From Reforms to Land Scams

After all the chaos in the parliament and its wash-off on coal-gate, Manmohan announced his reforms- opening and enhancing the share of FDI in a number of sectors, rupee started gaining, share market moved up and the foreign press was agog with the brave steps of Manmohan.

However, it was short-lived. Arvind and IAC came out with disclosures of the land deal for the son-in-law of the first family in collusion with the largest builder company of the country. An honest IAS gave the details how Haryana government assisted the deal. A former chief minister of Haryana revealed that Rahul Gandhi also has purchased around 7 acres land in Haryana. And then Kejriwal fired another missile involving Gadkari. The whole of BJP leadership came out to diffuse it. Another activist of Mumbai disclosed the huge land scam of Sharad Pawar family in Lavasa Project of Maharashtra.

Salman Khurshid whom I respected a lot wished to teach Arvind a lesson for making disclosure of Vadra’s ill-gotten landed property worth thousands of crores, And so came Arvind disclosure of how Salman’s own NGO was involved in misappropriating of the grants. Salman’s true character got revealed when he threatened Arvind as goon does.

Will it affect the recuperation of the Indian economy that Manmohan and Finance Minister so badly wished?

But that will be the subject I shall like to discuss in the next blog.
What surprises me is the utter silence of Vadra and his wife Priyanka about the charges? Even Rahul and Sonia have been mum. Do they think that very soon the great ‘mango people’ of India will forget all these and the news will hardly affect their political strength? And perhaps they are following the advice of Mulayam Singh Yadav. ‘Ignore Kejriwal, he will get tired and shut up’.

Surprisingly, Mamta the only clean among Congress allies has already left. Karunanidhi, Sharad Pawar, Mulayam, Mayawati, and Lalu Yadav are with the Sonia’s government under clear threat of CBI. There is suspense as well as confusion in the air.

Politicians in power with many discretionary powers have become self-damagingly strong. Those in opposition don’t hesitate in taking favour for self or kins. Some unscrupulous small business men are trying to get nearer to the powerful politicians in the centre or in the states to share the wealth of the nation in form of land and other natural resources.

How can the farmer get water in their parched fields and improve the production if the politicians, bureaucrats and contractors get into the business of making money out of the irrigation projects such as one in Maharashtra? For example, “in a letter dated 5 May to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Engineer Vijay Pandhare, who is also a member of the State Technical Advisory Committee, claimed that more than Rs 35,000 crore — half the total amount of Rs 70,000 crore spent on irrigation schemes between 1999-2009 — has been pocketed by the nexus.” There must be hundreds of such projects that are being siphoned off by the unscrupulous rulers and those in power.

Where will this greed end? Can all these greedy ones give an answer to the ‘mango people’ of India to one question? Even if they are cremated on the bundles of currency notes, they will not go to the so much sought after destination called Heaven.

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