The Party for Capitalist Economy stands for decentralizing. For the last few years, the trend has been to centralize everything- grant of subsidies directly to the consumers from the central government, admission of students to certain professional courses, deciding quantum of taxes to be collected by the state governments etc. Even the state governments are taking decisions on behalf of private institutes and individuals like fees to be charged by schools from students, cutting trees, age at which one should marry, age at which one should go for jobs etc. The Party for Capitalist Economy thinks that decision taking should be decentralized- Central and state governments should resist the temptation to have more powers and allow private individuals and institutions to decide. There appears to be a need for All India parties like BJP and Congress as well as other parties to debate on the pros and cons of centralizing power.
How does one assess whether the foreign policy of India in recent years is a success or failure? If we go by the number of Indian VVIPs’ visits abroad or foreign VVIP’s visits to India, India’s foreign policy is a success. But mere visits and signing of agreements do not necessarily mean success or failure. Success of foreign policy also cannot be concluded by the number of international organizations in which the country becomes a member or of which the country is a co-founder. Common approach to or identity of views on international issues also do not mean success of foreign policy. Extending assistance, grants and loans to other countries through various programmes or Eximbank etc also does not mean the foreign policy is a success. Successful foreign policy should lead to expansion of the country’s exports, industrial, technical and scientific cooperation between the countries,spreading of Indian culture, increased arrivals of foreign visitors, creation of interest in foreign countries in India’s history, culture. languages, way of life etc.
Foreign policy should also not be under the control of only the Ministry of External Affairs. The inputs from other Ministries of the union and from the states should also be solicited and considered carefully.
It has become a fashion with political parties/leaders, non-governmental organizations, intellectuals etc to express their interests in the betterment of the poor people only as though they are not bothered about the interests and concerns of the rich people- businessmen, industrialists, service providers and large land owners. In fact they always talk ill of rich people. This is an unhealthy situation. It is the rich people who pay taxes to the government for running the government and for providing welfare schemes for poor people , it is the rich people who create and provide jobs to the people, it is the rich people who engage in large charitable activities. It is therefore difficult to understand why the rich people are ignored by the government etc. The policy of any government should be to make rich people richer, so that they can make poor people rich by setting up industries, shops, service establishments and providing jobs to unemployed persons and providing higher posts for already employed workers, staff and officers. To bridge the gap between the poor and rich, rich people should not be made poor, but poor people should have higher growth in income than the rich people.
There was a time when there were leaders from Tamilnadu who occupied important positions in the Central leadership of their respective parties. In the Congress Party there were leaders like Kamaraj, C.Subramaniam, R.Venkataraman who were respected and admired by central leadership of the Congress party. Some of them were talked of as potential Prime Ministers. The founder and leader of the Swatantra Party, which was at one time the largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha, viz Rajaji is from Tamilnadu. Mr.P.Ramamurthy of CPI(M) was one of the top leaders of that Party. Recently though some leaders from Tamilnadu occupied important positions in the Central cabinet like P.Chidambaram, Anbumani Ramadoss, Dayanidhi Maran, T.R.Balu etc, none of them had the stature to influence decisions of the central government. In the existing circumstances, i.e. when All India parties- BJP and Congress- do not have much following in Tamilnadu, the local(Tamilnadu) leaders of these parties are unlikely to emerge as top leaders of their respective parties in the normal course.
There is need for an alternative to Congress and BJP. It could be an united Front of all existing and new regional/state parties or a new All India Party. Tamilnadu’s political leaders should try for this viz formation 9f United Front of regional parties or a new All India Party. They could have important positions in these orgnisations.
If I am in power, I will take the following steps to over come the impact of drought,
- Not only remove all restrictions on digging bore wells but will also encourage and assist people to dig bore wells. Ground water level will go down but this does not matter, as when it rains the water level will automatically come up. Government will also dig bore wells near water bodies like lakes, canals etc.
- Wherever and whenever it is possible, artificial rain(cloud seeding) will be tried.
- Water areas like wells, rivers, lakes, canals, water passages will be dredged which may lead to more ground water
- farmers will be advised to refrain from planting crops like paddy which require a lot of water and cultivate drought resistant crops like ragi
- Without any elaborate application from farmers, their lands will be provided with drip irrigation system and sprinkler irrigation system.
- Panchayat, municipal and corporation waste water will be treated and used for irrigation.
- As a long term measure, desalination plants will be established along the coast.