Rakesh Manchanda for BeyondHeadlines
Why his Excellency President of India cannot not practice what he preaches today-65th. Re-Public day?
On the holy occasion of the 65th.Republic Day. Let us see what President tells in para 12 of speech
“Fellow Citizens: …A democratic nation is always involved in argument with itself. This is welcome, for we solve problems through discussion and consent, not force….. India must find its own solutions to its problems.”
There is not a single word in his speech as to how the 50% Indian women security deadlock in Delhi and in India needs to be solved.
Is it because our President’s own son and MP had in the past given a loose statement against women protesters against gang rape calling them ‘dented and painted’?
Why has the President’s speech not covering as to how the Police in Delhi under Centre Government fails to register even a petty FIR by a common Indian?
Our President in the fifth para of his speech says:
“……Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop.”
Why his Excellency President of India cannot not practice what he and our Government preaches today on 65th. Re-Public Day?
Allow me to revisit Parliament archives as follows where Minister Mukherjee was trying to form consensus on FDI as FDI is certainly not a charity:
FDI policy rocked Parliament on 29th. Nov-2011 for third day; both houses adjourned. What did Minister Pranab Mukherjee tell media? Pranab dada told them that no decision in this regard could be taken without consulting the Union Cabinet, which had approved allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail last week.
“I would like to be guided either by Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) or tax. There cannot be a situation that somebody will make money on an asset located in India and will not pay tax either in India or to the country of its origin….Please remember, when the foreign investment was not there we did not eat lizard….. Therefore, we are not in that desperate a situation that a country of 1.2 billion people will be treated as a tax haven like Cayman Islands, Isle of Man or Virgin Island. We cannot be equated with them,” the minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
Allow me please few words as collective humble contribution based on FDI struggle:
America still had the Best Governance and participatory Model at town/village levels in the recent past.
Public Participatory Model rejected Wal-Mart in retail on several occasions and disallowed corporate to run Banks in America.
In India/Africa/Asia market American Corporate and American Government Nexus appears to buy support via Horse-trading in foreign Parliaments.
Prof. Arun Kumar’s article in 2011 on willingness of Corporate in America to pay more Taxes is as usual a good exposure/post-mortem for immediate survival of Americans. His article had no connection with same corporate behaviour say of Monsanto in India.
Why Corporate in America are forced to do so? Why Rich in America and Rich in India do not think alike for their self survival? Because American parliament unlike India has seriously warned Swiss bank to disclose list of American Black money hiders asap.
American Corporate who are world’s biggest and worst borrowers/loan defaulters are living not only on borrowed money but also on borrowed time. America makes the currency of other countries weak by endless, limitless and senseless global borrowing.
I think all of us support commons in America but at times we are forced to lick our wounds in Asia/Africa where we find American corporate-Politician intervention hunting blood, searching more power and hugging more greed.
If the cost of Investment of a common man say for example in Africa for a study in a university is suddenly up by 15% in the last 20 days it means that America has borrowed 15% more wealth from pockets of all Global citizens.
There is no guarantee for recovery of this 15 % loan by America as this is as good as a borrowing on a non refundable basis. For money, investment and Rules there is no Global equal playing field. In India Corporate driven by well wishes and `intelligent` CEOs continue to advise middle level investors to hide money in Tax Heavens Gold and in Temples.
No one is bothered to increase the purchasing power of the poor as `consumers` in the Market for the long term survival of Rich. There is a long overdue need to have a more equal global participatory model from remote villages to the World markets.
Till then… Jai Ho America Role Model!