Youth Congress Holds Protests to Save India from Modi Govt

Youth Congress Holds Protests to Save India from Modi Govt
Youth Congress Holds Protests to Save India from Modi Govt

It is being observed that under Modi government, the already deformed democracy in the country has become a plutocracy or perhaps kleptocracy controlled by the corporate bigwigs who hobnob with Modi.

By Rakesh Raman

Close on the heels of former Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s promise that her party will save the people of India from the dangerous government of Narendra Modi, today Youth Congress held massive protests in Delhi under the ‘Save India’ theme.

The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) workers say they will gherao the Indian Parliament to protest against the anti-people policies of the Modi government.

“The #SansadGherao protest is in full swing as thousands of youth have occupied the streets demanding answers from the Modi government on rising unemployment, increasing mob violence, and deteriorating safety for women. I urge the youth of India to come together and fight this injustice,” tweeted Srinivas BV, national vice president of IYC.

As Congress has stepped up its attack on the non-performing Modi government, earlier Congress president Rahul Gandhi delivered a fiery speech during the no-confidence motion discussion in Parliament that left Modi and his colleagues dumbstruck.

Attacking the Modi government for its massive corruption, the Congress president said Modi who promised to be a Chowkidar (guard of government assets) has become a Bhagidaar (partner in corruption).

Among other issues such as farmers’ distress, mob lynching, attacks on women, and unemployment, Rahul Gandhi particularly brought up the issue of corruption in Rafale deal.

He has alleged that PM Modi is personally involved in the deal in which kickbacks worth thousands of crores of rupees have been paid. Earlier, he had ridiculed Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s remarks that her government will not disclose the details of the Rafale deal.

During the past four years of Modi’s rule in India, the country has gone back by almost 40 years. While the religious persecution against minority communities is rampant, unrestrained inflation, dwindling economy, and political corruption have become pain in the neck for commoners in India.

A new “Freedom in the World 2017” report – released by Freedom House, a Washington-based independent watchdog organization – highlights rampant political and bureaucratic corruption in India. It reveals that corruption has a negative effect on government efficiency and economic performance.

“Though politicians and civil servants at all levels are regularly caught accepting bribes or engaging in other corrupt behavior, a great deal of corruption goes unnoticed and unpunished,” the report said in its findings.

Similarly, global anti-corruption organization Transparency International has lowered India’s rank from last year’s position of 79 to 81 this year.

It is being observed that under Modi government, the already deformed democracy in the country has become a plutocracy or perhaps kleptocracy (the rule by thieves) controlled by the corporate bigwigs who hobnob with Modi.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

Photo courtesy: IYC

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