On the price, the government stated in March 2018 that the cost of basic aircraft is Rs. 670 crores for single jet. But the government in September 2016 had said that it was Rs. 60,000 crores for 36 aircrafts including all increments/changes making it Rs. 1,600 crores for each plane. However, the Dassault CEO has stated that cost of 36 aircrafts is currently equivalent to 18 aircrafts ordered in The Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal earlier. These figures clearly don’t corroborate. In March 2015, Dassault CEO had stated that jet deal was almost done with HAL in line with requirements.
It is now clear that the deal was announced by the Prime Minister in Paris in April, 2015 while defence procurement council met and finalised in May 2015. This is separated from income officially received by inactive Reliance defence account of Anil Ambani. The truth of the scam is well settled now. Nothing less than a Supreme Court monitored SIT probe can bring out truth and fix accountability. This is of a paramount importance in interest of nation and particularly security of the country. The government is responsible for tax payer’s money which it has taken from public exchequer.
Mehul Choksi earlier refused to come to India for investigation money laundering case saying that if he comes to India he might be lynched, had finally left Indian citizenship few months back. However, Supreme Court had heard the plea against the statement and what changes it made, and the answer is nothing. Vijay Mallya, who first described the Indian prison as inhuman, asked to Swiss Bank that “how can you give my account information to the Indian investigative agency CBI, which itself is a scam.”
The line of corporates and industrialists who have not returned the money to public they took from the Nationalized Banks of India, has reached to about 900 million crores and figure has crossed to twelve thousands crores. At the same time, growing debt on the country has reached to 800 million crores. Recent report of Oxfam shows that the earnings or properties of top most only nine Indians are equal to overall earnings or properties of 65 crore Indians.
Modi took so many pledges in 2015. Among these, he said that he would clean Ganga so that businesses can be started, however, the project got lost. Many social environmentalists have sacrificed their lives on hunger strikes to clean Ganga but the government was in deep sleep. Polluted water of Ganga is doing nothing in the economy of India except polluting air which is causing many diseases. On one side, Modi campaigned for his Prime Ministerial candidacy in 2014 with quotes like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ and won the elections with highest mandate and on the other side, BJP leaders were favouring and trying their best to save accused of Kathua and Unnao rape and murder case.
Apart from this, BJP leaders threatened Indian girl students from wearing western clothes, assaulted Banaras Hindu University (BHU) students with help of local police, made inhuman and grave remarks on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati. Girl students of this country have always been demoralised, stopped and given minimal exposure in academia as well as in their working places. These limitations stop these girls from being scientists, doctors, researchers, journalists, film makers and most importantly leaders and this ended up damaging the nation.
The inauspicious improvements undermining the autonomous functioning of the CBI is out in the open for the last some months. The tampering with the functioning of the CBI director is being examined by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) under supervision of a retired Supreme Court judge. There are media reports that stated nothing significant has been revealed to set up any wrong-doing on part of CBI director.
However, on the other hand, facts are clear; in wake of having failed to introduce R.K. Asthana as director, the government had to remain content with positioning him as special director as a result of judicial intervention. Asthana’s record to help ruling party’s cause in past is recorded which ranges from handling 2002 Godhra enquiry to recent Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh among various others. Ongoing CBI enquiry into his role in bribery scam which came in way of government’s intention to put him at the helm of CBI clearly establishes ground for conflict of interest.
Therefore, fight and conflict in CBI clearly suggests it as an excuse to stall and delay enquiry into Rafale deal and crony capitalism at its heart. Refusal of government to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) enquiry into jets deal and even denying Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reporting deal before 2023 is also an instance of undermining the independence of another constitutional entity.
The unique and incredible truth of India is also associated with education where more than 50 percent of children going school cannot even add or subtract. Leave English for a moment, they even don’t know how to read Hindi. Half of the population is just leading their life listening to speakers and choosing right and wrong in-between all the while.
The people who speak are leaders all because they are good speakers. Since they speak very well they are supposed to have license to get votes, even democracy says so: the one who speaks well can run the country and this is what exactly has been and is happening in the country after independence. It also indicates that at the end of all, the questions come to circle where Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister by alleging Nehru clan of scamming and looting the country 2014. In 2019, Rahul Gandhi becomes mature in eyes of his party supporters first for calling Modi as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” (watchman is the thief) and secondly because under his leadership Congress returns to power in many states.
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