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Congrats On The Big Win, BJP. Now Can We See Some Jobs?

Still waiting for 'vikas'.

15/03/2017 11:09 AM IST | Updated 16/03/2017 10:01 AM IST
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Congratulations to the BJP for winning by a thumping majority in UP and Uttarakhand, and also for forming governments in Goa and Manipur (even if by "saam, daam, dand, bhed").

The ghost of the corrupt Congress party—set up by the British in 1885 under their white-skinned agent A.O. Hume—which had looted India for decades after 1947 in the name of socialism and "garibi hatao" has at last been laid to rest, unhonoured, unwept and unsung, not with a bang but a whimper.

That wannabe Empress of India who emptied the Indian coffers and stacked thousands (or was it lakh?) of crores of rupees in foreign banks and havens, and her duffer son, seem to have done a Batista or an Idi Amin immediately after the election result was declared.

Jobs are not created by slogan shouting, but are created when the economy rapidly expands. The Indian economy is practically stagnant, and nobody can be misled by the phony GDP figures.

And as for that oversmart, overambitious, cunning fraud Kejriwal, who has nothing in his head except an inflated ego, but was dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister, he must be biting his nails and pulling his hair in some "shok Bhawan."

That having been said, and all the gala celebrations and brouhaha over, the question returns, like the ghost of Banquo or Caesar: where are the jobs, promised by that talismanic slogan "vikas?"

When Hitler came to power in January 1933 there were 6 million unemployed people in Germany. The vast autobahn projects and the massive rearmament drive, requiring a large number of factories etc, resulted in unemployment going down to almost zero in a few years. Also, Hitler went from success to success, remilitarising the Rhineland, expanding and modernising the Wehrmacht, annexing Austria and the Sudetenland without shedding a drop of blood, etc. Consequently the German people continued to support their Fuhrer, shouting "sieg heil" wherever he went.

But where are the jobs in India? Jobs are not created by slogan shouting, but are created when the economy rapidly expands. The Indian economy is practically stagnant, and nobody can be misled by the phony GDP figures. One crore youth are entering the Indian job market every year, but only 1.4 lakh jobs are being created annually in the organised sector. So where do the remaining 98.6 lakh go? They become hawkers, street vendors, bouncers, stringers, criminals or suicides. The girls often become prostitutes.

In 2015, the UP government advertised 368 posts of peons or chaprasis (class 4 employees), and there were 23 lakh applications for the same. Of these, 255 were PhD holders, while more than 2 lakh had degrees such as MSc, MBA, BTech... they were all begging for a menial job. A similar thing happened in Madhya Pradesh, where police constable vacancies were advertised.

So where is the vikas?

Success is transient and evanescent, and Lady Luck does not keep smiling forever.

Remember Shelley's sonnet 'Ozymandias':

And on the pedestal these words appear:

'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away."

Or remember Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat:

"They say the lion and the lizards keep

The Court where Jamshed gloried and drank deep

And Bahram, that mighty hunter

The wild ass stamps o'er his head,

But cannot break his sleep."

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