Abki Baar Modi Sarkaar; Bharat Bhagya Vidhaata

 

By Sunil Kumar

 

In the strongest blow ever to the ruling sycophantic combine; the Congress was crushed by a saffron surge across the nation. Even in traditionally hyper-regional places such as Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal, Kerala and the North-East; the BJP managed to gain mindshare and make inroads into the hinterlands. Indian politics has traditionally focused on hoodwinking the voter; with the usual sops of caste, religion; reservations and the mirage of development.

Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a na...

Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a national political party in India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How will this translate into things on the ground? The next five years will be instrumental in determining the country’s course further into the 21st century. Few things change practically; given people’s tendencies to stick to the familiar. It remains to be seen what cabinet Modi will induct; and how they would handle portfolios; albeit with (expected) lesser groveling and more pragmatic world-views.

 

The outgoing PM; a learned scholar; has been hampered and inadvertently contributed to the perception of the Grand Old Khap(The Congress). English; brandished and used by the media as sort of a WMD(Weapon of Mass Destruction) sometimes does manage to zoom in on core areas of governance; and public interest. At other times; it often feels like they would have been better served speaking their respective languages.

 

Modi’s strategy of catchy barbs rightly aimed at a lackadaisical and laissez-faire government reaped dividends. But now; he has to ensure that India‘s rightful place in the global landscape. Britain; one of the first Western countries to recognize that the tide was turning in his favor; initiated contact as early as 2012. The United States; often smug in its innate conceit; has realized of late that the so-called “right-wing” leader will gain power in India. As in other things; the country did not reach first base even when it is busy courting the most lumpen elements across the globe. Obama’s call to Modi could be the beginning of a more interesting relationship between the world’s two biggest democracies.

Tamil Nadu

India; Tamil Nadu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new Prime Minister also has to deal with “great expectations”. A huge swathe of people across the country have bought into his message of good governance; and will expect that there should be transformation in India. The nation’s armed forces have been reeling with repeated onslaughts; both within and without. The country’s demographics and culture have already undergone a sea-change and will alter further in the coming decades. His strident endorsement of the religion of the majority was a bold declaration welcome in its tone and manner devoid of the assumed hypocrisy and servility shown by most of the country’s leaders.

 

As the first prime minister born after India’s independence; Modi does not have the fawning burden of assumed civility and affected manners of the Raj on his shoulders. Also; he obviously does not wear the condescending language of an Anglicized minority as a coat of arms. Since he speaks in the language of the common man; there is a connect established directly with the people. Can Modi change every small corner; repeal Article 370; bring in a uniform civil code and tread softly and with firmness. He has promised a lot in his election campaign; now India awaits a new tryst with destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

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