Friday, August 20, 2010
Manmohan Singh is suitable or not /
Honourable Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India is too simple to take any effective step as Late Indira Gandhhi or Late Jawaharlal Nehru took. Nehru ji involved himself in India’s fight against British rule and gave us freedom.Indira Gandhi nationalized banks to make it accessible in remote villages, taught a lesson to Pakistan and helped Bangladesh in becoming a new Independent nation .She ruled India for 17 years and left many indelible marks on India’s history.Mr. Vajpayee in his short tenure of PM did a lot of thing. He launched the Himalayan task of building pacca road from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari, gave a better administration and good governance to a great extent. Even Morarji Desai took a bold step of introducing total prohibition in India. More emphatically , price rise was not so much painful to common men under their tenure as it appears today and difference between poor and rich was not as wide as it is today. Even GDP growth as focused by Dr. Manmohan Singh was in no way lesser and negligible during their tenure. Growth was well distributed at least better distributed and wide spread among Indians and on India’s territory. India’s image was shining in International forum in the past too as it is proclaimed today by current rulers.
What has Mr. Manmohan Singh done during last six years for common men? He talks of GDP, he talks of relief to corporate, he talks of corruption, he talks of judicial, educational or labour reform but common men are still victim of mal administration, rampant corruption and extortion from politicians, criminals, naxals and local musclemen. Poverty of common men has increased rather under his leadership. He could not introduce desired toughness in the administration to check rising prices, he failed to reduce corrupt practices or expedite judicial process or to make essential goods and services like medical care and education affordable for common men. He could not bring about improvement in standard and quality in work done in government offices and work done through contractors. Manmohan Singh has hypnotized Indians by his undisputed, simple image and honest stature. But the prime question is whether India is safe, whether Indians at least downtrodden, poor, middle class are happier and whether the growth reflected is wide pervasive in the hands of such a simple person.
Our clean PM has confused Indians on all fronts. Kashmir has been boiling with anger and burning in agitation for last so many years in general and for last here months in particular but Mr. Manmohan Singh is preaching sermons to Kashmiris to maintain peace and Indian government has been talking of talks for last 60 years to resolve the issue. Now Pakistani infiltrators or Indian extremists have threatened Jammu Sikhs to either become Muslim or leave Kashmir. Our simple PM advised to keep patience, but how long?
Naxals have grown dangerously stronger during his tenure of last six years and spread throughout the country but he and his men are talking of dialogue with naxals. Lacs of naxals and terrorist (two sides of same coin) are hiding in India, causing frequent attacks, killings innocents, extorting money from rich traders and servicemen and damaging valuable properties. Can police catch them when they are unable to find out missing 61 trucks loaded with detonators? A naxal or a terrorist can be trapped only when some one becomes Bibhishan in his own camp and become informer of police. Bitter truth is that even local police officials and administrative bosses are not only afraid of naxals but also give them ‘dadagiri tax’ as demanded by naxals.Only silver lining in his government is that the Home Minister Mr. Chidambaram is doing his best for the country as per his best knowledge. Unfortunately he too is criticized by his own party men and Mr. Manmohan Singh is unable to control them.
Obviously person like Manmohan Singh is too weak and too much clean hearted to control big country like India. He may be an economist but he is definitely not a good administrator and neither a good politician. Even on economic front I can say that he is not as successful as common men expected from a man of his stature. Performance of many states like Gujrat, Bihar, and Chattishgarh has improved to a great extent and better than that of overall India so far as GDP growth and pleasure of common men is concerned.
Can anyone imagine that India will be free of corrupt people when entire government is made of corrupt persons with added quality of but flattery? A corrupt person is trapped or caught only when he becomes dishonest in sharing his ill earning money with his juniors or seniors as per their expectations or when his own colleague, local media person or local musclemen become his enemy. CBI or CID or Vigilance is seldom taking any proactive step to stop spread of disease. On the contrary all regulating, controlling, preventive and monitoring agencies have become puppet in the hands of Ministers and top officials . Flattery and yesmanism has grown unabated.
Can an Indian get relief from price rise or corruption or terrorism or naxalism under his leadership when central government and state governments are busy in mutual blame game and mutual mud slinging and politicians of rival parties are busy in playing kabaddi on irrelevant points?Can India be ever a disciplined and orderly state when Parliament and state assemblies are used for playing free hand fighting, and spending time in settling their scores related to Inter party rivalry?
Nehru and Indira built castles of progress by establishing hundreds of Public Sector Undertakings and did a lot for welfare of poor. The main motto of Late Indira Gandhi behind nationalization of banks was to make banks accessible to poor.Rajiv Gandhi tried to make PSU stronger and added new technology introduced Television and brought telecom revolution in India. Now in the name of reformation, UPA government under the guidance of Sonia Gandhi and learned Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh is selling one after other PSUs partially or fully in the name of disinvestment. Is selling of ancestral property the prime achievement of our learned PM Mr. Manmohan Singh?
Property of ancestors is sold by son and grandson to survive when the son and grandson are not able to earn at their own or not capable to manage the accumulated property of their forefathers. "Ghar bech kar or sona bech kar gujara karte hai bekar log."Present government is lucky enough to get so much inherited property without making much effort. But how long this selling of old property in the name of disinvestment will be able to cope with growing demand of the growing family of growing India is a million dollar question and which needs to be answered by wise person like Manmohan Singh. How long government will meet the annual spending through selling and disinvestment of PSUs.
I do not suggest curtailment of expenses or reduction in spending on development, but I firmly believe that government should establish hundreds of new PSUs to create more and more real employment opportunity and achieve real growth in GDP. Government should try to make the existing PSU more effective and profitable, rather than selling it. I am of firm view that the government cannot imagine of welfare of poor or permanent relief to suffering poor through only distribution of subsidy, old age pension, waiver of loan or carrying out controversial and corruption ridden NREGA.
Mr. Manmohan Singh has to first make his house clean and effective. Criminals have to be treated as criminals and real patriots, real performers and really talented persons have to be awarded. Otherwise he will continue to curse past or NDA or monsoon or global recession or inadequacy of laws or in competency of inherited system for current and consistently prevailing national critical issues of price rise, corruption, naxalism , terrorism and more particularly judicial inertness.