What is happening in ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’? Nothing is positive but everything is chaotic. Government needs to rethink their policies. I am an ordinary man with modest expectations but the government that promised me the sky has only made things worse for Aam Aadmi like me.
You switch on the TV and those noisy debates are cacophonous and depressing. Before every parliament session, the government indulges in things that irks the opposition and leads to stalemate. If the government really wants the opposition, particularly in the upper house to co-operate, shouldn’t they strategically avoid issues that irks them? If you look back, you will see that the people in the government has raked up issues to humiliate or corner the opposition just a week before the start of the session. I think it is done deliberately. Wonder why? Probably to blame all the travails plaguing the nation on the opposition.
Augusta Westland fracas is yet another Bofors episode. Based on a hand-written note scribbled by somebody indicted by the Italian court has suddenly become the holy grail for BJP that hated everything Italian. Rafael fighter planes were signed on by NaMo, bypassing all defence procurement procedures. Now MoD wants to scan that deal also. Our air-force will have to deal with dilapidated fleet. For supposedly 30Million Euros of kickback, the nation has been held at ransom and nothing productive is being done by the government, but witch-hunt.
A vibrant economy needs spending by the private sector, public sector and Aam Aadmi. Private sector is cribbing that there is no demand for their products. Aam Aadmi is crying that he doesn’t have enough disposable income to spend. The elite class that has all the money to splurge is now opting to spend it out of the country. The luxury business is in doldrums. At Emporio, stores have no sales because now purchases above Rs. 50,000 cannot be made in cash and you have to give your PAN number. We all know that those expensive handbags and shoes at Emporio were bought in cash. The buyers are now buying luxury goods abroad or have found a way to pay through maze of off-shore accounts or hawala for watches and exotic skin handbags bought in India. So who is affected? Normal working class like store managers whose salaries have major variable component as percentage of sales, PR firms and event planners.
Industrialists and super-rich stopped celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and weddings in India. Millions of Euros and Dollars are spent abroad on extravagant dos where government is not there to poke their nose. Who suffers? Indian hospitality industry and allied businesses that employ thousands. Sanjit Bakshi celebrated his 40th birthday in Moscow, at the Ritz-Carlton. Niamat and Sanjit played the perfects hosts for the soiree where the guests were pampered to the hilt for three days. The who’s who had a gala time over caviar and champagne. The notable ones were Sunjay Kapur and Priya Sachdev, Shagun and Arvind Khanna, Mehr Rampal, Ratul Puri, Koel Poorie and many more.
Gutka king, Om Gupta who is the undisputed buyer of luxury goods celebrated his birthday in Singapore by splurging on shopping at Chanel, Gucci, LV, Bvlgari for bags, shoes and much more for self and girlfriend, Prerna. In India PAN number and paying through card is definitely prohibitive for these wealthy people.