Improving the quality of politics, cutting across party line is the key for India to become a developed nation, opined senior BJP leader and Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley. He was delivering a talk on “India 2020-Issues and concerns,” organised by the Citizens Council, Mangalore at Sanghanikethan here on Saturday.
Stating that the country will not become a developed nation by 2020 as envisaged by former President Abdul Kalam, he said: “We have already wasted a few years.”
“Though we have wasted a few years in the journey towards a developed nation, we can still improve the nation provided the quality of Indian politics improves regardless of parties,” he said.
Noting that the power of politics is immense, he said the politics decides policies and policies determine the overall development. Supplementing his statements, Jaitley said that quality politics would emerge, if only dynasty politics is shattered in India. “Dynasty politics is a great injustice to the country. Leadership should be accorded on the basis of provability and not on the charisma of surname,” he noted.
Leader of stature
Stressing on the need for a leader of stature at the helm to get the things done, he said: “We need a leader of stature who has to be decisive and inspiring, patriotic enough to defend the sovereignty of the country, a man of determination, integrity and compassionate and not meek.”
Reverse capital flow
Jaitley also flayed the present economic growth of the country terming that Indian industrialists are now investing abroad due to the adverse situations here. “Reverse capital flow is going on,” he said and added that when states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and others are performing well, why can not the Centre do it?” The success behind the growth in Gujarat is that it is a manufacture hub,” he said.
Arun Jaitley saw several challenges ahead to reach the league of developed countries. Eradication of poverty, weak coalition government ruling the country, insurgency and cross border terrorism, Maoist presence, need to convert population into economic resources are the challenges, he listed.
“The most worrying factor is that some have a desire to seek vote advantage in every move. India’s north eastern parts have a huge number of illegal migrants posing big security problem.
But the government wanted to encourage illegal migration as each migration means a vote,” alleged Jaitley. He also found it worrisome to have women and girl child living under constant threat in a country of rich culture.
Jaitley also cautioned the presence of extremist outfits in disguise as political parties. “They are in Assam, UP and in Maharastra. Now they have their presence in South also. It should be nipped in the bud itself,” he said.
Brig (retd) I N Rai was the guest of honour. Karavali group of colleges chairman S Ganesh Rao presided.