Claims Vs Facts in a New Year
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Claims Vs Facts in a New Year

January 8, 2019

By T.J.S. George

Now that a week has passed, we can reckon how many New Year resolutions have already been broken and how many are left to go down the drain. There is nothing here to feel guilty about. What are New Year resolutions for if not for breaking? Anyway, a brand new New Year will come soon enough enabling us to make a whole new set of resolutions to be freshly broken. After all, the purpose of a New Year is not to let us have a new year, as British thinker-writer G.K. Chesterton said. The New Year comes to tell us that “we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet and a new backbone, new ears and new eyes.”

If we absorb the spirit of that sound advice, in the first place, we won’t make resolutions that bind us to exercise every morning for half an hour, to save ten rupees every day, to drink 12 glasses of water without fail, etcetera. We will be able to look at traffic jams, pickpockets and politicians with new eyes and new nose, drink unsafe water and breathe poisonous air with a new backbone. In other words, we will be able to cope with what we cannot control.

And what about resolutions that should be made but are not? Justice S.R. Sen of Meghalaya High Court recently showed us how to proceed in this area. He said that there should have been a resolution by the makers of modern India to declare the country a Hindu nation. He urged a new resolution that would allow non-Muslims of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to come to India and claim citizenship here. Any takers?

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The Union Government, for its part, appears to have resolved to lease out islands in Andaman and Nicobar to private firms to build holiday homes for foreign tourists. These are islands the ecology of which is famously fragile. They are also considered important in terms of defence. Until recently there were restrictions, for strategic reasons, on visitors to Andaman and Nicobar. All caution is now gone as the islands are being opened for “private firms.” Which are these private firms and how private are the forces behind them?

A resolution that should have been passed with some sense of urgency was one banning misinformation by the Government. Since nothing of the sort was done, the Finance Ministry and the PMO itself have been feeding us with false claims and false statistics. The repeated claims about the success of the Swachh Bharat campaign are an example. This mission, with Mahatma Gandhi’s spectacle frame as its logo, grabbed headlines with a show of the Prime Minister sweeping a road. It describes itself as “the world’s largest cleanliness drive” with “53,565 pledges taken, 26,565 activities done, 40,651 active participants.”

The campaign was launched in October 2014. At the end of four years, how clean is India? Of the 15 most polluted cities in the world, 14 are in India; the capital city of New Delhi hit the headlines in 2018 with the air going noxious. According to Lancet magazine, 1.2 million Indians died in 2017 due to air pollution problems. In the Environmental Performance Index, India ranked 141 out of 180 in 2016. In just two years, it slipped further down to become 177th out of 180. Lakes in Bangalore became a science curiosity by catching fire; accumulated filth had turned into poisonous white foam covering the surface of the water. In the Global Hunger Index, India stands 103rd out of 119. The highest number of malnutrition deaths in 2017 took place in India. The highest number of stunted children is also in India. Even the aftermath of the Union Carbide disaster 34 years ago received no attention from the authorities. The remains of the catastrophe that killed 4000 people continue to poison groundwater in the area.

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This is how Swachh our Bharat is.

The listing of failures can go on because attempts to deceive citizens have not worked. Ten million jobs were promised, for example, while only 1.4 million materialised, doubling of farm income promised, but only a 5 percent rise materialised. But there is no need to go on because the picture is clear in spite of the usual tricks of denial. India has gone backward, not forward despite the New Years that have come and gone. That reality will prevail even as new promises and new claims rain on us this election season.  “Happy New Year” has lost its glamour. It’s more relevant to wish “Happy Old Years.”

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Claims Vs Facts in a New Year”

  1. Prabhu says:

    Thanks George for an enlightening article! Yes, thankfully from the support of people like you, Rahul Gandhi will become the PM and take us back to Happy old years! We don’t like Modi taking the credit for Rahul and Sonia”s good work! Because they worked hard for a decade sleeplessly, all the following were achieved for which Bhakths and even foreign governments commend Modi ! Morons!
    Here is a list of things that Rahul should get the credit and deserves to be the PM for the next 50 years!
    1. Abu Saleem in prison! 1993 case finally closed!
    2. Sasikala in prison!
    3. Ram Rahim in prison, again 2002 case!
    4. Finance Ministry knows exactly the quantum of black money which was circulated, who are the culprits, the ISI printed & black currency never came in as it’s being discovered as junked!
    5. Corruption has been eradicated in the South and North blocks!
    6. Aadhar will control every citizen going forward!
    7. 10 lakh bogus ration cards destroyed!
    8. 1,00,000 gas connections surrendered!
    9. Triple Talaq abolished!
    10. India relation with US and BRICS countries at its best got Pakistan listed as terror state!
    11. 45 lakh new income tax assesses!
    12. GST for single point taxation removed the concept of sales tax check posts shortening travel time for trucks, has brought in most of the unregulated business under the tax purview and saved millions of gallons of fuels wasted at sales tax check posts!
    13. Kashmir clean up almost getting to closing point with terror funding abolished by NIA raids and Jihadist being terminated
    14. Money laundered to Christian conversion missionaries has been blocked!
    15. 70% of India Saffronizedwhich will help faster decisions and uniformity in policies across India!
    16. 30 lakh money laundering NGO’s checked!
    17. MEA successfully brings in refugees negotiating with many Islamic countries!
    18. China in the verge of war has been tamed, checkmated and sent back!
    19. Islamic refugees from Myanmar stopped!
    20. NEET brings in fairness, destroys 25-50 Lakhs capitation fees, uniformity in medical opportunities and checks quota misuse!
    21. Cattle markets regulated!
    22. 2G, National Herald and Sunanda verdicts soon!
    23. Defence strengthened with new high-tech equipments from US and Israel!
    This is what we call achievements of Modi! He knows what he has to do for the sake of the nation and he will do, no matter how anti-nationalists bark at him.
    Tightening, Cleaning and Putting checks in the system almost complete! Going forward it will be performance Delivery!
    For the medium term we see a very solid track ahead of the Indian economy: IMF chief Lagarde . This was recently expressed by mid chief who is not RSS or BJP
    India expected to regain the fastest growing major economy tag next year with 7.4% growth, higher than China’s 6.5%

    Chor Modi and his mother are involved in the following scams for which Bjakths blame Sonia! That is wrong! We all know Modi and his mother are directly involved in these scams
    The list is as follows:
    Bofors scam
    Coal Scam: CAG calculated it to be to the tune of 1.86 Lakhs crores, whoops mind-boggling!
    2G Spectrum Scam: To the tune of 1.76 Lakhs crore!!
    Common Wealth Games scams: To the tune of 70,000 crores, involved parties Suresh Kalmadi, Sheila Dikshit, Robert Vadra amongst others
    Chopper Scam: Perfect example of bribery and corruption in India 610 Million!
    Tatra Truck scam: dirty defence deal
    Adarsh Housing scam: a building made for war widows, but flats occupied by Congress big wigs!
    Cash for vote scam in 2011
    Satyam Scam
    Telgi stamp paper scam
    Insurance Scam
    Other Scam and Scandals.
    No wonder everybody hates Modi, that includes even tr terrorists! Can you believe it?
    Terrorists are agaist Modi
    Opposition parties against Modi
    News media big and small against Modi
    All looters who lost money in Demonetization have ganged up against Modi
    Pakistan against Modi
    China against Modi
    Seperatists agaist Modi
    Group of Muslims who support Owaisis agaist Modi
    Psedo secularists and opportunistic writers against Modi
    I am unable to find a single common man wo likes Modi.
    We hope he will be in prison after the election for all the scams .
    He has not fulfilled even one promise!

  2. Rahul says:

    Chandrababu Naidus 3 year old grandchild has a networth of 18.71 crore but MODI is a chor. None of Modi’s family members are rich! His mother travels in a riksha! Yet he is called a chore by the thugbhandha gangsters!
    .everybody knows rich Devegowda clan has in Bangalore, Mysore and Hasan! A mdest estimate says tgey own 1500 crores! WE ALL SAW D.k.shi show on all tv channels!
    Even Kejrival owns property of over 30 crores!
    After being a Chief Minister for 15 years Modi could not make a house and Akhilesh Yadav after being a chief minister for 01 term is building a 300 crore hotel in Lucknow but MODI is a chor.
    MODI has failed to clean all the garbage
    .but has managed to accumulate all the dirt in one place ( Mahagatbandhan)
    Mayawati has a net worth of 4785 crores but MODI is a chor.
    A question as to what is MODI or a YOGI should be asked to a country who does not have a MODI or to state which does not have a YOGI
    Sonia Gandhi is the world’s 4th richest politician but MODI is a chor.
    One single wrong vote can bring the terrorist till your house and one single right vote can kill them on the border.
    Finally its your vote, Your Decision… Vote responsibly… Think of your children and their future!


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