Over the past few days the #10YearChallenge meme on social media prompted people to post their 2009 selfies alongside their 2019 ones. Taking that theme, Shekhar Gupta run ThePrint published an article named ‘This #10YearChallenge should make India feel shame’, authored by some Nitin Pai.
Anyways with past record of spreading fake news & writing just pessimistic op-eds, not much else was expected from The Print. They started with positive figures :
-An average, an Indian earned around $1250 in the year 2009. Today they earn around $2,000.
-Every third Indian was living below the poverty line a decade ago. Today, that number is lower than one in five.
-The number of internet users in the country has grown 10 times, from around 50 million in 2009 to around 500 million.
But in whole next part of article, The Print prefered narritive over facts to show India in poor light with respect to what it was 10-20 years ago.
The Print: Rural distress hasn’t changed much
-In our last article, ‘HMP News answers The Wire’s 15 Questions on behind of PM’ we had explained in detail that Rural distress is myth. In past 5 Years, Rural India Outpaced Urban spending by the widest margin. According to the report by Nielsen, consumption in rural areas grew 9.7 percent in the last fiscal year. Rural spending had outpaced urban growth last year by less than half a percentage point. Rural revenue for the FMCG industry is likely to grow by 15 to 16 percent in the current fiscal year. Growth from urban areas, however, is expected to remain steady, an expert said.
The Print: Our cities haven’t improved either. There is more traffic on the same old roads as more people can afford cars and are forced to use them because public transport is in bad shape.
-2 weeks ago, Wall Street Journal had done detailed article on how infrastructure work is going on in all major cities in India at mammoth scale despite contrains like space.
All over India, 200 road projects worth about Rs 1.5 lakh crore likely to be completed by mid-2019
In October, the government approved the Rs 6.92 lakh crore 24,800 km Bharatmala project, which includes development of highways running through economic corridors, border and coastal areas and expressways, with completion deadline of 2022.
Manish Agarwal, (infrastructure practice) at consulting firm PwC India says, “The initiatives that the government took in the last three-and-a-half years are now showing result with work on stalled projects getting fast tracked,” .
The Print: Narendra Modi carried out more government schemes, more allocations, more programmes. No structural reforms, no quantum leap.
– It’s duty of government to carry more government schemes, do more programs, do more allocations. What’s problem author does have here here?!
On reforms part, GST was biggest reform rolled by government which was stuck from last 15+ years.
Positive news for the day. GST council has taken pro biz decisions.
👉Increase in Turnover Limit for the existing Composition Scheme to 1.5cr
👉compliance under Composition Scheme is simplified
👉Higher Exemption Threshold Limit for Supplier of Goods
Kudos. India is winning
— Ashu🇮🇳 (@muglikar_) January 10, 2019
As explained by Gareebon ka Economist’ Ashu Muglikar ‘n’ no. of times, other economic reform Demonetisation helped to achieve a Tax to GDP ratio of 5.98% and a PIBF of 2.20 in FY 2017-18. Direct Tax to GDP ratio has shown an increase, but the biggest growth is seen in the buoyancy Factors. Even Ratan Tata has applauded Economic reforms of government including Demonetisation
On disinvestment front, according to DIPAM, 58 per cent of the total divestment proceeds since the liberalisation of 1991, were earned under the present NDA government. This is more than twice the divestment target achieved under the successive UPA governments spread over ten years.
The Print: So in 2019, we are back to farm loan waivers, increased allocations under NREGA, demands for ‘special status’ and new quotas and reservations. Not just that, growing mobilisation of Indians for building a Ram Temple at Ayodhya reminds us of 1989.
– Ram Temple at Ayodhya issue has been pending in courts since 1854. If author wants to say, India has changed but Indian Courts haven’t over the years then we all agree with him. But blaming common masses for this is plain ridiculous. Author also showed his anti-Hindu bias here, because he only mentioned Ram Janmabhumi movement but categorically omitted Namazis occupying public spaces & Catholic bodies demading relaxation in environmental laws so that they can grab lands from tribals.
My report on Noida namaz row
What's being portrayed as an issue of 'right to pray' is really abt violation of law & encroachment. I learnt that d congregational prayer was an elaborate, professionally arranged, 5-hour event every Friday in a public parkhttps://t.co/9BwxUJqls2
— Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) December 30, 2018
On Reservations part, even USA has its affirmative actions and actually Quota for Economic backward communities is some kind of reform than a step backwards. If reservations are indeed bad, why The Print actually doing only pro-reservations articles/coverage, We couldn’t a single Anti-reservation article in their timeline
— ThePrint (@ThePrintIndia) April 24, 2018
MNREGA scheme has been relaunched in some kind with more quality works are produced and ghost employee cards has been deleted via Aadhar. Farm waivers are definitely not progressive moves but viz a viz Farm waivers happened in 2008, in recent times at least technology has helped omitting fake farmer entries & which benefited real farmers.
Unlike in other points, Author knowingly not conpared BJP-Congress rule here because he knows that BJP ruled state governments has been proved effective in farm waivers, whereas in Congress ruled Karnataka only 800 farmers benefited despite expenditure of Rs.45,000 crores.
ThePrint: The Hindu’s N. Ram exposed the Bofors scandal then. Last week, the same N. Ram made new revelations about the Rafale scandal.
– Rafale scam myth was done & dusted through recent Supreme Court judgement. Defense expert Abhijit Iyer-Mitra has already busted this shallow story of N.Ram on Rafale
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) January 18, 2019
So, It was just lame attempt by The Print author to monkey-balance Bofors to Rafale.
The Print: Arun Shourie was on a crusade against tyranny then; he’s on one now. And, in 2019, we have a constellation of regional leaders holding hands in massive political rallies. In many ways, it’s 1989 all over again.
– Again it’s not clear what’s The Print author trying to say here. Then Arun Shourie was on crusade against radical Islam, Conversion Mafias, etc. Now he’s on a crusade against matters where Hon’ble Supreme Court has already given a clean chit.
Regional leaders holding hands in massive political rallies is symbol of Democracy of still vibrant in India. Actually by giving clear mandate in 2014 & subsequent state elections, voters of India showed sign of increased maturity viz a viz coalition government we were getting over the years.
The Print: we’ve even given up holding the government accountable.
– Election are still happening every 5 years, how can one say ‘We’ve even given up holding the government accountable.’!
The Print: cows take up so much of our collective bandwidth and business houses can still twist government policies in their favour.
– Any Op-ed of The Print doesn’t go without ‘cow’ word.
It has been already proved that Cow related violences are happening because Law enforcement authorities are unable to control cow thives in first place. One reason is lack of Police Reforms, where Police are afraid of catching criminals if they are from ‘minority’ communities .
In Auraiya sadhus murder case, we saw a glimpse of how violent #beefmafia can get. I went to Alwar, the hub of cow smuggling, to learn what it takes to stand up against this menace, and why cow protectors are up in arms against state govt
— Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) August 28, 2018
A minor Dalit girl is made to convert to Islam & marry her kidnapper
Poor father is making rounds of court with her Class 10 marksheet that shows her to be a minor, hoping to get the custody of his only daughter back
All because @bijnorpolice didn't act in time
My report: https://t.co/MJweQPgKRs
— Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) September 13, 2018
My detailed report on how a Dalit family almost lost their minor girl forever thanks to Delhi police's mishandling. They dint even name accused Saddam Ansari in FIR fearing being called communal!
Just as we were about to publish it, we recd d good news that girl has been found + https://t.co/OLVwwifO2N
— Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) September 6, 2018
The Print: We should keep our expectations high, and not be fooled into settling for less.
-Who has stopped anyone to keep expectations high from government! But as author seeked everything utopian, did he offered any plans to achieve it? No!
The Print: Economic growth is necessary, but what we do with the additional resources it puts in our hands is more important.The economy continues to grow but India hasn’t changed.
– In this whole article author of The Print article keeps repeating though Economy, Infrastructure, Poverty reduction figures are positive, but India hasn’t changed, India hasn’t changed..
Also, It’s irony that The Print started article with issue of Rural distress, in rest of the article it was critical of government on Farm waivers, MNREAGA, subsides to poor etc. In this whole article-cum-rant they didn’t provide single constructive suggestion to get the ‘change they are seeking’ & just took help of narritives peddled by fake data to shame India.
Even common tweeps with 100 followers make much more sense than Shekhar Gupta & his team of authors
Man, you really swallowed some pappu kool aid. If you think 2019 feels like 1989, either you have no idea what 1989 was like, or you have been taking pappu too seriously. Remember khalistan, USSR on precipice, afghanistan, jklf, shah bano, a REAL defence scam, ind-pak eqn, Zia..
— metapandit (@metapandit) January 23, 2019
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