The year 2014 can be spotted as a spectacular restoration of the BJP government with an absolute vote of 282 seats out of 543 Lok Sabha seats, setting up the largest majority government since the 1984 general election. The success of the mammoth mandate led to a predominant drive of the aura of Narendra Modi, the new face of the BJP government, all over the world. But then that was 2014 and Indians have come full circa since 2014 virtue religion and popularity based impulsive decisions.
All eyes were set on Modi 1.0 when he came into power. Indian economy was accelerating with a GDP growth rate of 7.4 percent. Modi and Amit Shah have always been impulsive, and religion driven decision makers. On an eventful night in 2014, Modi rolled out Demonetization and literally put every Indian currency out of circulation at his whims. Then the late Mr. Jaitley introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST) which broke the back of the Indian economy and the security of billions of Indians. Indians still continued trusting their God Mr. Modi and his miracles.
“The two successive shocks of demonetization and the GST had a serious impact on growth in India. Growth had fallen off interestingly at a time when growth in the global economy had been peaking up.” – said Raghuram Rajan. This swift and ruthless yet entirely unplanned implementation of the policies yielded both demand and supply distress and dragged India back to the 1970s. The country has not still been able to come out of this economic trauma till date.
Agriculture as a sector has been the backbone of almost every developed economy. Developed governments have policies that ensure goods produced by farmers are protected financially. India on the other hand, imported wheat and pulses hidden under the garb of its development agendas. Modi thumped victoriously and vociferously on declaring the right to privacy as a fundamental right. Along with it, Modi also ordered the mandatory linking of Aadhaar for all possible services from school admissions to railway tickets. How could this be justified with respect to the right to privacy? Ever heard about getting trapped into rigmarole irony because of impulsive decisions. Right to privacy is a joke in India and rightly so.
I have always wondered about who his advisors are. I always ask myself about who whispers into his ears. Modi was not going to stop here, and he was going to continue making decisions that eventually put India into the precarious situation of 2020. India is going to be hurt further, and it will continue suffering not because Modi is a bad leader. Modi is just a bad decision maker.
The massive popularity of the Modi government rested on his promises of reforms that would enhance growth and employment opportunities. Back in 2014 demographic trends of India had more than half of its population at under 30 years. As of 2020 the same India’s unemployment rate is at a 45-year high. Modi has been so busy toppling state governments that they fail to realize that the same population is unemployed. They failed to realize that they could inherit the assets left by the previous governments. Afterall, scams were not the only thing congress had left behind. Sadly, the employability of our people could be seen only in their degrees now.
By 2019; when Modi returned for another five years of worst decision making and governance, he had already forgotten the promises of economic reforms and policies made during the first term. The first major bad decision of Modi 2.0 was the abrogation of article 370 and the unification of Jammu and Kashmir with India. I am not trying to say at all that India does not have rights to define its own sovereignty. I am just saying it was a bad decision because there were malefice intentions behind it. This step was taken to ensure infrastructural and developmental activities in the region. Truth be told the region sees no progress even after a year. The local economy is destroyed, and people are living in panic.
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was another draconian decision by Modi that blew the trumpet of its Hindutva focused policies and led to violent protests across the country. So much so that even when the rest of India was burning in riots, Donald Trump and Modi were busy with their extremist politics. CAA was always an act meant to divide the minorities from Hindus. This act was an outward violation of article 14 of the Indian constitution which gives the right to equality. All these decisions under the garb of policies were introduced to split the.
The latest management of the COVID- 19 pandemics is a testament to all the shortcomings of Modi 2.0. It imposed a national curfew on 1.3 billion populations and that too, on such short notice. There are countries like Taiwan, Singapore, and Turkey that refrained from imposing a complete lockdown and yet contained the spread of the virus. On the other hand, the complete standstill of the country for 45 days will be remembered as a mess for years. The shoddy execution of the pandemic led many Indians to starve to death. Modi also turned a blind eye to the migrants who felt at the loss of life and governance.
Even if they survive the pandemic somehow, Indians won’t be able to survive the impending economic collapse driven entirely because of the worst decisions by Modi and his government. Indians are slowly moving under a dictatorship regime. Modi has indeed been clever and smart to take Indians back to where they had started from. As of today, Indians are puppets with class and dignity. Indians are not being turned to slavery but being robbed willingly. God save the Indians from bad decisions of Modi 3.0 But before that Modi must understand that his bad decisions need to stop immediately. He needs to understand that he should let India and its economy heal on its own.