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Rivals-activists blast Modi

Rivals,activists blast Modi
‘Modi sees malnutrition in new light, sets up a mission’-‘Day after, rivals activists blast Modi for comments on women malnutrition’- These were two headlines screaming across the IE-dated 31st August. One should say that Modi must be thankful because every action, every utterance and every move of his attracts a reaction and an opinion. Modi gets enough of coverage and must be happy that without spending public money he has news coverage. People of Gujarat are no fools and they recognize the anti Modi and vicious propaganda that has been let loose by Modi’s rivals.
Let us take an objective and unbiased view of what Modi stated to the Wall Street Journal. First the WSJ should not have asked Modi such a question on women-namely why they are short and under nourished. It was already loaded .Why did it pick on women-Did the WSJ put forth any statistics which was unbiased and relatively updated? Was there any comparison to the size and weight of women in other States? Why this index on women’s appearance? To this Modi’s reply was that Gujarat mostly a middle class state and is vegetarian. Now this did not mean that he included the malnourishment or the undernourished women of the poor. Show me one state where the poor are not under nourished and do not suffer from malnourishment? So picking out only Gujarat and making it sound-look as though only Gujarat’s women are malnourished is certainly against any scientific finding.
There was nothing wrong in what Modi replied because women in Gujarat as far as the middle class and the lower middle class are concerned they are beauty conscious. His focus was on the middle class-does not the middle class also count? In my experience I have found girls coming from rich families and not so rich families very conscious of their figure and want to retain a slim figure. The others in the family abet this. I have heard mothers asking their daughters to eat less.
This does not in any way refute the fact that all over the country the poor girl child is neglected and suffers from malnutrition. Gujarat is no exception. The sum total when the poor women and the women of the upper class with enough food but with their beauty consciousness are added the numbers to the malnutrition group swells. So Modi is right when he brought into the picture the beauty consciousness of the middle class and the rich. That the poor are malnourished is a global fact.What is being overlooked is that women who can afford proper food also joining the ranks of malnutrition.
Where is the need to bash Modi on this? It seems to me that the rival party-the Congress takes every move of Modi’s and every word he utters for going hammer and tongs at him. It will boomerang. But at least the rival political parties can be understood because they suffer from unfulfilled ambitions and see red when it comes to Modi but what cannot be explained and understood is the need for NGOs to join the bandwagon. In this it was surprising that a Jesuit priest-Cedric Prakash also has a finger in the pie. I have not yet heard him lead a campaign against the corruption in the church to which he belongs-against the sexual violation of nuns and pedophilia rampant by the priests in his church. He has forgotten what the Bible says that one should not raise an issue of the speck in another’s eye when you carry a beam in yours.
I have not heard him and the NGOs take to the streets against the massive corruption of the UPA and the Congress. Why this selective amnesia which goes to prove that they are not against injustices and poverty-they are not against wanting to uphold justice but simply want to denigrate Modi.It is a very narrow and a personal motive-It looks that they have a vested interest including Fr Cedric Prakash SJ. Any NGO worth its salt must stand up against corruption, and injustice-Must speak against the massive scams that are raining under the UPA 2.This kind of Modi bashing then is only for self appeasement and may be they have an ulterior motive. Not that their goal and focus is to fight against injustices. Hence Modi comes in handy because he is worth fighting-because he is strong.
In this context to mention about the 1984 riots is relevant why has it not been a cause for Rev Fr Cedric Praskash and the NGOs to seek justice in the 1984 riots which saw 100 times more the number of Sikhs massacred and butchered and hundreds of Sikh girls raped? What is the motive of allowing the Congress leaders who led this genocide to escape the hands of justice? Why are they not reminding the people that the Congress’s hands are drenched in blood of a minority community? And mind you this as the back lash for the assassination of one woman. There was the justification by Rajiv Gandhi to this brutal reign of terror against the Sikhs. What if Modi had justified the Godhra riots in such terms that when 59 kar sevaks are torched it is natural for a backlash which would find people massacred? When Rajiv Gandhi made such a horrendous, inhuman and insensitive statement there was no horror and condemnation expressed-why? Will Fr Cedric Prakash and the NGOs accept such a statement from Modi? Would not all hell break loose? Why the tapes and CDs of this brutal massacre of1984 right in the heart of India-and that at the capital allowed to last for three full days are not being played before every election? Why the Congress is not being targeted for this inhuman atrocious massacre at the time of the elections?
So this puts definitely a question mark on the credentials and motive of Rev Fr Cedric Praskash SJ and his group. They are simply anti-Modi.They are not pro-poor and prop-people. They are self proclaimed champions for their own glory and publicity. Those who stand for justice cannot be selective-Lives of people are unique and injustice no matter who the perpetrators are must be opposed, condemned and fought against.Fr Cedric Praskash SJ and the NGOs have miserable failed in this-revealing a biased perception and a narrow anti-Modi mindset. This does not auger well for NGOs be they led by priests or by lay persons
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

August 31, 2012 at 8:43 am 5 comments

A rejoinder to Manish Tewari

A rejoinder to Manish Tewari on ‘Why the CAG is wrong’(The Indian Express-28th Aug)I am neither a lawyer nor an MP nor a member of any political party but just on ordinary citizen who has an opinion.
A perusal of the article brought out the fact that the Hon’ble MP wants to circumvent the powers of the CAG and makes a case of it falling back on the Constitution Article 149 simply because it suits his party. He also falls back on the absence of the word ‘policy’ It has been the habit of the Congressmen/women to shout down or to sweep away that which is distasteful and inconvenient to it under the carpet and pretend that everything is right about them and the wrong is on the other side.
Today the Congress is so very sensitive of federalism-starting from the PM right down they want to be democratic and uphold what the non-Congress ruled States demand. Why this sudden enlightenment on federalism to accede to the demands of the non Congress States? Will the same be extended to the non Congress States in other areas? Or is this sudden love for upholding federalism exclusive only to the Coalgate?
Manish Tewari has taken pains to quote the Article 149 and brings out the relevant provisions wherein the CAG’s powers have been circumscribed only to such duties and powers in relation to the accounts of the Union and the States….The author points out the emphasis on ‘accounts and the clear absence of a remit to audit policy. I am reminded of an episode where in a man went for confession and confessed his sin. The penitent was repentant and was very much worried etc. When the priest asked what his sin was he stated that he stole a rope. The priest was flabbergasted and asked him why he was so worried-after all his offence was a very minor one-stealing a rope. The man was still fumbling and would not let go. He told the priest that he was very upset and sorry and had lost his peace of mind.etc. So the priest further probed him and said after all it is only a length of a rope-that’s a minor offence and so not to worry too much about it. Then the penitent came out with the fact that it was not just a length of rope because at the end of the rope was tied a cow. Now that makes all the difference stated the priest .Similarly Manish Tewari wants us to believe that the CAG is only a copywriter-He has to transfer accounts from pieces of paper –consolidate it and present it as one sheet credit- debit account That the word ‘policy is missing does not mean that the CAG‘s task is only to copy down the accounts.
The Founding Fathers would not have envisaged us to be so narrow and forget the very spirit and the need of a CAG. Look who is talking when it suits the Congress it reads what is not in the Constitution-defeats its very goal and aim. And in case this is not sufficient it amends the Constitution. A typical example is the affirmative action. Was it envisaged by the Founding Fathers to have a reservation policy permanently in place? Is it not a violation of the Constitution to bring in religion as a parameter to measure and ghetto people?So everything is read and performed according to the Congress’ perception-towards its own vested interest.
To get back to the rope and the cow in the context of the CAG’s mandate I think that when the work of the CAG is in relation to accounts-that can mean a whole area that abuts on accounts. If there has been an absence of the word ‘Policy’ that does not go to mean that the policy of the Union cannot be looked into or mentioned because of the need to justify or not justify the loss of 1.86lakh crores of rupees. It is for a sensitive and sensible CAG to point out why this huge loss to the exchequer. It is for the ruling party to clarify and to make its point clear. If the huge mentioned amount is not correct then what amount is correct?
Coming to the Office Memorandum Manish Tewari has made a distinction between a performance audit and states that it is “an independent assessment or examination of the extent to which an organization, programme or scheme operates economically, efficiently and effectively. If one goes by the three Es. Mark the emphasis on organization, programme or scheme, not policy”. This is a narrow way of reading the OM. Any accounts must impinge on the three Es-effectiveness, efficiency and economics of the scheme-As far as the CAG is concerned it must direct its scrutiny of the government’s on the three Es in the coalgate scam. Otherwise it will be like the man who confessed that he only stole a rope-if the priest had just accepted that and sent him away without probing its further and finding out that there was a cow tied at the end of the rope. So any loss to the GOI must take into account the three Es-Let us not argue over the linguistic juggling but look at the end result. Why a CAG at all if it is only to copy down accounts from one sheet to the other? Let us not interpret the Constitution according to our whims and fancies to suit out own vested interest.
If the NDA government also followed the same path what was the Congress in the Opposition doing then? Let not wrongs be repeated and validated and justified because someone else has committed the same wrong. It becomes clear that the UPA government is one of scams and this is no exception but prodding the MPs to be on the offensive or taking to the roads the Congress President is not righting the wrong but only exposing its own weakness . By the way where is Rahul Gandhi in all this?
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

A rejoinder to Manish Tewari on ‘Why the CAG is wrong’(The Indian Express-28th Aug)I am neither a lawyer nor an MP nor a member of any political party but just on ordinary citizen who has an opinion.
A perusal of the article brought out the fact that the Hon’ble MP wants to circumvent the powers of the CAG and makes a case of it falling back on the Constitution Article 149 simply because it suits his party. He also falls back on the absence of the word ‘policy’ It has been the habit of the Congressmen/women to shout down or to sweep away that which is distasteful and inconvenient to it under the carpet and pretend that everything is right about them and the wrong is on the other side.
Today the Congress is so very sensitive of federalism-starting from the PM right down they want to be democratic and uphold what the non-Congress ruled States demand. Why this sudden enlightenment on federalism to accede to the demands of the non Congress States? Will the same be extended to the non Congress States in other areas? Or is this sudden love for upholding federalism exclusive only to the Coalgate?
Manish Tewari has taken pains to quote the Article 149 and brings out the relevant provisions wherein the CAG’s powers have been circumscribed only to such duties and powers in relation to the accounts of the Union and the States….The author points out the emphasis on ‘accounts and the clear absence of a remit to audit policy. I am reminded of an episode where in a man went for confession and confessed his sin. The penitent was repentant and was very much worried etc. When the priest asked what his sin was he stated that he stole a rope. The priest was flabbergasted and asked him why he was so worried-after all his offence was a very minor one-stealing a rope. The man was still fumbling and would not let go. He told the priest that he was very upset and sorry and had lost his peace of mind.etc. So the priest further probed him and said after all it is only a length of a rope-that’s a minor offence and so not to worry too much about it. Then the penitent came out with the fact that it was not just a length of rope because at the end of the rope was tied a cow. Now that makes all the difference stated the priest .Similarly Manish Tewari wants us to believe that the CAG is only a copywriter-He has to transfer accounts from pieces of paper –consolidate it and present it as one sheet credit- debit account That the word ‘policy is missing does not mean that the CAG‘s task is only to copy down the accounts.
The Founding Fathers would not have envisaged us to be so narrow and forget the very spirit and the need of a CAG. Look who is talking when it suits the Congress it reads what is not in the Constitution-defeats its very goal and aim. And in case this is not sufficient it amends the Constitution. A typical example is the affirmative action. Was it envisaged by the Founding Fathers to have a reservation policy permanently in place? Is it not a violation of the Constitution to bring in religion as a parameter to measure and ghetto people?So everything is read and performed according to the Congress’ perception-towards its own vested interest.
To get back to the rope and the cow in the context of the CAG’s mandate I think that when the work of the CAG is in relation to accounts-that can mean a whole area that abuts on accounts. If there has been an absence of the word ‘Policy’ that does not go to mean that the policy of the Union cannot be looked into or mentioned because of the need to justify or not justify the loss of 1.86lakh crores of rupees. It is for a sensitive and sensible CAG to point out why this huge loss to the exchequer. It is for the ruling party to clarify and to make its point clear. If the huge mentioned amount is not correct then what amount is correct?
Coming to the Office Memorandum Manish Tewari has made a distinction between a performance audit and states that it is “an independent assessment or examination of the extent to which an organization, programme or scheme operates economically, efficiently and effectively. If one goes by the three Es. Mark the emphasis on organization, programme or scheme, not policy”. This is a narrow way of reading the OM. Any accounts must impinge on the three Es-effectiveness, efficiency and economics of the scheme-As far as the CAG is concerned it must direct its scrutiny of the government’s on the three Es in the coalgate scam. Otherwise it will be like the man who confessed that he only stole a rope-if the priest had just accepted that and sent him away without probing its further and finding out that there was a cow tied at the end of the rope. So any loss to the GOI must take into account the three Es-Let us not argue over the linguistic juggling but look at the end result. Why a CAG at all if it is only to copy down accounts from one sheet to the other? Let us not interpret the Constitution according to our whims and fancies to suit out own vested interest.
If the NDA government also followed the same path what was the Congress in the Opposition doing then? Let not wrongs be repeated and validated and justified because someone else has committed the same wrong. It becomes clear that the UPA government is one of scams and this is no exception but prodding the MPs to be on the offensive or taking to the roads the Congress President is not righting the wrong but only exposing its own weakness . By the way where is Rahul Gandhi in all this?
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

August 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm 6 comments

THE CONGRESS AND ITS BIASED PERCEPTION

The Congress – its biased perception.
There is something basically wrong with the Congress in its perception regarding the national security .It seems obsessed by ‘saffron’ terror which is its own imaginary fear while it overlooks and sweeps aside jihadi terror. It cannot call a spade a spade because of its bias and jaundiced vision. This is because of its vote bank policies which has led to an appeasement policy and abetment of Islamic terror-both within the country and from outside the country.
It is not without justification that I accuse the Congress of its flawed perception. For example take its vote bank politics-this is done at the cost of the country’s security. The soft policy towards the Muslims has led the country to a state where in the national security is jeopardized. To cite a small example when Dr Haneef of Bangalore was harassed in Australia our Prime Minister stated that he spent sleepless nights. But now the Hindu minorities’ are being persecuted-tortured and massacred in Pakistan and not a whimper from the Congress as well as our PM. Why this utter indifference and insensitivity? The Mumbai violence was by a group of organized Muslims which went on a rampage-These rioters were given a velvet glove treatment. It is said that the number of arrests in this violence and organized rioting has gone up to 43
In this regard of the Mumbai violence and rioting there had been two articles which are real eye openers.’ Making History, not repeating it(IE17th August) by Javed Anand and Teesta Setalvad welcomed the ‘restraint’ approach of the Mumbai police in the face of an organized mob. They furthered their appreciation of this ‘restraint’ by citing it as a hope that it “may open a new chapter in the relationship between the minority community and the State” And what is this new chapter one must believe in opting-inaction on the part of the police in the face of a riot when the perpetrators are Muslims. So what kind of a police force do we envisage in this ‘new Chapter”? A silent inactive police when Muslims go on rampage. What happens if the rioters are Hindus? Then there is a hue and cry that the police was ineffective and did not take action and that the State CM must resign because he abetted the violence. This has been very succinctly brought out by Madhu Trehan ‘Bending over backwards’ (IE 22nd August) This is what the proposed ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence(Access to Justice and Reparation)Bill 2011 proposed. The Congress-and its law enforcing agencies must start with the assumption that the victims are always the Muslims and the perpetrators are the Hindus. With such a mentality and mindset no wonder the Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik led his force. He later justified that if he controlled the mob by shooting then at least 200-300 would be dead. What kind of an justification is this? Why had the police not gone after the goons? Why this reluctance to control the rioters. Is religion one of the factors to be taken into consideration in quelling a rioting mob? Our PM thinks that non partisan approach on economic issues is essential for national security. Next it will not be too long if the Congress looks upon the Opposition itself as a risk to national security. Why not if it looks for non partisan approach then what is the role of the Opposition?
The Congress is playing with fire-nay it is abetting anti national forces and thus exposing the country to security risks. The Mumbai violence can be traced to the issue of the illegal migrants .This large number of Muslims have been encouraged to settle down in India giving them ration cards and providing them with all that is valid for citizens only with en eye on vote bank. The result is not only the violence in Mumbai but also the whole country is in turmoil with the Bodos-the Assamese finding their rights being encroached. But look at the attitude of the GOI when it comes to the Hindus-be they from the Kashmir Valley or fleeing from Pakistan inactive and most indifferent.
The Congress sees nothing when it comes to the actions and inactions of the Muslim community to National security. Why had it not addressed the Muslim brethren to unite and be non partisan and not let religious divide the nation when it comes to hoisting the tricolor-celebrating Pakistan’s Independence day-accepting a Uniform Civil code. One nation must have one flag-one law and one Constitution. The Congress for the sake of votes has been tinkering and tampering with the Constitutional safe guards. It has not hesitated to violate the Constitution for its own agenda. How can it perceive the citizens on the basis of religion? So why is there a separate budgetary allocation on the basis of religion? Why a Sachar report validity when it was flawed in its approach and its lack of scientific temper? It is absolutely judicious to net in the poor and give as much as possible to make them come above the poverty line-but must this be in terms of appeasement and religion? Can this country then be safe in the hands of the Congress who from its very inception has been communal?
Does the Congress and Manmohan Singh want the rest of the nation to be silent spectators to this discriminatory and bias treatment of its citizens?-Indian history is very clear-the Partition was made on the basis of the plea that there are those who cannot integrated with the Hindus must be given a homeland of their own. This was done. So now what is the problem with the rest who are in India? This separatist attitude cannot bind a nation as a unity and the Congress is refusing to see the dire consequences of the attitude. That is a national security risk. Yet the economist PM calls for a non partisan support on economic issues putting it on par with national security. Has the PM at least once addressed this issue? But when it comes to ‘saffron’ terror the Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi,P.Chidambaram have cited it as the biggest danger to national security. One has to search for that which is lost in the maze of their biased perceptions. But the whole world knows of the jihadi terror to which the Congress and its leaders go soft. Is this not a national security concern? For the sake of power the obstinate refusal of the Congress to give up the divisive mindset is going to cost the nation heavily. It is like cutting the very branch on which it is sitting.
Dr.Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

August 23, 2012 at 6:30 am 3 comments

First Things First

First things first
Six lakh families below the poverty line will be given mobile phones –the latest in the freebies envisaged by the Congress towards empowerment. It is compared to ‘Garibi hatao’.As a slogan it sounds good but Garibi hatao failed to bring in the votes the Congress perceived. Similarly a phone in hand for the BPL families is definitely going to fail.What is ridiculous is the fact how a Prime Minister who is supposed to be an economist has okayed this scheme.
It is unbelievable that for a hungry stomach the mobile phones will fill. Let us look at the figures. The cost is put at 7000 crores. May be the tax payers money comes handy for the government to indulge in this absurd welfare. One would not grudge this had the Congress used its own enormous funds towards this but why should the common man-the tax payer pay for this already doomed welfare scheme. Look at the very idea when the BPL families need water-the first and foremost survival input and this right because the right to life would encompass survival inputs. No party is promising drinking water. If this is assured half the ailments-especially of water borne communicable diseases would be wiped out. There would be better health-better cleanliness and greater prosperity. Why has the Congress not thought of this? After all water is not only a survival input but an input not accessible and available especially to the BPL families. It releases power to the women who are the water fetchers-trekking long distances. It brings in prosperity at one shot. Water scarcity means drought-illness and denial of ones’ basic right.
The Congress instead is thinking of a mobile phone in the hand of every BPL family. How does this empower? It was laughable when Mani Shankar Aiyer in the course of his discussion on a TV channel in supporting this mobile phone freebie stated that this brings power because the BPL familes can contact the government. What he meant by government-the Rastapathi Bhavan,the Raj Bhavans or the PM’ office one is not sure. Are these Congress leaders out of touch with the people? Even if one is to present a grievance in person it is not attended to. Imagine a hungry person with an empty plate and an empty tumbler ringing up to whom, god alone knows- for roti and water. According to Mani Shankar Aiyer’s perception this call will immediately be attended to and rotis will be served or at least the cause for the person’s and his family’s hunger will be sorted out. Is that not marvelous?
Take another area where the BPL families’ suffer-health services-Most of our village PHCs do not function and if they function it is without medicines and without adequate medical personnel. How will the mobile in hand sort this out or fill up this essential service? Even when the poor are with great difficulty admitted in the government hospitals there is hardly a cot/bed for them. How are they attended? The sweeper injects the medicine-the ward boy performs the surgery and of course there is no nutritious diet given to them. How will a mobile in hand fill up this need? Should one ring up the Director of the Medical services and complain?
Does it mean that the mobile phones will also carry an inventory of who is who and to who to ring up in case of a particular need? What struck me is most of these BPL families live in darkness with a kerosene lamp –the kerosene being given on the ration card. How are these families to recharge their phones with no electricity in their houses? What a ridiculous proposition.(By the way there is a village panchayat that has banned women-young girls from using mobiles)
Where is the guarantee that these mobile phones will not be resold for a small sum of money? The Congress is bankrupt of some common sense and innovative perception. I was astonished that two English dailies supported the scheme. The 7 lakh mobile phones will only make the mobile companies richer.
Who pays the bills later? Is that also going to be subsidized? In the meantime the mobile phones would be in the hands other than the hands of the BPL families. There it is another scam in the making. to be investigated later. The poverty alleviation programmes like NREGP failed because the labor was employed by the rich farmers and the BDO’s office paid for the services. Where are the community assets creations? Similarly also free electricity scheme was also grabbed by the rural rich. The marginal farmers and the agricultural labor did not need electricity. The 7 lakh mobiles will find their way into hands which do not belong to the BPL families.
And finally it is insulting to find one with no water to drink-no sufficient food to eat and with no electricity in his/her hut sitting with a mobile in hand-symbol of empowerment according to the Congress. Does not matter if her/she is hungry-does not matter if he/she is in total darkness and does not matter if there are no health services-there is the Congress’ the HAND’s largess given in the form of a mobile to the hand of a weak-hungry and thirsty poor hand. Is that the perception of empowerment of the Congress? What a vision? It is insulting and dehumanizing. But let it not be at the cost of the taxpayers’ money. The political class has no value of money because they hardly sweat for it. This blood and sweat money cannot be made into a toy play things of insult for the BPL families while poverty continues in its spread-thanks to the bankruptcy of the Congress in even chalking out viable and valid poverty eradication scheme for the poor. The election propaganda posters can show a hungry person dying miserably clutching a mobile phone in his hand-that’s the Congress’ empowerment vision of the poor
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara,
Gujarat.

August 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm 9 comments

Double standards-typical example

There has been media coverage of Modi to such an extent that I think he has been the most published and damned political figure –but with a difference it has been aimed to demonize him. There seem to be no end to Modi bashing. Reflecting a bit I was intrigued on this prejudice of the media. It is not mere prejudice but sheer hate building. The media would stoop to any level be it to spread canards-allegations and even had put Modi to trial and sent him to the gallows. On the other hand the netas do not hesitate from shaking hands with Pakistanis-be they officers, or envoys. The hand shake must be captured in the media and hence the duration accordingly. And these are the people who abet cross country terrorism. But the media scrutinizes those who shake hands with Modi-sit near him-embrace him etc –much is interpreted and read into these gestures of even normal courtesies. Why this double standard?

We must live with Islamic terror and fatwas. The media is rather reluctant to call a spade a spade. But then P.Chidambaram when he was the Home Minister was quick to point out at ‘saffron terror. I beg to ask PC how many instances of ‘saffron’ terror had been detected .On the other hand look at the numerous Islamic terror attacks Why a studied silence? Why not give it a color and condemn these?

To show the bias of the media I would like to cite the example of Muhul Roy’s visit to Chennai after the Tamilnadu train accident near Nellore-in which 32 died and a few others injured. Muhul Roy visits Chennai in grand style. The same platform on which the dead bodies were brought the previous day our Hon’ble minister after a good sleep in a luxurious coach alighted .The platform had been washed-fresheners were set up-and two electricians were ready (least there be a close circuit) and Muhul Roy alights-steps on the platform-wait a minute- a red woolen rug was placed for him to step on. All this when the tears of those who lost their dear ones were not dried. And Muhul Roy did not even apologize but when asked if he would resign-he shot back “Why should I”. Yes these are our netas who forget that they live on our money and they are supposed to serve the aam admi.

The callousness and arrogance of the political class and in this case Muhul Roy was nauseating remember a train accident that happened I think in the year 1960 at Ariyalur-Tamilnadu, Then Lal Bahadhur Shastri was the railway minister. Without a delay and without a fuss he immediately put in his papers owning responsibility-that is dharma. But these days when the train accidents are so many-call it Centre terrorism because it is the lives of people that are lost and people are crippled and injured. Be it State terrorism, riots it is all lives that matter and that have to be accounted for. What happens in State and Centre terrorism quickly the government announces compensation. Again it is taxing the people. Why not dip into the kitties of the political parties which are in power for distributing compensations. This I mention for two reasons. What would have been the media’s reaction had Modi acted as Muhul Roy. The red rug was displayed only in a couple of papers. The electronic media was silent.  Had Modi did the same the media would have flashed his stepping on the red rug and also would have analyzed his indifference and callousness to the loss of lives and suffering of the people?So Modi is treated entirely on a different level while others are given a velvet glove treatment. It is Modi hatred that the media is spreading. May be the media is paid to do so-otherwise what reason could there be for such blatant discrimination and bias?

The second reason why I am mentioning this is to highlight the callousness of the political class. Today they move around as monarchs .The amount of money spent on their visits, the style of functioning even when tragedy strikes people is something one cannot take. There seem to be a total lack of concern, a distance between the people and the elected representatives and a lack of probity in public life. Insensitivity is not the word sufficient to describe the way the political class behaves. The railways are a telling example. How much of money is being spent on security for the ministers but when it comes to the common people it is negligible. The so called people’s ‘comforts’ are atrocious. I traveled in the Kanyakumari Express two weeks ago. There was no water-the wash basins are today small finger bowls-the state of the toilets are intolerable. The people suffer all this in silence. The ministers and the MPs travel in high style at the cost of the people. Why should our Indian culture be associated with dirt and uncleanliness when it comes to public services? The ministers and the bureaucrats visits foreign countries don’t they see the clean public services? Why these foreign jaunts on our money when they cannot try and bring in some kind of discipline in our country? Taking the people for a ride and compensating for their lives with our money. How come that no top persons are involved in accidents-especially in trains-that’s because everything is meticulously scrutinized and put in place. Why not extend the same care and security for the people on whose money the whole governance (non governance) revolves? Shame on the political class! Accountability is totally absent when it comes to services for the people.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

August 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm 4 comments


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