The day of 26 May 2014, when the world witnessed Narendra Damodar das Modi, a tea vendor’s son from Vadnagar, Gujrat becoming the Supremo of the country called ‘India’ after his party conquered 272 seats of the 543 parliamentary seats in 16 Lok Sabha elections as a clear mandate making him first Indian Prime Minister born after independence. The man was carrying hopes of billions of Indians while taking the oath of Prime Minister of India. His past performances and servings for Gujrat were commendable and the country wanted him to replicate the same for his giant nation. He was portrayed as the savior of the nation by his comrades in the past.

Acche Din

Acche Din on 02 Sep 2014, Narendra Modi and his government completed their 100 days from his so called “Acche Din” in the ruling power which were never seen days before. There was a turnaround right from reducing the number of cabinet ministers to the abolishment of Planning Commission of India. Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has already planned a celebration for the same whereas political analysts have started diagnosing the impact of the individual on the nation which is going to send a strong message to the world. The man is leading from the front for every decision taken regarding the nation without any undue interference from RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). Beyond any doubts, the country has seen a person who represents India in a Real manner, someone who has made the world view India differently from now on. His agenda still remain on ‘Development centric’ polices.

Agenda

PM Modi displayed his vision right from the oath ceremony when he invited the prime leaders of the SAARC nations especially Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which was a clear sign of peace and brotherhood he wanted to have with his neighbours. He envisions to take opposition parties along with him for the path of development which he has chosen for the country. Not much love was shown from the southern part of the country when his guest list included Mahinda Rajapaksa (President of Sri Lanka). SIT on ‘black money’ which stays among the prime concerns for India was formed by him. His agenda of “Good Governance” has reflected on the economy as GDP went to a rise of 1.1% from 4.6% to 5.7%, country’s exports picked up from 3.15% to 7.33% after their intense contraction at the time of UPA government, manufacturing sector which holds a strict attention from Mr. Modi as well as contributes 15% to our economy has went to a rise from 1.4% to 3.5%, similarly retail inflation declined as a result coming down to 7.96% from 8.31%. These all figures indirectly demonstrate the impact significance of the person and his decisions towards the nation. He is currently the second most-followed leader of the world on Social networking site ‘Twitter’. His famous slogan “Come-Make in India” inviting foreign investors and “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” on Independence Day showed his mission to make India stronger in manufacturing as well as agriculture wise.

Decisions

Modi’s way of working is unorthodox, he works for 18 hours rigorously and do expects the same from his other ministers, no Union Cabinet Minister is allowed to appoint their secretaries on their own as he wants to keep his ministers away from any sort of nepotism. He stated that some bitter decisions will have to be taken for the nation’s welfare, which very well reflected on his decision of railway fare hikes before Union Budget 2014 by jaw-dropping 14.2% which caused lots of criticism from the country as well as the opposition leaders as it was a bit difficult to digest for the middle class which holds dominant ratio in the country’s population.

Budget Boons

Narendra Modi’s government’s budget emphasized on making India more manufacturing sensitive and open to foreign investors and broke policy paralysis of UPA with some accountability as it raise FDI to 49% for defence and insurance sectors similarly tax exemption limit was raised to 2.5 lakhs from 2 lakhs which will help people earning an average income. Duty on tobacco containing products was hiked by 7.2% which stated very clearly that he will not entertain products which harm any individual’s health. Decisions of opening IIMs and IITs in different parts of the country was an appreciated step from the youth of the country, around 2000 crores are allocated for Ganga’s conservation as a favor of return to Varanasi’s people for voting him eminently. A proposal of making 100 smart cities is something to look out for.

Schemes

The “Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna” is another major decision to connect lakhs of people who are still miles away from banking and its facilities it awakened more than 15 million people of the country who opened their bank accounts on a single day.

Foreign Relations

Before the union budget, Prime Minister also visited Nepal as his first foreign tour before Union Budget showing a deep respect towards a small economy and offering a huge package which was a delight for the Nepal.

His recent visit to Japan has brought wonders for the nation. Japan is going to invest $35 billion in Indian Infrastructure. People’s dream of seeing a bullet train in the country is soon going to be fulfilled as Japan is ready to give a technological as well as equipment support to India.

Message Across the globe

PM Modi’s every statement becomes a headline across the world, China is now rethinking on how to tackle India’s approach towards it especially after India established a strong bond with Japan. The man who was once restricted from acquiring US visa is soon going to visit the United States as he was invited by president Obama to make bilateral relations stronger between the two countries. The whole world is keeping an eye on how and on which topics the talks will be carried out between the two nations. Lots of estimations are happening on what the outputs will be.

Criticism

With the success criticism comes hand in hand for a person, many aspects on Mr. Modi’s governance were criticized and questioned which involves keeping his ministers under control, supporting ministers involved in communal violence between Hindus & Muslims diminishing secularity of the country, appointing Smriti Irani as HRD minister, promoting India as Saffron centralized country, concerns over women safety, taking many governors out of control, foreign policy blunders with Pakistan, railway fare hikes, etc. These all still make him stand on a thin thread of diplomacy.

Future Proposals

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants digitalization of India as soon as possible having a cloud network to reduce paper work on the country which is causing a lot of hindrances on every government sector of the country. The ruling government has decided to release prisoners who are convicted on small cases and have endured more than half of the punishment in Jail if their accusations would have been proved.

These hundred days have been a tough task for the Prime Minister to stand firm on the expectations of the people, but still he is propagating his agendas without fear. The aspiration for being a strong Asian nation and his dream for India of 2019 is something to watch for in the coming future.

Contributor: Shreyash Falke

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