My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mirage of Hope!

In inspirational inaugural address after being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, Mr. Obama told the nation: "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America."…."Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.” Enthronement of the first black president Barack Hussein Obama marked the new era of development & prosperity for America.

Honestly, Obama’s inauguration speech is not my matter of an Indian I was hoping for some change in America’s foreign policy, which will be beneficial for India. But as the new administration has unveiled its bilateral relationships with Japan, South Korea & Australia, but not India…I was disappointed. You have seen live telecast of his inaugural session directly from US…his presidential election has been of your interest from last year…you are as happy as any other Americans when he won the seat of US President. But how this change in White House will affect our lives? After Indo US Nuke Deal though it can be said that relation between India & America are smooth now…in fact in the last Mumbai terror attack we have got assistance & cooperation from US to tackle Pakistan sponsored terrorism. But The Agenda – foreign policy, of Obama & Biden led us to devise since it says “they will maintain strong ties with allies like Japan, South Korea & Australia” with no mention of India. One good news is that America has a broad agreement with India for global nuclear disarmament, to stop development of nuclear weapons. As well as they deal with countries like Pakistan & Afghanistan to strengthen security worldwide. But the issue of Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regarding India is still on hold, while White House has strong support for this in the context of North Korea & Iran.

And this is yet to see if the new President will use his veto power in United Nations Security Council for permanent membership of India, since experts says that Brazil, Germany, India & Japan are the most strongest competitors.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Vapoury politics

Bengal has become the ultimate precedent of anti amelioration political culture. It seems that our political leaders are more concerned about the working class than the leaders of other metro cities. Perhaps our sensible leaders think that pollution can be controlled by calling more strikes in a month! It’s strange to see that these people are so engrossed in securing their vote banks that they don’t even bother about us. Every other city has seen protest & violence to ban auto pollution but our State Govt. is unable to handle the same thing & has pleaded helplessness. I wonder, in the issue of Singur we have seen violence on a larger level but that time Govt. was stick to its place, but why this time they surrendered themselves so easily?

Our administration is incapable of maintaining law & order in the state & wide range of protest has now become symbolical while implementing a court order in the city (take the issue of Book Fair venue for another example). Apart from that, Kolkata doesn’t have enough LPG outlets. Merely 12 outlets are there where as the target was 75, what was the Govt. doing since July 18? Preparing for Film Festival?

I’m not in the favor of any of the parties. The CM, who once said that at first he is the member of Alimuddin St., we can’t expect him to get above from party politics since he, himself have accepted that for him party comes first. But being a cultural & educated leader he should realize the adverse effect of pollution, which will affect the auto drivers more than any body else. On the other hand, our Didi, who considers her party, is for the people of grass root level, for whom we had to bid ‘good bye’ to the Nano project, is back to her form. She has become synonymous with anti development in Bengal.

Destruction of public property, blood shed, strikes, political procession….doesn’t protect interest of auto drivers. At the end of the day, its poor people who suffer from pollution the most.