Editorial

The good and bad

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/10/2019 11:23:19 AM IST

 If one goes by the numbers, the performance of Modi 2.0 in its first 100 days is staggering. In presiding over the most productive Parliament session in decades, it saw 38 bills being introduced, 28 of them passed with an overwhelming majority. The Modi government has indeed taken some historic decisions in its second tenure.  In the first Budget session after the newly elected Modi government took charge,  Lok Sabha worked for 281 hours, which is 135 percent of the scheduled hours. The parliament in its first session passed bills such as scrapping of Article 370, Triple Talaq Bill and the new Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill. In fact, this session of parliament passed the maximum number of bills, breaking last 67 years’ record. The Modi government 2.0 which won the 2019 Lok Sabha election with a thumping  majority faces  has no opposition worth the name.  On the security side, anti terror laws have been tightened. Labour reforms, enacting strong laws against frauds, death penalty for child sexual assault are other measures. Modi has been able to divide the opposition and get even controversial bills like Triple Talaq, Article 370 etc. passed even in the upper house where the government is in a minority. Modi  has raised the stature of India by finding a place in the high table. Modi himself is leading on the diplomacy front and has personally explained the Kashmir situation to Trump, Russian President Putin and other world leaders. On the development side, the government has announced Rs 100 lakh crores of investment in road, railways, ports, airports and other infrastructure projects. The Rs 6,000 assistance to all farmers, and higher Minimum Support Price for Kharif crops, are some of the other decisions. The formation of the new Jal Shakti Ministry and its schemes like ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ are indeed notable. Politically, Modi has emerged much stronger after his party’s stunning victory in the 2019 polls. This has given him enough boldness to carry out political  agenda in a bid to wipe out the Congress. The Modi government’s selective pursuit of justice against opposition leaders over corruption is turning out to be a witch-hunt. This shows it is not a fight against corruption because if it was one, it wouldn’t spare several BJP leaders accused of corruption. The double standard justice can be seen in the case of former union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayananda, accused of rape but given the benefit of doubt while other opposition leaders are subjected to raids and placed under custody over allegations. This indicates that   the Modi government prefers to make its political points upfront, while its economic agenda comes later. Several indicators including the slump in the auto sales, rail freight, consumption of petroleum products, domestic air travel and also in imports, clearly showed the slow down. The problem lies in the dismal statistics being thrown up by the economy. The under performance in economic spheres has been lost amid the din of  major political moves whether on J&K or NRC or on  Pakistan-sponsored terror. The data on the economy - five per cent growth last quarter -a stepped decrease from eight per cent in the same quarter last year - with the expectation of a further slide this quarter or, at best, a slow, long trough through the rest of the year, is not good news.

 

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