The use of computers in offices is creating unemployment problems. Our party feels that if work can be done by a person using hands there is no need to deploy machines.
A harvesting season brings employment for the labour class for at least six months but these harvesters will snatch their earnings.
Previous governments have promoted forward trading, share trading and mall culture. Any government formed with our support will either reduce or stop it completely.
We will only press for removing the compulsory use of English language in education, administration and judiciary. We favour the use of national and regional languages.
No, these lines are not from an early 19th century document but the election manifesto of Sanjay Dutt's muhbole bade bhaiyya Amar Singh's Samajwadi Party for the year 2009. In an election, where even 82- year old Mr. L.K.Advani is trying his best to woo the youth by blogging, pumping iron and doing what not (the BJP has even abandoned their favourite Ram Mandir!!), such a regressive manifesto clearly shows the mindset of the SP. Mulayam Singh Yadav has himself been a professor of Political Science in his career, he should understand that such a ridiculous and regressive outlook won't work. India is the world's software giant and our IT prowess is the best in the world. The SP says that computers cut down jobs but Mr. Yadav, they have created numerous jobs for our countrymen.
The one thing that makes India a global outsourcing hub is our English (though speaking correct English is still a dream!!) . We have the largest number of English speakers in the world. China lacks the outsourcing business because of their language barrier, and they have realized this and will overtake us in no time. English is our strength and it is totally the person's wish to learn English. Mulayam Singh's son Akhilesh Yadav is an engineer from Australia where medium of instruction is English. I couldn't stop laughing at Jaya Prada's stupid arguments on the use of technology on NDTV. She said rural people do not want to study computers. How does she know?
They should probably start travelling by cycles, their party symbol as travelling by planes and trains would cut down jobs.
But the good thing for the SP is that who reads manifestos anyway? They are just fancy documents which no one reads and contains promises that are not going to be fulfilled or meant to be broken. More WTF events await us. Watch this space :-)