The way Congress Party has been engaged in dirty politics in the matter of so called espionage of Rahul Gandhi is very much regrettable and must be condemned by all lovers of the country. Congress Party is putting hurdle in passing of important bills in Rajya Sabha and wilfully trying to evoke the sentiments of farmers .In this way they are stalling progress and growth oriented projects planned by BJP government.
Parties like JDU , AAP considered to be a party of good principle are also blindly following line of action of Congress Party.
On the issue of Land bill, parties like Congress Party , JD U, RJD, SP, BSP , TMC are indulged in dirty politics to stop BJP performing for farmers and common men. These parties are playing foul game with BJP with an ill-motivation that they by doing so will come back to power. Farmers in general are not against Land bill after amendments suggested in Lok Sabha. Anna Hazare is trying to add fuel to fire.
It is ridiculous that these parties placed some amendment and got it passed and even then planning to oppose in Rajya Sabha. Parliament is meant for debate, discussion and for arriving at a consensus view on line of action for true nation building , but unfortunately the same is used for mutual mud slinging process and to stop all development work.
Perhaps they have forgot that they continued to malign Mr. Narendra Modi for 12 years on so called communal charges, but people of India voted them out from Parliament and many state assemblies and gave unprecedented power to Mr. Narendra Modi and BJP.
Even leaders of newly formed Aam Admi Party has started acting in the same dirty way on Land bill as other parties use to oppose all action of ruling party , the BJP.
Instead of doing something good for common men these parties want to fight their war against BJP . I have no doubt that these parties will be fully rejected in forthcoming election if they do not mend their politics.
It is only in India that defeated parties behave with negative mind and instead of cooperating ruling party in building nation , oppose all actions of ruling party only for the sake of opposition and thus waste precious time of the nation. People will not forget the such corrupt and ill-motivated leaders of parties like Congress Party, RJD, JDU, SP, BSP and so on.
Perhaps this is the reason that even China has mocked growth plan of India . Many Foreign investors who had developed faith in Modi Government and had decided investing in India are now doubtful on success of Mr. Modi's Make In India plan. In USA , as soon as Obama was declared victorious in election , opposing party assured of full cooperation for the betterment of US citizen and for making the country stronger financially and internationally. But in India , the culture of opposing all acts of ruling party and putting impediments in all projects and resorting to strike, gheraos, rallys on false causes harms not only common men but also tarnishes the image of the country.
People of India have immense expectation from Modi government which has helped the government in coming out of Policy Paralysis of Manmohan Singh led UPA government. I hope opposing parties will stop their dirty culture and help ruling party in making India stronger and making life of common men more comfortable and happier.
China mocks India's democratic system-Times of India-Times of India 13.03.2015BEIJING: Deriding India's democratic system, official Chinese media here on Thursday defended ruling Communist Party's monopoly on power, saying if China had opted for democracy it would have become another India "where around 20 per cent of the world's poorest live".
"Hindsight shows us that the Western political system, which is not inherently problematic and was designed to encourage freedom, would have been incompatible to a country where efficiency has driven remarkable economic growth and social development," state-run Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.
"Further, China's feat of becoming the first developing country to halve its population living in poverty would have never been accomplished. Half of the 1.3-billion population may have been recipients of foreign aid, making it a huge burden on the world," it said.
"At best, China would have been another India, the world's biggest democracy by Western standards, where around 20 per cent of the world's poorest live and whose democracy focuses on how power is divided," the commentary said, mocking the democratic political system in India.
"In 2014, India registered a per capital GDP equal to a mere quarter of China's GDP," it said. State-run China Daily which carried Xinhua's commentary as editorial omitted references to India.
"Or, China could have become certain African democratic country that has struggled with civil wars, military junta, coup d'etats and the curse of resources for decades following the end of Western colonial rule in the 1960s," it said.
"The ongoing annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC) China's top legislature, provides a suitable backdrop to reflect upon the country's 61-year-old fundamental political system," it said.
It shrugged off the image of a rubber stamp parliament for its 3,000-strong member NPC for its routine adoption of bills put forward by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). NPC is currently holding its 10-day annual session.
"Seemingly endless political bickering, inherent in the Western model, would have resulted in political dysfunction, which in turn would have had catastrophic repercussions for a nation with a population four times as large as the United States," the Xinhua commentary said.
"Should China have adopted a system that facilitated lobbying among interest groups, it would have been caught in a self-perpetuating cycle of endless debates.
"Should China's mainstream political parties have been fiscally irresponsible and pursued interventionist policies globally, like in the United States, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would have received an inflated military budget ? at the expense of development projects.
"This situation would have fed nationalist sentiment, and wars would be imminent. This would have only been good news for opportunists and arms dealers, who would have rushed to cash in on the unrest," it said.
A system that allows plurality is fertile ground for election rigging, vote buying and the silencing of minorities.
In a country as ethnically and geographically diverse as China, the fires of opposition would have been stoked and divided the nation, it said. Article continues
- World powers compliment Modi government, hail India's emergence as a major player-Zee News 15th March 2015
New Delhi: Envoys of six leading world powers US, Japan, China, Britain, Germany and Canada on Saturday hailed India's emergence as a major player at the "global high table" and complimented the new government for its efforts to stimulate economic growth.
The ambassadors and high commissioners said India's role was crucial in combating major challenges facing the globe such as terrorism and climate change while noting that the country has huge untaped potential in trade and economic spheres.
US Ambassador Richard Verma said the strategic partnership between the two countries has moved into a new phase and that the visit here by President Barack Obama had led to breakthroughs on a number of issues.
"Our strategic partnership has moved into a new phase, a more mature one that I would characterize as "strategic plus". Our leaders share an understanding that if our democracies work in tandem, we can have a positive impact on global peace, democracy and economic prosperity," Verma said addressing the India Today conclave.
He said since Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US in September last year, both sides have "convened, signed, and cooperated on no fewer than 30 dialogues, declarations, and agreements."
On India-US partnership on clean energy, he said over USD 2.4 billion has been "mobilized" to invest in clean energy projects.
"We have agreed to make concrete progress this year towards phasing out hudrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol as well as pursuing a strong global climate agreement in Paris this year," he said adding US has offered its support to Indian cities to combat air pollution.
He said last week, a team of experts from the US environmental protection agency met with senior officials and experts of the ministry of environment and the Central Pollution Control Board.
Noting that US wants to "broaden" ties with India, Verma said the ties were being "remade"
He said US and India have shared vision for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.
"Our goals include working together and with other interested partners on increasing regional economic integration, promoting accelerated infrastructure connectivity, and supporting rules-based order.
"Far from being something designed to provoke, we believe our partnership can lead to a more peaceful, prosperous, and stable region, to benefit of all," he said.
Lu Yucheng, the Chinese ambassador said Modi's 'Make in India' and 'smart city' projects, among others, have found large support in China, and Beijing wants to proactively work with New Delhi on those.
Japanese Ambassador Takeshi Yagi said, as per a survey done by Japanese industry, India is the best investment destination for the next three years.
British High Commissioner James Bevan said a strong and active India was in everyone's interest, and that it has an important role to play not only in shaping the emerging global order but also on fighting climate change.
EU leaders pin hopes on Modi for bettering ties-Hindustan Times
Even though the sun may have finally come out in Brussels, the headquarters of the 28-member European Union (EU), the current mood remains somewhat gloomy. There are several reasons for it: The euro crisis, unemployment, terror attacks, illegal immigration and the persisting crisis in Ukraine.
On the positive side, there is a new leadership in the EU institutions and it is laying the path for a social and economic revival of the grouping, and one of their “key focus countries” for it is India.
Senior EU leaders, however, feel that the India-EU relationship has “lost momentum” and the surefire way of re-igniting it would be to restart the stalled discussions on the Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) that the two parties have been negotiating since 2007.
And they are pinning their hopes on “business-friendly” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the fact that trade and investment are his top policy agenda.
“Modi is a man who wants to get things done. I think it is the word from the top that works in India. I think the word needs to come from the top,” Geoffrey Van Orden, chairman of the European parliament’s delegation for relations with India, told a group of visiting Indian journalists recently.
Orden and five other members of the European parliament will be in India this week to “reestablish relations with Lok Sabha members and minister of trade Nirmala Sitharaman”.
Other leaders and policy makers said that the EU was intensifying its efforts to reach out to India on the BTIA and that they were willing to be flexible in resolving the contentious issues. The last round of BTIA talks was held in 2013.
The last India-EU summit was held in 2012.
Speaking on the India-EU ties, Gulshan Sachdeva, professor, Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, said, “There was lot of enthusiasm when they started work on the BTIA. But things went downhill since 2009 thanks to a deadlock in the trade negotiations, the euro crisis and policy paralysis during the UPA-II’s term.”
The EU was hoping that the push for the resumption of talks would come from Modi during an India-EU summit. The PM was to be in Brussels for the summit on April 14-15 but that plan has now been shelved although he is going to France and Germany in April.
“The BTIA has to be a win-win for both sides. Europe has development on their side. We have demography and so it has to be a two-way process,” Indian ambassador to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg Manjeev Singh Puri said.
“The ball is in their court. We have been told that the EU team is busy with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US.”
Puri added that the Centre’s stand was made clear to the EU when Modi met the then European Council president Herman Van Rompuy in Brisbane in 2014 during the G20 summit. Modi had assured him that the BTIA would not suffer because of a lack of “political will” in India.
The BTIA is not the only irritant in the relationship. The Italian marines issue continues to bedevil the relationship; there is no unity among EU members on India’s bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council.
On Ukraine, India’s positions are more sympathetic to Russia than the EU as New Delhi feels Russia has some legitimate interests in Ukraine. The EU thinks that India can play an important role in finding a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis.
“India’s privileged relations with Russia and longstanding relationship with it should build the basis for promotion of a greater understanding (on the issue),” EU Ambassador Joao Cravinho said recently in New Delhi.
“On issues of immediate Indian security concerns related to China, South Asia, central Asia and Southeast Asia, India probably feels that the EU has a limited role to play,” explained Sachdeva.
There is also a perception in India that the EU has a somewhat sympathetic attitude towards Pakistan.
“Although India and EU both believe in a democratic, multicultural and multi-polar world, still there is a lack of convergence on specific foreign policy issues,” he added.
This lack of convergence is also evident in the way the India-EU Joint Action Plan (JAP) has moved: In the JAP, both agreed to start about 40 dialogues and consultation mechanisms in areas dealing with democracy, human rights, security, terrorism, regional cooperation, trade and investment, effective multilateralism, climate change, agriculture, space, education, culture, etc.
But apart from trade, energy, education, science and technology, progress is limited in most areas.
China, however, has used similar platforms much more seriously than India to counter EU criticism on issues like human rights and democracy, and also used dialogues to further its views on Africa, Latin America and Asia.
While there is lot of sense in the EU and India coming together, analysts feel that the relationship should not be held hostage to the summit or BTIA.
“It is important to resume trade negotiations and start talking on issues concerning global economic governance, development cooperation, Afghanistan, West Asia, Africa etc,” Sachdeva said.
Agrees Gauri Khandekar of FRIDE, a Spanish think-tank, “The FTA is unlikely in the next three years but it would be unwise to wait. The EU and India must explore other sectors such as aid in Africa. While India is a big player in aid, the EU has field knowledge in this continent. Second, the two could join forces against Islamic State.”