Narendra Modi and the task of cleaning up after UPA

It sure is too early to judge the Modi Government. What is a mere month in the life of an administration elected for full five years? Come to think of it, a month is too short a period to clear the mess left behind by the previous regime. When you inherit a near-empty treasury, a rickety bureaucratic machine, a directionless policy framework, to expect overnight wonders is unrealistic. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Nor can achchhe din return until the detritus of the UPA is cleared to lay the foundation of a new and confident India.

It should be comfort enough for the long-suffering people that with the departure of the UPA, at least there is a genuine hope of a Government that would perform, that would deliver. It is that hope that is reflected in the sharp spurt in the Sensex. And that hope that has foreign investors consider India yet again as a key destination for their billions. The change in popular mood is so palpable that ordinary people now expect Modi to make India work.

Gone is the air of gloom and doom that had permeated the country for so long as Manmohan Singh was notionally in the saddle. No people can survive for long without hope. And one of the achievements of Modi thus far is that he has made all Indians optimistic about their future. And that certainly is a huge plus.

However, if the critics — the ones who had predicted that Modi will never become PM, had preened themselves for calling him a ‘mass murderer’, and had generally spewed venom against him — are still not ready to allow him a small honeymoon period, as the PM himself lamented, it is because they are impatient for him to fail. Here we are not referring to the Congress leaders. They have brazenly clung to the apron-strings of the Gandhis despite suffering an unprecedented rejection. Maybe it is hard to rid Congressmen of their own variation of the Stockholm Syndrome which makes them behave like bonded slaves of their real tormentors.

No. We are talking about the visceral Modi-baiters who have not allowed the massive democratic mandate to moderate their hostility towards the new Prime Minister. So, they must invent new reasons to fault Modi. One day Modi is excoriated for not condemning the tragic murder of a Pune techie. And when he does, the same critics contort their faces on the nightly television, accusing him now of doing it rather late and doing it not as strongly as they would have wished him to do. A case of ‘heads I win, tails you lose’, isn’t it?

Next, they haul the PM over the coals for seeking to advance the old RSS-Jana Sangh agenda of ‘Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan’. The recycled circular about the use of Hindi in official work, put out mischievously by a mid-level bureaucrat, was seized to condemn Modi for wanting to impose the straitjacket of Hindi on the multi-lingual country. Critics frothed at the mouth, gleefully citing the decades-old circular to announce that the ‘real’ Hindu zealot face of  Modi had emerged from behind the mask he had worn to fool the voters.

 

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