After her sacrifice (?), Sonia appointed honest man as PM and started rule by Proxy. Allegedly, important files were sent to High Command for approval and “Deals” were fixed. Governance took the hit as no MP /minister would consult the PM on major issues .Above all, NAC (National Advisory Council) was formed by Sonia from amongst handpicked members with Sonia as the chairperson which ruled without responsibility but with full authority. Why did Man Mohan Singh accept humiliation is a mystery?
In 1975, media bent backwards out of fear. This time, it was greed. Media was manipulated. The power of Govt Ads and its monetary value is unprecedented. Discretionary quota was used to allot accommodation and positions to media bigwigs with free overseas trips aboard PM’s flight, VIP treatment and with all perks that come with PM’s entourage. Media became powerful that it started even to brokerage appointment of ministers.”I am at 7RCR” announced a TV news anchor. Each wanted to get close to power so as to become powerful. If you don’t kill your enemy, it will kill you. Media wasn’t touched.
NGOs were given licenses under FCRA and same NGOs/funds were surreptitiously used against political opponents and also allegedly for anti national activities. Some NGOs were owned by serving Babus and senior Advocates of SC. Over 10,000 NGO licenses have since been cancelled.
National security was compromised. When Chinese intruded,the then MEA termed it as ACNE. Case of Ishrat Jahan is in news with not much comfort. How could original files go missing from ministry? Col. Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya are live examples of the strategy. Illegal immigration of Muslims was ignored and missionaries were issued Visas who indulged in mass conversions. A drive through Punjab will see sudden spurt of Churches in areas where never has ever been a Christian. Phrase “Saffron Terror” was coined to appease minorities. Hindus were advised on Colorless Holi, Cracker less Diwali and no Rakhi, but never a Bloodless Eid was spoken about. Assam,WB,Kerala demographics were allowed to change. Roland Reagan had said “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation” Efforts were at full throttle to divide Hindus. Had they succeeded in passing CVB (Communal Violence Bill), half Hindu population would have been on jail. Had PrithviRaj Chauhan killed Mohd Ghori, no such thing would have happened.
The then PM said “Minorities have the first charge over natural resources”. While he was stating this, under his nose, due to “Coalition compulsions”, loot of natural resources was on. Be it Spectrum, Coal, Thorium, Land grab, CWG. No amount of enquiry would have helped. I once wrote this phrase from Twitter “The corrupt accuse corrupt of being corrupt and the corrupt investigate the corrupt and absolve the corrupt of being corrupt”
Congress infiltrated into Police, CBI, judiciary and Babudom. Those who played ball, had post retirement positions ready and those who didn’t had their files ready for CBI and IT .Babus continued to live in Colonial days with a game of Golf during working hours and lunch at Delhi Gymkhana
Someday, some historian will write about this disastrous decade for next generation never to make the mistakes we made.
Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW.
Writer is Shri. B K Chowla
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