Rupee ! Oh ! Rupee!

I had penned this in anguish last month on July 10,2013 but left it as a draft…now with the rupee free falling further to record a 50% depreciation inside two years what can I say!…an extraordinary nation led by ordinary people who are even allowed to run a full five year term and may even scarily form UPA III next year! to further compound their venal and visionless mess !…thought I should post it

To me, a veteran Economy observer for now a quarter of a century and a patriot too boot it really pains to see my Rupee being savaged like this by external forces and we are clearly helpless !  ~ it is abundantly clear that the root of this  lies in the Crony Capitalism ~ it is the Culprit and  that our political and bureaucratic  and financial and corporate czars have literally sold out our nation on a host of fronts allowing us to be rammed despite full knowledge of the ramifications in the short and long term ~ an extraordinary nation run down by ordinary men ! ~ While a depreciating Rupee actually is an Export Booster and a good thing if it can be leveraged~ but in reality the situation is that our Imports are US $ 599 b while Exports are US $ 300 b ~ our FX Reserves have been @ US 300 b for five years now but our external debt has zoomed to US $ 400 b ! ~Iin 1991 our Rupee was Rs 18 to the US $ before it was devalued by 18% overnight by the FM and now PM,Mr Manmohan Singh as he introduced a host of modern economic reforms ~ In 22 years it has sunk past Rs 60 to the US $ despite achieving high GDP Growth rates in many years ~Our Rupee should rise when our Economy rises ! unless of course USA rises relatively more !~ but how do you explain that our Rupee continues to sink despite USA battling recession and economic woes and being a highly leveraged economy ! ~ is our continuing dependence on Rising Oil Imports to fuel our Economy to achieve  high GDP Growth Rates solely to blame !? ~ Those who lead us and make Policies that rule us simply have failed to understand the practical co-relation &  realities and impacts of Inflation,Interest Rates and Exchange rates ~ these political leaders have Miserably failed in negotiating hard with USA and have been bullied and ,I daresay, even blackmailed in allowing them access to India cheaply when their own markets are saturated and they need ours for their survival ! ~they have simply no right to lead us any longer ~ we need to find strong and wise alternative leadership ~ for the past eight years they focussed on increasing the Growth rate on Corruption while allocating coalmines,telecom spectrum and other resources and granting Infra contracts and running down Government Owned PSU Banks,Telecom Companies (MTNL,BSNL) and even our National Airline ! ~and look what they are up to now as General Elections loom ahead ! ~ giving out doles as if it’s their own Monies ! ~ Food Security Bill will be funded from where !? ~ it will have to be at the cost of capital expenditure to build infra ~ so what’s the government latest excuse !? ~ they now say that more FDI and opening out our economy more for it  is the answer ! ~ My strong belief is that we are a resilient and strong people and we must go back to the basics of commerce and manufacturing ~ just look at how our manufacturing has dropped ! ~our furniture comes from Malaysia,our Mobile Phones from Korea and even our Gods are Made in China ! ~ We need a fresh and wise in the economic and political sense  and a selfless and moral leadership to lead our Nation ~ we need to rise above being victimised and making an excuse  for this state of affairs by  the ugly trilogy of Communalism,Corruption and Criminality  ~  I’m told to get real and not be idealistic ! and that any Peoples Rising urged on by the likes of Kejriwal and Anna Hazare will fade  out  ~ but do we then deserve who we get ! ~ use your Vote wisely” read more