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Co-operative federalism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now become the doctor of sociology. I am not underestimating his abilities but to egg an inadequately educated Jitan Ram Manjhi against a qualified engineer like Nitish Kumar who has done some work for Bihar, is not co-operative federalism. It is so simple, keep yourself above board and the states will co-operate towards mutual and national interest. You have to gently nudge them and effectively persuade them.

Mutual co-operation between states is a prerequisite for Inland water transportation to become effective and economical. When there is huge difference of opinion between Shiv Sena and BJP in Maharashtra how can they effectively run the government? When Modi can have a friendly conversation with US President Barack Obama then why can’t he resolve all differences with Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray? “Thodi unse bhi gappen mar liya kijiye”. He wants Belgaun to become a part of Maharashtra. It’s better to administer those territories which are in your possession first. According to reports the government is yet to disburse 50 per cent compensation for farmers.

What federalism has got to do with it? Today people want parties to either perform or perish. I have long been talking about citizen development. Our citizens want everything for free. Their efforts must be mobilised and they must undergo rigorous training, both, physical and vocational. Our society is divided on caste basis as we have so many castes which include BC, OBC, Dalits, Mahadalits etc. It is not intended to belittle them or say anything against them. It’s the duty of the state to reduce such divisions by their economic amelioration and not merely political empowerment for occupation of a chair.

Muslims must organize themselves for their economic betterment through modern education and artisanship. Government must facilitate export of handicrafts and other products made by them such as Banarasi sarees and Bhadohi carpets. Part of the money thus earned must be used for cleaning and upgrading their localities and education of their children. Governors can be very helpful in redressing local grievances.

There must be coordination between local police on the borders and local administration. Just now, I noticed a goat stripping away some stuck eatable in a long strip of wrapping paper. Where are the leaves for them to nibble? The crows drink water from puddles left by car washings. “Bhaiya kutch zamini hakikat ko dekho”.

“Badla sara zamana babu, badla sara zamana…” , a hilarious song from the film Paigham.

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