Well, what can one say! The only thing that one can safely say in the light of what was a very interesting comment made by a top politician on the burgeoning fuel prices in India was that justice was served! Or should one say that a proper dig was taken?
Either way, the truth being told, when Subramanian Swamy openly said that the price of petrol in “Ram’s India” is Rs 93 while the same in “Ravan’s Lanka” is Rs 51, the only inference was that Subramanian Swamy took a dig at the establishment in the most Subramanian Swamy way.
Isn’t it? Else, how can one summarize what although seems at the outside a direct shot where it hurts the most (to the ruling political party in India) but on the whole isn’t any distant from the truth?
In fact, the recent union budget too didn’t do a great deal to alleviate the growing anxieties of the troubled millions of India, who may have been hoping for a big relief in the rising fuel prices.
Although, Union Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar did state the following:
“There will be no increase in petrol and diesel prices. There will be no additional burden on people. The cess has been imposed to re-constitute the taxes.”
But what’s interesting is that while the government has its methods and understanding of balancing prices and reliefs offered to the country, there do happen to exist its staunchest critics, both of whom do their work at around the same time!
For the longest time, the subject of rising fuel prices has concerned mega cities like Delhi and Mumbai with the last 6 months birthing circumstances where the ascension in the prices of petrol and diesel did more than just raise a few troubled brows.
In a country where the economic growth has been sluggish, at best, there being a major need to revive dormant industries and sectors, the rise in fuel prices might be helping the cash-rich oil retailers. But they, as a matter of fact, continue to render blows to tens of millions of Indians who navigate, crisscross, and commute over long distances each day in the hope to break bread with their families.
Against that narrative, when you come to understand the recent statement made by Mr. Subramanian Swamy or his dig leveled at the government you do seem to think that not all he said was absolutely implausible or too far off the logical train of thought.
A recent report, in the light of Subramanian Swamy’s media statement touched upon the matter in greater detail and said:
“Petrol Rs 93 in ram’s India, Rs 53 in Sita’s Nepal and Rs 51 in Ravan’s Lanka”. Clearly, Subramanian Swamy is not happy with the rising petroleum prices in the country. Meanwhile, petrol and diesel prices in the metro cities remained unchanged for the sixth consecutive day. In Delhi and Mumbai, the petrol prices are at Rs 86.30 and Rs 92.86 per litre respectively. Diesel, on the other hand, was steady at Rs 76.48 per litre in the national capital and Rs 83.30 per litre respectively, the highest among all four metros.
What definitely needs greater attention and that too, for the overall good of the country (of 1.8 billion) is that situations must be created to ensure that the fuel prices do not rise for at least the entirety of 2021. One can be trusted for saying that there’s nothing more that the general public would so hope for other than this particular ‘assurance’ or ‘help’ from the ruling government, with all due respect!