From the Urdu Press: Gift Politics and Inflation Debate in Parliament, Black Street Protests and Rajan’s Red Flag
As parliament, whose monsoon session ended Monday four days earlier than expected, discussed inflation early last week after days of disruption, Urdu dailies took a dim view Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s response to the heated debate, calling it “insensitive”. and insensitive” and pointing out that the lives of ordinary people have become more difficult amid sizzling prices of basic necessities and soaring unemployment. On the raging discourse on revdi policy, an opinion emerged from them that the central dispensation was indulging in hypocrisy and double standards on certain government measures for “relief and well-being” of ordinary citizens compared to its excessive and extravagant chords. corporations and crony capitalists. They interpreted the nationwide protests of the Congress in Black as an urgent turn in the opposition role of the big old party in crisis.
Roznama Rashtriya Sahara
Commenting on the debate on price hikes in parliament, the multi-edition Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, in its August 4 editorial, writes that essentially what ministers and members of the ruling BJP have sought to impress on MPs in opposition is that “there is no inflation in the country, the rupee does not slip, India is in a much better economic position than many countries and remains one of the economies in fastest growing in the world, there is no talk of a recession, the government filled people’s plates with food, provided bank accounts, mobile phones and electricity connections to poor households, built toilets for them and ensured Ayushman health insurance up to Rs 5 lakh – and that the people should be grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ensuring a free ration for 80 million people. ”
The daily says people across the country have been reeling from the challenges of inflation, unemployment and the GST on food items, but it takes the skills of the BJP to turn them around and paint a rosy picture while foiling the opposition during the debate in Parliament. “However, the government’s statement on the rise of rice in the House is staggering,” he said, adding that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her response to the debate, actually blamed the opposition for ” cheated” the country. Sitharaman blamed the opposition for politicizing the issue and wasting valuable parliament time by protesting against it, saying the country’s situation is much better. “This is the same FM who, when faced with opposition in Parliament a few years ago over high onion prices, said she didn’t eat a lot of onions and garlic and was from a family who did not eat onions. This time, she may have crossed off her list in addition to essential onion and garlic products such as milk, curd, fruits, vegetables, meat , eggs and edible oil – otherwise she must have spotted their extravagant prices somewhere,” he says.
The editorial quotes BJP MP and Standing Finance Committee Chairman Jayant Simha telling the opposition that ‘you are looking for ‘mehngai’ but you can’t find it because there is no inflation anywhere “. “The attitude of the ruling party regarding the debate on price hikes in parliament was callous and was an unfortunate attempt to make a joke of people’s misfortunes and sufferings,” he says. “The reality is that the problem of rising prices has turned into a festering sore now… The cost of cooking gas per cylinder has risen to Rs 1100, edible oil Rs 250, milk Rs 70 the liter… However, all this makes no sense to the government, which presented the issue as a simple political stunt of the opposition.
In its August 4 editorial, “Muft Sahuliyaat by Dohre Meyaaraat (Double standards on freebies)”, the Hyderabad-based Siasat writes that the raison d’être of a government is to support the people, to bring them relief , alleviate their difficulties and take steps to improve their lives. For these purposes, if certain things are given to them for free by a government, this should not raise eyebrows, specifies the daily. It has been seen in recent years that some state governments have provided various free goods and services, in varying extents, to the population, including electricity, water, medicine, free bus ride for women, scholarships for young people to study in foreign institutions, marriage assistance for girls, pensions for widows and the elderly, and schemes for the physically handicapped, he notes.
“However, it seems that the central government led by the BJP has opposed these free social protection measures,” the edition said, adding that the case has now even reached the Supreme Court, with a petition asking for instructions to regulate the distribution of gifts (revdi) by political parties using public funds. He notes that the Center told the court that the gifts jeopardize the development of the country. “However, the Modi government has failed to shed light on the nature and parameters of development. After all, development cannot be just about distributing public assets and facilities to Indian companies. »
The country’s population is suffering from various hardships, including declining incomes and rising commodity prices, the daily said. ” In this context,
if people get some relief from the government, it eases their burden. However, priority is given to crony capitalists by awarding them for a song public goods ranging from airports to ports, telecommunications to spectrum, rail services to land. Many of them had received thousands of crores in loans, which they never repaid and instead fled the country. Thousands of wealthy Indians have emigrated to foreign countries and adopted their citizenship… Yet objections are being raised about some basic welfare benefits given to the poor masses.
The edition says that given the plight of ordinary people in the current economic situation, the Center should actually encourage states that are willing to provide relief to them. “By providing free five kilos of food grain to the people every month, the BJP dispensation is trying to gain political traction even as it criticizes other parties for resorting to similar measures in the states they govern. This is the Centre’s double standard,” he said, adding that beyond such hypocrisy, all efforts should be directed towards the public interest and welfare.
In its August 7 editorial, titled “Ehtijaj ka Naya Rukh (A New Direction of Protest),” the Bengaluru-based Salar states that the democratic nature of this beautiful country, marked by freedom of expression and dissent peaceful as essential characteristics, has been plagued by deep pain and fear as the repression of freedom of expression seen in neighboring countries or even in Europe for decades is now happening here. “At a time when opposition parties face a siege from the government in parliament, constitutional institutions outside parliament and the media in the streets, it becomes necessary to change the method of protest,” said the daily. As Congress leaders, office bearers, MPs and activists, dressed in black, the color of protest, took to the streets across the country to stage protests over issues including rising prices, unemployment and GST rates on food items, party leader Rahul Gandhi, at a press conference before leading the protest in New Delhi, said India was witnessing the “death of democracy” and that “Democracy is in the memory now”. “Using police force to suppress any demonstration on public issues has now become a trend. So many congressional protesters were arrested,” he says.
“The color black is not biased in favor of anyone. It absorbs all negativities and emits the light of truth…Our judges are dressed in black. The famous socialist leader, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, said that when the streets are silent, Parliament turns away. So, in such a situation, it is the exercise of a democratic responsibility to go out in the dark to break the silence of the streets and make the voice of the people heard”, writes the daily. He points out that this was not the first time that protesters have used the power of black people to make their point.“Theatrical artists wear black when they take the stage to protest against social ills or movements anti-people of the powers that be.Wearing black bands as a mark of protest has always remained fashionable… In black attire, Congress brought to light the burning public issues of rising prices and unemployment that the government did not abo rde not outright under various pretexts.
The Mumbai-based Urdu Times, in its August 2 editorial titled “Bilkul Sahi (Absolutely Right)”, highlights the warning of the renowned economist and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan, against the majority authoritarianism in India which, according to him, must be defeated. Referring to Rajan’s concerns that any attempt to “make second-class citizens out of a large minority will divide India”, he writes that his statement is an indicator that the fabric of secularism has frayed in the country. .
“The path of communal conflict that the country is pursuing leads to destruction, not development. An expert economist like Rajan sees this danger. The Congress party does not say so,” the editorial states. “Attempts to turn Muslims into second-class citizens will harm not only the interests of the minority community but also those of the country. There is no dearth of abilities, capacities and talents among Muslims, but they are not given fair and equal opportunities so that they can play a vital role for the development of the country,” he said. , adding that ‘Missile Man’ and late former President APJ Abdul Kalam was a shining example
of such a model. Asked how a country can achieve development while keeping its minorities out, the editorial cites the example of Sri Lanka, which has been plagued by unprecedented economic and political crises.
Addressing the All India Professionals Congress conclave, Rajan, while affirming that India’s future lies in strengthening liberal democracy and its institutions, which is crucial for development, also said that Lanka was an example of what happens when a country’s politicians try to divert their inability to create jobs to attack minorities.
Citing examples of Indian Muslim success stories like Azim Premji of Wipro, Yusuf Khwaja Hamied of Cipla and Habil Khorakiwala of Wockhardt, among others, the daily writes that these personalities have played an important role in the country’s economy. “It is the government’s responsibility to ensure the inclusion of Muslims in the whole development process. Muslims are equal citizens of India. Any attempt to make them second-class citizens would be against the interests of the country.