During the last 10 years of Congress led UPA rule, development of Muslims has been on the back burner. I would say that the Congress led UPA has been interested in development of few ‘Muslim Leaders’ rather than looking at the larger interests of the community.
There are some very interesting insights provided by economist and chief scholar at the US-India Policy Institute Abusaleh Shariff in a paper that presented at a seminar in Delhi in 2013 titled “Six Years After Sachar: A Review of Inclusive Policies in India.”
Forty-eight days of chaos has come to an end with the resignation of the AAP government. Due to the antics of Arvind Kejriwal, the office of the Chief Minister of Delhi has lost its dignity. Any Chief Minister who takes over this office in time to come will have to first restore the dignity of this office.
What we also need to ensure now is that the political discourse should not stoop down further. While being in government AAP leaders have used abusive language persistently to attack their political opponents.
The latest scene in the theatre of the absurd staged by Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) proves once again that this is a party of hypocrites. Here is a government in Delhi which has no sense of purpose and wears its non-performance on its sleeve!
The AAP leaders have been following a set pattern of creating controversies so they can get an increasing amount of media space.
Aam Aadmi Party leaders have done it again! To hide their non-performance they are now resorting to mudslinging. The press conference held by some AAP leaders on Feb 3 in Delhi conveyed just one message to the people of Delhi and the country: that their government has failed to deliver, and as a consequence the party is under intense public scrutiny. So much so that one of their legislators was slapped in Sangam Vihar by an ‘aam aurat’. And now to divert the debate from the issue of governance the party is indulging in all sorts of diversionary tactics.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s detailed interview to a television channel preceded by a similar interview to a leading Hindi newspaper few days ago is a clear attempt by the party to salvage his image as well as the image of the party.
But no such effort can be successful as Rahul Gandhi did not address the key issues concerning the nation.
Despite tall claims made by the UPA government, it is going to slip on the fiscal deficit front. In the first 8 months of the current fiscal year, the fiscal deficit has already touched around 94% of the gross budget estimates.
It may be recalled here that the union finance minister P. Chidambaram had set up a target of restricting the ballooning fiscal deficit of India to Rs 5.4 trillion in year 2013-14. This was around 4.8% of the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) of India.
Hundreds of Hindus have been attacked in Bangladesh in the post-poll violence over the last couple of days. Scores of Hindu temples have been destroyed, shops looted, houses gutted and several Hindus have been killed also. The Bangladeshi media reports paint a grim picture.
It is ironical that AAP will now rule Delhi along with Congress against whom people of Delhi had voted overwhelmingly. It is a betrayal of the trust of people. However, one is not surprised at this ‘unholy and opportunistic alliance’ as AAP and Congress are natural partners. How?
The Aam Aadmi Party is going to form a government in Delhi with Arvind Kejriwal scheduled to take oath as the Chief Minister on 28 December. However, the moot question is that hoe stable this government will be?
The irony of this whole situation seems to have been lost in the cacophony of shrill voices which have become hallmark of AAP. They shout you down if you don’t agree with them.