PUCL Bulletin, June 2004
Will globalisation relieve poverty?
-- By K.G. Kannabiran, 27 February 2004
This display of grandeur is in fact a celebration of the second installment of the huge loan sanctioned by the World Bank to the State. It is not because of the prospering economy. Neither he nor the proponents of globalization believe in politics; they believe in producing stunning spectacles. Tourism is the only productive investment to provide comfort for multinational executives who tire of managing the country’s economy. They need venues for amusements like yoga centers, health clinics, restaurants offering ethnic food, oriental dances as also making provision for guided tours for western and Japanese tourists who are here for examining investment possibilities; building tourist resort for these travelers who come to savor and enjoy the historical remnants of the grandeur that was India. In this process they also see the poverty that has been stalking this ancient land continuously over the ages. Would their investment help relieve poverty they would wonder! Is globalization about relieving the world of poverty?
That, I believe, at the present stage we are in is, million-dollar question. The guide surely will tell the tourists that it is this poverty, as a back drop, that illuminated lives of Hindu Kings and their princesses, the Moslem rulers and their princesses, their love lives, their wars, their victories and defeats. They will explain to them the aesthetic content of their architecture. The guide would not have even heard of Sri and the poetry he wrote about the persons who by their labour created this grandeur. In fact such knowledge is subversive as it overawes globalization and therefore is terrorism.
The AP State Vision of “Swarna AP” or the visions of India Shining of the Prime Minister and his men appear to be the optical illusions produced by these credit cards. The present competition in the elections is not for attaining the objectives in our Constitution. It is not about various competing methods to secure the constitutional objectives. It is not about proceeding towards social transformation. It is not about equitable access to material resources of the community; nor is it about regulating the economic system with view to prevent concentration of wealth and instruments of production to the detriment of the community. All the institutions in the society have joined together to promote concentration of wealth and for monopolizing access to instruments of production. The election fight as between the non-left parties is about getting at the World Bank Credit Card. for that is the route to Development and their prosperity. That is why Advani said that the election is not about politics but Development.