the overall thrust of congress' economic policies has been wrong. They have made India into the largest welfare state in the world. We talk of feeding the poor. "Yeh toh karna hi hai", says Sonia Gandhi. Sure, money grows on trees. How about she does it with money she/ her ilk have looted and stashed away? Anyways, after they scam off the bulk of the money allocated to such programs, we feed the poor. Now how long can we afford to do that? We subsidize fuel prices so that the masses can keep wasting it away while their cars are idling on roads packed with traffic, while productive time is lost during commute hours. Ever thought what that cynical policy costs the country? We then have dozens of congress sponsored "yojnas". Name a disadvantaged lot and we have a yojna/ scheme for them, money allocated for them. But it somehow never benefits them. Of course, these yojnas are always named after the Gandhis- it pays to keep people poor and have yojnas directed at them. They were poor 65 years ago and they are poor today. So how much of all that money trickles down to the poor? There have been yojnas before, so why does India still have beggars on the street. Wasn't it the congress that has been promulgating policies and implementing them all these years?
so what's a better policy? How about cutting subsidies on fuel and using that money to build better infrastructure. The modern economy is all about building efficiencies and infrastructure development is a key part of that. It also generates a whole lot of employment. How too about building productive/ distribution capacity instead of squandering money that we can ill afford, giving people a meal (if it does get to them) than teaching them how to earn and feed for themselves. We have enough production of food grains but they waste away because congress was more bothered running their scams than building cold freeze warehouses.
china pretty much had similar choices 30-40 years ago. Rather than have generations of chinese stay poor and live in communes, they chose to industrialize. The Chinese miracle was in fact built on the backs of hundreds of millions of chinese. But where are they today?
a vote for Modi/ BJP for me is a vote away from the beggar-everyone socialist policies we've had...
and yeah, i dont think appeasement policies congres style works. Someone posted karan Thapar's attack on Modi's speech to ex-serviceman about secularism in the Army. He should have also posted the comments below that article because they offer a good rebuttal. In short, we dont have appeasement/ quotas in the army. But the congress has worked overtime to have just those. Hypocrisy and height of congress boot-licking.