An IAS Officer Opens his Heart – 2019 Elections


Friends and countrymen!

As an IAS officer I have always kept myself equidistant from all political parties. My allegiance was ONLY to the Constitution of India and my conscience. In the course of my career I have seen several political parties and their leaders. In my allotted state Bihar I have seen Karpoori Thakur, Jagganath Mishra, Chandrashekhar Singh, Bindeshwari Dubey, Bhagwat Jha Azad, Sachidanand Singh, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar as Chief Ministers. At the centre I had Kalpnath Rai, N K P Salve, Venugopala Chari, Y K Alagh, Arun Shourie, P Chidambaram and Sharad Pawar as my Ministers. Apart from this, I had to face ministers like Pranab Mukherjee, Jaswant Singh, Arun Jaitley as well. Of course, I do not expect anyone of them to remember me. I also saw from close quarters Devi Gawda, R K Gujral, Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister. I retired as Agriculture Secretary in May 2012.

The above would indicate that, statistically speaking, I have a reasonable sample size to draw conclusions.

I have been keenly observing the functioning of the present Prime Minister since he came to power. In fact, after I retired as Member, Central Administrative Tribunal I had this desire to meet him because I saw a heavy nationalistic fervour in the man, of the kind shown by great leaders such as Subhash Chandra Bose, Tilak, Patel, which I had not seen in anyone so far.

I asked PMO for an appointment after I retired from CAT in May, 2017. I got an appointment once I clarified that I am not trying to meet him to seek a post-retirement job. I met him on the appointed date and time on 22nd July 2017.

He rose from his seat to welcome me and shook both my hands, the Indian way. He spent about 15-20 minutes with me, with me doing most of the talking. He listened to me very very attentively and asked relevant and pointed questions. When I left, he again got up and shook both hands. All along he was extremely courteous and polite. I had not got such dignified treatment earlier. I never felt that here was the Prime Minister of India talking to an ordinary citizen!

Well friends, I have seen it all in my long career. This man is sui generis. He is here to give India its pride of place in the world. His first and last priority is the nation. Look at how his close family members still live. Look at how hardworking he is. Look at the bold, long pending, decisions he has taken – against corrupt tycoons, GST, bankruptcy law, swacch bharat campaign, the ayushman scheme, farmers insurance scheme, DBT, crores of houses for the poor, rural electrification, roads to each nook and corner of the country, the drubbing to belligerent Pakistan, taming the aggressive dragon, infrastructure galore, strengthening our defence, high image of India in the world.

The list is unending.

Let me also share another thing. Corrupt ministers and bureaucrats are scared to ask for bribes now. You can trust me on that.

You may be wondering why I chose to write this. The reason is simple. Elections are near. From my experience I can assure you that this is the last chance for India to reach hieghts of development and power. Don’t squander it. You will leave a much much better India for your children and grandchildren.

I have seen all parties. They are more or less the same. BJP also has its share of corrupt, unprincipled and self serving leaders. In fact, I hear rumours that many stalwarts in BJP want him out. Friends, trust me, this PM is different. He is not the ‘neta’ we have seen till now. We should not let him go. It is not relevant which party he belongs to. In fact, if a PM could be directly voted to power, it would have been better. But in our democracy a political party is a must.
So we have to vote him through a party.

I hope you will heed to my appeal. I assure you, you will be proud one day.
Jai Hind!

P K BASU

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SANJIV TANDON
    Apr 12, 2019 @ 10:34:16

    I think, people who use bad mouth and abusive language are very desperate to say something in haste, but content as well as logic is missing. There are many things we can say in favour and against Modi or anybody else in this world. But as rightly pointed out, it should be supported by facts and data otherwise it is of no use.

    I am in for Modi as he is best of the lot at the moment.

    Regards
    Sanjiv Tandon

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    • IPC
      Apr 12, 2019 @ 12:01:36

      Well said. Unless one supports his dislike for Modi with LOGIC and factual CONTENT, his disliking is nothing but bad-mouthing and abuses. No sensible person would like to have even a glance at such a bad-mouthing.

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  2. Pranab Kumar Saha
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 01:24:13

    Many pets of Feku, like this man are scared. This man retired in may 2012, must be enjoying some benefits even after 7 years of his retirement. This person has said quote we should not allow him to go unquote. Is he apprehending ouster of the Chowkidar?

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    • IPC
      Apr 03, 2019 @ 12:45:08

      Dear Pranab Saha, what you said, “feku”, “pets” etc., is nothing more than bad-mouthing – low quality of abusing. Bad-mouthing and abusing do no credit to any good persons – we presume you are also a good human being. Everybody knows that in India some people like Modi with their heart and some people hate Modi with their heart. It is understandable and normal. It should be welcome. Here is an IAS officer who has long retired. He is has written an article – posted here – and one may disagree with him. You should also write an article similar in quality but against Modi – what is the justification – logic – for you to abuse him like being a “pet of feku”? Your logical article against Modi is welcome and would be posted on this website but such low quality abuses and bad mouthing against any person has no place here. Did you do research whether this IAS officer is or is not getting some benifit now after his retirement because he is praising Modi? Please do research and quote your facts in support of your views but do not spread rumours or imaginary speculations.

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  3. Atul
    Mar 30, 2019 @ 12:38:38

    If you have kept equidistant from all political parties, you should maintain the same for remaining years too.
    With all due respect to your views I just beg to differ. I just took a look at the world view on, a) did corruption reduce after 2014, b) did unemployment reduce after 2014, c) did economy improve after 2014…..etc
    The world experts answeres it as a big NO
    In spite of knowing the truth, I would want to give Modi a chance (and not because he successful as he/you/others falsely claim) which though he may assume, is due to his success. In spite of his failure, he being sensible person of the lot (I pardon his arrogance).
    Refrain from such false propaganda and just believe in his ability and vote for him and not to be blinded by fabricated statistical gimmicks.🙏🏽

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    • IPC
      Mar 30, 2019 @ 14:20:37

      Dear Atul, you have every right to differ. Everybody has his own views. But we live in objective world, where truths can be tested and the credibility of who says what can also be objectively found out. How do you say: corruption in India has not reduced since 2014? At lower level, corruption is still rampant in India but at the top level there is a big change – nothing like Coalgate, Common Wealth Game thing, Spectrum scandle, Augusta Wesland Helicopter deal, Banks’ Loot, to name a few. You may again say No to such reality. At lower level, it takes time to percolate this change. Now, who are those who say there is no progress since 2014 on the three counts – a), b) and c) – you have mentioned? Let us know their identity and test their credibility.

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