You the Voter alone: Ultimately Responsible for Ruler! The long march: Indian version

Columnist  T J S George – In New Indian Expres, 13th December 2020

The reality that stares at the world today is that farmers are on the rise in India and that there is no one in the Government who can even discuss matters with them.

Farmers at Singhu border during their Delhi Chalo protest march against the Centres new farm laws in New Delhi. (Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS


https://scontent.fcok4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/cp0/118560100_3394466707258199_6528219219325304771_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=hNtdHJl36uQAX_KjgAI&_nc_ht=scontent.fcok4-1.fna&oh=763a7ff9794a0898c2e6d31462f000cb&oe=5F71A153This article by your well-known Columnisit TJS George  was published wayback on Dec.13. Has anything changed for the Indian Farmers providing daily food for the whole of India, even after over 100 days of their protest march, suffering and numerous deaths? If not, why? 

Read the quotes!

The writer wrote then and we quote: “Is Modi a PM or business development manager of Ambani, Adani?” …. Modi was always open about his indebtedness to them. To assume the office of PM, he flew from Gujarat to Delhi in a private Adani jet, an open acknowledgment of his obligation to the tycoon. Adani is an expert in using political connections for business advantage. 

“He did that in Australia in ways that made the pubic put up placards saying "stop Adani". India is different. Since Narendra Modi came to power in Delhi, Adani’s network increased 230 per cent to more than USD 26 billion on the strength of government tenders to build infrastructure projects. 

PM, a Bussiness Manager?

“The respected newspaper Business Standard once used a Navjot Singh Sidhu quote as the heading of a news story. It was: “Is Modi a PM or business development manager of Ambani, Adani?” It is this union of power and profiteering that is challenged by the marching farmers. For long years, India’s farmers have been suffering silently…. 

“About three lakh farmers committed suicide in India since 1995. In Maharashtra alone, in just one year, 2019, there were 60,000 farmer suicides. Most of them used pesticides which make death agonising and gut-wrenching.” 

You Voters are the CULPRITS!

We are all too quick to pass the blame to the top ruler of the nation when things go wrong in the country. Who in fact has to be blamed? It is you and I who elect our rulers because we the people are to be the REAL MASTERS in a democrecy and rulers of the country and the elected leaders at the national and state levels are to be our SERVANTS only to do our bidding.

Vote right at state Elections!

So take special note please,  we the voters don’t repeat the same mistake when the KERALA STATE ELECTON debate is hotting up and spiting fire between the LEFT, CONGRESS and the BJP to capture power in the State by Hook or Crook! Blame yourselves, if you vote for a corrupt, crooked, dishonest person to rule the country’s most literate State! james kottoor editor ccv.


Please read below famous columnist TJS George!

T J S George

Columnist  T J S GeorgeIn New Indian Expres, 13th December 2020

 Something India has never seen before is happening now. Tens of thousands of farmers are on the march. Remarkably, there is no political party behind them, nor any identifiable leader. If ever there was a "people rising", this is it. Spontaneous. Natural. And for those reasons, it is full of power and potential. 

With 96,000 tractors and 12 million farmers, this is a humongous movement. It is also sensational because the farmers have named Adani and Ambani as their enemies. These names provide Narendra Modi's backbone. The confrontation, therefore, is basically against Modi. 

The unusualness of this phenomenon has caught world attention. It has been headline news in BBC and The New York Times. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threw diplomatic convention to the winds and expressed support to the farmers. 

India put on its highfalutin diplomatic hat and protested. The Canadian High Commissioner in Delhi was summoned by the Government and a demarche served on him. Canada defied India and said that it would always support the people's right to protest peacefully. Canada has Sikhs in its cabinet. Old-world diplomacy has no chance against today's realities. 

The reality that stares at the world today is that farmers are on the rise in India and that there is no one in the Government who can even discuss matters with them. Prime Minister Modi was evidently too unsettled to meet the farmers in person. The statements he made were typically pompous which showed that he had either lost the plot or was unable to comprehend things. 

He said that "people-centric, people-driven and planet-friendly development has become part of the BJP-led government’s way of governance" and went on to declare that he had freed farmers and rural economy from years of slavery, that they would now have the freedom to sell their produce anywhere. What bombastic hogwash. Evidently, the PM has no clue as to what is going on, and he thinks that the people can be easily fooled. 

The farmers have not only proved that they cannot be fooled; they have shown that the Prime Minister is isolated from the mainstream of Indian sentiments. They seem to know that Modi is more gas than substance. 

The substance part is tied up with corporate mandarins. Modi was always open about his indebtedness to them. To assume the office of PM, he flew from Gujarat to Delhi in a private Adani jet, an open acknowledgment of his obligation to the tycoon. Adani is an expert in using political connections for business advantage. 

He did that in Australia in ways that made the pubic put up placards saying "stop Adani". India is different. Since Narendra Modi came to power in Delhi, Adani’s network increased 230 per cent to more than USD 26 billion on the strength of government tenders to build infrastructure projects. 

The respected newspaper Business Standard once used a Navjot Singh Sidhu quote as the heading of a news story. It was: “Is Modi a PM or business development manager of Ambani, Adani?” It is this union of power and profiteering that is challenged by the marching farmers. For long years, India’s farmers have been suffering silently. 

The extent of suffering during those years is not easy to believe. About three lakh farmers committed suicide in India since 1995. In Maharashtra alone, in just one year, 2019, there were 60,000 farmer suicides. Most of them used pesticides which make death agonising and gut-wrenching. 

Low prices for their produce and cruel practices of money lenders are the most familiar factors behind the desperation of farmers. There are laws to protect them from precisely these factors, even to ensure MSP. But laws prove toothless when conniving officials join hands with money lenders and corporate players who fatten themselves at the expense of farmers. 

A corruption- free government would have made a difference. But there is no such government even in our museums. That is one of the reasons why the farmers’ protest is a historic phenomenon. All efforts by Amit (I’m-alwaysright) Shah to make peace with marchers failed. 

His isolation was further underlined when more than a dozen political parties supported the call for Bharat Bandh last Tuesday. Clearly, there is a general feeling that the farmers’ cause is legitimate unlike the stand adopted by Amit (I-cannot-be-wrong) Shah. 

But what happens if the Prime Minister sees every protest as questioning his immaculate leadership qualities? That is the problem with leaders who are immaculate, a term which means 'perfectly clean, pure as pure can be'. Pure? Our PM?

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