I am happy to learn that the Metroman, E. Sreedharan of Kerala, India, is poised to join the BJP and hopefully to run for political office in the upcoming state assembly elections in Kerala. This response of E. Sreedharan is a demonstration that our no-nonsense and incorruptible individuals who have served the country well are willing to step forward to work with the Prime Minister to build a new India.
E. Sreedharan got the name Metroman from the people of India because he was the main driving force in the modernization of the aging Indian rail by introducing the more efficient and reliable metro rails in the busiest traffic hubs of the country and more importantly, doing so without indulging in corruption.
Such people are the ones that should run for office to manage the affairs of the people. Unfortunately, those who are elected to office are opportunists who are loyal to their political leaders and political parties and generally failures in their careers. These individuals view a seat in Parliament as a sideline income to fortify their failed professions.
Take for example a former president of a trade union. Now sitting in parliament for a third term, this gentleman hardly put up a fight to resist the Manning administration’s dismantling of Caroni Ltd in 2003 that threw more than 9,000 workers on the rotiline. The negative impact of the closure reverberated in communities throughout the sugar belt. Several small businesses that were patronized by these workers and their families suffered loses with several shutting their doors.
An argument put forward by the Manning administration to justify the closure of Caroni 1975 Ltd was the loss of the preferential market in the European Union. Did we need a preferential market? Our growing local demand for sugar was enough reason to keep the sugar industry alive combined with restructuring, including inviting the private sector and a voluntary separation package for some. Where was the fight?
The same can be said for the OWTU? This union and its big mouth leader is an embarrassment to the labour movement. Could you imagine that this union failed to mount a single significant protest against the closure of Petrotrin! This fool was outfoxed by the cunning Rowley who gave him basket that the refinery will be his to run. Now with the revelation from the Minister of Finance that OWTU bid has been thrown in the waste basket- “The Government on Thursday, for a third time, rejected an offer by its preferred bidder Patriotic Energies and Technologies Company to buy the Guaracara refinery. The refinery will go back onto the open market.”- it would be wise for Ancil Roget go home and retire and await the final call.
Modi’s anger at the poor performance of the Indian Administrative Service officer is stirring mixed reactions. Seniority can no longer be a criterion for promotion. Performance is usually thrown out the window and never the more dedicated were promoted to act. No wonder our schools and the entire public service including our Statutory Boards continue to fail!
Kerala, the most southern and most English educated state, is ruled by a communist government at the state level. The main stay of the economy is remittances from NRIs in the Gulf States of the Middle East. Both Congress and the Communists are in an unholy alliance to prevent the BJP from taking power. Agriculture remains underdeveloped compared to other states and despite their shahib (English speaking) posturing, the economy is backward. And for their past time the leaders indulge in slaughtering cows on the street and eating beef biryani to torment Hindus.
I googled “Sex and the Catholic Church in India” and this is what I found: “Rocked by another sex scandal, Catholic Church in Kerala has removed two priests from the ministry on charges of sexually abusing a woman. The priests removed are Fr Mathew Mullappally and Joseph Poothottal belonged to the arch-diocese of Thalassery in Kannur district. The diocese …”
Modi was right to let IAS officers know that the private sector creates wealth and employment and it is not right for a few desk clerks to frustrate entrepreneurship. JRD Tata said that in a period spanning three governments in India he was seeking a license to open an airline and did not get the approvals. And why? These low life politicians were waiting for a bribe! No other reasons! While Jamsetji Tata, the founder of Tata Group, was working his ass out, the grandfathers of most politicians and trade unionists were in a rum shop ‘stretching’ a pint of white rum for hours with the hope that a Samaritan may drop by and replenish their stock.
It is time that we bring to the corridor of government individuals who have a track record of success like E. Sreedharam, the Metroman of India and not a go-fors who can chowkay a curry dock or pimp who can provide a teenager to the political to wine and gyrate in a fete. It is time to demand politicians with some class!