‘Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom’
– Nelson Mandela
A country reeling under policy paralysis and stagflation bestowed its’ trust on a dynamic leader who could make a direct contact with the common man and had a flawless political campaign during the run up to the general elections. Narendra Modi had a rather immaculate journey to the heart of politics in Delhi via Varanasi from Gujarat. Even before taking the oath, Modi played a masterstroke in the arena of foreign diplomacy by inviting heads of the SAARC countries to India for oath ceremony. Steering on the public support with a strong mandate Modi government promised ‘Acche Din’ to the citizens with strict accountability of his government and launched his 100 day agenda.
With the completion of 100 days timeline let us examine the journey of Modi government. There were several successful hits with a few misses. For instance, the government pushed through and gave clearance to several infrastructure projects stalled from years during the UPA regime. This was only possible due to the abolishment of concept of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM’s) and at the same time handing over the real command to the bureaucracy of India. With his strong focus on skill development and job creation for the youth he gained sufficient appreciation from the youth of our country.
Modi made his presence felt on the world stage by stead fasting the creation of ‘New Development Bank’. Independence day also marked a new journey in the field of financial inclusion with the launch of ambitious ‘Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana’ which aims to bring every citizen of this vast country under the banking ambit. He gave a clarion call to his countrymen from the podium of Red Fort to revamp their ideology and empower women and question the morality and intent of their male counterparts in incidents against women which have rather become a frequent norm.
But is it story of all success and no failures? Well, the answer maybe ‘NO’. Some of his key decisions whether it be the decision to abolish ‘Nehruvian’ idea of Planning commission or the rigid and stubborn stand of India at WTO and acting as a ‘deal breaker’ or sudden halt to bilateral relation between Indian and Pakistan have been questionable.
Still, the journey is long and a lot of ground needs to be covered by the Modi government before one can truly give him the final grades. Till then, we can strive to work harder at our own level and help India gain it’s lost glory at the world stage.
By: Atin Mehra