One year on, the Modi government which was centered on the prospect of achhe din for all, cannot but feel the weight of popular expectations on this government. Those who gave BJP a large mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, brought the word ”hope” back into contention. However, this past year has been an uneventful one for some and a cautious approach for others. Some of the promises like OROP and black money retrieval are yet to be seen in function.
The previous government ended with a lot of scams and scandals, which are still heard of once in a while, did have a stagnant approach for the past four years, since the inception of Anna Hazare’s movement for the Jan Lokpal Bill. This stagnant approach did harm India a lot in an economic and financial front. The condition became worse enough just before the start of Lok Sabha Elections which caused tensions among the citizens of India especially youth. So after understanding where the previous government left the country in a miserable condition, a man like Narendra Modi still needs time to revive and then bring the nation in the path of progress.
The Prime Minister is known to rule like the Mughal Prince, Aurangzeb whose concept of dictatorship among his members has somewhat gained unnecessary attention by the opposition and political activists. But looking into this functioning more carefully, it has regained the importance of Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) over other ministries which was not exactly happening in the previous “theek-hai” government. Apart from being vocal on his thoughts, he has shown the country on how to lead from the front in every issue.
To the government’s credit, inflation is down. Falling international oil prices might have had a role as also the resoluteness of the Reserve Bank of India in not lowering interest rates, but the government kept a close watch on food prices. The push toward financial inclusion through the Jan Dhan Yojana seems to have yielded quick results with crores of poor people induced to open a bank account for the first time in their lives.
Some issues like Communal violence and Land Acquisition Bill are the skid marks of the government first year in office. Not surprisingly, the government appears to be aware of this shortcoming and is preparing to announce a large-scale social sector scheme. In contrast to the lack of forward movement in social welfare programmes in the last one year, the government looked as if it were in a hurry to accommodate big business by seeking to dilute the safeguards in the land acquisition legislation and extending tax benefits to the rich. These shortcomings are definitely needed to be resolved soon enough.
Now, we have a person who owns India, who can answer all our questions and moves globally with receptions that were hitherto unheard, unseen and unimaginable. The tragedy of a rudderless political opposition is that nothing impresses except the family leaders’ success. The family fiefdoms we call political parties are habitual naysayers, any good happening in the nation doesn’t appear on their radar, their self-goals are expressed through statements like “zero mark to Modi govt”.
For once, let India rise above the interests of various parties, ideologies and personal missions. Only then will India see great support and strategic partnership from all over. A leader has arrived. Give him space and your support. Every single Indian has a stake in ensuring his success.