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Thursday, August 11, 2011

How long can politics come in the way of development

Bihar is arguably one of the most backward states of India. There have been significant changes in the last few years like GDP growing to about 3 folds in 6-7 years time, much better roads, better connections to Patna, AC buses etc. However post Independence Bihar has lived in despondency primarily due to
  1. Freight equalization
  2. Center's negligence
  3. Successive state governments only intention of enriching themselves rather than the state.
  4. A large contingent of  governments servants specially in the Police, PWD , etc who thought that their departments were there to milk the people and made as much money for themselves as possible without contributing much at work.
At the time of getting Independence the Annual plan outlay of Bihar and Punjab were almost the same but over the years the the Annual Plan outlay of Punjab had grown 10 times to that of Bihar. However successive governments have turned a blind eye to the plight of the people of Bihar. In today's day when media has become so strong and electronic media, social media ,etc make it so much more easier to get information across, we still see a gross neglect of some parts of India , driven by political compulsions that comes in the way of equal opportunity for all the people of India.

Politicians keep at bay the fundamental rights of every citizen of India (which includes the Right to Equality), the very essence of India's democracy. So when the news comes that "Pranab Mukherjee okays Rs 21,614 crore package for West Bengal, Mamata not fully satisfied" ; some questions start coming to my mind:
  1. Why was this special package not given during the earlier state government's tenure, if the special package was so much deserved by West Bengal?
  2. Why was the package given within months of a UPA alliance government coming into power?
  3. What has Mamata Banerjee been able to put together in a matter of 3-4 months to justify a special package which the economically weaker states like Orissa and Bihar have not been able to do in years?
  4. Why has a similar package not been given to Bihar when Nitish Kumar has been vehemently asking for a special status for almost a year or more? Multiple representations made have fallen to deaf ears?
  5. Once the special package for West Bengal was announced, the PM speaks about constituting an inter ministerial committee to look at the demands of Bihar. Was a similar committee formed to vet the requirements of West Bengal?

Like many others, I am not disputing why West Bengal was given this special package, I am sure the people there will benefit out of it... My grudge is why wasn't a similar support given to Bihar when everyone knows that Bihar really needs some active support, more than many of the states and possibly including West Bengal too,  so that the people of Bihar can live better lives.

First the politicians at the center did not do any good for Bihar stating that Bihar is very rich in minerals and thereby helping other states benefit from these minerals by implementing freight equalization. Then the politicians at the center did not do anything for Bihar because they required the support of the politicians from Bihar to continue in power at the center and these Bihar politicians did not want development in Bihar.  Third and finally now the central government does not hear the wishes of the current government of Bihar because the ruling party in Bihar is not an UPA ally.  In every situation, it is Bihar that has lost;  it is Bihar and the people of Bihar who have suffered.
When will the people of the stature of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee and others rise above petty political decisions and for once start thinking about the real development of entire India? When will these people start thinking for the better of India ? How long can we let political compulsions win at the expense of development?

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