Archive for January, 2014

Somnath Bharti is an Over Exuberant Anti Corruption Crusader

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Somnath Bharti is an Over Exuberant Anti Corruption Crusader

And Not a Molester or Common Criminal

By

Col (Retd) Bhaskar Sarkar VSM

www.bhaskarsarkar.com ; www.twitter@COLSARKAR

Somnath Bharti, the first time MLA and Delhi’s Law Minister is under attack from BJP and Congress Parties, the National Council for Women (NCW), Delhi Council for Women (DCW), lawyers, intelligentsia and parts of the media which are pro Modi and pro BJP. The hullabaloo is over an alleged run in with the police where he wanted them to raid some premises allegedly being used for prostitution and drug peddling. This was subsequently followed up by a vigilante raid by locals of Khirki Extension of Malviya Nagar which seven Ugandan women allege was led by Somnath Bharti. The BJP has promised to continue agitation till Bharti steps down.

Somnath Bharti has been accused on three counts; misuse of his official position, misbehaviour or abuse towards women and making racist attacks. Let us examine them one by one.

Misuse of Official Position

What did Somnath Bharti really do? He tried to persuade the SP of Malviyanagar to raid the premises which locals claimed were being used for drug peddling and prostitution.  He was only trying to use his position to stop criminal activity. He was not doing it for personal gain or to provide financial benefit to any kin, friend or party politician.

If misusing official position was really an offence, it would be difficult to find many official or politician who are not guilty of it. Instances of misusing official position by our honourable ministers and bureaucrats are so common and numerous that they would fill thousands of pages. I will give four.

When Praful Patel was minister for civil aviation, an airline flight was diverted to carry an IPL team to Chandigarh or some such place because his daughter was as manager in the IPL organization and wanted an aircraft to take the team there. The regular passengers were inconvenienced and the airline lost money. Media and political parties remained largely silent. There was no FIR and no investigation.

When Dayanidhi Maran was Minister for Communication, he got BSNL to set up a telephone exchange for his company and swindled hundreds of crores of rupees. The matter came to light when a BSNL officer blew the whistle after retirement. There has been no agitation by the Congress, BJP, Media or the intelligentsia for bringing Maran to book. The case has been forgotten by the media.

As per a report in Times of India, Chennai edition of January 24, 2014, the Supreme Court held the permission given to a private company to sell 40 acres of agricultural land acquired for setting up a private oil refining company in Kutch to another private company for profit as illegal and cast aspersion on the Revenue Minister of Gujrat Government for pressurizing the collector of Kutch to permit the sale. Supreme Court’s order was based on a PIL file by a Congress MLA. BJP, the media and even the Congress are totally silent about it. Perhaps they all believe in the adage “If you live in a glass house, do not throw stone at others”.

The Home Minister of Gujarat ordered 24×7 surveillance of a young woman while in Gujarat and outside by the Gujarat Police, CID, anti terrorism squad. The surveillance was speculated to be on orders of Narendra Modi. The woman was not a criminal nor alleged to be a terrorist. Is such surveillance permitted by law? Who footed the bill?

Misbehaviour or Abuse of Women

Seven women of African women have filed FIRs against Somnath Bharti. Bharti denies doing any wrong and claims that the allegations are false. The incident took place in front of a large gathering and has most probably been video graphed.  So why not wait for the inquiry. In any case there is no allegation of any physical contact between Bharti and the women.

The interest shown in the case by NCW and DCW appears to be motivated by extraneous pressures from BJP and Congress. How else would you explain the inaction of the same august body to the rape and setting on fire of a woman in a dowry harassment case and other ever increasing cases of gang rape in West Bengal and other states? The DCW is going to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to remove Bharti. It did not go to the Lieutenant Governor asking him to take action against the police for not taking immediate action against the accused in the gang rape and attempted murder case and not providing protection to the woman who had asked for it. Is Bharti’s misconduct more heinous than ignoring rape and attempted murder and not providing protection to a girl in mortal danger?

Making a Racist Attack

Somnath Bharti may have used racist and uncomplimentary language against the women. If he has, he did wrong and must immediately apologise for the same. However, video recording of the incident must be available and used to get at the truth.

Conclusion

Somnath Bharti is a bit of a loose cannon and needs to keep his temper and language in check. But that does not make him a molester of women or a rapist or a common criminal. He is at the frontline of the conflict between AAP and Delhi Police. And as many unfortunate victims know, the police are masters at framing innocent people. Whatever Bharti did, he did in good faith for prevention of crime and on the request of the inhabitants of Khirki Extension. Our honourable Prime Minister has submitted that the coal field allocations done by his ministry and under investigation by CBI were done in good faith and that he should not be held responsible for the Coalgate Scam. If the Congress is ready to accept that logic, why can’t they accept that Bharti acted in good faith and not for personal gain and order the case to be closed?

As far of BJP’s agitation for removing Bharti is concerned, we need not worry too much about it. There are many Congress ministers whose resignation BJP have agitated for and brought parliament to a standstill. The real reason for BJP and Congress gunning for the AAP is that they are worried that AAPs foray into the Lok Sabha elections could cost them vital seats and shatter their dream of forming the next government. The tension is getting to regional parties as well. Shiv Sena and Trinumul Congress leaders are also attacking AAP.

AAP vs Police Corruption

Friday, January 24th, 2014

AAP vs Police Corruption

By

Col (Retd) Bhaskar Sarkar VSM

www.bhaskarsarkar.com ; www.twitter@COLSARKAR

Arguably, the Indian Police is the most corrupt organization in the country. It is almost impossible for the disadvantaged members of our society to do anything without paying the police. We, the ex-servicemen are generally exempted from demands by the police. But even I have paid speed money to have my licence renewed and to have hypothecation removed from the registration certificate of my car. The constables who came for passport verification of a student I know took Rs 200. A SHO demanded Rs 30000 from an industrialist friend to carry out verification for his Tatkal passport. The SP of the district when contacted refused to intervene. Even a call from the MLA could not make the SHO change his stand.

Police throughout the country are engaged in a large scale extortion racket that brings in thousands of crores of Rupees every month. The police stations and Regional Transport Organizations (RTOs) are the main collection centres of the extorted money. It is a well known secret that the post of SHOs and RTOs are auctioned off to the highest bidders. Once posted, the SHO or the RTO is allowed to extort as much money as he can from pavement dwellers, street vendors, drivers and owners of taxis, busses, trucks, auto-rickshaws and small business. I have read in papers of labourers picked up by police on trumped up charges and the family being asked to pay a ransom. Cases of custodial death due to torture for not paying the ransom are not uncommon and go largely unpunished. If the wife of the person picked up ventures to the police station to enquire about her husband, the odds are that she will end up being raped at the police station.

The second source of earning for the police is protection money. This protection money is collected from known criminals and history sheeters like thieves, bootleggers, drug peddlers, women traffickers, history-sheeters, bars, massage parlours, gambling dens, illegal quarry operators, etc. to turn a blind eye on their activities.

The third and perhaps the most lucrative is money extracted from people accused for a criminal or civil offence. The police demand and collect money for carrying out shoddy investigation, ignoring or destroying evidence, intimidating witnesses to change their statements in favour of the accused or to register the offence under a less serious and bailable section of the IPC. They also take money from parties engaged in property disputes and for not implementing court orders. The most high profile attempt to bribe the police that made news in the media recently was the bribe of Rs 5 crores given by Narain Sai, son of self styled god man Asha Ram Bapu and accused of rape, to Gujrat police. Unfortunately for him, the four women police officers investigating the case refused the offer, reported the matter to higher ups and the media and turned in the cash. It was reported that Narain Sai had arranged for a total of Rs 13 crores for bribing police and politicians to bail him out of trouble. Circumstantial evidence even suggests that CBI is not averse to such payments. How else can one explain CBI’s recommendation to the trial court to close the Arushi-Hemraj murder case for lack of evidence? Unfortunately for the Talwars who must have paid crores, the court rejected the CBI recommendation and convicted them based on evidence available.

In return for the right to extort and collect bribes, the SHOs and RTOs must hand over the agreed sum to their superiors for sharing the loot. They are allowed to keep the rest. Ever heard of a police officer being prosecuted for possessing assets disproportionate to his income?

Police Politician Nexus

The police-politician nexus is age old, enduring and pan India. How else would you explain the fact the BJP and the Congress are against passing administrative control of Delhi Police to Delhi Government though they try to fool the people of Delhi into believing that they are for giving full statehood to Delhi. The reason is simple. The police department is a cash cow for the political parties and politicians. If administrative control of a major portion of the police is handed over to the Delhi Government, the earnings of senior policemen and politicians of Delhi, perhaps including the Home Minister, will fall drastically. Which politicians or senior police officer will accept that? Mr. Shinde, who started his career in the police as an ASI must be well aware of the stakes.

AAP vs Police

The Aam Admi Party is the first and only political party since independence to have declared war on corruption. After coming to power in Delhi, they have created an anti corruption helpline for the people of Delhi. They are also training the ordinary people to carryout sting operations. Their findings are that 70% of the corruption complaints related to Delhi Police. They have also carried out 1200 sting operations against the Delhi Police but are unable to process them for lack of cooperation from senior officers of Delhi Police and the Home Ministry of the Central Government. Delhi’s Law Minister is in trouble for trying to push the police to act against criminals. But Aam Admi Party has not yet given up. BJP is agitating against them. The Congress may withdraw support. But the Party has ignored these irritants.

Worst thing that can happen for the police and most politicians of India is that the administration of police is handed over to anti corruption crusaders like the Aam Admi Party, because the century old system of corruption and extortion which benefits the police and the politicians alike, may then collapse. Each and every political party is targeting the Aam Admi Party.

Conclusion

Kejriwal may try his best. But the Delhi Police will be bifurcated and efforts to curb corruption in the police will be successful only if the Aam Admi Party can come to power all over India. The Home minister, present or future, from BJP or Congress, from UPA, NDA or a Third Front will never allow it to happen. Who knows whether Delhi Police will ever be split and a major part handed over to the Delhi Government. Till that happens the “aam admi” or common people of Delhi and the entire country must continue to pay the police to persuade them to do their duty of acting against criminals and to allow them to pursue their livelihoods.

I congratulate Mr. Kejriwal and the Aam Admi Party for their fearless approach to rooting out corruption and request them not give up. They must continue to fight corruption in the police. That is the only way the real “aam admi” who try to earn an honest bread will be able to do so without fear or favour. That is the only way inclusive growth can come to India.

My request to the people of India is that if you have paid a bribe and are unhappy about it, go out and vote for the Aam Admi Party in all elections. If every family that has paid a bribe to survive the tyranny of the police-politician nexus votes for the Aam Admi Party, it will win every seat.

Neither BJP nor Congress under Manmohan Singh and its corrupt old guard can bring “Ram Raj” to India. Only Aam Admi Party can slay the Ravana (police-politician corruption) and bring “Ram Raj”.

Kiran Bedi May Vote for BJP but I Won’t; Here is Why

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Kiran Bedi May Vote for BJP but I Won’t. Here is Why.

By

Col (Retd) Bhaskar Sarkar VSM

Website www.bhaskarsarkar.com ; www.twitter@COLSARKAR

M/s Kiran Bedi has declared that she will vote for Narendra Modi as PM. Baba Ramdev has declared that he will campaign for Narendra Modi. But I will not vote for BJP. The reasons are given below.

BJP Is the Front for RSS

Today’s BJP is a front for RSS and the agenda of the RSS is to establish a Hindu Bharat and a Hindutya culture. This is established by the following:

1.       RSS forced BJP to amend its constitution to give Nitin Gadhkari, their favoured candidate for the post of BJP president, a second term.

2.       When Gadhkari came under corruption cloud and withdrew his name, they forced BJP to make Rajnath Singh the BJP president.

3.       RSS forced BJP to nominate Narendra Modi as PM designate ahead of Sushma Swaraj, the favoured choice of its allies JDU and Shiv Sena.

4.       It has recently directed BJP and Modi to take AAP seriously.

Mixing religion with politics is dangerous and leads to sectarian conflicts when the religious political majority tries to push its religious agenda by amending laws and curbing individual freedoms. See what is happening in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.

Hindutya means going back to Indian culture of ancient times. It means rule of elders and no equality for women. It means women must only dress traditionally and remain in the house. It means no partying, drinking and free mixing. It means no love marriages, inter caste or inter religion marriages. It means increased moral policing and honour killings.

BJP has no Ideology

BJP has not spelled out any ideology. Vajpayee’s BJP had five main points on the agenda. The first was “Swaraj” or good governance. It should be common to every party. The second was “Swaviman” or national pride. It should be on every party’s agenda. Vajpayee announced it to the world by carrying out atomic tests against the US wishes. Third was “Swadeshi” or “Be Indian; buy Indian”. Under pressure from neo-liberal businessmen and traders who are the traditional supporters of BJP, Vajpayee discarded it within months of coming to power and sidelined Govinadacharya, its main proponent. The other two; removing Article 370 and building “Ram Temple at Ayodhya” were rejected by its coalition partners.

Today’s BJP has no ideology; only one agenda; coming to power by creating a Congress free India. The agenda is unrealistic. Even if the BJP does succeed in winning the 2014 election (the odds are very much against it), it will have to deal with Congress ruled states. Congress cannot be eliminated.

Elections must be fought without hatred and violence. It should be like any other contest with sportsmanship and the magnanimity to accept that may the best team win. Peace and prosperity of India is more important than the fortunes of any political party.

BJP is Soft on Corruption and Criminals

BJP is soft on corruption. This is established by the following:

1.       It removed the honest Khanduri from the post of CM of Uttarkhand and brought in the corrupt Pokhriwal. But when opinion polls before state elections projected a rout for BJP, they brought back Khanduri just before the election. It was too little too late. BJP lost narrowly.

2.       Under pressure from AAP’s anti corruption plank, it removed Vijay Goel and projected Harshvardhan as Delhi CM at the last moment.

3.       It has brought back ex CM of Karnatak, Yedurappa, in spite of his corrupt image as the patron of illegal mining by the BJP MLAs, the Reddy brothers in Bellary.

4.       It continues with Gadhkari as a senior leader and Lok Sabha candidate from Nagpur. Gadhkari had appointed his driver as director of a number of his companies. There may not be any law against drivers and astrologers becoming directors of companies. But would you as an honest entrepreneur do such a thing?

5.       It made Abhay Sancheti, industrialist and investor friend of Gadhkari a Rajya Sabha MP while his brother Ajay Sancheti is involved in Adarsh Scam and Coal Gate.

6.       MP Minister Vijayvargia was caught on camera distributing Rs 500 notes before election and has been accused of corruption. He continues on the cabinet

7.       BJP had no hesitation in supporting the corrupt regime of the Chauthalas in Haryana.

There could be many more proofs of BJP’s soft attitude to corruption that I may not be aware of. BJP is also soft on criminals. Lokayukta has not been appointed in Gujarat. It has refused to remove a convicted MLA in Gujarat. It fielded over 25% candidates having criminal cases against them in Rajasthan elections and has no hesitation in doing so in any election.

There is little to choose between Congress and BJP when it comes to turning a blind eye to corruption and criminalization of politics.

Supporters of BJP include Goons and Vandals

Some elements of BJP are not averse to intimidating opponents by using muscle power. These elements caused the death of a professor of Indore, vandalized the gate of a manager of Tahelka magazine in Delhi, AAP office in Gaziabad and Prashant Bhushan’s chambers in Delhi. There could be many other such instances. If these elements can indulge in such acts when BJP is not in power, one can imagine what kind of reign of terror they can let lose if BJP comes to power. There should be no place for money or muscle power in politics.

BJP is not With Aam Admi

When not doing the biddings of the RSS, BJP is a party of businessmen, for businessmen by businessmen. That is why its India Shining Campaign lost to Congresses Aam Admi in2004 in spite of Vajpayee being at the helm. Modi is against MGNERAGA, Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Bill. Kiran Bedi and Baba Ramdev are not aam admi. They are special.

Conclusion

Kiran Bedi was a senior colleague of Kejriwal during Anna Hazare’s Lok Pal campaign in Delhi. Kejriwal had the conviction and guts to take the plunge into politics. Kiran Bedi did not have the guts or inclination to take the plunge. Kejriwal invited her to join AAP and become Delhi CM. Kiran Bedi could not imagine AAP could form government in Delhi and declined. Now she is less of a celebrity than Kejriwal. Perhaps the colour of envy is saffron.

BJP as RSS’s front is a greater threat to secular India than Congress. Congress’s patronage to the corrupt and the criminals is unpardonable. So is their vote bank politics. But they can accept their mistakes and change their attitude. But the RSS dictated religion based politics of BJP with equal patronage to the corrupt and the criminals as by Congress will be disastrous. RSS could not change its uniform (resembling colonial police of 1932) in 80 years. How can it change its colours, accept a secular constitution and move with times.

I am Joining Aam Admi Party; Will You?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

I am Joining Aam Admi Party: Are You?

By

Col (Retd) Bhaskar Sarkar VSM

Website www.bahskarsarkar.com ; www.twitter@COLSARKAR

I have decided to join the Aam Admi Party. The decision may surprise most of my friends and relatives. But like most of my decisions, whether they proved right or wrong, it has been taken almost a year after the Aam Admi Party was formed and after due diligence. My brother joined the party in September 2013 and took part in the campaigning for the Delhi elections. But I preferred to wait and evaluate the performance of the Party.

I am a hard core nationalist and not a globalist. The prevailing anarchy in this country cannot be tolerated. Police and government departments like the income tax, customs & exercise, pollution control, etc. are acting as extortionists and associates in crimes. Corruption is all pervasive. Our arrogant politicians are doing whatever they please with public money and the nation’s natural resources. But what could I do? For the last fifty years elections have been won or lost with vote bank politics, money power and muscle power. I had no option but to vote for one of the existing parties. Political parties depended on big business and cut backs for party funds and as quid pro quo allowed them to misappropriate the nation’s natural resources or government funds by profiteering and evading government dues like taxes and electricity dues. In the process, the politicians, bureaucrats and government servants from heads of departments to the not so humble clerks and peons also feathered their own nests. Candidates spent huge amounts on election and started recovering their investment from day one after elections. While all this looting and extortion are going on, the “Aam Admi” or the ordinary citizen paid extortions or suffered. Natural resources of India were looted.

Then there was a break in the dark clouds that hung over the nation. It was in the form of Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Admi Party. They promised to root out corruption and VIP culture. A bunch of novices without money power and muscle power or political experience took on the mighty Congress and the rampaging BJP under Narendra Modi in the Delhi elections. Some of the wise electorate of Delhi saw their opportunity to bring in change and voted for them while sceptics like me waited in the wings confident of their failure and voted for BJP.  They did better than their wildest dreams and expectation of their supporters and won enough seats to come to power. Their start in providing good government has been spectacular. I feel ashamed of my diffidence and for not having joined them earlier. I must not lose this chance to change the tone and tenor of politics and governance in India for ever. I am joining Aam Admi Party and will do whatever I can to see that they get enough seats in the Lok Sabha polls of 2014 to form the next central government.

Reasons for Joining

I am not a sentimental person swayed by herd mentality. I have very good reasons for joining the Aam Admi Party and am going to share the reasons with you.

1.       Aam Admi Party has promised to root out corruption. They have a workable strategy. They defeated corrupt politicians of all parties in elections, formed government and then went hammer and tongs against the corrupt. In Delhi they have shown that they mean business and can make a difference.

2.       Aam Admi Party consults the people before taking decisions.

3.       They have not yet become arrogant and do not have any hidden agenda like BJP’s Hindutwa.

4.       They do not practice vote bank politics. The other political parties practice vote bank politics which divides the people of this nations. Aam Admi supporters are from every section of the society, from every religion, region or caste. Their brand of politics unites India.

5.       They have promised to select clean and young candidates with the approval of the people. That may end the criminal-politician nexus and domination of muscle power in society.

6.       Since they are not corrupt, they can allow police reforms to take place. They can ensure that police becomes free from political interference wherever they gain power.

7.       Since Kejriwal is from the Indian Revenue Service, he would know how the income tax, exercise and customs departments carry out their extortion and put an end to it.

8.       Since they accept that they are political novices, they will evaluate and accept the council of experts in the fields of finance, defence, foreign affairs, economics, commerce, civil aviation etc. who are joining them in droves and strengthen our country.

9.       Since they do not depend on large corporate donations for their funds but on small individual donations, they will not be forced to provide quid pro quo benefits and ignore their misdeeds.

10.   Their clean and refreshing brand of politics is already forcing some of the other parties to adopt some of Aam Admi Party’s policies towards VIP culture.

Conclusion

I do not expect that corruption will disappear from India with the coming of the Aam Admi Party. Nor will every elected member of the Aam Admi Party be humble and untainted. But I believe that Kejriwal and his current team are honest in character and their intentions are honourable. How much they can deliver will depend on the kind of mandate they have. The kind of mandate they have will in turn depend people like me and you who must join the Aam Admi Party and their revolution to make a better India and support them with our time, money, suggestions and in every other way we can. This may the first and only chance to clean up politics. Those who love our India cannot afford to lose it.

Lastly, Lord Krishna said to Arjuna in Gita Chapter 4: Slokas 7 & 8, “Whenever spirituality decays and materialism is rampant in India; O Arjuna, I reincarnate myself. To protect the righteous, to destroy the wicked and to establish the kingdom of God, I am reborn from age to age.” I think time has come for God to send his representative to cleanse India of its arrogant, corrupt, self seeking politicians, bureaucrats, and government servants. Is Kejriwal the Gods representative to deliver us from evil? Who knows? Did those who studied law in UK with M K Gandhi know that one day he would become Mahatma Gandhi and lead India to freedom from colonial rule? Did the cellmates of Nelson Mandela know that one day he will end apartheid in South Africa; become their first black president and be accepted by the world as one of the greatest leaders of our times.

Miracles do happen. I missed being a part of the small one that happened in Delhi in December 2013. I want to be a part of making the big miracle of cleansing Indian politics come true. Do you???

(Even if you do not want to vote for Aam Admi Party in 2014 elections,

Please forward this mail to your friends and relatives.

Let them decide.)

No Tears For You Mr. Manmohan Singh: Only Contempt

Friday, January 10th, 2014

No Tears for You, Mr. Manmohan Singh; Only Contempt

By

Col (Retd) Bhaskar Sarkar VSM

Website www.bhaskarsarkar.com ; www.twitter@COLSARKAR

Times Poll published in Times of India of January 4, 2014, gave the public perception of Mr. Manmohan Singh’s performance as PM. 4% said excellent; 11% said good; 18% said mediocre and a whopping 67% rated the performance as disastrous. Yet he holds on to the chair as a leech holds on to its prey. His interview to the press on January 3, 2014 was a travesty of probity. It was one of those rare occasions where an eminent person evaluates his own performance and praises himself. Since he has tried to portray his performance as good, it is only fair that his critics should list out instances of non performance and malfunctioning of his government.

Economy

The high point of Mr. Manmohan Singh’s CV is his credentials as an economist. Let us therefore start with the performance of his government in the field of economy.

1. Exchange Rate. In 2004 when he took charge an US$ was about Re 44. Today after about 10 years of his being at the helm, the US$ is about Re 62. At one time it had dropped to over Re 68.

2. Current Accout Deficit. India’s current account deficit doubled from what it was in 2006 to US$ 365billion in 2013.

3. Trade Deficit. India’s trade deficit was only US$ 14.3 billion in 2004. It has increased to about U$200 billion in 2013. In other words the trade deficit increased 15 times in the 10 years with Manmohan Singh as PM.

4. External Debt. India’s external debt stood at US$121 billion at the end of December 2004. It has bounced to US$390 billion or more than 3 times during Manmohan Singh as PM.

5. Flight of Black Money. By international estimates, over 120,000 Crores of Rupees were taken out of the country in the past decade and deposited in various tax havens around the world. There can be no doubt that foreign banks and public sector banks had a major role in the money laundering. FERA was replaced by FEMA to facilitate money laundering. No visible action has been taken against any Hawala trader. It is the price of his economic liberalization.

6. Vegetable Prices. By his own admission, Mr.  Manmohan Singh has been unable to control prices. The government’s attempts to import onions to bring down prices was too little too late. The prices of vegetables have nothing to do with farmers getting more money as claimed by the PM as governments do not procure vegetables. Extreme price rise is due to hoarding and black marketing and represents failure of governance.

7. Free Trade Agreements & Reduction of Import Duties. This is another fad of the PM which has been disastrous for the economy. Trade deficit with China has grown from US$4 billion in 2004 to US$ 40 billion in 2013. With low technology, low cost Chinese goods flooding the market, Indian manufacturing is being destroyed and jobs are being lost. With FDI in retail being allowed and MNCs being allowed to import 70% of products sold, the state of Indian manufacturing and employment will further reduce.

8. Employment Generation. The GDP growth rate during Manmohan Singh’s tenure has been high mainly due to illegal mining, increased foreign investment and increased consumption. Actually GDP growth has little meaning as it does not distinguish between production and consumption, between growing food and producing whiskey and so on. Because the growth rate was achieved without increase in manufacturing and production, the employment generation has not matched the growth rate.  Growth has also not been inclusive.

9. Financial Regulation. Financial regulation under UPAI & II has been lax. Multi level marketing scams, chit fund scams, commodities exchange scam, etc have robbed the lay investors, pensioners, small investors of thousands of crores. Regulation of banks of banks has also been lax. “Know Your Client” norms have been flouted, money laundering condoned and banks have been allowed to accumulate over Re 100,000 crores as NPA.

10. Growth of Public Sector. Under Manmohan Singh, unlike in China, the growth of our public sector has stagnated and in some cases reduced. Public sector plays a very vital role in our economy and development of backward areas. It is the only tool for controlling profiteering by the private sector and MNCs.

11. Food Grain Exports. Millions of tons of food grain like wheat and rice are allowed to rot each year due to lack of proper storage. No attempt has been made to export surpluses possibly to keep world prices high to benefit foreign MNCs.

It will be seen from above that the decade with Manmohan Singh as PM has been the worst decade for the Indian economy.

Project Implementation

The Governments project monitoring and implementation agencies have been proved to be grossly inadequate.

1. National Highway Projects. Time and cost overruns are the order of the day. Over 400 highway projects have had to be cancelled or retendered.

2. Power Projects. Many power projects have been delayed. Some have not started even years after being given green light.

3. Railway Safety. Accidents continue to take place; AC coaches continue to catch fire. There is acute shortage of locomotive drivers and safety staff. A strike is looming. Who cares?

National Defence

1. State of Readiness. The last Chief of Army Staff lamented at the poor combat readiness of the armed forces. He was made to retract his statement but that does not change the reality of aging equipment, high unserviceable state, shortages of ammunition, missiles, anti tank weapons etc.

2. Modernization. The modernization plans of the Armed Forces, particularly that of the Army and Air force, are 15 to 20 years behind schedule. Hardly any effort has been made to indigenize defence production. Even non lethal equipment like TATRA vehicles purchased with technology transfer agreements are not produced in the country. Technology transfer clauses in defence contracts are not implemented. Artillery guns, anti tank missiles, helicopters, and aircrafts in use are over 30 years old. In fact no major modernization has taken place after Rajeev Gandhi.

3. Manpower Shortages & Morale. There is about 80% shortage of Captains and LTs. Men and officers do not play together. Officers and men are over worked. Morale is low. Officer- men conflicts have increased and could ruin the army. Bureaucrats keep playing one up-man-ship games with their service counter parts and even have been hauled up by courts on contempt charges for not implementing court orders.

Foreign Policy

We are a soft nation, softer than a banana republic. No country takes us seriously.

1. Policy of Appeasement. We follow a policy of appeasement. We give away islands and warships to Sri Lanka while they refuse to honour treaties or protect the human rights of Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils. The British PM brings up the issue of war crimes and genocide against Tamils but India remains silent. It even provides economic aid and trains its armed forces. India’s reply to export of terrorism by Pakistan and border violations by China is cowardly by any standards.

2. Inability to Protect Tamil Fishermen. India with the world’s fourth largest navy cannot protect its fishermen from being arrested and ill treated by foreign navies.

3. Kashmir Solution. The PM claims that he had almost solved the Kashmir problem. Why talk of the big fish that got away? Is it because we cannot catch even small ones? In any case what was the solution?

4. India-China Border Agreement. Some agreements were signed recently between India and China. Is the Indian Parliament if not the Indian people entitled to know what territories and rights have we signed away?

Action Against Corruption and Inefficiency

The 10 years of Manmohan Singh as PM will be remembered as the “Decade of Scams” in the Indian history. So much have been written and said about the scams that it may be adequate to list out the major ones like 2G Scam; Rs 450 crore telephone exchange scam courtesy Dayanidhi Maran; Coal-gate; Adarsh Society; Encroachment of Defence Land (12,000 acres of Defence Land has been encroached and no visible efforts are being made to remove encroachments); Rotting Food Grains scam whereby million tons of grain procured by the government are allowed to rot in the open due to inadequate storage; Illegal Mining Scams where mines have been allowed to operate without environment clearance and mine more ore or coal than permitted etc. Not only has the government taken no measures to reduce corruption but is going all out in protecting the corrupt by every means possible like penalizing whistle blowers, not giving sanction to CBI and other investigating agencies to interrogate and proceed against corrupt politicians and bureaucrats and all kinds of delaying tactics. The judicial system is also being crippled by not filling the vacancies of judges at various levels and not providing judicial infrastructure like court rooms, equipment like computers etc and non judicial staff.

Conclusion

The instances of non-functioning or malfunctioning of UPA1 & 2 are almost endless. The Prime Minister is the head of the government. He is fully responsible to ensure that the ministers appointed by him perform their duties honestly, efficiently and in the interest of the nation. He cannot pass the buck and say that he is not responsible for mala fide acts of omission and commission on part of ministers and bureaucrats. Mr. Manmohan Singh has not only failed miserably to control and guide his council of ministers, he has reduced the PMO to an office of influence peddlers and wheeler dealers; a post office for processing letters written to the PM by unscrupulous politicians, industrialists and lobbyists for granting illegal favours which are not in the interest of the nation.

Mr. Manmohan Singh can be credited with the dubious distinction of leading the Congress to some of its worst electoral defeats in history. He has done more to destroy the Congress as a leading, century old, political party than any BJP leader including Narendra Modi. He is totally unapologetical about his dismal performance and the damage he has caused to the nation and the grand old party. Amazingly, Congress High Command continues to have him as their leader.

No tears on your departure Mr. Manmohan Singh; only contempt.