Thursday, August 28, 2014
Dear Priminister, 100 Days & I’m Little Disappointed
For starters you must mark the difference in the way I have addressed you. I am a big fan of Narendra Modi but in this particular letter I am addressing my priminister, not my favorite politician. As Narendra Modi I may support each one of your decisions or go few steps ahead to even defend few of your judgments that may look little shaky on the face value but when it comes to being the PM of my country, nothing would be brushed under the carpet. After all it is a matter related to my country and here personal favorite or preference finds a place at the last row when it comes to priority.
First thing first Mr. Priminister – I am little disappointed with your 100 days at office and all that you offered us citizens in the said time period. Hang-on, I have reasons for my dissatisfaction which I will elaborate in due course of this blog post. Dr. Manmohan Singh’s government was deplorable in every sense and when I pit your government against the last 10 years of mis-governance, I find the situation has improved leaps-and-bounds. But you will admit that as voters or citizens, we deserve much more than just a better government than that of Dr. Singh’s in few parameters.
Here is the first reason why I am disappointed. I always thought, you as an individual give preference to credibility over personal or party choice. It was always evident from your actions. I thought you will carry that self-imposed guideline going forward. But I was proved wrong. I was proved wrong when I saw you installing both Arun Jaitley and Smriti Irani in your cabinet. No, I am not questioning the credibility of these two people. They are quite capable in delivering whatever assignment they are bestowed with. No two ways about that. But for being a cabinet minister, the first thing he or she needs is the mandate of the voters. Next comes individual qualities and capabilities. Did these two leaders have that mandate at the first place? I am not going over the context or situation in which both of them lost their elections. I am not debating if they would have won, had they not contested from Amritsar and Amethi respectively. That is immaterial for me and also requires a separate debate. The bottom line is – both Mr. Jaitley and Ms. Irani never got people’s mandate to enter the temple called our parliament. Then how on earth you can install them with plump and important portfolios in your cabinet when people themselves don’t want them to be elected Member of Parliament even? I have seen you vociferously criticizing Dr. Singh for being the priminister through backdoor. Where your jibes disappeared when you decided to do a Sonia Gandhi and keep people of your choice in position, going against the wishes of the voters? If that is not enough, you gave not one but two ministries to Mr. Jaitley. Won’t you think when people have rejected someone as their representative, awarding him with important portfolios of Finance and Defense, is like betraying the trust of the voters? Come-on Mr. Priminister, I find you no different from the outgoing UPA government where personal preference always superseded people’s expectations. This is not acceptable, to say the least.
Second reason for dissatisfaction is your big promises for a stable inflation. Forget it being stable, now it has become even more chronic. Where are your promises Mr. Priminister when you said you will stop commodity trading for some time? I don’t see any steps taken by you in this regard. All that you are doing is letting loose Mr. Jaitley on us with his mega plan to fixi the hoarders with all possible threats. That is so funny. And you know, why it is funny? I am sure, none at the finance ministry has any idea on the number of hoarders that officially we have. Even if we have the numbers then these listed hoarders could hardly be responsible for 50% of goods procurement at best. Rest of the procurement is done by unknown and illegal hoarders. And only a child would believe that these illegal hoarders flourish without patronage from political and bureaucratic class. How are you planning to curb this menace Mr. Priminister? Can Mr. Jaitley or you give us an idea on what proximity you guys think that by warning the legitimate hoarders with dire consequences in the event of illegal activities you people will fix the artificial inflation at least? Take my words Mr. Priminister, either the step will never take off or a bunch of people who now are promising big will fail miserably in the process. And I see the arrival of the second situation a ripe possibility. That is so funny, let me reiterate. And by the way, as a concerned citizen, I once suggested having a procurement ministry to work as a watchdog for inflation. If I am not mistaken, I had an acknowledgement of my suggestion from none other than the PMO. What I suggested is different from the standard notion but quite doable. Instead of running behind errant hoarders, I had proposed to have a procurement ministry solely responsible for procurement, directly from the farmers. All hoarders should come after this ministry as second line in the distribution system. By this we would at least have data to suggest the amount procured and the amount flushed to the end consumer unlike now where we have no clue about the input – output ratio of this all important supply chain. Whether the inflation can be arrested or not is a separate matter and I am not worried for that. What worries me is the complete non-action on your part or at best passing of gimmickry as credible steps from your government.
Increase of rail fare within days of forming the government was another shocker for me. I was shocked, not because the prices were increased but because I couldn’t find any logic behind the decision. More than that, it smelled a little hypocritical as well.Sadanand Gowda announced that, the original decision of hiking the price was that of UPA and you guys just stamped it. Seriously? While seeing Mr. Gowda remaining blissfully ignorant of his utterances was not surprising, at least I thought you would pick the humor here. Aren’t you the one who was seen criticizing every policy of UPA during campaign time? Then how come this policy decision of UPA found its way through your approval system? Strange, no? Now, don’t tell me that you pondered on the suggestion before implementing it because I am no way ready to believe that such an important suggestion could be dissected for every angle in just about seven days. Either there are bunch of highly qualified super humans in the railway ministry to accomplish this herculean task within a week or Mr. Gowda thinks we general public are grade-A idiots.Even if the suggestion was thoroughly scanned for loop holes, adversaries and alternatives, does it still make any sense to burden the already burdened public with extra headache? For example, couldn’t the non-essential freight charge been increased instead? I may be wrong with my suggestion but then, your decision to increase the rail fare looks out rightly wrong from every position.
Your development plank is well accepted and appreciated. To be a true super power we need overall development in everything, that includes world class communication network. That said Mr. Priminister, though utility of a Bullet Train in India is indescribable but we have far more serious problems that need PM’s attention on priority than high flying rail network. And trust me Mr. Priminister when I say this. I admit you came from a humble background but it seems you have forgotten how an average Indian is getting humbled on daily basis in his struggle to accommodate the basic needs in his life. I am sure Bullet Train can wait for some time. I was expecting my PM to take appropriate steps to fix problems that are crippling our nation and citizens from inside. Like the back breaking inflation; fix the deplorable health scenario in our country; fix our education system; fix all those errant public servants and many more. Though I see odd steps being taken in this regard, nothing seems noteworthy or convincing. Not at least to the tune that the veracity of the problems outlined above demand.
I am disappointed dear Priminister and I want credible outcome from my government, not just hogwash that we were so used to with Dr. Manmohan Singh’s government. Please, do something.
A Big Modi Supporter.