The Right to Private Property.
I have always considered myself a liberal and one thing that is inexcusable for a liberal is the violation of the right to private property. The attitude of politicians and the society in general towards the property rights of induviduals here is something that is far from even being considered acceptable. Right from the "not in my backyard syndrome" to the whole brouhaha of the Sardar Sarovar Dam issue. It is downright depressing. The latest in the series of atrocities that are being hijacked and either being grossly misrepresented and/or glorified is the election promise of two acres of land to farmers by the DMK in tamil nadu.
Among the various promises, many fancy, imaginative and at most only partially implementable with high costs is the promise of two acres of land to landless farmers. And the land for all these small farmers comes from other arable, but unused land which in most cases are owned by private citizens. This so called 'tharisu' land also includes lands in private hands. And this promise is basically a violation of the property rights of those induviduals. Whats even worse is our beloved minister of finance supporting this. I know for a fact that he is more sensible than he actually appears on the dias. But would some one be actually willing to forego what he thinks is correct for the sake of petty politics? And by the way Mr.Chidambaram, I've lost all respect I had for you.
One thing that is true today, and as I believe the finance minister is well aware is that farming on the small scale is not the way of progress. Its about time we moved our massive labour force to something thats more productive, probably manufacturing and let the farming to the corporates. Yes, Corporate Agriculture is the way to go. The means of agricultural production, is better used when it is in the hands of large corporate entities, espescially when indian agriculture is at the mercy of the monsoons. Not only would they have better bargaining power and be able to handle the vagarancies of the market, they would also be able to manage the seasonal fluctuations and why we may even see some innovations in agriculture. But thats not whats important now.
What is important is that property rights of private citizens are important. It is simply atrocious to see a political party glorifying blatant violation of such rights. Its even worse when a central minister praises such a scheme. But something that is by far the most incomprehensible is complete and universal apathy shown by the general public regarding this issue. Will I ever find a level headed, sensible, and progressively minded politician? (Note, I din't mention honest, I lost all hope of finding honest ones a long time ago).