Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Around The World In 1800 Crores
I really don’t care where my maid Kanta Bai goes for vacation or where Sonia Gandhi goes for her either. I mean I have more juicy stuffs like irritating the living daylights out of my wife to accomplish than bothering about someone’s vacation plan or the money they spent on the same. But there is a catch to the vacation plans of both these women. Absence of Kanta Bai shouldn’t be too regular to disturb my household chores so much so that I end up doing few dish washing alongside my wife and Sonia Gandhi shouldn’t go for a globetrotting on the hard earned money that me and million others pay through their noses in the month of February and March every year. I get flabbergasted in both the cases, since I have to do some dish washing in the first while in the second case I see my money possibly getting wasted quite unceremoniously on entities that are not at all deserving of any such extravagance.
The latest controversy that was blown at our doorstep is precisely on what I have elaborated above and the objection attached thereof. Out of nowhere Narendra Modi in one of his election rallies made this startling revelation, which on its face value looks genuine. If at all I go by the kneejerk response of the Congressi stooges to this claim, my belief on what Modi has to say only gets stronger. To surprise all (well not me for a change) Modi claimed the foreign trip expenses of Sonia Gandhi alone stands at a staggering 1800 crores. We will get to the authenticity of such claims later but first there is an urgent need of detailing. If (I am only saying if) the amount mentioned has any correlation with reality then for sure it is something we must get worried with. It is a lot of money which could and should otherwise been consumed in assuming more fruitful endeavor for the nation. For starters, it is double the amount that government plans to save by cutting the fuel subsidy via their latest price hike. The amount is easily more than the annual education budget of at least 90% of rural and 60% of urban India. I mean it is at least thrice the amount that we budget for our youth and sports ministry. So an amount which is of large proportion like this doesn’t deserve explain on the manners it is spend? Whether it is spent on useful purposes or on absolute non-deserving idiots; isn’t the country and it’s populace who finance from their pockets entitled to know? Forget about the entire 1800 crores; why on earth a tax payer would tolerate wastage of even 5% of the touted amount? I have contributed my money for nation building, not for the visits of someone, even if it is of medical nature.
But surprising enough the Congress are going south on this revelation. Master in the art of abusing and name calling, they already are all over the place in blaming and shooting the messenger than coming clean on the issue at hand. Promptly enough the dirty tricks department and its loyal lieutenants are on rampage in asking for apology from Modi conveniently forgetting to answer the question that was first posed on them.
Now here is the thing. In last two years alone, Sonia Gandhi has made at least a dozen long international trips. Please be noted, small trips are not taken into account otherwise Pratibha Patil would appear an angle in comparison. Barring few (even in Congress camp) no one seems aware of the specific reasons the lady travelled so many times. Forget the reasons; no one is even aware of the destinations she travelled. While many would guess and whisper it out in our ears of the probable destination could very well be USA, I for one don’t rule out a conspiracy in there. It could in reality be UK, France, Italy or for that matter even Switzerland. Conspiracy mongering becomes thicker since the reaction of Congress, every time confronted with the question of her destination is anything but transparent. For reasons no one knows, the biggies in Congress are trying it with their lives to hide the underline facts from going public. Is there any harm if the nation knows the exact itinerary of the person who in all likelihood is the real prime-minister of the nation ruling behind the mask of someone else? Is it not necessary for the populace to get cleared on the speculation if their hard earned money is not going down the drains in literal sense? For me, I don’t see any harm if the nation knows the facts since the large skepticism doing the rounds is on the nature of expense and how vital and necessary it is for the nation and it’s exchequer to bear such expenses.
But Congress’s response to any such queries is highly fishy. Even an RTI filed by one activist on this regard hasn’t yielded any kind of response till now while for a reason of such unethical practice it is only a strong repugnance that is in the offing. I am told the applicant was handed out a strong NO for his request. Such kneejerk response is out rightly against the frameworks. Now the question arises, why Congress is trying so best to keep the things under the wrapper? What they are trying to hide? People from the party can go on air in various TV studios to defend such a stand and blame the rest of the world for asking uncomfortable questions but the fact still remains that there is something dear to Congress which they don’t want the nation to know. It is clearer that they are trying to hide facts since, had it been the other way round, knowing Congress they would have furnished the details long back. After all the accusations are hitting the Mecca of each and every Congressman, the Gandhi family that is.
Rather than explaining the nation on this long pending questionnaire, the party and its shameless spokespersons like Manish Tiwari are in an aggressive mode. As expected as it can get, the clowns are rather blaming Modi of getting personal in his attacks. Now this calls for a pause from us and ask back some counter questions. First of them is on what criteria a question on the nature of expense when there is so much amount of skepticism around it, amounts to a personal attack? Isn’t she being in public life subjected to such scrutiny; more so when there is a reverting chance of foul play with the public money? The Manish Tiwaris of the world need to be educated on the real issue. The real issue is not Sonia Gandhi travelling across the globe and beyond. It is none of our business and she can even go to hell, for all that we care. The real issue is if she is wasting our hard earned money in all such nonsense. The questions are simple and I don’t see why the responses should be so emotional and gimmickry as Congress trying to deliver them. The kind of response only suggests the presence of a huge pile of rot which the entire party and its machinery is vehement in hiding from the light of the day.All said and done, I still can’t fathom how in earth one person can consume 1800 crores as part of his/her travel expense. Unless one engages in eating gold and shitting on Platinum with diamond potty, I find it really hard for anyone to reach such a number. Perhaps we need superhuman like Sonia Gandhi to accomplish such feats. And by the way, if the love for a private life is so paramount then she should leave her public life for good and go wherever she wants to go. The nation would be relieved of a burden.