US’ Supremacy Still Ex­ists

The Day After - - FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK - Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

In 2014, Ira­nian cur­rency was at around 28,000 per dol­lar while few months ago, the Ira­nian cur­rency was at near 32,000 per dol­lar. But, ever since the US came out of the Iran deal, it has slumped to near 44,000 per dol­lar. The fu­ture ahead seems bleaker as we inch to­wards the Novem­ber dead­line given by the US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Now, my ques­tion is, can In­di­ans af­ford to re­main a mute spec­ta­tors to these de­vel­op­ments or is there some Plan B to safe­guard the diplo­matic in­vest­ment in Iran made over last few years, es­pe­cially in Chab­har port, which is con­sid­ered In­dia’s an­swer to China’s OBOR. As of now, given the stark si­lence of the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs, it seems that there is no such fall back of­fice. . But, Rus­sia and China have started to cool down the cold and trade war, which has en­gulfed in en­tire world. The Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has met with his US coun­ter­part once and two more such meet­ings are ex­pected. But, one thing which has come out of the re­cent Sino-Rus­sian ini­tia­tives is their ac­cep­tance of the US might, whether it is gov­erned by Trump or by Obama.

The Congress Party has snubbed the de­mand for ac­cept­ing ei­ther Mamata or Mayawati as Prime Min­is­ter Can­di­date of the joint op­po­si­tion. In my opin­ion, they have done the right thing be­cause even at its nadir, its num­bers in Lok Sabha are still the sec­ond high­est af­ter BJP. But, the Congress Party needs to re­al­ize that alone it can’t stop its prin­ci­pal ri­val BJP. To stop BJP, it needs re­gional part­ners to stop di­ver­sion of the op­po­si­tion votes. To­day, BJP is an ex­pand­ing po­lit­i­cal force while Congress Party is a shrink­ing force. Bar­ring Ker­ala, Congress can be dubbed as a ‘Cow Belt’ party — a tag which was once given to the BJP. The BJP is gain­ing states from the re­gional and left par­ties while Congress once lost a state to re­gional satrap, it never get it back to its hold. We saw it hap­pen­ing in West Ben­gal, UP, Bi­har, Jhark­hand, Tamil Nadu and now in Delhi. But, it doesn’t mean there should be ab­ject sur­ren­der to­wards its re­gional al­lies as we saw re­cently in Kar­nataka. If BJP has emerged a threat to the Congress, it’s equally a threat to the re­gional par­ties bat­ting for ‘grand al­liance.’ Congress can af­ford to sit in op­po­si­tion for long but not these re­gional par­ties. A ‘Grand Al­liance’ is pos­si­ble only when both Congress and the re­gional par­ties de­mand seats and port­fo­lio in ac­cor­dance with their ac­tual strength.

In 2015, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment had told the Supreme Court that River Ganges would be cleaned by 2018 but I was not sur­prised to see that NGT rep­ri­mand to the gov­ern­ments in Fe­bru­ary 2017 that ‘not a sin­gle drop of Ganga has been cleaned.’ This is hap­pen­ing be­cause the state’s gov­ern­ments are pro­vid­ing lose canons to the vi­o­la­tors of en­vi­ron­men­tal laws. Rather forc­ing the in­dus­trial units to in­stall STP, they are busy crat­ing bon­homie with the in­dus­tri­al­ists and pro­vid­ing loop-holes to seep through like a rat. But, those state gov­ern­ments must re­al­ize that their act is against the na­ture, their fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will also pay the price for it as na­ture doesn’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween rich and poor. At the same time, cen­tral gov­ern­ment will have to re­al­ize that sim­ply show­ing project ex­pen­di­ture won’t be able to clean Ganga. What they have done in last four and half years is mis­use of funds in the name of Ganga, which ex­poses their will to­wards the River Ganga.

When I sat to write this edi­to­rial, the Sen­sex touched its high­est peak that forced me to re­mem­ber the news that broke the head­lines few days ago that In­dia has be­come sixth largest econ­omy in the world. How­ever, to my sur­prise, if the Sen­sex is scal­ing new high and na­tional econ­omy is ex­pand­ing that fast, why In­dia still at 100th place in 119 na­tion’s hunger in­dex? Ac­tu­ally, the gap be­tween In­dia and Bharat has fur­ther widened. Ur­ban In­dia which com­prises near fourths of the na­tional pop­u­la­tion is do­ing bet­ter on eco­nomic and busi­ness front but when we come to ru­ral In­dia, which is near three fourths of the na­tional pop­u­lace; it is an im­age of poverty and un­em­ploy­ment. Hence, giv­ing stats won’t be enough. In­dia needs a con­crete road map for the na­tion as a whole that have so­lu­tions for both ru­ral and ur­ban pop­u­lace is­sues. Only then, a sus­tain­able growth can be achieved. Hope, the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter has idea of this and he comes up with some an­nounce­ments from the Red Fort re­lated to this up­com­ing In­de­pen­dence Day.

Jai Ho!

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