Too many promises and too many slogans – that is the first impression left by the newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Independence Day address at the Red Fort.
Ever since Modi became PM after getting a clear mandate for the Bharatiya Janata Patty in the 2014 elections, political observers are getting the impression that Modi appears like a man in a hurry. Why? no one knows!
His Independence Day speech from the historical Red Fort on the 68 th anniversary of the country’s freedom further confirms this. Modi’s speech tried to touch every section of society to show his new inclusive vision.
This speech had something for the poorest of the poor, farmers, youth, parents of the girl child and for NRIs willing to put their wealth back into India to boost the Indian economy.
And as is his trade-mark style after becoming PM, the speech was laced by slogans. For boosting the manufacturing sector which has helped China take a lead over India Modi had a new slogan ‘Make in India’.
Similarly he promised to launch a Jan Dhan Yojna for the poorest of the poor under which the vulnerable sections of society all over the country will be asked to open bank accounts. Once that is done they will be given life insurance. How this will be financed is Arun Jaitley’s headache of course.
Moreover people will not forget the red tapism and the logistical delays in the preparation of the Adhaar card initiated by the UPA which delayed the deliverance of justice to the same section that Modi is targeting. Either deliberately or by design Modi did not a set a time limit for this scheme to be completed.
For some days there had been much speculation in the media that Narendra Modi, who had been such a vocal campaigner during the elections had suddenly become silent and he was being compared to his predecessor in office Manmohan Singh. Not only that he had even asked his cabinet colleagues to resist talking to the media.
Listening to his 65 minute I- day speech one is tempted to believe that he was keeping all the major policy announcements for the big occasion, which was today.
Asking MPs and MLAs to spend their fund to create one model village in their constituencies to begin with, inviting the youth to set up manufacturing units so that India did not have to import electronic goods thus saving invaluable Forex were the other attractive sounding schemes.
Asking the Babus to treat their profession as jobs and not as ‘service’ was another innovative idea which made people say-“It’s different.” That he calls himself the Pratham Sevak or prime servant is an irony, but after all he is also human.
– Amitabh Srivastava
Image Source: Narendra Modi
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