Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a grand reception at the joint session of US Congress where he was greeted with applause and standing ovation which truly is a proud moment for our country but ground realities unfortunately are different in India. Modi may be the most popular Indian in the United States but the ‘achche din’ (good days) he promised for fellow citizens at the time of election is a distant reality. Inflation sadly is in no mood to bow down. Prices of all essentials commodities have sky rocketed with no vegetable and fruits available below Rs.100 per kg. Milk prices have shot up and are on par with fuel prices which too are going up inspite of international crude prices travelling in the southward direction.
Unemployment and inequality are on the rise and people are dying of starvation and malnutrition. Farmers and builders are committing suicide while the rich loot banks and are fleeing the country with no check-points for them. Rapes and molestations are rising each passing day and corruption rules roost everyday. While international recognition is necessary it is time for PM Modiji to address the problem of poor citizens of this country who imposed faith in his leadership. We must not fall into the trap of powerful nations like US, European countries etc who only befriend for their own benefit but strengthen our own capabilities with our own resources.
Prime Minister Modi is undoubtedly a dynamic leader with a clean image. He has been in power for over two years and now its time for delivery at the ground level. Controlling inflation should not be difficult if corruption is done away with. We don’t want ‘achche din’ and would be happy if the Prime Minister’ can bring some sanity into our lives if affordable bread and butter is made available for the common man of this country!
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)