Little Modi’s Corporate Safari

He pitched himself against non-existent contestants Mian Musharaf, Itali ki beti in elections. Should you be asking then if the people were choosing the Premier of India, Amrika-style? Siriman Narendra Modi does not contest election, he seeks referendum. Also, there is hardly any remarkable opposition leader in Gujarat Congress, which remains the main and weakened opposition party against the mean and powerful ruling BJP. BJP’s intra-party dissidents, loyalist to the former BJP CM are sternly dealt with. Reelected twice in a row and gaining support from unexpected (or most expected as you ‘ll see in a jiffy) quarters, the three-time chief minister has his prop-roots anchored deep in Gujarat politics. Remember that SMS, “I was CM, I am CM, I will be CM forever”. That was not the confidence of an elected representative, it the chutzpah of an authoritarian.  When he spelt out CM meant common man, he probably meant, “that does not mean I wont be PM”.

“A single irremovable party is a dictatorship”-Rosa Luxemberg had said. If not dictatorship, it is a dysfunctional democracy. Or simply Majoritarianism. Secularists of India are turning in their graves. No, I am not saying secularism is dead yet, but the secularist are put into their little boxes with their armchair and laptops, and are buried. Six feet under. How else can you explain months-long violence, rape and arson in Khandamal, Orissa, and year after year around Christmas. Like most Hindu festivals, Christmas will soon be appropriated by Hindus in Orissa, may be as ‘Nun Vijay Divas”. Like their festival of “lights” and of “colors”, it will be festival of blood. Warm blood, with a smell of cast iron. The secularists are perplexed. On what feet Modi  stands?

The answer is simple two-pronged. Hindutva and Corporatism. Hindutva is all-so-known, what needs explanation is corporatism.

Corporatism, or “corporativism,” originally referred to Mussolini’s model of a police state run as an alliance of the three major power sources in society—government, businesses and trade unions—all collaborating to guarantee order in the name of nationalism. What Chile pioneered under Pinochet was an evolution of corporatism: a mutually supporting alliance between a police state and large corporations, joining forces to wage all-out war on the third power sector— the workers—thereby drastically increasing the alliance’s share of the national wealth.

Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism- Noami Klein

Corporatism effectively provides a free-run for the corporate and business houses. In the process the state swells up in foreign investment debt and economic inequality. Gujurat is witnessing all of that. The social cost is colossal; Gujarat ranks 14 out of 17 major states in India state hunger Index (only above Bihar, Jharkhand, and MP). Compared with the Nutrition Index of 1994, Tamilnadu, Assam, Maharastra which were ranking below Gujarat have moved way up. The only states that lagged behind Gujurat, then and now, are undivided Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. There are indications that schemes for the poor are not implemented. Much more needs to be dug out, and said. Poverty has declined in Gujarat, so has everywhere else. The argument is how much redistributed is the fruits of development that you are bragging about in your state.

The state facilitated the strengthening of the upper castes through, for example, land reforms and the distribution of political goods. However, as the state became the source of the upper castes’ domination, their dependency upon it for their well-being and legitimacy increased, and this, in turn, impaired their authority over the backward castes. In the past, their domination had functioned as a surrogate for a state. They had been able to gain command over the rest of the society through various mechanisms of patronage. Now, with the growing penetration of the state, when traditional modes of mobilization and control were changing, the upper castes began losing that form of The crisis evolved as political parties began to recognise the electoral importance of backward groups.

Communalism, Caste and Hindu Nationalism: Violence in Gujarat- Ornit Sahani

Strengthened as they were by then, they sought to undermine the welfare state by shifting the opportunities of economic well being to private institutions, owned by them financed by the state, drawing unrestricted resources from the state. Because that is how their would dominate and function as a ‘surrogate for the state’. No, they didn’t come up with this conspiracy, but when it was presented to them by the investors and industrialists they readily bought it. Unhindered free-market economy requires someone at the helm of affairs who not only ignores dissidents but suppresses them if be needed. This is exemplified from the Southern Cone of Latin America to the Asian Giants in East. Modi has that autocratic timber, no doubt, but the process was set in motion long back.

The pogrom of 2002 against Muslim is not just a religious extermination. They meticulously planned and targeted all Muslim business houses also. Earlier riots were directed against backward castes, Dalits. Despite the incriminating evidences against the BJP/VHP/RSS, the political combine remained heavily financed, by individuals and corporates. Without financial backing Hindutva could not penetrate that deep since it thrives on unpopular themes like conflict and orthodoxy, and financial backing would not come from corporate houses if Hindutva was not profitable. Modi is just another facilitator.

Be warned all development-freaks. Atal Bihari Vajpayee played ‘the dove’ prank with you. As the prime minister of India, he allowed thousands of Indians to be butchered, burned and raped, or whatever sequence the perpetrators’ perversion allowed, and he condoned it. His nuclear brinkmanship cost heavily to India, and the south-asian subcontinent. Modi is playing the ‘development’ prank now. When the same businesses houses which argued state withdrawal from market are lining up for bail out around the world, India needs to rethink its development policy well-ahead of time.

In Dec 2002, wiping blood off their hands,  BJP Govt. signed a pact with Bush administration ‘not to send each other’s national’ to International Criminal Court. India must ratify ICC and scrap the above pact so that in future such massacres are prevented and people like Narendra Modi are persecuted for genocide, not touted for the CEO of the country, as if the Indian state is only for their insatiable profit.

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8 thoughts on “Little Modi’s Corporate Safari

  1. IN BUSINESS NO ONE CAN PREDICTS ABOUT TOMARROW. LOT OF BUSINESSMEN LOSS THEIR BUSINESS OVER NIGHT. WHAT HAPPENED TO SATYAM IN OVER NIGHT. THE CEO BROTHERS ARE IN JAIL.

    WHO KNOWS WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO THE BUSINESS OF Mr. ANIL AMBANI WHO SEES MODIJI NEXT PM.

    IF I WILL ASK FROM Mr MODIJI WHAT IS HIS DEVELOPMENT FOR MIDDLE CLASSES / EWS PEOLE / BPL PEOPLE IN GUJARAT STATE / HOW MANY HOUSES HE CONSTRUCTED FROM 2002 FOR THE EWS / BPL PEOLPE HE WILL NOT SATND AND WILL GET ZERO MARKS.

    HOW MANY HOUSES ARE CONSTRUCTED IN VADODARA UNDER 15 POINTS PROGRAMME OF CM AND 20 POINTS PROGRAMME OF PM UNDER THE VALMIKI PROJECT FOR BPL PEOPLE IN VADODARA MODIJI WILL BE HAVING NO FACE.

    MODIJI IS HAVING ANTI-POOR POLICIES ONLY. EWS HOUSES UNDER JNNURM PROJECTS IN VADODARA IS SPOILED. MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE HARRASSED. THE BJP MAYORS OF VADODARA WANTS COMMISSIONS FROM JNNURM PROJECTS EWS HOUSES.

    MODIJI CAN’T REPLY MY QUESTIONS TO HIM AND HIS MOST CORRUPT BJP RULED VADODARA MUNICIPAL CORPORATION. VMC IS ANOTHER NAME IN RAMPANT CORRUPTION RUN CIVIC INSTITUTE OF INDIA.

    JNNURM MONEY IS TREATED LIKE AMOUNT GIVEN BY THE CENTRE UNDER JNNURM PROJECTS AS THE MONEY GIVEN FOR THE POCKETS OF BJP POLITICIANS / BUREAUCRATS.

    IN VADODARA I CHALLENGE TO Mr. MODIJI TO SHOW THAT HE DOES NOT EAT AND DON’T ALLOW ANY ONE TO EAT. ALL ARE BOGUS SLOGANS OF MODIJI AND HIS FOLLOWERS BJP POLITICIANS OF VADODARA.

    IF MODIJI SATISFY MY QUIRES THAT THE VADODARA BJP IS NON CORRUPT AND NOT GIVING FUNDS FOR BJP PARTY COFFERS, I SHOULD BE PUBLICLY HANGED. OR MODIJI SHOULD DISSOLVE VMC BOARD AND ASK THE BJP CORPORATORS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION.

    • Hi Dr. Goel,
      thank for the information. These are exactly the points that should be explicitly highlighted in media. A self-serving govt. propelled to power by fanaticism can not be honest. Everybody even the party workers, wants to reap the benefit cause their investment was as much material as ideological. But we see what we are shown by the corporatised media. The media will devote pages to an unknown MP Abullakutty’s paean for Modi but won’t report the about flagging poor of Gujarat

  2. Yes, this politician-business complex has taken a very ugly face in Gujarat. But even the Congress appears to be fully for the process of privatization and kissing up to the big corporates through corupt legislation.

    • Vikram,
      Congress in Gujarat is completely out-witted. In fact, it is so bereft of ideas that its central high command has left it on its own. And they are trying to contest Modi by aping him, which only makes them look like dwarfs (no offence to dwarfs), be it soft-hindutva, industrialisation, or environment. Was that the anniversary of dandi march that Rahul Gandhi showed any interest in Gujarat, instead of UP? The potential for change in Gujarat is finding an alternative (there are plenty), for which congress needs a dual approach; one, consolidate the civil society and grass root organisations without saffron affiliation who are working for the marginalised, second, and important one is to invest in their confidence, give them voice in policy making, exemplify a congress-ruled state. The upper-classes are too enamoured by BJP, as its serves their interest. Unless Congress realises that it wont gain in Gujarat.

      That link was informative, thank you. Public participation is definitely an important issue. Hey, it reminded me of Julia robert’s movie ‘Erin Brockovich’.

  3. Mr Kalyan Singh saying that in UP the BJP may not get even 5 MPs seat where when he was in BJP there were 60 MPs from UP.

    I belong to UP and built the BJP under Sri Atulji by working day and night empt stmocks eating whatever we got to fill our stmock I know in 1952 elections we use to go villages with the Jansangh Dipak, eating the Gurr and Chana.

    to day BJP councilors become crore pati over night. Got all luxaries of life.

    I can repeat that Modiji Government is anti-poor. The elite class of BJP builders don’t allowed to built houses from the CM 15 points programme and 20 points PM programme for BPL persons.

    When JNNURM Money came all jumped to start construction of EWS houses on illegally converted TP plots reserved for the Public Purposes. Almost beat their own BJP workers those opposes rightly that thae EWS house from the JNNURM projects should not be built on the TP Plots. Ladies are beaten by the BJP workers interested in the contracts to built houses of JNNURM funds on the TP plots costing Rs 40,000 to 50,0000 per sq. meters.

    No govt can efford to built EWS houses from JNNURM funds on so costly TP plots used by the nearby residents for the play of childern since last 25 years. The BJP cadre under Modiji need money with out any service for the Nation and mother India. WHERE IS MODI? Even the BJP MLA did not allowed to construct EWS / BPL houses on reserved plots for EWS houses near their building projects so that their buinding projects shoud not go down.

    All is in black and white on VMC website which is now removed.

    Long LIVE MODIJI to give all facilities to INDUSTRIALISTS ON THE COST OF URBAN-POOR. In sabarmati projects 35000 poor familes are displaced with out any alrternate site for their houses. THE POOR HOUSES DEMOLISHED IN 1995 are not till date provided EWS houses despite the Hon. Gujarat High Court orders in 2000.

  4. Pingback: Cultural wars by conservatives to cover economic exploitation « Samatha India

  5. conservative machinery has worked to mislead workers to vote against their own interests in the name of cultural and family values, not recognizing the gradual economic exploitation. Rich became extremely rich and the poor got only poorer. When this situation acquires a critical mass, you will have less people who can afford the goods produced by the very efficient manufacturers. Economy crumbles as it has happened in the last few months all over the world. Theory that everybody is just buyer or seller in terms of market ignores the fact that society is about people earning decent living standards. Even though below article is about conservatism by american republican party, it sheds lots of insight in to what’s happening in India too. Right wing political parties in india have also been using similar strategies. Recommended for everyone interested in dalit welfare, as dalits form a major chunk of the poor.

    Congress and other secular forces need to come up with a clear idealogy that appeals to the common man not getting caught up in
    wasetful cultural wars. They have to use the regressive nature of conservatism to win the young generation (who have benefitted immensely from the IT and BPO boom). Right now, young generation is looking for leaders who protect their freedom (Look at Valentine day issues across the country). This is an opportunity. They should stop copying the right wing and just looking to money in the boom. Boom is over. Its time for government and welfare state.
    Read the relevant article at below link:
    Cultural wars by conservatives to cover economic exploitation

  6. I was introduced to your blog by Vikram and am pleased to see that we are covering very similar issues. At some point when all these small efforts come together we will be able to exert some influence on how people think about these issues. It is important to enter the debate and present alternative ideas and visions based on coherent arguments.

    http://thesouthasianidea.com

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