Mr. Amit Shah, the National President of Bharatiya Janata Party, said at Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry, Residual Andhra Pradesh, India) on 6th March 2016, that Congress had not done anything for INdia. It seems to be an audacious, exaggerated claim. During the last 65 years, Congress has, definitely, something for India. But it might not have been enough, both in terms of quantity or quality. Then a question arises, during its five years rule of 1999-2004, what did BJP do for India? Okay, five years is too short a time in the history of any country. We shall wait and see if BJP will do anything by 2019? Or at least by 2014? Or at least 2019?
Mr. Amit Shah has ignored the impact of population growth on the development of India. India's population was around 360 million in 1947. It is, today, around 1.3 billion. Post 1977 set back to the Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, after the latter's misadventurism and over-zealousness in incorrectly implementing the Family Planning, Governments at Centre and in States, whatever the party they may belong to, including the BJP, neglected Population Control. Consequently, whatever is produced in the country is not enough, even for domestic consumption. This resulted in slow growth of exports, leading to Balance of Trade Deficit, Balance of Payment Crises or Imbalances.
In the post Economic Reforms era, both the Congress and BJP lifted the gates for imports, removed physical controls on unnecessary imports. Besides, what we could produce within the country, we started importing from our own Friction-crazy Neighbors like China.
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
COSTS OF RALLIES AND MEETINGS
Mr. Amit Shah is reported to have come from Delhi to Rajahmundry on a Chartered flight. This might have cost BJP, at least something like Rs. 25,00,000/-. Saffron Party cannot behave like an Italian Dynastic Party. Are we not supposed to be monks and super-Relinquishers ! (sarva sanga parti-tyAgIs?)
According to News Reports, Party Workers were sent from Guntur to Rajahmundry in about 80 hired Buses. Assuming that the fare from Guntur to Rajahmundry is Rs. 330, to-and-from Rs. 660/-, and that a bus has 50 seats, hire for a bus comes to about Rs. 15,000/-. For 80 buses, it works out to Rs. 12,00,000/-.
Similar number of buses might have been hired from Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Eluru, Vijayavada, Ongole, Nellore, Tirupati, to Rajahmundry. What would have been the total transport costs?
How about costs of Bike Rallies?
How about costs of Lighting and Stage Arrangements, Flower Pots, Carpets, barricades.
Costs of Tiffins, meals to the Workers and Leaders?
In these days of astronomical prices, unable to bear the strains and stresses, my mind unstoppably goes into a tragectory (trajectoire, trayectoria, प्रक्षेप पथ) from Earth to Sun, like the Seeker's (sAdhaka's) Intellect climbs a trajectory across a path of Rainbow colors in Aurobindo's Magnum Opus "sAvitri". I lose my balance of my mind, in this poor country called India.
Now, there are no Elections in Andhra Pradesh. There is no urgency to come on Chartered Flights. Mr. Amit Shah could have come on a Commercial Flight. If he is too busy with his Election work in Five States, he could have sent his representative to Rajamahendravaram, for conveying PM's and his (Shah's) messages, and also to answer queries from A.P. BJP leaders. Why waste money? -- Simply, because some Industrial Tycoons उद्योग पतीयों are bearing the expenses.
There are also other dead-cheap viable alternatives like sending printed booklets, SMSes, Email Messages, Facebook Posts, apart from the most favorite of Mr. Narendra Modi-- the Twitter Tweets.
What did Mr. Amit Shaw communicate at Rajahmundry on 6th March 2016, anyway? Of course may not be cunAvi jumla.
BJP coerced Congress to perform a surgery on the United Andhra Pradesh, against the wishes of the People of Residual Andhra Pradesh, without their consent. There is an imperative need to at least partly compensate the people of Residual Andhra Pradesh for their sufferings. Last two years were wasted away both by the BJP and its partner Telugu Desam Party. The amount of Rs. 1.40 lakh crore, which Mr. Amit Shah said, that the Central Govt. has released during the year, they are the routine releases in a Dining Hall along with the other 28 States.
TAIL PIECE धूम केतू తోక చుక్క
As can be seen from the photos of Rajahmundry meeting in newspapers, there is a "long gap of distance" between the mike-stand before which Mr. Amit Shah is standing, and the from rows of the people who were listening to him at the Arts College Grounds, with the intervening space occupied by Green Carpet, flower pots, etc. etc.
This gap might have been kept very long, owing, probably to Z Category Security Needs. Okay. But, in the process, leaders will become inaccessible to hoi polloi.
Life risk is an occupational hazard for all politicians, just as a Cement Factory worker becomes prone to Astma. It has amply been proved in case of Late Rajiv Gandhi who lost his life in Sri Perumbudur, while trying to come closer to people. But, according to Mahabhagavata, King Parikshit tried to protect himself from Karkotaka / Takshaka by staying in an inpenetrable sealed tower. Nevertheless, the Karkotaka came in the guise of a small worm, hiding himself in a fruit brought by a Brahmin and gifted to the King. King lost his life, unable to escape death, but he went to VishNu's abode, having heard to Suka and Bhagavata Purana.
Late Ms. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own Trusted Body Guard in her own Residence at an internal gate.
Saffron Leaders are supposed to be greatly influenced by our Sacred books like Bhagavata PuraNa. All of us have great respect for the words of Suka. There is also the question why only Top Saffron Leaders deserve Security, and why a Grass Root BJP Worker is left in the lurch to fight with his two fists? Top Saffron Leaders can set an example, by curtailing some of their Security, even if it may mean, sacrificing their lives, if they truly believe in the Gita maxim "jAtasya maraNam dhrivam".
In any party, including Congress, it is NOT the case that Top Leaders are indispensible, whether they have trained their offsprings to take over reins immediately after their death, or not. That mundane task of Taking Over the reins, they will try to do, and the sycophant followers will compel them to do, anyway.
The Greatest wonder of this Human Civilisation and Evolution is, there will be somebody or other to take over. After 1962 and before May 1964, many people wondered, "After Nehru what? After Nehru who?", forgetting that Time and Tide wait for none. Did the Time and Tide wait?
Something personal, semi-philosophical and insignificant from ybrao-a-donkey
In my last career incarnation (in a way gata janma गत जन्म గత జన్మ ), when I retired from my Bank Job eight years ahead of its due date, knowing pretty well that there would-will be some financial loss which I felt was worth taking, with a goal of taking up my own self-set goals of spreading the messages of Atheism and Marxism, a few of my colleagues, just to console me, said "We do not bother about your personal gains or losses. By losing you, the Bank will lose something. Don't go".
I stoically replied, using a Telugu proverb: "Sata kOTi bicca gALLAlO oka bODi bochche gADu unTE nEm, pOtE nEmi? శత కోటి బిచ్చ గాళ్ళలో ఒక బిచ్చగాడు ఉంటేనేం, పోతేనేం?". English: If among a 100 crore beggars, it will immaterial whether one beggar stays or leaves. Don't worry. It is out of your love for me, you are trying to make me happy. Unemployed persons are eagerly waiting for jobs. Nobody is indispensible. (Note: The original proverb has caste connotation. Hence I have substituted that caste word with "beggars = biccha gALLu". But, even beggars may feel hurt. Hence no injury intended to our Street beggars.
But, I use the word "beggars" with a very very broad meaning. When Mr. Narendra Modi, Mr. Arun Jaitley, Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu, numerous Central Ministers, Chief Ministers of States, go to London, Singapore, Davos, Basel, etc. with begging bowls for foreign investments, are they not beggars? In that respect, even DAvid Cameroon, Barack Obama, are beggars.
This attributive adjective Sata kOTi to beggars, refers to the population of India, which was 100 crore at that time. Now, we are 130 crore (1.3 billion). We have to change the proverb.
The idea of writing this personal experience is not for boasting. The idea is to point out the truth: "Considering the magnitude of INdia's population we are all like just 'nano's. I can't use the unParliamentary phrase "kaun-kiska goTTams" a vulgar Telugu phrase which refers to persona non grata. I have got the courage to use this now, because the American Presidential Candidates are coming out with their open pants and ******s.
Back to VVIP Love for their own Lives
Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Residual Andhra Pradesh, a deprived and impoverished State as per his own words, is reported to have spent Rs. 3.6 million for bullet-proofing his Jubilee Hills Camp in Hyderabad. As Mr. Naidu is spending most of his time in Vijayawada at Lingamaneni Estates, spending Rs. 720 million for renovating it, he ought to have gone soft on Hyderabad Camp. Mr. Naidu, occasionally promises even to sacrifice his life for the sake of the people.
The problem with my donkey's mind is, it always thinks un-naturally. Once in conversation with a Police Constable who frequently changes places in his Guard and Sentry duties, I came to know that many Superintendents of Police in States like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chattisgadh, Odissa, have a force of about 60 constables at their Residences, to save themselves from Maoists. Okay, let them have any number. But who will guard the grass-root POlice Personnel in Rural Police Stations, located at inaccessible places, infested by Maoists? This problem existed even during Mahabharata Kurukshetra Battle days. YudhishThira and SuyOdhana will be surrounded by dozens of soldiers, cavaliers, chariot-knights, archers. But who will protect the thousands of common soldiers, fighting in the same battle? Why top lives are protect-worthy and why bottom-lives are throw-worthy?
I do not mean to say that VVIPs should risk their lives, by foregoing security. Similarly, they need not expose the Institutions of State to various security risks. What the VVIPs can do then? When the VVIPs get a feeling that their lives are very important, and that they need adequate protection, they should voluntarily step down from their posts, and invite others, who may not be so much concerned about their lives, to take over their posts and serve the country.
Whatever has been written here applies not only to BJP leaders, it also applies to Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, and Living Retired Presidents.
Question: You are giving a foolish suggestion.
Ans: What can be done? At least 35% of our Police Force in India are being used by us for VIPs' PERSONAL SECURITY spending taxes collected from people, without even sparing rice and chillies. Top to bottom, significant POlice Resources and time are being spent on personal security of our MLAs, MPs, Ministers, Governors, Collectors, Police Superintendents, Judges, Film Stars, Industrialists. Everything else, including Preservation of National INtegrity is neglected.
Mr. Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of England, once predicted:
"..Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low caliber and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air and water would be taxed.”
India is merely a geographical expression. It is no more a single country than the equator.
Mr. Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister of INdia is facing difficulties, to find NEW TARGETS to IMPOSE NEW TAXES and INCREASE TAX RATES. Either everything has been satiated, saturated and exhausted upto sediment. Even if there are any under-taxed small gaps here and there, the Pressure Groups have become so powerful that they can make or unmake Governments, Presidents and Prime Ministers.
Of course, other countries, including colonial and slave-trade enriched countries of Europe, including even the Native land of Mr. Winston Churchil, are all facing a similar situation. Only thing is, they are not openly acknowledging it, while in India, at least some of us acknowledge it. (To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా కొనసాగించాలి.)