Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set a record of not addressing a single press conference during his three and a half years tenure was seen giving interviews to channels before his departure to Davos and primarily because of the eight Assembly elections that are scheduled for this year.
But Modi was asked comfortable questions and no controversial matters were raised for which people seek answers.
Modi said he should not be judged merely on demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax. This shows his acceptance that he has been a failure in observing that his decisions will give a boost to Indian economy.
The type of questions that were asked shows that the mainstream media is completely supporting Modi. PM Modi must answer the 360 degree transformation of India and the crumbling of democratic institutions such as media, Parliament and the latest victim Judiciary under his rule.
The country has been transformed from an integrated nation to a divided society on the basis of caste and religion (going back to medieval period). Modi should be asked questions like why the community of cow vigilantes have suddenly cropped up under his rule and there have been many incidents of Dalits, Muslim men beaten up on suspicion for possessing beef. These Gau rakshaks groups have never been charged or arrested rather the vigilantes have been acting with impunity. The cow protection groups are linked to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Modi will give a go ahead to each and every move of RSS whether it divides the society or bring cracks in the nation.
There have been innumberable instances when BJP ministers were seen giving controversial or hate speeches.
Dalits are being lynched countrywide and when the elections loom, Modi and BJP leaders start talking praising BR Ambedkar. Modi should be asked about the use of polarisation during elections, the worsening situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.
Domestically, India is suffering with high degree of polarisation, division, lawlessness, crime against women,increase in joblessness has increased the graph of crime, high inflation, deepening of poverty.
Modi’s financial reforms have drastically affected the country’s growth as small traders have been virtually wiped out,industries have been shut and agriculture is in dire straits.
Modi is completely focusing on FDI for economic growth which is again a faulty decision as the FDI involves return of interest. The foreign companies are not in favour of investment or forging any partnership under “Make in India program citing poor quality and missing the deadlines.
Besides rampant joblessness, Modi’s foreign policy has failed miserably in foreign policy as countries in India’s neighborhood have knit close ties with China, thus causing grave concerns for New Delhi.
Modi has attained a mastery in diverting from the main issues and misguiding the people of the country. Modi warned political parties to refrain from the Supreme Court crisis but eventually government was seen meddling in judiciary.
Earlier,the government had tried to influence the appointment and transfer of judges through the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) but a five-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court struck down the NJAC by a majority of 4:1 in 2015.
Therfore ,there is face off between the judiciary and the government. Finance minister Arun Jaitley had stated in the Rajya Sabha on May 11, 2016: “The manner in which encroachment of legislative and executive authority by India’s judiciary is taking place, probably financial power and budget making is the last power that you have left.”
PM Modi remained silent in all the issues and he is even tight-lipped on the corruption issues that were raised against BJP President AMit Shah’s son. Twenty Aam Aadmi Party legislators from the Delhi assembly were disqualified by President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday, January 21, following the Election Commission’s recommendation in the office of profit case.
The Aam Aadmi Party has described President Kovind’s decision as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘dangerous for democracy’.
The Congress sought answer from Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he will dismiss senior cabinet ministers like Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu and two junior ministers Jayant Sinha of Civil Aviation Ministry and MJ Akbar of External Affairs Ministry for allegedly holding the posts of directors in India Foundation, a think-tank run by NSA Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya Doval.
Last but not the least, Prime Minister who poses to be a clean man, does not shy away to tarnish the image of India’s previous prime ministers. Just to win the elections, the BJP government can go to such low that Modi accused former PM Manmohan Singh of conspiring with former Pakistani foreign minister to wipe out BJP in Gujarat.
By: Arti Bali