Leaders of almost all bourgeoisie parties, all over India, both at All India level, and State (Provincial/Regional) levels, have same or similar mindset. Whenever they undertake some welfare measures, they do them half-heartedly, because somebody else in some other State has done, or that they can garner some votes. Love for people should come naturally and spontaneously, just as a mother loves its baby or a cat loves its kitten. Mr. Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, on 25th June 2016, started at Velagapudi, a Canteen for poor people to serve tiffins, rice and chapaties (flat pan cakes) at low prices. So far so good. He is doing something which even left parties in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura could not do during their rule. Welcome. We shall greatly appreciate. At the sametime, there is a tail piece in his conversation with the media, on the occasion.
Here is a quote from Prajasakthi Telugu Daily: Click here to go to Prajasakti.com, 26th June 2016.
"... భోజనానికి ఎన్టీఆర్ క్యాంటీన్ ఉంది కదా అని, మందు బాటిల్ తాగి ఇంట్లో పడుకుంటే సమస్యలు వస్తాయి. ..."
Approx. English: Problems will arise , taking it for granted that there is NTR Canteen, if people (take meal at NTR Canteen) , drink a bottleful of liquor, and lie down at home.
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.
1. I have no malice to Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu. Nor am I, a supporter of Mr. Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy who is said to be in London now, playing golf. He may also be taking care of his stashed moneys in British Tax Havens like Island of Man, British Virgin Islands. Or he might have purchased some prime property in Central London, somewhere beside Vijay Mallya's Home, to get ready for future.
2. In the above quote, though Mr. Naidu might have said it as a joke, it reflects and reveals the mindsets of our bourgeoisie leaders, of all parties, of all Regions, of all Castes, of all Religions. They nourish and relish a prejudice that : once food is available cheap or free, poor people will spend their money on liquor, and sleep at their homes without going for work . This blind view is not correct. Proof: Today, meals are being sold at very high @ Rs. 70 to Rs. 90 in almost all the towns / cities of Residual Andhra Pradesh. Days will not be far off, when average ordinary meals will cost Rs. 100/-. Still, people are paying big monies to Wine shops, Bars, Belt shops (unlicensed liquor shops)- buying liquor bottles and filling the coffers of not only the liquor merchants, but also STATE GOVERNMENTS. If they have money left after that, they will buy chicken and mutton biriyanis; else they will buy some mixture or some noodles or whatever their money gets. If they have no money left with them, they will go home, and beat their mothers, wives, and children. Then they will sleep hungry. Often family members also weep, and sleep hungry.
Of course, Mr. Naidu, on the spot, gave a free advice to a woman: "tAgostE annam peTToddammA". That woman, out of courtesy, did not give a repartee or retaliate. Even if she were to express her resentment, the Police and the TDP leaders present there, would have dragged her out, and the free advice would have continued. The concerned MRO / MPDO / Govt. Employees / TDP Leaders whoever have taken her to the CM's presence would have been taken to task later on. In a way, that woman has saved embarassment to herself , the Officials, and the TDP Leaders.
3. Won't he have his own relatives, his own landed caste people, his own landed class people of other castes (landlords and industrialists) who drink full bottles of liquor, and lie down in their homes? When a rich man does a thing, it is viewed as "fashion" and regarded "respectable". When a poor man does the same-thing, it becomes "lazy" and "dishonourable". Bourgeoisie masters do not mind to fill their own pot bellies with pegs of liquor and lie down at home, or drive cars and hit dividers. At the same time, they expect their laborers to be sober teetotalers, slogging 24 x 7 x 365. Who gave the masters this right? Definitely not, the non-existing God. It is the Capitalist Society which sets different sets of values for different classes.
Mr. Naidu has promised several times in the past, and also included in TDP manifestoes, that they will introduce prohibition in stages. He scrapped the prohibition introduced by Late NTR earlier. But nothing has come out during his previous nine years rule, or his two years current rule.
Mr. Naidu will have an excuse now: "They divided the State and sent us out of Hyderabad, with just clothes on our body. We have no money. etc. etc.". They are all excuses. Where there is a will, there will be a way.
Whether Mr. Naidu implements the NTR Canteen scheme wholeheartedly or not, people are not going to abandon their liquor bottles, unless the State Government forces them to do so.
Let us hope, that realisation and wisdom will dawn in Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu. Let him not compare himself with Jagan on everything or on anything.
TAIL PIECE धूमकेतु తోక చుక్క
Deccan Chronicle dated 1st July 2016, Print Edition, Page 3, here is a quote: "...People in AP may face scarcity of water, but not liquor, what with the State Government deciding to double Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) production to bridge the gap between demand and supply. ..."
"... Excise Minister Kollu Ravindra sent the file to Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu for approval.
Hence, let all of us become "dEvadAsus". .
To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.