Sources say Jaipal Reddy, the honourable Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the great democratic republic of India was not aware of the petrol price hike. (Is he aware that he is still an Indian minister?)
Now it is like Barack Obama saying he wasn’t aware of the Navy Seals operation that killed Osama bin-Laden.
Now it is like Manmohan Singh asking where the 7-Race Course Road is. (Though, Manmohanji can ask it, in all his wisdom; the way he was faking ill-deeds of his government as windfalls for the ‘aam aadmi’ on May 22, on completion of three pathetic years of the United Progressive Alliance -2 government.)
Now it is like Digvijay Singh asking if he really speaks too much of a trash.
Now it is like Mamata Banarjee asking who the current railway minister of India is.
Now it is like the BJP asking what led to its political downfall in Uttar Pradesh, the state that gave it the political ground to begin.
Now it is like the Indian media saying it was not aware of the name of the new member of Amitabh Bachchan’s family.
Now it is like Rajinikanth saying he isn’t aware if his stunts are performed by body doubles or magnified by special effects.
It is like Mr. Jaipal Reddy asking if Mr. Manmohan Singh is still the prime minister of India.
It can happen only in India.
Mr. Manmohan Singh has one grand tagline – his government is not able to check the negative trends – prices and so on (obviously sighting variegated reasons, from coalition compulsions to foreign government hands in anti-Kudankulum nuclear plant protests.)
The steepest rise in petrol prices came on a day when the global crude oil prices were at 7-month low. We all know it were factors like elections or Budget Session that led the government to keep on postponing the price hike, but only to make a bigger dent in our pockets later.
But don’t we deserve even the cushion to absorb the shocks – like hikes in intervals and not in one go?
Many politicians currently ruling us are shamelessly shameless and audaciously baseless. They said government didn’t control oil prices though it did not allow the prices to go up for 6 months. Government’s lie was nailed today when the oil marketing companies told had they got the government support, the prices wouldn’t have gone up. One major oil marketer said government does intervene in oil pricing.
What is the logic except the silly political interests in holding up the prices and raising it on ‘whims and fancies’? Yes, what else can we say that ‘whims and fancies’ after last day’s price rise when there were causative conditions existing for six months?
Now don’t we know all this! Yes all of us know it like ever-increasing price rise figures in our democracy the Mahatma had once envisioned being a ‘Ram-rajya’.
It tells us one thing.
Politicians who had already become insensitive to the needs of the country but were somewhat shy of letting the public know of their schemes are now a brazenly ruthless lot.
They don’t care about what the democracy would think; how the common man would adjust with the means already beyond his reach.
And so they come with audaciously shameless justifications for their unwarranted bravados most visible in statements like Mr. Jaipal Reddy being not aware that the petrol marketing companies were going to hike the price.
Mr. Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India is supposed to be an efficient executive leading the country of over billion people to the future of growth and prosperity and not just be the favourite outlet for satirists and jokes.
Unfortunately the later prospect looks to have gained the ground now.