In our childhood, I used to play an exhortation song about Akashvani almost every morning: He became rich overnight, which is a traitor to him, do not respect him., At that time people had not completely forgotten Bapu’s saying that this land can satisfy everyone’s needs, but the land cannot satisfy man’s greed. Therefore, if one’s wealth was not his crime, then it was definitely a matter of shame and his action was considered dishonest. But now not only the time has changed, but the rulers of the country have replaced the dream of equality in the constitution with the dream of wealth and made it very respectable.
So, on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, there is no guilt in celebrating India’s Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani becoming the third richest person in the world. Giving this news to most of the media, it has been said that he is the first person in Asia to achieve this ‘department’. He has passed French businessman Bernard Arnault and now Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos are ahead of him.
Even a newspaper has written that Adani’s wealth is increasing at rocket speed and it is quite possible that it will continue to grow even after becoming number one. Just in February, he became Asia’s richest man by overtaking Mukesh Ambani. His net worth topped $100 billion in April and last month he overtook Microsoft’s Bill Gates to match fourth-ranked Mukesh Ambani at some point in the index. And now he has gone one step ahead of him and reached where not even Jack Ma of China could reach.
The details of his total net worth and his rival riches given by the media after that don’t make much sense because we already know how much of the world’s total wealth and resources are held by the rich and their wealth The non-rich population has to survive on the small portion of them.
No doubt his description would have been very meaningful if he had explained how much we are paying as a country for the increased wealth of Adani and others like him. Thus, who does not know how the rich get richer by making the poor and the poor poorer, and how mercilessly the dream of equality must suffer because of it?
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promises that have not been fulfilled
Incidentally, Adani has reached this rank perhaps the third fastest among the world’s rich under the rule of these rulers who had promised to double the income of the country’s food donors or farmers by 2022. But later refused to give the base year of this growth and now even after talking about it, his spit is starting to stick in his throat. The reason is that the Inter-Ministerial Committee that had been created in 2016 to formulate this strategy of doubling the income, in its report given in September 2018 to increase the production of crops and livestock, reduce the cost of production, help farmers. To save resources, he made seven recommendations such as making efficient use, changing crop rotation to grow multiple and high-value crops in one year, improving their real prices, and shifting from agriculture to non-agricultural occupations.
But today hardly anyone knows what happened to these recommendations?
On the other hand, hardly anyone is unaware that Adani’s wealth has grown at rocket speed, so his “welcoming power” has played a bigger role in it than his business acumen.
Doesn’t that also mean that the Prime Minister is openly their favourite? And is that why they have been given the freedom to openly use the profits they make in India to acquire rival companies abroad, even as the country remains open to foreign investment?
This good wish of the Prime Minister could have been tolerated in spite of all his undesirables and immoralities, provided that the success of his “friends” one after another had helped to alleviate the plight of the peasants and workers of the country. But alas, as the wealth of his friends leaps and bounds in the country, the plight of the common people is becoming dire. We read daily in the media about the increase in the number of rich, but even the number of poor has become controversial. However, it is undeniable that 80 million countrymen still need free government rations to feed their stomachs.
Those who are aware of the ground reality know that this fascination makes them so desperate that they cannot even get excited by the news of a jump of thirteen and a half percent in GDP. If you want to understand this from the latest data of the National Crime Records Bureau, they say that in 2021, of the 1,64,033 people who committed suicide by losing their lives in the morning of the night, 42,004, that is 25.6 per cent, i.e. More than the daily laborers were digging wells and drinking water. Yes, 4,246 of these were female workers, while there were 10,881 suicides of people engaged in agriculture, in which 5,318 were farmers and 5,563 were agricultural laborers.
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Great population drowned in despair
What means? Isn’t the problem of some people in the rulers’ ‘New India’ that seeing their plate full of different dishes, they don’t understand what to eat, while millions of others face this problem? on the left that if they eat, what should they eat? Not that the ravages of these conditions are wreaking havoc on workers. The situation has become fatal even for a large part of those who run their own small business. In 2021, 20,231 such workers were also forced to commit suicide. Of these, 12,055 had their own business and 8,176 were associated with other types of self-employed.
In this situation, one can imagine the despair of the unemployed, in which 13,714 unemployed and 13,089 students were condemned to suicide. But surprisingly, the country’s professionals, wage earners and housewives are even more disappointed than they are. According to the data, in 2021, 15,870 professionals and wage earners chose the path of suicide while 23,179 housewives. In this year, there has been an 11 percent increase in suicides of daily wage earners, while the number of people dying in desperation to lose their jobs has increased by 17 percent. Needless to say, there is so much desperation among these sections that even the benefits of the relief packages announced by the government in their name, due to policy lapses and poor implementation, ultimately result in the big industrialists , that is, the rich.
On the other hand, if we want to see how patriotic the rich are about whom the government, which is immersed in “patriotism” and keeps doubting the patriotism of everyone except its tribes, we find that they are marching quickly from India and Indian Passports. In other words, they have competed to say goodbye to the country because after becoming rich they do not find India worthy of their life. In 2020-21 itself, 1.63 lakh wealthy Indians renounced their Indian citizenship. This figure is double what it was five years ago.
It is clear that by saying “Bharat Mata ki Jai” till the burden of patriotism of the government is lifted, all those common and poor tribes must shoulder all the responsibilities. Whose hard work has not been allowed to have any dignity in the rich, and whose names continue to make the rich “well-being”. Imagine that, despite this, his stepmother looks like a peacock to the rich and a child thief to the poor.
(Krishna Pratap Singh is editor and senior reporter at Faizabad-based Jan Morcha daily. Views expressed are personal)
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