UPA2 Stinking and sinking

via Dr Mrs Hilda Raja published on August 8, 2010

Mrs Sonia Gandhi the Congress leader had requested her party leaders not to allow personal ambition to come in the way of their performances. What she does not realize is the fact that the UPA2 is a ship without a rudder. How can a ship sail especially in turbulent waters when the Captain is not at the steering wheel? Mrs Sonia Gandhi wanted a weak person at the helm of affairs because her motive was to have someone who would be just a puppet-to keep the chair warm till Rahul Gandhi was ready to claim it.

Look at the scams that have mired the UPA2.Never in independent India did we witness a government so mired in muck and stink and slush money. There is a saying in Malayalam-the tail will not wag unless the head shakes. The whole system stinks and what is Mrs Sonia Gandhi bothered about-to keep herself and her son out of any criticism. Towards this she should be able to show a clean hand but when the HAND covered also with dirt then how can only criticism be avoided. By fielding big mouthed spokespersons whose task is just to shout down the others will not safe her and the Congress. In fact it worsens the situation.

See how unconstitutionally the Congress is using the CBI as the Congress Investigation Bureau to settle scores, to buy the silence from its allies, to threaten and intimidate and to buy time. The Hand which is supposed to clean up contaminates and disfigures the whole picture of democracy. One is at a loss as to where to begin. Let me at random pick a few examples. One has yet to hear the end of Bofors because it is going to be an ever lasting blot on the Congress. Just recently the congress spokesperson Abhishekh Manu Singhavi quipped ‘do you think the CBI is a bunch of fools”? The CBI is not a bunch of fools but a bunch of men who have no backbones, who have sold their consciences to the political bosses. And the Congress has made it a bunch of fools when the CBI was unable to net in Quattrocchi. The whole world must have been laughing when they went to Argentina without the necessary papers. Was it an excursion trip they made at the cost of the taxpayers? CBI is for the time being nothing but the handmaid of the Congress and it does not mind being fools for its political bosses .Hence  Abishekh Manu Singhavi should throw that question at his own party and not to the people. We are thoroughly ashamed of how the Congress has demeaned such Central agencies and made these its faithful handmaids.So ‘Q’ could walk away with the looted money and much to the relief of Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

Take another scam-Food for Oil. Till date we have no clear answers of the role Mrs Sonia Gandhi played in this. Poor Natwar Singh was harassed and driven out of the Congress fold. But why did the CBI not get to the root of the matter? Is it because it is a handmaid of Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s government or because it consists of a bunch of fools?

One may think that these are all past-well the present becomes past but the past will not disappear in the history of a country unless these are dealt with and justice is rendered. They will remain to haunt the perpetrators. Why is the CBI and the UPA being selective in only digging out the cases in Gujarat ? Why should only the past of Modi become the present? Why the Sikh riots are conveniently forgotten while the Gujarat riots are being replayed and mentioned at the drop of a hat. How does that give Mrs Sonia Gandhi the President of the Congress party which massacred ten times more people of a minority community the sanction to hold forth on ‘merchants of Death” Were not ten times more people butchered during the Sikh riots and was it not organized and operated by the Congress? Did not Rajiv Gandhi even so callously and blatantly justify it? So should not Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress be indicted for abetting this genocide and violation of human rights? Posthumously should not RG be tried, and the record set straight. This is of prime historic value and posterity will see that Indian democracy had stood for justice no matter how high one was.

And  the Congress party which usurped power, gagged the media, threw into prisons thousands of valiant men and women, abolished 526 satraps because democracy does not lend itself to hereditary power replaced itself with supreme power and made it hereditary must be send to vanavasam as a sort of penance and reparation. After all for the President of the Congress who took to renunciation this is a natural follow up towards redemption and salvation. This she owes to the aam admis. She who by the sole claim of a legacy came to power must accept all the legacy baggage she claimed. Mrs Sonia Gandhi and the Congress Party owe this to the people of India .

Events of natural disaster, governance omissions, systemic and systems failures have all been creating havoc and costing untold misery to the aam admis while the political class gets away with offering mere tokens. Loss of human lives and blood letting have overtaken the country in quick succession that even before one is being debated, grappled with, brought to the floor of the Parliament, for the attention of the nation it is being  shouted down by the specially trained shouting brigade consisting of the National spokespersons of the Congress, the people are benumbed and unable to cope with the frequent  body blows they are given by the  stinking UPA2.Yet the fortunes of the Parliamentarians are ever rising-be it in muscle clout or money power. The taxpayers’ money is lavishly used without any qualms of conscience.

This brings me to the present state of affairs. The past one month saw the hue and cry against Union Carbide-the Bhopal gas victims and the deplorable way in which the whole disaster and its aftermath were handled. Two Congress governments one at the State and the other at the Centre were in power. The last we heard on this was a blame game.It cannot be the Centre government because the infallible Rajiv Gandhi was at the helm of things. So the blame must be chucked to the State-Arjun Singh was then the CM but common sense will indicate that a CM of a State cannot allow a criminal safe transit unless it had been promised by the Centre. When the din was a bit loud then Manmohan Singh wakes up and comes into the loop. Because Mrs Sonia Gandhi would not allow Rajiv Gandhi to be blamed the quick fix method was applied- a GoM empowered is appointed to look into the matter and report-The GoM naturally found no records. Granted there was no record the fact remains that Anderson was allowed to leave the country. So it becomes worse, that a foreigner who has to account for 15000 dead can leave the country –with no government records and hence no accountability of governance to the aam admis. Does these no record absolve Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress? Or does it point an accusing finger to the Congress that it ran a government without records of its omissions and commissions? But before the people could comprehend and raise the demand to a high volume for castigating the Congress and its role- another train disaster overtakes us and again people are benumbed with the dead toll and the tragedy which befalls the poor. Neither Mrs Sonia Gandhi nor Rahul Gandhi thought it fit to visit the site of the disaster and console the victims and their families. So the people of India are left to their own wisdom and have no time to spare to nurse their brutalized humanity but to get going …..

We are over taken by sexual scams in the field of sports- skeletons keep tumbling and the TV channels keep us abreast during prime time. So the whole focus is shifted from scams, corruption, Bhopal tragedy, Rajya Sabha seats for sale, to sex abuse in the Sports, but unfortunately the scam in the Common Wealth Sports burst forth. With scams and with the ministers’ involvement being so common a reality in governance this is also taken in the stride of the nation-as a matter of fact happening. After all when ministers and the political class are involved can it be devoid of scams and corruption? There are media reporters who even castigate the people who are making much of this scam-what is important is the CWG  must be a success. The middle class value of image and the name of India are more important than scams, than honesty and the ideal that the means is as important as the end. The silence of the PM and of course Mrs Sonia Gandhi must also be read in the same vein. After all MMSingh has been presiding over a ministry which is mired in contradictions and egoism and scams and is  total disarray. A.Raja is very much there.

All the time the inflation had its upward trend and hit astronomical heights and the aam admis are trying to soothe their half empty stomachs with the promises that by Dec the prices will come down. Shall we wait then till then and not buy vegetables, pulses, cereals and live on fresh air and water-even these two prerequisites of life are not available. Seeing the  MPs so smug in Parliament churns the half empty stomachs. They do not care. They are cocooned in villas abroad, while the wheat rots, high rise buildings and low human values and they surely do not need to worry when it comes to price rise for they have money flowing from many quarters. Subsidies for the filthy rich like the Anbanis with crores of tax exemption are not debated and not even raised by the Opposition.

We are assured as usual that the CWG will be probed and who ever is involved in the scam action will be taken but the kingpin of it Suresh Kalmadi is safe- he  states with smug confidence that if the PM, Mrs Sonia Gandhi and the IOC demand then he will step down. What are we to make out of this? What probing do we need? This is a time buying device. It is necessary to start at the AR Films and the AM Cars and Van Hire to trace why a 450,000 pounds was paid to them by the Organizing Committee and 25000 pounds continue to be paid to these firms. Will we ever get to the bottom of the affair or the glamour of the games will cover it up. The probing agencies are fully engaged in Gujarat and have no time for other scams and probes.

What is unpardonable is the finance meant for the SC/ST welfare siphoned off. This is a crime and constitutional violation. The PM is still silent. The response we have is that even the SC/ST gains. Gains how and why? Is that a justification for the money meant for its welfare to be siphoned off for the CWG. Why not the budget allocation earmarked for the Minority ministry be used towards this? It is a Constitutional violation to divert money meant for the welfare of the SC/ST for any other purpose.

The PM who presides over this muck has to be indicted. An honest person will not tolerate dishonesty by those under him. If he has no powers to demand the resignation of the corrupt then he should put in his papers. The fact that he does not reveal Mr Manmohan Singh’s feet of clay. To be weak and to be in power is really something rare and a contradiction. Because he is weak he is the PM.

What is bothering is that this great scam was not unearthed by the CBI or the ED but by the British taxation department. Abishekh Singhiv must now answer if the CBI and the ED are a bunch of fools. In Headley’s case too the man so smoothly slipped in and out of India- where were these Central agencies ,only when the FBI nabbed him, put him on trial, and the justice system there quickly sentenced him locked him in prison then India was  making a plea to question him! Chidambaram thinks that it is big feather in his cap to have succeeded in making the US government agree to the quizzing of Headley by our CBI. And what has happened to the disclosures made by Headley? Ishrat’s case is being reopened in Gujarat in spite of Headley’s revelation that she was an ISI agent.

No government would survive such a head load of scams, corruption, inefficiency, and inability to uphold democracy. A government which has utterly failed on all fronts cannot be allowed to stay in power. This is a banana republic and the people must be made to realize the danger in such a system.

The UPA2 is not only stinking but also sinking.


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