What is the idea of India? Where is India headed? Is India still fighting the age-old problem between communalism and secularism? Will the dream of ‘Bapu’ Mahatma Gandhi ever be achieved? The questions are endless and we could keep going on and on, but India as a republic after 70 years of independence is standing at crossroads and no one knows what will happen to Bharat. Narendra Damodardas Modi is a man, who is currently governing India as the 14th prime minister and will celebrate his 67th birthday on September 17 (Sunday). The victory of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) blue-eyed boy changed the discourse of Indian state forever and came to power by having capturing the imagination of common man. He took the bull by the horns and secured a mandate of epic proportions and won 282 seats, highest by a single party since 1984.
India, land of 29 states and seven union territories, with its different casts, creeds, religions, culture and ethos is a very difficult country to govern and Modi since the past three and a half years has tried his level best to bring equilibrium and has succeeded more often than not. Modi, who many people forget, was also an efficient and able chief minister of Gujarat for 12 long years has always stood for probity and accountability in public life and has always led by example and never shied away from any responsibility.
The government preceding the BJP, led by world renowned economist Dr Manmohan Singh, was mired in humongous corruption scams such as 2G (telecom), CWG (commonwealth games, 2010, Delhi), ISRO-Dewas, Aadarsh scam, coalgate to name a few and were best known for policy paralysis and the prime minister of country was allegedly taking orders from mother-son duo (Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi). Modi is a strong leader and has taken steps to clean the system and from every sector such as social, urban, rural, agriculture, railways, infrastructure, transport, security, economics, foreign relations are being given equal importance and India is on its way to become a global super power and making its name on the global map.
Are we living in a fool’s paradise? Are we getting carried away? Has the Ram Rajya really returned? Let’s look at some hard and cold facts: The fear among minorities has gone up, lynchings are taking place at the drop of a hat, jobs are not being created, social fabric is in danger and India is becoming a state where if you don’t agree with the government you will be branded as anti-national and will be told to leave for Pakistan. If you are anti-right wing and anti-sangh (read RSS), then your patriotism will be questioned and you could lose your life as well.
Narendra Damodardas Modi sold the dream of ‘acche din’ and ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’, but where are the acche din and is development really happening? On November 8, 2016, PM Modi took the step of demonetisation and nearly 86% of the total currency was wiped out from the system and according to RBI figures almost 99 percent of the currency returned and now government cannot justify its blatantly catastrophic decision of financial anarchy.
The implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is in shambles and we don’t know where does the buck stops and who is responsible for lack of jobs and low GDP numbers. India’s track record of foreign policy is also nothing to write home about and the terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is at an all-time high, Chinese are exerting their dominance at the border, Pakistan is still a rogue nation and we are playing fast and loose with our geo-political strategies.
The 21st century is crying out for India to achieve social, economic prosperity and Narendra Modi is lagging behind. PM Modi wants to change the game and his game is still intact as BJP is currently ruling 18 states with its alliance partners. Modi is the numero uno politician currently and the opposition is in tatters and doesn’t know how to tame dynamic, eloquent and fearless leader in Modi. India is respected globally and Modi is trying to rebuild and re-sell India after 60 years of apathy and general neglect. The prime minister is on a mission and by becoming the supreme leader, rising from a humble background, he has given belief to 125 crore Indians that by working hard you can become anything you want and no dream is improbable.
Whether you like Narendra Modi or disagree with him, you cannot ignore him. Whether he has changed the game or been a rhetoric master that only time will tell. India follows democratic polity and no matter who becomes the Prime Minister, India will always be the flag bearer of unity and diversity.