There are some topics that make me see red. In that state, I cannot even think rationally, leave alone write coherently. I am so angry that this is not going to read well for sure. But this has to be said. Those who are ultimately responsible for the violence against the Indian students in Australia should not be lynched. Lynching would be too good for them. I am not talking about the red-necks and skinheads (or whatever their Australian equivalents are) who attack foreign students. I am talking of the Indian politicians and bureaucrats that have brought about the conditions that force Indians to go abroad looking for a decent education to places where they are viciously and mercilessly attacked.
But let’s get the facts first. There are 93,000 Indian students in Australia. Here, let me repeat what I wrote in a previous post recently:
About 350,000 foreign students study in Australia. India gets 8,000.
Adjusted for population size, relative to Australia, India gets 133 foreign students. That is not a typo. Let me spell it out: it is a hundred and thirty-three, not one hundred and thirty-three thousand. Australia get around three thousand times the number of students per capita compared to India. (India is approximately 60 times Australia’s population.)
How much do Indians spend in studying abroad? Estimates range from a conservative $5 billion to a generous $10 billion per year. That a humongous sum. Why do Indians go abroad to study? Because they are forced to. India does not have the colleges and universities for them. Why? Because the government does not allow free entry into the education system. It’s the Congress party with its Nehruvian licence-quota-permit-control raj. It makes them money. It helps them get votes by restricting supply and then doling out the limited supply to favored vote banks based on religion and caste. They — the people of the Congress party — make money while the country suffers huge losses.
What sort of losses? First, there are the obvious financial losses of the order of billions of dollars. And that too the expense is in foreign exchange. A sh*tload of stuff has to be exported out of India to earn the dollars that go to pay for the education abroad. Then there is the loss of human capital. Many students who study abroad — especially the most competent and talented — end up migrating to the developed countries such as the US and Australia. The estimated loss has to be in the tens of billions of dollars a year. Add to that the personal costs that students have to bear in xenophobic societies that they are forced to live in.
What are the root causes of all these losses? It is government policy. Who made the policy that has reduced India to this horribly dire straits? The party that has ruled India for practically all its existence as an independent country — the Congress party led by the Nehru-Gandhi family.
How can we be sure that it is the policy that is to blame and not some inherent characteristic of Indians that make it impossible for Indians to create and run educational institutions that will serve the needs of the citizens? I don’t know. It appears to me that Indians are fairly average as far as human standards go. They do well when they are given the opportunity. They can become artists and engineers, scientists and philosophers, dancers and carpenters as easily as anyone elsewhere in the world. They do well in practically all spheres of human endeavor anywhere they are in the world — except in India. So there’s something special about being in India that makes Indians end up in the bottom of the barrel.
Let’s get back to education. Do Indians have the money to pay for education? Certainly. See they privately spend billions of dollars in India and abroad to get an education. Even very poor people spend a significant amount on education. A recent study revealed that middle class families spend as much as a third of their household income on education. The demand is undeniably huge. And the supply is also undeniably meager. Just to get into those average (by international standards) engineering schools called the IITs, superhuman effort is required. Families spend years of income and undergo years of stress and worry for the 2 percent chance that the kid will get admission to an IIT.
So the ability and the willingness is there among Indians for education. One side of the market exists without a doubt. The other side of the market, the supply side, would have been there naturally but it is artificially constrained from operating. That is what policy does. That, we must never forget, is the policy that the Congress party has instituted from Nehru onwards to the most recent prime minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh.
The bottom line is that India lacks a decent education system because the government has seen to it that the education system is as pathetic as it can possibly be. The system guarantees India’s backwardness and makes it pathetically poor but it enriches the people who run the government. The money extracted through the pathetic government-controlled education system ends up in foreign banks, and must account for at least a part of the reported $1.5 trillion stashed away in Swiss and other off-shore banks.
Manmohan Singh is an economist. He of all people should know the value of human resources and therefore education. That he fails in his job despite being an economist is the most blatant indication of his incompetence and general spinelessness. And talking of Manmohan Singh, the next time I read how decent he is, I am going to throw up. The man is as lacking in ethics and morality as the moon lacks oceans and forests. His is a barren landscape littered with sterile craters devoid of any humanity. That’s Dr Manmohan Singh for you.
And the next time I read that he was the architect of any economic reforms, I am going to blow a friggin’ fuse. It was his boss, Mr Narasimha Rao who gave the orders. Dr MM Singh follows orders. His present boss is not so smart as Mr Rao.
Do you know what the unspeakably pathetic specimen of the human species did about the attacks on the Indian students in Australia?
The attacks have been the discussion of talks at the highest levels of government. The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed concern in a phone conversation with the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd late on Friday.
Expressed concern? EXPRESSED CONCERN? How about covering your head in shame, you pathetic loser! I suppose you cannot lose sleep over this matter — losing sleep appears to be the limit of your abilities to do something about something — since that is already done for the families of Islamic terrorists.
But let’s be clear about one thing. Where is the outrage? I am not talking about the outrage on the matter of Australian attacks on Indian students. I am talking about the outrage that the population should feel about the disastrous condition of the education system that the Congress governments have brought about. Should the people not be literally dragging the unspeakable bunch of immoral greedy lousy cretins that rule the country on to the streets and flogging them to an inch of their lives?
Forget the outrage, the people actually go and elect them to run the country.
It’s all karma, neh?