phrase socialistic economy popularised at the time of
the Avadi session of the Congress has become a national
dope to dull one's sense of intelligence and discrimination."
—writes the 'Hitavada' of Nagpur. And there are any
number of illustrations to prove the point that the
tall talk about 'Socialism' is only to supply a sort
of dope to the people.
Take for instance the composition of enterprises during
the plan period.
The amount invested by the government of India in the
Public enterprise is Rs.57 crores, whereas the amount
that capitalists were able to invest in Private Enterprise
is Rs.340 crores.
This, they think, is credential enough to prove that
they are taking the country along the path of Socialism
and they have got the cheeks to say that since they
are such good Socialists, none need organise any party
for forging Socialism.
Some at least of conscience-stricken Congressmen would
be pained at this picture—but the Statistician in the
Ministerial arena would offer an explanation, by quoting
the figures for the Second plan period. In the Second
plan period Public Sector is to get Rs.500 crores! Well,
that is a colossal amount, is it not? We have bridged
the gap! So no more grumbling—would the Minister argue.
But the Private Sector is not lagging behind. A sum
of Rs.570 crores is to be harnessed to the Private Sector.
So the over-all picture would be, not socialistic!
And if one analyses how the colossal amount is utilised
in the Public Sector, he could find out the glaring
truth, that we are not on the path of Socialism.
Out of the Rs.500 crores in the public sector, Rs.350
crores are for Steel works, —so only a small amount
is to be harnessed to other enterprises—and there the
Private Sector holds sway.
This is the kind of Socialism, that we are asked to
Let us look at the problem from another angle. Socialism
denotes eradication of the evils of an exhibitionism
of luxury, pomp and paraphernalia.
It is not 'Socialism' to squander the peoples' money
over palaces and pleasure resorts. While the masses
are herded in hovels, it is not, only unsocialistic
but even inhuman on the part of the Congress Government
to spend colossal amounts on artificial lakes, palaces
and the like.
Here is what the 'Times of India' says:—
"Not long ago the Punjab Government bought—it is
being sharply criticised for it—a palace in Patiala
for Rs. 30 lakhs for the ostensible reason of housing
a museum in it. And now the Madras Government has taken
over Jodhpur palace in Ottacamund at a cost of five
lakhs and fifty thousand rupees.
It is said that the palace is a wonderful place for
holding conferences and meetings. Perhaps it is. The
ECAFE held its annual session in it in 1948. But how
many such conferences are likely to be held in the State
every year? And why should all of them be held at Ottacamund?
The State Governments always say that they are poor.
It is hard to believe them judging by this mania for
the grand buildings."
We should remind the readers that the problem of 'pavement
dwellers' remains unsolved for want of funds. But the
Madras Government is now the proud owner of the Aranmore
Palace. Perhaps the first Conference would be held at
that Palace to solve the problem of the Pavement Dwellers.
An artificial lake has been built at Chandigarh at a
cost of 92 lakhs. In answer to a question asked in the
Punjab Assembly about the fees paid to 2 French architects
the reply was that they were so far paid Rs. 9 lakhs
and Rs. 25 lakhs—pints out Acharya Kripalani.
And the Congress leaders are not tired of asking the
Acharya to disband his Praja Socialist Party, as there
is not need for a Socialist party at all, since the
Congress itself is busy launching Socialism.
The 'Hindustan Standard' has got a correct reading of
the Congress mentality:—
"The Congress legislators in the twenties stubbornly
refused year after year to vote for Governors and Viceroys,
Carpets, Body-guards, Bands and other perquisites of
pomp and luxury. We should be shocked to be told now
that the demands they voted down, not because they were
opposed to pomp and luxury, but because they envied
the British Governors and Viceroys who enjoyed these.
The homage that hypocrisy pays to great ideals can go
no further if Gandhiji's heirs disown their past and
defend in the name of dignity all the extravagance they
had once condemned.
They were loud in their condemnation of pomp and luxury,
paraphernalia and panderings, during the British Regime.
But in their heart of hearts, they were merely envying
the Britishers and when the change came they are rolling
We of the D.M.K., stoutly refused to the proposal mooted
by the party in power, to hold the Assembly sessions
at Ooty during the summer. This exodus, has been condemned
times without number, by the Congress; but unashamedly,
it is now proposing the Exodus. The D.M.K. refused to
assent to this exhibitionism and the funny part of it,
is, the leader of the House, condemned the D.M.K., for
refusing to accept the proposal to go to Ooty and escape
the scorching Sun.
Likewise, the D.M.K. raised its voice of protest and
condemnation against the colossal amount spent for the
Governorship. And for this the Leader of the House hurled
hot and uncharitable remarks against the D.M.K.
As the 'Hindustan Standard' rightly puts it they condemned
these pomp and luxury only out of envy and not out of
any principle. They are now busy hugging at these pompous
luxuries. Make hay while the Sun shines, but cannot
they at least cease insulting the people by saying that
the Congress is wedded to the principle of Socialism?
They have proved by their deeds, that after all, the
Avadi resolution about Socialism, is but a dope!