Posted: 16 February 2014 at 2:13pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by BirdieNumNum
yeah, he sure did a lot in these 49 days. Like bad-mouth bureaucrats and everyone to the point that they will be even more scared taking any decisions, lest a Kejriwal comes along and accuses them of wrong-doing. He paralyzed governance, that's what he did! Given more time, he could have taken delhi back further back to the road-side ways...No one would have ever effed up because they would wait for orders from the top to cover their sorry asses. That's what happens when you create the kind of witch-hunt culture he did!
He went after bureaucrats as in the last 5 years Delhi saw the worst corruption ever. And changing the bureaucrats is not a recent phenomena , its a standard procedure when a change of govt happens. I would agree with you if Delhi was doing any better before him, it needs a major shakeup . For a Captial , it lacks on so many grounds and for that more than investment , administration and a strict CM is required.
at best this guy would deserve to be a quality check watchdog in an organization, not the guy you would want running your organization. He is clueless about finances, about "executing". I cant imagine him ever being able to get metro projects, hospitals, schools built. His focus and his interest and his capabilities, if any, lie totally elsewhere, in just pointing out all the things that are wrong, but no workable solutions for any of it!.
They have kept their economic plans as ambiguous as possible thats what an year old party does. His political value right now is equal or even less than Mulayam , so to ask for his economic policies is overhyping him.
Also if you are reading his financial policies wrt to FDI retain than we know states like Rajasthan have also turned them down. Also Delhi govt needs Centre's approval for all money bills. Hence Centre's game , states the cashier.
we can all agree that corruption is a problem. But so is employment and value-add jobs. When you are starving and poor, what you want are jobs and supply-side economics that reduce inflation. Corruption is at worst an irritant and something that costs maybe half a point of GDP a year. But what gets you through life are jobs and a pay-check! Push comes to shove, what would YOU have? A corruption-free experience or a job?
Inflation and GDP are national issues , need major banking and economic reforms at the top. the investment and lack of interest in Davos was more because of scams and Vodafone case.
But the biggest bottleneck for investment from abroad remains corruption and bureaucracy. For jobs too , in Delhi , you need to go through lot of red tape. Btw manish Sisodiya mentioned how reinventing the employment exchange is one of the most important steps that they need. But for that too , you need Centre's approval
there's also a very blurry line between corrupt and non-corrupt. Even in the US, there is "corruption" of sorts. Every capitalist economy suffers from that. You don't get growth without providing profit incentives to companies and people. The rockefellers and the warburgs were also corrupt in that sense. They lobbied and they swung projects around to themselves, and they often lied and used favors to do that!
Lobbying is legal in US hence less corruption and direct investment. But in India it is a crime (Nadia case), the secret relationship polarizes internal investors and the power is solely in tha hands of select few. Take the utilities in Delhi- reliance power has failed to pay its dues to Delhi govt when it is the one courting the price and the value for its commodity. Howz that? Too much scandal running there, Mr Bird. I would side with Reliance if even a good rate was going towards Delhi development. Can you beleive a private firm making millions was unaudited?
now like chickens with our heads cut off, we have managed to make corruption our problem number 1. Again, my apologies, but it's growth, it's poverty, its jobs for the millions of youth. If they don't move up the food chain quickly enough with rapid economic growth for the next few years, they will be consigned to low living standards for generations. Our demographic dividend would have gone up in smoke. All that potential wealth gone to zero, far more than all the scams added together could have cost us. Bottom-line, we cant afford for him to be running any government for even the slightest time! He could be tolerated as an anti-corruption crusader, but he is totally unfit for the kind of roles he is now aspiring for. if he was a true desh-bhakt, he would not try things he is incapable of, given that he is such a loose cannon. He would know he would be an unmitigated disaster for our country!
Inter-related. From a normal challan to getting a job , everything has corruption as its common point. So it will always be the core issue.
I like him in the Indian Politics, for a new comer he sure has changed the game somewhat. I would take him over a Mulayam, Mayawati and Shiv Sena
On subsidies - we has discussed , he has given 200 Cr for electricity most of which will be recovered from the first CAG report . Also if we clock the entertainment and other miscellaneous expense for other States like MP, UP , TN which give free laptops etc - this subsidiary is nothing to their thousands of Crs.