People must force Narendra Modi to provide a jumla-free sarkar in 2017

Domestically and internationally, the Modi government is stumbling from one blunder to another.

Written by Ujjal Dosanjh | Updated: December 30, 2016 10:38 pm
Narendra Modi, Moid, PM Modi, Prime minister narendra Modi, Modi government, Pm Modi 2016, Narendra Modi 2017, JUmla, Jumla narendra Modi, Jumla free government, modi government 2017, Modi government, RBi, demonetisation, demonetisation effcsts, note ban, currency demonetisation, PM Modi demonetisation, cashless, cash crunch, ATm queues, bank queues, demonetisation ATMs, Modi government achievement, South china sea, india, pakistan, Indo-pak, PoK, Kashmir situation, india news, ujjal dosanjh demonetisation, ujjal dosanjh narendra modi, ujjal dosanjh blog Modi’s answer to the problems of India: more statues and more gimmicks. Demonetisation was one such tragic gimmick of a Prime Minister wanting to appear to do something against corruption.

For Indians 2017 must be the year of rebellion– of the peaceful variety. There is nothing wrong with revolting against bad government. It is not sedition against the country. Indians must rise up in peaceful revolt and protest to ensure that their country’s government works for their collective dream of a better and fairer India of more jobs, good public healthcare, better education and less corruption. They must stand up in peaceful protests and tell the increasingly deaf government in Delhi they can’t eat statues, no matter how tall they are.

Domestically and internationally, the Modi government is stumbling from one blunder to another. The devastating demonetisation was rung in on November 8th, completely out of the blue. Even the Reserve Bank of India, the guarantor and regulator of the Indian currency learnt only three hours before Modi threw the demonetisation grenade on the bumbling RBI and the unsuspecting public. Ever since that shock, millions of people have been queuing up at the banks and the ATMs everyday; despite the government’s promises to the contrary the end of queues seems not in sight.

While demonetisation wreaks havoc on the economy and a significant portion of India suffers in horrible poverty, Modi government, in the true Marie Antionette fashion of “let them eat cake”, is promising the tallest statues of steel, marble and stone. Modi’s right wing supporters such as the RSS, the Thackeray outfits and others are bent upon on reviving medieval fiefdoms of fanaticism, bigotry and intolerance; they are playing havoc with the essential ethos and fabric of the country.

2016 witnessed China’s increasing militarisation of the South China Sea and its deepening encirclement of India. In addition to continuing to strengthen its military presence in the South China Sea, on the man-made islands and otherwise, China has also been building infrastructure such as deep sea ports and roads in and to the countries around India–collectively called the string of pearls. Recently Russia has expressed strong support for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of China’s Silk Road Project, which severely impinges on and violates India’s claim of sovereignty over the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Russia is even talking about its idea of a Eurasian Economic Union possibly merging with China’s Silk Road Project.

Mr. Modi’s foreign policy has resulted in an isolated India, Pakistanised and delivered into the USA’s lap. Russia and Iran have begun to come together around China’s economic and other incursions into the POK. Russia, Iran and Pakistan are also beginning to see some shared interests in Afghanistan that are clearly at substantial variance with India’s. Modi and his mandarins should have anticipated these dangerous chess moves. It seems they didn’t. They have now been caught with their foreign policy pants down.

The so-called demonetisation was the dumbest Mohammed-bin-Tuglaki scheme to instantly delegitimize 86 percent of India’s currency. It has severely hurt the economy, the GDP and worst of all, the lives of ordinary people forcing them to stand in lines day after day, while the corrupt, the rich and the powerful would receive bundles of new notes sitting at home. There has been a brisk hoarding of billions in new notes and gold by the corrupt, putting a lie to Modi and his cronies’ nauseating claims that this new scheme was to end corruption. In fact it has been a Modi-sent boon to the corrupt including the bankers–even some RBI bankers.

A substantial part of India’s population continues to endure obscene poverty–of gigantic proportions. The country is home to the largest number of poor people in the world. Millions upon millions of Indians continue to live in shanties, hovels and on footpaths all over India. Millions more live in some of the largest slums in the world such as the one sitting cheek by jowl to the spanking new Mumbai airport. The pauperisation and suicides of Indian farmers continue unabated while the Nero like, blissfully blind Modi government of India, slumbers along in its crusade of statues.

Modi’s answer to the problems of India: more statues and more gimmicks. Demonetisation was one such tragic gimmick of a Prime Minister wanting to appear to do something against corruption. To distract people suffering from the demon of demonetisation, he has settled on another gimmick–a statue of Shivaji, another Indian hero, simply to hide his terrible political crime of doing nothing or very little to feed, clothe, shelter and educate India’s poor. For covering up the unpardonable political offence of neglecting the basic needs of ordinary Indians, Modi is wasting at least 7000 crores of Indians’ money on Shivaji’s and Patel’s statues–something they would have called a crime against India’s poor.

Then there are those such as Ram Sutar, the sculptor of the Patel and Shivaji statues, who argue if no one built monuments, the world would have been deprived of the Taj Mahal. One can’t argue with the dead Shah Jahan. The kings of yore like the dictators of today, such as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, could do no wrong. Anybody saying otherwise would be liable to have his/her head chopped off. Thankfully, Modi is the not the King of India. He is the Prime Minister of the country, the leader of the majority in the elected Lok Sabha. He is accountable to the people of India and the poor among them who elected him to this high office. And he isn’t supposed to chop off mine or anyone else’s head. Any Indians, the poor, the marginalised, the socially and economically disenfranchised have the right to publicly challenge him: “So long as even a solitary Indian soul in India has to sleep on a pavement, in a shanty, hovel or a slum what right do you have to build these extravagant edifices for those who, would themselves have condemned them?”

There is no viable or strong opposition on the horizon to the Modi government’s eloquent jumlas. The Congress is dying under its own corruption and the dead weight of its absolutely depressingly dull and decaying, if not already decayed, dynasty. Almost all other parties are regional and/or small, unable to pose any significant challenge to the Modi government now or in the near future. So the BJP has no incentive to change course, stop building walls of division around regions, religions and castes and become a government dedicated to the welfare of all Indians by building prosperous, fair, just and inclusive India.

Under these terrible circumstances, the Indians revolting in 2017, rising up in vigorous and peaceful protests in the country, to chart a new course for India is the greatest gift they could give to themselves and the country. In that spirit of legitimate, rebellious and peaceful protest, my wish for India in 2017 is that they rise in humungous protests to force Modi to provide a gimmick and Jumla-free government for India; a government that unites not divides along regional, religious or caste lines; a government that builds schools, colleges, hospitals, sewage facilities, universities and research facilities –not lifeless statues to hoodwink Indians into believing something useful is being done when in fact nothing is.

Indians do have the capacity to rise. They showed it in the freedom movement led by Mahatma Gandhi and then again against Indira’s emergency led by Jay Prakash Narayan. Paraphrasing Mahatma’s memorable words, the Indians need to rise up in protest “to be the change [they] want”; and make 2017 the most memorable year of the powerful ordinary Indians.

Dosanjh is former Premier of British Columbia, and former Canadian Minister of Health. Views expressed by the author are personal.

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First Published on: December 30, 2016 2:26 pm
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    Bharat vasai
    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:36 am
    .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ISI terrorists are really scared of Modi.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;With modi killing 100 Indians in just 50 days, isi terrorists fear they will be without a job soon, if Modi does their job of killing and inflicting suffering on Indians.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;.
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      Bharat vasai
      Jan 3, 2017 at 2:37 am
      .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi himself is corrupt withlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. 10,000 crore KG basin scam,lt;br/gt;2. Sahara birla scam where his name appears in their diaries to have received 25 crores.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now are we fools to believe this corrupt pm?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If Modi was serious about rooting out corruption and black money then why did he disrupt lives of 100 crore peoplelt;br/gt;and kill 100 people before:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Bringing political funding under RTI ( BJP spent 10,000 crores in 2014) and telling India who is funding their extravaganza.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. bring in lokpal billlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Also why did BJP make govt employees immuned to CBI investigations without prior govt approval?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modis FAKE war on black stands fully exposed. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;.
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        Nagi R
        Jan 3, 2017 at 1:32 am
        Amazing article.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But one cannot expect Jumla-free govt from Modi. Because has has practiced Jumla for 2.5 year since and mastered it. Else who in the world will talk Yoga to Putin? Isn't Modi an and a Thuglak mixed together?
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          Nagi R
          Jan 3, 2017 at 1:34 am
          Brahmins are both terrorists and supporters of terrorists, even if that is a nation-Israel.
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            Jyothi menon
            Jan 3, 2017 at 3:04 am
            In bad taste. There is nothing of essence in this article. Seems one sided!!!
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              asdfsaf
              Jan 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm
              Ujjal Dosanjh is a desperate CONGI....... i wonder where these creatures were when we have 10 years of a frozen corrupt sickular congi....
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                Dash
                Jan 1, 2017 at 10:50 am
                Katwaas in Western UP are killing,raping Hindus everyday. Wonen afe being gangraped,gangrape videos circulated,girls aulted. Western UP has become a killing field for Hindus. Thanks to jats,a few BKP MLAs and MPs,Hindusblive there. Otherwise they would have fled. Kairana is an example of the problems Hindus face there. Mujaffarnagar,Shamli,Meerut,Saharanpur,Baghpat etc.have substantial moslemm potion. Hindus face serious problems. Mughalistann corridor project cant be allowed to progress. Hindus from other areas need to wake up. Wake up...
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                  Balaji
                  Jan 2, 2017 at 3:38 am
                  Yeah This is a good view. Everybody is having his own view. Many views that are look good in a particular time seems deviating from the path at different point of time. The difference among these view are also very difficult to mark at the time of origin. Hence experimenting a view is not wrong. What is required one should remain alert to accept the changes easily. I feel ,so far, the modi Govt is the most alert Govt we found and rest time will say what is wrong and what is right.
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                    Barb Dewyre
                    Jan 2, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                    He just broke his New Year resolution in his first speech of the year at Lucknow.
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                      bitterhoney
                      Jan 2, 2017 at 2:46 am
                      Forget the congress, they have been voted out by public for their misdeeds, don't mention them again and again. Modi won the election with overwhelming majority on the promise that he would root out corruption and bring back black money within 100 days. Everything is as it were during congress rule. Modi betra the nation. He has different priorities now which are against national interest. The author has rightly said that hungry Indians will not eat tall statues of Shivaji and Patel, they need food. It is time to rebel against Modi govt . Modi should be thrown out of power as soon as possible.
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                        Lakshmi
                        Jan 1, 2017 at 10:55 am
                        We fully support demonetization. We are sure it is a step towards eradication of black money, counterfeit currencies,Jihadis,mavoists and all other anti nationals.we are prepared to bear difficulties to achieve a good cause. So, we don't like your article. We will see that Modi is winning all the embly elections in 2017.This concession is given to Modi with a warning that we will review the decision only in 2019( next General Elections ).lt;br/gt;We don't enforce hi family rule snymore
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                          blogger
                          Jan 3, 2017 at 12:21 am
                          Lol this clless and baseless article is your blog of the day. Sad that you think your customers are dumb to not see through the lies, bias and selfishness. How much did you get from the opposition to nominate this rubbish as the blog of the day?
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                            Arpit
                            Jan 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm
                            Haha ..last week it was same..this week again ..a rabid dog chasing a car..you wont learn ..will you. Illogical barking from pillar to post. Haha. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The more you write lop sided , pro congress articles. The more you criticise the good moves ..the more people will know your true face. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Stupid article ..as always . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Waste of time.
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                              Anon
                              Jan 1, 2017 at 3:44 pm
                              No point arguing with those who have made their minds
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                                Anon
                                Jan 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                                What a matured journalist with a bias free and objective point of view.lt;br/gt;Why does indian express provide space to such useless people ?
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                                  dmwn
                                  Jan 1, 2017 at 10:55 am
                                  Author makes a pertinent point. He has hit the nail on the head. Hope someone knocks sense in that clown PM's head. Power in his hand reminds me of the monkey who found a razor. First he cut himself, saw a red fluid squirting out of his body and then started jumping out of sheer joy at his great discovery. He experimented with another cut and another and started slashing the razor at his other siblings and mates till all of them started writhing in pain and eventually bled to death. Looking at his track record thus far as PM, Modi has shown that he can outdo the monkey. Considering his enormous talents, his journey in taking this nation down with him may happen at a greater pace perhaps. But after that what ? Won't we miss his 'Monkey Bath' ?
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                                    Kannada First
                                    Jan 1, 2017 at 7:23 am
                                    Don't spew venom in 3-4 lines of your comment. IE authors have enough stocks.
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                                      Kannada First
                                      Jan 1, 2017 at 7:03 am
                                      Dosawala must be having lots of "investments" back home. He's a worried man you know! He is bound to bark at Modi.
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                                        Kannada First
                                        Jan 1, 2017 at 6:55 am
                                        Mr.Khan from where do you get your bu!!$hit numbers on Ambani and Adani??
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                                          Kannada First
                                          Jan 1, 2017 at 7:01 am
                                          Whatta bu!!$hit argument! You will made to live with terrorists like JeM if you start liking China. Should we donate land to China like s have done? ? Modi did provide a roadmap. But his critics and some media groups are trying to raise questions at every step and mislead people like you. Why is Canadians like Ujjal Dosawala allowed to vomit rubbbi$h scarp in Indian Express? They want to create doubts and dilemma in the minds of unuming people.
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                                            Gsn Murthy
                                            Jan 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm
                                            Mr Dosanji as a citizen of this great nation I don't even consider this rubbish worthy of reading .Remove your filters and see things realistically than of your choice and desire.lt;br/gt;You must be requiring some earnings from journalism as it looks.
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