The survey team called to say that the villagers had come and stopped the survey. “No work related to the plant X will be allowed.” They had declared. Plant X was in operation for a decade and wanted to expand. The villagers had been given fair compensation. The land where survey was planned amounted to few more double digit acres.
I ordered the team to leave the area. You hire people to do survey, not to die.
I knew that they had blown the compensation on liquor and to live a life for which they were not working. Money gone, they just wanted to extort some more.This is the story now all over India. “Farmers” can now come and stop any project for any length of time. Four times the cost, or eight times the cost, whatever one gets paid will run out someday if not invested and instead used for daily expenses of a life which only the families with high regular income can afford. Not much of a mob is required, hardly a dozen are needed to paralyse the sarkar.
Trade Unions were concentrated in West Bengal, Kerala, Mumbai, Modinagar, and Kanpur. But “farmers” are everywhere, all over India.
And the plants which escape the sights of farmers catch the fancy of NGT. Or numerous Pollution Control Boards, Or Pollution Control Authorities. Or courts. The lower courts, the higher courts, or supremely higher courts. Some time they all come together to pin down the industry.
Then there are over 150 clearances, permissions, and NOCs to obtain. Then a dozen more new Acts to comply after every parliament session.
And after all these efforts to kill Capital Creation come the never ending crop failures, and loan waiver programmes to consume the accumulated Capital. Weather was always like this, capricious. I remember many childhood summers when harvested wheat came under a heavy downpour before it could be thrashed. People used to salvage whatever they could. Or sugarcane flattened in a hailstorm. But nobody ever thought that government would or should compensate them. Suicide over crop failure? Never, never heard of that till 1980s.
Loans had disappeared by the time my generation came on the scene, because of Green Revolution. Otherwise debt was a constant of life for thousands of years. Again nobody ever thought that government would “waive” off those loans. Now the debts are back, and this time not because of the loan-sharks, but because governments waive them off every five years. Sometime sooner.
Then farmers’ children spend about ten lakhs to get an Engineering degree, only to queue for sanitary workers’ jobs. With applicants to posts ratios in the range of 1000 to 1. Population dependent on agriculture still remains above 50%. The figure is 1% for all the developed economies. Imagine the same ratio, and farmers’ income would increase 50 times in our country.
But for that farmers’ children need to be absorbed in industries, and for that farmers need to not beat up the survey teams, or not gherao an existing plant or an ongoing work to extort some more compensation. First the Leftists consumed five decades of the country, and before they were overthrown, they infected the “farmers” with a deadlier strain of the same virus. And why farmers, every time I post about the PhDs queuing up for peons’ jobs, the “economists” on social media jump in with long posts about how the “education standard” can be improved and how that will solve the problem. For at least last 15 years I am writing that industries, trade, businesses give us jobs, not our degrees. But the song never stops: “Spend more on education, and problem of unemployment will be solved.”
The Leftists with the saffron flag are as clueless today as they were during those five decades. They sincerely, most sincerely, believe that they can make Socialism work because they are honest as against those Lootians over there. Many in fact hate prosperity and believe in the ideal of a self-sufficient village populated by the subsistence farmers.
Chile, Columbia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran…….. media doesn’t tell you. Hungry mobs are burning cities everywhere. France, and Europe, is now relatively quiet. Because it has no unemployed youth because it actually has no youth. The “youth” it is importing are not interested in jobs. Welfare does it for them. Nobody can control a hungry mob. Not even the man who has almost wiped out terrorism and scrapped the 370, and is about to give the long cherished grand temple. Did he not hear the age old wisdom of his own countrymen: भूखे पेट भजन न होत गोपाला………
Knowing all this, even now one can survive only by numbing the mind. But I doubt even a numb mind will be able to withstand the catastrophe of the return of the Lootians. Because next time they come, they will come to tip us over. राम भली करे।
As cooking gas cylinders have reached villages, people now in the villages may not see the smoke. But those of us who grew up in North Indian villages till 1980s can easily recall the smoke, thick smoke, that hung over the village, and visible to anybody approaching it, in the evenings of December and January.
The living organisms from single cell to complex Homo Sapiens “pollute” their surroundings just by being alive. But the surroundings have power to restore themselves. Wind blows and the foul air gets replaced by fresh air. River flows and self-cleanses.
But both, the wind and the flowing water, have a certain self-cleansing capacity. Pollutants exceeding this limit overwhelm wind and flowing water.
In winter months, earth is colder and so is air in contact with it. So, it doesn’t rise, and so doesn’t blow. So smoke generated by Homo Sapiens stays longer.
Cities enable division of labour, and therefore they always grow. But division of labour also needs trade, and trade by shipping is the cheapest. Therefore big cities all over the world tend to be on the sea coast or close to big water bodies or large rivers.
Before Independence, our biggest cities were coastal cities. Coastal cities have always fast blowing winds.
The Brits left in 1947, and the charlatans of the Left took over. India of interiors started turning uninhabitable, unliveable. But the looters lived in Delhi because it was the capital. They had to keep its law and order and other services running, for their own sake. Businesses need rule of law and safety, so they also started converging on Delhi. As the jobs moved to Delhi, it started growing. That created even more jobs, so it grew even more, and faster.
Wind lost its capacity to supply fresh air to Delhi. Wind got overwhelmed by the looting windbags.
Matter has been made worse by the fact that Delhi is located at the edge of a desert that practically extends to Sahara.
Looters who thought that they can destroy India and enjoy cool retired life in Delhi are now choking. They blame cars, they blame Diwali crackers, but actually they are choking on their loot.
Delhi had no business to grow this large. And had Indian ruling elite been honest and economically literate, Delhi would have never grown to this size. Cities grow on the coasts. Not inland. If the country is governed well. Otherwise everybody tries to huddle close to the guards of the looting elite. At least it is safe there.
There is no solution to Delhi’s pollution. Let the thugs choke, quicker. May be then we will be economically set free, and our taxes will be used to create rule of law all over India.
प्रोफ़ेसर, ऐक्टिविस्ट, मनरेगा, फ़ूडसिक्यरिटी ऐक्ट, व दिल्ली का प्रदूषण
1. प्रोफ़ेसर व ऐक्टिविस्ट ने हंगामा किया कि लोग भूखे मर रहे है, उन्हें अनिवार्यत रोज़गार दो। तो मनरेगा नाम के फ़्रॉड का जन्म हुआ। प्रोफ़ेसर व ऐक्टिविस्ट ने फिर हंगामा किया कि लोग अभी भी भूखे मर रहे है तो फ़ूड सिक्यरिटी ऐक्ट नाम की मुफ़्तखोरी का जन्म हुआ। कुछ लोग भूखे अवश्य रहते थे भारत में लेकिन वे दूर उड़ीसा व उससे लगे उन एरीया में भूखे रहते थे जहाँ सिंचाई व्यवस्था व कृषि योग्य भूमि दोनो कम थे। हल ये था कि सिंचाई व्यवस्था की जाती व उद्योग लगते जिससे कि भूमि पर निर्भरता कम हो जाती। लेकिन प्रोफेसर व ऐक्टिविस्ट ये भी कहते है उद्योग लोगों का शोषण करते है इसलिए उन्होंने चलते हुए उद्योग भी बंद करा दिए। इसलिए सरकार के पास सिंचाई योजना के लिए भी पैसा नहीं रहा जो उद्योगों पर टैक्स से आता।
2. प्रोफेसर व ऐक्टिविस्ट ने हंगामा किया कि पंजाब में भूजलस्तर कम हो रहा है। हल ये था कि हिमाचल में बाँध बनाकर पाकिस्तान में बह जाने वाला पानी रोका जाता। लेकिन प्रोफेसर व ऐक्टिविस्ट बाँध के घोर विरोधी है। इसलिए सरकार ने आदेश दिया कि पंजाब में धान की फ़सल 15 जून से पहले नहीं बोयी जा सकती।
3. तो पंजाब, हरियाणा, व पश्चिमी उत्तरप्रदेश में भी मनरेगा व फ़ूड सिक्यरिटी ऐक्ट लागू हुए। पहले धान की कटाई मज़दूर करते थे। वे ज़मीन से दराती मिलाकर धान काटते थे। कोई stubble (पराली) रहता ही नहीं था। फ़सल सितम्बर तक ही कट चुकी होती थी। गेंहु के लिए खेत तैयार रहता था। लेकिन मुफ़्त खाने को मिलेगा व दारू के लिए मनरेगा का पैसा अलग से तो कोई क्यूँ मज़दूरी करेगा? मज़दूर नहीं रहे तो किसान हार्वस्टर लेकर आये। हार्वस्टर एक फ़ुट का stubble छोड़ता है व फ़सल भी अब ऑक्टोबर के अंत में कटती है। अतः stubble भी रहता है व अगली फ़सल बोनी है तो उसे जलाना भी पड़ता है।
4. प्रोफेसर स्वयं एक पान की दुकान लगा कर चला नहीं सकते है। लेकिन स्वयं को इतना ज्ञानी मानते है कि कहते है देश उन्हें चलाने दिया जाय। व ऐक्टिविस्ट को समस्या ढूँढने के भी पैसे मिलते है व समस्या के हल के लिए जो योजना बनती है उसमें भी उनका हिस्सा रहता है। नेता व नौकरशाह का तो lifeblood ही योजना है।
लेकिन जो लोग प्रोफेसर व ऐक्टिविस्ट को अपना देश चलाने देते है उनके देश का भी विनाश होता है व वे स्वयं भी धुन्वें में घुटते है।
A graduate of one of the top IITs has recently joined Railways as a group D (that is, class IV, before it was renamed) employee.
Some bright mind realised that IIT graduates get jobs. Top paying jobs. And so let us open more and more of IITs. And the madness started in right earnest. Madness that gets only more acute as the years go by. Earlier a new IIT was announced every year, now a new IIT is announced every month.
Right at that time I cried and shouted that IITs do not give us jobs. Somebody’s business, industry, trade, and enterprise give us jobs. Research does not create businesses, businesses instead fund and drive research. But loonies are not known to listen. In fact, as they were opening more IITs, they were also strangulating industries and businesses: a most stupid Land Acquisition Act, NGT, more stringent “environmental” laws, more regulations, killing mining, cancelling mining lease, withdrawing already granted environmental and forest clearances to mining, destroying Vedanta, chasing POSCO out of India, chasing Nokia out of India, shutting down industries in hundreds every few months for “pollution.” Increasing taxes, piling on even more regulations, granting license to mobs to block any project…..
And to look even more benevolent, they announced education loans also so that those who do not get into government colleges, can get into private colleges and pile up debt on their families. Private colleges which were opening by dozens every week.
And so, now we have IIT graduates as group D employees.
IITs do not give us jobs. Somebody’s business, industry, trade, and enterprise give us jobs.
Size of economy decides how many graduates of which stream it needs. Not the colleges dispensing degrees. It is simple arithmetic. Nobody has ever defeated mathematics. Nobody.
And following the age old law of demand and supply, this flood of new graduates has lowered wages and prospects for even those who have been in jobs 5, 10, 15, 20 years. If a business can have five graduates in half the salary it is paying to a guy with 20 years of service, why waste money.
The madness of more IITs is destroying lives left, centre, and right. But our ruling class has gone blind and deaf.
Now they say that they will open a medical college in every district. Doctors will soon be seen in queues to become compounders and nurses.
Every society, every nation, every Civilisation was destroyed by those within, those who thought that they deserved more than what they got.
We are only creating a seething mass, full of hatred and anger, of highly qualified men and women. All dressed up in convocation gowns, but nowhere to go.
Every now and then posts appear on social media praising Japanese with claims that they do not buy anything foreign. Ok, let us see what exactly they buy:
Mineral fuels including oil: US$174.6 billion (23.3% of total imports)
Electrical machinery, equipment: $101 billion (13.5%)
Machinery including computers: $72.9 billion (9.7%)
Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $27.6 billion (3.7%)
Pharmaceuticals: $25.5 billion (3.4%)
Vehicles: $24.6 billion (3.3%)
Ores, slag, ash: $22.4 billion (3%)
Organic chemicals: $18.2 billion (2.4%)
Plastics, plastic articles: $16.9 billion (2.3%)
Clothing, accessories (not knit or crochet): $14.7 billion (2%)
These are only top ten commodities they buy.
So Japanese do buy a lot of finished goods from abroad. 25% of their imports are from China, a sworn old enemy, and 14% are from the US, the country that nuked them.
Fact is, a country not importing what is cheaper from abroad is only impoverishing itself. “Boycott” of foreign goods does not work in a free country. And no country can import from abroad till it exports some goods of equal value.
Here lies the choice: a country can export minerals, or value added goods. To export value added goods, the country must be enterprising, and must leave its entrepreneur free. It must have a free market, and rule of law. It must have sanctity of contracts, and sanctity of private property. Its ruling class must be honest, not thieving, and people must be hard working, not drunkards and अफ़ीमचीं and मुफ़्तखोर.
How free are our entrepreneurs? Well a sample of what compliances they have to file.
They have to file certificates that they have complied with:
Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act,
Minimum Wages Act,
Payment of Wages Act,
Payment of Bonus Act,
Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act,
Employees’ State Insurance Act,
Payment of Gratuity Act,
Any other Law Applicable to the Company
Shop and Establishment Act
Any other State Laws applicable to the Company
That all the statutory payments, returns/forms required to be filed under the above laws, rules & regulations have been duly filed and there is no default whatsoever;
Maintained proper registers, records, documents and books and filed proper returns, forms and statements and furnished necessary particulars to the relevant authorities.
Above is just a sample of insanity that is called governance in India. Do we require citizens that they should file yearly compliance with Indian Penal Code? A certificate that “during the year I did not kill anybody nor looted anybody?” We prescribe laws, and we spell out punishments, and only if some crime comes to notice we take action.
So why do we require businessmen to file hundreds of “returns?’
(Every return costs money and time.)
And then we have passed a most stupid Land Acquisition Act that has rendered most of the new projects unviable.
And then we cry why we are not getting jobs.
Boycott of Chinese goods will not give us jobs. Only setting the market free will give us jobs.
The entire Left/Liberal/Humanist/Progressive theology when summarised is:
1. Man is a rational animal.
2. Man can be transformed into a loving, caring, productive creature who would only help his neighbours irrespective of colour, creed, Caste, language, ethnicity, would drink kool-aid with them, and sing kumbaya everyday in the evening.
3. If he is not like above, it is because of the institutions, and lack of education.
4. So reform the institutions of governance, and educate everybody.
And so, all the time you hear this non-stop music: reform and educate, reform and educate, reform and educate.
But somehow, even after passing all the progressive laws and packing every institution with the progressives, and ensuring 100% education, man remains greedy, selfish, self-centred. Wars do not stop, crime does not stop, poverty doesn’t go anywhere. They have tried 100% education, 100% graduation, (in countries like Russia, Japan, and all the countries of the west, and even our own Kerala). And they themselves have been in power in these and many countries. But utopia they promised hasn’t materialised.
Reality is actually different:
1. Men do not cooperate for free.
2. They exchange their produce.
3. Division of labour increases productivity as proved by Ricardo mathematically.
4. Nobody knows who should do what. Nobody knows who should be the doctor, who his compounder, and who the sweeper of the clinic. But if everybody is set free, they somehow settle into this or that profession.
5. Nobody knows what should be the value of a product or service or what should be the wages in a given profession, as shown by Carl Manger in his Marginal Utility theory.
6. So, if a society is set free, with State there keeping order and enforcing contracts, the society becomes progressively richer, over decades and centuries, as more and more division of labour takes place.
7. But if State starts interfering in the trade and commerce and industry, economy starts declining, people again start passing into poverty.
8. Education helps in gaining skills what others are ready to pay for. But we do not know what skills are required in what quantity. So, if left alone, people automatically educate themselves to the extent it adds to their productivity.In advanced economies, problem starts when some people educate themselves and nobody is ready to buy their skills. They become the malcontents.
Left/Liberal/Humanist/Progressive thugs enter into picture, and using these malcontents, start threatening revolution again. Those in power then bring out the claim that if the educated are not getting the job, it means education is not proper, let us reform it. Music again starts: reform the education, reform the education, reform the education.
In reality, education never gives us jobs. Only somebody’s business, industry, trade, commerce give us jobs. Even government jobs are made possible by private business and trade only.
And what we are doing to promote business and industry?If an existing (existing, not new) steel plant or an aluminium plant wants to increase its capacity from say 2 MT to 4 MT, it needs 150 clearances (hundred and fifty), and counting.
That is the only reform we need. We need to set the business, industry, trade, and commerce free.
And to the “educated unemployed,” we need to give the heartbreaking news that it was never agreed in the social compact that if you acquired a degree, your neighbours will arrange a desk/supervisory job for you. But yes, if you stop supporting the Leftist thugs, your chances of such a job would indeed increase.
We do not realise that what is true for an individual may not be true for the country/society as a whole.
For example, suppose we divert entire budget to education and open enough IITs and AIIMS so that every Indian is either an IIT or AIIMS graduate, will they get jobs matching with their degrees?
Since the time I remember, Chennai has had water shortage. That is, at least since ’70s. There used to be talk of bringing Krishna water to Chennai during those years.Then as I went to college, friends from TN used to narrate the “shortage and water rationing” in Chennai. As water table in our village was between 5m and 10m at the time, I could never imagine that something like water can ever be in short supply. Then I was taught Hydrology as part of the curriculum and I realised that all water shortages are manmade, or more exactly, are because man failed to have manmade arrangements.
In spite of all the chest beating by Environmentalist thugs, we are not short of water. And will never be. Only problem is that water is not where it should be, or it is there when we don’t need it, and not there when we actually need it. So all we need is water storage and water distribution networks. That is dams, and canals. Mention dam and canals, and see the Environmentalists go crazy, tear their hair out, frothing at mouth, refusing to eat, and rushing to courts which are only too happy to look good and saviours of the “environment,” and promptly grant the stay. Now the Environmentalists have their own court: NGT.
And so it is. Farmers in Vidarbh hang themselves as crops fail. TN and Karnataka are on the verge of full scale war every summer. I am sure if given tanks, there would be invasion of Chennai and Bengaluru by tomorrow morning. And all this while, over 3500 mm of rainfall in the Western Ghats flows back to sea within hours of rains. All this water can be dammed and pumped to Vidarbha and TN, and of course to Chennai.This has actually been done by many countries in similar situation. Water is dammed on the rain side of the mountain range and pumped to the rainshadow side.
But for this to happen, first India will have to regain freedom from the Environmentalist mafia, and secondly, India will have to teach its politicians not to win elections using freebies. Water schemes need money. Our states do not have money. They do not allow industries to be set up, so they do not earn tax revenue, and whatever revenue they get, they use on freebies to win elections. Tamil Nadu pioneered freebies-for-vote schemes. It even gives TVs for votes. And Tamil Nadu also suffers acute water shortage. It is not just a coincidence.
When we vote for the freebies, we do not realise that the money so diverted will not be available for essential government functions like roads, schools, hospitals, and water supply & sewage disposal systems. Women of Delhi who would enjoy the free rides granted by Kejriwal will surely spend money so saved on water tankers, and money in terms of time in having to get up early to fill those buckets before taps go dry for the day.
Rajasthan struck bonanza in a new oil field. Gehlot promptly enacted some more freebies, instead of creating water storage and distribution systems for a state with a low rainfall. We only pay for the freebies we get in exchange of our votes, and in many deadlier ways than we imagine.
Do you remember Gujarat, the state with recurrent droughts? Have you heard of a drought in Gujarat after Sardar Sarovar Dam? And do you remember the fierce campaign against the dam? That is what water storage and distribution system achieves.
And a bigger crisis is also looming. Water table in the agricultural belts of Punjab and Western UP are falling rapidly. But the Environmentalist mafia is not allowing dams in the Himalayas, which would both recharge the aquifers and replace well irrigation with canal irrigation. When the hungry and thirsty population of these areas would invade Delhi, Environmentalists and Milords would have no alternative but to flee to Europe, if they manage to reach the airport, of course.
Went to the interior, deep in the jungle, for official work.
To the plant which is always under attack by the Leftist gang. About which Liar-in-Chief, the fake novelist writes long cover stories.
1. Villages were full of tractor-trailers and motorcycles. Tractors not for farming. There was hardly any farming. It was a hilly terrain. All the tractors were used for various jobs in the plant. Plant goes, so will go the tractors. Life will be back to thousand year old pattern of near starvation.
2. The guest house was full of fresh Graduate Trainee Engineers. GTEs, they called them. All were locals. Not from the nearby villages, but from the state where the plant is. No plant, all will have to compete with folks from the states two generations ahead, in the big bad metros. Many were girls. Fleeing dowry. Ending up deep in the jungle. Because social justice messiahs have made sure that India doesn’t industrialise. So you go where the jobs are. Even deep in the jungle. Will they appreciate that the guy being demonised in the media has given them jobs at least in their own state? Or they also think him as the exploiter?
3. Sky was clear blue. The kind you see in Europe and America. Air was clear, fresh. Though we were next to the big bad plant. Milords should relocate here. They won’t then bother Delhi daily. But they will instead shut down the plant here, and all the workers and GTEs will be forced to migrate to Delhi, making it more crowded, making it impossible for the air to clean itself. Environment has self-cleansing power, till it is overwhelmed by the load of pollution. Like Delhi has been. Because plants in the hinterland were shut down- by union mafia, by politicians, by Leftist gang out to kill our industrialisation.
4. Plans were to expand plant to triple its present capacity. Have been scaled down to double. “Land acquisition is not possible,” they tell me. And I wish I had a machine gun to shoot the entire lootian mafia. Land can not be acquired here??! Where it is just lying useless like that? I knew. I remembered the thugs have passed a new Act. Then I also remembered that I do not support violence.
5. Plant was full of life. People were on the move. Going to work. Coming back. Right inside the gate was a temple. I felt reassured. Outside the gate were shops, taxis, autos, all manned by local villagers. Plant goes, all will go back to starvation. Or will move to slums in Delhi. All group C and D staff from the nearby towns and villages.
6. Two hours after the nightfall, we started for the station. Main road had traffic, inspite of the Red Terror. And safe also. Women were moving freely in every village we crossed. A procession was chanting Hare Ram Hare Krishna. So there is still hope. Leftist gang is not as powerful as media makes it. Or it makes itself. Because, after all, it is media also.
7. So, what was the take away? Did the plant brought life to the jungle, or destroyed the serenity? We will never know. Because we will never know whether the local talking to us is rice-baggy, or genuine. We will never know whether they wanted the plant or not. Plant may indeed shutdown. Leftist gang has already made mining and land acquisition impossible.
8. May be they wanted to be left alone like Sentinelese, as the fake novelist claims. As lootian mafia claims. But then Sentinelese have also never demanded free rice, free food, free school, mid-day meal, free housing, free healthcare. They do not even want vote, to elect those who promise free stuff. And they do not allow soul-vultures to come close.
Leftist mafia claims that the people in the villages around the plant need all of the above free stuff, but plant must not be there. How the two are possible simultaneously they never tell us.
9. As I boarded the train, I wondered how easily the reality can be faked. The news consumers actually believe that bulldozers are actually crushing the villagers and their homes in that jungle. And here, in reality, villagers drive the bulldozers, and make better homes with the resulting earnings.
Again I felt a strong desire to have a machine gun. Then told myself that violence never solves any problem. And unpacked my dinner. It was beautiful packed, unlike the city take-aways, and very tasty. In my mind I thanked the boys in the kitchen of the guest house. I had talked to them. They were from nearby villages.