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Two years of Modi Government: Not impressive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed two years of lavishing governance at the centre. In these two years of governance, they hyped much but delivered less. Social network campaign, full-page newspaper ads marked the two-year anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. They spend crores of rupees in publicity campaigns. Religious programmes were heavily funded by the government on this occasion whereas country is grappling with crucial issues like poverty, famer’s suicide, unemployment. Unfortunately, the BJP under Modi has only done things that appeals to its core, committed base and has virtually forgotten the large section of moderates who voted for “development” not for “division”. Modi’s biggest promise to the young voter was to create two crore jobs each year. However, he failed to deliver that promise.

Modi Government announced old Congress policies with new name branding them as his original. However, those policies already existed. They are claiming that lot of reforms have been done through these policies. Real Estate regulation is just an eye wash as these regulations nowhere are in favour of the common man. Yoga Day event publicity has consumed crores of rupees; however this same amount could have reached for hospital reforms. For Yoga Baba Ramdev is there. He is promoting Yoga for and using it for commercial purpose.

Hardly anyone listens to another crap Mann Ki Baat. No one listens to what PM is saying on radio, its only media who wanted to make news out of Mann ki Baat. Anyway, many times what PM talks never matches to what he implements. This radio programme is for promoting only Narendra Modi and nothing much constructive come out of it yet.

Digital India (limited to twitter), Jan Dhan Yojana, LPG subsidy reforms, Swachh Bharat Mission (Big Flop), India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement, Pathankot attack, Ghar Wapsi, Beef & Murders, Masood Azhar, India-Pak relations, India-Nepal relations, hate and divide, Dissidence in Central Universities, Black Money (15 lakhs jumla) GST Bill/Land ordinance Uttarakhand fiasco, Women’s Bill, Silence on fringe right-wing groups, Make In India (confused status) EPFO reforms, OROP, NITI Aayog, Ganga rejuvenation and too much nonsense as history books being changed , corruption had increased not decreased, false affidavits are in vogue by those who ought to be setting an example.

Drought is, perhaps, the only natural calamity one can plan against in advance, unlike floods and earthquakes. Even the National Disaster Management Authority manual on management of drought speaks of “drought mitigation” as part of public policy and not just drought relief but this was clearly lost on the Modi government. The drought situation was totally abandoned. While water trains and tankers were pressed into service, perhaps in another attempt to engage in event management rather than drought relief, the drought manuals and rules by the government itself said these were measures of last resort and a number of steps ought to have been taken before reaching that step which the government at the Centre and state missed. Many of his staunch supporters, “bhakts”, as they are often referred to, have often made the flimsy argument that “those who governed us for 60 years should not ask PM for an appraisal in merely 24 months”. Perhaps, they forget that in those 60 odd years not only was the Congress government judged after every five years in recurring general elections, but also invariably judged by an overactive media and the constant spate of state Assembly elections that took place at frequent intervals. Those who complain about being judged in a democracy, even if it’s before their tenure runs out, express more faith in the North Korean version of “democracy” rather than the one we are so proud of here – one that encourages constant critiquing and performance appraisals.

Modi’s Pakistan policy has suffered from serious defects. It has been driven by style over substance. Clearly, the significance of this two-year milestone is lost out on those who see this as nothing more than a “happy birthday to Modi government” kind of occasion. Modi has completed 40 per cent of his term in office. If he doesn’t do serious introspection and necessary course correction now, he will, in all likelihood, be voted out. And if the Delhi or Bihar election results are anything to go by, the Modi wave has washed ashore a long ago.

Assam may have gone BJP’s way, but can hardly be seen as an endorsement of the Modi government. The strategy of the BJP in Assam, contrary to the one in Delhi and Bihar, where Modi was the face, was to emphasise on local alliances and give importance to the local faces of current CM Sarbananada Sonowal and erstwhile Congressman, Himanta Biswa Sarma.

In all the five states that went to the polls recently, BJP dropped its vote share since 2014, and minus Assam, it won just four seats in the remaining four states. Even, the Congress party scored nearly twice as many Assembly segments (115) compared to the BJP (64) out of the 800 plus seats that went to the polls. In all, the Modi tsunami is now withdrawing back to the sea and those who revelled when it hit the coast are now in a real danger of being drowned by it. The last 12 months, beginning May 2015, the narrative has been one of social upheaval and polarisation – sometimes on issues like cow slaughter, and on other occasions, nationalism. The Modi government and its supporters have been busy picking issues that divide the country rather than unite it. From attacking Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan on their remarks on “intolerance” to the debate on “Bharat Mata ki jai”, and the artificial JNU controversy on nationalism. Over all, Modi government was not as charming as it was promised during 2014 election campaign.

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Dr Vaidehi Tamanhttp://www.vaidehisachin.com
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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