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Narendra Modi's first year performance: Slow and steady, but on the right track!
You open any TV channel or open any newspaper; there are programs or articles giving rating to one year of Narendra Modi government. Everyone including opposition party members, member of the government apart from anchors, editors and journalists are busy interpreting the opinion polls to rate the Modi's first year performance.

While going through all the debates, discussions and articles, one would feel bore because of rhetoric and cynicism. For example one anchor of a TV channel opines that although 71 per cent people are satisfied with Narendra Modi's performance but a sizable and significant percentage people that is around 29 per cent are not satisfied.

One anchor says 50 per cent Jan Dhan accounts have zero balance (despite knowing very well that Jan Dhan accounts can be opened with zero balance). Some are asking what is the ground reality of Swachh Bharat mission while knowing very well that PM categorically told that Swachh Bharat mission can't be successful unless people participate with a clear intent. Some started asking where 'Making in India' is.

However I just want to rate Modi government's first year performance on genuine grounds. First if you rate any government's first year, then there must be a comparison with the previous government's last year's tenure.

In second year one may compare its first year performance. Thus if 1st year of Modi government is compared with UPA government's last year, then the performance of Modi government in this first year is definitely high in terms of achievement. There is no policy paralysis, the dignity of PMO is restored, stature of India has increased, there are lots of reforms that have taken place, observers unanimously agree that lobbyists/brokers have disappeared from the power corridor making the government reasonably corruption free, and transparent auctions of minerals and spectrum is a great achievement.

Here it's to be noted that the Supreme Court had asked the government to auction coal and telecom spectrum. But the credit goes to the BJP-led government for placing a transparent method for auctioning and adding other minerals too.

Now let's focus on some people's objections that Modi's promises made during the election campaign are not matching with this one year performance. Here it should be noted that during 2014 general elections Narendra Modi was viewed as a superman by Indian voters. This superman tag was not just due to Modi's success in Gujarat or his oratory skill; rather it was due to the worst performance of UPA government under which people were really frustrated.

When a nation remains frustrated, they desperately need a saviour. Thus Modi's emergence makes people to believe that he is a superman and can change things overnight. But as you know neither a superman exist in real life nor changes happen overnight. Then should we rate his tenure as a failure?

There is another way to rate Modi's performance based on various promises he had made. In this context his Gujarat performance may be considered. Modi got huge mandate in 2002 harping on communal polarization post Godhra genocide. From 2002 itself VHP and Hindu radicals started their communal agenda terming Gujarat as Hindutva laboratory. The growth rate of Gujarat (Real GDP) remained at 6.45 per cent. By 2004-2005, the growth rate jumped to 10.08 per cent and the Hindutva elements like Togadias were silenced.

From 2005 onwards Gujarat's growth picked up through various initiatives like 'Vibrant Gujarat' etc. Interestingly Modi had publicly never opposed Togadia and company but kept his concentration towards framing new policy and initiatives. The crux of the matter is Modi required around two years to prepare the ground to take off growth of Gujarat.

In that context, I feel Modi is right on track in preparing the ground. His mandate is up to 2019. The growth always happens in a hyperbola line, that means initially it would appear slow and then after growth would kick up very speedily.

That way I would conclude that Modi government's first year is satisfactory as I consider Modi not a superman rather a hard working honest person who has a great vision. I agree with many of those who rate Modi's first year performance as slow and steady. My only suggestion to Modi government don't create any hype while celebrating the first year performance but tackle the negative perception successfully created by opposition parties.

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