What is required are alternative economic policies in the interests of the people and the country. Some key policy changes that might have an impact on the digital industry: 1. To start with this executive decision has to be scrapped and FDI policy governed by the interests of national sovereignty, priorities of national development and the employment needs of the people. While greater oversight and transparency in terms of inflow and outflow of capital would be welcome, especially taking another look at the Mauritius route for investment, and taxation of capital gains from sale of businesses internationally, with underlying assets in India, is a tricky situation.
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These elections are the most crucial in the history of independent India. What is at stake is the very future of the secular democratic republic, as enshrined in our Constitution. The future is at stake, because, the BJP-led NDA government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, promotes the unprecedented sharpening of communal polarisation severely disrupting the harmony of our rich, diverse social fabric. It has mounted a brazen and continuing assault on all Constitutional authorities and institutions during these last five years.
The BJP continuing to head the central government will further undermine the fundamental pillars of our Constitution. Attacks on Democracy These five years have seen a vicious authoritarian onslaught on all Constitutional institutions and authorities as well as the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people.
This is being undermined. Parliamentary committees that actually do the work of legislative supervision have been thoroughly undermined. Blatant interference in the judiciary is denying justice to the people and leading to discontent within the judges responsible for delivering justice to the people and upholding the Constitution. Undermining the primacy of the investigating agency CBI and methodically using it to further the political objectives of the Prime Minister and the government.
Curtailing the rights of the working class, peasantry and all sections of the working people to organise protests demanding redressal. Intrusion into the fundamental right to privacy of every Indian. Largescale attacks on the Constitutional right of freedom of expression. The criminalization of democratic dissent; harassment and intimidation of intellectuals and lawyers standing up in support of those targeted by the government like Dalits etc.
Narendra Dabholkar, Com. Govind Pansare, Dr. Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh. Attacks on Secularism Aggressively sharpening communal polarisation over contentious issues like temple construction, renaming of public spaces by removing Muslim names, generating an atmosphere of hatred and violence targeting the minorities. Patronising private armies in the guise of cow protection or moral policing. Murderously attacking Dalits and Muslims. Aggressive Communalisation of the Indian Education System RSS functionaries are brazenly being appointed to high positions in all universities, institutions of higher education, research bodies, cultural academies etc.
They are seeking to change the content of curriculum at all levels, particularly syllabus of school text books to advance the Hindutva agenda. Disastrous Economic Policies During these five years, every area of economic activity has been opened up for direct foreign investment promoting the maximisation of profits by them.
Large scale privatisation of public assets and handing over prime assets to chosen foreign and Indian corporates. Removing all previous curbs on funding of political parties, introduction of electoral bonds as the route to reap the spoils of such cronyism. Facilitating and promoting the loot of public money as reflected in the Rs. Destruction of livelihood of crores of people surviving on cash transactions through demonetisation.
Virtual destruction of the micro, small and medium enterprises MSME , the largest employment provider after agriculture, through the implementation of the GST. The Mudra loan NPAs rose to 53 per cent in the first nine months of from The real earnings of the rural people have declined in an unprecedented fashion.
Farm income growth crashed to the lowest in 14 years during the last quarter of October-December, at 2. Central Statistics Office. RBI reports that loans that are not returned in the farm sector increased to Rs. This is the level of agrarian distress leading to rising distress suicides of farmers. Unemployment Our youth are frustrated due to the sharp fall in employment opportunities during the last few years. Modi had promised creation of 2 crore new jobs annually, i.
Reality is that the unemployment rate rose to the highest levels in 45 years at 6. Unemployment rate in February increased to 7. Situation in rural India is worse. NSSO reports a 3. Large sections of the adivasis have been deprived of their land pattas due to them under the Forest Rights Act. Increasing Violence Against Women Women have been subjected to increased violence. The year reported a big increase in crimes against women — four rapes on an average every hour.
Since then the Government has stopped publishing statistics by the National Crime Records Bureau in this regard. The overall dehumanization of our society reflected in growing atrocities against women, particularly the girl child, with gruesome incidents of gangrape and murders of young girls. Enriching the Rich and Impoverishing the Poor During these five years the share of the total wealth accruing to the top one per cent of our population increased from 49 per cent in to 73 per cent in Sharp decline in the working conditions for the working class and employees is accompanied by unbearable hike in the price of petroleum products with the government refusing to reduce its taxes and duties.
According to the earlier data series this stands at mere 4. In the last quarter GDP growth rate fell further to 6. GST collections, despite all the tall claims, have shown a steady decline from 7. This reflects a massive slowdown in the economy. Pre-demonetization Global GDP was 2.
The eight core infrastructure industries growth saw a decline of 2. This shot up to Growing current account deficit i. The Current Account Deficit increased from 1. In dollar terms this translates to a deficit growth from 6. Agricultural growth is at a record low during these years. Agricultural growth rate fell from 5. The fourth successive negative growth rate registered in the last four quarters.
The abolition of the Planning Commission has denied a forum for the states to pursue their economic plans and objectives.
The Modi government is constantly threatening non-BJP state governments with dismissal under Article These five years have seen an unequal and unfair distribution of tax revenues between the Centre and the states. The incidents of terror have exponentially grown. Between and , the number of terrorist attacks increased from to ; the number of security personnel killed increased from to ; the number of civilians killed increased from 12 to and the number of ceasefire violations increased from to There is an alarming rise in numbers of local youth joining militant groups.
Local militants killed rose from 16 in to in This government betrayed the promises made to the people of Kashmir of initiating a political dialogue with all stakeholders and implementing confidence building measures. Surgical strikes following the Uri terrorist attack have failed to end cross border terrorist attacks leading up to Pulwama. Post Indian air force striking terrorist target inside Pakistan at Balakot, terrorist attacks have continued with more security personnel killed.
BJP-RSS are engaging in a despicable politicising of this issue when the entire country and all opposition parties stood as one to fight terrorism. Deterioration of friendly relations with all our neighbours. Deepening defence ties with USA and Israel. The latest instance being Venezuela. Brazen Betrayal of all promises During these five years the BJP, particularly Narendra Modi has betrayed every single promise that was made to the Indian people — generation of two crore jobs every year i.
Given this grim record, these general elections must seek accountability of this Modi government over the balance sheet of promises made and their betrayal. However, most important is the fact that these elections are the most crucial in independent India that will determine the future of our secular democratic Constitutional order.
Part II Alternative Policies It is clear that what the country and the people need is an alternate trajectory of economic growth and overall development. This can only be achieved on the basis of a policy shift towards pro-people policies rejecting the current package of policies being pursued by the BJP government and its agenda of sharpening communal polarization.
India has no dearth of resources. If the current loot of our resources through crony capitalism and corruption scams like the Rafale aircraft deal are plugged, then enough resources are available for providing every citizen in our country with education, quality health care, employment and a decent livelihood. This, however, requires a radical shift in the policy direction that needs to be ensured. In Defence of Secularism The CPI M stands for the separation of religion and politics and for the passage and implementation of all legislative measures necessary to make this effective.
Communal violence should be dealt with firmly. Secular values should be promoted by the State in all spheres. Enactment of appropriate legal measures for reining in and taking action against organisations and institutions involved in spreading communal hate and attacking minorities; enact a law against lynching.
RBI to come up with clear guidelines for banks to stop charging customers for each and every banking service and take action against culprits who have caused loss to the banks. Publication of defaulter lists, transparent recovery measures, assets recovery procedures including attaching of properties and sale, along with a moratorium on willful defaulters, companies and their offshoots, from accessing any fresh loan or restructuring. Strict action and criminal procedure against willful defaulters.
Governors to be appointed by the President from a panel of three eminent persons suggested by the Chief Minister. No linkage with Aadhaar. Pursue the efforts for an independent credible inquiry into the atrocities committed in the last phase of the war. Institute speedy investigation and punishment in corruption scams, like Rafale aircraft deal.
Strengthening Workers Welfare boards. The functioning of these boards would be strengthened so that the workers can get registered with the board and have easy access to welfare benefits. Strict implementation of the PCPNDT Act against sex determination tests and female foeticide and the activisation of defunct monitoring committees.
Reverse all measures towards privatisation of the ICDS; more allocations per child to ensure nutritious meals for children in anganwadis and in schools and provision of creche facilities in anganwadi centres.
Special provisions for the inclusion of children with disabilities. All vacant posts to be filled in central and state governments within a time bound framework.
CPI(M) 2014 Manifesto: Against FDI; Media Regulator, Open Source, Internet Out of US Hands
This is the first time when the Left party has mentioned digital rights of citizens in its manifesto. The CPI M said it would recognise digital infrastructure as public infrastructure and stop mass surveillance by state agencies under section 69 of the IT Act. He said the party would curb monopoly of some telecom majors. The party proposed statutory minimum wage of not less than Rs 18, per month, universal Public Distribution System with 35 kg of food grains per family, rise in taxes of the rich, restoration of inheritance tax and old age pension of Rs 6, per month. It proposed establishing a public-funded, universal and non-contributory old age pension system with a minimum amount of monthly pension not less than 50 per cent of minimum wage or Rs 6, per month, whichever is higher, as an individual entitlement except for income tax payees or those receiving higher pension from any other source. The left party said the pension system would enable senior citizens to live with dignity.
List of Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidates in the 2014 Indian general election
Dir The table below presents the Congress viewpoint on environment- Replication of plans like National Mannifesto River Basin Authority to clean major rivers of Maniesto. Any party that can achieve this would be doing India a great service. One person to be given employment and it will be mandatory. However, it remains to be cppim, when that party comes in power, what do they do vs. Consent of gram sabhas in case exploitation of resource leads to displacement of communities.
New election system, no electoral bonds in CPI(M)’s poll manifesto
These elections are the most crucial in the history of independent India. What is at stake is the very future of the secular democratic republic, as enshrined in our Constitution. The future is at stake, because, the BJP-led NDA government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, promotes the unprecedented sharpening of communal polarisation severely disrupting the harmony of our rich, diverse social fabric. It has mounted a brazen and continuing assault on all Constitutional authorities and institutions during these last five years. The BJP continuing to head the central government will further undermine the fundamental pillars of our Constitution.