraph, Friday, March 2, 2012)
It may sound callous, but there was something patently disgusting about the way the media and activists colluded to turn a grim 10th anniversary of the 2002 Gujarat riots into a celebration of victimhood. From star anchors rushing to Ahmedabad to hug victims to the overuse of the photograph of the unfortunate Qutubuddin Ansari pleading for his life, every tear-jerking potential was cynically exploited. What should have been a solemn occasion of remembrance, perhaps leading to a pledge to make sectarian violence a thing of the past, was, instead, turned into an all-too-familiar Indian tamasha, culminating in riotous television discussions.
The reason for this ugly turn of events should be obvious. Ten years after the arson attack on the Sabarmati Express in Godhra became the trigger for murderous violence throughout Gujarat, the issue of ‘justice’ has been transformed into a political blame game. The activists who have doggedly kept the issue alive, despite the apparent lack of responsiveness in Gujarat, have shifted their priorities markedly. The issue is no longer one of securing the punishment of the rioters and those responsible for inhuman conduct, but the political targeting of one man: the chief minister, Narendra Modi.
The unspoken assumption is that justice will be served if Modi can be prosecuted for personally facilitating the carnage. As an additional bonus, the framing of charges against Modi is calculated to ensure his exclusion from the political arena and consequently bring to an abrupt end any possibility of him being in the reckoning for the prime minister’s post. In short, if you can’t beat him, disqualify him.
Had Modi shown himself to be electorally vulnerable, the need to fight him judicially would have evaporated. A Modi defeat in either 2002 or 2007 would have prompted the self-satisfied conclusion that “Gujarat has redeemed itself”— in the same way as, it is proclaimed, Uttar Pradesh redeemed itself by rejecting the Bharatiya Janata Party after the demolition of the Babri shrine in 1992. However, the prospects of the clutch of activists moving on to the next available cause have dimmed following the realization that not only has Modi strengthened himself politically but that the Congress in Gujarat lacks the necessary qualities to mount an effective challenge. Consequently, the only way they see to fight Modi is to remove him from politics altogether.
There is another factor at work. Over the past 10 years, Modi has transformed Gujarat spectacularly. After winning the 2002 assembly elections in a communally surcharged environment, he has deftly shifted the political focus of Gujarat from sectarian identity issues to rapid economic development. Gujarat was always an economically vibrant state and entrepreneurship is deeply ingrained in the DNA of the average Gujarati. Modi has played the role of a great facilitator by creating an environment that is conducive to the double digit growth of the state’s gross domestic product. He has toned up the administration, improved the finances of the state exchequer, brought down corruption markedly and made every rupee expended on government-run schemes a factor in economic value addition. Modi has been the model rightwing administrator pursuing the mantra of minimal but effective governance. His election victory in 2007 wasn’t a consequence of Hindu-Muslim polarization; it was based on his ability to deliver good governance.
Secondly, Modi successfully shifted tack from Hindu pride to Gujarati pride. This meant that hoary grievances centred on sectarian hurt were subsumed by a common desire to take advantage of the dividends flowing from a prolonged period of high economic growth. The popular mentality of Gujarat has undergone a discernible shift in the past decade. In the 30 years since the Ahmedabad riots of 1969, which left nearly 650 people dead in just five days of mayhem, Gujarat had become a riot-prone state.
With its sharp communal polarization, Ahmedabad epitomized that trend. After the 1969 flare-up, there were riots in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Then, after a period of lull, rioting resumed in January 1982, March 1984, March to July 1985, January 1986, March 1986, July 1986, January 1987, February 1987, November 1987, April 1990, October 1990, November 1990, December 1990, January 1991, March 1991, April 1991, January 1992, July 1992, December 1992 and January 1993. This chronology, assembled by the political scientist based in the United States of America, Ashutosh Varshney, in his Ethnic Conflict and Civil Life (2002) tells a story of unending curfews, social insecurity and escalating hatred affecting the two communities. It was a story replicated throughout Gujarat, including the otherwise integrated city of Surat that witnessed fierce riots in 1993.
Since March 2002, Gujarat has been riot-free. Curfews have become a thing of a distant past. What has occasioned this exemplary transformation? The facile explanation, often proffered unthinkingly by secularists anxious to find fault with Modi, is that Muslims have been too cowed down by the sheer intensity of the post-Godhra majoritarian backlash. Such an explanation presumes that riots are invariably begun by a section of the Muslim community — a problematic proposition and not always empirically sustainable.
More compelling is the explanation that factors in the larger administrative and economic changes in Gujarat over the past decade. First, both the civil administration and the political leadership have internalized the lessons from their inability to control mob violence in 2002. The police have been given a free hand to operate without the interference of small-time politicians attached to the ruling party. There has been a crackdown against the illicit liquor trade and the underworld that gained its muscle power from its proceeds. At the helm, there is an unspoken understanding that another riot, with its attendant TV coverage, would extract an unacceptably high political cost. That is why there is special attention paid to curbing Hindu extremism — a phenomenon that will affect Modi most adversely.
The biggest change has, however, been at the societal level. Gujarat today is a society that is obsessively preoccupied with making money and taking advantage of the economic opportunities that have presented themselves. With the end of boredom, a happy present and an appealing future, the belief that riots are bad for dhanda has seeped into society. This is not to suggest that the bitterness of the past has been replaced by idyllic bonhomie between communities. Far from it. Sectarian conflict persists in cities such as Ahmedabad, and less so in Surat. But there is a distinction that Varshney makes between sectarian conflict and sectarian violence. One need not necessarily lead to the other if contained within the parameters of economics and politics. The Muslims of Gujarat don’t possess the political clout they enjoyed earlier under Congress rule. But this has been compensated for by growing levels of prosperity. Those who argue that the economic development of Gujarat has bypassed Muslims should look at the economic empowerment of communities such as the Bohras, Khojas and Memons.
To many, Gujarat’s obsession with economic betterment may seem an expression of denial for the larger societal involvement in the 2002 riots. This may be partially true, since Gujarati Hindus view the post-Godhra troubles as something they don’t want to be reminded of incessantly — a point which the state Congress has grudgingly acknowledged. But it doesn’t distract from Modi’s undeniable success in changing the agenda dramatically in 10 years to the point where hardened Hindutvawadis now regard him as an enemy of the cause.
The riots of 2002 were horrible. But the important thing to note is that 10 years after the butchery, Gujarat is basking in peace and unprecedented prosperity. Now, that is something to celebrate.
An ominous sign for government
31 Jan 2012 11:31:00 PM IST
Here is a telling contrast in fighting corruption. The nation has seen in the last couple of years two distinct endeavours to fight corruption. One is the fight for a new anti-corruption law with the blessings of even the suspects. And the other is identifying the suspects and fighting them under existing laws. Anna Hazare and his team have launched an agitation for an anti-corruption law — the Lokpal Bill — without which, they told the nation, corruption could not be fought or contained. In their enterprise against corruption they first appealed to Sonia Gandhi for her support to fight corruption! And she also wrote to Anna offering her support! Subramanian Swamy, on the other hand, took the view that corruption could well be fought under the existing anti-corruption law provided the corrupt are targeted directly. First, he filed an application with the prime minister for prosecuting A Raja for his role in the 2G scam. Next he applied to the prime minister for sanction to prosecute Sonia Gandhi, whose support Anna had sought to stop corruption. Swamy, a seasoned politician and accomplished intellectual, knew that without the visible picture of the corrupt, corruption is a theoretical issue — a point which the apolitical Anna and team had missed.
How Subramanian Swamy has cornered the UPA finally is not a complex story. The 2G licence issue had all the trappings of an open air theatre scam from the day the licences were fraudulently issued, namely, on January 10, 2008. When the government was covering up the 2G issue, everyone was merely wondering how to fix the government. But Swamy acted. He filed an application on November 24, 2008, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for permission to prosecute A Raja who had issued the 2G licences. At that time Raja was a powerful minister in the ministry of UPA-I, being from the DMK that was dominant in the alliance. The anti-corruption law mandates that no court can look at a complaint against a public servant “except with the previous sanction” of the authority competent to remove the public servant from office. Since Raja was a minister, who could be removed by the PM, Swamy approached the PM for the sanction.
The likes of Sibals and Chidambarams were perhaps laughing at Swamy. But Swamy persisted. He kept on writing letters to the prime minister reminding him about his application. He ceaselessly kept talking about it in public and through the media. But the prime minister, as he is sworn to in most matters, kept silent. The silence of the PM had made the government and the ruling party happy. But Swamy moved the Delhi High Court for a direction to the PM to take a decision on his plea. The high court dismissed Swamy’s petition. The ruling government and party were in ecstasy. But, undeterred, Swamy moved the Supreme Court. The PM had written to Swamy on March 10, 2010, that Swamy’s plea for prosecuting Raja was premature as the CBI was investigating the matter — a response authored by amateur legalism. After having trivialised Swamy thus, on April 26, 2010, the PM told the media — which asked him whether Raja’s statement that he had the approval of the PM to do what he did — that Raja had consulted him before issuing the licences. That what the PM had accepted as consultation, Raja has asserted as permission.
Swamy also complained to the Supreme Court about the inordinate delay by the PM in deciding the matter. Meanwhile, the 2G issue had exploded on the face of the government with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India saying that the loss to the government was, on the lower side, some `69,000 crore and could be as high as `1,75,000 crore. The Supreme Court, seeing the government prevaricating at all levels, began monitoring the CBI investigation of the scam. The petition by Swamy too became part of the 2G scam litigation in the Supreme Court. The CBI did file charge-sheets in some cases of scam, including Raja as an accused in all except one. But Swamy’s plea to the PM to prosecute Raja and the PM’s inaction on it survived for consideration by the Supreme Court. The apex court did go deep into the matter, called for the records of the PMO and asked for an explanation from the PMO for the delay. By now, the ruling party and the government stopped laughing at Swamy. It became the turn of Swamy to laugh at them. It is the plea of Swamy to the PM to allow him to prosecute Raja which has been decided by the Supreme Court on January 31, 2012, in a landmark judgment.
First, the court has set aside the judgment of the Delhi High Court that had refused to direct the PM to decide on Swamy’s plea. Second, it has ruled that it is the constitutional right of a citizen to move to prosecute any public servant. Third, the authority to whom the application is made for permission to prosecute should take a decision within three months and if, within four months, no decision is taken, the permission shall be deemed to be granted. The import of the Supreme Court judgment is evident. The court has clearly indicted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for delaying the decision on Swamy’s plea. It has also directed him to decide on Swamy’s plea in 90 days. The court has also said that Parliament should lay down the guidelines for 2G prosecution. Finally, the court has said that for ordering inquiries into corruption against any public servant, criminal courts do not need sanction.
It may appear at the first sight that the judgment is against Raja and the PM. But, in substance, it is just an ant-bite on Raja and an embarrassment for the PM. Raja, already charge-sheeted, is in jail. The PM will have no difficulty in allowing one more complaint — that of Swamy — against Raja. But the real danger lies in the other application by Swamy — for permission to prosecute Sonia Gandhi — which the PM has labelled as “premature” and ducked. Under the anti-corruption law, the PM can sack Sonia, the chairperson of National Advisory Council, even though he himself may be removed by her. Swamy can now ask the PM whether the complaint has matured. He can also move the criminal court for inquiry against Sonia Gandhi for which, the Supreme Court has ruled, no sanction is needed. Swamy’s statement that he “can bypass Vadra and go straight to Sonia” is ominous. The Congress cannot laugh at him now.
(Views expressed in the column are the author’s own)
S Gurumurthy is a well-known commentator on political and economic issues.