(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 23, 2009
Move Beyond Rhetoric
The prime minister spent a great deal of time in describing the current drought situation that is stalking the country. However, what needs to be done to provide relief to the suffering people was not adequately articulated. In these columns last week, on both issues which are imposing miserable hardships on the people – drought and price rise – we had suggested a series of measures that are imperative to provide relief to the people from their mounting agonies. Needless to add, there was little reference to these suggestions in the prime minister's address.
minister said: “It will be our effort
to ensure that every citizen of
Not surprisingly, the major thrust of the prime minister's address was to restore the country's growth rate to 9 per cent which, he described as “the greatest challenge we face”. The current fall in the growth rate to 6.7 per cent has been ascribed solely to the global economic crisis. He goes on to say, “It is only as a result of our policies that the global crisis has affected us to a lesser extent than many other countries”. However, characteristically he refrained from admitting that most, if not all, such `policies’ were due to the Left's pressure during the UPA-I government.
The prime minister says that, “good education is not only desirable in itself but is also essential for our people”. True. But what is the current reality? Of the 100 students that enter class I, only 31 reach class X. Of these, only around 16 pass class XII. Of this, a mere around 9 enter the portals of higher education. Mere enactment of the Right to Education Act does not guarantee to reverse or improve this situation. Huge leaps in expenditures are required. If the current budget is any indication, this is not forthcoming.
minister says, “good health is one of
our basic needs”. True again.
But then, what is the current reality? The
World Health Organisation (WHO) has shockingly revealed recently that
reiterating the continuation of all
the flagship programmes of the UPA government, the prime minister
great concern at growing Maoist violence.
He said: “The central government will redouble its efforts to
Naxalite activities. We will extend all
help to the state governments to make their police forces more
Central forces will be provided wherever they are needed.
We will also do more to ensure better
coordination among states.” Sounds good. But then the prime minister
explain how he continues to tolerate members of his own cabinet aiding
abetting Maoist violence in Lalgarh and other parts of
minister concludes his address by
exhorting the youth of our country, “We have full confidence in our
are our future.” Indeed, they are. We
have been repeatedly pointing out in these columns that with 54 per
Strengthening popular struggles to force the government to move in this direction, thus, constitutes the biggest challenge before the Indian people in the 63rd year of our freedom.