All fears of returning to the "Old Order" are unfounded and are based entirely on the negative propaganda of the Fascist BJP
Facts first: It was the COngress that began economic liberalisation, and it was a Congress Govt, NOT the BJP
, that proposed and implemented "Open Skies-1", a programme that was conceived by Rajiv Gandhi and was mentioned in the Congress manifesto of '91. A promise fulfilled. Also to be noted, is that the SEVEREST critic of the "Open Skies" policy was the BJP
and their ally Shiv Sena (which controls most of AI
's trade unions).
The aim always was to get into the process of liberalization in a step by step manner. The Congress had already planned out a "Open Skies-2", under which international routes would also be opened up to competetion from Indian carriers. This promise could not be kept becuase the Congress was then voted out and the BJP
with its *ahem* Bhajan Mandali came to power. Now that the people of India have decided to kick out the incompetent BJP
Govt., the country will finally see implementation of the "Open Skies-2". However, the COngress policy calls for maintaining state ownership of IC
upto a level of 51%, and in AI
upto 26% (so as to retain veto control). The congress also will not allow "strategic sale" route or sale to a foreign airline. but on the up-side, the Congress govt shall soon be making domestic carrier IC
, one of the "Navratna" PSU's, which will mean that IC
will be free to make operational and financial decisions (subject to a maximum financial outlay) autonomously. AFAIK, Air India is not to be incuded in the new list of PSUs to be included in this scheme, which includes some Oil cos.
Lets get this str8: "Open Skies" was the Congress policy implemented in 1992, when the BJP
, when not bitterly opposing the Liberalisation process, was bringing down Mosques and planning pogroms against the Muslims. If anything, the BJP
and its allies were responsible for the slowdown in the reforms process in the aviation sector. Thankfully, the Congress is back, and now we shall see a speeding up of the reforms process in Aviation.