Non-vegetarianism is the main cause of Greehouse Effect too. Animals constitute a valuable member of the environmental cycle and it’s ecosystem. Animals have to be protected as much as man individually as well as from each other.
After secularism, probably the most bandied about term is Plurality. Everyone floats and proffers Plurality as “Kohinoor” of our cultural heritage / Constitution and everything else that is identified / associated with India.
Terms like Hindu / Bharata are NEVER uttered while bragging about Plurality though Plurality exists in the country ONLY because of Hindu Bharata. Those ‘Erudite and Eminent’ scholars smartly avoid voicing the fact that it is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ alone that gave birth to Plurality. And western ‘jewels of humanity’ preached us ‘Plurality In Diversity’ from their roof-tops while hiding their monstrosity of Ku Klux Klan variety behind their closed doors. Even Birbal would not have been able to explain ‘Plurality In Diversity’ had Akbar dared to ask him in his daily Darbar !!
What has the nation gained from assiduous pursuit of ‘Plurality In Diversity’ all these decades and centuries ? When I pored over the issue, my discoveries were nerve-rattling.
We pursued Plurality vis. a vis. Islam !!! Rewards of ‘Plurality with Islam’ had / have been terrible / fiendish / felonious / brutal / inhuman savagery…a holocaust of the worst order, ever known to humanity. Generations / centuries are bygone yet nation is loaded with lakhs who prefer to be loyal to a country far away in Gulf first and foremost with loyalty to Bharata being absolutely inconsequential to them. And ‘We, Fools of Bharatavarsa’ resolutely continue to be Pluralistic !! There are scores of us who are eager to sacrifice our worthless lives for the sake of ‘Plurality with Islam’ !! When did we have a sense of self-respect / self-honour for us with respect to ‘Plurality with Islam’, ever in past ?
We pursued Plurality vis. a vis. Christianity too !! What is the reward that we as a nation reaped ? Percentage of Christians doubled while still retaining Hindu names and surnames so as to hoodwink the country as neatly as possible. Andhra CM Samuel RS Reddy is the most prominent example who converted all Reddys into Christianity, dreaming to takeover Tirupati Shrine to renovate it into a Chapel. And ‘We, Fools of Bharatavarsa’ continued pursuing Plurality with the Satanic Devil who was finally killed in a helicopter crash with Balaji beholding him silently as ever because we refused to do anything. And the sordid saga of treachery still goes on as The Seniormost Roman Catholic ‘Pandaa’ from Vatican appoints Cardinals and Bishops faraway in Bharatavarsa !! His writ runs large in this country and his minions take instructions from a foreign land. Only because ‘We, Fools of Bharatavarsa’ happen to be a Pluralistic nation when it comes to Christianity !!! Convents / hospitals / chapels / every Christian now actively promotes conversion by hook or crook. How long are we going to pursue Plurality with respect to Jesus ?
Plurality with Islam / Christianity was adopted to allow Islam / Christianity to exist and survive in the country. No one had ever anticipated, this one ‘Secular Brand Plurality’ would one day sit on our heads only to destroy our own very existence and fundamental identity we have been so proud of. Is it really the way to pursue ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ with them ? Do I mean to suggest, they all should be banished from the country ? Not at all. Least we can do is to understand Plurality’s sinister dimensions / implications, discourage and thwart them from implementing their nefarious designs, educate others about it, remain dignified with fortitude instead of going ga ga over their silly utterings / phoney displays / venomous criticism of our richest heritage in the world and nasty persuaions to read the crap literature offered by them, then convert.
Why didn’t we as a nation, search for Plurality within ourselves ? We have plenty of it.
Under the gigantic, ancient banyan tree of Sanatana Dharma, scores of sects / sub-sects / faiths / sub-faiths have prospered and all of them have been dedicated unto either Sri Rama, or Siva, or Visnu, or Hanumana, or Durga, or Saraswati, or Renuka, or Khatu Syamaji, or Tirupati Balaji, or Ayyappa, or Chidambaram, or Guruvayura, or…….and scores of rituals are practised round the clock. Everyone enjoys unrestrained / unqualified / infinite liberty to pick and chose any ritual of his / her choice, basket of rituals or no ritual at all. Not only everyone’s preferred ritual / rituals is / are respected by all but also facilitated by others in their pursuit to solemnize all that perfectly well. Even traces of antipathy of any kind whatsoever or mutual bickerings do not exist at all. And all these lead to a Plentitude of Plurality of a fantastic variety.
Plurality of brightly multi-coloured Bihu in Assam, Baisakhi in north, Pongal / Onam in south, Navaratri-Dandia in Gujarat, Sindur-Holi in Bengal, Gudi-Padva in Maharashtra, Sri Krsna Janmastami of Vrindavana, Holi / Deepawali / Makar-Samkranti of UP, Chhath of Bihar, Simhastha in Ujjain…we have been blessed with an infinite ocean of Plurality since time-immemorial, deeply ingrained into our DNA, National DNA to be more precise. Did Plurality of this variety ever create any friction / attrition of any kind whatsoever anytime in past ? NEVER. Can anyone of us anticipate any kind of friction / attrition in future initiated by our Sanatana Plurality ? Ostensibly, NONE.
Why don’t we all adore / admire / nurture / nourish and celebrate Sanatana Plurality of this variety and maintain dignified, stoic indifference towards Plurality of Islamic / Christian varieties determined to obliterate not only our ancient Sanatana Plurality but also our fundamental identity ?
We do not have to rush out of ourselves in search of Plurality.
Just introvert yourselves. Your inner beings are spilling over with Plurality of a divine variety. Just experience that and stand blissed.
Hon. Prime Minister,
Sri Ramjanmabhumi issue is again vigorously contributing to TRPs of TRP famished channels and lot of advisories have started floating around, most of them of unsolicited variety based on the foundation of ‘Secularism is in danger’ analogous to ‘Islam is (permanently) in danger’.
Sri Ramjanmabhumi belongs to Bhagavana Sri Rama ONLY and it cannot be shared with anyone else who is not even remotely connected with that. If POK cannot be shared with Pakistan, if Akshai Chin cannot be shared with China, if Arunachala Pradesh is absolutely non-negotiable, then how can anyone demand a share in Sri Ramjanmabhumi just because they have been brute occupiers for decades before being booted out ruthlessly ? Those who have been demanding a share in Sri Ramjanmabhumi / Kasi Visvanath Mandira / Sri Krisnajanmabhumi so brazenly, represent those who have been demolishing / destroying Mandira-s / Churches / Synagogues / Mutt-s in thousands all over the world spanning 1400 years. And yet, they have no trace of remorse, no sense of shame !!! Will they ever evolve into civilized human beings at all ??
Sri Ramjanmabhumi…Kashmir / Arunachala Pradesh constitute our Core-Identity of Bharatavarsa. Core-Identity of a nation is her fundamental existence, non-negotiable, inviolable and sacrosanct. Even a thought / idea questioning it’s validity is an outrageous assault on our Core-Identity as Bharatavarsa. Bharatiya Chief Justice would have done well had he vouchsafed all these realities in his own way with a stern advice to them to withdraw their claim whatsoever instead of offering to ‘mediate’. If he proceeds in the matter in this manner, not only his impartiality shall be irrevocably jeopardized but also a serious question mark would be raised on accuracy of his perception of the ‘Core-Concept of Bharatavarsa’ and his reputation tarred.
Why should Dr. Swami suggest a replacement for them across Sarayu river at all ? I hope, he shall abhor any such idea as they already have scores of them all over the country, most of them erected on ravages of Mandira-s alone and occupying as intruders. Kindly enact a law at the first available opportunity to wipe out all these black marks of brutality in just one go. There is absolutely no scope of negotiation / mediation over issues pertaining to nation’s sacrosanct identity.
When British Parliament was attacked on Mar.22 by Jehadis, as usual, Bharatiya Government was the first one to condemn the terror act. However, British Prime Minister did not mention terror attack on Bharatiya Parliament by Jehadis when she condescended to condemn Jehadi attack on Canadian Parliament last year. Such a racist / arrogant / churlish conduct is entirely unacceptable and she betrayed her petty mindedness. British High Commissioner in New Delhi should have been summoned immediately and sharp protest lodged. If we respect their sentiments, they must be nudged, then forced to respect our sentiments too. ‘Great’ Britain has an inglorious criminal history and do not appear to have mended their ways of conduct. Absconding criminals / fugitives from all over the world find safe ‘Jannat’ in ‘Great’ Britain in the name of (perverted) democracy and respective Governments have to sweat it out to get back those absconders. There has to be a reliable and robust solution to the menace of thieves running away to hide themselves there.
The great institution of Aadhaar is being constantly violated by Bdeshi infiltrators / Rohingyas in Jammu. Loopholes must be plugged immediately and all such intruders must be left out and drifted away in boats in the Bay of Bengal. ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakuma’ has it’s limits Mr. Prime Minister and we all must possess crystal clear idea about those limits. Those limits are as sacrosanct as the ideal itself and it must be taught in schools to every kid otherwise we shall encounter existential crisis of a very humongous nature in a not very distant future.
I wholeheartedly compliment you for the choice of Sri Yogi Adityanatha-ji as UP CM. If you had intended to spot and groom your successor for LS 2024/2029, you have done an outstanding decision.
Vande Maatarama I
With best regards,
British invaders intruded into Bharata during 18th century and before being forced out in 20th century, they went on a brutal plunder spree of the country that is now being understood as one of the worst 200 years long atrocities against humanity in history. Their crimes against Hindu-s in the country had been so brutal, so heinous, so inhuman that even their contemporary descendants are shocked into disbelief whenever mentioned before them. The sense of embarrassment and consciousness of being guilty have impelled them to develop a bizarre theory of the ‘Idea of India’ bequeathed by them in exchange of ship-loads of wealth / precious manuscripts that they looted, raped lakhs of Hindu women, slaughtered lakhs of men / women / children, converted scores of Hindu-s into Christianity, razed scores of monuments and structures, destroyed 7.5 lakh Gurukula-s to plant euro-centric education to produce file-pushing clerks, introduced liquor drinking, introduced cow-slaughter, raised prostitution dens, name of the country changed to India, segmentation of society through ‘Divide & Rule Policy’, substituted Varna system by crass casteism…catalogue of their crimes against Hindu-s is very long indeed.
When British invaders entered into Bharata, it was a highly prosperous region in the world economically. British fashion-elite craved for fine textiles, linen, silk, spices etc. manufactured in Bharata. British traders often attempted to sell their poor quality textiles by declaring that imported from Bharata !! At the dawn of 18th century before British-Occupiers entered into the country, Hindu share of world trade ranged in the order of 25%, then declined to 4% by the time they were forced out from the country. In 1600, when East India Company was constituted, Britain contributed only 1.8% of world GDP while Bharata, 23% which eventually rose to 27% by the year 1700. By 1940, Britain contributed 10% of world’s GDP while Bharatavarsa of Hindu-s became a Third-World country, famished and destitute with 16% literacy, 27 years of life-expectancy, 90% population below poverty line with no industries at all. Country was governed with the sole intention to benefit Britain as we were their largest cash-cow where they rendered cow-slaughter a ‘holy’ practice in the country. Hindu-s paid through their nose for their own oppression and depredation. Industries in the country were destroyed to ensure, no buyers survived to buy raw-material, then transported all that to Britain to produce textiles which were then sold back in the country. British-Invaders amputated thumbs and fingers of highly talented Bengal handloom weavers, destroyed their looms, imposed exorbitant tariffs to do them unaffordable and so on. Proud weavers became street beggars, country became importer of shoddy British textiles and exporter of raw-material.
They flash construction of Railways as a great favour done to the country. Railways were not really constructed by British-Invaders to facilitate travelling by denizens of the country. That was conceived by East India Company for their own benefit, constructed by poorly paid, exploited Bharatiya labourers to facilitate transport of raw material viz. cotton, iron ore, coal etc. and plundered wealth to ports, to be shipped to Britain therefrom. Governor General Lord Hardinge stated in 1843, “railways would be beneficial to the commerce, government and military control of the country” and affirmed by his successor Dalhousie in 1853. It was a Himalayan fraud committed by British-Occupiers who ensured, inflated returns were paid to British shareholders @ 5% who invested nothing as entire construction cost was paid by us through taxes with cost of construction per mile was 18,000 Pounds while in USA, it was a meagre 2000 Pounds during those years, more than double of what was in Canada and Australia and entire technology / equipment supplied by British-Invaders alone. At 5% return to non-investing shareholders, it was the highest rate of return in London Stock Exchange for 20 years. ‘Indian Railways’ was in fact, British-Indian Railways funded with sweat and blood of poor, innocent, hapless Bharatiya workers. For travelling purposes, British-Looters deployed all III Class compartments with wooden benches and no amenities like toilet, water etc. with highest fare in the world for Bharatiya-s to travel. Travelling people were treated / herded like animals which invited angry comments even in those days and years of brutal occupation. Railways were a perfect example of British apartheid at it’s worst. While poor, emaciated Bharatiya-s in loin clothes were forced to travel miserably in III Class compartments herded like sardines in tin cans, British Gora-Sahebs enjoyed the luxury of travelling in a I Class compartment, 2 or 3 at most in the entire compartment !! In a popular cartoon, one British Gora-Saheb comments to the other, “My dear chap, there is nobody in this train” while rest of the train was swarming with travellers, hanging precariously and abjectly. Bharatiya-s were never employed in ‘British-Indian’ Railways. In order to protect British investments, from Signalmen to Directors of Railway Board to Ticket Collectors, all were Britishers who were paid salaries at European levels extracted from the blood and sweat of Bharatiya-s repatriated quickly to their homes in Britain. Railway workshops were established at Jamalpur in Bengal and Ajmer in Rajasthan in 1862 to maintain locomotives and coaches. By 1878, Bharatiya mecahnics were so skilled that they designed and constructed locomotives on their own. As their locomotives were superior in design and several times cheaper, British passed an Act in the year 1912 prohibiting design and construction of locomotives in Bharatiya workshops. 14,400 locomotives were imported from Britain during 1854-1947, 3000 from Canada / USA / Germany but not a single one manufactured in Bharata owing to the law.
Coming to tales of ravages of education in Bharata by British-Invaders, Thomas Babington Macaulay, a British historian played a major role in introducing English and western concepts to education in Bharata with his “Macaulay Minute 1835”. He ensured replacement of Persian by English as official language, English as medium of education in all schools and training of English-speaking Bharatiya-s as teachers. Macaulay regarded Britain as peak of civilisation. He affirmed, “It is, I believe, no exaggeration to say that all the historical information which has been collected from all the books written in the Sanskrit language is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgement used at preparatory schools in England”. Much to his sinister motives, he articulated his reason for teaching English, “We must do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indians in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.” Essentially, British-Pindaris had absolutely no desire to educate inhabitants of the country. They were only interested to serve their diabolical intentions through education by legislating The English Education Act 1858 by Governor-General Lord William Bentick to declare Gurukula-s illegal, all financial support banned, thus destroyed seven and half lakh Gurukula-s run in the country by burning them down, mercilessly thrashed Guru-s / teachers and imprisoned them, opened chain of Church cum Convent schools on land forcibly occupied from people followed by Calcutta / Bombay / Madras Universities. Churches in the country possess one of the highest three land-holdings in the country even today, out of purview of even land ceiling act whatsoever. Gurukula-s imparted advanced education absolutely free and these were financed by the society and not political entities. Leitner had conducted an education survey in 1823 and discovered, 97% education spread in northern and 100% in southern Bharata. When British-Pindaris were booted out in 1947, it was hardly 14% !! Archaeological excavations were conducted solely with the intention and purpose of plundering as much ancient treasure as possible and not really to educate us about our own ancient heritage capable of embarrassing anyone to extreme dejection. They regretted for a long time for not being able to uproot and transport Taj Mahal at Agra.
Even “The Idea of India” was never really imparted by the British as it was an unadulterated hoax floated by them. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gandhara to today’s Thailand, Akhanda Hindu Rastra of Bharatavarsa ever existed for centuries, also mentioned in Veda-s albeit not yet entirely known to all. Boundaries of this Rastra were defined by strong Sanatana cultural heritage though political borders varied from King to King and Monarch to Monarch transcending centuries. Colonial-Intruders from Britain had absolutely no idea about how a nation differs from country and how much more mightier is it than a country. Their vision was severely stunted by superficial observations of temporary boundaries which prompted them to hallucinate “The Idea of India” that they peddled to us through sophisticated methods of indoctrination across generations.
Concept of ballot based electoral democracy was created, developed and successfully implemented in Bharata alone which was subsequently disseminated in other countries. In fact, East India Company did everything to destroy democratic institutions that existed at various levels and Bharatiya-s were excluded from decision taking areas of governance viz. tax collection, administration of justice etc. When the British Crown took over, ‘crumbs’ of authority were devolved upon castrated, toothless bodies like Legislative Councils whose members used to hail from a microscopic elite community bereft of all powers. The ‘sophisticated elite’ used to derive immense satisfaction in the subterfuge of consultation by British colonials stage-managed upon them in spite of their not being allowed to adopt decisions !! Whatever so-called democratic bodies they created, were entirely meant for serving their own malicious interests. Even much hyped in history Montague-Chelmsford Reforms 1920 allowed only one Bharatiya to vote out of 250 !! That too, in areas like education, health wherein they cared two hoots for us while taxation, law and privilege to nullify any vote unacceptable to them, rested in hands of British Provincial Governors. It is a bit too much to justify their heinous crimes against humanity by stating, they rooted democracy in a nation wherein democracy ran like blood in our veins.
British colonial demons promoted their sinister policy of ‘Divide and sub-divide to rule” throughout the nation to maintain their hegemony over all sections of society. Since they came from a highly segmented society with several classes deeply entrenched, they wished to transplant the same among Bharatiya-s too. In 1859, Lord Elphinston advised his superiors in London, “Divide et impera was the old Roman maxim and it should be our’s.” They devoted considerable resources in preparing dossiers based on surveys on castes, sub-castes, skin colour, sects, language, religion, ethnicity etc. They were so good in dividing and sub-dividing that they created several more communities that the nation was not even aware of. Effects of the divide had been devastating on Hindu society as Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains were chary of being addressed as Hindu-s. Not only that, even members of the RK Mission wished to be declared “minorities” !! While Manusmriti happens to be the most enlightened civil code of conduct ever known, those who condemn Manusmriti day in day out, have not even cared to read it carefully.
Seeds of large scale Hindu-Muslim communal conflicts were sowed during British colonial occupation of the nation. Those British desperadoes may readily claim credit for creation of mutual Hindu-Muslim antipathy of such a resistant nature that it has continuously burgeoned over seven decades of independence. It’s horrible consequences that burst open before the country in 1947 when 13 millions were displaced, property worth hundreds of crores destroyed, lakhs pauperised and traumatised as a proceed of partition engineered by outgoing British colonial demons as a measure of parting kick. It was a gory ending of 200 years of forcible occupation by the so-called ‘Great’ Britain, a notorious country of devils, despots, demons and desperadoes. Even today, Britain continues to be a ‘Great’ heavenly abode for absconding criminals from all over the world and they are not ashamed of that.
They claim to have implanted ‘Rule of law’ in Bharata to civilise us as ‘to civilise Hindu-s’ was their Jesus-given responsibility, White Man’s Burden to boot !! Rule of law on a complex ancient civilisation without understanding it’s subtle intricacies only to have their own way at any cost with cruelty and coercion, was the real intention underneath all those exercises. And their so-called ‘rule of law’ was never fair and impartial. When a British shot dead his brown / black servant, he was sentenced to 6 month’s simple imprisonment while a brown citizen of Bharata was sentenced to serve 20 years long rigorous imprisonment for a crime of attempted rape of a British woman. In 200 years long British occupation of the country, only three British men were awarded capital punishment for Hindu slaughter while thousands of such cases languished unreported. Freedom fighters were blown to pieces from mouths of cannons, brutally killing unarmed men / women / children as in Jallianwala Bagh, was their forte. In the sham of judicial trial in London, Jallianwala Bagh killer, Michael O’Dyer brazenly declared, he wished to teach men / women / children a lesson to remember in their lives !! ‘The Stout British Boot’, as authored by Punch, used to hit hard in the stomach of Bharatiya servants to leash them in order. In case he died of ruptured spleen, death due to enlarged spleen after malaria used to be reported officially !! So much about their rule of law. Sedition law much more rigorous than it’s British counterpart, was enacted to repress political dissidence with a barbaric cruelty beyond human faculties of imagination.
Four million Bengalis had starved to death in Bengal Famine 1943, their corpse exposed to vultures on Bengal roads for days together and the despotic British empire was busy in diverting Bharatiya foodgrains to British soldiers engaged in World War II in Europe by law !! And the demon that the then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was, commented cryptically, “The starvation of anyway underfed Bengalis is less serious than that of sturdy Greeks.” When gravity of the situation was conveyed to him through a telegram, he was annoyed and retorted, “Why hasn’t Gandhi died yet ?” He often used to say shamelessly, “I hate Indians. They are beastly people with beastly religion. The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.” Churchill went on to be conferred upon Nobel Prize for Genocide and his statue erected in front of British Parliament in honour of his ‘great’ achievements !!!! Decades later, Amartya Sen discovered, had the Bengal Famine 1943 occurred under a democratic regime, catastrophe could have been minimised if not eradicated altogether !! And for the fantastic discovery, this charlatan and celebrity traitor was conferred upon Nobel Prize in Economics !! Dr. Ashok Mitra, the then Bengal Finance Minister commented wryly, “What Sen has discovered, is known to every man in street.” Human miseries were a butt of jokes and cruel sarcasm by ‘celebrities’ from London to New Delhi.
Bharata’s contribution to British WW II, runs into $ 12 Billions in today’s monetary worth. They also forcibly took away Kohinoor diamond from 19 year old Maharaja Daljit Singh of Punjab and declared to the world, it was gifted to them !! Scores of Bharatiya art work plundered from the country during their 200 year long forcible occupation is proudly displayed in British art galleries without even a trace of repugnance.
In addition to Bharata, British brutes savagely brutalised 1.5 million Kenyans in torture camps before they attained independence in 1963; blamed Irish nationals for their poverty in spite of Ireland being under their domination; partitioned Great Bharata that caused inhuman brutalities on 30 million people in 1947; ravaged uprising Iraqi 100,000 tribesmen who asked them to quit their country; tortured some 3000 Cypriots in 1955-59 with water-boarding / rubbing red-chilli into deep wounds and laughingly advising them to suffer day and night instead of praying for immediate death; the British Brute Brigadier Reginald O’Dyer who massacred men / women / children in Jallianwala Bagh in 1919, was honoured as “The Man Who Saved India”; ravaged China before their Communist uprising in 1950 in addition to addicting their youth with drugs; brutally tortured naked Yemenese in refrigerated cells in 1960 before quitting the country; brutalised 48,000 South Africans in Boer war…while continuously declaring themselves, “Most Developed and Civilised Country” in the world !!! They wanted Hindu-s of Bharata that was “Sone Ki Chiriya” then, to have a taste of “advanced western civilisation” !!!
British Crown is a Crown of Murderers / Rapists / Plunderers. If the entire British race is wiped out somehow, nobody in the world shall have even an iota of empathy for them.
If today’s British-Cowards are dispossessed of moral strength to stand up in unison in front of the Buckingham Palace and apologise to Bharata in one voice, least they can do is to desist from floating sheer nonsense of having imparted / bequeathed ‘The Idea of India’ behind, rubbishing humongous sacrifices rendered by scores of Bharatiya-s and catastrophic miseries undergone by them for 200 years.
British colonial-demons had completely razed Bharatavarsa.
UBI i.e. Universal Basic Income is gradually gaining currency, emerging as an idea whose time appears to have come. Even Economic Survey 2016 presented to Parliament devoted an entire chapter to the emerging concept. Intransigent poverty and recurring unemployment happen to be at the root of this concept to assure a minimal level of subsistence and dignified too if possible without inviting adjectives like state subvention or unemployment dole only to monetize lethargy and refusal to work hard.
Philippe Van Parjis happens to be a left-liberal political theorist who vehemently propounded the concept in his book, Real Freedom For All as an instrument to assure, “fair distribution of real freedom to pursue the realization of one’s conception of the good life”. In a simple, easily understandable language, UBI allows anyone to pursue life of his / her liking once means required for a dignified basic survival is ensured independent of his / her state of employment. Most conspicuous aspect of UBI is it’s being completely devoid of state conditionalities, non-discriminatory and universality. The idea has been first implemented by Kela, a social security agency in Finland where every unemployed citizen in 25-58 age group is awarded UBI 560 Euros pm irrespective of any “work requirement” whatsoever. Pilot project includes some 2000 unemployed youth who shall retain the incentive even after they happen to corner employment. All existing livelihood guaranty schemes are accessible only to those who qualify criteria like minimum income threshold and employment status. UBI stipulates complete absence of employment status as well as minimum income threshold. Those who oppose UBI apprehend, low-wage / minimum wage jobs would become an anathema in addition to burgeoning fiscal deficits stoking inflation while champions of the concept harp on the possibility of bureaucratic lethargy and improper targeting of social welfare schemes to be taken care of by UBI.
In the Economic Survey 2017, Finance Minister Jaitly appears to have added an altogether new dimension to the evolving concept of UBI as he has envisaged it as a collective substitute of entire spectrum of social welfare schemes and not as an additional source of assured income, “a number of implementation challenges lie ahead, especially the risk that universal basic income would become an add-on to, rather than a replacement of current anti-poverty and social programmes”. With this dimension weighing heavily in the mind of Government, UBI shall not be a supplementary income to raise standard of living but one, single-point replacement of all state subventions thereby, restricting quality of life and standard of living approximately at the same level as before. This dimension has precisely negated the very foundation of UBI as Parijs said, “A basic income is provided in cash, it supplements rather than substitutes existing in-kind transfers such as free education or basic health insurance.” This newer aspect to UBI also opens the door to intense scrutiny as to whether UBI is so sacrosanct that it’s Cost & Benefit Analysis is above board as well as whether it is ethical or moralistic to compare it with entire range of state interventions regarding PDS, Mid-day meals, ICDS, sanitation, education etc. Once this scrutiny is over, next loud question stands alone, whether UBI should be extended as a replacement of or as supplement to all state financial interventions. Internationally, it is proposed and envisaged to address issues of employment and minimum income guarantee schemes.
As no lunch is free and one has to pay for every glass of water that one drinks, resources to stand for UBI will have to come from the relatively affluent sections of society. When the resource is added to the tax base, affluent sections not only finance UBI for the deprived ones but also for themselves. For the affluent ones providing resources for UBI, it is their own tax payments that revert to them as their UBI. There may be more than one way to raise resources for UBI viz. progressive taxation, consumption tax or a specifically ear-marked tax however, fundamental source of the resource remains the same, the rich have to pay for UBI for all, including themselves. Universal basic income thus distributed to all, ensures nation transfers resources from Have-Too-Much to Have-Nots in a fair, transparent and equitable manner. When basic philosophy of UBI boils down to redistribution of surpluses equitably, be that a measure of supplement or replacement, is a matter of policy decision for any Government.
What precisely is the factor that inspired springing forth of Universal Basic Income ? Trigger for UBI to burst into existence lies at the root of failure of grand economic ideologies of capitalism as well as socialism. Capitalists may embarrassingly like to proffer UBI as a softer face of market / competition driven ideology of Survival-Of-The-Fittest so as to enable Have-Too-Much sections to have more with murmurs of protest subdued. On the other hand, socialists may be constrained to proffer UBI as a confession of abject failure of the ideology of All-Are-Compulsorily-Equal and State-As-The-Only-Owner of all resources. After all, intrinsic virtue of capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings while that of socialism, unequal sharing of miseries !! I just dream, I wish they had scrutinized socio-economic philosophy of ‘Ekatma Manavavada / Antyodaya’ propounded by Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya in great details. Such a dilemma would not have been there then.
Prof. Martin Feldstein of Harvard University is not really enamoured of the concept. He holds it an enormously expensive state subvention requiring at least $3 trillion to implement that in the USA. He does not favour even job guarantee programmes as being in vogue in Bharata. Country has a massive population of 125 crores compared to 5.4 million in Finland and a steady track-record of missing several opportunities of industrial resurgence. Extensive automation particularly through robotics is not only raising productivity but also number of idle, jobless hands every year which may pose grave socio-economic challenges to Government. Some State Governments have been offering unemployment benefits from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2500 /- pm knowing very well that at best, these measures merely postpone impending crisis till next elections. Even at MGNREGA rate of guaranteed employment for 100 days, at the wage rate of Rs. 170/- per day, 300 million household shall demand resources to the tune of Rs. 5,10,000 crores while allocation is mere Rs. 48,000 crores !! Numbers shall be nerve shattering for the urban youth with rising expectations of higher standard of living. That poses a severe dilemma for the Finance Minister whether UBI is to be taken up as supplement or replacement. Ostensibly, resource base must be widened multiple times before such a mammoth state subvention is undertaken. We must not fancy advanced albeit small countries like Finland where it is being implemented currently as there is no comparison between Finland and our country. In a huge, noisy, defiant democracy like Bharata, introduction of UBI is fraught with plethora of undesirable, rude side-shocks. It may lead to rise in lethargy, crime, terrorism, massive procreation to corner as much as UBI as possible thereby severely compromising on quality of life and citizens in addition to massive infiltration from Bangladesh and Nepal. The ONLY way UBI makes some sense is that substitution of state subvention with UBI and that too, only to those who genuinely deserve that. UBI in any other form, may bring about unmitigated disaster for the nation.
It would be amply appropriate that universal basic income retains it’s identity as universal for all sections of society and unconditional without being restrained by constraints of any kind whatsoever.
Hon. Prime Minister,
Nation is now witnessing another irruption of the cancer of anti-nationalism of anti-Hindu variety. Post-2014, first outburst was witnessed in JNU, The Traitor’s Paradise and now in Ramjas College / BHU after DU. Many more are waiting in their wings to irrupt like hydra-headed monsters all over only to derogate the nation. Secular-mushrooms are having a gala time furiously busy inciting the fire.
So far, what has been witnessed appears to be a lackadaisical policy of the Govt. to stem the rot. However, we need a bouquet of almost all types of harsh and soft measures to tackle the irruption. These are rewards of seven decades of McCaulay brand education perpetuated by anti-national Congressis / Communists manufacturing a huge army of McCaulay-Putras and McCaulay-Putris. When Nation-Suckers like Farookh Abdullahs / Harvard Chidambarams / Yechurys / Javed Akhtars join the errant brigade either to publicly display their utter empty-headedness or to fish in troubled waters for a few more votes, it is time for the Government to sit up and emit out a loud thunderous message, it is a NO NONSENSE GOVERNMENT that minds nation’s interest and integrity first and foremost.
State security cover / sops for Nation-Suckers like Farookh Abdullah / Geelani / Yasin Mallik must be withdrawn immediately. Why should tax-payers foot the bill of their anti-Hindu anti-national rantings ? And how long ?
Why is not a law enacted to prohibit such anti-national outbursts ? If laws do not permit you to enact a clean-up operation like what Marshall Joseph Stalin did in eastern Europe during first half of previous century, it does not mean no effective visible action can be undertaken immediately. Why can’t IB plan a pre-emptive strike based on intelligence inputs by arresting trouble-makers to nip the crisis in bud much before it irrupts ? Such pre-emptive strikes have immense electoral value associated with them as mood of the nation too, is blowing in that direction.
Kindly amend the Constitution to allow Govt. abolish citizenship of such traitors so that they can be thrown out of the country if not hanged like Afzal Guru on charges of sedition / inciting separatism. Why can’t we ban an obnoxious / venomous ideology of Communism ? Yes, Mr. Prime Minister, Communism ought to be banned, all Yechurys and Karats must be arrested under National Security Act and awarded rigorous life imprisonment in a remote island. Communism is Traitor’s Ideology of Murders & Destruction alone and nothing else.
I compliment you for adopting tough stand on Triple-Talaq issue in Supreme Court. However, more should be done by petitioning SC to ban Burqa / countrywide mass animal slaughter on Bakrid (entire Dhaka was flooded with animal blood last year as if it was aftermath of a bout of heavy blood-monsoon and pictures went viral on social media. National Green Tribunal do not have guts to issue notice to Muslims on this issue but they can harass Art Of Living on Yamuna bank for the asking) / Fatwa / Sharia courts etc. Muslims must convince themselves now, equality before law means equality before law only and NOT discriminatory / selective equality before law to pander to their whims and fancies which divided the country into a catastrophic holocaust. People have finally woken up and nation can no longer be bullied around.
Kindly petition United Nations to accord recognition to Hindu Holocaust and finalise a day to mourn on a Hindu Holocaust Day in the country, by Hindus all over the world. Hindus have undergone several holocausts at the hands of invading Mughals / Muslims and 400 million Hindus were brutally slaughtered by Mughals / Muslims out of 600 million Hindus by 1947. Hindus have undergone highest number of mass-slaughters executed by Mughals / Muslims impossible to erase from history texts and Hindu memory. It will amount to greatest treachery of sorts against Hindus if anyone attempts to erase that. Our innocent / defenceless / unarmed ancestors were brutally tortured, massacred by Mughals / Muslims and we all must be acutely conscious of that every moment bereft of any sense of grudge or vengeance. History has a nefarious habit of crawling back to those who are inclined to forget / erase / ignore that and such a neglect is a very expensive proposition indeed.
Like you did for International Yoga Day, I am eagerly looking forward to International Hindu Holocaust Day to be declared by the UN as soon as possible.
Vande Mataram I
With best regards,