“Night is keeping a dream of Light.”
India has lost its sovereignty, was the opening remark of K. N. Harilal, member of Planning Commission while discussing the topic Neo Liberalism and the Future of Democracy in the Banquet Hall. Our policies had already lost our power over the foreign trade, but now we are facing a severe problem where the corporations have begun to demand harmonisation even in our internal policies of trade. The corporates are rewriting our legislation and every party which comes into power will become the part of same game, he shares his anxieties. M.A. Baby, former Minister of Kerala takes the Venezuelan crisis to the front line to deal with the emerging problems of fascism on democracy created by the globalization and capitalist motifs. As the former minister of education he wonders how the government could have declared Jio Institute as an institute of eminence.
Jignesh Mewani delivered the most inspiring talk on the topic. Being an individual M.L.A. from the state of Gujarat, he himself is a living example of liberalism. On neoliberalism, he says, in a country where 40 crores of people live without any shelter and about 60 crores of workers are denied of minimum wages, his concerns are about the state of the working class of our country. In the constitution we pledged to become a secular socialist republic but ultimately we became a neo fascist capital regime through our neoliberal policies. The project of Delhi Mumbai Investors’ corridor has been demanding 200 kms of land on both sides of the project area. There are almost 16 projects like this coming up in various regions of India. He points out that, ‘We as a nation are deep in trouble but also We as a nation have solid potential’. Now it’s time to act and being silent at this point of time is a criminal offence, he concludes.
Shri. K Jayakumar, former Chief Secretary opines that our thrust of development is the thrust of corporate enrichment. Every year hundreds of projects are being announced for the upliftment of the poor, but ultimately the corporate eats the fruit of it. The notion that being anti corporate is being anti development is yet to change. We have seen how the country have failed to keep its mark in Human Development Index while running behind corporates to have a better G.D. P.. What we need is counter acting policies, he says, which must focus on proper implementation through moving the chariot of bureaucracy in the right direction. The corporates will always try to weaken the institutions as we have seen with the Planning Commission of India but it is our duty to strengthen our institutions. Young people of the nation do speak out but this alone is not enough to meet our democratic needs.
Goutham Narayan from TISS, Hyderabad and Shubham Tikale from the state of Maharashtra presented their papers on the subject which showed the fire inside the youngsters. Goutham proclaimed to see these youngsters as the present of India and stand together for a better nation. After the criticisms of the Coordinator C.P. Nair specifically on the democratically ruptured political parties, the gathering witnessed a bunch of burning questions from the part of students and was well taken by the speakers.