Civil society activists including the likes of Aruna Roy, Paul Divakar, Shabnam Hashmi, Ranjit Verma, Harsh Mander, Nikhil Dey, Abhishek Srivastava, Anil Chaudhary, P V Rajagopal, Biraj Patnaik, Amitabh Behar, Richa Singh, Kavita Srivastava, Jayati Ghosh, Sunita Dhar, Shireen Vakil Miller and others converged in Delhi to assess and evaluate the performance of the BJP Government in the centre during the one year in office so far. The program was organized by the idea of India Collective. The two-day program held discussions under the subject ‘Achhe din ka kacha chitta’, focused mainly on the failure of the BJP Government in office.
Says Shabnam Hashmi: “As the NDA government completes its one year in office, we came together as representatives of different people’s organisations and civil society to evaluate its promise of “Achhe Din” -what has this meant for people at large, for rights of those living in the margins, for constitutional principles and cultural diversity and the very idea of India.” The failures and accomplishments of various ambitious schemes like “Beti Bachao” and “Beti Padhao”, “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, “Smart Cities”, “Make in India”, etc. were also discussed besides the now famous slogan “Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas” were also discussed with a view to make people know how far the government has lived up to its promises.
Said the communique on behalf of the organization: “The development approach of the current government is seemingly heavily tilted towards attracting more foreign direct investment to India. In pursuance of creating an ‘enabling environment to do business’, the government is attempting to amend the land acquisition law, which may lead to undemocratic transfer of land in the hands of land sharks since the consent clause is being diluted.”
It further said: “The nation has witnessed several instances of communal violence under the current regime which has bred insecurity among the religious minorities. Similar concern is clearly visible by the recent attacks by the government on the civil society by way of de-registering them, stopping the fund flow under FCRA, alleging them to be involved in anti-national activities and so on. The unabated suicides of farmers raise questions on the model of governance being followed by the current regime.”
Series of programs are being organized with the objective to discuss and promote the Government’s failures; these programs will continue for next two weeks.