In his Independence Day address on 15th August from the famous ramparts of Red Fort , Prime Minister Narender Modi talked about New India free of casteism,nepotism ,terrorism and corruption by 2022. Thus selling his vision to his countrymen beyond his term in his office.
Rather dwelling upon his achievements in his now three and plus years, PM Modi was largely focussed on vision of India for the future. .
However PM Modi convincingly spoke about his Govt’s achievements like Demonetisation, GST, Swatch Bharat , Digital economy as major reforms leading towards corruption- free, transparent India.
While speaking at length regarding these achievements he quoted exact figures under each headings.
The figures given are being taken correct at their face value by the people leaving experts to confirm for its veracity.
Interestingly Mr Modi pitched for love and unity message as the only possible solution to militants’ problem in Kashmir and sectarian violence elsewhere in the country.
He went to the extent of offering terrorists to join the mainstream .
He dwelt at length that the evil effects of violence in name of faith as unacceptable.
This positive emphatic statement by PM was largely admired but some critics greeted it with a pinch of salt in contrast to the earlier hardline drawn against the militancy in Kashmir.
The change is being attributed for drawing a flak for an incident for tying a young man to the front of an Army Geep as a human shield and Mr Modi’s wish—washy condemnation of the lynchings and other violence inflicted by Hindu fanatics in name of cow protection.
Mr Modi spoke about the world support in its fight against terrorism .He skillfully did not made any reference to either Pakistan or China in wake of Doklam stand off either .
The speech largely veered around the development and technology driven solutions to transform the country in the near future.
In fact Mr Modi is clearly looking for a second term
And quite possible he would win the second term.
Development on Backseat
By now we know the Govt under Prime Minister Narender Modi is known to break the tradition.
For instance it has done away with Railways Budget, winding down of planning commission,re-naming it as NITI AaYOG and many other things .
Mr Modi and his dynamic associate Amit shah are more interesting in winning elections ,State Assembly ,Panchayat, Municipal and finally the General elections in 2019 and are whole heartedly in this pursuit.
And obviously in this rat race, the development plank has taken a back seat.
Though large section of people have still unflinching faith in his leadership but equally true , a good number of Indian population are disgruntled and the downfall cannot be a foregone conclusion in a vibrant democracy like India.
The economic growth plummeting by 1.2% ,industrial production in negative (June 2017 data IIP negative) growth the first in four years. The contraction of index is widespread in manufacturing sector .
On the job front the picture is not rosy either.
It is reported that nearly 1.2 crore Indians enter workforce for jobs every year.
As per the report Fifth Annual Employment –unemployment survey 2016 points out “ at the all India level ,46.6 percent of the workers were found to be self employed.—followed by 32.8 percent as casual labour.Only 17 percent of the employed persons were wage/salary earners and rest 3.7 percent were contract workers”.
The Modi Govt needs to pull up its socks, clean Augustin stables by sheddingoff arrogance ,providing jobs, addressing earnestly to the welfare of the people at large.
The sincere implementation of schemes pronounced already Could give him possibly a clear majority for second term as well.