Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Mere change of guards hardly matters

Home Minister of India till a day before Shivraj Patil is shown his way and is replaced by P. Chidambaram, till now the Finance Minister of India. Many quarters call him just as a tax minister as tangibly there has hardly been any thing he might have

done to get accepted as a popular leader in public. The Finance portfolio is retained by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself now which may not at all be of any public interest as whatever Chidambaram was doing as Finance Minister was only in compliance to what the Prime Minister wanted and obviously public has no reason to look for any thing more positive to serve their interest. No performance or merit but political compatibility has been the consideration behind appointing the ministers which approach has all along been responsible for induction of incompetent incumbents incharge into different ministries. Such a process allows even hard core criminals to fit into the system and join governance mechanism besides incompetent ones. Mumbai tragedy is a glaring instance of incompetent handling of the situation as the required foresightedness on the part of both the Central and State governments was highly lacking on their part. Change of guards may not serve any purpose as the artists are the same. There is no dearth of sycophants to shower unnecessary compliments on powers that be like I heard an industrialist praising the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for keeping the finance ministry charge with himself with the prediction that markets will now get a boost up and that share market is already assuming a great form on the very news of himself taking over as Finance Minister. How funny? There is nothing unusual in share market opening on a better note but what finally transpired is that the market was found to be in a worst possible shape (on 1/12/08, the date the changes were announced)like it has been happening for a long time. Assuming for a moment that the share market opened on a happy note was because of change in guards, it might have happened for the reason that the Finance Minister who had a fancy for imposing tax after tax is since out. An iconoclastic measure of drastically changing the very political fabric, limping and outmoded, is the need.

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