These are days of celebration in India. We are celebrating inflation. High prices of food products. Instead of importing the expensive food stuff, the Govt. has decided that it will bring in Multi Brand Retailers like WalMart into India to share the loot. At what price this decision was taken will remain unknown till the Auditors will assess it. Considerations will be known when some journalist will investigate in genealogy of all concerned. Why such a sudden rush? It has no clue what to do with inflation. Does government knows what to do? RBI has decreased Cash Reserve Ratio. Last time it had reduced repo rate. So how bad is the situation? What is the worth of one rupee? This:
Rs. 0.89 buys this one small Garlic.
And if we can afford to spend slightly more than a buck, we can buy this vegetable:
It costs Rs. 1.08 only. Just the above one small piece. No More.
While Government is digging new holes to fill old ones, the Stock Markets are rejoicing over the decision of permitting foreign retailers to do business in India. However the past track record of Multi National Corporations indicate that they are the worst exploiters of the system. When a system with extremely weak/corrupt law enforcement, like that in India, exists, Corporations have treated consumers like fodder.
Any way I had one question: How the Prime Minister sleeps at night?
Does it not bother him that Millions of poor household in India has very meager fixed income and any increase in prices of food stuff is a punishment to go hungry at least once?
Or as every one says; He does not care at all?
Or he really has no clue? Like every one else.
Does a person holding highest position in the country for 8 years owes it to nation to explain what is wrong? Even if he was not elected directly by people but is in Office by being member of Upper House.
Can such questions be asked under Right to Information Act?
Several years ago, I saw a very meaningful painting and I shot a clipping which is now my desktop picture. The painter has illustrated the scenario very well. Here is a screenshot:
Thanks to the imagination of painter.
© Sandeep Bhalla