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One Year of Narendra Modi's BJP-led NDA Government

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06-15-2015, 03:40 AM #1
Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India, has been full of surprises.........After the historic mandate in the month of May 2014, he was expected to carry out all kinds of reforms in economy, and, he was expected to perform in a not-so-good manner in other things........Modi has excelled in things like Disaster Management, Foreign Policy and Defense, but, has performed somewhat below expectations in economy.

People expected him to carry forward his much touted 'Gujarat Model' in the economic aspect.........The fact of the matter is that Modi's first year is the best one any Prime Minister has ever had, and, I think his first year is the only one that has ended in a positive note, unlike 2005, 1999, 1975, etc......I am also happy to see that legislators are doing their job well, and that people are more involved in governance.
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Economy: 7.5/10
As I mentioned above, I expected Narendra Modi to go full-on, as far as the economy is concerned.....I expected him to carry out liberalisation at the same tune as China(since the 1991 economic reforms of India can be described as feeble when compared to the 1978 economic reforms of China), and let market forces come into play........But, more than this, I expected him to do something on taxation, and give a solution to the issue of "tax terrorism".

Seems like, the government became focused on issues like controlling the fiscal and current account deficit......And, yes, I'll complement them for giving a sensible railway budget.........They didn't introduce all kinds of populist schemes when oil prices were down.

But, the fact of the matter is, rupee has been mostly stable, markets have performed well, investment is up, industrial growth is picking up(4.1% as of April 2015, compared to 2.1 % during April 2014), inflation has largely been under control, and, the economy is now one of the fastest growing large economies in the world(Source: [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]).

FDI cap has been introduced in Insurance and Defense(and I hope they do so in the future), GST bill has been passed(albeit in the Lok Sabha), which is touted to simply indirect taxes and boos the GDP, and has been called(and rightly so) as the biggest tax reform since independence, business can now be done more easily, coal and spectrum have been auctioned in the markets in a transparent way, but, these are not enough.


Defense: 8.5/10
As far as defense is concerned, India has done fairly well......Initially, Modi was criticised for not appointing a full-time Defense Minister, but, he eventually appointed Manohar Parrikar, someone who is seen to be clean and well educated.......The deal with France regarding the 36 ready-made flights is a much-needed one, as is the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh......More reforms need to be carried out in Navy and Air Force, as these have a huge shortage of equipments and man-power......With Parrikar clearing projects worth 1 trillion INR, let's see how much of these are implemented(already a few ships and sub-marines have been built and commissioned).                   


Security: 8.5/10
I was very happy when Rajnath Singh was appointed as the Home Minister.......Considering that 2013 had witnessed many riots, 2014 had been largely peaceful........All the hue and cry regarding minorities not being safe have been proved to be humbug.....Of course, stray and minor incidents happened here and there(and that too in not-so-developed states), but, considering that India is a country of 1.2 billion, it can be excused.

I am also happy that the Defense and Home Minister(and the Prime Minister), have adopted a policy of deterrence and retaliation, regarding militant groups, and hostile neighbours, and that these two ministers, along with the Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, are working in tandom.

Examples: India gave massive retaliation towards ceasefire violation of a hostile neighbour(Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2785698/Islamabad-shocked-Indian-Army-launches-massive-retaliation-border-firing-confident-PM-Modi-promises-right-soon.html).

Another one: Retribution by Army after militants belonging to NSCN-K group killed 20 Army- men(Source: [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]).

Disaster Management has been one strong point of this Government.....Be it in rescuing Indians and other nationals from Yemen or the operations conducted in Nepal to rescue those devasted by earthquakes, they've been largely successful.....But, they have to launch some disaster booths and a nationwide common helpline to achive more betterment.

Foreign Policy: 10/10
Again, I was happy that a senior politician like Sushma Swaraj was appointed as the External Affairs Minister......But, the surprising thing has been that, Modi has given his own personal touch in this matter, and that has made it the strongest aspect of this government(Most opinion polls say that Modi's strongest point has been Foreign Policy).

Be it his historic speech in Madison Square Garden, or his capabilities shown in dealing with China and Pakistan, and improving Bilateral ties with Canada, the EU,  eastern countries, and Sri Lanka, he has shown that he is one of the best, and arguably, India's best since independence, in foreign policy......And, obviously, almost every visit of his has been to engage with China.

The biggest reform carried out this year is arguably the signing of the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh.......This will surely help reach a level of consensus between the two countries, and will eventually put an end to illegal immigration.

The ability of Sushma Swaraj, and her Junior Minister, Gen. V.K. Singh, to co-ordinate and evacuate thousands of citizens from Yemen and Nepal has been phenomenal.


Infrastructure, Transport, Industry: 8/10
This has been among the core electoral promises of the BJP and Narendra Modi, and, this is something that will take time.......His pet projects 'Make in India' and 'Swachh Bharath' have been largely successful.

As of May 2015, 5 million toilets have been built, and 600,000 toilets are being built on a monthly basis on average, as part of the 'Swachh Bharath' Campaign, a much needed initiative and drive (Source: [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] and [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]).

Now, since 'Make in India' has been one of the Prime Minister's core agendas in his foreign visits, it has become successful, and has ensured that big industries come and manufacture in India, the latest one being Apple(Source: [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]).

Nitin Gadkari, the Union Transport(Roads and Waterways) Minister, is acknowledged for his phenomenal work in improving road transport in Mumbai.......And, he has also told that he has increased road construction from 2 KM/day to 12 Km/day and that he aims to achieve a target of 30 Km/day........Many projects have been signed in waterways, but, in the coming years, we can come to know whether these projects come to life.

And, as mentioned above, Suresh Prabhu, the Union Railways Minister, had given a sensible Railways budget in 2014, instead of riding on the low oil prices, etc., and making grand populist schemes.......
Much work needs to be seen from the Union Civil Aviation Minister.

Electricity has been extremely successful, due to the efforts of the Union Minister Piyush Goyal([Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] that Gujarat Province is revenue surplus due to the policies of Narendra Modi, I believe that electrification is in safe hands.


Agriculture: 7/10
I'd say that agriculture has taken a hit on the Government's image......The introduction of the so-called 'anti-farmer' Land Acquisition Bill, unfortunately coinciding with an agrarian crisis and a not-so-good monsoon(for two consecutive years, '14 and '15), had been used as a weapon by the opposition to dent the Government's efforts in introducing key reforms like the above mentioned bill.

Considering that agriculture has been largely ignored since Mahatma Gandhi's death, and obviously, due to mindless socialist policies of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, Modi obviously won't be able to wield a magic wand and put an end to the pathetic situation agricuture is in India.....But, everything depends on his much-touted 'Skill Development' mission, shifting of farmers to industries, industrialization......But, he does have a track record.......Agriculture has largely been successful in Gujarat province(or state), where he was the Chief Minister for 10 years, and has been growing at 10%....So, everything depends on the years ahead.



Health, Education and Social Sector: 7.5/10
Harsh Vardhan was appointed for Health Ministry, and Smriti Irani for Human Development Resource Ministry, and the appointment of the latter has given a lot of controversies to both the Ministry and the Minister.....I expected Harsh to be the HRD Minister, but, well, what's done is done.....I don't know about Smriti's and Harsh's works in their respective ministries and their progress to that much level of detail, but, I do know that 'Mission Indradhanush', a mission to ensure complete immunization, has been fairly successful.

The main difference between Mao and Nehru was that, even though they both mismanaged the economy, Mao ensured that the social sector, particularly literacy rates and health, achieved good levels of growth in China by carrying out all kinds of reforms, while, Nehru failed to do that in India(as with many other things).....Hope this gets changed.

As far as social welfare is concerned, the Prime Minister has launched ambitious schemes like PMJDY, an initiative to open bank accounts for all, which has entered the Guinness Book of World Records(Source: [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]) and, as of now 160 million bank accounts have been opened(Source: [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register], the Prime Minister has started other ambitious socialist-capitalist schemes for life and accidental insurance, and pension schemes, for which millions have enrolled themselves....Overall, these schemes have been largely successful.


Transparency, Corruption, IT, Communications: 7/10
The government is keen on bringing more transparency, which is substantiated by the fact that it had auctioned coal mines and spectrum in a transparent way.....Also, the coal mines bill can help bring more transparency([Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]).

The fact that corruption at the top levels is down and that the Government has not yet been stuck in a scandal is good news........Hope this continues.......A website dedicated for tracking attendance Government employees is also a good initiative([Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]).

The blunder that Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister(and someone who had a brute-force majority, far beyond even Modi's), committed was that he introduced IT, call services and service sector to India without industrializing it....The fact of the matter is that India cannot purely ride her economy on service sector.....So, I hope, the Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, focuses more on developing infrastructure for telecommunications, and I hope that he also ends the menace of 'call drops', in the coming years.


The Road Ahead:
1. The Government must appoint better spokespersons to represent it in media panels......It totally sucks in media management and penetrating in social media(though its support in Twitter and Facebook far outweighs other political parties).
2. Since the media is infested with leftists, it tries hard to criticise every single initiative of the Government and tries all kinds of hit-jobs.
3. This has kind of dented the image of the Government, especially, the narrative built by the opposition, regarding the Land Acquisition Bill, which led to the Government being called as 'anti-poor/farmer'.
4. The much touted economic reforms in Labour, which is said to be the biggest one, since the 1991 economic reforms, shouldn't lose the narrative war, just like the above-mentioned bill. The Government must use its brute majority to push through these bills, and if situation requires, must call for join sittings(Labour reforms:http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/labour-laws-set-for-big-overhaul/article7298994.ece).
5. The Finance Ministry has not been at par with expectations. The Governor of Reserve Bank does not appear to be cutting interest rates and liberalising the market, either. I hope they push through GST bill, Land Acquisition bill and other key bills.
6. The recommendations of the NITI Ayog regarding privatisation of railways, doing away with the Railway Budget and an introduction of a commercial accounting can also be implemented in a time-bound manner([Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register]). These can potentially reform Railways in India. 
7. Education and Health must be given more focus.
8. India must get as much help as possible from Israel and improve India's relationship with her, when the Prime Minister visits Israel.
9. Finally, India must grow at 10% for at least 3 decades to improve conditions, substantially.
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08-05-2015, 07:08 PM #2
Did you type all that stuff ma-chan o.O?

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08-07-2015, 01:36 AM #3
(08-05-2015, 07:08 PM)Claraviolet Wrote:  Did you type all that stuff ma-chan o.O?

Most.........

" Justice is subject to dispute; might is easily recognized and is not disputed. So we cannot give might to justice, because might has gainsaid justice, and has declared that it is she herself who is just. And thus, being unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just."

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08-07-2015, 02:44 PM #4
(08-07-2015, 01:36 AM)MadaraUchiha Wrote:  Most.........

What? OO kamisama! Bow
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08-08-2015, 07:10 PM #5
(08-07-2015, 02:44 PM)Claraviolet Wrote:  
(08-07-2015, 01:36 AM)MadaraUchiha Wrote:  Most.........

What?  OO kamisama!   Bow
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Well, it's my section.........I'll type whatever I want........

" Justice is subject to dispute; might is easily recognized and is not disputed. So we cannot give might to justice, because might has gainsaid justice, and has declared that it is she herself who is just. And thus, being unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just."

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08-10-2015, 06:59 PM #6
(08-08-2015, 07:10 PM)MadaraUchiha Wrote:  Well, it's my section.........I'll type whatever I want........

You rude brat Angry
Fine. You win and here I am being nice for once :/

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08-10-2015, 08:59 PM #7
(08-10-2015, 06:59 PM)Claraviolet Wrote:  
(08-08-2015, 07:10 PM)MadaraUchiha Wrote:  Well, it's my section.........I'll type whatever I want........

You rude brat Angry
Fine. You win and here I am being nice for once :/

Hmm.......

" Justice is subject to dispute; might is easily recognized and is not disputed. So we cannot give might to justice, because might has gainsaid justice, and has declared that it is she herself who is just. And thus, being unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just."

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10-09-2015, 12:16 PM #8
I don't get all that.
Why is it complicated?

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10-10-2015, 12:17 AM #9
(10-09-2015, 12:16 PM)Burnsy CEO Wrote:  I don't get all that.
Why is it complicated?

Uh, can you be more specific? Why is what complicated?
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10-10-2015, 04:26 PM #10
(10-10-2015, 12:17 AM)MadaraUchiha Wrote:  Uh, can you be more specific? Why is what complicated?

It is full of stuff that I don't get.








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