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Modi’s inability to fill in gaps on national security, economy

PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah always devise a roadmap to register a victory in elections but still even after four years they have not specified or discussed a national security strategy and how to take the country forward with the elected members of the Parliament. During debates, BJP ministers have always accused the Opposition of not thinking about the country but when they question, the current dispensation is reluctant to respond.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown his inability to control the downward spiral trend of India’s economy and to euip the Army with modern weapons so as to fill the gaps on national security.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown his inability to control the downward spiral trend of India’s economy and to equip the Army with modern weapons so as to fill the gaps on national security. Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept into power in 2014, promising to take India’s economy to new heights. But many reforms have yet to materialize and the reforms demonetisation, GST and others that have been enacted are hurting growth. Congress-led Opposition has been critical of the NDA’s national security, questioning its direction.

PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah always devise a roadmap to register a victory in elections but still even after four years they have not specified or discussed a national security strategy and how to take the country forward with the elected members of the Parliament. During debates, BJP ministers have always accused the Opposition of not thinking about the country but when they question, the current dispensation is reluctant to respond.

As the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are just 10 months away, Modi is back with old tactics of using social media to market their government’s schemes and projects but in four years, Modi has created an atmosphere of fear, hatred, intolerance, and conflict in the country coupled with the sense of financial insecurity. It is time that the people of India should decide the difference between the actual worth of a leader and his hollow promises.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is now making an attempt to show that his government is sincere in bringing peace in Kashmir, has failed to douse the fire, that was perceived as being ignited by the coalition of Bharatiya Janata Party-Peoples Democratic Party due to their ideological difference and the saffron party’s internal desire of weakening the regional party by implementing wrong policies that resulted in alienation of Kashmiris and surge in militancy as locals have started joining the ranks of militants that was stopped in 2005.

India’s regional status has been lowered due to the inability of PM Modi to forge economic and strategic ties with countries in South Asia thus allowing China to don the mantle of regional economic leader.

PM Modi disrespected the valour of India Army as soldiers confronted the Chinese PLA at Doklam for 73 days but afterwards BJP gave in to China’s demands because of the Narendra Modi’s participation in BRICS summit and currently the Chinese army’s temporary deployment has changed into permanent and military infrastructure is being undertaken on a full scale.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has openly admitted in the Rajya Sabha that Chinese army’s temporary deployment has changed into permanent. Of late China has undertaken construction of helipads, watchtowers and also deployed guns and anti-tank missiles in the disputed region. Thus there is a grave threat to India’s national security but now Modi has started to transform ties with Beijing leaving back the “Doklam issue” behind which is strategically important for India.

Despite the repeated calls by the Congress and the Opposition to PM Modi to come forward and clear the government stand not only on Doklam, but also on the security of the Chicken Neck (the narrow stretch that connects the North East to remaining India) and also on China’s achievement on encircling India, Prime Minister is maintaining continued silence. Thus, India has become subservient to China as Beijing under the leadership of Xi Jinping is known as the global economic power, giving  challenge to America’s status as world power

As of June 2018, PM Narendra Modi has made 37 foreign trips on six continents, visited 55 countries including the visits to USA and spent billions.

But Modi’s foreign trips may have fulfilled PM’s craze of visiting countries but India which was recognized as a safe investment country during the 2008 global financial crisis, has now transformed into “Exit India movement”.

Foreign institutional investors are withdrawing their money from India and the amount was withdrawn in 2018 from January to May amounts to approximately Rs 32,000 crore.

The reasons are enormous as already the economy is in bad shape with no stability and growth, growing number of frauds and NPA’s in banks, political instability with less chances of NDA coming to power in 2019 after the emergence of grand alliance, weakening of Indian Rupee against dollar, continued increase in crude oil prices. All these factors make Indian markets less lucrative for foreign investors. While the United States offer increasing interest rates thus making it a safe investment destination.

Half of the population in India is dependent on farming but democratically-elected governments have been ignoring the agricultural community. Modi also promised sops to farmers before elections but betrayed them by refusing to waive off loans and compelling farmers to commit suicide.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has stated, “The Narendra Modi government has waived loans worth Rs 1.40 lakh crore owed by 50 rich people but it has refused to write-off Rs 50,000 crore of poor farmers.”

The government fixes minimum prices for agricultural products but does not procure and the farmers are driven to bankruptcy.

Demonetisation and GST failed to bring the required dividends as foreseen by PM Modi. Demonetisation failed immensely to curb fake currency, and an efficient means to fight corruption. Banning high-value currency was also imposed to promote digital economy rather than cash-based economy and boost social protection. But Demonetisation took away 1.5 Million Jobs and no industries were established as promised by PM Modi during 2014 Lok Sabha campaign rather huge number of companies were shut down and hiring in the manufacturing sector has reduced.

There are reports that data from South India by a team of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) and the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), and within the NEEMSIS survey indicated that demonetization failed to fight corruption or curb fake currency.

For the first time, US Treasury Department has brought India in the list of countries being monitored for possible currency manipulation. In addition, US President Donald Trump’s protectionist moves have not helped India. Modi termed US President Trump as his friend but no benefits have reached India. Trump has imposed duties on Indian steel and aluminum forced India to reduce import duty on Harley-Davidson motorbikes, reducing a number of H1B visas and is likely to stop spouses of these visa holders from working in the US.

PM Modi who came to power in 2014 by selling dreams to people has shunned the responsibility of providing jobs to youth, waiving off loans to farmers, safeguarding national security. In these four years, Modi led NDA government on its own created an economic mess, the situation at the country’s borders is alarming with scores of soldiers and civilians have lost their lives due to ceasefire violations and internal security too is under threat. Is this the ‘New India’ PM Modi promised to deliver to the people of the country?

Blog: By Arti Bali,
arti

(Senior Journalist)

Disclaimer: These views are solely of the author.

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Air India employees receiving PF dues within 30-60 days

Once the management is satisfied that there are no dues pending from the employee, the Company Contribution is also released accordingly”, Air India said.

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New Delhi, Sep 19 : National carrier Air India has clarified that it had already deposited the TDS and the PF dues for superannuated employees which are being released within 30-60 days.

There have been reports that Air India has defaulted on the deposit of TDS and PF dues since January this year.

Responding to IANS queries, Air India said it has already deposited the TDS.

“Distribution of Form 16 is also under process”, it added.

On the PF dues of employees, the national carrier said they are receiving them within 30-60 days.

“All our employees, getting superannuated, are receiving PF dues generally within a period of 30-60 days. The Employees’ contribution is paid at the initial stages after retirement- usually within a period of 30 days.

The Company’s Contribution is disbursed usually within 60 days after superannuation, depending on clearance and NOC by various departments like Finance, Personnel, Security, Vigilance.

Once the management is satisfied that there are no dues pending from the employee, the Company Contribution is also released accordingly”, Air India said.

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Centre to buy aircraft worth Rs 250 cr for weather forecast

It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Through this nodal agency, the people will get information about the weather.

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New Delhi, Sep 19 : The government is planning to use more hi-tech methods for accurate weather forecast. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said there is a plan to purchase an aircraft at a cost of Rs 250 crore, which will help in accurate weather prediction in different parts of the country.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Aeronautics and Technology is planning to purchase this aircraft. The information was given by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday.

On Friday, an MP in the Lok Sabha had asked whether the government is considering a proposal to buy a special aircraft for conducting experiments related to the weather forecast.

Answering this question, Harsh Vardhan said that his Ministry is considering purchasing a special research aircraft for atmospheric process studies in the country. Equipped with scientific equipment, the cost of this aircraft system can be Rs 250 crore.

Harsh Vardhan said the aircraft is likely to be used to solve various atmospheric research problems in weather, atmosphere in different parts of the country. This will help with meteorological cloud physics data.

The minister said that apart from this, it can also be helpful in the evaluation of air pollution assessment and studies related to health, need, climate environment and hydrology.

He said that Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune will work as the nodal agency for this entire scheme.

It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Through this nodal agency, the people will get information about the weather.

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Chinese imperialism poses incurable threat to the world

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New Delhi: Two viruses have taken over the world. One, a minuscule creature called Covid-19, has killed more than 8,00,000 people around the globe, but is slowing down and will most likely be eliminated in the coming months.

Vaccines have already been developed against it and once inoculated, citizens of the world can expect to go on with their normal lives. However, it is the second virus, that of Chinese imperialism, which poses a long term and a much more potent and incurable threat to the world at large.

China’s shadow looms large over the world. Not only geopolitically, but also in the economic and cultural realms, the Chinese are attempting to remake the world as per their conception of a master-serf relationship. Though in international relations, politics, economics and culture are interrelated, it is important to discuss them separately in order to bring out the nuances of Chinese imperialism.

The age of colonisation and imperialism ended for good in the wake of the breakup and reordering of the international order. This order was based on liberal principles of free trade, respect for international law, prevalence of democratic norms and a security architecture underlined by the presence of two superpowers. Intra and inter country disputes did happen but they were generally localised at best or limited to particular regions.

It is only with the entry of China on the world stage in force that global disruptions have started to manifest themselves brutally. The 2008 financial crisis decimated economies of the West and the East Asian Tigers but China emerged unscathed, riding on the success of its impervious wall which prevented (and still prevents) foreign investments unless approved by the Big Brother Xi. China by then had established mass manufacturing bases in major parts of the country and unimpeded by human rights or basic minimum wages, yoked its population to work tirelessly. The end result: China now mass produces everything from a needle to an airplane.

This has enabled it to dump its produce on other countries initially through the pretensions of free trade (now censored by the WTO) and later through the mega-ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). BRI has been used by China to weasel its way through national sovereignties like a hot knife through butter. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are best examples of what international observers euphemistically call “Debt Trap Diplomacy” but in reality is a gross usurpation of national authority.

China’s tentacles, unlike Covid-19’s, reach far and wide. In fact, Europe faces a double whammy of being repeatedly hit by the coronavirus and China almost simultaneously. With access to the Piraeus port of Greece, China has already started dumping products of all kinds in the European Common Market system. Italy’s untimely submission to Covid-19 was also made possible due to its proximity to the Chinese trading system. After all, Covid-19 and China have become synonymous with each other. In terms of politics, China has undertaken a multi-pronged attack across international borders of many countries.

India has been the first to bear the brunt of Chinese Janus-faced policies of illegal aggression on one hand, while calling for normalisation of trade and other relations on the other. However India is not the only one. The US faces a challenge of another kind. There is a real threat of China’s disinformation campaign affecting the outcome of the US elections in November.

China’s Thousand Talents Program has already ensured massive theft of data and exclusive technology from the US, the latest being Zhengdong Cheng of College Station, Texas who has been charged with making false statements and hiding his affiliations to the PLA. With Taiwan, China is playing the waiting game, pushing its ships and jets closer to the island nation with every passing week under the garb of exercises. Hong Kong for all matters has stopped existing as an autonomous region with only its nomenclature remaining unchanged.

China has also been active on the cultural front. The various China Study or Culture Centres opened in a number of countries act as both espionage and propaganda centres. There is a proactive effort to disseminate Xi Jinping Thought, a constricting ideology that aims to cement the Chinese President as the centre of China’s absurdist and all-encompassing universe.

The number of mushrooming Confucius Institutes all over the world teach everything but Confucian values. They are a front to propagate Chinese communist ideology under the facade of an educational institution and are now being investigated by a number of governments for their links to “The Party”. Chinese Students Associations have also been implicated in a number of countries to stifle criticism of Tibet and Xinjiang by expatriate Chinese students through use of violence and coercion.

Covid-19 is something that will ultimately have a cure. As it is, its lethality is very limited. However, the bigger virus of Chinese Communist Party keeps growing potent everyday and to counter it, the entire world needs to come together. The vaccination to get rid of the Chinese communist virus, though much more painful than the Covid-19 affliction, will have to be undertaken.

(Binay Kumar Singh is a columnist and researcher. Views expressed are personal)

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