Kamal Morarka

So Sad Pure Politics Is Now Economic Politics

 Posted by Kamal Morarka under Blog
We have for long been seeing the unending spectacle of pro Narendra Modi and anti Narendra Modi forces within the BJP and the RSS. At one time the BJP and its earlier version, the Jan Sangh, was known for its discipline. And the cadre was known to follow the party line without any dissensions. The RSS was also a respected organisation who’s one word used to solve many problems or give the correct line. All that is gone. Now the ...

Matters Must Be Brought Under Control

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The Reserve Bank got a new Governor on 4 September. It will be proper for the Government to help his work by taking certain steps which only the Government can take and not the Reserve Bank. For instance, we are importing 500 billion crores of goods, out of which 180 billion are for oil. The rest of the 320 billion he will definitely cut, should be 53 billion in gold alone. Then there are more non-essential items like electronics. In ...

Required: Firm Steps And More Transparency

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The country is passing through an economic crisis which has many dimensions. However, the Government response is very slow, it is a case of too little too late. The Finance Minister increased the import duty on gold and put some restrictions on sending money abroad. But this will not solve the problem. What is required is a merciless compression of imports. Gold import should be totally banned for a limited period, let us say up to 31 March 2014. Also ...

Business Houses Versus The Poor, Farmers and Labourers : Whose Country Is This?

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The changes that have taken place in the country have compelled one to ask a basic question. The question is: whose country is this? The economic policies of the country and the political atmosphere formulated and created by the Government should be for the benefit of which segment of society? The proper answer should be that the Government should take care of all segments. Even today sixty per cent of the people of the country depend on agriculture. In the ...

Do Something For The Poor Correct Distortions

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Once again Independence Day was celebrated. On every Independence Day, in the same manner as this year, various newspapers and magazines start giving articles on Independence and somehow or the other they go back to whether Partition should have taken place, or what could have happened if India had not been Partitioned. While India’s Partition and the talks that were held with the British are very interesting, not much purpose is served today by discussing whether Partition should have taken ...

Congress Making One Mistake After Another

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Unfortunately, the Congress Party does not have a sense of timing. Either they are confused about when to hold the elections or become so panicky that instead of the Prime Minister taking the matter in his own hands and soothing the nerves of the country, they are making one mistake after another. They have called the Monsoon session very late. What is the purpose? They could have called it earlier and had a good discussion on the Food Security Bill. ...

Need To Focus on Sensible Decisions

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At long last, the Congress has taken a decision on Telangana. Keeping Hyderabad as the capital for 10 years is no solution at all. In the case of Chandigarh, the city happens to be on the border of both Punjab and Haryana. But here, Hyderabad will be right in the centre of the newly carved out Telangana and for the rest of Andhra Pradesh to use Hyderabad as a capital will not be convenient. However, they have said it will ...

Disturbing Issues Need Rational Handling

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In the last week two significant events, both entirely different, have caused concern. The first is, the death of 23 children in Bihar due to bad food served to them in the mid-day meal programme. First it was thought that it is a pesticide or insecticide that accidentally got mixed with the food. But as the investigation is proceeding, and with the arrest of the principal of the school, the Chief Minister has also said that it does not look ...

Bring Political Discourse To A Civilised Level

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Parliament has been called for the 5th of August. This is a good thing because there were rumours that the Monsoon session would not be called at all, which would have been a bad precedent. In this session the Government should get all the pending Bills passed. The BJP, which is the main Opposition party should not boycott the House, which is a bad strategy. All Bills should be debated, and with or without amendment should be passed by a ...

2014 Elections : A CORRUPT CONGRESS, A COMMUNAL BJP OR…?

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Elections appear to be round the corner though they are scheduled to be in May 2014. But there are two indications that they will be held in November. First, the Food Security Bill has been passed by an Ordinance instead of calling Parliament when there was no need to do so. Secondly, the Monsoon session of Parliament that is normally convened in third week of July is yet to be convened. The gossip in the Congress circles is that the ...