Archive for January, 2010

Manish Tiwari’s uncivilized Modi bashing

It seems that Sonia Gandhi must be only praised, and treated with velvet gloves-while all other politicians can be damned and put under scrutiny.
When it comes to Modi then it is hold no bar bashing. He can be insulted referred to as ‘merchant of death’ by Mrs Sonia Gandhi –can this come from a civilized person? Now look at Manish Tiwari’s uncivilized bashing of Modi-In his over enthusiasm of projecting himself as the champion of Mrs Sonia Gandhi he stooped low and gone over board.Truth becomes untruth and sparks fly. What was uncivilized in Modi saying that his letters to the government at the Centre had not been answered and hence he thinks of sending one in Italian to get a response? The media and the Congress saw red-First- how can Modi rake up the foreign origin of Mrs Sonia Gandhi? Second, why target Sonia Gandhi for the price rise. Regarding the first can the foreign origin of Mrs Sonia Gandhi be completely forgotten or buried? For that matter she has not yet denied Dr Subramanya Swamy’s contention that she holds the Italian citizenship too. Even if she does hold dual citizenships she is by birth an Italian and she remains that. A paper of a certificate issued that she is a naturalized Indian does not make her a born Indian. For political power she needs to project her self as an Indian which she is not.
So Modi did not utter a falsehood neither had he said anything insulting-Mrs Sonia Gandhi is an Italian thats the simple bare truth and he stated it. What is wrong in this? What is uncivilized in this statement of a truth? To call Modi uncivilized makes Manish Tiwari uncivilized. Manish Tiwari the national spokesman of the Congress also crossed the decency rekha when he said that Modi has lost his mind. It seems that in his over enthusiasm to please Mrs Sonia Gandhi Manish Tiwari has crossed all decency and lost his mental balance. Public probity was never the mainstay of the Congress. It is those who run the UPA government who are off their minds. Otherwise would they be so mindless to the misery of the poor? Taking up cudgels to defend Mrs Sonia Gandhi does not bring solace and relief-not the solution to the price rise. One should have the courage to own up mistakes-to respect opponents. Again the Congress with his muck and mud covered edifice is no respecter of dignity and political correctness. Look at its track record-you have corruption in every field-, Judiciary, the Army, the Sports, the selection of awardees, et al. The Congress alone is responsible for the Telegana muddle in which the State has lost crores of revenue. We have the Congress openly and blatantly abetting corruption in the singular case of A.Raja- causing crores of rupees loss to the public exchequer. We have the first of its kind goof up when a Pakistani ex- general’s picture appeared in an advert along with Mrs Sonia Gandhi and the PM. and this for the prevention of female infanticide! Even if one is to over look this muddle (which never happens in another country-) what is the rationale for an Army general to figure in the prevention of female infanticide? Does this not go to prove how those running the government departments have lost their balance and is so flippant and careless when it comes to spending public money? Now the government has to probe-fix responsibility-that will be another wild goose chase. And what do we hear-a public apology. Does that wipe away the insult? We have a Rathore- an awardee of the President’s Police medal and discover thanks to the media- that he did not stop with molesting a teenager but used his clout to harass, humiliate and almost wiped off the family members of their dignity and their honor thus abetting the suicide of Ruchika. What has the Home Minister to say after hearing out the obnoxious,sadism of Rathore and his men?Mr Chidambaram was very touched! Not a word of condemnation from the national spokespersons of the Congress particularly Manish Tiwari. to this dehumanizing brutal episode. Had it been one of the Gandhi-Nehru family members what would have been the reaction? Nay had it been a family belonging to the minority community what would have been the reactions,actions and operations of the Congress. Did not our honorable PM spend sleepless nights when one of the minority community men was harassed in Australia? For Ruchika it was no response. Was the PM not pulled up like an errant schoolboy by the European Union for the rape of a nun in Kandhammal? He so subserviently apologized and promised that such would not happen in the future.All this under the regime of Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s Congress. The national spokesmen/women have their antennae directed to react in an uncivilized manner only when Mrs Sonia Gandhi and her children come under criticism. And Manish Tiwari states that Modi is uncivilized? Do civilized persons tolerate such crude, brutish behavior from those who held responsible posts in the government? Was it too much to expect them to condemn it, so who are off their minds-if these have a mind at all? How can one with a criminal record be conferred the Padma Bhushan and the Congress rushes to defend its action- and then distances itself. What does one call this sagacity, prudence, correctness or something exactly opposite to all these?
Coming to the second dimension of Modi’s – why criticize Mrs Sonia Gandhi for the price rise? Who runs the UPA government? If Mrs Sonia Gandhi has nothing to go with its governance then why does every government department print her picture in the advertisements projecting her as the chief architect of that program –the PM comes only next to her. If she wants to take the bouquets then she must also be prepared to take the brickbats. This is the hidden motive of her great renunciation drama-have power but not accountability. Modi was right in targeting her. She is the chairperson of a defunct UPA council-Only on that basis her pictures are printed in every government function/program/advertisement. So why should she not be targeted for this dismal situation of a price rise which has hit the poor of the poorest. Do we need a committee now to go into the poorest of poor and assess how this price rise has hit them? Modi as a chief Minister of Gujarat did the right thing and made a correct statement. Why should Mrs Sonia Gandhi and her children who want the limelight be insulated from criticism? They like to hog the lime light then they should not fight shy in facing the criticism as other politicians. Creating imaginary halos round them and placing them on pedestals is no sign of democracy. Sycophants and coterie, ‘Yes’ men and women, courtiers and chellas have no place in a vibrant democracy-Are we in a banana republic?
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja

January 31, 2010 at 8:16 am 22 comments

Automatic inclusion of Minorities in the BPL list

The Congress Government is toying with the idea of automatic inclusion of Minorities in Below the Poverty Line (BPL) list accordingly to Rural Development Ministry under the Congress leader C.P. Joshi. A close scrutiny is called for. What comes automatically from the UPA 2 cannot be automatically accepted by the people. It leaves no doubt that this is a vote catching strategy not a development one. Having stated that lets us do some probing.
What does Minority mean-is the Congress fighting shy of stating Muslims and so substitutes the word Muslims with Minority ?Then it should stated so. Muslims form the majority of the minorities groups. If the Congress really means minorities then it means the inclusion to this automatic dynamics of falling below the PL applies to the Jains, the Buddhists, the Christians the Parsees. I am not sure whether the Jains and the Parsees will like to be automatically pushed below the PL. So the Congress must first of all be clear on its target group and not hid behind Minority and mean Muslims-the majority of the minorities.
How does one measure the Poverty Line and what is the PL? A clear understanding of poverty, estimates of poverty and its impact must be the first premise for policy makers and politicians before they shoot their mouths on strategies targeting poverty. Unless this is grappled with strategies are only cosmetic cover ups for this the indepth poverty. There is a structural basis which throws up poverty. One cannot apply a strategy to catch the thrown up effect and think that is the solution without rooting out the lopsided structure that is oppressive and exploitative. The structure needs to be pulled down or at least dismantled and a humanistic, equity structure set up if poverty has to be tackled. Without directing and focusing attention to this but camouflage it with poverty alleviation programs which means using the tax payers’ money without any accountability and qualms for wrong strategies and for communalizing poverty cannot be tolerated. To think that the same structure can alleviate poverty is foolish to say the least. One cannot sow potatoes and want to reap tomatoes! It is in this context that one must look at the politicians and their thinking. Strengthening the existing structure with a little bit of luck-galvanizing the structure with youth power is no solution to poverty. It will only make it more unjust. Leelavatis are throw ups of this unjust structure which the Congress set up and is reinforcing with its dynastic regime. To be the most powerful woman and the most popular leader in India is no great achievement but is a concomitant of an unjust structure- which keeps millions in starvation and semi starvation and projects a dynastic regime and fills the corridors of power with an elite coterie. Are we not inching steadily towards a banana Republic? Youth power to only reinforce such a structure is an anti-people move. The dynamics of such a structure will only push more and more people BPL and we will have any number of crumbs throwing strategies to keep the BPL population on a survival state. Unable to challenge-incapable of demanding, still worse of seeing through the deception of the politicians, the hungry millions watch the development momentum of our politicians who complain of no work but draw salaries and are given all the comforts. But the Congress has chalked out a 100 day work program for a pittance. No work-no pay is the Supreme Court ruling-this is meant for ordinary people who stand and serve. Poverty impact is not a single point lifting up process-its structural impact encompasses a whole range of human/inhuman living and activity. It even touches on culture. This is exactly what is meant by impact of poverty. With half filled stomachs they go about trying to survive-if pushed too hard then they commit suicide giving an opportunity for the High Command to rush to wipe the tears and offer solace. Does the agriculture minister for example know what it is to lack purchasing power for a kilo of rice? How many crores does he own? The path to power is soaked with the tears and the misery of the powerlessness of the poverty groups. That is how the unjust structure of the polity is set up and made to work. The Hand can wave to them and in their trance they will wave back- waiting for the green pastures promises held out to the hungry millions election after election.
Another aspect of poverty structure it is dehumanizing and emits a nauseating and stomach churning stink. No wonder money and the muscle powers become the determinants to the power seats. The contradictions in this poverty upholding structure are evident in the corruption that has eaten into the entrails of Indian polity. With money anything can be achieved. There is a whole gamut of impact of poverty. The poor must be ghettoed in fences of poverty. It suits the political class especially the Congress who was at the helm of affairs the longest period in Independent India.
Look at the number of strategies it had devised for poverty alleviation. It started with Community Development Program. As the nation marched through its decades of freedom, poverty alleviation strategies were tagged under different categories-Area wise, sector- wise, occupation -wise, group-wise, and household-wise.-To name a few Intensive Agriculture Area Program, Drought prone Area program, Desert area program, Tribal Area program etc. From 1980 the attack on poverty shifted to specific groups –like the SCs and STs. Three major programs were launched: namely the Integrated Rural Development Program, National Rural Employment Program, the Rural Landless Labour Employment program .These were launched because the area wise and sector wise did not have any impact and poverty numbers kept increasing. A special noting here. The much toted Congress’s Rural employment Guarantee program is not the brain child of Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi. To make the programs effective all the poverty alleviation programs were amalgamate and Integrated Rural Development Program was intensified. It was specified that that at least 30 percent of the beneficaries should be SCs.
The attack on poverty continued but was more shadow boxing and today we are told that poverty numbers are increasing and not progressive on the decline, Any fool will realize that the strategies which aimed and simulated as lifting the BPL people did not actually lift them but saw them slipping deeper into poverty and the head count numbers increasing. Any sensible government will realize that there is something basically wrong with the strategies and the approach and the operation. But government after government continued with the same structure which could not and will not deliver.
The crux was poverty was always an economic variable- factors which assessed this economic variable were deprivation of basics, and lack of food and clean water, inability to access food and basics, unavailability of basic services etc were factors to be assessed because it was a direct result of lack of money .Poverty globally and nationally cannot be measured in any other yardstick but economic. Be it wages, calories, assets, purchasing power-give it any name it is economic. You can call it assetlessness, powerlessness, or simply deprivation, starvation etc.
Now this is not based on a religion. Poverty knows no religion and is not communal. The crux of the problem is the Congress latest enlightenment to attack poverty so under C.P Joshi it has communalized Poverty and has projected itself as State sponsored proselytizer. A new variable has been identified to net in poverty group-namely muslims. It is demeaning to even think that by following a particular religion one falls automatically BPL. There are a number of implications. The root cause then to alleviate poverty is to get out of that religion-it is as simple as that! Why blame a religion for poverty-Is the religion responsible for making its adherents poor? What happens to the Wakf Board assets across the country? What happens to the crorepathis- muslims?Why had Islam not made them poor? The next thing to ask is should we believe that the Khans of Bollyhood, A.R.Rahman of Tamilnadu, the former cricketer Pataudi and his family, Wipro Azim Premji, Ansari the Vice President of India (who was a bureaucrat) the film actors, those in the fashion world, MF Hussain will all automatically fall below the PL? What happens to all the flow of petro dollars from the Islamic world? The Congress forgets that business is also in the hands of the Muslims-why waste 16 to 20 years in an educational institution deemed or doomed and then look for a job? The Muslims are smarter-at a young age they enter business even if it is to set up a small bunk, get an auto, etc and in no time they earn and are financially independent. The Congress cannot look at the migrants from Bangla Desh and Pakistan and make them the sample of poverty among the Muslims As stated earlier poverty knows no religion. In fact the Muslims are hard workers and know to stand on their own. A National, survey sample (NSS) of the government of India came out with the data that Christians are the poorest. This is understandable because the majority of the Christians are SCs and MBCs . This takes us to caste-Religion cannot become an identifying factor for poverty or a yardstick but caste can. This has historical empirical data. The SCs and the MBCs were deprived and denied of access even to drinking water. They were barred from certain professions (not any more) education institutions they could not think of entering. This has changed too. But there is a cumulative culture of poverty when it comes to SCs. The Constitution and the Directive Principles point to this and makes the government accountable for their upliftment. Here again a caution-positive discrimination cannot be a permanent cure. It speaks volumes of the inability of the government to continue pushing larger and larger sections of the population as backward. So the bottom line would testify that after 62 years of Planned Development there is an increase in backwardness and poverty. Do we need a government at all for this downward trend?
Will not the ‘automatically’ falling BPL be an allurement for conversion to Islam? Is the Congress blatantly violating the Constitution? Is the Congress determined to communalise every aspect of this country and its governance? Yet have the deception and the audacity to call itself ‘Secular’. A ministry for Minority (read Muslim) affairs-a special budget for them Institutions like Madrasas, Haj subsidy all financed by the tax payers money, add to this extension of the Aligarh Muslim University-should we call this secularism? Where does all this end? Communalism based on region (Telangana for example) caste religion, numbers majority- minority all are the divisive forces sowed and nurtured by the Congress-the great Secular Party the mother head of Communalism.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Development Consultant

January 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm 2 comments


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