The Development Agenda by Modi is nothing but a Window-dressing

Rahul Kumar, Senior Journalist and Media Columnist, New Delhi

The United States of America (USA) is a Superpower. Russian, China, and Japan are following the footsteps to become a Superpower then why not India. I am a citizen of India and love to see my country as a Superpower.

I had the opportunity to visit USA, United Kingdom, Canada, and found that all cities and villages in these countries get equal treatment from the government. These cities and villages have been developed without any bias or favor. While traveling from a city to a village in these countries, one can easily notice that all civic amenities such as 24×7 electricity, internet services, telephone services, emergency services, healthcare services, post office are available. The farmers in these countries are not only financially comfortable but also get financial assistance. The farmers in the developed countries rose from mud to high rise buildings but in India, the farmers are committing suicide. The anti-farmers policies of the current regime at the center under Mr. Modi and RSS are pushing the poor, marginalized farmers to commit suicide.

Let me give an example here, during my visit to a remote village ‘Elora’, a fully developed village in Ontario, Canada, a farmer told me that, “The town council is generous in developing the area in the village. In the village, we have all the essential services such as 24×7 electric, water, healthcare services, train or bus station, parks, playgrounds, a pedestrian’s path, post office, recreational centers for young and old so and so on”. Such civic amenities are still a dream for the farmers in India. It is unfortunate that despite huge budget availability, the condition of the villages in India is pathetic and also deteriorating day by day. Addition to that, Indian villages are still groped in dark, caste, communalism, and petty politics.

Mr. Modi and his salaried sycophants are currently concentrating on Varanasi, a district in Uttar Pradesh, in Northen India for infrastructure development simply for the reason that Mr. Modi won the election in 2014 from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. Mr. Modi, an arch-authoritarian, malignant narcissist, feels proud to take all foreign dignitaries to Varanasi because roads, cleanliness, electricity, hospitals have been upgraded in this historic city. Mr. Modi, what about other districts, cities, and villages of India?

The National Institution for Transforming India (Niti Aayog), a national think-tank of India has declared more than 150 districts as most backward in India. In 2015 the Modi government launched the ‘Smart Cities Mission’. The launch of the Smart Cities Mission in June 2015 is seen as yet another attempt at enabling better living conditions and achieving higher economic growth in some 100 existing cities. An outlay of INR 48,000 crore (US$ 7.4 billion) to be spent over a five-year period (2015-16 to 2019- 20) has been approved by the central government for this purpose. The State and local governments are expected to contribute equal amounts. Most of the states in India are under financial debt, for example, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. It means debt-ridden states cannot push ‘Smart Cities Mission’ with their own funds. Critics argue that the economic potential of India`s cities remains grossly underutilized, social and economic inequalities are high.

India under Mr. Modi, RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Sena and several other like-minded fierce organizations unleashed violence in India under the thump of Mr. Modi and RSS. This violence committed huge financial loss to the human life and property exceedingly. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace`s Global Peace Index, “Violence cost the Indian economy a significant amount of USD 1.19 trillion, (over Rs 80 trillion). Violence impacted USD 1,190.51 billion to the Indian economy in 2017, 9 percent of the country`s gross domestic product (GDP) or USD 595.4(over Rs 40,000) per person). These figures indicate that Mr. Modi and RSS while pushing their Hindutva agenda does not bother about the common man who is groaning under financial debt. India is the largest recipient of the loan from World Bank for 70 years, amounting to $102.1 billion, between 1945 and 2015(as on July 21, 2015)according to  Bank`s lending report.

The erratic supply of electricity, water shortage, broken roads, and lawlessness are the common things to know in India. Given India`s rape epidemic, for example, a Polish woman in Delhi, a Swiss cyclist in Madhya Pradesh, an Irish charity worker in Kolkata, a German teenager on a train, a Danish woman in Delhi, Japan and many other developed countries of the world issued warning to female tourists intending to travel to India. Is it not a shame for the Modi government?

Skill India flagship programme failed miserably in creating a skilled workforce in India. According to Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), only 2% of the total workforce in India is formally skilled, and unless they receive the adequate training and acquire the requisite skills to enter the formal market, they will either remain economically inactive or continue to be engaged in low-paid jobs. This is also valid for Indian emigrant workers, as 70 % of them are estimated to be either unskilled or semi-skilled laborers (National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015). India officially has 18 million unemployed (ILO, 2017) with the majority of young people. According to 2017 estimates from the Labour and Employment, organized employment is currently just 10.1 percent of total employment, with the majority of more than 600 million workforces employed in informal jobs with limited social security.

Mr. Modi`s development agenda is based on falsehood and methodically window-dressing. Mr.Modi and RSS have been working with private corporations to craft richly corporatist reforms. Mr.Modi and RSS have been serving the economic interests of the corporate donors that is how the BJP, according to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) is India`s richest party. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues to be the favorite among corporate donors. In such situation, even an 8 -grade student can very well understand to whom the BJP will favor- naturally not the poor, marginalized, minorities, and the working class but the CORPORATISTS. SAB KA SAATH SAB KA VIKAS is nothing but a popular slogan, in actual from Prime Minister to Chief Justice of India all are from Gujarat. Is this Mr. Modi SAB KA SAATH SAB KA VIKAS?

Mr. Modi and RSS with their divisive politics have fooled the people of India and that too for four years continuously. The grand failure of Mr. Modi and RSS in all flagships programmes show that Mr. Modi and RSS do not deserve to be elected in 2019. It is, therefore, now the time has come to remove Mr. Modi and save the country from further devastation