An extremely crass but popular Hindi proverb argues that if your kismet is so bad that only unpalatable things are ordained for you, why would destiny serve you pakoras (fritters)? By this typical north Indian logic, Amit Shah’s argument that selling pakoras is better than being unemployed should make everyone selling the aforementioned snack feel extremely lucky.
Yet, at a deeper level, Shah’s argument can only be taken with a pinch of salt. Selling pakoras can rarely be a career choice. It is usually a decision thrust upon a person by lack of alternatives, a compulsion enforced by the need for survival. Nobody in India, I can bet, grows up dreaming of selling pakoras on the streets, outside TV studios, and next to liquor shops, where incidentally, they are consumed the most with assorted snacks.
Also, what exactly is the government’s contribution if a youth sets up a roadside stall, buys a stove, oil, condiments and some gram flour to earn a living? It is in fact a desperate measure that signals the end of hopes and dreams, a surrender to circumstances. Any government that claims credit for this is just laughing at itself.
Selling pakoras was an option, even during the UPA government because the economy, literally, was in the frying pan. The growth rate during its second term had come down from the highs of the first few years of the new millennium, falling to less than five percent (old methodology).
So, in 2014, when India voted for the BJP, many hoped, as the saying goes, that all five fingers would be in butter. Voters thought Narendra Modi would put India on the fast track with his innovative ideas and energy. The youth believed that he would live up to his promise of generating 10 million jobs every year. But, as this report in The Hindu pointed out, at the present rate of job creation, it will take 30 years to fulfil that promise.
Jobs are generated when the economy grows at a healthy rate. Hiring takes place when the industry invests in capacity expansion because of growing demand for their products and services. The Modi government’s record on the growth front has been subpar. In its first four years, as former prime minister Manmohan Singh argued, it failed to achieve the average rate of growth recorded under UPA.
The problem with the BJP is that instead of accepting its failure on the job front, it is resorting to whataboutery and simplistic pakora arguments. Shah’s grilling of the Congress over its failures to generate jobs in 55 years would have been palatable during the 2014 election campaign. But now, it sounds stale. It smells like failure.
In 2014, India was high on hope. That hope is now being replaced by scepticism and inchoate anger. The first signs of this change in mood appeared in Gujarat, where the BJP barely managed to win the Assembly election. This feeling was reinforced by voters in Rajasthan earlier this week when they defeated the BJP in three crucial elections by huge margins. That the BJP lost more than 10 percent votes in Rajasthan’s urban, semi-urban and rural areas should be a wake-up call for the BJP.
There is growing anxiety among the youth about their future. As jobs shrink, the economy stutters, and automation replaces human labour and expertise, there is growing fear of being left with no option but to sell pakoras.
By constantly trying to argue that more pakora sellers on the streets is a sign of the government’s policies, the BJP runs the risk of changing its own electoral kismet.
So, if Shah — and before him the prime minister — are trying to sell ‘pakoranomics’ as a success story of their government, they should be reminded that it is in fact their failure. India did not vote for the BJP in 2014 to buy more pakoras or see more and more youth set up corner stalls for frying fritters, boiling eggs or serving pani puri. The vote was for better days, more employment, high rates of growth, and ultimately, a life of dignity and hope. With its reductive pakora logic, the BJP is only hiding its failure.
Another act of apathy on behalf of the doctors came to light in the Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh where the doctors denied treatment to a pregnant and she delivered a baby beside the hospital gate. A video on this issue has become viral questioning the infrastructure available in Government hospitals and the indifferent attitude of doctors towards the poor patients. So far no response has been received from the hospital authorities on this issue.
So, there are more chances of HIV being spread from various places to this area. According to the statement of a Councillor in that area, there are as many as 500 cases of HIV positive in that area if proper tests are done. Uttar Pradesh Health Minister ordered an immediate enquiry in this case.
Queen Kangana Ranaut has been working hard on the sets of her new film, Manikarnika. The movie is directed by Krrish, Telugu young director who National Award winning film, Kanche and also historical fiction, Gautamiputra Satakarni last year. He got this offer after successfully completing the movie Gautamiputra Satakarni in less budget and in planned number of days.
Baahubali writer, Vijayendra Prasad wrote the screenplay of the film and it is said to be one of his dreams to write a movie on the great warrior queen.
Karni Sena took the baton of promoting Padmaavat by protesting the release of the movie. They disrupted the shoot, slapped Sanjay Leela Bhanshali and even warned the makers to not release. They made the Governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar ban the movie from release.
Went to Supreme Court to stay the movie release and once, it released they burnt the buses and free screens in huge malls. After all that, they recently agreed their mistake and announced that they mistook the intentions of the makers. Now, they have asked Governments of various states to show the film to everyone.
Sarwa Brahmin Mahasabha decided to do the same for Manikarnika. Till today, they haven’t raised any objections, but now they are saying the makers are planning to destroy the image of great Queen by showing her having a relationship with a British officer. They are demanding that the movie should be shown to them first and then only it should release. The makers have made it clear that they took Government permission and submitted the draft early for no objection certificate.
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