Ooh... the tired "ignorant unpatriotic NRI don't know nuthin' compared to proud deshbakht me" argument again.
Tired? Hardly! Just stating the obvious!! Your arguments always make u sound like a typical hardcore NRKD (Non-Resident Knicker Dhari). I have always wondered why it is that Indians living OUTSIDE India often are more belligerent when it comes to culture and communal violence. Anyways I will leave you with your dreams on turning India into a “Modi-stan” and all your pogrom fantasies. Its not happening!
Before criticizing THIS govt for these decisions, pl. remember that many of these decisions were taken by the previous govt (which you so vehemently support) when they were not planning any more pogroms against its own people. And the finance ministers speech only outlined PROPOSALS which are always put before the industry before implementation.
The difference is that this time decisions are taken based on a well defined action plan and not influenced by various lobbies as was the case with Vajpayees cash and carry govt. The Naresh Chandra report which was drafted under the Vajpayee govt should have been called the Naresh Goyal report considering its contents. Even today, the BJP
insists in Parliament that the Naresh Chandra report must be the basis for reforms in the Aviation sector? Which essentially means throttling IC
, artificially restricting their growth and handing over the market to EK
6 months... 180 days.. is all I give this Government, before they self destruct. Mind you, we have the right guys as PM and Fin. Minister, but those miserable Commies they have allied themselves with will bring them down.
I disagree. The Commies will make noises yes but THEY will not pull down this Govt. True, they bitterly hate the Congress, but they hate the BJP
and its knicker-clad crowd even more and wont do anything to that will give them a chance to come back. The very fact that a Congress govt INCREASED FDI levels in the aviation sector is indication that they are confident of the Left’s viewpoint on these matters. BarfBags idiotic assertions of Left-parties being the spoilers goes against the ground realities of the record of the Left parties over the reforms process. Remember, it was the Left-backed UF
which set up the Disinvestment Commission in 1997, which incidentally his favoured party opposed bitterly, in Parliament and outside.
So my forecast is that this Govt will last till Diwali-2006 or so, when the Congress will itself call for elections, this time under a new leadership (wink wink). The plan is first work on reviving the Congress in crucial states like UP
,MP, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, and second to de-BJP
-fy the Indian polity and plug the loopholes that enabled the fascist BJP
to go from 2 seats to 182 seats. Both plans are proceeding in tandem with BJP
appointed Governors being sacked and national institutions being “purified” of the BJP
influence. This should take till atleast Nov-2006 to complete and this govt will continue till then. Both the left and the Congress are broadly in agreement on this plan and so I don’t foresee any trouble from their side at all. In any case, and this is my forecast, the BJP
as it exists is headed for a major split before the end of this year!
As far as aviation policy is concerned, I expect to see a uniformity of policy decisions based on clearly defined agenda. The policy will not change even after 2006 when the “Good Doc” is sent to Rashtrapati bhavan and the Young Turks take over the GOP. And what do I expect to see:More sops for LCC’s and airlines serving remote communities in the form of tax breaks and user charges. I also expect to see MAJOR reforms in the aviation infrastructure. There is a well defined plan to convert 12 major airports into independent companies and then disinvest PART of the equity to private investors. Infact, the state owned airlines AI
/IC are already setting up a JV
company to take over the equity in these airports as they are are hived off into companies. Perhaps Sean will have more dope on this? Foreign participation in existing airports may be curbed (as it should be) but expect more private participation, including with foreign equity, in GREENFIELD airports. There will also be greater outsourcing of service related activity atleast in DEL,BOM and MAA. Most importantly, there will be no flip-flop-flips on policy.
So I see no reason for worry. I have more confidence in the Congress party’s ability to deliver on reforms than the Cash-and carry govt run by the BJP