Four years of Modi govt: Here’s a report card

This best achievement of the Modi government in the last 4 years has been the costly suit that Modi got made with his name embroidered.
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The Bharatiya Janta Party came to power on May 26, 2018 with a temping majority. In the past 67 never a right-wing party was forming its government with huge majority. This article is about the achievement of BJP government in 4 years.

Narendra Modi was the star campaigner of BJP for the 2014 general elections, with promises which have been related to the masses of India. Modi coming to power promised AchheDin (Good Days) for the people.

Cleanliness was the important tool which BJP took as property to act on the huge stage i.e. India. Swachh Bharat (Clean India) was huge mass drive which initiated with making of toilets across India. On the third anniversary of Modi government May 26, 2017, Rajasthan government has given data regarding the flagship schemes of Modi. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission the advertisement provided data that 58.16 lakh (gharelu) toilets have been constructed. Which is just not possible as per the Delhi-based think tank Centre of Science and Environment (CSE) which conducted study over the construction of toilets in Varanasi—constituency of Modi. As per the survey conducted by CSE 32 years are required for construction of 2.3 lakh toilets in Varanasi, whereas the BJP ruled State claims construction of 58.16 toilets in just three year. According to the report, only 7,327 toilets have been built in Varanasi since 2014-16 as against a target of 2,34,489 by October 2019. Swachh Bharat happens to be the important flagship scheme of Modi which has maximum discrepancies data wise.

Prices the burden increasing daily over the Indian masses. On June 25, 2014, the price of petrol in Delhi was Rs 71.56, which touched a record high of Rs 77.97 per litre on May 26 this year. The people are paying taxes with further burden of different Cess imposed. Modi promised he would bring in all the black money from the foreign banks back to India and will deposit Rs. 15 lakh in every Indian bank account in just 100 days of coming to power. More than 1400 days have gone by people are still waiting for the promised amount in their bank accounts.

Modi attacked UPA-II for corruption and promised a corruption free India. But actually the corruption level is highest. Modi and his brigade talk about Rafale deal of UPA-II being corruption. When they have re-done the whole deal with exorbitant price hike of the aircraft they take shield under the secrecy of Defence ministry and not to discuss it in public domain.

Modi proving that he is the only patriot started Make In India scheme. Numbers of advertisements, hordings, electronic media advertisements, etc were invested in to make this scheme a successful one. When asked regarding the investment made by the government in Make In India scheme, government replied that this is not a scheme of the government but an initiative. In reply to question in Rajya Sabha (Q. No. 3687 dated April 5, 2017) the Minister of Commerce and Industry responded as: ‘Make in India’ is not a scheme but an initiative aimed at creating a conducive environment for investment, development of modern and efficient infrastructure, opening up new sectors for foreign investments and forging a partnership between government and industry through a positive mindset. Make In India is yet another false, fabricated and failed scheme of Modi government.

Security within the society is most important. During the campaign in 2013 Modi coined a slogan “Bahot huwa nari par war; abkee bar Modi sarkar!” (Crime against women has increased; Chose government of Modi). Actually the crime against women has been on the increase under the Modi rule.

  • Cases under “crime against women” category reported an increase of 2.9 per cent in 2016 over 2015.
  • Majority of these cases “cruelty by husband or his relatives” (32.6 per cent) in 2016
  • “Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty” (25.0 per cent) in 2016
  • “Kidnaping and abduction of women” (19.0 per cent) and “rape” (11.5 per cent) in 2016
  • Rape cases have reported an increase of 12.4 per cent from 34,651 cases in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016

To keep the masses at-bay from the daily failure of Modi government, a new gimmick was introduced–playing of National Anthem at the cinema hall prior to the movie screening. This was taken as disrespect to the nation if you were not standing while the National Anthem was being played. The courts intervened passing the order to make it mandatory, but just after one year it was called off, by the courts. But this whole gimmick of BJP has created tension among the people. In October 2015, award-winning writer and disability campaigner Salil Chaturvedi, who suffers from a spinal injury, was hit hard by the husband, while the woman accompanying him yelled, “Why can’t he get up?” at a multiplex in Goa for not standing while the National Anthem was being played. After the incident, Chaturvedi said, “I can’t go. I’m afraid someone will hit me even harder, and worsen my spinal injury. I just don’t understand why it seems impossible for so many people to express patriotism in a non-aggressive manner”.

This is the New India of Modi which is dividing the society on religion, language, region, etc. Incidents related to lynching of people on the basis of religion is on increase and the age old fabric of India of Unity in Diversity is getting destroyed which is more serious matter.

This best achievement of the Modi government in the last 4 years has been the costly suit that Modi got made with his name embroidered.

The Indian suit, which Modi wore to meet President Obama at the presidential palace here, looked from afar to be navy blue with wide gold stripes. But it conveyed a message. The stripes were actually embroidered letters that spelled out Modi’s name.

Disclaimer: These views are solely of the author.

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