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The BJP is emerging as the party that wants to fight for women.
Of all the election chatter that has so far made it to the news wires, the IANS article of March 18th caught my eye: "Advani’s vision: every girl a lakhpati in India."
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If voted to power, Mr Advani says that the BJP government will give Rs 100,000 to every girl in the country by the time she is 18 years old. With a view to encouraging the education of girls, the BJP would give larger amounts of money to girls as they achieved a higher educational milestone. This Ladli Laxmi Yojana has done well in Madhya Pradesh, said Mr. Advani, and the BJP will introduce this in every state.
"The principal aim of the scheme is to eliminate school dropout among girl students and to encourage them to study at least up to pre-college level. As far as girl child is concerned, her care cannot be the responsibility of her parents alone. It is equally the responsibility of the government," said Mr. Advani.
The Lotus is handing out a Valentine.
Funds flow into stock markets?
For the sake of simplicity, I assumed that there were no distributors and agents involved between the manufacturer of the product (the future BJP government) and the young lady to be paid out.
If there were (as there are between you poor folks and the various funds that have been sold to you - not because those funds are good for you but because they made money for the distribution channels) the rate of return would need to be raised from 11.5% to about 13.5%.
There are an estimated 172 million female children from new born to 14 years of age. Let’s assume that there are 50 million female children from new born to 5 years of age who will qualify for the Ladli Laxmi Yojana once the BJP government takes over.
So how much will it cost if all the 50 million young girls go through with the Yojana? A sum of Rs. 1,221 billion; Rs. 122,100 crore; USD 23 billion - a little more than 2% of India’s GDP. A small price to pay.
And there is no sensible instrument out there that can generate this 11.5% return to meet the pay out obligations. Yes, there are the real estate companies willing to issue useless pieces of paper to eager mutual funds only to end up in defaults; but - I did say "sensible".
So all this money will be invested in the stock markets. The FIIs have sold USD 19 billion worth of stock over the past 15 months. These little Ladli will make the BJP buy USD 23 billion worth of stock? Who needs the hedge fund gamblers anymore? We have the BJP’s Valentine gift. Welcome to the new Bull Run!
The politicians talk business
But that was for the voters and the mothers of the Ladli’s.
Our vote bank is the stock brokers and the distributors. And they have no business volume these days. The Ladle Laxmi Yojana is one way to generate business.
The future father-in-laws to be will be happy that we have created a well-defined dowry mechanism in the Yojana.
The shopkeepers are also our vote bank. They know that these young girls will start smoking, drinking, and shopping - once they are rich. So they will also be happy.
And those young boys who beat up women, Muslims, Christians, Hindus - anyone they feel like - at random, they will have something to do.
And they will stop this party infighting - mentally torturing old men like me - and maintain some party discipline!
Oops, isn’t that a Congress song?