The fast by Modi has got an excessive coverage, which defies logic. The critics have rightly projected it as self image building by Modi to project himself as Prime Ministerial candidate and under the cover of slogan of Sadbhavna as an attempt to wash off his sinful conduct in post Godhra period. I am clear in my mind that in the matter of governments complicity in gory happenings like 1984 genocide in
One is sad and amused at the carnival response of Congress in purporting to observe fast at the same time. I wish the congress instead had programmed and brought out the unspeakable condition in Gujarat camps where large number of Muslims are still living in misery. Also Vaghela would have done well if he and his colleagues had chalked out a definite program to create conducive atmosphere so that hundreds of Muslim families who are afraid to go back to their villages could go back with dignity and assured safety.
The media though somewhat critical of Modi’s Sadbhavana/Secular pretensions have unfortunately swallowed the propaganda of development oriented programmers in Gujarat and ignoring its perversions which have in fact led to greater pauperization of masses, possibly because those policies coincide with the neo liberal and anti farmer policies of the corporate sector. All this information uncomplimentary to Modi was placed in a public hearing when Anna Hazare visited Gujarat in May 2011 (in a report prepared amongst others by PUCL (Gujarat), Socialist party and other concerned citizens of
Thus 30,000 farmers walked nearly 350 k.m. to protest against the cement plant being set up at Mahuva, which if it happens will lead to a total loss of 25, 000 bigha land on which 1,25,000 people survive. The cement factory would provide direct employment to only 498 persons.
One of the biggest scandal and human Right violation of Human Rights is taking place in the much touted boast of Narmada Dam. Even at present hundreds of families are still displaced though even the award postulated complete rehabilitation of the oustees. The boast of Modi that
As for Right to Education, a fundamental Right,
One of the biggest scandals highlighted was the land allotment at throwaway rate to private industrialists in capital Gandhi Nagar, without holding public auction. The beneficiaries are big Builders construction companies and other corporate houses with not so good public acceptability. This has resulted in a loss to
The labor disputes has increased by 600% in last 5 years, but instead of 100% increase in the labor machinery staff the Government has reduced the staff by 40 -60%.
Regarding expenditure for social sector by 18 large States of India, Gujarat embarrassingly stands at 17th (Monthly Bulletin of Reserve Bank of
Women are anemic and of them 80.1% of girls aged between 6 to 35 months are anemic.
Global index on hunger reports
While I unreservedly accept some positive features of Gujarat, like it has 90 percent paved roads to villages, 98 percent electrified villages with 80 percent electrified homes and 18 hours of electricity everyday, 86 percent piped water supply compared to other states, but unfortunately it can not be overlooked that amidst all this, poverty, hunger, lack of sense of security amongst Minority thrive. To gave an instance: to overcome the Muslim deficit in different levels of education, the central government has launched a nationwide scholarship scheme with effect from April 1, 2008. All states have responded favorably, with the only exception of
Modi proudly proclaimed at his alleged Sadbavana Jamboree that he did not recognize doing anything especially for the minorities but that they are to be treated only as Gujaratis. Modi apparently has not been properly coached about Indian Constitution. Of course all residents (6 crores) living in
It is axiomatic that in any country the faith and the confidence of the minorities in the impartial and even functioning of he State is the acid test of being a civilized State – this is accepted wisdom, and was expressed succinctly by Lord Acton thus; “A state which is incompetent to satisfy Minorities condemns itself; a state which labours to neutralize, to absorb or to expel them is destitute of the chief basis of self-government”. Can one hope Modi to so modulate in his future policies in the light of these constitutional and wise pronouncements.
Dated : 30/09/2011