Mr. Modi, you have a problem

Modi needs to act quickly to make things happen or he runs the risk of losing in 2019

Modi needs to act quickly to make things happen or he runs the risk of losing in 2019
Modi needs to act quickly to make things happen

After a 7-week stay in India, I am glad to be back home, in familiar confines. Seven weeks in which a lot was promised but nothing happened – a cabinet reshuffle that astonishingly left key ministries under the same set of underperforming individuals (Figure 1).

NaMo's card trick
Fig 1. NaMo’s card trick!

The “C” Father-son duo

Karti continues to cock a snook at the authorities, avoiding meeting government agencies, citing specious reasons. This jobless bully with an IQ of a 15-year old in the skin of a 40-year exoskeleton continues to boast about his invincibility to Twitterati who dare to question him.

One of his tall claims is that he has a net worth of Rs. 6 lakh crores ($93 billion) and that he does not need a passport to land anywhere in the world(see Figure 2 below)! Luckily, thanks to endless egging a Lookout Circular (LOC) is now in place but Karti continues to challenge this in every court. Much money to spend on expensive lawyers while a patient nation looks on, in the hope of a better tomorrow.

Karti Chidambaram's boast
Fig 2. Karti Chidambaram’s boast

Another claim of his is that he has enough information in his possession to bring down some high and mighty in the current government. That the Chidambarams continue to cast a long shadow over the current regime is proved by the almost glacial speed with which the government is moving doing what a common man would have experienced in a 24-hour period.

Mr. Modi, it is time you called this upstart’s bluff. Trust me when I say this, there will be no tears of sympathy from the public when the C family will scream from every rooftop of political vendetta. Maybe a few crackers (Diwali is just around the corner!) may even go off!

Who is Ajay Singh?

The capital has been rife with rumors that Ajay Singh, the Chairman of SpiceJet is about to buy NDTV (numbers being bandied about are in the range of 100-280 crores), while the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) continues to indulge in Masterly inactivity, despite being provided compelling evidence of Stock manipulation, dubious transfer of ownership to a shell company etc. It bears mention here that we should take a look at how an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) amassed so much wealth that he could buy SpiceJet, then sell it to the Marans and then buy it back for a song!

As Sherlock Holmes would have said when everything else has been eliminated, whatever remains, however improbable it may be, must be the truth – and the truth is that Mr. Ajay Singh must be a benami for some politicians, perhaps even some in the current cabinet. Mr. Modi, there is cancer creeping into the body of the current government and it needs to be excised immediately. As they say in Hindustani, Akalmand ko ishaara kaafi hai! Who wields the real power in your cabinet is becoming rather apparent, like the 70s hero in disguise, whom the entire audience with the exception of his love interest and mother can spot.

Jis desh mein GSTN rukti hai

I was among the earliest to warn of the consequences of an underprepared GSTN platform, the backbone of GST, months before it went online. One quick look at the sites that were providing support for the GSTN APIs (Application Provider Interface) would have made it abundantly clear that this software is not ready for a rollout. Which raises the bigger question – what the heck did Infosys do with the Rs. 1400 crores that it got from the government to develop the back end? The outgoing government of UPA-2 ensured that the ownership of GSTN was majority owned by private entities (many of whom can be traced back to be loyal minions of the UPA-2 Finance Minister) and also ensured that all the payment was done by the 24.5% owner, the Centre. The current Finance Minister defended his predecessor’s decision saying that only a private entity  can handle the thousands of processes that will be done on a daily basis.  Why does India choose so many lawyers as their Finance Minister? What did Bharat mata do to deserve this cruel punishment? More importantly, Mr. Modi, who is the real Finance Minister in your government?

These are but a few problems that are facing the nation. UPA-2 does not deserve to come back to power for another… 50 years! But the self-goals by the current government have made it vulnerable and it needs to steer the ship in the right direction very soon or it may go the way of NDA-1. (Shining for some but actually lit up someone else’s home!)

Note:
1. The conversion rate used in this article is 1 USD = 64.94 Rupees.
2. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Ii dont see problem in ownership of GSTN – It still is with Govt.. This structure was made to retain talent – and work like private organisation.

    We should be critical but not biased – this bring down ones credibility.

  2. I agree with Harish. Wheels within wheels! SG one of the crusaders of black money and financial genius closeness to AJ is intriguing when it is known that AJ has a soft corner for the C family. Everything Dr. SS is doing on the corruption and black money fronts will be diluted in such a scenario. Hope somewhere good sense prevails if the country has to get rid of the malaise of hawala, black money and corruption.

  3. Dear Anna,

    I am appalled by what I am seeing and reading. You and your website stand by(or at least provide a platform for) Dr. SS and S.Gurumurthy for whatever their views and contributions are. I see R.Vaidya who constantly writes for your website also being close to Dr.SS and SG. But Dr.SS has started blaming SG for the mess in TN and also calls him an ally of AJ. If SG can be an ally of AJ in TN related matters, why can’t that be expanded to other domains and areas as well is a pertinent question. R.Vaidya, SS and you seem to be dead against AJ and SS calls SG as an ally of AJ. Now, what’s cooking? You are all supposed to be honest intellectuals but what happens to that “Honesty” when SS, Vaidyanathan and you questions AJ’s credibility and SS calls SG AJ’s ally. BTW, SG is releasing Dr.Vaidynathan’s book on Oct 6, 2017 in Chennai. Seeing all these, we as outsiders to the whole Delhi club and political apparatus in general are left perplexed. Could you all please sort this out among yourselves and let us know who’s what and what do you all stand for?

    Idhula nadu-nadula Kanchi Mahasvami-oda pEra vera use pannikardhu!!

    hariH Om,
    Harish.

    • Good one I too get confused by these so called intellectuals- blaming Lytyens on one hand – doing something similar on the other

      Initially I thought this website will be a good alternative to Cho”s Thuglak- for unbiased, outright news. Gradually drifting

    • Well said.

      Mr. Gurumurthy who was very articulate about his views has of late stopped appearing on TV interviews and stopped expressing his opinions on current politics. Deliberately silenced ?

      Also Dr Swamy’s tweets in the recent times have left people confused. To top it all his recent interview to CNNIBN. Regarding GSTN technical glitches, it is strange that people who have been in the technology sector for a career are talking as if there have been no initial hiccups on any of their deployments . Is this not common ?

      Also the Rs.65,000 crore one time transition input credit ( for pre GST stocks) that was claimed for the month of July is being projected as a failure of GST and panic is being created. Dr. Swamy along with his twitter followers are at the forefront of spreading this misinformation.

      Such an environment of infighting will be the ideal opportunity Cong will be waiting for to drive the wedge deeper and break the efforts. Please do not let this happen.

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