In the wake of various claims made by so called pro poor and socialist and Gandhi Model followers, Modi has successfully chalked out his vision for India’s Development despite the vociferous protests. The detractors of Narendra Modi call him corporate friendly labelling the government as “Ameero Ki Sarkar” which in Hindi means government for the rich. Some have even stooped to levels unworthy and not fitting to image of representatives of the masses that they claim to be. Here is why I believe that this false image creation doesn’t withstand his actions so far. His actions and plans like MUDRA, PURA and the proposed Land Acquisition Amendment bill stand in testimony to that.
“Any policy and plan is as good as its intent and implementation that is where he scores”
As untimely rain unleash havoc on our farmers compelling many to take their own lives, all the attention has shifted to the state of Indian agriculture. Despite that the political scene is rife with comments from the opposition parties staging protests to the proposed Land Acquisition Act.
The irony of Indian society is that hidden behind the veil of social welfare every lie you tell falls as music to the ears of poor folks. India as a country is yet to come to terms with the idea that not every social welfare scheme will achieve its intended purpose unless it is not followed by the requisite institutional capacity and above all political will and leadership to implement. That’s where the past governments have largely failed but that’s where Modi score. His intent is as clear as water from Gangotri.
Indians are yet to balance the Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati schools of thought on Development. Amartya Sen Model is focused on Social Welfare whereas the Jagdish Bhagwati Model focuses on development as causative factor for uplifting the standards of living.
This article attempts to shed some light on Modi’s vision and dispel the notions that Narendra Modi is people centric and development centric and wants to empower people and not just give the subsidies for political mileage.
Modi wants to enable people and not spoon feed them as that is not how you eradicate poverty.
Why Modi is Development Centric but not anti-welfare
Scene 1: A villages in UP where the village folks are making a road under NREGA, unfortunately it is going to be washed in two may be one season of rain.
Scene 2: Villagers in AP are digging a pond to be used as a tank in the time of rain deficit. It is likely to be silted in two seasons of rain.
It is needless to say that the money is both the aforementioned cases is not going to be used optimally. The point I am trying to make is that not every social welfare scheme is going to deliver on its stated purpose unless it is backed by a solid implementation and institutional capacity. That required a strong and committed leadership. When I say please read that Modi has refused to alter his stand despite the opposition’s attempt to malign his image calling his government Ameeron Ki Sarkar, Adani Ki Sarkar.
It is proof enough that he is not doing it political mileage, for him, it’s always country first.
If the Modi government proposes to take land (under specified circumstances) for infrastructure development in rural areas and also for the purpose of national security, it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily taking the livelihood of the people. Unfortunately this has been the story in the past where corruption ate up the advantages meant for the poor. However what is going to make difference this time is ‘The Intent’ and ‘The Leadership’ of Modi. The government has to assume the role of a facilitator and co-coordinator.
Not every corporate activity is planned with a view to harm the welfare of the masses. Look at the services sector for example which has performed well throughout the years.As the opposition is preparing for a nationwide protest against the proposed Land Acquisition amendment bill, the farmers are taking their own lives crippling under the debt burden accentuated by the failure of crops in many parts of North India on account of untimely rain.
The story of Indian agriculture has remained almost same with regards to it’s over dependence on Monsoon. The institutional capacity has also not improved in most parts of the country. It faces challenges like salinization, falling fertility and rising input cost that go into it compelling the farmers to go for loans.
The experiences of other countries tell us that no country has been able to bring a great change if living standards of its citizen relying solely on agriculture. We have examples of China, Malaysia and many other fellow Asian countries before us.
Why we need Narendra Modi and His government sees it well and wants to giving the people in rural areas more options and not just be dependent of agriculture. The proposed Land Bill under the leadership of his able leadership and political will be game changer. It will bring the development to the villages giving them jobs, more permanent ones and more rewarding.
The campaign like Skill India which aim to equip people with the skill to absorb the people who would be leaving the agriculture sector which is seriously overpopulated. Programs like PURA ( Providing Urban Facilities in the Rural Areas), Smart Cities , Jan Dhan Yojna which again is an enabler as it helps and fosters the saving potential of people, all these programs are aimed at bringing more choices to people.
In the President’s speech the word ‘Rurban’ was used- the spirit of the village along with facilities associated with a city: Prime Minister
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 11, 2014
Programs like MUDRA for helping the micro financing sector which helps small loans to small business owners, all these programs speak about his vision for the country. Those who try to malign his image must look at the state of development in West Bengal, Bihar and eastern UP which despite their people welfare centric scheme languish on development indices because of a hangover of the past and political mileage of that the scheme give. I would say a policy is as good as its implementation. That’s where Modi has scored and will continue to do so. IMF chief’s remarks on his leadership and vision are a good example of that.
Summary: A country has to choose its development models factoring in many objectives. We need infrastructure development in the rural areas. Comparing the Western Industrialized states of Mahrastra and Gujarat with Bihar and Eastern Up should make this abundantly clear. The government has to be an enabler and not a spoon feeder.The time has come that India should get past the hangover of socialist era of Nehru and make its choices according to the transition the people want. It is time that people must recognize the vision behind his schemes, before making any assumption we must also look at his leadership and intent as that is what matters the most and Modi has it, not needing a proof from anyone. His actions and plans like MUDRA, PURA and the proposed Land Acquisition Amendment bill stand in testimony to that.0