From: email@example.com (M. Jagadesh Kumar)
Subject: Dunkel Draft: A Proposal for Economic Colonialism (1/2)
Organization: University of Waterloo
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 1994 03:04:17 GMT
Dunkel Draft: A Proposal for Economic Colonialism (1/2)
(Resolution passed by the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha
of RSS which met on 11, 12, 13 March '94 at Nagpur.)
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha takes strong exception
to the consent given by the Government of India to sign the
8th round of GATT negotiations (Dunkel Draft). It is the
considered opinion of the Pratinidhi Sabha that through this stand
the Government has betrayed the sovereign people of our country
and pushed the country towards economic slavery. It will also
harm our unique national identity and compromise our indepen-
dence. On such a serious matter neither was importance given
to the opinion of experts nor was an open debate held in the
Parliament. The Commerce Committee and the Standing Committee of
thC Parliament also refused to accept the proposals.
The implementation of the proposal would only accelerate
the unrestricted entry of foreign companies, service organisations
and foreign capital into the country. Further, the reductions
in import duty on foreign goods would create a major crisis
for the domestic industries. In the latest budget, the restruc-
turing of excise duty on domestic goods and a further cut in
import duty has helped fill our markets with foreign goods.
The changes in our Patent Law, as proposed in the Dunkel
Draft would land agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture,
pharmaceutical and other scientific research in grave peril.
The country will become dependent on foreign companies in these
spheres. The prices of medicines will go up manifold resulting in
medical treatment becoming still more difficult in a poor
country like India. The Government of India will not he able to
decide the prices of agricultural produces, and the subsidies
on fertilisers, seeds,.power, etc, have to be cut down. The country
will be compelled to import a staggering 5.5 million tonnes
of food-grains. As a result, our agricultural production will
be seriously impaired and our farmers will have to face a bleak
future. The unemployment problem which is already existing
will be vastly aggravated.
With, the coming of foreign companies into the services
sector, newspapers and transport, even the daily life and the
cultural and intellectual climate of the country would come
into the stranglehold of these giant foreign companies.
[to be concluded]
Courtesy: The Organiser.