If Congress is here, can poverty be far behind? According to MJ Akbar’s article in Pioneer, the total number of poor people in India has increased by a staggering 20 percent in the last four years! Over five and a half crore (55 million) Indians have slipped below poverty line since the Congress government and its rabble of allies came to power. Beat that record!
The UPA Government, through its economic spokesman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, has sold us the bait that poverty has gone down under its watch. Fact: The number of people living below the poverty line has actually increased by a horrifying 20 per cent. India had some 270 million people below the poverty line in 2004-5, when the present Government took office. That number has gone up by 55 million, or 20 per cent, after five years of policies named after the ‘aam admi’ (common man) but shaped for the ‘khaas admi’ (vested interests).
Communists, those self-claimed champions of the rural and urban poor, have this to show for their performance in West Bengal over the last 30 years:
A stunning 14 out of West Bengal’s 18 districts are among the 100 poorest in India, after three decades of Marxist rule. The most indigent district in the country is not in Bihar, Orissa or Jharkhand, but in West Bengal — Murshidabad.
The job losses that could cross over a hundred million by March are going to have significant impact on voter mood. January saw a fall of 24 per cent in exports from last year. Realists consider the Reserve Bank of India’s projection of seven per cent growth optimistic.
Communists very well know that their shop will close the day people become rich. The policy of the communists is designed to deliberately keep the people poor while at the same time projecting themselves as their champions and saviours. This is the “business model” that the communists follow.
So as long as communists rule, they will ensure that West Bengal remains a land of landless labourers and rickshaw pullers. Communists realise that rich people have no use for class struggle. So by keeping people perpetually in poverty, they ensure that their ‘class struggle’ will never come to an end. And as long as there exists class struggle, communists will keep themselves gainfully employed.
Same is true for Congress. They and communists, both have the same business model. One claims to work for the poor workers and farmers, the other claims to work for the “aam admi” (common man struggling to make ends meet). Both do not want to bring in policies that will create wealth and lift their core constituency out of poverty. Both believe in hand-outs to the poor and project themselves as saviours of the hungry, but both ensure that hunger never actually vanishes from the land lest their long-standing business model fails.
Compare this situation to the India Rising euphoria of the NDA rule. That was a time when India had begun to look confident. Indians were beginning to get back their self-esteem and seriously started thinking about competing with China.
Then the notorious Hindu political blindness and stupidity manifested themselves. Hindus in their ‘wisdom’ rejected the NDA government and chose a party of courtiers led by a White Christian to rule them. This is incidentally the same race which rejected Sri Aurobindo in favour of Gandhi and Sardar Patel in favour of Nehru.
A mentally blind race with a long history of choosing deranged and hostile leaders to lead it into the gutter — this is the story of the Hindus. No wonder they keep losing their land and liberties to others. A race that chooses to back the wrong horse each and every time is hurtling toward self-destruction. Hindus deserve their approaching fate for rejecting nationalists as their rulers — the only race in the world to do so.
Here is UPA’s parting gift to India:
S&P cut its outlook on India’s long-term sovereign credit rating to negative from stable on Tuesday, citing worsening government finances, which could raise firms’ overseas borrowing costs and weaken the rupee.
Here is another one:
It is official now. The UPA Government is manipulating fiscal deficit figures and will leave behind huge burden on future regimes by its fiscal mismanagement. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has criticised the Centre for transferring significant liabilities to future generation without appropriately reflecting them in the Union Budget. The CAG report, placed in Parliament on Friday, has exposed the Government’s mismanagement that has led to fiscal imbalances by not figuring massive amount of petroleum, fertilisers and FCI bonds.
Blaming the Government for deviating from the norms of the budget, the CAG has pointed out that budget documents on issuance of bonds/securities by the Union Government is not taken as part of budgetary expenditure/receipts.
“As a result, not only the deficits in the budget are understated, it also raises the issues of transparency in fiscal operations and inter-generational equity in fiscal management of the Government,” observes the Auditor General.