New Developments in India

August 22, 2010

BY Padmini Arhant

Per the article International Events – India Independence Day published on this website 08/16/10 under International Politics, the food prices inflation impacting the incumbent administration in New Delhi at national polls was cited in the post.

Further, the scenarios causing the food inflation was elaborated with solutions to overcome the situation contributing to the Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh’s decline in the national polls among the frustrated population.

Upon the private media investigation in the matter, the latest findings reveal that the suspicion on the illicit trade practices involving government subsidized staple food reserved for domestic consumption is confirmed to be factual.

For rice is being smuggled out of the state and exported overseas to Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand…at 1000 percent profit.

As a result, the consistent demand is superficially inflated with short supply depriving the local population of the Central government subsidies.

In this context, the southern state of Tamil Nadu government under the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, is implicated in the video documentary of the trade activity from origin to destination.

Reportedly, the state agricultural minister has refused to comment despite the facts surrounding the nationally exposed food scandal.

Besides, the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s victory was premised on supplying rice to the poor and the lower income at one Indian rupee.

The Central government apparently provided the stock for distribution at that price, evidently the state officials diverted the stock for profitable means.

The Congress party as the Central authority is in a dilemma with the Tamil Nadu government being one of the coalition partners enabling the majority rule to govern the nation.

Regardless, the Congress party is obligatory to the nation in cracking down on corruption and honoring the campaign promise in transparency and accountability especially with the scandal emanating from within the coalition.

It would remarkably improve the Congress party’s image, credibility and future electoral prospects through effective actions in dealing with the systemic abuse of power at various political levels beginning with corruption undermining democracy.

Not to mention in addressing the public anxiety over the Central power’s inability to control artificial food inflation.

Worldwide, politics without corruption and power abuse is a misnomer. It’s attributed to populace disappointment not transformed into action in eliminating corruption from the base.

Tamil Nadu has been ruled by two political factions for decades, each periodically replaced by one another for similar or distinctive dysfunctionality.

The state is renowned for intellectual feat in science and technology, cultural arts and humanities.

However, Politics has not been easily accessible to the talented mainstream due to the dominance by the state’s motion picture industry artists.

Perhaps, the Tamil Nadu electorate could reflect on the establishments’ record obstructing the state’s progress and elect intellectually poised leaders committed to the electorates’ interest rather than their own. They could be young, mature and energetic or the experienced seniors dedicated to serving the people and not the personal agenda.

Nevertheless, a breath of fresh air is always better for the contaminated political environment.

It’s analogous to global politics.

In other issues raised in that article – the new development from the Naxal and Maoist groups extending an olive branch is extremely hopeful and it would be appropriate to end the standoff with mutual ceasefire from both sides enhanced by a new commitment to peacefully resolve the long standing dispute.

Since the Naxal and Maoist group’s choice of mediators are arousing unnecessary political tensions, it would serve the peace process positively with the independent panel unaffiliated to both parties but well adapted in delivering the desirable outcome i.e. listening to the insurgents’ issues and making an effort in understanding the reasons behind their struggle is an initial step towards reconciliation process.

At the same time, offering the reasonable and realistic solutions to the problems would be an amicable approach to the successful negotiation.

Maintaining similar strategy in other national security and economic issues related to farmers is favorable to all sides.

Good luck! To all members in the peaceful settlement of political,economic and social issues.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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