From the ed­i­tor’s desk

Party Chief Can’t Sup­press Worker’s Sen­ti­ment

The Day After - - FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK -

The Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas was started in­order to cre­ate a plat­form to ex­pand and deepen the global fam­ily of In­di­ans in 20 or 30 di­men­sions. It saw a num­ber of high-pro­file speak­ers like No­bel lau­re­ates Amartya Sen and VS Naipaul, man­age­ment guru CK Pra­ha­lad and for­mer McKin­sey chief Rajat Gupta adorn­ing the event. In di­plo­matic world, New Delhi’s ini­tia­tive was seen as an at­tempt to en­able the mim­ick­ing of Chi­nese Di­as­pora, which is the main in­vestor in China— source of Seventy per­cent of China’s FDI. On Chi­nese line of ap­proach, Pravasi Di­vas was ex­pected to work as a bridge to ac­cess In­dian knowl­edge cap­i­tal over­seas and also bring in in­vest­ments. How­ever, af­ter near 18 years of its in­cep­tion, its goals are far from achieved. To­day, it has be­come a mere to­ken of cel­e­bra­tion and gath­er­ing of the low pro­file NRIs at­tend­ing the cel­e­bra­tion. Iron­i­cally, when a good num­ber of NRIs are get­ting elected in their re­spec­tive coun­tries in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties of their par­lia­men­tary sys­tem, we have failed to gauge those in­flu­en­tial In­di­ans at these cel­e­bra­tions. Hope, in Varanasi, we will have a con­crete road map and proper reg­u­la­tory sys­tem that would kick-start the miss­ing link in Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas cel­e­bra­tion.

When Naren­dra Modi led gov­ern­ment took over, saf­fron na­tion­al­ists were ex­pect­ing proper place­ment of its icons like KA Hedge­war, Shyama Prasad Mukher­jee, MS Gol­walkar etc., in the his­tory book. How­ever, to their sur­prise, Modi led NDA gov­ern­ment be­came busy in hi­jack­ing the op­po­si­tion icons like Val­labh Bhai Pa­tel. Their morale hit the nadir when BJP shared power in J&K with PDP and not a sin­gle work was done by its state lead­er­ship to glo­rify the mar­tyr­dom of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukher­jee in J&K. In fact, all the op­po­si­tion par­ties in­clud­ing Congress made their stand clear on Ar­ti­cle 370 and 35A but BJP re­mained mum on both is­sues. It gives an im­pres­sion that BJP is rec­og­niz­ing its icons as pass­ing re­mark. Hope, they don’t do the same with fa­ther of the na­tion Ma­hatama Gandhi whose 150th Birth An­niver­sary is get­ting or­ga­nized at global level with pro­grams be­ing or­ga­nized in South Africa and the UK.

By the looks it seems that BSP chief Mayawati is fright­ened by ED, In­come Tax, CBI etc., oth­er­wise I don’t find any rea­son for her to cut into anti-BJP votes in Ch­hat­tis­garh and Mad­hya Pradesh. But, the BJP shouldn’t be cel­e­brat­ing her de­ci­sion to dump Congress as chem­istry doesn’t work when the whole po­lit­i­cal ge­og­ra­phy has changed. The ‘party with dif­fer­ence’ has a Hi­malayan task to counter the long 15 year anti-in­cum­bency in MP and Ch­hat­tis­garh while in Ra­jasthan, vot­ers and BJP work­ers are highly dis­sat­is­fied with the work­ing style of CM Va sundh ar aR aje Sc ind hi ya. So, Mayawati must re­al­ize al­liances are suc­cess­ful when it re­flects the pub­lic sen­ti­ment. Her al­liance in UP by-polls was a pub­lic de­mand, which paid div­i­dends. Be­ing supreme of a party one can’t su­per­im­pose ones views as NCP chief Sharad Pawar did while giv­ing al­ibi for Modi gov­ern­ment in Rafale Deal. In this con­duct, Pawar lost his founder mem­ber Tariq An­war, who got miffed to an ex­tent where he not only re­signed from the party but from his Lok Sabha seat too, which he had won as NCP can­di­date in 2014.

Tak­ing cue from the Oba­macare, In­dian gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced its flag­ship health ini­tia­tive Ayush­man Bharat, which Modi sup­port­ers are call­ing Modi­care. In this pro­gram, a na­tion­wide net­work of 1.5 lakh Health and Well­ness Cen­ters will be cre­ated by trans­form­ing the ex­ist­ing sub-cen­ters and pri­mary health-care cen­ters by 2022. But, peo­ple of In­dia must know that it caters to only 15 per­cent of our re­quire­ments. Var­i­ous news chan­nels are buzz with Ayush­man Bharat is the Na­tional Health Pro­tec­tion Scheme which aims to pro­vide health cover of Rs 5 lakh per fam­ily per year for hospi­tal­iza­tion in sec­ondary and ter­tiary care fa­cil­i­ties. For their kind knowl­edge, pro­gram will cover half a bil­lion peo­ple and would align with what the State gov­ern­ments are do­ing al­ready, with sig­nif­i­cant re­sources com­ing from the Cen­tre. Many State gov­ern­ments would ex­tend the ben­e­fits to ad­di­tional ben­e­fi­cia­ries through their own re­sources. Prob­a­bly, this could be the rea­son Arvind Ke­jri­wal, Navin Pat­naik and K Chan­drashekhar Rao de­clined to im­ple­ment Ayush­man Bharat in their re­spec­tive states as its ben­e­fits are al­ready reach­ing to the peo­ple there.

Post emer­gency, a good num­ber of univer­sity lead­ers joined pol­i­tics and reached par­lia­ment af­ter elec­tion. In 2019 too, se­ries of stu­dent lead­ers like Kan­haiya Ku­mar, Shehla Rashid, Alpesh Thakor, Jig­nesh Me­wani etc. are ex­pected to give Naren­dra Modi run for his money. Whether they are prod­uct of ‘emer­gency’ or not the 2019 ver­dict will tell.

Jai Ho!

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