I don’t like this India.
It was, perhaps still is, the only important nation in the world who could have (or could) teach all people a different model of development and a different conception of the economy. But when - amidst the approval of the Western world attracted by huge profits with little cost - the Republic of India has opened up to capitalism, foreign investment and wild liberism, when in fact what is significantly called "westossification” took over, India is more and more towards a development model that favors a few riches and creates a mass poors of that is unparalleled in the world, destroying territories, cultures, traditions, human beings.
It’s a few days ago yet another violent reaction of the police and army against farmers of Jagatsinghpu in the state of Orissa, where the locals were protesting peacefully against the project of South Korean Posco of a steelmaker huge plant, expropriating thousands of hectares of land belonging to farmers for a few rupees, destroying forty farms and putting an end to an important forest ecosystem.
Obviously, the Indian Ministry of Environment has given its approval for investment of about twelve billion dollars under the guise of development and creation of jobs. Were not using to anything the popular protests which began in 2005 and the results of independent studies underlining the environmental damage of that project.
But that of the Posco is just one of mega-projects which requires forced expropriation of land for farmers.Expropriations in Uttar Pradesh where the Jaypee Infratechin plans to build a new railway line, in Jaitapur where French Areva wants to build the world's largest nuclear plant, still in Uttar Pradesh where Jiaprakash Associates has acquired about 2,400 hectares of land to build residential areas and sports facilities, including a race track for Formula One and a railway line of 165 km, with the acquisition of the territory of 1,225 villages.
By outdated and unfair law, the price of expropriation is negligible, about 300 rupees per square meter (less than 5 €), but after the expropriation those lands are to 600 thousand rupees per square meter.International companies, Indian state governments, foreign governments, business organizations like the IMF are racing to invest in and encourage investment, wild mining, logging, factories and plants, intensive crops for biofuels, roads, dams and railways. The important thing is to get money. In reality in this way is fed into the corruption and the greed of international companies and governments with no advantage for India and Indians.
And the future does not bode well if the government set the objective of 85% of the urbanized population of India, it maintains the second largest army in the world and continues to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in military nuclear program.
It does not matter if the farmers are committing suicide for the debts incurred to buy GM seeds and patented by multinational companies, that the much acclaimed IT boom employs only 0.2% of the workforce while the survival of 65% of the population still depends on cultivation of land, 830 million people live on less than 20 rupees a day, 2 million children die annually before reaching the fifth year of life.
Think: the wealth generated by India, if properly used would allow, would be sufficient to eliminate poverty and malnutrition, illiteracy and disease and underdevelopment.
Gandhi advocated the large India of the villages with a standard of living "simple, but dignified," an India that developed country houses, living in peace with the world. Swadeshi and Swaraj, self-sufficiency and self-government, "an India new and strong, not bellicose, not cowardly imitating the West in all its hatefulness," an India that "becomes the hope not only of Asia and Africa, but the entire world suffers. " with a standard of living "simple, but dignified," developed an India that his country houses, living in peace with the world. Swadeshi and Swaraj, self-sufficiency and self-government, "an India new and strong, not bellicose, not cowardly imitating the West in all its hatefulness," an India that "becomes the hope not only of Asia and Africa, but of the entire world suffers. "