You are reading these words at the start of 2015. It is our duty to caution you about certain things and also tell you the reason for that caution and what can happen if precautions are not exercised. Actually, ours is also the same duty as that of a doctor. A doctor does not tell a patient about his or her beauty, but provides information on ailments and diseases that can occur if due precautions are not taken. In the same way, journalism’s fundamental duty is that it in any situation instead of singing ballads of praise before society, it should enunciate the problems that can crop up before a country. By not doing so, it also commits a crime such as a doctor does when instead of curing a patient, asks for more money to treat him or her.
When did the train derail ? There can be differing analysis on this, but it can be seen that gradually the public kept separating from the realm of development and development started happening for just a handful of people. After 1991, the market took development in its control and today the condition is such that 70 or 75 per cent of the public of the country can plan only how to get the barest minimum of amenities to survive. How dreams of employment can be shown to them, a plan is made for this. That they don’t rebel, for that how many amenities are needed, a plan is made for this, and a long map of exploitation is prepared. It was by this map itself that the previous Governments ran and it is on this map that this Government is also running. It is being said that this Government didn’t have time enough to change the economic policies, that is why one should wait for the Budget session of 2015. Only about a little more than a month is left for the Budget session of 2015 — that also we will see. But from the kind of statements that are coming to the fore, it seems that it will be only market based economic policies and the related development model that will be made stronger instead of a people centric development model being made. If this happens, then what all can happen, we will let the imagination dwell on it after the Budget session. But right now, we definitely want to give a warning to you and a sign to the Government.
It is being said that this Government didn’t have time enough to change the economic policies, that is why one should wait for the Budget session of 2015. Only about a little more than a month is left for the Budget session of 2015 — that also we will see. But from the kind of statements that are coming to the fore, it seems that it will be only market based economic policies and the related development model that will be made stronger instead of a people centric development model being made…The way Narendra Modi has presented himself before the country, that is like showing a 5 ft tall man as a 16 ft man on a cinema screen. Becoming a super hero or a super villain, 2015 has kept this singular choice before us.
When we keep water to heat on a fire, then it takes a long time, it warms slowly, but once it becomes warm, then it doesn’t take much time for it to boil. The symbols of development Manmohan Singh had adopted in the light of market based economic policies, with them he warmed the water and the Government became free of social duties. Roads, hospitals, schools, employment, water and education — meaning everything — became free of being the Government’s responsibility. Its result was that now news doesn’t come from anywhere that people are dying of hunger, this news also don’t come that somewhere a struggle for land struggle is being carried out, people are fighting a battle for water-forest-land. Its clear meaning is that the media too the market has taken in its hands and the public cannot get to learn or know about these struggles outside its own circle. Have all these struggles ended, are we living in happiness and peace? All these questions too are not being raised today.
But the one thing which neither this Government is understanding and nor is it letting its information reach you, is this : that it is from the seven major States of the country where there is dissatisfaction, where development has not reached and where people are without food, dragging themselves without medicines have reached the brink of death, it is from there that most of the soldiers of our army come. In these States, talking about poverty, exploitation, unemployment and struggle is being considered as supporting Naxalism. The present Government considers these problems as a problem of law and order, doesn’t believe wrong policies of development are a reason for it. That is why the Home Ministry has now taken this decision that that if in cities you will support Naxalites, then you can be sent to jail. Meaning that if someone analyses the reasons for poverty, if someone talks of the interests of the disadvantaged, if someone talks of a struggle for land and if someone talks against Government repression, then they can be believed to be supporters of Naxalites. Because Naxalites too are more or less talking about the same things in their areas, because of which more than 272 districts of the country have come under their area of influence.
In the beginning of 2015, we humbly and respectfully make an appeal to the present Government that it changes its style of thinking a little bit. Into the stream of development, it is important to bring in that population which 65 years of independence have gradually pushed out from the circle of development. The water has become warm, it will not take much time for the water to boil. In States, in cities, in villages you can certainly catch those people who talk about change and put them in jail. Maybe it becomes the duty of parties that before coming into power, they promise to do everything for everybody, but after coming into power they so very easily throw away all those things and promises and talk only about the market.
The Government of Shri Narendra Modi is also on the same path. But it is our duty to tell him that if he will not make agriculture based industrial business, agriculture based economic policies his guide, then, in the passing of 5 years, he will be considered a worse Prime Minister than Manmohan Singh. He can remain a Prime Minister, he can also become a dictator, but will not be able to remain a super hero in people’s hearts. The way Narendra Modi has presented himself before the country, that is like showing a 5 ft tall man as a 16 ft man on a cinema screen. Becoming a super hero or a super villain, 2015 has kept this singular choice before us. For people in the country who believe democracy to be the most suitable system, 2015 can bring happiness too and a lot of grief too. But it should be hoped that in the singular choice presented by 2015 the victory will be of the super hero, not of the super villain.