The Prime Minister’s Press meet on the 3rd Jan 2014

January 7, 2014 at 5:59 am 4 comments

The Prime Ministers Press Meet on 3rd Jan 2014

The Prime Minister’s Press meet was a damn squib. It was like a Congress leader on an election campaigning. But then one cannot blame him because he had nothing to show off in his score card. His performance is zero. Nay there was no performance to talk about. There was no governance and his retirement will bring such a relief for the nation. He sounded pathetic and was almost hoping that history will be kinder to him. But then Manmohan Singh must know that if history is a true recording of facts and events and of his tenure he will then realize that the media which he blamed today was kinder to him. He will be thrown in the dustbins of history. But what is intriguing is why had the PM called for a Press meet. What were the purpose and the occasion? Was it to anoint his successor? Was it to tell the nation that he is not available for a third term? In both these contexts how does he know whom the people will vote for? If it is was a retirement speech he was pathetic because he had nothing to show of which the nation could be proud of. Yes he had only one fine moment and that was when the nuclear deal with the US was inked. Such is his love for the US interest.

One would think that he had toyed with the idea of calling it a day when Rahul Gandhi did not even wait for him to return from the US but tore into the ordinance and stated that it has to be tore apart and thrown away. What an affront He accepts this as one of the ‘outstanding credentials of Rahul Gandhi I suppose To me it seemed that the Prime Minister had had two points to make one to back Rahul Gandhi and the other to bash Modi.This was not the occasion to be acerbic  and spew venom on the Gujarat CM .

First of all what the PM said is not true. The highest judiciary has given Modi a clean chit and here comes the PM churning the communal cauldron. Look at what he stated that Modi presided over mass massacre on Gujarat streets. May be Manmohan Singh’s memory played tricks.It was Rajiv Gandhi who presided over the massacre of the Sikhs.Here in Gujarat it was  riots but in 1984 it was a pogrom. The Sikh community was exclusively targeted and massacred. Rajiv Gandhi presided over this massacre of thousands of Sikhs. His henchmen organized and supervised the pogrom .They were all rewarded with ministerial berths and even petrol bunks.Even today the cases are on. So Manmohan Singh is not being honest-as a Sikh how does he okay that pogrom? Did not Rajiv Gandhi even justify the pogrom?  Manmohan Singh and the Congress party cannot act like saints and fault Modi.

Modi according to Manmohan Singh will be a disaster. But can there be greater disaster than having had the Congress at the Centre? What had the nation witnessed? Lack of governance, policy paralysis, inflation hitting the roof,one after another scams in almost all major areas of the government, nil creation of job opportunities, wide spread and massive corruption, insecurity of the nation from within and outside. And yet Manmohan Singh says that Modi will be a disaster. Yes, a strong man like Modi with a vision and a mission, with a decisive and focus perception will be a disaster to the Congress. He will work towards freeing India from the clutches of the Congress. Surely this is a disaster as far as the Congress party is concerned.

Manmohan Singh unwittingly revealed that he had no record of achievement, that there was two power centers-one being the extra constitutional power centre of Mrs Sonia Gandhi.He must accept the fact that the first UPA was a panel raj and the second was a NAC raj.Sonia Gandhi presided over a parliament of her own making-the NAC which drafted one after another bills which Sonia Gandhi forwarded to the PM and he in turn called for a group of empowered ministers to go through it. Coming from Mrs Sonia Gandhi Manmohan Singh had no guts to reject or refuse. So it was passed .This was the kind of governance .A demeaning of democracy and a banana republic put in place.

The PM was careful to mention that he got support from Mrs Sonia Gandhi.It looks like a well rehearsed drama. The passing of the baton, the outstanding credentials, the support of Mrs Sonia Gandhi and then of course the chief intent being bashing of Modi.He said all  that sweet to  Mrs Sonia Gandhi and the Congress. But in the bargain he came out as the weakest PM we ever had, as a lame duck of a PM, as a subservient and submissive PM who could not assert. So he indulges in self pity. I was sad he says because he wanted to auction G-2 and coal blocks. Then why and how did he fail? And where have the Coalgate files disappeared from the Prime Minister’s Office? Is he not accountable?

The full drama to be comprehended one must look back at the first scene –the ‘renunciation’.(Which meant for Sonia Gandhi all power and no responsibility) .When Sonia Gandhi handpicked him. She had studied him well and knew that he is malleable, subservient and will fit into the scheme of her intent. There was Mr Pranab Mukerjee seasoned and well versed in handing Parliamentary affairs. In fact it was he who took on all the answering in Parliament not Manmohan Singh. But Mrs Sonia Gandhi knew that the former was a man who had his own will and mind and she would not have been able to manipulate him.(Remember Pranab Mukerjee fell off with Indira Gandhi?)So Manmohan Singh suited her best and he lived up to her expectations. Thus from the first scene one has to go through the ten years of Manmohan Singh’s non governance. The Press meet was the finale to the whole drama. Is it then small wonder that Rahul Gandhi was anointed with his “outstanding credentials” and Modi was termed as a “disaster”. The people of the country will chose in no ambiguous terms Modi for the people cannot see any
‘outstanding credentials’ in Rahul Gandhi except that he is a dynasty continuum

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,

Vadodara

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A rejoinder to the Economist NewspaperA rejoinder to the Economist- The Indian Express of Dec 20th carried an article from the Economist on page(9) on Modi.-titled Narendra Modi –“A man of some of the people-A populist with a nasty past and a decent economic record wants to run India”. I think the author used his colored spectacles and wrote that article. It was not only biased but very crude.The analysis was meant only to show Modi in a bad light.What is the ‘nasty past’ of Modi? Going through the article which is so prejudicial even I was unable to detect the ‘nasty past’ of Modi Let me assure the author that Modi is not a man of some people but a man of most of the people. The author must be a sycophant from the court of the ‘prince’ and that explains why even the comparisons are so skewed. The caption that ‘despite receiving little schooling and not being of a high caste Mode rose…..This under the file picture on the same page says it all. So the author has exposed his bias.The very fact he has mentioned of schooling and caste bringing in the social yard sticks by which he has measured Modi.We have had great politicians who had hardly passed the 5th standard and yet they made good politicians. On the other hand we have an economist of a PM who has sent the country down the drain.We have Mrs Sonia Gandhi with not much schooling and still managed to reign as Empress of India and dictate to the economist PM-who through her NAC runs the country. How is Modi less schooled than Mrs Sonia Gandhi? Talking about caste what caste does Sonia and Rahul Gandhi belong to? The author has demeaned himself by even commenting “At rallies Mr Modi, who looks like a barrel -chested cross between Father Christmas and a professional wrestler” What if one has to say that the Prime Minister looks like a fox and functions as a robot. Does it read well? Rahul Gandhi looks like he is lost in wonderland and needs to read Alice in Wonderland .I am just putting this to show how irrelevant these are to the main issue. Yes, Narendra Modi is the Prime ministerial candidate and that has sent the jitters down the spine of the Congress and its sycophants The author does not see how the country has suffered from the Congress’ actions and inactions. How the people have become servile and pushed to a corner. How after 57 years of its ruling the country the nation is more backward than it was formerly. How starvation and pauperized the people are. How the corruption has shaken the very fabric of the government. Right from the top down to the bottom it is a corrupt government that we have. Now comes the relevance of Modi-a strong no nonsense leader with strong leadership qualities is what the nation needs. How can any nation become strong when it is steeped in corruption? It is not as though corruption is in small areas.It is not only massive but wide spread. Every single neta is corrupt. But one cannot point a finger on this score against Modi. For example, Modi takes a salary of Rs 12553 and manages with three personal staff. While the average salary of a CM is 5 lakhs and a personal staff up to 22 people. When it comes to Mrs Sonia Gandhi)In her last affidavit she had mentioned that she has an ancestral house in Italy –as the only immovable asset .She also mentioned that she borrowed money from her daughter. In the recent affidavit her net worth has been calculated to 2 billion, making her richer than Queen Elizabeth, the Sultan of Omar, the Prince of Monaco and the Sheikh of Kuwait(IE Dec3rd )This goes to prove the quantum of corruption and the mother head of it all. Everyone knows how Mrs Sonia Gandhi came to India and with what. What were her assets and what was her qualification. How has she acquired such wealth? Does she not owe the people of India an explanation? If Mrs. Sonia Gandhi has amassed such wealth what about others? Will she be able to accuse others? Will she be able to stem corruption? Can a dirty Hand clean the nation’s financial sheet? What if Modi has amassed even a fraction of the assets which today is attributed to Mrs Sonia Gandhi? How will the political parties and the media react? We have a PM who abets corruption. There is complete paralysis of the government both at policy level and at the governance level. There is a dual power centre-I am sorry- there is only one power centre and that is an extra constitutional one that revolves round Mrs Sonia Gandhi-and the PM is just a puppet. It is from this background and this ‘inner circle’ that Rahul Gandhi comes out and is projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate. He who never fails to talk of change must change first the very ascendancy of himself. Must start right at the top and not just talk of change. This is the backdrop in which Modi has to be seen and it must be understood that the people have got fed up of the Congress. The writing on the wall is clear.May be persons like the author and other sycophants are on denial mood that there is no anti-Congress wave. There is not only an anti Congress wave but also a pro Modi wave.And we have a powerful lobby trying to arrest his rise.This lobby certainly does not stand to gain and is not pro national. It wants the same old netas and the corrupt Congress to continue with of course some cosmetic changes. The country has lost its vitality and is considered as a soft nation. The media is biased against Modi and hence harps on his ‘nasty past’ What is the nasty past may I ask? If the Congress which had imposed Emergency on this nation can continue, if the Congress party which had organized and engineered an Sikh pogrom in the after math of Mrs Gandhi’s assassination is being absolved why should the Gujarat riots of 2002 be held against Modi? It makes no difference if Amarya Sen thinks so…he is a sycophant of the Gandhis and his reasoning has no logic because he says that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul were not in the government while the Sikh pogrom took place in 1984 while Modi was the CM during the Gujarat riots. For one thing how does it absolve Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul when the Congress party is the same and those who incited the people and led them to the Sikh shanties were all rewarded with ministerial berths, and when Rajiv Gandhi justified the pogrom. The same line -the same dynasty is ruling and wants to continue.This butchering of thousands of Sikhs is absolved but Modi is not-there is a difference between riots and pogrom.In the Gujarat riots Hindus were also killed.They may be fewer but this is not the first communal riot in Gujarat or in India and there has been riots in other parts of the country.Riots have been almost a feature of this nation because of the policies followed by the Congress and other political parties.So to hold the Gujarat riots as Modi’s ‘nasty past’ is absolutely off sync. And Rahul Gandhi goes on reminding the people what his father did and what his grandmother did and what his great grand father did etc..The legacy baggage also contain the tens of thousands of Sikh lives that were brutally butchered-the destruction of the houses,rape of Sikh girls arson and plunder.Legacy baggage cannot be sorted out at the discretion of Amartya Sen,and the Gandhis and the Congress party. Modi has not divided the nation-Modi is not communal. It is the biased perception of the Congress and all other political parties-For example are the RJD, BSP, SP not communal? Yet has the Congress not allied with these? All the political parties thrive on communalizing the people on the basis of caste, region and religion. And to top it all the Congress’ appeasement policy is communal in its very inception, its operation and its goal. Why put the odium on Modi and call him communal and divisive? It is a fact that Rahul Gandhi is not fit to lead the nation. He has a long way to go and must prove himself. Everything was given unto him. He did not earn anything through hard work. So one can only laugh when he talks of change. How did he become the Vice President of the Congress party? A democracy is not based on birth-a dynasty is a negation of democracy and reveals that we do not have true democracy. Simply because other netas follow the same pattern does not make democracy vibrant. It seems that the politicians all want to follow the dynasty route-this because it is the easy route to mint money, no accountability and no work load, no prescribed norms, easy life. A look at the assets of all our netas will reveal this-the enormous assets for the past five years-their life style substantiates this. And to cap all this there is no basic qualification called for! To get back to the MODI –a man of some of the people…”the author has labored to show how his achievements are not flawless. For this he quotes Amartya Sen who says that the infant mortality rate of Gujarat is more then three times than of Kerala and the life expectancy ten years lower. I wonder why Amartya Sen picked up Kerala and did not compare these two indices with those of his own State West Bengal –or Orissa, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. One can juggle with statistics as Justice Sachar did in his famous survey.-this to suit one’s own hypothesis. Coming to the recent scandal the author of the Economist has again played to the gallery:-regarding the accusation that Modi used intelligent officers to spy on a woman with whom ‘Modi was apparently besotted” is ample prove of the author’s prejudice and anti Modism. The article is not worth being published in the Indian Express. Finally I want to assert that there are writers who want the Congress dynasty to continue because it brings them gains. It is the vested interested of the media which assails Modi-especially the English media. The electronic media is no better. I wish and fervently hope that the media both print and electronic will play its unbiased positive role as the fourth estate and uphold itself as a pillar of true democracy and democratic values. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja, Vadodara The recent interview of Rahul Gandhi was a damp squib

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  • 1. Santhosh Kottayi  |  January 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Well articulated dear HR! Very powerful and covered the full cycle of the disaster called manmohan sing!!

    Your’s Sincerely, Kottayi

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  • 2. Hilda Raja  |  January 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    thank you.Long since I heard from you.This brings you all wishes for happiness and peace and prosperity for the year 2014-HR

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  • 3. Sita  |  January 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Happy New Year & Happy Sankaranti Greetings , Ma’am.
    Yet again you have hit the nail on its head ,by calling a spade a spade;but many of our fellowmen refuse to heed what their eyes , ears & common sense tell them.Still, we can’t stop speaking out.Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.
    The media also seem to show selective amnesia where Con Party is concerned, focusing on non-issues to hide/shadow more important news development. Less said the better on the PM’s P-(est/)ress meet,which is nothing more than an exercise to serve as an eye-wash.

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    • 4. Hilda Raja  |  January 16, 2014 at 4:04 am

      Thank you Sita.
      I miss your emails.I remembered you on New Year’s day.Accept my fervent wishes and prayers that the year 2014 be one of happiness,peace and prosperity for you and your family.Keep me informed of your children’s scholastic performance.We are fine with the occasional ailments related to old age…Take care and keep in touch.Love.MAAM

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