The National Democratic Front (NDA) had pompously attained authority on May 26 through a big Loksabha majority. The numbness in governance, series of corruption cases and the price hikes during the UPA-II government–all paved a smooth way for the Modi government into power.
Modi had introduced himself as a person who could correct everything. He had severely criticized the stand taken by Manmohan Singh concerning various issues. And, Modi had promised a brand new India which would be known for its equality, strength, and secure living condition. He enforced the hope by proclaiming various public welfare programmes and by cutting down the number of members in the ministry.
A strong Prime Minister instead of feeble one, and clear policies were all welcomed as the signature of the new government. The industries were enlightened that there is a government for the country and the decisions would not be lagged. The corporate world is still in wait for the affirmation concerning doubling the LPG prices and the use of genetically modified crops which has been, for the time being put on a temporary lockdown.
The public is eagerly waiting for the promised “good days”. As the Modi government completes their 100 days, the hopes are still prevailing. The financial condition had grown to a 5.7 per cent during the one month -first phase of the government. It is for the first time that figures are crossing the 5 per cent stand.
There are indeed various phases for the slogan “the smallest the government, the longest the rule”. It is a very important need to burn down that fatty mass of the rule, to cut down the expenses and to increase the efficiency. But at the same time, when the public way of efficient working is neglected, then it would surely end up in the “most efficient” manner of autocratic rule.
The parliament, the ministry, and the various parliamentary committees are all platforms to the discussions for the democratic rule. There is a looming complaint in the BJP that Narendra Modi is trying to centralise the power into him. Even if the Speaker had the role for denying Congress its certified position of the opposition party in the Loksabha, as a leader of the ruling front, Narendra Modi could have taken an otherwise appropriate decision at least to protect the crux of democracy.
The new government had certainly given a blow to the democratic habit and over that there is no evidence of changing the anti-public dubbed policies by the UPA government. They even followed the method of increasing the railway fare outside the budget-- a scheme used by the UP A government during their term. Same way, Adhaar, Jandhan plan and even the move to a compact Planning Commission were also in the bucket list of the former government. Even now, the whole focus of the new government is quite far away from the subsidies and public welfare programmes.
The development aimed at by the Modi government is a corporate sided development and the 100 day rule ratifies the allegation that the efficiency showcased in the context is a corporate tainted one.
The socialism that is written in the constitution is not only the thing being questioned here. The statements by Ministers right from the Minority Affairs to various others of the ruling front are for most of the time opposite to the secular views. Even policies encouraging the ‘Hindutva communalism’ are being given out by them. The change in judicial appointments, the actions taken against the officials and authorities involved in the cases against the leaders of the Sangh Parivar are all hints.
Most of the accused in the Gujarat genocide are part of the government. When Sangeeth Soman --the main person concerning the Muzaffar Nagar riots was being protected on one side, public were remaining clueless about the whole incident on the other side. Yogi Adityanath, who had spewed communal poison in Gorakhpur was chosen as the main campaigner in the UP elections. 14 ministers in the Modi government are facing criminal charges.
The shocking fact is, the Prime Minister has not come up to control the communal statements by the members from his side nor has he been seen to criticize the attacks incited by them. It did not seem that his conscience have been jolted by the murder of an IT professional from Pune for no cause and when U R Ananthamurthy was disregarded at his death.
The democratic efficiency does not mean to have the strength to do anything; it means to transform those on one’s side in such a way to suit the country’s welfare. Modi still needs a strong willpower to be displayed in this regard.