Modi’s change of mind
The sudden paradigm shift in Prime Minister Narendra
Modi seen these days reminds us the old lilting Hindi song of Lata Mangeshkar
“Badle badle mere sarkar nazar aate hain” in the Bollywood flick “Chaudvin ka
Gone are the days when Modi used to spew venom against
Congress party and its leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Now, not
only he meets them in a cordial manner, but all of a sudden, started lavishing
praises on the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru also.
According to political analysts, it is quite natural
for Modi to soften his stance and has become polite at a time when his party,
the BJP, suffered a crushing defeat in the recent assembly polls in Bihar and
even in the by-election at Ratlam-Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh where the Congress
snatched the Lok Sabha seat from the BJP. Though it was a single seat victory,
but was a morale booster for the otherwise waning esprit de corps of the
If the marvellous win by the RJD-JD (U) combine in
Bihar prompted its third time Chief Minister in a row, Nitish Kumar, to say
that a third political front has come to take on Modi’s BJP pan-India, inspired
by the Congress’ victory in Ratlam-Jhabua LS bypoll, the UP Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav went on further to say that he would like to see his father and
SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi deputy
Prime Minister of the country.
Though Akhilesh’s remark was dubbed as obiter dictum
by both the Congress and the BJP, but it holds water, as the ensuing assembly
elections in Uttar Pradesh is not far-off (in early 2017). His party is leaving
no stone unturned to retain power in the state and ready to go for any kind of
permutation and combination to achieve his goal.
How seriously the SP had viewed the Bihar Assembly
polls has become crystal clear with the fact that for the first time, the UP
government has declared holiday for all the offices in the state on Chhath, the
most pious festival of Bihari Hindus.
The crushing defeat of the BJP in Bihar and New Delhi
has thrown coldwater on the morals of BJP which was anxiously hoping to win
both the states so as to ensure that there was no problem on the front of
showing numbers on the floor of Rajya Sabha while passing important Bills like
GST and land reforms.
So, it came as a Hobson’s choice for Modi to become
resilient in the hope that the Congress would get moderated and start
supporting the BJP while clearing all the Bills which are pending on the floor
There is an adage in Hindi, ‘dhoop mein chaliye halke
paaonv’, means, when going gets tough, put your steps very carefully. That is
what Modi has been doing these days. He shed his garb of being a dictator
politician and wants to mingle with others.
The funny part is that Modi has even not been able to
take action against a few rebellious party MPs like Shatrughan Sinha who came
out against the party in the open, daring the party high command to take action
Well, the euphoria is over now after completion of a
year in office by the new Modi government at the Centre and the people, who had
given him once-in-a-generation mandate to rule over the country for five full
years, want to see the outcome of the reformist measures taken by him.
Secondly, Modi should understand that in a democratic
country, it is his duty to take along the opposition for passage of every
important Bill in Parliament. He has already started taking baby steps towards
that direction, which has been welcomed even by his sharp critics also.
Yes, Modi has been able to bring in certain amount of
foreign capital through his constant foreign trips. But it is not suffice. He
has to ensure that this inflow of foreign capital translates into the capex by
the country’s corporate houses. Not to mention that except a few, no corporate
house is doing any capex at the moment.
Now, time has come for Modi to say a spade a spade. He
should talk tough with those who have been shadowing him so far to take
corrective steps or face the music. It is essential to have a soul-searching to
find out the reasons for the crushing defeat the party had in the two important
state assembly polls.
While a number of schemes launched by Modi like PMJDY,
Make in India and Digital India have successfully achieved their goals, still
there is a host of other schemes that couldn’t see the fruit on the ground and
the gold scheme announced by him has turned into a mirage.
It’s time for Modi to understand the mistakes
committed by him and his government during the past one-and-half-year regime at
the Centre and take a cue from them so as to start afresh in the new year. Yes,
he has the potential to make it bigger in future and the nation will continue
to expect something big from him to come in future as usual. Now, this repentance
of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a welcome step and hope that it may bring
changes in the political scenario of the country.