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.