Jun 12, 2011
How the Govt betrayed Baba Ramdev with empty promises..
If you want to know how the govt betrayed Swami Ramdev and then created an impression as if it had accepted all the demands, read this letter. Signed by Cabinet Minister Kapil Sibal, this letter was delivered at 11.30 pm on June 4, a couple of hours before the crackdown on peaceful sleeping protesters. The letter says nothing. It means nothing.
This letter contains only empty promises. It talks of commitment, which we all know is also there for Lok Pal bill that continues to be on the table for 43 years. It talks of govt's intention. Well, we know of govt's intention to feed the hungry. Even the Constitution promises to do that. Still, 64 years after Independence, 320 million people go to bed hungry. Despite the Supreme Court monitoring the food distribution, the number of hungry is only increasing. More than 70 lakh people (including children) die every year from hunger. India is worse than Sub-Saharan Africa when it comes to hunger. As per the Global Hunger Index, India fares worse than many countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
What does the 'commitment' and 'intention' that the letter conveys actually means? It means that the Govt is not at all serious in removing corruption and bringing back black money.
What is still more tragic is that just two hours after this letter was delivered, police cracked down on peacefully sleeping protesters in Ramlila grounds in New Delhi. In my opinion, like 9/11 and 27/11, June 4 has to be remembered as 4/6.