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Sibal: thanks to Mayawati, our exile in U.P. will end

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Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal during a event in New Delhi recently. File photo
Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal during a event in New Delhi recently. File photo

Criticising Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for “ignoring the aspirations of the people,” Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday said the Bahujan Samaj Party government would be ousted by the “janata” in the 2012 Assembly elections.

The 21-year-old banwaas (exile) of the Congress in the State from 1989 was about to end and the 23rd year (coinciding with the 2012 polls) would mark the return of the “Ram Rajya,” he said speaking at a seminar here on “Issues of governance in Uttar Pradesh.

The 21 years of non-Congress rule in the State had become synonymous with caste politics, he said.

He regretted that the present-day administrators in U.P. were oblivious of the fact that knowledge and its dissemination were the actual wealth, and not moolah.

Referring to Ms. Mayawati's statement expressing her government's inability to implement the Right to Education Act for lack of funds, Mr. Sibal said a Chief Minister could not say there was no money for children's education. There was no harm if the Congress was attacked “but children should not be targeted”.

As empowerment of children was a key ingredient in good governance, the RTE budget was fixed at Rs.2,31,000 crore, he said.

Reiterating his Ministry's move to bring democracy to classrooms, Mr. Sibal said children should be free to pursue education or course of their liking.

Vocational education

A National Vocational Education Framework would be constituted and 1,000- 1,500 vocations would be identified at the 10+2 level. Inaugurating the seminar, Congress general secretary in-charge of U.P. Digvijay Singh said corruption had become institutionalised under the BSP regime.

He demanded a judicial inquiry into the land deals that took place in Noida between 1990 and 2010.

Would a mere regime change would ensure that the aspirations of the people are met with adequately? Uttar Pradesh which has been India's heartland and has given the country 7 of its Prime Ministers is still struggling for the basics - Bijli Sadak Paani [BSP]. Have we ever tried to unravel the reasons behind?

I recollect and reiterate the statement of the noted attorney Mr. Harish Salve on one of the prominent news channels that the country is progressing despite its politicians. A recent dipstick study on the state of Engineering Talent Pool conducted by UPTU WATCH in association with MeritTrac - which implements the NASSCOM supported NACTECH Certifications - reiterates this fact for the state of Uttar Pradesh. The study (hosted at states that the Engineering Talent Pool of UP is better than the national average. The growth of techno-managerial education in the state of UP has seen an unprecedented trend with a mere 46 institutions in the year 2000 to over 700 campuses in 2010.

A mere political propaganda is not going to alleviate the state of its perils until or unless a resounding iconoclastic leadership takes charge at the grassroots and work out innovative solutions taking cue from ground realities. The intended 'Ram Rajya' would not be possible by borrowed cosmetic solutions.

Ms. Mayawati constitutes a soft target as she doesn't pretend to be a suave, sophisticated and polished leader in anglicised mannerisms which kept this country bonded for over 2 centuries in the garb of 'white men's burden'.

Leaders like Ms. Mayawati are simple, sharp and straight-forward in understanding the ground realities. The monuments created by her are much more artistic and legendary than the mess which has come out in the name of Common Wealth.

Mr. Sibal, who has been trying with all his sincerity to 'reform' the Indian Educational System by 'imported' designs is all set to falter and fail, the way the ambitious NREGA has simply become a tool to influx developmental money directly to political constituency.

The RTE implementation (Backed by education cess on every single thing you procure for your survival) would annihilate the localized knowledge delivery systems, the way NREGA is eradicating the left-over entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian Masses.

On one hand, the elite is consolidating its stronghold both on the intellectual & economic planes, the professional middle class' life is being complicated and made further stressful and the common masses are either being wiped out by terming them anti-nationals or wooing them like 'son-in-laws' in Mr. Gadkari's parlance.

It's high time that the Indian Intelligentsia start debating about an alternate system of governance whereby the three strata of indian polity are integrated directly into a seamless structure rather than the current indirect structure whereby the energies are dissipating more in mud-singling than in constructive endeavors.

This would certainly prevent the 'heresy' of digging the graves after decades.

from:  Raghav Mittal
Posted on: Jul 26, 2010 at 14:13 IST
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