Modi’s special era

There may be many criticisms and counter criticisms. This is Modi’s special era as the prime minister. He made history as the country’s most popular leader after Indira Gandhi. He gave a new direction to right-wing politics. He lashed out at parties projecting Hinduism as untouchability. He also came down heavily on parties trying to appease Muslims minorities. Visiting temples, he made himself more visible. From political ideology to economy or Modism to Modinomics, a special situation created in the country. Modi went around the country and abroad to declare that a strong leadership has emerged in the country.

Nobody is questioning Modi’s sincerity in curbing black money and corruption. He may have acted with haste in demonetization but majority of the people have understood the objectives behind it. That’s the reason the country did not witness large scale protests over this. There have been demands across the country for waiver of farm loans but Modi showed restrain. He felt that if this is done, it will send wrong signals to economy. He confined the demand to BJP-ruled states or respective party units. He began a new trend in populist schemes. He almost imposed a cut on subsidies.  He gradually lifted gas subsidies to provide free cylinders to those who did not have cooking gas. This is infact a scheme which should be welcomed. By linking diesel price with market, he tried to improve the finances. Though oil prices came down in the international market, he tried to fill the coffers by imposing special cess. This move evoked much criticism but he did not provide an opportunity to the people and the opposition to protest. By changing the prices on daily basis so that the impact of hike is not felt, he put the opposition parties in a fix. GST was the biggest economic reform in the country. Long-term focus on economic issues is the key achievement of Modi rule.

The country witnessed political monarchy under Modi rule. The opposition is in no position to politically counter him. It can be said that he is running presidential form of governance. No other prime minister had undertaken such a large number of foreign visits in such a short period. Formation of a stable government in the country sent positive signals to other countries. India’s relations with other countries improved and a situation was created where other countries competed to invest in India. This is Modi’s victory. India’s status in the international community improved. Due to the strong leadership countries like China behaved cautiously. When there is internal security, other countries think twice before interfering and if they resort to it they have to pay a heavy price. During the last four years, Modi government proved this. Country’s internal security had suffered during nearly 30 year rule of coalition governments. Its prestige abroad took a beating. The credit for bringing country out of this situation goes to Modi.  The biggest criticism faced by Modi is that he behaves as an autocrat in dealing with other parties and even his allies. This is both his strength and weakness.

Modi’s rule can be described as warning to parties which are endangering national integrity through caste politics, family rule and regional feelings. He shook the regional parties with his charisma and larger than life image. They felt their existence is at stake. He put a halt to the parties blackmailing national parties through their mean demands to become partners in the governments at the Centre and in the state. He saved the Centre from a situation where it used to play to the tunes of smaller parties steeped in corruption. Today the national politics is not in the hands of regional parties. It’s fact that some parties with their fascist trend and family and caste politics held the democracy captive. Leaders of these parties felt that nobody can challenge them. Modi wave stopped this anarchy. There is criticism that this Modi style of national dictatorship. If BJP and Modi control this, they may have long inning in the country’s political history.

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