Alms for Aam Aadmi
Finally Ms Sheila Dikshit has spoken the truth: the government exists for the rich; the poor will only get alms. She has fixed the amount at Rs4 per day per person. Rs600 will be enough to meet the food requirements of a family of 5 persons, according to didi. They can buy daal, rice and wheat in that amount.
Her party is annoyed with her for speaking the truth about the government’s intentions. We should be grateful to didi for giving us an indication of things to come.
In the neoliberal system which India has accepted lock, stock and barrel, the real rulers are the capitalists. The government exists only for the sake of formulating policies which will enable the capitalists to take over the resources of the country at minimum rates. The Economic Survey 2009-10 stated without mincing words that “prices are best left to the market.”
There will be no welfare government anymore. No welfare schemes, no subsidies, no Public Distributions Systems. Instead the government will deposit a certain amount (Rs600 per family?) in the bank accounts linked with the aadhar numbers of the poor people. The poor can now rejoice. They can buy food of their choice from places of their choice with the amount (Rs600) that their government will generously offer them.
What didi is saying in effect to the aam aadmi is this: “Don’t rely on your government anymore; the real rulers are the businessmen.”
Don’t think that it is just the didi’s party that will say this. Look at the way the SP, BSP or the DMK behaved when the issue of Foreign Direct Investment was brought into debate. They staged a walk-out in order to hoodwink the aam aadmi while, with the same walk-out, paving the way for passing the bill. They have all mastered the craft(iness) of hitting two birds with one shot.
Only Didi had the candidness to tell us (the aam aadmi) frankly: “We’ll only be able to give you alms. We have sold ourselves to the capitalists.”