In recent times, land acquisition has been one of the most contentious issues in India. At most of the instances, the reason is due to the collusion between politicians, bureaucrats, business men and land mafia who completely disregard the interest of the land owners. There are also some so-called activists who do not miss any opportunity to exploit the situation.
This happens due to lack of political will in following a good land acquisition policy. Gujarat is one state having a clear land policy that treats land owners as partners. This has recently been praised by the SC of India as shown in the extracts and links below :
“the Supreme Court has complimented the BJP government in Gujarat for having a policy that doesn’t permit “forced” eviction of farmers from their land.”
“In a morale booster to the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, the apex court complimented it for its land acquisition policy since there are “no complaints of any forcible acquisition” whereas issues of farmers and poor being uprooted are pouring in from all other states.”
The below articles throw some light on the good land acquisition policy followed Gujarat in spite of rapid industrialization.
The media coverage of SC praise has been limited to few print media. The visual media chose completely to ignore the news though it keeps its eyes wide open to even the smallest problems in Gujarat to malign Modi. Sometimes I feel media is against Modi more vehemently than Congress politicians.
Though I don’t write much about Rahul Gandhi but I would like the readers to contrast Modi with Rahul on this issue as Congress is using land acquisition to project Rahul Gandhi as a mass leader.
Rahul Gandhi appeared in Bhatta-Parasul to launch his political campaigning in UP. However, his illusions about seeing dead bodies, his lies about the raped women exposed his immaturity and lack of seriousness in politics. To make up for this mess Congress strategists made him do a Padyatra that was turned into a “Peepli Live” moment for media where all that reported was that he had dal-roti on Day 1, on day-2 he slept on a charpai,on day 3 he walked on mud etc. Nowhere, he threw any light on his understanding of the issue and his solutions to resolve it. Media, as usual, crawled in front of the prince of dynasty like a slave and dished out to aam-admi some nonsense in their orchestrated TV studios. Below is couple of samples from the most chamcha channel Nehru Dynasty TV.
Rahul Gandhi during his Padyatra also praised neighboring Haryana Govt., a Congress rules state, for its excellent land acquisition. However, few weeks later we realized that he is actually praising the excellent land acquisition that Haryana Govt. does for Gandhi family and its trusts. Any independent media would have exposed the double standards of him in no uncertain terms, but for our media black-out is the only way when it is against Gandhi family.
Though he preached Mayawati a lot about farmer rights , Rahul Gandhi conveniently forgot about the atrocities happening in Congress ruled states against farmers. In Maharashtra this is the second police shoot-out happening against farmers , first in Jaitapur and now in Mumbai-Pune highway.
1. Other political leaders should be open to learn good policies from Gujarat
2. Media should stop selling an ignorant man as a messiah