When I see arguments about costs incurred on PM’s foreign trips or the cost incurred on a statue, I am confused. For me, the costs incurred are not the issue. For the economy of the size of India, they are too minuscule to make any difference. Surely, we could have been less extravagant on the statue. Surely, the PM could have been more judicious in choosing his travel. But the questions are mis-directed. My questions and worries are different.
- I am worried when the PM travels and gives a largesse to the foreign country so that he can look bigger, while India pays for it.
- He went to Japan and spent Rs.100,000 crores on an unnecessary bullet train.
- He went to France and spent Rs. 60,000 crores on Rafale involving big kick backs.
- He went to Russia to sign up the sake of Essar assets to Roseneft at USD 12.9 Billion but robbing Indian Banks of their rights on recovery of loans in a deal signed in secrecy.
- He went to USA and almost gave up our freedom to Facebook through Free basics, and discussing retailing rights to Apple. Some of the dilution of FDI in retailing have their roots here. And still conceding a lot to US Lobbies.
The list is long and unending. And every time, India paid so that Modi can look bigger than what he actually is..
Surely, for every rupee spent, we could talk of a more judicious way to spend it. But our arguments must be larger and substantive issues. It is true that Patel statue was unnecessary. It is Patels’ mistakes on accession that India bleeds every day. But to pin this government down, we need bigger and more substantive arguments than that!