Taking a different stance from earlier, author Ramchandra Guha has expressed objection to the statements made in his name in the 7-point agenda prepared by group of experts and activists.
Notably, the 7-point agenda, titled Mission Jai Hind, contained a plan of action to help the country fight the current covid-19 pandemic.
The plan in general garnered mixed response from different sections of society. One of the clauses was 7.1 which stated that all private property, which included bonds, gold, property etc ‘must be treated as a national resource’ to fight the pandemic. The section in particular invited criticism from wide sections of people.
It was in this respect that Ramchandra Guha stated objection and decided to distance himself from the said clause of the plan.
Earlier in the morning, Guha tweeted, “The Mission Jai Hind Statement that was sent to me had this broad statement of principle as clause 7.1, which I approved, namely: “All resources within the nation are national resources, available for this mission.”
The Mission Jai Hind Statement that was sent to me had this broad statement of principle as clause 7.1, which I approved, namely:— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) May 23, 2020
“All resources within the nation are national resources, available for this mission.”
He further added, “The published version had a radically different clause 7.1: “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.” I have not and do not endorse this.”
This clause, that has become deeply tendentious with the major changes made without the consent of some signatories, has taken attention away from the many sensible suggestions made in the Statement. (3/3).— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) May 23, 2020
After facing backlash for the said clause, former AAP leader and current Swarajya Party leader Yogendra Yadav tweeted a changed version of clause 7.1, reformulating it as “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 .”
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
Update: After Yadav published the latest version of contentious clause 7.1, Guha has endorsed the updated version.
He tweeted, “ The new pt 7.1 in the Mission Jai Hind Statement is extremely appropriate and all controversy should now be set at rest.”
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