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Executing The Economy

The real tragedy: those who should have lent economic vision have traded it for the spoils of petty office

Executing The Economy
Executing The Economy
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LONG years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time has come to consign that rendezvous to oblivion. This, surely, is the motto of the old men whose venal governance is India's misfortune.

On the left we have a trade union leader whose trade is now to divide. Surjeet's capacity to destroy any issue-based progressive alliance seems limitless. Then, Somnath Chatterjee, arguing that the Orissa CM has every right to vote in the Lok Sabha using the Constitution with his newly found political comrade Shiv Shankar, known for his principled stance on Bofors. On the right, chief lala Advani and Angry Old Man George. The result—a Parliament reminiscent of the last days of the Mughal Empire, with every geriatric willing to stake their self-respect for an hour of adulation and a week of office.

Aurangzeb's successors left a legacy of dependence and economic decline, a legacy that this Parliament has bequeathed us. If the Budget is not passed by May 31, the government is technically bankrupt. A financial emergency is then inevitable. Why, then, did...

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