Present is a continuation of yesterday. There can not be tomorrow without today. Everything is interconnected and that includes Economics, politics, foreign affairs etc. To understand what Narendra Modi is doing, one has to look back at past. But one thing is certain, nothing is permanent in life. Everything comes with an expiry date. That include the superpower status of countries.
Independence of India:
In 1947, the British transferred power to it’s lackeys (Congress Party formed in 1885 by British themselves) and made another split of countries in three blocking both the trading routes by land to the east and west. The wheat bowl of irrigated west Punjab and rice bowl of east Bengal was split from India in a well crafted strategy. For next 20 years that is till about 1967, India faced food shortages forcing it to import substandard wheat from USA and other countries. Food rationing was a norm. A fixed quantity of wheat etc. was distributed through Government run, highly corrupt, Public Distribution System or PDS.
Nehru imposed restrictions and communist type changes in economic and labour/industrial policies which even British had feared to do in their tenure.
The food independence was gained by India after the Nahru’s death and before arrival of evil empress Indira, the daughter of Nehru. Elections were a farce. the Elected Governments were formed with just 21 to 26% of votes. Indira was way ahead of Nehru and imposed curbs on Cement and Sugar as well. Now Sugar was also distributed by PDS. For cement one had to apply to District Supply Office stating the reason why a bag of cement was required. The result of all these cubs was that essential items of daily use became privileged commodity. Grant of these items of daily use became the tools to wield power and garner votes through middlemen.
P. V. Narasimha Rao in 1990:
Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira succeeded her in 1984 after her assassination and was himself assassinated by terrorists in 1989. After his demise P. V. Narasimha Rao succeeded him and he threw the economy open, ending all controls on essential commodities except in a very limited way.
T.N. Seshan as Chief Election Commissioner:
Chief Election Commissioner is a unique institution in India with very wide powers to ensure free and fair election. In 1989 T.N. Seshan became Chief Election Commissioner and brought in unprecedented reforms in election bringing an end to electoral rigging completely. Some of the measure introduced was to give photo ID cards to all voters,use of Central Reserve Police instead of local police during election, taking over management of any city if the administration appeared biased. Now no party was able to win. This continued till 2014. All Governments between 1990 to 2014 were coalition Governments in which Congress Party always had an influence.
Now the new middlemen were the enforcers. Various Government schemes would dole out billion of rupee for the benefit of poor. Hardly 10% reached the poor. Rest appropriated by middlemen but they were ‘Enforcers’ who could now ensure votes. With the rise of coalition, these Enforcers (often gangsters) formed their own parties and formed alliances. There were times when as much as 70 different parties were in the government.
Arrival of TV Media
Private TV Channels were permitted much after 1990 and all the channels were owned by the groups affiliated to Congress Party. It was during the tenure of BJP/NDA rule that some Private channels not run by overt or covert Congress/Communist member were permitted. Just two from opposition continued, rest perished for want of revenue. The 2004 elections was won by nothing but the media. Bogus corruption charges which were thrown out by courts later, made the Government fall.
Re-arrival of Congress:
2004 saw arrival of Congress Party under the leadership of its Italian born President. Since then President of India told her that he will not invite her to become due to her citizenship controversy she appoint an subservient family loyalist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh whose only achievement was that he was an economist when the currency of India fell by 40% in just 5 years. Massive corruption erupted. Banks were nearly bankrupted with bad loans.
Gross misuse of Police to harass opponent and promotion of Middlemen/Gangsters happened with improved vigour. These were new generation entrants as old ones now run small parties in coalition.
What Modi was doing?:
In 2014 when Modi arrived, fake currency racket with or without involvement of Congress and it’s most favoured nation was in full swing. First thing was opening of Bank accounts of every citizen. Massive 300 million accounts were opened. A digital financial payment framework of it’s own kind was created. Large denomination currency was cancelled. All subsidies were made online with payment being made to bank accounts of citizens.
Poor never had it so good ever in their life time. Two new schemes were started which would shame even hard core Socialists who are paper tigers only with no practical ideology. A subsidy was given to poor to build toilets and homes. Money was transferred to Bank account directly. Build, upload photo, get money. It was so simple. Even those who did not get money saw hope in 2019.
Narendra Modi in 2020:
700 million people who had voted for Congress party in 2014 voted for BJP/Modi in 2019. He was successful in creating a new vote bank. The most reliable one. Poor are just poor in wealth but not in commitment. Now having secured 370 million votes Narendra Modi is set upon the task to destroy the mini-fiefdoms of Gangsters/Drugs/Land Mafia and there is an uproar. They not only make illicit money but have tremendous influence on bureaucracy as well as the smaller parties whom they donate to buy influence. In Uttar Pradesh it is Land grabbers who are under police action. Madhya Pradesh too has joined the action. In Mumbai it is Narcotics Department and Money Laundering. In Karnataka it is again Drug. In Kashmir Money Laundering operation had started last year itself. Now China too has joined this war by sitting on border and supporting the separatists. What is interesting is that no one noticed that Government virtually invited Khalistani separatists to wage war. Cant say why?
Kashmir represents India in every way. The political model of Kashmir is the model of Communist/Islamist parties which now include Congress as well. This model is under attack.The war has just begun. Choose your side now. I will sit out. Do not blame if you are caught in between.
The war of independence is still going on. Independence from Criminals. Only after these are dealt with, there can be actual reform to get rid of draconian British era laws. Today these laws will be used against these Opportunists who have been clearly rejected by people in polls after polls including the run off elections held this year.