BJP manifesto : A dream of next generation India

The BJP manifesto is one of the most intelligently written document showcasing the vision of Modi Government, and If in case Narendra Modi comes into power and work starts on the following points, India will be heading towards becoming a self sustained economically and socially strong nation. Keep in the mind these projects can never be completed in 5 years. In the last NDA rule led by A.B. Vajpayee, also a lot of projects were started like – “National highway project, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sarak Yojna, education  foreign policy and economic reforms” which are still in progress.

  1. Diamond Quadrilateral project – Infrastructure , India desperately needs a good Infrastructure. This can be done by PPP. This is the first time I have seen a focus point regarding the Indian railways in a Manifesto.Indian railways is one of the biggest asset of Indian social and economic infrastructure and has a great scope of improvement.  BJP could possibly use Japanese advise to construct said bullet trains.
  2. Water strategy: Desalination, underground recharge and river linking to reduce water wars in a parched land.This is quite ambitious project, it will help reduce the uneven distribution of water but might raise eyebrows of environmentalist.
  3. ‘Swachh Bharat’: The manifesto promises a dramatic improvement in sanitation and hygiene by Mahatma’s 150 birthday (5 years from now).
  4. Cleaning up of rivers — starting from Ganga. I desperately want this, personally. If we can not respect our heritage, development is of no use for us.The manifesto promises a massive cleanup of Indian waterways. That could be substantial for our ecology, health and tourism.
  5. Defense Production – Yes , this is what our ARMY lacks behind, we have successfully sent a rover to MARS but we are failing to build quality weapons for the defense. INSAS and Tejas are good projects but still lot of work and research  needs to be done in this field. These weapons can also be sold to other countries like BRAHMOS and would help in generating forex.
  6. Invest in Thorium Technology: India’s greatest energy source lies in its Thorium. We have abudance of this nuclear material that could change the nature of Indian energy if managed well. It is a lot cleaner than Uranium. Clean and green power.
  7. Education Reforms – This will raise the standard of education and research, so that Indian universities become at par with the top global universities and find their place in the global league. Attracting educational tourism and encouraging higher studies.
  8. Building 100 new cities – This is quite important , however if only 10% is achieved in next 5 years it will be very fruitful.
  9. Justice – Double the number of courts and judges in the sub-ordinate judiciary. It also wants to extend fast-track courts to all layers of the judiciary. Justice delayed is justice denied.
  10. Police – Networking of police stations and strengthening of investigations, making them swift, transparent and decisive

 

 

 

This is the word cloud of the BJP Manifesto. (Frequent words have larger font)
BJP 2014 Manifesto word cloud
Read the manifesto on your own and decide whether you should vote for BJP or not.

Click here to Read the BJP Manifesto

 

References

  • Indian Express has a  article which showcases how the manifesto if given chance to implement can touch your life.
  • Balaji’s answer on Quora
  • reddit discussion

 

 

India and the Naxalites

I just watched this video and soon as I watched this I was compelled to write about it. Indians are very ignorant, and I am one of them. There is an ongoing battle between Indian Government and Naxalites that will play an important role in India’s future of integrity and development.

What I learnt after watching the video and reading fellow articles is summarized as follows.

There is a tremendous increase in millionaires in India in past decade. Is this because of the growth of Indian Inc? If that would be the case then the Indian middle class and lower class would be in quite better position. Most of these millionaires belong to the field involving natural resources like Real Estate, Minerals, Coal, Silver, Energy and rest are from service sector. How, these industrialists are able to tap such a huge amount of resources, which infact belong to the People of India and turn profit from it. Naxalism is the by -product of such practices only.

Naxalism

Naxalism is a wound in Indian State and will be effecting its integrity if not dealt properly.It is an immediate result of the Corruption and Ignorance of Indian Government , which prioritized profit of Private firms over the land and social respect of the native people. The problem could be resolved with much more mutual respect for each other. There is a foul smell of corruption in the allotment of the mineral-rich lands to the private organisations.

The term ‘Naxal’ derives from the name of the village Naxalbari in the state of West Bengal, India, where the movement had its origin. The Naxals are considered far-left radical communists, supportive of Maoist political sentiment and ideology. Their origin can be traced to the split in 1967 of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), leading to the formation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist). Initially the movement had its centre in West Bengal. In later years, it spread into less developed areas of rural central and eastern India, such as Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh through the activities of underground groups like the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

For the past 10 years, it has grown mostly from displaced tribals and natives who are fighting against exploitation from major Indian corporations and local officials whom they believe to be corrupt.

Naxalism is an movement for a good cause, done wrong. It a lost cause now where the way of achieving thing has become much more important than the cause itself.

The Maoists’ fight with the Indian government began 50 years ago, just after India became independent. A loose collection of anti-government communist groups – that initially fought for land reform – they are said to be India’s biggest internal security threat. Over time, their focus has expanded to include more fundamental questions about how India is actually governed.

The uprising by Maoist fighters and its suppression by the Indian government, has claimed more than 10,000 lives since 1980, and displaced 12 million people. Many of the victims are not even associated with either side. They are simply caught in the crossfire. And the violence is escalating as both sides mount offensive after counter-offensive.
In this battle the looser are the people residing in that area who become the target of both the Indian Government and the Naxalites.

I am sharing this video, so that you can watch this as well.

Why Rajiv Chowk is so called?

Most of us know about the famous Rajiv Chowk intersection at delhi that has become one of the most busy metro station. With the two most busy lines interesecting at the same station, it is one of the busiest station of the Delhi Metro.

The name of the chowk , “Rajiv Chowk” is after a student named Rajiv Goswami. Rajiv was a commerce student at the Deshbandhu College, Delhi University who came into prominence when he attempted self-immolation to protest against Prime Minister V.P. Singh‘s implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations for job reservations for backward castes in India. Goswami spearheaded a formidable movement against the Mandal Commission and his act of self-immolation led to larger protests and a series of self-immolations by college students throughout India. During Mandal commission agitation, the AIIMS intersection in Delhi was temporarily renamed by students to Rajiv Chowk in a celebration of his selfless act.

Check out the image – http://www.tribuneindia.com/2000/20000101/windows/pages/30.htm

How different is the corruption faced by the citizenry in China and India?

Answer by Paul Denlinger:

I have spent most of my working career in China, and don't have experience with India, so I will focus on China.

Chinese government is dominated by one political party, the Chinese Communist Party. Other parties exist, but their role is to only act as advisors to the CCP. Everything is under the party: the nation, the military, the financial system, the judiciary (there is no independent judiciary), the mass media and all local governments must serve the party. Middle and senior positions in all these organizations are open only to party members. There is no compromise about this issue and it is not open to discussion.

The role of the CCP is to serve the party leadership first, the 82M party members second, then everybody else third.

Because of this structure, the party has a very powerful hold on the lives of China's 1.3B citizens. It also makes the party's internal reform impossible.

Since there is no independent judiciary, Chinese government officials, who are party members, have no system of checks to reign in their own corruption. In order to avoid being caught for corruption by the party's own internal organs, junior officials bribe senior officials all the way up the ladder.

Also, since all financial institutions and land property are under the party's control, all economic growth is simply about transferring money from the party's one pocket to another. See my answer: Paul Denlinger's answer to Why does China have so many ghost towns?

When a senior party official is caught and prosecuted for corruption, it most likely means that he has fallen out of political favor, not that he was corrupt. (Because all senior officials are corrupt; it's just a difference in degree.) Because the judiciary is under the party, trials are usually very carefully managed and short, so as to save the party major embarrassment.

The biggest difference I see with India is that India is a multi-party democracy and has an independent judiciary and independent media. While there is major corruption, it isn't built into the system as it is in China.

Put another way, if there was a major effort to root out corruption in China, the Chinese Communist Party's  one party rule could no longer exist.

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Why doesn’t one get confirmed tickets in Indian trains easily?

Answer by Mohit Kumar:

I agree to the most of the points stated above. But I strongly feel that there is a bad planning from the government part as well , if we consider the infrastructure of our country. Railways are preferred medium for long distance travels as they are quite economical and have a very good connectivity. The main points that i believe are :

  • Bad condition of roads :
    Most  highways in India are narrow and congested with poor surface quality,  and 40 percent of India’s villages do not have access to all-weather  roads.Lane capacity is low – most  national highways are two lanes or less. A quarter of all India's  highways are congested. Many roads are of poor quality and  road  maintenance remains under-funded – only around one-third of maintenance  needs are met. This leads to the deterioration of roads and high  transport costs for users. I live just 200 KM from delhi, still i do not want to take the roads as it takes a lot of time to travel and the journey literally is pain in a**.
  • Pressure on Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities: Urbanization has created a lot of pressure on Indian cities and that is the main problem of the congestion in the railways.Less jobs available in villages and small cities have led to a lot of human flow to the metros and tier-2 cities, this creates a lot of pressure on the transport medium , the most economical being the railways.At peak times like during festivals and vacations, people rush from cities to their home thus leading to the problem
  • Slow Development : The last but the not the least the Indian infrastructure is not developing at the pace that could support the current population and urbanization,

I believe a better planning, including creating better jobs and career opportunity at the rural areas will help curb the population flow and will reduce the pressure on cities. Improving the road transport,(roads like yamuna expressway) will reduce pressure on trains.

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