Amidst rising unemployment, PM Narendra Modi gives India ‘pakoda’ for thought


Ronak Mastakar | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:18 AM IST


The food obsession of Indians has now taken a political angle. Nowadays, beef, khichdi and even pakodas are being discussed in Parliament. Well, why not. Even, our beloved Prime Minister himself thinks that selling ‘pakodas’ is a way of employment. Even the pakoda sellers across the country never thought that a snack will be nation’s debate point.

In recent times, we have seen debates on beef (of course, its food of Muslims, Christians and others, and now that we are on verge of becoming a ‘Hindu’ rashtra it should be banned), even a sanskari discussion over khichdi took place to make it as country’s national food. And the hot trending food item for debate is humble pakodas, the same fried fitters which is enjoyed by many hungry souls in the country. It also consumed by those people who can’t afford pasta and biryani.

But why has pakoda became a point of debate? Well, it all started where PM Narendra Modi while giving interview to leading channel said, “If a person selling pakodas earns Rs 200 at the end of the day, will it be considered employment or not?”


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PM Modi is the only person who understands the true gastronomical value of pakoda. In the interview, he suggested that selling pakoda is also a job. In a country where unemployment is reaching its peak, PM Modi has given all unemployed youths a new employment opportunity. And how can the nation disagree. After all, it’s Narendra Modi who said it. And to put cheery on top of the cake, BJP President Amit Shah, in his maiden speech in Rajya Sabha, backed PM Modi’s statement and said that it is better to sell pakodas then to be unemployed.

What happened to promise Narendra Modi made during his 2014 Lok Sabha elections where he promised that he will create one crore jobs every year. Well, if selling pakoda is BJP-led government’s new employment scheme then what about those graduates who studied hard to get jobs in MNCs?


Was the promise of creating one crore jobs just an election jumla? In country where youths are stilling facing problems in finding jobs, the Modi-Shah duo are still selling their pakodanoics to country. As if demonetisation and GST were not enough to give hard time to Indians, now the government wants us to sell pakodas just because we don’t have job.

But government decides to keep mum when asked that, who will create those jobs. What happened to BJP leaders who said, “In order to create employment and aid growth, Government’s estimated budgetary and extra budgetary expenditure on infrastructure for 2018-19 is being increased to Rs 5.97 lakh crore against estimated expenditure of Rs 4.94 lakh crore in 2017-18.” Where are those BJP leaders who said we have launched projects which will create job opportunity for people?

The rate of unemployment in India has increased from 3.8 per cent in 2011-12 to 5 per cent in 2015-16. According to an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report, unemployment in India will increase from 17.7 million in 2016 to 18 million in 2018.


When the numbers are saying for themselves? Why is government mocking people who are unemployed? Well, BJP should remember this, too many pakodas can still upset stomach. And, when the opposition is uniting and 2019 general elections are coming up, BJP should stop pakodanomics and start rethinking about promises (jumlas) they made during 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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Published on: Friday, February 09, 2018, 12:37 PM IST