Why is Yogendra Yadav under attack for Mission Jai Hind?
People are irked by a clause in the seven-point action plan proposed by economists and intellectuals to tackle the crisis triggered by COVID-19. The erstwhile clause made Ramachandra Guha disassociate himself from 'Mission Jai Hind'. The said clause, now removed, called for the nationalisation of private resources.
Activist and Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav is being criticised for his seven-point action plan. Yadav had shared a detailed plan of 'Mission Jai Hind' – endorsed by economists, activists and intellectuals – to respond to the national crisis triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak.
While the seven-point action plan included suggestions such as bringing migrants back to their native states, creation of jobs, monetary compensation to farmers and pension beneficiaries, it was clause 7.1 which caught people's attention.
In the first version of the action plan, clause 7.1 of the plan stated: "All the resources (cash, real estate, property, bonds, etc) with the citizens or within the nation must be treated as national resources available during this crisis."
Yadav is being heavily criticised for endorsing an action plan which allegedly proposed the nationalisation of private property. Professor Shamika Ravi, a former member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, said on Twitter: Such “leading economists” have done enough damage already in this country. This document is an assault on private property in India.
Soon after realising that the said clause has attracted a fierce response from citizens on social media, Yadav shared the revised version of the Jai Hind Mission. In a tweet, the Swaraj India founder said: Pt 7.1 has attracted undue attention & interpreted to mean a call for nationalisation/expropriation of private property. This was far from our intention.
Pt 7.1 has attracted undue attention & interpreted to mean a call for nationalisation/expropriation of private property This was far from our intention— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) May 23, 2020
Reformulated it as below
Hope the debate will focus on the plan outlined to address health, economic & humanitarian crisis https://t.co/v6EGSGIpY6 pic.twitter.com/zaMme8TFwK
The clause has been now reformulated to: The government must explore emergency ways of raising resources going beyond the usual set of taxes and levies to cope with the problem of funding large relief packages.
Meanwhile, after the corrections, Guha has once again backed the action plan, demanding that the state and Central governments consider the suggestions.
The new pt 7.1 in the Mission Jai Hind Statement is extremely appropriate and all controversy should now be set at rest. I trust that fellow citizens shall focus on the many important recommendations in our plan and will urge Central and State Governments to implement it. https://t.co/Tk1VHPQxcF— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) May 23, 2020
(Guha Image credit: Twitter/Kerala Literature Festival)