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BJP’s 100 days in power: Controversies and Achievements

Bharatiya Janata Party completed its first 100 days of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre. Promises made during political campaigns are yet to be fulfilled. The party brought about economic recovery and the launched the Jan Dhan social security programme which is its major achievements during this period. Even as the first 100 days were marked by a setback for the party in Bihar, where it conceded two seats to the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Janata Dal (United)-Congress combine in the recent by-polls, the BJP was ominously silent on the controversy over ‘love jihad’ and the attempts to revive hard-line politics in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the September 13 by-polls. Although the party has not planned any formal function to mark the government’s 100 days in power, it has decided to organise media interactions with ministers to showcase their achievements. Meanwhile, BJP’s cell and its supporters got active on social media and spreading the word about Modi Government’s achievements.

Anyway, Modi is in Tokyo on his official visit; he addressed the Indian community in Tokyo, Japan. The Prime Minister is on a five-day bilateral trip to the Asian country. He spoke at length about India’s culture and tourism and requested more people to visit India as tourists. He told that his aim is to create a clean India. Modi said, Mahatma Gandhi never compromised on cleanliness. He told his countrymen that he helped us win our freedom — what have we done for him? We should do something to honour him and that is why he wanted to tell Indians to work towards ‘Swacch Bharat,’ which should be achieved till 2019. So write about it to your folks back in India. You must be connected on WhatsApp or have made friends on Twitter. It is important to get the message across no matter what the medium is. Although many Indians are settled abroad, there are no complaints about the Indians from the society members there.

Japan has been a wonderful country with a glorious history! It however, also has some shades of evil as it has been a country plagued by militarism, had joined the Nazi Germany and it’s junior partner fascist Italy, and killed and raped millions. Japan is now in no stage to fight those countries it has exploited, killed, raped and maimed especially China and Korea. It is this new weakness of Japan that is making it pretend to have love for India and even Vietnam. Japan now wants to advance India and its over a billion innocent people to be as mighty as China, thereby causing some distraction and diverting the fury of China towards the continuing occupation of Chinese islands from Second World War period. There are many technological goods we could import from Japan and benefit. But Japan is trying to appeal to our ego and jingoism and trying to infuse into us anti-China sentiments. There are obstructionist forces in India who cause disruption in the name of freedom and democracy. The communists in 60s, 70s and 80s stopped computers from being used for train reservation or for getting premium receipts from LIC or banks installing ATMs.

Modi’s comments greatly referred to China’s expansion in sea and influence over disputed South China Sea, Tibet, and its faulty claims over territories of nations like Taiwan, India etc. Also it might refer to Russia sponsored unrest in Ukraine. Both of them have had bitter relations with Japan in the past. India has showed no such expansion tendencies and neither Japan. Both are striving for development over their limited territories and resources. Modi has smartly used the principle of common dissent and common goals to highlight the relations India expects from Japan. His visit comes at a time of much needed regime change in both the countries where aggressive and stable parties have formed the government and when there is a need of power balance in Asia itself.

Japanese are known for their capital resources like advanced Science and Technology including management skills. However it is a perfect example of developed country with growing percentage of old age population and decreasing workforce. On the other hand, India, which is in demographic boom comprising 60% population less than 35 years with capital starvation, makes Indo-Japanese relationship irresistible and advantageous. Be it Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor or western dedicated freight corridor, Japan has technology and capital whereas India has a market and man power. However what unites India and China is the common sentiments of being developing countries where their importance was felt during recent BRICS summit and WTO- trade facilitation agreement to take over against the hegemony of 1st world countries. Hence both are important for India for her growth and development though I prefer short term friendship with China and long-term partnership with Japan. China’s focus has been in its internal affairs till a long time in history especially in the 18th Century. Rather it was then that the British East India Company fought and won the Battle of Plassey in 1757 and effectively started the British rule over India. Its victory in India spurred the British to launch wars in Japan, Indonesia and China after which the saying ‘Britannia Rules the Waves’ came about.

Our economy needs users who will strengthen the economic base. But sustainable active participation from people is an important factor which needs financial literacy, more than account creation. Mobilisation of money is certainly, going to enhance savings, investments in economy.

Empowering people is an essential aspect of true democratic system. Jan Dhan Yojana, a Financial empowerment mission, would indeed become a successful financial inclusion scheme, if coordinated action at all fronts is executed with effort. True aim of scheme would be realised only if banking service is provided to the remotest person residing in hills, tribal areas, ice areas, spaces where geography has till date not allowed its residents to even think about account, and other unbanked areas where citizens of India live, and importantly, without taking into consideration financial viability factors, operational costs, etc. Modi Government is trying its best to visit neighbours in order to deliver the promises made to the common man….let see what is written for the betterment of India in future.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 14 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News (international). She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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