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Is Modi government an old wine packed in a new bottle?
In Nicomachean Ethics, the illustrious Greek philosopher, Aristotle is said to have stated “well begun is half done”. Indeed, a good beginning will always make a longstanding feeling and this time around this parable seems to be more accurate when one thinks of Modi Sarkar.

Millions of Indians voted for ‘Team Modi’ leaving its immediate rivals far behind. Over 810 million voters for 36 days from April 7 to May 12, 9 phases of election, 12 crore first time voters, huge social media and Internet based campaign along with corporate and huge media support.

The great Indian election circus have been so pro-BJP defying all expectation. BJP claimed 283 seats by its own and 336 for the NDA, the coalition system.

The very invitation to the swearing in ceremony of the government being extended to South Asian countries signaled the intention masked among the circle. If one is to read things along with the initial decisions pertaining to draft Cabinet note that proposes to allow up to 100 per cent foreign direct investment in defence and plans are underway to open up hundred per cent in railway and infrastructure development portfolios. In fact, Mr. Modi has aspirations that go beyond three seas and the confines of the great Himalayas at least in the subcontinent.  

It is said that Narendra Modi supporters believed that all Hindus in India became one during sixteenth general election and voted for him. Mr. Modi sending his ashwamedha horse to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and to Afghanistan was in fact, castle in the sky. 

The day after the swearing in ceremony, the national media discussed about Irom Sharmila, who in connection with appearance for a pending court case against her, was also hoping to meet Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to discuss on the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. However, contrary to the initial pre-election media propaganda and rhetoric, Mr. Modi seemed to have lost leadership in bringing in the sentimental issues under control. He was not willing to cap on things that could bring about much exposure as well relief to people who suffer from years of fight for justice.

On the question of AFSPA, he was unwilling to disclose anything even during his election campaign in northeast India. The perception under way is that he could have at least talked to Irom Sharmila, for which she has been on an indefinite fasting over a decade or more. Mr. Modi failed desperately to have a good beginning to catch the imagination of his subjects. 

People oriented system to be in place in government machinery was one of his 10-point policy priorities unveiled recently and popular decisions could have even added a thumbs up to his government that calls for a government with human face. 

Certainly, a surfeit of issues that this government should take care of or at least could take a note on for which the government got such a huge mandate from the people. Kudankulam, Gadgil Commission report on western Ghats, Posco led multi-crore project in Odisha, Lokpal, series of gang rapes reported including the one on December 16, fuel price, in particular those of diesel, among the many, the government should at least speak about it.  

On many ongoing projects, the government could have shielded a temporary moratorium, because people expected it and they deserve it. It would be befitting of the great statesmanship, if Modi Sarkar stops on all controversial projects undertaken by predecessors and  extend a touching hand over to people who suffer on sentimental issues bolstered for the time being that the previous incumbents has shored up. 

The thrust is more on economy not on governance and the message is very clear from statements from hither and there. Kashmir, Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, comes on high agenda, as there are unnecessary talks and comments from various corners including media. With ministers advised not to talk outside their portfolios to the media reflect the other side of Modi sarkar.  

People for all time cherish great expectations about the ruling class, but the ruling dispensation always fail to be aware of it at depth. Leaders always come in to bridge this gap. However, this government is at the most, going to be at the worst. The beginning is very clear. 

This government is believed to follow the UPA polices on economy, and indications are that the government is pro-market and pro-corporate. Mr. Modi himself cherishes good relations with business tycoons and celebrities as he invited the likes of actor Salman Khan and Ambani to the swearing in ceremony among the bigwigs. 

The atmosphere is very clear, old wine in new bottle, empty promises and surfeit of propaganda machinery to sell government. Those who plan to do great things never say it aloud. The other one is opposite; they speak but do not act. Lets wait and watch – which category will Modi sarkar fall into?

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