18 May 2010
To Nandan Nilekani:
I just saw your talk on TED.com and couldn’t resist in writing however late to the party. You have been an economic leader, by putting Infosys on the map of the world,but whom you have joined is the Nehruvian feudal socialistic Government who has been playing Dr. Jekyll and Hyde. Hence I wouldn’t expect you to do anything fruitful,though your intentions might be honorable.
This letter is mostly about your concept of democracy.
“Democracy came to India 60 years back” Wrong. – The British government transferred power to MR. NEHRU, who ensured that the prime minister’s office can be his children’s children’s children’s children.
“ India is an open democracy” – WRONG again.
The Indian concept of democracy starts and stops with casting of votes, which are mostly pressurized and rigged. There is nothing bottom up about it as you say. The political framework and the next generation of MPS’s in the parliament indicates a feudalistic and socialistic form of government. NOT Democratic.. The bottlenecks of the legal and justice system and the functioning of current governments from panchayat to the municipal corporation indicates the disillusionment of the concept of current "indian democracy". It clearly indicates a socialistic framework - You will agree with me as you read further.
In the last 60 years the Jyoti Basu government in Bengal has left the man women and kid on the street with a begging bowl but has amassed for his children and future generations. UP, BIHAR and Haryana have only turned ghastly with every passing year – BIMARU – if translated into hindi – BIMAR ho gaya hai. When political leaders hand out wad of notes and a bowl of rice to hungry people and provide water for few days before the election indicate downright exploitation of peoples poverty?
Still languishing at the bottom threshold of the hierarchy of people and with a mai – baap attitude, doesn’t 95% of the population behave subserviently?. And yet after the election the politicians abuse the very same voters through 5 year plans which have landed up in more trouble every year ? – some yojnas work partially and most fail fully.
The Indian democracy of 60 years have put Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and ASSAM infested in the hands of People who have chosen to choose their own uprising. China has drawn closer.
The government wrings their hand in despair hearing the name of Kashmir. And this includes the landless Naxalites in Andhra who have chosen to ATTACK and be dead, than live like a vegetable. Kerala’s young population lives in the deserts of OMAN, Kuwait and Dubai, to earn their bread, because the communist government in Kerala which has existed for many years do not allow any industries to set up camp.
The cotton grown in Punjab is causing Cancer because of heavily infested chemical pesticides. And the trade policy which has allowed Monsanto to come into india which is notorious for their GMO products indicates callousness of the current indian govenment. Political –International corporate nexus of HEDGING of India is the concept of Indian notion of Democracy..
Nehru and his successions, and other faux political leaders Owns lands that have been grabbed, or stolen. They own industries that produce toxic chemicals for UK and US, and other Asian countries. ..So the carbon emission would only continue increasingly..
Some of the politicians are production agriculturalists who export more and float the policy that there are a shortage of pulses and the common people still have to eat kaccha kandha and mirchi for dinner. Some others own the lion’s share of shops, cinema houses, educational institutions, thus indicating a hegemony of rule in their constituencies and nearby. Yet Some others own their “Goonda security mechanism to take hafta from small business men and small time farmers.
Thus Indian Political machinery have distribution rules in place that will only benefit themselves. This would not have been the impact, if it was democracy, in its original idea.
You are a phenomenal Economic success story but your concept and idea of democracy needs correction.
Have you forgotten that Nehru Family and his children own the Indian Treasury. And according to Nehru, he allowed only himself and his family to live like a king. When Mr. Nehru came for a visit to one of the IIT’s he said that such big rooms are not necessary. Divide it into half ! You sure have heard this story when you did your graduation. Nehru lived like an imperialistic king in the land of one of the most poverty-stricken country in the world, followed suit by his children’s children’s’ children. How much more clearer it needs to understand that Indian democratic concept has become the establishment of Nehruvian Kingdom.
You speak about Nehru even after 60 years because his policies and politics have left India struggling and His five year plans supports the continuity of Bureaucrats who pretend to have expertise on every subject matter. Even today An educated Indian studied in India will find lesser place in the Parliament and those who have received their degrees from UK,and US universities who are sons and daughters of yester year generation politicians who owns billions will land a seat in the STAte or National level because pedigree is Godliness under the Indian idea of democracy!. And hiring bollywood actors for permanent seats in the parliament is an atrocious statement of the indian concept of democracy !!!
Thus India’s political Machinery DOES NOT support DEMOCRACY according to Lincoln, but succession of one’s own heirs and others. - Especially for the Nehru Family. Otherwise how can 4 generations of Nehru still be on the throne.It is only but logical. Nehru died in 1964, that’s almost 46 years ago and you are still touting Nehru on an international arena ? – Such a strong grip over a successful Indian citizen’s psyche!. I am shocked that you mentioned his name. In all your understanding of creating a success story like Infosys I expected better.I am sure you have thought about the concept of democracy as it should be as you develop performance benchmarks in your various divisions of companies, but has your yardstick fallen so low ?
Rightly speaking Indian Administrative Service should be called as Nehru’s Administrative service. Nehru’s police service. Nehru’s Foreign service force, and Nehru’s forest service. With all the 5 year plans in place India was going Bankrupt in 1991.– IS this that it is afraid to lose the bureaucrats who will run the government, when the political leaders spend on an average 15 trips abroad for vacation in an year and put this on the tax payers bill ?
The fact is that Indian Political leadership is like a man on the donkey with a cell phone, because though you can talk to your cousin in Finland with the press of a button, Indian Legal System can deliver justice only after 26 Years. ( verdict of Union Carbide gas leakage in Bhopal )
The indoctrination of Nehru ingrained into school going children by celebrating nehru’s birthday as children’s day is outrageous. No wonder Indian citizens find it difficult to differentiate Nehru as a loving uncle or a kans mama (wicked uncle).Indian children has been thus captured young and the process has been slow and long.
May be you need to check about your concept of freedom once again. And even the finest economic development of India will not reach the corners of India,until India becomes FREE from the NEHRuvian FAMILY RULE, until INDIA becomes FREE from the Nehru ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE and NEHRU FOREIGN SERVICE Who but WORK PERSONALLY FOR THE NEHRUVIAN FAMILY and not INDIA.
You know it better than I do that Development does not come in boxes. It is systemic. And since I have explained the Indian concept of “Indian democracy” above. LET me tell you what INDIA NEEDS. India needs ITS FREEDOM. Not a white wash but a complete overhaul.
I am curious - have you already accepted defeat ? Is that why you joined the current form of government? Is this because you cannot beat them?
Sanjeev Sabhlok is already talking about the freedom struggle FROM the Nehruvian FEUDAL Government.Call him. Or in your next visit to Australia – meet Him.Sanjeev has something to say to you that you have never ever heard before, and isnt’t that well worth your time?
Thank You for your time
15 May 2010
2. You did not hesitate to kill your own son. You made it look like an accident and went scott free. A taxi driver mentioned this to us, when he pointed to us your Toyota SUV , that passed by us. Now you have seemed to have passed on the torch of violence and anarchy to your other family members. Your bribe and “hafta” seeking corrupt behavior has become your personal trait.
3. You encourage lethargy, unaccountability, irresponsibility in Bombay Muncipal Corporations and Muncipalities where you prevail.
4. You threaten the law enforcing machinery and treat them like your concubine. Your attempts to create chaos since the 1960's and not having succeeded to drive out communities indicates platitudes of your arrogant behavior and stubbornness.
5. You twist and twitter divide among the people using language as a yardstick . So juvenile are your reasons for creating anarchy that a 10 year old can see the contempt in your veins. You are a party that rapes and castrates freedom everyday and have made it look “we are like this only”.
6. Your doctrine is spreading death and terror in the city.
7. You sit in your ivory towers, scheme and plot. You have enlisted unemployed villagers to be your Thug, Murderer and Plunderer.Mentorship in creating chaos in the city is your strength.
8. Your gang members sit at street corners and ask for name address and income. And for that you don’t mind even talking in English /Hindi and will write it down in Marathi. Outrageous is an understatement.
9.You shamefacedly abuse for no reason and show no remorse.Bombay, Mumbai and Bambai can stand by itself. Your presence is a Menace to the city. So shiv senas and your cousin MNS – GET OUT and GO ON. Leave the city just like you hid when Bombay was attacked on 26th of November. You will be fine only till critical consciousness of the people is dormant.
10.Shivaji, the Maratha whom you have idoli-zed turns a 360 in his grave. You disgrace your own Marathi community and they are afraid to tell you to your face.You treat the suburbs of bombay like a bewitched stepmother. Kids still study under kerosene lamps and candles because of rampant power cuts. Ironing clothes before going to college and work is a luxury, because one never knows when the power goes off. Their taps run dry most of the day.And drinking water in the tap comes once in 6 months! Leisurely shower is only a dream when one comes home sweaty and smelly after spending an hour plus ride on the local train. Everyday life for a suburbanite in Bombay is getting difficult every day. Your neglect is astounding. You have conveniently forgotten about Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, Jalgaon, Osmanabad and other districts. Your memory loss needs immediate treatment.
May be it is time I send you a map of maharashtra.
You have been shouting that every migrant should learn Marathi - In the last 60 years you have not organized marathi classes in Bombay.
You have sidelined the kolis, who are the natives of the city. Your construction company have toppled more "wadas" and erected buildings. You have forgotten the tribals and increased deforestation. Bonded labourers still live in the state. Are the farmers being killed ? and You make them look like suicides? Is it because you are stealing their water and giving it to farmers who are "production agriculturalists" Or GRabbing their Land. We will never the real reason, Now Do we? In your eyes all these things look perfectly okay because you have blood shot eyes.
The famous paithani is now seeing darker days. Weavers are loosing their age old skill. And Warli painters seldom pick up their brush because there skill does not bring them their bread and butter. The only arts that you have been promoting is - welding a lathi and danda!
Recently I was in search of a restaurant in Bombay because i love - misal, thalipeeth, usal --- And with great difficulty I found one.
Marathi Theatre, Lavni,tamasha ( and other dance forms which i myself do not know but exist) and marathi movies have lagged behind because they do not have funds.You have made no attempts to showcase to the many migrants who would like to get a glimpse of what this is all about. Your dominant culture is spreading mayhem, mayhem and more mayhem.
Bombay has been loosing its vegetation since a long time. And you have destroyed Mangroves in Thane for decades now.
Many people from differents parts of the country have wanted to see the city of Bombay, but your party made no provisions, until recently a tourist company started one.
The color saffron which has been revered for centuries and now which you are identified with have been stained with peoples blood. You and You alone are the creators of destruction and not what you claim in your websites or rhetoric speeches. Your actions speak volumes. Need I say more.
I rest my case.
Image credits: A search on google. Clicking on the images will lead you to the website of these frankensteins.There are many others but I just wanted to write about these two.
09 May 2010
(in order to make sense of this post, you will have to refer to Bix's post )
I also agree with Caulfieldkid's comment a great extent. However, it is also the collective will – of the government – and I mean the political will, who has to change things through regulations.
Markets were created for a certain reason and as in case of food – additives were added for shelf life for 5 months (just a number) but if additives are added for increasing its shelf life of canned potatoes, beans or carrots for 5 years (another number),it changes the chemical composition of the vegetable/sea food and we are eating something that looks like vegetables/sea food – That’s where the problem lies and more.
Of course it is for the profits of the business man, because if the farmer does not have a good yield of potatoes this year (because of weather) and he has already sold it to the business man at a set price, as written in the contract it is profitable to the farmer. In another case a highly unexpected yield is profitable for the business man who now has more vegetables to be canned – he puts more additives and increases its shelf life.
But the fact is government and markets create a symbiotic relationship in order to reign! - Think Monsanto - the food terrorist.
Governments are elected representatives of the people, which means official power legally and have the opportunity to put laws and regulations to ensure maximum benefit to majority. And so yes, governments are responsible. But again governments also behave like markets. The government also want to remain in business as long as they can and they do not want to make their businessman who has supplied many campaign dollars unhappy.
Bix, when I started writing the answer to your question I thought I had an Indian perspective,but while writing I realized that – the common factors that make up the market and the government are similar in every country. Except the weather, the cultural, notions of freedom, political(india mostly have a socialistic regime and democracy is a stalemate) and social milieu differs.
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