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The mistakes of PM Modi
No man is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes as to err is human. PM Modi has also made many mistakes, a few of which may prove to be too costly as they could affect his prospects for getting reelected. Even if he had not made a particular mistake, he would be perceived to have done so.

I have always talked and wrote about the numerous good things that have happened under Modi's rule. People consider me a Bhakt precisely for this. My admiration for him has not deteriorated a bit, but here is my opinion and analysis on his mistakes:

Modi-centric BJP – The BJP is a party of common Indian people. It has never been considered as a party of an individual despite the presence of stalwarts like late AB Vajpayee and LK Advani. But since 2014, people perceive the BJP as Modi and vice-versa. This is absolutely uncalled for. I am sure PM Modi would never agree to such narrative. But then, he should introspect why such perceptions are making rounds severely damaging the future prospects of the BJP. Who after Modi? This question is detrimental to the party. He should de-centralize authority and allow space for other big leaders of the BJP to function independently and take suitable decisions themselves.

Failure to break Congress' ecosystem – TheCongress ruled the country for almost sixty years and thus was able to build a favorable ecosystem. It has moles and agents everywhere, be it judiciary, media, RBI, CBI or ED, you name it. PM Modi failed to break this ecosystem, perhaps he did not try hard enough.  This mistake allowed the Congress leaders to survive getting backing of media and judiciary.

Not exposing Congress in 2014 – When the economy was in doldrums in 2014, PM Modi should have brought a white paper and exposed the UPA on their wrongdoings to the Indian economy. But he preferred not to do so. Instead he tried to resurrect the economy. He succeeded in reviving the economy, no doubt, but the Congress-led UPA got an escape route. Why give chance to enemies when you could have the opportunity to crush them permanently?

Corrupt roaming free – After four and a half years the corrupt are still roaming free. Although most are out on bail due to the Congress' ecosystem based sympathetic judiciary, still it will be regarded as a big mistake of PM Modi. Only Subramanian Swamy is singlehandedly waging a battle against the corrupt. Big ticket corrupt such as the Congress president and his mother; former FM Chidambaram and his son and some others must be behind bars before 2019 and then only this perceived mistake can be rectified.

Delay in construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya: Although the matter is in court, still I think people will perceive this as PM Modi's mistake. People voted for Modi in India and Yogi in UP and yet Congress was able to delay the proceedings by influence of its ecosystem. If Modi fails to start the construction of Ram Temple before May 2019 either by an ordinance or by court judgment or by amicable settlement, people will be very unforgiving considering this as PM Modi's incompetence rather than Congress party's conspiracy.

Being passive – It was a blunder by PM Modi to remain passive despite the aggression and propaganda by Congress party. When the Congress supremo coined the slogan "Chowkidar Chor Hai" in reference to Rafale deal and uttered it in almost all his rallies, PM Modi was found wanting to counter the propaganda. No defamation case was filed against Rahul Gandhi either by Modi or by someone from the BJP. His silence only fueled more doubts and as a consequence BJP lost three mainland Hindi states. After the elections the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the Modi government, but by then, the damage had already been done. He should have been ruthless in exposing the propaganda and talked sternly about the corrupt background of the Congress leadership while refuting any charge whatsoever related to the Rafale deal.

Taking the middleclass for granted – Middleclass people are the main voter base of the BJP. During the last four-and-a half-years, Modi did a lot for grassroot people, but not much for the middleclass. The middleclass is unhappy. Not that they will vote for the Congress, but they may not come out to vote at all or go for NOTA. Either way, it is a loss. Taking the middleclass for granted was a mistake and its repercussions will not be encouraging.

On the flipside, I am going to talk about his two largely perceived mistakes which actually cannot be attributed to Modi.

Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas – How can it be a mistake talking about development of all with the support of all? It is. Since all are not supporting him, why should he talk about everyone's development? He actually antagonized his strong followers by such policy. He should think about development of his core vote bank. Although I am writing with sarcasm, but then this is the reality. Despite his relentless work for the benefit of all, people vote for the corrupt Congress driven by greed of a liquor bottle and/or Rs 500 and/or freebies or going by religious diktat. Many people do not want development, and so why should Modi talk about it and that also for all?

Na Khaunga Na Khane dunga – PM Modi got elected on his promise of scam free governance. He mentioned several times that he would neither indulge in corruption nor allow anyone to do corruption. This is his biggest mistake or is it?

Na Khaunga might be OK, but Na Khane dunga is definitely not OK. It is foolish to think that people fight elections to serve the country or countrymen. The NDA constituents started deserting the BJP as they did not have the chance to loot. Chandrababu Naidu's TDP was the first to leave the NDA precisely for this reason, although officially the reason was about not getting special status for Andhra Pradesh but the public knows everything. Similarly, Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP left the NDA and joined the grand opportunistic alliance of looters in Bihar. Shiv Sena is behaving like a nagging wife and it may also find solace among the looters although experts say that without the BJP it will draw a blank in Maharashtra.

Those leaving the NDA and joining hands with the opportunistic grand alliance called mahagathbandhan are victims of Na Khane Dunga policy of PM Modi. Even some disgruntled BJP leaders are feeling the heat of Na Khane Dunga and may switch sides before the 2019 general election so that they can loot in the company of looters.

Indians like corruption and scams and that was why corrupt Congress and other dynasty based parties have been repeatedly voted to power.

Modi ji…take a cue and never try to bring about a positive change in the country, that too so quickly. Learn to close your eyes sometimes like former PM Manmohan Singh who also believed in Na Khaunga policy, but did not believe in Na Khane Dunga policy. He kept his eyes closed when scams were happening all around him and no wonder he was PM for ten years while your second term is doubtful. 

'Khaao aur Khaane Do' policy of Congress was always a super hit allowing them to rule for sixty years. But PM Modi's honest policy may not get him re-elected after a mere sixty months. Honesty is the best policy, but not when parties like Congress are around. Mistakes are part of life. The wise learn from them and never repeat them. Hopefully, PM Modi will also realize his inadvertent mistakes and do a course correction.

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