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Forget cynicism before judging Narendra Modi government's first year performance!
Narendra Modi government is about to celebrate its first anniversary on May 26. Many news channels and print media have started rating the first year of Modi Sarkar. However if you go through those reports you would find lot of cynicism being displayed while judging Modi's one year of governance.

Some channels are coming out with surveys like mood of the nation. They are comparing popularity of Narendra Modi between 2014 and 2015. A slight drop of percentage is viewed seriously calling that Modi magic is decreasing although the next popular leader is some 30 per cent behind.

Some TV channels have started doing shows with direct involvement of public and asking them 'Achhe Din Aaye Kya?' To find out whether good days have come or not they are asking whether roads have got improved, whether the quality of government schools have increased, whether water and other public issues have been solved. Interesting all these issues are state subjects and in no case central government has any role to play in it.

Some TV channels are asking whether Rs 15 lakh have been received by anybody? There is always a thin line between criticism and cynicism. In 2009 Manmohan Singh too promised that he would control inflation within 100 days and bring back black money in 100 days. But nobody questioned that promise?

On the other hand, Modi government constituted SIT for black money in its first Cabinet meeting. But no credit was given to this government while citing that it was Supreme Court's instruction. People forget that same Supreme Court instruction was defied by UPA for three years!

None is going to check how the construction rate of Highways increased, how the cleanliness on railway platforms and in trains comparatively increased. How there is no corruption yet.

Nobody talks about social security measures, such as Jan Dhan Yojana, affordable accident and other insurance schemes that are initiated by this government. Initiating and pushing cooperative federalism should be highly admired. In Niti Aayog states got more representation, centre accepted 15th Finance Commission where states got larger share of central fund and many other such initiatives even satisfy many non-BJP parties except Congress and its allies.

Centre successfully auctioned coal blocks, telecom licenses and other minerals through transparent methods earning record revenue for the country. More than 10 lakh toilets have already been constructed, does anyone give any notice?

Some are very critical on Prime Minister's foreign visits. But they should understand that he is not holidaying there. He is in fact doing economic diplomacy while connecting with every country and increasing India's global stature. But Modi haters never acknowledge these things rather they like to indulge in rhetoric.

There were definitely some communal remarks being made by some BJP ministers. Sadhvi Niranjana Jyoti was forced to apologise in Parliament. Reporters saw how Giriraj Singh reportedly cried after Modi did some tough talking. During UPA's rule, Beni Prasad Verma, Salman Khurshid and others had made communal statements. Had Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh or any other senior leader reprimanded them? Had Mulayam Singh Yadav ever slammed his key man Azam Khan?

There were some attacks on Churches. But whose responsibility is the law and order? Is it of Modi Sarkar or the respective state governments? Point is, people with biased mind can only indulge in to criticism. The real report card should be as follows.

The Parliaments is functioning, Government is working, and bureaucracy has become very active. Decision making is there and there is no policy paralysis. There is a lot of ground preparation where some of the projects are ready to take off. The intent of the government is clearly visible along with its determination. The honest hard working culture is visible. Thus 'Good Days' can be considered on the basis that people are hopeful instead of being frustrated as they were during the last five years of UPA rule. (Note that UPA's first five year rule was good although most of the corruption occurred during this period).

Some people want to judge Modi's performance on T20 format. Modi asked for 5-years time and thus he should be judged in 2019. We should judge his performance on 5-day test match format. It can be said that Modi government is building its innings slowly but steadily despite some harsh situations like lack of number in Rajya Sabha. Yes, there are some areas we can criticise, but if you indulge in cynicism you will find Modi government is a total failure.

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Naim Naqvi
Modi was marketed to voters through a clever and lavishly financed campaign that portrayed him as the business-savvy leader who had transformed the state of Gujarat into a lodestar of development — and who would do the same for the country as a whole. Attracting young people with the promise of jobs, and older voters with the prospect of reform and growth, Modi won a mandate that stunned the country’s pollsters. Congress, meanwhile, recorded its worst-ever performance. Likewise, Modi has not kept his vow of “minimal government, maximum governance”; on the contrary, he has created the most centralized, top-down, bureaucracy-driven, personality-cult-dominated central government since Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule in the mid-1970s. Senior positions — including two on the three-member independent election commission — stand vacant, leaving vital institutions unable to function effectively. Despite his talk about transparency and accountability, Modi has failed to appoint a central information commissioner, vigilance commissioner, or lokpal (the ombudsman who has jurisdiction over all corruption cases involving MPs and central-government employees). Likewise, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who once derided “tax terrorism,” has unleashed the taxman on entirely new categories of victims, including the foreign institutional investors Modi is trying to attract. Unsurprisingly, investor sentiment, which perked up during Modi’s campaign, has dampened considerably. Modi’s government has also revealed a fine talent for announcing grandiose schemes and failing to finance them. Worse, budgets for health, education, sanitation, and women’s security — all major talking points of the BJP’s election campaign — have been cut. More generally, voters are not impressed by Modi’s transformation from the chai-wallah (tea-seller) of the election campaign, who had sacrificed domestic bliss to serve the nation, into an omnipresent, gaudily attired celebrity hobnobbing with other bold-face names. The nadir was reached in January, when Modi received US President Barack Obama — “my friend Barack” — in a pinstripe suit with his own name embossed in gold on every stripe. The public, appalled by this display, promptly humiliated the BJP in polls for the Delhi Assembly, which the party had nearly won the previous year. Needless to say, the opposition, flattened electorally a year ago, is back on its feet. In a sense, Modi is fortunate that his government’s failings have become so starkly apparent so early in his tenure.
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