Monday, June 30, 2014

Modi Govt's Lack of Constructive Indicators

"Modi must not be judged solely by spineless decisions in one week. We must give him more time to prove that he can indeed reform India. But that means matching slogans with actions. If instead he only talks tough and then retreats into dithering populism, he will deserve the Hindi epithet, "Sher ki soorat, khargosh ka kaleja" (looks like a lion, but has the liver of a rabbit)." - Swaminathan S A Aiyar

While I don't entirely agree with all the points in the article, I am no economist like Swaminathan. Yet, I clearly see that one also can't just stop at price increase. There have to be clear efforts to cut down losses due to corruption and inefficiency else all price increase is redundant.
Even with regard to gas pricing, the contract spoke of the players having the right to price the gas at Market price. However, if a player is artificially "manufacturing" local high prices by creating a deficiency of gas through illegal under-production, then the contract doesn't hold, rt? Had reliance been producing as much gas as they promised, they had the right to demand market price. But then what the heck is market price of gas in a market where local gas production is abysmally low, and most of it is being imported? why? because the local jokers aren't producing!
a clear chicken and egg situation ---- where egg was artificially impregnated before the chicken happened!

If you leave the economic blunders aside, at a moral and ethical level Modi/PMO's silence/lack of action on involvement of BJP leaders in Vyapam is bad. BJP and RSS clearly are under the scanner and there is no way they can wriggle out clean. How come PMO got involved in defending a rape accused MoS, but the same PMO does not acknowledge the seriousness of Vyapam?
Someone needs to be held accountable and punished soon for BJP to send a message that they are serious about internal cleansing!

Overall --- Unfortunate indicators that scams WILL happen... and thrive under Modi!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Modi's 30 days

If you are a Modi Supporter, you could feel all mushy and gooey as you read his blog on the eve of 30 days of his govt!

But, does it say anything more than - "I am dedicated and I'll work hard"? Will any PM in his right senses claim anything otherwise. Will any PUBLIC servant ever say anything otherwise? We console ourselves with, "at least he is saying something"! :)

Fact is, even his strongest detractors don't question his sincerity towards "National Interests". What is highly debatable, however, is his definition of National Interest and the approach towards achieving it. Sadly, the actions of his govt so far only worsen the fears.

Here are some of my highlights of his 30 days -

1. No apology or compensation for Akshardham attack convicts declared innocent by SC, who spent 10 years in Jail due to Modi's intervention leading to a POTA case against the innocents
2. Ordinance route, meant for rare and extreme situations, used for appointment of secretary & Polavaram kick off
3. Appointment of tainted police officials accused of fake encounters by the courts, across key positions
4. Active defence of a rape accused MoS by the PMO
5. Not declaring names of the account holders with black money
6. Support of Hindi as a primary communication language
7. Railway price hike not accompanied with any agenda spelling out the reforms to be taken up in railways, and combating corruption specific to it
8. Smriti Irani working on introducing ancient Hindu texts in school curriculum, with "selective inclusion of the history of certain communities"
9. Dr Harsh Vardhan thinking that NACO is "promoting illegal activities through condoms" and directing them to teach morals through their AIDS awareness ads
10. Extremely dubious play on gas pricing! The core objective of a Jaitley and Modi meeting, as per an official release, was to "figure ways of incentivising gas explorers (aka ambani) without causing inflation"
11. No action or policy on cleaning the parliament of criminals. Just a request to the criminally accused ministers, to request the SC, to clear their cases in a year!
12. And finally, the highly condemnable Gopal Subramaniam controversy. Modi has a history of subverting judicial processes in Gujarat, and the alacrity shown in transferring the special CBI judge hearing the sohrabuddin and tulsi prajapati fake encounter case, in which Modi's right hand man Amit Shah is chargesheeted, is alarming!

What about the good stuff he has done? Well, there are 17 crore Indians who don't need any good action by him in order to support him. His talks are enough, and he has been shouting the right slogans, so they will let him carry on!

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