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Modi as #JumlaMan, a bad trend

Amit Shah, the strategy maker and the president of BJP did a lot of good for the party and Prime Minister, but he also got a brand new tag #JumlaMan for Narendra Modi. #Jumla word got viral when Amit Shah used it in an interview. The entire media industry as well as the ever eager Indian Twitterati jumped in and came with its own definition of Jumla – ‘False Promise’. Now going back to what Modi had said: “There is so much black money abroad that if it is brought back, every Indian will get Rs 15 lakhs”. So what a rational person infers from this: Black money of India = Rs 15 lakh x 125 crores = $28.8 trillion. Media concluded translating it as, If Modi becomes PM, and he will gift us all Rs 15 lakhs so we should stop working hard now. If Modi doesn’t do this, we will abuse him over social media calling him #Feku and #JumlaMan. Meanwhile opposition got strength from such war of words and they continued ridiculing PM on social media.

The word ‘Modi’, no doubt, is a synonym for ‘Jumla’. He came to power claiming that he is the son of a Chaiwala and therefore, the messiah of the masses. But after coming to power he dedicated his tenure serving his tycoon cronies. He is being hailed as the new Reagan of India. He started implementing the Modinomics, which is akin to Reaganomics. Ever since he came to power opposition is alleging him of manipulating the cognitive map of the people and creating a delusion that he is striving hard for the ordinary people. The fact remains that he is working hard to benefit his plutocrat cronies, who have liberally been providing him with campaign funds. It is neither a jumla nor a realistic goal.

I am not an avid supporter of Modi (or any political party or leader for that matter) but I respect and support my current Government and my current Prime Minister, because he is trying to bring a difference. He is a good planner, an enthusiastic manager and a better administer. He knows that to achieve an obvious goal, he has to set a much higher goal. He knows about the lacunae of our system, unmotivated and lazy personnel’s in the government. He also knows about the sky-high aspirations of India’s young population and unreasonable and unrealistic hopes of the voting class. So he makes enormous promises and also keeps the deadlines spanning his second term securing his political lifespan.

We Indians want to live in dreamy future without contributing to the growth of our country and this society. I accept that he might not have delivered all his promises but one cannot ignore the fact that he has many ambitious targets of giving a home to every Indian by 2022, but it is good that Modi has a vision. Even if 60–70 per cent of homeless would get homes, then it would be a big accomplishment for the Government. We should be happy that he has a dream of a better India. Someone is thinking and talking about the homeless, doubling farmer income, giving gas connection to every household etc. we should be happy that millions of women are being given LPG connection. Similarly, we can’t understand the situation of a homeless. We have Indira Awas Yojana running for decades but still crores of Indians lack basic house. I am not blaming her, but the growing population has growing concerns and one government can’t do enough in a limited time. One begins another has to complete it, after all this is our country and we the people need to have patience. Falling prey to false politics is not the way to decide good or bad. One needs to have the maturity to understand the time span that is required to complete the promises given to millions of people, at least something has begun and well begun is half done. Modi’s promise may be a jumla but at least we should give Modi credit of this dream. With all due respect to PM and the people of India, I want to say do not be biased or judgmental. I agree, during the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Modi’s promises made Indians dream. Dream about better future, dream about corruption-free India, dream about safety for women in India, dream about 2 crore jobs per year, dream about removing Article 370 from Kashmir, dream about sending illegal Bangladeshi migrants to Bangladesh, dream about bringing back Dawood Ibrahim, dream about 15 lakhs in our account, dream about better infrastructure and dream about all that is possible. We thought he has answers to all our problems, though he has answers to every problem troubling our beloved country. Some promises are delivered, some are yet to be but one cannot say he has not done anything. Still let us be hopeful and let’s have our fingers crossed for the next few years of his tenure. He has been trying his level best to transform the Indian democracy as a “Government of the People”. Every political and leader has opposition too, conflicting is their survival. But we the voters need to have a head on our shoulders, we the people should be smart enough by not getting carried away. Some may hate Modi and his government, but looking at the larger picture, this government is still liked by many because surveys show the same.


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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 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. 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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