While we were silent

published on July 13, 2013


First, the UPA came for the roads sector. We did not speak out.
After all, the only reason the NDA could have started the golden quadrilateral is because they wanted to spread Hindutva.


Next, they came for the airline sector. We did not speak out.
After all, flying is what birds do, not humans. Besides, aviation is bad for climate change.


Then they came for the power sector. We did not speak out.
After all, the only power that matters is political. Electricity be damned.


Then they came for education. We did not speak out.
After all our, our low quality education left us incapable of speaking out.


Then they came for industry. But we did not speak out.
After all, India is a rural country.


Then they came for employment. But we did not speak out.
After all, the more people we have dependent on government, the more we think it is a good government.


Then they came for agriculture. But we did not speak out.
After all, why worry about food production when the government is giving you a legal right? Is there anything more reassuring than social policy designed by and for lawyers?


Then they came for institutions. But we did not speak out.
 After all, this was reform by stealth. Destroy government from within.


Then they came for inflation. We did not speak out.
After all, for some, inflation is just a number


Then they came for the telecom sector. But we did not speak out.
After all, new communication can be a threat to government. Besides, we can always revert to fixed lines. More digging is good.


Then they came for financial stability. But we did not speak out.
After all, what would you rather have: macro economic stability or a free lunch?


Then they came for regulation. We did not speak out.
After all, just like the religious confuse piety with mere ritual, the virtuous confuse regulation with outcomes.


Then they came after freedom. We did not speak out.
After all, if they are not Hindutva forces, they cannot be a threat to peace and liberty.


Then they came for virtue itself. We did not speak out.
After all, virtue and thinking can both be outsourced.


Then they came for the poor. But we did not speak out.
 After all, once the poor have been used as an argument, all else is immobilised.


Then they came for the citizens. But we did not speak out.
 After all we do have the vote.

(Adapted from the Article Published in Indian Express by Pratap Bhanu Mehta , President, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi.


To know What they Did – The Destructive governance of UPA, Read full article at


http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1140199/

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