A political analysis of democracy in India
India will undertake the largest democratic electoral exercise on Earth starting in April 2019. It is the 16th exercise in last 70 years of it’s independence. At least seven times out of those 16 (in 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009), that is in last 30 years preceding 2014 no single party attained clear majority in Parliament.
Life is a circle. So is politics. It often appears that new things are happening but if a person has lived long enough, the things are repetitive. In last about 70 years, the democracy in India has evolved into a noisy arrangement of governance and misgovernance. This book looks into past from the prism of today.
It is also a political discussion about issues and factors which will influence the General Elections being held in India and evaluates the prospects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party, the BJP, winning again in 2019.
It is not a report card of performance of the Modi Government. In fact politics is not just numbers and democracy is not just about issues and performance. Had it been so, elections would have been far more predictable than seasons. Not that seasons are all that predictable in this era of climate change, but at least we know what to expect.
It is a summary of Deja Vu moments in Indian politics and the various factors of democracy in India especially the caste, secularism, communism, communalism and multitude of political parties. What to expect and what to analyze for elections in 2019?
A must read book for any one born after 1990, when real democracy started in India. Of course it is also the details as to why the so called democracy in India before 1990 was farcical.
It is neither an adulation of Modi or BJP nor is it a criticism of Congress but an analysis of politics in India. Scan the code with mobile to read:
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Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to lose elections in 2019?
In the land of epic Mahabharata, if elections were held today, Narendra Modi will lose next Government in North India. The epic Mahabharata, besides many other actors, is a tale of a blind king namely Dhratrashtra who besides being optically blind is also in blind love for his son Duryodhan. He agrees to every demand of son and eventually there is final battle of Kurushetra in which the King loses all his sons as also the kingdom. This is the shortest version of it.
The problem with history is that no one learns from history. Those who do are tremendously at peace. Apparently PM Modi is not taking any cue from history.
My Dushahra Greetings to all.
Vijaydashami is another name for Dushahra Festival. It means the tenth day which marked victory. It is celebration of victory of good over evil and right over wrong. It is a day when we may find the wrongs within and set them right. There are many wrongs which PM Narendra Government has to fix in coming days. With opposition busy in finding emotional issues for its vote banks, constructive issue based opposition is the casualty. In democracy, opposition is a necessity but an ignorant opposition or the one which is merely rhetorical is a dis-service. Anyhow these are some of the topics which should attract the attention of the Government may not be in same order in which these are listed below:
Every one is crying hoarse that GST has devastated but without actually putting finger on the problem. Of course it is now admitted fact that GST Network suffers from incapacity. hope it shall be rectified and bandwidth of servers shall be increased. Mr. Jaitly needs to be explained by some technical expert, that capacity of 100 thousand users per hour is actually just 10 users per second or at any given time. Therefore the technical staff need to be dealt with and bandwidth need to be increased which is poor.
However the worse problem is B2B SME traders. Small traders with a turnover of less then 20 lacs need not pay GST. In business to business transaction the buyer will prefer to buy GST paid goods so that he may get credit of GST already paid. This has suddenly made traders supplying to big businesses, redundant. Business who are paying GST want to buy only GST paid goods. This is the biggest mess. Continue reading
Election results in 4 out of 5 states which would comprise about 1/3rd of India brought out one winner: The ruling party in the Federal Govt. i.e. BJP and unequivocally declared Prime Minister as the foremost Pan India Leader. Nothing could be more sweet for BJP on Holi.
Happy Holi 2017 to all.
Saffron is the colour of the flag of BJP. It is rightly calling this Holi as Kesaria (i.e. saffronic) Holi. It has earned it.
But who lost?
Is merely the ruling combine in these states, the only loser?
In my humble opinion, the biggest loser is the credibility of the media (a.k.a. Journalism). The media was no where near the ground at all. It was so busy projecting the strength of party which hired it that it completely forgot that it has any duty to report the truth. The subtleness of bias was completely missing. It was open display of solidarity with chosen party. Unfortunately for the media people saw it and cared the least. The credibility of media was already lost perhaps. Continue reading
Example of corruption by PSU while doing ‘legal’ thing:
Socialism brought into existence industries owned by Govt. Some of these are monopolies of sort and are also in profit. The companies which are in profit are given a lot of autonomy by Government and in India such Companies are called and given a status called ‘Navratnas’ or one of the nine jewels. One such jewel under Ministry of Railway called up our office to seek legal opinion in respect of a matter which was patently wrong.
This is the reply given by us to them:
We have strict policy of not to be part of any corrupt practice. Opinion shopping is one such corrupt practice. Though we do not imply any corruption on your part at all.
Some PSU officials resort to seeking opinions from a number of lawyers but use one opinion which favours their cause. Since they can’t keep other contrary opinions on record, others are destroyed. And the lawyer who gave favourable opinion gets paid.
Accordingly to discourage this corrupt practice we have as a policy insist on upfront payment so that the opinion given be us remains on record.
In the year 2012 your predecessor took an opinion and was not happy with it. Hence our bill is still unpaid. We were not given any reason for non payment. Emails ignored and phone call refused as busy.
If you desire details of that transactions can be made available.
Under these circumstances we insist advance payment and can not render opinion without an advance payment.
We regret if it caused you any inconvenience.