Monday, October 15, 2012

It is time the government tries to salvage its mandate.

The UPA led government appears to be fast loosing its public mandate to rule. It desperately needs some miracle to save its sinking ship.

The government is trying to save its face by showing some courage on the economics front. Some good bold decisions that have been pending for the last couple of years were taken by the government. The results of these decisions will take some time to become apparent so fingers are crossed and all we can do is to wait and watch.

I strongly believe there are two things the government can do to save its image...

1. Take Action against the Corrupt

Till date the government has taken a tough stand against all those who have spoken against corruption in the country. The biggest dents to the image of the government is the way it has handled mass movements...
  • The midnight lathi-charge against peaceful protesters who were sleeping - Ramdeo's Hunger Strike at Delhi. 
  • The arrest of Anna Hazare when he was going to start his Hunger Strike demanding that the Jan Lokpal Bill be enacted.
  • The arrest of Arvind Kejriwal when he wanted to meet the Prime Minister demanding the ouster of Salman Khurshid for the alleged submission of forged documents in related to the grant for aid-n-appliances for the physically challenged.
But this will have to change... it is time the government goes tough on the corrupt. Cut the crap about negativity around corruption. There are glaring examples of corruption at high levels that cannot be denied - 2G, CWG, Coalgate.

2. Get some good advisers

The biggest constituent of the UPA, i.e. the Congress party certainly needs some good advisers on its interaction with the people specially on issues related to the masses. Today corruption and inflation are the two most burning issues that the Congress has been unable to tackle very well. The high-handedness of the top leaders of the party is working very much against it.

The type of irrelevant and unrelated statements that this party's so-called leaders makes one wonder whether they even know what they are saying.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Negativity over corruption - PM and his game of words

The phrase "negativity around corruption" by Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh on 11-Oct-2012 at some speech caught my attention.

He has once again demonstrated how nicely he can use words and the English language and deliver good impact to his speeches. It cannot be denied that "negativity over corruption" certainly dampens the international sentiment about this country, but I would like to know how can one be "positive around corruption".

Day-after-day, names of top business houses, high ranking government officials and senior cabinet ministers are being exposed in connection to some multi crore scam or the other.

Tell me how does one present this in a positive way?

I believe that the only way to handle this is catch the guilty and throw them behind the bars and sing loudly in the media about the punishment given to him. This is the only way how we can motivate others to keep away from the path of corruption.

Then how, yes how, can one avoid the "negativity over corruption"

Friday, December 16, 2011

P Chidambaram - Controversy refuses to let this man alone

This year several high profile ministers resigned, many were sent to prison but still, I believe, the title of most controversial politician of this year will go to P. Chidambaram, Home Minister, Government of India.

First his name gets dragged into the multi-multi-crore 2G spectrum allocation scam of India. It is alleged that he was involved in the 2G spectrum allocation scandal. Just when the opposition had started to cool down against him, a letter from finance ministry to the prime minister's office surfaced, that too when both the finance minister and the prime minister were not in the country.

The media had gotten over this incident when it was learnt that Subramanian Swamy has been asked to present his arguement before court as to why P. Chidambaram's role in the spectrum allocation case should be investigated.

Now as the year draws to an end, the news to hit the streets against the home minister is regarding his alleged misuse of office. It seems that minister used his position as home minister to get criminal cases against one his former clients to be withdrawn.

P. Chidambaram the name will go down history as the most controversial politician of 2011.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Censorship of the Internet - Kapil Sibal's innovative idea to humiliate the government this time

Wow! How innovative!! Kapil Sibal has outdone himself. He has come up with a new idea of how to humiliate  his government.

And to think I was thinking that the government may not humiliate itself any more. How foolish of me to even think like this.

Kapil Sibal - a senior member of the Congress Party, a senior Minister in the Union Cabinet - has conceived a very innovative idea. This time he wants to control the content on the internet. He wants to apply censorship to the social networking sites.

You many wonder, what he can achieve with this? Oh! It is simple.

The government has already gained a reputation as a roll-back government. It has time and again gone back on its own announcements. Be it a simple bilateral treaty with Bangladesh or allowance of FDI in the retail sector. This time the government has decided to try its power in harnessing the internet, something that even the economical giants like US have been unable to do.

He is doing this so that the young crowd that frequents these sites are alienate against the government. He wants to ensure that the government looses the very little support it has left behind it, after the way Ramdev Baba's and Anna Hazare's agitations were handled.

The government has left no stone unturned in the last six to seven months in destroying its own credibility. It has gone to lengths to prove that it does respect the people's wishes. It does not want corruption to stop. It does not want the return of the black money from the Swiss Banks. In fact, it is even ready to prosecute those who dare to raise these issues.

Wake up, O members of the Indian Government. You may not be worried about how the international community thinks of you, but we still respect our country and would like to save its image.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Roll Back Government has Rolled Back Again

The Government of India, which has earned a reputation for itself in rolling back its own decisions has done it once again.

This time the government has rolled back its decision to allow FDI investment in the retail sector. Although the government is saying that it has put the decision on hold "until a consensus is evolved" among its allies. So it is as good as a roll-back. The government is not going to implement another one of its announcements.

With the roll back of the FDI issue, the path has now been cleared to focus back to the topic of the Jan-Lokpal Bill.

Anna Hazare has already announced a symbolic one-day protest for 11-Dec-2011, and said he is ready for another hunger strike by the end of the month if the Jan-Lokpal Bill is not passed, in accordance the PMs letter to him and the sense-of-the-parliament conveyed to him during the previous Parliament Session.

It will be interesting to see what the government does this time to humiliate itself.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

No Working in Parliament during Monsoon Session

The Indian democracy is facing tough times.

The Government:
The nation is governed  by a stubborn government, that is adamant on its own political views, and does not give a damn to what public opinion is. The government has gone back on most of its decisions in the recent times.

The Opposition: 
An equally stubborn opposition, that in the current situation appears to have public support.

The Result:
There has not been a single day of working in the current monsoon session of the parliament.

The government is stuck on an issue that does not have any or very little public support. It has decided to allow FDI in the retail sector. This decision is not liked by the common public. The only ones in support of the decision are the corporate houses who have foreign collaborations and want to cash-in on the FDI.

People say why do we need foreigners to sell goods in India.

In fact, they say, the government should entertain FDI in manufacturing. We have very stiff requirements in the defense sector for which we have to spend a lot of foreign exchange in importing. Should the government not focus on getting it manufactured locally with the help of the private sector within the country?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Politics in Uttar Pradesh

Two politicians - Mayawati and Rahul Gandhi - are in direct confrontation in the forth-coming state elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Mayawati, a home bred politician who has risen from the ranks and established herself in the Uttar Pradesh. She has proven her worth in the way she has garnered support for herself in UP's male dominated politics.

Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand is politician due to his family he was born into. He has hardly been on the streets on his own, and most probably knows about the common man from what he has learnt from his political teachers and followers. He still has to prove that he is worth the amount of trust his party puts into him.

Samajwadi Party and Bharatiya Janta Party are other two big parties vying for a stake in the UP State Assembly have still to get into their top gear. They are currently only making noises and may be testing the battleground.

Up to now, Mulayam Singh's Samajwadi Party has been considered the second largest player in the UP Poll fray.

UP's poll, which is mostly likely to be scheduled for early 2012, is turning out to be the battleground for these stalwarts.

It has given all political observers a full time occupation. They are busy trying to understand and interpret the moves and counter-moves of these two.

We, too, shall also keep an eye on these.