BJP government has little to say: The Tribune India


Kapil Sibal

Former Union Minister

On December 17, in a speech to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Union Home Secretary Amit Shah said the government had resolved “several outstanding issues. for a long time in the country – the repeal of section 370 without a drop of blood. be paid; the complex question of Ram Janmabhoomi has been resolved and that there is no sphere where in the past seven years global change has not been brought about. He claimed that there had not been a single accusation of corruption against this government and that the Covid-19 pandemic had been brought under control thanks to the charismatic leadership of the Prime Minister. Big assertions, but hidden within are troubling facts.

By repealing Article 370, in addition to employing extreme coercive measures, the central government, from August 4, 2019, a day before the repeal, to March 4, 2020, imposed the longest internet shutdown in the world ( 233 days), within the State. The crackdown included the booking of 2,300 people under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Kashmir, with J&K police reserving 954 people (through August 2021) under the Kashmiri Public Safety Act. Jammu and Kashmir (PSA). Around 16,000 people, including former chief ministers, were arrested during this period. Curfew was the order of the day. Perhaps the Home Secretary did not care about the lost livelihoods; paralyzed businesses and the collateral damage that came with it. Superficial scars heal easily, but deep wounds become infected. No one can predict the future. I can only hope that we can keep the peace.

As for the management of Covid-19, contrary to what Amit Shah claims, this government’s lack of preparation to deal with it has revealed its total disregard for the concerns of those affected. Modi and Shah, have ignored all Covid standards to gain a foothold in West Bengal by organizing political rallies, regardless of their possible impact on public health. Modi’s Twitter thread celebrated the presence of huge crowds at these mass gatherings. The Kumbh Mela saw crowds of up to 3 million people gather on the banks of the Ganges. During this period, all previous records of a single-day outbreak of Covid have been broken with more than 350,000 daily cases in less than a month. This apocalyptic peak has taken its toll on the Indian healthcare system. Medical oxygen was lacking. We, as a nation, have been faced with a death toll never recorded before, witnessing images of overflowing crematoriums and cemeteries, bodies floating in the Ganges and thousands of bodies buried in shallow graves along the riverside. banks of the river. The mismanagement was evident. Despite official denials, the reality of the tragedy shocked the country. We have learned nothing from the experiences of other countries in early vaccine procurement, phasing out blockages, improving health surveillance, and investing in health infrastructure and drugs. We saw a tragic spectacle of lakhs of migrants, desperate to return home and stranded with no hope, when the Prime Minister announced a poorly designed lockdown on March 24, 2020. The poor had to walk and fend for themselves, in all forms transport suspended and interstate borders sealed. Despite this, the Minister of the Interior considers the government’s handling of the pandemic as a shining example of Modi’s charismatic leadership!

Amit Shah’s claim that the Modi government provided a government free of corruption is another “jumla”. This regime is riddled with massive scams and examples of crony capitalism. The Lokpal law, intended to fight corruption, has been administered as a sleeping pill. Lokpal might not wake up from their slumber until 2024. The Prime Minister’s promise of corruption-free governance was reversed soon after his election in 2014. Provisions for mandatory public disclosure of the assets and liabilities of public officials in the Lokpal law were reduced by amendments. Even the required rules, after the amendment, have not yet been notified. For more than five years, after the law was passed in January 2014, the president and members of Lokpal were not appointed.

According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, India’s ranking slipped six places to 86 out of 180 countries in 2020. In another report titled “Global Corruption Barometer – Asia”, published in November 2020 , India had the highest corruption rate of 39% in Asia. “The Yeddyurappa newspapers, the Sahara-Birla newspapers, the PSU bank fraud involving Nirav Modi & Mehul Choksi, the Rafale and the demonetization” are among the main scams that have yet to be investigated. The recent capture of over Rs 200 crore in cash in Uttar Pradesh is little evidence of this government’s claim that with demonetization, black money will receive a fatal blow. On the contrary, according to RBI data, despite the demonetization, the banknotes in circulation in terms of value went from Rs 17.74 lakh crore on November 4, 2016 (just four days before the demonetization announcement) to Rs 29.17 lakh crore on October 29. , 2021, an increase of 64 percent.

Democracy under the BJP is in crisis. Dissent has been criminalized. India fell from 27th position in 2014 to 53rd in 2020 on the Economic Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index. India now ranks 101st out of 116 countries on the 2021 Global Hunger Index, behind Nepal (76), Bangladesh (76) and Pakistan (92). India is also ranked 142 on the World Press Freedom Index, 2021, out of 180 countries. It was ranked 133 in 2016. Report Transformative Achievements in Modi India!

As for the complex problem of Ram Janmabhoomi, I am intrigued by Amit Shah’s statement that the government has solved this complex problem. I hope this is not an admission.

Complaints can be conveyed. The truth, however, has a habit of surfacing, as soon as possible.

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