Thursday, June 30, 2005

ft.com editorial: indecisive india

jun 30th

this is not indecisiveness, it's an elaborate charade or mating dance between the congress and the marxists. the marxists pretend to protest some sensible policy, such as the SEZ loosening of labor laws. the nehruvians pretend to be shocked and horrified, wring their hands in despair, beat their breasts a few times, sigh mightily, and say, 'because the marxists don't want this, we are forced, alas, to drop this sensible policy.' in reality both groups want the same end result: poverty persisting in india, so that they can pretend to be the saviros and hoodwink the electorate. this we have seen time and again in the disinvestment area, as we do now with the hoo-haa over BHEL.

in the weary and immortal words of elton john, 'i've seen that movie too'. yeah, many times. too many times.

So keep your auditions for somebody
Who hasn't got that much to lose
`Cause you can tell by the lines I'm reciting
That I've seen that movie too

and the british media colludes in all this -- after all, they prefer to keep india down. here is the financial times exonerating the nehruvians in this editorial

if you want the full url, here it is: http://news.ft.com/cms/s/4b89ba12-e83b-11d9-9786-00000e2511c8.html

4 comments:

san said...

Here's a fresh piece by
Brahma Chellaney on the issue of what must be done for Indo-US relations to progress. Please take a look.

nizhal yoddha said...

brahma as usual is on the money. he is a very astute observer, and his views on the chinese threat are sober and clear-headed. he is very clear about india pursuing its national interests.

san said...

Hi Rajeev,
It's good to know we have experts like Brahma Chellaney. I remember his first commentary on Taliban way back when, and what an eye-opener it was. It's surprising that he was a security advisor to the ineffectual Indira Gandhi. While India certainly needs its own Kissingers, what we really need is a Roger Ailes and even a Dick Cheney. You never see US conservative ideologues pulling an Advani, going over to the other camp and telling them how rueful he is. If only BJP hadn't alienated the rural support base.

I'm curious -- how would you all have fought the national elections, based on what we know now?

Another thing I'd like to ask -- what is happening on the issue of appointing judges to Supreme Court of India? Are the judiciary still claiming that they are the only ones empowered to appoint their own judges?
How is this justifiable, and how is it politically/constitutionally tenable?

san said...

Another column by
Freidman