Kejariwal – Delhi Elections – whom to vote – and why?

By: Shreepal Singh

Objectively looking, in Delhi Assembly elections 2015, the real contest seems between Kejariwal as a political figure and BJP as a political party. The verdict of the people of Delhi has a great symbolic value. Delhi is the national capital and the verdict here sends a signal to the rest of India and also at the international level. Whom to vote in this election? What could be the factors for consideration of the wise and educated electorate here making their decision? This question assumes a great importance today for those who are politically alert and alive to the current national/international situations.

We wish to put forth some considerations, which may perhaps help the Delhi electorates in making an informed decision in this respect.

We would be putting some points here for consideration in the light of our nation’s interests. India is our home and this country’s interests are of the supreme importance for all of us. Seen from this perspective, we feel that Delhi electorates should not vote Kejariwal in this election.

The reason for why we say that Delhi people should not vote for the Kejariwal’s party is not because Kejariwal is not an honest person or we doubt his credentials in fighting corruption in high places. We give him the benefit of doubt and assume that he is a person of honest intentions. Far from it, our reasons are different ones.

Here are the reasons:

  1. Since her independence in 1947 until now, India has been very low in internationally acknowledged development standards, dubbed as a third-world country. Countries of the so-called first-world have been far ahead of us and we have not been able to keep pace even with many Asian countries (like China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore etc.). Though we have no sympathy with sentiments of jingoistic nationalism, we would like to stress that India needs to develop; and develop fast. It is necessary for India to so develop because in today’s integrated world the super-powers are capable of, and are busy, knitting the unfolding world-order in such a fashion so as to secure their economic and security interests. While these international powers are fabricating the world of their liking to serve their economic and security interests, our country is forced by the unfortunate existing circumstances to fit into their readymade world. In these constrained conditions, safeguarding the independence of our constitutional institutions from foreign covert and overt pressure should become our national priority. In the face of these existential challenges, all other concerns become only secondary in importance. A forceful move in international affairs is needed to cobble the world in a strategic order from an Indian angle. To secure these existential interests, as a sovereign nation, India can no longer afford to remain sluggish in developing its economy, scientific, security and educational infrastructures. By securing these interests, India would also be taking care of her concerns of preserving purity of her democratic, cultural and social institutions. Going by the public statements made, official meetings held (in India and abroad), programs declared by both Kejariwal and Modi, in our opinion, in this national endeavor Kejariwal stands nowhere in comparison of Modi. In Modi India has a leader who understands this need and who aspires to fulfill it. Modi is the best person available to India today in this respect. As the Prime Minister, Modi is required to take drastic steps to change India’s old habits of sluggish way of thinking and working in all the three organs of governance, viz., Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. He would be called upon by circumstances in coming times to enact new laws to deal with emerging situations, change Constitutional provisions to remove any obstacles that may be there and even impeach erring high Constitutional officials in Parliament to set things right. All such things are possible only when he enjoys FULL MAJORITY in RAJYA SABHA (upper house of Parliament), which is elected by State Legislature (including Delhi Assembly). People need to give him complete political power in both Houses of Parliament to enable him to carry out this historical task. Delhi Assembly sends three Rajya Sabha members. In view of these considerations, in our opinion, it is wise on our part to elect the party of Modi so that Delhi Assembly sends Upper House MPs who are counted on Modi’s side.
  1. We need to DISTINGUISH between Modi and the Political Party to which he belongs (BJP). If you keep the importance of the things stated above in your view, while taking a decision about Delhi election, you should consider voting Modi only in Delhi (and not for any particular candidate of his Party, who like all other political parties may not be up to the desired standards). Many of the candidates of his party may be found even corrupt, as corrupt as there may be in all other rival parties. But if you want to secure the future of India, you are left with no choice but to vote anyone in the name of Modi. Also in India we have gone so low in our public life that vital issues like corruption/criminality facing the country need to checked firmly at the top first (like, PM of India) and not from the bottom (like, MLAs, CMs, State authorities etc.). In this respect, Modi is better placed than Kejariwal to tackle these problems.
  1. In addition to the above considerations, there is one more aspect – a very important aspect – to be kept in view while deciding your choice for voting. This aspect is the need for India to play a significant balancing role in the global community. To be able to do so, India not only needs to develop fast to catch-up with the developed world, it also needs to rise as a significant global power with a vision of universal humanism. In this direction, the adoption of the International Day of Yoga by United Nations is great achievement of Modi. UN has recognized in its resolution that towards securing the goal of global health, through best practices aimed at building better individual lifestyles devoid of excesses of all kinds, yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being. But it is only partial recognition by UN. Yoga does not provide merely a holistic approach to health and well-being; it is something more. Yoga is the holistic discipline of human-life, which brings to the fore in their lives a sense of compassion, self-giving, love, peace, and, above all, a sublime purpose of life. All life is yoga. This yogic vision is so comprehensive in its sweeps that it is not limited to humans alone. As it is said, all evolving life is Nature’s unconscious yoga towards a sublime goal. Without ascribing to ourselves any nationalistic-ego on this issue, we may say that being the teacher of yoga, now it is India’s moral obligation to bring its full spectrum before the world community. Modi is ideally suited to carry this responsibility. Kejariwal comes nowhere near Modi in this respect and it is the duty of wise people of Delhi to strengthen Modi in Rajya Sabha by electing his party in Delhi.
  1. One may ask in the first place: why does India need to strengthen itself as one of the significant global players? And why, at all, does India need a universal humanist vision and a leader like Modi who seems determined to put it before the world community? India needs to strengthen itself as a nation for the collective welfare of the world community; it does not need this strengthening to dominate the world. Neither a hostile intention towards any section of humanity is in consonance with a universal humanistic vision nor is it possible to practice such hostility in a globally integrated world armed with mass-destructive technology. A universally acceptable humane world-vision is necessary because India, having 1.5 billion people, needs in her own interest peace and stability in the world. India in its own interest needs to contribute to the global efforts towards building a better world for all where security, peace and stability are guaranteed; sustainable economic development regime and employment are ensured; and individuals’ wellbeing and their cultures are safeguarded. If honest efforts are not made by the responsible world powers towards this end, our world would soon turn into a place plagued by unemployment and discontent; de-humanization and crime; shattered peace and indignity. We cannot be unmindful to the fact that our world is armed to the teeth with weapons of mass destruction. The follies of our selfish path littered with over-exploitation of Nature, national-rivalries and arrogance may result in a war fought with these weapons. The only check, the only brake, to this human insanity, if at all, is the human wisdom that is borne out of a realization of the dangers involved in following this path; and the human wisdom of adopting an approach that is humane in mutual dealings; scientific in reason; universal in application; and spiritual in content. India has a long history of people like Buddha, Swami Vivekananda, Gandhi etc. who gave to this world a wisdom, when it was in need. Today also India (if she strengthen herself) can contribute to the welfare of humanity. Emergence of a powerful India with a sublime vision of wisdom and compassion for all will be welcomed by all and is indeed the need of the hour. Judging by his conduct in public dealings, his utterances indicating inclusivity of all in this national endeavor, his putting of high national targets showing such wisdom, Modi seems to be the only person capable to take on this onerous task. He needs to be strengthened in Parliament by first electing his party in Delhi and then sending three representatives to Rajya Sabha from Delhi.

With all these considerations in mind, where does Kejariwal stand? Some may say that his presence as Chief Minister in Delhi would check the corruption in high places, including corruption in the Modi’s government. Being fair and objective in the whole affairs, firstly, one may justifiably say that Kejariwal neither has a vision towards which he could charter his mission; nor has he the capability to carry out the onerous task demanded by such a vision. Secondly, looking to what he has been saying all along in his crusade against corruption, one does not find anything of substance to eradicate it. Corruption is indeed the serious malady in today’s India. But the truth is that it is only an outside symptom of something wrong which is deeper. Perhaps, as recognized by the United Nations resolution on “International Yoga Day”, a life-style full of excesses of all kinds is the true cause of this disease called corruption. A life-style devoid of excesses of all kinds (which is elaborately prescribed in yoga) is the time-tested approach to root-out all such ills like corruption plaguing India today. And, Kejariwal has no clue about it; he has never spoken about it anywhere in his public life. Thirdly, it is also important to remember that Kejariwal made his political debut in Delhi by exposing corruption of Congress leaders (remember coal, land, electricity agitations/Dharnas against Congress by him). From opposing Congress regime, Kejariwal has come to a point today where his acts are directly helping Congress.  Today, by opposing Modi and his efforts, Kejariwal would in effect be serving the cause of Congress only. Congress is almost on the death-bed because of Modi and is trying to revive itself somehow. In today’s political situation, the loss of Modi (caused by Kejariwal or anybody else) is the gain of Congress. Any loss of Modi in Delhi (occasioned by Kejariwal) would amount to helping Congress in its revival-efforts.  The net result of electing Kejariwal would be “less members” in Rajya Sabha to support Modi. It would only impede the work of Modi, and help Congress’ game plan to check Modi in order to come once again to power. Delhi Assembly elects three Rajya Sabha members to the upper house of Parliament that Modi needs from here (to get majority in the Upper House of Parliament). Today if India wants to march ahead on her chosen path, Delhi people should elect Modi’s men/women so that he could have majority in Rajya Sabha and go ahead in his task comfortably.

“Make in India” – Principle for inviting investment

By : Shreepal Singh

In the context of “Make in India” and the “Start-up Movement”, we feel that while the need of the hour for India is to accord the top priority to these programs,  there are certain principles to be kept in mind by the government of Shri Naendra Modi when implementing them. It is so particularly in the field of inviting and investing FOREIGN direct investment.

The top priority for India should be – and in fact is – the fast development of this country. Towards this end, Shri Modi has given a slogan (addressing to international investors): “Come to India: Make in India”. Obviously, this is the only way for India – that is backward in most of the science and technological fields – to make the fast pace development.

But such an open invitation needs to be calibrated by the application of intelligent considerations.

The invitation to all and sundry  to come to India and to “make in India” whatever they want is a sure path to India’s ruin. This invitation should be graded in priority categories. These priority categories should be embedded in its policy, which should give references to some categories over some other categories.

The principle to be followed in inviting foreign investment should be: “Investment is invited only because we do not have access to cutting-edge technology in our efforts to develop.”

The cutting-edge technology manufacturing industries (like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Genetic Engineering, Space science industries etc.) should be given top preference by giving the foreign investors all tax exemptions, easy land acquisitions, easy governmental regulation regime etc.

Routine type of industries having old common place technologies should be welcome subject to all strict regulations, particularly forcing them to adhere to the welfare measures of the labor force.

All such industries that do not employ any new technology (like banking, insurance, brand marketing, junk food industries, petty service industries etc.) should be discouraged by imposing on them disincentives in taxes, land provision and stiff regulations. Here all guarantees of employment security,  their welfare and minimum wage regulations should be scrupulously enforced.

All these preferences or disincentives should be inbuilt in the concerned legislation (like land acquisition law, income tax, labor laws etc.).

Wisdom of the Modi government in opening up the manufacturing sector of Indian economy should be tempered with the “wisdom to discriminate” where it is required.


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