The strike that struck India yesterday was foolish to say the least.
I am not against the concept of people or political parties protesting against any policies or matters of governance.
What I am definitely against is the idea of bringing the entire machinery to a halt.
Airlines, transport organisations, industries, banks and all financial institutions put up their feet on the desks and dozed away yesterday.
A cumulative loss of millions of dollars for the country.
All this led by the Left wing of the government.
Ironically, the strike was held by the members of the government against the government.
Now, the Left is against disinvestment of public sectors, and more importantly, it wants to curb the amount of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) coming in to the country.
What the Left fails to see is that the sectors in which we have had greater FDI have done significantly well in the past few years.
The telecom sector and the insurance sector are prime examples.
The Left, with its communist leanings, has failed to look out of their edited copies of the Communist Manifesto.
While they have been immersed in that age-old book, the world has moved up to capitalism, embraced globalisation and proved that selfishness is not only a virtue but is also essentiall for the well being of the community at large (I can visualise the leftists rolling up their sleeves to bring me statistics on the rural folks. But then, what exactly have they charted out for the betterment of the rural folks, I am yet to see).
Even China, the world’s largest communist state (albeit with dictatorial traits) has not been able to adhere strictly to the rules of communism.
In the recent past, China has had 10 times more FDI than compared to India.
The Left needs to look at this and more importantly, needs to throw the ragged book that it has been living by for most of its years.
If the Left doesn’t do that soon, it might find itself out of striking distance at the centre.