Manmohan Must be Made to Quit

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Manmohan Singh government is justifying fuel price hike on the basis of more money being paid for fuel in Dollar value. This, in other words, is caused by weakening of the Rupee vis-a-vis the Dollar.

In these pages we have been frequently discussing how dangerous to India is Manmohan Singh.

Here below are some of our headlines:

Dr. Manmohan Singh gets murkier

Leftists and Rightists must come closer to quash treachery of the Prime Minister

The Question Is: Why Should Singh Continue As PM?

Is it not the time for the Congress party to change its Prime Minister?

It is Time, Congress Should Change the Prime Minister

Now both the leftists and Rightists have started echoing what we have said.

To any Indian, who prides over his own patriotism, Manohan’s continuance as Prime Minister would be shameful phenomenon.

People elect a Government to have a better economy. But Manmohan Singh runs a Government that has been ruining the Indian economy. All the unveiled mega scams are evidences of how he has given the worst of governance to India. And, now by hiking the fuel price to match the degradation in the value of Indian Rupee, it has proved that it is a totally irresponsible and blatantly malfunctioning government that has no qualms in scourging and oppressing the people.

It has patronized black money deposits in foreign banks and encouraged private indian industries to use huge profits fetched from the country’s people in their investments in foreign lands, for their further personal profit, whereby foreigners benefit out of exploitation of India’s nature, natural resources and manpower.

It has continuously and constantly weakened the Indian Rupee as a result of which its international value has been sharply receding leading to rise of fuel price in the country.

It has now clamped a cooking gas ration on the common man with such inbuilt mechanism that the black-market would get a very great bonanza out of this rationing.

The country is in unprecedented turmoil over unprecedented hike in diesel price.

Had the Government not been weakening our Rupee, the price rise in international market, could not have affected us such adversely. Besides the fuel price rise and cooking gas rationing, as the whole country has woke up against him, he has allowed foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.

This malfunctioning Prime Minister must be made to quit.

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Left Parties in Orissa Protest Against Anti-People Hike in Petrol Price

The left parties in Orissa have raised strong protests against the anti-people hike in petrol price.

The people are so angry over the hike that the parties that are
bedfellows of the profiteers are also making dramas of demonstration against the price rise.

The Question Is: Why Should Singh Continue As PM?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh is killing India. Majority Indians are suffering from slow starvation because of Singh’s wrong economic policies.

He has created the environment for price rise and when people are perishing, as none but the dishonest ones that benefit from his policies is able to afford the high cost of essential commodities, he has no qualms in saying that he is not an astrologer to predict when should the rising prices come down!

Who needs an astrologer in Man Mohan Singh? He has taken oath as the Prime Minister and he should act as the Prime Minister, not an astrologer.

It is time, he should understand that the Prime Minister’s main duty is to give a government that sees to it that people do not perish under price rise of essential foods. Price rise does not directly kill. It kills through slow starvation. Those who cannot afford the cost of food reduce their food consumption and that leads to slow starvation. Singh’s economic policy has pushed India to this sordid condition.

Free India had resolved to be a socialist country with the sole objective to emancipate people from poverty and profiteers. But Singh has sabotaged this resolve.

He, as Finance Minister under Narasingh Rao, had sabotaged India’s resolve to build up the country as a socialist republic and behind the back of the Parliament, he had subjected the country to imperialistic hegemony by signing the GATT document. His collaborator Pranab Mukherjee had then refuged to place the GATT document even before the Parliament.

In 1992, he had tendered his resignation after being held guilty by the JPC constituted to probe into the securities scam that owed its origin to his role as the Finance Minister of India. Many a Congress members of the Parliament had put tremendous pressure on everybody that mattered for removal of the adverse comment of the JPC on Dr. Singh; but the JPC did not buzz. His irresponsible assertions before the media that he was “not going to lose his sleep” because share prices were unreasonably rising had made the JPC look into his role in the discernible financial anarchy. He had to resign and he had resigned from the post of the Finance Minister. If Prime Minister Narasingh Rao had not heard Chandraswamy, his bed of tryst with the USA, the country should have been saved from the pernicious grip of the traitors that have transformed our democracy to plutocracy.

Aware of the damage his fiscal policy had done to India’s innumerable working class people, he had tried to hoodwink the sufferers by addressing to “six major tasks” in his budget speech delivered on 28 February 1994. He had described as “most important” the fifth one of these six tasks that said, “we must reorient our development policies and programs to address more effectively the problem of poverty, unemployment and social deprivation which affects a large mass of our people, particularly in the rural areas”. Sadly, he is now saying as the Prime Minister that he is unable to understand as to why price rise is hitting people so unbearably hard.

Let us see how so many times in the past he has assured the country of tackling price rise. If samples would suffice, we may recall, addressing the AICC at New Delhi on 21 August 2004 for the first time as Prime Minister, he had put his government’s priority on controlling the price rise that was hitting hard the people. He had tried to blame Vajapayee for the price rise, saying that it was due to the “misguided policies of the previous BJP led NDA government”, even though Vajpayee government’s policies were guided by the anti-socialist economic policy Singh himself had pushed the country into, as the finance minister in the Rao regime. However, members of the AICC were so disturbed over price rise that he had to declare, “controlling of prices was his government’s priority”.

But instead of controlling prices, he has all along contributed congenial climate to price rise. The Congress members have all along expressed worries over the rising woes of the people reeling as are they under unrelenting price rise that their own government is unable to undo as the country is running under anti-socialist policies of their Prime Minister.

If the Congress Working Committee is of any relevance, many of its members, in its session on 5 February 2010, had asked the government to take immediate steps to “reduce the layers of middlemen” between the farmers and consumers so that price rise may be controlled. But Singh was mum over this point. He just had said that things are “improving and soon there would be more improvement”. The CWC was not satisfied. Sensing the danger signal and driven by the desire to hoodwink the Parliament, the budget session whereof was soon to start, he appointed on the next day, i.e. 6 february 2010 a high-powered committee on price rise under the chairmanship of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee that comprised all the Chief Ministers of Congress ruled States.

But no improvement, as he had told the CWC, took place. People reeled under continuous price rise. The Parliament was rocked by the Opposition over the issue. When it commenced its budget session on 23 Feb 2010, immediately after the President’s address to the joint sitting, the united opposition stressed on discussion on the issue of price rise which led to adjournment of both the Houses.

Despite having defended the finance minister on 27 February 2010, Singh knew that the entire country was condemning his administration over unrelenting rise in prices of essential commodities. He used Mukherjee to convey the so-called high-power committee on price rise. The committee met on 8 April 2010. But no solution was envisaged / encouraged.

Came the Independence Day, 15 August 2010. Singh in his customary address to the nation had to confess that majority of Indians were hit hard by price rise. He shed meretricious tears for the poor; saying, “It is the poor who are the worst affected by rising prices, especially when the prices of commodities of everyday use like food-grains, pulses, vegetables increase”. Using the statistics of inflation as the scapegoat, he, however, declared, “We are making every possible efforts to tackle the problem”.

Singh knows what efforts his government made. But 2010 passed away sans any control over prices. On 12 January 2011, he presided over a high-level meeting on price rise. Several medium and long-term possibilities of price control was discussed; but no discussion was made on how to reduce “layers of middlemen” between farmers and consumers even though, as noted supra, there was loud thinking in CWC on 5 February 2010 that the government should reduce the middlemen if price rise was to be controlled.

Instead of leading his government to curb price rise, he reshuffled his cabinet on 19 January 2011 when a team of business leaders told him on 17 January that they were “alarmed at the widespread governance deficit almost in every sphere of national activity”.

Yet the media asked him after the reshuffle as to when the people should get relief from unbearable price rise. “I am not an astrologer” he said.

Now the question is: When he has not been able to curb the price rise of essential commodities, ever since he became the Prime Minister as sample instances shown supra, even though price rise forces people into slow starvation, why should he continue in the post and in whose interest?

OPPOSITION TO OPPRESSION CANNOT BE EXTINGUISHED


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh is now known for two things: (1) inaction against price rise and (2) action against Naxalites.

Price rise in health service sector had given birth to Naxalism. Price rise in essential commodities has kept alive Naxalism. Were there no price rise there would have no Naxalite in India.

Price rise is what exploitation is.

Every exploiter finds his / her enemy in the Naxalites. Pressing state power against Naxals is using state power in support of the exploiters. The PM is expected not to support the exploiters; but he is aggressively against the Naxals!

As consumers Indians are severely jeopardized by Price rise. The Country had developed a practice of studying Consumer Price Index to equip administration with analyzed instruments to save consumers from price rise.

But in Singh’s style of administration the Index is not being used to curb price rise. It is being used to sumptuously enhance dearness allowance of government servants to enhance their purchasing power and to equip them with funds to go for costly consumer goods. This is helping price rise getting increased from high to higher. The trading class is easily making massive profit, but the majority mass of the country comprising the landless laborers, marginal farmers, industrial workers and unemployed persons is left in the labyrinth of wretchedness. Majority of Indians is in slow starvation, unable as the commons are to meet the price rise. This abject wretchedness is giving birth to corruption in the grassroots and vitiating the base of India with stark opportunism that man’s survival instinct is bound to bring about.

Whether the PM has understood this or not is not material. Let him understand that human society is a living collective that is bound to oppose oppression. Price rise is a slow killing form of oppression. Man’s opposition to this oppression cannot be extinguished. Hence, instead of steering administration to extinguishment of Naxals, it would be better for the PM to halt oppression by bringing down price rise as soon as possible.