In my view: Why the today’s bandh failed?
Today’s bandh haven’t created any kind of stir among the common people, atleast in Chennai. Whoever I have seen were happy to carry on with their daily jobs. So what’s the reason??
- Are people are happy about the price hike?
- Are our people become economically stronger to shell out those extra pennies to buy food?
- Are people nodding to the open market situation of fluctuations in crude oil price to be reflected here in India?
The only answer for all the above questions is no. Only thing is, they want to fight against this. But they don’t believe the opposition parties who headed this strike. Because the political parties were not reflecting the common man’s concerns. They have hooligans, crorepatis and children of proud leaders as their faces that are in no connection with the people.
Anti – people government:
I think this is the worst anti-people government I have ever seen. This government behaves in manner to show off itself in the world stage without showing any kind of care towards the people. All it concerned about is growth rate. They are happy to announce to the world that we are growing at 9% or 10% every year. But what is the use??? Oh yeah. The price of every essential thing is on the rise. I don’t know what the cabinet ministers are thinking about our country. Just because they are in A/C rooms and travelling in cars everybody in this country were living in the same way?
Our honourable petroleum minister Mr. Murali Deora has said that this was taken in the ‘LARGER NATIONAL INTEREST’ of saving the Navaratna oil companies from bankruptcy. From what I have known, most of the shares of these companies are with the government. And it’s not that hard to guess whose pockets are going to get filled by this price rise and decontrol of prices.
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Already the prices of food items are increasing at a sky-rocketing price. With the rise of diesel price by 2, this is just going to worsen up the things. I am not going to shops frequently these days. But I am really shocked to compare the prices for which I bought some food items then and now.
For 1 egg the maximum I have paid till 2007 June is Rs. 1.75. But now its Rs. 3.25.
For 1kg of tomato the maximum I have paid during rainy season is Rs.40 (That is the time it prices goes to maximum). Now in June itself the price is Rs.40.
So is the earning capability of the people is improved double the rate? I don’t think so.
With the food inflation rate and Wholesale price index were increasing dangerously is this price rise is really required at this time? I am not an economic expert like our own PM Dr. Manmohan Singh or Planning commission head Mr. Mantek Singh Aluwalia. But I have some common sense which they completely lack. Surely this price rise is not at this time at all.
This will be position of the country if we don’t have a strong opposition which has enough time to look into only internal issues.
Just see how much taxes were included in our petrol price.
Petrol price break up:
This is a break up considering crude oil at 130 $ per barrel. Following details are for per liter petrol in Rs.
Basic Price = Rs 21.93
Excise duty = Rs 14.35
Education Tax = Rs 0.43
Dealer commission = Rs 1.05
VAT = Rs 5.5
Crude Oil Custom duty = Rs 1.1
Petrol Custom = Rs 1.54
Transportation Charge = Rs 6.00
Total price = Rs 51.90
so for Rs 22 liter petrol at pumps we people pay Rs 28 tax extra.
The above price is if the barrel gets sold at 130$/Barrel. Now the crude oil price is just 73$/barrel. This government completely fools us.
PS: Few of you may say that the bandh was carried out in full fledged manner in your areas. According to me a bandh is successful only when the government shakes up in terror and feels the heat of people. But I don’t think it happens here and even if it happens this Capitalist government won’t give a damn. Anyway we elected them and we only have to suffer.