As I read an article by the Late Lee Kuan Yew, the first Singapore PM, when he visited India in 2004 after the election of the United Progressive Alliance led by the Congress party under Dr. Manmohan Singh, on scroll.in
I pondered why didn’t India progress so fast as China?
This had me wondering. Why didn’t India progress so fast as China? The obvious answer is that China under Deng Xiaoping opened up its markets in 1979 that led to its economic prosperity while we in India waited till the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shoved reforms down our throats. Moreover, China learned the know-how of services from India’s strong service sector (IT/Telecom) while India failed to learn from China’s industrial prowess. But the answer doesn’t lie there alone.
History and politics of Tamil Nadu’s road to development.
This took me back in time to the 1960s and 1970s. As somebody from Tamil Nadu, I remember that time was an era of transition, from feudalism to modernism. Arignar Anna became CM in 1967, but died less than 2 years later on 02/03/1969 due to cancer. That was when Dr. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi was chosen to lead the DMK government as CM upon the suggestion of the then opposition leader and former CM K. Kamaraj.
It was during Kalaignar’s first reign as CM when he introduced SIDCO – Small Industries Development Corporation – in 1970.
He also established SIPCOT – State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu – in 1972. SIPCOT today has been established at several areas: Bargur, Cheyyar, Cuddalore, Gangaikondan, Gummidipoondi, Hosur, Irungattukottai, Mappedu, Manamadurai, Nilakkottai, Oragadam, Perundurai, Pillaipakam, Pudukkottai, Ranipet, Siruseri, Sriperumpudur, Thoothukudi, Thervoy Kandigai, Vallam – Vadagai (from Wikipedia).
ELCOT – Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited – was established by Kalaignar in 1997 to promote IT & electronics industries and e-governance. But that is for later.
During the early 1970s, DMK was an opponent to Congress. Indira Gandhi considered the presence of a DMK government in TN as an affront (since it overthrew Congress which was at its peak) and did everything she could to sabotage the party. She goaded MGR to break away from DMK and form a new party from the breakaway faction, which became Anna-DMK or ADMK, and later on in 1975 became AIADMK. ADMK won in 1976, in a largely illiterate state full of hero worship. MGR did try his hands at opening state owned mineral mining corporations and ventures, no denying that, but not much is known of those ventures and their success rates. By then, the Eelam problem in the neighboring Sri Lanka was an added headache to India and especially to TN. MGR supported LTTE, which had began its operations in the state even during his reign.
Post MGR in 1987, ADMK was essentially out of gas. LTTE was in full swing. But even in that era, DMK tried to pull TN and put it back on track. LTTE’s operations pushed the state to the brink, and in 1990, Kalaignar deported innumerable SL Tamils due to LTTE’s activities. By then, Jaya won her faction war against MGR’s wife Janaki and forced President R Venkataraman (Congress) to dissolve DMK’s government which he promptly did in early 1991. The infamous murder of Rajiv Gandhi triggered the witch hunt of DMK since then, till Jain commission bailed them out with no evidence. Jayalalithaa’s first government from 1991 to 1996 forced an IT Park that originally came for Coimbatore to relocate to Bangalore. TN was submerged in darkness from 1991 to 1996 under JJ’s iron fist tyranny. Similarly, during her 2001 to 2006 regime, famous companies like Microsoft, etc, that came for Chennai relocated to Hyderabad. KIA Motors that came for TN moved to AP this year. This when ADMK has been in power since 2011 in the state.
DMK won again in 1996 and during the next five years established ELCOT and a number of IT Parks, the most notable one among them being the Tidel Park in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. DMK also established TN Road Development Company Limited (TNRDC) in 1997 to link all cities, towns and villages in the state. That era saw Tamil Nadu’s growth reach phenomenal heights. DMK was also part of the central government since 1999 till 2013 with BJP led NDA and Congress led UPA administrations. They held portfolios such as highways development, telecom, shipping, commerce, environments, etc, and worked closely to develop Tamil Nadu and India.
Refer the above charts from 2004 to 2009 to see how much the telecom sector had expanded under DMK’s A Raja before accusing him of a ‘scam’. More details on that so-called ‘scam’ here.
Now, what has India got to do with this? Since DMK dethroned Congress in 1967, the GOP of India has borne a grudge, first overt and now covert, against DMK. This apart from ADMK, BJP, Naam Tamilar, MDMK, PMK, etc, also targeting DMK. The less I talk about LTTE’s plot to kill Kalaignar Karunanidhi and replace him with Vaiko (when he was with DMK and defied the higher command before being evicted), the better. But Congress and the current BJP are my points of focus.
Congress’ attitude towards DMK has been more like “gains are ours, losses are yours”. Be it Congress’ stubbornness in demanding contesting more MP/MLA seats in 2009, 2011 and 2016, despite not at all working, and that too in DMK strongholds, Congress workers not cooperating with DMK workers in places like Coimbatore, Congress idly sitting on the sidelines while DMK does all the work. The list is too long. Congress in the previous century fought directly against DMK and also used ADMK as an ally, but now it’s undermining DMK from the sidelines.
BJP under PM Narendra Modi holds a grudge against DMK, since they’re one of the few remaining parties giving resistance to their dream of a “Hindu Rashtra” – basically a Hindu version of Pakistan (although Hindutvadis deny this, their actions say otherwise). Since 2010, BJP, through Vinod Rai, Subramanian Swamy, and Murli Manohar Joshi, has had their eyes set on TN and especially on DMK. DMK’s government took TN to towering heights with high growth, plenty of jobs, higher literacy, etc. So they concocted the 2G scam. Once again, I link here what the likes of Republic, Times Now, etc, hide from you. Apart from Kapil Sibal’s Zero Loss Theory, Congress let DMK handle the case alone and distanced themselves, thinking DMK will bear the brunt alone. Little did they know it will also affect them in the future.
As Modi’s Gujarat Model gets exposed everyday for the scams that were committed under the then CM Modi’s watch (One, Two, Three, Four A, Four B, Five, and many more) and for its fake development, it’s becoming more of a prestige issue for BJP. They can’t be considered lower than a party like DMK.
Worlds first Hanging Bridge unveiled by BJP near Naliya, Kutch in Vibrant Gujarat. But Haters will say this bridge has collapsed. pic.twitter.com/YMdphzNoj3
— Saral (@SaralPatel007) June 28, 2017
— Saral (@SaralPatel007) June 23, 2017
Credit to Saral Patel for the above media. Credit to Twitter ID @SarcasticRofl for the below:
— Sarcasm™ (@SarcasticRofl) July 7, 2017
This is the real state of Gujarat under the Development Guru Narendra Modi.
It’s no secret among political circles in Tamil Nadu that PM Modi and FM Jaitley helped ADMK win 2016. Consider this as a reference:
Now, why would SBI transport money via trucks with fake name plates? refer this:
CBI probes cash transport
This are just one in innumerable instances.
This apart from PM Modi congratulating JJ well before the final results were declared. This needs a thorough investigation by agencies not allied to any side.
How is China connected to all these stories?
Because China under Deng Xiaoping laid the founding stones for an economically strong China. Ever since, China has recorded enormous growth. From being 1/3rd of the Japanese economy in 1985, it’s today 3 times larger than the Japanese economy. China has been trading at a surplus with the US since 1985. The US holds a debt of $5.3 trillion to China and $1.1 trillion to Japan. This is how China has grown. China has also exited the US Dollar and has been trading in its Renminbi currency with Iran and Qatar.
In the meantime, Congress or BJP, both of them had a weird policy towards Pakistan. Their stance has been more or less like “she loves me, she loves me not” towards Pakistan, an enemy state armed with nuclear weapons. Congress have a bizarre liking for Pakistani actors, while BJP/Modi have a weird fetish for Pakistan’s spy agency ISI (One, Two, Three). But when it comes to Tamil Nadu, because neither Congress nor BJP are major players, they joined hands in Karnataka, for instance, and prevented water from entering Tamil Nadu. They’re also silent on Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam, Kerala’s Mullaiperiyar dam and AP’s dam over Palar, all of which will effectively stop water from TN if the aforementioned states wish. Are TN and especially DMK such poisonous enemies that they need to be dehydrated or starved to death, even as India gets a large chunk of its revenue from TN? Is this the way to treat a constituent state, worse than an armed and dangerous enemy? Just because both parties are not major players in the state?
Is undermining Tamil Nadu, so important, that even China’s growing military and strategic threat can be put in the back burner? Isn’t it time to get rid of petty squabbles, at least now when the enemies are literally banging on our doors?
If you want to read more about DMK’s developments, please read this thread:
#DMK4thGeneration What has DMK achieved in the past?
1 First agricultural uni at Kovai
2 Salem steel plant
— Luke fon Fabre (@HardFastAndFree) May 6, 2017
This is South Asia’s largest library – The Anna Centenary Library – opened in 2010 by DMK CM Kalaignar Karunanidhi.
Is this the work of an enemy nation? A rogue state? An evil curse? Congress and BJP must think again before laying their hands on Tamil Nadu, and on DMK. By undermining Tamil Nadu and DMK, India will be exposed to further threats from China, Pakistan and their allies.