Sharpen your axe, not grind it.The Woodcutter, Yogi Adityanath

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Frank Huzur, editor of Socialist Factor, had written this article when Yogi Adityanath’s BJP regime had completed six months in power.

Ever since the BJP had been propelled into power and appointed a Monk of Gorakhpur monastery into the office of UP Chief Minister, the single point agenda on its platter for one and all to see had been nit-picking into a cluster of projects Akhilesh Yadav’s led previous SP government piloted to perfection in the record time.

Point for everyone to ponder is: Why the BJP is not willing to govern and rather wasting its time and energy on finding avenues of slandering and tainting socialist leadership.

Will the BJP ever succeed in tarnishing the reputation and tainting the image of ‘Clean Face’ of Indian politics, Akhilesh Yadav?

It’s a difficult or next-to-impossible for the BJP or for that matter anybody in the country.

In memoriam of six months in power, Yogi Adityanath government on 19 September, tried to brush the rising tentacles of people’s frustration and anger over children’s death in Gorakhpur and massive farce over compensation to debt-ridden farmers, by releasing a White Paper on previous socialist regimes, including that of Behan Mayawati.

Wasting an historic opportunity to govern, Yogi Adityanath has assumed the role of a Woodcutter. He began with a strange order for cutting the cluster of fig trees, Gular, terming the nature’s gift ‘inauspicious’ during Kanwar Yatra.

Rather than sharpening the axe of governance, the Monk is bent on cutting the wood.

Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of the most important presidents in American history. He was well known for his energy and productivity like Akhilesh Yadav of 21st century Indian democracy.

Lincoln’s productivity secret was to use sharper tools to get the job done more efficiently. Remember, Lincoln was not born in the age of gadgets, gizmos and tech boom.

However, he set a precedent with the use of orthodox tools, which are still very relevant in hands of our farmers and factory workers.

He said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Lincoln, who was a skilled woodcutter before becoming president, probably meant this both literally and figuratively. Inefficient tools waste energy. It’s better to spend the majority of your time finding and cultivating the best tools for any task.

Yogi Adityanath anointed Monk in the highest office of the heartland was not the face of the BJP. Nevertheless, he prevailed in behind-the-curtain push and pull.

There was an enormous amount of respect and reverence in god-fearing Public for a leader clothed in saffron-robe. Of many things expected of him, regardless of governance and grumble, was malice-free administration of the most populous state.

There ought to be no favour towards caste and creed. Alas, he couldn’t resist the temptation of traditional barometers I of the native political landscape and began to tread in the step of a leader possessed by the pride of caste and associated privileges.

Purification ritual of the Chief Minister House, 5 Kali Das Marg, with profuse sprinkling of Gangajal (waters of the Ganges river) and cow-dung, sent out a message of narrow-vision and primitive thinking priest who had no compunction in disregarding the cannons of democracy.

His hoary gesture antagonised a huge swathes of subaltern in India.

He insulted his predecessor, and thereby, insulted the imagination and will of the people of Uttar Pradesh who had elected previous Chief Ministers, including Mayawati.

In short, Yogi Adityanath couldn’t rise above the ladder of his ‘Thakur’ caste pridge. Street after street across Uttar Pradesh began to swear in light-hearted banter like here was ‘Jogi Thakur’ in the centre of stage, not Yogi of the Math.

Having secured unbelievable mandate, the BJP began to play fantasy football in the forecourt of power. Minister after minister seemed to go berserk.

All of them forgotten so fast like an intoxicated guzzler that they were voted to power to work and develop the state and not to waste time blaming past governments or for digging roads and blaming ‘August’ for hospital horrors, leading to children’s massacre for lack of oxygen supply.

Perception is a powerful potato in politics. And there are growing perceptions in public that Yogi government has not announced a single new project or social welfare scheme in the last six months.

However, Chief Minister and his ministers are seen in different districts and tehsils in search of `ghapla’ (scandal) of the previous regime.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

Akhilesh in Chief Minister office had represented a new wave of progressive politics and good governance. It was only due to his progressive vision that spectacular projects like Metro Rail, Gomti Riverfront, Agra-Expressway, 11 Medical colleges, 6 Agriculture colleges and a good number of universities could be established in Uttar Pradesh.

Besides, several welfare schemes, such as Samajwadi Pension, Lohia housing & Janeshwar Mishra village development are symbols of Akhilesh’s sensitivity and socialistic affinity towards welfare of the common masses, especially weaker sections of the society.

In stark contrast, current CM Yogi Adityanath had been fiddling with the aspiration and dream of people. At times he speaks the language of a Bollywood-style encounter specialist police officer when he talks of ‘goli ka jawab goli se’ (bullet for a bullet) in a veiled warning to criminals.

Is it anywhere becoming a leader in a democratic republic?
Then, what better one can expect of a leader from the BJP-RSS laboratory for whom killer of Gandhi are idol! Law and order condition had been deteriorating beyond unbelievable scale.

Scores of policemen have been killed, not to mention hapless citizens across the state. More worrying are the brutal incidents of rape and molestations of girls and women with some disturbing reports of police treating victim and culprit on the basis of their caste in the hierarchy.

Low-caste victims of the upper castes have struggled to get F.I.R registered in time against the violators of their modesty and chastity.

Farce of the Farm Loan waiver

One can only lament that BJP government was playing a cruel joke on farmers by writing off their dues amounting as low as 40 paise and Rs 1.50.

Yogi govt’s ‘compensation’ to Uttar Pradesh farmers starts with 9 paise loan waiver. The Yogi government is kicking up dirt after dirt with the first phase of the humiliating crop-loan waiver scheme.

It has turned into a major farce for farmers. Rubbing salt on the wound..

Ahead of the Assembly elections, BJP’s premier mascot and chief campaigner, PM Modi had cried hoarse from the top of his lungs in each public rally that crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh will be waived off for small and marginal farmers.

Shortly after deceiving electorates into voting the BJP to power after 14 years, Modi’s government declined to offer any amount and instead asked the state government to use its own resources. There was immediate betrayal of the jumbo promise.

However, ceremony of loan waiver certificate distribution tells story of extreme apathy and ignominy. Farmers have received waivers of amount as petty as I paisa, 9 Paisa, Rs 1 or Rs 1.50 and Rs 1.80.

According to NDTV report, A farmer in Etawah’s Aheripur village, who took a loan of Rs 28,000, received a waiver of Rs 1.80.

While another farmer in Mukutpur who borrowed more than Rs 2 lakh got a waiver of Rs 1.50. In another case reported from Bijnor, Baliya Devi got a loan waiver of a mere 9 paise.

Farmers are calling the humiliating amount of loan waiver as a big fraud move of the government.

In its first budget presented in July, the Adityanath government had made a special provision of Rs 36,000 crore to honour BJP’s poll promise of granting the farm-loan waiver.

According to state figures, out of 11,93,000 farmers whose loans were waived off during the first phase of the scheme, 34,262 received loan waivers worth Rs 1 to Rs 1000. Out of them, 4,814 received Rs 1 to Rs 100.

Those who received Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 are numbered at 41,690, while 11,27,000 farmers received waivers worth more than Rs 10,000.

Meanwhile, MonkChief Minister Yogi Adityanath had been turning on the coat of defense, saying that loan waiver amounting to few paisa or rupees were not a mistake. He is not offended at all by the whine of the farmers.

A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.

Full waiving of the farmers’ loan by the BJP has now turned out to be a rumour like that of other sop and compensation the party has had to offer in different states and in the centre.

Guided by the RSS, the BJP has pandered to the gallery of crony capitalists while tricking working classes of farmers and labourers into grinding machines of rumour mills.

A rumor is a social cancer: it is difficult to contain and it rots the brains of the masses. However, the real danger is that so many people find rumors enjoyable. That part causes the infection. And in such cases when a rumor is only partially made of truth, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the information may have gone wrong. It is passed on and on until some brave soul questions its validity; that brave soul refuses to bite the apple and let the apple eat him.

Arrogance is a gravitational force in democracy. The sooner a politician realise, the better chance he or she stands for redemption. Admit your mistake. Stop offending the sentiments of poorly nourished soul of food growers.

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