BJP : The Reform Within


BJP : The Reform Within

 

The first reform that the BJP has to undertake is reform within: the way its leaders conduct themselves within the party, in the government and with the public. Leaders would do well to remember that power flows through you and not from you. Politicians tend to forget that the public has chosen them to serve as servants and not as masters, and that the power that flows through them can start flowing through any other leader. See how many cabinet ministers lost, in the 2014 elections.

A minister’s personal assistant complained: “people come from the minister’s constituency, congratulating him for a scheme that is a total failure and no one dares to tell him the truth. He takes the praise at face value and continues to expand the scheme, unaware of the ground level talk’. Be careful of praise and encourage people around you to speak the truth, even if it is unpleasant.

Seek Out Honest Feedback

Ideally, the party should set up an internal team that critically examines the government’s functioning and gives feedback to the party high command before it is too late. Another big problem with the senior party leaders is that they seem to ‘know everything’ and are not interested to listen, but like lecturing.

If this does not change, the leaders don’t learn anything new, but only share what they know. So there is no value addition to their knowledge. Leaders must encourage others to speak and listen carefully. But the public must also realise the importance of the leader’s time and be brief and to the point and speak the truth without caring for the consequences.

Servants, not Masters

All senior leaders and ministers must make it a point to visit the field regularly and that too, unannounced, and spend at least 30 percent of their work time in the field. If the visits are pre-announced, the areas and projects are decked up for the ‘show’ and the reality remains hidden. Surprise visits will reveal the real situation on ground, so that corrective actions can be taken before the media starts the post mortem, and the public sentiment turns to anti-incumbency.

Read as much as you can. A few leaders who have reached the top are voracious readers. ‘A good reader is a good leader’. Leaders must dedicate time daily to reading newspapers and relevant literature and books, to keep themselves updated on what’s going on around them A new breed of leaders are convinced of their own genius and don’t feel the need to consult anyone. In reality, it would be great to bounce new ideas off a senior leader or colleague, to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Politicians must be clear on what they want to accomplish in the short, medium and long term and must state their working principles for the team (office staff and bureaucrats), and give them enough freedom to take decisions within the defined framework and evaluate them for their deliverables. It would be a great idea to take the power of saying ‘no’ from the bureaucrats. For saying ‘no’, they should have to take approvals from the immediate senior. This one change will transform the way the government works.

Intent & Will before Vision

Also, it has been seen that the personal staff of ministers tend to be more ‘powerful’ than the ministers, and most of the time, lack basic courtesy while dealing with the public. This must be tackled on priority, as wrong handling can have a cascading negative impact. All politicians know that it is not possible to meet the expectations of every citizen in their constituency, but it is certainly possible to talk to them respectfully, and explain the situation directly, or through staff, if some particular thing cannot be done.

And, don’t work only in the fifth, pre-poll year, but work for all the five years that you have been voted for. A lot of leaders show off their clout by quoting internal discussions of the government or the party in the media. This negates decades of good work and weakens the organisation, and must be avoided at all costs.

People said that Narendra Modi has a vision, but they forget that, before the vision, you need to have the ‘intent’ and the ‘will’, and the vision shapes up automatically. Once you have the vision, you need to implement it, and there is no substitute for hard work. With Modi running the government, leaders will do well to learn and unlearn quickly, so that they deliver on the sky-high expectations set after the 2014 results Well, all the above will naturally happen if you have genuine intent to work for the people.

A lot many people come into politics for power and position but forget that politics is only a platform for serving people The Indian public knows what to do and when! Results of 2009 and 2014 clear any misgivings that our leaders have about the maturity of our voters and the strength of the democratic system and so, don’t forget that ‘prepare and prevent is better than repair and repent’

Rajendra Pratap Gupta

This article appeared in The Economic Times on 26th May , 2014 in the edit page

 

Gandhi family , Congress core group & the UPA Government


Let us reconstruct a few events

Congress core group meets twice , discusses the ordinance to overrule the supreme court judgement on tainted netas, and sends it to the H.E. President of India to sign .

Firstly , there was no hurry to do so, as this could have been debated in the Parliament . It is another thing that Congress does not like Parliamentary ways of doing debates and democratically running the government . Well, that is a defect in the Nehru -Indira gene ( the same DNA in Indira Gandhi led her to declare the emergency and suspend the constitution and all fundamental rights of Indians) .

President Mukherjee got jittery as BJP was opposing this ordinance tooth and nail , and had submitted a memorandum to the President . AAP ( Anna fame party ) also got jittery and sought a meeting with President Mukherjee and requested that he does not sign the ordinance

Suddenly , the Times of India also realised that it was not taken into ‘confidence’ for this ordinance, and this Jain family run newspaper was left out of the deal behind the doors .So suddenly , TOI started a miss call alert campaign to voice the opposition of its readers against the ordinance ,and the number swelled to five lacs.

Rahul , who reads very less ( no, he has still not been diagnosed with dyslexia .His problem is, that he understands quite late and after he understands that ‘little bit’ , he goes into a state of shock and does not speak or speaks incoherently – this disorder is under investigation by neuro – psychologists – scientists ) . Suddenly was informed by his ‘closed group’ that the public opinion is building up, and it is like 1857 …..Mulayam has been given relief as CBI has withdrawn its case , and now Congress is giving relief to Lalu through this ordinance , and this could pose a challenge to Rahul -Modi contest and Rahul has not taken any ‘stand’ in the past 9 years of Congress rule, and this could be a ‘fantabulous’ opportunity to show that he can do something.

Rahul likes such innovative ideas, he dropped his can of diet coke and could not hold himself and rushed to AICC HQ, where Makkhan was holding a press conference ( he has been called specially from the ministerial group to do this ) , and Rahul’s tongue got the better of him …….. he intended to say ‘ This bunch of idiots ( Sonia Gandhi heads the core group of congress ) and the Cabinet ( headed by a headless MMS) discussed this legislation twice and still came out with piece of bull shit  …. tear it apart …… It was clear that Rahul was not even consulted before hand , after all , he is young and can do mistakes ( which he has admitted now attributing to his harsh words).

Deciphering Rahul’s sentiments , one can conclude, that the Congress core group and the cabinet are headless chickens and cannot think like this ‘game changer’ Rahul does . ( Remember his bee school lecture at CII, he can put Michael Porter to shame with his business lingo !)

It does not end here , yesterday , he went and told every one in media during his Ahmedabad visit ‘ I am not a reluctant politician as you all think’ . Now, media guys are also idiots before this child prodigy Rahul

Then , he said yesterday ‘ i am young , and i can make mistakes , my words were strong , mama told me’ …. so , he disclosed that he discussed this with his mommy …….at the end , dynasty , DNA and an individual have more value than this 1.22 billion people , entire cabinet and the AICC core group….. After all, you and i were not born in that family , it was one and only Rahul . He is superior to everyone !

huh….. what do i write about this grown up chap 🙂

India entering a phase of recession


Recently , very few people noticed a four line news that , Moody’s Investor Service downgraded the so-called financial strengths ratings and the baseline credit assessments of;

1. Bank of Baroda

2. Canara Bank

3. Punjab National Bank

The outlook on Union Bank of India has also been changed to negative .

This is the first indicator of ‘Gloom & Doom’ that is set to hit the economy soon. Somehow , India has missed the recession in 2008 , but India will now enter into recessionary phase that is likely to last between 3 -6 years .

Somehow , the investments that came due to ‘overselling’ the India story like the SEZs, power plants , airports are fading off and most of the infrastructure companies are under a huge pile of debt. More NPAs and job losses will follow .

I see that not a single politician or an economist can put his head out and speak the truth that India is hitting a phase of recession ( probably , they do not know it , like the American crisis ). From a high of 9 per cent growth , we are already down by 45 % in our GDP growth . How else do we define recession ? Are we already not into a recession with companies laying off people every month and our growth slowing down by 45 % ?

Let us accept the situation and plan now. Else , India will be headed for an unprecedented crisis. I am not more worried with 2014 election as much as the rapidly falling economy . On many occasions ,i have pointed my friends across political parties that they would be better off losing 2014 elections than winning them , as there is enormous crisis to be faced, and a lot of dirty and hard work to be done to reverse the falling fortunes of this country and it is not going to be an easy 2014 for politics and politicians .

Let us consider this situation ;

India needs foreign exchange – USD . This can come due to ;

  1. Exports
  2. FDI
  3. Reduced imports

Now , exports might start shrinking or remain the same , so not much can be done on that front .

FDI comes in India for

1. Either setting up manufacturing

2. Investment in corporates / stock markets

All the money that comes in FDI needs to produce profits due to either exports or domestic consumption . Both are not going to happen the way investors look at ROI or IRR on their investments as the local consumption story is missing . India has already passed off 100s of millions of poor as ‘middle income aspirational class wanting to spend’ , and this was the biggest fraud of Sonia & MMS led congress government and 100s of corporates have lost millions of dollars every month and are now exiting India or slowing down

Only way the foreigners can make money is dabbling billions of USD in stock markets . So, now FDI’s constitute 11.2 % of GDP in India (2011-12) , and FIIs can play a spoil sport for Indian Economy and generate a balance of payment crisis in any trading hour !

Also, how i could i miss writing about another direct cash transfer scheme of Congress ! Party has got a new way to make money ‘ CSR spending’ under the new companies act .Now politicians can ask corporates for CSR spending and bang ! You know why this bill got passed so easily. And if i am a corporate and i wish to get a license or avoid something  OR  seeking favours like Robber Vadra,  i will give money under CSR to a politician’s NGO….. Wow , another MNAREGA, NRHM and a wonderful legal cash transfer scheme , So who says that XYZ paid bribes , now you cannot prove it , it was just a CSR spending . So, corporates , what are you waiting for , come buy your Rajya Sabha seat , it just cost 100 crores in CSR spending ! Come and block your seats now , it is election year , and sweet -legal deals available through all state leaders and through various national schemes , we have legalised bribes and you have an option to chose your preferred medium . Hurry, this is the last congress government.  Hurry up, come , before we run out of time as Elections are  likely in November

BTW, time for any sensible politician to come out with a job creation and wealth generation model for India before thinking of FDI or going back to 9 per cent growth

Earlier we realise , the better it is . India is into a recession now !

Rajendra Pratap Gupta

http://www.commonmansblog.com

Oxytocin injection and UPA’s financial policies make a perfect analogy


 Indian milkman uses oxytocin injection twice a day to extract milk from his cattle.

Greedy dairymen inject cattle with veterinary Oxytocin to produce more milk. It is used to force the cow to give milk even after severe beatings and stress. However, it destroys the cow’s reproductive system and she goes dry in just 3 years. She is then abandoned.

A substantial part of the oxytocin injected into the cow seeps into the milk. It is very harmful for humans who unwittingly are made to consume an artificially created hormone. Humans face all the harmful effects of this drug. Children are most susceptible to its effects (it is known to have caused imbalanced hearing and weak eyesight). Common symptoms are exhaustion and loss of energy. Expecting mothers should avoid milk that may have been adulterated with oxytocin because:

– Oxytocin increases the risk of post-partum hemorrhage

– Individual women may be hypersensitive to oxytocin and it can inhibit breastfeeding.

– Oxytocin seriously affects the growth of hormones, especially in females, because of which minor girls attain early puberty.

Oxytocin is also found in phenomenal proportions in beef and other meat. Over 75% of all beef are known to have high and dangerous level of oxytocin content.

The Government of India has acknowledged the negative effects of oxytocin and has declared it as a scheduled substance.

But why I am trying to teach you veterinary science?  You must know that FDI in retail, or selling the stakes in Public sector units ( PSU’s ), the one time sale of spectrum, reducing CRR & Chidambaram’s budget are nothing but a dose of ‘Oxytocin’ to our ‘Gau maa’ – Mother India.  We will, for sure, temporarily increase the GDP & show some growth in GDP, but the long-term impact would be painful to our economy. Hope good sense will prevail and we will find ‘sustainable models for rural income and consumption’ & focus on sustainable rural economic model to avoid an overdose of Oxytocin for our economy, which will kill it forever…

Rajendra Pratap Gupta

www.commonmansblog.com