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Two months in power; a litmus test for Modi

Two months in power; a litmus test for Modi

The Modi government has completed two months in power.

The first couple of months are crucial for a new government as this is the period in which it charts out new policies and strategies aiming to make the right impact on the people or to better say, the nation as a whole. When the BJP had a stupendous victory in the last national elections pulling down the Congress with a shameful defeat, all eyes were on Modi, the most popular political leader in the country. His drastic transformation from a chai-waala’s son to a highly energetic “development man” and finally to the post of the Prime Minister is noteworthy. When the far-right Hindu nationalist notorious for his blood stained past especially among the minorities, his “pro-business” policies and a powerful mastermind of several atrocities, becomes the leader of a nation, the people including the media as well as the international community will definitely be overlooking the future of the country, but with skepticism.

Modi was successful in creating good “first impressions” to some extent. The SAARC leaders were invited for Modi's swearing-in ceremony. It was the first time in history that the leaders of SAARC countries came together. Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawas Sheriff’s presence in the ceremony dominated the headlines and was considered as a first sign of improved relations between two countries. The Prime Minister also attended BRICS summit and the first President of newly-set up BRICS Bank will be from India. Modi has tried to improve ties with other countries and took many development-oriented measures promising several more. Relations with countries like the US, Russia, Brazil and Germany have also strengthened.

After the swearing in ceremony, Modi had said that the “good days are coming”. But unfortunately he had failed to fulfill the loads of promises he had made after becoming the Prime Minister. The analysts say that Modi was expected to initiate a series of pro-business policies in the first 100 days of office. He was supposed to bring the economy and the administration back on its track after the UPA government had derailed it. He had the huge responsibility of solving the financial crisis the country was going through. But nothing happened. Modi had criticized Man Mohan Singh for his silence in important affairs and accused Congress of hiding behind a “burqa of secularism” every time there was a crisis. But when the time came, Modi himself kept mum even avoiding press conferences. The comments and the actions of the senior and responsible leaders of his ruling Party had created controversies recently. The highly inflammatory communal remarks and actions hurt the sentiments of the minorities and ignited communal passion. C.T.Ravi, Rajan Vichare and Ramesh Bidhuri are all instances. They later apologised saying that the comments and the actions were not communal.

Modi with his fascist mindset is using power as well as law to split the nation along communal lines. With Hindu nationalism his much revered ideology, the Judiciary , a puppet in his hands and billionaire businessmen on his side, Modi is sure to accomplish his dreams of a “Hindu Nation”.

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